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What do you want to do for fun before you go back to school? How do you feel about going back to school? “I want to hang out with friends until school starts — spend the night and have fun. I like school at Farmin, especially math, reading, writing, the principal and the teachers.” Joseph Lally Sixth grade at Farmin Sandpoint “I want to go camping and I want everyone to have a good life together. I like P.E. in school.” Addison Cornett Age 7 • Sandpoint “We both go to Farmin and we are both going into second grade. I am excited to see if we are in the same class. I am happy for our music teacher because she gets to retire.” Alex Fry Age 7 • Sandpoint “I am looking forward to school starting because I will have a job welding and landscaping. I miss my friends so I am looking forward to seeing them. I have always kind of loved school.” Alex Bennett 10th at LPO High School Sandpoint

“Playtime with my sisters and my friends. I am going to do home school with my mama.” Everly Trostrud Age 4 Sandpoint

“Have a huge sleepover with tons of friends or go to the Bahamas. I love school because of my friends and I like math. I am excited about going to the middle school.” Brooke Heavey Seventh grade at SMS Dover


The Festival at Sandpoint ended with a bang (and some torrential downpours!) last weekend. Now let’s look forward to the Bonner County Fair (see Page 16). On another note, and I hate to give this any attention, I want to thank our great advertisers for sticking by us after yet another round of wild attacks against me and this newspaper were emailed to a number of local businesses last week. The anonymous coward behind this campaign of harassment (though we know exactly who he is) apparently has nothing better to do than try to destroy my reputation. For the last time, it’s not working. To date, nobody has stopped advertising with the Reader because of these hateful attacks. Furthermore, every time these attacks come, people increase their support. We have shared the emails with Sandpoint Police, which has forwarded the information to the FBI. If you or your business receives a suspicious email containing attacks on me or the Reader, don’t hesitate to report it to the police — or forward me the link and I’ll send it to the detective who has been handling the case. We appreciate your support and understanding during this situation. To the coward in question: get a life and move on. Your hate only makes us stronger.

-Ben Olson, Publisher

READER 111 Cedar Street, Suite 9 Sandpoint, ID 83864 (208)265-9724 Publisher: Ben Olson Editorial: Zach Hagadone Lyndsie Kiebert Cameron Rasmusson (editor-at-large) John Reuter (emeritus) Advertising: Jodi Berge Contributing Artists: Susan Drinkard, Ben Olson, Lyndsie Kiebert, Bill Borders, Racheal Baker, Roseanne Decker, Bonner General Health, Jodi Rawson, Kiki Vassilakis. Contributing Writers: Zach Hagadone, Lyndsie Kiebert, Ben Olson, Sen. Michelle Stennett, Rep. Sally Toone, Rep. Muffy Davis, Lorraine H. Marie, Brenden Bobby, Cameron Rasmusson, Tim Bearly, Jim Healey, Chantilly Higbee, Jodi Rawson, Marcia Pilgeram, Cody Lyman. Submit stories to: Printed weekly at: Griffin Publishing Spokane, Wash. Subscription Price: $115 per year Web Content: Keokee The Sandpoint Reader is a weekly publication owned and operated by Ben Olson and Keokee. It is devoted to the arts, entertainment, politics and lifestyle in and around Sandpoint, Idaho. We hope to provide a quality alternative by offering honest, in-depth reporting that reflects the intelligence and interests of our diverse and growing community. The Reader is printed on recycled paper using soy-based ink. Leftover copies are collected and recycled weekly, or burned in massive bonfires to appease the gods of journalism. Free to all, limit two copies per person.

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Public weighs initial options for Parks and Rec Master Plan By Zach Hagadone Reader Staff The city of Sandpoint, along with Colorado-based open spaces consultants GreenPlay and landscape architectural firm Bernardo Wills Architects, hosted a full-day open house and public input session Aug. 14, gathering feedback on a range of potential projects and priorities as part of its Parks and Recreation Master Plan. Five sites were the focus of the open house, which took place from at City Hall, and public gathering that night at The Hive: the Sandpoint watershed, Travers Park/Great Northern Sports Complex, War Memorial Field, downtown waterfront and City Beach. Attendees were invited to view information boards featuring a range of possible changes to the various properties, then affix color-coded stickers to each signifying their approval, disapproval or ambivalence. Blank boards were also made available for residents to write-in and vote on their own suggestions. Finally, planners presented each site alongside a “minipoll” listing four broad usage concepts and asking respondents to rank each on a scale of high to low priority. “All we’re doing on these dot boards is ask, ‘What do you think?’” said Dell Hatch, principal with Spokane-based Bernardo Wills. “It’s an information gathering effort specifically on these options; basically to get the pulse of the community.” Among the options presented for the Schweitzer-area watershed were biking trails, a BMX bike track, zipline, mountain biking trails, cross-country skiing trails, disc golf course, sledding hill and historic/interpretive signage. For Travers Park/Great Northern Sports Complex, attendees weighed in on options such as splash pads, a gathering/performance space, RV parking, and improved grass fields. Potential changes to War Memorial Field included artificial turf, a “promenade” or “hardscape area,” dedicated gathering/performance space, more bleacher seating, a 4 /


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track, improved lighting, outdoor exercise equipment and an improved restroom. A dedicated pickleball court proved a popular write-in suggestion. The Sand Creek downtown waterfront site included options such as an ADA-accessible kayak launch, improved and/or additional walking trails, waterfront dining, an outdoor yoga/class space and ice skating. Finally, for City Beach, potential changes included improved parking, a hardscape area, standardized park furniture, splash pad, off-leash dog area, performance structure/carousel, playground expansion, more sports courts, an additional restroom and paddleboard/kayak rentals. Again, a pickleball court received generous support as a write-in proposal. “All of these parks are pretty different and have different influences on them,” said Hatch, whose firm visited Sandpoint — coincidentally, his hometown — at the beginning of the month to tour each site. “To try and tie a consistent theme through any of them is challenging,” he said, though added that one commonality for is, “none of them have had from their inception a concrete plan.” Rather, he said, construction and maintenance have been piecemeal, evolving over time. The purpose of the site-specific planning is “to bring some consistency to how today’s improvements can be followed tomorrow,” Hatch said. “This way, you can do cost estimates and budgeting. You at least have a snapshot of what these improvements cost and it allows [the city] to plan how not only to build but, more important-

ly, afford to maintain them.” According to Sandpoint City Administrator Jennifer Stapleton, considering how changes at one park might affect another is critical to the master planning effort. For instance, she said, taking into consideration the expansion and improvement of athletics facilities at Travers Park might have bearing on what changes are needed — or wanted — at Memorial Field. Another example Stapleton pointed to was thinking about the Sand Creek downtown waterfront site in the context of City Beach. Pedestrian and bicycle connectivity, parking and water access at both sites feed into one another. “Looking at this through an economic lens … there’s a direct line between these activities and economic vitality,” she said. That said, Stapleton emphasized that “this isn’t the city coming up with these plans. We’re gathering these ideas and asking the public to look at them, give us your feedback. We’re looking for reaction.”

Hatch said that planning Top: A conceptual map of Sandpoint City consultants will take the input Beach. Bottom: Residents at Sandpoint City gathered Aug. 14 back to their Hall weigh potential options for changes respective offices and return to to city parks Aug. 14. Photos by Zach Sandpoint in late-September or Hagadone. early-October for another round of outreach. Consultants will then return in December with a final we can accomplish it by then or representation of the public feedearlier, Stapleton said. back, which will be considered by In the meantime, an online surthe Sandpoint City Council. vey on the Parks Plan options will The plan is scheduled to be remain open until Friday, Aug. 16. finalized by the end of March Find it at 2020, but “we feel pretty confident


Property owner announces return of The Hound to First Ave.: By Zach Hagadone Reader Staff Six months after a fire ripped through the buildings at 202 and 204 N. First Ave., destroying four businesses in downtown Sandpoint, signs of life will soon return to the space left hollow by the blaze at the corner of Bridge Street and First Avenue. The owner of the property at 202 N. First, which once housed Headlines hair salon, Ol’ Red’s pub and The Hound pizzeria, has announced plans to rebuild and reopen a second iteration of The Hound. This time, however, the entire 8,000-square-foot space — encompassing both basement and street level floors — will be given over to the restaurant. “We have engaged with an architect, he’s almost completed the plans. We’re pretty close to submitting for building permits,” said property owner R.J. Wilcox, who estimated permits will be filed within a few weeks. According to Wilcox, who has owned the property for about four years, a builder for the project has been identified but, “with construction so hot right now,

‘We intend to rebuild it pretty much in the same style as it was’

we’re not sure whether we’ll get a real good start on it this year.” Nonetheless, he said the plan is to at least get the foundation work completed before the cold weather sets in. The new Hound could be open as early as spring 2020, with a target for sometime in June. “Our main goal is to keep the same atmosphere and vibe that we had but just increase what we offer and [the amount of] seating so we can serve more people,” said Hound owner Ben Higgs, who added that gaining a full kitchen means the restaurant will incorporate seasonal dinner and lunch menus featuring “dishes that you wouldn’t normally see at our restaurant.” “It is a big project,” said Wilcox. The basement level will house food prep, the freezer, dishwashing and restrooms while the main floor — about 4,000 square feet — will be divided up between the kitchen, dining area and a front counter for takeout, which will include beer, wine, soda and water to go. Plans are to rebuild the popular back patio overlooking Sand Creek, but Wilcox and Higgs said the new Hound will take al fresco dining one step further with a rooftop deck, complete with beer

UI enters contingent sale for Boyer property By Lyndsie Kiebert Reader Staff Sandpoint City Administrator Jennifer Stapleton confirmed Aug. 14 that the University of Idaho has begun sales negotiations regarding the university’s property on North Boyer in Sandpoint. “I know that they have entered into a contingent sale,” Stapleton said. The 75-acre, largely undeveloped property has been on the market since late 2018. Though Sandpoint originally set sights on the property as a city-owned recreation area, those plans fell through when grant money couldn’t cover the entire property price tag. University of Idaho Director of

Communications Jodi Walker told the Reader on Aug. 13 that the Idaho State Board of Education will discuss the Sandpoint property at its Aug. 28-29 meeting in Pocatello, but wouldn’t comment further. “As the regents of the University of Idaho, they have the final authority on this subject and we cannot get ahead of their action,” Walker said, adding that the agendas for State Board meetings are typically posted to boardofed. the Monday prior. According to city officials, the potential buyer of the property is contractor Tim McDonnell. The Reader contacted McDonnell for comment but did not receive a reply before press time.

taps, which would add another 2,000 square feet to the restaurant’s footprint. “It’ll be pretty cool if we’ll be able to get it done,” Higgs said of the rooftop seating, “but the goal would be to get it done two summers from now. It really depends on the budget of the build and the timing.” While the new restaurant will be significantly larger than its former incarnation, Wilcox said the building will retain much of its former look — going so far as to use some of the original materials saved from the fire. “We intend to reuse some of the brick if we can — as much as we can — because bricks don’t go bad,” he said. “We plan to do the awnings with the old style, with the turnbuckles. We intend to do some

lighting fixtures that are reminiscent of those earlier periods. … I know a lot of people have been afraid of it being all glass and modern. That’s not our intent. We intend to rebuild it pretty much in the same style as it was.” Sandpoint City Planner Aaron Qualls said rebuilding at 202 N. First Ave. is an opportunity to incorporate a range of amenities at a significant, high-profile part of downtown. “It’s a gateway to City Beach, it gets a tremendous amount of pedestrian and vehicular traffic. It is right at, essentially, the gateway to the core of downtown,” said Qualls, who added that the property’s proximity to Sand Creek makes it all the more unique — and important in the context of the Parks Master Plan currently being

put together by the city. “Especially with its dual frontage to the creek, there are extraordinary opportunities for furthering a sense of place back there,” he said, describing the entire east side of First Avenue. as “the new front porch of downtown because of the visibility from the byway.” Qualls said the city has acquired the boardwalk parcel on the west bank of Sand Creek and already some preliminary designs are in the works for improved parking, stormwater and pedestrian and bike connections to City Beach. Wilcox said he’s keen to work with the city as designs for Sand Creek come together. “We want to take advantage of that,” he said.

