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As Kocken puts it, “There’s an old expression in mining: ‘Look for a gold mine where there already is a gold mine.’” In 2005, with a three-phase exploration program from Vancouver-based Beacon Hill Consultants, they explored the area between Bralorne and Pioneer, drilled from the surface and located some very exciting anomalies in the new Bralorne- Pioneer zone. “We opened up the area and proved that we have 150,000 tons of gold ore from the eighth level and up (we haven’t tested below that level yet). The grade of ore is about one-third of an ounce, so we have roughly 50,000 ounces in that area,” he says. Exploration and drilling between the King and Bralorne mines turned up a large anomaly and bonanza grade intersects which has been titled the BK zone. Accordingly a drill program has been initiated that commenced from the surface. “We drilled one hole down to about 2000 feet, and came up with an intersection of 11.781 ounces over 13 inches,” he says. “Our geology department put a program together to drill from the underground (half the cost of drilling than from the surface) which we have just completed. We have drilled roughly 7700 meters on 41 holes, we have got assays from 35 so far, and every hole has hit a reasonably good grade of ore.” He points out that the company is fortunate to have most of the previous infrastructure in place, including piping, water lines, and electrical lines for the mines. “If we had to start from scratch to construct services like roads, municipal water and power, it would cost at least $50 million. In the 1930s this was the largest community north of San Francisco, about 10,000 people with schools, police, fire station, hospital, banks, housing. Most of those buildings are still standing.” Kocken calculates that by the spring of 2008, they’ll have a good indication of how much ore is in the area between the three mines; they’re looking for 350,000 tons, with the potential for 500,000 tons, which would increase mill operation from 100 to 280 tons per day. “At 100 tons it’s barely covering the expense of exploration, but all the equipment is ready to go, and hopefully we’ll be pouring gold bars by the end of 2008,” he says. After that they’ll look at the lower levels of this previously unexplored area, and once in production, they’ll look at pumping out the lower levels of all three mines to see what’s there. “In the early days they were looking for a half-ounce and higher grade ore, but at today’s gold prices, one-quarter of an ounce is good profit for the shareholders. We have a good base of investors, but we could always use more.” October 07 Businessexcellence 19 Infrastructure

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