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Susan Drinkard Risks being even, what is the most terrifying to you: earthquakes, mudslides, tornadoes, ice storms, hurricanes, wildfires, or floods? “I grew up in Arizona, so I believe my greatest fear is wildfires because it was the biggest threat where I lived — about three hours east of Flagstaff.” Ammon Ollerton SHS senior Sandpoint


For this week’s issue, we decided to show some love for our amazing local restaurants. We called up every restaurant in North Idaho and asked them to promote one dish off their regular menu. I took care of all the Sandpoint establishments this week. Meanwhile, Cameron and Lyndsie were in charge of all restaurants in Ponderay, Kootenai, Hope, Clark Fork, Priest River and the rest, which, since we don’t have enough room in this week’s issue, we’ll publish next week in part two. We tried to make sure we didn’t leave anyone out, but there are a lot of places to eat in North Idaho! If we left you out this week, don’t be afraid to write in and say so. We’ll include you next week. Also, we did our best to call every establishment ahead of time, but several didn’t respond by press time, so we’ll include those in next week’s issue as well. For seasonal restaurants that aren’t open now, have no fear: We’re going to be doing a special lake dining issue when summer is here. Whether you’re a dedicated foodie, a budget-conscious local or are simply looking for a new favorite dish, support our local restaurateurs by trying their fare. Don’t forget to tell them you read about them in the Reader.

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Gov. Otter: fund our budgets, not higher ed CEO Comparison with University of Maine is flawed By Nick Gier Reader Columnist One of Gov. Butch Otter’s proposals in his State of the State Address was a call for a “chief education officer.” This person would consolidate “back-office” functions at ISU, BSU, LCSC, and UI. Otter is asking for $270,000 for salary/benefits and $500,000 for “integration consultation” fees. The State Board of Education (SBOE) has approved the plan, and ISU President Arthur Vailas and UI President Chuck Staben are also on board. Only BSU President Bob Kustra has reservations. Kustra’s main concern is how this person would relate to the current SBOE executive director. Paraphrasing Matthew 6:24, he said: “No man can serve two masters without loving one and hating the other.” Kustra also disputed the projected savings of $43 million. One of his own fiscal officers did his own calculation, and came up with $6 million instead. Incredibly enough, one of the functions

Letters to the Editor Thanks to Nick Gier... Dear Editor, I wanted to thank Nick Gier for his article illuminating Gandhi’s profound influence on Martin Luther King. I listened to a lecture given by the presiding Episcopal bishop, Michael Curry, on “Healing a House Divided.” The article made me think others might like to hear it. healing-a-house-divided-public-lecture-bythe-most-rev-michael-curry/ King and Gandhi brought factious people together. Curry lays out a methodology for doing that as well. King recognized Gandhi’s emphasis on love and nonviolence as a superior method for social reform and adopted it. Today, we need to do the same. Curry points out that as a result of the “learning power” of our computers and the internet, we get selective news that appeals to us and thus have segregated ourselves into clusters of like-mindedness. He suggests the only path to unify us and stop the divisive tribalism is a revival of human relationships across ethnic, religious and political lines. A revival of human relationships. What a novel idea. We need to start speaking to one another and find common ground on 4 /


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included in the consolidation was the five campus’ physical plants. Those would be very long and costly steam pipes from a power plant in Boise. Otter’s Higher Education Task Force referenced the “success” of a similar plan in Maine. Consolidating IT, human resources, and finances, the Maine system was able to freeze tuition for five years, but now it has gone up 2.5 percent this year. Otter’s task force claimed that the Maine system saved more than $80 million, a suspiciously large figure that I could not verify. Rebecca Wyke, Maine’s vice chancellor for finance and administration, reports that about $5 million has been saved with IT and purchasing consolidation. In an email, a colleague of mine at the University of Maine Orono wrote: “Consolidation has led to a lot of wasted time and frustration by faculty and others. Often no one can figure out the centralized policies and find out who can give answers.” Otter’s plan is already receiving some opposition in the Legislature. GOP Sen. Shawn Keough, Co-Chair of the Joint Finance and Appropri-

ations Committee (JFAC), said: “I thought that the SBOE executive director was the CEO, so I’m not supportive of that at this point.” Democratic Sen. Janie Ward-Engelking was worried that money for new position would “come at the expense of core higher education functions.” That is exactly what is happening. David Hahn, Otter’s budget analyst, admitted to JFAC that the governor has rejected higher education budget requests in order to reserve money for the new CEO. Statewide, Otter zeroed out $11.8 million in college and university line-items, much more than is needed for his pet project. Hahn argued that the priority now must be a move from the current “siloed system to a system-ness,” which would be more “student-centric.” “System-ness” was not found at Otter denied the following UI requests: $1.8 million for the UI library; $3 million for a Nuclear Seed Potato Facility; $323,000 for forest utilization research; and $101,000 for the Idaho Geology Survey. UI President Staben also requested $320,000 for crisis inter-

vention counselors other salary adjustments. and two positions While not entirely stufor autistic students. dent-centric, students are negIn his presentation atively impacted when some to the Legislature, of the best faculty are hired off he said that the at higher salaries elsewhere, “folks who provide including nearby WSU. those services are The ISU, BSU and LCSC overwhelmed.” presidents are leaving at One would be hard the end of this year, and the pressed to find a Lewiston Tribune’s Marty need that is more Trillhaase wonders about Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter. how prospective recruits “student-centric.” would view this “half-baked” idea What would happen to those with no clear lines of authority. employees whose “back-office” The ISU and BSU replacejobs would be lost in this reorments would be hired at $400,000 ganization? New staff would be or more, and they would naturally required in Boise, so would one feel they out-ranked their CEO, expect that some of those let go whose job description reads like a would be offered similar posi$200,000-a-year mid-level managtions there. But is this a move er with “specialized skills.” that most people would want to “Half-baked,” indeed, and, I countenance? Faculty salaries, especially at might add, muddled and confused. the full professor level, lag peer Nick Gier of Moscow taught institutions 20-30 percent. Last philosophy at the University of year ISU President Vailas asked Idaho for 31 years. He is Presifor a 6 percent increase for his dent of the Idaho Federation of faculty, but this year he is supTeachers. Read the full version at porting Otter’s paltry 3 percent. It actually turns out to be 2 percent, He can be reached at ngier006@ because 1 percent is taken off the top for promotion increments and

which to stand. Am I the only one who honestly finds this a terrifying idea? Bishop Curry suggests we start by reclaiming the values and ideals we already share, focusing on things that unite us. An example he uses is from the story of the Good Samaritan. A contentious lawyer questions Jesus about the definition of “neighbor.” Jesus tells the story, and then he asks the lawyer, “Who was a neighbor to the man left beaten by the side of the road?” The lawyer replies, “The one who showed him mercy.” Jesus found common ground with his adversary by finding values they could agree on. Sounds like a good place to start. May we find the courage to go and do the same.

Spokane. See, I’m a veteran (Korea, ’71-’72), and was really sick. I thought I had pneumonia. I decided to make the drive over to Spokane because our local Sandpoint V.A. Clinic is short-staffed, and I was afraid that I was only 12 hours away before I got to see what’s on the other side of this life. Turns out I just have a really bad cold. I’m one of the lucky ones in Idaho who has healthcare. Many Idahoans can’t afford basic healthcare. I think that’s a crime. We can afford billions of dollars and trillions over several years to buy the most sophisticated weaponry, but neglect to provide a basic need: preventative healthcare. I’m also a retired school teacher. I’ve served as a K-12 special education teacher at Farmin-Stidwell Elem., Sagle Elem., SMS, SHS, Hope Elem., Priest River Jr. and Sr. High, Post Falls HS, Kootenai School (Children’s Psychiatric Unit at Kootenai Medical Center), Rocky Mtn. Academy, Elk Mtn. Academy and others. You can say that I’ve seen a ton of children of all ages in the past 30 years. Many, if not most of those kids, did not have healthcare because their parents were making enough money to eek out a living in Idaho but not enough to afford healthcare. The disparity in income between

the 1 percent and the 99 percent is most pronounced in children. I regularly roamed the halls during lunchtime looking for kids who weren’t eating and arranged resources for them to get food. Like food, I think healthcare is a basic need. I think everybody’s parent told them growing up, “Life is not fair.” It seems to me that whether life’s fate sometimes seems fair or not, the basic human need of healthcare should be readily available to the citizens of the “richest nation on earth.” If you agree and want to help put this question to the voters, sign the petition at Women’s Health Care at 1215 Michigan St Suite C, or Panhandle Glass Art at 514 Pine St. Visit http:// to learn more.

Mary McPherson Sandpoint

Medicaid Expansion Needs Your Support... Dear Editor, I got one of those plastic bracelets yesterday. You know, the kind that gets you into fancy events and concerts, except mine granted me entrance to Grandstaff Veterans Hospital in

George Rickert Sandpoint

What If Chicken Little Was Right...? Dear Editor, I enjoyed reading Ms. Deubendorfer’s article, and look forward to her next, but I take exception to putting words in my mouth. I did not call Mr.

Gifford those terms, nor would, as I don’t think of him that way. I was using cynicism to express my frustration at those who belittle scientists or refute their work without a sound basis. I’m not proud of its use, but I’m a product of the cynical ‘60s (“I am not a crook!” “Smoking doesn’t cause cancer!” “We are winning this war!”). I didn’t intend to be a serial LTE person, so I would like to leave it at just this: If you were somehow convinced that in 30 to 40 years, life will begin to be unsustainable what would you be feeling? What would you want to do? In other words, what if Chicken Little was right? Ray Libby Samuels

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oday, I am going to take a moment to discuss something that is on everyone’s mind: breasts. Breasts are the most controversial part on a human body. Are they too big? Are they too small? Do they show too much? Are they imperfect? Do I need to buy myself new breasts? If a woman’s breasts are too small she isn’t as attractive; if they are too big, she is a distraction. When your breasts change with growing older and having children, we fight those changes with surgery and push-up bras. Breasts are tied into our identity as women, and we are constantly being sent the message that something is wrong with our bodies, specifically our breasts. I have owned my own set of breasts. We have been through a lot together. I waited for their arrival nervously, wondering what kind of hand I was going to be dealt. My breasts grew in fairly slowly, not reaching their full potential until college. I had more than enough for a person my size. This has created uncomfortable issues when I haven’t been able to properly conceal them in certain arenas. I have been “warned” by concerned co-workers at more than one job that my cleavage was visible when I performed certain tasks such as bending over. You know, just in case someone could see that I have breasts. I notice that larger women, or flat chested co-worker’s cleavage became visible in the same activities,

yet they were not getting reprimanded. I have found myself apologizing and worrying about what I would wear and what message I was sending with my clothing. In reality, my clothing wasn’t revealing any secret. I have big boobs. It’s part of my body. I’m not sure why I have to be penalized for it. I have found myself defending my clothing choices, as though I did something wrong by just getting dressed in the morning. As a woman with a petite frame and large chest, the line between dressing slutty or frumpy is non-existent. It’s always been annoying to me, but now that my daughters are teenagers, I have a front-row seat to just how confusing and degrading it can be to have a set of breasts. “Mom is this shirt inappropriate?” I hate the question, and I hate looking at my child and trying to figure out whether or not her outfit will inadvertently arouse or offend someone. As a society, why are we hyper-focused on controlling the way females dress? I am asking because I do not have an answer, and as a mother to three girls, I need one. I need to be able to tell my child why her shirt is “inappropriate,” not the boy looking down it. Why do I need to explain to her that seeing her cleavage is not just a distraction to her male peers, but also to grown men: coaches, teachers, et. al. My child is no longer seen as a child once she develops breasts, whether it happens in fifth grade or 10th grade. She is re-

sponsible for breast management, and keeping them covered and strapped down so that no one gets the wrong idea. I need to explain to my child that the way she dresses is somehow correlated to sex. Is this a conversation we’d be having with a kid who still plays with dolls? Why is our daughters’ safety related to how she is dressed? Congratulations, honey, you are a woman now, and you will be judged on how you dress for the rest of your life. If you are attacked, the guilt of your attacker will be measured in an equation involving what kind of message your clothing sent. I’m over it. Why aren’t we taking all this energy and focusing it on teaching our sons that no matter how someone is dressed, sex is not an option unless you have verbal consent from a conscious adult? The erection that you got in class, while daydreaming about your 45-year-old English teacher, wasn’t her fault. No matter how you try to convince yourself, her lecture on Walt Whitman was not intentionally erotic. Let’s face it, teenage boys are walking erections. I have been told by men on several occasions that as a teenager a strong wind could give them an erection. No one is calling the wind a slut. Adolescent males get erections for many reasons, not all of them sexual. Adolescent females grow breasts long

before they are ready for sex. Let’s stop trying to pretend this shit isn’t normal, and that we can stop it from happening. Dress codes are not stopping erections or teenagers from being interested in sex. This is painfully obvious to me. As a woman, we all eventually learn the lesson that even when dress codes are strictly enforced, there is a possibility of inadvertent skin exposure due to a clothing malfunction or weight gain or loss. There will be times when you leave the house believing that you dressed impeccably only to find out that your pants were see-through in the sunlight. There will be people, both male and female, waiting for these opportunities to get a better look at the goods. Then, after they have a confirmation that yes, those lumps under her shirt are breasts, they will use this sighting as an excuse to sexualize, judge and shame you. The dress code doesn’t protect us against that. I can guarantee that there is no clothing choice that ensures safety from a sexual predators. I’m ready to start assigning blame where it is due. Boob control doesn’t stop the bad guys from illegally getting access to them. Something to think about the next time you surprisingly see breasts on a female. Grateful for the pair I have, Scarlette Quille February 8, 2018 /


