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Jul. 21, 2015

Nevada Mining Association Honors Industry's Top Safety Advocates with 2015 Safety Awards


Jul. 02, 2015

Nevada Mining Association: Representing mining in Nevada for over 100 years


Jun. 25, 2015

Top 10 Associations raising awareness for the mining industry


Apr. 03, 2015

Tesla says it had its best first quarter in terms of car deliveries

Tesla Motors Inc. said it delivered a record 10,030 cars in the first quarter, a 55% increase compared with the number of deliveries in the first quarter of last year.

The company said going forward it will publish the number of new car deliveries within three days of quarter end as inaccurate sources of information have sometimes been used by others in publishing the number of vehicle deliveries. Read more...

Mar. 15, 2015

Bennett took varied career path to Nevada Mining Association post


Mar. 05, 2015

Will the Launch of the Apple Watch Edition Help Gold Miners in 2015?


Mar. 03, 2015

Mining Day at the Nevada Legislature


Feb. 20, 2015

Elko enters 'America's Best Communities' contest


Jan. 30, 2015

Radio station awards first local 'Angel in Disguise'


Jan. 21, 2015

Rare YHS Mining Club attends industry exposition

The Yerington High School Mining Club, hosted by Nevada Copper, was able to attend one day of the 2014 American Exploration Mining Association annual exposition last month in Sparks.

Five club members and adviser Joanna Kuzia, a YHS science teacher, attended one day of the 120th annual Exposition of the American Exploration Mining Association, formerly known as the Northwest Mining Association, at John Ascuaga's Nugget in Sparks. They were hosted by Nevada Copper community relations coordinator Rita Kay Menesini and Tim Dyhr, vice president of environment and external relations for Nevada Copper. Read more...

Dec. 30, 2014

Comstock presents governor with state anniversary medallion


Nov. 12, 2014

New technology keeps eye on driver fatigue


Nov. 07, 2014

Editorial: On questions, rural areas still have clout

Occasionally it's just a matter of time.
After more than a decade of trying, and failing, to convince Nevada voters of the importance of creating a court of appeals in Nevada to lighten the workload of the Supreme Court and speed up the judicial system, the state's judges finally were successful this week.
Question 1, which would allow the Legislature to create a three-judge intermediate court, was approved by nearly 54 percent of the votes, about 40,000 actual votes, on Tuesday, the culmination of a long, hard fight by the supporters. Read more...

Oct. 24, 2014

Newmont, employees pledge $2.19 million to Legacy Fund


Oct. 04, 2014

Comstock Mining announces record September gold pours, third-quarter highlights


Sep. 23, 2014

Nevada: The gold beyond the gambling

Wearing black boots, brown pants and a bright crimson vest, with a badge over his heart and a six-shooter at his side, Deke DiMarzo appears better suited to the 1860s than today.
One of several docents for the local tourist office, DiMarzo is meticulously dressed as Eugene Blair. In the 1860s, Blair became a Virginia City lawman after discovering he didn't like the claustrophobic life of a miner working thousands of feet below ground. Read more...

Sep. 17, 2014

Barrick named mining industry leader by the Dow Jones Sustainability Index

Barrick Gold Corp. was named Monday to the Dow Jones Sustainability World Index for the seventh consecutive year and has been ranked as the top performer in the mining industry category. Read more...

Aug. 14, 2014

NREL to commission the first CellCube vanadium flow energy storage system in the USA


Aug. 01, 2014

Elko Catches up to Growth

While the rest of Nevada suffered the dramatic 2007 economic downturn and aftermath, the Greater Elko region boomed, primarily due to bustling mining operations resulting from a high gold price. In fact, over the last decade, the population there has burgeoned. The City of Elko alone went from about 10,000 to 20,000, with the broader Elko area home to about 30,000. Read more...

Jul. 22, 2014

Mining exhibit opens at Reno airport

An interactive exhibit showcasing mining technology and Nevada minerals used in air travel opens in the upstairs terminal at Reno-Tahoe International Airport. Read more...

