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 By Shane Lasley    News
Finger points at drill core with high-grade copper mineralization.

Villages want voices heard on Ambler Road

Gov. Dunleavy urges BLM to consider recent Alaska Native support as it finalizes its reassessment of the Ambler Access Project. "I strongly believe that the road will greatly benefit my community... — Updated 4/4/2024 Full story

 By Shane Lasley    News
Mineshaft outlined by Alaska on a background of mineral periodic table entries.

AIDEA for Alaska critical mineral funding

HB122 would authorize AIDEA to issue up to $300 million in bonds and leverage federal funding for critical mineral infrastructure projects in Alaska. Home to 49 out of the 50 minerals deemed... — Updated 4/4/2024 Full story

 By Shane Lasley    News
A battery cutout with a voltage symbol being held up to an orange sunset.

Graphite One selects Ohio for refinery

Secures former critical minerals stockpile site to build graphite processing and battery materials recycling plant. Graphite One Inc. plans to transform a former national defense critical minerals... — Updated 4/4/2024 Full story

 By A.J. Roan    News
The front of the Supreme Court building in Washington D.C.

Lift Pebble Mine ban or pay $700 billion

Alaska & Northern Dynasty sue federal government over EPA's Pebble decision; state places hefty price tag on taking if mining ban not overturned. Both the Alaska Department of Law and Northern... — Updated 3/21/2024 Full story

 By Shane Lasley    News
Closeup of an Exyn drone equipped with lidar survey equipment.

Exyn mapping tech put to the test at Pogo

Recent study shows Exyn drones more safely collect higher quality survey data in half the time compared to traditional mine mapping methods. Exyn Technologies' drone-based mapping system is faster,... — Updated 3/14/2024

 By Rose Ragsdale    News
Geologists standing next to a rocky outcrop with gold-bearing quartz veins.

Junior seeks next Tombstone gold find

Stratabound changes name to Lode Gold Resources Ltd.; plans to spinout Canadian gold assets and reports 2024 exploration strategy. In recent market buzz about the emerging gold district in... — Updated 3/14/2024

 By Shane Lasley    News
A drill tests a rich metals deposit from a mountain saddle above the clouds.

Resolved to build Ambler Road safeguards

Ambler Access Project Subsistence Advisory Committee passes resolution for policies to protect fish and wildlife, and keep road private. Leveraging nearly four decades of success when it comes to... — Updated 3/7/2024 Full story

 By Shane Lasley    News
Drillers complete hole EZ-23-005 during a sunny August day at Nikolai.

Eureka now hosts 8 billion lb of nickel

Alaska Energy Metals' 2023 drilling results in a fivefold increase in nickel within new resource. Incorporating the results from its inaugural drill program at Nikolai, Alaska Energy Metals Corp.... — Updated 2/25/2024

 By Shane Lasley    News
Red, white, blue buildings reflect off pond at Red Dog zinc mine in Alaska.

Red Dog awarded the Zinc Mark stamp

The world's first zinc mine to meet the high ESG standards to be awarded this mark of sustainability. Teck Resources Ltd.'s Red Dog Operations in Northwest Alaska is the world's first zinc mine to... — Updated 2/13/2024 Full story

 By A.J. Roan    News
A statuette of Lady Justice holding scales next to a gavel.

Alaska asks SCOTUS to undo Pebble veto

Seeks to protect state rights by forcing EPA to withdraw veto; if not, is asking for reparations for unjust taking. After having its independence infringed upon by the Environmental Protection Agenc... — Updated 1/11/2024

 By Shane Lasley    News
A drill tests world-class Graphite Creek deposit at sunset in western Alaska.

Accelerating critical Graphite Creek mine

Backed by DOD, BSNC, Graphite One completes drill program to support study of graphite supply chain critical to US Thanks in large part to substantial backing and support from the U.S. Department... — Updated 1/1/2024

 By Shane Lasley    News
Map of Eureka Zone geology, resource, and drill hole locations.

AEM outlines 1.6B lb of nickel in Alaska

Maiden resource for Nikolai begins to show globally significant size of this nickel-cobalt-copper project. With a new 1.55-billion-pound nickel resource calculation at Nikolai, Alaska Energy Metals... — Updated 12/1/2023

 By Shane Lasley    News
A headframe from historic exploration rises above a fall landscape at Bornite.

