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Fire meetings keep residents updated


Jeannie Fitch 628-3845

RIGGINS — Teepee Springs Fire burning up the Big Salmon River area to the north and the Little Salmon River area to the south has burned 78,000 acres and has kept Salmon River Canyon smoky and in “fire watch” mode. We are thankful for all the firefighters and teams who are here in our area helping as they can… as well as our local fire departments and ranchers and people here who know how to help. We do realize that with 78 fires burning in the northwest, equipment and “manpower” are limited as every area needs help. There have been several “fire meetings” keeping our residents updated on fire areas burning and providing information as soon as they can get it on their websites and other communications each day… with updates during the day. Locals have kept all of us in pictures of the various stages in the different areas here in the Riggins area. For more details of the fire, go to Idaho County Free Press features; they will have more in-depth information as well as photos.

The fire center has asked us to be patient as this is ever-changing as the fire continues to spread. The safety of the public and firefighters is paramount.

Find current information regarding the Tepee Fire at or visit us on our Team Facebook page at 222155447934166 or the Payette National Forest Facebook page at or you can sign up to receive these updates through GovDelivery or go to

“Welcome Back” to the start of the 2015-2016 school year. Riggins Elementary will have its open house this evening Wednesday, Sept. 2, from 6-7 p.m. Everyone is invited to attend. Students will get to show their parents and grandparents and friends their new classrooms and introduce them to their new teacher.

Students at Riggins Elementary School should not arrive on campus before 7:55 a.m. There is no one on duty until 7:55 a.m. Breakfast is free to all students in the mornings in the lunchroom. If students are late have them report to the office and sign in. If students are going to be absent call the school by 9 a.m. at 630-6055 and have student bring an excuse within two days of being absent. Drivers, watch for students walking to school in the mornings. Fire letter from Mr. Doramus was sent home with students as well as emailed to the emails on file. If you did not receive a copy, go to the website or the JSD243 Facebook page to read the letter. Under the current smoky conditions, if your student has any breathing issues, notify the school so we can keep them inside during recess. Dates to remember: Sept. 7 - no school, Labor Day, and Sept. 8 - hearing screening.

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.

School has begun and with that more kids and teens will be walking to school in the mornings and home in the afternoons. Drivers, be on the watch for our kids.

The second annual Riggins Salmon Run scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 12, has been cancelled. “To all of our runners and walkers as well as to the public: It is with a heavy heart that we announce the cancelation of the Riggins Salmon Run 2015. There is much uncertainty on the Big River Road due to fire and smoke; out of respect for our runners/walkers, volunteers, sponsors and entertainment we made this very difficult decision. To all of our registered runners, we would like to offer you entry to next year’s event; plans are set in motion to create an incredible event next year. Thank you for your support and for your understanding. Click the following link and defer your registration to our 2016 Riggins Salmon Run. We look forward to seeing you on our Facebook page during the next several months. Train on!…/riggins-salmon-run/2015/runner. Contact us at with any questions or concerns. Sincerely, Mariah Crump, race director.”

Replacement of the Race Creek Bridge on U.S. 95 just north of Riggins has been rescheduled to begin Tuesday, Sept. 8 if the fire situation is under control. Updates will be forthcoming if the starting date will be pushed back even further due to the fire conditions. 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.

The Riggins Ambulance Department is still collecting aluminum cans. You can drop off your cans behind the Riggins City Hall. Kudos to all who help with this fund-raising project.


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