Jul. 11, 2014

Washington Post: Harry Reid's land sale to gold mine is boon for him and opportunity for Searchlight


Apr. 23, 2014

The Street: NYC First Major U.S. City in Decades to Embrace Battery Storage Installations

Energy storage company American Vanadium announces Wednesday a partnership with the Metropolitan Transportation Authority and New York State Research and Development Authority to begin a project that will incorporate a commercial battery installation for energy storage. American Vanadium CEO Bill Radvak tells TheStreet's Joe Deaux that utility company Con Edison is signing on to help cut electric grid costs, and that ideally this will trickle down to consumers by cutting their bills. Read more...

Apr. 09, 2014

Elko Daily Free Press: ALS Minerals tests samples to find minerals


Mar. 25, 2014

Elko Daily Free Press: Newmont Legacy Fund gives $70K to school programs


Mar. 10, 2014

Northern Nevada Business Weekly: Barrick invests heavily in new processing


Mar. 05, 2014

Mining Quarterly: Tim Crowley Column

I always enjoy reading the Mining Quarterly for detailed updates on various mine projects throughout the state. Each issue consistently has dozens upon dozens of pages filled with valuable information about mining-related economic development. Upon gathering all this data, you might say those stories combine into meaningful points of pride for all miners. Read more...

Mar. 04, 2014

Elko Daily Free Press: Pumpkin Hollow project full of promise


Jan. 20, 2014

Northern Nevada Business Weekly: EP Minerals knocks dust from baseball infields


Dec. 09, 2013

Mining Quarterly: Tim Crowley Column


Dec. 01, 2013

Las Vegas Review-Journal: Silver State, mining go deep


Oct. 10, 2013

Mining Quarterly: Tim Crowley Column


Jul. 09, 2012

Northern Nevada Business Weekly: Nevada Mining Association to present safety honors


Jul. 05, 2012

Elko Daily Free Press: Mining association announces safety awards


Jun. 26, 2012

Elko Daily Free Press: Minerals mining good for Nevada, the nation


Jun. 18, 2012

Northern Nevada Business Weekly: With certification, Cashman lab draws growing business


Jun. 15, 2012

Las Vegas Review-Journal: Nevada jobless rate hits 3-year low; Las Vegas rate goes up


Jun. 01, 2012

NPR: Nevada Mine Using New Technology to Monitor Sleepy Drivers


May. 30, 2012

Reno Gazette-Journal: As area grows, Elko leaders seek help


May. 19, 2012

Reno Gazette-Journal: Nevada's new gold rush: Technology yields improvements in mine production, safety


May. 15, 2012

Elko Daily Free Press: Newmont gives $90,000 to Communities In Schools


Apr. 26, 2012

Las Vegas Review-Journal: Elko Mining Expo adds booths to deal with record demand


Apr. 26, 2012

Las Vegas Review-Journal: NV Energy ramping up green power


Apr. 25, 2012

Reno Gazette-Journal: Up to 10,000 Expected for Elko Mining Expo June 6-8


Apr. 22, 2012

CBS News: Nevada's gold boom is helping troubled state


Apr. 06, 2012

Field trip to Nevada mine a blast for teachers


Apr. 06, 2012

Daryl Drake: Mining is the easy target in Nevada


Mar. 19, 2012

Nevada's modern-day gold rush creates new mining jobs


Mar. 09, 2012

U.S. should encourage search for rare earths


Feb. 22, 2012

Report: Gold demand up in 2011


Feb. 21, 2012

Field trips keep kids learning outside of class


Feb. 13, 2012

Elko Daily Free Press: Nevada mining industry to create 1,200-1,500 jobs


Feb. 09, 2012

Nevada Mining Industry Expects To Add At Least 1,200 Jobs This Year


Jan. 27, 2012

Barrick, Newmont hiring continues; Elko's housing shortage remains

Elko’s growth due to the mining industry is not expected to level off any time soon.

As 2012 begins, Newmont Mining Corp. and Barrick Gold Corp. have released the number of new employees they expect to hire for their respective Nevada operations. Read more...

Jan. 13, 2012

UNR Case Study: FIND project considers life after mines close

Lander County, like other regions in the Silver State, wants to diversify its economy.

