August 18, 2022 

Clips from Alleghany


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 By Rick

08/11/2004  8:34PM

Hey Scoop, we're still excited about the last rock pop! Talk more rock, whether angular or roundy, we're tuned in.

08/10/2004  10:47PM


08/07/2004  12:53PM

Two recent articles not yet on web: front page headline of Mountain Messemger August 5, 2004, “Miller, Sixteen to One File Amended CDAA Lawsuit”, and ICMJ’s Prospecting and Mining Journal, August 2004, “Mine President Seeks Opinions From Peers”. (

Company is advertising for administration assistance in Grass Valley paper. Amber left yesterday for Montana where she will marry and move to Nevada. Two young sons of Sixteen to One miners are being considered for training and employment underground. Both have the right attitude to contribute to the operation as it carefully rebuilds its workforce.

Because David and Mike are working to maximize the jewelry value of the last 1000 plus ounces of gold from the “Ballroom Stope”, revenue will be steady for four to six weeks. The manufacturers will be able to fill the back orders on their books. All parties dependent on their livelihood from the great Sixteen to One precious gemstones are relieved. No additional production is expected in August as the miners take care of “dead work”. Gold is currency and last months production could be immediately converted to cash by crushing the quartz. Cash flow remains something difficult to manage for the office, but not abnormally stressful with possibly a million dollars in safe places.

08/04/2004  9:44PM

Miners are 'rehabing' the Tightner Shaft from the 800 foot level to the 1000 foot level. No work has been done in theis area since the fire in 1954.

CBS television from Sacramento has scheduled a visit to the mine tomorrow at 11am. Nothing like a little gold to perk up interest in the old operation.

08/02/2004  6:55PM

The miners are working on projects that stood behind the mining for gold. Much of August will be surface and underground maintenance and new additions. Plans include a large air slusher for the Ballroom. It makes sense because when the electric air compressor comes on line to replace the diesel one, the mine will have more air than is required for the “as is” operation. Drilling is not as hard as moving the shot rock. This is where production slows down.

The office trailer down by the portal is getting some attention. It needs electrical power and some steps installed. The shop is also getting a face-lift. Parts that are unlikely to ever be used are being hauled off to increase the storage for the good stuff in demand.

07/28/2004  9:49PM

This quote from a miner today at the Sixteen to One mine in Alleghany says it all. “If we hit another pocket this week, the company had better hire a psychiatrist.”

07/26/2004  9:51PM

Ian, Joe and Reid took a couple of days rest away from the physical and mental quest to find the gold they believed was deposited near the ballroom. No one worked underground Friday, Monday or tomorrow. Britt and Farris replaced the 200-horse power electric motor in the air compressor today. Mike called the factory service reps to schedule a service call before the compressor fires up. Cost of operation is a consideration yet electric power is preferred over diesel. The draw back is the 1200 cfm electric compressor will produce much more air that the small crew requires.

KNCO radio in Grass Valley called about the recent strike. Mike talked to the reporter and asked for a copy of the interview when it is aired tomorrow. Maybe Rae knows how to add a vocal newscast to the web site. If so, you can hear the story along with me.

07/20/2004  6:07PM

Extracting real high-grade ore, the kind that is measured in ounces per pound, is a sensitive process. Why?

Joe drilled a four-foot round in the vein above the lenses carrying the gold and shot it about noon today. Tomorrow the waste quartz can be slushed in order to lightly blast the ore with out diluting the gold with waste. The raise is about five feet wide. Gold is visible at the face and on both the left and right ribs couple of feet down the raise. These targets will be mined later. Estimates are difficult, but all the miners have experience and seem to like the process of the guessing game. Maybe they multiply their estimate by $400 per ounce and feel a sense of relief for living their dreams and beliefs.

Tomorrow should be a productive day for gold. Most agree that this pocket will exceed 1000 ounces. Company geologist inspected the heading today. When the mining is mapped and gold locations are identified, the picture will be informative for the present and future. One significant feature at the face is a definite ancient watercourse. Old time Alleghany miners related the importance of watercourses and gold but never explained why.

