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 By SCOOP

06/18/2009  3:19PM

The weedwackers are buzzing in Alleghany.

Tents are up at the minesite landing.

Ovens are baking goodies for the bake sale Sat.

The clampers are coming to town and the 16 to 1 shareholders and a group of bicyclist! There also is a training operation going on in Plum VAlley Sat. with all the local fire departments and the Forest Service.

Busy weekend.

For those driving to Alleghany Sat. there will be a parade in North San Juan at around 9 am. The way to get around it, is to turn off at Tyler Foote Road off Hwy 49 before you get to North San Juan. Then just past the white fire station on the left and at the store "Mother Truckers" turn left on Oak Tree road, this will take you back to hwy 49 at the post office in North San Juan and hopefully the parade doesn't go down that far!
 By SCOOP

06/05/2009  10:53AM

Alleghany had heavy thundershowers on the night of the 3rd into yesterday morning. A little over one inch of rain fell. The lightning show was impressive!

An MSHA inspector visited the mine on Thursday. The compliance paperwork was reviewed and no citations were issued.

Please look at the homepage as Rae Bell has been busy updating information on the gold collection. Edda Snyder is putting together a color catalog with individual prices that should be available next Thursday the 11th. Send $10 to receive your catalog.

Edda is graduating from High School today! She has been working in the corporate office a few days a week as part of her senior year studies. The mine is lucky to have her graphic art talent on board and she is learning to do the bookkeeping too! Congratulations on your graduation Edda!

Underground Gold Miners Museum had its annual meeting of membership last Saturday. Two new board members were appointed and the incumbents, whose seats were up, were re-elected. The membership adopted an amendment to the bylaws to allow up to eleven board members. This was done in the hopes of getting more active involvement going. Currently there are six board members and their biographies will be updated soon on the museum web page. www.undergoundgold.com A raffle was held of all current members and John Scully won the raffle prize. To become a member and support the museum’s efforts to preserve, promote and protect mining resources through education go to the museum link (upper right) on the Sixteen to One home page and then click on “membership” on the museum page. Underground Gold Miners of California Museum is a 501 (c) 3 non-profit. Donations are tax deductible to the full extent allowed by law. The museum is a separate entity from Original Sixteen to One Mine, Inc. Many people seem to be confused about this. Establishing its own identity is one of the museum’s priorities this year.

The Sierra County Fire Safe council was awarded a grant to create a “fire safe zone” below the town of Alleghany. The project is well underway and must be completed by June 30th.

Sierra County has applied for a grant from the Dept. of Housing and Community Development to build a new ambulance station in Alleghany. A public hearing will be held on Thurs. June 11th at the firehouse in Alleghany at 6pm. This is a much needed structure for Alleghany. Our ambulance is over 20 years old and is unreliable. Downieville Fire Protection District has a new ambulance to give to Alleghany but it is too large to fit in our current structure. As a matter of fact the only way we were able to get the current ambulance in the shed was by shaving a couple inches off the rafters in the shed and removing the antennas from the roof of the ambulance!
 By SCOOP

06/01/2009  2:28PM

Pencils were sharpened and calculators were firing as David and Mike reviewed the gold collection with the intent to drop prices. Thirty-one pieces out of 100 were studied (all specimens with no carvings). The old price totaled $323,090. The new prices dropped $71,955. Even though the spot price for gold rose from the original pricing, the idea is to bring them down to make some sales.

The next step is to cross-reference them with the photographs made last spring and make a nice spread for this web site. Too bad no one stepped up to keep the collection whole. It is truly a slice of California’s gold as Huell Howser would say.
 By SCOOP

04/24/2009  8:26AM

It is snowing here this morning! What did I just say?
 By SCOOP

04/22/2009  10:54AM

Springtime in California is as unpredictable as its politics. It's hot!!

Word is that a couple of hundred tons of footwall has moved into the 800 level so the track is no longer passable. That sounds like a big number but it should be fixed and timbered in three days. Maintainence is on-going and a must for most underground mines.
 By SCOOP

04/14/2009  1:44PM

It's snowing in Alleghany today. Not reallly sticking though.
 By mnewkom

04/14/2009  1:44PM

For Rick: los osos todavia
estan duermiendo, quisas.
 By Rockroby

04/12/2009  8:59AM

Happy Easter everyone
I hear the Brown Bear is for sale,three million I hope it sells
and the Sixteen to One can get back to mining.Having no luck getting shares on the open market even at a dollar per.Looks like Western Goldfields got bought out by New Gold & Bullion River might be back mining soon maybe they would like to buy the Brown Bear their right next door they also own land right next to the 16 to 1.
May the future be Golden
 By Rick

