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Riggins News: Vander Esch is Mountain West Defensive Player of the Year

The Riggins Tree Lighting drew a crowd Saturday, Dec. 2.

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The Riggins Tree Lighting drew a crowd Saturday, Dec. 2.


Jeannie Fitch 628-3845

— My quote for this week is “I admire people who always show kindness and help people, no matter if they’re struggling with their own problems. They are truly a gift to this world.” Anonymous. ‘Tis the season to show kindness, compassion, love, and friendship to everyone; we never know the struggles of others. A smile or a kind word may be just the thing that person needs.

Leighton Vander Esch, son of Darwin and Sandy Vander Esch, SRHS 2014 graduate and present BSU Linebacker, was named Mountain West Defensive Player of the Year 2017. Leighton became the first Bronco to earn Mountain West Defensive Player of the Year honors, the conference announced Wednesday; Korey Hall won the award in the WAC in 2006. Leighton was just named MVP Defensive Player of the Mountain West Championship game with BSU as winners last Saturday December 2, 2017! Leighton is one of seven players to start every game this fall. Leighton, your “Salmon River family” is cheering for you as you continue to be that outstanding young man we know and love. The football sports announcers are enchanted with this “BSU football player who walked onto the BSU Football field from a background of 8-man football at Salmon River High School in tiny Riggins, Idaho.” BSU will now take on the Oregon Ducks Saturday Dec. 16, at 1:30 p.m., MT at the 2017 Las Vegas Bowl. This makes the 16th straight bowl game for the Broncos. Go Blue!

Bingo is tonight, Wednesday, Dec. 6, 6:30 p.m., at the Riggins Community Center located behind the Chevron Station. Win cash prizes at Bingo…open to everyone 18 years and older. This Senior Citizen fund-raiser helps with transportation needs of our senior citizens. This is the last Bingo night for 2017!

Partnership for Healthy Communities will be at Riggins City Hall Dec. 12, from 3-7 p.m., for free health screenings of A1C-diabetes, blood pressure, FIT Test-colon cancer, mood score-depression, and BMI-body mass index. Those younger than 18 must have parental consent. Call 208-400-0116.

Our local fiddlers are playing their favorite Christmas songs Tuesday, Dec. 12, 7 p.m., at the Salmon River Community Church Fellowship Room…and you are all invited. There will be music, poetry, visiting, and just being together.

Winner of the HP Chromebook raffled by the Riggins Assembly of God Girls Ministries at their Christmas Bazaar was Winnie Loughmiller. Congrats Winnie.

The 5th Annual Riggins “Light Up Riggins” sponsored by the Salmon River Chamber of Commerce announced the winners of the Community Christmas Tree Lighting contest Saturday at the Riggins City Park. Winners: 1st place business $100-Seven Devils Steakhouse and Saloon, 2nd place business $75-Summervilles Bar/Salmon River Inn…1st place residence $100-Joe and Laura Merabelle, 2nd place residence $75-Ron and Margaret Bowman…1st place Church $100-Riggins Assembly of God Church. Thanks to everyone who has put up lights around town; Riggins does look “lit up!”

Yearbook DVDs available for purchase

RIGGINS — If you are looking for that “just right” gift, the DVD from Riggins School Annuals from 1945-1982, 85, 86, and 89 scanned by Rocke Wilson is the answer. Just pop the DVD into computer and go to any year, any class, any student, any sport or to one of the many Riggins historical pictures. We bought one; it is fascinating! Each disc is $8, plus $2 for shipping; All money goes to the Riggins Ambulance Fund.

Let the Christmas Season begin! Riggins Fourth Annual Community Christmas Tree Lighting Festivities, sponsored by the Salmon River Chamber of Commerce, was held in the Riggins City Park for the first time with 75-80 people there. Santa and Mrs. Santa with one elf arrived in the fire truck driven by Chief Jeff Joyce. They were a hit with the kiddos and adults as well as were the hayrides given by Doug and Sharon Boggan. The hot chocolate, hot apple cider and 300 cookies made by Marie and Nicole of Two Rivers Coffee were delicious. Yours truly, Jeannie Fitch, was the emcee for the evening; Bev Knight led the Christmas carolers. The Native Sisters Tree Service, D, and Brady Clay decorated the huge tree, stage, gazebo, and cook shack; it is beautifully wonderful. Thank you to those who brought can goods for the Riggins Food Bank. Plan to drive around town to see all the colorful lights and Christmas decorations.

Salmon River Art Guild will be in the gift shop at White Bird Summit Lodge every weekend from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., PDST, thorough Christmas. Call verify hours. Salmon River Art Guild is pleased to be the featured group at the Syringa Hospital Art Program in Grangeville. The art is in the lower level and easily accessed from the back door near the Syringa Clinic; stop by and check it out.

‘Tis the time to don your festive clothes and go to the Winter Ball sponsored by Salmon River Catering, Seven Devils Steakhouse & Saloon & Idaho Banana Co. Expect elegance, good food, and a great time. The second annual Salmon River Jet Boat Winter Ball Fund-raiser is this Saturday Dec. 9 at the Riggins Community Center; RSVP only. Call MaryLou at the Idaho Banana Co to see if there are still openings.

Riggins Assembly of God Church will presents its annual Christmas program Sunday, Dec. 10, 6 p.m., at their church. Everyone is invited to attend and get your Christmas spirits lifted.

The Riggins Assembly of God Church Secret Sister Christmas Exchange/Reveal will be this Monday, Dec. 11, 6:30 p.m., in the fellowship room. New sisters are welcome.

Royal Rangers and Girls Ministries of the Riggins Assembly of God Church will be Christmas caroling Sunday, Dec. 17, 7 p.m.

Riggins Elementary students will go Christmas caroling from the school through Main Street Monday, Dec. 18, about 1 p.m. Plan to be out on the street to enjoy the kiddos and sing along with them.

Riggins Assembly of God Church will hold its annual Christmas Eve Service Sunday, Dec. 24, 6 p.m. Everyone is invited to attend.


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