SOURCE: Tonogold Resources, Inc.

May 12, 2005 12:38 ET

Tonogold Resources, Inc. Forms Uranium Subsidiary

LA JOLLA, CA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- May 12, 2005 -- Tonogold Resources, Inc. (OTC: TNGL) is pleased to announce the formation of a new wholly owned subsidiary, Mesa Uranium, Inc. ("Mesa Uranium"), in order to explore for and develop uranium mining properties.

Tonogold intends to target uranium properties with unique geological and grade characteristics where technology advancements made since the last major boom of uranium in the early 1980's can be applied. Exploration techniques, processing methods and best-practice environmental requirements will be high priorities. Properties with vanadium as well as uranium in the western United States will be selectively targeted for acquisition by claim location or attractive lease terms. The new subsidiary will be self-funding and will not detract from Tonogold's gold and silver exploration activities.

Jeff Janda, President of Tonogold, said, "The uranium market has strong, long-term fundamentals with rapidly expanding demand and stagnant supply. We wanted to take advantage of the uranium expertise of our advisors and management team and give our shareholders a stake in what should be a very dynamic market."

Spot prices for uranium oxide, also known as yellowcake, have risen from $7.10 per pound in 2000 to $20 late last year. In 2005, uranium spot prices have increased 41.5% to $29 per pound. At the same time, vanadium prices have increased from $4 per pound to nearly $20 per pound. Vanadium in metal form is used for steel alloys and occurs naturally with some uranium deposits in the western United States.

The resurgence of the nuclear power industry, due to the environmental and cost advantages of uranium, combined with declining above ground stockpiles has caused the rapid upswing in the price of uranium. Production from world uranium mines now supplies only 55% of the requirements of power utilities.

The new subsidiary will be supported by a team of industry consultants that have extensive uranium experience and work has already started on projects and prospects. Janda said, "Our approach will be to utilize senior uranium specialists, all of whom were involved in uranium mining in the 1970's and 1980's, where we can apply their expertise to all aspects of Mesa Uranium's exploration and development activities. We will work on those projects that we feel give us the best value for our time and investment and that represent practical mining opportunities capable of eventual production."

Tonogold Resources, Inc. is a mineral exploration company based in La Jolla, California with active investigation of precious metal and uranium projects in the western United States, Alaska and Mexico. The company also has a project office in the Denver, Colorado area. For more information on the Company visit their website

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