NewWest Gold Corporation

NewWest Gold Corporation Completes Drilling Program at Long Canyon

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    - Reports High Grade Intercept at LC-018

    NewWest Gold Corporation (TSX:NWG) ("NewWest") today announced results from its Phase One drilling program at Long Canyon, one of NewWest's principal projects in the Eastern Great Basin area of Elko County, Nevada. The best results include 0.585 oz Au/ton over 45 feet (hole LC-018) and 0.092 oz Au/ton over 85 feet (hole LC-020). NewWest plans a Phase Two drilling program later this fall.

    NewWest's wholly owned subsidiary, NewWest Gold USA Inc. is the manager of a joint venture at Long Canyon with AuEx Ventures, Inc (TSX-V: XAU) ("AuEx"). Under the terms of the joint venture, the two companies combined NewWest's private land position with AuEx's mining claims at Long Canyon. NewWest's initial interest on the project is 51% and AuEx's interest is 49%. NewWest has the right to earn its 51% in the project by spending US$5.0 million within five years. Once NewWest completes its earn-in, NewWest has the option to increase its ownership to 65% by completing a feasibility study.

    "We are encouraged by the results thus far in the 2006 drilling program," said Steve Alfers, President and CEO. "The drilling continues to  produce impressive grades, and we have established the likely presence of  multiple zones of gold mineralization."

    The drilling program successfully extended the known mineralization approximately 500 feet to the northeast and 1,200 feet to the southwest, defining a current cumulative strike length of approximately 3,000 feet. Gold mineralization remains open in all directions and at depth.

    NewWest's 2006 Phase One program consisted of 16 reverse-circulation drill holes totaling 6,610 feet, construction of access roads, continued surface sampling, and geologic mapping. The program produced 13 drill holes with significant near surface intercepts, as shown in Table 1. Hole LC-018 contains the highest grade intercept to date at Long Canyon, with 45 feet averaging 0.585 oz Au/ton.

    Two holes (LC-018 and LC-020) with higher grade intercepts also returned interesting gold grades in wide zones further down hole. However out of concerns about sample quality from the deeper reverse circulation drilling, these results are shown separately in Table 1. NewWest plans further investigation, including core drilling to confirm these downhole zones of potential mineralization.

    All intercepts are reported as drilled; investigations to calculate true widths are ongoing. All drill intercepts from the current program consist of visually oxidized material. Preliminary cyanide amenability tests and check assays are in progress for all intervals. For complete results including a drill-hole location map, please visit NewWest's website at www.newwestgold.com.

    Exploration by past operators in 2000 and AuEx in 2005 outlined a Carlin-style gold target within an anomaly defined by geologic mapping, grid soil geochemistry and rock chip sampling. Analysis of this data indicates  that the target area is approximately 4,800 feet long. Prior operators  completed fourteen reverse-circulation drill holes along the northern 1,200  feet of the gold anomaly, encountering significant gold mineralization.

