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Riggins News: Donated, replaced flags line Main Street; VBS team on way


Jeannie Fitch 628-3845

— My quote of the week is “Don’t carry your mistakes around with you. Instead, place them under your feet and use them as stepping stones for positive steps ahead. Keep looking forward, never regret.”

Kudos to John Doty for putting up the American Flags on Riggins Main Street for the 4th of July holiday as well as the rest of the month. What a beautiful sight to drive through town and see all the American flags flying our country’s colors.

A special thanks goes out to Matt Laine and Wild River Adventures for the donation of a new American flag to the Riggins City Hall. It sure looks grand waving our red, white, and blue on Main Street/ U.S. Highway 95 for all locals and travelers to see.

“Build a Better World” is the theme of the summer reading program at Riggins City Library led by Susan Hollenbeak on Wednesdays at 11 a.m., with crafts, stories, prizes, and snacks. No reading program today, July 12. The last four dates are Wednesdays July 19, 26, and Aug. 2, and 9. Kudos to all the kiddos, Miss Susan, and the volunteers who have helped make this summer reading program a great success.

The Idaho Banana Co , 1120 South Main Street, is hosting a wine tasting party this Saturday, July 15, from 6-8 p.m., featuring wines from Clearwater Canyon Cellars. Miss Ukulele Taylie will be pouring wine and playing the ukulele just for you. Come, join the fun with friends and neighbors, wine, and beer.

Our Riggins EMS and Salmon River Dive Team are of vital importance here in our Salmon River Canyon. They are “right there” whenever a need arises giving of themselves to help others. Shouting out a big Thank you to members of both groups for their dedicated service. Kudos to Salmon River Cowboys Association, District High School Rodeo, Pinehurst Quilters, and the Salmon River Jet Boat Committee for their generous donations to the Riggins EMS. The Salmon River Jet Boat Committee donated to the Salmon River Dive Team.

The Texas Team is coming; the Texas Team is coming…to lead VBS, vacation Bible school, at Salmon River Community Church Monday-Friday the week of July 24-28 from 9 a.m. to noon. Registration will open at 8:30 Monday morning. All kiddos, friends, cousins, and neighbors 4 years old through 5th graders are invited to join the Texas Team for a super week of Bible stories, games, songs, and crafts. Registration will be Monday morning, July 24…come a bit early to miss the rush.

Sponsor a rodeo bleacher seat

RIGGINS — The Salmon River Cowboys Association is sponsoring a “Put Your Name Here” bleacher sponsor sign with your own designed sign at the Riggins Rodeo Grounds. As a sponsor, your sign will be placed on the back of the wooden bleachers which face the Little Salmon Road. Your unique sign can be a business sign, a memorial sign, a fun family sign or whatever. We joined the sponsor campaign…can hardly wait to see our Fitch Family sign. Call Joni Shepherd at 859-4725 to help the cowboys and get further details.

More volunteers are needed to help get The Riggins Park Stage completed by Hot Summer Nights, July 28 and 29. Contact Clyde Hirst at 628-3615 for the work schedule.

Time to get ready for the 25th Annual Hot Summer Nights spinning with Stars and Cars Friday and Saturday, July 28 and 29, in the Riggins City Park…with the new sizzling hot stage! Gates open at 4 p.m., with music and games and visiting family, friends, and neighbors. Joaquin and Dave will begin Friday evening at 6:45 p.m., singing our National Anthem while the Riggins Rodeo Royalty presents the American Flag. The Famous Riggins Talent Show as well as the wonderful “Canyon Camillions” will be featured Friday night beginning at 7 p.m.

“Get your act together” now for big money prizes in the Famous Hot Summer Nights Talent Show with three divisions, Youth-younger than 13, theme, and non-theme. Contact Tracy Bird at 628-3350 at Main Street Hair to sign up for the talent show; you must be registered by Wednesday, July 26, at 5 p.m.

The Cool Car Show sponsored by Jerry’s Auto in McCall is Saturday, July 29. The cars will begin rolling in at noon; car show is 4-8 p.m.; Call Wayne now at 628-3254 to register. Some super cars have already registered.

Saturday night will be the traditional family dance in the park featuring J.R. & The Stingrays, sponsored by Coors, Cross O Ranch, Gem Stop, Hayden Beverage, and Riggins White Water Market, playing music for dancing and listening.

Dave and Dub will be playing music in the park at 4 p.m., each afternoon, Smiles the Clown will be there Friday 4:30-6:30 p.m., DJ Scribbles will be spinning tunes for you Saturday beginning at noon while games, water slide, face painting, sno cones, food booths, beer garden, are ongoing. Joaquin, Verna, and Dave will be playing music from 7-9 p.m., leading into the hot finale of J.R. & the Stingrays for your dancing and listening pleasure.

Class of 1967 and spouses are invited to their 50th class reunion Saturday, July 29, from 1-3 p.m., for hors d’ oeuvres and visiting in the lower level of the Riggins Community Center located behind the Chevron Station. Call Diane at 628-4106 to let her know if you will be here.

The Salmon River Red Cross Drive will be held at the Salmon River Community Church Tuesday, Aug. 8, and Wednesday, Aug. 9. Call Kris Catherman or Joy Swift to set up your appointment. Be a hero; help save a life with your blood donation.

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

Dare to Kayak is offering another program this summer introducing our kids to all the opportunities that surround them for paddling as a means to live a healthy, drug-free life. Classes are July 18-19, Aug. 15-16, and 27 with a barbecue. and fun float/surf with family. Class size is limited. Contact Devon Barker-Hicks at 412-0319 or devobarker@yahoo.come for details and registration. They will be joining with the Salmon River Dive Team to teach water safety and conservation on the Salmon River. Using a beach eddy, students are able to learn to paddle in a controlled environment.

Shiloh Bible Camp in Donnelly is going strong. There was no camp last week; 5th and 6th grade camp is going on now July 10-14, high school camp is July 17-22, 3rd and 4th grade camp is July 24-28. Anyone in these age groups is invited to attend. Contact Pastor Jim Thibodeaux, Debbie Shaw, or Jeannie Fitch or go to


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