RIGGINS -- Quote for this week: “A word of encouragement during a setback, mistake, or failure is worth more than an hour of praise after success.”

Women With Bait (WWB) 2019 comes to a close this weekend with the annual Fish Awards and Fish Dance Saturday, March 16, at Seven Devils Steakhouse and Saloon… this year’s theme is “Boots, Boxers, and Bait” with DJ Scribbles spinning out tunes…to reel in the 2019 Tournament. Public is invited to attend.

Shiloh Bible Camp is featuring a Mother/Daughter Retreat Friday, March 22, beginning at 8 p.m.-Sunday, March 24, at 11:30 a.m. Fee is $60. All ladies are invited to attend. Shiloh’s mother/daughter retreat, is a new retreat, aimed at bringing mothers and daughters closer together, allowing them to connect in the great outdoors of Idaho and inside, and study the Word of God as a family. This year’s speaker will be Julie Fitch McClanahan. Julie is currently serving on staff with Shiloh Bible Conference. Prior to serving at Shiloh, Julie worked with children as a teacher in the Kuna area. Julie has two teenage children and maintains a positive Christian relationship with her daughter and son. Register online at shilohbibleconference.com.and/or find information… 13165 Gestrin Rd., Donnelly ID 83615 or call 208-325-8239. I am going and have room in my car for others. I think it will be a wonderful weekend.

Sierra Bovey will compete in American Sign Language, digital photography, and poetry in the Fine Arts Festival at State Fine Arts Festival March 22-23, at Boise Bible College; Nationals will be held in Orlando, Fla. Sierra will be holding fund-raisers to help offset some of the costs of these festivals. Stay tuned here for more information. Personal donations are accepted as well as fund-raisers.

Our amazing friend, school employee, and all-around great lady, Lynda Mann is a walking miracle! …well, when she can walk again. About 6:30 a.m. Thursday, March 7, as she was on her way to town from Lucile to get the school bus, her car was hit by a boulder which shot her into the Salmon River near Fiddle Creek…no tire tracks on the highway! She realized she was being carried away by the river and that her car was filling up with cold water. She is not sure how she got herself out of the car, swam to shore, crawled up a 40-foot bank…with one dislocated ankle, one ankle broken in three places, a broken wrist, and facial lacerations that took 25 stitches to mend…but she was on the side of the road when she was rescued by locals on their way to and/or from work who warmed her as best they could, called for ambulance, and stayed by her until she was on her way to the hospital. Lynda was dismissed from McCall Hospital Saturday afternoon with many weeks of healing and some surgeries ahead of her…she still has her Lynda attitude of positiveness and sarcasm…and very thankful to be alive.

Our dear friend and great caregiver, Carol Barner, sold her house and is moving back to Alaska to be with family including children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. She has friends and family to visit in Oregon, Arizona, and Washington before road tripping with a friend to Alaska in May. Carol wanted to thank all of us in Riggins for being like family to her. She enjoyed Riggins very much and leaves with our footprints on her heart. She loved the closeness of the people in Riggins which she will miss, but will keep in touch.

Spring Red Cross Blood Drive will be Tuesday, April 2, from 2-7 p.m., and Wednesday, April 3, from 8:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., at the Salmon Rapids Lodge. Call Kris, 208-628-3572 or Joy, 208-628-3224 to make your appointment.

Spaghetti feed and auction for funding for the 2019 Jet Boat Race is Saturday, March 23, at 6 p.m., at the Riggins Community Center located behind the Chevron Station. There will be live and silent auctions. Donations of any kind like goods, gift certificates, services, or cash are greatly appreciated. Sponsors will receive recognition; a portion of the proceeds benefit the Salmon River Schools. Fans and friends can help keep this Jet Boat Race alive by supporting the fund-raisers and/or by making donations.

The 35th Annual Salmon River Jet Boat Race which is the oldest continuous jet boat race in USA will be held April 19-21, and needs funds. Racing teams and past champions from Canada and USA will compete on the Salmon River of No Return. Call Glenna at 208-315-2309 or glennascott@frontier.net.

White Bird Rodeo Queen tryouts, dinner, dance and auctions committee will be next Saturday, March 23. Joaquin, Verna, and Dave will be playing for the dance.

The 71st annual Riggins Rodeo is Saturday, May 4, and Sunday, May 5, beginning at 1:30 p.m., each afternoon. The Riggins Rodeo Cowboy Breakfast will be Sunday, May 5, 6-10 a.m., with the Riggins Rodeo Parade to follow at 11 a.m.

Brittany Benavides was crowned Riggins Rodeo Queen and Elli Klapprich was crowned princess of the 2019 Riggins Rodeo at tryouts in the Riggins Rodeo Arena Saturday, March 9. Both young ladies are from Grangeville and are looking forward to representing the 71st Riggins Rodeo parade and other parades.

Registration forms for 2019 Hikin’ for Healthy Hooters for cancer, which will be held in May, are at Riggins Pine Tree Credit Union along with the beautiful quilt donated by the Pinehurst Quilters. Forms and T-shirt sizes must be returned by April 15 to be assured of correct size.

Longtime Salmon River resident Bob Schultze passed away peacefully at his new home in Nampa, Idaho, surrounded by his loving family Nov. 10, 2018, at the age of 89. Bob and his parents moved to Riggins in 1937 where he attended school and graduated from Riggins High School in 1945. Bob and Libby Ann enjoyed cruises and farmers markets after retirement. A celebration of life in his honor is scheduled at noon, Saturday, April 6, at Riggins Community Center, 121 Lodge St. in Riggins. All are welcome to attend and celebrate Bob's life. In lieu of flowers, bring your favorite memory and potluck dish to share.

Leighton Vander Esch News: Leighton is taking in some Riggins/Salmon River Canyon time with family and friends…and working out in the new weight room he helped create. Fresh off the press…“Star Evaluation by Dallascowboys.com staff writer: How Will LVE Follow Up 2018? What’s Next: Few people were expecting Vander Esch to excel this quickly, but it’s not hard to see the future from here. Vander Esch and Jaylon Smith played like one of the top linebacker duos in the NFL last season, and there’s no reason to believe they’re going to let things drop off now. If anything, Vander Esch’s success has raised questions about what to expect from Sean Lee. The longtime veteran battled injuries once again last season, and there’s been plenty of speculation that 2018 was his last season with the team. With a couple of months to weigh their options, it sounds like the Cowboys intend to bring Lee back – though it’s an interesting guess what his role will be. Vander Esch made the Pro Bowl starting in Lee’s place, and it sounds unwise to take him off the field. If anything, the youngster’s emergence has given the Cowboys quite a bit of depth at linebacker, as Lee can provide quality backup for Vander Esch and Smith.

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