September 22, 2020 

Clips from Alleghany


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05/09/2011  8:28AM

A little bit of white stuff on the ground this morning but not much. It rained last night and a dusting of snow fell sometime in the early a.m. Blue skies and a warmer week ahead of us.

The fruit trees are in full bloom. Hoping we don't get a late frost. (The light frost this morning shouldn't hurt them.)

The 2010 annual report is being formatted by Edda for the annual mail-out to shareholders. The 2010 10-K was filed timely with the SEC in April.

Underground Gold Miners Museum had its annual membership meeting on Saturday at the museum in Alleghany.

PG & E is scheduled to shut off the power in Alleghany to do some repairs from 9:30 am to 3:00 pm today. The last time they had it planned in April it was canceled due to snow.

04/13/2011  9:26AM

PG&E has a scheduled a power outage for Alleghany starting 19 minutes from now. It lasts til 3:30pm. Don’t know the problem but many throughout the region (Sierra, Yuba and Nevada Counties) are upset about the frequent and long outages this winter. Yes, the storms were heavier than recent years but not as harsh as winters 25 to 35 years ago. People are looking for an explanation other than the weather!

Snow is falling right now. The critters are also out today in greater number than we’ve seen this year. Squirrels are tip-toeing on top of snow banks, robins, blue jays and flickers are everywhere looking for something to eat. Yawn, sure would like to see and hear more action: roto tillers breaking ground for gardens, miners driving to and from the golden mines of Alleghany, chain saws brushing the fallen trees, children on roller skates or bicycles or the bouncing of a basketball. One of the greatest negative impacts of depressed rural communities like Alleghany is the loss of community. City folks may be unaware of the decline and decay of our rural lands. The gold in Alleghany is the life-blood for Phoenix. Four minutes til no power.

03/31/2011  3:47PM

A ringed tail cat must have crawled into the high voltage electric panels when the power was out. We like those ring tailed but there is one less in Alleghany. Also the power to the air compressor is off due to its unfortunate choice of shelter. Ring tailed cats are rarely seen and the old time miners considered it good luck when around.

Well good luck is in Alleghany today because this is the first solid day of sunshine in weeks.
 By martin newkom

03/30/2011  11:16AM

PGE CEO's must think that the recent imposition of "Smart Meters" is the panecia (cureall)
for all company ills including
power outages. The CEO's need to
come out and take care of things
the "old fashioned" way. It certainly is not the outfit it
used to be since emerging from
their bankruptcy.

03/28/2011  2:57PM

Electric power to Alleghany quit on March 24 just before noon. With no power, office work stops. Power back on late last night.

Snow accumulation caused the collapse of roof overhangs and one porch of office building. Snow still a problem with added weight of rain. Sun shining for first time in weeks but temperature still cold. Overall attitudes of towns' folks is somewhat depressed.

Power still out down the road at Pike (about 10 miles west and 1300 feet lower elevation). People have no heat, no water due to their well pumps. Attitude of Pike folks is way depressed.

Someone must ask the electric supplier (PG&E) why our rural areas are having so many black outs? What has changed? How can service in winter improve? Someone must tell the corporate bosses that the trees must be trimmed. It will save money and possibly lives. The mine suffers without power. People suffer as well.
 By martin newkom

03/25/2011  3:06PM

My mother said the town knew that
spring had arrived when the snow
would thaw and one heard the harness bells of the freight teams coming up the canyon from way down, bring in the first,and much needed supplies of foodstuffs and other orders/needs for the town.
My grandfather Armstrong's family in Honcut, Butte Co. had
a horse-drawn freight service
there and possibily did much of
the required hauling. Not sure
which road they used.

03/24/2011  10:46AM

40 inches of snow measured in the Sixteen to One Parking lot at 8 am this morning. Still snowing heavily...the forecast is predicting snow through Sunday. See new photo on home page.