Phase II downtown street reconstruction nears kickoff By Zach Hagadone Reader Staff Phase II of the city of Sandpoint’s long-term plan for a range of downtown construction projects is nearing its kickoff, with contractor Sonray Enterprises planning to get under way with First Avenue reconstruction work on Tuesday, Sept. 3 — the day after Labor Day. The Sandpoint Streets downtown revitalization project began in 2012 with work on Church Street and Third and Fourth avenues between Pine and Church streets. Last year, crews completed Phase I reconstruction of Cedar Street between Fifth and Second avenues, widening sidewalks, installing new sewer and utility infrastructure, putting in place new trees and street furniture, and building corner bulbouts. Phase II focuses on the downtown core, rebuilding First Avenue from Church Street in the south to Cedar Street in the north and west to Second Avenue. According to the project website, work will include a new intersection at Main Street; bulbouts at Second Avenue, Church Street and at mid-block pedestrian crossings; new stormwater swales; and trees, lighting, benches and bike racks. Planners say the project is

intended to “further downtown as a year-round destination for residents and visitors” while improving safety, accessibility and stormwater management; increasing the amount of public art and landscaping; and enhancing bicycle connectivity between downtown and residential neighborhoods. The project is funded through the Sandpoint Urban Renewal Agency via tax increment fi-

An aerial map of Sandpoint with the Phase II area highlighted in yellow. Courtesy image. nancing and an Idaho Community Development Block Grant awarded by the Idaho Department of Commerce. For more information on the Sandpoint Streets downtown revitalization project, visit August 15, 2019 /


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Wake, illegal buoys remain issues on local waterways

By Lyndsie Kiebert Reader Staff In recent summers, the debate over wake on Bonner County waterways has been nothing short of turbulent. As boaters desire larger wakes for recreating, waterfront property owners have become more and more vocal about the damage they’re seeing to their docks and shorelines. Through the use of heightened patrols and educational programs like the Lakes Commissions’ “Ride the Core” campaign, the county and other regulatory agencies have worked to find common ground between boaters and landowners. Those efforts continued Aug. 8 as the Bonner County Sheriff’s Office, Bonner County Parks and Waterways Department and the Idaho Department of Lands released a joint public service announcement addressing boaters who violate no-wake zone laws as well as lakefront property owners who deploy illegal buoys. Bonner County Code imposes a nowake zone 200 feet from the shore and structures. If caught violating the ordinance, boaters face a $150 fine for a first offense and a $300 fine for any subsequent offense. If a property owner is concerned that the water in front of their home attracts frequent wake violations, they should contact BCSO at 208-263-8417. Marine deputies 6 /


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Traveling along the Green Monarch Mountains on Lake Pend Oreille in July 2018. Photo by Lyndsie Kiebert. work to catalog those complaints and target trouble areas, according to Marine Division Lt. Douglas McGeachy. If buoys could be beneficial in an area, property owners need to have them permitted through IDL. Unpermitted buoys are a navigational hazard, according to the Aug. 8 release, and people who place them could face up to $2,500 in penalties. Instead, contact the Bonner County Parks and Waterways office at 208-255-5681 and staff there will work with IDL to pursue permitting and placing buoys. McGeachy said his philosophy when it comes to the wake issue is one of continuous education. He added that the county occasionally hosts boater safety courses and, while they’re not required, they are helpful in spreading the word about local waterways laws. Find a schedule for regional classes at activities/boating. “The more education we can do, the better,” McGeachy said. The Bonner County Waterways Advisory Board, which has worked in the past to address the wake issue with a specific subcommittee, will meet for the first time since March on Thursday, Aug. 15 at 9 a.m. at the Bonner County Administration Building.

Bits ’n’ Pieces From east, west and beyond

East, west or beyond, sooner or later events elsewhere may have a local impact. A recent sampling: Sales of CBD, the non-high form of cannabis, have tripled in the past three years, reports Time magazine. While the Food and Drug Administration has declared CBD safe, regulators say the science is slow to find benefits. An editorial comment in Scientific American recommends using a portion of CBD taxes to support CBD research. Russia belatedly admitted to a nuclear accident at a missile test site not far from Finland and Sweden. According to U.K.based The Guardian, the explosion appears to have occurred Aug. 8 when an experimental nuclear-powered cruise missile exploded. Because information was delayed, there’s been concern the incident could be a “major nuclear accident” comparable to Chernobyl. At least seven were killed, and for 30 minutes, nearby cities experienced a radiation spike 20 times higher than the norm. The U.S. House passed legislation for a $15 an hour minimum pay by 2025, which could lift 1.3 million out of poverty. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell states he will ignore it, The Washington Post reports. A heat wave last summer caused European potatoes to grow smaller. To compensate: “we will all be eating smaller fries,” Belgium’s Walloon Potato Growers’ Association stated. Several news organizations have seen a leaked draft executive order calling for the Federal Communications Commission and Federal Trade Commission to create guidelines for controlling internet social media content. Some speculate the EO is in response to allegations that social media platforms such as Facebook and Twitter are biased against conservatives. An independent study of the topic by The Economist showed that bias is toward virality and attention, not political ideology. PEN America, an organization that defends free speech by the media, said the draft is contrary to the First Amendment, and, “It’s regrettable that the [Trump] Administration doesn’t seem to know that.” CNN reports that Libertarians object to the FCC being involved and Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., who has worked on legislation to get rid of “slime and hate” online says the order is too reminiscent of “speech police.” Rumors abound about the demise of Social Security, but Congress has ways to mend current problems. One is by passing

By Lorraine H. Marie Reader Columnist

the $350 “benefit bump” legislation, which was recently reintroduced by Rep. John B. Larson, D-Conn. It outlines how to enhance and stabilize Social Security, (while also expanding benefits and cutting taxes on those benefits), by making billionaires pay their fair share into the program. Climate change, translated: In the summer of 2050, temperatures are likely to be 10.6 degrees Fahrenheit warmer in London, 7.2 F warmer in New York City, 3.6 F warmer in Tokyo and 11 F warmer in Seattle, the journal PLOS One reports. Cities in tropical zones could become uninhabitable. In response to the March 2019 massacre of 51 people in Christchurch, New Zealand, that country’s prime minister recently released more plans for deterring mass shootings: mandatory registry of all guns and no gun purchases by foreigners. After Christchurch, the nation banned the sale and possession of semi-automatic firearms. The additional laws will affirm that firearm ownership is a privilege, not a right, the prime minister said. People with serious mental illnesses are responsible for about .3% of violent crimes, says the American Psychological Association. While the rate of mental illness is similar worldwide, the U.S. is the only country with an ultra-high rate of mass shootings. The Association says a characteristic held in common by mass shooters is problems with self-esteem and “perceived social rejection.” Old growth trees in southeast Alaska’s Tongass National Forest hold 8% of all carbon stored in U.S. forests. Plans to log in the Tongass would result in carbon emissions, once sequestered by the trees, equal to 4 million vehicles. Research shows it can take 200 years for regrown forests to capture as much carbon as logging releases, Earthjustice reports. Blast from the past: Prior to American Independence, New World slave-holders had patrol systems to regulate slaves and deter uprisings. The Georgia militia, for example, had a requirement that they inspect slave quarters monthly in search of arms and ammunition, and also be alert for signs of uprisings. Historian Thom Hartmann explains that the Second Amendment took its current form when, at the 1788 Virginia Ratifying Convention, slave owner Patrick Henry raised the issue of protecting Virginian slave patrols. For more, read “Slave Patrols: Law and Violence in Virginia and the Carolinas,” by Sally Hadden, Harvard University Press.


Your legislators should defend your rights By Sen. Michelle Stennett (D-Ketchum), Rep. Sally Toone (D-Gooding) and Rep. Muffy Davis (D-Hailey) Special to the Reader

In a lot of ways, it’s been a rough year to be an Idahoan. In the last several months, citizens have had to fight to preserve their most basic constitutional rights. This was painfully evident during the 2019 legislative session. Idahoans asked the Legislature to implement Medicaid Expansion for over six years, but they refused. When citizens took matters into their own hands and passed Medicaid Expansion through a ballot initiative with 61% of the vote, the Legislature lashed out with vengeance. They started by passing legislation that would have made it nearly impossible for citizens to get an issue on the ballot. Only wealthy, special interest groups would have been able to influence a ballot initiative. Thankfully, there was a tremendous outpouring of citizen protest and Gov. Brad Little reluctantly vetoed the bill when he was advised that it was unconstitutional and would likely be challenged in court. But several members of the Legislature didn’t stop there. Instead of allowing Medicaid Expansion to be implemented the way the voters asked for, the Legislature decided to add a variety of restric-

tions. These barriers to coverage will cost millions to taxpayers every year if the federal government decides to approve them. It will also create significant barriers to get healthcare for thousands of Idahoans (the very problem we were attempting to solve by expanding Medicaid in the first place). Idahoans came from across the state to testify against the bill but many legislators did not listen. Although similar restrictions were struck down by courts nationwide, the bill was passed by the Idaho House and Senate and signed by the governor. Now, we await a decision from the federal government on whether or not they will be implemented. The cherry on top of this disrespectful sundae is the gerrymandering bill. A number of legislators attempted to push through a gerrymandering bill that would have dismantled the balanced, independent redistricting commission that has served us well since 1994. The commission requirements are defined in the Idaho Constitution and must be approved by the Idaho Supreme Court. This process is more efficient than spending millions of taxpayer dollars year after year to fight district lines in federal courts, as we have seen in other states. Those of us who disagreed with this

legislation were able to stop its advancement during the session. Last week [July 24], Republican leadership held a town hall in Twin Falls where they committed to repeat some of the same behavior in the next session. Among numerous proposals, they expressed interest in passing legislation to: 1. restrict the ballot initiative process to make it impossible for citizens to get issues on the ballot, 2. pursue Medicaid Expansion work requirements and 3. ensure that all legislative districts are redrawn by their party. Idahoans can demand action through their votes and in the initiative/referendum process on the ballot and have a constitutional right to be heard. We should be representing your best interests!

From left to right: Idaho State Senators Stennett, Toone and Davis. Courtesy photos.

Our first responsibility is to our districts and the people of this state, not to take away the people’s power. It’s been a rough year to be an Idaho citizen. These rights are in the Idaho Constitution and can only be changed through a voter approved constitutional amendment. Subverting the people’s right to be a part of the political process is just wrong. Elected officials should fight to secure the rights that Idahoans deserve. Our duty is to make sure that your constitutional rights are protected and your voices are heard.

USFS seeking input on Laughing Matter origins of two-acre fire

By Bill Borders

By Reader Staff

The U.S. Forest Service Law Enforcement and Investigations team is looking for information related to the cause of a two-acre fire detected Aug. 6 near the Priest Lake Ranger District Office. Forest Service officials stationed in a nearby lookout tower saw the smoke and reported it to the Coeur d’Alene Interagency Dispatch Center at approximately 10:15 a.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 6. The fire appears to have been human-caused, based on evidence collected at the scene. Anyone with information related to the cause of the fire is encouraged to contact

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------------------------------LETTERS TO THE EDITOR-----------------------------

Nice to be King...

Bouquets: • I’d like to give a shout out to Paul Gunter with the Festival at Sandpoint. In his 21st year working with the stage crew, Paul has become a fixture under the magic white tent. As production manager, there are a million tiny tasks to accomplish during setup and breakdown of the stage – not to mention all the myriad issues that pop up during showtime. Though working his butt off, Paul always has a smile on his face, which is something I really appreciate. Barbs • OK, I’m officially over people being outraged in this town about the dumbest stuff. Part of newsgathering and searching for stories means wading through the muck of Facebook public forums from time to time. Whenever I do, I feel like I need to shower afterward. What I see is mostly a bunch of people prodding at soft spots and attempting to elicit some sort of outrage. Is it out of boredom? Malice? Whether this is intentional or not, I can’t say, but it’s so passé. Here’s a tip: instead of becoming outraged about geese or the city government or Californians or whatever the weekly boogie man is, why not do something to improve the situation? Become involved. Obtain facts instead of spewing gibberish on social media. If we knowingly report false information in the Reader, we can be sued and lose everything, but any yahoo can write whatever nonsense they want on social media without any repercussion. It’s maddening. There’s a quote by Mahatma Gandhi that we should all read before typing out the latest dreck on social media: “We but mirror the world. All the tendencies present in the outer world are to be found in the world of our body. If we could change ourselves, the tendencies in the world would also change. As a man changes his own nature, so does the attitude of the world change towards him.” 8 /


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Dear Editor, Interesting. In the July 18, 2019 issue of the Reader, Sandpoint Mayor Rognstad writes he is going to take $8,000.00 of taxes for “a Social Equity and Inclusion Initiative.” In plain speak, your right to dislike someone for whatever reason, is wrong. You can’t put your “finger” on it, you can’t explain it, you just don’t like this person. The Mayor has decided this is no longer allowed and you must be re-educated. Nice to be King. Rosanne Smith Moyie Springs

A few more questions on ‘smart’ trash bins... Dear Editor, I have a few questions concerning the new ‘smart’ trash bins that Sandpoint has recently deployed. First, were all 155 of the former bins in use, and did the city actually pay $1,200 apiece for those? I assume that they are not being stored, in case they might be needed again, and are going to auction as surplus equipment. Hopefully the city will be able to recover $7,500 or so from the sale. Second, was Waste Management the only party capable of checking trash in all of the former bins? It would seem not, as city personnel were assigned this task at City Beach. I’m assuming that no extra overtime was accrued. Would it not follow that other city personnel could have done the same for the downtown corridor and other parks? I know taking out the trash is no one’s favorite chore, but surely public enterprise can stoop to the same level that most private businesses do. Third, in all the years the city has been providing trash bins, has no one done a study to see when they need to be emptied? Surely by now, someone has noticed that the City Beach bins fill up fast in the summer, and not so much in the winter, and that the trash bins in the various parks need emptying according to the local sports schedule? Fourth, in the cost/benefit analysis, did anyone figure in maintenance costs for the new trash bins? Assuming the Waste Management contract did not get adjusted with the new bins, the city stands to save $20,000 per year in excess billings. That’s an 11-year payback based on the purchasing price. But

what happens when repair of solar panels, compactor mechanisms and other costs are factored in? Do these new bins require special liner bags that only BigBelly can supply? Just curious. Oh yes, do you intend to provide educational material to instruct us citizens on what proper trash is for the new bins, so we don’t break them by using them? I guess the biggest question of all remains, how many more goose carcasses can the new trash bins hold compared to the older, already paid for units? Going Green for the Win!

