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  • Two people in safety gear with core from drilling at the Casino copper deposit.

    Explorers chase Yukon copper riches

    Rose Ragsdale, For Mining News|Updated Jul 11, 2024

    Western Copper and Gold inches toward startup at its giant Casino copper porphyry deposit as others advance earlier stage projects. While one would-be miner in Canada's Yukon Territory guides its giant copper project toward development, several juniors – ranging from newcomers to more established players – are picking up the pace in the search for other rich deposits of the red metal. Western Copper and Gold Corp. is marking its 16th year of working to develop its huge Cas...

  • An aerial photo of the landside off the heap leach facility at Eagle Mine.

    Yukon issues directives for Eagle Mine

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

    Cyanide contamination confirmed; First Nation demands mining moratorium; government mandates urgent measures for Victoria. The collapse of the heap leach pad at Victoria Gold Corp.'s Eagle Gold mine has significantly shifted Yukon's environmental and political landscape. Recent updates from the Yukon Energy, Mines and Resource Minister John Streicker July 11 provided new details on the extent of the impact and outlined urgent measures being taken to address the fallout from...

  • An excavated hillside in the Yukon covered with a black liner.

    Eagle Mine heap leach pad collapses

    A.J. Roan, Mining News|Updated Jun 28, 2024

    DAWSON CITY, YUKON (June 24, 2024) – Victoria Gold Corp. has reported a collapse of the heap leach pad at its Eagle Mine north of Mayo, Yukon. Photos posted by Yukon News around noon local time shows a partial collapse of the heap leach pad, which is constructed on a hillside to hold mine ore so that the gold can be dissolved with a cyanide solution for recovery. Victoria Gold President and CEO John McConnell, who was in attendance at the Yukon Mining Investment Conference i... Full story

  • Picturesque view of Snowline’s camp in Yukon, Canada.

    Valley: 7.3 million oz gold and counting

    A.J. Roan, Mining News|Updated Jun 27, 2024

    Inaugural resource is from Snowline's first two years of drilling; this year's program aims to grow the Yukon deposit, test new prospects. After just two seasons of drilling, Snowline Gold Corp. has reached a significant milestone with the unveiling of a multi-million-ounce gold resource for the Valley deposit on the company's Rogue property in the Yukon Territory. Exploring seven prospective targets across the Yukon, Snowline's portfolio is split between its flagship Rogue,...

  • The top of a metallic cube with the periodic table information for nickel.

    FPX looks north to the Yukon for nickel

    Shane Lasley, Mining News|Updated Jun 13, 2024

    Returns to a Yukon property with the same advantageous nickel mineral as is found at its Baptiste project in B.C. FPX Nickel Corp.'s search for a unique mineral that offers a cleaner source of the nickel that is in high demand due to its use in lithium-ion batteries has led the company back to Canada's Yukon. FPX is best known for its work at Baptiste, an advance-staged exploration project in central British Columbia that shows the potential of being a significant future...

  • A photo overlooking the capital city of Yukon, Whitehorse.

    Whitehorse hearing to ban all mining in city

    A.J. Roan, Mining News|Updated May 8, 2024

    City officials hold meeting to discuss potential amendment to City Plan, includes complete prohibition of mineral exploration and mine development within city limits. In the face of the ongoing green energy transition, in which critical metals such as copper have been labeled as the "new oil," members of the public occupied every seat within the Whitehorse City Council chambers on Monday evening as it discussed the possibility of completely banning all mining activities...

  • An aerial view of the town of Skagway in Southeast Alaska.

    Yukon invests in Skagway for future Casino

    A.J. Roan, Mining News|Updated Dec 15, 2023

    Anticipating the economic jackpot expected to occur for the Yukon once Western Copper and Gold Corp.'s world-class Casino project kicks into full swing, the territorial government approved a C$21.4 million (US$15.8 million) investment in the Alaskan city of Skagway for its ongoing port redevelopment project. As part of its larger Skagway Port Master Plan, the small port city located on the northern end of the Alaskan Panhandle that borders the Yukon relies primarily on...

  • A valley lake in the mineral-rich mountains on the Yukon-NWT border.

    Junior seeks to tame tungsten elephant

    Rose Ragsdale, For Mining News|Updated Dec 9, 2023

    After establishing its position as a leading zinc-lead-silver explorer in northern Canada, Fireweed Metals Corp. set out in late 2022 to broaden its focus in both geography and commodities. Partly defying the age-old adage to stick to what you know, the longtime explorer of the district-scale Macmillan Pass zinc-lead-silver project ventured across the border into Northwest Territories to acquire two projects. While the Gayna River zinc-lead-silver-gallium-germanium project is...

  • Snowline representatives receiving the Leckie environmental stewardship award.

    Snowline claims Leckie stewardship award

    A.J. Roan, Mining News|Updated Nov 30, 2023

    In its few short years as an active explorer in the Yukon, Snowline Gold Corp. has progressed to monumental scales while understanding the importance of consciousness discovery and has thus been awarded the 2023 Robert E. Leckie Award for Excellence in Environmental Stewardship. "I would like to thank the awards committee and to thank and congratulate Snowline's entire team –including our industry and First Nations partners-on this recognition of our ongoing efforts towards en... Full story

  • Blue hardhat with BMC logo on a shelf at the Kudz Ze Kayah project in the Yukon.

