Thursday, September 22, 2011

Donlin Gold Update Fall 2011

September 22, 2011

Donlin Gold is scheduled to wrap up their feasibility update and complete it this Fall. 

The next step in the project will be submitting their initial permit applications in the first quarter of 2012.

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Hard Rock Mining 

August 2, 2011

Gold mining involves the science, technology, and business of the discovery of gold, in addition to its removal and sale in the marketplace. Gold may be found in many places, most commonly rock but even sea water; in very small quantities. Reference:

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Donlin Creek is Now Donlin Gold 

July 19, 2011

In June, the Donlin Board voted to change the name of the company from Donlin Creek to Donlin Gold for the following reasons:

  1. To more clearly represent the company
  2. To clarify what kind of mining will be conducted

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Photo courtesy of Bob Difley (

Alternative Energy in Rural Alaska: Yes or No?

July 6, 2011

What is alternative energy?  It is nontraditional power generation sources for electrical power such as wind, solar, hydro etc...  The benefits of alternative energy sources are the lack harmful air emissions  and the elimination of waste byproducts (radioactive)that are typical waste streams from coal combustion power plants and nuclear power plants.  Furthermore, wind, solar and hydro resources will not exhausted and cost saving are great especially in remote areas.   

Remote areas in Alaska depend mainly on engine generators which use diesel fuel and propane for power.  The cost of diesel fuel and propane in rural Alaska is very expensive and prices are steadily increasing so alternative energy is a welcome new idea.

However, the downsize is high initial setup costs associated with alternative energy which range from $1000s to $10,000s depending on location and terrain.  (

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

How much pike from the Yukon Delta NWR should women and children eat? 

April 6, 2011

Mercury is a neurotoxin - at high levels it can damage the developing brain of babies (including babies in the womb) and children.  Mercury levels in most Alaska fish is low, so any health effects would be very subtle.  Still, health officials recommend a margin of safety to protect our children's health.

Should I worry about eating fish?

Overall, mercury levels in Alaska fish are low, so the only people who need to think about limiting the amount of fish they eat are women who are or can become pregnant, nursing mothers, and children age 12 years and under.  Women and children can still get the benefits of eating fish choosing to eat fish that are low in mercury, like salmon.

Men, elders, and teenage boys are encouraged to eat unlimited amounts of most Alaska fish, including pike. 

The State of Alaska has developed guidelines for women and children in how much of each fish they can safely eat, based on the amount of mercury in a variety of fish species.  These guidelines:

  • Reflect guidelines developed by other states and national agencies.
  • Incorporate studies of dietary mercury effects on children.
  • Include a large safety factor, so do not have to be viewed as strict dietary limits.

Why study mercury in pike?

There is more of the toxic form of mercury - methylmercury - in older fish and fish that eat other fish, like large pike.  In this study, we measured mercury in pike muscle, from caught at traditional and well-used subsistence fishing sites.  We sharing this information with you because you live in area where people eat a lot of pike.

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

In-Stream Flow Rights & Water Rights for Georgetown regarding the George River

March 23, 2011

In-Stream Flow Rights:

The main source of information has been the Alaska Department of Natural Resources: Division of Mining, Land, and Water. 

Alaska Department of Fish and Game, In-Stream Flow Home

Thursday, March 17, 2011

NovaGold Update (above picture is property of NovaGold)

March 17, 2011

NovaGold (NG) -- Novagold rejected a buyout from Barrick Gold (ABX) for $16 a share several years ago and it has been all downhill for Novagold since then. The company's two flagship properties are still many years away from operations, and progress on them is proceeding at a snail's pace, while the company's once-promising Rock Creek mine has been written off the balance sheet entirely after environmental problems and a fatal accident ruined that mine's utility.

As best as I can tell, shares have rebounded from less than 50 cents to more than $12 largely due to a slick press relations campaign combined with the investment of several noted investors such as George Soros, who bought in at prices of less than half what Novagold trades for today. The company still is woefully underfinanced and cannot build either its Donlin Creek or Galore Creek mines without selling itself out entirely or diluting itself beyond recognition. Read my articles Novagold: The Precious Metals Sector's Most Overvalued Stock (Part 1) (Part 2) for the complete story.

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

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Summer (June thru August) Recycling In Georgetown

March 1, 2011

Happy New Year! Everyone.  We would like to introduce a new recycling program in Georgetown, beginning June 2011 thru August 2011.  The program will be for “Georgetown Tribal Members” located in the Georgetown area to recycle their aluminum cans, glass, and batteries.

Recycling areas will be clearly marked with signs on both sides of the River, old Georgetown Site and New Georgetown site.   So members, if you are in Georgetown this summer, please recycle your cans, glass, and batteries at the designated areas.  Also, No Trash is allowed in the recycling bins.  Recycling is a community wide project to help keep our Georgetown looking great.

If you would like further information or have any comments, questions, or suggestions regarding the recycling program , please contact environmental coordinator Helen Traylor at

We need your help ensuring the success of your Georgetown’s environmental programs, plus it helps us provide programs that you want and need for