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 By SCOOP

04/09/2005  12:25PM

The Sierra Nevada gold fields are having a hard time in many ways. Ill informed people immigrated onto its surface with an unrealistic attitude that underground hard rock mining is something to fear. It makes some sense since our Californian society has been running on fear for decades. Another example of hard times is that the adventurer/business types also fear investing in the California goldfields. Embarrassment for participating in a gold mine may be a leading reason. Why? Well, most propositions or proposals fail. There are readily available indicators to study revealing those most likely to succeed or fail, but who wants to take the time to study and learn? These two (many others exist) drawbacks can be mitigated by anyone who uses the Sixteen to One as a model. It has a 100-year history of failures to examine and avoid repeating. It also has 100 years of history supporting successes for its owners and other Californians. The current “hard time” causing great unrest in Alleghany cannot be solved by anyone. It is the weather. In the past month Alleghany has experienced spring, summer and winter. Right now, a few weeks after record breaking high temperatures, it has over a foot of snow covering everything. However, if weather is all people have to complain about, life is not too bad.

Rae announced yesterday that the company only has two more monthly payments for past electric bills. PG&E rode with the company during its bleakest hours as charges crept up to $94,500 in overdue bills. Those of you who followed the reports of PG&E driving to shut off the power only to turn around at the last minute know the reasons why the company defied all odds and kept power on and pumps running as it endured an onslaught of outside interferences in its operation. The next creditor to be eliminated has been identified. Scoop will tell you who as soon as the first payment is in the mail. Cash flow is still a problem for the company. Over 2/3 of the crew is working on underground maintenance, which interferes with mining for gold.

Mike began making contacts with people interested in developing the company’s properties. His general plan is to consider joint participation for the Brown Bear and Bald Mountain mines, equity participation for sinking the Red Star shaft, guaranteed debt for developing the corporation, and anything else that makes sense to build a 21st century metal detector, expand the market for the Sixteen to One gemstone and build a hydraulic power plant. None of these objectives are likely to be accomplished without the participation of others. “The trouble with too many people is they believe the realm of truth always lies within their vision.”-Abraham Lincoln.
 By Rae Bell

03/21/2005  8:36AM

Beer you guys, beer.
You take a shallow pie plate and put it in the ground so the edge is level with the soil surface and fill it with beer. The slugs crawl right in and die blissfuly.
It really works!
We don't have very many slugs in Alleghany, but when I lived at lower climes I resorted to the method above.
The weather report from Alleghany is slush slush. We woke up yesterday morning (first day of spring) to winter wonderland. It has been alternating between rain and snow since yesterday afternoon. Right now it is snow and my lilacs were just starting to bud :(
 By Rick

03/19/2005  6:46AM

gfxgold...yeah, I know, salt is a cruel and unusual punishment, meant only for six-year old boys who also like to use magnifying glasses to burn up ants. You know what works best on snails? A duck. But, I don't have a duck, so I've resorted to just yanking them off and tossing them on the other side of the driveway.
 By gfxgold

03/18/2005  7:36PM

Rick, I gotta tell ya, using salt is a big mistake. I find that butter and garlic works better on snails. Now, if you're trying to protect your plants, I would use the black, creamy, liquid slug and snail bait.
 By Rick

03/18/2005  5:32PM

Well, here's an update from my garden, down here in the valley. The snails are eating the Ranunculus and not responding to salt (Kosher, sea-salt) so I'm tired of watching half of them just bubble and then return to continue eating. Reminds me of politics.
 By SCOOP

03/12/2005  8:36AM

Bluejay stays up of this gold market stuff and has proven to be reliable (go check old postings). Scoop knows a bit about the history of the gold market since 1974 (December 31), when the U.S.A. lifted the restrictions placed on gold in 1934, but will mostly defer to others for their account.

