October 20, 2008

Aurora Announces 2008 Exploration Program At Pacific Ridge Baker Lake Basin Uranium Project

Vancouver, B.C. - October 20, 2008 - Pacific Ridge Exploration Ltd. (TSX Venture: PEX) reports that on October 15, 2008, Aurora Energy Resources Inc. ("Aurora") (AXU: TSX) announced its 2008 exploration program at the Pacific Ridge Baker Lake Basin uranium property in Nunavut, Canada.

Aurora's President and CEO said that "We believe the Baker Lake Basin property hosts prospects that have potential for rapid growth and resource definition. We are impressed with the 2007 drill results and this year we will focus on delineating mineralization at the Lucky 7 zone."

The 2008 program is planned to include:

  • An initial 1,000 metre drill program designed to test the Lucky 7 zone and to have the drill equipment on site for an early start in 2009.

     

  • An airborne magnetic, radiometric and broadband electromagnetic survey designed to cover the property and aid in the design of the 2009 exploration program.

     

  • Geological mapping and a ground magnetic survey about known prospects.

     

  • Introduction to the host community of Baker Lake and consultations with local community groups.

Aurora has the option to earn an initial 51% interest in the Baker Lake Basin Property by making a $15 million exploration expenditure. The principle terms of the agreement were previously announced by Pacific Ridge on September 23, 2008.

"John S. Brock"

John S. Brock
President

For further information, contact:

Corporate Information
Pacific Ridge Exploration Ltd.
John S. Brock
President
Tel: (604) 604.641.2759
www.pacificridgeexploration.com


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