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The American Exploration Mining Association, formally known as the Northwest Mining Association had their 120th Annual Exposition at J.A. Nugget in Sparks, Nevada the week of December 1-6, 2014. http://www.miningamerica.org/
For the 3rd year, Yerington High School students were hosted by Nevada Copper to learn more on what the mining industry is all about. The YHS Mining Club was organized in 2013 and this is their 2nd year to attend the exhibits. Please see below the comments from the club members regarding what they learned and what they felt was most impressive about the exposition.
Rita, thank you so much for allowing us to attend the Mining Exhibit. I really enjoyed everybody’s company. It really helped me decide on what field I want to work on in the mining industry. The best part was being able to talk to some of the local companies. I appreciated the advice some UNR students gave us to give us an idea what to prepare for in college. I was able to speak with an accountant who also was from a small town and her advice was very encouraging. I learned that living in a small town will not stop me from being successful and achieving my goals. I appreciate that Nevada Copper is supporting our Yerington High School Mining Club. Giving us as a club, the chance to promote Nevada Copper is a great way to show our support for the community.
-Stephani Pena (Vice President) -Y.H.S. Mining Club
I’d like to extend my profound thanks to all of Nevada Copper, as well as to a couple of vendors at the exhibit for offering to donate to our Mining Club. This whole experience has been beneficial in helping me learn about the career in engineering that I’d like to pursue. What I found to be very helpful is the way vendors at the exposition were willing to take the time to talk with me, even though I was only a high school student. They were friendly, respectful and informative. I hope that in the future that the Mining Club of Yerington will be able to continue attending this event and those vendors will continue with their hospitality towards these members.
-Dominique Lucier (Treasure) - Y.H.S. Mining Club
I would like to thank all of Nevada Copper for allowing the mining club to go and have this experience. I have learned much about the mining community of work. There are a wide range of jobs that are involved in the mining industry that I did not know about. What I found to very helpful what all the vendors that were willing to talk to us and inform us about what they did in the mining industry. I am wishing that I had learned more about the mining industry sooner because I would be more involved and I would not have been undeceived about what I wanted to study in college. I now have a sense of some things that I like and wish to future my education on. Thanks again.
-Melissa Pursel (Member) -Y.H.S. Mining Club
First of all, I just wanted to thank Nevada Copper for sponsoring the club and second, for taking us to the mining convention. I had so much fun at the convention. I learned so much and it opened my eyes for engineering. I will continue to be a member of the mining club and I look forward to next year. It is awesome that we are one of the few mining clubs in the nation.
Paco Leyva-Diaz President of YHS Mining Club
I am having so much fun in mining club! I really enjoyed the mining convention because it was so exciting and interesting to me. I learned so much, thank you for taking us! I never knew how many fields are included in mining. When it comes to safety, purifying water, engineering and rock separation, this really blew my mind. It was a really great learning experience. We would not have been able to go on these amazing trips if it wasn’t for Nevada Copper. I thank Nevada Copper for all these great learning experiences. I wish I would have joined a lot sooner. My education in the future is definitely going to be something that I could continue on in mining. Again thank you so much.
-Marlena Smith (Member)
A BIG THANK YOU TO – Laura Skaer, Executive Director and Mike Heywood, Marketing & Information of AEMA for their wonderful hospitality.
A press release on the Nevada Lands Bill was issued by the Las Vegas News Trip. It may be seen here:
The letter below was written by Len Stevens as a Letter to the Editor. Here, Stevens thanks Nevada Leadership and looks forward to the creation of new jobs via Nevada Copper. To visit the Reno, Sparks and Northern Nevada Chamber Website, click here.
This bill not only provides important protections of our beautiful natural resources, but it also provides meaningful economic development opportunities here in Northern Nevada.
This bill will bring thousands of high paying jobs to our region, as Nevada Copper will finally be able to undertake operations in the Yerington area.
We want to thank Senators Reid and Heller and Congressman Amodei for so effectively shepherding this legislation through a contentious Congress, and seeing it finally enacted as the law of the land.
