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  • Three miners with hardhats and headlamps in an underground mine.

    Overcoming Premier mining challenges

    Shane Lasley, Mining News|Updated Jul 11, 2024

    After working through commissioning challenges, Ascot is beginning to achieve a steady mill rate at BC's newest gold mine. True to the very purpose of starting with a commissioning period prior to commercial mining operations, Ascot Resources Ltd. has run into challenges as it ramps up to full-scale production at its Premier gold-silver mine within Nisga'a First Nation territory about 15 miles (25 kilometers) north of Stewart, British Columbia. "While various challenges were...

  • Aerial view of the mill buildings and water storage ponds at the Keno Hill mine.

    Hecla on pace for 17M oz silver this year

    Shane Lasley, Mining News|Updated Jul 11, 2024

    A Yukon First Nation's call for a mining pause, however, could impact Keno Hill silver output. Hecla Mining Company July 10 reported that continued improvements in performance at its Keno Hill mine in the Yukon has the Idaho-based mining company on pace to produce 17 million ounces of silver in 2024. During the first six months of this year, Hecla's operations produced 8.7 million oz of silver, which is 10% higher than the 7.9 million oz produced at the midpoint of 2023. They... Full story

  • Four highly mineralized rock samples with a Sharpie pen for size reference.

    White Cliff impressed with Great Bear

    Shane Lasley, Mining News|Updated Jul 11, 2024

    Australian explorer makes new mineral discoveries, confirms known targets at historic multi-metal project in Northwest Territories. White Cliff Minerals Ltd. July 9 reported that it has confirmed previously identified copper, cobalt, and uranium mineralization and made new discoveries during the first week of its inaugural exploration program at the Great Bear Lake iron ore-copper-gold-uranium (IOCG-U) project in Northwest Territories. "Finally, we are on the ground!" said...

  • A drill rig tests for gold and silver atop a mountain ridge in Northern BC.

    Drills test for Surebet gold veins source

    Shane Lasley, Mining News|Updated Jul 10, 2024

    Goliath launches 15,000-meter drill program at its Golddigger project south of Stewart, B.C. Goliath Resources Ltd. July 10 reported that two drills are turning on its 66,608-hectare (164,592 acres) Golddigger property at the southern tip of British Columbia's Golden Triangle. Over the previous three exploration seasons in Northern B.C., Goliath has focused much of its exploration on Surebet, a roughly 1,800-meter-long corridor at the southern end of the district-scale...

  • A barge loaded with mineral exploration equipment and supplies on calm waters.

    Contango completes HighGold acquisition

    Shane Lasley, Mining News|Updated Jul 10, 2024

    Unique mining company adds new high-quality Alaska asset to portfolio just two days after its transition to gold producer. Contango ORE Inc. July 10 announced the completion of its acquisition of HighGold Mining Inc., a junior mineral exploration company that comes with the 1-million-ounce Johnson Tract gold project in Southcentral Alaska. "(W)e believe the combination of HighGold and Contango makes a tremendous amount of strategic sense," Contango ORE President and CEO Rick... Full story

  • A 600-ounce gold bar stamped with “First gold pour Manh Choh.”

    Manh Choh partners pour first gold

    Shane Lasley, Mining News|Updated Jul 9, 2024

    Kinross and Contango celebrate the pouring of first bar from gold project that boosts Fort Knox production, elevates junior to producer status. FORT KNOX MINE, ALASKA (July 8, 2024) – On a momentous occasion for both companies, Kinross Gold Corp. and Contango ORE Inc. celebrated the pouring of the first gold bar from the Manh Choh project in Alaska. Being operated under a joint venture between Kinross (70%) and Contango (30%), Manh Choh is a high-grade gold project on lands o... Full story

  • A drill tests for graphite on a clear summer day on Alaska’s west coast.

    Graphite Creek 2024 field program begins

    Shane Lasley, Mining News|Updated Jul 5, 2024

    Summer program focused on collecting the final data needed to complete a feasibility for developing a mine at the western Alaska project. Graphite One Inc. June 26 announced the start of a 2024 exploration program focused on collecting the final data needed to complete a feasibility study for developing a mine at its world-class Graphite Creek project in western Alaska. "The 2024 field program is a key milestone for our stakeholders as we advance our feasibility study with a... Full story

  • An Alaska Native drill operator at the Pebble mine project in Alaska.

    Pebble-area Alaska Native Villages sue EPA

    Shane Lasley, Mining News|Updated Jul 3, 2024

    Alaska Peninsula and Iliamna claim that federal agency's Pebble veto is illegal and costing them enormous economic opportunity. Alaska Peninsula Corp. and Iliamna Natives Ltd. June 24 filed a lawsuit against the Environmental Protection Agency that alleges the federal agency's veto to "kill a mining project in Bristol Bay at the Pebble deposit, which is the largest gold- and copper-ore deposit in the world" will cost these two Alaska Native corporations "hundreds of millions... Full story

  • A large mineral exploration camp on a plateau-like area on a fall day in B.C.

