Solitaire Minerals Corp. will start Extensive Ground Geophysics on the Newly Optioned Athabasca Basin Properties and Recommence Drilling on the Red Lake North Property

    VANCOUVER, Jan. 14 /CNW/ - Solitaire Minerals Corp. (TSX-V: SLT) and
Raytec Development Corp. (TSX.V - RAY, Frankfurt - XZT) have contracted Durama
Enterprises Ltd. of La Ronge, Saskatchewan to conduct extensive ground
geophysics on 3 mineral claims totalling 14,415 hectares, known as the "D"
block of claims, and 7 mineral claims, known as the "C" block of claims,
totalling 3,913 hectares, all located in relative proximity to the Key Lake
area of the Athabasca Basin (in the eastern Athabasca Basin of Saskatchewan).
This program will commence during approximately the week of January 21st,
    At the Little Cree River claim group (D Block of claims); located 45 km
west of the McArthur River uranium mine-site, a detailed airborne magnetic and
VTEM survey was conducted by Geotech Ltd. in 2006. Condor Consulting Ltd.,
recognized experts in the field of airborne electromagnetics, performed
detailed interpretation of the results and provided final conclusions
regarding the significance of the survey. The program at Little Cree will
involve grid establishment and UTEM surveys to pinpoint the strongest
conductive response for location of possible drill targets.
    A prominent magnetic low extends through the central and eastern part of
the block with localized highs on the western and eastern sides of the survey
area. A VTEM anomaly sits directly over a portion of the magnetic low where
the strike changes from NNE to ESE suggesting there may be an underlying
folding event in the basement. The CDS section shows that the conductive zone
is very close to the unconformity surface and is seen as the best chance of
representing a basement conductor.
    The C5 claim area is located 24 km SW of the McArthur River uranium mine
and is situated over 4.5 km of the 9 km long 'WV' trend identified by Cameco
in their Wheeler River Project area. The original Wheeler River project
outlined anomalous uranium and rare earth elements in many zones from Wheeler
Lake in the southwest, to the McArthur River uranium mine in the northeast.
The project area is situated along the P2 rift, which extends NE through the
basin and hosts the McArthur River Uranium mine, and other zones.
    On the C5 claim the main structural feature is a thrust fault that
vertically offsets the unconformity by approximately 72 m. This thrust likely
forms the locus for the circulation of hydrothermal alteration and
mineralizing fluids. A series of basement step faults, which are reflected in
the sandstone by a series of splay faults, have resulted in the basal
sandstones being fractured into a series of rotated blocks. The VTEM results
show a conductive response that appear to extend well above the indicated
unconformity level but as well extends well into what is interpreted to be
    The current program on the C5 claim will involve grid establishment and
UTEM surveys to pinpoint the strongest conductive response at the unconformity
and deeper into the basement for location of possible drill targets.

    About the properties:

    The 10 Uranium properties total 18,328 hectares. The "D" parcel is
located approximately 40 km's west of the McArthur Lake Uranium Mine, and
constitutes a total of 3 contiguous claims. The "C" parcel constitutes a total
of 7 non-contiguous claims, and stretch from "C7" which lies approximately 10
km's west of the Cigar Lake Uranium Mine, to "C1", "C2" and "C3" which are
located within 25 km's and as close as 8 km's from the Key Lake Uranium Mine,
where historical production from 2 mined-out unconformity type uranium
deposits once contributed 15% of world uranium production (reference Natural
Resources Canada). All of the claims are located within or proximal to the Key
Lake - McArthur River and Cigar Lake geological trend. The claims are situated
within the Athabasca Basin, underlain by rocks of the Wollaston Domain, which
is the favourable geological setting hosting most of the major deposits in the
eastern portion of the basin.
    During the past year, an airborne VTEM and magnetic survey, performed by
GeoTech, was performed over the entire property package, identifying a
Priority 1 basement target on the "D" blocks, and identifying Priority 1
shallow targets on 5 of the 7 "C" blocks. In addition, other Priority 2 and 3
targets were identified on both the "C" and "D" blocks. Results of the
airborne survey have been compiled and interpreted and have been incorporated
into a technical report in compliance with National Instrument 43-101 which
has been filed by Raytec on SEDAR.

    Solitaire Minerals Corp. and Partner Rubicon Minerals Corp. Return to
    Drilling the Sidace Lake Extension on the Red Lake North Property, Red
    Lake, Ontario

    Solitaire Minerals Corp. and Rubicon Minerals Corp. (TSX-V symbol: RMX)
have returned to drilling the 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 being resumed to
test 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.
    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.

    On Behalf of the Board of Directors


    "Charles Desjardins"

    Charles Desjardins,
    President and Director


    Cautionary note:
    This report contains forward looking statements. Resource estimates,
unless specifically noted, are considered speculative. Any and all other
resource or reserve estimates are historical in nature, and should not be
relied upon. By their nature, forward looking statements involve risk and
uncertainties because they relate to events and depend on factors that will or
may occur in the future. Actual results may vary depending upon exploration
activities, industry production, commodity demand and pricing, currency
exchange rates, and, but not limited to, general economic factors.
    Cautionary Note to US investors: The U.S. Securities and Exchange
Commission specifically prohibits the use of certain terms, such as "reserves"
unless such figures are based upon actual production or formation tests and
can be shown to be economically and legally producible under existing economic
and operating conditions.

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