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Does your family have a favorite holiday tradition?

“My grandma and me and my sisters make Christmas cookies together. We also go into the woods with my stepdad and pick a nice tree that always ends up looking like a Charlie Brown tree.”


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“Every year we make popcorn balls with green and red food coloring. I made a swirl ball one time. We make brownies with mint pieces and sometimes put green and red mint candy pieces in them.” Emma Dickerson seventh grade SMS Baldy Mountain Road

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Letters to the editor How do people become radicalized...? Dear Editor, How do people become radicalized? 1. They are seeking an identity or peer group. 2. Many are loners. 3. They are looking for something that gives their life purpose. 4. They feel a need to be noticed. 5. They feel rejected by the culture around them. 6. They feel disenfranchised (feel deprived of power, right and privilege. 7. In order to cope with rejection they become angry and full of rage at the direction those around them have chosen. 8. They may have been traumatized. 9. They may feel ostracized. 10. They have a void to fill. 11. Radicalization happens when they meet with a radical leader who makes them feel included and valued. 12. Most are fascinated with the idea of becoming part of a “small brotherhood of superheroes who avenge their brothers/or communities. 13. They are motivated by the promise of capturing headlines. 14. They feel marginalized because their perception is that people treat them as insignificant or belittle their beliefs. 15. They consider others traitors or weak who do not think as they do. 16. They seek out likeminded people and withdraw from society. 17. They gather a community of people who share their views. 18. They feel others see them as insignificant. All of these reasons can be applied to many different forms and factions and many different causes. Whether I am speaking of ISIS, the Redoubt Movement, alt-right groups, the Constitutionalists or the KKK, these groups exist because there are people in every walk of life who feel their lives, lifestyles, and things they hold near and dear to their heart are being threatened. It just takes a few loud and persuasive people to get out in front of them and yell, “The sky is falling! Can’t you see it? Join us before it is too late.” And voila, you have a movement. The interesting thing for me is that radicalization can be applied to almost any group. Whether you consider them good or bad is not relevant to this article. They all start in a very similar way, so let’s speak loudly of peace, kindness, charity, and tolerance. Let’s accept others religious differences and value and notice everyone. Maybe we can radicalize enough people to start our own movement. May there be peace on earth and let it begin with all of us. Marlene Petersen Sandpoint

Scared For My Country... Dear Editor, The majority of Americans did not vote for Donald Trump; they voted for Hillary Clinton. Trump lost the popular vote by more than 2 million voters, the largest margin of popular votes ever lost by a candidate who won the election. Trump had charged that the “voting system was rigged.” And now he embrac4 /


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es a thoroughly debunked conspiracy theory that Clinton’s campaign experienced “massive voter fraud.” The real scandal is that millions of would-be voters didn’t participate because of obstacles—such as strict photo-ID requirements, cutbacks in early voting and new registration restrictions designed to discourage them. Columnist Dana Milbank said, “They arguably suppressed enough minority voters to cost Hillary Clinton the election.” Another factor influencing the election were “fake news” stories that blanketed the internet and has forced Facebook and Twitter to investigate their sources. A “fake news” operation, based in Macedonia, has flooded social media with fake stories that have thousands of followers in this country. A recount has begun in Wisconsin, with other recounts possible. But it’s unlikely they will significantly change the results. Since we must, at least for now, accept the result of the Electoral College process (in a democracy, isn’t the majority supposed to rule?), like others, I am scared for our country. I was scared too in 1972 when Richard Nixon won reelection by a wide margin. But less than two years later, because of Watergate, he was forced to resign. James W. Ramsey Sandpoint

Benefits of Keeping Sunnyside Cedars Outweigh Negatives... Dear Editor, As a resident of Sunnyside, I was pleased to see coverage of the proposed timber sale within the peninsula in the December 1 issue of The Reader. Along with other Friends of Sunnyside Cedars, I oppose the logging of the two parcels. I am not a forester and realize that I may not be aware of some important aspects of the proposed sale, but I have walked this land. It is beautiful, graced by towering cedar and other trees, green-filtered sunlight, peaceful wetlands, and varied topography that includes a fairly steep ascent up a ridge. It is reminiscent of the Ross Creek Cedars Scenic Area, but it is just a few miles from Sandpoint, not a 1.5-hour drive to Montana. While in the forest, I saw relatively few marked trees—the ones that would remain after logging. As most trees were not marked, it was clear that, if they are cut, little will remain of the forest. It also seems likely that with the loss of so many trees, erosion of the ridge would be substantial, damaging or ruining it, the wetlands below, and the habitat of many plants and animals. In the article in The Reader, IDFG’s Panhandle Regional Supervisor Chip Corsi is quoted as saying: “The conservation benefits that IDFG can provide elsewhere outweigh any possible shortterm negative impacts of this sale.” It is difficult to believe that the impacts of logging this forest will be anything other than actual, long-term, and worse than merely negative. The benefits have yet to be defined, so it is impossible to

evaluate them or whether or not they are worth the sacrifice of the forest’s cedars. Surely there are ways for IDFG to fund regional conservation projects that do not require the logging of an unusual, beneficial natural area that could remain as it is or, in the future, become Sandpoint’s and Bonner County’s own cedar forest park for people to enjoy. Judy Boucias Sandpoint

Benefits of Keeping Sunnyside Cedars Outweigh Negatives... Dear Editor, The Reader’s article on “Residents organizing to stop timber sale” [of old cedars on the Sunnyside Peninsula] quotes Fish and Game Supervisor Chip Corsi saying “Sunnyside Timber Harvest is the most effective means to manage woodlands in the Sunnyside region due to its landlocked nature, proximity to rural development and lack of public access.” He also said “the Sunnyside parcel is common Panhandle habitat.” Fish & Game needs to broaden their perspective to include the Cedar Grove’s role in a wider Sunnyside Peninsula ecosystem that includes Pack River Delta, Oden Bay, and Shaw Bay. Sunnyside Cedar Grove occupies a significant amount of land (52 acres) near the tip of this relatively small peninsula that is surrounded on three sides by these important wetlands. Public access on the peninsula is heavily used and highly appreciated. Most of the peninsula’s interior is private and, due to previous logging, consists of younger, smaller trees. Our Fish & Game cedar grove probably contains the last remaining large old trees on the peninsula. Whether this type of forest is

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“common” in other areas of the Panhandle is irrelevant here. Today, driving around the peninsula, I saw numerous bald eagles fishing, perched in trees, and flying overhead. In IDFG’s Pend Oreille Wildlife Management Area plan, they list six “Conservation Targets” developed to guide management in conserving habitat. Their Target #4 is Mixed Conifer Forest Stands. Sunnyside Cedar Grove is this kind of stand. The plan says this type of forest provides for important life requirements for the bald eagle. “The bald eagle relies on large old-growth trees in stands greater than 10 acres for nest/perch trees.” Although Sunnyside Cedars is not a designated “old growth” forest by the IDFG, its trees are mature and the forest is very healthy. IDFG says one of their management strategies is to “protect old growth and mature trees or stands from human disturbance, such as . . . commercial logging, etc.” This grove is in an ideal condition to become the old growth forest IDFG strives to protect. Sunnyside cedar grove is within a short eagle flight of both the Pack River Delta and Sunnyside point where eagles regularly fish. The managers at Fish and Game need to re-examine this management area and recognize that the most “effective” management tool for this grove is to leave it alone. To see a video and more photos of the grove, visit the grove’s Facebook page, Sunnyside Cedar Grove. If you want to support efforts to protect the grove or see it in person, send an email to sunnysidecedargrove@gmailcom and you will be included on the list to receive pertinent information and learn about upcoming tours. Jill Trick Sandpoint

by Lori Reid

‘The Inoculant’ comic sponsored by the law firm of Elsaesser Jarzabek Anderson Elliott Macdonald.


