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Articles from the July 8, 2022 edition

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  • A Tectonic geologist scales a steep slope while exploring for gold in Alaska.

    Seventymile gold project drilling begins

    Shane Lasley, Mining News|Updated Jul 21, 2022

    Tectonic Metals Inc. July 7 announced that drilling is now underway at Seventymile, a district-scale gold project in eastern Alaska. Optioned from Doyon Ltd., an Alaska Native regional corporation, Seventymile encompasses an underexplored 25-mile- (40 kilometers) long greenstone belt about 37 miles (59 kilometers) east of the town of Eagle, Alaska. While gold has been identified along the entire greenstone belt covered by Seventymile, the 2022 drilling will focus on three targ...

  • A geologist overlooks the drilling equipment from inside a drill rig.

    White Gold has drills turning at Betty

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

    White Gold Corp. July 5 announced the start of its 2022 drill program at the Betty Ford and Mascot gold targets on the Betty property, located within the southern part of the company's enormous land package that covers much of the White Gold District in Yukon, Canada. Betty is strategically positioned about 15 kilometers (9 miles) northeast of Western Copper and Gold Corp.'s Casino porphyry deposit and 40 kilometers (25 miles) east of Newmont Corp.'s Coffee gold deposit. "Our...

  • Drill core with massive sphalerite and argentiferous galena mineralization.

    Massive sulfides in Waterpump Creek core

    Shane Lasley, Mining News|Updated Jul 21, 2022

    Western Alaska Minerals Corp. July 5 reported encouraging massive sulfide intercepts in four of the holes drilled so far this year at the high-grade Waterpump Creek carbonate replacement silver-zinc-lead target on its Illinois Creek project in western Alaska. Based on previous exploration carried out by Anaconda Minerals Company and Novagold Resources Inc., Waterpump Creek hosts 166,000 tons of historical resource averaging 295 grams per metric ton silver, 16.1% lead, and...

  • Mill and tailings ponds at the Keno Hill silver mine in the Yukon.

    Hecla to acquire Keno Hill silver mine

    Shane Lasley, Mining News|Updated Jul 14, 2022

    Already the largest silver producer in the United States, Hecla Mining Company is poised to become the largest silver producer in Canada with the purchase of Alexco Resource Corp., owner of the Keno Hill Silver District project, Yukon. Alexco's 242-square-kilometer (93 square miles) Keno Hill property covers one of the highest-grade silver districts in the world. Between 1913 and 1989, more than 200 million ounces of silver from ore averaging 44 oz per ton, making this Yukon...

  • Contango ORE President and CEO Rick Van Nieuwenhuyse looks over Arctic deposit.

    Dorothy ... a few ideas on the Great Reset!

    Rick Van Nieuwenhuyse|Updated Jul 14, 2022

    Last week my good friend and colleague Curt Freeman wrote an article titled: "Is it time to press the reset button?". The article made me laugh and got me thinking – and rather than just falling in line with all the Dorothy's out there and just whine about it or blame COVID, Putin, Biden or the Billionaires club, I decided to proffer a few tangible suggestions that I believe are within reach and importantly - largely within our control, say within the next ten years; we j...

  • Drill rig on ridge of a mountain, showing the altitudes geologists go for gold.

    Strikepoint kicks off 2022 drilling program

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

    Strikepoint Gold Inc. July 5 announced that exploration work is now underway on its Willoughby gold-silver and Porter silver properties near Stewart, British Columbia in Canada's prolific Golden Triangle. "With a healthy treasury over $5 million, we are excited to commence our drilling programs at Porter and Willoughby properties," said Strikepoint Gold President and CEO Shawn Khunkhun. Strikepoint's 2022 exploration program includes roughly 3,000 meters on both properties....

  • A map showing the breadth of the Yukon with Mactung and Gayna River on it.

    Gravity survey for Gayna River zinc project

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

    Newly renamed Fireweed Metals Corp. (previously Fireweed Zinc) July 7 announced that a ground gravity survey has begun at its recently staked Gayna River zinc-lead-silver-germanium-gallium project in Northwest Territories, Canada. After acquiring the adjacent Mactung tungsten project from the NWT government for C$15 million, Fireweed opted to change its name to better define the broader spectrum of resources the company is exploring for. You can read about the Mactung...

  • Excavator digging trenches to test for gold at Tourmaline Ridge in Alaska.

    Resolution drilling at Tourmaline Ridge

    Shane Lasley, Mining News|Updated Jul 7, 2022

    Resolution Minerals Ltd. June 29 announced the start of a 2,200-meter drill program at the Tourmaline Ridge prospect on the West Pogo block of the 64North gold project in Alaska. Tourmaline Ridge lies about 5,000 meters southwest of the main orebody at Northern Star Resources Ltd.'s Pogo gold mine. Prospecting and sampling, including surface rock chip sampling that returned grades as high as 118 grams per metric ton gold, have outlined an 1,800- by 750-meter geochemical...

  • The entrance to the little ghost town of Hyder, which still has residents.

    Blackwolf preps for drilling at Cantoo

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

    Blackwolf Copper and Gold Ltd. July 5 announced the beginning of surface exploration work on its recently staked Cantoo and Mineral Hill properties within the Alaskan region of the Golden Triangle near Hyder. "The wide, stacked veins identified by Blackwolf's crews in 2021 at the Cantoo property are the most compelling targets that I've seen in my career in the Golden Triangle," said Blackwolf Copper and Gold President and CEO Rob McLeod. In addition to Blackwolf's flagship...