August 18, 2022 

Clips from Alleghany


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08/11/2006  9:58AM

This is a very sad day for the entire crew. Last night on his way home one of our young miners, Warren Johnson veered into the opposite lane on a curve near North San Juan and hit a box truck. He was flown out in a helicopter but did not make it. We are mourning the death of a good man. He was only 19 years old. Warren had a sense of humor beyond his years. His work ethic was impeccable. He had a great enthusiasm for learning to be a miner.

The crew went home. Nobody can think straight.

Our deepest sympathy is with his family and best friend Matt who started work here the same day Warren did. Matt shares the same work ethic.

Warren you are greatly missed.

08/10/2006  9:55AM

At this very moment there is a mock medical emergency-taking place underground at the Sixteen. The crew does not know it is not a real emergency. A miner has broken his leg near the Tightner Shaft. Mine phones are used to bring the information up the chain of command. Ian is acting as an invisible person and is monitoring the evacuation of the injured miner.

After stabilizing the victim, a call is placed to the surface. Kyle at the office (or whomever is there) directs the next call for help. It could be an ambulance or a helicopter. Right now she is waiting to learn the severity and nature of the miners condition.

How many blue collar companies or operations have regular drills such as the ones that are performed on a regular basis in all the mines in America? This is one reason why the mining profession, while dangerous has such an exemplary safety record compared with other dangerous occupations.

08/03/2006  9:52PM

The pressure is on for getting slab to customers throughout the United States. That means: virgin gold from the heading is the goal. Yesterday’s round showed gold (tiny specks) in the right hand rib. Gold was showing in the left rib earlier. Knowing the pressure mounts each day to produce slab material the miners wanted to turn up dip on the gold. Ian knows the goal and chose to advance a couple of more rounds ahead. Go figure.

08/02/2006  2:33PM

Three young men have completed their forty-hour training required to begin an underground experience as a hard rock gold miner at the Sixteen to One. Over the years a large number of young men have begun their mining careers at the mine. If the work fits the personality, nothing inhibits a young man from ascending his role (and compensation) as a miner. Good luck fellows.

A little gold was brought to the office from yesterday’s round. The company has invested six weeks of tunneling under the gold that shows up dip. David and Mike want big pieces from the miners. The slab market is short supply. Maybe the crew will be all smiles in a week or so.

07/28/2006  11:20AM

MSHA stopped by this week for one of its unannounced quarterly inspections. Ian is pleased although he was issued five citations. None were serious or substantial. It has been a long going concern of the crew that minor oversights were cited as serious life threatening when just the opposite is true. Mike has taken issue with many of the citations because of this. One fire extinguisher was found to be outdated (there must be a hundred fire extinguishers at the mine). An electrical box in an out-of the-way place had no cover plate (this should not happen but it does.) The crew imagines a Cornish metal loving rat steals them but the inspector wasn’t buying it.

The crew is getting two rounds a shift in the headings. Spirits were down early this morning because the vein was pinching. Yesterday’s round in the wing raise (very flat) was mucked and the vein is widening. This wing raise runs under the known gold showings and is designed to open the area up for “raising” into the gold.

07/19/2006  12:56PM

Hot and humid in Alleghany but nothing like the valley.

As of Monday we have a crew underground! A small crew remains at the Empire Mine.

This morning a Mine Engineering Proffessor and two students from the University of Utah visited the minesite to do a safety survey. Tomorrow morning they will join the miners at our regular Safety Meeting and give a presentation of their findings. Sixteen to One volunteered to participate in the program which is funded by a grant from the Department of Labor(?).
Hope everybody is as cool as the underground.

07/06/2006  8:55AM

Most of the crew took Monday off for a long fourth of July weekend. And most of the crew is still at the Empire Mine. Word is they will be back by the end of next weeek.
A small crew is at the Sixteen to One getting things ready to start mining again.

The mine phone line to the Corporate office broke over the winter. Kevin got it repaired yesterday and it is working again. This allows direct communication between the Corporate office and the underground. Mine phones are located at each active heading and at various underground stations as well as the outside shop.

An OSHA inspector was here yesterday. He gave a few suggestions but as far as we know no citations were issued.

A first aid class for the crew has been scheduled for August 2nd. Ian Haley's hoistman physical is scheduled for July 11th. Fire extinguishers have been inspected as well as ground conditions, the second exit and the fan. This gives you an idea of some of the compliance issues that have to be taken care of on a regular basis.

