August 18, 2022 

Clips from Alleghany


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02/09/2007  3:43PM

Rae sold gold from the Company’s account in New York. She got a good price…$662.40 an ounce. It hit $670 during midday trading so I guess the production from the Sixteen to One did not create a supply problem for traders.

02/09/2007  2:55PM

Miners on the 1000-foot level use an EMICO 12-B mucking machine. There is one smaller size (11-B) and several larger sizes. At the Empire mine the crew used a 21-B mucking machine, which would not work on the smaller levels at the Sixteen to One. The width of the underground workings is one factor but the height of the rock or ground support above the rail is the absolute limiting factor. When a miner scoops up rock in the bucket he then pulls a lever that throws the bucket overhead so the rock will land in a waiting ore car. This has caused problems on the 1000-foot level, where the “backs” are low. Several choices are available to fix the problem. First the miner can load the bucket and drive the mucking machine backwards until he finds clearance. The other option is to shoot out the hanging wall to make more room. Miners hate doing this because, well, bad things can happen whenever you ignite explosives underground. So, now you know one reason the footage advancement has been slow this week: low backs at the working face.

There is another reason. The mucking machine comes apart. The top part sits on a turntable, which rotates on steel ball bearings. Not often but at times the balls stop rotating. Once in a long while, a ball will mysteriously fall from the circular trough that holds them in place. When this happens the miner mucker must stop and fix the problem. This happened on Monday. The Sixteen to One has six or more machines, but since it take a great effort to drag them out of the mine and into the repair shop, they repaired them where they break. The Sixteen also has a large inventory of parts, so the repair only cost one shift of production.
 By Crush

02/01/2007  9:23PM

Here I read my nname and about the good news and the pipestuffs. Good, we need it. Jus becuse its long do. I Dont know what is the $ price or why it is, but why wory sinse ist still gold and down there anyway and ythe guys will fid it.

02/01/2007  11:59AM

Lots of activity at the mine. The 1000-foot level crew has successfully spiled through a large cave in, which had them concerned. Safety was not the issue. If they could not hold back the pile of broken quartz and wall rock, footage progress would come to a stand still. All is well. What faces them ahead is about 300 feet of minor track clearing and then the grand daddy of all blockages. Ian and Mike plan to work their way around the cave in by going up to the 600 foot level and then back down to the 1000. No one knows how long the level is blocked. One option is to drill a new tunnel in the footwall to by-pass the work of spiling.

Mike drove through town with his truck full of two-inch poly pipe (used for compressed air). Seems the detector located a hot signal well beyond the present utilities. Scoop could see the miners unrolling the bundles of pipe in the sun and then dragging 500-foot lengths into the portal. Let’s hope it’s a good bunch of gold. Inventory must be running low.

David and Rae finished pricing inventory. David panned about forty ounces of gold dust from his saws and polishers. The year-end crush went to the high-grade mill on Monday. A forty-ounce bar was poured from the chips or remainders that wasn’t useable for jewelry. Bluejay says gold hit $650 so gold valued about $50,000 was mailed from the little Alleghany post office.
 By smithsgold

01/25/2007  9:15PM

Thanks for sharing.

I enjoyed reading Part 1 looking forward to Part 2

Thanks again,


01/22/2007  12:53PM

Draft received from a recent interviewer of Michael Miller that may appear in a yet to be identified publication. January 22, 2007. Part One

Q: More stories about gold are appearing as gold increased in value last year. Are we in another new American gold rush?

A: I wouldn’t call it a new rush but there is definitely an upturn in interest. The mother of all historical gold rushes took place in California between 1848 and 1852. In modern times the current interest is a continuation of “the rush” unleashed on December 31, 1974, when gold was economically freed from government suppression. Today the general public has yet to participate even though we see more references to gold than a few years ago.

Q: How do you follow the gold markets?

A: I keep up with gold and other natural resources thanks to magazines, newsletters and newspapers, web sites or articles on the Internet, friends or acquaintances in the various industries and other sources. I enjoy reviewing company reports and SEC filings. My interest goes beyond what should be required of a president in the natural resource industry. I’m curious. My macro- economic belief is that our natural resources contribute to the liberties and freedoms the entire world cherishes. There are potential global impacts, significance for Americans and important local consequences that touch many people.