Grants available By Reader Staff

The 12 Days of Christmas My life in December is basically a shit-storm of glitter, pine needles and vodka. There are parts that I enjoy more than others (mostly the vodka). But for as long as I can remember, I have never felt quite as enchanted by the holidays as everyone else is. My favorite childhood memory involves working in a family owned sweatshop in the back of a cheese factory. There was so much extra business, my aunt was desperate enough to enlist the help of her nieces and nephews. My parents were eager to get rid of us because kids are annoying at Christmas, and they need to learn where money comes from. It was something like that, anyway. I think our salary was like $10 a week, but I could be exaggerating. My brother and I found the best way to cope with our holiday servant status was to make up new and often inappropriate lyrics for classic Christmas carols. You know, they can force us to work, and take away our freedom, but they can’t take away the songs in our heart. Anyhoo, when I find myself becoming imprisoned by holiday expectations, I find that rewriting carols to capture the true “magic” of the season, helps me get through all the festiveness. Let me show you how… (Please feel free to sing

along to the tune of “The 12 Days of Christmas.” If you are unfamiliar with the tune, just turn on a radio or walk into a store, it is played about every 10 minutes for the entire month of December.) On the first day of Christmas Sandpoint gave to me a cold that makes me pee when I sneeze. On the second day of Christmas Sandpoint gave to me two rock hard nipples and a cold that makes me pee when I sneeze. On the third day of Christmas Sandpoint gave to me three-hour lines, two rock hard nipples and a cold that makes me pee when I sneeze. On the fourth day of Christmas Sandpoint gave to me four freaking fundraisers, three-hour lines, two rock hard nipples and a cold that makes me pee when I sneeze. On the fifth day of Christmas Sandpoint gave to me five sweater parties, four freaking fundraisers, threehour lines, two rock hard nipples and a cold that makes me pee when I sneeze. On the sixth day of Christ-

mas Sandpoint gave to me zero self-controlling, five sweater parties, four freaking fundraisers, three-hour lines, two rock hard nipples and a cold that makes me pee when I sneeze. On the seventh day of Christmas Sandpoint gave to me seven rednecks drinking, zero self-controlling, five sweater parties, four freaking fundraisers, three-hour lines, two rock hard nipples and a cold that makes me pee when I sneeze. On the eighth day of Christmas Sandpoint gave to me eight tourists skiing, seven rednecks drinking, zero self-controlling, five sweater parties, four freaking fundraisers, three-hour lines, two rock hard nipples and a cold that makes me pee when I sneeze. On the ninth day of Christmas Sandpoint gave to me nine hours of therapy, eight tourists skiing, seven rednecks drinking, zero self-controlling, five sweater parties, four freaking fundraisers, three-hour lines, two rock hard nipples and a cold that makes me pee when I sneeze.

My life in December is basically a shitstorm of glitter, pine needles and vodka.

On the 10th day of Christmas Sandpoint gave to me 10 pounds and counting, nine hours of therapy, eight tourists skiing, seven rednecks drinking, zero self-controlling, five sweater parties, four freaking fundraisers, three-hour lines, two rock hard nipples and a cold that makes me pee when I sneeze. On the 11th day of Christmas Sandpoint gave to me 11 coworkers twerking, 10 pounds and counting, nine hours of therapy, eight tourists skiing, seven rednecks drinking, zero self-controling, five sweater parties, four freaking fundraisers, threehour lines, two rock hard nipples and a cold that makes me pee when I sneeze. On the 12th day of Christmas Sandpoint—this snow-covered hell hole— gave to me 12 bills I’m paying, 11 coworkers twerking, 10 pounds and counting, nine hours of therapy, eight tourists skiing, seven rednecks drinking, zero self-controlling, five sweater parties, four freaking fundraisers, three-hour lines, two rock hard nipples and a cold that makes me pee when I sneeze. Happy holidays, XOXO Scarlette Quille

The Idaho Community Foundation (ICF) has two grant cycles open for the north Idaho counties of Benewah, Bonner, Boundary, Clearwater, Idaho, Kootenai, Latah, Lewis, Nez Perce and Shoshone. Deadline for each is Jan. 15, 2017. The Idaho Future Fund grant cycle is beginning its third year and will provide $100,000 in North Idaho grants in 2017. Idaho Future Fund grants are in these categories: preschool scholarships, charter schools, public schools and public school libraries and supplemental educational programs. For more information about Idaho Future Fund eligibility and the application, go to ICF’s homepage under Deadlines, or contact ICF Director of Community Impact Elly Davis at or (208) 342-3535. The second ICF grant cycle is the Northern Region Competitive Grant Cycle, which provides grants of up to $5,000 to nonprofits and public entities, including educational institutions in the areas of: Arts and culture · Education · Emergency services · Libraries · Conservation/environment · Health · Recreation · Social services Public projects Earlier this year, ICF awarded more than $209,000 to 97 organizations in north Idaho through the Northern Region Competitive Grant Cycle. For more information or to apply, go to ICF’s homepage under Deadlines December 8, 2016 /


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City moves forward on commercial kitchen

Community gathers for Standing Rock

By Cameron Rasmusson Reader Staff

Sandpoint officials took a necessary step Wednesday in the process of implementing a new commercial kitchen. Council members approved an action to sign over the kitchen equipment, once housed at the Bonner Business Center, to Bonner County. The transfer will require a mutual agreement from the Sandpoint City Council and the Bonner County Board of Commissioners. Once all the legal steps are complete, a public hearing and a final council decision will finalize the transfer. The Bonner County Economic Development Corporation organized the effort to restore the commercial kitchen for culinary entrepreneurs, a process that required cooperation from the Sandpoint Urban Renewal Agency, Bonner County, the Bonner County Fair Board and the city of Sandpoint. The project was previously on hold while the Economic Development Corporation measured public interest in re-installing the kitchen. The Bonner County Fairgrounds will provide space to open to the kitchen to the public once again. If all goes smoothly, organizers plan to begin construction this spring. “Providing a leasable kitchen facility – one that’s FDA approved and capable of handling refrigerated, frozen and cooked products – would be a great asset to Bonner County and our surrounding communities,” BCEDC director Paul Kusche said in a statement. In its original setup, the commercial kitchen was installed at the Bonner Business Center as an option for small, foodbased businesses. However, in a bid to keep biomedical device 6 /


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By Cameron Rasmusson Reader Staff

Local residents gathered this weekend in solidarity for the Standing Rock protests in North Dakota. The Sunday assembly at the Gardenia Center voiced support for the protests and the Veterans for Standing Rock group, which mobilized to

Seth Phalen stands at the head of the line in a gathering acknowledging access to water as a basic and essential human right. Photo courtesy Marsha Lutz Photography,

protect protesters. The conflict centers on a proposed pipeline routed under the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation’s water supply. Opponents of the pipeline say the the environmental risks are coupled with violations of the Fort Laramie treaty between the United States and the Sioux.

Beyond supporting the protests, the gathering highlighted the need to protect local waters. With much of the community’s economic vitality and well-being dependent on Lake Pend Oreille, organizers emphasized the importance of being water protectors at home. The local gathering coin-

cided with a victory for the thousands of protesters when the Obama administration halted construction of the pipeline. The Army Corps of Engineers denied an easement necessary to build the pipeline under Lake Oahe and announced it was investigating alternate routes.

City to launch survey seeking BID opinions manufacturer Lead-Lok from leaving town, the city agreed to let the business expand into the entirety of the Bonner Business Center rather than lose a large local employer. Records show that more than 30 small businesses used the kitchen between 2010 and 2013, where it was used to produce everything from pizza products to premium granola to fruit cordials. Kusche hopes to bring back several of those original users as well as attract new entrepreneurs with an idea for a delicious and marketable product.

Local businesses have the chance to weigh in on the fate of the Business Improvement District next week. According to Sandpoint City Administrator Jennifer Stapleton, the city is preparing to release a survey to gauge public opinion on the BID, a local tax on downtown businesses to fund special events, marketing and promotions. Business owners can complete the survey either by mailing it back to the city or filling it out online, with a deadline set for the end of the year. “We’re hoping to have initial survey results for the council

sometime in January,” Stapleton told council members. The city is partnering with Boise State University to gather the public opinion data. A graduate student class is preparing and administrating the survey to provide a more scientific and thorough analysis of the public’s wishes. The collaboration was originally proposed this fall. However, it required approval by university officials before the project could proceed, Stapleton said. Long a controversial measure, the BID is lauded by some as a mutually beneficial arrangement and criticized by others as

a costly fee that disproportionately benefits some businesses. Originally managed by the Downtown Sandpoint Business Administration, it was later absorbed by the Greater Sandpoint Chamber of Commerce as an independently managed and governed entity sharing equipment and office space. Earlier this year, BID manager Kim Queen resigned, throwing the future of the district into question. Since Queen’s departure, the chamber has contracted BID services out using funds freed up from the BID manager salary. [CR]


