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Articles from the December 1, 2023 edition

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  • Front page of the St. Louis Post Dispatch from 1901.

    Yukon's Christmas Day Murders

    Gord Allison, Yukon History Trails|Updated Jan 8, 2024

    A murderous plan was set in motion at the height of the Klondike Gold Rush in 1899. Read about the pre-meditated killings that were as cold as Christmas Day in the Yukon and the brilliant detective work that brought the killers to justice in Gord Allison's four-part series on The Christmas Day Murders at Yukon History Trails....

  • Closeup of boxes of core from drilling at Ferguson Lake.

    Final assays extend Ferguson Lake zones

    Shane Lasley, Mining News|Updated Dec 21, 2023

    Canadian North Resources Inc. Nov. 28 reported that assays from the final 26 holes drilled this year at Ferguson Lake has extended three of the zones at this critical minerals project in Nunavut's Kivalliq region. The 256.8-square-kilometer (99.2 square miles) Ferguson Lake project covers a roughly 15-kilometer- (nine miles) long mineralized trend enriched with nickel, copper, cobalt, and platinum group metals. According to a 2022 calculation, Ferguson Lake hosts 24.3 million...

  • Alaska Native executive at an Interior Alaska gold project on a rainy fall day.

    Tectonic gains invaluable Flat insights

    Shane Lasley, Mining News|Updated Dec 14, 2023

    Tectonic Metals Inc. Nov. 23 announced that it completed 19 holes during its inaugural drilling at Flat and is positioned to carry out a larger drill program at this large gold project on Doyon Ltd. lands in Southwest Alaska. "We have achieved a major milestone in our exploration efforts with the successful completion of our first-ever drill program," said Tectonic Metals President and CEO Tony Reda. Located about 25 miles (40 kilometers) north of the world-class Donlin Gold...

  • A photo with various buzzwords used in today's energy transition.

    Suppose we held a party and nobody came?

    J. P. Tangen, Special to Mining News|Updated Dec 14, 2023

    I suspect that almost everyone is familiar with the "word clouds" that are sometimes used by the media to identify issues ostensibly important to the American public. Pick a subject, and the associated reference appears in the word cloud in a size and typeface that reflects that subject's relative importance. Of course, the rule of "garbage in – garbage out" dominates, so I suppose word clouds are just another fancy way to say nothing. On the other hand, I was recently i...

  • A valley lake in the mineral-rich mountains on the Yukon-NWT border.

    Junior seeks to tame tungsten elephant

    Rose Ragsdale, For Mining News|Updated Dec 9, 2023

    After establishing its position as a leading zinc-lead-silver explorer in northern Canada, Fireweed Metals Corp. set out in late 2022 to broaden its focus in both geography and commodities. Partly defying the age-old adage to stick to what you know, the longtime explorer of the district-scale Macmillan Pass zinc-lead-silver project ventured across the border into Northwest Territories to acquire two projects. While the Gayna River zinc-lead-silver-gallium-germanium project is...

  • View of an orange-stained mineralized outcrop in the Alaska Range.

    KoBold buys Alaska Energy Metals data

    Shane Lasley, Mining News|Updated Dec 9, 2023

    Alaska Energy Metals Corp. Nov. 28 announced that it has sold nickel exploration data to KoBold Metals, a high-tech mineral exploration company backed by funding from Bill Gates, Jeff Bezos, and others that leverages the power of AI and machine learning to accelerate the exploration of metals needed for the energy transition. In Alaska, KoBold is exploring for nickel, cobalt, and associated metals at the district-scale Skolai project adjacent to Alaska Energy's Nikolai...

  • Western Copper and Gold’s camp at Casino in Yukon, Canada.

    Rio Tinto invests again in promising Casino

    A.J. Roan, Mining News|Updated Nov 30, 2023

    Western Copper and Gold Corp. Nov. 28 announced that after making an initial investment in 2021, Rio Tinto has elected to provide an additional C$6 million (US$4.4 million) to help the company continue advancing Western's world-class Casino project in the Yukon. In May 2021, Rio Tinto invested C$25.6 million (US$18.9 million) to purchase 11.8 million Western shares at C$2.17 per share, marking a roughly 8% stake in the Yukon-focused copper mine development company's...

  • Li-FT Power crewmembers surveying Yellowknife Lithium project.

    More consistent lithium results for Li-FT

    A.J. Roan, Mining News|Updated Nov 30, 2023

    Li-FT Power Ltd. Nov. 28 announced the next batch of assays from its 34,238-meter drill program that produced nearly 200 holes during 2023. Gradually making progress each week on the immense quantity of drill core, the latest results come from the next five holes drill at four pegmatite targets on the company's Yellowknife Lithium project in Northwest Territories, Canada. Similar to past results, the latest batch comes from five holes drilled at the Ki, Shorty, and BIG East...

  • Snowline representatives receiving the Leckie environmental stewardship award.

    Snowline claims Leckie stewardship award

    A.J. Roan, Mining News|Updated Nov 30, 2023

    In its few short years as an active explorer in the Yukon, Snowline Gold Corp. has progressed to monumental scales while understanding the importance of consciousness discovery and has thus been awarded the 2023 Robert E. Leckie Award for Excellence in Environmental Stewardship. "I would like to thank the awards committee and to thank and congratulate Snowline's entire team –including our industry and First Nations partners-on this recognition of our ongoing efforts towards en...

  • An intensely oxidized and zinc-rich rock collected from the Tempest target.

    Copper-rich Tempest on the Storm horizon

    Shane Lasley, Mining News|Updated Nov 30, 2023

    American West Metals Ltd. Nov. 27 reported that surface samples with as much as 38.2% copper and 30.8% zinc have been collected from Tempest, a prospect about 40 kilometers (25 miles) south of the high-grade Storm Copper targets drilled this year on a 219,257-hectare (541,796 acres) property being explored by the company on Nunavut's Somerset Island. This district-scale property covers the Storm Copper project, a roughly 100-kilometer (60 miles) trend prospective for copper,...

  • Chess board underlain by China and US flags representing strategic positioning.

    AMA gathering abuzz with critical minerals

    Shane Lasley, Mining News|Updated Nov 30, 2023

    From Pentagon's $37.5M grant to Graphite One to emerging nickel deposits, critical minerals are a hot AK mining topic. With Washington investing billions of dollars into ensuring safe and secure critical mineral supply chains, many mining companies are focusing more sharply on unlocking Alaska's potential to be a domestic source of the 50 minerals and metals critical to America's economic well-being and national security. The growing list of critical minerals being sought...