    BMC posts review for planned Yukon mine

    Rose Ragsdale, For Mining News|Updated Nov 16, 2023

    After getting a conditional green light in 2022 from regulators to advance the proposed ABM Mine at its Kudz Ze Kayah property in Southeastern Yukon, BMC Minerals Ltd. has completed a favorable economic review of its plan for a hardrock operation and developed new exploration targets on the property. BMC Minerals wants to extract 1.8 million metric tons of zinc, 350,000 metric tons of lead and 600,000 metric tons of copper from the Kudz Ze Kayah deposits located within the...

  • Wildfires across a ridge in Canada’s Yukon Territory.

    Yukon fire halts gold mine; exploration

    A.J. Roan, Mining News|Updated Aug 24, 2023

    To ensure the safety of its Eagle Gold Mine employees, Victoria Gold Corp. July 30 announced that operations would be partially evacuated due to the recent wildfire activity near the operation. At the same time, neighboring Banyan Gold Corp. is paring down its gold exploration activities due to its proximity to the fire. "The safety of our employees is our highest priority," said Victoria Gold President and CEO John McConnell. "As a result of wildfire activity proximal to...

  • Geologist hiking uphill to explore White Gold’s extensive properties.

    White Gold intensifies elephant hunt

    Rose Ragsdale, For Mining News|Updated Jul 20, 2023

    Amid renewed market interest in gold, White Gold Corp. recently reported increased mineral resource estimates for its flagship White Gold Project and unveiled plans for a 2023 exploration program across its namesake district in the Yukon. The junior explorer, which enjoys the financial backing of major Agnico Eagle Mines Ltd. (19.5%) and Kinross Gold Corp. (15%), has turned its attention in 2023 to further evaluation of targets at its JP Ross and Betty Ford projects and...

  • Old North American Tungsten Corp. camp at Mactung property.

    World's largest high-grade tungsten deposit

    A.J. Roan, Mining News|Updated Jun 22, 2023

    Fireweed announces MRE for tungsten that could supply North America for decades. Acquiring the Mactung tungsten project from the Northwest Territories government for C$15 million last year, Fireweed quickly consolidated previous data and new assessments to release a mineral resource estimate that ranks this property as the largest high-grade tungsten resource in the world. "In one year, we have gone from signing an initial letter of intent to a definitive asset purchase...

  • Looking across a mining pit and tailings facility to the Minto camp and mill.

    Minto Metals shutters Yukon copper mine

    Shane Lasley, Mining News|Updated Jun 1, 2023

    Yukon takes over, hires JDS Mining to maintain site; mine closure may sink Minto Metals and Pembridge. Inundated by the forces of nature and finance, Minto Metals Corp. is shuttering operations at its Minto copper mine in Canada's Yukon. "Needless to say, ceasing operations at the Minto mine was an extremely difficult and disappointing decision, that was not taken lightly," said Minto Metals President and CEO Chris Stewart. Unable to continue to meet its financial obligations...

  • Looking north at a placer gold mine in the valley draining Mount Hinton, Yukon.

    Project generator makes bold moves

    Rose Ragsdale, For Mining News|Updated Apr 13, 2023

    Strategic Metals Ltd., surely the most active project generator in northern Canada, recently reported substantial mineral exploration and transaction activities in 2022 and early 2023. This includes an update in January on exploration at Mount Hinton, a gold-silver project in Yukon's Keno Hill District that lies immediately southeast of Hecla Mining Company's Keno Hill Silver Mine, 35 kilometers (22 miles) southeast of Victoria Gold's Eagle Mine, and 25 kilometers (16 miles)...

  • A drill tests for copper on the side of a forested hill in southwest Yukon.

    Exploring for energy metals in SW Yukon

    Rose Ragsdale, For Mining News|Updated Jan 18, 2023

    Strategic Metals Ltd., a longtime project generator in the Yukon, is helping to spur industry interest in the prospectivity of the territory's southwestern region for critical minerals as more explorers undertake projects in this underexplored region. Strategic optioned 70% ownership interest in Hopper, a 74 square-kilometer (28.6 square miles) multi-target porphyry copper-molybdenum project with significant copper-gold-silver peripheral skarn mineralization to CAVU Mining...

  • A map showing the location of Snowline Gold Corp.'s various properties.

    Junior shines light on gold discoveries

    Rose Ragsdale, For Mining News|Updated Oct 20, 2022

    Snowline Gold is unveiling an exciting new gold district in Canada’s Yukon. A little over 18 months after its organization, Snowline Gold Corp., a junior mining company with deep prospecting roots in Yukon Territory and savvy investment partners with deep pockets, is emerging as one of northern Canada's most active and enticing gold explorers. In March, the company outlined plans for its 2022 field season, citing exploration of prospective zones in its flagship 7...

