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Articles from the October 30, 2020 edition

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  • Barrick Novagold Resources world class Donlin gold mine project Calista Alaska

    Donlin Gold program exceeds expectations

    Shane Lasley, Mining News|Updated Nov 25, 2020

    Despite a two month suspension of activities and other challenges related to protecting workers and local communities from COVID-19, Donlin Gold LLC managed to exceed its planned drilling at its 39-million-ounce gold project in the Yukon-Kuskokwim region of Southwest Alaska. "I'd like to congratulate the joint venture team, as well as thank our Native corporation partners, Calista Corporation and The Kuskokwim Corporation, on successfully completing drilling despite the...

  • Kinross True North Gold Mine Fairbanks Mining District Fort Knox Alaska

    Alaska applauds True North reclamation

    Shane Lasley, Mining News|Updated Nov 25, 2020

    Alaska Department of Natural Resources and Department of Environmental Conservation Oct. 27 announced that reclamation of the True North gold mine north of Fairbanks has been successfully completed and certified. Kinross Gold Corp. operated the True North mine under a lease of state- and University of Alaska-owned land. Over a roughly four-year span ending in 2004, the company produced more than 490,000 ounces of gold from 11.7 million tons of ore trucked seven miles from...

  • Osisko Metals Pine Point zinc lead mine project Hay River Northwest Territories

    Junior advances project at Pine Point

    Rose Ragsdale, For Mining News|Updated Nov 25, 2020

    During the most challenging mining season in nearly 20 years brought on by constraints imposed by the coronavirus pandemic, one mineral exploration company has forged ahead in its quest to develop a robust zinc-lead mine at the Pine Point project near Hay River in Northwest Territories. Unlike most companies with mining projects in northern Canada this year, Osisko Metals Ltd. is reporting significant advances in developing Pine Point, including updating the project's mineral...

  • Tetlin Village Peak Gold lease mineral exploration property gold silver mine

    Peak Gold deal launches new Contango ORE

    Shane Lasley, Mining News|Updated Nov 19, 2020

    In the few months since taking the helm at Contango ORE Inc., Rick Van Nieuwenhuyse has steered this unconventional mineral exploration company toward being the 30% owner of Alaska's next million-ounce gold producing mine. This coming mine at Contango ORE's Peak Gold deposit quickly surpassed Donlin Gold, Livengood, and other top contenders for Alaska's next large gold operation when Kinross Gold Corp. acquired a 70% interest in the high-grade gold project and unveiled a... Full story

  • Gold pour at Pogo mine Goodpaster mining district Alaska

    Continued improvements for Pogo Mine

    Shane Lasley, Mining News|Updated Nov 7, 2020

    Northern Star Resources Ltd. Oct. 27 reported that its Pogo Mine in Alaska's Goodpaster Mining District produced 53,810 ounces of gold during the third quarter of 2020, a 9% increase over the 49,353 oz recovered during the previous quarter. The increased gold production is the result of slight improvements in ore grades, mill throughput, and ore recoveries. The average grade of ore mined during the third quarter was 8.9 grams per metric ton, which is about 6% higher than the...

  • Resource drilling at ABM silver zinc deposit KZK project Yukon

    Yukon silver-zinc mine gets key approval

    Shane Lasley, Mining News|Updated Nov 5, 2020

    BMC Minerals Ltd. Oct. 27 announced that the Yukon Environmental and Socio-Economic Assessment Board has completed the environmental and socio-economic review of the company's proposal to develop a mine at the ABM silver-zinc deposit on the Kudz Ze Kayah (KZK) project and has recommended that the mine be allowed to proceed to permitting. "We are very pleased to receive the final screening report following a robust and thorough assessment process with input from all affected...

  • Giga Metals Turnagain nickel cobalt project core boxes BC Golden Triangle

    BC nickel-cobalt mine needs more work

    Shane Lasley, Mining News|Updated Nov 5, 2020

    Giga Metals Corp. Oct. 28 published a preliminary economic assessment that outlines a mine at its Turnagain project in Northern British Columbia that would produce an average of 33,215 metric tons of nickel and 1,962 metric tons of cobalt annually over a 37-year mine life. This PEA is based on 1.07 billion metric tons of measured and indicated resource averaging 0.22% (5.21 billion pounds) nickel and 0.13% (312.4 million lb) cobalt; plus 1.14 billion metric tons of inferred re...

  • Heavy rain and snow due to climate change causing water issues at Red Dog

    Teck begins to solve Red Dog water issues

    Shane Lasley, Mining News|Updated Nov 5, 2020

    Teck Resources Ltd. Oct. 27 reported that water-related restrictions and unexpected repairs at Red Dog slowed zinc and lead production at this mine in Southwest Alaska during the third quarter. During the three months ending Sept. 30, the Red Dog Mine produced 123,300 metric tons (271.8 million pounds) of zinc, which is a 20% drop from the 153,100 metric tons (337.5 million lb) produced during the same period of 2019. Likewise, lead production during the third quarter of this...

  • Drill tests Gnu gold zone helicopter standing by

    Blue Star drills 2m of 52.7 g/t gold at Ulu

    Shane Lasley, Mining News|Updated Nov 5, 2020

    Blue Star Gold Corp. Oct. 28 announced additional high-grade gold intercepts from a recently completed 7,624-meter drill program at its Ulu and Hood River properties in the Kitikmeot region of western Nunavut. The Ulu property hosts an advanced gold project that has historically been the target of significant exploration and development by BHP Minerals, Echo Bay Mines, and others. According to a 2015 calculation, the Flood and Gnu zones on the Ulu property host 2.5 million...

  • Michigan zone tent camp Tibbs gold project Goodpaster Mining District Alaska

    Gneiss Pogo-like gold discovery at Tibbs

    Shane Lasley, Mining News|Updated Nov 5, 2020

    Tectonic Metals Inc. Oct. 26 reported that soils sampling has identified numerous drill-ready gold exploration targets that are strikingly similar to the deposits being mine at Northern Star Resources Ltd.'s Pogo Mine about 22 miles (35 kilometers) northwest of Tibbs. Tectonic crews collected 1,153 soil samples at Tibbs this year. This sampling primarily focused on exploring the gneissic rocks in the west of the property, where recent mapping highlights low-angle faults...

  • Kinross Alaska Fort Knox Gold mine near Fairbanks

    Kinross Alaska seeking gold across state

    Shane Lasley, Mining News|Updated Oct 29, 2020

    Kinross Gold Corp.'s new long-term strategy for its Fort Knox Mine is a paradigm shift for mineral exploration companies with gold projects on or near the road system within a 300-mile-radius of the iconic gold operation about 20 miles north of Fairbanks, Alaska. Under this new operating plan, Kinross is looking for Alaskan projects that can deliver high-grade ore to the underutilized 14-million-metric-ton-per-year mill at Fort Knox. "There is an economic radius around Fort... Full story

  • Supreme Court Justice Amy Barrett swearing in ceremony at White House

    Appointment takes court over the hump

    J. P. Tangen, Special to Mining News|Updated Oct 29, 2020

    The successful appointment of Justice Barrett to the U.S. Supreme Court has possibly put an end for the time being to the national drift to the political left. Without disparaging any advocates for social change, a welcome time-out may be expected in the relentless erosion in some of America's time-honored values. Political progress is always warranted in small doses, but the difference between a medicine and a poison is in the amount administered. Stating it otherwise, the... Full story