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Now that the first round of the Democratic candidates’ debates are over, who are you leaning toward at this time? “Kamala Harris made poignant points in a clear voice. I think the way she approached Biden about the race issue was strong. He’s a good ol’ boy. I also liked Castro. I think a diverse team is important because America is diverse.” Ashley Arnold Special ed preschool Visiting family in Sandpoint from Boise
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Arrest made in alleged City Beach beating By Lyndsie Kiebert Reader Staff An 18-year-old Bonner County woman is in jail facing felony battery charges following an alleged attack at City Beach July 2 that left a female juvenile with serious injuries. The victim reported that what started as a verbal altercation with two females turned physical. Caitlyn Grace Haskins allegedly hit the victim over the head with what appeared to be a bat. Another 17-year-old female also allegedly took part in the attack. Charged with battery, the alleged juvenile perpetrator has been released to a responsible party, according to a statement from the city of Sandpoint. Both suspects are from the Sandpoint area. The city reported that police concluded the investigation July 7 and forwarded their findings to the Bonner County Prosecutor’s Office for charges July 8. Police arrested Haskins on a warrant for aggravated battery July 9.
“We appreciate the public’s patience and support as the investigation into this matter was being completed,” said Sandpoint Police Chief Corey Coon in a July 9 statement. “This type of crime is not common in our community and certainly doesn’t define who we are.” Social media became a major platform for discussing the case for days following the alleged assault. Between several posts on a number of pages — including Sandpoint Local Forum and the City of Sandpoint Facebook pages — more than 1,000 comments and hundreds of shares accumulated. While a great number of the comments expressed support for the victim and her family, many others criticized the police department for what they perceived as a slow response to the incident, while still others disparaged and decried the alleged perpetrators. Despite the robust online discussion, Chief Coon told the Reader that social media “did
Above: Caitlyn Haskins’ booking photo at Bonner County Jail. Photo courtesy BCSO. Right: A social media post by Caitlyn Haskins before her July 9 arrest. not affect how the officers conducted the investigation.” One post, made by Haskins on her private Facebook page prior to her arrest, made the rounds on the day police put her in custody. It consists of a selfie above a caption reading: “Still not in jail. Still haven’t gotten a call from cops. JUST CHILLIN.” She goes on to add: “yes I’m going on with life like noth-
ing happened cause NOTHING HAPPENED. Just another day. Making another dollar, living my life.” The post also included laughing and shrugging emojis. The victim’s mother wrote on her Facebook page July 8 that her daughter received facial reconstruction surgery to treat a broken eye socket, shattered cheekbone and caved-in sinuses. The mother also made a call to
action in the same post, encouraging parents to check their children’s phones and talk to them about their lives to learn if they’re being bullied. “I still can’t wrap my brain around everything but this is the extent of where bullying has gone,” she wrote. Haskins appeared July 10 in Bonner County Magistrate Court, where bond was set at $50,000.
LPOSD trustees to host public discussion on permanent levy proposal By Zach Hagadone Reader Staff When Bonner County voters approved a $25.4 million supplemental school levy in March, most may have assumed it was the last they’d hear of the issue for two years, when the funding measure is set to expire. However, trustees of the Lake Pend Oreille School District made in known in the first week of July that they were considering asking voters whether to make the two-year levy permanent. First, though, district officials want to gather public opinion at an open discussion set for 5 p.m., Tuesday, July 23 at the Ponderay Events Center, 401 Bonner Mall Way, Ponderay. “The board’s there really just to listen to the people; hear what 4 /
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their take is before we finalize it,” said LPOSD Board Chairman Cary Kelly, adding that “final action is going to have to be taken or not taken in August.” Should the trustees vote in August to advance the permanent levy to voters, the request would go on the November ballot. According to Kelly, the idea for making the supplemental levy indefinite came up about two months ago but the board delayed taking action in the interest of setting up a public discussion — which he is expecting to include some “strong opposition.” “There are a good percentage of people who are against the levy,” he said. “They’ve voted against levies — certainly making it permanent, they’d vote
against that.” The two-year levy passed in March on a vote of 3,391 to 2,643, or about 56% approval, though the measure whipped up considerable, often heated, chatter on social media. “If the same percentage of people vote for this that voted for the [supplemental] levy, it would pass,” Kelly said. Though the impetus for the July 23 public event is a desire by trustees not to “rush into it,” Kelly added, time is of the essence regarding whether it’s even an option to establish a permanent levy. According to state statute, an
Idaho school district qualifies for an indefinite levy if it has passed supplemental funding accounting for 20% or more of its operating budget for seven consecutive years. LPOSD meets and exceeds that criteria — the most recent levy amounts to 35% of the district’s operating budget — but legislators in Boise have
signaled they might eliminate the provision for making supplemental levies permanent. “It may be the last opportunity to do something like this,” Kelly said.
Shared Stewardship program targets North Idaho By Lyndsie Kiebert Reader Staff The U.S. Forest Service and Idaho Department of Lands have identified a large portion of North Idaho as high fire risk, making it one of two “priority landscapes” where officials will implement new statewide Shared Stewardship practices. The governor’s office characterizes Shared Stewardship as a program “where federal, state and private land management activities will align to reduce wildfire risk to communities, create and sustain jobs, and improve the health of Idaho’s forests and watersheds.” Governor Brad Little dispatched USFS and IDL in December 2018 to identify two priority landscapes, one in the northern and one in the southern portion of the state. The southern portion consists of 2.3 million acres in Adams, Washington, Valley and Idaho counties. The northern landscape encompasses about 2 million acres across Boundary, Bonner, Kootenai and Shoshone counties. The governor’s office said the
northern landscape “covers a variety of forest landowners and an extensive complex of wildland-urban interface where homes, infrastructure and communities may be at higher risk from wildfire.” What Shared Stewardship will look like in action — where it will happen and how the various projects it prompts could affect access to public lands — is still largely up in the air, according to Idaho Panhandle National Forests spokesperson Shoshana Cooper. “Shared stewardship is more of a concept and call to action than just identifying the priority landscape in north Idaho,” she said. “Shared stewardship encourages the Forest Service to be more deliberate in working with our neighbors and partners to expand forest restoration and treatment across boundaries to improve forest conditions.” Working with neighbors and partners is something USFS already strives to do with “stewardship tools” like the Farm Bill, Good Neighbor Authority, Joint Chiefs Landscape Restoration Partnership, Tribal Forest Protection Act,
Stewardship Agreements, Collaborative Forest Landscape Restoration Program and Wyden Authority. With the new statewide Shared Stewardship efforts, which are meant to build on preexisting tools, Little’s office announced a goal to double the number of acres treated on Idaho’s federal forests by 2025. According to Little’s office, “Using mechanical treatments, commercial forest restoration treatments and prescribed fire, partners will focus treatments on the 6.1 million acres that have been federally designated for insect and disease infestation.” Treatments consist of fuel abatement in the form of thinning forests to emphasize healthy growth by removing excessive brush and dead or diseased trees. Cooper, with the Idaho Panhandle National Forests, pointed out that the large landscapes identified for the statewide effort encompass projects that her district is already working on as part of its “integrated vegetation and fuels management Five Year Program of Work.” “We do not anticipate deviating
from these commitments,” Cooper said. Along with the announcement of the priority areas, Little shared his intention to appoint an advisory group meant to decide when and how to implement Shared Stewardship practices within the priority areas. The group will consist of representatives from Little’s office, IDL, USFS Northern Region 1, USFS Intermountain Region 4, Natural Resources Conservation Service, a county commissioner, large and small forest manufacturing, Idaho Lands Resource Coordinating Council, Idaho Forest Restoration Partnership and a conservation non-governmental organization, as well as industrial forest and family forest landowners. The governor’s office does not have an established timeline for when the advisory group will be
The red boundaries indicate “priority landscapes” determined as part of the governor’s Shared Stewardship fire management program. Map courtesy of the Idaho Department of Lands.
finalized, though group members will be “named in the coming weeks.” The group may also seek out technical expertise from ad hoc members as needed.
Lions announce Fourth of July Kaniksu Land Trust names new director raffle, parade winners By Reader Staff
By Reader Staff The fireworks are snuffed and the long weekend is long over, but there’s still some celebrating to do for the Fourth of July. The Sandpoint Lions Club has announced its raffle and parade winners, with George Haley taking home the grand prize of a 2019 Sea-Doo Spark jet ski; Larry and Irma Smith winning the second prize of $2,000 Bonner Bucks at the Ponderay Home Depot; and Lindsey Hughes, who scored the third prize of $1,000 cash. Grand-prize winner Haley, who manages the Co-op, will donate the Seadoo, worth more than $7,000, back to the Lions to support the organization’s Sight and Hearing Foundation. Fourth of July parade winners included: Northern Lights, grand prize and commercial category; Community Assistance League, community civic; Idaho Forest
George Haley, Co-op manager, with Sandpoint Lions President Howard Shay. Group, forest; Wild Horse Trail, veterans; 4-H, youth organizations; Panhandle Antique Tractors, antique transportation; Shingle Mill Blueberry Farm, band; Team Tyler, individual; and Canine Companions, animal. The Sandpoint Lions have presented the local fireworks and parade for more than 50 years, alongside other philanthropic events, including Toys for Tots, hearing and vision screening for local schoolchildren and diabetes prevention.
Katie Egland Cox has joined Kaniksu Land Trust as executive director, the nonprofit conservation organization announced July 9. Raised with an appreciation for nature in Moscow and Elk City, the Idaho native’s professional focus has been on education and architecture, “with a particular interest in building community,” according to a news release from KLT. Cox served as co-chair of the organization’s successful campaign to purchase Pine Street Woods, and holds various volunteer roles in Sandpoint. The mother of three came out on top in a pool of more than two dozen candidates for the executive director position, and will lead KLT in its mission to promote healthy communities and lands in North Idaho and northwestern Montana.
“The threads of Katie’s life have woven together her deepest passions: the landscapes of the Inland Northwest, the value of teaching and learning, the importance of community and the benefits of spending time in the outdoors,” KLT stated in the release. “As such, she is the ideal advocate for Kaniksu Land Trust, and will be focused on sustainability and growth in the years ahead.” Contact Cox at 208-263-9471 or email@example.com.
