July 5, 2022 

Clips from Alleghany


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01/12/2022  2:24PM

Alleghany went dark fourteen days ago. PG&E power clicked on last night. Today is dump open day. Cars and trucks hauling spoiled food due to power outage, paper, plastic and glass waste to clear the stench of rotting food. Houses with wells or water leaks are busy with clean up or repairs.

Right now 20 or more PG&E equipment and 50 or more workers have problems with lines and poles going north towards Downieville and south towards Washington. Great sunshine helps along with copters and huge snow cats.

12/14/2021  12:03PM

The first big snow found Alleghany last night; a foot in some places but it was very airy. It
hit Nevada City (2500feet). Heavy snow reported coming tonight. First big snow covers all the
precious junk in many Sierra Nevada mountain communities. It also signals that no matter how
you prepare for snow, you’re never ready. Looking out the window right now Scoop sees
snowflakes outlined by sunshine.
 By fredmcain

09/22/2021  7:54AM


I have been watching and keeping tabs on the Jet Stream forecasts from "Weatherstreet". If they're accurate at all, it looks like RAIN next week. In fact, you might even get a soaker in Alleghany.

So say a prayer and keep your fingers crossed !

07/22/2021  2:01PM

Scoop is back in Alleghany with pen, paper and hard hat. Did you get the news that Sierra County District Attorney dismissed the criminal charges from testimony by two disgruntled ex-miners (Sauer and Chico) A third party encouraged them to fabricate a story. Sierra County Sheriff Mike Fisher bought it and sold it to Sierra Superior Court Judge Yvette Durant, who issued a search warrant for the mine. Why?? Mike, get this info out to the public.

About 50 regulators swarmed into Alleghany: five or more packed side arms and rifles. Alleghany got frightened, thinking it was a pot raid. Instead just another unnecessary interference. Talk in Alleghany remembered the Ruby Ridge incident. The miners were pulled from the underground were calm but confused. No shots were fired. Whew!

PG&E electric shut offs are frequent for line replacements. The new multi-million dollar sub-station needs protection. Like all of California surface waters are disappearing. Maybe the mine can sell its underground storage of water.

Speaking of water. In June California renewed the water permit for another five years with less reporting. Congratulations to the State staff and the gold miners. Rainbow trout are visible swimming about in Kanaka Creek at discharge point. Sixteen to One water is free from any environmental harm.

02/12/2021  6:56AM

You gotta check===facebook.com/SixteentoOneMine. Great fresh story and picture of a to-be-named gold specimen. Really, go take a look and Name that Rock

01/28/2021  1:04PM

Multiply snow days in Alleghany. This morning EDDA sunk above her waist in lose snow on the way to clear the satellite internet dish.

One stanch resident is digging out the fire hydrants as Scoop spreads this info. No complaints. This still may become our driest winter. Fur, cedar and pine trees look magnificent.

01/15/2021  3:48PM

SCOOP is in love with a forward look to 2021. SCOOP just finished reading an old written review found in this FORUM. Go read some history entered on January 1, 2003. Its golden value is worth your Effort.


Click on the topic: From the Sixteen to One Archives. NEXT

Click on PAGE 7, The beginning of this topic eighteen years ago. NEXT

Scroll to the date: 01/01/2003, first entry.
If you are new to Sixteen to One mine, read on and enjoy the trip ahead.

01/15/2021  3:28PM

Civilization depends for its survival on the provision of a wide range of minerals drawn from the great storehouse of the Earth. Were the supply of these to cease, there would no longer be the metals, fuels, fertilizers, chemicals and building materials needed for our present way of life. Progress in utilizing this mineral wealth largely determines the rising standard of living, a relationship acknowledged by the terms Stone Age, Bronze Age and Iron Age to denote the main stages of technological advance.

