Avino Silver and Gold Mines Ltd. (“Avino” or “the Company”) today announced preliminary results from development of the sixth level of the San Gonzalo Mine as well as plans to commence its 2014 drill program on the Avino property, located 80km northeast of Durango, Mexico.
“We are encouraged with the initial sampling results from level 6 of the San Gonzalo Mine; gold and silver grades continue strong and both the strike and widths remain consistent with level 5. We look forward to processing this material once it is mined. We are also pleased to commence our 2014 drill program which is scheduled to begin as soon as permits are received. This drill program will explore the San Gonzalo vein at depth as well as other vein systems nearby.”
San Gonzalo Mine Level 6 Development Results
Development of level 6 of the San Gonzalo Mine has been ongoing since the beginning of the year. Drifting to date has totaled 106 metres to the northwest and 122 metres southeast of the main crosscut across from the ramp on level 6.
Avino has taken face samples to the Northwest and to the Southeast along the vein. These samples are assayed in Avino’s own lab and provide a quick and inexpensive guide to vein width, grade, and continuity. Before planning stopes between levels 5 and 6, Avino samples the back (roof) of the vein. These samples are delivered to Inspectorate Labs in Durango, Mexico.
Inspectorate Labs are part of the Bureau Veritas Group. Samples are prepped (ground and prepared into pulps) then air freighted to the Bureau Veritas facility in Sparks, Nevada, where they are assayed by techniques described below.
Results to date from the back-sampling programme are as follows:
|Northwest of Crosscut (Poniente Pte)|
|Width (m)||Gold (g/t)||Silver (g/t)||Pb %||Zn %|
|Southeast of Crosscut (Oriente Ote)|
|Width (m)||Gold (g/t)||Silver (g/t)||Pb %||Zn %|
Sampling lengths along the vein are continuous as shown on the sample plan map available on Avino’s website.
The San Gonzalo vein contains the highest gold and silver values; however, we drift wider along the vein and sample the country rock on both sides of the vein. The wall rocks usually contain metal values which decrease with distance from the San Gonzalo vein; thus, we can plan mining over wider widths, providing more tonnage and wider stopes, which permit efficient operation using shrinkage methods whilst providing feed grade to our mill well above cut-off.
Avino is fortunate to be able to mine wider than the actual San Gonzalo vein without serious grade dilution.
Samples from level 6 underground channel sampling of the San Gonzalo vein are shipped to Inspectorate Labs for analysis for gold, silver, arsenic, bismuth, copper, molybdenum, lead, antimony, zinc, and mercury. Samples are crushed and ground in Durango with pulp assayed in Reno, Nevada using fire assay and AA finish for gold, four-acid digestion and AA for most silver or fire assay and gravimetric finish for very high silver, and aqua regia digestion and ICP-MS for base metals. Inspectorate Labs in Nevada and British Columbia are ISO 9001:2008 certified, full-service laboratories that are independent of Avino. Sample QA/QC procedures are as described in Section 11.5 of the July 2013 Technical Report on the Avino property by Tetra Tech. Avino uses a series of standard reference materials (SRMs), blank reference materials (blanks), and duplicates as part of their QA/QC program during analysis of assays from level 6 sampling at San Gonzalo.
2014 Drill Program
In 2014, Avino is planning to undertake both surface and underground drill programs to further explore the San Gonzalo vein at depth as well as other nearby vein systems. Currently a 70 metre cross cut with drill station is being driven on level 6 with plans to drill angled holes to depth to test the vein between the levels 7 and 10 elevations and below level 10 (the perimeter of the current mineral resource) with the intent of extending known mineralization at depth.
Further, the 2014 drill program will include a surface program intended to explore other vein systems near the San Gonzalo Mine. These vein systems include the Los Angeles and Angelica veins both of which are located within drill distance of existing San Gonzalo mine workings. Drilling will commence when permits are received.
Avino owns both a surface and underground drill and will conduct the drilling internally. The surface LY-44 drill was recently fully rehabilitated with replacement components to make it more powerful; it now has a capacity of 800 metre using an NQ drill hole diameter.
Avino’s projects are under the supervision of Chris Sampson, P.Eng, Avino Consultant and Jasman Yee P.Eng, Avino Director, who are both qualified persons within the context of National Instrument 43-101. Both have reviewed and approved the technical data in this news release but are not responsible for other info.
Avino is a silver and gold producer operating the Avino property located in Durango, Mexico. The Company’s mission is to become the next mid-tier silver producer through profitable organic growth at the Avino property. We are committed to managing all business activities in an environmentally responsible and cost-effective manner while contributing to the well-being of the community in which we operate.
ON BEHALF OF THE BOARD
President & CEO
Avino Silver & Gold Mines Ltd.
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