Aurizon reports update on exploration at Casa Berardi



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

    VANCOUVER, June 1 /CNW/ - Aurizon Mines Ltd. (TSX: ARZ; NYSE Amex:   AZK)
is pleased to provide a progress report on exploration activities at its Casa
Berardi mine property, in north-western Quebec.
    In the first quarter underground exploration was centered on the
development of an exploration drift at the 810 metre level, east of Zone 113
and south of the Casa Berardi fault. The exploration drift will provide drill
access to test the depth extension of Zone 113 and to test the continuity and
extension of Zones 118 to 122 and 123-South.
    To date, 1,091 metres of drifting has been completed, providing drill
access 500 metres east of the production shaft. Drilling performed in the
vicinity of Zone 113 has confirmed the previous geological interpretation of
the Zone and has extended the favourable gold trend 100 metres deeper.
    To date, nineteen (19) underground holes totalling 5,695 metres have been
completed. The best results reported are as follows:

    
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                                        Mineralized Intersections
    Hole             East       From        To      Gold grade    True width
                   (metres)   (metres)   (metres)  (grams/tonne)   (metres)
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    CBW-0885       11,382.5     176.5      190.4        12.7         13.2
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    CBW-0692       11,397.5     338.6      353.0         6.1          7.2
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    CBW-0886(*)    11,352.5     160.0      180.1        30.6         20.1
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    CBW-0696       11,427.5     208.3      212.8        22.3          3.9
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    (*) Hole CBW-0886 was drilled within the mineral reserves contour
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    Geology

    At Casa Berardi, mineralization is generally closely associated along a
30 to 50 metre wide gold trend, hosting multiple quartz veins and disseminated
gold rich sulphide ore bodies, such as Zones 113, NW and Lower Inter, which
are currently included in mineral reserves. This gold trend was previously
identified down to 850 metres from prior underground drilling.
    The current program has extended the trend down to the 950 metre level
intersecting two mineralized intervals along drill holes. Mineralization did
not intersect a large quartz vein similar to Zone 113, but intersected quartz
veins, stockworks and disseminated sulphide located along the Casa Berardi
Fault (CBF) and also along splays of the fault (S) developed along the
contacts of sediments and volcanics and sediments and conglomerates. Results
of all drill holes are provided in detailed tables attached to this news
release.

    Outlook

    Since the recommencement of mining operations at Casa Berardi, the first
priority was to confirm the viability of existing mineral reserves, followed
by renewing mineral reserves depleted by production and upgrading inferred
mineral resources to the indicated category.

    http://files.newswire.ca/734/Gold_Inventory.doc

    The 2009 exploration program has been increased in order to test targets
outside of the contours of the current mineral resources.
    The new underground and surface drilling program, which will explore
along the west extension of the Lower Inter zone, along the Principal Zone and
along the dip extension of the East Mine with the objective of increasing the
inferred and indicated mineral resources, will commence in the coming months.
Five (5) rigs will be active on the program. Two drill rigs are currently
active along the 810 metre level, with a third rig to be added when
development of the drift is completed.
    A total of 40,000 metres of underground and surface drilling and 1,900
metres of underground exploration access drifting at the 810 metre level and
south of the Lower Inter Zone should be completed this year.

    Quality Control

    Core assays are performed on core sawed in half, with standard fire assay
procedures and atomic absorption finish. Certified reference material,
duplicate and blanks are inserted in the sample sequence for quality control.
Assay checking on pulp and coarse reject are carried out on approximately 10%
of samples. Additional information on Quality Assurance and Quality control
("QA/QC"), can be found in the 'Technical Report on the Casa Berardi Mine",
dated February 9, 2009, which can be found under Aurizon's profile on
www.sedar.com. Primary exploration assaying was performed at the mine site
laboratory and the QA/QC program is performed at ALS Chemex lab in Val-d'Or.
    Drill hole planning, implementation and the quality control program is
supervised by Jeannot Boutin P.Eng., Mine geology superintendent, an
appropriately qualified person as defined by National Instrument 43-101. Mr.
Boutin is also responsible for the scientific and technical information in
this news release.

