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  • Aerial view of the mill buildings and water storage ponds at the Keno Hill mine.

    Hecla on pace for 17M oz silver this year

    Shane Lasley, Mining News|Updated Jul 11, 2024

    A Yukon First Nation's call for a mining pause, however, could impact Keno Hill silver output. Hecla Mining Company July 10 reported that continued improvements in performance at its Keno Hill mine in the Yukon has the Idaho-based mining company on pace to produce 17 million ounces of silver in 2024. During the first six months of this year, Hecla's operations produced 8.7 million oz of silver, which is 10% higher than the 7.9 million oz produced at the midpoint of 2023. They... Full story

  • A barge loaded with mineral exploration equipment and supplies on calm waters.

    Contango completes HighGold acquisition

    Shane Lasley, Mining News|Updated Jul 10, 2024

    Unique mining company adds new high-quality Alaska asset to portfolio just two days after its transition to gold producer. Contango ORE Inc. July 10 announced the completion of its acquisition of HighGold Mining Inc., a junior mineral exploration company that comes with the 1-million-ounce Johnson Tract gold project in Southcentral Alaska. "(W)e believe the combination of HighGold and Contango makes a tremendous amount of strategic sense," Contango ORE President and CEO Rick... Full story

  • A drill tests for graphite on a clear summer day on Alaska’s west coast.

    Graphite Creek 2024 field program begins

    Shane Lasley, Mining News|Updated Jul 5, 2024

    Summer program focused on collecting the final data needed to complete a feasibility for developing a mine at the western Alaska project. Graphite One Inc. June 26 announced the start of a 2024 exploration program focused on collecting the final data needed to complete a feasibility study for developing a mine at its world-class Graphite Creek project in western Alaska. "The 2024 field program is a key milestone for our stakeholders as we advance our feasibility study with a... Full story

  • An Alaska Native drill operator at the Pebble mine project in Alaska.

    Pebble-area Alaska Native Villages sue EPA

    Shane Lasley, Mining News|Updated Jul 3, 2024

    Alaska Peninsula and Iliamna claim that federal agency's Pebble veto is illegal and costing them enormous economic opportunity. Alaska Peninsula Corp. and Iliamna Natives Ltd. June 24 filed a lawsuit against the Environmental Protection Agency that alleges the federal agency's veto to "kill a mining project in Bristol Bay at the Pebble deposit, which is the largest gold- and copper-ore deposit in the world" will cost these two Alaska Native corporations "hundreds of millions... Full story

  • Chunk of uranium concentrate, otherwise known as yellowcake.

    Panther begins Fireweed uranium survey

    Shane Lasley, Mining News|Updated Jul 3, 2024

    Infrared and hyperspectral survey will provide a clearer picture of the scope of early-stage target at Boulder Creek. Panther Minerals Inc. July 3 announced plans to carry out a long-wave infrared survey and interpretation of hyperspectral satellite imagery over the northern portion of the Boulder Creek uranium property in Alaska. Located roughly 100 miles northeast of the Gold Rush town of Nome and about 30 miles north of the village of Elim, the 22,400-acre Boulder Creek...

  • View over building in a valley towards a bay and snowcapped mountains.

    Coeur encouraged by Kensington drilling

    Shane Lasley, Mining News|Updated Jun 27, 2024

    Multi-year program continues to extend high-grade gold zones and discover new mineralization at the Southeast Alaska mine. Coeur Mining Inc. June 27 reported that its multi-year exploration program at Kensington continues to deliver wide drill intercepts with high-grade gold at this mining operation in Southeast Alaska. In mid-2022, Coeur launched a roughly $80 million exploration program at Kensington focused on extending the life of this high-grade underground mine beyond...

  • Map of Felix’s claims in relation to other gold properties near Fairbanks.

    Felix unveils maiden NW Array resource

    Shane Lasley, Mining News|Updated Jun 20, 2024

    Newest gold deposit in the Fairbanks Mining District hosts nearly half a million oz of the precious metal; newly opened claims unlock growth potential. Felix Gold Ltd. June 20 announced that it has outlined 467,000 ounces of gold in an inaugural resource for the NW Array deposit on the company's Treasure Creek project about 12 miles north of Fairbanks, Alaska. "We are delighted to announce this maiden inferred mineral resource at NW Array, which represents a significant...

  • Looking over drill rods toward a drill testing for high-grade silver in Alaska.

    Drills test larger Illinois Creek potential

    Shane Lasley, Mining News|Updated Jun 19, 2024

    Aggressive step-outs aim to confirm continuous CRD zone between past producing gold mine and high-grade silver-zinc-lead deposit. Western Alaska Minerals Corp. June 18 reported that it has already nearly completed the first hole of an initial 4,000-meter drill program focused on demonstrating that the high-grade silver-zinc-lead mineralization outlined at the Waterpump Creek carbonate replacement deposit (CRD) extends more than 3.5 miles (six kilometers) to the past producing... Full story

  • Visible copper metal seen at the broken end of drill core.

