October 14, 2019 

Clips from Alleghany


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 By fredmcain

06/24/2013  9:21AM


Yes indeed! You are right! For some reason I really thought Newmont was Canadian, too. I thought I saw that somewhere.

But their website lists Denver as the location of the H.Q.

So, that's good news. I am not familiar with Coeur. Maybe I'll check that one out, too!

Thanks again!

Fred M. Cain
 By cw3343

06/24/2013  7:55AM

Fred - per your 6/20 post:

I think there are still quite a few US gold companies. For instance, Newmont is in Colorado (or at least they used to be).

Coeur is silver, but they are US-based.
 By fredmcain

06/24/2013  5:43AM

I was looking at the "AccuWeather" radar map and it looks to me as if Northern California is receiving some rare early summer rain!

I sure hope that reduces your fire danger in Allegheny!

Fred M. Cain
 By fredmcain

06/20/2013  8:22AM

I never heard of "Colossus Minerals" before so I did a search. Amazing! Another Canadian company!

Is the Original Sixteen To One Mine the only gold mining company left that's actually chartered in the United States?

Fred M. Cain

06/19/2013  2:30PM

It’s sad, no pathetic what has happened in the small cap mining market. Colossus Minerals spent time and money to issue a press release June 19, 2013) that it was actually going to pay a semi-annual note interest payment. Wow.

06/03/2013  7:15PM

Has the mine mentioned the unknown animal devouring food at the 1000 level station? The big cat footprint going south took place at the same time, so it overshadowed what was thought to be a little mouse’s activities; however these miners seem to appreciate any life form entering the depths of the mine. They decided to catch the little creature and return it to the great outdoors. A trap was set!

Day one: the bait was gone but no animal was caught.

Day two: the delicious treat inside the trap was gone but no animal was caught.

Day three: the cage was pushed up against a mine timber so the latch would not be set free. The food was gone but no critter was trapped. Now the miners’ minds were engaged. This must be a smart little fellow. All precautions were set in place. The miners knew they could out think the four legged thief.

Day four, actually the morning of the fourth day when the miners arrived at the station, the trap door was closed. A beautiful tail was seen pressed against the wires. No, it wasn’t a mouse. It was a ring tailed cat, not the big guy that hangs around the lower shop. This was a youngster and a beauty at that. Joseph pulled out his camera. (Scoop has yet to see the pictures but heard that Joseph almost teared up at the sight of the cute little young one. Was he thinking about taking it home?) They carefully carried the cage up the Tightner Shaft, down the 800 level and opened the cage door behind the shop next to the creek. Freedom!

Scoop wants to get this photo for you to see. Ring tailed cats are known historically as the miners friend. It is a rare event to see one. But the questions remain. How did these animals and why did these critters enter the mine and travel down the shaft to the 1000 level?
 By fredmcain

05/28/2013  1:52PM

Godesses, Martin? Huh?

You've really got me wondering. I really hope I can make a trip out there some time!

Fred M. Cain
 By martin newkom

05/24/2013  9:57AM

Congratulations to Gma Rae on
the latest "Blessed event" and
thank the Lord for Mike having
the two "Gold Godeses" in the
Origsix office.

05/15/2013  5:42PM

The 2012 annual report was mailed to shareholders yesterday. The theme is “The Year of Exploration” and covers the current and future emphasizes for the company. The cover has one of the most valuable gold specimens to ever come from the mine. W When Rae gets back to town from helping with her fresh granddaughter, Scoop will ask her to post a picture on the web site.

Just like a good fish story, reports of a recent gold fine are overstated. It was better than the crumbs but not up to the size that excited the miners years ago. Source says not to belittle the happiness gold brings. We want to stay on good terms with the gold goddess. At least the usurious demand for 18% interest on back taxes is extinguished. Tomorrow’s Mountain Messenger has the front page picture and story. If you read this forum and don’t have a subscription for a truly one-of-a-kind newspaper, pony up for a year’s subscription.
 By martin newkom

05/10/2013  12:43PM

I read the topic of "rails in the
mine" What might be the signif-
igance of that requirement?

04/01/2013  11:44AM

The annual shareholder's meeting will be held on Saturday June 15th this year. Today is the date of record.

