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Riggins News: Fire continues to burn in Riggins


Jeannie Fitch 628-3845

— My Sweet 16 quote for this week is “When life gives you a Monday, dip it in glitter and sparkle all day long.”

Yes, we had another 1,000-plus acres burn here in our Salmon River Canyon last weekend. Firefighters on the ground as well as in the air with helicopters pouring huge buckets of water from the Salmon River on the blaze and a plane dumping borade on the burning mountain helped squelch it. There are a few lingering small pockets glowing from the north of Riggins across the river and smoke hanging in the air as of Sunday night; not sure how it is on North of the Time Zone Bridge. See Idaho County Free Press news for more details.

Riggins Elementary School and Salmon River High School start this coming Tuesday, Aug. 30. Riggins Elementary School registration was last week; if you still need to register, check in at the Riggins Elementary Office. SRHS registration was earlier this week; if you still need to register, check in at the office. Football practices are in full swing with 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. practices on the field. Be watching for that first football game of the season soon.

The second annual Riggins Salmon Run, Saturday, Sept. 10, is quickly coming to the starting line. The first Riggins Salmon Run was held in 2014; the second annual was scheduled for September 2015; however, due the huge fire and the lingering smoke throughout our Canyon, they chose to cancel for health reasons for everyone. The committee is pumped up about this year’s second annual Riggins Salmon Run, a family event offering multiple distance runs. It is uniquely a “foot race along the beautiful Salmon River located in Riggins, Idaho” including a Fun Run for children of ages 3-6, a half marathon, a 10K, and a 5K. Runners will compete on an in-and-out course receiving special tokens at the turn-around aid station. The finish line for all runners will be in the Riggins City Park where runners and their families and others can enjoy live music, food, and drinks. Finisher prizes will be awarded for each distance as well as men’s and women’s first-prize awards. Entry fees are 5K-$20, 10K- $30, and 13.1 -$40, and free for the kiddos ages 3-6. Register today at

Art show set for October

RIGGINS — The Salmon River Art Guild extends an open invitation to all regional artists, 18 and older, of fine art media to enter the 2016 Regional Art Show in Riggins, in October at the Riggins Community Center. Prize money of up to $1,175 will be awarded in the following categories: Oil/Acrylic, Watercolor/Water Media, Other (pastels, drawing, etc), Sculpture, Photography Landscape and Photography Open. The event judge for the show is Valeria Yost of Clearwater. The public will be invited to view the show on Saturday, October 1 from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. (MDT) and Sunday, Oct. 2 from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.(MDT). Special rates are being offered to attendees at the Salmon Rapids Lodge. Call toll free 877-957-2743 for reservations, and ask for the “Salmon River Art Guild” group rate. For rules and details write to: S.R.A.G., PO Box 32, White Bird, ID 83554 or call Nancy Gresham at 839-2493, Kathryn Van Acker at 839-2808, or Gloria Teats at 839-2305 or Email:

Join in on the free Poster Making Party for the Riggins Salmon Run. Everyone interested in making posters and waving them at the runners for encouragement, be in the Riggins City Park Friday, Sept. 9, from 6 to 8 p.m. Come on out and create a poster to inspire our runners on race day.

Runners are to pick up their Bib/Packet in the Riggins City Park Friday, Sept. 9, from 6 to 8 p.m., Friday evening or before the races from 7 to 9:45 a.m. Saturday morning.

One more planned Yoga Retreat with Yoga in the Body by Elizabeth is being offered at the Ram House Lodge up the Big Salmon River Aug. 28. Contact 315-0820 or @idayogagirl#createspacetocenter


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