    Drills test high-grade targets at Palmer

    Shane Lasley, Mining News|Updated Jun 19, 2024

    American Pacific, Dowa begin 2024 program at copper-rich VMS project in Southeast Alaska. American Pacific Mining Corp. June 18 reported that it has launched a 5,100-meter drill program focused on upgrading and expanding the high-grade copper-zinc-silver-gold mineralization at its Palmer volcanogenic massive sulfide (VMS) project in Southeast Alaska. "We are excited to begin this year's drill program at Palmer," said American Pacific CEO Warwick Smith. "In a world that is... Full story

  • Grande Portage geologist examining core with a lathe.

    Herbert Gold closes in on 2 million oz

    A.J. Roan, Mining News|Updated Jun 13, 2024

    Grande Portage compiles three years of exploration to expand resources by 20% gold, 30% silver. Grande Portage Resources Ltd. June 12 announced an updated NI 43-101-compliant mineral resource estimate for the company's Herbert Gold project in Southeast Alaska. Located 16 miles (25 kilometers) north of Juneau, the Herbert Gold project is an exploration stage, high-grade, gold-mineralized mesothermal quartz vein system in the historic Juneau Gold Belt. Consisting of several...

  • Map of Alaska showing the location of Vinasale within the Tintina Gold Province.

    Discovery Alaska evaluates Vinasale gold

    Shane Lasley, Mining News|Updated Jun 13, 2024

    Identifies resource expansion and exploration targets at Tintina Gold Belt project. Discovery Alaska Ltd. June 13 announced that its initial evaluation of data from historical exploration at Vinasale has identified resource expansion at the 2-million-ounce \gold project in Alaska. Lying about 16 miles south of the Southwest Alaska mining town of McGrath, Vinasale is a roughly 6,500-acre project owned by Doyon Ltd., an Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act (ANCSA) regional...

  • Alaska mountains covered with a dusting of snow in the fall.

    PolarX secures 80% Caribou Dome interest

    Shane Lasley, Mining News|Updated Jun 12, 2024

    Exercises option on high-grade copper property, consolidates ownership of larger Alaska Range project. PolarX Ltd. June 12 announced that it has exercised an option to secure an 80% interest in the Caribou Dome property and a 90% interest in the adjacent Senator property, both part of the company's 103-square-mile (266 square kilometers) Alaska Range copper-gold-silver project. Lying just north of the Denali Highway about 160 miles (250 kilometers) northeast of Anchorage, the...

  • Former Hecla Mining President and CEO Phil Baker.

    Hecla Mining CEO Phil Baker steps down

    Shane Lasley, Mining News|Updated Jun 7, 2024

    Chair Catherine Boggs will fill vacancy as company seeks new executive for largest silver producer in the U.S. After nearly 23 years serving as president and CEO of Hecla Mining Company, Phillips Baker Jr. suddenly stepped down as the top executive of the silver-focused mining company with operations in Alaska, Idaho, Quebec, and Yukon. "I would like to thank Phil for his years of service and valued contributions to Hecla and the silver industry overall," said Hecla Chair... Full story

  • Heavily mineralized CRD veins glow neon pink across purple core under UV light.

    Western Alaska ramps up 2024 exploration

    Shane Lasley, Mining News|Updated May 30, 2024

    This year's drilling will test high-grade CRD silver-zinc-lead resource expansion targets extending southwest from Waterpump Creek. Western Alaska Minerals Corp. May 30 announced that crews have arrived at the Illinois Creek camp in preparation for a drill program focused on expanding the high-grade Waterpump Creek silver-zinc-lead deposit into a much larger carbonate replacement deposit (CRD) mineralized system that extends more than 3.5 miles (six kilometers) to the past... Full story

  • Fall foliage covers a ridge with the Alaska Range and a rainbow in the distance.

    U.S. GoldMining excited to grow Whistler

    Shane Lasley, Mining News|Updated May 23, 2024

    With $10 million in the bank, company will focus its 2024 drilling on expanding and upgrading copper-gold resources at the Alaska project. U.S. GoldMining Inc. May 22 reported that its upcoming drill program at Whistler will focus on resource upgrade and expansion drilling at the Whistler and Raintree deposits on this porphyry copper-gold project about 105 miles northwest of Anchorage, Alaska. "We are excited to commence our 2024 exploration program at the Whistler...

  • A drill rig tests a gold project on an autumn day in Alaska.

    Avidian to sell Alaska assets to Contango

    Shane Lasley, Mining News|Updated May 17, 2024

    Agrees to sell Golden Zone, Amanita projects for up to $3.4 million in cash and Contango Ore shares. Avidian Gold Corp. May 2 announced that it has entered into a binding agreement to sell its Alaskan subsidiary, Avidian Gold Alaska Inc., to Contango ORE Inc. for US$2.4 million (C$3.3 million), plus a potential future payment of US$1 million (C$1.4 million) if Contango takes either of Avidian's Alaska assets to a production decision. "This transaction is a win-win,... Full story

  • Aerial photo of the mill and surface facilities at Pogo Mine.

