SRHS senior b-ball players honored

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RIGGINS — Salmon River Savages had a great win Wednesday, Feb. 12, with a wonderful tribute to our senior players, Leighton Vander Esch, Terrun Zolman, Nolan Richerson, Fred Taylor, McCoy Hale, Tyrel Walker and Thomas Mead, at their last home game.… such a wonderful and talented group of kids. Unless you live in Riggins or are involved with the Salmon River schools you probably wouldn’t know about these boys…. they are awesome! “Riggins is small-town America…. you gotta love it. The boys have been reported as good and mannerly boys. Riggins kids are taught manners and respect”….a great tribute to a great bunch of boys. The cover on the program showed pictures of the boys in elementary basketball all the way to their senior year....Can’t say enough of how proud we are of all of them. Now they are on to district tournament in McCall Feb. 20-27 followed by state playoffs March 6-8 in Boise Valley.

Congratulations to Leighton Vander Esch, Salmon River High School senior and Boise State football’s newest Bronco! Leighton made a commitment to Boise State University football program and met with head coach Harsin last week. He had an awesome day with the coaches and staff touring the facility and talking football! He wanted to say thanks to Coach Shepherd and Jimmy for going along with him! Go Leighton, go Broncos!

We Savage fans are looking forward to watching four Salmon River alumni play college football next year: Leighton Vander Esch at Boise State University in Boise, Jake Manley at University of Idaho in Moscow, Dustin Rinker at Carroll College in Helena, Mont., and Charlie Shepherd at College of Idaho in Caldwell. In fact, Charlie Shepherd and Dustin Rinker will face each other on the football gridiron this fall at the College of Idaho in Caldwell.

Riggins Rodeo queen tryouts will be held Saturday, March 1, at 1 p.m. at the Riggins Rodeo Grounds. All interested girls, contact Jenna Cereghino at 628-3071 as soon as possible.

Riggins Rodeo will be the first weekend in May, Saturday and Sunday, May 3 and 4.

The Salmon River Rural Fire Department has free smoke detectors to give away. Call Doug Boggan at 628-3567 to receive your free smoke detector.

The annual Salmon River Jet Boat fund-raiser will be held at the Salmon River Inn Saturday, March 15, beginning at 5 p.m. A portion of the proceeds will go to benefit our local Salmon River schools, the rest to the jet boat race needs. There will be games, live music, a silent auction and drawings for prizes. For information, contact Melissa at 890-8511 or Kim Olson at 469-0067. The 2014 Jet Boat Race will be held in April.

The Women with Bait Fish Dance will be held Saturday, March 15, at the Seven Devils Steakhouse and Saloon with music by The Graham Brothers. Awards will be given to the winners of the Women with Bait competitions. This evening is always filled with tons of fun!

Riggins City Council proclaimed Rhonda Damon as the January Community Volunteer for her many volunteer efforts in our Salmon River Community. Besides taking tickets at all sports events, Rhonda helps with PTO, ASK, SRHS alumni, Secret Santa Program and SRHS BPA. Rhonda is an avid supporter of our schools and a great advocate for community events. Riggins is thankful for volunteers like Rhonda who put in their time and energy to help make Riggins a special place to live.

Imagine waking up to find you cannot move or feel your left arm or leg. You realize you are having a stroke. You need oxygen immediately. Your spouse calls 911. Who will come? How long will it be? Will they know what care you need? Riggins EMT volunteers are trained and ready to help you; however, more EMTs are needed to help our Riggins/Salmon River Canyon people.

Riggins has a great need for more trained skills of its EMTs. Riggins currently has four EMTs, one responder, and five drivers who provide this vital resource. EMT director Curt Brimacomb states that he loves being an EMT and living in Riggins. He has recently become a nurse and hopes to combine that skill to his EMT service to provide better care for the people of Riggins and the Salmon River Canyon. EMT volunteers do receive “pay per run” depending on the level of training; advanced $40, basic $35, first responder $30, and driver $30.

A new EMT training class is beginning in April 2014. Make a difference in your community of Riggins and Salmon River Canyon. Call Rocke Wilson now at 628-3957 or contact Susan Hollenbeak at the Riggins City Hall to enroll in the class. You will be glad you did!

Harpster author Monty Spears has written The History of McComas Meadows: 1894 To Present. Many local families are listed in this third book written by Spears. The book details the early history of the McComas Meadows area and a partial listing of the men and women who worked for Potlatch (PFI) during the time Camp 56 was in operation as well as some more recent history. The book contains many beautiful photos of the families who settled the area and who still own property there. Other books by Spears are Bitterroot Gold and From The Hands Of Vernon.

Lewiston author Dana Lohrey has Idaho history books available: a Tribute to The Elk City Wagon Road era, a Photo Gallery of Memories now available as well as Idaho, The Early History, available this summer 2014. Dana has written 17 books about the Elk City Wagon Road…. sales of his books benefit the Friends of the Elk City Wagon Road.

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