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 By Curt Freeman    Opinion

Old mining risks yield to new concerns

As the year winds down, mineral industry evaluations for 2019 are being published at a rapid rate. One of the most interesting such global reviews is EY Global Mining and Metals' annual... — Updated 11/28/2019

 
 By J. P. Tangen    Opinion

Mining flourishes in interesting times

If you pay any attention to the popular press, it is difficult to avoid critical references to President Trump. He has become the effigy for everything from political division to global i... — Updated 11/27/2019

 
 By Curt Freeman    Opinion

Alaska exploration extends into mild fall

An abnormally long fall has allowed the Alaska mining industry to extend seasonal work well into mid-October, creating a lot of new information about project work conducted around the... — Updated 11/8/2019

 
 By J P Tangen    Opinion

Environmental NGO slanders Alaskans

If anyone has not yet read Mike Satre’s excellent editorial in the October 2019 edition of the Alaska Miner magazine they should stop what they are doing right now and read what he has... — Updated 10/31/2019

 
 By J. P. Tangen    Opinion

The elephants in Alaska are everywhere!

Alaska, like Canada to the east and Russia to the west, is well known for its elephantine mineral deposits. Recognition of those deposits surfaces regularly. Sometimes they are... — Updated 9/26/2019

 
 By Curt Freeman    Opinion

Alaska mining traces erratic global trend

If you have watched the metals markets over the last month, you know why Alaska's mineral industry has surged, stalled, swerved, swooped, slowed, shelved and stuttered, sometimes all at... — Updated 9/26/2019

 
 By Curt Freeman    Opinion

Alaska's topsy-turvy exploration season

As the rest of the country suffers through the Dog Days of summer, Alaska is approaching the end of a topsy-turvy summer season that saw unseasonably hot, dry weather in some parts of the... — Updated 9/6/2019

 
 By J. P. Tangen    Opinion

Federal permitting delays are a scandal

It is no secret that much of the western United States was built on the back of natural resources found on federal land or within adjacent federal waters. Likewise, it is no secret that... — Updated 9/6/2019

 
 By Curt Freeman    Opinion
Curt Freeman throws down rear earth element gauntlet

Freeman throws down rare earth gauntlet

Earlier this month Reuters reported that several agencies within the U.S. Federal government were "rapidly assessing" our domestic ability to mine and refine rare earth elements and... — Updated 7/26/2019

 
 By J. P. Tangen    Opinion

Trump policy changes face challenges

One of the highlights of my July each year is attending the Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Institute because mining lawyers and landmen from across the continent gather to hear presentations... — Updated 7/25/2019

 
 By Curt Freeman    Opinion

Metals feel love, explorers not so much

Earlier this month S&P Global put out a summary indicating that during the first quarter of 2019 metals like copper, zinc and nickel were up quarter over quarter by 11 percent, 22... — Updated 7/19/2019

 
 By J. P. Tangen    Opinion

Alaska's regulations need streamlining

One does not have to be a septuagenarian to recall how things were before Richard Nixon signed the Clean Air Act and the Clean Water Act into law. Whole industries used the commons for... — Updated 6/27/2019

 
 By J. P. Tangen    Opinion
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Mining is making it in the Last Frontier

It is difficult not to be optimistic about the future of the mining industry in Alaska these days. Although the industry is still No. 2 – as compared to oil and gas – it remains... — Updated 5/30/2019

 
 By Curt Freeman    Opinion

The 2019 mining game is afoot in Alaska

In the famous words of Sherlock Holmes, the game is afoot! After seasonally slower news from Alaska's mining industry in March and April, the dam has broken with over two dozen Alaska... — Updated 5/30/2019

 
 By J. P. Tangen    Opinion

Our stars are aligned as never before

I know that it is a perennial hazard for those of us who follow the mining industry to be optimistic in the Spring every year; but, somehow, I don't seem to be able to contain myself... — Updated 5/24/2019

 
 By Shane Lasley    Opinion
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A glimmer of hope for the Arctic ... humanity

As the publisher of a mining newspaper that covers the North, I had two objectives for the Arctic Encounter Symposium – to cover the views of where mining fits into the Arctic and make... — Updated 5/10/2019

 
 By Curt Freeman    Opinion

Calm before the 2019 exploration storm

As is usually the case this time of year, news about Alaska mineral activities is a bit sparse this month as planning activities are at flank speed ahead of next month's surge in field... — Updated 4/26/2019

 
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National Park laws are different in Alaska

Alaska is different - it has moose hunters on hovercrafts, many large national parks, and certain unique federal laws. On March 26, the U.S. Supreme Court unanimously held that National... — Updated 4/19/2019

 
 By J. P. Tangen    Opinion

Alaskan wins million-dollar moose hunt

I don't really know how much it has cost John Sturgeon to go to the United States Supreme Court (SCOTUS) twice in order to vindicate his right to use a hovercraft to go hunting on the... — Updated 4/12/2019

 
 By Curt Freeman    Opinion

Concerning mineral exploration trend 2019

As is usually the case this time of year, the mining industry is awash in backward-looking statements designed to allow for more accurate forward-looking statements. Prime among them is o... — Updated 3/29/2019

 
 By Curt Freeman    Opinion

Unbridled enthusiasm keeps miners happy

Those of you that attended the recent Cordilleran Roundup Convention in Vancouver can attest to the exuberant, upbeat atmosphere that pervaded the conference and was very much in... — Updated 3/15/2019

 
 By J. P. Tangen    Opinion

Fifty Miles From Tomorrow worth reading

Despite over four decades of working with the mining industry in Alaska, my travels rarely brought me to the northwest part of the state and my opportunities to interface with residents h... — Updated 2/28/2019

 
 By Curt Freeman    Opinion

Keeping the main thing, the main thing

I, for one, feel vindicated, relieved and ready to face the New Year! How so, you ask? Please let me explain. For those of you who remember my column in November, I noted that EY Global... — Updated 1/25/2019

 
 By J. P. Tangen    Opinion
Who owns Alaska map - federal state Alaska Native corporations

What if they closed the government?

As you have heard by now, a large segment of the federal government has been furloughed over some sort of a squabble between the Leader of the Free World and the newly-elected Speaker of... — Updated 1/24/2019

 
 By J P Tangen    Opinion

EPA, Corps to release wetlands regulations

Earlier this month the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) announced that they were proposing “a clear, understandable, and implementable... — Updated 12/27/2018

 

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