Mining News: Northern Neighbors: Drilling in the cards for Hartless Joe
Strategic Metals Ltd. July 28 posted results from the initial phase of 2016 exploration at its Hartless Joe gold-silver property, located 28 kilometers (17 miles) northeast of Whitehorse, Yukon Territory. High-grade results were obtained from three showings in the north-central portion of the property. Highlights from continuous chip samples taken from bedrock exposed in hand trenches include: 462 grams per metric ton gold and 79.6 g/t silver over 0.40 meters at Queen showing; 44.3 g/t gold and 375 g/t silver over 2.1 meters at King showing; 22.7 g/t gold and 195 g/t silver over 0.5 meters at King showing; and 16.9 g/t gold and 1,420 g/t silver over 0.1 meter at Ace showing. Ace, a historical occurrence that was identified by prospectors in the late 1960s, involves a narrow quartz-rich horizon that has been traced in outcrop for 90 meters along strike. Historical sampling returned 27.4 g/t gold, 78.9 g/t silver, 2.2 percent lead and 1.9 percent zinc over 0.1 meters. This showing remains open along strike in both directions beneath talus. King, situated about 580 meters northwest of Ace, was discovered while sampling an isolated outcrop in 2015. Chip sampling across this outcrop returned 60 g/t gold, 554 g/t silver, 5.01 percent lead and 0.35 percent copper over 1.2 meters. In 2016, a trench was dug to better expose the discovery outcrop and a second trench was dug along strike to the east. The trench at the discovery outcrop returned slightly lower values than the original sample but the second trench produced better results. Two other trenches were attempted to the east and west along strike, but neither reached bedrock due to thick talus cover. Queen, located near a ridge top about 320 meters southeast of Ace, was discovered this year. This showing has been traced in outcrop for 25 meters along strike and continues under a talus chute to the southwest and appears to pinch out to the northeast. Strategic said drilling at Hartless Joe is slated to begin in the next few days.