Curis Resources Announces Former Director of Arizona Department of Water Resources Joins the Company as Key Leader of Arizona Operations

VANCOUVER, July 30, 2012 /CNW/ - Curis Resources Ltd. (TSX: CUV) ("Curis" or the "Company") is delighted to announce the appointment of an exceptional Arizona leader as Senior Legal and Government Affairs Advisor to the CEO and Board of Directors of Curis Resources.  Ms. Rita Maguire (nee Pearson), a well-known and highly respected water rights attorney, natural resource policy expert and business leader, will guide the Company's commitment to responsible mineral development and environmental stewardship at its flagship Florence Copper project in central Arizona.

"We are very fortunate to have someone of Rita's calibre, knowledge and experience to lead our government and legal affairs activities in Arizona.  Rita's decades of experience as a leader in the Arizona government, her depth of knowledge of water and environmental issues in the State and her commitment to positive economic development, make Rita an ideal choice to serve as a key member of our leadership team" commented Michael McPhie, President and CEO of Curis. 

"I am excited about this appointment", said Ms. Maguire.  "I have been working with the Curis team since July 2011 and, during this time, have experienced their unsurpassed commitment to responsible mineral development and I am proud to be a part of a team that upholds the highest standards of sustainability and environmental protection and is committed to bringing positive economic development to Arizona in the near term through the development of the Florence Copper project".

Ms. Maguire is a long time Arizona resident, with a successful career spanning the private, non-profit and public sectors.  Ms. Maguire served as Director of the Arizona Department of Water Resources from 1993 through 2001. During her tenure as Director, Ms. Maguire represented the State's interests in the Colorado River Basin, was a key figure in the development of the Arizona Water Bank Authority, and played a central role in Native American water rights negotiations in Arizona.  As Deputy Chief of Staff for Governor Fife Symington, Ms. Maguire oversaw the operation of the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality and the State Land Department.

She is a founding member of Maguire & Pearce, PLLC, which specializes in the development, use, management and conservation of water.  Prior to forming the law firm, Ms. Maguire was the founding President and CEO of the Arizona Center for Public Policy, a non-partisan public policy research center providing comprehensive and objective analysis of major policy issues in Arizona.

Ms. Maguire holds three degrees from Arizona State University: a Juris Doctorate received in 1988, a Masters in Business Administration received in 1979, and a Bachelor of Science received in 1977. In 2001, Ms. Maguire was awarded the Outstanding Alumnus of the Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law.

Effective immediately, Ms. Maguire will assume full responsibility for leading Curis's government affairs and legal strategy in relation to the Company's activities in Arizona.

About Curis

Curis Resources Ltd. is a mineral development company associated with Hunter Dickinson Inc., a diversified global mining company with a 25-year history of mineral development success. Curis is focused on the acquisition, development and operation of high-quality next-generation copper properties around the world. It is currently focused on advancing its 100% owned Florence Copper project in Arizona USA to production.

For more information about Florence Copper and its projected economic impacts and benefits to the local community, please visit www.florencecopper.com.

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For further details on the Company, please visit www.curisresources.com or contact Susie Bell, Manager of Investor Relations, at (604) 684-6365 or within North America at 1-800-667-2114.

Michael McPhie
President & CEO

No regulatory authority has approved or disapproved of the information contained in this news release.

This release includes certain statements that may be deemed "forward-looking statements". All statements in this release, other than statements of historical facts, that address exploration drilling, exploitation activities and events or developments that the Company expects are forward-looking statements. Although the Company believes the expectations expressed in such forward-looking statements are based on reasonable assumptions, such statements are not guarantees of future performance and actual results or developments may differ materially from those in the forward-looking statements. Factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those in forward-looking statements include fluctuations in market prices, exploitation and exploration successes, continuity of mineralization, uncertainties related to the ability to obtain necessary environmental, land use and other permits, approvals, licenses and title on a timely basis and delays due to third party opposition, changes in government policies regarding mining and natural resource exploration and exploitation, continued availability of capital and financing, and general economic, market or business conditions. Investors are cautioned that any such statements are not guarantees of future performance and actual results or developments may differ materially from those projected in the forward-looking statements.   For more information on the Company, a more detailed description of the assumptions used to develop the forward-looking statements and the risk factors that may cause actual results to differ materially from forward-looking statements, investors should review the Company's continuous disclosure filings that are available at www.sedar.com.


SOURCE: Curis Resources Ltd.

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Sean Magee, EVP, Strategic Communications & Public Affairs, Hunter Dickinson Inc.
Tel: 604-684-6365
Email: seanmagee@hdimining.com

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