Surface and underground exploration program advances at Atlanta Gold property in Idaho


    TORONTO, July 8 /CNW/ - Atlanta Gold Inc. (TSX: ATG) announces that its
previously announced 2008 exploration program is progressing well. The program
is intended to access, explore, develop and bulk sample gold mineralized
zones, determine the optimum mining method and further test the size and
potential of the 8,000-foot long Shear Zone at its Atlanta gold property
("Atlanta") in Idaho. Surface exploration drilling to date has identified
several excellent exploration targets and confirmed a mineral resource that is
open both along strike and at depth.
    The 2008 exploration program is concurrently investigating targets at
three levels and is comprised of the following:

    -  A surface trenching sampling program across the Atlanta Shear Zone is
       to determine grade and processing characteristics for shallow open pit
       mining. Trench samples are being taken as continuous chip samples of
       the overburden and exposed bedrock.

    -  A 12,000-foot surface definition drilling program is testing areas
       outside the previously-proposed Idaho and Monarch open-pit designs. It
       is intended to expand upon previous findings of gold and silver to a
       depth of at least 1,800 feet. This portion of the program is currently
       progressing at a drilling rate of 4,000 feet per month and is expected
       to be completed by the end of the third quarter of 2008. Assay results
       are currently pending for nine NQ drill holes for a total of 2,000

    -  A 10 high by 14 wide 1,000-1,200 foot exploration decline and a 4,000-
       foot underground drilling program at the east end of Atlanta is well
       underway. This portion of the program entails clearing the portal
       area, constructing a safety berm or horizontal interval, excavating a
       portal and driving an underground exploration decline parallel to the
       Shear Zone in the footwall. This decline will provide access to
       targets which will be drilled with short holes from drill stations at
       200-foot intervals to determine grade continuity at depth. The
       exploration decline will provide access for a 4,000-foot underground
       definition drilling program, bulk sampling and geotechnical studies.
       Underground infill drilling will commence when the length of the
       decline exceeds 800 feet. These additional drill intercepts will be
       part of an updated resource estimate expected to be completed in 2009.
       Plans are to advance the decline at a -15% slope for a distance of
       1,000-1,200 feet parallel to the Atlanta Shear Zone footwall, starting
       at the 6,800-foot elevation. A bulk sample will be collected from the
       Shear Zone for metallurgical tests. The decline, crosscuts into
       mineralization, and underground drilling are designed for detailed
       definition of the geometry of the Shear Zone, evaluation of grade
       continuity and assessment of ground stability conditions, all
       necessary for detailed planning of production stoping.

    A total of 16 employees, comprised of two crews of four men each working
on core drilling and two crews of four men working on development of the
decline, are currently carrying out the 2008 program.
    The Company has all of the permits and licenses required to conduct its
2008 program.

    Qualified Person

    The Atlanta drill program is managed and supervised by William L. (Bill)
Josey; the Company's Chief Geologist and designated "Qualified Person" under
NI 43-101. Mr. Josey is a registered professional geologist in the State of
Arizona. Information of a technical nature in this news release regarding
Atlanta has been reviewed by Mr. Josey.

    About the Company

    Atlanta Gold Inc. (TSX: ATG) holds through its 100% owned subsidiary,
Atlanta Gold Corporation, a 100% interest in the Atlanta property which
comprises approximately 2,081 acres and is located 65 miles east of Boise, in
Elmore County, Idaho. A long history of mining makes Atlanta very suitable for
development of new mining projects.
    The Company is focused on advancing its core asset, Atlanta, towards mine
development and production and on acquiring, exploring and developing other
attractive gold projects.

    Forward-Looking Information
    This news release contains forward-looking information and
forward-looking statements within the meaning of applicable securities laws.
All statements, other than statements of historical fact, are forward-looking
statements. We use words such as "may", "will", "should", "anticipate",
"plan", "expect", "believe", "estimate" and similar terminology to identify
forward looking information and statements. Such are based upon assumptions,
estimates, opinions and analysis made by management in light of its
experience, current conditions and its expectations of future developments as
well as other factors which it believes to be reasonable and relevant. Forward
looking information and statements involve known and unknown risks,
uncertainties and other factors that may cause our actual results to differ
materially from those expressed or implied in the forward looking information
and statements and accordingly, readers should not place undue reliance on
those statements. Risks and uncertainties that may cause actual results to
vary include, but are not limited to, the speculative nature of mineral
exploration, development and mining (including with respect to size, grade and
recoverability of mineral reserves and resources); operational and technical
difficulties; risks and hazards associated with the business of mineral
exploration, development and mining, including environmental hazards;
government action or delays in the receipt of governmental approvals, permits
and licenses; changes in resource prices and fluctuations in currency exchange
rates; the Company's limited financial resources and the availability of
financing alternatives; contests to the title of Company property and changes
in general economic conditions or conditions in the financial markets; as well
as other risks and uncertainties which are more fully described in the
Company's annual information form on Form 20-F, annual and quarterly
Management's Discussion and Analysis and in other Company filings with
securities and regulatory authorities which are available at
    Readers are cautioned that the foregoing lists of risks, uncertainties
and other factors are not exhaustive. The forward-looking statements contained
in this news release are made as of the date hereof and the Company undertakes
no obligation to update publicly or revise any forward-looking information or
statements contained herein or in any other documents filed with Canadian and
U.S. securities regulatory authorities, whether as a result of new
information, future events or otherwise, except in accordance with applicable
securities laws.

For further information:

For further information: Bill Baird, President and CEO, Telephone: (416)
777-0013, Fax: (416) 777-0014, E-mail:

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