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 By Shane Lasley    In-depth
Helicopter approaches a drill testing the mineral-rich Arctic deposit in Alaska.

Alaskans outraged by Ambler Road decision

Trade groups are incensed; many Alaska Natives feel ignored; DC delegation and governor vow to fight what is seen as a "politically motivated" ruling. Politically motivated, Illegal, hypocritical,... — Updated 4/22/2024 Full story

 By Shane Lasley    News 
Weeds grow around a bullet-ridden road-closed sign in front of a bridge.

Sources leak BLM's Ambler Road block plan

Project proponents make midnight hour appeal for Biden administration to reconsider "irresponsible and unacceptable" permit decision for road. National media reports that the Biden administration... — Updated 4/18/2024 Full story

A drill tests for gold from atop a mountain ridge in Northern British Columbia.

Goliath fast-tracks Golddigger ownership

Company amends option agreement to earn 49% interest in compelling Golden Triangle property; will gain 100% ownership with resource estimate. Goliath Resources Ltd. April 15 announced that it has... — Updated 4/18/2024

 By Shane Lasley    News Nuggets 
Closeup of a rock saw cutting mineralized drill core in half.

Freegold's final 2023 drill assays are in

Wide gold intercepts cut in the final two holes lay groundwork for 2024 drilling; a new resource is now being calculated for 20-million-oz gold deposit. Freegold Ventures Ltd. April 17 reported... — Updated 4/17/2024 Full story

 By Shane Lasley    News Nuggets 
A drill tests for gold on a treeless area in front of rugged Alaska mountains.

New resource preps Nova for US listing

Australian junior calculates SK-1300 gold resource for Estelle; files for public offering and US listing. Nova Minerals Ltd. April 16 reported the calculation of a resource estimate for its Estelle... — Updated 4/17/2024

Curtains of green and purple northern lights reflect off lake in NWT.

More rare earths outlined at Nechalacho

Vital Metals reports a 79% expansion of resources within the Tardiff rare earths deposit; further growth expected with inclusion of 2023 drill results. Vital Metals Ltd. April 4 announced a... — Updated 4/11/2024

 By Shane Lasley    News
Banks of clouds above and below the Ascot mill on a winter day in BC.

Ascot feeds gold ore into Premier mill

The newest mine in B.C.'s Golden Triangle remains on pace to pour its first gold later this month. Ascot Resources Ltd. April 5 began feeding ore into the mill at Premier, marking the official... — Updated 4/11/2024

Geologists in safety gear traverse heavily mineralized rocks.

KSM partner tops Seabridge's 2024 goals

Board assigns 15 goals to corporate "report card" for 2024; half the grade hinges on performance at KSM, including entering into a JV by year's end. Seabridge Gold Inc. April 11 announced that its... — Updated 4/11/2024 Full story

Wide band of brilliant green northern lights over a gold mine in the Yukon.

Eagle Mine produces 29,580 oz gold in Q1

Quarterly production expected to climb sharply as spring and summer weather warms the heap leach pad at Victoria Gold's mine in Canada's North. Victoria Gold Corp. April 10 announced that its Eagle... — Updated 4/11/2024 Full story

A driller tests for gold as the snow melts on a spring day in Alaska.

Felix Gold preps for NW Array resource

With metallurgical tests returning an average of 90% gold recoveries, Felix looks ahead to first resource calculation for emerging gold deposit. Felix Gold Ltd. April 10 reported that recent... — Updated 4/11/2024

A band of green aurora over a drill testing for gold on an Alaska winter night.

Freegold ramping up 2024 drill program

Drilling will test for shallower and higher-grade mineralization west of 20-million-oz deposit in preparation for Golden Summit economic study. Freegold Ventures Ltd. April 10 announced that it is r... — Updated 4/10/2024 Full story

Colorful sunset reflects off photovoltaic panels at a large solar power plant.

Hecla's Q1 silver production jumps 43%

Company tracks toward 17 million oz of silver in 2024 as the clean energy transition powers large increases in demand for precious industrial metal. With increased output at its mines in Alaska,... — Updated 4/9/2024 Full story

Closeup of core from drilling through high-grade silver-zinc-lead veins.

