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Susan Drinkard Given the investigation into the possible collusion between Trump and the Russians, is it now time to demand he reveal his income tax returns?
“I think that as the leader standing for America, he should be sharing that information because otherwise it seems he has something to hide. If he has a plan or reason regarding why he’s not revealing that information, he should tell us he has a plan, so the people will have confidence in him.” Bryanna Ells 11th SHS Sandpoint
“Yes, because he should be fully open and transparent if he’s going to be our president. If he’s going to keep secrets from us, how can we trust him?” Joshua Runyon 9th SHS Sandpoint
“Any president, or public official, should be willing to be transparent.”
It’s really happening, Sandpoint. As I look out my second floor “high rise” window downtown, I can see and smell the painting going on below. Cedar Street has been painted. First Ave. was painted Wednesday, including new diagonal parking lines, which should open some much-needed parking spots downtown. Based on our Facebook posts, it looks like the majority of people are willing to give the transition a shot. There are some holdouts, of course. I’m going into this with an open mind, but I admit I am curious how certain situations are going to work. After the byway eased some of the traffic downtown (which it absolutely has), I wonder if truncating First and Cedar down to only one lane in each direction will bring back the dreaded Sandpoint traffic jam on busy days. I also wonder how in the heck people will be able to turn left from Cedar Street to Second, Third and Fourth avenues when there are no turning lanes. When they have to wait for breaks in traffic, won’t that back up traffic all the way around the bend by Cedar Street Bridge? And how come there isn’t a traffic light pole on the east side of Second? I’m no engineer, so my musings are worth about as much as this paper costs, but I do encourage all of you to give this transition a shot. Change is so important to humans. To be able to fully embrace change is to roll with the punches that life throws at you. If you can’t handle driving a different way downtown, how are you going to handle the real changes that life throws at you? Like when your daughter marries a nitwit? Or your boss announces that you will now be on the metric system at the job site? Too often, we become stuck in our ways and unable to fully embrace change. I am the first to admit I hate when things change in Sandpoint that I don’t want to change. It took me awhile to warm up to the byway (and to be honest, I still haven’t driven on the thing), but I admit that it has eased traffic in town. Embracing change is almost as important as admitting you are wrong. In both instances, it feels really good. In fact, though I cringe whenever we have a typo pointed out to us, I feel great typing the corrections into our little box on the last page. It reminds me—and hopefully our readers—that none of us are infallible, that we can all use a gentle nudge in the right direction. Here’s to hoping the nudge you receive doesn’t knock you off your feet.
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The crusaders versus theHasinfidels: Moscow’s muscular Christianity “Trinitarian Skylarking” turned into godly gang warfare? By Nick Gier Reader Columnist After learning that New St. Andrews College now has permission to take over more of downtown Moscow, I thought I would check out its website. I had not done so since 2010, and I was in for a surprise. Instead of pictures of macho guys (and only a few women) wanting to rumble, I found no machismo and almost double the number of young women. Has there been a change in the culture of the college? I don’t think so. In 2010 the headline is “Yo, Secularism, Why Don’t We Step into the Alley?” The page describes the NSA faculty as “not timid in a rumble,” and they want to make the students “dangerous” so that they can “throw the lies of this age up against the wall, lifting wallets and the occasional gift card.” It ends with “an invitation to a brawl.” See for yourself at www.NickGier.com/ NSAGangWarfare.pdf.
After the initial shock receded, my first thought was “How can they possibly recruit young women with this raw machismo”? Out of seven images only one includes female students. Silly me, I forgot that some females might want to go to a college where they can meet “real” Christian men to whom they can be properly submissive. These evangelical brawlers would defend their honor in an alley or anywhere for that matter. NSA men, however, would not defend their ladies’ right to vote. According to NSA’s founder, Douglas Wilson, misguided women might decide to cancel out their husband’s wise choices in church and political matters. Wilson also believes that only propertied males should vote. The phrase “muscular Christianity” came out of the Victorian Age, where Charles Kingsley and Thomas Hughes encouraged young men to combine Christian ideals with physical conditioning. Thanks to muscular Christianity,
I built up some pretty nice biceps at the local gym of the Young Men’s Christian Association, but I still ended up with the Unitarians, who of course cannot fight their way out of a wet paper bag. I would like to propose that the New St. Andrew’s thespians do an adaptation of West Side Story. Instead of the white working-class Jets and the Puerto Rican Sharks, the gangs should be renamed the Crusaders and the Infidels. I foresee two snags in this version of the play. Although the killing of Maria’s brother by the Jet’s Tony could go ahead, the love story between Christian Tony and non-Christian Maria would be a real stretch. NSA men must get the permission from a potential date’s father (or from Wilson in loco parentis), and Maria would have to convert. Even more problematic is the fact that there can be no truce between the gangs at the end. For Wilson and other conservative evangelicals, there will be
Letters to the Editor Why does the turtle cross the road? Part two By Cynthia Mason Reader Contributor As you may remember last year, turtle crossing signs were put up on the Pack River bridge area on Hwy 200. After 25 emails, an Idaho Fish and Game study and lots of assistance from caring people, they were put up last July. Regrettably, someone has stolen both of them; the one west of the Pack River bridge, and the one east of the Pack River bridge. The thieves have state property and if anyone knows you have it, I hope they turn you in. The turtles can look like rocks in the road if you’re not aware they cross the road in this area. The signs served as a “heads up” so motorists could be watchful of them. They can’t try
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to run away and dodge your moving vehicle like most animals (obviously). So why do turtles cross the road? They live in the water, but lay their eggs in the mud or sandy shoulders of roads. If you spot a turtle on the road and can safely help them, here is how you handle these little western painted turtles. You can carry them by their shell by holding it with both hands on the edges in the middle where the little claws can’t reach you. If you can tell which direction they are traveling carry it towards that side of the road and well away from traffic. A friend’s words on this subject express my thoughts perfectly. He said, “We are all in this together from people to the littlest turtle. We have to be mindful that our paths do cross.”
Dear Editor, The wind is harsh The wind is strong The wind is cold The wind is wrong It chills the heart Dulls the mind Kills the spirit Of human kind It comes from ignorance Pride and greed It comes from hatred With God’s speed This wind so harsh This wind so strong Yet it will die This wind is wrong This harsh wind Is out of season For It will die By truth and reason Sandra Deutchman Sandpoint
bitter warfare until Christ comes to smite the infidels. In 1964 Douglas’ father, Jim Wilson, wrote a small book entitled “Principles of War: A Handbook on Strategic Evangelism.” In an interview I told Wilson Pere that I thought that upraised sword on the front cover of the book was rather provocative, but he just shrugged his shoulders and said that it was only a symbol. A very dangerous symbol, I was tempted to add. Wilson assured me that this was spiritual, not physical warfare, but being thrown up against a wall sounds pretty physical to me. Has Douglas Wilson’s “Trinitarian skylarking” now turned into godly gang warfare? An example of the former is an outrageous April Fool’s stunt. In 1999 NSA students stole University of Idaho letterhead and used the English department’s FAX line to announce a feminist scholar who would lecture topless. Wilson later admitted encouraging his students to do the deed. As a “post-millennialist”
Wilson believes that there will a 1,000-year Christian theocracy with strict enforcement of biblical law until Christ deigns to appear. I might prefer to get it over with more quickly in the “pre-millennial” Rapture. I’ll paraphrase John Milton’s Satan: I would rather fry in the Rapture and take my chances in Hell than serve oppressive Christian masters. During the time that Wilson was taking my philosophy courses in the UI Administration Building, a saying appeared in the third floor men’s restroom. It read: “A long war is a small price to pay for eternal peace.” One might ask: What kind of peace is this when everyone who has not converted to your religion has been killed? Now that would be the ultimate in Christian terrorism. Nick Gier of Moscow taught religion and philosophy at the University of Idaho for 31 years. Read all about Pastor Wilson at webpages.uidaho.edu/ngier/ Wilson.htm.
