October 26, 2020 

Clips from Alleghany


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 By bluejay

11/18/2011  9:26PM

Ray's home is in the north-east general area of the fire area s/w of Reno and he most likely has been evacuated with his wife and dog. Embers were flying around earlier in the area from the main fire. The wind has now died down with slight snow falling for the past two hours.
 By auriferous

11/18/2011  2:33PM

Just heard about the fire in Reno. Does Ray still have his house? Our thoughts are with you.
 By martin newkom

11/01/2011  5:22PM

Yeah, there is a chinese joss
house not too far away from there
in Weaverville maybe we should
go up there and offer prayer for
both the Sixteen and the Brown
Bear's wellbeing. The oriental
gods might look favorably on the
two mines.

11/01/2011  12:34PM

Company retained a buy-back with the new owner. He is a long time shareholder and friend of Mike's. They agreed to this to eliminate any allegation of Mike giving him a sweet deal. Brown Bear is in the best group of gold mines in California for risk/reward and exploration. You like gold? You want to get into the market? Title is clean; sale has no over riding royalties and price is $5 million cashiers check.
 By martin newkom

11/01/2011  9:41AM

I thought that the Brown Bear was
sold. Is there a buyback option
running? I so an exercise should
be strongly considered.
 By David I

10/29/2011  2:27PM

The idea of a school is very good, and probably would get funding from a university with a Curriculum of mine engineering, and Geology.

10/29/2011  11:29AM

Alleghany weather report: great. Cool nights and warm sunny days are reasons for living in this quaint Californian community. Also the abundant fruit tress, ripe with their bounty and free for the picking adds to the natural environment. The environment, you say is great? How could it be when gold mining has been the major activity for over 150 years? According to a cadre of self-entitled “progressive advocates” a place like Alleghany must be a toxic wasteland of the poor unfortunate souls forced to live in the awful mining legacy. What garbage they claim as history! Enough.

Mine geologist, Ray Wittkopp, and Mike have been active lately with interest by outsiders looking for a gold situation. Rumor is the Brown Bear gold mine in Trinity County is being offered to those interested in getting into a producing gold operation with their money and full ownership. The Brown Bear is a 500,000 ounce past producer. Gold estimates by the most experienced independent geologists cautiously state that 1,750,000 tons of ore remains with an average grade of .5 ounces per ton. Let’s see, that would be 875,000 ounces. At spot this translates to $9 billion dollars. Interested parties should call the company. Mike and Ray are benefiting from the renovation of maps and reports by archivist Rose Cain, who took over the organization of data last year. This information is available to all qualified people interested in acquiring the Brown Bear or perhaps investing in other targets owned by Original Sixteen to One Mine.
 By martin newkom

10/06/2011  12:13PM

Those fellows who were in that
Alaska trip were "placer" mining
They really didn't know what they
were doing so it appeared like a
comedy of errors. Mike should
start up a mining school to teach
some of these guys the right way
to do things. "The Origsix Mine

10/06/2011  10:08AM

The first snowfall hit Alleghany last night and continues right now. Wake up, everybody; winter will most likely come again. The only problem the mine experiences with winter is driving in and out to the portal. The mine is a warm 50 degrees.

A hotshot television producer of reality shows approached Mike about a year ago. If you saw that unreal show about some strange men who went to Alaska to find gold and get rich (they actually called themselves “miners”), it triggered an idea from some Los Angeles documentary and film makers. Mike said no way would he be part of a show that portrayed our miners as ignoramuses, trashed mining and sent the wrong image of mining just for laughs or ratings.

Glen, over time, conveniences Mike to make a short presentation in order to find financial backing. His appeal was more than just gold mining. Glen saw a reality in what someone must go through and endure to carry on the tradition of gold mining in California. (Mike retained the right to approve the final cut.) So that’s the background.

A crew arrived two days before the court date on September 23. They filmed underground, did interviews in Alleghany. Glen asked and received permission to film the summary motion hearing, did interviews afterwards, packed up and headed south with hours of footage. Not only will there be an audio of the hearing, there is visual. This could help strengthen the national rebellion against faulty implementation of regulations by mysterious governmental career people with the responsibility and authority to carry forth legislation. Laws are written for the benefit of the public and its best interest. Ha ha. Where and when did our system fail its primary duty?

Don Russell sat in the audience. He later wrote a piece for his Mountain Messenger newspaper. Feedback has been plentiful: great article, this is outrageous, I had no idea you were getting this treatment, what can I do to help, what bull slop. Scoop or someone will get it copied on the website asap
 By Rick

08/19/2011  7:15PM

Hello world, and Assemblyman Logue...welcome to the realization of the vast wealth underneath the greatest smallest town in California.

Interesting that gold-price has finally awoken the sleepers.

When a 'measly ounce of gold' is at hand and carrying the current price, rest assured that this grand mine, the Original Sixteen to One Mine, has within it's belly far more than that.
 By martin newkom

08/19/2011  10:50AM

Nothing like a little free pub-
licity. Maybe the "doldrums"
are going away and the Mine's
luck has turned to Good!!.
 By martin newkom

08/19/2011  10:43AM

I believe the mine has enough data
in it own archives to satisfy the
staff of Dan Logue. You may want
to bring the "california's gold"
producer, Huell Houser back to do
a sequel to his prev.presentation.
Most people don't know it's there
and still open, more or less.The
theme of this effort should be
that it is and still wants to be
a "working mine" rather than just a "relic" and sightseeing
object for looky-lous. If our
mine could get started up $1800
per oz troy should be the impetus.

08/19/2011  10:19AM

Assemblyman, Dan Logue’s office confirmed that he would sponsor a resolution that recognizes the 100-year anniversary of Original Sixteen to One Mine, Inc. The cost will be absorbed in his budget, which is appreciated. He will see if the Senate wants to join in recognizing this rare event in the corporate world of America.

