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Clips from Alleghany


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01/14/2019  3:56PM

Newmont Mining will take over Goldcorp in a deal worth US$10 billion, creating the world’s leading gold company.

Under a definitive agreement revealed on today (January 14), Newmont will acquire all shares of Goldcorp for 0.328 of a Newmont share each. That represents a 17-percent premium based on the companies’ 20-day volume-weighted average share prices.

“This combination will create the world’s leading gold business with the best assets, people, prospects and value-creation opportunities,” said Gary Goldberg, CEO of Newmont.
The newly merged company will be one of the largest gold producers in North America, and according to David Garofalo, president and CEO of Goldcorp, the merged miner will oversee more than 3 million ounces of the combined company’s total annual gold production.
Draw your own conclusions about the move to mega –ness, mighty giants or monster monoplies!

The deal comes after last year’s US$18.3-billion Barrick Gold) and Randgold Resources , which many market watchers considered a bullish event for gold.

12/13/2018  3:51PM

Been bugging Mike for some mining news. He said here, a recent update written to our geologist.

Hi Mark,
Just because we haven’t talked for a while means we have not been busy (you, me and the mine). Two Fridays ago I witnessed the end of a week unlike any I’ve seen in forty years. I was at the mine when the crew was closing the portal. Never have I seen a more work fatigued crew of miners. From their hard hats to their muck boots hard, wet and griminess reeked from their entire bodies. The 1700 rehab is a bitch! The crew is working the same plan when you were underground last. Clearing the 1700 foot level from 49 winze to Tightner Shaft is close to completion. It hasn’t been an easy trip!

One major pile of muck remains, about the same size as the last one. The last one took sixty cars to load, tram and dump down an abandoned raise from the 1900 foot level. That equals 120,000 pounds of shot quartz and vein material or almost half a million Quarter Pounders. Much was hand shoveling.
Due to the higher elevation of the 49 winze, the train had to pull the load up-grade. The dump pocket is South of the winze. The current pile has a dump pocket less than 100 feet away, which is a relief to the men. The utilities are in: compressed air, water, electricity and phone.
I remember well the 1700 level before we stopped pumping in 2005). It is solid rock, very nice for travel. When under water, muck from above stored in the old raises and stopes washed onto the level. The plan is going well but taking longer due to unknowns the crew discovered.
With the pain comes an interesting potential gain. The muck came from the 1500 level when we mined the million dollar day (2500 ounces with spot at $450 a troy ounce. The 1500 station didn’t have much of a dump pocket, so the miners used an existing raise from the 1700 level to move the material. The 1700 station has a great dump pocket, one of the best.
Gold was present while loading the cars; however time is critical so we didn’t spend much time with detectors. The Tightner 1700 station is our target for lowering the pump. You will have an efficient travel way to the 1500 North targets. You know our intentions.
A very competent all around mechanic is handling all the maintenance now. It makes a huge difference. Mining is heavy industry so everything will break or just quit running over time. Fortunately, Al, who you haven’t met yet, has solved and fixed every project, making the crew happy. Also it keeps them underground. We are still short handed. Plan on a visit in January. Reid has an interesting place he wants you to see.
 By fredmcain

11/27/2018  5:11AM



I would like to add to David I's comments on Paradise. Yes, it is a terrible tragedy. What makes it especially tragic is that it was probably entirely avoidable and unnecessary. I like David’s idea with the sprinkler system.

Our wonderful news media along with most "liberal" politicians have been quick to point their fingers at climate change.

According to this scenario this is the future and we have already seen it now in Paradise. Fires will grow bigger and get much worse. But, if that’s the future, what about the past?

I would strongly recommend to everyone that they read the book STORM by George R. Stewart. It was written very nearly 80 years ago. At the end I couldn’t help but marvel at just how little California’s climate has changed in all those years. Yes, that's right! Not how MUCH it's changed but how LITTLE! These kinds of things, droughts and floods, have been happening in California for thousands of years and the cycle is just repeating itself once again.

And yet something must've changed to make this disaster so bad. Something, indeed, but what? I believe that what has changed is all that development in the woods. How much of Paradise as a community actually existed in 1980 never mind in the late 1930s when Stewart wrote STORM? I was there in the early '80s and I remember it being very small. I don’t think they even had a traffic light yet but I can’t say that for sure.

So, if the decision is made to rebuild Paradise they will have to come up with a plan to ensure that this does not happen again. And here's another VERY serious thought: I have wondered about all the development around Auburn, Colfax, Grass Valley and Nevada City. Could this be the next over-developed area to explode?

Developers and residents alike simply have to learn to live with fire and find a way to work around it. You simply cannot change California's natural environment and pretend that it will never burn because it is going to. To try and blame it all on "global warming" really amounts to an attempt to shift the blame elsewhere.

As for now, rain has arrived and Grass Valley and Nevada City are safe – for another season. But people need to put their heads together and start building David I's sprinkler system.

And Paradise? Just wait another couple of years and see what happens. The area will be covered by millions and millions of tiny conifer seedlings reaching for the sky as the fire cycle reaches its conclusion. The trees belong. The houses don't. So, if we’re gonna have houses there then we need to start asking some very serious questions and come to some kind of resolution.

Fred M. Cain,
Topeka, IN
 By David I

11/17/2018  5:32PM

The fire in Paradise is a real tragedy. This should be a wake up call for all small communities thru out the Sierras, about the possibility of that it could happen too their town. away to defend against this possibility is to cut a fire break around the whole town with a sprinkler system piped along the fire break. i think this is something that should be done in Allegheny California.
 By alpha

09/06/2018  4:42PM

Testing this new subscriber.

The miners are bringing up gold, a true rumor. People in California got no idea that California still has gold. Why don't you get active with a PR campaign?

07/13/2018  12:17PM

“SIXTEEN TO ONE DOES IT AGAIN” should be headlined across California and even USA. What did those miners do? Here's just a glimpse. Click NEWS for exchange of emails between MM Miller and Brian Terhorst. Brian, long time FM radio DJ, interviewed MM live on KVMR 1995 at the Nevada County fair. Brian had difficulty walking. Both discussed how he could see the mine. Brian moved to DJ position in Chico, returning to Nevada City last year. Never made it underground.

Twenty three years later in May, Mike and Brian are sitting next to each other, live again on radio at KVMR, encouraging public support during pledge drive. Mike repeated last year’s offer for Sixteen to One mine tours as a gift. Donations to station were $120 for one and $180 for two.

Big change apparent. Now Brian is confined to electric wheel chair plus full time oxygen. Something happened in that room between them. The underground trip was raised. Commitments were made and a decision hit the listeners: Brian will go underground with the final KVMR tour July 7. Check the News topic. You will be touched as was 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.

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!

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?

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.

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

12/05/2017  11:02AM

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

08/04/2017  9:22AM


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.

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?

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 !

Fred M. Cain

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.

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!

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