April 10, 2019 Download PDF

Kootenay Silver Inc. (TSXV: KTN) (the “Company” or “Kootenay”) is pleased to announce sampling results from the Company’s most recent mapping and surface sampling program (the “Program”) conducted on outcropping veins at the Copalito Project (“Copalito” or “Property”) located in the State of Sinaloa, Mexico.

Kootenay President and CEO James McDonald stated. “This is one of two projects we acquired over the last year with the potential for the discovery of high-grade vein hosted deposits. Vein widths, strike extents and grades encountered to date along with lack of any previous drilling indicate excellent potential for resource discovery. We will continue to advance Copalito to the drill stage while at the same time preparing for the first drill program on the Columba silver project the second of the two new projects.”

Highlights of the Recent Copalito Sampling Program Include:

  • La Chiva Vein cross section (previously reported at 1.5 meters of 1,700 gpt silver) extended to 3.8 meters grading 1,066 gpt silver as well as six (6) individual samples returning silver grades between 33 and 1,190 gpt;
  • Discovery of a new vein “Chente” measuring over 400 meters in strike length with variable widths of over 0.5 to 1.5 meters with 10 samples returning silver grades from 4 to 68 gpt and gold grades from trace to 2.62 gpt;
  • Pilar Vein extended an additional 500 meters to the northwest with 14 samples returning silver grades from trace to 233 gpt;
  • Discovery of five (5) new small discontinuous veins over a one (1) kilometer wide area between the Cobriza and Pillar veins
  • Evidence of carbonate veins situated 500 meters south of the 5 Senores Vein. While these veins do not grade, the system can be extended to the southwest.

Copalito covers a gold and silver epithermal vein system comprised of numerous veins, with individual veins currently traced over strike lengths of up to two (2) kilometers. Veins vary in width from 0.5 to 15 meters at surface. Previous exploration results have been focused on five (5) known principal veins, which have been previously reported (see Company’s news releases dated July 19 and September 20, 2018 and January 21, 2019).

Summary of Results

Of the 62 individual channel and rock samples taken over six primary veins during the recent Program, 35 samples returned silver grades from 15 gpt to 1,190 gpt with 26 exceeding 30 gpt silver and 9 over 100 gpt silver (see table below for further details).
Results of the Program can be viewed in a series of maps by clicking the following link: Copalito sampling maps.

Individual Channel and Rock Chip Sampling Table > 15 gpt

Vein Sample
La Chiva Channel 1.15 1190 0.06 1570 1030 90
La Chiva Channel 1.25 788 0.17 3490 680 50
Cobriza Grab 759 0.20 360 70 1380
Cobriza Sub Crop 460 0.31 1680 1590 340
El Pilar Channel 0.8 233 0.12 840 1780 240
El Pilar Grab 154 1.53 110 680 630
El Pilar Dump 120 0.07 530 500 140
La Chiva Channel 1.15 117 0.02 540 340 70
Cobriza Channel 1.5 112 0.42 5190 2350 240
N/A Grab 81 0.70 19550 6140 150
5 Señores Grab 75 0.23 380 460 100
Chente Channel 0.7 65 0.76 8580 9850 80
Chente Channel 0.5 58 0.79 2500 2710 290
Chente Channel 0.7 53 1.10 5110 2420 140
El Pilar Grab 52 0.02 100 50 10
La Chiva Channel 1.7 45 0.01 110 740 100
La Chiva Channel 1.5 45 0.02 140 170 10
El Agua Grab 39 0.02 410 80 10
El Pilar Sub Crop 39 0.12 1470 4210 50
Cobriza Float 36 1.09 4440 9850 430
Chente Channel 0.8 33 0.58 1850 5820 130
La Chiva Channel 1.25 33 0.06 190 90 10
5 Señores Grab 32 0.24 80 100 30
Chente Channel 0.5 32 2.61 5120 1870 270
Cobriza Grab 31 0.53 5460 16800 590
El Pilar Grab 30 0.03 90 190 30
Cobriza Grab 25 0.48 2440 1750 370
El Pilar Float 24 0.01 200 50 10
El Pilar Channel 0.35 24 0.07 760 1390 80
5 Señores Grab 23 0.08 30 70 10
El Pilar Float 23 0.15 250 100 30
Cobriza Grab 19 0.05 150 60 20
La Chiva N Grab 18 0.04 3900 1020 170
Chente Channel 1.2 17 0.74 2050 2290 130
El Pilar Grab 15 0.05 350 120 150

Copalito Geology

Mineralization is hosted within classic low sulfidation epithermal quartz and rare calcite veins. Multiple mineral events are evidenced by banded mineralized clasts, multiple cross cutting veins/veinlets, laminated banding of chalcedonic and crystalline quartz, sulfide replacement and infillings of breccia matrix. Sulfide content is generally low but does range to 20% or more in hand samples. Sulfides and their oxide equivalents include fine grained pyrite, black and yellow sphalerite, galena, chalcopyrite and silver sulfides. Some zonation is becoming apparent with veins in the northeast being higher in gold and base metals and those in the south being high in silver and low in base metals.

About Copalito Silver-Gold Project

The Copalito Project is a classic low sulphidation epithermal vein system which has numerous small old workings and no evidence or reports of historic exploration drilling. The Property consists of seven concessions totaling approximately 3,700 hectares and is located 35 kilometres east of McEwen Mining’s “El Gallo Mine” complex in Sinaloa State, along the western fringes of the Sierra Madre Occidental in northwestern Mexico. The Copalito Project has good access, topography and infrastructure. Kootenay’s wholly owned Mexican subsidiary can acquire a 100% ownership in the concessions by making staged payments over a 4-year period totaling an aggregate of US$985,000.

