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 By SCOOP

02/29/2020  11:46AM

SCOOP[- Havenít heard much from you this year. The community saw the fed car last week. Whatís up?

MIKE- As readers/ knowledgeable members of Americaís mining industry know, USA mines, cement plants and rock plants are federally inspected, once each quarter. Started in 1978, MSHA (Mine Safety Health Administration) became a positive force for aiding mine operators with safe environment standards. MSHA gets wacky at times, if you review past experiences on the FORUM. Enforcement seems cyclical.
MSHA arrived to inspect the operation for its regular quarter inspection. No underground or surface violations of standards were cited.

SCOOP- Wasnít that the same as the third and fourth quarter in 2019? Why the change?

MIKE- Yes, our miners take care of business and always do just that, each day, each shift. Nothing new regarding how they conduct business. In past interviews you raise a wide-spread ďminersí malaiseĒ or ignorance idea, real social or public ignorance about real mining. We havenít changed about safe mining practice, maybe MSHA changed.

SCOOP- Two weeks ago I stopped by the office to see you. Edda said you were in Sacramento for a water tutorial? Why and what were you being taught?

MIKE - Interpretations of California water standards for our site are questionable. Letís not get into that topic but its history is well established on our website. California adopted an odd requirement for receiving quarterly or monthly water testing results. The system was not user friendly. When I was offered the opportunity to sit and go over the system step by step, I jumped for the opportunity, took careful notes and brought the knowledge back to Alleghany. Edda and I followed the procedure and it was a success. No more trouble for this once in a quarter responsibility.

SCOOP- Neighbors told me you unloaded high-grade sacks frequently in February. Where are you mining? Are you rich?

MIKE- Scoop, I gotta go. Itís leap year and I have some outdoor plans today and what a great spring climate. See me next Tuesday and we can continue.
 By SCOOP

12/04/2019  3:56AM

RESULTS FROM FOURTH QUARTER MSHA INSPECTION:

Office or paper requirements: NO VIOLATIONS!

Shop and surface: NO VIOLATIONS!

Mine underground work headings: NO VIOLATIONS

Congratulations and well deserved by all parties. Get rid of water blocking the lower levels! Go get that gold!
 By fredmcain

10/30/2019  12:08AM

Scoop,

Actually, I'm not sure how bad the fire danger is up there right now. I'm thinking that it's mostly the lower elevations that are so tinder dry.

At any rate, I can tell you that there are some subtle changes beginning to take place over the Eastern Pacific Ocean in the Jet Stream.

It's possible that rain is only a little more than a week away if you can just manage to make it until then.

Best Regards,
Fred M. Cain

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