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Jerritt Canyon

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History

In 1972, the first gold was discovered at the Jerritt Canyon District, with the first gold poured on July 4, 1981. Open pit mining occurred between 1981 and 1999. Portal-accessed, underground mining commenced in 1993 with the SSX-Steer Complex and the Smith mine. Since mining began, Jerritt Canyon has produced over 7 million ounces of gold.

Operations

None of the Jerritt Canyon mines exceed 1,000 feet in depth measured from the elevations at their portals. Underground mining uses low-profile 6-cubic-yard load/haul/dump tractors (LHD) loading 35- and 40-ton trucks for ore removal. Ground support typically uses rock bolts and shotcrete, with cemented back-fill in mined-out areas.

All underground ore is stacked near the mine portals for grade sampling. It is then transported in 150-ton haul trucks to the mill. Due to the sulfide refractory nature of Jerritt Canyon's ore, the mill feed is dried and roasted and gold is recovered using conventional carbon-in-leach processing. High quality gold doré bars are then shipped for commercial refining and sale.

The information provided about Jerritt Canyon on this portion of the Company's website has been reviewed and approved by the Company's Senior Geologist and Qualified Person, Todd Johnson (M.Sc.).

SSX - Steer Complex

Mining Method
  • Conventional sublevel stoping
  • Blind bench stoping
  • Ramp bench stoping
  • Blind uphole stoping
The drift connecting the SSX and Steer mines was completed in late 2005, and the two mines are now referred to as the SSX-Steer Complex. By providing a secondary escape way and ventilation, this connection allowed commercial production from Steer to begin in 2005. The drift also allows the SSX-Steer deposits to share infrastructure in order to optimize production. The SSX- Steer connection also enables drill platforms to explore this prospective corridor.

The SSX deposit was discovered in the early 1990s following the structural trends between the Burns Basin and California Mountain deposits. Mining commenced in 1997. The deposit occurs 450 to 1,000 feet below the surface. It has been in the last few years the main gold producer at Jerritt Canyon. The SSX deposit is primarily structurally controlled by a network of northwest (e.g. South Boundary Fault, South Saval Trend), and northeast (e.g. Purple Fault, Saval Fault) structures. The intersection of the northeast and west-northwest structural trends remain a primary target for resource expansion. The westward extension of the South Boundary Dike and the Mahala resource to the east represent exploration opportunities.

Gold mineralization in the Steer portion of the SSX- Steer Complex has been identified in an area stretching approximately 3,000 feet east from the old Steer pit to halfway along the connection drift to SSX Zone 5. In the eastern portion of the Steer area, high-grade mineralization is associated with the Husky fault. The intersection of these dikes with the Hansen III unit and the Husky fault and its related structures offer excellent exploration potential.

The following tables show 2008 underground exploration drill hole results from the SSX-Steer Complex and the Smith Mine at the Jerritt Canyon property.

Jerritt Canyon Underground Drill Hole Assay Data for Assays received before June 30th 2008
Don Colli (P.Geo.) former Manager of Mine Geology for Queenstake Resources, compiled and reviewed the aforementioned drill results table that were received before June 30, 2008. Todd Johnson, M.S., VP of Exploration with Veris Gold Corp. and a qualified person as defined by NI 43-101, has reviewed and verified the technical information contained in this table as applicable.

Jerritt Canyon Underground Drill Hole Assay Data for Assays Received from June 30th 2008 to April 17th 2009
The qualified person for the aforementioned data is Todd Johnson (M.S. Geology; M.S. Geological Engineering) who is the current VP of Exploration with Veris Gold Corp.

Smith

Mining Method
  • Conventional sublevel stoping
  • Blind bench stoping
  • Ramp bench stoping
  • Blind Uphole Stoping

The Smith Mine, accessed via a portal from the Dash open pit, was started in 1999 as the pit was being mined out. The Smith Mine complex consists of several mineralized areas that are accessed from the Smith portal, as well as East Dash to the east that will be accessed from a separate portal in the Dash pit.

Gold mineralization in the main Smith, Mahala and West Dash deposits is associated with the northeast trending Coulee Fault and west-northwest trending faults and dikes. In Zone 1, high-grade gold mineralization is hosted in the upper and middle portions of the Hansen Creek III unit within a northwest trending horst block between the South Graben fault and the 170 fault. Mineralization in Zones 2 and 3 is directly associated with west-northwest trending dikes. High-grade mineralization occurs within the Hansen Creek II and III units along the steeply dipping dikes.

