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Left to right is Mackay School of Mines Graduate, Timothy Kiley of the UNR Metallurgical Engineering Department, Yerington High School Club Members, Stephani Pena, Fransisco Leyva, YHS Club Advisor and Science Teacher Crystal Mattice, members Max McCandless, Cierra Sullivan, Melissa Pursel, Marlena Smith and Lilliana Sanchez.

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Standing next to the hoist drums are Yerington High School Mining Club members from left to right, Melissa Pursel, Marlena Smith, YHS Advisor & Science Teacher, Crystal Mattice, Stephani Pena, (crouching) Lilliana Sanchez, Fransisco Leyva, Cierra Sullivan, Max McCandless and UNR Mackay School of Mines, Metallurgy graduate Timothy Kiley.

The Yerington High School Mining Club of 2015 came to visit the Pumpkin Hollow Mine for their school year tour.  This is YHS Mining Club’s 2nd tour since they started the club in 2013.  Not all club members were able to attend because of the end-of-the-school year activities, but we were glad to have those who could.  Pumpkin Hollow also was fortunate to have a UNR Mackay School of Mines graduate from the Metallurgical Department, Mr. Timothy Kiley come join us.   Tim Kiley was beneficial in answering questions and giving valuable information on metallurgy.  After a safety briefing given by Community Relations Coordinator, Rita Menesini, and getting geared-up with their PPE (personal protective equipment), the club members, club advisor and Tim Kiley went on their guided tour by Rita Menesini and Cementation’s Project Manager, Murph Miniely.  The group experienced the hoist in operation,  waste rock pouring out the headframe dump chutes and the many drill rigs operating at Pumpkin Hollow.  After the tour, an overview and Q&A session was given by Tim Dyhr, VP of Environmental & External Relations and VP of Operations, Tim Arnold during a pizza lunch.

Thank you Yerington High School Club Members for your hard work & effort.  Keep rocking!!

 

2015 is an exciting year at Pumpkin Hollow.  In addition to continuing to sink a 24-foot diameter 2,200 feet deep production-sized shaft and 700 feet of underground lateral development, the company has initiated a renewed exploration program.

The current underground drilling program is expected to commence in April and will consist of 26,000 feet (7,900 meters) of drilling. The East deposit has not been drilled since 2011. At that time, the company determined that with a reserve in excess of 13 years, there were sufficient reserves to support a decision to develop the underground mine and additional drilling would be more cost effective from underground drill stations.  Now that the production shaft has reached the 1,900 level and lateral development is underway, several underground drill stations can be set up and drilling conducted concurrent with completion shaft sinking to 2,160 feet. The deposit remains open in several directions and underground drilling will focus on enlarging the high grade zones and providing additional data for mine development design.

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The open pit drill program has commenced. The drill program will focus on the important “saddle zone” located between the North and South deposits and areas of the North pit that, with success, will further enhance current copper grades and reduce the strip ratio. Drilling success in the saddle zone is expected to add copper pounds by converting what was previously considered waste (due to lack of drill data) into ore. The open pit program will focus on areas that will enhance the copper grades and reduce strip ratio (the ratio of quantities of mine waste rock to quantities of ore).

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A team of geologists will be helped to implement the exploration program, primarily collecting additional geological and geotechnical information for the mine modeling.  In addition, the company will have 8 to 12 contract drill crews stationed in Yerington working on rotating shifts operating 24 hours per day, seven days a week.

 

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Bachelors of Science, Mining Engineers, Tate Boyster and Axel Loehden inquire about employment at the Nevada Copper booth.

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Metallurgical Engineers sign-up for possible summer internship at Nevada Copper.

 

Nevada Copper participated in the Natural Resources and Environmental Science/Mackay School of Earth Sciences and Engineering Career and Internship Fair of 2015.  The NRES-Mackay School of Mines event took place in the Joe Crowley Student Union, University of Nevada, Reno on February 11, 2015.

