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Do you go to church? If so, why did you choose the church you attend? How important is it to you? “Yes, I go to St. Joseph’s because my parents make me go, but it’s a good refresher for the week.” Abby Kassa Senior, SHS Sandpoint “I go to Sandpoint Christian Center every week. It’s important to me to have a belief system. I go to have a place in heaven and to be a nicer person.” Aidan Maricich Restaurant worker Sandpoint “I don’t go to church because I just moved here from Centralia, Wash., where I occasionally attended the Church of God. I liked that church because I felt a sense of peace there.” Mandalynn Tryall Retired Sagle “I do go to church. I go to the Cocolalla Cowboy Church because my parents used to encourage me to go, but now that I’m on my own I still go. They have a good pastor there.” Levi Guthrie Logging, tree climbing, concrete Sagle “I do go to church. We attend at Grace, Sandpoint on First Avenue downtown. We go there because we knew the pastor and his wife when we lived in Spokane. Also, it’s a Bible church that is not affiliated with any denomination.” Chelsea Baker R.N. Sagle


Sandpoint is a busy place this week. The diagonal parking lines have been painted along First Ave. and Cedar St., and cars are already utilizing the new spaces. Graduating seniors take their first steps into adulthood this week across the district. Our hearty congratulations goes out to them. We wish you luck, grads! Also, the warm, sunny days are increasing. The patches of snow in the mountains have almost disappeared. It’s safe to say summer is on the way, folks. I want to take a moment to mention the role of the Reader in the near future. We recognize that the paper-you-have-to-pay for is undergoing a transition after losing their publisher a couple months ago. Currently, there has been no replacement hired for this daily, but the publisher of a Coeur d’Alene paper has been filling the role. Sandpoint is a dynamic city with citizens who firmly believe in the power of local businesses. To have your local daily owned by a corporation and run by a publisher 50 miles away seems like a losing combination to me. For our part, we’ve stepped up to the plate in the face of this media transition. We’ve hired a staff writer, Lyndsie Kiebert, and have increased our news coverage. In this issue alone, we have three pages of news, as opposed to the single or double pages that we’ve published in the past. We recognize that we need to grow to serve the needs of you, dear readers. We are committed to this town and this region. That’s why I want to hear from you. What would you like us to cover that we haven’t been covering? In what areas can we use some improvement? As always, the Reader is free and available to all, and we don’t plan on going anywhere. We value your input to help us to be the most read newspaper in Sanpdoint. Drop me a line anytime: -Ben Olson, Publisher OPEN 11:30 am




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Mixed blessings

By Desire Aguirre Reader Contributor

Nik and his friend, Jackson, trekked to the back ten at the Samuel’s house, to Aguirre Island, in search of adventure. “Don’t go along the back fence,” I yelled. “It’s mired in muck.” No surprise, 30 minutes later, Jackson found me in the garden pulling weeds. The lower half of his body, coated in mud, made him look like some type of mutant cannibal. “Nik’s stuck in the mud,” he shouted. “You have to come help.” “Sounds like I’ll need my camera,” I said, getting up from my knees, my hands as dirty as Jackson. My brother Rex—he lived on the property with us—pulled Nik out of the mud before I got my photo. I still have the after photo of Jackson and Nik, mud buddies, grinning—Nik, with only one shoe, the mud having con-

Letters to the Editor Fame and Fortune... Dear Editor,

It’s all just for me. Can’t you see how good it will be? To hell with pain and poverty. To hell with facts and misery. It’s all just the same to me, no shame, no blame. It’s just your fate that you’re not so great. All is now as it should be. Now, it’s just all about ME. Sandra Deutchman Sandpoint

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sumed the other. May, the month of mixed blessings, coated in muddy memories, passed with no standing ovation. The snow, gone, the weeds, tall, and the daffodils, having reached out toward the sun, lost their sunshine, their pedals curling, browning, and disappearing into the soil. Nik’s memorial garden, glad of yellow light tinged in blue, erupts with color, the first iris bursting in purple, followed closely by the chocolates, the snow iris coming in a close third. The garden at the Samuel’s house has passed into obscurity. Every new renter exclaimed that they loved to garden, and of course, would buy the house, eventually. By the time the fourth set of renters had moved in, the garden, once rich with raspberries, strawberries, an apple tree, mint, oregano, thyme and of course, irises, was long gone, and I no longer believed that they would eventually buy