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VA outreach planned By Reader Staff
A representative from the Bonner County Veterans Service Office will be in Priest River Tuesday, July 16 from 8:30 a.m.-2 p.m. at the VFW Post No. 2909, 113 Larch St. Service Officer Bryan Hult will
take appointments to see veterans and answer questions about current benefits, assist with ongoing claims and take new claims for benefits for eligible veterans and their dependants. To make an appointment, call Lyndsie Halcro at 208-255-5291. July 11, 2019 /
Schweitzer to build 30-unit boutique hotel
Additional village lodging expected for fall 2020
Bouquets: GUEST SUBMISSION: H e r e ’ s some donated produce from Sandpoint Farmers’ Market at Sandpoint to Bonner Community Food Bank.Please Support your local, organic farmers. It’s for your own good! -Submitted by Nannette B. • Great job on the Fourth of July festivities, Sandpoint Lions Club. Always happy to support this philanthropic organization. Barbs GUEST SUBMISSION: • I don’t know if others have mentioned the ugly scene on First Ave. on Friday evening. It made me sick to see our home-grown version of a racist parade. About 7 or 8 pickups flying Confederate flags (along with U.S. Flags), honking horns, yelling and screeching tires to get everyone’s attention. Downtown was packed with tourists. It was truly disgusting. It ruined my evening, as I’m sure it ruined the evening for many other folks. -Submitted by Georgia Y. • Yikes! For the past week we’ve had construction going on in the alley right behind our office. Jackhammering, electric saws, trucks beeping and backing up all day long. Ugh. Along with offices in our building, we have a massage parlor, two salons and a restaurant. I can’t imagine anyone wanting to enjoy a nice lunch or get a massage while it sounds like their skull is being drilled open. I’m wondering why we can’t have these downtown construction crews work at night or the early morning before business hours. It’s really a pain to go home with a headache all day and a hoarse voice from shouting over the constant noise. And I’m sure it’s affecting business for surrounding businesses. 6 /
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By Reader Staff Schweitzer Mountain Resort has begun construction on a 30unit ski-in/ski-out boutique hotel directly adjacent to the Selkirk Lodge in the village. “On busy weekends and holidays, it’s been challenging for us to offer enough accommodation in the village for our guests,” said Schweitzer CEO Tom Chasse. “This new hotel will not only do that, but will also provide our guests with an enhanced experience and easy access to all that Schweitzer has to offer on a yearround basis.” The unnamed hotel will offer views of Lake Pend Oreille, a 50seat restaurant, bar and outdoor patio with a fire pit. Additional underground parking for both the new hotel and the Selkirk Lodge are in the plans as well. “We will also include a small co-working space, exercise area, communal ‘living room’ and outdoor spa,” Chasse said. Excavation of the site began in late June with Spokane-based Walker Construction leading the effort. Construction is slated
to progress over the next two summer seasons with the new hotel scheduled to open in the fall of 2020. “The first summer is focused on getting the infrastructure and foundation in place, with the bulk of the actual construction occurring in the summer of 2020,” Chasse said. “We thank you for your patience and understanding as we improve the overall guest experience at the mountain.” The new hotel is included in Schweitzer’s master plan for development, which was finalized in 2019. Phase one of the plan began this summer with the installation of two new lifts in The Outback and breaking ground for the hotel. Schweitzer’s plans to add more lifts, a new mid-mountain day ski area and renovations to the existing infrastructure are expected to proceed in the next 10 years. For more details about the master plan or the new hotel, visit schweitzer.com.
Parks and Rec round-up By Ben Olson Reader Staff
Sandpoint Contra Dance Sandpoint Parks and Recreation partners with Emily Faulkner and Lost Horse Press to bring contra dancing in the New England tradition. Contras, circles and occasionally squares are called and taught to live music in a friendly atmosphere. The next dance takes place from 7-10:30 p.m. at the Sandpoint Community Hall. Bring comfortable shoes and a water bottle. Beginners and singles welcome. $5 suggested donation. Skyhawks MultiSport Clinic The Skyhawks multi-sport clinic will introduce baseball, basketball and soccer in one week-long offering. Session 2 of the clinic is set for Monday, July 22-Friday, July 26. Preregister by Wednesday, July 17. Classes will take place at Travers Park from 9-3 p.m. The fee to attend is $155. High School Tennis Clinic (9th-12th grade) A high school teen tennis
clinic runs Monday, July 15-Friday, July 19 from 10 a.m.-1:30 p.m. at Travers Park courts. The fee is $90, with a $5 city resident discount. This clinic is taught by Sandpoint varsity tennis coach Kent Anderson. Participants will get the opportunity to work out with some of the best college coaches and pros in the state. Sandblast volleyball tournament scheduled The Sandblast volleyball tournament is scheduled for Saturday, July 20-Sunday, July 21, open to contestants aged 16 and up at the Sandpoint City Beach. The preregistration costs $40 per team; $50/team late registration from 8-8:30 a.m. July 20. The tournament features a mens and womens division Saturday and co-ed doubles on Sunday. Meet at the City Beach courts for rules by 8:30 a.m. Play begins at 9 a.m. For information about these and other Sandpoint Parks and Recreation events, call 208263-3613 or visit sandpointgov. parksrecreation.
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NAMI meeting planned By Reader Staff NAMI Far North Idaho has invited Gini Woodward as guest speaker to its monthly general meeting. Woodward is a tireless advocate for people with mental illness and their families. She will be discussing several books, including one called “Breakdown” and will lead discussion questions for the group. This month’s NAMI meeting will take place at 5:30 p.m. at the Bonner General Health classroom on Wednesday, July 17.
Gina Woodruff of Sandpoint sent this awesome photo from Soddo, Ethiopia. “Our medical team went to Uryadi’s Village Orphanage earlier this month. It consists of several people from Sandpoint including Jennifer, Kai, Hunter, Mahlia, Millia and Ruby Crooks, Gina Woodruff, Todd Claunch, Tracy Schmidt and Mary Quinn Hurst. We are surrounded by the village children.”
By Zach Hagadone Reader Editor I suppose it’s telling that I’ve been trying, and failing, to write this introductory column for the better part of two weeks — a week longer than I’ve been installed here as editor at the Sandpoint Reader. There comes a time when a person has simply written too many “hello, my name is…” pieces. As my pal of 26 years, former employee and now boss Ben Olson aptly put it the other day, “Man, you’re like Barbra Streisand. She’s been saying ‘farewell’ for 20 years.” Turns out that was the impetus I needed to get rolling on this thing. I, too, have been saying “farewell,” as well as “hello,” at various news organizations throughout the Inland and Intermountain West for about 20 years. Hopefully this is the last time. On paper, I suppose I don’t look like a very reliable employee. Since I started in the news business as evening copy editor, occasional editorial cartoonist and sometimes “correspondent” at the Bonner County Daily Bee in 1999, I’ve moved between Sandpoint, Boise, Portland and Pullman, Wash., a total of eight times. Along the way, I’ve worked for six news organizations: in chronological order, the Bee (twice), the Associated Press, Sandpoint Reader (twice), the Idaho Business Review, Boise Weekly (twice) and the Pacific Northwest Inlander (as Sandpoint-based copy editor in 2012 and Pullman-based columnist from 2017-2019).
Babs started saying “goodbye” around the time I left the Bee as an eager almost-20-yearold bound for the College of Idaho in Caldwell. Her 2000 tour “Timeless” was meant to be her last. It wasn’t. After some post-college fumbling at the AP and selling ads (badly) for the Bee, I started the Reader with two C of I friends in December 2004, but said “goodbye” to full-time work at the paper in 2006, when I got married and moved to Portland. The same year, Streisand kicked off another fare-thee-well, barnstorming North America with “Streisand” from 2006 to 2007. As it happened, that year, I said “hello” to the Idaho Business Review in Boise, where I served as a staff writer. Highlights of that job were coming to work one sunny September morning in 2008 to find out the economy had collapsed. Talk about a trial by business reporting fire. Barbra was pretty quiet for the next five years; perhaps lulling us into a false sense that she was actually finished. I was busier than ever during that time.
Despite living away from Sandpoint during the years 20062010, I maintained a presence in the Reader by contributing occasional articles, copy editing, and submitting editorial cartoons and illustrations to our former space in a backroom on Cedar Street — behind where Idaho Pour Authority is today. Back then, it was just John Reuter in the office, hacking away at what came to be half-jokingly referred to as the Sandpoint Reuter, owing to the fact that he had to write practically everything himself. Telecommuting at the Reader all the while, I bon-voyaged out of IBR in 2010 after Boise Weekly head-hunted me away to serve as business editor. I said “hello” at BW in February that year and “goodbye” in May, when my wife and I decided to return to Sandpoint before Reuter had a complete mental breakdown. Thus began a new round of “hellos” at the Reader, where I stayed until something big happened in 2012: Barbra Streisand’s “Barbra Live,” promoted as “Barbra’s Homecoming” to Brooklyn. My son, John, also celebrated his “homecoming” to Sandpoint when he was born here on April 25 that year. I said my — so I thought at the time — final “goodbye” to the Reader when I closed it down about a month later and pulled up stakes yet once more for Boise. This time, after the publisher and outgoing-editor asked me to take over as editor-in-chief. You guessed it, I got to
say “hello” to BW… again… but institution, I was invited to contribute a regular column to the not before working a brief stint Inlander, so that same month I as remote copy editor for the Inlander in mid- to late-2012. That got to greet Spokane as well as Pullman. was a quick hello-goodbye, and After a round of happy I remember the Inlander editor “goodbyes” to my fellow grad saying he pretty much expected students in May, I found my it to happen, given my nomadic way back to Sandpoint, necessilifestyle. tating (you guessed it) a farewell Regardless, I helmed BW from early-2013 until June 2017, column in the Inlander, which appeared July 4. That brings us during which time Ben told me here, which is to say, “Hello. he was restarting the Reader. I My name is Zach Hagadone and wrote a kind of “hello” to him I’ll be your Sandpoint Reader in that first edition, but didn’t figure I’d ever be on the masthed editor.” With any luck, and if past as anything other than “editor is prelude, expect a heartfelt emeritus.” Still, I watched what “goodbye” from Barbra in the he and Cameron Rasmusson next few months. were doing here with a fierce mingling of pride and envy (both deadly sins, I The Essential ZACH HAGADONE know). By early-2017, burned out at BW, I did what Barbra Streisand and I seem to do best and belted out a swan song. I enrolled as a 30-something graduate student at Washington State University and embarked on my Master’s in History in August 2017. For your reading satisfaction Not content to say Barbra Streis.... er, I mean, Zach Hagadone. “hello” to only one Photo illustration gleefully done by Ben Olson.