BLM's Ambler Road SEIS raises concerns

Alaska Delegation says Ambler Road is guaranteed by Congress; Alaska Natives come out for, against road. Roughly a year and a half after suspending the previously issued federal permits to build a 2... — Updated 11/10/2023

 By Shane Lasley    News
Photo of a mountain with roads built to drill the Caribou Dome copper deposit.

PolarX studies Caribou Dome improvements

PolarX Ltd. Oct. 3 announced that it has initiated a metallurgical testing program focused on improving copper recovery and concentrate grades at Caribou Dome, as well as gold recovery at Zackly,... — Updated 10/5/2023

 By Shane Lasley    News
Rock sample with metallic gold mineralization coated with green copper oxides.

Bornite's germanium potential revealed

Colorado School of Mines thesis confirms that the germanium values at Bornite deposit have long been underreported. In addition to hosting 6.3 billion pounds of copper and 88 million lb of cobalt cr... — Updated 9/14/2023

 By Shane Lasley    News
Two workers walk from a helicopter to drill at the Pebble project in Alaska.

PEA affirms Pebble's world-class status

SW Alaska project could provide US with 6.4 billion lb copper plus other metals critical to energy transition. A mine at Pebble project in Southwest Alaska could provide a secure domestic supply of... — Updated 9/14/2023

 By Shane Lasley    News
The rising sun shines on the buildings at the Manh Choh gold mine camp.

Partners break ground on Alaska gold mine

TOK, ALASKA – An Aug. 29 groundbreaking ceremony at Manh Choh marked the official opening of Alaska's newest gold mine. But even before tribal, corporate, and state leaders tossed the symbolic golde... — Updated 9/14/2023

 By Shane Lasley    News
Mining executive and Alaska governor on a ridge overlooking the Skwentna River.

Alaska governor visits Whistler, Estelle

Dunleavy takes a first-hand look at mine projects at end of a proposed 100-mile road into West Susitna area. Alaska Gov. Mike Dunleavy and Department of Transportation and Public Facilities... — Updated 8/24/2023

 By Shane Lasley    News
A colorful sunset backdrops a drill at the Graphite Creek project in Alaska.

Strong support for Graphite One project

From the $37.5M Pentagon grant to a $5M loan from an Alaskan gold mining company, domestic graphite supply chain plan is broadly backed. From the U.S. Department of Defense and policymakers in... — Updated 7/29/2023

 By Shane Lasley    News
Underground mine in an outline of Alaska on a critical minerals background.

Alaska critical minerals summit in DC

Alaska mining and Washington policy leaders gather to discuss forging a path forward to critical minerals in US's Arctic state. Building upon the discussions and strategic ideas set in motion during... — Updated 7/29/2023

 By Shane Lasley    News
A headframe from historic exploration rises above a fall landscape at Bornite.

BLM drags feet on Ambler Road decision

Despite the growing calls by Alaska Native tribal and municipal leaders for an expedited review of the Ambler Access Project, the U.S. Bureau of Land Management announced that it will take six extra... — Updated 6/29/2023

 By A.J. Roan    News
Optimum Ventures crew building future drill pad at Harry project.

New CEO to lead the Blackwolf pack

As it enters into an accelerated period of growth, Blackwolf Copper and Gold Ltd. has made an offer to buy out Northern British Columbia-focused gold and silver exploration company Optimum Ventures... — Updated 6/29/2023

 By Shane Lasley    News
Underground miners working at the face of the Enserch tunnel at Lucky Shot.

Contango ORE reports Lucky Shot resource

With financing in place to fund its 30% share of development expenses at Manh Choh and Kinross Gold Corp. on track to have that eastern Alaska mine pouring its first gold bar next year, Contango... — Updated 6/29/2023

 By Shane Lasley    News
Paved highway cuts across sea of yellow foliage on a fall day in Alaska.

WOTUS ruling hailed as a win for Alaska

Alaska Gov. Mike Dunleavy and trade groups representing a broad spectrum of businesses across the state hailed the unanimous Supreme Court decision against the Biden administration's broad... — Updated 6/15/2023 Full story

 By Shane Lasley    News
USGS geologist samples a mineralized outcrop on treeless slope in Alaska.

USGS funds new Earth MRI scans in Alaska

Home to deposits and prospects enriched with 49 out of the 50 minerals deemed critical to the United States, Alaska is the single best state in the nation to explore for the minerals and metals... — Updated 6/1/2023


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