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 By SCOOP

06/19/2018  3:32PM

Original Sixteen to One Mine, Inc. Annual Shareholder Meeting
held in Alleghany, CA on June 16, 2018

One hundred fifty three shareholders and guests registered to attend the one hundred seventh event. Michael M. Miller, president called order at 10am. Minutes of the June 17, 2017, meeting were read by J. Farrell. Those who had proxies were asked to submit them at this time. Special speakers for the day were: Mark Payne (company geologist), Steve Shappert (retired gold miner/hoist operator and guide at the 800 station), and David Conner (major jeweler and customer for quartz/gold gemstone).

Weather co-operated, making the meeting dust free. Temperature was about eighty degrees. Water, lemonade and tea was plentiful. The change of bring- your- own-lunch helped the flow for everyone. The underground and mine site were locked before 4pm. Gold sales stayed open until 5pm. Compliments were offered to the crew and helpers.

The day’s schedule and events were discussed: underground inspection of the Ballroom and Tightner Shaft; trail to Kanaka Creek (lunch site); geology, map viewing, additional details about the operation and question/answers by Payne and Miller in the map room; gold display at Company office is historic theater; special gold display at Underground Gold Miners Museum in Alleghany.

President Miller reviewed safety, hazards and noteworthy points for the underground which included: light depredation while underground and returning outside; reveal any health issues prior to sign- in at portal; take a sample but any rock with gold must be given to mine; don’t wander off the trails; day in life of the miner.

A van and bus are available both to the portal and back to the landing and town (neither broke down or ran out of gas). Mike encourages all to walk the mill trail (notice the high-grade mill). This year both winter and spring were friendly to the wild animals, trees and ground vegetation. Enjoy the day.

Mike opened a discussion on current status of State and Federal regulatory agencies. Both are moving in the right direction towards a more just and fair treatment than in the past. He told of his frustrations with these agencies when they are the ones violating the laws of the country. He gave examples. The guests and shareholders were free to choose their next movement.

Most people walked to the portal. Some took the bus or van. Others left to see the gold on display or for sale. Twenty or more went to the map room. After all statements, questions and disclosures, discussed in the open map room, were completed, Mike verified that proxies exceeded 7,169,428 shares, the amount required for a quorum. Olan Stortroen nominated Michael M. Miller, Hugh Daniel O’Neill III and Robert Besso for re-election. Betty Williams and Ryan Baum voiced a second. Proxies were cast to continue the current members of Original Sixteen to One Mine, Inc. governing Board. The meeting was adjourned at 2:15pm.
 By SCOOP

06/08/2018  3:38PM

Vigorous weed whacking everywhere in Alleghany. Numerous and varied wild life sightings. Spring season almost over but what great weather it was in the Northern High Sierra. Pines, firs, cedars, oaks and madrones lush foliage. Open water ways running clear and clean (they always are except during heavy rain or snow melt). Father’s Day weekend must be near. Sixteen to One annual shareholder meeting June 16 . Underground Gold Miners Museum gold show coming to the camp.
Happy Happy Happy is the best way to describe all living things. Hooray for life!
 By SCOOP

04/27/2018  12:01PM

Spring has arrived in Northern California.
Alleghany’s historic fruit trees have blooms that withstood the erratic weather changes from summer to winter the past four months. How exciting! The ants, yellow jackets and caterpillars are on the move. Natural water still creeps from the huge subterranean ponds. But the gold? What is going on now with the gold?
Pundits on the bullish side shout that it is being manipulated. Pundits on the bearish side rarely say anything. Neither are 100% correct. SCOOP claims a .9999 pure (like gold) opinion. SCOOP says, “It is controlled.”

Most people, and specifically big investors, have little or none. Most gold mining corporations have none. SCOOP excludes the big boys, they have a lock on new supply…..control.

Who controls the gold that was mined in California between 1848 and 1914?

Who controls the gold that was mined in South Africa for decades?

Where is the gold that famously was stacked on shelves in Fort Knox?

Who has the fortitude, time and wisdom or intelligence to answer SCOOP’s questions?
 By SCOOP

02/23/2018  1:06PM

Alleghany is an ICE BOX. Even running water is freezing. The 15 to 24 degree Fahrenheit low- invasion is causing problems as it continues through its second week. Looks like it's here for another week.


Weather! Why does it get so much radio and TV attention? Between weather, sports and every local accident or shooting, news, real news is nowhere to be seen.