This event provided an opportunity to meet and interact with the students majoring or interested in career fields such as environmental science, geology, mining engineering, metallurgical and related units.

Rita Kay Menesini, Nevada Copper’s Community Relations Coordinator says the students and graduates presented themselves in a most professional manner and showed much potential for future hiring.  She wishes each & every student the best.

A big thank you to Katia Albright, M.A., Coordinator of Career Development, Nancy Markee, Ph.D, Associate Professor Natural Resources and Environmental Science, and to Julie Stoughton, M.S., Lecturer and Academic Advisor Natural Resources and Environmental Science.  Also to everyone involved in organizing this beneficial event.

 

 

Hand drilling is a historic method used to drill holes into rock. The purpose of drilling the holes was to fill them with black powder.  The driller, referred to as a “cousin jack” wielded a 4 lb. hammer and drove a chisel pointed steel (or drill) into the rock. The miner would strike the chisel with the hammer, and rotate the chisel 90 degrees before striking it again.

Nevada Copper’s Tim Leedy competing in the single jack drilling contest, Carson City, Nevada.

Nevada Copper’s Tim Leedy competing in the single jack drilling contest, Carson City, Nevada.

Tim Leedy, Nevada Copper’s Environmental Scientist, has a story to tell.  It’s about a history of Single Jack Rock Drilling World Champions and this includes the whole Leedy family.   It illustrates a close family bond and a strong will to succeed.

The Leedy mining event history starts with Tim’s dad, Skip Leedy.  Skip became interested in hand steeling in the early 80’s while he attended the University of Nevada, Reno as an undergraduate (The Mackay Muckers).  He competed in competitions all over the west since 1983 (Colorado, Oregon, California, and Nevada).  He is a 5-time single jack world champion, a previous coach at the University of Nevada, Reno and a judge/head judge at intercollegiate competitions.

Craig Leedy (Tim’s Uncle) has been competing all over the west since the 1990′s and makes the steel drills with the help from Tim Leedy’s other Uncle Marc Leedy.  The drills (L.L.C. Old Time Drilling) are used by a majority of the competitors. Craig was also a coach at the University of Nevada, Reno in various years.

Susan Leedy (Tim’s Mom) met Skip Leedy through the mining team at the University of Nevada, Reno.  She competed for about 3 years starting in 1986 and was World Champion in single jack drilling for a year or two as well.

Wes Leedy (Tim’s older Brother) had attended competitions since infancy and participated in many single jack drilling children’s events.  He started competing seriously in college and post-college for 3 years, but no longer competes.  He placed first at a University of Arizona competition.

Tim Leedy has attended competitions also since infancy and participated in children’s single jack events.  His first competition was his senior year in high school.  He participated for three years on the collegiate mining team while simultaneously competing in the professional circuit. Tim has competed professionally for 6 years, and continues to compete on a professional level.  While in college he traveled to England and Colorado with the mining team.

Side note:  All Leedys except Susan Leedy, (mom) have broken bones partaking in this sport.  Some more than once.

Current Professional Competitions and Events:

  •   Nevada: Carson (world championship) – Single Jack
  •   Nevada: Tonopah – Single jack, double jack, muck, double muck
  •   Colorado: Creede, Nederland, Idaho Springs, Silverton, Cripple Creek and Victor,           Leadville, Ouray – Single jack, double jack, muck, jackleg, spike drive
Skip Leedy, Single Jack Drilling, World Champion many times over.

Skip Leedy, Single Jack Drilling, World Champion many times over.

Craig Leedy, (Uncle)

Craig Leedy (Uncle)

 

Jack Leedy (Brother)

Jack (Brother)

Please see more on the Single Jack Drilling World Championships – Nevada Day, Carson City 2014 –   http://www.nevadaday.com/pages/rock.php

http://miningcontest.com/SINGLE_JACK.html

http://miningcontest.com/WORLD_CHAMPIONS.html

Silver Stage High School students visit the Nevada Copper, Pumpkin Hollow Mine Project's booth on their 2014 College/Career Day.