Unlike the bigger locales such as Las Vegas, which rely on tourism and gaming, a majority of rural northeast Nevada economy depends on the mining industry. Read more...

Jan. 09, 2012

Nevada Appeal: Mining firms to boost exploration in 2012

Gold's long bull run — the price of precious metal rose roughly 44 percent in 2010 and its up about 214 percent from November of 2006 — is expected to sustain its momentum in the coming year, mining industry experts say. Read more...

Jan. 09, 2012

Elko Daily Free Press: Silver price sets 2011 record

The average annual silver price in 2011 set a record of $35.12 per ounce, up 74 percent over the 2010 average of $20.19 per ounce, the Silver Institute said today. Read more...

Jun. 13, 2011

From Las Vegas Review-Journal: Empire: The death of a Nevada company town

When it comes to the hardship, heartache and havoc created by the housing collapse, the only difference between giant Las Vegas and this tiny town is this: Next Tuesday, Las Vegas will still exist.

Empire, about 100 miles northeast of Reno in the Black Rock Desert, will become an instant ghost town, its gypsum mine vacant and drywall plant shuttered for the first time since 1923. Read more...

Jun. 02, 2011

An annual report from the Mining Industry Foundation for Lowry High School

The Mining Industry Foundation (MIF) for Lowry High School has been in existence for 19 years. Over the past four years, the Foundation has helped facilitate “An Assembly of Excellence” program each May as well as the “Senior Choice Awards,” which recognize teachers who have influenced LHS students. Read more...

Apr. 04, 2011

Students get hands-on lesson in mining

Nevada is known as the Silver State. So it's no surprise when fourth graders learn about Nevada history they spend a lot of time on mining.

That's why the McCaw School of Mines was built. Read more...

Mar. 22, 2011

At Mining Championship, Winning Might Mean a Job

Mr. Strickland, a Virginia Tech senior, was just one of scores of competitors who took part in the weekend’s 33rd International Intercollegiate Mining Competition, an annual tourney that combines the passion of college sports with the grit of hard core — and hard rock — mining. Read more...

Mar. 08, 2011

Newmont Mining Corporation gives $250,000 to Mackay School

Newmont Mining Corporation continued its support of the College of Science’s Mackay School of Earth Sciences & Engineering with a gift of $250,000 that John Mudge, Newmont’s Vice President of Environmental & Social Responsibility, presented to University of Nevada, Reno administrators on Feb. 25. The donation will support students, faculty, research and educational outreach within the Mackay School. Read more...

Mar. 03, 2011

Gov Sandoval Says Washington, DC Meetings Productive, Could Help On Jobs Front

Gov. Brian Sandoval said today he had productive meetings in Washington, DC, including talks with federal officials about clearing the way for permits to be approved so mining companies can expand and hire more workers. Read more...

Feb. 21, 2011

New model may help in gold exploration

A team of University of Nevada, Reno and University of Nevada, Las Vegas researchers have devised a new model for how Nevada's gold deposits formed, which may help in exploration efforts for new gold deposits. Read more...

Feb. 18, 2011

Comstock Mining denies threats of condemnation

Contrary to testimony before lawmakers earlier this week, a spokesman for Comstock Mining says the company has not served notice it intends to use condemnation to take property needed to expand its operation in Silver City. Read more...

Feb. 07, 2011

Fronteer acquisition, Newmont continues to bet on Nevada gold

Newmont and Fronteer Gold announced Thursday they have entered into an agreement for a Plan of Arrangement in which Newmont will pay Cdn$14 per share or a total of Cdn$2.3 billion for Fronteer Gold. The sought-after prize is Fronteer's Long Canyon viewed by a number of Northern Nevada geologists as a major discovery in a potential new gold district. Read more...

Feb. 07, 2011

Nevada lithium essential for the development of electric cars.

Washington — When President Barack Obama highlighted his investment priorities during the State of the Union speech last week, he made special mention of clean energy and electric cars.

“With more research and incentives, we can break our dependence on oil with biofuels, and become the first country to have a million electric vehicles on the road by 2015,” Obama said in his address to Congress.

