Sandpoint Magazine Winter 2013
Arts, entertainment, lifestyle and recreation for residents and visitors of Sandpoint, Idaho. Featuring the cover story on boundless backcountry skiing; interview with Outside magazine editor and adventurer Grayson Schaffer; nordic ski explosion; Schweitzer Mountain skiing; artist Nan Cooper; Sandpoint entreprenuers; and more.
SANDPOINT M A G A Z I N E WINTER 2013 BOUNDLESS BACKCOUNTRY 3 TRIPS TO GET WAY OUT THERE Small Town, BIG IDEAS Entrepreneurs take root & Interview with Outside Senior Editor Grayson Schaffer, Sandpoint as College Town, Nordic Ski Explosion, Artist Nan Cooper, Schweitzer Goes Techie, Backcountry Backyard Photo Essay, Old-Time Architecture, Calendars, Dining, Real Estate … and so much more 800-282-6880 www.TSSIR.com S imply Incredible North Idaho Specializing in luxury properties www.CindyBond.com Please visit my website to view a showcase of FEATURED LUXURY PROPERTIES including waterfront, acreage, resort properties and more! Serving all of North Idaho. H Cindy Bond Associate Broker, Owner, GRI, CRS elping buyers and sellers see possibilities before they become obvious. Contact me at 208.255.8360 or by e-mail, Cindy.Bond@SothebysRealty.com www.CindyBond.com 208.255.8360 | Cindy.Bond@SothebysRealty.com | 200 Main | Sandpoint © MMVII Sotheby’s International Realty Affiliates, Inc. 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WINTER 2013 DEPARTMENTS 10 21 25 68 72 72 77 81 82 On the cover: Sandpoint native and relative newcomer to photography, Nikki Anderson, 27, captured Tahoe, Calif., native and Sandpoint transplant Jessy Earle, 26, on the outskirts of Schweitzer last season. Launching from the resort is just one way snowsports enthusiasts may access the boundless backcountry. See cover story, page 62. Top: Scotchman Peak is photographer Jim Mellen’s “Backcountry Backyard,” the theme of this issue’s photo essay. See page 68. Above: Nan Cooper, inspired by the morning light and ground mist off Wrenco Loop, painted “6:30 August.” See more, page 37. SANDPOINT MAGAZINE 7 ConTRiBuToRs editor’s note You could say inspiration is the theme of this issue, starting with the inspiration skiers and boarders get in the backcountry. More and more snow junkies are seeking out fresh lines away from developed slopes. Two of them, Bob Legasa and Matt Gillis – veritable skiing celebrities in northern Idaho – write about exploring the Selkirks backcountry three ways: by snowmobile at Roman Nose, via a backcountry ski lodge at Caribou Mountain and by snowcat on the west side of Schweitzer. If that doesn’t motivate you to take up backcountry skiing, then maybe our coverage of the exploding Nordic skiing scene will lead you to don skinny skis. Zach Hagadone’s feature on three local entrepreneurs may, likewise, inspire you to launch a startup company. They are inspirational people indeed, those entrepreneurs, and so is Carol Deaner, who is “all things art” in Sandpoint and the subject of this issue’s “Making the Town Tick.” Another inspirational story is Beth Hawkins’ feature on Kinderhaven, a group shelter for children. One former resident is now grown up and helping families herself. Artist Nan Cooper has made a life in art and shares her immense talent by mentoring and teaching others. Her gentle, quirky, animal-loving spirit is inspirational to me and to my mom, one of her best friends. By the way, one of my best friends inspired me to go skijoring again last year – and I came in last place, again. For the third annual Sandpoint Skijoring, I may try riding my horse instead of skiing behind a horse. May you, too, find inspiration this winter. – B.J.G. 8 SANDPOINT MAGAZINE took his skiing passion to the next level when he became a professional freestyle skier more than 35 years ago. Having spent thousands of days on skis, Legasa’s cup overflows with out-of-the-ordinary ski travels. Besides the 45-foot-tall ski jump in the 1989 Rose Parade, he has had plenty of insanely deep powder ski adventures with like-minded friends. He writes about one of them – the “Roman Nose Redneck Rendezvous” following last year’s epic Selkirk winter – in “Backcountry 3 Ways,” page 