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Articles from the July 1, 2022 edition

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  • A stopwatch showing little time left until a reset.

    Is it time to press the reset button?

    Curt Freeman, Special to Mining News|Updated Jul 28, 2022

    I know, I know, I promised to shut up and go away a long time ago. But I lied, so sue me! Just be glad I didn't title this ramble "Is it time for Format-C?" after all, most of the young-uns would have to Google that term to see what in tarnation it meant! And even then, many would ask "what is a hard drive?" But I digress, which by the way, has a Latin derivation that means "step away," which I supposedly did some time ago (see above). Ironic, eh? But I am digressing about... Full story

  • Geologists, investors, and executives standing on a rock outcrop at Manh Choh.

    Contango ORE eyes golden milestones

    Shane Lasley, Mining News|Updated Jul 28, 2022

    With an earlier than expected feasibility study on its way for Manh Choh, drilling started at Lucky Shot, and the addition of geologist Curt Freeman to its board of directors, Contango ORE Inc. has a lot to look forward to as 2022 progresses. Freeman's addition to the Contango ORE board coincides with the departure of Joseph Greenberg, an oil and gas executive that has been a director of CORE since it was spun out of Texas-based Contango Oil and into a public company in 2010....

  • Multimillionaire Charles “Chuck” Fipke, holding a bag of samples.

    Sky-high success, feet firmly on the ground

    A.J. Roan, Mining News|Updated Jul 21, 2022

    It all began in 1991, when geologists Charles E. Fipke and Stewart Blusson found 81 small diamonds at Lac de Gras in Northwest Territories, Canada, marking the first diamond pipe discovery in North America. While this groundbreaking discovery is often synonymous with the name Chuck Fipke – as it was the culmination of his relentless pursuit of elusive diamond indicator minerals for hundreds of kilometers from the Mackenzie River Valley eastward to their source near Lac de G... Full story

  • Geologist using a loupe to examine core from drilling for gold in NWT.

    Deep gold drilled south of Con Mine, NWT

    Shane Lasley, Mining News|Updated Jul 7, 2022

    Gold Terra Resource Corp. June 27 announced that drilling has tapped deep gold mineralization along the Campbell shear about 1,000 meters south of the past-producing Con Mine in Yellowknife, Northwest Territories. Hole GTCM22-037, which was drilled near the Yellorex zone on the Con Mine property, cut 14.57 meters averaging 1.6 grams per metric ton gold from a depth of 1,256 meters. This hole was drilled to test the Campbell shear below historical hole Y-88, which cut 5.27...

  • More than 1,236 BC mineral project reports can be searched by location.

    Geoscience BC puts geoscience on the map

    Shane Lasley, Mining News|Updated Jul 7, 2022

    Geoscience BC June 28 announced that data for hundreds more mineral exploration and development reports in British Columbia can now be searched by location for the first time. National Instrument 43-101 technical reports contain comprehensive geoscience data on prospective mineral properties and are available from the Canadian Securities Administrators' SEDAR website. The inability to search these technical reports by location, however, makes it challenging to find data relate...

  • A Nechalacho ore sorter operator looks over bags of rare earths concentrates.

    NWT mining future takes a critical turn

    Shane Lasley, Mining News|Updated Jul 7, 2022

    Rare earths from the Nechalacho Mine being delivered into the supply chain marks the opening of a new critical minerals chapter in the story of mining in Northwest Territories – a saga that includes a 1930s gold rush to the territory's capital, a whole new town to support the Pine Point zinc mine, and the unlikely discovery of world-class diamond deposits in the famed Lac de Gras region. "We have an opportunity to add to our rich and long-standing mining story," Northwest Terr... Full story

  • Nugget gold exploration camp on Victoria Gold’s Dublin Gulch project.

    Strong start to gold exploration in 2022

    Rose Ragsdale, For Mining News|Updated Jul 7, 2022

    Dozens of prospectors and junior mining companies are trekking into the bush in Yukon Territory this field season, seeking the next big pot of gold in a fabled land rich with possibilities. Leading the charge is White Gold Corp., which initiated 7,500 meters of drilling, including 5,000 meters of diamond drilling, 1,000 meters of reverse circulation drilling and 1,500 meters of rotary air blast drilling. The 2022 exploration program began with diamond drilling at the Ryan's...

  • Skagway, Alaska port nearest export hub for the world-class Casino project.

    Feasibility study affirms Casino potential

    A.J. Roan, Mining News|Updated Jul 7, 2022

    Western Copper and Gold Corp. June 28 announced the release of an updated feasibility study for its world-class Casino copper-gold-silver-molybdenum project in Yukon, Canada. Superseding all previous studies and incorporating an updated mineral resource and mineral reserve with an effective date of April 29, the study considers the Casino project being constructed as an open pit mine, with a concentrator processing 120,000 metric tons per day to recover copper, gold, silver,...

  • A drill tests a gold-copper-silver-molybdenum deposit in Northern BC.

    New KSM mine plan comes to surface

    Shane Lasley, Mining News|Updated Jul 7, 2022

    An updated prefeasibility study details plans for a financially robust mining operation at Seabridge Gold Inc.'s KSM project in British Columbia's Golden Triangle that will produce an average of more than 1 million ounces of gold, 3 million oz of silver, 178 million pounds of copper and 4.2 million lb of molybdenum annually for 33 years. Unlike a PFS completed in 2016, this new study does not include block cave mining of the deeper resource found at the world-class deposit....

  • A Sen. Lisa Murkowski bracelet.

    Sen. Murkowski puts shoulder to the wheel

    J. P. Tangen, Special to Mining News|Updated Jun 30, 2022

    Those of us who watch such things are well aware that Senator Murkowski has been the strong vocal lead in the Senate when it comes to sounding the alarm that the country is at substantial risk due to our reliance on foreign countries for the critical minerals that we need, not just for our 21st Century lifestyle, but also for our national defense. Over the past decade, Sen. Murkowski has consistently done yeoman service when it came to getting legislation concerning the... Full story