Grade and thickness confirmed along the North Zone at Joanna



    
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    VANCOUVER, Jan. 26 /CNW/ - Aurizon Mines Ltd. (TSX: ARZ; NYSE Alternext
U.S.: AZK) is pleased to announce the receipt of all assays from the recently
completed infill drill program at its Joanna project, located 20 kilometres
from Rouyn-Noranda, in north-western, Quebec.
    Four hundred sixty-three (463) holes totalling 134,489 metres have been
completed by Aurizon at Joanna, with the objective of confirming results from
previous drilling and extending mineralized zones. Results from three hundred
eighty-nine (389) holes have been previously released, and results from the
last seventy-four (74) holes of the infill drilling program are included in
this release.
    As well as confirming continuity and grade outside the former indicated
resources block outline, the new results confirm a significant thickness in
the North Zone, inside the proposed pit outline (BBA Preliminary Assessment
Report, see news release dated May 12, 2008 and report filed on under the
Company's profile at www.sedar.com "BBA Preliminary Assessment").
    Of the thirty eight (38) new holes that cross the western edge of the
North Zone over a 200 metre area, twenty nine (29) holes returned intervals
above 1.0 grams of gold per tonne over 20 metres (true thickness), including
sixteen (16) holes with intervals greater than 1.0 grams of gold per tonne
over 30 metres. The best results reported from the North Zone are as follows
and include holes with a true thickness over 40 metres or grades over 3.0
grams of gold per tonne:

    
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                                         Mineralized Intersections
    Hole           East         From         To      Gold grade    True width
                 (metres)     (metres)    (metres)  (grams/tonne)   (metres)
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    JA-08-421      8351        177.0       195.0         3.0          17.4
                               207.0       223.5         1.0          15.9
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    JA-08-424      8550        213.0       261.0         1.5          46.3
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    JA-08-447      8500        208.5       250.5         1.4          40.0
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    JA-08-443      8400        135.0       195.0         1.1          48.4
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    

    Of the remaining seventy four (74) holes, thirty seven (37) holes were
planned to test the North Zone above 200 metres elevation and were not planned
to intersect the South Zone. Results of the sixty four (64) holes representing
one or more individual mineralized intersections with grades over 1.0 grams of
gold per tonne over more than 5 metres are indicated on detailed tables
attached to this news release. The details of ten (10) holes with grades below
1.0 grams of gold per tonne are not included in the table.
    An additional table provides distinct intervals of 10 grams or more of
gold per tonne.
    A sketch showing the hole locations with intersections greater than 1.0
grams of gold per tonne over 35 metres and the drilling area in the North Zone
is attached to this release.

    
    East Block (Hosco)
    ------------------
    
    Infill drilling has been performed on a 25 metre by 25 metre spacing
within the core of the East Block, previously known as the Hosco Zone as
defined by BBA in the Preliminary Assessment. In this area, gold
mineralization is located within different lenses located on both sides of the
Cadillac break both dipping 55 degrees to the North. The South Zone, extending
for more than 800 metres, corresponds to the entire length of the deposit. The
North Zone is restricted to an extension of 400 metres. To date, 403 holes of
412 holes drilled on the East Block, successfully intersected mineralization
above the cut off grade of 0.5 grams of gold per tonne as defined by the
Preliminary Assessment report.

    
    Preliminary Assessment Report
    -----------------------------
    
    The BBA Preliminary Assessment concluded that based upon the September
2007 mineral resources estimate for the East Block (Hosco) above the 200 metre
level, the Joanna project is potentially feasible as a stand alone open-pit
mine operation and recommended that additional work be undertaken to advance
the project to the pre-feasibility stage. In addition, the report provided
guidelines on the environmental risks.
    Based on the preliminary pit optimization studies and mine design in the
BBA report, the estimated diluted in pit resources contained in the detailed
pit design are 9.08 million tonnes in the indicated mineral resource category
at a grade of 1.5 grams of gold per tonne and 9.07 million tonnes in the
inferred mineral resource category at a grade of 1.4 grams of gold per tonne,
based on a cut-off grade of 0.5 grams of gold per tonne. The overall life of
mine stripping ratio was estimated at 3.4 tonnes of waste per tonne of ore,
with an inter-ramp pit slope of 55 degrees. Total metal recoverable was
estimated at 653,000 ounces of gold assuming a mill recovery of 77%.
    The BBA Preliminary Assessment is preliminary in nature, includes
inferred mineral resources that are considered too speculative geologically to
have the economic considerations applied to them that would enable them to be
categorized as mineral reserves. There is no certainty that the preliminary
assessment will be realized. The basis for the Preliminary Assessment and the
qualifications and assumptions for the report were previously provided in our
May 12, 2008 news release.