62. Bob Legasa Rookie writer has spent 15 years enjoying all the perks of life in Sandpoint. In recent years, when fresh tracks are lacking within Schweitzer’s boundaries, Gillis can be found in the 7B backcountry. He describes his newfound passion, backcountry skiing, as “amazing,” “rewarding,” “exciting” and “a guaranteed adventure!” He hopes that through his contributions to the cover feature, “Backcountry 3 Ways,” page 62, readers will be able to understand his passion and one day join in the fun. Matt Gillis is a longtime regional journalist who used to be an entrepreneur – as copublisher of the Sandpoint Reader newspaper from 2004-2012. He wrote about three of the area’s up-and-coming entrepreneurs for this issue in “Small Town, Big Ideas,” page 40. He has also dabbled in dramatics, writing about the theater scene for last winter’s issue, and reprising his role with an update on theatrical goings on in this issue (“The Show Goes On,” page 47). Hagadone is also a proud new papa. Sandpoint Magazine is published twice yearly, in May and November, by Keokee Co. Publishing, Inc., 405 Church St., Sandpoint, ID 83864. Phone: 208-263-3573 E-mail: email@example.com Publisher Chris Bessler Editor Billie Jean Gerke Assistant Editor Beth Hawkins Advertising Director Clint Nicholson Art Director Laura Wahl Ad Design/Production Ben Robinson Office Manager Beth Acker Contributors Ralph Bartholdt, Sandy Compton, Erica Curless, Trish Gannon, Matt Gillis, Zach Hagadone, Cate Huisman, Jennifer Lamont Leo, Bob Legasa, Heather McElwain and Carrie Scozzaro ©2013 by Keokee Co. Publishing Inc. All rights reserved. Reproduction in whole or part without written permission is prohibited. Subscriptions: $12 per year. www.SandpointMagazine.com. Printed in USA. BACKGROUND PHOTO By BOB LEGASA Zach Hagadone WINTER 2013 Nor tHweSt HANDMADe exp eh r Ie e NA ce He rt oF rt AF t SM Ns SH Ip t rt t oA f Cr ac f s m aA n h ip Experience (208) 255.1962 (208) 255.1962 308 First Avenue 308 N.N. First Avenue Sandpoint, ID 83864 Sandpoint, ID 83864 Furniture – Gallery – Gifts Furniture – Gallery – Gifts www.NorthwestHandmade.com www.NorthwestHandmade.com ALMANAC Museum debuts at a creek near you Stephen Drinkard, left, and Dann Hall amid the outdoor museum erected along the Sand Creek boardwalk. PHOTOS By BILLIE JEAN GERKE s andpoint has a new museum – and it’s all outdoors. The City of Sandpoint completed the Sand Creek boardwalk in 2012 and turned a handicapped ramp and railing into a historical showcase for downtown’s scenic waterway. Erected late last summer, the project consists of an overview sign, two massive panoramic photos, circa 1909 and 1912, and a series of 12 photos covering the creek’s history from 1900 to the present. Examples include a 1906 Dick Himes photo of Humbird Mill and a Ross Hall image of the last Indian stick game played in Sandpoint, in 1931. The city’s former project coordinator, Stephen Drinkard, says the idea popped into his head to use historic photos to create a point of attraction at the north end of the 1,000-foot-long boardwalk. “It’s an opportunity to say there’s some remarkable things in history that happened on the creek,” Drinkard said. “It adds a vertical dimension to town.” The city’s Historic Preservation Commission, and particularly its chairman, Dann Hall, seized the opportunity. “We thought it was a great idea, and I was eager to contribute because of my position on the board and my access to the Ross Hall Collection,” said Hall, who curates the vast photographic collection mostly taken by his father beginning in the 1930s. The outdoor museum is perfectly situated between two bridges over Sand Creek – reminders of history that add another depth of understanding, according to Drinkard. Phase I of the boardwalk in 2000 came about because of Ralph Sletager, a local businessman who owned both The Old Power House and Gunning’s Alley at the time. He had commissioned a plan for a WINTER 2013 boardwalk and applied for a permit to connect The Old Power House and Cedar Street Bridge. After seeing the drawings and discussing them with Sletager, Drinkard applied for and won a $100,000 grant from Idaho Parks