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  • A 600-ounce gold bar stamped with “First gold pour Manh Choh.”

    Manh Choh partners pour first gold

    Shane Lasley, Mining News|Updated Jul 9, 2024

    Kinross and Contango celebrate the pouring of first bar from gold project that boosts Fort Knox production, elevates junior to producer status. FORT KNOX MINE, ALASKA (July 8, 2024) – On a momentous occasion for both companies, Kinross Gold Corp. and Contango ORE Inc. celebrated the pouring of the first gold bar from the Manh Choh project in Alaska. Being operated under a joint venture between Kinross (70%) and Contango (30%), Manh Choh is a high-grade gold project on lands o... Full story

  • Workers in high visibility vests and hardhats walk from a helicopter to a drill.

    Pebble pulls Army Corps into EPA lawsuit

    Shane Lasley|Updated Jun 12, 2024

    Northern Dynasty exec says both federal agencies rely on the other's "factually unsupported assertions" to support politically motivated denials of copper mine permits. Believing that the future of the Pebble Mine project is being held back by two federal agencies leaning on each other's "factually unsupported assertions," the Pebble Limited Partnership has filed a motion in federal district court to include the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) into its lawsuit against... Full story

  • Periodic table entry for uranium in neon blue.

    Exploring Alaska's largest uranium deposit

    Shane Lasley, Mining News|Updated May 27, 2024

    Panther Minerals takes fresh look at Boulder Creek as a potential source of fuel for zero-carbon nuclear energy. With global leaders pledging to triple worldwide nuclear energy generating capacity by 2050 during the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP28) and the United States banning the imports of uranium from Russia, companies are scouring the globe for this zero-carbon energy fuel. This search includes Panther Minerals Inc.'s upcoming exploration of the Boulder... Full story

  • The White House during a spring day in Washington, DC.

    White House actions boost Graphite One

    Shane Lasley, Mining News|Updated May 16, 2024

    From 25% tariffs on graphite imports from China to mining being eligible for $72B in clean energy loans, Alaska project gets good news from DC. Graphite One Inc. President and CEO Anthony Huston was among a select group of industry leaders in attendance when President Joe Biden rolled out his plan to levy heavy tariffs on a wide range of goods from China, including natural graphite. "I was honored to represent everyone at Graphite One in the meeting with President Biden,"... Full story

  • A drill rig sits above the clouds on a treeless mountain ridge in Alaska.

    NANA withdraws from Ambler Road

    Shane Lasley, Mining News|Updated May 16, 2024

    Northwest Alaska Native corporation disengages from proposed road; will continue to defend right to build future road to the Ambler Mining District. The Ambler Road suffered another setback with NANA Regional Corporation's decision to withdraw its involvement with the proposed 211-mile industrial access to the mineral-rich Ambler Mining District within the NANA region of Northwest Alaska. NANA, which owns lands within the Ambler District enriched with copper, cobalt, and...

  • Weeds grow around a bullet-ridden road-closed sign in front of a bridge.

    Sources leak BLM's Ambler Road block plan

    Shane Lasley, Mining News|Updated May 9, 2024
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    Project proponents make midnight hour appeal for Biden administration to reconsider "irresponsible and unacceptable" permit decision for road. National media reports that the Biden administration is set to deny permits to build a 211-mile access road to the Ambler Mining District in Northwest Alaska has project proponents making a midnight-hour appeal to the U.S. Bureau of Land Management (BLM) to adhere to laws that led to the formation of the 49th State and were meant to...

  • Finger points at drill core with high-grade copper mineralization.

    Villages want voices heard on Ambler Road

    Shane Lasley|Updated May 9, 2024

    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 and I'm not alone. Many of my neighbors also support the road, as do other villages in the region," Native Village of Ambler President Miles Cleveland said of the proposed Ambler Access Project that would extend to within 30 miles of his community. This support is reflected in... Full story

  • A drill tests a rich metals deposit from a mountain saddle above the clouds.

