May 10th is Mining Day in Alaska

News release from the AMA on the establishment of Mining Day in Alaska:


May 8, 2013

Contact: Alicia Amberg
Phone: 907‐563‐9229

Alaska Miners Association to Celebrate Mining Day on May 10, 2013

Anchorage, AK --‐ The Alaska Miners Association (AMA) will host a special breakfast in Anchorage for members, media, and the public to celebrate the first annual Mining Day in Alaska. The breakfast will be held at the Petroleum Club of Anchorage at 7:30am on Friday, May 10, 2013 and is open to the public. RSVP required to

The event is being sponsored by NANA Regional Corporation, Inc., and will include a presentation by State Sen. Cathy Giessel on SB1, an Act establishing Mining Day in Alaska.

Governor Sean Parnell signed legislation establishing May 10 as Alaska Mining Day.

“Mining has created opportunities for Alaskan families for generations,” Governor Parnell said. “I am honored to sign this legislation to recognize the miners and the mining industry, which have greatly contributed to our state’s economy, and will continue to do so in the future.”

The AMA appreciates the Governor and the Legislature passing legislation to establish Mining Day in Alaska, said AMA Executive Director Deantha Crockett. “Last year alone, mining in Alaska supported 9,500 jobs, paid $158 million in state and local government revenues, and generated hundreds of millions of dollars of investment in exploration and development. We are proud of our industry’s role in Alaska’s economy,” Crockett said.

Senate Bill 1 was sponsored by Sen. Giessel and supported by the Alaska Miners Association and the Council of Alaska Producers, the industry group representing Alaska’s large metal mines.