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Southwest Alaska has a special place in the state’s mining history with the gold rushes in the Iditarod and Aniak areas. It’s also where the future of gold is happening, at the nearby Donlin Creek project. The area now is getting a fresh look with the most recent survey technology.
The state has recently finished an extensive geological survey of historic mining areas near the Aniak, Innoko, and Iditarod mining districts. Steve Masterman is the division operations manager with division of Geological and Geophysical Surveys. He says one of the agency’s goals is to evaluate state lands for metal and mineral potential.
”As part of that mission, we go out and look at areas that are heavily mineralized, have lots of know or past mineral production or known mineral occurrences and we collect this kind of information to help people locate more mineral resources in those areas,” Masterman said.
This is an area with a strong history of gold production. Since 1880, Miners have produced more than 2.8 million ounces of gold, most of it placer gold. The state thinks there is more to be found in igneous rocks. Much of the area has not been thoroughly explored, although the well-researched Donlin deposit is in the area.
The aeromagnetic surveys are done with helicopter that flies lines about ¼ mile apart. They’re sending out signals that bounce back and measure the magnetic response of the rocks and their resistance to electricity.
“If a rock is very conductive, it can be conductive because it has a lot of clay, or carbon, or if it has a lot of metals. So you can trace different beds of rock or different rock formations,” Masterman said.
Masterman says a preliminary look at the maps show shows more faulting and folds of rock formations that can give a can better understanding of how the geology works.
“We can also see more intrusive and volcanic rocks, and it’s the intrusive and volcanic rocks associated with gold mineralization at Donlin Creek and Nixon Fork and other places in that part of the world, so that’s also good to see,” Masterman said.
The surveys cost about a million dollars.
Most Sealaska shareholders will get a $713 check or direct deposit in about two weeks.
This year’s winter distribution to stockholders totals $11.7 million. The Juneau-headquartered regional Native corporation has nearly 22,000 tribal members. Most live in Alaska or the Pacific Northwest.
Sealaska Board Chair Albert Kookesh says the twice-a-year distributions strengthen regional communities.
“Since inception, Sealaska has paid more than a half billion dollars total to shareholders and village corporations,” he says.
The majority of stockholders own 100 shares. Payments differ due to status.
Those also enrolled in an urban Native corporation, such as Juneau’s Goldbelt Inc., receive $713. So are those only enrolled in Sealaska.
Shareholders also enrolled in a village corporation, such as Prince of Wales Island’s Klawock Heenya, will get $71.
The difference is income from a pool of regional Native corporations’ natural-resource earnings.
Sealaska pays that directly to urban shareholders, as part of their dividends. But it pays the resource revenues to village corporations, which decide whether to pass them on to shareholders.
Descendents of original shareholders also only get $71 per 100 shares.
And elders in any category receive an extra $71.
Sealaska will mail or direct-deposit dividends beginning December 6th.
Some shareholders say the dividends are too small. They point to the fact that only about 10 percent of the payments come from Sealaska operations and investments.
“Let us not fight of the tiny piece of pie Sealaska chooses to distribute; let us work together to elect a board interested in growing the pie,” said critic Brad Fluetsch on a shareholders Facebook page.
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