Paragon Minerals Corporation
TSX VENTURE : PGR

Paragon Minerals Corporation

June 10, 2008 09:01 ET

Paragon Minerals Corporation and Yamana Gold Inc. Plan 2,000 Metre Drill Program at Huxter Lane Project

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - June 10, 2008) - Paragon Minerals Corporation (TSX VENTURE:PGR) is pleased to report that Yamana Gold Inc. ("Yamana") (TSX:YRI)(NYSE:AUY)(LSE:YAU) will fund a 2,000 metre drill program at the Huxter Lane Project in Newfoundland. Yamana has earned a 55% interest in the project by spending $1.0 million on exploration and can earn an additional 10% interest by completing an industry standard "bankable feasibility study" based on a minimum 500,000 oz gold resource and spending a minimum $250,000 per year on exploration.

The Huxter Lane Project is a bulk-mineable gold target located 90 kilometres south of Grand Falls - Windsor in central Newfoundland. Two drill programs, totaling 25 holes (4,144 metres) have outlined a significant gold-bearing, porphyritic intrusion over a strike length of 750 metres and to a shallow vertical depth of 125 metres. The mineralized porphyry dips gently to the south and typically contains up to 15% disseminated and vein-hosted arsenopyrite-pyrite mineralization. The porphyry remains open along strike and to depth. Significant drill intercepts include 2.21 g/t gold over 35 metres (HX06-16), 1.07 g/t gold over 28.6 metres (HX06-01), 2.00 g/t gold over 16.85 metres (HX07-24) and 0.67 g/t gold over 103.35 metres (HX07-20). Initial metallurgical tests completed by Yamana on several drill core samples indicate favourable gold recoveries.

"We are very pleased to have Yamana continue as a partner on this exciting bulk tonnage gold project," said Michael Vande Guchte, President and CEO of Paragon. "The work to date on this near surface, gold-bearing system is demonstrating robust gold mineralization, and we look forward to continued exploration success on this project with Yamana."

Paragon Minerals Corporation is a Canadian-based mineral exploration company listed on the TSX Venture Exchange. The Company is focused on gold and base-metal exploration in the Province of Newfoundland and Labrador. Further details can be found on the Company website at www.paragonminerals.com.

PARAGON MINERALS CORPORATION

Michael J. Vande Guchte, President & CEO

The Huxter Lane Project work is being supervised by Qualified Person David Copeland, M.Sc., P.Geo. Exploration Manager for Paragon Minerals Corporation.

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