August 18, 2022 

Correspondence from the President of OAU


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 By bluejay

08/07/2009  9:17PM

Where is the history of gold more alive than in California? If resistance against the Dollar for gold takes place, where is it more likely to come from first? It won't be coming from the east, it'll be coming from the western states. More than likely, California will rise again to the forefront in prefering gold. As gold is the most authentic competitor to depreciating paper bills.

It's common knowledge within the gold group that with all the trillions of new dollars that the government and the Fed are creating that it will eventually ruin our money and with it, so too, will our store of value in it.

Throughout history when governments have lost control over their money, as a result of their incessantly expanding debt burdens with the results of it buying less and less, people turned to gold for a store of value and financial protection.

Governments in the past have forced the people to continue using their near worthless fiat paper money making it unlawful to use gold for exchange purposes and to own.

I view this new law prohibiting dredging as an effort, to some degree, in keeping gold out of the public's hands as it is becoming more expensive to buy. I don't believe it's California requesting this ban all by themselves but indirectly from the Treasury and the Fed. You might believe I'm a little paranoid but how about the government? If the public loses confidence in the money then the politico's days will be most certainly limited until they all are replaced on a massive scale. Remember Iceland?

You see, it's not only that government is elected to serve us but their positions, for the most part, enable them to control us for their own selfish needs and for the ultimate benfit of the power elite.

We have to accept that California will have to take loans out from the Federal governemnt just to survive, sooner or later. The government in Sacramento just can't stop handing it out to balance their budget because if they did, the State would implode with social unrest just from the loss of more jobs and the continuing stress being imposed on the poor. Remember, when people have lost everything it is these same folks who begin to think about taking back their government by whatever means possible when hope no longer has significance to them.

Everyone should support and contribute to GATA in their quest to assist us in preserving our right to know the truth concerning gold and our right to own it.
 By Rick

08/07/2009  8:37PM

Okay, he signed it, in violation of Federal statute. This challenge to the validity of Federal vs State right's is a gotcha moment:

How do we protest a State's proclimation in the name of Federal law, while maintaining our state's jurisdiction and sovereinty while citing Federal Law?

Simple. We cite intent.

 By Michael Miller

08/07/2009  2:46PM

Rural cleansing and the transfer of American rights in California

Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger
State Capitol Building
Sacramento CA 95814 August 7, 2009

Dear Governor Schwarzenegger,

The local newspaper publisher and editor just phoned me asking what I thought about our governor signing into law the ban on all dredging in California. I replied that he probably would not sign it because the legislature cannot preempt federal law. He said, “Wrong, he just announced that he signed it.” I’m shocked. If you have some time for reconsidering, please get your staff to do some detailed research.

I dredged years ago (1976 to 1981) in the northern Sierra Nevada Mountains. I started when the California Department of Fish and Game was the responsible agency to monitor and protect wild life (fish). The men and women were well educated and trained to perform these important public benefits. I still live in the Sierra and see the creeks and streams daily. Fish and Game has been compromised in conducting its mandates.

As summer progresses those deep water holes in the intermittent watercourses (dredging) provide a safe habitat for fish insects and other aquatic life. If anyone told you that public welfare or fish well-being is compromised by turning over the underwater aggregate, they are wrong. The Fish and Game scientists put zone categories on the waterways to prevent dredging during spawning time. If anyone told you that recreational dredging significantly altered the stream gravel or banks, they are ignorant of not only the facts about dredging and the effects of winter in the mountains. I have stood by the banks of a raging river during winter and listened to boulders the size of a hummer rolling downstream unabated. A dredge is like a whisper in a hurricane.

Dredging is lots of fun, very educational and is a family activity. It is also ecologically sound. Native Californians familiar with the gold bearing waterways in our State see gold miners, both recreational and professional as extensions of our culture and heritage. For those reasons alone I ask you to reconsider what you have done by signing a very unlawful, un-American and certainly an “unCalifornian” piece of political legislation.

