As of Wednesday, November 29, 2017
Should Riggins keep “looking up” or assume a “Woe is us” attitude with Umpqua Bank closing the Riggins bank next March? On the upside, we have a new supermarket in construction, promising to be better than any store Riggins has ever had. Also, the Manning Bridge projects just got $900,000 added to it; more for approach work for bigger logging trucks.
On the downside comes the Umpqua Bank wet blanket above; to me, a glaring display of non-comprehension of small-town banking, where a resident manager is an integral part of the community, as is the bank itself. Umpqua has not had that for many months. When financial help or confidential advice is needed, the local bank manger is often the person to talk to. I filled that position in the Riggins bank for five years. My team put the bank on a firm and profitable footing; always there when needed. We cared. If Umpqua closes, I see it as a betrayal to our community. They have driven business away, and now closing, putting our accounts in McCall, serviced by a mobile bank. Talk about a lead balloon!
I can only hope that some other bank will open a branch here with a manager in residence. If Umpqua stays here, I will stay with them, but no way is my account going to McCall.
C.M. “Chuck” Vogelsong