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  • Drill pad constructed at GT Resources’ Canalask property in Yukon.

    GT Resources reports maiden drilling underway

    A.J. Roan, Mining News|Updated Jul 18, 2024

    Aims for 2,000 meters at Canalask nickel-copper project in Yukon. GT Resources Inc. July 8 announced the commencement of diamond drilling at the company's Canalask nickel-copper project in western Alaska, targeting significant electromagnetic anomalies to explore the potential for high-grade nickel-copper sulfide deposits. Formerly Palladium One Mining Inc., GT Resources underwent a rebranding to better reflect a new focus on metals critical to clean transportation,... Full story

  • Two people in safety gear with core from drilling at the Casino copper deposit.

    Explorers chase Yukon copper riches

    Rose Ragsdale, For Mining News|Updated Jul 11, 2024

    Western Copper and Gold inches toward startup at its giant Casino copper porphyry deposit as others advance earlier stage projects. While one would-be miner in Canada's Yukon Territory guides its giant copper project toward development, several juniors – ranging from newcomers to more established players – are picking up the pace in the search for other rich deposits of the red metal. Western Copper and Gold Corp. is marking its 16th year of working to develop its huge Cas...

  • Looking over drill rods toward a drill testing for high-grade silver in Alaska.

    Drills test larger Illinois Creek potential

    Shane Lasley, Mining News|Updated Jun 19, 2024

    Aggressive step-outs aim to confirm continuous CRD zone between past producing gold mine and high-grade silver-zinc-lead deposit. Western Alaska Minerals Corp. June 18 reported that it has already nearly completed the first hole of an initial 4,000-meter drill program focused on demonstrating that the high-grade silver-zinc-lead mineralization outlined at the Waterpump Creek carbonate replacement deposit (CRD) extends more than 3.5 miles (six kilometers) to the past producing... Full story

  • Heavily mineralized CRD veins glow neon pink across purple core under UV light.

    Western Alaska ramps up 2024 exploration

    Shane Lasley, Mining News|Updated May 30, 2024

    This year's drilling will test high-grade CRD silver-zinc-lead resource expansion targets extending southwest from Waterpump Creek. Western Alaska Minerals Corp. May 30 announced that crews have arrived at the Illinois Creek camp in preparation for a drill program focused on expanding the high-grade Waterpump Creek silver-zinc-lead deposit into a much larger carbonate replacement deposit (CRD) mineralized system that extends more than 3.5 miles (six kilometers) to the past... Full story

  • Army Corps. constructing Alaskan Highway in 1942.

    More than neighbors, a story of the North

    A.J. Roan, Mining News|Updated May 17, 2024

    Starting off on rocky footing, the relationship between Yukon and Alaska is more than just accommodating northern neighbors. Today, it is widely known that the 141st meridian west serves as the international border between Alaska and Canada, but it was not always this way. While the Yukon and Alaska share a mutual respect for shared realities of Arctic living, when the Klondike Gold Rush hit, it became evident that demarcation between countries would need to be put in to quell... Full story

  • A drill rig sits above the clouds on a treeless mountain ridge in Alaska.

    NANA withdraws from Ambler Road

    Shane Lasley, Mining News|Updated May 16, 2024

    Northwest Alaska Native corporation disengages from proposed road; will continue to defend right to build future road to the Ambler Mining District. The Ambler Road suffered another setback with NANA Regional Corporation's decision to withdraw its involvement with the proposed 211-mile industrial access to the mineral-rich Ambler Mining District within the NANA region of Northwest Alaska. NANA, which owns lands within the Ambler District enriched with copper, cobalt, and...

  • Helicopter approaches a drill testing the mineral-rich Arctic deposit in Alaska.

    Alaskans outraged by Ambler Road decision

    Shane Lasley, Mining News|Updated May 9, 2024

    Trade groups are incensed; many Alaska Natives feel ignored; DC delegation and governor vow to fight what is seen as a "politically motivated" ruling. Politically motivated, Illegal, hypocritical, irresponsible, unacceptable, and disgusting; this is how Alaska business leaders, policymakers, and Natives are characterizing the Biden administration's denial of permits to build a road that would link the critical mineral-rich Ambler Mining District to North American markets. "To...

  • Finger points at drill core with high-grade copper mineralization.

    Villages want voices heard on Ambler Road

    Shane Lasley|Updated May 9, 2024

    Gov. Dunleavy urges BLM to consider recent Alaska Native support as it finalizes its reassessment of the Ambler Access Project. "I strongly believe that the road will greatly benefit my community and I'm not alone. Many of my neighbors also support the road, as do other villages in the region," Native Village of Ambler President Miles Cleveland said of the proposed Ambler Access Project that would extend to within 30 miles of his community. This support is reflected in... Full story

  • Alaska Native drillers test the Arctic deposit in the Ambler Mining District.

