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 By Michael Miller

06/21/2012  8:16PM

Are you coming to Alleghany this Saturday for the annual shareholders’ meeting? It promises to be a grand day both underground and on the surface. Scoop has observed over a month of activity and got a peak at the meeting site and trip to the portal (many improvements from past years). Activities by the crew include: grading, plumbing, electrical, sweeping, mopping, washing, organizing, pitching, moving, cleaning, driving, lifting, cutting, sweating, storing, digging, straightening, breaking, pushing, painting, mucking, drinking (water), questioning, thinking , planning, cussing, bleeding, brushing, bruising, and other activities familiar to hard at work individuals.

And the weather in northern California is co-operating for a most pleasant day. A cool spell is arriving tonight and by Saturday the expected temperature is in the low 70’s. When it has been pushing 100 outside the past days and during many other shareholders’ meeting, the underground participants loved going in the mine at a cool 50 degrees.

The tent erecting crew had a rough day. There are two tents: one for gold sales and exhibits and one for food and refreshments. There is also a large sun shade to prote34ct the guests during the meeting. It is a herculean task to get those tents up, which they accomplished after 3 or 4 hours. Scoop walked to the landing mid-afternoon and witnessed a heartbreaking scene. Strong gusts of wind blew through the area and destroyed the shade protection and largest tent. The tent resembled a hot air balloon lifting off. After serious discussion it was agreed that this crew would wait until 5pm Friday to battle the hard ground and obstacles surrounding the meeting place and eating place. Good luck and well wishes!

If you come to the meeting take a look at the dump pocket outside the portal. Check out the information in the map room and be sure to grab the special 100 year anniversary T-shirts and the special items Mike ordered to celebrate Original’s 100 year existence. Twenty bucks will get you a T shirt or three of those really cool and different items.
 By SCOOP

06/05/2012  7:59AM

Alleghany welcomed about two inches of rain yesterday & into today after highs in the 80's last week and over the weekend. Rain turned to snow at about 4 am; now a mixture of rain & snow is falling.
Sadly the town lost Sharron Lloyd on May 31st. She will be missed by many. Our thoughts and prayers are especially with her daughter Cassie.
The miners continue working on getting the new heading set-up. With such a small crew things always seem to take longer than anticipated, but as in any dangerous job, doing it safely is priority numero uno.
 By martin newkom

04/28/2012  1:44PM

The name of that water wheel is
Pelton, invented by Lester A.
Pelton. He was a member of the
Masonic group in Camptonville.
There today is a company, I think
it was Baldwin Lima Hamilton who
built impulse turbines used in
power houses generating power.
The Company built their turbines
at their "Pelton" division.
 By bluejay

04/28/2012  1:04PM

Past interesting comments from the Supreme Court concerning balance of power for the protection of our liberties that the Founding Fathers gave us, one and all.

http://www.newswithviews.com/Stang/alan192.htm
 By bluejay

04/28/2012  12:31PM

Support your local Sheriff as he or she is for the locals as opposed to the folks who are debasing the Constitution.

Great story below:

http://billingsgazette.com/news/state-and-regional/montana/article_463ba502-6cb6-11df-b804-001cc4c03286.html
 By bluejay

04/28/2012  10:45AM

Scoop

Thanks for the updates on the property.

Concerning our potential to be somewhat energy independent, I considr PG&E's rejection for us to produce natural clean water power to be completely irresponsible and a act of terrorism against the mine and the local community.

PG&E being allowed to dictate to us and the folks of Alleghany "what we need" is another complete failure by regulators and proof government has become to big. This whole thing should have been approved on the local level and enforced by the Sheriff who has the ultimate power aside from the State and Federal wishes. Make no mistake about this, the Sheriff has the authority, he just has to believe it.

Not even allowing us to have, at the least, an emergency source of back-up energy in the case of any serious electrical interruption is quite simply to me, criminal.

As example of their stupidity: what happens when solar flare activity reaches its greatest intensity in December when electric motors generating electricty become effected and the mine and the city of Alleghany goes black? Wouldn't the potential of water power be a better bet to keep the mine and the city running?

Who knows what other natural disasters may be coming our way? Intelligently preparing for the unexpected is how to run a company, a city, a county, a state and a country.

Even the US government has built a multi-billion dollar facility underground at the Denver Airport in case of potential disasters with their own self generating power source along with other supports to sustain life. Is an electrical producing company telling them what to do?

Of course, in an emergency we will never be able to gain access to this facility, its for government employees, their families and their friends. So, PG&E because of their their short sightedness or continuing profit motives or complete dumbness have actually reduced our chances to survive emergencies.

I guess they have the same mental deficiencies that big brother has in handing out our money in the form of million dollar bonuses to the administators of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac who have total losses each quarter of $6 billion. What a joke! Not to mention all the other financial handouts of our money to the folks who supported the winners of political elections.