Now, here is some hot news! California is in the midst of a winter heat wave. At 4500 feet elevation in Alleghany the thermometer hit 66 degrees at 8am. Down in Nevada City (2500 feet elevation) the radio reported 46 degrees. Nature has its ways with weather as it does with gold deposition. Attitudes around the mine remain very upbeat even though last week did not turn out as planned. The high of the week was the successful repair of the 200-horse power electric motor that runs the hoist. The hoisting system is over a million-dollar asset that is not reflected on company balance sheet. It is the only incline operating man hoist in California. Everyone gets nervous when it develops electrical problems. It was brought underground piece by piece and it would be a nightmare to haul it out for repairs.

No gold for the week.
 By SCOOP

03/05/2005  4:32PM

As if Mike does not have enough on his plate, he was out inspecting another gold mine to buy this morning. Price and terms must fit the budget. It should not be news to shareholders. He has stated the company’s intention to build its holdings with property that has a real chance of qualifying. Company geologist won’t be back from Australia until mid April. Mike feels comfortable discussing various sides of a gold property with Ray before making a recommendation to the directors.

A fake quartz and gold is being manufactured and offered to jewelers in thin slabs. While it is quick to tell the difference between natural quartz and the man made stuff, in a slab, a small piece cut for rings and other products is not so easy. People will be fooled and it just depends on the slant those involved take in marketing their lines.

Sometimes Scoop gets fresh info after the last entry that changes the view of the operation in Alleghany. The best, of course, is when the crew gets into a pocket. It usually is quiet for a week or so, then rumors and then an announcement. No such announcement today. It looks like next week will see the rock breakers out in the shop fixing their drills. It breaks the spirit and body when a drill quits in the middle of a round, up a 100-foot or more raise and a mile from the portal. The company bought about $10,000 in new drill parts in the fall and hired help for maintenance and repairs. Drills take a beating and problems have arisen. A year ago Reid and Joe fixed their drills during the days of no pay and had pretty good luck with the outcome. Well, Friday, after too many shifts with problems, they came out and announced to no one that they were going to fix drills. It makes sense to have reliable tools so far under the ground. No gold next week.
 By SCOOP

03/04/2005  8:20AM

ok scoop hears you. I just talked to Underground Miner "Ragweed" Reid Miller this morning and he reports that we still have the two headings going on the 1100 foot level near the ballroom. "Jumbo" Joe Witterman's heading is near the pocket and he continues to get dribbles of gold, but the general consensus is that this is the "aura" from around the pocket mined in July. The area where Jumbo is working is beginning to look like swiss cheese.
Reid's heading is a wing heading under the area where the pocket was found and this is a larger block of ground.
Another small crew is rehabing the 1,000 ft level from the Tightner shaft towards the ballroom, mucking, putting in stalls etc.
Bill Murray the onsite carpenter is still working on the new "dry and office" complex.
Kevin McCarthy "Repo" is the mechanic and all around surface hand.
Ian Haley "The Shark" has his hands full running the entire operation. Just the compliance alone is more than a handful. Roy Stai who is out with injuries (not related to work) was helping out with the compliance, now it is all back on Ian.
Speaking of Roy, he is back home and doing better. He is chomping at the bit to return to work but his doctors just laughed at him when he asked if he could go to work. He has a bit more recovering to do.
A crew of five men is working at the Empire Mine State Park. That project is going much more slowly than was expected. The State did finally approve the steel sets, at least for the section of ground they are in now.
Rae is hoping to have the 10-k filed today, if not today then Monday. The company shows a nearly $400,000 profit for last year.
Cabin Fever has definately set in and is quickly morphing into Spring Fever. A little "social chaos" seems to be the order of the day in Alleghany.
 By Hoop235

03/04/2005  5:24AM

Yes, there are others out here watching, reading and wishing only the best for Mr. Miller and his battle aganist the "Machine". Please Scoop, give us some underground info!!!We always like to here what is going on at the mine.
 By Rick

03/03/2005  5:25PM

Scoop, please somehow let Mike know how much I believe that those of us out here watching and reading and witnessing the battle are behind him on every level. I only speak for myself, but I sense this.

