Rainy River Resources Ltd.
TSX VENTURE : RR

Rainy River Resources Ltd.

December 10, 2009 09:15 ET

Rainy River Provides Update on 2009 Exploration Activities, Corporate Developments and 2010 Plans

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - Dec. 10, 2009) - Rainy River Resources Ltd. (TSX VENTURE:RR) -

Exploration and Development Highlights:

  • Over 110 drill holes completed that will be added to the updated 43-101 report expected in Q1, 2010
  • New gold zone discoveries and high grade intercepts for potential underground operations
  • Baseline environmental study due in Q2, 2010
  • Metallurgical test program initiated with SGS-Lakefield - Flow Sheet Development
  • Scoping study to be initiated after release of updated 43-101

Rainy River Resources Ltd. (the "Company" or "Rainy") is pleased to provide an update on the Company's exploration activities, corporate developments and 2010 plans.

2009 Exploration Highlights

The Company's 2009 NI 43-101 compliant resource estimate was prepared by SRK Consulting Ltd. ("SRK") and in May, 2009 the Company announced Indicated resources of 2.2 million ounces of gold and Inferred resources of 1.8 million ounces of gold (see news release dated May 27, 2009). Since mid-December 2008 (the drilling cutoff date for the 2009 report), the Company has drilled over 110 holes which will be added to its updated resource calculation, to be completed by SRK in the first quarter of 2010.

Rainy River has taken major strides during the past year towards advancing its project to the next stage of development. The Company has had significant success in validating existing mineralization in the main ODM17 Zone to convert resources from the Inferred category to the Indicated category. Additionally, Rainy has been successful in expanding known mineralization into areas which lie outside and below the previously defined conceptual pit. The newly discovered South Zone lies to the south of the current boundary of the 43-101 resource. In addition, over 16 holes intersected high grade (+5 g/t gold) intercepts below the current conceptual pit, adding to the potential for future underground mining.

At the end of this news release is a summary table of previously reported drilling results from 2009. The table indicates the zone that each hole is defined as being a part of, whether the minerals within the hole are potentially mineable by way of open pit or part of a potential underground mine, and what the Company's view is of the net result of the assay of the hole i.e. whether it confirmed previously documented resources, potentially added to the existing resource or was a new discovery or new extension of previously existing zones. Please note that Table 1 is a summary of all significant intercepts that have been previously released since the Company's previous 43-101 and not a comprehensive summary of all assay results of all holes drilled by the Company during 2009. Reference should be made to the Company's 2009 news releases filed on SEDAR at www.sedar.com for complete results.

2010 Exploration Plans

The Company plans to continue utilizing five drill rigs in order to explore the numerous high priority drill targets which have been identified on its Rainy River property.

The focus of the 2010 drilling program will be to:

  • Continue to expand the near surface zones along strike
  • Further expand and confirm the continuity of the ODM Deeps Zone and 433 Zone which are still open to depth and along strike
  • Assess untested geophysical anomalies
  • Follow up historical (Nuinsco era) drilling that intersected anomalous gold intervals with additional drilling
  • Perform regional exploration designed to target gold in bedrock anomalies from previous overburden drilling programs
  • Drill test a potential VMS and gold exhalite target at Off Lake, approximately 30 km northeast of the Rainy River project
  • Fly an AEM survey to help identify source of large defined gold grain anomaly at Mud Creek, Minnesota

Project Development

  1. Baseline Environmental Study. The Company has engaged the services of Klohn Crippen Berger Ltd. ("KCBL") to conduct a baseline environmental study. The results of the baseline data should be released during the second quarter, 2010. KCBL is also advising the Company on geotechnical and facilities design. Recent analysis of the pit slope characteristics indicate that the north side pit wall can be steepened to 50 degrees from the 42 degrees in the SRK 43-101 study, thus potentially reducing the overall strip ratio.

    KCBL is also conducting studies respecting potential tailings and facility sites along with geohydrology and geochemistry of the environment.
  1. Metallurgical test program. The Company has initiated a metallurgical test program with SGS-Lakefield in order to enhance results from its initial test done in February, 2008. The preliminary results (see news release dated February 13, 2008) indicated excellent gold recoveries (up to 93% in gravity and flotation concentrates) which could potentially greatly enhance the economics of the Rainy River project. This next stage of metallurgical testing will allow the Company to formulate plans for the type of mill and processing which would be required in order to maximize gold recoveries and help determine capital expenditures for inclusion in the planned scoping study.
  1. Scoping Study. The Company intends to initiate a scoping study and preliminary economic assessment Rainy River project following the release of its updated 43-101 report in order to assess the potential optimum mining method and production costs of the Rainy River deposit.

