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Riggins News: Chapmans greeted as new church pastors; dinner a success


Jeannie Fitch 628-3845

My quote for the week is “We don’t know what tomorrow will bring. Love with all your heart and learn to forgive quickly. Be kind; be thankful. Enjoy your loved ones.”

Salmon River Community Church greeted its new Pastor Mike and his wife, Becky Chapman, last Sunday evening. They drove cross-country from Indiana in two vehicles to get to Riggins. Some of our church family helped them unpack their truck; they will get things put away where they want them. They are delighted to be here and looking forward to meeting people in our community. Becky returned to Indiana until their two daughters finish their first semester in mid-December. Pastor Mike delivered his first sermon Sunday and will be one of the speakers at the Community Thanksgiving Dinner this Sunday, Nov. 19, 6 p.m.

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 this 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 Commuinty Church will each be speaking; twill be a great time to get to meet them and their wives. Everyone is invited to join the feast; each family is asked to please bring a covered dish of vegetables, salads, or desserts. Ham, turkey, dressing, potatoes, gravy and drinks will be provided by the churches. Hope to see you there.

Our dear friend, Priscilla Jeffery, died Friday, Oct. 27, in Newberg, Ore., following a severe stroke. There will be a memorial service for Priscilla Jeffery at 11 a.m., on Saturday, Nov. 25, at the Newberg Friends Church in Newberg. Any memorial gifts should go to the missions activity of your local church, or the Wycliffe Bible Translators. Following her retirement in 1992 (Leon had retired in 1989), Leon and Priscilla moved to Riggins, Idaho, built their retirement home, and enjoyed the sunshine and people. Priscilla was the choir director at Salmon River Community Church for many years. She was a special friend who dedicated her life to her family, her friends, and her music. She loved life and lived it to the fullest. In 2008, Priscilla moved to Lewiston, Idaho; in 2010 she returned to Newberg and lived in the Friendsview Retirement Community.

Christmas bazaars set

RIGGINS — Riggins Christmas Bazaar is next Saturday, Nov. 25, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., at 121 Lodge Street in the Community Center located behind the Chevron Station. Contact Joni Shepherd at 208-628-4048 or 208-859-4725. There will be a scavenger hunt again this year both at the bazaar and throughout town at some Riggins businesses. Winner wins a big prize basket filled with gift items from the bazaar vendors and Riggins businesses.

Christmas Bazaar at the Riggins Assembly of God Church will be held Friday, Dec. 1, and Saturday, Dec. 2. They feature various items for Christmas giving. Call Kim Hackler at 208-628-3354.

Gene Fuzzell, 92, died in his sleep Friday, Nov. 10, in Lewiston. Gene, brother of the late Franci Crump, was a Riggins City policeman in the early ‘50s before serving as an Idaho County Deputy Sheriff in Riggins and then in Grangeville for more than 20 years. Gene was well-liked by all here in Riggins and visited often after his move to Grangeville.

Margaret Chambliss is retiring Dec. 27, after 10 years as an employee of Pine Tree Community Credit Union. (I had incorrectly reported Dec. 1). “She has been a valued employee at the Riggins Branch. Thank you, Margaret, for your hard work and dedication from all of us at Pine Tree. We will miss you,” from the Pine Tree Community Credit Union staff. Congratulations and best wishes!

Brock and Brandy Hill, daughter of Joel and Margaret Chambliss, had a beautiful baby boy Thursday, Nov. 9, 2017, at 3:27 a.m., in San Jose, Calif. Robert Lane Hill weighed six pounds eight ounces and was 20 inches long. Robert’s 2 year old big sister, Violet, adores him and is such a big help for Mom. Proud grandparents from Riggins are Joel and Margaret; they now have two grandchildren and were so glad they were able to spend some time with them before and after Robert’s birth.

House numbers need to be visible from your street or road; they are important especially for the fire and ambulance crews. It is time again to remind everyone in the Salmon River Canyon to make sure your house numbers are visible from the street. Numbers should be large and painted in a color that is contrasting to the background. If you need the fire crew or the ambulance and they cannot find your number, it could cost valuable time looking for it.

Riggins residents, businesses, and churches, the 5th Annual Riggins “Light Up Riggins! contest is on now.” All you must do to enter is put up outdoor lights and /or decorations. 1st place, business, $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 Girls Ministries will be raffling off a beautiful brand new HP Chromebook/ 14 inch screen! Find Tracie Pottenger or a Girl Ministry girl right away for tickets; $5 each or 5 for $20! Drawing will be Saturday, Dec. 2, at the Riggins Assembly of God’s Bazaar-3 p.m.

SRHS 50th reunion set for summer

RIGGINS — Salmon River High School Class of 1968 will host a 50th class reunion for all graduates as well as those who attended high school with this class. The reunion will be held July 28, 2018 from 10-3 at the Riggins Community Center. Contact Suzanne Hays at 208-628-3781 or Judy Wilson Dillon at 208-839-2474 or e-mail Valerie at or Judy at

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. Call 208-628-3322 or 208-628-3615 for tickets.

Salmon River High School Class of 1968 will host a 50th class reunion for all graduates as well as those who attended high school with this class. The reunion will be held July 28, 2018 from 10-3 at the Riggins Community Center. Contact Suzanne Hays at 208-628-3781 or Judy Wilson Dillon at 208-839-2474 or e-mail Valerie at or Judy at

Boise State’s win last Saturday night kept its perfect 6-0 with 2 more games to play in regular season play. “Leighton VanderEsch is the leader of the defense. While it’s true he had 13 tackles, his team had just allowed 52 points, 570 yards and 33 first downs. 185 lb. Dayln Dawkins had rushed and received his way to 229 yards himself and burned the linebackers all night long. CSU was driving to tie the game in OT. They ran the ball right at an exhausted Boise State defense 3x right down to the six-yard line. VanderEsch assisted on 2 of the tackles and lined up to stop CSU on 3rd and 2. He made his final tackle of the night, his 3rd on 4 plays, and forced a fumble to win it.” Quote taken from a BSU fan.


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