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Jeannie Fitch 628-3845

RIGGINS — Angela (Merritt) Martinez, daughter of Barry and Shirley Merritt, has received an award for “Staff of the Year” at Polk Community Living. Angela works for Polk Community Living with physically and mentally challenged adults in Independence, Ore., which has more than 800 employees. Congratulations, Angela!

The 2014 Jet Boat Races are coming April 18, 19, 20 right here on the Salmon River in Riggins. Racing teams from the U.S. and the world return every spring for the annual Salmon River Jet Boat Races. Teams will race in events across the Gem state for their finishing race in Riggins at its 30th three-day event. Friday, April 18, spectators can view the boats during the day at the test runs and attend the Show and Shine Boat Display at Salmon Rapids Lodge that evening. Boats race along the Salmon River north of Riggins Saturday and Sunday between Island Bar and Lightning Creek. Saturday, April 19, at dusk there will be a fireworks show. Pullouts and parking areas are available along Highway 95 for front row seats! There are activities and events throughout Riggins all weekend long. If you want to help support the fireworks, feel free to donate! There are collection cans at local area businesses — or you can send a donation to the Riggins City Hall! For information, call Riggins Chamber of Commerce at 628-3778 or on-line at or Facebook at

A new book, Eyewitness to Idaho History, by Dr. Marion Shinn was released on March 11, the same day he turned 93 years of age. The book chronicles a life that has coincided with the history of north central Idaho from the decade of the 1920s until today. From being raised on the Joseph Plains west of White Bird, to teaching in a one-room school in Dixie, to becoming a professor at Lewis-Clark State College, Dr. Shinn has vivid memories of all the years. He has recorded the moments that have been an inspiration to him and will be an inspiration to all readers of the book. During World War II, Dr. Shinn served in the South Pacific on a submarine, the USS Guavina (CC362). In his retirement, he has served on the Lewiston City Council, a term as mayor, as a long-time member of Kiwanis, and has been a volunteer in a host of community activities. The book is available at the Nez Perce County Historical Society for $20 including tax. Questions can be addressed to Lyle Wirtanen at the Nez Perce County Historical Society, 816-8600.

Salmon River Community Church will host a spaghetti dinner Friday, April 11, to help raise funds to send a house-building team to Mexico. The public is invited to attend. It is always a great time!

Salmon River High School, Meadows Valley High School, and Council High School are joining together for their prom Saturday, April 5, in McCall.

Driver’s Education for SRHS students will run from Monday, April 7, until mid-May. See Mr. Lunceford right away if you have questions.

Riggins Rodeo will be held the first weekend of May, Saturday May 3, and Sunday, May 4, in the afternoons with the Cowboy Breakfast and Rodeo Parade Sunday morning.

Mother’s Day is Sunday, May 11.


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