RIGGINS -- With Valentine’s Day tomorrow, I thought a couple of love quotes would be appropriate: “ I love you for a lifetime not only for a day. I love you for who you are, not what you do or say.” by Belinda Galea “I will always be there for you; you will never be alone. I will be that can…

RIGGINS -- Quote for this week: “February: May this month bring you satisfaction, peace, and joy. May all the desires of your heart be granted. May this be the beginning of new things in your life. Stay strong, be positive, and fulfill your dreams. Happy February!”

    Quote for the week: “The secret to living well and longer is: eat half, walk double, laugh triple, and love without measure.” Tibetan Proverb. The Salmon River Junior High 7th graders’ diligence and hard work paid off as they walked away with 5th in the state competition of Future City…and they were awarded a special plaque. Salmon River teacher Mrs. Sarah Walters and local retiree Bill Sampson helped the 7th graders as they planned and put together their Future City and worked on their unique presentation. Congratulations and keep “growing” cities. The 7th graders placed fifth overall and received the Multi-Modal Transportation Network Award from The Institute of Transportation engineers.

      Quote for the week: “Always notice the people who are happy for your happiness, and sad for your sadness. They’re the ones who deserve a special place in your heart.” Bingo is tonight, Wednesday, Jan. 9, at 6:30 p.m., at the Riggins Community Center. The progressive pot is now $146 and growing. Funds go to help with our Senior Transit Bus. Salmon River High School will hold its football and volleyball awards night tomorrow, Thursday, Jan. 10. Check with the SRHS office for time and place.

        Happy Happy New Year 2019! You have rung in the New Year and are on your way to a wonderful 2019. Quote for the week: “I hope there are days when your coffee tastes like magic, your playlist makes you dance, strangers make you smile, and the night sky touches your soul. I hope there are days when you fall in love and being alive.” by B. Hampton Congratulations to our Salmon River basketball boys, Randy McClure, Ethan Shepherd, Reece Jones, Canyon Harper, Sane Nicolay, Jimmy Tucker, Garret Shepherd, and Jonathan Swift, and coaches, Levi Tucker, Brandon Ratcliff, and Mike Shepherd and scorekeeper, Joni Shepherd, for taking the Championship of the Christmas Tournament at College of Idaho with just eight boys on the team. They had to win three games for this honor. Randy McClure was named Player of the Game; all tournament honors went to Ethan Shepherd and Randy McClure.

          Quote of the week: “Spend some quality time with your loved ones this Christmas vacation and in the rush of the Christmas and post festivities and events. Quiet times or game times or story telling times top the list for quality time.”

            Quote of the week by the Chipmunks: “Christmas, Christmas time is here. Time for joy and time for cheer. We’ve been good, but it can’t last. Merry Christmas hurry fast….we can hardly stand the wait. Please, Christmas, don’t be late.” We only have six more days ‘til Christmas…I can hardly wait as our kiddos and grandkiddos will be here with us beginning this weekend. Remember our rural fire department’s loving message for all of us: “Merry Christmas! Water your Christmas tree so we don’t have to.”

              Quote of the week: “Children don’t need more things. The best toy a child can have is a parent who gets down on the floor and plays with them.” The planned protest about closing steelhead fishing turned into a celebration. “We would like to take a moment to thank local business owner, Roy Akins, for his efforts in our Salmon River Community, for his perseverance and dedication in this cause … organizing and leading meetings, devising a plan and launching the Alliance. Thank you, sir, and thank you to the many others who were front and center in this process.#community #rigginsidaho,” by Salmon River Chamber of Commerce. See more info on this protest/celebration in the Free Press.

              “It came down to today for me,” 15-year Riggins resident and river guide Rusty Peterson told the Free Press after festivities on Dec. 8 shifted downtown. “I was ready to pack up, put my house to rent and go do something else.”

              Now the fishermen are lawyering up. A notice of intent to sue filed in October was met by an Idaho Fish and Game commission decision to close the winter steelhead fishing season at the end of the last day of the notice period, Dec. 7. The closure stands to ripple through river communities from Orofino to Riggins that depend on steelhead fishing to bring anglers – and their wallets – to town during otherwise slow winter months.

                Quote of the week: “It’s not what’s under the Christmas Tree that matters; it’s who’s around it.” Charlie Brown. The Winter Ball 2018 is this Saturday, Dec. 8, at the Riggins Community Center featuring a no-host Cocktail Hour where Bev Knight will be playing piano music, followed with a dinner of prime rib and Seven Devils Shrimp. Reservations are required; all tables are now filled. Dance to the music of Joaquin, Dave, and Verna from 8:30 p.m. to midnight; the dance is open to the public at 8:30 p.m., for $10 per person. Buck Fitch will be auctioning gift items including a beautiful Christmas wreath, and the nine fantastic centerpieces throughout the evening.

                Idaho County and the City of Riggins both signed on to a community agreement put forward by Midas Gold, which is pursuing Forest Service permission to restart the old Stibnite Mine near Yellow Pine. “From the beginning we asked for a voice at the table, and they’ve made it so we have it,” Riggins City Councilor Roy Akins told the Free Press Nov. 16.

