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Friday, October 18, 2013
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
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
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
It is approximately a 9,552-hectare piece
of land consisting of 21 cell mineral
claims and 15 underlying crown granted
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
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
“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
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
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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
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
“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.
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Eighth Avenue Elementary School Grade 3 student Skyler McGrath takes cover during The Great
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