VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA, February 13, 2008. Sutter Gold Mining Inc. (TSX VENTURE: SGM) is pleased to announce an updated Mineral Resource estimate for the Sutter Gold Project, in the Mother Lode Gold Belt of California. The 2008 Mineral Resource estimate includes the results from 5,945 meters (19,502 feet) of core drilling completed in 2006-2007, and is the subject of an NI 43-101 compliant Technical Report filed yesterday on SEDAR. The Indicated Mineral Resource base for the Sutter Gold Project has increased 30 percent from the 2006 Resource estimate, resulting from the conversion of Inferred Resources to the Indicated category, and discovery of mineralization in new zones. Refer to Table 1 below, which summarizes the updated Indicated and Inferred Resources for the Sutter Gold Project. Highlights from the 2008 Mineral Resource update and Technical Report are summarized as follows:
The 2008 Indicated Resource estimate represents a 29% increase in ounces and 37% increase in tonnage over the 2006 estimate, with Indicated Resources for the project reported as 612,364 tonnes (673,600 tons) grading 11.3 g/t (0.33 oz/ton) containing 223,044 ounces gold.
Several mineralized zones in both the Lincoln-Comet and Keystone areas remain open down plunge to the southeast and to depth.
Several new zones were encountered during the 2006-2007 drill programs, including the Lincoln 10, 20, 28, 31, and 34 veins, a new shoot at the south end of the Lincoln 61 vein, and the Keystone 23, and 25 veins.
Fourteen significant exploration drilling targets have been identified and described in the Technical Report, based upon continued refinement of the structural geologic and exploration models for the Sutter Gold Project during 2007. This finding suggests good potential for continued discoveries and resource replacement as the project matures.
The 2006-2007 drilling programs provided strong validation of the geologic model, exploration model, and ability to convert Inferred Resources to Indicated. Sampling of half cores from Meridian 1988 Keystone drilling continued to provide further verification of the historic drill hole assay data integrity.
The Technical Report included a six-part, $3,000,000 (US) program to (1) fund the purchase of 3-D computer modeling capability, (2) finish digitizing the remaining 25 percent of geologic maps and cross-sections to complete the wire-frame 3-D modeling of the vein structures and exploration targets, (3) modeling the detailed 1914-1919 assay data for the 327,000 tonne (360,000 tons) historic Inferred Resource in the Keystone 5 vein shoot, below the 300 meter Level of the Keystone mine, (4) core drilling 6,700 meters (22,000 ft) to convert additional Inferred Resources to the Indicated category in both Lincoln-Comet and Keystone areas, (5) core drilling 2,100 meters (7,000 ft) to identify new Inferred Resources in the Lincoln-Comet and Keystone areas, and (6) core drilling 600 meters (2,000 ft) to test one deep target directly beneath the Comet area.
Hal Herron, President and CEO, said, "Management has adopted a conservative approach to moving our Mother Lode project forward....and it has paid off. The increase in both indicated and inferred resources from our 2007 drill program confirms our geologic intuition of the grade and continuity of the resource and, as expected, confirms that our resource is consistent with other historic underground Mother Lode mines that ran for decades. Considering that only 10% of our property position has been explored, management and our consultants are extremely optimistic going forward....especially with gold at $+900/ounce."
The 2008 Mineral Resource estimate is undiluted, assays are uncut, a minimum 0.9 meter (3.0 ft) horizontal width was applied, an average specific gravity of 2.72 (11.8 cubic feet per ton) was used, and composited underground development sampling was given equal weight as the composited drill hole assays within the same resource block, and a cut-off grade of 4.8 g/t (0.14 oz/ton) was applied to individual resource blocks.
The 2008 Mineral Resource estimate for the Sutter Gold Project was completed by Sutter Gold Mining Inc. consulting geologist and Independent Qualified Person Mark Payne, P.Geo. Calif. #7076, and published with all support data as a Technical Report, filed at the website www.SEDAR.com.
Resources were estimated by manual methods from traditional vertical longitudinal sections drawn parallel to individual vein structures. The long sections were constructed from vertical cross-section sets drawn perpendicular to the veins at 30 meter (100 ft) spacing, and plan sets at 15 meter (50 ft) intervals. Data points across large, geologically-consistent areas within a vein structure were composited, and hard geologic boundaries were applied to define the resource blocks, to reduce the influence of individual wide/high-grade data points within the vein structure.
Resources were defined according to CIM Definitions for Mineral Resources, and are compliant with NI 43-101, Standards of Disclosure for Mineral Projects.
Indicated Mineral Resource blocks enclose at least two data points or more, with strong geological support for both geological and grade continuity. Drill hole intercepts are separated by 30 meters (100 ft) or less in most areas, with local exceptions where a wider drill hole pattern showed consistent grade and geological continuity along a well-defined and geologically-supported mineralized trend, such as vein or fault junctions.
Inferred Mineral Resource blocks include, (1) areas of widely-spaced drill hole information, exceeding 60 meters (200 ft) spacing, where geological information does not clearly define the boundaries or local controls of mineralization, and (2) areas without drill hole information extending up to 30 meters (100 ft) beyond Indicated Resource blocks along a well-defined and well-understood mineralized trend.
Mark Payne, P.Geo. and Qualified Person for the Sutter Gold Project has verified and approved the content of this news release.
About Sutter Gold Mine
The Sutter Gold project contains a 3.2 mile segment of the Mother Lode belt from which 10 historic mines produced 2.3 million ounces of gold. The historic mines bracket a one-mile-long portion of the Mother Lode belt with no historic gold production and which contains the Lincoln and Comet zones. The Lincoln and Comet zones were blind discoveries that did not outcrop at surface and which represent the first significant new gold discoveries made along the Mother Lode belt in the last 50 years. The Sutter Gold project has been the subject of considerable modern exploration activity, most of it centering on the Lincoln and Comet zones, which are adjacent to each other and together referred to as the Lincoln project. A total of 101,385 feet of drilling have been accomplished in 230 diamond drill holes, and modern underground development consists of a 2,850-foot declined ramp with 2,400 feet of crosscuts plus five raises. The historic gold production was documented in a detailed report completed by Mark Payne, the consulting geologist to Sutter Gold and a qualified person as defined by National Instrument 43-101. Further information is available at the Company's Lincoln Project and El Alamo, Mexico gold concession at www.suttergoldmining.com.
For additional information, please contact:
Hal Herron, CEO, 307.851.2742, email@example.com
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