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Experts forecast declines in gold output

Over the last month the inevitable termination dust has begun to show up across Alaska, bringing with it completion of mineral exploration programs and transition of development and... — Updated 2/3/2018 Full story

 

Producers explore for gold closer home

Reuters recently reported that the 10 largest gold-producing companies worldwide have steadily increased their near-mine exploration budgets over the past few years to 56 percent in 2015... — Updated 2/5/2018

 

Report ranks gold deposits worldwide

As tangible buoyancy returns to the mining industry, I began to wonder if any of the multitude of forecasters had actually predicted the recent return of stronger metals prices. Since most... — Updated 2/1/2018

 

Declining gold production spurs Goldcorp

As a follow-up to last month's realization that once again "the game is afoot" in the mining industry, major gold producer Goldcorp recently presented some arresting statistics at the Bank... — Updated 1/26/2018

 

Alaska mining roars back in recent weeks

If you have ever played or followed sporting events, you are probably familiar with that bizarre and often game-changing event known as the "change of momentum". This is when the team that... — Updated 1/26/2018 Full story

 

A brighter outlook!

With metal prices stabilizing, physical stockpiles dwindling and demand again on the rise, things are beginning to look up for the beleagered mining industry. Gold's performance over the... — Updated 1/26/2018

 

Miners get quick start in 2016

Most of Alaska is now enjoying a warm, early spring, allowing field programs to get off to an quicker start this year. While budgets are still tight, interest in Alaska projects has steadily... — Updated 1/26/2018 Full story

 
 By Curt Freeman    News

Mining sees another dismal year in 2015

As in the recent past, the state of the world's exploration industry was summarized in SNL Metal & Mining's annual "Corporate Exploration Strategies" publication, released at the Prospectors... — Updated 3/27/2016

 
 By Curt Freeman    News

Price run-up startles

Although there is plenty of Alaska mining industry news this month, the big dog in the pen is the dramatic and unexpected run-up in the price of gold, which moved from a low of $1,078 per oun... — Updated 2/28/2016 Full story

 

ISER report: Mining sector pays its way

Although news from the mining industry is generally limited this time of year, several items of import over the past month bear discussion. Alaska suffered a tragedy with the recent passing... — Updated 1/28/2018

 
 By Curt Freeman    News

Subjective outlook

As the curtain rings down on 2015, the sound of clapping and cheering can already be heard from the mining industry as it anticipates the end of a largely depressing year which started out... — Updated 12/27/2015

 
 By Curt Freeman    News

Mining may be down

Earlier this month, the Alaska Miners Association held its annual convention in Anchorage amid plummeting metals prices and an over-all atmosphere of economic uncertainty now stretching into... — Updated 11/29/2015

 

Miners wrap up active year in Alaska

Over the past month, three of Alaska's large mines reported strong quarterly results; two projects in advanced permitting and pre-feasibility reported recent progress; and three exploration... — Updated 1/26/2018

 
 By Curt Freeman    News

Winter a perennial surprise

By the time this summary reaches your eyes, termination dust (aka "snow") will have started to cover mineral projects across Alaska. At a recent project site visit, one of the project... — Updated 9/27/2015 Full story

 

Alaska mines welcome higher gold prices

It is high summer in Alaska and the mining industry is busy breaking rocks, drilling holes, collecting baseline data, making upgrades to mine facilities and producing metal and coal across... — Updated 2/4/2018

 
 By Curt Freeman    News

Perfect storm plagues Alaska mining

Over the past month Alaska's mining industry has suffered a perfect storm of manmade and natural issues that read like something from a pulp fiction novel. On the man-made side of the... — Updated 7/26/2015

 
 By Curt Freeman    News

Less may be more in turbulent down cycle

The world's mining industry has once again transmogrified itself in the face of changing global metals markets and investor expectations. In a recent Reuters report, several companies,... — Updated 6/28/2015 Full story

 
 By Curt Freeman    News

Reno meeting offers insights for Alaska

I recently returned from the Geological Society of Nevada's once-every-five-years Symposium in Reno and was surprised to learn a number of things regarding Alaska, despite the symposium's tig... — Updated 5/31/2015

 
 By Curt Freeman    News

Outlook brightens for mining industry

With a mild winter for most of Alaska behind us and an early spring in progress over much of the state, spring fever has once again laid its grip on the mining industry. A number of... — Updated 4/26/2015

 
 By Curt Freeman    News

Exploration expenditures drop in 2014

The state of the world's exploration industry was recently summarized in SNL Metal & Mining's annual "World Exploration Trends" publication, released at the Prospectors and Developers... — Updated 3/29/2015 Full story

 
 By Curt Freeman    News

Miners exude real optimism in Vancouver

Amid the volatile metals markets that have become the norm in the past year, miners, developers, explorers, prospectors and investors met in Vancouver at the end of January for the annual Cor... — Updated 2/22/2015 Full story

 
 By Curt Freeman    News

Good, bad and ugly hits Alaska mining

Several events have dramatically affected Alaska's mining industry in recent weeks, underscoring critical links between Alaska and the global economy. First came bad news for newly-elected... — Updated 1/25/2015 Full story

 
 By Curt Freeman    News

Rumors of mining's demise are premature

The nearer your destination, the more you slip sliding away." As 2014 quickly slip-slides away, these normally melancholy lyrics by Paul Simon take on a surprisingly upbeat meaning for... — Updated 12/21/2014 Full story

 
 By Curt Freeman    News

Global exploration spending slips again

As the year winds down, financial information has begun to trickle in quantifying just how tough 2014 was on the mining industry. Industry analyst SNL Metals & Mining announced that the total... — Updated 11/23/2014 Full story

 
 By Curt Freeman    News

Hope for rebound in recent mining news

In an industry eager for even a scintilla of good news, a recent report from industry analyst SNL Metals & Mining recently gave the good-news-starved industry a bit of hope. SNL's article,... — Updated 10/26/2014

 

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