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  • Arrows point to where high-grade gold samples were collected on steep mountain.

    Nova discovers bonanza gold at Shoeshine

    Shane Lasley, Mining News|Updated Dec 1, 2023

    Nova Minerals Ltd. Nov. 20 announced that an extensive mapping and sampling program carried out across Estelle this year has turned up, by far, the highest-grade gold sample ever collected from this project about 100 miles northwest of Anchorage, Alaska. While the 2023 drill program focused on expanding the 9.9-million-ounce gold resource outlined so far at Estelle, Nova geologists collected 674 soil samples, 446 rock samples, and 21 stream sediment samples from across the...

  • Map showing the gold deposits and prospects along the 8-kilometer Pogo trend.

    A Northern Star gold discovery at Pogo

    Shane Lasley, Mining News|Updated Dec 1, 2023

    Northern Star Resources Ltd. Nov. 20 announced the discovery of Star, an emerging gold deposit about 1,300 meters southeast of the Leise and North zones that have contributed most of the 4.8 million ounces of gold that have been produced over the past 17 years at the Pogo Mine in Alaska. "Pogo drilling results continue to impress with near-mine opportunities underpinning the mine life and investment thesis for this operation," said Northern Star Resources Managing Director and...

  • Molten gold being poured into a bar at the Fort Knox Mine.

    Fort Knox: 9 million oz gold and counting

    Shane Lasley, Mining News|Updated Nov 30, 2023

    Kinross Alaska celebrates two milestones; one an echo of past success and the other a beacon to a bright future. Kinross Gold Corp. Nov. 8 reported that its Fort Knox Mine in Alaska produced 71,611 ounces of gold during the third quarter of 2023, which included the nine millionth ounce recovered from this iconic mine about 25 miles north of Fairbanks, Alaska. "As we celebrate this remarkable milestone of pouring nine million ounces of gold from the Fort Knox refinery, we also...

  • Geologist with hand augur drill collects soil samples from the forest floor.

    Kenorland completes 2023 Alaska program

    Shane Lasley, Mining News|Updated Nov 24, 2023

    Kenorland Minerals Ltd. Nov. 15 announced that its 2023 program in Alaska included 2,541 meters of drilling funded by Antofagasta Minerals at its Tanacross copper-gold-molybdenum project along the Yukon border in eastern Alaska, as well as geophysics on its Healy gold project in the Goodpaster Mining District. In April, Kenorland announced that Antofagasta Minerals, a subsidiary of Chilean copper miner Antofagasta PLC, budgeted US$3.8 million for the 2023 program at...

  • A helicopter slings core away from a drill on a steep Alaska mountainside.

    High-grade copper, zinc drilled at Palmer

    Shane Lasley, Mining News|Updated Nov 24, 2023

    American Pacific Mining Corp. Nov. 14 reported additional high-grade copper and zinc assays from the 2023 drill program at its Palmer volcanogenic massive sulfide project near the town of Haines in Southeast Alaska. A preliminary economic assessment that was updated prior to American Pacific's acquisition of a roughly 45% joint venture interest in Palmer late last year outlines an underground mine and a 3,500-metric-ton-per-day mill at the project that would produce 1.07 billi...

  • A rock hammer shows the scale of heavily mineralized rock at Estelle in Alaska.

    Nova discovers strong antimony at Estelle

    Shane Lasley, Mining News|Updated Nov 24, 2023

    Nova Minerals Ltd. Nov. 15 announced that its 2023 surface sampling program has discovered strong antimony mineralization alongside the gold, silver, and other metals at the Train and Trumpet targets on the company's 198-square-mile (513 square kilometers) Estelle project about 100 miles northwest of Anchorage. While Nova continues to primarily be focused on expanding the 9.9 million ounces of gold it has outlined so far at Estelle, the Australian company has identified...

  • Drill tests resource expansion target at the Golden Summit project in Alaska.