Jim Baldree Sagle

Thank a veteran by opposing war... Dear Editor, Today as I was getting into my car after breakfast at Tango, a fellow thanked me for my service. This was my response to him: Thank you for thanking me for my service. If you REALLY want to thank me, PLEASE do this: Write to your senators and Congress persons to restrain any president from getting us into yet another illegal, immoral, unnecessary, costly and UNCONSTITUTIONAL war. A war which will kill thousands of young GIs, cost TRILLIONS of DOLLARS, waste vast amounts of resources and create yet another generation of disabled veterans for the government to ignore and disrespect… IF it does not slide into nuclear war and kill every living thing on our planet. Your children’s lives depend on it. Your grandchildren’s lives depend on it. Your great grandchildren’s lives, Even your pets are at risk. The president and CONGRESS must be held to Section 8, line 11 of our great CONSTITUTION that states Congress alone has the power to declare war. NOT the president. WE CAN NO LONGER AFFORD WAR! Captain Bill Collier Disabled Vietnam veteran Sandpoint

Have you no sense of decency?... Dear Editor, In the early 1950s we Americans were obsessed with the spread of world communism. Today we are tweeted by our Predator-in-Chief, trying hard to stay out of jail upon leaving office, that investigating

his countless criminal activities is a “witch hunt” by Democrats. But from 1950 to ‘54, Wisconsin Senator Joe McCarthy and his chief counsel, disbarred lawyer Roy Cohn (Trump’s mentor and alter ego during his early business career) conducted a bona fide witch hunt. Based on what today would be labeled “fake news,” McCarthy destroyed hundreds of lives and careers — until his “base” got wise. McCarthy’s comeuppance came when he took on the U.S. Army and its highly respected counsel, Boston attorney Joseph Welch. Watching the recent televised questioning of Robert Mueller by Congress brought to mind the 1954 televised Army-McCarthy hearings. Attorney Mueller reminded me of Attorney Joseph Welch. Like Mueller, Welch had an impeccable national reputation, personally and professionally. He represented the Army against charges by McCarthy of lax security at a top-secret base — and that one of Welch’s young attorneys on the case had ties to communism. At a nationally televised session, Joseph Welch had simply had it. As an astounded TV audience watched McCarthy repeatedly accuse Welch’s legal staffer of communist sympathies, Welch delivered the enduring lines that ended McCarthy’s wanton career: “Until this moment, senator, I think I never really gauged your cruelty or your recklessness. Let us not assassinate this lad further, senator, you have done enough. Have you no sense of decency?” He was subsequently ostracized by his own Republican Party and censured by the Senate. (Got that, yellow-bellied Mitch McConnell and fellow GOP Trump toadies?) Now here’s a thought: what if the distinguished Robert Mueller and today’s spineless Republican legislators would say to the nation’s Executioner-in-Chief what the distinguished Joseph Welch and those earlier Republican patriots said to McCarthy? What if Robert Mueller would revisit national television and, like Joseph Welch, simply ask the Plunderer-in-Chief: “Have you no sense of decency?” Tim H. Henney Sandpoint Got something to say? Write a letter to the editor. We accept letters that are under 400 words, free from libel and profanity. Please elevate the conversation. Send to letters@

BY THE NUMBERS By Ben Olson Reader Staff


The estimated dollar amount in stolen bicycles a Florida man was arrested with in Boise last week after he was attempting to sell the bicycles to a pawn shop. — Spokesman-Review

$4 million

The amount the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has spent since the 1990s trying to clean up an area in central Idaho where British Columbia-based Midas Gold has been operating. The Nez Perce Tribe filed suit against the Canadian mining company last week, contending the company is illegally allowing arsenic, cyanide and mercury to pollute an area where, under the terms of an 1855 treaty with the United States, the tribe retains rights to hunting and fishing. — Idaho Press


Amount the Trump for President campaign owes to El Paso, Texas for police and public safety services associated with a rally President Donald Trump held there in February 2019. Democratic presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke held a rally there the same day and paid the city in May. — The Texas Tribune


The last year that the federal government executed an inmate for committing a crime. Earlier this month, the Trump administration ordered the death penalty for five people convicted of killing children and elderly persons. — The New York Times

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The amount of money the state of Idaho gives to public education. This figure represents nearly half of all state expenditures. —


Win a shopping spree, support local scholarships By Reader Staff Sandpoint’s P.E.O. chapter and Yoke’s Fresh Market are working together to raffle off a three-minute grocery shopping spree, with proceeds supporting scholarships for local students. Tickets are $10 each or three for $20, offering the chance to win one of four prizes: the grand prize shopping spree or Yoke’s gift certificates worth $200, $100 or $50. P.E.O. is an international philanthropic organization in which women celebrate

the advancement of women and educate women through scholarships, grants, awards and loans. P.E.O. education grants are given in the spring to graduating Clark Fork and Sandpoint seniors. Last year, Sandpoint’s P.E.O. chapter — Chapter CA — gave away about $4,000 in scholarships. P.E.O. Chapter CA will host the drawing at its annual luncheon on Oct. 24. The winner does not have to be present to win. Purchase tickets and find the contest rules at the Yoke’s guest services counter in Ponderay.

rules of the road 1. Ride on the right side of the street •Ride with the flow of traffic and make full turns into travel lanes •Ride in the correct direction on one-way streets.

•Use extended arm signals when making left and right turns.

By Ben Olson Reader Staff

Salsa in Sandpoint Unlike many Latin dances, salsa doesn’t require a regular partner. It is common to dance with people you have never met. Meet some new folks Thursdays, Sept. 5-26 from 6-7 p.m. at the

Sandpoint Community Hall. The fee is $43 per month. Pilassage Pilassage is a combination of pilates, yoga and massage that aims to keep you healthy, happy and to reform your body with a gentle approach. Massage and stretch to soften muscles, then train your core and inner muscles. Bring your own mat and rolling pin — yes, a rolling pin. Well-behaved children are welcome to accompany parents to classes. Classes will be Thursdays, Sept. 5-26 from 9-10 a.m. at the Sandpoint Community Hall. The fee is $44, with a $4 city resident discount. For information about these and other Sandpoint Parks and Recreation events, call (208) 263-3613 or visit www.Sandpointgov.parksrecreation.

NAMI Far North general meeting scheduled By Reader Staff NAMI Far North, the local chapter of the National Alliance for Mental Illness, has scheduled its next general meeting for Wednesday, Aug. 21 at 5:30 p.m. at the VFW Hall, 1325 Pine St. in Sandpoint. The featured speakers at this month’s meeting will be Jon and Cathy Pomeroy, talking about their Helping Hands-Healing Hearts program. The philanthropic program grew out of a ministry called Love, INC. and is a joint

ministry of 12 area churches that serves 579 clients and their families, providing food, toiletries, clothing, shoes, linens, kitchen/housewares and furniture to those in need in the community. Gas vouchers and phone cards are also available, as well as rent and utility subsidization through the help of three other churches. Everyone is welcome to attend. Learn more about NAMI Far North at


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Parks and Rec round-up Bollywood Dancing Join Sandpoint Parks and Recreation for a class on Bollywood dancing, an energetic dance form used often in Indian films. The dance mixes styles such as belly-dancing, Kathak (Indian traditional dance), Indian folk and various Western modern and popular styles such as jazz. Classes will be offered Sundays from Sept. 8 through Oct. 20 from 4-5 p.m. at the Sandpoint Community Hall, 204 S. First Ave. The fee is $59, with a $4 discount for city residents. No experience is necessary.

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3. Rolling stop at stop signs •Slow down to “Look & Listen” for oncoming traffic. •Full stop when needed; proceed through when there is no traffic


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4. Share the road with drivers •Sandpoint’s preferred cycle routes are marked with “sharrow” pavement lines. •Ride single file and keep a steady pace with the flow of traffic.

5. Sidewalks are for pedestrians •Walk your bike when using downtown sidewalks. •Yield to walkers and give special consideration to the elderly. •Use common courtesy... it’s always appreciated.

6. Use safety gear •Wear a helmet and light-colored clothing for maximum visibility. •Bright headlight and red taillight are needed after dark. •Lock your bike frame for theft protection.

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tardigrades By Brenden Bobby Reader Columnist Weird science doesn’t always make headlines, but recently some really heavy news may have masqueraded as clickbait in your social media feed. An Israeli spacecraft that contained a digital backup of Earth’s history on a nickel-plated disc crash-landed on the moon in April. It also had passengers called Tardigrades flying coach inside the spacecraft, intentionally left there and suspended in an artificial amber to preserve them in a living state for what could be billions of years. It would mark the first time in human history that we have intentionally seeded another celestial body with life, something we generally try to avoid at all costs. Are you wondering how something could live suspended in amber for billions of years? Let’s take a closer look. Tardigrades, sometimes called water bears, are small invertebrates with pretty basic bodies. Each one is only about a millimeter in length and their bodies are essentially hollowed out with the sole intention of holding a fluid similar to blood that retains and transports water and oxygen, which is great for them as they lack a complex circulatory or respiratory system like most other invertebrates. Though some parasitic, carnivorous tardigrades do exist, most water bears dine on the innards of plant cells, which they consume by stabbing them with an array of spikes around their mouths and 10 /


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sucking out the insides like a juice box, leaving the cell wall to decompose. They can also reproduce in a number of ways: the traditional way, best described by Marvin Gaye’s in “Let’s Get it On”; as hermaphrodites, changing genders spontaneously to suit their reproductive needs; and via parthenogenesis, copying their own DNA and cloning themselves. This is one of the traits that makes them extremely resilient. The trippiest thing about tardigrades is that they can live in the most extreme conditions of the universe. Sort of. Tardigrades can dehydrate themselves, expelling the water from their bodies and entering what’s called a “tun” state, in which their metabolism slows to 0.01%. Amid this state, their bodies can withstand almost anything: scientists have suspended them for upwards of two years at temperatures as low as -310 degrees Fahrenheit, then revived them at room temperature. Conversely, tardigrades have been heated to 302 F, then brought back to room temperature and likewise revived. That’s just about hot enough to cook a tender brisket, which isn’t coming back to life any time soon. Water bears would only need to remain in this tun state for a couple of decades in the event of some kind of apocalyptic drought scenario, but they’ll have to wait a long longer on the surface of the moon. There is no liquid water on the moon, and the temperature fluctuates on the surface

from 260 F during the day to -280 F at night. The moon has a minimal atmosphere that isn’t able to insulate the surface to keep a steady enough temperature to retain water, like Earth. Lacking a protective atmosphere, the moon is also constantly bathed by solar and cosmic radiation, which strips electrons from atoms and destroys cells in a matter of minutes or hours. The outlook for the water bears on the moon is pretty bleak. They aren’t able to make tools to build a habitat for themselves to survive, so all they can do is sit and wait. Luckily for them, the humans that put them there encased them in an artificial amber that should prolong their lives indefinitely. In the event that a super-advanced race of extraterrestrials finds the wreckage of the Israeli lander on the moon sometime in the future, pulling the water bears from their long slumber should be a simple task, which would give them a glimpse into how life on Earth existed and evolved. The entire English-language Wikipedia from 2017 would also be there, housed on the disc, but whether it would be of any interest to future ETs is highly dependent on their ability to access the data and translate English into their own undoubtedly inscrutable language. Interestingly enough, in that scenario, the water bears would be a better source of information than the entire chronicled history of humankind.

Tardigrades are the only creatures known to have survived in the vacuum of space on their own, and perhaps only one of two multicellular organ-

isms to have left Earth and survived, the other being humans. I bet you never thought you’d have learned something cool from clickbait.

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Don’t know much about alcoho • It only takes six minutes for brain cells to react to alcohol. • Alcohol kills one person every 10 seconds worldwide. • Alcohol is not digested; it gets absorbed directly into the bloodstream. • About one-third of designated drivers have at least one drink while carrying the title. •48% of the world’s population older than 15 claim to have never consumed alcohol. • Alcohol doesn’t make you forget anything. When you get blackout drunk, the brain temporarily loses the ability to create memories. • Each Russian consumes 4.8 U.S. gallons of alcohol per year, doubling what experts consider dangerous. • Beer was not considered an alcoholic beverage in Russia until 2013. • People with blue eyes have a higher alcohol tolerance. • Over 30% of cancer could be prevented by avoiding tobacco and alcohol, having a healthy diet and engaging in physical activity.

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• The strongest beer in the world has a 67.5% alcohol content. The brew, called Snake Venom, is the second try by Keith (formerly Brewmeister) Brewery in Banffshire County, Scotland after fans tried its first attempt and claimed it was “too weak.” • In the U.K., it is legal for kids over 5 years old to drink alcohol at home or on other private premises. • The U.S. government poisoned industrial alcohol during Prohibition in the 1920s and ’30s because so many people were stealing it to make bootleg moonshine. The policy killed more than 10,000 people. • In professional shooting, alcohol is considered a performance-enhancing drug because it relaxes you and slows your heart rate enough to give you an edge. • In the late-19th century, millions of American children learned in school that just one taste of alcohol could lead to blindness, madness or even spontaneous combustion.


Chamber welcomes KRFY Panhandle Community Radio

By Reader Staff KRFY Panhandle Community Radio is one of the most recent members of the Sandpoint Chamber of Commerce. Produced in downtown Sandpoint, KRFY 88.5 is a nonprofit, listener-supported organization, which allows it to remain independent. The full-power, FM radio station brings commercial-free programming to North Idaho, with a mission to educate, inform, entertain and enrich the lives of its listeners.

Photo, from left to right: Suzy Prez, Patricia Walker, Bob Witte, Stephanie Way, Vicky Jacobson, Ricci Witte, Kate McAlister, Charlie Parrish, Steve Sanchez. Front row: Jaslynne, Immanuel and Annalyse Sanchez. Courtesy photo. KRFY 88.5 FM covers the latest events and supports local businesses through underwriter spots and interviews on its daily morning show. For more information or to become a member, call 208-265-2992, go to or follow the station on Facebook.

WEIRD NEWS By Ben Olson Reader Staff

MAN WEARING TV ON HEAD DUMPS 60 TV SETS ON NEIGHBORHOOD PORCHES In a move destined to make “weird news” files across the country, a man wearing a television set over his head was caught on security cameras depositing old tubestyle TV sets onto the porches of 60 homes in Henrico County, Va. Adrian Garner, a resident who caught the culprit on a home security camera, told NBC12, “It was a guy dressed in a jumpsuit with a TV for a head. It’s the weirdest thing. He squats down, puts the TV there and walks off. It’s really weird. My first reaction was: ‘Did we order this?’ Not in an Amazon box, it was just kind of strange.” Local police officers were tasked with the job of collecting the retro TV sets, amassing 60 of them in the back of a box truck. Oddly, in August 2018, more than 20 TVs were left on the porches of homes in the neighborhood, but there is no established connection between that incident and this recent one.