The shareholder's meeting went well. 181 shareholders and guests attended. It was the hottest day of the year. Luckily the weather has cooled a bit since then.

Two file boxes of archives on the Gold Crown Mine which was purchased by the Sixteen to One last year arrived via UPS yesterday. Thanks Tony!
 By jfeagans

06/25/2006  7:29PM

This was the best stockholders meeting I have ever attended. My grandfather came to Alleghany in 1919 and worked many mines in the area including the 16to1. My father went through 8th grade in Alleghany and graduated from Nevada City high school with Joe Sbaffi who ran the Alleghany Supply after purchasing it form the Alpha. Both passed away last year. I had the privilege of touring the 16to1 when I was ten years old in 1963. I did not think it would be possible to show my son the same thing in 2006! Thank you.

06/24/2006  10:59PM

FROM WHAT scoop over heard throughout the day, the 95th shareholder meeting, 110 years from its beginning and fifteenth actually shareholder meeting held at the mine site, the meeting was replete with one and all. Much talking went on. Call to order was at 10:30am Business was conducted according to the votes of proxies, which reelected managements recommendations. Michael, at this point, detailed the recent Form 8 SEC filing. Others who spoke were Rae Bell Arbogast, Corporate Secretary, Scott Robertson, Director and Treasurer and Ian Haley, who is known for wearing many hats.

Scoop is pooped from a long June 24. Over two hundred shareholders (fifty or more first timers) withstood scorching heat to board the ride to the portal. The crew was introduced at 11am. And headed for their respective heading for the day. The site was noticeably improved from last year. Scoop listened to shareholder experiences at the mine. There is a following that returns every year. Scoop looked over Kyle’s shoulder one afternoon as she was tallying the proxies. She pulled all the ones with a note to Michael, as he requested. The writings were sincere and quite lovely and tugging. Positive thinking or optimism seem to be influenced from something at the mine, which seeps into shareholders.

Scott spoke with knowledge and respect for his unusual task of financially explaining this gold company. His explanations were clear, but he grabbed or pointed the finger at Mike to answer any points and nuances that concerned him. Scoop looked for Scott’s notes in the trash can near the podium, but bent his pick, finding nothing. Both these men seem to know each other and the business of running the company.

Ian was asked by Mike to tell his story of the gold heading. His talk left no listener in doubt about plans, motives and mining the current pocket. This may be the slowest mined pocket in history but was explained by both guys. Large chunks of quartz with gold add value.

Scoop successfully raided Michael’s trash and found his notes written last night. More another time.

05/25/2006  11:27AM

The corporate office was buzzing yesterday as 1,258 pieces of mail were prepared and delivered to the Post Office before the mail went out at 1:30PM. The annual reports and proxies are on their way on time!

If you own shares in street name (in a brokerage account) please be patient with us if you do not get a mailing. Our only access to the street name data is through ADP Proxy Services. We request a list from them, they send a request to all the brokerage houses then they prepare a list from the replies. For some reason not all brokerage houses report to ADP. Essentially we have no way to accurately track the street name shares.

Still no underground crew. Tomorrow all the fire extiguishers will have their annual hydrostat test.

A group from the University of Colorado will be here tomorrow looking for a spot to put a seismometer as part of an earth science project.

The museum was not selected as a recipient of Cutlural Historical Endowment funding. (A grant application was submitted in January) It is a bit of a catch 22 when they want you to show need but at the same time they want to see that you are financially sustainable. UGMM did not score well on sustainability. The other factor that hurt our application is the ratio of our annual budget to the amount of money we asked for. We were asking for ten times our annual budget.

Weather has been cool (not freezing) in Alleghany. The grass is green it looks like spring.

05/12/2006  4:10PM

Two "clips" in one day. Scoop couldn't resist sharing with permission:

Rae got a phone call from an excited Sandor Holly recently saying that there are new breakthroughs in imaging technology that with modifications he has figured out could be used to detect gold. He could say no more because of the confidentiality of the technology.

Who is Sandor Holly? For those who don't know go to "Company" and look under "Previous Directors" and you'll see why this is exciting!

05/12/2006  1:12PM

Yes, Mike does have a few studebakers but no he isn't working on them. The snow is hard on vehicles parked outside all winter. What Mike needs is an airplane hanger that can withstand snow load to park his cars in.

No more snow in Alleghany. Flowers and trees are blooming. Looks like it will be a good year for apples as long as we don't have anymore severe weather. Rae has been getting lots of asparagus from her garden the last week or so.