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Joe Biden in Debates... Dear Editor, I believe that the recently televised TV debate attack on Joe Biden by his Democratic rivals for working across the aisle to get vital legislation passed was a disservice to our country. Biden, who as vice president supported the two-term service of our first black American president, is anything but a racist. It was also a disservice to anyone who feels that getting rid of the tyrant now in the oval office is the number one priority of all our people. Biden is far and away the most experienced candidate to replace the current president. Trump’s plan to hijack America’s annual 4th of July celebration and make it a political rally for his reelection campaign is just the latest in his fascist-type actions. (He tells our servicemen he has just given them their first pay raise in years when they have receivedpay raises for the last six years.) “Cadet Bonespur,” as he is referred to by one of our U.S. Senate veterans because of his two medical deferments during the VietNam war, is hardly the one to be celebrating our service members on July 4. We all need to pull together, Democrats and disaffected Republicans, at the polls in 2020 to defeat this real threat to our nation. Jim Ramsey USAF veteran Sandpoint
Welcome Back, Zach... Dear Editor, While sitting in the Co-op parking lot waiting for my husband to fill two five-gallon gas cans, I opened the latest Inlander and found Zach Hagadone’s column about his return to Sandpoint to become editor of the Reader. Zach buried that good-news lede with a mini-essay about trucks in Sandpoint. Big trucks. Like the one I was sitting in - a bright, shiny, red Chevy Silverado. After nearly 20 years of rural life in Sagle, my husband, Bill, bought his first brand-new truck to replace a 1992 pick-up that he got from a friend for a few thousand dollars. He loves his new truck almost as much as he loves me, maybe more. Zach wrote disparagingly of such trucks as “behemoths that grumble and whine through town like a herd of annoyed buffalo straining in a slow-motion, single-file migration to nowhere.” Zach, I invite you to join me and Bill for a comfy ride while listening to enlightening podcasts on our usual migration pattern to the Dufort dump and North 40. And I look forward to your promise to keep on truckin’ as you ferret out the myriad stories that reflect the greater Sandpoint community back to readers of the READER. Mindy Cameron Sandpoint
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Bits n’ Pieces From east, west and beyond
East, west or beyond, sooner or later events elsewhere may have a local impact. A recent sampling: General Motors hopes to have 18 new electric vehicles for sale by 2023. Others joining the electric-powered vehicle movement include Volvo, Aston Martin and Jaguar Land Rover. Future bans on gas and diesel cars are planned in France, Great Britain, the Netherlands, Norway, China and India. The recent hail storm that swamped Guadalajara, Mexico is rare but not entirely unprecedented. Mexico City experienced a similar weather phenomenon in 2014 with two to three feet of hail. The Guadalajara event included flooding, which, when combined with the hail, created drifts up to six feet deep. Bank of America says it will no longer provide funding for private prisons and detention centers. The financial institution joins JP Morgan, which announced the same policy in March. An attorney suing on behalf of asylum seekers held at a private detention center said the problem with those facilities is that “to maximize profit, you minimize your expenditures.” Private prisons handle 9% of the United States prison population, and 73% of immigrant detainees. The Obama administration in 2016 ordered for-profit prisons to be phased out, but the Trump administration reversed the order in 2017. Officials barred CNN from taking photos or video during a June 26 tour of a border patrol facility for holding asylum seekers. Nonetheless, CNN quoted a border patrol employee who said “the agency prepped for you guys.” Logged rainforests can show significant recovery — so long they are not replaced as palm oil plantations. Tropical Conservation Science reported that clear-cut rainforests, during early recovery, show 87% of species can return; watershed abilities can be restored; and secondary growth can again store CO2 pollution. Why is homelessness on the rise in Europe, but not in Finland? A report from the World Economic Forum says Finland’s Housing First program, begun in 2007, offers housing according to ability to pay, and, if needed, round-the-clock support including financial counseling. Some countries insist that housing only be granted under certain conditions, but Finland and other nations found those conditions are difficult to meet without first having housing. What’s more, having housing while working on economic recovery is found to be more cost effective. Planting 10% of a field row or crops with buffer strips of native grass can reduce soil loss by 95%, according to a study from Iowa State University. The practice can also reduce fertilizer run-off by almost as much, which results in less water pollution and less need for pesticides. Manslaughter charges were dropped against a pregnant woman in Alabama who
By Lorraine H. Marie Reader Columnist
was shot in the stomach during a fight with a co-worker, resulting in the miscarriage of her 5-month-old fetus. The woman who fired the gun was not charged. According to The New York Times, Alabama officials declared that in order to keep her unborn safe, the mother-to-be should have refrained from fighting in the first place — hence the charges. The defendant’s attorneys argue video footage shows the expectant mother was backing away the shooter fired on her. A study from Michigan State University found dogs can be more responsive to training in midlife. For humans, conscientiousness peaks at mid-life. The study, published in the Journal of Research in Personality, also revealed that big changes in life can change a dog’s personality traits. A study printed this month in the journal Nature reinforced the need for a Green New Deal to avoid limiting global warming to 1.5 degrees celsius above pre-industrial temperature levels. Commenting on the report, 350.org North America Director Tamara Toles O’Laughlin said, “We stand by the science, and furthermore demand that fossil fuel billionaires pay the damage they have caused to people and the planet.” Coinciding with the study in Nature, Alaska has experienced a heat wave, with July temperatures as high as 18.6 degrees fahrenheit above normal, CNN reports. On July 3, the New York Review of Books reproduced historical photos of propaganda rallies under fascist and other authoritarian regimes. The photos, lacking commentary, included a 1935 photo of Italian fascist leader Benito Mussolini reviewing tanks, fascist dictator Francisco Franco in Spain in 1939; a 1947 photo of tanks on parade in Stalin-era Moscow and a 2013 tank parade in North Korea celebrating the 60th anniversary of the Korean War armistice. A federal judge recently ruled that the United States Department of Justice must follow the law and grant asylum seekers a bond hearing within seven days of their request. Failing to do so would trigger detainees’ release, The New York Times reported. Blast from the past: the American Indian Movement was founded in July 1968. The organization’s original goal was to address urban Indian issues, but it expanded to include the preservation of Indian culture; improving education; reviewing treaty commitments and violations; restoring terminated treaties; protecting Native religious freedom and culture; and working on issues like health, housing, employment and economic development. Infiltration of AIM by FBI agents resulted in distrust within the organization. In recent years the group split, following complaints of authoritarian-style leadership.
BY THE NUMBERS By Ben Olson Reader Staff
The amount per year voters approved in March for the Lake Pend Oreille School District supplemental school levy. LPOSD trustees are exploring an option to make the levy permanent. Board Chairman Cary Kelly has set aside the meeting on Tuesday, July 23 for an informal community discussion to make the two-year, $25.4 million maintenance and operations supplemental levy a permanent one.
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The maximum sentence a North Idaho state representative could face in federal prison, if convicted. Rep. John Green, R-Post Falls, is charged with conspiracy to defraud the U.S. government for allowing a Texas couple to place proceeds from the sale of their gold coins in a bank account that Green controlled “in order to evade paying their federal income taxes,” according to a news release from federal prosecutors. Green made news last week after railing against an order by the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals stating that he may not possess firearms while he’s free on bond. Green’s trial is scheduled for September 23 after multiple delays, due in part to his service in the Idaho Legislature.
The number of 911 calls from AT&T customers that failed to go through during a service outage in 2017, resulting in a $5 million fine for the company in 2018.
Ransom, equivalent to $600,000, that hackers demanded from the city of Riviera Beach, Fla., in June. The city ended up paying the ransom after the cyberattack forced local police and fire departments to write 911 calls on paper. The attack came after an employee clicked on a malicious email link.
A Christian conservative take on City Beach goose removal Death to wildlife or a shining example of beauty without destruction?
By Bea Speakman Reader Contributor If you are pleased with the recent capture and banding of the Canada geese and plan to kill any that return to City Beach, then you agree with the systematic and organized killing of wildlife in North Idaho at City Beach. I understand. The geese droppings are an issue. I appreciate and recognize the time, effort and money already invested in addressing the issue. However, we live in a special place. Why is North Idaho so beautiful and special? The water, the trees, the mountains and the animals have defined this place long before we came. City Beach is beautiful; a focal point of our amazing community. We owe a debt of gratitude to the talented and visionary members of our community who developed it and now continue to improve and maintain it. Thank you to everyone who has played a role in making Sandpoint such a beautiful place to call home. It wouldn’t be the same without City Beach. However, this beautiful place is not just our home. It was built in the heart of the natural habitat and breeding grounds of migratory Canada geese, as illustrated by the history of the Native Americans who occupied this land before us. The ongoing plan to capture, band and kill any migratory Canada geese who
return to City Beach in the future is alarming, given where we live. The people who come to City Beach to enjoy nature and relish in its beauty may soon be inadvertently playing a role in the ongoing killing of some beautiful animals who are victims of human indifference. Do we want this to be the legacy of Sandpoint City Beach, an illusion of beauty, a place of death for migratory wildlife? A permit was issued to relocate the birds. Another permit will have to be issued to get authority to kill them. Let’s not. Please. The city of Sandpoint in good faith worked in tandem with Wildlife Services with a depredation permit from the United States Fish and Wildlife Service to address this issue. The stated mission of USDA APHIS Wildlife Services is, “to provide federal leadership and expertise to resolve wildlife conflicts to allow people and wildlife to coexist.” The plan to kill the birds if they return is in direct contradiction to that stated mission. These are not resident geese; they are clearly migratory and they will return. Unlike in southern Idaho, where resident geese establish a home year-round and relocation is up to 90% successful, we live near a massive body of water surrounded by forested areas near Canada and City Beach is blanketed with their favorite food: grass. They will return.
Others will follow for decades and generations. If we settle for geese relocation and the ongoing plan to kill returning geese, it will set a precedent for the killing of Canada geese at City Beach for decades to come. As a Christian conservative, I concur with the words of an inspired man [former LDS President Joseph F. Smith], “We are a part of all life and should study carefully our relationship to it. … Men cannot worship the Creator and look with careless indifference upon his creations. … Love of nature is akin to the love of God; the two are inseparable.” We have a temporary reprieve from the geese for this season due to their successful relocation to a wildlife management area near Coeur d’Alene; but, perhaps, we can avoid killing them when they migrate back to City Beach next year by exploring a few more options. Have we tried systematic nesting deterrents to reduce the seasonal population and encourage early molting, so they resume flight and migrate sooner? With nesting deterrents, they may naturally
choose other, more secure nesting sites in the future. Perhaps we can look to the examples of some parks in other states that use the Metalform Tow and Collect to collect the droppings into a bin. The droppings are then used as a dose of nitrogen in compost piles and to mix with mulch for a spring boost around other plants in city parks. The legacy of Sandpoint City Beach can be a shining example of beauty without destruction. I believe in Sandpoint. I know we can collectively set the bar higher as we address the convergence of wildlife and humans in this beautiful place we call home. Let’s preserve our true
A Canada goose takes flight. Photo courtesy Wikipedia. North Idaho way of life by respecting nature and all the beauty around us — including the wildlife.
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ice ages By Brenden Bobby Reader Columnist There is no other fossil on record we’ve observed so intimately as the woolly mammoth, making it unique as far as extinct animals go. The primary reason for our familiarity with this longdead species is the shockingly intact carcasses sometimes found frozen in Alaska and Siberia. Because of that, the woolly mammoth is the poster child for Earth’s last great ice age. Technically, however, “ice age” is an inaccurate term for what it was. We’re still in an ice age, just the warm part. An ice age is an indeterminate amount of time (measured mostly by glacial and rock core samples) that has two phases: a glacial period and an interglacial period. A glacial period is when everything gets really cold, water levels drop and ice levels rise. An interglacial period is what we’re in now, which is considered a thawing when life can more readily flourish. Earth is moody and it swings wildly between these two states with relative frequency. These seem to happen and last anywhere from a few thousand to tens of thousands of years at a time. I bet you’re wondering why, or thinking I’m going to stumble into some trap that proves climate change is a hoax (sorry, it’s not.) The idea that the Earth is and always has been a perfect spot for life is a silly concept; and the way woolly mammoths link into that is pretty telling indicator of the planet’s changeability. For one thing, the Earth has a funky orbit. Not only is it elliptical, like an egg, but Earth also wobbles “up” and “down” (though 10 /
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directional notions like “up” and “down” are irrelevant in space). This wobbly tilt creates our four seasons and is the reason why Australia is a lovely, hot paradise when we’re in the dead of winter. We may believe this to be the “perfect” condition for life, but the truth is that life had to work really hard to adapt to a climate like this. When it changes naturally over time, life adapts. When it happens abruptly, as it is right now, life struggles to adapt and we start seeing mass extinctions (Earth has had five that we know about). Life can usually evolve in new forms that are “perfectly” suited to their changed environments, but the process can take millions of years. The big question: Can humans do that? We’re worried because socalled indicator species, which help us gauge the health of an ecosystem, are dying off. It’s like when you’re watching a horror movie, and the protagonists’ friends are getting diced up one after another around them. It makes you wonder: Is my favorite character — in this case humankind — going to make it out of this alive? We aren’t entirely sure why the climate changed around the time of the woolly mammoth’s extinction, but it certainly worked in our favor then. Here in the Northwest, we have one of the most dramatic connections in the world to the ice age. Most people around these parts are familiar with the Missoula floods; if you aren’t, you’re about to learn. For a period between 15,000 and 13,000 years ago, amid the last glacial period, our area sat at a unique temperature range: enough to create miles-high
walls of ice, but also enough to keep liquid water running off warming glaciers. One particularly colossal reservoir, Lake Missoula, contained around 550 cubic miles of water held in place by a gargantuan ice dam near the current location of Missoula, Mont. A warming climate combined with the pressure of all that water caused the dam to break and unleashed a massive flood that dramatically ripped across the Northwest, pulling immense amounts of rock and glacial ice with it. This surging slurry of water and rock scoured out the basin of our beautiful lake. The most shocking thing about this is that it wasn’t a singular event; there may have been more than 40 such cataclysmic floods taking place as early as 1.5 million years ago. Can you imagine standing on top of Schweitzer Mountain and watching an entire body of water roll up the Clark Fork River valley? Even more stunning, try to imagine it while sitting on the Hope Peninsula. Basically, ice ages are awesome. So, what could fling us into another glacial period? A surprisingly large number of things. A sudden increase in Earth’s volcanism spewing ash into our atmosphere and blocking the sun could drop temperatures sharply enough to trigger another glacial period — and, likely, widespread extinctions with it. A comet colliding with Earth could have a similar effect; even if the comet doesn’t have a dramatic immediate human casualty count, it could lower Earth’s atmospheric temperature enough to trigger another glacial period. Though we aren’t en-
tirely sure, pumping more of our CO2 industrial byproducts into the atmosphere might mirror an increase in volcanic activity and have the same effect (or the opposite, causing desertification). Finally, something like a powerful earthquake altering Earth’s tilt just enough could trigger a move towards a glacial period. Whatever it is, I hope it takes its sweet time, because snow
tires are expensive and I’m not ready for a Westerosi Winter. Before I depart, I wanted to thank the Clark Fork Library for letting me slum it here and write this article while I wait for my computer to update things. I’m so happy to have access to fiber optic internet not-so-far from home, because we’ll probably see another glacial period before I see fast internet at my house.