The positions stated above are readily provable. Come on up to the California gold country and see for yourself. California is deeply in financial trouble. Gold creates new wealth, increases the GDP and spreads money around the rural communities. The cities will eventually learn that not much of value is produced inside its limits. The nation will soon learn what it is like when the bulk of our necessary resources must be imported. Dredging for gold in California dates back to its beginning. It is not a big activity. Dredging is symbolic of the free will, pioneering and entrepreneurial spirit that makes this state great. You made a mistake with this one. I encourage you to correct it.
Sincerely from a fifth generation Californian
Michael Meister Miller

 By martin newkom

08/04/2009  2:46PM

They (he) won't listen to you.
They State should be allowing
oil drilling along the coast
and a lot of the State's money
woes would go away if they did.
But there are too many naysayers, special interests
and threats of litigation which
hold the state back from the
ultimate of fiscal duties. They
figure that it is easier to lay
and collect taxes than to do
what is in the "Best" interests
of the people.
 By Rick

07/18/2009  7:12PM

Mike send him a new one.

"Mr. Gov.

I and everyone you depend upon are disgusted by your apathy. Fire your team, as we will fire you, not aren't worth the dirt.

Realize how your solution lies within the private sector, who pays your state's bills, and rejects your Bills.

Call off your offensive attack dogs bent upon playing craps with the environmental crowd. Recognize that your political "reality" is an ant-hill compared to the power out of your political control. Go look at any fork of the American River and wonder why boulders the size of busses are round.
 By Michael Miller

07/18/2009  12:18PM

I wrote our governor two months ago and resent the letter below a second time. Have not had a reply. I realize that he is struggling with the problems typical of the moment; however, the tide changes twice daily on California's coast, a predictable natural occurrence more powerful than any politician. So too will the moment's problems change. Change is the one of the few constants society can count on. I still check my post office box for a letter from the Governor.

Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger
State Capitol Building
Sacramento CA 95814

May 8, 2009

Dear Governor Schwarzenegger,

Credibility is an issue, not yours but perhaps our gold mine. We get blamed for a lot of things that are not true. I am President of Original Sixteen to One Mine, located about two hours northeast from Sacramento in Sierra County. The Company is the oldest gold producer in the United States, incorporated in California in 1911. I’ve had the president’s job for twenty-six years. I am looking for your attention. As a personal reference, I offer Bruce McPherson in Santa Cruz. Bruce is a childhood, family friend. You picked a good man for Secretary of State when you chose Bruce. Give him a call. We regret his loss in the last election.

Solutions are my mantra (as it is for many pre-hippy Californians). Consider implementing the following slogan with your executive branch employees: SQUARE. I remind our hard rock underground gold miners to incorporate it into their work ethic. SQUARE. S is for safety; Q is for quality of work; U is for you; A is for “accountability; R is for responsibility; E is for efficiency. Put them all together and it creates or becomes a behavioristic model for success in any workplace.

You are desperately needed right now. I humbly seek some things from you to help the gold mine, the blue-collar workers directly, our depressed rural county and the social and physical fabric of all Californians. Become a statesman during the final years of your term and forget being a political chameleon. Smother the Sacramento “pot-house politicians” (check a large dictionary for the definition) and leave all those in the Senate and Assembly behind. Leave the Judicial Branch alone as well. Until the few scrupulous lawyers raise the bar to expected levels of integrity, honesty and lawfulness, the judicial branch will continue as America’s most despicable arena of outlaws. Tell all of them to, “Become the professionals that once walked the halls of justice. Become a statesmen, like me.” This can be your legacy to Californians, a return to the elected statesman.

The SQUARE in all three State and Federal branches is gone. If you can just fix the Executive Branch, it will set an example and get business humming in California. It will bring jobs to rural California.

Gold miners have encountered many examples of inappropriate behavior from people in the agencies you control. I wish to share with you or your appointee some experiences that others and I encounter in dealing with Sacramento. Let the other public officials make the laws and administer the justices. Your Executive Branch holds the catbird position. As Governor you hold the strongest weapon. As Dirty Harry would say, “Make my day!” Please reinvent the lost art of statesmanship. We need you in the trenches with us.

If you have never travel underground in the majestic Sierra Nevada Mountain range, consider accepting my offer to take you inside Mother Earth and see her as never before. See where plate tectonics smash together and bless our continent with one of the richest gold deposits in the world. You can bring your kids. They will love the adventure.

