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Jeannie Fitch 628-3845

RIGGINS — Got talent? Sign up now for the 2014 Hot Summer Nights Talent Show to be held Friday, July 25, beginning at 7 p.m. with $1,500 in cash prizes for three divisions of amateurs only, 1-youth 12 and under, 2-non-theme, and 3-theme… no bands... sign up for one division only. All talent show sign-ups need to be in by Wednesday, July 23. Call Tracey Bird or Linnaea Hinton, co-directors of this year’s talent show, at 628-3350; leave a message if no one is available… they will get back to you.

ASK is on another fun-filled adventure to Silverwood. The dates are Tuesday, Aug. 5, and Wednesday, Aug. 6. Tickets are available for purchase: Prices are 3–7 years ($14.99) / 8–64 years ($19.99) / 2 and younger and 65–older (free). Advance ticket orders need to be completed by Monday, July 21. Call ASK (628-2770) or Rhonda (628-3493).

“Blast from the Past” 60s decade alum of Salmon River High School will hold its reunion during Hot Summer Nights, July 25 and 26. Friday night is open to enjoy the Hot Summer Nights Talent Show and visit with friends. Saturday, July 26 the ’60s decade alum will gather from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the new Riggins Community Center (in the ’60s twas the IOOF Hall) located behind Crump’s Chevron Station. Saturday night will find most alums at the Riggins Park for a night of dancing to High Street Band and visiting with friends and family. Reunion T-shirts with the Savage mascot of the 60s are available from Gradiant Shift at 628-3221. Be sure to pre-order to insure getting the correct size. Contact Connie Miller.

Long-time Salmon River cowboy, Bob Sewell, died Friday, July 11, at his home in Oregon - just eight days before his 94th birthday. Bob was a true ranching cowboy most of his life… and most of it in the Salmon River area. He will long be remembered for his huge smile, big heart, and story-telling ways. Services for Bob will be held Wednesday, July 16, at the John Day Cemetery at noon (PDT)/1 p.m. (MDT) where he will be laid to rest beside his loving wife, Kathyrn. Due to limited parking at the cemetery and a narrow road to get there, a bus will be on hand to drive friends and neighbors to the cemetery from the bottom of the hill. A dinner for family and friends will be held downstairs at Summerville’s following the service. Contact Patty Solberg if you would like to help prepare food for the dinner.

Memorial services for Rodney Medley, former Riggins resident and brother of Patty Solberg, will be held Friday, July 25, at noon (MDT) at the Salmon River Community Church.

Riggins Summer Reading Program is going strong each Tuesday in July at 1 p.m. at the Riggins City Library for kids age 2-6 with librarian Susan Hollenbeak. The kids are getting lots of stories read to them, fun activities, refreshments and games. Your kids can come any Tuesday and enjoy the reading time with Susan.

Riggins Farmers’ Market is scheduled to be open again tomorrow and every Thursday from 2-6 p.m. at the Idaho Banana Co. in the Orchard on South Main Street. Last week’s was canceled due to participants being out of town and hot weather. New vendors are welcome; just take your produce, eggs, jams, jellies, etc. to the Orchard. Remember, locally grown and homemade items.

Legendary rodeo star, Jackson Sundown, is a 2014 inductee into Idaho’s Hall of Fame. To commemorate the event, the Nez Perce Tribe is hosting a reception and exhibit opening at the Clearwater River Casino and Hotel outside Lewiston. The event will be on July 18 from 6-8 p.m. The public is invited to this free event. Contact Mary Hawkins, the Tribe’s communications director, at 669-0194, or

Jackson Sundown was one of the people featured in the Idaho State Historical Society’s “Essential Idaho” exhibit for the Territorial Sesquicentennial. Born in 1863, he tended the horse herd during the Nez Perce War of 1877, and was among the tribal members who escaped to Canada. He later returned to Idaho, and made his living by breeding and selling horses. Sundown also became one of the world’s most accomplished rodeo riders. In 1916, at the age of 53, a man twice the age of many of his competitors, Sundown earned the title “World Champion Bronc Rider.” His stunning performance at the Pendleton Roundup that year was the subject of Ken Kesey’s popular novel, The Last Go ‘Round.

Vacation Bible School held at Salmon River Community Church last week was a thrilling success! A total of 59 children including 12 local teens from previous VBS years helped with the week’s activities alongside the 14 Texas Teens who actually put on the VBS program. The Penny Parade brought in $255; this money will be used to feed hungry children in Mexico this fall when a group from Salmon River Community Church goes there to build a house. Eleven people were baptized in the Salmon River at Shorts Bar including four of the Texas teens. The Texas Teens also met with several local teens at the SRHS football field each evening for games and sharing. Kudos to all the volunteers who helped make this week a success.

Phil and Holly Agnor of Hood River, Ore., are the proud parents of Kai Elliott Agnor born July 7, 2014. He weighed eight pounds, five ounces and was 20 inches long. Kai, pronounced Ky, was welcomed home by his big brother, Holt. His Riggins grandparents are Lee and Cathy Tumelson, and his Riggins great-grandparents are Andy and Bev Walyer.

Kira Jo Stedman, daughter of Travis and Billi Jo (Walters) Stedman of Prescott Valley, Ariz., joins a brother, Chase, and is the granddaughter of Ken and Tammie Walters of Riggins and Marvin and Elaine Stedman of Sydney, Mont. Great-grandparents are Jack and Lorene Lees of White Bird and Shirley Wegner of Billings, Mont.

The Riggins Salmon Run — “A foot race along the beautiful Salmon River” – will be held Sept. 13 in Riggins. This is a family-friendly event offering multiple distances including a kids’ fun run for children ages 3-6 years of age. Half marathon, $40, start time: 9 a.m. (MT; 10K, $30, start time: 9:30 a.m. (MT); 5K, $20, start time: 10 a.m. (MT). Register now for the Riggins Salmon Run on Ultra SignUp. Runners will complete an out and back course retrieving a special token at the turn-around aid station. The finish line for all distances will be at Riggins City Park, where runners and their families can enjoy live music, food and drinks. Finishers’ prizes will be given in each distance as well as men’s and women’s first-prize awards.

Riggins City Park is located at 228 Highway 95. The park has room for 1,000 people and offers more than 1-1/2 acres of green area for eating, drinking, and dancing near the musical stage at the south end of the park. Amenities at the park include: free parking on the street and in the parking lot, public restrooms with additional portable bathrooms rented for the event, a drinking fountain, and 14 stationary picnic tables at the park. Come early to reserve your table or bring your own blanket and/or chairs.


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