May 2022

Kensington News & Updates

Message from Steve

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Dear Team,

I am excited to be starting this next chapter at Kensington alongside all of you. I’m looking forward to getting out and meeting those of you that I have not met already. I wanted to take this time to formally introduce myself to all of you and give you a bit of a background into who I am. My educational background is in Mining Engineering having graduated from Montana Tech in Butte, Montana. I have spent most of my career working overseas in both open pit and underground operations. Some of these locations have included Russia, Kazakhstan, Brazil, Argentina, Namibia, and Myanmar. I have also worked in Nevada, British Columbia and now here in Alaska for the past 4 ½ years at Kensington as the Tech Services Manager overseeing Exploration, Mine Geology, Mine Engineering and Project Engineering. Kensington is the longest I have worked at a single operation, and it is a testament to the strong team and family atmosphere that we have developed here.

As we embark together on this next chapter, I am encouraged by the support we have received from our Corporate Leadership Team in approving additional exploration expenditures so that we can continue to grow our resource and extend mine life here at Kensington. Our Technical Services team is currently working on a multiyear plan to accelerate development and increase exploration drilling locations. I see a lot of potential here at Kensington and I am excited to see what our team can put together.

In order to achieve our 2022 goals, we must keep focused on both our individual and site goals for the year.

  1. Zero harm to People and the Environment. Hold ourselves to a higher standard and ensure that everything we do maintains the highest standards of safety and the environment.
  2. Execute the plan. Achieve between 110k and 120k ounces.
  3. Improve the margins. Achieve CAS between $1,150/oz and $1,250/oz. 
  4. Grow the business. Deliver on our exploration and sustain capital plans to enhance the operation and potentially add mine life.

Together we can continue the success we’ve seen from previous years and build new success in the future here at Kensington.  

Upcoming Events

5/30 Memorial Day

6/18 - 6/19 Juneau Gold Rush Days

Important Contacts

Dispatch 907.523.3829

Mill Control 907.523.3380

Medic 907.523.3333

Town Office 907.523.3300

Employee Volunteering

Please help us showcase Kensington’s community support by sharing how you have helped others this month. Being able to highlight the difference our employees make in our communities is important for our company's continued success.

Please include the name of the group(s) or organization(s) supported and the number of hours volunteered.

Send Volunteer Hours

COVID-19 Webpage

Check the COVID-19 site for up-to-date information and resources

Password: 2022

Visit the CAK COVID-19 webpage
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Company Benefits Alert!

Employee Relocation Assistance Program

Coeur Alaska offers relocation assistance of up to $10,000 for employees who wish to move to Juneau from the lower 48, and up to $5,000 for employees who wish to move to Juneau from within Alaska. Contact Human Resources at for more information on this company benefit.

Kensington Culture

A healthy culture serves as a unifying force for our organization and facilitates our ability to deliver on strategy. Each year Coeur asks employees to participate in a Culture Survey and the results are used to identify areas for improvement.

We heard your concerns and we are taking action! The table below shows our progress toward our culture improvements at site.

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Welcome New Miners!
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  • Carolyn Hernandez - Environmental
  • Justin Conklin - Mine Operations
  • Jesse Madrid - Maintenance
  • Justin Meier - Mine Operations
  • Christopher Purcell - Maintenance
  • Treves Rohrich - Mine Operations
  • Benjamin Ruel - IT
  • Richard Summers - Maintenance
  • Shawn Thomas - Maintenance
  • Clifford Williams - Mine Operations
Welcome to the Coeur Alaska Kensington Mine!

Congratulations to our newest MAPTS graduates!

  • John Lujan
  • Travis Webb
  • Austin Finnan
Employee Milestones
  • Daniel Glatz - 1 year
  • Randall Hansen - 1 year
  • Antoine Fields - 1 year
  • Saje Pernie - 1 year 
  • Lonnie Stack - 1 year
  • Liam Idell - 1 year
  • Allan Trumbull - 1 year
  • Kyrel Payne - 1 year
  • Scott Walston - 1 year
  • Paul Pajak - 2 years
  • Michael York - 2 years
  • Troy Osborne - 3 years
  • Donn Barnett - 3 years
  • Jerome Ploharz - 3 years
  • Josh Skow - 3 years
  • Vanessa Watson - 3 years
  • Matt Buness - 4 years
  • Saina Faatoafe - 4 years
  • Jeff Hardin - 4 years
  • Daniel Moore - 4 years
  • Kevin Edwards - 5 years
  • Aaron Gillen - 5 years
  • Trevor Kagee - 5 years
  • Bryan Musson - 5 years
  • Anita Sheakley - 5 years
  • David Swigart- 5 years
  • John Wodkowski - 5 years
  • Ian Blumenshine - 6 years
  • Sawyer Powell - 6 years
  • Logan Jensen - 7 years
  • David Lusk - 7 years
  • Kenneth Williams - 7 years
  • Chad Wilson - 7 years
  • Jerrin Fabrello - 9 years
  • K'Win Souhala- 10 years
  • Leon Jarrett- 10 years
  • Brad Rasmussen - 10 years
  • Nate Hill - 12 years
  • Trevor Sutcliffe - 12 years
  • Cassandra Joos - 12 years
  • Dennis Sullivan - 12 years
Pursuing a Higher Standard

The following employees were nominated  for the Pursuing a Higher Standard Peer Recognition Awardby their peers in April:

  • Leo Winn
  • Jimmy Enyeart
  • Jimmy Enyeart (Yes, he's THAT awesome!!!)
  • Kasey Abel
  • Marcus Kurrelmeyer
  • Mike Todd
  • Bill Stanley
  • Brian Whistler
  • Joe Beaudion
  • Wayne Murphy
  • John Wodkowski
  • Jose Delgado

Congratulations on your recognition, and thank you for being an example of how Coeur Alaska Pursues a Higher Standard!

Do you want to nominate a peer for the award? Fill out a nomination form and submit it to Amanda Vredenburg at

Peer Recognition Nomination Form
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Safety Focus: Effective Task Training

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Kensington's Safety department reminds us that it is important to undergo effective task training to reduce risk of injury:

  • when an employee is assigned a new work task
  • when an employee is assigned a task they have not done within the previous 12 months
  • when an employee interacts with new or modified machines or equipment with new or different operating controls
  • when changes occur in an employee’s assigned task that affect health and safety

Environmental Update
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There was one reportable hydraulic oil spill during the month. There were no environmental permit excursions or water quality exceedances during the month and Year- to-Date. Great Job everyone! 

Module 1 of the site environmental training was completed by all employees during the month of April. Thanks again for getting this important training completed by the deadline.   

Juneau Gold Rush Days is back!

We are excited to announce that Juneau Gold Rush Days will be back this summer on June 18-19, 2022!


Juneau Gold Rush Days is a great opportunity for us to showcase the importance of mining in our community. Coeur Alaska is a major sponsor of this event each year. We support the event through monetary donations, volunteer hours, and manpower. Kensington employees serve on the Juneau Gold Rush Days board, compete in events, and help staff the two-day celebration.

Do you want to participate?! 

If you are interested in volunteering please email Rochelle at 

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