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 By J. P. Tangen    Editorial
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It's 1, 2, 3, 4 whata we fightin' for?

Being cynical by nature, and having a solid distrust of the integrity of the popular press, it crosses my mind that the political determination of the United States and its NATO allies... — Updated 9/15/2022 Full story

 
 By Curt Freeman    Editorial
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Green bananas, mining risks, and time

Noted Alaskan prospector Rudy Vetter once told me, "At my age, I don't even buy green bananas anymore." I heard this sage remark during a mineral property lease negotiation after I... — Updated 8/19/2022 Full story

 
Piles of praseodymium, cerium, lanthanum, neodymium, samarium, and gadolinium.

Alaska is Well-Positioned to Lead the Nation's Critical Minerals Industry

Modern society depends on the responsible development of a wide variety of minerals and metals. These commodities are used in numerous consumer products, such as cellular phones,... — Updated 8/18/2022 Full story

 
A row of solar panels with wind turbines behind them.

America leads global campaign to fight climate change with landmark legislation

The $469 billion energy and climate spending agreement struck between Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and Joe Manchin (D-WV), if successful in getting passed in Congress,... — Updated 8/11/2022 Full story

 
 By J. P. Tangen    Editorial
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Is America a Republic or a Democracy?

With the recent rash of opinions handed down by the U.S. Supreme Court this spring, there has been a great deal of conversation about whether the 'democracy' is at risk. Whether we are a... — Updated 8/4/2022 Full story

 
 By Curt Freeman    Editorial
A stopwatch showing little time left until a reset.

Is it time to press the reset button?

I know, I know, I promised to shut up and go away a long time ago. But I lied, so sue me! Just be glad I didn't title this ramble "Is it time for Format-C?" after all, most of the... — Updated 7/28/2022 Full story

 
Contango ORE President and CEO Rick Van Nieuwenhuyse looks over Arctic deposit.

Dorothy ... a few ideas on the Great Reset!

Last week my good friend and colleague Curt Freeman wrote an article titled: "Is it time to press the reset button?". The article made me laugh and got me thinking – and rather than... — Updated 7/14/2022 Full story

 
 By Chuck Kopp    Editorial
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A strong America needs Alaska minerals

Since World War II there may not be a more urgent time to produce Alaska's rich mineral resources. Our nation's immediate defense needs and commitment to clean energy all require a... — Updated 5/5/2022

 
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Copper's vital role in low-carbon economy

When most people think about the metals driving the alternative energy revolution, lithium, vanadium, cobalt and rare earths spring to mind. As recently reported by EE Times Europe,... — Updated 3/4/2022 Full story

 
Pebble Limited Partnership chairman CEO

A Message from John Shively

I write today to share my perspective on the "Pebble Tapes," next steps for the project, and why I agreed to return to the Pebble Project as CEO. Many have asked me why, at 77 years old,... — Updated 10/1/2020 Full story

 
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The Smithsonian and its golden beginning

Next year will mark the 175th anniversary of one of the greatest institutions in the world – the Smithsonian in Washington D.C. and certainly the pride of our nation's capital. The patr... — Updated 9/26/2020 Full story

 
Bornite copper cobalt ore Ambler Mining District road Northwest Alaska

Stable economic future follows Ambler Road

As COVID-19 continues to create global economic hardship, it is reassuring to see steady progress on a project offering immediate and long-term benefits to Alaska's economy. The Ambler... — Updated 9/26/2020 Full story

 
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Trump EO is giant leap for space mining

On April 6, President Donald Trump issued an executive order for the United States government to work with industries on moving forward with space exploration, and the exploitation of... — Updated 9/26/2020 Full story

 
 By Curt Freeman    Editorial

The final entry of Captain Curt's log

In November 1996, a little over 23 years ago, I began writing quarterly mining news summaries for the Society of Economic Geologists (SEG). Shortly after that, I began writing monthly... — Updated 9/26/2020 Full story

 
 By Curt Freeman    Editorial

Old mining risks yield to new concerns

As the year winds down, mineral industry evaluations for 2019 are being published at a rapid rate. One of the most interesting such global reviews is EY Global Mining and Metals' annual... — Updated 9/26/2020 Full story

 
 By Curt Freeman    Editorial

Alaska exploration extends into mild fall

An abnormally long fall has allowed the Alaska mining industry to extend seasonal work well into mid-October, creating a lot of new information about project work conducted around the... — Updated 9/26/2020

 
 By Curt Freeman    Editorial

Alaska mining traces erratic global trend

If you have watched the metals markets over the last month, you know why Alaska's mineral industry has surged, stalled, swerved, swooped, slowed, shelved and stuttered, sometimes all at... — Updated 9/26/2020 Full story

 
 By Curt Freeman    Editorial

Alaska's topsy-turvy exploration season

As the rest of the country suffers through the Dog Days of summer, Alaska is approaching the end of a topsy-turvy summer season that saw unseasonably hot, dry weather in some parts of the... — Updated 9/26/2020 Full story

 
 By Curt Freeman    Editorial
Curt Freeman throws down rear earth element gauntlet

Freeman throws down rare earth gauntlet

Earlier this month Reuters reported that several agencies within the U.S. Federal government were "rapidly assessing" our domestic ability to mine and refine rare earth elements and... — Updated 9/26/2020 Full story

 
 By Curt Freeman    Editorial

Metals feel love, explorers not so much

Earlier this month S&P Global put out a summary indicating that during the first quarter of 2019 metals like copper, zinc and nickel were up quarter over quarter by 11 percent, 22... — Updated 9/25/2020 Full story

 
 By Curt Freeman    Editorial

The 2019 mining game is afoot in Alaska

In the famous words of Sherlock Holmes, the game is afoot! After seasonally slower news from Alaska's mining industry in March and April, the dam has broken with over two dozen Alaska... — Updated 9/25/2020 Full story

 
 By Shane Lasley    Editorial
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A glimmer of hope for the Arctic ... humanity

As the publisher of a mining newspaper that covers the North, I had two objectives for the Arctic Encounter Symposium – to cover the views of where mining fits into the Arctic and make... — Updated 9/25/2020 Full story

 
 By Curt Freeman    Editorial

Calm before the 2019 exploration storm

As is usually the case this time of year, news about Alaska mineral activities is a bit sparse this month as planning activities are at flank speed ahead of next month's surge in field... — Updated 9/25/2020 Full story

 
 By Curt Freeman    Editorial

Concerning mineral exploration trend 2019

As is usually the case this time of year, the mining industry is awash in backward-looking statements designed to allow for more accurate forward-looking statements. Prime among them is o... — Updated 9/25/2020 Full story

 
 By J. P. Tangen    Editorial

Quadrennial silly season starts again

Every four years Americans get the delicious treat of a Presidential campaign during which contenders for leadership of the free world get to stand before the electorate and pontificate... — Updated 8/27/2020 Full story

 

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