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 By Sarah Hurst    News    December 30, 2007

Rollercoaster ride not over

A year ago, Vancouver-based NovaGold Resources Inc. triumphantly fought off a hostile takeover bid by Toronto giant Barrick Gold. In 2007, the ambitious junior brought its Rock Creek project near Nome to the brink of production, began construction at...

 
 By Sarah Hurst    News    October 28, 2007

Judge supports Rock Creek project

Vancouver, B.C.-based NovaGold Resources is progressing rapidly with its Rock Creek and Galore Creek projects - and it looks like the company might get some support from an unexpected quarter. The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals held a hearing Sept. 26 in a...

 
 By Sarah Hurst    News    August 26, 2007

Jericho nets higher grades during tests

Nunavut's first diamond mine, Jericho, operated by Toronto-based Tahera Diamond Corp., is still undergoing technical improvements aimed at increasing output and turning losses into profits. The value of the mine's production for the second quarter of 2007...

 
 By Sarah Hurst    News    August 26, 2007

Polaris builds on quarry's early success

Almost six months after the Orca quarry on Vancouver Island, British Columbia, began production of sand and gravel, owner Polaris Minerals is looking back with pride on its early achievements and looking forward to an expansion of operations in the future....

 
 By Sarah Hurst    News    August 26, 2007

Anglo American to steer Pebble project

Like a magnet, Pebble's inferred resources of 42.9 billion pounds of copper, 39.6 million ounces of gold and 2.7 million pounds of molybdenum attracted Anglo American to the southwest Alaska project. What this adds up to is a potential mine life of 50...

 
 By Sarah Hurst    News    August 26, 2007

Private company takes on Yukon gold mine

Mining assets in the Yukon that formerly belonged to bankrupt company BYG Natural Resources have been sold to a privately held company, Saskatchewan Ltd., for $3.1 million. Ontario-based BYG's interim receiver, PricewaterhouseCoopers, announced the sale...

 
 By Sarah Hurst    News    August 26, 2007

Gibraltar expansion nears end of phase 1

The expansion of Vancouver-based Taseko's Gibraltar mine in south-central British Columbia is progressing rapidly and the company's revenues are up, Taseko announced in its third-quarter report Aug. 14. Cash flow from operations was C$14.6 million in the...

 
 By Sarah Hurst    News    August 26, 2007

Teck Cominco recovers Red Dog's costs

Vancouver-based Teck Cominco has almost made enough money at Red Dog mine to start paying Alaska Native corporation NANA a 25 percent net proceeds of production royalty, the company announced in its second-quarter report July 30. Teck Cominco currently...

 
 By Sarah Hurst    News    August 26, 2007

Jury rules Sullivan mine deaths accidental

A coroner's jury at an inquest in Kimberley, British Columbia, in mid-July decided that the four deaths at Teck Cominco's decommissioned Sullivan mine last year were accidental. Two workers and two paramedics died when they entered an airless water-samplin...

 
 By Sarah Hurst    News    August 26, 2007

Millrock banking on giants in Alaska

Greg Beischer is a familiar face in Alaska's mining industry, but he's wearing a new hat now. For the past few years he's played a peripheral role, working for Bristol Environmental and Engineering Services, advising parent company Bristol Bay Native...

 
 By Sarah Hurst    News    August 26, 2007

Coal miner's daughter sings his praises

Not all parents are sure that their kids appreciate them. But when they follow you into the family business and one of them writes an article describing you as a role model and all-around great guy, you can relax with a beer, put your feet up and think,...

 
 By Sarah Hurst    News    July 29, 2007

Alaskans won't get vote on mining ban

Alaska's Lt. Gov. Sean Parnell has denied an application for a statewide ballot initiative submitted by three Bristol Bay residents who are concerned about the possible development of the Pebble project. Parnell followed the advice of the Department of Law...

 
 By Sarah Hurst    News    July 29, 2007

Agencies approve Fort Knox heap leach

Alaska's Department of Natural Resources issued permits July 3 for Fort Knox gold mine's heap leach project, which will have a total capacity for leaching 161 million tons of ore. The heap leach facility will be in the Walter Creek drainage on about 310...

