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Reclaim Idaho closes in on statewide signature goal By Lyndsie Kiebert Reader Staff Reclaim Idaho touts the motto: “Strong public schools. Protected public lands. Health care for working families.” It appears the grassroots political group founded in Sandpoint is closing in on that third goal, thanks to months of signature collection across the state. Late Tuesday night, co-founder Luke Mayville confirmed that after his group’s latest tally, they believe they may have surpassed the 56,192 signatures required to put Medicaid expansion on Idaho’s November ballot. But Mayville said they’re not done. Volunteers across the state will continue to collect signatures until the May 1 deadline in order to further ensure meeting the goal. Idaho law requires that six percent of registered voters in each of at least 18 legislative districts sign the petition, as well as six percent of the registered voters in the state. As of Monday, 16 districts had qualified. “We are not slowing down,” Mayville said. “We do not just

want to meet the signature goal, we want to shatter the goal.” Reclaim Idaho is tackling this feat despite a bill from recent years that made such efforts more inclusive of the whole state, and therefore, more difficult. Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter signed SB 1108 in 2013, which added the 18-district requirement. The Spokesman-Review reported that the Idaho Farm Bureau Federation pushed the bill, hoping it would give rural areas a say if animal-rights activists took to the ballot for statewide reform. At the time he signed the bill, Otter said he didn’t want ballot measures to be driven by Ada County, the state’s largest population center. Mayville said his group wants to make “100-percent sure” that they collect enough valid signatures to qualify Medicaid expansion for the November ballot. “The health of 62,000 Idahoans is too important to leave anything to chance,” he said. If you have yet to sign, these Sandpoint locations have Medicaid expansion petitions on site: Family Health Center, Women’s

Healthcare, Panhandle Art Glass and All Seasons Garden and Floral. Monday, April 30, there will be a gathering at the 219 Lounge 6-9 p.m. to collect the

final petitions up until the May 1 deadline. Contact Reclaim Idaho’s Bonner County leader Linda Larson at larson.linda.f@gmail. com with any questions.

A woman signs the Reclaim Idaho RV during their Idaho tour to promote Medicaid expansion. Photo by Reclaim Idaho.

Prescribed burning to begin in North Idaho forests By Reader Staff Fire managers plan to begin prescribed burning on the Idaho Panhandle National Forests. The exact timing and acreage of burns will depend on fuel conditions and wind patterns. A detailed list of prescribed fire projects is available at http:// Information will also be provided on the Forest Facebook page at USFSIPNF/. Weather and fuels are monitored to determine when burning can be safely conducted. “The safety of firefighters and the public is my highest priority. Prescribed burning allows firefighters to improve

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forest health and meet resource objectives under favorable conditions,” said Acting Forest Supervisor Holly Jewkes. Although burned areas are monitored to ensure that fire remains within the project boundaries, burned areas can be very hazardous. Signs will be posted along access roads and near affected trailheads and trail junctions during operations. Temporary access restrictions or closures may be necessary for public safety. The public is urged to stay away from project areas during burning operations and for a few days afterward. Prescribed burning is part of each Ranger District’s annual natural resource management program to reduce hazardous fu-

els, prepare areas for tree planting, and improve wildlife forage. Annually, the Idaho Panhandle National Forests treats nearly 5,000 acres with prescribed fire. People with respiratory problems are encouraged to contact their local ranger station if they

wished to be notified when burning will occur. The Idaho Panhandle National Forests works with the Montana/Idaho Airshed Group to minimize smoke impacts from prescribed burns. All prescribed burning decisions are based on the

Photo by US Forest Service. Group’s recommendations given predicted smoke emissions and dispersion forecasts. Additional information on air quality and smoke management is available at


Idaho Gives to support area nonprofits By Cameron Rasmusson Reader Staff

Christmas is right around the corner for Idaho nonprofits. On Thursday, May 3, charitable organizations from around the state are banding together to ensure there’s no better day of the year to donate. Idaho Gives is the perfect chance to help a favorite nonprofit while maximizing your donation by giving them the chance to earn additional rewards beyond the basic financial support. If you’re planning on supporting a nonprofit this year, Idaho Gives is the perfect day to pull out that credit card. For every donation made online at www., participating nonprofits earn additional cash. Plenty of local nonprofits are getting in on the action, and there are some big goals in place for the day. For example, Bonner Homeless Transitions is hoping to extend the housing it uses to help individuals and families get a roof over their heads and back on their feet. “We are hoping to raise $100,000 to buy the house next to Blue Haven in order to expand our program,” said Ann Gehring, vice president of Bonner Homeless Transitions. Likewise, Community Cancer Services is planning to be out all day with other nonprofits encouraging residents to donate. Organization representatives for it and many other worthy charities will be at Evans Brothers from 8-10 a.m. and Idaho Pour Authority from 4-8 p.m. to discuss their work in the community. “These events will be an opportunity for individuals to meet people from local nonprofits and/ or pick up some literature about them so donors can make more informed choices about where they direct their dollars,” said Cindy Marx, program manager at Community Cancer Services. “There will also be some prizes and give-away items as well as awesome coffee or beer depend-


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The Bonners Ferry Ranger District has reopened all of Forest Service Road #402, Snow Creek Road, in Boundary County. This road had been closed to prevent damage to the road due to a soft road bed caused by snow melt and is now open. Snow Creek Road is accessed from West Side Road just south of the Kootenai Wildlife Refuge near Bonners Ferry. For additional information, or to report new road damage, please contact the Bonners Ferry Ranger District at (208) 267-5561. [BO]

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ing on which venue you visit.” It’s simple to see if your favorite nonprofit is participating in Idaho Gives. Simply visit www. and use the search bar at the top of the page to look it up. One of the best reasons to donate during Idaho Gives are the prizes that are awarded regularly throughout the day. For example, the organization that receives the first donation after 12 a.m. MST will receive a $1,000 prize. A

random organization from one of Idaho’s five regions will be drawn every other hour between 8 a.m.-10 p.m. MST for $500. And golden tickets will be drawn every other hour between 9 a.m.11 p.m., awarding $1,000 to a random organization that received donations in the hour prior to the drawing. Visit www.idahogives. org to see a full list of prizes. Idaho Gives started in 2013 by the Idaho Nonprofit Center, raising $578,735 throughout the

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Burn permits needed day. Since then, Idaho Gives steadily topped itself year after year, culminating in record-setting 2017 when 10,570 individuals raised $1,379,406 for 628 nonprofits. According to Marx, Bonner County organizations raised $13,000 last year and hope to do better this year.

Gubernatorial candidates clash in debate By Cameron Rasmusson Reader Staff The top three Republican candidates for governor — Brad Little, Raul Labrador and Tommy Ahlquist — tackled taxation, abortion and campaign ads in this week’s Idaho Reports debate. The Associated Press reports that Labrador touted his plan to cut $1 billion in state taxes, a full 30 percent of the general budget. Ahlquist said his experience as a businessman would inform his approach to state finances, help-

ing to root out wasteful spending. And Little, saying the state was on the right path overall, proposed a plan that would slash $116 million over its first year. In addition, all three candidates favored eliminating the grocery tax, which the Idaho Legislature has struggled to pass under the disapproving Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter. Ahlquist also hedged on whether or not he would sign a bill allowing women to be prosecuted for having an abortion, while Little and Labrador

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called such a measure a step too far. Finally, the candidates got combative on the subject of campaign ads, with all three saying their opponents had treated them unfairly. Watch all the Idaho Reports debates online at http://idahoptv. org/elections/2018. And tune in Sunday, April 29, 6:30 p.m. MT/PT for the U.S. House of Representatives 1st Congressional District Republican debate, where Cameron Rasmusson, Sandpoint Reader editor, will be on the reporter panel.

From May 10 to Oct. 20, anyone outside of city limits anywhere in Idaho must obtain a fire safety burn permit if they are planning to burn, the Bonner County Fire Prevention Co-Op wrote in a statement on Wednesday. Recreational campfires are excluded from this requirement. Permits are free and may be obtained online at, or by contacting the Idaho Dept. of Lands office in Sandpoint, (208) 263-5612 or Priest Lake (208) 443-2516. Those burning logging slash on private ground, even within a city or fire district, will need to obtain a permit from the Idaho Dept. of Lands. If burning takes place within city limits, check with local fire department or city hall for permits. Many cities in Bonner County require burn permits. “Debris burning is one of our most frequent causes of escaped fire, so please take caution when you burn,” the statement read. “Also, burners who lit slash piles in the last six months should check piles to ensure they are dead out.” For more information, contact the Bonner County Fire Prevention Cooperative at (208) 263-3502. [BO] April 26, 2018 /


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Mayor’s Roundtable: In Gratitude By Mayor Shelby Rognstad Reader Contributor I hope everyone had a happy Earth Day. Thanks to 350Sandpoint for bringing the community together to celebrate this home we call Earth. Thank you to all that fight every day to protect our environment, our community values and preserve our quality of life. On that gorgeous Sunday afternoon, I was in a place of gratitude. Gratitude for this Earth, for this community, for this lake and the clean fresh water all around us, for the clean air we breathe, for the food that we eat, for all the abundance that surrounds us. Gratitude for the hard work that we have done to protect all that we value. Gratitude for the love in our hearts and the loving people in our lives. Gratitude for this wonderful experience called life and for the opportunity for us to celebrate it, in all its forms. And now an invitation to participate in a call to action. They say rail transport is

three to four times more efficient than roads. Rail traffic through our community supports the local economy, it is a legacy that has built this community for over a century. A second rail bridge across the lake would alleviate congestion on our roads. While these statements may be true, the trade-off is that a second bridge ultimately means more train traffic, more congestion on our roads. It means more chances for a potential accident that would be absolutely catastrophic for this community. There will be multiple hearings on May 23 at the Ponderay Events Center at 8 a.m., and at 6 p.m. at the Sandpoint Middle School. I call on you all to ask your elected officials, Lakes Commission board members and the U.S. Coast Guard directly to perform a full Environmental Impact Statement rather than an Environmental Assessment. More information can be found at For those who have taken the lead to challenge the proposed HiTest smelter in Newport, thank you for stepping up, being OPEN 11:30 am

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informed and taking action. While we still have not seen an application from HiTest, CANSS has made the case that the HiTest land purchase from PUD was illegal. This is an exciting development that could stop the smelter before it starts. You can stay updated at For those who have participated on the UI/Boyer project, thank you for getting involved. You are helping this community build a legacy. The city is crafting a plan to purchase the UI Boyer property. The long time vision of a community rec center is within sight. This property presents us with the opportunity to protect into perpetuity 30 acres of wetland and natural habitat along Sand Creek, enabling public access and recreation for generations to come. By acquiring this parcel we could continue the Sandpoint/Dover Community Trail all the way to Ponderay and Kootenai. I’m hopeful that through this project we can fulfill our collective dream to preserve this natural gem while, at the same time, accommodating responsible growth. Environmental health is essential to community health, physical health and an

overall sense of well-being. I just returned from Boise where I met with the Blue Cross Foundation and the JA and Katheryn Albertson’s Foundation to discuss health, education and access in our community. The city of Sandpoint was awarded $250,000 from Blue Cross for the purpose of supporting youth health through access to affordable nutritious food and healthy activity. I’m confident we can leverage those dollars to develop greater support for community health in the future. I have been humbled and inspired by the leadership, commitment and compassion of the Bonner County health coalition. These dedicated volunteers are leading our community towards better health and greater opportunity. I will continue to work with this group and others to ensure that community health is a top priority for Sandpoint. This community is special because of the people here that care so much and work so hard to make it so. I hope you are enjoying spring, getting outside to play, growing food and soaking up the sun. Mayor’s Roundtable discussion meets this Friday, 8 a.m. at Cedar St. Bistro. I hope to see you there!

