Aurizon reports high grade results at Joanna



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    U.S. Registration: (File No. 0-22672)

    VANCOUVER, Dec. 10 /CNW/ - Aurizon Mines Ltd. (TSX: ARZ; AMEX:   AZK) is
pleased to report that surface exploration drilling has intersected narrow
veins with high gold grades along the western extension of the Heva block at
its Joanna Property, located twenty kilometres east of Rouyn in north western
Quebec, Canada.
    Ten (10) of the twenty-two (22) holes completed along the western
extension returned grades above 7.0 grams of gold per tonne over an average
width of 1.3 metres, including six (6) holes above 13.0 grams of gold per
tonne. The best results are as follows:

    
                     Surface Exploration 2007 - Main Zone
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                                                                      Length
                                                                       along
                 East     North     From       To       Gold Grade   the hole
    Hole     (metresE) (metresN) (metres) (metres) (grams/tonne Au)  (metres)
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    JA-07-26     4975      1600   469.00   470.00             13.1       1.0
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    JA-07-38     4255      1400   481.00   483.00             13.9       2.0
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    JA-07-40     4375      1500   560.60   561.00             16.1       0.4
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    JA-07-47     4300      1332   344.00   345.00             17.2       1.0
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                    Surface Exploration 2007 - South Zone
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                                                                      Length
                                                                       along
                 East     North     From       To       Gold Grade   the hole
    Hole     (metresE) (metresN) (metres) (metres) (grams/tonne Au)  (metres)
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    JA-07-37     4300      1332   457.45   458.45             42.5       1.0
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    JA-07-37A    4310      1126   449.30   451.20             50.4       1.9
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    JA-07-47     4300      1332   471.00   472.00             15.3       1.0
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    

    At Joanna, mineralization follows multiple distinct zones along a dip
between 50 and 60 degrees to the north with a western plunge. The mineral
resources are estimated at 11.3 million tonnes averaging 1.7 grams of gold per
tonne, for 630,000 ounces in the indicated mineral resource category and 28.6
million tonnes averaging 1.6 grams of gold per tonne, for 1.42 million ounces
in the inferred mineral resource category.
    Current mineral resources are restricted to a 100 to 190 metre wide lower
grade halo of 0.5 to 2.0 grams of gold per tonne. Mineralized zones along this
corridor plunge to the west, and are usually narrower and less continuous in
the western block and wider and more continuous in the eastern block.
    Three drill rigs are currently active at Joanna with an objective to:

    
    -   upgrade the existing inferred mineral resource to the indicated
        category on the eastern block where the corridor is wider;

    -   test the extension of the mineralized corridor outside of the
        existing mineral resources contour; and

    -   test the high grade potential along the dip extension of the main
        corridor on the eastern block.
    

    The deep exploration program will test the potential for higher grade
zones. Drilling was initiated closer to the surface, west of the western
block, where access for drilling was readily accessible.
    As high grade veins have now been intersected where the mineralized
corridor was narrower, the rig will move further east where a larger and more
continuous mineralized corridor has been discovered. Drilling will be
initiated as soon as drill access is completed with the objective of drilling
down to depths of 700 metres below surface.
    "The intersection of high gold grades on our Joanna property is
encouraging and validates our initial objective of testing for high grade
potential to depth." said Martin Demers, P. Geol. Exploration Manager. "We
look forward to testing this high grade potential by drilling under the wider
mineralized corridor to the east.
    "The combination of potential high gold grades to depth, together with
the existing low grade near surface resource, could have a positive impact on
future development of the project." added David Hall, President.

    Quality Control

    Core assays are performed on core sawed in half, with standard fire assay
procedures and atomic absorption finition or gravimetric finition for initial
assay above 1000 ppb. All samples with visible gold observed are double
checked by a metallic sieves gold concentration. Certified reference material
is inserted in the sample sequence for quality control. Assay checking on the
pulp and reject samples is carried out systematically. Exploration primary
assaying is performed at Labexpert of Rouyn-Noranda and check assays on
mineralized intervals will be carried out by ALS Chemex of Val D'Or, Quebec.
    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, a qualified person as defined by National Instrument 43-101.

    Additional Information

    Two sketches are attached showing the updated resource outline at the
Joanna Gold Project. All other information previously released on Joanna is
also available on Aurizon's website at www.aurizon.com. To view the sketches
accompanying this release please click on the following link:
http://files.newswire.ca/734/Aurizon_JoannaDec1007.pdf

    About Aurizon

    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 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, and anticipated results of 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 "forecast", "plans", "expects" or "does not expect", "is
expected", "budget", "scheduled", "estimates", "indicates", "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
inherent uncertainties associated with exploration, conclusions of economic
evaluations; changes in project parameters as plans continue to be refined;
future prices of gold; possible variations in ore reserves, grade or recovery
rates; failure of plant, equipment or processes to operate as anticipated;
accidents, labour disputes and other risks of the mining industry; or in the
delays in the completion of development or construction activities,
environmental risks and hazards, risks of delays in construction 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 (SEC). These
documents are available on Sedar at www.sedar.com and on Edgar at www.sec.gov.

    CAUTIONARY NOTE TO US READERS

    As a British Columbia corporation, the Company is subject to certain
rules and regulations issued by the British Columbia Securities Commission
("BC Securities Commission"). The Company is required to provide detailed
information regarding its properties including mineralization, drilling,
sampling and analysis, security of samples and mineral resource and mineral
reserve estimates. Further, the Company describes mineral resources associated
with its properties utilizing terminology such as "indicated" or "inferred"
which terms are recognized by Canadian regulations but are not recognized by
the United States Securities and Exchange Commission ("SEC").

