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Debating climate change in a post-logical era

By Christian Rose Reader Contributor

It would be nice to have a civil debate with a climate change proponent — old school. But this is proving impossible. So I won’t waste your time outlining evidence that all this climate change alarm is over-blown. Instead, let’s explore some of the tactics used to shut down anyone who even mildly objects to the notion of man-caused climate change. If you’re a student, or former student, of logic and rhetoric in the classical style, you probably already know where I’m heading. Yup. The climate alarmists spend so much time arguing in logical fallacies, it’s hard to even keep up. Even worse, it shuts down debate. Shuts out honest scientific review. It shuts it down so hard, most are afraid to even raise topic. It’s like talking religion or politics over dinner at Trinity. Can the neighboring table hear me? Do

Letters to the Editor Coltrane Died 50 Years Ago... Dear Editor, July 17, 2017, was the 50th anniversary of the death of one of the greatest musicians in the history of music, John Coltrane. If John Coltrane is unknown to you, here is a list of albums I recommend to acquaint you with his music: 1) “Kind of Blue” (1959) by Miles Davis with JC on tenor saxophone, 2) “Giant Steps” (1960), JC’s first major work as leader, 3) “My Favorite Things” (1961), probably JC’s most popular album, 4) “A Love Supreme” (1965), arguably his greatest masterpiece and 5) “Transition” (1965). All but “Giant Steps” and “Transition” can be found at our library. Released earlier this year, a documentary film about John Coltrane, “CHASING TRANE” (, has been playing around the country. Perhaps the Panida Theater will show it in the future. Lee Santa Sandpoint

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they know my liberal friends on Facebook? My boss? Will I lose my job? Even if you’re sold out for the climate, you can’t honestly believe you know everything on the subject? Because lately, it seems like if you’re not buying the hype, you better just shut your pie-hole. This isn’t good folks. So, what are some of these logical fallacies commonly used by climate change proponents? There are several, but one of the most common is known as, the ad hominem. This translates as “to the man” and refers to any attacks on the person advancing the argument, rather than on the validity of the evidence or logic. Sound familiar? “Climate change must be true, because those evil Republicans say it’s a hoax, and everyone knows they lie.” It’s perfectly OK to disagree, but it’s another thing to say that “I don’t like you, you’re a ‘denier,’ you’re wrong.” Even evil

people often make valid claims, and good people often make invalid claims. So, let’s separate the claim from the person. Like the emotional appeal, the validity of an argument has utterly nothing to do with the character of the presenter. Ad hominem attacks reek of dirty politics, and they’re anti-science. It only serves the attacker’s real goal: shut down debate. Then there’s the old post hoc ergo propter hoc, or the correlation/causation fallacy. The Latin translates to “after this, therefore because of this”. In today’s corrosive, post-logical style it means, “The earth’s temperature is rising, therefore man is responsible.” I realize it’s more nuanced than that, but the effect is simple. Make an observation, regardless if it’s based on accurately obtained data, then blame the cause on something, like say, man. What they really mean to say, is that it’s caused by capitalism. Trust me on that

one folks. But probably the most commonly used fallacy by the mancaused climate change group is the argument from authority or band wagon fallacy. It’s the near reverse of the ad hominem. This false argument is advanced “because of” the person or people leading the argument or because everyone is simply saying something is true. These arguments carry little weight. If history shows us one thing, it’s that we’re often wrong. Even movie stars and politicians can be wrong. And yes, even scientists. Skeptical? Think flat earth, blood-letting as a medical procedure, the Dred Scott decision. All were carried by the weight of experts and the false democracy of consensus. All were wrong. Of course there’s many more. Sadly, too much more. Climate alarmists are guilty of

using most of them, and sometimes skeptics are as well. But I am here to tell you, shutting down those with whom you disagree and pretending you’re on some superior moral high ground, isn’t winning any converts. Neither is demonizing those who are simply asking questions as disgraceful “deniers.” It isn’t promoting real sustainability and practical environmental practices. It isn’t particularly thoughtful or persuasive. You’re just making yourself look more, well, unscientific.

Federal Communication Commission to charge for certain uses of the internet I was both appalled and terrified. Such a change could mean that only the rich could afford open communication. No longer could the poor or average American gather information. I’m terrified, because I served in the Army during Vietnam, and we were taught that the first two people the enemy goes for are the communications soldier and the medic. Shutting down our information and our healthcare makes us vulnerable as a people. Sure fits with the climate of “make America great again.” FOR THE RICH. Join a movement that will throw them to the curb. Please contact the FCC and oppose this! Sharen Geant Sandpoint

Legion, “It is the universal custom to display the flag only from sunrise to sunset on buildings and on stationary flag staffs in the open. However, when a patriotic effect is desired, the flag may be displayed 24 hours a day if properly illuminated during the hours of darkness.” In other words, if your outside flag is not illuminated, please remember to take your flag inside between sunset and sunrise. Laura Phillips Sandpoint

attributed to increased atmospheric CO2 triggered by record high temperatures in Death Valley in 1913. The mountains of Maui got nine feet of rain in 1942, initiated by atmospheric CO2 pollution from the oil-fired Japanese fleet that attacked Pearl Harbor in 1941. In Brazil, in 2011, a 300-car pileup was blamed on a buildup of atmospheric CO2, which exacerbated local global warming, and caused all 300 drivers to suffer synchronized heat stroke. The earth is flat, caused by, you guessed it: global warming! God bless America, and God bless our military. Steve Brixen Sandpoint

Over the years there have been many presentations about this proposal. The plans have been well vetted and the time has come to move forward on this plan. My father introduced this area to my brothers and me in the ‘60s. Now my husband and I, our friends and our children are enjoying this special place. We’ve hiked to Scotchman Peak many times, snowshoed to the Ross Creek Cedars, and hiked to Little Spar Lake. These trips inspire us because of the quiet and majestic beauty, the animals, and the ability to explore these lands in a quiet and serene way. It’s always awe inspiring to see the mountain goats in their natural environment staking their claim to Scotchman Peak. We’re glad that we can see them there now and hope that future generations will be able to enjoy them as we have (always from a distance!). We hope that it will remain as wild and natural for our children’s children. We enthusiastically support the bill that Senator Risch proposed to preserve and protect this wild land for future generations and we urge the Senator to re-introduce the bill and move it forward.

Flag Etiquette... Dear Editor, It’s a wonderfully warm feeling seeing our flag proudly displayed on so many homes and other locations around Sandpoint. As a retired military wife, I would like to remind all who display the U.S. flag that according to the American

Climate Change... Dear Editor, I’m a skeptic when it comes to global warming. I am, however, a true believer in climate change. Happens every day, everywhere, since time began. To be fair I searched for past meteorological events that would validate the global warming catastrophist’s breathless warnings of a coming-soon uninhabitable planet. Here are a few. The highest recorded temperature is 134 F, logged July 10, 1913, in Death Valley. The accepted reason? Increased atmospheric CO2 from an Alaskan volcano eruption (Novarupta) in 1912. Over two days in June, 1995, 98 inches of rain fell on Cherrapunji, India,

Open House... Dear Editor, Last night, my husband and I attended the Open House hosted by Senator Risch’s office in Clark Fork. We previously attended the meeting that the Senator held there in January. We appreciate the steps that the Senator and his staff have taken to ensure that people have an opportunity to express their opinions about the proposal to designate the Scotchman Peaks area as wilderness.

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Scotchman Peaks Wilderness: Why it is important for North Idaho By Bill Harp Reader Columnist If you spend a lot of time looking at geography using satellite and aerial images like I do, you quickly realize that there are very few places in the continental US that are untouched by human hands. Yet three centuries ago, satellite imagery would have revealed few obvious signs of human influence in North America. Back then, the Idaho region was mostly a natural landscape. Sometime over 10 millennia ago, there were no people in the region of Idaho, or even North America. Today’s remaining wild areas are noteworthy remnants of that time. Areas with the rare combination of little human impact and scenic landscapes are even more unique and rare.

The proposed Scotsman Peaks Wilderness is one of these very rare and unique places that deserves protection. Not just because it is a unique natural landscape, but also because it is so much more: watershed of uncontaminated waters, provider of key environmental services, natural laboratory for scientific and educational studies, habitat for endangered or threatened wildlife and plants, haven for game animals, genetic reservoir of wild plants and an island of thriving natural biodiversity. Wilderness also serves to fuel the imagination of a time when humans existed as hunter-gatherers, where humans were not masters but cautious participants in a natural land-

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scape. Wild areas and mountains were usually respected and sacred to the original peoples who lived here and believed by them to be inhabited by powerful spirits. How wise, then, it is to preserve the wild nature of these unique and endangered landscapes. It honors the spirit of the past, and generations to come will gratefully appreciate our stewardship and respect for these wild places. The wilderness experience creates a vision of the profound aesthetic and transcendent spiritual appreciation of creation, just as it has for thousands of years. Time, change and transformation in these wild areas are a counterpoint to the rapid pace of modern cultures. The values of wild areas

also generate direct and indirect economic benefits to local economies through wilderness visitors and support services. Wild areas enhance the value of adjacent public lands as buffers that can permit a wider range of exploitation and multiple-use land management. A designated wilderness is a compelling icon, creating outside interest in a region. With so very few remaining wild areas left, each qualified candidate deserves careful stewardship to ensure that its unique values are carefully managed and maintained. As a fifth-generation Idahoan, I was born in Sandpoint, and my natal home is Clark Fork, where my grandparents and parents raised their fami-

lies. I learned to fish and hike on Morris and Lightning creeks with my father, who also fished and hunted as a young man. It is an honor to speak on behalf of preserving this iconic area and to recommend, without reservation, support for establishing the Scotchman Peaks Wilderness area. Sites such as these are a singular national heritage and patrimony. In the U.S., there is no other designation that so effectively says this area is unique and deserves to be singled out as a respected special place that should be maintained undeveloped for its natural, scenic, cultural and recreation value for generations to come.

