LKA International is Notified Richmont Declines To Participate Further in Golden Wonder Exploration
LKA International, Inc. received notification from Richmont Mines that it has completed the “Initial Commitment Period” at LKA’s Golden Wonder mine and will not exercise its option to proceed with further joint venture plans/contributions.
Upon completion of a 16 hole drilling program, Richmont was unable to confirm the continuity of an economically viable ore zone below the mine’s sixth level. LKA is currently evaluating Richmont’s drilling data and has yet to draw any conclusions, other than the fact that historically the Golden Wonder veins have been difficult to locate. Veins within the Golden Wonder structure tend to pinch to less than an inch in width, with diminished gold values, and then reemerge in greater width and enrichment. This erratic behavior of mineralization occurs both vertically and horizontally within the structure and has lead to several failed exploration/mining attempts since the mine’s initial discovery in the late 1800s.
Richmont’s exploration efforts were focused, almost exclusively, on the area immediately below the previous production zone at the mine’s sixth level. Very little attention was directed to other potential targets within the mine. LKA will assess options for future exploration upon receipt of the remaining assays from Richmont’s drilling program and from samples recently taken by LKA in the upper levels of the mine.
LKA is a Gig Harbor, WA based natural resource holding and development company. The Company’s primary assets are the Golden Wonder mine and the Ute-Ule silver mine and mill. Both of these properties are located in Hinsdale County, CO.