Alberta Star Development Corp.
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Alberta Star Development Corp.

May 08, 2008 10:00 ET

Alberta Star Intersects 40.50 Meters of 0.36% Copper at the K2-IOCG Discovery at Contact Lake, NT

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - May 8, 2008) - Alberta Star Development Corp. (the "Company") (TSX VENTURE:ASX)(OTCBB:ASXSF)(FRANKFURT:QLD) is pleased to report that the Company has received assays on the final three holes (Holes 14, 15 and 17) of the Company's nine hole summer/fall 2007 drill program at the K2-IOCG discovery at Contact Lake, NT. This follows eight holes which were completed during the Company's 2006 drill program.

The Company intersected several mineralized zones in hole K2-07-14 including 40.50 meters of 0.361% copper and 2.83 g/ton silver and also including 5.0 meters of 0.459% copper, 8.09 g/ton silver and 2.61 g/ton gold. Other mineralized zones include 36.50 meters of 0.34% copper, and 33.00 meters of 0.22% copper.

Previous assays announced include Drill hole K2-07-12 which intersected several large copper-bearing zones, including a zone of 93.00 meters of 0.35% copper. This hole not only intersected several zones of copper mineralization at different depths which included 42.50 meters of 0.32% copper and 44.52 meters of 0.33% copper, it also intersected a zone of vanadium mineralization which included 34.50 meters of 0.22% V2O5. In addition, drill hole K2-07-13 intersected 36.70 meters of 1.11% copper (NR-Nov-05-2007)(NR-Dec 5/07) and (NR-Jan 8/08). Drill hole K2-07-16 intersected a zone of 1467.0 g/ton silver (NR-Mar 11/08). The latest drill results from the K2 discovery confirm the initial drill results whereby the Company announced that it had discovered a zone of hydrothermal and structurally controlled poly-metallic breccias that are enriched in copper and locally in gold, silver and cobalt. The K2-IOCG target is located on the Contact Lake property, on the south side of Echo Bay, NT.

The K2-IOCG target area is an area in which drilling encountered multiple zones of IOCG style poly-metallic copper, gold, silver and cobalt mineralization. The mineralized zone is part of a regionally extensive zone of phyllic, potassic, hematite and magnetite, magnetite-actinolite alteration zones, often appearing at surface as phyllic-potassic pyritic gossans. The mineralization occurs within the same suite of volcano-plutonic rocks that host other poly-metallic zones in the Eldorado & Contact Lake mineral belt, including the former El Bonanza Silver-Uranium (U-Ag) and the Eldorado Uranium (U-Ag-Cu-Co-Ni-Bi) mines.

All eight drill holes from the 2006 drill program (NR-December 14 2006)(NR-January 17, 2007) and 7 of 9 holes from the 2007 drill program intersected multiple zones of altered and mineralized breccias with disseminated and vein hosted copper, gold, silver and cobalt sulphide mineralization. The Company's 2007 drill program was completed between May and October 2007 and consisted of 19,614 meters of drilling, with over 72 holes drilled resulting in 10,202 samples being collected and submitted for assaying.

Highlights from mineralized down hole intervals from the new holes reporting, include:

K2-07-14 intersected:

- 40.50 meters of 0.361% copper and 2.83 g/ton silver including 5.0 meters of 0.459% copper, 8.09 g/ton silver and 2.61 g/ton gold and also 1.0 meter of 1.757% copper, 5.50 g/ton silver and 2.50 g/ton gold

- 36.50 meters of 0.340% copper including 6.10 meters of 1.053% copper, 3.96 g/ton silver and 4.5 g/ton gold as well as 1.60 meters of 2.210% copper and 6.00 g/ton silver

- 33.00 meters of 0.223% copper

K2-07-17 intersected:

- 10.50 meters of 0.30% zinc

The accompanying table gives a summary of drilling highlights and assay results.



