Aurizon signs agreement with Lake Shore to accelerate exploration of the Casa Berardi Project in Quebec



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    VANCOUVER, Sept. 13 /CNW/ - Aurizon Mines Ltd. (ARZ-TSX; AZK-AMEX)
("Aurizon") is pleased to announce that they have entered into a joint venture
option agreement (the "Option Agreement") with Lake Shore Gold Corp. ("Lake
Shore") whereby Lake Shore can earn a 50% interest in Aurizon's large land
position surrounding its Casa Berardi Mine (the "Casa Berardi Exploration
Property"). The Casa Berardi Exploration Property is located outside of
Aurizon's existing mining leases and outside of its 100% owned Casa Berardi
Mine, which hosts proven mineral reserves of 1.2 million ounces (4.7 million
tonnes at 7.7 grams per tonne gold) along with mineral resources totaling
approximately 526,000 ounces (3.1 million tonnes at 5.3 grams per tonne gold)
in the measured and indicated category and an additional one million ounces (5
million tonnes at 6.6 grams per tonne gold) in the inferred category.
Information required by NI 43-101 is contained in the Technical Report dated
October 26, 2005 under Aurizon's profile on www.sedar.com.
    The Casa Berardi Exploration Property covers 227 claims in an east and
west block surrounding the Casa Berardi Mine and covers an area of 11,594
hectares along a 30-kilometre section of the Casa Berardi fault. The Casa
Berardi fault is a major structural zone that is host to a number of gold and
base metal deposits. Numerous gold showings occur within the Casa Berardi
Exploration Property, which have only been subject to limited exploration
since their discovery in the 1980s.
    "Aurizon's Casa Berardi Project is a very large property extending for 37
kilometres along the highly prospective Casa Berardi fault" said David Hall,
Aurizon's President and CEO. "Aurizon's short-term focus is to increase
mineral reserves and resources at the Casa Berardi Mine, close to the Mine's
existing infrastructure, within the current mining leases. To achieve these
objectives, we have developed and are executing a three year program
comprising surface and underground drilling, and underground development along
the approximate 7 kilometre distance between the West Mine and East Mine area.
We are delighted to work with Lake Shore's experienced exploration team, some
of whom have had prior experience at Casa Berardi, in order to further unlock
the exploration potential of our large surrounding property at Casa Berardi."
    Under the terms of the Option Agreement, Lake Shore can earn an undivided
50% interest in the Casa Berardi Exploration Property by incurring exploration
expenditures of $5 million over a five-year period, including a firm
commitment of $600,000 in the first year. Lake Shore will be the operator of
the Casa Berardi Exploration Property during the earn-in period. If an
indicated mineral resource of at least 500,000 ounces of gold at a minimum
grade of 6.0 grams of gold per tonne (or economic equivalent thereof) is
established, the area containing the resource plus a one kilometer radius
surrounding the outer perimeter of the resource may be transferred to a
specific property joint venture, in which Aurizon and Lake Shore will each
have a 50% interest. Aurizon shall then have the right to earn an additional
10% interest in the Specific Property by funding the costs of a feasibility
study. Any ore produced from the Casa Berardi Exploration Property will be
processed at Aurizon's 100% owned Casa Berardi milling facility.

    Quality Control

    Information of a scientific or technical nature in this news release has
been prepared by or under the supervision of Michel Gilbert, ing., Vice
President, a "Qualified Person" as defined by National Instrument 43-101.

    Additional Information

    A sketch is attached showing the area that Lake Shore will be exploring,
outside of the mining leases and Casa Berardi Mine area.

    To view sketch please click on the following link:
    http://files.newswire.ca/734/Aurizon_CasaBeradiProject.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. It is estimated that the Company's
100% owned Casa Berardi Mine will produce in excess of 1,000,000 ounces of
gold over its initial six year mine life. 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 Aurizon's strategic plans, work programs, anticipated timing for
completion of preliminary economic assessment and updated resource and reserve
estimates. Forward-looking statements express, as at the date of this News
Release, the Aurizon's plans, estimates, forecasts, projections, expectations,
or beliefs as to future events or results and Aurizon 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 the Technical Report for the Casa Berardi
Project, dated October 26, 2005, 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 under Aurizon's profile on Sedar at www.sedar.com and
on Edgar at www.sec.gov.

    CAUTIONARY NOTE TO US READERS

    As a British Columbia corporation, Aurizon is subject to certain rules
and regulations issued by the British Columbia Securities Commission ("BC
Securities Commission"). Aurizon 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, Aurizon 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. Aurizon 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

    
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For further information:

For further information: AURIZON MINES LTD., David Hall, President,
Telephone: (604) 687-6600, Toll Free: 1-888-411-GOLD, Fax: (604) 687-3932;
Michel Gilbert, ing., Vice President, Telephone: (819) 874-4511, Fax: (819)
874-3391; Web Site: www.aurizon.com; Email: info@aurizon.com

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