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Mining News: Province seeks river pact with Alaska  11/23/2014
To further strengthen neighborly bonds, British Columbia Minister of Mines Bill Bennett met with miners, fishermen, legislators and state regulators during an early November trip to Alaska. “I hope, and I believe, that we will be able to continue to work closely with Alaska on all of the issues that...


Mining News: NANA reflects on 25 years of Red Dog  11/23/2014
2014 marks the 25-year anniversary of the Red Dog Mine in Northwest Alaska being among the largest producers of zinc on the planet. For the more than 13,600 Inupiat who are shareholders of NANA Regional Corporation, owners of the land where Red Dog is found, this world-class mine’s success is measur...


Mining News: Global exploration spending slips again  11/23/2014
As the year winds down, financial information has begun to trickle in quantifying just how tough 2014 was on the mining industry. Industry analyst SNL Metals & Mining announced that the total estimated global budget for nonferrous metals exploration dropped another 25 percent in 2014, to US$11.36 bi...


Mining News: Miners hear review of ANCSA history  11/23/2014
The following summary overview of the history of the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act was presented at the Alaska Miners Association Convention held in Anchorage earlier this month as part of the celebration of the association’s 75th anniversary. The history of ANCSA is rooted in the occupancy of...


Mining News: CEO eyes plan for Carmacks by year’s end  11/23/2014
Harlan Meade, Ph.D. is a member of a very exclusive club – professional miners who have shepherded multiple Yukon Territory mines and mining projects through the rough patches of development to production or near-production. First, with Yukon-Zinc Corp.’s currently producing 1,700-metric-ton-per-da...


Mining News: Areva submits final EIS for Kiggavik  11/23/2014
Areva Resources Canada has submitted the final environmental impact statement for its Kiggavik Project to the Nunavut Impact Review Board, outlining an ambitious uranium mine project, potentially the first of its kind in Nunavut. Located 80 kilometers (50 miles) west of Baker Lake, Nunavut, Kiggavi...


Mining News: Ucore reports Bokan HREE processing win  11/23/2014
In the race to deliver heavy rare earth metals to western markets, Ucore Rare Metals Inc.’s Bokan Dotson-Ridge property in Southeast Alaska may sprint to the front of the pack with the help of an award-winning industrial process. Ucore recently completed a successful test in which it produced a hea...


Mining News: Alaska Miners Association turns 75  11/23/2014
Valued at US$4 billion per year, Alaska’s mining industry is as healthy as it has ever been. Much of this success is owed to the Alaska Miners Association, which celebrated its 75th anniversary during its annual convention and trade show held in Anchorage Nov. 3-9. The anniversary event also highlig...


Mining Explorers 2014: Spring is nearing for mining explorers!  11/02/2014
The cyclical nature of mineral exploration markets is reminiscent of my early years spent as a placer gold miner a few clicks south of the Arctic Circle. The summers were a time of frantic activity as I, and my fellow gold miners, endeavored to make the most of every minute of the long, warm summer...


Mining Explorers 2014: DNR tackles broad spectrum of issues  11/02/2014
The increasing crush of complex issues and decisions facing state land managers has a silver lining for Alaskans and our mining industry. It means things are happening. The busier we are at the Department of Natural Resources, the better Alaska is doing, in terms of jobs, revenue and overall economi...


Mining Explorers 2014: A quiet year for Alaska explorers  11/02/2014
Mineral exploration spending in Alaska will likely struggle to top US$80 million for 2014, a dramatic fall from the US$365.1 million pinnacle reached in 2011. “The din of mineral industry activity that is normally a part of the summer months in Alaska is decidedly muted this year as the global mini...


Mining Explorers 2014: Tip of the VMS iceberg at Palmer  11/02/2014
Like an iceberg, it appears the 4.75 million metric tons of massive sulfide mineralization outlined so far at the Glacier Creek deposit near the top of Mt. Morlan at Constantine Metal Resources’ Palmer project in Southeast Alaska may be just a glimpse of the precious metals enriched copper-zinc mine...


Mining Explorers 2014: SMM Pogo invests in golden future  11/02/2014
Continuing its success in finding new deposits of high-grade gold in the shadow of the mill at the Pogo Mine located in Interior Alaska, Sumitomo Metal Mining Pogo – a joint venture between Sumitomo Metal Mining Company (85 percent) and Sumitomo Corp. (15 percent) – ramped up exploration spending at...


Mining Explorers 2014: Alexco Resource Corp.  11/02/2014
AXR:TSX / AXU:NYSE-MKT President and CEO: Clynton Nauman Executive Vice President and COO: Brad Thrall Vice President, Exploration: Alan McOnie Alexco Resource Corp. owns the Bellekeno silver-zinc-lead mine, as well as a number of other mineral properties within historical Keno Hill Silver Distr...


Mining Explorers 2014: B.C. invests in thriving mining sector  11/02/2014
The mining industry has built and sustained communities in British Columbia for more than 150 years and today B.C. is considered a global leader in mining and mineral production. Mining contributes nearly C$7 billion to B.C.’s economy and supports jobs for more than 30,000 people. Well over C$470 mi...


Mining Explorers 2014: NTL powers Northwest exploration  11/02/2014
Mineral and coal exploration in British Columbia, which peaked at C$680 million in 2012, retreated to roughly C$476 million in 2013. This drop is on par with the roughly 30 percent decrease in exploration expenditures worldwide. The dynamics that led to the decrease – tight capital markets that con...