    Resolved to build Ambler Road safeguards

    Shane Lasley, Mining News|Updated May 9, 2024

    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 protecting and managing subsistence resources along the 50-mile road that connects the Red Dog Mine to a port on Alaska's west coast, the Ambler Access Project Subsistence Advisory Committee (SAC) passed a resolution to establish policies that will protect subsistence resources along... Full story

  • Drillers complete hole EZ-23-005 during a sunny August day at Nikolai.

    Eureka now hosts 8 billion lb of nickel

    Shane Lasley, Mining News|Updated May 8, 2024

    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. has already outlined 8.1 billion pounds of nickel in the project's Eureka Zone, which is more than five times the quantity of this battery metal than was contained within the resource calculated last November. "With this updated mineral resource estimate, the Eureka deposit of the... Full story

  • Red, white, blue buildings reflect off pond at Red Dog zinc mine in Alaska.

    Red Dog awarded the Zinc Mark stamp

    Shane Lasley, Mining News|Updated May 8, 2024

    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 be awarded the Zinc Mark, a certification that the facility meets high environmental, social, and governance standards. Accounting for more than 4% of global zinc production – along with lead, silver, and germanium byproducts – Red Dog is the largest critical minerals mine in the... Full story

  • Closeup of an Exyn drone equipped with lidar survey equipment.

    Exyn mapping tech put to the test at Pogo

    Shane Lasley, Data Mine North|Updated May 8, 2024

    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, more accurate, and infinitely safer than traditional underground mine surveying technologies, according to a recent study completed at Northern Star Resources Ltd.'s Pogo gold mine in Alaska. "[T]he data doesn't even compare," said Andrew Loomes, chief mine surveyor at Pogo. Exyn...

  • A battery cutout with a voltage symbol being held up to an orange sunset.

    Graphite One selects Ohio for refinery

    Shane Lasley, Metal Tech News|Updated May 8, 2024

    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 stockpile site in Ohio into a domestic source of the graphite anode material going into the lithium-ion batteries powering electric vehicles and storing renewable energy. "Graphite One is delighted to announce that, subject to financing, we will be building our advanced graphite... Full story

  • The front of the Supreme Court building in Washington D.C.

    Lift Pebble Mine ban or pay $700 billion

    A.J. Roan, Mining News|Updated May 8, 2024
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    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 Dynasty Minerals Ltd. are suing the federal government over broken contracts relating to the Environmental Protection Agency's decision to restrict mining activities at the world-class Pebble copper project in Southwest Alaska. "We are filing litigation to fully contest the EPA's... Full story

  • Mineshaft outlined by Alaska on a background of mineral periodic table entries.

    AIDEA for Alaska critical mineral funding

    Shane Lasley, Mining News|Updated May 8, 2024

    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 critical to the United States, Alaska has the potential to be a reliable domestic source of the mined materials vital to high-tech, clean energy, and national defense. America's Last Frontier, however, is often lacking when it comes to the infrastructure needed to fully unlock the state's... Full story

  • Geologists standing next to a rocky outcrop with gold-bearing quartz veins.

    Junior seeks next Tombstone gold find

    Rose Ragsdale, For Mining News|Updated Mar 14, 2024

    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 southeastern Yukon, one junior says its promising assets have been largely overlooked by investors, resulting in its shares being significantly undervalued. Lode Gold Resources Ltd., known until January as Stratabound Mineral Resources Corp., says its name change signals ongoing growth and...

  • A statuette of Lady Justice holding scales next to a gavel.

    Alaska asks SCOTUS to undo Pebble veto

    A.J. Roan, Mining News|Updated Jan 11, 2024

    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 Agency's decision to exercise its veto authority under Section 404(c) of the Clean Water Act to lock away 309 square miles of state lands, effectively confiscating it and creating a de facto national park, Alaska's attorney general has filed a motion asking the U.S. Supreme Court to inst...