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Memorial set for Clark Fork’s Paul Tallman By Reader Staff

Bouquets: Submitted by Lilly Mitsui: • I was ecstatic yesterday when I saw that Safeway had taken a stance against service dog fraud. This is a battle true service dog organizations have been fighting long and hard. Finally, things are beginning to change! (A sign at Safeway reads: “Dogs, pets and other animals, trained or untrained, whose sole function is to provide comfort, companionship or emotional support do not quality as service animals under the law and are not permitted in our stores.” Submitted by Tim Henney: • I went into Vapor Planet this morning, at Pioneer Square, having seen their ad for cigars in the Reader. I told the young guy in the store I was responding to the ad and he said, “Welcome to the crowd.” He said when they advertised in the Bee they saw little or no response, but when they switched to the Reader new customers arrived daily, and often mentioned the ad, as I had. • Thanks to all of you who came to my play, “Death of a Small Town in the West.” We had a huge turnout, especially the final night, and had such a blast. Special thanks to Jeff Nizzoli at Eichardt’s, who let us invade the upstairs for our wrap party Saturday night and gave us pitchers of beer and delicious food to munch on. What a great guy and such a great bar and restaurant — we thank you for the support. Barbs • I can’t believe Philadelphia’s residents were so happy the Eagles won the Superbowl that they trashed the city. I saw many people asking the important question: What if we didn’t win? A little celebration is definitely in order, but rioting and looting? Something doesn’t compute here. 6 /


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Long-time Clark Fork resident Paul Tallman passed away Saturday, Jan. 27, at his home in the Spokane Valley. Paul passed as peacefully as only Paul could, wondering what was taking so long once he decided it was time to go. Paul was an over 40year member of the Clark Fork Fighten’ Cocks basketball team and a great supporter of Clark Fork High School. This year’s Clark Fork Alumni Tournament will be dedicated to the memory

of Paul and his Fighten’ Cock years. A memorial and celebration of Paul’s life will be held at Center Place (2426 N. Discovery Place, Spokane Valley) on Feb. 17, 2018, at 1 p.m. To learn more about the Clark Fork High School Alumni Tournament, held March 9-11, 2018, contact Debbie Weber at CFHS: (208) 255-7177.

Tallman, far right, with his Fighten’ Cock teammates as they traveled to Canada for a basketball tournament in the late ‘80s. Courtesy photo.

Beans and Brews Chili Cook-Off and Tasting event for charity By Reader Staff

Chili lovers, start your engines. Whether you’re an expert chili chef or just an aficionado of the comfort food, expect greatness at the Beans and Brews Chili Cook-Off and Tasting. The event will be held at the Ponderay Events Center, 401 Bonner Mall Way, on Saturday, March 3, from 5 to 8 p.m. Proceeds will benefit Hope’s

Memorial Community Center and Pre-School. Also, $2 from each ticket will be donated to the

Co-ed rhythmics and acrosport classes offered By Reader Staff Rhythmics is a beautiful activity that combines elements of ballet, gymnastics, dance and manipulation of five apparatus: ball, clubs, hoops, ribbon and rope into skills and routines to music. Acrosport uses partners and groups working together to perform acrobatic skills of tumbling, lifts, balances, tosses and catches of partners in combination with dance. Gymnasts of all sizes are needed. Bases are bigger and strong, tops are petite. Both classes are taught in a recreational format. Participants are encouraged to wear athletic clothing that is not too baggy. This winter session is Feb. 21 – March 28, 2018. Classes

take place at Sandpoint Community Hall (204 N. First Ave.) on Wednesdays. Beginners meet from 3:30-4:30 p.m., Intermediates meet from 4:30-5:30 p.m., Advanced is from 5:30-6:30 p.m. The fees are $43/session ($5 discount for in-city residents). There is a minimum of five and maximum of 12 participants needed to run each class, beginners, intermediates and advanced in this session. Pre-registration deadline for this session is Feb. 16. Register on-line at www. For more information visit us at Sandpoint Parks and Recreation, 1123 Lake St. in Sandpoint or call (208) 263-3613.

winner’s charity of choice. There will also be an award for “fan favorite.” For chili-cooking competitors, the registration fee is $25 or a gift certificate to promote your business. You’ll get an eight-foot table and three admission tickets for your team. Registrants need to complete a registration form, which they’ll be able to obtain by calling (208) 264-5481. The number of contes-

tants is limited, so don’t delay! For those who simply want to taste the amazing array of chilis, tickets are $20 and are available online at Tickets get you all the chili samples your heart desires, as well as other munches. Laughing Dog Brewery and 7B Wine Club will have wine and beer available for purchase.

Fundraiser set for Sandpoint Assisted Living By Ben Olson Reader Staff Most of us have had to embrace the idea of a loved one reaching a point in their life when they are no longer able to live independently. This can often be a difficult transition, but the best way to tackle the issue is to learn as much as you can about assisted living options in Sandpoint. Sandpoint Assisted Living will host an open house, raffle and fundraiser on Monday, Feb. 12 from 1-3 p.m. for anyone interested in learning more about the facility. Located at 624 S. Division,

Sandpoint Assisted Living strives to create an atmosphere of understanding and appreciation for each resident. Most of their services are designed for those who are no longer able to live independently, but are capable of enjoying many activities with some daily assistance. The public is encouraged to attend the open house, where refreshments will also be served from 1-3 p.m. “This is a ‘Give Back’ opportunity for Sandpoint to help our residents in need,” said volunteer Rachel Binderup. For more information about the event or Sandpoint Assisted Living, call (208) 265-2354.

ELECTION COVERAGE governor's race By Ben Olson Reader Staff

Profile of Brad Little

Editor’s Note: These profiles are part of our weekly election coverage leading up to the primaries in May. This week, we feature a conversation with gubernatorial candidate Lt. Gov. Brad Little. SPR: Tell me about your experiences in ranching and business that would make you a good candidate for Idaho Governor. BRAD LITTLE: I have lived the Idaho values of hard work, family, and faith. I can best represent the aspirations of Idahoans. In working the land and representing the cattle and sheep industries at the state and national levels, I have traveled across Idaho and seen incredible changes over the years. Teresa and I come from rural Idaho, where the largest employer— our local sawmill— shut down about 15 years ago. That sawmill has since reopened, but is more technologically advanced and has fewer employees. This challenge is happening across Idaho, in every industry. One saying from my ranching days is “change is inevitable, adaptation and survival are optional.” Idaho requires statewide leadership that has solutions on these challenges to ensure Idaho remains the premier place to live, work, and raise a family. SPR: You have served as Idaho’s lieutenant governor since 2009, and before that you served as a state senator from District 11. How have these experiences prepared you for this gubernatorial race? BL: I have a long track record of bringing stakeholders together to tackle big problems. I think my time as lieutenant governor has given me a perspective on what the Idahoans expect of their governor. Idaho is a diverse state and governors make dozens of decisions each day. You have to instinctively understand Idaho and the best interests of Idahoans in every corner of the state.

SPR: Idaho was recognized as the fastest-growing state in the nation last month. What ideas and methods do you have to plan for — and increase — this growth in a healthy way? BL: As lieutenant governor, one of my priorities has been economic development. I have learned what works and what doesn’t in this arena. I became lieutenant governor in 2009, at

the height of the economic downturn, when unemployment reached close to 10 percent. Since then, 100,000 jobs have been created, and Idaho has historic employment, and our wages are growing twice as fast as the national average. For every corner of Idaho to prosper, we need leadership on economic development and education which works to diversify our economy and add value to existing industries. Here in Sandpoint, there are several economic successes that have shown this diversification, including a burgeoning aerospace sector and several homegrown companies. Just last week, Litehouse Foods, a great homegrown company, celebrated their latest expansion of their facilities here in Sandpoint. For every corner of Idaho to prosper, we need leadership on economic development and education which works to diversify our economy and add value to existing industries. SPR: Your family has a long history of ranching in Idaho, both with sheepherding and later cattle. Incidents such as the “Sage Brush Rebellion” involving the Bundys disputing the federal government’s ownership of grazing land have put land use and management at the forefront of politics in the Northwest. Where do you stand on this issue? Do you take issue with the federal government owning land in the state of Idaho?

BL: I have a long history, as a cattle and sheep industry representative, of working on these public lands issues. In my younger days, I myself was a sage brush rebel, in the late 1970s. In 2000, as a rancher I joined a group to sue the Clinton Administration on their federally-mandated Roadless Rule for Idaho, which would have locked up a lot of land, including for recreationists. We won that lawsuit, giving Idaho the opportunity to write its own Roadless Rule in 2006. This was the first of its kind, and took into account the concerns of local communities and stakeholders. Local communities across Idaho should have more say in the day-to-day management of public lands in our state. Idaho must do all it can to work constructively on these issues and find solutions. I think all interested parties welcome a collaborative approach, and Idaho has several examples of these successes— from Good Neighbor Authority to Rangeland Fire Protection Associations. SPR: The Idaho Republican Party seems to have fractured on ideological lines in the past decade,

with moderate Republicans clashing with those on the right wing of the Republican Party who identify as ideological “patriots” or “liberty-minded” lawmakers. How will you work to unify the Republican Party under such division?

BL: I have a long history of being active in Idaho Republican politics that started when I was 10 years old at my first Idaho GOP convention— from the grassroots as a precinct committeeman, to volunteering within Idaho on statewide and presidential elections. I am proud of this record and believe I can use this to lead our party, emphasizing our common conservative values.

SPR: There are those that believe President Trump’s influence on the Republican brand will have either a positive or negative effect on those running as Republicans in the 2018 election. Does this factor into your running platform? BL: I’m running as an Idahoan to serve Idahoans. I did support President Trump in 2016. My platform is built on creating more opportunities for our children and grandchildren, while keeping Idaho the best place in the country to live and raise a family. SPR: There is a current push to expand the Medicaid gap in Idaho. Have you followed these efforts? What are your thoughts on this?