the house. My hope was that they would pay the rent on time, and not destroy the carpet or paint the walls the color of baby poo. Nik enjoyed working in the garden. The tomatoes were his favorite because he wanted to use them to make salsa. Of course, he proclaimed that whatever he cooked was the very best. Like his father, he didn’t depend on recipes, but rather on his taste buds and his creativity. His cooking palette improved with age, like a fine wine. And although the tomatoes did not always ripen on time, we would put them in pager bags and let them color in the dark. My kids, DaNae and Niko, and I canned back then—pickles, relish, and chutney. We experimented with fried green tomatoes, turned whole pumpkins into pies, made applesauce for Christmas presents, turned berries into sweet jam. Nik’s memorial garden is

the U.S. from the Paris Climate Accord. I’ve read this document. I say to those who are experiencing apoplectic hysteria and the-worldis-coming-to-an-end tooth-gnashing, might I suggest you read this agreement (not a treaty!) with an open mind. I suspect you might agree with the President’s decision to withdraw. Had our president decided to continue as a party to the Paris Accord it would have achieved at least four wonderful things: one, spend billions of taxpayer dollars; two, spend additional billions of taxpayer dollars; three, fund a huge international bureaucracy; four, spend even more taxpayer dollars while accomplishing nothing. This Paris Accord is nothing more than a shakedown of American taxpayers for the benefit of a free-loading international bureaucracy, and numerous free-loading nations. Where our tax dollars would have gone is vague, to say

the least, but you can be sure a multitude of corkscrew crooked bureaucratic drones would have pocketed the lion’s share of your hard-earned tax dollars. Our president did the right thing. God bless America, and God bless our military. Steve Brixen Sandpoint

Don’t Miss This... Dear Editor, Don’t miss this. The Bonner County History museum has a new temporary exhibit. Simple objects from their collection have been imagined as being part of a fairy tale. Think “axe” or “spinning wheel.” There’s even a wolf. This magical exhibit is ingenious and imaginative. It’s called “Once Upon A Time In Bonner County.”

Top: Nik’s memorial garden. Right: Nikolas Jesus Aguirre, 5/9/90-5/8/08. This photo was taken a year before his death. Photos by Desire Aguirre.

mainly flowers that color my sometimes-dark horizon in a rainbow to remind me to smile. The Samuel’s house has finally passed to the final set of renters. We closed yesterday. A mixed blessing. A letting go of the home where my kids grew up. Joy that I am now debt free. May, the month of mixed blessings. The Museum is located at 611 So. Ella in Sandpoint, 263-2344. Pat Ramsey Sandpoint

Scotchman Peaks... Dear Senator Risch, I am a resident and voter in Bonner County. The establishment of the Scotchman Peaks Wilderness Area is important to me. Our National Forest and public lands are supposed to be for multiple uses. Wilderness is a use. Snowmobilers and ATV enthusiasts already have access to millions of acres. The 13,900 acres of the Idaho portion of the proposed wilderness is less than 1 percent of the public land in the Idaho Panhandle. This land is generally too steep and rugged for timber and commercial development. A wilderness area would help protect the watershed that flows

into the Clark Fork River and Lake Pend Oreille. It would provide a reservoir for both plant and animal biodiversity. The area is one of the last strongholds of the mountain goat. It would provide a control area to measure the effects of future development on our climate. Most importantly, we have an obligation to future generations to leave a portion of the earth untouched and wild so they can experience the natural world. The time to save wilderness is now, while we still have it. Once it is gone, it will be gone forever. Thank you, Dave Heep Ponderay

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POINT / COUNTERPOINT The US pulls out of the Paris Climate Agreement:

Is this a smart move, or a disaster?

Read the Accord for more understanding By Dan McDonald Reader Contributor As with everything having to do with politics and the environment these days, President Trump’s decision to pull the U.S. out of the Paris Climate Accord (PCA) has seen more than its fair share of hyperbole and either misinformation or disinformation. First of all if you haven’t read the PCA agreement, you need to before you can properly form an opinion. Don’t take the word of friends or most in the media, do your own work. The first thing that will jump out at you is this is more about economics than it is about the environment. The environmental results are abysmal, and the economic realities for our country would be crippling. The agreement seeks to punish developed nations but offers little remedy to the environment for the investment. The U.S. would have to pay about $3 trillion over the period with an estimated 400,000 jobs lost. Additionally, energy prices in our country would skyrocket putting the working poor and the elderly in a precarious situation. The other fallacy with this decision is that somehow without the U.S. the other countries can’t still agree to the accord. Again, it’s about redistribution of developed countries, not climate. Emissions reductions weren’t really part of the overall talks to begin with. The talks were set up to ensure an agreement was reached regardless of how little action countries planned to take. The developed countries will instead earn accolades for staying on their pre-existing tracking of emission intensive growth. The problem started at the 2014 conference in Lima with each county required to submit a plan to reduce emissions. The plan was call the “Intended Nationally Determined Contribution” (INDC). There were no objective standards and each county had discretion to submit what they wanted. Developing countries actually blocked a plan to use a common format and metrics and made the agreement a volunteer agreement with each county self-reporting. There is no enforcement, no consequence beyond shame. Now

