GOLD RUSH Todd Hoffman’s Colorado mine shut down by Park County cease and desist

Todd Hoffman Colorado mine shut down

Gold Rush miner Todd Hoffman and his crew continue to have legal issues with their Fairplay, Colorado gold mine, and the latest has resulted in a complete shut down of all mining operations courtesy of a cease and desist mandate from Park County!

The cease and desist letter was issued on June 8 and received by Colorado’s Division of Reclamation, Mining and Safety on June 12. From the letter:

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN, PURSUANT TO Sections 30-28-124 and 30-28-124.5 of the Colorado Revised Statutes, as well as the pertinent provisions of the Park County Land Use Regulations, that you are in violation of the Park County Land Use Regulations, as described below.

Section 5-304 — You are using, or allowing to be used, your property, which is zoned Residential, for mining and commercial purposes. Mining and commercial uses are not permitted in the Residential zone district.

Order: Based on the foregoing, you are hereby ordered to cease and desist all mining and commercial activities on the subject parcel immediately, except activities required to ensure safe closure, which shall be completed by June 19, 2017.

Violation of the above-stated order will subject you to civil and criminal penalties.

Here is the actual cease and desist letter — you can see at the bottom that a copy was hand delivered to Freddy Dodge. (High Speed Aggregate — aka High Speed Mining — is the claim owner.)

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As it mentions in the letter, the problem is that the property that the Hoffmans are mining on may actually be zoned Residential. The zoning issue was brought up in a complaint filed on May 8. “All the mining at Katuska has been illegal since at least 2011,” reads the complaint. “It is in an area zoned for residential use, not mining.” There is a link provided from a 2011 Park County filing to back up the claim. (I couldn’t get the link to work.)

It seems the complaint had merit, as evidenced by the cease and desist letter.

Although their Fairplay operation has been shut down, according to locals who have been posting on the “Concerned Homeowners of Park County” Facebook page, the Hoffman crew is still operating at their second mining location at Sacramento Creek.

Speaking of the “Concerned Homeowners of Park County,” the Hoffmans recently held an event in the hopes of bettering their relationship with the locals. The cast members were in attendance at a cookout on June 9 to meet and greet fans — including signing autographs and even panning for gold. In addition to the free food (for residents), there was also a beer and wine tent and live music.

Todd posted about the event and says there were 1,500 folks in attendance. An excerpt from Todd’s Facebook post soon after:

1500 people joined us for community. I liked FairPlay before and now I love FairPlay. I loved talking to the kids, taking pictures and hearing about the rich mining history of FairPlay. It was cool meeting the men and women of this area that get up everyday and go bust ass and keep the place running. I’m becoming a resident of Park County because my family loves living here.

There is one sour old lady that the camera crew wouldn’t hire started saying disparaging things about me and she’s loud and full of hatred. She will be dealt with soon. In everything you do there will be hate. Be a light, stand up and be counted, don’t hate things you don’t understand. Do good to the people around you and your family. Don’t cower to anyone if your doing what the Lord wants you to do.

One of the complaints was filed by a professional cinematographer that lives near Fairplay, so I am guessing that is who Todd is referring to? I have to say that the statement “She will be dealt with soon.” sounds a bit frightening!

In case you missed it, Todd Hoffman and his crew ran into some legal issues last season as well after it was determined that they cleared land for mine use that was beyond the boundary of their permit. They were fined a large amount, but given the option to file for a different kind of permit to lessen the fine. As part of applying for their new permit (a Hard Rock Reclamation Permit), the Hoffmans have proposed expanding their permitted mining area at Fairplay from 8 acres to 41.4 acres — a huge increase!

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The proposed expansion has been met with resistance and a series of complications — all of which can be researched online. Here is a rough timeline of the most recent events surrounding the Fairplay mine, starting in early March:

March 6
A formal complaint is filed against High Speed Mining pointing out that an episode of Gold Rush showed the crew using explosives to blast boulders, but the use of explosives is not included in their permit. In addition, the crew is seen placing a pump in the Middle Fork of the South Platte river to supply water to their holding pond, but their permit only allows for “4 CFS of water from the Platte City Mining Ditch.”

March 10
High Speed Mining applies to increase the boundaries of their permitted mining operations from 8 acres to 41.4 acres.

