Kootenay Announces Name Change to Kootenay Silver Inc.

February 21, 2012

Vancouver, B.C. - Kootenay Gold Inc. (TSX VENTURE: KTN.V) is pleased to announce that the Company has completed all necessary application processes and obtained regulatory approval to change its name to "Kootenay Silver Inc." from "Kootenay Gold Inc.". The Company's shares will trade on the TSX Venture Exchange under the new name at market open on Tuesday, February 21, 2012. The trading symbol of the Company will remain as "KTN".

States Kootenay CEO, James McDonald, "We feel the name change to Kootenay Silver Inc. better reflects our core assets as we continue to advance drilling and development on our flagship Promontorio Silver Project in Sonora, Mexico."

ABOUT KOOTENAY
Kootenay Silver is actively developing mineral projects in the Sierra Madre Region of Mexico and in British Columbia, Canada. The Company's flagship property is the former producing Promontorio Silver mine in Sonora State, Mexico. The Company's objective is to develop near term discoveries and long term sustainable growth. Kootenay's management and technical team are proven professionals with extensive international experience in all aspects of mineral exploration, operations and venture capital markets. Multiple, ongoing J/V partnerships in Mexico and Canada maximize potential for additional, new discoveries while maintaining minimal share dilution.

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For additional information, please contact:
James McDonald, CEO and President at 403-238-6986
Ken Berry, Chairman at 604-601-5652; 1-888-601-5650
or visit: www.kootenaysilver.com

The TSX Venture Exchange has not reviewed and does not accept responsibility for the adequacy or the accuracy of this release. Cautionary Note to US Investors: This news release may contain information about adjacent properties on which we have no right to explore or mine. We advise U.S. investors that the SEC's mining guidelines strictly prohibit information of this type in documents filed with the SEC. U.S. investors are cautioned that mineral deposits on adjacent properties are not indicative of mineral deposits on our properties. This news release may contain forward-looking statements including but not limited to comments regarding the timing and content of upcoming work programs, geological interpretations, receipt of property titles, potential mineral recovery processes, etc. Forward-looking statements address future events and conditions and therefore involve inherent risks and uncertainties. Actual results may differ materially from those currently anticipated in such statements.

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