Gold mineralization in the Mahala area is spatially associated with the west-northwest trending Mahala fault and associated dikes and favorable ore-host stratigraphy, including the Hansen Creek Formation and lower beds of the Roberts Mountains Formation. Mineralization at East Mahala occurs primarily in broad, Southeast-dipping lenses in the hanging wall of the Coulee Fault.

The West and East Dash deposits occur at the ends of the west-northwest trending Dash Fault system which formed the mineralization mined in the Dash pit. The West Dash deposit occurs at the intersection of the Coulee fault and the west-northwest trending Dash fault. West Dash is accessed through the Smith Portal. The East Dash deposit lies to the east of the Dash pit and will be accessed by a separate portal in the pit. At East Dash, most gold occurs in two lenses parallel to the Dash Fault and dipping to the northeast.

The following table shows the 2011 underground exploration drill hole results from the the Smith Mine at the Jerritt Canyon property.

Smith Mine 2011 Underground Exploration Diamond Drill Program

Data Compiled by William Hofer, Chief Geologist at Jerritt Canyon for Queenstake Resources. The drill results have been reviewed and authorized for release by Todd Johnson, the Qualified Person, as per NI 43-101 guidelines.

Starvation Canyon

Mining Method
  • Conventional sublevel stoping
  • Blind bench stoping
  • Ramp bench stoping
  • Blind uphole stoping
The Starvation Canyon underground mine is accessed via a portal, started production on April 7, 2013 and contributes an average of 600 tons of ore production a day to the Jerritt Canyon mine operations. Starvation Canyon is operated by Small Mine Development (SMD). The Starvation Canyon mine is the first mine located in the southern half of the Jerritt Canyon property. Initial development of the newest mine at Jerritt Canyon started in November 2012. The six month time period from initial development to initial mine production was on time and on budget.

Gold mineralization at Starvation Canyon occurs at the Hanson Creek II-III Formation contact and is localized along a west-northwest fault zone at northeast structural intersections. The majority of the mineralization is hosted within unit III of the Hanson Creek Formation consisting of interbedded micrite and argillaceous limestone.

The Starvation Canyon deposit discovery was announced on December 16, 2004. The discovery took place 18 months after a predecessor Company to Veris Gold acquired the Jerritt Canyon property from AngloGold and Meridian in 2003, and the completion of a subsequent 58 drill hole program totaling 45,077 feet. The discovery is attributed to the 2003-2004 exploration staff that targeted favorable host rocks along a mineralized structural trend that had been previously untested. It took 10 years to drill define, permit, engineer, and construct the Starvation Canyon underground mine which is about the average industry time to bring a new gold mine into production in the United States.



Recovery Process

The mineral processing operation at Jerritt Canyon is one of only three processing plants in Nevada that uses roasting in its treatment of refractory ores. Initially, Jerritt Canyon was designed to process oxide and mildly refractory gold ores. In 1989, the roasting circuit was added to the process for the treatment of highly refractory ores which are now being mined and processed at Jerritt Canyon.

The unit operations at the Jerritt Canyon processing plant are comprised of the following circuits:
  • Primary crushing;
  • Secondary crushing;
  • Fine ore drying;
  • Tertiary crushing;
  • Dry grinding;
  • Roasting;
  • Carbon-in-leach ("CIL") with cyanidation and carbon adsorption;
  • Carbon stripping;
  • Carbon reactivation;
  • Electro-winning;
  • Merrill-Crowe process using zinc cementation of gold and silver;
  • Precipitate refining;
  • Oxygen plant;
  • Water evaporation pond; and
  • Tailing impoundment.

Jerritt Canyon Mill Flow Chart

Reserves & Resources

National Instrument 43-101 Updated Mineral Reserves - December 31, 2012
Table 1. Jerritt Canyon Mineral Reserves: December 31, 2012
  Proven Probable Total Proven + Probable
Deposit/Mine K tons oz/st K oz K tons oz/st K oz K tons oz/st K oz
Open Pit (OP)                  
  Burns Basin 32 0.100 3.2 391 0.101 39.6 423 0.101 42.8
  Mill Creek 3 0.089 0.3 194 0.090 17.4 197 0.090 17.7
  Saval 51 0.155 7.9 32 0.089 2.9 83 0.129 10.8
  Wright  Window 5 0.174 0.9 109 0.093 10.1 114 0.096 11.0
  Stockpiles 37 0.124 4.6 167 0.053 8.9 204 0.066 13.5
OP Reserve Subtotal 128 0.131 17.0 892 0.088 78.9 1,021 0.094 95.7
                   
