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Articles from the January 12, 2024 edition

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  • Supervisor checks his digital device in an underground silver mine.

    Hecla produces 14.3M oz silver in 2023

    Shane Lasley, Mining News|Updated Apr 9, 2024

    Steadfast output at Greens Creek helps keep silver output steady as other Hecla mines overcome hurdles. Despite setbacks at its Lucky Friday and Keno Hill mines, Hecla Mining Company produced 14.3 million ounces of silver in 2023, which was slightly higher than the company's 2022 production of this precious technology metal, thanks in large part to the steadfast output at its Greens Creek operation in Southeast Alaska. "Hecla faced multiple challenges in 2023 with the fire at...

  • Drill technicians working on a rig at Metallic Minerals Formo target.

    Metallic assays elevate future Keno MRE

    A.J. Roan, Mining News|Updated Jan 25, 2024

    Metallic Minerals Corp. Jan. 10 announced the results from its 2023 exploration campaign at the company's Keno Silver project in Yukon, Canada, with all its holes encountering high-grade silver, lead, zinc, and significant gold mineralization. Consisting of 171 square kilometers (66 square miles) within the historic Keno Hill Silver District, Metallic Minerals holds 100% of this promising target that lies adjacent to Hecla Mining Company's Keno Hill silver mine. Covering the...

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

    Goliath makes Surebet gold discoveries

    Shane Lasley, Mining News|Updated Jan 25, 2024

    The more than 34,000 meters of drilling carried out last year at Golddigger significantly increased the size and grade of two already identified zones – Surebet and Bonanza Shear – and added the new Golden Gate Zone to the stacked vein systems on Goliath Resources Ltd.'s emerging world-class gold-silver project about 30 kilometers (19 miles) southeast of Stewart, British Columbia. "After only three drilling seasons and only 12 months in aggregate of boots on the ground, our...

  • A figurine of Lady Justice holding scales next to a gavel.

    SCOTUS denies Alaska's Pebble motion

    A.J. Roan, Mining News|Updated Jan 20, 2024

    After waiting for nearly half a year on the U.S. Supreme Court's response to Alaska's petition to repeal the Environmental Protection Agency's veto of the Pebble project, Northern Dynasty Minerals Ltd. was disappointed to report the state was denied its request to take its case directly to the highest judicial body. At the beginning of 2023, the EPA issued a final determination regarding the waters surrounding the lands of the Pebble project, ultimately barring the project...

  • Aerial photograph of Fireweed Metals’ exploration camp in Yukon, Canada.

    Fireweed welcomes year with new best hole

    A.J. Roan, Mining News|Updated Jan 12, 2024

    Fireweed Metals Corp. Jan. 9 announced its newest best intercept to date from drilling at Boundary on the company's Macmillan Pass zinc-lead-silver project in Yukon, Canada. "I am excited to start the year able to say that we have intersected our best-ever Boundary zone drill intersection," said Fireweed Metals CEO Brandon Macdonald. Out of the 52 holes drilled at Macmillan Pass last year, 40 were completed at Boundary, including 36 step-outs that tested vein mineralization,...

  • Graphic showing proposed Lawyers open pit mines and deeper expansion targets.

    Thesis drills more deep gold at Lawyers

    Shane Lasley, Mining News|Updated Jan 11, 2024

    Thesis Gold Inc. Jan. 11 reported that its 2023 deep drilling targeting an underground mineable extension of the Cliff Creek deposit at its Lawyers exceeded expectations, adding further credence to the company's plan for both underground and open-pit mining at this gold-silver property in Northern British Columbia's Toodoggone Mining District. Following the August merger with Benchmark Metals Inc., Thesis consolidated Lawyers with its adjacent Ranch property into a single...

  • Rocky outcropping at the Yellowknife Pegmatite Province containing lithium.

    Li-FT keeps up assays with first from Nite

    A.J. Roan, Mining News|Updated Jan 11, 2024

    Li-FT Power Ltd. Jan. 9 announced the results from the first holes from the Nite pegmatite, the furthest western target from its Road Access Group of properties that include its Fi, BIG, KI, and Shorty prospects on the company's Yellowknife Lithium project in Northwest Territories, Canada. Going into 2024, Li-FT continues its regularly scheduled programming, reporting assays as they roll in from its 34,238-meter drill program that resulted in 198 holes. The latest comes from...

  • Closeup of heavily mineralized core from the Palmer project in Alaska.

    Drills tap 44m of 6.5% copper at Palmer

    Shane Lasley, Mining News|Updated Jan 11, 2024

    American Pacific reports four of the most significant copper intercepts at Palmer to date. American Pacific Mining Corp. Jan. 10 reported multiple holes with spectacular copper grades over wide widths at Palmer, a volcanogenic massive sulfide project near the port town of Haines in Southeast Alaska enriched with zinc, copper, gold, and silver. According to a 2018 calculation, the Palmer project hosts 4.68 million metric tons of indicated resource averaging 5.23% (539 million...

  • Map showing location of Vinasale and other mineral projects in Alaska.

    Discovery Alaska nabs Doyon's Vinasale

    Shane Lasley, Mining News|Updated Jan 11, 2024

    SW Alaska deposit hosts 2-million-oz gold deposit; DAF plans to reconfirm historic resource, explore project's upside potential. Discovery Alaska Ltd. Jan. 5 announced it has secured a 15-year lease on the 2-million-ounce Vinasale gold project in Alaska. Located about 16 miles south of the Southwest Alaska mining town of McGrath, Vinasale is a roughly 6,500-acre project owned by Doyon Ltd., the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act (ANCSA) regional corporation for the state's...

  • Closeup of silver-colored core from drilling through high-grade graphite.

    Assays confirm world-class Graphite Creek

    Shane Lasley, Mining News|Updated Jan 10, 2024

    Graphite One Inc. Jan. 8 reported the final batch of high-grade drill results from the 57-hole drill program carried out during the 2023 season at its Graphite Creek project in western Alaska. Backed by a $37.5 million grant from the U.S. Department of Defense, the 2023 drill program included 52 holes focused on upgrading the world-class Graphite Creek deposit, plus five geotechnical holes, in preparation for a feasibility study to be completed by the end of this year....