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Riggins News - Big Water Blowout set for this weekend



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Jeannie Fitch 628-3845 fitchi@hotmail.com

— The 18th annual Big Water Blowout Festival is this Saturday, June 4! Celebrate summer and experience Idaho’s biggest water! Outfitters will be offering discounted raft trips from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Contact your favorite participating outfitter. The park will open at 4 p.m. for more events with the Beer Eddy, music, and associated organizations, BLM, F.S., and more having information booths and associates. A river festival tradition is the Dutch Oven Cookoff beginning at 4 p.m. with judging at 7 p.m. followed by $5 sample plates for all who are there in time. Food goes quickly! Music with the live band, Hotter Water aka Whiskey Snow Cone, will be playing from 6-10 p.m. for your dancing and listening pleasure. See you at the Riggins City Park for a great time this Saturday! For information and photos go to BigWaterBlowout.com and find them on Facebook as well.

Memorial service for sweet Areona Hibbert will be held at the Salmon River High School multi-purpose room Saturday, June 4, at 11 a.m. A potluck dinner for family and friends will be held following the service, and table service will be provided. Areona died May 20, in a Portland, Ore., children’s hospital where she had been receiving treatment for leukemia. Sweet Areona fought a good fight, smiled that winning smile to the end, and now has no more pain. Her family and especially her gramma Gracie have been by her side during the long stint in hospitals since last fall. Areona won the heart of Riggins and the Salmon River Canyon people who have been supporting her and encouraging her through it all. Her fifth grade classmates have kept her in letters and pictures and cards. The entire Riggins Elementary School and our Salmon River Community collected thousands of pop tops for Areona and kept her and her gramma Gracie in touch and in prayers.

Sports camps set for June

RIGGINS — Paula Tucker’s volleyball camp will be held June 6-8 at Salmon River High School. Grades one through fourth will meet from 9-10 a.m. for $10. Grades five through eight will meet 9 a.m. to noon for $20. High school 5-7:30 p.m. for $20.

Paula’s basketball camp will be held June 13-16 at SRHS. Grades K-second will meet from 9-10 a.m. for $10. Grades three through eight will meet 9 a.m. to noon for $20. High school will meet 5-7:30 p.m., $20.

“Mini” ASK football camp will be held Friday June 9, at Salmon River High School. Grades K-eight will meet from 1-4 p.m. for $5 each.

Salmon River High School Awards Night was held Thursday, May 26.

Many elementary, junior high, high school awards were given out to deserving students.

Idaho state track winners: Sarah Laritz placed fourth in high jump. Chevelle Shepherd placed third in pole vault and sixth in 300 hurdles. Alex Diaz placed seventh in 300 meter hurdles. Rylie Travis placed seventh in 110 meter hurdles.

The book, Bridging the Past, Present, and Future, which commemorates 25 years of the Idaho Heritage Trust, is now available at Idaho Banana Co. in Riggins. The book is dedicated to all Idahoans, to our ancestors who have gifted us our history and past, to those in the present who work to preserve and share our collective heritage, and to our children and their children who will create our future. The front and back covers feature our own historic Manning Crevice Bridge.

ASK outdoor camp will be held Monday-Thursday, June 20-23, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. every day at Riggins Elementary School. Cost is free! Grades Pre-K-12th are welcome.

The annual summer ASK Silverwood trip will be Aug. 4-5. Students must attend at least one camp for the entire three or four days to receive a free Silverwood ticket; the one-day football camp will not make anyone eligible. A maximum of two tickets will be rewarded to each participant who meets requirements. A student ticket may only be purchased if a parent ticket is purchased. Extra tickets for family and friends are available at ASK for a group discounted price; must attend Silverwood same days as ASK to receive discounted price.

Housing Information Forum will be held on Monday, June 20, here in Riggins. Topics will include: Does Riggins have enough rentals and homes for community members? Are they priced so that your community members can afford them? Are you a potential home buyer? Are you in the housing development or lending business? The forum is funded by USDA and the Clearwater Economic Development Association and is free of charge.

Memorial services for Gary Willman will be held next Saturday, June 11, at 11 a.m. at the Little Salmon River Bible Church. Family and friends are invited to the dinner following the service. Meat and drinks will be provided, bring a side dish.

Our wonderful friend, beloved sweet mama, and dear gramma, Katie Knight, died peacefully in her sleep early Wednesday morning, May 25, at her home. She was the epitome of “The Beauty Within.” We are all so grateful for her life… she shared sweetness, kindness, love and friendship freely. Her daughter, Debbie, and husband, LeRoy Shaw; her son, Steve Woodley; her three grandchildren, Chad, Ryan and Jodi and spouses; and her eight great-grandchildren, as well as all of us who have been adopted by her through the years, miss her dearly. We know she has found peace and is no longer in pain. Katie’s service will be held in mid-June. Day and time will be announced later.

Housing forum is June 20

RIGGINS — Housing Information Forum will be held on Monday, June 20, here in Riggins. Topics will include: Does Riggins have enough rentals and homes for community members? Are they priced so that your community members can afford them? Are you a potential home buyer? Are you in the housing development or lending business? The forum is funded by USDA and the Clearwater Economic Development Association and is free of charge.

Rocke Wilson’s father, Jim Wilson, was the oldest of eight children raised at Saddle Creek, which is on the Oregon side of the Snake River in Hells Canyon. His sister, Violet Wilson Shirley, wrote her autobiography, which is now published. My Heaven in Hells Canyon is her life story, living in the canyon among all its dangers and beauty. Rocke’s cousin, Kay Coffman, along with Claudia Wilson put Violet’s book together and is now for sale at Whitewater Market, Riggins Tourist Trap Consignment and Gift Shop, Two Rivers Coffee, Kate’s Cattlemen’s Restaurant, Idaho Banana Co, and River Rock Café all in Riggins. I have a copy of the book… I highly recommend it to those who love Idaho history, especially our local history. Get your copy now… they are actually flying off the shelves here in Riggins.



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