Sampling and QA/QC

Surface samples reported herein are a combination of grab, chip and panel chip. All technical information for the Copalito exploration program is obtained and reported under a formal quality assurance and quality control ("QA/QC") program. Samples are taken under the direction of qualified geologists. Samples are then labeled placed in plastic bags, sealed and with interval, location and sample numbers recorded. Samples are delivered by the Company via courier to ALS Minerals ("ALS") in Hermosillo. The samples are dried, crushed and pulverized with the pulps being sent airfreight for analysis by ALS in Vancouver, B.C. Systematic assaying of standards, blanks and duplicates is performed for precision and accuracy. Analysis for silver, zinc, lead and copper and related trace elements was done by ICP four acid digestion, with gold analysis by 30-gram fire assay with an AA finish.

Qualified Persons

The Kootenay scientific and technical information in this news release has been prepared in accordance with the Canadian regulatory requirements set out in National Instrument 43-101 (Standards of Disclosure for Mineral Projects) and reviewed and approved on behalf Kootenay by James McDonald, P.Geo, President, CEO & Director for Kootenay, a Qualified Person.

About Kootenay Silver Inc.

Kootenay Silver Inc. is an exploration company actively engaged in the discovery and development of mineral projects in the Sierra Madre Region of Mexico and in British Columbia, Canada. Supported by one of the largest portfolios of silver assets in Mexico, Kootenay continues to provide its shareholders with significant leverage to silver prices. The Company remains focused on the expansion of its current silver resources, new discoveries and the near-term economic development of two of its priority silver projects located in prolific mining districts in Sonora, State and Chihuahua, State, Mexico, respectively.

On Behalf of the Board of Directors of


“James McDonald”

President & CEO

For additional information, please contact:
James McDonald, CEO and President at 403-880-6016
Ken Berry, Chairman at 604-601-5652; 1-888-601-5650
or visit: www.kootenaysilver.com

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The sampling results disclosed in this news release are not necessarily indicative and drilling is required to confirm a mineral deposit.

The information in this news release has been prepared as at April 9, 2019. This news release contains “forward-looking information” within the meaning of Canadian securities legislation and “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of the United States Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 (collectively, “forward-looking statements”). All statements, other than statements of historical fact, that address activities, events or developments that Kootenay Silver Inc. (“Kootenay” or the “Company”) believes, expects or anticipates will or may occur in the future including, without limitation, the anticipated exploration program results from exploration activities, the discovery and delineation of mineral deposits and sampling results from the Copalito Project and other properties, the anticipated content, commencement, and cost of exploration programs in respect of the Company's projects and mineral properties, the anticipated business plans and timing of future activities of the Company, future capital expenditures (including the amount and nature thereof), business strategies and measures to implement strategies, competitive strengths, goals, expansion and growth of the business and operations, plans and references to the future success of the Company, and such other matters, are forwardlooking statements. These forward-looking statements reflect the current expectations or beliefs of the Company based on information currently available to Kootenay and often use words such as “expects”, “plans”, “anticipates”, “estimates”, “believes”, “intends”, “potential”, “may” or variations thereof or the negative of any of these terms.

Forward-looking statements are subject to a number of risks and uncertainties that may cause the actual results of the Company to differ materially from those discussed in the forward-looking statements and, even if such actual results are realized or substantially realized, there can be no assurance that they will have the expected consequences to, or effects on, Kootenay. Factors that could cause actual results or events to differ materially from current expectations include, among other things: the ability of the Company to obtain sufficient financing to fund its business activities and plans, operating and technical difficulties in connection with mineral exploration and development and mine development activities for Company’s projects generally, actual results of exploration activities (including the estimation or realization of mineral reserves and mineral resources), the timing and amount of estimated future production, costs of production, capital expenditures, the costs and timing of the development of new deposits, the availability of a sufficient supply of water and other materials, requirements for additional capital, future prices of gold and silver, changes in general economic conditions, changes in the financial markets and in the demand and market price for commodities, possible variations in ore grade or recovery rates, possible failures of plants, equipment or processes to operate as anticipated, accidents, labour disputes and other risks of the mining industry, delays in obtaining governmental and regulatory approvals (including of the TSX Venture Exchange), permits or financing or in the completion of development or construction activities, changes in laws, regulations and policies affecting mining operations, hedging practices, currency fluctuations, title disputes or claims limitations on insurance coverage and the timing and possible outcome of pending litigation, environmental issues and liabilities, risks related to joint venture operations, and risks related to the integration of acquisitions, as well as those factors discussed under “Risk Factors” in the Company’s most recent annual management’s discussion and analysis and other filings of the Company with the Canadian Securities Administrators, copies of which can be found under the Company’s profile on the SEDAR website at www.sedar.com.

Any forward-looking statement speaks only as of the date on which it was made, and except as may be required by applicable securities laws, Kootenay disclaims any intent or obligation to update any forward-looking statement, whether as a result of new information, future events or results or otherwise. Although Kootenay believes that the assumptions inherent in the forward-looking statements are reasonable, forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future performance and accordingly undue reliance should not be put on such statements due to their inherent uncertainty. There can be no assurance that forward-looking statements will prove to be accurate, and actual results and future events could differ materially from those anticipated in such statements.

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.


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