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The new year is shaping up to be an eventful one for Nevada Copper.

After working since early 2011 to get 10,400 acres of federal land transferred to the City of Yerington, Nevada Copper in mid December finally saw that goal realized. The transfer of land allows Nevada Copper to proceed with plans to develop a large open-pit copper mine on 3,800 acres of former federal land that surrounds the company’s underground copper mine on 1,200 acres.

Please read the full article written by Rob Sabo, Nevada Appeal here

In case you missed it, Nevada Copper’s Tim Dyhr appeared on Nevada Newsmakers yesterday, January 13th to talk about Nevada Copper and the Lands Bill that was passed in Congress and signed by the president earlier this year. Watch below or click here to visit the Nevada Newsmakers website.

Host: Sam Shad
Co-Host: Paul Enos, CEO, Nevada Trucking Association
Guests: Tim Dyhr, VP Environment & External Relations, Nevada Copper Corp.
Pundits: James Smack, Former Nevada Republican National Committeeman
Tray Abney, Director of Government Relations, The Chamber
Chip Evans, General Manager, America Matters Media



On January 9, 2015, Yerington High School had their “College Career Day”.  Nevada Copper shared with the students information on career opportunities, schooling, training and what it takes to work at a mine.  Graduates from mining related subjects are some of the most highly sought after professionals in the country.


YHS Mining Club visits the   Nevada Copper booth.

YHS Mining Club visits the Nevada Copper booth.

Girls love the idea of a "Pink" hardhat.

Girls love the idea of a pink hardhat.


Sophomores, Rachel Naswall, Jamie Parker and Khendra Brown inquiry about engineering careers.

Sophomores, Rachel Naswall, Jamie Parker and Khendra Brown inquire about mine engineering careers.  All three students showed interest in Chemical Engineering/Metallurgy.  Below is a description of what a metallurgy career consists of.

Metallurgists work at mineral processing sites and may specialize in either primary (extractive) or secondary (physical) metallurgy. Primary metallurgists are most often employed by the minerals industry and they may perform the following tasks:

  • Study and apply physical methods for separating minerals from their ores using magnetic, electric, gravity or chemical methods;
  • Apply methods for extracting commercial quantities of minerals from their ores;
  • Supervise sampling from various stages of processing;
  • Advise operators on changes necessary to improve the process;
  • Improve process methods;
  • Develop and control methods of storing and treating waste material, and
  • Prepare technical reports.

Process Engineers transform low value, impure raw materials into commercially valuable products. The main sources of these raw materials are low grade minerals, by-products of other processing operations and recycled materials. Minerals process engineers are employed in all stages of raw materials processing and, in the minerals industry, may perform the following tasks:

  • Process design and development;
  • Process control and management;
  • Pure and applied research;
  • Study and apply chemical and process metallurgy techniques;
  • Coordinate recovery of samples for laboratory analysis and testing;
  • Choose and operate a combination of treatments to produce the deired quality of products at optimum efficiency; and
  • Prepare cost budgets of operations to evaluate economic feasibility of processes.

Metallurgy/Processing typically suits someone who likes chemistry, maths and physics and is interested in engineering and science, has an aptitude for computing and design and has good problem solving skills. Metallurgists and Process Engineers need to be able to work as part of a team as well as independently. Good oral and written communication skills are also valued.

Requires the completion of an engineering degree at a University. 

In case you missed it, Mayor George Dini appeared on Nevada Newsmakers to talk about Nevada Copper, the reclamation plans and the lands bill that was passed in Congress and signed by the president earlier this year.

Reno Gazette Journal’s Ray Hagar interviews Mayor George Dini:

To view this on the Nevada Newsmakers website, click here.

To go straight to Mayor George Dini’s interview, skip to minute: 2:49

Tune in tomorrow to see Nevada Copper’s Tim Dyhr or see it here on our blog.