Random Corner Don’t know much about North • North Korea is the world’s only nation to currently have a captured U.S. Navy ship. The U.S.S. Pueblo was taken in 1968 after North Korea claimed it was cruising within its territorial waters. • In North Korea, the year is counted after the birth of its founder, Kim Il-Sung. In 2018, it was the year 207. • North Korea is the world’s only necrocracy: a government that still operates under the rules of a deceased leader. • North Korea has 51 “Social Categories” ranked by their loyalty to the regime. • North Koreans may only choose from 28 approved haircuts. • In the 1950s, North Korea built Kijong-dong, a “nice” city visible from the border, to entice South Koreans into the country. It’s actually a ghost town. • More than 23,000 North Koreans have defected to South Korea over the past 60 years.
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Only two South Koreans have gone to the North. • In 2013, North Korean President Kim Jong-un killed his own uncle by throwing him naked into a cage with 120 starving dogs. • In North Korea, only military and government officials can own motor vehicles. • In North Korea, people don’t celebrate birthdays on July 8 and December 17, since those are the dates that Kim Il-sung and Kim Jong-il died. • The “demilitarized” zone between North and South Korea is the world’s most militarized zone. • In 2011, when a single instance of anti-Kim Jong-il graffiti was found in Pyongyang, North Korean officials locked down the entire city of more than 3.2 million people for three days. • In 2011, North Korean researchers concluded that North Korea is the second happiest country in the world. The happiest is China.
A column by and about Millennials
What your beer says about you By Emily Erickson Reader Columnist Like the good Wisconsin native that I am, my first act as a Sandpoint resident was going out to get a beer. My fingers ached from white-knuckling the steering wheel; a response to finishing the last leg of my cross-country roadtrip in a blizzard. Taped boxes and tetra-packed ornaments of my former life still filled my vehicle, but I was thirsty. More than that, I was eager to meet my new community. I crossed the Long Bridge; bellied up to a big, wooden bar downtown; and grabbed the beer list. As I scanned my options, the comfort of familiarity flooded over me. I may have just moved 2,000 miles to a place I’d never been, but at least there were stouts and IPAs, ambers and blondes, and a selection of bottles with well-known labels, reminding me that some things don’t change just because your zip code does. Over the next two years, the community became more familiar and I was able to identify Sandpoint people as easily as I had identified the styles of beer on the list my very first day. Furthermore, I began to categorize the people I met, drawing parallels between their lifestyles and the types of beer they consumed. Despite these being drastic caricatures and comedic overgeneralizations, here’s what your beer says about you: Sandpoint Edition. IPA: If you’re a Sandpoint resident that regularly reaches for the hop-heavy IPA, you ride mountain bikes on the weekends and wouldn’t dare miss a bluegrass show. You moved to Sandpoint for the camping, but stayed when you discovered the
Emily Erickson. cultural heartbeat of the area. You are often spotted sporting sandals with socks, and are contemplating brewing your own kombucha. Bud Light: Ordering a bottle, and you “don’t need a glass,” you’re the light beer purist in the community. You’ve been drinking this American staple since high school (which was between 30 and 60 years ago), your jeans have jewels on them and nothing gets you moving quite like Devon Wade on a Saturday night. You likely have a travel-sized hairspray can close by, and the idea of drinking Coors Light is ridiculous. Porter (or stout): You’re a local with a preference for things on the dark side. You moved to Sandpoint from the Midwest and enjoy the mildness of the winters away from the Great Lakes. The dark beers remind you of maltier times back home, when you literally needed a buzz just to stay warm. You’re frequently found chopping wood, doing routine maintenance on your snow blower and have an entire closet dedicated to flannels of varying thicknesses. Double IPA: If you hit the bar asking for a double or (god forbid) triple IPA, you’ve recently discovered you can get obliter-
ated drunk off craft beer without nearly as much judgement as shooting whiskey. You can be found at the bar attempting to order two beers at a time, pounding one quickly before your partner gets back from the bathroom. Hefeweizen: If you’re the sort that had a Blue Moon that one time, and discovered you like Hefeweizens, you love nothing more than summertime. Your hobbies include boating, paddle boarding and sitting on a deck with friends. You wear shorts and sandals until the snow touches your ankles, and say things like, “Mahalo.” Also, there’s a 90% chance you share a photo of your beer on Instagram. Pale ale: If you’re from Sandpoint and you order a pale ale you typically drink Bud
Light, but the microbrewery your friends dragged you to doesn’t sell it. You think this will be a close second. It’s not. Amber: If you’re the type that finds ambers on a beer list, you’re a straight arrow. You have a practical 9-5 job with good benefits, you’ve never filed an extension on your taxes and sometimes wonder if you should have traveled abroad in college. Your favorite part about drinking malt-heavy brews is that you get too full before you get too out of hand. Natural Light: If “Natty Light” is your go-to, your truck is lifted and you have fish-gut stains on your T-shirt. You think there’s no better duo than a cooler full of “cold ones” and a fresh tin of Grizzly, and miss the days when country music wasn’t
so catchy. That, or you’re a highschool boy on an after-school fast food-wage budget. Sour (or barrel aged): If you inquire about the newest sours or ask if the bar has anything barrel aged, you recently moved to Sandpoint from Portland and roast your own coffee at home. You only eat chicken if you know where it came from, you regularly discuss where Mercury is in relation to Venus and vehemently believe in the benefits of acupuncture. Montucky Cold Snack: If the “official, unofficial beer of Montana,” is your beverage of choice, you have worked at Schweitzer Mountain Resort in the past two years and are spotted with no less than four cans on your person at a time.
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It was a beautiful day for a Fourth of July parade in Sandpoint. Here are just a few photos snapped by publisher Ben Olson during the parade on July 4, 2019. To see all of Benâ€™s photos, check out the Sandpoint Reader Facebook page. Photos by Ben Olson. July 11, 2019 /
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Bum Jungle Bash Dollar Beers! 6-9m @ Matchwood Open Mic Night w/ KC Carter 8pm @ Eichardt’s Pub 9pm-12am @ A&P’s Bar and Grill A fundraiser for Pend d Good until the keg’s dry Bay Trail! Classic rock Live Music w/ Dustin Drennen Thursday Night Solo Series w/ Kerry Leigh 8-11pm @ 219 Lounge 6-8pm @ 219 Lounge Folk, cow-punk, alt-country Original Americana, folk, rock, country and blues
Live Music w/ Harold’s IGA 6:30-9:30pm @ Matchwood Brewing Co. Harold’s IGA on the patio! Live Music w/ The Desperate 8’s 9pm @ 219 Lounge CDA-based classic rock band Live Music w/ Bright Moments Jazz 5-8pm @ Pend d’Oreille Winery
Live Music w/ 5-7pm @ Idaho Sandpoint Ant @ Sand Creek Walk along the some beautiful Sandpoint Sum July 12, 13, 14 Mugs and Music w/ Harold’s IGA Live Music w/ Truck Mills BeerFest 6-8pm @ Laughing Dog Brewery 12-5pm @ C 5-8pm @ Pend d’Oreille Winery Multi-instrumental indie rock trio One of the best blues guitarists in town Sample loc Live Music w/ The Dimestore Prophets Live Music w/ Dustin Drennen brews and 9pm @ 219 Lounge beach party. 5-7pm @ Idaho Pour Authority 3-piece groove rock reggae Shangri La Live Music w/ Ken Mayginnes Live Music w/ Ponderay Paradox 5:30-9:30pm 6-8:30pm @ Chop Bar & Grill 6:30-9:30pm @ MickDuff’s Beer Hall Fundraiser Live Music w/ Brian Jacobs Duo with Mike Genoff and Matt Moran Kindness. L 8-10pm @ The Back Door SASi Saturday Dance • 1-4pm @ Senior Center nis. Food/dr All your favorite songs! With live music by Country Plus Tennis Summer Brewery Bash 8pm @ MickDuff’s Beer Hall The boys are back in town. Come down and dance to one of Sandpoint’s favorite dance bands Live Music w/ Kevin Dorin 8-10pm @ The Back Door Progressive blues fusion
Sandpoint Chess Club Live Music w/ Ken Mayginnes Live Music w/ Tennis 9am @ Evans Brothers Coffee 5-7:30pm @ Matchwood Brewing 8-11pm @ 219 Lounge Meets every Sunday at 9am Sandpoint’s favorite dan Karaoke Night Sandpoint SummerFest Piano Sunday with An 8pm-cl @ Tervan July 12, 13, 14 3-5pm @ Pend d’Oreill Monday Night Blues Jam w/ Truck Mills Lifetree Cafe Outd 7:30pm @ Eichardt’s Pub 2pm @ Jalepeño’s Mexican Restaurant 6pm @ An hour of conversation and stories. This A chi Rock n’ Roll Bingo tional week’s topic: “Declutter Your Life” 6-8pm @ Tervan Yoga & Beer 4-5pm @ Matchwood Brewing
Master Naturalist Nature Hik 9am @ Round Lake State Park Explore the flora and fauna that you may encounter
Trivia Night in Hope Night-Out Karaoke 4-6pm @ Davis Grocery 9pm @ 219 Lounge Free and open to the public Triva Night Djembe class 7pm @ MickDuff’s 5:45-7:30pm @ Music Conservatory of Sandpoint Show off that big, beautiful brain o Join Ali Thomas for this djembe (drum) class
Wind Down Wednesday 5-8pm @ 219 Lounge With live music by blues man Truck Mills and guest musician Tom Dubendorfer
Magic Wednesday 6-8pm @ Jalapeño’s Enjoy close-up magic shows by Star Alexander right at your table
Sandpoint Farmers’ Market 3-5:30pm @ Farmin Park Locally grown produce, starts, crafts and more! Live music by Folk Remedy
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Thursdays in the Garden 10am @ Sandpoint Library Garden Enjoy a different project theme each week such as Insect Safari, Scavenger Hunt, Wind Chimes, and Garden Wildlife Habitat Houses. Geared to ages 6-9 and families
Music w/ Marty Perron & Doug Bond Feeling Groovy Dance Party Leave No Trace Bear Awareness 7pm @ Panida Theater m @ Idaho Pour Authority 6-7pm @ Evans Bros. Coffee Retro dance party. $10 point Antique & Classic Boat Show An educational workshop led by SOLE nd Creek Boardwalk Sandpoint Contra Dance Live Music w/ along the boardwalk and check out 7-10:30pm @ Spt. Community Hall The Tonedevil Bros. beautiful classic boats! 17th annual Dance to live music in the New England 7:30pm @ Eichardt’s Pub point SummerFest DJ Skwish tradition. $5 and bring comfy shoes 2, 13, 14 9pm-cl @ A&P’s Guitar-making picking duo eerFest S.O.L.E. Kids Water Wizards Workshop Yoga on Tap 10:45am @ Laughing Dog Brewery -5pm @ City Beach 10am-12pm @ Evans Bros. Coffee mple local and regional 4+ years old, $5 donation suggested Sandpoint SummerFest ews and enjoy a festive Bonner General Health 70th Anniversary July 12, 13, 14 ach party. Spt. Chamber 12-3pm @ Bonner General Health @ Eureka Center (Sagle) hangri La at the Lake There will be Star the Magician, fun and The annual concert series at the Eu30-9:30pm @ Shangri La games, cake and ice cream, music and a reka Center. See website for full info ndraiser for Underground chance to win a cruiser bike Sandpoint Farmers’ Market ndness. Live music w/ Ten- DJ Skwish 9am-1pm @ Farmin Park s. Food/drink by Ivano’s 9pm-cl @ A&P’s Produce and more! Live music by Muffy & w/ Tennis Utara After Hours: Hellbound Glory the Riffhangers. 31st Anniversary party! 9 Lounge 6pm @ 219 Lounge Jacey’s Race avorite dance band! Special music event at Utara Brewing Co. Competitive 5k race for runners and walkers, and y with Annie Welle EHS Idaho Monthly Meeting d d’Oreille Winery 1:30pm @ 365 Cram Rd. Spirit Lake 1k fun run for kids benefits local children with cancer or life-threatening illnesses. Jaceys-Race.com Outdoor Experience Monday Night Run Annual 6-Pack Alleycat Ride nt 6pm @ Outdoor Experience 1pm @ Greasy Fingers Bikes his A chill, three-mile(ish) group run with opBike scavenger hunt! 255-4496 tional beverages to follow
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Sandpoint Summer Series: Lilla 6:30pm @ Farmin Park A free, family-friendly live music event in Farmin Park, presented by Mattox Farms and Washington Trust Bank. Featuring Lilla (read more on page 23) Great free music in the heart of downtown.
