RIGGINS -- Quote for the week: “Today is a beautiful day. Laugh, love and live.”

Girls 1AD2 District No. 3 Basket Tournament begins tomorrow, Thursday, Jan. 31, at 4:30 p.m., at Meadows Valley High School. Salmon River girls will have their first game Saturday, Feb. 1, at 6 pm. The tournament play will continue Tuesday, Feb. 5, and Thursday, Feb. 7, with the championship game Saturday, Feb. 9, at Grangeville High School for the state play-in game. Go, Lady Savages!

Bingo will be this coming Wednesday, Feb. 6, at 6:30 p.m., at the Riggins Community Center. The progressive pot starts all over again since $188 was won by Jean Welch at January’s Bingo. Congratulations, Jean! Funds from Bingo games go to help with our Senior Transit Bus.

Megan Long, daughter of Susan Hollenbeak, and granddaughter of Kitty and Ray Hollenbeak, was named to the Eastern Oregon University 2018 fall term dean’s list. To qualify, she had to achieve and maintain a grade point average of 3.5 or higher while completing a minimum of 12 hours of graded EOU coursework. Congratulations, Megan.

Crystal Halstead Wilson, wife of Chance Wilson, and daughter-in-law of Rocke and Claudia Wilson, was awarded the 2019 Silver and Gold Award from the University of Idaho Alumni Association for the fourth time, having received this in 1997, 2004, and 2009. Her family was there as well as her colleagues who sneaked in and surprised her. Congratulations, Crystal.

McCall Winter Carnival ice sculptures as well as many events ends Sunday, Feb. 3, with its theme of “Legends, Myths, and Superheros.” The 54th Annual Winter Carnival sculpture viewing will be ongoing all day every day. There are always lots of activities that go along with this event. Check out the sculptures, the activities, and visit with friends and neighbors. Go to mccallchamber.org for a complete schedule of events.

Shiloh Bible Snow Camp in Donnelly is Feb. 8-10, with our own Pastor Mike Chapman as camp speaker. Contact Pastor Mike or Shiloh Bible Camp or Julie McClanahan if you would like to attend this fun-filled winter camp. It is open to all teens who would like to go play in the snow and inside, too.

Volunteer Fireman’s Ball 2019 will be held at Hoot’s Cafe in White Bird Saturday, Feb. 9, at 7 p.m., PST. There will be live and silent auctions for fund raising for the fire department. Everyone is invited to join in on the dancing and the auction fun.

The 28th Annual High School Art Exhibition at the University of Idaho is Feb. 19-March 3. Online submission deadline is Feb. 8. First prize is $1,000 CAA scholarship. See Ms. Hale at Salmon River High School for information.

Women With Bait (WWB) 2019 is right around the corner…the hosts and fish are ready. WWB has become a lifelong tradition for many people. This tournament not only helps our little town of Riggins stay afloat this time of the year, it also brings many new stories to the town as well as getting people outside having a great time with friends and family. River Adventures heads up this event…they strive for great times and say, “Without you ladies, we might just be a River with no Adventure.” There are 25 already signed up with more coming. WWB is an annual women’s steelhead fishing tournament that is a lot of fun. All ladies need are their valid Idaho Fishing License and steelhead permit. Guides and “fishboys” are in the boat to help you. Plan to attend the annual Fish Dance, March 16.

Seven Devils Steakhouse and Saloon invites all Women With Bait as well as everyone to a “luau” Friday and Saturday, Feb. 1 and 2, from 9 p.m. -1 a.m., with music by DJ Scribbles and a “Tight and Bright” Feb. 8 and 9, with music by American BonFire. Each weekend during WWB, Seven Devils will have a different theme with music from either DJ Scribbles or American Bonfire completing the season with the traditional Fish Dance and this year’s theme “Boots, Boxers, and Bait” with DJ Scribbles sending out the music.

Salmon River Art Guild invites everyone to a show at the Valley Art Center, 842 6th St, Clarkston Wash., for the month of March. SRAG will have 30-plus paintings displayed with an open house March 1, from 4-7 p.m., PST. SRAG will hold its first local show called March Artisan Madness, March 16-17 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. PST in the White Bird Recreation Building (the old grade school). The two rooms will be filled with artisan creations, $150 or less. The White Bird Library will have a bake sale March 16. Take the time to enjoy these artisans and their art work. SRAG is trying to include more art and less meetings, so are filling the months with lots of fun classes taught by members. The price for the classes is a member’s fee…if not a member, add $20 to the fee. Contact a SRAG member for details of the art classes.

Our community was saddened Jan. 4 with the unexpected death of Stephan A. Harper, 65-year-old son of Lorry Harper and the late Bob Harper and brother of Janet Ravenscraft. Stewy was a kind loving person with a quirky sense of humor. A memorial is planned for a later date.

Our Canyon lost a beautiful soul when Lynne Christensen died Saturday, Jan. 19. She was a neat lady with a beautiful smile. Lynne was a dear friend to Darrell Howard and gathered many other friends in Riggins and the Salmon River Canyon in her few years here. As per her request, there will be no service.

We lost another dear friend and longtime resident of the Riggins/Salmon River Canyon area when Barb Smith died Saturday, Jan. 26. Barb was an amazing wife, mother, sister grandmother, and woman. (At this writing, no information of service was available).

Custodian/maintenance position is open at Salmon River Joint School District No. 243. Call Michelle Hollon at 208-630-6027 if you are interested.

The 2019 Riggins Salmon Run is a footrace along the beautiful Salmon River and will be held Saturday, Sept. 14. This race is a family fun event. Register today #rigginsidaho#community https://www.raceentry.com/races/riggins-salmon-run/2019/register.

Leighton Vander Esch News: Leighton spent the week in Orlando, Florida practicing for the Pro-Bowl game, in which he played for the NFC Sunday, Jan. 26, as well as signing autographs for his fans and just enjoying being there meeting and hanging out with other Pro Bowl players. He became quite a popular guy at the Pro-Bowl practices where his many faithful fans greeted him with applause, cheers, and copious autograph requests. Though the NFC lost the game, Leighton played his defensive position all game long and fulfilled another dream. Salmon River Canyon is proud of its hometown hero.

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