Chamber names volunteer and business of the month By Reader Staff The Greater Sandpoint Chamber of Commerce recognized Jason Coleman as their August volunteer of the month. Not only is Coleman a committed community member, he also volunteers for security at numerous local events and fundraisers, according to the Chamber. Coleman was born in San Diego to a Navy family and grew up in eastern Bonner County, graduating from Clark Fork High School. After high school, Coleman moved north of New York City. He said he stood on the observation deck of the World Trade Center just one week before the terrorist attacks on 9/11/01. Coleman personally knew firefighters who never made it home, which had a profound impact on his life and volunteer involvement in his community. Coleman moved back to Bonner County in 2006 and volunteered for the Selkirk Fire Dept., and later attended Fire Fighting Cadet School. “Jason has responded to approximately 400 calls for service and has participated in nearly 200 training classes,” Assistant Fire Chief Dale Hopkins said. “He has served several terms on the Fireman’s Association

Board of Directors and has been voted Volunteer Firefighter of the Year at least twice by his peers at the Fire House.” Jason has over 2,000 volunteer hours with the Volunteer Fireman’s Association and many civic projects throughout our community. He provides security for the Angles Over Sandpoint “Follies”, The Greater Sandpoint Chamber of Commerce’s annual Beerfest and Scenic Half Marathon and 10K race and drives the restored historic fire truck in the Winter Carnival Parade. The Chamber named Sandpoint Computer as business of the month for August. Started in 1997 on the corner of First Ave. and Pine St., Sandpoint Computers has now called the ground floor Suite G100 of the Sand Creek Landing at 212 N. First Ave. home for the last decade. Jens Olson has served as general manager since Feb. 2018, but became the new owner last month. With a staff of three techs they provide all types of IT services for residential and business in North Idaho. Services include desktop and

server support, networking, email, antivirus, VOIP Phones, security cameras, local and cloud backup. Olson grew up in Sandpoint, went to the University of Idaho and earned a degree in Technology Education and Computer Science. He was a teacher in Post Falls before returning home to Sandpoint. Sandpoint Computers has been a supporter of Sandpoint High School technology education and Acadeca and is also a supporter of the Sandpoint Senior Center and KRFY. Olson has personally supported The Friends

Left: The Chamber’s Steve Sanchez, left, stands with Jason Coleman. Right: Jens Olson with Sandpoint Computers, left, and Bob Witte with the Chamber. Courtesy photos. of Scotchman Peaks and the lower Clark Fork Watershed. He is excited to continue to grow Sandpoint Computers and increase access to professional IT services in North Idaho. For more info: August 15, 2019 /


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? w e n s ’ tk at Sandpoint’s latest businesses Wha loo A first

By Cameron Rasmusson Reader Staff

Editor’s Note: New businesses are springing up all over Sandpoint this summer, and here at the Reader, we’re making an effort to introduce them to the community. Are you a new business owner in the greater Sandpoint area? Contact Cameron Rasmusson at for consideration in future articles.

Unwind Wellness and Reflexology

Don’t call it a foot massage. There’s a lot more going on at Unwind Wellness and Reflexology. According to owner and certified practitioner Katie Smith, there’s a link between the reflex points at the bottom of the feet and the organs and glands throughout the body. Reflexology is all about manipulating those reflex points to relieve tension and stress. While Smith is clear that her practice isn’t suited for diagnosing, treating or healing medical conditions, she said it’s a great option for people seeking to release tension or manage pain. “I like to describe it as acupuncture without the needles,” she said. That makes the difference for her clients, Smith added. Some have reported stellar results in achieving relief from migraines. One woman with a degenerative spinal condition was able to cut back on her use of narcotics to manage her pain. Other clients come to Smith seeking to manage stress and anxiety. Retired people often have trouble from neuropathy, a tingly numbness in their hands or feet. Smith also offers pro-bono sessions

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to people undergoing cancer treatments. A typical session with a new client will begin with a sit-down to complete forms and a short consultation. Smith asks about the physical problems and pain the client might be dealing with, as well as the stress and anxiety affecting daily life. She also often asks about the medical treatments they’re receiving to address underlying causes. “I am careful to make sure that they have seen a doctor,” Smith said. From beginning to end, a reflexology session is a spa experience — and that means relaxation. Housed in Cedar Day Spa, Unwind Wellness and Reflexology includes water fountains, essential oils and massage tables to put clients in a mellow state of mind. The session itself lasts about an hour, is fully clothed and designed to be pain-free. Some clients chat through the session, while “some people fall asleep and snore because they’re so relaxed,” Smith said. “It’s a deeply relaxing experience.” It was a long road that led to Smith opening her business. Introduced to reflexology by local practitioner Penny Waters, her influence was a guiding force in Smith achieving certification from the International Institute of Reflexology in June, which involved training in five states and 500 practicum hours. “She took me under her wing, and that was the start of it,” Smith said. With the opening of Unwind Wellness and Reflexology, Smith hopes to continue Waters’ legacy. “It was very meaningful to me personally to receive that treatment, and I wanted to offer it to other people, too,” she said. Call Cedar Day Spa at 208-263-7454 to book an appointment.

Uncorked Paint

The addition of wine improves most things, and painting is no exception. It’s the underlying appeal to the growing trend of paint-and-sip parties. At new business Uncorked Paint, local artist and instructor Kem Hughes Davis knows how to promote a fun atmosphere while teaching party goers a thing or two about painting. “Lots of times I have a group of girls who do girls’ nights out to go out and socialize and get to know each other better,” Davis said. “It’s a chance to show your creative side as well.” The idea is to give locals a central place for paint-and-sip events without the need to drive to a larger city. Thanks to its location next to Creations in the Cedar Street Bridge Public Market, Uncorked Painting occupies something of an art hub in Sandpoint. Paint-and-sip parties are a popular option for bachelorette and birthday parties or team-building events. They combine the light, fun atmosphere of a night on the town with the satisfaction of learning a new skill with a personally crafted masterpiece to take home by the night’s end. While wine is perhaps the most popular drink with which to sit at the easel, participants can bring anything they wish to the BYOB events. They can also grab food and drink at the public market. Uncorked Paint offers weekly events featuring canvas painting, board painting workshops, framed screen painting and many other creative projects. Or

book a private party for a set group of people. Go to the event calendar at, choose an open date for the party and fill in the details and payment options. A selection of featured painting options is available on “People who are visiting really like to do these mountain scenes I do,” Davis said. “Sunsets with mountains are the most popular.” Private events include two-anda-half hours of exclusive studio use, which gives partygoers more than enough time to stretch their creative muscles. No need to worry about brushes, aprons, easels or any other equipment — Uncorked Paint provides everything but the food and drink. “I think everyone has a creative side,” Davis said. “They want to play, and they don’t want to set a schedule where they go in for art classes.” Email or call 208-219-7915 to set up an event.


ll photos taken by Racheal Baker at the Festival at Sandpoint during week two. Great job on the photos, Racheal! Congratulations on another stellar year, Festival!

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Girls Pint Out 5-7pm @ Idaho Pour Authority Cool Chicks! Great Beer! No Dudes! Join Vicki for an evening tasting Hard Cider

Live Music w/ Pamela Benton 8-11pm @ 219 Lounge CDA-based artist performing the electric violin and guitar. Indie rock, groove jazz, blues and new age

Thurs. Night Solo Series w/ Brian Jacob 6-8pm @ MickDuff’s Beer Hall Great acoustic jams on the guitar Third Thursday Women’s Meetup 7:45pm @ Matchwood Brewing Co. Gather with local women to talk and sip a pint or two. Open to all women

Live Music w/ Dustin Drennen The Lark and the Loon in concert 5-7pm @ Idaho Pour Authority 7:30pm @ Di Luna’s Cafe Singer-songwriter from Clark Fork Married songwriting duo inspired by Live Music w/ Bill Price pre-war blues and jazz, Irish dance 5-8pm @ Pend d’ Oreille Winery music, sea shanties and traditional Rich music with different textures American music. Tickets $12/adv DJ Skwish Live Music w/ Baker Thomas Packwood 9pm @ A&P’s 6:30-9:30pm @ MickDuff’s Beer Hall Mugs and Music w/ Oak St. Connection 4-6pm @ Laughing Dog Brewery Live Music w/ Bright Moments Duo 5-8pm @ Pend d’ Oreille Winery Join Arthur and Peter for some live jazz Live Music w/ the Turnspit Dogs 6:30-9:30pm @ MickDuff’s Beer Hall Rockin’ blues and clean, sweet ballads Karaoke DJ Skwish 8-close @ Tervan 9pm @ A&P’s Sandpoint Chess Club 9am @ Evans Brothers Coffee Meets every Sunday at 9am


Super Diamond T 8:30pm @ The Hi A tribute band to icon Neil Diamond quined jumpsuits a “Woodstock” (dir 7pm @ Panida Th KRFY community

Live Music w/ Lavoy Live Music w 9pm @ 219 Lounge 5-7pm @ Ida Five-piece Spokane alt-pop and Acoustic duo indie band with synth-laden style Utara After Hours: Campfire Prog Lucas Brookbank Brown 6:30pm @ Rou 9pm @ Utara Brewing Co. Family-friendly One of Spokane’s hardhelp become m est-working musicians

Live Music w/ Ken Mayginnes 4-6:30pm @ Matchwood Brewing Piano Sunday w/ Glenda Novinger 3-5pm @ Pend d’Oreille Winery

Monday Night Blues Jam w/ Truck Mills 7:30pm @ Eichardt’s Pub Karaoke 8-close @ Tervan

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Free Ukulele concert 12-1pm @ Sandpoint Library meeting ro A free lunchtime concert with Ukulele Dave

Bat Night at Pine S Night-Out Karaoke Trivia Night Djembe class 7:30pm @ Pine St. 9pm @ 219 Lounge 7pmi @ MickDuff’s 5:45-7:30pm @ Music Join local bat expe Join DJ Webrix for a Show off that big, Conservatory of Spt. evening of educatio beautiful brain night of singing cal bat species thro Parent Grief Support Group Trivia and Happy Hour mist netting. We wi 5pm @ Turning Leaf Counseling 5-6:30pm @ Davis Grocery a An ongoing, informal meeting that is open to all parents Show off your brain, buddy who have experienced the loss of a child at any age. Wind Down Wednesday 5-8pm @ 219 Lounge With live music by blues man Truck Mills and guest musician Andrew Browne

Magic Wednesday 6-8pm @ Jalapeño’s Enjoy close-up magic shows by Star Alexander right at your table

Live Music w/ Carston, Jacobs & Rob 6:30-9:30pm @ The Fat Pig Three of Sandpoint’s hardest working formers joining forces on The Fat Pig’s tio! Free show. Hot Lettuce reunion

Dollar Beers! Festival’s Chamber Concert Series Live Music w/ Jod 8pm @ Eichardt’s Pub 6:30pm @ The Heartwood Center 8-11pm @ 219 Loun Good until the keg’s dry A double feature of musical excellence Americana and folk Thurs. Night Solo Series w/ Kerry Leigh Redhead Express: Summer Nights Concert 6-8pm @ MickDuff’s Beer Hall 6:30pm @ Bonner County Fairgrounds Americana, folk, rock, country and blues Folk, country, pop and bluegrass from 4 redhe


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Pop-Up Open Mic with Sandpoint Literary Collective 6-8pm @ 219 Pend d’Oreille Winery More Than A Woman Trivia Whet your palette with an immersive pairing of your favorite 6:30-9pm @ The Back Door Bar Pend d’Oreille wine and a mélange of fiction, poetry, storyA night of laughter and female-fo- telling, and creative nonfiction readings. Free to attend cused trivia in support of Return Dollar Beers! Retreats, a local nonprofit 8pm @ Eichardt’s Pub

iamond Tribute Concert Live Music w/ Smith @ The Hive McKay All Day e band to the beloved pop 9pm @ 219 Lounge l Diamond. Bring your se- Two-man band as powerumpsuits and dance! ful as a four-piece tock” (director’s cut) Panida Theater ommunity radio presents a free showing

Artists’ Studio Tour Annual SASi Potluck Picnic @ Various locations 4pm @ City Beach Pavilion Self-guided tour or Support the Sandpoint Area working studios. Art- Seniors, Inc. with their annual potluck picnic! Movie in the Park: “How to Train Your Dragon” Dusk @ Lakeview Park Free movie presented by the BoCo History Museum

Sandpoint Farmers’ Market - Kids’ Day Jr. Ranger Program: 9am-1pm @ Farmin Park Hooked on Fishing Come get your produce, starts, crafts and 11am @ Round Lake St. Park more! This is Kids’ Day, where over 30 Free program for kids 6-12 young vendors sell their wares. Live mu- King of the Kongcrete pfire Program: Bear Awareness sic by CDA Youth Marimba with special 12pm @ Travers Park m @ Round Lake State Park guests Sanpdoint Bollywood Dancers Skate comp. w/ divisions! y-friendly program by SOLE to Cornhole Tournament $15, helmets required become more bear aware. Free 1pm @ MickDuff’s Beer Hall Benefiting the Panhandle Animal Shelter Remembering Jeanetta Riley mpfire Program: Round Lake Rocks! 5pm @ Travers Park m @ Round Lake St. Park An informal gathering to share and remember back in geologic time to find out how the life and death of Jeanetta Riley h nature rocks

