Solitaire Minerals Corp. Enters 123 Meters of Heavily Silicified and Altered Zone at the Sidace Lake Extension on the Red Lake North Property, Red Lake, Ontario

    VANCOUVER, Dec. 19 /CNW/ - Solitaire Minerals Corp. (TSX-V symbol: SLT)
and Rubicon Minerals Corp. (TSX-V symbol: RMX) would like to announce
significant results from the deep drill hole at Sidace, Red Lake North
Property in Red Lake, Ontario. Rubicon Minerals Corp. is currently operating a
drill rig in the Sidace Lake area funded by Solitaire Minerals Corp. A deep
drill hole is currently testing for the down dip extension of the Main
Discovery Zone ('MDZ'), a gold zone controlled by Goldcorp and Planet
Exploration Inc. Solitaire will earn a 55% interest in the Red Lake North
project, which includes the Sidace area claims, by spending $2.5 million.
    Goldcorp and its partner Planet Exploration have drilled over
61,000 meters on the adjacent claim to the east of the deep drill hole at
Sidace. The MDZ is a gold-bearing sericite +/- pyrite schist (heavily deformed
mica-rich unit) interpreted by Rubicon to dip westwards onto its claims.
Rubicon considers the gold system at Sidace to show strong similarities to the
Hemlo-type gold deposit which is a bulk mineable disseminated gold system. It
should be noted that this type of gold system differs from the classic
high-grade Red Lake type deposit but due to its disseminated style and
continuity can represent an attractive economic target.
    The deep drill hole is currently 1956 meters below surface and has
intersected 123 meters (core length) of permissive schist units which are
characterized by significant alumina- and potassium-rich minerals (white
feldspar, sillimanite, garnet, sericite and biotite), variable amounts of
pyrite and pyrrhotite (trace to 5%) and local sphalerite and galena (trace to
3%). This is taken to indicate that the MDZ type sequence found on the
Goldcorp/Planet's deposit is present on the Solitaire/Rubicon claims.
    Assays have been received for a 50.4 meter section of sericite-bearing
schist. These indicate a thick section of elevated gold (0.74 g/t over
36.1 meters) which includes 3.42 g/t gold over 4.6 meters and individual
assays up to 7.7 g/t gold over 1.0 meter (see Figure 1, . For further details refer to The drill hole is temporarily halted in heavily
silicified and altered units and will be continued when drilling resumes in
early January.
    Based on features observed in the core, the zone in this location is
interpreted to dip approximately 65 degrees to the west and Rubicon estimates
that a further 200 meters of the zone can be further tested by the current
drill hole before the property boundary is reached. Based on current
information, approximately 1200 meters of strike length can be drill tested at
this level. The permissive zone is interpreted to enter the Solitaire/Rubicon
claims at approximately 800 meters below surface on this section (i.e.,
1150 meters above the current intercept). Thus there is potential to explore a
significant extent of MDZ-type rocks on the Solitaire/Rubicon claims should
results warrant following completion of the current drill hole.
    "We are excited to see the similarities in geology and grade between this
recently intercepted zone, and the zone reported by Goldcorp as a potential
stand alone deposit," said Charles Desjardins, President of Solitaire Minerals
Corp.", Rubicon estimated that they would hit the down dip extension of the
zone at this approximate depth, at this point we wait for further assays."
    Solitaire Minerals is currently earning into to a 55% interest in the
Sidace project by spending $2.5 million of which approximately $1.4 million
has been spent to date. Additional expenditures at Sidace are at the
discretion of Solitaire and are evaluated based on the recommendations of
Rubicon as manager of the project.