Mining Explorers 2014: Atac Resources Ltd.  11/02/2014
ATC: TSX-V President: Robert Carne Chief Executive Officer: Graham Downs Chief Operating Officer: Ian Talbot Atac Resources Ltd. continues to build upon ongoing success at it Rackla Gold project in east-central Yukon Territory. The initial phase of the 2014 exploration program targeted recent Ca...


Mining Explorers 2014: Seabridge taps core of KSM  11/02/2014
Over the past decade, Seabridge Gold Inc. has outlined 9.9 billion pounds of copper and 38.2 million ounces of gold in reserves at its Kerr-Sulphurets-Mitchell project in northwestern British Columbia. While the gold reserves are the largest for any yet to be developed project on Earth and the coppe...


Mining Explorers 2014: Revitalizing the future of mining  11/02/2014
The mining industry has been a pillar of the Northwest Territories’ economy for more than 80 years. A strategic approach to manage resources in the territory is creating a new investment climate and opportunities for responsible resource development. In addition to being the largest private sector c...


Mining Explorers 2014: Diamonds draw industry interest  11/02/2014
After ushering in devolution in concert with implementing the first phase of a well-reasoned mineral development strategy, the Northwest Territories is eager to attract new mineral resource investment in 2014 in hopes of building on an uptick in exploration activity in recent years. “The Canadian N...


Mining Explorers 2014: Avalon Rare Metals Inc.  11/02/2014
AVL: TSX President and CEO: Donald Bubar Senior Vice President, Metallurgy: Dave Marsh Vice-President, Exploration: William Mercer Avalon Rare Metals is focused on developing a mine at its Nechalacho rare earth elements deposit at Thor Lake in Northwest Territories. During 2014, the company is c...


Mining Explorers 2014: Raising the bar at Kennady North  11/02/2014
Since being spun-out of Mountain Province Diamonds Inc. in the summer of 2012, Kennady Diamonds Inc. has had a singular focus – find a next-generation Northwest Territories diamond mine at its Kennady North diamond project located 280 kilometers (174 miles) northeast of Yellowknife. Receiving a high...


Mining Explorers 2014: Abundant minerals bode well for future  11/02/2014
Nunavut’s landmass, including the internal waters and offshore lands as legislated by the “Nunavut Act,” occupies roughly a quarter of Canada’s land mass. With such a large amount of land and unexplored territory, there is a strong promise of abundant resources yet to be discovered. At present,...


Mining Explorers 2014: Big projects dominate field season  11/02/2014
Mineral exploration activity is holding its own in Nunavut this year, despite a tough funding environment and stiff competition from other attractive mining jurisdictions around the world. Although the Far North territory has only one operating mine, Meadowbank, at least eight mineral projects are c...


Mining Explorers 2014: Banks Island Gold Ltd.  11/02/2014
boZ: TSX-V President and CEO: Benjamin Mossman Chairman: Wolfgang Nickel Chief Geologist: Dirk Meckert Banks Island Gold Ltd. is on the cusp of transitioning from explorer to producer. Organized in 2010 by partners Ben Mossman and Jason Nickel, Banks Island is already enjoying income from gold r...


Mining Explorers 2014: Canada Zinc Metals Corp.  11/02/2014
czx: TSX-V chairman, President and CEO: Peeyush Varshney Vice President Exploration: Ken MacDonald director: Henry Giegerich Canada Zinc Metals Corp. is focused on exploring a band of zinc-lead-silver properties that blankets 79,870 hectares (197,359 acres) of the Kechika SEDEX belt in northeast...


Mining Explorers 2014: Agnico hits high-grade gold at Amaruq  11/02/2014
From expanding reserves at its proposed Meliadine gold mine to early-stage exploration at an enticing gold discovery a few miles up the road from its Meadowbank Mine, 2014 is emerging as a year marked with exciting growth for Agnico Eagle Mines Ltd. In addition to growth through the bit of a drill,...


Mining Explorers 2014: Government funding bolsters exploration  11/02/2014
In 2014, many junior exploration companies work to preserve capital by undertaking modest exploration programs. The injection of funding into the Yukon Mineral Exploration Program continues to be a valuable source of seed money for prospectors and juniors. The Government of Yukon increased its 2014...


Mining Explorers 2014: Mining exploration jumps in 2014  11/02/2014
Unlike its neighbors in the North, the Yukon Territory is forecasting a marked increase in exploration in 2014. While well shy of the roughly C$300 million invested in exploration in 2011, the peak of the modern Yukon gold rush, the C$65 million forecast to be invested on exploration in the Yukon du...


Mining Explorers 2014: Canadian Zinc Corp.  11/02/2014
czn: TSX chairman, President and CEO: John Kearney Vice President, Exploration and coo: Alan Taylor Vice President, permitting and environmental affairs: David Harpley Canadian Zinc Corp. has permits in hand and the majority of the required infrastructure in place to put the Prairie Creek Mine i...


Mining Explorers 2014: Coffee rockets towards feasibility  11/02/2014
Over the past five years, Kaminak Gold Corp. has rocketed the Coffee project from Yukon Territory’s other White Gold property to an expansive set of gold deposits on pace to be the first of the Shawn Ryan discoveries to be developed into a mine. A preliminary economic assessment published in June en...