The Chamber of Reno, Sparks, and Northern Nevada
Ray Hagar, RGJ 6:56 p.m. PST December 10, 2014
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., predicted Wednesday that eight Nevada lands bills included in the nation’s primary spending bill for the Department of Defense will pass the U.S. Senate by the end of the week.
Meanwhile, Nevada’s junior Sen. Dean Heller, R-Nev., made a 10-minute speech on the Senate floor Wednesday pushing for the inclusion of the eight bills into the National Defense Authorization Act. Together, the eight land bills would transfer a total of 130,000 acres of federal lands in Nevada to local governments or made into wilderness areas.
Heller emphasized that the land transfers would create jobs across the state.
“This will spur economic development and job creation in our state while enhancing U.S. national security,” Heller told his colleagues.
One of the transfers deals with federal land that surrounds the Nevada Copper mining operation in Yerington. Passage of that bill would jump-start open-pit mining at the Pumpkin Hollow site near Yerington and lead to the growth of 1,200 mining and construction jobs that pay an average of $85,000 — plus about 1,800 ancillary jobs, studies have shown.
Many of the ancillary jobs and those directly connected to the mining operation will be centered in the Reno-Sparks area, Nevada Copper officials said.
“It’s huge for Reno,” Nevada Copper’s Tim Dyhr said. “A large portion of our support, contractors and suppliers are coming out of Reno. But we are also getting materials out of Winnemucca, out of Elko.
“Nevada Cement is another example,” Dyhr said of the regional economic impact of the Nevada Copper open-pit expansion. “Nevada Cement out of Fernley is supplying all of the cement for the project.”
Other Washoe County companies doing business with the mine include Granite Construction of Sparks, Western Nevada Supply of Sparks, Komatsu Equipment (large trucks) of Reno, PDM Steel of Sparks and Northern Nevada Rebar of Reno.
“We use so many vendors out of the Reno area,” Dyhr said. “And a lot of them are the smaller vendors. They are all coming from somewhere in Northern Nevada.”
The land bills, which include projects in Northern and Southern Nevada, will need 60 votes in the Senate to both end debate on the bill and bring the bill to a vote on the Senate floor, Reid said. The bill has already passed the House of Representatives.
“Passage only takes 50 votes (with 100 U.S. Senators) but we’ll need 60 votes on cloture (ending the debate) and 60 votes on a budget point-of-order that they’ll raise,” Reid said.
“We have some procedures to follow but it (passage) could happen as late as Friday or Saturday,” Reid said. “Senate time is never definite, but this is going to happen. We are going to pass that bill, OK? We’ll pass it.”
Heller stressed to Senate colleagues that the importance of copper to national defense, calling it “the second-most used mineral at the Department of Defense.”
He noted that the land package also has a direct impact on Nellis Air Force Base in Clark County and the Naval Air Station in Fallon.
Reid agreed, saying “there is a lot of good stuff in there for the military.”
Yet Reid was highly critical of Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Okla., for holding up many of the land transfers for years. Heller noted he has worked on many of the proposals for the six years he’s been a senator and congressman from Nevada.
“Dr. Coburn (he is a medical doctor), who is leaving the Senate at the end of this year, has for 10 years held up hundreds, hundreds of these land bills,” Reid said. “Personally, he’s held them up. So Democrats and Republicans sat down and they have been working for months and they are tired of it (Coburn’s blocking tactics). He’s held up naming of parks and stuff that doesn’t matter. But this stuff is very substantive. It is really important piece of legislation, especially for public-land states.”
Coburn’s representative could not be reached by phone Wednesday evening.
Yerington is not the only Northern Nevada municipality that has a stake in the passage of the Department of Defense funding bill.
Fernley would be able to purchase about 9,000 acres of federal land within its boundaries. The land would be earmarked for commercial and industrial development.
Elko would receive about 300 acres of federal land for a motocross park and to provide housing for the Elko Band of the Te-Moak Tribe for housing.
Carlin — in Elko County — would receive about 1,000 acres of federal land to be used for economic development.