March 15
High Speed Mining responds to the March 6 complaint: “High Speed Mining, LLC is unware [sic] of explosives being used on site for mining purposes. It is the intent of High Speed Mining to never use or allow the use of explosives on its properties.” They also insist that they have the proper water rights for all water used on the mining site.

April 22
Complaint alleges that Todd’s crew have continued mining activities outside of the boundary of the permitted area. The complaint includes numerous photographs of equipment outside of the 8 acres included in High Speed Mining’s permit.

April 24
High Speed Mining requests permission to use water ponds outside of their permitted boundary arguing that they need to be used “in order to maintain water flows to downstream users and the free-water to the Platte River.” The ponds would be included in the boundaries of the proposed 41.4 acre expansion as part of the 112 Hard Rock Reclamation Permit application.

May 2
High Speed Mining responds to the April 22 complaint and states that the equipment in the photographs was actually television production equipment and not mining equipment, and was thus not subject to the restrictions in the mining permit.

May 5
High Speed Mining’s request for water usage outside of their permitted zone is denied:

The Division has received your request to utilize the ponds which are located outside of the current permit boundary of the Fairplay Au Pit, File No. M-1991-037. The ponds and adjacent areas were the subject of an Enforcement Hearing at the January 25, 2017 Mined Land Reclamation Board (Board) Hearing. The Board found High Speed Mining, LLC in violation of section 34-32.5-109(1), C.R.S. for engaging in a mining operation without first obtaining a reclamation permit. The Board Ordered High Speed Mining to submit an application to convert the existing 110c Reclamation Permit to a 112 Hard Rock Reclamation Permit. The Division received the 112 Hard Rock Reclamation Permit application on March 9, 2017. The application is currently under review and the decision date is June 26, 2017.

The Division cannot authorize High Speed Mining to utilize areas outside of the current permit boundary, until such time as those affected lands are incorporated into the 112 Hard Rock permit boundary and reclamation of the those affected lands is bonded for. Pursuant to Rule 1.4.11 any person who can demonstrate that they are directly and adversely affected or aggrieved by an action of the Office and whose interests are entitled to legal protection under the Act may petition for a hearing before the Board.

May 5
High Speed Mining appeals the water use decision.

May 8
Complaint filed alleging that the Katuska mine site is actually zoned for residential use and any other issues are moot until it is rezoned.

May 11
Another formal complaint filed, but without any new specific issues. It merely highlights High Speed Mining’s previous issues and the proximity of the Katuska mining site to residential areas.

May 12
Notice of non-compliance issued to High Speed Mining:

On April 19, 2017, the Division received notice from the Park County Planning Department that the Katuska Pit; File No. M-1991-037 was in violation of Park County Land Use Regulations. Pursuant to C.R.S. 34-32.5-115(4) and the conditions of the Performance Warranty, High Speed Mining, LLC must remain in compliance with laws or regulations of the state, including but not limited to all federal, state, and local permits, licenses, and approvals, as applicable to the specific operation.

The failure to maintain compliance with Park County zoning regulations has been cited as a problem. The Division will require High Speed Mining, LLC to demonstrate compliance with Park County Planning Department within 60 days of the date of this letter.

May 12
High Speed Mining is notified that there will be a hearing to address the water use issue on either May 24 or 25.

May 12
Formal objection to High Speed Mining’s application for a 112 permit (including the expanded acreage) is filed by a resident. The complaint states that the proposed 41.4 acres to be included in the new permit encompasses 28 acres of residential zoned land.

May 17
Park County Planning informs High Speed Mining that their rezoning application would be included on the June 13 Planning Commission agenda and presumably the June 25 Board of County Commissioners agenda. “If the application is approved, mining and mining related activities on those portions of the lots will be permitted subject to applicable permitting and review. If the application is denied, mining and mining related activities will have to cease on those portions of the lots in order to avoid a code enforcement action.”

May 17
A formal inspection of the permitted 8 acre mining area and the proposed 33.4 acre expansion is conducted. The inspector found no violations and determined that the equipment located on the property outside of the 8 acres permitted for mining belonged to television production crews and was not regulated by the Division. The findings of the inspection were posted on June 9.