Mining Explorers 2014: Carmax Mining Corp.  11/02/2014
CXM: TSX-V President and CEO: Jevin Werbes Vice President, Exploration: Jeff Poloni Director: Chris Healey, P.Geo Carmax Mining Corp.’s exploration program at the Eaglehead copper-gold property was bolstered by financial and technical support from Copper Fox Metals Inc. In May, Northern Fox Coppe...


Mining Explorers 2014: Coeur Mining Inc.  11/02/2014
CDE: NYSE President and CEO: Mitchell Krebs Chairman: Robert Mellor VP, Exploration: Hans Rasmussen Coeur Mining Inc. allocated roughly US$25 million for exploration in 2014, substantially lower than the US$40 million budgeted for 2013 and around 26 percent lower than the US$34 million actually s...


Mining Explorers 2014: Colorado Resources Ltd.  11/02/2014
CXO: TSX-V President and CEO: Adam Travis Executive Chairman: Larry Nagy Vice President, Exploration: Greg Dawson Colorado Resources Ltd. had drills turning two copper-gold properties in northern British Columbia and geologists identifying targets for potential future drilling at a third. In Janu...


Mining Explorers 2014: Dolly Varden Silver Corp.  11/02/2014
DV: TSX-V President and CEO: George Heard Chairman: John King Burns Vice President, Exploration: Ron Nichols Dolly Varden Silver Corp. started 2014 by prioritizing drill-ready targets at the company’s Dolly Varden property, located 26 road-kilometers (16 miles) from the community of Alice Arm in...


Mining Explorers 2014: Dominion Diamond Corp.  11/02/2014
DDC: TSX / NYSE Chairman and CEO: Robert Gannicott Chief Operating Officer: Chantal Lavoie Executive Vice President, Community Affairs: Brendan Bell Dominion Diamond Corporation mines rough diamonds at the Ekati and Diavik mines, both located in Northwest Territories about 300 kilometers (190 mi...


Mining Explorers 2014: Freegold Ventures Ltd.  11/02/2014
TSX: FVL President and CEO: Kristina Walcott Vice President, Exploration and Development: Alvin Jackson Freegold Ventures Ltd. has a portfolio of four gold exploration properties in Alaska. In recent years, the company has focused its exploration primarily on Golden Summit, a 6-million-ounce bul...


Mining Explorers 2014: Graphite One Resources Inc.  11/02/2014
GPH: TSX.V Executive Chairman: Doug Smith President and CEO: Anthony Huston General Manager, Operations: David Hembree Graphite One Resources Inc. is focused on advancing the Graphite Creek project in western Alaska to production as quickly as possible. Over the previous two years, the company ha...


Mining Explorers 2014: Hecla Mining Company  11/02/2014
HL: NYSE President and CEO: Phillips Baker Jr. Chairman: Ted Crumley Senior VP, Exploration: Dean McDonald Idaho-based Hecla Mining Co. is the largest primary silver producer in the United States and is a growing gold producer. The company operates the Greens Greek silver mine in Southeast Alask...


Mining Explorers 2014: Kinross Gold Corp.  11/02/2014
KGC: NYSE / K.TO: TSX Chairman: John Oliver Chief Executive Officer: Paul Rollison Chief Operating Officer: Warwick Morley-Jepson Kinross Gold Corp. continues to carry out robust exploration at and around its Fort Knox gold mine in Interior Alaska, while quietly investigating other prospects arou...


Mining Explorers 2014: Manson Creek Resources Ltd.  11/02/2014
MCK: TSX.V President: Jean Pierre Jutras Chief Financial Officer: Douglas Porter Secretary: Barbara O’Neill Manson Creek Resources Ltd. holds a portfolio of early-stage mineral exploration projects in Yukon Territory, Northwest Territories and British Columbia. The company’s primary focus in 2014...


Mining Explorers 2014: Millrock Resources Inc.  11/02/2014
MRO: TSX.V President and CEO: Gregory Beischer Chief Exploration Officer: Philip St. George Executive Vice President: Sarah Whicker Millrock Resources Inc. identifies and acquires grassroots mineral prospects and then seeks joint venture partners to help fund the exploration. This project generat...


Mining Explorers 2014: MMG Ltd.  11/02/2014
HKG: 1208 Chief Executive Officer: Andrew Michelmore Executive General Manager, Exploration: Steve Ryan Principal Geologist, Americas: Katherine Smuk Headquartered in Melbourne and listed on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange, MMG Ltd. continues to advance its Izok Corridor and Hood zinc-copper project...


Mining Explorers 2014: Mountain Province Diamonds Inc.  11/02/2014
MPV: TSX / MDM: NYSE Chairman: Jonathan Comerford President and CEO: Patrick Evans Mountain Province Diamonds Inc. is an exploration company hoping to transition to diamond miner upon a 2016 start-up at the Gahcho Kué project located about 300 kilometers (186 miles) northeast of Yellowknife, Nort...


Mining Explorers 2014: Nighthawk Gold Corp.  11/02/2014
NHK: TSX.V Chief Executive Officer: David Wiley Chief Geologist: Michael Byron Nighthawk Gold Corp. budgeted C$7.5 million for a 2014 exploration program at its 229,791-acre (92,993 hectares) Indin Lake gold property, located 220 kilometers (137 miles) north of Yellowknife, Northwest Territorie...


