updated 4/20/2011 8:16:56 AM ET 2011-04-20T12:16:56

PRESCOTT, Ariz., April 20, 2011 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Western Sierra Mining Corp. (Pink Sheets:WSRA), announced today that it has received approval from the State of Arizona for its application to lease approximately 430 acres in Skull Valley, Arizona.

The lease is granted subject to annual renewal through April 14 of 2016 and has been designated as the Gold Crown property.

In support of its application for an exploration permit, Western will now file a Plan of Operation (POO) which it hopes to have in place during the 2nd quarter of 2011. With the POO approved, Western would begin to develop additional exploration data through a sampling program to validate historical geological data, the outcome of which would further define the Company's interest in a full scale mining program.

The surrounding area has historically produced several million dollars of gold from the Gold Star mine, now inactive. The adjacent property controlled by Gold River Exploration has been tested as recently as 2005 and 2006 indicating commercial values of gold exist throughout the property at today's price gold.

About Western Sierra Mining Corp.

Western Sierra Mining is an aggressive gold and silver exploration and mining company focused on the historic mining districts of the Bradshaw Mountains of Arizona with additional areas of interest in Nevada and Mexico.

Statement Concerning Forward-Looking Information

Certain information set forth herein contains "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the federal securities laws.  The word "estimates," "expects," "anticipates," "forecast," "plans," "intends," "believes" and variations of such words or similar expressions are intended to identify forward-looking statements. 

The Company's expectations, beliefs and projections are expressed in good faith and are believed by the Company to have a reasonable basis but there can be no assurances that management's expectations, beliefs, and projections will be achieved or accomplished. 

CONTACT: Mr. Michael Chaffee
         928-680-5513
         
         Mr. Dennis Atkins
         405-330-8395

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