Every natural element exists in the Earth’s crust, but in wildly varying quantities. Oxygen forms just under half and silicon a further quarter, while the familiar metals aluminum (8 percent) and iron (5 per cent) rank third and fourth. However, part from these, the only commonly used metals to be found amongst the 20 most abundant elements are manganese (0.1 per cent) and chromium (0.002 per cent).

All the other useful metals – copper, gold, lead, tin and zinc, to name a few – are present in only traces. For example, the crust contains only 0.007 per cent of copper and 0.0000005 per cent of gold.
Fortunately the useful metals are not distributed evenly through the Earth’s crust but each occurs here and there in unusual quantities. Where the rocks forming a portion of the crust contain a sufficiently high proportion of a particular metal, it is commercially possible to mine it and extract the metal content. Such metal-rich rocks are the ore-deposits.

The Mind Alive Encyclopedia The Earth Page 205

02/29/2020  11:46AM

SCOOP[- Haven’t heard much from you this year. The community saw the fed car last week. What’s up?

MIKE- As readers/ knowledgeable members of America’s mining industry know, USA mines, cement plants and rock plants are federally inspected, once each quarter. Started in 1978, MSHA (Mine Safety Health Administration) became a positive force for aiding mine operators with safe environment standards. MSHA gets wacky at times, if you review past experiences on the FORUM. Enforcement seems cyclical.
MSHA arrived to inspect the operation for its regular quarter inspection. No underground or surface violations of standards were cited.

SCOOP- Wasn’t that the same as the third and fourth quarter in 2019? Why the change?

MIKE- Yes, our miners take care of business and always do just that, each day, each shift. Nothing new regarding how they conduct business. In past interviews you raise a wide-spread “miners’ malaise” or ignorance idea, real social or public ignorance about real mining. We haven’t changed about safe mining practice, maybe MSHA changed.

SCOOP- Two weeks ago I stopped by the office to see you. Edda said you were in Sacramento for a water tutorial? Why and what were you being taught?

MIKE - Interpretations of California water standards for our site are questionable. Let’s not get into that topic but its history is well established on our website. California adopted an odd requirement for receiving quarterly or monthly water testing results. The system was not user friendly. When I was offered the opportunity to sit and go over the system step by step, I jumped for the opportunity, took careful notes and brought the knowledge back to Alleghany. Edda and I followed the procedure and it was a success. No more trouble for this once in a quarter responsibility.

SCOOP- Neighbors told me you unloaded high-grade sacks frequently in February. Where are you mining? Are you rich?

MIKE- Scoop, I gotta go. It’s leap year and I have some outdoor plans today and what a great spring climate. See me next Tuesday and we can continue.

12/04/2019  3:56AM


Office or paper requirements: NO VIOLATIONS!

Shop and surface: NO VIOLATIONS!

Mine underground work headings: NO VIOLATIONS

Congratulations and well deserved by all parties. Get rid of water blocking the lower levels! Go get that gold!
 By fredmcain

10/30/2019  12:08AM


Actually, I'm not sure how bad the fire danger is up there right now. I'm thinking that it's mostly the lower elevations that are so tinder dry.

At any rate, I can tell you that there are some subtle changes beginning to take place over the Eastern Pacific Ocean in the Jet Stream.

It's possible that rain is only a little more than a week away if you can just manage to make it until then.

Best Regards,
Fred M. Cain

10/26/2019  4:57AM

Tahoe National Forest is going powerless in two hours along with an estimated 10% of the land mass of California. PG&E implements # 5 black out expected to last through October 28th. High winds expected this afternoon and evening into Sunday and perhaps longer coupled with hot temperatures has residents on edge. For the MINE, no electricity means the water is a rising!

Notice has been given last week to be prepared to evacuate: have a “to go bag”, gas in your vehicle, water and food, including food for Fido and Sylvester.

One safe haven in south west Tahoe is the underground Sixteen to One.

If all exit roads are on fire and fire is near, go underground. Sounds like a hippy battle cry from the late 60’s.