Mining Explorers 2014: North Arrow Minerals Inc.  11/02/2014
NAR: TSX.V Chairman: D. Grenville Thomas President and CEO: Ken Armstrong Advisor: Eira Thomas North Arrow Minerals Inc. has seven diamond exploration projects in Canada – Qilalugaq, Mel and Luxx in Nunavut; Lac de Gras and Redemption in Northwest Territories; Pikoo in Saskatchewan; and Timiskami...


Mining Explorers 2014: Northquest Ltd.  11/02/2014
NQ: TSX.V CEO: Jon North Chief Financial Officer: Carmelo Marrelli Vice President, Exploration: Dwayne Car Northquest Ltd. is focused on seeking gold and other metals in geological terranes that have not reached geological maturity, such as its Pistol Bay gold project in Nunavut. This 861-squar...


Mining Explorers 2014: NovaCopper Inc.  11/02/2014
NCQ: NYSE/TSX Chairman: Thomas Kaplan President and CEO: Rick Van Nieuwenhuyse Project Manager, Upper Kobuk Mineral Project: Scott Petsel NovaCopper Inc. has nearly reached its preliminary goal of defining 10 billion pounds of high-grade copper at the Upper Kobuk Mineral Projects, a long-term par...


Mining Explorers 2014: NovaGold Resources Inc.  11/02/2014
NG: TSX / NG: NYSE-MKT Chairman: Thomas Kaplan President and CEO: Gregory Lang Senior Advisor to President: Gil Leathley With its attention focused primarily on advancing Donlin Gold through the permitting process, Novagold Resources Ltd. dialed back its exploration in 2014. In January, the compa...


Mining Explorers 2014: Peregrine Diamonds Ltd.  11/02/2014
PGD: TSX Chairman and CEO: Eric Friedland President: Brooke Clements Chief Geoscientist: Jennifer Pell Peregrine Diamonds Ltd. focused its 2014 exploration on readying promising kimberlites at its Chidliak diamond project for bulk sampling in 2015. Since 2008, more than 67 kimberlites have been...


Mining Explorers 2014: Pretium Resources Inc.  11/02/2014
PVG: TSX President and CEO: Robert Quartermain Chief Development Officer: Joseph Ovsenek, Chief Exploration Officer: Kenneth McNaughton Pretium Resources Inc. is focused on reaching commercial production at its high-grade Brucejack gold-silver project by 2016. Located 65 kilometers (40 miles) no...


Mining Explorers 2014: Rockhaven Resources Ltd.  11/02/2014
RK: TSX.V Chief Executive Officer: Matthew Turner President: Rob Carne Chief Operating Officer: Ian Talbot Rockhaven Resources Ltd. released a steady stream of high-grade gold and silver assays from drilling at the Western BRX zone of its Klaza property in southern Yukon Territory over the 2014 f...


Mining Explorers 2014: Sabina Gold & Silver Corp.  11/02/2014
SBB: TSX President and CEO: Robert Pease Vice President, Project Development: Wes Carson Vice-President, Exploration: Angus Campbell With the goal of evolving from an exploration company to mid-tier gold producer, Sabina Gold & Silver Corp. budgeted C$23 million for the 2014 field program at its...


Mining Explorers 2014: Selwyn Chihong Mining Ltd.  11/02/2014
Chief Executive Officer: Richard Li Exploration Manager: Jelle De Bruyckere Selwyn Chihong Mining Ltd.., a Canadian subsidiary of Yunnan Chihong Zinc & Germanium Co. Ltd., is marching the Selwyn zinc-lead project in western Yukon Territory towards production. Yunnan Chihong Zinc & Germanium formed...


Mining Explorers 2014: Stone Boy Inc.  11/02/2014
Sumitomo Metal Mining (95 percent), Sumitomo Corp. (5 percent) Stone Boy Inc., owned by subsidiaries of Sumitomo Metal Mining (95 percent) and Sumitomo Corp. (5 percent), continues to seek high-grade gold on claims in the area of the Pogo gold mine in Interior Alaska. The Stone Boy partners have b...


Mining Explorers 2014: Teck Resources Ltd.  11/02/2014
TCK: NYSE / TCK.B: TSX Chairman: Norman Keevil President and CEO: Don Lindsay Vice President, Exploration: Alex Christopher Teck Resources Ltd. continued robust zinc exploration in Alaska and British Columbia, while dialing back expenditures at many of its copper exploration and development proj...


Mining Explorers 2014: TerraX Minerals Inc.  11/02/2014
TXR: TSX.V President and CEO: Joseph Campbell Vice President, Exploration: Tom Setterfield Chief Financial Officer: Stuart Rogers TerraX Minerals Inc. is focused on exploration of its Yellowknife City Gold Project, a 93.5-square-kilometer (36.1 square miles) land package immediately north of the...


Mining Explorers 2014: TMAC Resources Inc.  11/02/2014
Executive Chairman: Terry MacGibbon Chief Executive Officer: Catharine Farrow Vice President, Exploration and Geoscience: Dave King TMAC Resources Inc. is a privately held, Canadian-based mineral exploration focused solely on the exploration, development and mining of its Hope Bay gold project in...