BL: Yes. The fact is “no action solution” is not an option. We waited for the Congress and President to follow through with their promise to repeal and replace. They failed. Idahoans cannot wait. Thousands of families have seen their premiums increase astronomically. Therefore, it is up to the state to act and we are doing so. Last month, I joined Gov. Otter in signing an executive order laying the groundwork for more affordable health care options for individuals and families who have been priced out of health insurance. In addition to this executive order, the Legislature and governor are considering additional proposals to help Idahoans in the gap. SPR: Education continues to be an important issue in Idaho. Our state is usually ranked either last or next to last in the amount of money the state spends on education. Why is that? What are your ideas for improving education in Idaho? BL: In the past four years, Idaho has invested an additional third of a billion dollars in education. For the first time in decades, Idaho had a five-year strategic plan for education,

which brought together education stakeholders, including parents, teachers and administrators, and industry. Just a few weeks ago, I visited the Clark Fork, Lake Pend Orielle and Sandpoint High Schools. I saw firsthand the incredible work your teaching professionals are doing in the classrooms of Bonner County. One area Idaho has work to do is blurring the lines between K-12, career-technical education, community colleges and universities. As I mentioned, Idaho’s economy is integrating more technology, and new jobs require greater skills and educational attainment from our citizens. This will be my focus when I am governor. SPR: Among your platforms are efforts to reduce taxes and limiting government in Idaho. Why are these important issues for the average Idaho constituent?

BL: Idaho has the fastest-growing economy in America, and that is due to hard work of Idahoans across the state. As Idaho revenues pour into our general fund, surpassing our projections and allowing us to make investments in priorities like education, it is the right thing to provide tax relief to each and every Idahoan. SPR: Complete this sentence: “Brad Little should be governor of Idaho because...”

BL: I am running for governor because I want all Idahoans to have the opportunity to remain in Idaho, or those who left to return. We must stop exporting our most precious resource, our children. The best way to do that is firstly to create great jobs here in Idaho, and secondly to stand up for Idaho values and our unparalleled way of life. SPR: Anything you’d like to add that we haven’t covered?

BL: To tackle the future challenges on issues like education, infrastructure and information security, we must step up our efforts to build a more skilled workforce, reward innovation in achieving our goals and hold government more accountable. That includes keeping taxes fair, simple, predictable and competitive, while keeping regulations minimal, reasonable and responsible.

Brad Little AT A GLANCE AGE: 63 BIRTHPLACE AND RESIDENCE: Emmett, Idaho GOVERNMENT SERVICE: Lt. Governor of Idaho PROFESSION: Rancher, farmer, small businessman. EDUCATION: Emmett Public Schools. University of Idaho. FAMILY: Wife of 39 years, Teresa. Two sons and daughtersin-law. Five grandchildren. FUN FACT: My grandkids are seventh generation Idahoans through my wife’s family. Her great-great grandfather was a Civil War veteran in the Union Army, who received a veteran land grant in the 1880s and began farming on the Palouse, near Genesee, Idaho (in Latah County). Members of her family still farm that ground. One generation later, Teresa’s great-grandfather served in the Idaho House of Representatives in the 1890s, where he voted to give women the right to vote in 1896— the fourth state to do so, 24 years before it was included in the U.S. Constitution. February 8, 2018 /


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Workshopping for the future:

City officials and residents share a vision of the Univ. of Idaho extension property

Workshopping the future of the University of Idaho extension property began in earnest this week, with contracted designers taking feedback to shape the project’s scope. At a series of meetings Monday and Tuesday, design team Studio Cascade outlined three potential scenarios for residents to consider and invited residents to share their opinions. “We know this is a great opportunity, we know the community loves (the property) and views it as a precious resource, and that’s really guiding a lot (of what we’re doing here),” said Ryan Hughes of Studio Cascade. In the first scenario, the property will be designed primarily for recreation, emphasizing “sports, trails and perhaps community gardening.” This would be the ideal arrangement for activities like cyclocross, cross-country skiing and wildlife viewing, while still leaving room for a development like a recreation center. The second scenario envisions sustainable ecological development. The plan would preserve the local habitat and shoreline while maintaining the property’s suitability for trails, wildlife viewing and community gardening. It would also support appropriately-scaled commercial and residential development and emphasize outdoor education. Predominantly urban development is the focus of the third scenario. A variety of residential and business suite of developments could include multi-story housing, offices and single-family or cottage 8 /


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housing. The site would be built out to emphasize walkability and still leave room for recreational facilities. Since this design is crafted with an eye toward a revenue-neutral or revenue-positive balance, improvements and amenities could potentially be rolled out more quickly. Between two days of openhouse presentations and formal workshopping, residents offered several suggestions like limiting the density of development on the property and exploring the possibility of a recreation center. Those who missed the workshops can still contribute their opinions by taking an online survey at www.sandpointidaho. gov/uofi. According to Sandpoint Planning and Economic Development Director Aaron Qualls, the city has received more than 200 responses to the survey so far. At the Tuesday night meeting, Bill Grimes of Studio Cascade said the community contributions have so far been very helpful and should shape the planning process. “I think there are things we can do to address a lot of the significant considerations here,” he added. Likewise, Elaine Clegg of Idaho Smart Growth said that there is great opportunity within the property. However, she cautioned that, especially when pursuing ambitious projects like a recreation center, strong partners and plenty of time will likely be required before they come to fruition. “It’s going to take a lot of partnerships, a lot of years, but I think there are some real possibilities,” she said. With plenty of community feedback in tow, the Studio Cascade team will work up

Northern corner establishes intensity group to emphasize airport entry.

Cottage housing blends with trails and landscape, potentially with little eco footprint

Townhomes fronting Boyer create active streetscape and concentrate development along corridor

Trailhead and parking area welcomes visitors to site’s recreation

Trails at top of slope along central wash and creekside bluff maintain recreational uses

Townhomes offer higherdensity ownership options

Pedestrian corridor provides for “urban place” and introduces community green

Boyer Ave.

By Cameron Rasmusson Reader Staff

Commuinty green complements community center and absorbs runoff

On-street parking supplements demand from community center and retail uses

Office, retail and residential mixed-uses define southern corner

Live-work units complement maker spaces to south

designs that take community considerations into account. Once that’s complete, they will return to the Sandpoint City Council for approval of a

conceptual master plan. “We’ve come to understand what a precious resource this is to the community,” said Hughes.

This worksheet details one possible layout for the Univ. of Idaho extension site. It was a template for community members to make recommendations and adjustments and is far from finalized. Map courtesy of Studio Cascade.


Meetings to detail silica drilling, second rail bridge

SASi receives Alzheimer’s grant By Reader Staff

By Cameron Rasmusson Reader Staff A pair of meetings over the next week will break down two issues of local concern: the exploratory drilling for silica near Lake Pend Oreille and the proposed second rail bridge over the lake. The Idaho Panhandle National Forests will be hosting an informational meeting about the Green Mountain Exploratory Drilling Project Plan of Operations. The public meeting will be held tonight — Thursday, Feb. 8, from 6-8 p.m. — at the Sandpoint Ranger District Office, 1602 Ontario St. The meeting will allow the public to learn and ask questions about the proposed project. The U.S. Forest Service cautions that the request, which will drill two holes to a combined depth of 200 feet

Photo by Emily Cleveland. and more accurately determine the level of silica at the site, will not necessarily lead to a mining operation. However, some members of the public worry that interest will follow should significant silica reserves be discovered. The proposed drilling also comes on the heels of a silicon smelter proposed near Newport. Likewise, Idaho Conser-

vation League is holding a meeting concerning the second rail bridge proposed for construction across Lake Pend Oreille. The meeting is set for Tuesday, Feb. 13, from 6-7 p.m. at Eichardt’s Pub, 212 Cedar St., and will address what the public can do to weigh in on the bridge proposal.

Alzheimer’s Foundation of America (AFA), a national nonprofit organization, recently awarded Sandpoint Area Seniors, Inc. (SASi) a $5,000 grant for respite care. SASi will utilize these funds to provide respite scholarships to families living with Alzheimer’s disease. Respite programs, such as adult day programs, offer caregivers a much-needed time-out from their caregiving duties, while providing stimulation for individuals with Alzheimer’s. “AFA is proud to award respite care grants in an effort to help family caregivers maintain their own sense of mental and physical health,” said Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr., president and CEO of AFA. “Nobody is superman. It is important to realize that you can’t do it all.” “It feels great (to receive this grant)! So exciting!” said Ellen Weissman, Sandpoint Area Seniors executive director. “These funds are so helpful for our families in need! We’re very grateful to AFA. This is the second time

they have helped us!” Family caregivers of individuals with dementia are critical to the quality of life of the care recipients. However, this support often comes at a cost of caregiver distress and with a challenging quality of life. Caregivers face many obstacles as they balance caregiving with other demands, including child rearing, career, and relationships. They are at increased risk for stress, depression, and a variety of other health complications, as well as decreased engagement in preventive health behaviors, such as exercise. There is also a greater likelihood among caregivers of smoking, drinking alcohol, and inadequate sleep. It’s been a big couple weeks for the senior center. Last week, KXLY visited the center to do a story on the calendar Sandpoint seniors are making. Named “9 Over 90 and More,” the calendar will raise money for senior center services. For more information about SASi or their DayBreak respite care center, please call (208) 263-6860.

Jerry Kramer makes Hall of Fame By Cameron Rasmusson Reader Staff Local sports legend Jerry Kramer received a long-awaited honor last week after being voted into Pro Football Hall of Fame. In his 11th time up for consideration, Kramer finally received enough votes to enshrine his 11-year National

Football League career with the Green Bay Packers into the Hall of Fame. Kramer, an offensive lineman, helped bring his team to championships in Super Bowls I and II. “On behalf of the entire Green Bay Packers organization, I want to congratulate Jerry on this well-deserved honor,” said

Packers President/CEO Mark Murphy. “I’m so happy for Jerry. His patience has been rewarded, as he will finally be going into the Hall of Fame after being a finalist 11 times.” Kramer’s omission from the Pro Football Hall of Fame has long been a sore subject for sports fans. He was voted the

number-one player not in the Hall of Fame by the NFL Network in 2009. The honor is particular thrilling for Idahoans, especially those in Sandpoint. Kramer is a Sandpoint High School graduate who played for the University of Idaho Vandals from 1955 to 1958. February 8, 2018 /


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Mad about Science: By Brenden Bobby Reader Columnist If there’s one thing you know about me by now, it’s that I love giant reptiles. Talking about non-extinct giant reptiles, aside from crocodiles, it doesn’t get any bigger than the Komodo dragon. The Komodo dragon is a giant monitor lizard. If that sounds familiar, it’s because you’ve probably seen his cousins, the Savannah monitor and the spiny-tailed monitor, respectively, at pet stores. Unlike those gentle beasts, the Komodo dragon has earned a fearsome reputation. Komodos can reach 10 feet long and weigh as much as 300 pounds. Keeping that in mind, a successful Komodo dragon can eat as much as 80 percent of its body weight in a single sitting. If an NFL linebacker were to do that, he’d have to eat 392 sub sandwiches at once over about 20 minutes. This is way more disgusting and violent than it sounds. Unlike sub sandwiches, the Komodo dragon’s food source isn’t pre-built to be eaten. It’s still alive and very much wants to stay alive. Goats, wild pigs, deer, birds and any other fleshy bags of blood we delight in throwing on the grill are staples of the dragon’s diet. The Komodo dragon charges its prey at up to 11mph and violently attacks it, attempting to debilitate, exsanguinate or immediately kill its prey. In the event the prey escapes, its fate is sealed the moment the Komodo dragon’s teeth break the skin. Over 50 strains of 10 /


