LA JOLLA, Calif., Jan. 24, 2005 (PRIMEZONE) -- Tonogold Resources, Inc. (Pink Sheets:TNGL) is pleased to announce the initiation of field work on its Bonnie Claire Gold Tailings Project in Nye County, Nevada. The property includes 76 placer claims covering 1,500 acres and staked by Tonogold on land administrated by the Bureau of Land Management near Scotty's Junction, Nevada. Bonnie Claire is the company's second gold tailings recovery project and part of its core strategy to develop gold projects in southern Nevada. Tonogold has recently completed a statewide study in Nevada to locate gold tailings properties containing low-grade gold that can be recovered through conventional heap leach practices at minimal capital costs. Investigative work continues on Tonogold's Big Mill Gold Tailings Project near Silver Peak, Nevada.

The mill tailings are located on an area southeast of the historic mining camp at Bonnie Claire and are reportedly deposited from two stamp mills in Bonnie Claire that milled ore from mines near Gold Mountain and around the Bonnie Claire camp from the 1880s until the 1910s. Initial estimates of in-place tailings exceed 12 million tons. Assays on contained gold are expected to be available in mid-February. With those results Tonogold will initiate bottle roll and column leach tests on appropriate samples.

Jeff Janda, president of Tonogold said: "Bonnie Claire is our second gold tailings recovery project and is much larger than Big Mill. We have surveyed virtually all of Nevada for similar tailings projects and will continue to focus in on those that have potential for development. Recognizing that test work, engineering studies and environmental permits precede any production, our corporate strategy continues to include locating opportunities for cash flowing projects in the 2005-2006 time-frame. We are hopeful that either Bonnie Claire or Big Mill could be one of those operations. Our technical advisers are skilled in examining and operating this type of project so we can be optimistic about the potential of tailings projects while still understanding that the tailings are in place usually because they are the low-grade waste from earlier operations. However, heap leach techniques common in Nevada today have proven low-grade gold can be recovered under a variety of conditions."

Tonogold Resources, Inc. is a mineral exploration company based in La Jolla, California with active investigation of precious metal projects in the western United States, Alaska and Mexico. The company also has a project office in the Denver, Colorado area.

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Tonogold Resources, Inc.
Jeff Janda, President
858-456-1273