Those words are expected to give a boost to companies across the country designing the next generation of road-ready battery-powered cars. But they may also open a door for Nevada’s lithium miners — the only ones in the country — to restart a domestic industry that they hope will help fuel the clean-car revolution. Read more...

Feb. 04, 2011

Development: Sparks water quality lab eyes expansion

Founded in 2002 with five employees, WETLAB now employees 28 at a state-of-the-art laboratory in Sparks that was completed in 2006 and recently expanded by 11,000 square feet.

There also is a new office in Elko. The office started in a part-time employee's home in 2007 and moved into a larger facility in 2009. Read more...

Jan. 28, 2011

Carson tax collections soar in Nov.

Tax collections were up in November in Carson City. The capitol represents one of 15 of the 17 counties in Nevada whose taxable sales were up for that month. The county with the largest increase, White Pine, can contribute some of its economic improvement to mining. Read more...

Jan. 27, 2011

Mining touts benefits to state economy

President of the Nevada Mining Association, Tim Crowley, discusses the benefits mining and related industries bring to Nevada. Read more...

Jan. 26, 2011

Governor: Tax increases last thing Nevada businesses need

Gov. Sandoval spoke to businesses in Las Vegas about tax increases this week, mentioning he will not raise taxes on mining. Read more...

Jan. 06, 2011

Newmont gives $100,000 to GBC Foundation

As part of a $300,000 pledge to an endowment for the Great Basin College Foundation, Newmont Mining presented a $100,000 check to the foundation on Wednesday, Jan. 5. Read more...

Dec. 28, 2010

2010 Year in Review Gold prices break records

Mining industry experts comment on the price of gold in 2010 and its effects on the market, mining companies, its employees and related industries. Read more...

Dec. 22, 2010

Securing U.S. critical minerals supplies more than a domestic mining issue

As the country continues to move towards a diverse energy portfolio that relies on clean, renewable and alternative energy sources, cultivating and developing the mineral resources found right here in Nevada is critical. Read more...

Dec. 22, 2010

BLM releases final Emigrant EIS

BLM releases the final environmental impact statement for Emigrant Project, Newmont Mining's proposed open pit gold mine 10 miles south of Carlin. Read more...

Dec. 19, 2010

Molycorp mine near Primm set for revival

Molycorp will re-open their rare earth mine just outside of Primm, Nev., providing 700 new construction jobs for, what is said to be, the largest construction project within 100 miles of Las Vegas. Read more...

Dec. 15, 2010

With gold prices high, production tactics shift

Prices of gold are high and mines are changing the way they of production to provide more sustainability for the industry. Read more...

Dec. 09, 2010

Barrick keeps ham radios in tune

Barrick Gold Strike generously donated radio equipment to Elko County Ham Operators, Elko Amateur Radio Club and others, giving them opportunities to be involved in the event of an emergency or disaster. Read more...

Dec. 07, 2010

Fields new Mackay School director

Former president of the Nevada Mining Association, Russ Fields, named new director for the Mackay School of Earth Sciences and Engineering at the University of Nevada, Reno. Read more...

Dec. 01, 2010

Paul A. Thomsen: Decisive action by Congress could energize Nevada's economy

Paul Thomsen of Ormat Technologies, member of the Nevada Mining Association, stresses the need to create jobs in renewable energy and energy recycling. Read more...

Dec. 01, 2010

EP Minerals and UNR partnership creates cleaner water

EP Minerals, member of the Nevada Mining Association, takes action with the help of a determined UNR professor to create cleaner drinking water in Nevada. Read more...

Nov. 29, 2010

Sandoval announces transition advisory team

Gov.-elect Brian Sandoval announces transition advisory team including Michael Yackira, CEO of NV Energy and Tom Kerr, Newmont Mining. Read more...

Nov. 27, 2010

Mining a Richer Seam of Jobs .

According to Census data and other studies, mining and drilling industries hold hopes for a better future with lower unemployment rates and higher household incomes. Read more...

Nov. 26, 2010

Study shows impact of mining on Nevada

The National Mining Association commissions a study to show the impact of mining on Nevada including jobs, taxes and additional contributions to the economy. Read more...