Silver Stage High School students visit the Nevada Copper, Pumpkin Hollow Mine Project’s booth on their 2014 College/Career Day.   Thank you Silver Stage students for your interest in Nevada Copper and the many great questions asked.

Silver Stage High School student checks out a sample of copper ore with a magnifying rock & mineral glass.

Silver Stage High School student checks out a sample of copper ore with a rock & mineral magnifying glass.

Next College/Career Day?  At Yerington High School, January 9, 2015.

 

 

Russ Fields, Director of the Mackay School of Earth Sciences and Engineering unveils the plaque honoring the sponsors.

Russ Fields, Director of the Mackay School of Earth Sciences and Engineering unveils the plaque of appreciation to the sponsors for the Arentz Center for Student Success.

Russ Fields, Director of the Mackay School of Earth Sciences and Engineering unveils the plaque of appreciation to the sponsors for the Arentz Center for Student Success.
Director of Mackay School, Russ Fields thanks and honors the  Samuel Arentz family, the mining industry and all those who helped fund the Arentz Center for Student Success!

Director of Mackay School, Russ Fields thanks and honors the Samuel Arentz family, the mining industry and all those who helped fund the Arentz Center for Student Success!

The Arentz Student Center has been renovated and renamed the Arentz Center for Student Success.  Initially established in 2000 by Samuel S. Arentz III and family, the space was created in honor of his grandfather, Samuel S. Arentz and his father, Samuel S. Arentz, Jr..  The Center has been renovated to better utilize the space for students to study, meet, relax and eat in a comfortable space that will also be used to showcase the work of Mackay students to prospective students and employers.  The Center houses Samuel S. Arentz, Jr.’s library of historic Geological Survey Reports, mining and metallurgy reports on Nevada and the United States, field notes, and other books pertaining to the minerals industry.

Nevada Copper Mining Engineer and Alumni of Mackay Schools, Jamie Loyola, Katia Albright, Mackay School Coordinator of Career Development and Elizabeth Ball, Coordinator of Student Recruitment, Mackay School of Earth Sciences and Engineering - UNR

Nevada Copper Mining Engineer and Alumni of Mackay Schools, Jamie Loyola, Katia Albright, Mackay School Coordinator of Career Development and Elizabeth Ball, Coordinator of Student Recruitment, Mackay School of Earth Sciences and Engineering – UNR

Nevada Copper's Tim Arnold,  VP of Operations, Rita Kay Menesini,  Community Relations Coordinator, Jamie Loyola, Mining Engineer, and UNR's Mackay School of Earth Science & Engineering Director, Russ Fields.

Nevada Copper’s Tim Arnold, VP of Operations, Rita Kay Menesini, Community Relations Coordinator, Jamie Loyola, Mining Engineer, and UNR’s Mackay School of Earth Science & Engineering Director, Russ Fields.

Arentz Center Rededication for Student Success

Arentz Center Rededication for Student Success

Nevada Copper's Process Manager, Scott Sims giving UNR's Metallurgical Engineering Department an overview of the Pumpkin Hollow Project

Nevada Copper’s Process Engineer, Scott Sims giving UNR’s Metallurgical Engineering Department an overview of the Pumpkin Hollow Project

Metallurgical Engineering Department visits the Hoist House

Metallurgical Engineering Department visits the Hoist House

Hank Ohlin, Sr. Geologist discusses the core samples to the group.

Hank Ohlin, Sr. Geologist discusses the core samples to the group.

Mine site tour with UNR's Metallurgical Engineering Department

Mine site tour with UNR’s Metallurgical Engineering Department

 

To Timothy John Kiley, Carl Nesbitt, Ph.D., Stephen Erickson, P.E.-Civil and the Mackay School Engineering students – thank you for a most pleasant visit with us at Pumpkin Hollow.