    Cautionary Note to U.S. Investors Regarding Mineral Resources

    The SEC allows mining companies, in their filings with the SEC, to
disclose only those mineral deposits they can economically and legally extract
or produce. The Company may use certain terms in this document, such as
"mineral resources", "indicated mineral resources" and "inferred resources"
that are recognized and mandated by Canadian securities regulators but are not
recognized by the SEC.
    This News Release may use the term "indicated" resources. U.S. readers
are cautioned that while that term is recognized and required by Canadian
regulations, the SEC does not recognize it. U.S. investors are cautioned not
to assume that any part or all of mineral deposits in this category will ever
be converted into mineral reserves.
    This News Release may also use the term "inferred" resources. U.S.
readers are cautioned that while this term is recognized and required by
Canadian regulations, the SEC does not recognize it. "Inferred resources" have
a great amount of uncertainty as to their existence, and great uncertainty as
to their economic and legal feasibility. It cannot be assumed that all or any
part of an Inferred Mineral Resource will ever be upgraded to a higher
category. Under Canadian rules, estimates of Inferred Mineral Resources may
not form the basis of feasibility or pre-feasibility studies, except in rare
cases. U.S. investors are cautioned not to assume that part or all of an
inferred resource exists, or is economically or legally mineable.

    
    AURIZON MINES JOANNA PROJECT - HEVA
    SURFACE EXPLORATION 2007
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                                                                      Length
               East    North     From                To    Grade   along the
    Hole        (mE)     (mN)      (m)               (m) (g/t Au)  hole(i)(m)
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    JA-07-26   4975   1600.0   464.00            470.00      5.0         6.0
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
                               inc. :         469 - 470     13.1         1.0
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
                               477.00            480.00      3.8         3.0
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
                               inc. :       478.5 - 480      6.9         1.5
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
                               543.00            550.50      1.0         7.5
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    JA-07-27   4850     1504   375.00            379.00      4.8         4.0
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
                               inc. :         378 - 379      9.3         1.0
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
                               381.00            386.00      1.5         5.0
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    JA-07-28   5525     1672   426.00            432.00      3.0         6.0
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
                               inc. :       426 - 427.5      5.6         1.5
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
                               inc. :       430.5 - 432      4.8         1.5
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
                               469.00            473.00      1.2         4.0
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    JA-07-29   4750   1557.0   441.00            442.50      5.4         1.5
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
                               494.00            495.00      3.5         1.0
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    JA-07-30   5650   1684.0                                  NS
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    JA-07-31   4650   1528.0                                  NS
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    JA-07-32   5750   1601.0   403.50            405.00      2.9         1.5
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    JA-07-33   4575   1480.0   337.50            343.50      2.4         6.0
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
                               inc. :       340.5 - 342      8.6         1.5
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
                               463.00            464.00      2.1         1.0
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    JA-07-34   5850   1646.0   421.50            428.82      1.0         7.3
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    JA-07-35   4450   1472.0   457.50            463.50      3.0         6.0
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
                               inc. :       457.5 - 459      7.0         1.5
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
                               inc. :       462 - 463.5      4.2         1.5
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    JA-07-36   6000   1695.0   455.00            470.00      2.4        15.0
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
                               inc. :         461 - 463      7.4         2.0
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    JA-07-37   4300   1332.0   456.45            458.45     22.5         2.0
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
                               inc. :   457.45 - 458.45     42.5         1.0
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
                               463.65            464.50      2.6         0.9
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    JA-07-37A  4310   1126.0   407.20            408.20      3.5         1.0
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
                               449.30            451.20     50.4         1.9
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
                               461.00            462.00      5.1         1.0
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
                               464.00            465.00      2.3         1.0
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    JA-07-38   4255   1400.0   315.50            317.00      2.5         1.5
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
                               380.00            384.00      1.2         4.0
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
                               481.00            483.00     13.9         2.0
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
                               inc. :       480 - 481.5     27.4         0.5
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
                               inc. :       482 - 482.5      2.4         0.5
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
                               inc. :       482.5 - 483     25.7         0.5
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
                               491.00            493.00      2.6         2.0
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
                               568.50            569.00      7.5         0.5
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    JA-07-38A  4269   1206.0   423.00            424.50      5.1         1.5
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
               4375   1500.0   267.00            270.00      2.2         3.0
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    JA-07-40                   497.85            500.00      2.6         2.2
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
                               560.60            561.40      9.7         0.8
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
                               inc. :       560.6 - 561     16.1         0.4
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
                               484.00            485.00      5.7         1.0
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    JA-07-42   4900   1614.0   590.55            591.30      3.2         0.8
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    JA-07-44   4925   1661.0   595.50            598.50      1.8         3.0
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
                               496.50            499.50      3.8         3.0
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    JA-07-46   4825     1614   261.00            262.50      2.9         1.5
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    JA-07-47   4300   1332.0   344.00            345.00     17.2         1.0
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
                               460.00            477.00      1.3        17.0
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
                               inc. :     471.0 - 472.0     15.3         1.0
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
                               484.00            485.00      5.3         1.0
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    JA-07-48                                                  NS
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    JA-07-49                    379.5               381      2.8         1.5
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------

    True widths would approximate 70 - 90% of the above widths along the
    hole.
    NS equals No Significant assays
    Holes JA-07-39, 41, 43 and 45 have been drilled outside the area covered
    by this news release on the eastern portion of the property.

    





For further information:

For further information: AURIZON MINES LTD., David 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, Tel: (514) 939-3989, Fax: (514) 939-3717

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