Quartz Mountain gold

, Written by Lyle Ahrens, Posted: Thu, March 13 2014 at 4:13 PM, Updated: Fri, March 14 2014 at 3:02 AM

Fremont National Forest, Ore. -- Quartz Mountain could soon provide a golden opportunity for Lake County.

Linda Thorstad of Alamos Gold claims there's plenty of gold to be found on Quartz Mountain...

"There certainly is. Historic resources indicate there is almost 3 million ounces of gold out there."

Extensive sampling in the late 1980's confirmed the presence of gold...but the cost of getting that gold proved too much when gold prices dropped.

"But today, there's better technology."  Notes Lake County Commissioner Brad Winters.  "Gold prices are higher."

Developers say they only expect to get about a gram of gold for every ton of earth processed...but even at that low concentration, they believe there's still a profit to be made. 

Thorstad says that it would take a lot of workers to mine that gold...

"Well, it could result in 300 jobs or more.  At the mine in Mexico, Alamos currently employs 500 people."

Commissioner Winters believes that would be huge for Lake County...

"In Lake County, one job here is equal to 300 in Multnomah county."

Winters adds that Alamos Gold still has to complete an extensive environmental impact process before any work can begin...

"And all indications are is that they do a very, very good environmental process whenever they get going."

Thorstad notes it will probably be several years before Alamos begins active mining.

Gold fever has been simmering in Lake County for several decades, but many are hoping that this latest prospect will pan out. 

www.alamosgold.com  purchased an interest in two mining areas on Quartz Mountain last September for three and a half million dollars.

If projections are correct, there could be three and a half billion dollars worth of gold on those claims.

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Lyle Ahrens

KOTI-TV NBC2 reporter Lyle Ahrens moved from Nebraska to Klamath Falls in the late 1970's.  He instantly fell in love with the mountains, the trees and the rivers, and never once regretted the move.

Lyle's job history is quite colorful.  He’s managed a pizza parlor; he’s been a bartender, and a “kiwifruit grader” at an organic orchard in New Zealand.  A Klamath Falls radio station hired Lyle in the mid 90's as a news writer and commercial producer.  In 2004, Lyle joined the KOTI/KOBI news operation.

Lyle notes with pride that he has a big responsibility presenting the Klamath Basin to a wide and varied audience.  "The on-going water crisis has underscored the fact that the people and the issues in the Klamath Basin are every bit as diverse as the terrain.  Winning and keeping the trust of the viewers, as well as the newsmakers, is something I strive for with each story".

When he's not busy reporting the news, Lyle enjoys astronomy, playing guitar, fixing old radios and listening to anything by Sheryl Crow.

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