Nov. 25, 2010

Behind Gold's New Glister: Miners' Big Bet on a Fund .

The World Gold Council provides investors access to one of the world's precious metals through an exchange-traded fund. Read more...

Oct. 29, 2010

Heller: Harry Reid’s defeat might not be good for Nevada

U.S. Rep. Dean Heller shows his support for Senator Harry Reid in his race for the Senate and shares his thoughts on why Senator Reid's re-election would have a positive effect on Nevada's future. Read more...

Oct. 25, 2010

Mining equipment supplier doubles presence in Elko

Sandvik Mining opens new facility allowing the company to expand capablities and pursue new business ventures. Sandvik expects to move into their new building by May. Read more...

Oct. 14, 2010

A selfish reason to vote for Sen. Reid

Senator Harry Reid has been a staunch advocate for mining. Based on his knowledge and support of the industry, the Elko Daily Free Press endorsed Senator Reid's re-election. Read more...

Oct. 13, 2010

Candidates support mining industry

Candidates in Elko and Humboldt County have shown their support for the mining industry by opposing an industry specific tax increase. Read more...

Oct. 13, 2010

Chilean rescue amazes Searchlight miner

A retired Nevada miner shares his thoughts on the story of the 33 Chilean miners recently rescued after being trapped in a collapsed mine for 69 days. Read more...

Oct. 06, 2010

The State of Silver: Metal's price has widespread impact

Silver is a mineral that is important to Nevada's economy, state government and investors. Nevada's mining industry extracts silver, gold and other minerals and is one of the largest employers in the state. To read more about the benefits of silver and mining in Nevada, click here: Read more...

Oct. 06, 2010

Nevada Farmers Receive Gift From Gold Mines

One of the many jobs in the mining industry is to collect data about rainfall which is utilized in making drought determinations. Find out how these determinations helped the agricultural industry this year: Read more...

Sep. 14, 2010

Nevada good spot for exploration

Exploration was one of the panel topics at this year's 2010 Nevada Mining Association Convention. Click the link below to get the Elko Daily Free Press' coverage on the exploration panel and the outlook for mineral investment in the state. Read more...

Sep. 13, 2010

Sandvik building new Elko facilities

Sandvik Mining and Construction, a Nevada Mining Association member, recently broke ground on a 21,000 square foot, $3.5 million facility in Elko. The state-of-the art facility will allow Sandvik to better serve the state's mining industry. Click here to read all about it. Read more...

Sep. 13, 2010

Nevada miners face a tough 2011 legislative session - Lawmakers

During this past weekend's Nevada Mining Association Convention, a panel of legislators discussed the 2011 Nevada legislative session and the state's budget shortfall. Click here to read about how mining might fit into the mix. Read more...

Sep. 13, 2010

Lawmakers say tough session ahead

The Elko Daily Free Press reports on the legislative panel at the 2010 Nevada Mining Association Convention. Click here for the full coverage. Read more...

Sep. 09, 2010

Mining industry’s net proceeds soar

The recently published 2010 Economic Overview of Nevada's Mining Industry shows that the mining industry's prepayment of net proceeds taxes for was much higher than expected for 2010. Click here to read more... Read more...

Aug. 20, 2010

General Moly to set up trust fund for farmers

General Moly is developing the Mt. Hope molybdenum mine in Eureka County and recently reached a partnership with the local agricultural community. Molybdenum is one of Nevada's lesser-known minerals that is used to strengthen steel and can play an important role in the development of energy infrastructure. Click here to read more about the General Moly partnership. Read more...

Aug. 16, 2010

Survey: Tax proposal caused mining execs to lose confidence

The Northern Nevada Business Weekly looks at the possible causes for Nevada’s fall in the new Fraser Institute Study that ranks, among other things, the most mining-friendly jurisdictions in the world. In the most recent ranking, Nevada fell from third to tenth. Click here to read about the potential implications if this trend continues. Read more...

