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High River Gold Provides Update on Operations

Monday, March 9th, 2009

High River Gold Mines Ltd. would like to provide an update on the operating status of its four gold mines and its financial situation:
Operations Update
Following the scheduled mill shutdown which occurred from January 10 to January 21, 2009, in February the mill has been running at 90 to 100 tonnes per hour, in line with the steady state mill throughput level now expected going forward (as disclosed in our February 2, 2009 press release). After several weeks of operation since restart, and the application of the wear compound mid-February to improve gear meshing, the vibrations previously encountered in the ball mill and drive-train have re-occurred and reached higher than acceptable levels by the end of February. Therefore a maximum two week shutdown is scheduled for mid-March to correct the problem. Remedial action will include the installation of new ball mill liners and plummer blocks.
Gold poured at Taparko during February was approximately 8,400 ounces. The increase in production in February was mostly related to lower plant downtime in comparison to the previous month. Gold sold during the month was 8,340 ounces for revenue of approximately US $7.9 million.
The ball mill was restarted on February 4, 2009 following its unplanned shutdown on January 28, 2009 to correct for damage to its clutch disks. The Company continues to undertake actions to correct the problems described in our February 2, 2009 press release to increase throughput and recovery at the mill and plant.
Gold poured at Berezitovy in February was approximately 7,100 ounces.
Buryatzoloto (Zun-Holba and Irokinda)
The Zun-Holba and Irokinda underground gold mines have reported no material challenges or shortcomings in their operations and continue to operate according to plan. Year-to-date through February 2009, gold production at Buryatzoloto was approximately 21,700 ounces.
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