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  • Black and white photo of historic uranium mine at Radium Point.

    Aussie company explores Canada uranium

    A.J. Roan, Mining News|Updated May 23, 2024

    White Cliff Minerals takes a new look at old Radium Point, a uranium project in NWT with significant silver, gold, copper, zinc, nickel, and cobalt potential. White Cliff Minerals Ltd. May 19 announced its latest progress as it gears up for its inaugural field expedition at the Great Bear Lake (formerly known as Radium Point) in Canada's Northwest Territories and Nunavut. Covering a land package of 3,300 square kilometers (1,274 square miles) in the Echo Bay district of the...

  • Photo of RC Gold project over a rocky ridge in Yukon, Canada.

    RC Gold winter holes offer key insights

    A.J. Roan, Mining News|Updated May 23, 2024

    The two winter holes paint picture of extent of Blackjack gold deposit mineralization, leaves Sitka optimistic. Sitka Gold Corp. May 23 reported the second hole drilled during its short winter drill program returned a significant gold intercept just south of the current Blackjack deposit, results that continue to highlight the potential of this area to add higher-grade tonnage to the RC Gold project in Yukon, Canada. The latest results are from hole DDRCCC-24-058, which cut...

  • Li-FT drill technician placing finished core into a box.

    Latest assay release from Li-FT pegmatites

    A.J. Roan, Mining News|Updated May 23, 2024

    Drill results highlight potential for the Shorty pegmatite to deliver high-grade tonnage to future resource. Li-FT Power Ltd. May 22 announced another batch of assays from 12 drill holes completed from the Shorty, BIG East, Echo, Fi Main and Ki pegmatites on the company's Yellowknife Lithium project in Northwest Territories, Canada. Consisting of 11 properties divided into two groups – five in a road-accessible area immediately east of Yellowknife and a cluster of six about 5...

  • Closeup of chunks of uranium concentrate or yellowcake.

    Greenridge to explore Nut Lake uranium

    A.J. Roan, Mining News|Updated May 23, 2024

    Excited to dig into highly prospective property akin to Beaverlodge Uranium District. Greenridge Exploration Inc. May 22 announced a regional review of its Nut Lake, a project in the Thelon Basin of Nunavut that is highly prospective for uranium that has garnered global attention since a recent pledge by global leaders to triple worldwide nuclear power generation by 2050. Located approximately 55 kilometers (34 miles) from Atha Energy Corp.'s recently acquired Angilak uranium... Full story

  • Drill pad built in among the valleys of Macpass, Yukon, Canada.

    Fireweed Metals makes an executive change

    A.J. Roan, Mining News|Updated May 17, 2024

    Company sees Brandon Macdonald step down; position to be held by Peter Hemstead in interim. Fireweed Metals Corp. May 3 announced an abrupt change of management with the replacement of its former CEO and director, Brandon Macdonald, for Peter Hemstead, who has been appointed as the interim president and CEO. "On behalf of the board, I would like to thank Brandon for the role he has played in helping build Fireweed into one of Canada's leading base-metal exploration...

  • Army Corps. constructing Alaskan Highway in 1942.

    More than neighbors, a story of the North

    A.J. Roan, Mining News|Updated May 17, 2024

    Starting off on rocky footing, the relationship between Yukon and Alaska is more than just accommodating northern neighbors. Today, it is widely known that the 141st meridian west serves as the international border between Alaska and Canada, but it was not always this way. While the Yukon and Alaska share a mutual respect for shared realities of Arctic living, when the Klondike Gold Rush hit, it became evident that demarcation between countries would need to be put in to quell... Full story

  • The Alaska Highway with beautiful northern mountains in the distance.

    Northern leaders to build Arctic that lasts

    A.J. Roan, Mining News|Updated May 16, 2024

    Alaska Gov. Mike Dunleavy and Yukon Premier Ranj Pillai discuss the roles they can play to uplift northern neighbor jurisdictions. ANCHORAGE, Alaska: With an air of joviality and high rapport, Alaska Gov. Mike Dunleavy and Yukon Premier Ranj Pillai participated in a plenary discussion hosted during the 2024 Arctic Encounter Symposium to converse on the potential for closer partnerships and improving the cross-border relationship that has existed between northern neighbors Alas...

  • Snowline camp tents with the sun setting on the horizon.

    Snowline Gold grows Yukon's gold frontier

    A.J. Roan, Mining News|Updated May 16, 2024

    Acquires new properties, grows portfolio, and fills treasury for aggressive 2024 exploration season. Snowline Gold Corp. April 25 reported another significant step toward solidifying its position in the Canadian gold mining landscape with the consolidation of 100% ownership of the Einarson project. Exploring seven prospective targets strewn across the Yukon, Snowline's portfolio is split between its flagship Rogue, Einarson, Ursa, Cynthia, and Olympus properties in the Selwyn...

  • Snowline geologist examining core drilled from 2023 exploration.

