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12 Distilleries

68 Mindful Living

Ridge Distillery Prohibition Whistling Andy

Outdoor Women 20 Adventure Junkie

24 Cross Country Skiing

70 dear coach dru 72 when Will meets Will 74 “what about the moms?”

Pets & Garden 76 and the season begins...

406 Love

30 a Chico wedding 38 Love Story

Food & Flavor 44 the art of garlic

78 Montana Miracle

Art 82 Going to the Sun Gallery 84 hot do

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52 Wine

88 Need to Boost Retirement Income?

48 Dinner for Two 50 cook book

Home & Design 56 Tate Pastor Interiors

HEALTH 62 Better Health

Through Chemistry? 64 Your Cold and Flu Tool Kit

66 don’t let stress

steal your heart

People & Places 90 406 women

Eagles Nest Antiques & Home Decor

The Whitefish Study Center Imagination Station Stella Holt

94 406 man

Joe Arnone

Tamarack Grief Resource Center

96 happenings


Publisher Cindy Gerrity

Business Manager Daley McDaniel

Creative Director/Layout&Design Sara Joy Pinnell

Editor Kristen Pulsifer

Photographer Intern Alisia Cubberly

Copy Editor/Writer Carole Pinnell

Photographer/ Writer Jessica Lowry

Writer Amy Grisak

On the Cover

Cover Image by: Noah Clayton

Leigh Ann DiDomenico, MA in Psychology, is a published writer, accomplished slam poet, model, and actress. She lives in Kalispell, MT, where she hosts the GET POETRY Open Mic at the Boiler Room, Sundays from 4-6pm. She is a beauty, petite fashion, and commercial model, works with photographers, clothing companies, designers, and visual artists, has performed in fashion shows, been published in catalog, promo, and stock photography, and this is her first magazine cover.

406 Woman

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Contributors Marti Kurth is a freelance publicist, writer and photographer who has had a longtime love affair with the arts. She teaches middle eastern belly dance and hand drumming and spent her early years acting in community theater. She has lived in the Flathead Valley since 2000 with her husband who is a graphic designer. Contact her at

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Dru Rafkin Jackman

Kiersten Alton, RPH,

is a Certified Personal and Professional Development Coach who started Sane Solutions by Dru in 1998. In her former life, Dru was a script supervisor who worked in the “glamorous” world of television. And although she loved the camaraderie, teamwork and 80-hour weeks, she took a dare from friends and decided to follow her passion of supporting others. She lives in Whitefish with her husband. To contact her, please visit


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Originally from Washington, DC Christine is a freelance writer based in Whitefish, MT who specializes in copy that educates, sells, creates change, and inspires action. When not playing with words and working with her clients, you can find her chasing her two pugs, two-wheeling through town, and enjoying everything that Montana has to offer. For more information, visit www.

is a pharmacist at Big Sky Specialty Compounding in Kalispell. She attended pharmacy school at the University of Texas in Austin where she learned about herbs, vitamins, homeopathics and how to make medicines from scratch (compounding). She helps patients reduce or eliminate medications and teaches classes on women’s hormones, environmental toxins, and nutritional and natural medicine for infants and toddlers. Recently Kiersten started an autism support group. For more information, e-mail Kalton@

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Lee Anne Byrne is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker offering counseling in private practice in Whitefish, Montana. She blends holistic and conventional approaches in her work with adults, adolescents and couples, drawing on her extensive and diverse experience. Lee Anne also offers classes in mindful approaches to our moods. She can be reached at 406-862-1440.

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Certified Parent Coach with over 30 years of experience in the fields of education, parent support, and therapeutic placement for adolescents and young adults. Her passion is working with people who are ready to make some changes in their life! After raising three kids she is happily maturing into mid life and enjoys living a balanced life in Whitefish. To contact her, please visit her website at www.

traded pipe dreams of being a research biologist for a solid career in print journalism, clutching tightly her degree in journalism and mass communication from Iowa State University. Now she has a new lease on life at Kalispell Regional Medical Center. After a long run in the news business at papers across Iowa and Montana – Kalispell, Columbia Falls and Whitefish – she now is a marketing communications assistant working to get out the word on health care. When she can extract herself from flower beds and the vegetable garden, she just might be found on a mountain, two-wheeling down a back road, skinnyskiing through the woods, paddling on the water or reading a good book. She’s been in Columbia Falls 20 years and plans on another 20.

writes to express her soul. The way words flow and find meaning makes her happy. Like writing, cooking can also be a meditation. And both activities result in being fed. Miriam started writing many years ago as a way of capturing her life’s journey. She learned to cook from her very talented mother and from her own love of creative experimentation while playing with food. She grew up in New York City and went to Brooklyn College. Her journey took her across the country and to homes in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, Seattle, Washington, Santa Fe, New Mexico and the Flathead Valley of Montana. Miriam Singer lives in Whitefish, Montana with her partner in life John Simpson who manages Don “K” Subaru. Together they promote music as Singer & Simpson Productions. Miriam sings for the same reason she writes. By the way, Miriam drives a Subaru.

owner of Green Door Photography, has photographed weddings in six countries and sixteen US States. After graduating from MSU Bozeman with a degree in Photography, she spent five years in Portland , Oregon. In 2007, Nicole and her dog Roxy made the move back home to Montana and are loving life in Missoula . Travel for work or play remains a top priority, as well as taking time to enjoy the incredible surroundings just out the front door. Running a boutique photography studio with limited clients each year allows Nicole to remain creative with each photo shoot and passionate about her work. Nicole’s wedding and portrait images can be found online at www.

Montana native. Born in Missoula and has lived within the state boundaries for 30 years plus. He attended the University of Oregon (Eugene OR) and eventually received his B.A from the University of Montana (Missoula). In some capacity Mike has been a member of the media since prep school working as editor/writer/ columnist of the high school paper; also writing stories for the Missoulian newspaper during that time. After college, broadcast media has been the main vocation. Radio stops in Missoula, Lewiston ID, Tri-Cities WA & Spokane WA before returning to the Treasure State in the summer of 2001. While in the Flathead, Mike has performed news, sports, programming & sales duties for 2 Flathead/area radio groups as well as a start-up internet radio station in Whitefish MT. Volunteering and being involved as much as possible (outside of work related stuff) keep Mike up-and-alive. E-mail.

Montana native from the eastern side of the Rocky Mountains, now living in Columbia Falls. Outfitted with a double major in Business Marketing and Forestry Recreation Management from the University of Montana, Sammi is absorbed by the outdoor recreational market and its motivating individuals. Whether she is skiing, hanging with the hubby, hiking, conducting kitchen experiments, or perfecting her splash-less dive (with nose plugged) Sammi is proud to have a 406 area code.

limited Partner and Financial Advisor with Edward Jones Investments. Karin along with Daved, Her husband of 19 years, and her two boys, Warren age 15 and Easton age 10 live in the surrounding Whitefish area. Originally from Verginia, Karin and Daved made Montana their home in 1996 after realizing that they needed to be in and near the great outdoors. City life was not for them! Karin is a fully licensed Financial Advisor who is not only didicated to helping her clients in the local area but across the nation as well. Being a mom, wife and a career woman has given her the insight to help women of all walks and ages to plan for their individual and business financial goals. Karin can be reached by phone (406)862-5454 or at her convenient location 807 Spakane Ave, suite 500, Whitefish, MT.

commercial freelance photographer based out of Whitefish, MT. He grew up a small town boy in North Carolina. As a child, he drew detailed pictures of the surrounding landscape, which encompassed his daily life in the countryside. At age 15, he began whitewater kayaking and was exposed to an outdoor lifestyle that strongly took hold and sparked a desire to expand his horizons and travel the world. After spending a year in Taiwan, six months in Australia, and traveling much of the continental United States, Noah sought a profession that could perpetuate the thrill of creativity, new ideas, travel, and different cultures. Photography was a natural fit. He and his wife recently had a son and are excited to raise him in northwest Montana.

a Flathead High School Graduate. He served in the US NAVY as the executive officers’ personal cook and steward aboard the USS NIMITZ in the Persian Gulf. He also spent 11 years in the National Guard after leaving the Navy. He is currently the Commander of the VFW Bigfork Post and the State Surgeon (medical officer) for the VFW. He attended several undergraduate schools prior to his graduate work at Sherman College of Chiropractic in Spartanburg, South Carolina. Dr. Carlson has a Bachelors of Science in pre-med and a Doctorate of Chiropractic. An avid reader, he spends time staying current on health research and wellness topics, which he shares with his patients and other interested groups, and attends yearly seminars to increase and share knowledge obtained by professionals all over the country/world.


Ridge Distillery Text by Carole Pinnell - Photography by Sara Pinnell

It was my desire to meet the team responsible for growing and harvesting the herbs needed for Silvertip American Dry Gin, d’Absinthe Verte and d’Absinthe Blanche. An additional incentive for driving on the wintery thoroughfares leading to their home was the opportunity to view their distillery. Jules and Joe Legate’s distillery is near their home, housed in its own building. Upon meeting them, I immediately was enthralled with Jules’ knowledge of herbs. As we walked into the distillery Jules explained, “I first gained my knowledge of herbs because I love herbal tea and began growing my specific herbs for it. We have friends that are in the distillation business, they informed me of the herbs needed to make Gin and Absinthe. I could not believe it, many of the herbs they indicated I was growing for my teas. They are indigenous to the climate of the Rocky Mountains; they are Alpine or High-altitude Herbs. Herbs such as: Angelica, Elecampane, Melissa and Wormwood.”

Did she say Wormwood? In my mind Wormwood is a Harry

Potter slash Hogwarts type of word; it is such an unusual sounding herb. I confess I had to ask, “Where did the name Wormwood come from?” Jules enlightened me, “The herb Wormwood is a key ingredient of Absinthe. However, Wormwood's unique properties fascinated humanity long before the plant was first used to make absinthe in 1792. It has been valued as a versatile medicinal plant since at least 1600 B.C. You guessed


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it; a tincture prepared from sweet wormwood is helpful in healing fevers caused by intestinal parasites. Wormwood loves the Rocky Mountains and grows like a weed here in horse pastures or wherever the ground is disturbed.” We entered the distillery and the bouquet of herbs blissfully assaulted my senses. I am unable to replicate a better aroma on a cold winter’s day! Looking around I espied herbs carefully placed on shelves and a bainmarie (also known as a water bath) a French term for a container that holds the working liquid, an inner, smaller container that fits inside the outer one and which holds the material to be heated or cooked. Under the outer container of the bain-marie is the heat source. The rectifying balls are handmade copper from Portugal with an onion dome and swans neck. The smaller container, filled with the substance to be heated, fits inside the outer container, filled with water, and the whole is heated at the base, causing the temperature of the materials in both containers to rise as needed. The rectifying balls are continually cooled with water, allowing the heavier vapors to condense. The precious distillate is collected in calibrated 5-liter jugs from the copper tanks below the condenser. The clear distillate is carefully monitored and proofed. I was mesmerized by the knowledge Jules had regarding the distillery and the history and culture of Absinthe, which was being made before my very eyes. It was at that moment I realized I had preconceived ideas about what a distillery was. Yes, I will disclose the fact my mind had envisioned Grannies still where moonshine was prepared.

Absinthe has a distinct place in the history of modern culture.

Absinthe (pronounced AB-sinth) historically described as a distilled, highly alcoholic beverage. It is an anise-flavored spirit derived from herbs. In the 1840s, Absinthe was extremely popular in France. They gave it to the French troops as a malaria treatment therefore, when the troops returned home; they brought their taste for Absinthe with them. It became so popular in bars and bistros that, by the 1860s, the hour of 5 p.m. became "the green hour". By the 1880s, mass production had caused the price of Absinthe to drop sharply. By 1910, the French were drinking 36 million liters of Absinthe per year, compared to their consumption of almost 5 billion liters of wine. Spurred by prohibition and the winemakers' associations, who needed to get the revenue back that Absinthe was taking away, Absinthe was publicly associated with violent crimes and social disorder. By 1915, Absinthe was banned in the United States and in most European countries including France, The Netherlands, Belgium and Switzerland. Conversely, in 2007, the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) successfully lifted the longstanding Absinthe ban, and have since approved many brands for sale in the U.S. market. Various artists and writers residing in France in the late 19th and early 20th century were Absinthe drinkers who highlighted Absinthe in their work. These included Arthur Rimbaud, Vincent van Gogh, Guy de Maupassant, Édouard Manet, Paul Verlaine, Amedeo Modigliani and Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec. Later, many bohemian artists or writers, including Pablo Picasso, August Strindberg, Oscar Wilde, and Ernest Hemingway delighted in drinking Absinthe.

Preparing Absinthe

Traditionally, Absinthe is prepared by placing a sugar cube on top of a specially designed Absinthe spoon. These particular spoons are used to hold the sugar cube, over which ice-cold water is drizzled to dilute the Absinthe. The spoon is placed on the glass, which has been filled with a shot of Absinthe; typically 1 part Absinthe and 3 to 5 parts water. Slow drip Absinthe fountain with increased popularity, the Absinthe fountain, a large jar of ice water on a base with spigots, came into use. It allowed a number of drinks to be prepared at once. Although many bars served Absinthe in standard glasses, a number of glasses were specifically made for Absinthe. These had an amount line, bulge, or bubble in the lower portion representing how much Absinthe should be poured in. During this process, components not soluble in water, from the anise and fennel come out of the solution and cloud the drink. The resulting milky opalescence is called the louche (opaque). Releasing these components allows herbal aromas and flavors to bloom and brings out delicacies originally over-powered by the anise. This is often referred to as "The French Method." Jules and Joe had all of the traditional implements set out for preparing Absinthe. The beauty of the glassware and the process of preparing Absinthe are soothing and restful. I can envision Ernest Hemingway sitting in front of an Absinthe fountain and writing, "I like to listen. I have learned a great deal from listening carefully. Most people never listen."

Ridge Distillery LLC is providing small-batch artisanal beverages from the heart of Montana's Rocky Mountains. The alpine herbs are carefully grown and harvested to capture the traditional essence of a century ago.




Importance of Prohibition:

Don Marquis said, “Prohibition makes you want to cry into your beer and denies you the beer to cry into.”


I mentioned prohibition previously, explaining that the banning of Absinthe in the United States in 1915 was “spurred by the prohibition.” Prohibition was a period of nearly fourteen years of U.S. history in which the manufacture, sale, and transportation of liquor was made illegal. It led to the first and only time an Amendment to the U.S. Constitution was repealed. Before women gained the right to vote, the liquor question occupied their energies more than any other concern. In the early nineteenth century, a few women spoke out on the affliction of liquor: drink, they said, was the supreme threat to an agreeable home. By the late nineteenth century, liquor was the foremost women’s issue. The Woman’s Christian Temperance Union (WCTU) organized in 1874, under the leadership of Frances Willard became the largest women’s group of the nineteenth century. In a paradoxical twist, a women’s organization helped bring about repeal. As early as 1922, the Molly Pitcher Club, allied with the brewery-sponsored Association against the Prohibition

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Amendment, attempted to organize women opposed to prohibition. Led by L. Louise Gross, that group decried the “tendency on the part of our National Government to interfere with the personal habits of the American people except those habits which may be designated as criminal.” A politically well-connected New Yorker, Pauline Sabin formed the Women’s Organization for National Prohibition Reform in 1929. While her own politics tended toward small government and free market, (she later promoted the anti-New Deal American Liberty League), she argued for repeal saying, “repeal would defend families from the crime, bribery, and clandestine drinking that prohibition had created. Repeal would return decisions about alcohol to families, where they belonged.” The American public never accepted prohibition. Americans like to drink and there was even a rise in the number of women who drank during the era, which helped change the general perception of what it meant to be “respectable”.


