Town hall meeting regarding Emerald Isle Mine tonight

KINGMAN - The Sierra Resource Group, a U.S.-based mining company headquartered in Nevada, is adit deep in a process to open the Chloride Copper Mine - otherwise known as Emerald Isle.

The company, along with the Bureau of Land Management, is hosting an informal town hall meeting from 6 to 7:30 p.m. today at the Chloride Town Hall, 4990 E. Payroll Ave. There, members of the team as well as representatives of BLM will talk about the Sierra Resource Group's plan to open the mine within the next 12 months. The meeting will also offer residents of the community a chance to ask questions, said Rod Martin, Sierra's CEO.

"We're not holding this because it's mandatory," Martin said. "We're holding this because we want to be good neighbors."

The site is situated about 15 miles northwest of Kingman and about four miles south of Chloride. Sierra has acquired 450-acres of mining claims on the property, which sits on Old Boulder Road and is located within the Walapai Mining District.

Sierra has applied for permits through BLM and other regulatory agencies in hopes of renewing mine and mill operations at the site.

Once it's up and running, a push to hire lots of locals will ensue, Martin said, adding that the employment topic will be brought up at the meeting.