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Silver Summit 2004
The Probalistic Center of The Universe

David Bond
Editor, Silver Valley Mining Journal
Sep 16, 2004

Underground silver mine tours, a day of seminars and presentations on the silver market and the Americas' silver mining industry, and a libation-fueled dedication of Wallace, Idaho, as the Probalistic Center of the Universe will highlight Silver Summit 2004 next week in Coeur d'Alene, Wallace, and Kellogg, Idaho.

No fewer than 400 delegates from Great Britain, Europe, Asia, South America, Australia, Canada and the U.S. will descend upon the region to swap notes and hear presentations on silver mining opportunities in the Americas. Presenters and sponsors include CEOs of Hecla Mining Co., Coeur d'Alene Mines Corp., Mines Management, New Jersey Mining Co., Mag Silver, MacMin Silver, Minera Andes, Shoshone Silver, Endeavour Silver, Canadian Zinc, Lakota Resources, Silver Standard Resources Inc., Sterling Mining Co., Kimberly Gold and retail sponsors Dave Smith Motors, American West Bank, Thomlinson-Black, and Silver Mountain/Eagle Crest.

"There are two dozen conferences focused on gold around the world every year. This is the only one dedicated entirely to silver," said Lex Smith, president of the hosting Silver Valley Mining Association. "We draw out the hard-money crowd. The people coming to Silver Summit 2004 want something more than paper dollars in their portfolios. They want something of value." Keynote speakers include Ovid Abrams, senior editor, Platts Metals Week - a McGraw-Hill company, Richard Daughty, known to millions of internet readers as the Mogambo Guru, Dr, Glenn Almquist, a retired sports physician and owner of Murray, Idaho, and David Morgan, editor of Festivities begin at 6 a.m. Thursday, 23 September, when a select five dozen pre-registrants visit one of four of the Silver Valley's deep-shaft working mines.

"To tour a working underground mine beggars an e-ticket ride at Disneyland. To understand what it takes to wrench an ounce of silver from the ground is to be drenched in heat and sweat, and to emerge from the end of a shift vindicated. We mine money," Smith said. "Mining money is hard work." Hecla, Coeur d'Alene Mines, Bunker Hill Mining Co. and New Jersey Mining Co. have donated the tours.

Saturday's 9 p.m. dedication by Wallace Mayor Ron Garitone of the Probalistic Center of the Universe will proceed from the Smokehouse Saloon to the corner of 6th and Bank Streets, where city crews will install a new sewer manhole cover custom-cast by Hern Iron Works of Coeur d'Alene, Idaho. "Peer-reviewed studies have suggested that there is no probalistc proof that the Probalistic Center of the Universe exists elsewhere. Therefore, it only makes sense that the Probalistic Center of the Universe exists at the corner of 6th and Bank Streets in Wallace. We have unnamed sources at the Environmental Protection Agency and the 60 Minutes crew at CBS to back us up," Mayor Garitone said.

Registrations for Silver Summit 2004 will be accommodated through Friday, 17th September, at the association's website, Mine tours are $100. Wallace tours are $75, and the Friday, Sept. 24 conference at the Coeur d'Alene Inn is free.

Sep 15, 2004
David Bond
Editor: Silver Valley Mining Journal

David Bond covers gold and silver mining equities for a number of national and international publishers, including Platts Metals Week, a division of McGraw-Hill. He lives in Wallace, Idaho, heart of the planet's richest silver fields, the Coeur d'Alene Mining District. He is former editor of the Wallace Miner, and holds regional and national firsts in investigative journalism from the Atlantic City Press Club (National Headliner) and from the Society of Professional Journalists (SDX/SPJ) and has edited or written for newspapers on both coasts, Canada and Alaska.
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