Whistling Andy Linda Anderson, Dana Marchetti and Dana's husband, Mike Marchetti are the owners of Whistling Andy, Inc. Brian Anderson and Mike Marchetti are the distillers; they draw on their combination of brewing, distilling school and a passion for very good liquor. They love freedom, hard work, family, and the simple pleasure of making and enjoying fine handcrafted spirits. It distills down to gratitude. Who is Whistling Andy?

Whistling Andy was Roger Anderson’s nickname in the Air Force. He is Linda’s husband and Brian's Dad.

Who is on the label?

Dana’s Marchetti’s Great-Grandfather, John Claude Brown

Who created your signs?

Local sign makers Meissenburg Designs of Bigfork did all the signage.

What kind of spirits do you encompass?

Vodka, Rum, Gin, Whiskey and Moonshine with Specialty Spirits flavors such as Pink Peppercorn-Pear Gin, Manhattan Moonshine, and Hibiscus-Coconut Rum to follow shortly.

What is Moonshine?

Back in the day is was a term used to describe illegally made liquor. Currently it is a term used to describe un-aged whisky. We will be making a Corn-Wheat Moonshine as well as our flavored Manhattan Moonshine. The Manhattan Moonshine is infused with Orange and Cherry.

How many times do you distill your vodka?

The number of distillations is a marketing tool used by many of the big brands. Our vodka will be distilled typically six or seven times, until it is exactly what we are aiming for…crisp clean tasting vodka that we love.

What type of distillery are you?

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The distillery is known in the industry as “grain to glass”. All of our grains are from the Flathead Valley. We use the grain to make our Vodka, Gin, Whiskey, Bourbon and Moonshine. Our molasses and cane sugar for the rum comes out of the South. Some micro distillers use neutral grain spirits, meaning they buy the spirits, add flavors, and redistill. We are buying and milling our grains in the Flathead Valley and the excess grain will go back to the farmers as slurry for livestock.

What is Whistling Andy bringing to Bigfork?

We want the distillery to be a place where the town can gather in an enjoyable, clean astrosphere for either a cup of coffee or a hand crafted drink. Down the line, we want to produce a product that the town can be proud of and seen in restaurants around the world. We will be hosting bottling parties so the community can learn about the process of making small batch spirits.

What is the focus of Whistling Andy?

Our focus is building a business utilizing local products we can bring to the world through our handcrafted spirits. This summer we will be buying cherries. We are hoping this is a good opportunity for the growers on the East Lake Shore of Flathead Lake to be able to sell all their products.

How is a micro-distiller different?

Many people ask us, “What is the difference between micro distilleries and large batch distillers.” The difference between the two is the fact micro’s produce in small batches thus controlling the heads and tails, which lead to a cleaner product. A pot still collects and condenses the alcohol vapors off the hot mash.

Where did you acquire your still and equipment?

We ordered our still from Vendome Cooper and Brass works in Louisville Kentucky. It was hand made over the summer for us. The Vendome Cooper and Brass Works is a family owned business that has been making stills continuously since the 1900’s. During the Prohibition, they switched to fabricating other products. After the prohibition, the company continued to grow through World War II as the demand for alcohol and consequently stills increased in America. The Mash Tank was previously used by the Eskimo Pie factory in the 1940’s. Our fermentor came from St Pat’s out of Texas.

Where is Whistling Andy available?

We are now in Montana liquor stores; you can also purchase a bottle in the tasting room. Early this spring, we will be available in limited states.  17

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Adventure Junkie

Glacier Outdoor Center

Written by Sammi Johnson - Images by Doug Berry

Globetrotter. Professional Skier. Mountaineer. Climber. Journalist. Kim Havell is all of these. Havell, from Telluride, Colorado, is sponsored by The North Face, Black Diamond, Backcountry.

com, WebIt Designs, IO-BIO, Suunto, Buff and Smith Optics. She’s also a journalist for Outside TV,

and Elevation Outdoors Magazine. Havell recently visited the Flathead Valley as a special

guest presenter at Whitefish Mountain Films, a newly-formed film festival in Whitefish. Havell arrived a day early and scheduled a Nordic ski tour in Glacier National Park with Glacier Outdoor Center. As an athlete who routinely climbs and skis 13-and 14-thousand foot peaks

all over the world, Havell came to Glacier looking for a slower pace—a mellow escapade into


the stillness at the Crown of the Continent.

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Glacier National Park remains open to the public through the winter, offering a significantly different experience than in the summertime. Many facilities and services are limited; the Park welcomes anyone willing to put in a bit more effort to explore. The winter wildness, quiet and wildlife are worth it. Glacier Outdoor Center helps sightseers access the peaceful beauty of Glacier’s winters on snowshoes or cross country skis. Skiers and snowshoers can take a full-day or half-day scenic excursion into the Park along streams, around icy alpine lakes, up steep mountain trails or the more gradual Going-to-the-Sun Highway, and even into dense evergreen forests. The local guides are members of the National Ski Patrol and have earned expert-level certifications in avalanche and outdoor emergency care, and mountain travel and rescue. Longtime Glacier-area residents, the guides provide guests with information about topography and geography, geology, wildlife and history. It’s an experience that many people never get, and one that will never be forgotten by those who do.

Upon completing her trip into Glacier National Park with Glacier Outdoor Center’s Karsten Carlson, Havell said she was surprised at how easy it was to access Glacier National Park in the winter. “I didn’t know the Park would have a rare drive-in for quick access to a remote and pristine wilderness environment. I thought it would be off-limits or impossible to get to, but we were able to complete the excursion in less than a day. I was really moved by the quiet

and the options for multiple cross country ski routes, all with incredible views. Oh, and I was even able to scout out some sick alpine ski routes off some of the more remote peaks.”

Havell noted Carlson’s guiding expertise, saying, “He brought a lot of knowledge, fun and flavor to the trip. He gauged our route well for what would be the most entertaining and scenic adventure and he shared information in a laid back manner. The woods section of the tour was also pretty spectacular. The light shone in through the forest to create a “Lord of the Rings” type setting. I loved it.” Havell said she left the trip feeling more relaxed and centered than she’s been in a long time, especially since her adrenaline-junkie lifestyle is packed with extreme paces and risks “It was the truest definition of peacefulness. But, at the same time, I could still tell this place is exciting, dangerous and wild. That’s the way nature is.”

The relaxation begot more of the same, as Havell retreated to the cabin she rented at Glacier Outdoor Center to soak in the hot tub and reflect on the day, saying, “It’s amazing that people who live near here have this opportunity all winter. I feel lucky to be a visitor, and I hope locals know what a gem they have here in the off-season.” For more information about Kim Havell: For more information about what other winter offerings the Glacier Outdoor Center provides: or call 1-800-235-6781.  21

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Answering the Call of the Trail: Cross Country Skiing Written by Christine Phillips

Nordic or cross-country skiing is a favorite winter activity for many in the Flathead Valley and there’s little wonder as to why. While nothing may compare to the thrill of skiing or snowboarding downhill, when it comes to delivering a total body winter workout – cross-country skiing rules. By engaging muscles in the shoulders, back, chest, abs, glutes, and legs, cross-country skiers can burn as many as 600 to 900 calories per hour. It has a quick learning curve, low injury rate, and is relatively affordable. Plus, with six groomed ski areas and miles of backcountry to explore, Nordic skiing in the Flathead Valley is far from boring and can be as equally challenging as its downhill contenders.

Ready to Take a Turn? Here’s five favorite places where you can get your skinny on:

Bigfork Community Nordic Center The Bigfork Community Nordic Center, an initiative of the North Shore Nordic Club, is intended to provide high quality Nordic skiing and snowshoeing in the Bigfork community. Located off Highway 35, it features 10K of regularly groomed trails that offer beautiful views of the Jewel Basin and are ideal for skate or classic skiing. Cost: Donations accepted. State land permit required. Dog-Friendly: No. Surface: Groomed bi-weekly (Tuesdays and Thursdays). Amenities: Parking Directions: From Kalispell, drive south on Hwy 93. Turn left on Hwy 82 towards Bigfork. When the road ends turn right on Hwy 35. Turn left at first intersection, which is Hwy 83. Drive 3 miles and turn left on Echo Lake Road. When the road comes to a “T”, turn right. Parking and trailhead will be on the left. More Information: Visit for maps and updates.


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Glacier Nordic Center Maintained by the Glacier Nordic Club, the Glacier Nordic Center – located on the Whitefish Golf Course – encompasses over 12 kilometers of impeccably groomed trails for skate skiing and classic skiing. Its gentle slopes and rolling hills make it a welcome environment for beginners, yet the course still offers a challenging workout for more experienced fitness ski enthusiasts. From lessons and children’s programs to ski clinics and night skiing (now on both courses), the center supports a variety of competitive and recreational opportunities geared to skiers of all levels. Even better, once you finish, grab a beverage and a bite at the Whitefish Lake Restaurant, conveniently located next door. Cost: Trail Pass - $8/day Season Pass - $45 single or $90 family Dog-Friendly: No. Surface:Groomed daily, December-March. Amenities: Parking Equipment Rental Lessons Full Service Restaurant / Bar Children’s Programs Night skiing until 11 pm Directions: From Whitefish, 1 miles west on Hwy 93. Turn right at Whitefish Golf Course. More Information: Visit or call the Outback Ski Shack at 406.862.9498 for updates and rental information.

Izaak Walton Inn Located just south of Glacier National Park, the Izaak Walton Inn is considered one of the top 10 cross-country ski resorts in the Rockies. Its 33-kilometer course features a wide spectrum of terrain including machine-groomed and tracked trails as well as tons of backcountry to explore. Stay for a day or stay the whole weekend - served by Amtrak, Inn offers cozy alpine accommodations and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Cost: Trail pass - $10/day Dog-Friendly: No. Surface: Regularly groomed, November to April. Amenities: Parking Equipment Rental Lessons & Guided Tours Full Service Restaurant / Bar Children’s Programs Night skiing Accommodations Directions: From West Glacier, drive 26 miles past West Glacier on Hwy 2 to Milepost 180. Signs and entrance will be on the right. More Information: Visit

For the past twelve years, Jen has spent her summers working for Glacier Guides/Montana Raft Company. May and June find her on the Middle Fork and North Fork of the Flathead River working as a whitewater raft guide. July through September, she’s a backpacking guide in Glacier Park, taking clients on anything from a day hike up to six day backpacking trips. She’s seen almost everything, but the one thing she hasn’t seen yet and looks forward to seeing, is the secretive wolverine When the season turns to autumn, Jen returns to the Sportsman Ski Haus in Kalispell where she has worked for the past ten winters in the ski and snowboarding department. Jen says she has the best of both worlds. “I get to sell the things I love in the winter and play with them in the summer!” Jen enjoys helping people with her extensive knowledge. Her favorite winter sport is backcountry split snowboarding. Her favorite product at the Sportsman is Arcteryx clothing. According to Jen, it fits great, it’s comfortable, functional, weather and bomb proof! And when Jen tells you something about the outdoors, you can bet she knows what she’s talking about! Put Jen’s expertise to work for you . . . at the Sportsman Ski Haus!

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Round Meadows Located just 13 miles outside of Whitefish near Tally Lake in the Flathead National Forest, Round Meadows offers an idyllic Nordic ski experience that’s perfect for beginner and advanced skiers alike. With 9 miles of intermittently groomed terrain in the Flathead National Forest, Round Meadows delivers breathtaking views, challenging terrain, and lots of interconnecting loops ensuring that you can visit time and time again and never grow bored. All trail intersections are well marked with signs. Cost: Donations accepted. Dog-Friendly: Yes. Surface: Intermittently groomed, December 20 to March 15. Amenities: Parking Directions: From Whitefish, drive 11 miles west on Hwy 93. Turn left on Farm to Market Road. Drive 2 miles and turn right on Star Meadows Road. Continue 2 more miles, parking area will be on the right. More Information: Visit or call 406.758.5204 for updates on conditions and grooming.

Stillwater Mountain Lodge One of northwest’s newest cross country ski centers is also one of its finest. Located 8 miles northwest of Whitefish, Stillwater Mountain Lodge features 25 kilometers of groomed cross-country trails, accommodating skate and classic skiers of every level. Family-friendly and affordable, Stillwater offers free skiing and rentals for kids under 12, as well as free pulk rentals. Cost: Trail pass - $15/day adult, $10/child 12 and under free Season pass - $67 single or $135 family Dog-Friendly: Yes – up to 12 kilometers Surface: Groomed daily, December to March. Amenities: Parking Equipment Rental Warming Hut Accommodations Directions: From Whitefish, drive about 7 miles west on Hwy 93. Turn right on Beaver Lake Road. Follow Beaver Lake Road 1.5 miles. Stillwater Mountain Lodge will be on the left. More Information: Visit or call 406.862.7004.

Interested in learning more?

To stay up on the latest Nordic skiing news, become a member of the Glacier Nordic Center. Your $45 membership includes a season pass to the Glacier Nordic Center in Whitefish. Find more information at Another great resource, Nordic Dreams Flathead Valley Cross-Country Skiing Snowshoe Guide, written by local author Stormy R. Good, features over fifty great crosscountry skiing trips in the Flathead Valley. Published by Flathead Guidebooks, it is available at local bookstores.


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a Chico wedding Written by Molly Boyle - Images by Nicole Wickens of Green Door Photography

It was September of 2003. Molly was a rookie on the University of Montana dance team, performing at her very first Grizzly football game. Pat was a seasoned and energetic fan in the second row of the student section. While it was not love at first sight, it was friendship turned to love which eventually led to a proposal and finally, a simple agreement: I do.  31

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For many,

our wedding was a long time coming. After 7 years of dating, we had large families and many friends spread across the country. We knew we wanted a weekend celebration in our beautiful state where guests could take time to enjoy all that Montana has to offer. Where to hold these festivities was another issue. We discussed everywhere from Glacier National Park to Flathead Lake to Missoula. Ultimately, we decided on one of our favorite destinations – Chico Hot Springs in the Paradise Valley. Chico allowed all of our guests to stay in one place. They could choose from hill top cabins, chalets or one of two lodges on the property. With 230 total guests – we filled the entire resort for Memorial Day weekend. Our florist/event coordinator, Habitat Florar Studio and Events assisted in planning a flawless and unforgettable wedding; we loved working with them. Upon arrival, each guest received a Welcome Bag that Pat and I had assembled for him or her. We included little items like mason jars of trail mix, lavender shortbread cookies made by a family friend, a flash light for nighttime treks back to cabins and a packet including the weekend schedule of events, local area suggestions and a property map. Between the weekend itinerary of events – friends and family busied themselves with activities from horseback riding, trout pond fishing, skeet shooting, area hiking or a 40-minute drive to the north entrance of Yellowstone National Park. We had our wedding ceremony on Saturday, May 29. It was springtime in Montana and to encompass that feeling, we picked colors such as yellow and purple to compliment the natural landscape of our surround-

ings. Our bridesmaids wore yellow dresses and cowboy boots and carried hand-tied bouquets of dark purple anemones, snowball viburnum, purple scabiosa, lavender and yellow freesia. The groomsmen wore grey suits, yellow ties and boutonnieres of lavender bundles tied with twine. Even our flower dog Sula was dressed for the occasion with a floral collar of yellow spray roses and lavender. The ceremony was set for 5 pm and the day began beautifully with partly cloudy skies and occasional sun. We had to make the call at 10 am for either Plan A (outdoor ceremony on the hilltop site named the Field of Dreams) or Plan B (indoor ceremony at the Convention Center). The weatherman was predicting a soggy afternoon and despite the urgings of the Chico staff, Pat and I ultimately decided upon Plan A. All was well until 5 pm when the sky turned dark and ominous. They say it is good luck to rain on your wedding day, but this was terrible timing in our opinion. Luckily, after 20 minutes of downpour the rain stopped. Our guests quickly towel dried and at roughly 5:30 pm, my dad and I began the walk down the aisle to the Bridger Creek Boy’s rendition of Wagon Wheel. A close family friend, Jack Meyer, led us through our eclectic ceremony including Irish, Apache and a Sacred Whisky blessing. As if encouraged by the emotion of the moment, the clouds parted, the sun shone and Pat and I said our vows under the most incredible Montana sky we could have asked for. In retrospect, it is hard to remember all of the incredible details of this moment, luckily we had Green Door Photography snapping away to capture each precious moment.


