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Clips from Alleghany


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02/17/2011  1:17PM

Hello winter!
The Northern Sierra Nevada Mountains and foothills are white again. The majestic pine and fir trees are coated with snow. Their limbs bend gracefully under the weight of the third day of a storm. Yesterday was a battle to open the road to the mine and today it is a choir of upkeep. Nevertheless, the crew is AWOL. Sierra County road crew had a tough time yesterday morning. Snowplows were seen off the road in several spots. The “old-timers” spirits are shouting, “This ain’t nothing. Nineteen feet brought this community to a stand still for a brief spell. Even the county seat, Downieville had four feet on the ground during our winters. Now a couple of inches is all they get over there.” Don’t ya just love those old-timers. No cell phones, few 4 x 4’s, numerous power outs and it took overnight to get to a place where we can go in an hour.

02/10/2011  8:49AM

For those of you who don't look at the homepage, a new photo has been posted.

Clear weather continues in Alleghany, but it's cooled off a bit. Word is we might get some precipitation this weekend.

The newest resident of Alleghany: Rose Lillian Gray was born on January 28th.

01/27/2011  4:05PM

Spring-like weather is great for humans and other mammals this time of year, but not so great on the plant community. A plum tree was spotted in Rae's yard yesterday that is pushing out buds.

Greg Marks the field representative for Assemblyman Dan Logue visited the mine site and reviewed the information about the lawsuit. The water coming out of the old twenty-one tunnel looked good, the creek looked good and he just stood there and scratched his head in wonderment, thinking "what's the problem here."

Just a few miners at the mine, plugging along.

Another "old-timer" has moved on with the passing of Monroe Baldrige. We will miss seeing him on his modified lawn mower heading to Casey's Place for a drink. His laughter will be remembered.

01/17/2011  11:56AM

The longest Scoop silence has come to an end. December was ugly in the mountains. It was cold, wet and foggy or cloudy. The early winter climate change began in October and seemed to alter people’s mood, Scoop’s as well. What changed today? It must be the weather. Don’t know if the Sacramento valley remains under a cloud of fog but us mountain folks are feeling the warmth of one of California’s greatest assets…the sun. It must be over 60 degrees outside right now.

Social critic and defender of naturalism (born in 1819), John Ruskin wrote, “Sunshine is delicious, rain is refreshing, wind braces up, snow is exhilarating; there is no such thing as bad weather, only different kinds of good weather.” A long forgotten Englishman (born in 1608) wrote, “Change of weather is the discourse of fools.” Both observations have merit so Alleghany, the mine and many living in northern California’s gold country experienced an unusual fall/winter and are fools. What about those gold miners?

No whoops of joy, wild celebrations or new trucks occurred since November 27, but sometimes no news of despair were heard either. Whatever small underground work going on has continued uninterrupted only slightly by heavy snow, rain or other natural forces. What is unnatural seems to be the continuing oppression by just two California agencies based in Sacramento: central water and former mines and geology now called conservation. City folks need to visit the backcountry more often and observe the actual conditions and people living there. Sitting in a forced air heated room all day must dull a person’s cognition. Perhaps that is why some desk jockeys ride to the backcountry for replenishing their spirits. They are missing their duty, obligation or responsibility in the ongoing treatment of the Sixteen to One mine. Scoop is cautiously optimistic (hopeful is more honest) the fresh approach under the direction of Governor Brown reaches all of his executive departments. He is responsible for their conduct!

So how does Scoop see the attitude in Alleghany? The 2011 year will be a turn around and one to remember for great things.

11/27/2010  3:16PM

Here’s the scoop from Alleghany:

Electric power gone last Saturday and returns Thanksgiving. That is long enough to cause some problems for all residents.

Snow last weekend turns to ice block. Fresh snow on going but the under layer of ice causes problems for snow removal on roads.

Only work last week at the mine was for snow removal on the roads. No one went underground. Some phone lines down.

Over 1,000 unopened e-mails on corporation address. Over 130 on Mike's. If you wrote either, sorry for the delay in answering.

Other than that, life in Alleghany is grand.
 By Rick

11/06/2010  8:24PM

Wlkirk, yes, it's good to know...always grand when we can make the distiction.

Along these lines, it sure makes one wonder what rambles through the minds of those opportunistic political demagogues who persist in targeting this gem of a mine (CDAA, CRWQCB, 3rd Court of Appeals, to name a few...)

Why oh why? Perhaps they have designs other than that which they claim in the name of public defense?????
 By wlkirk

11/05/2010  8:44AM

Your point is taken. I was speaking in generalities. Not targeting any one mine nor any one farm.
 By Rick

11/04/2010  6:34PM

As to the toxic legacy of the gold-rush....quartz and sand vs. toxic leach fields drastically defines the Original Sixteen to One Mine into a model for non-toxic mining. Please, let's all be sure to make this distinction.

After all, this is the legacy that distinguishes OAu from all others. Wlkirk, please recognize this.

To wit: the gold-rush has a rich history that has been tarnished by subsequent extraction proccesses...the difference between those that have caused damage and those that have not is stark.

Sixteen to One is a pure mine, with no (none!!!) environmental toxicity impact.
 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.....

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