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Fairbanks mining employment drops

...construction late last year led to the decline in jobs for the last quarter of 2006 and the first quarter of 2007, said Rich Hughes with the Alaska Office of Mineral Development. "There's no major project that will take the place of Pogo right...

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Boom brings opportunities for miners, dilemmas for mines

...the metals is high. In Alaska, old mines are starting production again and new ones are coming online, according to Rich Hughes, who tracks mining for the state's Department of Commerce, Community and Economic Development. "There's a big...

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Fort Knox Mine seeking permission to heap leach gold

...to process ore at about one-third the cost. Two other Alaska mines have used heap leach facilities, according to Rich Hughes, who tracks mining for the state's Department of Commerce, Community and Economic Development. One produced gold...

http://www.juneauempire.com/stories/071706/sta_20060717010.shtml
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Alaska Digest

...recommendation to Gov. Frank Murkowski who has until Nov. 25 to appoint a successor. The committee has recommended Rich Hughes, Nick Stepovich and Jay Ramras as potential replacements. Stepovich, 45, is owner of Soapy Smith's Pioneer Restaurant...

http://www.juneauempire.com/stories/111003/sta_adigest.shtml
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Gold prices dip after nearing historic high

...inflation, the price of gold is still less than half of what it was in 1980, when it reached $850 per ounce, said Rich Hughes, a minerals development specialist for the state's Department of Commerce. Production in the state is actually declining...

http://www.juneauempire.com/stories/111407/sta_20071114014.shtml
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My turn: Make education relevant

...rural Alaskans. Juneau's McDowell Group reports the average annual wage in the Alaska mining industry is $80,000. Rich Hughes, Development Specialist with the Alaska Department of Commerce, reports an individual with additional training may...

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