Source: http://www.nevadanewsmakers.com/video/default.asp?showID=2042


Reno Gazette Journal’s Ray Hagar, ranked passage of Nevada’s Land Bill his number two top story in 2014. To see the full article visit Reno Gazette Journal or click here. The Nevada Lands Bill highlight is below.


Nevada Copper ends this year with a jump start for 2015!

2. Massive Nevada land bills pass Congress: A collection of eight land bills that transfers 130,000 acres of federal land in Nevada to local control passed Congress after languishing in Washington for more than five years. A main part of this bill will transfer 10,400 acres of BLM land near Yerington to local control. It will jump-start Nevada Copper’s open-pit copper mining, leading to the creation of more than 3,000 direct and ancillary jobs in Northern Nevada. These bills probably would have never passed the U.S. Senate but Reid and Sen. Dean Heller, R-Nev., tied them to the Department of Defense appropriations bill. Copper, it was argued, is the second most-used metal in defense projects and Yerington is sitting on a ton of it. Plus the land transfers aids expansions of Nellis Air Force Base near Las Vegas and the Naval Air Station near Fallon.


 Please read the full article here



President Barack Obama signed the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) into law on Dec. 19th, 2014. The NDAA includes additional provisions that contain the largest public lands package since 2009.

The provision will direct the sale of 10,400 acres of land from the federal government to the City of Yerington.  The land purchase will help the Pumpkin Hollow Copper Project realize its potential and bring high-paying jobs to Lyon County.

Click the link directly below to read an article from Dorothy Kosich at MineWeb which states that two copper projects will benefit from the provisions in the bill.

mine webObama signs mining land swap measures into law

Two copper projects in Arizona and Nevada will now advance to the next stage as the National Defense Authorization Act has now become law.

Article Source: http://www.mineweb.com/obama-signs-mining-land-swap-measures-law/




December 22, 2014
President Signs National Defense Authorization Act That Includes The Yerington Land Transfer

December 22, 2014 – Nevada Copper Corp. (TSX: NCU) (“Nevada Copper” or the “Company”) is extremely pleased to announce that on December 19, 2014 United States President Barack Obama signed into law the Congressional bill authorizing the conveyance of Federal land to the City of Yerington within 180 days. Section 3009 of the National Defense Authorization Act (“NDAA”), the bill signed by President Obama, directs the sale of 10,400 acres of land from the federal government to the City of Yerington (“Yerington” or “City”). This section of the NDAA is entitled the “Land Conveyance to Yerington, Nevada”. The Company will work with the BLM, consultants and others to ensure the land conveyance is completed before June 17, 2015 within the 180 day period provided for in the law.

Giulio T. Bonifacio, President and CEO, stated: “The land transfer is now law. Nevada Copper has already begun to advance the much larger Stage 2 open pit project on an accelerated basis. In anticipation of enactment, the Company had already initiated preparation of an updated and optimized Stage 2 feasibility study, finalization of State permits and preparation of the development agreement with the City. Since 2008, the Company has a proven track record of getting necessary approvals and permits in a timely fashion, having received them for the advanced exploration shaft and Stage 1 underground mine.”

Pumpkin Hollow Project — A Clear Path to Production

Pumpkin Hollow has overwhelming support from the community, Yerington, Lyon County and the State of Nevada. Environmental baseline studies have been conducted and there are no land use conflicts, endangered or threatened species, critical wildlife habitat, sage grouse, nesting golden eagles, surface waters, groundwater conflicts with adjacent agricultural areas, cultural resources, Native American sites, wilderness areas near the project, or other issues that could delay development of the project. The Company has a water service agreement with the City sufficient to supply both Stage 1 and Stage 2 of the project and will complete the land use development agreement for both mine and adjacent commercial and industrial development with the City within six (6) months. The key permit from the State of Nevada, the Water Pollution Control Permit, has been received for both the underground and open pit stages of the project. The other two key permits, the reclamation and air quality permits have been issued for the Stage 1 underground and only require modification to include the Stage 2 open pit facilities. Once the project is located within the City, the project will be governed by the development agreement with the City and there will be no further need for a Lyon County Special Use Permit. All necessary Stage 2 state permits are expected to be completed in Q2-2015, at which time construction could begin, subject to arrangement of appropriate financing.

