Medford man loses gold mine court case



MEDFORD, Ore. — A Medford man, who was trying to act as his own attorney in a case regarding a gold mine claim on federal land, has been recommended to stop working the case and the claim by a federal magistrate.

Donald Bean of Gold Hill began working the claim on federal land outside Cave Junction in 2010, after his construction business went sour.

Now Magistrate Judge Mark Clarke has recommended Bean pay $200,000 in fines and attorney’s fees, plus stop working the salmon stream claim. Court records show Bean never responded to the Clean Water Act brought by Rogue Riverkeeper.

Judge Clarke found Bean failed to get proper permits. Bean’s mining harmed salmon habitat.