updated 4/26/2011 8:15:50 AM ET 2011-04-26T12:15:50

PRESCOTT, Ariz., April 26, 2011 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Western Sierra Mining Corp., (Pink Sheets:WSRA) announced today that it has received approval from the State of Arizona for its Exploration Permit for the Gold Crown property located in Skull Valley, Arizona.

The granting of the State Exploration permit brings Western one step closer to the initiation of its planed evaluation of the Gold Crown property.

The permit is granted subject to the submission and approval of a Plan of Operation (POO). The POO will define in detail the work contemplated, types of equipment used, amount of total land to be disturbed, use of access roads and trails, and maps designating the exact locations of the proposed sample sites.

The State will comment on the submission and Western will work closely with the State to make any corrections that would allow for the mutual approval by both parties.

With the POO approved, Western will initiate a small testing program designed to validate historical geological data and to prepare an expanded testing program.

The surrounding area has historically produced several million dollars of gold from the Gold Star and others mines that are currently 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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