May 18
A Fairplay resident files a complaint opposing the proposed expansion of mining operations by High Speed Mining and asks that they not be granted permission to operate seven days a week. From the complaint: “High Speed Mining has already infringed upon 2.5 acres outside of their permitted 8. Allowing this company a 500% increase is not a fine but a reward for illegal practices…I fear that these changes would further embolden the flagrant disregard for the law.”

May 24
The Colorado Division of Reclamation, Mining and Safety issues a preliminary adequacy review to High Speed Mining in regards to their Hard Rock Regular 112 Reclamation Permit Conversion Application. It includes a LOOOOONG list of requirements, which is mostly just questions about specifics of the proposed mining expansion as well as alterations that needed to be made to mining maps, etc. The application will be considered on June 26.

May 26
CDRMS informs High Speed Mining that their request to route water has been denied because “the areas being proposed for use…are located outside of the currently approved 8 acre permit boundary.” They would be included in the proposed expansion boundary, but until that is approved, those areas are not to be used.

May 26
A formal complaint is filed with photos allegedly showing “a large piece of mining equipment located within the unpermitted area beyond the 8 acre permitted site.” The photos were reportedly taken on May 23.

June 8
Formal complaint filed with photos allegedly taken on June 7 showing “discharge of water from mining ditch pond OUTSIDE OF PERMIT BOUNDARY being used to fill ILLEGAL lined pond situated on residential zone land.”

June 8
Park County Development Services issues a cease and desist order against High Speed Mining because they “are using, or allowing to be used, your property, which is zoned Residential, for mining and commercial purposes. Mining and commercial uses are not permitted in the Residential zone district.” The order mandated that all mining activity cease immediately, but did allow for “activities required to ensure safe closure, which shall be completed by June 19.2017.”

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  • Josie

    You don’t mess with the land here in Colorado. Lots of tree huggers here and they won’t take it lightly. Park County is beautiful. It’s too bad they feel the need to tear up the land.

    • 1581IQ

      you moron. The land will be put back to the way it was originally per law!

      • SirStephenH

        How are they going to put the top soil back or the trees and other foliage that took decades to grow? #FuckingMoron

        • Jon Whitman

          You’re not a botanist, stop pretending you understand the growth rates of all the local vegetation.

        • Nick Cozby

          Foliage doesn’t take decades to grow.

  • John Martinez

    The fat ass liar finally got shut down. What a clown looser crack head

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    • Marrio Pacheco

      Must be a Cali tree hugger. Lmfao drill baby drill. Or strip mine strip mine!!!

      • John Martinez

        How did u get past immigration, ICE ICE baby, u illegals don’t have a clue. Go home muskin boy.

        • Marrio Pacheco

          And your name is Martinez LMFAO.

    • Marrio Pacheco

      Hi racist libtard, first of all, I’m not Mexican, 40%native American, 40% Spaniard 20%Arab. If u have to know. And sorry HITLERY lost and will be indicted soon. Go back and get your GED. Colorado natives need to send libtards like u back to Cali.

      • John Martinez

        You are what we call a greasser, spik, wet back, muskin, go home, yea you can walk , don’t need to swim, or get ur back wet. Oh yea ur 40% engine, or whatever, ur illegal and Im calling ICE baby, go home. Ur not native shit boy.

        • Marrio Pacheco

          Lets see, my family came over with Columbus, its documented. Founding family, Lmfao, you’re full Libtard, #nevergofulllibtard

      • Ron Smith

        Just because you legalized pot in Colorado don’t mean everyone can just stop working,So bring out the peace pipe and grow up

        • marrio pacheco

          Hmm, fully disabled fallen paramedic fireman of 16 yrs. Yup Libtard, u got me. Lmfao #MAGA

    • Marrio Pacheco

      Negative ghost rider. Again, not Mexican. You can’t read well can ya huh. GREASER Lmfao that’s Italians. Your an embarasment to the DNC KKK chapter. #MAGA nevermind, go back to grade school. Lmfao omg, can’t breath.

    • Marrio Pacheco

      The Navajo came later during western expansion, pacheco came from a name adoption of a French priest. Spain was once ruled by the Morish and interbred with the population. There’s your free world history lesson of the day. 10th generation Coloradans.