Okay. News... all those beautiful apple blossoms are frozen and gone. News...A very important federal brief was dropped off at Alleghany's post office today, heading to Washington DC. News...despite billions with negative heads, Earth is still spinning and the sun still shines.
 By SCOOP

02/12/2018  4:51PM

Alleghany and other parts of Northern California are in trouble. Two beautiful apple trees in front of Sixteen to One office are in beautiful full bloom. Yes it would be bumped crops if only these white and pinkish blossoms can stay strong and hold off old man frost. Survive winter. Last week temps hit record heat but it lightly snowed yesterday. It is only mid-February. Don’t put your sweaters away yet.

Old mining camps and towns are ringed with fruit trees, especially apples. Those miners and their women loved apples. Hard ciders to pies are noted in old diaries. Scoop thinks the camp will be apple less this summer.
Scoop left Alleghany to investigate South America but is back
 By SCOOP

12/05/2017  11:02AM

Still Digging - ABC10 News segment on the 16 to 1.

http://www.abc10.com/news/local/california/still-digging-californias-oldest-gold-mining-company/496885095
 By Hans Kummerow

12/04/2017  12:22AM

Here are my X-mas and New Year wishes:

A merry X-mas, a little dry walk on the lower level and several million dollar days in 2018 for the entire Origsix-Crew.

Regards from Bavaria,
Hans
 By SCOOP

08/04/2017  9:22AM

ANNOUNCEMENT OF INTEREST


A public administration hearing takes place in Nevada City California on August 8 through 11 beginning at 9am at the Nevada City Council room on Broad Street. The topic regards around citations issued by Mine Health Safety Administration to Original Sixteen to One Mine, Inc. (Respondent). Sixteen to One is the oldest American gold mining company and the last traditional underground hard rock-high grade operation in California. It was incorporated in San Francisco in 1911. Home town is the small mining town, Alleghany, about an hour drive from Nevada City.

The hearing is under the management of Judge William Moran (ALJ), who calls Washington DC his workplace. The Secretary of Labor is responsible for both the ALJ and the prosecuting solicitor Laura Pearson, who works from Denver; however an ALJ must administer the hearing in a fair manner. All mining operations that affect interstate commerce are subjected to Congressional law passed in 1977, creating standards or regulations to improve the safety of miners. The hearing is open to the public.

Michael M Miller, director and president of Sixteen to One, represents the Respondent. His interest in California gold mining began in 1974. After a seven year proxy fight to replace an old, tired and ineffective board of directors, he took control of the company in 1983. The focus of this hearing has broad federal impact on mining throughout the United States. At issue is not over regulating as this topic does have merit but questions the background training and experience of enforcement, the inspector.

Nevada County and all the Sierra Nevada Mountain range is steeped I hard rock gold mining history. Miners developed a wide variety of skills and this holds true today, even more so. A lead mine know about carpentry, engineering, plumbing, electrical and diesel maintenance, structural geology, and above all the common and not so commonsense of working in an hostile environment. Miller will introduce evidence to show that an inspector without these behaviors may not be able to interpret an underground work environment. The lack of skilled underground mining inspectors is recognized by MSHA District Headquarters in Vacaville, CAlifornia. It will be up to the ALJ to evaluate the harsh reality that California gold miners have suffered and continue to suffer lost time and many times lost ability to mine due to this ongoing problem.
 By SCOOP

06/03/2017  2:33PM

Most miners in our area and Northern California only use Douglas Fir for ground support. A very colorful part of the Sixteen to One mine has 1800 or early 1900 peeled Doug Fir uncut (round like the way they grew) timber. Much of these ancient old growth trees are as sound today as they were when brought unde4rground.
 By cw3343

06/01/2017  11:44AM

What is used for the timbers? Pondorosa Pine?
 By SCOOP

05/31/2017  8:59AM

When there is no news from Alleghany, Scoop shan’t fake news. Seems the great California weather not gold mining is the news to write you this morning: wonderful late spring rain. For all outside California, our greenery is lush, vibrant, a joy to see and very healthy. Starve vegetation for years in a drought and when record setting rain and snow happens, the earth is like a sponge and the forest is responding with renewed life.

Yesterday some radio person asked listeners to support soap. My old ears took interest. Soap? What is he asking me to do about soap? It didn’t take long for SOAP means, “Save Our Ailing Planet”.

Scoop wants details, clarifications presented with current and historical facts. Scoop sends off a mental email to the radio guy: What?
If soap means Save Our Ailing Planer and the organization is asking for money and support, WHAT means:

Where’s Health Ailing Today?