Aug. 13, 2010

Nevada seen as less friendly place to mine

The Fraser Institute recently released the update to the organization’s annual study of worldwide mining companies, “Survey of Mining Companies: 2010 Mid-Year Update,” in which recent tax threats have seen Nevada fall all the way to tenth on the list of most mining-friendly places in the world. Click here for details and reasons why. Read more...

Aug. 01, 2010

Mining is more than what you see on the surface

The Nevada Mining Association provided the Northen Nevada Development Authority a tour of the Cortez Hills gold mine.

Read more about what each one took away from the experience. Read more...

Jul. 09, 2010

Mines compete in Safety Olympiad

Reporting: Adella Harding, Elko Daily Free Press
The three-day Safety Olympiad features eleven teams from mines as far away as Alaska competing in events like the disaster scenario. Teams compete at several stations including the patient triage scenario, hazardous materials station and others. Read more...

Jul. 09, 2010

Harry Reid hails 800 mining jobs with expansion at Round Mountain Mine

This Is Reno – Blog
Senator Reid approved a planned expansion of the Kinross Gold mining operation in Nye County ensuring 750 high-paying jobs stay in Nevada. Read more...

Jul. 08, 2010

Lithium mining could be new "gold rush" for N. Nevada

Reporting: Tad Dunbar, KRNV Channel 4
One area in Humboldt County is home to the largest deposit of lithium in North America and the fifth largest in the world. Mines are being set to tap into this source of renewable energy. Read more...

Jul. 08, 2010

Sen. Reid has worked hard for mining

Elko Daily Free Press
President of the Nevada Mining Association, Tim Crowley discusses Senator Reid’s support and understanding of the mining industry in the Silver State. Read more...

Jun. 01, 2010

The Gold Issue: Mining in Nevada

The values of both precious and industrial metals and select minerals are up and rising. Previously closed mines are being reopened. Exploration for new untapped ore continues. Geothermal projects are increasing. Investment in the state’s mining is relatively strong. All of these activities indicate a stable industry in the Silver State. Read more...

May. 24, 2010

Nevada Mining Association President Tim Crowley on Nevada Newsmakers

Host: Sam Shad
Co-Host: Scott Craigie
Pundits: Ty Cobb, Former Special Assistant to President Reagan
Elisa Maser, President, CEO, Nevada Advocates for Planned Parenthood
Tray Abney, Director of Government Relations, Reno Sparks Chamber of Commerce Read more...

Apr. 18, 2010

BLM approves Bald Mountain expansion

"It was a good project to work on, and we think we ended up with a good final decision,” said the Ely BLM’s Egan Field Office manager, Jeffrey Weeks, who signed the record of decision. "I’m glad we could finally bring this to a close. I know it was important to them and to alot of folks that work there." Read more...

Apr. 09, 2010

Nye County won't single out mining to make up for shortfall

A resolution passed under the consent agenda, in which numerous items can be passed with one vote, expressed support for the positive economic impacts of the mining industry in Nevada and opposed imposing new taxes specific to mining or an increase in the net proceeds of minerals taxes. Read more...

Mar. 09, 2010

Demand for Lithium Is Poised To Take Off

Suddenly, the yawns are being replaced by eurekas. As awareness spreads that lithium is a crucial ingredient for hybrid and electric cars, a global hunt is under way for new supplies of the metal. Read more...

Feb. 26, 2010

Mining industry to provide revenue to state

Lawmakers and the mining industry have reportedly reached a deal to provide 100-million dollars in new state revenue through a contribution and the closure of tax loopholes. But talks with the gaming industry to provide similar results have stalled. Assembly Speaker Barbara Buckley's proposed plan to have gaming pay about 32-million dollars a year in fees to support the Gaming Control Board's work has been rejected by the Nevada Resort Association. But Senate Majority Leader Steven Horsford says talks are not over, saying the gaming industry must help solve Nevada's budget crisis. Read more...

Feb. 23, 2010

Mining’s commitment to Nevada

As the Nevada economy continues to falter and we embark on a special session of the state legislature, Nevada’s mining industry shares everyone’s concern for the state’s future in this unprecedented fiscal crisis. There has been a lot of commentary about the role Nevada mining should play in helping the state overcome our current challenges. We would like to take this opportunity to publicly outline exactly who we are, and how we are prepared to do our fair share, just as we have always done. Read more...

