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Jeannie Fitch 628-3845 fitchi@hotmail.com

RIGGINS — Riggins Mayor Glenna McClure would like to wish everyone a happy, healthy, prosperous new year. Mayor-elect Glenna McClure took the oath of office Monday, Jan. 13, along with new councilors, Roy Akins and Jonny Wilson, who join Carolyn Friend and Gary Miller on the Riggins City Council. Thanks for all you do for us!

Riggins City Hall will be closed Monday, Jan. 20, in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.

Riggins Fire Chief Jeff Joyce will be in charge of the fireworks show in April during the jet boat races which are April 18-20. Look for donation jars around town to help fund the fireworks.

Riggins Dribble Team coached by Paula Shepherd performed at halftime of the Salmon River Savages’ first home game. The Dribble Team of girls is made up of Sierra Bovey, Lotus Harper, Payton Branstetter, Sarah Laritz, Chevelle Shepherd, Miranda Hofflander, Sofie Branstetter, Tylynn Tucker and Jordyn Pottenger. This team is amazing.… the girls dribble basketballs and dance to the beat of the music.… each girl is also featured doing her individual skill with two or three basketballs! Sometimes they are dribbling two basketballs at a time; sometimes just one! You have to see this!

Salmon River Savages had a great winning streak last weekend with a win over the Meadows Valley Mountaineers 74-18 Friday, Jan. 10, at their first home game, and a win over the Cascade Ramblers 61-31 Saturday, Jan. 11, at Cascade. Way to go, Salmon River Savages! Salmon River will play Tri-Valley this Friday, Jan. 17, at 6 and 7:30 p.m. at home, and Garden Valley Saturday, Jan. 18, at Garden Valley.

Salmon River Chamber of Commerce updated events for 2014 are on their webpage at www.rigginsidaho.com/events#.UtIAnij1uDo. There is always something happening here in Riggins, and you will want to be there where fun is fun and family and friends! Mark your calendar now for these great 2014 Riggins events!

The 30th annual Salmon River Jet Boat Races sponsored by the Salmon River Jet Boat Committee welcomes you on April18, 19 and 20 to watch the awesome jet boat race! There will be dancing and visiting during the weekend as well.

Riggins Rodeo is May 3 and 4 sponsored by the Salmon River Cowboys Association at the Riggins rodeo grounds starting at 1:30 p.m. each day. Cowboy breakfast is 7-10 a.m. Sunday, May 4, at the Riggins Community Center located behind Crump’s Chevron, sponsored by the Salmon River Chamber of Commerce. The famous Riggins Rodeo parade will be Sunday, May 4 at 11 a.m.

The 13th annual “Sacred Salmon Ceremony and Friendship Potluck” is free and open to all on Saturday, May 17, the Saturday prior to Memorial Day weekend, noon (MT) at Spring Bar up the Big Salmon River.

The Big Water Blowout River Festival will be held June 7.… make Riggins your destination for fun in the sun and water with friends, food and dancing!

Riggins Hot Summer Nights sponsored by the Salmon River Chamber of Commerce welcomes you July 25 and 26! There will be the wonderful talent show Friday night; High Street Band will be back on Saturday night by popular demand. There will be lots of family activities during the afternoons and evenings.

The first annual Riggins Salmon Run, a footrace along the beautiful Salmon River, will be held Saturday, Sept. 13, sponsored by the Salmon River Chamber of Commerce.

This annual art show Oct. 4 sponsored by the Salmon River Art Guild will be celebrating its 50th anniversary.

Way back in September 2013 the B-Run steelhead started to make their way from the Pacific Ocean back to the Salmon River in Idaho and now winter steelhead fishing is here. Late January to early March regularly offers anglers consistent Idaho steelhead fishing.

The Salmon River runs directly north in the Riggins area so plenty of winter sunlight spills into the canyon, often making it the warmest spot in the state. Right now, plenty of hatchery and native fish are resting in the area’s waters waiting for things to warm up just a bit before they become active again. Anglers often have their choice of a heated drift boat or heated jet boat so the fishing is nice and comfortable, and all your gear is usually provided. If you plan on fishing on your own, be sure to check the fishing report before you come. Yes, Idaho steelhead fishing is a fine way to spend a day or two this winter. Come visit Riggins and see for yourself.

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