Activists face prison for pipeline shutdown By Cameron Rasmusson Reader Staff For activist Leonard Higgins, taking action against the threat of climate change is worth risking prison time. That’s an outcome he and nine other activists may very well face after their coordinated Oct. 11 effort to shut down five oil pipelines. Higgins and his collaborators, who operate under the group Climate Direct Action, are branded eco-terrorists by their harshest critics, but they see their methods as a necessary and appropriate reaction to the threat of climate change. “It’s so much easier for me to take the action that I did than to feel helpless, that there’s nothing I can do,” he said. Soft-spoken with a grandfatherly demeanor, Higgins, 64, isn’t the personality one might expect in the world of firebrand activism. After a 31-year-career working on budgets, contracts and information technology projects for the state of Oregon, Higgins was drawn to climate issues. During a two-day blockade of oil trains in Anacortes, Wash., for the Break Free campaign in May, Higgins found himself camped out with nearly 1,000 other activists. “That brought a lot of us together, where we shared our frustrations [about climate inaction,]” Higgins said. Higgins and like-minded individuals reasoned that a dramatic and forceful statement was necessary to motivate the public into action. They eventually struck upon an idea: What if they could prove in court that a coordinated shut-down of tar sands oil was a necessary emergency action against climate change? The #ShutItDown campaign began to take shape. After months of planning, the moment of truth arrived on Tuesday, Oct. 11. Along with fellow activist Reed Ingalls, Higgins drove to the Express Pipeline near Coal Banks Landing, Mont. Meanwhile, similar teams were mobilizing at four

other pipelines in Minnesota, North Dakota and Washington. After arriving at the pipeline, Higgins and Ingalls waited until the scheduled time neared. They called pipeline owner Spectra Energy, explaining that they were preparing to shut the vessel down as an emergency measure. Then Higgins broke into the fencing surrounding the site, snapped the chain on the emergency shut-down valve and deactivated the flow of oil through the pipeline. After the deed was done, he waited for law enforcement to arrive. According to Higgins, they planned to give themselves a 15-minute buffer before Chouteau County sheriff deputies arrived. It turned out to be an hour-and-a-half wait before he was arrested and transported to jail. Law enforcement initially let Ingalls go, only to arrest him later that evening. As a part of the shutdown campaign, Climate Direct Action urged President Barack Obama to enact an emergency shutdown of tar sands pipelines. They also coordinated with popular news radio program “Democracy Now!” to get the message out about their actions. According to Climate Direct Action, the operation resulted in the shutdown of tar sands crude oil for nearly a day. Higgins’ target, the 786-mile Express Pipeline, transports up to 280,000 barrels of crude tar sands oil per day from Hardisty, Alberta, to Casper, Wyo. Spectra Energy spokesperson Creighton Welch issued a media statement calling the shutdown a reckless action. “Tampering with energy infrastructure places both the community and the environment at risk,” Creighton said in a statement. “The pipeline provides a vital source of affordable, reliable energy to fuel the everyday lives of Americans.” The shutdown itself was only the first stage of Climate

Leonard Higgins is facing a possible prison sentence for shutting down a tar sands oil pipeline in Montana. Courtesy photo. Direct Action’s campaign; the next will play itself out in courtrooms as the nine activists face criminal charges. Their aim is to prove in a jury trial that their actions were a rational and necessary response to the threat of climate change. “We were very careful in crafting our action to make sure it was safe and companies were aware of our intentions,” he said. On Saturday, Higgins shared his story with Sandpoint residents in a Saturday afternoon meeting. Three days later, he was at the Chouteau County courthouse, where he was arraigned on charges of misdemeanor criminal trespass and felony criminal mischief. He faces a maximum 10 years in prison and up to a $50,000 fine. “I was compelled to take action because lives are already being lost to climate change, and there is an imminent threat to the lives of our children and our community,” he said in a live Facebook video following his arraignment. The possibility of incarceration—which for older activists

likely means dying in prison—is very real, but Higgins sees it as a worthwhile risk to spur climate change action. “Ten years in prison is not comparable to the threat of the extinction of species and the loss of livelihood for our children and grandchildren,” Higgins said. What’s more, Higgins believes someone needs to make a bold statement on global warming before the broader public takes notice. “I think it’s when the people who are putting themselves on the line actually suffer the consequences of their actions that it turns the mass of public opinion,” he said. Perhaps Higgins’ hoped-for public energizing is at hand. For months, the Dakota Access Pipeline has inflamed public and drew large crowds to the Standing Rock protest, where opponents decried its threat to water quality, its environmental risks and its alleged violation of U.S.-Native American treaties. This week, the Army Corps of Engineers announced it denied an easement for the pipeline

along its planned route. Many Sandpoint residents reacted in horror along with the rest of the world to harsh law enforcement containment tactics against protesters. On Sunday, locals gathered at the Gardenia Center in a show of solidarity for Standing Rock. “A nice full house it was,” said organizer Casey Calhoun. “It was a very well rounded crowd from babies to youth to elders, men and women,” she added. Higgins also takes heart from a group of 21 children and young adults who are suing the federal government, arguing that climate change inaction is a violation of their constitutional rights. Last month, U.S. District Court Judge Ann Aiken ruled in their favor and denied the government’s motion to dismiss the lawsuit. Higgins believes stories like these are cause for hope. And it’s a hope he holds close, even as he faces a possible prison sentence. “The thing is, we already have a sentence hanging over our heads that’s worse than [prison,]” he said. December 8, 2016 /


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Toast of the Trail celebrates Pend d’Oreille Bay Trail By Reader Staff

Barbs: •Fresh from her successful re-election bid, Rep. Heather Scott (R-Blanchard) reportedly told Associated Press reporter Kimberlee Kruesi last week that she was not speaking with the press. Let me write that again: We have an elected official who has announced they will not speak to the press, where the majority of their contituents obtain information. When emailed for comment, Scott replied: “I am not sure who reported this, but this is a false statement.” She didn’t answer any follow up emails. The announcement doesn’t surprise me, nor does her denial. This is the same representative who sent out a vitriolic Facebook blast hours before the candidate forum on Nov. 2, urging her supporters that the forum was a trap in order to “harm conservative candidates” by taking their comments out of context, twisting them and spinning them to fit “their transparently leftist agenda” (Scott has never attended one of our forums). This is the same representative who rarely answers an email when asked for comment on a story, then turns around and says that the media is biased and not reporting both sides. This is the same representative who is often praised for her “courage,” yet refused to appear at any forums or campaign events with her opponent—she ducked the Reader Forum, the Daily Bee Facebook Live forum and the KRFY 88.5FM Morning Show—unless they were filled with a safe crowd of supporters. This is the same representative who wrote a Facebook post comparing Black Lives Matter advocates to a herd of black cattle, then deleted the post and refused to answer emails asking about her reasoning. As a member of the press, I believe we have a duty to report to you, dear readers, about these elected representatives who blatantly decide they will not represent the general constituency, but instead, only those who support her narrow ideology. In Scott’s own words: “We don’t need the Bee or the Reader or any other paper to advance our cause.” Our coverage of Idaho politics will not cease, just be prepared to read this sentence a lot: “Rep. Scott did not respond to attempts to reach her for comment.” 8 /


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The Friends of the Pend d’Oreille Bay Trail invite the public to celebrate and support the community’s waterfront trail at their fifth annual “Toast the Trail” celebration. The festivities take place from 4-7 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 8 at the Pend d’Oreille Winery, 301 Cedar in Sandpoint, hosted by the Friends of the Pend d’Oreille Bay Trail. The event will include live music featuring Doug Bond and Marty Perron, great food and drink, unique holiday gift shopping and amazing auction items including a season pass to the Festival at Sandpoint, tickets to Schweitzer Mountain, a refurbished bike, original art work and much more! The event will also include a thank you to the Rotary Club of Sandpoint for their generous donation of four new benches they created and installed along the trail. The Friends will also give a quick a recap of the year’s work on the trail and a look to what lies ahead for the trail’s future. The Friends of the Pend d’Oreille Bay Trail and sup-

porters have been busy this year working on ways to extend the trail into Ponderay via an underpass under the railroad tracks. This extension project will require substantial planning studies, and this year’s “Toast the Trail” event will help raise revenue to fund these studies.

A portion of all sales from food, drink and holiday gifts at the Winery, during the event, will be donated to the Friends. Admission to the “Toast the Trail” celebration is free and open to the public. More information about the event and the trail can be found at

Sandpoint Rotary member Royal Shields stands by one of the wooden and steel benches he and fellow rotary member Dave Reseska designed and assembled. The two were assisted by several other rotary members to install the four benches at viewpoints along the trail.

the Friends website: www., or by calling the Friends at (208) 946-7586.

Library gets visit from ‘Little Critter’ for reading event Little Critter visited the East Bonner County Library District Clark Fork and Sandpoint Branch Libraries last week for an event celebrating Idaho Family Reading Week. Sandpoint Mayor Shelby Rognstad issued an official proclamation of the special week and read a Little Critter story to children and their families in Sandpoint on Thursday. Photo courtesy of Sandpoint Library.

Gift Ideas For People Who Hate Everything There are grumps everywhere. Except we call them “Scrooges” during this time of year. You all know that special someone who loves to find fault in everything. Why not get them a gift that only a grouch could love? Here are some ideas. By Ben Olson, Reader Staff

Perpetual disappointments diary

The “Perpetual Disappointments Diary” helps keep track of everything going absolutely wrong with your life. It includes a list of “insecurity” questions to document everything you’re sorely lacking, from confidence about your body to feeling awful about your “friends’” successes, as

well as a phone book of people who will never call you. Plus, it comes chock full of “Monday” stickers and de-motivational proverbs. How perfect for you, Mr. Grump. You can find this item at most bookstores, or check it out online at Asbury & Asbury.