    Additional Information

    One sketch is attached showing the Casa Berardi mine area. Detailed
results from the additional holes drilled are reported in a separate table.
All other information previously released on the Casa Berardi mine is also
available on the Aurizon website.

    http://files.newswire.ca/734/Casa_Berardi.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 NYSE Amex 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 and Information

    This news release contains "forward-looking statements" and
"forward-looking information" within the meaning of applicable securities
regulations in Canada and the United States (collectively, "forward-looking
information"). The forward-looking information contained in this news release
is made as of the date of this news release. Except as required under
applicable securities legislation, the Company does not intend, and does not
assume any obligation, to update this forward-looking information.
Forward-looking information includes, but is not limited to, statements with
respect to estimated mineral resources, anticipated effects of drill results
on the Casa Berardi project, estimated mineral reserves and timing and
expectations of future development, exploration and work programs. Often, but
not always, forward-looking information can be identified by the use of words
such as "plans", "expects, "is expected", "budget", "scheduled", "estimates",
forecasts", "intends", "anticipates", or "believes", or the negatives thereof
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.
    The forward-looking information contained in this news release is based
on certain assumptions that the Company believes are reasonable, including,
with respect to mineral reserve and resource estimates, the key assumptions
and parameters on which such estimates are based, as set out in the technical
report for the property, that the current price of and demand for gold will be
sustained or will improve, the supply of gold will remain stable, that the
general business and economic conditions will not change in a material adverse
manner, that financing will be available if and when needed on reasonable
terms and that the Company will not experience any material accident, labour
dispute, or failure of plant or equipment.
    However, forward-looking information involves known and unknown risks,
uncertainties and other factors which may cause the actual results,
performance or achievements of the Company to be materially different from any
future results, performance or achievements expressed or implied by the
forward-looking information. Such factors include, among others, conclusions
of economic evaluations, the risk that actual results of exploration
activities will be different than anticipated, that cost of labour, equipment
or materials will increase more than expected, that the future price of gold
will decline, that the Canadian dollar will strengthen against the U.S.
dollar, that mineral reserves and resources are not as estimated, that actual
costs or actual results of reclamation activities are greater than expected;
that changes in project parameters as plans continue to be refined may result
in increased costs, of unexpected variations in mineral reserves and
resources, grade or recover rates, of failure of plant, equipment or processes
to operate as anticipated, of accidents, labour disputes and other risks
generally associated with mining, unanticipated delays in obtaining
governmental approvals or financing or in the completion of development or
construction activities, as well as those factors and other risks more fully
described in Aurizon's Annual Information Form filed with the securities
commission of all of the provinces and territories of Canada and in Aurizon's
Annual Report on Form 40-F filed with the United States Securities and
Exchange Commission, which are available on Sedar at www.sedar.com and on
Edgar at www.sec.gov/. Although the Company has attempted to identify
important factors that could cause actual actions, events or results to differ
materially from those described in forward-looking information, there may be
other factors that cause actions, events or results to not be as anticipated,
estimated or intended. There can be no assurance that forward-looking
information will prove to be accurate, as actual results and future events
could differ materially from those anticipated in such statements. Readers are
cautioned not to place undue reliance on forward-looking information due to
the inherent uncertainty thereof.

