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Clips from Alleghany


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 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.

 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

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.

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.

06/05/2007  1:45PM

Heavy rains last night. Could be the last storm of the year and the community is glad the rains came down. However it stopped all the weed eaters that were buzzing around town.

A sack of heavy arsenopyrite and gold was delivered into inventory yesterday. No one was particularly happy because it was not jewelry quality. Gold is gold, however. The crew expects more from the area but it will likely be the same type.

Since no one tried to answer the question about troy weight vs. avoirdupois weight for gold, Scoop will give a weak beginning. Avoirdupois is the ordinary system of weights of the United States and Great Britain in which 16 ounces avoirdupois make a pound. Troy weight has less than 16 ounces per pound and is the system of weights designed by people jealous of the 16 to 1 mine.

05/24/2007  5:15PM

Those hundred year old miners predicted they would be mucking the last cave-in before reaching the 1064 winze by today or tomorrow. It’s not going to happen, they say. Wednesday after shift, a Volkswagen sized rock fell from the backs completely blocking the level. It had to be drilled and blasted for advancement to continue. It’s not an excuse. It’s a reason. Reason accepted.
 By Crush

05/20/2007  8:14PM

Good ground may be found, spilpping into the cav-in. Where woorries are and the work gets bad, its like the ruberband. The tuffer it pulls the bigger then snap.

Ian and your crew, you rock.
 By martin newkom

05/16/2007  10:48PM

Is there any "serpentine"
there where they are working?
Like I;m told is in the Brush Creek?

05/16/2007  11:58AM

“The 1000 foot level, you ask. It’s just bad ground. That’s, why it’s taking so long. No, let me restate that. It is nasty ground. It is the nastiest ground I’ve seen on a rehab job in the whole mine.” Ian Haley.

“We’re going as fast as we can go. We have no choice but to support the ribs and back as soon as the muck is removed. We’re putting in rock bolts and mat plus timber stulls up dip where the rock has slid away. It’s been like this the entire length of the cave in.” Ernie Locatelli

“Disappointed isn’t strong enough. Nothing in the maps or old records indicated the presence of this wall rock on the level. Also, I talked to a miner who remembered the level being clear and without much timbering. We didn’t expect this and therefore expected to get to the 1064 winze before now. Time is money and we don’t have much of either. It’s not that the work is overly difficult. It’s just tedious.” Michael Miller

Scoop gets the picture from these three miners. Between the three they have ninety-eight years of underground mining experience.

05/11/2007  4:17PM

To answer the question below: Mike bought a new Nikon D200 camera. It's a beauty. We can expect more pictures in the future.

One more week of mucking the 1000-foot level and breaking rock on and below the 800-foot level. One sack of gold was checked into inventory. It offers the miners continued belief in the spot they are working but not much more. Sometimes there isn’t much to report. The 1000- level crew should be at the last known cave in by next Thursday. It appears to be material that fell onto the level when a seam of gouge gave way. This makes a difficult clearing process (compared to a cave in from an old stope or raise). The dangers are similar. The idea is either to remove all the loose rock or stabilize the rock as the level is cleared. It is impossible to determine the length of this next obstacle or the time to finally open the level. Good luck, boys
 By anonymous

05/08/2007  8:04AM

Hi is there any new pictures of underground and the headings being worked right now? Thanks
 By martin newkom

05/05/2007  7:26AM

That CAN'T be the real chopper
used by "Tricky Dick". Siller
Bros. has one of those type
along with one or two sky-
cranes. Their chopper shop is
near me in Yuba City.

05/02/2007  3:26PM

It’s more than a spring shower today. It is a pouring rain at about 36 degrees. Yesterday was a warm one. A logging truck slipped into a ditch going up Hell’s Half Acre Road. The driver got lost in Alleghany, something rather difficult to do. The owner called the mine for help. Mike drove the Cat 966 loader from the lower portal through town and up the dirt road. Ian took over and pulled the fully loaded log truck out of the ditch until the driver got enough traction to get the *#^&* out of town. Monday another log truck flipped on Stud Horse Grade. The driver was air evacuated to the hospital. A major clearing plan and timber harvest started near Alleghany. During March we could hear the helicopter used to transport logs to a landing throughout the daylight hours. Scoop had to check it out. The chopper was former president Nixon’s. The inside was completely striped but it is a very impressive machine and fun to watch.

Other Unusual Happenings Today. Trucks from Oregon headed down the mine road this morning with three or four guys inside. They came to move a gold concentration machine that the mine bought for $65,000 over ten years ago. It’s headed to their gold mine in Grants Pass. Their operation unexpectedly hit some free milling gold which was not being recovered with the existing flow sheet. Their company rented the machine for five weeks to keep the mill flowing without the loss.

Did Scoop ever tell you about the guy from Marin County with the gemstones and minerals buried by Sir Francis Drake? It is a fine story. Mike got a phone call from a stranger last spring with a plausible but wild story. He had dug thousands of pounds of “treasure” and needed a place to separate the rare minerals from waste. Mike agreed to help him as long as he paid the bills. They built a rock screening plant, which belongs to the mine when his screening is completed and have processed about forty tons of stuff. His bills to date total $38,645. His balance is $7,120. He arrived about noon in a U-Haul truck to take 500 pounds back to Marin County to evaluate and sell. The project will be completed before the June shareholder meeting. Everyone has a dream or so it seems.

Oh, the mine! The big cave-in on the 1000 level is almost gone. The level is blocked 200 feet ahead with what is believed to be the last cave-in. Fingers are crossed that it will be removed within two to three weeks. The track is holding up. The dump pocket is not full but the tramming time to dump the ore cars is increasing. There are no other down-dip workings to shorten the distance. All utilities are in place to the face and will be extended to the 1064 winze once the level is clear. Then the crew will seek out the gold.

The final draft of the annual report is in the printer’s hands. It will be in the mail by May 21, 2007. Shareholders will like the back cover. A new map of the current active working was drawn. The map will be a great help for those interested in following the summer activities underground.

04/24/2007  3:29PM

Ian says he can see the end of the blockage at the face of the rehab on the 1000 level. Twenty-five to go. Let’s not get too excited. One more cave-in is about 100 feet away. This one should be easier to remove. When the miners were on the 1064 winze side of it, they could hear the miners working a couple of hundred feet away. Also smoke was visible from a blast. The level still requires stulls, posts and lagging on the up-dip side. The old timers actually had timbered the area twice, as evidenced by the debris.

The newest heading is called the 1020 North Wing Raise. A numbering program has existed at the Sixteen to One mine for many years. Even numbers from the Tightner Shaft begin with the level (600 or 800 or 1000) and are designated to the north. Odd numbers go south. So, the 1020 raise goes up from the 1000 level and is pretty close to the Tightner Shaft. The crew is clearing the level to reach the 1064 winze (farther to the north). The 1016 Raise connects with the 800 level and the new heading is headed north, hence its name. Expect Scoop to report gold from this heading in the near future. If not expect Scoop to report about some very discouraged miners.

For all you readers who like more than mine talk, something very troubling happened at the office last week. The entire internal networking program and the Internet service failed on Monday. Rae and Kyle traced the problem to the router. The router failed because it was a favorite bathroom spot for the office cats. Kyle found a replacement and shouts of joy echoed down Main Street on Thursday, when the UPS truck pulled into the parking lot.

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