The Naval Air Station near Fallon would receive 400 acres of federal land for a buffer zone for explosives testing and housing for military at the base.
A long-standing issue in Storey County would be resolved by the transfer of 1,700 acres of federal land to Virginia City, ending a long-standing dispute that has put private-property rights in question.
“These properties have been occupied for decades by individuals who purchased them or acquired them legally, yet their continued residency is trespassing, according to the federal government,” Heller said on the Senate floor.
Also, the bill would establish the Pine Forest Wilderness Area near Winnemucca while directing land exchanges between the Bureau of Land Management and local ranchers. The transfers is expected to improve the economic prospects of those privately owned ranches.
In Southern Nevada, the bill would establish Nevada’s first national monument at the Tule Springs fossil beds, expand Nellis Air Force base and create the Nellis Off-Highway Vehicles Park.
It would also allow federal land transfers to benefit Great Basin College in Pahrump, the College of Southern Nevada and the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.
The article below comes from The Las Vegas Sun. It was written by Amber Phillips and was published Wednesday, Dec. 3th, 2014. It may be seen in its original form here.
What to do when you’re a group of small-town residents trying to get the attention of a very busy Congress in its final weeks of the year?
About a dozen bearded residents and Nevada Copper employees in the hardscrabble Central Nevada town took a razor to just one side of their faces. The facial fashion statement is a reminder that a bill that would help expand the mine is only halfway through Congress. Nevada Copper started a media campaign — a website, a Facebook page and a YouTube video — to promote their cause.
“The message is half a beard looks kind of silly,” said Timothy Dyhr, a vice president for Nevada Copper, who is among those sporting half of their facial hair. “Half a bill is just as ridiculous as half a beard. It’s not done.”
But there’s a good chance the bill may get done before Congress leaves town for the year.
A lands bill that in part opens federal land to expand the Yerington copper mine passed the House of Representatives in September but still needs to pass the Senate before it becomes law.
On Wednesday, miners got news the Northern Nevada Land Conservation and Economic Development Act will be attached to a must-pass defense spending bill that is expected to pass both the House and the Senate in these next few weeks. In part due to negotiations from Sen. Harry Reid, D-Nev., seven other lands bills for Nevada are also in the defense bill: A proposal to create a national monument in Tule Springs and a bill to transfer about 400 acres of federal land for housing at the Fallon Naval Air Station, as well as land transfers in Northern Nevada.
“This is a win for Nevada,” said Rep. Steven Horsford, a Democrat representing Yerington and Tule Springs. The Yerington bill is expected to create about 3,000 direct and indirect jobs.
It’s good news for the miners in Yerington, but there’s no room for error: Congress has, at most, three weeks of work days left in 2014. If the Senate doesn’t pass the lands bills by then, lawmakers will have to start over with a new Congress in January.
In almost four years, this is the farthest the Yerington mine bill has ever gotten. Here’s a play-by-play of its struggles in Congress.
But Congress has about two years of work to cram into its last two weeks. Lawmakers have to approve a federal budget before Dec. 11, sign off on a defense spending and debate how to battle Islamic militants and fight Ebola.
Here are a few other items on Congress’ to-do list that affect Nevadans:
• Tax breaks: Nevadans would lose out, at least in the short term, if Congress can’t reach a deal on extending $500 billion of tax breaks for individuals and businesses over a decade. At the very least, the taxes would extend retroactively through 2013. Among them is a federal tax write-off for people, like Nevadans, who pay state sales tax instead of income tax. Another is an exemption for mortgage debt forgiven for homeowners who lose their home in a short sale or foreclosure. The House of Representatives is expected to vote today to extend many of these tax breaks for one year, with the Senate following next week.
• Terrorism risk insurance: Congress also needs to approve a terrorism risk insurance program that expires at the end of this year. Sen. Dean Heller, R-Nev., is leading the push in the Senate to extend the federal program, which serves as a backstop for businesses in the event of a terrorist attack. Heller says the program will provide security for Las Vegas businesses.