Mining Explorers 2014: Ucore Rare Metals Inc.  11/02/2014
UCU: TSX.V President and CEO: Jim McKenzie Chief Operating Officer: Ken Collison Vice President, Business Development: Mark MacDonald Ucore Rare Metals Inc. carried out 2014 exploration programs at both its Bokan-Dotson Ridge rare earth elements project in Southeast Alaska and Ray Mountain REE-ti...


Mining Explorers 2014: Victoria Gold Corp.  11/02/2014
VIT: TSX.V Chairman: T. Sean Harvey President and CEO: John McConnell Executive Vice President: Mark Ayranto Victoria Gold Corp. is focused on the exploration and development of its Dublin Gulch property in central Yukon Territory. The Eagle gold deposit at Dublin Gulch is permitted to begin min...


Mining Explorers 2014: Wellgreen Platinum Ltd.  11/02/2014
WG: TSX.V President and CEO: Greg Johnson Senior VP and COO: John Sagman VP, Corporate Development: Rob Bruggeman Wellgreen Platinum Ltd. (formerly Prophecy Platinum) is endeavoring to develop a mine at its namesake platinum group metals-copper-nickel project located near the Alaska Highway in so...


Mining News: Coeur rewards mine success at Kensington  10/26/2014
When it comes to allocating a limited number of exploration dollars, Coeur Mining Inc.’s strategy is to funnel the money to projects that have demonstrated the ability to turn those dollars into precious metal. And, for 2014, the Kensington Mine in Southeast Alaska is where the bulk of the company’s...


Mining News: Pebble Partnership takes fight to EPA  10/26/2014
On the surface, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s endeavor to halt the development of the Pebble Mine in Southwest Alaska has the appearance of a federal agency doing its job – protecting the environment. Pebble developers contend that under this thin but durable veneer lies a secretly craf...


Mining News: Hope for rebound in recent mining news  10/26/2014
In an industry eager for even a scintilla of good news, a recent report from industry analyst SNL Metals & Mining recently gave the good-news-starved industry a bit of hope. SNL’s article, titled, “Too early to start celebrating a recovery in the sector,” indicated that although the downward trend i...


Mining News: EPA revisits its jurisdiction definition  10/26/2014
With the Ebola scare and the ISIS incursions dominating the international news and the various races for control of the Senate sucking all of the air out of the room domestically, it is easy to lose sight of the serpent slithering across America hissing and rattling and threatening to wreak destruct...


Mining News: Yukon mines grapple with big challenges  10/26/2014
Yukon Territory, lauded in recent years for its mine-friendly business climate, boast three operating mines coming online in the past seven years as well as strong prospects for more than doubling that number by 2020. Yet all three mines have hit rough patches in their operations in 2014 for distin...


Mining News: Royal Gold agrees to invest in Tetlin  10/26/2014
Two companies that trace their roots to the oil and gas sector have agreed to form an alliance to continue exploration at the Tetlin gold-copper-silver property in Alaska’s eastern Interior. In early October, Contango Ore Inc. announced that it inked a deal with Royal Gold Inc. that provides the Col...


Mining News: Baffinland begins mining Mary River iron  10/26/2014
Baffinland Iron Mines Corp. commenced mining operations in September at its Mary River iron ore mine located on northern Baffin Island, Nunavut. Mary River is one of the world’s richest and largest iron ore deposits in development and contains roughly 365 million metric tons of high-grade ore. The...


Mining News: Jobs boom heads to Canada’s Far North  10/26/2014
Government policymakers in Canada and the Northwest Territories are joining mining companies in preparing for an employment boom that economists predict will swamp the North in the next three to five years. The anticipated surge in jobs is part of a nationwide wave of employment growth expected in t...


Mining News: Gigafactory adds need for Graphite Creek  09/28/2014
Will Alaska be home to a “gigamine” that fills explosive future graphite demand expected to be driven by Tesla Motors’ lithium-ion battery Gigafactory and the larger market for battery-powered vehicles and devices? Graphite One Resources hopes the answer is yes. In early September Tesla announced t...


Mining News: Incentives spur exploration projects  09/28/2014
The Government of Northwest Territories has implemented a new Mining Incentive Program that was oversubscribed by midyear, with strong interest shown by companies and prospectors in the Northwest Territories and across Canada. “The Mining Incentive Program helps our government support those with th...


Mining News: Alaska faces exploration spending low  09/28/2014
Although mineral exploration and development activities continue around the state, year-end total expenditures are beginning to gel, and we are getting an increasingly clear picture of just what sort of year it has been for the Alaska mining industry. For the producing metal mines, gross and net re...


Mining News: Now is time to exercise your franchise  09/28/2014
All the rhetoric in the world will not be sufficient to mobilize the electorate to get off its collective derrière and fulfill its sacred duty to vote, unless the subject matter strikes a personal chord. I am mindful of the recent plebiscite in the United Kingdom where the question was up or down o...


Mining News: B.C. mine may diversify niobium market  09/28/2014
Taseko Mines’ Aley project in northern British Columbia is one step closer to diversifying the global supply of niobium, a strategic metal that currently is mined almost exclusively in Brazil. In mid-September, the company provided a broad blueprint for developing a mine at Aley that would produce r...


Mining News: Mineral exploration services get a boost  09/28/2014
As mineral exploration activity around the globe continues to reel from the body blows delivered by a multi-year capital drought, a trio of innovators in Yukon Territory is giving new meaning to the adage, “One man’s meat is another man’s poison.” Groundtruth Exploration Ltd., led by Shawn Ryan’s p...


