Interview with Mike Power, President and CEO of Silver Range Resources Ltd. (TSX-V: SNG): Precious Metals Project Generator
by Dr. Allen Alper, PhD Economic Geology and Petrology, Columbia University, NYC, USA


Silver Range Resources Ltd. (TSX-V: SNG) is a precious metals project generator, working in Nunavut, the Northwest Territories and Nevada. The company is actively seeking joint venture partners to explore the assets in its portfolio of over 30 internally-generated, high-grade, wholly-owned prospects. We learned from Mike Power, President and CEO of Silver Range Resources, the company is fully financed for 2017. Plans for the year include exploration work; geophysics, mapping, sampling, alteration mapping, geochemical surveys, and possibly some shallow drilling - on over a dozen of their prospects in Nevada and in Nunavut. Once some of these projects become drill-ready, the company's focus shifts to finding a buyer. According to Mr. Power, Silver Range is focused on the higher-grade end of the market, which they feel will command a premium in good times and in bad.
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Christopher Jones, President and CEO, Uranium Resources Inc. (NASDAQ: URRE; ASX: URI): Developing a New Lithium Business and Advancing Uranium Business as Prices Rise
by Dr. Allen Alper, PhD Economic Geology and Petrology, Columbia University, NYC, USA


Uranium Resources, Inc. (NASDAQ: URRE; ASX: URI) focused on expanding its energy metals strategy, which includes developing its new lithium business, while maintaining optionality on the future rising uranium price. We learned from Christopher Jones, President and CEO of Uranium Resources, over these past 4 years they have restarted and reset the company, with a new team and a new focus and have taken the company to be debt free. Their prospective lithium brine exploration projects are located in Nevada and Utah. In addition, URI remains focused on advancing the Temrezli in-situ recovery (ISR) uranium project in Central Turkey, when uranium prices permit economic development of this project.
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Allen Alper Jr. Interviews Rick Rule on the Sprott Natural Resource Symposium
by Allen Alper, Jr., President of Metals News


I had the pleasure of talking with Rick Rule about the Sprott Natural Resource Symposium that will take place July 25-28th. This is a unique venue with exceptional exposure and insight in the resource sector. Mr. Rule has gained a clear and focused approach from dedicating his entire adult life to understanding and capitalizing on many specialized aspects of natural resource securities investing. In addition to this knowledge and experience gained, he has a worldwide network of contacts in the natural resource and finance worlds. As Director, President, and Chief Executive Officer of Sprott US Holdings, Inc., Mr. Rule leads a highly skilled team of earth science and finance professionals who enjoy a worldwide reputation for resource investment management. It is always a great opportunity to pick Rick Rule's brain and at the Sprott Natural Resource Symposium, he is just one of the resources available. If you attend one conference this year the Sprott Natural Resource Symposium is the conference that you should attend.
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Interview with David Sidoo, President of Advantage Lithium Corp. (TSX VENTURE: AAL): Top Tier Lithium Explorer with a Leading Technical and Management Team
by Dr. Allen Alper, PhD Economic Geology and Petrology, Columbia University, NYC, USA


Advantage Lithium Corp. (TSX VENTURE: AAL) is a Vancouver-based lithium explorer and developer with top tier management and an international portfolio of quality assets. Advantage Lithium has a partnership with Orocobre – one of Argentina’s leading lithium producers – to develop its Cauchari asset, which hosts an inferred resource and includes a large exploration target. The company recently acquired five projects in Argentina from Orocobre, as well as up to 75% in Cauchari. We learned from David Sidoo, President of Advantage Lithium, they have also recently completed a large financing, with institutional investment and now have just under $23 million Canadian in cash and five different properties in Nevada, including Clayton Northeast, where the company has completed two very successful rounds of drilling. Plans for 2017 include the new drill program at Cauchari that has just started and is aimed at expanding the resource, by focusing on the already-defined exploration target, as well as building a resource in Nevada. According to Mr. Sidoo, Advantage Lithium will produce lithium in the next three years.
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Detour Gold Corporation (TSX: DGC): Long Life Large-Scale Open Pit Operation in Northern Ontario, Interview with Laurie Gaborit, VP of Investor Relations
by Dr. Allen Alper, PhD Economic Geology and Petrology, Columbia University, NYC, USA