    Outlook

    With the infill program now completed and all results received, a new
resource estimate is currently being prepared by SGS Geostat Ltd. Aurizon has
appointed BBA to prepare the pre-feasibility study upon completion of the
updated resource estimate. Other contracts have been awarded to the following
companies: Roche Ltd., to complete the required environmental studies, Golder
Associates, the rock mechanic evaluation of the pit design, and SGS Lakefield
Research Limited, the metallurgy processes. The pre-feasibility study will
include the results of the expanded drill program, resource modeling, rock
mechanic modeling, environmental studies and the metallurgical testworks that
are presently in progress. Aurizon estimates that the pre-feasibility study
should be completed by late in the second quarter, 2009.
    Two rigs are currently active on the property, testing high grade
potential along the dip extension below 700 metres, and geophysical and
geochemical targets outside of the main orebody, including the recently
optioned Alexandria property located along the eastern extension of the Joanna
deposit.

    Quality Control

    Core assays are performed on core sawed in half, with standard fire assay
procedures and atomic absorption finition. 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. For additional information on Quality Assurance and Quality
control ("QA/QC"), refer to the previously mentioned BBA Preliminary
Assessment Report. Exploration primary assaying was performed at ALS Chemex of
Val d'Or and check assays were carried out by Laboratoire d'Analyse
Bourlamaque of Val d'Or. ALS Chemex is a fully accredited laboratory under ISO
9001-2000 standards, and Laboratoire d'Analyse Bourlamaque is in the process
of obtaining ISO-9001-2000 certification.
    Drill hole planning, implementation and the quality control program is
supervised by Martin Demers P.Geo., Exploration Manager, a "qualified person"
as defined by National Instrument 43-101. Mr. Demers is also responsible for
the scientific and technical information in this news release.

    Additional Information

    One sketch is attached showing the Joanna area. Detailed results from the
additional holes drilled are reported in separate tables. All other
information previously released on the Joanna Project is also available on the
Aurizon website.

    
    Click here to view the sketch:
    http://files.newswire.ca/734/012609_Sketch.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 favourable mining jurisdictions and 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 Alternext (formerly 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 estimated mineral resources, anticipated effect of the completed
drill results on the Joanna project, a preliminary assessment, timing of an
updated mineral resource estimate and a pre-feasibility study, and timing and
expectations or future 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. Forward-looking statements are based on certain
assumptions, including, with respect to mineral resource estimates, the key
assumptions and parameters on which such estimates are based, as set out in
the technical report for the property, and involve 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 conclusions of
economic evaluations; changes in project parameters as plans continue to be
refined; future prices of gold; possible variations in ore resources, grade or
recovery rates; failure of plant, equipment or processes to operate as
anticipated; accidents, labour disputes, delays in work programs due to
shortage of labour, equipment or financial resources, environmental risks and
hazards and other risks of the mining industry; 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.

    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 mineral
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" mineral 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" mineral 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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    High
    grade
                                        Mineralized Intersections

                                                        Length
                                                        along     True
    Hole        East     From      To     Gold grade   the hole  width   Zone
              (metres) (metres) (metres) (grams/tonne) (metres) (metres)
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    JA-08-395   8575     201.0   202.5       16.2        1.5      1.4      S
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    JA-08-406   8226      36.0    37.5       16.8        1.5      1.5      S
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    JA-08-426   8900     169.5   171.0       38.0        1.5      1.5      S
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    JA-08-427   8900     262.5   264.0       22.8        1.5      1.5      S
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    JA-08-433   9075     294.0   295.5       10.5        1.5      1.5      S
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------


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    Infill North Zone
                                        Mineralized Intersections

                                                        Length
                                                        along     True
    Hole        East     From      To     Gold grade   the hole  width   Zone