Getting the Most from Your Inhaler... Dear Editor, I recently went to a breathing class at Bonner General Hospital, and did I have a rude awakening. I’ve been using Albuterol inhalers for many years, the kind where I shake the small bottle and then insert it into an “L” shaped plastic dispenser and take a quick puff of the medication to alleviate shortness of breath in a quick-acting manner. Problem being, after all these years of using this inhaler I’ve found out I‘ve only been getting 50 percent or less of the medication into my system. The reason? There’s another component that should be used with the inhaler. It’s called a “spacer.” The spacer is a cylindrical plastic device that is shaped like an empty toilet paper tube. I learned that instead of getting a quick fraction of a second puff of medication into my mouth, as was done all these past years with the inhaler, with the spacer I slowly inhale (over a period of 3 to 6 seconds) so I get the most medication/relief down as far into my lungs as possible. The spacer makes a whistling sound if I try to inhale the air-medication into my lungs too quickly, telling me to slow down my inhaling. By incorporating the spacer with the inhaler I find I don’t need to use the inhaler nearly as often. Question for the medical community: “Why isn’t the spacer automatically supplied with the inhaler?” Michael Harmelin Vietnam veteran Sandpoint

Vote for Kunzeman...

Dear Editor, If you will be voting in the Republican Primary Election on May 16, I encourage you to vote Carol Kunzeman for Bonner County Commissioner. There are many things that I love about living in Bonner County — from our beautiful surroundings and strong sense of community to people like Kunzeman who are passionate about working for it. Upon recently meeting Kunzeman, I was impressed by her genuine nature and common-sense approach to public service. She is respectful and ready to listen to all citizens of the county that she would represent as commissioner — which is something that I cannot say about her opponent after his first term in office. While welcoming input from citizens across the board on all issues, Kunzeman will seek reasoned and pragmatic solutions that benefit our communities. Carol Kunzeman already has considerable experience in local government, having served as Ponderay’s mayor for eight years and a councilwoman for five years before that. She has a proven track record of bringing balance, transparency and respect to the offices she has held and having a positive impact on the county. Local government plays a large role in the growth and development of communities — and there are many important policy decisions made

at the county level that can tangibly affect our lives. I encourage you to learn more about Kunzeman at www., and vote for her on May 16! Brita Olson Sandpoint

Yes to Scotchman Peaks... Dear Editor, As a nurse practitioner, I have firsthand knowledge of the health benefits of spending time outside. Being active in nature not only improves our physical shape, but it also has positive impacts on our mood. That’s why we are so lucky to live in North Idaho and have access to some of the most beautiful public lands in the country. I lead patient hikes in Sandpoint and am always trying to get people to move more. I came from Ohio where there is virtually no public land. We are so lucky to have a trail that is so well maintained by the Scotchman Peak Wilderness group. There is no sweeter reward than making it up to the top and seeing that breathtaking view of Lake Pend Oreille and the rugged beauty of the cornice. It’s become a local rite of passage that so many of us bond over — my patients train to walk up the mountain, their families train to do it together. The pride and satisfaction I’ve seen in the folks who have done it, whether they are seven or 70, has convinced me that we need to make sure this place stays the way it is so future generations can have the same experience we all have today. On May 15, we are going to be asked if we are in favor of Sen. Risch’s proposal to designate the Scotchman Peaks as wilderness. The senator’s proposal reflects our community’s vision for this special place and now we have a chance to say so. I will be voting in favor of making sure the Scotchman Peaks is always a place that builds camaraderie among neighbors and is such a vital part of our way of life. I hope you will join me. Jane Hoover Sandpoint

Weissman for Rep District 1A... Dear Editor, Here’s why Ellen Weissman gets my vote on May 15 for Idaho House of Representatives District 1A: Ellen listens well to people’s needs and finds cost-effective ways to help them; Ellen is sensitive to the needs of education/educators being a retired educator herself; Ellen is a creative grants writer and fundraiser as demonstrated in her role as executive director of Sandpoint Area Seniors, Inc.; Ellen is committed to the preservation of clean air and water in our beautiful forest and lake environment. A vote for Ellen Weissman is a vote for preserving quality of life for all of us who are blessed to call North Idaho our home. Shakura Young Sandpoint

Thank you Jon Hagadone... Dear Editor, On April 18, Jon Hagadone of the Idaho Pour Authority here in Sandpoint sponsored a fundraiser to help Bonner Partners In Care Free Health Clinic. BPICC offers free medical care to anyone that can’t afford to see a doctor. Jon made a special effort to share a portion of his profits for the evening and donated 100 percent of the proceeds from the various raffles that evening. BPICC is very grateful to Jon for his support. Without people like Jon and his faithful customers, organizations like ours would not exist. Thank you, Jon. Bill Litsinger Board President, BPICC Sandpoint

Favor Wilderness... Dear Editor, For billions of years the forces of nature have created the forests, plains, deserts, mountains, rivers, lakes and oceans that make up the earth on which we live. These landscapes have portions that have not been modified by machines or pollution, i.e., they are in their natural state. We are very fortunate to have such an area in Bonner County – Scotchman Peaks. This asset provides our residents and visitors (who bring money to our economy) with recreational opportunities such as hunting, fishing, camping, berry picking and horse packing free of charge. The designation of Scotchman Peaks as a Wilderness, does not change its present use or management. Nor does it change its future use and that is the whole point. We will be including the recreational opportunities that we enjoy in our legacy to future generations. Please vote “favor” on the Scotchman Peaks ballot in the May 15 primary election. Ken Haag Sandpoint

Engelhardt For Assessor... Dear Editor: I will be voting for Dennis Engelhardt for Bonner County Assessor on May 15. After reviewing campaign material from the three Republican candidates and attending one of the Farm Bureau candidate forums, I am convinced that Dennis is the clear choice for this important public office. Dennis has managed hundreds of county employees and handled multi-million dollar budgets for decades. The culture of our current assessor’s office can only be changed by electing a competent manager from the outside. A manager who is not biased. A manager who will be fair and honest with the employees of the office, as well as the property owners of Bonner County. The only candidate who possesses the skills and attitude to accomplish

this change is Dennis Engelhardt. Please join me in voting for Dennis on May 15. Sincerely, Tracy Keith Sagle

Cast Your Vote For Kunzeman... Dear Editor, I’d like to urge voters to turn out in the Republican primary and cast a vote for Carol Kunzeman for Bonner County commissioner. Carol will be a breath of fresh air for the county. She will bring integrity and common sense to the District 3 seat. I’m concerned that the current commissioner is more interested in pushing an anti-public lands agenda than providing positive, responsive leadership. Carol will pay attention to the concerns and needs of her constituents and the basic functions of county government. She will do it while listening to people respectfully and carefully weighing the costs and benefits of policies and projects. I am confident that her decisions will be made from the best information and input available. This is the kind of elected official we need now in county government. Please vote in the May 15 primary election for Carol Kunzeman and return dignity and respect to this important position. Carol Jenkins Sagle

Please Vote For Woodward... Dear Editor, Please vote Jim Woodward for senator in District 1. Jim is a true conservative, a man of integrity and solutions oriented. With 21 years of Navy service, retiring as a commander, many years as a business owner and employer, a family man and community oriented, Jim Woodward is pro-Idaho! Raised in Bonners Ferry and educated at the U of I in engineering, Jim knows and understands North Idaho. This understanding is balanced with knowledge from his military travels and living in different countries and various states. While Jim is pro-gun and pro-Idaho, he also understands if we are to make government more effective, we must embrace other concerns, too, such as education and transportation. Jim deeply cares about our communities and has a deep sense of public service. He walks quietly and needs no lime light. Every year he picks a community project to donate to one of our communities or to do for a needy individual. In case you didn’t know, it was Jim’s company Apex that tore the Memorial field bleachers down; saving us many tax dollars. Jim Woodward and his family live in the Sandpoint area where his wife teaches school and his children have been part of our public school system. For more about Jim please go to:

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Kunzeman For Commissioner... Dear Editor, I’m writing this letter of endorsement for Carol Kunzeman, a candidate for Bonner County commissioner in the Republican primary, because we need local officials who are respectful and listen to their constituents. Carol served two terms as mayor in Ponderay and understands what it takes to balance a budget and attend to the basic needs of the local community. She also helped mend fences between Sandpoint and Ponderay, and developed good relationships with people in state and national offices. She cares about families and the quality of life of people in Bonner County, and was central to getting the SPOT bus established and investing in Ponderay’s Field of Dreams. Carol is open-minded, cautious and respectable. She has the kind of experience, character and communications skills that will make for a good county commissioner. Please join me in voting for Carol Kunzeman in the Republican primary election on May 15. Richard Warren Dover

Vote For Russ Fulcher... Dear Editor, As we approach the primary election on May 15 and are faced with many choices for the 1st Congressional District’s open seat, only one stands out above the rest. Over the past four years, I’ve had the privilege to get to know Russ Fulcher on a political and personal level. I can honestly say that Russ is a man of integrity, and has an exceptional proven conservative record. Russ has been endorsed by conservatives on the national, state and local levels. Nationally, Sen. Ted Cruz and Congressman Raul Labrador have stood up and endorsed Russ. Conservative heavyweights FreedomWorks and the Club for Growth have given Russ their full support, as has Second Amendment advocate Dick Heller. Russ is a pro-life champion and has earned the formal endorsement of Idaho Chooses Life. Our strongest Liberty Legislators in the Idaho House and Senate are all advocating that Russ Fulcher is the only true conservative choice. Locally, Russ has been endorsed by our Legislators Rep. Heather Scott and Rep. Sage Dixon. We need a Congressman in Washington, D.C., whose character has been demonstrated by what he does and one who has been serving the people of Idaho rather than self-interest. Vote for Russ Fulcher for Congress on May 15. Victoria Zeischegg Sandpoint

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Bonner General Health honors volunteers By Ben Olson Reader Staff

