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 By A.J. Roan    News
Geologists test water near the Pebble mine site in Southwest Alaska.

Royalty has little impact on Pebble PEA

An updated preliminary economic assessment for Pebble shows that a US$60 million royalty investment deal between Northern Dynasty Minerals Ltd. and an unnamed investor has a minimal... — Updated 12/3/2022

 
 By Shane Lasley    News
A view over the wide and treeless site of the proposed Pebble Mine in Alaska.

Dunleavy vows to take on EPA over Pebble

Says pending veto of Pebble copper mine permits sets a precedent with implications that go beyond Alaska. Alarmed by the precedent that would be set if the U.S. Environmental Protection... — Updated 12/2/2022 Full story

 
 By Shane Lasley    News
Curt Freeman, Rick Van Nieuwenhuyse at a mineralized outcrop at Sun in Alaska.

Critical road to Valhalla's Sun and beyond

As Alaska-based company preps for 2023, Alaska Delegation calls for swift Ambler Road resolution. After spending this summer preparing for its initial drill program at the Sun... — Updated 11/17/2022

 
 By Shane Lasley    News
The orange hue of the tent camp matches the dusk horizon at Graphite Creek.

Graphite Creek criticality on the rise

A shortage of the graphite required for the lithium-ion batteries powering the transition to electric mobility is elevating the criticality of Graphite One Inc.'s plans to develop a mine... — Updated 10/27/2022

 
 By Shane Lasley    News
Alaska Gov. Mike Dunleavy holds cup of coffee while with miners in Fairbanks

Alaska's Office of Energy Innovation

Top objectives of new state office offers benefits for Alaska’s mining industry. Alaska's mining sector stands to benefit from a new Office of Energy Innovation established by Gov.... — Updated 10/20/2022

 
 By Shane Lasley    News
Snow-dusted mountains rise above orange landscape during fall in Alaska.

PolarX scopes Alaska Range copper mine

Study shows mine is feasible, could be enhanced with more exploration. A scoping study provides the first glimpse of potential mines at the Zackly and Caribou Dome deposits on PolarX... — Updated 10/20/2022

 
 By Shane Lasley    News
An artistic vision of a Viking under an eclipsed sun over snow-capped mountains.

Van Nieuwenhuyse: "Welcome to Valhalla!"

Alaska-focused Valhalla Metals lists on TSX-V, raises C$10.2M Rick Van Nieuwenhuyse, a longtime Alaskan geologist renowned for founding and serving as the top executive of both Novagold... — Updated 10/6/2022

 
 By Shane Lasley    News
Geologists explore highly mineralized rock at Sun VMS project in Northwest AK.

BLM begins Ambler Road reevaluation

Federal agency is accepting public input on second Ambler Road EIS until Nov. 4 After months of uncertainty, the United States Bureau of Land Management has provided some clarity to the... — Updated 10/6/2022

 
 By Shane Lasley    News
Helicopter atop ridge next to drill rigs testing the Ellis gold zone in Alaska.

Second Johnson Tract deposit emerging

HighGold drilling expands gold-rich Ellis Zone north of 1M oz JT Deposit. With the latest batch of assay results showing the drills are continuing to cut broad layers of high-grade gold... — Updated 10/6/2022

 
 By Shane Lasley    News
Drill crews begin the first hole at Felix Gold Treasure Creek property in AK.

Millrock partners drill AK gold projects

Felix hits gold at Treasure Creek; Resolution awaits more assays from Tourmaline Ridge   Australian mineral exploration companies have been busy this summer with drill programs targe... — Updated 9/22/2022

 
 By A.J. Roan    News
Location of the proposed Pebble mine in Northwest Alaska.

Pebble public input ends, 30-day decision

Pebble Limited Partnership presses for withdrawal of preemptive veto As the Environmental Protection Agency closed public input on its 2022 proposed determination, Pebble Limited... — Updated 9/22/2022

 
 By Shane Lasley    News
A geologist’s hammer next to lens of graphite at Graphite Creek in Alaska.

Study details US graphite supply chain

At a time when American automakers are looking for potential domestic supplies of the graphite that makes up nearly half of all the materials that go into the lithium-ion batteries... — Updated 9/15/2022

 
 By Shane Lasley    News
Aerial view of Bornite exploration camp in Alaska’s Ambler Mining District.