              (metres) (metres) (metres) (grams/tonne) (metres) (metres)
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    JA-08-367   8425      79.5   103.5        1.3       24.0     22.4      N
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    JA-08-379   8400      63.0   106.5        1.2       43.5     36.8      N
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    JA-08-387   8375      75.0    88.5        1.2       13.5     11.9      N
                          97.5   109.5        1.3       12.0     10.6      N
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    JA-08-392   8624     106.5   141.0        1.5       34.5     30.1      N
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    JA-08-394   8575     127.5   141.0        1.5       13.5     12.6      N
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    JA-08-395   8575     126.0   148.5        1.5       22.5     20.2      N
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    JA-08-399   8625     201.0   217.5        1.0       16.5     15.8      N
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    JA-08-401   8250      67.5    78.0        1.9       10.5     10.4      N
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    JA-08-409   8600     262.5   288.0        1.3       25.5     24.9      N
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    JA-08-410   8426     160.5   165.6        1.1        5.1      5.0      N
                         174.0   192.0        1.2       18.0     17.6      N
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    JA-08-412   8425     187.5   217.5        1.2       30.0     28.0      N
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    JA-08-413   8426     198.0   205.5        2.6        7.5      6.6      N
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    JA-08-419   8575     244.5   270.0        1.3       25.5     24.9      N
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    JA-08-421   8351     177.0   195.0        3.0       18.0     17.4      N
                         207.0   223.5        1.0       16.5     15.9      N
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    JA-08-423   8550     216.0   250.5        1.5       34.5     33.8      N
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    JA-08-424   8550     213.0   261.0        1.5       48.0     46.3      N
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    JA-08-428   8325     183.0   195.0        1.2       12.0     11.7      N
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    JA-08-429   8375     142.5   150.0        1.5        7.5      7.3      N
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    JA-08-430   8375     154.5   177.0        1.6       22.5     19.3      N
                         183.0   204.0        1.4       21.0     18.1      N
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    JA-08-431   8375     142.5   183.0        1.5       40.5     38.2      N
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    JA-08-432   8375     147.0   190.5        1.6       43.5     39.3      N
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    JA-08-435   8525     220.5   262.5        1.8       42.0     39.7      N
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    JA-08-436   8525     220.5   268.5        1.5       48.0     44.4      N
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    JA-08-437   8475     165.0   172.5        1.3        7.5      7.4      N
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    JA-08-438   8475     175.5   199.5        1.2       24.0     22.9      N
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    JA-08-439   8475     180.0   208.5        1.4       28.5     26.2      N
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    JA-08-440   8400     126.0   161.3        1.0       35.3     34.3      N
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    JA-08-441   8400     124.5   167.5        1.1       43.0     40.1      N
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    JA-08-442   8400     133.5   178.5        1.1       45.0     38.9      N
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    JA-08-443   8400     135.0   195.0        1.1       60.0     48.4      N
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    JA-08-444   8401     225.0   257.4        1.3       32.4     31.8      N
                         263.0   276.0        1.0       13.0     12.8      N
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    JA-08-445   8400     231.0   271.5        1.2       40.5     38.7      N
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    JA-08-446   8500     217.5   240.0        1.6       22.5     22.0      N
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    JA-08-447   8500     208.5   250.5        1.4       42.0     40.0      N
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    JA-08-448   8500     219.0   259.5        1.3       40.5     37.1      N
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    JA-08-449   8450     130.5   153.0        1.4       22.5     21.8      N
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    JA-08-450   8450     153.0   158.1        1.4        5.3      5.0      N
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    JA-08-451   8450     136.5   171.0        1.0       34.5     30.6      N
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    JA-08-452   8450     153.0   187.5        1.0       34.5     28.9      N
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    JA-08-453   8299     132.0   139.5        1.0        7.5      7.3      N
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    JA-08-454   8451     237.0   262.5        1.0       25.5     24.9      N
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    JA-08-455   8450     243.0   264.0        2.1       21.0     20.1      N
                         270.0   279.0        2.2        9.0      8.6      N
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    JA-08-456   8225      55.5    61.5        1.1        6.0      5.5      N
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    JA-08-459   8850     129.0   135.0        2.7        6.0      5.9      N
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    JA-08-461   8501     123.0   138.0        1.0       15.0     14.7      N
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    JA-08-463   8949      19.5    25.5        1.5        6.0      5.4      N
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------


