Cantung mine sheds workers

Cantung mine sheds workers North American Tungsten has announced temporary layoffs for approximately 80 employees at the Cantung mine. 

North American Tungsten has announced temporary layoffs for approximately 80 employees at the Cantung mine.

The tungsten mine, located just over the Yukon/N.W.T. border off the Nahanni Range Road, has been in production off and on since the 1960s.

The company cited lower tungsten prices and operational issues – including a disruption in power supply that shut down production for at least five day – as reasons for the layoffs.

In a June 1 news release, the company said it expected to have the power issue resolved this week.

The plan is for two rotations of mine workers to each lose a three-week shift, for a total of six weeks of layoffs.

The company expects it will be able to use ore stockpiles to continue to operate the mill and deliver its products to customers through the layoff period.

“Tungsten prices have been volatile over the last two to three years and we fully expect them to increase from their current level over time, but in the meantime, we will continue to reduce our operating expenses at Cantung,” said CEO Kurt Heikkila in the release. “We appreciate the significant contributions of our employees and understand the impact that this difficult decision has on our employees.”

Just Posted

From jazz to metal: Arts in the Park kicks off May 21

Jazz, folk, metal all part of 2019 lineup

Not enough is being done to support the mental health needs of LGBTQ2S+ people: report

Advocacy organization Qmunity has made 70 recommendations to the Yukon government

Lane closure could impact restaurant’s plans to expand deck

Whitehorse city staff to look for solution to help both businesses

Two women charged with first-degree murder in 2017 Pelly Crossing homicide

Charabelle Maureen Silverfox, 27, and Lynzee Harriott Silverfox, 21, were arrested May 16.

EDITORIAL: Yes, even killers deserve due process

No one benefits when the Yukon government is focused on denying it uses solitary confinement

Record turnout for Tour de Haines Junction cycling stage race

The field of 21 riders is the largest in the history of the event

Olympic opportunity for Yukon athletes at RBC Training Ground event

“At this age group, it’s just about saying yes to opportunities. Go out. Try it out, if you like it.”

Commentary: Mining for clean energy

The infrastructure for clean energy requires mining

Whitehorse city news, briefly

A summary of some of the decisions made at the May 13 council meeting

Indoor Archery Championship includes best from across the Yukon

The 7th Indoor Archery Yukon Championship was May 5 at Tahkini Elementary… Continue reading

No time to stop and smell the flowers at the 2019 Crocus Run

Thirty-four runners raced an eight-kilometre loop along Riverdale trails teeming with crocuses

Polarettes take on the Delta invitational

It was a busy weekend at the Richmond Olympic Oval in Richmond,… Continue reading

Most Read