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101 Women grant cycle opens By Reader Staff Bouquets: • Last weekend at our beach we had a heads up emergency event where a young fellow needed life saving aid in the water. When I looked over I saw many life guards working on this fellow to bring him to life. Soon the police and EMTs arrived. The beach pathways were cleared for oxygen, gurney and professionals to save a life. A great thanks to all especially our young life guards who train long and hard to keep us safe and alive. -Submitted by Steve Berenson • I’d like to pass on bouquets to the Friends of Scotchman for putting a couple porta-potties at the Scotchman Peaks trailhead. Prior to them there was a lot of TP in the woods at the trailhead. However, when we (four volunteers, three Forest Service people) got back to the trailhead after planting whitebark pine seeds in the 2015 burn, we found the porta-potties pushed over. Kind of a crappy thing to do. It was either a dumb kid prank (though Halloween is a long way off) or pushed over because of the signs on them saying they had been donated by FSPW. But wow! What a mass of blooming beargrass up there! -Submitted by John Harbuck Barbs: •Yet again, a turtle crossing sign has been stolen from Highway 200 near Pack River. The signs were installed last year to help warn motorists that turtles often cross the road, but had to be reinstalled after a dirty, low-down thief took both of them. After ITD reinstalled the signs, one of them has again been stolen - sawed off at the five-foot mark. Seriously, what is wrong with people? I lump thieves together in the same category as sexually transmitted diseases. Not only are they stealing from taxpayers, they are doing it for no good reason except to put some giant sign in their garage or outbuilding that no one will ever see. I hope they catch the person doing this and throw the book at them. At the very least, I hope they catch the clap. 6 /


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A $10,000 grant award is once again up for grabs to area nonprofits. The organization 101 Women Sandpoint recently opened their fall grant cycle and is encouraging Bonner County nonprofits to apply for the award, online at by the Sept. 1 deadline. The award is open to a wide variety of nonprofits who operate in Bonner County — only religious or political groups are excluded from receiving the grant award. The fall cycle’s grant will be awarded at the membership meeting on Oct. 26. The top three finalists that

emerge after a vetting process that includes grant application reviews and site visits, will provide a presentation to the members in attendance at the meeting. The winning group will receive the $10,000 grant award. Previous award recipients include Bonner Partners in Care — an almost all-volunteer group providing weekly free medical and dental clinics for Bonner County residents in need. Sandpoint Area Seniors, Inc. also won an award for being the only local group looking out exclusively for the needs of seniors. SASi provides meals, social interactions, information and services as well as a respite home for fami-

Representatives from 101 Women stand with SASi members after presenting last year’s grant award. Courtesy photo. lies facing Alzheimer’s and other memory issues. Interested nonprofit organizations can find more informa-

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Take a walk through the Garden of Artistry By Ben Olson Reader Staff

Art and gardens go together like peas and carrots. For this reason, the annual Garden of Artistry Fine Art Show is always a July activity that brings people out of the woodwork. Held at the Ponderay Garden Center just north of Ponderay on Highway 95, the fine art show features more than 25 fine artists from every medium; painters, sculptors, photographers and jewelers. The show takes place July 21 from 1-5 p.m., July 22 from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and July 23 from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. There will be an opening reception on Friday from 6-8 p.m., hosted by The Carousel of Smiles. Come meet Clay and Reno Hutchison, who have made this future attraction possible, plus see some of the horses and check out the miniature bronze horses offered for sale to help raise funds toward the Carousel’s restoration. The Garden of Artistry presents many nationally-known

artists such as Valeria Yost, known for her historical and wildlife paintings; Betty Billups, a Sandpoint-based plein aire painter; Robert Walton, whose mountain scenes are brilliant; Sandra Hiller, who brings a different style and media with her carved leather paintings; Linda Wolfe, who offers classic botanical illustrations and Maria Truhillo, who will showcase her encaustic paintings. Jewelers Lora Merz and Jay D. Baker will be on hand, as well as Ron Adamson’s stone and wood carvings, Gabe Gabel’s bronze sculptures, T Kurtz’s pastel paintings and photographers Nancy Russell and Chicky Gorat among others. The Panhandle Fine Art Advocacy thanks the following sponsors for making the show possible: The Co-Op Country Store, Route 66 Autobody, Steve’s Import Auto, Marilyn Moyle DVM, The Paint Bucket, Fiesta Bonita, The Wildflower Day Spa and Mollie June II, the Artisan Gallery, The High Eagle Ranch.

“And special thanks to the Ponderay Garden Center and their wonderful staff who help us in so many ways,” said Gabe Gabel, who coordinates the show. For more information, call Gabe Gabel at 265-9613 or email gabegabel@hotmail. com

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Coal stands out in Avista’s long-term energy plan By Cameron Rasmusson Reader Staff Coal has become an emblem of America’s divided culture. President Donald Trump wields the fossil fuel as a symbol of the forgotten working-class man. But for environmental progressives, the coal industry is the standard-bearer of backward-thinking energy policies. It’s a political divide that places utility companies at a crossroads as they plan their long-term energy investments, and Avista Utilities is no exception. The Spokane-based utility company is in the process of preparing its integrated resource plan, a 20-year outlook on generating stable and cost-effective power service. Updated every two years, the latest iteration of the plan will be submitted to the Idaho Public Utilities Commission at the end of August. According to IRP planning documents, Avista intends to hold steady with its investment in Colstrip, a Montana coal-fired power plant. “As a result of (our planning process), we are not planning to increase our investment in coal, and we have not decided to add more coal to our generation mix,” said Bruce Howard, Avista director of environmental affairs. While the decision effectively amounts to maintaining the status quo, conservation organizations like Idaho Conservation League call for a more aggressive shift away from coal. According to Emily Cleveland, community engagement associate for ICL’s Sandpoint branch, Avista’s Colstrip investment could have unforeseen consequences as pressure ramps up in Pacific

Northwest cities to divest from coal. “If Avista doesn’t heed the signs on the wall, we believe the ratepayers will have to pay the price when other owners have divested and Avista is left holding the bag,” Cleveland said. Colstrip is organized into four units, with Avista holding a 15-percent share in Units 3 and 4. The company shares ownership on both units with Talen-Riverstone’s 30-percent share, Puget Sound Energy’s 25-percent share, Portland General Electric’s 20-percent share and PacifiCorp’s 10-percent share. In addition to its stake in Units 3 and 4, Puget Sound Electric is the half-owner of the older Units 1 and 2, which are scheduled for closure no later than July 1, 2022. Some Colstrip stakeholders are under more pressure to leave coal behind than others. Following President Donald Trump’s decision in June to withdraw the U.S. from the Paris Climate Accord, the Seattle Times editorial board published a call for Puget Sound Electric to end its investment in coal. “There is no hope for now of federal action on the human-caused threat of climate change,” the editorial board wrote. “We’ve got to address it locally. Ending reliance on coal is a perfect place to focus.” Likewise, the Oregon Legislature has mandated that power companies stop selling coal-generated power within the state by 2030. Consequently, PacifiCorp and Portland General Electric are mapping out Colstrip exit strategies, Cleveland said. Talen Energy, meanwhile, notified other owners of Units 3 and 4 last year that it intends to exit Colstrip operation by 2018. The Missoulian reports

Colstrip Power Plant in Colstrip, Mont. just east of Billings, produces up to 2,094 megawatts of electricity. Photo courtesy Wikipedia. that Talen officials called the construction of a new power company’s continued operation plant, which divestment from of Colstrip “not economicalColstrip may require, is a ly viable,” largely due to the decision of no small financial abundance of cheap natural gas consequence. in the marketplace. “It’s a long-term decision,” Despite other owners’ he said. “We continue to push ebbing faith in Colstrip, Avista out further into the future the remains committed to its inneed to build a new power vestment. And unlike many of plant. The question is: can we its fellow Colstrip stakeholders, secure long-term contracts for the company our customers is under min“If Avista doesn’t heed the that (include) imal pressure signs on the wall, we believe cheaper rates.” from lawmakAccording the ratepayers will have to to Howard, ers to divest — particular- pay the price when other the nationwide owners have divested and uncertainty ly in Idaho. Avista is left holding the bag.” surrounding “This doesn’t energy policy -Emily Cleveland, Idaho Conservation League change our is a factor in view on that deciColstrip, the value of Units 3 sion-making. That’s why the and 4, and how it works with IRP is re-examined every two our energy portfolio into the years, he said. future,” Avista spokeswoman “The plan is there, and then Mary Tyre told the Missoulian day in and day out, the real following Talen’s decision to world continues on, and we withdraw. have to re-assess it,” he said. For Avista, maintaining While Colstrip remains a stable, low-cost rates is a part of Avista’s resource plan, driving concern in IRP draftHoward said the company is ing. According to Howard, the also investing in renewable

resources like the Palouse wind farms, as well as biomass and solar energy operations. He said Avista also runs a successful energy efficiency and conservation program, which provides education and incentives toward reducing energy consumption. “We’ve been one of the most aggressive utility companies in encouraging conservation,” he said. But when it comes to Colstrip, Idaho Conservation League staffers believe the plant could soon become an albatross around Avista’s neck. Cleveland hopes that residents will contribute to the public process when Avista submits its IRP to the Idaho Public Utilities Commission at the end of August. “As a third of Avista’s customer base, North Idaho has a right to demand that Avista consider the risk and cost to ratepayers like us,” she said.

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NEWS Idaho voter data withheld from Trump commission By Cameron Rasmusson Reader Staff Following a lawsuit by the Idaho Democratic Party, Idaho Secretary of State Lawrence Denney announced this week he will not release voter information to President Donald Trump’s voter fraud commission. The announcement strengthens Denney’s original stance earlier this month, when he said he would only send information contained in public records to the Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity. According to the Associated Press, Idaho joins 17 other states refusing to comply with the commission’s request in its entirety. “If Secretary Denney considers sending the information in the future, he has agreed to give us 10 days of notice so we have time to re-file our lawsuit and fight for the privacy that Idaho voters expect and deserve,” IDP Chairman Bert Marley said in a press release. Idaho Democrats based their July 11 lawsuit around an Idaho law prohibiting the release of public information for commercial use. They argued that

giving any private information to the commission could open Idaho residents to exploitation by commercial interests. Days after the commission requested voter information, Denney announced he would not send any information restricted from a public records request. Protected voter information includes dates of birth, felony convictions and the last digits of social security numbers. According to Idaho Chief Deputy Secretary of State Tim Hurst, the commission’s original request for voter data provoked a massive backlash among state residents. Over the course of the weekend and into Fourth of July week, the Idaho Secretary of State’s Office received hundreds of calls and emails opposed to the request. Supporters of the voter fraud commission say it is a much-needed investigation into the integrity of voting procedures. Critics, meanwhile, call it a thinly-veiled attempt to justify Trump’s claim, presented to date without evidence, that mass voter fraud cost him the popular vote in the 2016 presidential election.

