Archive for July, 2011

Stina to start drilling on Dime property next week, Yukon

Diamond drilling on Stina Resources Ltd.’s Dime gold property in the Yukon Ten Mile Creek region is expected to start next week. Kluane Drilling has been contracted for the drilling.

The company will issue an exploration update news release next week with further information.

Al Doherty, PGeo, of Whitehorse, Yukon Territory, is a qualified person for the company and assisted in the preparation of this news release.

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Pacific Ridge Drills New Yukon Gold Discovery: First Hole Intersects 2.44 Grams Per Tonne Gold Over 38.9 Metres at Mariposa in White Gold District

Vancouver, B.C. – July 28, 2011 – Pacific Ridge Exploration Ltd. (TSX Venture: PEX) (the “Company”) reports that its first diamond drill hole has intersected 2.44 grams/tonne (g/t) gold over a 38.9 metre interval that includes 6.44 g/t gold over an 11.1 metre interval at its Mariposa Property in the Yukon’s White Gold District.
The initial objective of the Phase 1 drilling program is to test five gold-in-soil anomalies coincident with geophysical signatures indicating geological structures prospective for hosting gold mineralization. These exploration targets are contained within an approximate 21 square kilometre area within the overall 262 square kilometre Mariposa Property.

Currently, approximately 3300 metres have been drilled in 21 holes which have tested the Skookum Jim (12 holes), Maisy May (4 holes), Gertie (3 holes) and Hackly (2 holes) targets. Holes have been drilled to lengths ranging between 76 and 238 metres. Based on early exploration results, the Company has increased its initial 4,000 metre drilling program to 6,000 metres. This expanded program will continue to focus on untested gold anomalies within the Skookum Jim target.

Within the open-ended 3.5 kilometre-long Skookum Jim target, a total of 12 drill holes have been completed to date. The initial 9 drill holes of the program have tested a 500 metre long corridor of an area now referred to as ‘Skookum Main’. In 2010, gold-in-soil and trench results first detected gold anomalism along this part of the larger Skookum Jim trend. Approximately 1.5 kilometres to the west along this trend, another 3 widely spaced holes have been drilled in an area now referred to as ‘Skookum West’.

The following assay results have been received from partial intervals within 3 of 9 drill holes completed in the Skookum Main area. The lengths indicated are drilled intervals and do not necessarily represent true widths of mineralized sections. Additional drilling is warranted to assess the geometry of the intercepted structures.

Drill
hole
Azimuth Dip From
(m)
To
(m)
Interval
(m)
Weighted grade
(g/t gold)
11MP-01 180 -50 29.1 68.0 38.9 2.44
Contains     29.1 40.2 11.1 6.44
Including     32.9 35.0 2.1 26.58

Hole 11MP-01 was drilled under an interval in trench SJ-2 which returned 1.25 g/t gold over 30 metres. Additional results are pending for core samples from downhole lengths of 68 metres to end-of-hole at 237 metres.

Drill
hole
Azimuth Dip From
(m)
To
(m)
Interval
(m)
Weighted grade
(g/t gold)
11MP-05 180 -50 3.1 22.9 19.8 1.13
Including     19.9 22.9 3.0 2.79
and     22.9 70.5 no significant assays

Hole 11MP-05 was located 80 metres south of Hole 11MP-01 and was drilled under another interval in trench SJ-2 which returned 1.17 g/t gold over 10 metres. Additional results are pending for core samples from downhole lengths 70.5 metres to end-of-hole at 192 metres.

Drill hole Azimuth Dip From
(m)
To
(m)
Interval
(m)
Weighted grade
(g/t gold)
11MP-06 180 -65 3.7 49.0 45.3 0.63
Includes     5.6 13.9 8.3 1.01
and     22.3 25.8 3.5 1.55

Drill hole 11MP-06 was drilled from the same location as 11MP-05 to undercut Hole 5. Additional results are pending from core samples from downhole depths of 61.6 metres to end-of-hole at 148 metres.

The geological setting for anomalous gold intercepts in the above reported drill holes (11MP-01, 05, and 06) appears to be within a 75 metre wide (drilled section), steeply dipping corridor of strongly limonitic fractures and breccias with local quartz veining. This brittle deformation cuts a diffuse contact zone between granodiorite and quartz-biotite gneiss, which have both been variably altered and cut by local pegmatite and quartz-feldspar +/- pyrite veinlets. The extent of this geologically favorable corridor is yet to be defined by both surface work and diamond drilling.