    Hughes reframes Ambler Road question

    Shane Lasley, Mining News|Updated May 9, 2024

    "What happens to our communities and Tribal members if a road is not built, and no jobs or opportunity exists for our children and future generations?" Trilogy Metals Inc. March 26 announced that yet another rural Alaska Native community has passed a resolution in support of the Ambler Access Project – a proposed 211-mile, industrial-use-only road that would connect the mineral-rich Ambler Mining District in Northwest Alaska to the Dalton Highway and global markets. Hughes Vil... Full story

  • Mineshaft outlined by Alaska on a background of mineral periodic table entries.

    AIDEA for Alaska critical mineral funding

    Shane Lasley, Mining News|Updated May 8, 2024

    HB122 would authorize AIDEA to issue up to $300 million in bonds and leverage federal funding for critical mineral infrastructure projects in Alaska. Home to 49 out of the 50 minerals deemed critical to the United States, Alaska has the potential to be a reliable domestic source of the mined materials vital to high-tech, clean energy, and national defense. America's Last Frontier, however, is often lacking when it comes to the infrastructure needed to fully unlock the state's... Full story

  • Biden spurns Senator Steven's legacy

    J. P. Tangen, Special to Mining News|Updated May 8, 2024

    No matter how the 2024 Presidential election may unfold, our Congressional delegation must resuscitate the Ambler Access Project. On August 19, 1980, then-Senator Joseph Biden, along with 77 other Senators, cast a vote in support of HR 39, as amended, now known as the Alaska National Interest Lands Conservation Act (ANILCA). Senator Ted Stevens had invested nearly a decade of his life in bringing this vital piece of legislation to the Senate floor. ANILCA's roots were in the... Full story

  • Handful of gold nuggets found on Granite Creek in Mount Hinton.

    Trifecta to buy massive Strategic portfolio

    A.J. Roan, Mining News|Updated Mar 14, 2024

    Enters into definitive agreement for initial 70% toward highly prospective Tombstone gold projects. Strategic Metals Ltd. March 4 announced it has approved Trifecta Gold Ltd. the right to earn up to 100% interest in 11 highly prospective, reduced intrusion-related gold projects located within the prolific Tombstone Gold Belt in Yukon, Canada. Often maintaining a low-key approach to its business operations, Strategic Metals is less a project miner and more a project generator...

  • Cantex geologist stands on steep slope overlooking Yukon mountains.

    Cantex reports success for bulk germanium

    A.J. Roan, Mining News|Updated Mar 14, 2024

    Assessed five techniques, narrowed them down, and determined zinc is the key. Cantex Mine Development Corp. March 14 announced that the company has determined a reliable method to verify the bulk concentration of germanium as it continues to advance its North Rackla project in Yukon, Canada. Reported for potential germanium in Feb. 2023, Cantex announced then the discovery of a roughly 2,500-meter-long, massive sulfide trend enriched with much more than the gold, silver,...

  • Mining executive and Alaska governor on a ridge overlooking the Skwentna River.

    Critical year for Alaska mineral exploration

    Shane Lasley, Data Mine North|Updated Feb 1, 2024

    With Donlin Gold reentering the feasibility study stage, Ambler Metals waiting on the reevaluation of the permit needed for a road to the Ambler Mining District, and an overall lack of investment capital, mineral exploration spending in Alaska dropped during 2023. While the overall sector was down, there continued to be some bright spots – most notably, a growing interest in Alaska's critical minerals potential. In July, the U.S. Department of Defense awarded Graphite One I... Full story

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

    North of 60 Mining News 2023 Top 10

    Shane Lasley, Mining News|Updated Jan 17, 2024

    From breaking ground at Alaska's next gold mine to the advancement of North of 60 projects focused on delivering the metals needed for the transition of low-carbon energy, and an impressive safety milestone at Alaska's only coal mine to a history of the helicopters that make mineral exploration across the North possible, here is a countdown of the 10 most popular North of 60 Mining News articles in 2023: No. 10 - CORE celebrates Manh Choh, Lucky Shot Contango Ore Inc., a... Full story

  • A huge plume of black smoke above the Eagle Gold mine camp in Canada’s Yukon.

    Gold, critical minerals top Yukon list

    Rose Ragsdale, For Data Mine North|Updated Jan 17, 2024

    Raging wildfires and record hot temperatures challenged the well-laid plans of a score and more of mineral explorers in Canada's Yukon this year as the 2023 field season shifted into high summer. Most of the companies, however, managed to carry out their exploration for gold, silver, copper, and other minerals across the territory. The fierce and sometimes out-of-control blazes marked one of the worst wildfire seasons seen in Canada in nearly 30 years, consuming more than... Full story

  • Canada, Tahltan Nation, and Australia flag trucks at mine in Northern BC.