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komodo dragon bacteria live in the Komodo Dragon’s mouth, and they go bonkers when assaulting another animal’s immune system, killing it from blood poisoning in as little as 24 hours. Komodo dragons have been seen tracking escaped and dying prey with great resilience, using their sensitive forked tongues to pick up a scent trail just like snakes. When they finally reach the carcass, they have a few methods available to eat. They can tear large chunks out with their teeth, or they can adapt the snake strategy by unhinging their jaws to swallow the prey whole. They have been observed (literally) biting off more than they can chew, and ramming the carcass into trees with enough force to bring the trees down. That’s so metal. You would think a predator that voracious would cause mass extinctions on a level that only humans have perfected, but Komodo dragons have a very slow metabolism. A healthy Komodo can eat as few as 12 meals a year. How does something eating that little get so big? Island gigantism: this seems to happen on islands where large mammalian predators don’t live. Other animals in the isolated ecosystems start adapting to fill niches such as apex predator, which is the case of the Komodo dragon. They’re also fortunate enough to have some pretty impressive ancestors. Monitor lizards are descendants of Mosasaurs, predatory oceanic reptiles that could reach up to 60 feet in length and ate, well, everything. Since Komodo dragons are

basically walking pathogen factories, one would think that they’d be sick all of the time, right? They’re not! Scientists have noticed this, and wondered why they don’t get sick from the multitudes of bacteria swimming around their mouthholes, but other creatures do. It turns out there’s a component in Komodo blood that acts as an intense antibiotic. Research done into Komodo peptides have shown their blood is capable of destroying drug-resistant strains of bacteria similar to MRSA. That’s pretty dang huge. Komodo dragons have another unusual, some would argue biblical, feature. It’s possible for them to reproduce parthenogenetically. What does that mean? It means that if a female is isolated from males for an extended period of time, she can lay unfertilized eggs that will develop into male offspring, which she could later reproduce with to create both male and female offspring to continue the species. This is an extremely rare adaptation exercised by a very small number of things. The reason it’s so rare is because it’s pretty inefficient. If you’re immune to the common cold but vulnerable to influenza, self-replicating will mean your offspring, and their offspring, will always be vulnerable to influenza. However, if you find a big strong handsome Komodo dragon that’s vulnerable to the common cold but immune to influenza, mixing your genes and his has the chance to create at least one offspring that could be


immune (or vulnerable, hence, multiple offspring) to both. That’s a grotesque oversimplification of genetics, but it’s the gist of why parthenogenesis is so rare in the natural world. Being a marvelously large lizard, Komodo dragons are a major attraction at most zoos around the world. Those in captivity help raise awareness about the conservation of those in the wild. After decades of human encroachment and black market pet trade, the Komodo Dragon’s conservation status is vulnerable. That means it

has a high chance of becoming endangered in the near future. Once it crosses that threshold, it doesn’t take much to send it on a spiral towards extinction. If you want to help the conservation effort, learn a bit more about these awesome beasts and even see one in person, I can tell you from personal experience that Woodland Park Zoo in Seattle has an awesome exhibit. If you like giant reptiles as much as I do, you should definitely check it out!

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We can help! • The Galapagos archipelago is perhaps one of the most bio-diverse places on earth. Ninety-seven percent of the islands are a national park and half of the land species (and one-fifth of the marine species) are endemic, or native, to the Galapagos. • Up until 2012, the Galapagos Islands were home to the sole remaining Giant Pinta tortoise in the world, known affectionately as Lonesome George until his passing. While his actual age was never certain, he was estimated to be between 90-100 years old. • First capturing the imagination of famous British scientist and theorist Charles Darwin in 1835, the Galapagos Islands became the major source of research and inspiration for his paper “The Origin of the Species” and the theory of evolution. • Floreana Island was where the Galapagos had its first post office – a barrel where those who passed through the bay could leave mail or take any they could deliver. Today the tradition is kept alive by tourists, where you can send a letter from Post Office Bay without a stamp. All you have to do in return is pick up a letter that is directed to where you live. • Thanks to its location on the Equator, the Galapagos Islands have an equal 12 hours of daylight and 12 hours of night throughout the year.


“War is peace, freedom is slavery, ignorance is strength.”


hat was the slogan of INGSOC— the totalitarian political party in George Orwell’s novel “1984.” Much like the sophistry that we in the United States are all too familiar with, the primary purpose of INGSOC propaganda was to convince the masses to consent to domestic and foreign policy decisions that they would otherwise be opposed to. Given the increase of income inequality in the U.S. over the past few decades, most Americans are not too keen on the idea of cutting taxes for the uber-wealthy; nor are they particularly enthusiastic about making draconian cuts to programs like Social Security and Medicare. For this reason, it would be political suicide for a politician to come right out as say, “Yeah, so, uh, I’m going to cut programs that help the poor and middle class, so I can give more money to my rich donors.” This explains the need for our public (corporate) servants to use words and language that resembles the rhetoric of the fictional government in Orwell’s novel. Popularized under Ronald Reagan and Margaret Thatcher, supply-side economics was never really about doing what’s best for society. Remember what Thatcher famously said: “There is no such thing as society.” It’s more of an elaborate ruse, an attempt to rationalize redistributing wealth from those in the middle and the bottom to those at the top. Of course, if you ask a supply-side apologist, it’s not about making rich people even richer (no, certainly not that), it’s about “creating jobs” and “liberating entrepreneurship.” But this notion is about as believable as the notion that nations only wage wars in order to establish peace. It is the kind of deception and inversion of reality that is commonplace in the political sphere: a concern for self-interest under the guise of a concern for the greater good. Proponents of this “trickle-down” economic theory seem to believe — or at least want us to believe — that money can only

help to grow an economy if it’s funneled into the already overflowing coffers of the opulent. “Have you ever had a poor man offer you a job?” they’ll ask you with a condescending sneer. But tax cuts for the wealthy won’t create jobs so long as consumers don’t have any money to spend on goods and services. In short, supply-side economics is, in fact, lopsided — we must focus more on the demand-side of the equation. There are many individuals and corporations that have millions of dollars stashed in overseas accounts. Why isn’t that money being used to create jobs or pay higher salaries? Perhaps if we give them just one more tax cut, it will finally trickle down to the rest of us? Not quite. The solution to creating jobs is more complicated than just throwing money at rich people. The assertion that tax cuts will increase consumption and create jobs is not a complete fiction, but it all depends on who’s receiving the tax cuts. Cutting taxes primarily for those who already have gazillions socked away won’t have much of an effect on aggregate demand. In fact, it can have the opposite effect. Highly concentrated wealth results in less money circulating through the economy, which, in turn, can lead to a reduction in jobs. We all heard the tall tales about how the Bush tax cuts would help to stimulate the economy; what happened? More dividends were paid out to shareholders, chief executive salaries were increased, mass layoffs ensued and the gap between the rich and poor expanded. This type of “tax reform,” as it is often euphemized, is also part of a strategy which is known as “starving the beast.” If you’re not familiar with the term, you can easily guess the meaning behind the metaphor: the U.S. government is a gargantuan beast, and it must be deprived of sustenance (i.e. tax revenue). The strategy is pretty straightforward: “Our tax cuts will create a huge deficit that we can subsequently use as a pretext for cutting spending on New Deal programs and any other socialist institutions that we oppose.” Of course, they’re never quite that

candid about their endeavor. Snake oil salesmen are very adroit at convincing us that those who expose their lies are, in fact, the real snake oil salesmen; consequently, it’s hard to know who or what to believe anymore. We’ve frequently heard the POTUS talk about “fake news” and “draining the swamp.” However, all we’ve seen the president do over the last few months is muddy the waters. That’s because those at the top of the pyramid know they can only remain there as long as we’re

unable to think and see clearly. Since the advent of democracy, this has been their modus operandi: to convince us that “war is peace, freedom is slavery, ignorance is strength,” and—more recently—to help the poor we must help the rich. 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

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Dollar Beers! 8pm @ Eichardt’s Pub Good until the keg’s dry

Music Benefit with The Lowest Pair 6:30pm @ Panida Little Theater Local artist Jake Robin will be opening, and Olympia-based sultry country/ folk duo The Lowest Pair will be headlining. Tickets $15/adv, $17/at door

Open Mic with Kev 6-9pm @ MickDuff’s Come out for a pos ronment to share yo or just come take it a

Live Music w/ Brian Jacobs 5-8pm @ Pend d’Oreille Winery Brian is back with acoustic, pop and more! Live Music w/ Bright Moments 6-8pm @ Cedar St. Bistro Wine Bar A local jazz group with a great selection Live Music w/ Tom D’Orazi 6-8pm @ Farmhouse Kitchen and Silo Bar

Live Music w/ Muffy and the Riff Hangers 5-8pm @ Idaho Pour Authority An acoustic band playing Americana/bluegras Live Music w/ Ron Greene 6:30-9:30pm @ MickDuff’s Beer Hall Celebrate second Fridays with Ron Greene Yoga on Tap 11am @ Laughing Dog Brewery Azalea Ga 6-8pm @ A Live Music w/ Oak St. Connection Live Music w/ The Cole Show Celebrating 6-8pm @ Cedar St. Bistro Wine Bar 6pm @ Arlo’s Ristorante breakfast fo Fun duo with a wide repertoire Fun duo with a wide repertoire Live Music w/ The Groove Black Beer, Live Music w/ Devon Wade 6:30-9:30pm @ MickDuff’s Beer Hall 5-8pm Brandon Watterson’s band playing 9pm @ 219 Lounge Explo Devon is Sandpoint’s country star. jazz, funk, blues, reggae and alt rock WildC Put on those boots and dance! Live Music w/ Truck Mills No ch Soul Motion: Lean Back 5-8pm @ Idaho Pour Authority Amer One of the great blues men in the area 7-9pm @ Embody Studio (823 Main St.) 2pm @ Live Music w/ Monarch Mtn. Band A conscious dance practice open to every- Febru body! With Brietta Leader and Ali Thomas who l 8-10pm @ The Back Door on Drums. Sliding scale: $12-20 Folk, bluegrass and Americana public POAC presents Montreal Guitare Trio: Danzas 7:30pm @ Panida Theater The virtuosic classical guitar trio of Marc Morin, Glenn Levesque, and Sebastien Dufour pay tribute to the great composers of Spanish music, including Paco de Lucia and Manuel de Falla, in their Danzas concert Monday Night Blues Jam w/ Truck Mills 7:30pm @ Eichardt’s Pub

Mardi Gras and Night-Out Karaoke 9pm @ 219 Lounge Join DJ Pat for a night of singing, Mardi Gras style. Or just come to drink and listen. Either way, it’s on! Wind Down Wednesday 5-8pm @ 219 Lounge With live music by blues man Truck Mills. Relax together with friends and colleagues at the end of the day

“Bicycling below sea level” 7pm @ First Lutheran Church Jim Payne’s slide show about his bicycle adventure in Holland last fall. Free for public

L 2 A fe u Organic Gardening and Seed Saving • Discuss organic gardening and seed savin share if you can; if you can’t, come anyw

2nd Rail Bridge Update with ICL • 6-7pm ICL Conservation Associate Matt Nykiel wi plishments and what still lies ahead in the effo oil trains. Hear an update on the proposed con Pend Oreille and learn about what’s coming u

Valentine’s Day Singles Speed Dating and Game N 6pm @ MickDuff’s Beer Hall Let’s mix it up, Sandpoint - MickDuffs Beer Hall is Day can be fun if you’re single and to prove it, the bee event at 6 p.m. The goal is for the dating portion to take G Randy McAllister & the Scrappiest Band in the Motherland 6: Dollar Beers! 8pm @ Eichardt’s Pub 7:30pm @ Panida Theater Th Good until the keg’s dry Grammy-nominated singer, harmonica player and drummer K Randy McAllister and band brings soulful Texas blues at m their best. Tickets are $22 in advance a


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

Oscar-Nominated Shorts @ Panida Theater Screenings of Oscar-nominated shorts. Find showtimes by looking at the Panida ad in this week’s Reader on page 19

Meet Republican Congressional candidates 5:30pm @ Holiday Inn Express Ponderay The public is invited to hear four of the Republican Congressional candidates speak to the North Idaho Federated Republican Women. Candidates slated to speak are Russ Fulcher, David Leroy, Christy Perry and Michael Snyder.