Here's the reason it might not be showing up on the Forum page:
when there is an entry from Mike Miller, or the President of OAu, or an entry updating the latest news from the GJI, I'm reluctant to trump it with an answer, wanting to keep his words directly on the first front, right there at the top. While I itch to answer and substantiate the latest entries, I don't want the gravity to be diverted.

So, Scoop, give us the latest news from underground, and then let Mike know to re-enter another correspondence letter or news-from-the-legal-battles so it'll go back on top. (We always want to know about stuffs underground and how things are going around town.)

Big storm brewing.
 By SCOOP

02/17/2005  8:35AM

Roy was released from the Hospital but is still not able to have visitors. He is at his mother's house. A huge weight seems to have lifted from over Alleghany as we are all relieved to know that a valuable member of the community will be coming home.

"Jumbo" Witterman brought up a bit of gold yesterday. He is optimistic as always that more is there. Let's hope he's right.

The new "dry" near the portal is taking shape.

In other Alleghany News, Jim Roos donated the Church building to the community for use as a Community Hall/Library. Rae is helping spearhead the effort to restore the building and build a seperate building to house bathroom facilities. As a fundraiser we are inviting people to buy bricks which can be engraved with any message you choose. The bricks will be used to make a patio in front of the steps. Some people have done bricks in memory of family members, others in their family name with a favorite saying or verse. Bricks are $50.00 each, if you would like to recieve an order form you can e-mail Rae Bell by using the "feedback" button on this web-site.

Other local news is that the new Community Service District which is being formed primarily to take over Fire Protection is taking shape. The District is called "Pliocene Ridge Community Service District" and will serve the communities of Pike, Forest and Alleghany. This had to be done to secure funding for the Fire Departments. Some immediate savings will result from the consolidation of insurance policies.

The sun is peeking out from behind the clouds. Amazingly the weather report given Monday has been accurate all week! Rain showers on and off all week. One of the plum trees in front of the mine office is pushing out buds.
 By SCOOP

02/14/2005  8:17AM

Good news! Roy is doing much better. Rumor is that he may be released from the hospital this week.

It has been raining on and off since early Sunday most of the snow is melted.
 By SCOOP

02/12/2005  10:27AM

Bad and Sad News from Alleghany

Two longtime residents, miners and friends tangled last weekend. One is fighting for his life at the Roseville hospital, and the other is charged with assault with a deadly weapon. The tragic event continues to affect everyone in the community. Unlike the cities where most Americans don’t even know or rarely interact with their neighbors, the high mountain village of Alleghany is a place where most everyone can name each person, know their trucks, know there friends and how their pets are doing. The fight, which took place last Saturday, has a deeply personal implication for all, including the operation at the mine.

Roy Stai has been an important part of the Sixteen to One team for years. He handles computer map work, metal detection, is a qualified hoist operator and skilled in the electrical trade. He and Davey Hill, a long time Sierra County resident, miner and jack-of-all-trades, had an encounter last November that never went away for Hill. Hill is a former professional boxer, which is why he is charged with assault with a deadly weapon, his fists. While the entire community is praying for Roy’s recovery, the majority of folks feel that Davey must leave the area. It is a tragedy that is touching everyone.
 By Rick

02/05/2005  11:55PM

Oh! to be a miner! As to the fork in the road, thank God you're taking it, whether up or down, otherwise it wouldn't be fun.

Now, isn't it possible for a comet to travel backwards as well as forward, once it's underground?
 By SCOOP

02/04/2005  9:40PM

The crew has been working in the Tightner shaft for weeks. Access from the 800-foot level downward is the new second exit as well as the best path to the current headings. The Ballroom trail, which many shareholders and others have traveled is closed. The fishpond is there but no longer safely accessible. Over two hundred new stairs are installed. This work helps the miners looking for gold and opens up new ground in the footwalls both north and south of the shaft.