Critical minerals war in the White House

The White House's bold clean energy ambitions, which are intricately linked to the availability of reliable supplies of the metals needed to build electric vehicles and renewable energy... — Updated 9/15/2022

 
 By Shane Lasley    News
Geologist using a hammer to collect samples from a rock outcrop in Alaska.

Earth MRI for Alaska critical minerals

Alaska is known to be a trove of the minerals and metals critical to every segment of the American economy. This critical mineral richness is despite the fact that Alaska is a vast state... — Updated 9/3/2022

 
 By Shane Lasley    News
Aerial view of the Bornite camp in Alaska’s Ambler Mining District.

Doyon, NANA leaders visit Ambler District

Chiefs from the Doyon region and village leaders from the NANA region came together for a meeting at Ambler Metals' Upper Kobuk Mineral Projects to gain a first-hand understanding of the... — Updated 9/3/2022

 
 By Shane Lasley    News
Ruen Drilling rig tests RPM South gold prospect on Estelle project in Alaska.

Nova drills 140m of 6.5 g/t gold at RPM

Wide sections of high-grade gold cut in the first holes drilled this year at RPM North continue to demonstrate the robust nature of this emerging gold deposit on Nova Minerals Ltd.'s... — Updated 8/18/2022

 
 By A.J. Roan    News
A bundle of copper wire. Analysts predict we'll need more than we can mine.

Surprise $60 million investment for Pebble

In a move that could help it push the Pebble project across the permitting finish line, Northern Dynasty Minerals Ltd. has entered into an agreement with an unnamed investor for US$60... — Updated 8/4/2022

 
 By Shane Lasley    News
An aerial view of the Peak Gold deposit at Manh Choh during fall in Alaska.

Kinross greenlights Manh Choh gold mine

With the recently completed feasibility study showing an economically robust project, Kinross Gold Corp. has officially decided to move forward with developing a mine at the Manh Choh... — Updated 8/4/2022

 
 By Shane Lasley    News
Geologist collects samples while exploring for copper and gold in Alaska.

Antofagasta options Alaska copper project

Chilean copper miner Antofagasta PLC has entered into an option agreement with Kenorland Minerals Ltd. to earn a 70% interest in Tanacross by investing US$30 million in exploration over... — Updated 7/28/2022

 
 By Shane Lasley    News
Geologists, investors, and executives standing on a rock outcrop at Manh Choh.

Contango ORE eyes golden milestones

With an earlier than expected feasibility study on its way for Manh Choh, drilling started at Lucky Shot, and the addition of geologist Curt Freeman to its board of directors, Contango OR... — Updated 7/28/2022

 
 By Shane Lasley    News
Float plane lands at Ucore’s uranium and rare earths project in Alaska.

Alaska uranium deposit attracts interest

With renewed interest in nuclear to generate zero-carbon electricity for the clean energy future, coupled with Russia's ongoing war in Ukraine, the past-producing Ross-Adams uranium mine... — Updated 6/23/2022

 
 By A.J. Roan    News
An adobe stock image of a statuette of Lady Justice beside a gavel.

EPA takes another shot at stopping Pebble

In a polarizing announcement, the Environmental Protection Agency released a revised Proposed Determination under Clean Water Act Section 404(c) to prohibit and restrict the use of... — Updated 6/2/2022

 
 By Shane Lasley    News
The 3rd element on the periodic table, lithium, is an ideal metal for batteries.

Alaska lithium discovery at Coal Creek

Nearly all the 50 minerals critical to the United States can be found at mines, deposits, and prospects across Alaska. Intriguing lithium occurrences, however, have not been identified... — Updated 6/2/2022

 
 By Shane Lasley    News
Drill tests a gold zone near Pogo Mine in Alaska’s Goodpaster Mining District.

Doyon upping its stake in Tectonic Metals

Doyon Ltd., the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act regional corporation for Interior Alaska, is strengthening its partnership with Tectonic Metals Inc. with another investment into the... — Updated 6/2/2022

 
 By Shane Lasley    News
A rainbow near the Bornite camp in Alaska’s Ambler Mining District.

Federal judge affirms Ambler Road remand

United States District Court Judge Sharon Gleason confirmed the U.S. Department of Interior's request to remand the previously issued federal permits for construction of the proposed... — Updated 5/26/2022

 

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