|Just a quick moment here to reply, then away for a good part of the day.|
I would guess that these new claims were for ground already marked for acquisition by JB. We have long known he wanted to add land in the caldera. Maybe these just became available, or they are needed for some other reason, but as I said, the money could have gone to drilling or at least some part of Phase 1 drilling.
Looking at who owns what within the BOD, it appears as if Brett got himself into a position whereby he and his friends on the BOD were able to take over, forcing JB out of an executive position, and into a lesser one from which he eventually resigned in disgust. That's the way it looks to me.
We seem to have lots of dust in the wind at present, but none of it looks like gold, at least not for now.