RIGGINS — Salmon River JSD No. 243 levy vote is set for this coming Tuesday, May 19. Get out and vote for our kids. The levy is set at $545,000 which is the same as last year; this means cost to taxpayers is same as last year, $4.16 per thousand of assessed property minus homeowner’s exemption. Voting will be held at the Salmon River Heritage Center and Canyon Pines RV Park from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. for all homeowners and renters as well. To receive an absentee ballot call Idaho County Court House at 983- 2751. Plan to attend the next school board meeting Monday, May18, at 6 p.m. at the district office.
Savage Pride Day is tomorrow, Thursday, May 14, as declared by Riggins Mayor Glenna McClure. Salmon River High School is having a Savage Pride Day assembly and a barbecue honoring our athletes and students in the morning. Salmon River Savages will be loading onto a bus and driving through town around 11:30 a.m... kind of like a mini-parade before they head to their barbecue. Be outside and show your support and appreciation for our Savages! Property owners and businesses are urged to show their blue and gold pride by decorating their places in blue and gold. Let’s all celebrate our Salmon River Savages efforts and accomplishments cheering them on and letting them know how much we care.
Riggins kindergarten screening and preschool registration will be Tuesday, May 26, from 1-4 p.m. at Riggins Elementary School in room No. 8. Call 630-6055 to set up an appointment.
The annual awards banquet sponsored by the Riggins PTO will be held next Thursday, May 21, in the Salmon River High School multi-purpose room. Dinner begins at 6 p.m. Awards begin at 7 p.m. Everyone is invited to attend. Bring a large salad or large casserole.
Salmon River High School graduation will be held Friday, May 22, at 7 p.m. at SRHS. The public is invited to attend.
Taco feed is this Friday, May 15, from 5:30-7:30 p.m. sponsored by the Riggins Senior Citizens group at the Riggins Community Center to help raise funds for a Community Food Pantry building and equipment. Everyone is invited and encouraged to attend. There will be a bake sale of yummy baked goods by your favorite grannies.
Color the Canyon 5K Run sponsored by the Riggins PTO was a huge success beginning with all participants making a colorful start by throwing the color dust into the air and onto each other at the beginning of the race. Ninety participants ran, walked, or jogged through Riggins having color dust thrown on them by business people and friends leaving a rainbow trail behind them. Jessica Bell won the prize for best costume. Winners and times of the color run were 17 years and younger - Ethan Shepherd first 19:52, Malachi Bell second 21:13, and Garrett Shepherd third 23:40. For 18-49 years – Shelly Chamberlain first 24:21, Stephanie Roberts second 25:55, and Steven Crump third 27:26. For 50 years and older - Tammy Morganroth first 23:19, Rick Laritz second 23:38, and Genny Lutz third 31:10. Twenty little ones 7 years and younger participated in a run on the Riggins Elementary School playground and were awarded special prizes by the Riggins Fire Department. Every participant received a colorful Color the Canyon medal. There were more than 30 sponsors and donors and many volunteers who helped make this colorful day a blazing success. Funds raised go towards events and activities for all our Salmon River kids in ASK, Riggins Elementary, and Salmon River High School throughout the school year. Riggins PTO organizes and funds many school functions throughout the year that are not able to be funded by our school levy. The Riggins PTO wishes to thank the participants, the sponsors, the donors and the wonderful volunteers.
Diane Thach was spotlighted as Community Volunteer for April by Riggins City Council for her volunteerism and community spirit! Diane’s positive attitude makes her a welcome volunteer at all community events as does that infectious smile which brightens your day. Diane has been volunteering since she was in high school; it must be an anti-aging recipe for life because Diane seems to never get older. I guess that means if you want to stay young like Diane, volunteer!
Hikin’ for Healthy Hooters 5k Run, where you can run, walk or jog, to help raise funds to help find the cure for cancer is this Saturday, May 16, on the old Pollock Road beginning at the Little Salmon Lodge followed by the annual barbecue. Yours truly, Jeannie Fitch, that’s me again, will be the announcer. Hmmm, there seems to be a pattern here. You can still pick up an entry form at Idaho Banana Company, Salmon River Community Church, Tourist Trap, or Umpqua Bank or you can register there Saturday morning. There will be a silent auction of donated items as well as the annual raffle of a beautiful quilt made and donated by the Pinehurst Quilters which is now on display at the Umpqua Bank. Quilt tickets can be purchased at Tourist Trap, from Patty Solberg, Nightfeather Boggan, Berneice Morell or Jeannie Fitch or at the event itself.
The 11th annual Memorial Day Flea Market at The Idaho Banana Co. Orchard will be held Saturday, Sunday and Monday, May 23, 24 and 25. Contact Mary Lou at the Idaho Banana Co. or call her at 628-3615 if you have “treasures” or baked goods or hand-made items you would like to sell. Bring your own table to “set up” on and a chair for you; there is no fee.
The annual Memorial Day weekend “yard sale” at The Salmon River Community Church will be Friday, May 22, and Saturday, May 23, in the church parking lot. Any items other than clothing you would like to donate, call Pastor Jim at 628-4043 for pickup or drop them off at the church on the back ramp.
ASK plays baseball games on Tuesday and Thursday evenings at 5 p.m. at SRHS ball field. The public is invited and encouraged to attend the games and cheer on the ASK kids.
Get ready for the 17th annual Big Water Blowout Festival Saturday, June 6, featuring lots of activities including discounted whitewater rafting trips from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Get to the Riggins City Park in time for the famous Dutch Oven Cookoff beginning at 5 p.m. to be ready for judges at 7 p.m., then ready to serve to all of us for $5 per plate. There will be live music from 7-10 p.m. with Old Death Whisper for dancing and listening and there will be a beer garden. For information, go to www.bigwaterblowout.com or Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/bwbrf.
Salmon River Community Church is having its annual Senior Citizen Auction and Lasagna Dinner Friday, June 5. This event is open to the public. If you have any items for the live or silent auction, new or slightly used, call Pastor Jim at 628-4043.
The annual Brushy Flat Reunion will be held Saturday and Sunday, June 13-14, beginning with a dinner Saturday at the Riggins Community Center at 5 p.m. (MDT). Send your $11 per person dinner cost to Roy Kennedy. Plans for Sunday will be made at the dinner Saturday night.
VBS, Vacation Bible School, will be held at the Salmon River Community Church June 29-July 3 with the fun famous Texas team once again leading the way. VBS week for kids 4 years-fifth grade will meet in the mornings, activities will be held in the evenings for the junior high and senior high teens sixth grade and up. More details as July draws near.