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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... — 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... — 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... — 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... — 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... — 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... — 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... — 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... — 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... — 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... — Updated 6/28/2018 Full story

 
Australian mineral exploration companies in Alaska Curt Freeman

Alaska mineral exploration tops $100M

The summer field season is in full bloom across Alaska with programs stretching from the Brooks Range to southeastern Alaska, and from the Yukon border to southwestern Alaska. Exploration... — Updated 7/6/2018 Full story

 
Topographic, geologic and geophysical maps Alaska

Critical Alaska geological maps needed

One of the most common complaints I hear from companies and individuals working in the mineral industry in Alaska is our deplorable lack of modern, usable-scale digital geophysical and... — Updated 6/8/2018 Full story

 
Alaska land status map U.S. Bureau of Land Management

Cheechakos keep coming into the country

Undoubtedly, one of the most fun parts of my vocation is introducing Cheechakos to mining in Alaska. Obviously, even the most experienced miners in the state can, and often do, get... — Updated 6/8/2018 Full story

 
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 expected, competi... — 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 through high... — 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 temperature... — 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 much unlike... — 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 Trends” in... — 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 optimism we have... — 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 contemplated ch... — 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 and... — 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 season.... — 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 decade as 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 State 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 mineral... — Updated 1/10/2018 Full story

 

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