    
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    Casa Berardi Fault

                                             Length
                                              along    Gold     True
    Hole        East      From       To     the hole   grade    Width   Zone
                                                      (grams/
              (metres)  (metres)  (metres)  (metres)   tonne) (metres)
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    CBW-0685   11397.5    183.7     185.0      1.3      4.7      1.0     CBF
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    CBW-0686   11397.5    193.4     195.6      2.2      6.8      2.0     CBF
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    CBW-0687   11397.5    221.3     222.0      0.7     12.0      0.5     CBF
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    CBW-0691   11397.5    205.3     212.8      7.5      2.7      6.1     CBF
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    CBW-0691   11397.5    279.5     291.0     11.5      0.4      7.5     CBF
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    CBW-0692   11397.5    338.6     353.0     14.4      6.1      7.2     CBF
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
               11397.5
    CBW-0692    Incl.     340.7     343.5      2.8     30.1      1.4     CBF
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    CBW-0696   11427.5    208.3     212.8      4.5     22.3      3.9     CBF
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
               11427.5
    CBW-0696    Incl.     210.5     212.8      2.3     42.6      1.8     CBF
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    CBW-0697   11427.5    231.5     235.8      4.3      3.0      3.2     CBF
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    CBW-0698   11427.5    256.7     258.3      1.6     23.3      1.2     CBF
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    CBW-0699   11412.5    336.8     346.9     10.1      0.7      4.5     CBF
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    CBW-0883   11382.5    173.2     176.1      2.9     13.1      2.8     CBF
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    CBW-0884   11382.5    181.4     184.8      3.4      4.6      3.0     CBF
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    CBW-0885   11382.5    176.5     190.4     13.9     12.7     13.2     CBF
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    CBW-0886   11352.5    160.0     180.1     20.1     30.6     20.1     CBF
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    CBW-0888   11352.5    192.4     194.6      2.2      2.7      1.8     CBF
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    CBW-0889   11352.5    210.9     214.0      3.1      3.5      2.7     CBF
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    Casa Berardi Fault Splays

                                             Length
                                              along    Gold     True
    Hole        East      From       To     the hole   grade    Width   Zone
                                                      (grams/
              (metres)  (metres)  (metres)  (metres)   tonne) (metres)
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    CBW-0684   11397.5    157.7     166.8      9.1      3.6      9.0      S
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    CBW-0685   11397.5    147.9     156.0      8.1      9.2      7.8      S
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    CBW-0686   11412.5    159.1     162.4      3.3      6.5      3.0      S
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    CBW-0687   11412.5    164.2     168.6      4.4      6.1      4.0      S
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    CBW-0691   11412.5    173.9     181.3      7.4      2.0      5.7      S
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    CBW-0692   11412.5    189.9     191.3      1.4      8.4      1.0      S
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    CBW-0693   11397.5    217.4     218.9      1.5      4.6      1.0      S
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    CBW-0693   11397.5    243.0     247.5      4.5      4.5      3.4      S
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    CBW-0695   11427.5    162.5     165.5      3.0      9.0      3.0      S
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    CBW-0696   11427.5    161.3     166.2      4.9     10.2      4.8      S
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    CBW-0697   11427.5    176.0     182.0      6.0      1.7      4.8      S
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    CBW-0698   11427.5    182.0     185.9      3.9      3.4      3.0      S
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    CBW-0699   11412.5    197.0     201.5      4.5      3.1      3.0      S
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    CBW-0883   11382.5    153.0     156.0      3.0      4.2      2.8      S
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    CBW-0884   11382.5    145.5     152.5      7.0      4.5      6.8      S
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    CBW-0885   11382.5    142.0     151.5      9.5      4.4      9.3      S
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    CBW-0886   11352.5    133.5     144.0     10.5      3.7     10.3      S
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    CBW-0888   11352.5    141.0     147.0      6.0      3.4      5.6      S
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    CBW-0888   11352.5    154.5     162.0      7.5      8.4      7.2      S
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    CBW-0889   11352.5    163.5     165.0      1.5      8.3      1.2      S
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    Zone 118
                                             Length
                                              along    Gold     True
    Hole        East      From       To     the hole   grade    Width   Zone
                                                      (grams/
              (metres)  (metres)  (metres)  (metres)   tonne) (metres)
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    CBW-0887    11600     358.5     366.4      7.9      2.7      6.8     118
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    CBW-0887    11600     501.0     505.6      4.6      2.4      2.3     118
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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, Henri Perron:
hperron@renmarkfinancial.com; Media: Vanessa Napoli:
vnapoli@renmarkfinancial.com, Tel: (514) 939-3989, Fax: (514) 939-3717

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