Near drowning incident at City Beach By Ben Olson Reader Staff For the second time since the Fourth of July weekend, a near-fatal incident was reported at Sandpoint City Beach. A man was reported to have run into the water in the section of sand beach outside of Trinity at City Beach and dove prematurely, hitting his head on the bottom. “He landed on top of his head and injured his neck,” said Sandpoint Police Chief Corey Coon. “He was coming into consciousness as they were putting him on the gurney.” 8 /


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Selkirk Fire, Rescue and EMS Chief Ron Stocking also confirmed the incident, stating that the unidentified male victim was transported to Spokane via the LifeFlight helicopter. The incident comes just two weeks after a male swimmer was brought back to life after a near-drowning at the same beach. Sandpoint City Beach lifeguards were credited with rescuing the swimmer’s life. Due to the incident, the Sandpoint City Council postponed an award ceremony on Wednesday honoring lifeguards for the rescue two weeks ago.

Idaho Supreme court preserves grocery tax

Scotchman Peaks workshop draws hundreds

By Cameron Rasmusson Reader Staff Idaho’s 6-percent grocery tax will remain in effect following an Idaho Supreme Court decision. A battle between the Idaho legislative and executive branches ended in Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter’s favor this week, with state supreme court justices ruling 4-1 that Otter’s veto of a grocery tax repeal was legal. It also overturned a nearly 40-yearold court precedent governing veto procedure. The dispute centered around the 10-day window in which the governor must veto a bill once the Idaho Legislature has adjourned. A coalition of 30 lawmakers argued that under a plain reading of the state constitution, that time limit started from the Legislature’s adjournment, making Otter’s veto of the grocery tax repeal illegal. Otter and Attorney General Lawrence Wasden, meanwhile, maintained that the time limit started from the moment the bill reached the governor’s desk, a legal definition established in the 1978 Idaho Supreme Court case Cenarrusa v. Andrus. The upshot of the new ruling is that the Idaho Legislature must submit all legislation to the governor before it adjourns. It also upholds Otter’s veto of the grocery tax repeal. However, as Betsy Russell of the Spokesman-Review observes, lawmakers could opt to pass another grocery tax repeal during the 2018 legislative session, this time overriding the veto with two-thirds support. Either way, the decision buys time for Sandpoint city officials, who worried that a repeal of the grocery tax would deal a serious blow to local option tax revenue. According to City Administrator Jennifer Stapleton, the tax, which funds the construction of the new Memorial Field grandstands, is tied to the state sales tax and generates about a third of its revenue from grocery sales.

By Cameron Rasmusson Reader Staff Public interest in the proposed Scotchman Peaks Wilderness shows no sign of waning, with hundreds turning out Tuesday night for a second public meeting at Clark Fork High School. Staffers for U.S. Sen. Jim Risch, R-Idaho, said they organized the event to follow up on a packed meeting in January. Throughout the three-hour open house, Risch’s staffers, U.S. Forest Service personnel and other volunteers distributed information about the proposed wilderness plan. They also collected comments to gauge support for the proposed legislation, which will influence Risch’s decision on whether or not to re-introduce the bill in Congress. “During the meeting in January, folks said they felt left out of the process, so the senator said, “Let’s do another meeting in Clark Fork,” said Darren Parker, a member of Risch’s Washington, D.C., staff. According to organizers, the meeting was designed to answer common questions that arose during the January meeting. While some residents were concerned about a protective buffer around the wilderness area, Forest Service employees assured attendees that no such buffer would be

Ken Meyers, right, talks with Shoshana Cooper, left, Public Affairs Officer with USFS.

used for Scotchman Peaks. They also said that their ability to protect against fire, insects or disease in the wilderness area wouldn’t be impacted, nor would non-motorized activities like hiking, horseback riding, skiing, camping, shed hunting and berry picking. Motorized access to the wilderness, on the other hand, would be prohibited — a restriction already in place under the region’s status as recommended wilderness. Search and rescue operations and other emergencies are the exception to the rule, with helicopters and other vehicles permitted in case of emergency. The meeting attracted a broad range of attendees ranging from firm opponents to enthusiastic supporters. By 6:15 p.m., with 45 minutes remaining in the meeting, around 250 people had signed in at the front desk. The emphasis this time was to take advantage of the open house format, ensuring in particular that enough Forest Service employees were present to answer questions about woodland management issues. “There are definitely questions over a full spectrum of issues, including a lot of questions about the boundaries,” said Risch staffer Sid Smith. “Those are the kind of things we hoped people would ask about.”


Pulitzer-Prize winner Robinson lends her voice to Reclaim Idaho

By Lyndsie Kiebert Reader Staff Writer

Of the many things to which Sandpoint claims fame, one of the most underrated must be Marilynne Robinson. The Pulitzer Prize-winning author and accomplished scholar, who is also a professor emeritus at the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, will visit her birthplace this week to speak about public education in Idaho as part of a Reclaim Idaho event. Reclaim Idaho — a campaign started by local Luke Mayville with a platform of strong public schools, protected public lands and health care for working families — is hosting an event at the Panida tonight at 7 p.m. meant to serve as a

“call to action” regarding Idaho public schools. Robinson will be the event’s keynote speaker. I caught up with Robinson last week to ask a few questions regarding Idaho’s schools, her connection to Sandpoint and (a slightly self-indulgent inquiry) about being a writer. SR: Thursday’s event addresses “the crisis facing Idaho public schools.” How would you define that crisis? MR: The crisis of public education is affecting schools in many parts of this country, and in other countries as well. The education I received in public schools in Idaho has served me very well, not only by making me aware of the value of learn-

ing, but also in making me aware that there are a great many ways to be smart. I think this kind of experience is essential to democracy, and that all the talk about the failure of the schools, and supposedly “elite” or otherwise exclusive education deprives people of a privilege only public education can provide.

SR: Seeing as you’re such an accomplished writer and storyteller, I can’t resist the chance to ask: What piece of advice do you think every young writer should hear?

SR: With Sandpoint being your hometown, what does it mean to be able to help out a grassroots campaign in this area?

MR: Read, and read ambitiously. Write. Find your way to the things that truly matter to you and explore them. A high school English teacher in Coeur d’ Alene, Mrs. Soderling, told us that, since we would live with our mind every minute of our lives, we should be sure that we made our mind a good com-

MR: I do feel a very specific gratitude to Idaho. It is also true that a very valuable part of our culture is being taken out of our hands, and I talk about this whenever the occasion arises.

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panion. She meant, particularly, that we should read good books. No one has ever given me better advice. Meet Marilynne Robinson tonight at the Panida Theater at 7 p.m. for a presentation hosted by Reclaim Idaho.

Fires reported in Bonner Co. Strong foundations: a Memorial Field update By Ben Olson Reader Staff Two fires have been reported in Bonner County. Starts of unknown origin were reported at Carr Creek and Trestle Creek. The Carr Creek start was reported around 3:30 p.m. and estimated to be about one-half acre. It was contained as of press time, with IDL, USFS and Selkirk Fire, Rescue and EMS reporting. “It was in dense, dense forest,” said Selkirk Fire Chief

Ron Stocking. The Trestle Creek start was reported shortly after, with USFS reporting an estimated 30 acres. No other information was known at press time. Outdoor burning was restricted in Bonner County Wednesday due to several days of warm and dry weather. A cold front is expected to blow in Thursday along with a chance of thunder storms.

Army Corps to host public meeting about Albeni Falls Dam operations By Lyndsie Kiebert Reader Staff Writer

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers representatives will host a public meeting in Priest River on Aug. 7 to address several topics pertaining to the Albeni Falls Dam operations. There will be discussion regarding

current and future dam operations, lake levels, the fall draft, weather, the Clark Fork Drift Yard and more. There will also be a question-and-answer session. The meeting will be held Monday, Aug. 7 at the Priest River Event Center from 6-7:30 p.m.

Top: Workers fill in the middle sections of concrete near the new ticket booth. There will be four maple trees installed in the gateway, as well as five additional trees along the backside perimeter.

Bottom Right: The crew members from White Concrete pour and spread concrete in the gateway in front of the new entrance to Memorial Field.

Bottom Left: The finished gateway in front of Memorial Field. The majority of construction is scheduled to be completed by Friday. Photos by Cort Gifford. July 20, 2017 /


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Mad about Science: By Brenden Bobby Reader Columnist Summer in North Idaho can mean only one thing: Construction. Oh, no, sorry. I mean: Bad traffic. Dang, zero-for-two! Let’s try: Wildfires. OK, OK, OK. I give up. No victory sip of soda for me. Probably a good thing, as there’s a trail of ants going up and down the bottle. Ants: the surest way to know that your child is lying about not still having any Easter candy stashed in their closet. Ants are unique little creatures, ones we mostly hate. They don’t do us a whole lot of good other than bite us and make a mess. Despite this, they remain a very active specimen for study among myrmecologists (people who study ants) and entomologists (people who study insects). Ants are famous for one thing, and that’s working in an intense level of unity. Ever wonder how they do that? It’s not telepathy, but it’s a form of extrasensory information… for humans, at least. Ants are equipped with tiny glands designed to excrete pheromones wherever they go. The pheromones change scent based on what the ant is doing. It has different pheromones for food than it does for alerting other ants of an invader. Why such an odd form of communication? Don’t get me wrong, ants are smart. Like, freakishly smart. They’re just smart in a different way from your dog. Ants don’t have the ability to talk, and I’m guessing that in a hive of several hundred thousand or more, communication via movement can be pretty open to interpretation. Instead, they’ve adapted to use pheromones to cut out any confusion and get straight to the point. Have you ever seen a large airport or university campus or military base where they use 10 /


