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Riggins News: Community church to welcome new pastor Nov. 1


Jeannie Fitch 628-3845

My quote of the week is “Life is too short to be serious all the time. So, if you can’t laugh at yourself, call me…I’ll laugh at you.” I’m still chuckling about this quote.

A point of clarification: the North Tower only of the Manning Crevice Bridge is being considered to be moved to town by Mayor McClure and the Riggins City Council after a finalized agreement with the contractor is reached. The City Council wants to move the North Tower to the upper parking lot of our Riggins City Park to keep the history of this local landmark alive for our community and visitors to Riggins. So, it is just the North Tower, not the entire bridge as last week’s headline led some to believe.

The Salmon River Community Church welcomes Pastor Mike and Becky Chapman and daughters, Hannah, 18, college, Amelia, 15, sophomore, and Alethea, 13, eighth grade, to Riggins as the new pastor and family beginning Nov. 1. Mike, Becky, and Hannah have visited Riggins twice and are excited about making their home here. Ameila and Alethea are looking forward to attending school at SRHS; Hannah is attending Boise Bible College; Mike and Becky are ready to get involved in our community. Pastor Mike’s first official service will be Sunday, Nov. 5.

Plans under way for November bazaar

RIGGINS — 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 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 insure 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.

Pastor Jim and Judy Thibodeaux, current Pastors of Salmon River Community Church, are retiring from pastoring after 10 years in Riggins as well as many years in churches before Riggins. They plan to make their home in Riggins, but want to spend time with their sons and families as well as do some traveling. We want to thank them for their friendship and years of service at Salmon River Community Church and wish them all the best in their retirement years. Pastor Jim’s last official service will be Sunday, Oct. 29. We will still be seeing them around our community doing “their thing” in their new role.

Salmon River Youth Group will be hosting its first-ever chili cookoff fund-raiser at Salmon River Community Church this Saturday, Sept. 30, at 6 p.m.; all are invited to sign up to enter their best chili recipe for prizes. They are also asking for donations of desserts for the dessert auction. A suggested $5 donation will be taken at the door. After the winners are announced, we will get to eat the chili and desserts.

Bingo which helps fund Senior Citizen Transit Bus is a wonderful way to meet friends and win cash. Join us for fun and support of our senior citizens next 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 come.

The public is invited to the 2017 Regional Art Show and Sale next 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 public is invited to come to the Riggins Community Center for lunch on Tuesdays at noon each week; there is a small lunch fee for great food; all ages are welcome and encouraged to come to help keep the program going here in Riggins.

School News:

RIGGINS — 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 208-630-6025 or email with SRHS graduate’s name (maiden and married), graduation year, and branch of military. Please, help get this information to those who have moved away, so we can honor them, too. SRHS’ goal is to list these individuals on a banner to be displayed at the schools.

Salmon River Savages beat the Lapwai Wildcats with a final score of 30-16 in last Friday’s game. They will play the Cascade Rambles in Cascade this Friday, Sept. 29, at 3 p.m. The next home game is Friday, Oct. 6, with Garden Valley at 7 p.m.; the last home game which is Senior Night will be Friday, Oct. 13, with Tri-Valley at 7 p.m.; their final game will be with Council Oct. 20, there at 7 p.m.

Salmon River Lady Savages had a great winning streak last week…they beat Garden Valley Tuesday night at Garden Valley; beat Council at home Thursday night and beat New Meadows and Tri-Valley Saturday in New Meadows. The JV Ladies won their games as well. Their next game will be tomorrow night, Sept. 28, at home at 6 p.m., with Summit; Cascade there Saturday, Sept. 29 at 6 p.m.; Council Tuesday Oct. 3 at Council at 6 p.m.

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

Fit and Fall Proof classes are held Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10-11 a.m., at the Salmon River Community Church for seniors as well as others. The class helps with strengthening and balance and is led by local people who have taken the training classes.

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 pre-school through high school seniors.

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 prices.

Leighton Vander Esch, SRHS graduate of 2014 now playing football for BSU, continues to make headlines on ESPN who comments on our little town of Riggins, 8-man football, his walk-on to BSU football, and even the No. 38 Leighton Fan Bus painted in orange and blue with No. 38 Leighton painted on the sides of the bus and Vander Esch on the back; Leighton’s parents purchased the bus from AmTrak. ESPN reports that 5 percent of Riggins rides the bus to the games…that’s true…25 or so family and friends usually ride the Leighton Bus. Even with BSU’s loss to University of Virginia, Leighton made national sports highlights.


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