With all that, here’s a look at the Yerington miners and businessmen trying to make sure their priority is Congress’ priority, too:
“It’s been a frustrating four years,” Dyhr, a vice president for the project, told the Sun. ” … But we’re further along than we’ve ever been.”
“It’s a huge benefit to Nevada, but only if we pass a bill,” said Dusenbury, environmental manager at Nevada Copper.
Scobies is the owner of Scobies Grill in Yerington, a family restaurant that closed its doors in late November while waiting for the mine to expand, and Scobie’s customer base along with it.
“We deserve the ‘full’ deal,” said Nevada Copper’s senior geologist.
“Get ‘er done!!” said Chiquete, Nevada Copper’s procurement manager.
French is a vice president and senior project manager for Nevada Copper and took the challenge.
The article below comes from The Las Vegas Sun. It was written by Amber Phillips and was published today, Dec. 9th, 2014. It may be seen in its original form here.
Eight once-stalled Nevada lands bills look poised to pass Congress as part of a last-minute deal in the lame-duck session.
The bills would open up about 1,200 acres for commercial development in North Las Vegas and Las Vegas and create a new North Las Vegas campus for UNLV. They’ll also create a Tule Springs national monument in the north valley, help expand a copper mine in Yerington and close 26,000 acres up north for wilderness protection.
Las Vegas City Councilman Steve Ross called it “a game changer.” There could be a new health complex near the Veterans Affairs hospital in North Las Vegas, and Las Vegas could see a new high-tech industrial complex, possibly focusing on drones, between Nellis and Creech Air Force bases.
Plus, creating a national monument has the potential to boost tourism, said Ross, whose ward represents Tule Springs.
“We have North America’s richest fossil bed in our backyard that’s currently being managed by the Bureau of Land Management,” he said. “That doesn’t allow us to fully capitalize on the historic and educational opportunities there.”
The bills passed the House of Representatives last week and should get a vote in the Senate this week. If they pass, they’ll head to President Barack Obama’s desk to be signed into law.
If that happens, this will be the largest lands package to pass Congress since about 2009. But it’s far from a done deal: Lands bills have been tough to get through Congress recently in part because some conservatives oppose on principle transferring or creating federal land.
Here’s everything you need to know about the deal.
How we got here at the 11th hour
Last week, Sen. Harry Reid, D-Nev., negotiated a deal with other western lawmakers and key Republicans to include the bills into a larger package on a bill that funds our military.
Exchanging land between the federal government and states doesn’t have much to do with defense — although Sen. Dean Heller, R-Nev., argued the copper created in a Yerington mine is pertinent to national defense. (Parts of the lands bills also expand Fallon Naval Air Station and Nellis Air Force Base.)
But it does help ensure their passage.
Reid, the Senate Democrats’ leader, has had trouble passing lands bills on their own. Conservative Republicans, like Sen. Tom Coburn of Oklahoma, object to proposals that expand federal control of land. In the Republican-controlled House, a lands deal popular in Nevada took more than three years and several tries to get through, and its chances in the Senate seemed slim.
“Reid has to find more creative ways to get these bills over the goal line,” said Jim Manley, a former communications director for Reid.
So Reid attached the lands deal to one of the few pieces of legislation that Congress must pass before it goes home for the end of the year. Among other things, the 16,000-page, $585 billion defense spending bill authorizes troops to be paid and housed.
Lawmakers, especially Republicans, wouldn’t dare hold up such an important bill because of a few land swaps out west — so goes Reid’s game theory. It’s high risk, but potentially high reward for Reid.
But hurdles remain
In today’s dysfunctional Congress, bundling of unrelated bills is actually quite normal. Lawmakers (especially those with leverage, like Reid) typically engage in last-minute trading to get their projects attached to higher-priority legislation.
But that process doesn’t sit well with everybody.
Coburn, a fiscal conservative who is retiring at the end of this Congress, said:
“A bill that defines the needs of our nation’s defense is hardly the proper place to trample on private property rights,” Coburn wrote in a letter to next year’s Senate majority leader, Mitch McConnell, R-Ky.
