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 By Lisa Herbert    Editorial
UCM coal mining Healy Alaska low-sulfur coal low-cost electricity

Celebrating 75 years at Usibelli Coal Mine

Celebrating its 75th anniversary this year, Usibelli Coal Mine (UCM) is Alaska's only operational coal mine. The company is proud to have an all-Alaska workforce of approximately 100... — Updated 9/25/2020 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

 
British Kingdom of England gold sovereign King Henry 1489 coin

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

 
Mars colonist solar panels space mining minerals Trump executive order

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
Arctic Encounter Symposium, Alaska Canada Greenland Iceland Finland

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 Curt Freeman    Editorial

Unbridled enthusiasm keeps miners happy

Those of you that attended the recent Cordilleran Roundup Convention in Vancouver can attest to the exuberant, upbeat atmosphere that pervaded the conference and was very much in... — Updated 9/25/2020 Full story

 
 By Curt Freeman    Editorial

Keeping the main thing, the main thing

I, for one, feel vindicated, relieved and ready to face the New Year! How so, you ask? Please let me explain. For those of you who remember my column in November, I noted that EY Global... — Updated 9/25/2020 Full story

 
 By Curt Freeman    Editorial
Mixed economic signals for Alaska mining Curt Freeman guest column

Mixed economic signals for Alaska mining

As the year waned, Alaska's mining industry reported some of the last of its 2018 seasonal field results while the University of Alaska and state of Alaska released some current and... — Updated 9/25/2020 Full story

 
 By Curt Freeman    Editorial
Northern Dynasty Pebble Limited Partnership copper project Bristol Bay

Alaska drill results continue to roll in

WESTERN ALASKA Northern Dynasty Minerals Ltd. announced that it had finalized a surface right of way agreement with Alaska Peninsula Corporation for use of that latter's lands for the... — Updated 9/25/2020 Full story

 
 By Curt Freeman    Editorial
Avalon Development Curt Freeman Alaska Mining overview November 2018

Mining risks change often, dramatically

As Alaska's mining industry nears the end of another hectic year during which metals prices and investor sentiments rose and fell as precipitously as the world's major stock exchanges,... — Updated 9/25/2020 Full story

 
 By Curt Freeman    Editorial
Australian junior exploring Kuskokwim Mineral Belt near Donlin Gold

Explosion of mining activity in Alaska

Following a couple of quiet months where Alaska's mining industry focused on its work, the last month has seen an explosion of new info come out regarding that effort, some of it... — Updated 9/25/2020 Full story

 
 By Curt Freeman    Editorial
John S. McCain National Defense Authorization Act rare earth element magnets

Strategic metals ban rallies explorers

Underscoring the interconnected nature of the global mining market, not 48 hours after the John S. McCain National Defense Authorization Act was signed into law, the mining industry... — Updated 9/25/2020 Full story

 
 By Curt Freeman    Editorial
World-class gold mine development Yukon Kuskokwim region Alaksa

Dead cat bounce for Alaska mining?

Although the Alaska mineral industry is in better health in the middle of 2018 than it has been in the last five years, the spirited recovery that was in progress in the first quarter of... — 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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