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Articles from the September 1, 2023 edition


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  • Helicopter flying over a glacial valley in Alaska.

    Helicopters unlock mineral exploration

    A.J. Roan, Mining News|Updated Sep 14, 2023

    With a world now connected by commercial aircraft, defended by sound-breaking jets, and explored by the bizarre rotors of a helicopter, aviation is a concept now often taken for granted but still nonetheless a gift that should be admired as it has allowed an evolution no less impactful than today's internet. While many may think the advent of aviation came solely from the wild imaginings of the Wright Brothers at the turn of the 20th century, the dream of flight has been speck...

  • The rising sun shines on the buildings at the Manh Choh gold mine camp.

    Partners break ground on Alaska gold mine

    Shane Lasley, Mining News|Updated Sep 14, 2023

    TOK, ALASKA – An Aug. 29 groundbreaking ceremony at Manh Choh marked the official opening of Alaska's newest gold mine. But even before tribal, corporate, and state leaders tossed the symbolic golden shovels of dirt celebrating the start of Manh Choh, the Alaskan crossroads town of Tok about 15 miles to the northwest was already bustling from the added business this mine brings. As the first real sign of civilization in nearly 300 miles for northbound Alaska Highway travelers,...

  • Two drillers test a nickel deposit on a warm late summer day in Alaska.

    Alaska Energy Metals project rediscovered

    Shane Lasley, Mining News|Updated Sep 14, 2023

    NIKOLAI, ALASKA – Alaska Energy Metals Corp. President and CEO Greg Beischer has returned to finish what he started when he first landed in Alaska as a young geologist for INCO Ltd. in 1995 – outline a world-class nickel deposit at Nikolai, a project that lies on the northern margins of an energy metals enriched geological terrane that arcs across the 49th State. "Alaska Energy Metals is positioning itself to supply domestic markets with a source of critical and strategic met...

  • A Canada Jay resting on a core sample box.

    Freegold's expansion drilling is a success

    A.J. Roan, Mining News|Updated Sep 14, 2023

    Freegold Ventures Ltd. Aug. 31 announced that as its rigs continue to turn – from the 30 holes already completed since the start of the company's resource upgrade and expansion drilling program in March – results have come in that maintain the impressive mineralization at Dolphin-Clearly within Golden Summit, a project about 25 miles north of Fairbanks, Alaska. Located about a 30-minute drive from Fairbanks, Golden Summit is an advanced-staged exploration project within the...

  • A highly colorful multi-layer outcrop from Blue Star's Penthouse prospect.

    Junior posts promising results for Ulu

    Rose Ragsdale, For Mining News|Updated Sep 14, 2023

    Early this summer, Blue Star Gold Corp. launched an exploration program, hoping to identify favorable prospects and advance targets on its landholdings in western Nunavut to drill-ready status for a 2024 discovery program at its Ulu Gold Project. The company's Ulu, Hood River, and Roma properties cover more than 45 kilometers (28 miles) of the High Lake Greenstone Belt. By the first week in August, Blue Star had scoped out several promising areas for drilling next year on the...

  • A large Cat mine truck, water truck, and dozer at the Manh Choh gold mine.

    CORE celebrates Manh Choh, Lucky Shot

    Shane Lasley, Mining News|Updated Sep 14, 2023

    Contango Ore Inc. Aug. 30 announced the official start of mining operations at its 30% owned Manh Choh gold-silver mine near the crossroads town of Tok, Alaska, and the launch of 2023 drilling at its Lucky Shot gold mine project in the Southcentral region of the state. The Manh Choh mine, a joint venture between Kinross Gold Corp. (70%) and Contango (30%), is expected to produce roughly 1 million gold-equivalent oz, which includes the value of both the gold and silver, over...

  • A grab sample showing significant mineralization from Nickel Shäw project.

    Nickel Creek PFS portends critical metal

    A.J. Roan, Mining News|Updated Sep 14, 2023

    10-year mine life could provide the much-needed nickel and copper for clean energy technologies. Nickel Creek Platinum Corp. Aug. 24 published the results of a pre-feasibility study for the Nickel Shäw project in the southwest corner of Canada's Yukon, capable of producing 614.3 million pounds of nickel, 281.5 million lb of copper, 21.5 million lb of cobalt, 626,500 ounces platinum, 743,400 oz palladium, and 174,400 oz of gold over a 19-year mine life. This PFS is based on...

  • Snow-covered mountains above orange autumn foliage in the Alaska Range.

    PolarX updates Alaska Range scoping study

    Shane Lasley, Mining News|Updated Sep 7, 2023

    PolarX Ltd. Aug. 27 published the results from an updated scoping study for its Alaska Range project that incorporates a much larger resource for the Caribou Dome copper deposit. A 2022 Alaska Range scoping study investigated the potential of building a central mill that would process ore from Caribou Dome and Zackly, the two most advanced deposits on the roughly 22-mile- (35 kilometers) long Alaska Range property. This study envisioned an open-pit mine at the Caribou Dome...

  • Graphic of the proposed gold mine and deep resource potential at Lawyers.

    Assays affirm Lawyers deep gold thesis

    Shane Lasley, Mining News|Updated Aug 31, 2023

    Thesis Gold Inc. Aug. 29 reported that assays from its first three 2023 holes at Lawyers further confirm the potential to expand high-grade gold mineralization to depth at the Dukes Ridge deposit on this property in Northern British Columbia's Toodoggone Mining District. The batch of assays from deep drilling at Dukes Ridge marks the first news flow since Thesis and Benchmark Metals Inc. completed a merger that consolidates the adjacent Lawyers and Ranch gold-silver projects...

  • Grab samples taken from North Arrows’ DeStaffany Moose 2 pegmatite.

    DeStaffany lithium steady for North Arrow

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

    North Arrow Minerals Inc. Aug. 28 announced the latest channel sample assay results from its DeStaffany lithium property in Northwest Territories, which maintain the significant lithium potential of this northern Canadian hard rock lithium project. Acquired by North Arrow in January, DeStaffany is an early-stage exploration project roughly 18 kilometers (11 miles) northeast of Vital Metals Ltd.'s Nechalacho rare earths mine and approximately 115 kilometers (71 miles) from...

  • Sections of drill core with quartz vein speckled with visible gold.

    Ascot reports Premier Prew gold results

    Shane Lasley, Mining News|Updated Aug 31, 2023

    Ascot Resources Ltd. Aug. 25 reported that drills have tapped high-grade gold outside the currently planned stopes at Prew Zone, which is the first area of the Premier deposit to be mined when a new era of operations begins at the Premier gold project near the town of Stewart at the south tip of British Columbia's Golden Triangle. A 2020 feasibility study envisions four underground mines feeding ore to an updated version of the Premier mill. At 2,500 metric tons per day, this...

  • EPA announces new WOTUS amendment

    J. P. Tangen, Special to Mining News|Updated Aug 31, 2023

    On August 28, the EPA announced a revision to the jurisdictional regulations concerning waters of the United States to conform to the holding in Sackett v. EPA, 598 U.S., decided May 25, 2023. "[A]s a result of the decision in Sackett invalidating the significant nexus standard, the provision for assessment of streams and wetlands ... is no longer valid ... ." The Sackett decision potentially impacts the determination of the EPA to permanently block the development of any...

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