Underground (UG)                  
  Smith 1,750 0.162 283.5 1,262 0.168 211.8 3,012 0.164 495.3
  SSX   (includes W. Mahala) 566 0.172 97.5 1,056 0.159 167.4 1,621 0.163 272.0
  Saval 18 0.239 4.3 150 0.203 30.4 168 0.207 34.8
  Murray 142 0.163 23.1 354 0.166 58.6 495 0.165 81.7
  Starvation 24 0.238 5.8 946 0.176 166.8 970 0.178 172.6
UG Reserve Subtotal 2,499 0.166 414.3 3,766 0.169 635.0 6,266 0.167 1,049.3
                   
Reserve Total 2,628 0.164 431.1 4,659 0.153 713.9 7,287 0.157 1,145.0

Notes:
  1. Mineral Reserves are contained within underground designs or Lerch Grossman pit shells using a three year trailing average gold price of US$1,490 per oz;
  2. Mineral Reserves used a grade dependent metallurgical Au recovery from 75% to 90%;
  3. All underground Mineral Reserves are presented using a 0.11 to 0.12 opt cutoff grade whereas the open pit Mineral Reserve cutoff grades vary between 0.043 to 0.046 opt gold;
  4. Open pit Mineral Reserves include 5% mining losses and 5% un-planned dilution;
  5. Underground Mineral Reserves include 5% mining losses and 10% un-planned dilution;
  6. Mineral Reserves were calculated by Mark Odell, P.E., Practical Mining LLC, an independent Qualified Person.
A map showing the area locations can be seen here:
http://www.verisgoldcorp.com/i/pdf/JCPropertyMap2012.pdf

National Instrument 43-101 Updated Mineral Reserves and Resources - December 31, 2012
Table 2. Jerritt Canyon Measured and Indicated Mineral Resources, including Reserves: December 31, 2012.
  Measured Indicated Measured + Indicated
Deposit/Mine K tons oz/st K oz K tons oz/st K oz K tons oz/st K oz
Open Pit (OP)                  
  Burns Basin 46 0.106 4.9 430 0.096 41.4 476 0.097 46.3
  Mill Creek 3 0.089 0.3 299 0.094 28.0 302 0.094 28.3
  Saval 51 0.148 7.6 315 0.085 26.7 367 0.093 34.3
  Wright    Window 5 0.174 0.9 115 0.090 10.3 120 0.094 11.2
  Pie Creek - - - 225 0.086 19.2 225 0.086 19.2
  Road Canyon - - - 17 0.070 1.2 17 0.070 1.2
  Stockpiles 37 0.124 4.6 254 0.049 12.4 291 0.059 17.1
OP Resource Subtotal 144 0.128 18.3 1,654 0.084 139.3 1,798 0.088 157.6
                   
Underground (UG)                  
  Smith 2,980 0.200 597.3 2,214 0.204 452.1 5,193 0.202 1,049.4
  SSX   (includes W. Mahala) 1,205 0.201 242.6 2,438 0.198 481.7 3,643 0.199 724.3
  Saval 17 0.276 4.6 160 0.247 39.6 177 0.250 44.2
  Murray 142 0.163 23.1 404 0.165 66.8 545 0.165 89.9
  Starvation 24 0.238 5.8 946 0.176 166.8 970 0.178 172.6
Winters Creek - - - 117 0.112 13.1 117 0.112 13.1
UG Resource Subtotal 4,367 0.200 873.4 6,278 0.194 1,220.1 10,645 0.197 2,093.5
                   
