West Kirkland Drilling Update: Continued Gold Intercepts in Kirkland Lake
June 23, 2011
VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA, June 23, 2011 – West Kirkland Mining Inc. (WKM: TSX-V) (“West Kirkland” or the “Company”) is pleased to report the identification of 2 separate zones grading above 6.0 g/t Au, from the latest round of drilling along the 5 kilometer mineralized structure west of Kirkland Lake. Drilling continues to target along strike and at depth from the higher grade intercepts. With positive results from 9,000 meters drilled in 26 holes so far, the 2011 program has been expanded to include at least 15,000 meters.
R. Michael Jones, President of West Kirkland stated, “We are encouraged to see grade along the panel we have targeted, and have just begun outlining the best sections of the 5 kilometer target area.”
On the Cunningham Property, West Kirkland has been focused on the gold bearing structure which yielded the previously announced high-grade gold discovery of 19.79 g/t Au over 7.9 meters in November 2010. The gold bearing nature of the system has been further confirmed with numerous gold intercepts, including 6.29 g/t over 1.5 meters 64 meters below surface, 72 meters south of that original discovery.
Approximately 2 kilometers southwest, the Company intercepted 6.12 g/t Au over 1.0 meter, 10.5 meters below surface. Also of note is a broad shallow intercept of 0.95 g/t gold over 12 meters, suggesting a shallow lower grade target for follow-up.
A limited summary of assay highlights is as follows:
|Hole No.||From||To||g/t Au||Width (m)|
Results are pending on 9 completed holes.
The Goldbanks Property is located on the gold bearing ‘04 and ‘05 Break projected extensions from the adjoining Macassa Gold Mine owned by Kirkland Lake Gold Inc. The Macassa # 3 head frame is located 1,200 meters east of Goldbanks. Recent work from underground at the Macassa Mine has identified new gold zones to the west across a fault that was previously thought to limit the deposit. This points to specific target potential at Goldbanks along the ’04 and ’05 “Breaks”.
On the Goldbanks Property, the Company is nearing completion of its first deep hole designed to intersect the ’04 and possibly ’05 Breaks.
“We increase our knowledge base with each hole drilled along the identified mineralized breaks. Classic Kirkland Lake gold mines have higher grade thickness sections or shoots along a regional break or structure. Our drill program is designed to systematically test several kilometers of the breaks west of the main mines and then focus in on areas of interest” stated Michael Allen, Vice President of Exploration.
Mr. Kent Samuelson, the manager of Nevada operations, has resigned from the Company for personal reasons. Nevada operations are currently being carried out by Eric Hojnacki, a geologist that worked with Mr. Samuelson at Fronteer Gold.
Qualified Person, Verification, Quality Control and Assurance
Michael G. Allen, P. Geo, is the non-independent qualified person for this news release. He has relevant experience in exploration and development projects in North America over the past twelve years.
About West Kirkland Mining
West Kirkland Mining was formed in 2010 to focus on gold exploration along major trends in North America. The Company has consolidated significant mineral rights positions in the Kirkland Lake area of Ontario and within major gold trends of North Eastern Nevada -two of North America’s premier gold jurisdictions. The founders and Board of West Kirkland Mining have successful gold discovery, development and mine operations experience in both Ontario and Nevada over the past 40 years.
West Kirkland Mining Inc.
R. Michael Jones, Michael Allen or Matthew Chandler at (604) 685-8311
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This press release contains forward-looking information within the meaning of Canadian securities laws. Such information includes, without limitation, information regarding proposed exploration activities. Although the Company believes that such information is reasonable, it can give no assurance that such expectations will prove to be correct. Forward-looking information is typically identified by words such as: believe, expect, anticipate, intend, estimate, postulate and similar expressions, or are those, which, by their nature, refer to future events. The Company cautions investors that any forward-looking information provided by the Company is not a guarantee of future results or performance, and that actual results may differ materially from those in forward looking information as a result of various factors, including, but not limited to, the state of the financial markets for the Company’s equity securities, the state of the market for gold or other minerals that may be produced generally, recent market volatility; variations in the nature, quality and quantity of any mineral deposits that may be located, the Company's ability to obtain any necessary permits, consents or authorizations required for its activities, to raise the necessary capital or to be fully able to implement its business strategies and other risks associated with the exploration and development of mineral properties. The reader is referred to the Company's public filings for a more complete discussion of such risk factors and their potential effects which may be accessed through the Company’s profile on SEDAR at www.sedar.com.