West Timmins Mining Inc.
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West Timmins Mining Inc.

January 18, 2007 08:00 ET

West Timmins Gold Project Update: New Gold Discoveries Reported on Highway 144, Wakemac and Allerston Properties

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(CCNMatthews - Jan. 18, 2007) - West Timmins Mining Inc. (TSX:WTM) provides the following update on the ongoing exploration activities on its West Timmins Gold Project, which covers over 100 square kilometres of the western extension of North America's largest gold district.

"We are pleased with the initial results of the current drill program on the West Timmins Project," said Darin Wagner, President of West Timmins Mining. "Our joint venture partner has identified a prominent new gold bearing structure on the Highway 144 Property which has demonstrated good widths in initial testing. A number of new zones of gold mineralization have also been intersected on the Allerston Property. Drilling continues on the Thorne and Beach Properties, including additional testing of the 4800 Zone within the Golden River Trend on the Thorne Property."

Highway 144 Property - Goldcorp Intersects New Zone of Gold Mineralization

West Timmins has received a report detailing the result of the 2006 exploration program on the Highway 144 Property, part of the Company's West Timmins Project, from the Porcupine Joint Venture (the "PJV") and project operator Goldcorp Canada Ltd. (TSX:G). The PJV can earn a 70% interest in the Highway 144 Property by making cash payments totalling C$500,000 and completing C$2,500,000 in exploration work expenditures on the Highway 144 Property over five years. The agreement is currently in its second year.

During 2006 the PJV completed an initial program of line-cutting, surface induced polarization and airborne magnetic surveying of the Highway 144 Property. The PJV also completed seven diamond drill holes totalling 1,718 metres, testing priority geophysical targets on the Property.

The PJV reports that zones of anomalous gold mineralization were intersected in 3 of 7 holes (Table 1). Hole HY06-07 intersected an 8.00 metre zone which averaged 1.05 g/t gold, including 1.09 metres grading 3.39 g/t gold. This new discovery is hosted by sedimentary rocks in close proximity to the contact between the sedimentary sequence and volcanic rocks to the west. The Timmins West gold deposit, located less than three kilometres northeast, occurs proximal to the same geological contact. Reported results below are interpreted to approximate true widths.



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Hole From To Interval Au
No. (Metres Down-Hole) (Metres Down-Hole) Metres g/t
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HY06-01 No Significant Gold Values
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HY06-02 132.05 133.40 1.35 0.65
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HY06-03 69.50 71.00 1.50 0.41
113.00 114.00 1.00 0.49
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HY06-04 No Significant Gold Values
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HY06-05 No Significant Gold Values
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HY06-06 No Significant Gold Values
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HY06-07 197 205.00 8.00 1.05
including 201.53 202.62 1.09 3.39
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Table 1: Anomalous Gold Intersections - Highway 144 Property - 2006
Goldcorp Program


Wakemac Property - Wakemac Gold Zone Intersected in First Three Drill Holes

The first three diamond drill holes targeting the Wakemac Gold Zone were successful in cutting the zone at down-hole depths of 82.00, 141.40 and 226.20 metres respectively. Drill hole WD06-01 intersected a high grade interval of 21.20 g/t Au over 0.85 metres. Drill holes WD06-02 and WD06-03 intersected the target zone and returned 0.74 g/t Au over 1.90 metres and 4.84 g/t Au over 0.50 metres respectively (Table 2). Diamond drill hole WD06-04 was drilled up-section from WD06-03 and failed to intersect the mineralized horizon, confirming the northwest plunge of the Wakemac Gold Zone.

Diamond drill holes WD06-05 and -06 tested existing geophysical anomalies located along the Scott Shear Zone, east of the Wakemac Gold Zone. Results reported in Table 2 are interpreted to approximate true widths.



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Hole From To Interval Au
No. (Metres Down-Hole) (Metres Down-Hole) Metres g/t
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WD06-01 82.00 82.85 0.85 21.20
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WD06-02 141.40 143.30 1.90 0.74
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WD06-03 178.50 179.50 1.00 0.75
226.20 226.70 0.50 4.84
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WD06-04 106.50 108.00 1.50 0.50
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WD06-05 No Significant Gold Values
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WD06-06 134.80 135.70 0.90 0.84
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Table 2: Diamond drill results - Wakemac Property (Wakemac Zone intercepts
in bold type)


Allerston Property - Several Narrow Zones of Anomalous Gold Mineralization Intersected

Results have now been received for 11 of 14 drill holes completed in the Allerston Main Zone area (SBA series of holes) of the Allerston Property by West Timmins Mining during 2006. Several shallow zones of anomalous gold mineralization were intersected within the Allerston Deformation Zone over a strike length of 450 metres tested during this program (Table 3). Wider intercepts of anomalous gold mineralization in holes SBA06-07 and -09 appear to correlate with results of hole EBA05-06 which returned 2.05 g/t Au over 5.0 metres reported by the Company in 2005. Drill holes SBA06-12 to -14 were drilled north of the Allerston Deformation Zone in a parallel structure. Reported widths are interpreted to represent approximately 110 to 115% of true widths.