Grumpy tee-shirt

What better way to please your favorite grouch than to give them this 100-percent cotton T-shirt professing their hatred for the human race. Wait, you might say to Miss Grouchy Pants, but aren’t you a person, too? Save it. Grouches don’t reason with anybody.

‘Go away’ doormat Tell your guests exactly how you feel with this one-of-a-kind ‘Go Away’ doormat. It is made of traditional Coir hair and natural coconut fibers and measures 27 inches by 16 inches. Because it has no rubber backing, water also drains through nicely. As one Amazon reviewer

noted: “Keeps the salesmen away, but hasn’t gotten the proper attention from my mother-in-law.”

Ballpark stadium blueprints It never fails, no matter how much of a jerk someone is, everyone seems to love baseball. It kept my relationship with my father happy over the years. Help the grump in your life relive their most memorable moments at the ballpark with a beautifully detailed blueprint that honors each stadium’s unique history and architecture in classic style. They have Wrigley Field, Yankee Stadium, Fenway Park, Camden Yards and many more.

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Finally, a hands free umbrella that keeps you dry and warm without occupying your hands. Finally, a way to look ridiculous, while also staying dry. The umbrella rests over your head and upper torso, leaving your hands free for cell phones, briefcases, hailing a cab or picking your nose. Grumps can also use a dry erase marker to write a frowny face on the see-through material, announcing to everyone to back off—grump coming through.

Warm or cool face mugs Bring some color to those surly cheeks with these cheerful, stoneware mug sets. The perfect snack-time companions, they hold beverages up top and have a special cubby for your favorite nibbles. Wake up to coffee and a bagel with our warm, sunrise colors or settle in for late-night milk and cookies with our midnight cool palette. December 8, 2016 /


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Mad about Science: By Brenden Bobby Reader Columnist Eggs are one of our most versatile foods, and also the key to the survival of most living species on the planet. Ever wonder how they work? Me too, mostly because I slept through the drone of high school biology. Seriously, they hadn’t made learning fun, yet! So, what’s an egg? You probably have one in the morning for breakfast most days. A chicken egg is a pretty good representation of most eggs. It’s a vessel for the miracle of life to safely occur within. But the process isn’t magic. In the case of a chicken, the egg, out in the open, is the end result. If the hen exists alone, the egg will be consistently infertile. Great for us, unless we want chicks. If you introduce a rooster, suddenly, chances are any future eggs are going to be fertile, but the ones already laid won’t be. A rooster can’t fertilize an already laid egg because the shell (and hormones) prevents him from fertilizing it. However, while the eggs are still forming inside of the hen, should the rooster and hen engage in the dance with no pants, the rooster’s sperm will merge with the forming egg, creating a fertilized egg. As the fertilized egg travels through the hen it will begin to form into the shape we recognize, gaining all of the nutrients it needs to hatch and the shell it requires to protect it during development. Whoa, Brenden, keep this PG. Sorry, sorry, biology is a messy process. So the egg is fertile, why? When the sperm and the nucleus of the egg first merged, 10 /


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they created something called a zygote. This is a merging of two sets of DNA into a eukaryotic cell, the most primitive form of embryonic life. Using DNA from both parents, the cell has the blueprints it needs to start building the baby it will become. The entire genetic past, present and future is condensed into something smaller than you can see with your naked eye. This part of the process is identical for virtually all animals. Humans included. Humans don’t lay eggs! No, we don’t, but we make them. We also expel them once a month. The difference between our eggs and a chicken’s egg is that our anatomy holds the fertilized egg inside of us as it develops, while a chicken’s egg is expelled with the intention of hatching the baby. We are the egg’s shell. A human baby is completely helpless after birth. If you were to leave a baby alone after birth, it would inevitably die. Baby chicks, on the other hand, have been preprogrammed by at least 120 million years of biological evolution to be completely autonomous after hatching. A clutch of baby chickens left alone after hatching in favorable conditions would be able to forage, hide from predators, locate water and grow into adulthood without the presence of an adult. It’s extremely unlikely, but the chances of a chick surviving to adulthood, no matter how small, still beat the absolute zero of an abandoned human baby. Depressing as that might be, let’s swing the pendulum back. As long as a human baby has a parent fostering it, it will inevitably develop into an adult. Human development is vastly

different from that of a chicken. We use more resources, require more nutrition, and look what we can do when we grow into adulthood. We figured out how to make tubes made of metal lift off the ground with explosions, leave the planet and come back. A chicken can’t say that. It may be autonomous after birth, but it will never, ever aspire to be an apex predator or achieve written words or create civilization as long as humans dominate the earth. Don’t feel bad for them. They had 120 million years to do this, and didn’t. It’s our chance. We’ll take them with us wherever we go, though. Maybe someday, somewhere on a forgotten human colony millions of years from now, a race of sentient birds will rise, and some quirky chicken library tech will be penning an article on how chicken eggs work. Well, that took a strange turn. We just sort of glazed over just about everything other than impregnation and birth. There is some serious stuff going on between these two points! Essentially, the cells start dividing, following the blueprint offered by the parental DNA. The entire embryo doesn’t develop all at once, it favors stages of development, developing certain organs before others that vary based on nutrients available or the instructions of the genetic code. This process can vary greatly from creature to creature. In the case of chickens, you can watch most of the process unfold before your eyes with a trick called candling. As any kid in 4-H knows, if you take a flashlight, set an egg on top

and block out the excess light around the base with your fingers, the light will illuminate the interior of the egg. We use this to determine viability before and during incubation. You can watch the shadow of the embryo as it grows, which is much more exciting than it sounds. I really wouldn’t suggest plunging a flashlight into a pregnant mom to replicate the results, unless you really, really like getting hit extremely hard in the face. This is an intricate subject, and one that I can’t accurately cover in a word crunch, but

it’s a subject that’s extremely well-documented. If you’ve ever been at all curious about how this process takes place, I encourage you to look it up. It’s not as confusing or intimidating as you might think. Just more than I can cover in this article! Gosh, I say that a lot. Either way, I hope you enjoyed the thought of a chicken Brenden somewhere out there in the stars. I bet he’s a real handsome bird.

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1. Fidel Castro had a bizarre obsession with anything dairy. He once tried to breed a super cow to no avail and brought the French ambassador just to debate about cheese. The obsession was big enough to factor into one of the many CIA plots to kill him. 2. When Fidel Castro was 12 years old, he wrote a letter to Franklin Roosevelt and asked for a $10 dollar bill because he had never seen one before. 3. Fidel Castro recommended that the Kremlin take a harder line against Washington and even suggested the possibility of nuclear strikes. The pressure stopped when Fidel Castro was briefed by the Soviet officials regarding the ecological impact on Cuba of the nuclear strikes on the U.S. 4. According to the claims made by Fidel Castro, he survived 634 assassination attempts by the CIA. 5. In the late 1950s, the CIA attempted an assassination on Fidel Castro by slipping an exploding cigar into his private supply. 6. When Fidel Castro seized power in Cuba, he banned the board game “Monopoly” and ordered every set to be destroyed because he perceived it as the pure embodiment of capitalism. 7. Fidel Castro grew his beard for a practical reason, saying “If you calculate 15 minutes a day to shave, that is 5,000 minutes a year spent shaving,” adding that he would rather spend his time on more important activities.

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December 8 - 15, 2016

A weekly entertainment guide to keep you on your toes. To list your event free, please send an email to Reader recommended

