Silver Summit 2004
The Probalistic Center
of The Universe
Editor, Silver Valley
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
"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 Silver-Investor.com. 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, www.thesilversummit.com.
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
Editor: Silver Valley
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.