Prize Mining Corporation
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Prize Mining Corporation

April 06, 2009 09:30 ET

Prize Mining/Eagle Plains Execute Joint Venture Agreement to Produce Gold at Yellowjacket

CALGARY, ALBERTA--(Marketwire - April 6, 2009) - Prize Mining Corp. (TSX VENTURE:PRZ) and Eagle Plains Resources Ltd. (TSX VENTURE:EPL) jointly announce that the companies have executed a formal agreement (subject to regulatory approval and other customary conditions), whereby the two parties will form a joint venture to immediately facilitate the production of gold and conduct further exploration and development of the Yellowjacket Zone on the Atlin Gold Property, located 9 kilometres east of Atlin, in northwestern British Columbia.

Under the terms of the agreement, Eagle Plains will purchase a 40% interest in the project by providing $2,000,000 CDN in working capital. These funds will be used to clear existing liens and obligations on the property, in addition to completing upgrades of the existing mill facility and covering costs related to engineering, permitting and environmental compliance. Eagle Plains will in turn receive 60% of all net proceeds of production up to $2,000,000, at which time it will revert to a 40/60 working interest. Eagle Plains will have the option of increasing its working interest to 60% by making payments to Prize totaling $2,000,000 by the sixth anniversary of the agreement. It is expected that commercial production activity will commence by the third quarter of 2009.

Yellowjacket Zone History

The Yellowjacket Zone of the Atlin Gold Property is accessible year-round by all-weather road. The claims lie along the Pine Creek valley, an historic and continuing placer gold producing area. Basic supplies and material to support mining activity can be readily sourced out of Atlin and specialty services may be secured in Whitehorse, Yukon, located 180 kilometres north via Highway 7 and the Alaska Highway. Hydro-electric power lies within five kilometres of the property boundary.

The Atlin placer camp ranks as the second largest producer of placer gold in the province. Mining has been the economic mainstay for the town of Atlin since the discovery of gold on Pine Creek in 1897. The mineralized zone at Yellowjacket underlies significant historical surface disturbance and downstream topographical features (waterfall) have rendered Pine Creek a "low-value" fish habitat.

Gold mineralization at Yellowjacket consists of coarse gold hosted in quartz stockworks and silicified zones in brittle volcanic and altered ultramafic rocks. Gold mineralization occurs along a prominent fault structure which is interpreted to control the distribution of placer gold reported in the area.

In 1983, local area prospectors staked the Yellowjacket Property, and subsequently optioned the property to Canova and Tri-Pacific Resources. During 1984 and 1985 these companies conducted programs of ground geophysics, and rotary and diamond drilling. In 1986 Homestake Mineral Development Company optioned the property from Canova and from 1986 to 1988 initiated programs of mapping, reverse circulation drilling and diamond drilling (52 holes for a total of 8,057 metres).

At the completion of this program, Homestake reported a resource estimate of 453,500 tonnes grading 10.26 g/t (Schroeter, T.G. and Pinsent, R.H; BC Ministry of Energy and Mines Open File 2000-2: Gold Production and Resources in BC (1858 - 1998). (Though these estimates are considered by Eagle Plains and Prize management to be relevant, they were prepared prior to the institution of National Instrument 43-101 standards. The reliability of the resource estimate has not been confirmed, but will constitute a target basis for future exploration work).

Prize Mining (formerly Muskox Minerals) optioned the property in 2003 and from 2003 to 2006 drilled 57 holes for a total of 6,873 metres. A number of impressive intercepts were encountered during drilling, with values ranging from "no significant results" to grades as summarized below:



Drillhole Interval Width Grade
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YJ03-01 13.95m - 19.51m 5.56m 513.5 g/t Au
YJ04-07 48.85m to 54.45m 6.10m 40.1 g/t Au
including 53.95m to 54.45m 0.31m 588.9 g/t Au
TW05-02 10.67m to 12.79m 2.62m 853.0 g/t Au
including 10.67m - 11.58m 0.91m 2,397.0 g/t Au
TW05-02 20.05m - 41.50m 21.45m 11.5 g/t Au


The general area encompassed by drilling covers approximately 300 metres x 100 metres, with the deepest mineralized intersection encountered at 140 metres. The deposit appears to be open along strike in both directions and to depth.

