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 By Rick

10/25/2007  9:29PM

When the fabric of attempt gets stretched thin the perseverence of the outcome brings the toast-glass high!
 By martin newkom

10/25/2007  5:35PM

The company that made the big
gas discovery the started them
on the way to being a big co.
was Occidental Petroleum.
 By bluejay

10/25/2007  11:45AM

Agnico Eagle Mines will spend over $40 million just on drilling alone this year.
 By martin newkom

10/24/2007  8:13PM

As the head driller told the
lease owner years ago when at
approx. 6800 feet at a site in
Lathrop, Calif. "Keep Drilling"
"Keep Drilling"! Well, they
did and hit the second largest strike of natural gas in the
history of exploration in Calif. Source: Armand Hammer's
Autobiography.
 By SCOOP

10/24/2007  9:25AM

Scoop quits evaluating the quartz vein in the headings. See last posting. The indicators for gold are fooling everyone. Each miner who has seen the high-grade concentrate into a nice “pocket” can’t believe the lack of production over the past year.

The underhand decline and sublevel drift produced nary an ounce of gold.

Work towards the Sixteen to One shaft is continuing, one round per day.

The raise between the 800-foot level and 600-footlevel is well underway. Spirits are low in Alleghany, but confidence is high, whatever that means. These miners need to catch a break.
 By SCOOP

10/01/2007  3:34PM

Good look at the underground headings this morning. The sinking/ underhand drift work place floods each day after shift. It is in a wet part of the mine. The pump is air driven, so the compressor must be running to keep it dry (compressor only runs during the shift). As the heading advances, it takes a little longer to pump out. Under consideration is switching to an electric pump with a float valve. It seems to be a toss up because if no gold is found in about ten more feet, the heading will be abandoned.

One crew began a low degree raise towards the old Sixteen to One shaft about sixty feet below the 800 foot level. Boy, the quartz has all the look of a home for gold. The vein is about four feet thick with other features that are favorable to gold deposition. There is a good spot to dump the shot-rock, but Ian must decide whether to continue hand mucking, using water, or set up a slusher. Time is always a factor.

The 800 hanging wall drift crew is getting a round per shift. This looks more like a long shot for success. The strike of the vein is changing, which can be a positive geological occurrence but the quartz looks somewhat splayed. It is carrying sulfides, which is an encouraging sign.

MSHA finally came for an inspection last week. There were four citations. None were serious or substantial. One: a ground plug was missing on a cement mixer that was used a month ago in the construction of a change room for the miners. Two: a light bulb was out on one of the trammers. Most of the time the trammer drivers leave the lights off. Their headlamps provide enough light and they hate to interrupt their vision, which becomes accustomed to the low light after a short time underground. The inspector wrote that the hazard he saw was the potential of running into miners on foot. Humm. Three: a report (retrieved on the internet) for certifying annual refresher training was filed on the wrong form. Four: an allegation that the mine does not have alternative mine rescue capabilities arranged. This should be cleared up- in a conference and the citation vacated. The total money is $240, another blow to the boys.

An ongoing concern of the company is the proven fact that the media will use the number of citations to show how reckless mine operators are about the safety of the miners. That’s how the system works in a society that spends about thirty seconds analyzing a serious topic.

Heavy bursts of rain the past weekend. Alleghany is not ready for winter after the first week of fall.
 By SCOOP

10/01/2007  9:13AM

The initial hydropower feasibility report for generating electricity for the mine is completed. The current water flow used to calculate (September), the elevation change (head) and the friction loss indicates that the company will make about $35,000 of electrical power a year. Since the water flow was at seasonal lows, the kilowatt production is likely to increase during the wet months.

The two big expenses for this power plant are the Pelton wheel system of generation and the 2500 feet of high-pressure pipe from the source to the power plant near the portal. The system cost is estimated to be $65,000 to $75,000 installed. In two years the power plant will pay for itself.
 By SCOOP

09/11/2007  5:28PM

Ian and Mike returned from the MSHA hearing in Nevada City seemingly content about the proceedings. The administration judge is based in Denver not Washington DC as reported earlier. At issue are two citations. Both citations dealt with allegations that openings next to regular travel ways could be fatal to a miner. The openings were not contested; however the section cited and a potential for injury or death were. There is nothing wrong with openings in a mine. There are a series of facts that must be present for the situation deserves a citation.

