Heatherdale Drilling Continues to Expand New Discovery of High-Grade,
Precious Metals-Rich Mineralization at Niblack

VANCOUVER, Jan. 18 /CNW/ - Heatherdale Resources Ltd. ("Heatherdale" or the "the Company") (TSXV: HTR) announces that additional intersections of high-grade copper-gold-silver-zinc mineralization have been encountered in underground drilling at the Niblack Project in southeast Alaska. The drill program continues to expand a new precious-metals enriched mineral body recently discovered to the southwest of the Lookout Deposit; one of six known volcanogenic massive sulphide ("VMS") deposits within the 10 square mile Niblack property.

Assays from the first six holes of an ongoing 25,000-foot drill program have been received. Results from the first three holes were highlighted in Heatherdale's December 17, 2009 release. Important intersections from the next three holes are presented in the Niblack Assay Table below. A cross section showing the drill holes is available at www.heatherdaleresources.com.

    
                             NIBLACK ASSAY TABLE
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    Hole           From     To  Intercept  Cu      Au     Zn     Ag   CuEQ(1)
    Number        (feet)  (feet)  (feet)    %     g/t      %    g/t      %
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    U032          848.0   858.7    10.7   1.51   2.16    2.53    52     4.49
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    U032    and   883.0   896.0    13.0   1.92   3.34    1.21    60     5.15
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    U033A         768.5   950.0   181.5   2.52   4.53    4.68   105     8.45
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    U033A  incl.  832.5   935.8   103.3   3.29   5.43    6.76   127    10.92
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    U033A  incl.  881.0   932.5    51.5   3.93   7.11   10.09   159    14.37
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    U033A  incl.  889.6   910.0    20.4   3.96   8.98   14.95   221    18.30
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    U034          754.8   759.4     4.6   1.15   1.99    4.42    32     4.64
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    U034    and   875.5   933.5    58.0   1.09   1.78    1.48    49     3.35
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    U034   incl.  885.0   898.5    13.5   1.83   2.96    3.90    85     6.25
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    (1) Copper equivalent (CuEQ) calculations use metal prices of Cu
        US$1.85/lb, Au US$800/oz, Ag US$12.75/oz and Zn US$0.80/lb.
        CuEQ = Cu % + (Au g/t x 25.72/40.79) + (Ag g/t x
        0.410/40.79) + (Zn % x 17.637/40.79).
        Metallurgical recoveries and net smelter returns are assumed to be
        100%.
    

The initial six holes (U029 - U034) were drilled in a fan pattern from an underground set-up designed to cross-cut the mineralized target zone southwest of the known Lookout Deposit. To date, the true widths of the intersections have not yet been accurately established. Mineralized intersections in holes U032, U033A and U034 are located on section, up to 130 feet above and 95 feet below the intersections encountered in the previously announced holes. The results from all six holes, as well as those from two holes drilled by joint venture partner CBR Gold Corp. in 2008 (U027 and U028), are included in the Niblack Assay Table attached.

Heatherdale has now initiated a second series of underground drill holes, utilizing a fan drill pattern at stations along the wide open extension of the newly discovered high-grade mineral body. Hole U035, the first hole in the second fan, is nearing completion and has intersected massive sulphide mineralization approximately 100 feet further along strike. Assay results from holes on this second fan will be released when they are received. In order to accelerate the drilling program, a second underground diamond drill rig and crew has been mobilized and is expected to be fully deployed this month.

"The first fan of underground drill holes has certainly demonstrated a continuity of high-grade, precious-metals enriched VMS mineralization southwest of the Lookout Deposit that confirms the geological model that has been constructed based on a reinterpretation of historical drilling and analyses," said David Copeland, President and CEO of Heatherdale. "What's perhaps more exciting is that we haven't yet determined the outer dimensions of this thick high-grade copper-gold-silver-zinc mineralized body. It is still wide open."

Niblack's location at tidewater on Prince of Wales Island in southeast Alaska presents a number of project benefits, including year-round marine access, a well-trained labour force, a mature supply and service sector, proximity to Asian markets, and the support of community and Alaska Native corporation partners. The project is located 27 miles (44 kilometres) from Ketchikan, a community of 8000 people with important services to support project development, including a deep water port and international airport. The State's burgeoning minerals industry also enjoys a competitive tax regime and stable, predictable permitting and regulatory oversight coordinated by the Alaska Department of Natural Resources' 'Large Mine Permitting Team'. For reference, Hecla's Greens Creek, a 2,100-ton per day underground massive sulphide mine, operates 225 miles (370 kilometres) to the northwest of Niblack on Admiralty Island.

Heatherdale Resources Ltd. is a Vancouver-based exploration and development company focused on advancing the high-grade mine development opportunity at the Niblack Project. The Company will earn up to a 70% interest from CBR Gold Corp. by expending US$25 million and completing a Feasibility Study on the Niblack Project. Heatherdale is affiliated with the Hunter Dickinson group, a private company associated with successful mineral exploration and development projects around the world.

