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Riggins News: Jet boat racers roar into town this weekend



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Jeannie Fitch 628-3845 fitchi@hotmail.com

— The 33rd annual Jet Boat Races and activities will be held this Friday, Saturday, and Sunday April 14-16, sponsored by the Salmon River Jet Boat Committee. Race teams from Canada and the United States will be competing not only for cash prize awards, but also bragging rights for racing the famous “River of No Return” and having raced the most exciting and longest running river jet boat race in the U.S.A.! Race class sponsors are Rogers Toyota, American Turbine, Salmon Rapids Lodge, and Salmon River Helicopter. Get down by the river to be a part of the action.

Friday, April 14, will feature the show and shine “Boat Show” and welcome barbecue open to the public starting at 6 p.m., on the Salmon Rapids Motel grounds; $10 for adults, $5 for kids 5 and older, younger than 5 free. Cookies or bar cookies are needed for dessert for the barbecue. Make and take your cookies to the Salmon Rapids Lodge between 4-5 p.m.; barbecue is 6-8 p.m.

Saturday, April 15, jet boaters will be racing all day on the Salmon River beginning at 10 a.m. MST with two laps or one turnaround followed by a break until 1 p.m., then four laps or two turnarounds. Fireworks display will begin at dusk at the Riggins City Park.

Sunday morning, April 16, the races will begin at 10 a.m., with four laps or two turnarounds. Awards ceremony and banquet will be held at Salmon River Inn Sunday afternoon after the race has been completed.

Easter activities on tap April 15, 16

RIGGINS — The annual Riggins Easter Egg hunt will be held at the Riggins Elementary School playground Saturday, April 15, noon. Divisions will be baby-2-year-olds; 3-year-olds-kindergarten; 1st-2nd graders; and 3rd and 4th graders. There will be the famous Gold Egg, Silver Egg, and Big $5 egg winner in each division. Each child participating will receive 50 cents in addition to candy, prizes, and money in the eggs. Donate your plastic eggs back to the PTO; they will have plastic bags available. Bring your friends and cousins…there are always lots of Easter eggs to go around; the school playground looks like a colored egg lawn.

The Salmon River Community Church will hold its Easter sunrise service Sunday, April 16, at 8 a.m. MST outside at the Steelhead Inn, 14 miles north of Riggins. Easter breakfast will follow with mcmuffins, fruit, coffee, tea, and juice. There will also be an Easter service at 11 a.m., at the church followed by a potluck Easter dinner in the fellowship room. Everyone is invited to attend either or both services.

Riggins Assembly of God Church will serve Easter breakfast at 8 a.m. in their fellowship hall followed by Sunday school at 9:30 a.m., and Easter service at 10:45 a.m. Everyone is welcome to attend any or all of these Easter activities.

The Gouge Eye Grill will be introduced to the public at the Idaho Banana Co. orchard over the Salmon River jet boat races this weekend Friday, Saturday, and Sunday April 14, 15, and 16. Stop by 1120 South Main to welcome them, share some good food, and a laugh or two. Get your taste buds ready for legendary eats, treats, and sweets.

The Riggins Fiddlers will present another great music program Tuesday, April 18, at 7 p.m., at the Salmon River Community Church fellowship room. Refreshments are served at the end of the program mixed with great visiting…the time together is priceless. There is plenty of parking, so come on in for your musical enjoyment.

Color the Canyon 5K 2017, sponsored by the Riggins PTO, will be held Saturday, April 22, beginning at the Riggins Elementary School. Fees are now $25/adult and $15 youth with no guarantee of T-shirt or color dust as the order went in March 26. There will be prizes for most spirit, most color, and best color station. Race starts at 10 a.m. Register on-line at www.ultrasignup.com/colorthecanyon5k. The committee is looking for a few more volunteers for the color stations; contact Jacki Campbell if you would be able to help. Our volunteers are much appreciated; without them this race would not be possible. Contact Hannah McClure at 469-0499 or Karen Akins at 628-4101.

The first spring High School Rodeo will be held at the Riggins Rodeo Grounds next Saturday and Sunday, April 22 and 23; Shiznits will have concessions available.

Mark and Sarah Christensen will be honored at a baby girl shower Saturday, April 29, 4 p.m., at the Riggins Community Center with cake and punch. Family and friends are invited to help them welcome their new baby daughter; it’s a family thing…hubby and kiddos are invited, too.

April is Youth Month at Pine Tree Community Credit Union in Riggins. Youth members sign up in the lobby of the Pine Tree for a chance to win great prizes.

Riggins Rodeo will be held Saturday and Sunday, May 6 and 7, with the cowboy breakfast and parade on Sunday. Get ready for more action and fun!

The Riggins Rodeo Association is selling tickets for a beautiful bookshelf made from wood from the bleachers that were just torn down to make way for new ones. It is on display at the Riggins Pine Tree CCU.

Hikin’ for Healthy Hooters, Walk for the Cancer Cure, will be held Saturday, May 20, at a new location…Miners Supply…located at the north end of Pollock Road. The walk/run/jog will be run the same as in past years with the same delicious hamburgers as the end of the hike, only we will be going the opposite directions. There will be silent bidding items as well as the annual quilt raffle. More info is forthcoming.

The Pinehurst Quilters will be raffling the king-sized Cancer Walk Quilt which is currently displayed at the PineTree Credit Union. Tickets are $5 each and are available at Pine Tree Credit Union, Idaho Banana Co, , Tourist Trap Consignment & Gift Shop, and from members of the Quilters Club. Contact Nightfeather, 628-3633 or Patty Solberg, 628-2394.

Yard sale donations sought

RIGGINS — The Salmon River Community Church will hold its annual Memorial Day Yard Sale Friday and Saturday, May 27 and 28. If you have items you would like to donate, call Pastor Jim; he or someone will pick up items…or you can drop items off at the back door of the church. All donations will go toward building a house for a family in Mexico. The people going to Mexico will be raising their own money for the trip.

The Salmon River Community Church will hold its annual Memorial Day Yard Sale Friday and Saturday, May 27 and 28. If you have items you would like to donate, call Pastor Jim; he or someone will pick up items…or you can drop items off at the back door of the church. All donations will go toward building a house for a family in Mexico. The people going to Mexico will be raising their own money for the trip.

Our dear friend and Salmon River icon for the past 30 years, Pappy Wash, died at the ripe old age of 97 1/2. Pappy lived a long and diverse life sharing fascinating stories with his family and friends. He loved to watch the world go by and did so after he retired from his home overlooking the Time Zone Bridge.



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