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The cocktail hour immediately followed. A short walk down the hill our guests continued to dry while sipping Prosecco and Kettle House IPA. Bite sized Hors d’oeuvres made the rounds while the Bridger Creek Boys kept toes tapping. The incredible love and energy radiating off everyone made us forget about the earlier rain and enjoy the special moments we had surrounded by friends and family.

Guests located dinner tables by finding their named slate coaster. Located in either the tent or adjoining convention center, herb makers placed in dark wooden boxes numbered each table. Each box contained arrangements compliments of Habitat Floral of white hydrangea, purple lupine, yellow Anthurium, dark purple anemones, a hint of yellow ranunculus, lemon leaf and seeded eucalyptus. Chalk written place cards let guests know where to sit, paired with lavender Pat and I harvested the summer before with his mom from her garden. For dinner, we enjoyed a plated mixed grill of local Montana beef tenderloin with a huckleberry demi- glaze and Chico’s signature pine nut encrusted halibut with mango salsa. For dessert, in place of a traditional wedding cake, guests could choose from an assorted mini dessert buffet or take candy to-go provided by Phillipsburg’s Sweet Palace.

The dance party commenced with the opening notes to Hall and Oates: You Make My Dreams Come True. DJ, Joe Trudjen kept things going the rest of the evening, even indulging us by staying an hour later than originally planned.

Those not ready to call it a night followed the lantern lit pathway from the Convention Center to the Chico Saloon where local favorite Montana Rose was performing. The dancing and celebrating continued to the early hours of the morning, but Pat and I were able to slip away around midnight.

We left the party for our private train caboose suite – excited about the night, our upcoming honeymoon and our future together as a married couple.


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Couple: Colleen is from West Glacier and works at Glacier Bancorp. Chris is from Columbia Falls and works at Cayuse Prairie School. Meeting: It was kind of a chance meeting through mutual friends. What is love? Colleen - I can't really explain it...I guess just knowing that your life wouldn't feel right with out that person. Chris - Love is getting to know a person and not wanting to change a thing. What do you love? Colleen - I love that he has always been there for me and I can always count on him to make me smile. Chris - Everything. When did you know it was love? Colleen- I knew when I moved to Arizona and he was one of the few people I spoke to everyday...even though when I left we agreed to just be friends... :) Chris - It was love at first sight. Wedding Details Rings: Jensen Jewelers l Dress: Exclusive l Tuxes: J Scott Couture lLocation: Great Northern Raft Company lPhotographer: Jaimie Nelson {} l Hair: An Salon at the wave l Cake: Rosauers l DJ- Chris Motichka

Photo by: Rachel Lynn Photography

Couple: We are both from the Flathead, we both went to school at Columbia Falls High School, but we were far enough in age that our paths never crossed while living in Valley! Meeting: We met while I was living in Missoula and some friends from Columbia Falls were in town for a football game. We started talking and found out we both traveled to Costa Rica and to this day I have no idea what the score of the game was. What is love? Love is when you find the person that makes you the best version of yourself and you are not afraid to be yourself no matter how goofy you are. What do you love? Kristen: I love Justin’s ability to get along with any person he meets. He has this amazing gift that makes him so incredibly easy to talk to. Justin: I love her ability to make me smile and laugh in any situation. Our daily dialogue is never boring and we just have so much fun together. When did you know? Kristen: I knew after a long drive up the North Fork, we were on a rocky beach starring up at the sky and it dawned on me that I had met someone who could make me smile everyday without even trying. Justin: I knew during a driving lesson on a county road. She was learning to drive a truck manually and we had so much fun and she had this uncanny ability to make me smile and feel great even though we could have careened off the road at any moment.

Wedding Details Rings: Kay Jewelers l Dress: My oldest friend Lynn Fawcett is making & designing it. Photography: Rachel Lynn Photography! l Cake: Cakes by Debbie Food: Famous Dave's BBQ l Location: Heavens Peak Hair and make up: Danielle Hughes

Photo by: Danella Miller Photography

Couple: Gerald is from Trego Montana and Krista is from Fortine Montana. Meeting: First place we meet was at the Lincoln County Rodeo. Then Gerald's brother and Krista's sister introduced us more later on. What is Love: Love is not just a feeling its a choice. Love is waking up every morning and knowing that that person will always be by your side no matter what through thick and thin. What do you love: Krista- I love it when Gerald kisses me on the forehead, the way he smiles at me, the way he laughs and his love for rodeo. Gerald- Her smile, her personality and she is a down to earth person. When did you know it was love: Krista- When I had told him all about my past and it didn't turn him away from me. Helped me forget about it. Gerald- I knew I had loved her all along but wasn't sure if she loved me. Wedding Details Rings: Krinklehorn Jewelry and Whitefish Goldsmith l Cake: Kathy Beaumont Dress: Mimi's bridal l Flowers: Eureka floral l DJ: Sara Quillings band Location: Fortine Montana l Hair: Christy Sutherland from Victorias in Eureka Mt. Makeup: Krista's sister Shaleen Eash l Photographer: Danella Miller Photography Wedding planner and decorator: My AMAZING mom did it all Teresa Kakuk


food} in the kitchen

the art of garlic Text by Miriam Singer

Cooking is an art. That’s how I see it.  It is a creative act that is as worthy of being considered an art as painting, playing a musical instrument and writing. It is a very satisfying art because you get to eat your masterpiece. Moreover, if the result so happens to be less than a masterpiece, well you get to eat that too.


Speaking of eating, how about something Italian, like spaghetti and meatballs? What do you smell? Garlic in the meatballs, the marinara sauce and in the garlic bread.  Chinese food also smells delightfully of garlic, and so does Indian curry. What would you use to season a Greek leg of lamb? Just about every regional style of cooking uses garlic. Do you like Spanish tapas? Try the Garlic Shrimp in olive oil. It is to die for! You find garlic in French, Korean, Japanese, Eastern European and Mexican cuisines, and it is widely used in Mediterranean, Caribbean, and African cooking. You can find garlic all around the globe. Part of the reason is that garlic can successfully grow in most climates because pests do not like it. Garlic has been around for thousands of years. It is mentioned in the Bible and the Talmud. Confucius and Homer sang its praises. It is credited with health benefits from preventing colds to increasing the flow of blood to the capillaries, lowering blood pressure to thinning the blood and avoiding WOMAN 44   

cancer. Several studies from around the world have found that people who eat more garlic seem to have a lower risk of certain types of cancer (American Cancer Society). cited a study in 2001, that indicated that garlic might pack a punch in preventing colds. In this 12-week, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial, 146 people received either a placebo or a garlic extract between November and February. The results showed that participants receiving garlic were almost two-thirds less likely to catch colds than those receiving a placebo. Furthermore, participants who did catch colds recovered about one day faster in the garlic group as compared to the placebo group. Also, an article in Scientific American, October 17, 2007, reported on a study where researchers from the University of Alabama at Birmingham exposed red blood cells to the juices pressed from a standard, supermarketissue clove of garlic. Amazingly enough, they found that the garlic-soaked

cells started giving off hydrogen sulfide which serves as a chemical messenger that helps relax blood vessels and increase blood flow. This discovery might explain some of garlic’s cardiovascular benefits. Of course more studies are needed to show whether a clove a day really does keep the doctor away. In the meantime, enjoy your garlic bread, and do not worry about garlic breath. Just think what the insides of your arteries must smell like, and how well they are probably working due to your strong intake of wonderful garlic. As for concerns about garlic breath, the best solution I have found is to feed garlic to all of your friends. When two people eat garlic together, no one smells a thing.  You can try eating parsley, which is supposed to help cut the odor. I have also been told that rubbing your hands on stainless steel will get the garlic smell off your hands. But, I am much more interested in trying the following trick - I have heard, that if you want to flavor your greens, but do not want to add chopped garlic, you can pierce a garlic clove with a fork, and use it to stir your greens. It will give your greens a nice healthy garlic flavor without tainting the breath we exhale!   Garlic is not only tricky in regards to its lingering odor, but it is also difficult to cut! The best way I have found to remove the paper from a clove of garlic is to lay it on a cutting board, gently place the side of your knife on top of it, and crush it with a SMACK! This achieves several things, the least of which is loosening the paper or making the chopping twice as easy. The most beneficial result, I think, is the emotional release.  Mad at your boyfriend? Go ahead girl, hit that clove. Frustrated at your boss? Smash it!! Abused by the phone company? Come on, pulverize it!!! Ah, that feels better. You see, the healing begins even before you eat it.  While working on this article, I thought of a recipe to share that uses a lot of garlic. It was one of those very cold and gray January days when this particular recipe came to mind. I wanted a recipe that would stick to your ribs and warm your insides - a comfort soup. So, I decided to share my recipe for Roasted Garlic Soup. If you want the soup to be vegetarian, then use vegetable stock, and for a vegan soup, then leave out the butter and cream.  To make it less rich, use milk instead of cream. 

Roasted Garlic Soup

Ingredients   5 medium heads roasted garlic    3 Tbsp. butter 3 medium leeks, or 2 large leeks, white and pale green only, sliced    1 medium-large red potato, peeled and cubed    1/2 white onion, sliced   1 tsp garlic, coarsely chopped    3 Tbsp flour    1 Tbsp dry sherry    1 quart low sodium chicken broth    1 tsp thyme    1 tsp salt 1/2 tsp pepper or to taste 1 tsp Better than Bouillon reduced sodium chicken bouillon 1/2 cup heavy cream

Garlic croutons for garnish

12 thin slices of baguette 1 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil 1 small clove of garlic, mashed to a paste with salt Dried pepper flakes, fresh thyme or dried basil

Let oil, garlic, pepper flakes and herbs sit a few minutes to combine flavors. Then brush and spoon on sliced baguette. Bake 6 - 8 minutes on a baking sheet at 350 degrees in the top half of the oven. To make the arrival of your soup even more aromatic, rub the edges of bread with raw garlic.

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heads of garlic Tbsp extra-virgin olive oil tsp salt

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Remove some of the garlic’s papery outer layers, and slice 1/4 - 1/2 from the tips of the heads to expose the cloves. Arrange the heads, cut- side up with the cubed potatoes on baking dish. Brush with olive oil and sprinkle with salt.  Cover the baking dish with aluminum foil and roast for either one hour or until the cloves are tender.

Remove from the oven and let cool. Extract the soft cloves with a butter knife, or squeeze the garlic head and gently press the roasted garlic out with your fingers.  Mash garlic and set aside.  You should have just a bit more than a 1/2 cup.

While the garlic roasts, begin to prepare the soup. In a large stock pot melt the butter and sauté the leeks and onions, then season with salt and pepper. When they are tender and aromatic, add the garlic.  Cook for one minute.  Add flour and cook while stirring for about three minutes.  Add sherry and then chicken stock, chicken bouillon and thyme.  Bring to a boil and add the roasted garlic and potatoes. Stir to combine. Simmer for about half an hour, and then re-season and puree using a hand held blender or food processor.  Add the cream and bring back to a simmer and turn off.  Serve with garlic croutons.  Enjoy! Serves 6

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food}Pantry Part 6

Beginning Pantry

“Dinner for Two” By Kristen Ledyard Owner/Executive Chef of John’s Angels Catering LLC

It is the beginning of a new year and the start of better cooking with your pantry. We have added to your pantry, prepared appetizers in a moments notice, created a Holiday dinner, and now it is time for a romantic dinner for two. It is so true that giving of your own time is the greatest gift you can give someone you love.

First, start with the menu planning. I get my best ideas by simply opening my pantry, refrigerator, freezer, and looking at what I have. After my light bulb goes on, I prepare my grocery list of things I need to complete my menu. To make this meal extra special let’s create four courses. This meal should have a “wow” factor, but not be so difficult that you can’t enjoy each other and spend some quality time that all of us need to have together. With some careful planning and a fully stocked pantry, most of the menu can be prepared ahead of time. Remember that simple is better, especially with food.

Valentines’ Dinner for Two

Jumbo shrimp with “drunken” cocktail sauce l Mixed greens with mango, avocado, and citrus Vinaigrette l Wild King salmon with fresh lemon and dill l Truffle mashed potatoes Fresh green beans and julienne carrots in a white wine l Butter glaze


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Chocolate mousse for two Your menu is complete and you will be amazed how easy it will be to put together. You have all of the seasonings required in your pantry, but you will need to purchase the seafood from a good local source. Make sure your shrimp are no smaller than 16/20 size and because it is a special evening, go for the U-15 (the really big ones). On your salmon, make sure it is wild and purchase a filet no smaller than 1 lb (this will give you left overs) that is not towards the tail end. You will need 5 lemons, 2 limes, 2 oranges, 2 mangos, 1 avocado, two handfuls green beans, 2 carrots, mixed greens, fresh dill, and bittersweet chocolate that you may not currently have. I always suggest local organic markets, but during winter you may have to go to the grocery store or check with your local health food markets for produce.

It is time to cook. We are going to start with dessert first so it can set up. This way you can have it plated and in the refrigerator ready to go.

On to your salad. Again, this course can be plated ahead of time without the dressing. I often suggest to serve the dressing on the side so each person can put on as much dressing as they wish.

Mixed Green Salad with Mango, Avocado, and Citrus Dressing Mixed greens 2 mangos 1 avocado 1 lemon 1 lime 1 orange 1 ½ tsp Dijon mustard Honey Salt and pepper Extra virgin olive oil

Easy Chocolate Mousse 13 ounces bittersweet chocolate 2 tbs unsalted butter 2 large egg yolks 1 ½ cups heavy cream 2 tbs sugar 1 tsp vanilla extract

In a microwave safe bowl, combine the chopped chocolate and butter. Heat until melted stirring often. Whisk in the egg yolks and set aside to cool. Pour the cream into a chilled mixer bowl and beat until slightly thickened. Add the vanilla and sugar slowly and beat until stiff peaks occur. Carefully fold the whipped cream into the chocolate mixture and keep chilled until you want to plate.

Now we are on to your appetizer. Which, along with your mousse can be plated and placed in the refrigerator until you want to serve.

Jumbo Shrimp with “Drunken” Cocktail Sauce Jumbo shrimp Boiling water 2 lemons 1 lime 1 orange Dash salt Ketchup Hot horseradish Vodka

Make sure your shrimp are peeled and deveined. In a pot of easy boiling water, squeeze your lemons, lime, orange, and add your salt. Carefully drop your shrimp in only until they turn pink and no longer. Have an ice bath ready to drop the shrimp into. This will stop the cooking process. Pat dry and set aside. Put your ketchup in a bowl and simply add horseradish to your desired taste. Most people play around too much with cocktail sauce, but I have found that this recipe enhances your beautiful shrimp. The final touch (which is completely optional but really adds the final kick) is to float 1-2tbs of vodka on top of your sauce. Use your artistic touch with plating and if edible flowers are available, they are a perfect garnish. Keep chilled until service time.

Make sure your greens are washed, dried, and set aside. Slice your 2 mangos and avocado so you can make a fan on top of your greens. Slice your lemon and squeeze one half on to your mangos and avocado so they don’t brown. Squeeze the rest of the lemon juice, juice of one lime, and juice of one orange into a bowl. Add your mustard and one glob of honey and whisk. Slowly whisk in the extra virgin olive oil until thickened. Add salt and pepper to taste. You can add more honey if you would like the dressing sweeter. Cover and set aside at room temperature until service. Again, use your artistic touch to plate each salad. This is a great time to bring out those heirloom plates that never get used along with Grandma’s silverware. These items are to be enjoyed and really add that personal touch to the meal.


ith everything done, you can focus on setting up the main entrée so cooking will take the least amount of effort.