10/08/2019  6:12AM

No fire threat PG&E shut offs yet in Alleghany. Possibility announced fro tomorrow. Beautiful day...no wind.
 By cw3343

10/07/2019  4:47AM

Has Alleghany been subjected to the PG&E blackouts during hot windy days?

If so, has that affected mining activity?

10/03/2019  3:16AM

Fall burst upon Sierra County last week end with freezing temperatures and a dusting of snow. No big deal forunderground gold miners.

Lightning and heavy rain hit Alleghany. Third quarter federal mine inspectors (MSHA) wrote no citations for the underground.

Some tail lights were broken on the surface loaders and one report was not filed in July. That super pocket of gold remains hidden. “It’s in the next round” is miners response to how’s it going.
 By fredmcain

08/06/2019  11:17PM

WOW ! ! ! ! Judging from the accuweather radar, northern California appears to be getting some rare summer rain this year. This year continues to be something else!

I assume that some rain has fallen on Alleghany, as well. There probably will not be much of a fire season up there this year but I'm sure no one will be disappointed about that!

Looks like you might just get a break in the fires!

Best Regards,
Fred M. Cain

07/30/2019  6:08AM

Rural America, off-the-path with country and city dwellers, encounters distinctive, not ordinary challenges. Alleghany raises the bar for jumping through life’s rural challenges. For example: Alleghany and the mine have lots of electric power. There are numerous outages year round. Yesterday, Alleghany had full power but the mine had no power. This means no compressed air and no water pumping. PG&E was notified, arriving mid-morning today. Power back on about 11am.

A squirrel made a fatal mistake. It climbed the utility pole, stepped onto the ground wire and then touched the high voltage wire. Oops. It was all over fast. Shareholders probably know your mine buys 500 amps of three phase 4160 volts from PG&E. Monthly bill is $5,500.

Our rural is in southwest Tahoe National Forest, of the Sierra Nevada Mountains. Alleghany has an abundance and variety of wild life: bears, cougars, bobcats, foxes, deer, pigs, hawks, owls, ravens and smaller feathered friends, ringed tail cats, raccoons, coyotes, frogs, lizards, bouncing rabbits (multiple sizes), snakes, mice, giant wood rats, banana slugs and one less squirrel. Who can honestly infer that all mining is hostile environment for wild critters?

Alleghany is technologically rural: satellite internet only, no cell phone service and peculiarly odd hard wire phone service. A giant dish sends messages miles north to a screen that looks like the old drive-in movie screens. Scoop has no clue where that message goes; but something Alleghany knows for sure: unsecured phone communication and erratic operations. Moments ago all phone service except calling another Alleghany number is gone. Alleghany cannot dial the outside world. Are we isolated or not? This outage may last for days. So, if you are calling the mine office, Buena suerte.
 By cw3343

06/11/2019  12:46PM

you live/work in a beautiful area! Internet shminternet.

You could live in Bakersfield, and get very consistent internet & cell phone service...

Hoping for a safe fire season in your area this year!!!

05/31/2019  3:29PM

Lightning strikes take out Sixteen's office Internet service yesterday and others in Alleghany. Alleghany is 19 miles from California highway 49. Pavement ends at museum. Hell's Half Acre is one of three dirt roads out of this remote mining camp. It has no cell phone service, regular phone service bounces off a dish miles away located on Hennes Pass. Now no Internet. Does it get any better than this?

05/16/2019  4:43PM

Positive hard information about the value and need of a strong mining industry is picking up speed. The next two paragraphs lead a lengthy report you can find at:

Over the past 50 years, the United States has ignored and even shunned the importance of its mineral wealth like no other country in the industrial world.
Australia, Canada, Sweden, Russia, China and most other industrialized economies value their mineral resources and use them to their defense and economic benefit, and even for geopolitical advantage. Not so the United States. Indeed, our nation “boasts” a growing list of groups that are openly hostile to extractive industries, especially mining.

Wake up America. Wars were fought for minerals from a a neighbors country.

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