Dollar Beers! Toast the Trail 8pm @ Eichardt’s Pub Live Music w/ Community Ski Day 4-7pm @ Pend d’Oreille Winery Good until the keg’s dry Spt. Contra Dance Miah Kohal Band All day @ Schweitzer Mountain Come on out with fellow trail lovers to support your 8pm @ Ol’ Red’s Pub Lift tickets are only $10 and pro- 7pm @ Spt. Com.Hall “Elf” film community’s stunning waterfront trail with this anGet your groove on with ceeds will benefit Community Can- All dances are taught 6:30pm @ Panida Theater nual “Toast the Trail.” Enjoy great local beer and hometown heroes Miah cer Services and Bonner Partners and called with live Will Ferrell’s holiday fa- wine, bid on awesome silent auction items, and take Kohal Band in Care. Ski for next to nothing and music. $5 donation vorite will bust you up care of some holiday shopping. Free and open to all support two great organizations Live Music w/ Daniel Mills Live Music w/ Marty Perron and Doug Bond 5:30-8:30pm @ Pend d’Oreille Winery 5:30-7:30pm @ Idaho Pour Authority ‘The Messiah’ musical Women’s Shopping Night Daniel Mills, of the Coeur d’Alene Guitar/mandolin duo 7pm @ St. Joseph’s Catholic Church All day @ Downtown Sandpoint based band Son of Brad, is an expert Live Music w/ Still Tipsy and the Hangovers An all-volunteer musical presentation Ladies, start your credit cards! It’s Womfingerstyle guitarist, singer/songwriter, 7-10pm @ MickDuff’s Beer Hall of ‘The Messiah,’ performed by the en’s Shopping Night in Downtown Sandutilizing live looping to underscore his Sandpoint trio on bass, guitar and vocals Pend Oreille Chorale and Orchestra point. Lots of fun incentives and activites Cedar Street Bridge Public Market vocals and masterful guitar work to shop local. Enjoy $3 mimosas afterDJ Josh Adams Live Music w/ Chris Lynch 9am-1pm @ Cedar St. Bridge ward at Pend d’Oreille Winery 9pm @ 219 Lounge 6pm @ Arlo’s Ristorante Native Heritage Film Series: ‘What Was Ours’ film Live Music w/ Truck Mills Live Music w/ Scratchdog String Band 12:30 & 3pm @ Sandpoint Library 5-7pm @ Idaho Pour Authority 5:30-8:30pm @ Pend d’Oreille Winery A free screening as part of the “Native Heritage Film Series” sponsored by Based in Portland, OR and touring throughout Lap steel blues from a great musician the West Coast and Midwest, the sound that Live Music w/ Brian Jacobs & Chris Lynch Idaho Mythweaver, Sandpoint Library and Vision Maker Media. A discussion led by Jane Fritz, director of The Idaho Mythweaver, follows each film emerges is uniquely “Scratchdog,” deriving 7-10pm @ MickDuff’s Beer Hall Live Music w/ Chris Lynch from influences in rock, folk, country and jazz Great duo on guitar and piano 6pm @ Arlo’s Ristorante Live Music w/ Mike & Shanna Thompson Computer Class: Digital Library Tom & Jerry Party Steve Gevurtz sculpture exhibition 7:30pm @ Eichardt’s Pub 5-9pm @ Spt. Elks Lodge 8:15am @ Sandpoint Library 5-8pm @ ArtWorks Gallery Finger pickin’ duo! Find out how to access downloadable Festivities will include a silent Join Gevurtz at ArtWorks Gallery on First Bonner Co. Democrats post election party books, music, magazines and much auction fundraiser to benefit Ave. for a glass of wine and the unveiling of the many local charities pro- his newest bronz sculpture: “Take Flight” 6-9pm @ Heartwood Center more - all free to you as a patron vided by the Elks A contest Main dish will be provided, along with Live Music w/ Marty and Doug Santa visits at Creations • 11am-3pm @ Creations prize will be awarded for the punch, coffee and utensils. Potluck side 9pm @ 219 Lounge Santa Claus visits Creations every Saturday in Decem“Ugliest Christmas Sweater.” dishes: salad, dessert, or veggie dish Mandonlin / guitar duo ber inside the Cedar St. Bridge. Free to all! ‘The Messiah’ musical Sandpoint Chess Club High Tea Fundraiser 3pm @ St. Joseph’s Catholic Church 9am @ Evans Brothers Coffee 2:30pm @ Sandpoint Senior Center Game Night at the Niner An all-volunteer musical presentation of ‘The Messiah,’ A benefit for the DayBreak Center. Tickets are $25 9pm @ 219 Lounge performed by the Pend Oreille Chorale and Orchestra POAC presents: Eugene Ballet’s ‘The Nutcracker’ • 7pm @ Panida Theater Monday Night Blues Jam w/ Truck Mills See everybody’s favorite Christmas play, ‘The Nutcracker’ in all its splendor. Tickets 7:30pm @ Eichardt’s Pub are $30 general admission, $25 POAC supporters and $12 youth Karaoke Night at the Niner 9pm @ 219 Lounge

Broadway Karaoke with Alex 7:30pm @ Eichardt’s Pub Got a hankering to sing showtunes? Food Bank Sip & Shop 4-7pm @ Pend d’Oreille Winery 10% of proceeds go to Food Bank Fundraiser for Jake Luikens 5-8pm @ Idaho Pour Authority Jake had an accident in early November and can’t return to work for several months, so we are having a benefit to help him and is family before the holiday! There will be live music, complimentary appetizers, silent auction items, a raffle and Beer Valley Brewing Co. beer on tap

Art on the go with Jules 4-7pm @ Idaho Pour Authority Join Julie Ellis for a few fun hours creating art from recycled materials

The Conversation with Catherine Earle 6-8pm @ Kyoko Sushi (in Cedar St. Bridge) Catherine exquisitely illustrates her philosophy of the natural world’s beauty through the acrylic medium portraying dramatic images colorfully layered on canvas. All artists from the Sandpoint area are invited to come to this FREE event to become inspired, to network, and to support our host Kyoko

Christmas Around the World 3pm @ Sandpoint Library Bring the family for a fun time learning about Christmas traditions around Festival at Sandpoint Sip & Shop the world. The program starts at 3 4-7pm @ Pend d’Oreille Winery p.m. Contact Suzanne for more infor10% of proceeds go to Festival at Sandpoint mation at 263-6930 ext. 1211 Dollar Beers! 8pm @ Eichardt’s Pub Good until the keg’s dry

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Sandpoint Christmas Bird Count 6am @ 5th Ave. Restaurant All are welcome to join in the 114th Audubon Christmas Bird Count! The group will be counting birds all day — getting in and out of vehicles and some walking is involved, so dress accordingly and bring lunch. The group will reconvene to tally the count and share stories around 4 p.m. There is no charge, but please contact Rich Del Carlo to confirm at 208-290-1405

MCS Youth Orchestra & Choir Holiday Concert 6pm @ First Lutheran Church Watch our talented MCS Youth Orchestras and Choirs showcase their skills in this holiday performance. Also performing will be our LPOHS Choir. Concert begins at 5:00 pm with a cookie and cider reception to follow

Living Life:

Aging Parents

By Dianne Smith Reader Columnist When we first realize our elderly parent needs help, we are confronted with our own aging and mortality. We look in the mirror and see our wrinkles, gray hair and age spots and we reflect on life. We see our mother or father age and maybe struggle day in and day out, and we think about our future. Making decisions about our elderly parents role models for our children how we would like them to care for us and gives us a chance to discuss our wishes. It is important to remember there is no black or white in how to navigate the aging process and everyone does it in their own way. As children, helping our parents make wise decisions and being a support system for them is important, even if they do not live locally. How we do that may be slightly different for everyone and that is okay. Having support if you are a full time caregiver for an aging parent is important. Reach out to friends who may be in the same situation, or at least have aging parents of their own. Many churches, senior centers and hospitals have caregiver support groups. Some even offer care for your parent so that you can attend. Finding some type of respite care is nice so you don’t burn out and become resentful and angry. Taking care of yourself by spending time with friends and being involved in your interests is also important and will help you be more patient in those stressful times. In making decisions around the increased needs of elderly parents there are signs that give us an indication of the need for increased involve-

ment. Not taking care of themselves or the home the way they use to, missed appointments or unpaid bills, poor personal hygiene, unexplained dents or scratches in the car, forgetfulness, confusion or unexplained injuries or bruise are all indicators that something might be amiss. If health or happiness seems to be compromised, it’s important to have a conversation and address the problems. That might be finding in-home care, a retirement community, day care such as Day Break in Sandpoint or a senior living community. It’s important to find the right care options for each unique family situation and one that you feel comfortable with. If you are looking at out of home care visit and ask questions. Talk to both the caregivers as well as those being cared for, because if you feel comfortable you will rest easier. As we all get older we want to hold on to our independence and can be at odds with even the most well-intentioned “suggestions” from our children. Some well-intended suggestions can often come across as a criticism or suggest that they are no longer capable. Probably the biggest struggle in this area will be when you as a child fear for their safety either living independently or driving. Not being able to do either of those often means we are nearing the end and giving up whatever independence we had. This can be hard for both the child and the parent. Discussions and a plan before this point are helpful because the parent can be involved in the decision making process when feelings are not so raw.

Watching your parent age is hard and can be stressful and being prepared and having discussions as to their wishes ahead of time can help. If you have siblings, make sure you all are in agreement so there is no conflict down the line. If one decides to be the primary caregiver discussing how others can help will make the journey a bit smoother. Caring

for an elderly parent can be rewarding, but it can also be completely overwhelming. Fortunately with the internet there is so much great information on how we can best be helpful in all their areas of need. It gives us our last chance to honor our parents and care for them the way they cared for us as children.

Dianne Smith, LMFT is a licensed counselor who works with both children and adults. She has offices in Bonners Ferry and Sandpoint and can be reached at 951-440-0982.

