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Jeannie Fitch 628-3845

RIGGINS — Salmon River Wine and Viticulture Conference will be held in Riggins today, Jan. 29, 9 a.m. (MST)/8 a.m. (PST) at the Riggins Community Center, 121 Lodge Street. “In the 1970s and again in 1996, three regions in Idaho were identified by the University of Idaho as suitable for growing wine grapes,” said organizer Melisa Bryant of Ida-Lew EDC. “The Snake River Valley has official American Viticulture Area status, the Lewis Clark Valley is working on AVA status and the Salmon River area is rich with possibilities. It makes sense to explore this industry for the Salmon River area: the global wine supply is barely keeping up with demand and U.S. wine is already a booming $34.6 billion industry.”

Attend this informative conference to explore the potential for a thriving wine industry in the region, what possible ventures exist and how to get started. Presentations are geared towards anyone interested in growing wine grapes, making wine, selling wine or starting a winery. This means landowners, farmers, investors, tourism related businesses, retail businesses, entrepreneurs and community members.

Conference presenters will include Dr. Esmaeil “Essie” Fallahi, Professor of Pomology (fruit crop science); Mike Kiester and Tom Elias, associate professors of pomology and viticulture; Richard Spencer, District Soil and Water Conservationist; and Coco Umiker, owner/winemaker of Clearwater Canyon Cellars. Other presentations will include resources for viticulture, wine, business development, financing, education, upcoming events and more. The conference is scheduled to conclude at 4 p.m. (MST)/3 p.m. (PST).

Lunch will be available for purchase during a one-hour networking session from noon to 1 p.m. (MST). A full event agenda and registration form are available online at The Conference is being sponsored by the Salmon River Chamber of Commerce and its business members, the Clearwater Economic Development Association and the Ida-Lew Economic Development Council.

Patsy Murphy, our local Riggins “Can Lady,” reports that Fritz just returned from a $230 aluminum can drop in Lewiston. They would like to thank everyone who has given cans to help support the Salmon River EMTs through the years. They earned more than $1,500 in 2013. If you have cans you would like to donate for this project, take them to the Riggins City Hall.

Salmon River Savages had another winning weekend beating both Horseshoe Bend and Genesee Saturday. Get on up to the high school and support our basketballs boys and the girls Dribble Team. Savages will play Meadows Valley Friday, Jan. 31, at New Meadows; Council at home Saturday, Feb. 1; Cascade, Tuesday, Feb. 4, at home; Prairie at home Thursday, Feb. 6; Tri-Valley, Friday, Feb. 7 at Cambridge; Garden Valley, Feb. 12, at home; and Horseshoe Bend at Horseshoe Bend Friday, Feb. 14. Most games are at 6 and 7:30 p.m….. check with SRHS office for information.

The Riggins Dribble Team coached by Paula Shepherd will perform at halftimes of the Salmon River Savage basketball home games. The Dribble Team of girls is made up of Sierra Bovey, Lotus Harper, Payton Branstetter, Sarah Laritz, Chevelle Shepherd, Miranda Hofflander, Sofie Branstetter, Jordyn Pottenger and Tylynn Tucker. This team is amazing…. the girls dribble basketballs and dance to the beat of the music. You have to see this! They are amazing!

Mr. Lunceford now has a math lab after school from 4-5 p.m. Students needing extra help in any grade can attend. Mr. Lunceford would also like students in algebra II or higher to be mentors who will earn volunteer hours for National Honor Society, for example.

Treat your sweetheart with love, with a gift and a card for Valentine’s Day from one of our many stores in Riggins.


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