Sincerely yours,
Michael Meister Miller, President

 By Michael Miller

06/07/2009  3:28PM

Welcome Stevew to our comprehensive web of information. Florida is a long way from the gold mines of western America. Every producer has one or more refiners that have serviced its needs over the yeqars. Remember that most gold companies never produce gold. They produce only hope, which won't need refining. But here are some thoughts for you and others with an interest.

Gold is the most fluid medium of exchange other than paper currency. Refiners provide several services to the gold sector: purification of metals and liquidity. By liquidity I mean that once our dore is refined to pure gold and silver, it can be sold into the spot market immediately. Our refiner provides us with a reliable way to sell metal and credit our bank account with currency, which is the primary way we settle accounts. Over the years, however we trade gold for product or services.

During times of precious metal excitement (as now), I get many calls from almost manic people who have buyers for tons of gold. They are misguided novices, who believe that somehow someone with gold to sell must do it at a price below spot. They are wrong!

My recent amazement is how people continue to look at those of us in the gold mining business. We are not a bunch of unsophisticated neophytes or white-collar criminals, touting moose pasture in Canada or third world countries. It is business pure and simple; but for the very few of us that actually mine gold to pay the bills, I’m shouting out: use your business acumen and seek out gold mining opportunities for your investment capital. Why are you looking for wealth as if those already in business (refining) need your fresh and unproven ideas?.

History has proven that many people have lost money in mining. It also shows that some people have made sizeable fortunes in mining. And like any investment the prudent ones are more likely to see their wealth grow. The game of risk/reward for mining requires serious investigation. Since you are new to this web site, I will repeat the three main areas to concentrate upon: Men…Money…Minerals. Put them all together in the gold mining sector of business and fortunes await the risk taker with a keen ability to judge opportunity. Opportunity abounds.

What questions would you ask during a “due diligence” examination of this Company? It may help. Thanks for taking the time to open a new topic. Any participants are appreciated. MMM
 By Michael Miller

02/06/2009  11:39AM

Dear Shareholders and Interested Parties,

The Sixteen to One gold collection is available for purchase as individual pieces and appropriate small groupings. Here are some of the offerings:

1. The Whopper is priced at $1,145,000.
2. The Mini Whopper is priced at $41,750.
3. The trilogy of carved historic animals include, Cal Bear, Golden Eagle and Trout are priced at $310,000.
4. The Gold Sponge is priced at $14,500.
5. The trilogy of carved historic events of western importance include “The Discovery”, “The Rush Part I”, “The Rush Part II” and “Statehood” are priced at $245,000.
6. The epic carved miner, “Saturday Night” is priced at $72,500.
7. The epic carved miners; “Dancers” is priced at $55,500.
8. The six piece jug band includes band miners “Wash-Board”, “Nugget”, “Attitude-Adjustor”, “Banjo-Man”, “Howling-Dog”, and “Jug-Band-Dog” is priced at $125,500.
9. The spiritual carved “Phoenix” is priced at $65,000.
10. The universal “Matterhorn” is priced at $25,700.

The complete one hundred piece collection is priced at $3,500,000. The above nineteen pieces are priced at $2,099,450. Please call for additional information and prices not listed.
 By Michael Miller

01/20/2009  4:12PM

On this great day for a change in American politics, both parties called for transparency within the halls and agencies of government. I take that means governments shall become easy to see through or understand. Guile be gone! Lets all help our new President and brighten the light shining on our State agencies in Sacramento: water agencies, air agencies, insurance agencies, lawyering agencies and the agency created decades age to support mining and the exploitation of California’s resources of minerals to the benefit of the Public, the State Mining and Geology Board.

SMRA is an act passed in1975 in Sacramento known as Surface Mining and Reclamation Act. It was necessary to protect others from the selfish manner some surface mine owners were treating their tailings. Like so much of government, it gradually expanded where it is at of control. It is no longer transparent in its meaning and application.

For the mine, which predates the Act by over 100 years, it never met the requirements and therefore is exempt. I hope this bullying will review in a transparent manner with whoever struck us down. I support our new president in his quest to change our collective governments. It is long overdue. Correspondence follows.