Main Entrée and Sides

Cover a baking sheet with aluminum foil and spray with nonstick. You will cook your salmon filet on this when you are ready. Depending on your oven and how well done you like your salmon (I highly recommend medium rare) the fish should take 10-15 minutes if your oven is preheated to 375 degrees. To prepare your salmon, lightly salt and pepper. Then, thinly slice one lemon and place the circles on top of the filet. Tear some fresh dill and place on top of the lemons. Finally, place some butter pats on top of the filet. Keep chilled until you are ready to bake the salmon. For your potatoes, skin on or off, boil the number of potatoes you desire. Then set aside and melt butter and milk in a sauce pan. Add a tsp of your truffle oil from your pantry to the mixture. When you are ready to serve all you have to do is add your hot butter mixture to your potatoes and mash. It will warm your potatoes right up without over cooking them or microwaving them. For your green beans, cut off each end of your beans to remove the string.

Peel your carrots and julienne them. You can do this by using a tool designed to perform that task. If you don’t have a tool, thinly slice your carrots into long strands. If you don’t trust your knife skills, use a vegetable peeler. The strands will be a little thicker, but will still look good. When your salmon is cooking, take 1tbs of butter and melt slightly. Add 1 ½ cups white wine and let reduce by half. Add your green beans and carrots. Toss in the liquid and cook until tender but still crunchy. If your timing is right, it should all come out at once and can be individually plated or served family style. Be sure to use your last lemon for garnish around the salmon. This meal is not only tasty, but a beautiful display of color. You better go get ready so you can put the final touches on your table such as candle, a personal card, or flowers. Sit back; enjoy each other and the amazing meal you have cooked by scratch. One final touch, I like, is to type up the menu so your honey can see all that work you have done just for them and keep them excited for each course that comes. In the morning, don’t forget to keep up with your inventory so every meal can be as enjoyable and accessible. Happy Valentine’s Day!


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Cookin’ Up Good Vibrations Eating in Harmony with the Winter Season By Christine Phillips The nationwide movement of eating locally and seasonally isn’t new, but gaining popularity, largely due to the sustainable and healthful benefits associated with using fresh, in-season ingredients. To assist people interested in learning how to eat cleaner and more sustainable, the Inspired Wisdom Press recently published Cookin’ Up Good Vibrations – Deliciously healthy gluten-free & dairy free dishes in harmony with the season, a cookbook written locally by the Jwalan Muktika School for Illumination (JMSI) and JMSI Staff Nutritionist, Miriam Katz.

A nutritionist for 30 years and gluten-free for five, Miriam considers herself a “holistic nutritionist” who combines both traditional and alternative approaches to nutrition. A former Chief Nutritionist at NYU Medical Center, we recently spoke with her about the cookbook and how it can help keep the body healthy and in balance. How do our bodies respond to the winter months? Winter is a time for stillness, reflection, and respite. In the natural world, animals hibernate. The life energy of plants is gathered in their roots, resting and conserving energy in preparation for spring. Our bodies do the same. Our blood vessels go deeper and our bodies contract, assisting the body in staying warm. How can we eat more consciously during this season? Eat seasonally and choose warming foods such as soups, stews, and warm beverages. In particular, choose foods such as aduki beans and daikon radish that strengthen the kidneys and the bladder, two organs largely associated with balancing the body during the winter seasons. Any other suggestions?

The cookbook include a number of helpful tips such as:

Add warming spices – cinnamon, allspice, nutmeg, cloves, coriander, curry, and cayenne - to heat up your dishes.

Increase your intake of gluten-free whole grains such as millet, quinoa, and buckwheat. Use more protein - beans, eggs, fish, seafood, and poultry.


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Opt for cooking techniques such as roasting or baking that warm not only your body, but also the entire kitchen.

What’s the big deal about gluten? Today’s wheat varieties – as well as modern food manufacturing techniques – are drastically different than the past. In a world full of processed and genetically modified foods, more and more of us are discovering that the foods we used to rely on – breads, cereals, milk - no longer nourish us. Instead, they tax our bodies and stress our systems, sometimes in alarming ways. Why is the cookbook gluten and dairy free? Studies suggest that 1 of every 133 people are gluten-intolerant. However, it is believed that a far larger number may have a gluten sensitivity. Our intention was to create a cookbook that offers simple recipes that nourish the whole self at all levels – and that are free of ingredients our bodies no longer tolerate well.

Cookin’ Up Good Vibrations features 324 colorful pages of seasonal recipes that are balancing, nourishing, and delicious. Each section includes useful tips for seasonal eating and balanced living. It can be purchased online at, by calling 406.862.6573, or at The Green Tea House, located at 415 Second Street in downtown Whitefish.

Aduki Beans with Squash, Carrots, & Watercress Serves 6

cup dried aduki beans cups water vegetable broth cube medium carrots, cut in 2-inch pieces 1 cup winter squash, peeled and cut in 2-inch pieces 1 bunch watercress, finely chopped 1 tsp salt ½ tsp pepper 2 tbsp Bragg Liquid Aminos™ 1 3 1 2

1. Rinse beans and place with water and vegetable cube in a large saucepan. Bring to boil, cover, and simmer for 40 minutes. 2. Add carrots and squash. Cook covered 30 minutes or until beans are tender and most of the water is absorbed. 3. Stir in watercress and remaining ingredients. Cook 5 minutes or until watercress is wilted. Serve immediately with a pot of rice or quinoa.


a romantic occasion. By Tina Caputo

With Valentine’s Day almost over, I thought this would be a good time for a column on wine and romance. I know what you’re thinking:  “Why now? I don’t have to do anything romantic for another 11 months!” But that’s where you’re wrong.  In fact, I’m going to go out on a limb here and say that February 14 is the worst possible day for romance. 

Here’s why: The romance is expected, not spontaneous. Wouldn’t it mean a lot more to do something nice for your sweetie on a random Tuesday night in, say, March? (Bonus: If you go to a restaurant, you’ll get better service and you won’t have to eat whatever’s on the mandatory “set menu”!) It’s too commercial.  Is “a hot new cell phone” really the perfect expression of your love? (That’s a rhetorical question.)  It tends to make “uncoupled” people feel like lepers.  “So Barbara, do you have any big plans for Valentine’s Day? Oh, that’s right, nobody loves you!”

(Note to people in Michigan and Ohio: All this goes double for the so-called “holiday” of “Sweetest Day” in October.)

That’s not to say that I don’t like doing romantic things -- I just don’t like being told on which day I’m supposed to do them. And luckily, my husband feels the same way. 

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The most romantic thing he’s ever done for me -- that anyone has ever done for me -- had nothing whatsoever to do with “going to Jared” or dining in a fancy restaurant. It took place spontaneously, on a warm summer weeknight before we were married.  We lived just a few blocks from each other in San Francisco, and I often invited him over to my place for dinner.  This time, he invited me.  When I arrived, I saw that he’d set up his kitchen table on the sidewalk in front of his apartment building, set with a tablecloth, candles and wine glasses.  There he served up a simple-but-tasty roasted chicken with potatoes and a light-bodied red wine.  We ate and talked and drank wine at our very-own sidewalk café, as the cable cars rolled past and passengers smiled and waved at us.  No amount of foie gras and Roederer Cristal could have made the experience any better.  My point is that an unexpected romantic gesture goes a really long way, and of course, the right wine can make it even more memorable.

Choosing a romantic wine isn’t about cost or cachet, it’s about connection. Sure, you can pick up a $100 bottle of cult Cabernet or vintage Champagne, but wouldn’t it be better to serve a wine that means something to the two of you? Such as: A wine from the region where you first met/got engaged/tied the knot/traveled for your honeymoon.  (Be sure to point out the connection to your loved one when you present the bottle!)

A vintage wine or Port from the year you met or got married. A special bottle of a style of wine your sweetheart particularly likes. For example, if you know he loves sweet wines, go for a luscious bottle of ice wine or Sauternes, and open it on a Monday night with a perfect slice of plain cheesecake from your favorite neighborhood bakery.  A higher-end wine that you wouldn’t normally open without a “special occasion” to celebrate.  Who cares if you’re only having take-out pizza or backyard burgers for dinner? You shouldn’t need a birthday, anniversary or holiday to justify popping the cork on that special bottle you’ve been saving.  The love you share with your partner is occasion enough! Something different. Instead of your standard “go-to” producer or variety, try something new!  Get adventurous in the bubbly department with a deep-red sparkling Shiraz from Australia or a lightly sweet sparkling Riesling, like the “White Flowers” from Pacific Rim.  No matter which wooing wine you choose, be careful not to drink too much -- otherwise you’ll both fall asleep before the, uh… dessert.  If you put some thought into your selection, the right bottle of wine can help turn any day -even February 14 -- into a truly romantic occasion. 


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successful room must function for the client while inspiring the homeowner and challenging the designer. Great design is exploring all options and producing resourceful outcomes that would otherwise be ordinary.

4. Your thoughts on the internet:

Heidi- The Internet is a vast resource for keeping the design community connected. It also provides more efficient transactions with clients, builders, and designers. However, it will never replace the value of traveling to furniture markets.

5. What about home decorating TV shows:


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Heidi- Decorating shows are very positive to the interior design

profession. Not only do they allow a source for visualizing spaces, especially with remodels, but they also demonstrate the client/designer relationship that is foreign to many people. They provide endless examples of how designers work for the client to keep their best interests in mind by saving money, planning well-organized spaces, and exploring options.

6. What is the perception of using an Interior Designer:

Heidi- If someone has not used a designer in the past, they may be under the perception that they are expensive. Contrary to this popular belief, a good designer should be able to save you money by using their dealer relations and discounts. When working on construction projects, a designer will be able to use their resources to make timely decisions and keep the project on track by planning ahead.

7. What do like about doing homes:

Heidi- The best part of my job is knowing I’ve had a positive

influence in someone’s home. To be able to create a home from a concept board that is comfortable, functional, and discerning for the individual, is true job satisfaction as an interior designer.

8. What about resources:

Heidi- We as a design community are so far from the nearest Design

Center, that we rely heavily on our Rep. who travel from Seattle, Denver, and Salt Lake City to keep our libraries updated and present us with new introductions. However the most crucial resources are furniture markets. A willingness to travel is vital for keeping in touch with the fast paced design profession. Market is where designers track trends, source new products, and explore new possibilities.

9. Who or what influences you:

Heidi- My first passion was art and architecture. I naturally fell into

the Interior Design profession as it allows me to create something new every day; not too many people are that lucky. I have an immense respect for those who designed before me, and I never underestimate the potential of the creative mind. Influences for great design can be found in many aspects of our lives, sometimes the least likely places provide us with the greatest inspiration.

10. What is your style:

Heidi- My personal style is simple, clean, uncluttered, and organized. I like subtle color and pattern changes and bold forms. Nonetheless I would not be doing my job if I wasn’t listening to my clients wants and needs and providing options for their personal styles.

11. What do you see in the future:

Heidi- I hope that the future brings more awareness of our

environment and our surroundings. Designers can be a resource for renewable products and supporters of responsible manufacturing practices. Tate Pastor Interiors showcases upholstery manufactured in the United States. We are aware of our carbon footprint and support our local artisans whenever possible.

12. What size project do you like:

Heidi- I can honestly say I don’t prefer one size project over another. What is important is maintaining relationships with other professionals working on the job and our clients. We treat all projects, big or small, with the same level of attention. Like they say, Size doesn’t matter!

13. What do you see for Tate Pastor Interior’s future: Heidi- Tate Pastor Interiors is just beginning. We have so much to

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Heidi- The use of color is fundamental to superior design. I think it is safe to say all designers love color, whether they choose to use it on the walls, floor, cabinets, or furniture. Color is all about the client and portrays their distinct individuality.


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Better Health Through Chemistry?

By Dr Delaney Carlson

In the age of "Ask your doctor if Gulliblex is right for you", the answer may seem to be yes. But are you really paying attention? Are we really willing to trade our heartburn for uncontrollable diarrhea? Every month we see another drug under fire for causing more harm than it prevents. Is there a better answer? The basic steps taken to manufacture and patent a new drug may give us some clues. The vast majority of drugs begin life as plants. Generally, a plant is discovered to have certain properties that are helpful for treating a particular condition. Chemicals that seem to be the most active are isolated from the plant. They then must learn how to make that chemical in a lab setting artificially. They still can't patent the chemical because it is bio-identical. In order to receive a patent they must have a truly unique chemical. So minor changes are made, hoping that they won't lose the effects or increase the really bad side effects like death. If they feel like they have a marketable product they patent it. In the end we have an expensive product that does not function as well or as safely as the relatively cheap plant it was originally derived from.

The advantage of drugs, if you could call it that, is that they work very quickly, maybe within minutes. Plants and nutrition tend to work slowly over time. Americans today are a drive-through society. We want everything right now, no waiting. Only in America will you see people fighting over the front row parking spot at the gym. We are literally willing as a society to trade safety and effectiveness for speed and convenience.

An alternative is out there. Most drugs are used to treat symptoms. We learn at a very young age, that symptoms are bad, that symptoms are the problem. We then spend a lifetime chasing symptoms and never finding out what is causing them. Symptoms like coughs, sneezes, runny noses, etc. are really your bodies’ natural defense mechanisms. All of them help your body get rid of foreign particles that are causing problems. Symptoms mean your body is working the way it is supposed to. Does it make sense to short circuit your bodies' natural defenses just to avoid a little discomfort? In fact, taking these medicines can significantly increase the length of illness. We see something like on average of 200 drug ads a day in this country. It is no surprise why we are drawn to ask your doctor for more drugs.

So, what is the alternative? What if we could look beyond symptoms? Fundamentally, it is a breakdown of the bodies’ natural defenses that allows infection. Germs can be found all around us all the time. We aren't sick all the time, so it can't be as simple as being exposed to something. 5 lbs of your body weight, on average, is bacteria. They are literally a part of you and necessary for life. You have strep in your throat and staph on your skin right now as you read this. Most of you do not have strep throat or a staph infection. Your immune systems are functioning normally and keeping potential problems in check. A break down in immune function is the underlying cause of any illness. 406

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I take Aspirin for the headache caused by the Zyrtec I take for the hayfever I got from Relenza for the uneasy stomach from the Ritalin I take for the short attention span caused by the Scopederm Ts I take for the motion sickness I got from the Lomotil I take for the diarrhea caused by the Zenikal for the uncontrolled weight gain from the Paxil I take for the anxiety from Zocor I take for my high cholesterol because exercise, a good diet, and regular chiropractic care are just too much trouble.

If chasing symptoms isn't the answer then what is? Perhaps, if we take a step back and look at the problem from a different angle… What if ensuring a strong healthy immune system was possible, what if prevention was possible? Those of you familiar with some of the natural healing traditions and arts will know that prevention is possible. I have three children, ages 15, 11, and 5. None of them have been to a medical doctor or had any reason to think that would be necessary. I don't believe they are extraordinarily gifted with super human immune systems. They simply function at 100% most of the time. The answer is simple. The choices you make today directly affect your health tomorrow. How much stress you live with matters. What you eat matters. The quality and frequency of exercise matters. How much quality sleep you get matters. Simple daily steps can make huge differences. Research shows that eating one fresh fruit or one fresh vegetable before every meal reduces heart conditions, circulatory problems, and many cancers by as much as 80%! The same results can be had by walking at your own pace for 30 minutes uninterrupted. You don't even have to sweat to get the benefit. You can save money and improve your immune system by shopping only on the outside aisles at the grocery store. The middle aisles contain all the instant boxed processed food that is full of chemicals and low quality calories. The fresh foods are found around the perimeter of the store. Many common foods are great immune boosters. Garlic, onions, and many mushrooms are all known antivirals. Grandma's chicken soup has even proven worthy of its fame as a healer in recent research. Drinking 2 glasses of water on waking and increasing your water intake throughout the day will help your body remove built up toxins and foreign particles. Increasing your fiber intake with more whole grains and vegetables is another simple addition to your daily routine. Feeding your brain with positive thoughts and a generally positive attitude toward health will help as well. Research shows that no matter what healing art is being used as much as 80% of the healing is due to the placebo effect. That means that what goes on between your ears is a major factor in immune response. It pays to actively cultivate a positive attitude and belief system. I do not get sick because I do not get sick. If I feel something coming on and if I know that I have been exposed to increased amounts of sick people, I take positive steps to help my body cope. I go to bed earlier, I drink more water. I go to my chiropractor to get my nervous system checked. I like to know that there is no interference between my brain and my immune system. I increase my Vitamin C intake and add several immune boosting foods and herbs to my diet. I reduce sugar and caffeine intake.