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Master Naturalist Nature Hike 9am @ Round Lake State Park meeting room A master naturalist will lead a hike exploring the flora and ulele Dave Gunter! fauna encountered on a hike at Round Lake State Park. Free

t at Pine Street Woods @ Pine St. Woods bat expert Carrie Hugo for an f education as we study our lopecies through observation and ng. We will also serve cookies and drinks. ts

Sandpoint Summer Series: Jocelyn and Chris Arndt Band 6:30pm @ Farmin Park Mattox Farms presents the Washington Trust Sandpoint Summer Series! See page 25 for more information about the band. Free and family-friendly, with food and drinks sold

Aug. 23 Challenge of Champions Bull Riding @ Fairgrounds Aug. 23 obs & Robins Sandpoint Farmers’ Market The Talbott Bros. in Concert The Turnspit 3-5:30pm @ Farmin Park 7:30pm @ Di Luna’s Cafe working per- Locally grown produce, Check out the “blood harmonies” Dogs @ MickFat Pig’s pa- starts, crafts and more! Live with the Talbott Brothers at Sand- Duff’s Beer Ha ll music by Muddy Frog point’s favorite listening venue union Au g. 23 Bonner County Fair: “Bounty of the County” ic w/ Jody Piper Trego @ 219 Various @ Bonner Co. Fairgrounds (Aug. 21-24) @ 219 Lounge Celebrate the bounty that our community has to Aug. 24 a and folk offer by promoting agriculture, local talent, eduLaughing Dog Concert cation and the future of our county. Go to Bonnernds An niversary for a full list of times and events m 4 redhead sisters

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Strive to speak goodbett By Ben Olson Reader Staff

Behold, the junkyard of overused expressions. They clutter everyone’s conversations from time to time but, as part of our ongoing effort to strive beyond mediocrity, I present to you a few clichés and shopworn phrases that should be placed on the mantel and left to gather dust. “That’s awesome, man.” Is it, though? Does it really inspire awe, defined as “a feeling of reverential respect mixed with fear or wonder”? Is this perhaps the most overused word in the English language? No, nope and you betcha. Don’t fall into the quicksand of oversaturating the world with “awesome.” Yeah, it was a pretty good hot dog, but did it inspire fear and wonder, let alone respect? Did that story your friend Suzie told you about seeing her math teacher haggle with an old lady at a yard sale really elicit reverential respect? Do us all a favor: There are 45 acceptable synonyms for the word “awesome” that capture a range of subtler meanings for “hey, that’s pretty neat.” Look them up and pepper them into your exclamatory remarks. I have been searching in vain for a proper situation to use the word “awesome” in its correct context. When that happens, it’ll truly be... er... forget it.

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“It’s really unique.” When something is unique, it’s one of a kind. It exists apart from any attempts to increase its oneness. To say “really unique” or “very unique” is not only redundant, it’s yet another attempt by we mortal humans to increase the status of an object or sentiment until even to be unique isn’t enough. How damn unique do you have to be to satisfy the masses? Huh? *See “awesome.” “I could care less.” Break that one down and find the flaw. If you could care less, that means you do care; even if just a little. The correct usage of that phrase is, “I couldn’t care less.” If you can’t care any less, that’s the ultimate, baby. “Six of one, half dozen of the other.” Just stop, already. Stop. I’ve heard all sorts of mumbled variations of this one. “Six of one, half dozen to the other.” “Six to one half dozen of the other.” “Six to one and half a dozen to another.” Ugh. What are we even trying to say with this expression? “Same difference?” “They’re the same, but not exactly.” If so, why don’t you just say it, bub? When I traveled to Thailand I noticed a beautiful expression that meant everything that this befuddled cliché ever wanted to express: “Same same, but different.” It was a catch-all phrase used


widely, mostly shortened to just “same same.” The beauty of this saying is that it can mean many different things, but at its core it is a polite attempt to empathize with the speaker to assure them that yes, it’s similar, but different in a way. I like it. I’m using it from now on. “I was literally on fire.” The word “literally” has endured a long and storied career — against anyone’s will, mind you — being misused by well-meaning humanoids the world over. Or has it? This poor word has been used incorrectly for so long, it literally has an updated definition by Merriam-Webster that reads: “Informal — used for emphasis or to express strong feeling while not being literally true. ‘I was literally blown away by the response I got.’” The word authorities literally added an alternate meaning to the word (OK, I’ll quit). Some dictionary aficionados expressed their outrage about this contradictory definition enough to warrant Merriam-Webster editors penning a thoughtful essay on the murky origins of the word, “literally.” The Oxford English Dictionary defined it as a colloquialism “used to indicate that some (freq. Conventional) metaphorical or hyperbolical expression is to be taken in the stronger admissible sense: ‘virtually, as good as,’ (also) ‘completely,

utterly, absolutely.’” Huh? “Virtually,” doesn’t mean “exactly,” in a tangible sense, which is what I always thought of that word’s meaning. Searching through passages from famous writers, F. Scott Fitzgerald used it figuratively: “He literally glowed.” So did James Joyce: “Lily, the caretaker’s daughter, was literally run off her feet.” Or Charles Dickens: “‘Lift him out,’ said Squeers, after he had literally feasted his eyes, in silence, upon the culprit.” So, what you’re saying is, that guy who literally uses the word “literally,” like, a million times, isn’t really that far off from the original meaning of the word? He may even be walking in the shadow of literary giants? Sigh. I’m figuratively speechless. “I’m just sayin’.” OK, there might have been the faintest hint of wit in this now-tired expression a decade ago. It provided the speaker the ability to spew something blunt, crude or outrageous, then pull the “just sayin’” cord and float away beneath a parachute billowing with deniability. Today, it’s a trite way to bail out the window when you just word vomited ahead of your brain’s air brakes. Fun fact: to throw someone out the window is to “defenestrate” them. Just typin’.


Bountiful Bonner County

The Bonner County Fair set to run from Aug. 21 ’til the cows go home — or, Aug. 24

By Lyndsie Kiebert Reader Staff The 2019 Bonner County Fair theme — “Bounty of the County” — doesn’t only refer to the gigantic zucchini fairgoers are sure to see Wednesday, Aug. 21-Saturday, Aug. 24. “It means something different to everyone,” said Bonner County Fair Director Darcey Smith. “We’ve got our ski resort. We’ve got our lake. We’ve got our huckleberries. We have our loggers. It keeps going and going. We have a plethora that makes Bonner County bountiful.” Smith said the Bonner County Fair is “one of the last small, free fairs out there.” While other fairs are seeing more commercialization and carnival-like atmospheres, Bonner County emphasizes the role local 4-H groups play in the four-day event. “Being a 4-H fair, we hold tight to our heritage, our upbringing,” Smith said. “To what makes Bonner County special.” While attending the fair and seeing all the exhibits is free, parking is $3 a day or $10 for the week. Local students volunteer at the entrance to collect that money, then are given 50 percent of the day’s

profits to go toward their particular 4-H club. In years past, the other 50 percent went to the maintenance budget for the fair. Starting this year, Smith said, that other 50 percent will go toward the fair’s scholarship program. Ultimately, all parking fees go back into local schools. Between the full livestock barns, static exhibits in the main building and the various food vendors, Smith said there will be plenty to do. She suggested fairgoers come prepared to stay awhile and enjoy the event in its entirety. “We sit on 43 acres. We fill it. ... Allow yourself time that you’re able to take part in our fun events during the day, and walk through the barns and see all the animals,” Smith said. “And of course, if you can, stay for the events we have at night.” Live music and other events round out the evening, with Redhead Express playing country tunes at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 22; the “Challenge of Champions” bull riding tour on Friday, Aug. 23 at 7:30 p.m.; and a demolition derby on Saturday, Aug. 24 at 7:30 p.m. All events happen at the fairgrounds’ Outdoor Arena and require tickets. Presale tickets to all three events are available online at

or in person at the Bonner County Fair Office, Columbia Bank in Ponderay and Sandpoint, Carter Country, North 40, Sandpoint Super Drug and Les Schwab. Smith, whose office includes only four year-round employees, said the fair wouldn’t happen without the help of hundreds of volunteers. “It takes a village, and we are so

Young fairgoers cool off at the wash racks behind the cattle barn at the 2018 Bonner County Fair. Photo by Roseanne Decker. eternally grateful,” she said. The 2019 Bonner County Fair officially opens at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 21. Those with questions can visit or contact the fair office at 208-263-8414.

Chamber 5K benefits Washington Elementary By Reader Staff

The Greater Sandpoint Chamber of Commerce recently announced it will bring back its 5K run for the 11th Annual Scenic Half Marathon and 10K race on Sunday, Sept. 15, 2019. To focus on children’s health and wellness, this will be a kid race focused on Kindergarten through sixth grade (parents and siblings are welcome, too). The Chamber has partnered with Washington Elementary School for the inaugural event. “After a parent approached us about adding a kid run as a possible school fundraiser, Washington Elementary PTA and parent volunteers will be taking on the task of developing and implementing the model, to set the stage for other schools going forward,” Chamber President and CEO Kate McAlister said. “We look forward to working with Washington Elementary and other schools in the future.”

Proceeds from the kids run will go directly back to the school. “This will be a learning year,” McAlister said. “If it is a success, we will offer it to other elementary schools, and possibly create a district-wide kids run benefiting them all. We want to offer a healthy and active way to fundraise those extra dollars for the school. Our hope is the kids will graduate to the 10K after they age out of the kids run, and so on. It is all about getting outside and being active.” The 5K run will start at Sandpoint City Beach and progress along the Sand Creek Trail. “Washington Elementary is excited for this fundraising opportunity,” said Washington Principal Natassia Hamer. “The Kids 5K will be a fun family event that supports and benefits all Washington Elementary students.” Registration for the run will be $15 per child or $50 per family. Kids will receive a T-shirt, race bib and medal for the first-,

second- and third-place winners of each grade. Registration forms are available online at and at Chamber, 1202 N. Fifth Ave. Cash or check payments only for the 5K run with checks payable to “Washington Elementary School PTA.” Payment and registration can be dropped off or mailed to the Chamber office, attention Kristin Carlson. Day-of registration is $20 per person and $50 per family, available from 6:30-7:45 a.m. on the lawn in front of Trinity at City Beach. Scholarships are available for families and children who would like to participate but may not be able to afford it. Please contact Washington Elementary Principal Natassia Hamer for scholarship information at

Local children run in a different race, the Pend d’Oreille Bay Trail Fun Run. But hey, it’s still kids running, right? Photo by Ben Olson. For other questions about the race, contact Kristin Carlson at the Chamber, 208-263-2161 or August 15, 2019 /


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‘My Name is Ramsey’ tells a journey of life New children’s book imparts a message of acceptance and confidence

Jack Parnell and wife Michelle Parnell sit with a some of their Clydesdales. Inset: The cover of “My Name is Ramsey.” Courtesy images. By Reader Staff

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Jack Parnell, of Sandpoint, has served as California secretary of agriculture and deputy secretary of agriculture for former-President George H.W. Bush. His Parnell Ranch raises nationally known championship Clydesdale horses. Now, he has authored a children’s book, “My Name is Ramsey: I’m a Clydesdale Stallion,” with a message for young readers taken from the truelife experiences of a mighty and magnificent horse. “My Name is Ramsey,” tells of eponymous equine’s journey from a foal born in Scotland, where he was a champion stud colt in the National Horse Show; to California; then North Idaho with his new owners. Illustrated by Sandpoint artist Bonnie Shields, whose horse and mule images have earned her local renown, the book tells Ramsey’s story from his point of view: Ramsey is quick to judge many situations with apprehension before learning that, often, they turn out just as they should. “Ramsey’s story epitomizes a lot of lives: You go through ups and downs, you go through negatives and positives,” said Parnell, “but if a kid will get the idea that worrying about that is un/ August 15, 2019

necessary, and knowing that you are the only you that will ever visit this planet, then that’s what this is all about.” Prior to serving in the Agriculture Department during the Bush administration from 1989 to 1991, Parnell spent his life on the farm, starting on his father’s small dairy operation. He has a lifelong love of horses and currently raises Clydesdale breeding stock, with 45 of the animals at his ranch on Selle Road. Growing up on a dairy farm, Parnell never guessed he would one day sit in the president’s cabinet. Worried that “being some dumb farm kid,” he didn’t belong in such a position, Parnell nonetheless found his own path. That experience inspired him to write “My Name is Ramsey,” “so that no kid ever questions themselves or why they are here,” he said. “My Name is Ramsey, I’m a Clydesdale Stallion” was published in July in association with Keokee Books of Sandpoint. It is available in both hardcover and softcover editions at local bookstores, including the Corner Book Store and Vanderford’s, or online at and


A tribute to the children

Memorial tree at BGH Healing Garden to commemorate children who have passed

By Ben Olson Reader Staff There is nothing quite as painful as when a parent loses a child. Kristina Orton knows that pain all too well after her son, Patrick, passed away at just 24 years old in 2013. While Orton has been active in the Bonner General Health grieving parents support group, she recently began thinking of a more tangible way to honor children taken too soon. “I had this awareness that there was nothing to mark children who have passed in the community,” Orton said. She contacted Lissa DeFreitas, volunteer coordinator for BGH Community Hospice, and began the year-long process of brainstorming and planning what would eventually culminate in the installation of a memorial tree at the BGH Healing Garden, dedicated to children who are gone but certainly not forgotten. Orton and DeFreitas brought local artist Betty Gardner into the project, hoping she would be inspired to create an art piece that captured the essence of their idea. It turned out to be a personal journey for Gardner, as well.