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Dear Editor, I am writing to you because of the assault committed by Greg Gianforte, candidate and now winner of the special election in Montana. My husband and I have many relatives and friends who live in Montana, including all of our grandchildren and great-grandchildren. I do not believe that Mr. Gianforte is someone who should be representing them. Not only did Mr. Gianforte assault a reporter, he then lied and tried to cover up what really happened. What he did was wrong and his actions show that he is not someone of the right character to be in public office. A reporter should be able to ask a question without fear of being assaulted, arrested or bullied. Ask yourself how you would feel if the reporter was your son or your daughter, or someone you knew, who was grabbed by the throat, thrown to the ground and punched by the candidate? Be honest. Please support a free press. Buy a subscription to your local paper(s)
Connie Burkhart Hope
Connie, We appreciate your sentiments and agree whole-heartedly with your opinion about Mr. Gianforte. There is never an excuse for physical violence, especially when it is directed toward a reporter who was simply doing his job. -Ben Olson, publisher Got something to say? Write a letter to the editor at firstname.lastname@example.org. Under 400 words, and please elevate the discussion.
Summer Faux Pas Summer is here, and with it comes many exciting chances to socialize in the great outdoors. Because you are my people and I love you, I have compiled a list of summer faux pas. These faux pas should be universal but are especially relevant to the greater Sandpoint area. This is because we only get roughly seven weeks of summer weather and we have to make the most of it. If you are looking to increase your desirability at summer functions, check this list and ask yourself the tough questions. 1. Barbecue etiquette. There is no such thing as a vegan, gluten-free barbecue. That’s called a diet. Do you want people inviting you to their diet? No. Summer is the time of year when you can cook outdoors, but if you are inviting people over, and you are calling it a barbecue, people are going to expect burning meat and tangy sauce. So make sure you specify what kind of party you are having. If you have been invited to a “barbecue,” and you don’t eat meat or gluten, you may want to bring something you can eat. It helps in the instance that the host hasn’t created a separate menu for all the possible dietary concerns, or doesn’t want to clean a grill before cooking your frozen bean patty. Complaining about the host isn’t going to win you any friends or sympathy. Most gatherings in this area are pretty straightforward, if it says barbecue, it’s probably not a vegetarian event. Keep in mind what type of dish you are bringing for people to “share.” If you bring something like a “kale” salad or other leafy things, and the party
is outdoors, unless you bring your own cooling system, your salad will look like the wilted greens in a lizard aquarium in a matter of hours. Also mayonnaise-based salads will probably become toxic in the same time frame and give everyone the shits. Avoid this travesty by bringing liquor and ice. Do you want to sit next to the guy who brought the pine nuts or the guy who brought Cuervo? 2. Beach etiquette. Public beaches are not exclusive resorts or members only. This means the old, young, fat, hairy and pale have a right to be there. If the thought of that bothers you, than you shouldn’t go. If little kids running around bother you, don’t go. If teenagers making out offends your delicate sensibilities, public beaches are not for you. Personally, I don’t give even the tiniest shit what swimsuit you wear, or whether or not it flatters your figure. People shouldn’t waste their time worrying about other people’s exposed fat rolls or saggy balls. It is a basic human right to experience the feeling of spandex crawling up your crack whilst you strut awkwardly in flip flops on the hot sand. The beach is the one place where it’s acceptable to be as naked as you are comfortable with in public. Everyone deserves the chance to cool off. If you go to the beach to make fun of people and complain, you are a dick, and sooner or later karma and gravity will have their way with you. 3. Swimsuits as clothes. We all have that one friend, aunt or co-worker who takes wearing their swimsuit to the next level. Not sure what I’m talking about? Have you ever been in the company of person who wears their bathing suit and nothing else for hours at a time—in the car, after the sun goes down, cooking, chasing their kids
around, riding a bike, you name it. That’s only cute when you are four. When you are sitting at a barbecue in a bikini, and the nearest body of water is a mile away, it’s weird. I don’t care how banging your body is. After a couple of hours of watching someone hang out in their bathing suit, all present have an idea of how much detail goes into your work out and hair removal regimen. When you look around and you are the only adult wearing your swimming suit, it’s probably a good time to put some clothes on and remember to throw it in the wash later. Spandex is a host home for bacteria and yeast. Another great rule of thumb is to count the amount of hours you have not been swimming. If it’s been more than two, and you aren’t even on the beach, now is the time to put on clothes. Now, now before you go calling me anti-woman, picture your male neighbor in a Brazilian-cut speedo, squatting in his front yard pumping up his kids bicycle tire. Awkward, regardless of what you’re packing. 4. Commenting on skin color. This should be a no-brainer, but pointing out how “pale” someone is and warning them of the dangers of sun burn and pale skin is irritating and condescending. After some point, usually age 12 or so, humans are able to apply their own sunscreen without prompting. No matter how pale the person is, chances are that they have actually been in the sun before and are aware of the exotic condition “sun burn” that you are referring to. Also, it’s really screwed up to comment that someone is so dark they look like a “fill in the blank.” Or stating that they are “naturally” dark and therefore “must not need sunscreen.” This is both not true and not your business.
