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Arctic Encounter Symposium, Alaska Canada Greenland Iceland Finland

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 new connecti... — Updated 5/10/2019 Full story

 

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 activities.... — Updated 4/26/2019 Full story

 

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 this year. My... — Updated 4/26/2019 Full story

 
Sturgeon v. Frost moose hunting Nation River hovercraft Stoel Rives

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 Park Service... — Updated 4/19/2019 Full story

 

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 one of my fav... — Updated 3/29/2019 Full story

 

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 Nation River,... — Updated 4/12/2019 Full story

 

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 have been emb... — Updated 2/28/2019 Full story

 

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 evidence at the... — Updated 3/15/2019 Full story

 

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 Mining and... — Updated 1/25/2019 Full story

 
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 the House... — Updated 1/24/2019 Full story

 

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 definition of... — Updated 12/27/2018 Full story

 
Mixed economic signals for Alaska mining Curt Freeman guest column

Mixed economic signals for Alaska mining

As the year waned, Alaska's mining industry reported some of the last of its 2018 seasonal field results while the University of Alaska and state of Alaska released some current and projected... — Updated 1/4/2019 Full story

 

A Taurus' Role in the Age of Aquarius

There can be no doubt that April 27, 1973, was an auspicious day in Nebraska, not just because Jason Brune, Governor-Elect Dunleavy's pick to become the Commissioner of the Alaska Department of... — Updated 12/1/2018 Full story

 
Northern Dynasty Pebble Limited Partnership copper project Bristol Bay

Alaska drill results continue to roll in

WESTERN ALASKA Northern Dynasty Minerals Ltd. announced that it had finalized a surface right of way agreement with Alaska Peninsula Corporation for use of that latter's lands for the construction... — Updated 12/7/2018 Full story

 

Drilling tech for mineral exploration

Whilst the mining industry continues to shift on several levels, mineral exploration is still very much needed in determining where new mineral deposits are located. Technology has helped mineral... — Updated 12/14/2018 Full story

 
J.P. Tangen guest op-ed piece November 2018 North of 60 Mining News

Due process sometimes just isn't fair

I have always been bemused by an apparently historic inconsistency between the Declaration of Independence and the Fifth Amendment to the Constitution. The first speaks of "life, liberty and the purs... — Updated 11/2/2018 Full story

 
Avalon Development Curt Freeman Alaska Mining overview November 2018

Mining risks change often, dramatically

As Alaska's mining industry nears the end of another hectic year during which metals prices and investor sentiments rose and fell as precipitously as the world's major stock exchanges, the industry... — Updated 11/9/2018 Full story

 
Australian junior exploring Kuskokwim Mineral Belt near Donlin Gold

Explosion of mining activity in Alaska

Following a couple of quiet months where Alaska's mining industry focused on its work, the last month has seen an explosion of new info come out regarding that effort, some of it profound in its... — Updated 10/5/2018

 
Global warming methane release Kotzebue Alaska Northwest Arctic Alaska

Global warming releases arctic methane

I always get a giggle when I hear the stark warnings about the death and destruction that are going to occur as the result of the huge contribution that anthropomorphic activities, especially the bur... — Updated 10/5/2018 Full story

 
John S. McCain National Defense Authorization Act rare earth element magnets

Strategic metals ban rallies explorers

Underscoring the interconnected nature of the global mining market, not 48 hours after the John S. McCain National Defense Authorization Act was signed into law, the mining industry began wondering... — Updated 9/7/2018 Full story

 
Donlin Gold Final EIS Army Corps of Engineers ROD BLM

High praise due feds on Donlin decision

The Donlin Project took one step closer to becoming the next major mine in Alaska when on Aug. 13, the Army Corps of Engineers and the Department of the Interior signed off on a record of decision... — Updated 9/7/2018 Full story

 

Risk of abandonment of claims continues

About 26 months ago, the Alaska Department of Natural Resources announced its intention to modify the regulations concerning the location of mining claims on state land. The process of amending... — Updated 7/26/2018 Full story

 
World-class gold mine development Yukon Kuskokwim region Alaksa

Dead cat bounce for Alaska mining?

Although the Alaska mineral industry is in better health in the middle of 2018 than it has been in the last five years, the spirited recovery that was in progress in the first quarter of the year is... — Updated 8/3/2018 Full story

 
UCM coal mining Healy Alaska low-sulfur coal low-cost electricity

Celebrating 75 years at Usibelli Coal Mine

Celebrating its 75th anniversary this year, Usibelli Coal Mine (UCM) is Alaska's only operational coal mine. The company is proud to have an all-Alaska workforce of approximately 100 employees, of... — Updated 7/27/2018 Full story

 

DOI Reorganization Bodes Well for Alaska

As almost everyone knows, if you want to do something, anything at all, in our deeply-regulated society you have to take your hat in your hand, bow deeply before the local personification of the... — Updated 6/28/2018 Full story

 

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