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Articles from the May 28, 2021 edition

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  • Alaska Miners Association COVID-19 mining industry strategic minerals economy

    The COVID elephant has left the state

    J. P. Tangen, Special to Mining News|Updated Jun 24, 2021

    Although new cases of COVID-19 are still appearing throughout the nation in general and Alaska in particular, at the moment they are hovering at the 40-per-day level apparently. The vaccine is working. Operation Warp Speed succeeded in making it safe for most people to go most places most of the time safely. This is good news, especially for those who make their living in remote locations, such as exploration geologists and placer miners. It is fair to say, I think, that the m... Full story

  • University of Fairbanks Alaska Geophysical Institute Anupma Prakash

    UAF's HyLab is ready for the minerals hunt

    Rod Boyce, UAF Geophysical Institute|Updated Jun 24, 2021

    Alaska contains minerals essential to the national defense, renewable energy and electronics industries. Finding those minerals, however, can be difficult in such a vast and geologically challenging state. Hyperspectral imagery can help as Alaska's summer exploration season approaches. The University of Alaska Fairbanks Geophysical Institute has the only hyperspectral imaging facility in the state at its Hyperspectral Imaging Laboratory created in 2014 as the brainchild of... Full story

  • McGill University bonanza gold Brucejack Mine Golden Triangle BC Canada

    Brucejack, sour milk and bonanza gold veins

    Shane Lasley, Data Mine North|Updated Jun 24, 2021

    The formation of bonanza-grade gold veins like those running through the ore at Pretium Resources Inc.'s Brucejack Mine in Northern British Columbia, Canada has long baffled scientists. Given the time it would take the mineralizing fluids carrying minute concentrations of gold to form the thick veins of the precious metal, they simply should not exist. Yet, these seemingly impossible ultrahigh-grade seams of gold are found at places like Brucejack, Ballarat in Australia,...

  • Western Alaska Copper and Gold TSX-V listing Illinois Creek Yukon River Canada

    Western Alaska Copper eyes TSX-V listing

    Shane Lasley, Mining News|Updated Jun 24, 2021

    Western Alaska Copper & Gold Company May 25 announced plans to become listed on the TSX Venture Exchange through a merger with 1246779 B.C. Ltd. As a private company led by Christopher (Kit) Marrs, Western Alaska has steadily advanced multiple precious and base metals deposits and targets across its 35,520-acre Illinois Creek Mining District property near the Yukon River about 65 miles southwest of the town of Galena, Alaska. Western Alaska's 2020 program on this property...

  • Victoria Gold Dublin Gulch Raven target expanded 2021 exploration program

    Victoria Gold steps up drilling at Raven

    Shane Lasley, Mining News|Updated Jun 24, 2021

    Victoria Gold Corp. May 25 announced that an expanded 2021 exploration program that includes 15,000 meters of drilling focused on establishing a maiden resource at the Raven gold target is now underway at the company's Dublin Gulch property in the Yukon. "Victoria is excited to begin the 2021 exploration program at Raven," said Victoria Gold President and CEO John McConnell. Located about 13 kilometers (eight miles) east of Victoria's Eagle Mine, Raven is a large,...

  • Pembridge Resources Minto Exploration copper Yukon Canada PEA 2022 drill results

    Pembridge explorers for more Minto copper

    Shane Lasley, Mining News|Updated Jun 24, 2021

    Pembridge Resources plc May 24 announced it has budgeted C$3.2 million for Minto Exploration Ltd. to investigate high-priority exploration targets at the United Kingdom-based company's Minto copper project in Canada's Yukon. "This new exploration drilling program continues Minto's aim of exploring the Minto copper belt and realizing its potential," said Pembridge Resources Chairman and CEO Gati Al-Jebouri. A preliminary economic assessment recently completed for Pembridge...

  • British Columbia history Canada Tahltan First Nation mining Mehodihi aboriginal

    Tahltan people safeguard ancestral home

    A.J. Roan, Mining News|Updated Jun 24, 2021

    From the Coast Mountains in the west to the lower parts of the Yukon's Boreal forest in the north, the Cassiar Mountain range in the east, and the headwaters of the Nass and Skeena Rivers in the south, an ancestral indigenous people known as Tahltans has called Northern British Columbia home for thousands of years. According to a 2003 sourcebook prepared by the Museum of Anthropology entitled "Mehodihi: Well-Known Traditions of Tahltan People," the Tahltan Nation, which... Full story

  • Victoria Gold GT Western Copper Rio Tinto Newmont Coeur Yukon British Columbia

    Major moves on northern mine projects

    Shane Lasley, Mining News|Updated Jun 24, 2021

    The ultimate goal for most junior exploration companies is to discover and advance a mineral deposit to the point that it is large and rich enough to attract the attention of a major mining company to swoop in and nab a stake through an investment in the project or even an outright buyout of the junior. Sometimes, if the global market conditions are right and the project shows enough promise, majors will invest in a project long before an economically viable mining project... Full story

  • Vital Metals Tardiff 1 Nechalacho REE Northwest Territories Canada map

    Vital REE drill results exceed expectations

    Shane Lasley, Mining News|Updated Jun 3, 2021

    Vital Metals Ltd. and its Canadian subsidiary Cheetah Resources May 26 reported wide sections of high-grade rare earths mineralization in the first round of drill results from the early 2021 drilling at Tardiff Zone 1 on the Nechalacho project in Canada's Northwest Territories. "The first results of this drilling program have exceeded our expectations of the higher-grade bastnasite dominated rare earth zones in the Tardiff Zone," said Vital Metals Managing Director Geoff Atkin...

  • Skeena Resources Eskay Creek Golden Triangle British Columbia Canada

    Even Eskay Creek waste hosts ore grades

    Shane Lasley, Mining News|Updated Jun 3, 2021

    Skeena Resources Ltd. May 25 reported that recent drilling indicates that stored waste material from previous mining could be another source of ore material for a future operation at the Eskay Creek gold-silver mine in British Columbia's Golden Triangle. An underground mine operated by Barrick Gold Corp. from 1994 to 2008 recovered roughly 3.3 million ounces of gold and 160 million oz of silver from ore with average grades of 45 grams per metric ton gold and 2,224 g/t silver....

  • Benchmark Metals Lawyers project British Columbia Canada map resource estimate

    Huge Lawyers exploration program begins

    Shane Lasley, Mining News|Updated Jun 3, 2021

    Benchmark Metals Inc. May 26 announced that it is mobilizing a crew to launch a planned 100,000-meter drill program at its road-accessible Lawyers gold-silver project in Northern British Columbia. Earlier this month, Benchmark published its initial resource estimate for Lawyers. According to this new calculation, the Cliff Creek, AGB, Dukes Ridge and Phoenix zones at Lawyers hosts 40.3 million metric tons of indicated resource averaging 1.19 grams per metric ton (1.55 million...

  • White Rock Minerals Dry Creek Red Mountain Alaska Last Chance map drill program

    Drill turning at White Rock's Red Mountain

    Shane Lasley, Mining News|Updated Jun 3, 2021

    White Rock Minerals Ltd. May 24 reported the start of a planned more than 10,000-meter drill program at its Red Mountain base and precious metals project in Alaska. The large program will include three diamond drill rigs testing for both intrusive related gold at the Last Chance prospect and expanding upon the high-grade silver-zinc-gold-lead volcanogenic massive sulfide mineralization at Red Mountain. The first of the three rigs are now turning at Dry Creek, a silver-rich VMS...