5. Bitching about the weather. Mother Nature has heard you. You know who you are. First it was too much snow, then too much rain. Now, we finally have sun and it’s “waahh, wah, waaaahhh” way too hot. Just stop. You are testing the limits of Mother Nature’s patience, and she’s going to take us out. You know who you are. Quit cyber-bullying Mother Nature—there’s no need to announce daily the temperature and how it adversely affects your life. People who can read and use computers or even those who are
very young understand what hot and cold is. Hit the lake, buy an air conditioner, but please, for the sake of summer, stop whining. Ask yourself “when is the last time someone told me that they ‘knew’ they had found their soul mate when they read her Facebook feed and every post was bitching about the weather…” Just saying… Sun’s out. I have skinny dipping to do and ice that needs vodka. Scarlette Quille
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OPINION Politicians deny climate change, citizens left with the blame Bouquets: •Special thanks goes out to Phil Hough at Friends of Scotchman Peaks for inviting our newest staff member Lyndsie Kiebert on a flight over Scotchman Peak on Tuesday. Side note: Any time someone wants to invite us to fly, we’re always down. •Another bouquet goes out to our friends over at Keokee for their summer issue of Sandpoint Magazine. I’m continually impressed with the level of excellence Sandpoint Magazine achieves with their bi-annual offerings. If you haven’t checked it out yet, grab a copy and give yourself a few days to get through it from cover ot cover. Lots of good stuff in there. Barbs: •Is this the Twilight Zone? I can’t freaking believe Montana’s congressional candidate Greg Gianforte phyically assaulted a reporter from The Guardian and won the election less than a day later. It makes me sick, both as a human being and as a journalist. A big barb goes out to Gianforte, who had better learn to deal with reporters putting tape recorders in his face or he’ll end up in jail where he belongs. Also, a barb to the people of Montana who voted for him; what the hell were you thinking voting for this man? Seriously, when are we going to put our country and our honor before partisanship? To those of you who say, “But he apologized for it!” I say phooey. Gianforte only apologized after he won the election. It would’ve shown real class (and guts) to address it while people still had time to vote. Also, while he was “apologizing,” you can hear his supporters snickering and laughing in the background, as if the physical assault on a member of the free press is something to joke about. It’s not. 6 /
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By Davey Breakey Reader Contributor
The Idaho Senate has recently approved new K-12 science standards with the notable absence of key references to human-caused climate change. Our state has had trouble agreeing on public science standards for the past three years. References to global warming and the origin of the universe were not accepted by the state in recent years because the “language did not offer alternative views.” However, this does not mean climate change cannot be taught in schools. Standards are simply a minimum of what students are expected to know. To be clear, climate change is something that has been happening for millions of years, and we know this. Pollution and climate change due to human activity is a more closely related subject than one might think. More than 97 percent of peer-reviewed scientists say that humans are having an impact on the environment and we need to change our ways to prevent further harm to our Earth, but whose fault is it really? Is it us, the consumer, or the corporations? Blame for climate change and human pollution goes to the average person, but is it really our fault? The huge majority of modern manufacturers are using the cheapest material possible in order to produce the cheapest product possible, without giving any care as to the impact it has on our environment. It is possible to seek out and only use products manufactured with clean energy and materials, however it is very difficult to do so in today’s society. The truth is that most people just don’t have time to do the research and are not willing to pay a higher
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price for a comparable product. The big corporate powers are only concerned with profit and will do whatever it takes to deceive consumers in order to sell more of their products. So, in all reality, it’s the major corporations of today’s society that need to make a change. But how will this change ever happen when these companies would never make any changes that could possibly reduce profits in any way? What we need is a nationwide policy that will give major corporations incentive to move to renewable energy. There have been many attempts over the past few decades to bring attention to climate change and the detrimental effects it’s having on our Earth, just recently there was a nation-wide climate march where tens of thousands of people showed up in D.C. alone to show their concern for the future of our planet. While these events are great for bringing attention to the issue of climate change, something needs to be done, and quickly too. One organization that’s gaining traction across the U.S. is the Citizens Climate Lobby (CCL) and their compelling solution to the problem. CCL is a non-profit, non-partisan, grassroots ad-
vocacy organization focused on national policies to address climate change. Their goal is to educate the public about climate change and take action across the nation, encouraging members to contact and influence their elected officials in the federal government. The CCL has equal support from conservatives and liberals alike. Keeping the organization non-partisan is very important to them because a livable planet is something people on both sides are concerned about and can only be achieved with combined efforts. Their answer to reversing climate change is called the Carbon Fee and Dividend policy (CF&D). This policy would implement a rising fee on carbon emissions generated by major corporations throughout the nation. The revenue generated from this fee would be returned to American households as a dividend. This policy would create millions of jobs due to increased renewable energy useage and as a result would also boost our economy. If you want to learn about CCL and exactly how CF&D policy would work, you can check out their website here: https://citizensclimatelobby.org/.
A local chapter for CCL has been formed right here in Sandpoint. Contact Gabrielle Duebendorfer for more information at: email@example.com. Davey Breakey is a student in the class of 2019 at Forrest Bird Charter High School.
Sustainability Committee meeting minutes May 18 meeting: Recent discussions include amending/re-working a proposed farm bill initiative, finding ways to support reducing/reusing and recycling waste at the Festival at Sandpoint and other local events, compost opportunities and needs, Koch Recycling and organizing “ditch days” roadside clean-up and finally, the discussion of school gardens, both existing and future opportunities. Do you know anyone who would be willing to accept and process compost? What options are available for cooking grease pick up? Are there any bio-fuel producers? Let us know at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Next Sustainability Committee meeting June 15, 2017 at 4 p.m. at City Hall Council Chambers.
Recent high school graduates share their plans for the future By Lyndsie Kiebert Reader Staff Writer Spring marks a big milestone for high school seniors across Bonner County. Everyone hears about the high achievers, the valedictorians, salutatorians and kids with honors of all kinds — and good on them. But among the hundreds of students crossing their respective stages in the coming weeks, every single one has a unique story, regardless of GPA. Here are just a few. Question 1: If you were principal for a day, what would you change about your school? Question 2: What is the most important thing you learned in high school? Question 3: Where would you like to see yourself in five years? Question 4: When you look back on high school, who will you think of as someone that made those four years possible for you? Connor Conway Forrest M. Bird Charter School Conway is moving to Boise after graduation to further his experience as a volunteer firefighter, and will then pursue degree programs at both the College of Western Idaho and Boise State University. 1. I would change from being inside-all-day learning to outside-all-day learning. Everyone would be out in the
Conner Conway. sun having a good time. It would just be fun, I guess. 2. The most important thing I’ve learned in high school was probably learning about credit cards and credit, and using Excel documents to know how much I’m spending. Really learning about credit in school was really nice. 3. I want a good income and have a really nice job. I want to be a full-time firefighter, but being a volunteer firefighter would be nice, too. I’d be graduated from college with a fire science degree. And I don’t know if I’ll have someone in my life that’s special or not — but I just want to be happy, not have to worry about money. And traveling I guess. That would be cool. 4. All through high school, it would probably be my best friend, Martin. He was there through all my worst times, and all my best. I’m moving to Boise with him soon, so he’s like a brother to me, and he’s helped me through a lot.
Naomi Hlavka Clark Fork Jr./Sr. High School Hlavka took courses through the North Idaho College satellite campus in Sandpoint over the past year, and plans to continue her education at the University of Washington in Seattle when the time comes. 1. I think I would make lunch longer. Especially off-campus lunch. You’d have more time to eat and relax. Not just rushing to eat and rushing back. 2. Your friends are the most important thing you can have in high school, because you need people to have your back and to support you. 3. In five years, I hope that I am still in school and hopefully in Seattle, actually, earning my degree. I want to graduate with my doctorate degree in psychology, and then ultimately open my own practice. (I want to work with people with) mental illness—the more serious stuff like depression or schizophrenia. 4. Dawn (Schatz), definitely. She has
helped me apply for scholarships, apply to NIC. She helped me see colleges on campus, and get me ahead. Tayvyn Reise Lake Pend Oreille Alternative High School Reise, who is graduating at age 17, plans to work in carpentry after graduation and eventually use the money he saves to attend college. 1. Honestly I’d probably get rid of lunch detention for tardies because they seem pointless. Kids just skip (the whole day) if they’re going to be late. I’d make it two or three tardies before they have lunch detention. 2. No matter how hard you try, everyone isn’t the same. People like to act like everyone’s equal. But everyone’s on their own level doing their own thing, so they all play a different part in society, which makes society work the way it does. If all people were the same, society would not work. 3. I’m starting out as a laborer this < see GRADS, page 14 >
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NEWS Federal court shakes up Hecla mining plans By Cameron Rasmusson Reader Staff A court ruling this week adds yet another twist in the saga of Hecla’s proposed Montana mining projects, including the Montanore and Rock Creek mines. According to a ruling in Missoula, Mont., by U.S. District Judge Donald Molloy, an approval of the Montanore Mine by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and U.S. Forest Service violated the Endangered Species Act, the Clean Water Act, the National Forest Management Act and the National Environmental Policy Act. The ruling hinged on Montanore’s location near the border of protected wilderness as well as Hecla’s plans to drill underground into wilderness territory. “We’re really pleased with this decision,” said Mary Costello of Rock Creek Alliance. “The Forest Service approved a mine that they knew would violate water quality laws.” The ruling is seen as a major win by the several organizations fighting the Hecla mining projects, including the Western Mining Action Project, Earthjustice, Save Our Cabinets and the Rock Creek Alliance. “The Court agreed with us on the biggest issue: that the agencies cannot approve a mine whose dewatering (to keep the underground working dry for 20-plus years) will reduce flows in Wilderness streams and otherwise degrade pristine streams outside the Wilderness,” wrote Roger Flynn of the Western Mining Action Project in a press release. 8 /
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Two-way transition continues By Cameron Rasmusson Reader Staff The rollout of two-way traffic on downtown streets continues following cautious and gradual beginnings last week. This week saw Pine Street’s transition to two-way on Tuesday, the second street to receive the treatment following Fifth Avenue’s transition last Thursday. Early next week, First Avenue and Cedar Street make the switch to two-way traffic as well, building on the re-striping and signage work that contractors wrapped up this week. “Once striping finishes and new signage has been installed to guide traffic, the project will be complete,” said Reed Hollinshead, spokesperson for Idaho Transportation Department. After the transition is complete on Cedar and First, Church Street will make the switch to two-way traffic east and west between First and Fifth avenues, with through traffic diverted one to two blocks at a time. Work will then center on Fifth and Pine, with Pine set up for one-way traffic between Fifth and Fourth. According to both ITD and Sandpoint officials, the first steps into two-way traffic have proceeded without major problems. No one reported any crashes or fender benders, and according to Sandpoint City Administrator Jennifer Stapleton, residents have largely adjusted to the first changes through slow, careful driving. City staff have been working with ITD to make the transition for drivers as painless as possible. “Obviously there’s an adjustment period that goes along with this, but we’ve had a pretty heavy police presence downtown as you know,” said Stapleton.