January 20, 2009
State Mining and Geology Board
Department of Conservation
801 K Street Suite 2015
Sacramento, Ca 95814

RE: Response to cancellation of Administration Appeal of the Original Sixteen to One Mine, Inc., (CA Mine ID # 91-46-0003)

Dear Mr Testa,

Now I know why you did not return my phone calls during the weeks of January 5, 2009 and January 12, 2009. Are you embarrassed because someone placed you in the position of dishonesty, perjury, (should you testify under oath) and on a strictly personal level, compromised your fundamental professional beliefs?

I refer to you letter dated January 15, 2009, which I received January 16, 2009, when you notified Original Sixteen to One Mine, Inc that its petition was denied due to an inadequacy of its filing. What gives? Who tweaked your chain? In this new era of governmental transparency, please become a forthright player.

Please refer to your letter dated October 29,2008, paragraph two, which states, “The petition for appeal was filed in a timely manner and is accepted by the SMGB.” You also confirmed the adequacy of the petition with me by phone. From the two times we spoke over the telephone, my impressions were of talking with a real geologist or person interested in and aware of the long history of the Mines and Geology public programs. You offered your assistance and I relied on it.

You also offered me an invitation to contact you at the close of the January 15, 2009 letter. I called immediately and was told you were working from home. Well, I contacted you and I do have lots of questions. Please respect my professional need to hear from you.

“The alleged fees do not reflect the situation or status of the Company’s properties. The fees conflict with the intent of the legislative acts that are cited as authority for levying such fees. This request is being sent in a timely fashion and the
reasons listed above are not the only reasons why the alleged fees are not applicable.” was the language in my October 20,2008 response to the agency’s notification of a problem (October 6, 2008). You acknowledged that the filing was adequate. You said to expand the Company’s position in writing prior to the meeting, which is why I called you January 5, 2009.

A reading of SMRA PRC Article 2 Section 2735 clearly documents that Original Sixteen to One Mine is exempt from its conditions. The mine is not a surface mine. It is an underground mine. The mine does not remove overburden. There is inadequate surface work incident to an underground mine for it to comply. Public Resource Code (PRC) 27149D) states: extraction of minerals for commercial purposes less than 1000 cubic yards in any one-acre. The mine extracts zero yards.

The Sixteen to One mine is exempt. I suggest you cancel the denial and reschedule the item on the calendar for the February meeting or the next meeting if it is now too late to supply the Board with additional information.

Very truly yours, on behalf of a California icon in the mines and geology world,
Michael M. Miller, president
 By Michael Miller

12/13/2008  12:32PM

Checking account balances throughout banks in the USA are rapidly increasing as the world wide economic adjustment completes its course. People are not spending. Investment capital sits in low earning accounts also, growing but likely not beating inflation. The various parties interested in our mine zipped their wallets but I doubt their true belief that inflation will reduce the buying power of a dollar, that holding onto cash is not the best plan and that some areas will significantly our perform most others. When their fear subsides they will look again for cash placements.

Of all the events that are affecting the business climate, the ultimate just may be politics. With this in mind please decide which former American president wrote the following.

"When the chips were down, when America’s future was on the line and I needed support for the really tough decisions, I seldom got it from corporate chairmen or university presidents. I did get it from labor leaders, from smaller businessmen, from ‘middle America’. They had the strong heart, the solid will, the guts that saved America before and will save it again.

As I have watched the unfolding of world events over these years, it has become clear to me that the one factor most crucial to the strength and cohesion of the West, and to the chances for peace, is the leadership provided by the President of the United States. The president has great power in wartime as Commander-In-Chief of the armed forces, but he also has enormous power to prevent war and preserve peace. Having had both responsibilities, I know that the latter can be even more important than the former. It can also be more difficult to exercise effectively, especially in this era of a “war called peace”.

Having laid down these rules, I would also suggest the President keep in his desk drawer, in mind but out of sight, an eleventh commandment: When saying “always” and “never”, always keep a mental reservation; never foreclose the unique expectations; always leave room to maneuver. A president always has to be prepared for the thought he would never do."