Live Patio Music w/ Nights of Neon 6:30-9:30pm @ The Fat Pig Live music on the comfortable patio!
Live Music w/ Jake Robins 7:30pm @ Eichardt’s Pub
Yappy Hour 4-7pm @ Trinity at City Beach A fundraiser for Panhandle Animal Shelter featuring live music w/ the Baldy Mountain Boys, beverages and tons of four-legged fun
Wednesdays w/ Benny 5-7:30pm @ Connie’s Special guest Kerry Leigh Hope History Day @ Davis Grocery For anyone curious about the local history of Hope, there will be presenters on hand all day long plus there will be fun information for the entire family. Free
July 19 Free Movies in the Park: “Pirates of the Caribbean” @ Lakeview Park July 19-21 Northwest YogaFeast @ Eureka July 20-21 Northwest WineFEST @ Schweitzer Mountain Resort
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Putting art on a pedestal By Zach Hagadone Reader Staff
Arts Commission recommends three sculptures for Silver Box Art Project
After a review of more than 20 submissions, the Sandpoint Arts Commission on July 8 settled on three sculpture designs for installation in the Silver Box Art on Loan Program. The preferred pieces include “Angry Bird,” by Sandpoint artist George Rickert; “Okeefe 5,” by Pine Valley, Utah artist Patrick Sullivan; and “Phoenix Rising,” from artist Alex Romero, of Post Falls. The Silver Box Art Project features three sculptures to be displayed atop metal pedestals across from Farmin Park at Oak Street and Fourth Avenue, near the Post Office on Church Street and the northwest corner of Oak Street and Fifth Avenue. Selected artists will grant their work to the city for approximately one year and receive an honorarium of $1,000. Should an artist’s piece sell as a result of its exhibition in the program, the city will receive a 10% commission of the sale price. The city is under no obligation to purchase any of the pieces and will rotate featured artwork each year. Arts commission members’ recommendations came after a lengthy process of review and a roundtable jury session during which they weighed the merits of each piece. “Angry Bird,” a fantastically-colored, abstract carving in solid locust
log, which measures about 50 inches by 23 inches, garnered enthusiastic responses from the commission. “It’s very kitschy, very silly, and I think it would engage a lot of people’s interest,” said commission member Barry Burgess. “I like the fact that he’s local, too.” “Okeefe 5” is a three-foot-tall pillar of silvery-grey carrera marble, which caught the commission’s eye for its variable textures. “I love the more organic side, versus the more structural side,” said commission member Matt Kerr. “Phoenix Rising,” a circular steel sculpture 30 inches in diameter featuring the iconic Phoenix bird in flight over a landscape wrought in metal, appealed to the commission because of its representational, rather than abstract, forms. While Burgess was less keen on the representational aspect, he liked the
Sculpture entries recommended for installation in the Silver Box Art Project, left to right: “Phoenix Rising,” by Alex Romero; “Angry Bird,” by George Rickert”; and “Okeefe 5,” by Patrick Sullivan. spherical shape, patterns, light reflection and potential to cast interesting shadows. Commission member Patricia Walker voted in favor of the piece “because it invited intrigue, to me.” The commission recommended installing “Angry Bird” on the pedestal near the Post Office, “Okeefe 5” at the Fifth Avenue location and “Phoenix Rising” at Oak and Fourth, where its circular shape might play off the rounded design of the nearby fountain. The recommendations now go to the Sandpoint City Council, which will likely review the options at its August 7 meeting.
Shangri La At The Lake:
Party in paradise and do some good while you’re at it
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they might grow into healthy, productive community members. Though Underground Kindness accepts donations year-round, the seventh-annual Any time spent at the lake is time well spent — made even better with food, drink, Shangri La At The Lake, set for Saturday, live music and dancing. Underground Kind- July 13, is the only standalone fundraiser for the organization — and it’s a doozy. ness goes a step further with Shangri La At In addition to food and drink including The Lake, turning a lakeside party into an beer, wine and a signature cocktail served opportunity to support area students. The local nonprofit offers a suite a pro- family-style from Ivano’s Ristorante, Sandpoint’s favorite dance grams to public schools, band Tennis will kick out the Bonner County Juve- Shangri La At The Lake the tunes. Students are set nile Detention Center and Saturday, July 13, 5:30-9:30 to share testimonials of how Sandpoint Teen Center p.m. $65-$1,000 (fees may focused on fostering self apply) available at eventbrite. Underground Kindness programs have affected their awareness, acceptance, com. 116 Bella Circle, Sagle, 208-290-8391, undergroundlives, while partygoers have expression and comkindness.org. the opportunity to participate passion in kids so that
in a slate of live and silent auctions featuring items donated by local businesses, a huge winner-take-all beer and wine raffle, and paddle raise during which attendees can make direct donations to the organization. Shangri La At The Lake brings in about $30,000 to Underground Kindness, which will go toward more than 400 classes affecting 10,000 area students in the 2019/2020 school year. Last year, community support for Underground Kindness translated into over 600 classroom hours of programming for local kids. Tickets are $65 for individuals, $110 for couples and $1,000 for a VIP table including priority food service, reserved seating for 10, two free bottles of sparkling wine and one free bottle of sparkling cider.
‘You’re never too old to start something new’ The Music Conservatory of Sandpoint’s ‘Silver Stars’ program draws local seniors
By Katherine Greeland Reader Contributor
“You’re never too old to start something new.’’ Sage advice from 87-seven-year old Ed Britner, who recently dusted off his flute for the first time in 60 years. Inspired when he saw Music Conservatory of Sandpoint Instructor Denis Zwang playing at Artwalk on June 21, he immediately signed up for lessons. Britner was astounded at how much he remembered during his first flute lesson at MCS in early July. MCS has many adult students, including seniors, who are invigorated by what they are able to achieve when renewing a dedication to their beloved instrument. Many have been with MCS for years and found themselves performing as soloists at annual concerts. Adult learners who join MCS ensembles achieve their dreams in ways they
never thought possible, receiving cheers and standing ovations for their talent and musical excellence. Mary Lou Brannigan enjoyed a career in music, theater, voice and as a director until life took a different turn. “I haven’t played an instrument in 40 years. But now, being semi-retired, I am happy to find time to create again,” Brannigan said. She started taking cello lessons at MCS to keep her mind and body healthy. Brannigan sees her new studies as a youthful act. Different from camps or programs, MCS is an accredited school for performing arts. Representatives from Western Association of Schools and Colleges toured MCS in June as part
of their accreditation process. As a result, MCS earned a recommendation for accreditation to continue for an additional six years. “Six years is the longest accreditation time period that can be awarded to a school,” said MCS Music Director John Fitzgerald. To enroll, call 208-265-4444 or visit sandpointconservatory.org.
Top Left: 87-year-old flautist Ed Britner. Top right: Mary Lou Brannigan bows the cello. Courtesy photos.
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SHAKE, RATTLE AND ROLL
A column about the trials and tribulations of Parkinson’s Disease
It’s About Time By A.C. Woolnough Reader Columnist
Some amazing thoughts came to me on our 11-hour flight from Osaka, Japan, back to the States last month. The first was the difference between 2019 and 1957 when it took our Navy family 10 days to cross the Pacific Ocean in a converted World War II Liberty ship — the kind that was cranked out in shipyards to the tune of one every 42 days. The fastest build was less than five days. What a difference 62 years make. One of my last thoughts of the flight was mental and physical befuddlement caused by the International Date Line: We landed in Los Angeles before we took off in Japan! Then again, I’m easily confused. Another oddity is how different cultures see time differently. The other day, I drove north on Highway 95 and saw the newly refurbished Taco Bell. Here was a building about 25 years old that was essentially re-built. In Kyoto, there is a restaurant that has been in continuous operation for 540 years that gets furbished (yes, that’s a word. I looked it up) every now and then — say once every couple hundred years. How cultures view time is one of the distinguishing characteristics between Western and Eastern thought. We Westerners lack the perspective of many Asian cultures. In America, delayed gratification is becoming rarer, or I’m becoming more curmudgeonly, or both. Patience is often described in terms of minutes, hours or days. With our never-ending political cycle of raising funds and being obstreperous to the other party, our timelines don’t go far into the future. In Japan, they have Bonsai trees over 1,000 years old! Patience is measured in decades and centuries. Another random thought was deciding to list all the songs I could with time in the title. 18 /
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Without cheating (checking the internet), how many can you, the reader, think of? I only made it to 11. FireFox led me to a list of the top 50. Who knows how many there really are? By now, regular readers of this column may be thinking, “I thought this guy wrote about Parkinson’s disease. What’s the deal with this philosophizing about time?” You are correct; I am supposed to be writing about the fifth World Parkinson Congress that was recently held in Kyoto. I am still processing our trip (my angel, Pamela, was with me) many days later. Our journey began three years ago in Portland, Ore., at the fourth WPC. I was blown away to participate with almost 5,000 of my new best friends as we explored everything about Parkinson’s over the course of four days. A few months later, I was selected as a WPC ambassador to promote the next triannual gathering in Kyoto. Fifteen of us, world-wide, worked to encourage the PD community to participate in “the only totally inclusive international forum on PD. Physicians, scientists, nurses, rehab specialists, care partners and people with Parkinson’s join together… to increase knowledge about the disease…” As an ambassador, I took Parky, the official, stuffed-raccoon mascot of the WPC, to five countries, 16 states and Washington, D.C. Arriving in Kyoto, we added Japan as a the sixth country. We arrived late on June 1, somehow losing a day in our travels — that damnably confusing International Date Line again. Sunday and Monday were primarily rest days trying to adapt to the local time and deal with jet lag. We did take the subway to the International Conference Center to get a feel for the venue. Monday evening, we were invited to a cultural reception. I learned I don’t care for sake — Japanese rice wine — but Suntory whisky
is pretty good. We were entertained by a traditional Geisha performance of music and dance. An array of traditional Japanese cuisine was provided. Some of the food had tentacles and suckers! Tuesday morning found me at the ICC at 7:30 for my eight-hour stint as emcee, host and moderator for an all-day pre-conference workshop primarily for those new to Parkinson’s. Of the 18 speakers, I met 15 for the first time that morning. What a group. Our “let’s get up and move every 45 minutes” facilitator (Pamela Quinn) has danced with Twyla Sharp. Soania Mathur was awarded the Distinguished Contribution to the Parkinson Community honor. Those are just two of the outstanding folks making presentations. Did I mention the WPC also had a Nobel prize winner as a speaker? To put the WPC in perspective, nearly 3,000 people attended. They were from over 50 countries. Around 60% were first timers to a WPC. At any given time, there were up to 19 possible presentations to choose from. Topics varied from “Selective neuronal vulnerability: What we can and cannot learn about the Pathogenesis of PD using disease models” to “Sexuality and intimacy in PD for people with Parkinson’s and their partners” and everything in between. To get a better sense of the offerings, the program was 150 pages. There was so much information to be shared, it was like drinking from a fire hose. Intense is a good word to describe the Congress. The best part of the WPC was the people. I re-connected with folks from the Portland Congress and made many new friends. Outside the ICC, we interacted with many of the locals — on the subway, at meals and while playing tourist. Language was rarely a barrier thanks to Google Translate. Also, many of the Japanese we were with spoke some English — although they were a little shy
about using it. As a tourist, Kyoto has a wealth of places to visit. Kyoto was the capital of Japan for over 1,000 years. It has 17 World Heritage sites including castles, temples and shrines. Despite few, if any, public trash receptacles (a security precaution following a terrorist incident in 1995), Kyoto (and all of Japan that I saw) was impeccably neat and clean — especially the subway. Because most of the week was hectic and frenetic, Pamela and I decided to find a quiet, tranquil and peaceful location where we could absorb our experience in a mindful way. That’s how we ended up at the Kyoto Botanical Garden. It was the perfect ending to our excellent adventure. For the last 50 years or so, scientists are saying something about a cure in the next 10-15 years. That window of time has yet to happen. Although new and improved therapies are on the horizon, there is still no certainty
Top: A.C. and Pamela Woolnough pose at the Kinkaku-ji Zen Buddhist temple in Kyoto. Bottom: The Woolnoughs pose with geishas. Courtesy photos.