53M oz of silver reserves at Keno Hill

Hecla's Yukon mine hosts enough high-grade reserves for 11 years of mining; drilling shows promise for near-future growth. Hecla Mining Company March 28 filed a technical report outlining 55 million... — Updated 4/4/2024 Full story

 By Shane Lasley    News
Finger points at drill core with high-grade copper mineralization.

Villages want voices heard on Ambler Road

Gov. Dunleavy urges BLM to consider recent Alaska Native support as it finalizes its reassessment of the Ambler Access Project. "I strongly believe that the road will greatly benefit my community... — Updated 4/4/2024 Full story

 By Shane Lasley    Op-Ed
Geologists go over maps during an Alaska gold project visit.

Long overdue thank you to Curt Freeman

Curt's rock hammer, pen, wit, and charm have all contributed to Alaska mining sector success ! It is no surprise that longtime Alaska geologist Curt Freeman would at some point be presented the... — Updated 4/4/2024 Full story

 By Shane Lasley    News
Mineshaft outlined by Alaska on a background of mineral periodic table entries.

AIDEA for Alaska critical mineral funding

HB122 would authorize AIDEA to issue up to $300 million in bonds and leverage federal funding for critical mineral infrastructure projects in Alaska. Home to 49 out of the 50 minerals deemed... — Updated 4/4/2024 Full story

Map of Tanacross and other mineral projects in Alaska and Yukon.

Antofagasta pulls out of Tanacross JV

Kenorland to focus on Taurus South, an intriguing porphyry copper target that has yet to be drilled. Kenorland Minerals Ltd. March 28 announced that Antofagasta PLC has terminated its option to... — Updated 4/4/2024

 By Shane Lasley    News
Alaska governor and energy analyst sitting in front of Alaska landscape photo.

Dunleavy urges mine permitting reform

Urges White House to streamline permitting process for domestic mines that will supply the minerals and metals needed for energy transition. Alaska Gov. Mike Dunleavy leveraged the national... — Updated 4/4/2024

Heavily mineralized rock with veining and orange, red, and purple colorization.

Ottawa backs Nico cobalt-bismuth project

NRCan funding will support a vertically integrated critical minerals supply chain that includes a mine in Northwest Territories and refinery in Alberta. Natural Resources Canada (NRCan) March 26 ann... — Updated 3/30/2024

 By Shane Lasley    News
Front of Northern BC roadside store with two large jade boulders.

Northern BC jade miners sue province

Cassiar Jade and Glenpark seek reparations for financial losses due to being evicted from mining claims by Tahltan Nation, BC government. A pair of jade miners are taking British Columbia to court... — Updated 3/28/2024 Full story

Alaska Native drillers test the Arctic deposit in the Ambler Mining District.

Hughes reframes Ambler Road question

"What happens to our communities and Tribal members if a road is not built, and no jobs or opportunity exists for our children and future generations?" Trilogy Metals Inc. March 26 announced that ye... — Updated 3/28/2024 Full story

Three miners with headlamps approaching dark underground gold mine.

First Premier gold pour stays on schedule

Ascot expects to begin feeding first ore into mill over the next few days and pour first ounces of gold from the Northern BC mine by mid-April. Ascot Resources Ltd. March 26 reported that it... — Updated 3/28/2024

A drill perched on the side of a mountain tests for metals in SE Alaska.

Palmer partners approve $12.8M program

American Pacific Mining outlines plans to test copper-rich resource expansion targets during 2024 drilling at high-grade project in SE Alaska. American Pacific Mining Corp. March 25 outlined plans... — Updated 3/25/2024

Closeup of a box of mineralized core from drilling at Ferguson Lake.

Enormous Ferguson Lake resource growth

Indicated resource at Nunavut project jumps 172%. Canadian North Resources Inc. March 19 reported that drilling carried out since mid-2022 has resulted in an enormous increase in resources at its Fe... — Updated 3/21/2024

Map showing Felix Gold properties in relation to Fairbanks and Fort Knox Mine.

Felix Gold takes fresh look at Grant Mine

Plans to carry out drilling to expand high-grade gold resource; primary focus remains on NW Array gold. Felix Gold Ltd. March 15 announced that it is taking a fresh look at a potential pathway to... — Updated 3/21/2024


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