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New Mexico State Sen. David Ulibarri (D-Grants) was recently awarded the Sen. Ben Altamirano Award for Legislative Excellence by the New Mexico Mining Association for his contributions to the state’s mining industry.
Sen. Ulibarri has steadfastly stood behind the New Mexico mining industry, arguing “We need to put people back to work—we need to put people back in [the] uranium mines.”
In 2011, Arizona produced more than $2 billion worth of nonfuel mineral commodities and more copper than any other state, according to the USGS Minerals Commodity Summary. With copper-mining remaining a cornerstone of the state’s economy, a Tucson-based copper-mining company—Asarco—celebrated more than 100 years of operations today.
Discussing the importance of building the Port MacKenzie Rail Extension, a 32-mile rail connecting the Alaska Railroad to the facilities at Port MacKenzie, John Moosey, manager of the Matanuska-Susitna Borough, and Chris Aadnesen, president and CEO of the Alaska Railroad Corporation, highlighted the benefits that affordable transportation costs could bring to Alaska’s mineral resource development. Notably, the nearly 1,000 known mineral deposits near the Alaska Railroad—including lead, zinc, copper, molybdenum and silver— could be developed into viable working mines with the construction of the Port MacKenzie Rail Extension.