Sandpoint Public Works Director Ryan Luttmann is pleased with how work has progressed. Like other Sandpoint residents, he has learned to work around the downtown transition zones. “I think we’re still in an adjustment mode,” he said. “I’m already finding myself trying new routes.” Luttmann’s department is in the somewhat awkward situation of assisting on the two-way transition while major work is under way on the Schweitzer Cutoff Road bridge. The detour flowing traffic away from Schweitzer Cutoff Road has led to some traffic backups at the Boyer roundabout. According to Luttmann, ITD officials have assisted with that problem by adjusting the green light cycles at the intersection of Fifth and Larch. In the meantime, city and ITD officials urge drivers to remain attentive and work with road crews and police as roadwork continues.
“Drivers are urged to be patient and cautious as motorists get used to the new configuration,” said Hollinshead. Stapleton also reminds residents that the city will be looking for any kinks to iron out as Sandpoint adjusts to downtown
two-way traffic, whether that be additional signage or altered road markings. “I think we’ll just continue to monitor it, and we do expect that there will be some modifications we’ll need,” she said.
Otter grocery tax veto challenged in court By Cameron Rasmusson Reader Staff
The legislative and executive branches of the Idaho government will face off in court June 15 in a challenge to Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter’s veto of the grocery sales tax repeal. The lawsuit, led by Rep. Ron Nate, R-Rexburg, argues that Otter missed a deadline to veto the bill by failing to do so within 10 days of the Legislature adjourning. Otter, meanwhile, is leaning on an Idaho Supreme Court prece-
dent set by the 1978 Cenarrusa v. Andrus case, which ruled that the deadline starts once the bill lands on the governor’s desk. The outcome of the court challenge has unexpected implications for the city of Sandpoint, which relies on the grocery tax for about a third of its local option tax revenue. The local option tax is funding the renovation of Memorial Field, among other park projects.
Palouse Falls hiker who fell to death was not taking selfie By Ben Olson Reader Staff
The mother of 25-year-old Cade Prophet from Sandpoint, who slipped and fell to his death at Palouse Falls State Park on Monday, is calling on Spokane news agencies to stop reporting her son’s death as caused by a selfie. Dorothy Prophet is asking for a retraction from several media sources in Spokane that claimed falsely that her son was taking a selfie at the time of his death. “The truth of the matter was that he was not taking a selfie,” said Prophet. “He was standing on the ledge to see where the trail went, and the shale rock beneath his feet crumbled, and he fell.” Franklin County sheriff deputies were dispatched to Palouse Falls State Park around 2:30 p.m. on Monday, May 29, after reports that a man had fallen from the edge of the cliff overlooking the pools. Columbia Basin Dive Rescue, Pasco Fire, Kahlotus Fire and Kennewick Fire all responded to the incident. Rusty Bell, a volunteer diver with Columbia Basin Dive Rescue ultimately located the body of the fallen hiker on Tuesday. “We were able to locate where he went in at,” said Bell. “We dove that area and had him up in seven minutes. I found him myself.” KREM-2 News reported Monday that Columbia Basin Dive Rescue claimed Prophet “fell to his death while attempting to take a selfie.” Bell vehemently denies that claim. “All I stated (when talking to news agencies) was that we were there looking for him,” said Bell. “Never at any point did we say he was taking a selfie.” Bell said further that this is not the first time broadcast news has made mistakes with his dive team. “They always seem to screw it up,” said Bell. “For 15 years, they’re always screwing it up. It’s out of control. We give them a sheet of paper with details and facts, and they screw it up.” Bell said he blames the fact that there is such an impetus with broadcast news to get a story out quickly that they ultimately botch important details, such as the cause of the fall in this case. “When we arrived, you could see the skid marks where he slipped,” said Bell. Franklin County Sheriff’s Captain Rick Rochleau agreed with the mother’s claim that Prophet was probably looking for a trail down and not taking a selfie: “I think
The 200-foot Palouse Falls at Palouse Falls State Park in Washington. Photo by Washington State Parks. what she is saying is accurate. There was some talk about selfies but I don’t believe that was what they were doing at the time this occurred.” The statement released by Franklin County Sheriff’s Department said, “The victim’s girlfriend stated they were hiking and taking a picture when her boyfriend lost his footing and fell.” There was no mention of a “selfie” being taken in the statement. After reaching out to KREM-2 News staff for comment on where they obtained the information that Prophet was attempting to take a selfie before his death, News Director Noah Cooper said: “The reporter that was working on that story for us Monday night received that information from a source on the Columbia Basin Dive Rescue team.” For the grieving mother, the fact that her son’s cause of death was attributed to a selfie made it even more difficult to deal
with an already traumatic situation. “They try to make the people look like they’re doing something negligent,” she said. “I’ve emailed all the media reporting it to retract their statements. They’re making it out like my son was stupid. He wasn’t stupid. He was an avid outdoorsman; he hiked a lot. Yes, he got too close to the edge in an effort to look over, but there is shale there and people need to be aware that rocks crumble.” Prophet said “There used to be safety railings there and they took them out because they impaired the beauty of the natural scenery. Other people have died in the past two years since the safety railing was taken out. We need it back there.” Washington State Parks had indeed installed temporary fencing in 2015 out of concern for the unmarked trails at the falls, but the fencing was removed in 2016 due to complaints from hikers that it obstruct-
Cade Prophet. Courtesy of Facebook. ed from the views of the falls. Warning signs were installed notifying hikers that travel beyond the signs is hazardous and to use trails at their own risk. For volunteer diver Bell, the incident was yet another wake up call for people to be aware that these unmarked trails surrounding Palouse Falls are dangerous and should be respected: “It’s a wonderful place to go, but you have to respect it and use your common sense.” “I’m not saying he wasn’t supposed to be by the edge, but he wasn’t taking a selfie,” said Prophet. “I am hellbent on not only getting them to state the truth, but get on a campaign to get those railings back there.” Right before press time, Dorothy Prophet notified the Reader that KREM2 News had contacted her and said they will print a correction, as well as help her launch a campaign to re-install railings along the dangerous cliff edge.
