Possible spring start to Inlet mine (front page)


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Equitas Resources Corp (TSXv. EQT) is features on the front page of the Alberni Valley Times for the acquisition of the Nahmint Project

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Possible spring start to Inlet mine (front page)

  1. 1. Archibald Thompson sentencing delayed one week DAVE KOSZEGI Alberni Region, Page 3 PERSONAL REAL E STATE CORPORATION Port Alberni’s Real Estate Expert 250.723.SOL 15C 5C D Sunny (7653) Serving the Alberni Valley www.avtimes.net Friday, October 18, 2013 RESOURCES Possible spring start to Inlet mine Nahminto Resources teams up with Equitas Resources in $1.3-million Alberni Inlet project by Nahmint SCOTT McKENZIE ALBERNI VALLEY TIMES Jim Simpson has found a willing funding partner to move forward on a mining project on the shoreline of the Alberni Inlet. Simpson, owner of Nahminto Resources, is teaming up with Equitas Resources Corporation president Jay Roberge. Equitas has committed $1.3 million over five years to option the property from Nahminto. Simpson hopes drilling can begin in spring 2014 at the Nahmint property, located on the western shoreline of the Inlet, 25 kilometres south of Port Alberni. It is approximately a 9,552-hectare piece of land consisting of 21 cell mineral claims and 15 underlying crown granted claims. Simpson said the first thing he did once arriving in Port Alberni was consult with the Tseshaht First Nation and said he felt like they can have a positive relationship. He also has said that could create approximately 15 jobs, with some of them being specialized. Something like that would benefit the local economy with people living, eating and shopping in the Alberni Valley on a five-year work permit. From left, Harbour Discovery president Ian Grahame, local mining expert Herb McMaster, geologist Jacques Houle, and Nahminto Resources president Jim Simpson look at a table of rocks that are millions of years old from a property along the Alberni Inlet they expect to be mining in the spring. It has been previously mined in different locations, but mines were shut down due to the low prices of minerals. Simpson has been working on this project for more than eight years and is also work- ing on another project near Macktush. The Macktush project is optioned to World Organics, which is still raising capital to begin work. The Macktush property, about 15 minutes out of Port Alberni, was revealed to have gold in 1987 by Clive Ashworth Explorations. Because of the low price of gold, Ashworth gave up the Macktush property in 1996, when there was up to five ounces of gold per tonne in bedrock on the property. “We’ll try to find the specific location where they found the strong gold value, and then follow up with the drilling program,” Simpson said. Simpson has already acquired five-year work permits for both the Macktush and Nahmint properties. He said the $1.3 million that Equitas is committing to the Nahminto project was the amount of money that he was asking for. “It’s really just to provide a minimum that we can commit to feel comfortable and easily accomplish that,” Roberge said, “but if the results of our work continue to surprise us and give us reason, the project can advance faster and it can advance bigger.” At the Nahmint property, skarn clusters (copper, iron, epidote and chlorite) have been identified at four locations – the Three Jays mine, the Monitor, the Happy John and Defiance area and the Black Prince area. See MINING, Page 4 EARTHQUAKE ShakeOut helps Valley practise safety SIOBHAN BURNS ALBERNI VALLEY TIMES Vancouver Island is considered highrisk when it comes to earthquakes, making yesterday’s Great British Columbia ShakeOut especially important in the Alberni Valley. Among the hundreds of participants were Alberni School District students and staff, city and regional district employees and members of the Port Alberni RCMP and fire departments. “We had almost double the participation than we’ve had in previous years,” said Laurie L’Heureux, occupational health and safety/emergency planning co-ordinator for the City of Port Alberni. “I think it’s really important. The more you do something, the better you get at it.” Eighth Avenue Elementary School principal Lisa Gunther agreed. Her school also participated in the event. “The more they practice, the better. I think it’s really important because the more prepared we are, they will know exactly what to do,” she said. L’Heureux said the Valley has participated in ShakeOut B.C. since 2010. “When I was a kid, we did fire drills, but nobody ever thought about earthquakes,” L’Heureux said. “It leads to discussion about so much more.” Each year, A.W. Neill Middle School adds a tsunami component to their drill. After the shakeout, the students are evacuated from the school, then they head for higher ground. “They are very efficient at getting the students out of the school and up to the church on Compton,” L’Heureux said. More than 690,000 B.C. residents had participated in the event. Oktoberfest kicks off tonight at Italian Hall with lots of festivities Joop Scheffers is one of the many volunteers behind the city’s annual Oktoberfest, which is happening on Friday and Saturday at the Italian Hall. » Alberni Region, 4 Bulldogs fall to Cowichan, but preparing to take on Clippers The Bulldogs managed to outshoot Cowichan by a wide margin, but still suffered a 5-4 loss on Wednesday. They play at home Friday and Sunday. » Sports, 8 » Use your smartphone to jump to our Facebook page for updates on these stories or the latest breaking news. SBurns@avtimes.net 250-730-0837 Eighth Avenue Elementary School Grade 3 student Skyler McGrath takes cover during The Great British Columbia ShakeOut on Thursday morning. [SIOBHAN BURNS, TIMES] Inside today Alberni Region 3 Entertainment 5 Opinion 6 Sports 7 Scoreboard 9 British Columbia 10 What’s On 11 Nation & World 12 $1.25 newsstand (GST incl.) ALBERNI VALLEY TIMES VOLUME 64, NUMBER 201 Port Alberni’s deluxe cat accommodations! Going away? Going Away? Leave your dog with us! Our goal is to provide the safest, cleanest, most comfortable environment possible for your family pet n atnapinIgn The C ard t bo deluxe ca Where there’s always Nightcaps & Happy Hour thecatnapinn.ca Comics 13 Classifieds 14 DOGWOOD BOARDING KENNELS S Leave your cat with us. Call to make your reservation 250.723.7889 250-720-0344 “Providing a Personal Touch” 7955 Wolfe Rd.