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By Kevin Penerlick Reader Art Columnist Steve Gevurtz’s artistic journey did not begin until the age of 52, when in the year 2000 he and some friends from Sandpoint went down to Burning Man. An art experience that takes place every year in the desert of Black Rock, Nev., Burning Man was the setting for experiences that deeply moved Gevurtz. The images, the creativity, the people, the moonlight, the fire: It made him want to do something creative, and he vowed to come back and take art classes to learn how to create his own. He started with a watercolor class taught by Spokane Artist Stan Miller, followed by a portrait class with Loretta Jenkins. He took classes all over the country, drawing and painting and learning everything he could, finding himself drawn to figurative work, but never finding it clicking for him. “It was a struggle,” said Gevurtz. “I can see it and understand it but I just couldn’t do it in only two dimensions. It was all technical, there was no emotion.” In 2005, he took a figure drawing class at Spokane Art School, the teacher there said, “Why don’t you try sculpting and see if you feel better about what you’re doing.” He got some clay and started sculpting, immediately falling in love with the medium and he hasn’t picked up a pen or pencil since. He sought out other sculptors in the region and learned from them. He also spent time at a forge to learn all about the casting process. One of the biggest influences in Gevurtz’s art journey came from Stan Miller, the teacher of his first watercolor class. He learned from Stan not only about watercolor, but more importantly 16 /


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An interview with sculptor

Steve Gevurtz

about composition, which was specifically impactful for Steve when it related to sculpting in three dimensions. He also learned that good composition should take the viewer on a visual journey, not leave them hanging. Their eye should be drawn into a focal point and led through the piece. For Steve, his art is about ‘dancing with life’. It’s born from an experience or feeling that he wants to share, feelings that people can relate to. He describes his pieces and the sensations people have when viewing them as being “the hub” of a life lesson. It’s what connects them to the art, the sharing of their common experience of that feeling. What he loves about creating his art in North Idaho is the people he works with. The models are down to earth and real. Filled with the honesty, innocence and genuineness that a small town like ours is known for. This translates into his sculptures. They work as a team, the model expressing the feeling and the artist capturing it. He is also influenced by his participation with the Sandpoint Sangha Meditation Group. A message he learned there was, “Your highest point of awareness of something is when you first learn it. It’s at that moment when you’re most capable of expressing it.” So when he does a sculpture, it’s usually about something he’s just learned or experienced. Such is the case with one of his recent pieces, “Cast Your Fate to the Wind.” In addition to it being a powerful song from his childhood, it also captures a lesson he has learned, that, “We are at our strongest when we let go and let the world take us

where we are meant to be.’ When Steve first began selling his art, it was about the affirmation of people wanting it. Now, he’s happy that his art sells because it allows him to keep creating. Production of a single piece can sometimes top $5,000 or more. This has also allowed him to begin giving back and influencing the artistic community himself by teaching sculpting of torsos in clay at Infini Gallery & Art Studio. Before that experience at Burning Man in 2000, Steve had never thought of himself as an artist. He mentioned that whenever he hears someone say they can’t draw a straight line or a stick figure, he always wonders, “Why would you want to draw a stick figure anyway?” When he speaks with people who believe they have no ability to create art, he shares his own experience that, “Talent is just a person’s level of interest, multiplied by their invested time. Talent will emerge. Lack of talent is really a lack of interest or clarity about what one wants to do.” Envisioning a piece of art he might create to represent the experience of Sandpoint, he imagines a large bronze plaque capturing a busy day at the Farmers’ Market. Friends and multi-generational families coming together to talk, buy goods from the vendors, listen to some music and be in community with one another. Steve will be a featured guest artist at Artworks Gallery in downtown Sandpoint during the month of December. “Cast Your Fate to the Wind” will be on display and available, as well as his newest piece, “Taking Flight.”

Top: Steve Gevurtz poses with one of his creations. Photo by Kevin Penerlick. Bottom: A close up of the detail on Steve Gevurtz’s sculpture. Photo by Steve Gevurtz.


Review: ‘The Girl Who Wouldn’t Stop Running’

By Mary Haley Book Reviewer

I review children’s and young adult books, so when Sandy Compton lent me his new Archer MacClehan book, the second in the series, I struggled with how to classify it. The title character is an adult, but there is a smart teen in it, too. Who cares! “The Girl Who Wouldn’t Stop Running” is a fast-paced outdoor adventure that an older teen will love. The book has three main characters. Opal is 13 and living through her parents’ messy divorce. She has been sucked into the blame-game of her parents and seeks solace with a mysterious texting friend. This individual uses the friendship to have Opal kidnapped while on a hiking trip. Once captured, Opal uses her smarts and courage to survive and escape. Geologist Sara Cafferty and pilot Archer MacClehan are recruited to outsmart the kidnappers and save her.

The desert backcountry setting is critical to the plot and part of the fun of this read. If you have camped in southern Utah or Arizona you will recognize the landscape. If you haven’t, you will want to book your trip. What makes this book different is Compton’s western, no-nonsense style that is heavy on the foreshadowing, yet still yields surprises. Fans of “MacGyver” or psychological thrillers will like this book. It is an adult reading level, but at 200 pages, the book is a good transition into adult literature. The vivid western survival elements will appeal to boys, but the main teen is a smart girl. The book doesn’t have sex, but lots of tension between Sara and Archer. To call Sandy Compton a local writer is like saying lake Pend Oreille is a local lake. He is the owner and operator of Blue Creek Publishing and has been writing in and about North Idaho and Montana for decades. His 11 books are not

the only excellent books to fill Blue Creek’s library. You will find “The Girl Who Wouldn’t Stop Running” at our local bookstores and on line. Mary Haley is a local author of the grade school fiction and author of “The Great Potato Murder.” For more book reviews visit her on her blog, ghostwriterreviews.blogspot. com

Top left: Sandy Compton. Right: “The Girl Who Wouldn’t Stop Running” by Blue Creek Press. Courtesy images.

Community Day at Schweitzer $10 Lift Tickets Benefit Bonner Partners in Care and Community Cancer Services By Reader Staff Supporting the local community is something that Schweitzer Mountain Resort feels very strongly about, and every December the resort sponsors “Community Day” offering full day lift tickets for $10 with 100 percent of all ticket revenue going to Bonner Partners in Care and Community Cancer Services. Ten years ago, the resort began sponsoring A Day for Heather with proceeds being shared with Heather’s House, an organization that focused on supporting families dealing with cancer. Over the years,

both the day and the beneficiaries have evolved, enabling Schweitzer to donate over $149,717 to two very worthy Sandpoint non-profits. “Community Cancer Services grew out of Heather’s House and now provides a wide variety of support and resources for people fighting cancer,” said Mary Weber-Quinn, Schweitzer’s events and activities director. “Incorporating Bonner Partners in Care into this day makes sense to us. Two great causes: one helping our Sandpoint neighbors when they are ill and the other helping people who

can’t afford medical care. We are very proud of both of these organizations.” Weber-Quinn added that there are a lot of people in Sandpoint who struggle with their health care, and this is Schweitzer’s way to pitch in and help as best as possible. “Dec. 9 is a day where everyone can contribute to our community and have a great time doing it,” she said. Lift tickets are available directly from the organizations, at Schweitzer’s lift ticket window on Dec. 9 or online at

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By Stephen Courtney Reader Contributor

An alleyway in rural Idaho, somewhere within the narrow neck of the Panhandle. Way up, near the Canadian border. Here, a driver with a smoking rifle hauls dead meat in his pick-up. He motors up over the bumpy backyard alley, lowers his tail gate, then pulls the deer by its rear legs. “A four-point buck,” he says, adding up the boney horns. “Three, maybe four years old. Dropped him running up a hill; he was chasing a coupl’a doe out back in Bonner’s County. I had to drag him most of a mile outta the brush.” A hunting tag was tied around one of the hind legs near its dark split hoof. The deer wore a thick-haired, greybrown coat, sprinkled with off-white, tan tones. A soft, stubby, storybook tail showed red blood stains. From its face, glass brown eyes held the last glimpse of life or the first look at death. The animal’s heart and warm insides were missing, having been carved out by the hunter’s hand knife and left in a pile of shredded guts steaming there upon the bloodsoaked hillside. “It’s a beaut’,” he said, feeling upright in his camouflage outfit, buck knife parked in a leather sheath about his waist. “What luck,’ he added, “with the season’s end three days away. He’s a beaut’, alright,” he said again, likely this time more for himself. November’s end: when fall’s cold dreary death beckons dark skies, and short stingy days cover a heat starved earth with a stark icy grave. The world is barren. Leaves have fallen; most geese have gone. 18 /


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There are no shadows; no place to hide, even for the smallest of nesting birds. Still they sing. The alleyway gave entrance to a private garage with a tilt-up aluminum door. Once open, the hunter sought a fold-out ladder which he climbed so to lift and position a timber harness which he straddled across two overhead ceiling joists. Attached to the thick harness was a heavy eye-hook with a joist capable of suspending the dead weight lying in the open air truck. Given a while, a second man appeared. The two shared a big talk, the hunter saying the most, of course. Then together—one walking awkwardly, holding the deer by its antlers, the other with a grip around it’s thin hind legs—the young buck was brought into the garage where it was wrapped with rope, hung upside down, then with its rear legs far apart, hoisted ‘til the creature’s dimpled nose hovered no more than a foot or so above the stiff cement floor. Herein, the hunter commenced to carve around the deer’s empty belly, cutting dual slits from its throat to beneath each shoulder bone, then peeled the two halves apart as easy as though parting one’s winter overcoat. “Has a bunch of testosterone in the meat,’ the hunter said. ‘I’ll leave him hanging here for a few days and he’ll loosen up and tenderize.” With blood on his hands, the hunter went back to his truck, reached into a portable cooler, popped the crimped metal caps to a pair of bottled beers, then standing as at-ease, the two men lipped their cold beers and admired the kill.

thursday, Dec. 8 @ 6:30pm

“elf” film

Sing-a-long with interactive props sponsored by Summit Insurance FREE for all to attend

monday, Dec. 12 @ 7pm

POAC presents:

Eugene Ballet’s ‘the Nutcracker’ Experience the holiday spirit and a little magic with loved ones of all ages at The Nutcracker.

