Copper Ridge Update - Seven projects to be drilled in 2008


    VANCOUVER, Dec. 19 /CNW/ - Copper Ridge Explorations Inc. ("Copper Ridge"
or the "Company") provides an update on its 2007 field season and an outlook
on plans for 2008. In 2007, the Company completed two drill programs,
conducted a number of surface exploration programs, identified new targets and
optioned out six projects that will be actively explored by other companies in
the coming months.
    The Company successfully completed drill programs at its 100% owned
Copper Ace and Lucky Joe projects. Drilling has just been completed at
Scheelite Dome, which is under option to Riverside Resources Inc. and results
are expected early in the New Year.
    The anticipated exploration programs for the coming year are shown on the
attached project location map. With up to seven projects due to be drilled,
most funded by our project optionees, Copper Ridge will enjoy excellent
exposure to multiple discovery opportunities for gold, copper and tungsten in
    Lucky Joe, Yukon - Copper-Gold: The Company completed a 2,400 m drill
program in 13 holes on the Ryan's Creek trend at Lucky Joe. This trend extends
for over 4,500 m in strike length and is defined by a strong copper-gold
anomaly in soils that is coincident with an IP chargeability anomaly and the
northeastern edge of a linear magnetic anomaly.
    The results define a +3,500 m mineralized trend. Copper and gold values
are increasing to the south, as demonstrated by hole LJ07-19 (7.3 m @ .91% Cu
and .5 g/t Au), the most southerly drill hole of the 2007 program, and hole
LJ06-09 (3.05 m @ .76% Cu and .38 g/t Au; 2.4 m @ .17% Cu and 3.24 g/t Au),
located 2,000 m further south. The trend is open both along strike and at
depth, so excellent potential exists to discover thicker zones of increased
copper and gold grades. Highlights from the drilling are shown in the
following table:

                     Lucky Joe Project - Summary Results
    Hole No.          From(m)      To(m)      Width(m)     Cu(%)      Au(g/t)
    LJ06-09             50.9      62.95         12.05     0.370        0.800
    includes            57.0      60.05          3.05     0.760        0.380
    includes           60.05      62.45           2.4     0.170        3.240
    LJ07-14            171.9      187.2          15.3     0.103        0.018
    LJ07-16             27.1       46.7          19.6     0.187        0.079
    LJ07-18             35.7       62.3          26.6     0.152        0.100
    includes            35.7       44.3           8.6     0.107        0.162
    includes            54.2       62.3           8.1     0.225        0.188
    LJ07-19              8.5       15.8           7.3     0.905        0.500
    LJ07-22             62.6       85.3          15.3     0.176        0.113