Resource Total 4,511 0.198 891.7 7,932 0.171 1,359.4 12,443 0.181 2,251.1

Notes:
  1. Mineral Resources that are not mineral reserves do not have demonstrated economic viability;
  2. The Mineral Resource gold cutoff grades were calculated using a US$1,620 per ounce price which is equal to a 2 year trailing average;
  3. Underground Mineral Resources are presented using a 0.10 to 0.11 opt Au cutoff grade;
  4. The open pit Mineral Resources used cutoff grades ranging from 0.040 to 0.042 opt Au and are constrained by a Lerch Grossman pit shells run at $1,620 per ounce;
  5. The underground Mineral Resources at Smith and SSX (including West Mahala) were calculated by the Independent Qualified Person, Karl Swanson, if the blocks occur inside the 0.10 opt Au gradeshell and outside existing asbuilt workings and sterilized areas, and deemed to be potentially economic; The underground Mineral Resources for the other listed areas were calculated by the Qualified Person, Mark Odell;
  6. Open pit Mineral Resources and Reserves include 5% mining losses and 5% un-planned dilution; and
  7. Underground Mineral Resources include 5% mining losses and 5-10% unplanned dilution.
National Instrument 43-101 Updated Inferred Mineral Resources - December 31, 2012
Table 3. Jerritt Canyon Inferred Mineral Resources: December 31, 2012. Inferred
  Inferred
Deposit/Mine K tons oz/st K oz
Open Pit (OP)      
  Burns Basin  5 0.061 0.3
  Mill Creek  4 0.153 0.6
  Saval 10 0.083 0.8
  Wright    Window  5 0.088 0.4
  Pie Creek 5 0.089 0.5
  Road Canyon 187 0.081 15.2
  Stockpiles      
OP Resource Subtotal 216 0.082 17.8
       
Underground (UG)      
  Smith 977 0.179 174.6
  SSX   (includes West Mahala) 2,508 0.173 433.6
  Saval 51 0.238 12.2
  Murray 61 0.162 10.0
  Starvation 21 0.170 3.6
Winters Creek 10 0.145 1.5
UG Resource Subtotal 3,629 0.175 635.4
       
Inferred Resource Total 3,845 0.170 653.2

Notes:
  1. Similar resource tabulation methodologies described for Table 2 apply to the resources in Table 3; and
  2. Mineral resources that are not mineral reserves do not have demonstrated economic viability.
The estimated Proven and Probable Mineral Reserves at year-end 2012 for its 100% owned Jerritt Canyon operating gold mine in Elko County, Nevada, have increased to 1,145,000 ounces of gold at a grade of 0.157 ounces of gold per short ton ("opt") or 5.38 grams of gold per tonne ("gpt"). Jerritt Canyon is operated by Veris Gold Corp USA, Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Veris Gold Corp. ("Veris" or the "Company").

The updated reserves are within a newly estimated resource consisting of: a Measured Resource of 4,510Kt at an average grade of 0.198 opt gold (6.79 gpt) totaling 891,700 ounces, and an Indicated Resource of 7,932Kt averaging 0.171 opt (5.86 gpt) totaling 1,359,400 ounces. The Inferred Resource at Jerritt Canyon is an additional 653,200 ounces of gold from 3,845Kt at an average grade of 0.170 (5.83 gpt). The reserves were calculated using a 3-year trailing average gold price of US$1,490 per ounce whereas the resources were calculated using a two-year trailing average gold price of US$1,620 per ounce.

Jerritt Canyon's Proven and Probable Reserves on December 31, 2011 were 1,060,800 ounces of gold at a grade of 0.175 opt (6.00 gpt). These were depleted by 127,700 ounces as a result of mining and processing during 2012, which includes the stockpiles. The updated Proven and Probable Reserve as of December 31, 2012 therefore represents a total addition of 211,900 oz.

Todd Johnson, Vice-President of Exploration for Veris Gold Corp., is preparing and authoring an updated report entitled "NI 43-101 Technical Report, Veris Gold Corp. Jerritt Canyon Property, Elko County, Nevada" that will include these new resource and reserve results. It is anticipated that this NI 43-101 Technical Report, with an effective date of December 31, 2012, will be filed in late June 2013 and will be available on SEDAR and on the Company's website.

Practical Mining LLC has verified the drill hole data used to support the technical information and current resources in this news release, including the sampling, sample security, analytical techniques, original assay certificates, and Quality Assurance/Quality Control procedures and has determined that the Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy and Petroleum Council (November, 2010) and NI 43-101 Industry Standards have been sufficiently followed. The resources and reserves were calculated from a revised 3D geologic model of the mineralized bodies using Vulcan modeling software.

