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Articles from the December 22, 2013 edition


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  • Leaders support New Prosperity in B.C.

    Shane Lasley, Mining News|Updated Dec 22, 2013

    Business and civic leaders banded together to demonstrate their support for Taseko Mines Ltd.'s proposal to develop New Prosperity, an enormous copper-gold project situated near Williams Lake, British Columbia. "We've come together to send a clear message to Ottawa: Our province needs this project," said John Winter, president and CEO of the BC Chamber of Commerce. Taseko's original plan to mine the estimated 13.3 million ounces of gold and 5.3 billion pounds of copper at...

  • Alaskans tout mining at industry meet

    Curt Freeman, For Mining News|Updated Dec 22, 2013

    I recently attended the 119th Annual Meeting of the Northwest Mining Association in Reno and came away feeling better about Alaska than when I arrived. Alaska Miners Association Director Deantha Crockett chaired and spoke in a session that covered everything from small mining operations and new exploration discoveries to advanced exploration projects and operating mines. The 8 a.m. session was surprisingly well-attended, despite the fact that the hotel was host to 1,000 explor...

  • Supreme Court asked to quench the fire

    J. P. Tangen , Special to Mining News |Updated Dec 22, 2013

    On the theory that making the loser pay for at least a portion of the fees and costs associated with litigation lacks merit, the Alaska Rules of Civil Procedure recite that on application and subject to judicial oversight, the prevailing party may secure an award of the costs and a portion of the attorney's fees incurred by the prevailing party at the conclusion of a lawsuit brought in the courts of this state. At first blush this might seem like a sound rule; however, it has always been subject to debate, primarily because...

  • Junior identifies new mineralized area

    Rose Ragsdale, For Mining News|Updated Dec 22, 2013

    After two seasons of exploration, Prophecy Platinum Corp. envisioned building a conventional, diesel truck-shovel open pit mine at its 64.5-square-kilometer (25 square miles) Wellgreen Project in southwestern Yukon Territory. The junior released a preliminary economic assessment in 2012 that happily outlined plans for a 32,000-metric-tons-per-day operation with a 37-year of mine life. With initial capital expenditures of C$863 million and an average strip ratio of 2.57:1, the company anticipated producing a suite of highly...

  • NWT seeks best path to mineral resources

    Rose Ragsdale, For Mining News|Updated Dec 22, 2013

    The Government of Northwest Territories has adopted a new mineral development strategy as it prepares for the advent of devolution in 2014. The strategy, released Nov. 19, establishes a comprehensive plan aimed at ensuring long-term growth of a robust and sustainable mining industry the northern territory that will create jobs and economic opportunities for its residents. Strengthening and diversifying the NWT economy was identified as a priority of the territory's 17th Legislative Assembly, and officials have worked since...

  • Leckie Awards honor fuel cleanup efforts

    Rose Ragsdale, For Mining News|Updated Dec 22, 2013

    The Government of Yukon has bestowed the prestigious Robert E. Leckie awards for 2013 on two small mining operations in honor of their exceptional mining practices, especially in a year when they were plagued by scarce capital and tough financing conditions. Placer miners Ben Warnsby and Alex Seely, owners of recently acquired claims in the Dawson mining district of central Yukon, and Ryan Coe and Jeff Bridge of Regent Ventures Ltd. accepted the honors Nov. 18 at the 41st Annual Geoscience Forum banquet in Whitehorse. "The... Full story

  • Miranda nabs Lucky Shot at Willow Creek

    Shane Lasley, Mining News|Updated Dec 22, 2013

    Miranda Gold Corp. has tied up a 20-year lease on the Willow Creek project, a road-accessible, high-grade gold property located a short 75 miles (121 kilometers) north of Anchorage, Alaska. The 8,700-acre (3,520 hectares) property blankets a large portion of the Willow Creek mining district, including the historical Lucky Shot and War Baby mines. It is estimated that from 1918 until being shut down by the War Production Board in 1942, these two underground operations,... Full story