Convicted S. Ore. gold miner applies for site

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PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- A gold miner convicted of illegally mining a site near a salmon stream in southern Oregon has applied to mine the same site again.

The Oregonian reports that 39-year-old Cliff Tracy has tried to mine the 5-acre site next to Sucker Creek since the mid-1990s.

He was convicted on a misdemeanor illegal mining charge in 2009, but the U.S. Forest Service says that won't be a factor in their evaluation of his new proposal for the site near Cave Junction.

With the price of gold at all-time highs at about $1,500 an ounce, Tracy says the Forest Service can get miners to restore old mining sites like the ones that line Sucker Creek.

But conservation groups say Sucker Creek is one of Oregon's top streams for salmon and steelhead.

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Information from: The Oregonian, http://www.oregonlive.com