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Riggins News: Hausladen to serve as Riggins Rodeo Queen




Jeannie Fitch 628-3845

— My quote for the week is “What if…everything you are going through right now is preparing you for a dream bigger than you can imagine.”

“Come one, come all”… to the Riggins City Park this Friday morning, April 13, 10 a.m. for the ribbon cutting of the North Tower of the Manning Crevice Bridge that is now the entrance to the north stairs going down to the park. Kudos to all who had a part in getting this historical piece of the Salmon River Canyon to a place for many to see and learn a bit more about our area.

Jillian Lee Hausladen of Grangeville, daughter of Renita Lee, has been crowned 2018 Riggins Rodeo Queen to be held May 5 and 6. Jillian was Riggins Rodeo Princess last year, so knows how to be a queen and promote Riggins Rodeo in parades and rodeos all summer long. Congratulations and best wishes.

CEDA is honoring Bob Crump, former Riggins mayor, and Glenna McClure, current Riggins mayor, for their leadership in Riggins along with 65 other Idaho city and county leaders from 28 Idaho communities. CEDA is celebrating the 50th anniversary of people, places, and prosperity with a dinner, program, and dancing Friday, April 13, in Lewiston. Congratulations to both of you and thank you so much for all you have done for the City of Riggins…and thanks to all the other leaders as well. This event is sponsored by Zion Bank, Avista, US Bank, Mountain Waterworks, and J-U-B.

Congratulations to three Salmon River High School students, Tazyrae Dischinger, Taylor Ledgerwood, and Trysta Ledgerwood, for being selected and published in the 2018 “Stories of Transformation Poetry Collection.” 2000 poems were submitted from across the State of Idaho with only 200 poems being selected for publication. “Stories of Transformation Poetry Collection” will be available for checkout at the Salmon River High School Library in mid-May.

Our dear, dear friend, Anita Robinson Smith, mother of Freda Stowers and Ernie Robinson, died Tuesday, morning, April 3. A wonderful Celebration of Life was held at the Grangeville Christian Church Saturday, April 7, 2018. Pastors Harold Gott of Grangeville and Mike Chapman of Riggins officiated the service to a full house. Suzie O’Leary sang “High Range” which she wrote specifically for and about Anita and Hoot Smith several years ago and “Amazing Grace.” Anita’s great granddaughter Karly shared some loving words about and from her dear, great-grandmother. Anita was easy to love and had friends everywhere as well as a big loving family who revered and loved her. Read her complete obituary.

The 34th Annual Jet Boat Races will be held on our Salmon River next Saturday, April 21, and Sunday, April 22. To start the weekend off right, plan to go to the Show and Shine Boat Show and Barbecue, Friday, April 20, at 6 p.m. MST at the Salmon River Lodge. Races will start at 10 a.m. Saturday, April 21, with fireworks in the Riggins City Park at dusk followed by dancing in downtown Riggins. Races will continue Sunday, April 22, at 10 a.m. with the awards ceremony to follow one hour after the race is over at Summervilles.


Facebook image Salmon River High School prom-goers line up for photos before the Saturday, April 7 event.

Miranda Hofflander and Payton Branstetter will be directing a car and/or dog wash fund-raiser at Riggins Elementary School during jet boat weekend to help offset costs of their trip to Austin, Texas. Congratulations and best wishes in Texas, y’all.

Everyone is invited and encouraged to attend the delicious community lunch, formerly called senior citizen lunch, at the Riggins Community Center every Tuesday at noon. Lunch is $5 for those age 60 and older; $6 for those younger than 60 years of age. All proceeds help provide transportation on the senior citizen bus for doctor visits, shopping, and other appointments.

Kindergarten screening and preschool registration for both kindergarten and preschool will be held Friday, April 27, 1-4 p.m., at Riggins Elementary School. Parents, call 208-630-6055 for an appointment.

White Bird Rodeo Queen tryouts will be held this Saturday, April 14, 1 p.m., PST, at the White Bird Rodeo Arena. The rodeo queen committee is looking for young ladies 14-18 years old. Contact Kami Fogleman, 208-983-1726 or 208-983-8779.

The Riggins EMS volunteers wish to thank the Pinehurst Quilters for their generous $250 donation. Our Pinehurst Quilters are busy ladies with big hearts; they make and donate many quilts throughout the year to benefit different organizations as well as honoring our military men and women with Quilts of Valor. The ladies hold an annual quilt and craft auction and donate funds to different organizations in our community. Big thanks to all the quilt ladies. The Pinehurst quilt ladies have also made and donated a kingsize quilt to the Salmon River Dive Team which is on display at Riggins City Hall; the drawing will take place July 1st.

The Salmon River Community Church will hold a “Support Sierra Spaghetti Feed with a Dessert Auction” this Saturday, April 14, 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. 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 acceptable.

Our local Salmon River Fiddlers will have their monthly fiddling concert Tuesday, April 24, 7 p.m., in the Fellowship Room at the Salmon River Community Church. Everyone is invited to attend and enjoy their toe-tapping tunes.

Students have poetry published

RIGGINS — Congratulations to three Salmon River High School students, Tazyrae Dischinger, Taylor Ledgerwood, and Trysta Ledgerwood, for being selected and published in the 2018 “Stories of Transformation Poetry Collection.” 2000 poems were submitted from across the State of Idaho with only 200 poems being selected for publication. “Stories of Transformation Poetry Collection” will be available for checkout at the Salmon River High School Library in mid-May.

Color the Canyon 5K Run 2018 sponsored by the Riggins PTO will be held Saturday, April 28, for its fourth annual Color Run with your favorite emcee, me! Sign-ups are still being accepted, but not assured of T-shirt and color dust; register on line at or Pick up numbers and color dust at Riggins Elementary School between 8:30-9:45 a.m., which will begin at 10 a.m. with great signs to lead your footsteps 5K and back to Riggins Elementary School. Plan now to be a part of this fund-raiser for our Riggins schools. Contact Hannah McClure at 208-469-6499.

The 2018 Hikin’ for Healthy Hooters Cure for Cancer will be held 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. Registratrion forms and quilt raffle tickets are now available to the public at several businesses around town. The Pinehurst Quilters have made and donated another beautiful quilt that is currently on display at Pine Tree Credit Union to be raffled off at 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.

Leighton Vander Esch as well as his family has been invited as one of 22 players to attend the NFL Draft 1st Round in Texas, April 26. The Bronco Country News said, “ The NFL will host a star-studded group of quarterbacks, a linebacker on the verge of making history, and the concensus top running back available this year at the 2018 NFL Draft in Dallas. Vander Esch, a relative unknown before a dominating performance in the Bowl Game against Oregon in December, has seen his stock go through a meteoric rise in the past four months, culminating in this honor. VanderEsch is a universal 1st Round selection at this point, with only three weeks left.” Leighton has more exciting days and lots of work as the Path to the Draft continues including many workouts with several NFL teams all this month of April looking forward to Thursday, April 26, first day of Draft Pick. Big times ahead for our Riggins boy…and all of us who are so excited about his journey as well.


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