ask yourself, do countries like Russia, China and India respond to shame? Again, not an environmental agreement but a wealth sharing agreement. With most studies showing the century’s end results of only a 0.2 degrees Celsius reduction, the PCA is clearly not about the climate. You can compare projected emissions to the baseline established by the U.N.’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change back in 2000 to see it shows no improvement at all. Now let’s talk about the carve outs. China and India don’t have to play by the same rules as the U.S. According to their INDC they don’t project reductions until 2030. However both the Lawrence Berkeley National Lab and Bloomberg’s analysis show China’s reduction plan is less ambitious than the level it would reach by continuing with business as usual. India, who put forth an even weaker effort in their INDC, states that they could reach this anemic rate of change if they could get $2.5 Trillion in “climate finance”. Now we start to see what this agreement is all about. Keep in mind China, Russia and India all agreed to put money into the Green Climate Fund and to date, the U.S. has put $1 billion in the fund with the other three countries, some of the world’s biggest polluters donating nothing. Do we really expect them to live up to the PCA? Now for the good news. The U.S. has continued to reduce carbon emissions on its own, without the PCA, and is now 12 percent below 2005 levels. Most of this is due to fracking which provides a ready source for clean-burning natural gas over coal. All those countries that want to sign on to the PCA can still do so or they can still just work responsibly on their own to solve their own emissions issues. One only need review the track record detailed by the EPA’s history on air and water to see that we have made huge strides in cleaning up our own backyard and without an international treaty. There are many other details that could be discussed as support for not signing this one sided agreement that does little to change emissions levels, but I am held to around 600 words.

Withdrawal not as effective as other methods By Art Piltch and Nancy Gerth Reader Contributor As Trump announced his withdrawal from the Paris Climate agreement, 600,000 people were displaced and 200 people were killed in Sri Lanka by the worst flood in decades. This year continues climate change-associated trends in extreme weather such as record-breaking melting in the Arctic and Antarctic, and worldwide flooding including here at home. Trump refuses to acknowledge the seriousness of the reality, much less provide any initiative in seeking solutions. Before withdrawing from the agreement, Trump tried to undercut the modest voluntary goals for reduction of greenhouse gas emissions put forward by the Obama administration. Instead, his speech justifies the abdication of responsibility with misleading claims that the agreement would result in: (1) a $3 trillion drop in GDP, and (2) 6.5 million industrial sector jobs lost by 2040, statistics that come from a flawed study by the National Economic Research Associates. The study assesses the impact of hypothetical regulations, rather than existing regulations; assumes that other countries won’t make emission reductions in line with the Paris Agreement, leading American companies to relocate; fails to take into account jobs created by clean electricity generation and energy efficiency and the influence of innovative technologies. The solar industry now employs many more Americans than coal: 373,807 to 160,119; 101,738 Americans are employed in wind energy. Staying in the agreement would have prevented the loss of clean energy manufacturing jobs to China. Most importantly, neither the study nor Trump takes into account trillions in additional costs that will result if we don’t address climate change and additional savings if we do. Does the Paris agreement unfairly restrict the U.S. but allow China to build hundreds of additional coal plants? In January, China stopped construction of 103 coal-fired plants, and has cut its use of coal three years in a row. Their carbon dioxide emissions peaked more than a decade ahead of their Paris Agreement commitment; they are also