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ants ants and more ants colored lines on the floor to show you how to get to certain areas in a no-nonsense sort of way? There’s no confusion about where that bright yellow line will take you. It’s the same principle as ants using pheromone trails. If you’re wondering how they pick up these pheromone trails, they use their antennae, which can swivel on their head like human satellite dishes to pinpoint a signal. Ants also need to know and remember a lot, despite not having a lot of space to do so. Most workers only live for 3 years if they’re lucky, so they don’t have time to attend a four-year university in Antioch. The less they need to remember about communication, the more likely they’ll excel at other things like building, brooding young and foraging. Some ants even have stingers, which can inject things ranging from formic acid (ow!) to piperidine, the stuff that makes pepper spicy (double ow!). When ants equipped to sting start stinging you, they release a pheromone that signals all other ants in the area to start stinging you as well. Africanized killer bees do this too, as it likely evolved from the same ancestor. If you pick a fight with an ant in a bar, you’re going to have to fight all of his friends, too. Also, you may want to let the proprietor know that he has an alcoholic ant problem. Ants are almost on par with humans when it comes to their ability to alter their environment. Many insects need the perfect environment to flourish, but not ants. If it’s not perfect, the ants will make it perfect. Ants have been observed to build dams to stop water from flooding their nests. They’re experts at understanding airflow and creating antificial air conditioning throughout the hive. They’ve even been observed to build towers out of their own bodies to get food. Army ants are

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legendary for this. Ants may be great architects, awesome warriors and one of the most prevalent and enduring creatures on the planet (inhabiting virtually every landmass with the exception of Antarctica.), but they have their own set of predators that keep them in check. Usually, this comes in the form of other ants. Humans are another predator of ants, but not in the sense that we eat them. We smash, burn and poison them into the great dark beyond because they are a nuisance to us. Venus flytraps have been observed tricking several ants into their waiting maws using pheromone trickery. The plant secretes a pheromone similar to the, “Food here!” pheromone that nearby ants secrete, then tricks them into walking right into their doom. One of the most ghoulish of all predators has to be the cordyceps fungus. We’ve talked about cordyceps before. The spores infect an ant’s brain and tells the ant to run back home, so that the fungus may erupt from its body and infect the colony with spores, bringing about a swift antpocalypse. We’ve heard that part before. What we haven’t heard is that the ants have been observed to do several very complicated things to counteract the cordyceps fungus. The first thing they’ve been seen to do is send a death squad of infertile males to attack the infected ant and drag it off into the jungle, where they will all be inevitably zombified and die. A literal suicide squad. If that doesn’t happen and the hive becomes infected, the ants will seal off and quarantine the infected portion of the hive, literally burying the infected alive. If that fails, and the fungus manages to circumvent the quarantine, the hive will either be completely destroyed or completely abandoned. Some CDC protocols for apocalyptic outbreaks match the behavior of infected ant colonies

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• Moose are the largest members of the deer family, weighing as much as 1,200 pounds; they can grow to be 5 to 6.5 feet from hooves to shoulders. This does not include a raised head or antlers, so it’s safe to say that the majority of moose tower over all non-basketball players. • Moose are browsers and will casually devour 73 pounds a day in the summer and 34 pounds in the winter. They eat an assortment of shrubs, woody plants, and aquatic vegetation; in the winter, their diet is more restricted, so they eat the buds of plants. • Organisms of all sizes pose a threat to moose. Moose are formidable opponents with sharp hooves that can kick with tremendous force, but even they have predators. A pack of wolves or a black bear is no match for a healthy adult moose, so bears and wolves typically pick off the young, sick, and old. And even though moose are powerful and quite large, a single bite can do one in: There’s a good chance the bite will cause an infection that eventually kills the animal up to two weeks later. • A full grown moose’s antlers can weigh about 40 pounds. • Moose are naturally gifted swimmers. It’s common to see one hop right into a lake and swim across at up to 6 mph.

rather frighteningly. Luckily, we haven’t had to test any of them out, yet. If you’re suffering from an ant infestation, it’s important to be able to identify what, where and why. What kind of ants are they? Are they really ants, or are they termites? Can this species of ant do serious damage to the infrastructure of your home? If you’re not sure, get help! Where are they coming from? If you see a superhighway of ants rolling through a crack in your wall but nowhere else, chances are that’s the only place they’re coming from. Stop them there! Why are they here? If the ants are here because you have a bag of half-melted candy in your closet, they’re probably going to go away if you dispose of the candy, unless they found other food in the process of finding that candy. If you’re trying to get rid of them, you can always call a professional. If it’s just a trail, it’s probably not worth throwing down the money. If we’re talking termites hailing out of your walls, it’s time to call the gas man. If some ants are just a nuisance, you can nail them with a

quick, cheap fix. Diatomaceous Earth, funky powder that looks like something spilling out of Tony Montana’s desk, can be found in any garden section of any store. If you can, buy the foodgrade stuff (it’s safe to ingest, not that you should). Read the directions and apply! Be sure to wear disposable or washable gloves and a faceguard/ dust mask/respirator while using it. While the food grade stuff is safe to ingest, there’s no point in letting it in your body if you don’t have to. Diatomaceous Earth is a mechanical insecticide, not a chemical one. It’s made from the fossils of diatomes, ancient microscopic shelled sea creatures. The product is designed so that when anything with an exoskeleton waddles through a treated area, the stuff will cling to it and pull the moisture right out of it, essentially dehydrating the creature to death in less than 18 hours. Boric acid, which can be harmful to pets and humans like, can take up to 72 hours to kill. Ant you glad you read this article?

Lost drone spurs crowdfunding campaign

By Ben Olson Reader Staff

Photo by William Greenway.

Shortly before the Fourth of July, a young man named William Greenway came into our office and expressed interest in providing the Reader with access to his aerial drone photography. As with writers, we are always happy to help photographers build their portfolio by publishing their work in the Reader. “At 15 I got my first job as a busser for a local restaurant,” said Greenway. “About a month later, I received my first paycheck and with all of the money I had made, I bought my first aerial filming platform. It wasn’t much but it was the coolest thing I had ever owned!”

While filming during the Wooden Boat Show, Greenway’s aerial drone malfunctioned and the result was that it and his camera package are now resting hundreds of feet under the water in Lake Pend Oreille. We hate to see those trying to build a creative portfolio and career endure these setbacks. I convinced Greenway to start a crowdfunding page to help recoup his losses, and, to date, he has raised $500 of his $1000 goal. Let’s help this talented young man get back in the air. Check out his page and throw a few bucks his way if you can:

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Thursday Night Solo Series: Wyatt Wood 6-8pm @ MickDuff’s Beer Hall With more than 15 years of music experiLive Music w/ Devon Wade ence and an education in music production, 9pm @ 219 Lounge Wood is doing what he knows best -- playDevon performs solo on the patio ing tunes for fans. Spokane Valley native Dollar Beers! 8pm @ Eichardt’s Pub

Live Music w/ Bridges Home 5-8pm @ Trinity at City Beach Sandpoint band in the Celtic tradition Live Music w/ Marty and Doug 5:30-7:30pm @ Idaho Pour Authority Mandolin guitar duo of musicians Live Music w/ Brian J. and Chris L. 7-10pm @ MickDuff’s Beer Hall Piano and guitar duo

Movie in the Park: “Moana” 6:30pm @ Lakeview Park Hosted by the museum Live Music w/ Harold’s IGA 9pm-12am @ 219 Lounge Trio of misfits with originals and covers


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SAFL Spaghetti Feed Fu 5pm@ Cedar Hills Church Enjoy tasty chow, bid on g and support area kids all support of the Sandpoint Football & Cheer League. invited. The event benefit scholarship fund for both ball players and cheerleade

Yog Live Music w/ Fat Lady 109pm-12am @ 219 Lounge ‘60s rock-inspired originals and covers are far An from tepid or trepidatious. This band gets loud $12 and gets down! A Spokane-based rock band Sam Owen Fire District Pancake Breakfast San 9am 7:30-11am@ Sam Owen Fire Station (Hope) Live Music w/ Truck Mills Join the firefighters and volunteers for a tasty Fre 5-7pm@ Idaho Pour Authority breakfast of pancakes, eggs, sausage, and bis- wel Truck is one of the best blues guitarcuits and gravy. After breakfast, enjoy a tour Ga ists in town. Always worth a listen of the station and let the kids’ imaginations be- 10a Live Music w/ Scotia Road come realities as they sit in a real fire truck and Thi 7-10pm @ MickDuff’s Beer Hall try on firefighter equipment $5/adults, $2.50/ som Family band from Newport kids. 208-264-5354 8th Annual 6-Pack Alleycat Ride • 2pm @ Greasy Fingers Bikes n’ Repair Join us for the 8th Annual 6-Pack Alleycat Ride. Think of this as a scavenger hunt on your entered. Plan to ride 12-15 miles. Swag and Prizes for 1st, 2nd and DFL at the After-Party ceeds benefit the Marine Corps League 1110. Registration begins at 1 p.m. on Sunday at G

Live Music w/ Bright Moments Jazz 6-9pm @ Trinity at City Beach Some of the best jazz in Sandpoint Live Music w/ Meg & Chris Lynch 5-8pm@ Pend d’Oreille Winery A new duo in town

Monday Night Blues Jam w/ Truck Mills 7:30pm @ Eichardt’s Pub

Family Sing-along with Alexis 10:30pm @ Sandpoint Library

SFN Movie Night Night Out Karaoke 7pm @ Little Panida Theater 9pm-12am @ 219 Lounge Catch “Blade Runner” at the Little Theater. Free, but Join DJ Pat and sing your suggested $5 donation. Register for this private event hearts out, my pretties at Sandpoint Farmers’ Market 3pm-5:30pm @ Farmin Park The afternoon market on Wednesdays for all your produce needs!

Live Music w/ Shine Delphi 5-7pm @ Idaho Pour Authority Blues/folk artist KPND Pint Night 5pm @ Beet and Basil

Dollar Beers! 8pm @ Eichardt’s Pub Good until the keg’s dry Live Music w/ Bright Moments Jazz 6-9pm @ Trinity at City Beach Some of the best jazz in Sandpoint

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Reclaim Idaho: A presentation w/ Marilynne Robinson 7pm @ Panida Theater Reclaim Idaho features a presentation about the crisis facing Idaho public schools featuring a discussion by Sandpoint native and Pulitzer-Prize winning author Marilynne Robinson. Tickets $5. Come find out what you can do to help our public schools

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STEM in the Park 12:30-1:30pm @ Travers Park Bring a lunch and come do science and building projects. Geared towards youth in grades 1st through 5th grade, but all are welcome Clark Fork Crafternoon 3pm @ Clark Fork Library

Garden of Artistry (July 21-23) 1-5pm@ Ponderay Garden Center This invitational fine art show features some of the region’s finest artists. In addition, Carousel of Smiles hosts an opening reception from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday evening. The show and the reception are free and open to the public.

