Atna Reports Progress at Pinson Gold Mine, Nevada



    VANCOUVER, Jan. 8 /CNW/ - Atna Resources Ltd. (ATN: TSX) is pleased to
report progress of work by Pinson Mining Company (Barrick Gold) at the Pinson
Gold Mine located in the Getchell Gold Belt, Nevada. Atna owns a 70% interest
in the property and Pinson Mining Company (PMC) owns 30%. PMC may reverse the
parties' interests by spending US$30 million on further work to advance and
develop the property before April 6, 2009. PMC commenced material work on the
project in August 2007. Initial plans called for 50,000 feet of surface
drilling, 35,000 feet of underground drilling, and 4,000 feet of underground
development.
    Dewatering to enable underground development began in August. A rapid
infiltration basin (RIB) to handle the water is under construction and a
second RIB will be installed to handle any overflow needs. Bids have been
called for the underground development, which is expected to begin in Q1 2008.
Three core drills and one reverse circulation (RC) rotary drill are presently
in operation on the property. Twenty three holes have been completed (RC
pre-collar and core tail); 11 holes are pre-collared and cased; four holes are
in progress. A total of 26,899 feet, including 20,364 feet of RC and 6,535
feet of core drilling, was completed through the end of November. Analytical
turn-around is an issue, with PMC experiencing 3 to 5 week delay from sample
delivery to receipt of analytical results.
    PMC has focused drilling in four principle target areas: 1) infill
definition drilling in the Range Front/Ogee/CX West zones, 2) infill drilling
in the CX zone, 3) exploration drilling in the HPR-104 area, and 4) in the
Summer Camp area near the northern property boundary with the Getchell Mine
property. Highlights of the results are reported as follows:

    Range Front/Ogee/CX West

    Early results include a high grade drill intersection (BRFC-019) of gold
mineralization confirming the tenor and grade in the Ogee zone. High grade
gold intersections in the CX West zone (BRFC-009, 010) underscore the
potential to add new mineralization in the CX-West zone to the total estimated
resource at Pinson. CX West is a mineralized structure between the Range Front
and Ogee structures which was encountered at the end of Atna's 2006 drill
program and which made a minor contribution to the June 2007 resource
estimate. No assays are yet available from core within the Range Front
resource envelope. However, broad intersections of gold mineralization in the
hanging wall of the Range Front (BRFC-022 & 023) indicate additional
opportunities to increase the deposit resource. Core-tails drilled on strike
outside the south boundary of the resource estimate (BRFC - 002, 003) cut
zones of lower grade mineralization. Data is partial and incomplete, as work
is in progress. Additional core assaying and drilling of core tails is
required to enable full reporting and interpretation. Highlights of the drill
intersections are reported in the following table:

    
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    Drill Hole     From            Length    Gold
    Number         (ft)    To (ft)  (ft)    (oz/t)           Zone
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    BRFC-002(1)    445.0    485.0   40.0    0.049  Range Front - south of
                                                    resource envelope
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
      including    445.0    450.0    5.0    0.181
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    BRFC-003(1)    573.0    598.0   25.0    0.037  Range Front - south of
                                                    resource envelope
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    BRFC-007(2)    210.0    230.0   20.0    0.069  Range Front (hanging wall)
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    BRFC-009(2)     60.0     80.0   20.0    0.599  CX-West (RC)
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------

    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    BRFC-010(2)    245.0    300.0   55.0    0.299  CX-West (RC)
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    BRFC-019(3)    375.0    405.0   30.0    0.352  Ogee (RC)
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
      including    380.0    400.0   20.0    0.497
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------

    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    BRFC-020a(3)   445.0    460.0   15.0    0.131  Range Front (hanging wall)
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    BRFC-022(4)    650.0    740.0   90.0    0.284  Range Front (hanging wall)
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
      including    650.0    665.0   15.0    0.867
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
      including    700.0    720.0   20.0    0.540
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    BRFC-023(3)    630.0    640.0   10.0    0.128  Range Front (hanging wall)
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
      and          675.0    695.0   20.0    0.215  Range Front (hanging wall)
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
      including    675.0    685.0   10.0    0.343
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    (1) Core-tail completed; assays complete.
    (2) Core-tail completed; assays complete on pre-collar; assays pending on
        core-tail.
    (3) Pre-collar RC only, core-tail not yet completed; pre-collar assays
        complete.
    (4) Hole deviated and would have twinned existing hole. Core-tail not
        planned.
    