Q: While it seems simple, the realm of gold has a complex history. What single advice pops into your head to offer someone outside the gold market wanting to get in?

A: The rules are the same whether its gold or technology: go into gold with an open mind and teach yourself through study. I started that way thirty-two years ago. My family background, formal education and life-long experiences make me a risk taker but a careful one. Emotion gets in the way sometimes. The counterpoint to risk is reward. The ability to evaluate these two components is crucial with today’s gold investment options. Whether it is an investment in time, energy or money, a formula may be constructed to analyze various choices and opportunities. There are unfamiliar terms in gold mining with unclear definitions to deal with. You want a quick single concept to embrace: ponder the downside risk and upside potential.

Q: Why have you devoted thirty years to the mines in Alleghany?

The relevance of mining, natural resources and gold to our present and future well-being makes me a Sixteen to One bull. I recognized the potential quickly back in 1974. Our experiences continue to confirm my early impressions. I don’t want to go into a lot of history now; however what has taken place in Alleghany and the Sierra Nevada Mountain range is awesome. It sometimes takes my breath away just to have an interest in keeping this culture alive. While economic growth (stock appreciation) is an important goal, so is acquiring physical gold as a personal possession. This opportunity really puts Original Sixteen to One Mine in a very special and small category of gold stocks. The little guy, like me and others, has a chance to participate in something exciting.

Q: In reading your history you seem to always have plans that require money but you rarely actually go outside to get it. Why?

A: We prefer to finance our growth and development by mining gold. The Company’s fortunes turn in a single shift, so as long as we are breaking rock, fortune may tap us on the shoulders. Other reasons are more pragmatic. In order to declare a gold dividend the division of ownership must be manageable. It is. The more shares outstanding, the more difficult to divide excess gold into a meaningful amount. I monitor our gold inventory, cash flow and daily underground mining progress to quantify the risk/reward scenario. In conversations with Ian Haley, the mine manager, and the crew I gain a sense of production and what is ahead of us. My actions are to push it, in other words “risk evaluation” is a constant part of the job. It changes almost daily. Last week on the 1000 foot-level, we found a gold showing in the down-dip side of the vein. We slabbed the rock. It revealed a very nice display of gold, more than first look. Now we have the choice of proceeding with the level rehabilitation or interrupting that heading and sink on the gold. Each has a risk and each has a reward. No one knows but right below us less than a week away could be enough gold to finance our Red Star project from this production.

Q: You mentioned unfamiliar mining terms earlier. Give us some common ones and some that may be unfamiliar or poorly defined.

A: I used the term “down-dip” in describing where we found gold on the 1000-foot level. First, the dip is the angle that a bed, stratum or in this case a vein is inclined from the horizontal. Down-dip tells the direction of the incline. Its opposite would be up-dip, although this term may not be used throughout the mining industry. Mining districts develop their own terms over time, so there can be confusion of meanings even between experienced miners. For the non-miner who is trying to get a grip on evaluating gold companies, the first concept they must deal with is reserves. The Alleghany Mining District is very fortunate because the gold deposit cannot be qualified or quantified using a reserve projection. The investor today is barraged with reports about proven reserves, probable reserves, possible reserves, inferred reserves and a resource. Whew! Believe me, these terms are not interchangeable but many exploration companies as well as others lump them together. I think it is done to fuel great expectations for those seeking a play in the gold industry.

Q: Why should individuals or other entities be interested in the Sixteen to One operation and give some examples?

A: An important fact in evaluating the likelihood and meaning of meeting the two goals (stock appreciation and gold distribution) is the number of outstanding shares. This is a very important statistic for comparing all corporations. On December 31,2003, there were 12,867,250 shares issued and outstanding. The number remained the same on December 31, 2004 and December 31, 2005. Dilution was nil. The upcoming December 31, 2006, number increased by 118,204 to 12,890,204 shares issued and outstanding. This small increase was due to a stock conversion for debt, money owed a shareholder who helped purchase the Gold Crown mine in 2005, directors’ fees and a long overdue account payable. For a company that has been financially handicapped, it avoided dilution just to keep the operation going. We are not fueling our operation by selling stock. We are one of very few small gold companies that actually mines gold for its cash flow.