Someday the power to Alleghany will be cut-off for an undeterminable period of time and that's just the way its going to be. PG&E is not god. What have they have done by rejecting our Phelton wheel is a crime against the people of the mine and the city of Alleghany, I kid you not.
 By SCOOP

04/27/2012  2:30PM

Two calls asked for more on the weather, inspections and the mine. The weather is always a topic of interest and the past months were no exception. Weather does not affect the underground mine. Conditions are about the same every day and night. Heavy rain caused a lot of damage to the long roads from the mine gate to the portal. Right now an Excavator, back hoe, D-6 dozer, a grader, a dump truck and a 966 Cat front end loader are on the mine site repairing the damage. TV news reports the weather and says, “Scattered showers in the Sierra.” Well, Alleghany took some major hits from those scattered showers. Interestingly, there were no slides affecting the mine roads. Highway 49 and the Ridge Road into Alleghany suffered many slides plus down trees.

Alleghany also had scattered warm spells during the winter and spring, very few snow storms and only two power outages. Scoop took off on snow shoes two Saturdays ago and last Saturday sweated outside during maintenance chores.

The announced exploration project is moving ahead with the usual unexpected problems associated with setting up a new heading. The air compressor acted up for three shifts by cutting out , which affects drilling, loading the drill holes and running the mucking machine. Compressed air is the blood of this mine and electricity is its fuel. Too bad that PG&E chose not to support developing the mine’s abundant on site water power. Too much talk about conservation and too little support from both business and government. This mine was green before the concept of green appeared.

Those inspectors keep showing up: CAL/OSHA and federal MSHA. Mike likes qualified inspectors to help keep the safety standards first rate. Years ago when MSHA first was established the inspectors could make suggestions without writing a citation. Now MSHA has inspectors following other inspectors to snoop around and see if the initial inspector failed to write up a potential citation. Too bad! All these regulating agencies must change from cop/ lawyer/judge/savior mentalities.

MSHA sent a pleasant young inspector to the mine last month that had no underground mining experience. His two citations are being challenged, which a good process built into the regulations. He saw a crack in a rock and thought the miners’ safety was in danger. The crew bared down the rock, creating a dangerous situation which required placing two stulls in the area. They told the inspector that the situation did not require barring down due to the location and quality of the rock but did the work only because he considered in dangerous. It cost the crew a day. Mike wrote a letter to MSHA and suggested they set up an underground training program at the Sixteen to One so future inspectors without experience in the Sierra Nevada gold mines don’t freak out when they see a crack.
 By SCOOP

04/26/2012  10:30AM

Where has Scoop been lately? Busy as a bee maybe busier!
An OSHA inspector came up and inspected the mine yesterday. It went well.
16 to 1 is trading scrap metal for road grading as the road to the mine was in very bad shape. The old D8 that hasn't been used in close to 20 years was seen leaving Alleghany on a flat bed truck the other day. Wonder how much it weighs?
The 2011 annual reports should start hitting the "printing press" (copy machine) later today.
It is raining in Alleghany after a week of incredibly warm weather. On Friday April 13th we awoke to 3 feet of fresh powder on the ground. It melted quickly!!! Looks like spring in the mountains with the daffodils in bloom.
 By SCOOP

03/16/2012  7:52AM

The speed of our web-site is much better on the new host. Some "behind the scenes" work is still being done before we can post regular updates to the page.
The date for the annual shareholders meeting had been added to the home page before our site "crashed" but vanished since. Just an FYI to our Shareholders, the annual meeting is scheduled for Saturday June 23rd. Date of record for proxies is April 2nd.
The 2011 10-K (Annual filing) was filed with the SEC timely on March 5th. Send an email to corp@origsix.com if you would like a copy via email.
Rain, rain and more rain. Most of the snow that we got earlier in the month is gone, but rumor is that more is on the way starting tonight.
 By SCOOP

03/14/2012  2:18PM

Testing, testing, one, two, three. Welcome back to the website. This site first appeared in 1995. For the past ten days, its host failed and was not able or willing to find and fix the problem. Now there is a new host and it is almost half a world away. Our comments are now going to the country of Hungary. Scoop missed the FORUM and is pleased it is back on line. Good luck.
 By martin newkom

02/22/2012  4:04PM

The planning department in Sierra
County is much like the planning
staff in Alpine, another small
county. They're philosophy is not
to stiffel and discourage local
business endeavors but to Enhance
and Encourage them. My chapeaut
is off to them and to others like.
They realize they are working for us and not us for them!!
 By SCOOP

02/22/2012  1:54PM

Big Move Forward for Sixteen to One

This morning the Sierra County Planning Commission approved the rezoning of the Sixteen to One mine from General Forest to Industrial. The project involves a County initiated Zone Amendment that was included in the County General Plan. Twenty five agencies received notice of the proposed change. None raised environmental concerns. The planning staff findings say, “The proposal will not have a significant adverse effect on the environment and is statutorily exempt from the California Environmental Quality Act.