Another opponent of the process is Sen. Ted Cruz, a Republican from Texas. Cruz implied Reid and other senators who put lands provisions in the defense bill, like Republican John McCain of Arizona, basically engaged in earmarks, which are banned in Congress.
“With the military’s shrinking budget, it is offensive that this bill would be used to fund congressional pork,” he said in a statement.
Rep. Mark Amodei, a Northern Nevada Republican who supports the lands bills, counters all these have been discussed in committee hearings. At least one has already passed the House of Representatives.
“It’s like, hey, it shouldn’t be a surprise to anybody,” Amodei said.
Still, Coburn has vowed to use every procedural move he can to delay the bill — and lawmakers’ Christmas break.
What remains to be seen this week is if Coburn’s Republican colleagues, like Heller, can persuade him and other opponents to stand down.
In the balance hangs years of work on lands bills, and hundreds of potential jobs for Las Vegans.
Conor Shine contributed to this story.
On December 5th, 2014, Dan Mason began his show by talking about the bill. He stated that he is ready to celebrate passage of the bill with “Eternal Optimist” Tim Dyhr – Nevada Copper’s Vice President, Environment & External Relations.
The bipartisan Northern Nevada Land Conservation and Economic Development Act was put in with the NDAA – National Defense Authorization Act. It is expected to pass because it has passed for the last 52 years.
Click here or on the image below to be redirected to the podcast. Dan Mason Begins his show talking about the bill.
December 03, 2014
Nevada Copper Project Update
December 3, 2014 – Nevada Copper Corp. (TSX: NCU) (“Nevada Copper” or the “Company”) is pleased to provide an update on its 100% owned Pumpkin Hollow Copper Project (“the Project”), located near Yerington, Nevada. The update relates to developments in the U.S. Congress relating to the Land Bill and project financing.
Land Bill Status
The Lyon County Economic Development and Conservation Act (“the Bill”) has now been included in the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), a bill that has passed Congress without fail for 51 consecutive years. Senate and House leadership reached the deal and published the bill late on December 2, 2014 and will now bring it to the floor of both Houses for passage, which is expected next week. NDAA is a “must-pass” piece of legislation and Senators agreed to include the resources title yesterday. The text of the NDAA is now public. The Yerington legislation is referenced as Section 3009 starting on Page 1144.
Giulio Bonifacio, President and CEO, stated: “We are very pleased to hear that our bill has been included in the NDAA. We are advised by the Nevada Congressional delegation and our Washington representatives that the NDAA, as now published, has broad bipartisan support in the Senate and House. Senator Heller and Reid have announced that they expect this bill to pass in both the House and Senate by next week.”
Nevada Copper is very confident that the NDAA, and thus, our land bill, will pass. Once signed into law by President Obama, the legislation requires that legal acquisition and transfer of the land to the City of Yerington must be completed by the Bureau of Land Management within 180 days of passage. During this period, Nevada Copper would work to complete the remaining Stage 2 State permitting. The Company and the City of Yerington have already been collaborating on work needed to meet that 180-day deadline and sets the stage for issuance of all key Stage 2 permits by Q2-2015. Passage of the bill also has positive cost implications for the Stage 1 and Stage 2 projects.
Nevada Copper will provide more detail once the NDAA bill is passed by both Houses and signed into law.
About Nevada Copper
The Company’s advanced stage Pumpkin Hollow project in Nevada consists of a fully permitted, 6,500 tons/day Stage 1 underground copper mine development, currently in construction, and a nearby Stage 2, 70,000 tons/day open pit mine copper project in the advanced permitting phase. Expected average copper production for the first five years is 75 million lbs./year from the Stage 1 underground mine, and 221 million lbs./year from the Stage 2 open pit mine. The project is located near Yerington, Nevada, close to road, rail, and power infrastructure, and with all future water supply requirements met.
For further information please visit the Nevada Copper corporate website (www.nevadacopper.com) and the Pumpkin Hollow project website (www.pumpkinhollowcopper.com).
NEVADA COPPER CORP.
