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  • A collection of rocks stained green from high-grade copper mineralization.

    2024 Storm Copper drilling now underway

    Shane Lasley, Mining News|Updated May 16, 2024

    American West Metals launches 20,000-meter drill program at high-grade copper project in Nunavut. American West Metals Ltd. April 22 announced the start of a more than 20,000-meter resource expansion and exploration drill program at its high-grade Storm Copper project in Nunavut. "We are very pleased to report that the drilling and exploration program for 2024 is now in full swing at the Storm Copper project in Nunavut, Canada," said American West Metals Managing Director...

  • Weeds grow around a bullet-ridden road-closed sign in front of a bridge.

    Sources leak BLM's Ambler Road block plan

    Shane Lasley, Mining News|Updated May 9, 2024

    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 is set to deny permits to build a 211-mile access road to the Ambler Mining District in Northwest Alaska has project proponents making a midnight-hour appeal to the U.S. Bureau of Land Management (BLM) to adhere to laws that led to the formation of the 49th State and were meant to...

  • Finger points at drill core with high-grade copper mineralization.

    Villages want voices heard on Ambler Road

    Shane Lasley|Updated May 9, 2024

    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 and I'm not alone. Many of my neighbors also support the road, as do other villages in the region," Native Village of Ambler President Miles Cleveland said of the proposed Ambler Access Project that would extend to within 30 miles of his community. This support is reflected in... Full story

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

    Hughes reframes Ambler Road question

    Shane Lasley, Mining News|Updated May 9, 2024

    "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 yet another rural Alaska Native community has passed a resolution in support of the Ambler Access Project – a proposed 211-mile, industrial-use-only road that would connect the mineral-rich Ambler Mining District in Northwest Alaska to the Dalton Highway and global markets. Hughes Vil... Full story

  • Alaska governor and energy analyst sitting in front of Alaska landscape photo.

    Dunleavy urges mine permitting reform

    Shane Lasley, Mining News|Updated May 8, 2024

    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 platform offered by S&P Global's CERAWeek 2024 energy conference in Houston to urge the Biden administration to streamline the permitting for mines that will deliver a domestic supply of the minerals and metals critical to America's economy, security, and clean energy ambitions. "Our...

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

    Ottawa backs Nico cobalt-bismuth project

    Shane Lasley, Mining News|Updated May 8, 2024

    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 announced a C$714,500 (US$525,200) investment into enhancing the production of cobalt sulfate and bismuth ingot products from a future mine at Fortune Minerals Ltd.'s Nico project in Northwest Territories and associated hydrometallurgical refinery in Alberta. "Critical minerals develop...

  • Three miners with headlamps approaching dark underground gold mine.

    First Premier gold pour stays on schedule

    Shane Lasley, Mining News|Updated May 8, 2024

    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 remains on track for the first gold pour at Premier in April and will reach commercial production at the new iteration of this historic gold-silver mine sometime after midyear. Lying about 15 kilometers (nine miles) north of Stewart, B.C., Ascot's Premier project is home to a...

  • Front of Northern BC roadside store with two large jade boulders.

    Northern BC jade miners sue province

    Shane Lasley, Mining News|Updated May 8, 2024

    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 over monetary damages related to being evicted from their mining claims within the territory of the Tahltan First Nation in Northern B.C. In 2020, the B.C. government issued several orders under the provincial Environment and Land Use Act that sterilized and prohibited further... Full story

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

    Palmer partners approve $12.8M program

    Shane Lasley, Mining News|Updated May 8, 2024

    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 for a US$12.8 million resource expansion exploration program this year at the high-grade Palmer volcanogenic massive sulfide (VMS) project in Southeast Alaska. Being advanced under a joint venture between American Pacific and Dowa Metals & Mining Company Ltd., Palmer hosts 4.68...

  • Geologists go over maps during an Alaska gold project visit.

    Long overdue thank you to Curt Freeman

    Shane Lasley, Mining News|Updated May 8, 2024

    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 Charles C. (Chuck) Hawley Lifetime Achievement Award, an Alaska Miners Association honor reserved for those who devoted their professional life to ensuring a successful mining industry in Alaska. After all, Alaska's mining and mineral exploration landscape would only be a shadow of... Full story

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

    More rare earths outlined at Nechalacho

    Shane Lasley, Mining News|Updated May 8, 2024

    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 significant increase to the resources within the Tardiff deposit on the company's Nechalacho rare earths project about 100 kilometers (60 miles) southeast of Yellowknife, Northwest Territories. This includes a 49% increase in the tonnage of neodymium and praseodymium, a pair of rare earths...

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

    53M oz of silver reserves at Keno Hill

    Shane Lasley, Mining News|Updated May 8, 2024

    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 ounces of silver reserves for its Keno Hill mine in Canada's Yukon. This marks a 45% increase in reserves since gaining ownership of the historic silver property through the acquisition of Alexco Resource Corp. toward the end of 2022. Calculated at a price of $17 per ounce of silve... Full story

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

    Antofagasta pulls out of Tanacross JV

    Shane Lasley, Mining News|Updated May 8, 2024

    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 earn up to a joint venture interest in Tanacross, a 114,100-acre porphyry copper-gold exploration project that lies along Alaska's eastern border with Yukon. In 2022, Antofagasta entered into an agreement to earn up to a 70% JV interest in Tanacross by paying Kenorland an initial US$1...