03/22/2011  10:20AM

The word in Alleghany is snow and more snow. It did rain for approximately one week, week before last. On Saint Patrick’s Day, Rae planted three bare-root fruit trees and four blueberry bushes in her yard. There was more dirt than snow showing at that point in time…then Friday the 18th the town woke up to falling snow. Later in the day it snowed all the way down to 2,000 feet wreaking havoc on traffic in Grass Valley and Nevada City. By Saturday morning there was two feet of fresh powder on the ground in Alleghany. The snow lightened up, but continued non-stop through the weekend and yesterday. There is supposed to be a break today (which hasn’t happened as of this writing), then more on the way Wednesday and Thursday. There’s about three feet on the ground now (it settles down the deeper it gets) which compared to the days of Martin’s mother is nothing….even compared to 20 and 30 years ago, it is a lot less than what we used to get. Hope this isn't the year we remember what it used to be like.
 By martin newkom

03/06/2011  10:32AM

I'm sure glad to see that
Rae, the "mother general"
of the town enjoys shoveling
snow. In my family Armstrong's
tenure there, the whole town
would be "snowed in" for the
winter. No snow removal except
by shovel and "armstrong" ha,ha

02/26/2011  5:23PM

Where to begin, oh where to begin from Scoops last report.

The weather is always safe. The California storm smacked the Sierra Nevada, centering on Nevada and Sierra Counties. About 20,000 lost power and PG&E says some won’t have electricity for three more days. It is cold. Alleghany weather watchers report 11 degrees last night. Lots of snow, some of the biggest storms in years.

Mike felt some stomach pain early Wednesday morning. It got progressively worse and he showed some good sense by driving down the hill to Yuba Docs for an exam around 3pm. That doctor thought appendicitis and order him to the hospital ER. He was admitted at 6pm, had more tests and nasty appendices was confirmed. About midnight he went under the knife for an appendectomy. What causes the appendices to infect and blow up? Operation seemed good so he checked out of the hospital about 2pm, drove his truck to get 100 gallons of diesel and returned to the mine around noon on Thursday so the loaders could keep up with the roads.

Youths are snow boarding in Alleghany, kind of tough because there are no lifts to get them back up the hill. In the 1940’s the miners rigged a slusher so the folks could actually have a ski run. Alleghany is a special place. Long live gold mining and gold miners and gold owners. America, wish them luck. They need it and so do you.
 By Rae Bell

02/18/2011  10:19AM

I just shoveled off the museum van (aka F.A.R.T.) and we have 27 inches of snow. Funny how when it comes to snow 27 inches seems like three feet and three feet seems like four feet....
 By mnewkom

02/18/2011  9:46AM

Scoop mentioned a recent baby
birth. Congrats to the family.
My own mother, Dorothy Armstrong
was born in Alleghany in January,
1906. To James L. Ida Louise
Armstrong. James and his brother,
John operated the general store
in town for approx. 15-16 years.
They also operated the Eldorado
for a short while.

02/17/2011  1:17PM

Hello winter!
The Northern Sierra Nevada Mountains and foothills are white again. The majestic pine and fir trees are coated with snow. Their limbs bend gracefully under the weight of the third day of a storm. Yesterday was a battle to open the road to the mine and today it is a choir of upkeep. Nevertheless, the crew is AWOL. Sierra County road crew had a tough time yesterday morning. Snowplows were seen off the road in several spots. The “old-timers” spirits are shouting, “This ain’t nothing. Nineteen feet brought this community to a stand still for a brief spell. Even the county seat, Downieville had four feet on the ground during our winters. Now a couple of inches is all they get over there.” Don’t ya just love those old-timers. No cell phones, few 4 x 4’s, numerous power outs and it took overnight to get to a place where we can go in an hour.

02/10/2011  8:49AM

For those of you who don't look at the homepage, a new photo has been posted.

Clear weather continues in Alleghany, but it's cooled off a bit. Word is we might get some precipitation this weekend.

The newest resident of Alleghany: Rose Lillian Gray was born on January 28th.

01/27/2011  4:05PM

Spring-like weather is great for humans and other mammals this time of year, but not so great on the plant community. A plum tree was spotted in Rae's yard yesterday that is pushing out buds.

