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Riggins Hot Summer Nights Fun: Zealand Smith, 8, of Riggins, made a muscular pose during the 25th Annual Hot Summer Nights fund-raiser for the Salmon River Chamber of Commerce last Friday night, July 28, at Riggins City Park. The event featured live music, talent show, car show, kids activities and food and drinks.

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Riggins Hot Summer Nights Fun: Zealand Smith, 8, of Riggins, made a muscular pose during the 25th Annual Hot Summer Nights fund-raiser for the Salmon River Chamber of Commerce last Friday night, July 28, at Riggins City Park. The event featured live music, talent show, car show, kids activities and food and drinks.


Jeannie Fitch 628-3845

— My quote of the week is “Life is all about balance. You don’t always need to be getting stuff done. Sometimes it’s perfectly okay and absolutely necessary to shut down, kick back, and do nothing.” - Lori Deschene- (I did that Saturday!)

“Bingo!” Come join the fun and win cash prizes at the monthly Bingo night, Wednesday, Aug. 2, 6:30 p.m., at the Riggins Community Center located directly behind Gem Chevron. Money raised goes to help fund a new bus for our Salmon River Canyon Senior Citizens group. We always have a great time…see you there!

The Salmon River Red Cross Drive is next week at the Salmon River Community Church, Tuesday, Aug. 8 and Wednesday, Aug. 9. Call Kris Catherman or Joy Swift to set up your appointment.

“Build a Better World,” theme of the Summer Reading Program at Riggins City Library has been led by Susan Hollenbeak with crafts, stories, prizes, and snacks. The kiddos and parents and Susan have had a great summer. Only two Reading dates left: Today, Wednesday, Aug. 2, 11 a.m., with next Wednesday, Aug. 9, 11 a.m., being the final reading program for this summer. Kiddos are invited to go to the city library anytime to read and/or check out books.

Get your fresh produce, jams, jellies, unique crafts, and more at our open market located in The Idaho Banana Company Orchard Saturday mornings from 8-11 a.m., and Tuesday evenings from 5-8 p.m., by Salmon River Growers and Crafters. Bring your local produce and/or crafts to sell…or stop and buy fresh produce and unique crafts. Contact Linda Hieter at 628-3780.

Golf tournament to raise funds for our Riggins/Salmon River School kids will be held Aug. 13. “Play and Pay It Forward” is the theme for the first Riggins Invitational Salmon River Canyon Golf Tournament Benefit Open. Tee times are 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Cost is $40 per person for 18 holes; $30 per person 9 holes, with lunch included. For questions, contact John Doty at 451-5950 preferably by text, or call if you do not text, or by email

The Salmon River Community Church held its annual Vacation Bible School last week with 50 preschool-5th graders in attendance, 11 helpers 6th grade and up, several adult helpers, and 17 Texas youth and their leaders leading the entire program all week. The Texas Team also met each evening at the SRHS football field with 16-20 youth 6th graders-high schoolers. The team fixed their own breakfast and lunch while they dined on wonderful dinners prepared by church people each evening; they did work projects in the afternoon for different individuals helping where needed. This is the eighth year the Texas Team has led our VBS; we are all looking forward to next year already…and they are already planning ways to earn money to return.

Idaho County Fair is just two weeks away and is held at the Cottonwood Fairgrounds in Cottonwood. Pick up a premium book at the University of Idaho Extension Office in the courthouse in Grangeville or at the Idaho County Free Press.

Hot Summer Nights a success; winners named

RIGGINS — Hot Summer Nights 2017 was a sizzling success on our new Riggins Park Stage! Lots of fun people, lots of super-duper volunteers, lots of wonderful music, lots of great talent, and lots of Cool Classic Cars. Several SRHS class reunions and family reunions attended as well as lots of old friends getting together. A huge thank you to all the volunteers who helped get the stage “performance-ready” with 911 man hours thus far; though we were able to use the stage, there are many more man hours needed to finish it. Call Clyde Hirst if you would like to donate materials or time or money to help finish our stage. Thank you to all the wonderful volunteers who helped before, during, and after Hot Summer Nights to make it the super show it was. Without our volunteers, this event just wouldn’t be possible.

Friday afternoon Joaquin, Verna, Dave, and Jason played great ol’ hits giving us a blast from the past with their music. Then, Friday evening began with Joaquin, Dave, and Jason singing the National Anthem while our Riggins Rodeo Royalty Queen Phoebe Rupp and Princess Jillian Hausladen presented the American Flags followed by a tribute “My Heroes Have Always Been Cowboys” honoring our late great friend, Dave Wilson.

Winners in the Famous Talent Show: Youth Division- 1st-Raney Walters (11) of Riggins, 2nd -Shaw Price (5) of Meridian, and 3rd Kenzie Spicklemire (10) of Boise; Non-theme Division 13 and older- 1st-John Stewart of Riggins, 2nd Sandy Karling and Gina Erickson of Oregon, and 3rd Stephan Curto, Jared Smith, Josh Salmon, Ben Salmon, Nathan Rawlins, all from Texas, and Emily Spicklemire of Meridian; Theme Division 13 and older - 1st Shantel Swartz and Sam Shira of Grangeville/Kooskia, Callie Waite of Meridian, and 3rd Cheryl Shoemaker of Riggins.

Winners in the Cool Classic Car Show were 1st-Mike and Laurie Tilden of Riggins with their ‘68 AMC, 2nd - John Unrein in honorarium by his family for his ‘62 Chevy, and 3rd - Paul Page of Caldwell with his ’69 Chevelle.

The Canyon Camillions and Friends, made up of 16 local/loco adults, entertained with six different great hits from yesteryear. They were “dressed to the nines” for each performance lip-syncing their way through each song…it was hard to tell they weren’t actually singing.

Joaquin, Verna, Dave, and Jason played golden oldies Friday and Saturday afternoons and into the evening Saturday for dancing and listening pleasure. DJ Scribbles spun fun tunes Saturday afternoon. JR and the Stingrays belted out great tunes Saturday night for dancing from 9 p.m. until midnight. The sizzle began to fizzle as the band put away their instruments and everyone headed home until next year.


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