In summary, the Company is encouraged by drilling results received to date, that being based on partial analytical results from only 3 of 21 holes drilled. These results confirm the gold potential of the Mariposa Property. On-going results will be reported as received as the Mariposa drilling program continues.

Sampling methods and analytical procedures

Drill core is cut or split in half, with one half of each sample forwarded for analysis, and the remaining half archived on site. As part of the quality assurance-quality control (“QAQC”) program, a series of certified reference standard material, blank material and core duplicate samples are inserted into each batch. Samples are sent directly by air charter to the preparation facility of Inspectorate Exploration & Mining Services in Whitehorse, YT (“Inspectorate”), where they are crushed and pulverized to 85% passing 200 mesh. Coarse reject material from each sample remain stored with Inspectorate in Whitehorse, while the pulps were couriered to Inspectorate’s laboratory in Richmond, BC, Canada, which is ISO 9001:2008 certified.

Determinations for gold were completed on a 30g subsample subjected to fire assay, followed by an atomic absorption (“AA”) finish. Results are reported as ppb (parts per billion). Sample results exceeding 10,000 ppb gold are subjected to fire assay followed by a gravimetric finish. Results are reported as grams per tonne gold. An additional 30 elements were determined by sample digestion in an aqua regia solution and analysis by ICP-MS and ICP-ES. Mercury determinations were completed by cold vapour fusion.

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NORTHERN TIGER RESOURCES REPURCHASES BACK-IN RIGHTS ON SONORA GULCH PROPERTY, YUKON

Northern Tiger Resources Inc. has reached an agreement with Capstone Mining Corp.’s wholly owned subsidiary, into Explorations Ltd., to extinguish the back-in rights MintoEx holds on the Sonora Gulch property.”

With a nine square kilometre gold-in-soil anomaly, multiple gold intercepts in drill holes and a recent independent NI 43-101 Report recommending 16,400 metres of drilling, we believe that Sonora Gulch has significant exploration potential for intrusion related gold mineralization and porphyry copper-gold,” says Greg Hayes, President of Northern Tiger. “This transaction with MintoEx eliminates any uncertainty as to the future ownership of Sonora Gulch and unencumbers this key asset for future business opportunities or development.”

When Northern Tiger was formed in 2008 it acquired five Dawson Range properties from MintoEx that covered copper mineralization and exploration targets thought to be similar to those found at Capstone’s Minto Mine. At that time Northern Tiger and MintoEx entered into a Regional Exploration Alliance Agreement and MintoEx was granted certain back-in rights to Northern Tiger properties within a 50 kilometre radius of the Minto Mill. Now, at the request of Northern Tiger, and in order to unencumber the Sonora Gulch property, MintoEx has agreed to sell the its back-in rights in that property in consideration of $200,000. Northern Tiger shall satisfy this payment through the issuance of 421,052 common shares at a deemed issuance price of $0.475 per common share. The Regional Exploration Alliance remains intact, and MintoEx retains their back-in rights on other projects within 50 kilometres of the Minto Mill. The transaction is subject to approval of the TSX Venture Exchange.

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Ethos Identifies Gold Anomalies in the Coffee Fault, White Gold District, Yukon

Ethos Capital Corp.  is pleased to report preliminary gold soil geochemical results from ongoing exploration at the Betty Property located southeast along-strike of Kaminak Gold Corporation’s (“Kaminak”) Coffee discovery in the White Gold District west-central Yukon Territory, Canada.

Ethos is currently exploring 4,963 claims covering an area of 1,038 square kilometers in the emerging White Gold District. Ethos’ Betty Property, comprised of 730 claims covering 152 square kilometers, is situated immediately east of Kaminak’s Coffee Property and covers approximately 15 kilometers of the highly prospective Coffee Fault.

Gold mineralization at Kaminak’s flagship Coffee Property is associated with a regional scale structural corridor termed the “Coffee Fault”. The Coffee Fault is defined by a pronounced east-west trending topographic and magnetic lineament that transects Ethos’ Betty Property.

This part of the Dawson Range has not been glaciated and soil sampling, which has led to the Coffee and White Gold discoveries, is an important component in Ethos’ 2011 exploration program and is a highly effective exploration tool for locating in-situ gold mineralization.