I look forward to the start of a new year. Someone will grasp the value of our gold holdings and the simple plans we have to exploite the resource.
 By martin newkom

11/18/2008  11:46AM

My grandparents told me about
the Alleghaney mines for years
particularly the 16-1 and the
Tightner, though at one time
they were involved with the
Eldorado, which they leased
from H.L. Johnson. They owned
the store and did well there
but not well at the Eldorado.
 By Michael Miller

11/18/2008  10:51AM

The decision was made last spring to sell our gold collection to settle debt and provide working capital to mine more gold. It is the preferred choice over others. I mailed over 100 copies of the August 7, 2008 local newspaper to newspapers throughout the United States. The letter is below. Sadly, there was no curiosity. Well, that changed this morning. Perhaps next week a major California newspaper will have a story for you to read. Perhaps that right person will learn that an historic one-of-a-kind natural and human enhanced cornucopia of “art” is on the market for the first time.

August 13, 2008

Dear Editor,

The Mountain Messenger published the enclosed newspaper last week for reasons that should be of interest throughout the United States. Don Russell, owner and editor, wrote the copy with my help for factual content. All involved are surprised at the quality of the color separation and the results on newsprint. I hope you will feel the same.

I took sending you this small paper for your review and consideration to reprint some or all of these articles and photographs and perhaps assign a reporter for additional information. Gold is a topic that interests many people and the history of the Sixteen to One mine has a proven track record of interest. Its web site is; phone number is (530) 287-3223; e-mail is

Don Russell is somewhat laid back; however he approves the idea of other papers covering this front page story, so give him a call or write him at the addresses inside the front page. I also think that readers will enjoy reading something fresh about the doing in the remote West. We do more out here than grow grapes and medicinal herbs for a living.

On a very personal note, I got involved with this wonderful gold mine and oldest American gold mining company thirty four years ago. It still fascinates me for it present, past and future. America needs domestic productivity and it needs to cherish and support its blue collar economy. Gold settles the west and the development from that adventure helped make this vast country united under one government and language. Its all in the history that most have yet to read.

Sincerely yours,

Michael M. Miller, President
 By Rockroby

10/04/2008  2:32PM

Mr. Miller
When a judgment like this happens a payment plan is usually set up right after,this did not happen?
If it did and the company and you made the payments what they did is very illegal,i myself would be back in front of the judge as soon as possible.
 By Michael Miller

10/04/2008  1:37PM

Steven D. Cribb
Attorney at Law
700 Leisure Lane
Sacramento, CA 95814

Dear Mr. Cribb,

I am deeply disturbed by the actions of your company (Northern California Collection Service, Inc) or this company that you represent as attorney. I imagine you know of the case that brought a judgment against me yet doubt that you understand its aspects, which have concerned most everyone aware and not directly involved in the lawless prosecution of this venerable gold mining company and its two top members of management

. Maybe you do not care that Gale Filter is a criminal and CDAA seems to condone criminal behavior by its employees. Maybe money and nothing else drives your choice of business and how you feed and house yourself and family. You should care, however, as a member of the California State Bar. I have yet to meet a member of the State Bar that will defend the behavior of Gale Filer, his cohorts and the three appellate judges in Sacramento’s Third Appellate Court who tossed this civil case and the judicial logic they used to do so. It is very stinky application of both the law and the legislatures intent of SLAPP and antiSLAPP legislation.

But my interest with you at this moment is the business of collections. Your business has caused me irreparable harm as its actions against me have compromised my credit as reported by America’s three largest credit companies. I request that you take all steps necessary to remove or modify your statements regarding my credit so that my business may proceed in a reasonable manner. I also request that you return the money you seized from these bank accounts.

I have reasons to believe that you may have knowingly or perhaps unknowingly joined CDAA, its criminal employees or its Sacramento lawyers in malicious interference in my business. I would appreciate your denials in writing.

Marty Anderson has been my primary contact with your company. We had a pretty fair relationship until you took CDAA as a customer. He has been unresponsive, refused to meet with me to discuss the judgment and instituted seizing bank accounts without the knowledge of the largest creditor. Prior to that he seized an account you have with State Fund against the mine, claiming your client asked for it, which is not true.