Feb. 16, 2010

Gibbons calls for special session

Gov. Jim Gibbons issued a proclamation Tuesday officially calling a special session of the Nevada Legislature Feb. 23.

The list of budget cuts included in the proclamation and backup documentation projects $12.4 million in savings and 136 layoffs by shutting down Nevada State Prison in Carson City.

But the list also includes several revenue raising proposals — the largest of which is elimination of numerous exemptions now allowed mining companies as offsets to the Net Proceeds of Minerals Tax. Those changes would generate an estimated $50 million this budget cycle — $25 million a year. Read more...

Jan. 01, 2010

Barrick Gold of North America Creates Visiting Professorship in Mining Engineering

Barrick Gold of North America recently provided funding to establish a Visiting Professorship in the Department of Mining Engineering. The Barrick Visiting Professor will focus on preparing undergraduate students for professional careers in the minerals industries, assist in the development of continuing education courses for industry professionals, and teach courses related to mining engineering and mineral processing for the general student population. The Professorship will provide critically needed faculty support and help maintain the Mackay School of Earth Sciences and Engineering's standing as one of the top comprehensive mining education and research programs in the world.

Jan. 01, 2010

Deep Post – End of an Era

Newmont’s high grade underground mine has ceased production as of December 31st following 10 years of mining. Initial development started in 1999 when the first portal was excavated in the bottom of Barrick’s Betze-Post Pit and construction of the surface facilities and infrastructures began. Since that time, almost 3 Million ounces of gold have been removed using various mining methods.

The primary mining method utilized at Deep Post was Underhand Cut and Fill. The mine was divided into levels on 60’ vertical spacing. Horizontal excavations (drifts) on each level were driven across the ore body using traditional drill and blast techniques to remove the ore. Cemented Rock Fill, a low strength concrete product manufactured at the mine was mechanically placed in these excavations created by the ore extraction. The Cemented Rock Fill was packed tightly to form a solid concrete mass that serves as the wall for any adjacent mining and the roof for subsequent mining below. This high cost mining method was required due to the relatively weak characteristics of the rock mass hosting the ore. Some areas of Deep Post exhibited more favorable ground conditions which allowed for a lower cost, bulk mining method called Longhole Open Stoping.

Approximately 80% of the ore was extracted using Underhand Cut and Fill techniques which required the excavation of about 250,000 feet of lateral drifting. In addition, 4,500 feet of spiral decline was driven to access the levels, 2,500 feet of backfill decline and 10,000 feet of ventilation drifts were required in support of the mine. Finally, a mile long cross cut to connect to the Deep Star Mine was driven to provide for Secondary Egress. In total, at the end of mining activities about 52 miles of drifts will have been driven.

Most of the current Deep Post employees, totaling about 175 people, will transfer to other Newmont mines in the area. A few of the current employees will remain at Deep Post for care and maintenance and to provide for oversight of continuing exploration drilling. The remainder of the work force will transfer to either Leeville or Chukar mines to displace contractors currently serving there. The contractors will be released to provide for shorter term projects at Newmont and other locations.

The closure of Deep Post is the result of several factors; most of the known economic ore has been removed and secondly, the agreement for access with Barrick expired at midnight on December 31, 2009. Access through the Deep Star Mine will remain intact and could provide for access should additional economic ore be discovered, so perhaps the last chapter is yet to be written. Nonetheless, we can all take pride in the accomplishments achieved at Deep Post, not the least of which has been safe production. Deep Post has been recognized by the Nevada Mining Association for its Safety Performance in 2001, 2002, 2004, 2007, and to date, Deep Post has not sustained an MSHA Reportable or Lost Time Accident.

Dec. 07, 2009

Sun Editorializes Mining Initiative

We understand PLAN’s frustration and agree that something needs to be done. However, the initiative process is not the way to make tax policy. There are too many nuances that cannot be left to a simple yes-or-no vote. We are hopeful that next year’s election brings new leadership to Carson City that will have the political courage to change the system to make sure everyone pays their fair share. Read more...

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