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Hole From To Interval Au
No. (Metres Down-Hole) (Metres Down-Hole) Metres g/t
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SBA06-03 Results Pending
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SBA06-04 78.10 81.00 2.90 1.05
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122.00 123.50 1.50 1.34
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167.30 168.30 1.00 1.58
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SBA06-05 95.00 96.00 1.00 2.14
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SBA06-06 No Significant Values
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SBA06-07 67.70 71.40 3.70 0.74
including 67.70 69.20 1.50 1.34
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SBA06-08 Results Pending
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SBA06-09 41.50 57.20 15.70 0.45
including 51.20 52.20 1.00 1.95
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SBA06-10 78.00 79.10 1.10 2.82
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118.50 120.00 1.50 2.19
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SBA06-11 Results Pending
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SBA06-12 97.10 97.75 0.65 1.26
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SBA06-13 No Significant Results
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SBA06-14 137.00 138.00 1.00 1.15
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Table 3: Diamond Drill Results - Allerston Property -2006 Drill Program


Thunder Creek Property - 2006-07 Property Payment Received, Drilling Planned

West Timmins Mining further announced that it has received the third anniversary payment of C$50,000 and 25,000 common shares from partner Lake Shore Gold Corp. (TSX:LSG) ("Lake Shore") with respect to the Thunder Creek Property Agreement. Lake Shore has also advised the Company that it completed a program of surface trenching and channel sampling on the Thunder Creek Property during 2006 and that it currently plans to initiate a diamond drill program to test existing targets on the Property during the first quarter of 2007. Lake Shore may earn a 60% interest in the Thunder Creek Property by making cash payments totalling C$370,000, issuing 100,000 common shares to the Company and undertaking C$1,705,000 in exploration expenditures over a 5 year period.

Airborne Geophysical Survey/Diamond Drilling

The airborne and ground geophysical surveys over the entirety of the West Timmins Project area have now been completed and final reports will be delivered to the Company over the next several weeks.

Quality Control and Assurance

Geochemical results reported herein are from halved drill core samples collected from the Company's West Timmins Gold project. Drill results for the Wakemac and Allerston Properties were collected by the Company and are subject to the Company's quality control program. Sampling of the Allerston and Wakemac drill core was conducted on site at the Company's Thunder Bay exploration office by trained personnel and sealed samples were transported to ALS-Chemex's preparation facilities in either Timmins or Sudbury, Ontario. Samples were assayed for gold by standard fire assay-ICP finish with a 30 gram charge. Gold values in excess of 3 g/t were re-analyzed by fire assay with gravimetric finish for greater accuracy. The remaining half of the drill core is stored on-site at the Company's Timmins exploration office. For quality control purposes blank, duplicate and analytical control standards were inserted into the sample sequence at irregular intervals and no significant discrepancies are reported.

Drill results from the Highway 144 Property were reported under the care and control of Goldcorp Inc. as operator of the Porcupine Joint Venture. Halved diamond drill core was sampled on site at the Dome Mine in Timmins, Ontario by trained personnel employed by Goldcorp. Sealed samples were delivered to the preparation facilities of SGS Geochemical Laboratories in Sudbury, Ontario and then forwarded to SGS's lab facilities in Toronto, Ontario for analysis. Samples were analyzed for gold via standard fire assay -- ICP finish using a 50 gram charge. For quality control purposes analytical standards were submitted into the sample stream once in every 20 samples. The drill core from the Property and results reported have been reviewed by the Company's qualified person. Mr. Darin Wagner (M.Sc., P.Geo), the Company's President, has acted as qualified person for this news release.

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

West Timmins Mining Inc. is focused on exploring and developing district scale gold projects in North America.

West Timmins Mining is the largest land holder in the West Timmins district, adjacent to the 70 million ounce Timmins Gold Camp in Ontario, Canada.

West Timmins Mining Inc. is also active in the Sierra Madre gold belt in Mexico, home to the Company's Montana de Oro and Yoquivo projects. Drill testing is ongoing on the Montana de Oro project and will include initial drill testing of the El Rodeo, Montana de Oro and La Fronteriza mineralized zones. West Timmins Mining Inc. 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, President and Chief Executive Officer

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Contact Information

  • West Timmins Mining Inc., Vancouver
    Darin W. Wagner
    President & CEO
    (604) 685-8311 or Toll Free: 1-866-685-8311
    Website: www.westtimminsmining.com