New gold zone discovered 7.5 kilometres east of Casa Berardi Mine



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

    VANCOUVER, Oct. 24 /CNW/ - Aurizon Mines Ltd. ("Aurizon") has been
advised by Lake Shore Gold Corp ("Lake Shore") of encouraging results from its
Phase 1 drill program on a portion of Aurizon's 100% owned Casa Berardi
property, in north-western Quebec.
    In late 2007 Aurizon granted Lake Shore an option to earn up to a 50%
interest in a portion of the extensive Casa Berardi property by spending
$5.0 million over five years with a firm commitment of $600,000 in the first
year. Lake Shore is the operator during the earn-in period. The optioned
portion of the Casa Berardi property lies to the east and west of Aurizon's
wholly-owned Casa Berardi mining operations, including the West Mine Complex
and East Mine and Mill Complex.
    "We are pleased with the results of the initial exploration program which
confirms our belief in potential for new mineralized structures along the Casa
Berardi trend," said David Hall, President and CEO of Aurizon.
    Lake Shore reports that:
    The results of the program, which involved a total of 12 diamond drill
holes, included the discovery of a new gold zone, with the best intercept
being 13.03 grams per tonne gold over 6.45 metres within a broader
intersection of 8.58 grams per tonne gold over 10.4 metres ("Hole CE-08-03").
Hole CE-08-03 is the deepest mineralized intersection at a vertical depth of
247 metres and is located approximately 90 metres below a historic intercept
of 11.11 grams per tonne over 2.24 metres. The new intercept is open both at
depth and laterally.

    
    Highlights:  (CE-08-03)   319.10 - 329.50: 8.58 Au g/t over 10.4 metres
                 Including    321.90 - 328.35: 13.03 Au g/t over 6.45 metres
                 Including    326.90 - 327.55: 51.33 Au g/t over 0.65 metres

                 (CE-08-07)   253.60 - 256.00: 8.64 Au g/t over 2.4 metres
                 Including    254.40 - 255.45: 28.82 Au g/t over 0.65 metres

                 (CE-08-11)   297.15 - 300.25: 6.84 Au g/t over 3.1 metres
                 Including    298.00 - 298.30: 13.80 Au g/t over 0.3 metres
    

    The new zone lies to the east of Aurizon's Casa Berardi mining
operations, and covers a total strike length of more than 500 metres from west
to east. Included within the new zone are three high-potential sub-zones (G-S
Zone, G-Mid Zone and the G-N Zone), which trend approximately 260 degrees
azimuth and dip moderately south (i.e. 60-75 degrees). Better mineralization
displayed increased wall rock alteration and increased sulphides, with some
quartz and sulphide stringers at a shallow angle to the core axis, an
occurrence also noted at Aurizon's Casa Berardi mine.

    
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    HOLE                        Core Length     Gold
    NUMBER     From (m)  To (m)     (m)     (grams/Tonne)        Zone
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    CE-08-01    197.30   198.85     1.55        3.35     G-S Zone with
                                                         visible gold in 2
                                                         of 3 samples
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
                292.20   295.00     2.80        4.22     (G-N) stringers in
                                                         fold
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Incl        292.20   292.70     0.50       14.13     Increased stringers
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    CE-08-02    120.20   121.80     1.60        1.03     G-Mid related
                                                         stringers
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
                149.50   151.40     1.90        1.20     G-N Zone
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
                153.50   155.40     2.10        1.64     G-N Zone related
                                                         stringers
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
                383.00   384.75     1.75        1.30     Minor stringers &
                                                         pyrite
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    CE-08-03    319.10   329.50    10.40        8.58     G-N Zone
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Incl        321.90   328.35     6.45       13.03     G-N Zone
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Incl        326.90   327.55     0.65       51.33     Highest gold assay
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    CE-08-04    No material values
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    CE-08-05    107.00   108.80     1.80        1.44     G-Mid Zone
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
                154.00   157.35     3.35        4.14     G-N Zone
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Incl        155.65   157.35     1.70        6.79     G-N Zone
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Incl        156.75   157.35     0.60       12.52
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
                158.85   160.65     1.80        1.05
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    CE-08-06    No material values                       Approximately 2km
                                                         west of 2008 main
                                                         drill area
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    CE-08-07    253.60   256.00     2.40        8.64     G-N Zone
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Incl        254.40   255.45     0.65       28.82
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
                291.00   293.05     2.05        1.19     Breccia vein
                                                         (another G-N)
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Incl        291.85   292.30     0.45        4.87
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    CE-08-08    196.95   198.70     1.75        1.84     G-Mid Zone
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
                207.30   209.35     2.05        2.63     G-Mid Zone
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Incl        207.30   208.10     0.80        5.90
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    CE-08-09    No material values                       Approximately 2km
                                                         west of 2008 main
                                                         drill area
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    CE-08-10     74.60    76.30     1.70        3.61     G-S Zone
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Incl         74.60    75.00     0.40       13.85     Veining with heavy
                                                         pyrite
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
                118.00   120.55     2.55        1.00     G-Mid Zone
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
                150.85   152.50     1.65        4.58     G-N Zone
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Incl        151.30   152.00     0.70        8.69
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    CE-08-11    290.35   292.10     1.75        1.55     G-Mid Zone
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
                293.80   295.50     1.70        1.81     G-Mid Zone
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
                297.15   300.25     3.10        6.84     G-Mid Zone
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Incl        298.00   298.30     0.30       13.80     Increased pyrrhotite
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
                316.90   320.60     3.70        1.97     G-N Zone
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    

