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RFD runs on 30 local volunteers

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Jeannie Fitch 628-3845

RIGGINS — Kudos to our Salmon River Rural Fire Department! These 30 volunteers serving from Pinehurst to Twin Rivers Ranch are ready to respond to rural fires and wildfires as well as car and truck accidents from the top of the White Bird Grade south to Smokey Boulder Road which is a total of 67 miles, and up the Big Salmon River 30 miles to French Creek serving 10 miles on each side of the highway. White Bird and Riggins have their own fire departments, but will help the Rural Fire Department as the Rural Fire Department will also help each town as well as responding to USFS fire needs. They have six fire stations each with its own fire engine located in Pinehurst, White Water, Rapid River, Lucile, Slate Creek and Hoot’s for the White Bird area. In addition, they have three fast attack 4-wheel drive pickups and four water tenders. Allan Yearsley is Salmon River Rural fire chief with the board made up of Rick Evans, Joan Calvin, Heidy Mead, David Perkins and Dennis Morris and is in need of two new board members. Structural fire membership for the Salmon River Rural Fire District is $95 a year; members pay no additional expense if they have a fire... non-members must pay state rates beginning with a $500 response fee as well as additional fees as accrued by said fire. They always welcome new volunteers. For information or to sign up as a volunteer, contact Melanie Yearsley, SRRFD secretary at 628-4228.

Beautiful meteor showers ongoing the rest of this week! The Perseids, quite possibly the best meteor shower of the year, will take place Aug. 11-14 and can be best seen during the pre-dawn hours, according to, with the best show on Aug. 13. “If you see one meteor shower this year, make it August’s Perseids or December’s Geminids,” NASA says.

“The Perseids feature fast and bright meteors that frequently leave trains, and in 2015 there will be no moonlight to upstage the shower.” There could be as many as 80 meteors per hour at the peak of the shower, NASA added, noting it’s among the brightest of all such meteor events. Plus, they can be enjoyed during summer’s warmth, unlike the often nippy nights during the Leonids of November or Geminids of December.

Salmon River High School athletes, schedule your sports physicals now. Freshmen and juniors must have them on file with the school before the first practice this Friday, Aug. 14.

Aug. 25 is the due date for high school rodeo/ with a junior high division for sixth-eighth grade - if anyone in our area is interested… visit the website or for information! We need more local kids involved around here. Rodeos are held from Lewiston to Weiser and possibly hosting one right here in Riggins. The rodeos feature barrels, poles, goat tying, breakaway and team roping, bull and steer riding, bareback and saddle bronc steer riding! Go to

Patty Solberg would like to thank the wonderful people of the Salmon River Community for being available to help at funeral dinners with generously donating food for family, friends and neighbors. Kudos to White Water Market for donating the drinks for each service… and a special thanks to those ladies who help set up, serve and clean up. It is a tremendous honor to the family to have a special dinner following the memorial service of their loved one. Once again our Salmon River family steps in to help regardless the need.


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