    • Marrio Pacheco

      Another thing, Spaniards are concidered white. Prior to morish invasion, they were fare completed . also, Mexicans are darker due to interbreeding with local natives in CENTRAL AMERICA. Not north America. Also, my family was never in Mexico. Always USA USA USA #MAGA and deport Libtard racists to Guantanamo.

      • John Martinez

        You have mental problems, can’t help u there, but You ANTIFA nuts need to be aware. Your not going to take Trump out, were building a wall despite your greassy tactics. My last message, u have issues and need medical help. Got it. Jo save…. and your hero Todd couldn’t find gold in a jewelry store . Listen and learn Mr, Im a 40 % native and 10% Muslium……

        • Marrio Pacheco

          Again, retard, since u cannot read. #MAGA IS. Trump support hashtag, I’m a trump supporter. Also, antiantifa. You sound more libtarded every time you post. Your rage against minorities is evident. And your 10% is more jihad than my 20% good night alt left and alt right. Hello libritarianism. Trump for FIRST KING OF THE USA. !

        • Ron Smith

          Stop picking on a man trying to make a living

    • Ron Smith

      Sounds like a bunch of jealous people that Need to get a piece of the action,they need to get a life

  • Aussie cathie

    Just pray about it Todd …. Isn’t that how you excuse yourself from being the ar$e?

  • disqust101

    This is perfect. Hoffman crews have repeatedly shown obscene incompetence at every step – absent tv royalties, they’d have been BK years ago. A family of grifters.

  • dave

    Told my buddy that when they went Co.They were asking for trouble.
    Looks like they found it.
    Surprise they didn’t have a lot trouble in Or.
    Each state different and have to do the reseach.
    All claims should be GPS and if not federal land should be surveyed
    Sounds like Todd didn’t do his home work and the lay the corners out and put line markers in to keep on and the king geound

    • Marrio Pacheco

      Mining on fed land is easier

  • Hvacjack

    The Hoffmans are tax dodgers, slumlords and drug addicts. How can anyone from Oregon not know about tree hugging regulations? Why would you want a camera crew on you all the time?

    • Marrio Pacheco

      Nice lie and propaganda, guess u voted for HITLERY lmfao

      • steve b

        am i glad im not american reading the comments from you bunch of whining morons half of you want to get a life and as for gold mining none of you could do what todd has done with little or no mining experience good on ya todd i hope they let you dig all of colarado up

  • here is a thought,…todd the property you were mining belonged to a man that you made a contract with,..i would go to the accusers office to find out if the property is residential or not, if its not, you can file a counter suit against the city for misconduct and falsified information always stay one step ahead of the game,…it could be that the county is greedy

  • Marrio Pacheco

    Todd should sue for unfair business practices. Lived in Colorado my whole life. This is normal tree hugger bs by non native Coloradans from Cali or Michigan. #MAGA DRILL BABY DRILL. PROPLE FIRST.

    • SirStephenH

      It’s the local Coloradians that are getting in the way. This is litterally “PEOPLE FIRST”. Todd could have avoided most of this trouble if he had done his research and also laid out the boundaries first. He’s a dumbass, plain and simple.

  • Mirko

    Todd Hoffman is a giant idiot

  • SirStephenH

    “Here is the actual cease and desist letter — you can see at the bottom that a copy was hand delivered to Freddy Dodge. (High Speed Aggregate — aka High Speed Mining — is the claim owner.)”

    The cc means that a copy was to be hand delivered to Freddy Dodge, not confirmation that one had been delivered.

  • Robert Houska

    I support you and not the dope smoking, tree huggers in Colorado. I personally have no use for bureaucrats, regulators, government union workers and people who scam the government so they can suck on a government teat.
    I hope you get things fired up again. Those people complaining about you are the type that never accomplish anything in their lives except living off of other peoples profits. And they’re jealous of anyone who makes a dollar more than they do.
    Those useful idiots are supporting a big, intrusive government that will devour them and their children. Just think back to Stalin, Lennin, Hitler, Castro, Chavez, and Hirohito. They all had tens of millions of useful idiots totally supporting them in every way.

  • slvrsurfer22

    I don’t like the environmental impact of mining operations but those residents are not entitled to stop development including preexisting mining rights.