when a cure may be discovered. For all of us in the Parkinson’s community, it’s about time we make more, better and faster treatments. Chicago (the band, not the city) asks, “Does Anybody really Know What Time it is?” Billy Joel captures our angst about waiting for a cure with “The Longest Time.” Scientists, on the other hand, have a link to Bob Dylan, who suggests “The Times They Are A-Changing,” while the Beatles believe researchers are working “Eight Days a Week.” Of course, The Stones have a depressing thought for some of us that we are “Out of Time.” I saved my favorite title for last. When is it time for a cure? The Chambers Brothers sing the “Time Has Come Today.”
The Real Folk Horoscope Little reminders for re-realizing who you may or may not be
By Cody Lyman Reader Columnist
As patron saint of food and fellow Cancer Anthony Bourdain once said, “I’m not afraid to look like a big, hairy, smelly, foreign devil in Tokyo, though I do my best not to. I really do.” This month, life will feel a lot like your own personal Tokyo.
The painter and occultist Austin Osman Spare, who was a devout worshipper of all that is the subconscious, was highly suspicious of the leading lights of his day in the realms of the psyche, going so far as to refer to Carl Jung and Sigmund Freud as “Junk and Fraud,” which, I won’t lie, makes me laugh. This, however, is not Spare’s place to speak to or for you, my dear Leos. CG Jung is the one who was on your team, and it is he who said, “Everything that irritates us about others can lead us to an understanding of ourselves.” See what he did there? You might find it useful to take a page out of his playbook this month. Quibbles be quashed!
Mother Teresa of Calcutta, whatever else she may or may not have been, was astoundingly practical in her approach to life, saying things like, “If you can’t feed a hundred people, then feed just one,” and, “What can you do to promote world peace? Go home and love your family,” and, “I want you to be concerned about your next-door neighbor. Do you even know your next-door neighbor?” It is that sort of straightforward stick-to-itiveness that will be most valuable to follow this month. Next month you can move on to her more abstract lessons––for instance, “Never travel faster than your guardian angel can fly,” or, for the masochists among us, “I have found the paradox, that if you love until it hurts, there can be no more hurt, only more love.”
Greetings, Mr. and Mrs. Balance. With an entourage like yours, comprising Gandhi, Putin, Nietzsche, Heinrich Himmler, Henry Wallace, Jimmy Carter, needless to say Sigourney Weaver and Snoop Dogg, I think it best you keep sampling a bit of everything. Carry on.
And now a bleeding word from the sweet, tar-stained, old fingertips of humanist Kurt Vonnegut––“About astrology and palmistry: they are good because they make people vivid and full of possibilities. They are communism at its best. Everybody has a birthday, and almost everybody has a palm.”
Understand that behind Mr. Rogers, there was Mrs. Rogers. And behind Dr. Seuss, there was Ted Geisel.
Charlie Chaplin, made famous for his silent films, uttered what might be the greatest pun of all time. “In the end,” he said, “everything is a gag.” It’s an idea that transcends cultures. Act accordingly.
Shirley Temple said, “When I was 14, I was the oldest I ever was. I’ve been getting younger ever since.” We can all be so lucky. It’s a good month to revisit your childhood. Let the philosophy of Ms. Temple be your beacon.
It’s telling that between Donald Trump, Kanye West, Marilyn Monroe, Prince, JFK, Walt Whitman, Dean Martin, Bob Dylan, Barbara Bush, Angelina Jolie, Anderson Cooper, the Olsen twins, Morgan Freeman, Che Guevara and Stevie Nicks, I was unable to find a single pertinent quote that bears repeating to you. It’s as though the Universe were saying, “Be your own person.” Cody Lyman was chemically engineered in a lab with orange walls to bring frustration and/or good fortune within your reach. Which will it be? It’s anybody’s guess. Check back next month for another peek into the void.
I wonder if you can guess who in your tribe said, “Nothing in the world can one imagine beforehand, not the least thing. Everything is made up of so many particles that cannot be foreseen.” Then went on to say, “Mankind will discover objects in space sent to us by The Watchers.” Consider yourself forewarned. Don’t be a Nostradamus.
An out-of-whack aspect in your third house will amplify an existing discrepancy this month, so that you may find yourself relating across time and space with your sister Janis Joplin, when she said, “On stage, I make love to 25,000 people. Then I go home alone.”
Between shrieking like a banshee and breaking up The Beatles, Yoko Ono said a wonderful thing: “A dream you dream alone is only a dream. A dream you dream together is a reality.” July 11, 2019 /
Shilla Korean BBQ with Seoul offers complex comfort food from noon ’til late-night
By Zach Hagadone Reader Staff It’s a good thing Jeff Coleman had a hard time getting reliable internet in Cocolalla. If he could stream movies, maybe he wouldn’t have opened his food truck, Shilla Korean BBQ with Seoul, behind the 219 Lounge. The way Coleman tells it, he moved in February from Greensboro, N.C. to be near family in the area. “I was going to Super One to rent movies — a lot — because in Cocolalla, you know, the internet’s not so great,” he said. “One night I was there and felt like having a drink in town. I asked where was the best place, and they told me to go to the 219.” Coleman took that advice and, seeing Mel Dick moving some tables around, reasoned correctly that he was the owner. “I said [to him], ‘You need some food out back here and I want to do a Korean barbecue truck.’” Thanks to his six years of experience at a French fine-dining restaurant in Greensboro — and the coincidence that he attended the same high school as Jamie Terry, whose
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husband Mark manages the 219 — Coleman’s culinary bona fides paved the way for Shilla Korean BBQ to set up just outside the back patio gates at the 219, accessible from Second Avenue. “This is the spot to be, definitely,” Coleman said. Shilla Korean BBQ with Seoul opened for business during Lost in the ’50s and has since established a lunch-time crowd and an even more robust late-night clientele. Hours run Tuesday-Saturday, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. and extend to 8 p.m.-2 a.m., Thursday-Saturday. The menu includes mandu pork potstickers (five for $7); gogi sticks with chicken, ribs or pork belly ($6); bop bowls with chicken ($11), spicy pork, short ribs or beef ($12); street noodles with veggie ($8) or meat options ($11); and the gogi hoagie ($11), Coleman’s own creation, which he describes as “the love child of a banh mi and a Philly cheese.” Customers steadily cued up at the Shilla Korean service window during a recent sunny Tuesday lunch hour, with the gogi hoagie as an apparent favorite. It’s a hefty sandwich. Piled with tender,
spicy pork locally sourced from Wood’s Meats on a bed of tangy marinated veggies and topped with pepper jack cheese, the star of the dish is Coleman’s “secret sauce” — a red pepper paste whipped into an aioli with strong notes of garlic and sesame seed oil. The bread is lightly toasted and stands up to the rich sauces without becoming overly soggy, but you’ll want to cut it up into manageable pieces. Definitely a sandwich that’ll carry you through the afternoon. The bop bowl is Shilla’s take on the iconic bibimbap — a rice-based dish that mingles together meat, vegetables, the pungent fermented cabbage kimchi and topped with a fried egg. True to form, the bop bowl comes to the table as a riot of smells, colors and flavors. The traditional short rib option features meat that’s thick but not fatty; tender without being oily (don’t forget about the bones, though). By definition, Korean pork is often salty but a sprinkling of sesame seeds serve to mellow the flavor. Thick slabs of gently cooked shiitake mushrooms are a pleasant surprise, hiding among the medley of marinated spinach and strips of carrots. Break the egg atop the pork, let the yolk seep into the rice and mix with the veggies — which include vibrant purple cabbage and electric-yellow Korean peppers — and you have the quintessential Korean comfort food. Coleman nods with approval at the notion of “comfort food.” Food is a family affair in Korea, with several generations gathering in the kitchen early and often to prepare meals. “I grew up on Korean food,” said Coleman. “I’ve been cooking it since I was old enough to use the stove; since I was about 10 years old. I’ve always loved it.” Born on an Army base in Wiesbaden, Germany, Coleman served two six-month tours in Tikrit, Iraq in 2010-2011 before his stint in French cuisine in North Carolina. Through all his travels, though, the traditional Korean cooking of his mom and grandmother have stuck with him. “This is a super-family business,” he said, adding that his mom is his partner,
Top: The gogi hoagie, bob bowl and mandu potstickers. Bottom: Jeff Coleman hard at work in the food truck. Photos by Zach Hagadone. waking up every morning to make the mandu potstickers by hand. His brother, who works for the railroad in Tacoma, Wash., designed the logo and helps out by driving to Sandpoint with deliveries of otherwise hard to find Korean sauces and ingredients from the Pa-Do Market. His stepdad, a driver for Litehouse, hauls the trailer to catering gigs. Even the name of the food truck has a family connection. Coleman said his mother’s lineage goes back to the Shilla dynasty, sometimes spelled Silla, which unified and ruled Korea from the seventh to the 10th century. “All this,” Coleman said, gesturing toward the food truck, “the cooking, the breaking down the meat, making the sauces — that’s all me, but really my grandma taught me how to make all this food.” Maybe, then, it’s to the credit both of Cocolalla’s dodgy internet and Coleman’s grandma that Shilla Korean BBQ now offers up gogi hoagies and bop bowls at the 219. A welcome addition both to casual lunch diners and, certainly, those craving something salty, savory and filling in the small hours of the night. “You can be this hidden gem for only so long,” Coleman said of Sandpoint’s growth and what it means for the future of latenight dining. The same might be said for Shilla Korean BBQ.
