Yellowhead Mining Inc.

Yellowhead Mining Inc.

January 11, 2011 09:05 ET

Yellowhead Mining is Pleased to Report Positive Results From Its Ongoing 4,000m Diamond Drilling Program at Harper Creek

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - Jan. 11, 2011) -


Yellowhead Mining Inc. (TSX VENTURE:YMI) is pleased to report the results from its second drill hole of an ongoing 4,000 meter diamond drilling program. The previously reported first hole, HC10-76 (refer press release dated December 14, 2010) and this second hole, HC10-77, are part of a three hole fence on the western side of the deposit on Section 303880E. Drilling is designed to confirm previous historical drilling and identify down-dip extensions to the mineralization not previously drilled. This eight (8) hole program is expected to be completed by January 31, 2011. The company intends to continue with an expanded drilling program into the Spring for the expansion of mineralized zones outside the published resource as well as increasing confidence categories within the published resource. Laboratory assays lag the drilling and logging by approximately six (6) weeks. The program is being managed by CME Consultants Inc. ("CME").

A complete list of significant intervals is presented in the table below. 

Please refer to the Cross Section Map and Drill Plan Map also available at

Significant Intersections at 0.2% Cu cut-off
Hole Interval (m) Results
From To Length Cu % Ag ppm Au ppb
HC10-77 64.44 71.00 6.56 0.32 1.1 18
  80.50 150.38 69.88 0.45 1.6 70
including 131.00 134.00 3.00 1.06 4.1 163
  163.50 169.50 6.00 0.27 1.6 31
  247.00 248.33 1.33 0.36 3.1 30
  285.00 287.00 2.00 0.47 2.1 25
  295.53 296.50 0.97 0.25 2.2 65
  305.00 311.82 6.82 0.30 3.2 40
  316.00 320.00 4.00 0.38 3.3 45
  354.70 355.53 0.83 0.49 4.0 50
  359.37 361.37 2.00 0.57 5.1 45
  365.37 366.37 1.00 0.34 3.0 20
  398.00 410.62 12.62 0.44 2.5 32
  441.00 444.00 3.00 0.49 2.0 38

Hole 77 continued to prove continuity of mineralization within the current proposed pit outline(1) as well as identify down-dip extensions to the mineralization below the pit limit. Drilling has identified 69.88m(2) @ 0.45% Cu, 0.07 g/t Au and 1.6 g/t Ag, from 80.5m to 150.38m at a 0.20% Cu cutoff; including 3.00m @ 1.06% Cu, .163g/t Au and 4.1g/t Ag from 131m to 134m.

Mineralization intercepted below the currently proposed pit bottom includes 12.6m @ 0.44%Cu, 0.032g/t Au and 2.5g/t Ag from 398m to 410.6m at a 0.20% Cu cutoff. Intercepts in the lower horizon extend mineralization at least 220m below the current pit bottom. 

Harper Creek is a copper-gold-silver volcanogenic sulphide deposit with an indicated resource of 569 million tonnes grading 0.32% Cu (4,010,000,000 pounds of copper), plus an inferred resource of 62.7 million tonnes grading 0.33% Cu (460,000,000 pounds of copper) plus as yet an unquantified resource of gold and silver. Mineralization occurs as a series of tabular bodies hosted within the Eagle Bay Assemblage volcanic and sedimentary rocks.

Ian Smith, Chief Executive Officer, stated, "The results for hole HC10-77 continue to demonstrate the potential to increase the resource within the established resource limits, by drilling deeper than the historical drilling from the 1960's and 1970's."

Personnel Changes

The company announces the departure of its COO, Andrew Neale. The Company appreciates Andrew's contribution to the Company's development and especially his efforts with respect to the amalgamation with Four Points Capital leading to the Company's listing on the TSX-V last November. Andrew will now focus on his pursuit of gold interests.

The Company also announces the appointment of John Fox, to the Company's advisory board. John is a metallurgical engineer with 40 years of experience in the international mining industry. He has been the President and principal of Laurion Consulting Inc., a well respected metallurgical consultancy in Vancouver, BC, since June 1998. John is a director of Santa Fe Metals Corp. and was formerly a director of bcMetals, where he spearheaded the Red Chris process flow-sheet design. Mr. Fox obtained his Bachelor of Science Degree in Applied Mineral Sciences from the University of Leeds in the United Kingdom in 1971. He is a registered professional engineer, British Columbia.

Greg Hawkins, Chairman stated, "John will add considerable strength to the Company's technical capabilities with his extensive experience in mineral process especially with regard to large scale copper/gold/silver deposits. We are very appreciative that he has joined the Harper Creek project team."

Qualified Person

Christopher O. Naas, P.Geo. B.Sc., Project Manager for Yellowhead's Harper Creek Project, is a qualified person as defined by National Instrument 43-101 and prepared or reviewed the preparation of the scientific and technical information in this press release with respect to the assay results from the Harper Creek drill program.

Sample Collection, Analyses, and QA-QC

All core processing was undertaken by CME personnel. Core was cut by electric motorized rock saw with half core shipped to Eco Tech Laboratory Limited, part of the Stewart Group (Eco Tech), in Kamloops, BC for sample preparation and analysis. Drill core samples were analyzed for gold by fire assay with an AA finish and multi-elements by total digestion ICP-ES. Core samples returning greater than 2,000 ppm copper in the ICP-ES process were then assayed for copper. In addition to control samples inserted by CME, the analytical laboratory routinely inserted their own control samples, which consisted of standards, blanks and sample repeats.

About Yellowhead Mining Inc.

Yellowhead has a 100% interest in the Harper Creek Project subject to the payment of a royalty capped at $2.5 million, adjusted for inflation, on claims within the NI 43-101 resource. The Harper Creek Project is a large copper-gold-silver project located in south-central British Colombia, approximately 150 kilometers by highway from Kamloops.

Forward-Looking Statements

Except for statements of historical fact, this news release contains certain "forward-looking information" within the meaning of applicable securities laws. Forward-looking information is frequently characterized by words such as "plan", "expect", "project", "intend", "believe", "anticipate", "estimate" and other similar words, or statements that certain events or conditions "may" or "will" occur. Forward-looking statements are based on the opinions and estimates of management at the date the statements are made, and are subject to a variety of risks and uncertainties and other factors that could cause actual events or results to differ materially from those anticipated in the forward-looking statements, including, among others, the accuracy of mineral grades and related assumptions, inherent operating risks, planned expenditures, proposed exploration and development at the Harper Creek Project, operating and economic aspects of the Harper Creek Project, as well as those risk factors identified in the Filing Statement filed under the Company's SEDAR profile. Yellowhead undertakes no obligation to update forward-looking information if circumstances or management's estimates or opinions should change except as required by law. The reader is cautioned not to place undue reliance on forward-looking statements. More detailed information about potential factors that could affect financial results is included in the documents filed from time to time with the Canadian securities regulatory authorities by Yellowhead.

1 Not NI43-101 compliant pending completion of the Preliminary Economic Assessment schedule for mid-February 2011.

2 down-dip dimensions are along the drill hole and approximate to a true width of the mineralization

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