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Riggins News: Farris, Diaz named Riggins Rodeo royalty

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Macenzie Farris, daughter of Amy and Jeff Farris of Grangeville, (left) was crowned 2016 Riggins Rodeo Queen on Sunday, March 6.  She is a freshman at Grangeville High School and rode her horse Callie.  She was also chosen Miss Congeniality by the contestants. Emily Diaz, daughter of Rachel and Javier Diaz of Riggins, (right) is this year’s princess. She attends Salmon River Junior High School and rode her horse Cheyenne. Also competing was Meagan Wootton, daughter of Jennifer Vinyard of Lewiston.


Contributed photo Macenzie Farris, daughter of Amy and Jeff Farris of Grangeville, (left) was crowned 2016 Riggins Rodeo Queen on Sunday, March 6. She is a freshman at Grangeville High School and rode her horse Callie. She was also chosen Miss Congeniality by the contestants. Emily Diaz, daughter of Rachel and Javier Diaz of Riggins, (right) is this year’s princess. She attends Salmon River Junior High School and rode her horse Cheyenne. Also competing was Meagan Wootton, daughter of Jennifer Vinyard of Lewiston.



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Jeannie Fitch 628-3845 fitchi@hotmail.com

— My Sweet ’16 quote of the week is “No matter what’s happening, take time each day to remember all that’s good in your life.”

Riggins Rodeo 2016 Queen is Macenzie Farris, daughter of Amy and Jeff Farris of Grangeville. She attends Grangeville High School and rode her horse Callie. Macenzie was also chosen Miss Congeniality by the contestants. Emily Diaz, daughter of Rachel and Javier Diaz of Riggins, is the 2016 Riggins Rodeo Princess. She attends Salmon River Junior High and rode her horse Cheyenne. Also competing was Meagan Wootton, daughter of Jennifer Vinyard of Lewiston. She attends Jennifer Junior High and rode her horse Gray Mare. The girls did an awesome job riding in the pouring down rain. The queen’s luncheon was held at the Salmon River Inn due to the rain.

Riggins Rodeo 2016 Grand Marshals are Buck and Jeannie Fitch, retired Salmon River school teachers and active community helpers. They have been involved with Riggins Rodeo since they arrived in Riggins in the fall of 1970 including cowboy breakfast, American Legion hamburger flipping, helping with the Riggins Rodeo parade, and then finally announcing Riggins Rodeo parade for the past 25 years or so.

Daylight Savings Time is this Sunday, March 13…. spring ahead one hour before you go to bed so you will be where you want to be at the correct time Sunday morning.

Anita Williams will be honored on her 90-year-young birthday with a finger food luncheon following church this Sunday, March 13…. she requests cards only. Happy birthday to a wonderful friend and community-involved lady!

Monte Carlo night is this Saturday, March 12, at Summerville’s beginning at 5 p.m. Everyone is encouraged to attend this fun-filled fund-raiser event. The Salmon River Jet Boat Race committee would like to remind everyone to take their donations for the auction to Summerville’s prior to the event. Thanks to everyone who has already donated. The 2016 Salmon River Jet boat Races will be held Friday, Saturday, Sunday, April 15, 16, 17, with fireworks over the river if enough donations come in to pay for the fireworks. If you would like to donate to the fireworks, you may send money to Riggins Chamber of Commerce.

Salmon River Art Guild is offering an “Asian Inspired Gourd Vessel” workshop by Alan Sweeney Saturday, April 2, at the Gresham Studio from noon to 3 or 4 p.m. (PST)/1-4 or 5 p.m. (MST). Fee is $35 for members/$55 for non-members which includes a gourd kit to complete the project. Contact srag.idaho@gmail.com or call 839-2493 to join. The class is limited to 12 students.

Salmon River Art Guild is offering an “Acrylic Class with Valeria Yost” Saturday and Sunday, April 23-24, at the White Bird Community Center from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. (PST)/9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (MST). Fee is $80 for members/$100 for non-members. This is the second class taught by Valeria. She sells her paintings to “Leanin Tree” and “Wild Wings,” to name two. The first class was such a success; we are pleased she is coming back to White Bird to teach again. Contact srag.idaho@gmail.com or call 839-2493. Class is limited to 12.

Miniature art sale is Saturday

WHITE BIRD — Salmon River Art Guild will have its “March Miniature Madness” show and sale this Saturday, March 12, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. (PST)/9 a.m. to 4 p.m. (MST) at Hoot’s Café in White Bird. This is a great opportunity to have lunch, visit with the artists and enjoy art. All items are miniature in size and are priced at $50 or less. Admission is free. SRAG is celebrating 52 years of creating art along the Salmon River from 1964-2016 and is pleased to host the art show and invites you to enjoy a day of art.

WWB, Women With Bait, ends this Saturday, March 12. Those women have had a wonderful time catching fish and winning prizes.

The School Science Fair will be held next Thursday, March 17.

Spring Break is March 21-25.… The annual Easter egg hunt is Saturday, March 26.

The Riggins Red Cross Blood Drive will once again be held at the Salmon Rapids Lodge on Tuesday and Wednesday, March 29-30. Appointments on March 29 are from 1:30-7 p.m. and on March 30 from 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Call Kris at 628-3572 or Joy at 628-3224 to make your appointment. Find the hero in you…. give blood that will help save lives.

Our dear, dear friend and former Riggins resident, Jodi Lowell (55), died Friday, March 4, at her home after her long, courageous battle with cancer. She and her husband, Rick, lived at the Rapid River Fish Hatchery several years ago where he worked for the Fish and Game for many years. They were very active in the Salmon River Community Church. I will always remember her sweet nature and beautiful smile. I was fortunate to get to teach her two older daughters in first grade before they were transferred to south Idaho. Jodi left a beautiful legacy of love and joy for her husband, her four daughters, and her many friends. Complete obituary may be found online at a later date. Her funeral is scheduled for this Saturday, March 12, at 1:30 p.m. at Twin Falls Church of the Nazarene.

The replacement of the Manning Crevice Bridge located on the Salmon River Road approximately 14 miles east of Riggins, is about to begin. There are no road closures as of this writing. The bridge was constructed in 1934; it is in poor condition and not meeting today’s bridge design standards. The new bridge will span 304 feet, as a one-lane asymmetrical suspension bridge that includes a single steel tower 75-foot tall on the north end of the river. The project is expected to last until next winter of 2017. Jesse Webb, P.E. (Project Engineer of Western Federal Lands Highway Administration) will try to have a weekly newsletter from manningcrevice@dot.gov. Go to this site to see March 3 newsletter. His field office is located at 1339 South Main Street, Riggins, ID 83549. His business phone is (360) 953-9433. He will most likely be found at the bridge site once the construction begins.

Guess whose birthday is tomorrow, Thursday, March 10? Mine…. happy birthday to me!



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