Bouquets: • It was so great to see all the people who showed up for the annual Sand Creek Cleanup on Sunday, hosted by Lake Pend Oreille Waterkeeper and the city of Sandpoint. The power of people amassing for a common cause always gives me goosebumps. One family in particular impressed me. They had a towed cart attached to their bicycle and looked like they had filled several large bags full of trash. At one point, I saw them rooting deep in the bush, directing their children to get every last piece of plastic. These are great habits to instill in your children — the idea that, if only one day a year, we put our own self interests aside and spend an hour or two picking up trash for the good of the community and the environment. Way to go! Barbs • The other day, a recent letter to the editor writer sent me an email thanking me for printing their letter. In closing, the writer said our printing the letter “dispelled the belief in the conservative community” that “the Reader will not print letters from conservative minded people.” I told the writer the same as I’ll tell you, dear reader: In the 3.5 years I’ve been publisher (and in the seven years the Reader was around before I owned it) we have never refused to print a letter to the editor for any reason except when they are over 400 words (actually, there was one instance where a writer wrote a blatantly – and humorously – libelous letter that we refused). I’ve heard rumors like this before, namely that the Reader actively silences conservative viewpoints. We give every submission the same consideration for publication, no matter what the politics are behind the submission. We’ve turned down just as many left-leaning opinions as we have right-leaning. Trust me. For every one article you see published in the Reader, there are usually two or three that go unpublished for various reasons. We don’t promote inflammatory, vitriolic writing from any point of view. Often when a writer has a piece rejected, they believe there is some ulterior motive, or that the Reader has some kind of vendetta against them. We don’t. We’re just overworked, underpaid, constantly-berated journalists who are trying our best to be fair to everyone. 8 /


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The Bonner General Health Volunteer Council held their annual luncheon Wednesday, April 18. Many volunteers attended, and Margo Johnson, chair of the Volunteer Council, presented awards for hours of service. The following awards were presented, with each volunteer’s name followed by how many total hours they have volunteered: Paula Dunn 100 Sherry May 100 Corrine Capodagli 100 Sue Clemens 100 Amber Trantram 100 Becky Stone 500 Bonnie Lunderstadt 1,500 Sylvia Humes 2,000

So you want to ban the AR-15 (update)... Dear Editor, Referencing my letter to the editor, from March 22 this year. Quote “So you want to ban the AR-15? Let me tell you what you’re up against. You’re up against the National Rifle Association’s five million members, all paying at least $30 annual dues. That’s $150 million annually. Many contribute more or, like me, are life members. Most are single-issue voters, for the Second Amendment, and they write letters, phone and email their/our representatives. There is not a single gun control group that has this level of financial support or individual dedication.” From NPR, April 20: “Most Still Favor Stricter Gun Laws, But It’s Fading As A 2018 Voting Issue. While almost half of all registered voters (46 percent) say a candidate’s position on gun policy will be a major factor in deciding whom to vote for, that number is down 13 points from February, when a shooting at a Florida high school sparked outrage.” So you want to ban the AR-15? Apparently, not so much. Chris Mielke Sagle

Elect Boeck for Rep...

Dear Editor It’s time we elect a state representative who will work for everyone in Bonner and Boundary counties. That is why I am voting for Mike Boeck for state representative. For too long I have seen contentious politics get in the way of real solutions for the people of this area. The extreme views of Heather Scott, our current state representative, has alienated people even in her own party making it difficult to get anything done. Her many outrageous comments and

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behaviors have resulted in getting her thrown off state committees for periods of time and resulted in contentious fights. This is a waste of valuable time. In addition, she seems to harvest supporters who often show up at forums to do nothing more than harass and disrespect anyone who has a different point of view. This is nothing more than bullying behavior meant to intimidate and silence others. Please join me and vote for Mike Boeck on May 15. Mike will work on finding solutions for transportation, education, jobs and the conservation of our natural resources. Mike Boeck is someone who will listen, bring people together and work to find common ground and common sense solutions to our complex issues. Dawn Brinker Sandpoint

Wilderness Does Not Affect Wildlife Management... Dear Editor, As a former wildlife biologist, I call BS on a recent “My Turn” column written by Tony McDermott. Either he is incredibly misinformed, or he meant to mislead others with his absurd statements. The entire article is filled with accusations based on half-truths and outright falsehoods. In particular, I find it difficult to understand how a former IDFG Commissioner does not know the IDFG mission statement, which reads: “All wildlife, including all wild animals, wild birds, and fish, within the state of Idaho, is hereby declared to be the property of the state of Idaho.” What that means is that land management agencies such as the U.S. Forest Service only manage the habitat, NOT the wildlife. Wildlife belongs to the state, whether it is in downtown Boise or at the summit of Scotchman Peak. That does not change with wilderness designation. If a wildlife species is found to be

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threatened, or is in imminent danger of extinction, any management action that might affect those animals requires consultation with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. That is called the Endangered Species Act, which has absolutely nothing to do with wilderness designation. By the way, the Foundation 4 Wildlife Management membership cited by Mr. McDermott is made up of local wolf trappers. They should be happy to know that trapping is allowed in U.S. Forest Service Wilderness Areas. In addition, on May 5, 2011, wolves in Idaho were removed from the list of endangered species, and management reverted to the state. Bonnie Jakubos Sagle

No Personal Playground... Dear Editor, Jim Peterson wrote a disappointing letter in support of the proposed Scotchman wilderness. He wrote that he supports the wilderness because it “poses no threat to our timber-based economy, motorized recreation or mountain biking and no existing roads will be close.” Even though he describes his website, Evergreen, as having the goal of “fact-based information about forestry and forest management”, Jim left out any “fact-based information” to back up his claims. Regarding timber, the heavily timbered southern flank of Scotchman was inventoried in the 1970s by the Forest Service with the last timber sales in that area located at the base of the mountain. The slopes were excluded, not because of a lack of commercial timber, but because of the Roadless Area boundary. The commercial timber in the Scotchman area might be important in the future, but a bigger issue now is the unmanaged forest, increasing fire risk and degrading big game habitat, which,

The BGH Volunteer Council at their annual luncheon at Di Luna’s. Courtesy photo. curiously, Jim writes extensively about as a gigantic problem all over the West. Jim’s claim that there is no threat to motorized recreation or bicycles is a smoke-and-mirror word game played often by the wilderness supporters. Those uses were stopped by a Forest Service closure order in April 2015 that was issued with the implementation of a wilderness-like management plan for the area. Prior to that order, snowmobiles were legally accessing East Fork (inside the proposal), snowbikes were recreating on Scotchman Peak and bicycle-wheeled game carriers were being used in three drainages in the Scotchman area. The problem is, the Wilderness Act of 1964 states that only Congress can create wilderness. The Forest Service has no policy or directive from Congress that tells them to create wilderness on their own. Perhaps that is why there are no readily available maps, notices or signs that explain these restrictions. There were no local hearings to explain the plan. The Forest Service only takes it upon themselves to manage recommended wilderness as though it was designated wilderness in Montana and northern Idaho – it’s not national policy. The claims that Jim and others make would be true if the current restrictions were legal. One thing is certain, a wilderness designation would make those restrictions legal and permanent. Bonner County can kill this lockup of public lands on May 15 by voting no on the Scotchman Peaks wilderness. Let’s kill this thing, and then we will work to restore access in Scotchman and the surrounding area for all the public, not just for a handful of environmental extremists and wilderness ideologues who want a personal playground on our public land. Stan Myers Hope


Emily Articulated

A column by and about Millennials

Nature Deficit Disorder By Emily Erickson Reader Columnist Rain was quietly pattering the tin roof of my dry cabin as I stuffed my backpack with two weeks worth of dirty clothes. I wrapped myself in my waterproof coat, absentmindedly slipping a paperback book and my cell phone into my pocket as I headed out the door. The phone read “no service” just as it always did when I was on my property. Letting the latch click behind me, I began my mile and a half long trek into town to take care of some long overdue errands. It was the summer of 2014, and I was living in Skagway, Alaska. I was working as a tour guide for Jewell Gardens Organic Garden and Glassblowing Studio and lived with a small community of guides, gardeners and glassblowers in a thousand-person town tucked in a valley surrounded by ocean and mountains. My daily commute consisted of a two-mile walk or bike (as I was car-less) to the cruise ship littered docks, from which I herded aimless and awe-stricken tourists into a big bus, Jewell Gardens bound. My possessions fit into the 70L backpack I’d eagerly strapped on months prior, and my connectivity to the outside world was achieved by accessing the free wi-fi available at the town’s public library. It was the most simply I had ever lived, and it was beautiful. As I sit in a pile of chords, powering my phone with my laptop, my laptop with the coffee shop outlet, and a row of people next to me all doing the same, I can’t help but question how I got here, and the inevitable implications of being so incredibly plugged in.

Emily Erickson. In 2005 sociologist Richard Louv introduced the concept of Nature Deficit Disorder, or the idea that there is an increasing phenomenon where people, especially children, are spending less time outdoors connecting with nature. And as a result of alienation with the natural world, are a plethora of emotional and behavioral problems on the rise. In his book, “Last Child in the Woods,” Louv argues that this reduced connection with the outdoors is a byproduct of “parental fears, restricted access to natural places, and the lure of electronic devices.” His research consisted of spending ten years traveling the United States compiling data from both urban and rural families, finding consistency in parents feeling fearful of letting their kids engage in unsupervised, and imagination-based outside play. Instead, parents were more inclined to enroll their children in the safety of structured, and often indoors, after school programs. Additionally, especially in urban areas, he observed reduced access to available natural places, with commuting to an unrestricted wild area too difficult for many families to incorporate into their regular routines.

Finally, he concluded that the attraction of spending time indoors is higher than ever, as people grow more dependent on electronics for their daily lives and entertainment. And as people become more disengaged with the natural world, their dependency on a fast-paced life and constant stimulation becomes more prevalent. When presented with moments of downtime, like in the Joel’s line at lunch, we stare at our phones, consuming rapidly flashing images of news headlines and dog pictures on Instagram, instead of engaging in simple mind wandering or quiet conversation. When we have 30 minutes to kill, we watch an episode of “The Office,” instead of wandering through the woods. We do this, despite the bounty of evidence that being outside, especially as it relates to physical activity, is associated with increased mental and physical health, and decreased anxiety and sadness. As I reflect on the simplicity of my Alaskan summers, the nostalgia I feel is every bit as much about being unplugged and the experiences that afforded, as it is about the amazing scenery and the job I could hardly consider work. Fortunately, here in North Idaho, we live in one of the most beautiful and natural areas in the world. We have access to more State and National Park and Forest than nearly anyone else, and exist in the safety and comfort of

a small town. Because of this, we have every reason to practice simplifying our lives and to start swapping our screen time for trail and lake time. We can find places of quiet and spend them in thought. We can strike up a conversation with the person on the barstool next to us. We can engage in the world

we live in. And certainly, if a Millennial can do it, so can you. See you out there! Emily Erickson is a freelance writer and bartender originally from Wisconsin, with a degree in Sociology and an affinity for playing in the mountains.