07/19/2004  5:06PM

Sixteen to One miners know when to keep their mouths shut. Security is one issue but the Company is experienced in protecting its gold, whether in storage or at the face. When stock was listed and traded on the now defunct Pacific Stock Exchange, management wrestled with a good problem: when is a public release about production appropriate or necessary? Mike wants to keep his shareholders and the public informed but he doesn’t want to broadcast hype. He prefers hard numbers verses speculation.

Scoop readers know that the miners believe in the ballroom headings. Their active mining area looked like the right place to find Mister Pocket. That’s why they show up and turn on the air compressor each morning.

Now the way things have been these guys would be smiling over a fifty-ounce day. Work has been difficult. Emotions have been stretched: hard work, high hopes and little gold. How long can the miner say, “It could be the next round?” Bills still arrive; the wife swears at the mine; the muscles are sore and a cold beer never tastes better.

Well, last Thursday production was estimated at thirty ounces, but the face looked great. Spirits were definitely high after work and everyone held onto the dream. What will tomorrow bring? Joe’s drill actually stopped. David and Mike panned Thursday’s drill cuttings and confirmed the presence of “cornflakes”. Everyone knew that Joe drilled into solid gold! It takes a heavy concentration to stop a drill bit under 100 psi. There were no reasons for sealed lips in Alleghany. Excitement was high at Caree’s bar with no need for concealment.

Friday after work was different. The crew dragged in with 350 pounds of high-grade ore. It was the heavy arseno type but the quartz was the whitest in a long time. The jewelers will be pleased. It was a good payday for everyone, but something else was in everyone’s minds, the indicators suggested that the pocket was growing. (For those of you unfamiliar with the Sixteen to One vein system, when a pocket is encountered its size and direction of concentration are not easily determined. It is like entering the tail of a comet.) Word spread that the Sixteen to One hit and was confirmed by the miners. No one was hiding that fact, but how big will it be remained a secret to keep.

Production expectations for Monday were to equal or exceed the estimated 400 ounces on Friday. It did not happen but the crew is still smiling. It is not time for a press release, but it is time to let our friends know. The best is yet to come.

07/16/2004  5:32PM

Steady progress in developing the block of ground called the ‘kitchen’ raise. A little gold is the best geologic indicator and is the reason the crew remains mining this area. This area is below the 83,000-ounce pocket, to the north of the “million dollar day “ mined in 1993, and above the rich two million dollar week in 1995. Confidence remains high.

The 200-horse power electric motor is in the shop to be rewound and refitted with new bearings. Cost estimate is $4,000. It will be ready by Friday next week. When the mine harnesses its waterpower to convert it into electric energy, it will be a major milestone of accomplishment. Right now the crew is slushing two headings with air driven slushers. An electric slusher makes a world of difference in production. Right now the air is produced from a diesel compressor. Placing the electric compressor back on line saves labor but is more expensive to operate.

Mike has 50 ounces of pretty good slab to sell next week . So far, David has not filleted the quartz and gold golden trout. This carving has more lives than a cat. Gold sales ordered a new grinder, which will be shipped from Barstow, California next Tuesday. It cost $2,900 plus tax and shipping.

07/09/2004  8:29AM

Outside weather continues to defy any criticisms. It is beautiful and invigorating. Underground remains the same. The crew has drilled two rounds per shift this week. Reid got himself twisted; well the drill sort of swung him around when the bit penetrated into a vug or some space or different material. He didn't get hurt, but his curiosity about what he hit is high. Miners like sudden changes in their heading, especially when the drill cuttings turn yellow. Cornflakes, that is what the miner likes to see. Joe took some time this week to give the equipment some heavy service. Britt has removed the 150 horsepower motor from the broken electric air compressor. Mike will take it to be repaired on his next trip to town. Ian conducted an inspection with the Cal OSHA mine inspector with good results. Rae and Amber are closing out the accounting records for the second quarter. David has been busy with phone orders. He placed an ad in the International (California) Mining Journal, which has been running for three months. The next issue of the magazine may contain a story about the MSHA appeal in the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth District. Mike is off to Oroville to sell slab. Later in the day he meets with a team of lawyers who have expressed an interest in the action against you know who.