The 1st quarter 10-Q was filed this morning. To get a copy click on "The Company" on our site where you will find a link to the SEC filings.

Things are quiet at the minesite with just two men doing clean-up. The Ford Flatbed has been registered and will be used to take scrap metal for recycling.

Tomorrow the summer tour guides for the museum will be meeting with Rae and Ian for a safety training and to set up a schedule, etc. All of the tour guides with the exception of Rae Bell are experienced miners. (Ray Wittkopp also does tours and while he's not a miner he does have a lot of underground experience as a geologist). The museum is lucky to have such resources.

PM London Gold - 725.00!
 By studbkr

05/12/2006  10:35AM

Tell me more about the "Studebaker" comment on May 3rd. True, or a joke? I have 2 of them and can help locate parts...that will give Mike more time for the mine and fighting the bad guys!

05/04/2006  9:21AM

OK Rick Bob.... Scoop has been busy and time does fly.

Only small mounds of snow remain on the North sides of the buildings in Alleghany. The weather has been PERFECT!!!!

A group of seven retired geologists toured the mine with Ray Wittkopp and Rae Bell yesterday. Rae Bell especially enjoyed watching the way they all rubbed their hands along the hanging wall getting a "feel" for the movement that occured long ago creating the smooth surface and the void that was later filled with quartz.

Only two surface workers have been working at the Sixteen to One for the last few weeks and probably for the next three weeks as well. The underground crew is "kicking butt" at the Empire Project trying to help get that wrapped up.

A little gold remains in the face on the 950 level. "Money in the bank". David is still cutting (although the inventory of cut-rock is getting low) and the slab is sold as fast as he can cut it. Mike made the trip to Orocal yesterday to sell the most recent batch.

The surface crew has been doing clean-up, repairs and road work here in Alleghany.
The completion date for the Empire Mine project has been moved to June 22nd, although we should have our crew back before that.

The "bad guys" attorneys have appealed to the 3rd Circuit Court of appeals in Sacramento and it could take as long as a year or more before a court date is set. Paperwork continues back and forth...

Rae has started on the first quarter financials. The SEC filing deadline is May 15th. No preliminary numbers yet, she is waiting for production numbers from David and until inventory is reconciled and the valuation adjustment for gold price is done it is too early to guesstimate figures.

The PM London fix (used to value our inventory) on March 31st was $582. Today it is $673.50!

Kyle has been keeping busy with the phones, bookkeeping, payroll and supply ordering among other things.

We are gearing up for the annual meeting mail-out to shareholders.

A board of directors meeting was held last Friday. Rae missed most of it due to a Fire Dept. call for a medical emergency but she found out Mike can take minutes!
 By Rick

05/03/2006  8:38PM

Wow! The foot of snow from Easter up on the ridge seems eons ago, that's how much 80 degree weather in the valley melts away the memories of the incredible weather of our spring this year.

Scoop-Bob, what's up? Does Ian still have that twinkle in his eye that suggests tomorrow morning will bring treasures to David's saws? Is Mike finally revamping a Studibaker (ha-ha-ha! no time for that) and sandwiching himself between the Original Sixteen to One Mine and the project at the Empire? How's the cat? What's the next date for adjudication against the non-authorized criminal group of fake district attorneys? (Has the CDAA gotten notice of the decision from the 9th Circuit? Ha-ha-ha, another joke! I'll bet Lloydes of London has....)

Last we heard about the guys underground, they were concentrating on shooting (chuting?) around the quartz.

Hearts and flowers, once again!

04/17/2006  8:30AM

Easter Snow in Alleghany. It snowed a foot yesterday. The sun is breaking through the clouds this morning.

The fire department pagers went off at 6:45 am for a tree down on a garage with live electric wires. The tree is blocking main street above the Post Office. Mondo our PG&E guy in Downieville drove over and shut the power off. He already has the line repaired. The county road crew is getting the 3 foot diameter tree out of the road as I type. It appears the tree landed in the middle of a two car garage and the two vehicles may be OK. Amazingly nobody heard it fall. The tree is completely uprooted.

We now have six men working at the mine.

The miners have not been bringing up gold as they are working around it. No production totals yet. Because the gold is sparse in the quartz the number of ounces is not high. However this is the material that makes good cut rock bringing a much higher return per ounce.

The gold market is above $600 again today. No London Fix since Thursday due to the Easter Holiday.

