November 24, 2020 

Clips from Alleghany


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 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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?

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.

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?)

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.

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!

01/01/2005  12:12AM

The power faded twice and then went dead. Alleghany has now, much snow. While all the major highways a have been closed through the Sierra, Ridge Road into the camp is plowed and a breeze. Many trucks at the bar for lobster dinner and entertainment for miners and friends. Fewer than expected because of the storms. Underground is the best place to be working.

Just wanted to be the first to extend wishes (for your Mister Pocket) to all readers of Clips from Alleghany and the other topics on the FORUM and to the participants.

12/29/2004  2:37PM

A snowstorm hit Alleghany last night and continues today. The mine is operating ( the underground crew doesn’t know or care if a blizzard is raging outside). The 1500 level sump pump died last Wednesday. It is the one pump that takes the water to the drain tunnel, therefore, when it quits no water leaves the mine. Mike took it for repairs and picked it up this morning in Auburn. It is on its way down the 49 winze right now. Cost was $2358.42.

Both heading are active. Some major water leaks and a couple of air leaks have slowed production. The new dry (change room) got a roof yesterday but is probably a couple of weeks from service. The crew had a nice dinner gathering on Thursday and invited me as well as another journalist. There is a good story brewing about the CDAA lawsuit, but Scoop is not the one to cover it.

12/11/2004  9:31AM

It was a fascinating week for the mine and the company. On Monday one of the world’s leaders in Radar development placed its 1000-mega hertz machines in the mine between the 800-foot level and the 1000-foot level. It was the most expensive one-day field test underground ever performed at the mine. The equipment was compact and easy to operate. Results are shown in real time as the electrical waves mess with the quartz, gold and wall rock. GPR tested the quartz ten years ago but the strength was max at 100-megs. Penetration and resolution are the results Ian, Mike, Sandor and all the crew are looking for to help them find gold.

The abrupt change in weather and its duration contributed to everyone associated with working the mine getting sick. Sore throat, pressure behind the eyes, dripping mucous and mental lapses reduced production the past ten days.

At the Sixteen to One operation drilling a round is how progress is measured. Footage and tonnage can be measured to evaluate how well the weeks are spent; however moving the muck is how the success of the operation will be deemed. Success is bringing large chunks of quartz veined with gold to the lapidary shop. Where both headings are advancing, moving muck is much more serious problem to handle than breaking rock. Before meeting Mister Pocket in July to the tune of 1400 ounces in a couple of rounds, shot rock was the nemesis to battle. The crew was small, so clearing each round to expose the working face was a headache. Muck was squeezed everywhere it would be out of the way. Current mining is up dip and down dip from numerous concentrations of high-grade mined over the past year. This remains true today.

In bygone years, say seventy years ago, miners would be breaking up the vein with wide spread stoping, as they did in creating the Ballroom. Where Joe is mining, the veins are layered in a complex manner. One vein is carrying gold. Where Reid is mining the quartz is quite bold. When the miners move beyond this block to the north, this mined out area will look like coyote tunnels, not the large Ballroom stope.

Technology and the old ways describe this mining. Demand for gemstone quality gold in quartz makes it necessary to hand sort the muck once the gold is detected in the muck. Jewelry manufactures and retailers prefer firm slabs, which of course brings more money. It is worth the time to produce high quality high-grade.

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