Mining News: First Nations create mineral explorer  09/28/2014
The Dene First Nations of Northwest Territories has created what is likely Canada’s first 100 percent aboriginal-owned exploration and mining company. Named DemCo Limited Partnership, the startup will celebrate one year in business in October, and is already making its mark in the industry. DemCo’...


Mining News: Explorers’ hunt for diamonds heats up  09/28/2014
Diamonds exploration heated up in the Northwest Territories in 2014 as more and more companies mounted campaigns aimed at identifying the next big discovery in a region that has already produced three operating diamond mines and one well-advanced mine project. “It’s been an exciting season for us be...


Mining News: KSM gets closer scrutiny, more drilling  08/31/2014
With 9.9 billion pounds of copper and 38.2 million ounces of gold in reserves, a provincial environmental certificate in-hand and federal approvals pending, Seabridge Gold is in the final stages of gathering all of the components needed to develop a mine at its Kerr-Sulphurets-Mitchell project in no...


Mining News: Dam breach tarnishes miners’ reputation  08/31/2014
Results from water sampling show that the immediate environmental impacts of an estimated 14.5 million cubic meters of tailings and water released from a facility at Imperial Metals Corp.’s Mount Polley Mine in central British Columbia are isolated primarily to the area immediately below the breache...


Mining News: Report delivers eye-opening insights  08/31/2014
At the same time as the EPA is pushing forward on its planned precedent-setting, pre-emptive, pre-permit veto of the Pebble project and the tailings dam failure at the Mount Polley mine in British Columbia, former Gold Fields Ltd. Chief Geologist Rael Lipson published an eye-opening summary of where...


Mining News: Mount Polley spill could ease Pebble fears  08/31/2014
The recent dam breach at the Mount Polley Mine in British Columbia has precipitated a bit of consternation among the Pebble Project watchers on both sides of the issue. Predictably, the naysayers have adopted an “I told you so” response, as if there are relevant similarities between what was constr...


Mining News: 2014 ushers in field season of contrasts  08/31/2014
WHITEHORSE, Yukon Territory – Quieter streets, emptier skies, shorter business hours and closed shops here are sure signs of tough times in the mining industry. Hours away by helicopter, one can find bare-bones exploration camps and skeleton staffs sprinkled like the occasional grain of visible gold...


Mining News: NovaCopper regroups, resamples Bornite  08/31/2014
Indicative of the state of mineral exploration in Alaska, and around the world, no drills are turning at NovaCopper’s Upper Kobuk Mineral Projects in 2014. Instead, crews crated up 12,918 meters of core from historical drilling at the northern Alaska project and shipped it to Fairbanks where it can...


Mining News: Developer plans giant mine at Selwyn  08/31/2014
HOWARD’S PASS, Yukon Territory – Here at the Selwyn Project, Vancouver-based Selwyn Chihong Mining Ltd. is moving forward with year-round exploration and development that began in June 2013. The company is building a 35,000-metric-ton-per-day zinc-lead mine (roughly 3.5 times the size of the Red Dog...


Mining News: Perseverance pays off at Klaza  08/31/2014
Rockhaven Resources Ltd.’s Klaza Project located at the end of the Nansen Road in central Yukon Territory may be coming into its own as an exciting precious metals property. After three years of exploration, the junior has amassed 460 claims, enough to comprise 90-square kilometers (35 square miles)...


Mining News: Alliance adds properties to portfolio  08/31/2014
Through its strategic alliance partnership with Nunavut Resources Corp., Transition Metals Corp. has acquired an additional 433 square kilometers (167 square miles) of high potential gold and base metal exploration properties in Nunavut. The alliance acquired the properties located along the Izok-G...



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Mt. Polley breach dams Imperial cash-flow  11/20/2014
Imperial Metals Corp. Nov. 14 reported that the tailings dam breach at the Mount Polley mine is depriving the company of its primary source of cash-flow, resulting in a significant impact to the compa...

Yukon government lauds excellence in mining  11/20/2014
Government of Yukon officials Nov. 18 unveiled the winners of the 2014 Robert E. Leckie awards at the 42nd Annual Geoscience Forum & Trade Show banquet. This year’s honorees were GroundTruth Explorati...

Alaska News Nuggets  11/20/2014
GOLD – Redstar Gold Corp. Nov. 19 reported that it has agreed to assume the obligations of Full Metal Minerals (USA) Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Full Metal Minerals Ltd. under an exploration ag...

British Columbia  11/20/2014
COPPER/GOLD – Seabridge Gold Nov. 20 reported results from its 2014 drilling at the Deep Kerr deposit of its KSM project in northwestern British Columbia. A total of 12,900 meters in 13 core holes exp...

Northwest Territories  11/20/2014
MEDICAL LEAVE – Dominion Diamond Corp. Nov. 20 reported that its board of directors has granted Chairman and CEO Robert Gannicott a medical leave of absence to undergo important treatment, which is ex...

Nunavut  11/20/2014
COPPER – Kaizen Discovery Inc. Nov. 18 reported that it has completed the acquisition of all of the outstanding securities of Tundra Copper Corp. in exchange for common shares of Kaizen. Tundra Copper...

Yukon Territory  11/20/2014
ZINC – Overland Resources Nov. 20 said the final analytical results from 362 geochemical soil samples collected recently at the Yukon Base Metal Project have highlighted an area that is highly anomalo...