and Recreation Waterways (IPRW). “Stephen did a really good job of corralling a lot of different landowners (to secure riparian rights). Each of those people deserves credit. They caught the vision to see what could happen there,” Sletager said. He is pleased whenever he sees folks on the boardwalk or watercraft on Sand Creek, as it draws people into the downtown core on what had been an underutilized asset. “What distinguishes Sandpoint from other towns in the Rocky Mountains is our con connection to the lake,” Sletager said. Phase II of the boardwalk from Bridge Street to Main was funded by a $250,000 grant from Sandpoint Urban Renewal Agency and an additional $60,000 IPRW grant. Benches, trees, lighting, a kayak dock and the history project face the Sand Creek Byway and its adjacent path that opened July 27, 2012. Ransom Weller of Mountain Metal Works, who fabricated the metal and installed all the Sand Creek history panels, summed it up nicely: “It adds some life to this concrete-and-metal jungle.” Sletager, meantime, keeps envisioning greater potential for Sand Creek, such as a floating performance stage. That certainly would add even more life to Sandpoint’s already vibrant waterfront. –Billie Jean Gerke 10 SANDPOINT MAGAZINE ALMANAC Invasion of the snow bikes i f you’re looking for an exciting wintertime adventure, and want a good workout to boot, check out the latest craze at Schweitzer Mountain Resort: snow bikes. They look a lot like regular mountain bikes, except for the intentionally flat, fat tires that help keep the snow bike from sinking into the snow. (While a mountain bike tire is filled with 25 to 40 pounds of air pressure, a snow bike tire is filled with just 7 to 10 pounds). The tires resemble motorcycle tires, and the bikes are a little heavier in weight than a regular mountain bike. According to Jon Harding, Schweitzer Mountain Resort’s retail and rental manager, the snow bikes won’t be ridden on the downhill runs; instead, riders will access the resort’s snow-packed cross-country ski trails, although the exact routes hadn’t been determined by press time. The fleet consists of two Surly Pugsley snow bikes available for rent at the Ski and Ride Center. Cost is estimated to be around $30 for two hours; that includes some staff instruction, plus key tips and tricks. There’s no chairlift to climb on, but folks who are in ski-worthy physical shape should have a good endurance level for the snow bikes. “It’s a good workout,” said Harding, who tried one out last winter. Jacob Styer rode a Pugsley last winter, and is a fan of the snow bikes. “I’m excited about hitting the trails at Schweitzer,” he said. “The bike is really fun to ride, and the recreational riding possibilities are virtually endless.” Styer used his bike over the summer, as well: “It’s really transformed North Idaho’s year-round biking potential.” The new sport is quickly catching on at ski areas around the West, and the excitement level is building, according to Harding. In fact, some resorts are even scheduling snow bike races. Tour de Freeze, anyone? –Beth Hawkins Shown last year on the road between Musical Chairs and the lower parking lot at Schweitzer Mountain Resort, Jacob Styer looks forward to riding his fat-tired Pugsley on the resort’s Nordic trails this winter. PHOTO By ALAN LEMIRE Clinic helps fill health care gap w hile the national debate rages on over how to deal with escalating health care costs, there’s a quiet little clinic in Sandpoint – staffed by volunteers – that’s more action than talk. One night each week, Bonner Partners in Care Clinic (BPICC) opens its doors to residents – free of charge – who are uninsured and in need of a doctor. BPICC was formed in 2003 by concerned community members and used to be open two nights per week before the economy foundered. The clinic could use that extra night. According to Director Amy Topp, the need is endless. “It’s really hard to turn people away,” she said. BPICC admits eight patients on a firstcome, first-served basis at the Panhandle Health District building per week. Doors open at 5:30 p.m., alternating between Tuesdays and Thursdays; folks oftentimes