‘80s Party at the 219 9pm-1:30am @ 219 Lounge a/bluegrass Take a dayglo trip back to the ‘80s with MTV tribute band Cubik’s Rube from 9-11pm and all DJ Josh from 11pm-1:30am. Free! Greene

POAC Open House and Art Exhibit 5-7pm @ POAC Office POAC is opening its doors for an evening of celebration in their new office space in the Cedar St. Bridge. Join zalea Galentine’s Party POAC for refreshments, lo-8pm @ Azalea’s Handpicked Style cal music, and an art exhibit. elebrating friendships between lady friends (among Free and open to the public reakfast foods and including shopping and events

Sandpoint Contra Dance 7pm @ Spt. Community Hall A community dance in the New England tradition. All dances taught and called. Show up early for instruction. Bring soft-soled shoes and a water bottle. $5 suggested donation

Beer, Birch & Blades: Intro to Carving and Weaving Stories and More 9-10:30am @ Sandpoint Waldorf School 5-8pm @ Winter Ridge Natural Foods Explore woodworking and birch bark weaving with the Under the guidance of a Waldorf-trained and WildCraft crew. $25, which includes snacks and craft beers. experienced Early Childhood teacher, this free event includes a puppet story, seasonal activiNo childcare available; call 208-263-9417 to register ties, play and a light snack. Open to 1-, 2- and American Heritage Wildlife Series: Water Birds 3-year-olds and one parent or caregiver. To 2pm @ Clark Fork Library y- February’s topic is “Water Birds” - learn to identify birds RSVP, call 208-265-2683. Held the second Satas who live on or near our waterways. Free and open to the urday of every month public. For more information, call 208-266-1321

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Lifetree Cafe 2pm @ Jalapeño’s Mexican Restaurant An hour of stories and conversations to feed your soul. This week’s topic: Sexual Misconduct Saving • 1pm @ Sandpoint Library seed saving. Bring food and seeds to ome anyway! 208-263-6248

Parkinson’s Support Group 2-3pm @ Bonner General Health Individuals affected by Parkinson’s, family, caregivers, and friends are encouraged to attend the Parkinson’s Support Group. 208-265-3325

L • 6-7pm @ Eichardt’s Pub Nykiel will lead an informal discussion on accomin the effort to protect the environment from coal and posed construction of a second rail bridge over Lake s coming up and how you can help the process. Free

Open Mic 5-8pm @ SKåL Taproom Musicians and comedians welcome! Open mic is held every Wednesday d Game Night The Conversation 6-8pm @ Ivano’s Ristorante er Hall is ready to play matchmaker! Valentine’s Sharing social media tips it, the beer hall is hosting a Singles Speed Dating for a successful art business. on to take about an hour, because what’s an hour? FREE and open to the public Guitar, Chocolate and a Rose with Classical Guitarist Leon Atkinson land 6:30pm @ Panida Theater The Panida welcomes local classical guitarist Leon Atkinson, host of mer KPBX Thursday morning show “The Guitar Hour,” offering a gorgeous at musical start to a romantic evening. Tickets are $24/couple, and includes a chocolate truffle and a rose; $15/single includes a chocolate truffle

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Feb. 16-25 Sandpoint Winter Carnival Feb. 16 Petty Fever (Tom Petty tribute band) @ Panida Theater Feb. 16 Harold’s IGA w/ guests Casey and Hunter @ 219 Lounge

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There are a lot of great places to eat in the greater Sandpoint area. This issue is dedicated to foodies, locals on a budget and those who are simply seeking a new place to dine. Here’s the idea: We asked every restaurant in the region (except for chain restaurants) to share one dish with us, and we have shared the results with you in the next few pages. Whether you’re a regular or haven’t been yet, do yourselves and the community a favor: Give these restaurants a shot if something sounds good. Tell ‘em the Reader sent you. This week we focus on Sandpoint . Next week, we’ll look at Ponderay and all outlying towns.

By Ben Olson • Reader Staff

SANDPOINT In no particular order Arlo’s Ristorante 330 N. First Ave. (208) 255-4186 Italian Arlo’s, which recently celebrated 17 years in Sandpoint, is a family-owned and operated Italian restaurant on the shores of Sand Creek in Sandpoint. With live dinner music on the weekends and a great selection of traditional Italian favorites, Arlo’s is a great place for date night or family dinner. Don’t forget to check out the delicious antipasti menu with amazing seafood options. Hours: 11:30 a.m. - 2 p.m. / 5-10 p.m. One Dish: The best-selling entree, other than the garlic bread, is the Penne Alla Panna with Sausage. It comes with penne pasta, Italian sweet and hot sausage, marinara and a touch of cream. $14.95 for dinner entree or $9.95 for a lunch entree. Ivano’s Ristorante 102 S. First Ave. (208) 263-0211 Italian

co-owner Nolan Smith. “Our chef Carl Agazzi came here to help Jim open the original Ivano’s on Second and Lake. He came from the Bay area and brought the Cioppino recipe along with.” Smith said the secret to making good cioppino is amazing stock, and that can only be accomplished with fresh crab. Along with the crab there is an assortment of seafood: fresh fish, clams, mussels, prawns, calamari tubes and tentacles. This is mixed with a slightly spicy stock, tomato sauce and fresh garlic. Ivano’s will be serving this amazing dish for the next couple of months, and since it is fresh, quantity is limited. If making a reservation, ask for it by name and they’ll save you an order or two. Eichardt’s Pub & Grill 212 Cedar St. (208) 263-4005 American Pub A Sandpoint institution since April 1994, Eichardt’s Pub & Grill is a perfect mix between a public house, a watering hole and an eatery with a world-class menu full of conscientious choices featuring high-quality fare. Plus, the specials board is updated every day with amazing choices. It’s the type of place Norm from “Cheers” would have his name called out the moment he walked in. It’s that kind of awesome. Garlic fries rock!

Hours: Opens at 11:30 a.m. every day – kitchen open ‘til 10pm. Pub is open as business dictates after that. Ivano’s RistoOne Dish: The Chicken Marsala features a rante is a big part The Cioppino. flour-dusted seared chicken breast, mushof Sandpoint food room-Marsala cream sauce over fresh spinach culture. First opened in 1984 on Valentine’s Day, and pub-made risotto cakes for $18. “But of restaurateur Jim Lippi named it for his father, course, our specials board is the way to go,” Ivano Lippi. Ivano and Jim have passed on said owner Jeff Nizzoli. now, but their legacy is very much alive, with authentic Italian dishes served with that touch of MickDuff’s Restaurant excellence that has left a lasting impact for more 312 N. First Ave. than three decades. (208) 255-4351 The Brewer’s Burger. Irish American Brewpub Hours: Dinner 4:30-close - 7 Days a week One Dish: The Cioppino. “We only do it during Opened 11 years ago, MickDuff’s Brewpub crab season while the meat is fresh,” said has consistently reigned as a top eatery in Sand14 /


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point. Featuring a menu packed with mouth-watering pub fare, a great selection of burgers and sandwiches and daily handmade soups, MickDuff’s is a great choice for the casual diner who also wants to share a beer brewed right here in Sandpoint. Hours: Winter – Sunday-Thursday, 11am-9pm, Friday-Saturday ‘til 10pm One Dish: “Year in, year out, our most popular dish is the Brewer’s Burger,” said co-owner Duffy Mahoney. The burger comes with a locally-made brioche bun, all-natural beef, nitrate-free bacon, Tillamook cheddar cheese and can be accompanied by fries, waffle fries or chips (their potatoes are hand-cut and purchased from an Idaho farm) or one of two daily soups or salad. You can also substitute the patty for a Kobe beef patty. Connie’s Cafe 323 Cedar St. (208) 255-2227 Diner

Bone-In Pork Chop.

Connie’s Cafe has that great old-fashioned diner look we all love. From the breakfast counter to the comfy padded booths, Connie’s is passionate about offering home-style food in an unpretentious manner. The bar attached to the rear of the restaurant is also a great place to enjoy a Bloody Mary on those mornings after. Hours: 7am-9pm • 7 days a week One Dish: The 8-ounce Bone-In Pork Chop with apple compote and white cheddar mashed potatoes for $12.95.

special place in my heart for those reasons. But late-night or not, the food offered at this unassuming eatery/bar is phenomenal. Whether it’s the world-famous P.J.’s Cheeseburger or specials offered each day of the week, it’s a great place to have a beer and a quick, hearty bite. The full menu is served every day open to close. Hours: Monday-Saturday 10 a.m.-1:45 a.m. • Sunday 10 a.m. - 8 p.m. One Dish: “Our very own World Famous P.J.’s Cheeseburger with classic French fries,” said manager James Mize. “The P.J.’s burger has been served at A&P’s for decades.” Staying true to the original recipe created years ago, this juicy burger is made fresh daily with local Woods ground beef, served simply with pickles and onions. “And yes, we still have that spicy mustard recipe, too!” said Mize. Di Luna’s Cafe 207 Cedar St. (208) 263-0846 Breakfast and Brunch American Di Luna’s is one of those places The Reuben. with a lot of great stuff going on. Their breakfast is to die for, featuring an excellent array of eclectic dishes and home-style favorites (plus a great selection of eggs benedict dishes). The lunch menu features a great smattering of sandwiches and bistro-style entrees loaded with fresh produce and an excellent selection of protein options. Plus, they usually have live music and a dinner menu a couple times a month, with one of the best listening rooms in town for music. All-star place.

A&P’s Pub and Grill 222 N. First Ave. (208) 263-2313 Bar and Grill

Hours: Weds through Monday – 8am - 2pm One Dish: The Reuben sandwich. Owner Karen Forsythe said, “Our Reuben sandwich is far and P.J.’s Burger. away the most popular. We’ve been told that it’s better than any other, anywhere (and that by peoThere aren’t many options for late-night ple from New York). I don’t know if that is true or food in Sandpoint, so A&P’s will always have a not, but it is awesome.” The Di Luna’s Reuben

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features corned beef that has been slow roasted for 12 hours and hand sliced, served with fresh sauerkraut, homemade thousand island dressing on grilled marble rye. Mmmm. Serv-A-Burger 907 Fifth Ave. (208) 263-6620 Burgers and Ice Cream Who hasn’t had a burger from Serv-A-Burger? If not, what are you waiting for? The quiet burger joint just north of the Comfort Inn has those home-style features you love: crushed ice in the drinks, big burger patties cooked with care, items made from scratch and delicious milkshakes in a ton of different flavors. They just celebrated 30 years in August! Hours: 10am – 8pm 7 days a week One Dish: “The Logger’s Combo has been our premier choice for 30 years, from back in the day we were a logging community,” said owner Joe Mire. It’s a double burger constituting a half-pound of burger with mayo, onion, pickle, lettuce, ketchup and tomatoes. “Everything is made to order fresh,” said Mire. The Logger’s Combo comes with choice of fries or onion rings, which are made fresh every day. “We slice the onions, soak them overnight, then dip in our secret ingredient which has to do with vanilla ice cream mix,” said Mire. “It’s labor intensive, but it’s our calling card.” Dub’s Drive-In Hwy 2 W. (208) 263-4300 Burgers and Ice Cream This iconic burger and ice cream joint in Sandpoint feels like stepping back to a simpler time, with big meaty patties, soft-serve ice cream, a ton of shake, slush and sundae options, and fried favorites all over the menu. It’s a great place for families or a quick bite. Don’t forget they serve breakfast, too! Hours: Tues. – Fri. 6am-9pm • Saturday 10am9pm • Sunday 11am-9pm • Monday 10am-8pm One Dish: Bulldog Burger. Two quarter pounders with ham, bacon, Swiss cheese and American cheese, lettuce, tomato, mayonnaise, ketchup, pickles and onion. $6.58. Spud’s Waterfront Grill 102 N. First Ave. (208) 265-4311 American Breakfast and Lunch Spud’s is one of those places where you can’t go wrong, no matter The Capistrano. what you order on the menu. They usually have a half-dozen homemade soups available every day, and the sandwiches and baked potatoes are to die for, each with homemade sauces and flavors that leave a lasting impression. Pair that with one of the best dining decks in town overlooking Sand Creek, and you’ve got a winner. Don’t forget about their amazing breakfast options, too! Hours: 8am – 4pm • 7 days a week One Dish: Capistrano is the most popular sandwich. It’s on a fresh-baked poor boy roll baked at