  • Mineshaft outlined by Alaska on a background of mineral periodic table entries.

    AIDEA for Alaska critical mineral funding

    Shane Lasley, Mining News|Updated May 8, 2024

    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 critical to the United States, Alaska has the potential to be a reliable domestic source of the mined materials vital to high-tech, clean energy, and national defense. America's Last Frontier, however, is often lacking when it comes to the infrastructure needed to fully unlock the state's... Full story

  • Geologists in safety gear traverse heavily mineralized rocks.

    KSM partner tops Seabridge's 2024 goals

    Shane Lasley, Mining News|Updated May 8, 2024

    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 primary objective for 2024 is to enter into "a joint venture agreement on the KSM project with a suitable partner on terms advantageous to Seabridge shareholders." Each year, Seabridge's board of directors assembles a list of objectives for which to measure the company's annual...

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

    Freegold ramping up 2024 drill program

    Shane Lasley, Mining News|Updated May 8, 2024

    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 ready to begin a 2024 exploration program at Golden Summit that will include drilling, metallurgical testing, and other work ahead of completing an economic study for the 20-million-ounce gold project about 25 highway miles north of Fairbanks, Alaska. According to a resource calculat... Full story

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

    Felix Gold preps for NW Array resource

    Shane Lasley, Mining News|Updated May 8, 2024

    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 metallurgical test work returned strong gold recoveries for the oxidized material within the Northwest Array (NW Array) target at Treasure Creek, which lays the groundwork for calculating a maiden resource for this gold-antimony project about 12 miles west of Kinross Gold Corp.'s Fort...

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

    Eagle Mine produces 29,580 oz gold in Q1

    Shane Lasley, Mining News|Updated May 8, 2024

    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 Mine in the Yukon produced 29,580 ounces of gold during the first quarter of 2024, which is about 21% less than the first three months of last year. Despite starting off well below the pace to produce the roughly 175,000 oz projected for this year, the company is confident that... Full story

  • Banks of clouds above and below the Ascot mill on a winter day in BC.

    Ascot feeds gold ore into Premier mill

    Shane Lasley, Mining News|Updated May 8, 2024

    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 start of a new era of production at this historical gold-silver operation on Nisga'a Nation Treaty Lands at the southern tip of British Columbia's prolific Golden Triangle. Premier, which lies about 15 kilometers (nine miles) north of Stewart, B.C., is home to a past-producing gold mine...

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

    Hecla's Q1 silver production jumps 43%

    Shane Lasley, Mining News|Updated May 8, 2024

    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, Idaho, and Yukon, Hecla Mining Company produced 4.2 million ounces of silver during the first three months of 2024, a 43% jump over the 3.3 million oz produced during the previous quarter. "The 43% increase in silver production reflects the consistent, strong performance from Greens... Full story

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

    Goliath fast-tracks Golddigger ownership

    Shane Lasley, Mining News|Updated May 8, 2024

    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 fast-tracked the earning of a 49% interest in the compelling Golddigger property in British Columbia's Golden Triangle. In 2017, Goliath entered into option agreements with prospect generator J2 Syndicate on four properties in B.C., including Golddigger. Having already made all the...

  • A drill tests for gold on a treeless area in front of rugged Alaska mountains.

    New resource preps Nova for US listing

    Shane Lasley, Mining News|Updated May 8, 2024

    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 gold project in Alaska that is compliant with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission's (SEC) S-K 1300 reporting guidelines. Nova's securities are currently primarily listed on the Australian Stock Exchange (ASX). Looking for greater exposure to North American capital for its... Full story

  • Closeup of a rock saw cutting mineralized drill core in half.

    Freegold's final 2023 drill assays are in

    Shane Lasley, Mining News|Updated May 8, 2024

    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 that the final two holes of its 2023 drill program cut wide sections of gold mineralization in the western expansion area of the 20-million-ounce Dolphin-Cleary gold deposit on its Golden Summit project about 25 miles north of Fairbanks, Alaska. According to an early 2023 calculation,... Full story

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

    Enormous Ferguson Lake resource growth

    Shane Lasley, Mining News|Updated Mar 21, 2024

    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 Ferguson Lake nickel-copper-cobalt-platinum group metals (PGM) project in Nunavut's Kivalliq region. The 256.8-square-kilometer (99.2 square miles) Ferguson Lake project covers a roughly 15-kilometer- (nine miles) long mineralized trend. So far, 18 massive sulfide and two low-sulfide...

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

    Felix Gold takes fresh look at Grant Mine

    Shane Lasley, Mining News|Updated Mar 21, 2024

    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 establishing a mine at the historical Grant gold mine a few miles northwest of Fairbanks, Alaska. A high-grade deposit was discovered at Grant in 1926 and small-scale mining was carried out there until 1942. Interest in the high-grade gold deposit was renewed in the 1970s and mining...

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