arrive by 5 p.m. to stand in line and ensure a spot. When things get really busy, mostly during the winter, the clinic goes into “triage” mode: “We separate those who should be seen and those who can wait,” Topp said. Volunteers include a doctor or nurse practitioner, plus a nurse and office staff each week. Nicole Grimm, a nurse practitioner in Sandpoint, volunteers at the clinic because she believes in providing high-quality medical care to an underserved segment of the population – oftentimes residents who are working but don’t have insurance. Grimm enjoys her time at BPICC and says those who come in are some of the most grateful WINTER 2013 Amy Topp, nurse practitioner Nicole Grimm and nurse Nita Allard gather at the free clinic patients she sees all day. Funding relies on community resources such as the Community Assistance League – not government. To learn more or to volunteer, call 255-9099 or look up www. BonnerPartnersInCareClinic.org. –Beth Hawkins SANDPOINT MAGAZINE 11 ALMANAC l i t t l a e e v i new name and face, same mission l p we have health insurance plans that fit your lifestyle and your wallet. BUSINESS - HEALTH HOME - AUTO - LIFE reserving open space is a major undertaking, and for a local land conservancy, its name wasn’t making the effort any easier. “ ‘Clark Fork-Pend Oreille Conservancy’ is a mouthful, hard for people to remember, even harder to remember correctly,” said its new director, Eric Grace. That’s why the name was changed in September to Kaniksu Land Trust, a simpler moniker that supporters hope will bolster the organization’s ongoing mission of conserving undeveloped land in Bonner County, Idaho, and Sanders County, Montana. The trust seeks to make its resources available to landowners who want to protect their land but don’t know how The new Kaniksu Land Trust director, Eric Grace, enjoys the outdoors, which ties into his group’s mission to conserve land. COURTESy PHOTO or don’t want to give up use of it. “We use a number of different tools to partner with private landowners to make sure that their property stays Buying locally has its rewards dous impact on local businesses’ bottom line throughout the entire year. And this year, shoppers will have a great new reason to shop local: the Genuine Sandpoint gift card. The card will launch in time for holiday shopping and is good at more than 20 downtown Sandpoint businesses. And just B uy locally. It’s a creed that carries extra weight during the winter season, when dollars spent within the city limits of Sandpoint have a tremen- spearhead the initiative, which includes the Genuine Sandpoint campaign to promote buying local. He’s excited about the launch of the gift card, and even more pleased about the benefits. “It’s as good as cash,” Rivers said about the card, which is pre-loaded with money from the gift-giver and works just like a VISA or MasterCard when shoppers pay for purchases. “And it’s perfect for gift giving: for Christmas, birthdays, graduation, plus it encourages local businesses and contributes to the arts.” Genuine Sandpoint is DSBA’s campaign for buying locally, and the group came up with the title through firsthand experiences. “When people would visit Sandpoint from out of town, we would hear people say that folks here are so genuine,” said Marcy Timblin, DSBA’s manager. “We thought S 1323 Highway 2 | Sandpoint | 208 265-9690 12 SANDPOINT MAGAZINE like a rewards credit card, this one has a perk as well: 1 percent of the value will help fund local arts programs in Sandpoint. The gift card program was launched by the Downtown Sandpoint Business Association as part of its Sandpoint Forward economic revitalization initiative. Consultant Mark Rivers of Brix and Company is helping WINTER 2013 ALMANAC undeveloped in perpetuity,” said Grace, who arrived a year ago to take over as director after 13 years with the Genesee Valley Conservancy in western New York state. Kaniksu Land Trust may buy land, but a more common approach is a conservation easement, in which a landowner sells or donates development rights to the organization. This type of conservation doesn’t mean not using the land; it can be protected