Ross Schlotthauer wins Salmon River Jet Boat Race

Ross Schlotthauer finished the 2019 Salmon River Jet Boat Race in 50 minutes, 30 seconds — an average of about 95 miles per hour up and down the river between Lightning Creek and Island Bar.

“Because of the virus that’s going around and because we have a high population of elderly, we decided to cancel,” Riggins mayor and Salmon River Jet Boat Race organizer Glenna McClure told the Free Press March 23. “Our EMS director for the City of Riggins has been in daily contact with the state health board and our medical directors. They explained to her the issues that would happen if there was a spread,” McClure said. “It’s sad.”

Along with events like the Riggins Rodeo — a decision about which organizers are weighing — the jet boat race is a big economic boom for the city, McClure noted.

Jet boat race organizers have long worried that if racing stops, it could be tough to reinstate the federal paperwork involved.

McClure expressed confidence about that. “We’ll still be able to get a permit for next year,” she said. “This is a circumstance beyond our control.” Racers wanted to race, she said, but “They’re on board with us and behind us on what we decide.”

She also noted the world jet boat race, which was to be held May 14-24 on rivers including the St. Joe in St. Maries, the Snake in Lewiston, Trinity in Hoopa, Calif., and the Rogue in Gold Beach, Ore., is cancelled.

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