Capstone Reports Staged Resumption of Mining at Cozamin Mine, Zacatecas, Mexico

By Capstone Mining Corp., PRNE
Sunday, December 5, 2010

Operating Activities to Ramp Up to Full Production Over the Next Several Days

VANCOUVER, December 6, 2010 - Capstone Mining Corp. (CS: TSX) today reported that operating activities
at its Cozamin Mine recommenced on a limited scale on the morning of Friday
December 3
. Production levels are expected to ramp up to Cozamin's nominal
design capacity of 3,000tpd over the next week to 10 days, extracting ore
from areas outside of the Avoca stopes. Limited mining in the Avoca stopes
will resume in January and is expected to return to full capacity in February
, after the completion of measures to ensure the stability of the zone
and the safety of our employees. The addition of production from the Avoca
stopes should allow production at Cozamin to be sustained at design capacity,
as has been the situation for extended periods in 2010. This return to
production follows an evaluation of the geotechnical stability of the areas
of the mine currently being worked by Capstone's staff and independent mining
and geotechnical consultants, which review will extend into the Avoca area
before production resumes from those areas.

"We are taking appropriate and measured steps to return our Cozamin Mine
to normal operations," said Gregg Bush, COO of Capstone Mining Corp. "The
tragic accident that occurred last week warrants a continued high degree of
caution in our approach to the mining of the Avoca area and we are utilizing
both the experience of our staff and that of independent consultants to
ensure the stability of the mining areas and the safety of our personnel."

Capstone is committed to the highest safety standards at each of its
operations. With the assistance of independent geotechnical and mining
consultants, Capstone is conducting reviews of each of the areas of the mine
and will ensure that any additional safety measures are fully implemented
before activities resume in any area. The operations are expected to return
to full capacity over the next several days. This accident has obviously
affected the production for the Cozamin Mine and Capstone's ability to meet
its guidance objectives for 2010, but the safety of Capstone's personnel
comes first. The anticipated range of production for 2010 is estimated at
37-38 million pounds of copper in concentrates, but with increased by-product
production as ore is extracted from areas with higher lead and zinc grades.
The actual production achieved will depend on the rate of return to full

As a result of this revised production plan for the Cozamin Mine,
Capstone anticipates that it will not meet its amended guidance of 80-85
million pounds of copper in concentrate in 2010, but some of the revenue lost
as a result of producing from lower copper grade areas at Cozamin should be
offset by higher lead and zinc production from these areas. Depending on the
timing and rate of ramp up and the performance of the Minto Mine, production
guidance is provisionally amended to 78-80 million pounds of copper in
concentrate in 2010.

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about Capstone, please contact:

Darren Pylot, Vice Chairman & CEO, Gregg Bush, COO
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For further information: about Capstone, please contact: Darren Pylot, Vice Chairman & CEO, Gregg Bush, COO, Or Investor Relations' Jason Howe at +1-604-684-8894 or +1-866-684-8894 or
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