07/05/2004  4:54PM

Happy Independence Day

Wealth is a contributor to freedom and freedom plays a significant role in independence. Gold is society’s most noted storage of wealth as recorded over an historical 6000 years. Shareholders will be pleased to know that a short crew (5) worked today and moved the company five shifts closer to Mister Pocket. The Sixteen to One poses no question about holding pockets of unmined gold. No geologist or learned student of the Alleghany Mining District doubts this as fact. Scoop stays intrigued with this mine because the question of its success is not “if”. The question is “when”.

Rae was organizing after the shareholder day sales. Receipts were $13,560. If Mike, David or Rae read this, take some pictures of the new T-shirt and put them on the web page so people can check them out! Oops, reporters are supposed to report facts and avoid opinions.

06/27/2004  11:15AM

Shareholders Day…June 26, 2004…Alleghany, California

The weather was perfect. Not too hot; deep blue sky, and the trees in the forest surrounding the landing at the mine where the meeting took place drew many comments about their healthy appearance. No bugs. No noise, just the peace of the mountains.

Two yellow tents were erected, one for the gold collection and company specimens and the other for the mess hall. Bales of straw were placed around as benches. A large canopy was tied to the old office buildings, a couple of stakes in the ground and to the hillside. Over one hundred chairs were placed facing a single microphone stand. A large map of the Sixteen to One mine hung as a backdrop.

The Saturday crew wore the newest T-shirt. It was lime green which clearly told the 200 plus people whom to see if they needed help. Many former employees showed up to help manage the event along with the current contract miners and employees. After the meeting, which ran about an hour and twenty minutes, the shareholders and their guests had the option to inspect the underground workings. Miners were spaced in strategic locations and offered information about the mine. The gold sales tent had four and sometimes five people helping with sales or just answering questions about the gold and quartz inventory. Many bought the newest shirt in two styles and five colors but with the same print …Mister Pocket meets sweet Sixteen while dancing before a full moon.

The meeting began about 10:35am with an offer by Michael Miller to address questions that he did not plan to cover under old business or new business. About 11am when the seats filled and the rear tent was also crowded with people, he called the formal meeting to order. About nine million of the twelve million shares were submitted, constituting a quorum. A copy of last year’s meeting was available for review. Mike asked four, no five people to speak before the crowd: Charles Brown, past director who flew in from Denver for the meeting, Ray Wittkopp, resident geologist and one of the planners of the proposed new shaft into the northern strike of the Sixteen to One vein, Scott Robertson, director and treasures, Rae Bell Arbogast, secretary and George Gilmour, attorney representing the corporation in its prosecution of Filter et al.

After the meeting Mike said, “It was the most attentive gathering of shareholders I have seen since the serious take over meeting held in Sacramento in 1983. I could see their faces and look into their eyes. They were paying attention and wanted more information even when I was ready to cut them loose. It was a great meeting to witness.”

The event broke up about 4:30pm. Many went into town to see the drill collection at the Underground Gold Miners Museum. A small crew packed up the gold, gathered the trash so the bears stayed away, broke down the PA system and saved the remaining pasties and other food and headed to the office. (Scoop spotted them sucking down a couple of beers to end a perfect day).

06/27/2004  10:52AM

It appears to us that the learned trial Judge has failed to consider the total effect of the facts relied on by the prosecution, in such manner as was required in a case of circumstantial evidence, and that he has been led into committing this error by acceding to the application to go into the matter before the close of the case for the prosecution.

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06/19/2004  11:48AM

Last week was just another productive yet uneventful period of operation. Maintenance, organizing the mine site for shareholders’ day, gold teasing in the “kitchen” raise and paperwork were some of the activities.. This weekend the Clampers come to town. The museum has several underground tours scheduled. About 100 have pre registered for the June 26, annual shareholder meeting. Rae ordered 200 pasties and 360 drinks for the day.

