RIGGINS — Salmon River High School graduation went well as the class of 2014 was honored and celebrated with a full house of family of friends. Co-valedictorians Leighton Vander Esch and Nolan Richerson and salutatorian Terrun Zolman shared wonderful speeches as did featured speaker Steve Richerson. Joy, laughter and tears were shared as the slide show featured each senior from baby to senior year. The seniors presented flowers to family, teachers and friends, and finally each senior received his/her diploma and flipped the tassel from high school status to life status. The class of 2014 held a cake reception in the multi-purpose room following the commencement.
Memorial Day services honoring our fallen heroes were done well by our local American Legion Post 130 at Riggins Cemetery, White Bird Cemetery and John Day Cemetery. Thank you for caring for and wanting to honor your comrades/our family members and friends.
“A thank you of gratitude and honor” goes out to all military men and women and their families who have served or are currently serving the United States of America! Though Memorial Day is but one day of the year and is there to honor our fallen military men and women, our thankfulness for our military goes out every day to those currently serving!
Another huge thank you goes to David Dean and John Doty for decorating Riggins Main Street with all the American flags flying from the light poles. What a touching scene it is to drive or walk through our Main Street/Highway 95 to see our American flags waving in the breeze and knowing they are honoring our fallen military men and women as well as honoring those currently serving America at home or abroad.
Jackie Ray of White Bird sends out “kudos” to the Salmon River Cowboys Association for going beyond the call of duty to make his two days at the Riggins Rodeo so eventful. The Cowboys Association roped off an area especially for Jackie at the Riggins Rodeo grounds and made arrangements for his rig to be kept at Ken Walters. Jackie is confined to a wheel chair, but the Cowboys Association made it easy for him to enjoy the rodeo and visit with friends, and members of the Cowboys Association stopped by several times during the day to make sure everything was going well for Jackie. This is just one more thing to add to the growing list of Riggins/Salmon River people helping others.
Idaho Banana Co. is ready, set, go with its first wine tasting of the summer Friday, June 6, from 6-8 p.m. in our orchard. They will be featuring Colter’s Creek Vineyard and Winery wines along with Idaho Beers from CSB Distributing!
Big Water Blowout River Festival is Saturday, June 7, right here in Riggins! This is an action–packed, family event with experienced outfitters and guides offering discounted raft trips all day. You can paddle huge rapids and enjoy the magnificent scenery and wildlife in the second deepest gorge in North America. You can enter your specialty in the Dutch-Oven Cookoff and be ready to serve it to all the hungry guests in addition to other good food.
Dena Holland Duran accompanied by Tyler Vance will be performing Sunday, June 8, at 6 p.m. at the Congregational Church in McCall, sponsored by McCall Music Society at “Sunday Sounds.” Sunday Sounds has free performances the second Sunday of each month… the public is always welcome to attend. Dena is a 1994 SRHS graduate and is the daughter of Jerry and Vanna Holland of Riggins.