RIGGINS -- Quote for this week: “Don’t complicate life: Missing someone? Call. Wanna meet up? Invite. Wanna be understood? Explain. Have a question? Ask. Don’t like something? Say it. Like something? State it. Want something? Ask for it. Love someone? Tell them. Keep your life simple.” unknown.

Spring forward Saturday night, March 9, for Daylight Savings time beginning Sunday, March 10. And, spring is officially just around the corner on Thursday, March 21…we are sure ready for Spring.

Congratulations to the Salmon River basketball team for placing 4th in State 1AD2 tournament play. Final score of 65-63 tells part of the story of a well-fought great game between the two teams of Salmon River and Rockland.

Sierra Bovey will be competing in American Sign Language, digital photography, and poetry in the Fine Arts Festival this month at State Fine Arts Festival March 22-23, 2019 at Boise Bible College.

Riggins Rodeo Queen tryouts are this Saturday, March 9, at 10 a.m., MST at the Riggins Rodeo Grounds. Contact Lynda for entry forms at 208-241-8822 or email her at riggginsrodeo.com.

White Bird Rodeo Queen tryouts, dinner, dance and auctions committee will be Saturday, March 23. A family affair, and the proceeds go to help put on this year's 30th annual rodeo. Joaquin, Verna, and Dave will be playing for the dance.

The Salmon River Gun Club is having a drawing for a Kruger Precision Rifle 6.5 Creedmoor Sunday, April 21, in the parking lot of the Riggins White Water Market. Tickets are on sale. Contact president Jim Adair 208-451-5801. Meetings are held the second Wednesday of each month.

Women With Bait (WWB) 2019 has been fun-filled every week finding more women fishing for those winning steelhead. Everyone has been having a super time at the themed dances each weekend at Seven Devils Steakhouse. The annual Fish Dance will be March 16.

Seven Devils Steakhouse and Saloon is featuring “Fiesta night” with DJ Scribbles March 8 and 9; The annual Fish Dance featuring “Boots, Boxers, and Bait,” will be March 15 and 16 with DJ Scribbles again spinning tunes. Dance is open to the public.

The 35th Annual Salmon River Jet Boat Race which is the oldest continuous jet boat race in USA will be held April 19-21. There will be a Spaghetti Feed and Auction Saturday, March 23, 6 p.m., at the Riggins Community Center located behind the Chevron Station as a fund-raiser for the 2019 Riggins Jet Boat Race. 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 School Booster Club. Fans and friends help keep this Jet Boat Race alive by supporting the fund-raisers or by making donations.

The 71st annual Riggins Rodeo is Saturday May 4 and Sunday May 5.

Salmon River Joint School District No. 243 has three positions open for application for the 2019-2020 School year: one elementary teacher, one IDLA coordinator, and one high school assistant football coach. Applications are available at the Salmon River Joint School District 243 website

Leighton Vander Esch News: Leighton Vander Esch attended the boys state tournament and each of the players were sporting Leighton Vander Esch socks for good luck.

Leighton purchased a new weight room for Salmon River High School. The SRHS graduate, former Boise State star and current Dallas Cowboys linebacker wanted to do something for the Salmon River High School. He also knew he was going to need a place to work out while back in Riggins for the off-season…the perfect solution…a new weight room.

“It was a big need. It just made the most sense. A lot of the racks and stuff were all made in SRHS shop class…it was barely a weight room…now to see the excitement level of the guys using the new weight room has just been awesome,” Leighton said.

Leighton’s agent, Ron Slavin, negotiated a deal with Boise Fitness Equipment in which they would discount the purchase and installation of the weights in exchange for Leighton doing some marketing and promoting for the company…total value of project was $70,000…Leighton was happy to pick up more than $45,000 himself for his school.

Salmon River football coach Ty Medley said, “It just shows his roots and how much he is connected and still interested in helping the youngsters who are trying to follow in the same path.”

Vander Esch helped unload the truck and unpack the boxes himself with help from the community and students. Giving back to his school and helping make that kind of a change in his community says a lot about his character and the phenomenal person he is.

In addition to the weight room, Leighton has also made an apparel deal with Nike including new uniforms for both football and basketball teams at SRHS next season.

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