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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

 
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 targets... — 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 geologic... — 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 cross-wise with... — 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, competition is... — 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 school, I... — 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 rise this... — 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 those... — 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” indicates... — 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 not seen... — 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 changes di... — 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 mining pundit... — 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. The major... — 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 section... — 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 Alaska... — 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 investments... — 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 were relatively easy... — 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 State of Alaska... — 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 year is palpable due... — 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 onto his radar... — 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. Meanwhile, second-... — 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. "For every new regul... — 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 stable with... — 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 mining industry was... — Updated 1/14/2018 Full story

 

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