    Copper Ace, B.C. - Copper Porphyry: The Company completed a 3,239 m drill
program in 13 holes on its Copper Ace South project, two km northwest of the
producing Gibraltar Mine. The target at Copper Ace South is coincident IP
chargeability geophysical anomalies and copper in soil geochemical anomalies
that lie within favourable "Mine Series" rocks along strike from the trend of
open pits currently in production at Gibraltar. All drill holes successfully
intersected favourable "Mine Series" rocks that contained copper and
molybdenum mineralization, but the metal values were generally low. The trend
of the "Mine Series" rocks continues for several kilometers to the northwest:
The opportunity for the discovery of an economic mineral deposit on the
property remains.
    Soil sampling surveys in 2007 defined anomalous geochemical targets on
our adjacent Copper King and Sheridan properties. Preliminary results from an
IP survey on the Sheridan anomaly, currently underway, show a high
chargeability trend that correlates with the geochemical anomaly. With
continued positive results, this will lead to a drill program in early 2008.
    Scheelite Dome, Yukon - Gold: The drill program just completed at
Scheelite Dome was operated by Copper Ridge and funded by Riverside Resources
Inc. The property, covering approximately 10,300 hectares and located 35 km by
road northwest of the town of Mayo, is recognized as one of the largest
intrusion-related gold systems in the Yukon. The 700 m program targeted the
Aorta trend that had previously reported long intervals of gold mineralization
including 54.9 meters of 0.45 g/t (RC97-11), 43.4 meters of 0.56 g/t
(SH98-10), 20.3 meters at 1.03 g/t (SH99-23), 8.9 meters of 1.81 g/t
(SH99-24), and 15.8 meters of 1.88 g/t (SH98-12). The current program offset
these holes to test for continuity of mineralization adjacent to a
sericite-altered monzonite dike. The target is a shallow, low-grade,
bulk-mineable, intrusion-related gold deposit similar to Dublin Gulch deposit
in the Yukon (66.5 million tonnes of 0.92 g/t Au and the Fort Knox Mine in
Alaska (160 million tonnes of 0.53 g/t Au). Assay results from the drilling
program are expected to be announced in the next month.
    The Company also completed a number of surface exploration programs in
    At the Borealis Uranium Project, Yukon, an 1108 km airborne radiometric
and magnetic survey defined a number of strong target areas. Follow-up mapping
and sampling were carried out over just a few of these targets. Preliminary
grab sample results, previously announced and ranging from 0.1 to 2.1%
uranium, confirm the results from historical sampling, while soil and silt
sampling results suggest there is excellent potential for new discoveries on
the property.
    The Company completed a surface mapping and sampling program at its 100%
owned Joss'alun Copper Project, B.C., under option to Lomiko Resources Inc.
Airborne and ground geophysical programs are also planned but will likely be
postponed until next year due to scarcity of contractors and equipment. Lomiko
has completed a 43-101 report on the property and plans to drill the property
once it has completed its public listing requirements. Lomiko has also
optioned the adjacent Imperial Metals ground and put the two properties
together in what is now known as the Big Nak project.
    The Willoughby Gold-Silver Project, B.C. is under option to Bonterra
Resources Inc. A property examination has been completed and an airborne
magnetic-electromagnetic survey was just flown over the property. This will be
followed by the preparation of a 43-101 report. Once Bonterra becomes publicly
listed, it intends to carry out a drill program on the property, scheduled for
the summer of 2008.
    The Babine Copper-Gold Porphyry Project, B.C., includes the Nak and
Dorothy projects, plus a number of claims staked by Copper Ridge. On the Nak
property, historical drilling has included 107 core holes for a total of
15,629 m. Highlights from the most recent drilling (mid 1990's) include 70.7 m
grading 0.248% Cu and 1.166 g/t Au in hole 96-55, 12.5 m grading 2.614% Cu and
0.143 g/t Au in hole 96-58, 18.0 m grading 1.318% Cu and 0.203 g/t Au in hole
96-65 and 21.3 m grading 0.295% Cu and 1.059 g/t Au in hole 96-70. Crews have
just completed establishing an 85 kilometer grid over an area of 40 square
kilometers encompassing both the Nak and Dorothy projects. This will be
followed by an IP geophysical survey which is currently underway. The results
of the IP survey will be used to plan a major drill test in 2008.
    Vale Inco (formerly CVRD Inco), currently earning an interest in the
Company's Ironman Iron Oxide Copper-Gold ("IOCG") Project, Yukon, completed a
geophysical survey over the main Ironman gravity anomaly that confirmed Copper
Ridge's earlier results. Vale Inco was not able to find a drill contractor to
test the anomaly this year, so the proposed 2007 drill program has therefore
been postponed until 2008.
    The Yukon Olympic IOCG Project, Yukon, is under option to Richmond
Capital Corp. Richmond is in the process of completing a 43-101 report on the
property that recommends a drill test of the Blackstone gravity-IP anomaly.
This work is expected to be carried out early in the 2008 field season.
    The Company's Kalzas Tungsten Project, Yukon, is under option to
Prospector Consolidated Resources Inc. Prospector is preparing for a major
drill test of the Kalzas property in 2008.
    The Company is seeking a partner for its Ogopogo Gold Project, located
just 4 km from the Teck Cominco-Sumitomo Pogo deposit in Alaska.
    The Company continues to work towards the acquisition of the Quitovac
Gold Deposit in Sonora State, Mexico. The final issues are nearly resolved
whereby Copper Ridge will have the opportunity to earn a 100% interest in this
heap leach gold property.
    In addition to these existing projects, the Company is continuing to
search for new acquisition opportunities. With the new strength of the
Canadian dollar, foreign exploration has become more attractive. The Company's
focus remains copper and gold exploration targets in Canada, the US,
particularly Alaska, and Mexico. For more detailed information on the
Company's projects, please visit
    Season's greetings and best wishes for a healthy and successful 2008.

    TSX Venture Exchange - KRX      Pink Sheets - CRXOF      Berlin - 502845

    This release was prepared by management of the Company who takes full
    responsibility for its contents. The TSX Venture Exchange has not
    reviewed and does not accept responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy
    of this news release

For further information:

For further information: Gerald G. Carlson, President & CEO, Copper
Ridge Explorations Inc., Suite 500 - 625 Howe Street, Vancouver, B.C., V6C
2T6, Phone: (604) 688-0833, 1-888-278-2288, Fax: (604) 688-0835,

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