As of Tuesday, August 23, 2016
By Laurie Chapman
Idaho County Free Press
RIGGINS - The fish are flowing almost faster than volunteers can give them away in Riggins.
The City of Riggins posted on its Facebook page that salmon were available through the Rapid River Hatchery in Riggins. A call to Linda Hieter of Riggins revealed the fish were not available to the general public.
She explained the fish are picked up by non-profit organizations, typically area food banks. By law, the fish must be processed before it is distributed.
The cost of processing can’t be passed on to the non-profit organization and can’t be absorbed by the hatchery. Hieter said donations would be most appreciated to cover the cost of processing the fish.
As of Friday, 50 fish were ready to be processed and more are coming in daily, she said. Among the fish on Friday, she said, there were several eight to 10 pound jacks.
Hieter said it costs $5 per fish to process.
Donations can be mailed to Salmon River Senior Citizens at P.O. Box 1285, Riggins, ID 83549. A donation receipt can be requested and will be sent if a mailing address is provided.
For more information, call Linda Hieter at 628-3780.