Q: Is a gold dividend a fluff concept or for real?

A: It is for real. One of our past directors, Lee Erdahl, was a director of Ranchers Exploration and Development Corp and became its president after the untimely death of Maxie L. Anderson. Mr. Anderson paid a gold and silver dividend. It may be the first declared in kind dividend by a public corporation. I find it an inspiring accomplishment. As of today, a gold dividend of a quarter ounce per 1000 shares would require 3,250 ounces of disposable gold. This is a realistic number for the Company to meet.

Another requirement necessary to declare a dividend is the company must be debt free. Ours was debt free for half of the 1990’s. It was debt free by mining and selling gold, not by selling stock. It also paid a $0.05 per share dividend in 1995, the first dividend in thirty-five years. For most of its corporate life the owners were generously compensated with an annual dividend and the company was debt free and met its annual cash demands. Tax laws were different but with an “in kind- pro rata distribution”, the onus of double taxation will not be a factor in distributing profit. A goal of a gold dividend is for real.

01/09/2007  10:10PM

Scoop met and talked with each of the Sixteen crew today in the mine, down the mine, up the mine, in the shops, around the surface and through the office. Whew! David has processed about forty ounces of sawdust from the rock saws. Looked like he was also preparing some merchandise for mailing. Kyle commented how Fed Ex and UPS arrived at the same time with packages: parts for a gas tester, drill parts and some strange red thing. Rae was having computer problems so was working on various projects including the copy machine. The copy machine repairman came. Felix the newest stray office cat attacked his leg (friendly like) and bit through a wire on the copier. Fortunately the guy liked cats. Felix was very entertaining. Do maintenance contracts cover cat bites?

Ian was running the hoist for a daylong repair in the 49 winze near the 1300 station. Britt and Ernie were in the winze with some timbering materials. Chico and Matt were helping on the 1000 level while they waited for smoke to clear in their round. They are mining for gold south of the Tightner Shaft. Good luck, boys. Reid was working on the phone communication. First found him on the 800 level. Later heard him phone check at the north face on the 1000 level. Reception wasn’t very good but he will fix the problem. A miner was running a 12B-mucking machine at the cave in on the 1000 level. Joe was hauling the waste with the 1 ½ ton trammer. The support guys (Aaron and Wade) will put a slick sheet down for a second car to use. The outside man was welding to get another trammer ready. The mine has six locomotives. He just fixed Mike’s tailgate, which had been falling off recently. Found Mike crawling up a raise from the 1000 level to the 600 level. Traveled with him out the 600 level way north and back to the 800 station where the pumps were discharging an impressive amount of water. Glad you asked.
 By Rick

01/09/2007  8:37PM

Hey Scoop, give us some news, eh? We're wilting out here!
 By martin newkom

01/09/2007  8:14AM

I do not believe Richard Holman
to be a relative of Joe Holman
as I was told that no relative
of Joe worked at the Sixteen.
 By John Yuma

12/27/2006  8:39AM

Was Joe Holman any relation to Richard Holman of Sonora, Calif. who worked for a short time at the 16:1 mine? Richard was a very interesting person and had some really good stories to tell. He owned the foundary in Sonora and was a friend of John Hiezer who also had many good 16:1 stories.
 By martin newkom

12/24/2006  2:00PM

As our British brothers say:
"Good Show" in 2007!!
 By martin newkom

12/24/2006  1:57PM

For Yuma's Info. I do know a
family in GV named Kuhwarth.
Not from Alleghany though. A
Kuhwarth son is married to the
daughter of Joe Holman who was
a dynamite man in the Empire
mine years ago. I do know of
two ladies living in Yuba City
and Penn Valley who were born
in Alleghany.