Safeway for over 20 years with Spud’s original recipe. Homemade honey cilantro habenero mayonnaise made at Spud’s. Lettuce, fresh sliced tomato, house-roasted turkey, avocado slices and a drizzle of sauce on top. $9.75. The Pie Hut 502 Church St. #A (208) 265-2208 Bakery American Hearty Upon entering the Pie Hut, a hungry customer is made even hungrier by the competing smells of savory soups, fresh-baked pies and delectable sandwiches. The eatery located across Fifth Ave. from Columbia Bank is a great choice for comfort food, where you can get everything from chicken pot pie to a Vietnamese Bahn Mi sandwich with, of course, a slice of your favorite pie for dessert. Everything they do here is great. Hours: Tuesday – Friday 10:30am – 6 pm / Saturday 10:30am – 4pm One Dish: Jalapeno Popper Sandwich. Oven-roasted jalapenos, thick-cut bacon, cream cheese, cheddar cheese and apricot pineapple jam on a panini sandwich on ciabatta. $9.95. Cedar St. Bistro & Espresso Bar 334 N. First Ave. (inside Cedar St. Bridge) (208) 265-4396 Coffee, Crepes, Bistro Cedar St. Bistro has a little bit of everything. Organized as a spot to grab quick bites of comfort food, the menu includes a selection of wraps, sandwiches, flat bread pizzas, as well as bistro-style side dishes, baked goods and yummy desserts. They also offer breakfast items, as well as a full service Chicken and Basil Crepe. coffee bar and wine bar. Throw in live music every week, a friendly, helpful staff and an amazing view of Sand Creek, the Cedar St. Bistro is one of those spots that caters to everyone. Hours: 7am-5pm 7 days a week One Dish: Chicken and Basil Crepe. Basil pesto, thin strips of grilled chicken, sauteed mushrooms with scallions and spinach and parmesan cheese, topped with a savory cream sauce. $9.75, comes with your choice of side salad, or pasta salad. Tango Cafe 414 Church St. (208) 263-9514 Deli Sandwiches and Breakfast Located inside the Columbia Bank building in Sandpoint, Tango Cafe is known for its savory selection of breakfast and lunch items that cater more toward gourmet down-home cooking. With locally sourced meats and produce, as well as a hearty selection of side dishes, pasta salads and other fun accoutrements, Tango is also a go-to caterer for many of the public meetings that take place within the Sandpoint Center. Also, breakfast is available all day. Cool. Hours: 7am-4pm Monday through Friday One Dish: The Harold’s Special, which was

named after the old grocery store that used to be here. Barney Ballard (who started Tango Cafe) named it, and it’s stayed that way. It’s a classic breakfast, but healthier, with ham, bacon or sausage from local Woods Meats, two eggs, whole grain toast on la brea bread and homestyle potatoes for $8. Second Ave. Pizza 215 S. Second Ave. (208) 263-9321 Pizza Parlor If you like big, hearty pies and that old-time pizza parlor feel, Second Ave. Pizza is definitely the place for you. With a stellar jukebox, unique pizzas that take some serious upper-body strength to lift, and one of the best selections of ingredients in town, Second Ave. Pizza is also headquarters for the annual Lost in the ‘50s Weekend in Sandpoint. Do it! Hours: Monday-Friday 11am – 9:30pm, Saturday 3-10pm, Sunday 3-9:30pm One Dish: One of the most iconic items on the menu is the Carolyn’s Special, which started as an off-menu item for Schweitzer lifties and regulars and morphed into one of the most popular choices at Second Ave. Pizza. The pie comes with red sauce, mozzerella cheese, pepperoni, fresh de-stemmed spinach, light all-natural olives, light mushrooms, light onions, lots of fresh garlic, granulated garlic, Canadian bacon, pesto spread onto the bacon and artichoke hearts placed on top of that with a light dusting of cheese. After that cooks and melts down, they add fresh tomatoes on top and sprinkle more cheese, bake it again and voila, you have the biggest, tallest and most delicious pizza in Sandpoint named for owner Carolyn Gleason. Who’s hungry now? The Hound Downtown 202 N. First Ave. (208) 263-0966 Pizza Parlor The Hound Downtown is an extension of the original Powderhound Pizza which began on Schweitzer Mountain Ski Resort. With a menu chock full of specialty pizza options, a great selection of appetizers with everything from chicken wings to spare ribs, and a smattering of aptly-named sandwiches you can’t find everywhere. It’s also a great place to have a beer with friends while you wait for your carryout pizza. Hours: 11am-“until we stop having people in here,” 7 days a week. One Dish: “The Garbage Can pizza is one of our most ordered items,” said morning manager Seth Tcha. It comes with red sauce, pepperoni, black olives, green peppers, yellow onions, mushrooms and bacon on top. “It’s a mix for people who like everything on pizza. You’ve got meat, veggies, and we cook it to the point where the bacon is crispy and the veggies are tasty. It’s a wonderful pizza for the family to eat, feel full and have some to take home for later,” said Tcha. A large will run you $26.50 and it is excellent on thin crust or gluten-free crust as well. Baxter’s on Cedar 109 Cedar St. (208) 265-7280 American Fine Dining

Baxter’s has rapidly become one of Sandpoint’s most popular fine dining restaurants. With an elegant, modern dining room, a Lobster Roll. knowledgeable and happy staff and some of the most original entrees in town, Baxter’s is definitely worth a stop if you haven’t been yet. Don’t forget the key lime pie for dessert! Hours: Monday – Saturday 11am - 9pm One Dish: Chef Steve Nye recommends the Lobster Roll: “It’s mayonnaise-based, and we use lobster meat from the claws as well as the tail.” The roll comes on a specialty roll from a bakery in Utah, has celery, chives, salt and a little cayenne and lemon juice, as well as Boston Bibb lettuce and homemade coleslaw on the side for $14. Secret Thai Cafe 218 Cedar St. (208) 263-9960 Traditional Thai Tucked in the alley behind Eichardt’s Pub, Secret Thai is no longer a secret in Sandpoint. Featuring a wide selection of traditional Thai dishes, as well as more adventurous choices that borrow from other cultural cuisine, Secret Thai offers great high-quality food at down-to-earth prices. It’s one of our favorite spots for lunch here at the Reader. Hours: Tuesday – Friday 11:30am – 7:30pm • Saturday 4-7:30pm One Dish: The Cashew Chicken is one of those dishes that will quickly end up on your favorites list. Featuring peppered chicken, broccoli, onions and signature cashews in a savory delicious sauce and healthy scoop of white rice, this dish for $11.95 can easily leave leftovers for two meals. Jalapeño’s Mexican Restaurant 314 N. Second Ave. (208) 263-2995 Mexican Jalapeño’s knows how to do Mexican food right. From the moment you sit down, you are greeted with a basket of torilla chips and salsa. Entrees cover everything from traditional Mexican fare to specialty items and combinations. It’s a great place for families, for date night, or for hungry souls seeking excellent quality food. And, as an added perk, the kitchen is one of the fastest in town, serving your food piping hot with a minimal wait, even on those busy Friday nights. What more can you ask for? Hours: 11am-8pm Sunday through Tuesday / 11am-9pm Weds through Saturday One Dish: Co-owner Dave Vermeer said there’s a new item on the appetizer menu that is getting a lot of attention: Juan-Tons. “They’re like jalapeño poppers to the next level,” said Vermeer. They take won ton wrappers, stuff with cream cheese, roasted serrano peppers and bacon, then deep fry and serve with a house-made huckleberry dipping sauce. You can get three for $4.95 or six for $8.95. One word: yum.

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Beet & Basil 105 S. First Ave. (208) 920-6144 World Cuisine with a local flair What began as a food truck serving worldly Lomo Saltado. cuisine with local flair for a down-to-earth price has blossomed into one of Sandpoint’s most exciting new restaurants. Chef Jessica Vouk offers cuisine from all over the world with her own fusion spin on it, culminating in some of the most note-worthy dishes and flavor combinations in town. You can get everything from Indian to Vietnamese to South American. Plus, the back deck is a great place to dine during the mild months as it looks over Sand Creek. This is the kind of place you can find entrees available nowhere else in town. Hours: Tuesday – Saturday 11am – 3pm / 5-9pm (open until 10pm Friday/Saturday). One Dish: Lomo Saltado. It’s a Peruvian stir fry dish with Peruvian beef tenderloin, Shishito peppers, tomatoes and crispy fingerling potatoes in a spicy vinegar sauce for $22. “It’s a twist on a traditional Peruvian dish, which uses French fries, but we make ours with fried fingerling potatoes,” said Vouk. The Fat Pig 301 Cedar St. (208) 265-7675 American gastropub Recently opened, the Fat Pig Restaurant, located in the rustic, yet modern Pend d’Oreille Fat Pig Burger. Winery building on Cedar St., is all about our favorite other white meat: pork. With an emphasis on tasty, adventurous fare, owners Kelley Kennedy and Brett Mullinder are all about treating every customer like family. Hours: Monday-Saturday 12-4 p.m. / 5-9 p.m. One Dish: The Burger. Not only is the burger ground in-house but it’s plated with tons of house-made ingredients like bread-and-butter pickles and Fat Pig sauce. It’s served on a soft bun from Grains of Montana, a bakery that harvests its own wheat out of Billings, and topped with butter lettuce, tomato and muenster cheese, served with fries cut daily in house. $11. Joel’s 323 Oak St. (208) 265-8991 Traditional Mexican What began as Blackened Chicken Burrito. a taco truck in the 1990s blossomed into one of Sandpoint’s most popular restaurants. Featuring a menu full of amazing flavors and combinations, an awesome, friendly staff and hands down the best jalapeño poppers we’ve ever tasted, Joel’s is one of those places you’ll miss whenever you’re away from home. The Reader staff eat there at least once a week. For extra credit, try taking the Joel’s world tour and try everything on the menu. Seriously, it’s one of our favorite places in the world. Hours: Monday-Friday 7 a.m. - 4 p.m. • Satur16 /


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day 7 a.m. - 3 p.m. One Dish: Blackened Chicken Burrito. Grilled chicken breast seasoned with homemade blackened seasoning. Served as a burrito with shredded cabbage, homemade rice, chipotle sauce, pico de gallo, cilantro and cheese. Thai Nigiri 209 N. First Ave. (208) 265-2587 Thai and Sushi At Thai Nigiri, everything is good. Whether you’ve got a hankering for sushi rolls, traditional Thai dishes, or any number of fusion appetizers and entrees, Thai Nigiri always leaves you satisfied. With a bustling, modern dining room, a smiling staff of servers and sushi chefs and a menu that is always a joy to explore, Thai Nigiri is a great option for families, dates or take out. Hours: Monday-Tuesday 11am-2:30pm / 5-9pm • Thursday 11am-2:30pm / 5-9pm • Friday 11am-2:30pm / 5-10pm • Saturday 12-10pm • Sunday 12-9pm One Dish: Pineapple Duck Curry, which comes with roasted duck and pineapple, red and green bell peppers, tomato, red curry paste based, coconut milk, lime leaves and a side of rice. $17. Mr. Sub 602 Fifth Ave. (208) 263-3491 Sub Sandwich Shop Mr. Sub has been a favorite sandwich shop in Sandpoint for years. Featuring home-baked Turkey Bacon Cheddar Sub. bread and an amazing array of ingredients, Mr. Sub is more than just a sub sandwich shop – it’s a Sandpoint institution. Try their chili and soups! Also, they deliver, which is great for those who can’t get away from their desk at lunchtime. Hours: Monday-Thursday, 10am – 6pm • Saturday 11am-5pm One Dish: “All the locals just love the Turkey Bacon Cheddar,” said Darra Brown. “It’s all melty and crispy! It’s the number-one selling hot sub!” Comes with turkey, bacon, cheddar cheese, mayonnaise, lettuce and tomato. Forty-One South 41 S. Lakeshore Dr. (208) 265-2000 Fine Dining Waterfront With one of the most amazing views of Lake Pend Oreille in the area, Etoufeé. Forty-One South is wellknown for their romantic, fine-dining experience on the south end of the Long Bridge. Forty-One South features innovative cuisine with savory favorites and adventurous flavor combinations, not to mention a full bar and extensive wine list. They recommend reservations for Valentine’s Day, so don’t delay! Hours: Sunday – Thursday 4:30-9pm • Fri.-Sat. 4:30-10pm One Dish: “The Etouffeé, which has become a very popular dish for us this winter,” said owner Cassandra Cayson. “It’s a Cajun tomato stew with shrimp, mussels and clams served over

