Alaska Miners Association to Celebrate Fifth Annual Alaska Mining Day
May 10 marks the fifth annual Alaska Mining Day. Alaska's mining industry provides 9,000 jobs with an average annual wage of $108,000—twice the state average.
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Anchorage, AK—The Alaska Miners Association (AMA) will celebrate the fifth annual Alaska Mining Day Thursday, May 10. Established in 2013, Alaska Mining Day was created through legislation sponsored by Senator Cathy Giessel “to recognize and honor the intrepid individuals and industry that played an enormous role in settling and developing the territory and the state and that continue to contribute to the economy of the state.”
AMA Executive Director, Deantha Crockett, will attend the Alaska Support Industry Alliance breakfast meeting on May 10 at the Dena’ina Center to speak on the benefits of mining in Alaska and present a special award. Crockett will also represent AMA at 3:30pm on the Dave Stieren radio show (KFQD 750AM).
On May 10, 1872, the General Mining Act of the United States was approved, which governs mineral development on federal lands. This law has been amended more than 50 times but the essential principles remain in place: if a citizen explores federal public land not otherwise designated as a park, refuge, etc., and with their own energy, intellect, finances, and hard work and finds a valuable mineral deposit, that citizen, after obtaining the required environmental and operating permits, has the right to develop that mineral deposit.
Today, mining is a top economic driver for our state. Alaska’s six large mines, hundreds of placer mines, and dozens of exploration projects provide for 9,000 jobs with an average annual wage of $108,600; twice the state average. These jobs employ residents in more than 55 communities throughout Alaska, over half of which are in rural areas with few other job opportunities. In 2017, our mines contributed nearly $150 million in local and state government revenues, spent $580 million with 600 Alaska vendors, and paid $250 million to Alaska Native Corporations throughout the state.
Follow the Alaska Miners Association on Facebook and Twitter to learn more about #AKMiningDay on Thursday, May 10, 2018.