Prevention is the answer to the health crisis in this country. Wellness lifestyle and wellness oriented thinking can and do reduce healthcare costs. Get out there and read, become informed on wellness and prevention topics, make healthy decisions today for a healthy tomorrow. Dr. Carlson believes “Everyone Deserves to be Healthy and Happy,” and wants to “Raise the Next Generation Drug Free.”

Dr. Carlson is your “country chiropractor,” wellness assistant, who believes in keeping you healthy through natural means and will come to you if needed, in an effort to teach you and revitalize your health and well being.

Dr. Delaney Carlson, Carlson Chiropractic Wellness Center, 8570 Hwy 35, Bigfork, MT 59911. Office: (406) 837-6881, Cell (406) 253-5420.  63

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Your Cold and Flu Tool Kit By Kiersten Alton, RPH,

As the snow is flying around so are all the little cold and flu germs. These viruses are present just about everywhere we go. This time of year the best defense is a great offense. There are many natural remedies which can help fend off a cold or the flu. When used properly and combined with a healthy low sugar diet you can beat the bugs!

It is important in winter months that we let fresh air into our homes. When the sun finally peaks out from behind the clouds you need to open a few windows and let in some fresh air. Raise all the blinds and let the UV light destroy those bugs. You lungs will appreciate a humidifier in the bedroom at night. The low humidity makes it harder for our lungs to resist infection.

There are a few products that we always have on hand in our house. First is Sambucol. This syrup is made from black elderberries and is very effective against viruses. At the first sign of a cold or flu start taking sambucol. You can also start using it if you are exposed to a child or co-worker who has a viral infection. Sambucol is safe for adults and children. It even tastes great. Recently the company who makes Sambucol came out with another product called Sambucol Cold and Flu Relief tablets. When taken at the first signs of cold and flu symptoms it can give you fast relief from nasal congestion, runny nose, sore throat, coughing, sneezing and fever and chills. This formula combines the sambucus with several other homoepathics to help fight the above listed symptoms.

The Sambucol can be combined with a product called Umcka Coldcare. Umcka has been proven in studies to shorten the duration of throat, sinus and bronchial irritations. Once again you need to start using it as soon as possible when symptoms first arise. This product is also safe for children.


If you are congested and having a hard time sleeping because you can’t breathe then try using a Breathe Right Strip. This ingenious little piece of tape help open the nostrils so you can breathe and they really do work. Granted you don’t look very sexy in them but sleep is more important! They even make a smaller size for kids and my children love them. The children’s variety glows in the dark!

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Regular use of a sinus rinse kit or nettie pot will also keep the nasal passage healthy. Salt water will help flush out bacteria and hydrate the sinus cavity. This will make it less prone to infection and congestion.

If a sore throat is your main problem then try a honey elixer or cup of warm green tea with honey and lemon. This helps soothe the mucus membranes and loosen of mucus. The company Little Colds, makes a product called Honey Elixer which is great for kids and toddlers over the age of 12 months.

All of the products mentioned are safe if you have high blood pressure and won’t cause any drowsiness.

Washing your hands and drinking lots of water are two of the most inexpensive ways to help ward off winter bugs. If a bug does get you then try and rest, make some chicken soup with garlic and cilantro, take a hot bath and go to bed. Detoxifying your body is also a great way to strengthen your immune system and create health! I am leading two 30 day detox’s in January and February. If you are interested in cleaning up your system you can call the pharmacy for more information. Be well, be happy and laugh often. Kiersten

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don’t let stress steal your heart

Sure, we’re all stressed from time to time. Some of us live in a pressure cooker. But does that mean we’re headed for a heart attack? Maybe. Maybe not. Consider the stories of two Flathead Valley women:


t was the holidays and Barbara Proctor was under a lot of stress. First, she is the sole bread winner for herself and her ill husband. Then there’s the Flathead Valley’s lean economy. It’s not reflecting the national uptick, and her business clients’ sparse budgets meant the Hungry Horse News advertising executive had a mountain to scale to meet her quotas. And Christmas was coming.

“November and December are high-stress months,” Proctor said. “We’re flat-out with Christmas ads, we push to the wall as hard as we can go.” Her Type A personality magnified the pressure. Ad campaigns and work snafus brought it to a boil. On Saturday, Dec. 4 the walls came crashing in. Proctor had returned from breakfast and started on some household chores. Within 15 minutes intense pain gripped her chest and jaw. Nausea and diarrhea hit. She was drenched in sweat.

“I went to the kitchen, got a bucket, made it to the bedroom and then I got a second round of the pain,” she said. “At that point I realized it was a heart attack and called 911.”


Dr. Thomas Amidon, a cardiologist with Rocky Mountain Heart and Lung, was at Proctor’s side 10 minutes after the ambulance got her to Kalispell Regional Medical Center’s emergency room. In another 10 minutes, the surgical team was beginning the angioplasty to break up the blood clot. Amidon inserted three stents to keep her artery open. Two days in ICU, and Proctor went home to recuperate from the full-blown heart attack. She’s in a cardiac rehab program and traveling the road to recovery today.

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By Nancy Kimball

Sometimes, though, it’s all in how you handle stress.

Take Skeeter Johnston, for example. She grew up with a Type A father, making for a high-pressure childhood. In her 20s she manifested stress symptoms, but learned to calm herself by visualizing a “happy place.” She has a healthy relationship with her husband and grown children, and always has someone she can talk with when things get bumpy.

But the public servant is in a high-stress work situation in Whitefish. That’s where she was the morning of Dec. 14. Patrons had brought in fudge for the work crew. Johnston sampled a piece and kept on working. Fifteen minutes later the chest pressure started.

“There was this crushing feeling only on my right side,” Johnston said. “I tried to breathe deeply; I tried to meditate out the pain.” This time, it wasn’t enough. Her supervisor called 911 and, when paramedics arrived, she still was foggy but felt better. A battery of tests, including an EKG, came out fine. Only her blood sugar was a bit high. After work she saw her doctor. One heart enzyme level was elevated, she learned, but there had been no heart attack. Kalispell Regional Medical Center ER doctors said if she could be there in an hour, further testing could help with diagnosis. A chest X-ray, sonograms, blood tests, an IV and, the next afternoon, an angiogram by Dr. Amidon turned up no blockage and no recommendation for lifestyle change.

Proctor and Johnston are among untold millions of American women who are in stressful work settings. Data suggests that those women are more likely than other working women to have a heart attack or other forms of heart disease.

In the Women’s Health Study, based in Boston and sponsored by the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute, researchers have tracked 17,415 apparently healthy women health professionals over the past four decades. Among those who reported high job strain, researchers found a 40 percent increase in cardiovascular disease overall and an 88 percent higher risk for heart attacks. (“Strain” is defined as demanding work with little decision-making authority or ability to use one’s creativity and skills.)

During 10 years of follow-up, there were 134 heart attacks, 125 strokes, 342 heart bypasses and stent procedures and 40 deaths. These are small percentages in the overall study group, Amidon cautioned, and findings are not definitive when it comes to stress. “This in no way proves stress causes heart disease. You’ve got to look at all the different variables,” he said. “Stress is not an independent risk factor, but the more stressed you are the more likely you are to smoke, drink, be overweight, be sedentary or have diabetes.” That lifestyle often leads to plaque in arteries, which can bring on a heart attack.

The spectrum of heart issues extends beyond plaque. Some people in stressful settings have no heart condition whatsoever, yet their heart is where they feel intense pain. Another anomaly brings on all the symptoms of a heart attack in a patient with a highstress event but no blocked arteries. Amidon called it Tako Tsubo Syndrome – Japanese for “squid trap” – named for the shape the heart transforms to under this event. It’s commonly referred to as apical ballooning syndrome or stress cardiomyopathy.

But whether it’s high blood pressure, clogged arteries or a fullon heart attack, cardiovascular issues are nothing to ignore. Take control where you can. Stress and heart health are largely about making good decisions. Good stress motivates you to accomplish things. Bad stress paralyzes your will and can transform you into what Amidon calls a potato-chip-eating, cigarette-smoking couch potato. Honestly, Amidon said, he isn’t so sure there’s even such a thing as bad stress or good stress. “It’s how you deal with it, the way you channel those things and make decisions,” he said. “Channel it into a productive outcome.”

Be Heart Smart Common risk factors for heart attack and coronary artery disease: - Estrogen deficiency (post menopausal women as well as middle-aged men) - Diabetes - Family history of coronary artery disease - High blood pressure - Increasing age (over 65) - Smoking - Too much fat in your diet - Unhealthy cholesterol levels (high LDL, low HDL)

Heart attack symptoms: - Chest pain, severe or mild, that feels like a tight band around the chest, bad indigestion, something heavy sitting on your chest, or squeezing or heavy pressure; pain may move

to your arms, shoulders, neck, teeth, jaw, belly or back - Anxiety - Cough - Fainting - Light-headedness, dizziness - Nausea or vomiting - Palpitations (feeling like your heart is beating too fast) - Shortness of breath - Sweating Good advice: - Channel stress to constructive, not destructive behaviors - Know your numbers: blood pressure, cholesterol, body mass index and blood sugar

- If you’re having symptoms, see a health professional immediately Let Barbara Proctor’s and Skeeter Johnston’s experiences be a guide: “They didn’t know so they came here,” Rocky Mountain Heart and Lung Cardiologist Thomas Amidon, M.D., said. “The ER didn’t know so they called me. I didn’t know so I catheterized them. One had a heart attack and one had gas … If you think you’re having symptoms, don’t take a chance. I’d rather send somebody home with heartburn than have them stay home with a heart attack.” Learn more: guides/disease/heart-attack/overview. html?inline=nyt-classifier


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Mindful Living V

alentine’s Day brings to mind a fabulous, romantic date I was on in 1980. I remember it well. You might be thinking, “They must have done something spectacular!” On the contrary, ours was a day of fairly ordinary experiences. It was a beautiful fall day just before Halloween. We took a drive in the country and went pumpkin hunting, walking, talking and holding hands. Later we enjoyed cider and donuts together. My donut was jelly filled. There we have it – the date I’ve remembered sweetly for over 30 years. Why? Because my date and I were both fully present; mindful of one another, of being together, and doing what we were doing. Our attention did not stray to the past or the future, but remained fixed on what we were experiencing in the present moment. We used our senses to take in the sights, sounds, smells, sensations, and tastes of our every moment together. Mindfulness, being fully present in the immediate moment, is key to enjoying life and foundational to cultivating vibrant relationships. The truth is that our lives and our relationships are made up primarily of a series of pretty “every day” moments. If it is only the spectacular we take note of, we will miss most of our life and risk growing dissatisfied with both life and our relationships. On the other hand, when we truly show up for the moments of our life – the ordinary, the spectacular and yes, even the ugly – we are living and loving fully. Consider for a moment, the difference between a cursory “good-bye, done it a thousand times before on the run” kiss between you and your Valentine and a mindful, fully present “don’t forget who you will be coming home to later” good-bye kiss. Come on, be honest, you felt the juicy rating go WAY up on that second one! What if you changed just that one thing today and stuck with it? How would your life and your relationship change from this one small and yet, not so small shift?


What if the next time you touch your sweetheart, you truly experience that touch? And how about truly watching your love doing some ordinary thing like cooking, sleeping, playing with the children, shoveling the snow, talking with friends? Take in how they move, their body’s outline, their facial expressions, and their mannerisms. Notice their uniqueness again and again in the everyday moments of life.

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By Lee Anne Byrne, LCSW

Now extend your mindfulness to what shifts inside of you as you notice the “small” things in your relationship and your life with mindful awareness. With consistency of practice over time, your thoughts will likely change and more naturally and frequently glide into pleasant and grateful terrain. You may find that as you apply the mindfull practices of curiosity, gentleness and non-judgment to what happens around you, that you will apply it with more ease to what happens within you. As that happens it becomes yet easier to do the same on the outside and this fantastic, vital, joyful, positive feedback loop accelerates. You are truly, deeply living and loving now!!!!

Remember, these basic principles apply to all of your Valentines – loves, children, family, friends, co-workers, neighbors. Have you ever missed the opportunity to mindfully receive the gift of a picture made for you by a child? Do you want to miss that moment again or capture it with all of your being and house it in the sweet home of your heart’s content? Have you missed the tone of sincere pleasure in the greeting of a friend, neighbor or co-worker at seeing you once again? Would mindful awareness of feeling that appreciation fan the fires of your heart so that you could share that warmth fully, spontaneously with others as well?

Mindfulness, being fully present in the immediate moment, is key to enjoying life and foundational to cultivating vibrant relationships.

In a deep, visceral way, we all want to be in connection. Yet we miss enormous opportunity every day to connect to the very experience of being alive and with one another . This Valentine’s season and beyond – way beyond – give yourself and all of your Valentines the gift of mindful presence. Not only will your life and relationships remain alive in your memory but you will be juicy, vividly alive now, in all of those “every day” moments of your life. Now, go and have a date, no matter how “ordinary”, that you will long remember! Happy Valentine’s Day!


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dear coach dru,

By Dru Rafkin Jackman,ACC

My girlfriend is upset because I’ve asked her to schedule time with me. I’m 26 and own a successful consulting business. Most nights I attend networking functions or work on client projects until 10pm. My lack of attendance and participation hurts her and I can understand why. I want to spend more time with her and I know I will if I put it in my schedule. She says she shouldn’t have to make an appointment, that if I loved her I would just make it happen. It’s frustrating, I feel like I can’t win. Do you have any suggestions for me? JJ (a 406 Man) Dear JJ,

I can hear your frustration and imagine that this is uncomfortable for both of you. It sounds like scheduling your time would allow you to participate at a higher level and show her that your relationship is as important as your work (maybe more). Many of us throw ourselves into our careers at the expense of our relationships. I want to acknowledge you for being willing to make time for this important relationship. It takes courage and flexibility to observe a pattern that isn’t working and it takes a lot more of that courage and effort to make a behavioral change that can consistently produce better results.

Some of us have trouble hearing suggestions; we do not like to be told what to do, even if it is logical and will make things easier. When my husband and I were first married he suggested that we have family meetings every Sunday. He thought it would be a good way for us to check in and support each other with what we were each planning for the week ahead. We’ve been having these meetings for the last eight years and they are really helpful. Want to guess my reaction when he first suggested it? “So I can’t have a real conversation with you on a Wednesday or Friday? I have to wait until Sunday. That’s a great idea!...I guess I’ll talk to you in a few days.” 406

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Sometimes it’s difficult to see the best in others. We can forget that the people who love us are for us and not against us. We take things personally and we make assumptions. We listen to Monkey Mind, that aspect of the mind that constantly chatters at us as it swings from doubt to worry and back again. In my case, I assumed (with Monkey Mind’s help) that my husband didn’t really want to hear from me, that I talked too much and bored him. The truth was that he wanted to listen and support me; I have a lot to say on a daily basis and it was impossible for him to keep track of everything I said.