Quality Control and QP
Assaying of all surface exploration (reverse circulation and core) and underground diamond drill hole samples from the 2011 and 2012 drill programs reported in this news release were conducted by ALS Laboratory Group in Reno, Nevada using standard fire assay techniques. Assay intercepts are reported as drilled. True widths have not yet been calculated; given the geometry of the mineralization at Jerritt Canyon, the concept of true width is not always meaningful before delineation drilling has been completed. The company's 2010 and 2011 Quality Assurance and Quality Control protocols are available at the Company's website: http://www.verisgold.com/i/pdf/JC_Assay_Protocols.pdf

The technical information Table 1, 2 and 3 including the updated Mineral Resources and Reserves were reviewed and approved by the Company's Vice President of Exploration, Todd Johnson, P.E., of Veris Gold Corp. (Qualified Person per the requirements of NI 43-101).

Cautionary Note to U.S. Investors concerning estimates of Measured, Indicated and Inferred Resources

This document uses the terms "measured and indicated resources". The Company advises U.S. investors that while these terms are recognized and required by Canadian regulations, the SEC does not recognize them. U.S. investors are cautioned not to assume that any part or all of mineral deposits in this category will ever be converted into reserves.

This document also uses the term "inferred resources". The Company advises U.S. investors that while this term is recognized and required by Canadian regulations, the SEC does not recognize it. "Inferred resources" have a great amount of uncertainty as to their existence, and great uncertainty as to their economic and legal feasibility. It cannot be assumed that all or any part of an inferred mineral resource will ever be upgraded to a higher category. Under Canadian rules, estimates of inferred mineral resources may not form the basis of a feasibility or other economic study. U.S. investors are cautioned not to assume that any part or all of an inferred resource exists or is economically or legally minable.

Mineral Reserve Terminology: Canadian and U.S. Differences

The Company is organized under the laws of British Columbia, Canada. The mineral reserves and resources described here are estimates and have been prepared in compliance with National Instrument 43-101 of the Canadian Securities Administrators. The definitions of proven and probable reserves used in National Instrument 43-101 differ from the definitions in the United States Securities and Exchange Commission ("SEC") Industry Guide 7.

Exploration Overview


District Geology
The Jerritt Canyon deposits are typical of the Carlin-type deposit of micron to submicron-sized gold particles hosted primarily by carbonaceous, Paleozoic calcareous and sulfidic sedimentary rocks. Lesser amounts of ore are hosted by intermediate to mafic intrusive rock. The deposits often consist of several discrete pods or zones of mineralization whose location is controlled by intersections of major west-northwest and north-northeast structures that cut folded, permeable and chemically favorable host rocks. Locally, intrusive dikes that follow the northwest or northeast structures may be important host rocks. The combination of these structural and stratigraphic controls imparts a highly irregular shape to the ore zones, although most have more horizontal than vertical continuity depending upon the orientation of the host rocks. Gold in the Jerritt Canyon ore deposits occurs as free particles of intergranular, native gold, on or within pyrite, or in association with sedimentary carbonaceous material. Due to the sulfide and carbonaceous affinities, most of the gold deposits at Jerritt Canyon require fine grinding and oxidation to permit the gold particles to be liberated by standard, carbon-in-leach cyanidation.

Project Drilling

Exploration drilling programs typically consist of reverse circulation (RC) drilling at about 200-foot centers. The spacing is then reduced to about 140 feet and finally, to 100-foot centers or less. Surface core drilling will also augment the drilling programs. At the underground mines, definition drilling usually consists of core drilling on 50-foot centers from underground stations. Underground RC drilling (Cubex) is typically used for resource conversion and is drilled on 20- to 40-foot centers.

Tens of thousands of holes have been drilled on the Jerritt Canyon property over the years. The Murray Mine has over 22,000 holes with more than 2 million feet drilled; the Smith mine has over 5,000 holes with more than 1.25 million feet; the SSX mine has nearly 16,000 holes with 2.4 million feet of drilling.

The following table shows 2011 surface exploration drill hole results from open pit targets at Jerritt Canyon.

Open Pit Targets - 2011 Surface Drilling Results, Jerritt Canyon Property, Nevada

The information contained in this news release has been reviewed and approved by the Company's Vice President of Exploration, Todd Johnson, M.Sc. (Qualified Person per the requirements of NI 43-101).

The following table shows additional 2011 surface exploration drill hole results from the West Mahala Project at Jerritt Canyon.

Table 1. Mahala 2011 Surface Drilling Results, Jerritt Canyon Property, Nevada.
The information contained in this news release has been reviewed and approved by the Company's Vice President of Exploration, Todd Johnson, M.Sc. (Qualified Person per the requirements of NI 43-101).

The following table shows the 2011 surface exploration drill hole results from the Mahala Project at Jerritt Canyon.

