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Articles from the November 23, 2014 edition

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  • NANA reflects on 25 years of Red Dog

    Shane Lasley, Mining News|Updated Jan 19, 2019

    7 marks the 25-year anniversary of the Red Dog Mine in Northwest Alaska being among the largest producers of zinc on the planet. For the more than 13,600 Inupiat who are shareholders of NANA Regional Corporation, owners of the land where Red Dog is found, this world-class mine's success is measured by more than the amount of zinc shipped to world markets every summer. "It has been a revolutionary thing for our region economically and demonstrates the kind of development...

  • Global exploration spending slips again

    Curt Freeman, For Mining News|Updated Nov 23, 2014

    As the year winds down, financial information has begun to trickle in quantifying just how tough 2014 was on the mining industry. Industry analyst SNL Metals & Mining announced that the total estimated global budget for nonferrous metals exploration dropped another 25 percent in 2014, to US$11.36 billion, from US$15.19 billion in 2013. Perhaps even more arresting is the precipitous fall in just the past two years from an all-time high of US$21.5 billion in nonferrous metal exp... Full story

  • Miners hear review of ANCSA history

    J. P. Tangen, For Mining News|Updated Nov 23, 2014

    The following summary overview of the history of the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act was presented at the Alaska Miners Association Convention held in Anchorage earlier this month as part of the celebration of the association's 75th anniversary. The history of ANCSA is rooted in the occupancy of Alaska by Russia in the early 18th century. The Russian authority in Alaska was first decreed in 1766 when the Russian government declared the natives of Alaska to be Russian...

  • CEO eyes plan for Carmacks by year's end

    Rose Ragsdale, For Mining News|Updated Nov 23, 2014

    Harlan Meade, Ph.D. is a member of a very exclusive club - professional miners who have shepherded multiple Yukon Territory mines and mining projects through the rough patches of development to production or near-production. First, with Yukon-Zinc Corp.'s currently producing 1,700-metric-ton-per-day Wolverine volcanogenic massive sulfide mine in Southeast Yukon and a few years later, with the giant Selwyn lead-zinc project located in Howard's Pass near Yukon's eastern border with Northwest Territories, Meade harnessed his ext...

  • Areva submits final EIS for Kiggavik

    Rose Ragsdale, For Mining News|Updated Nov 23, 2014

    Areva Resources Canada has submitted the final environmental impact statement for its Kiggavik Project to the Nunavut Impact Review Board, outlining an ambitious uranium mine project, potentially the first of its kind in Nunavut. Located 80 kilometers (50 miles) west of Baker Lake, Nunavut, Kiggavik is a proposed uranium mining and milling operation owned by Areva (64.8 percent), JCU (Canada) Exploration Co. Ltd. (33.5 percent) and Daewoo Corp. (1.7 percent), and is operated by Paris-based Areva, one of the world's leading...

  • Ucore reports Bokan HREE processing win

    Rose Ragsdale, For Mining News|Updated Nov 23, 2014

    In the race to deliver heavy rare earth metals to western markets, Ucore Rare Metals Inc.'s Bokan Dotson-Ridge property in Southeast Alaska may sprint to the front of the pack with the help of an award-winning industrial process. Ucore recently completed a successful test in which it produced a heavy rare earth concentrate from material found in the deposit, using Molecular Recognition Technology, a proprietary process developed by IBC. The concentrate, which is 99 percent rare earth elements, was extracted from a...

  • Alaska Miners Association turns 75

    Shane Lasley, Mining News|Updated Nov 23, 2014

    Valued at US$4 billion per year, Alaska's mining industry is as healthy as it has ever been. Much of this success is owed to the Alaska Miners Association, which celebrated its 75th anniversary during its annual convention and trade show held in Anchorage Nov. 3-9. The anniversary event also highlighted many of the challenges the association and its constituents face going forward. Under the stewardship of AMA, Alaska boasts six large-scale operating mines churning out gold,...

  • Province seeks river pact with Alaska

    Shane Lasley, Mining News|Updated Nov 23, 2014

    To further strengthen neighborly bonds, British Columbia Minister of Mines Bill Bennett met with miners, fishermen, legislators and state regulators during an early November trip to Alaska. "I hope, and I believe, that we will be able to continue to work closely with Alaska on all of the issues that we share," Bennett said during a Nov. 5 presentation at the Alaska Miners Association 2014 Convention. These shared issues are part and parcel of a common border that stretches...