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 By Curt Freeman    Opinion

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

 
 By Curt Freeman    Opinion

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

 
 By Curt Freeman    Opinion

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... — Updated 2/1/2018

 
 By Curt Freeman    Opinion

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... — Updated 1/28/2018

 
 By Curt Freeman    Opinion

"We can finally get back to business!"

Earlier in November, the Alaska Miners Association held its annual convention and trade show in Anchorage and as always, the well-attended convention overlapped with election Tuesday.... — Updated 1/26/2018

 
 By Curt Freeman    Opinion

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... — Updated 1/26/2018

 
 By Curt Freeman    Opinion

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... — Updated 1/26/2018 Full story

 
 By Curt Freeman    Opinion

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... — Updated 1/26/2018 Full story

 
 By Curt Freeman    Opinion

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

 
 By Curt Freeman    Opinion

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... — Updated 1/26/2018

 
 By Curt Freeman    News

Feds open comment period for Ambler EIS

With the opening late last month of a public comment period for the environmental impact statement on the proposed Ambler Mining District Industrial Access Project, I am cautiously... — Updated 1/18/2018

 
 By Curt Freeman    Opinion

Forecast brightens for Alaska mining

With winter programs winding down and summer efforts rapidly ramping up, it is becoming clear that 2017 will be a much more vigorous year for the Alaska mining industry than the 2013 to 2... — Updated 1/16/2018

 
 By Curt Freeman    Opinion

Mining deaths fall to record low in 2016

The year just past was many things for the mining industry, but one of the bright spots came from the Mine Safety and Health Administration, an agency not known for awarding happy faces... — Updated 1/16/2018

 
 By Curt Freeman    Opinion

Recovery takes center stage in Alaska

If there is anyone still on the fence wondering if the minerals industry has started a recovery from the doldrums of the past four years, this month’s mineral industry activity in... — Updated 1/15/2018

 
 By Curt Freeman    Opinion

Miners get busy in elephant country

The summer solstice has come and gone, but the Alaska mining industry has paid little attention to the decreased amount of daylight because it is high summer in the high latitudes, time... — Updated 1/14/2018 Full story

 
 By Curt Freeman    Opinion

Majors drive mineral industry revival

At a recent mining industry panel discussion at the Western States Land Commissioners Association meeting in Anchorage, I was asked if the recent upturn in activity in the Alaska mining... — Updated 1/14/2018 Full story

 
 By Curt Freeman    Opinion

Industry signals reversal in down-cycle

As the Alaska mining industry prepares for and kicks off exploration, development and production activities for 2017, the question on everyone’s lips at the recent Cordilleran Roundup... — Updated 1/13/2018

 
 By Curt Freeman    Opinion

Upbeat mood buoys outlook for AMA meet

In early November, the Alaska Miners Association will hold its annual convention in Anchorage. Unlike the past four or five years, the excitement surrounding the convention this year is... — Updated 11/5/2017

 
 By Curt Freeman    Opinion

As winter rolls in, so do field results

As the first snows of the coming winter began to fall at high elevations across Alaska, results of summer programs likewise began to trickle in from far-flung areas of the state.... — Updated 10/1/2017 Full story

 
 By Curt Freeman    Opinion

Upturn in mining continues across Alaska

The Alaska mining industry continued its increased pace of activities in August, even as the first hint of autumn starts to be felt across the state. Metals prices were relatively stable... — Updated 9/3/2017

 
 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... — 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... — Updated 2/28/2016 Full story

 
 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... — 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... — Updated 11/29/2015

 
 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

 

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