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ELECTION COVERAGE Bonner County Commissioner District 1

Profile of Patricia Wentworth By Lyndsie Kiebert Reader Staff

Editor’s Note: Patricia Wentworth is running as a Democrat for Bonner County Commissioner, District 1. Sandpoint Reader: Tell me about your history in North Idaho. Patricia Wentworth: I moved from Everett, Wash. to Sagle in 2006 and haven’t looked back. I became actively involved with our community when I joined the Sandpoint Transition Initiative in 2007. That led to the opening of the Sandpoint Community Garden for which I’ve been the coordinator since it’s inception. Four years ago I began volunteering in the memory care unit at Luther Park. I became known as “The Bingo Lady” and developed a reputation among the staff and residents for my rather unconventional way of calling the

game and my strong belief that humor is the strongest medicine there is, if only for the moment. SR: What inspired you to run for a county commissioner seat? PW: I was asked by Judy Meyers, a woman I met when I emceed the 2016 Democratic Caucus. She called and asked if I would consider putting my name on the ballot for County Commissioner District 1. I was surprised and hesitant, as I am really a behind-the-scenes supporter. The reason I said yes is there was no other candidate at the time and so I volunteered. SR: What are the top three issues in Bonner County you plan to tackle if elected? PW: I don’t plan to “tackle” any issue. I’m about listening and collaboration. People pretty much agree on basic human needs: living wages, healthcare

for all, freedom of speech. I’d like to see more unity of ideas on how to accomplish those needs. I’m not a strict party politics person. Without differing ideas there’s no growth. SR: There are some issues dominating the news in the county lately, like Scotchman Peaks Wilderness, the Newport smelter, the second rail bridge — where do you stand on these issues? PW: I haven’t researched all of the pros and cons of these issues, but have found that the “for” or “against” are pretty much based on political party lines. SR: What else should voters know about you? PW: I’m a real fun enthusiast. If I can’t find enjoyment in the things I do, I pretty much don’t participate.

Patricia Wentworth AT A GLANCE

AGE: 66 BIRTHPLACE AND RESIDENCE: Born in Pittfield, Mass. Now residing in Sagle GOVERNMENT SERVICE: Voter PROFESSION: Retired from 35 years of corporate management EDUCATION: Purdue University, two years on campus, 1.5 years extension, half year University of Massachusetts, Amhert (major: creative writing) FAMILY: Three sisters and a brother FUN FACT: I am an identical twin except in politics and religion, and we love each other anyway.


By Ben Olson Reader Staff

Starting January 25, the Reader has published weekly profiles of candidates running in the 2018 primary election. If voters have missed any of these profiles, they may access them via our Special Reports section on Here’s a short list of who we’ve interviewed for this profile series, as well as who didn’t follow through with our efforts for an interview. The primary election day is May 15. To hear from the candidates themselves, attend the Candidates Forum sponsored by the Reader, SandpointOnline and KRFY 88.5 FM on May 8 at 5:30 p.m. at the Sandpoint High School auditorium. All contested candidates have confirmed they will attend.

(Candidate’s name, party affiliation and which issue their profile was published) Gubernatorial Race: Tommy Ahlquist (R) - Jan. 25 A.J. Balukoff (D) - Feb. 1 Brad Little - (R) Feb. 8 Paulette Jordan (D) - Feb. 15 Raul Labrador - DID NOT RESPOND TO INTERVIEW REQUESTS U.S. Congressional Rep. Race, District 1 Russ Fulcher (R) - Feb. 22 Luke Malek (R) - Mar. 1 Candidate overview - Mar. 8

State Senate race, district 1: Jim Woodward (R) - Mar. 15 Danielle Ahrens (R) - Mar. 22 Scott Herndon (R) - Mar. 22 State Representative race, district 1, seat a: Mike Boeck (R) - Mar. 29 Heather Scott (R) - Mar. 29 Ellen Weissman (D) - Apr. 5 Bob Vickaryous (D) - Apr. 5 Bonner Co. Commissioner race, district 1: Dan McDonald (R) - Apr. 12 Carol Kunzeman (R) - Apr. 12

Bonner Co. Commissioner race, district 3: Bruce Hollett (R) - Apr. 19 Steven Bradshaw (R) - DID NOT CONSENT TO BEING INTERVIEWED Patricia Wentworth (R) - Apr. 26 Glen Bailey (R) - Scheduled for May 3 Bonner Co. Assessor Dennis Englehardt (R) - Scheduled for May 10 Donna Gow (R) - Scheduled for May 10 Richard Miller (R) - Scheduled for May 10 *Candidates in uncontested races were not profiled in this primary series, but will be included in the general election series closer to November. -BO April 26, 2018 /


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Mad about Science: By Brenden Bobby Reader Columnist

Few things strike fear into the heart of man more than giant cats. A kitty is way less cute when it’s big enough to play with your intestines like a yarn ball. Mountain lions are very unique animals that hold several records. They have the widest range of any mammal (excluding whales, dolphins and humans) in the western hemisphere, claiming stakes from the Yukon mountain range to the southernmost tip of South America. Understandably, with so much range, they’ve picked up a lot of different names: over 40 in English, which is more than any other animal in the world. You might know them as puma, cougar or panther. While cougars are massive by cat standards, they’re about half the size of an African lion. Male mountain lions get up to about 220 pounds, stand up to three feet at

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mountain lions the shoulder while stretching up to eight feet long. Similar to their domestic cousins, the housecat, mountain lions have retractable claws. This keeps their primary tools sharp for when they need them. This is a pretty good trick for identifying a cougar print. If it has claws marks, it’s not a cat, though coyotes have similar tracks. A cougar’s primary diet consists of wild ungulates (think: deer, elk, rarely moose), but they’ll feed on anything they can get their claws on including raccoons, mice, even porcupines and the occasional human. Mountain lions can’t roar. Heck, I didn’t know that until I started researching them. This is the reason they’re not considered a “big cat” like African lions, tigers or jaguars. Cougars are actually pretty quiet, though they can emulate a human or an animal screaming, which is terrifying if you’re alone in the woods at night and you hear that nearby. Perhaps one of the most impressive feats of the mountain lion is its ability to travel. The top speed of a mountain lion can reach 50 mph. That’s right, the sheriff would pull over a mountain lion blitzing through Sagle. They can also clear as much as 40 feet horizontally in a single jump. That means to evade the sheriff, the cat could jump over two Ford F150 trucks in a single bound.

Being mountainous hunters, the puma also excels at climbing. A fully grown cougar can outperform coyotes and wolves by leaping up a rocky crag with the efficiency of your own cat climbing a carpet tower. They can also swim. If these things had wings, no one would be safe. Like most cats (African lions being an exception), they’re not particularly social animals. They generally live alone, marking swaths of territories by doing things you only see people do on the darkest corners of the internet, like piling up leaves and other absorbent material and urinating on (marking) it. Mothers will make a nest site for cubs, having anywhere between one and six cubs per litter. She’ll bring them food at first, but pretty quickly she’ll teach them to hunt. After a year or two, the cubs will leave their mother and go out to find their own territories. Sometimes the father or other males will kill the cubs so he can reproduce with the female. That must have been the Rob Schneider rom com that never got a greenlight. Cougarman! Mountain lions are proficient assassins. Despite their impressive physical characteristics, they prefer to expend as little energy as possible in killing and eating prey. They stalk their prey through low brush, timber and ridges and attack with a leap from behind, using a mix of their teeth and downward momentum to break the prey’s neck. They don’t eat the prey at the kill site and instead prefer to drag it to a familiar spot, bury it and then eat it over a period of a few days. Though they prefer to eat their own kills, they have been observed scavenging remains from time to time. If you’re worried about getting attacked by a mountain lion, don’t be. There have only been about 14 fatal cougar attacks on humans since

the 1970s. There are a few things you can do to protect yourself from becoming a rare statistic, though. Don’t hike alone, especially at dawn, dusk or night. Keep your kids close, within an arm’s reach. If you do run into one, which is extremely rare (they’re stealth predators, after all), make yourself as big as you can, make lots of noise and try to scare it off. If it thinks you’re a really big animal, it’s likely going to get scared and split. If you do come under attack (which is even rarer than seeing a mountain lion to begin with), do whatever you can to protect your neck. This is their primary

kill mechanism and they want to achieve it with as little energy spent as possible. Fight back. It doesn’t want to get hurt either, so it’s more likely to break off a kill if it risks being injured. Whatever you do, do NOT run. Running makes something click in predator brains to give chase, and let’s be honest, you can’t run 50 mph or jump 40 feet to safety. You stand a much better chance trying to scare it off, mano a gato. It also helps deter them if you don’t feed the deer or raccoons. If a taco truck was just sitting around giving away delicious tacos, wouldn’t you stalk it, too?

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• There’s a mountain in Australia called Mt. Disappointment. It was named such because the explorers who first reached its summit found the view to be sub-par and wanted to reflect their feelings in the name they chose for the mountain. • Olympus Mons on Mars, the tallest known mountain in the solar system, is so large at its base that an observer on its peak wouldn’t know he was standing on a mountain because its slope would be obscured by the curvature of the planet itself. • Colorado’s two tallest mountains are so close to each other in height that fans of each mountain would repeatedly pile up rocks to try and make their preferred mountain taller. • The Amazon River once flowed into the Pacific Ocean but was dammed up by the newly formed Andes Mountains. The Amazon’s basin then became a giant lake until it eroded away sandstone to the west, letting the lake drained into the Atlantic and forming the modern river. • The Scottish Highlands and Appalachian Mountains in the eastern U.S. are a part of the same mountain chain. • There is an inscription at the Yucca Mountain Nuclear Waste Repository meant to last 10,000 years, warning future civilizations of the danger lurking below the mountain. • The Teton mountains were named by French trappers who thought they resembled breasts (teton is French slang for breast) so Grand Teton National Park translates to “Big Tits National Park.” • The rainforest-blanketed mountain of Mabu in Mozambique was first discovered by scientists looking at Google Earth. • Mount Kosciuszko was thought to be the highest mountain in Australia until Mount Townsend was found to be slightly taller. Rather than re-educating the public that Townsend was the new highest mountain, the New South Wales Lands Department simply switched their names.


The scotchman peaks wilderness proposal:

Yes or no on the advisory vote?

Scotchman Peaks: Multi-use is best option By Tony McDermott Reader Contributor There is no doubt that the FSP, ICL, IFG, former BC commission chairman Cary Kelly, and the USFS are all engaged in a public relations campaign to influence the May 15 vote. Kelly’s letter, bulk mailed, to all voters, followed by IFG’s Boeh’s Bee article, along with FSP bulk mailed 5x8 post card and hired lobbyists contacts with area voters support this campaign. This same well-funded group traveled Washington, D. C., in 2015 to convince Sen. Risch that wilderness had majority support. Thankfully our senator pushed the pause button and is currently awaiting the outcome of the upcoming May initiative. I am now convinced that these players got together in a smoke-filled room and came to agreement. Boeh’s emotional plea to county voters is evidence that the deal was concocted without public involvement or transparency. This under-the-table deal between FSP, ICL and IFG was not a legitimate collaborative process. Was the Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA) considered by senator Risch’s staff when meeting with these groups in Washington, D.C., in 2015? The public deserves to know the details. Who got what in exchange for what? Why have so many foresters employed by Idaho Forest Group done a floppy chicken act and now support this wilderness proposal? Did the county pay for Kelly’s trip to D.C.? Who paid and how much did it cost to bulk mail Kelly’s letter along with Hough’s post card to county voters? If FSP has 6,000 supporters, why have they hired lobbying agencies to contact county voters? What federal regulation authorizes the USFS to treat S.P. as wilderness without Congressional designation? These same players want it all or nothing and have stated so publicly. County voters, to include the folks in Clark Fork, would get behind a preservation designation “Scenic Trail” that would in fact preserve the trail system leading to the summit and everything above the timberline. This proposal flies in the face of the backroom deal and is not considered an option. These outspoken supporters all sing the same song contending that some of our most treasured land will be preserved, accessible and protected. It already is, and

it’s called a roadless area. Kelly’s letter is downright laughable. He and his ilk are dead wrong stating the “USFS will continue to manage for fire, insects and disease and the Department of Fish and Game will continue to manage fish and wildlife.” A wilderness designation for Scotchman will in fact eliminate timber management, wildlife habitat/species management, wheeled vehicles, fire management, the use of chainsaws and power tools, snowmobiling and helicopter landings for anything except public rescue efforts. The only fire management allowed in wilderness is the keep the fire from exiting wilderness boundary. Idaho Fish and Game does not manage wildlife in wilderness. Why? One example, of many, is Federal Judge Winmill’s order for IDFG to destroy all the elk study data collected through radio collaring of 55 elk and four wolves in the Frank Church as an extreme violation of the wilderness act. Additional opposition includes the following: (1) The Idaho Legislature. HJM 14 passed this session with a super majority. All North Idaho legislators both in the house and senate voted in favor. (2) Five North Idaho Fish and Game commissioners from 1972 to 2018 opposed. The current IDFG director and staff are opposed. (3) Clark Fork’s mayor and City Council opposed. (4) County commission is split and reportedly will oppose if the May 15 vote goes against. (5) Foundation 4 Wildlife Management’s board of nine directors opposed. A poll of its membership conducted with 98 percent of the respondents opposed. This is a critically important local issue, with national implications, involving severe restrictions on public land use. For me the issue is clear. Continued management for multi-use is the best management option for the Scotchmen. On May 15, I intend to vote “against.” I encourage all Bonner County sportsmen and other voters to do the same. Tony McDermott is the former chairman of the Idaho Forest Group.

