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Pottenger, Campbells are ‘rookies of the year’

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Jeannie Fitch 628-3845

RIGGINS — Congratulations to Riggins own John Pottenger and Ross Campbell for receiving the “Rookies of the Year” award from the Idaho Rural Water Association with 300 in attendance. John and Ross were really surprised. It is quite an honor to be recognized for dedication and hard work in their field. Each of the men received a beautiful engraved trophy along with a custom embroidered jacket. Nice job guys! They work closely with IRWA and have developed great working relationships with the staff. IRWA provides technical assistance and training to benefit Idaho’s water and wastewater systems.

Free dental sealants available for Riggins Elementary students

RIGGINS – Tuesday, April 29, Riggins Elementary School first and second graders will be able to receive free dental sealants and fluoride varnish to help prevent cavities. Dental sealants fill the deep grooves of a child’s back teeth, where 90 percent of cavities occur. The fluoride varnish helps protect the smooth surfaces of children’s teeth. Delta Dental of Idaho provides these clinics on-site at schools serving low-income families as part of its Community Outreach.

The Delta Dental Clinic will be held at the school. To receive these free cavity-prevention treatments, children must attend Riggins Elementary School and have a parent or guardian sign a health history and permission form. Permission forms will be available through the school.

Delta Dental of Idaho is the state’s oldest and largest dental benefits carrier and is a not-for-profit organization. For information call Delta Dental Community Outreach at 489-3541.

Salmon River Community Church is hosting a spaghetti dinner followed by a dessert auction this Friday evening, April 11, beginning at 6 p.m. at the church. There is no set charge for the dinner; however, donations are happily accepted. This fund-raiser is to help raise funds to send a house building team to Mexico. The public is invited and encouraged to attend. It is always a great time. Besides a great meal, there will be “Team Member Auction” where you can buy time from team members to do jobs for you such as yard work, hauling, cleaning, car detailing, windows washed, cooking, baking, etc. Hope to see you there!

Salmon River Senior Citizens (SRSC) in Riggins is seeking an individual to provide contract services for congregate on-site meal preparation for the weekly Senor Citizen lunch. Duties and abilities: Cook/contractor will plan, purchase and prepare Senior Meal Program meals offered once a week on Tuesdays located in the Riggins Community Center at 121 Lodge Street. Cook/contractor will prepare monthly menus based on nutrition guidelines set forth by Area on Aging and Idaho Food Pantry. Individual will work closely with these agencies and board representatives. High school diploma or equivalent and at least one-year experience in food service industry/group meal preparation is required. Individual shall possess good communication skills and be able to read and write in English and communicate at the level required for successful program performance. A current Food Handlers Permit, current driver’s license and proof of insurance is required. This is a salaried position for approximately 10 hours per week. Apply by sending a written resume to Salmon River Senior Citizens, P.O. Box 1285, Riggins, ID 83549.

I am looking for names, ranks, and birthdays of military people currently serving in the United States military from our Salmon River area. Call me or e-mail me that information. Thank you…. and thanks to those serving our country.

Rexann Zimmerman sends her deep thanks to Riggins friends, “I want to thank all the wonderful people of Riggins for all the love, prayers, and especially the help you extended to my mama, Charlene Workman, and to me while she was so ill. Without all of your thoughtfulness, I would not have been able to keep her home with me. The amazing people of Riggins just step up to help whenever there is need. We are not a small town, we are a large family. Bless you all. You have no idea how much we appreciate you all. Rest in peace, Mama.”

The 30th annual Jet Boat Races are coming April 18, 19, 20 right here on the Salmon River in Riggins with 15 teams signed up already. Racing teams from the U.S. come every spring for the annual Salmon River Jet Boat Races in Riggins for its 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, April 19, and Sunday, April 20, between Island Bar and Lightning Creek. Pullouts and parking areas are available along Highway 95 for front row seats! There are activities and events throughout Riggins all weekend long. Saturday, April 19, at dusk there will be a fireworks show at Riggins City Park. 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 www.facebook.comsalmonriverjetboatraces.

Easter is Sunday, April 20. Salmon River Community Church will hold its Sunrise Service at 7:30 a.m. at the Steelhead Inn north of Riggins near Box Canyon. Everyone is invited to come to celebrate the risen Christ... You may want to bring a coat and a blanket to be comfortable. A light breakfast will follow the service. Regular services will be at 11 a.m.; Sunday school will be cancelled for Easter day. Immediately after church, Salmon River Community Church will host a potluck Easter dinner in the fellowship hall. “If you do not have family or friends coming for Easter, plan to join us,” invites Judy Thibodeaux.

Riggins Rodeo will hold its 66th show the first weekend of May, Saturday, May 3, and Sunday, May 4, in the afternoons with the cowboy breakfast and rodeo parade Sunday morning. Books will be open April 14-23 to sign up for events. Contact Joni Shepherd at 628-4084 to book your rides and roping and barrel racing. For information you can go to

Hikin’ for Healthy Hooters walk/run will be held Saturday, May 17, starting at the Little Salmon River Lodge at 10 a.m. Anyone wanting to participate in Hiking for Healthy Hooters on Saturday, May 17, in Riggins/Pollock can pick up Hikin’ forms at the Somedays Discount Store adjacent to the tennis court on Main Street; they would like the forms returned by April 25 to get shirts ordered. If you can’t attend, but would still like to purchase a shirt or make a donation, contact Patty Solberg in Riggins or Shannon Smith in Lewiston.

Are you at risk for carbon monoxide poisoning? Every year at least 430 people die in the U.S. from accidental carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning. CO is found in fumes from gas heat, wood/pellet stoves, water heaters, car exhaust, etc. Riggins Fire Chief Jeff Joyce has joined a CO Poison Prevention Committee with St. Luke’s doctors, local fire chiefs and concerned citizens to stress the importance of a CO detector for this odorless, tasteless gas. Area hardware stores are stocking affordable CO detectors for this effort for about $37. If you rent, ask your landlord to install one in your home. If you own, you are implored to make this investment in your home. “This is not a financial decision; it is our community caring for each other. Thank you,” Jeff Joyce states.


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