West Timmins Mining Inc.

West Timmins Mining Inc.

April 16, 2009 08:00 ET

WTM Reports High-Grade Results From 100% Owned Thorne Property: District Scale Potential of the West Timmins Gold Project Continues to Expand

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - April 16, 2009) - West Timmins Mining Inc. (TSX:WTM) today reported results from the Golden River West Zone infill and expansion drill program, including multiple high-grade gold intercepts and one of the broadest gold mineralized intercepts to date from the West Zone. The results reported today are NOT from the high-grade Rusk and Porphyry Gold Zones on the Company's Thunder Creek joint venture. Two drills continue to test the on-strike extensions of the recently reported high-grade gold intercepts on the Rusk and Porphyry Gold Zones. The next round of results from the on-going Thunder Creek drill program are anticipated within the next 3-5 weeks.

Golden River West Zone Highlights

Today's Golden River West Zone results are highlighted by a 4.00 metre (13.12 foot) high-grade gold intercept which returned 7.53 g/t (0.22 oz/t) gold within a 37.00 metre gold bearing intercept from hole GW-08-44 which averaged 1.98 g/t (0.06 oz/t) gold.

Hole GW-08-45, drilled 50 metres vertically above GW-08-44, returned high-grade intercepts of 13.10 g/t (0.38 oz/t) gold over 1.10 metres (3.61 feet) and 6.97 g/t (0.20 oz/ton) gold over 1.90 metres (6.23 feet) within one of the broadest gold mineralized intercepts to date from the West Zone - 71.60 metres (234.85 feet) grading 0.72 g/t (0.02 oz/t) gold.

Darin Wagner, President and CEO of West Timmins Mining said "Today's intercepts continue to confirm the exploration model for gold mineralization in the West Timmins District. As with the recent high-grade intercepts from the nearby Rusk and Porphyry Zones, the Golden River West Zone continues to exhibit high-grade structurally controlled gold zones hosted within broad gold-bearing alteration corridors. Both the high-grade gold zones and the broader alteration haloes are exhibiting continuity to depth where both grade and thickness have been shown to improve in the District."

West Timmins Gold Project - An Emerging Gold District

The Golden River West Zone is one of five zones of gold mineralization which are currently being drill tested by WTM in the emerging West Timmins Gold District.

- The Rusk and Porphyry Gold Zones on the Thunder Creek joint venture (40% WTM) - recent results (see NR09-10, March 31, 2009: http://www.westtimminsmining.com/main/?newsReleases&195) include expansion of both zones by over 200 metres down plunge with high grade gold intercepts including 8.86 g/t gold over 24.85 metres. Two drills active; 6 holes pending

- The Golden River West Zone (100% WTM) - see results reported herein; 7 additional holes pending

- The 144 Syenite Discovery (100% WTM) - (see NR09-09, March 17, 2009: http://www.westtimminsmining.com/main/?newsReleases&194) - located 1,600 metres south of the Rusk and Porphyry Zones, along the same structure which hosts these two high-grade gold zones and the adjacent 1.3 million ounce Timmins West gold deposit; the 144 Syenite discovery shows strong similarities to the Rusk and Porphyry Zone at significantly shallower depths (25 to 50 metres vertical depth); Actively drilling; 9 holes pending.

- The Golden River North Zone (100% WTM) - drilling has recently commenced testing of the North Zone, one of the 11 zones of gold mineralization located along the Golden River Trend. The North Zone is characterized by gold values ranging from 5.88 to 205.00 g/t over widths 0.80 to 3.50 metres hosted by a zone of silica flooding and quartz veining in the hanging wall to a porphyritic dyke which, based on reinterpretation of historic drilling, has been intersected intermittently from surface to a vertical depth of approximately 350 metres and remains open below this level. Actively drilling; 3 holes pending

Golden River West Zone Results

Hole Easting Northing From To Interval(i) Gold
Number (metres) (metres) (metres) (g/t)
West Zone
GW-08-41 2575 E 440 N 307.00 338.00 31.00 0.90
Including 307.00 310.50 3.50 2.27
and including 333.00 334.00 1.00 9.09
and including 337.10 338.00 0.90 9.58
GW-08-42 2625 E 300 N 145.00 148.00 3.00 1.08
GW-08-43 2575 E 360 N 215.50 226.50 11.00 0.87
Including 215.50 216.00 0.50 4.95
GW-08-44 2450 E 375 N 206.00 243.00 37.00 1.98
Including 217.00 221.00 4.00 7.53
and including 234.00 235.00 1.00 13.40
GW-08-45 2450 E 325 N 163.50 235.10 71.60 0.72
including 163.50 184.00 20.50 1.60
including 163.50 165.40 1.90 6.97
And 177.30 178.40 1.10 13.10
Sandhill Zone
TW-97-52ext08 2575 E 250 N 255.50 267.90 12.40 2.24
Including 257.00 258.30 1.30 5.21
GW-08-44 2450 E 375 N Faulted Displaced
GW-08-45 2450 E 325 N 380.00 388.00 8.00 3.19
including 382.00 384.00 2.00 6.15

(i)Note: All intercepts interpreted to represent 105-110% of true thickness.

Geological Interpretation

The 31.00 metre gold mineralized intercept from hole GW-08-41 indicates that the West Zone remains open above the 300 metre vertical level to the east, beyond the current extent of drilling. The intercept also contained multiple higher-grade gold intercepts, including 9.09 g/t gold over 1.00 metre and 9.58 g/t gold over 0.90 metres. Additional drill testing will focus on expanding the West Zone in this area and to depth below the reported high-grade intercepts.

Holes TW07-52 ext08 and GW-08-45 intersected the Sandhill Zone, located in the footwall to the West Zone, with hole GW-08-45 returning one of the most encouraging intercepts to date from the Sandhill - 3.19 g/t gold over 8.00 metres, including 6.15 g/t gold over 2.00 metres. The Sandhill Zone is largely untested west of Section 2450.

The West and Sandhill Zones are two of 11 known zones of gold mineralization which collectively comprise the Golden River Trend on the Company's 100 % owned Thorne Property in Timmins, Ontario. Gold mineralization along the Golden River Trend is spatially associated with a series of porphyritic felsic dykes located within the Golden River Deformation Zone which can be traced across the Thorne Property for over 5.0 kilometres.

Quality Control and Assurance

Geochemical results reported are from halved drill core samples collected from WTM's 100% owned Thorne Property, part of the Company's West Timmins Gold Project. Core samples were collected by employees and consultants in the employ of the Company and are subject to the Company's quality control program. Sampling was conducted on site at the Company's exploration office in Timmins, Ontario and 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. Gold values in excess of 3.0 g/t were re-analyzed by fire assay with gravimetric finish and intercepts returning in excess of 8.0 g/t, or displaying visible gold mineralization, were re-analyzed by screen metallic assaying for greater accuracy. 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 irregular 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 any significant analytical discrepancies have been resolved and that the reported results meet the Company's quality control standards.

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

WTM is focussed on the exploration and development of district-scale gold projects in the major gold camps of North America. The Company is currently testing four significant zones of gold mineralization in the West Timmins Camp of Ontario including the high-grade Rusk and Porphyry gold discoveries on its' Thunder Creek joint venture. WTM also has active exploration projects in Mexico, highlighted by the high-grade Lluvia de Oro gold-silver Project in Chihuahua, Mexico. 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

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