You love your girlfriend and have discovered a tool that will allow you to spend more time with her. Her feelings are hurt. My guess is that she’s listening to her Monkey Mind which is saying, “If he loved me he wouldn’t ask me to schedule an appointment.” Listening to that conversation in her head is making it hard for her to focus on what’s really important – that you’ve found a way to spend more time with her. You’re thinking, “I can’t win” and focusing on that. Ah, the joy of relationship. If we take an action (or avoid taking an action) as a result of someone else’s behavior and we forget who we are and what’s important to us, we experience frustration. I was hurt when my husband made his suggestion; I thought he was being mean. I forgot that he loves me and is on my side. The receptive, loving wife in me

took a back seat to the sarcastic, defensive me. I was more interested in listening to my Monkey Mind. Later, when I realized this I went back to him and said, “I’m not sure I’m going to like these Sunday meetings but I am willing to give them a try. Tell me again why you think they are a good idea.” No more frustration.

If we place our attention solely on how we feel when we are disappointed or hurt we lose focus of what’s most important – who we truly are and what’s really important. When we focus only on how we feel we let our emotions do all the talking. It’s easy to do. It is not our only option. Take a breath (no gasping allowed) and look at the truth about you and your girlfriend. You love her and want more time with her. She loves you and wants more time with you. She’s upset. What would it be like to say something that reflects the truth? Something like, “I love you and want to spend more time with you. My schedule keeps me on track so I can show up and be the boyfriend you want me to be. Would you be willing to try it for one week to see if it works for us?” You don’t have to hide or ignore your emotions to be clear about who you are and what’s important to you. Let me know how it goes!

family} Parent Coach

when Will meets Will By Denise Dryden

Let’s talk about the role

of personal will and how it relates to parenting. Each of us has a core sense of who we are, what we like and don’t like, and how we want to create our lives. This will is within us at birth and is nurtured along as we grow. The sense of will is strong within some, and soft within others. It isn’t that the levels of will fluctuate; it is more the connection to ego, or a result of how much love or fear is present in our lives, and how we deal with it. This is where we come in as parents.

The responsibility and pleasure of raising a child isn’t just in the day to day caring, it is also in the depth of how we understand ourselves as adults. It is in our relationships with other adults, and how we take ownership of directing our lives, and then, how we offer this leadership to our children. When we are steady and strong in our self knowledge we pay attention to how our children are running their own lives or playing off ours. Let me give you an example. When my children were younger, I was the quintessential soccer mom….always busy, loading my day with too many things to do: helping out at the schools, working on committees, coaching soccer, and dashing three kids from place to place. When I had the kids in the car, there was a direct correlation between when I was in my head going through my lists, and the levels of acting out my kids did to get my attention. I had some options on what to do with their acting out. I could stop, get some fun food and placate them, or I could get stern, raise my voice and make the behavior stop. When I powered up, my will won at the cost of theirs. And, when I did things to please them, I was doing it to avoid a clash of wills. Either way, I was manipulating their sense of will and not paying attention to mine.


This battle of the wills continues through adolescence and on into young adulthood. If we learn patterns of matching will to will, or counting on a soft will in order to keep order, we are manipulating our children’s sense of self to fit our needs. We put our will before theirs…..A painful, yet true concept. After years of acts and responses, we have carefully trained our children to act a certain way to get what they want. We may have an oppositional child who doesn’t know who he is when he isn’t pushing against you. Or, we may have a child that is sweet and easy to be around, however their ego

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strength is insecure, and their will is fragile. At the most subtle, we have a high performing child and we have given them all the luxuries of what our lifestyle can afford them. We have again taken their will and pampered it instead of stretching it to grow. I see this often in my work with late stage adolescents. They are not sure what to do after high school. They struggle with independence from home and parents, the confidence to make a sound decision, or an idea of who they want to be. This continues into young adults. They may complete college and then balk at the tremendous task of taking on their own lives, search for work, live on their own and create financial independence. The idea of digging in and making it in this big world is often hampered with self doubt and unrecognized fears. It looks like entitlement. It feels like resistance. Yet underneath it all is fear. Fear of not being prepared, and not really knowing how.

As a parent, it is essential to keep the future young adult in mind at all times, even when looking at that adorable 4 year old smiling at you. Imagine what kind of woman she will become and what core strengths you want her to have. What sense of self you want to nurture in him to assist in his independence and decision making. As a parent, it is our role to give our children an honest experience of growing up and the depth of self awareness…..And a strong sense of will!


“what about the moms?” By Kristen Pulsifer

I sit and think of what fabulous and insightful words of wisdom I can pass on to people to help with their kids. I think of study tips, ideas to better organize books, homework, and life! I try to come up with suggestions for our readers, that will… well… make life easier. I wonder what I can recommend that will help with our kids; but, then I think, what about what will help with the moms?


am starting to realize more of what I need, as a mom, to properly function with my children and be supportive. So, this time I want to try to help the moms, and in turn, I would appreciate some help from you!

I know, now more than ever, I need sleep. Easy, right? I have a two and a half year old that truly does not understand the whole ‘sleep’ idea. I can count the times on one hand, yes, one hand, that she has actually slept through the night. I know I am SLEEP DEPRIVED! And, when I quietly mention to my husband that I am tired, and he asks why, I blame my sleep deprivation for the horrible thoughts that go through my head as I try to find an appropriate way to respond. The answer here is simple, I do NOT respond. I have learned that it is okay to simply not answer such questions. I adhere to the motto, “if you do not have anything nice to say, do not say anything at all!” Anyway, I have put together a rather thoughtful list of things mothers need to do in order to better help our kids.


1. SLEEP - Though I struggle, I have come to value and understand the need for sleep. I become impatient when tired, and cannot deal with my children the way I know I need to when I do NOT sleep well. Kids need patience as they struggle through the painful process of growing up. A hot bath, ginger tea and magnesium before I go to bed has truly helped me get the most out of the sleep I do get.

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2. TIME ALONE - Right! Quite difficult. I live in a household where pooping cannot even be done alone. There is either a small child asking to watch or check out my poop, or a dog staring at me every time I go into the bathroom. The small child often says “Good job mommy!”, which is great and supportive, but most days not needed. And the dog simply looks at me and wonders why I am pooping in one of his favorite drinking bowls, and why I am not taking care of my business outside! But time alone is a necessity. Whether it is a simple walk, a good workout or going and staring at a wall somewhere, it let’s us get back to us, and it seems to make what is going on at home more tolerable. Mommy is simply taking a time out! 3. TIME WITH SPOUSES & FRIENDS - Since my husband and I have had children, I have insisted on a weekly date night. Though my husband is not always as into these little adventures as I am, I need it. It is time to connect about your lives without saying, every five minutes, “Just a minute, I am talking” to the lovely child that is hanging off the left side of your body! My children could be completely immersed in what they are doing, but as soon as I pick up the phone or simply sit down at home, it’s like a switch has gone off, and all hell breaks loose! Or, at least, someone needs something right away! So, going somewhere else to establish contact is sometimes necessary and definitely important.

4. THERAPUTIC WORK- And this does not just mean psychological therapy. While therapy for the mind and brain are beneficial and often necessary, that may not be everyone’s bag. Think about what your therapy is. Maybe it’s exercise, yoga, massage, or body work of some sort. It should simply be something that feels truly healing to you. I have two things that I enjoy. Body Talk has helped me a great deal to feel more balanced, mentally and physically. And, frequent visits to the barn where I keep my horse are a must. Horseback riding is the one activity that I do, where I seriously stop thinking of everything else while I am doing it. When I get on my horse’s back and begin my ride, all of the day’s frustrations and anxieties just drift away! When I ride, I feel the need to focus, and I am connected to something else that is living and in need of attention. It is wonderful. I may come back to my worries when I am done riding, but after that break, stressful issues do not usually feel as stressful. 5. WINE & TEA – At the end of the day, I have to admit, I look forward to a glass of wine. It is simply something that relaxes me enough to take the edge of the hectic mode I am running in all day long. I also cannot end my day without a lovely mug of hot tea. Ginger/lemon tea is my preference, but other teas such as red tea and chamomile also hit the spot for me and are truly relaxing. 6. And lastly, I would like to ask readers to send me your thoughts as to what works for you? What makes you a better mom/person at the end of the day? Please email me with what works for you and allow me to share it with our readers. I, personally, am always open to suggestions because I know that I alone do not have all the solutions. Email me with ideas at

I know it is easier said than done, but if we can try to even do just one of the things recommended here, I truly believe we will all be that much more capable of dealing with family and children more patiently. Also, all of these things should be attempted without guilt. I have had to work hard on not feeling guilty about taking care of myself once in awhile. I have truly come to believe that these things help me to be healthier for my daughters and my husband. It is truly the little, simple breaks, like pooping alone, that help get us through the crazy times of the day. It is just finding a moment to take a deep breath and appreciate the loved ones that have been given to us without wanting to throttle one of them. If that has to be done on the toilet, ALONE, then so be it!

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and the season begins... For total control over your vegetable choices, you need to begin the season when there’s still snow on the ground. Starting your own plants allows you to grow your favorite varieties that may not be found in locally, and can save money in the long run.

Choosing seeds

If you think there are a lot of options in a well-stocked greenhouse brimming with plants in the spring, stand in front of a seed rack and try to narrow your selection. Thumbing through seed catalogs can be equally overwhelming. With outstanding descriptions and gorgeous photography, you might end up buying more seeds than you can possibly use or choose varieties that won’t do well in our climate.


When deciding what to plant, first consider the length of our growing season. Don’t choose a melon that needs 120 days. It won’t mature. We have 90 days on average, and even then, it’s not 90 days of ideal growing conditions. Your safest bet is to choose vegetables that mature in 75 days or less. WOMAN 76   


It’s always a good idea to have a basic list of the types of vegetables you need to grow, but leave room to try new ones. For instance, I always plant ‘Stupice’ tomatoes, a short season Czechoslovakian heirloom that produces no matter how terrible the growing conditions, plus I need a paste-type tomato for canning. This year I will include ‘Oregon Spring’ to see if it grows as well here as it does on the coast. Talk to other gardeners to gain some insight on what to try. Serious gardeners often place their mail order seed orders by February to ensure they receive their desired varieties because companies do sell out of popular ones, especially with millions of new gardeners joining the market. But if you aren’t ready to delve into the mail order world, by mid-winter seed racks appear in most local nurseries and home improvement stores.


hat you need

You need fancy equipment to start seeds. For containers you can reuse pots you have from the previous season. Just be sure to wash them thoroughly, and disinfect them with a mild bleach solution before rinsing.

You can also be creative as long as you make sure the containers are clean and have drain holes in the bottom to allow adequate drainage. I use a lot of yogurt containers; both the individual sizes and quarts. Even cutting a side off of a half and half carton works very well. It’s much better to reuse them this way instead of tossing them.

The proper potting medium is critical. You cannot use standard garden soil because it’s far too heavy, plus it is filled with microorganisms that will wreak havoc on tiny seedlings. Purchasing a commercial potting soil is the best bet, especially if you’re new to this endeavor, to make sure you have a sterile, light mix with good drainage.

Finally, you’ll also need plastic wrap, plant markers, a pen and maybe a notebook (I write down what varieties I buy, when I plant, when they germinate and how they grow.)

How to plant

Fill your container with the potting soil and moisten it by either placing it in a sink with a little water in the bottom, or by watering it from above. Soaking from below provides more even moisture, but it isn’t absolutely necessary.

Read your seed packet, and plant the seeds as directed. Many tell you how many weeks prior to the last frost date to plant. For example, if the seed packet states to start the seeds 6-8 weeks before the last frost, plan on seeding the beginning to the middle of April. Calculate this for all of the plants so you don’t have overmature plants that are leggy and weak a month before it’s safe to plant them outside. Be sure to note whether the seed needs to be covered with a soil or not. Press the seeds slightly into the soil and spritz with water. Be sure to mark what you planted and the date on your plant tag. Cover the container with plastic wrap to retain humidity, and place it in a warm place out of direct sunlight. I usually set mine on top of the refrigerator where it is warm, and out of the reach of the children.

What to do when the plants germinate

As soon as the plants emerge, it’s time to give them as much light as possible. The ideal situation is to have a rack with fluorescent lights suspended inches above the container, but not everyone has the space. Setting seedlings in windowsills will work if you’re diligent about moving them to keep up with the sun. I start my containers in the eastern windows, move them to the south by late morning, and end up on the west side of the house in the evening. If your seedlings grow spindly, it’s because they’re not getting enough light.

Keep the young seedlings moist, but don’t saturate because fungus and other diseases are more likely to thrive in overly wet conditions. Watering from below is always best.

Once the seedlings have their first true leaves you can transplant them to larger containers. Many young plants don’t need large spaces (such as the 4 or 6 packs at greenhouses), but the beauty of growing your own is you can give them an advantage from the beginning. I like to use quart-size yogurt containers for my tomatoes; I plant them very deep to give them plenty of stem on which to grow new roots. By the time they’re ready to go in the garden, they’re vigorous specimens that take without stress. A week before planting in the ground, harden off the plants by setting them outside for increasingly longer periods of time throughout the day. This prepares the plant for the colder, less pampered conditions you’ve given them for weeks. Starting seeds indoors definitely takes more time and effort than picking up a six pack at the store, but it allows you to grow varieties you’ll never find locally and can earn you bragging rights come mid summer.




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Montana Miracle

Horses provide therapy for children with disabilities: CHS lends a helping hand.


mid the jagged peaks and flatlands of north central Montana, 13 horses, two donkeys, one pony and a team of devoted volunteers at Eagle Mount Great Falls are working miracles. A nonprofit organization, Eagle Mount Great Falls provides therapeutic and recreational activities for children and adults with special needs. These programs allow infants, youth, adults and seniors with physical and mental challenges to explore recreation and take on new adventures based on their abilities. The Eagle Mount Great Falls Equestrian program is geared toward physical, mental and emotional therapy.

Eleven-year-old Honore Holmquist has been taking weekly rides at Eagle Mount Great Falls for two years. Holmquist was diagnosed with cerebral palsy as a child and now, as part of her treatment, participates in Eagle Mount Great Fall’s equestrian program for hippotherapy.

Hippotherapy – “hippos” is the Greek word for horse – is treatment that uses the multidimensional movement of the horse. Hippotherapy at the center is carried out by an occupational or physical therapist working with a riding instructor and specially trained horse.

The rider’s role is not to control or influence the horse, but to respond by accommodating to the horse’s movements. The simple motion of a walking horse’s back duplicates how the pelvis normally moves when a person walks. Gentle rotation of the rider’s pelvis, back and shoulders tones muscles and exercises joints.

The Eagle Mount Great Falls Equestrian program is geared toward physical, mental and emotional therapy.

Activities such as touching the moving horse, varying sitting positions and performing exercises all improve posture control and sensory integration. Honore’s physical therapist, Dawn Mortensen, says she achieves results with a horse that no other equipment can offer. “Honore took her first steps after we started the hippotherapy,” says her mother, Marla Holmquist. As she watches the grin spread across her daughter’s face, she adds, “The best part is she loves this.”



~ Horse Heroes ~ While most older animals are put to pasture, the horses at Eagle Mount Great Falls are just finding their stride and making a world of difference for people with disabilities. Caring for the horses is one of the organization’s biggest expenses. “We are always in need of support for hay, feed, veterinary and farrier services, along with medication and emergency services for our wonderful equine staff,” says Clark. For the past six years, CHS Nutrition has donated the program’s horse feed.