12/23/2006  11:38PM

Mr. Miller confided in Scoop, who gets to edit his ramblings. He is moving towards the Red Star mine. Management has verified gold along the strike from Rainbow mine to Sixteen to One mine, to Tightner mine. The previous company employed crew quit in 1965. Its OME loan dried up, as did the miners. The Red Star was their last target for survival as an operating mine. Mike believes that a pocket is deposited in the ground the crew will be exploring or developing. He has data that leads him to estimate the range of $5,000,000 to 10,000,000 (spot bullion value) as highly likely.

His “reserves” (quartz and gold previously mined) are being cashed into money to meet the approximate $90,000 monthly burn figure. Management has about five weeks of reserves to cover expenses. It’s too much math for Scoop, but the situation is: if no more gold is found in five weeks, the company can meet payroll. The future looks pretty good. Five weeks of working capital! Five weeks generated by the gold already in the bank, a value which is more valuable than reserves. Will five weeks be long enough to break into a high grade gold pocket?

On Friday the reported advancement along the 1000 foot level was thirty feet for the day. At a burn rate of $90,000 in a twenty-day month, a day costs $4,500 or $150 a foot.

Scoop’s take on current affairs:
1. the target and the pursuit are well justified.
2. everything else related to company affairs are very positive.
 By Maverick

12/23/2006  5:44PM

Hey, Mike, Rae, David, Kyle, Ian, and all the rest of you incredible hold outs from the Golden days of Gold.
Here's to 2007 and another 1,000 ounce pocket! May the good Gold Gremlins be with you.
In the meantime have a great New Year celebration but take it esy on the new couple at Caseys. I might even get up there to add to the confusion!
 By smithsgold

12/23/2006  8:43AM

Wishing everyone at the Sixteen to One a Very Merry Christmas.
Would Love to hear about Mike's last Trip to The Brown Bear Mine some of his pasted trips have been let's say Entertaining.

Jeff Smith
 By mnewkom

12/22/2006  9:10PM

No, I didn't know anyone there.
My grandma talked about some
families there. one that comes
up is O'Donnell. My grandpa
had frequent card and checker
games with H.L. Johnson. A
relative of My grandpa's
brother's wife had a lot to do
with building the H.L. Johnson
house in the town.
 By John Yuma

12/22/2006  7:07PM

Did you know any of the Kuhfeld or Wyllie family?
 By martin newkom

12/21/2006  2:07PM

In January, 1907 my mom Dorothy
Armstrong, living in Alleghany
with her folks and sister, Helen turned One Year Old.
In those days the town was
snowed in when big snow came.
Dorothy's dad and his brother,
John owned and ran the general
store there then.

12/19/2006  5:55PM

Three job applicants started the required forty-hour MSHA training program for new miners. The company has three certified instructors: Ian Haley, Ernie Locatelli and Michael Miller. Yesterday Mike gave the introduction including miners’ rights and a historical presentation of the mining industry, the company, the mine and the law. He took them to the mine where Ernie took over. Ian will work with them later in the week.

One of the guys bailed the first day. Underground mining in Alleghany was not for him. It is better to know what you are getting into for both the new miner and the company. Every new miner has a training cost. Ten of the seventeen men interviewed had potential for joining the training program. For one reason or another, Ian and Mike cut down to three. One of the issues was the time of year, winter and all that goes with it. Housing was another factor.

The 1000-foot level is progressing. Gold is showing in two locations. Ian picked a solid heavy chunk about the size of a pumpkin seed from the right rib next to the hanging wall. Metal detector (MD) signals have been found in four other spots. The plan is to push the rehab forward to the 1064 winze but the bank account may alter the plan.
 By El Dorado

12/15/2006  4:36PM

To all the folks at the mine. I thank you for all your dedicated work producing the most beautifull gold in the world. Your outstanding product has allowed me to create some fantastic heirloom jewelry. I am a very small scale jeweler, but without your gold, I would not be able to do what I do.
Merry Christmas to all of you and a prosperous New Year.
Steve Wandt, Natural Gold Jewelery

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