B.C. seeks to calm mining worries in Alaska  11/13/2014
British Columbia Energy and Mines Minister Bill Bennett hopes for a closer relationship with Alaska after speaking to a mining conference in Anchorage and meeting one of the new power players in U.S....

Alaska News Nuggets  11/13/2014
RARE EARTHS – Ucore Rare Metals Inc. Nov. 12 reported the successful use of molecular recognition technology to produce a heavy rare earth concentrate consisting of more than 99 percent rare earth ele...

British Columbia  11/13/2014
SILVER/GOLD – Dolly Varden Silver Corp. Nov. 12 reported completion of its 2014 exploration program on the Dolly Varden property in northwestern British Columbia. The 2014 program consisted of further...

Northwest Territories  11/13/2014
ASSESSMENT/RECLAMATION SECURITY – Dominion Diamond Corp. Nov. 6 said it has filed the Developer’s Assessment Report with the Mackenzie Valley Environmental Impact Review Board for the Jay kimberlite p...

Nunavut  11/13/2014
URANIUM – Kivalliq Energy Corp. Nov. 12 reported results received from the 2014 exploration program at Kivalliq’s 275,469-acre Angilak property located in Nunavut. Highlights of 2014 Angilak property...

Yukon Territory  11/13/2014
NICKEL/IRON – First Point Minerals Corp. Nov. 13 reported results from its first diamond drilling campaign at its Mich nickel-iron alloy (awaruite) property, located 55 kilometers (34 miles) southeast...

Greenland  11/13/2014
RUBY/PINK SAPPHIRE – True North Gems Inc. Nov. 13 provided a development update on its Aappaluttoq Ruby and Pink Sapphire Project in Southwest Greenland. Mobilization of equipment for the project comm...

Prosperity pens deal to grab Alaska, Nunavut gold properties  11/06/2014
Prosperity Goldfields Corp. has inked property acquisition agreements with two private Canadian companies to acquire the Eric Lake and Noomut River gold mineral exploration properties in Nunavut and t...

Strong performance boosts 2014 results, outlook for 2015  11/06/2014
Agnico Eagle Mines Oct. 29 reported a loss of US$15.1 million for the third quarter of 2014, and attributed the poor result on a non-cash foreign currency translation loss on deferred tax liabilities...

Alaska News Nuggets  11/06/2014
COPPER – Coventry Resources Inc. Nov. 5 reported that it has entered into agreements that provide it the right to acquire 80 percent of the Caribou Dome copper project in Alaska, via the acquisition o...

British Columbia  11/06/2014
GOLD – Colorado Resources Ltd. Nov. 5 provided an update to its KSP property which is under an earn-in agreement with SnipGold Corp. KSP is located about 15 kilometers (nine miles) along strike to the...

Northwest Territories  11/06/2014
PERMITTING – The Mackenzie Valley Environmental Impact Review Board Nov. 4 said it has received notification Robert McLeod, Minister of Lands, that the Government of the Northwest Territories has acce...

Nunavut  11/06/2014
IRON – Baffinland Iron Mines Corp., less than two months since startup of mining operations at its 4.2-million-metric-ton Mary River iron mine on Baffin Island, is seeking permission from Nunavut regu...

Yukon Territory  11/06/2014
GOLD – Rockhaven Resources Ltd. Nov. 6 reported results from its Kluane gold property in southwestern Yukon Territory. The property lies in a lightly-explored gold belt that features high-grade gold s...

Teck profit slips on weak met-coal, strong zinc prices soften blow  10/30/2014
Teck Resources Ltd. Oct. 29 reported third quarter adjusted profit attributable to shareholders of C$159 million (C28 cents per share), compared with C$252 million (C44 cents per share) in 2013. Profi...

Alaska News Nuggets  10/30/2014
GOLD – Redstar Gold Corp. Oct. 30 reported that, together with Full Metal Minerals Ltd. and the Aleut Corporation, it has signed an agreement in respect of the Unga-Popov property, whereby all rights...

British Columbia  10/30/2014
SILVER – Brixton Metals Corp. Oct. 29 reported a maiden inferred resource of 21.5 million silver-equivalent ounces at its Thorn project in northwestern British Columbia. “We are excited to have comple...

Northwest Territories  10/30/2014
DIAMONDS – Kennady Diamonds Inc. Oct. 30 provided an update on the 2014 fall drill program at the company’s Kennady North diamond project in Northwest Territories. “The Kelvin drill program continues...

Nunavut  10/30/2014
URANIUM – Forum Uranium Corp. Oct. 28 reported results of exploration on the North Thelon project, Nunavut. Mapping, prospecting and sampling were completed this summer in selected areas of economic i...

Yukon Territory  10/30/2014
MANAGEMENT – Northern Freegold Resources Ltd. Oct. 30 announced that Paul Reynolds, P. Geo., has been appointed president taking, replacing John Burges who has resigned as President and CEO. Reynolds...

Alaska News Nuggets  10/23/2014
FINANCE/CONSOLIDATION – Millrock Resources Inc. Oct. 23 said it has closed a previously announced private placement of 80.9 million units at a price of C5 cents per unit for gross proceeds of $4.05 mi...

British Columbia  10/23/2014
POLYMETALLIC – Copper Fox Metals Inc. Oct 23 provided an update on the 2014 season for joint venture activities at its Schaft Creek copper-gold-molybdenum-silver project located in northwestern Britis...