~ Sharing Relationships ~ Each week, 25 children with disabilities or disorders visit Eagle Mount Great Falls for hippotherapy. Dozens of people participate in the organization’s wranglers and recreational riding programs. All programs focus on horsemanship and teaching participants to care for and respect the animals. “These aren’t just pony rides,” says Val Clark, program coordinator. “We teach each rider to care for horses and experience the rewards of a relationship with the animal.” “This program does wonderful things for the participants and their families.” Says Deb Sivumaki, Executive Director. “We consider our horses part of our staff.” It takes many resources to run the equestrian program, and donations take many forms. A small army of volunteers helps care for the specially trained horses. The organization also relies on funding from individuals, corporations and foundations.

“Our horses have been donated,” says Clark. “Most of them are older animals, and most have preexisting medical or metabolic conditions when they come to us.”


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“I visit the folks at Eagle Mount Great Falls monthly to check on the horses’ body condition scores and to see if changes are needed in the feeding program,” says Crystal Cline, CHS Nutrition Consultant. “We create a nutrition plan for each horse to care for its special needs and make sure we are meeting its nutritional requirements.” “These horses don’t show their ages,” says Clark. “If it weren’t for CHS Nutrition’s donation of Equis and Triple Crown feeds, these horses wouldn’t be in great condition.” “Proper nutrition is crucial to keep these horses going, but it also takes good management,” adds Cline. “The folks at Eagles Mount Great Falls care so much about these animals and this program. Without their management and hard work, the feeding program wouldn’t matter.”

“We work with kids and horses. Can you imagine anything better?” says Clark. “Every day we witness the joy and happiness these horses bring to their precious riders.” CHS Kalispell (406) 755-7400,, CHSKalispell. com,

Written by Caroline Snoddgrass C Magazine, Published by CHS Inc. September/October 2010 Issue,


Going to the Sun Gallery Written by Marti Kurth - Photography by Sara Pinnell

The sun has risen on Whitefish’s newest art gallery, located at 137 Central Avenue in the heart of town. Opened in November of 2009, the Going to the Sun Gallery is fast becoming known for its superb collection of original artworks by Montana and Northwest fine artists. The gallery’s motto of “Enhancing your Civilized Wilderness” is evident in every corner with paintings, sculpture and jewelry and antiques sure to please every eye. Gallery co-owners, Marlene Denny and Rochelle “Shelly” Lombardi came together serendipitously when mutual friends encouraged them to meet. Both women had made the decision to open a gallery in downtown Whitefish; when they met it turned out they had both thought of the same name for their gallery “Going to the Sun.” “It was meant to be,” laughs Marlene and Shelly concurs.


Currently, 16 artists are represented in a range of media. All are contemporary fine artists, with the exception of a few historical artists including an outstanding collection of oil paintings by Leonard Lopp, the quintessential Glacier National Park landscape portraitist, and original historic prints by others. Commissioned by the railroad at the turn of the last century, Lopp captured the soon-to-be park with a stunning use of color and dimension, mounting his work in hand-carved and painted frames that are priced remarkably low for paintings which are nearly 100 years old.

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“Art makes people feel good,” says Shelly matter of factly. “When I pass a painting on the wall of my home, I feel the life in it and the artist’s energy in creating it.”

The eyes of bears, horses, foxes, cowgirls and Indians follow your tour around the gallery, and a handsome bronze horse sculpture by Rochelle anchors the center of the room. Trained as a gemologist, Rochelle practiced her craft of jewelry making for 28 years until about ten years ago when she diverted her immense talent into sculpting. “I wanted to branch out and make larger pieces of art,” she explains. “I still enjoy making jewelry, but now I can share my passion for wildlife and can bring my animal friends to life through my sculpture,” she continues, adding that “Horse Love” is modeled after her own horse and is still living. “Art makes people feel good,” says Shelly, matter of factly. “When I pass a painting on the wall of my home, I feel the life in it and the artist’s energy in creating it.”

Enhancing your Civilized Wilderness

Marlene shares in this love of creativity and her contribution to the gallery is a skillful marketing talent and attention to every detail of the art business. Previously she was partner in an art and antique store in Kalispell for six years. Her sense for what the art-buying public wants has been developed over 21 years of working in the antiques and art business. “Our gallery offers original artworks by contemporary, living, fine artists. We don’t sell giclee or prints--with the small exception of our historical works. We only sell the works of artists with an established clientele which ensures that people will find genuine art in our gallery,” Marlene says.

And what a beautiful collection it is! An enormous grizzled bear by oil painter Joe Kronenberg commands the south wall, interspersed with the intricate landscape oils of Nick Oberling in his distinctive Dutch masters style and the flamboyant dancing Indians and colorful oils of Rob Ackey. Jennifer Li’s quirky, evocative characters smile serenely from golden frames, nestled next to sly fox and curling cat sculptures by Rochelle. A brightly lit display of silver bracelets, earrings and pendants is accented by beautiful antique furnishings, each a work of art in its own right.

Currently, 16 artists are

represented in a range of media. All are contemporary fine

artists, with the exception of a few historical artists

The gallery is open Monday to Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and by appointment by calling 862-2751. View a sample of the gallery collection on the website


art}dance hot do you like it? By Mike Hodges - Photo provided by Vicarious Moments Photography

Are you wondering if it's a trip to a southern climate- perhaps near or at the equator? How 'bout dialing up the temperature a few clicks and easing into a relaxing Jacuzzi tub? Well...Viva la Salsa and the passion in the dance!


hat is this thing called Salsa? It is not something easily defined, as it doesn't stem from one specific place or person. Instead, it is a combination of multiple roots and cultures as well as the creativity from many different persons. In general, Salsa evolved as a refinement of many Latin and Afro-Caribbean dances.


The metamorphosis of salsa, to what is heard and danced in clubs today, has been a long, slow, and varied process. Not one person or place can be attributed as the originator of salsa dancing. Instead, the dance and music has evolved over time through an elaborate syncretism of different/eclectic sounds, cultures, and meanings. For example, in much of modern salsa you will hear the base of Son and melodies of Cumbia and Guaracha. Listen closer to dignify some Merengue as well as some old styles mixed with modern beats. Salsa varies from place to place, and from one song to the next. The diversity and complexity of the music is what keeps listeners enticed, as well as delightfully

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surprised, and what keeps dancers on their toes. This is the beauty of SALSA!

Salsa oozes with sensuous style. The passion and energy flow about the dance floor as this sensual music plays. Salsa dancers take to a venue that is so contagious that you suddenly long to be a part of the liveliness dancers emit! Salsa is often a partner dance that usually moves to the beat of salsa music, but also stands on its own with the performance you see right in front of you!

"Little by little it's taking root," says Nelson Barahona, who offers his talents in teaching Salsa classes (both group & individual) in the Flathead and surrounding areas. Barahona also assists in conducting Salsa parties as well as Salsa events. "I remembered when I tried ballroom (dancing) was interesting. To me it was a little stiff. I like more freedom, more rhythm."

Salsa oozes with sensuous style. The passion and energy flow about the dance floor as the sensual music plays. Salsa dancers take to a venue that is so contagious that you suddenly long to be a part of the liveliness dancers emit! Derived from the Spanish word for 'sauce,' the dance is aptly named for the flavor or 'spicy' technique it centers upon. With room for both partners to strut their stuff, this method of dance is becoming increasingly popular throughout dance institutions and afternoon school programs across the United States. In a world where leg and arm work, mesmerizing movement, isolated body positions, shoulder shimmies and rolls serve as romantic, passionate displays of emotion, salsa dancing works with music designed with two (2) bars consisting of four (4) beats. Generally, the patterns of salsa dance highlight the use of three (3) steps during the four (4) beats with the skipping of one beat. Often, the skipped beat represents the natural shifting of weight from one foot to the next. As the rhythm to salsa dancing begins moving, an intricate exhibition of percussion may showcase 120 beats per minute (like during a cardio workout), while some of the fastest tunes include close to 180 beats per minute.

"What it (salsa dancing) does is to allow you the freedom to experiece different moves," says Barahona. "You Cha Cha, Merengue, and of course there is some kind of structure, but it allows you to be more express. And that's what salsa is...the beauty, the connection, the freedom, that you experience on the dance floor."

Over the years, the sounds of salsa and the steps migrated to the United States as early as the 40s, where further cultivation took place in the New York City Latin population during the 1960s and 70s. Cuban and Puerto Rico communities throughout Latin America and the U-S are responsible for shaping most of the steps seen today. The culture surrounding salsa also takes cues from the styles of mambo and rumba. The typical instruments accompanying salsa dance includes the thumping of congas, blaring trumpets, cowbells, timbales and claves. "Every person who executes the moves adds their own spice, their own spin, their own personality" reasons Barahona. "Some can be more sensual, some more allows a lot of room to where you

want to go. Everybody's different. I was taught by many different salsa instructors in L.A., (Los Angeles) who possessed their own techniques so to get more from how salsa is different to each dancer - more sensual for the ladies perhaps, while conservative/reserved for the fellas." When looking at salsa moves of today, the popularity of such an expressive type of dance has trickled into an assortment of entertainment presentations. Movies show the beauty of salsa technique as romance and self-discovery blossom. College physical education classes to the TV spotlight of 'Dancing with the Stars' focus heavily on Salsa. Television has also covered an array of salsa contests such as the World Salsa Championships, annually held in Las Vegas, Nevada since 2005. Modern salsa is known to incorporate an assortment of different styles of dance, whether it is the grit of funk, the soothing samba and the gyrating statements of hip hop and reggae.

Salsa music artists are blooming in mainstream music. English and Spanish-spoken dialogue comes to life when Latino musicians such as Rey Ruiz, Marc Anthony and Gloria Estefan belt out words that many salsa dancers glide, twist and turn to.

"Growing up in Honduras I was around music, but I never learned with a lot of structure," says Barahona. "Of course I think my natural rhythm...born with some level of skill...without being shaped and skillfully molded, gave me the tools for Salsa. When I got to L.A., years ago, I got some instruction, and from there it was salsa 6 nights a week." Barahona is closing in on a year teaching/instructing salsa in the Flathead. The inside excitement of salsa is the first step toward making a move to understanding how much fun this can add to your life! Barahona can be contacted for group/individual instruction at (626) 3671943. On-line: or on Facebook: Viva La Salsa Montana


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A Reliable Wife By, Robert Goolrick BOOK REVIEWS BY JOAN G. SMITH This novel is a surprise – the characters have colossal emotional problems and yet redeeming qualities. When Catherine Land answers an ad in the Chicago Tribune from Ralph Truitt, a whirlwind of private objectives and personalities are unleashed. Ralph Truitt is extremely wealthy and has traveled the world. He is now in charge of his family business in a small town in Wisconsin, and requests a ‘reliable wife’ in his ad. Ralph has everything money can buy, but has lost his family, and is desperate for companionship and love. Catherine has seen the underside of life and has a plan – marry money, get rid of the husband and in-

herit the money! She is well on the way to success, in her mind, when the unexpected happens, and the totally bizarre changes the actions and minds of everyone. The author has a way with language and weaves a tapestry of psychological agendas and expectations that keep surprising the reader. The end of the 19th century in small towns in Wisconsin seems to hide secrets that defy reality. Take a chance and give this novel a try! A feeling of boredom is not an option when reading this novel. Ralph Truitt, his son Anthony, and Catherine Land will take you on quite a ride. The reader’s guides, at the end of books, are not usually my thing,

but in this case, the interview with Robert Goolrick is illuminating! As always, find this book at the Whitefish Library.

Over the Edge of the World By, Laurence Bergreen


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Magellan’s Terrifying Circumnavigation of the World This is a historical, non fiction, terrifying account of Magellan’s three year odyssey in the sixteenth century. Magellan’s voyage, of 60,000 miles of ocean, is amazing. Mr. Bergreen delivers firsthand accounts of this journey of discovery that changed the way explorers would travel the oceans and also changed history itself. In 1519, Magellan set sail with five ships from Spain and 200 men. His mission was to find a route to the Spice Islands – spices being more valuable than gold. Only one ship made it back after three years. This is a story of back breaking labor for Magellan’s sailors. The book wonderfully portrays the scurvy and mutiny, politics and navigation,

death and survival that ravished this journey. It is a miracle and a tragedy woven into a tapestry of exploration that changed the world. The scenarios the natives encountered in the various islands were sometimes friendly and sometimes horribly devastating. Fortunately some of the natives were quite sophisticated and used to trading with the highly civilized Chinese. I must say this author has done a magnificent job of gathering together material about this expedition that is unprecedented. This story would never have been completely known if it had not been for Pigafetta’s notebook and records of the voyage. He was a crew member that studied the languages of the natives they met along the way. He wrote down the words he learned

and what they meant. Magellan himself was a wonderful navigator and despite his faults, a magnificent Captain. Find this book, as always, at the Whitefish Library.

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“The Duck and the Owl” By, Hanna Johansen Illustrated by, Kathi Bhend Children's BOOK REVIEW By Kristen Pulsifer

What a charming book! This adorable story about the meeting of a wise old, gentleman owl, and a sassy female duck is simply adorable. It educates the reader about the differences between the birds, and nature, why humorously telling a simple story about their day. The two characters, the duck and the owl, begin their meeting by complimenting each other on their feet and their wings, but the conversation quickly takes a turn to a charming and hilarious banter about how silly the one thinks the other is for doing things the way they do them. The duck feels the owl is “silly” for sleeping during the excitement of day. And, the owl believes the duck to be “a little funny in the head” for swimming, and catching her meals during the day and not at night. Their light banter is quite funny to both child and parent, as we can all reflect on our own ridiculous banters that we have with people from day to day. While the story is truly delightful, the pictures in the book are stunning. The talent that Bhend displays with her ability to sketch creatures of the woods and ponds, is quite phenomenal. Her attention to detail is true art. My daughters and I often get lost in the sketches and create some of our own stories while reading. It is a book that you will never tire of, and a classic that should be on the shelf for keeps.

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Need to Boost Retirement Income? Here’s a sobering statistic: 46% of workers surveyed had little or no confidence that they will have enough money to live comfortably throughout their retirement years, according to the 2010 Retirement Confidence Survey, issued by the Employee Benefit Research Institute. So you may want to explore all possible retirement savings vehicles — including a variable annuity.

Generally speaking, when saving for retirement, it’s a good idea to contribute as much as possible to your Individual Retirement Account (IRA) and your 401(k) or other employer-sponsored retirement plan. But if you’ve fully funded those plans for the year, and you still have some money left to invest, you may want to consider a variable annuity, which offers these benefits: Tax deferred earnings — Your variable annuity’s earnings have the opportunity to grow tax deferred, which means your investment dollars can accumulate faster than if they were placed in an investment on which you paid taxes every year. When you eventually make withdrawals, your earnings will be taxed at your ordinary income tax rate. (For nonqualified annuities, you won’t have to pay additional taxes on the amount you contributed.) There are no tax advantages to investing in a variable annuity with qualified money. 406

A variety of investment options — Variable annuities allow individuals to invest in several

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Consider Variable Annuities

different professionally managed investments, known as “subaccounts.” You can choose the subaccounts that best fit your risk tolerance, time horizon and long-term objectives. Keep in mind, though, that diversification does not guarantee a profit or protect against loss. No contribution limits — Each year, you can contribute far more to a variable annuity than you can to your 401(k) and your IRA. In fact, you can contribute virtually unlimited amounts to your annuity.

Payout flexibility — A variable annuity provides you with flexibility in gaining access to your money. You could, for instance, collect a lump sum. But you might find it more advantageous to take your payments over a specified number of years. You could even choose to receive a lifetime income stream. Guaranteed death benefit — When you die, your beneficiary is usually guaranteed the amount originally invested, minus previous withdrawals. Some variable annuities offer death benefit options, which may increase the death benefit over time. Guarantees are based on the claims-paying ability of the issuing insurance company. While variable annuities do offer some key advantages, there are also some considerations to discuss with your financial advisor before investing. For one thing, variable annuities are not suitable for everyone. A variable annuity is un-

questionably a long-term investment. In fact, you may be assessed a surrender charge if you pull money out of the contract within the first several years after you purchase it. However, some variable annuities allow you to withdraw a portion of your investment, such as 10% of your purchase payments, without incurring a surrender charge, while others allow full withdrawals. Another point to keep in mind is that if you tap into your annuity before you reach age 59½, you may be hit with a 10% early withdrawal penalty. One final note: A variable annuity is just that — variable. The value of your annuity will go up and down, based on what’s happening in the financial markets, and there’s no guarantee that your annuity won’t lose principal. Also, variable annuities vary greatly in their terms, features and fees, so before investing, consider shopping around.

