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Riggins News: City hopes to take possession of Manning bridge

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Salmon River Savages girls volleyball team won the tournament in Grangeville Sept. 16.

Contributed photo Salmon River Savages girls volleyball team won the tournament in Grangeville Sept. 16.


Jeannie Fitch 628-3845

— My quote of the week is “Surround yourself with the dreamers and the doers, the believers and the thinkers, but most of all, surround yourself with those who see greatness within you, even when you don’t see it yourself.”

Mayor McClure and the Riggins City Council with Gary Miller heading up the project are finalizing an agreement with the contractor to take possession of the north tower of the Manning Crevice Bridge and move it to the upper parking lot at our Riggins City Park. The City Council hopes to help keep the history of this local landmark alive for our community and the many visitors to Riggins.

Salmon River High School Homecoming 2017 football game was played last Friday with a big win over Notus Pirates 46-0. The evening began with a food tailgate party on the football sidelines. Homecoming royalty was crowned at halftime with the 2017 queen and king Miranda Hofflander and Joe Fredrickson, seniors reigning over their royal court, Chevelle Shepherd and Reece Jones-juniors, Tehya Gubitosi and Malachi Bell, sophomores, and Lotus Harper and Isaac Hofflander, freshmen. SRHS would like to thank the homecoming royalty sponsors, Salmon River Electric, Salmon River Realty, Mountain River Outfitters, Seven Devils Steakhouse and Saloon, and Summervilles Bar and Grill. The SRHS Savage football team will travel to Lapwai this Friday; games starts at 6PST/ 7 MST.

SRHS Lady Savages traveled to Grangeville Saturday and won the single elimination volleyball tournament beating Moscow Logos, Clearwater Valley, and Grangeville…then went on to beat Grangeville again as well as Prairie to win the tournament. Congrats, ladies. The Lady Savages beat Garden Valley Wolverines last Thursday; Junior High Lady Savages lost their matches to the Wolverines. Lady Savages were to play Council Lumberjacks at home Tuesday.

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

SRHS would like to recognize the Salmon River alumni who have served or are serving in our U.S. military. Contact Mr. Doramus at the school at 208-630-6025 or e-mail with SRHS graduate’s name (maiden and married), graduation year, and branch of military. There are those who have moved away, so pass the info on to those you may know. SRHS’ goal is to list these individuals on a banner to be displayed at the schools.

Salmon River Youth Group will be hosting its first-ever chili cookoff fund-raiser at Salmon River Community Church Saturday, Sept. 30, at 6 p.m.; sign up to enter your best chili recipe for prizes. They are asking for donation desserts for the dessert auction. A suggested $5 donation will be taken at the door.

Bingo, which helps fund Senior Citizen Transit Bus is a wonderful way to meet friends and win cash. Steve Schwich won the progressive Bingo of $142 last week; he donated $20 back as a nest egg for next month, Wednesday, Oct. 4, at 6:30 p.m., at the Riggins Community Center located just behind the Chevron Station. Everyone 18 and older is encouraged to join in for 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 meet every Wednesday from 6-7:30 p.m. Their program has age groups for everyone from preschool through high school seniors.

Vender Esch makes hometown proud

Leighton Vander Esch, SRHS football graduate of 2014, now playing for BSU, was selected as First Team National Outside Linebacker of the week; top performers at every position were selected for first and second teams. Leighton had a game high of 16 tackles, including a pair of monster sacks and brought down a 20-yard loss and a 10-yard strip during the WSU/BSU game Saturday September 9; BSU lost by three points in the third overtime. Leighton played another terrific game Thursday September 14th with a BSU win over New Mexico 28-14. Leighton had 13 tackles, caused one fumble, made one interception which caused a turnover. Leighton was awarded the BSU Belt, which is a defensive award incentive given to the player who causes a turnover; it was great hearing ESPN talk about “Salmon River High eight-man football, small town Riggins, and Leighton’s ‘walk-on’ to the BSU Team.” Congrats, Leighton! Keep up the great work effort.

The Salmon River Art Guild and Central Idaho Art Association will have an Art Walk and Sale in conjunction with the bi-annual Quilt Walk put on by Home Grown Quilts during the Grangeville Octoberfest Saturday, Sept. 30, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., PST at The Gallery,107 W North Street and Holes Mini Mall, 213 West Main Street. Join them for the walk and watch demonstrations at The Gallery as well.

The 2017 Regional Art Show is to be held in Riggins Oct. 7 and 8, at the Riggins Community Center. The Salmon River Art Guild extends an open invitation to all regional artists, 18 and older, of fine art media to enter Friday, Oct. 6. Prize money of up to $1,175 will be awarded in the following categories: oil/acrylic, watercolor/water media, other (pastels, drawing, mixed media, etc.), sculpture, photography. Sharon Herther of Donnelly, is the event judge for the show. Special rates are being offered to attendees from the Salmon Rapids Lodge. Call toll free 877-957-2743 for reservations, and ask for the “Salmon River Art Guild” group rate. For information on rules and regulations, interested artists may contact SRAG at: SRAG, P.O. Box 32,White Bird, ID 83554. Phone: Kathryn at 208-839-2808, or Joyce at 208-628-3765, e-mail:

The public is invited to the 2017 Regional Art Show and Sale Saturday, Oct. 7, from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. (MDT) and Sunday, Oct. 8, from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. (MDT) at the Riggins Community Center, 121 S. Lodge Street, just behind Chevron Station. The Salmon River Art Guild is celebrating the talent of art created along the Salmon River. Admission is free.

The annual Riggins Christmas Bazaar will be held Saturday, Nov. 25, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., at the community center located behind the Chevron Station. Contact Joni Shepherd at 208-628-4048 or 208-859-4725 for information and to reserve your bazaar space for $25…bring your own table. Applications and space fee must be paid by Nov. 1 to ensure your space. 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.

Pottenger’s Wild Game Processing located just south of the Rapid River Bridge will be open Monday-Sunday 8 a.m.-9 p.m., beginning Oct. 1. Call 208-509-0947 for information as well as prices.


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