“My family lost a child,” Gardner said. “My brother was killed six weeks after he graduated from high school … and it devastated our family. My parents never recovered.” Gardner was struck by the poignant cause and threw herself into it wholeheartedly. “For a good year, we talked about this and shot ideas around,” Gardner said. The idea finally congealed as a memorial tree, with leaves for sale on which parents can etch their children’s names and birthdays. As for a site for the tree, organizers thought, what better place to install such a memorial than the children’s section at the BGH Healing Garden? Gardner completed the piece after almost 60 hours of work — all of it donated. “Every single twist or turn of the branch means I had to heat that pipe to bright red, put it into a vice and hit it with a hammer,” said Gardner of the small tree, fashioned entirely of metal. “It’s kind of like forging.” While Gardner donated her time to craft the sculpture, BGH donated the materials to put it together. Local artist Gail Lyster also created a tile sign depicting the sculpture as “The Family Tree.” The piece was installed last month at the Healing Garden. The

copper leaves will be added at a dedication ceremony Friday, Aug. 3 at 5 p.m. For parents interested in purchasing leaves to honor a child who has passed, BGH is offering a discount for the first round of orders. For $40, parents can purchase the heart-shaped leaf with their child’s birthday and name etched into copper. The price will normally be $50. “There are an awful lot of people who have lost children,” Orton said. “It’s a very private, difficult thing to go through, but there’s a camaraderie. No one understands it unless you’ve been through it. But this has the potential to give a moment of pause or comfort for the parents.” BGH is committed to helping parents cope with their loss through a variety of educational and support groups at no cost. There are grief support meetings for adults, a monthly meeting for parents grieving the loss of a child and an annual Kids’ Camp for kids ages 8-17 who are grieving a loss. For more information, visit To pur-

From left to right: Kristina Orton, Dan Mimmack, Betty Gardner, Todd Gardner and Lissa DeFreitas stand behind the Family Tree. Photo courtesy BGH. chase leaves for The Family Tree, contact Lissa DeFreitas at 208-265-1185.

Kids’ Day at the Farmers’ Market: the next generation of vendors By Ben Olson Reader Staff Each month, the Sandpoint Farmers’ Market hosts a special event. In the past couple of months, that has included a customer appreciation day and an anniversary party. This weekend, the Market is all about the kids. Kids’ Day is scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 17 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. More than two dozen young vendors will set up their own booths and sell their products alongside the regular vendors. Market Manager Kelli Burt said it’s a great way to introduce the next generation to the idea of marketing their wares in their own space. “It’s really uplifting to see these young kids, from 6 years old to 16 being so proud of things they’ve created,” Burt said. “For them to have taken a lot of time and effort in making these creations shows a lot of forethought from them.” Burt said offering young people a chance to sell their own products helps establish responsibility and unique lines of thought for how to make a living in tomorrow’s world. “We’re waiving any kind of fees for the

day, but it’s important for them to track their money and make change, and they have to pay the 1% tax to the city of Sandpoint,” Burt said. “It’s getting them excited about thinking outside the box, not just following the traditional line of how to make a living. A lot of these kids say, ‘I want to do something that hasn’t been done before,’ or, ‘How can I do that but a little bit different?’ They’re thinking full spectrum about how to create something unique and valuable. It’s been amazing to witness.” According to Burt, the process also teaches kids how to market their products and how to follow instructions. “They have to complete an application, take photos of their product and plan to have enough product on hand,” Burt said. “It’s really great to see so much pride in their workmanship.” Kids’ Day at the Market in 2018 attracted 20 youth vendors, but this year’s participants already number more than 30, with more expected to sign up before the deadline. Along with kid vendors, the Saturday market will feature live music by the Coeur d’Alene Youth Marimba, a high energy group of talented young musicians. Also,

the Sandpoint Bollywood dancers will give a live performance at intermission and the Duckman will be roaming the grounds with Andora the Purple Woman. Kid vendors will offer a wide variety of wares, including farm-raised products, homegrown flower bouquets, fire-starter kits repurposed from sawdust, blankets, pillows, birdhouses, driftwood art, metal art and hand-drawn coloring books, to name a few. All kid vendors will be set up near the fountain at Jeff Jones Town Square.

Kids frolic around the town fountain at Jeff Jones Town Square during a Kids’ Day in the past. Courtesy photo. “It’s going to be an action-packed day at the Market,” Burt said. Next month’s special event is the Taste of the Market, featuring local chefs setting up and instructing market-goers how to prepare unusual vegetables, which includes free samples. The Taste of the Market will take place Saturday, Sept. 14. August 15, 2019 /


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On the fallibility of social movements “He who fights with monsters should be careful lest he thereby become a monster.” — Friedrich Nietzsche, “Beyond Good and Evil,” 1886


he movement, like all social movements, started with the noblest of intentions: a unified resistance against a particular manifestation of injustice. Scrolling through a social media landscape with a multitude of revolutionary “hashtags” and protest “memes,” the tonal shift in the zeitgeist was unequivocal; it felt good when you decided to take to the streets and add your voice to the collective chorus. Chanting arm in arm with your brothers and sisters was such an exhilarating and empowering experience — you couldn’t have predicted that the movement, thanks in part to its more fervent devotees, would eventually veer so far off course. The preceding paragraph could, with slight variations, be directed toward the adherents of any contemporary social movement — regardless of doctrine or affiliation. That’s because all social movements, irrespective of their political ideology, are susceptible to overcorrection. Mass movements, of course, have played a positive role in our sociocultural evolution. The labor movement has been instrumental in bringing about 20 /


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workers’ rights legislation as well as many other positive reforms over the past few centuries. Innumerable movements throughout history have also contributed to our social progress — the abolitionist, civil rights and feminist movements among them. Notwithstanding the progress that has been and will continue to be achieved, the question must still be asked: When do social movements go too far? Moreover, at what point does in-group favoritism become the fuel for prejudice and hate? The French and Russian revolutions are prime examples of how mass movements, though they may initially bring about positive change, can spiral out of control and become just as iron-fisted as the regimes they initially opposed. In France there was the guillotine; in Russia, there was the gulag — in both of these cases, “enemies of the people” (a phrase that has made a frightening resurgence as of late) were imprisoned and put to death. In 1793, during the Reign of Terror, French insurrectionist Maximilien Robespierre stated: “The revolutionary government owes to the good citizen all the protection of the nation; it owes nothing to the enemies of the people but death.” In 1917, Russian revolutionary leader Vladimir I. Lenin

used similar rhetoric: “No mercy for these enemies of the people, the enemies of socialism, the enemies of the working people!” While the image of “aristocratic heads on pikes” is far removed from present-day protesters rioting in New York, all social movements, despite their differences, do have some common features. The fringes of a social movement, if left unchecked, can ultimately contradict and undermine the purported goals and aspirations of the movement. All movements have fringes that must be contained; the inability, or refusal, to contain the fringes will often result in a harmful overcorrection. To loosely paraphrase the above quote from Nietzsche: A movement that fights with chauvinists and bigots should be careful lest it becomes a chauvinistic and bigoted movement. A notable case of overcorrection was the 2017 “Day of Absence” event at Evergreen State College, during which white students, staff and faculty were encouraged to stay off campus for the day. Traditionally the Day of Absence was a day when minority students and faculty voluntarily stayed off campus to raise awareness about racial issues; however, following the election of President Donald Trump, some students voiced concerns about feeling unwelcome on campus,

so the event was refashioned and white people were “invited” to stay home. Brett Weinstein, then a professor at Evergreen, expressed his disapproval of the idea: “On a college campus, one’s right to speak — or to be — must never be based on skin color.” Protests, violent threats and property damage ensued. Weinstein, who was allegedly told that the campus police would not be able to protect him, eventually chose to resign. “Where is the outrage from the ‘anti-racists’ on the Left?” conservatives justifiably wondered. But that question exposes naivete about group dynamics. One could just as easily ask, “Where’s the outrage from the Gadsden flag-wavers when Trump praises dictators? (And so on and so on — “where’s the outrage on the Left?” and “where’s the outrage on the Right?” — ad infinitum). We’re quick to call out the members of an opposition movement when they go too far; however, we often fall short when it comes to calling out the members of our own movement when they go too far. Collective agents, it seems, are not very good at introspection and self-examination. Unfortunately, in an environment of fanatical group cohesion, the selection process seems to favor those who lack this capacity. It would be a mistake to dis-

regard the particular aspirations of a social movement simply because its fringe members went too far. To reject the basic message of the Me Too or Black Lives Matter movements because of the actions of their zealots, or because you have an aversion to “identity politics,” would be a kind of overcorrection in response to an overcorrection. But hey, don’t let me stop you from forming your own anti-identity politics movement: “The Conservative White Males Against Identity Politics.” Take a stand, fight for what you believe in (unless you believe in, say, the flat earth model, or faith healing — then maybe you shouldn’t) and find a group that shares your values. However, in your struggle, make sure that you don’t become what you’re fighting against, maintain your capacity for critical thinking and don’t be afraid to deviate from the consensus of the group. No matter where your political allegiances lie, there is one thing that we should all be protesting: the homogenization of our thoughts and actions. “Hey hey, ho ho, the bandwagon effect has got to go!” Tim Bearly currently resides in Sandpoint, where he occupies his free time by writing subversive songs and essays. He can be lambasted via email at


Going back to The Garden Woodstock 50 years later… in Sandpoint

By Jim Healey Reader Contributor This month marks the 50th anniversary of a musical, cultural, social and political event that has acquired mythic status over time. Nearly two generations have passed since those three days in August 1969, during which nearly half a million people gathered at Max Yasgur’s dairy farm in upstate New York. The poster for the Woodstock Music & Art Fair: An Aquarian Exposition in White Lake, New York, promised “3 days — August 15-18 — of peace and music.” Besides peace and music, attendees experienced crowded highways, rain, lightning, mud, overflowing portable toilets and humidity. The world was watching to see how so many young people could come together in one place and demonstrate the mantra of peace, love and understanding. Over the past five decades, North Idaho has become home for some Woodstock alums, including Jim Akers, Christine Holbert, Ed Katz, Christine Owens, Gloria Ray, Joey Renk and Tom Tillisch. This article tells their story in their own words. GETTING THERE: ‘I came upon a child of God… going on down to Yasgur’s farm’ Gloria Ray: At the time of Woodstock I was living and working in New York City. I wouldn’t have chosen to go, but my boyfriend was super enthusiastic about the event. He talked me into going. We met up with two friends, and the four of us rode in one of the chartered buses from Manhattan. Christine Owens: In 1969 I was a 19-year-old small-town California girl and college student. I took the summer off, and my girlfriend and I decided to drive across America to the East Coast in my little MG. I ended up in NYC, got a job and found a place to live in the East Village. There was a lot of hype about Woodstock in the City. ... We did not

have tickets or places to stay. We just planned on sleeping in the van or on the ground and figuring it out when we got there. Jim Akers: I was in the military at the time and going to the Army’s signal school at Ft. Monmouth in New Jersey. I frequently took the bus to NYC where I would hang around Greenwich Village and listen to the music. I am pretty sure that I saw posters for Woodstock in the City. So, I got a weekend pass and headed north. I took the bus to NYC and started hitching from there. Ed Katz: I lived in Sullivan County, where Woodstock was held. … Unique to my experience is that I went with my dad. He was a decorated WWII veteran in the Pacific Theater. He was very hip and an amateur musicologist. Tom Tillisch: I was working in Army intelligence in Washington, D.C., in 1969. Earlier that year two friends and I did some late-season skiing in New Hampshire. On our way back to D.C., via New York, we heard about Woodstock on the radio. The three of us decided to purchase tickets for the weekend and drove up on Thursday [Aug. 14] in my Buick Skylark. Christine Holbert: I grew up in upstate New York and in 1969 I was a precocious, music-loving 16-yearold hippie girl. ... I had just gotten my driver’s license, and I told my conservative Ukrainian parents that I was heading to a Ukrainian youth camp in the Catskills. ... The photographer for whom I was modeling was hired to take still photographs of the musicians backstage, and before the concert he promised to get a press pass for me. He did indeed have a press pass for me and told me to have fun, but to check in with him occasionally. Thursday afternoon was sunny and beautiful. People were happy and excited for the music to start. We realized that something significant was happening. Joey Renk: I was 12 years

old at the time and attending a camp on White Lake that was about a mile from the festival in Bethel. I do remember that many of the counselors disappeared over the weekend. … I remember hearing music whenever I went down to the lake. BEING THERE: ‘We are stardust, we are golden’ Akers: By the time I got to Yasgur’s farm, there was no attempt to restrict access and everyone just walked in. ... A most memorable moment on Friday evening [Aug. 15] was after dark and one of the guys told everyone to light a candle, lighter or match, and to hold it up. It was stunning: this big, dark hillside with hundreds of thousands of little lights in a big arc. Holbert: The concert organizers, early on, decided to make it a free concert. There was no way to collect tickets or money. There were too many people to check and the barrier fencing had been torn down anyway. Food became scarce, but the Hog Farm, a commune from California, set up a huge outdoor kitchen and began feeding everyone who was hungry. Katz: Since my dad had an artificial leg, we agreed that I would head on and set up camp. … I left him by the crossroads and hiked to camp. The next morning I found my dad almost where I had left him. I am not sure if my dad slept that night. He was so enthralled talking to young people. Musically, Santana smoked the place. I liked the Fish cheer. Joe Cocker was new, and his version of “A Little Help from my Friends” moved the crowd. And Hendrix’s “Star Spangled Banner” — wow! Holbert: Oh, the performers were great. I liked the Band, Richie Havens, Jimi Hendrix and Janis Joplin the best. And there were some sweet moments backstage. Rose Stone of Sly & the Family Stone missed her 2-year-