Dec. 16, 17, 22, 23 @ 8 pm | dec. 18 @ 3:30pm

“Christmas Carole: a musical for the whole family” An original play based on the Charles Dickens Classic tale ‘A Christmas Carol,’

mark your calendars for a classic New Year’s Eve at the Panida with “An Affair to Remember” 12/31 @ 8:00 includes a champagne toast – dress to have a great time Jan. 13 & 14 @ 7:30pm

A film and evening with viggo mortensen A special appearance by Viggo Mortensen, who will answer questions from the audience after the showing of his latest film, “Captain Fantastic.”


Keepin’ Time by the River:

Beth Pederson and Bruce Bishop release new album together

By Ben Olson Reader Staff Without a doubt, Beth Pederson is one of Sandpoint’s most beloved musicians. The honey-voiced singer-songwriter has delighted audiences near and far for over 40 years. Most know Pederson through her decades-long partnership with Cinde Borup in the group that came to be known as Wild Roses. Through 28 years, Wild Roses produced four albums and played their special blend of folk music to appreciative audiences throughout North Idaho. After Borup passed in 1998, Pederson began playing a series of dinner concerts at Di Luna’s Café and released a solo album called “Everything Must Change.” It wasn’t until 2007 when Pederson joined forces with another musician: Bruce Bishop. The pair have played with one another for eight years, but next week marks the first time they have released an album together. “Beth had done this great album called ‘Everything Must Change’,” said Bishop. “I listened to it and just wore it out. When it became apparent that I was going to move here, I wanted to figure out how to get together with her.” The two have been playing together ever since, most notably at the Hope Marketplace on Sundays and the occasional concert at Di Luna’s. “When Bruce and I first met and started playing together, we connected instantly, both personally and musically,” said Pederson. “It was magical.” “Keepin’ Time by the River” is the first in a two-part album that Pederson and Bishop have co-produced. They will unveil the new album at a special dinner concert at Di Luna’s on Wednesday, Dec. 14 at 7:30 p.m. “We started recording this summer,” said Pederson. “We went into the studio every Wednesday night and started laying down tracks.” The album will feature a mix of 14 beloved covers and originals, with Pederson and Bishop trading off lead vocals. “We were trying to recreate a live

performance, so we tracked the whole album live,” said Pederson. While Pederson and Bishop both played acoustic guitar and vocals, Bishop also took a turn at the weissenborn, a Hawaiin instrument in the style of a lap steel. Betsy Hammet played the auto harp on one track as well. Gail Lyster did the artwork on the cover, and Avalanche Graphics laid out the CD art. Pederson and Bishop recorded so many songs, in fact, that a second companion album called “Driving Into the Moon” will be released next February. The pair chose to debut their album at Di Luna’s: “It’s a listening room,” said Pederson. “It’s one of the only ones in Sandpoint. People are so attentive and intimate – they’re there to listen to the music.” Pederson would know. She’s played just about everywhere in Sandpoint, including the Donkey Jaw (now Eichardt’s), the Middle Earth (now Ol’ Red’s Pub), Kamloops (now the Panida Little Theater) and others. When asked about her place in the Sandpoint music scene, Pederson is quick to give love to the talented people she sees coming up: “I’m always so excited to see all the young people putting wonderful music out there. I feel like the grandma of it all.” “Beth’s voice and her guitar playing are so intertwined, that you can’t really separate them out like you would with conventional recording,” said Bishop. “If you pull those two things apart, you lose something that’s really worth saving. The interaction between her voice and her guitar is subtle, but it’s huge – it represents a lifetime of work on her part.”

Beth Pederson and Bruce Bishop will be playing at Di Luna’s for their CD release party on Wednesday, Dec. 14 at 7:30 p.m. Photo by Amy Borup.

Catch Beth Pederson and Bruce Bishop at Di Luna’s Café for the release of their new album, “Keepin’ Time by the River,” on Wednesday, Dec. 14 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $12 in advance, or $15 the day of the show. Dinner service begins at 5:30 p.m. “Keepin’ Time by the River” will be availabe for purchase at Di Luna’s for $15, or online at www. or December 8, 2016 /


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The Sandpoint Eater My Sweet Life

By Marcia Pilgeram Reader Food Columnist

It’s been quite a week for me. I got an unforgettable White House tour that included petting first dog Sunny, viewing the incredible gingerbread house made by White House pastry chef Susan Morrison and receiving Michelle Obama’s oatmeal cookie recipe. And I got to see photos of my likeness, as “Chef Marcia,” topping the Angels Over Sandpoint tree. Each year, for Kinderhaven’s main fundraiser, Festival of Trees, the Angels create a magnificent tree decorated with exquisite, one-of-a-kind, handmade ornaments and crowned with an amazing topper designed and crafted by our beloved resident artist and Angel, Gail Lyster. This year’s theme was right up my alley, “Angels in the kitchen,” so before leaving on my recent trip to DC, I did a bit of baking to include with all the “Christmas Sweets” that ringed the tree. My existence seems to follow a food theme, so true to life, I offered to do the cooking at a holiday party in the home of my young DC host and Sandpoint expat, Doug. In between whirlwind tours and great restaurant (and happy hour lounge) experiences, we shopped, planned and prepped. Doug’s apartment is a high rise, above a bright modern, Chihuly glass-filled lobby with floor to ceiling city views and a rooftop that offers panoramic views of the entire city. We settled on a signature cocktail (Old Fashioneds) and I crafted a cheeseboard that featured an eightpound wedge of Beecher’s Flagship cheese that we picked up at SeaTac (which nearly caused an overhead luggage bin 20 /


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incident en route from Seattle. A word of caution: Don’t arrive last minute demanding overhead space and try to mess with a woman and her well-placed wedge). It was a great mix of guests, my travel companion Mary (who skillfully shook and served every single cocktail), several visiting 7B’ers (with a White House connection), young professionals and a couple of neighbors, including Paul, who arrived from the next apartment bearing a fragrant loaf of olive and rosemary bread. Paul and I really hit it off, and when I wasn’t engaged in the kitchen we compared iPhone photos of food like other people share photos of their dazzling kids and adorable pets. Our bonding moment came when we discovered we each had photos of Kouign-Amann,

a baker’s true and intensive labor of love—it’s a delicious, buttery, flaky pastry from the Brittany region of France. When Paul’s not using his advanced neuroscience degrees doing research at his primary job, he happily moonlights as the head pastry chef at one of DCs finest bakeries. We ran out of food and drink and finally sent the last guests home in the wee hours—signs of a great party, I’d say, and yet another reminder of how sharing food connects us so intimately. The night before I left DC, Paul arrived at the door with a sourdough sponge to share with me. I was delighted that it passed TSA’s checked luggage scrutiny and was growing nicely when I arrived home. He’s been growing the same batch for more than five years and now I too will look forward

to adding to mine and sharing amongst my baker friends here at home. I’m also looking forward to joining a few fellow Angels who’re getting together to bake cookies with the kids at Kinderhaven. Though I missed the Festival of Trees this year, I’m happy I’ll be able to make this small contribution for these children who have faced many challenges in their young lives. There are many ways that you can make a contribution that will help the Kinderhaven kids, too. Consider donating needed food or supply items (according to director Jennifer Plummer, they can always use healthy granola bars, 100-percent juice or juice fruit snacks and graham crackers), an end-of-year contribution (eligible for both a state tax credit and Itemized charitable gift deduction),

Mexican Wedding Cookies

or you can even check into becoming a volunteer. You’ll find information for all of these endeavors on their website: http://kinderhavensandpoint. com. While I wasn’t able to stay for the lighting of the Capitol Christmas tree, I was able to go have a proud look at the mighty spruce that hailed from Idaho. Little can top a tree from Idaho. And nothing tops topping a tree. It’s been quite a week, and I’m reminded again and again of all the marvelous experiences that make my life so darn sweet. Your life will be a little sweeter too with this great recipe for these delicious little Mexican Wedding Cakes. Bake an extra batch to share.

