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Jeannie Fitch 628-3845

Gem Stop takes over Chevron station

RIGGINS — The Riggins Chevron Station is changing hands after 55 years and three generations of the Crump family, from Doug and Franci to second generation Diane and Marvin, then to Bob and Mary Lee, and finally third generation onto Steven and Mariah fueling and fixing cars, trucks, RVs, and buses as well as a few motorcycles and even bicycles. Steven and Mariah have sold the business to Gem Stop, their fuel supplier for the last 15 years. Gem Stop owns and operates a number of Chevrons in the Boise Valley area and have now expanded north to Riggins. Crump would like thank everyone for being such loyal customers since 1960. “We not only had great customers but we had the best employees one could ever have. There are way too many employees to list (more than 175) but let’s just say that some of the first employees were Gary Cook and Ray Stowers, One of the last employees, Dan Catherman, has worked for Crumps nearly 30 years and is staying on with Steven and Mariah at the Shop.” said Crump.

The Riggins Chevron Shop portion will stay in the capable hands of Steven and Mariah Crump and, of course, Dan Catherman, who will service all of your vehicles, repair tires, replace batteries, make service calls or order repair parts for those of you who are “do-it-yourselfers.” The Shop phone number 628-3390 and address, P.O. Box 1270, 83549 remains the same for the Crump’s Shop.

RIGGINS — School started Monday, Aug. 24, for Riggins Elementary School and Salmon River High School for students, teachers and staff. Get in tune with the schools’ activities and plan to attend football, volleyball, basketball games, and track meets as well as school programs including the elementary Christmas and spring programs and other school events. Be watching for our kids and teens when you are driving and they are walking to and from school and school activities.

ASK, Riggins’ After School Kids program, opened its doors Monday, Aug. 24, to a new school year and a new program manager, Stephanie Brandt. ASK offers a free after-school program providing a regular schedule for our Salmon River kids. ASK also provides music enrichment for $20/month per student in addition to the regular program. Stop in at Riggins Elementary and register your child/children if you haven’t already done so. “We are looking forward to another spectacular kind of year,” says the staff. Let’s all give a big welcome to Stephanie and her husband, Dennis, and their three children, Sam, David and Alanna, to Riggins.

School pictures will be taken Wednesday, Sept. 9, by Joy Swift of Joyful Rain Photography. Joy was asked by Mignereys of Frank’s Photos to take on this school picture project. She is looking forward to seeing all those smiling faces. Joy will also be taking sports and school events pictures as well as graduation pictures for those who request her.

National School Lunch and Free Provision 2 Breakfast announced its policy for free and reduced price meals for children including Salmon River Joint School District #243. Application forms are available to all homes along with a letter to parents or guardians. To apply for free or reduced price meals, households should fill out the application and return it to the school. Additional copies are available at each school. The information provided on the application will be used for the purpose of determining eligibility and may be verified at any time during the school year by school or other program officials. Households with any member who is receiving Food Stamps, Temporary Assistance for Families in Idaho (TAFI) or Food Distribution on Indian Reservations (FDPIR) are only required to provide the recipient’s name, their food stamp, TAFI or FDPIR.

The Riggins Chevron Shop portion will stay in the capable hands of Steven and Mariah Crump and, of course, Dan Catherman, who will service all of your vehicles, repair tires, replace batteries, make service calls or order repair parts for those of you that are “do it yourselfers.” The Shop phone number 628-3390 and P.O. address, Crump Chevron Service, P.O. Box 1270, 83549 remains the same for the Crumps Shop.

“A foot race along the beautiful Salmon River,” will be held Sept. 12, the second Saturday of September. This is a family-friendly event offering multiple distances including a Kids’ Fun Run for children ages 3 to 6. The half-marathon distance will kick off at 9 a.m. followed by the 10K starting at 9:30 a.m. and a 5K starting at 10 a.m. Runners will complete an out and back course retrieving a special token at the turn-around aid station. The finish line for all distances will be at the Riggins City Park where runners and their families can enjoy live music, food and drinks. Finisher prizes will be given in each distance as well as men’s and women’s first prize awards. The kid’ race will be free and will be held in Riggins City Park at noon and ages 3 to 4 will run first, ages 5 to 6 will follow. Participation prizes will be handed out after the race. Registration fees are half marathon-$40, 10K-$30, 5K-$20. More details next week. Register now on-line today at Check out our website at Follow us on Facebook at

Salmon River Chamber of Commerce was awarded a $42,000 grant by Idaho Department of Commerce Department of Tourism. This money comes from the state lodging tax and is used only to promote recreation and tourism in the Salmon River area. This is the highest award the Salmon River Chamber of Commerce has ever received; a 20 percent increase from last year. For information contact Vicky Lowe, president of the Salmon River Chamber of Commerce

Replacement of the Race Creek Bridge on U.S. 95 just north of Riggins begins Tuesday, Sept. 1. A public information meeting for this project will be held this Friday, Aug. 28, upstairs in the Riggins Community Center, at 121 Lodge Street… just behind the Chevron Station at 1 p.m. (MT). Construction of a new longer and wider bridge across Race Creek on U.S. 95 near Riggins will continue through mid-February 2016, the Idaho Transportation Department announced. Crews will replace the existing 72-foot-long concrete structure built in 1932 and located between milepost 196.6 and 196.9, with a 102-foot-long, pre-stressed concrete bridge. The new bridge will also be wider (40 feet wide vs. 24 feet wide). The existing bridge is classified as functionally obsolete because of its narrow width.

The project also will include replacing about 1,500 feet of guardrail with concrete barrier and construction of the roadway approaches to the bridge. Contractors are scheduled to work Monday through Friday, from 6 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and U.S. 95 will be reduced to a single 16-foot-wide lane in the project area during construction. Temporary traffic signals will be used to control traffic on both ends of the construction area and on Race Creek Road at its intersection with U.S. 95. West Company, Inc., of Airway Heights, Wash., was awarded the $2.3 million contract.


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