from development while allowing for sustainable timber harvest, ranching or recreation. Since its founding as Clark ForkPend Oreille Conservancy in 2002, the land trust has protected seven properties, including the Wood family’s working forest property and cattle ranch on Grouse and Gold creeks. It currently holds easements for and monitors the use of 1,764 acres in Idaho and Montana. Another half dozen are in the works. www.kaniksu.org, 263-9471 –Cate Huisman Ernie concluded his new son-in-law had the makings of a real chowderhead…. Kitchen art with a smile by Sandpoint artist Jan Welle You’ll find whatever pops your corn at Get your Fry On with Our Quality Cookware! Corner of 1st & Cedar Street Downtown Sandpoint 208-255-1863 www.fritzsfrypan.com Open 7 days Mon - Sat 9 - 6 p.m. • Sun 10 - 4 p.m. ‘Genuine Sandpoint’ would be a great way to market that.” While the Genuine Sandpoint gift card will only be honored at participating downtown merchants, Rivers expects that the program will help boost spending at local businesses – year-round. And that would be a merry thing, indeed. To find out more about the Genuine Sandpoint gift card and where it’s available for purchase, visit the DSBA website at www. DowntownSandpoint.com. –Beth Hawkins re Medica ved h Appro Healt e m o for H uipment Eq Assisting you with Care and Compassion www.SandpointSuperDrug.com A family owned, independent pharmacy serving the area for over 36 years. Like us on Open 7 days a week Plenty of Parking 604 N. 5th Avenue 208-263-1408 WINTER 2013 SANDPOINT MAGAZINE 13 ALMANAC Alpine shop changes guard A t age 5, Brent Eacret bought his first pair of skis from the Alpine Shop, Sandpoint and Schweitzer’s landmark ski, board and boat store. In July, Eacret and his wife, Nicole, bought the business – the first new owners since its founding in 1966 – and are excited to continue the tradition of fabulous customer service, quality and a love for the area and its recreational offerings. “We’re just carrying the torch and moving forward for our generation,” Nicole Eacret said. “We want to keep what everyone loves about it and move it into the now.” After 46 years, Bob and Linda Aavedal are glad to turn over their lifetime work to the thirtysomething couple. “It’s time for the next generation and some new energy,” said Bob Aavedal, who after two months of retirement was still getting up early, but at least today he’s puttering on his tractor and actually enjoying the outdoors instead of selling outdoor clothing and equipment. The Alpine Shop is going high-tech – adding a website and joining Facebook. It also added Armada skis and a few other retail lines in addition to expanding the kids ski equipment program. As the parents of two young boys, the Eacrets know the difficulty and expense of outfitting growing children. What customers will find at the downtown store on Church Street and the Schweitzer shop in the Lazier Building is the same brand of consistency. The business also includes a boat storage facility on Boyer Avenue, housing up to 150 boats. Bob Aavedal opened the Alpine Shop in 1966, just three years after Schweitzer Basin fired up its first mile-long double chairlift. Aavedal, who had worked at Schweitzer since opening day doing everything from parking cars to ski patrol, saw the need and opportunity for more ski services. Brent and Nicole Eacret, left, take Alpine Shop’s reins from founders Linda and Bob Aavedal. COURTESy PHOTO In 1971, Aavedal expanded from the mountain to downtown and added boat services and storage. In the early 1990s, Aavedal bought out partner Terry Merwin. “I’m happy to have someone keep it going,” said Bob Aavedal. –Erica F. Curless ...where you’ll find your new favorite things! A twirling array of unique fashion & accessories, colorful housewares & gifts, furniture, fine art & more! (208) 263-4140 334 N. 1st Ave. Suite 201 Visit us online at Join our email list: firstname.lastname@example.org www.fhcsandpoint.com or on “Like” us Facebook on Facebook! Located upstairs on the Cedar St Bridge 14 SANDPOINT MAGAZINE WINTER 2013 ALMANAC new director, old history T he Bonner County Historical Museum welcomed in