West Timmins Mining Inc.

West Timmins Mining Inc.

October 30, 2006 09:30 ET

West Timmins Commences 12,000 Metre Drill Program on West Timmins Gold Project

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(CCNMatthews - Oct. 30, 2006) - West Timmins Mining Inc. (TSX:WTM) announced today that it has commenced a 12,000 meter diamond drill program to test high priority gold targets on the West Timmins Gold Project.

"We are pleased to have drilling underway in Timmins," said Darin Wagner, President and CEO of West Timmins Mining Inc. "We anticipate that drilling will continue for the next three to four months as we begin to test a number of high priority gold targets within the 114 square kilometre West Timmins Project area."

Two diamond drills are currently active on the West Timmins Gold Project. The first is testing the Wakemac gold occurrence located on the Company's 100% owned Wakemac Property. Recent chip sampling of semi-massive sulphide horizons within a silica-carbonate altered section of the Wakemac Deformation Zone has returned gold grades ranging from 3.57 to 124.80 g/t and averaging 59.83 g/t gold (7 samples). The sulphide horizons range in thickness from 15-30 cm and are associated with a 1.0-2.0 metre envelope of disseminated sulphide mineralization. Elevated silver grades (1.60-88.00 g/t silver) associated with the gold mineralization were also returned in the samples. High silver values are rare in the Timmins mining camp.

On the Beach Property, under option from Probe Mines Ltd. (TSX VENTURE:PRB), drilling will focus on geological and geophysical targets in proximity to several gold mineralized zones intersected by Probe during initial drill testing in 2004-2005. The Beach Property is located immediately northeast of Lake Shore Gold's (TSX:LSG) Timmins West gold discovery and straddles the same geological contact.

In addition three dimensional and structural modelling of the 4800 Zone on the Thorne Property is underway. The 4800 Zone occurs within the Golden River Deformation Zone. An October 1997 resource calculation for the 4800 Zone outlined an inferred geological resource of 20,139 tonnes at a grade of 18.00 g/t gold, using a 62.00 g/t cut-off, to a vertical depth of less than 100 metres. Drilling will test the down-plunge continuity of this zone of high grade gold mineralization.

Geophysical Program Underway

In addition to the drilling program the Company has commenced a program of line-cutting and geophysical surveying (magnetic and induced polarization surveys) on the West Timmins Project. The 88 line km geophysical survey will cover portions of the Beach, Strand, Surf and Allerston properties and will aid in targeting drilling on all four properties.

Anomalous Gold Mineralization Intersected on Tide Property

West Timmins Mining Inc. also reports the results of previously completed drilling on the Tide and Allerston Properties located in the northern portion of the West Timmins Project.

On the Tide Property drill hole SBAN06-01 intersected three zones of anomalous gold mineralization (Table 1). The intercepts are interpreted to represent true widths.

From To Metres Au g/t
SBAN06-01 80.10 80.60 0.50 1.13
131.00 132.00 1.00 1.84
207.50 208.50 1.00 1.10

On the Allerston Property, West Timmins has received the results of holes SBAW06-03 to -07. These five holes were drilled in proximity to the Allerston West occurrence and intersected only weakly anomalous gold mineralization ranging from below detection to a high of 1.62 g/t Au over 1.0 metre in hole SBAW06-05. The results of drill holes SBA06-03 - 12, drilled in proximity to the Main Zone on the Allerston Property, remain outstanding and sampling is on-going.

Warrants Exercised

The Company further announces that is has received proceeds of $97,200 through the exercise of 324,000 share purchase warrants at $0.30 per share that were due to expire October 13, 2006. Following the exercise of the warrants West Timmins has 85,081,494 shares issued and outstanding.

