Couple loses home to fire

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Jeannie Fitch 628-3845 fitchi@hotmail.com

RIGGINS — Happy New Year’s Eve tonight and happy 2015 all year starting tomorrow morning! May your New Year be filled with blessings, joy, love, and great times together with family and friends. Whether you make New Year’s resolutions or not, may each day of 2015 find you blessed and well-cared for.

Lighting contest winners named

RIGGINS — Congratulations to the winners in the “Light Up Riggins Christmas Contest”… grand prize of $150, Johnny and Carolyn Pottenger; most lights - $100, Al and Georgia Slichter; most original - $100, Fred Ivy, and best theme - $100, Salmon Rapids Lodge. Thank you for helping light up Riggins for our 2014 Christmas season. Your lights along with all the other businesses and private homes made Riggins a shining light on Highway 95 for locals and travelers as well. Though these winners can only win once within a two-year period, we hope to see their places lit up again next season. You can start thinking now what you want to do for next year to help light up Riggins for the Christmas 2015 season.

Salmon River Inn will be open for the Fiesta Bowl game between Boise State University and Arizona at 12:30 p.m. today, Wednesday, Dec. 31, with three new 50-inch TVs. Dress in your best blue and orange combo… there will be drink specials and raffle giveaways for Fiesta Bowl attire. Everyone is invited to join in on all the fun! And as always… Go Boise State Broncos!

Everyone put on your dancing shoes tonight and head to the Seven Devils Steakhouse and Saloon for New Year’s Eve celebrating! They are having a masquerade ball with live music starting at 9 p.m. with Bottom Line rocking the house. This is the night to don your beautiful gowns and tuxedos along with beautiful masks and have a great time!

Sunday evening, Dec. 28, the Mike Sohrakoff and Lissa Colyar house burned to a total loss, but both were unharmed. The couple had only been living in the house for about two-three months. The fire apparently started with the wood stove. Mike went to stoke the fire when a huge flame blasted out the opened door. The blast was so forceful, it landed Mike on his back and caught his sweatpants on fire… he managed to get out of them burning only his foot… flames were shooting out the sliding glass door of the room within minutes of the flame blasting from the wood stove. Riggins volunteer firefighters arrived quickly as Mike and Lissa and friends were trying unsuccessfully to put out the fire. Several pictures were taken and posted on Facebook… wow! The flames were lighting up the entire area! The adjacent house to the south was unharmed as was the adjacent gazebo in the neighbor’s house to the north. Though the house was a total loss, our little community once again came together to help where they could. It is always encouraging to me to see how much everyone cares here. This is one of the many reasons we all love Riggins and the Salmon River Canyon. More details may be found in other parts of this week’s Free Press.

I would like to take this time to thank all of our Riggins Volunteer Firemen who quickly leave family, meetings, jobs, or fun events to get to the fire in as short a time as they can to aid others. These men put their safety on the line to make sure others are safe. Kudos also to all the friends and other people who showed up to help as needed without hindering the efforts of the firemen.

I would also like to thank our EMTs who are as willing and quick as our firemen to leave whatever they are doing to get to the scene of an accident or medical need in a home, school, or event as quickly as they can. Our Salmon River Community is blessed with those who care and do when the need presents itself. Thank you all.

The Riggins Secret Santa Program is currently looking for new leaders. If you are interested, contact Lorry Harper, Linda Kern or the Riggins City Hall. Lorry and Linda have retired after 32 years of organizing this great program… they have detailed notes of “how to,” and names of people who like to donate gifts and money as well as names of wonderful volunteers.

Salmon River High School basketball season for boys and for girls is in full swing… go to Salmon River JSD 243 website to see a complete schedule. It is time to get out of the house and cheer on the boys and girls basketball teams.

Have a Happy New Year’s Eve however you celebrate in the coming of 2015, and have a joyous New Year every day all year through.

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