The commission took action recommending the Sierra County Supervisors approve the zone amendment project and adopt an ordinance amending the zoning from GF District to IN District pursuant to Sierra County Code 15.32et.seq. Paper will be completed this Spring after another public hearing (required by law).

Mike Miller testified before the Commission stating that this action is good for the Sixteen to One and also may benefit other mining operations in Sierra County. After the meeting Scoop learned that another significant result from this project is the changes it makes to California’s claim that the Sixteen to One qualifies for regulation under the Surface Mining and Reclamation Act of 1976. Miller has issues with the Department of Conservation enforcement of the position of the agency. “This mine has operated over 100 years and is an underground gold mine not a surface mine. SMARA has a purpose to protect people, communities and the environment; however, it is a stretch to count our mine as one under that law.” Most rural and small counties lean for local control instead of Sacramento’s interpretation of life in the back country. Congratulations to the planning staff and commissioners for their actions today.
 By martin newkom

02/11/2012  4:35PM

Our people in Sierra County who
have relatives in Sutter Co.(Yuba City) have told us that Sierra Co.seeks to issue a Pension bond which the PERS wants a lot of interest(variable) to float it.
Umqua Bank features a better deal, it was deternined.
But why couldn't the 'Sixteen' contract with the County to mine and provide funds for the county to avoid the pension bond and mine enough for themselves to pay their back
property tax in the process?
 By martin newkom

02/11/2012  4:35PM

Our people in Sierra County who
have relatives in Sutter Co.(Yuba City) have told us that Sierra Co.seeks to issue a Pension bond which the PERS wants a lot of interest(variable) to float it.
Umqua Bank features a better deal, it was deternined.
But why couldn't the 'Sixteen' contract with the County to mine and provide funds for the county to avoid the pension bond and mine enough for themselves to pay their back
property tax in the process?
 By martin newkom

02/11/2012  4:34PM

Our people in Sierra County who
have relatives in Sutter Co.(Yuba City) have told us that Sierra Co.seeks to issue a Pension bond which the PERS wants a lot of interest(variable) to float it.
Umqua Bank features a better deal, it was deternined.
But why couldn't the 'Sixteen' contract with the County to mine and provide funds for the county to avoid the pension bond and mine enough for themselves to pay their back
property tax in the process?
enough gold
 By SCOOP

02/10/2012  3:14PM

A rich cache of historical photographs arrived this week for the Underground Gold Miners Museum thanks to the generosity of a benefactor. We can hope some will find their way to this website. Scoop says “hope” because for almost a month no one has been able to put photographs on the website and nobody seems to know how to solve this problem.

Pictures include pre fires and before automobiles. It’s the horse and buggy days plodding through the snowy narrow street. China town is visible on the north side of Main Street. There are pictures with early cars and trucks. Sometimes the miners are wearing cloth hats underground. Children are marching in parades along with bands playing. Alleghany is an historic place. History making will return when the gold miners are given an opportunity to mine for gold.
 By SCOOP

01/26/2012  2:42PM

A lawsuit against the Company was filed by the California Department of Conservation on January 6. 2010. The Company was coerced by threats of Surface Mining Reclamation Act fees, penalties and paying for the expenses of government lawyers of $351,000 and the government’s overwhelming power of litigation to settle the odd lawsuit. The lawsuit came as a surprise to the Company because the governing appointed board over the Department of Conservation’s lawsuit never conducted an administration hearing on the matter. Due process, established in California for airing differences with state agencies was denied the Company. “Maybe it is just a sad reflection of the times,” said Michael Miller, who is responsible for authorizing the settlement.
 By Rick

01/13/2012  5:31PM

This is of bomb-shell development significance to our Constitutional rights!

Its actually possible that my use of the above adjective will encarcerate me into eternity for the threat meant only in prosaic terms. In other words: watch what you say, because it may land you in prison.

Which country am I living in?

The old lethal bad-guy terrorist definition has just morphed into a new potential for authoritarian definition: POLITICAL TERRORISM, (the phrase predicted here first) although Ayn Rand and George Orwell wrote about the concept, now manifesting into reality.

In case anyone thinks I've gone "off my rocker" please check back (in a personal sense) to see if I've been disappeared in the next couple of years. I'm serious. Once a regime re-defines purpose and combines with the cyber technological ability to parse words and phrases, identify and locate the "offenders" and hence target said potential "threats" to the "good of the country"....we're screwed.

THE MOST IMPORTANT issue at hand for our freedom at this moment in time is the teeter-totter swing of our courts, and the potential for appointment to the US Supreme Court to be swayed by an opportunistic authoritarian administration hell-bent upon forcing control upon us.

This is why we vote.
 By bluejay

01/11/2012  2:12PM

http://articles.businessinsider.com/2012-01-06/politics/30596530_1_president-obama-political-humor-obama
 By bluejay

01/11/2012  10:25AM

Martin Armstrong weighs in concerning our long established rights:

http://www.martinarmstrong.org/files/Ron%20Paul%20Last%20Hope/index.htm

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