November 24, 2020 

Clips from Alleghany


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 By wlkirk

11/04/2010  11:11AM

Scoop observed that “. . . people regard everything man does on earth is bad.” This is all too often correct. May I add that in relative terms, mining is decried, while farming is applauded. Yet both can and have been done poorly. An example of one is the toxic legacy of the gold rush. An example of the other is the dust bowl. We should do the best we know how, but we will never be without impacts and errors.

11/03/2010  4:35PM

Original Sixteen to One Mine, Inc. timely filed its 3rd quarter 10-Q with the SEC today. A formatted copy is available. Ask Rae at

Also, Mike Miller will be on a workshop panel at the Sierra Fund Conference in Nevada City on Tuesday Nov. 9 at 11:00am at the Miners’ Foundry. He will also be a speaker at the closing panel at 4:30pm. Sierra Fund advocates, “The Toxic Legacy of the Gold Rush”.

To most of them, everything man does on earth is bad. Good luck, Mike. You are entering a den of extremists. Forget history. Rewrite it tainted with inaccurate, biased or over simplified opinions.

The event is open to the public but registration is requested. Go to Sierra Fund website for more information: We are pleased that Mike was invited to most likely bring a different perspective to the conference.

10/29/2010  2:57PM

Damage to the wooden portal leading to the underground workings was greater than first indicated. Steel sets are now in place and the entrance to the workings is safely repaired. A week's worth of time repairing the 1000 level was lost. Oh well, that's gold mining. Hang in there, guys!

10/27/2010  10:53AM

Look under "NEWS" on this page for a recent article regarding a report on prosecutorial misconduct that was published by the Northern California Innocence Project at Santa Clara University. The 16:1 is vindicated by the study but sadly, as some of you know, the mine was unsuccessful with its claim for damages against the CDAA.

10/25/2010  11:06AM

Thirty-six hours of steady rain with long periods of heavy pours. That was last weekend. Mine road has several wash outs and deep ruts but nothing that a Cat 966 won’t fix. Main portal suffered minor injury. Lots of car accident reported around Highways 80 and 49. Sun shinning now. Fire danger zero.

MSHA arrived last Wednesday and continued the inspection Thursday. Miners expressed concerned about how the Department of Labor uses the Sixteen to One mine as a training ground for new and inexperienced federal inspectors. These inspections are twice as long and seriously interrupt their work.

The plebe this time cited a square point shovel with damaged at the wooden end as a danger to the miners. He wrote, “The shovel was not tagged out of service and is readily available to any of the 5 miners on site”. Who in the mining business has ever tagged out a shovel? A new square point shovel stood right next to the older one. Maybe somewhere a miner is so stupid that the old one would be his choice to use rather than the new one, but that possibility is doubtful. Treatment like this sets back the positive respect that all US miners must have for inspectors and visa versa. Mike said that he won’t mind helping new inspectors but the company should be paid for the service.
 By Rockroby

10/16/2010  6:18PM

That would be North Bay Resources,it's mostly a drift mine following the old tertiary gold channels but does have some high grade quartz veins like the 16 to one.
The 16 to 1 is far more valuable.
 By RyanBaum

10/16/2010  5:40PM

I hear an outside firm has a deal to buy the nearby Ruby Mine and plans to start production by mid-2011.

Any local news?
 By martin newkom

10/16/2010  10:08AM

That's good to have some free
publicity. We may be likely to
have more from wherever we can get it.
 By Rae Bell

10/14/2010  8:52AM

Not sure where they got "Ten" miners from. We wish! There are only three full-time employees and one part-timer working at the mine trying to reopen the 1,000 level.
 By Rae Bell

10/14/2010  8:49AM

You can copy and paste this link into your browser's address bar to see the footage. OR if you are on facebook there is a link on our FB page.
 By Dave I.

10/13/2010  11:01PM

Channel 3 did a good photo shoot in the 16 to 1 mine, good to see folks working the mine.

10/13/2010  11:59AM

Word is: Channel 3 out of Sacramento is sending a reporter to Alleghany today. Wish it was because of a big discovery. Maybe next time.....

10/06/2010  8:48AM

Rain has finally ended the fall fire danger in Alleghany. There is an audible sigh of relief as the firefighters put their wildland gear back on the shelf. The last fire of the season was just about a week ago and too close to home at the Forest City turn-off on Ridge Road three miles from Alleghany. Luckily it was not windy and it was spotted early. The fire was contained within 30 minutes and burned only a quarter acre. Kudos to the fire crews! CDF,USF, Pike and Alleghany all responded. Air tankers were called in and made a couple drops as well.

Today attorneys from the Dept. of conservation are coming to do an inspection of the surface around the mine with Mike Miller and Klaus Kolb.

Sad news is that Felix the mine office cat has been missing since June. We doubt that he'll return. Dore is now the lone office cat and tomorrow she goes to the vet for her annual shots. Evidently animal control has picked up over 10 stray cats in Alleghany recently and they all had Feline Aids, which is very common in Ferrel cats. Felix was current on his shots, so we don't think that's what took him out.