September a new director, Olivia Luther, who recently moved to Sandpoint from San Diego. She had served as museum director and chief curator for the Museum at the California Center for the Arts in Escondido, where she curated more than 30 exhibitions and published four museum catalogs. Luther holds a bachelor’s degree in art history from San Diego State University and a master’s degree in art history and connoisseurship from the University of Glasgow. She joins her mother and twin brothers in Sandpoint, acknowledging that the area is very different from San Diego, “but in a good way.” Looking forward to getting married next July, she enjoys reading, art, history and travel. The historical museum is a rich resource of artifacts and information about the often roughand-tumble heritage of Sandpoint and Greater Bonner County. Founded in 1972 and operated by the Bonner County Historical Society, the museum offers exhibits on archaeological finds, early exploration and settlement, railroads, mining, timber and more, plus a research archive. This winter, the museum is installing an exhibit of early-Sandpoint artifacts unearthed prior to construction of the new Sand Creek Byway. Future plans may include a new facility on historical society-owned land in Kootenai, which would expand exhibit options, especially for large artifacts such as antique tractors and vehicles. Volunteers are available by appointment to assist with genealogical and other archival research. Located Bonner County Historical Museum’s new director, Olivia Luther, near the David Thompson exhibit in Sandpoint at 611 S. Ella Ave., in Lakeview Park, the museum is open Tuesday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is $3 for adults, and $1 for ages 6 to 18. www.bonnercountyhistory.org, 263-2344. –Jennifer Lamont Leo We’ll take care of you when you are black and blue So you can get back to the Blacks and Blues (or maybe the Greens) www.BonnerGeneral.org 208-263-1441 520 North 3rd Ave. Sandpoint, Idaho Also serving you at BONNER GENERAL IMMEDIATE CARE 400 Schweitzer Plaza Dr. Ponderay, ID • 208-263-0649 Mon-Fri 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. • Sat & Sun 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. WINTER 2013 SANDPOINT MAGAZINE 15 ALMANAC FREE ADMISSION Summer Hours Monday - Saturday from 8am to 4pm Winter Hours Monday - Friday from 8am to 4pm Cafe Memorial - Labor Day from 11am to 3pm 325 Bird Ranch Road • Sagle, Idaho 83860 (208) 255-4321 • birdaviationmuseum.com First in Fashion V isit us downtown and pamper yourself with unique, carefully chosen apparel collections and accessories to complement you and your contemporary lifestyle. 326 North First Avenue, Sandpoint 208.263.0712 www.EvesLeaves.com 16 SANDPOINT MAGAZINE a or a world supposedly becoming “paper free,” many books are still getting published. In spite of the electronic revolution – and partly because of it – a phalanx of local writers have published books recently. Peruse Vanderford’s and The Corner Bookstore, for example, to see more than a dozen local books published in a variety of different genres and in a variety of different ways since 2010 – from Robin Helm and Gail Lyster’s “The Land of Starry Night” (2011) to Sandy Compton’s “The Friction of Desire” (2012). “I can still publish books for myself and my clients,” said Compton, 61, “because of the printon-demand revoluThe friction tion. A minimum of esire print run eight years ago might have been Sandy 1,000 books. Print-onCompton demand will produce a 200-page book – just one – for about $3.25.” Notably, “A Third Grade Guide To Sandpoint” was created with the help of teachers and createspace.com, one of a growing number of print-ondemand “presses” that operates via the Internet. This illustrated collection was written by the 2011-12 third-grade class at Farmin-Stidwell School. Sandpoint’s Jim Payne used print-on-demand for “Discovering England from One Inch above the Thames” (2012). Payne, 73, who has traversed many rivers by kayak, also writes extensively about politics; he published “Six Political Illusions” in 2010. His first kayaking book, “One Inch Above the Water,” came out