West Timmins Mining Inc.

West Timmins Mining Inc.

July 08, 2008 08:30 ET

WTM Acquires 325,000 Hectares Along Camino Rojo-Penasquito-Universo Trend

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - July 8, 2008) - West Timmins Mining Inc. (TSX:WTM) announces that it has acquired, by staking, over 325,000 hectares of highly prospective ground along the major regional structural zone that links the Company's Universo Gold Project and the recent Camino Rojo gold discovery in Zacatecas State, Mexico. The Universo Expansion Concession covers virtually all of the ground between these two mineralization centres (to view map please click on the following link: http://media3.marketwire.com/docs/WTM0708.pdf).

WTM's Universo project has focused on distinctive zones of gold mineralization, hosted within silicified carbonate host rocks, developed along a 24 kilometre stretch of a regional scale, northwest-trending extensional fault system that is now recognized as continuing into the Camino Rojo area. Work within the Universo Project area along the "Universo Rojo Fault System" has included channel, chip and grab sampling of over 60 separate occurrences, with results ranging from 0.10 to 17.20 g/t gold. Notably, the gold-silica-antimony-mercury-thallium geochemistry, and the character of the host sedimentary rocks, of these occurrences are similar to that of the major bulk tonnage gold systems of north-central Nevada.

Mineralization at Universo is developed in the same sedimentary rock sequences that host the Camino Rojo and Penasquito discoveries and these units are well exposed along the Universo Rojo Fault System within the Universo Expansion Concession. Initial helicopter reconnaissance has identified several high priority targets and color anomalies for immediate follow-up along the zone.

"The recognition that a mappable regional structure links gold mineralization at Universo, Camino Rojo and Penasquito enhances our understanding of this major new gold province in north-central Mexico and provided us the impetus for making this aggressive claim acquisition," said Darin Wagner, President and CEO of West Timmins Mining. "The property acquisition, combined with our early success at Universo, provides us with the opportunity to be a key player in the exploration and development of this emerging gold mining region."

Data compilation for the Universo Expansion concession is complete and surface work is expected to commence within the next two to three weeks. Planning and permitting for initial drill testing of targets at Universo is underway.

Quality Control and Assurance

Geochemical results reported herein are from surface outcrop samples collected from the Company's Universo Project. Sampling is conducted on site by trained personnel and sealed samples are transported to ALS-Chemex's preparation facilities in Chihuahua, Mexico by employees of consulting firm Minera Cascabel S.A. de C.V. on behalf of West Timmins Mining. Samples were assayed for gold by standard fire assay- ICP finish with a 30 gram charge. Samples additionally underwent 34 element ICP-MS analysis. Silver, zinc, copper and lead values in excess of 100 ppm, 1%, 1% and 1% respectively were re-analyzed by fire assay. For quality control purposes blank and analytical control standards were inserted into the sample sequence at regular intervals. Mr. Darin Wagner (M.Sc., P.Geo), the Company's President, has acted as a non-independent qualified person for this news release. The qualified person has visited the project site, examined several of the outcrop localities, reviewed the available technical information for the project, and has verified that there were no significant discrepancies with respect to the quality control samples submitted for analysis along with the surface samples.

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

West Timmins is focussed on the exploration and development of district-scale gold and related base metal projects in the major gold camps of North America. WTM currently has three drills testing high grade gold and base metal targets on its West Timmins and Montana de Oro Projects. West Timmins Mining 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 details 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.

This press release contains forward looking statements within the meaning of applicable 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", "expected to", "plans", "planned" 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.

The TSX has not reviewed and does not accept responsibility for the accuracy or adequacy of this news release, which has been prepared by management.

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