Memorial Field stands nearly ready for SHS graduation By Lyndsie Kiebert Reader Staff Writer
In just over a week, Sandpoint High School’s graduation is set to take place at War Memorial Field. Though the entirety of the grandstands project won’t be completed by then, project supervisor Gannon Reynolds with Northcon, Inc. said the crew is putting on the finishing touches so that the stands are safe for graduation attendees. Reynolds said the crew is currently putting in handrails and pouring concrete to be ready by June 9, but the entirety of the project is estimated to be completed by July 21 in preparation for the Festival at Sandpoint.
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Mad about Science: By Brenden Bobby Reader Columnist Let’s face the facts, here. You’ll be hard-pressed to find anyone that can seriously proclaim:”I hate ducks!” Even if you hunt them, you don’t hate them. You probably actually really love being able to hunt them. Heck, you probably love eating them! Domesticated ducks are some of the most lovable and goofy animals in the world. They’re not particularly intelligent, they’re about as graceful as a blindfolded toddler and just as loud to boot. Wild ducks, on the other hand, are generally the exact opposite. If you spotted some adorable ducklings this year and thought to yourself:”They’re so cute! I bet they’re just as easy to raise as baby chicks,” I’d like to welcome you to the aftermath. Congratulations, you survived! But now you have a bunch of loud-mouthed, filthy heathens swiftly outgrowing their box. What now? Let’s get your ducks in a row. First, it’s good to know the breed of your duck. Most domesticated ducks are related to the mallard, the classic duckwith-a-green-head you think of when you imagine a duck. Worth noting, only the male mallards get the green heads, and they will usually only have this bright plumage during certain times of the year, otherwise they look brown and camouflaged much like the females. This variety comes in all shapes and sizes, including bantams and call ducks, which can be as small as one-third the size of your standard duck. There is another breed of domesticated duck, an exotic-looking fellow called the muscovy. Muskie ducks have odd pink or red growths all over their faces and look like some sort of weird 10 /
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alien bird. They’re also really good at flying and roost like chickens. They’re very quiet in contrast to mallard breeds, usually making weird raspy hissing noises. If you have four ducks right now, but would like eight ducks down the road, it’s important for you to know how to sex your ducks. Male ducks, or drakes, aren’t as flamboyant as roosters. In fact, a male duck can be virtually indistinguishable from a female. Luckily for us, nature left us a few clues to determine their gender. In mallard breeds, there are two obvious signs of a drake after about three months. The drake will have something called a drake feather on his tail, which makes a funky little curl near the end of his butt. Sometimes this feather gets damaged or goes missing, so there’s a second way to find out without having to wrestle him. Hens make a loud quack. Trust me, their voices are booming, and yes, they do echo. Drakes on the other hand, are very quiet. They make a quacking noise, but it sounds like a raspy whisper. You can’t even hear it over a hen if you house them together. Ducks are waterfowl, and trust me when I say they don’t just call them that for fun. They love the water, and they could stay in it just about all day if you let them. If you don’t have a pond, fear not! A kiddie pool works pretty well, too. The bigger the space, the more happy they’ll be, especially if you have more than a half-dozen of them. It’s definitely worth noting, you don’t want them swimming around in the place you get your house water from. Wild ducks are believed to be mostly at fault
for spreading influenza during flu season, as they poop while they fly, and the virus tags along, dropping and propagating in any water source it happens to splash down in. Salmonella also lives in their gut, helping them digest their food in the way that E.Coli strains help us digest ours. Also, ew. If you like eggs, but are allergic to chicken eggs, duck eggs make a great alternative. I mean, if you’re deathly allergic, like Purple-Wedding-Joffrey allergic, I wouldn’t recommend trying it. At the very least, talk to your doctor before considering it. You can’t say I didn’t warn ya’! Duck eggs are bigger than chicken eggs. They’ve also got more fats and nutrients in them. Because of their fat content, they’re a pastry chef’s dream. They make the dough very light and fluffy, and you also don’t need to use as many as you would with chickens. The taste is different from a chicken egg, however. If you plan on omelets, plan to add salt and pepper. Since they don’t lay as frequently as chickens, duck eggs cost more. Don’t be surprised to pay well over $5-6 a dozen. I happen to live within earshot of our beautiful lake, which means two things: I get to hear the ducks, and I get to hear the people shooting at the ducks. I don’t need an alarm clock in the fall! Despite having lived here for forever-and-a-half, I was shocked to find out just how many species of ducks call our area home. Over 30 waterfowl species call Idaho home, including the beautiful harlequin duck and the wood duck. I’m pretty sure the hunters are shooting at Mallards in the fall, but if I’m wrong, feel free to correct me. I’d love to know more
about what’s flying around my proverbial backyard, and so would the rest of the area, I’m sure! You’ve endured my rambling so far, but the one paramount question burning at the core of your very being has yet to be answered. I can feel it, the curiosity just crawling free and screaming into the cosmos. The famous insurance duck is a white pekin. Maybe it could be considered a white layer or a white duclair, but I think Pekin is much more likely. If you happen to be a meme savant of the internet, and you’re now questioning the validity of the once-famous “Afro Duck” I can assure you no, it was not
photoshopped. Afro ducks are a thing, and they are completely hilarious. The proper terminology is “crested duck”, and it comes from a gene mutation that can happen in about 25 percent of birds with a crested parent. One of the most popular waterfowl on the market is the crested cayuga, a solid black duck with a heavenly Diana Ross ‘doo. It also lays marbled black eggs, highly sought after by collectors and artists alike. Looks like I’m about to run a-fowl on my word count here. I’ll just take that as my cue to… Duck out.
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•Donald Duck first appeared on June 9, 1934, in a Disney “Silly Symphonies” short called “The Wise Little Hen.” •The famed duck starred in a series of shorts during World War II that involved the positive-thinking duck develdevel oping deep appreciation for the American troops and a hefty dislike of Nazi Germany (referred to as “Nutzi Land” in the films). He won an Oscar for this role. •Donald’s middle name is Fauntleroy (first revealed in the 1942 film “Donald Gets Drafted”), and he is reportedly the only major Disney character with an official middle name. He has a twin sister named Dumbella who became an astronaut. In the late ‘30s, Donald was joined by his perennial girlfriend, Daisy Duck, and by his three mischievous nephews, Huey, Dewey, and Louie. • Finnish voters who want to register a protest vote mark their ballots with the name Donald Duck. • Walt Disney said of the character: “One of the greatest satisfactions in our work here at the studio is the warm relationship that exists within our cartoon family. Mickey, Pluto, Goofy and the whole gang have always been a lot of fun to work with. But like many large families, we have a problem child. You’re right, it’s Donald Duck.”
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Sandpoint Chess Club Game Night at the Niner 9am @ Evans Brothers Coffee 9pm @ 219 Lounge Meets every Sunday at 9am. All are welcome Monday Night Blues Jam w/ Truck Mills 7:30pm @ Eichardt’s Pub
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summer, so hopefully I can carry out my career as a carpenter. (I like) the fact that I’m not sitting inside all day—I’m outside, getting sun, doing physical activity and working with my hands— keeping myself busy all day. It’s a lot better than an office job because it keeps you in shape. 4. Randy (Wilhelm) has honestly helped out a lot during high school. He’s kept me from dropping out quite a few times. If it weren’t for him I probably would have let all the drama get to me and I would have dropped out. Lauren Sfeir Sandpoint High School Sfeir, who fell in love with photography when she bought a DSLR camera, will attend Whitworth University in the fall to study journalism, visual communications and visual narratives. 1. I might suggest to change the lighting in the hallway. It’s super dark and I find that it can darken the mood a little, so if we could lighten up the hallways I feel like that would raise some spirits. 2. I definitely learned that you shouldn’t be afraid to ask for help. Sometimes I know it’s embarrassing, but when I ask for help there’s so many people that are willing to come to my aid, especially people from the community. I keep realizing that we are so lucky to live in a small town because there’s a lot of people that are really nice around and they’re willing to help you succeed. 3. Ideally, after college I’d like to be working for a magazine, preferably a science or nature magazine. I’d like to maybe be doing photo work, or I’d be up for doing documentaries and stuff. I just kind of want to do visual journalism. 4. Mr. Love and Ms. Tibbs had a huge impact on who I became in high school, because both of them are my journalism teachers. I feel like they took a chance on me when I first started with photography, and they gave me the tools to go out there and just get a lot of practice and learn new things. So I don’t think I would have actually been that involved in school if I hadn’t started photography. They were the people I had around to motivate me to continue doing what I loved.