  • A vintage photograph of the now ghost town Grand Forks in Yukon, Canada.

    Minerva AI case study for Klondike Gold

    A.J. Roan, Mining News|Updated Oct 6, 2022

    Continuing a trend of supporting mineral exploration with its cutting-edge artificial intelligence and machine learning software, Minerva Intelligence Inc. has carried out a case study on the Lone Star gold zone on Klondike Gold Corp.'s Eldorado property in the Dawson Creek Mining District of Yukon, Canada. Evaluated using Minerva's DRIVER software, Klondike Gold says it was extremely impressed with the results. "The close agreement between DRIVER's model extents and...

  • A large chunk of galena or lead, with crystalline sphalerite or zinc on it.

    Tremendous 2022 success for Fireweed

    A.J. Roan, Mining News|Updated Sep 22, 2022

    Whether on purpose or by accident, Fireweed "just can't stop finding zinc." Whether it is expanding zinc-lead-silver resources on its flagship Macmillan Pass project in the Yukon, gaining a better understanding of its newly acquired Mactung tungsten project straddling the Yukon-Northwest Territories, or carrying out reconnaissance exploration of its recently staked Gayna River zinc-lead-gallium-germanium project wholly in NWT, Fireweed Metals Corp. is having a successful...

  • Looking down the tracks to an ore car from historic Keno Hill Silver District.

    Hecla Mining finalizes Alexco acquisition

    Shane Lasley, Mining News|Updated Sep 22, 2022

    Gains ownership of historic Keno Hill Silver Mine in Canada's Yukon With the Sept. 7 purchase of Alexco Resource Corp., Hecla Mining Company is poised to become Canada's largest silver producer by unlocking the enormous high-grade potential of its new Keno Hill Silver District project in the Yukon. The 242-square-kilometer (93 square miles) Keno Hill property covers one of the highest-grade silver districts in the world. Between 1913 and 1989, more than 200 million ounces of...

  • Mill and tailings ponds at the Keno Hill silver mine in the Yukon.

    Hecla to acquire Keno Hill silver mine

    Shane Lasley, Mining News|Updated Jul 14, 2022

    Already the largest silver producer in the United States, Hecla Mining Company is poised to become the largest silver producer in Canada with the purchase of Alexco Resource Corp., owner of the Keno Hill Silver District project, Yukon. Alexco's 242-square-kilometer (93 square miles) Keno Hill property covers one of the highest-grade silver districts in the world. Between 1913 and 1989, more than 200 million ounces of silver from ore averaging 44 oz per ton, making this Yukon...

  • Nugget gold exploration camp on Victoria Gold’s Dublin Gulch project.

    Strong start to gold exploration in 2022

    Rose Ragsdale, For Mining News|Updated Jul 7, 2022

    Dozens of prospectors and junior mining companies are trekking into the bush in Yukon Territory this field season, seeking the next big pot of gold in a fabled land rich with possibilities. Leading the charge is White Gold Corp., which initiated 7,500 meters of drilling, including 5,000 meters of diamond drilling, 1,000 meters of reverse circulation drilling and 1,500 meters of rotary air blast drilling. The 2022 exploration program began with diamond drilling at the Ryan's...

  • An aerial view of the Keno Hill Silver District mill in Yukon, Canada.

    Alexco suspends mill to stockpile ore

    A.J. Roan, Mining News|Updated Jul 5, 2022

    Alexco Resource Corp. has decided to pause operation of its 400-metric-ton-per-day mill in order to catch up with underground mine development at its Keno Hill silver project in the Yukon. According to the most recent calculation, the Keno Hill Silver District hosts 1.44 million metric tons of probable reserves averaging 804 grams per metric ton (37.19 million ounces) silver, 3.84% (122 million pounds) zinc, and 2.64% (84 million lb) lead in four deposits – Bellekeno, Lucky Qu...

  • The Wellgreen nickel-copper-cobalt-PGM deposit in Canada’s Yukon.

    CO2 absorbing potential of Wellgreen

    Shane Lasley, Mining News|Updated Jun 23, 2022

    Recent analysis by University of British Columbia Professor Greg Dipple indicates that tailings from a mine at the Wellgreen nickel-copper-cobalt-platinum group metals deposit on Nickel Creek Platinum Corp.'s Nickel Shäw project in southeastern Yukon could absorb large quantities of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. About 15 years ago, Dipple realized that ultramafic rocks such as those that host the nickel-rich mineralization at Wellgreen are among the largest carbon...

  • A streak of bright green northern lights over a Yukon gold exploration project.

    Banyan's AurMac hosts 4M oz of gold

    A.J. Roan, Mining News|Updated May 26, 2022

    After its initial maiden resource estimate in 2020, Banyan Gold has been determined to expand the resource at its AurMac property in the Yukon to more than 3 million ounces of gold, after extensive exploration consisting of large systematic step-out drilling the company has blown well over that mark, achieving nearly 4 million ounces on this northern Canada mine. Located about 40 kilometers (25 miles) south of Victoria Gold Corp.'s Eagle Gold Mine and adjacent to Alexco...

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