Augusta Resource Corporation
TSX : AZC
AMEX : AZC
FRANKFURT : A5R

Augusta Resource Corporation

January 09, 2008 12:48 ET

Augusta Appoints Rod Pace as Vice-President, Operations

DENVER, COLORADO--(Marketwire - Jan. 9, 2008) - Augusta Resource Corporation (TSX:AZC)(AMEX:AZC)(FRANKFURT:A5R) ("Augusta" or the "Company") is pleased to announce the appointment of Mr. Rod Pace as Vice-President, Operations of the Company and its wholly-owned subsidiary Rosemont Copper Company, effective immediately. Mr. Pace has more than 25 years experience in mine development and operations, working in a broad range of executive and management positions. Mr. Pace has successfully led the start up of six mining operations between 1999 and 2005, resulting in substantial revenue and margin increases in his role as Vice-President of North American Operations of Washington Group International.

"Rod is a highly regarded operator and project developer who has the requisite skills and experience necessary to help build, commission and run the Rosemont mine," said Gil Clausen, President and CEO. "He will be putting together his operating team this year as we move to complete the engineering, procurement and permitting milestones needed to commence construction in the latter half of next year."

Mr. Pace has a Bachelor of Science in Mining Engineering from the Colorado School of Mines, with a Minor in Mineral Economics.

ABOUT AUGUSTA RESOURCE CORPORATION - Augusta is a mineral exploration and development company responsibly advancing the Rosemont Copper project in Southern Arizona. The Company's Rosemont property is located in Pima County, approximately 50 kilometers southeast of Tucson, Arizona, and contains a potentially world class open-pit copper/molybdenum/silver deposit. With a strong ownership profile, solid project economics, and proven management team, Augusta is committed to becoming a mid-tier copper producer within the next three years. The company is traded on the American Stock Exchange and the Toronto Stock Exchange under the symbol AZC, and on the Frankfurt Stock Exchange under the symbol A5R.

ON BEHALF OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Gil Clausen, President and CEO

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