Aurizon reports additional rare earth and uranium results at Kipawa project



    Shares Listed: Toronto Stock Exchange - Ticker Symbol - ARZ
    American Stock Exchange - Ticker Symbol - AZK
    U.S. Registration: (File 001-31893)

    VANCOUVER, June 13 /CNW/ - Aurizon Mines Ltd. (TSX:ARZ; AMEX:  AZK) is
pleased to report results from its 2007 surface exploration program, at its
100 percent owned Kipawa Gold-Uranium-Rare Earth project, north-western
Quebec, Canada.
    The Kipawa project is an early stage exploration project located
approximately 100 kilometres south of Rouyn-Noranda, Quebec, halfway between
the Elliot Lake uranium camp and the Abitibi gold belt and was initially
acquired by Aurizon on the basis of a government regional stream sediment
survey.
    Aurizon has received new exploration data from its 2007 exploration
program which included regional till sampling, prospecting, geophysics and
soil geochemistry.
    Eleven (11) new results received from Snake and Eagle grab samples
confirm the grade potential for uranium (U308), yttrium (Y) and rare earths
elements (REE). The best results are as follows:

    
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                                               Light Rare       Heavy Rare
    Area (sample)         U308      Yttrium   Earth Element    Earth Element
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    Snake (KP07)          0.32%      1.98%        0.16%            0.73%
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    Snake (63 802)            -      0.35%        7.89%            0.42%
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    Snake (63884)(*)      0.20%      0.67%        0.09%            0.30%
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    Snake (63851)(*)      0.14%      0.46%        0.06%            0.22%
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    Eagle (KP04)              -      0.34%        1.95%            0.27%
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    Eagle (KP05)              -      0.22%        1.30%            0.16%
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    Eagle (63590)(*)          -      0.32%        5.34%            0.40%
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    (*) Results previously reported on Aurizon's news release dated
        November 8, 2007.
    

    The 2007 field prospecting season resulted in the discovery of the Eagle
rare earths showing and the Snake rare earth and uranium showings. The Eagle
and Snake areas are located 43 kilometres away from each other along the same
contact between the Kipawa alkaline intrusive complex and surrounding altered
meta sedimentary gneissic rocks.
    "The exploration for new high grade rare earth occurrences at Kipawa was
not Aurizon's initial priority." said Martin Demers, Exploration Manager.
"However, the high rare earth grades discovered over an extensive area,
combined with current market conditions, provide a strong incentive to follow
up on these encouraging results."

    Snake

    The Snake area is located in the western part of the Kipawa southern
block project and represents a 2.8 kilometres long mineralized trend. At
Snake, mineralization is associated with linear layered meta sedimentary
gneissic rocks. New assay results returned 8.31% combined rare earth and 0.32%
uranium and 1.98% yttrium, respectively 1.2 kilometres and 2.8 kilometres
south of the assays results previously released (November 8, 2007).

    Eagle

    The Eagle area is located in the South eastern part of the Southern block
project and represents a 1 kilometre favourable trend along an syenite
intrusive contact. Best results returned 2.23% combined rare earths from an
amphibole rich layer of the Kipawa intrusive complex. Samples were taken
3 metres down a cliff, on the same outcrop previously sampled and released
(November 8, 2007).

    Outlook

    In addition to the drilling program planned on gold targets at Kipawa
(see News Release June 12, 2008), a budget of $260,000 has been approved to
complete systematic outcrop sampling and mapping of Eagle and Snake and
diamond drilling at Eagle. The program will be initiated shortly. Aurizon has
continuously worked in close collaboration with the First Nation communities
of Eagle Village and Wolf Lake over the last two years and expects to
incorporate into an agreement, the foundation for developing mineral potential
in the Kipawa area.

    Qualified Person and Quality Control

    Assays were performed on grab samples, averaging two kilograms.
Exploration primary assaying was performed at ALS Chemex, located in Val-d'Or,
Quebec Determination of uranium and rare earth elements were conducted with
lithium metaborate fusion followed by standard ion couple plasma mass
spectrometry assays. Reference materials and blanks are inserted in the sample
sequence for quality control. Rare earth elements above detection limits were
sent to INRS-ETE laboratory, located in Quebec City. Assays were performed
with alkaline fusion followed by ion couple plasma mass spectrometry assays.
Reference materials and blanks are inserted in the sample sequence for quality
control.
    Information of a scientific or technical nature in this news release,
work, sampling, implementation and the quality control program has been
prepared by or under the supervision of Martin Demers, P.Geol. Exploration
Manager, qualified person as defined by National Instrument 43-101.
    One sketch is attached showing the relevant area of the Kipawa project
and results. All other information previously released on the Kipawa project
is also available on the Aurizon website.

