Kootenay provides update on multi-phase drill program at La Cigarra silver project, Mexico

VANCOUVER, Oct. 31, 2016 /CNW/ - Kootenay Silver Inc.  (TSXV: KTN) (the "Company" or "Kootenay") is pleased to report 11 core drill holes totaling 2,100 meters have been completed and submitted for assaying on the Ram Zone as part of its initial 3,000 meter drill program on its 100% owned La Cigarra silver project (the "Property"), located in Chihuahua State, Mexico. The 11 holes tested the northern 500 meters of strike on the Ram structure. Management believes the RAM target has potential to host high-grade silver mineralization within a large structurally controlled anomalous silver trend measuring 3.8 kilometers in length.  Assay results will be released once received and compiled.

The Company further reports it is currently mobilizing the drill rig to the La Soledad Zone, located approximately 1,000 meters south of the La Cigarra silver resource.

The current program on La Cigarra is the first stage of a planned multi-phased approach focused on drill testing several new highly prospective targets on the property that lie adjacent to and in close proximity to the main NI 43-101 silver resource. These include the Ram Zone and the Las Venadas – La Soledad-La Chinas mineralized trend, which extends southward from the La Cigarra Resource and has been traced over a length of 3 kilometers.

The extended multi-phase drill program is expected to be executed over the next 12-18 months with the objective of discovering entirely new silver resources that sit adjacent to and outside of the main resource. In conjunction with the new discovery program, the Company is currently conducting a strategic exploration and assessment program that includes extensive re-logging and mapping to aid in optimization of project economics and guide drilling for expansion of the La Cigarra resource.

Upcoming drilling on La Cigarra will aim to expand the size and define the limits of the resource and underlying high-grade silver zones known to extend in three different directions from the deposit. Upon compilation of future exploration and drill results the Company plans to immediately proceed to an updated independent resource calculation and a Preliminary Economic Assessment on the La Cigarra resource.

A summary of the mineral resource estimate is listed below:

Resource
Category*

Tonnes

In-Situ Grade

Contained Metal



Ag (g/t)

Au (g/t)

Pb (%)

Zn (%)

Ag (oz)

Au (oz)

Pb (lbs)

Zn (lbs)

Measured

3,620,000

88.9

0.074

0.14

0.19

10,340,000

9,000

10,920,000

15,510,000

Indicated

14,930,000

85.7

0.068

0.13

0.18

41,130,000

33,000

42,950,000

59,260,000

Meas + Ind

18,540,000

86.3

0.069

0.13

0.18

51,470,000

41,000

53,870,000

74,770,000

Inferred

4,450,000

80.0

0.058

0.13

0.16

11,460,000

8,000

12,680,000

15,610,000

NI 43-101 Technical Report on the Updated Mineral Resource Estimate on the San Gregorio/Las Carolinas Zones, La Cigarra Silver Project, Chihuahua, Mexico, effective date January 14, 2015 prepared by GeoVector Management Inc. Note: Mineral resources are reported in relation to a conceptual pit shell at a 35 g/t silver cut-off grade and a $22/oz silver price. Mineral resources that are not mineral reserves do not have demonstrated economic viability. All figures are rounded to reflect the relative accuracy of the estimate and numbers may not add up due to rounding.

 

Sampling and QA/QC

All technical information for the La Cigarra exploration program is obtained and reported under a formal quality assurance and quality control ("QA/QC") program. Samples are taken under the direction of qualified geologists and stored in sealed bags. Samples are delivered by the Company via courier to ALS Minerals ("ALS") in Chihuahua. The samples are dried, crushed and pulverized with the pulps being sent airfreight for analysis by ALS in Vancouver B.C. Systematic assaying of standards is performed for precision and accuracy. Analysis for silver, zinc, lead and copper and related trace elements was done by ICP four acid digestion, with gold analysis by 30 gram fire assay with an AA finish. 

Qualified Persons

The Kootenay technical information in this news release has been prepared in accordance with the Canadian regulatory requirements set out in National Instrument 43-101 (Standards of Disclosure for Mineral Projects) and reviewed on behalf Kootenay by James McDonald, P.Geo, President, CEO & Director for Kootenay, a Qualified Person.