ancho pepper rice pilaf with a grilled baguette for $23. Bab’s Pizzeria 1319 Hwy 2 (208) 265-7992 Pizza Parlor Seeking New York-style pizza, but can’t afford the plane ticket? Have no fear, Bab’s Pizzeria is here! Their authentic New York-style pizzas are always a big hit, as well as their giant calzones, chicken wings and garlic knots. They also have sandwiches and strombolis on the menu, too. Bring the whole family! Hours: Monday-Thursday 11am-8pm • Friday-Saturday 11am-9pm • Sunday 12-7pm One Dish: Grandma’s Raspberry Chipotle Chicken Wings. “It’s my mom’s signature sauce,” said owner Babs. “We take pureed raspberries and BBQ sauce, with diced chipotle peppers. It’s sweet, with the hint of raspberry and chipotle, but on the exit of the palette of the tongue you’ll feel a little heat. A half-order (.5 lb) is $4.95, while a full order (1 lb) runs $8.95 and comes with a side of dressing. City Beach Organics 117 N. First Ave. (208) 265-9919 Organic Cafe and Juice Bar One of the newer eateries to Sandpoint, City Beach Organics has quickly amassed a Asian Salad. loyal following. Featuring healthy, fresh wraps and melts made with love, a full juice bar and a smiling staff of family members who make each interaction a joy, this place is destined to stick around for awhile. Plus, they have a family open-mic night the first Wednesday of every month. Hours: Monday-Friday 1am-4pm • Friday 7am8pm • Sunday 10am-4pm One Dish: “Here at City Beach Organics we LOVE serving you our organic, gluten-free wraps and melts, but you HAVE to try our salads!” said manager Matt Lonestar. “Pictured is our Asian Salad which features julienned veggies, cilantro and green onion, avocado and local microgreens. Topped with chopped almonds and sesame seeds, and served with our house-made Ginger-Teriyaki, this salad dresses to impress. Pictured with the Sunset, freshly juiced carrot, lemon, apple, and beet. Come and enjoy!” Trinity at City Beach 58 Bridge St. (208) 255-7558 Fine Dining, Brunch, Waterfront

Hours: Monday – Thursday 7:30pm-9pm • Fri.Sat. 7:30am-10pm • Sunday 7:30am-9pm One Dish: Shrimp & Grits. Jumbo Shrimp sautéed with bacon, Trinity (red and green bell peppers, onions, celery), and green onions in a savory lemon-butter sauce, served over creamy four-cheese grits. Served breakfast and lunch. Panhandler Pies 120 S. First Ave. (208) 263-2912 American Fare / Bakery Walking into Panhandler Pies, you are greeted by a friendly staff and amazing aromas of this down home Sandpoint eatery. Their breakfast, lunch and dinner menus have you covered for American cuisine, with a few surprises thrown in. Also, they offer over 20 types of pie, all of which are made from scratch, including the crust, every day. Next week, Panhandler Pie’s enters their 30th year of serving Sandpoint. Don’t forget, if it’s your birthday, the meal is on them! Hours: Mon.-Thurs. 7am–8:30pm • Fri.-Sat. 7am–9am One Dish: Navajo Taco. Indian fry bread, smothered in their own chili, topped with lettuce, tomatoes, onion, olives, provolone and cheddar cheese and sour cream. The Hydra Steakhouse 115 W. Lake St. (208) 263-7123 Steakhouse

Prime Rib.

The Hydra is a great, old-fashioned steakhouse. The cuts of meat are large and delicious. The full salad bar always features a daily soup. The seafood options and signature appetizers round out the menu so everyone will have a favorite. It’s a great place to meet friends for a drink and dinner after work in their restaurant bar, or grab your significant other and tuck into one of their romantic hidden booths. Hours: Monday 4-9pm /Tuesday-Thursday. 11am-9pm / Friday-Sat. 11am-10pm / Sunday 11am-9pm One Dish: Royality-Style Hydra-Cut Prime Rib: 16-18 oz. portion of slow roasted prime rib, cut to order. Seasoned with Crazy Mike’s Seasoning (created and patented by Executive Chef/Owner Mike Armstrong) then seared at 800 degrees on cast iron skillet to seal in flavor. Served with steamed green beans, your choice of sides, and a house-made Au Jus and Horseradish. Served everyday during dinner hours.

Shoga at Forty-One South 41 Lakeshore Dr. (208) 265-2001 Shrimp and Grits. Asian fusion / sushi

How can you beat the combination of amazing fine dining with a breathtaking view of Lake Pend Oreille? Trinity at City Beach has it all: innovative dishes made with love and loaded with flavor; breakfast, lunch and dinner; an attached bar with a strong local following and a dedicated staff that know how to make your dining experience top notch. Also, don’t forget about the Sunday brunch!

When it comes to sushi and sashimi, Shoga has it down pat. Throw in a world-class view of the lake, a cute dining area and a friendly staff, this place always scores well. For such highquality rolls, they are priced for locals. Hours: Weds-Thurs. 4:30-9pm / Fri.-Sat. 4:30pm-10pm / Sunday 4:30-9pm One Dish: The Volcano Roll. It comes with spicy tuna topped with crab, spicy scallops, sriracha, tempura crunchies, tobiko and unagi sauce.

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Joe’s Philly Cheesesteak & More 102 Church St. (208) 263-1444 Cheesesteaks, burgers

Philly Cheesesteak.

The Fifth Ave. Restaurant and its adjoining bar, Mitzy’s, have been around in Sandpoint for a long time. The décor is mid-century and feels like a classic American diner. During breakfast hours, the restaurant is full of locals laughing over steaming cups of coffee and a staff that still calls you “honey” and “darling” from time to time. Also, they give you a free meal on your birthday. How cool is that?

Nothing beats a mouth-watering Philly cheesesteak for lunch, but that’s not the only thing available on the menu. Joe’s also offers comfort food in just about every form: cheeseburgers, chili dogs, melts and pulled-pork sandwiches. They also make excellent milkshakes.

Hours: 5am-9pm, 7 days a week One Dish: Roasted Turkey Dinner. This comes with all the fixings: Roast turkey, mashed potatoes and gravy, cranberry sauce, corn, stuffing, a side salad and dinner roll and a piece of pie for dessert. It’s available every Thursday!

Hours: Monday-Saturday 11am-6pm One Dish: “The Original Philly Cheesesteak: Thin shaved beefsteak, onions and provolone cheese grilled fresh when you order. All in an original Amoroso hoagie roll. Or customize it with our selection of chesses, sauces and peppers. If we have it, we’ll add it. We even have a gluten-free hoagie roll we make from scratch.”

Loaf & Ladle 124 S. Second Ave. (208) 217-0884 New American

Cafe Bodega 504 Oak St. (208) 263-5911 Bistro / Cafe Located inside the antique warehouse Foster’s Crossing on Fifth and Oak, Cafe Bodega is one of those places you have to try. With an array of bistro-style sandwiches, hearty soups and stews, beautiful healthy salads and thick-cut roasted meats on home-baked breads, this eatery sources much of its fare from local and organic farms. Hours: Monday-Saturday 11am-5pm. Sundays 11am-4pm One Dish: The Cuban: Ham, sliced dill pickle, Swiss cheese, grilled to perfection. $7.95. Long Bridge Grill Hwy 95 S. - Sagle (208) 265-7929 Traditional American Located just south of the Long Bridge, the Long Bridge Grill features a down-home traditional American menu with great guilty-pleasure bar food. Adjacent to the extraordinary dive bar of the same name, Long Bridge Grill leaves pretense at the door. Yes, that is a pole in the middle of the dance floor. Yes, they also allow smoking in the bar. They also have potlucks from time to time and great parties. The owner is a nice guy, and the local salts at the bar are a never-ending source of entertaining conversation. Hours: 3pm-12am, 7 days a week One Dish: Build-a-Burger. One-third pound burger, lettuce, tomato and onion. You can add bacon, grilled mush, grilled onion, jalapeño or cheese. Comes with French fries. Basic is $6.95. “I would say it’s the best burger in the county,” said owner Dan Maddux.

By Mike Wagoner Reader Contributor

“She’s still here”

Words and music by Mike Wagoner and Marty Rainone

Loaf & Ladle opened a couple years ago in Sandpoint to much acclaim. The family-owned and operated restaurant has a bit of everything: standard American fare with a unique twist, plus great homemade soups, innovative salads and entrees that go off the beaten path . The owners believe in locally-sourced food that makes you feel good, and they hit the mark all the way. They offer a great brunch on Sundays and always have an interesting special on the menu to try. There’s a reason they have nearly all five-star ratings on Yelp. Check them out! Hours: Monday-Friday 11am-9pm / Saturday-Sunday, 9am-9pm One Dish: Chicken and Waffles: If you’ve never tried them, what are you waiting for? This is soul food at its finest. Cheddar bacon waffles are topped with crispy chicken breast, fiery maple syrup and pickles. $15.95. China Kitchen 206 N. First Ave. (208) 255-1917 Chinese Located on First Ave. in downtown Sandpoint, the China Kitchen features a large selection of traditional Chinese entrees available for dine in or take out. The owner and staff are always friendly and patient. For fans of the old Downtown Crossing Bar, it’s an interesting experience eating here, as it used to be one of the most happening bars in Sandpoint.

It’s a cold Monday mornin’, I’m lyin’ listenin’ to the rain... that ol’ ceilin’ is leakin’ and it’s drippin’ down the window pane. I turn and look over at the pillow she slept on, then I smell bacon fryin’ and I can hear her hummin’ a song. Well there’s plenty to do on this land of ours, so I’d better get it out of bed. I throw some water on my face and drag a comb across my head. I look out through the curtain and see that ground’s too wet to plow as she calls up the stairway: “Your eggs are ready now.” And I say, “Rain, go ahead and fall, I’m the luckiest man of all, she’s the sun that lights my way. I’ve been so long it seems, workin’ on my dream and she’s still here with me today.” I lean back with my coffee and I stare out toward the barn. She knows how I worry ‘bout losin’ this ol’ farm. She walks right over and touches me. Those warm eyes stare me down. They

could always take the worst things and put ‘um six feet underground. And I say, “Rain, go ahead and fall, I’m the luckiest man of all, she’s the sun that lights my way. I’ve been so long it seems, workin’ on my dream and she’s still here with me today.” They say time waits for no one, and sometimes that bothers me. But as long as we’re together, I’ll be where I need to be ... so ... “Rain go ahead and fall, I’m the luckiest man of all, she’s the sun that lights my way. I’ve been so long it seems, workin’ on my dream and she’s still here with me today.” I met Marty at an open mic in Nashville. He had moved there from New York to write songs. He was waiting tables like many aspiring writers do there. We began working together. He ended up getting signed to a publisher in Nashville shortly before I left and penned the song, “Tell it to the Wind.”

Hours: Tuesday-Friday 11am-8:30pm / Saturday-Sunday 12-8:30pm One Dish: Chicken Fried Rice: It’s hard to go wrong with Chicken Fried Rice, made in the traditional manner, with lots of vegetables and a savory flavor. *Editor’s Note: A couple of restaurants didn’t get their information in by press time. We’ll try to include them in next week’s issue.