    Pogo first quarter gold outputs drops

    Shane Lasley, Mining News|Updated May 16, 2024

    Broken conveyor belt slows mill throughput. Northern Star Resources Ltd. April 23 reported that its Pogo Mine in Alaska produced 58,432 ounces of gold during the first three months of 2024, which is about 17% higher than the 49,799 oz recovered during the same period of 2023 but down about 12% from the 66,655 oz produced during the previous quarter. Reduced mill throughput due to a damaged conveyor belt was the primary reason for lower gold production compared to the previous...

  • The Alaska Highway with beautiful northern mountains in the distance.

    Northern leaders to build Arctic that lasts

    A.J. Roan, Mining News|Updated May 16, 2024

    Alaska Gov. Mike Dunleavy and Yukon Premier Ranj Pillai discuss the roles they can play to uplift northern neighbor jurisdictions. ANCHORAGE, Alaska: With an air of joviality and high rapport, Alaska Gov. Mike Dunleavy and Yukon Premier Ranj Pillai participated in a plenary discussion hosted during the 2024 Arctic Encounter Symposium to converse on the potential for closer partnerships and improving the cross-border relationship that has existed between northern neighbors Alas...

  • Map of Felix Gold’s Treasure Creek property and newly opened claims.

    Felix Gold opens new NW Array potential

    Shane Lasley, Mining News|Updated May 16, 2024

    Secures right to explore prospective gold expansion targets to the west of pending NW Array resource. Felix Gold Ltd. May 16 announced that it now has the ability to explore expansion targets adjacent to the Northwest Array (NW Array) gold target on its Treasure Creek project about 12 miles north of Fairbanks, Alaska. Felix began assembling a large land package covering gold prospects in the Fairbanks Mining District during 2020. A compilation of historical data and...

  • A drill tests for high-grade gold on summer day in Interior Alaska.

    Pogo mine gold reserves drop slightly

    Shane Lasley, Mining News|Updated May 9, 2024

    Northern Star drills high-grade gold in East Deep deposit at SE end of underground development. Northern Star Resources Ltd. May 2 reported a slight drop in gold reserves and resources at its Pogo mine in Alaska. According to the new calculation, Pogo hosts 9.99 million metric tons of indicated resource averaging 9.8 grams per metric ton (3.14 million ounces) gold and 10.5 million metric tons of inferred resource averaging 10.5 g/t (3.43 million oz) gold. This overall mineral...

  • Aerial view of the mill and other facilities at Red Dog during the winter.

    Red Dog off to a strong start in 2024

    Shane Lasley, Mining News|Updated May 9, 2024

    Northwest Alaska mine produces 319.7 million lb of zinc during the first three months of the year. Teck Resources Ltd. April 25 reported that its Red Dog mine produced 145,000 metric tons (319.7 million pounds) of zinc and 25,400 metric tons (55.8 million lb) of lead during the first quarter, which puts the Northwest Alaska operation on pace to come in at the upper end of the company's annual production projections for both metals. Red Dog's first-quarter zinc output is about...

  • U.S. Army Corps of Engineers district headquarters in Alaska.

    Army Corps will not reevaluate Pebble

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

    EPA's blockage of Pebble permits prevents USACE from making any changes; Northern Dynasty says this strengthens its lawsuit challenging EPA veto. Northern Dynasty Minerals Ltd. April 16 announced that after months of successive delays, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has ultimately declined to further engage in the remand process related to the denial of permits in 2020, citing issues related to the Environmental Protection Agency's veto of development at Pebble as the...

  • A drill tests for gold on a treeless area in front of rugged Alaska mountains.

    New resource preps Nova for US listing

    Shane Lasley, Mining News|Updated May 8, 2024

    Australian junior calculates SK-1300 gold resource for Estelle; files for public offering and US listing. Nova Minerals Ltd. April 16 reported the calculation of a resource estimate for its Estelle gold project in Alaska that is compliant with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission's (SEC) S-K 1300 reporting guidelines. Nova's securities are currently primarily listed on the Australian Stock Exchange (ASX). Looking for greater exposure to North American capital for its... Full story

  • Closeup of a rock saw cutting mineralized drill core in half.

    Freegold's final 2023 drill assays are in

    Shane Lasley, Mining News|Updated May 8, 2024

    Wide gold intercepts cut in the final two holes lay groundwork for 2024 drilling; a new resource is now being calculated for 20-million-oz gold deposit. Freegold Ventures Ltd. April 17 reported that the final two holes of its 2023 drill program cut wide sections of gold mineralization in the western expansion area of the 20-million-ounce Dolphin-Cleary gold deposit on its Golden Summit project about 25 miles north of Fairbanks, Alaska. According to an early 2023 calculation,... Full story

  • Enormous cylindrical mills crush ore at the Fort Knox mine in Alaska.

    Fort Knox gold output slows during Q1

    Shane Lasley, Mining News|Updated May 8, 2024

    Less ore through the mill and lower grades impact production; Manh Choh remains on track for Q3. Kinross Gold Corp. May 7 reported that its Fort Knox Mine in Alaska produced 53,350 ounces of gold during the first quarter of 2024, which is a 37% drop from the 84,215 oz produced during the previous three-month period and 18% lower than the 65,387 oz produced during the first quarter of 2023. Due to the effects of cold weather on recoveries from the heap leach pad, a drop in... Full story

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