Commentary

"2009 has been an important year for the Company. Gold reached an all time high and Rainy River has continued to add value to the project through the discovery of new gold zones and validation of the resource on its existing zones," commented Raymond Threlkeld, President and CEO. "2010 will be a year in which we seek to further define the gold resource on this property in an effort to maximize the potential of this project and increase shareholder value. We will aim to expand Rainy's 4 million ounce gold resource and start to take the necessary steps towards the development of this high potential project."

Corporate Highlights:

In addition to its exploration achievements over the past year, the Company has made major strides in its corporate development. Highlights include:

  • Appointment of Raymond Threlkeld as the Company's President & CEO – proven track record of exploration and development success
  • Discussions initiated with Fort Frances Chiefs Secretariat, Fort Frances Tribal Council concerning development of a positive and mutual beneficial relationship between the Company and local First Nations communities
  • $8.2 million raised by way of a flow-through financing, giving the Company a treasury of approximately $22 million as of the date of this news release

The appointment of Raymond W. Threlkeld as the Company's President & CEO (news release dated June 23, 2009) was an important development in 2009, one which has given the Company the expertise to grow from strictly an exploration company to a company that has the in-house capability to develop and operate its projects. Mr. Threlkeld is a seasoned mining professional with more than 30 years of experience in exploration, mine development, mine operations and executive management. The Company will continue to strengthen its management, board and technical teams as it moves further towards potential project development.

The Company believes that a critical part of any exploration and/or development process is to establish a strong and mutually beneficial working relationship with local communities. During 2009, the Company and Fort Frances Chiefs Secretariat, Fort Frances Tribal Council, which represents a number of First Nations communities in the area, have entered into discussions with a view to reaching an accord on mutual co-operation in the further exploration and development of the Rainy River project in a manner which is mutually beneficial to the Company and local First Nations and respectful of the values of the First Nations. The Company also engaged the services of Rainy River Tribal Contracting as a drilling contractor, which enabled it to add a fifth rig to its drilling program on the property, and has instituted support for local core box production for the project's drill contractors. In addition to First Nations consultations, the Company holds annual town hall meetings in order to keep local residents apprised of any new or possible developments.

The Company raised approximately $8.2 million in flow-through funds in November 2009 (news release dated November 2, 2009), enabling the preservation of hard dollars and the utilization of flow-through funds for its aggressive exploration program on high priority targets. As of the date of this release the Company has approximately $22 million in its treasury.

Rainy is well positioned for continued growth in 2010. The Company's management will focus on adding shareholder value through continued exploration success and positive corporate developments.

Qualified persons

Rainy River's exploration program in Richardson Township is being supervised by Stuart Averill, P.Geo. Vice-President Exploration and is being managed by Wally Rayner, P.Geo., Project Manager, both Qualified Persons as defined by National Instrument 43-101. The Company's regional exploration manager, C.J. Baker, M.Sc., is managing the Company's Off Lake exploration program 15 km to the northeast. Nelson W. Baker, P.Eng. is the Qualified Person for the project and Raymond Threlkeld and Stuart Averill are the persons responsible for the contents of this news release. The Company continues to implement a rigorous QA/QC program to ensure best practices in sampling and analysis of drill core. The procedures of the QA/QC program are detailed on Rainy River's website at www.rainyriverresources.com.

About Rainy River Resources Ltd.

Rainy River Resources is a Canadian precious metals exploration company whose key asset is the Rainy River gold project. With CAN$22 million in its treasury, the Company is well funded to conduct a dual-focused drilling program consisting of: 1) definition diamond drilling of the main gold resources in preparation for scoping and pre-feasibility studies, and 2) selective diamond drill testing of high-priority gold targets defined primarily by RC drilling within the large gold system centered in Richardson Township. The Company's property is extremely well located in the southwestern corner of northern Ontario near the U.S. border. It is accessed by a network of roads and is close to hydro-electric infrastructure. The Rainy River district has a skilled labour force and is one of the lowest-cost areas for mineral exploration and development. Ontario has low political risk and, according to the annual Fraser Institute global survey of the mining industry, has consistently ranked as one of the top jurisdictions embracing mineral development.

RAINY RIVER RESOURCES LTD.

