Scorpio Mining Corporation Hosted its Mine/Mill Inauguration at the Nuestra Senora Project, Sinaloa State, Mexico



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    VANCOUVER, June 9 /CNW/ - Scorpio Mining Corporation (TSX: SPM) is
pleased to announce that on May 30th, 2008 the Company hosted its Mine/Mill
Inauguration for the 100% owned Nuestra Senora project in Mexico.
    Peter J. Hawley, Chairman, CEO comments, "May 30th was a very special day
for the Scorpio team and we were honoured to have such distinguished guests
attending the ceremony. The ribbon cutting ceremony was followed by a tour of
the processing mill complex and examination of the concentrate as it was
produced. This new mine will generate economic and social benefits for the
local Cosala community, which is also called Pueblo Magico (Magic Town) and
designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site, as well as the State of Sinaloa and
the people of Mexico."
    The Inauguration was attended by over 650 people including Mexican state
and federal officials, Canadian Government officials and representatives of
various financial institutions from Europe, Australia, Argentina, Canada and
USA, and was covered by all of the Mexican national and state television and
newspapers. The quality of the mill facility workmanship and how modern the
facility is were common favourable comments especially given that the facility
was built in only eight months.
    The cutting of the ribbon was celebrated by the Governor of the State of
Sinaloa, Lic. Alberto Aguilar Padilla; the Canadian Ambassador, His Excellency
Guillermo E. Rishchynski; the Minister of Mines for Mexico, Lic. Roque Diaz de
Leon and the Chairman and CEO of Scorpio, Peter J. Hawley.
    The Company continues on target to meet its mandate of reaching
commercial production in July of this year and will continue to optimize the
project to achieve maximum production and throughput. Commissioning of the
process mill continues with the facility currently processing between 500 and
650 tonnes of ore per day and working towards stabilization of throughput and
concentrate grade in the advancement to commercial production. At present, a
total of 95,000 tonnes of ore is stockpiled at the mill site and being
processed. In addition, underground production crews are drilling the second
long-hole stope and opening a level for a future cut and fill stope from a
high-grade area. Remote control mucking of the first blasted long-hole stope
continues and the Company has completed an electrical upgrade throughout the
mine to improve power distribution for jumbo and long-hole drilling, diamond
drilling and ventilation.
    President, Mr. D. Roger Scammell, PGeo, is the Company's Qualified Person
for the Nuestra Senora project and has reviewed the contents of this release.

    ON BEHALF OF SCORPIO MINING CORPORATION

    Peter J. Hawley
    Chairman & CEO

    This news release includes certain statements that may be deemed
"forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the United States Private
Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 and applicable Canadian securities
legislation. Forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to,
statements with respect to the timing of development and production activities
at the Nuestra Senora Project and Scorpio Mining Corporation's commitment to,
and plans for developing the Nuestra Senora Project. Generally, these
forward-looking statements can be identified by the forward-looking
terminology such as "plans", "expects"' or "does not expect", "is expected",
"budget", "scheduled", "estimates", "projects", "intends", "anticipates", or
"does not anticipate", or "believes", or variations of such words and phrases
or statements that certain actions, events or results "may", "can", "could",
"would", "might", or "will be taken", "occur" or "be achieved".
Forward-looking statements are subject to known and unknown risks,
uncertainties and other factors that may cause the actual results, level of
activity, performance or achievements of Scorpio Mining Corporation to be
materially different from those expressed or implied by such forward-looking
statements, including but not limited to: risks related to the exploration and
potential development and construction of the Nuestra Senora Project, risks
related to international operations, construction delays and cost overruns,
the actual results of current exploration, development and construction
activities, conclusions of economic evaluations, changes in project parameters
as plans continue to be refined, future prices of silver, zinc, copper, lead
and gold, as well as those factors discussed in the sections relating to risk
factors of our business filed in Scorpio Mining Corporation's required
securities filings on SEDAR, including its Annual Information Form dated March
26, 2008. Although Scorpio Mining Corporation has attempted to identify
important factors that could cause results to differ materially from those
contained in forward-looking statements, there may be other factors that cause
results to be materially different from those anticipated, described,
estimated, assessed or intended.
    There can be no assurance that any forward-looking statements will prove
accurate, as actual results and future events could differ materially from
those anticipated in such statements. Accordingly, readers should not place
undue reliance on forward-looking statements. Scorpio Mining Corporation does
not undertake to update any forward-looking statements that are incorporated
by reference herein, except in accordance with applicable securities laws.





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