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Articles from the August 4, 2023 edition


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  • A helicopter sits on a highly mineralized ridge on the King Tut gold property.

    Onyx Gold launches drilling at King Tut

    Shane Lasley, Mining News|Updated Oct 25, 2023

    Onyx Gold Corp. Aug. 2 announced the start of a 2,500-meter drill program at King Tut, which the new Canada-focused junior explorer believes to host the best undrilled intrusive-related gold-in-soil anomalies within eastern Yukon's emerging Tombstone Gold Belt not already controlled by Snowline Gold Corp. King Tut is the most advanced of four Yukon properties held by Onyx, a junior exploration company spun out of HighGold Mining Inc. to explore a portfolio of gold properties i...

  • Snowline geologists have discussion on slope at Einarson property.

    Valley hole ranks amongst Yukon's highest

    A.J. Roan, Mining News|Updated Sep 14, 2023

    Snowline Gold Corp. Aug. 3 announced the next set of analytical results from the ongoing drill program at Valley on the company's Rogue project in Yukon, Canada, with its latest holes including its newest best-ever, cutting 553.8 meters averaging 2.48 grams per metric ton gold from surface, and ranking as one of Yukon's highest graded holes ever. Aiming for 10,000 or more meters of drilling at Valley, Snowline has already cranked out at least 9,500 meters with two drill rigs,...

  • Underground mine in an outline of Alaska on a critical minerals background.

    Alaska critical minerals take center stage

    Shane Lasley, Mining News|Updated Aug 31, 2023

    From the Pentagon's multi-million-dollar investment in Graphite One Inc. to China's restrictions on the exports of gallium and germanium, Alaska's current critical minerals supply and future potential was in the headlines and subtext of American news stories over the past month. Alaska as a future source of minerals critical to the clean energy transition grabbed headlines after the mid-July news that the U.S. Department of Defense awarded Graphite One Inc. $37.5 million to...

  • Wildfires across a ridge in Canada’s Yukon Territory.

    Yukon fire halts gold mine; exploration

    A.J. Roan, Mining News|Updated Aug 24, 2023

    To ensure the safety of its Eagle Gold Mine employees, Victoria Gold Corp. July 30 announced that operations would be partially evacuated due to the recent wildfire activity near the operation. At the same time, neighboring Banyan Gold Corp. is paring down its gold exploration activities due to its proximity to the fire. "The safety of our employees is our highest priority," said Victoria Gold President and CEO John McConnell. "As a result of wildfire activity proximal to...

  • A Cat mining haul truck travels between the Gil gold deposit and Fort Knox mill.

    Gold grades on the rise at Fort Knox

    Shane Lasley, Mining News|Updated Aug 24, 2023

    Kinross Gold Corp. Aug. 2 reported that its Fort Knox Mine in Alaska produced 69,438 ounces of gold during the second quarter of 2023, which is a 6% increase over the 65,404 oz recovered during the first three months of this year but a 10% drop from the 77,184 oz produced during the second quarter of 2023. The company attributes the quarterly increase to increased mill throughput and higher-grade ore. During the second quarter, 2.08 million metric tons of ore averaging 0.82...

  • Large rock face with lithium-bearing pegmatite seen through trees in NWT.

    Lithium ignites exploration rush North

    Rose Ragsdale, For Mining News|Updated Aug 24, 2023

    Potentially rich deposits of lithium in the terrain near Yellowknife, the capital of Northwest Territories, has spurred a small stampede of mining companies to Canada's north this summer as worldwide demand for the critical mineral accelerates. At least seven companies have reported exploration programs underway this field season on lithium projects near Yellowknife. Lithium is an important mineral for green energy technologies, and net-zero emissions will require greater...

  • An infographic showing the composition of an electric vehicle battery.

    Alaska's crust: A battery to clean energy

    A.J. Roan, Mining News|Updated Aug 24, 2023

    For those in the know, Alaska's resources aren't just some surprise windfall for renewable energy technologies. While precious metals like gold and silver have been the primary focus of more than a century of mining up north, the 49th State is home to 49 of the 50 materials on the United States' critical minerals list and has a history of stepping up to the plate to provide America with critical minerals when they are needed the most. Looking ahead over the next two to three...

  • Collage of 12 photos showing VG observed in drill core from Golddigger.

    Visible gold speckles Golddigger core

    Shane Lasley, Mining News|Updated Aug 16, 2023

    Goliath Resources Ltd. July 31 announced that it has now cut visible gold in 10 holes drilled so far this year across a 1,500-meter stretch of the company's Golddigger property near Dolly Varden Silver Corp.'s Kitsault Valley gold-silver project in Northern British Columbia. While assays are pending from all the holes drilled by Goliath this year, the VG seen in core coupled with results from 2022 drilling at Golddigger are good indicators for the company and project....

  • A geologist examines a slope riddled with copper mineralization.

    Gladiator copper project open everywhere

    A.J. Roan, Mining News|Updated Aug 10, 2023

    Gladiator Metals Corp. July 31 announced an update to its ongoing data compilation of historic drilling and the largely untested shallow, high-grade Arctic Chief prospect as the once-producing Whitehorse Copper project in Yukon, Canada. Located practically in the backyard of Yukon's capital city, from which it gets its name, the Whitehorse Copper project is a 35-kilometer (22 miles) by five-kilometer (three miles) contiguous high-grade copper belt with 30 known prospective...

  • Piles of paperwork collect dust in a dimly lit, rustic storage room.

    Just because you are a little paranoid ...

    J. P. Tangen, Special to Mining News|Updated Aug 3, 2023

    They say that just because you are paranoid doesn't mean they aren't out to get you. That certainly is the case with regard to America's Administrative State. Some of us have lived and breathed the National Environmental Policy Act, "NEPA," for over 50 years and have watched the piles of worthless Environmental Impact Statements stack up in dusty corners, like cordwood beside a rustic cabin, fit more for the heat they may generate than any light they may produce. The Council...

  • Half drill core showing a large area filled with grey copper mineralization.

    Below the tip of a Storm Copper iceberg

    Shane Lasley, Mining News|Updated Aug 3, 2023

    American West Metals Ltd. Aug. 2 announced that the first two holes of its deep diamond drill program at Storm have cut thick zones of copper sulfide mineralization associated with an enormous gravity geophysical anomaly, providing strong evidence that the impressive copper zones being outlined at surface are the tip of the proverbial copper iceberg on this property in the northern reaches of Canada's Nunavut territory. "We are very excited to announce that the diamond...

  • Blackwolf crew building drill pad for drilling at Cantoo.

    Blackwolf begins Cantoo maiden drilling

    A.J. Roan, Mining News|Updated Aug 3, 2023

    Blackwolf Copper and Gold Ltd. July 28 announced the launch of its maiden drill program at the company's Cantoo Mountain project on the Alaskan side of British Columbia's famed Golden Triangle. Situated immediately east of the Premier gold-silver mining project currently in development by Ascot Resources Ltd. and likely part of the same metallogenic system, the Cantoo property hosts multiple shallow southwest dipping vein structures up to 30 meters true thickness. Just a...

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