November 24, 2020 

Clips from Alleghany


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 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

12/15/2006  8:41AM

Heavy rain mixed with hail this morning. Rain all week. Hear it is going to turn into snow this weekend.

The slab for the floor in the new dry is curing. Looks good. A couple men are continuing with the plumbing etc. The lack of a dry has resulted in the miners using the new office space at the lower shop as a makeshift dry. So getting the dry built will not only provide a dry but it will free up the much needed office space.

The underground crew continues with re-hab on the 1,000 foot level.

The weekly safety meeting was held yesterday morning. The topic was welding, cylinder safety etc. The safety meeting provides a forum for the workers to share any safety concerns they have or near misses(excellent learning tools) in addition to the instruction that takes place. Follow-up on the previous weeks "old business" is an important part of the safety program.

Mike made a visit to the Brown Bear Mine in Trinity County this week. Maybe he will tell us about his trip?

12/09/2006  3:21PM

A long time project could wait no more. When the operation abandoned the upper mine office and change room, the miners lost the “dry”. That’s the place where they hang their underground clothes and change from street clothes to miners’ digs. A new dry has been under construction but looking for gold has been the priority. This week the dry became the focus. Miners worked to pour a concrete floor, so the 1000 foot level had no action for a couple of days. They did get rounds off in the area were gold should be. Heard a little was found. One more wall needs to be built and then with a good heater the guys will have a place to change. There is always more to do than break quartz.

11/27/2006  3:00PM

Impressive, you guys guessed it! The new target is a large block of virgin ground North of the Tightner Shaft on the 1,000 foot level. Historically there was good production above this area around the 600 level. Our geologist Raymond Wittkopp has given it a "thumbs up". Mike and Ian are hopeful. Rehab work is underway to open the area.

Snow in Alleghany. With the exception of a middle of the night storm on the 12th this is the first real snow of the season requiring plowing of the roads. There is 6 to 8 inches in Alleghany and more on top of the hill. It has been snowing on and off all day.

A recent "help wanted" add in the Marysville paper has prompted over 30 calls. Our last add in the Grass Valley paper resulted in only four applicants. The plan is to start interviews next week and hopefully hire two or three new hands. Miners are a rare breed. Finding them and keeping them is more of a challenge now than it has ever been. A substantial investment is made everytime a new hire is brought in. Inexperienced workers require even more of an investment (40 hours of training) making it imperative that we hire men who can make the cut over the long term. Wish us luck as we go "fishing" again.

Thanks to "Tanky" for the recent contributions. Ernie hasn't read them yet to let us know who you are (and your registration didn't help either).

Ernie is our full time safety rep. these days.
 By martin newkom

11/23/2006  1:03PM

If you have a strike north of
the "T" shaft h.l. johnson
will roll over where he is.
Best of luck!!
 By Rick

11/22/2006  7:45PM

Mighty fine, as they say.

Now, if I had a hunch (besides the one I wear as a perpetual testament to my posture), I'd guess and bet that the new target has something to do with roundy rocks, overhead in an intersect with the old Blue.

Or...(and maybe the same)...

Second guess is that this target is one that makes the heart race, somewhere north of the T-shaft.

Best guess is that you guys most likely have a collective twinkle in your eyes.

11/22/2006  4:06PM

No gold production this short week as the focus was on "dead work". Ironically it is the "dead work" that keeps us alive. Things like new lagging on the 800 level, the ever present task of keeping the mine phones working, making sure the second exit is safe etc.

Scoop heard something about a new target at the Board of Directors meeting yesterday. Management is excited, but scoop doesn't know how much is ok to reveal, so will leave that for another day.

We are having an incredibly mild November. If this is global warming bring it on! We are sure old man winter will catch up with us.

The crew would like to wish everyone a Happy Thanksgiving.
 By martin newkom

11/15/2006  11:49AM

If you have a question as to
the combustible properties of
the wooden shelves in the shop
near the portal. go to some
govt auction and buy some steel
shelves if they are cheap enough or go to the upper shop
and bring some steel shelves
down if you have them there.
good luck. martin

11/13/2006  9:27PM

Scoop got side tracked. Sorry, friends.

When a mine has an issue and is unsure whether it violates a federal MSHA regulation, the owner can ask for an inspection. No citations will be given, It is a courtesy visit. Mike asked for an inspection for a new self-contained shop that is less than 100 feet from the Sixteen to One portal. A regulation is in existence that combustion able stuff must be 100 feet from the mine access because smoke could go into the underground workings and threaten the safety of the miners.

This shop has some wooden shelves inside. The outside is all metal, like a box car. MSHA graciously sent an inspector to Alleghany today to have a look at the situation. The mine has several ways to satisfy the regulation. But is it required? First remedy is paint the wood with fire retardant paint. This is acceptable and would cost a couple of hundred dollars…the paint is expensive. It could put in a sprinkler system with those little sprinkler heads that go off at a certain temperature. This would cost less than paint but the guys have had problems with this method due to water pipes freezing.

It is very unlikely that the volume of wood in the shop would impact the miners, let alone hurt them. It is a judgment call that the inspector felt he was not qualified to make. Who is? What are the criteria for either the enforcers or the miners to sway true with an opinion? Judgment is the characteristic that is essential to sound enforcement of regulations. Therefore something must be done to alleviate perhaps a non-problem.

Mike was most gracious with the inspector, a new ex surface miner who has been qualified as an inspector for a year and a half. Mike offered the example that even water and oxygen are toxic (harmful) in certain amounts. It is not the substances but the dosage that is the crucial factor in determining harm.

Scoop has never been in one of America’s coalmines but would be very nervous about his safety. The hard rock mines of Alleghany may make an unfamiliar inspector nervous to the point of writing citations for truly non-concerns. Does this in turn create a violation of a federal regulation and subsequent financial penalties?

Scoop thinks they will just paint the shelves or maybe do both.

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