With completion of the land acquisition set for June 2015, the Pumpkin Hollow Stage 1 and 2 development footprints will be entirely within private lands owned or controlled by Nevada Copper, and with all key development and operating permits in hand.

A fully-permitted large open pit project and adjacent high grade underground mine located entirely on private ground in Nevada is unprecedented for a junior copper developer. This situation allows the Company to conduct a thorough reassessment of its development plans for Pumpkin Hollow with the goals of optimizing the copper production profile and utilization of capital, as well as lowering of copper unit production costs.

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. Assuming development as separate mines, 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. Total proven and probable reserves include 5.2 billion lbs. of copper; 989,000 ounces of gold and 32.9 million ounces of silver1 . The project is located near Yerington, Nevada, close to roads, rail, and power infrastructure, and with all future water supply requirements met.

1 The associated mineral reserve tonnages and grades are supported by Technical Reports filed on SEDAR and disclosed on the company website at www.nevadacopper.com.

For further information please visit the Nevada Copper corporate website (www.nevadacopper.com) and the Pumpkin Hollow project website (www.pumpkinhollowcopper.com).


Giulio T. Bonifacio, President & CEO

Cautionary Language
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, are forward-looking statements. Such forward-looking statements and forward-looking information specifically include, but are not limited to, statements concerning: receiving Stage 2 permits in mid-2015, expectations regarding the future results of the feasibility study update, as well as the Company’s plans in general at the Pumpkin Hollow Project.

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: requirements for additional capital; 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; unanticipated political risks in the United States, 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:
Eugene Toffolo
VP, Investor Relations & Communications
Phone:     604-683-8266
Toll free: 1-877-648-8266
Email: etoffolo@nevadacopper.com
Robert McKnight, P.Eng., MBA
Executive Vice President  & CFO
Phone 604-683-1309
Email: bmcknight@nevadacopper.com

1 The associated mineral reserve tonnages and grades are supported by Technical Reports filed on SEDAR and disclosed on the Company website at www.nevadacopper.com.

View the release in PDF format:

File: http://www.nevadacopper.com/i/pdf/NR-20141222.pdf
You can view the Previous News Releases item: Mon Dec 15, 2014, U.S. Senate and House of Representatives Pass Land Bill
BELIEVE IT!  Corner of Main Street & Goldfield Avenue, Yerington, Nevada

Corner of Main Street & Goldfield Avenue, Yerington, Nevada








Congratulations Yerington!  Nevada Copper

Congratulations Yerington! Nevada Copper














Please read the Mason Valley News article by Keith Trout, ktrout@masonvalleynews.com Wednesday, December 17, 2014  –   MVN-LongRoad-LandBillApproved20141217KTrout

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


Dear Rita,

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


Dear Rita,

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.


Standing from left to right – Yerington High School Science Teacher & Mining Club Adviser Joanna Kuzia, club members Dominique Lucier, Marlena Smith, Melissa Pursel, and Stephani Pena. Kneeling is Nevada Copper’s Community Relations Coordinator Rita Kay Menesini and YHS Mining Club member Paco (Franciso) Leyva-Diaz.



YHS Mining Club members visit the Avanti booth and learn about steel alloy metals.


Mackay School of Earth Sciences and Engineering was a popular booth with the club members.


Nevada Copper’s Community Relations Coordinator, Rita Kay Menesini and Tim Dyhr, VP of Environment & External Relations hosted the Yerington High School Mining Club at the 2014 American Exploration and Mining Exposition.

Dreaming to be a miner?

Dreaming to be a miner?