You also seized the bank accounts of Original sixteen to One Mine, Inc. on behalf of CDAA. This action has paralyzed its financial operation. It is odd that you did this because the main recipient of the judgment is Lloyds of London, which neither authorized a bank seizure or according to its New York attorney new that a bank seizure was contemplated. It is also odd that your company initiated a bank seizure strategy with both the Sixteen and me so soon after you received the customer. It is even odder that
CDAA turned its judgment over to a collection agency without any attempt to negotiate a settlement plan. I look forward to your response.

Dated: September 18, 2008 Sincerely,
Mailed: October 2, 2008
Michael M. Miller
 By Michael Miller

07/01/2008  2:03PM

Thought some of you may enjoy an exchange of letters between me, an interested party and a major gold follower/ newsletter writer. There is valuable information about the Gold Sector business if you look carefully.

....Original Message...
From:Principal in newsletter company
To: Interested Party
Sent: Monday, March 10, 2008 11:48 AM


Okay, I'm back at my desk again and not on deadline. I think XX told you that 16-1 is not our usual type of spec, but that it seemed interesting enough to have a look at.

My first question is, what is it you want from us -- are you looking for investors for your proposed $5M raise? If so, I did not see specific terms (cost per unit, pricing and expiry of any warrants included, etc.) and would need to see the terms to evaluate them.

The next big question is what/when/where you are planning to get a new stock exchange listing. There is a reference to this in the document you sent, but no details. The pink sheets are not enough for us. We'd almost certainly want to see the company headed for a real listing to be interested in almost anything to do with it, as we'd need a market to provide an exit at some point. You should know that neither our typical subscriber nor we buy any equities with the idea of holding them for the long term, receiving dividend payments, etc. We believe gold is still headed higher, and are speculating on that trend over the next year or two, and do expect to liquidate all of our gold stocks when the market seems to us to be nearing the top.

If we can get over these hurdles, then we can talk about the rocks, and what work you propose you expect to add the most shareholder value.


-----Original Message-----

Sent: Monday, March 10, 2008 11:41 PM
To: Mr. X

Hi --

I'm not the one with the specific answers, as I'm just a finder, and
a local trying to make a match with the company's needs and the right investor scenario. I've been in the gold sector for about 7-8 years, understand the fundamentals, and have done superbly well following your writings since about 2000. That said, I know something, but am not at all an analyst, and especially don't know the possibilities of structuring financing for this more unusual situation.

It seems the mine and other operational possibilities have great potential. They are already in the ground, there would seem to be lots more ounces, they are established and have a good market well above spot for their product. Seems like it could be a win-win for the right match...if they're willing to structure it favorably.

With regards to the stock listing, that is one of the first things
they want to do. What they really need is the financing to make a lot of things happen, which should pay off well in short order. The one to talk to is Michael Miller, Pres and CEO. You have his contact info in my first email. I am copying this email to him, and I am sure he will get back with you right away.

Thanks again for efforts and consideration. A dialogue with Mike Miller will be very fruitful to determine whether there are possibilities. In any case, your frank discussion and feedback would be helpful.


-Original Message-----
From: Michael Miller []
Sent: Sunday, March 16, 2008 2:34 PM

I had a medium length talk with Mr. X. He does not appear to be interested.
He thinks this is merely a "mom and pop" operation. He is wrong. How can
the oldest gold company be merely a "mom and pop" operation defies
acceptance. He did not encourage further review. He said the info(what I
sent to you) was not detailed enough. I asked what needed more clarification? and that with a mine in operation for such a long time, we have thousands of pages of details on any mine related subject. Please ask.

He wants to make money on stock speculation, which is fine with me. I have
no doubts that our share price will significantly increase in a market like this once we are funded and begin the process described in the Use of Proceeds. All
in all it was a typical discussion with someone knowledgeable but who follows the typical exploration story: find a property then promote, promote, promote. After you do that, promote some more.

We did agree that about 95% of the exploration companies are truly worthless holes in the ground with liars on the top. He cannot say this about the Sixteen to One.

I doubt that he will call for more info or pass along this great gold
opportunity to his bosses. Maybe you can take it farther.

