North Bay Resources Inc. ("North Bay" or the "Company") is pleased to report that our current drilling program at the Ruby Mine in Sierra County, California, has successfully intersected a virgin channel directly above the Ruby Tunnel.
The first successful drill hole, DH C-2, encountered coarse pre-volcanic white quartz gravels 51 feet above the Ruby Adit at a location approximately 3,600 feet upstream from the Ruby Portal. The drill continued through the gravels for 16 feet before being cutoff.
A second successful drill hole, DH C-0, was drilled 150 feet downstream from DH C-2, and encountered gravels 62 feet above the Ruby Adit. The drill continued through the gravels for a remarkable 50 feet before hitting the volcanic layer that blankets the top of the channel.
These results indicate this new channel is at least 150 feet wide and as much as 50 feet deep. Additional definition drilling will be required to further evaluate this discovery. Accordingly, the drilling program has been extended at least one more week.
We note that the location of this new channel directly above the Ruby Adit is ideally situated within the current Ruby Mine infrastructure. Its close proximity 25 feet above the area where access to the White Channel was constructed last winter means that access to the new channel can be established within a relatively short timeframe to begin assessing its gold content through bulk sampling.
We can also report that cuttings from other drill holes several hundred feet further upstream appear to indicate that we may have also intersected several quartz veins in drill locations closer to the Melones Fault, the controlling geological structure of the California Mother Lode that runs directly through the center of the Ruby Mine and the entire Ruby Gold property. Hundreds of drill cuttings are presently being analyzed, and selected samples will be sent to ALS Chemex Labs in Reno, NV for assay.
Mr. C. Gary Clifton, P.Geo., is the Company's independent consulting geologist for the Ruby Gold Project. Mr. Clifton is a Qualified Person as defined by National Instrument 43-101, and has reviewed this press release for technical accuracy.
About The Ruby Gold Project
The Ruby Mine, a/k/a the Ruby Gold Project, is a fully-permitted underground placer and lode mine located near Downieville in Sierra County, California that is known to have produced over 350,000 ounces of gold since the 1850's, and which is considered to be part of the northern extension of the historic Mother Lode system. The Ruby Property covers approximately 2,312 contiguous acres, only a small portion of which has been explored to date. The property consists of the subsurface mineral rights of two patented claims totaling approximately 435 acres and 59 unpatented claims containing approximately 1,877 acres. The equipment, fixed assets, and infrastructure in place include a 1,000 yard per day placer wash plant, 50-ton per day quartz mill, 6,000 feet of tracked haulage, and related support equipment needed for underground mining operations. The property also features an excellent system of roads, is accessible via paved highway from Reno or Sacramento, has abundant water and timber available for mining purposes, and has PG&E power available on-site. For further information on the Ruby Mine, please visit the Ruby page on the North Bay website at http://www.northbayresources.com/ruby/.
About North Bay Resources Inc.
North Bay Resources Inc. (OTCQB: NBRI) is a fully-reporting junior mining company with current operations in the US and Canada.
In the US, the Company's subsidiary, Ruby Gold, Inc., owns and operates the Ruby Mine in Sierra County, California. The Ruby Mine is a fully-permitted underground placer and lode mine located in the northern extension of the historic Mother Lode system. The Ruby is known to have produced over 350,000 ounces of gold since the 1850's, including some of the most spectacular gold nuggets on record. The Ruby Property covers approximately 2,312 acres, only a small portion of which has been explored to date.
In British Columbia, the Company holds 100% ownership of a multitude of significant mining properties. These include two gold-platinum placers, the Fraser River Project and the Monte Cristo, and lode projects such as the advanced-stage Mount Washington Project on Vancouver Island, the Brett West/Bouleau Creek Gold project near Vernon BC, the Coronation Gold project in the historic Slocan Mining district, and the Tulameen Platinum Project near Princeton, BC. In addition to its many precious metal projects, the Company also owns additional prospective projects that host strategic mineral resources such as Vanadium, Crystalline Flake Graphite, Olivine, and Rare Earth Elements (REE).
The Company's mission is to build a portfolio of viable mining prospects throughout the world and developing them through subsidiaries and JV partners to their full economic potential. North Bay's business plan is based on the Generative Business Model, which is designed to leverage its properties into near-term revenue streams even during the earliest stages of exploration and development. This provides shareholders with multiple opportunities to profit from discoveries while preserving capital and minimizing the risk involved in exploration and development.
Additional information on the Company's many properties and ongoing projects is available at the Company website at http://www.northbayresources.com.