Northwest Territories  10/23/2014
DIAMONDS – Canterra Minerals Corp. Oct. 21 reported that it has completed a diamond exploration program on its property portfolio in the Northwest Territories, and that partial analysis from the basal...

Nunavut  10/23/2014
GOLD – WPC Resources Inc. Oct. 23 reported completion of a technical report prepared in compliance (or accordance) with NI 43-101 guidelines for its 100 percent-owned Hood River property in Nunavut. T...

Yukon Territory  10/23/2014
GOLD – Rockhaven Resources Ltd. Oct. 22 said results from the final drill hole that tested the Western BRX Zone is a game changer for the Klaza property, located in the Dawson Range Gold Belt of south...

Nunavut board gives thumbs up to Meliadine gold project  10/16/2014
The Nunavut Impact Review Board Oct. 10 said it has completed its review of Agnico Eagle Mines Ltd.’s Meliadine gold project and submitted its final hearing report, including recommendations, to Canad...

Alaska News Nuggets  10/16/2014
RARE EARTHS – Ucore Rare Metals Inc. Oct. 15 reported issuing a request for proposals to engage a consulting firm to prepare a bankable feasibility study for the company’s Bokan-Dotson Ridge heavy rar...

British Columbia  10/16/2014
COPPER/GOLD/SILVER – Seabridge Gold Oct. 16 said results from drilling at the Iron Cap Lower Zone continue to outline a major new gold-copper discovery beneath Iron Cap, one of KSM's four large porphy...

Northwest Territories  10/16/2014
FINANCE – Mountain Province Diamonds Inc. Oct. 16 reported the closing of its bought-deal private placement of common shares, for gross proceeds of C$75 million. A syndicate of underwriters – led by B...

Nunavut  10/16/2014
IRON – Baffinland Iron Mines Ltd. Oct. 9 said it began to mine the Mary River iron project in September and transporting ore to the port site where construction of its Milne Port continues, on schedul...

Yukon Territory  10/16/2014
COPPER – Copper North Mining Corp. Oct. 14 said it has engaged two engineering firms – JDS Energy and Mining Inc. and Beijing General Research Institute of Mining and Metallurgy – to undertake a new f...

Avalon provides update on Nechalacho REE project  10/09/2014
Avalon Rare Metals Inc. Oct. 8 reported recent progress at its Nechalacho rare earth elements project located at Thor Lake in Northwest Territories. Most of the technical work programs planned to op...

Alaska News Nuggets  10/09/2014
QUARTERLY UPDATE – Novagold Resources Inc. Oct. 8 released third-quarter 2014 financial results and updates for its 50-percent-owned Donlin Gold project in Alaska and its 50-percent-owned Galore Creek...

British Columbia  10/09/2014
COPPER/GOLD – Alix Resources Corp. Oct. 6 reported results from a preliminary reconnaissance exploration program completed this summer in the Sheslay district of northwestern British Columbia. A crew...

Northwest Territories  10/09/2014
FINANCE – TerraX Minerals Inc. Oct. 9 said it has completed a second closing of its recently announced non-brokered private placement of 6 million units at C35 cents with the issuance of a further 1,3...

Nunavut  10/09/2014
GOLD – Sabina Gold & Silver Corp. Oct. 7 provided a progress report on optimization work underway as part of a feasibility study being prepared for its Back River gold project in Nunavut. The company...

Yukon Territory  10/09/2014
GOLD – Goldstrike Resources Ltd. Oct. 8 said additional geochemical surveys have confirmed a 7.7-kilometer (4.8 miles) gold trend on the Lucky Strike property, which is adjacent to Kinross Gold Corp.’...

Key Construction Permits Issued to Seabridge Gold's KSM Project  10/02/2014
Seabridge Gold Sept. 29 reported that it has received early-stage construction permits from the Province of British Columbia for its KSM Project in northwestern B. C. The permits issued include autho...

Baffinland begins iron ore production at Mary River  10/02/2014
FINANCE – Millrock Resources Inc. Oct. 1 reported it has increased the previously announced non-brokered private placement. The company has received strong interest from parties that, if their subscr...

Alaska News Nuggets  10/02/2014
COPPER – Copper North Mining Corp. Oct. 1 reported the start of geophysical surveys on its Thor property located 15 kilometers (10 miles) south of the Kemess mine and mill facilities. Copper North acq...

British Columbia  10/02/2014
FINANCE – Kennady Diamonds Inc. Oct. 1 reported the closing of a previously reported non-brokered private placement of common shares, for gross proceeds of C$5 million. The company issued 769,500 comm...

Northwest Territories  10/02/2014
GOLD – North Country Gold Corp. Sept. 30 reported the completion of a site and infrastructure maintenance program at its Three Bluffs Gold project located northeast of Baker Lake, in Nunavut. The four...

Nunavut  10/02/2014
GOLD – Kaminak Gold Corp. Sept. 30 provided an update on the feasibility program underway at its Coffee Gold Project located 130 kilometers (80 miles) south of Dawson City, YT. The feasibility study f...

Yukon Territory  10/02/2014
GOLD – Kaminak Gold Corp. Sept. 30 provided an update on the feasibility program underway at its Coffee Gold Project located 130 kilometers (80 miles) south of Dawson City, YT. The feasibility study f...


















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