Quality Control:

Analytical results from drilling on the Tide and Allerston Properties reported herein are for halved drill core collected under the supervision of the staff of West Timmins Mining in it's Timmins field office. Drill core is collected from the field in sealed boxes by the Company's project geologist and sampled under his supervision in the Company's Timmins field office. Half of each core is retained for future study and analysis. Samples range from a minimum of 20 cm to a maximum of 1.5 metres in length. Samples are collected, sealed on site and transported under a chain of custody procedure to the preparation facilities of ALS Chemex in Sudbury, Ontario. The Company employs a rigorous quality control procedure which includes the insertion of blind blanks, analytical standards and duplicates intermittently into the sample stream.

All core samples are dried as required and then pulverized to greater than 85% passing through a 75 micron screen. Samples are analyzed for gold by standard fire assay with AA finish. Core samples returning in excess of 3.0 g/t gold are re-analyzed by standard fire assay with gravimetric finish.

Sample results from the Wakemac Property reported herein are from chip samples collected across the width of individual sulphide horizons. Samples were collected by West Timmins' project geologist, sealed on site and couriered to the assay labs of Swastika Laboratories in Swastika, Ontario. Au and Ag assays were completed by standard fire assay procedures following standard preparation as outlined above.

Darin Wagner, P.Geo and President of the Company, is the qualified person under NI43-101 for this news release.

About West Timmins Mining Inc. (www.westtimminsmining.com):

West Timmins Mining Inc. is focused on exploring and developing large, district scale gold projects in North America. West Timmins Mining is the largest land holder in the West Timmins mining camp, adjacent to the historic Timmins Gold Camp in Ontario, Canada. There it is exploring aggressively on a number of gold occurrences. West Timmins Mining Inc. is also active in the Sierra Madre gold belt in Mexico with a number of large projects under exploration, including the Montana de Oro project in the state of Sonora. West Timmins is based in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada and trades on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the symbol WTM.

On behalf of the Board of West Timmins Mining Inc.

Darin W. Wagner, President and Chief Executive Officer

For further detail on West Timmins Mining Inc. please refer to prior disclosure at www.SEDAR.com.

The securities described in this press release have not been and will not be registered under the United States Securities Act of 1933, as amended, or under any U.S. state securities laws, and such securities may not be offered or sold in the United States absent an exemption from such registration requirements. Reference is made to properties that Company does not own and has no right to mine. We advise all investors that the SEC mining guidelines strictly prohibit information of this type in documents filed with the SEC. All investors are advised that mineral deposit on adjacent or nearby properties are not necessarily indicative of the potential of the properties controlled by West Timmins Mining.

We advise U.S. investors that while that term inferred resources is recognized and required by Canadian regulations, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission does not recognize it. "Inferred Resources" have a great amount of uncertainty as to their existence, and great uncertainty as to their economic and legal feasibility. It cannot be assumed that all or any part of an Inferred Mineral Resource will ever be upgraded to a higher category. Under Canadian rules, estimates of Inferred Mineral Resources may not form the basis of feasibility or pre-feasibility studies, except in rare cases. U.S. investors are cautioned not to assume that part or all of an inferred resource exists, or is economically or legally mineable.

This press release contains forward looking statements within the meaning of applicable under Canadian and U.S. securities regulation, including statements regarding the future activities of the Company. Forward looking statements reflect the current beliefs and expectations of management and are identified by the use of words including "will", "anticipate", "expected to", "plans" and other similar words. Actual results may differ significantly. The achievement of the results expressed in forward looking statements is subject to a number of risks, including those described in the company's annual information form as filed with the Canadian securities regulators which are available at www.sedar.com. Investors are cautioned not to place undue reliance upon forward looking statements.

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Contact Information

  • West Timmins Mining Inc.
    Darin W. Wagner
    President & CEO
    (604) 685-8311 or Toll Free: 1-866-685-8311
    West Timmins Mining Inc.
    Erin Airton
    Communications & Strategic Planning
    (604) 685-8311 or Toll Free: 1-866-685-8311
    Website: www.westtimminsmining.com