Drill holes #1, #2 and #3 show a fine and weak dissemination of arsenopyrite and pyrrhotite over large widths in a silicified tonalite (granitic intrusive rock). Numerous small quartz veinlets occur in the tonalite. Drillholes #1 and #2 contain gold-bearing pegmatites, which are less common in hole #3. Hole #4 is located at more than 1 km from the delineated gold zone of the first three holes. Several anomalous gold grades varying between 0.02 g/t and 0.42 g/t occur in the hole.
A total of eight diamond drill holes of NQ caliber were completed for a total of 938 metres on the Cheechoo gold project. Assay results of four other drill holes are expected in the next few weeks. The last three drill holes (#6 to #8) were drilled in a different geological environment located to the north of the first five holes. Photographs of drill cores are available on Sirios' web site as well as drillhole localisation maps.
The completed drilling program on the Cheechoo project is located at less than 15 km from the future Eleonore gold mine currently under construction by a subsidiary of producer Goldcorp. As announced last summer, Sirios has signed an agreement with Golden Valley Mines Ltd. (TSX VENTURE: GZZ) for the Sharks and Cheechoo gold properties ("Cheechoo gold project"), allowing Sirios to increase its current interest in the project from 40% to 100% following the completion of certain obligations and compensation (see our June 15, 2012 press release)."
Assaying Quality Control
A total of 792 drill core samples were collected, sawed in half, with one half sent to a commercial laboratory for analysis and other half retained for future reference. A strict QA/QC program was followed by integrating blanks and certified reference materials to the drill core samples, all of which were prepared by IOS Services Geoscientifiques inc. of Chicoutimi, and assayed for gold by fire assay and atomic absorption finish (AA23) by the ALS Minerals laboratories in Val d'Or, Quebec. Assays on the highest grades were duplicated in the laboratory. Samples grading more than 10 g/t were re-assayed by fire assay with gravimetric finish."
Mr. Dominique Doucet, P. Eng., President of Sirios, is the Qualified Person pursuant to National Instrument 43-101, who has prepared and reviewed this news release and is responsible for the technical information reported herein, including verification of the data disclosed, sampling, analytical and QA-QC data underlying the technical information.
About Golden Valley Mines Ltd.: The Company typically tests initial grassroots targets while owning a 100% interest therein and then seeks partners to continue exploration funding. This allows the Company to carry on its generative programs and systematic exploration efforts at other majority-owned grassroots projects. The Company (together with its various subsidiaries) holds property interests in projects in Canada (Saskatchewan, Ontario and Quebec).
Forward Looking Statements:
This news release contains certain statements that may be deemed "forward-looking statements. Forward looking statements are statements that are not historical facts and are generally, but not always, identified by the words "expects", "plans", "anticipates", "believes", "intends", "estimates", "projects", "potential" and similar expressions, or that events or conditions "will", "would", "may", "could" or "should" occur. Although the Company believes the expectations expressed in such forward-looking statements are based on reasonable assumptions, such statements are not guarantees of future performance and actual results or realities may differ materially from those in forward looking statements. Forward looking statements are based on the beliefs, estimates and opinions of the Company's management on the date the statements are made. Except as required by law, the Company undertakes no obligation to update these forward-looking statements in the event that management's beliefs, estimates or opinions, or other factors, should change.
Neither the TSX Venture Exchange nor its Regulation Services Provider (as that term is defined in the policies of the TSX Venture Exchange) accepts responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this news release.
Glenn J. Mullan
Chairman, President, and CEO
Golden Valley Mines Ltd.
819.824.2808 ext. 204
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