06/11/2004  12:11PM

The past week of mining was 80% maintenance, up from about 20% for the past month. Gold production remained spotty from the “kitchen” area. The slusher cable is creatively rigged to drag the broken rock down the raise. In the process a great deal of tension is placed on the cable, causing it to break. Mike was in Oroville selling slab yesterday and bought 500 feet of 3/8” airplane cable to replace the smaller diameter. The strength increases from about 7000 pounds to about 14,000 pounds. Should eliminate the problem.

The CAT 910 wheel loader has been tagged out for emergency brakes. New pads were installed yesterday. Looks like the old machine needs new U joints, which will arrive tomorrow. The Company is looking for a Cat 966 C loader. It does not have to be pretty, just pass all safety standards.

With all the action in the office Rae and Amber took turns with a 24-hour sickness. A lot of work got done with the annual report, shareholder data, Superior Court hearing, and preparation for the appeal to the US Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit. The two office cats continue to do their job without complaints. No mice have been spotted in the building for some time.

Had off and on rain this week. This is typical springtime in Alleghany. Rain this time of year is our friend even though it feeds the underbrush. The community is abuzz with fire prevention activities all over town. Last year’s fire is a reminder of the towns vulnerability. All in all it was a good week and next week looks even brighter.

06/03/2004  9:07AM

Expecting ninety-degree weather today. MSHA inspectors (2) arrived yesterday for the quarterly examination of the mine. Should finish today. An untested fire extinguisher was picked up inadvertently and placed in service, so the mine can expect a citation. The crew is doing maintenance that occurs each year when winter turns into spring. MSHA comes unannounced (the element of surprise) and gets to see a mine operation at work. There will always be some project or some situation that will appear to violate a regulation; however MSHA management has placed a zero tolerance approach to safety on its field inspectors. They have been intimated to make sound judgment decisions for fear of criticism even though four findings must exist in order to write a ticket. Oh, well, it likely will not improve until their insanity is day-lighted.

The print shop left out two pages of the annual report and may not have it ready for mailing until tomorrow. The office crew has the proxy forms ready to go and the envelopes are all addressed.

Air compressor moved up the hill away from the lower shop and near the fuel tank. A great improvement. The 800 level maintenance on the trail to the ballroom should be finished this week.

05/26/2004  9:29AM

Yesterday’s broad signal in the face of the raise remains a mystery. Gold mining mysteries occur more often in a high-grade gold mine than in the large open pit disseminated gold deposits. Maybe the reflective signal bounced off a Tommy knocker. The Sixteen has always been a roller coaster ride for everyone…owners and miners especially. Reminds Scoop of a song, “Dark as a dungeon
Damp as the dew.
Danger is plentiful.
Pleasures are few.
Where the rain never falls…and the sun never shines….it’s dark as a Dungeon way down in the mine.”

Scoop unlatched the lock at the portal after the crew left and personally examined the heading. Every indicator identified by geologists Ferguson, Gannett, Cooke and Wittkopp as favorable for gold are visible in the vein, muck and wall rock. Reid and Jay will put in another round today and tomorrow and after that until the mining phrase ‘deep enough’ is invoked and they move on the greener pastures. So it goes in the pursuit of Mister Pocket at the Sixteen to One mine.

The annual report is off to the printers today. Mailing was set back because of a delay in getting the NOBO (non objecting beneficial owner) list from the proxy company in New York. NOBO’s receive a report, as do those shareholders who hold title in their own name. Another type of shareholder is the OBO (objecting beneficial owner). These shareholders remain anonymous and do not receive a report from the company. The proxy company votes their shares. SOR’s (shareholders of record) have the most direct link to the Company.
 By Oak

05/26/2004  7:38AM

YES!!!!!!!!!!!! Go for it guys----Could be one hell of a celebratory annual meeting! Everyone keep your fingers crossed and say your prayers!

05/25/2004  11:02AM

The kitchen crew identified a two-foot wide signal at the face with no visible gold showing yesterday. These are very positive indicators of a significant concentration of gold. Whether this is an isolated cluster or the beginning of an encounter with Mr. Pocket remains to be seen. This signal excites the crew and is one reason everyone shows up for work. You followers of the mine deserve to share the anticipation with the crew in Alleghany. We will know the answer late today or tomorrow. Maybe , just maybe ……

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