Detour Gold Corporation (TSX: DGC) is a Canadian intermediate gold producer that owns and operates the Detour Lake mine, a long life large-scale open pit operation in the mining-friendly jurisdiction of northern Ontario. We learned from Laurie Gaborit, VP of Investor Relations of Detour Gold, that they are expected to produce over 600,000 ounces a year for the next 20 years or so. Currently, Detour Lake is one of the largest gold producing mines in Canada, with reserves of over 16 million ounces of gold and significant exploration potential on the property. Plans for 2017 include improving the mining rates and continue infill drilling on the high grade Zone 58 N target, located 6 km south of the mill. The Company is in the process of arranging up to $500 million in bank debt and currently has $133 million in cash.
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Dave Moylan, Dataram's (NASDAQ:DRAM) Chairman and CEO and Ed Karr, CEO of US Gold and Director of Dataram Discuss US Gold Corp. Great Gold Exploration Potential in Nevada
by Dr. Allen Alper, PhD Economic Geology and Petrology, Columbia University, NYC, USA


Dataram (NASDAQ:DRAM) is a leading independent manufacturer of computer memory products and technology oriented performance solutions. Recently, to diversify their operations and enhance shareholder value, the Company decided to acquire US Gold Corp. along with the advanced stage Copper King gold exploration project that has a 43-101 technical report, and a PEA done in 2012. Dataram is in the process of updating the PEA with the new gold, copper and energy prices, by the end of the summer. According to Ed Karr, CEO of US Gold and director of Dataram, the project is very viable and robust, with real economic potential. It has about 926,000 ounces of measured indicated gold, 174,000 ounces of inferred gold plus additional 223 million measured and 62.5 million indicated pounds of copper. In addition, the mineralization extends both North and South, holding upside potential for additional exploration discoveries. The company's VP of Exploration is Dave Mathewson, the world-class geologist, who is credited with discovering Nevada's Rain mining district. He brought with him another exciting project called the Keystone property that has potential to become the next great gold discovery in Nevada. We learned from Mr. Karr, US Gold's business model is to buy good high potential exploration properties, advance them towards production, and then ultimately do a deal.
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Murchison Minerals Ltd (CSE: MUR): Advancing High-Grade Zinc Project; Interview with Kent Pearson, President and CEO
by Dr. Allen Alper, PhD Economic Geology and Petrology, Columbia University, NYC, USA


Murchison Minerals Ltd. (CSE: MUR), a Canadian based exploration company with a diversified portfolio of properties, including the Brabant-McKenzie Zinc-Copper deposit in north-central Saskatchewan and the HPM Nickel/Copper/Cobalt project in Quebec. Murchison also holds gold claims in the Pickle Lake area of northwestern Ontario. We learned from Kent Pearson, President and CEO of Murchison Minerals, they are currently active at the Brabant-McKenzie project and recently completed a 5,600 metre drilling program on the current deposit. They also completed a followup geophysics program on recently identified targets. The goal of the drilling was to test the extent of the deposit and add tonnage. They expect to see the results by late April-early May. Mr. Pearson believes there is substantially more upside on this project than the market realizes.
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Cobalt Blue Holdings Limited (ASX: COB): World Class Pure Cobalt Play; Interview with Joe Kaderavek, CEO
by Dr. Allen Alper, PhD Economic Geology and Petrology, Columbia University, NYC, USA


Cobalt Blue Holdings Limited (ASX:COB) is a pure-play, cobalt-explorer/developer, incorporated on the 26th of August 2016 for the express purpose of developing the Thackaringa Cobalt Project in New South Wales, Australia, with the goal of achieving commercial production of cobalt. We interviewed Joe Kaderavek, CEO of Cobalt Blue Holdings, and learned the company has approximately $9.5 million cash in the bank and an accelerated timeframe to deliver a bankable feasibility study by mid-2019. Thackaringa is a rare case of a world class cobalt project located next to a major city, with strong infrastructure that will substantially lower operating costs. Plans for 2017 include upgrading the resource to 100 million tons and delivering a Scoping Study. Strong cobalt demand, driven by lithium ion batteries, coupled with an increasingly fragile supply chain, dependent upon production from the Democratic Republic of Congo, creates a positive future.
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Nevada Zinc Corporation (TSX‐V: NZN): One of the Few High-Grade Open-Pit Zinc Projects in the World and a Yukon Gold Portfolio, Interviewed Bruce Durham, President and CEO of Nevada Zinc
by Dr. Allen Alper, PhD Economic Geology and Petrology, Columbia University, NYC, USA