When we get the proxy info from CEDE, a huge stock transfer company in May,
your name will be listed as a shareholder. It should be but it is up to
your broker to make sure. MMM

Sent: Wednesday, June 11, 2008 2:28 PM
Subject: RE: financing referral

Hi Michael,

Sorry it's been so long since your message. I've been busy with kids,
and selling a piece of land. And I was kind of discouraged by their response, too. As you said, I understand what their goal is and why they have the parameters they do, but I still believe it is a unique opportunity with a great risk/reward (huge upside) even if it is a small operation.

(Mr. X) seemed to think that "going big" would be the best payoff (or the only
one worth considering), and would get the best attention from majors as well
as investors, etc. Is there a possibility that going bigger than the current
thinking is feasible? Another contact I have said that there is a
geologist they could recommend which could give a good assessment if going
bigger is feasible. He's more of a geo type than a market analyst, and that
is probably a good thing. Said it may be 2-3 days at $2000-3000/day, but it
would be very informative, a fresh and independent perspective trying to
look at an even bigger picture (and in the process discovering what really
is there and below the radar). On the other hand, I assume you already have
tons of geo and technical data on your mine?!

So, I'm not sure of the solution. There's definitely an opportunity with the
current corporate vision, and there could be a bigger one as well? The
current one is still a good one to fall back on. I'm just thinking that the
story needs to get out and even if a new professional/specialist comes, even
if they don't find it a "big enough or conforming enough" for the
"mainstream" story they will realize the potential for what it is. And, if
so, the right investor. My thinking all along was not for this to become
necessarily a "Mr. X pick" but wanted them to take the time to see it for
what it was and possibly know of a good match for a investor/wildcatter,
etc. $5M is not that much capital for those kinds of investors. I bet there
are dozens of guys with that kind of speculative money out there who would
truly enjoy "spinning the wheel" on a stake in a gold mine!! And the odds
wouldn't be against them!

Sorry to ramble. I am still very interested in the company and its future
success. I'm trying to accumulate more shares. Anything else I can do from
this end? I have a contact at the Sac Bus Journal but don't know what angle
would be a good fit. I'd like to come to the mine again someday, and maybe
bring a friend.

Thanks very much.
 By martin newkom

06/15/2008  9:51AM

It is said that the odds of
drilling and finding paying
quantities of oil and gas is
around 17to1. Gold might be
greater odds.
 By Michael Miller

06/12/2008  1:09PM

The following “President’s Message” was mailed to all shareholders of record with the 2007 year end financial statements.

Dear Shareholders,
You are receiving a shortened annual report this year for the second time in the past twenty-five years. This decision was made to conserve our limited supply of cash. As always we will have open discussions at the meeting in Alleghany. Please call me, write or e-mail for additional information about the company and our plans or other questions you have.

Mining and Financial Results
Our assets are all in tact but our liabilities have increased since last year. The underground workings are being maintained while I am addressing the most urgent obstacle blocking gold production….working capital.

Last year’s production was the lowest since we took back the lease on the Sixteen to One mine and began operations. It was so bad that even I cannot believe the results. We basically emphasized two underground targets during 2007: rehabilitation of the 1000 -foot level and short-term gold targets. Both failed. Gold production was less than 100 ounces. We followed a speckled trail of spotty gold, which never wired into a typical and expected Sixteen to One pocket.

Geologically speaking, we are blessed with volumes of historical data to interpret and rely on for finding gold. Gold, which is the best indicator of a high-grade pocket, was scattered in and around the quartz on the northern 800- foot level. Remember, we are not prospectors who test supposed discoveries of valuable minerals. Our venerable company is one of the few actual American gold producers. .We just ran out of time to continue the exploration.

Our main underground mining investment was clearing the blockage on the 1000- foot level north of the Tightner Shaft. The goal was to reach the known productive areas in the vicinity of the Red Star mine. We need access, a reasonable highway to move men and materials, to attack the targets previously identified and produce gold. I was very disappointed at the progress. Time and money were running out, so I pulled the crew out of the heading and repositioned them to find gold. The gold continued to elude us. Lay off notices were given in November, and we began a maintenance program, which is still in place today.

