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VANCOUVER, July 14 /CNW/ - Kootenay Gold Inc. ("Kootenay") (KTN: TSX.V) is pleased to provide a report on concurrent work programs underway.
WORK PROGRAMS UNDERWAY
Promontorio Silver Project
- Resource Calculation
- Surface Sampling Results
- Drill Program Target Evaluation
Joint Ventures Drill Programs
- Jumping Josephine, Canada - Underway
- Deer Creek, Canada - Set to Commence
- Santa Lucia, Mexico - Scheduled
- Additional $6 million in JV expenditures over the next three years
Generative Exploration Portfolio
- Eight drill ready Discoveries marketed for Joint Venture
- Focused on Multi-Million Ounce Precious Metal Deposits
$8 Million in Treasury (mar 31/10); No Debt
James McDonald, CEO and President of Kootenay commented, "The Promontorio with its demonstrated potential for multiple open pit scenarios remains a top priority for the company. Step-out drilling has identified areas with similar characteristics to the past producing Pit Zone which contain grades of 950 g/t Silver over 18.4 m. Continuous high IP chargeability between the mineralized Pit Zone and the Northeast Zone underlines the projects large-scale potential. Moreover, multiple untested priority drill targets suggest strong potential for a host of new discoveries within the property." (To view an EM Drill Target map visit http://www.kootenaygold.ca/s/exploration.asp)
Kootenay continues to strengthen its Joint Venture model by securing partnerships on its generative property portfolio. This strategy leverages high-reward exploration expenditures by drill testing multiple projects. In addition, management is reviewing undervalued, near-term producing assets when available.
HIGHLIGHTS OF WORK CONDUCTED
In fulfilling its mandate to develop high potential precious metal discoveries, the company incurred $21.1 million in exploration expenditures of which $3.7 million in expenditures were billed to Joint Venture Partners over three year period.
- 48,850 meters of HQ Diamond Core Drilling
- 8,488 kms of Airborne Electromagnetic Survey
- 185 kms of 3D Ground Induced Polarization Survey
- Staking of 756,066 sq. kms in Mexico and Canada
- 54,900 of Assay samples analyzed
- Review of 40+ potential Acquisitions; resulting in 3 Bids
Promontorio - (100% Kootenay)
Work at Promontorio is focused on three things: 1) a resource calculation of the Pit Zone; 2) the evaluation (by mapping and sampling) of more than 24 airborne geophysical anomalies having "look alike" electromagnetic responses to the Pit and Northeast zones; and 3) the next phase of drilling.
The first resource calculation on the Pit Zone is approaching completion
and will be released in the near term. This resource will provide us with
a quantification of the Pit Zone, help identify areas where the zone can
be expanded and define the next steps for the project.
Surface Sampling Results
Mapping and sampling work on the numerous promising targets with similar
electromagnetic signatures to the Pit and northeast zones is progressing
well with the first phase completed. The survey area encompasses a 15 by
20 kilometer area. The objective is to determine which of the targets are
caused by mineralized areas and which are not and then to advance and
drill those areas that have potential for hosting additional mineralized
breccias and stockwork zones. Results of this program will be received
and released throughout the remainder of the summer months.
Next Phase of Drilling
Follow-up program plans will reflect results from both the resource
calculation and the assessment of look-alike anomalous zones. The
possibilities include: another phase of drilling to increase the resource
size; a phase of drilling testing look-alike targets for new mineralized
zones, find a partner to advance to feasibility or some combination. We
stress until the current work is done and we are not committed to any
specific option and some new ones could arise.
Joint Venture Programs
Currently there are six joint ventures on Kootenay owned properties, namely; the Rosetta Stone, Jumping Josephine, Santa Lucia, Deer Creek, Connor Creek, and Espiritu. Drilling is planned for the Jumping Josephine, Deer Creek and Santa Lucia projects during the third quarter. All are gold or gold-silver projects with the potential to host high grade structurally hosted vein or vein stockwork type deposits.
Jumping Josephine, Canada - Drilling Underway
Gold mineralization has been traced 900 m along strike and to vertical
depths up to 240m below surface; the zone is open on strike and at depth.
Trenching is underway on four key early stage prospects. Drilling
(2,500m) has commenced and will test the JJ Extension and three new
targets. Drill results are expected in August/September.
The TSX just accepted Astrals option to earn the remaining 40% of this
property. Within the next year we will hold 4 million shares of Astral.
They currently have approx 11.6 million shares outstanding.
Deer Creek, Canada - Drilling Set to Commence
The Deer Creek property comprises approximately 420 hectares. Several
styles of mineralization have been recognized. Gold occurs within north
trending shear zones in quartz veins, veinlets and irregular fracture
zones, commonly with minor copper or other base metal sulphides; within a
mapped and projected strike length of nearly 3km. Higher concentrations
and better grades appear to be associated with small east-trending,
crosscutting fractures or faults, with hand sample values containing up
to 23 g/t gold.
Santa Lucia, Mexico - Drilling Scheduled
Kootenay has conducted extensive exploration on the Santa Lucia Property
which includes prospecting, mapping, sampling, airborne mag and EM work.
In addition, a complete historic data package was purchased in 2009. The
data contains information from more than US$1 million of exploration
expenditures conducted in the 1990's. Based on Kootenay's exploration and
drill intercepts contained within the data package, several compelling
Drill Targets have been identified. Planning and permitting is now
underway for a comprehensive diamond drilling program at Santa Lucia (see
News Release dated Dec 10, 2009).
Generative Exploration Program
A comprehensive work program is now underway to rapidly advance those generative properties that Kootenay owns to the joint venture/option stage and to secure partners to conduct drill testing. The goal is to drill test as many projects as possible. Discoveries are made by drilling and new discoveries have big impact on the valuations of junior companies.
In Mexico there are currently three at the joint venture stage which are
all gold or gold-silver projects. They are Male, Opochi and 2 R's.
Potential for a large stockwork type of disseminated deposit exists at
Male and 2 R's while Opochi has some potential for stockwork development
it is primarily vein hosted.
In British Columbia there are five projects that are option ready or
require a small amount of work to option. These are the GCP, Red Lobster,
Big Kahuna, KLR, and Enigma. The GCP and Big Kahuna are structurally
focused gold systems and have medium to low grade bulk tonnage potential
and high grade underground potential respectively. The Red Lobster and
KLR are Coeur D'Alene type high grade silver systems hosted in
Proterozoic rocks similar to those hosting the famous Coeur D'Alene
silver district. Enigma is a copper-gold massive sulfide target.
We continue to review undervalued near-term producing assets intended to add shareholder value to Kootenay and compliment our exploration properties. In February this year we entered into a joint bid with Alberta Star for one of the largest Silver Producers in US history, the Sunshine Mine. Through due diligence, we encountered issues with the Lease Holders buy-out clause. As a result we took the initiative to withdraw from the bid process.
During the last four years we have developed an extensive deal flow network, property portfolio, exploration team, management team and finance network. We are confident these assets will yield strong returns for Kootenay shareholders.
We thank you for your support and will keep you apprised of new developments.
The TSX Venture Exchange has not reviewed and does not accept responsibility for the adequacy or the accuracy of this release.
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.
SOURCE Kootenay Silver Inc.
For further information: For further information: James McDonald, CEO and President at 403-238-6986; or Ken Berry, Chairman at 604-601-5652, 1-888-601-5650, www.kootenaygold.ca