Rae hasn't even started on the first quarter financial statements. Better get to it! She spent all day Friday organizing legal papers for Mike and on compliance paperwork.

Mike made the trip to Orocal on Friday to sell slab.

The Empire Mine job got another time extension and should be done by the end of May.

Maybe by then spring will have sprung!

04/03/2006  9:01AM

Heavy rain is falling in Alleghany rapidly melting the snow that is on the ground. Lowlands look out.

The mine inspectors were here on Tuesday of last week. Only minor citations were issued and all of them have been abated. The crew was sidetracked from blasting to deal with the inspection but did manage to get a round in Friday. They intentionally blasted to the side of the area where gold is showing in an attempt to break out the jewelry rock without fracturing it. Perhaps today they will bring some up.

Gold Sales has two nice rocks to cut but the big saw is broken. David sent the motor for new bushings two weeks ago and it was sent back via FED EX a week ago. Kyle traced the package Thursday only to find out that Fed Ex subcontracted it out and there is no way to track it. Fed Ex is not the greatest carrier for rural areas. We have had trouble with them time and time again. SO if you are sending us a package we do not recommend using them. UPS or the good old postal service is best.
 By The fool on the hill

03/30/2006  7:09PM

To the fools planning on coming to Alleghany Saturday the weatherman is predicting snow to 4,000 Friday night and Saturday morning with clearing Saturday.
This fool knows they sometimes get the elevation wrong.
The plows run even on Saturday. If you want to reach me Sat. morning for road conditions try 287-3333 or 287-3540 or my home number.

03/23/2006  11:12AM

NCTV, channel 11 in the grass valley area, will play a live/taped show about the Sixteen to One mine gold collection on Friday, March 24, at 7pm and Sunday, March 26, at 3pm. The show was recorded in the stations studio last Tuesday evening. It is the first time the 100 piece collection has ever been assembled and filmed.

Gold in the high-grade sacks for David to weigh and cut and gold in the face. Like most pockets in a high-grade gold mine, we won’t know its size until after it is mined. All Ian will say is that it looks good.

03/10/2006  8:51AM

What a hot week for Scoop. Heard that Mike was invited to hear Bruce McPherson, California Secretary of State, speak at a noon meeting in Nevada City on Thursday. Bruce and Mike are lifelong friends. There fathers were best friends before the boys were born. This could be Scoop’s big break to move off this web site for a new career with the big boys, so Scoop snuck into the lunch meeting undetected to scoop up a story.
Bruce thanked a few people in the crowd, saving his comment about Mike for last. He warmly praised Mike and Original Sixteen to One in his opening remarks, while Mike turned beet red in embarrassment.

Now to the meat of the speech. Seems that California slipped to the bottom of voter issues during the former Secretary’s term. (That guy resigned under a black cloud of fraud. McPherson was appointed by Governor Arnold and as McPherson quipped, “After 200 people turned the appointment down, my cell phone rang.) McPherson had been termed out after two successful trips to both the Assembly and Senate and was involved in personal matters when his phone rang and he heard the distinctive voice of the Governor on the other end of the phone. The audience seemed to really enjoy the stories McPherson told about Governor Schwarzenegger. Maybe Scoop will get an interview, when Arnold checks out the gold mine.

McPherson told the audience about the new electronic voting system and the ten safe guards that has made California the new leader in governments’ efforts to reduce and eliminate voter fraud. His agency is improving the system for the 60,000 military personnel from California to vote. He is working to have the voters who move to a new district not only register easily but their former registration will be automatically canceled within 24 hours. He is sending high school graduates and others in California who turn 18 a positive invitation or solicitation to sign up to vote. He gave examples how each vote truly counts. (George Dukmajian beat Tom Bradley by less than 93,000 votes for governor or just three votes per each district).

McPherson was confirmed by a unanimous vote of the legislature, a rare political event. He is a republican from the liberal and socialist state of Santa Cruz. When the talk was over and McPherson asked for questions, Mike jumped up first and Bruce said, “Oh no, I’m in trouble.” He wasn’t because Mike noticed that his friend never once said he was running for election or gave any indication that his talk was political. McPherson rightly takes pride in his record of political non-biases. So, Mike says, “It is good news to learn that you will be running for Secretary of State. Would you tell us some of the reasons you decided to run and some of the reasons you contemplated for not seeking another term in office?” Isn’t this what friends are for? McPherson had no choice but to do a little campaigning.

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