November 24, 2020 

Clips from Alleghany


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07/20/2010  5:11PM

A federal mine inspector arrived in Alleghany. He was seen driving down the Sixteen to One road. For those unfamiliar with mineral extraction industry in California, each operator (under very specific authority) may qualify for both California and United States government inspections. Cal/Osha hit Alleghany a few weeks ago. Today it is a division of the Department of Labor called MSHA (Mine Safety & Health Administration.
 By elitemuser

06/27/2010  5:08PM

Would love to make it another meeting sometime in the future. Here is a picture from the '95 meeting... -- the date is approx

We're now in Maryland, and its a bit of a chore to travel...
 By smithsgold

06/27/2010  10:29AM

We had a great time yesterday at the Shareholders meeting..
Learnd some new information during the meeting I'm sure it will all make it to the forum soon..
Highlight of the day for me was getting to go under ground and see the mine workings.. Already waiting to come back next year !!!!!!A big thanks to Mike and the crew for making my first time to the Sixteen to One a very special one....
Jeff Smith
 By Rick

06/26/2010  6:12PM

My spirit and heart were at our Mine today, but alas, obligations at home trumped my chance to attend.

How's it?!!!

For me, it will be grand to hear from as many of us as possible, considering my inability to attend today. I'm very interested to read what any or all of you had to say about the water-board's relentless prosecution of an environmental non-issue, and all the unchecked crap.

And, of course, the most important and vital course of action to start mining again.
 By smithsgold

06/25/2010  6:59PM

We will be there tomorrow for our first Share Holders meeting we cant wait !!!!!!!!


06/23/2010  11:54AM

Ah, early summer in Alleghany means the annual Sixteen to One shareholder meeting. This meeting took place in San Francisco since 1911 until the Miller proxy battle for bringing the company back to mining was won in 1983. The corporate office moved to Sacramento, where a couple of annual meeting were held. The new board of directors changed the meeting site closer to the mine at the K through 12 school in Pike, about twelve miles from Alleghany. An invitation to tour the mine property was offered after the formal meeting was completed.

The next progression took place in 1991, after the company bought the interests of its non-performing lessee and took over the operation of the mine. The buy out was $300,000. The money came from a shareholder and university friend of Mike. He also put up another $300,000 for working capital and off the company went taking all the risks of gold mining.

In 1992 the directors opened the underground workings to the owners. It was a huge success. Year by year the event expanded. The walk to the famous Ballroom by way of the fishpond established in 1993 became very popular. After the crew established a mining heading in 2003 from the Ballroom up dip into the quartz vein, this section of the mine became off limits for everyone except the crew. (Scoop misses going to the Ballroom. It is breathtaking and ever so humbling to sit in this giant stope and marvel at the sights and sounds. Rumor is the company is willing to shore up the area but does not have the resources to do so at this time. Volunteers anyone?)

Other areas on the mine have been open to shareholders over the years. The Rainbow mine, Plumbago and Forest. Lately the walking tour covers the 800-foot level. A few years ago a crew drilled and blasted the north end, pursuing a splattering of gold in the quartz. It never wired into a pocket and management called it “deep enough”. There is a nice fishpond where one heading sunk down twelve feet and ran a short drift north.

Something new and exciting is planned for this year’s annual meeting underground inspection. Scoop has an invitation along with local and regional media and will write an account of the meeting. Right now the crew is setting up both tents and the large overhead shade where the meeting takes place. Weed eaters are whacking away, plumbing is under repair, landings are graded, trucks are gassed up (several times a truck that transports shareholders up or down to the portal have overheated or run dry of gas), ice is in the freezer, chairs are on the way to the mine, gold specimens for sale are inventoried and 200 delicious Cornish pasties have been ordered.

Pre registers are lighter this year. For shareholders who have flexibility on Saturday, June 26, come to Alleghany by 9:30 am for a treat you will enjoy and remember.

06/04/2010  12:19PM

Unfamiliar cars parked at the Sixteen to One office yesterday. Other than the strange weather this spring, little news is coming from Alleghany, so perhaps strangers in town could be a story. Turns out a California Deputy Attorney General, court reporter and company lawyer, Klaus Kolb, drove up for a deposition hearing (Rae was the intended victim.) Rae undertook testing Kanaka Creek during 2004 and the water agency’s prosecutors questioned her involvement. She withstood the questioning quite well.

The group seemed friendly, sitting very close together in Mike’s office. The California water agents believe that the company and Mike broke the laws that govern water reporting and created a “public nuisance” along Kanaka Creek. They claim $3,000,000 in damages, that’s what the Attorney General seeks in his lawsuit.

What? Three million dollars damages cause to this clear, clean and beautiful life supporting small creek has no credibility or evidence to support it. Scoop thought California courts and its “officers” had rules and penalties for misleading the court! If the government people win the civil suit, expect criminal prosecution next. The Central Valley water management has mistreated the Sixteen to One for over two decades. The whole matter doesn’t seem civil at all. It has become an unreasonable and harmful to the public.

Scoop thinks it resembles extortion, and the allegations offered by the Deputy Attorney General are the means to get money and put this old company out of business. The young lawyer working for the Attorney General seemed like a pleasant chap, one without a grudge or axe to grind. So, WHO IS DRIVING THIS LITIGATION?