@@start.t1@@                                                         TABLE 1
        ------------------------------------------------------------------------
        Hole            From         To    Drill      Gold  Inclu-  Inclu-    Drill      Gold
                        (feet)  (feet)  Inter-      at a      ding      ding  Inter-      at a
                                                    cept      0.01      From         To      cept      0.15
                                                 (feet)    ounce  (feet)  (feet)  (feet)    ounce
                                                            per ton                                        per ton
                                                            ("opt")                                        ("opt")
                                                              cutoff                                         cutoff
        ------------------------------------------------------------------------
        LC-015            90        140         50    0.040          -          -          -          -
        ------------------------------------------------------------------------
        LC-016            20         30         10    0.010          -          -          -          -
        ------------------------------------------------------------------------
        LC-017            75        100         25    0.014          -          -          -          -
        ------------------------------------------------------------------------
        LC-018          115        160         45    0.585        130        155         25    0.959
        ------------------------------------------------------------------------
                            160        275        115    0.065          -          -          -          -
        ------------------------------------------------------------------------
        LC-019              -          -          -          -          -          -          -          -
        ------------------------------------------------------------------------
        LC-020            35        120         85    0.092         80         90         10    0.231
        ------------------------------------------------------------------------
                            120        170         50    0.020
        ------------------------------------------------------------------------
        LC-021              -          -          -          -          -          -          -          -
        ------------------------------------------------------------------------
        LC-022              -          -          -          -          -          -          -          -
        ------------------------------------------------------------------------
        LC-023              5         35         30    0.109         15         25         10    0.226
        ------------------------------------------------------------------------
        LC-024            20         60         40    0.048         20         25          5    0.160
        ------------------------------------------------------------------------
        LC-025              5         25         20    0.037          -          -          -          -
        ------------------------------------------------------------------------
        LC-026            10         20         10    0.019          -          -          -          -
        ------------------------------------------------------------------------
        LC-027            60         65          5    0.015          -          -          -          -
        ------------------------------------------------------------------------
        LC-028            55        135         80    0.074         65         70          5    0.208
        ------------------------------------------------------------------------
                                                                                115        120          5    0.182
        ------------------------------------------------------------------------
        LC-029            65         90         25    0.036          -          -          -          -
        ------------------------------------------------------------------------
        LC-030            85        105         20    0.032          -          -          -          -
        ------------------------------------------------------------------------
                            190        225         35    0.025          -          -          -          -
        ------------------------------------------------------------------------
                            250        295         45    0.065          -          -          -          -
        ------------------------------------------------------------------------@@end@@

    Qualified Person

    All drill samples were collected following standard industry practice  and were assayed by American Assay Laboratories, Inc. of Sparks, Nevada. Gold results were determined using standard fire assay techniques on a 30 gram sample with an atomic absorption finish. QA/QC included the insertion of numerous standards and blanks into the sample stream. All data as disclosed  in this news release, including analytical and test data, have been verified  by Michael Gustin, Ph.D., of Mine Development Associates, Reno, Nevada. Mr. Gustin is NewWest's qualified person as defined by NI43.101 and has reviewed this news release.

    About NewWest Gold Corporation

    NewWest Gold Corporation is one of the largest holders of precious metals mineral rights in Nevada's gold trends, spanning approximately 623,000  acres. NewWest holds nineteen exploration projects, including advanced staged projects with measured and indicated resources. NewWest's goal is to advance its projects along the pipeline into production. In addition to Long Canyon, NewWest has active drilling programs at Northumberland and Sandman, where drilling programs are now complete, and NewWest awaits results.

    Forward-Looking Statements

    Information in this news release that is not current or historical factual information may constitute forward-looking information within the meaning of securities laws. Implicit in this information, particularly in respect of future operating results, economic performance, potential mineralization and resources, exploration results and further plans and objectives are forward looking statements that involve various risks and uncertainties which, although considered reasonable by NewWest at the time of preparation, may prove to be incorrect. Readers are cautioned that there can be no assurance that such statements will prove to be accurate and actual results and future events could differ materially from those anticipated in such statements.

    This news release shall not constitute an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to buy, which may be made only by means of a prospectus, nor shall there be any sale of the common shares in any state, province or other jurisdiction in which such offer, solicitation or sale  would be unlawful prior to registration or qualification under securities  laws of any such state, province or other jurisdiction. The common shares of  NewWest have not been, and will not be registered under the U.S. Securities  Act of 1933, as amended, and may not be offered, sold or delivered in the  United States absent registration or an application for exemption from the registration requirements of U.S. securities laws.

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Contact:
For further information: NewWest Gold Corporation, Stephen D. Alfers,
President and Chief Executive Officer, Tel: +1-303-425-7042, Fax:
+1-303-425-6634, info@newwestgold.com; BarnesMcInerney Inc., Daniel
Weinerman, Tel: +1-416-367-5000 ext. 248, Fax: +1-416-367-5390,
dweinerman@barnesmcinerney.com



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