Scotchman Peaks: A community gem By Phil Hough Reader Contributor Bonner County voters will be asked if they favor the Scotchman Peaks on the May 15 primary ballot. Although a non-binding, advisory vote, our County Commissioners and Sen. Jim Risch have said they will honor the outcome. This vote matters; your vote matters! The Friends of Scotchman Peaks Wilderness believe that our public lands can be managed for all multiple uses. This includes wilderness as well as timber, mining, grazing, wildlife habitat, motorized and quiet recreation. In the 2.5 million acres of the Idaho Panhandle National Forests, there is room enough for all these uses. There are places that are most appropriate for each use. For the Scotchman Peaks proposed wilderness area, which makes up 0.5 percent of the Idaho Panhandle National Forest, the rugged, wild landscape isn’t well suited for many of these uses. When looking at which part of Bonner County is best suited for Wilderness, the Scotchman Peaks area is the clear candidate. For the last 10 years, Friends of Scotchman Peaks Wilderness have been an active part of the Panhandle Forest Collaborative. Members of the collaborative have moved past old conflicts. We have found that we can do more good for Idaho’s public lands, wildlife and rural economies when we put aside our differences and work together. In the Panhandle, diverse stakeholders have come together to look at the big picture of how we can manage our forests responsibly, so that all of these multiple uses can be accommodated. Finding ways to improve and agree on timber projects that are good for our forests and our economy, and to support protecting special places like the Scotchman Peaks are part of responsi-

ble management. This balanced and common sense approach is what our communities want and need. Many businesses, civic groups and community leaders agree. This is why the Sandpoint Chamber of Commerce, Idaho Forest Group and many current and former county commissioners support Wilderness for the Scotchman Peaks. In the Scotchman Peaks, you can find quiet places beyond the fast-paced world we live in today. Lined with old-growth cedar and hemlock trees, clear, clean water flows through the Scotchmans’ deep and steep canyons into Lake Pend Oreille. Forested slopes and ridges are home to abundant wildlife including grizzly bears, lynx, wolverine and mountain goats. Groups like the Idaho Backcountry Hunters and Anglers, Idaho Wildlife Federation and Panhandle Chapter of Trout Unlimited support designation, because protecting fish and wildlife habitats as wilderness ensures that sportsmen will have access to high-quality hunting and angling. Bonner County continues to grow and change at a rapid pace and we don’t know what the future will bring. We need to set aside certain places while they are still wild and undeveloped, so we can preserve what makes Bonner County so special. Wilderness designation will give Bonner County the certainty that the Scotchman Peak area will never change. Please join us by voting “in favor” of Sen. Risch’s Scotchman Peaks Wilderness proposal this May. Phil Hough is an avid outdoorsman and executive director of the Friends of Scotchman Peaks Wilderness. April 26, 2018 /


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Poem-in-Your-Pocket Day 11am-2pm @ Various locations In honor of National Poetry Month, members of the Friends of the Library will be out in the community distributing poems. Many local businesses will join in by handing out poems to their customers. Read, smile, enjoy, and share some wonderful poetry!

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Live Music w/ Marty Perron and Doug Bond Live Music w/ The Beat Diggers 6-8pm @ Cedar St. Bistro Wine Bar 6:30-9:30pm @ MickDuff’s Beer Hall Live Music w/ BareGrass Classic rock and roll 5-7pm @ Idaho Pour Authority Local Sandpoint Americana bluegrass Live Music w/ Harold’s IGA Live Music w/ Britchy 9pm @ 219 Lounge 5-8pm @ Pend d’Oreille Winery Indie rock trio with covers and OGs Missoula’s original acoustic americana duo

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Live Music w/ Oak St. Connection 6-8pm @ Cedar St. Bistro Wine Bar Eclectic mix of lounge, jazz, folk, contemporary Live Music w/ Browne Salmon Truck 5-7pm @ Idaho Pour Authority The coolest trio in town Live Music w/ Kevin Dorin 5-8pm @ Pend d’Oreille Winery Live Music w/ Bridges Home 6:30-9:30pm @ MickDuff’s Beer Hall Americana, Celtic, Roots - and many originals Live Music w/ Marshall McLean Band 9pm @ 219 Lounge One of the Northwest’s favorite bands Sandpoint Chess Club 9am @ Evans Brothers Coffee Meets every Sunday at 9am

Trivia Takeover Live 5:30pm @ Pend d’Oreille Winery Teams are encouraged but not required. Free! Bring your wicked smarts


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Eichardt’s 24th birthday party 7pm @ Eichardt’s Pub Come down and celebrate Eichardt’s 24th bi party with live music by BareGrass and other Spring for Sandpoint 11am-3pm @ Downtown Sandpoint Participating merchants team up with nonprofi a day to support our vibrant community. Enjo cial sales, product demonstrations, food and age samplings, and kids’ activities ArtWorks’ Share the Love Reception 5-7:30pm @ ArtWorks Gallery Support a budding young artist by attending lent auction and artists’ reception. Proceeds to fit “Emerging Artist Scholarship”

Live Music w/ Jimmy Smith and Pat McKay • A two-man band that’s as full as a four-piece, fea the acclaimed alt-country band The Gourds and bl

Lifetree Cafe • 2pm @ Jalepeño’s Mex An hour of conversation and stories. Thi Miraculous Interventions Bonner Mall Seniors Day Creating Democracy: Ending Night-Out Karaoke 9am-12pm @ Bonner Mall 6:30pm @ Panida Little Theate 9pm @ 219 Lounge All are welcome to come walk the Join DJ Pat for a night Mall, plus there will be a featured A presentation by national spea of singing, or just come speaker or entertainment, free re- Move to Amend. Sponsored b Bonner Co. Democrats and 350 to drink and listen freshments, games and a drawing Monday Night Blues Jam w/ Truck Mills 7:30pm @ Eichardt’s Pub

Hootenanny Open Mic Night 6:30-8:30pm @ City Beach Organics If you have an instrument to play, a song to sing, a poem to read, or want to hear live music, join Fiddlin’ Red and Desiree for a Hootenanny open mic


Wind Down Wednesday 5-8pm @ 219 Lounge With live music by blues man Truck Mills


The Third Annual Clothing Swap 5:30pm @ Cedar St. Bridge Swap, Sip, and Network with 7B Women. Clean out your closet and stock it with new finds! All proceeds benefit Priest River Ministries, Advocates for Women. Register at

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Idaho Gives nonprofit day fundraiser 5-8pm @ Idaho Pour Authority Your chance to give to your favorite Idaho nonprofit. Complimentary appetizers


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Dollar Beers! 8pm @ Eichardt’s Pub

Thursday night solo series w/ Justin Lantrip 6-8pm @ MickDuff’s Beer Hall A soulful singer-songwriter from Sandpoint

The Wine Festival at Sandpoint 5:30pm @ Bonner Co. Fairgrounds The Festival at Sandpoint’s fundraising extravaganza features unlimited tastings of 150plus premier wines, a catered gourmet dinner by Dish, silent and live auctions, musical entertainment by Brown Salmon Truck, plus the announcements of this year’s poster artist

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Azalea’s anniversary party 10am-5:30pm @ Azalea Handpicked Style Stop by Azalea Handpicked Style on First Ave. to celebrate three years and check out the new store expansion!

Yoga on Tap 11am @ Laughing Dog Brewery One hour class that ends with the group having a beer together. $12 includes your first beer “The Effects of Climate Change on Native & Introduced Plants” by KNPS 9:45-11:30am @ Sandpoint Community Hall A presentation by Bertie Weddell, a specialist in natural resource conservation and faculty member of Washington State University Dept. of Horticulture. Free! Hip Mobility Workshop 9-11:30am @ MVMNT: Gym Learn a revolution joint mobility training system to improve joint function. $99. (208) 263-9999

Sandpoint Waldorf School Concert 6pm @ The Panida Theater Featuring the school’s student performances. Free admission. Selkirk Realtors Candidates Forum 5:30-7:30pm @ Sandpoint Community Hall A forum for State legislative and Bonner County candidates. Free and open to the public, sponsored by the Selkirk Realtors

d Oreille Pedalers fundraiser pm @ Idaho Pour Authority p support the Pend Oreille Pedalers bicycle group Hop Valley Brewing Co. beer on tap. Live muraffle prizes and complimentary appetizers


INBC Blood Drive 10am-2pm @ BGH Bonner General Health is hosting an INBC Blood Drive. Go to to schedule an appointment. Walk-ins are welcome!

Greasy Fingers Birthday Party 1-5pm @ Greasy Fingers Bikes n’ Repair Help ring in the biking season, swing by shop for some BBQ, music, refreshments, raffles, discounts and some good ol’ times! Missoula Children’s Theatre’s Aladdin 11:30am & 1pm @ Panida Theater Take a magic carpet ride with Missoula Children’s Theatre’s adaptation of Aladdin For over 15 years, the Pend Oreille Arts Council has brought the Missoula Children’s Theatre to Sandpoint, giving local children the opportunity to rehearse and perform on stage

McKay • 9pm @ 219 Lounge piece, featuring Jimmy Smith of rds and bluesman Pat McKay.

