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Riggins News: Larry and Sue Ellen Smith inducted into Idaho Cowboy Hall of Fame


Jeannie Fitch 628-3845

— My third quote of 2017 is “One of the most valuable gifts in life is a loyal friend.”

Riggins Mayor McClure and city clerk Brenda Tilley recently completed a 30-hour training course entitled, “Community Economic Projects: Putting All the Pieces Together,” sponsored by the Clearwater Economic Development Association (CEDA) of which the city of Riggins is a member. Eleven other city representatives from Grangeville, Kamiah, Kooskia, and Culdesac also completed the course which took place during a nine-month period in 2016. The program is designed to empower rural communities to successfully develop, fund, and complete projects such as Riggins City Park Stage Project in 2017. CEDA is the regional planning organization for the five counties of North Central Idaho. Training is funded by USDA’s Rural Community Development Initiative and CEDA membership.

Susan Hollenbeak, Salmon River Public Librarian, is currently taking a four-week course through “infopeople” studying proper cataloging and categorizing of non-fiction books. This course provides online learning for public library staff.

Larry and Sue Ellen Smith, former Riggins, Idaho, residents, have been inducted into the Idaho Cowboy Hall of Fame. What a wonderful honor for a couple who has cowboyed, rodeoed, judged, and timed rodeo events for years right here at Riggins Rodeo as well as others across the state of Idaho and beyond. Congratulations to you both!

The Tourist Trap Consignment & Gift Shop is back to regular store hours, Monday – Saturday, 11 a.m. - 5 p.m., and Sunday, noon - 4 p.m. They are now accepting spring items on consignment. You can visit

Gill family honored in cattle book

LUCILE — The book, “100 Years of Idaho Cattle,” was recently unveiled at the Idaho Cattle Association convention. The Gill family who ranches in Lucile was honored in this book. Joseph and Amanda Gill traveled to Idaho by wagon in 1878 from Boone, Indiana and set up ranching at Gill Point, west of Grangeville. Their son, Clark Gill and Dollie, set up ranching on the Salmon River above Lucile in 1903; their only son George and wife Opal purchased the family ranch in 1948. George’s youngest son, Melvin and wife Midge, took over the ranch and expanded the operation when his parents died. Their daughter Shelly and husband Garrett Neal currently run the ranching duties, living just above the home place; their son Marty is also very involved with the ranch. The fourth generation of Gill ranchers is still proudly ranching on Cow Creek continuing the family legacy of raising cattle in an area some deem “too steep to graze.” These books are available at the Idaho Cattle Association Office at 343-1615; get your copy for this complete story plus many more stories of Idaho ranchers.

Looking for a great place to have lunch on Tuesdays at noon? Go to the Riggins Community Center located behind the Gems Chevron Station; the senior citizens group welcomes you to have lunch with them. Plan now to enjoy lunch with friends and neighbors. There is a small charge for their delicious lunches.

The senior citizens group will hold its February Bingo the second Wednesday, Feb. 8, 6:30 p.m., at the Riggins Community Center in its downstairs room for adults 18 and older. When you “Bingo,” you get cash! Join the fun and visit with neighbors and friends at Bingo.

The 2017 Volunteer Fireman’s Ball sponsored by the White Bird Chamber of Commerce will be held Saturday, Feb. 11, at Hoot’s Café in White Bird. There will also be a live and a silent auction fund-raiser, which supports our volunteer firemen from Riggins to Grangeville. Invite your friends and have a sweet Valentine’s date with your honey. Contact Barb Lowe 839-2444.

Looking forward at Riggins/Salmon River Canyon events: February-Women With Bait Fishing Tournament, April 14-16; Salmon River Jet Boat Races, May 5-6-Riggins Rodeo, Cowboy Breakfast, and Rodeo Parade, May-Sacred Salmon Ceremony; June 5-Big Water Blowout River Festival and Dutch Oven Cookoff; July 28-29-Riggins Hot Summer Nights; Sept. 9-Riggins Salmon Run; and Oct. 7-8-Salmon River Art Guild Regional Art Show.

FYI: Last week a big storm fell California’s iconic 137-year-old Pioneer Cabin Tree, a drive-through tunnel tree which drew many tourists to California through the years.

Yoga in the Canyon with Mariah Crump meets Monday-Wednesday-Friday 8:30-9:30 a.m.; Tuesday and Thursday 4:30-5:30 p.m.; Saturday 8:30-10 a.m. Drop-ins are welcome; $5 per class. Contact Mariah.

Fit and Fall Proof Exercise Class meets Tuesdays and Thursdays at 10-11 a.m., at the Salmon River Community Church in its Fellowship Hall in the back.

People who like to walk and find it difficult to be outside in this cold weather are invited to go to Salmon River High School multi-purpose room to walk Monday-Thursday mornings between 8-9:30 a.m. Park in the parking lot, not at the building.


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