    Freegold wraps Golden Summit drilling

    Shane Lasley, Mining News|Updated Nov 22, 2023

    Freegold Venture Ltd. Nov. 7 announced the completion of a 44-hole drill program at Golden Summit that included 37 holes focused on expanding and upgrading the 19.7-million-ounce Dolphin-Cleary gold deposit and seven holes testing the Saddle discovery target about 2.5 miles to the east. The Dolphin-Cleary deposit hosts 407.54 million metric tons of open-pit mineable indicated resource averaging 0.92 grams per metric ton (12 million oz) gold, plus 282.3 million metric tons of...

  • A sunset peeks over a mountain with the outhouses in the foreground.

    HighGold ends on high note at JT

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

    HighGold Mining Inc. Nov. 20 announced an update for its 2023 exploration and development program, as well as the final drill results from its Johnson Tract project in Southcentral Alaska. "We had a busy and productive field season this year," said HighGold Mining President and CEO Darwin Green. "We completed a significant drill program aimed at expanding existing zones and targeting new discoveries. Results from the drill program are encouraging and will serve to inform... Full story

  • Two-track pioneer road cuts across the Flat gold property in Southwest Alaska.

    Tectonic Metals expands Flat gold project

    Shane Lasley, Mining News|Updated Nov 16, 2023

    Tectonic Metals Inc. Oct. 30 announced that it has expanded Flat through staking of state mining claims and an option on two claim blocks north of the 91,620-acre gold project in the Kuskokwim Mineral Belt of Southwest Alaska. Located roughly 25 miles (40 kilometers) north of the world-class Donlin Gold project, Flat is a property Tectonic leased from Doyon Ltd. that covers the likely lode source of two creeks – Flat and Otter – that are estimated to have produced more than 83...

  • Drill pad nestled in the crags of a rocky hill.

    Grande Portage steadily expands resource

    A.J. Roan, Mining News|Updated Nov 16, 2023

    Grande Portage Resources Ltd. Oct. 31 announced the results from the next three holes of its 6,500-meter drill program at the 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. According to a 2021 calculation, Herbert Gold hosts 3.64 million metric tons of indicated resource averaging 10.23...

  • Closeup of mineralized core from drilling in the Eureka Zone at Nikolai.

    Remarkably consistent Eureka Zone nickel

    Shane Lasley, Mining News|Updated Nov 16, 2023

    Assays from first four holes return 0.34% Ni-eq over 300-meter widths. Alaska Energy Metals Corp. Oct. 30 reported that assays from two more holes at Nikolai further confirm the remarkable consistency of the disseminated nickel sulfides in the roughly 300-meter-thick Eureka Zone that runs roughly 10 miles (16 kilometers) across this nickel-copper-cobalt-platinum group metals project about 55 miles south of Delta Junction, Alaska. The nickel-enriched Eureka Zone at Nikolai has...

  • Aerial view of an exploration camp at the Sun VMS project in Alaska.

    Drilling shows Sun expansion potential

    Shane Lasley, Mining News|Updated Nov 16, 2023

    Valhalla Metals Inc. Oct. 30 reported that all four step-out holes drilled this year at its Sun project in the World Class Ambler Mining District of Northwest Alaska cut significant zones of volcanogenic massive sulfide mineralization enriched with copper, zinc, silver, and gold. Lying alongside the route of the proposed Ambler Access Project, colloquially known as the Ambler Road, Sun hosts VMS deposits similar to the Arctic Mine project being advanced by Ambler Metals about...

  • Map of 2023 and past holes drilled at Dolphin-Cleary deposit at Golden Summit.

    Freegold cuts VG at exploration targets

    Shane Lasley, Mining News|Updated Nov 10, 2023

    Freegold Ventures Ltd. Oct. 23 reported that its 2023 drilling continues to trace gold mineralization to the north and west of the 19.7-million-ounce Dolphin-Cleary deposit at Golden Summit and is encountering visible gold on exploration targets that could add to the world-class gold endowment on this project about 25 miles north of Fairbanks, Alaska. The Dolphin-Cleary deposit hosts 407.54 million metric tons of open-pit mineable indicated resource averaging 0.92 grams per...