    Based on the assumed azimuth of 260 degrees and south dip of
60-70 degrees, the true thickness of the zones is estimated to be in the order
of 75-85% of intersection thickness.
    The 12 diamond drill holes covered 4,470 metres and were directed at a
14.5 kilometre block of claims located contiguous to the east of Aurizon's
existing Casa Berardi mining operations. The program was designed to
investigate areas of interest detected by previous operators. Lake Shore also
has under option from Aurizon a 15 kilometre length block of claims located
contiguous to the west of the Casa Berardi mining operations. The western
block is also contiguous with the Burntbush property and along strike of the
Blakelock property, both located in Ontario and covering 60 kilometres of
strike and 100%-owned by Lake Shore.
    The main area of drilling comprised ten holes centered 7.5 kilometres
east north-east of Aurizon's Casa Berardi East Mine and Mill Complex. Holes
were drilled north along sections approximately 100-metres apart with one to
two holes per section. Two additional holes were drilled two kilometres to the
west of this area. In addition, 79 reverse circulation ("RC") holes were
simultaneously completed over the eastern claim block.
    Mineralization encountered by Lake Shore occurs within sediments located
north of a mafic volcanic package. Gold is associated with quartz-carbonate
veining and sulphides. Better mineralization displays sericite alteration and
occasionally albitization and the presence of increased sulphides including
pyrite, pyrrhotite and especially arsenopyrite.

    Reverse Circulation drilling program

    The 79-hole RC drill program was designed to both define new targets by
testing new areas as well as following up on areas of interest detected
through the compilation of previous data. In addition, 173 bed rock samples
were collected during the RC program with samples analyzed for gold by a FA-AA
method and a trace multi-element ICP analytical method.
    Two gold dispersal trains were determined to occur near the northern
mafic volcanic-sediment contact east of the Theo River. The first gold train
comprises three holes and occurs south of western diamond drill holes CE-08-06
and CE-08-09. The second gold train occurs east of Lac Germain and
5.1 kilometres along trend and east of the main 2008 diamond drill program
conducted by Lake Shore Gold. Both gold dispersal trains offer new drill
targets near the northern volcanic-sedimentary boundary.

    Quality Control

    Lake Shore has implemented a quality-control program to ensure best
practice in the sampling and analysis of the drill core. Assays have been
completed using a standard fire assay with an atomic absorption finish on a
30 gram aliquot. Samples returning greater than one gram per tonne were
re-analyzed by a fire assay - gravimetric finish on a 50 gram aliquot. Samples
containing visible gold or returning greater than 5.00 grams per tonne were
re-analyzed using the pulp metallic method. NQ size drill core is saw cut and
half the drill core is sampled in standard intervals. The remaining half of
the core is stored in a secure location. The drill core is transported in
security-sealed bags to Laboratoire Expert Inc, Rouyn-Noranda, Québec.
    The Company has been advised by Lake Shore that William Wyachison, P.Geo,
is the qualified person ("QP") retained by Lake Shore for the optioned Casa
Berardi properties and who has prepared or supervised the preparation of the
scientific or technical information for the property in this news release.
    While the scientific and technical information contained in this news
release has been reviewed on behalf of Aurizon by Mr. Martin Demers, P.Geo.,
the Company's Exploration Manager, a qualified person as defined by National
Instrument 43-101, Mr. Demers has not verified all of the data which forms the
basis for the reported scientific and technical information.

    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 www.aurizon.com.

    Forward-looking Statements

    Certain statements in this press release relating to exploration results
and planned exploration at the Casa Berardi property are "forward-looking
statements" within the meaning of securities legislation. The Company does not
intend, and does not assume any obligation, to update these forward-looking
statements. These forward-looking statements represent management's best
judgment based on current facts and assumptions that management considers
reasonable, that operating and capital plans will not be disrupted by issues
such as mechanical failure, unavailability of parts and supplies, labour
disturbances, interruption in transportation or utilities, or adverse weather
conditions, and that there are no material unanticipated variations in the
cost of energy or materials or supplies. The Company makes no representation
that reasonable business people in possession of the same information would
reach the same conclusions. Forward-looking statements involve known and
unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors which may cause the Company's
actual results, performance or achievements to be materially different from
any future results, performance or achievements expressed or implied by the
forward-looking statements. Readers should not place undue reliance on
forward-looking statements. More information about risks and uncertainties
affecting, Aurizon and its business is available under the company's
regulatory filings which are posted on sedar at www.sedar.com.

    Please click this link to view the PDF version including all sketches
attached to this news release: http://files.newswire.ca/734/Casa_Berardi.pdf





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, Jen Power:
jpower@renmarkfinancial.com, Tel: (514) 939-3989, Fax: (514) 939-3717

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