West Timmins Mining Inc.

West Timmins Mining Inc.

February 18, 2009 08:00 ET

WTM Discovers Large New Gold System on Hwy 144 Property, Timmins, Ontario

Gold mineralization intersected over 16.10 metres, immediately south of Thunder Creek Joint Venture

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - Feb. 18, 2009) - West Timmins Mining Inc. (TSX:WTM) (the "Company") announces the discovery of a new gold mineralized system on its 100% owned Hwy 144 Property in Timmins, Ontario. Drilling has intersected a new, 16.10 metre wide zone of gold mineralization grading 1.11 g/t gold in hole Hwy 08-05. This new gold discovery is located along the same trend which hosts the Company's high grade Rusk Gold Zone and the 1.3 million ounce Timmins West gold deposit. The new discovery, intersected at a vertical depth of only 28 metres, is hosted by a porphyritic syenite intrusion, similar to the one which hosts the high-grade gold mineralization recently intersected at a depth of 550 metres in the Rusk Zone (11.20 g/t gold over 10.40 metres; NR08-33 http://www.westtimminsmining.com/main/?newsReleases&183, Dec. 16, 2008). Initial shallow drill testing of the Rusk Gold Zone returned similar grades and thicknesses (0.82 g/t gold over 25.8 metres; hole TC03-06) to those reported here from the Hwy 144 Property.

The new 144 Syenite discovery is located proximal to the same sediment-ultramafic contact along which the Timmins West gold deposit and the Company's high-grade Rusk Gold Zone, 1800 metres to the northwest, are centred. Anomalous gold mineralization was also intersected in hole Hwy 08-03, collared 450 metres to the northwest of hole -05, again in association with a porphyritic syenite intrusion. Nine additional drill holes have now been completed in the vicinity of the new discovery and are in the process of being logged, sampled and assayed.

Hole From To Interval(i) Gold
Number (metres) (metres) (metres) (g/t)
Hwy 08-03 247.60 250.70 3.10 0.61
327.80 328.30 0.50 1.35
Hwy 08-04 Results Pending
Hwy 08-05 39.00 55.10 16.10 1.11
including 39.00 45.00 6.00 1.95

(i) Note: Due to uncertainties in the orientation of the mineralized zones
true widths cannot be determined at this time.

"We are very encouraged by the width of this newly discovered gold system, its location along the key sediment-ultramafic contact and the obvious comparisons to the nearby Rusk Gold Zone and Timmins West deposit," said Darin Wagner, President and CEO of West Timmins Mining Inc. "These results indicate that the syenite body related to the recent high-grade results at Rusk, and the new discovery on our 100% owned Hwy 144 Property, may be much more extensive than initially thought opening up a great deal of additional exploration potential in the West Timmins District."

Many of the larger gold deposits, including the multi-million ounce McIntyre, Hollinger and Dome deposits, in the Timmins Gold Camp are spatially associated with porphyritic intrusions similar to the host to the new discovery on the Hwy 144 Property and the deeper intersections from the Rusk Zone. The increasing evidence for a spatial relationship between gold mineralization and porphyritic intrusions in the West Timmins District is therefore seen as a very positive development and has significant exploration implications for the District where the Company is the dominant land holder.

The Hwy 144 Property straddles regional highway 144 and forms part of the Company's 114 square kilometre West Timmins Gold Project centred 18 kilometres east of Timmins, Ontario. The Timmins Gold Camp is North America's most prolific gold camp having produced over 70 million ounces of high-grade gold mineralization. The Timmins Camp is celebrating the 100th anniversary of gold discovery during 2009.

Quality Control and Assurance

Geochemical results reported are from halved drill core samples collected from the Hwy 144 Property, part of the Company's West Timmins Gold Project. Sampling was conducted by employees of the Company on site at WTM's exploration office in Timmins, Ontario. Sealed samples were transported to ALS-Chemex's preparation facilities in Timmins, Ontario by WTM staff. Samples were assayed for gold by standard fire assay-ICP finish with a 30 gram charge. The anomalous gold intercept in hole Hwy 08-05 was re-analyzed by fire assay with gravimetric finish and produced similar results to the initial ICP assays. The remaining half of the drill core is stored on-site at the Company's Timmins exploration office. For quality control purposes blank, duplicate 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 non-independent qualified person for this news release. The qualified person has visited the project site, examined the intervals reported and has verified that there were no significant discrepancies with respect to the quality control samples.

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

WTM is focussed on the exploration and development of district-scale gold and related base metal projects in the major gold camps of North America. The Company is advancing the high-grade Rusk Gold discovery on its Thunder Creek joint venture in Timmins, Ontario where it is currently in the midst of a 22,000 metre diamond drill program. WTM also has active gold exploration projects in Mexico, highlighted by the high-grade Lluvia de Oro gold-silver Project in Chihuahua State and the Montana de Oro Project in Sonora. 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.

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