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Riggins News: Fun run winners are McClanahan, Schreiner


Jeannie Fitch 628-3845

— My quote of the week is “Happy Birthday to The American Flag; Sept. 3, 1777, was the first day the American Flag was flown.” May our Flag ever fly for our freedom and for the honor of those in the service who fought or are fighting for our continued freedom.

Bingo is tonight Wednesday, Sept. 13, at 6:30 p.m., at the Riggins Community Center located just behind the Chevron Station. Everyone 18 and older is invited and encouraged to join us. Cash prizes and lots of fun await you…proceeds help fund our Senior Citizen Transportation Service. Come on out and have fun while helping our wonderful “older” citizens who have given to us for many years.

Riggins Assembly of God Royal Rangers and Girls Ministries groups will begin this evening, Wednesday, Sept. 13, at 6 p.m. and will meet every Wednesday from 6-7:30 p.m. Their program has age groups for everyone from preschool through high school seniors.

The 2017 Riggins Salmon Run sponsored by the Salmon River Chamber of Commerce winners were: 5K Ty McClanahan and Jennifer Schreiner each receiving $20 gift certificates from River Rock Cafe, 10K Rian Hefty and Jeff Long each receiving a special Riggins Salmon Run Cap from Gradient Shift as well as a personal size cooler, and 1/2 marathon Maureen Guido and Jonathon Kitelbagl each receiving an equipment bag. Prizes were awarded to the first male and first female to finish in each division. Each runner was given a 2017 medal as he/she crossed the finished line. Kiddos Run at the Park had 11 participants each receiving a finishing medal and a fudge bar. Hats off, or should I say race shoes off, to Mariah Crump and her Riggins Salmon Run Committee, all the sponsors, and all the volunteers who helped make this 2017 Run a super success.

Back-To-School Night at Riggins Elementary School and Open House at ASK, Inc, Riggins After School Kids program was great and well-attended. To date there are 49 students K-5 with a promise of a few more arriving soon. Preschool has 13 students with four more to register this week. Jr High and SRHS 6-12 has 68 students. Small classes, but great students and teachers and a great environment for learning. ASK, After School Kids, Inc, has 121 students, enrolled including home-schooled students with an average of 20 -30 daily at the elementary site and 30 to 35 at the high school site.

School pictures 2017 for preschool and retakes for K-12 will be taken by Joy Swift of Joyful Rain Photography Thursday, Sept. 28.

SRHS Homecoming 2017 is this Friday, Sept. 15 with Notus Pirates. Lot of activities are ongoing this week at SRHS. They will be dressing up for different contests each day, looking for the Spirit Stick, and just having a traditional fun homecoming week. Plan now to cheer on the Savages; game time is 7 p.m.

SRHS Lady Savage volleyball team won all three matches with Summit here in Riggins on Saturday. Way to go. Keep up the great work!

Salmon River High School Savages football with Cottonwood Pirates to be played in Cottonwood last Friday was cancelled due to smoke and was rescheduled.

Plan to attend “Growing up & Reminiscing in Hells Canyon,” tomorrow, Sept. 16, at the Lewiston City Library 2nd floor, 411 D Street, sponsored by Friends of the Library. This will feature books written about living in Hells Canyon and Riggins. “My Heaven in Hells Canyon” written by Violet Wilson Shirley will be featured as well as “Hells Canyon Romance” written by Murrielle Wilson. Family members Kay Coffman, Bill Wilson, and Claudia Wilson will read excerpts and share family stories at 2 p.m., followed by a book signing. The public is invited to attend this free program. I have read both books. Each is filled with fascinating history of Riggins and Hells Canyon. Murrielle and Jim Wilson are the parents of Rocke Wilson of Riggins; Shirley is his aunt.

Virginia Woods Meyer, author of Tough Enough: 25 Years in Hells Canyon, will be the featured speaker at the Grangeville Museum, 305 North College Street, set for noon -1 p.m. PDST. This is a free program open to the public. Her book features the Wilson family and their life in Hells Canyon. I have read her book; it is also filled with very interesting historical tidbits of Hells Canyon and the Grangeville area. Virginia is a sister to Buck’s mother, Marge Fitch.

Artists from the Salmon River Art Guild and Central Idaho Art will sponsor an Art Walk on Grangeville Main Street finishing at The Gallery in Grangeville, 107 W North Street Saturday, Sept. 30, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. PDST. There will be demos, good food and fun as well as The Quilt Walk which is put on by Home Grown Quilts. Quilts will be hanging from storefronts along Main Street and North Street. Join the fun and marvel at the talented quilters.

The 2017 Regional Art Show will be held in Riggins, Friday, Oct. 6 at the Riggins Community Center. The Salmon River Art Guild extends an open invitation to all regional artists, 18 and over, of fine art media to enter. For information, on rules and regulations, interested artists may contact SRAG at: SRAG, PO Box 32,White Bird, ID 83554 Phone: Nancy at 208- 839-2493, Kathryn at 208-839-2808, or Joyce at 208-628-3765; e-mail:

Just an historical tidbit: I have been the Riggins correspondent for Riggins News in Idaho County Free Press for 32 years as of Spring 2017! I also wrote a Riggins Column for the Cascade paper from 1984-1994 which was a bit smaller. When I started writing the Riggins Column, Lucille Tumelson was writing for the Pollock area, Adaline Cooper was writing for the Lucile area, and Frances Zaunmiller was writing a great column up the Big Salmon River at Campbells Ferry about her garden, the wild animals, and historical tidbits. As Lucille and Adaline quit writing, I picked up the news from Pollock to Riggins to Lucile and tried to serve the whole Salmon River Canyon with news when it was reported to me. Murielle Wilson had been the correspondent for many years; she helped me learn to write a colorful paragraph with less words to have interesting news. I can only print what is reported to me, so keep your news tidbits coming!


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