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Articles from the August 25, 2023 edition


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  • A rainbow at sunset over a drill pad with Mount Illiamna in the distance.

    HighGold sweeps through 2023 drilling

    A.J. Roan, Mining News|Updated Nov 17, 2023

    HighGold Mining Inc. Aug. 22 provided an update on the 2023 exploration and development program at the company's Johnson Tract property in Southcentral Alaska, showcasing the methodical efficiency with which HighGold aims to push the property to feasibility. Located on the west side of Cook Inlet, about 125 miles southwest of Anchorage, Johnson Tract is a 20,942-acre property owned by Cook Inlet Regional Inc., an Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act (ANCSA) regional corporation...

  • Western Copper and Gold geologists walking up a slope.

    WCG antes up for 2023 Casino drilling

    A.J. Roan, Mining News|Updated Nov 16, 2023

    Western Copper and Gold Corp. Aug. 23 outlined plans for the first drill program to be carried out at the Casino copper-gold project in Canada's Yukon under a technical and sustainability committee that includes investors Rio Tinto and Mitsubishi Materials Corp. With a recent C$21.3 million (US$15.6 million) investment from Mitsubishi Materials and a total of C$25.6 million (US$18.9 million) from Rio Tinto, Western Copper is flush with capital to execute a plan of action for...

  • A drill rig set on a beefy drill pad in a rugged Alaska mountain setting.

    Nova Minerals drills first holes at Train

    Shane Lasley, Mining News|Updated Sep 7, 2023

    Nova Minerals Ltd. Aug. 21 announced the start of discovery drilling at Train, a highly prospective gold target about 4.5 miles (seven kilometers) north of the RPM deposit on the company's 9.9-million-ounce Estelle gold project in Alaska. "We are excited to be putting the first holes into our never before drill tested Train prospect where surface gold occurrences collected over several years by geologists have indicated that another large IRGS (intrusive related gold system)...

  • A huge plume of black smoke above the Eagle Gold mine camp.

    Victoria Gold has resumed full operations

    A.J. Roan, Mining News|Updated Aug 31, 2023

    Victoria Gold Corp. Aug. 21 announced that after nearly two weeks of halted operations due to wildfires, operations at the Eagle Gold Mine in central Yukon have returned to normalcy, and production has resumed once more. At the end of July, Victoria initiated a partial evacuation of its Eagle Gold Mine operations due to the proximity of the East McQuesten wildfire. With the fires getting as close as 4,000 meters to the mine, the company commenced a second evacuation of Eagle...

  • A drone view of a drill rig testing for gold and silver in Northern BC.

    New Thesis for Northern BC gold projects

    Shane Lasley, Mining News|Updated Aug 31, 2023

    Benchmark Metals Inc. and Thesis Gold Inc. have completed a merger that brings together two large gold projects in Northern British Columbia's Toodoggone Mining District and the teams behind their success. "This merger has given rise to an expansive district-scale development and exploration endeavors, characterized by remarkable potential for growth," said Ewan Webster, president and CEO of the new Thesis Gold. The most advanced of the projects in the merged portfolio is Lawy...

  • The outcropping Southwest Fi pegmatite dyke dwarfs the drill testing it.

    Li-FT shifts gears during NWT wildfires

    Shane Lasley, Mining News|Updated Aug 24, 2023

    Investigates Cali lithium project in western NWT; to resume drilling at Yellowknife once the smoke clears. Despite the need to evacuate its Hidden Lake exploration camp due to the extreme wildfire situation in and around the Northwest Territories capital of Yellowknife, Li-FT Power Ltd. has had a productive year of lithium exploration in the territory and plans to build on this success as soon as it is safe to do so. Before the mid-August decision to move its people,...

  • Dozens of stacks of core drilled from Fireweed Metals’ Macmillan Pass.

    Assays eclipse Fireweed's best intercepts

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

    Fireweed Metals Corp. Aug. 22 announced that drills have tapped wide intercepts of spectacular zinc grades at Boundary Zone on the company's Macmillan Pass in Yukon, Canada. Fireweed's 2023 program began by testing a gap between two of the best holes ever drilled at Boundary Zone - NB22-002, which cut 124 meters averaging 12.3% zinc, 1.3% lead, 45.9 grams per metric ton silver, and NB22‑023, which cut 298 meters averaging 4.5% zinc, 1.4% lead, and 30.9 g/t silver. Drilling in...

  • Map of the Allegra project in Alaska’s new Nikolai nickel-cobalt-PGM district.

    Resolution stakes Alaska nickel project

    Shane Lasley, Mining News|Updated Aug 24, 2023

    Resolution Minerals Ltd. Aug. 21 announced that it staked a 114-square-mile land package in an area of Alaska prospective for nickel with associated copper, cobalt, and platinum group metals. Australia-based Resolution is best known in Alaska for its exploration of the 64North gold project near Northern Star Resources Ltd.'s Pogo mine. Over the past year, however, the company has also been acquiring and exploring projects that could offer future supplies of the metals needed...

  • U.S. GoldMining geologists on a ridge at the Whistler project in Alaska.

    U.S. GoldMining begins Whistler drilling

    Shane Lasley, Mining News|Updated Aug 23, 2023

    U.S. GoldMining Inc. Aug. 21 announced the start of the first phase of a 10,000-meter drill program at the company's Whistler gold-copper project 105 miles northwest of Anchorage, Alaska. "The start of our inaugural exploration drilling campaign at Whistler marks an important milestone for U.S. GoldMining," said CEO Tim Smith. U.S. GoldMining was formed specifically to advance exploration and development of the 53,700-acre Whistler project that was acquired by its parent...

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