Rehab on the 1,000 level underground continues to take longer than expected. Money is tighter than tight.

On the bright side the PM london fix today for gold is $1,346.50 and the NY Market broke $1,350 today.

08/31/2010  8:08AM

Half the crew is working on extending electrical power from the Tightner 1000 foot station north to the 1064 winze (about half a mile). The budget is tight so the guys gathered wire from the Rainbow mine and other places where it was no longer in use. Power is needed for electric saws. This level requires tender maintenance, which includes timber support. No matter how careful the crew measures posts and lagging and braces, the actual application usually changes the measurements. Driving half a mile underground just to make a cut is bad mining; therefore power is needed closer to the working face.

This morning two men are moving a large transformer from the Ballroom to the 1064 winze. Backs and muscles will be sore tonight.
 By martin newkom

08/29/2010  1:58PM

My grpa, Leiter Armstrong and his
brother, John, both being the owners of Armstrong Bros. store
in Alleghany at one point decided
to go mining and leased the Eldorado from H.L. Johnson. Well
they did better at the store than
at the mine. It was sad but they
knew the risks. Luckily we now
haqve metal detectors and $1,200
per troy ounce GOLD.
 By mnewkom

08/28/2010  2:56PM

Well, To continue, old Jule(s)
Auradou went from san Francisco
to Healdsburg and got involved
with another part of the family
who had vinyards and a winery
and then, the "gold" began to
flow.Later on old Jule(s) being
extremely spent his twilight years
in the hostile at the San Francisco French Hospital where
he was interviewed about his
life. He died there in 1932
just short of his 100th birth-
day. His great grandaughter,
my wife will be giving a talk
at the residence of the French
Consulate on M. Auradou.
The word, auradou, we are told
means "God's Gold".
 By Rae Bell

08/26/2010  8:43AM

A note to Martin:
Please keep sharing your stories!

08/21/2010  2:12PM

What is with your weather? In Alleghany potential rain clouds are moving by today. It is windy and warm right now but last night a light blanket was helpful. The community garden has an abundance of yellow squash, struggling corn and late blooming tomatoes. The apple and pear trees that were planted by gold miners years ago are barren. Everyone could fill a bucket with wild blackberries but not this year. It must be climate change. Spring was cool and sometimes downright cold. This summer is also cool. The local bears may find it tough to fill their stomachs. The young bucks (they really look healthy) are grazing at these lower elevations much sooner than normal. Local squirrels began hiding pinecones and few humans have the winter firewood cut and stacked. Yes America is at a period of uncertainty. It is evident in this mountainous mining camp.

Workers underground at the Sixteen to One have two shifts during the weekdays. There seems to be some bad ground that giving them trouble. But if you see a worker and ask, “What’s up?”, he’s likely to reply, “Just the normal problems It’s no big deal. Mining is hard, it just takes time, have patience.”

What is the California Highway Patrol driving through Alleghany at 5pm on a Friday? A month ago one cruised the community and issued multiple warnings. One guy got chewed out for leaving his jeep unattended whit a battery charger running. One miner got a speeding ticket ($330 fine) for driving above the 55mph limit on the only straight stretch of the 19-mile road from Alleghany to Highway 49. That cost him the equivalent of three days labor. A warning would have been appropriate in this instance.

The final bitch is with the USFS, which refuses to issue operation permits because of a new demand (Unreasonable) by the California Water Agency. Government extortion best describes the situation. It is disgusting! As more people learn what is taking place in the Tahoe National Forest, the outrage may stop this un-American direction of both federal and state employees. For Scoop, over and out.
 By martin newkom

08/20/2010  7:18PM

My wife's great Gr Pa, Jule
Auradou came from France in the
late 1840's and mined the creek
in Kanaka Canyon and after laying back some overburden found a nugget undeneath which
weighed in at over 20 oz troy.
His exclamation at the discovery
was "Bigre!" in french. Well,
he and his father mined for another 5years and went back
to San Francisco with their treasure and opened a meat packing firm. Later Jules sold
that and moved to Healdsburg
and went into the winery business. I've this story before.

08/19/2010  1:24PM

“Who is coming forward to take my place?” This question appeared yesterday on Main Street Alleghany. Scoop overheard Mark and Mike in a conversation about the future of the underground traditional hard rock gold mine’s labor force. “Where is the pride of work and accomplishment that we grew up with?”, Mark pondered. Mark just completed a summer of mining with his son, Steven, who is heading back to school after tomorrow’s shift. Steven entered the work force inexperienced, took it seriously and responsibly. He learned to lay track, drive a trammer, operate a mucking machine, set timber and more. His attendance was first rate. He is trustworthy, polite and willing to learn. He will be missed. Mark wondered, who would take Steven’s place. So does Mike.

The skills of an Alleghany hard rock miner are multifaceted, yet teachable and learnable. It takes willingness for both teacher and student to make it a success. The work is physically demanding. The Sixteen to One has the teachers and is looking for the students. Mark and Mike walked off in the same direction. Who is coming up to take our places?

WANTED: Young Men with a desire to become a gold miner. No experience necessary. Must be eighteen or older. Attitude counts. Apply now.

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