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Jeannie Fitch 628-3845

— My quote for the week is “When you see something beautiful in someone, tell them. It may take seconds to say, but for that person, it could last a lifetime.”

Bingo night and chili feed combo is tonight, Wednesday, Feb. 7, at the Riggins Community Center. The chili feed begins at 5 p.m., for everyone; Bingo at 6:30 for those 18 and older.The package deal is $10 per person which includes chili and two Bingo cards … or for those who would just like to have chili it is $5…for those who choose to just play Bingo it is $5. You win money prizes at Riggins Bingo! Get over and support our Senior Citizen Program and have a fun evening.

Valentine’s Day is just a week away. Salmon River High School BPA, Business Professionals of America, members Lotus Harper, Jordyn Pottenger, Emily Diaz, Payton Branstetter, and Miranda Hofflander will be going to state competition March 8-10. These young ladies are selling valentine cookies big and small with three or four words on each and mini huckleberry, cherry, and plain cheesecakes which will be delivered in Riggins and Grangeville on Tuesday, Feb. 13, and to the school on Wednesday, Feb. 14. Contact one of these BPA young ladies to order your Valentine’s Day sweets and help them fund their way to state.

Valentine’s Day is next Wednesday, Feb. 14. Idaho Banana Co. has flowers, plants, gifts, cards, candy, wine, beer, and all your needs for a Happy Valentine’s Day. Keeping it local for your Valentine, Idaho Banana Co. will deliver and make your Valentine’s Day happen. Call 208-628-3615 to place your order or stop by the store and see everything they have.

Valentine’s Banquet at the Salmon River Community Church will be held this Saturday, Feb. 10, at 6 p.m., with the whole community invited to attend. What a sweet time to take your sweetheart out to dinner. Make reservations with Cheryl Shoemaker today.

Fireman’s Ball and Auction 2018 will be held this Saturday, Feb. 10, 5 -11:45 p.m., PST, in in White Bird at Hoot’s Cafe. Take your sweetheart to dinner and dancing and have a ball! Everyone is invited.

The Riggins Fiddlers are having a fiddling Valentine’s Day Program Tuesday, Feb. 13, 7 p.m., at the Salmon River Community Church Fellowship Room. Everyone is invited to attend. Happy Valentine’s Day and thank you, fiddlers, for your sweet music.

EMTs are needed in our Salmon River Canyon. It is a big commitment, but an important one. If there are not enough local EMTs we could lose our ambulance, meaning we would then have to rely on New Meadows or Grangeville or McCall which would each take longer than EMTs in our community. Janeen Eggebrecht has dedicated many years to Salmon River and has seen EMTs come and go. The time is now for others to step forward to help with this valuable service. Talk to Janeen or go to the Riggins City Hall for more information. Thank you in advance.

Salmon River High School Varsity Girls District Tourney is today, Wednesday, Feb. 7; State Play-in game is Feb. 10; State Tournament is Friday and Saturday Feb. 16 and 17. Go Lady Savages.

Salmon River High School Boys’ District Tourney for JV is Friday and Saturday, Feb. 9 and 10. Boys District Tourney is Feb. 14, 19, 21, and 24. State Play-in game is Saturday, Feb. 24. State Tournament is Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Feb. 1, 2 and 3, in the Boise Valley. Go Savages.

Long Pin Conference Elementary Basketball will have its last game Feb. 10 at Salmon River vs. McCall. Game times are 3rd and/or 4th Girls 10 a.m., 3rd and/or 4th Boys 11 a.m., 5th and/or 6th Girls noon, 5th and/or 6th Boys 1 p.m. Get on up to the SRHS Gym to encourage and support these young players.

Our Salmon River Canyon lost a daughter, wife, mother, friend, and neighbor, Iva Henderson, Friday Jan. 12, 2018. Iva and her mother and father moved several times ending up in Lucile , Idaho, where she met the love of her life, Rich Henderson while still in high school; they married in 1972; they had four children whom she loved dearly. Iva loved to sew, cook, do needlework. She touched lots of people’s lives. A celebration of life was held at the Riggins Community Center Jan. 27, 2018. Iva’s full obituary was printed in the Jan. 24 edition of the Idaho County Free Press.

Manning Crevice Bridge Tower Project is under way at the Riggins City Park. The North Tower will be placed over the stairway to the Riggins City Park. The Riggins City Council would like to thank Dale Swink with DES Engineers, PC of Meridian, Idaho for engineering the foundation plans at no charge to the CIty. ITD required an engineer’s stamp on the plans; Dale’s generosity made the project possible. The history of the Manning Crevice Bridge will be kept alive with the Tower and accompanying plaque telling about the bridge standing tall at the entrance to the Riggins City Park. The project should be completed in February or March.

And speaking of the Manning Crevice Bridge, the new bridge is now open to travel. A grand opening may be held later. Take a drive up the Big Salmon River and be one of the first to drive across the new bridge and admire its handiwork.

The Pinehurst Quilters are once again offering a scholarship of $250 to one graduate from Salmon River High School who is currently attending college or a trade school. Applicants need to send a letter of introduction explaining where they are attending, what their major is, and how this scholarship will help them achieve their goal as well as sending a letter of recommendation from a teacher/advisor from the school they are currently attending and a copy of their transcription to Pinehurst Quilters, Scholarship Committee, PO Box 1184, Riggins, ID 83549 no later than April 15, 2018. Applicants need to show proof of their upcoming enrollment for the next term be it summer or fall semester 2018.

In December, former Boise State linebacker Leighton Vander Esch announced his decision to forego his senior year of eligibility and declare for the NFL Draft. Our Riggins native received further approval that it was the right decision; he is on his way to the Combine. Each year in Indianapolis, approximately 300 of the best draft-eligible players gather to display their skills in front of scouts, coaches and front office executives at the NFL Combine. Vander Esch confirmed that he will be one of those players, as he officially received his invite on Tuesday, Jan. 30. Vander Esch led Boise State with 141 tackles and four forced fumbles as a junior this past season. He also tied for the team-lead with three interceptions and 8.5 tackles-for-loss. Following the regular season, Vander Esch was named the Mountain West Defensive Player of the Year. He also earned defensive MVP honors in both the Mountain West Conference Championship Game and the Las Vegas Bowl.

Although he only started one full season during his collegiate career, Vander Esch made the most of it, putting together one of the more impressive all-around individual performances we have ever witnessed by a linebacker. In fact, Vander Esch is one of just four FBS players to post 140+ tackles, 4+ forced fumbles and 3+ interceptions in a single-season since 2011. The last player to post such a stat line and declare early for the draft: Carolina Panthers linebacker Luke Kuechly, the 12th overall pick in the 2012 NFL Draft, that was just named to his sixth career Pro Bowl. Vander Esch and the rest of the linebackers hit the turf in Indianapolis for their on-field workouts on Sunday, March 4, 2018. Fellow-former Bronco linebacker Tanner Vallejo attended the NFL Combine just last year. He ended up getting drafted by the Buffalo Bills in the sixth round

Get ready for the 2018 Salmon River Jet Boat Races to be held Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, April 20-22 right here on the mighty Salmon River of No Return. More info will be forthcoming. Time now to secure your reservations at one of our motels or vacation houses; rooms are limited; reservations are being made already.

Color the Canyon 2018 will be held Saturday, April 28, for its fourth annual Color Run. Plan now to be a part of this fund-raiser for our Riggins schools. More info forthcoming.


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