Mike practically apologized to the judge for requiring a formal hearing for the citations. He complemented the MSHA district office negotiator, John Pereza, for his effort to mitigate the charges in a compromise. He stressed the need that today a miner must challenge false allegations because both the press and lawyers are using citations as evidence that mine owners or management are criminals. He should know. He also thinks it is wrong for the government to post citations on its web cite before they are adjudicated.

Our guys seemed concerned that all parties must use words, such as a travel way according to their definition when writing a citation. Through the cross examination of the mine inspector responsible for writing the citation, Ian and his own testimony, Mike presented a step by step analysis of the actual circumstances at the two separate inspections. Troy, one of the inspectors, was newly trained. This was his first Sixteen to One mine inspection. Both Ian and Mike testified that Troy’s facts and observations were not correct (neither were present during the inspection). These two, however, have sixty-three years of experience in the Alleghany mines, mostly at the Sixteen to One. They clearly know the lay of the land and over the years are knowledgeable about the safety standards regulating the operation.

The other inspector did not come to the hearing. He took a job in the private sector and quit MSHA. Scoop learned that this is a growing trend in the industry due to the need for more experienced miners in Nevada.

Ian says they won the arguments and logic but won’t win the hearing because they never do. Mike just says, hum. The judge said he would make his decision in a month or so. He probably wants to review the transcript, which was recorded by a private stenographer.
 By martin newkom

09/06/2007  11:58AM

Have no fear, they will find
it!!
 By SCOOP

09/05/2007  6:41PM

PG&E turned the power off in western Sierra County this morning at 8am. One of the main transformer stations is in Alleghany. Power feeds to Downieville, Sierra City, Goodyears Bar and Pike. If you called the mine office, no one answered because no one was there. The power is back on (6pm).

The miners were able to work because the backup diesel air compressor was hooked to the air intake next to the electrical compressor. The psi dipped to 90 during the day with two drills running, a slusher and the mucking machine. All in all the Ingersoll Rand 400 cfm compressor did a great job. The electrical compressor is about 1000 cfm.

Looks like management has challenged a couple of MSHA citations and were unable to get the issues solved with the inspectors. A hearing is scheduled for Tuesday, September 11, 2007 in Nevada City. The amount of proposed fines is about $220. Scoop asked Mike why didn’t he just pay the fines and avoid the time spent before a judge. He had this to say.

“ The press as well as lawyers are using citations as evidence that mines are either unsafe or the miners or management are operating in a knowing unsafe manner. You know what this leads to!!! Well, it can be a piece of probable cause to indict a mine officer or a mine supervisor for manslaughter, which would send him or her to prison. These citations are not warranted, and I cannot take the easy way out for convenience. Sure it’s the money, but much more is at stake as perhaps well meaning people, ignorant about the realities of operating the Sixteen to One mine, make claims that are not correct. I hate these hearings. After all, it is our tax dollars at work: a judge flies in from Washington DC, a reporter makes a transcript, a lawyer drives up from San Francisco, a couple of MSHA employees come to testify and Ian and I go to Nevada City for a couple of hours. I sure hope we prevail. The mine inspector who wrote the citations probably believed he was right; however, the actual circumstances say otherwise. ”

Miner Mark and his 18 year old son are sinking south of the gold found in the footwall vein. They have blasted quartz everywhere else. Where is that pesky gold?
 By SCOOP

08/30/2007  5:19PM

Scoop begged and begged some more to go into the mine today. Few of us remote rural Californians have air conditioning. The most we get is a swamp cooler and usually the filter is plugged with leaves and rat nests or the water connection barely works. Naw, this isn’t meant to be whining or complaining. It’s just a fact of life, things we give up for clean air, no traffic and a majestic view of the sky and stars each day and night. No one in Alleghany has air conditioning, something city dwellers take as a right!

