updated 5/18/2011 8:17:23 AM ET 2011-05-18T12:17:23

PRESCOTT, Ariz., May 18, 2011 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Western Sierra Mining Corp., (Pink Sheets:WSRA) confirmed today that the Gold Basin mine will commence a full production schedule beginning immediately.

Under a mutual agreement with Pine Creek Mining, the current owners of the Gold Basin Mine, Western will continue to provide a variety of services for the long-term development of the property. Western and Pine Creek will mutually act as mine supervisors for the production phase on the upper portions of the mining claims.

The new production plant now being installed is designed to operate at 50 yards per hour. The current plant location and holding ponds are being modified to facilitate material handling requirements. 

In addition to the work on the upper claims, Western and Pine Creek will focus additional resources on developing the lower claims including additional testing and permit expansion. The intent, in conjunction with the U.S. Forestry Service, is to provide a long-term alternative to the current plant location while significantly expanding production.

The Gold Basin Mine is fully permitted and bonded with proven and probable reserves of in excess of $800 million at gold prices of $1,200. Depending on ultimate production rates, mine life will be in excess of 20 years.  

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: For purchase or additional information:
         Mr. Michael Chaffee
         928-680-5513
         Mr. Dennis Atkins
         405-330-8395

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