The museum also will have its annual gold show that weekend. The museum has a new website under construction at the same address: www.undergroundgold.com

Very warm weather for over two weeks now. A thunder storm over the weekend knocked out the radio repeater on Ruby Bluff. All of our local fire departments depend on this repeater to be able to communicate. Lee Brown the fire chief from Downieville (grew up in Alleghany) spent his Easter morning making the journey from Downieville to Ruby Bluff via snowmobile? (Need to ask him.) to fix the problem which he did! By 2pm the radios were back online. It takes many dedicated volunteers to keep emergency services operational in rural areas. In urban areas it is taken for granted that somebody will be paid to respond when you need help. Not so here. What is worrisome to Scoop is that the age of our volunteers keeps increasing with very few (if any) volunteers age 39 or younger. In the case of Alleghany the youngest volunteer is 47 and the oldest is pushing 70.

03/08/2013  4:29PM

Rain, snow, hail and sun warm enough to act like a lizard on a rock pile. This has been today’s weather report from Alleghany. The Sacramento news TV stations pay weathermen to inform us. Scoop can only laugh when the little chart shows the sun partly shadowed with water drops, and flakes (snow). Then the announcer comes on and says something like this: partly cloudy with chance of rain, snow at higher elevations, intermittent thunder and lightning possible. They get paid for this???!!!

Here’s a mining report from Alleghany: gold located at different places, a lot in specific locations and none at all in others; chances of finding it daily except when no one is looking for color.

A fellow found a 1833 gold coin recently nearby. No gold seekers were in Sierra County in 1833, so speculation goes that some mine must have lost it while panning. In any condition the rumor is spreading that it’s worth $16,000. In mint condition the price may exceed $100,000.

The traveling vet came to town last Tuesday. He set up in the Sixteen to One office to give two cats shots and pull a tooth from another cat. A big dog stayed outside and took a shot in his rear.

In June road work will begin to replace the surface from Ridge road to the ‘Y’ in
Alleghany. All bids exceeded the estimate. The lowest bidder came in at $1.9 million. Changes are taking place to settle the difference of under $200,000.
 By RyanBaum

02/23/2013  12:03PM

Thank you, SCOOP, for some additional context. When I reread the article, I came to two possible inferences:

The second to last paragraph includes the phrase, “other pressures than local and stockholder interest.” Could this imply personal challenges whether financial or succession related? The last paragraph then refers to “quiet for too long dealing with…” could imply nearing a settlement or truce with the various agencies.

I'm hoping for the later as I only wish the best for our leader of the firm.

Any further "scoop" from you, SCOOP?

02/21/2013  12:17PM

To Ryan below:

The agreement with Quartz view was negotiated last fall. Scoop knows Mike and company are reluctant to bring up mine doings that are iffy or speculative. Most topics in mining are speculative. There must be a reason for the Mountain Messenger article on the front page. Did you see the one on the back page? Any comment?

Scoop now speculates. The price for an ounce of gold is four times greater than the price at that famous million dollar day. Hello!! Let’s go find some. The company made profit at $400 an ounce. It’s looking for new technology.

The Mountain Messenger, an avant-garde publication, raises the importance of technological improvement rocking the Sixteen’s gold and quartz. What better rag to make a disclosure?
Mark Twain wrote for the Messenger. The owner, Don Russel,l has similar tendencies or quirks. Twain wrote, “Apparently there is nothing that cannot happen.” Don’t know what he meant but it sounds Russellish.

Scoop has been a Sixteen to One observer a long time. Rarely does it do something without deep reason. Reread the last two paragraphs for an answer and let Scoop know if you have one.
 By RyanBaum

02/20/2013  8:09PM

I received the Feb 14 Mountain Messenger today down in the low lands. I see the article on OAU and the recent agreement with a radar firm.

Is there any more information beyond the newspaper article?

Also, beyond the GPR agreement, any update on possible finance raising to get back to mining?

Thank you.

02/01/2013  11:51AM

Heard a surprising sound driving past the Alleghany Park yesterday. It was unexpected due to the time of year, the snow on the ground, the freezing mornings and the warmth of the sun in the afternoon. The frogs were chirping.

Alleghany has an interesting water table. Volcanic lava flows cover the famous Blue Lead, a buried river channel sitting on ancient bedrock. The gold settled down in existing quartz about 130 million years ago.in places where pre mineral faulting movements and post mineral faulting occurred. Alleghany also received rich placer gold and lode gold about the same elevations as the town’s present terrain. How does this relate to frog noise?

The park sits on Smith Flat, an old hydraulic, rich gold deposit so water, which influences frog habitat is confused. Alleghanians aren’t sure whether their frogs are the four legged type, the three legged yellow buggers so famous with environmentalists or have some other legged configuration or peculiarities. Alleghanians do know that frogs are abundant in the spring and by their chirping seem very healthy. Maybe Alleghany has something here comparable to that rodent that sticks its head out of the ground to check the sun.

