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Riggins News: 19th annual ‘Big Water Blowout’ set for this weekend



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Jeannie Fitch 628-3845 fitchi@hotmail.com

— My quote for the week is “We don’t know what tomorrow will bring, so don’t stay mad for too long. Learn to forgive and love with all your heart. Don’t worry about the people who don’t like you. Enjoy the ones who love you.” Spend time with them and make memories that will last a lifetime.

Riggins Big Water Blow Out Festival is this Saturday, June 3, 9 a.m.to 10 p.m. This is a celebration of Idaho’s longest free-flowing river. During the day experienced Salmon River outfitters offer discounted high water raft trips through Class III and Class IV rapids. The Big Water Blow Out Dutch Oven cooking will be held at the Riggins City Park from 4-10 p.m featuring live music for dancing and listening as well as a beer eddy. Free admission with a $5 fee for a plate of Dutch oven deliquesce. Everyone is invited to attend.

“Let’s go to the movies….” The Salmon River Girls basketball team will have a drive-in movie night at Salmon River High School tonight, Wednesday June 1, at dark, around 9:30ish. For just $3 per person or $10 per family; concessions will be available for purchase.

SRHS is excited to be hosting a Spike Frog Volleyball Camp June 15-17 open to 6th -12th graders. This will be a fast-paced, competitive camp with players grouped according to ability. Sign up at www.SpikeFrog.org>Programs>Out of State Camp.

Fair royalty sought

RIGGINS — Riggins girls ages 14-18 who are interested in competing for Idaho County Fair Royalty for 2018 may pick up an application packet at the SRHS office in Riggins. Scholarships are offered to the queen and princesses. Entry deadline is July 14. Contact Karla Enneking at 962-3892 or karlaenneking@gmail.com.

The White Bird Art Show and Sale hosted by the Salmon River Art Guild will be Saturday, June 17, at the IOOF Hall in White Bird 8 a.m.-3 p.m. PDT. Stop by and watch live painting demonstrations, participate in the silent auction, vote for the People’s Choice Award, and enjoy the arts and crafts displayed for sale by our talented local artists.

Salmon River High School graduation held Friday May 26, was absolutely wonderful! Senior president Lee Joyce warmly welcomed us to their celebration followed by great speeches from salutatorian Sarah Laritz and valedictorian Matt Evans. The Keynote speaker was a SRHS graduate Dustin Rinker who shared wonderful words of wisdom and encouragement to the class of 2017. After the traditional slide show of each class member from baby to senior, the seniors gave roses to special family members or friends…then each senior was presented with his/her SRHS coveted diploma. A celebration of finger foods, an extravagant candy shoppe, and graduation cake mixed with visiting and hugs and photos made the evening complete.

Salmon River PTO Awards Night was held Thursday, May 25, with awards and scholarships given to our students from kindergarten through seniors. A complete listing of these will be found elsewhere in Idaho County Free Press June 7.

Alex Diaz, class of 2016, was awarded the Pinehurst Quilters Scholarship of $250 to help him continue his studies at LCSC for the coming fall semester. This scholarship is for graduates of Salmon River High School who have already completed at least one semester of college or trade school and are continuing their education. Students make application to the Pinehurst Quilters for this scholarship. Congratulations, Alex.

Help sought for veteran gravestones

RIGGINS — Patty Solberg has a great community project that calls for help from others. Many of the military gravestones have begun to sink and need to be lifted up and reinforcement added to the bottom. Her husband, Gary, is helping to make these reinforcements. This is where you come in; if you can lend some help, call her at 628-3633. What appropriate timing and honoring for our military men and women with Memorial Day just being celebrated in their honor.

A beautiful memorial for Derek Olson was held at the Riggins Assembly of God Church Saturday, May 27. Derek was loved by many and left a big impression on each heart. Family and friends shared cherished memories and great times with their beloved Derek. A crab feed followed at the Seven Devils Steak House in his honor where more funds were raised for his two young children.

The family of Derek Olson would like to thank the people of this Salmon River Canyon for their outpouring of love and kindness, encouragement and support during this time. They are overwhelmed at the generosity shown for his children from the two fundraisers as well as private donations; A savings account has been up for the children. This is just another picture of the love and “familyship” we share here in our little Canyon.

Salmon River PTO has some birthday calendars available for $5 each. Contact Mariah Crump or Hannah McClure for your calendar that begins with March.

Want a Hikin for Healthy Hooters 2017 tshirt? Contact Patty Solberg at 628-3633 as she has a few available.

Patty Solberg has a great community project that calls for help from others. Many of the military grave stones have begun to sink and need to be lifted up and reinforcement added to the bottom. Her husband, Gary, is helping to make these reinforcements. This is where you come in; if you can lend some help, call her at 628-3633. What appropriate timing and honoring for our military men and women with Memorial Day just being celebrated in their honor.

The Riggins Park Stage Project needs volunteers to help build the new improved stage. Get on the call list by contacting Clyde Hirst at 628-3615. Donations and grants are coming in as well as materials to help complete this stage by 2017 Hot Summer Nights the end of July.

Hot Summer Nights 2017 will be sizzling Friday and Saturday July 28 and 29 in the Riggins City Park. There are lots more activities and events that will are forthcoming in this Riggins column.

The class of 1967 will be holding its 50th class reunion Saturday, July 29, 1-3 p.m., for hors d’ oeuvres and visiting in the lower level of the Riggins Community Center located behind the Chevron Station. All class members and spouses are invited. Call Diane 628-4106.



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