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March 25, 2013 in Blog


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Discovery again mines Alaska, doesn’t quite find gold

February 9, 2014 in Blog

SANY0043By Ellen Gray

POSTED: January 21, 2014

* KLONDIKE. 9 tonight, tomorrow and Wednesday, Discovery.

NO ONE knows the gold in them thar hills like the Discovery Channel, which has been mining Alaska and the Great White North for years, with shows like “Gold Rush” exploring the ups and downs of seeking a fortune under extreme conditions.

The network hasn’t ventured far out of its (dis)comfort zone in its first scripted miniseries, “Klondike,” which premieres tonight, though this might be its most cautionary tale ever.

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Golden 2013 for Alaska miners

February 9, 2014 in Blog


Banner year at Fort Knox hoists annual gold production above 1 million ounces for first time since early 20th Century Gold Rush

Shane Lasley

Spurred by a record-setting pace at Kinross Gold Corp.’s Fort Knox Mine, Alaska gold production topped 1 million ounces during 2013, a golden milestone not achieved by Last Frontier gold miners since 1906.

Though more than a century lies between these monumental milestones, they are linked by a discovery made by Felice Pedroni, an Italian immigrant better known to Alaskans as Felix Pedro.

It was Pedro’s gold find in an Interior Alaska stream in 1902….

Read more at North of 60 Mining


Alaska’s record cold temps

April 29, 2013 in Blog

Interior Alaska shivers in record cold temps thermometer

Posted: Monday, April 29, 2013 12:30 am | Updated: 9:03 am, Mon Apr 29, 2013. By TIM MOWRY tmowry@newsminer.com

FAIRBANKS — The winter that won’t end continued Sunday with record-low temperatures around Interior Alaska. The low temperature at Fairbanks International Airport was 2 degrees above zero, which obliterated the old record of 8 above set in 1924.

New records were set at Eagle (5 below), Eielson Air Force Base (1 above) and Delta Junction (3 above).

Read more here: www.newsminer.com

Spring brings airline competition to Alaska

April 23, 2013 in Blog

SANY0069Here in Alaska, with spring comes an almost embarrassing selection of great deals on airfares, many offered by airlines that only fly here seasonally. Let’s take a look at the “Top 10″ travel deals to/from Alaska, along with those hide-and-seek airfare travel treasures that change all the time.

Here goes:1. Anchorage-Seattle (or reverse). We’ve been waiting for the price to Seattle to come down for several years. May 17 is when the fares drop–and I predict they will be cheap all summer long until JetBlue’s last flight on Oct. 15, 2013. Prices dipped below $200 roundtrip. Right now, they are priced from $236 roundtrip, starting May 17. It’s a three-way catfight between Alaska Airlines, United and JetBlue. Clearly, Alaska Airlines, with 17 daily flights, has the most to lose. Accordingly, they’re offering triple mileage on qualifying (red-eye) flights.

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Gold Drops to $1349

April 15, 2013 in Blog

Haven t seen this since Ive been watching gold.

I’m also worried about the fact gold usually goes down in the summer and the summer isn’t even here yet.

Such sad news as we ready ourselves for this years mining season.


Mining Day in Alaska

April 14, 2013 in Blog

Legislature passes bill to create Mining Day in Alaska

JUNEAU — Last week, the Alaska State Legislature passed legislation designating May 10 as “Alaska Mining Day” each year.

Senate Bill 1, sponsored by Senator Cathy Giessel, R-Turnagain Arm/North Kenai, was created in an effort to raise public awareness of Alaska’s rich history and cultivate appreciation for the state’s miners and the mining industry through educational activities and celebratory events.

Well-known, large gold rushes occurred in: Juneau in 1880, Turnagain Arm in 1885, Fortymile in 1886, Kenai in 1888, Circle in 1892, the Klondike in 1896, Nome in 1898, Fairbanks in 1902, and Iditarod in 1908. These gold rushes, and the copper discovery at Kennecott in 1905, brought miners, adventurers, merchants and families to Alaska. They built towns, roads, ports and railroads.

Read More Here :juneauempire.com


BLM manufactures another Alaska crisis

April 11, 2013 in Blog

The bureau’s draft Eastern Interior Management Plan is an unnecessary disaster for the state and the nation; it should be scrapped


By J. P. Tangen | For Mining News

As a recent editorial in The Economist (March 16, 2013) notes, “[America’s] debt is rising, its population is ageing …, its schools are mediocre …, its infrastructure is rickety, its regulations dense, its tax code byzantine, its immigration system harebrained – and it has fallen from first position in the World Economic Forum’s competitiveness rankings to seventh in just four years.” Nowhere do the realities of this national misdirection hit closer to home than in Alaska. Although we do not share as much of the national sense of despair as our more densely populated sister states do, we, in Alaska, are closer to our government than most Americans, and we suffer more from the proximity.

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Responsible Mining in Alaska

April 11, 2013 in Blog

Senate Passes Pair of Bills to Boost Responsible Mining in Alaska

BillBy Alaska-Business-Monthly

JUNEAU-Today, the Alaska State Senate passed Senate Bill 2, one of a pair of bills sponsored by Senator Cathy Giessel, R-Turnagain Arm/North Kenai, designed to boost mining in Alaska. Senate Bill 1 , which designates May 10 as “Alaska Mining Day” each year, passed the Senate on March 4.   SB2 authorizes the state to join the Interstate Mining Compact Commission.

“Mining was central to Alaska’s early development and economy,” Senator Giessel said. “In the late 1800’s rugged individual prospectors came to Alaska and started what is now the state’s second largest industry, providing thousands of high-paying jobs and producing almost 7% of Alaska’s gross state product.”

By designating one day each year to salute mining in Alaska, SB1 will help create public awareness of Alaska’s rich mining history and appreciation for Alaska’s miners and the mining industry through educational activities and celebratory events.  May 10th was chosen because the General Mining Act of the United States was adopted on May 10, 1872.

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Mount McKinley

April 9, 2013 in Blog

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Denali_Mt_McKinleyThe Koyukon Athabaskans are the first Native Americans with access to the flanks of the mountain (living in the Yukon, Tanana and Kuskokwim basins).George Vancouver became the first European to sight McKinley when he noted “distant stupendous mountains” while surveying the Knik Arm of the Cook Inlet on 6 May 1794.The Russian explorer Lavrenty Zagoskin explored the Tanana and Kuskokwim rivers in 1843 and 1844 and was probably the first European to sight the mountain from the other side.

William Dickey, a New Hampshire-born Seattleite who had been digging for gold in the sands of the Susitna River, wrote, after his returning from Alaska, an account in the New York Sun that appeared on 24 January 1897. His report drew attention with the sentence “We have no doubt that this peak is the highest in North America, and estimate that it is over 20,000 feet (6,100 m) high.” Until then 18,000-foot (5,500 m) Mount Saint Elias was believed to be the continent’s highest point, and Mount Logan was still unknown.Though later praised for his estimate, Dickey admitted that other prospector parties had also guessed the mountain to be over 20,000 feet (6,100 m).

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Mining News

April 4, 2013 in Blog

Alaska slips in 2012 Fraser rankings

By Curt Freeman|For Mining News

Industry leaders still ranked the state among top 10 of 96 political jurisdictions around the world when it comes to mining investment.

In a year that has started off with more than its share of mining industry gloom and doom, this year’s Fraser Institute

“Survey of Mining Companies, 2012/2013” provided a bit of sunshine for Alaska

Read More Here NorthOf60MiningNews