About Kootenay Silver Inc.

Kootenay Silver Inc. is an exploration company actively engaged in the discovery and development of mineral projects in the Sierra Madre Region of Mexico and in British Columbia, Canada. The Company's top priorities are the advancement of the La Cigarra silver project and the Promontorio Mineral Belt, in Chihuahua, Mexico and Sonora, Mexico, respectively.  The La Cigarra property is 26 kilometers from the historic mining city of Parral and boasts nearby power, good road access, gentle topography, and established infrastructure.  La Cigarra currently hosts a resource estimate of 18.54 million tonnes containing 51.47 million ounces of silver in the Measured & Indicated categories grading 86.3 g/t silver and 4.45 million tonnes containing 11.46 million ounces of silver in the Inferred category grading 80 g/t silver. The mineralized system at La Cigarra has been traced over 6.5 kilometers and is defined at surface as a silver soil anomaly and by numerous historic mine workings. The La Cigarra silver deposit is open along strike and at depth and is approximately 25 kilometers north, and along strike, of Grupo Mexico's Santa Barbara mine and Minera Frisco's San Francisco del Oro mine.  The Promontorio Mineral Belt includes the Company's La Negra high-grade silver discovery and its Promontorio Silver Resource. The Promontorio Mineral Belt is under option to Pan American Silver whereby they can earn a 75% interest in the project with US$16 million of expenditures and payments with Kootenay retaining a 25% carried to production interest (see news release February 16 and March 4, 2016).  The Promontorio Silver Resource currently hosts a resource estimate of 44.5 million tonnes containing 92 million ounces of silver equivalent in the Measured & Indicated categories grading 64.3 g/t silver equivalent and 14.6 million tonnes containing 24.3 million ounces of silver equivalent in the Inferred category grading 52 g/t silver equivalent. The Company's core objective is to create value by acquiring silver resources through discovery and acquisition and testing those resources with the ultimate goal of developing them into silver production if they are proven to be economically viable.

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

CAUTIONARY NOTE REGARDING FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS:

The information in this news release has been prepared as at October 31, 2016. Certain statements in this news release, referred to herein as "forward-looking statements", constitute "forward-looking statements" under the provisions of Canadian provincial securities laws. These statements can be identified by the use of words such as "expected", "may", "will" or similar terms.

Forward-looking statements are necessarily based upon a number of factors and assumptions that, while considered reasonable by Kootenay as of the date of such statements, are inherently subject to significant business, economic and competitive uncertainties and contingencies.  Many factors, known and unknown, could cause actual results to be materially different from those expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements.  Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date made.  Except as otherwise required by law, Kootenay expressly disclaims any obligation or undertaking to release publicly any updates or revisions to any such statements to reflect any change in Kootenay's expectations or any change in events, conditions or circumstances on which any such statement is based.

Cautionary Note to US Investors: This news release may contain information about adjacent properties on which we have no right to explore or mine. We advise U.S. investors that the SEC's mining guidelines strictly prohibit information of this type in documents filed with the SEC. U.S. investors are cautioned that mineral deposits on adjacent properties are not indicative of mineral deposits on our properties. This news release may contain forward-looking statements including but not limited to comments regarding the timing and content of upcoming work programs, geological interpretations, receipt of property titles, potential mineral recovery processes, etc. Forward-looking statements address future events and conditions and therefore involve inherent risks and uncertainties. Actual results may differ materially from those currently anticipated in such statements.

This press release uses the terms "Measured", "Indicated", and "Inferred" resources. United States investors are advised that while such terms are recognized and required by Canadian regulations, the United States Securities and Exchange Commission does not recognize them. "Inferred Mineral Resources" have a great amount of uncertainty as to their existence, and 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 other economic studies. United States investors are cautioned not to assume that all or any part of Measured or Indicated Mineral Resources will ever be converted into Mineral Reserves. United States investors are also cautioned not to assume that all or any part of a Mineral Resource is economically or legally mineable.

SOURCE Kootenay Silver Inc.

For further information: please contact: James McDonald, CEO and President at 403-880-6016; Ken Berry, Chairman at 604-601-5652; 1-888-601-5650; or visit: www.kootenaysilver.com

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