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Riggins News: Hot Summer Nights are here; events set for Friday, Saturday




Jeannie Fitch 628-3845

— My quote for the week: “Don’t wait for things to get better. Life will always be complicated. Learn to be happy right now, otherwise you’ll run out of time.”

Sizzling Hot Summer Nights 2018 is here in Riggins this Friday and Saturday, July 27 and 28, sponsored by Salmon River Chamber of Commerce. Hot Summer Nights admission is $5 per person for 11 and older; 10 and younger are free. No pets, no coolers. Both nights will feature a food booth, beer garden, water slide, ASK sno cones and face painting, photo ops, games, and fun for everyone.

Friday, the 27th, Hot Summer Nights features Joaquin, Verna, and Dave playing the unforgettable music from 4-6:30 p.m., with Smiles the Clown entertaining the kiddos from 4:30-6:30 p.m. John Steward will sing the National Anthem at 6:45 p.m., followed by the Famous Hot Summer Nights Talent Show at 7 p.m. with The Canyon Camillions wowing us once again with their amazing performance. Then dance to DJ Kurt Sackett & Venue Audio music for the rest of the evening.

Saturday, July 28, for Hot Summer Nights you see the cars roll in beginning at noon with the car show from 4-8 p.m. sponsored by Jerry’s Auto...Arney and Cory Hall are in charge this year. Dj Scribbles will be spinning tunes from noon-4 p.m. in the old Riggins Jail…be careful not to get locked inside. Joaquin, Verna, and Dave will again play from 4-8:30 p.m., when Mojo the Party Band takes over for music for your dancing pleasure until midnight. The band is sponsored by Gem Stop, Riggins Whitewater Market, Hayden, Coors, and Idaho Power.


Internet image A life jacket loaner station has been placed at Riggins about two miles from the city park. Life jackets in a variety of sizes are available for loan and return.

VBS,Vacation Bible School at Salmon River Community Church is going strong with two days, July 26 and 27 from 9 a.m. to noon with the Texas team and the Riggins Youth Group leading the charge. Friday morning at 11 a.m. the kiddos will present a program of singing and sharing pictures of all the adventures they have had all week long. Everyone is welcome to join in on the fun. VBS is open to kiddos 4 years old-6th graders with 7-12 graders invited to be junior leaders; the SRHS football field is the place to gather for teens through college kids to have an evening of fun with the Texas team.

A Life Jacket Loaner Station is now located at the Riggins City Park upper parking lot, thanks to the Idaho Department of Parks & Recreation and grant money provided to State of Idaho from the U.S. Coast Guard. The station consists of a kiosk, instructions on proper fit, and a variety of life jackets ranging in sizes from infant to XL, provided free of charge to the public for short-term use. Jackets need to be returned at the end of the day.

Kudos to the Tourist Trap Consignment & Gift Shop as they celebrate their sixth year in business; July 27th begins their seventh year. Check out the store or go on-line to to see the random awesomeness of the Trap. “We are grateful to our consigners and customers for allowing us to do what we love in the community we love,” comments Michelle.

SRHS reunion set for weekend

RIGGINS — The 50th Class Reunion of SRHS is happening this weekend. Everyone is invited regardless the year you graduated from SRHS. They are having a barbecue Friday night at the Riggins City Park, then will meet at the Riggins Community Center-former IOOF Hall-on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. There may also be 10th and 20th-year reunions this weekend.

Shawn Boyd is a great addition to the Riggins Public Works Department. He has lived in Riggins for 10 years, but his work took him away as he traveled to his jobs, so is quite thankful to work at home now. In addition to his work, Shawn likes to hunt, fish, and be with his son Tucker for any activity. Welcome, Shawn!

Our dear friend and wonderful neighbor…and devoted community volunteer…Clyde Hirst died Thursday morning, July 19, 2018 while working on the Riggins Park Stage, a project he helped dream up, then became the project manager. Clyde loved to participate in plays and skits and loved helping where he could, so this stage project was very special to him. Clyde and his wife, Mary Lou, have dedicated the past 10 years to Riggins Hot Summer Nights making it the successful event it has become. A celebration of life will be held at a later date since “the show must go on….” and Hot Summer Nights is this weekend.

Cindy Carlson is the winner of the beautiful quilt made and donated to the Dive Team by the Pinehurst Quilters; they raised $515 and send out a thanks to all who helped.

Tina Anderson of Riggins won the Savage quilt; Dwaine Meyers of Twin Falls won the outdoor quilt …both made and donated by Sarah and Sierra Bovey for funds to take Sierra to the National Arts competition in Texas.

“Movie Night Under the Stars” fund-raising event was quite a success last Friday night on the new stage in the City Park hosted by The Eastern Seaboard Student Community Travel Group. Stay tuned for another outdoor movie later this Fall.

The weekly dance lessons have been tabled for the summer, but will hopefully start up again this Fall. Stay tuned to this column for more info later.

Miss Susan is rockin’ out with those sweet kiddos at Summer Reading Program “Libraries Rock” at the Salmon River Public Library with only two Tuesdays left, July 31, and Aug. 7. Just follow the guitars on the City Hall floor to find the story place. All kiddos ages 2-10 are invited to join in on the fun; it is a great reading program sharing the excitement of books with children.

ASK Field Trip to Silverwood Theme Park will be Thursday and Friday, Aug. 2 and 3; Tickets are available for purchase with prices: younger than 2 and older 65-free, 3-7 years $19, 8-64 years- $26; kids who participated in the ASK Summer Camps get free tickets! For information call ASK 628-2770. Anyone may purchase tickets at this phenomenal price, but must do on the above dates.

Stowers Erstrom is ‘teacher of the year’

VALE, ORE. — Rhonda Stowers Erstrom of Vale, Oregon, daughter of Ray and Freda Stowers, was selected as one of Oregon’s region’s top educators. Rhonda “has a way with kids and has a gift as an educator.” She won $500 with regional honor and is now in the running to be named Oregon’s State Teacher of the Year which will be announced in September. Rhonda says, “That $500 will come in handy for things for my students this coming year.” Congratulations, Rhonda…and mom and dad.

Riggins Summer Blood Drive will be held Tuesday, Aug. 7, 2-7 p.m., and Wednesday, Aug. 8, from 8:30 a.m. -1 p.m., at the Salmon River Community Church. Call Kris at 208-628-3572 or Joy at 208-628-3224 to make your appointment.

Leighton Vander Esch news: Leighton has just been named Boise State Male Athlete of the Year. Congratulations, Leighton! Leighton was the fifth Bronco to be selected in the first round of the NFL draft. He was named top all around defensive player in recent BSU history, was the first Bronco to receive the Mountain West Defensive Player of the Year, and was honored to be the defensive MVP of the Mountain West Championship. The Cowboys selection of Leighton “was predictable and controversial, yet sensible and tantalizing. Leighton is unique and not only brings himself, but the heart and soul of Riggins and the Salmon River Canyon, and the way of life from one of the most remote parts of the country.”


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