Staff wants a 4 to 5 page historical presentation. Your perspective on the task at hand is requested. Post it here so all can read it or send it to mmiller@origsix.com . Pages are fine but not necessary. Even a couple of paragraphs will help get a well-rounded resolution.

This outrageous price for one measly ounce of gold has brought interest to the Sixteen to One. Maybe the right guy or guys will appear to cash out of dollars and cash in to gold.
 By martin newkom

07/29/2011  7:43AM

1.I believe I previously told about
the time years ago when my wife's
great grandfather, Jules Auradou
while exploring Kanaka Creek (He
termed it Bar) after overturning
some overburden or a large boulder
found a 20oz nugget and exclaimed
BIGRE!! in French. So to all you
just "got to have hope" By the way the greatgrand father's last
name, Auradou means in english:
"God's Gold"

07/28/2011  3:41PM

Rose in the Sixteen’s map room organized the maps last year and is working on files left in the former mine site office. She showed Scoop a file from the 1960’s covering OME contracts with the mine. OME stands for Office of Mineral Exploration, a federal program encouraging gold mining in the USA. How come the feds were supportive of mining 45 years ago and unsupportive today? Scoop promises to get that file and follow up with some historical perspectives for you.

Not much happening with ideas and plans for the 100-year celebration. Mike blocked out October 6 to the 15th as days for different celebrations. His zealous devotions to the Sixteen to One, its history and its unknown future are showing. Maybe a couple of days honoring its century of existence may be okay. Isn’t one day enough? So far talks include: turkey shoots, drilling contests, metal detection opportunities underground, pasties cook-off, tours showing the different phases of mining, gold pours, lots of musical festivities, chain saw carving event, on-site painting events for all ages, gold panning, geology based tours, live theater (the hanging of Juanita, gold fever, the biggest gold heist, the camaraderie of underground miners are some scripts), mining folklore like the cowboys have, mucking contests for different ages and gender, and……

06/27/2011  10:30AM

The Annual Shareholder Meeting and Gold Exhibit at the Underground Gold Miners Museum were great successes as determined by: everyone commented about their great day and experiences, no one hurt, yummy food, informative discussions. Alleghany was hopping.

Enthusiasm for the 100-year celebration was rampant! Ideas began to float around. Mike told Scoop this morning that it will be a ten-day celebration beginning October 6, 2011 and ending Saturday October 15th. Shareholders or not your help in making it a success is needed.
 By martin newkom

06/26/2011  11:33AM

Congrats. from all of us for the
Origsix 100th anniversary. Maybe
your luck will now turn positive.

06/24/2011  4:30PM

Tomorrow ends another era for this gold mining company. It will be the 99th annual shareholder meeting. In October this year Original Sixteen to One Mine, Inc turns one hundred years old. Let’s celebrate!

Of more than 5000 U.S. publicly traded companies 486 are 100 years or older IBM joined this elite group on June 15, 2011. What are these companies’ secrets for lasting that long?

The “Sixteen’s” entrance to the club of U.S. companies to see their 100th birthdays is recognized as a milestone in business history. “It’s the predominant pattern that companies eventually self-destruct,” says management expert Jim Collins, author of books such as Built to Last, who studies corporate longevity. Companies that survive 100 years or longer are “a special and rarified group.”

Many of the best known that have lived for 100 years or longer include the stalwarts of American business ( ExxonMobile, General Electric and Chevron). Others are not household names, such as Praxir, McKesson, but have served their industries’ niches for more than ten decades. IBM says, “We have learned, from our history, to roll with changes in the world, like economic downturns and wars,”

A short list of secrets to join the 100- year club:
•Ability to move into new businesses without abandoning core tenets.
•A strong sense of purpose.
•Careful innovation.
•Financially conservative.

The weather in Alleghany looks great for tomorrow. The tents are up and over 100 people are expected. Let’s celebrate.
 By martin newkom

05/21/2011  4:07PM

I wonder how heavily they lean on
all the mines in Nevada? What about the Idaho Maryland in Grass
Valley?Do they inspect it heavily?

05/14/2011  3:49PM

The government car rolled into Alleghany last Tuesday and headed right to the mine portal. MSHA is the federal agency responsible for enforcement of safety regulations under Public Law 91-164, also called “AN ACT”. According to the inspector there is only one operation in the Sierra Nevada Gold Belt besides the Sixteen to One to inspect. It is a father/son part time operation. How sad this is for California. With gold around $1500 an ounce one would expect money pouring into this proven gold deposit.

The inspector wrote five or six citations: one for a paper misfiling, one for an outdated fire extinguisher, one for too many bold-nuts and screws on the floor of a seldom used store room, two for improper storage of used oil and one for lumber stored within 100 feet of the portal. The last one seemed unnecessary according to Mike. His reason fell on unconvinced ears. Snow was still on the ground (it snowe3d the Monday before the inspection) and the timber was still wet from the heavy weather of winter. The miners said you couldn’t light the lumber with a blowtorch without spending a lot of time.

Even though some disagreements arose, the hostility of MSHA towards this small and safe mine seemed minor. Scoop knows because he saw everyone talking, sometimes smiling and generally in good spirits. Fortunately, AN ACT allows for an operator to challenge citations and have a hearing. Unfortunately the supposed impartial administration hearing officer usually goes with the employer, the Secretary of Labor.

In years gone by the inspectors were received by the mines as another set of eyes. A suggestion was made to fix or improve some situation, was done before the inspector left the mine and no paper work materialized. Paperwork can be a good thing but citing a broken handle of a shovel when three new shovels are close at hand tests MSHA’s intent. Hey, isn’t it all about money? Citations create fines (money).

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