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Jet boat races set for this weekend

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Jeannie Fitch 628-3845

RIGGINS — Happy Easter to everyone Sunday! May you celebrate with family and friends and feel the joy of life.

Time to get to the riverbanks for the 30th annual Jet Boat Race this weekend, April 18, 19, 20, right here on the Salmon River in Riggins with 16 teams signed up already…. nine U.S. boats and seven Canadian boats. Racing teams gather 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 beginning at 5 p.m. 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…. or front row riverbanks!

Rodeo set for May 3,4

RIGGINS — Riggins Rodeo will hold its 66th show first weekend of May, Saturday, May 3, and Sunday, May 4, in the afternoons with the cowboy breakfast and rodeo parade Sunday morning. The theme for this year’s Riggins Rodeo is 66 years of Heroes and Legends. Contact Glenna McClure if you would like to enter a float in the rodeo parade… yours truly, Jeannie Fitch, will be announcing the parade with Buck and LeRoy helping keep me “lined up.”

Riggins Rodeo books opened Monday, April 14, and will continue through April 23 to sign up for rodeo events. Contact Joni Shepherd at 628-4084 to book your rides and roping and barrel racing. For information you can go to

Seventh, eighth graders to get free sealants

RIGGINS – Tuesday, April 29, Salmon River Junior High School seventh and eighth graders can receive free dental sealants and fluoride varnish to help prevent cavities. To receive these free cavity-prevention treatments, children must attend Salmon River Junior High School and have a parent or guardian sign a health history and permission form. Permission forms will be available through the school.

Jet boat weekend features activities and events throughout Riggins all weekend long. Friday, April 18, will feature the Show and Shine at 5 p.m. with the annual barbecue beginning at 6 p.m., located at Salmon Rapids Lodge. Saturday, April 19, at dusk/9:30 p.m., there will be a fireworks show at Riggins City Park. If you want to help support the fireworks, feel free to donate at local businesses in the collection cans or at Riggins City Hall. Your donation will help make this the best fireworks ever. For information about the weekend, call Riggins Chamber of Commerce at 628-3778 or on-line at or Facebook at

Dolly Gill and Gayle Hagler will be opening the front porch “Tent Sale” at 101 N Main, just north of Crump’s Chevron Station, on April 18-19-20 and again on May 2-3-4. The store has a fun eclectic mix of new and used items. You never know what you might find from camping gear to home décor, audio books, clothing, yarn and much more.

Easter is this Sunday, April 20. St. Jerome Catholic Church will celebrate its Easter Vigil Mass Saturday, April 19, at 7 p.m. The public is invited and encouraged to attend this special Easter Mass.

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. A light breakfast will follow the service. You may want to bring a coat and a blanket to be comfortable. Regular services will be at 11 a.m. Sunday school will be cancelled for Easter day. Immediately after church, SRCC will host an “old fashioned potluck” Easter dinner in the fellowship hall. “If you do not have family or friends coming for Easter, bring a potluck dish and plan to join us,” invites Judy Thibodeaux.

Riggins Assembly of God Church will celebrate its potluck Easter breakfast at 8 a.m. in their fellowship hall. Community and visitors are invited! Worship and Easter service will follow the breakfast. Kids’ Easter egg hunt will be held during Children’s Church. All events will be finished in time for the first leg of the Sunday Jet Boat Races at 10 a.m. Come join us.

Hikin for Healthy Hooters walk/run will be held Saturday, May 17, starting at the Little Salmon River Lodge at 10 a.m. The hike is measured each mile the full distance of Pollock Road; however, since there is a wide range of age and abilities in participants, some people run the entire distance, some people walk half a mile…. it is just up to each individual. Following the walk/run is a barbecue with hamburgers, salads, chips, ice cream and water. There is an ongoing silent auction of unique items as well as practical ones throughout the morning, as well as drawings for some rather nice prizes. The Pinehurst Quilters will have another quilt to raffle off that is currently on display at Riggins Sterling Bank. This is a super fun event for a wonderful cause. 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

The Pinehurst Quilters are partnering with ASK to spread the joy of quilting. If anyone has a sewing machine they would like to donate or sell, contact Rhonda Damon at ASK or Kathie Wright. ASK would appreciate any donations towards the purchase of sewing machines.

Walla Walla Community College is putting together a tour in mid-May that would help those interested in growing wine grapes, making wine or opening wineries get a chance to explore the industry “up close and personal.” Contact Melisa Bryant, Economic Development Specialist, 300 W. Main St. Suite 201, P.O. Box 393, Grangeville, ID 83530, if you have any problems retrieving the information or contact her at 983-8302, ,

The Idaho PTAC, Idaho Transportation Department, U.S. Small Business Administration, and U.S. Forest Service will host a free workshop Wednesday, April 23, Riggins Salmon Rapids Lodge, 1010 S. Main Street, Riggins. Registration link


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