Nevada Zinc Corporation (TSX‐V: NZN) is a mineral exploration company with zinc and gold properties located in Nevada and Yukon, the world’s best regions for mining. The company's 100% owned Lone Mountain Zinc project in Nevada is a new discovery, with near-surface low-cost large-scale high-grade potential. We learned from Bruce Durham, who's President and CEO of Nevada Zinc, that Lone Mountain is one of the few high-grade open-pit zinc projects in the world. Plans for 2017 include more drilling in April-May that should result in the 43-101 resource estimate by the end of June. In addition to Zinc the company has several large gold properties in Yukon, one of which has camp scale potential, based on finding the source of the very large gold nuggets that placer miners have been finding in the locals creeks.
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Interview with Dr. Quinton Hennigh, President and CEO of Novo Resources Corp. (TSX-V: NVO; OTCQX: NSRPF): Goal to be in Gold Production in 2018
by Dr. Allen Alper, PhD Economic Geology and Petrology, Columbia University, NYC, USA


Novo Resources Corp. (TSX-V: NVO; OTCQX: NSRPF) is focused on acquiring and exploring gold properties in Western Australia. We learned from Dr. Quinton Hennigh, President and CEO of Novo, they have been exploring for gold in the Pilbara region of North West Australia, and have discovered significant deposits. Currently, they are advancing one of them, the wholly owned Beatons Creek Paleoplacer Gold Project, towards production. Near term plans include; expanding the resource, completing the pre-feasibility study, with the goal of getting into production sometime in 2018, mining around 2,000-2,500 tons per day and generating about 50,000 gold ounces per year.
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Triumph Gold Corp (TSX-V: TIG): Advancing the District Scale Freegold Mountain Project in Yukon with Support from Goldcorp; Interview with John Anderson, Chairman
by Dr. Allen Alper, PhD Economic Geology and Petrology, Columbia University, NYC, USA


Triumph Gold Corp. (formerly Northern Freegold Resources Ltd.) (TSX-V: TIG) is a growth-oriented, Canadian-based, precious metals exploration and development company, currently advancing the district scale Freegold Mountain project in Yukon. We learned from John Anderson, chairman of Triumph Gold, the key features of this 200 square kilometers large property are the three near-surface deposits identified by 43-101 reports. They are over three million ounces and another three million ounces in gold equivalent on one of the deposits. It is the only Yukon property that is right off the Alaskan Highway, with a government-maintained road going right through it. With Goldcorp as a 20% partner, committed to help grow the resource on the Freegold Mountain project, Mr. Anderson believes Triumph Gold has the best leverage in the marketplace.
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Revitalized Wellgreen Platinum Ltd. (TSX: WG, OTC-QX: WGPLF): Potential to be a Large, Low-Cost Open Pit Producer of Platinum, Palladium, Nickel, Gold, Copper and Cobalt; Diane Garrett, President and CEO
by Dr. Allen Alper, PhD Economic Geology and Petrology, Columbia University, NYC, USA


Wellgreen Platinum Ltd. (TSX: WG, OTC-QX: WGPLF) is a Canadian mining exploration and development company, focused on its 100% owned Wellgreen platinum group metal (PGM) and nickel project, located in the Yukon Territory, Canada. Based on 2015 PEA, the Wellgreen PGM and nickel project has the potential to become a large, low cost, open-pit producer of platinum, palladium, gold, nickel and copper. We learned from Diane Garrett, President and CEO of Wellgreen Platinum, the project is predominantly nickel, but also has a very large PGM component. The company is currently in the process of updating the geologic model and the resource and is working towards the pre-feasibility stage. Plans for 2017 include a new 43-101 resource update, which should come out in the third quarter of this year. The Wellgreen property is accessible from the paved Alaska Highway, which leads to year-round deep sea ports in southern Alaska.
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Lake Resources N.L. (ASX: LKE): Among the Majors in the Lithium Triangle; Interview with Steve Promnitz, Managing Director
by Dr. Allen Alper, PhD Economic Geology and Petrology, Columbia University, NYC, USA