STAGE & SCREEN
Snoozer Agent: By Zach Hagadone Reader Staff By its nature, nothing is as it seems when it comes to espionage. Such is the case — in more ways than one — with “Red Joan,” the 2019 spy flick from British director Kevin Nunn. The fictionalized story of real-life English physicist-turned-KGB informant Melita Norwood, “Red Joan” bounces between the early-21st-century arrest of aged Joan Stanley (played by Dame Judi Dench) and her 20-something self in the late-1930s and ’40s (Sophie Cookson). Juxtaposing a dowdy Dench in spinstery sweaters with the sharp, effervescent Cookson provides the central narrative disconnect between appearances and reality: how could this old woman be the same person as the brilliant young spy giving away vital A-bomb secrets to the commies? The guiding dichotomy established, “Red Joan” spends the rest of its 101-minute run-
Critics: Spy drama ‘Red Joan’ features fine acting but few thrills
time showing how young Joan out of four stars despite being grappled with notions of loyalty “uneven” in its toggling between to country versus humanity, her past and present — the consenheart versus her head and her sus from The New York Times, identity as a woman scientist at Washington Post and Guardian a time when it was especially is that while the film is ably shot, hard to be both. Meanwhile, old admirably costumed and well Joan first denies everything, then acted it’s more of a snoozer than fights to defend her long-ago ac- a sleeper agent. What’s worse, tions against despite her accusations prominence in “Red Joan” (R) of treason the promotional Thursday, July 11, 7:30 p.m.; leveled at materials, Dame Saturday, July 13-Sunday, July her by evJudi is deployed 14, 3:30 p.m. $5.57-$8.72, eryone from more as a framtickets at the door or panida. ing device than a MI5 to her org. Panida Theater, 300 N. own son. central dramatic First Ave., 208-255-7801. Based force — the on that words “waste of synopsis, talent” and “un“Red Joan” sounds like a thinky derused” crop up in more than a thriller starring a powerhouse handful of reviews. performer and juiced with inter“What should be breathless esting things to say about poliand urgent is instead polite and tics and gender, war and peace, listless,” wrote The Times. “The love and science. Not exactly, action (if that’s the right word) according to critics. moves pretty darn slowly,” While the folks at rogerebert. according to the Post. True to com were complimentary of the form, the Guardian put it with “conventional yet sneakily aban ample dose of British cheek: sorbing” film — giving it three “the storytelling, like the beige-
Dude, ‘The Big Lebowski’ comes to the Panida big screen
heavy cinematography that takes its cues from liver spots and teastained dentures, could do with a bit more colour.” Metacritic gives “Red Joan”
a 45 while the critics’ consensus on Rotten Tomatoes — “perplexingly dull” — is a pretty harsh 30 percent. Audiences, however, rate the movie a far more positive 64 percent and The Times, in a perhaps-unintentional compliment, notes “Red Joan” is rated-R “for extremely tasteful sex,” so there’s that.
Film al fresco
Movies in the Park starts next Friday
By Reader Staff
The third annual Movies in the Park series kicks off Friday, July 19 with “Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl.” Presented at Lakeview Park by the Bonner County History Museum, Pine Street Dental, and Sandpoint Parks and Recreation, the films are free to attend and run at dusk on select Fridays through July and August. Moviegoers are encouraged
to bring blankets and chairs, and are welcome to pack a picnic dinner. Alcohol is not permitted at the event. The series continues with “Sing” on July 26, “How to Train Your Dragon” on Aug. 16 and “Night at the Museum” on Aug. 30. “Sing” and “How to Train Your Dragon” were chosen by community members in a round of voting on the museum’s website this spring. Film showings are cancelled in the event of lightning storms.
By Zach Hagadone Reader Staff
(played by Jeff Bridges) soon finds out he’s been confused with another Lebowski — the Big What’s in a name? Lebowski — who has Everything, according both a wild-child wife to the cult classic 1998 and loads of dough. The film “The Big LebowsDude approaches the ki.” old man about replacing Written and directed “You know, Dude, I myself dabbled in pacifism once. the peed-upon rug and by Joel and Ethan Coen Not in ‘Nam of course. ends up in a snarl of schemes — the minds behind “Fargo,” pad, it’s clear that Lebowski has that include nihilist hustlers, a “O Brother, Where Art Thou?” neither money nor a wife, yet the Malibu pornographer, a “strongand “No Country for Old Men” goons insist that Mrs. Lebowski ly vaginal” artist and, of course, — “The Big Lebowski” centers owes their boss a ton of cash. The Big Lebowski and his wife on a case of mistaken identity. It After roughing Bunny, neither of whom are all starts when two goons “The Big Lebowski” (R) up The Dude, what seem to be. they leave with Along for the ride are The break into the Thursday, July 18, 7:30 p.m.; a warning to Dude’s bowling buddies Walter apartment of deliver the Saturday, July 20, 3:30 and and Donny (John Goodman and L.A. stoner Jefmoney or else. Steve Buscemi, respectively), 7:30 p.m.; Sunday, July 21, 3:30 frey Lebowski, Then they take making an unlikely trio of hep.m. $5, at the door or panida. who goes by roes on a bumbling crusade for The Dude. org. Panida Theater, 300 N. First a leak on his rug. truth, justice and a rug to tie the Based on the Ave., 208-263-9191. The Dude room together. state of his
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Ahoy! The classic boat show is back 17th annual Antique and Classic Boat Show to make waves in Sandpoint next weekend
By Lyndsie Kiebert Reader Staff The Inland Empire Chapter of the Antique and Classic Boat Society will cruise into Sandpoint next weekend with the annual Antique and Classic Boat Show, marking 17 years in which a flotilla of snazzy, old school water vessels grace the waves of Lake Pend Oreille. The show kicks off Friday, July 12 with the unloading and mooring of boats along the Sand Creek boardwalk. There will be a flag raising and playing of the national anthem at 9 a.m. on Saturday, July 13, after which the general public is welcome to view the boats until 3 p.m. Then, the boats will parade Sand Creek for everyone on the downtown waterfront
to see. The boats, made from both wood and fiberglass, will also be available for public viewing Sunday, July 14 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sandpoint boat show chairman BK Powell said the Inland Empire Chapter’s show moved to Sandpoint from Coeur d’Alene in 2002 due to scheduling conflicts, and has now been turning Sand Creek and surrounds into a hub of maritime history for close to two decades. Powell said his favorite aspect of the annual event is the camaraderie between the boat owners, and he loves witnessing the “appreciation of things past from the spectators, who come to listen to the stories these boats have to tell.”
1. Ride on the right side of the street An antique Chris-Craft cuts acrosss Lake Pend Oreille by the train bridge. Courtesy photo. “So dust off the boats, evict the rodents, change the oil,” Powell said in the event announcement on his chapter’s website, “and we’ll see you at the 17th annual IEC Antique and Classic Boat show.” For more information, visit sandpoint.org/boatfestival.
6-Pack Alley Cat Bike Ride:
Scavenger hunt meets bike race
By Reader Staff The 6-Pack Alley Cat Bike Ride is a 12- to 15-mile trek around Sandpoint, Ponderay, Kootenai, Sagle and Dover in a bid to outnavitage and outpedal the competition. The event, from Greasy Fingers Bikes N Repair, kicks off Sunday, July 14 at 2 p.m. Participants race to see who can hit six checkpoints the fastest. First, second and last-place finishers will be rewarded at an after-party (TBD). Register online for $15 at eventbrite.com or day-of at Greasy Fingers (103 N. Third Ave.) from 1-2 p.m.
Mystic retreat offered By Reader Staff
The First Presbyterian Church of Sandpoint is hosting a retreat called “Hildegard von Bingen: Mystic, Musician, Theologian, Artist, Scientist, Preacher.” Retreat facilitator Robin Garner has made an extensive study of Hildegard’s life and times – which includes performing Hildegard’s unique compositions. Garner will travel from South Carolina to share Hildegard’s life with attendees. Hildegard was born to a noble German family in 1098 and was given to the church as a tithe at a young age. Throughout her life during the 11th century, Hildegard wrote musical compositions and chants, had visions expressed in paintings and contributed medical writings and sermons. A free presentation will take place Friday, July 26 from 6-8 p.m. at the First Presbyterian Church. The day retreat will be Saturday, July 27 by registration. The retreat includes a labyrinth walk and lunch. Scholarships are available. Contact Judy at email@example.com or call 208290-3119 to register by July 24. Registration has a suggested donation of $55. / July 11, 2019
rules of the road •Ride with the flow of traffic and make full turns into travel lanes •Ride in the correct direction on one-way streets.
2. Full stop at red lights •Use extended arm signals when making left and right turns.
3. Rolling stop at stop signs •Slow down to “Look & Listen” for oncoming traffic. •Full stop when needed; proceed through when there is no traffic
4. Share the road with drivers •Sandpoint’s preferred cycle routes are marked with “sharrow” pavement lines. •Ride single file and keep a steady pace with the flow of traffic.
5. Sidewalks are for pedestrians •Walk your bike when using downtown sidewalks. •Yield to walkers and give special consideration to the elderly. •Use common courtesy... it’s always appreciated.
6. Use safety gear •Wear a helmet and light-colored clothing for maximum visibility. •Bright headlight and red taillight are needed after dark. •Lock your bike frame for theft protection.
Sandpoint Summer Series: Lilla Portland artist brings R&B and soul to the Farmin Park stage Wednesday
and her experience grew as she joined other bands and projects. A 2014 graduate of the elite Some of Lilla’s earliest mem- Berklee College of Music in Boston, Lilla has since returned ories are of writing songs. to performing solo, which brings The self-taught pianist and her center stage Wednesday, July Portland-based R&B artist said 17 at Farmin she can’t Park as part remember Sandpoint Summer of the free, a time she family-friendly didn’t love Series: Lilla Washington music. As she Wednesday, July 17, 6:30 p.m. Trust Bank discovered FREE. Farmin Park, corner of Sandpoint genres like Oak Street and Fourth AveSummer Series soul, jazz of concerts. nue, mattoxfarm.com. Sample and gospel Lilla Lilla’s music at lillamusic.com. throughout self-produced her childhood, her first two Lilla said it albums — “Music Trance” felt as though her world was (2006) and “The Awakening” opening up. “I always had songs inside of (2014) — while her 2018 single, me,” she said. “It’s just gotten to “Don’t Stop the Music,” hit No. 34 on the Billboard Dance Club be a bigger part of my life.” Chart in the United States. The Lilla began her solo music pop tune, which incorporates career as a teen, driven by the horns and a thumping beat, had urge to write songs and simply even more success in the United “have them out,” she said. Her Kingdom, where it reached the influences expanded to include top 10 on the Commercial Pop rock, hip hop and reggae artists, Club Chart. “I feel confident knowing that I can do this and make music that By Lyndsie Kiebert Reader Staff
I’m really proud of on my own,” she said. Sandpoint concert goers will be some of the first to hear tracks off Lilla’s new self-produced album, “Soul Love,” which has no set release date, but pre-release copies will be available to purchase at next week’s show. Lilla said the album’s title track is “about having a love for something that’s just unexplainable on a very deep and almost out-of-this world level, whether it’s a person, or a thing or a concept.” “Soul Love” harkens to Lilla’s R&B and soul roots, combining modern R&B vibes with Motown sounds. She said the Farmin Park show will consist of a mix of those “old and new” soul styles. The Sandpoint Summer Series, new this year from Mattox Farm Productions, is meant to provide people of all ages a space to unwind and dance — something Lilla said she’s
I’m back with a novel based in early-20th century central Montana. This time, it’s narrated by a young boy with two little brothers; a well-read, hardworking father; and recently deceased mother. When a widowed young housekeeper arrives from the city to help out on the ranch, everyone’s lives are changed forever. “The Whistling Season,” published in 2006, is the work of my beloved Ivan Doig and comes filled with his trademark characters — colorful, quirky and real.
Above: Lilla will bring her signature blend of new and old soul sounds to Sandpoint July 17. Inset: “Soul Love,” Lilla’s forthcoming release.
excited to see. “When I go to a show and it’s outdoors and family-friendly I just feel like people are able to express themselves in a different way,” she said. “Anytime you can do something for the community that brings people together, and it’s just to share and connect and have fun — those are amazing events to be a part of.”