old daughter, so the organizers had the child flown up from NYC in a helicopter. And performers were given a tent behind the stage area so they could rest or nap. Not needing his tent, John Sebastian, of the Lovin’ Spoonful, gave it to me so that I could rest if I wanted to. Akers: After a night of rain and lightning, I remember Wavy Gravy from the Hog Farm getting up on stage the next morning. He was saying that in our instant city of half a million a couple of babies had been born, and there were no murders or violence of any kind. We all felt quite virtuous! GOING FROM THERE: ‘And we’ve got to get ourselves back to the garden’ Katz: Not many things since compares with those three days of fun and music. ... Because I attended Woodstock with my dad, I had a unique experience since he was one of the few people his age there. My dad … did several D-Day-like beach landings until he lost part of his leg stepping on a landmine on Leyte Island [Philippines]. I tell this because he often said that Woodstock was a much more profound experience for him than getting blown up. Owens: I feel blessed to have been 19 at Woodstock. … I fear for the 19-year-olds today who may never get to experience that kind of unity, caring, safety and hope. The idea of half a million people together again in this world is terrifying when it is unsafe to even go to school or worship together. Holbert: [W]e felt we could

change the world. I don’t feel that way much anymore, even though I try to make the world more livable through the arts — especially poetry. I’m still trying; but, back then, it seemed like we could accomplish wonderful things. Renk: [T]hat young, ungainly, tween camper listening to music waft across a lake ended up living with Wavy Gravy and the Hog Farmers in California for four years in the ’70s. I got to help with the paperwork needed to fund Seva, a nonprofit organization to prevent blindness in Third-World countries. We acted as the Please Force at many events, such as benefit concerts and art festivals. My life as a Hog Farmer stretched my concept of the world. One learns peace and tolerance when living like a sardine with 40 hippies. Tillisch: I walked away from Woodstock with the realization that a significant number of concert goers would not be going to work on Monday. … Woodstock triggered an important shift in my values — from a view of military life with its rules and regulations to acting according to one’s conscience. WOODSTOCK AT THE PANIDA THEATER If you missed the event in 1969, or didn’t exist at that time, 88.5 KRFY is offering a free showing of the 1994 director’s cut of the film “Woodstock” at the Panida Theater on Friday, Aug. 16, at 7 p.m. That Friday will be exactly 50 years to the day from the festival in 1969. The free showing is KRFY’s “thank you” to the North Idaho community for its love and support. So, wave your freak flag, don your colorful hippie clothing and celebrate the love, fun and music at the Panida. August 15, 2019 /


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On the Lake:

A column about lake issues by the Lake Pend Oreille Waterkeeper

Lake patrol fOILed!

Luckily, Sandpoint Marina had a In early July, our team spill response was getting ready to patrol kit located Lake Pend Oreille from our at its fueling pontoon boat. As I started dock and staff the motor, I knew right members there away something was wrong. generously Thick, blue smoke was shared their billowing from the stern. materials Chantilly Higbee. After turning off the engine, with us. We I looked overboard to invesattempted to tigate. A distinct rainbow-patterned, contain the leak, but soon realized oily sheen was quickly forming on this was a mess for which we the water around our boat prop. We definitely needed more help. So I had a problem. called the Bonner County Sheriff’s Our team hurriedly sought to Office, which promptly dispatched fix the issue. Stop the leak, locate a small crew from the Selkirk Fire a spill kit and alert the marina. Department.

By Chantilly Higbee Reader Columnist

The first responders deployed larger absorbent materials and secured them to the docks. They made sure the area was safe — that there wasn’t a risk of fire or any other safety hazard. Wrapping up, they promised to come back later and check on the status of the plume. It wasn’t until we all stopped to catch our breath that we realized the irony of the situation; we had set out to patrol the lake for pollution only to find it right in our own slip. Nonetheless, it provided a valuable lesson and I’m grateful for the opportunity to share what we learned. Apparently, these kinds of calls are rare. Perhaps recreationists are really great at maintaining their boats to prevent leaks and spills from happening; alternatively, recreational boaters might not know who or whether to call for help when accidents do happen, adding to the infrequency of these types of calls. A couple of weeks after the incident, I followed up with Assistant Fire Chief Dale Hopkins

to learn more about small vessel petroleum leaks and spills. First, I wanted to know whether Selkirk Fire was the best option to call for this type of incident. The answer? Yes, absolutely. As our community’s first responders, Selkirk Fire can best assess the situation and notify anyone who may need to be aware of the incident; whether that’s a local marina or other business, or an agency such as Idaho Fish and Game. How fire departments respond depends on the size and type of spill (gasoline or motor oil, for example), as well as the conditions when the crew arrives on the scene (for instance, whether they’re confronting a continuous leak or one-time spill). But in such a big lake why does any of this really matter? You would think that small amounts of fuel or oil entering the water don’t really amount to much damage right? Actually, small spills and leaks do add up to degrade water quality — particularly in nearshore areas that aren’t as well flushed as open water. In these

areas, oil and gas products tend to stay around longer and can impact environmental health. Here are a few examples: more refined petroleum products such as gasoline are more readily absorbed by the soft, sensitive tissues of young fish who aren’t as able as adults to avoid the area; oily sheens at the water’s surface can prevent the exchange of oxygen, leading to other water quality issues; those same sheens can also cover the feathers of waterfowl, preventing thermoregulation and promoting disease; hydrocarbons and metals in petroleum products can accumulate in the food chain. A few other points of interest to anyone who recreates on motorized watercraft — all spills are reportable to the Idaho Department of Environmental Quality; so if you see something, you’ll want to call it in. Never use soaps or detergents to “clean up” the spill. Doing so actually makes matters worse by trapping and dispersing the fluid through the water column, making it easier to contaminate sediments and harder to evaporate off or absorb through pads. It’s also illegal. It is against fire code to refuel a boat from a gas can while moored in a marina. If you need to refuel, you need to go to the fuel dock. A few other best practices: when fueling up, use a collar and/ or baffle to prevent spillage; recreational boaters have a responsibility to make sure their motors are maintained and that all repairs that could result in spills are performed out of the water; finally, even when you keep your motor in tiptop condition, accidents do happen — as in our case, sometimes old parts fail. Most marinas have spill response kits, but boaters can also carry their own kits for small spills. We can all learn from sharing our experiences, and use lessons learned to better protect our waterways in the future. Chantilly Higbee is the Lake Pend Oreille Waterkeeper.

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Profile: Shingle Mill Blueberry Farm A family farm first, cultivating tradition

By Jodi Rawson Reader Contributor

Shingle Mill Blueberry Farm is a festive place this time of year. Toddlers run around stuffing blueberries into their mouths, moms catch up while their babies nap in the shade and, often, three generations pick alongside each other. “This time of year makes it all worthwhile,” said farm owner Fred Omodt. There are 5,300 plants on five and a half acres and each plant delivers three to five gallons of berries, so they are beginning to pay off the initial investment. Starting a blueberry farm was neither easy nor cheap: tons of soil amendment like sulfur and coffee grounds had to be added to the beds to foster high acidity; fencing needed to be bought, along with assorted equipment; and thousands of dollars worth of plants were purchased from Oregon. The Omodts planted six varieties of blueberries in 2010 and, from there, the family’s dream began to take root. Nine years later, the bushes are eye-high and weighted down with berries. Patty Omodt, a lactation consultant, is a natural teacher who loves to share the details of farming, harvesting and preserving blueberries. Patty and Fred met in college in Missoula, Mont., and they have lived in the Selkirk Valley since 1979. Together, they have eight children and 16 grandchildren. The Omodt children are teachers, veterans and public employees. One of them was just promoted to lieutenant colonel. Their daughter, Karen Dignan, conducts a local community orchestra and her husband, Ryan Dignan, is the Sandpoint Middle School band teacher, as well as a master

percussionist. Family and friends drum and dance, with blue-painted faces and bodies, in a Fourth of July performance (inspired by the Blue Man Group) promoting the opening of their blueberry season. Arriving at the blueberry farm, it’s usual that one of the Omodt’s 16 grandchildren will greet you. Then you will be told what berry rows are open and to remember to put the berries that have fallen into the “bad berry bucket,” so that the field is not attracting wasps and gophers. You are invited to graze and enjoy the pesticide-free berries, for this is the benefit of u-picking. “Our u-pickers are interesting and grateful and they come from all over the world,” said Fred. Shingle Mill Blueberries are also sold at the Farmers’ Market in Sandpoint, Wednesdays and Saturdays. There are around 40 local kids that pick the berries for market. “They know the rules: no plumber’s crack, no cleavage, no swearing, no throwing berries and every time they enter the field they have to wash their hands for 20 seconds,” said Patty. “This is their first job and we want to create work ethic.” The kids are interviewed and trained, they work several times a week (from 7:30-11:30 a.m.) and they make $1 for each pound they pick. Ruthie Buday, a local homeschooler entering 6th grade, works alongside her younger brother. Buday smiled radiantly, loving the work and sharing her success — she picks between four and five gallons each morning, for a total of $25-$35 a day. Picking blueberries was my first job also, but I didn’t pick as well as

Buday — mostly because I am a blueberry addict! What the public sees is an absolute success, but there is much work behind the blueberry farm. Pruning is intense and arduous but necessary and rewarding — berries are bigger and more prolific on a wellpruned bush. An expert can prune a bush in a few minutes, but Patty and Fred are quick to admit that they are still learning to be farmers, so they spend upwards of seven minutes per bush — multiply this by 5,300 plants and you begin to understand how the farm humbles the Omodts. “The work keeps us young,” said Patty, who takes care of grandbabies, her 97-year-old mom and the farm. Their victorious harvests would not be possible without teachers and mentors along the way. “I took my mom, the matriarch here, to a number of conferences with me,” said Patty. “I always go to Oregon,

which is now the blueberry capital of the Northwest. My mom is a retired dietician and we tested over 55 varieties that could grow in this field, for taste and for use,” Patty went on to explain the benefits of the varieties planted on Shingle Mill: Early Blue, Duke, Blue Crop (the mother of all of the blueberries), Reka (with a potent “huckleberry like” taste), Draper and Liberty. “I had a question for Dr. Wei [a professor at Oregon State University, and blueberry expert] and I had my mom by the hand. Dr. Wei bowed to my mother and introduced himself to her first, then he grabbed my hand and said, ‘I will be your mentor,’” Patty said, with her hand on her heart and tears in her eyes. Without Dr. Wei’s guidance, the Omodts may not have had the bravery to begin their dream, or the wisdom to sustain it. They depend on his advice to this day. “A number of us in the area talked about how to preserve

Four generations in the field: from Grandma Bertha, age 97, down to Baby Joseph. The Omodts are surrounded by their eight kids (and their spouses) and 16 grandkids. Photo by Jodi Rawson this valley,” said Patty. “We don’t want this valley to get all chopped up. We thought if we did something to protect the valley by sustaining our farmland and also drawing in our kids and our grandkids...” this, she explained, was how Shingle Mill Blueberry Farm was born. “The farm has become a family magnet,” added Fred. “Maybe when we pass away, these kids will have something to sustain this 25 acres,” Patty said. “Maybe one of them will manage it and it will stay as 25 acres.” Shingle Mill Blueberry Farm is located on 488 Shingle Mill Road, a few miles northeast of town. They are expecting to stay open through Labor Day Weekend. Get ’em while they’re fresh! August 15, 2019 /


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The Sandpoint Eater

Say (cream) cheese!

By Marcia Pilgeram Reader Food Columnist

All cooks seem to have a few favorite staples, the ones that are omnipresent in the pantry, ready to come to the rescue in a pinch or a jam. Some of us are so afraid of running out of these beloved ingredients, that we find ourselves perpetually picking up a backup jar or package only to find we have already assembled a stockpile. Mine is cream cheese, and when I return from the market, I usually discover at least two or three 8-ounce bricks in the fridge drawer, so I am merely adding to my prized collection. During the wedding or party season, I’m just as likely to find a 3-pound block from Costco in the “party” fridge in the garage (it’s true, two refrigerators may seem excessive for a single adult). I am as particular about cream cheese as I am about butter. I loathe the low-fat version. I’m not fond of the whipped variety, nor do I care for the flavored offerings, unless I mix them up myself. My preferred brand is Philadelphia Cream Cheese, which has been produced for nearly 150 years (clearly invalidating my late mother’s claim that it wasn’t available when I was young). I discovered the foil wrapped cheese in the ’70s while visiting a friend in Seattle. She served an English muffin, slathered in soft cream cheese, topped with strawberry jam and declared it a “Seattle Bagel.” It was so delicious that 24 /


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as soon as I returned home, I bought some and it has been a constant in my kitchen ever since. I’m not alone in my love of Philadelphia Cream Cheese. The company produces cookbooks and you can find hundreds of recipes on its website. Besides the perfect bagel or banana bread spread, I use cream cheese in countless recipes: cubed and added to scrambled eggs, as a thickening sauce, baked in savory dips and dishes and, of course, my favorite: the venerable New York-style cheesecake. I finally

feel like I have mastered the art of cheesecakes after many epic fails, including huge cracks that could compete with the San Andreas fault. Though I learned early on to carefully fill those great, grand canyons with ganache or fruit fillings, my finished product was never as satisfying as the magazine covers or cookbooks, featuring pictures of decadent cheesecakes with a perfect satiny finish. It took a lot of years of practice to master a cheesecake that could stand alone, unadulterated, in its pure state. For years, my older sister,

Patty, was the recipient of my tasty but fruitless attempts at a picture perfect creation. She took her job as a tester seriously (though she later reported packing on a few extra pounds during the testing era). I tried lots of recipes that also included other rich additions, like Greek yogurt, sour cream or heavy cream. While tasty, they still didn’t add anything to the creaminess or integrity of a crack-free pastry. What I have learned is that less is more with cheesecake: don’t over whip or mix, don’t overcook and always bake in

a water bath. I prefer using glass-bottomed springform pans and, though they are harder to find, you can order them from Amazon and the wilton. com website. My like-a-son, Dougie, recently joined us for our annual summer retreat to Montana. In more than 20 years, I’d never seen him eat a dessert until he sampled the cheesecake I’d brought along. He polished off three pieces and gave it five stars. My quest for cheesecake perfection is now complete.

