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High River Gold Mines Ltd.

Thursday, July 19th, 2007

High River Gold Mines Ltd. is pleased to announce that the first gold pour occurred July 17 2007 at the Taparko-Bouroum Gold Mine.
Gold was produced out of the gravity circuit. Ore has been processed on a regular basis for the past week. All systems, including the soft-rock crusher, conveyor, ball mill and leach circuit, are fully operational. Commercial Production, defined as 30 consecutive days of operation at 60% of planned capacity or better, is scheduled to be achieved in August.
Gold production for 2007 at the Taparko-Bouroum Gold Mine is expected to total approximately 60,000 ounces on a 100% basis (54,000 ounces attributable to High River). Mining of the open pits is well advanced with in excess of three months’ supply of ore already stockpiled on the run-of-mine pad. Gold production for the first 12 months is planned to exceed 100,000 ounces, increasing to over 140,000 ounces in the third year of operation following the planned increase in mill capacity from 1 million to 1.5 million tonnes per year.
In commenting on this landmark occasion, Daniel Vanin, Executive Vice-President and Chief Operating Officer, stated: “I am extremely pleased to see the first results of all of the hard and diligent work of our excellent operating team at Taparko-Bouroum. We are looking forward to ramping up to full production levels in the very near future.”

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