The Yellowjacket Zone coarse gold mineralization has a pronounced "nugget effect" where adjacent samples within the same mineralized zone can have widely varying gold values. This prompted Prize in 2006 to proceed with a bulk-sampling program in order to evaluate the deposit in an economic framework. Prize engaged a number of prominent engineering, metallurgical and environmental consultants to carry out permitting, pit design, mill design and fabrication work. Regular consultation is ongoing with the Taku River Tlingit First Nation ("TRTFN").

Excavation activity commenced in 2007 under a 10,000 tonne bulk sample permit. A modern milling facility was constructed, and includes a 1000 kW generator, ball mill, SAG mill, feeders, pumps, conveyors, three Knelson concentrators, magnetic separator, Diester and Gemini tables and an on-site assay laboratory. Test work indicated preliminary recoveries of 81%, with ore head-grades of approximately 9.0 g/t gold. Test work done on the rock units excavated from the pit have found them to be non-acid generating due to their high carbonate content.

Consultants retained by Prize have recommended modifications to the mill circuit that are expected to increase recoveries to 90% and capacity to 350 tonnes per day. Work from mid 2004 until present has been carried out under the supervision of Linda Dandy, P.Geo., who will continue with the project as Mine Manager.

The Yellowjacket JV intends to meet the following objectives during 2009:

- compile all existing geological, geophysical, environmental and engineering data into a GIS database

- remove liens and encumbrances on the property

- complete application for BC Small Mines Permit (up to 75,000 tonnes per year)

- complete modifications to existing mill facility

- resume milling of stockpiled ore

- dewater existing pit

- commence expansion of existing pit

- commence commercial production with a target of 35,000 tonnes throughput during Q3

- explore possibilities for year-round custom milling

- study feasibility of connecting to a nearby newly established hydro-electric facility

- design and execute exploration program for future expansion

Harry McGucken, President of Prize Mining, states: "We are extremely pleased with this new association and what Eagle Plains and its team bring to this project. The addition of their technical expertise will now enable the project to get to the next level of development for the benefit of all concerned." Tim Termuende, President and CEO of Eagle Plains adds: "We are excited about participating with Prize Mining on this project. We recognize the quality and incredible amount of work required to bring the project to this stage, and are pleased to be able to provide financial and technical assistance to advance it, ultimately to the benefit of the local community, the Taku River Tlingit First Nation, Prize Mining and shareholders of Eagle Plains."

Linda Dandy, P.Geo., is the Qualified Person for the purpose of National Instrument 43-101, who has reviewed and verified the contents of this news release.

ON BEHALF OF THE BOARD OF PRIZE MINING CORPORATION

Harry McGucken, President and CEO

Prize Mining Corporation is a Tier One Company listed on the TSX Venture Exchange (symbol: PRZ-V). The Company is exploring for Gold in the Atlin area of British Columbia, Canada and for Nickel-Copper-Palladium and Platinum on its Muskox Layered Intrusion Project in Nunavut, Arctic Canada.

Forward-Looking Statements

This news release contains forward-looking information including but not limited to comments regarding the timing and content of upcoming work programs, geological interpretations and potential mineral recovery processes. Forward-looking information includes disclosure regarding possible future events, conditions or results of operations that is based on assumptions about future economic conditions and courses of action, and therefore, involves inherent risks and uncertainties. There is no certainty that the parties will enter into the definitive purchase and joint venture agreement. When used in this news release the words "estimated", "plan", "anticipated", "expected", "intend", "believe", and similar expressions are intended to identify forward-looking statements. These statements involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that may cause the actual results, performance or achievements of Prize to be materially different from any future results, performance or achievement expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. For any forward-looking information given, management has assumed that the analytical results it has received are reliable, and has applied geological interpretation methodologies which are consistent with industry standards. Although management has a reasonable basis for the conclusions drawn, there can be no assurance that forward-looking statements will prove to be accurate and actual results may differ materially from those currently anticipated in such statements. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on this forward-looking information, which is given as of the date it is expressed in this news release or otherwise. Prize undertakes no obligation to update publicly or revise any forward-looking information, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as required by law.

Neither TSX Venture Exchange nor its Regulation Services Provider (as that term is defined in the policies of the TSX Venture Exchange) accepts responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this release.

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