Greg Marks the field representative for Assemblyman Dan Logue visited the mine site and reviewed the information about the lawsuit. The water coming out of the old twenty-one tunnel looked good, the creek looked good and he just stood there and scratched his head in wonderment, thinking "what's the problem here."

Just a few miners at the mine, plugging along.

Another "old-timer" has moved on with the passing of Monroe Baldrige. We will miss seeing him on his modified lawn mower heading to Casey's Place for a drink. His laughter will be remembered.

01/17/2011  11:56AM

The longest Scoop silence has come to an end. December was ugly in the mountains. It was cold, wet and foggy or cloudy. The early winter climate change began in October and seemed to alter people’s mood, Scoop’s as well. What changed today? It must be the weather. Don’t know if the Sacramento valley remains under a cloud of fog but us mountain folks are feeling the warmth of one of California’s greatest assets…the sun. It must be over 60 degrees outside right now.

Social critic and defender of naturalism (born in 1819), John Ruskin wrote, “Sunshine is delicious, rain is refreshing, wind braces up, snow is exhilarating; there is no such thing as bad weather, only different kinds of good weather.” A long forgotten Englishman (born in 1608) wrote, “Change of weather is the discourse of fools.” Both observations have merit so Alleghany, the mine and many living in northern California’s gold country experienced an unusual fall/winter and are fools. What about those gold miners?

No whoops of joy, wild celebrations or new trucks occurred since November 27, but sometimes no news of despair were heard either. Whatever small underground work going on has continued uninterrupted only slightly by heavy snow, rain or other natural forces. What is unnatural seems to be the continuing oppression by just two California agencies based in Sacramento: central water and former mines and geology now called conservation. City folks need to visit the backcountry more often and observe the actual conditions and people living there. Sitting in a forced air heated room all day must dull a person’s cognition. Perhaps that is why some desk jockeys ride to the backcountry for replenishing their spirits. They are missing their duty, obligation or responsibility in the ongoing treatment of the Sixteen to One mine. Scoop is cautiously optimistic (hopeful is more honest) the fresh approach under the direction of Governor Brown reaches all of his executive departments. He is responsible for their conduct!

So how does Scoop see the attitude in Alleghany? The 2011 year will be a turn around and one to remember for great things.

11/27/2010  3:16PM

Here’s the scoop from Alleghany:

Electric power gone last Saturday and returns Thanksgiving. That is long enough to cause some problems for all residents.

Snow last weekend turns to ice block. Fresh snow on going but the under layer of ice causes problems for snow removal on roads.

Only work last week at the mine was for snow removal on the roads. No one went underground. Some phone lines down.

Over 1,000 unopened e-mails on corporation address. Over 130 on Mike's. If you wrote either, sorry for the delay in answering.

Other than that, life in Alleghany is grand.
 By Rick

11/06/2010  8:24PM

Wlkirk, yes, it's good to know...always grand when we can make the distiction.

Along these lines, it sure makes one wonder what rambles through the minds of those opportunistic political demagogues who persist in targeting this gem of a mine (CDAA, CRWQCB, 3rd Court of Appeals, to name a few...)

Why oh why? Perhaps they have designs other than that which they claim in the name of public defense?????
 By wlkirk

11/05/2010  8:44AM

Your point is taken. I was speaking in generalities. Not targeting any one mine nor any one farm.
 By Rick

11/04/2010  6:34PM

As to the toxic legacy of the gold-rush....quartz and sand vs. toxic leach fields drastically defines the Original Sixteen to One Mine into a model for non-toxic mining. Please, let's all be sure to make this distinction.

After all, this is the legacy that distinguishes OAu from all others. Wlkirk, please recognize this.

To wit: the gold-rush has a rich history that has been tarnished by subsequent extraction proccesses...the difference between those that have caused damage and those that have not is stark.

Sixteen to One is a pure mine, with no (none!!!) environmental toxicity impact.

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