K2-IOCG Discovery Zone - Drill Summary

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Cop- Vana-
Inter- per Zinc Silver Cobalt Gold dium
Drill From To val Cu Zn Ag Co Au V2O5
Hole (m) (m) (m) (%) (%) (g/ton) (%) (g/ton) (%)
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K2-07-14 12.95 14.95 2.00 0.198 0.012 0.85 0.002 - 0.035
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39.50 80.00 40.50 0.361 0.022 2.83 0.016 - 0.025
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41.00 46.00 5.00 0.459 0.027 8.09 0.066 2.61 0.036
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58.00 59.00 1.00 1.757 0.020 5.50 0.081 2.50 0.017
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121.50 133.50 12.00 0.287 0.057 1.61 0.011 0.19 0.027
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140.00 173.00 33.00 0.223 0.020 1.17 0.013 - 0.024
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185.00 188.00 3.00 0.095 0.013 1.45 0.037 - 0.025
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201.50 203.00 1.50 0.013 0.020 1.00 0.029 - 0.027
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206.00 207.50 1.50 0.023 0.015 0.70 0.055 - 0.027
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210.50 213.50 3.00 0.119 0.019 0.75 0.015 - 0.027
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215.00 216.50 1.50 0.044 0.019 1.50 0.046 - 0.030
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222.50 224.00 1.50 0.042 0.017 1.00 0.021 - 0.024
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245.00 248.00 3.00 0.029 0.012 0.50 0.023 - 0.026
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254.00 264.50 10.50 0.214 0.008 0.56 0.008 - 0.024
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270.50 272.00 1.50 0.186 0.009 0.30 0.004 - 0.027
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303.50 306.50 3.00 0.299 0.017 1.05 0.003 - 0.024
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309.50 311.00 1.50 0.245 0.019 0.80 0.006 - 0.025
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323.00 326.00 3.00 0.359 0.011 1.45 0.012 - 0.024
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329.00 332.00 3.00 0.139 0.017 0.60 0.008 - 0.026
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335.00 336.50 1.50 0.141 0.017 0.60 0.004 - 0.030
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339.50 376.00 36.50 0.340 0.020 1.36 0.004 - 0.018
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351.90 358.00 6.10 1.053 0.015 3.96 0.009 4.50 0.014
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351.90 353.50 1.60 2.210 0.025 6.00 0.005 0.2 0.014
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370.00 376.00 6.00 0.32 0.03 1.23 0.003 - 0.027
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385.00 386.50 1.50 0.117 0.014 1.70 0.003 - 0.015
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397.00 398.50 1.50 0.106 0.013 1.10 0.003 - 0.015
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Copper Zinc Silver Cobalt Vanadium
Drill From To Interval Cu Zn Ag Co V2O5
Hole (m) (m) (m) (%) (%) (g/ton) (%) (%)
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K2-07-15 63.50 68.00 4.50 0.023 0.019 0.2 - 0.077
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74.50 76.00 1.50 0.020 0.023 0.4 - 0.059
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122.00 123.50 1.50 0.008 0.016 0.1 0.021 0.026
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167.50 170.50 3.00 0.158 0.130 3.6 0.012 0.031
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172.00 173.50 1.50 0.152 0.059 2.6 0.014 0.029
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198.50 218.00 19.50 0.018 0.221 0.9 - 0.024
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210.50 237.50 27.00 0.007 0.077 0.6 - 0.039
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Copper Zinc Silver Cobalt
Drill From To Interval Cu Zn Ag Co
Hole (m) (m) (m) (%) (%) (g/ton) (%)
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K2-07-17 22.50 23.10 0.60 0.10 0.01 1.1 -
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33.00 38.00 5.00 0.20 0.01 0.8 -
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45.00 45.50 0.50 0.56 0.01 1.0 -
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49.40 50.15 0.75 0.55 0.01 1.0 -
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56.50 74.50 18.00 0.24 0.01 0.6 -
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59.50 68.50 9.00 0.30 0.01 0.8 0.03
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71.50 86.50 15.00 0.09 0.01 0.4 0.04
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73.001 74.501 1.50 0.15 0.01 0.4 0.11
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79.00 80.50 1.50 0.20 0.01 0.4 -
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190.10 191.60 1.50 0.12 0.01 0.5 -
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272.00 273.50 1.50 0.17 0.03 1.0 -
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281.50 283.00 1.50 0.16 0.10 4.0 -
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291.85 296.35 4.50 0.19 0.28 2.3 -
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293.35 303.85 10.50 0.04 0.30 1.8 -
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Metal values as at today's market price. Gold $871.30 US per ounce,
Copper $3.89 US per pound, Silver $16.63 US per ounce, Nickel $12.82 US per
pound, Cobalt $49.00 US per pound, Vanadium $13.00 US per pound, Zinc
$1.00 US per pound, Lead $1.09 US per pound, and Uranium $65.00 US per
pound as of May 7, 2008.

Note: True thickness is unknown.


All reported drill holes have 45 degree inclination and 225 degree azimuth. Drill holes K2-07-14, K2-07-13 and K2-06-3 were drilled in a NE-SW trending row in which K2-07-13 is located between K2-07-14 and K2-06-3. The distance between K2-07-14 and K2-07-13 is 135 meters. K2-07-17 is located at 165 meters south of K2-07-14. Drill hole K2-07-15 was drilled at 660 meters SE of K2-07-14 to test a geophysical anomaly.

Drill holes BI-07-01, BI-07-02, CL-07-01, ES-07-08, ES-07-09, ES-07-10 and SL-07-02 did not encounter any significant mineralization. The Company has now released all 72 holes from the 2007 drill program at Eldorado & Contact Lake Projects.

A QAQC (quality assurance, quality control) program was conducted by the Company which consisted of the introduction of standard, duplicate, and blank samples introduced into the sample sequence at irregular and random intervals to test the sampling and assay procedures. Standard samples were prepared by Acme Analytical Laboratories Ltd. ("Acme") of Vancouver, British Columbia. All drill core samples were prepared, bagged and sealed by the Company's supervised personnel and were transported by plane to Acme facilities in Yellowknife, NT where they were crushed and pulped, and then transported to Acme's main laboratories in Vancouver, British Columbia for assaying. Acme is a fully registered analytical lab for analysis by ICP-MS and ICP-FA techniques. Samples were subjected to aqua regia digestion and analyzed for 40 elements and induced coupled plasma-mass spectrometry (ICP-MS) following four acid digestions (HF, HCIO4, HNO3 and HCI). All analysis for Cu, Ag, Au, U, Co, Ni, Bi, Pb, Zn and W which exceeded upper limits were re-assayed using ICPFA method to obtain correct values.