    Snowline moves for 2024 exploration start

    A.J. Roan, Mining News|Updated May 16, 2024

    Begins its earliest and largest program to date; company has wealth of choices to uncover. Snowline Gold Corp. May 16 announced the mobilization of its crews and staff to the Rogue property, as it begins a planned 25,000-meter exploration and drilling program for 2024. "We are excited to be back in the field for our earliest start and our largest exploration campaign to date," said Snowline Gold Vice President of Exploration Thomas Branson. Lush with capital, teeming with...

  • Brightly colored copper rock samples harvested from Catch.

    Drills are already turning for Cascadia

    A.J. Roan, Mining News|Updated May 16, 2024

    Begins 1,200-meter program, aiming for two holes that will further outline extent of Catch copper. Cascadia Minerals Ltd. May 16 announced that drills are turning at its Catch copper project in central Yukon, marking an earlier start to the season as the company is eager to follow up on last year's success. "We're pleased to have an early start to our exploration in 2024, with diamond drilling already underway at the Catch property," said Cascadia Minerals President and CEO...

  • Silver North technician unloading core samples from Haldane.

    Silver North to acquire Yukon GDR project

    A.J. Roan, Mining News|Updated May 16, 2024

    Adds three new prospective targets, two of which hold CRD potential. Silver North Resources Ltd. May 14 announced the completion of an option agreement with three private prospectors, securing rights to the carbonate replacement deposit prospective GDR project in southern Yukon. Rebranding as Silver North Resources (formerly Alianza Minerals) to better reflect its goals in searching for the precious metal necessary to the clean energy transition, the company's exploration has...

  • Map showing the location of the Cali lithium project in NWT.

    Li-FT surprised by Cali lithium potential

    A.J. Roan, Mining News|Updated May 9, 2024

    Company reports grab samples up to 3% lithium oxide within a 1- by 1.5-km area at Cali. Li-FT Power Ltd. May 7 announced an update on the surface exploration program completed last year on the company's Cali lithium project, roughly six kilometers (3.7 miles) from the Howard's Pass access road and 50 kilometers (31 miles) northwest of the historical Cantung tungsten mine in Northwest Territories. In 2022, Li-FT gained full ownership of the Cali project in western NWT, near...

  • Picture of a 23.15-carat fancy intense yellow diamond from Ekati mine.

    Burgundy starts year with bountiful quarter

    A.J. Roan, Mining News|Updated May 9, 2024

    11% increase in carats sold, will include a 23.15 fancy intense yellow diamond to appear in Dubai for second quarter. Burgundy Diamond Mines Ltd. April 28 announced the first quarter results from the Ekati diamond mine in Northwest Territories, Canada, marking the beginning of a first full year the mine will be in production under Burgundy's banner. Finalizing its acquisition of Ekati in early July 2023, Burgundy Diamond Mines has been growing its presence in Canada, as the...

  • Snowline geologist taking rock samples at the company’s Rogue property.

    Snowline unearths promising new targets

    A.J. Roan, Mining News|Updated May 9, 2024

    Surprises with four new RIRGS targets, three on its flagship Rogue project, and one on Cynthia. Snowline Gold Corp. May 2 announced the discovery of three new reduced intrusion related gold system (RIRGS) targets at the company's flagship Rogue project in Yukon, Canada, as well as an additional RIRGS target at the adjacent Cynthia project, for a total of four new prospects that could rival its leading Valley target. "While consistent drill results have dominated our...

  • A wintery landscape near Sitka Gold’s RC Gold project in Yukon.

    First 2024 hole strikes gold for Sitka

    A.J. Roan, Mining News|Updated May 9, 2024

    Returns 191 meters averaging 1.16 g/t gold; company also announced 100% acquisition of RC and BeeBop properties. Sitka Gold Corp. May 1 announced the first hole from its 2024 drill campaign has struck gold, intersecting 191 meters averaging 1.16 grams per metric ton gold, which confirms the high-grade mineralization discovered the previous year. "The results from Hole 57 are very significant as they confirm that the higher-grade gold mineralization discovered in Hole 47 last y...

  • Snowy mountain ridge near Seabridge Gold’s 3 Aces project in Yukon.

    Seabridge fired up for 2024 exploration

    A.J. Roan, Mining News|Updated May 9, 2024

    Company excited to test new model and determine extent of 3 Aces toward future resource estimate. Seabridge Gold Inc. May 1 announced that preparations are underway at its 3 Aces project in Yukon, Canada, which aims to expand on the comprehensive exploration model that was successfully confirmed last season. Lying alongside the Nahanni Range Road, 3 Aces is a road-accessible project that covers 357 square kilometers (138 square miles) of high-grade gold discoveries and targets...

  • Picture of a distinct rock with bizarre striations next to hammer for scale.

    Onyx Gold option consolidates King Tut

    A.J. Roan, Mining News|Updated May 9, 2024

    Early plans for 2024 include work at new property, throughout greater project; details on effects from possible merger by HighGold and Contango ORE. Onyx Gold Corp. May 9 announced that it has entered into an option agreement to acquire the WEAS property from Senoa Gold Corp.; claims contiguous with the company's King Tut project in Yukon's Tombstone Gold Belt. Spun out last year from properties previously held by HighGold Mining Inc., Onyx Gold holds 100% interest in four...

