West Timmins Mining Inc.
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West Timmins Mining Inc.

January 09, 2008 08:00 ET

Drilling Returns 44.60% Zinc From West Timmins' La Dura West Zone, Montana de Oro Project, Mexico

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - Jan. 9, 2008) - West Timmins Mining Inc. (TSX:WTM) announced today that final assay results from La Dura West drill hole LC07-15 have resulted in a 16% increase in the zinc grade of the massive sulphide zone (intial results released November 28, 2007; NR07-39). Final assay results are confirmed as 31.16 metres grading 7.00% zinc, 0.94% copper, 51.48 g/t silver and 0.80 g/t gold.

Individual zinc assays from the higher grade portions of this intercept range from 0.40 metres grading 29.87% zinc to 0.60 metres grading 44.60% zinc. The high-grade zinc zone, located at the top of the massive sulphide interval in hole LC07-15, now grades 15.72% zinc, 0.73% copper, 24.03 g/t silver and 0.15 g/t gold over 5.90 metres. The lower, precious metal rich zone now grades 6.32% zinc, 1.96% copper, 108.59 g/t silver and 1.34 g/t gold over 7.95 metres.



Table 1: Final Result La Dura West Hole LC07-15
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Hole From To Intercept Zinc Copper Silver Gold
# metres metres metres % % g/t g/t
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LC07-15 44.27 75.43 31.16 7.00 0.94 51.48 0.80
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Including 44.27 67.49 23.22 8.76 1.22 58.41 0.60
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Incl. Upper Zinc 44.27 50.17 5.90 15.72 0.73 24.03 0.15
Zone
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And Incl. Precious 52.38 60.33 7.95 6.32 1.96 108.59 1.34
Metal Zone
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Note: The intercept reported represents 110% of true thickness.


La Dura West is one of a number of gold-silver and related base metal discoveries West Timmins has made on its 100% owned, 585 square kilometre Montana de Oro Project in Sonora, Mexico. To date the La Dura West Zone has been intersected for 140 metres along strike and down dip for approximately 100 metres to a maximum vertical depth of 75.43 metres. Drilling of the La Dura West Zone is continuing with assay results from an additional 8 holes pending. Recent surface exploration work has identified a potential extension to the La Dura West Zone which will be drill tested in early 2008.

The La Dura West Zone and the La Dura East Zone (located 1,450 metres to the east) are both interpreted to be distal expressions of a large mineralized system of porphyry copper affinity located within the south-central portion of the Montana de Oro Project area. Drilling has also intersected a number of zones of anomalous disseminated copper-gold-silver (+/- molybdenum) mineralization (see Table 2, below) in the footwall to the La Dura West Zone, including a 36.79 metre interval of anomalous gold-silver mineralization in hole LC07-10. These anomalous copper-gold-silver intercepts further support the Company's exploration model.



Table 2: Copper-Gold-Silver Intercepts - La Dura West
Footwall
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Hole From To Interval Copper Gold Silver
# metres metres metres % g/t g/t
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LC07-10 5.36 42.15 36.79 0.03 0.20 3.22
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LC07-12 135.46 138.52 3.06 0.03 0.47 5.62
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LC07-13 63.65 69.45 5.80 0.28 0.21 18.35
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135.70 151.40 14.15 0.16 0.03 3.05
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LC07-14 141.30 159.45 18.15 0.14 0.03 3.47
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LC07-15 205.46 221.41 15.95 0.12 0.05 1.26
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393.70 394.26 0.57 1.67 0.14 55.50
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Note: The reported intercepts are interpreted to represent
100-110% of true thickness.


The Company also reports drill results from 11 holes completed along the El Rodeo gold-silver zone in the south-eastern portion of the Montana de Oro project area. The reported results extend the El Rodeo mineralization to 1,000 metres along strike. Hole ER07-30, the deepest hole drilled to date along this structure at only 125 metres vertical, intersected a 19.00 metre wide breccia zone which returned three separate mineralized intervals. The potential broadening of the El Rodeo Zone at depths of greater than 100 to 150 metres is consistent with the behaviour of similar zones of structurally controlled epithermal gold-silver mineralization on the Palmarejo gold-silver project located immediately to the north of the Montana de Oro Project. An additional six holes have now been completed on the El Rodeo Zone, testing the 100 to 150 metre vertical level, with deeper testing planned for 2008.