This open Window
Vol. 2 No.9
poetry and prose by local writers edited by Jim mitsui
can't let this symbolism go by Amy Craven
She holds the small flute up high We stretch to see the five inch object made of an eagle’s leg bone She describes the sacred weight given to an amulet of such lightness She brings it to her lips The birds of the wood dance throughout the room Their warbles threaten the dullness of the day as the music swirls around our heads Anthems of birdsong skitter and scatter among a tired-looking Sunday afternoon audience The performer’s human breath conjures even the eagle’s own voice and I find that my eyes are smarting with tears Tears for the surprise of a sudden transport Tears for the supreme efficiency of nature to release and echo its beauty Tears for the color and energy of birds -Amy Craven, March 2017 Amy, a retired voice teacher, lives in Sandpoint with her husband Rob and Hazel, a 14-year-old Labradog. She hopes that you, too, will fall under the spell of poetry.
idaho monsoon: four questions by Karen Seashore
When did we become Oregon? Are we living in the ‘town of ten thousand lakes’ — isn’t that Minnesota’s slogan? Did that new grass seed just float down my driveway? And is the tin roof tired of the constant pelting? I feel the maples. They’re smiling.
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A reminder and a prompt: The name of this column, This Open Window, was inspired by this quote by Billy Collins: “What the oven is to the baker and the berry-stained blouse to the dry cleaner, so the window is to the poet.” I thought it would be interesting to view things and life in North Idaho by simply looking out a window: at home, at work, at a store or restaurant, a barn, a garage or above a workbench and writing down what you see. Start with the physical details but feel free to drift into your thoughts and feelings. Give us specific concrete details that we can “see,” and integrate a suggestion of what is going on in your life. Remember to end your lines with a purposeful word that encourages the reader to go on to the next line. If you’re writing
a poem remember that a line doesn’t end because you reached the right margin; you can have a line consisting of a single word. And don’t necessarily write a solid block of text; let your instincts decide your stanza breaks. For those of you intimidated by poetry, write a prose piece that describes what lies beyond your “window” and let us know what you’re thinking about, how you’re feeling and what you’re going to do next. Give us a little “story’”to supplement your physical description. Try for an interesting title that isn’t a label, and shows us your location. Avoid preaching or moralizing. Probably stay away from politics. Don’t be afraid to have some fun and make us laugh.
the price of spring
by Brenda Hammond “Just looking and dreaming,” I said to the man who asked if he could help. I walked between rows of lilacs, roses, cherry trees, blueberry bushes, boxes of purple pansies, strawberry plants, flowering dogwood, plum and marigold. “My garden and half my yard --still under two feet of snow!” I hollered. “It’s been a damned long winter!” he yelled back. Then by the gate, I paused where a tall pussy-willow stood, --catkins just beginning to emerge, and next to it, forsythia. Branches of forsythia and pussy-willow stood in a vase on Mrs. Riley’s desk. The radiator hissed and clanked as we cut tulips out of colored paper to line the bottom of the windows that were open just a crack. When I walked home from second grade, Mill St, all up and down, boasted blossoms Easter-chick yellow. The neighbors by the vacant lot had a huge pussy-willow you could reach from the alley. Mary Rudoni and I would pick the fuzzy kitten paws, pet them in our palms and tuck them into tiny teacup beds with toilet paper covers. “I’ll take this bush-- and that,” I said to the man, who smiled, taping plastic bags over the dirt to keep it from my car. I knew when I got home that I’d be asked, “How much?” But how could he help but smile when I told him that for thirty dollars, I had purchased Spring! -Brenda Hammond
from a window of lowell's cafe, pike place market, seattle by James Masao Mitsui Sitting at a booth on an August morning, drinking straight French Roast, writing in my journal, a bundle of blue irises wrapped in newspaper beside me, commerce sailing in & out of Elliot Bay as traffic blurs past on the Alaskan Way Viaduct--all those people following their keys to work. June 1, 2017 /
The price of space:
What’s the tiny house movement all about?
By Alexandra Iosub Reader Contributor The tiny house movement has captured the imagination of millions of people from around the world. With several TV shows in the States and abroad, tiny house building companies popping up in every state, a massive online presence and conferences, forums and independent blogs, it’s no longer an exaggeration to say that the movement is becoming an industry. There are many reasons why people are attracted to tiny houses. I think the primary reason is financial. Small buildings are more affordable, so whether it is the young professional, whose income is being swallowed by student debt; the green-conscious dweller, who wants to leave a small footprint; the established home owner, who is interested in adding a guest house on the property; the rootless creative type who wants to live life on her own terms; or a combination of all of the
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above, tiny house enthusiasts can bring their dreams into the real world with help from the internet, a few friends, and a tiny fortune. Secondly, tiny houses encourage an awareness of space and consumption. I think most tiny dwellers are interested in a low waste habitat, mostly because there is only enough room for the essentials, with the rest of the space allotted for living, movement, and repose. And since building materials are dear, one is more willing to recycle and reuse. Then there are reasons like independence, lower expenses, accessible off-grid possibilities, more outdoor time, etc. Every tiny dweller has a different combination of desires that pushed them to choose to live tiny, and each one inhabits their home differently. I, for example, am the creative type who thinks dwelling is an art form, and that one’s home is sacred space. I built my tiny house as an art/research project that explores belonging, connection to space and the community around it. I knew that I wanted to live the artist life, so buying a big foundation house was never going to be in the cards, unless lottery winnings were involved. I had no reason to live anywhere in particular since I have no family in the States, so it made sense to build on wheels. Living in a tiny house enables me to do that American thing, that thing that is almost completely gone from the array of options currently available to people in my generation, namely the pursuit of happiness. Well, with the current political agenda, life and liberty are in dire jeopardy as well, but the access to the pursuit of happiness has been slowly eroded over the last few decades with increasing costs for quality education, fewer employment options and stagnating income levels. Tiny living lowers my expenses enough that I can create my own employment as needed and otherwise work in the studio for upcoming exhibitions. I am in awe with how much I can get away with living in a tiny house. But tiny living is not easy. Apart from the
An illustration of her tiny house. Drawing by Alexandra Iosub. natural restriction that limited space and resources impose on the inhabitant, there are external forces that inhabit the tiny dweller’s worries in a big way. Space to park is the most important. The tiny dweller may own their house, but they often have to use someone else’s property on which to park it. That often works great in the case of friends parking in the back yards of friends, but what if your friends don’t have back yards? When it comes to paying rent, the question then arises, how much do you pay for the dirt under your wheels? What is the price of a space to park? Around 300 square feet on someone’s land may be just dirt for the landowner, but for the tiny house dweller who needs that space, it means so much more. That space is room to grow and learn. What is the value of that? How much does it cost to be yourself? How much is your place in the community worth? Is there a dollar amount attached to having options every day? If so, what is it? The very thing that enables me to live a simple, mindful life, can become a life altering burden overnight, all because of the arbitrary price of space. Because space is never given. Space is earned, gained, bought and paid for. A generous host can offer a small piece of land, but it is earned by trust, and generosity in return. A place
in the community is vouched for by an existing member, then earned with time and commitment. An equal place among friends is gained by understanding and connection. And a mobile-home lot costs $30,000, less than but in the same ballpark as the house itself, and they might not be available for purchase in the area of your choice. Tiny houses can be about saving money or saving the planet, but for me, my house is the space I carved for myself inside this world, among strangers who became friends, in a town inhabited by people from elsewhere. It is the space I need to feel alive, the adventure, and the familiar, the taproot that grounds me (though it’s built on wheels), and a physical reminder of recent achievements as I strive to make a name for myself in the art world. It is the affirmation to my doubt, the home when I feel lost, the embrace when I feel lonely. And I couldn’t think of a dollar amount all of that is worth. So, to those of you who have enough room to lend to tiny house people, think twice about what that space means to them, and why they need it. And to those of you who are hosting small dwellings on your land, thank you. Chances are that my story is not unique.
