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A portrait of Jefferson “Soapy” Smith.

The dirt on notorious conman Soapy Smith

In the annals of outlaw lore, a figure less infamous but no less intriguing than other notorious ne'er-do-wells left his mark on the world. Amidst the Klondike Gold Rush, a time speckled with... — Updated 2/1/2024

 
Exploration camp at Pebble Mine back in 2013.

Pebble: Origins of the enduring controversy

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... — Updated 11/2/2023

 
Once located on the shores of the Tanana River, Chena became a ghost town.

Rediscovering the gold rush town of Chena

In the days before Fairbanks' rise to prominence as the economic and transportation hub of Interior Alaska, a small trade camp about five miles downriver was already attracting all the attention.... — Updated 3/2/2023

 
Alaska Native men carving ivory with various tools.

Natural resources are tied to survival

"What is the impact of not mining in Alaska?" Liz Cornejo, vice president Dowa Metals & Mining Alaska, asked during the 2022 Alaska's Minerals: A Strategic National Imperative summit. For such... — Updated 9/15/2022

 
The late Joe Usibelli Sr. who passed on May 12, 2022.

Joe Usibelli, Sr. leaves an Alaskan legacy

Whether you are involved in the mining industry or not, lifelong Alaskans, at some point or another, have most likely heard the name Usibelli. Perhaps, however, many Alaskans may not be aware that... — Updated 6/30/2022

 
A view of the Red Dog mining camp that is the largest provider to ANCSA corps.

Alaska Mining Day – a historic crossroad

May 10, 2022, celebrates the ninth annual Alaska Mining Day. Established in 2013, Alaska Mining Day was created through legislation sponsored by Sen. Cathy Giessel, R-Anchorage, "to recognize and... — Updated 5/12/2022

 
memorial Bill Ellis Alaska geologist history mining discovery AES Earth Sciences

Bill Ellis blazed trail of Alaska discovery

On March 18, 2022, Alaska's mining community lost Bill Ellis, a close friend and geologist that was universally loved for his kind spirit and optimism, traits that will live on as a legacy as solid... — Updated 3/31/2022

 

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