Scoop predicts that some sunny days are ahead for Alleghany even though it is the heart of winter.
 By Rick

01/12/2013  4:16PM

Howdy up there!!! How cold is it outside? (Of quartz, we know how warm it is inside....)

12/13/2012  10:32AM

Everything down at the mine portal area was cold and dark on Monday when the crew arrived …no electricity. The main PG&E transformer sizzled with heat so the problem was with PG&E. A troubleshooter assessed the situation by 2pm. The 12,000 volt to 4160 volt transformer was too dangerous for him to even open and check. We needed to get a new one installed. Going from 12,000 volts to 4160 volts is not common and PG&E began a search for a transformer. Fortunately one was found in Stockton and would arrive in Alleghany Tuesday morning. PG&E gets a lot of flak in California (justly so for power outages); but the line crews are exceptionally talented. They completed their work by mid-afternoon but would not throw the mine’s breaker lever to energize the power (company policy). This level is not normal size. It took two hands and with a little coaching, Mike raised and connected the level. Back to work on Wednesday.

This morning it was 22 degrees. The storm is over and the scene is beautiful: tall evergreen pine, cedar and fir trees, white snow and blue sky.

12/09/2012  8:16AM

What’s been going on in Alleghany, the last Sierra Nevada historical gold town still operating mines. It bewilders many that (1) Gold is still being mined in California and (2) So little gold mining is happening in California as the spot price hovers around $1700 for a measly ounce. That’s right! An ounce of gold is measly compared to the historical production of gold from California’s gold belt. Those Sixteen to One boys talked about how ho hum it was when the crew mined 100 ounces in a day. It only became newsworthy when a shift sacked 500 ounces. Today they probably get excited for any production.

Scoop doesn’t wonder about the economics of gold mining the Sixteen. It’s simple. Scoop does wonder about the interest of investors. Where does their investment capital reside with the outlook for the economy? Do any still use risk/reward evaluations in making decisions or do they let it sit? What instigated the furor over the dot com industry and how was it evaluated? Maybe investment has become age sensitive. Maybe investors today lack experiences in the business of gold mining. Maybe, maybe, maybe. For sure, few Americans have a history with gold.

Northern California got a soaking last week. The only damage Scoop saw was the gravel maintained roads. Nothing beats mine rock for road surfaces, but when rain falls at the rate it did, culverts plug and then trouble follows. The mine put a herculean effort on road maintenance last spring. Except for two places on the road from the town to the portal, it survived. Some heavy equipment showed up yesterday and the news is the mine road is quickly repaired.

Half the underground crew finished a five week job repairing the track from the portal to the 848 split (about 1800 feet). Boy did it need some TLC. What’s worse than putting a full muck car back on track is when the locomotive derails. Muscles strain lifting it back on track. Even worse is when a derailment occurs at the end of shift. Do we fix it now or see it first thing in the morning?

It’s too bad that Lucas guy couldn’t find the money to make his TV show in the Sixteen to One. Now the public is left with some yahoos in Alaska and idiots in Ghana as examples of working gold miners. What a joke! No, what an insult! If you haven’t seen the short video Glen Lucas made to promote his idea, go “NEWS” and click 16 to 1 Video Trailer.

It’s too bad the last federal hearing wasn’t filmed. Portions of it were worthy of real reality TV. Mike didn’t write much about that MSHA hearing but Scoop knows he spent serious time in preparation for a battle that never occurred. The question remains, “Did the Original Sixteen to One Mine, Inc. affect interstate commerce at the time of the inspectors’ inspection?” The public should become aware of this story.

The Sixteen to One miners always keep gold production quiet until the gold is safely sacked and stored. Makes sense. They used to order pizzas from Grass Valley when their sacking continued beyond shift but stopped when the pizza restaurants figured out that a big pizza order to go from the Sixteen to One means they are in gold. Ah, those good old days; maybe history will repeat. No one ever forgets seeing a pocket of gold during mining. Sigh, Scoop hopes to get an invitation for another look.

Maybe there are too many “maybes” and “it’s too bad” in today’s clip. No pessimism with Scoop or the crew in Alleghany. It’s great to watch the Sixteen to One evolve.

11/16/2012  5:29PM

The apparently most important item this week has been the administration hearing held in Nevada City. Haven't seen munch of Mike's truck outside the office. Just heard that it will continue until Monday. That will be four days to discuss 25 citations.

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