                  Quote of the week: “Be thankful for the little things in life for they may actually be the big things. Each of us has so many things to be thankful for that we do not even stop to think about all our blessings, let alone count them.” Note that the time for Riggins Annual Christmas Tree Lighting will begin at 5:30 p.m., this Saturday, Dec. 1, in the Two Rivers Coffee Shop parking lot. Christmas Caroling will begin just after the tree is lit. Santa Claus will arrive at 6:30 p.m., in the Riggins fire truck driven by Jeff Joyce; hay rides begin at 7 p.m., with Doug Boggan at the helm. There will be hot drinks and light refreshments.

                  North Central District Health Department last week confirmed one case of pertussis in Idaho County, said Peg Gehring, nurse practitioner, St. Mary’s Hospital and Clinics. “That’s more commonly known as whooping cough,” Gehring added.

                    My quote of the week: “Those we love stay in our hearts forever.” Congratulations to our Salmon River High School Football District Champions for placing third in 1AD2 State Football Tournament 2018. The Salmon River Canyon is proud of you!

                    Midas Gold is working to establish an advisory council that would participate in the Forest Service process under which the company could gain the federal permit required for new production at the old Stibnite mine near Yellow Pine – a group that would write a comment letter regarding the project, and that would also participate in a new charitable foundation.

                      My quote of the week: “Life is too short to wake up in the morning with regrets. So, love the people who treat you right, forgive the ones who don’t, and believe that everything happens for a reason. If you get a chance, take it. If it changes your life, let it. Nobody said it would be easy, they just promised it would be worth it,” by Dr. Seuss.

                        My quote of the week: “Love the people God gave you because He will need them back one day.” Halloween is tonight, Wednesday, Oct. 31! Get your trick or treats and/or costumes ready because kiddos will be knocking at your door with their costumes and goodie bags soon.

                          My quote of the week: “Those who think there is a time limit when grieving have never lost a piece of their heart.” Pinehurst Quilters’ annual Quilt and Craft Auction is this Saturday, Oct. 27, at 1 p.m., at the Riggins Community Center; doors open at noon for a preview of the items for sale. They will have candies, jams, and quilts as well as wall hangings, table runners, and other handmade and craft items for Christmas gift giving...or birthday…or something just for you.

                            Quote of the week: “Grief never ends…but it changes. It’s a passage, not a place to stay. Grief is not a sign of weakness, nor a lack of faith. It is the price of love.” The first Riggins Oktoberfest will be Saturday, Oct. 20, at 100 S Main Street at Rants and Raves Taphouse and Saloon from 3-7 p.m. There will be a live band, a costume contest with prizes, and a barbecue … all family friendly.

                              Quote of the week: “If we could spread love as quickly as we spread hate and negativity, what an amazing world we would live in.” This is my October challenge to you…spread love! Fire Prevention Week is this week, Oct. 7-13. Special thanks to our Salmon River volunteer firefighters Roger Rashok, Randy Spickelmire, Donnie Clay, Dave Olson, Jonny Wilson, and Jeff Joyce-Chief. Look, listen, learn, and be aware…fire can happen anywhere. Look for places fire could happen and address the problem. Listen to know the sound of the smoke alarm. Learn two ways out of every room. Besides serving on the Fire Department and being available for fire alls, these guys also go above and beyond to respond to ambulance calls to help when needed. Kuddos to you for your dedication to our community. More fire department volunteers are needed. This takes dedication and training to become a firefighter.

                                Quote of the week: “Everyone who remembers his own education remembers his teachers, not methods and techniques. The teacher is the heart of the educational system.” by Sydney Hook. Thank you, teachers, for all you do for our kiddos. Bingo is tonight, Wednesday, Oct. 3, at 6:30 p.m., at the Riggins Community Center. Everyone 18 and older is invited to join the fun and help raise funds for the Senior Citizen Transit Bus. Come on down…we have lots of fun.

                                  Quote of the week: “Pull people into your peace; Do not let them pull you into their storm.” The Idaho Old Time Fiddlers State Jam Session is this weekend, Sept. 28 and 29, at Hoot’s Cafe in White Bird. There will be someone playing a tune somewhere in that building both days as well as most of the night. Come on out and join in the fun. You are welcome to sit and listen, tap your toes, or join in on the dancing.

                                    My quote for the week: “Never regret a day in your life: good days give happiness, bad days give experience, worst days give lessons, and best days give memories.” Ron and Ruth Mahurin will be honored at a send-off reception Sunday, Sept. 22, at 2 p.m. PST, at the IOOF Hall in White Bird, Idaho. They are moving, come wish them well. Desserts and refreshments will be served. Tell your friends and neighbors to join this celebration.

                                      My quote of the week: “Always be kind. If you see someone falling behind, walk beside them. If someone is being ignored, find a way to include them. If someone has been knocked down, lift them up. Always remind people of their worth. Be who you needed when you were going through hard times. Just one small act of kindness could mean the world to someone.” I saw lots of this kindness last week in the 4-H/FFA barns in Montana at Beaverhead County Fair.

                                      “ASK is definitely a positive in our community,” said Rhonda Damon. Damon is the business manager and past program director for the Riggins After School Kids, Inc., program. However, ASK is more than “after school.” Damon, who has worked with ASK for seven years, said the program is open to all kids in the community and serves an integral role in social and academic development.

                                        My quote of the week is again from me with an addition: “I did ride in a convertible…a 1963 Red Corvette convertible in the Idaho County Fair Parade. (I had several people who were not at the parade ask why I didn’t get a convertible…well, I just didn’t mention that part last week.) What a grand week at the Idaho County Fair as the 2018 Grand Marshal.”

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