Marcia’s favorite cheesecake recipe Makes one 9-inch cheesecake. Lemon wafer cookies make a nice substitute/variation instead of graham cracker crumbs. I like a simple, fresh fruit garnish.

INGREDIENTS: Crust: •2 cups finely ground graham cracker crumbs • 1⁄2 cup unsalted butter, melted Filling: •3 (8-ounce) blocks cream cheese, room temperature • 1 cup super-granulated sugar (bakers sugar) • 4 eggs, whisked • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract • 1 lemon, zest finely grated

DIRECTIONS: Crust: In a mixing bowl, combine the graham cracker crumbs and melted butter together with a fork, until evenly moistened. Lightly coat the bottom and sides of a 9-inch springform pan with non-stick cooking spray. Firmly press the mixture over the bottom of the pan, use your fingers or the smooth bottom of a glass. Refrigerate the crust while preparing the filling. Filling: In large bowl or stand-up mixer, beat the cream cheese on low speed for one minute, just until smooth and free of any lumps. Gradually add the sugar and beat until creamy, one to two minutes. Scrape down the sides of the bowl and the beaters. Slowly add the whisked eggs, and continue to slowly beat until combined. Stir in the vanilla and lemon zest. The batter should be thoroughly mixed but do not overbeat (overbeating incorporates too much air and will cause the cake to puff when baking, then fall and crack when cooling). Pour filling into the crust-lined pan and smooth the top with a spatula. Set the pan on a large piece of aluminum foil and fold up the sides. This will prevent water from seeping into the seams of the springform pan. Carefully set the cake pan in a larger roasting pan.

Pour boiling water into the roasting pan until the water is about halfway up the sides of the cheesecake pan. Bake in a preheated 325-degree Fahrenheit oven for 45 minutes. The cheesecake should jiggle lightly, and it will firm up after chilling. Be careful not to overcook. Remove from water bath, return to oven. Turn off the oven, leave the door barely ajar and let cheesecake cool there for about an hour. Loosen the cheesecake from

the sides of the pan by running a thin metal spatula around the inside rim. Chill in the refrigerator, loosely covered, for at least four hours to set up. Demold and transfer to a cake plate. Slice the cheesecake with a thin, non-serrated knife that has been dipped in hot water and dry towel between slicing. Cheesecake can also be wrapped in plastic wrap and frozen, then defrosted in the fridge.


Sandpoint Summer Series: Jocelyn & Chris Arndt By Lyndsie Kiebert Reader Staff

on groove and cascading lyrics. Chris is the mind behind the addicting guitar riffs, citing BB King and Pink Floyd as some of his key For rockstars, sister-brother inspirations. Jocelyn delivers her duo Jocelyn and Chris Arndt are a vocals with an explosiveness and couple of “huge dorks.” longing reminiscent of Janis Joplin Those were Jocelyn’s words, and Lzzy Hale. as the pair spoke with the Reader The Arndts, who grew up in a in a recent phone interview. Both small town an hour west of Albaare recent Harvard University ny, New York, take classic rock graduates: Jocelyn with an English and strip it down to something degree and Chris with a degree in more refined. Still, headbanging computer science. Elite academics and air guitar are natural reactions and rock ’n’ roll don’t often go while listening to many of their hand in hand, but the duo doesn’t songs. seem to subscribe to stereotypes. The siblings are currently tourTalking with them while they ing to promote their 2019 release, drove through the Nevada desert, “The Fun in the Fight,” and will it became quickly apparent: Jocebring that tour Wednesday, Aug. lyn and Chris are huge dorks in the 21 to Farmin Park in Sandpoint most endearing sense of the term. as part of the free, family-friendly They laughed and played off one Washington Trust Bank Sandpoint another in conversation, all while Summer Series of concerts. sharing what led them to making “The Fun in music. the Fight” is the Sandpoint Summer Series: “We have first album the amazing Jocelyn & Chris Arndy Arndts wrote parents who Wednesday, Aug. 21; 6:30 and recorded love amazing while living p.m.; FREE. Farmin Park, corner music,” Jocelyn of Oak Street and Fourth Av- separately, said. “We grew Jocelyn having up listening to enue, Listen already gradu… pretty much at ated and Chris everything unfinishing up his der the sun. In time at Harvard. our house, you can’t have dinner “We had to sit with the song without a CD playing.” ideas for a long time and it created The result of those musical a really interesting sound,” Chris influences is a rock sound heavy

East Coast rocker siblings to close out Sandpoint Summer Series concerts

said. The third track on the album, “Outta My Head,” which the band released as a single, is an example of a song that had plenty of time to evolve. What started as a simple acoustic riff, courtesy of Chris, became something the band’s producer wanted to accentuate. The final product is a steadily building, vivacious track that thrives on the simplicity of the riff and Jocelyn’s animated, sultry voice. Other choice tracks from the album are “Kill in the Cure, ‘’Witness” and “Be That as It May.” Next week won’t be the first time Sandpoint has heard the Arndts. KPND radio was one of the first stations to support some of the duo’s earliest music. “We owe a lot to them,” Chris said. But there’s no doubt that those in attendance at the Summer

This week’s RLW by Zach Hagadone


The newspaper you’re holding is an increasingly rare bird, as independently-owned, local publications drop dead on the daily. Want to gain an appreciation for how we got this whole First Amendment thing in the first place? Pick up “Indelible Ink: The Trials of John Peter Zenger and the Birth of America’s Free Press,” by Pulitzer Prize-winner Richard Kluger. Available at the Sandpoint Library.


C.W. Stoneking is an enigma wrapped in a riddle wearing a bowtie and singing with an Aussie accent. Jazz, blues, hokum, roots, jump-jive and vintage honkey tonk styles swirl through Stoneking’s discography. That an Australian 30-something should play with early 20th-century Americana so inventively is Jocelyn and Chris Arndt. Photo a shock itself; that he should be by Kiki Vassilakis. so damn good at it is a downright mystery. Listen on YouTube. Series show will be in for a treat that can’t be translated by radio waves. “We are of the opinion that recorded music is great, but there is nothing that distills the essence of a band [more] than the live performance,” Chris said. “That’s where it’s at.” Cross “Idiocracy” with “Office Space” and Jordan Peele’s horror film “Get A snapshot of notable live music coming up in Sandpoint revolutionary Out” and you might end up with something approximating “SorSuper Diamond Tribute Band, Aug. 16, The Hive Lucas Brookbank Brown, Aug. 17, Utara Brewing Co. ry to Bother You.” The 2018 Bust out your sequin jumpsuits and The connection between Spokane folk artist Lucas Brookbank Brown film from director Boots Riley get ready, a Neil Diamond tribute band and his Gibson Songwriter Deluxe is apparent, both audibly and visibly. is a scathing, bizarre, delightful, is descending on The Hive. San FrancisIn an interview with Spokane-based Dankofish Productions posted to infuriating, grotesque, incisive, co-based band Super Diamond will play all YouTube in 2018, Brown said performing his music is the best way he’s brilliant deconstruction of race, class and gender in an alterof Diamond’s timeless classics, including found to communicate how he sees the world. nate-reality U.S. where telemar“Sweet Caroline,” “Cherry Cherry” and “It makes me feel alive,” he said. “It makes me feel whole.” keting is the “America.” The sextet was formed in He goes on to play a song titled “Velvet Fingers,” which he dedicates 1993, and has even received a nod from the man himself for its passionfast track to to people he’s lost. As stories unravel in the lyrics, melancholy acoustic ate covers of his music. The San Francisco Chronicle wrote, “Super Dia- picking paints a clearer picture of the memories and convictions he strives the murderous mond does Neil Diamond without any irony, but with loving enthusiasm to share. The two combine to create something more complex than a guy 1% and hu— and a lot of practice.” sitting there with a guitar — he’s a guy with something to say. manity itself — Ben Olson — Lyndsie Kiebert is on the line. Stream it on Doors at 7 p.m., show at 8:30 p.m.; $25 in advance, $30 at the door. 9 p.m.-midnight, $10, 21+. Utara Brewing Company, 214 Pine St., Hulu. The Hive, 207 N. First Ave., 208-457-2392. Get tickets at livefromthe208-627-5070, Listen at Listen at bankbrown.



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The Real Folk Horoscope

Little reminders for re-realizing who you may or may not be

From Northern Idaho News, August 5, 1924

RANCHER TAKEN IN ON MOONSHINE CHARGE Porter Byers Arrested With Liquor in Possession Saturday Gallon Cached in Hay. Porter Byers, a rancher living across the river, and John Rossi, an Italian living on S. Florence, were arrested Saturday by federal officers and Deputy Sheriff Traue and a liquor charge placed against them. Byers uses a truck to haul wood into town and it is the opinion of the officers that he also included a jag of moonshine in his loads. Saturday, the officers arrested Rossi after finding evidence of the possession of liquor and when Byers reached Rossi’s place there was no one to relieve him of his liquor, but he got some hay from Rossi’s place and was ready to return when the officers made the search and found a gallon of liquor under the hay. The two men were brought to jail and before the officers had a chance to get out to the Byers ranch to search for the still they had been released on bail by the probate court. When the officers got out there, they found some mash but no still. 26 /


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By Cody Lyman Reader Columnist


As you blow out the candles on your birthday cake, see if you can’t remember the thing you wished for the very first time you ever remember performing this ritual. It may apply to how you got where you are, and where it is you could be going.


Think of the first person ever to make a tool to fix something to eat. It could have been made from stone or bone or practically anything. I see you making a tool, the same but different, that can be used to help nourish you for the coming months.


If you keep shoving the anger down, down, down deep enough, maybe the devil will choke on it.


Scorpions are really rather curious little creatures. Think about it: They are essentially poisonous land crabs. Get it? Got it? Good.


Make love. Although it can get messy, it’s possibly the best medicine we have.


The most addictive substance in the world is water. Have you ever tried quitting water? You can’t quit that shit. The withdrawals kill you, every time. Everyone is an addict, is what I’m saying, so quit beating yourself up about your overindulgences, whatever they might be. Also, never take this column too seriously. As with Almighty Life, you must apply just enough seriousness and take your silliness most serious of all if we are to find any common ground in the abyss. P.S. One of the greatest drugs ever discovered (invented, maybe?) is, obvi-

ously, music. It is heavily intoxicating. Use responsibly.


When Shakespeare said, “All the world’s a stage,” he was — and I’ll give him the benefit of the doubt here — maybe almost half right about the world. He was speaking for the only part of the world he could attempt to speak for; which is to say, his corner of Elizabethan western civilization. At the risk of revealing myself for the heretic that I am, I’d like to offer you something much more substantial that a much wiser man (fellow English poet, Walter de la Mare, who was born 309 years after Shakespeare) once said: “And what is every man ... but a horde of ghosts –– oaks that were acorns that were oaks.” You’d be wise to consider yourself less of an Aquarius than simply the overlapping betwixt Capricorn and Pisces, for now.



It’s OK to be different things to different people, by the way. That just makes you a shape-shifter, is all.


Staying true to your roots means keeping the family farm in the family, depending on who raised you. Cody Lyman was chemically engineered in a lab with orange walls to bring frustration and/or good fortune within your reach. Which will it be? It’s anybody’s guess. Check back next month for another peek into the void.

Crossword Solution

Fishes swim in the sea while the sea in no uncertain sense is contained within the fishes. Otherwise, you’re on your own this month. So find that mother current.


Air feeds fire, fire excites air, boils water and scorches earth, renewing it. There is, simultaneously, a tendency for fire to engulf other fires — even like-minded fires, in the case of fire signs that try to burn each other, that is. Keep in mind: fires only burn one another as far as they burn themselves. They only combine. They make a complex. Should the flames grow out of control, as they so often do, they can and will reduce to ash everything around them that’s flammable. Listening with my third ear, I hear you wanting to know: What am I supposed to make of this? I am also reminded of Smokey The Bear.


Being a big tipper won’t make up for constantly giving people the shaft. No innuendo intended there. This month’s mantra: What you reflect on, reflects on you.

If you were an ancient barbarian, I bet a real embarassing thing would be if you were sacking Rome and your cape got caught on something and you couldn’t get it unhooked, and you had to ask another barbarian to unhook it for you.


CROSSWORD ACROSS 1. Allegation 6. Between 10. Trickle 14. France’s longest river 15. Disappear gradually 16. Every single one 17. Harsh 18. Feudal estate 19. Dogfish 20. Unalike 22. Fastens 23. Serene 24. Cleave 26. Wise men 30. Spy agency 31. A type of evergreen tree 32. Winglike 33. Paw 35. A worker of stone 39. Tall Indian palm 41. Polish remover 43. Intoxicating 44. Being 46. Central point 47. Historic period 49. Estimated time of arrival /KATS-paw/ 50. Command (archaic) [noun] 51. Stops 1. A person used to serve the purposes of another; tool. of the 54. Widespread 56. Ear-related “These people are just using you as a cat’s paw, man!” 57. From that time on Corrections: In last week’s issue, we let a couple slip. “Right of passage” 63. Stow, as cargo should’ve been “rite of passage” and “all for not,” should’ve been “all for 64. Group of cattle

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38. Following 40. Combustible pile 42. Stop 45. Some 48. A breathing disorder 51. Hue 52. French for “Storehouse” 53. Deputies 55. Bastes 58. Part of a foot 59. A temple (archaic) 60. Tall woody plant 61. Quaint outburst 62. Fishing poles

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Woodstock 50 years later, Phase 2 of downtown street construction nears kick off, Property owner announces the return of the hound.


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