West Timmins Mining Inc.

West Timmins Mining Inc.

December 06, 2006 08:00 ET

West Timmins Intersects 9.58 g/t Gold Plus 121.77 g/t Silver Over 4.80 Metres in First Hole at El Rodeo

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(CCNMatthews - Dec. 6, 2006) - West Timmins Mining Inc. (TSX:WTM) announced today that it has intersected excellent gold and silver values in its first hole testing the El Rodeo Gold-Silver Zone on the Company's 270 square kilometre Montana de Oro Project in Sonora, Mexico.

"The excellent grades and widths intersected in this discovery hole on the El Rodeo Zone are very exciting and evidence the strong potential of both the El Rodeo Zone and the Montana de Oro Project," said Darin Wagner, President of West Timmins Mining.

Based on this initial success West Timmins will expand the current drilling campaign at Montana de Oro to a minimum of 10,000 metres and is making every effort to mobilize a second drill to the property.

The first diamond drill hole to test the property (ER06-01) intersected 9.58 g/t (0.31 oz/t) gold, 121.77 g/t (3.91 oz/t) silver, 0.28% copper and 1.30% lead over a core interval of 4.80 metres (15.75 feet) from 42.70 to 47.50 metres (4.50 metres (14.76 feet) true width). This intersection includes a higher grade interval averaging 38.01 g/t (1.22 oz/t) gold, 402.91 g/t (12.95 oz/t) silver, 4.45% lead and 0.23% copper over 1.15 metres (3.69 feet).

Drill hole ER06-01 was collared to test the El Rodeo Zone beneath Trench #2 (see news release NR06-08, October 11, 2006 and table below) which returned 4.75 metres grading 4.32 g/t gold and 62.95 g/t silver from a continuous channel sample through the quartz breccia zone. A map of the El Rodeo Zone showing the location of hole ER06-01 can be viewed at the Company's website www.westtimminsmining.com.

Three additional holes, drilled to test beneath Trenches 1, 3 and 4 have been completed. These initial holes have tested 450 metres of the El Rodeo Zone which has been traced on surface for a minimum of 1,300 metres along strike. All holes have successfully intersected the quartz breccia unit which hosts the gold-silver mineralization in drill hole ER06-01. Additional assay results are pending.

Nine additional zones of gold +/- silver mineralization are slated for initial drill testing during the current program. The Montana de Oro Project is located 40 km west of Goldcorp's El Sauzal gold deposit, 15 km northeast of Pan American Silver's recently opened Alamo Dorado silver mine and 30 km south of Palmarejo Silver and Gold's namesake Palmarejo Project, in the heart of the Sierra Madre Gold Belt.

Surface Channel Samples Announced October 11, 2006 (NR06-08):
Trench Line Width Au Ag Cu Pb
# # Metres g/t g/t % %
1 0 N 9.80 4.60 27.80 0.10 0.55
Including 4.50 9.91 32.02 0.13 1.06
Including 0.90 48.10 47.90 0.15 1.01
2 0+50 N 11.75 2.16 43.14 0.21 0.98
Including 4.75 4.32 62.95 0.23 1.68
3 1+00 N 3.20 5.01 120.00 0.41 1.06
Including 1.30 10.75 159.00 0.51 1.64
4 4+25 N 8.00 3.83 116.86 0.40 1.68
Including 3.10 7.60 210.53 0.40 2.17
Including 0.95 15.60 241.00 0.26 3.76

Quality Control and Assurance

Geochemical results reported herein are from halved drill core samples collected from the Company's Montana de Oro project. Core sampling is conducted on site by trained personnel and sealed samples are transported to ALS-Chemex's preparation facilities in Hermosillo, Mexico by employees of consulting firm Minera Cascabel S.A. de C. V. on behalf of West Timmins. Samples were assayed for gold by standard fire assay-ICP finish with a 30 gram charge. Samples additionally underwent 34 element ICP-MS analysis in by ALS-Chemex on a rush basis. Gold values in excess of 3 g/t were re-analyzed by fire assay with gravimetric finish for greater accuracy. Silver, copper and lead values in excess of 100 ppm, 1% and 1% respectively were repeated by fire assay. The remaining half of the drill core is stored in a secure facility on-site. For quality control purposes blank and analytical control standards were inserted into the sample sequence at regular intervals and no significant discrepancies are reported. Mr. Darin Wagner (M.Sc., P.Geo), the Company's President, has acted as qualified person 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 district, adjacent to the 70 million ounce Timmins Gold Camp in Ontario, Canada. The Company currently has two drills turning on its West Timmins Gold Project. West Timmins Mining Inc. is also active in the Sierra Madre gold belt in Mexico, home to the Company's Montana de Oro and Yoquivo projects. Drill testing is on-going on the Montana de Oro project and will include initial drill testing of the El Rodeo, Montana de Oro and La Fronteriza mineralized zones. 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

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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
    Website: www.westtimminsmining.com