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Boys and Girls Club plans expansion

ELKO — The Elko Boys and Girls Club is outgrowing its facility, according to CEO Rusty Bahr, and an expansion is in the works.

“We hope to put in a teen center because our teen and tween populations have grown,” said Bahr.

The Elko club has about 1,000 members, he said.

The additional indoor space will be devoted strictly to teen-agers. Bahr said the organization plans to include a computer lab, game room, bathrooms, a mini-gymnasium, and a fitness center, including a couple of machines and weights.

The outdoor expansion would include a playground for the younger members and a new sports field that will be used by everyone.

The existing 17,000 square foot, $3.9 million facility on Country Club Drive was opened in 2013.

According to Bahr, the indoor expansion will add 3,000 square feet and the outdoor improvement will add 15,000 square feet to the current site.

“This is going to make a huge difference for the fifth grade on up,” said Bahr. “The tweens and teens are our largest population with about 200 members. This expansion would allow us to take in more teens. It will also open up the wait list.”

According to Bahr this will be one of the nicest teen centers in the U.S.

The cost of the addition is estimated to be $1.2 million.

“All of this is based on the ability to raise funds,” said Bahr. “We are starting off with a silent phase of fundraising with our main donors. After that we will evaluate and go from there.”

On Tuesday the planning commission met to go over the details of a planned variance for the project.

“Basically, we have to have approval for a setback behind NDOT (Nevada Department of Transportation),” said Bahr. “NDOT is looking at leasing us an additional 30 feet.”

“I want to call attention to the planning commission and the applicant that under the variance there is a conditioning code that you complete your project within a certain time frame. The variance is good for 18 months,” said Assistant City Manager Scott Wilkenson.

“We are aware of the 18-month period,” said Tom Hannon with the Boys and Girls Club. “The only thing that would set us back is if the donor would pull out.”

The planning commission approved the variance.

“This construction will not impact fees for participants,” said Bahr. “Our fees are about half the cost of other centers in Idaho and Nevada so every child can participate.”

Bahr reflected on the mission of the Boys and Girls Club. The goals for every participant include graduating on time with a plan for the future; living a healthy lifestyle; developing character and responsibility; and providing a positive place for youth to develop.

According to research conducted by the Boys and Girls Club, members are typically more involved with the community and are more likely to abstain from alcohol and drug use in comparison with other youth outside the club.

“We teach children how to make good life decisions,” said Bahr.

He also recognized the impact Elko has on the center.

“This community has been so generous to us in supporting the youth of Elko.”

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Democrat candidate for governor hosting education forum

ELKO – Democratic candidate for governor Chris Guinchigliani will present an educational forum 5 to 6:30 p.m. March 10 at Great Basin College in the Gallagher Health Science Building, Room 108.

Guinchigliani, also known as Chris G., is coming to Elko as part of a statewide tour of Nevada.

“Chris G. is meeting a diverse group of people throughout the state and in rural Nevada,” said her spokesman Gabriel di Chiara.

“Republicans and Democrats are welcome to attend,” he said. “She wants to learn what they want from their next governor and she is excited to meet some of the people in Elko.”

The panel will include GBC faculty, a representative from the Student Government Association, and local educators and support staff members.

The event is put together in coordination with the Nevada State Education Association, which also endorsed Guinchigliani for governor, di Chiara said.

According to her website, Guinchigliani began her career as an educator and currently is the vice chairwoman on the Clark County Commission, serving since 2006. She also served in the lower chamber of the Legislature from 1991 to 2005 and was Speaker Pro Tempore.

Clark County Chairman Steve Sisolak has also announced his intention to run for governor.

The only Democratic candidate who had filed as of Thursday was Henry Thorns, according to the Nevada Secretary of State’s website.

Barrick looks to NV for value and growth

TORONTO — Barrick Gold Corp. outlined plans and provided updates on four projects that have the potential to contribute more than 1 million ounces of gold per year starting in 2021. Three of the four highlighted projects are in Nevada, and the plan includes designating Turquoise Ridge as a core mine.

The company aims to maximize long-term value and grow free cash flow per share, with an uncompromising commitment to safety and environmental sustainability, working in partnership with host governments and communities, Barrick announced Feb. 22.

The assets are clustered in core districts throughout the Americas, and support a sustainable long-term production profile.

Nevada projects at Cortez Deep South, Goldrush and Turquoise Ridge have been approved, and are in execution. Optimization work on a sequenced project to extend the life of the Lagunas Norte mine in Peru remains underway.

Barrick is designating Turquoise Ridge as a core mine in recognition of the exceptional growth potential of the operation, facilitated by the construction of a third shaft, productivity improvements and an increase in processing capacity.

Maximizing value

Based on the company’s current asset mix, between 2019 and 2022, Barrick continues to expect average annual gold production to be between 4.2-4.6 million ounces, at an average cost of sales of $850-$980 per ounce, and average all-in sustaining costs of $750-$875 per ounce. Between 2023 and 2027, current plans indicate the potential for average annual gold production above 4 million ounces. This includes contributions from projects at Cortez Deep South, Goldrush, Lagunas Norte, Robertson, Pueblo Viejo and Turquoise Ridge.

In the near term, Barrick aims to strengthen its production profile through disciplined investment in brownfield projects and mine exploration drilling, supporting reserve replacement and the identification of new resources which, in many cases, can be quickly incorporated into mine plans, driving improvements in production and cash flow.

The core gold business is complemented by a substantial portfolio of copper assets, representing an additional source of cash flow and value. Barrick has 11.2 billion pounds of proven and probable copper reserves, and 11.7 billion pounds of measured and indicated copper resources.