Mark Rebagliati, P.Eng., a Qualified Person as defined under National Instrument 43-101, is supervising the exploration and quality assurance and quality control programs on behalf of Heatherdale and has reviewed the content of this release.

    
    On behalf of the Board of Directors
    David Copeland, P.Eng.
    President and CEO
    

Sample preparation and analysis is done at ISO 9001 accredited ALS Chemex laboratories in Vancouver, BC. All samples are assayed for gold by 30 g fire assay fusion with Inductively Coupled Plasma - Atomic Emission spectroscopy (ICP-AES) finish. Copper, silver, zinc, lead and 29 additional elements are determined for all samples by four acid digestion, followed by ICP-AES finish. All over-limit copper, zinc or lead results (greater than 10%) and all over-limit silver results (greater than 200 grams per tonne) are re-assayed by high grade single element four acid digestion ICP-AES analysis. As part of a comprehensive QA/QC program, one standard is inserted into the sample stream in each group of 20 samples, as well as one or more field blanks in each analytical batch. One sample in each group of 20 is a duplicate, which is analyzed by Acme Analytical Laboratories in Vancouver.

Neither the TSX Venture Exchange nor its Regulation Services Provider (as that term is defined in the policies of the TSX Venture Exchange) accepts responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this release.

This release includes certain statements that may be deemed "forward-looking statements". All statements in this release, other than statements of historical facts, that address exploration drilling, exploitation activities and events or developments that the company expects are forward looking statements. Although the company believes the expectations expressed in such forward-looking statements are based on reasonable assumptions, such statements are not guarantees of future performance and actual results or developments may differ materially from those in the forward-looking statements. Factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those in forward-looking statements include market prices, exploitation and exploration successes, continuity of mineralization, uncertainties related to the ability to obtain necessary permits, licenses and title and delays due to third party opposition, changes in government policies regarding mining and natural resource exploration and exploitation, and continued availability of capital and financing, and general economic, market or business conditions. Investors are cautioned that any such statements are not guarantees of future performance and actual results or developments may differ materially from those projected in the forward-looking statements. For more information on the Company, investors should review the Company's continuous disclosure filings that are available at www.sedar.com.

    
                             NIBLACK ASSAY TABLE
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    Hole           From     To  Intercept  Cu      Au     Zn     Ag   CuEQ(1)
    Number        (feet)  (feet)  (feet)    %     g/t      %    g/t      %
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    U027          629.2   644.0    14.8   3.06   6.57   18.51   101    16.22
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    U028          460.8   488.3    27.5   4.11  20.03   14.03   301    25.84
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    U028    and   590.6   627.6    37.0   3.73   5.47   13.00   114    13.95
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    U028   incl.  618.7   627.6     8.9   5.73  10.60   12.98   177    19.80
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    U028    and   688.8   694.2     5.4   4.77   2.36   11.95    50    11.93
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    U029          763.7   825.1    61.4   1.40   2.40    2.81    48     4.61
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    U029   incl.  790.4   799.4     9.0   2.79   4.81    1.10    85     7.15
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    U029   incl.  815.7   825.1     9.4   2.63   4.92    9.80   108    11.06
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    U030          835.1   867.8    32.7   1.83   3.39    2.56    57     5.65
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    U030   incl.  856.0   867.8    11.8   1.96   4.34    3.38    70     6.86
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    U031          762.0   905.9   143.9   2.25   3.01    5.52    76     7.29
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    U031   incl.  809.4   905.9    96.5   2.65   3.38    7.28    90     8.84
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    U031   incl.  838.0   905.9    67.9   3.21   3.86    8.66   112    10.51
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    U031   incl.  847.0   895.5    48.5   3.51   4.01   10.08   109    11.50
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    U031   incl   866.8   895.5    28.7   4.19   5.18   13.85   133    14.78
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    U032          848.0   858.7    10.7   1.51   2.16    2.53    52     4.49
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    U032    and   883.0   896.0    13.0   1.92   3.34    1.21    60     5.15
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    U033A         768.5   950.0   181.5   2.52   4.53    4.68   105     8.45
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    U033A  incl.  832.5   935.8   103.3   3.29   5.43    6.76   127    10.92
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    U033A  incl.  881.0   932.5    51.5   3.93   7.11   10.09   159    14.37
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    U033A  incl.  889.6   910.0    20.4   3.96   8.98   14.95   221    18.30
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    U034          754.8   759.4     4.6   1.15   1.99    4.42    32     4.64
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    U034    and   875.5   933.5    58.0   1.09   1.78    1.48    49     3.35
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    U034   incl.  885.0   898.5    13.5   1.83   2.96    3.90    85     6.25
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    U034   incl.  897.5   898.5     1.0   2.00   1.19   26.20    39    14.47
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    (1) Copper equivalent calculations use metal prices of Cu US$1.85/lb,
        Au US$800/oz, Ag US$12.75/oz and Zn US$0.80/lb.
        CuEQ = Cu % + (Au g/t x 25.72/40.79) + (Ag g/t x
        0.410/40.79) + (Zn % x 17.637/40.79).
        Metallurgical recoveries and net smelter returns are assumed to be
        100%.
    

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