Vancouver, Canada - Canarc Resource Corp. (CCM: TSX and CRCUF: OTC-BB) reports that the first seven drill holes of the Phase 3 infill drill program on the New Polaris property in northwestern British Columbia have each returned high grade gold intercepts.
Some highlights from the first seven holes include 23.2 gpt gold over 3.00 m (0.68 opt gold over 9.8 ft) in hole 1646E-2A, 22.4 gpt gold over 4.80 m (0.65 opt gold over 15.7 ft) in hole 1615E-8 and 15.5 gpt gold over 7.20 m (0.45 opt gold over 23.6 ft) in hole 1646E-6. Drill results were as follows:
For drill hole locations and results, please refer to the C Veins Longitudinal Section and Drill Results click here. All seven drill holes (solid triangles) are located on the western-most two section lines, 1615E and 1646E, of the ten section lines to be drilled along the C vein system this year. Note that this years’ drill hole numbers refer to location along the section lines, not chronological sequence. Therefore, previous drill holes located along the section lines will cause some gaps to appear in this year’s drill hole number sequence. True widths are estimated to be 70 to 75% of core lengths.
In 2006, Canarc plans to complete 20,000 m (65,000 ft) of core drilling in approximately 65 holes on a 30 m (100 ft) grid pattern to depths of 360 m (1200 ft) using two drill rigs. Results will be released approximately every two weeks from June to September.
Canarc owns a 100% interest (subject to a 10% net profit royalty) in the New Polaris property, a former high-grade, underground gold mine that produced 231,000 oz of gold between 1939 and 1951. From 1990 to 1997, Canarc invested over CA$15 million exploring New Polaris to outline an historic resource of 1.3 million oz gold contained within 3.6 million tons grading 0.36 oz per ton (3.3 million tonnes grading 12.3 gpt) which preceded and is not compliant with NI 43-101 and therefore should not be relied upon.
The planned Phase 3 infill drill program will target the C and Y vein systems. It is designed to develop a NI 43-101 compliant, measured, indicated and inferred gold resource of 600,000 to 650,000 oz contained within 1.2 to 1.6 million tons grading 0.4 to 0.5 oz per ton gold (1.1 to 1.5 million tonnes grading 13.7 to 17.2 gpt gold). This target resource will serve as the basis for an initial nine year mine life. Previous drilling within the areas of the proposed infill drill program returned a weighted average grade and thickness of 0.46 opt (14.3 gpt) gold over an average core length of 14.6 feet (4.5m) for the C vein and 0.50 opt (17.1 gpt) over an average core length of 15.7 feet (4.8 m) for the Y vein.
After completing a new resource estimate, Canarc plans to refine the conceptual mine plan, complete an initial economic evaluation and enter into the provincial mine development permitting process in the fourth quarter of 2006. The New Polaris project should then move to a full feasibility study and final permitting in 2007.
James Moors, B.Sc., P.Geo, is the Qualified Person supervising the 2006 drill program on the New Polaris property. He has instituted a Quality Control sampling program of blanks, duplicates and standards to ensure the integrity of all assay results. All drill core is split by Canarc personnel at the New Polaris camp, and then flown to Vancouver for assay by ALS Chemex. The core samples are dried, crushed, split and a 30-gram sub-sample is taken for analysis. Gold content is determined by fire assay with a gravimetric finish on samples containing greater than 1 gpt Au, and other trace elements are analyzed by atomic absorption. ALS Chemex also uses its own standards for quality control checks.
Canarc Resource Corp. is a growth-oriented, gold exploration and mining company listed on the TSX (symbol CCM) and the OTC-BB (symbol CRCUF). The Company’s principal assets are its 100% interest in the New Polaris gold deposit, British Columbia and its 80% option on the Benzdorp gold property in Suriname. Major shareholders include Barrick Gold Corp. and Kinross Gold Corp.
On Behalf of the Board of Directors
CANARC RESOURCE CORP.
/s/ Bradford J. Cooke
Bradford J. Cooke
Chairman and C.E.O.
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