Yappy Hour 4-7pm @ Laughing Dog Brewery Grab your furry friend and head over to Laughing Dog for the Panhandle Animal Shelter’s famous Yappy Hour. Live music, beverages, and tons of fun

KNPS fundraiser 11am-9pm @ The Back Door A fundraiser with a percentage of proceeds benefitting Kinnikinnick Native Plant Society

Mastermind - Genius evening 5:30pm @ The Back Door (111 Cedar St. lower level) This is for Sandpoint business owners who believe that there is more than enough for everyone, that everyone gets to be prosperous

May 5 Sandpoint Farmers’ Market @ Farmin Park May 5 Cinco de Mayo Fundraiser @ Trinity at City Beach

May 5 Reader Appreciation Show @ Di Luna’s

Runs for 8 weeks starting in mid-June * $70/camper/wk

Ages 10-12 * 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Mon-Fri

Based out of Sandpoint West Athletic Club, Summer Adventure Camp has become something of a staple for the Sandpoint community; for the past 18 years it has served and supported the youth of our town, and given parents a safe and affordable place to send their children throughout the summer. The camp also offers a chance for the kids to meet new people, and the friendships that blossom over the weeks are a joy to witness. Through the unique partnership with Bonner County and the City of Sandpoint we are able to keep the cost down without sacrificing the fun. This 19th season will run for 8 weeks starting in mid-June. Each week costs $70 per camper and runs from 10am-5pm M-F at SWAC. Sign up will begin around June 1st. April 26, 2018 /


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Firefighter’s 100-mile run for cancer will be live streamed By Ben Olson Reader Staff If you’d like to check on the progress of volunteer Sandpoint firefighter Gwen Le Tutour’s world record attempt to run 100 miles in full gear to raise awareness for cancer prevention, the event will be livestreamed on Facebook by SandpointOnline. Le Tutour is attempting to set a world record by running the three miles between the Sandpoint and Dover fire stations until he completes 100 miles. Le Tutour will make the attempt Saturday, April 28, and SandpointOnline will livecast the start and finish, as well as make several check-ins during the run. To access the livecasts, go to

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Le Tutour and partner Katie Adams founded the nonprofit Plant Positive to help promote healthy eating habits. They are both ultramarathon runners. Ultramarathons are running events with extremely long distances of 50 or 100 miles or more. “If I have to walk the last 60 miles, I’ll walk,” said Le Tutour. “If I have to crawl the last 20 miles, I’ll crawl. I have to be humble and know that it’s a very difficult thing, and unexpected things do happen. I will give it my everything.” To show your support for Le Tutour’s attempt, watch him run on the Dover Bike Path between Sandpoint and Dover on April 28. People are also invited to run with him, especially for that all-important last mile. We’re with you, Gwen!


This open Window

Vol. 3 No. 5

poetry and prose by local writers edited by Jim mitsui

in my obituary please don't mention that i collected owls Instead, say how I would often wash a glass someone was still using didn’t really like sports but had a soft spot for the Baltimore Orioles could be quite a snob got an adrenaline rush from shopping was almost ruined by my early musical education had an extreme distaste for exercise of most any kind was horrible at jigsaw puzzles was good at crosswords never felt bad about my decision to remain childless held a fascination for mass murderers loved to set the table would love to throw my arms around any dog I saw was an inspired teacher at times but surely was no disciplinarian could make a delicious salad dressing dealt with depression on and off since adolescence liked to wrap presents always found something to bring home from a beach or forest walk didn’t like camping and would have made a poor pioneer woman, probably dying before reaching Ohio -Amy Craven

Amy is a transplant from the East Coast but her roots are firmly embedded in North Idaho. A dog lover, singer & retired voice teacher, she loves foreign travel and observing the people around her. Obituaries are usually solemn, seldom humorous, but this poem shows us what it means to be human and full of life.

shadows Moments on the ridge Flash Amid the flickering lights of a stroboscopic tree run. Time crashes against The mountain’s brow. The trail is lost. Aspens await Like playground bullies to push Us around. In this Black hole Of steep We dare to trace pencil lines Between aspens, Between pines Where we find The unsought wisdom Of choice. Sunlight lies

like a shattered mirror Across the slope. I plead my case, With ski tips Poised, To a jury of Tree and rock. In this restless sea of skiers’ tracks that rage against the trees Lies A tangled opportunity, A crowd of circumstance. Once in Shadows All possibilities occur at once. It’s a quantum rodeo, A whip crack Of gravity. -Guy Lothian

Here’s another ski poem to end the season. Guy moved from Illinois to Dover. He earned a degree in English (Creative Writing) from Southern Illinois University; then went back to school for an MBA in finance from DePaul because “poetry wasn’t exactly feeding the bulldog.” His interests besides skiing and working on a novel, include fly fishing, sports car racing, indie rock and craft beer.

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The benefits of summer camp By Jeannine Tidwell Reader Contributor There are universal hopes and aspirations for parents in their children learning and growing with health and happiness. We wish for them to love themselves, enjoy the lives they live and feel connected with their world. With summer coming soon, there are summer camps offered that can greatly benefit children of all ages and is an answer to these hopes and aspirations. It’s a great way to ease kids into the summer or break boredom at the mid-way point giving them something refreshing to experience. Here are some of the other benefits gained from the timeless experience of a summer camp: Social Skills The power of meeting and making new friends can’t be underestimated. This is a chance for kids to nurture social skills through discovering new things about themselves alongside meeting new people

and getting some distance and perspective from their everyday life, habits and routines whether it be at home or at school, no matter what kind of schooling it is. Novelty, fun and adventures are framed in the timeless season of summer and is a stimulating invitation for gaining social skills with other kids of all ages. Belonging is one of the major building blocks of building self-esteem. Sense of Self Confidence and Assurance In summer camp settings kids learn to straddle cooperation and self-expression while being in a group setting. All this through stretching oneself and gaining confidence in a new environment with other people who are doing the same. What all this really translates to is a bigger personal self-worth and the knowing that they are a part of something bigger than themselves yet they’re a valuable part of the whole. Group settings offer kids the chance of gaining self-confidence; a vital part of the learning journey which keeps our brain cells active and gives us a greater

sense of connection with ourselves and our world. Nature Connection As a culture, we’re disconnected from nature. It’s all too easy for kids to be doing something else that takes them out of the beauty and discovery of nature at the height of a season that is ready and available for exploration. The natural world is the essential setting for self-discovery, encounters with awe-inspiring places and a shared experience with others. Learning New Skills We inherently grow as human beings. That’s just part of our natural blueprint. As part of this process, learning new and diverse skills encourages personal growth and gives kids a chance to make connections in new ways and between different skill areas.

It’s a way of developing their own knowledge base and breathes life into the way they do things day to day. Learning new skills can often reignite existing passions in new ways. New skills take us out of the familiar, stimulating our brain cells and overall improves our sense of well-being. Summer camps are a unique way of making summer memorable. By supporting your child you really are influencing this young human being’s life in such a positive way. It’s an opportunity to care for them by gifting them with a chance to experience themselves and others in ways that will serve them for a lifetime.


Cocolalla Bible Camp Ages 9-18 and Family • July-Aug Swimming, canoeing, paddle boats, water sports, team sports, fishing, etc. (208) 263-3912

The robust summer program includes weeks of activities for campers ages 7-8 (July 29-Aug. 2), ages 9-10 (July 22-26) and ages 11-12 (July 15-19). Over the course of their week-long adventure, campers have access to varied activities, including canoeing, swimming, paddle boats, volleyball, horseback riding, Frisbee golf and team sports like baseball and basketball. Along with the traditional summer camp experiences comes a focus on scriptural education, with regular chapel sessions and Bible studies rounding out daily activities.

Schweitzer Adventure Camp Ages 6-11 • June 25 - Aug. 24 Hiking, crafts, swimming, village activities. (208) 263-9555 ext. 2152 Schweitzer Adventure Camp takes full advantage of those attractions to offer kids ages 6-11 a one-of-a-kind camp experience. Camper will enjoy chairlift rides, hiking, the mining sluice box, the monkey jumper,

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climbing wall and swimming, with plenty of games and structured activities adding to the fun. Beginning in late June, this camp features week-long activities while still getting kids home in time for supper each night. Parents drop their children off at the Red Barn and pick them up at the same spot in the evening. Registration begins online May 1. Twin Eagles Summer Camps (5 different camps over 5 weeks) Day camps: June 11 - July 13 Ages 6-13 Overnight camps: Late July-Aug. Ages 10-18 Day and residential. (208) 265-3685 •

In a technology-saturated world, there’s something refreshing about Twin Eagles Summer Camp’s commitment to getting kids back in the natural world. At its summer camps for campers age 6-18, Twin Eagles gets participants into nature for fun, skill-building activities like making fire by friction, learning about edible plants, archery, tracking wild animals and building shelters in nature. Teens get an even more immersive outdoor experience.

MakerPoint Tinkering Camp Ages 10-18 • June 11-15 and June 18-22 One-week program dedicated to tinkering and learning about teamwork and hand tools (208) 265-4236 Tinkering Camp is an innovative program where kids learn that they are “more capable than they know.” This week-long camp has two sessions, the first from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. June 11-15. The second will be 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. June 18-22. The days will be structured into planning sessions, lunch, classes and tinkering under the careful watch of highly trained instructors and teaching assistants. Monday, campers will get a tour of the shop, safety instructions and a creative session for kids to decide on projects. Tuesday through Thursday will be building/making/learning time, with instructors teaching campers how to use the other tools in their shop like the laser cutter-engraver and 3D printers. The last day of camp, finishing touches will be added to their projects. This camp is perfect for the techie kid who wants to explore how to tinker with proficiency. Price is $250 per session, which includes a camp tee-shirt, hat, all

building materials, use of tools, instruction, classes and guidance. Scholarships available through MakerPoint’s partnership with TING. Email to apply for a scholarship.

Watershed Discovery Camp Ages 8-12 • Third week of July Hands-on activities centered around understanding the science of the lake. (208) 265-4000

A collaboration between Lake Pend Oreille Waterkeepers and the Eureka Institute, Watershed Discovery Camp combines lakeside fun with the science of its ecology and local stewardship. Campers spend their time learning about water quality monitoring, shoreline cleanup, invasive species prevention and a wetland ecology field trip. There’s plenty of time to enjoy the water, too, with kayaking, water-themed arts and crafts and the Eureka Center’s challenge ropes course being just a few of the options. Selkirk Outdoor Leadership and Education (SOLE) Ages 4-10; teen and up Experiential treks in the outdoors with emphasis on Leave No Trace and thera-

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A well-known local nonprofit for its use of nature in character building, Selkirk Outdoor Leadership and Education camps aim to make participants better people through immersion in nature. Combining exercises like wilderness navigation with deeper lessons on leadership and personal achievement skills, SOLE offers experiences for both boys and girls throughout Idaho and Montana locations. Participants learn to be good stewards of the environment, too, with all SOLE activities emphasizing a leave-no-trace policy. Music Conservatory of Sandpoint Camps: for info: (208) 265-4444 Looking for an out-of-this-world experience for your children this summer? Look no further. Music Conservatory of Sandpoint has announced their summer camp schedule and this year it has a Star Wars based theme that all kids will love: Galactic Journey. Theater Camp Grades 4 and up July 9-20

This camp will teach kids to stand on stage and perform for an audience while having fun and collaborating with other kids who share their passion and creativity. Piano Camp Grades 4 and up July 16-20 Teacher Recommendation Required (May 1 Registration Deadline) Instructors: Melody Puller & John Fitzgerald

If your child would like to learn to play a duet, or participate as part of a piano ensemble this camp is for them. Choir and Voice Camp Grades 4 and up July 16-20

Singers will make new musical friends, while improving their singing skills. Orchestra Camp (full and half day) July 16-20

Your child will want to join us for the 6th annual MCS Summer Youth Orchestra Camp. This year features the return of guest conductor (our executive director, Karin Wedemeyer calls him “the return of the Jedi”) Dr. Philip Baldwin, Director of the Spokane Youth Symphony.