WAGON Dimestore Prophets, July 13, 219 Lounge
This week’s RLW by Lyndsie Kiebert
Tennis, Various Times, Various Venues
Tennis doesn’t do things halfway. Not only has the three-piece band If the Dimestore Prophets’ online consistently earned its reputation as Sandpoint’s favorite dance band for persona is any indication of how fun the the past 14 years, it’s done so without even being based here anymore. band will be in a live setting, Saturday Pianist, vocalist and sit-down frontman Brian Hibbard moved with his night is sure to be a good time at the 219. family from Sandpoint to Boston going on 10 years ago. Bassist and voHilarious and sometimes overtly calist Craig Baldwin not too long ago went east to Tennessee. Drummer dumb memes pepper the Moses Lake, and vocalist Jeremy Kleinsmith, however, still kicks it old school in the Wash., trio’s Facebook page, mingled Great Northwest. with enthusiastic shoutouts to recently-visited venues. The consistent and Regardless, Tennis packs the house every time it comes to town. This seemingly genuine online banter between the band and its fans makes it week it’s the Blitzkrieg Tour, with shows Thursday, July 11 at Kooteclear that these bearded guys are damn nice and aren’t afraid to have fun. nai River Brewing Co. in Bonners Ferry, 6-9 p.m.; Friday, July 12 at Dimestore Prophets is known for feel-good music, blending groove, rock Mickduff’s Beer Hall, 8 p.m.-midnight; Saturday, July 13 for Sandpoint and reggae to create energetic originals and inject new life into old favorites. Beerfest at City Beach, 1-4 p.m., followed by Shangri La at The Lake The band has been gigging throughout the Pacific Northwest since in Sagle (see Page 18), 5:30-10:30 p.m.; and Sunday, July 14 at the 219 2010 and has a few tunes available on Spotify and bandcamp. Follow the Lounge, 8-11 p.m. Dimestore Prophets and you’ll see their meme game is strong; listen and All shows are free except Beerfest, which is $25 to attend, and Shanyou’ll hear their music game is stronger. gri La at The Lake, with tickets ranging from $65-$1,000. — Lyndsie Kiebert — Zach Hagadone Times, prices and venues vary, facebook.com/tennis, 9 p.m.-midnight, FREE, 219 Lounge, 219 N. First Ave., 208-263brianhibbardmusic.com/tennis. 5673, 219.bar.
Thanks to my Spotify account’s growing understanding that I enjoy the sounds of disappointed women on guitars, I’ve discovered Angie McMahon. Her vocals slip effortlessly from a tender croon to a husky, soaring howl, setting her a cut above other female indie rockers. McMahon is currently touring Europe with Hozier and, while she has so far released a few singles and the aptly titled EP “A Couple of Songs,” I hope there’s a full-length release in the works when she gets back. Only a handful of her songs are available online, but it’s a solid collection. My choice tracks are “Keeping Time” and “Slow Mover.”
A Boise journalist I follow on Twitter recently shared how relatable she found a scene of “The West Wing,” in which one of the president’s speechwriters sets a pile of his drafts afire in a fit of writer’s block. Several other journalists also shared how much they love the show, which was recommendation enough for me. Now I’m halfway through season one and loving the high-paced nature of the series — not to mention the excellent late’90s/early ’00s fashion.
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A healthy institution By Cameron Rasmusson Reader Staff If there is an idea central to the character of Bonner General Health, it’s community. Defined by the hundreds of doctors, nurses and other employees that walk the facility’s decades-old hallways, the BGH community also includes local luminaries who have served on the board of directors or contributed to the hospital’s charitable projects. And, of course, it’s comprised of the North Idaho residents who have used its services and influenced its evolution. As the hospital prepares to celebrate its 70th anniversary on Friday, July 12, a handful of key officials and employees reflected on the hospital’s past and present. Again and again, the idea of community presented itself as a common thread; and, as they shared hopes for the future, the most earnest was that Bonner General remain a uniquely North Idaho institution. “Community-based health care is important to me personally because I believe that we can respond more effectively to the needs of our community since we live
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here,” said Sheryl Rickard, Bonner General Health CEO. “Our patients are our friends and families. I believe that we have more of an interest in not only taking care of the injured and sick but ensuring that there are programs in place to keep our community members healthy.” From its incorporation on July 12, 1949, Bonner General Health grew with the town that surrounded it. Its origins were humble — a former military infirmary barged across Lake Pend Oreille in pieces from Farragut Naval Training Center. Perhaps no local figure embodies the hospital’s transformation better than Jack Parker. He joined the hospital board of directors in 1964 and went on to serve for more than 50 years. “We have always had a seven-member board, and we very rarely had a meeting without perfect attendance,” Parker said. Over those five decades, he saw BGH grow from a three-doctor staff — Wilber C. Hayden, Neal Wendle and Helen Peterson — to today’s 62 physicians on active medical staff, eight on affiliate staff and five on community associate staff. It’s fitting, then, that the most unique symbol of the hospital’s growth is named in his honor: The sky bridge connecting the main hospital building to its new health services building was named the Jack Parker Bridge to Better Health upon its completion in 2015. “Bonner General Health has always been known for the quality care provided here,” Parker said. “The employees earned that reputation by the care they give their patients.” Another link to the past is Annette Braun, for whom hospital work is a family tradition. Her mother, Lila Lafever, worked as a licensed practical nurse in the original refurbished infirmary. Braun herself went to work for the hospital in 1973, and her connection to the institution is personal as well as professional. “My family received a lot of support with the passing of members over the years,” she said. “My sister was in hospice care and everyone there cared for our entire family. They just took care of everything.” Braun, and later Rickard, who started her BGH career in the 1980s, were witness to one of the most transformative periods in the hospital’s history. First, there was the transition from a paper-based records system to an electronic one. Just as profound a change — one that Rickard recalls as emblematic of Bonner General’s growth — was the shift from in-patient care in the 1980s to an emphasis on out-patient services in the new millennium. That was due in part to technological
Past and present BGH officials reflect on 70 years of community
Jack Parker stands at a plaque dedicated to him at the Bonner General Health skybridge. Photo courtesy BGH. improvements that minimized the need for hospital stays, Braun said. According to Rickard, it also reflected a changing idea in the community about what health care looks like. No matter the reason, out-patient care characterizes the hospital’s modern operations, representing 75% of revenue compared to 25% in the late-1980s and early-’90s. Likewise, Bonner General was integral in helping develop the county’s emergency management services. It was the first hospital in North Idaho to have board-certified emergency medicine physicians in the emergency room, and the improvements didn’t stop there. “One thing I am most proud of is that Bonner General Health was an integral part in setting up 911 and organizing EMS services in Bonner County in the late ’90s,” said Sharon Bistodeau, who began working for Bonner General Health in 1992. “Prior to that, residents called the Sheriff’s Department or direct phone numbers to privately-run ambulance companies.” Rickard said local management is the most important factor in remaining responsive to community needs. That’s why, as hospital officials plan for the future, one of the most important priorities is to keep Bonner General an independent operation. “When we see a need, we can address it, even if it isn’t a sound financial decision,” Rickard said. “An example of that is behavioral health. We had a need for a psychiatrist in Sandpoint. We developed the business plan, and even though we knew it wasn’t a financially prudent decision, it was the right decision for the community.” Those kinds of options may go out the window should ownership of BGH shift to a for-profit corporation. But that’s exactly
what’s happening to independent hospitals around the country. NPR reports that 29 for-profit companies bought 11 nonprofit hospitals and 18 for-profits in 2017 alone, according to an analysis by Irving Levin Associates. “There is definitely a trend in the United States for smaller hospitals to seek mergers or acquisitions by larger organizations to stay financially viable,” Rickard said. “We at Bonner General Health have a different strategy. Our board of directors are committed to staying independent and not becoming part of a larger organization.” Rather than seeking out deep corporate coffers, BGH maintains financial vitality through regional partnerships. Along with Boundary Community Hospital, Kootenai Health, Benewah Community Hospital and Shoshone Medical Center, Bonner General is part of the Northwest Hospital Alliance. The organization gives regional hospitals greater leverage in negotiating prices, Rickard said. For Rickard, Bonner General Health’s 70th anniversary is a cause for celebration. But it also warrants a careful look at the needs of the community. According to the hospital’s Community Health Needs Assessment, child abuse and neglect, suicide, behavioral health and obesity are the most pressing problems affecting the county. These are thorny issues, to be sure. But Bonner General was started as a community institution 70 years ago to tackle exactly that kind of work. If Rickard has her way, that same mission will guide it through the next 70 years. “As parents, grandparents and caring adults, we want the next generation to be healthy and happy,” she said. “I’m very proud of our commitment and the investment we’ve made in our community’s health.”
A pageant and a platform Sandpoint native Mindy Dunn to represent Washington at Mrs. United States 2019
By Lyndsie Kiebert Reader Staff Like many young women of Bonner County, Mindy Dunn got her start in pageants early in life with a star-turn in Sandpoint Junior Miss. Though she didn’t win the overall competition, Dunn — who grew up between Sandpoint and Spokane as Mindy Argue — stole the talent portion of the show with “Flight of the Bumblebee,” which she performed on violin while wearing a bumblebee costume. The year was 1995. “We had a minute and a half to do our talent, but ‘Flight of the Bumblebee’ is about a minute and 45 [seconds], so I had to play it faster than normal,” she said. “It was very bee-ish.” Dunn, who now resides in Yelm, Wash., has come a long way in her pageant life since those Junior Miss days, representing the Evergreen State at this year’s Mrs. United States pageant Aug. 1-4 in Las Vegas. The competition consists of wearing both a formal gown and swimsuit onstage, answering a question onstage and being privately interviewed by the judges. Dunn said philanthropic work outside of the competition is not part of the judging criteria, but that is does give contestants the chance to express who they are and what they care about during the interview. Luckily, Dunn has plenty to talk about. She has nannied in both Europe and the Virgin Islands; was the third woman ever to access a sacred mountain near the city of Tongren in the Tibetan region of China; and has served in the U.S. Army for almost 20 years, for a time as military police in Seoul, South Korea and currently as a deputy S3 in military intel. As her retirement from the military approaches, Dunn said she wanted to do something meaningful that might also help her express her feminine side. “Being in the military, I wore the same outfit every single day,” she said. “I never wore makeup. I didn’t care. I was quite happy being exactly who I am. I’m still happy, but it’s kind of nice to learn.” The competition also provides a platform to promote Little Libraries for Literacy, a program Dunn started in order to provide underprivileged children the chance to own books. The kids are given
Mindy Dunn. gift cards and taken to local bookstores, where they then choose which books they want to take home to start their own personal libraries. “Literacy shaped who I am more than anything,” said Dunn, who added that she learned to read at age 3. Dunn is many things: U.S. Army officer, wife, mother of three, champion for literacy, Mrs. Washington United States and maybe even, come August, Mrs. United States. She’s also a Washington resident, but visits Sandpoint often to be near family and considers it a large influence on who she’s become. “Washington is my home state,” Dunn said, “but my heart is here.”
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From Northern Idaho News, June 29, 1909
ROBBERS ENTER HARDWARE STORE Another robbery was committed in the city last Saturday night when the Chamberlain hardware store on First avenue was entered and about $75 worth of revolvers taken from the show case. The first knowledge of the robbert was Sunday morning when Mr. Chamberlain went to the store for something when he discovered the rear window broken and the guns taken from the show case. Investigation showed that the robber had entered the store by breaking a window in the back end of the building in the alley and that upon getting into the room back of the room, and finding that the door between the two locked, raised a window, moved several pails of paint and crowded himself through a space not even seven inches in height to the front part of the store room. Mr. Chamberlain locked the store about 9:30 o’clock and had started for home, but seeing that the Scenic theater was still open decided to go there for a time. He returned to the store where he put his bicycle and is of the opinion that it was the time the robber was in the store and was frightened away, thinking the proprietor was after the policde. The list of stolen goods is as follows: One 32 automatic revolver, one improved special Colts new army, one 32 over Johnson double action; one cheap double action 22 and one 32 calibre revolver. The police are watching for anyone attempting to dispose of any of the guns stolen. Sunday morning footprints were plainly to be seen on the floor as the robberty had evidently been committed shortly after the heavy rain storm. 26 /
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The first thing was, I learned to forgive myself. Then I told myself, “Go ahead and do whatever you want, it’s okay by me.”
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