Northwest YogaFeast (July 21-23) @ Eureka Institute Eureka Institute’s 8th annual experience that frees the spirit, feeds the soul, and nurtures the tummy! 208-263-2217 Live Music w/ The Cole Show 6pm @ Arlo’s Ristorante

Yoga & Beer at the Brewery 10-11am @ MickDuff’s Beer Hall An hour-long Vinyasa Flow yoga class outside on the lawn. $12 which includes a beer

Organic Seed Saving 1pm @ Spt. Library Come and discuss organic gardening and seed saving Computer Class: Sandpoint Farmers’ Market Cedar St. Bridge Public Market Computer Basics 9am-1pm @ Farmin Park 10am-2pm @ Cedar St. Bridge Fresh produce, garden starts as Come enjoy indoor shopping on the 8:15am @ Spt. Library Preregistration is required. well as live music and fun for all! bridge spanning Sand Creek 263-6930 Garden of Artistry (July 21-23) Live Music w/ The Cole Show 10am-5pm@ Ponderay Garden Center 6pm @ Arlo’s Ristorante This invitational fine art show features some of the region’s finest artists

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Sandpoint Chess Club Game Night at the Niner nt on your bicycle. Any bicycle can be 9am @ Evans Brothers Coffee 9pm @ 219 Lounge fter-Party. Registration is $15 and all pro- Meets every Sunday at 9am. All are welcome unday at Greasy Fingers Bikes n’ Repair Garden of Artistry (July 21-23) 10am-3pm@ Ponderay Garden Center Alexis This invitational fine art show features brary some of the region’s finest artists Meet Air Show Performer Jacquie Warda • 5-7pm @ Connie’s Cafe North Idaho High School Aerospace Program invites you to join a very special meet and greet with air show pilot Jacquie Warda at Granite Aviation at 9 a.m. and Connie’s Cafe from 5-7 p.m. RSVP: 304-1121

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Teen Summer Reading – Clark Fork Nerf Battle 7pm @ Clark Fork Library Capture the Flag, tag, and Nerf Battling. BYO Nerf Gun and ammo Live Music w/ Kevin Dorin 6-8pm @ MickDuff’s Beer Hall Kevin is an accomplished musician who usually invites a friend in for a song or two!

Magic Class & Show 3 & 6pm @ Spt. Library Magic class at 3 p.m.; show at 6 p.m. Prize will be drawn after the show

July 28 Movie in the Park: “The Sandlot” @ Lakeview Park July 29 Movie in the Crazy Days @ Downtown Sandpoint August 3-13 Festival at Sandpoint @ Memorial Field

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Help wanted at the arboretum By Cate Huisman Reader Contributor

If you had visited Sandpoint’s public library 20 years ago this spring, you might have seen a notice posted there: •Interested in the native plants of North Idaho? •Would you like to learn more about them?

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Lois Wythe, an herbalist and teacher well known for the gardens at her home on the Pack River, posted the notice in hopes of finding kindred spirits, and she found them: More than 60 people showed up at her meeting that April. By the following January, they had formed the Kinnikinnick Native Plant Society (KNPS) as well as a committee to look into creating an arboretum. A site in Lakeview Park had much to recommend it. Being in town, it was easy for people to get to. It already had mature conifers, and it was next to the history museum, which offered a historic cabin on its site as a space to store tools and materials. For its part, the city of Sandpoint was delighted to divest itself of responsibility for mowing the grass under the big trees, whose roots had been eating up their mower blades. So on December 16, 1998, the City Council unanimously endorsed the KNPS proposal to use 1.18 acres of the park as an arboretum. Despite the lateness of the season, enthusiastic committee members met the next day to decide what they could do before winter set in. They spent a busy winter mapping 167 native trees on the site, and developed a detailed landscape plan. Lois is legendary for the request she made of the committee: There’s some doubt as to whether she asked for three hours or four hours or one morning a week, but all agree on how long she asked them to commit: “for the rest of their lives.” Apparently no one blanched at this proposal, and they began their lifelong service on Arbor Day, April 30, 1999. When failing health forced Lois to curtail her activities in 2001, Sylvia Chatburn took over in the unofficial position of arboretum manager, and she is only now winding down her long tenure. While casual visitors to the arboretum might simply think they are walking in a natural woodland, in fact the many smaller trees, shrubs, and other plants are a carefully choreographed collection restricted to native plants. These include “exhibits”— including aspen and larch groves and a bed of wild medicinals (not necessarily Idaho natives), as well as representations of eight different north Idaho habitats, ranging from a dry forest to a wetland. A volunteer is in change of each habitat,

Local students check out the trees at the Arboretum at a 2016 Field Day event. Photo by Marilyn George. and no plant touches dirt with rigorous vetting. Just because a plant is everywhere does not mean it’s a native. Mullein, for example, must be familiar to anyone who’s walked a road or path in north Idaho in summer. “It’s a weed, but I think of it as a native weed,” says Mary Jo Haag, a current volunteer. It turns out, however, that mullein has been introduced from abroad. It’s a very successful resident, but it’s not a native, and it has no place in an arboretum habitat. They city provides water, but when the group started, there was no water line to the site. Arlis Harvey, an elfin member of the original volunteers who worked with with juvenile offenders, recruited a number of her youthful associates to do their required community service by digging a trench from Ella Street for this purpose. Now water comes both through this line and from the wastewater treatment plant next door. Arlis also make the bentwood arbors and benches that dot the grounds, while other benches and amenities have also been donated. Members are particularly proud of the mortarless stone wall that provides a welcome separation from the neighboring wastewater facility. “It’s a dry stack stone wall, and that is certainly a vanishing art,” says volunteer Rae Charlton, who remembers the nearly five-year moving meditation of volunteer Jeff Rich as he gradually transformed piles of donated stones into the wall. The exhibits and habitats have matured nicely over the years, and the arboretum is fulfilling the original vision that members had for it: “Lois had the idea that an arboretum would be the best tool possible to show native plants,” says Rae. Visitors learn about their botanical heritage as they tour the habitats, and perhaps their appre-

ciation for this legacy grows in the cool shade under the big trees. Volunteers lead tours for third-graders each spring, and other visitors include high school horticulture students and touring members of garden clubs. But as the plantings have matured, so have the planters, and now there is a need for more kindred spirits who can continue the work. Lois herself was 78 years old when she held that first fateful meeting in 1997, and she and most of the rest of the originators have since moved away or gone on to rest among the native plants of the Elysian Fields. Sylvia is the last of the original committee, and she is ready to hand over her hoe. Perhaps remembering Lois’s frank request for an extraordinarily long-term commitment, Sylvia is frank in describing what kind of volunteers are needed now: “Basically what we need is people that want to learn about native plants and are willing to dig dandelions,” she says frankly. But Rae elaborates on the advantages: “It’s a lot of fun; we enjoy each other; we enjoy the work,” she says. Beyond the camaraderie and the health benefits of physical work outside, new volunteers will be able to develop their own botanical knowledge in the company of long-time KNPS members who have developed sophisticated knowledge of native plants. It’s a good price for a good education. KNPS won’t ask you to commit for the rest of your life, but they are looking for volunteers who can put in a few hours a week for at least some lesser period of time. If that might be you, call Rae Charlton (6101688) or Mary Jo Haag (255-4413).


on mcarthur lake by Beth Weber

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poetry and prose by local writers

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religious sandwich by Amy Craven

Ingredients a hot summer a Beefsteak or Heirloom tomato Hellman’s mayonnaise white bread (don’t argue or overthink) salt and pepper first, smell any green vine or sepal that may still be attached to the fruit let that sweaty odor of the terpenes rush you to memory gathering tomatoes at Grandma’s? stopping at a farm stand on the shore? intoxicate yourself with that greeny, grassy, acridity let the leaf aldehydes dance in your nose wash the tomato and with a serrated knife cut a small core off the top slice it admire the scarlet slabs and the jelled seed pockets that convey the sun put mayo on your bread pieces arrange the tomato liberally salt and pepper cut the sandwich in half to curtail unwanted spillage close your eyes and take a bite the taste will be like a prayer like a food orgy in your mouth you might hear music that would be the sound of the angels missing this earthly plane

By Amy Craven

Windless days in May like this, when water is sky and you are soaring with kayak paddles for wings and haloed by an image of your own likeness you listen. Surrounding you in sedges and rushes, invisible loons pretend to be Mohicans whistling cunning signals enough to leave you uncertain of anything. You glide beyond a golden patch of tules and glimpse on distant shore a flock of fifty tundra swans. Then approach silent as a ghost and notice their bodies too broad for swans. Some nearby farmer must feel proud of his gaggle of pure white Emdens. From closer still the bills hang way too long. Emdens develop to American white pelicans fluttering their pouches. No matter how stealthy your motion, they agitate in their elegant way, then fly low over your boat with methodical wingbeats snowy, velvet, dignified with an ebony band of flight feathers. Their winging sound an audience of fifty English gentlemen applauding politely you gasp and wag your head it’s because, faithful to childhood cartoons, the pelicans are all wearing spectacles. By Beth Weber Beth is a local house fixer-upper, kayaker, youth symphony director, violinist for the Coeur d’Alene Symphony, and poet. She lives in Cocolalla.

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variations on the word lonely by Jeanette Schandelmeier

Old men and women always eat alone here and I suspect they no longer care. The silverware of their dreams has been replaced by Candy Stripers with plastic spoons, which disallows the machinery of grace. A water glass can no longer be full in this Pioneer Home, and that woman at the end of the hall still screams at me when I walk in her room, even when I continue past her space. For the grateful this place will do, but what do they know of elders’ feelings—the ones they have placed here. Belly up to the loneliness permeating walls and curtains separating beds; it will make you a little drunk with compassion or pity. Pity was the one word that chased me away. I should’ve known when they translated my interest in biology to volunteering in a nursing home, I wasn’t going to like it or the uniform. I was more interested in their Alaska stories than in feeding them. By Jeanette Schandelmeier

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by Brenda Hammond When the nurses come I tell them she used to teach Chemistry. They’d never know--Sometimes she confuses her teeth with her hearing aid and tries to stop me From putting them in water over night. Another time we looked all over for the hearing aid until I found it in her mouth. At Christmas she wondered why her brother didn’t write. I hated telling her again that he had died. The physical therapist calls her “Kiddo,” But it doesn’t matter. She doesn’t hear him. You have to speak very clearly into her good ear. But sometimes she’s right there! When the ambulance drivers tightened The belt on the stretcher, she asked “Are you afraid I’m going to jump out?” One morning I took her outdoors to show her the first daffodils. At lunch she asked if my daughter could help her send Christmas cards. At night when I tuck her in, she holds out her arms for a hug. I leave the bathroom light on since the morning I found her standing In her pajama top in the cold, dark living room when I got up to make the fire. I would have been so frightened, but she just smiled and said “ I must have gotten lost on my way back to bed.” When I called the doctor about her appointment I said, “This is Mrs. Luna’s mother…” And didn’t realize until I’d hung up.