SWAC’s Summer Adventure Camp Ages 10-12 June 29-Aug. 11 Swimming, sports, arts and socialization 263-6633

In its 19th year, SWAC’s Summer Adventure Camp has become something of a staple for the Sandpoint community. The camp offers a safe, fun place for kids to take part in activities like swimming, team sports, arts and crafts and other important socialization activities. Annual Hospice Kids Grief Camp June 22-24 A special camp engineered for children who have suffered a personal loss (208) 265-1185 ask for Lissa

This 18th annual camp provides a unique opportunity for children who have suffered a personal loss to spend some camp time in a safe and casual environment among others who may be experiencing a similar situation. It’s an opportunity to heal while participating in camp events and activities. One on one counseling and other grief services will be available. Camp dates are Friday, June 17, and Sunday, June 19.

Enjoy living like Almanzo Wilder in the wilds of Minnesota. Camp days will be spent working in the garden, churning butter, making cheese, visiting farms, and creating homespun crafts. Back in the Day on Lake Pend Oreille Ages 7-14 • July 23-August 3 Camp with focus on lake history (208) 265-2683

Historian and crafter, Shaun Dellar, captivates students with stories and tales about the history of our beautiful lake. Applications for all Sandpoint Waldorf School camps are available in the school office and are due by June 1. A minimum of eight students is needed in each camp. Please call the school if you have any questions about the program: (208) 265-2683.

Festival at Sandpoint Music Camp Ages 8-18 years (all abilities welcome) July 9-12 (208) 263-1151 The Festival at Sandpoint announces its first ever Summer Youth Music Camp at Sandpoint High School. Participants’

tuition is generously underwritten by the Festival at Sandpoint’s educational mission, so the only cost to the students is a $25 registration fee. Camp director Dr. Jason Moody, a Sandpoint native who is currently first violin with the Spokane Symphony, will lead four fun-filled days of music instruction with classes including symphony orchestra, choir, chamber music, jazz band, classical guitar, ukulele, piano, fiddle ensemble, flute ensemble, master classes and more. The camp features an all-star list of artists and instructors including Mika Hood, Tom Walton, Leon Atkinson, Jon and Bruce Brownell, Dave Gunter, Ryan Dignan, Rachel Gordon, Rich Beber, Larry Mooney, Anita Perkins, Karen Dignan and Laurie Stevens. The camp will kick off with an All-Star Concert Monday, July 9, at the Panida Theater and culminate with a Grand Finale Student Concert on Thursday, July 12. In addition to four days of instruction in a myriad of disciplines, other activities will include Alexander Technique classes at City Beach. Registration is now open on a first come, first served basis - space is limited. For more infomation, call Camp Administrator Beth Weber at (208) 263-1151.

Sandpoint Waldorf School camps:

Summer Day Camp Ages 4-7 years June 18 - August 24 A summer camp focused on giving your child more quality time outdoors (208) 265-2683

With a focus on engaging children socially in the natural world with activities such as nature walks, water play, cooking, gardening, crafts, language arts, music, stories and more, your child will enjoy summer days of imaginative play. Curtain Call Camp Ages 7-14 • July 9-20 A summer camp dedicated to theater (208) 265-2683

Join Dramatist Carolina Sá and Music Instructors from Bella Noté for a Music Theater Camp. Students will create their own play and music, including costumes and sets. Farmer Boy: A Little House Summer Adventure Ages 7-12 • July 23-August 3 A themed summer camp that takes you back to the days of 1866. (208) 265-2683 April 26, 2018 /


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It will be muddy:

‘Wake the Squatch’ opener for Purcell Trench Ranch

By Ben Olson Reader Staff

While most of us cringe when mud season begins every spring, the Mountain Mafia crew at Purcell Trench Ranch north of Bonners Ferry couldn’t be happier. The spring opener “Wake the Squatch” at the four-wheel park is set for April 27-29. All trucks and side-bysides are welcome to ride the 90 acres of terrain featuring everything from beginner to expert hills, trails, rocks, a massive three-acre mud play arena, a hill n’ hole jump track and more. There is open wheeling available, as well as a Mountain Havoc qualifier. Admission is just $30, or $10 for ages 6-12 (under 5 free), which includes free camping. Day rates are also available. Don’t want to drive or participate? Spectators are always welcome. Purcell Trench Ranch features NMRA racing, a slick wall, night

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A driver navigates the mud track at Purcell Trench Ranch. Photo courtesy Mountain Mafia.

wheeling and family friendly events. There will be a bonfire each night. “We’re constantly growing with family values in mind,” said Miltz. “This is a professionally-run venue, with tons of activities, so it’s a great time to bring the family up.” For more information, call the Mountain Mafia crew at (208) 2559861, or check them out at Mud on!


Infini Gallery to close its doors By Jodi Rawson Reader Contributor

In the 27 months since Infini’s opening, there were 27 First Friday art exhibitions, serving 153 bottles of wine. There were 70 artists from the region that displayed their work at Infini and 47 groups that gathered to paint at Infini, taught by 11 artist teachers. Infini is the reason that I was able to share my art. Some of my quieter pieces have been viewed in POAC’s Art Walk, but it wasn’t my finest work. I met Kris Dill, Infini’s owner, at “The Conversation” at Ivano’s a couple years ago and I asked him if he would be willing to show a masterpiece that no one else would consider showing. “At Infini we can do anything,” Dill said with a sly smile, and he was true to his word. An artist since childhood, Dill’s path has not always been on the inside of the art world. As a young adult he worked at an art store in Arizona and picked up some custom painting and printing gigs. “Even then the competition of all the kids with degrees was intimidating,” said Dill. “When my son was born I needed to be the sole breadwinner,” he said. He developed the lucrative skill of plumbing and worked all over the region for over 16 years. In 2015 Dill was working too much and felt “suffocated” by his schedule. He broke his leg and was unable to walk, and his demands as a breadwinner were less. These factors contributed to his vision of Infini, which opened Christmas

Eve of 2015. “The Infini Gallery idea started from a desire to do something different. Also, to have a big city art venue in our small, developing town,” said Dill. While we were planning my “Whimsical Nudes” art show, Dill told me it would be the last show. I was shocked, sad, and overwhelmed with gratitude. Admittedly, as an outsider artist, my own show might be a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. We partied last April 6, my “First Friday,” knowing it was Infini’s last. “We had people painting that have never painted before. We had artists that were afraid to approach galleries. We showed artists that have never been shown before. I can’t say that I am sad because we have done a lot of great things here. From the first show to the last show, when people were skateboarding in the gallery, it has been a world of fun. The whole time my heart was in it,” said Dill, “but now I feel like I need to take the lessons I have learned here and take care of my own life.” “I learned that the art industry is open to anyone and you can hop in and start creating,” he added. Dill also learned that owning a gallery and putting up with the sensitivities and demands of artists is difficult. “Carol Deaner (of POAC) is like the queen of the art world around here, and I have more respect for her than ever,” says Dill. “The big-city gallery is not as profitable in a small town. That didn’t discourage me at the time. I still wanted Sandpoint to have that big-city gallery no matter what the cost,” Dill said. “Eventually that light started going out.”

Without the gallery, Dill plans on plumbing less and painting more. Dill’s personal art goal: “to build a body of work to 100 showable pieces.” He also plans to have a mobile Infini unit to offer painting instruction/parties at any location. Dill especially wants to thank Sandra Duetchmen, Holly Walker and Cassandra Bauer for helping him make this dream come true. And with Dill’s farewell to Infini he also bids farewell to his big footprint in the community: “Thank you for putting up with my B.S. We made it up, we had a great time. We pushed boundar-

The outside of Infini Gallery in Sandpoint. Photo by Ben Olson.

ies at the time. We donated a lot of love, art and time to the community. I did what I set out to do, and it was a world of fun.”

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A column about the trials and tribulations of Parkinson’s Disease

By A.C. Woolnough Reader Columnist

No good deed goes unpunished

we do know that LRRK2 is the leucine-rich repeat kinase 2 gene I am passionthat has over 20 ate about medical mutations that research — especialmay cause or conly about the brain. tribute to PD), we If you think that’s do know how PD largely because I affects quality of have a chronic and life. We provided progressive neurovaluable input by logical condition A.C. Woolnough. helping put a hu(Parkinson’s disman face on the research. Togethease), you would be correct. er, we decided how to distribute There may be other reasons as most of a million dollars! well. Knowing that the uniSince I was flying to New verse operates in mysterious York, anyway, I checked in with ways, I wonder if there is any my favorite world-class PD connection to my 13-year-old researcher: David Sulzer. Dave is self who saved his money from not only the smartest guy I know, mowing lawns, so he could buy he runs a lab at Columbia Unia high-quality microscope and versity doing some of the most peer into the magic and mystery exciting work in the PD arena. of the unknown? Luckily, he had time to have That makes my adventures lunch and to carry on a conversalast week almost perfect. I was tion about a variety of topics: the asked to participate in a grant politics of academia, the art of review process for the Parkingetting published, what it takes son’s Foundation. Prior to our to get funded, the National Instimeeting, each of us spent 20 or tute of Health (NIH), mitochonmore hours studying the research dria, autophagy and more. Even proposals--reading, trying to though I only understood about understand the “big words” (like half of his scientific musings, it mesenchymal), evaluating and scoring. These research proposals was an incredible opportunity to learn (what I could) from a were from “post-doc’s” scattered across the country at various elite genius. Not only that, I got a private tour of the various lab universities and research centers. A post-doc is just that — a person stations and ongoing research projects. The highlight of the who has recently finished a Ph.D tour was seeing images from a and is looking to strike out on their own (with the help of a men- $250,000 microscope. Is that cool or what? tor), complete a research projAnother reason for my visit to ect, get published and get more Columbia University was to parfunding so the cycle can repeat. ticipate in a research project. One Unfortunately, in the big scheme of my least favorite activities is of things, less than 25 percent of donating blood. So, of course, proposals ever get funded. this study involved a blood How does the process work? draw — a lot of blood. The plan In this case, two PWPs (people was to collect 22 of those little with Parkinson’s) and 10 scientists sat around a large conference test tubes full. The purpose, as I understand it, is to get enough table in an office about a block from the Empire State Building to blood to isolate T cells that cause inflammation in the brain and discuss the merits of the finalists may kill neurons involved in to determine who gets funding. Parkinson’s. In blood, T cells The PWPs may not comprehend all the hardcore science (although are very rare, which is why they 22 /


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needed so much. T cells are also known as killer cells and are supposed to recognize invaders and—get ready for an official medical term—zap them. Unfortunately, they can sometimes misidentify your own brain cells and zap them. In a nutshell, this research is investigating PD as an auto-immune disease. The possibilities are exciting! Could this lead to better treatments? Could it slow or halt the progression of PD? Could it result in a cure? With those potentials on the table, I was willing to do my part and give them my blood. Sadly, I apparently have lousy veins — after five needle sticks, my veins decided it was enough and shut down. I was only able to fill a few of the test tubes. Better than nothing, but still disappointing. Was it worthwhile? Absolutely. Imagine. My blood may help move us closer to a cure. When I share my thoughts on participating in PD research, I frequently quote Rabbi Hillel the Elder from over 2,000 years ago. Loosely translated, he said: If not us, who? If not now, when? Thus, I was feeling smug and self-satisfied for doing some good deeds. Mother Nature stepped in to knock me down a peg or two in an effort to keep me humble. Due to weather in Minneapolis, the airport shut down and my eight-hour return trip turned into a nightmarish 32-hour odyssey that included a frenetic cab ride from LaGuardia to Kennedy Airport, sleeping on the floor of the terminal and spilling a hot cup of coffee on myself. Karma? Maybe so. But, I did get a free upgrade to first class between New York and Seattle. After being diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease, A.C. is calling on his 37 years in K-12 education to became a “Parkinon’s Warrior”educating the public, advocating for a cure and participating in research.