 
 By Sarah Hurst    News    July 29, 2007

NWT uranium exploration plan rejected

The mining industry is concerned about its future in Canada's Northwest Territories in the wake of the Mackenzie Valley Environmental Impact Review Board's decision in May to recommend against a uranium exploration project that was proposed by Manotick, On...

 
 By Sarah Hurst    News    July 29, 2007

Too soon to decide on Donlin, judge rules

A U.S. District Court judge in Anchorage has dismissed NovaGold's lawsuit against Barrick Gold over the Donlin Creek project where the two companies are joint venture partners. Vancouver-based NovaGold had asserted that Toronto-based Barrick, the world's...

 
 By Sarah Hurst    News    July 29, 2007

Rock Creek sees fatalities; costs rise

Two iron workers died during construction of NovaGold's Rock Creek mine near Nome July 19. Craig Bagley, 27, from Anchorage and Tyler Kahle, 19, from Wisconsin, both worked for Anchorage-based contractor Alaska Mechanical. They were attaching siding to...

 
 By Sarah Hurst    News    July 29, 2007

Kensington shutdown would be costly

Coeur Alaska has spent more than $206 million on the development and construction of Kensington gold mine near Juneau, but the economic benefits of the project could soon disappear if the mine doesn't commence operations, a report by the McDowell Group say...

 
 By Sarah Hurst    News    July 29, 2007

Rail link would transport Yukon iron ore

Proponents of an Alaska-Canada rail link are thinking big. In a phase 1 feasibility study commissioned by the State of Alaska and the Yukon government and published in June, they estimate that the project would generate 3,000 direct jobs in Alaska's...

 
 By Sarah Hurst    News    July 29, 2007

Drilling deep, costs high at Pebble

At the site of Alaska's most controversial mining project, Pebble, near-tranquility reigns. Out on the mossy tundra, surrounded by deep blue lakes and streams, mountains and sky, the drone from the drill rigs and the buzzing of helicopters are the only dis...

 
 By Sarah Hurst    News    July 29, 2007

Coal petition lacks merit, DNR rules

Alaska's commissioner for the Department of Natural Resources, Tom Irwin, has rejected a petition to designate the Chuitna River watershed as unsuitable for coal mining. The petition was filed by non-profit law firm Trustees for Alaska on behalf of a...

 
 By Sarah Hurst    News    June 24, 2007

Alaska mine wins a round in legal battle

An Anchorage judge gave little credence to arguments by a Nome citizens' group that construction of Rock Creek gold mine should be halted, decisively ruling in favor of developer NovaGold Resources. After a hearing in Alaska District Court June 7, Judge Ra...

 
 By Sarah Hurst    News    June 24, 2007

British Columbia producing faster than ever

The mining industry in British Columbia surpassed itself in 2006, with revenues at an all-time high, according to the annual survey by PricewaterhouseCoopers. Net income for companies active in the province totaled C$2.3 billion, by far the highest amount...

 
 By Sarah Hurst    News    June 24, 2007

Petition calls for Cook Inlet coal mining ban

TRustees for Alaska, the non-profit law firm that represented the Nome plaintiffs in the case against Rock Creek mine, has teamed up with another citizens' group to oppose coal mining in the Cook Inlet area. The new group is called the Chuitna Citizens...

 
 By Sarah Hurst    News    June 24, 2007

Starfield Resources sees shine in PGMs

Geology isn't always a fast-moving business, especially when you consider that minerals lie around for billions of years before they're discovered and eventually mined. So the fact that Toronto-based Starfield Resources has recently sprung into action...

 
 By Sarah Hurst    News    June 24, 2007

Hemis launches hunt for offshore gold

A geologist who worked in Alaska decades ago is following a long-harbored ambition to find out if there is gold on the seabed in Cook Inlet. Doug Oliver helped to build the trans-Alaska oil pipeline and returned to the state in the early 1980s with...

 

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