Idaho-Maryland mine to reopen in 2007 |

Idaho-Maryland mine to reopen in 2007

George Boardman

The Idaho-Maryland Mine in Grass Valley will employ 400 workers when it resumes gold production in 2007, company officials told the Grass Valley City Council Tuesday.

William J. Witte, president of Emgold Mining Corp. of Vancouver, B.C., said test drilling indicates there may be over 1.4 million ounces of recoverable gold at the site. Emgold is the parent company of Idaho-Maryland Mining Corp.

Witte said half of the workers would be employed in the mine and half at its Ceramext ceramics facility, which will convert mine tailings and other waste material into high-quality floor tiles, road tiles and bricks.

When Councilman Steve Enos asked Witte where the workers would live, Witte said the company will need to work with the city on that issue. He added that many Nevada mine workers have their permanent homes in western Nevada County and have expressed interest in working at the Idaho-Maryland.

Witte said the company expects to complete exploratory drilling by the end of June and will apply for a conditional use permit in August or September. The final decision to proceed with production won’t be made until 2006.

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The Idaho-Maryland Mine produced over 2.3 million ounces of gold from 1862 until 1956, making it the third largest underground producer in California history.

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