Interruption for some news… The high voltage power to the mine failed this morning. PG&E was called and the response was fast. Power is restored. The malfunction was determined to be two small mice that bit off more than they could chew in a transformer.

The questions are, who is driving this litigation and WHY? No other company working in the natural resource industry of Sierra County was regulated to perform a schedule of water tests as the ones put forth by the Central Valley Regional Water Control Board in Sacramento. Scoop reports this whole water situation is a travesty and not in the public’s interest, not only for Californians but also for all Americans. The federal government should step in and sue the water agency for breach of its professional duty and responsibility. This is a disgusting waste of taxpayers money and contrary to working for the benefit of the public. Write your state and federal representatives and demand an investigation into the politics and practices of this over reaching public agency.

Now for the weather. Rain continues but not likely to turn to snow. The PG&E repair men think the weather is related to the volcano activity in Iceland, similar to the unusual weather experienced after Mount Saint Helens blow off. Many are getting worried about fire due to the lush vegetation in the forest.

Scoop signing off with those words of president Miller in his annual message to shareholders, “Less talk and more rock.”

05/11/2010  8:13AM

Hey Rae Bell isn't that old! If 60 is the new 40 then she's not even 30 yet.

Four inches of fresh snow on the ground in Alleghany. Still the birds are chirping this morning. They know it's spring.

Maintenance work continues on the 1,000 level underground. Steel is replacing wood.

Rae Bell has the draft 10-K done and is waiting for Mike to give his input. Edda is ready to start on the annual report.
 By martin newkom

05/05/2010  4:24PM

Congrats to Rae "Ma" Bell on her
recovery. I hope the old bones
are still in good shape, all things considered.
 By Rae Bell

04/22/2010  8:57AM

My Dr. appointment went well. The bone is 3/4 filled in as far as thickness goes and the Dr. said that is good. When I asked him if I can drive yet he said I have to call my insurance co. and DMV!

I start physical therapy next week.
 By Rae Bell

04/16/2010  9:50AM

Thanks for asking Rick Bob. I'm doing better everyday. I am using only one crutch now and I can walk a little without it. Next Wednesday I go to get an xray and see the Doctor. I'll let you know what he says.
I'll be glad when the snow is all gone and stays gone though!
 By Rick

04/12/2010  5:10PM

Rae, how are you???? xoxo
 By martin newkom

04/12/2010  11:18AM

I just saw the news about Rae Bell what a mess.Good thing she had training. In my mom's day there were no emt's.Too much partying will get people in trouble. They did have a phone!!
My Gma was a pretty good practical nurse for your town when she lived there. The rest of our family lived in Honcut, Butte Co. and there was a Dr. Horton there who was married to my mother's great aunt.

04/12/2010  9:17AM

Snow in Alleghany. April is usually a snowy month and this year is no exception.

04/01/2010  2:22PM

All is well in Alleghany. Let’s get right to one problem facing all underground gold miners in California. To work a gold mine in the famous Sierra Nevada gold belt requires labor. There are few operations. Workers compensation insurance is a law. Since there are few underground miners, the insurance risk must be risky for insurance companies. Why? Read on.

An employee’s taxes paid on top of wages are: FICA = 6.20%, Medicare = 1.45%, SUI = 6.2%, SDI = 1.10%. The total is 14.95%. Workers Comp rates are: Office = 1.07%, Surface = 21.57%, and Underground = 30.37%.

For each $100 of wages paid the total taxes and workers comp insurance are: Office employees add $16.02, Surface employees add $36.52 and finally the Underground miners add $45.32. Since no insurance companies elect to insure mining operations, the only provider is the State managed company.
 By emf

02/28/2010  8:39AM

Holy Cats!! Life in a mining camp. I wish you an uncomplicated and speedy recovery.
 By Rae Bell

02/26/2010  11:20AM

On Friday the 12th there was a memorial service for Joe Anne the jelly lady a longtime resident of Alleghany. It was so nice to see the old school gym and the church cleaned up and in use! I worked long and hard helping with the preparations and then ironically here is how the night ended:

About 9 PM my husband David was locking the door to the old school gym (Sixteen to One Office) and I was standing nearby in the parking lot. A drunken mourner came up and picked me up by my thighs and started spinning around in the parking lot holding me up so my head was about two feet above his. The minute he picked me up I started yelling at him to" “Stop, stop, put me down, you’re going to fall!” to which he replied: “I’m not going to fall” and right then he fell. This all happened in the amount of time it took David to lock the door and my leg was broken. Since I AM the only EMT in town, calling 911 didn't make a lot of sense. I told David where to get the splinting supplies out of the firehouse and I had good sensation in my toes. So David splinted my leg and a couple guys helped load me in our truck and then it was a very long ride to the hospital in Grass VAlley. There we found out that both the tibia and fibula in my lower right leg were broken. I'm mostly staying home and David and Wyatt are taking good care of me. Almost every single household in Alleghany has called to offer to do anything they can for me. This is what community is about. Thank you to you all.

02/04/2010  10:00AM

Thanks auriferous, looks like Tuesday March 2nd is the date for the program.
 By auriferous

02/03/2010  12:26PM

Found schedule note here:'s-gold/

02/03/2010  9:47AM

Just got word that the date for the History Channel Program has been changed. Don't have confirmation of the date yet. Will pass it along as soon as we have it.

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