Lake Resources N.L. (ASX: LKE) holds one of the largest lithium tenement packages in Argentina and is one of the emerging players in the lithium sector. Lake owns 100% of three key lithium brine projects strategically located in the Lithium Triangle alongside the majors: Olaroz/Cauchari, Paso and Kachi in the highly prospective Jujuy and Catamarca Provinces of Argentina. In addition, Lake owns one large package of lithium pegmatite properties, which were unappreciated sources of lithium in Argentina until recently. We learned from Steve Promnitz, managing director of Lake Resources, the company foresaw the interest in lithium prior to the significant rush by major companies and put its properties together as soon as the government changed in Argentina. We learned from Mr. Promnitz, they have been having discussions with potential off-take partners in China, Japan and Korea, and are currently developing all projects at the same time to collect sufficient data to demonstrate how these projects could be advanced in the next 12-18 months.
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Azarga Uranium Corp. (TSX: AZZ): A Uranium Developer Progressing the High Grade Dewey Burdock ISR Uranium Project in South Dakota; Interview with Blake Steele, President and CFO
by Dr. Allen Alper, PhD Economic Geology and Petrology, Columbia University, NYC, USA


Azarga Uranium Corp. (TSX:AZZ) is a mineral development company that controls six uranium projects, deposits and prospects in the United States of America (South Dakota, Wyoming and Colorado) and the Kyrgyz Republic. We learned from Blake Steele, President and CFO of Azarga, that their flagship project, the high-grade, in-situ recovery, Dewey Burdock Uranium Project in South Dakota, recently received its draft class III and class V underground injection control permits (UIC) from the Environmental Protection Agency, moving the project closer to production. According to Mr. Steele, the initial capital expenditure of US$27 million makes Dewey Burdock "sector leading", among projects of this size. It also has lowest quartile life of mine uranium C1 cash costs. Plans for 2017 include finalizing regulatory permit approvals, while at the same time focusing on other business initiatives such as financing and off-take partners.
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Northern Vertex Mining Corp. (TSX.V: NEE): Low-Cost Open-Pit Heap Leach Gold-Silver Moss Mine in NW Arizona, USA; Ken Berry, President and CEO
by Dr. Allen Alper, PhD Economic Geology and Petrology, Columbia University, NYC, USA


Northern Vertex Mining Corp. (TSX.V: NEE) is an exploration and mining company focused on the reactivation of its 100% owned, low-cost, open-pit, heap leach Moss Mine Gold-Silver Property located in the historic Oatman Mining district in NW Arizona, USA. Northern Vertex just announced, April 20th that it obtained the Final Permit for Commercial Mining at Moss Gold-Silver Project. We learned from Ken Berry, President and CEO of Northern Vertex Mining, they are now in the construction phase of pushing towards commercial production, in the fourth quarter of 2017, so it's exciting times. In a challenging market from 2011 to 2015, the company was able to raise funds to move this project forward and soon they will see cash flow.
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Interview with Laura Evans, Director of Advancement at the Canadian Museum of Nature in Ottawa
by Al Alper, Jr. President of Metals News


We learned from Laura Evans, Director of Advancement at the Canadian Museum of Nature in Ottawa, the museum was born out of the Geological Survey of Canada. The deepest roots of the museum date back to the geological exploration of Canada. For over 150 years, they've been exploring the natural world, which often yields all kinds of interesting rocks, minerals, and gems, so there are lots of ties between the two worlds. They are working on an interesting project right now hoping to repatriate the Foxfire Diamond back to Canada, and offer it a permanent home at the Canadian Museum of Nature.
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Interview with Mr. Rob McEwen, Chairman & Chief Owner, McEwen Mining Inc. (NYSE: MUX, TSX: MUX)
by Dr. Allen Alper, PhD Economic Geology and Petrology, Columbia University, NYC, USA