HOURS: SATURDAY, Feb. 10 @ 8-10pm (208) 229-8377 3pm to close 109 Cedar St. Mon. through Sat. Monarch Mountain Band

Fifth Ave. Restaurant 807 N. Fifth Ave. (208) 263-0596 Comfort food – Family Style

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Oscar shorts screening gives Musical Improv comedy? power to the people Yup, that’s happening By Reader Staff

By Cameron Rasmusson Reader Staff This weekend at the Panida, local residents have a chance to pick the winning shorts before the Academy does. This year’s Oscar-nominated shorts, both live action, animated and documentary, will screen at the Panida starting this Thursday. Whether you see one set of shorts or attend every showing, you’ll

Still frame from “Negative Space.” Courtesy photo. be able to weigh in on the selections that impressed you the most. Live-action shorts screen Feb. 8 at 7 p.m. and Feb. 10 at 2:30 p.m. Animated shorts screen Feb. 9 at 5:30 p.m. and Feb. 10 at 8 p.m. Documentary shorts program A screens Feb. 9 at 8 p.m., and documentary shorts program B screens Feb. 10 at 5 p.m.

Michael Glatzmaier and David Honeycutt, otherwise known as The Midnight Goats, have been performing together for 10 years in what they bill as “Improvised Musical Comedy.” So what exactly is “improvised musical comedy?” “We’ll get a suggestion from the audience to create a song on the spot,” said Glatzmaier. “Then we’ll improvise a scene work inspired from that song.” The duo will hit the Panida Little Theater Saturday, Feb. 10, at 8 p.m. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. and tickets are $12 each. The pair have shared their unique comedy to a growing number of audience members. Their biggest exposure came after performing at Seattle’s music festival Bumbershoot. “It’s a huge festival with a lot of big names,” said Glatzmaier. “We got to perform in the same festival as bands and comedians like Billy Idol and Reggie Watts. We were very honored.”

David Honeycutt and Michael Glatzmaier. Courtesy photo.

The Midnight Goats gained their name, of course, as a result of improvisation. “We were about to go on stage and the guy asked us what our duo was called,” said Glatzmaier. “We didn’t have one, so David said ‘Midnight Goats’ and I said ‘Tiny Bladder.’ For a little bit we were The Midnight Goats featuring Tiny Bladder, but after a year, we cut the name down to just The Midnight Goats.” Catch the show at the Panida Little Theater Saturday, Feb. 10, at 8 p.m.

Thursday feb. 8 @ 6:30pm

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oscar nominated shorts LIve action shorts: Thurs. Feb. 8 @ 7pm | Sat. Feb. 10 @ 2:30pm animated: Fri. Feb. 9 @ 5:30pm | Sat. Feb. 10 @ 8pm documentary program a: Fri. Feb. 9 @ 8pm documentary program B: Sat. Feb. 10 @ 5pm

Saturday feb. 10 @ 8pm

little the midnight goats: improvised musical comedy theater

Wednesday feb. 14 @ 6:30pm

classical guitarist leon atkinson thursday feb. 15 @ 7:30pm randy mcallister

and the scrappiest band in the motherland east texas road house blues and soul

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International String Trio combines with Grammy winning Accordionist

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‘Guitar, Chocolate and a Rose’ set for Valentine’s Day NPR Guitar Hour host Leon Atkinson to perform a special concert for lovers

By Cameron Rasmusson Reader Staff For Leon Atkinson, his upcoming Valentine’s Day performance at the Panida Theater feels a little like coming home. After several years focusing his performances on larger venues like Spokane, the classical guitar master, host of NPR’s Guitar Hour and local resident returns to Sandpoint for the “Guitar, Chocolate and a Rose” performance at the Panida Theater. Holiday performances used to be a staple for Atkinson, most notably his Christmas shows co-organized by Jim Lippi. When Lippi passed away, Atkinson said those shows went by the wayside for a time. He’s now excited to continue that tradition with his Valentine’s Day Panida Theater performance, a show that should have much in common with his holiday-season concerts. “I think whether it’s Christmastime or Valentine’s, people are really sharing the emotion of love … and so my concert will be focused around the theme of love,” Atkinson said. Atkinson has selected a diverse array of music that communicates that theme, whether it be love of the guitar, love of music or a love for friends and family members. Among the many pieces selected for the performance are the theme from “Romeo and Juliet” by Nino Rota and music from the movie “Love Story.” The theme of love runs even truer for Atkinson at this concert given that his family will be attending. His daughter, son-in-law and their newborn baby are coming from California to attend the performance. As one might expect, the

Leon Atkinson, right, will perform at the Panida Theater on Wednesday, Feb. 14 for a special concert. Courtesy photo.

concert is ideal for couples. Those who wish will be able to pick up a rose or chocolate truffles, and a no-host wine bar will be available. The show will benefit the Panida Theater, so attendees can share both their love for each other and their love for their local historic theater. It promises to be a great night for Atkinson, whose involvement in local arts events goes back decades. And of course, he’s looking forward to sharing his love of the guitar with the community. Among Atkinson’s accomplishments are starting the Classical Guitar Guild, performing with the Spokane Symphony and starting the Guitar Departments at Whitworth College, Spokane Falls Community College and North Idaho College. He also heads the Guitar Department at Gonzaga University. “It’ll be wonderful to be sitting on stage at the Panida again and playing to an audience in Sandpoint,” Atkinson said. “Guitar, Chocolate and a Rose” begins 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 14, at the Panida Theater. Tickets are $24 for couples or $15 for singles and available at Eichardt’s, Eve’s Leaves, Skal Tap Room, at the door and online at www.

This week’s RLW by Ed Ohlweiler


The Funny Times is a monthly paper of sorts dedicated to healing through laughter. Editorial cartoons and humor writing, including statements on popular culture, give us the ability to laugh at ourselves – an important life skill these days. And I’m not just talking about politics, but also our strange relationship with burgeoning technology (some of which we barely understand). Or cat videos. The main point is any modern topic can be turned into a good laugh as the writers and cartoonists reveal in the 24 pages of newsprint. Bonus: it is published by Raymond Lesser and a tiny staff with love (much like the Reader) in northern Ohio.


POAC presents: Montréal Guitare Trio

If music is truly the soundtrack to our lives then it stands to reason that albums – and artists – represent a specific time period, lover, event or emotional tapestry to the listener. The great songwriters, those bards with a Dylansize body of work (you pick the Dylan, Bob or Thomas) have been there for us our whole lives, and different albums play musical chairs for our for our attentions. If you’re like me, you may be able to differentiate time by your favorite Tom Waits album, for example. Right now, my favorite musical poet is Greg Brown and this period of my life is marked by the aptly-named album, “The Poet Game.”


The Montréal Guitare Trio. Courtesy photo.

By Reader Staff As part of Pend Oreille Arts Council’s 2018 Performance Series, a virtuosic classical guitar trio called the Montréal Guitare Trio has big things planned in Sandpoint. The trio of Marc Morin, Glenn Levésque and Sébastien Dufour will play the Panida Theater’s main stage in their Danzas concert. The guitarists will pay tribute to the great composers of Spanish music, including Paco de Lucia and Manuel de Falla.

The trio play with seamless energy and are guaranteed to surprise you with a few innovative compositions. Presented by POAC and sponsored by Sandpoint West Athletic Club and All Seasons Garden & Floral, the show takes place Sunday, Feb. 11, at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are available at, Eve’s Leaves, Eichardt’s and Winter Ridge. Prices are $25 for adults, $20 for POAC supporters and $10 for 18 and under.

How many movies are in your “Top 10 list of best movies of all time”? Even when I limit my “Top 10” list to 10 films, “Story of the Weeping Camel” still makes that list. And the sequel (“The Cave of the Yellow Dog”) isn’t too far behind. However, the original created something that hadn’t been seen before: its own genre of documentary-style world cinema that carries us selflessly and without bias into lives unfathomably different from our own. It’s similar to “The Gods Must Be Crazy,” which also had an equally great sequel. So I set out to recommend a movie and am already at four different movies. Herein lies the dilemma with “Top 10” lists. I’m gonna stop now.

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On the Lake:

A column about lake issues by the Lake Pend Oreille Waterkeeper

From Northern Idaho News, Friday, November 6, 1903

County Lets Contracts for Two New Span Bridges The board of county commissioners at its session this week let contracts for the construction of two bridges in the county. K.S. Crane captured the contract for the construction of a bridge across Mission Creek. The contract price is $1,580; $580 for the construction of the piers and $1,000 for the span. A bridge will also be constructed across Lightning Creek. The price paid is to be $3,000; $1,000 of which is for the construction of the approaches, $1,000 for the piers and $!,000 for the span. The contract for the construction of the Seneaquoteen ferry was let to Christenson & Nelson at $575. The two bridges and ferry will be in localities where they are much needed and will assist materially in developing their sections of the country. C.W. Dyer of Rathdrum, who used to be sheriff, but who is now the champion bridge builder of Northern Idaho, passed through Sandpoint the first of the week on his way home from Bonners Ferry. Ex-Sheriff Dyer has just finished the construction of a county bridge over Deep Creek near Bonners Ferry, and has a contract to build a bridge across the Brown slough at Copeland, to which point he has taken his construction crew. He has the contract to construct the bridge across Lightning Creek at Clark Fork, the main span of which will be 120 feet. 22 /


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FOR THE LOVE OF WATER my hair would float out all around my head in every direction. Most of all, I loved the stillness. With Valentine’s Canoeing and tubing down Day fast approaching, our local river was also a family I thought it only fitting favorite. As much as my older that I share why “I do sister and I hated each other — what I do” with you faband I mean that in the most loving ulous readers. Working Shannon Williamson way — we always had a blast as the executive director paddling through the sun-dappled of Lake Pend Oreille Waterkeeper isn’t waters, breathing in the unmistakable always easy. In fact, it’s never easy. scent that healthy rivers seem to share, Before you tell me to quit my whining, and splashing the living daylights out of I would like to acknowledge that I do each other until one of us ended up in a have the privilege of working with an headlock. Good times! awesome board that helps me clean fish My undergrad and graduate school tanks and paint walls and lots of other days were spent studying how dolphins more important stuff. However, holding communicated on the North Carolina polluters accountable doesn’t earn me a Intracoastal Waterway, tracking how bunch of popularity points, and someviruses responded to nutrient loading in times it makes people downright nasty. the Gulf of Mexico and diving nearly So why do I do it? Let me tell you. 1.5 miles beneath the Pacific Ocean’s For as long as I can remember, I surface in a submarine to collect viruses have loved the water. My grandfather, living in extraordinarily hot underwater “Pa,” used to take us kids out on his volcanoes. As each experience topped beat up old boat to deep sea fish off the the last, my connection to water deepJersey Shore every summer. One of my ened. earliest memories is of being snuggly That brings me to today. Lake Pend secured in the v-berth of “Georgy Girl” Oreille embodies everything I love during a raging storm. Pa had apparent- about water. Great power and stillness. ly made a tiny misjudgment in taking Family tradition and new friendships. the family out on a three-hour tour in The chance to learn, explore and make questionable weather. As my mother memories that will last a lifetime. I threatened Pa with great bodily harm think we can all agree that Lake Pend if anything bad should happen to us, Oreille has a special kind of magic that I recall loving the not-so-gentle rockwe want everyone to enjoy for a long, ing of the boat as I watched the waves long time. We can work together on thrash violently against the portholes. making this a reality, we really can! I I was two. I pretty much never get sea know you love our lake and I do too. sick now. That’s why I do what I do. As a kid, you couldn’t keep me out of the water. Land-locked as we were, I spent most summer days at our community pool. I would alternately throw myself from the highest diving board I could climb into the far-off waters below and sitting for as long as I could on the bottom of the pool having expelled all the air from my lungs. I loved how all the sounds became muted and how By Shannon Williamson Reader Columnist

The author’s grandparents after a day of deep sea fishing. Courtesy photo.

Shannon Williamson is the executive director of Lake Pend Oreille Waterkeeper and president of the Sandpoint City Council.

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In this Issue: the ONE-DISH Restaurant Issue, Governor's race Profile of Brad Little, ‘Guitar, Chocolate and a Rose’ set for Valentine’s Day...