Congratulations to the Salmon River Savages on their win over the Dietrich Blue Devils 44-0 at the second playoff game in their actual first full four quarters of play this season. The state championship game will be held Friday, Nov. 22, at 5 p.m. (MDST) at Boise State University on the blue turf with the Salmon River Savages vs. the Council Lumberjacks. “Go Savages.… take state!”
A “City of Riggins” flag is needed. A community group is asking for ideas from adults and kids alike to design a Riggins flag to be flown throughout town. Contact John Doty, Dave Dean or Stefanie Brimacomb with your design or take it to Riggins City Hall.
The SRHS students hosted a Veterans Day program honoring our local veterans. Rocke Wilson was the featured speaker. Quilts of Valor were presented to nine more local veterans by the Pinehurst Quilters who have made and given 69 Quilts of Valor. Quilts of Valor is a national project where 100,000 quilts have been made and given nationally, 700 in Idaho and 69 in Riggins, to honor our wonderful veterans. If you know of a local veteran who has not received a Quilt of Valor, contact Nightfeather Boggan or Jeannie Fitch.
Dave Olson was recognized for his volunteer efforts in our community by Riggins City Council for November. Dave is a jack-of-all-trades and a master of heating and air conditioning. Dave is a member of the dive team, fire department, Idaho County Search and Rescue, and is an ambulance driver for the EMS. Dave is also “The Voice of the Salmon River Savages” at home games. “From the bottom of the river to the top of the hill, this guy helps everywhere,” declares Roy Akins, city councilman.
John Logue was moved out of ICU Saturday, Nov. 16. He is feeling better, still has no movement in his legs and feet, but that is to be expected until swelling goes down. He misses everybody and loves hearing stories from Riggins.… it gives him a huge smile every time. His family really appreciates all the love and care pouring out to him. One of the many things about Riggins is how close everyone is. If you would like to send him a card, send to Southern Idaho Advanced Care Hospital, Attn: John Logue (Room #205), 6651 W Franklin Rd, Boise, ID 83709.
Gradient Shift, 1340 Chukar Lane on Hwy 95 just south of Riggins on the river side, is now a certified UPS shipping outlet offering local service. If you have Christmas packages to send, remember to access Gradient Shift instead of having to drive to Grangeville or McCall.
The Salmon River PTO would like to extend a special “thank you” to the local businesses and community for supporting its school carnival. All the donations and time were greatly appreciated. Without your help our carnival wouldn’t have been such a great success.
The Salmon River Wine Initiative meeting had a great turnout with lots of interest from people in the White Bird/Riggins area. There will be a follow-up meeting in January 2014.
“Light up Riggins,” Christmas lighting contest for businesses and private persons, will begin Dec. 1. Just light up your place and you are in the running! Everyone is invited to vote for his/her favorite at several Riggins businesses. For information talk to Marie Clay at Two Rivers Coffee.
The Secret Santa/Giving Tree program sponsored by our Salmon River community for kids birth to 18 and “Toys for Tots” sponsored by the Marine Corps Reserves for kids 12 and younger is currently under way. Applications for the two programs are available at Riggins City Hall or Riggins Elementary School.
The Giving Tree is in the Sterling Bank with numbers for names of children on it. If you want to be a part, go to the bank, select a name, purchase a gift, and take it to the Riggins City Hall unwrapped. The names will be available through Dec. 15. The Secret Santas will wrap gifts on Dec. 18. Volunteers are welcome to call City Hall or Riggins Elementary School to sign up to help. If you would like to donate money for this program, send tax deductible contributions to City of Riggins Christmas Assistance Fund, P.O. Box 249, Riggins, ID 83549. Thank you in advance.
Santa will visit the Christmas Bazaar Saturday, Nov. 30, from 1-3 p.m. at the Riggins Community Center. Kids can sit on Santa’s lap, tell him what they want for Christmas, and have their photos taken with him.
The Christmas Bazaar sponsored by Salmon River Canyon Farmers’ Market is Friday, Nov. 29, and Saturday, Nov. 30, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Riggins Community Center, located behind Crump’s Chevron Station. Lunch will be available both days at a small cost. Vendors are invited to sell their wares; the table fee will go to help with food for the Secret Santa’s Christmas Baskets. To reserve your table, call Mo at 628-3671 or Marlene at 628-3743.
Riggins Assembly of God Church Christmas Bazaar is Friday, Dec. 6, and Saturday, Dec. 7, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Table fees benefit their Girls Ministries. Lunch will be available for a small donation. If you would like to sell your crafts or need information, call Kathy Scheline at 630-4444.
Unique Antler Design Wildlife Gallery just south of Riggins on the river side is having its annual holiday open house Saturday, Dec. 7, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. with refreshments being served all day. There will be drawings for discounts and door prizes. They carry antler carvings, lighting and furniture; soapstone sculpture, local photography, handcrafted jewelry and much more. Made in Idaho!
Idaho Banana Company, 1120 South Main in Riggins, has lots of great new items for the holidays or any occasion including helium balloons, live plants anytime and fresh flower arrangements, if ordered a week in advance.
The “Gifts of Christmas” at Salmon Rapids Lodge 1010 S. Main Street in Riggins will celebrate the holiday season with two free events in the big Salmon River room. Refreshments will be served and special room rates are available. For information call the lodge toll-free at 877-957-2743, local at 628-2743, or visit their website www.salmonrapids.com.
The first “Gift” is Saturday, Dec. 7, at 5 p.m. (MDST) with a book signing of “Salmon River Fire: 30 years as an Idaho firefighter” by local author John Sangster of Grangeville. Musical entertainment will begin at 6 p.m. (MDST) with Hotwire who features solid two-, three- and four-part harmonies and hot instrumental solos on guitar, mandolin, banjo and fiddle.
The second “Gift” is Friday, Dec.13, at 6 p.m. (MDST) featuring a children’s concert with youth from the Riggins and New Meadows areas doing vocals as well as piano and assorted instruments. The Heartland Community Choir will perform a Christmas musical arrangement collaborated and directed by Julie Good. The children will enjoy a cookie decorating activity following the concert.
Heartland Community Choir will perform a Christmas Cantata, “Silent Night, Holy Night,” Friday, Dec. 13, at 6 p.m. at Salmon Rapids Lodge, Saturday, Dec. 14, in McCall at 10 a.m., Sunday, Dec. 15, at the Methodist Church in New Meadows, Friday, Dec. 20, at 6 p.m. at the Senior Center in New Meadows, and Sunday, Dec. 22, Salmon River Community Church at 11 a.m.