Canyon Resources Announces the Passing of Our Chairman and Founder Dr. Richard H. De Voto

    GOLDEN, Colo., Aug. 22 /CNW/ -- Canyon Resources Corporation (Amex:   CAU),
a Colorado-based mining company, is saddened to announce the passing on August
21 of Chairman Dr. Richard H. De Voto after a long battle with cancer. He is
survived by his wife Judy, three adult children and their families and three
step-children. Dick was renowned for his exploration expertise and his
tenacious battle to support the rights of the mining industry. "The Board,
management team and all present and past employees at Canyon will miss his
leadership, friendship and guidance. We shall mourn his loss," states James
Hesketh, president and CEO.
    Dick had over 40 years of experience in natural resource exploration and
management. He was a co-founder of Canyon in 1979 and a founding Director of
Delta Gold in Australia from 1984 through 1990. From 1966 to 1987, he was also
a Professor of Geology at the Colorado School of Mines. He received a Bachelor
of Science degree in Geology at Stanford University, and both a Master of
Science degree in Civil Engineering and a Doctor of Science degree in Geology
from the Colorado School of Mines. Dr. De Voto was Professor Emeritus of the
Colorado School of Mines and a registered Professional Engineer in the State
of Colorado.
    Services will be held at 5:00 p.m., Sunday, August 26, 2007, at the
Jefferson Unitarian Church, 14350 West 32nd Avenue, Golden, CO.
    James Hesketh, President and CEO (303) 278-8464
    Valerie Kimball, Investor Relations (303) 278-8464

For further information:

For further information: James Hesketh, President and CEO, or Valerie 
Kimball, Investor Relations, both of Canyon Resources Corporation, 
+1-303-278-8464 Web Site:

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