04/10/2009  5:02PM

Scoop...when you see Mike, mention how I'd like to do a supply run to the Plumbago as soon as the road seems reasonable.
 By SCOOP

04/09/2009  9:34AM

Road open. Scoop checked in with Buck at the Plumbago Sunday. His beer is holding but getting low. Someone brought him a ten pack of chew, so the tobacco habit is okay. Buck has held order at the mine since 1999. Keep it up, Buck. Mountain House road is blocked by snow at Forest. Drove to the Yuba river bridge at the Nevada County/Sierra County line. Road very rough but passable.
 By blackjack

04/08/2009  7:40PM

Is Kanaka Creek road open, if open how far in ?
 By Rick

04/08/2009  6:32PM

Hello Scoop! No bears sighted in town?

I'm curious about the snow level and snow-pack.
 By Rick

03/31/2009  5:18PM

Donde esta los osos?
 By Rae Bell

03/23/2009  11:02AM

Guess scoop didn't catch the weather prediction for the weekend. They were prediting snow down to 2,500 feet by Sunday. I don't think it got that low, but we got about 8 inches of snow here. It cleared up last night and was 16 degrees on my porch this morning! And as a reminder we ALWAYS get snow in April.
 By SCOOP

03/21/2009  2:25PM

Hey, almost forgot to mention the two videos to see and vote your preference. It will help the new video production team and someone will win a quartz and gold specimen for their effort. Why not you? Check NEWS for location of videos.
 By SCOOP

03/21/2009  2:22PM

Alleghany is a quiet little village. Most snow in town has melted. Currently raining, which will wipe out the rest of snow. Henness Pass road for snowmobiles only. Mountain House road closed just past Forest City. Kanaka Creek road passable but a struggle in places. Foote Crossing road open all the way to Nevada County and beyond.

Mine maintenance is staying ahead of mine decay.
 By SCOOP

03/08/2009  6:00PM

Last week closed with an upbeat. On Thursday, miner Reid reported that the pump failed, no water was being removed from the mine. Of all equipment operations in an underground mine, pumping failures cannot wait. They demand immediate attention. One in-line submersible high head pump is handling the water needs but the pump is a long way down the 49 winze.

With the power off Reid did some continuity tests and found a three-phase 480 volt circuit breaker was not acting right. He brought it out of the mine to the shop. Some cleaning etc and it seemed okay; but was this why the pumps shut down or was the motor shot? Tommy knocker luck was with the mine. The breaker was installed, a hike back up to the 800 level, switch power back on and up comes the water. Removing a pump is heavy work and today it was not in the cards.

The cause could be the PG&E power failure during the recent storm.
 By SCOOP

02/26/2009  11:24AM

Scoop got permission to post the draft minutes from the last Director's meeting.

Original Sixteen to One Mine, Inc.
Regular Meeting of the Board of Directors
Friday, February 18, 2009.

The regular meeting of the board of directors was held on February 18, 2009 at the Corporate Office, 527 Miners Street in Alleghany. The meeting was called to order at 11:00 am by President Michael Miller.

Present were Directors Michael Miller, and Scott Robertson, Dan O’Neill attended by speaker phone. Secretary Rae Bell was present and took the minutes.

The minutes of the April 10, 2008 meeting were approved as read as were the December 1, 2008 phone conference minutes.

The year-end financial statements were reviewed. It was noted that income in 2008 was 80% less than 2007. Operating expenses were 56% less in 2008 than 2007. For the year ended December 31, 2008 the company shows a loss of $360,000. The company has very little cash and has been managing to “keep the lights on” with the little bit of slab and jewelry sales that continue.

Regarding the status of the mine, there are four men helping out with maintenance on an irregular schedule. The Mine Safety and Health Administration did an inspection in January and it went well. There was only one paperwork citation which has already been abated.

Under “Old Business” Mike reported that he was very disappointed in the effort to sell the gold collection by Fred Holabird. The catalog was not even published until June and he hasn’t heard from Fred in months. Mike will get documentation in writing that the “deal is off” with Fred. No interested parties were found. The decision has been made to break up the collection and try to sell individual pieces. Dave Connor of Orocal took flyers to the Tuscon Arizona gem show this month.

The Pink Sheet listing has been put on hold.

The MSHA citations mentioned at the last board meeting were negotiated to everybody’s satisfaction with one being dropped and one being reduced.

Under new business, the date for the annual meeting was set for June 20, 2009 by unanimous consent.
The date of record for proxies was set at April 1, 2009.