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Blue-green algae is hazardous to your health (and your dog’s) By Chris Shafer Reader Contributor with Panhandle Animal Shelter During warm weather months, blue-green algae blooms can grow in freshwater lakes, rivers, or waterways. Avoiding areas contaminated with bluegreen algae is extremely important because contact with toxic blooms can be harmful to humans and fatal for dogs. Blue-green algae, or cyanobacteria, grows in warm, slow-moving, or still water. Some species are non-toxic but some species can house poisons called cyanobacterial toxins or cyanotoxins. Any of the cyanobacteria toxins can be harmful to dogs and their people, and these toxins have no known antidotes. Whether the blooms are toxic or not cannot be determined with the naked-eye, so err on the side of caution for your dog’s sake. Water that is uncharacteristically green or has visible surface scum should be avoided. The highest concentrations of toxins are usually found in blooms and/or scum on the shoreline. These dense accumulations pose the greatest potential risks to pets and people. Swimming, wading, and drinking the water should be avoided when signs of blue-green algae are present. Your dog depends on you to keep him safe. He is unaware of the hazardous conditions posed by the presence of blue-green algae. So it’s best to check out any water source you visit before you let Fido drink or swim. The consequences of blue-green algae exposure

are serious. For dogs exposed to high levels of toxin, severe illness can occur in as little as 30 minutes. Dogs that are often exposed to low levels of toxins may develop health problems such as chronic liver disease, and possibly tumors; damage that may go unnoticed until it’s severe. Canines are particularly susceptible to the toxic algae if they get it on their fur and then lick the algae off their fur and by drinking contaminated water. Potential symptoms in dogs following exposure to blue-green algae toxins can include: •lethargy •difficulty breathing •excessive salivation •lack of coordination •vomiting •diarrhea •convulsions If your dog has been exposed to bluegreen algae toxin and shows any of the symptoms above, supportive care may keep your pet alive. You haven’t much time to act, so get your dog to emergency veterinarian care immediately. Here are some measures you can do (quickly) before taking your pet in for emergency care: •Don’t let your pet lick his/her fur. Muzzle your dog if you have to. •Wash your pet with clean water as soon as possible, such as bottled water and towel off any visible algae (being careful not to touch it yourself).

An example of blue-green algae. Photo by the Center for Investigative Reporting. •Do not use bleach or disinfectant to clean your dog as this will spread and release the toxins. By Reader Staff If your dog has ingested The Panida Theater is still collecting items for its toxic algae, and you have annual recordings and video sale. The Panida will activated charcoal handy, gratefully accept any new or used CDs, records, administer it and induce cassettes, audiobooks, DVDs, and stereo equipment vomiting. Using activated through July 27. charcoal will absorb the The “Play It Again, Panida” sale will take place in toxins and flush them from front of the theater during the downtown Crazy Days his/her system. sale, Saturday, July 29. All funds raised go to the There is still a lot of Panida Theater Performing Arts Scholarship awarded summer left for you and each year to a graduating senior in Bonner County your four-legged best friend who is entering college with an interest in pursuing a to enjoy. Just remember career or involvement in theater, film, stage producthat your dog follows your tion, or related arts and media fields. lead, so check out his water To make an appointment to drop donated items source before he plunges in at the theater, call the Panida Theater at 255-7801 or for a dip or takes a sip. Steve Garvan at 265-1718.

Panida Theater seeking donations for recording/video sale

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Music Without Borders:

Music exchange program welcomes Mexican exchange students

By McCalee Cain Reader Intern The woodwind section cheerily buzzes their mouthpieces, the string section waits anxiously with their bows upright in rest position, and the sound of young musicians tittering excitedly in both English and Spanish fills the room. The young students are in town thanks to the Sandpoint Music Conservatory’s Music Without Borders program. SMC’s fifth annual Young Artist Exchange welcomes three exchange students from Mexico this year: Josué Sanchez, Misael Lopez and Santiago Acosta. Sanchez hails from Mexicali, and Lopez and Acosta are both from Tijuana. The Young Artist Exchange program involves a week of mentoring younger students at the Summer Youth Orchestra Workshop, followed by a week at the Spokane Youth Symphony Camp. “They’re all phenomenal musicians,” summer camp coordinator Ruth Klinginsmith said. “It’s been really awesome to have the kids from Mexico.” Sanchez plays the double bass, Lopez the clarinet and Acosta the bassoon. “At first, it was hard for (Santiago and Misael) to play because of the difference in altitude,” said Elinor Reed, parent volunteer and host mother for the boys. “The instruments respond differently to different pressure. I told them it will take a couple of days to get used to it!” The Music Without Borders program was inspired by El Sistema, a government-funded musical outreach organization founded in Venezuela in 1975.

According to the organization’s website, El Sistema is “a tested model of how a music program can... dramatically change the life trajectory of hundreds of thousands of a nation’s most needy children.” The organization has spread from Venezuela to the United States as well as around the world, and even has a chapter in Spokane. “El Sistema has inspired programs at the Sandpoint Music Conservatory,” Klinginsmith said. “It inspired us to create this exchange to broaden the experiences of students here, and also to give opportunity to students from Mexico to come somewhere different.” The Young Artist Exchange has also sent some Sandpoint musicians and conductors to Mexico for the past three years, offering a broad array of experiences for aspiring students. This isn’t the boys’ first time in Sandpoint: They participated in the Youth Exchange last year as well, and performed at the Festival at Sandpoint’s family day concert. This year, they were invited to come back to Idaho to mentor at MCS. “At first, it was a little nerve wracking because we’d never been so far north,” recalled Acosta. The Summer Youth Orchestra Workshop will feature Dr. Phil Baldwin, conductor of the Spokane Youth Symphony. Baldwin will work with the children for a few days before conducting the

The Mexican musicians have sailed in! From left to right: Captain Dan and his Pirate wench Jodi Rawson, Elinor Reed, Alejandro Armenta, Riley Christman, Max Reed, Nichol Reed, Santiago Rojo, and Misael Zavala. Photo by Dinah Rawson.

performance on Friday. The boys will perform at The Sounds of Summer orchestra and choir concert will be Friday, July 21, at 3 p.m. at the North Summit Church, 201 N Division. “We’re glad to be here mentoring kids that are very enthusiastic to learn,” Lopez said. “The Reed family are very good people, they gave us a great welcome when we arrived. We feel so fortunate.”

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‘Summer Soiree’ offers a special night in support of education

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By Reader Staff

Sandpoint’s biggest summertime gala of the year – and the most important annual fundraiser for the Panhandle Alliance For Education – has its doors wide open to all friends of public education. The alliance’s Summer Soiree is Saturday, July 29, from 6-11 p.m. It is held along the waterfront under the stars with fine food, entertainment, art and engaging discussions of exciting developments in education for the young people in the Lake Pend Oreille School District. In past years, the Summer Soiree has been by invitation – not that the invitation has been hard to get. The Panhandle Alliance For Education exists to support public education in the Lake Pend Oreille School District, and welcomes all supporters of our public schools. The difference this year, said PAFE Executive Director Marcia Wilson, is that “We are putting the word out to ensure that everyone who wants to support public education knows they are invited. It’s always a beautiful, fun and stimulating evening – and just by attending you support a terrific cause as well.” Tickets are $150 per person, and there are opportunities to donate more through auction of art, sculpture, jewelry and experiences. There are also dedicated grants supporting teachers’ programs, and the annual paddle raise. The evening is staged each year at different homes along the Pend Oreille waterfront, and this year will be at a beautiful private estate in Dover. Dinner and cocktails are provided by Ivano’s Ristorante. This major fundraiser benefits Lake Pend Oreille School District’s students through PAFE’s annual classroom teacher grants and strategic educational programs. To attend the Summer Soiree coming July 29, call the PAFE office at 208263-7040, or contact PAFE through their website at 18 /


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Top: Bear grass is in full bloom on the Scotchman Peak trail. Photo of Ed Robinson hiking up the mountain taken by John Harbuck. Left: Ricci Witte, right, and Scott McLongstreet, left, enjoy the cool relief of Witte’s backyard kiddie pool while catching up with the Reader.

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Gimmie a Biddadat: By McCalee Cain Reader Intern The origin story behind a band’s name can say a lot about the band itself. This is definitely the case for Seattle’s neo-funk outfit, Biddadat. “There’s a couple stories with the name,” said Cameron Brownell, founding member of Biddadat. “What we tell folks to help it stick is that it’s like, ‘Gimme a little biddadat.’ Also, it can be looked at as a drum trill, like banging on a bunch of toms. But essentially, when I was in high school I needed a gamer tag for all of my video game accounts, and it ended up sticking.” Biddadat consists of Cameron Brownell (guitars/vocals/electronic production), Kyle Miller (bass), and Remy Morritt (drums). Brownell and Miller are both Sandpoint locals, and have been making music together since they attended high school together in 2009. After high school, Brownell moved to Seattle for an education in music production. “Towards the end of my schooling, Kyle and I had still kept in contact pretty closely, and I was like, ‘Hey man, you should come out here so we can make some music together, like the good ol’ days,’ and he came out a couple times, and we jammed for a bit, and it worked out really well so he just decided to move out,” Brownell said. When Kyle got to Seattle and the two began trying to figure out a band name, Biddadat was the one that stuck out from all of their different options. Just as unorthodox as Biddadat’s name is its standout sound, which combines multiple genres for a distinct vibe unique to itself. “The lamest term would be funky rock, but really, our sound is a blend of alternative rock, funk, electronic music, and some lighter indie rock influences. We call it neo-funk or alternative funk,” Brownell said. Biddadat has put out three EPs: “Reaching for the Bright” was released in 2014 and “Ragtag Rhythm” followed in 2015. These projects have a different feel than the group’s most recent album “Misbehavin,” which was released in 2017. Where “Reaching for the Bright” and “Ragtag Rhythm” are heavy on the alternative rock, “Misbehavin” is funky and electronic.

