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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 Full story

 

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 Full story

 

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 Full story

 
Alaska mines development and mineral exploration projects AMA

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 Full story

 
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... — Updated 5/10/2019 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... — Updated 5/24/2019 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... — 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... — 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 o... — 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... — 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 h... — 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... — 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... — 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... — 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... — 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... — 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... — 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... — 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... — 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... — 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,... — 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... — 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, especi... — 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... — 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... — Updated 9/7/2018 Full story

 

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