    To view the sketch accompanying this release please click on the
    following link:
    http://files.newswire.ca/734/Aurizon_KipawaProejctJune13.pdf

    
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                  Light rare earth (%)(1)
              ------------------------------
    Samples      La    Ce   Pr    Nd  total
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    DV-KP-01    .00   .01  .00   .01    .02
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    DV-KP-02    .01   .02  .00   .01    .04
    ----------------------------------------
    DV-KP-03    .04   .09  .01   .03    .16
    ----------------------------------------
    DV-KP-04    .48   .97  .11   .40   1.95
    ----------------------------------------
    DV-KP-05g   .33   .65  .07   .25   1.30
    ----------------------------------------
    DV-KP-05f   .01   .02  .00   .01    .04
    ----------------------------------------
    DV-KP-06    .03   .03  .01   .03    .09
    ----------------------------------------
    DV-KP-07    .04   .08  .01   .03    .16
    ----------------------------------------
    DV-KP-012   .01   .01  .00   .00    .02
    ----------------------------------------
    63802      2.23  3.95  .39  1.31   7.89
    ----------------------------------------
    63871       .06   .12  .01   .04    .23
    ----------------------------------------


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                                  Heavy rare earth (%)(2)
              ---------------------------------------------------------------
    Samples     Sm   Eu   Gd   Tb   Dy   Ho   Er   Tm   Yb   Lu  total   Y(4)
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    DV-KP-01   .00  .00  .00  .00  .00  .00  .00  .00  .00  .00    .01   .01
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    DV-KP-02   .00  .00  .00  .00  .00  .00  .00  .00  .00  .00    .00   .00
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    DV-KP-03   .00  .00  .00  .00  .00  .00  .00  .00  .00  .00    .01   .02
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    DV-KP-04   .07  .01  .06  .01  .06  .01  .03  .00  .02  .00    .27   .34
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    DV-KP-05g  .04  .00  .03  .01  .03  .01  .02  .00  .02  .00    .16   .22
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    DV-KP-05f  .01  .00  .01  .00  .01  .00  .01  .00  .01  .00    .05   .08
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    DV-KP-06   .01  .00  .01  .00  .01  .00  .01  .00  .01  .00    .04   .07
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    DV-KP-07   .01  .00  .03  .01  .17  .05  .21  .03  .20  .02    .73  1.98
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    DV-KP-012  .00  .00  .00  .00  .00  .00  .00  .00  .00  .00    .00   .00
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    63802      .16  .02  .09  .01  .06  .01  .03  .00  .02  .00    .40   .35
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    63871      .01  .00  .01  .00  .01  .00  .00  .00  .00  .00    .03  0.04
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------

    Rare earth element anomalies are also associated with gallium, zirconium,
    and yttrium.

    1.  Light rare earth elements include lanthanum (La), cerium (Ce),
        praseodymium (Pr) and neodymium (Nd).
    2.  Heavy rare earth elements include promethium (Pm), samarium (Sm),
        europium (Eu), gadolinium (Gd), terbium (Tb), dysprosium (Dy),
        holmium (Ho), erbium (Er), thulium (Tm), ytterbium (Yb) and lutetium
        (Lu).
    3.  Promethium has not been assayed.
    4.  (Y) Yttrium
    

    Aurizon is a gold producer with a growth strategy focused on developing
its existing projects in the Abitibi region of north-western Quebec, one of
the world's most prolific gold and base metal regions, and by increasing its
asset base through accretive transactions. Aurizon shares trade on the Toronto
Stock Exchange under the symbol "ARZ" and on the American Stock Exchange under
the symbol "AZK". Additional information on Aurizon and its properties is
available on Aurizon's website at http://www.aurizon.com.

    Forward Looking Statements

    This News Release contains "forward-looking statements". These
forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, statements
regarding the Company's strategic plans, expectations, budgets and work
programs. Forward-looking statements express, as at the date of this News
Release, the Company's plans, estimates, forecasts, projections, expectations,
or beliefs as to future events or results and the Company does not intend, and
does not assume any obligation to update these forward-looking statements. In
certain cases, forward-looking statements can be identified by the use of
words such as "plans", "expects" or "does not expect", "is expected",
"budget", "scheduled", "estimates", "intends", "anticipates" or "does not
anticipate", "believes", or variations of such words and phrases or statements
that certain actions, events or results "may", "could", "would", "might" or
"will be taken", "occur" or "be achieved". We caution that forward-looking
statements involve a number of risks and uncertainties, and there can be no
assurance that such statements will prove to be accurate. Therefore, actual
results and future events could differ materially from those anticipated in
such statements. Factors that could cause results or events to differ
materially from current expectations expressed or implied by the
forward-looking statements, include, but are not limited to ; changes in
project paramètres as plans continue to be refined;, grade or recovery rates;
accidents, labour disputes and other risks of the mining industry; or in the
delays in the completion of exploration activities, environmental risks and
hazards, and other risks more fully described in Aurizon's Annual Information
Form filed with the Securities Commissions of the provinces of British
Columbia, Alberta, Manitoba, Ontario and Quebec, and in Aurizon's Annual
Report on Form 40-F filed with the United States Securities and Exchange
Commission. These documents are available on Sedar at www.sedar.com and on
Edgar at www.sec.gov.





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For further information: David P. Hall, President and C.E.O., Telephone:
(604) 687-6600, Toll Free: 1-888-411-GOLD, Fax: (604) 687-3932; Michel
Gilbert, Vice President, Telephone: (819) 874-4511, Fax: (819) 874-3391, Web
Site: www.aurizon.com, Email: info@aurizon.com; or Renmark Financial
Communications Inc., 2080 Rene-Levesque Blvd. West, Montreal, QC H3H 1R6,
Barry Mire: bmire@renmarkfinancial.com, Jen Power:
jpower@renmarkfinancial.com; Media - Vanessa Napoli:
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