Well, Alleghany does have the Sixteen to One mine. For those of you who have been underground, you know why Scoop shamelessly begged for an inspection of the new project on the 800 level: cool air with just the right amount of moisture on this hottest day of the year.

Ian took Scoop to the heading where miner Mark had been preparing to began sinking on the vein. Mark had been a miner raiser for many shifts as the crew drilled blasted and slushed the vein upwards from the 800 level; however, once again the gold was elusive and pleasures were few. The reasons for choosing this heading were solid. The miners knew where they found gold over the past six month; they knew the gold pockets from historic maps; they knew the geology of this large unmined area north of the Tightner Shaft. Nevertheless, the high-grade sacks remained empty, deep enough and time to take another approach. (The Company had threes pay days in August plus over $13,500 was paid to the BLM to maintain the unpatented claims.)

Lead miner Mark and his crew are now miner sinkers, a term that causes muscles to ach and management to shudder. Gravity is no longer their friend. Miners are always aware of the force of gravity and use it whenever possible to help their work. They set up their equipment and moved four feet north of where the gold shoot should be located. Wish them good luck.

The time underground was too short for Scoop. If you ever get a tour of the Sixteen to One mine, you will always remember the cool air in the summer or the pleasantly refreshing air in the winter. You will also remember the shock to your eyes, as you emerge into the bright sun after a few hours underground.
 By SCOOP

08/24/2007  2:16PM

Scoop has been remiss; maybe it’s the gorgeous weather. The rattlesnakes seem to be especially happy to be in Alleghany this summer. What’s with that? Rae has had three in her yard this year and had close encounters with two of them.

To answer the question below from Mark R.: Yes, our waste rock has been assayed again and again and we just sent a sample to be assayed this week. Historically it has been proven that in the Sixteen to One mine most of the quartz is barren but an “aura” of mill rock will often surround gold pockets. This mill rock is easily identified with metal detectors. If somebody more knowledgeable than this scoop would like to elaborate please be my guest!

The Sixth Annual “Old Alleghany Days” was a success. All had a good time and the Fire Department made some much needed money. Thank you to everybody who attended and participated!

Contest Results

Drilling Contest - Professional

1st Place 1 minute 35 seconds David Byers
2nd Place 1 minute 47 seconds Adrayan Aguirre
3rd Place 1 minute 52 seconds Matt Jurgensen

Mucking – Adults

1st Place 1 minute 54 seconds Larry Wall & Mrs. Wall
2nd Place 2 minutes 12 seconds Tim Fadda & DJ Minsart
3rd Place 2 minutes 15 seconds Josh Grimes & Larken Bauers

Mucking – Kids

1st Place 1 minute 48 seconds Sarah Ray & Tristin Ray
2nd Place 1 minute 54 seconds Elijah Bauer & Matthew Finney-Jordet

We did not get the results of the watermelon eating, nail-pounding or sack race contests but enjoyed watching them. Thanks to Cathy McGuirre (Degrio) for putting those on for us this year.

The Sixteen to One Crew made the Drilling and Mucking happen. Thank you guys! To see photos of the festivities go to http://www.exquisitepixels.com/AlleghanyDays2007/
Sorry I can't make this a live link but you can highlight the address and use copy and paste to put it in your address bar.



Gold production has been disappointing at the Sixteen to One Mine. The quartz vein is “blowing out” (getting bigger) in the 800 North Footwall Drift. A crew is raising above where the 50 ounces came out recently and the Quartz looks favorable.

A shareholder of the mine who is a retired Hydroelectric Engineer volunteered at the annual Shareholder’s meeting to help us put in our own hydroelectric plant. Another generous Shareholder has volunteered funding for the materials. Work is in progress. This has been a dream for many years. Hopefully our dream will come to fruition this year! We cannot say enough about how much we appreciate this help so we’ll just say THANK YOU!