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    Infill South Zone
                                        Mineralized Intersections

                                                        Length
                                                        along     True
    Hole        East     From      To     Gold grade   the hole  width   Zone
              (metres) (metres) (metres) (grams/tonne) (metres) (metres)
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    JA-08-310   9100     132.0   150.0        1.2       18.0     16.1      S
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    JA-08-332   9176      27.0    37.5        2.2       10.5     10.4      S
                          49.5    72.0        1.3       22.5     22.1      S
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    JA-08-371   8774     160.5   166.5        1.2        6.0      5.9      S
                         190.5   213.0        1.2       22.5     22.1      S
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    JA-08-379   8400     186.0   195.0        1.5        9.0      7.8      S
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    JA-08-385   8375     138.0   169.5        1.3       31.5     31.1      S
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    JA-08-387   8375     165.0   172.5        1.5        7.5      6.7      S
                         183.0   208.5        1.4       25.5     22.9      S
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    JA-08-392   8624     186.0   195.0        1.3        9.0      8.0      S
                         220.9   226.5        1.9        5.6      5.0      S
                         246.0   253.5        1.1        7.5      6.7      S
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    JA-08-394   8575     190.5   204.0        1.6       13.5     12.7      S
                         223.5   247.5        2.1       24.0     22.6      S
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    JA-08-395   8575     201.0   202.5       16.2        1.5      1.4      S
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    JA-08-403   8199      21.0    55.5        2.0       34.5     34.2      S
                          58.8    66.0        1.2        7.5      7.4      S
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    JA-08-406   8226      24.0    51.0        2.3       27.0     26.6      S
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    JA-08-407   8226      39.0    57.0        1.6       18.0     14.9      S
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    JA-08-408   9225      13.3    27.0        1.1       13.7     13.5      S
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    JA-08-410   8426     247.5   262.5        1.7       15.0     14.7      S
                         273.0   278.1        1.4        5.1      5.0      S
                         289.5   295.5        2.4        6.0      5.9      S
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    JA-08-411   8426     262.5   280.5        1.2       18.0     17.4      S
                         295.5   301.5        1.2        6.0      5.8      S
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    JA-08-414   8251      39.0    55.5        2.0       16.5     14.0      S
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    JA-08-415   9200      12.0    17.1        2.7        5.1      5.0      S
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    JA-08-416   8275      45.0    57.0        3.3       12.0     11.8      S
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    JA-08-420   9150      12.0    18.0        2.5        6.0      5.9      S
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    JA-08-421   8351     280.5   292.5        1.0       12.0     11.6      S
                         303.0   312.0        1.2        9.0      8.8      S
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    JA-08-426   8900     169.5   171.0       38.0        1.5      1.5      S
                         208.5   240.0        1.4       31.5     31.1      S
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    JA-08-427   8900     172.5   187.5        1.5       15.0     14.4      S
                         205.5   216.0        1.1       10.5     10.1      S
                         262.5   264.0       22.8        1.5      1.5      S
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    JA-08-433   9075     159.0   178.5        1.1       19.5     19.2      S
                         210.9   216.0        1.1        5.1      5.0      S
                         294.0   295.5       10.5        1.5      1.5      S
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    JA-08-441   8400     213.0   247.5        1.2       34.5     32.2      S
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    JA-08-450   8450     207.0   223.5        2.1       16.5     15.7      S
                         247.5   253.5        1.3        6.0      5.7      S
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    JA-08-451   8450     199.5   205.1        1.1        5.6      5.0      S
                         214.5   220.1        1.4        5.6      5.0      S
                         228.0   246.0        1.3       18.0     16.1      S
                         289.5   295.1        1.2        5.6      5.0      S
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    JA-08-460   8525      73.5   117.0        1.4       43.5     35.2      S
                         124.0   132.0        1.1        8.0      6.5      S
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    JA-08-462   8950      81.0    87.0        1.1        6.0      5.9      S
                         121.5   142.5        1.4       21.0     20.6      S
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    JA-08-463   8949      91.5    99.0        1.1        7.5      6.8      S
                         108.0   113.5        3.5        5.5      5.0      S
                         120.0   136.5        1.6       16.5     15.0      S
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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; Media: Vanessa Napoli:
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