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Riggins News: Donkey basketball to trot in Thursday night




Jeannie Fitch 628-3845

— My quote for the week is “Being told you are appreciated is one of the most uplifting things you can hear.”

Riggins 4-H’ers are having a unique fund-raiser…Donkey Basketball will be in Riggins at the Salmon River High School gym Thursday, April 19, 7 p.m. To ride a donkey, it will cost $15 for two 10-minute games; sign up with Sarah Walters. Advance tickets are $9-adult, $7 student 7th-12th, and $6 children K-6 and can be purchased from Riggins Canyon 4-H members, Tracie Pottenger at Pine Tree, or message Sarah Walters. Gate tickets be $1 more each. Family fun, thrills and spills, and lots of laughs await you at this unique type of basketball.

The 34th Annual Jet Boat Race is this weekend Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, April 20, 21 and 22, on our Salmon River. The show and shine boat show and barbecue Friday, April 20, at 6 p.m., MST at the Salmon River Lodge will start the weekend off right…dancing uptown Riggins will follow. Races will start at 10 a.m., Saturday, April 21, with fireworks in the Riggins City Park at dusk followed by dancing in uptown Riggins. Races will continue Sunday the 22nd at 10 a.m. with the awards ceremony to follow one hour after the race is over at Summervilles. See you all on the river!

Car needs a wash? Dog needs a bath? 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, for the BPA, Bussiness Professionals of America.

Dance lessons will begin tonight, Wednesday, April 18, and meet every Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. at the Riggins Community Center. Lessons will start with country swing; instructor knows 10 different dances that will be introduced week by week. A small donation to cover rent costs will be taken each week.

Dance lessons begin tonight

RIGGINS — Dance lessons will begin tonight, Wednesday, April 18, and meet every Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. at the Riggins Community Center. Lessons will start with country swing; instructor knows 10 different dances that will be introduced week by week.

A small donation to cover rent costs will be taken each week.

Congratulations to Salmon River High School Prom King Devan Branstetter and Queen Miranda Hofflander with Prince Malchai Bell and Princess Jordyn Pottenger at the 2018 prom held with New Meadows High School at Meadow Creek.

Alex Diaz, of Riggins, Idaho, and Tony Smith of Priest River each claimed state titles and will be representing LCSC at Skills USA National Leadership and Skills Competition will be during June 25-29. These two Lewis-Clark State College students in the Technical & Industrial Division recently won Idaho State SkillsUSA competitions and will compete at their respective national competitions in June in Louisville, Ky. Only the state winners in each event qualify for nationals. Alex won the skills competition in heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) April 5, at LCSC. He is in his second year of LCSC’s HVACR (heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration) Technology program at LCSC. He will be accompanied at nationals by his LCSC advisor and HVACR assistant professor, J.R. Kok. Congratulations to our hometown Alex!

John Purvis, father of Susan Shepherd, died Wednesday April 11, 2018, at age 87. He was a great father, and even greater grandfather. He loved his wife and family dearly. A celebration of life will be held the first part of May at Summervilles; plans are still being finalized and will be printed here next week. John enjoyed living in Riggins and loved telling jokes to his family and friends. A complete obituary will be in next week’s Free Press.

The Ribbon Cutting Celebration opening the new entrance through the North Tower of the Manning Crevice Bridge to Riggins City Park was great. Kudos to all the volunteers who made this move possible, they were awarded gold medals made from washers from the Manning Crevice Bridge. This historical piece of the Salmon River Canyon is now in a place for many to see and learn a bit more about our area.

Everyone is invited to have lunch at the 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 for the senior citizen bus.

Women’s Empowerment Group with Kristy Beckstead as the leader will meet every other Wednesday at the Salmon River Community Church, 1102 South Main from noon-1 p.m., which began Wednesday, April 11 -Art of Self Discovery; the next will be April 25-Design Your Life, May 9-Attitude Is Everything, 23-Navigate Your Power, June 6-Create and Man Your Life, and 2-Empower Yourself for Transformation. For more info call 208-717-7710.

The Salmon River Gun Club is sponsoring a yard sale Saturday, April 21, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., at the Salmon River Heritage Center parking lot to raise funds for its building project at the shooting range. If you have items to donate, please drop them off at the Heritage Center that morning. For more details call Dale Van Tassle.

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

Our local Salmon River Fiddlers will have their monthly fiddling concert this coming Tuesday, April 24, at 7 p.m., in the Fellowship Room at the Salmon River Community Church.

Color the Canyon 5K Run 2018 sponsored by the Riggins PTO will be held Saturday, April 28, at 10 a.m. 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 Contact Hannah McClure at 208-469-6499.

“Riggins Rodeo…70 Years of Thrills, Frills, and Spills…and they Keep Coming Back!” is the theme for the 2018 Riggins Rodeo which will be held Saturday and Sunday afternoons May 5th and 6th with the Parade to be held Sunday morning following the annual Cowboy Breakfast. More details in the coming weeks.

The 2018 Hikin’ for Healthy Hooters Cure for Cancer will be held Saturday, May 19, on the Old Pollock Road. Registration forms and quilt raffle tickets are available to the public at several businesses around town. The Pinehurst Quilters have made and donated another beautiful quilt currently on display at Pine Tree Credit Union.

Leighton Vander Esch actually took a brief vacation for some fun in the sun in the midst of all his NFL work. He will visit one more NFL team this month before he flies to Dallas with his whole family and high school basketball and football coach and wife, Charlie and Susan Shepherd, for the first round of the NFL Draft, Thursday, April 26.


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