January 28, 2014, Vancouver, British Columbia: Rio Grande Mining Corp. (RGV: TSX.V) (the “Company”) is pleased to announce that it has entered into an agreement to purchase a 100% interest in the Zim Frac silica claim (the “Zim Frac Claim”) located near the town of Golden in south-eastern British Columbia. The property comprises an area of 807.77 hectares that covers over 4 kilometers of the favourable Mt. Wilson Quartzite Formation (MWQF), known to consist of fine-grained higher purity white quartzite.
The MWQF is recognized for hosting economic deposits of friable and lump quartzites of greater than 99.5% silicon dioxide with two fully permitted and operating silica mines. The Geological Survey of Canada mapped the Golden area with focus on the Moberly silica camp, which included the Zim Frac Claims in 1980 (GSC Map 1497A). In 2010 fourteen samples collected from the property during a reconnaissance exploration program by previous operators ranged from 98.835% to 99.4%, with twelve of the samples grading over 99%. Locally, the MWQF is estimated to be at least 200 meters thick (Lindinger, 2010). The claims lie within 3 to 5 km northeast of Golden, British Columbia, a regional transportation center that is on the Trans Canada Highway and includes a major rail yard facility.
The adjacent Moberly silica mine is presently engineering a new silica frac sand plant to supplement their current production. The Hunt Silica mine, which lies 12 kilometers to the south, has previously shipped polysilicon grade silica to a silicon refinery in Washington State.
The Company is purchasing a 100% interest in the Zim Frac Claims from Zimtu Capital Corp. and Cannon Bridge Capital Corp., two arm’s length vendors, in consideration for the issuance of 1,000,000 common shares to each, for a total of 2,000,000 common shares, and subject to a 2% NSR. The terms of the sale are subject to the acceptance of the TSX Venture Exchange.
The company is proposing a bulk sampling program and two shallow drill holes in order to confirm the MWQF’s depth and thickness within the property.
Adrian Lamoureux, President & CEO stated, “Many industry experts see the silica sector having strong growth potential as demand increases from solar panels and other high tech applications”.
The Company is also pleased to announce the appointment of Thomas Hasek, P. Eng. to the “Board of Advisors”. Mr. Hasek is a geologist with over 40 years in the mining industry. The technical information in this news release has been reviewed and accepted by Thomas Hasek, P. Eng., a Qualified Person in accordance with NI 43-101.
Silicon dioxide (SiO2), also known as silica, has many applications, depending on purity. High-grade silicon metal and polysilicon are used in many high tech applications including microelectronics, computer chips, and solar panels.
On behalf of the Board of Directors,
President & CEO
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RIO GRANDE ADDS TO THE TEAM
Vancouver, BC, January 16, 2014: Rio Grande Mining Corp. (RGV: TSX.V) (the “Company”) announces that Mr. Adrian Lamoureux has joined the company’s board of directors and was appointed President & CEO to fill the vacancy created by resignation of Mr. John Bevilacqua. Mr. Bevilacqua resigned in order to focus on other professional commitments and business interests.
Mr. Lamoureux has worked in the venture capital markets for the past 8 years, specializing in the design and implementation of market strategies and corporate development. Mr. Lamoureux has particular expertise in the mineral exploration and development sector. During his time working in the venture capital markets, Mr. Lamoureux has financed a number of successful private and public companies. The Company wishes to thank Mr. Bevilacqua for his contribution and assistance to the Company over the past several years and wishes him the very best in his future endeavours, and welcomes Mr. Lamoureux to the Board.
The Company is also pleased to announce that Mr. Michael Schuss will become the V.P. of Exploration and will join the board of directors. Mr. Schuss has over 30 years experience in mining exploration and capital markets. During that period he has worked with several underground mining and surface drilling contractors, as well as being director, officer and consultant to several V.S.E., A.S.E., and T.S.X. Venture companies. Mr. Schuss first traveled to China in 1989 and to Africa in 1993, and consulted for some of the first Canadian juniors to operate in those regions. Mr. Schuss’ work resulted in a million ounce gold deposit being developed from grassroots exploration, and 3 separate joint ventures with a world-class gold producer and two mid-tier gold producers. In recent years, he has specialized in the industrial metals sector.
The Company welcomes Mr. Schuss as V.P Exploration and to the Board.
On behalf of the Board of Directors,
Dusan Berka, P. Eng.
Chief Financial Officer and Corp. Secretary
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