Rainy River Resources Ltd.
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Rainy River Resources Ltd.

November 08, 2011 06:00 ET

Rainy River Resources Ltd. Intersects High Grade Within the Conceptualized Open Pit and Underground Settings

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Nov. 8, 2011) - Rainy River Resources Ltd. (TSX:RR) (the "Company" or "Rainy") is pleased to announce assay results from its Rainy River Gold Project ("RRGP") in northwest Ontario, where the Company is completing 170,000 metres of diamond drilling in 2011. Results are summarized in Table 1.

HIGHLIGHTS

Within the Conceptualized Open Pit Setting

  • Infill drilling within the ODM Zone intersected 2.7 g/t gold and 2.3 g/t silver over 45.0 metres in NR11814.
  • Infill drilling within the Cap Zone intersected 1.0 g/t gold over 19.5 metres in NR11814.
  • Infill drilling within the HS Zone intersected 1.4 g/t gold over 13.5 metres in NR11830.

Within the Conceptualized Underground Setting

  • NR11865 intersected 8.6 g/t gold over 12.0 metres, including 25.7 g/t gold over 3.0 metres within the ODM
  • NR11804 intersected 4.4 g/t gold, 70.2 g/t silver and 1.89% zinc over 3.0 metres in semi-massive sulphides, within the ODM.
  • NR11790 intersected 8.4 g/t gold and 3.9 g/t silver over 5.5 metres within the ODM
  • 17 Zone Eastern Extension returned 18.0 g/t gold and 13.3 g/t silver over 1.5 metres.

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INFILL PROGRAM

Infill drilling near the base of the pit and below the pit continue to provide increased certainty to the block model at depth. Several of these holes have targeted the underground portion of the ODM Zone, where a significant portion of the mineralization is comprised of inferred resources and, as such, will require upgrading. All infill holes have been designed to increase resource confidence and expand known mineralized zones at depth. The majority of the infill holes have been designed to intersect multiple targets down-hole, including the Cap, ODM and HS Zones.

Within a Conceptualized Open Pit

ODM / 17 Zone

Results from three infill holes NR11802 & NR11814 and NR11830 are reported herein.

Highlights include 2.7 g/t gold and 2.3 g/t silver over 45.0 metres at a vertical depth of 459 metres in hole NR11814, including 4.6 g/t gold and 4.0 g/t silver over 7.5 metres at a vertical depth of 444 metres, and 6.6 g/t gold and 4.0 g/t silver over 9.0 metres at a vertical depth of 474 metres, including 28.8 g/t gold and 5.2 g/t silver over 1.5 metres at a vertical depth of 470 metres.

NR11802 intersected the ODM Zone 40 meters up-plunge of NR11814 and returned values of 0.7 g/t gold over 63.0 metres at a vertical depth of 418 metres. Directly below, and not included within the grouped average above, was an intersection of 50.3 g/t gold and 3.79 g/t silver over 1.5 metres. This high-grade intersection is located directly up-plunge of the 28.8 g/t gold in NR11814, and continues to demonstrate the continuity of these higher grades, which are located along these structural shoots.

NR11830 was collared in the lower portion of the 17 Zone and intersected 9.0 metres grading 1.2 g/t gold at a vertical depth of 75 metres, and 21.1 g/t gold and 28.8 g/t silver over 1.40 metres at a vertical depth of 121 metres. The hole was collared primarily to target the HS zone, which is discussed below.

CAP Zone

Six of eight diamond drill holes returned significant results within the CAP Zone. Highlights include 1.0 g/t gold and 2.9 g/t silver over 19.5 metres at a vertical depth of 151 metres in NR11814. In addition, NR11803 returned 3.3 g/t gold and 11.9 g/t silver over 3.0 metres at a vertical depth of 174 metres, and NR11804 returned 6.0 metres of 1.0 g/t gold and 3.2 g/t silver at a vertical depth of 125 metres.

HS Zone

NR11830 intersected two zones of HS mineralization below the ODM Zone, including 2.8 g/t gold and 4.1 g/t silver over 3.0 metres at a vertical depth of 144 metres, and 1.4 g/t gold and 1.3 g/t silver over 13.5 metres at a vertical depth of 182 metres. NR11824 intersected 1.2 g/t gold and 1.2 g/t silver over 15 metres at a vertical depth of 71 metres, while NR11828 intersected 7.5 metres grading 1.0 g/t gold and 1.1 g/t silver.

To-date, infill drilling in the HS Zone is significantly improving the ore-to-waste ratio within this zone.

