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Smoke hinders travel

In late August, I was forced to send an email to Curt Freeman, owner of the Fairbanks-based Avalon Development, with the subject line, "Smoke hinders travel." Throughout the prior week, I could not fly from my remote home 60 miles east to Fairbanks, to... Full story

 

State selects Hughes of Fairbanks as mining development specialist

Rich Hughes, a former project manager at the Nolan Creek mine in northern Alaska, has been selected by the state of Alaska to serve as the development specialist for mining in Fairbanks. Hughes started the job July 1, working in the Office of Economic...

 

Fires kick up throughout Alaska in August

Late summer rains and cooler temperatures, usually the norm for Interior Alaska, did not materialize this year, allowing wildlands fires to continue burning and spreading throughout the region in August. According to state and federal fire reports posted...

 

Drilling starts at Antimony Mountain

Vancouver, British Columbia-based War Eagle Mining Co. Inc. has partnered with Strategic Metals Ltd. to drill for the first time the Antimony Mountain copper-silver-gold porphyry prospect, 65 kilometers (40 miles) northeast of Dawson City, Yukon Territory....

 

Million-plus spending on MAN project

Seattle-based Nevada Star Resource Corp. in mid-August began a 2,000 meter (6,561-foot) reverse circulation drilling program on the northern portion of the MAN nickel, copper and PGE property in central Alaska. It's the latest development in an active, mil...

 

Drills continue churning at Pebble

This summer's exploration, engineering and environmental baseline data work at the Pebble prospect in southwest Alaska is progressing "exceptionally well," according to a spokesman for the deposit's developer, Northern Dynasty Minerals Ltd. Northern...

 

Wesley Earl Dunkle: Alaska's Flying Miner

An experienced geologist in Alaska himself, Charles Caldwell "Chuck" Hawley has compiled a well-documented and compelling story about one of Alaska's pioneer prospectors and mining engineers, Wesley Earl Dunkle. An economic geologist who prospected many mi...

 

New equipment rolls at Fort Knox

One of six new 190-ton Caterpillar haul trucks hit the dirt at the open pit Fort Knox gold mine near Fairbanks, Alaska, on Sept. 1, part of a $15 million-plus capital investment in the mine's dirt-moving fleet this year. Fairbanks Gold Mining Inc., a subsi...

 

Drills produce "exceptional" results at Galore Creek in remote British Columbia

NovaGold Resources appears to have hit another prospecting grand slam one year after optioning the Galore Creek project in a remote section of northwestern British Columbia. The Vancouver, British Columbia-based junior in August released "exceptional"...

 

Silverado auctions gold nuggets from Nolan Creek gold mine in Alaska

Vancouver, British Columbia-based Silverado Gold Mines Ltd. has been auctioning gold nuggets mined from its northern Alaska gold mine on eBay, an on-line auction site. So far, the company has auctioned five nuggets and it began the sixth on-line auction... Full story

 
 By Patricia Liles    News    August 8, 2004

Subsistence foods safe near Red Dog mine

The Red Dog zinc and lead mine in remote northwest Alaska appears to be the victim of another misleading environmental report - this time, one causing some residents in neighboring villages alarm about the quality of berries and greens gathered as food...

 
 By Patricia Liles    News    August 8, 2004

New focus for Healy Clean Coal Project

After years of contentious debate, lawsuits and sporadic negotiations, the two major players involved in the Healy Clean Coal Project, an experimental coal-fired power plant built with $300 million in state and federal funds and shuttered since 2000, have... Full story

 
 By Patricia Liles    News    August 8, 2004

Core drilling complete at Gold Hill project

MAX Resource Corp. recently completed its first phase of core drilling on its new Interior Alaska property, the Gold Hill project about 10 miles off the Denali Highway. In early July, drilling crews and geological consultants from Alaska Earth Sciences...

 
 By Patricia Liles    News    August 8, 2004

Wildlands fires plague miners, prospectors

Heavy rains in late July and early August have dampened the number of wildlands fires that burned through Interior and the eastern part of Alaska, adversely affecting placer miners and metals prospectors attempting to complete field work this summer....

 
 By Patricia Liles    News    August 8, 2004

Placer, lode drilling starts near Fort Knox dam

Teryl Resources Corp. continues to prospect on ground nearby the Fort Knox mine northeast of Fairbanks, Alaska, this time drilling on some placer claims with historical gold occurrences just downstream from the mine's fresh water dam. Reverse circulation d... Full story

 
 By Patricia Liles    News    August 8, 2004

Gold in the trenches

Freegold Ventures has some recently acquired high-grade rock samples taken in July from a new portion of the Golden Summit project northeast of Fairbanks, Alaska, to show off during a planned tour and investor presentation in mid August. The Vancouver, Bri...

 
 By Patricia Liles    News    August 8, 2004

Freegold Ventures acquires Yukon property

Long-time Alaska prospector Freegold Ventures has ventured across the border into the Yukon Territory, optioning a gold property west of Ross River with a previously drilled, 221,000 ounce gold and 835,000 ounce silver resource. In a July 14 press... Full story

 
 By Patricia Liles    News    August 8, 2004

More high-grade results at Nixon Fork

Developers hoping to restart production at the underground, shuttered Nixon Fork gold-copper mine in central Alaska announced more high-grade drilling results from an underground drilling program this summer. The best intercept from new drilling results me... Full story

 
 By Patricia Liles    News    August 8, 2004

Usibelli sends coal test shipment to Chile

Usibelli Coal Mine Inc., Alaska's only commercial coal producer, will send a shipment of its Healy coal south this fall to be test burned in a power plant operation in Chile, opening the door to a potential new international market. The test supply...

 
 By Patricia Liles    News    July 11, 2004

Red Dog's toxic release ranking misleading

Alaska's largest mine and the world's largest producer of zinc counters its national top ranking by the Environmental Protection Agency for toxic releases, saying that the agency's decision to count naturally occurring metals contained in unmilled rock is...

 
 By Patricia Liles    News    July 11, 2004

Drills churning at Cleary

Golden Summit gave up some of its glory in high-grade gold samples taken during a 4,900-foot drill program completed this spring at the gold property about 25 miles north of Fairbanks, Alaska. Partners in the hard-rock property, Freegold Ventures and... Full story

 
 By Patricia Liles    News    July 11, 2004

Pogo helicopter pilot rescues neighboring geologists from ridge-top camp

Two Fairbanks-based exploration geologists trapped in a remote camp threatened by a huge wild-lands fire burning out of control in Alaska's Interior were rescued by a helicopter pilot dispatched from the Pogo construction camp. Shortly after their air... Full story

 
 By Patricia Liles    News    July 11, 2004

Fort Knox evacuated

In the final hot and dry days of June, the Boundary wild lands fire was burning its way across rolling hills in Alaska's Interior three to five miles from the Fort Knox gold mine, although workers couldn't see its proximity due to smoke shrouding the...

 
 By Patricia Liles    News    July 11, 2004

Kensington project permitting plods ahead

Alaska state and federal regulators overseeing the proposed Kensington Gold Mine project 45 miles northwest of Juneau have released draft permits, public notices and state decisions for public review and comment. Released on June 21 were draft permits for...

 
 By Patricia Liles    News    July 11, 2004

Area near Alaska's Pebble deposit booming

The skies north of Lake Iliamna in southwest Alaska are buzzing with helicopters that are supporting numerous drill crews working on exploration projects at and surrounding the Pebble gold-copper-molybdenum-silver deposit. Leading this summer's activity... Full story

 

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