Mahala 2011 Surface Drilling Results, Jerritt Canyon Property, Nevada
The information contained in this news release has been reviewed and approved by the Company's Vice President of Exploration, Todd Johnson, M.Sc. (Qualified Person per the requirements of NI 43-101).

The following tables show 2008 surface exploration drill hole results from throughout the Jerritt Canyon property.

Jerritt Canyon Surface Exploration Drill Hole Assay Data for Assays received before July 1st 2008
Todd Johnson, M.S., VP of Exploration with Veris Gold Corp. and a qualified person as defined by NI 43-101, has reviewed and verified the technical information contained in this table as applicable.

Jerritt Canyon Surface Exploration Drill Hole Assay Data Received After June 30th 2008
The qualified person for the aforementioned data is Todd Johnson (M.S. Geology; M.S. Geological Engineering) who is the current VP of Exploration with Veris Gold Corp.

Starvation Canyon

The discovery of high-grade mineralization at Starvation Canyon has been particularly exciting, as this is the first substantial gold deposit found in the southern part of the district - an area considered to have similar geologic structures as the mines in the northern part. The mineralized zones that host the Starvation Canyon deposit are mostly classified as indicated resources in the December 2007 reserve estimate. The thickness and grade of mineralization are comparable to the mineralization found previously at Jerritt Canyon.


Starvation Canyon is located on private land owned by Queenstake in the southwestern part of the Jerritt Canyon District. The gold mineralized zone at Starvation Canyon lies above the water table in the area of steep topography and could be easily accessed by portal from the hillside.

Starvation Canyon drilling has identified a prospective 4 1/2-mile mineralized trend that includes Starvation Canyon and mineralized targets at Waterpipe II and Pie Creek. The northwest structure that appears to be the primary control for the Starvation Canyon resource could hold potential for additional clusters of mineralization both to the northwest and southeast.

The following table show the 2011 surface exploration drill hole results from the Starvation Project at Jerritt Canyon.

Starvation Canyon 2011 Surface Drilling Results, Jerritt Canyon Property

The information contained in this news release has been reviewed and approved by the Company's Vice President of Exploration, Todd Johnson, M.Sc. (Qualified Person per the requirements of NI 43-101).

Exploration History

The Jerritt Canyon district was originally explored by prospectors looking for antimony in the early 1900s. FMC Corporation, exploring for antimony in the 1970s, discovered gold occurrences similar to those in the nearby Carlin trend. In 1976, FMC, then known as Meridian Mining, formed a joint venture with Freeport Minerals to explore and develop the deposits. Mining commenced in 1981 at Jerritt Canyon with the North Generator open pit.

Since then, the operators of Jerritt Canyon conducted exploration programs for the identification and development of new mineralized areas. The Jerritt Canyon operation has had a history of exploration and discovery since the 1970s. Historically, most of the exploration efforts were concentrated at and around the existing underground mines in the northern part of the district. Several open pit deposits were discovered, developed and mined during the 1980s and 1990s, including North Generator, Alchem, Marlboro Canyon, Burns, Steer, Saval and Dash. Underground targets were also identified, and the first to be exploited was the West Generator underground deposit in 1993. The MCE, Smith and Steer deposits were more recent discoveries. The million-ounce Murray Mine unexpectedly was discovered by drilling an area being prepared for surface support facilities. The SSX deposit was discovered in the early 1990s by geologists following the structural trends between Burns Basin and California Mountain open pits. The SSX Mine produced its millionth ounce of gold in 2005, becoming the fifth millionth-ounce mine at Jerritt Canyon.

The first gold reserves from the Starvation Canyon project and Mahala Basin were delineated in 2005 and added to in 2006 and 2007. Additional drill holes targeting previously identified indicated resources at West Mahala, as identified in the 2008 43-101 report, and other mineralization at the Mahala Basin are warranted in the future. The resources at West Mahala lie within 900 to 2900 feet to the existing underground development at the SSX-Steer Complex. Exploration opportunities are plentiful throughout the entire Mahala Basin area as evidenced from the 2007 and 2008 exploration drilling results.

Exploration drilling recommenced at Smith Mine as of June 12, 2010 and is continuing today. A 130,000 foot surface drilling program was completed in 2011 that tested projects throughout the property. Modelling of the recently aquired drill hole data is in progress to update the mineral and resources of the district.

Jerritt Canyon Operations Technical Report

Effective Date: December 31, 2012

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