August 18, 2022 

Clips from Alleghany


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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:

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 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.

11/02/2012  4:43PM

Too much time has eclipsed since a word from Scoop. At 6pm a community meeting begins with a member of the US Post Office. Federal law established rules and procedures when postal service to a community is considered for a significant change. Alleghany is under consideration. Congress laid down policy for keeping small and remote postal service available when revenue drops below expenses. The first hit to post office revenue happened when the school left Alleghany and moved down the road to Pike. That was about twenty years ago. The next hit in revenue happened about twelve years ago when that old Sixteen to One decreased mailing regular newsletters to its shareholders. The mine company also used the post office to ship gold bars to the smelter, which were heavy and insured. Ah, the good old days! A grip amongst the community is the existence of numerous post offices in the Tri County region that are less than tem miles apart. Alleghanians are going to take over a twenty two mile drive to the nearest post office for services and twenty two miles to return. Maybe no one cares but don’t bet on that.

The Sierra Nevada had a record early snow storm ten days ago. Rain last Wednesday melted the snow but what a great early warning to everyone who has not finished (or started) preparations for winter.

A big bear is wandering around the north side of town and a little bear that is believed to lost its mother is wandering around the south/western part of Alleghany. The pot harvest of the local growers is no longer in sight. Most folks are relieved that city slickers did not zero in on the possibilities of stealing the harvest and shooting up the town. Not much more to tell you.

09/10/2012  11:25AM

The historical church in Alleghany is holding its first public event on Sept.22nd.

Singer Rita Hosking will be performing an acoustic concert with her husband Sean Feder.

Prior to the concert a delectable lunch will be served to concert goers. This will be a sit-down affair, with real plates, table cloths and the whole 9 yards! Caree Loving and crew are going to be cooking up roasted pumkin tamales and other good food using mostly regional produce straight from You-Bet farm. We hope that you can join us.
All proceeds benefit the preservation of the historical church building. go to for more information. Go to the "events" page where there is even a link to hear Rita sing...
 By martin newkom

08/24/2012  10:45AM

I used to farm orchard in Sutter
County. I had an extensive junk
pile which sometimes literally
saved my "life". A pile of junk
sometimes "Pays".

08/23/2012  3:06PM

Go to the Sixteen to One mine or to most mine sites and you are likely to see stuff: pipe stuff, wood and iron of various sizes, rusted equipment, parts for almost anything that moves and of course old trucks and cars. This spring Alleghany witnessed loads of stuff going to scrappers or the local dump from the sixteen to One. Many cheered (Scoop). Some thought the mine was going insane. Scoop was checking out the portal yesterday morning and dump pocket changes when Mike pointed out a small pile of scrap iron set off to the side. “See”, he said, “this pile has no value and it will be off to the scrappers in the next load.” Scoop was impressed.

Later that day we met at the post office. Mike shook his head and exclaimed, “What was I thinking during our cleanup project! Remember that useless pile of iron? It sat there for over six weeks and was ready to load up. Yesterday and today the ore cars kept derailing just outside the portal and the crew was figuring the best way to fix the problem. Raising one of the rails seemed better than lowering the other one. I walked over to that useless scrap pile of iron and found a dozen pieces to wedge under the rail. It sure beat rocks or dirt or wood.”

Go to any mine and you will see stuff, worthless stuff lying around. Maybe those miners have reasons to keep almost everything.
 By Rick

08/01/2012  7:19PM

Document, document, document....

Any time CA and Fed regulations are interpretted by "enforcement" with a different set of eyes and outcome based upon $$$ graft we need to be vigilant and throw it back into their regulatory faces.

Unequal application of the "law" is ABSOLUTELY being applied to the Original Sixteen to One Mine.

The criminals responsible will only be taken to task if a sitting State AG has the balls to do his job...but I digress.

Unequal application of the law is real. FOLLOW THE MONEY and there's the answer to ID-ing corruption.

In the mean time....document, document, document....because all of the corruption, when it stays out of the legal snail-trail courts, isn't in the record.
 By bluejay

07/31/2012  1:28PM

Sutter's mining plans are to begin production in the 4th quarter of 2012. In addition, Sutter has acquired more nearby claims. The shares have a lid on them around 40 Cents Canadian. An Australian fund over past months have been buying the shares.
 By cw3343

07/31/2012  10:24AM

Re the comment below, I have wondered how Molycorp was able to re-open a mine in CA due to all of the regs and nonsense. Probably they spread $ around where it matters, in back-room deals?

Would it be worth studying the methods and approach taken by Sutter Gold? It looks like they actually got permission from the Army Corpse of Engineers to fill in wetlands! That seems like an unbelievable thing in CA.

Not sure how far along they are, but I read this a while ago:
An Australian bank is willing to loan Sutter Gold Mining Inc. $20 million to dig into that potential. They expect to pay it all back in gold, of course.

“It’s a great opportunity to return gold production to the Motherlode,” said Cochrane.

They’ve spent nearly 20 years researching, sampling, and getting permits to meet California’s tough environmental standards, and now Sutter Gold Mining Inc. finally got the funds to find out what these rocks are really worth.

07/29/2012  8:55AM

Yikes, did Scoop hear about the head scratcher comment below and lack of speculative interest from some of you. So there are opinions out there as to why the Californian gold mines in the Sierra Nevada Mountains are silent. Others’ opinions are: (1) over regulations real and implied from California’s agencies; (2) too long to get permits to operate and too long to get gold production to attract investment; (3) meddling from self-centered and haughty vocal people (those with the soft knowing eyes who predict disasters from most things done by man); (4) nonprofit organization with lawyers in need of work; (5) laziness and fear; (6) and some downright blast that may be true but too nasty to repeat. Thanks for your thoughts. If you have ideas, let’s see them in print.

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