Energy & Mining

Kensington mine back in full operation

The Kensington Gold Mine is back in full operation, following a week closure in an area where a miner was killed last week. Mine owner Coeur Alaska says all underground activities are at full capacity. But according to the Mining Safety and Health Administration, no blasting can be conducted in production stopes until the agency…

Coeur applies to build more dorms at Kensington

Coeur Alaska wants to build more employee housing at the Kensington Gold Mine. On Tuesday, the Juneau Planning Commission reviews Coeur’s application to modify a 2004 allowable use permit, which set conditions for the mine within the city and borough. In addition to construction of a new three-story, 96-bed dormitory, modifying the permit would allow…

Report: Underground rock blast kills miner

A preliminary report indicates that rock from an underground blast struck the miner who was killed yesterday (Wednesday) at the Kensington Gold Mine. The Mine Safety and Health Administration and mine owners Coeur Alaska are investigating the accident and death of 30-year-old Juneau resident Joe Tagaban. According to MSHA (M-SHAW), Tagaban was working near a…

Fatality at the Kensington Gold Mine

Thirty-year-old Joe Tagaban of Juneau is the victim of an underground accident early Wednesday morning at the Kensington Gold Mine. Coeur Alaska says Tagaban died while performing his regular duties at the mine. The accident happened in an underground stope at the 1260-foot level where Tagaban had been working. The company is investigating the circumstances…

RCA order dismisses J3P claims

Electric bills that go out today (Tuesday) will reflect another rate increase. As KTOO has reported, the Regulatory Commission of Alaska late Friday approved Alaska Electric Light and Power’s petition for a permanent 24 percent rate hike. It turns out to be 22 percent on the average electric bill. Most of that is already in…

Electric rates will increase

The Regulatory Commission of Alaska has approved an increase in Juneau’s electricity rates. After 16 months of study, review and several public hearings, the commission says Alaska Electric Light and Power is justified in raising rates another 4 percent, effective immediately. The RCA released the order about 8 p.m. Friday. The privately owned utility company requested…

RCA extends AELP rate decision

It will now be September 2nd before Alaska Electric Light and Power and Juneau rate payers know the size of a pending rate increase. The Regulatory Commission of Alaska today (Friday, Aug. 26) extended its decision for the second time. Last month the commission announced it would issue its final order today, a month later…