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Jeannie Fitch 628-3845 fitchi@hotmail.com

RIGGINS — Congratulations to our Salmon River Junior High Lady Savages as the Long Pin League Champions at the Council tournament. Way to go, Payton Branstetter, Miranda Hofflander, Sofia Branstetter, Jordyn Pottenger, Lotus Harper, Emily Diaz, Crystina Jeffs, Sierra Bovey and Chevelle Shepherd! Kudos to Coach Brandon Ratcliff and Mike Shepherd! This team had a very successful season with all wins, no losses! They, too, are back to back 2013 and 2014 League Tournament Champions. They will have played their last away game Tuesday at Cambridge. Thursday, March 20, is their last home game starting at 5 p.m. with Tri-Valley. Go, young Lady Savages!

Congratulations to Salmon River all conference selectees. Leighton Vander Esch is Player of the Year for 1A, Coach Shepherd is Coach of the Year, Jimmy Shepherd made first team all-conference, McCoy Hale made second team all-conference, and Terrun Zolman and Nolan Richerson received honorable mention. Good job Savages! www.idahostatesman.com/2014/03/15/3081787/varsity-extra-winter-all-conference.html.

Leighton Vander Esch’s All-Star game recap can be viewed at www.idahostatesman.com/2014/03/16/3083409/varsity-extra-scoreboard-saturday.html. Leighton scored 12 points. Good job, Leighton!

Charlie Shepherd and the C of I are starting football game in the fall. Check out the footage at www.idahostatesman.com/2014/03/15/3082681/college-of-idaho-football-3-15.html. Charlie is #14 and can be seen around 1:10 p.m.

The annual Salmon Jet Boat fund-raiser was a great success coupled with lots of fun! A portion of the proceeds will go to benefit our local Salmon River schools, the rest to the 2014 Jet Boat Race needs. “The Salmon River Jet Boat Races want to thank all our donors, supporters, sponsors, volunteers and everyone who attended the fund-raiser! It was a wonderful success! Without all of you, there is no us! We especially want to thank Kim Olson and Melissa Blimka for all their tireless work to make this event such a huge success! We also want to thank the Salmon River Inn for the great venue! Thanks to race teams, Ryan and Wendy Rogers, Shay and Grady White, Leighton and Jamie Lillie, Trevor and Darcy Yochum and Jake and Casey Barney, for being in attendance and adding to the fun!”

The 2014 Women with Bait Fish Dance was filled with fun and awards for the ladies who have been fishing since January! Everyone attending had a wonderful time.

The city of Riggins is looking to have a “city flag.” They are requesting someone, either a student or adult, draw up or design the city flag. The chosen winner will have the drawing recreated by Gradient Shift.

The 2014 prom with Salmon River, Meadows Valley and Council joining together for a night of fun will be Saturday, April 5, in McCall. Cost is $7 per person or $12 per couple. Pay your entrance fees at the SRHS office as soon as possible. If you pay at the door, fees will be higher.

Hunter’s Education classes will be held April 7-19 at Salmon River High School. Cost is $8 and registration may be done in person on April 7 or at https://fishandgame.idaho.gov/hed/public/default/aspx. Parents, contact Gary Phillips at 628-3940 if you’re interested in becoming a hunter education or bow hunter education instructor.

Spring break for Salmon River schools will begin Thursday, March 21-March 30, with school beginning again Monday, March 31, just in time for April Fool’s Day!

Our little community lost five friends and neighbors this past week. Each added a colorful part to our Salmon River Canyon.

Jessie Wisenor, great family member, friend and neighbor, died Sunday, March 9, in Lewiston. She was 100 years old. Jessie was a lifelong resident of Idaho County living in White Bird and Riggins since age 3. Jessie came to Salmon River Country from Oregon with her parents when she was just 3 by way of a horse-drawn freight wagon. Graveside services will be announced at a later date. See Obituaries in the Free Press for complete obituary.

Charlene Workman died Friday, March 14, at her home in Riggins. Charlene will be long remembered as a charming lady who was gracious to everyone. She was a longtime resident of Riggins working in and serving this community in many ways. See Obituaries in the Free Press for a complete obituary.

Betty Deveny, longtime Salmon River Canyon resident, died Sunday, March 9, in Parma where she had lived for the past year. Betty was a vital part of the USFS as well as an appraiser for lands in Idaho County. She and her family lived up Shingle Creek on a ranch most of their lives.

Bob Swan, lifelong resident of Salmon River Canyon, died this past week after a courageous battle with cancer.

Donna Partridge, former Riggins resident, died March 5 at age 69 following a long illness. Donna worked in The Merc for many years.

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