McEwen Mining Inc. (NYSE: MUX, TSX: MUX) is a growing gold and silver producer in the Americas. McEwen Mining's principal assets consist of; the San José Mine in Santa Cruz, Argentina (49% interest), the El Gallo Mine and El Gallo Silver project in Sinaloa, Mexico, the Gold Bar project in Nevada, USA, and the Los Azules copper project in San Juan, Argentina. Mr. Rob McEwen, Chairman & Chief Owner, owns 25% of the outstanding shares. Mr McEwen was the founder and former chairman and CEO of Goldcorp Inc., which is one of the world’s largest gold producers based on market capitalization. We learned from Mr. McEwen, that their treasury almost doubled over the year and they have an offer to buy a junior exploration company, with some advanced high-grade near-term exploration projects in Timmins, which is one of the biggest gold districts in the world. The company has no debt, is generating positive cash-flow, has not sold the upside, or given away a large part through selling a royalty or a metal stream. McEwen Mining is working towards qualifying for inclusion in the S&P 500.
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Interview with Mitch Krebs, President and CEO of Coeur Mining Inc.: Generating Strong Cash Flow and Poised for Long-term Success
by Dr. Allen Alper, PhD Economic Geology and Petrology, Columbia University, NYC, USA


Coeur Mining, Inc. (NYSE: CDE) is the largest U.S.-based silver producer and a significant gold producer employing approximately 2,000 people with five wholly owned precious metals mines in the Americas: the Palmarejo silver-gold complex in Mexico, the Rochester silver-gold mine in Nevada, the Kensington gold mine in Alaska, the Wharf gold mine in South Dakota, and the San Bartolomé silver mine in Bolivia. We learned from Mitch Krebs, who is President and CEO of Coeur Mining that this year they expect to produce somewhere around 17 million ounces of silver and about 375,000 ounces of gold. According to Mr. Krebs, over the last three years the company managed to lower their all-in sustaining cost by about 25-30%, more than doubled their adjusted EBITDA margins and, with the help of the resulting cash flow, significantly reduced their debt. Coeur Mining is an attractive well-diversified and growing producer that runs in a very responsible, ethical way.
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Premier Gold Mines Limited (TSX-PG): A Gold Producer with a High-Quality Pipeline of Precious Metals Projects in North America; Interview with Ewan Downie, President and CEO
by Dr. Allen Alper, PhD Economic Geology and Petrology, Columbia University, NYC, USA


Premier Gold Mines Limited (TSX-PG) is a gold producer and respected exploration and development company, with a high-quality pipeline of precious metals projects in proven, accessible and safe mining jurisdictions in Canada, the United States, and Mexico. We learned from Ewan Downie, who is President and CEO of Premier Gold Mines that they have been producing for approximately six months. They operate two low-cost mines in North America, with solid production results surpassing production guidelines. According to Mr. Downie, Premier Gold is one of the highest margin producers in their sector and they can grow their future assets, without having to go to the market and issue shares. The company has never been in better shape than it is today.
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Cartier Resources Inc. (TSX-V: ECR}: Discovery in the Prolific Abitibi Gold Belt in Quebec, Sponsored by Agnico Eagle: Interview with Philippe Cloutier, President and CEO
by Dr. Allen Alper, PhD Economic Geology and Petrology, Columbia University, NYC, USA


Cartier Resources Inc. (TSX-V: ECR) is an exploration company focused exclusively on discovery in the prolific Abitibi Gold Belt in Quebec. We learned from Philippe Cloutier, who is president and CEO of Cartier Resources, that around 2011-2012 they adopted a new corporate strategy that was to identify and acquire projects of merit that had historic resource estimates, or ounces in the ground. Today in early 2017, they have attracted the sponsorship of a major mining company Agnico Eagle, who invested $4.5 million in December of 2016 to own just under 20%. Currently, the company launched a 50-thousand-meter drilling program targeted directly beneath the established showings and high-grade resources on four projects: their flagship Chimo Mine project, the Benoit project, the Wilson project, and the Fenton project. With nine million dollars in the bank, an experienced team and proven exploration strategy, Cartier Resources is ready to conduct a very dynamic and aggressive exploration program on some really high profile projects.
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