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Jeannie Fitch 628-3845

Riggins City Newsletter, January 2015

The City of Riggins has developed a Source Water Protection Plan and has a “Water Protection Area” posted at the north and south ends of town. The city of Riggins operates a municipal water system that delivers drinking water to approximately 419 residents through 216 connections. The city recognizes the possibility of potential threats to the town’s water supply; in order to prevent possible contamination of our drinking water, a Source Water Protection Plan, SWPP, has been developed. Proactive planning and prevention are essential to both the long-term integrity of the water system and in limiting costs and liabilities to the community. The SWPP is a tool for the City of Riggins to ensure clean and high quality drinking water sources for current and future generations. The SWPP is designed to 1) create an awareness of the community’s drinking water sources and the potential risks to water quality within the watershed/aquifer, 2) encourage education and voluntary solutions to alleviate pollution risks, 3) promote best management practices to protect and enhance the City of Riggins drinking water supply, and 4) provide for a comprehensive action plan in case of an emergency that threatens or disrupts the community water supply. Developing and implementing drinking water protection measures at the local level will complement existing regulatory protection measures implemented by the state and federal government. The City of Riggins Source Water Protection Program can achieve a finer level of detail by filling gaps left by large regulatory water supply.

Riggins City Newsletter for January 2015 also reported about local-option tax facts in City of Riggins: the local-option tax is a 2 percent sales tax added to the price of the sale and is paid by the consumer, not the business owner; there are three types of sales subject to this 2 percent tax: 1) Lodging at motels, campgrounds, condominiums, and vacation rentals - including a room in a home being rented or leased for a period of 30 days or less, 2) prepared meals sold by restaurants and bars, including food and meals prepared by catering services, for consumption within the City of Riggins, and 3) alcohol by the drink at bars and restaurants (spirits including liquor, wine, beer). Exempt from the tax is retail sale of alcohol at special events and activities sponsored by the community or a non-profit organization obtaining an Idaho State Permit, whose proceeds are used for the benefit of the community are not subject to the Riggins Local Option Tax.

From Public Works: “White stuff appears in the glass as ice cubes from your freezer melt. What is the white stuff and where does it from? Ice cubes freeze from the outside, so the center of the cube is last to freeze. As an ice cube freezes, the dissolved minerals in the water are pushed to the center and are trapped there. Near the end of the freezing, when not much water remains in the center of the cube, the minerals become very concentrated and form the white stuff, called “precipitate.” This precipitate causes the white stuff in your glass and is not toxic. Some commercial ice cubes are “cored” after they freeze to remove the precipitate.”

— Grangeville held its 43rd annual hoop shoot Saturday, Jan. 10, with lots of kids hooping that ball! Several Riggins kids participated: ages 8-9 division were Tyrus Swift and Raney Walters; ages 10-11 division were Tysen Travis and Lotus Harper; ages 12-13 division were Canyon Harper and Emily Diaz. Congrats to Canyon Harper and Lotus Harper who each took second place in their separate age group. Nice job everyone!

Salmon River High School basketball for both boys and girls had great games in Garden Valley last Saturday! The J.V. boys won 61 to 31 with Alex Diaz scoring 15 points in one quarter and awesome defense by the whole team. Girls lost but played great! Varsity boys won 66 to 54 with Alex Diaz and Devan Branstetter scoring 19 points each and Tucker Boyd contributed with 15 points. Congrats, Savages and Savagettes!

The new EMT basic class is set to start Jan. 20 at 6 p.m. at the Riggins Fire/Ambulance bay. Open to all if you are at least 18 by May, 2015. I can e-mail you the course calendar, This will be an accelerated class ending around May 15.

The Seven Devils restaurant right on Main Street in Riggins is getting a facelift! There are a bunch of busy bees working hard to make those improvements. The bar is still open so go on down and check out their work.

Jack R. Gruell, 85, and longtime resident of Riggins died Saturday, Jan. 3, at Nampa Care Facility. Jack and SueAnn had moved to Nampa this fall due to medical reasons… Jack to the care facility; SueAnn with her daughter. Arrangements are under the direction of Nampa Funeral Home, Yrguen Chapel.

Super Bowl is coming up soon, Sunday, Feb. 1… are you ready! We will know soon who the two top contenders are that will battle it out for the Super Bowl title and Super Bowl 2015 ring.


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