September 1, 2009 Vancouver, BC - Alto Ventures Ltd. (ATV: TSX-V) is pleased to announce that it has entered into an option agreement with Pacific North West Capital Corp. (PFN) (TSX: PFN; OTCBB: PAWEF; Frankfurt: P7J.F) on the Destiny Gold Project (formerly the Despinassy Project) located approximately 75 km north of Val d'Or in the Abitibi-Témiscamingue region of Québec. The property is road accessible, and excellent mining infrastructure and support facilities are available in nearby Val d'Or. The property consists of 175 mining claims totalling 7260 ha.
Terms of Agreement
Under the terms of the Option Agreement with Pacific North West Capital, PFN will pay Alto $200,000, provide Alto with 250,000 common shares of PFN, and complete a total of $3,500,000 in exploration expenditures over a four year period to earn a 60% interest in the Destiny Gold property. Subsequent to vesting of its interest, PFN will form a joint venture with ATV to further develop the project. Certain claims comprising the property are subject to underlying net smelter return royalties ranging from 1% to 3.5%, with varying buy-back provisions. Details of the underlying NSR's are available on the PFN website.
2009 Work Program
PFN has allocated a $600,000 budget to the Destiny Gold Project for 2009. The majority of the work to be completed will be infill and step-out drilling to expand the known resources at the DAC zone. This will be followed by an updated resource estimate to be completed in late 2009 or
early 2010. The work program will be managed by Alto Ventures Ltd.
Destiny Gold Project
The Destiny Gold property is underlain by Archean metavolcanic and metasedimentary rocks of the Abitibi Greenstone Belt. A regional scale structure, the Despinassy shear zone, transects the property. High grade gold mineralization occurs in quartz veins and alteration zones associated with this structure. Mineralization has been identified in several locations along the Despinassy shear zone on the property over a strike distance of about 4 km.
The main area of mineralization, the DAC zone, occurs over a strike length of about 600 m. In this area, four to five identifiable intervals of quartz veining and shear-related alteration zones carry high grade gold mineralization, with drill intersections up to 178.5 g/t gold over a drill width of 1.0 metres.
The DAC zone hosts a NI 43-101 compliant indicated resource of 166,863 tonnes grading 6.88 g/t gold (36,892 ounces) and an inferred resource of 444,753 tonnes grading 4.46 g/t gold (63,839 ounces)
calculated by W.A. Hubacheck Consultants Ltd. in 2007 (see "A Resource Estimate of the DAC Gold Deposit, Despinassy Twp., Val d'Or, Quebec" dated January 9, 2007). The DAC zone is open along strike and at depth. The occurrence of high grade mineralization at the Darla and 20 and 21 zones to the east clearly indicates that the mineralizing system occurs across a significant portion of the property.
For more details regarding the Company's projects, please visit our website at www.altoventures.com
Mike Koziol, P. Geo., P.Eng. and Alto's President and CEO is the Qualified Person who has reviewed and approved this news release.
About Alto Ventures Ltd.
Alto Ventures Ltd. is a gold exploration and development company with a portfolio of highly prospective properties in the Canadian Shield. Alto's Management and Board of Directors have a long and successful track record of creating shareholder value through systematic exploration, acquisitions and discovery. The Company is currently active in Quebec where it is focussed on the Destiny Gold project in the Abitibi Greenstone Belt and in Ontario in the Beardmore and Shebandowan gold districts.
About Pacific North West Capital Corp
Pacific North West Capital Corp. (TSX: PFN; OTCBB: PAWEF; Frankfurt: P7J.F) is a mineral exploration company focused on Platinum Group Metals (PGM), precious and base metals. Management's corporate philosophy is to be a Project Generator, Explorer and Project Operator with the objective of option/joint venturing projects with major and junior mining companies through to production. To that end, Pacific North West Capital's current option/joint ventures agreements are with Anglo Platinum, First Nickel, Kinbauri Gold and Fire River Gold. Pacific North West Capital Corp. is well funded with an experienced management team and the ability to take advantage of the tremendous opportunities that are available in the mining sector today. Pacific North West Capital Corp. has approximately $4.6 million in working capital and securities.
ON BEHALF OF THE BOARD,
Mike Koziol, P. Geo., P. Eng.
President & CEO
Neither the TSX Venture Exchange nor its Regulation Services Provider (as that term is defined in the policies of the TSX Venture Exchange) accepts responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this release.
For further information contact:
Investor Relations Manager
ALTO VENTURES LTD.
910-475 Howe Street
Vancouver, BC, V6C 2B3