West Timmins Mining Inc.
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West Timmins Mining Inc.

March 11, 2008 08:00 ET

WTM's Lluvia de Oro Exploration Starts with New Surface Discoveries Returning 13.10 g/t Gold and 402 g/t Silver

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - March 11, 2008) - West Timmins Mining Inc. (TSX:WTM) announced today that the 2008 exploration program on its high-grade Lluvia de Oro Gold-Silver Project in Chihuahua, Mexico has commenced. Initial results confirm a sizable gold-silver anomaly 1000 to 3000 metres north of the historic mine workings that includes new, high-grade surface outcrop gold (13.10 g/t) and silver (402 g/t) discoveries detailed below.

"These new high-grade surface discoveries and the large associated gold-silver anomaly provide an additional focus for exploration and drilling in 2008 on the Lluvia de Oro Project, outside the area of the former high-grade mine workings," said Darin Wagner, President and CEO of West Timmins Mining.

The Lluvia de Oro Project hosts one of Mexico's highest grade former gold-silver producers with reported historic production grades of 95 g/t (2.80 oz/ton) gold and 865 g/t (24.80 oz/ton) silver. West Timmins has agreed to purchase a 100% interest in the Project, formerly part of the Mexican National Mineral Reserve, directly from the government of Mexico.

Reconnaissance stream sediment sampling completed by WTM in late 2007 has defined a large gold and silver anomaly on the north side of a major drainage divide which separates this northern drainage from the area of the historic mining operations to the south. Fourteen stream samples which outline the northern gold-silver anomaly, traceable for a distance of 2,000 metres downstream, returned values ranging from 0.34 to 4.58 g/t gold and 0.40 to 34.90 g/t silver. Stream sediment samples collected from streams draining the historic high-grade mining operations, south of the divide, returned similar gold and silver values ranging from 0.17 to 3.56 g/t gold and 0.80 to 11.80 g/t silver.

Five rock grab samples collected from outcropping vein mineralization north of the drainage divide, during the stream sampling program, confirm the presence of high-grade gold and silver mineralization up to 2,500 metres north of the historic workings, returning values ranging from 0.02 to 13.79 g/t gold and 2.20 to 402.00 g/t silver.

The 2008 exploration program will include follow-up geochemical sampling as well as surface/underground mapping and sampling of the historic workings. A surface trenching program will also target silicified haloes which surround the historic high-grade veins and mantos. These silicified haloes are reported, by the Mexican Geological Survey, to have returned intervals of 35.00 metres grading 3.96 g/t gold and 29.00 g/t silver and 20.00 metres grading 5.58 g/t gold and 51.00 g/t silver from trenches completed in the 1980s. A diamond drilling campaign on high priority targets is currently being planned for Q2-2008.

The Lluvia de Oro Gold Project is located 30 kilometres east of WTM's Montana de Oro Project and 20 kilometres west of Goldcorp's El Sauzal gold-silver mine.

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Quality Control

Stream sediment results reported herein are for unpanned stream silt samples collected by hand from active drainages on the Project. Samples were air-dried on site, sealed and transported to ALS-Chemex's preparation facilities in Hermosillo, Mexico by the staff of Minera Cascabel S.A. de C.V., who act as consultants for the Company in Mexico. Stream sediment samples were dry sieved to -180 micron and then pulverized to greater than 85% passing through a 75 micron screen. Gold analysis was completed by standard fire assay with an AA finish. All samples also underwent 37 element ICP analyses. For quality control purposes blank and analytical control standards were inserted into the sample sequence at irregular intervals and no significant discrepancies are reported.

Darin Wagner, P. Geo. and President of the Company, is the non-independent qualified person under NI43-101 for this news release. The qualified person has visited the property, reviewed the sampling/analytical procedures and quality control results for the stream sediment and grab sample results reported herein. The results reported for work completed by the Mexican Geological Survey are historic in nature and have not been verified by the qualified person.

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 five drills testing 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

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Contact Information

  • West Timmins Mining Inc., Vancouver
    Darin W. Wagner
    President & CEO
    (604) 685-8311 or Toll Free: 1-866-685-8311
    or
    West Timmins Mining Inc., Vancouver
    Jordann Nettles
    Manager, Investor Relations
    (604) 685-8311 or Toll Free: 1-866-685-8311
    Email: info@westtimminsmining.com
    Website: www.westtimminsmining.com