    CX Zone

    PMC is conducting definition drilling in the CX zone and has completed 8
pre-collar RC holes with 5 core tails. Assays have been received from only one
of the completed core-tails: hole number BCXC-018 cut 11.8 feet grading 0.236
oz/ton gold in the core-tail, confirming this area within the CX resource
shell. Three of the pre-collar holes deviated from the planned path and no
core-tails will be done, as they would only twin existing core holes.

    
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    Drill Hole     From            Length    Gold
    Number         (ft)    To (ft)  (ft)    (oz/t)           Zone
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    BCXC-018(1)   1060.2   1120.6   60.4    0.097             CX
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
      including   1060.2   1072.0   11.8    0.236
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    (1) Core-tail completed; assays complete.
    

    HPR - 104 and Summer Camp Exploration Targets

    Drill hole HPR - 104 intersected strongly anomalous gold values (555 feet
grading 0.096 oz/ton Au from 1,500 to 2,055 feet) in previous drilling of
favorable host stratigraphy 800 feet north of the main Pinson mineralization.
An exploration hole drilled in the current program by PMC to test this gold
anomaly deviated more than 250 feet from its intended course and failed to
explore the previous intercept in a meaningful way. Summer Camp is about 3
miles north of the Pinson resource area and straddles the main structural
trend as defined by gravity surveys and geologic mapping between Pinson and
the Getchell Mine. All analytical data is pending at Summer Camp.
    All sample preparation and gold assays in this press release were
completed by American Assay Laboratories in Reno, Nevada, an independent
analytical laboratory with a Certificate of Laboratory Proficiency PTP-MAL
from the Standards Council of Canada. Gold assays were completed by standard
fire assay methods with an atomic absorption finish or a gravimetric finish
for higher grade samples. Pinson Mining Company has instituted a rigorous
QA/QC protocol which includes certified assay standards and blanks,
replicates, and duplicate samples which bolsters American Assay's own internal
QA/QC program.
    This press release was prepared under the supervision and review of
William Stanley, V.P. Exploration of Atna, a Licensed Geologist, and Qualified
Person with the ability and authority to verify the authenticity and validity
of information contained within this news release.

    Forward-Looking Statements

    Except for the statements of historical fact that may be contained
herein, this news release contains "forward-looking statements" within the
meaning of the United States Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995.
Forward-looking statements are based on the opinions and estimates of
management at the date that 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 projected in the
forward-looking statements. Such factors include, but are not limited to,
risks involved in the exploration and development of mineral properties; the
uncertainties involved in interpreting drilling and other exploration results;
fluctuating commodity prices and exchange rates; the possibility of project
cost overruns or unanticipated costs and expenses; the need to obtain
additional financing and uncertainty as to the availability and terms of
future financing; environmental risks and hazards; and other risks and
uncertainties disclosed in the Company's current Annual Information Form filed
with the Canadian securities regulatory authorities and Form 20-F filed with
the United States Securities and Exchange Commission. The Company undertakes
no obligation to update forward-looking statements if circumstances or
management's estimates or opinions should change. The reader is cautioned not
to place undue reliance on forward-looking statements.




For further information:

For further information: please visit our website, www.atna.com, or
contact: ATNA RESOURCES LTD., Kendra Johnston, Investor Relations Manager &
Geologist, Tel: (604) 684-2285, E-mail: kjohnston@atna.com

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