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 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?
 By martin newkom

06/30/2007  9:37AM

My "friendly" dentist just
filled a tooth of mine with
some kind of silver amalgam,
so I have some silver too, ha,ha.
 By martin newkom

06/27/2007  2:47PM

Congrats to the "Pres" he's
still a young'un at 65. My mom
Dorothy Armstrong was was born
not too far from the Mine ofc
between the "strong box" and
the Redstar Cafe in Jan. 1906.
If she still live she would be
approx. 100-1/2 yrs. old.
 By Maverick

06/25/2007  2:55PM

Rae - your Brownie story is one of the neatest that I have ever read. Keep up the good work and thank all of you for the great meeting.
Congratulations Mike - reaching 65 is a good start in life - the best is yet to come!
Don Jones
P.S. Dorothy and I thought the brownie was delicious!
 By martin newkom

06/25/2007  2:20PM

Such "hidden" talent, both in
displaying the Mine and its gold as well as baking and
distributing brownies at
Annual Meeting Day, Ha,Ha.
 By Rae Bell

06/25/2007  8:50AM

The saga of the brownies.
Three years ago I made a deal with Caree at Casey's Place to have her bake the brownies for the annual shareholder's meeting lunch. The first year one of the miners Faris Dolgoff happened to pick up the phone when Caree called to say they were ready. He hopped on his motorcycle and went to get them. On the way back to the meeting site he crashed!!! A portion of the brownies survived the crash but most had to be thrown out. Last year once again Caree was going to bake the brownies. Her oven kept going out and they didn't bake as perfectly as she would have liked. When Reid came to pick them up she said "Give them to the miners don't take them to the meeting" So Reid took them down to the portal instead of to the meeting site. It didn't take long for word to get to the meeting site that the brownies were at the portal. Somebody was sent to get them and they tasted fine even if they were soft in the middle. MOST of the shareholders got brownies last year. This year Caree decided to bake them in advance. It was hot Friday so she waited until evening to turn on the ovens. She was up until 10 pm baking 200 brownies. They turned out perfect. She put them at the Red Star Cafe for us as instructed.
Now it just so happens that the Fire Dept. does a bake sale on the annual meeting date and they were having one Saturday. The woman who came to the Red Star to bake the pasties saw the brownies and for some reason she assumed they were for the bake sale! You guessed it. This year the brownies got donated to the fire dept. bake sale. By the time we figured out what had happened there were about 50 brownies left. So SOME of the shareholders got brownies with thier lunch.
 By smithsgold

06/24/2007  11:28PM

Watched the Gold Fever show that they filmed there at the mine turned out pretty good.
Rae,Ian,& mike all better watch out Hollywood might be calling.
All in all one of the better Gold Fever shows thats been done.
Hats off to all the Sixteen to One family.

Jeff
 By Crush

06/24/2007  8:05PM

That gust of wind meant somthingss good going to happen undreground, what we already know, now and how evryone up on top already beleves its good
 By SCOOP

06/24/2007  1:36PM

Over 150 shareholders and guests attended the annual meeting yesterday. All is well in Alleghany. The only moment of concern was when a monster gust of wind knocked one of the poles down that held the shade netting, Confusion but no injuries.
 By SCOOP

06/19/2007  8:52AM

The busiest week of the year is here! The week before our annual shareholder’s meeting is always a busy one. You know how at home clean flat surfaces accumulate stuff? Well the site where we have the annual meeting is one of the few flat surfaces on the mine property. Every year we clean it up for the shareholders meeting. By the time the next year rolls around guess what? It is full of junk again!!! I mean valuable things of course. Big and heavy valuable things that take a tractor to move.

The mine has been in more of a “famine” than “feast” period for too long. The office staff is back to juggling bills and “putting out the closest fire first”. Friday brought a nice end to the week as the men brought up a good size bag of cut rock. The saws are going which is always a reassuring sound.

Currently we have three active headings all in the area North of the Tightner Shaft.

Mike Miller was at Klaus Kolb’s Office in Sacramento yesterday working on a filing for the Supreme Court. More on that in another topic soon.

The clampers were in Alleghany last weekend. Michael Miller gave a tour to members of the local Mining Council on Saturday. There were 25 participants. All had a great time and they even got to see a little gold in the face.

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