West Timmins Mining Inc.

West Timmins Mining Inc.

March 17, 2009 08:00 ET

WTM Reports High Grades and Visible Gold in Follow-Up Drilling at Hwy 144

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - March 17, 2009) - West Timmins Mining Inc. (TSX:WTM) (the "Company") today reported high grade gold intercepts of 5.43 g/t gold over 1.50 metres and 4.91 g/t gold over 1.50 metres, including 11.80 g/t gold over 0.50 metres, from hole Hwy-08-12, the first follow-up hole to the Hwy 144 gold discovery announced February 18, 2009 (to view WTM NR09-07, please click on the following link: http://www.westtimminsmining.com/main/?newsReleases&192). Including these higher grade intercepts, hole Hwy-08-12 intersected anomalous gold mineralization across an overall width of 29.00 metres at approximately 35 metres down plunge from discovery hole Hwy-08-05.

Darin Wagner President of WTM said "This new zone is following the pattern of the two expanding gold deposits located immediately to the north along the same trend, on WTM's Thunder Creek joint venture and at Timmins West. The fact that the recently discovered gold zones in the West Timmins District sit under overburden cover and start a bit deeper than the deposits in the main Timmins Camp kept these deposits from being discovered during the first 100 years of gold mining in the Camp. The observed pattern of gold mineralization along the West Timmins trend is classic Timmins style with multiple gold zones displaying continuity and increasing grade with depth. The identification of this style of gold mineralization on our 100 percent owned land package further expands the opportunity for WTM to be a key player in the next major expansion of North America's largest high-grade gold district."

The Hwy 144 gold zone is hosted by an altered porphyritic intrusion, similar to the host of recent high-grade gold intercepts on the Company's adjacent Thunder Creek Property. Many of the larger gold deposits in the Timmins Gold Camp, including the multi-million ounce McIntyre, Hollinger and Dome deposits, are spatially associated with similar porphyritic intrusions. The increasing evidence for a spatial relationship between gold mineralization and porphyritic intrusions in the West Timmins District is a very positive development and has significant exploration implications for the District where WTM is the dominant land holder. Visible gold mineralization, characteristic of the high-grade Porphyry Zone at Thunder Creek, was observed in the upper high-grade intercept in hole Hwy-08-12.

Hole From To Interval(i) Gold
Number (metres) (metres) (metres) (g/t)
Hwy-08-12 59.00 88.00 29.00 0.63
Including 59.00 60.50 1.50 5.43
and including 86.50 88.00 1.50 4.91
including 87.50 88.00 0.50 11.80
(i) Note: Due to uncertainties in the orientation of the mineralized
zones true widths cannot be determined at this time.

As in the discovery hole, the higher grade gold mineralization occurs along the upper and lower margins of the zone of anomalous gold mineralization. Results from 8 additional holes previously drilled in close proximity to the discovery remain pending. Follow-up drilling has now resumed.

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 gold from high grade deposits. The Timmins Camp is celebrating its 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 08-12 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. 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.

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