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Zinc exploration Red Dog District, Teck Resources Solitario partnership

Stiff competition for exploration services

An early spring coupled with low snow fall in many parts of Alaska have combined to enable companies large and small to start their summer field programs early this year. As expecte... — Updated 4/26/2018 Full story

 

Alaska is always on the receiving end

In my younger years, I was hornswoggled into believing in “truth, justice and the American way.” I had no idea how evil that “way” actually was. Later, as I progressed... — Updated 4/26/2018 Full story

 
Green energy, copper, offshore wind power, mining

Ambler Copper: Part of the Problem or Part of the Green Energy Solution?

Governments around the world are collaborating to focus on addressing Climate Change and Global Warming. The Paris Climate Accord adopted numerous measures to "limit a global... — Updated 4/13/2018 Full story

 

Miners and Lawmakers Pass in the Night

Arguably, the process of adopting laws and regulations is well-intentioned; but like the blind men trying to describe an elephant, those who embrace the tail perceive a creature... — Updated 3/23/2018 Full story

 
Kotzebue National Geographic TRI article Red Dog Environmental Protection Agency

Alaska exploration mirrors global trend

In 2017 Alaska’s mineral exploration industry saw its first up-tick in exploration spending since 2011, an increase that S&P Global Market Intelligence’s “World Exploration Tr... — Updated 3/23/2018 Full story

 

Mining sector about to rocket ... or not

Seven days of near-continuous rain did nothing to dampen the mood at the recently concluded Cordilleran Roundup Convention in Vancouver. The event was buoyed by a realistic... — Updated 3/1/2018 Full story

 

State administration gets into the weeds

In an earlier column (Dec. 24, 2017), the question of proposed regulations affecting mining on State land was flagged for readers’ attention because the initial scope of the conte... — Updated 2/22/2018 Full story

 

Good time to be in the Alaskan mineral sector

As we transition from 2017 into 2018, the weight of evidence pointing to a long-awaited mining industry up-tick is being trumpeted from every financial institution, brokerage house... — Updated 1/26/2018 Full story

 

It's time to unpack your rock hammers

With the holidays in the rear view mirror and the convention season half-way over, mining operators in Alaska, big and small, are processing their paperwork for the upcoming field... — Updated 1/25/2018 Full story

 

2018 marks a new era for Mining News

The turning of the calendar to 2018 marked the start of an exciting New Year for mining in Alaska and Canada's North, and a new era for North of 60 Mining News. After more than a... — Updated 2/13/2018 Full story

 

Miners should follow pending reg changes

For the past 20 months or so, the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has been wrestling with some proposed changes to the regulations concerning the location and maintenance of... — Updated 12/24/2017

 

Turnaround lifts mood as miners gather

For the first time in five long years, the mood at the recently held Alaska Miners Association Convention in Anchorage was buoyant, the result of a slow but steady turnaround on... — Updated 1/10/2018 Full story

 

First step taken to curb Interior abuses

Although the Bureau of Land Management has been developing land management plans for decades, in the past those plans have had two qualities that made them tolerable. First, they we... — Updated 1/25/2018 Full story

 

Miners should follow pending reg changes

For the past 20 months or so, the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has been wrestling with some proposed changes to the regulations concerning the location and maintenance of... — Updated 12/23/2017

 

Upbeat mood buoys outlook for AMA meet

In early November, the Alaska Miners Association will hold its annual convention in Anchorage. Unlike the past four or five years, the excitement surrounding the convention this... — Updated 11/5/2017

 

Interior Department should cut red tape

Despite some of the significant things that Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke has done in his brief tenure as head of the U. S. Department of the Interior, one item of broad concern, to me at least, does not yet appear to have made it... — Updated 1/13/2018 Full story

 

As winter rolls in, so do field results

As the first snows of the coming winter began to fall at high elevations across Alaska, results of summer programs likewise began to trickle in from far-flung areas of the state.... — Updated 10/1/2017 Full story

 

Draft MSHA regs may save $27.6 million

Although many of us think that it didn't go far enough, one of the more important first steps that President Trump took in January was the promulgation of Executive Order (E. O.) 13771 which imposed a ceiling on new regulations. "F... — Updated 9/24/2017

 

Upturn in mining continues across Alaska

The Alaska mining industry continued its increased pace of activities in August, even as the first hint of autumn starts to be felt across the state. Metals prices were relatively... — Updated 9/3/2017

 

Majors drive mineral industry revival

At a recent mining industry panel discussion at the Western States Land Commissioners Association meeting in Anchorage, I was asked if the recent upturn in activity in the Alaska... — Updated 1/14/2018 Full story

 

It's time to give some kudos to Trump

Despite the obsession of the (District of) Columbians with health care, the Russians and Twitter, it seems to me that there are one or two good things to discuss when it comes to the new administration. For instance, with regard... — Updated 1/14/2018 Full story

 

Miners get busy in elephant country

The summer solstice has come and gone, but the Alaska mining industry has paid little attention to the decreased amount of daylight because it is high summer in the high latitudes,... — Updated 1/14/2018 Full story

 

Is Donald Trump the new Andrew Jackson?

There have been numerous comparisons of President Trump to President Jackson in the news and elsewhere, some of which have not been flattering to either; however, it does seem reasonable to take a brief look at the past in order... — Updated 6/18/2017

 

Recovery takes center stage in Alaska

If there is anyone still on the fence wondering if the minerals industry has started a recovery from the doldrums of the past four years, this month’s mineral industry activity... — Updated 1/15/2018

 

Settlement puts Pebble back in play

Last week the Pebble Project announced that it had reached a settlement with the EPA of pending litigation in conjunction with the agency's previous determination to block the... — Updated 1/27/2018 Full story

 

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