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Halo Resources Ltd.

August 17, 2005 09:03 ET

Halo & Metanor Drilling Reveals Thicker, High-Grade, Potential Bulk Mining Areas at Bachelor Lake Gold Project

VAL-D'OR, QUEBEC--(CCNMatthews - Aug. 17, 2005) - Marc Cernovitch, President & CEO of Halo Resources Ltd. (TSX VENTURE:HLO)(OTCBB:HLOSF)(FWB:HRL) & Serge Roy, President & CEO of Metanor Resources Inc. (TSX VENTURE:MTO) are pleased to announce new results from the recently completed 13,346m underground drilling program at Bachelor Lake, Quebec. Significant assay results were returned from both lateral and deep extensions (below Level 12) of the "Main", "A" and "B" mineralized zones (see also Press Release of May 26, June 8, June 23, July 13, August 2, and August 3, 2005).

Interpretation of drill data indicate a significant increase in both gold values and mineralized thickness, in particular where the B Zone is intersected by the crosscutting A Zone. A pattern is beginning to develop whereby the intersection of these structures may be predictable. Future drilling will test this hypothesis, as the recognition of zones of structural dilatency together with the corresponding elevated gold mineralization may have a positive impact on project economics.

Recent drill results have also confirmed the extension of known resources into the recently acquired Hewfran property west of Bachelor Lake. This area remains highly prospective and the potential to further extend the known Bachelor Lake gold resource beyond the Hewfran East deposit to the Hewfran West mineralization deposit remains untested. Data acquired from this area is currently being integrated into the Bachelor Lake data base.

Highlights of the latest drill results are from below Level 12 and are listed below:



Bachelor Lake "Main Zone":
- 12.35 g/t Au over 2.80 m contained within 7.97 g/t Au over 5.35 m
(hole 12-80);
- 8.07 g/t Au over 5.05 m contained within 7.30 g/t Au over 5.80 m
(hole 12-89);
- 15.64 g/t Au over 1.95 m and 13.49 g/t Au over 1.90 m contained
within 6.97 g/t Au over 9.85m (hole 12-102);
- 26.50 g/t Au over 2.75 m contained within 11.28 g/t Au over 6.75 m
(hole 12-106);
- 25.12 g/t Au over 1.95 m contained within 10.23 g/t Au over 5.60 m
(hole 12-112);
- 7.93 g/t Au over 2.25 m contained within 5.10 g/t Au over 8.55 m
(hole 12-114).

Bachelor Lake "A Zone":
- 6.70 g/t Au over 2.35 m (hole 12-69);
- 7.43 g/t Au over 0.55 m (hole 12-85).

Bachelor Lake "B Zone":
- 9.50 g/t Au over 3.10 m (hole 12-69);
- 7.92 g/t Au over 3.00 m (hole 12-70);
- 6.01 g/t Au over 1.10 m (hole 12-79);
- 14.26 g/t Au over 4.10 m contained within 9.12 g/t Au over 8.00 m
(hole 12-83);
- 5.69 g/t Au over 3.05 m (hole 12-87);
- 7.90 g/t Au over 1.20 m (hole 12-87);
- 14.90 g/t Au over 3.65 m (hole 12-90);
- 12.48 g/t Au over 6.05 m contained within 10.37 g/t Au over 7.80 m
(hole 12-93);
- 9.03 g/t Au over 2.35 m (hole 12-100);
- 6.33 g/t Au over 2.15 m (hole 12-108);
- 15.40 g/t Au over 2.40 m contained within 6.75 g/t Au over 6.00 m
(hole 12-110);
- 8.93 g/t Au over 1.90 m (hole 12-112);
- 7.40 g/t Au over 7.05 m (hole 12-114).

Please note that all the intervals are uncut and presented as drilled
core lengths, not true vein widths or horizontal widths. Drilling has
been done as azimuth oriented holes from two (2) underground drill
stations located at the 12th Level. See Table 1, for the detailed
assay results and Figure 1 and 2 for the approximate hole locations.

Figure 1 : Bachelor Lake Main Zone Longitudinal View
http://www.metanor.ca/PDF/LongSectionZoneP11-08-05.jpg

Figure 2 : Bachelor Lake B Zone Longitudinal View
http://www.metanor.ca/PDF/LongSectionZoneB11-08-05.jpg

Highlights and significance of new geological and structural
interpretation

Results from the drilling program and the interpretation from the
Hewfran and Bachelor vertical sections has highlighted features that
show the potential for a substantial increase in resources:

1. The continuity of the "Main Zone" has been extended
substantially (over a total strike length of 1,500 feet (450m))
from the Bachelor Lake to the East Zone" on to the recently
acquired Hewfran property; hence, opening the potential for
adding resources. The "Main Zone" has been intersected on the
Hewfran property ("East Zone" now part of the Bachelor Lake
property) some 107 m (350 feet) west of the old Hewfran /
Bachelor Lake property boundary and it is still open westward as
drilling has not been performed west of the 850'W section.
Furthermore, the mineralization is known to exist as far as
Hewfran "West Zone" some several hundred feet further west (1000
feet (300m). It should be noted however, that details of the
"East Zone" and "West Zone" gold resources are not yet fully
integrated with the Bachelor Lake data base and remain non
compliant with NI 43-101.

