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Articles from the May 1, 2018 edition

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  • Zinc exploration Red Dog District, Teck Resources Solitario partnership

    Stiff competition for exploration services

    Curt Freeman, Special to Mining News|Updated Sep 25, 2020

    An early spring coupled with low snow fall in many parts of Alaska have combined to enable companies large and small to start their summer field programs early this year. As expected, competition is stiff for people, drills, helicopters, heavy equipment and related services, awarding those who committed budgets early and penalizing those who did not or could not commit early. For the first time in half a decade, projects with money at hand may not be able to get the services t... Full story

  • PGE, PGM, Platinum group metals exploration, critical minerals Alaska

    Critical Minerals Alaska – PGEs

    Shane Lasley, Mining News|Updated Sep 25, 2020

    The six platinum group elements – platinum, palladium, rhodium, ruthenium, iridium, and osmium – are amongst the rarest metals on Earth. This scarcity, coupled with PGEs' uses in the automotive, petrochemical and electronics industries, has this group of metals firmly planted on the United States Geological Survey's critical minerals list. "PGEs are indispensable to many industrial applications but are mined in only a few places," USGS inked in a 2017 report on platinum gro...

  • Platinum, palladium copper, cobalt, nickel, mine development project, PGE, PGM

    Nickel Creek to start pilot plant testing

    Updated Sep 25, 2020

    Nickel Creek Platinum Corp. April 25 said the second phase of its metallurgical program on the Nickel Shäw (formerly Wellgreen) project in southwestern Yukon is advancing into mini pilot plant testing. The company, previously known as Wellgreen Platinum, said the phase II metallurgical program is the most in-depth and comprehensive analytical undertaking that has ever been applied to Nickel Shäw. This work, which began in September, initially focused on flowsheet o...

  • Nunavut gold mine project Kitikmeot Inuit Association First Nations agreement

    Sabina, KIA enter pact for Back River Mine

    Updated Sep 25, 2020

    Sabina Gold & Silver Corp. and the Kitikmeot Inuit Association April 23 announced that they have entered into 20-year benefit and land tenure agreements that lay out Sabina's rights and obligations with respect to surface land access on Inuit owned land on the Back River gold project in Nunavut. Incorporated in 1976 to represent and promote the interests of the Inuit people in the Kitikmeot region of Nunavut, the Kitikmeot Inuit Association (KIA) has a mandate to "manage...

  • Aben Resources Forrest Kerr gold project British Columbia Golden Triangle

    Aben raises funds for exploring Forrest Kerr

    Updated Sep 25, 2020

    Aben Resources Ltd. April 23 announced that it has raised C$2.32 million, funds the company will use for this year's exploration and drill program at its Forrest Kerr gold project in British Columbia's Golden Triangle region and for general working capital purposes. "With the closing of these financings, the company is well positioned, with over C$3.5 million in the treasury, to fund the upcoming drill programs at its flagship Forrest Kerr gold project," said Aben President...

  • World’s largest zinc producer, Teck Resources, NANA, galvanizing metal

    Severe winter weather slows Red Dog output

    Updated Sep 25, 2020

    Teck Resources Ltd. March 24 reported that mill throughput at the Red Dog zinc mine in Northwest Alaska was impacted by extreme winter weather that closed the Delong Mountain Transportation System road connecting the mine to the concentrate storage facility at the port for more than two weeks. This inability to haul concentrates forced numerous slowdowns and shutdowns of milling operations due to limited storage capacity at the mine site. "Red Dog production was negatively...

  • High-grade gold, historic underground gold mine near Juneau Alaska

    Coeur reports maiden Jualin gold reserves

    Updated Sep 25, 2020

    Coeur Mining Inc. April 25 reported a 25 percent increase in proven and probable reserves at its Kensington gold mine. According to the updated technical report, Kensington now hosts 620,700 ounces of gold in 2.96 million tons of reserves averaging 0.21 oz per ton, or 7.1 grams per metric ton, gold, roughly a 10 percent increase over the year-end 2016 reserves. "The results of Kensington's technical report illustrate the significant impact a relatively small amount of...

  • GT Gold, gold discovery, Golden Triangle, Northwest British Columbia, BC

    Round 2 at Saddle gold discovery

    Updated Sep 25, 2020

    GT Gold Corp. April 24 said it plans to complete 18,000 meters of drilling this summer at its exciting Saddle gold discovery at the Tatogga property in British Columbia's Golden Triangle. This C$6.8-million program will focus on expanding the gold-silver and copper-gold-silver discoveries at the Saddle discovery area. "We're excited to be ramping up again for another season of work at Saddle. We intend to focus on expanding the precious metal vein zones but also to test the...

  • Tetlin high-grade skarn, gold exploration, Tintina Belt, Eastern Interior Alaska

    Extraordinary Peak Gold

    Shane Lasley, Mining News|Updated Sep 25, 2020

    There has never been anything ordinary about the Peak Gold (formerly Tetlin) project, or the companies that are exploring the high-grade gold skarn deposits found there. In a move that continues this tradition of extraordinary, Royal Gold Inc. has acquired a 13.6 percent stake in Contango ORE Inc. Neither of these companies are your prototypical mineral explorer and their involvement in the Peak Gold project continues to defy the norms for the industry and their own operating...

  • Alaska is always on the receiving end

    J. P. Tangen, Special to Mining News|Updated Apr 26, 2018

    In my younger years, I was hornswoggled into believing in “truth, justice and the American way.” I had no idea how evil that “way” actually was. Later, as I progressed through high school, I was taught that “winning isn’t everything, it is the only thing.” In college I learned that “America is a nation of laws, not men (or even women).” By the time I got to law school, I had figured out that there are (at least) two sides to every story and that a competent lawyer was expect... Full story