THE ELDORADO & CONTACT LAKE IRON OXIDE COPPER, GOLD, SILVER AND URANIUM PROJECTS

The Eldorado & Contact Lake Permit Areas are located on the east side of Great Bear Lake in Canada's Northwest Territories. The permit areas are situated 470 kilometers north of the city of Yellowknife. The total size of the Eldorado & Contact Lake Permit area covers over 98,027.77 acres in size. The Eldorado & Contact Lake IOCG + uranium project areas include past producing high grade silver and uranium mines. This includes the Echo Bay Silver Mine which produced 23,779,178 ounces of silver and the Eldorado Uranium Mine which produced 15 million pounds of uranium and 8 million ounces of silver. Olympic Dam volcanic hosted hydrothermal iron-oxide copper, gold style of deposits are attractive targets for exploration and development due to their poly-metallic nature, high unit value and enormous size and grade tonnage potential. The Eldorado Mineral Belt which is situated in the Great Bear Magmatic zone, NT, has long been recognized by geologists, as one of the most prospective Iron oxide copper, gold, silver and uranium regions in northern Canada.

CHANTAL SCHUTZ, BCOMM., CA APPOINTED AS NEW CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER

The Company is pleased to announce that Chantal Schutz BComm., CA has been appointed as the new Chief Financial Officer of the Company by the Board of Directors of the Company and will replace Ann Cederholm effective immediately. This appointment is subject to TSX Venture approval. Ms. Shutz was appointed to the position of Chief Financial Officer created by the resignation of Ms. Ann Cederholm who wishes to pursue other interests. Ms. Schutz graduated from Royal Roads University in 1997 with a Bachelor's degree in Commerce specializing in Entrepreneurial Management and combined with five years experience in Assurance and Business Services at both PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP and KPMG LLP. Ms. Schutz joins "Alberta Star" coming from a Vancouver based mid-sized CA firm located in Burnaby BC, Canada. Ms. Schutz has over 10 years experience and has most recently worked in the capacity as Manager performing Quality Assurance Control for the firm's publicly listed entities in Canada and the United States ensuring best practices and risk mitigation primarily in the resource and energy sectors. The Board of Directors thanks Ms. Cederholm for her contribution and service to the Company over the years and wishes her all of the best in her new endeavours.

ALBERTA STAR DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION

Alberta Star is a Canadian mineral exploration company that identifies, acquires and finances advanced stage mineral exploration projects in Canada. The Company is committed to creating long term shareholder value through the discovery of base and precious metals and uranium.

INVESTOR RELATIONS

Investors are welcomed to contact Mr. Allan Feldman, the Company's Investor Relations and Corporate Communications Specialist, for all corporate updates at (604) 948-9663. In Quebec contact Mario Drolet at MI3 Communications at (514)-904-1333.

ALBERTA STAR DEVELOPMENT CORP.

Tim Coupland, President & CEO

Lou Covello, B.Sc., P.Geo., is the qualified person for the Eldorado & Contact Lake IOCG Projects.

These results have been prepared under the supervision of Lou Covello, B.Sc., P.Geo. who is designated as a Qualified Person with the ability and authority to verify the authenticity and validity of this data. All rock samples were analyzed by Acme Analytical Laboratories Ltd. ("ACME") in Vancouver B.C., Canada using ICP-MS and ICP-FA analysis techniques.

This news release contains certain statements that may be deemed "forward-looking statements". All statements in this release, other than statements of historical fact, that address future production, reserve potential, exploration drilling, exploitation activities and 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. Information inferred from the interpretation of drilling results and information concerning mineral resource estimates may also be deemed to be forward looking statements, as it constitutes a prediction of what might be found to be present when and if a project is actually developed. 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 the forward-looking statements. Factors that could cause the actual results to differ materially from those in forward-looking statements include market prices, exploitation and exploration successes, and continued availability of capital and financing, and general economic, market or business conditions. Investors are cautioned that any such statements are not guarantees of future performance and actual results or developments may differ materially from those projected in the forward-looking statements. Forward looking statements are based on the beliefs, estimates and opinions of the Company's management on the date the statements are made. The Company undertakes no obligation to update these forward-looking statements in the event that management's beliefs, estimates or opinions, or other factors, should change. For further information investors should review the Company's filings that are available at www.sedar.com or contact Tim Coupland, President at (604) 681-3131.

The TSX Venture Exchange does not accept responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this News Release.

Contact Information

  • Alberta Star Development Corp.
    Tim Coupland
    President and CEO
    (604) 681-3131
    (604) 408-3884 (FAX)
    Website: www.alberta-star.com