Working Capital Solutions
Three solutions on how to proceed were carefully considered: selling our mines, selling treasury stock and selling the gold collection, which was the best choice. You may or may not have the opportunity to see some of the 100-piece collection at this year’s annual meeting. I hope not because I want it sold by then. A gold mine without a grubstake is like a sailboat without wind or a racecar without gas. Once our sails and tanks are full, I expect to successfully implement the following: mine gold, reactivate the public market for stock trading, build a gold detector designed specifically for our vein system, become debt free and have some fun.

On the bright side the gold market continues moving in positive directions. The demand for Sixteen to One quartz and gold is very strong. Most of the people I talk with believe monetary upheaval will get worse. If so, your position in this real gold producing company should bring you financial gain and some peace. I placed some big bets on this mine, company and other Gold Sector findings and remain very confident in the ultimate rewards are worth the gray hairs.


May 26,2008
 By Michael Miller

05/27/2008  1:30PM

To Those in the Process of Rewriting History:

History is replete with heroes and villains WHO offend our modern sensibilities. It is important to assess people in the age they lived. In 1849 little attention was paid to conserving natural resources, which today are called environments. Few paid attention to the rights of the INDIGENES as well. Your program is both flawed in its social account, ANACHRONISTIC and use of the hard sciences as it pertains to the California Gold Rush. It is a mistake to contend that the Gold Rush miners cared less.

It seem to me and others that you are trying to see how much TRACTION you can get out of the political environment. By using the template that the “most extreme views win out” and thereby prevailing to EARMARK scarce money to fund this scheme, very valuable and tangible losses to our environment will occur. If your concern is the presence of toxic elements, SOLUTIONS exist to solve this problem. I offer my assistance as well as Original Sixteen to One Mine resources to improve our California life style and our California dream.

The California gold rush was a REVOLUTION that rumbled across the oceans and through each continent. It manifested itself demographically by drawing hundreds of thousands of people to CALIFORNIA; politically in propelling AMERICA along the path to the Civil War; economically, by spurring the construction of the transcontinental railroad; and socially by unifying the VAST and WILD open lands into the United States of America. Putting all this aside, the Gold Rush established a new template for the American DREAM. The world was long aware of the promises held in America but never had the promise been so decidedly, so gloriously material. The new DREAM comprised the universal hope that anyone could have what everyone wants: security in old age, a better life for one’s children and the many FREEDOMS that seem to come from independent wealth.

Yes, the new dream had a dark side as it replace the slow EVOLUTION of California, which began with the eighteenth century religious expansion of missions. It destroyed as it created new attitudes and a changed landscape. The Indians lost their way of life just as the Californians lost their EMERGING culture. An historical analysis of mankind would likely suggest that these changes were inevitable when considering the grim fate of aboriginal people almost everywhere. The DESTRUCTION of the tribes of California may not have depended on the discovery of gold, but the gold certainly hastened the process.

Did the Gold Rush affect the environment? Of course it did; however the changes appear insignificant COMPARED to the events of recent history as people rush to occupy the fertile two hundred mile gold belt, home to millions of ounces of GOLD extracted and millions of ounces of GOLD that still rest in the ground. How much control over a free people can you exercise without lurching into tyranny, which will rarely operate for the good of the people OR the environment?

H.W. Brands in his authoritative book, “The Age of Gold” expresses the ultimate meaning of the GOLD RUSH this way. “The Gold Rush shaped history so profoundly because it harnessed the most basic of human desires, the desire for happiness. None of the gold-seekers went to California to build a new state, to force a resolution of the sectional conflict, to construct a transcontinental railroad, to reconstruct the American dream. They went to California to seek individual happiness. Some found it, some didn’t. But the side effect of their pursuit—the cumulative outcome of their individual quests—was a transformation of history. The men and women of the Gold Rush hoped to change their lives by going to California; in the bargain THEY CHANGED THEIR WORLD.”
 By martin newkom

04/02/2008  10:15AM

Yes, there were stream miners
referred to as "grifters" who
were forced into the activity
because of the bad times.
 By Rae Bell

04/01/2008  10:42AM

I thought the second California gold rush was in the 1930's during the Great Depression?

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