According to reports about the Sixteen to One and action around town, the miners are helping the lumber industry because truckloads of beautiful mine timbers keep coming. This winze project is a major improvement for the company.
 By fredmcain

04/11/2017  11:17AM

Mike and "Scoop",

There is no doubt in my mind whatsoever. The 16 to 1 has some very dedicated people at all levels. That's one reason that I have faith in this enterprise.

One day, one fine day, you will all be "discovered" and rewarded as well for all your efforts.

Keep the faith !

Regards,
Fred M. Cain
 By SCOOP

03/31/2017  12:39PM

Winter’s waning days plummeted Alleghany with water. Snow or rain makes little difference with temperatures being warmer than long historical averages. For most folks, wet land, high winds and tree covered properties brought hardships as roots of the towering pines and firs eroded. Coupled with the bark beetle infestation throughout the Sierra Nevada, our landscape is very different from a year ago. Trees are down everywhere.

But what about those underground miners? Did they have problems? If you’ve been underground in the Sixteen to One or similar gold mines, you know the temperature stays about the same (fifty degrees) winter or summer, day or might. This is a real plus on knowing how to dress. A miner needs a very simple or regular wardrobe. Our guys in Alleghany had a big time problem with the water this month. They needed rain coats.

The Sixteen is a combination of many mines. About thirty-five miles of tunnels extend under Alleghany. This creates a big collection box for surface water. This winter the creek (Kanaka Creek) that flows through the mine property was so high it backed up and flowed into the mine. Since adits are driven slightly uphill, water didn’t travel deep into the mine, but it sure was different.

So, the big collection box and surface water did impact the mine’s operation. Miners constructed as many channels above the discharge point (portal) into Kanak Creek to get water out of the underground without pumping. All other water underground must be raised by pumping. The crew told Scoop repeatedly that the underground tunnels, stopes and raises looked like rivers: water running where it was never seen before. Not all of it could be removed with gravity alone, putting more pressure on pumping.

If you are still following Scoop’s report, guess what came next. Pause while you figure it out.


The pump quit pumping is what happened next. Pumps are electric powered. This one is a high horse power, three phase, 480 volts and a long way from the portal and a longer way down to water level. If you’ve ever tried to fix something that quit, you know that most times you should change one potential source of the problem at a time, unless the problems are obvious. The problem was not obvious.

The disconnect problem could be within the two thousand feet of wire, the power supply. It could be in one of four necessary metal circuit/ starter/safety boxes. It could be the pump motor or even the multistage pump itself. One by one Reid and Danny worked through the system searching for the flaw. During this period the water continues to rise, of course. Before the problem the water level lapped a wooden deck just above the 1700 level: great progress over six months of pumping. The ultimate destination is the three thousand level. (No one alive has been on the three thousand level. No metal detector has sung on the three thousand level.) Mike and the miners want to change this.

Yesterday, you could see the water a couple of yards below the 1500 level, quite a loss of ground. Noon yesterday, after a pow wow of pump speculations, two choices remained as the most likely fix: the motor or the pump stages were compromised, thus binding the motor. (All pump systems have a safety reset button, like the one on your garbage disposal.) At last everything that could be wrong up to the pump itself was working… the reset button held open. At 2pm Reid and Danny headed into the mine and down to where the pump was tied out of the water. Not much space available to work on the pump, barely enough for the two of them. Reid told Scoop, “We have all the tools we need. A back up motor is already down there, so let’s change it and hope it works.”

Scoop is walking the dog about 8am this morning and the Sixteen to One mine truck stops with Reid and Danny inside. They seem out early driving here. They also seem whipped. Scoop thinks, the fix didn’t work so what’s next? No, changing motors did work. The pump is doing its thing again. The water level is receding, but where are they going at this hour? They stare at Scoop. “We’re going home. It took all night but we got it done.”
These boys, all this crew, will see that three thousand level some day. Scoop places his bet on it.
 By SCOOP

02/09/2017  4:15PM

If you live in Northern California you are very familiar with what Scoop writes now: rain, more rain and rain melting a lot of snow. Area dams are at or nearing capacity with weather projections for storms through Saturday. This morning a new slide closed Highway 49 near the South Fork Yuba River Bridge. It is a big one. Expect closure estimates range from two days to a long time. Trees are uprooted everywhere. Last storm knocked out electrical power for a couple of days and phone lines out almost a week.

Here’s the exciting news: Kanaka Creek is raging. The creek water is higher than the Twenty One portal; so creek water is flowing into the mine. Mike picked up a hundred sand bags and the miners will block the water before it flows down an old raise. The pumps aren’t keeping up with increased water seepage that cannot be diverted out the drain tunnel. This is a first anyone knows, where the creek flowed into the mine. This weather beats the 200 year flooding of 1996-97.