    M&A activity reshapes North of 60 mining

    Shane Lasley, Data Mine North|Updated Jan 17, 2024

    From neighboring gold explorers merging to create a district-scale project that will likely be attractive to majors, to Glencore making an aggressive bid to buyout Teck Resources Ltd., 2023 was a year of North of 60 mergers, acquisitions, and attempts at takeovers. The multi-billion-dollar M&A frenzy across Alaska and Canada's North was underscored by B2Gold's roughly C$1.1 billion (US$820 million) acquisition of Sabina Gold & Silver Corp. and the Back River Gold Mine project... Full story

  • 3D model of Illinois Creek sulfide zones, permissive horizons, and target zones.

    A new horizon for silver at Last Hurrah

    Shane Lasley, Mining News|Updated Dec 21, 2023

    Western Alaska Minerals Corp. Dec. 7 reported that it is narrowing in on what appears to be a deeper horizon of silver-rich carbonate replacement deposit mineralization at the Last Hurrah target on the company's Illinois Creek property about 300 miles west of Fairbanks, Alaska. CRD mineralization was discovered at the Waterpump Creek target on the Illinois Creek property by Anaconda in 1982 and was further investigated by Novagold Resources Inc. in the early 2000s. This work... Full story

  • The Red Dog camp and mill facilities reflect off a pond during a summer day.

    Alaska Standard for mining energy metals

    Shane Lasley, Mining News|Updated Dec 1, 2023

    State's inaugural sustainability report details the ESG advantages of looking North to Alaska for energy transition metals. The global energy transition has steered Alaska to a critical minerals crossroad that will shape the economic future of America's Last Frontier. On the one hand, the push for low-carbon energy is expected to put a dent in the demand for petroleum, which has been Alaska's economic lifeblood for more than five decades. On the other, Alaska happens to be... Full story

  • A headframe from historic exploration rises above a fall landscape at Bornite.

    BLM's Ambler Road SEIS raises concerns

    Shane Lasley, Mining News|Updated Nov 10, 2023

    Alaska Delegation says Ambler Road is guaranteed by Congress; Alaska Natives come out for, against road. Roughly a year and a half after suspending the previously issued federal permits to build a 211-mile industrial access road to the Ambler Mining District, the U.S. Bureau of Land Management has published a draft supplemental environmental impact statement for a transportation corridor that would link the metal-rich region of Northwest Alaska to global markets. Permits for t...

  • Exploration camp at Pebble Mine back in 2013.

    Pebble: Origins of the enduring controversy

    A.J. Roan, Mining News|Updated Nov 2, 2023

    Navigating the tumultuous waters of controversy and impassioned discourse, let us take a step back and embark on a journey through the history of an Alaska copper project that has proven to be as divisive as it is essential. Perhaps by exploring the compelling narrative of the Pebble Mine project, where the pursuit of precious resources indispensable for a zero-carbon future intersects with the call for environmental stewardship to safeguard heritage and a very way of life,... Full story

  • A U.S. versus China chess board with metallic gold and silver pieces.

    China plays gallium, germanium pieces

    Shane Lasley, Data Mine North|Updated Oct 5, 2023

    As the White House continues to dole out hundreds of billions of dollars to position America as the global leader in clean energy and digital technologies, Beijing initiates a strategy to put America in check with the global economy equivalent of pawns. These pawns in the technology chess match between the U.S. and China are gallium and germanium, a pair of semiconductor metals used to make the computer chips essential to every facet of modern life. Before all the major news o... Full story

  • Finger changing cube from fossil to H2 in front of other cubes spelling fuel.

    Platinum metals are catalysts for change

    Shane Lasley, Data Mine North|Updated Sep 13, 2023

    After 50 years of scrubbing the emissions from fossil-fueled transportation and industry, platinum group metals are finding new roles as catalysts for the transition to a low-carbon energy future. "Platinum group metals (PGM) are critical for today's energy sector industrial base and will play a key role in tomorrow's decarbonized economy," U.S. Department of Energy inked in an informational brochure on these transitional metals, also known as platinum group elements. PGMs... Full story

  • University of Maine geologists hike through the forest at Pennington Mountain.

    Earth MRI scan for US critical minerals

    Shane Lasley, Data Mine North|Updated Sep 13, 2023

    From rare earths in Northern Maine to lithium in Southern California and graphite in Alaska, the U.S. Geological Survey is on a mission to discover minerals critical to the nation's economy and clean energy goals on American soil. Or, more accurately, under American soil. This nationwide endeavor is officially called the Earth Mapping Resources Initiative, but is better known as Earth MRI, a clever moniker that reflects the earth penetrating scans that are providing... Full story

  • A fuchsia sunrise backdrops wind turbines and reflects off solar panels.

    Will US permit a clean energy transition?

    Shane Lasley, Data Mine North|Updated Sep 13, 2023

    The United States has rich deposits of copper, cobalt, graphite, lithium, nickel, rare earths, and other mined commodities needed to build the clean energy future. The often decade-long mine permitting timeline in the U.S., however, means that many of these domestic critical mineral sources will be hard-pressed to get developed in time to help meet the climate goals laid out by the White House. This extraordinarily long federal permitting process for large projects has global... Full story

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