There was a discussion about the possibility of doing either a preferred stock offering or else some type of limited partnership to raise capital. Mike will continue with his research.

There being no further business before the board the meeting was adjourned at 1:00 PM

Respectfully submitted:


_______________________________
Rae Bell Arbogast
Secretary
 By SCOOP

02/20/2009  4:26PM

Second day of sunshine in Alleghany. A series of cold storms swirled above the community, leaving piles of snow four to six feet high in places. Well, in two spots on the mine roads the snow was over twelve feet high. Have you seen the long snow sheds in the old pictures on the Sixteen to One? There was a reason for those structures and its all about snow. They all disappeared years ago.

When the mine started attracting new money in 1979 through 1984, the operators leasing the mine used the old buildings. The big shop no longer had the snow sheds and no one rebuilt them. You know what happens each winter. The snow slides off the metal roofs and forms a huge pile along the road. That’s the first big snow problem. When the new mill was built, the roof must be over 100 feet long and all the snow piles up on the road to the portal. It’s like plowing through a mountain. Reid says, “enough of this. Let’s build snow sheds before next winter NO MATTER WHAT”. Sounds like a good plan.

The roads are open, the power (which was off all over the area for several days) is restored and the underground inspection turned up no new problems except a shorted out phone line. The water level is where it is supposed to be, and the walls are not tumbling down. Maintenance never ends.

The board of directors held a meeting last Wednesday in Alleghany. The annual shareholder meeting is set for Saturday, June 20, 2009 at the mine. Plan for it now. The lackluster response Mike has received for funding opportunities is the biggest concern. A plan to authorize the creation of preferred stock to increase interest is under consideration. Approval must come from shareholders. Seems like a good idea for gold investors to work out an agreement with the company with added flexibility and customized terms.

Spot passed the $1000 mark. Mike is fine with spot at $800 or better. The demand for gemstone quartz and gold is high as is the price. Maybe the increasing spot price will move some lookie-lou into action in finding a good gold opportunity like the Sixteen.
Scoop, however, thinks the adventuresome risk takers disappeared with trillions of lost capital. Where are those titans of industry when needed? Hey, wake up! America needs you now financing our basic industries.
 By Rae Bell

02/05/2009  3:52PM

Missy the Mine Cat

One morning approximately eleven years ago, I was sitting here at my desk in the Sixteen to One office. Mike’s truck pulled up and he came running in. “I caught a kitten in my raccoon trap”. (Having raccoons in the house gets old fast. They wash their food in the toilet). “Oh” I replied hardly looking up. “What should I do with it?” he asked. I said “You can call animal control and they will take it”. As Mike runs back to his truck he says over his shoulder: “Maybe you should take a look at it”. I knew what that meant. In comes Mike with his “raccoon trap”. He sits the trap on the floor and peering out at us are two bright green eyes. The kitten is a tortoise shell with white feet, a white chest and strikingly long white whiskers. Mike says, “Maybe we should try having an office cat”. At the time Mike’s black cat Blondie was a senior citizen and a kitten would have been too much for her. (She already had raccoons to contend with). Skeptically I agreed; we could give it a try. We let the kitten out of the trap and she was WILD! Not feral wild (she would let us hold her) but freaked out wild. She was jumping around knocking papers off my desk, racing around, and hiding. This wasn’t playful wild, this was scared wild. We knew she might need time to adjust so we just tried to hold her and pet her. Near the end of the day Mike went home to get a litter box and some cat food for the kitten. About twenty minutes later he came back with ANOTHER kitten. This one was a gorgeous calico. The first kitten was delighted to see her sister. (Both kittens were girls.) We just laughed to watch them play and of course both cats ended up calling the office home. The Calico we named Doré and her sister Missy . They had distinctly different personalities. Missy was the most social. Social is an understatement for Missy’s behavior! Later we thought we should have named her Velcro Kitty. Every visitor who walked in the office door was greeted by Missy’s persistent affection. If she could get close enough to your face she would gently pat your mouth with a soft paw.

About six years ago Missy began to lose weight. After many visits to the vet, her problem was still a mystery. Further diagnostics would require a trip to the big city and $1,000 just to get started. We decided against that and fed her a special diet not expecting her to live much longer. About two years ago Mike, now catless decided to take Missy home where she would not have to compete with Doré and the latest addition to our office cat family Felix. (Another story.)

Sadly last Friday on January 30th Mike rushed Missy to the vet because she seemed a little worse. The vet put her down. Mike brought her back to Alleghany and gave her a proper burial last Saturday. Kitty heaven for Missy is a lap to sit on and a hand to rub her head FOREVER amen.

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