Making a difference: Local teacher retires after 37 years in public school By Jodi Rawson Reader Contributor “To maximize learning, the kids need to know that you have a relationship with them, and that takes time to develop,” says Jayne Sturm, who is retiring after 37 years of public school teaching. “Some kids maybe have such an intrinsic yearning for learning that they don’t necessarily need that bond (with their teacher,) but they sure like it,” she said. “That is probably what I am more aware of the more that I have taught, that is not just the kids that are seeking that relationship, but all of them deserve that relationship.” On the first day of school Sturm doesn’t jump in to a curriculum. She plants seeds for news relationships by being vulnerable herself. Unlike many of us whom have hidden our disabilities, Sturm is very open about hers. On the first day she explains to children about her foot and why she needs a brace. “I am a twin, and when I was born my foot was backwards. With different surgeries and braces they were able to get it turned back straight, but in order to keep it straight they had to fuse it, so it has no movement at all,” said Sturm. “Because it was fused it didn’t grow.” Sturm wears a size 1, compared to size 5 on her dominant foot. “So of course I chose P.E. to major in, because why would you not want to be gymnast?” she laughs. “Of course I am the one that wears skirts and shorts all of the time, you know, because braces are so cool.” By her junior year of high school, Sturm was pursuing her dream of being a P.E. teacher, by student teaching at the K-8 school where she began her schooling in Iowa. In 1977 she began her career at this same primary school, teaching P.E. and health and spearheading an extracurricular performing gymnastics circus. “I am old enough where title 9 didn’t happen until my senior year, so I was a cheerleader for the four years because that was the sport we could do,” she said. “I remember trying out for cheerleading and my mom really didn’t want me to try out because of my leg and I just begged and begged. I begged and did everything I could so that they had to pick me on the team even though I didn’t have a foot that pointed like my other one ... things like: I will learn the splits in all three ways, I will jump the highest and then I will learn the
first back-handspring. Me and a girlfriend would sneak up to the wrestling mat room and fall on our heads enough times to learn the tricks. I don’t know what made me so competitive, but maybe it was because things were harder, always. “I think you are given trials to bring out the best in you,” she said. “I think at all levels obstacles are good for people. Figure out your plan and then you buck up and make things happen.” In 1990 Sturm began her 27-year stretch as Northside’s sixth-grade teacher. “I just really like what I do,” she said. “Our district treats you with great respect. Our superintendent is very appreciative of what we do. They model what I hope to model with my students; building relationships. Perky Hagadone (principal of Northside Elementary) probably stops in every classroom every day and has a non-school conversation. One of the things that make Northside so special is that we all know each other. The staff can give each other their joys and sorrows.” Because she is such a team player, Sturm wanted this article to credit all of the staff at Northside: “The strengths start with the bus,” she said, “and there are certain bus drivers that have an extra bit of love in their hearts that will have a conversation with me about a kid that was having a tough morning, and I will try and find that kid and give them a side hug or a fist bump to make a connection.” Sturm has had several mentors that have helped her on her journey to be a gifted teacher, inspiring her students to achieve very high national test scores while nurturing their unique personalities and gifts. Her mom was probably the most profound impact upon her style of teaching. In a family of seven children, “I knew from a young age that I mattered. My mom’s modeled unconditional love to a big group of kids, every single one of us feeling really special and that you were really important.” Some of the programs that Mrs. Sturm has helped spearhead at Northside are the active field trips taken by her 6th grade class, the chess program, geography day, and the cross country ski program. The hallways of Northside look nostalgic as they are lined in cross country skis, boots and poles. On May 23 she hosted the sixth-grade class at her own home to walk and run the trails for a fundraiser for Kinderhaven. Each year her students raise hundreds of dollars and plenty of aware-
ness for Kinderhaven on a field trip to her home. “When I was in college I worked at a school where the children were a ward to the state, it was a residential school and they didn’t have that belief in them that their presence made a difference,” said Sturm. “Many of them were powerless, and the ones that were not were angry. I believe they were angry because they didn’t know how they could make a difference. “You can help any student achieve if they know they can make a difference,” she said. “If you don’t have the vision that your life here matters than it starts that whole cave in defeat thing and it can be hard to rise above it. I see that in my students that have some really hard things going on in their personal life. I try to be available to talk, but if they don’t want to talk I try to help lessen their load, to help release their brain to still learn, like picking a game I know that student is good at.” For such a determined person, this might be somewhat of a pseudo- retirement: “I have to figure out how to channel my energy so I don’t drive my husband crazy. I plan on visiting a lot with my adult kids and grandkids,” she said. Both of Sturm’s daughters were her students at Northside. One is a family practice doctor near Seattle, and the other is a local teacher. Mrs. Sturm wants to focus on being open and not planning so much, but “when I have taken a breather I would really like to help in a classroom.” Lucky kids.
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By Ben Olson Reader Staff If you’re interested in how to raise money for a good cause, ask Vicki Reich—she’ll get you started in the right direction. The past two years, Reich has set fundraising records for the annual CHAFE 150 Gran Fondo bicycle ride, sponsored by Sandpoint Rotary. As incentives for riders to individually raise money, Sandpoint Rotary offers prizes like special jerseys, tech gadgets and, as a top fundraiser prize, a Surly Pacer bicycle donated at cost by Greasy Fingers Bikes n’ Repair. To win the bicycle, riders have to raise at least $4,000 for CHAFE 150. Before Reich came
along, nobody had raised enough to win the grand prize. Then Reich won it two years in a row. “I was out on a training ride the first year I did it and the idea came to me,” said Reich. “I thought $4,000 was a good goal to reach, but I really like my bike. I didn’t know if I wanted a new one, so I thought, ‘Why don’t I just raffle it off?’” Reich hit the ground running, setting up her fundraising page, sending out emails to her mailing list and hanging fliers at her husband Jon Hagadone’s beer store, Idaho Pour Authority. She was able to surpass the fundraising mark, gathering over $4,600 the first year. She then raffled the bike off for another $2,300 and donated the proceeds to the
school gardens program. “I love that I can build on the one donation for the next one,” said Reich. “I also like the fact that I can take my bike raffle donation and give it to a specific cause.” Reich has been involved in the natural food industry for 25 years, so naturally her choice for the recipient involved spreading the message of health. Southside School was able to start a school garden program thanks to Reich’s donations. “I think kids learning about good nutritious food early on is so important,” she said. After the first 150-mile ride, as she sat bathing her sore legs in ice, Reich vowed to her husband Jon that she would never do it again. “Then last year, Jon and I both ended up doing CHAFE together,” she said, “Though we did the 80-mile version.” The two joined forces in fundraising and broke the $4,000 goal again, winning yet another bike for their efforts. “We were then able to raffle the bike off for $6,000, which we then donated to Food For Our Children,” she said. Sandpoint Rotary CHAFE 150 Ride Committee member Mel Dick had nothing but good to say about Reich’s efforts:
Vicki Reich, shortly after completing her 150-mile ride. Photo by Jon Hagadone. “It’s awesome what she’s done. What’s really cool is that she takes the bike she won from raising so much, then turns around and raffles it off for another cause. It’s a huge win for the kids in the local school district.” Reich, who rides 8.5 miles into Sandpoint on a daily basis, laments that she was unable to train as much for this year’s ride: “My life is a little crazy this year, what with taking a new job and all I didn’t have as much time to train,” she said. Reich said her and Jon plan to ride the CHAFE 30 this year as a “hiatus” then return to the 150 next year, where she hopes to shatter fundraising efforts yet again, both for Sandpoint Rotary, as well as the charity of
her choosing when she raffles off the bike. “I’m sure I’ll be back next year,” she said. “The fact that kids go hungry in his county makes me really sad, so next year, I’d love to give money to an organization that makes it so Food For Our Children doesn’t have to exist. As the old saying goes, ‘Give someone a fish, they eat for a day. Teach them to fish, they eat their whole life.’ That’s something that inspires me.” The CHAFE 150, sponsored by Sandpoint Rotary, takes place on June 17, 2017. To learn more about the bike ride, go to www.chafe150.org.
