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First-pass Hilltop exploration complete

Northern Empire Resources Corp. and Sonoro Metals Corp. June 15 said they have completed the first phase of field work at the Hilltop Gold project located some 45 miles southeast of Fairbanks.

The phase-1 program, which began in May, included 8.2 miles (13.2 kilometers) of road improvements to provide access to priority zones; eight trenches excavated and mapped over a total strike extent of 213 meters; six test pits completed in areas with prospective geology; 228 rock samples collected from trenches and test pits; 397 soils collected across the Hilltop block; and initial prospecting and reconnaissance work.

"We believe significant discovery potential exists in the Richardson Gold District, particularly on this large land package at Hilltop," said Northern Empire Chairman John Robins.

"We also are highly impressed with Alaska as an exploration jurisdiction.

The combination of ease of permitting, excellent access, ample power, and supportive and competent local expertise reduces risks and costs and provides excellent upside for investors." The companies expect to receive analytical results from the soil and rock sampling programs in early July.

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Over his more than 16 years of covering mining and mineral exploration, Shane has become renowned for his ability to report on the sector in a way that is technically sound enough to inform industry insiders while being easy to understand by a wider audience.


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