The band opening for the B-52s at the Festival has Sandpoint roots

“It kind of was one of those things that happened naturally,” Brownell said of the shift. “After those first projects, Kyle and I responded to positive feedback with the more funky songs we wrote, and began to kind of tailor our songwriting to fit more of a funk genre.” Brownell and Miller draw inspiration from the music they listen to, which is diverse. The two listen to old-school funk, funky electronica and lots of blues. These influences audibly bled into “Misbehavin,” which blended alternative rock riffs with funky electronic notes for a fresh blend. “Our first two albums are great, but they aren’t who we are,” Brownell said. “We’d definitely consider “Misbehavin” to be who we are as a band.” The project was long in the making. Many songs on the album had been written a year prior. “We took the songs that we had been developing over a long period of time, and decided that we had a good catalogue of music to throw onto an album,” Brownell said. The album was put out completely independently, with the help of some contacts Brownell had developed through school. Because Miller and Brownell wanted the production to be as affordable as possible, they used a friend’s studio setup. All electronics and drums were samples collected over the years, and all synths were designed by Brownell on his computer at home. Biddadat will be playing all of the favorite tunes from “Misbehavin” at their performance at the Festival at Sandpoint on Aug. 4, where they will open for the B-52s for the dance concert. In addition to their recorded tracks, the trio will also perform some new songs. “We have a new song that actually doesn’t have a title yet, which is pretty roots-down funk with a lot of jazz and electronic influence,” Brownell said. “I’m most excited to play that new song because it’s super danceable.” For Brownell, performing at the Festival will be an incredible “finale” to the recent successes of Biddadat. “Not to sound lame, but this has definitely been a dream for both of us to play at the Festival. My dad has performed at the Festival, so watching him perform up there has really instilled that dream in me,” Brownell said. “We are so excited for the Festival that we can barely keep it together.”

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“lost in paris”

July 29 - Part 1 @ 6pm, Part 2 @ 8pm JUly 30 - Part 1 @ 3:30pm, part 2 @ 5:30pm

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The Sandpoint Eater

Summer companions

By Marcia Pilgeram Reader Food Columnist Summer wedding season is in full swing, and I’ve rolled down Highway 200 three of the past five weekends. It’s a pleasure to be on the guest side of the reception, and though I haven’t catered a wedding for quite a while, I sometimes feel like chef emeritus, taking calls from newbie caterers and DIY mothers of brides, seeking answers to their food questions, such as: How many 10-pound bags of potatoes will I need to prepared potato salad for 250 guests (nine), and how much spinach for my spinach and strawberry salad (a handful per person). I am always happy and honored to provide wedding wisdom and extremely grateful I’m no longer schlepping chafers and coolers to the tops of mountains every Saturday all summer long. My most recent wedding trip was the most fun as all my children (and theirs) gathered with me to celebrate the marriage of their childhood friend. Ironically, it was a childless affair, and I can attest that getting five adults wedding ready, organizing seven children amongst two childcare providers and still arriving in time for pre-wedding duties was alone cause for massive celebration. The late-night wedding revelry was followed up the next morning with even more celebrating. Anyone can attend a post-wedding brunch with a Bloody Mary bar, but I had my own beverage bar on the top of 20 /


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my mind, so bright and early last Sunday morning, in great anticipation of a long-promised lemonade stand, I packed up more than half of my adorables and headed back from Missoula. They took turns juicing dozens of lemons while I baked up oversized Snickerdoodles. Thanks to the generosity of folks on the Garden Tour and the kindness of neighbors, these clever kids (who discovered raspberry-filled Dixie cups for 50 cents are a hot

commodity) made a killing. They’re already planning their world tour, with repeat performances next week in nearby Moscow and again in far-off Eastern Montana, when they return home to their dad. The youngest of the group is planning music for her next event because, she says, “I think if we have music, people might stay to listen and buy a second glass of lemonade.” Maybe we have found the true origins of “the festival.”

There’s nothing more nostalgic than the neighborhood lemonade stand. And while we consider lemonade the quintessential all-American antidote to a hot summer day—visions a vintage pitcher filled with cracked ice and the refreshing sweet-tart liquid quenching our parched lips — its origins began in Egypt around 700 A.D. Thousands of years later, about 1870, the first lemonade stands are said to have cropped up in Brooklyn, New York (and

Snickerdoodle Recipe

I feel most certain my grandchildren could be the direct descendants of those first, youthful entrepreneurs). Whether you’re going all out with a cookie and lemonade stand, or just looking to quench your summer thirst, these recipes for my all-time favorite summer companions will get you off to a good start. And if you like, I can even include some darn cute grandkids.

Yield 2 Dozen Cookies

Snickerdoodles are a summertime favorite, and a sweet treat to tuck into your picnic basket. The secret to a perfect snickerdoodle, which has a crisp edge and soft center, is to chill the cookie sheet (and don’t overbake)!

INGREDIENTS: •1 cup butter •1 ½ cups sugar •2 large eggs •1 tsp vanilla •2 ¾ cups flour •2 tsp cream of tartar •1 tsp baking soda •1⁄4 tsp salt •3 tbs sugar •3 tsp cinnamon •1 tsp vanilla extract

DIRECTIONS: Preheat oven to 350°F. With paddle of standup mixer, cream butter, 1 ½ cups sugar, 1 tsp of vanilla extract and eggs thoroughly in the bowl of mixer. In separate large bowl, whisk flour, cream of tartar, baking soda and salt. Add dry ingredients into butter mixture and mix just until blended. Chill dough, and chill ungreased cookie sheets for about 10-15 minutes in the fridge (or freezer). Then, mix 3 tbs sugar, and 3 tsp cinnamon in a shallow dish. Scoop 1 inch balls of dough and drop into the sugar/ cinnamon mixture and gently roll balls of dough in the sugar mixture. Place on chilled ungreased cookie sheet, and bake 10 minutes. Remove from pan immediately and cool on wire rack.

Fresh-squeezed Lemonade

Serves 6

Once the sugar has dissolved in the water, remove from heat and let the zest seep in the simple syrup for several minutes, then strain out the zest when you add the simple syrup to the lemon juice (keep a jar of zesty simple syrup in the fridge for all your favorite summer beverages). For a refreshing twist, try adding crushed raspberries or strawberries, or fresh mint leaves to the simple syrup and lemon juice.

INGREDIENTS: 1 cup white, granulated sugar •1 cup water (for the simple syrup) •1 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice (5-6 lemons) •2 to 3 cups cold water (to dilute)

DIRECTIONS: Place the sugar and 1 cup water in a small saucepan and bring to a simmer. Stir so that the sugar dissolves completely and remove from heat. Chill overnight if possible, but at least a couple of hours. Juice your lemons. Pour the juice and the simple syrup

into a serving pitcher. Add 2 to 3 cups of cold water and taste, adding more water if needed. If the lemonade is a little too sweet, add a little more lemon juice to it. Serve with cracked ice and top with lemon slices.


This week’s RLW by Ben Olson

Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe: Out of this world funk By Ben Olson Reader Staff

If you were lucky enough to catch Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe at The Hive last year, you know just what kind of funkiness he and his band of rippers and shredders can throw down. If you missed it, have no fear: another chance is coming. KDTU, as the band is known to followers, will open The Hive’s annual Aftival concert series on Friday, Aug. 4. Presented by KPND and Low Country Boil Productions, the show starts at 10 p.m. and doors open at 9 p.m. Highly acclaimed as one of the best live bands playing right now, KDTU will return for an encore performance to The Hive featuring funky cuts from their forthcoming studio album due in 2017, as well as throwing out a handful of super-charged covers by the likes of Prince, The White Stripes, the Cold War Kids, Beastie Boys and more. Each song KDTU takes on becomes their own individual dare to the audience to resist dancing. If you throw a guitar pick at a legendary musician, chances are Karl Denson has played with them. When not leading KDTU, Denson serves as the saxophonist in The Rolling Stones, touring the world to record crowds. “It’s one of those ‘I can’t believe this is happening’ kind of things,” Denson told the Reader. “I’m so fortunate and blessed to be playing with [The Rolling Stones].” Though he’s played flute and saxophone from a young age, there was a time when Denson wanted to pursue a career in veterinary medicine. But the call of music was too strong and he began playing with different arrangements until 1988, when he met music legend Lenny Kravitz. “I met him in 1988 when he was putting together ‘Let Love Rule,’” said Denson. “He wanted some rock saxophone tracks on there and I ended up playing the whole album with them. It was a


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great experience.” After playing a few years with Kravitz, Denson and a select group of musicians were asked to perform at a record release party for the landmark acid jazz and club staple “Freestylin” by San Diego’s DJ Greyboy, who was known for spinning ‘70s soul and funk. The group enjoyed playing together so much, they decided to form a band called The Greyboy Allstars, playing weekly in San Diego and San Francisco and ultimately clubs throughout Europe. Because the group played danceable boogaloo music within the soul and jazz genres, the group became well known internationally, spurring the formation of a “super-group” of sorts, which spawned into Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe in 2014. KDTU’s touring lineup is a veritable mash-up of some of the best funk, rock and jazz players around. The septet features Richmond guitarist DJ Williams, Soulive drummer Alan Evans, The Greyboy Allstars’ bassist Chris Stillwell, Crush Effects’ keyboardist David Veith, Seattle trumpeter Chris Littlefield and ace slide and lap steel guitarist Seth Freeman. Denson leads the

Although Reader staff writer Lyndsie Kiebert recently ridiculed my music preference as “sappy white boy music,” I’m still happy to promote artists that get me through the day. One such band that I’ve listened to for a long time is Sparklehorse. Though they haven’t been active since 2010, this indie rock band has always drawn me to their unique sound which features an eclectic mix of electronic sounds and analogue sweetness. My favorite of their albums is “It’s a Wonderful Life.”

ensemble group both on flute and saxophone as well as vocals. “When we first started playing and finding our parts, I played more of a composer role,” said Denson. “But now that we all know our jobs, we let it flow. It’s a great group.” While playing with various different groups, Denson cherishes his downtime in San Diego at home. “I like to garden and spend time at home when not on the road,” he said. When asked what we can expect at The Hive in August, Denson said, “We’ve got some great stuff for you. We’ve got a really great Rolling Stones cover for y’all up there. Get ready.”

