SOURCE: Franklin Mining, Inc.

Franklin Mining, Inc.

February 12, 2009 09:53 ET

Franklin Retains Michael Biste

Escala Mine Joint-Venture Prepares for Expansion

LAS VEGAS, NV--(Marketwire - February 12, 2009) - Franklin Mining, Inc. (PINKSHEETS: FMNJ) (FRANKFURT: FMJ) Chairman and CEO William Petty is pleased to announce he has retained the services of Michael H. Biste, PhD, Consulting Geologist, to prepare an external technical audit of the company's Escala Mine joint-venture.

"Dr. Biste ( is a respected geologist with more that 30 years' mining experience, including nine years as a consultant in several of South America's largest and best-known underground, open pit and alluvial operations. His recent clients include some of the world's best-known names in the mining industry -- Glencore, Newmount, Sumitomo, Behre Dolbear, Golden Eagle and many, many others -- and I am especially thankful he was available to Franklin at a time that we could best use his expertise and benefit from his prior experience with the Escala," said Mr. Petty in making today's announcement.

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