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Riggins News: Riggins, WB rodeo queen tryouts set for April 7, 14




Jeannie Fitch 628-3845

— My quote for the week is “April showers bring May flowers.” We already have lots of beautiful flowers in yellow, pink, and purple; blooming trees of bright pink, dazzling yellow, and fluffy white with pink centers; and green, green grass begging to be mowed already!

Bingo is tonight, Wednesday, April 4, at 6:30 p.m., at the Riggins Community Center. Come on out and join in on the fun. Everyone 18 and older is invited to play and win cash for prizes!

Riggins Rodeo Queen tryouts will be this Saturday, April 7, at 10 a.m. MDST at the Riggins Rodeo grounds. Contact Lynda Mann, 208-241-8822; if she is not available, leave a message and she will get back with you.

White Bird Rodeo Queen tryouts will now be held next Saturday, April 14, at 1 p.m. PST at the White Bird Rodeo Arena. The original date had to be cancelled due to a wet, wet rodeo arena. Contact Kami Fogleman, 208-9831726 or 208-983-8779.

Fund-raiser for Sierra Bovey set for April 14

RIGGINS — Sierra Bovey, daughter of Bruce and Sarah Bovey, earned a superior rating at the Southern Idaho Assembly of God Network competition on the state level of Fine Arts Festival for her sign language presentation for worship and is now invited to attend the Assembly of God National Fine Arts Festival Competition in American Sign Language in Houston, Texas July 30-Aug. 3. This program is intended to promote ministry through the arts for teens to college ages. Sierra is in the midst of fund-raising projects to fund her way to the nationals by crocheting bookmarks, making a “Savage”quilt and a “Riggins” quilt for raffle, as well as other things; she is also willing to do odd jobs. Cash donations for Sierra are also accepted. The Salmon River Community Church will hold a “Support Sierra Spaghetti Feed with a Dessert Auction” Saturday, April 14, at 6 p.m. Everyone is invited to attend. Anyone wanting to donate supplies for the dinner may contact Cheryl Shoemaker. Donations for the dinner will be taken at the door.

Beth Bayliss will present a workshop on “How we do Business as a Church” this Saturday April 7, 9-11:30 a.m. This free workshop is open to anyone who would like to attend. It can help you at home as well as in your business.

2018 Jet Boat Races will be held on our Salmon River Saturday, April 21 and Sunday, April 22 with a barbecue on Friday, April 20 to start the weekend off right. Plan now to attend; have some river fun in the sun and cheer on your favorite jet boat. More details next week.

Miranda Hofflander and Payton Branstetter will be directing a car and/or dog wash fund-raiser at Riggins Elementary School over Jet Boat weekend to help offset costs of their trip to Austin, Texas, to the National Business Professional Association Event in which Miranda qualified for placing fourth in her state presentation and Payton will be taking all the BPA open tests. Congratulations and best wishes in Texas, ya’ll.

The 2018 Easter egg hunt was sponsored by the Riggins PTO with help from Riggins Elementary staff and parents, ASK, Inc, staff and parents, and the 4-H’ers. We would like to thank the Salmon River Chamber of Commerce, ASK, Pine Tree Credit Union, Riggins Whitewater Market, Idaho’s Big River Outfitters, and Gem Stop for donation cash to provide candy and prizes. Also a big thank you to everyone who put money in the Easter cans which also helped purchase prizes for the kiddos in four divisions, babies-2 years, 3-5years, 1st-2nd grades, and 3rd, 4th, 5th graders. Kudos to everyone who helped in the many ways needed to make this a great success.

Winners in the Riggins Easter egg hunt: Gold eggs in each division which were exchanged for filled Easter Baskets were Paislie Weiber, James Rupp, Granite Patton, and Boden Akins; for Silver eggs in each exchanged for stuffed bunnies were Sohia Hinton, Ivy Harper, Clementine Anderson, and Tucker Nelson; for $5 eggs were Paislie Wieber, James Rupp, Uosehfa Case, and Hope Toppe; for Bunny Suckers were Evelyn Galli, Kailey Rupp, Nika Kern, and Tristian Kern; for Chocolate Egg were Sueanna Benton, Ace Hernandez, Chet Hunt, and Audrey Tucker; for Crispy money, Ace Hernandez…the others did not return their eggs.

Color the Canyon 5K Run 2018 sponsored by the Riggins PTO will be held Saturday, April 28, for its fourth annual Color Run. Contact Hannah McClure at 208-469-6499.


Facebook photo Riggins Elementary School students are seen here with recent science fair ribbons. See more photos on the Salmon River Joint School District 243 Facebook page.

Riggins is gearing up for the 2018 Hikin’ for a Cure Healthy Hooters for Saturday, May 19, on the Old Pollock Road. Co-chairmen are Nightfeather Bogan and Lou Buchanan with many other volunteers throughout the Canyon stepping out to help as usual. The Pinehurst Quilters have made and donated another beautiful quilt that is currently on display at Pine Tree Credit Union to be raffled off the day of the “hikin.” They are beginning to collect items for the silent raffle; anyone wanting to donate to that may contact Nightfeather, Lou, or me, Jeannie, if you’d like. Registration forms and quilt raffle tickets are now available to the public at several businesses around town. The T-shirts will be teal this year: you will want to get a registration form now to ensure you your size shirt.

“Just for the Hill of It” Bike Challenge will be held Saturday, June 2, beginning at 9 a.m. PDT. This 13-mile bike challenge runs from Hammer Creek to the top of the Old White Bird Hill and is sponsored by Syringa Hospital and Clinics as a benefit for Hospice. Visit

The Pinehurst Quilters have made and donated another beautiful quilt to benefit our Salmon River Dive Team. Tickets are $5 each with the drawing to take place July 1st. The king-size quilt is on display at Riggins City Hall where you can also purchase your tickets.

Attention participants in the 2018 Women With Bait: River Adventures wants to send a huge thanks to all who participated in the our annual Women With Bait fishing tournament. They are offering a “Buy one, Get one Free” ticket for their Hells Canyon Tour Boat that is a family-friendly trip. This offer is good to the ladies through Summer 2018. Call 1-800-524-9710 for more information and booking schedule.

Jim McGavin has a 14’x28’ shed made from 2x4s laid flat for the walls; could be moveable or you may take it apart for your needs. It is located at 803 McArthur Street in North Riggins. Call Jim, 208-871-1734. Make him an offer he cannot refuse.

Leighton Vander Esch is a busy, busy, young man. He showed Riggins off to Sports Illustrated and to The Ringer last week in addition to signing autographs and footballs for some of our local fans…then he signed autographs at the Blue and Orange Store in Boise over the weekend. He has more exciting days as the Path to the Draft continues, including a workout with the Boise State Broncos at Pro Day, then a few trips to work out with several NFL teams. Each time I get on Facebook, I find another activity involving Leighton…and he takes it all in stride! I was fortunate enough to capture a visit with him and even had my picture taken with him Thursday as he was awaiting the arrival of “The Ringer” and interview crew.


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