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Beaver Creek

This week I was at the Precious Metals Summit in Beaver Creek, Colorado with over 1,000 attendees and more than 150 junior mining and exploration companies. The event is a great opportunity to meet companies, get updates and build one’s network and this year was no exception. Lots of companies; lots to write and not enough sleep, beautiful views and sunshine.

I had a great meeting with Nick Mather of Solgold who talked about the company’s potential in Ecuador and his vision for the company’s development. I also had a good meeting with Ignacio Salazar of Orosur Mining and Jon Goodman of Toachi Mining, amongst many others.

Mining Journal had one of its biggest ever print editions at the show within which are multiple articles by yours truly. I rarely get my hands on a hard copy of MJ so it was particularly gratifying to see this one.

I followed this with a quick hop to Las Vegas for a site visit to see Newcastle Gold that is looking to restart production from the Castle Mountain mine in 2018. As this meant flying into Las Vegas, I took the opportunity to visit the pawn shop store that features on the History Channel programme Pawn Stars and bought a wonderful gift for my wife.

Lots of news out around this event and I got the chance to catch up with many juniors that are active in the region, and various news items will appear in CGL #74 at the start of October.

The answer to last week’s quiz: The main theme last time was mercury and Black Grape was nominated for the 1996 Mercury Music Prize for the album It’s Great When You’re Straight.


With a major conference happening, there was a lot of news flow this week.

  • Fortuna Silver giving the green light to build the mine Lindero in Argentina
  • Anyone notice that the Gran Colombia Gold stock price jumped to C$2.10 and its volume jumped to almost a million shares traded when its daily average is around 80,000? IIROC did.


Music this week is from the Foo Fighters. And check out this Foo Fighters in Car pool karaoke.

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