  • A drill tests world-class Graphite Creek deposit at sunset in western Alaska.

    Accelerating critical Graphite Creek mine

    Shane Lasley, Mining News|Updated Jan 1, 2024

    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 of Defense and Bering Straits Native Corp., Graphite One Inc. completed a 57-hole drill campaign at the Graphite Creek project in western Alaska that is focused on accelerating the completion of a feasibility study for developing an advanced graphite material supply chain in the...

  • Map of Eureka Zone geology, resource, and drill hole locations.

    AEM outlines 1.6B lb of nickel in Alaska

    Shane Lasley, Mining News|Updated Dec 1, 2023

    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 Corp.'s C$2 million (US$1.5 million) acquisition of historical exploration data for this base and precious metals project in Alaska is already paying dividends for the mineral exploration company. Utilizing historical drill hole information included in the well-kept and organized...

  • A headframe from historic exploration rises above a fall landscape at Bornite.

    BLM's Ambler Road SEIS raises concerns

    Shane Lasley, Mining News|Updated Nov 10, 2023

    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 211-mile industrial access road to the Ambler Mining District, the U.S. Bureau of Land Management has published a draft supplemental environmental impact statement for a transportation corridor that would link the metal-rich region of Northwest Alaska to global markets. Permits for t...

  • Photo of a mountain with roads built to drill the Caribou Dome copper deposit.

    PolarX studies Caribou Dome improvements

    Shane Lasley, Mining News|Updated Oct 5, 2023

    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, which could improve the economics of establishing a mine on its Alaska Range project. Lying about 175 miles (280 kilometers) northeast of Anchorage, Alaska, the Alaska Range project is a roughly 22-mile- (35 kilometers) long land package that covers multiple copper, gold, and silver...

  • Rock sample with metallic gold mineralization coated with green copper oxides.

    Bornite's germanium potential revealed

    Shane Lasley, Mining News|Updated Sep 14, 2023

    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 critical to the energy transition, the Bornite deposit in Alaska's Ambler Mining District may also be a significant source of the germanium essential to both clean energy and high-tech. "Germanium is an important metal with numerous applications, particularly in the manufacture of sem...

  • Two workers walk from a helicopter to drill at the Pebble project in Alaska.

    PEA affirms Pebble's world-class status

    Shane Lasley, Mining News|Updated Sep 14, 2023

    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 6.4 billion pounds of copper needed for the clean energy future, 300 million lb molybdenum needed for infrastructure, 200,000 kilograms of rhenium for aerospace, 37 million ounces of silver for solar panels, and 7.4 million oz of gold for the economy over 20 years, according to a...

  • The rising sun shines on the buildings at the Manh Choh gold mine camp.

    Partners break ground on Alaska gold mine

    Shane Lasley, Mining News|Updated Sep 14, 2023

    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 golden shovels of dirt celebrating the start of Manh Choh, the Alaskan crossroads town of Tok about 15 miles to the northwest was already bustling from the added business this mine brings. As the first real sign of civilization in nearly 300 miles for northbound Alaska Highway travelers,...

  • Mining executive and Alaska governor on a ridge overlooking the Skwentna River.

    Alaska governor visits Whistler, Estelle

    Shane Lasley, Mining News|Updated Aug 24, 2023

    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 Commissioner Ryan Anderson visited the Whistler copper-gold and Estelle gold exploration projects during a recent tour of the western end of the proposed West Susitna Access Road in Southcentral Alaska. Extending 100 miles northwest from Port McKenzie near Anchorage, the West Susitna Road...

  • A colorful sunset backdrops a drill at the Graphite Creek project in Alaska.

    Strong support for Graphite One project

    Shane Lasley, Mining News|Updated Jul 29, 2023

    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 Washington, DC, to private Alaska companies and the governor of the 49th State, Graphite One Inc. is receiving broad support as it pushes to establish an all-American supply chain that begins in Alaska and ends in the lithium batteries powering electric vehicles, military hardware, and...

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