RIGGINS — My quote for the week is “Don’t start your day with the broken pieces of yesterday. Every day is a fresh start. Each day is a new beginning. Every morning we wake up is the first day of our new life.” unknown.

Sunday night, Jan. 28, about 10 p.m., in Arizona, Buck and I saw what appeared to be a beautiful meteorite falling from the sky right over John Wayne Street where we were walking! It lasted for five or six seconds! It looked like a Roman Candle that my dad used to light off on 4th of July at our little home fireworks show. It was bright green, yellow, and pink. Another couple was sitting in the outside hot tub and also witnessed it falling. What a great way to end the day.

It is happening! The contractor is beginning to dismantle the Old Manning Crevice Bridge up the Big Salmon River to transport the North Tower of the Bridge to the Riggins City Park. The City of Riggins has secured an engineer who has developed plans with approval from IDT for placing the North Tower at upper end of the Riggins City Park. The move will be completed this summer of 2018. The City of Riggins hopes to keep the history of this local landmark alive in our community and to the many visitors to our area by featuring the North Tower in such a visible place.

Bingo night and chili feed combo is next Wednesday, Feb. 7, at the Riggins Community Center. The feed begins at 5 p.m., for everyone; Bingo at 6:30 p.m., for those older than 18. 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.

Men’s breakfast will be held this Saturday, Feb. 3, at the Salmon River Community Church at 8 a.m. All men welcome to a free breakfast filled with fellowship and fun conversations.

Super Bowl Sunday is this Sunday, Feb. 4. Summerville’s will be having its annual raffle and gift giveaway. This year will be a little different as they will be raising money for the family of Charlie Shepherd. Everyone is invited to attend this gala event and help support the Shepherd family.

Congratulations to the Salmon River BPA, Business Professionals of America, members for qualifying for State. Lotus Harper, Jordyn Pottenger, Emily Diaz, Payton Branstetter, and Miranda Hofflander will be going to state competition March 8-10. Best wishes to all of you at state. These girls 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 Feb. 13 and to the school on Feb. 14. Contact one of these BPA young ladies to order your Valentine’s Day sweets.

Valentine’s Day is Wednesday, Feb. 14, which will be here soon. 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 Saturday, Feb. 10, at 6 p.m. What a sweet time to take your sweetheart out to dinner which is open to the public. Make reservations with Cheryl Shoemaker as soon as possible.

Fireman’s Ball and Auction 2018 will be held 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 Valentine’s Day program Tuesday, Feb. 13, at 7 p.m., at the Salmon River Community Church fellowship room. Everyone is invited to attend. Happy Valentine’s Day with great fiddle music to make your heart smile and your toes tap.

Note: Riggins schools will be closed all this week to a flu outbreak and high absences. See story elsewhere in the Free Press for details. School will resume Feb. 5.

Salmon River High School Varsity Girls District Tourney is Thursday, Feb. 1, Friday, Feb. 2, Saturday, Feb. 3, Tuesday 6th, and Thursday 7th. 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’ last home game will be 6 and 7:30 p.m., with Cascade, then last game away at Council. 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, 3 in the Boise Valley. Go Savages.

Long Pin Conference Elementary Basketball will have its last games Saturday, Feb. 3, Salmon River at Cascade, and 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.

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. Applicants need to show proof of their upcoming enrollment for the next term, be it summer or fall semester 2018.

Shepherd Log Homes Company was highlighted on DIY building a log cabin for the Baugh family in the remote area of the Salmon River entitled “Building off the Grid…The Cabin of No Return.” Many people saw the show on TV last week; it can also be found on YouTube; and Mountain River Outfitters will have DVDs available soon…you can also go to http://salmonrivertour.com/index.html for information of the cabin or any of the MROs river trips. The Shepherd family and the Baugh family were actually doing the building on film with some pretty tricky, scary, and amazing moves. It is a show to watch. SLH also builds fabulous and rustic log homes as well as quality conventional homes, shops, and provides other construction services.

“Riggins One Stop is closing today, Wednesday, Jan. 31, due to health reasons…and it is just time,” said owner Kim Van Koeman Zolman. “Thanks to our many customers who supported us through the years. We will be around, so we will see you in town.” One Stop has a storewide 40 percent off (or maybe even more by this printing) of everything except for gas, cigarettes, and the deli. I’m just wondering where I will get that yummy coffee cake they make at the One Stop Deli.

Deb Martin, who has been a wonderful caregiver for many or our Riggins people, has moved to Nevada to be with her son. Deb had a heart attack on Christmas Eve…she was life flighted to Boise. After a few days she was dismissed, followed by a relapse and back to the hospital. Her sister and her son helped her pack her things last week to leave after her going away party, but she was again admitted to the hospital in Boise. Her party was canceled. We all miss her big smile and caring compassionate way.

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