Top: Karl Denson. Bottom: Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe, featuring Karl Denson, DJ Williams, Alan Evans, Chris Stillwell, David Veith, Chris Littlefield and Seth Freeman. Courtesy photo. Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe plays The Hive on Friday, August 4 at 10 p.m. Doors open at 9 p.m. and tickets are $20 in advance or $25 at the door. This show is 21 and over, and VIP booths are available still for the show, which include VIP credentials, reserved booth seating, cocktail service, balcony view of the performance and access to VIP bathrooms. For more information on ticket sales, check out


As a fledgling musician, I sometimes enjoy (and sometimes cringe at) films that depict the real side of music. Director John Carney has two films to his credit that paint drastically different pictures of the music industry. “Begin Again” stars Mark Ruffalo and Keira Knightley and follows a washed up record label founder who is getting his life together while discovering new talent. Thought Knightley is an abysimal actress, the film shines. The flip side is Carney’s “Sing Street” which is a coming-of-age musical drama/comedy featuring an Irish group trying to make it big in the ‘80s. Totally worth checking out if you’re into music, good films and strange ‘80s hairdos. July 20, 2017 /


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Gardening with Laurie:

Lawn care in summer

By Laurie Brown Reader Columnist This is the time of year when the lawn gets a work out — kids and dogs playing on it, having the grill out and people standing around, and having lawn furniture sitting on it. It’s also time to take care of it a little bit. Hopefully you fertilized the lawn early in the year, before it got hot. If you didn’t, it’s best to wait until fall, when the weather cools off. The lawn will still be growing them, and putting away energy for the winter. Also, don’t use herbicides on the lawn in hot weather. While things like Weed & Feed are designed to kill only broadleaf plants, in hot, dry weather they can harm the grass, too. If you’re concerned with weeds in summer, hand dig them out. All the lawn wants right now is water. Most lawns will need about one inch of water a week. One inch of water doesn’t mean the soil is wet to the depth of one inch; in sandy soils, one inch of water will wet it quite deep, while in heavy soils it will stay nearer the surface. More than this amount is unnecessary; while you want the water to go fairly deep so the roots will extend down, grass plants are fairly shallow rooted plants no matter how much water they get. The best time to water is early in the morning; the water can soak in before the day gets hot, and the grass will be dry

when night comes, minimizing the chance of fungal diseases getting a foothold. Set your lawn mower blade fairly high. Taller grass is healthier grass; the taller blades of grass shade the soil so water doesn’t evaporate as fast and the grass develops deeper roots when the top is long. And even though it’s a pain, mow often rather than putting it off as cutting a lot off at once stresses the plant. Thankfully the lawn growth slows down in hot weather! Mid-summer isn’t a good time to seed a new lawn. It won’t do nearly as well as if you seed in spring or fall. You’ll be watering constantly to keep it from drying out, and drying out is fatal to seedlings. Things sitting on the grass is a big enemy of the lawn. The grass will turn yellow after a few days of anything sitting on it. Move chairs and the grill around every few days. Kiddy pools are the hardest things to deal with. They will kill a large area instead of just small spots. Try to move it to a new spot every time you refill it. Even if you only have a couple of spots where the pool will fit, try and alternate where it sits. Be careful of using bleach in the water; it’ll burn the grass when you empty the pool onto the lawn. Thankfully the lawn doesn’t need much in summer. That makes me very happy.


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Demystifying nudism:

and other reasons to recreate nude

By Jodi Rawson Reader Contributor On the swim team I covered myself entirely in a towel and only shimmied out of it before I jumped into the water. I changed in the bathroom stalls as though my body were grossly disfigured. In the critical and mostly conservative circles I was raised in, it was shameful to show a lot of skin, but I took it to the extreme and was ashamed of my body. That was before my babies warped my breasts and midsection to a sagging stretch-marked form. At some point in this life, I had to come to terms with imperfections. The all-star major league baseball players, for instance, only get a hit less than one time in three at bats — if they are lucky. Maybe imperfections are inevitable and maybe they make better art. Challenged by my best friend 13 years ago, I entered a hot springs nude in much the same way that I entered the pool in high school, covered in a towel until the last moment. If hot springs are the temple of nudity, than nude resorts are the revival meetings. One of largest nudist celebrations is the “Bare Buns Fun Run,” (BBFR). These whimsical races have been going on for decades and the original BBFR began north of Spokane, hosted by Kaniksu Ranch Family Nudist Park. Kaniksu is celebrating its 78th anniversary and this year’s BBFR is their 33rd. Margie is a co-owner of Sun Meadows, (a family nudist resort in Worley near the Coeur d’Alene Casino), and she does everything that a homemaking host would do while wearing nothing but sandals and necklaces.She says that the rules are that “a child should be able to come upon any activity and be safe... that is the definition of a family nudist resort.” Margie says Kaniksu and Sun Meadows Nudist recreational facilities are like “sister resorts.” Both of these local nudist resorts have tempting amenities

such as beautiful land, swimming pools, and comfortable rooms for rent or sale. I had a crappy self-image in my teens and twenties. Is there a woman whom can testify otherwise? I cursed the changes that my body underwent that clarified that I existed in the image of the “lesser” gender — my childhood was leaking out of me along with my menstrual blood. I ran cross-country and cursed my body for looking stout and Irish instead of Kenyan, but I wanted the breasts and booty of a Grecian God. I didn’t know that this type of body is only possible through anorexia plus silicone or photo editing. When I was raped I felt really guilty about looking “sexy” the night it happened — the night he drugged my soda — but I looked conservative enough for a job interview as a secretary. Hardly pornographic. This thinking was stemming from my religious roots. My rape councilor said that “a woman ought to be able to walk down the street nude and be respected. No is no.” I never forgot her words but I didn’t believe them for many years. Sexiness was a “sin” for which rape was my “reward.” Whatever the reason for my rape, my body was used, cursed, disgusting and ugly. I ranged from 120 lbs to 200 lbs from 15 years old to 20. Clothing became an uncomfortable curse and a nemesis and nudity was unthinkable. Even looking at myself after a shower was a shameful act that could induce anxiety. My husband has issues, but thankfully, they are a lot different than mine, so we can babysit one another. He checked out a nudist resort in his 20s and was attracted by the freedom and relaxation and urged me to be open, but it took me 13 years. “In nudist circles it is called power relaxation... something about not having tight clothing and having nothing to hide behind… just

being vulnerable yourself that we find very relaxing.” says Margie. I went to our nearby Bare Buns Fun Run last year and watched my husband get second in his age group for the scenic 5k run. It was equal parts curiosity and bravery that fueled my journey to a nudist resort — and self discovery. I sat lazily on the sidelines, serenading the athletes with my banjo (which cowardly clothed me — the way I was sitting it was covering all my parts), and I learned a lot. If human bodies are the epitome of art, then the BBFR was my Louvre. A woman camping with her boyfriend near our campsite summed it up best at end of the weekend when she said to me, “it is weird that this is not more weird.” We were both virgins of nude recreation prior to last year’s BBFR. At first I didn’t even get naked at Kaniksu and I merely observed and tested the waters, but by the end of the weekend I felt comfortable, imagining my skin as my clothing. It was rewarding and energizing. I was especially inspired by the elder people with their atypical physical beauty contrasted by absolute self assurance, like someone sporting a unique outfit they know will soon be a raving style. A 90-year-old nudist was told by her doctor to keep up her recreation at Sun Meadows because of her radiant tan and health from unfiltered vitamin D. The annual Bare Buns Fun Run at the Kaniksu Family Nudist Resort will take place Sunday, July 30, just a couple of hours west of Sandpoint. Get good directions online and do not be intimidated by the wild lands of the neighboring park that is void of civilization. After around seven miles of dirt roads, you will soon be driving into an oasis of naked people. If you don’t make the race, you can go any day in the summer to two fairly local nudist resorts (first timers get in free). I double dog dare you.

When you go ice-skating, try not to swing your arms too much, because that really annoys me.

Book signing at Corner Bookstore By Reader Staff The Corner Bookstore, 405 N. Fourth Ave., will be hosting a book signing and reading of Hope author Dawn Brinker’s book “Edgar and Me” on Saturday, July 22 from 1 to 2:30 p.m. The book, which features drawings by Ray Brinker, follows the true story of Dawn Brinker’s rescue of a baby crow that fell from its nest. Along with her father, Brinker raised the crow for over a year until it could leave its human “parents” and join the others of its kind in the wild. Aimed at young readers and adults alike, “Edgar and Me” will charm the hearts of all ages.

“Edgar and Me” by Dawn Brinker.



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ADVERTISE Check the m.edia survey from. last winter. We're the #1 m.ost read publication in town and we can barely pay our bills . -Ben Olson, Publisher


What's Sandpoint and

To see which media area residents are using, we surveyed locals both online and on the street Jan. 2-F eb. 6, 2017. A total of 411 people participated, with 355 filling out our online survey and 56 filling out paper surveys at retail spots around town. Below, a snapshot of the results.

QUESTION: Please select ALL locally circulated media that you read, listen to, or watch with any regularity: 407 ANSWERED, 4 SKIPPED QUESTION

Bonner County Daily Bee


CO-OP Roundup




living Local magazine


Northern Journeys •


Out There Monthly


River Journal


River Valley Beacon


Sandpoint Magazine


Sandpoint Reader


SHS Cedar Post


The Spokesman-Review


Wise Guide


KPBX Spokane Public Radio


KPND 95.3


KPND 106.7


KSPT 1400 AM -


Kl 02 Country



KBFI 1450 AM

ROCK 103 KRFY 88.5 community radio

2.46% 8.60% 32.19% 4.18%

Northland/CC Channel 5



14.99% 3.19%



Facetiook, Twitter, lnstagram, Plnterest or YouTube E-mail Nwsltr Weekly To n Crier

60.44% 15.97%

QUESTION: If you use social media regularly, which do you use? 386 ANSWERED, 25 SKIPPED QUESTION







QUESTION: We wonder how many people still use the printed phone book? 387 ANSWERED, 24 SKIPPED QUESTION

I use the phone book as a first option I use the phone book on occasion I rarely or never use

18.35% 21.71% 59.95%

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