Sand Creek Paddler’s Challenge next week By Ben Olson Reader Staff
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Paddlers of Sandpoint unite! Join Sandpoint Parks and Recreation on Saturday, June 10, for the annual Sand Creek Paddlers’ Challenge. The challenge is a four-mile paddle up and back on Sand Creek. There are four separate divisions; two race divisions as well as a solo and tandem. There is also a recreation division for those who don’t want to leave a wake and a SUP (stand up paddleboard) division.
Check in and on-site registration takes place from 9- 9:30 a.m. at the City Beach Pavilion. A pre-race meeting starts at 9:30 a.m. and the race begins at 10 a.m. Registration fees are $10 per boat. There will be trophies for first place in each division, as well as random drawings for prices. To register, or for other activities offered by Parks & Rec, visit their website at www.sandpoint. gov/parksrecreation or visit the office at 1123 Lake St.
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Building Childhood Memories
By Dianne Smith Reader Columnist Summer is a wonderful time to build memories for our children that they will carry into adulthood. Ask people about summer, and most have memories of connections with friends and family and a slower, less stressful, pace of life. It is the time spent together and connections with people that stay with us for years, long past the items that were purchased or the money spent. It is these activities and wonderful experiences that can be found all around us in North Idaho. One of my favorite childhood experiences was the summer reading program at the local library. I loved the weekly trip to the library to check out the books I hoped would get me to the next week. I loved earning the stickers for each book read so I could win one of the top prizes. The local library in Sandpoint offers some of the same summer traditions I enjoyed as a child and then some of the more modern ones like 3D printing. The WaterLife Discovery Center off of Lakeshore Drive has a self-guided tour with a fish hatchery, nature trails, bridges, wildlife watching areas, interpretive signs, and underwater viewing along a stream and a pond. The 3.5-acre property provides interpretive exhibits and a 6.5-acre forested wetland with trails and interpretive signs. This area is home to white-tailed deer, moose, muskrats, mink, and river otters with birds everywhere. Bald eagles, osprey and waterfowl love the river side while woodpeckers and songbirds sing in the wetland forest. Simple things like watching the sun rise or set, going for walk, riding bikes all provide children with time and connections. Put away the cell phone for this period of time and enjoy the moment with them building memories. You will never get this moment back and as a very wise middle school student recently reminded me “there are 20 /
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no do-overs.” Enjoy every moment you can building memories that they can take with them into adulthood and be able to look back and remember with fondness the experience. Activities that are unplanned and spur of the moment create wonderful memories. A hike around Round Lake with a stop to look at the turtles basking in the sun or a trip to City Beach for a BBQ and swinging on the swings or flying a kite. Help your children create a summer scrapbook or go on a scavenger hunt out in the community looking for animals and plants crossing them off on your list as you discover them. Involve your children in the decision making. Maybe each week a different child works with the adults to plan that week’s activity. Keep it a surprise until the chosen day arrives. Anticipation is half of the excitement. Something as simple as ice cream cones after dinner to eat outside and watch the moon come up over the lake. Attend free Sunday morning yoga at City Beach as a family then go out for breakfast together. It really won’t matter what you do because it is the connection and spending time together that builds the memories. Ask your children what are their best memories so far and I bet you would be surprised at what they choose. Make a summer memory book together so you can look back at it throughout the year, especially when it seems like summer will never get here. “Sometimes you will never know the value of a moment until it becomes a memory.” Dr. Suess Dianne Smith, LMFT is a licensed counselor who works with both children and adults. She has offices in Bonners Ferry and Sandpoint and can be reached at 951-440-0982.
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This week’s RLW by Ben Olson
If you’ve never delved into the excellent book “All the President’s Men” by Washington Post reporters Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein, order a copy today. The seminal work is by the duo of Pulitzer Prize-winning reporters who cracked open the Watergate scandal, ultimately resulting in the resignation of President Nixon. This work of nonfiction takes the reader through the entire investigation, telling the behind-the-scenes drama exactly how it unfolded and how two plucky reporters helped bring down one of the biggest crooks to occupy the White House.
Side projects can sometimes fall flat on their face. But other times, when talented musicians and songwriters get together outside their respective bands, the result is amazing. Monsters of Folk is one of those supergroups worth checking out. Featuring collaborations between Conor Oberst and Mike Mogis (Bright Eyes), M. Ward and Jim James (My Morning Jacket). This loose and fun group formed after members wanted to wind down on the road with their respective bands. Their 2009 self-titled album is a lot of fun and a lot of substance.
If you want to watch a documentary that makes you seriously question the effectiveness and fairness of politics from Nixon to Trump, watch “Get Me Roger Stone.” Longtime Trump confidant and advisor Roger Stone is one of those characters that has impacted your life more than you want to believe. He is a master at creating controversy and propping up Republican candidates from Richard Nixon to Ronald Reagan to Donald Trump. Some credit Stone as the man who made Trump the political candidate he is today. Scary film, but absolutely necessary to make sense of the Trump era in politics. Currently playing on Netflix. June 1, 2017 /
Adult flag football league starting By Ben Olson Reader Staff Sandpoint Parks and Recreation is offering a six-on-six Adult Flag Football League featuring seven games throughout the season. The last two weeks will feature a single elimination tournament, but teams will be responsible for reffing all the other games. Games will be played at Travers Field between 1-5 p.m. on Sundays from June 11 to Aug. 6. Those interested in registering a team, visit www.sandpoint.gov/parksrecreation or visit the P&R office at 1123 Lake St. Cost is $100 per team.
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If I was the head of a country that lost a war, and I had to sign a peace treaty, just as I was signing I’d glance over the treaty and then suddenly act surprised. “Wait a minute! I thought we won!”
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“I had a chinwag with a kind old man while waiting for the bus.” Corrections: In last week’s paper, we ran a photo of the students in the North Idaho High School Aerospace Program. Unfortunately, we received bad information about the names from the photographer. The person identified as Joshua Kramer is actually Chris Parker. The name Elenore is incorrect. Her name is Ellen Falconer. So sorry about the mix-up, folks. -BO June 1, 2017 /
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