Twenty three Northern Cal counties are declared red alert for flooding. Oroville Dam (about forty miles north of Alleghany) has a serious issue. Water going over the spillway eroded chucks of concrete. People saw chunks flying away and notified the govt.

Water is diverted above the dam (earth filled) but still more water is flowing in than is released. A radio report assured everyone downstream not to worry. The water engineers are looking into the issue. This dam is the tallest dam in USA and stores 3.5 million acre feet of water. An acre foot equals 325,851 gallons. In other words, the govt. news release means: don’t worry folks living downstream from the dam. (Right!)

Pack the car, honey; gather the pets and be ready to boogey!
 By SCOOP

01/10/2017  1:14AM

Before the Pineapple Express hit our remote mining camp called Alleghany, everyone from Pike to here lost electric power and phone land lines. Now most of you won’t think that a lost phone line is significant. Doesn’t everybody have a pocket phone? Think again. Some refuges from city boundaries have zero outside communication when a land line goes down, and they do. It took days for AT&T and PG&E to fix the problems. Rumor creeps into our conversations that the phone companies want to eliminate land lines. Hey out there! Help us stay alive. Don’t let it happen.

In the 1930’s the feds put a law down that rural areas must be served lifesaving utilities like the telephone. Scoop doesn’t know the law’s name but it is still on the books. Rural California is at the whims of that urban crowd. So are rural Idaho, Kansas, Ohio and Maine. Acceptance of rurality stretching across the great America is an endangered concept.

Oh, balls, sidetracked again from directly responding to the stalwart, Bluejay.. Bluejay, thanks for the well wished. Pineapple Express gave Alleghany relief from the piles of snow and slush on our roads and driveways: Snow gone; Sacramento Valley flooding; Sierra Nevada Mountain summits happy.
 By bluejay

01/07/2017  5:53PM

Good luck to all the residents of Alleghany when the Pineapple Express hits this weekend.
 By Hans Kummerow

12/25/2016  5:06AM

Hello Scoop!

There is a little favour I would like to ask you.
As long as there is not too much snow on the ground please find someone to check the surface area where the new shaft is planned with the best Minelab Equipment at hand.
And I wish you that you will find an outcropping reef just beneath the surface.
 By SCOOP

11/29/2016  12:11AM

Hello out there! Hello outside world!

Our Alleghany community is without phone service beyond Alleghany. There has never been any cell phone service here, so that little pocket phone is out. Sometime last Saturday (November 26) all AT&T phone service to anyplace but Alleghany quit. Strange that Alleghany people could call other Alleghany people but no other phone numbers. No incoming calls reached our little mining camp.

If anyone is calling Alleghany, you hear a voice saying that the lines are disconnected, no service. AT&T says service will be restored by Thursday, December 1. We are here. Are you still there?
 By SCOOP

11/10/2016  12:04AM

In addition to the splendid Northern California “Indian Summer”, interesting stuff makes today a good day to be excited about life. Who can deny (with credibility) that the election of Mr. Trump gives the Sixteen blue collar miners a more prosperous and safer future than the continuation of ‘the establishment’ in government. The expectation that the changes in Washington D.C. expressed by the President elect was cheered by the entire crew. Hooray may be premature but the move is in the right direction. Good luck and best wishes for your success.

Last week Mike brought a diversity of people who study ground water in fractured systems underground. The group comprises geologists, hydrologists, graduate students from UC at Davis and academics. (Scoop was invited on the underground tour.) One guy stood out.. Mr. Vasant M. Wagh is an Assistant Professor , Department of Environmental Science at the Swami Ramanard Teerth Marathwasa Univewrsity in Maharashtra, India. While water was the focus, he had more questions about the gold deposit. Mike made a comment that India’s culture appreciates gold much more than American culture. He smiled and agreed.

A fresh approach towards detection technology was suggested last week. The sponsor will soon meet in Saxony to draw up a plan for further action. The mine’s message is the same now as twenty years ago: exploration with detection to economically improve mining strategy will find an obscene amount of gold.

Pumping the flooded levels of the Sixteen is about to open the 1700 level. Future benefits are assured.
 By Michael Miller

10/28/2016  12:00AM

Remember all our time listed as the time of sending an email to the Forum is off. I will send this at 3pm on the dot.

Our web master is in Hungary and we are having difficulty reaching him. We sent a deposit to a California web site group to take over this job.

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