Convicted S. Ore. gold miner charged 2nd time
Thursday, June 23, 2011
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- A southern Oregon gold miner already convicted of illegal mining near a sensitive salmon stream has been charged a second time.
The Oregonian reports that 39-year-old Cliff Tracy has been charged with illegally mining on U.S. Bureau of Land Management property along Galice Creek near Grants Pass.
In 2009, Tracy was convicted for illegally mining U.S. Forest Service land along Sucker Creek, also home to threatened Oregon coastal coho salmon.
Federal prosecutors in Medford say the latest charge involves Tracy's operations on the Stray Dog mining claim.
In an affidavit supporting the charge, a federal investigator said Tracy filed a notice of intent in February to mine the claim for its owners but he did not respond to a request for a more formal plan.
His attorney declined comment Thursday.
Information from: The Oregonian, http://www.oregonlive.com