    Skeena secures $750M for Eskay Creek

    Shane Lasley, Mining News|Updated Jul 3, 2024

    Financing package backed by Orion Resource Partners is more than enough to develop world-class gold-silver mine in Northern BC. With the goal of advancing Eskay Creek into production by the first half of 2027, Skeena Resources Ltd. has secured a $750 million (C$1 billion) financing package to develop a mine at the gold-silver project in British Columbia's Golden Triangle. "On the back of our positive definitive feasibility study released in November 2023, this financing...

  • Chunk of uranium concentrate, otherwise known as yellowcake.

    Panther begins Fireweed uranium survey

    Shane Lasley, Mining News|Updated Jul 3, 2024

    Infrared and hyperspectral survey will provide a clearer picture of the scope of early-stage target at Boulder Creek. Panther Minerals Inc. July 3 announced plans to carry out a long-wave infrared survey and interpretation of hyperspectral satellite imagery over the northern portion of the Boulder Creek uranium property in Alaska. Located roughly 100 miles northeast of the Gold Rush town of Nome and about 30 miles north of the village of Elim, the 22,400-acre Boulder Creek...

  • A roughly eight-inch rock sample stained green from copper oxides.

    Aston Bay excited to explore Epworth

    Shane Lasley, Mining News|Updated Jul 3, 2024

    Plans to carry out mapping and geophysics in preparation for drilling at high-grade copper-silver-zinc-cobalt project in Nunavut. Aston Bay Holdings Ltd. June 27 reported that it is gearing up for an exploration program focused on defining drill targets at Epworth, a western Nunavut property that covers a roughly 46-mile- (74 kilometers) trend of high-grade copper mineralization reminiscent of the deposits in the Central African Copper Belt. The sediment-hosted copper...

  • A drill inside a green enclosure test for copper below the snow in Nunavut.

    Drill taps 7% copper within Storm's Gap

    Shane Lasley, Mining News|Updated Jul 1, 2024

    Near-surface, high-grade copper intercept cut during winter drilling at northern Nunavut project. American West Metals Ltd. July 1 announced that one hole drilled during its spring program cut three meters of 7% copper at the underexplored Gap target on the company's Storm Copper project in Nunavut. According to an inaugural resource calculated in February, four deposits within a roughly 10-square-kilometer (3.9 square miles) area of the Storm property host 17.48 million...

  • View of the JT Deposit, camp, airstrip, and proposed road at Johnson Tract.

    Contango-HighGold merger takes next step

    Shane Lasley, Mining News|Updated Jun 28, 2024

    HighGold shareholders overwhelmingly vote in favor of joining Alaska's next gold-producing company. In an embrace of Contango ORE Inc.'s unique vision of transforming high-quality projects into Alaska's next gold mines, HighGold Mining Inc. shareholders nearly unanimously approved a deal to merge with the Alaska-based gold company. During a special meeting held on June 27, 93.7% of HighGold shareholders approved the proposed merger with Contango. "We are very pleased to have t... Full story

  • A drill test for gold from atop a mountain saddle in the Yukon.

    Sitka expands RC Gold project potential

    Shane Lasley, Mining News|Updated Jun 27, 2024

    Buys neighboring Clear Creek project from Victoria Gold. Sitka Gold Corp. June 24 announced that it has expanded its RC Gold project in the Yukon through the acquisition of the adjacent Clear Creek property from Victoria Gold Corp. "We are very pleased to complete the purchase of the Clear Creek property and to welcome Victoria Gold as a major new shareholder of the company," said Sitka Gold CEO Cor Coe. Before the Clear Creek acquisition, Sitka's RC project was already a dist...

  • Closeup of drill core with large nodules of zinc-lead metal.

    Upgraded resource elevates Pine Point

    Shane Lasley, Mining News|Updated Jun 27, 2024

    With most resources elevated to the indicated category, Northwest Territories zinc project begins transition to feasibility level mine studies. Osisko Metals Inc. June 25 reported that drilling over the past two years has upgraded a significant portion of the mineral resources at Pine Point to the higher confidence indicated category in preparation for elevating this zinc mine project in Northwest Territories to the feasibility stage. According to a new calculation, Pine...

  • Closeup of thick gold veins running through quartz in drill core from Brucejack.

    First Nations Royalty firm lists on TSX

    Shane Lasley, Mining News|Updated Jun 27, 2024

    Anchored by five royalties contributed by Nisga'a Nation in Northern BC, Nations Royalty is world's first Indigenous-owned metals royalty firm. The June 20 listing of Nations Royalty as an investment company on the TSX Venture Exchange was a milestone that will likely forever change the mining landscape in Canada and beyond. Born out of the vision of mining magnate Frank Giustra, a First Nations-to-mining bridge brought to the table by lifelong Northern British Columbia... Full story

  • A mine worker in high visibility coveralls and hard hat monitors operations.

    SRC buys Canada's first rare earths ore

    Shane Lasley, Metal Tech News|Updated Jun 27, 2024

    High-grade REE concentrate previously destined for China is now on its way to Saskatchewan for further processing. As home to the first rare earths mine in Canada, Vital Metal Ltd.'s Nechalacho project in Northwest Territories grabbed national headlines as the initial link of a burgeoning rare earth supply chain that would be completely independent of China. With this being hailed as a major milestone for Canada and its allies, Vital's announcement late last year that it...