ODM / 17 Zone – Below a Conceptualized Open Pit

Seven new holes have been completed below the conceptualized open pit within the ODM. Four of these holes have been highly successful in defining new high-grade mineralization within the ODM Zone which was previously uncategorized, while two of the remaining three holes have targeted inferred blocks. Six of these seven holes are expected to have a significant impact on the ODM underground resources.

Highlights include partial results from NR11865 which includes 8.6 g/t gold over 12.0 metres, including 25.7 g/t gold over 3.0 metres at a vertical depth of 529 metres, and a slightly deeper zone of 6.3 g/t gold over 3.0 metres at a vertical depth of 540 metres. NR11804 intersected 2.8 g/t gold and 27.5 g/t silver over 9.0 metres at a vertical depth of 557 metres, including a section of semi-massive base metal-bearing sulphides grading 4.4 g/t gold, 70.2 g/t silver and 1.9% zinc over 3.0 metres at a vertical depth of 559 metres. NR11826 intersected 3.8 g/t gold and 1.3 g/t silver over 10.5 metres including 17.1 g/t gold and 5.1 g/t silver over 1.5 metres at a vertical depth of 624 metres. NR11826 also intersected a deeper zone grading 20.3 g/t gold over 1.5 metres at a vertical depth of 778 metres. NR11790 intersected several discrete mineralized zones within the ODM, including 44.2 g/t gold over 1.5 metres at a vertical depth of 560 metres, 2.0 g/t over 4.5 metres at a vertical depth of 578 metres, 3.5 g/t over 4.7 metres at a vertical depth of 592 metres and 8.4 g/t gold and 3.9 g/t silver over 5.5 metres at a vertical depth of 605 metres. NR11803 intersected 4.3 g/t gold and 2.0 g/t silver over 4.5 metres at a vertical depth of 559 metres.

EXPLORATION

Western Area

Seven holes were completed in the Western Area, with five holes intersecting gold mineralization. Three of these holes were drilled on the eastern margin of the zone, while one hole was drilled in the gap area between the main deposit and the main concentration of mineralization in the Western Area. All four holes intersected moderate to wide intercepts of low-grade gold mineralization, while NR11841 also establishes a direct corridor of shallow mineralization between the BP Zone and the Western Area. Significant intersections include 10.5 metres grading 1.4 g/t gold in NR11785 at a vertical depth of 112 metres, 4.5 metres of 1.6 g/t gold in NR11794 at a vertical depth of 89 metres, and 12.0 metres grading 0.6 g/t gold at a vertical depth of 120 metres in NR11798. NR11841 intersected 37.5 metres grading 0.4 g/t gold, and also reported a deeper intersection grading 1.7 g/t gold and 920.0 g/t silver over 1.0 metre.

17 Zone Eastern Extension

Diamond drilling continues at the 17 Zone Eastern Extension. NR11819 intersected 18.0 g/t gold and 13.3 g/t silver over 1.5 metres at a vertical depth of 672 metres. NR11795A intersected the bottom end of the zone, and returned values of 4.1 g/t gold over 3.0 metres at a vertical depth of 692 metres, while NR11805 intersected a shallower portion of the zone, returning values of 2.9 g/t gold and 39.4 g/t silver over 3.0 metres. The Company has recently mobilized TECH Directional Services Inc. to the RRGP, to help control the deeper drilling over the next 6-9 months.

SUMMARY

Currently, 12 drill rigs are on site. To-date, approximately 153,000 metres have been completed out of a 170,000 metre diamond drill program, and it is anticipated that Rainy River will meet or exceed its targeted metrage for 2011. Drilling will continue to be slow in the 17 Zone Eastern Extension due to the depth of the targets. However, with the addition of TECH Directional Services Inc., the targeting of this zone is expected to improve.

COMMENTARY

Raymond Threlkeld, President and CEO, notes:

"Our drill campaign is yielding results on several levels, and continues to demonstrate upside potential. The infill program has intersected significant gold and silver mineralization. Drilling between ODM and 433 and Cap/South is converting what was potentially waste rock into significantly mineralized zones that could add to in-pit resources. Our deep drilling highlights the fact that the project remains open at depth, and returns grades that support underground mining, while exploration drilling in the recently discovered Western Area and 17 Zone Eastern Extension continues to be very encouraging.

"The Company's Preliminary Economic Assessment (PEA) is being completed and is targeted for release shortly. The PEA does not include any drill results subsequent to February 27, 2011. An updated NI 43-101 compliant resource statement is targeted for completion and release in early 2012, and will include infill and new discovery drilling from February 27 to year end."

