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Articles from the May 31, 2024 edition


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  • Former Hecla Mining President and CEO Phil Baker.

    Hecla Mining CEO Phil Baker steps down

    Shane Lasley, Mining News|Updated Jun 7, 2024

    Chair Catherine Boggs will fill vacancy as company seeks new executive for largest silver producer in the U.S. After nearly 23 years serving as president and CEO of Hecla Mining Company, Phillips Baker Jr. suddenly stepped down as the top executive of the silver-focused mining company with operations in Alaska, Idaho, Quebec, and Yukon. "I would like to thank Phil for his years of service and valued contributions to Hecla and the silver industry overall," said Hecla Chair...

  • stainless-steel container filled with yellowcake uranium powder.

    Nunavut explorers focus on uranium

    Rose Ragsdale, For Mining News|Updated Jun 7, 2024

    Northern territory's highly prospective Thelon Basin attracts uranium-hungry investors, veteran explorers, and hopeful newcomers. As the transition to carbon-free and renewable energy gains momentum, worldwide demand for nuclear power is increasing and with it has come a surge in uranium mining. 2023 was a banner year for uranium, as it outperformed most commodities. This year could bring more of the same, according to analysts at Bank of America. Though uranium prices have...

  • Black and white photograph of Radium Point, a company mining town.

    The uranium mine heard around the world

    A.J. Roan, Mining News|Updated Jun 7, 2024

    Embark on a journey through Radium Point, a pioneering uranium mine that shaped the history of NWT and perhaps the entire world. With the recent ban on Russian uranium imports, the United States has initiated a countdown on the pressing need to diversify its sources for this crucial clean energy metal. While the nation currently enjoys a three-year supply buffer before potential challenges arise in securing its uranium supply, revisiting the legacy of Radium Point – a h...

  • Closeup of an Exyn drone equipped with lidar survey equipment.

    Drones map depths of Northern mines

    Shane Lasley, Data Mine North|Updated May 30, 2024

    Aerial robots quickly and safely deliver detailed maps of Northern Star and Agnico Eagle's underground mines in Alaska and Nunavut. From providing an advantageous survey of mines and mineral exploration sites from the sky above, to autonomously mapping the depths of underground operations, drones are playing an increasingly important role in safe and efficient mining around the world. Two companies with gold mining operations at opposite ends of the North of 60 Mining News...

  • Alaska mining lawyer in hardhat with lamp, safety glasses, and winter parka.

    Antipathy toward Alaska mining is myopic

    J. P. Tangen, Special to Mining News|Updated May 30, 2024

    The Bureau of Land Management has struck again, this time in the form of a land management plan for the Central Yukon Resource Management Area or the "CYRMP" (pronounced crimp). The CYRMP and the associated Final Environmental Impact Statement, dated April 2024, will have significant adverse effects on the future of mining in Alaska because of the intent to adopt hybrid Alternative E that will effectively foreclose vast acreage in the state to mineral exploration and...

  • Heavily mineralized CRD veins glow neon pink across purple core under UV light.

    Western Alaska ramps up 2024 exploration

    Shane Lasley, Mining News|Updated May 30, 2024

    This year's drilling will test high-grade CRD silver-zinc-lead resource expansion targets extending southwest from Waterpump Creek. Western Alaska Minerals Corp. May 30 announced that crews have arrived at the Illinois Creek camp in preparation for a drill program focused on expanding the high-grade Waterpump Creek silver-zinc-lead deposit into a much larger carbonate replacement deposit (CRD) mineralized system that extends more than 3.5 miles (six kilometers) to the past...

  • A geologist uses a loupe to take a closer look at drill core.

    Blue Star launches Nunavut exploration

    Shane Lasley, Mining News|Updated May 30, 2024

    Drills to test high-priority targets as geological team continues to elevate pipeline prospects to drill-ready status. Blue Star Gold Corp. May 27 announced the start of a 2024 exploration program focused on further refining and drilling the top targets at the Ulu-Hood River and Roma projects, which cover a more than 45-kilometer (28 miles) stretch of the High Lake Greenstone Belt in Nunavut. According to a 2015 calculation, the Flood and Gnu zones on the Ulu-Hood River...

  • A rock outcrop stained green with copper mineralization.

    White Cliff to explore Nunavut Copper

    Shane Lasley, Mining News|Updated May 30, 2024

    Company sees enormous potential at overlooked project in Northern Canada. White Cliff Minerals Ltd. May 28 said it is excited about carrying out discovery level exploration of the highly prospective Nunavut Copper-Gold-Silver project in the northern Canadian territory. Lying near the Northwest Territories border, the Nunavut Copper-Gold-Silver project covers 805 square kilometers of (311 square miles) highly prospective mineral showings with massive bornite-chalcocite,...

  • Geologist examining core from Carmacks project in Yukon.

    Granite Creek announces plans for 2024

    A.J. Roan, Mining News|Updated May 30, 2024

    Targets drilling at new copper, gold, silver prospects at central Yukon project. Granite Creek Copper Ltd. May 28 announced that its 2024 exploration at the Carmacks copper-gold project in central Yukon will include 1,800 meters of diamond drilling focused on new targets. Located in the southern portion of the high-grade Minto Copper District, Carmacks is a 177-square-kilometer (68 square miles) advanced-stage copper-gold-silver project that is 40 kilometers (29 miles) from...

  • Gladiator Metals crewmember looking out over snow-filled field.

    Historic core gets tagged at Cowley Park

    A.J. Roan, Mining News|Updated May 30, 2024

    Gladiator finds more unreported, high-grade mineralization at its prospective copper project. Gladiator Metals Corp. May 28 announced results from assaying historical drill core at Cowley Park on the company's Whitehorse Copper project in Yukon, Canada, as well as an update on ongoing exploration throughout its various targets. Located in the backyard of Yukon's capital city, the Whitehorse Copper project is a 5,280-hectare (13,294 acres) copper-molybdenum-silver-gold skarn...

  • A large mineral exploration camp lies beyond an inuksuk in northern Canada.

    Solar power for STLLR Colomac gold camp

    Shane Lasley, Mining News|Updated May 30, 2024

    Gold exploration company is working with Tlicho Investment Corporation to power NWT camp with renewable energy. STLLR Gold Inc. and the Tlicho Investment Corporation (TIC) May 29 announced that the Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency (CanNor) is providing C$619,625 (US$453,320) to install solar panels and battery storage to power the camp at STLLR's Colomac gold project in Northwest Territories. "The solar farm will supply most of our camp's power requirements,...

  • Front loader organizing pallets full of drill core.

    Li-FT powering through another campaign

    A.J. Roan, Mining News|Updated May 30, 2024

    Reports latest batch of assays as it closes in on balance of planned winter drilling. Li-FT Power Ltd. May 28 announced the next batch of assays from 13 drill holes completed at the Shorty, BIG East, Echo, Fi Main, and Ki pegmatites on the company's Yellowknife Lithium project just outside the capital of Northwest Territories, Canada. Into its second year exploring for hard rock lithium in the nearly forgotten Yellowknife Pegmatite Province, Li-FT powered through its first...

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