in 2008. It’s gotten easier to pubThe friction of Desire Whatever you might be thinking, you might be wrong. F local authors, books proliferate lish, but the selling part is still hard work. Ann Clizer took years to write “Selective Abandonment,” a study of three troubled souls living at the end of the road in northern Idaho, self-published in 2011. “I did eight signings in 2011 and sold a respectable number of books,” she said, “but it takes constant effort to continue selling books.” Self-promotion is hard for most authors, but independent bookstores are willing to help, according to Marcia Vanderford: “The first step is to let us know you have a book.” Three children’s books are part of the “new” collection. Amy Tessier’s fanciful illustrations and storyline grace “Sugarbell, the Lovable Kitty” (2011). Dr. Robin Helm and illustrator Gail Lyster collaborated on “The Land of Starry Night,” both published The Land of with the help tarry ight of Keokee Company, publishers of Sandpoint Magazine. “A Smidgen of Sky” – released Nov. 6 – was written for middle-schoolers by Dianna Winget of Sagle. Other new volumes in the “local” section include Diana Murdock’s “Souled” (2012), a thriller about a Sandpoint High student who makes a deal with the wrong spirit. “Bridge to Justice” (2011) by Carol AuClair was published by Rocky Point Press. “Four-Eleven!” (2010) is Rich Falleto’s memoir about Forest Service adventures in the 1960s. A local history of 1920s bad guy Mike Donnelly is “Hunted” (2012), by Dale Selle, a history hound wellknown in the research room at Bonner County Historical Museum. The Friction of Larry Longquist — world traveler, depressive, recovering addict, and freshly 60 years old — cashes his tiny 401K and engages the services of Mary Magdalene Miller, Psy. D. Object — clarity. Dr. Miller has never had a client quite like Larry, who admits to being afraid to get out of bed some days. At the risk of finding out he’s insane, Larry tells her not quite all there is to know about himself. In a series of tender, crazy, funny meetings — paid for in advance — Larry walks and talks his way into her heart. And, she listens her way into his. D Desire Sandy Compton’s fifth book is, he admits, “somewhat auto-biographical,” but it spills far over into the world of his protagonist and narrator, “whom I met quite by accident while trying to write a book one day.” Compton avers that he doesn’t create his characters; they come to him and ask to be written. In The Friction of Desire, he lets them tell the story. “They have done a much better job of it than I might have,” Compton says. S N Sandy Compton With humor, compassion and unflinching self-exposure, Doctor Miller details her relationship with Larry as he tells her about his odd relationship with life and the ironic gifts it gives him. The Friction of Desire is a Blue Mobius Book from Blue Creek Press of Heron, Montana www.bluecreekpress.com ISBN 978-1-886591-11-0 Robin Helm Illustrated by 51295 Gail Lyster 9 781886 591110 Blue Creek Press WINTER 2013 ALMANAC Museum. After Selle died in 2009, Bonner County Historical Society published his book. H.K. Petschel also delved into writing a true crime story, “Stamp Counterfeiting: The Evolution of an Unrecognized Crime” (2011), which won second place for nonfiction from the American Philatelic Society. “Celebrating the Art of Writing: A Collection of Poems, Essays, Memoirs, Free Writes and Short Stories” (2010) is by members of the Sandpoint Chapter of the Idaho Writers’ League. Acadia Press recently published “Priest River and Priest Lake: Kaniksu Country” (2012) by Marylyn Cork, Jeanne M. Tomlin and Diane E. Mercer as part of the “Images of America” Series. “A Smidgen of Sky,” the newest book – and arguably the most successful – was published by Harcourt Children’s Press, an imprint of big-time publisher Houghton Mifflin, which is a serious coup for an author. The book was chosen as an IndiBound ABC New Voices Pick. Author Winget, 45, admits it was a not-so-overnight success. “I looked for years for an agent specializing in middleschool books before finding Mary Kole, who sold the book to Harcourt,” she said.