  • A rocky mountain ridge overlooking the Catch property in Yukon, Canada.

    Cascadia sets out to Catch some copper

    A.J. Roan, Mining News|Updated May 9, 2024

    Plans for 1,200 meters at Catch and comprehensive work on newest copper discoveries. Cascadia Minerals Ltd. May 9 announced the first phase of its 2024 exploration program will include 1,200 meters of drilling and comprehensive property-wide prospecting, mapping, and soil sampling on the company's flagship Catch copper-gold project in Yukon, Canada, as well as inaugural exploration at others. Located in an underexplored part of southcentral Yukon, about 56 kilometers (35...

  • Color anomaly on the face of cliff at old Little Chief mine.

    Copper targets reveal gold for Gladiator

    A.J. Roan, Mining News|Updated May 9, 2024

    Company plans to conduct DHEM surveys to reassess, will now include monitoring for gold, silver, molybdenum. Gladiator Metals Corp. May 8 announced further assays from the ongoing 10,000-meter drill program at the company's Whitehorse Copper project in Yukon, Canada. Located in the backyard of Yukon's capital city, the Whitehorse Copper project is a 5,280-hectare (13,294 acres) copper-molybdenum-silver-gold skarn exploration project that covers a significant portion of what ha...

  • Drone shot of a drill rig atop a ridge at RC Gold project.

    Sitka eyes VG ahead of drilling pause

    A.J. Roan, Mining News|Updated May 8, 2024

    Two holes snuck in during winter reveal visible gold, company enters standby for spring melt. Sitka Gold Corp. April 9 announced it has intercepted visible gold in the second hole drilled during its 2024 winter program at the company's RC Gold project in Yukon, Canada. Located within the central region of Canada's Yukon Territory, in the prolific Tombstone Gold Belt, RC Gold is found roughly midway between Victoria Gold Corp.'s Eagle Gold mine and the Brewery Creek gold mine...

  • Li-FT Power drill technician fitting pipe extension at pad.

    More impressive lithium drilled at Echo

    A.J. Roan, Mining News|Updated May 8, 2024

    Li-FT continues to tap consistent strong lithium mineralization at Yellowknife project. Li-FT Power Ltd. April 16 announced a larger than usual batch of assays, reporting 17 holes completed from the Echo, Fi Main, and Fi Southwest pegmatites on the company's Yellowknife Lithium project east of Yellowknife, Northwest Territories. Into its second year exploring for hard rock lithium in the nearly forgotten Yellowknife Pegmatite Province, Li-FT powered through its first year...

  • U.S. Army Corps of Engineers district headquarters in Alaska.

    Army Corps will not reevaluate Pebble

    A.J. Roan, Mining News|Updated May 8, 2024

    EPA's blockage of Pebble permits prevents USACE from making any changes; Northern Dynasty says this strengthens its lawsuit challenging EPA veto. Northern Dynasty Minerals Ltd. April 16 announced that after months of successive delays, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has ultimately declined to further engage in the remand process related to the denial of permits in 2020, citing issues related to the Environmental Protection Agency's veto of development at Pebble as the...

  • Truck parked next to drill pad on rough road in Yukon wilderness.

    Banyan outlines 2024 work for future mine

    A.J. Roan, Mining News|Updated May 8, 2024

    Will include full season of various workings toward optimizing future operations. Banyan Gold Corp. April 18 announced the exploration and technical program planned for the 2024 season at its AurMac gold project in Yukon, Canada, allocating roughly 5,000 meters of drilling that will be strategically focused on economic drivers to optimize a future mine. After establishing an impressive 7-million-ounce gold resource for AurMac in February, drilling this year aims to... Full story

  • Investors and staff stand within McKinnon Creek for site tour.

    Klondike kicks off 2024 exploration season

    A.J. Roan, Mining News|Updated May 8, 2024

    Aims for initial 2,500 meters at high-priority targets, will adapt as results point to potential resources. Klondike Gold Corp. April 19 announced its plans for the 2024 exploration season at the company's Klondike District property in Yukon, Canada, with initial drill targets to focus on recent discoveries. Located roughly 20 kilometers (12 miles) southeast of Dawson City, the Klondike District Gold Project comprises 3,913 quartz claims in one contiguous land package...

  • Sitka Gold CEO Cor Coe standing on a snowy slope in Yukon.

    Sitka Gold fulfills Barney Ridge option

    A.J. Roan, Mining News|Updated May 8, 2024

    Gold exploration company adds new fully-owned property in the Yukon to higher-priority list. Sitka Gold Corp. April 23 announced that it has exercised its option to acquire full ownership of the Barney Ridge property next to the company's RC Gold project in Yukon, Canada. The 376-square-kilometer (145 square miles) contiguous district-scale land package in the heart of Yukon's Tombstone Gold Belt, RC Gold, is one of the largest consolidated land packages in the Yukon. This...

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