2. Significant bulging of the mineralized zones, apparent at the
junction of several major structural features, has created the
potential for high productivity, lower cost mining methods. This
bulging is illustrated as follows:
a. At the junction of "B Zone" and "A Zone" on sections 0'E,
50'W, 100'W, 150'W, 200'W and 250'W. This thicker zone has a
potential strike length of 45 m, a down-dip length of 35 m
and an estimated true width of 10 m. This is also the area
where the increased presence of visible gold has been noted.

b. Proximal stacking of mineralization at the junction of the
"B Zone" with the "Main Zone" (hole BLM12-04 has an
estimated true width intersection of 12 m with the "Main
Zone" and the "B Zone" is only 5.2 m from the Main Vein on
the hanging-wall side. This zone also has the potential to
increase the resources.

c. At the junction of the structures "A Zone" with "B Zone" and
the "B Zone" approaching the "Main Zone" and "Big Wac"
fault.

3. The drill hole 12-116, drilled eastward towards the O'Brien late
granitic stock has put the granite-volcanic contact further east
opening the possibility of extending the mineralized "Main Zone"
to the east and in addition opens new areas for additional
resources. Prior to hitting the O'Brien granite contact several
granitic dykes are cut and on some of the sections (e.g. 450'E
and 500'E), it is observed that the "Main Zone" is flanked by
granitic dykes.

As the interpretation progresses, these observations will be
strengthened and there are opportunities to discover more such
intersection structures.

Drilling program

The drilling program was completed on July 26, 2005 for a total of
13,346 m achieved by drilling 69 drill holes. This release presents
new assay results obtained from this underground diamond drilling
program. The assay results have all been received, a total of 3555
samples were analysed.

It is noted from the schematic longitudinal views that some of the
holes may have intercepted the zones closer to each other than
originally planned. The drilling program has been performed with
azimuth oriented holes from two (2) drill stations located at the
12th Level of the Bachelor Lake mine. The deviation of certain holes
has been more than expected and has resulted in them being closer
than expected. All collars location have been surveyed and down-hole
surveys of the holes have been completed using a Flex-It ™
instrument with measurements every 3 m.


Table 1. - Bachelor Lake underground drilling program detailed
assay results
http://www.metanor.ca/PDF/Table1pr16082005ang.pdf


Please note that all the intervals are uncut and presented as drilled core lengths, not true vein widths or horizontal widths. Drilling has been done as azimuth oriented holes from two (2) underground drill stations located at the 12th Level.

Qualified Person

The above information has been prepared under the supervision of Consulting Geologist Alain Carrier, M.Sc., P.Geo., InnovExplo inc., "Qualified" and "Independent" Person under 43-101 guidelines. Field work has been done by Julien Davy, M.Sc., P.Geo. and Eddy Canova, B.Sc., P.Geo. "Qualified" and "Independent" persons under 43-101 guidelines. Alain Carrier has supervised the field work and has verified the authenticity and validity of the data.

Quality Control and Quality Assurance Program

Assay samples are taken from drill core (BQ size) sawed in half with one half sent to a commercial laboratory and other half retained for future reference. A strict QA/QC program is followed which includes mineralized standards, blank and duplicate for each batch of samples. Significant assay results are duplicated at the original laboratory. The gold assaying method uses a 30-gram sample Fire Assays (atomic absorption with gravimetric finish for sample over 5 g/t Au) on splits from an initial 250-gram pulverized sample. The current drilling program seem to indicates that more visible gold occurs at depth at Bachelor Lake. The assay protocol was revised considering these coarse gold occurrences. Gold assaying is now obtain from a 50-gram sample on splits from an initial 1000-gram pulverized sample (crushing 90% less than 2mm and pulverization 90% less than 200 mesh). Assays were performed by ALS Chemex - Chimitec of Val-d'Or (Quebec), an assay laboratory accredited by the Standards Council of Canada. Metallic screen fire assay are completed on samples with visible gold or where initial multiple duplicates show any variability.

Halo has an option to earn a 50% interest of the Bachelor Lake Property in Quebec, Canada, owned by Metanor Resources Inc. (TSX VENTURE:MTO).

For further information on the Bachelor Lake Property, please see the Bachelor Lake Gold Mine Property NI 43-101 - Technical Report dated December 20, 2004 (Revised Version), filed on SEDAR at wwww.sedar.com.

The TSX Venture Exchange has not reviewed and does not accept responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this release. Except for the historical statements contained herein, this news release presents forward-looking statements that involve inherent risks and uncertainties. Although the management and officers of Halo Resources Ltd. believe that the expectations reflected in such forward-looking statements are based upon reasonable assumptions, they give no assurance that their expectations will be achieved. Certain risks and uncertainties inherent in the Company's operations include political, economic, environmental and geological issues, including but not limited to, the continued need for additional capital, the competition within the mining industry, and other risks detailed from time to time in the Company's periodic reports filed with the British Columbia Securities Commission and the United States Securities and Exchange Commission. Investors are cautioned that, except as disclosed in the materials to be prepared in connection with the transaction, any information released or received with respect to the transaction may not be accurate or complete and should not be relied upon. Trading in the securities of Halo Resources Ltd. should be considered highly speculative. The TSX Venture Exchange has in no way passed upon the merits of the proposed transaction and has neither approved nor disapproved the contents of this press release.

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