Projects in execution

The construction of a third shaft at Turquoise Ridge, with an estimated initial capital investment of $300-$325 million has been approved by the company. Combined with additional processing capacity, this is expected to enable the mine to roughly double annual production to more than 500,000 ounces per year, at an average cost of sales of around $720 per ounce, and average all-in sustaining costs of roughly $630 per ounce. In addition to increasing annual production, the third shaft is expected to reduce operating costs, boost mining productivity rates, and increase total life of mine production by allowing for reduced cutoff grades. In January 2017, Barrick and Newmont Mining Corp. reached a new, seven-year toll milling agreement for ore processing at Newmont’s Twin Creeks facility, which will support the mine expansion. The agreement increases contractual annual throughput from 730,000 tons in 2017, to 850,000 tons in 2018 and 2019, and 1.2 million tons per year between 2020 and 2024.

Permits for the construction of a third shaft are in hand. Surface works and shaft sinking are expected to take place in 2018 and 2019, followed by equipping of the shaft in 2020 and 2021, with initial production from the new shaft expected to begin in 2022, and sustained production expected to begin 2023.

Located in the heart of northern Nevada—one of the world’s premier jurisdictions for gold mining—Turquoise Ridge has 5.9 million ounces of proven and probable gold at an average grade of 15.56 grams per ton—the highest reserve grade in the company’s operating portfolio, and among the highest in the gold industry. The mine added 2.1 million ounces of proven and probable gold reserves in 2017 through drilling, and the deposit remains open in multiple directions, including at depth.

Cortez Deep South

The company plans to expand mining into the Deep South area below currently permitted levels of the Cortez Hills underground mine, bringing forward production.

The Deep South project will utilize infrastructure which has already been approved under current plans to expand mining in the Lower Zone of the Cortez underground mine, including the new Rangefront twin declines and other underground infrastructure already under construction.

Permitting for Deep South was initiated in 2016 with the submission of an amendment to the current Mine Plan of Operations to the Bureau of Land Management, and is expected to take approximately three to four years, including the preparation of an Environmental Impact Statement. A record of decision is expected in the second half of 2019, followed by two years of construction, with initial production from Deep South in 2022.


The company plans to develop an underground mine at Goldrush, which is on track to become Barrick’s newest mining operation in the company’s core district of Nevada. Decline construction, detailed engineering, and permitting are expected to take place between 2018 and 2020, with construction and initial production expected between 2021 and 2022, and sustained production expected from 2023. The first phase of the project involves the construction of an exploration twin decline to provide access to the orebody at depth, which will enable further exploration drilling, as well as the conversion of existing resources to reserves. The exploration declines are permitted and can be converted into production declines in the future.

Goldrush currently has proven and probable gold reserves of 1.5 million ounces and measured and indicated gold resources of 9.4 million ounces, with significant potential to identify additional resources once underground access to drill the deposit is established. In addition, the company is drilling the nearby Fourmile target north of the Goldrush discovery. This area is geologically similar to the high grade Deep-Post and Deep-Star deposits in the Goldstrike area. Early drilling has intersected mineralization well above the average grade of the measured and indicated resources at Goldrush. Drilling to date suggests Fourmile and Goldrush may be part of a continuous 4-mile-long mineralized system encompassing both deposits.

Robertson property

In June 2017, Barrick completed the acquisition of the Robertson property and other claims in Nevada from Coral Gold Resources. The Robertson property is adjacent to Cortez, located less than 4 miles north of the Pipeline mill. If successfully brought into production, material from the project would provide an additional feed for the Cortez mill, with the potential to extend open pit operations in the Cortez District. Robertson also has processing synergies with the Deep South underground expansion project at Cortez. In addition, the land package contains a number of promising near-mine exploration opportunities, as well potential new exploration targets in this highly prospective and prolific district.

Brownfield evaluation

The company plans to extend the mine life of Lagunas Norte in Peru through sequenced installation of mill, carbon-in-leach, flotation and autoclave processing facilities.

In 2017, Barrick completed an initial scoping-level study for a plant expansion at the Pueblo Viejo mine in the Dominican Republic that would increase throughput by 50 percent to 12 million ton per year, allowing the mine to maintain average annual production of 800,000 ounces after 2022.

Police make second arrest in casino robbery

ELKO – Elko police have made a second arrest in Friday’s casino robbery and car fire, but the investigation of more suspects is continuing.

Tony A. Pressler, 36, of Spring Creek was arrested early Thursday morning at Stockmen’s Casino. He was booked into Elko County Jail at 1:52 a.m. on charges of robbery, burglary, grand larceny, conspiracy to commit robbery, and conspiracy to commit third-degree arson.

His bail was listed at $145,000.

On Wednesday, an Elko man who was picked up on a probation violation shortly after the crimes was charged with similar offenses. James B. Squires, 33, was booked on robbery, burglary, conspiracy to commit grand larceny, and two counts of conspiracy to commit criminal contempt.

Police said Squire is believed to be the taller of two people shown in surveillance video of the robbery. His bail was listed at $120,000.

Elko Police Lt. Mike Palhegyi said more suspects are being investigated in a joint effort including the Elko County Sheriff’s Office, Nevada Gaming Control and the Elko Combined Narcotics unit.

The robbers entered Dotty’s casino in the Smith’s shopping mall at about 6:50 a.m. Friday and sprayed employees and patrons with what is believed to have been bear spray, a strong form of pepper spray.

They took an undisclosed amount of money from the casino and fled in a vehicle, which was set on fire a few minutes later on Dotta Drive. Police believe the fire was set to conceal evidence.