Table 3: Drill Results - El Rodeo Gold-Silver Zone
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Hole Grid Grid From To Interval Gold Silver Copper Lead
# East North Metres Metres Metres g/t g/t % %
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ER07-19 110W 355S 41.46 42.84 1.38 0.15 6.27 0.03 0.14
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ER07-20 190W 570N No Significant Intercepts (West of Zone to test
Western Soil Anomaly)
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ER07-21 165W 465S 130.00 132.80 2.80 0.23 12.41 0.07 0.06
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ER07-22 120W 510S 59.98 62.17 2.19 0.16 3.11 0.01 0.04
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ER07-23 130W 555S No Significant Intercepts
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ER07-24 54E 305S 31.70 32.20 0.50 0.06 22.20 0.57 0.21
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153.25 153.90 0.65 0.17 15.10 0.02 1.20
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160.75 160.95 0.20 0.53 33.80 0.01 0.03
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ER07-25 30E 210S 180.80 181.55 0.75 0.33 95.00 0.70 1.95
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185.00 186.90 1.90 2.47 5.10 0.02 0.03
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ER07-26 50E 95N No Significant Intercepts (East of Zone testing
parallel trend)
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ER07-27 200W 320S 147.95 149.25 1.30 0.47 5.40 0.02 0.03
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152.35 153.55 1.20 0.61 10.60 0.05 0.04
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ER07-28 210W 420S 169.20 172.35 3.15 0.28 4.44 0.04 0.08
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ER07-29 114W 54N 107.89 108.28 0.62 0.17 16.76 0.13 0.30
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146.10 146.53 0.43 0.69 18.90 0.03 0.05
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ER07-30 114W 54N 140.53 141.59 1.06 0.94 18.59 0.35 1.28
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177.13 180.66 3.53 0.73 30.68 0.04 0.01
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190.65 192.11 1.46 0.84 22.02 0.22 0.34
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Note: Reported intercepts are interpreted to represent 110-120% of true
thickness.


Quality Control and Assurance

Geochemical results reported herein are from halved drill core samples collected from the Company's Montana de Oro project. Core sampling is conducted on site by trained personnel and sealed samples are transported to ALS-Chemex's preparation facilities in Hermosillo, Mexico by employees of consulting firm Minera Cascabel S.A. de C.V. on behalf of West Timmins Mining. Samples were assayed for gold by standard fire assay-ICP finish with a 30 gram charge. Samples additionally underwent 34 element ICP-MS analysis. Silver, zinc, copper and lead values in excess of 100 ppm, 1%, 1% and 1% respectively were re-analyzed by fire assay. Zinc values in excess of 30% Zn are re-assayed by volumetric titration with EDTA after a four acid digestion - the common analytical technique for the analysis of zinc concentrates. The remaining half of the drill core is stored in a secure facility on the project site. For quality control purposes blank and analytical control standards were inserted into the sample sequence at regular intervals. Minor analytical discrepancies are reported for samples from the El Rodeo gold-silver zone which have now been resolved to the satisfaction of the Company and the qualified person. Mr. Darin Wagner (M.Sc., P.Geo.), the Company's President, has acted as qualified person for this news release. The qualified person has visited the project site, examined the drill core and sampling procedures and verified the quality control results from the project.

About West Timmins Mining Inc. - (www.westtimminsmining.com)

West Timmins currently has four active drill projects, which will complete a total of over 40,000 metres during 2008, on its exploration projects in the Sierra Madre Belt of Mexico and in the Timmins Gold Camp of Northern Ontario. West Timmins is focussed on the exploration and development of district-scale gold and related base metal projects in the major gold camps of North America. West Timmins Mining is based in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada and trades on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the symbol WTM.

On behalf of the Board of West Timmins Mining Inc.

Darin W. Wagner, P. Geo., President and Chief Executive Officer

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