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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... — Updated 9/15/2022 Full story

 
A see-through shard of obsidian, showing its glass-like quality.

Fingerprints of the Earth in obsidian

Unlike the European prospectors seeking the gold, silver, copper, and the New World's wealth of other metals, oftentimes First Nations, Native Americans, and Indigenous peoples... — Updated 9/3/2022

 
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... — 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... — Updated 5/12/2022 Full story

 
Peter Risby Tara Canadian Mining Hall of Fame inductee inducted history Black

Yukon mining legend Peter Risby honored

Seeking asylum from the persecution of the Klu Klux Klan, Peter Risby fled north to Canada with his family. In so doing, his upbringing would be one of adventure and survival in the... — Updated 5/5/2022

 
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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... — Updated 3/31/2022 Full story

 
Kinross Gold Felix Pedro Fairbanks Alaska mining history 25th anniversary

Golden Heart City shares 25-year success

Spread across the Tanana Valley foothills, accessible by road, rail, and air, Fairbanks is called Alaska's Golden Heart City for a reason. Laying claim to a colorful history, the city at... — Updated 12/9/2021 Full story

 
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Engine of civilization, fueled by mining

With such incredible technologies at mankind's disposal today, it is easily forgotten the ingenuity and sheer gumption that our predecessors brought to solving some of the more rigorous a... — Updated 10/29/2021 Full story

 

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