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Riggins’ Dr. Evelyne Pickett dies Aug. 12

I want to dedicate the rest of my column to my dear friend and friend of many, our dear Evelyne Pickett. The following was written by Evelyn’s family and shared with me:

“Wednesday, Aug. 12, 2015, saw the passing of one of the most interesting, vivacious and loving people to ever grace the planet. Dr. Evelyne Pickett, a 28-year resident of the Timezone Bridge House north of Riggins, died suddenly from a brief illness. The lioness of the pack, she was a world traveler, professional musician, historian and ardent lover of life. Even at age 84 she was looking one direction: forward. In her lifetime, she put over three million miles on a variety of cars. Like her father, Evelyne’s favorite place to be was freewheeling down any road she had never explored. Her passion for traveling was only exceeded by her love for family and friends. As anyone who met her knew, friends quickly became part of her extended family. During the early years of her life, she raised three strong sons, Jeffrey, Ben and Dan, with her husband, Milton G. ‘Pappy’ Wash. Later she met and married Joseph Pickett and became as another mother to his daughters, Mary and Betty. Evelyne went back to the university at the age of 50 and earned her Ph.D. in American History at the age of 62. She was an unstoppable force and survived many health challenges and brushes with death; cats have nine lives, she had 21. She was a modern woman, a pioneer, and was graced with a generosity of spirit exceeded by no other. A changer of countless lives for the better, Evelyne is survived by her husband, Joe of 28 years; her first husband, Pappy; sons Jeffrey, Ben and Dan Wash; daughters, Mary Jackson and Betty Porter; grandchildren, Colin, Daniel, Megan and Paula Jo. A wake is planned in later months. It was her express wish that in lieu of flowers a donation be made to the Saint Labre Indian School in Saint Labre, Mont.”

RIGGINS — It’s fair time. “Finding Neverland at the Idaho County Fair” opened this morning, Wednesday, Aug. 19, with the official Ribbon Cutting Ceremony and will continue through Saturday, Aug. 22. Fair week will be busy today with the entering of Open Class exhibits, the dog show, rabbit show, poultry show, Skydown skydiving, pigtail contest, entering and weighing in of 4-H livestock, and the annual 4-H fashion show. Tomorrow, Thursday, Aug. 20, will feature Skydown skydiving all day long, 4-H and FFA Fitting and Showing, Old-Time Fiddlers, Smiles the Clown and the Two-Minute Talent Show. Friday will have more Skydown skydiving, 4-H and FFA livestock judging contest, horse fitting and showing, 4-H round robin contest, potato bar from 4-7 p.m., Clearwater Valley Cloggers, royalty evening and crowning followed by the 4-H Green Swing Dance. Saturday: parade, 4-H awards, 4-H market sale, and whew, the fair is over so time to check out your entries. If you would like information now or questions about the Idaho County Fair, contact Pam McIntire at or 935-2433. See you at the Idaho County Fair.

Leon and Sheryl Ann Slichter are the honored 2015 grand marshals of the Idaho County Fair and will lead the Idaho County Fair parade Saturday beginning at 10 a.m. The livestock show is at 1 p.m.

School bells will be ringing Monday, Aug. 24, for Riggins Elementary School and Salmon River High School for students, teachers and staff. Registration was held Monday, Aug. 17… if you did not get registered, check in at Salmon River High School or Riggins Elementary School to register for school.

More local kids need to be involved in High School Rodeo and junior high division for sixth-eighth grade. Rodeos are held from Lewiston to Weiser… possibly hosting one right here in Riggins! 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! The rodeos feature barrels, poles, goat tying, breakaway and team roping, bull and steer riding, bareback and saddle bronc steer riding! Go to

Salmon River Senior Center needs four able-bodied men for about two hours the end of next week to help reorganize the new Community Food Pantry to get boxes of food off existing steel shelves, place the shelves in a permanent position, and put the boxes of food back on the shelves. Nightfeather Boggan and Linda and Richard Hieter will be there to oversee the tasks at hand. Call Nightfeather at 628-2394 or Linda at 628-3780 to let them know what would be a convenient time for you.

Fires are still burning in our area of Riggins, Idaho County, around the state of Idaho and other northwest states. Firefighters and equipment have been called from everywhere to help assist in these fires. Our hearts and prayers go out to those in harm’s way.


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