Scoop is bummed! Reid’s heading broke into Joe’s heading exactly at the point of the last big pocket in July. It turned out that the trail he was following was related to the last pocket and not a new pocket. That tail –of-the-comet story that Ian tells is right on. Reid will move down where he encountered signals as he was driving the raise.
 By smithsgold

02/03/2005  5:02PM

Rick it worked!!!The Scoop has awakened.
 By SCOOP

02/03/2005  8:13AM

The weather has been gorgeous in Alleghany this week. There is still a bit of white stuff on the ground but patches of dirt are appearing.

The 16 to 1 crew has been working on installing stairs in the Tightner shaft as well as other compliance projects. Sparse gold continues to dribble out of the two headings near the "Ballroom".

The Empire Project continues to challenge Mike. The ground is very "slippery" where the adit is being put in and after convincing the State that steel sets would be best (not only for ground support reasons but for long term maintenance concerns as well) the State did an "about-face" Tuesday and informed him that they wanted to go back to treated lumber. Part of Mike's frustration is that the Dept. of Parks Engineers do not seem to be giving credit to the opinions of the very experienced crew of miners putting in the adit. Everybody is hopeful that the ground will become more solid as they advance but part of the problem is the relatively high elevation of the adit. (Solid ground is more likely to be deeper).

Rae's current priority is getting the year-end financials finished. The day-to-day barrage of things needing her attention sometimes makes it difficult to focus on a single priority. Registered users will be notified when the 10-K is filed with the SEC.
 By Rick

02/01/2005  6:03PM

Nobody can 'Scoop the Scoop' unless we pleed for more news. (My entry here might just awake the Scoop to speak?)
 By SCOOP

01/24/2005  6:39PM

Scoop thought that he\she could spin a tale, but after reading the last week of FORUM entries, you guys top him/her. Scoop will refrain from joining you and get back to the doctrine of reporting.

So here’s today’s scoop. Joe’s heading continues to dribble gold. It is probably the tail of the gold comet from the pocket in July, so no one should get too excited. Gold is gold and as NOSE for GOLD seems to understand, gold in the muck in Alleghany means go break rock! Go Joe. Reid’s heading, on the other hand, still shows gold; however, today it took a more interesting twist. It is too far from being just a tail of 1400 ounces. Then again maybe God and his helper, Mother Nature, plopped down another pocket. Calculated risk defines this high-grade gold mine.
 By SCOOP

01/21/2005  10:43PM

Scoop has a story for you.

A gas bomb ignited in Michael’s house yesterday. He lit it off in a situation that was not a good one. Wisely he called Rae at the mine office who sensed that what Mike was telling her was likely a lot more serious than he was explaining. Accordingly Rae asked whether David should drive out. The president reported he had been blow up by a gas round and the flames shot thirty feet igniting the couch, now on fire. Everything was okay but maybe it would be okay to bother David to help with the fire. While most everyone in California would dial 911 if their house was on fire and they were singed by the blast, Michael called Rae, not 911. Hmmm.
Miller agreed to this interview with Scoop.

What were you doing that created the explosion? My propane tanks went dry during the heavy snows and remained empty over two weeks. I was bleeding air out of the long lines and must have bled the air too long. Propane puddled in front of me and much farther. When I moved the lighted candle towards the pilot, gases had accumulated and wham. It was loud and horrifying. I rushed what I knew could be volatile and wham. The smell of burning hair, especially your own is not a pleasant smell.

Would you object to calling that a stupid move? No. It was a careless move and stupid.
Would you object to being called stupid? Yes. I have never thought myself stupid, yet I am stupid at times.

It was not a stimulating interview for this Scoop so it ended. The company shipped a seventy-five ounce bar to the refiner. It matches an earlier poured dore bar from earlier gold mined in July. This mine’s low grade ore that is sent to crush averages a half ounce per pound. It is too different from other gold producers to have major relevance. The ore that went to crush would grade at 1000 ounces per ton. Some low grade!

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