Raymond W. Threlkeld
President & CEO

TABLE 1: Summary of Previously Reported Significant Drill Results

HOLE NUMBERFROM
(m)
TO
(m)
LENGTH
(m)
GOLD
(g/t)
VERTICAL DEPTH (m)ZONEOP/UGNET RESULT OF HOLE
NR09-319197.0218.021.02.6175HSOPCONFIRM
NR09-319212.0215.03.012.7175HSOPCONFIRM
NR09-319290.0309.519.50.6230433OPCONFIRM
NR09-320188.8240.551.71.9187433OPCONFIRM
NR09-320192.5198.56.03.7187433OPCONFIRM
NR09-320230.0237.57.56.0187433OPCONFIRM
NR09-321279.5291.512.01.3187433OPCONFIRM
NR09-323309.5342.533.00.8187433OPCONFIRM
NR09-323323.0336.513.51.0187433OPCONFIRM
NR09-323344.0347.03.03.1187433OPCONFIRM
NR09-324219.5236.016.51.0195HSOPADD
NR09-324309.5342.533.00.8275433OPCONFIRM
NR09-326230.0233.03.05.8200HSOPCONFIRM
NR09-326399.5416.016.51.3330433OPCONFIRM
NR09-33159.0129.570.50.88017 ZONEOPCONFIRM
NR09-33296.598.01.526.78017 ZONEOPADD
NR09-332224.0225.51.57.4190HSOPNEW
NR09-332267.5281.013.50.8230HSOPADD
NR09-332398.3405.57.27.5330433OPADD
NR09-33459.0107.048.01.08017 ZONEOPCONFIRM
NR09-33489.599.510.02.28017 ZONEOPCONFIRM
NR09-334114.5150.536.00.98017 ZONEOPCONFIRM
NR09-334379.0402.523.50.8350433OPADD
NR09-334423.5434.010.51.3350433OPADD
NR09-334444.5452.07.52.1350433OPADD
NR09-335257.0267.510.52.1225HSOPCONFIRM
NR09-335258.5263.04.53.1225HSOPCONFIRM
NR09-340165.5168.53.04.9150433 WEST STRIKE EXTENSIONOPNEW
NR09-34198.0104.06.02.190HSOPCONFIRM
NR09-341213.5233.019.50.7180433OPCONFIRM
NR09-341252.0253.11.151.1180433OPCONFIRM
NR09-34263.5131.067.51.3100HSOPCONFIRM
NR09-342125.0131.06.08.9100HSOPCONFIRM
NR09-34468.0105.537.51.410017 ZONEOPCONFIRM
NR09-34489.093.54.56.410017 ZONEOPCONFIRM
NR09-344473.2491.017.82.6400433OPADD
NR09-344483.5491.07.55.2400433UGADD
NR09-34557.586.028.50.88017 ZONEOPCONFIRM
NR09-345357.5360.53.011.4300433OPADD
NR09-345357.5369.512.03.5300433OPADD
NR09-34665.093.527.01.68017 ZONEOPCONFIRM
NR09-34689.093.54.57.58017 ZONEOPCONFIRM
NR09-346272.0273.51.529.223017 ZONEOPADD
NR09-347189.5230.040.50.625017 ZONEOPCONFIRM
NR09-347234.5254.019.51.225017 ZONEOPCONFIRM
NR09-347249.5254.05.03.425017 ZONEOPCONFIRM
NR09-349164.0168.54.53.0150ODMOPADD
NR09-349564.4566.01.670.9450433 WEST STRIKE EXTENSIONUGNEW
NR09-352105.5158.052.51.2120ODMOPCONFIRM
NR09-352153.5155.01.519.3120ODMOPCONFIRM
NR09-353111.5131.019.51.2110ODMOPCONFIRM
NR09-353111.5150.438.90.9110ODMOPCONFIRM
NR09-355134.0321.5187.50.8170ODMOPCONFIRM
NR09-35698.0116.018.03.116017 ZONEOPCONFIRM
NR09-356111.5116.04.510.316017 ZONEOPCONFIRM
NR09-356167.0177.510.52.316017 ZONEOPCONFIRM
NR09-356170.0174.54.54.716017 ZONEOPCONFIRM
NR09-356195.5209.013.50.916017 ZONEOPCONFIRM
NR09-356240.5254.013.50.916017 ZONEOPCONFIRM
NR09-356497.0510.513.51.6360433OPADD
NR09-356527.0542.015.03.2360433OPADD
NR09-356537.5542.04.58.4360433OPADD
NR09-357140.0200.060.02.313017 ZONEOPCONFIRM
NR09-357179.0189.510.55.313017 ZONEOPCONFIRM
NR09-357257.0266.09.03.420017 ZONEOPCONFIRM
NR09-357414.5428.013.51.0320HSOPCONFIRM
NR09-358397.3431.032.21.238017 ZONE HWOPNEW
NR09-358449.0450.51.533.439017 ZONE HWOPNEW
NR09-358474.5531.557.01.042017 ZONEOPCONFIRM
NR09-358527.0531.54.53.642017 ZONEUGCONFIRM
NR09-360281.0305.024.01.1240SOUTHOPADD
NR09-360591.5627.536.03.9550ODM DEEPSUGCONFIRM
NR09-360623.0627.54.510.7550ODM DEEPSUGCONFIRM
NR09-36149.0179.0130.00.9120433 DOWNPLUNGE HOLEOPCONFIRM
NR09-364165.5167.01.57.7130280 ZONEOPCONFIRM
NR09-365431.0435.54.56.240017 ZONEUGCONFIRM
NR09-365503.0507.54.53.943017 ZONEUGCONFIRM
NR09-36789.0221.1132.11.2140433 DOWNPLUNGE HOLEOPCONFIRM