Consult with your financial advisor to determine which variable annuity may be appropriate for your needs. Ultimately, though, you may well find that a variable annuity may be the final piece to your retirement income puzzle. This article was written by Edward Jones for use by your local Edward Jones Financial Advisor.

Contact Karin Holder, your local Edward Jones Financial Advisor at (406) 862-5454 Or stop by at 807 Spokane Ave, Suite 500, Whitefish, MT.

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Eagles Nest Antiques & Home Decor Text by Carole Pinnell - Photo by Sara Pinnell


Judy and her husband Kevin have shared a love for travel and antiquing, throughout the USA and many foreign countries, for over 40 years. Along the way, they have seen it all!

udy grew up in Minnesota going to antique stores with her mother. Her childhood home was an old Victorian filled with antiques. They have filled their home with antiques…opening a store was always a dream. They also took their two kids into antique stores when they went on family vacations. Their daughter Jennifer helps run the store with her three boys and daughter. Jolee (3) can be seen putting out inventory, greeting customers and with a calculator in hand “calculating”. Jennifer’s husband Josh helps at the store when he is not selling cars at Duprato Ford. The family keeps the store shopper friendly, clean and continually changing with unique items. A big part of the business is custom-made furniture, decorative items and artwork for customers. Kevin, a former Speech Pathologist and Special Education teacher for 20 years, has a background in designing and building. He loves to sketch what his customers describe they would like created. Many people have furnished their homes and cabins with items from the Eagles Nest.


We have an eclectic array of items at the Eagles Nest, from antiques and antique furniture to

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newer and vintage home décor. A variety of log, barn wood and rustic furniture made from antlers, metal and glass are housed here. Collectables art, sculptures, bronzes, unique jewelry, taxidermy, vintage candy and bottled pop. In addition, there is a children’s store, a photography studio and stained glass vintage windows.

Our slogan is “You gotta see this story.” We are different from any other store in the country. Once you have walked through this store, you will bring your friends and relatives to see us. Some people have described it as a walk into the past.

The Eagles Nest does allow some quality consignments if they are realistically priced. We also rent booths to individuals who are ready to sell their treasures or want to create their own business inside the store. We currently have over 180 dealers, and counting; each one contributing their own matchless, unique items to our ever-growing collection. We have the luxury of watching our inventory expand exponentially with each passing day.  In addition, our valley has blessed us with incredibly talented artisans who can create anything your minds eye can envision. 

From antler art, to custom furniture and even custom-built homes, these artists can create it all!   The Eagles Nest has also been a favorite shopping spot for Canadians and out of state visitors because of our low prices and no sales tax. You can shop on-line! We have a WEBSTORE 2400 9th Avenue West/ Highway 2 Phone: 406-892-SHOP (7467) Judy@EaglesNestMontana.Com

Hours: Summer Hours (April - December) Monday - Saturday 10:00am to 5:30pm Winter Hours (January - March) Monday - Saturday 10:00am to 5:00pm

Our beautiful 14,000 sq. ft. showroom is located in Columbia Falls, Montana, with over one acre for parking and outside merchandise displays. It is a spectacular log and glass structure with 30 ft high ceilings. It is a fun place to find great deals on unique, quality items both antique and handcrafted.

The Whitefish Study Center Text by Diane Schwartz - Photo by Sara Pinnell


he Whitefish Study Center at 121 Wisconsin Avenue, Whitefish, was opened ten months ago by Kristen Pulsifer. Kristen’s goal in opening the study center is to provide a comfortable and safe place for kids of all ages to receive academic assistance with their studies. Kristen’s inspiration for the study center came from a place called the Glencoe Study Center, located in Glencoe Illinois, (Kristen’s home town) just outside of Chicago. Kristen has fond memories of the Glencoe Study Center as a place that both she and her brother were able to receive help with their studies, no matter the problem or subject. The two gentlemen who owned and operated the facility made the students feel comfortable, confident and inspired to succeed. Their office was welcoming and available at all times to the students who worked with them. Their positive attitude encouraged each student to do their individual “best”. Kristen has worked to provide the same atmosphere for students working with The Whitefish Study Center. Kristen is the mother of two young children, and has been a resident of Whitefish for the past 4 years. Her education includes a B.A. in English from the University of Colorado, Boulder, a secondary teaching certification from Fort Lewis College, Durango, Colorado, and a M.A. in the humanities from Colorado College, Colorado Springs, Colorado. Kristen taught high school English for almost ten years, and SAT preparatory classes for five years while living in Colorado. She enjoys teaching classes and working with students one on one. “The one on one work gives me an opportunity to tell students just how wonderful and intelligent they are. I am convinced that, THAT is more than half the battle for kids when they become stuck and fall behind!” The Whitefish Study Center offers SAT and ACT Test Preparation, private tutoring to improve academic performance and study skills, home-school assistance and curriculum development, and paper editing. The

study center has several qualified tutors that are able to assist students in a variety of different areas. Another service of the study center is a preschool reading program that uses the Bob Book series to introduce preschool children and their parents to elementary reading skills. The workshop was done successfully, last summer, and Kristen looks forward to offering it again during the summer of 2011.

Kristen encourages students and families to call her directly at (406) 270-0900 or email her at kristen@whitefishstudycenter. com. She also encourages people to take a moment to view Whitefish Study Center’s website which displays upcoming events and workshops: Kristen enjoys simply answering questions related to her services, so please feel free to contact her at anytime. She looks forward to meeting you soon. With final exams just around the corner, give the study center a call and see what they can do to help!


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Imagination Station


Text by Carole Pinnell - Photo by Sara Pinnell

magination Station is a retailer of unique and distinctive specialty toys, games, and gifts. I think of it as a children’s play time headquarters. There are wooden toys, stuffed animals, building blocks, educational toys and puzzles.

The owners of Imagination Station, Denise Magstadt and Mary Witbrad, opened The Imagination Station, May of 1995. They opened a toy store because when they were trying to purchase a child’s birthday gift in Whitefish, there were no children’s stores to purchase one. Once they made the decision to open a store, the first step in their endeavor was to produce a name. They settled in with a bottle of wine and a Thesaurus… The Imagination Station was born. Denise and Mary select the toys purchased for the store by gut instinct and from memories of what they treasured as children. In addition, tourists ask for specific items so they acquire them.

I personally do not remember ever going to a toy store as a child. Although toy stores existed in major cities like New York, in the suburbs where I lived no store had the main purpose of selling toys to children. We are so fortunate to have two stores specifically designed for our children and grandchildren here in Kalispell and Whitefish. Imagination Station is located at: 221 Central Ave. Whitefish 406-862-5668 & 132 Main St. Kalispell 406-755-5668


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Stella Holt


Glacier Nordic Club member qualifies for the 2011 USSA Scandinavian Team Photo by Kelly Marchetti

Stella is 17 years old and attends Whitefish High School

hen Stella Holt was in 8th grade she made the decision to take a more serious approach towards Nordic ski racing by competing not only in local races but also in regional competitions. She chose to race up an age group in order to get better racing experience, and although she was a year younger than a number of the other athletes, she qualified for the Intermountain Ski Team; a team comprised of athletes from Montana, Idaho, Wyoming, and Utah that competes annually at the Junior Olympics. At the age of 13 her eyes were opened to the world of cross-country ski racing as she spent a week competing with the best junior skiers in the nation at the Cross Country Junior Olympics. For the last four years, Stella has continued to race on the Intermountain Circuit and has attended Junior Olympics in Utah, Alaska, California, and Maine. Over the years she has overcome serious injury and sickness in order to place in the top ten in the nation twelve times. Stella recently returned from a week of ski racing in Rumford, Maine at the U.S. Nationals where she was again taking a more serious approach towards her skiing. This annual week of races attracts the best skiers from across the country as they compete for spots on a number of international teams. Stella was lucky enough to be taken under the Sun Valley Ski Education Foundation's wing for the week, which gave her a valuable opportunity to experience ski racing at some of its highest levels as several of the Foundation's athletes competed in Vancouver at the Olympics last year. Stella's ultimate goal in traveling to Rumford was to place high enough throughout the week to qualify for the 2011 USA J1 Scandinavian Cup Team, which will travel overseas to Sweden at the end of January. With the help of her previous racing experience, quality training season, and determination, Stella had strong races that secured her place as the fifth female skier in her age group in the nation. As a result she will be one of twelve athletes from across the nation traveling to Sweden to represent the United States at the Scando Cup races. Making this team is a major steppingstone in the U.S. ski team pipeline. Stella is very humbled by the opportunities she has already had through skiing and competing internationally, and wearing the U.S. Ski Team suit will be an honor.  93

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Joe Arnone By Mike Hodges

‘A journey of a thousand miles

begins with a single step’, ‘helping

those so they can help themselves’, ‘living life so that those can get

the most and more out their life’,

‘taking your eyes off yourself for

a greater cause larger than YOU’ -

all fairly straightforward words and sayings that work to inspire. For some, these words are simply

a mantra in pursuing a cause. For

others, these words are the basis for a life style.

Throw a rock in a lake. The ripples created in the water are at their highest point immediately after the object submerges. Keep watching a minute or so, ripples lessen, but an impact is still made. This law of physics is irrefutable...for every action there is an equal or opposite reaction. What goes up must come down. You say something of opinion to someone, you may get agreement...or? What Joe Arnone (pronounced... AR-Know-nee) of Kalispell is about to embark on will test not only his physical limitations but also the galvanizing depth of substance (to give of himself) for those who gave parts of themselves (literally) for something they believe so strongly. "I feel the wounded warriors, the people that make those sacrifices like every other military member, but happen to have the misfortune of getting wounded...they're the best living representatives we have of the sacrifices ALL military members make," says Arnone. "The key is to raise awareness, not only for what they're doing, but also to the fact that you don't have to support wars to support the warriors."


What Arnone and the other 7 members of 'Team 4-Mil' have set their sights on is

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a lengthy bicycle ride beginning in Oceanside, California on June 18th, destination Annapolis, Maryland, June 27th.

"To lose an arm, leg, both legs, an eye, and then have to live a normal life after...they need support," Arnone reasons. "So, I can't think of a better cause than supporting that."

A former U-S Air Force pilot (not hurt or wounded in combat), Arnone served from 1986 to 1998. The 8-person team is made up of cyclists from all branches of the military. Their aim is to raise funds as well as awareness for the Wounded Warrior Project. The Project is a nonprofit group offering programs and resources to aid the needs of injured service members. "The more I learn about it (Wounded Warrior Project)… it's just amazing what they're doing," says Arnone. "They're building schools for continuing education

9,000+ calories while sleeping just 90 minutes. Race Across America competitors must travel a little over 3,000 miles in less than 7 days, climbing over 110,000 feet while transiting 14 states. Riding teams immediately encounter several moderate climbs east of Oceanside, CA. After the searing triple-digit heat of the desert, compounded by the humidity generated by the Salton Sea, team riders will travel through some of the best scenery in southwest Arizona, Utah and Colorado; including the spires of world famous Monument Valley, historic Durango, Colorado, and the triple mammoth passes in central Colorado. The middle thousand miles opens a view of the American heartland. They travel near Dodge City, St. Louis and Indianapolis. The race courses through parts of Ohio, climbs the Appalachian Mountains and then moves through the historic Gettysburg battlefield. One last series of Pennsylvania 'rollers' remain to challenge racers before they finish on the shores of the Chesapeake Bay in the historic port of Annapolis, Maryland, home base to the Naval Academy. "Ideally we'll have 4-person teams, while one is on rest, the other is on race," says Arnone, toward the future. "That 4-person crew will be on for 8 to 10 hours, and then the plan is to relieve them with a new group of four. If everything goes as planned that will be the routine throughout the race...but anything can happen."

Race Across America is one continuous race without stages. The sun may set, but the race goes on. It's as much an individual competition against other racers as it is a battle against the chaos and uncertainty created by dramatic environmental and weather conditions.

Race Across America is an event that will be an accomplishment of a lifetime when finished. A monumental race contested with the utmost of sportsmanship and zeal. Each participant, whether a racer or crew team member, is a dedicated and driven athlete who represents an international field of professionals from all walks of life. Joe Arnone competed in road and track in the Olympic trials in '92 and '96. He's a six time member of the U-S Military World Championships team, an Olympic-like competition between military athletes of different nations. He's also an experienced trials rider, pedaling against the clock for the best time. "I'm an all around cyclist, but as a time trialist I recover really well," says Arnone. "Early in the race we'll be using everyone equally and then in the second half we'll be using people (like me) who can go faster, do a longer pull and take a shorter rest."

The sun may set, but the race goes on. It's as much an

individual competition against other racers as it is a battle against the chaos and uncertainty created by dramatic environmental and weather conditions.

and starting something new so as to get them ingrained into the workplace with the challenges they face. At the same time, they have the facilities close to them (logistically) for rehabilitation." The aforementioned long bike ride 'Team 4Mil' is prepping for, is the 30th Annual Race Across America. It's not for the weak of mind or spirit. Outside Magazine calls it "The World's Toughest Race," others have described it as "The Tour de France done the American way." Top solo racers pedal roughly 330 miles per day, burning

Months of time await the beginning of the Race Across America. 'Team 4Mil' will therefore have the necessary time to prepare as well as promote US Armed Forces participation in the event, commemorating the sacrifices of ALL those who have served, generated charitable contributions for wounded veterans, and made a positive contribution to military recruiting and public relations. The team's goal is to raise over $100,000 in tax deductible donations to benefit, specifically, wounded veterans, and to support a U-S Armed Service Team.

To make a donation to Team 4Mil and the Wounded Warrior Project, go to To become further educated about the Wounded Warriors project, check out

Sportsman & Ski Haus in Kalispell will be host venue for a 12 hour benefit for Team 4Mil and Wounded Warrior Project, Saturday, January 29th from 9:00 to 9:00. A FREE breakfast will be provided in the morning. And then, FREE pizza and beer and FREE prizes with raffle drawings, later in the day! Drawings will be at 4:00 and 6:00 that afternoon and evening. Joe Arnone will be on a stationary bike for the ENTIRE 12-hour period too! Arnone also wants to pass along his personal contact information to any Wounded Warrior who needs assistance – Cell phone # : (406) 250-4421, and e-mail:


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Tamarack Grief Resource Center’s A Camp To Remember Benefit January 20, 2011 Text By Allyson Foster Photos by Alisia Cubberly

The night was full of great friends, food, music, and warmth at the annual Flathead Valley A Camp To Remember Benefit at The Lodge at Whitefish Lake. The event raised funds for scholarships to allow children and teenagers in western Montana who have lost a loved one to attend Tamarack Grief Resource Centers A Camp To Remember, regardless of ability to pay. The camp allows for a safe space to honor and remember those they have lost while in a fun and beautiful natural environment, surrounded by understanding peers.

The benefit featured both a silent auction and the prestigious live paddle auction, featuring canoe paddles painted by local artists Jennifer Li, Brett Thuma, Nancy Dunlop Cawdry, and many more. Speakers at the event moved audiences by recounting camp experiences, and articulating how truly meaningful it is to honor and support one another during times of loss. Over 150 community members and volunteers came together to support Tamarack Grief Resource Center. Over $12,000 was raised at the event from ticket and auction sales, as well as from major sponsors such as Glacier Bank of Whitefish and Frontier Hospice.


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