Makes approximately 50 cookies

Sometimes these are called Russian Tea Cakes or Melting Moments. By any name, these are my son Zane’s favorite cookie, and I make several batches to ship to him at Christmas time. They freeze and ship well and are a great addition to any cookie tray. If you can’t find superfine sugar, make your own by pulsing granulated sugar in food processor until superfine.

INGREDIENTS: •2 cups whole pecans, chopped fine •2 cups all-purpose flour •3/4 tsp salt •2 sticks unsalted butter (1/2 lb.), softened •1/3 cup superfine sugar •2 tsp vanilla extract •1 1/2 cups powdered sugar (for rolling cooled cookies)

DIRECTIONS: •Preheat oven to 325 degrees and adjust oven racks to middle positions. Mix flour, salt and half the chopped nuts in medium bowl and set aside. •Place remaining chopped nuts in a food processor and pulse 10 to 20 seconds until you get the texture of coarse cornmeal; stir into flour mixture and set aside. •In bowl of a standup mixer at medium speed, beat butter and sugar until light and creamy, about 2-3 minutes, then beat in vanilla. Scrape sides and bottom of bowl with rubber spatula and then add flour mixture. Beat at low speed until the dough just comes together. Scrape sides and bottom of bowl again with rubber spatula and continue beating at low speed until dough is cohesive, 6 to 9 seconds longer. Do not overbeat! Working with about one tablespoon dough at a time, roll and shape cookies into balls.

•Bake until tops are pale golden and bottoms are just beginning to brown, turning cookie sheets from front to back and switching from top to bottom racks halfway through baking, 17 to 19 minutes. Cool cookies on sheets about 2 minutes. While still warm, roll cookies in confec-

tioners’ sugar to coat them thoroughly. Gently shake off excess. •Roll cookies in confectioners’ sugar a second time to ensure a thick coating, and tap off excess. (They can be stored in an airtight container up to 5 days or frozen for up to a month.)


This week’s RLW by Ben Olson

Native Heritage Film Series offers ‘What Was Ours’ film

Still from “What Was Ours.” Courtesy image. By Reader Staff The Idaho Mythweaver, in partnership with the East Bonner County Library District, features a film in this month’s Native Heritage Film Series that is a story of hope and promise — perfect for the Christmas season. On Saturday, Dec. 10, together they will screen “What Was Ours,” an award-winning documentary from Alpheus Media and distributed by Vision Maker Media. This award-winning new film — unavailable for public broadcast release until January 2017— was voted best documentary feature at this year’s American Indian Film Festival. It also was selected out of 1,400 entries to screen in the 2016 Big Sky Documentary Film Festival in Missoula, Montana and nominated for both the “Big Sky Award” and “Artistic Vision” award. Two screenings will take place on Dec. 10 at 12:30 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. in the Rude Girls Room of the Library’s Sandpoint Branch, 1407 Cedar Street in Sandpoint. The event coincides with Human Rights Day, and is also endorsed by the Bonner County Human Rights Task Force; one of the primary funders of the film series.

Following each screening, Jane Fritz of The Idaho Mythweaver will lead the audience in a discussion of the film. Light refreshments will be served. The 80-minute documentary film tells the story of an Eastern Shoshone tribal elder and Vietnam veteran, who hasn’t left Wyoming’s Wind River Indian Reservation in over 40 years, and two young Arapaho — a powwow dancer and a journalist — who travel together to visit the underground archives of Chicago’s Field Museum to seek lost, sacred ancestral objects collected from their ancestors long ago, and boxed away and forgotten. They try to learn how these artifacts vanished from their tribe in the first place, and what it might mean for their tribes to repatriate some of their material culture. The Native Heritage Film Series will continue on Jan. 14 with a double feature that showcases Idaho’s Nez Perce Tribe: “Horse Tribe” that tells the story of how the Nez Perce, once one of America’s legendary horse tribes, brought the appaloosa horse back to their land and lives to help tribal youth. The second short film, “Spirit In Glass,”

celebrates the spectacular beadwork cultures of the Columbia River Plateau region. Additional films will be shown the second Saturday of each month through March 2017. All films are educational and provided by Vision Maker Media, a 40-year-old nonprofit Native media organization that empowers and engages Native peoples to tell their stories in the spirit of healing, understanding and public discourse. After each monthly screening, a DVD copy of the film will be released into the Library’s circulation for public check-out. This film series has been generously underwritten by TransEco Services along with grants from the Idaho Humanities Council — a state-based partner of the National Endowment for the Humanities — and the Bonner County Endowment Fund for Human Rights of the Idaho Community Foundation. The Idaho Mythweaver is a nonprofit educational organization whose mission since

1989 has been to help support the authentic presentation and preservation of cultural traditions of tribal peoples within the context of their relationship to Mother Earth. Its cross-cultural work has promoted Native arts and humanities through educational programs for youth and adults, media productions and social events that best serve the interest of the general public. Contact them at mythweaver. org and on Facebook at

Crossword Solution


Fans of nautical literature would enjoy C. S. Forester’s “Hornblower” series of novels. The 11 novels in the series follow Horatio Hornblower, a midshipman with the English Navy, through the Napoleonic Wars. Throughout the novels, we watch as Hornblower rises through the ranks - started as a seasick misshipman and culminating in his promotion as Admiral of the Fleet. Start with “Mr. Midshipman Hornblower” and go from there.


Speaking of sailing, Crosby, Still & Nash’s album “Daylight Again” features one of my all-time favorite sailing songs, “Southern Cross.” (sorry, Jimmy Buffett). Every time I hear this song, I am overwhelmed by a desire to throw everything aside, buy a sailboat and cruise the world in search of good rum and good company. Then I sigh and look out the window for a minute or two and get back to work.


There are a few great sailing films out there, but my favorite is probably “White Squall” starring Jeff Bridges. The film is based on the true story of the brigantine Albatross, which sank May 2, 1961, allegedly because of a white squall (a sudden rogue wave). The Albatross was a school-sailing ship that focused on teaching discipline whilst at sea. In other words, I wish I would have gone to school there (except the whole ship sinking part).

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w o N & Then compiled by

Ben Olson

Each week, we feature a new photograph taken from the same vantage point as one taken long ago. See how we’ve changed, and how we’ve stayed the same. Historical information provided and verified by Bonner County Museum staff and volunteers. The Museum is located at 611 S. Ella — (208) 263-2344.

First Ave. taken from the intersection with Bridge St. (looking west). From left to right: North Idaho News, Himes Studio (later Ross Hall Studio), White Lunch and Jack’s Chili Parlor (formerly the White Swan Saloon).



c. 1942


The same view today. The block is home to such organizations as the Lake Pend Oreille Waterkeepers.


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[adjective] 1. Sacrificing spiritual values for power, knowledge, or material gain: a Faustian pact with the Devil. “2016: The Faustian compact with Facebook and fake news.”

Corrections: We listed Devon Wade and Harold’s IGA playing on the same night and place in the calendar last week. Apologies -BO. Also, due to an editing error, the article about the delay to two-way traffic switchover erroneously identified Jennifer Stapleton as the planning director.” Stapleton is the Sandpoint city administrator. -CR 22 /


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1. Stockpile 6. Awakened 10. Being 14. Submarine 15. Desiccated 16. Puppy sounds 17. Talking foolishly 19. Auspices 20. Detects 21. G 22. Arizona river 23. Send, as payment 25. Laneway 26. Stitches 30. Conundrum 32. Killer wave 35. Plumed 39. Dangerous 40. Underwrite 41. Notwithstanding 43. Aerial 44. Imagined 46. Clairvoyant 47. Look at with fixed eyes 50. Layers 53. Emanation 54. Woman 55. Jubilant 60. Boast 61. Mandatory 63. River of Spain 64. Hemorrhaged 65. A deep ravine 66. A soft sheepskin leather 67. Bristle

Solution on page 21 13. An analytic literary composition 18. East southeast DOWN 24. Japanese apricot 25. Catkin 1. Young bears 26. An upright in a 2. Competent wall 3. Metal money 27. Feudal worker 4. Derbies or berets 28. Wimp 5. Aromatic solvent 29. Showy bloom 6. Armed conflict 31. Smile 7. Beginning 8. Characterized by motion 33. All excited 34. Distribute 9. Border 36. Melody 10. Spectacles 37. Sea eagle 11. A seal 38. Beloved 12. Column of wood

68. Trail

42. Palatable 43. Consumed food 45. Type of food grain 47. Cavalry weapon 48. Engine supercharger 49. A kind of macaw 51. Regulation (abbrev.) 52. Drosses 54. Lots 56. At the peak of 57. Lawn mower brand 58. Therefore 59. One who colors cloth 62. Actress Lupino

During the Middle Ages, probably one of the biggest mistakes was not putting on your armor because you were “just going down to the corner.”

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