  • A drill rig tests for nickel and associated metals on a summer day in Alaska.

    Alaska Energy Metals affirms Eureka nickel

    Shane Lasley, Mining News|Updated Nov 2, 2023

    First two holes cut thick nickel sulfide zones expected at Eureka, and bonus mineralized zone. Alaska Energy Metals Corp. Oct. 16 reported that assays from its first two drill holes at Nikolai confirm the grades and consistency of the disseminated nickel sulfides in the Eureka Zone that runs roughly 10 miles (16 kilometers) across this nickel-copper-cobalt-platinum group metals project about 55 miles south of Delta Junction, Alaska. Nikolai's Eureka zone was first identified b...

  • A rainbow shines down over the Palmer project camp in Alaska.

    First assays for American Pacific's Palmer

    A.J. Roan, Mining News|Updated Nov 2, 2023

    American Pacific Mining Corp. Oct. 18 announced the initial results from its finished 2023 field program at its Palmer copper-zinc project in Southeast Alaska. Located in the Porcupine Mining District near the town of Haines, Alaska, Palmer is an advanced-stage, high-grade volcanogenic massive sulfide-sulfate deposit operated under Constantine North Inc., a subsidiary of American Pacific, and funded as part of a joint venture with Dowa Metals & Mining Co., Ltd. "The 2023...

  • Looking toward shore from atop the barge loader at the DTMS port in Alaska.

    Equipment issues slow Red Dog zinc output

    Shane Lasley, Mining News|Updated Oct 26, 2023

    Teck Resources Ltd. Oct. 24 reported that equipment failures at Red Dog impacted third-quarter production at this world-class zinc mine in Northwest Alaska. Over the three months ending Sept. 30, Red Dog produced 124,600 metric tons (274.7 million pounds) of zinc, which is 21% lower than the 157,800 metric tons (347.9 million lb) produced during the same period of 2022. Teck attributes the drop in zinc output to a drop in the tonnage of ore fed into the mill due to equipment...

  • Drill tests resource expansion target at the Golden Summit project in Alaska.

    Golden Summit's westward expansion

    Shane Lasley, Mining News|Updated Oct 20, 2023

    Freegold Ventures Ltd. Oct. 11 reported that high-grade gold intercepts cut in holes drilled west of Dolphin-Cleary demonstrate the expansion potential of this 19.7-million-ounce gold deposit on the Golden Summit project about 25 miles north of Fairbanks, Alaska. According to a March calculation, the Dolphin-Cleary deposit hosts 407.54 million metric tons of open-pit mineable indicated resource averaging 0.92 grams per metric ton (12 million oz) gold, plus 282.3 million...

  • A driller preps core at a drill rig surrounded with fall colors in Alaska.

    American Pacific tests new Palmer target

    Shane Lasley, Mining News|Updated Oct 19, 2023

    American Pacific Mining Corp. Oct. 4 announced that it is wrapping up the 2023 field program at Palmer with roughly 500 meters of drilling to test a new target on this advanced-staged zinc-copper-silver-gold exploration project near the town of Haines in Southeast Alaska. A preliminary economic assessment that was updated prior to American Pacific's acquisition of a roughly 45% joint venture interest in Palmer late last year outlines an underground mine and a...

  • Closeup of mills turning at the Pogo gold mine in Alaska.

    Pogo on pace for 250,000 oz gold in 2023

    Shane Lasley, Mining News|Updated Oct 19, 2023

    Northern Star Resources Ltd. Oct. 19 reported that its Pogo Mine in Alaska produced 61,817 ounces of gold during the third quarter of calendar year 2023. Over the first nine months of this year, Pogo poured 192,918 oz of gold, putting the company's only operation outside of Australia on pace to top 250,000 oz in 2023. Since completing an expansion of the Pogo mill to 1.3 million metric tons per year in 2022, Northern Star has been working to ramp up gold output at the...

