JOINT VENTURE - Kootenay Options Prospective Gold/Silver Concessions to First Mexican Gold and International Millennium Mining

February 17, 2011

Kootenay Gold Inc. (TSX.V: KTN) is pleased to announce that it has entered into an Option Agreement with First Mexican Gold Corp (TSX.V: FMG) and International Millennium Mining whereby they can earn an undivided 60% interest in four properties, located in Sonora State, Mexico.

The Option Agreement allows First Mexican and IMI to acquire a 60% undivided interest by paying US$25,000 on signing, issuing an aggregate 1,200,000 common shares of FMG over 5 years and spending US$2 million on the property over 5 years. Plus Kootenay retains a 1% NSR interest which can be purchased for US$1 million. The earn-in period can be accelerated at the discretion of FMG. At completion of the earn-in a JV Agreement will be formalized.

States Kootenay President and CEO James McDonald, "We are very pleased to have First Mexican and IMI as a partner. Their aggressive consolidation of an 11,506 hectare land package contiguous with the Corex Gold Corp's Santana Property is an exciting development. Our exploration team has been diligent in advancing this prospect over recent months. The high grade gold results returned from assays and the multiple 1Kg+ Silver Targets identified to date supports that initiative and underlines the highly prospective nature of the prospect.

Adds Kootenay Chairman Ken Berry, "The First Mexican Gold joint venture provides our shareholders with multiple opportunities for new drill discoveries. As we continue to prioritize the aggressive ongoing development of our core asset the Promontorio Silver Project in Sonora, Mexico, we have now successfully joint ventured 18 of our 100% owned precious metals properties in Canada and Mexico. Collectively, these strategic partnerships afford Kootenay minimal financial exposure and up to $20.7 million in exploration expenditures over the next 5years."

The property package comprises 3,606 hectares and is considered very prospective for gold and silver mineralization with numerous historic workings present. The claims include La Cabana 1 Frac I, La Cabana 1 Frac II, La Cabana 1 Frac III and Cuatas which are 100% owned by Kootenay.

Sampling has been conducted by Kootenay Gold with over 120 samples assayed with the highlights listed below. The samples from the Minas Viejas area of the La Cabana Frac II property is on trend and very close to the recently reported samples (see FMG news release Feb 16, 2011) from Bailey zone of First Mexican.


Sample Highlights

  • sample # FA1322G returned - 11.40 g/t gold, 92 g/t silver
  • sample # LM1041D returned - 1.54 g/t gold, 672 g/t silver, .69% copper
  • sample # CA1032D returned - 3.25 g/t gold, 4620 g/t silver, .698% copper
  • sample # CA984D returned - 12.20 g/t gold, 877 g/t silver, 13.40% copper
  • sample # LM1046G returned - 4.49 g/t gold, 504 g/t silver, 2.70% copper

Table of Key Sample Results

LOCATION

SAMPLE NUMBER

AU (g/t)

AG (g/t)

CU (%)

SB ppm

PB ppm

CUATAS

Cruz de Mayo

FA1322G

11.4

94

.046

2080

LM1041D

1.54

672

.69

620

510

Urquidez

LM1118F

0.179

2

MK788

0.145

7

MK796

0.128

4

La CABANA FRAC II

Minas Viejas

CA1032D

3.25

4620

.698

11500

860

MK782

1.03

182

.08

370

2990

CA1034D

0.45

1595

.645

4830

70000

CA1028G

0.257

3050

.127

5410

116000

CA1029G

0.176

2540

.091

3400

115000

CA1038G

0.117

1560

.304

1040

15600

Prom

CA984D

12.2

877

13.40

15450

15650

FA1323D

0.46

53

.295

1200

14050

LM1045CH

5.42

119

.077

3710

3980

LM1046G

4.49

504

2.70

11750

33500

TR588

0.421

5

.070

120

2450

TR589D

.017

3

4.50

blanks = not significant;(Above samples are highlights and range from background values to those above. Samples ending with CH are channel samples, G are select prospector grab samples of out crop, D are samples from old mine dumps and F are samples of proximal Float.)
"The Kootenay Option Agreement allows First Mexican to acquire a significant interest in ground considered highly prospective and on trend with identified targets from our existing property package. Initial reconnaissance has already begun and we intend to pursue exploration in the immediate area of the Bailey zone, we look forward to working with Kootenay going forward" said Jim Voisin, President and Chief Executive Officer of First Mexican.


The foregoing geological disclosure has also been reviewed and verified by Kootenay's CEO, James McDonald, P.Geo (a qualified person for the purpose of National Instrument 43-101, Standards of Disclosure for Mineral Projects). Mr. McDonald is a director of Kootenay.

About First Mexican Gold
First Mexican Gold Corp is an active explorer for precious metals in Mexico and holds an option to acquire 80% interest in the Guadalupe property package from a wholly owned subsidiary of International Millennium Mining Corp. The Company now has an interest in 15,112 hectares in this high potential precious metals exploration area.

About Kootenay Gold
Kootenay Gold is actively developing mineral projects in the Sierra Madre Region of Mexico and in British Columbia, Canada. The Company's flagship property is the former producing Promontorio Silver mine in Sonora State, Mexico. The Company's objective is to develop near term discoveries and long term sustainable growth. Kootenay's management and technical team are proven professionals with extensive international experience in all aspects of mineral exploration, operations and venture capital markets. Multiple, ongoing J/V partnerships in Mexico and Canada maximize potential for additional, new discoveries while maintaining minimal share dilution.

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For additional information, please contact:
James McDonald, CEO and President at 403-238-6986
Ken Berry, Chairman at 604-601-5652; 1-888-601-5650

To view an interview with James McDonald visit: www.kootenaysilver.com

The TSX Venture Exchange has not reviewed and does not accept responsibility for the adequacy or the accuracy of this release. Cautionary Note to US Investors: This news release may contain information about adjacent properties on which we have no right to explore or mine. We advise U.S. investors that the SEC's mining guidelines strictly prohibit information of this type in documents filed with the SEC. U.S. investors are cautioned that mineral deposits on adjacent properties are not indicative of mineral deposits on our properties. This news release may contain forward-looking statements including but not limited to comments regarding the timing and content of upcoming work programs, geological interpretations, receipt of property titles, potential mineral recovery processes, etc. Forward-looking statements address future events and conditions and therefore involve inherent risks and uncertainties. Actual results may differ materially from those currently anticipated in such statements. 2011 number 4