    Red Lake North Overview

    The Red Lake North property is located approximately 22 km northeast of
Red Lake, Ontario, in the prolific Red Lake Mining District. The property
consists of forty seven staked mining claims totaling 329 units (approximately
5264 Ha). The property is 30 minutes by logging road from the Town of Red
Lake, which is the business and government centre for the region. The area has
a rich mining history, with two active producing mines (the Campbell Complex
and Red Lake Complex), and has all the facilities and infrastructure required
to develop a new mining operation.
    The Red Lake North property is separated into two distinct packages of
ground. The larger of the two blocks is located on the northwest margin of the
Black Bear Intrusive. Geologically, the property is dominated by a package of
Balmer assemblage mafic and ultramafic volcanic rocks which are overlain by
altered intermediate sediments. The stratigraphic units are interpreted to be
upright and dipping at 60 to 70 degrees to the northwest. A series of
northwest trending, vertical to subvertical faults crosscut and offset
stratigraphy. This property is directly along strike from the recent 'Planet
Zone' gold discovery, currently being explored by Goldcorp/Planet (TSX-V
symbol: PXI). Based on historical drilling and geophysical interpretation on
this land package, the extension of gold bearing sericite schist stratigraphy
that is observed on the Planet Zone continues southwest onto the newly
acquired property. The prospective stratigraphy hosting the sericite schist
target horizon is interpreted to occur along the 12km strike length of the
property. All Seven holes drilled by Rubicon intersected the prospective
altered stratigraphy.
    The smaller of the two blocks is situated on the up-dip and down-dip
extensions of the recent Goldcorp/Planet gold discovery. Geologically, the
property is dominated by a package of Balmer assemblage mafic and ultramafic
volcanic rocks which are overlain by altered intermediate sediments. The
southeastern claim block is on the contact between the overlying Balmer
Assemblage volcanics and the Cat Island Pluton to southeast. Based on drilling
by RMX, the prospective gold bearing sericite schist horizon continues onto
the northwestern claim block, at depth. To date, only two holes have been
drilled on this claim block. Further drilling is required to test for the
continuity and controls of gold mineralization on the property.

    Terry Bursey, P.Geo, a qualified person under National instrument 43-101
will advance the Red Lake North project.

    About Solitaire Minerals Corp. Solitaire Minerals Corp. (TSX-V symbol:
SLT) is a diversified junior Canadian mineral exploration company with a
specific focus on mineral properties in North America. The Company has
assembled a portfolio of precious and base metal exploration prospects in
Ontario, Saskatchewan, Alberta, and the North West Territories. Solitaire's
Ontario properties in the Red Lake/Birch-Uchi Greenstone Belt include the
Baird, Heyson and Chukuni River Prospects, in which the Company has agreements
to earn 100% in, but has not yet vested its interest. In addition, the Company
has entered into an option agreement with another company, whereby that
company may earn up to a 75% interest in the Baird Property. The Company also
has an option to earn 100% in the Lateral Lake West property located in the
Webb township of Ontario. In Saskatchewan, the Company has signed a purchase
agreement to acquire a 100% interest in the Highrock Lake property and a 90%
interest in the Riou Lake Property located in the Athabasca Basin. The Company
has also acquired the Riou Lake North and South properties in which the
company has 100% interest. In Alberta, the Company has purchased the
Ravenscrag property in which the Company has 100% interest. In the North West
Territories, the Company has purchased the Mystery Island IOCG Property
located in the Great Bear Lake area in which the Company has 100% interest.
Also in the NWT, the Company acquired the Eldorado property located in the
Great Bear Lake area in which the Company has 100% interest.

    On Behalf of the Board of Directors
    "Charles Desjardins"

    Charles Desjardins,
    President and Director

    The TSX Venture Exchange does not accept responsibility for the adequacy
or accuracy of this release. Statements in this press release other than
purely historical information, historical estimates should not be relied upon,
including statements relating to the Company's future plans and objectives or
expected results, are forward-looking statements. News release contains
certain "Forward-Looking Statements" within the meaning of Section 21E of the
United States Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended. Forward-looking
statements are based on numerous assumptions and are subject to all of the
risks and uncertainties inherent in the Company's business, including risks
inherent in resource exploration and development. As a result, actual results
may vary materially from those described in the forward-looking statements.

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