A total of 15,752 reconnaissance ridge-and-spur soil samples have been collected to date, which represents just over half of the 32,750 samples that will be collected during the 2011 exploration program. The soil collection program has been contracted to Ground Truth Exploration Inc. of Dawson City Yukon. Results from the Betty portion of this survey are reported herein.

Betty Property Preliminary Soil Results

A total of 3,875 reconnaissance ridge-and-spur soil samples representing 194 line kilometers of soil data have been collected from the Betty Property. Results have been received for 1,153 samples representing 30% of the samples collected at Betty. Results are therefore not comprehensive or complete, however significant gold-in-soil anomalies have been discovered.

Anomalous gold soil values up to 384 ppb occur along or immediately adjacent to a 5 kilometer-long segment of the highly prospective Coffee Fault. A second highly anomalous area occurs at the intersection of the Coffee Fault and the Dip Creek Fault defining a 3 square kilometer area of anomalous gold (597 ppb) and arsenic (920 ppm). Follow-up prospecting has identified quartz vein subcrop containing pyrite and arsenopyrite hosted by altered intrusive rocks over a 70 meter by 150 meter area within this anomaly.

“We are extremely happy with the progress our field crews have made so far and we are very excited about the soil survey results that we have received to date. The anomalies outlined by the 2011 soil program indicate that the sampling methodology executed by our partner Shawn Ryan is working” stated Gary Freeman, President and CEO of Ethos. “These results are especially exciting given their close proximity to the Coffee discovery”.

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KAMINAK BEGINS COLLECTING 10,000 SOIL SAMPLES AT COFFEE GOLD PROJECT, YUKON

Kaminak Gold Corp. has begun an aggressive 2011 soil sampling program on its 100-per-cent-owned Coffee gold project located in the White gold district. A 20-man crew has been mobilized to the property to collect a minimum of 10,000 soil samples across the 150,000-acre Coffee property. Priority targets include extensions to the existing high-tenor anomalies within the core Coffee area, systematic grid sampling over last year’s newly defined Sugar trend gold-in-soil anomaly, and comprehensive first-pass ridge and spur soil sampling across the remainder of the property. Gold mineralization at Coffee is associated with regional-scale structural corridors and to date only approximately 10 per cent of prospective targets have been systematically sampled. A detailed plan map showing the proposed soil sample locations is available for viewing on the company’s website.

The first area of focus for the 2011 soil sampling program is the Sugar trend, a consistent zone of eight kilometres by four kilometres of elevated gold in soil, peaking at 248 parts per billion gold approximately 20 kilometres east-southeast of the known drill discoveries at Coffee. The gold-in-soil anomaly is underlain by a zone of dikes intruding granite which are intermediate to mafic. Kaminak considers the Sugar trend to be extremely significant as the scale and tenor of gold-in-soil geochemistry is similar to early sampling over the Coffee core area that produced several gold occurrences, such as Supremo and Latte. Pending favourable soil results, drilling at Sugar is expected to take place in early September, 2011.

Lack of glaciation over the Coffee property has allowed in situ soil sampling to be employed as a highly effective exploration tool. All of Kaminak’s gold discoveries to date have been found by drilling directly underneath gold-in-soil anomalies. Approximately 19 kilometres of untested soil anomalies are known on the property, each warranting drill follow-up. Only 10 per cent of the property has experienced systematic grid soil sampling.

Kaminak has contracted Ground Truth Exploration Inc. of Dawson City, Yukon, to complete the 2011 soil sampling program.

Drill update

Presently, three diamond drills are located at the Latte zone and are focused on expansion drilling and targeting the newly discovered high-grade zone of 9.6 grams per tonne gold over 17 metres and 17.4 g/t Au over seven metres.

Reverse circulation drilling at the Supremo zone is complete and assays are pending. The RC drill has now been mobilized to the Kona zone for follow-up on the 2010 drill discovery of 2.2 g/t Au over 57 metres. The total strike length of the untested Kona gold-in-soil trend exceeds two kilometres.

Kaminak’s disclosures of a technical or scientific nature in this press release have been reviewed and approved by Dr. Rob Carpenter, PhD, PGeo, Kaminak’s president and chief executive officer, who serves as a qualified person under the definition of National Instrument 43-101.

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