Qualified persons

Rainy River's exploration program in Richardson Township is being supervised by Kerry Sparkes, P.Geo., Vice-President Exploration, a Qualified Person as defined by National Instrument 43-101. Mr. Sparkes P.Geo. is also the person responsible for the content of this news release. The Company has a rigorous QA/QC program in place to ensure best practices in sampling and analysis of drill core. All drill core is marked for sampling and then split in half with a diamond saw blade. Samples are placed in sealed bags with security tags. All samples were assayed using a standard fire assay, 30 gram nominal sample weight with an AA finish. Over-limit samples were re-assayed with a gravimetric finish. Samples with visible gold were automatically analyzed for Ore Grade by 1000g screen fire assay, with coarse and fine fractions being combined proportionately and the fine fraction being assayed twice. Standards, blanks and duplicates are inserted every 25 metres. ALS Canada Ltd. performed primary assaying, with duplicates being analyzed at Activation Laboratories Ltd. ALS Canada Ltd. and Activation Laboratories Ltd. implements independent QA/QC protocols that include the insertion of certified blanks and standards as part of their routine analysis.

About Rainy River Resources Ltd.

Rainy River Resources is a Canadian precious metals exploration company whose key asset is the Rainy River Gold Project. With over $105 million in cash and short term investments, the Company is well funded to conduct a dual-focused drilling program consisting of: 1) definition diamond drilling of the main gold resources in preparation for scoping and pre-feasibility studies, and 2) selective diamond-drill testing of high-priority gold targets defined primarily by RC drilling within the large gold system centred in Richardson Township. The Company's property is extremely well located in the southwestern corner of northern Ontario near the U.S. border. It is accessed by a network of roads and is close to hydro-electric infrastructure. The Rainy River district has a skilled labour force and is one of the lowest-cost areas for mineral exploration and development. The Company is also working to advance the early-stage discoveries at its TPK Joint Venture Property, also in Ontario, where it can earn a 51% interest in the property from Northern Superior Resources Inc. Ontario has low political risk and, according to the annual Fraser Institute global survey of the mining industry, has consistently ranked as one of the top jurisdictions embracing mineral development.

RAINY RIVER RESOURCES LTD.

Raymond W. Threlkeld, President & CEO

This release includes certain statements that may be deemed to be "forward-looking statements". All statements in this release, other than statements of historical fact, that address 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. 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 forward looking statements. Factors that could cause the actual results to differ materially from those in forward-looking statements include gold prices, results of exploration and development activities, regulatory changes, defects in title, availability of materials and equipment, timeliness of government approvals, continued availability of capital and financing and general economic, market or business conditions. The Company cautions that the foregoing list of important factors is not exhaustive. Investors and others who base themselves on the Company's forward-looking statements should carefully consider the above factors as well as the uncertainties they represent and the risk they entail. The Company believes that the expectations reflected in those forward-looking statements are reasonable, but no assurance can be given that these expectations will prove to be correct. Please see the public filings of the Company at www.sedar.com for further information.