Giulio T. Bonifacio, President & CEO
This news release includes certain statements and information that may contain forward-looking information within the meaning of applicable Canadian securities laws. All statements in this news release, other than statements of historical facts, including the likelihood of commercial mining, securing a strategic partner, expanding the mineral resources and mineral reserves and possible future financings are forward-looking statements. Such forward-looking statements and forward-looking information specifically include, but are not limited to, statements concerning: Nevada Copper Corp. (the “Company”) plans at the Pumpkin Hollow Project; the timing of granting of key permits; from the Feasibility Study: the estimated metal production and the timing thereof; capital and operating costs, future metal prices, cash flow estimates, and economic indicators derived from the foregoing.
Forward-looking statements or information relate to future events and future performance and include statements regarding the expectations and beliefs of management and include, but are not limited to, statements with respect to the estimation of mineral resources and reserves, the realization of mineral resources and mineral reserve estimates, the timing and amount of estimated future production, capital costs, costs of production, capital expenditures, success of mining operations, environmental risks and other mining related matters. Often, but not always, forward-looking statements and forward-looking information can be identified by the use of words such as “plans”, “expects”, “potential”, “is expected”, “anticipated”, “is targeted”, “budget”, “scheduled”, “estimates”, “forecasts”, “intends”, “anticipates”, or “believes” or the negatives thereof or variations of such words and phrases or statements that certain actions, events or results “may”, “could”, “would”, “might” or “will” be taken, occur or be achieved. Forward-looking statements or information include, but are not limited to, statements or information with respect to known or unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors which may cause the actual industry results, to be materially different from any future results, performance or achievements expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements or information.
Forward-looking statements or information are subject to a variety of risks and uncertainties which could cause actual events or results to differ from those reflected in the forward-looking statements or information, including, without limitation, risks and uncertainties relating to: history of losses; requirements for additional capital; dilution; loss of its material properties; interest rates increase; global economy; no history of production; future metals price fluctuations, speculative nature of exploration activities; periodic interruptions to exploration, development and mining activities; environmental hazards and liability; industrial accidents; failure of processing and mining equipment to perform as expected; labor disputes; supply problems; uncertainty of production and cost estimates; the interpretation of drill results and the estimation of mineral resources and reserves; changes in project parameters as plans continue to be refined; possible variations in ore reserves, grade of mineralization or recovery rates may differ from what is indicated and the difference may be material; legal and regulatory proceedings and community actions; accidents, title matters; regulatory restrictions; permitting and licensing; volatility of the market price of Common Shares; insurance; competition; hedging activities; currency fluctuations; loss of key employees; other risks of the mining industry as well as those factors discussed in the section entitled “Risk Factors” in the Company’s Annual Information Form dated March 25, 2014. Should one or more of these risks and uncertainties materialize, or should underlying assumptions prove incorrect, actual results may vary materially from those described in forward-looking statements or information. The Company disclaims any intent or obligation to update forward-looking statements or information except as required by law, and you are referred to the full discussion of the Company’s business contained in the Company’s reports filed with the securities regulatory authorities in Canada. Although the Company has attempted to identify important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially, there may be other factors that could cause results not to be as anticipated, estimated or intended. For more information on Nevada Copper and the risks and challenges of its business, investors should review Nevada Copper’s annual filings that are available at www.sedar.com.
The Company provides no assurance that forward-looking statements will prove to be accurate, as actual results and future events could differ materially from those anticipated in such statements. Accordingly, readers should not place undue reliance on forward-looking statements.
For further information call:
VP, Investor Relations & Communications
Toll free: 1-877-648-8266
Robert McKnight, P.Eng., MBA
Executive Vice President & CFO
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The Yerington Land Transfer bill — and seven other Nevada lands bills — will be attached to the National Defense Authorization Act and should be approved by both houses of Congress by next week, U.S. Sen. Dean Heller, R-Nev., said in an exclusive interview with the Reno Gazette-Journal.
Heller said he and Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., got the eight Nevada land bills attached to the NDAA after convincing colleagues in Congress that the Yerington land transfer would facilitate copper production vital to national defense.
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