West Kirkland Mining Reports New Gold Intercepts at Three Hills and Hill of Gold at the Hasbrouck Gold Project, Nevada

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA–(Marketwired – March 16, 2017) – West Kirkland Mining Inc. (TSX VENTURE:WKM) (OTCQB:WKLDF) (“West Kirkland” or the “Company”) today announces new gold bearing intercepts from a 2017 exploration drilling program. Drilling was performed east of the Three Hills pit and at the newly-leased Hill of Gold deposit which, together with the Hasbrouck Mine, form the Hasbrouck Gold Project.


Holes TH17R-001, TH17R-002, AND TH17R-003 are within the Three Hills Mine permitted pit outline. Intercepts are outside the reserve boundary and will be evaluated for targeting resource and reserve expansion.

Hole No. From (m) To (m) Length (m) Au (g/t) Ag (g/t) AuEq (g/t)
THREE HILLS TH17R-001 162 165 3 0.6 1.6 0.7
TH17R-002 93 139 46 0.6 1.9 0.6
165 169 5 0.5 4.2 0.5
TH17R-003 134 146 12 0.5 3.7 0.5
TH17R-004 143 146 3 0.6 1.5 0.6
TH17R-007 24 26 2 1.1 1.0 1.1
53 56 3 0.6 0.7 0.6
AuEq grade is (gold grade) +( silver grade multiplied by $16.89 divided by $1,200)

Three Hills is part of the Hasbrouck Gold Project which includes Three Hills, Hasbrouck, and now Hill of Gold deposits. Hasbrouck Gold Project Proven and Probable Reserves are 45.3 million tons containing 762,000 ounces gold and 10.6 million ounces silver:

Hasbrouck Gold Project Mineral Reserves
June 3, 2015, Mine Development Associates (1, 2)
Three Hills Mineral Reserves K tons
(oz Au/ton)
K oz Au Grade
(oz Ag/ton)
K oz Ag
0.005 opt
Au cutoff
Probable 9,653 0.018 175
P&P 9,653 0.018 175
Hasbrouck Mine Mineral Reserves
Variable cutoff grade(3) Proven 6,242 0.020 127 0.410 2,562
Probable 29,374 0.016 461 0.273 8,007
P&P 35,617 0.017 588 0.297 10,569
Total Hasbrouck Gold Project Mineral Reserves
Variable cutoff grade(3) Proven 6,242 0.020 127 0.410 2,562
Probable 39,028 0.016 635 0.205 8,007
P&P 45,270 0.017 762 0.233 10,569
1) The estimation and classification of Proven and Probable Mineral Reserves have been prepared by Thomas L. Dyer, P.E., of Mine Development Associates following CIM standards
2) Mineral Reserves are estimated based on $1,225/oz gold and $17.50/oz silver
3) Cutoff grades used for Mineral Reserves are: Three Hills 0.005 oz Au/ton, Hasbrouck Upper Siebert 0.008 oz Au/ton, and Hasbrouck Lower Siebert 0.007 oz Au/ton


Exploration at Hill of Gold is directed at defining an open pit that can add life to the permitted Three Hills Mine. Historical metallurgical work at Hill of Gold indicates that mineralization is oxidized and amenable to heap leach at 1.5 inch crush for an 80% gold recovery. The Hill of Gold host rocks and geological setting are similar to the Three Hills deposit.

The hole West Kirkland drilled at Hill of Gold has been successful in expanding the gold zone defined by historical drilling of 29,926 feet from 83 reverse circulation holes and 6 core holes.

Hole No. From (m) To (m) Length (m) Au (g/t) Ag (g/t) AuEq (g/t)
HILL OF GOLD HoG17-001 0.0 103.6 103.6 0.5 8.0 0.6
AuEq grade is (gold grade) +( silver grade multiplied by $16.89 divided by $1,200)

In late 2016, West Kirkland entered a lease on the Hill of Gold deposit with the option to acquire a 100% interest. Hill of Gold is located equidistant between the Three Hills and Hasbrouck Mines and is now being explored as a possible source of ore for processing at the fully-permitted Three Hills Mine heap leach facility.

Further drilling will be targeted up-dip towards surface from this initial gold bearing intercept.


Hasbrouck Gold Project consists of two all-oxide gold-silver deposits eight kilometers apart. Both deposits will be mined in open pits having low stripping ratios and minimal pre-stripping should the project proceed to production.

West Kirkland’s independent consultants, Mine Development Associates, produced an updated Pre-feasibility Study in September 2016 which is available on SEDAR and at www.wkmining.com. All necessary permits to construct and operate the Three Hills Mine are in hand, and work to obtain permits for the Hasbrouck Mine is ongoing, with submission of a Plan of Operation to the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) targeted for Q4, 2017.


R. Michael Jones P.Eng, CEO for West Kirkland Mining is a non-independent Qualified Person as defined by NI 43-101. He has reviewed the information contained in this news release and has verified the data by hiring qualified geologists and engineers and has completed a review of the detailed technical information. Mineral Reserve information in this news release has been developed and approved by Thomas L. Dyer, P.E., of Mine Development Associates following CIM standards.


West Kirkland Mining utilizes a well-documented system of inserting blanks and standards into the assay stream and has a strict chain of custody. Assays are completed at independent laboratories which have internal quality assurance and quality control systems and procedures. Assays were performed by ALS Chemex Labs Ltd., by fire assay and ICP methods.


West Kirkland owns a 75% interest in the Hasbrouck Gold Project in Tonopah, Nevada. A Pre-feasibility Study with construction-level drawings and all federal and state permits for the phase-one Three Hills Mine provides a ready-to-construct project. Drilling for potential expansion is underway. West Kirkland also holds a 60% interest in the open pit heap-leach TUG Gold Project in Utah in joint venture with Newmont.

On behalf of West Kirkland Mining Inc.
R. Michael Jones
Chief Executive Officer

For further information, please see the Company’s website at www.wkmining.com or contact us by email at [email protected].

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