Table 1 - Drill Results Summary
HOLE-ID SECTION VERTICAL
DEPTH
(M)
FROM TO CORE
LENGTH
(M)
AU
(G/T)
AG
(G/T)
Zn
%
ZONE
NR11755 No significant assay
NR11762 No significant assay
NR11769 No significant assay
NR11774 426122 694 872.5 877.0 4.5 1.5 11.5 17 EAST DEEP
NR11775 425491 221 216.0 232.6 16.6 0.5 3.0 CAP
NR11775 425496 281 282.0 294.0 12.0 0.4 2.0 CAP
NR11785 424238 112 135.5 146.0 10.5 1.4 1.7 WESTERN AREA
NR11785 424237 111 137.0 140.0 4.5 2.6 1.0 WESTERN AREA
NR11790 425232 288 295.6 303.0 7.4 0.9 3.9 CAP
NR11790 425245 435 459.0 460.5 1.5 12.6 34.0 ODM HW
NR11790 425251 490 520.5 523.5 3.0 1.9 11.6 ODM HW
NR11790 425253 506 538.5 541.3 2.8 4.8 6.7 ODM HW
NR11790 425260 560 601.5 603.0 1.5 44.2 2.2 ODM
NR11790 425263 578 621.0 625.5 4.5 2.0 2.7 ODM
NR11790 425265 592 637.5 642.2 4.7 3.5 2.9 ODM
NR11790 425267 605 652.5 658.0 5.5 8.4 3.9 ODM
Including 425267 604 652.5 654.0 1.5 22.6 10.3 ODM
NR11790 425278 673 736.5 738.0 1.5 4.7 97.2 ODM
NR11790 425296 791 889.5 891.0 1.5 5.8 2.8 HS
NR11793 No significant assay
NR11794 424258 89 105.5 110.0 4.5 1.6 1.4 WESTERN AREA
NR11795A 426268 656 856.5 859.5 3.0 1.5 27.7 17 EAST DEEP
NR11795A 426274 691 906.0 912.0 6.0 2.8 2.1 17 EAST DEEP
Including 426274 692 909.0 912.0 3.0 4.1 2.4 17 EAST DEEP
NR11798 424220 120 140.0 152.0 12.0 0.6 8.1 WESTERN AREA
NR11799 No significant assay
NR11801 No significant assay
NR11802 425294 166 183.0 193.5 10.5 0.7 1.6 CAP
NR11802 425337 418 468.0 531.0 63.0 0.7 1.1 ODM
NR11802 425343 443 531.0 532.5 1.5 50.3 3.8 ODM
NR11803 425312 127 124.5 132.0 7.5 0.4 4.0 CAP
NR11803 425314 174 177.0 180.0 3.0 3.3 11.9 CAP
NR11803 425315 214 216.0 225.0 9.0 1.2 4.7 CAP
NR11803 425318 257 264.0 267.0 3.0 1.7 6.6 CAP
NR11803 425347 559 591.0 598.5 7.5 3.4 2.1 ODM
Including 425347 559 592.5 597.0 4.5 4.3 2.0 ODM
NR11803 425392 867 970.5 975.0 4.5 2.3 13.3 433 DEEP
NR11804 425377 125 124.5 130.5 6.0 1.0 3.2 CAP
NR11804 425380 164 163.5 172.5 9.0 0.7 2.1 CAP
NR11804 425425 557 586.5 595.5 9.0 2.8 27.5 1.64 ODM
Including 425425 559 591.0 594.0 3.0 4.4 70.2 1.89 ODM
NR11804 425479 911 1023.0 1024.5 1.5 6.7 12.0 DEEP
NR11805 426207 538 729.0 732.0 3.0 2.9 39.4 17 EAST DEEP
NR11806 No significant assay
NR11807 No significant assay
NR11808 No significant assay
NR11809 No significant assay
NR11810 No significant assay
NR11814 425327 55 56.8 61.5 4.7 1.2 16.5 CAP
NR11814 425329 151 159.0 178.5 19.5 1.0 2.9 CAP
NR11814 425351 459 510.0 555.0 45.0 2.7 2.3 ODM
Including 425350 444 510.0 517.5 7.5 4.6 4.0 ODM
And 425353 474 546.0 555.0 9.0 6.6 4.0 ODM
Including 425353 470 546.0 547.5 1.5 28.8 5.2 ODM
NR11815 No significant assay
NR11819 426161 646 806.1 817.5 11.4 1.5 2.2 17 EAST DEEP
NR11819 426166 672 846.0 847.5 1.5 18.0 13.3 17 EAST DEEP
NR11821 423909 115 137.0 144.5 7.5 0.8 5.5 WESTERN AREA
NR11823 No significant assay
NR11824 425558 71 78.5 93.5 15.0 1.2 1.2 HS
NR11826 425418 624 664.0 674.5 10.5 3.8 1.3 ODM
Including 425418 624 668.5 670.0 1.5 17.1 5.1 ODM
NR11826 425443 778 848.5 850.0 1.5 20.3 1.3 HS DEEP
NR11827 No significant assay
NR11828 425631 93 114.5 122.0 7.5 1.0 1.1 HS
NR11828 425637 231 300.8 305.0 4.2 1.6 6.0 433
NR11829 No significant assay
NR11830 425859 75 88.5 97.5 9.0 1.2 4.0 ODM
NR11830 425858 121 153.0 154.4 1.4 21.1 28.8 ODM
NR11830 425858 144 183.0 186.0 3.0 2.8 4.1 HS
NR11830 425857 182 228.0 241.5 13.5 1.4 1.3 HS
NR11831 No significant assay
NR11832 No significant assay
NR11833 No significant assay
NR11835 No significant assay
NR11836 No significant assay
NR11837 No significant assay
NR11838 No significant assay
NR11839 No significant assay
NR11840 No significant assay
NR11841 424378 74 74.0 111.5 37.5 0.4 0.5 BP WEST
NR11841 424418 179 229.3 230.3 1.0 1.7 920.0 BP WEST
NR11865 425286 525 574.5 591.0 16.5 6.6 Pending ODM
Including 425287 525 577.5 589.5 12.0 8.6 Pending ODM
Including 425287 529 586.5 589.5 3.0 25.7 Pending ODM
NR11865 425291 540 600.0 603.0 3.0 6.3 Pending ODM

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