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Tom Kitchar (Waldo Mining District)
Articles by Tom Kitchar
Oregon Miners Take DEQ to Court, Again

Since 2005, a group representing a handful of Oregon and Washington mining organizations, centered around the Eastern Oregon Mining Association (EOMA) and the Waldo Mining District (WMD), have been actively fighting the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) over their then new “700PM Suction Dredge Mining Permit.”

January 2011 (Vol. 80, No. 5)
Oregon Dredge Permit Litigation Update

In other words, just like those that move next to an airport and then complain about the noise, Mr. Riskedahl deliberately went out of his way to “witness and document the effects of suction dredge mining,” and when he found some, he was annoyed by it!

October 2011 (Vol. 81, No. 2)
Oregon Miners Update

The Siskiyou Regional Education Project (SREP) v. Siskiyou National Forest case over the requirement for plans of operation for suction dredge mining is now in the hands of the US Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.

April 2007 (Vol. 76, No.8)
Oregon Suction Dredge Permit Update

On May 29, 2007, the Eastern Oregon Mining Association (EOMA) filed their Opening Brief in the Oregon Court of Appeals against the Oregon Dept. of Environmental Quality (DEQ).

July 2007 (Vol. 76, No. 11)
Miners Come Out On Top in SREP v. USFS

It’s been over 2½ years since the Siskiyou Regional Education Project (SREP) filed suit in US District Court against the Siskiyou National Forest (SNF).

December 2005 (Vol. 75, No. 4)
Judge Rules Against Oregon Miners—Battle Continues

On June 16, 2003, US District Court Magistrate Judge Cooney made the recommendation that the Waldo Miners be denied their motion to intervene in Siskiyou Regional Education Project (SREP) vs. Siskiyou National Forest (SNF).

August 2003 (Vol. 72, No. 12)
Waldo Miners File Suit

On August 29, 2003, the “Miners” (Waldo Mining District, along with Bob & Lesa Barton of Armadillo Mining Shop) filed Complaints in US District Court for the District of Oregon (Medford) against the United States Forest Service, Scott Conroy (in his official capacity as Forest Supervisor of the Siskiyou National Forest), and Secretary of Commerce Donald Evans.

October 2003 (Vol. 73, No. 2)
Siskiyou National Forest Update

For the past two years, miners in southwest Oregon have been bombarded by one attack on mining after another.

July 2002 (Vol. 71, No. 11)
Using Legal Subdivision

“Legal Subdivision” is a method used to describe various tracts of land, including most placer mining claims. Anyone wanting to research mining claims in order to find “open ground,” for the purpose of prospecting and/or locating a mining claim, will need to know how to use this tool.

May 2001 (Vol. 70, No. 9)
Pacific Northwest Miners Request Help

On May 29, 2001, the Siskiyou Natl. Forest (SNF) announced that they will be preparing an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) on the effects of suction dredging, with the hope of eventually approving Plans of Operation, as required by the 1994 Northwest Forest Plan.

August 2001 (Vol. 70, No. 12)
Miners Attend Meeting in Myrtle Point, Oregon

It was "standing room only" as a crowd of approximately 50 interested miners attended a meeting hosted by the Powers Ranger District and Forest Service personnel from the Siskiyou National Forest.

July 2000 (Vol. 69, No. 11)
Picks & Pans: Big River Dredging in Northern California

Back in the early 1990s, a gold mining club in northern California (on the Klamath River near Happy Camp), was offering a free "Trial Week" to test their claims. I decided to take them up on their offer. After obtaining a California Dredge Permit, I loaded my trusty Jeep with my camping gear...

September 2000 (Vol. 70, No. 1)
Picks & Pans: More Big River Dredging in Northern California

As the mining club in Happy Camp had lowered their initial joining price to something even a dirt-poor, full-time gold dredger like me could afford, I joined—and then impatiently awaited the coming of dredging season.

December 2000 (Vol. 70, No. 4)