The sleepy desert town of Tonopah’s fortunes have been closely tied to mining. Credit: Henry Lazenby.

In the dimly lit Jack Dempsey dinner hall of the 1906 Mizpah Hotel in Tonopah, Nevada, a group of miners, financiers, analysts and the media recently convened to explore the redevelopment of the district’s remaining mineral potential, marking the first meeting of its kind in over a century.

The group had gathered to delve into the underlying and surrounding rocks of the town, which played a pivotal role in the rise and fall of this desert hamlet’s mining development.

“Nevada became a state as a result of the Comstock – the silver paid for the Civil War and the winning of the Union,” said Bill Howard, executive chairman of Blackrock Silver (TSXV: BRC) during a June site visit. “It’s often said that if Comstock made Nevada, the Tonopah silver deposits were what paid for keeping Nevada a state. That’s why we’re called the ‘Silver State.’”

Nestled in the heart of Nevada, the Tonopah region holds a rich historical mining legacy and an equally promising future.

Below the town, underneath its historical buildings in the surrounding Esmerelda and Nye counties, remain rich gold and silver deposits which again make sense to explore given the use of new technology and higher metals prices. And there’s a newcomer to the party – high-grade lithium clays abound towards the north, west and south of Tonopah, which have sent local prospectors into a spin with the potential EV windfall.

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Manuel Linares was Recognized by the Tonopah Town Board at the January 25, 2023 Board Meeting for his 15 Years of Dedicated Service to the Town of Tonopah.

He has been employed by the Town longer than anyone currently employed.
August 17, 2022 – 12:38 pm

Charles “Chad” Cobb has been announced as the new athletic director of Tonopah High School starting this fall.

“The school contacted me about the position. Being the resource officer, they thought this would be a good fill-in for me to do,” Cobb said. “I didn’t want to see the program go downhill or lose any momentum that he [Steve Stringer] had started. They were really good about it, it was an exciting adventure.

Chad has been a resident of Tonopah going back to his elementary school days when he and his family first moved to the town.

Cobb was a three-sport athlete at Tonopah High School, participating in football, wrestling and baseball.

Following graduation, Cobb enlisted in the military and served in the U.S. Coast Guard for five years.

He left the military to pursue a career with the sheriff’s office in Tonopah, where his dad was working at the time.

Cobb will be taking over for Steven Stringer, who had been the school’s athletic director since 2015, but left the position following the 2021-22 school year.

Chad currently has two kids at Tonopah High School. His daughter, Kaya, is a junior and a member of the school’s wrestling team, while his son, Remington, is a freshman at THS and is playing football for head coach Duffy Otteson.

“I feel like the town was a little bit more busy when I was a kid here. But the whole small-town atmosphere is still the same. I’m actually pretty excited to have my kids grow up where I did.”

By the end of his first year, Cobb is hoping to increase the participation from the town residents at the school’s events. He did mention that the town is very supportive of the school and the students, but he added that he would like to increase the crowds that attend games.