BMOA Newsletter March 2018



BOHEMIA MINE OWNER’S                                                                     March, 2018

                President—Tom Pepiot, 541-844-8903  Vice President—Jessie Johnson  541-255-8059 Secretary—Lyn Perkins, 541-731-3687, Assistant Sec.---Sabina  Johnson, 541-359-5514, Treasurer—Nancy Pepiot, 541-767-9800,  Parks and Roads—Richard Stocking,541-736-6713    Claims—,  Patrol—Earl Kenady, 541-799-4923.



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   Well I am excited for the upcoming season, as of this writing there has not been much snow so there is a good chance the water in the district will be extremely low.  Get out there early and get that gold.

   The permitting cost is, well crewed up royally and we need to write letters to the DEQ’s Beth Moore so she can hear our comments.  We need to let her know how hard it is to come up with the moneys and how it is going to affect you and if you have a claim how it will affect that as well 

   BMOA and BLM teamed up on February 10th to get the concrete poured for the posts to be installed on BMOA claims to curb the homeless, dumping and other illegal activities on our claims.  BLM in the Bohemia District has recognized we have a problem and we have to work together to find a remedy so we came up with a plan that will allow public access as walk in only and allows miners to access for our mining operations.  Your will see these posts at the end of April so don’t be alarmed.

   I am trying to get a guest speaker for our April meeting, hoping it will be Tom Bohmaker from Cascade Mountain Gold,.  You may have seen a lot of his books at gold shows and different outlets.  I will try and see if he would be willing to bring some gold.  Keep an eye on the website and the newsletter.

   We will need gold for our events this year so if you can spare any we greatly appreciate it,.  For those who are wondering what we do with the gold, we do a lot of teaching from out-door schools to the boy-scouts to Bohemia Mining Days Celebrations as well as other events during the summer.(Western Oregon Expo and Fourth of July in Creswell.

   Hope to see you at our scheduled outings.


Have a great March and “May the luck of the Irish bring you Gold”.






 Remember to start getting all of your equipment in working order now.  Make sure you get all your permits.  Dredge season starts May 15.  Be ready to find that big nugget this year. We are going to have the largest nugget contest again.  It must be caught (ha-ha) this year.  We will go by weight.  More in Aprils Prospector.   Look for the rules on the membership contest as well.

Good-luck everyone.


Keep this calendar for your information on coming events and meetings. As you know our general meetings are on the second Saturday of the month except May, June, July and August. There are no meetings.

All of the meetings are held at the Cottage Grove Community Center, in the Shepard Room at 400 E. Gibbs at 7:00 for the general meetings.


March—10th-5:00—B. Meeting, 6::00—P. Meeting. 7:00—G. Meeting.

April—10th—5:00—B. Meeting, 6:00—P. Meeting,--5:00—G. Meeting. 28th.—claim clean up if weather permits.  Meet at Sharps Creek Bridge. (9:00)


May—1stCreswell Out door School at Cottage Grove Christian Scholl.  9:00—4:00. 12thClaim clean up if we couldn’t do it on the 28th.  May 23rdCottage Grove Outdoor School.  9;30—3;00 at the Christian School.

June—14-17—Camp out on Little Red. 23rd—caravan?????.

July—4thCreswell Celebration. July 19-22 Bohemia Mining Days, On the 22 the Gold Diggers and Prospectors will hold their breakfast up on the mountain.

August 9-12thCampout possibly at the Four Aces.   17t-19hWOE Fair at the fair grounds.

September—8—meetings resume every second Saturday.  Nomination are opened for president and treasurer.

October—Meetings.  Nominations closed.

November—13th—Meetings.  Elections.

Happy Thanksgiving

December—15th—Christmas Party, 2:00 decorating, 5:00 dinner.

We need volunteers for all of the events. Let any of the officers know if you are interested or phone Nancy at 541-767-9800 or 541-870-7137.  We appreciate the help and getting to know our members.  We always enjoy working with each other.


Many of our members have let their dues lapse.  I let them go for one month then drop those late from the current membership list.  Just look at your membership card to see when they are due. 

The dues are a large part of our finances.  With our dues and events we give out a scholarship each year and help with some of the other problems in other districts.

Please send your dues to:

BMOA P.O. Box 421

Cottage Grove, Or 97424


Renewal___                New_____






Single 25.00____________________

Family 30.00_____________________

Lic. Plate #______________________



Dues can also be paid at any of the BMOA meetings or events.

Remember—This is your association also so please help support it.  Hope to see all of you at the meetings and at the rest of the events this year.  Camp out and caravan.



Once again a reminder if your going up into the district please let someone know.  It’s the time for snow and rain fall up there and it can be dangerous.

Radio dues are now due.  February is the month to pay them. If you have a radio the dues are 24.00 a year for each radio whether you are on the patrol or not.  Below:

Name_______________R Call. #_________

Send to:  BMOA,

                P.O.Box 421   

       Cottage Grove, Or. 97424

Phone Earl: 541-799-4923




   All the shiny gold-colored material in your pan may not be gold.  Pyrite, known as “fool’s gold” has fooled many before you.  On close examination, however, pyrite does not really look like gold.  Pyrite has a brassy color, and is sometimes tarnished, and because it occurs as crystals, it changes shades as you rotate it in the sun.  Gold is always gold-colored, soft and malleable or bendable.


   If you see gold-colored flecks that either float on the water or are so light in weight that they easily wash out of the pan, you probably have small pieces or “books” of mica, a translucent and heat resistant mineral that was once used in doors of stoves so the fire could be seen.  Mica has a tendency to break apart into flat sheets.  It comes in several colors, and is mistaken for gold by inexperienced gold panners.


   If you are lucky enough to find gold in your pan, it can come in many shapes: small lumps or nuggets, wires, feather-shaped crystals, or flat flecks.  Pieces can range in size from almost microscopic “colors” (very small pieces) up to fist-size nuggets, but your chance of finding the latter are pretty remote.  However, gold panners are optimistic, and you never know what the next pan will produce.




1.       No Adult Non-Member Guests.  Guests activities are restricted to panning until they become members.

2.      No fires unless in designated camp sites.  Camp stoves permitted anytime, with caution.

3.      3No dredge larger than 4 inches on BMOA claims unless designated.

4.      Leave no trash.  Please remove trash of others.

5.      Dogs are welcome while under control.

6.      Back fill all holes.  Do Not Undermine Trees. Dredging is limited to active stream channels.

7.      Members are responsible for obtaining all necessary permits.  Any operation or operation longer than 5(five) days shall be submitted to this Association before starting work.

8.      Please fill out claim report forms when you visit any claim used in annual assessment papers.  Claim report forms can be picked up at monthly meetings.

9.      No target shooting!!!!!



   BMOA claim boundaries are well defined on BMOA maps, with signs posted on each claim.  If you cannot find a BMOA sign, please contact the Claim Chairman or an Executive Board member to verify where any of the boundaries are located.  Mining by BMOA members on claims belonging to others without permission may cause significant legal problems of conflicts regarding trespass issues.

   No BMOA member Is allowed to conduct a commercial operation on BMOA claims.


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