  • View over building in a valley towards a bay and snowcapped mountains.

    Coeur encouraged by Kensington drilling

    Shane Lasley, Mining News|Updated Jun 27, 2024

    Multi-year program continues to extend high-grade gold zones and discover new mineralization at the Southeast Alaska mine. Coeur Mining Inc. June 27 reported that its multi-year exploration program at Kensington continues to deliver wide drill intercepts with high-grade gold at this mining operation in Southeast Alaska. In mid-2022, Coeur launched a roughly $80 million exploration program at Kensington focused on extending the life of this high-grade underground mine beyond...

  • A drill tests a copper project on a summer day in Northern British Columbia.

    Advancing Schaft Creek to prefeasibility

    Shane Lasley, Mining News|Updated Jun 20, 2024

    $18.7 million Teck-funded program at Northern B.C. copper project includes camp upgrades, engineering work, and environmental studies. Copper Fox Metals Inc. June 17 reported that a C$18.7 million (US$13.6 million) program funded and operated by Teck Resources Ltd. is in progress at the Schaft Creek copper-gold-molybdenum-silver project in Northern British Columbia. "The 2024 program is underway and will position the Schaft Creek project to progress toward the start of the...

  • Map of Felix’s claims in relation to other gold properties near Fairbanks.

    Felix unveils maiden NW Array resource

    Shane Lasley, Mining News|Updated Jun 20, 2024

    Newest gold deposit in the Fairbanks Mining District hosts nearly half a million oz of the precious metal; newly opened claims unlock growth potential. Felix Gold Ltd. June 20 announced that it has outlined 467,000 ounces of gold in an inaugural resource for the NW Array deposit on the company's Treasure Creek project about 12 miles north of Fairbanks, Alaska. "We are delighted to announce this maiden inferred mineral resource at NW Array, which represents a significant...

  • Looking over drill rods toward a drill testing for high-grade silver in Alaska.

    Drills test larger Illinois Creek potential

    Shane Lasley, Mining News|Updated Jun 19, 2024

    Aggressive step-outs aim to confirm continuous CRD zone between past producing gold mine and high-grade silver-zinc-lead deposit. Western Alaska Minerals Corp. June 18 reported that it has already nearly completed the first hole of an initial 4,000-meter drill program focused on demonstrating that the high-grade silver-zinc-lead mineralization outlined at the Waterpump Creek carbonate replacement deposit (CRD) extends more than 3.5 miles (six kilometers) to the past producing... Full story

  • A box of drill core with abundant quartz veining and silver mineralization.

    Dolly Varden cuts 978 g/t silver at Moose

    Shane Lasley, Mining News|Updated Jun 19, 2024

    First batch of 2024 assays demonstrate resource potential at two silver exploration targets. Dolly Varden Silver Corp. June 19 announced that this year's drilling has cut high-grade silver mineralization at the Moose and Chance veins, the northernmost targets on the Dolly Varden end of its Kitsault Valley project in Northern British Columbia. Lying about 25 miles (40 kilometers) south of Stewart, B.C., Kitsault Valley is a 63-square-mile (163 square kilometers) land package...

  • Visible copper metal seen at the broken end of drill core.

    Drills test high-grade targets at Palmer

    Shane Lasley, Mining News|Updated Jun 19, 2024

    American Pacific, Dowa begin 2024 program at copper-rich VMS project in Southeast Alaska. American Pacific Mining Corp. June 18 reported that it has launched a 5,100-meter drill program focused on upgrading and expanding the high-grade copper-zinc-silver-gold mineralization at its Palmer volcanogenic massive sulfide (VMS) project in Southeast Alaska. "We are excited to begin this year's drill program at Palmer," said American Pacific CEO Warwick Smith. "In a world that is... Full story

  • Workers in high visibility vests and hardhats walk from a helicopter to a drill.

    Pebble pulls Army Corps into EPA lawsuit

    Shane Lasley|Updated Jun 12, 2024

    Northern Dynasty exec says both federal agencies rely on the other's "factually unsupported assertions" to support politically motivated denials of copper mine permits. Believing that the future of the Pebble Mine project is being held back by two federal agencies leaning on each other's "factually unsupported assertions," the Pebble Limited Partnership has filed a motion in federal district court to include the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) into its lawsuit against... Full story

  • Alaska mountains covered with a dusting of snow in the fall.

    PolarX secures 80% Caribou Dome interest

    Shane Lasley, Mining News|Updated Jun 12, 2024

    Exercises option on high-grade copper property, consolidates ownership of larger Alaska Range project. PolarX Ltd. June 12 announced that it has exercised an option to secure an 80% interest in the Caribou Dome property and a 90% interest in the adjacent Senator property, both part of the company's 103-square-mile (266 square kilometers) Alaska Range copper-gold-silver project. Lying just north of the Denali Highway about 160 miles (250 kilometers) northeast of Anchorage, the...

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