NR09-36852.0255.5203.50.9150433 DOWNPLUNGE HOLEOPCONFIRM
NR09-369221.0234.513.51.8206SOUTHOPADD
NR09-37052.0333.5281.50.7160433 DOWNPLUNGE HOLEOPCONFIRM
NR09-371135.5143.07.52.8120SOUTHOPADD
NR09-371498.5501.53.07.7450ODM DEEPSUGCONFIRM
NR09-371728.0732.54.54.6450ODM DEEPSUGCONFIRM
NR09-373305.3321.015.70.7270SOUTHOPADD
NR09-376455.0458.03.036.943017 ZONEUGADD
NR09-377418.5438.019.50.7350ODMOPADD
NR09-378344.0366.522.50.828017 ZONEOPADD
NR09-382446.0452.06.09.6400ODMUGCONFIRM
NR09-382446.0461.015.06.5400ODMUGCONFIRM
NR09-383567.0570.03.06.4500ODMUGADD
NR09-386470.0473.03.04.6480ODMUGADD
NR09-386524.0525.51.512.2480ODMUGADD
NR09-389181.5210.028.50.7200SOUTHOPADD
NR09-389225.0240.015.00.9200SOUTHOPADD
NR09-389550.5552.01.527.0570ODM DEEPSUGADD
NR09-389559.5561.01.525.1570ODM DEEPSUGADD
NR09-39169.5108.539.00.88017 ZONEOPCONFIRM
NR09-392257.4288.030.60.5310SOUTHOPCONFIRM
NR09-392348.0351.03.03.2310SOUTHOPCONFIRM
NR09-392682.5685.53.05.0620ODM DEEPSUGADD
NR09-394141.5152.010.58.9140SOUTHOPCONFIRM
NR09-394146.0151.05.017.9140SOUTHOPCONFIRM
NR09-394148.0149.01.073.5140SOUTHOPCONFIRM
NR09-39770.581.511.01.06017 ZONEOPCONFIRM
NR09-399298.2313.014.80.7260SOUTHOPADD
NR09-399638.4643.04.612.8580ODM DEEPSUGADD
NR09-399641.5673.031.55.7580ODM DEEPSUGADD
NR09-399671.5676.04.525.3580ODM DEEPSUGADD
NR09-400101.0149.548.50.710017 ZONEOPCONFIRM
NR09-401239.0246.57.30.8200BP ZONEOPADD
NR09-402245.0249.54.53.4230BP ZONEOPADD
NR09-402245.0294.549.51.3230BP ZONEOPADD
NR09-402282.5294.512.03.4230BP ZONEOPADD
NR09-402284.0288.54.55.6230BP ZONEOPADD

This release includes certain statements that may be deemed to be "forward-looking statements". All statements in this release, other than statements of historical fact, that address events or developments that the Company expects to occur, are forward looking statements. Forward looking statements are statements that are not historical facts and are generally, but not always, identified by the words "expects", "plans", "anticipates", "believes", "intends", "estimates", "projects", "potential" and similar expressions, or that events or conditions "will", "would", "may", "could" or "should" occur. Although the Company believes the expectations expressed in such forward-looking statements are based on reasonable assumptions, such statements are not guarantees of future performance and actual results may differ materially from those in forward looking statements. Factors that could cause the actual results to differ materially from those in forward-looking statements include gold prices, results of exploration and development activities, regulatory changes, defects in title, availability of materials and equipment, timeliness of government approvals, continued availability of capital and financing and general economic, market or business conditions. The Company cautions that the foregoing list of important factors is not exhaustive. Investors and others who base themselves on the Company's forward-looking statements should carefully consider the above factors as well as the uncertainties they represent and the risk they entail. The Company believes that the expectations reflected in those forward-looking statements are reasonable, but no assurance can be given that these expectations will prove to be correct. Please see the public filings of the Company at www.sedar.com for further information.

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