Our hearts go out to the families of the miners in Utah. All miners feel the impact when something like this happens. May their families be strong and find healing with time. May they rest in peace.
 By Mark R

08/03/2007  12:05PM

This being the 16 to 1, waste rock here could be high grade anywhere else. The better question would be "Were samples of the waste assayed?"
 By SCOOP

08/02/2007  5:28PM

Scoop saw Ian after work at the village watering hole and asked your question, Mark. Ian laughed, “If it had any gold, it wouldn’t be graded waste. Yeah, it’s always a possibility because we know we’re in a gold area but if it does, none of us are professionals at our job. So I’m confident that this waste is waste.”

Mike directed Ian to drill and break the round in large pieces that work for stonemasons. Good quality building stone brings up to $500 a ton in some northern California cities. If the crew gets 50 tons a shift and half of that is masonry material, hmm is that $12,500?
 By Mark R

08/02/2007  2:17PM

Does the waste rock have any gold values at all?
 By SCOOP

08/02/2007  12:08PM

Yesterday was a record day at the mine. The crew working on the 800-foot level hauled 33 tons of waste rock (muck) from the headings. Ian expects them to reach and maintain about 50 tons per day. Just to remind you, the crew is running a raise from the 800-foot level to the 600-foot level on the quartz lens than contained the gold mined several months ago. This raise has a wing to the left and a wing to the right, so there are actually three faces to drill and break. Unfortunately, everyone expected to intersect the pay shoot by now. It has not happened, but the gold carrying lens remains strong with many of the indicators associated with high-grade gold visible.

The 800-foot level crew consists of four miners. Two work the raise and two are also advancing the level to the north into a major block of virgin vein. Drilling and blasting are quicker than removing the muck, which is slushed from the raise into waiting cars. At the level advance the broken quartz is loaded into cars with a mucking machine.

There are two electric powered trains (trammers) that pull the ore cars outside. While one train is driven to the portal, the other one is loaded. Both trains are pulling three cars. (Normally a trammer could pull up to six cars but there is a slight incline north of the Tightner shaft that limits the load.) Not far from the raise is a rail switch used to trade trains.

Flash!!! The lead miner working the raise just drilled into the 600-foot level. This will help ventilate the wing raises so the guys may be able to ignite the round during the shift. The way to find gold at the Sixteen to One is by breaking rock in favorable locations. The more rounds a shift, the sooner the gold. Good luck, miners.
 By SCOOP

07/08/2007  12:59PM

No action on the 1000 level. This area gave way to the headings off the 800 level because short term prospects for gold seem better. The level will be in the same condition when the miners are allowed to continue with clearing the remaining 100 plus feet to the 1064 winze.
 By cw3343

07/07/2007  3:14PM

Anything going on down in the 1000 level?
 By SCOOP

07/06/2007  4:37PM

Glad you asked about breaking rock. The mid week holiday took a toll on production: one miner planned for a long weekend but three just disappeared. HOWEVER, the rock was flying. A new raise started up-dip about thirty feet from the face on the 800-foot level. (For those who went underground at the shareholder meeting on June 23, it was where the long tom was sitting on the tracks.) One lead miner made about sixteen feet not including widening the hanging wall and down-dip side of the level in order to install an ore chute and slusher. The plan is to drill and blast the barren quartz lens as work advances. Then shoot the gold bearing lens separately. Today he got a round up the raise and before quitting time shot out about three feet of the floor of the raise (the gold bearing lens). Happily, the quartz is carrying little pieces of gold, which is what Ian and Mike expected to see. Of greater significance is the evidence that the gold carrying lens is getting wider as work continues up the raise.

This is reminiscent of a pack of hound dogs circling about the forest in order to tree and find a fox. This pack of alpha dogs has been sniffing out the small pieces of gold for a long time. They’re not about to leave this forest of quartz because the scent of gold is strong. Time will tell whether this fox is found up a tree.

The 800-level heading also advanced another twelve feet in the quartz. Ian says if these headings flop, he should get a new profession!
 By Mark R

07/06/2007  2:08PM

Any rock breaking going on this week?

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