Scorpio Gold (OTC Other: SRCRF; TSX-V: SGN), with a 70% interest in Mineral Ridge, and its join venture partner Golden Phoenix Minerals (OTCBB: GPXM), with a 30% interest, have appointed Jim Ashton P.Eng, as mine manager at the Mineral Ridge gold deposit in Nevada.
According to Peter Hawley, Scorpio Gold’s President & CEO, “Jim brings more than 26 years of experience in open pit mining, pit design, optimization and reserve estimation to the Mineral Ridge gold project, where he will oversee all mining operations and future planning, development and extraction of mineralization beyond the existing open-pits. Jim is an excellent addition to the Scorpio Gold team as we enter into production at Mineral Ridge and advance through the next significant stage of growth for the Company.”
By way of further introduction, Mr. Ashton began his career in 1984 as an engineer with Tenneco Minerals Company at the 40,000 tons per day (TPD) Borealis open-pit, heap leach gold mining operation in Nevada, where in 1986 he became the Senior Engineer under Echo Bay Mines Ltd. In 1990, he took a position as Senior Mine Engineer/Compliance Specialist for Meridian Gold’s 60,000 TPD open-pit operation at the Royal Mountain King Mine, California. In 1993, Jim joined Phelps Dodge Corporation as Mine Planning Engineer at the 325,000 TPD open-pit Chino copper mine in New Mexico. Late in 1994, Jim became Mine Superintendent at Kinross Candelaria Mining Co.’s 100,000 TPD heap leach Candelaria silver mine in Nevada. In 1996 he joined Fronteer Gold/New West Gold/Western States Minerals as a project engineer in Reno, Nevada, and in 2010 he became Chief Engineer for Fronteer Gold’s Northumberland Project, Nevada, where he was responsible for all engineering and construction, bulk sampling and set up for underground mining until the April 6, 2011 acquisition of Fronteer Gold by Newmont Mining Corp