The author has his blood drawn with a little help from “Parky,” the official mascot for the World Parkinson Congress. Courtesy photo.

The vision of panelized, realized. (208)264-6700

Dan McMahon, Gen. Contractor


BGH receives Qualis award for third consecutive year By Ben Olson Reader Staff

For the third consecutive year, Bonner General Health has earned a Qualis Award of Excellence in Healthcare Quality. The award issued for this year is for “Antibiotic Stewardship: Creating a Program in a Critical Access Facility.” According to an award statement by Qualis Health, overuse, misuse and inappropriate use of antimicrobial therapy can lead to significant consequences in a critical access facility, including hospital-acquired infections, increased morbidity and mortality, antimicrobial resistance and increased hospitalizations. To create greater awareness and spread the best practices, according to Qualis Health, BGH created an antibiotic stewardship program focused on prescribing practices, drug-bug matching, screening and prescriber and patient education. The team focused initial efforts on two commonly prescribed medications with potential for increased consequences, piperacillin/tazobactam and vancomycin. For each patient and medication order, staff reviewed the appropriateness of the drug, dose and duration. Protocols were also created in which specifically trained pharmacists were able

to substitute, discontinue or alter therapy as appropriate to the patient. After 18 months, the use of piperacillin/tazobactam had decreased by 50 percent, and vancomycin by 25 percent. The team anticipates sustained success and improvement as the program continues and broadens. Qualis Health has presented annual awards of excellence in healthcare quality to outstanding organizations in Idaho and Washington since 2002. Winners have demonstrated leadership and innovation in improving healthcare practices, reflecting the very best in healthcare quality improvement. The awards recognize those who demonstrate outcomes to the three broad aims outlined in the National Quality Strategy: better healthcare (for individuals), better health (for populations) and reduced costs through improvement. Winners are selected by a panel of Idaho expert stakeholders and patients. The awards were presented at the Idaho Patient Safety and Quality Improvement Conference on April 19. Last year, BGH won the award for their project “Code Stork,” which is a protocol for emergency cesarean sections. In 2016, BGH was awarded for the Tedlestroke program in the emergency department.

Festival extends deadline for Instrumental Music Scholarship By Reader Staff The Festival at Sandpoint has extended the application deadline for their 2018 Instrumental Music Scholarship. The new deadline is Monday, April 30. This scholarship is open to all Bonner County high school instrumentalists. Public, private and home schooled students are encouraged to apply. Priority is given to graduating seniors, continuing their studies in music. The winner will be awarded a $2,500cash scholarship to be used for any music related expenses including lessons, tuition or instrument upgrade. The winner will also perform a solo at The Festival at Sandpoint’s Grand Finale Concert on Sunday, Aug. 12. The scholarship application can be

found online at www.festivalatsandpoint. com or picked up at The Festival Office at 525 Pine St. in Sandpoint. Applications are also available at all Bonner County public high schools including Sandpoint High School, Forrest Bird Charter School, Lake Pend Oreille High School, Priest River Lamana High and Clark Fork High School. After submitting a written application, each applicant will be contacted to schedule a live audition. All applicants will be recognized for their efforts by receiving tickets to a Festival at Sandpoint concert. Questions regarding The Festival at Sandpoint’s Music Scholarship should be directed to Molly Rickard at (208)2654554 or April 26, 2018 /


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‘Reader Appreciation Show’ at Di Luna’s:

Local trio Browne Salmon Truck to play

By Ben Olson Reader Staff Here at the Reader, we’re constantly humbled by the support our community shows us. Whether it’s donating to our Patreon page, dropping off a check at our office, signing up for a virtual subscription or simply shopping with our advertisers, Reader supporters are indeed special people. We couldn’t keep the lights on without you. For those who are looking for another way to support the Reader, have we got a fun show in store for you! The “Reader Appreciation Show” was first proposed by the Roundtable, an informal group of readers, thinkers and community members who meet

occasionally at Tango Cafe to solve the problems of the world and share a laugh or two. The show features Sandpoint trio Browne Salmon Truck, who play a mix of jazz, Latin, swing and blues. Drew Browne is an aficionado on the bass, Samantha Carston’s vocal prowess is legendary and the one and only Truck Mills holds everything together with his smooth blues guitar chops. The “Reader Appreciation Show” will take place Saturday, May 5, at Di Luna’s Cafe, one of the best listening venues in Sandpoint. The show starts at 7:30 p.m., but dinner reser-

Browne Salmon Truck is, from left to right: Drew Browne, Samantha Carston and Truck Mills. Photo by Ben Olson. vations can be made starting at 6 p.m. Tickets are just $10, with proceeds benefiting the Reader after paying out the

band. Call Di Luna’s at (208) 263-0846 for tickets and reservations.

By Cameron Rasmusson Reader Staff

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Have you checked out the special reports we’ve uploaded to our website? We have regularly compiled our larger series articles and dedicated a special section on the site so that people can read them all at once, or find past articles they may have missed. You can find a lot on there, such as the American Redoubt series, the Ruby Ridge: 25 Years Later series, election profiles for candidates in the primary election and much more. To find, go to and click on SPECIAL REPORTS on the left column.


Two cool bands playing at the Niner this weekend

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The 219 is the place to be for music this weekend. On Saturday, April 28, favorite Inland Northwest musician Marshall McLean and his band members bring their Americana-infused rock to the 219, playing 9 p.m.- 12 a.m. A talented songwriter with a tremendous ability to write evocative, catchy music, McLean has built a reputation as one of the best artists in Spokane,

Wash. Be sure to check out McLean’s most recent album, “SoDak,” and the rest of his music on Spotify. Then Sunday, April 29, catch Smith McKay from 8-11 p.m. at the 219. Jimmy Smith, formerly of famed Austin, Texas, alt-country band The Gourds, teams up with bluesman Pat McKay for a night of music you won’t soon forget.

On their third LP, “Queens of the Breakers,” Canadian folk quartet The Barr Brothers hit their whimsical stride. I can always appreciate a band that experiments with different instrumentation. While The Barr Brothers’ usual guitar/percussion/ harp arrangement is unique in itself, on “Queens” they experimented with a variety of different sounds, including Mexican guitars, stringed ngoni from West Africa and others. The result is a wondrous, fun and melodically excellent trip through the alternatively light and dark subject matter The Barr Brothers often touch on. Good album, all the way.


When I get bogged down and demoralized by our current president and his ongoing ad hominem attack on everyone and everything, I often check out past speeches from past presidents on YouTube to put thing in perspective. Here are my favorite videos to recommend, for those of you who wish to see what presidential used to mean. Just type the keywords into YouTube’s search and you’ll find them: •Obama white house correspondent’s dinner final speech. •Kennedy’s inaugural address. •Reagan’s Brandenburg gate speech. •Obama’s more perfect union speech. April 26, 2018 /


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From Sandpoint News Bulletin, Oct. 7, 1948

FOUR OUTBOARDS NEGOTIATE WATERS OF CABINET GORGE Four speedy outboard-powered boats Sunday successfully negotiated the swift waters of the Clark Fork river through Cabinet gorge and went over into Montana from Pend Oreille lake. In the party were Mr and Mrs Al Woodfill of Sandpoint, Mr and Mrs Jack Leek of True’s Stores, Spokane, Harry Woods commodore of the Spokane Power Boat association, and Mrs Woods and Mrs Carl Kirby, Spokane. The four small boats were powered with 10 horsepower Mercury motors. They left Sand Creek Anchorage at Sandpoint at 10:30 a.m., crossed Pend Oreille lake and negotiated the river into Montana by 1 p.m. Dunstan said other outboard enthusiasts planned to make the trip later. Lightweight equipment with plenty of horsepower is needed to get through the main gorge, he said.

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POKER RULED OUT AT SANDPOINT CARD TABLES Poker games which have been played at the Eagle and Pastime were ordered discontinued Tuesday by Officers McRoberts and Millsap of the state department of law enforcement’s liquor squad, it was revealed. The state law prohibits gambling but for a number of years there has been no move made to enforce it so far as poker playing is concerned in local card rooms. The officers served notice that the games must be discontinued or arrests would follow. Panguini and other card games not involving stakes are not affected. 26 /


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Don’t ever get your speedometer confused with your clock, like I did once, because the faster you go the later you think you are.


CROSSWORD ACROSS 1. Uteri 6. Behold, in old Rome 10. Therefore 14. Ancient Greek marketplace 15. Effrontery 16. A titled peer of the realm 17. Illogical 19. Quaint outburst 20. African foxlike animal 21. Donkey 22. Adorable 23. Twosomes 25. Drive 26. Baseball great, ____ Ruth 30. Nobleman 32. Emit long loud cries 35. A large galleon 66. Countercurrent 39. Relinquish 67. Chilled 40. A rational motive support an informed community 68. Clobbered 41. Prolongation of a musical note Want to support us? Donate a buck a month! 43. Trace DOWN 44. Come forth 1. Ragamuffin 46. Alleviate 2. Monster 47. Ringworm cassia 3. Eve’s opposite /om-nuh-sham-buh lz/ 50. Genders 4. Fiber source 53. Buttocks [noun] 5. Filled to excess 1. A situation, especially in politics, in which poor 54. Hankering 6. Conceit of the judgment results in disorder or chaos with potentially 55. Reposed 7. 2nd largest country disastrous consequences. 60. Diva’s solo 8. Definitive 61. Hard coal “Trump’s policy of omnishambles will reverberate for years.” 9. L L L L 63. Back Corrections: Nope. -BO 10. Voters 64. Arizona river 11. Scoundrel 65. Wall painting



Word Week

Solution on page 26 12. Grille 13. More peculiar 18. Frozen 24. Citrus drink 25. Fathers 26. Polish 27. Maguey 28. Prickle 29. Primary 31. Filly’s mother 33. Small terrestrial lizard 34. Carry 36. Largest continent 37. Sprockets 38. Leg joint 42. Insecticide

43. Annoy 45. A kindly or tender nature 47. Surplus 48. Made a mistake 49. A nymph of lakes 51. Mistake 52. Creases 54. A sharply directional antenna 56. Pond gunk 57. Novice 58. French for “State” 59. Expunge 62. Possessed

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