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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

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 –

On September 15th, Congressman Steven Horsford, Congressional District 4, was featured on Nevada Newsmakers with Host Sam Shad. During the session he states:

“This is about creating 1,000 jobs in Lyon County in Yerington where a community that desperately needs it while transferring Public Lands for two (2) good uses – job creation and development and conservation due to wilderness designation”.  – Congressman Steven Horsford on Nevada Newsmakers September 15, 2014 minute 9:10.

To watch the video, click the image below or click here.

To hear Congressman Horsford’s update on the lands bill that is awaiting Senate approval, fast forward to minute 8:08.

Passage of the bill will jump start Pumpkin Hollow, resulting in over 1,000 jobs.

Horsford Nevada Newsmakers Video

Horsford Nevada Newsmakers Video




RENO GAZETTE JOURNAL – Frederic J. Frommer, Associated Press  – October 2, 2014

The number of chronic safety violators among mine operators has fallen sharply in recent years, according to government figures released Thursday.

Mines have an incentive to operate safely. Please read full article here


After three and a half years and about eight committee hearings, the bill finally passed the U.S. House of Representatives in September. The Northern Nevada Land Conservation and Economic Development Act would create about 73,500 acres of protected wilderness in exchange for allowing 23,000 acres of federal land for economic development, including a copper mine. The biggest Nevada lands package in 16 years now awaits a Senate vote…..

Read full article here


UNIVERSITY OF NEVADA, RENO:  Silver & Blue Alumni Magazine-Fall 2014

The Arentz Center for Student Success in the Paul Laxalt Mineral Engineering Center is a place for Mackay School of Earth Sciences and Engineering students to study, use computers and hang out.  Much of the new renovation and remodeling was funded and supported by the Nevada’s mining industry.   Please read on.



YERINGTON, Nev. (KRNV & – The bundled seven Northern Nevada land bills is the largest package to pass congress in four years, according to Representative Steven Horsford, (D) District 4. 

“These bills help transfer land that’s currently managed by the federal government to our local communities,” says Horsford. 

The largest provision will allow the city of Yerington to buy about 10,000 acres from the federal government at fair market value for economic development. That includes copper mining by Nevada Copper.

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Multi-use lands resolution offers protective wilderness objectives; creates hope for jobs

Written by Staff Report

Dec 12, 2012 Mason Valley News at


Lyon County officials explained during last Thursday’s meeting that they tried to write a resolution relating to the Yerington Land Conveyance and Sustainable Development Act and a proposed wilderness area not to exceed 48,000 acres in the South Pine Grove Hills-Bald Mountain-East Walker River area so the users of that area will be protected as much as possible.

The resolution was billed as a compromise and is subject to passage of the Yerington bill in the 112th Congress as provision makes it null and void if that action is not taken by the “lame duck” Congress.

A video presentation at the opening of Thursday’s commissioner session by County Manager Jeff Page pointed to 9 specific goals included in the resolution which was ultimate approved by the Commissioners on a 5-0 vote. (See related story)

The county included a list of objectives and priorities for the Congressional legislation (Yerington bill) and land management of the proposed Wovoka wilderness area, which would be much smaller than a proposed wilderness area in south Lyon County several years ago.

Those objectives include: 1) Economic development-Yerington bill; 2) Protect local grazing rights in legislation; 3) Implement aggressive fire management plan; 4) Exclude East Walker River from Wilderness; 5) Protect mineral resources in legislation; 6) Prevent listing of Sage Grouse on the Endangered Species List; 7) Maintain public access on existing roads; 8. Maintain recreation–hunting, fishing, trapping, camping, off-highway travel via designated routes; and 9) Recognize reasonable Wilderness designation in “Core” area.

Upon approval, the resolution was forwarded to the state’s Congressional delegation, along with the latest map of the proposed wilderness area.

The county now plans to work with the delegation in an effort to get the Yerington lands bill approved before this current session ends around Christmastime.

The motion for approval even added language to protect authority to manage wildlife and a provision regarding the timing of the ordinance amendment effective date.

County officials said they and others such as Nevada Copper – which hired Resource Concepts, Inc., to conduct a study and analysis of the South Pine Grove Hills area – have been working with stakeholders of that area since Senator Harry Reid announced he wanted a wilderness component in the area in question as part of the Yerington Land Conveyance Bill. This effort included those involved in mining, ranching, recreation, wilderness advocates and others in developing the wilderness area proposed map.

The land bill calls for the City of Yerington-funded by Nevada Copper-to acquire at fair market value over 10,000 acres of BLM land near Nevada Copper’s Pumpkin Hollow copper mining project southeast of Yerington.

In presenting the report on the resolution, County Manager Jeff Page went over each of the nine goals and objectives.

Under economic development, his presentation cited the jobs created to be created as a result of the bill – Nevada Copper has stated it could go into production sooner and in a larger scale if bill passes – to include 700-800 direct mine jobs with an annual average salary of $85,000 along with 1,500-2,000 in-direct jobs in Lyon County, which has high unemployment at this time.

Page also cited what the economy has done to Lyon County government, citing the reductions in staffing throughout the county and budget cuts in recent years. He said the mine would improve the county’s tax revenue and hopefully prevent future reductions in the county budget.

He concluded of this first priority, “How do we get out of the slump? We grow our way out.”

Regarding grazing, Page said there should be no curtailment of current grazing, and the number of livestock permitted to graze in the wilderness area should remain at approximately the same levels. Regarding fire management, the County Manager said this was a big issue and explained the fuel reduction in the pinyon-juniper areas was important to reduce the fire risk. The provision also would enable fire responders to respond with motorized firefighting equipment in the wilderness area in case of fire. In the area of wilderness in the area of the East Walker River, Page said the resolution called for protecting existing access and management for recreation and agricultural use of the water, with any wilderness boundary 1,000 feet away from the river.

Regarding protecting mineral resources, the presentation said all known mineral resource areas were excluded from the proposed wilderness, as some areas with existing mineral exploration are one or two miles from the recommended boundary. There should also be no additional environmental restrictions as a result of the wilderness designation.

In the area of sage grouse habitat and protection, Page said the priority is to prevent the listing of sage grouse on the Endangered Species List. The resolution seeks to maintain maximum flexibility for removal of high density pinyon to improve the sage grouse habitat.

Regarding access, Page noted the entire analysis area is in a travel management plan, designated as roadless, but they want to ensure current designated roads are unchanged, areas with high density of roads were excluded from the wilderness, and to maintain public access on existing roads, especially to popular recreation areas on the East Walker River.

For recreation, the objective is to maintain hunting, fishing, camping and trapping as under current Forest Service Management requirements, and to keep roads open on the west side where there are popular Christmas tree and wood-cutting areas. And off-highway vehicle travel could continue on many “cherry stemmed roads” within the wilderness.  Regarding the last item of wilderness, Page said they looked at three size alternatives of 36,000 acres, 66,000 acres and 47,000 acres, with the final one chosen to remain in the core area of Bald Mountain.

“The resolution has clear and specific language to protect existing uses,” Page concluded

The resolution represents a local proposal in an effort to work with Senator Reid following his demand for the wilderness component as an addition to the Yerington land bill. Approval of the resolution or any amendment to the original legislation in the U.S. Senate will require the bill return to the House, where Nevada Representatives provided unanimous delegation support and gained House approval, for action on the amendment.