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Riggins News: Community Thanksgiving dinner set for Nov. 19


Jeannie Fitch 628-3845

— My quote for the week is “Life is better when you laugh a lot, cry a little, and are thankful for everything you have.”

Bingo is tonight, Wednesday, Nov. 8, at 6:30 p.m., at the Riggins Community Center located behind the Chevron Station. Win cash prizes at Bingo which is open to everyone 18 years and older. This senior citizen fund-raiser helps with transportation needs of our senior citizens.

Salmon River High Students will honor our local veterans at a Veterans Day program this coming Monday, Nov. 13, at 10 a.m. in the multipurpose room. Quilts of Valor made by our Pinehurst Quilters will be presented to several more of our of veterans. The community is encouraged to attend the program.

Riggins Fall Red Cross Blood Drive will be next week, Tuesday, Nov. 14, from 2-7 p.m., and Wednesday, Nov. 15, 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the Salmon Rapids Lodge. Call Kris, 208-628-3572 or Joy, 208-628-3224 to make your appointment.

Our dear friend Hugh Fulton died Saturday, Nov. 4, 2017, in Emmett, Idaho. The family had a family viewing Sunday, but no services at this time. They are planning a celebration of life in Riggins next summer. Hugh and his dear wife Nellie have been Riggins Main Street icons for nearly 47 years; they had just recently moved to Apple Valley Residence, 715 N. Butte, Emmett, ID 83617. Nellie would love to hear from her friends.

The annual Thanksgiving dinner hosted by Salmon River Community Church and Riggins Assembly of God Church with other churches and community members helping put on the feast will be held Sunday, Nov. 19, at 6 p.m., at the Salmon River multipurpose room. Our two new pastors, Pastor Jim from the Riggins Assembly of God Church and Pastor Mike from the Salmon River Community Church, will each be speaking; will be a great time to get to meet them and their wives. Everyone is invited to join the feast; ham, dressing, potatoes, gravy and drinks are provided. Everyone is asked to please bring a covered dish of vegetables, salads, or desserts. We will see you there.

Make Riggins a destination for the 5th Annual “Light Up Riggins!” All you have to do to enter is put up outdoor lights and /or decorations. 1st place business wins $100, 2nd place business, $75, 1st place residence, $100, 2nd place residence, $75, 1st place church, $100. Lights must be up no later than Nov. 30. Winners will be announced at the Community Christmas Tree Lighting Saturday Dec, 2, at the Riggins City Park sponsored by the Salmon River Chamber of Commerce.

Riggins Assembly of God Church has begun its annual Christmas program practice and meets each Wednesday until performance in December. All children in our Salmon River Canyon are invited to participate; children are to be picked up at 8:30 p.m. Contact Tracie Pottenger.

Riggins Christmas Bazaar is Saturday, Nov. 25, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., at 121 Lodge Street in the Community Center located behind the Chevron Station. Contact Joni Shepherd 208-628-4048 or 208-859-4725 for more information and to reserve your Bazaar space for $25. Go to for an online application which asks for description of items to be sold. There will be a scavenger hunt again this year; if you would like to donate a product for the hunt, contact Joni ASAP.

Christmas bazaar at the Riggins Assembly of God Church will be held Friday and Saturday, Dec. 1 and 2. There will be some new things this year…more to share later…call Kim Hackler 208-628-3354.

VanderEsch nominated for Burlsworth Trophy

Leighton VanderEsch, 2014 SRHS graduate, was announced as one of 63 nominees for the 2017 Burlsworth Trophy given annually to the most outstanding FBS college football player who began his career as a walk-on. This award is named for Brandon Burlsworth who at University of Arkansas in 1994, became a three-year starter and was eventually named an All-American in 1998.

This season VanderEsch has established himself as one of the top defenders in the FBS and the Mountain West, ranking second n the conference in total tackles (9.9 per game) and solo tackles (6.4 per game) while ranking seventh or sixth, respectively in those categories nationally. He is tied for seventh in the Mountain West with two interceptions and leads or co-leads for Boise State’s defense in tackles (79), interceptions (two), and forced fumbles (two). Led in part by VanderEsch’s play, the Bronco defense ranks 18th in the FBS with just 308.6 yards allowed per game, and seventh in the country in rush defense, yielding just 102 rushing yards per game.

Leighton went to BSU after a standout three-sport career at Salmon River High School. He was a quarterback, and middle linebacker for SRHS’s 8-man football squad; he helped the team win 1A Division II State football titles 2013 and 2014, being named Idaho’s 1A Division II Player of the Year. On the basketball court, he helped Salmon River to consecutive State titles as a junior and senior averaging 29.4 points and 11.1 rebounds in his final for SRHS.

Joining the Broncos as a walk-on prior to the 2014 season VanderEsch redshirted his true freshman campaign and was awarded a scholarship in April 2015.He went on to make 20 tackles with an interception in 2016 despite missing six games due to an injury.

The Community Christmas Tree Lighting will be Saturday, Dec. 2, at 7 p.m. in the Riggins City Park. Hot chocolate, hot apple cider and goodies will be served. Hay ride will take you on a tour of the town to see the “Light up Riggins” competitors. Santa will be there too! Bring a canned food to donate to our local food bank. Proudly brought to you by the Salmon River Chamber of Commerce.

The second annual Salmon River Jet Boat Winter Ball Fund-Raiser will be Saturday, Dec. 9, at the Riggins Community Center with a No Host Cocktail Hour beginning at 6 p.m.; dinner at 7 p.m., featuring prime rib and Seven Devils shrimp. Seating is limited; $45/person including hors d’oeuvres, dinner and dance to the music of Joaquin, Verna, and Dave. Reservations required…call 208- 628-3322 or 208-628-3615. The dance is open to the public from 8:30 p.m. to midnight/$10 per person. This event is sponsored by Salmon River Catering, Seven Devils Steakhouse and Saloon & Idaho Banana Co.

The Riggins Assembly of God Church Secret Sister Christmas exchange/reveal will be Monday, Dec. 11, at 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, at 7 p.m.

Riggins Elementary School Christmas Program will be presented Wednesday, Dec. 20, at 7 p.m., in the SRHS multi-purpose room.

Riggins Assembly of God Church will have its annual Christmas Eve Service Sunday, Dec. 24, at 6 p.m. Everyone is welcome to join the hourlong service


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