  • Map of Felix Gold exploration project in the Fairbanks Mining District, Alaska.

    High-grade antimony at Treasure Creek

    Shane Lasley, Mining News|Updated Oct 19, 2023

    Felix Gold drills up to 28% antimony, including 6.1m of 13% Sb at project near Fairbanks, AK Felix Gold Ltd. Oct. 19 reported that assays from the 2023 drill program at the NW Array target returned high-grade antimony that elevates the criticality of the company's Treasure Creek project in Alaska. Since its emergence on the Alaska mining scene in 2021, Australia-based Felix has amassed more than 150 square miles of gold-enriched properties in the Fairbanks Mining District of...

  • Geologist samples an outcrop of brick red rock along a stream in Alaska.

    Trilogy finds zinc-rich zone at Helpmejack

    Shane Lasley, Mining News|Updated Oct 5, 2023

    Trilogy Metals Inc. Sept. 27 reported that stream sediment and rock sampling has identified two zinc-enriched volcanogenic massive sulfide targets on the Helpmejack project toward the eastern end of the Ambler schist belt in Alaska. Lying about 110 miles southeast of the world-class Arctic VMS deposit being advanced by Ambler Metals LLC, a joint venture owned equally by Trilogy and South32 Ltd., Helpmejack is an area first identified as prospective for zinc and copper in the...

  • A large dragline digs rock off coal seams at the Usibelli mine in Alaska.

    Usibelli workers hit safety milestone

    Shane Lasley, Mining News|Updated Oct 5, 2023

    Usibelli Coal Mine Sept. 7 celebrated 1,000 consecutive days without a lost time accident. The fact that this milestone is not a record for Alaska's longest operating mine is a testament to Usibelli's unwavering commitment to the safety and well-being of the more than 100 workers. "We are proud to celebrate 1,000 days without a lost time accident," said Usibelli Coal Mine President Joe Usibelli Jr. "This achievement reflects our commitment to safety as a core value and the...

  • Alaska mineral exploration camp and airstrip along a river and base of mountain.

    Valhalla wraps successful Sun program

    Shane Lasley, Mining News|Updated Oct 4, 2023

    Valhalla Metals Inc. Sept. 18 reported the completion of an exploration program at Sun that included camp upgrades, geophysics, relogging of historical core, and four new holes drilled on the polymetallic volcanogenic massive sulfide project in the world-class Ambler Mining District of Northwest Alaska. "A lot was accomplished in a short amount of time during this first exploration program undertaken by Valhalla," said Chairman Rick Van Nieuwenhuyse. This work began with the...

  • Crew working a drill pad at Grande Portage’s Herbert Gold project.

    First Herbert Gold results look promising

    A.J. Roan, Mining News|Updated Oct 4, 2023

    Grande Portage Resources Ltd. Sept. 14 announced an interim update on its 2023 drill program at the company's Herbert Gold project in Southeast Alaska, which has accrued roughly 3,050 meters of drilling in eight holes. "Our plan in 2023 was to fill in gaps in the established resource to allow for higher level of confidence in any new resource estimate and to have valuable incremental step outs in areas that had demonstrated mineralization in the past that might be open for...

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

    Ambler Road draft SEIS expected this month

    Shane Lasley, Mining News|Updated Sep 14, 2023

    Trilogy Metals Inc. Sept. 11 reported that 2023 summer field activities at the Upper Kobuk Minerals Project were subdued as the U.S. Bureau of Land Management reevaluates the permits for the proposed 211-mile road to the Ambler Mining District in Northwest Alaska. An expected release of the draft supplemental environmental impact statement for the Ambler Access Project in the coming two weeks, however, provides some hope that a decision on the re-issuance of the road permits c...

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