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Articles from the April 26, 2024 edition


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  • A drilling tests for silver and gold during cloudy day in Northern BC.

    Getting to the heart of Kitsault Valley

    Shane Lasley, Mining News|Updated May 21, 2024

    Dolly Varden's 2024 program will explore precious metal targets between Homestake Silver and Wolf. Dolly Varden Silver Corp. April 23 outlined plans for an initial roughly 25,000-meter drill program this year at Kitsault Valley that will include resource expansion and exploration drilling on this 163-square-kilometer (63 square miles) gold-silver project about 40 kilometers (25 miles) south of Stewart, British Columbia. Kitsault Valley project is comprised of two adjacent...

  • Army Corps. constructing Alaskan Highway in 1942.

    More than neighbors, a story of the North

    A.J. Roan, Mining News|Updated May 17, 2024

    Starting off on rocky footing, the relationship between Yukon and Alaska is more than just accommodating northern neighbors. Today, it is widely known that the 141st meridian west serves as the international border between Alaska and Canada, but it was not always this way. While the Yukon and Alaska share a mutual respect for shared realities of Arctic living, when the Klondike Gold Rush hit, it became evident that demarcation between countries would need to be put in to quell... Full story

  • Aerial photo of the mill and surface facilities at Pogo Mine.

    Pogo first quarter gold outputs drops

    Shane Lasley, Mining News|Updated May 16, 2024

    Broken conveyor belt slows mill throughput. Northern Star Resources Ltd. April 23 reported that its Pogo Mine in Alaska produced 58,432 ounces of gold during the first three months of 2024, which is about 17% higher than the 49,799 oz recovered during the same period of 2023 but down about 12% from the 66,655 oz produced during the previous quarter. Reduced mill throughput due to a damaged conveyor belt was the primary reason for lower gold production compared to the previous...

  • A drill tests for copper and gold on an alpine slope in Northern BC.

    Seabridge readies for 2024 Iskut drilling

    Shane Lasley, Mining News|Updated May 16, 2024

    Will test KSM-like copper-gold targets at BC project. Seabridge Gold Inc. April 23 reported that it is gearing up for a roughly 15,000-meter drill program at its Iskut porphyry copper-gold project in British Columbia's Golden Triangle. Iskut shows all the signs of hosting large porphyry copper deposits similar to Seabridge's world-class KSM mine project, which lies about 30 kilometers (19 miles) to the east. The 1980s-era Johnny Mountain mine produced gold, silver, and copper...

  • The Alaska Highway with beautiful northern mountains in the distance.

    Northern leaders to build Arctic that lasts

    A.J. Roan, Mining News|Updated May 16, 2024

    Alaska Gov. Mike Dunleavy and Yukon Premier Ranj Pillai discuss the roles they can play to uplift northern neighbor jurisdictions. ANCHORAGE, Alaska: With an air of joviality and high rapport, Alaska Gov. Mike Dunleavy and Yukon Premier Ranj Pillai participated in a plenary discussion hosted during the 2024 Arctic Encounter Symposium to converse on the potential for closer partnerships and improving the cross-border relationship that has existed between northern neighbors Alas...

  • Snowline camp tents with the sun setting on the horizon.

    Snowline Gold grows Yukon's gold frontier

    A.J. Roan, Mining News|Updated May 16, 2024

    Acquires new properties, grows portfolio, and fills treasury for aggressive 2024 exploration season. Snowline Gold Corp. April 25 reported another significant step toward solidifying its position in the Canadian gold mining landscape with the consolidation of 100% ownership of the Einarson project. Exploring seven prospective targets strewn across the Yukon, Snowline's portfolio is split between its flagship Rogue, Einarson, Ursa, Cynthia, and Olympus properties in the Selwyn...

  • 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...

  • Helicopter approaches a drill testing the mineral-rich Arctic deposit in Alaska.

    Alaskans outraged by Ambler Road decision

    Shane Lasley, Mining News|Updated May 9, 2024

    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, irresponsible, unacceptable, and disgusting; this is how Alaska business leaders, policymakers, and Natives are characterizing the Biden administration's denial of permits to build a road that would link the critical mineral-rich Ambler Mining District to North American markets. "To...

  • Biden spurns Senator Steven's legacy

    J. P. Tangen, Special to Mining News|Updated May 8, 2024

    No matter how the 2024 Presidential election may unfold, our Congressional delegation must resuscitate the Ambler Access Project. On August 19, 1980, then-Senator Joseph Biden, along with 77 other Senators, cast a vote in support of HR 39, as amended, now known as the Alaska National Interest Lands Conservation Act (ANILCA). Senator Ted Stevens had invested nearly a decade of his life in bringing this vital piece of legislation to the Senate floor. ANILCA's roots were in the... Full story

  • Investors and staff stand within McKinnon Creek for site tour.

    Klondike kicks off 2024 exploration season

    A.J. Roan, Mining News|Updated May 8, 2024

    Aims for initial 2,500 meters at high-priority targets, will adapt as results point to potential resources. Klondike Gold Corp. April 19 announced its plans for the 2024 exploration season at the company's Klondike District property in Yukon, Canada, with initial drill targets to focus on recent discoveries. Located roughly 20 kilometers (12 miles) southeast of Dawson City, the Klondike District Gold Project comprises 3,913 quartz claims in one contiguous land package...

  • Sitka Gold CEO Cor Coe standing on a snowy slope in Yukon.

    Sitka Gold fulfills Barney Ridge option

    A.J. Roan, Mining News|Updated May 8, 2024

    Gold exploration company adds new fully-owned property in the Yukon to higher-priority list. Sitka Gold Corp. April 23 announced that it has exercised its option to acquire full ownership of the Barney Ridge property next to the company's RC Gold project in Yukon, Canada. The 376-square-kilometer (145 square miles) contiguous district-scale land package in the heart of Yukon's Tombstone Gold Belt, RC Gold, is one of the largest consolidated land packages in the Yukon. This...

  • Molten gold poured from a kiln cascades down a stairstep of bar molds.

    Ascot pours first gold at Premier mine

    Shane Lasley, Mining News|Updated May 8, 2024

    Expects to reach commercial production by Q3. Ascot Resources Ltd. April 22 announced that it has poured the first bars of gold at its Premier gold mine project in British Columbia's Golden Triangle. "The first gold pour is a hallmark commissioning milestone for Ascot, representing the culmination of years of hard work," said Ascot Resources President and CEO Derek White. Lying about 15 kilometers (nine miles) north of Stewart, B.C., Ascot's Premier gold project is home to a...