RIGGINS Rep. Raúl Labrador will help cut the ribbon next Wednesday, Aug. 12, to celebrate the transfer of 31 acres of Bureau of Land Management land to Idaho County for use as a shooting range.
The public is invited to attend the event set for 10 a.m. (PDT). Attendees should park at the state weigh station on U.S. Highway 95 about 1.5 miles north of the Time Zone Bridge, north of Riggins. Due to limited parking, participants will carpool to the range, about a half-mile south of the weigh station.
Also expected to attend are Idaho BLM Director Tim Murphy, Idaho County Commissioner Skip Brandt, Idaho County Sheriff Doug Giddings, Will Runnoe, manager of the BLM’s Cottonwood field office and staff from the offices of senators Mike Crapo and Jim Risch.
The site was transferred thanks to Rep. Labrador’s legislation, the Idaho County Shooting Range Land Conveyance Act, which became law in December. For years, Idaho County commissioners sought to acquire the parcel in the Riggins area, which has been informally used by sportsmen and women.
The Idaho County Commission will manage the shooting range, in cooperation with law enforcement. The county is working with the Salmon River Gun Club to develop the site, raise funds and hopes to open the range in the near future.