the world’s largest investor in clean energy technologies. Trump complained that other countries have not contributed to the Green Climate Fund. In fact, 43 governments, including nine developing countries, have pledged to pay $10.13 billion collectively; the U.S. share is $3 billion. The U.S. has already contributed $1 billion, which could help a country like India increase capacity for solar energy. Also consider that the U.S. has produced most of the greenhouse gas emissions historically. We still produce eight times more carbon dioxide emissions than India, per capita. Trump has markedly damaged the U.S. position in relation to the rest of the world. Seventy percent of Americans, including almost half of Trump voters, support the U.S. sticking with the Paris agreement, including many business leaders. While Trump tries to promote fear and divisiveness, Americans are bypassing him. Clean water and clean electricity are not partisan issues. Immediately after Trump’s announcement, the governors of New York, California, and Washington announced that they would work to uphold the U.S. commitment under the Paris Agreement. Taken together, those states encompass about 10 percent of the United States’ greenhouse-gas emissions, 20 percent of its total population, and 25 percent of its gross domestic product. Cities across the nation are responding similarly. Locally 350-400 people attended the Peoples’ Climate March in April. More than a thousand are active in protecting our forests and water with a variety of organizations like Idaho Conservation League,, Lake Pend Oreille Waterkeeper, and Model Forest Policy Program. Our own Backwoods Solar and Solar Roadways provide jobs and clean energy for all. Polling shows 72 percent of Idahoans (including a majority of Republicans) acknowledge climate reality. Of those, 83 percent are concerned. The future, like the past, will not be determined by one man’s action, but the transition to clean energy will cause significantly more suffering without leadership at the federal level. June 8, 2017 /


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Sixth graders tackle suicide awareness

Washington Elementary students win national competition by studying suicide prevention

Bouquets: •A bouquet goes out to the staff and volunteers at the Bonner County History Museum. Their new exhibit, “Once Upon a Time in Bonner County,” is truly a great combination of imagination and local history. •We’re so happy to have writers like Marcia Pilgeram contributing regular columns to the Reader. Marcia is celebrating her 50th Sandpoint Eater column this week. I think it’s important to point out that Marcia doesn’t just pull recipes out of a book—she has committed decades of love, sweat and tears to bring foodie joy to all who know her. We appreciate you immensely, Marcia! Barbs: •Along with the great majority of the world’s leaders, I am deeply saddened that President Trump has decided to pull out of the Paris Climate Agreement. I fear if we keep down this isolationist path, America will no longer be considered a nation that leads the world, but one that is only out for its own vainglorious greed. One after another, these dominoes keep falling. •Does this ever happen to anyone else? I have a land line in my office. When I have to dial a mobile number, I either choose to dial without the area code or with it. It seems like every time I choose to include the area code, the operator message tells me “You do not have to dial the area code.” I then have to hang up the phone and redial without it. When I choose not to dial the area code, invariably the operator message tells me that I have to dial the area code this time. I have no idea why this bothers me so much. Maybe because I can’t seem to ever choose the right destiny for my dialing. Whew! Thanks for letting me vent. Onward. 6 /


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By Lyndsie Kiebert Reader Staff A handful of Ann Dickinson’s sixth grade class came to school last Thursday to find a note written in Spanish outside their classroom. The curious students called over a classmate who spoke a little Spanish, and the girl could decipher only a few words: “Congratulations,” “Spain,” and “November.” After putting the pieces together, excitement erupted. Ann’s Design for Change elective class, made up of nine sixth graders, had won a national competition and would be headed to Madrid, Spain, in November. The Design for Change course, offered as an elective at Washington Elementary, is centered around teaching kids about design thinking. Ann said design thinking is a problem solving strategy used in businesses around the world, and that many fields are adopting the concept. Design for Change is a global organization and competition that puts design thinking into “kid-friendly terms” and encourages students to solve problems in their community, Ann said. She said the Design for Change curriculum breaks design thinking down into four stages: feel, imagine, do and share. During the “feel” stage, students practiced empathy in considering how they could help their community. “We brainstormed community problems from off-leash dogs to bullying,” sixth grader Ayiana Prevost said. Though bullying was something the kids initially wanted to combat with their Design for Change project, they changed course after taking a hard look at the recent events in the area. “We kind of found (studying) bullying and sportsmanship all led up to the same thing, which

Students in the Design for Change course from left to right: Arika Alward, Ayiana Prevost, Sean Gallaher, Breckin Nevarez, Gage Ramsay, Josh Read, Evan Dickinson, and teacher, Mrs. Ann Dickinson. Photo by Lyndsie Kiebert.

was suicide,” said Evan Dickinson, Ann’s sixth-grade son. At the time the class was working through the “feel” stage, five teen suicides had already occurred in the area over the previous two years. When another local high school student took their life in October, Ann said the class knew they had to find a way to help. “You could tell it was weighing on them — they knew it had happened again,” she said. So just under a dozen 11and 12-year-olds began studying the causes of teen suicide and brainstorming ways to combat it in their own community. The students said they found childhood trauma, toxic stress and lack of a trusted adult to talk to were all factors that could lead to suicide. “When we started taking it more serious we started finding out stuff,” said student Breckin Nevarez, who discovered an interview on Youtube with a mother who had lost her son

to suicide. One of the mother’s messages was to “give people their 15 minutes and validate them,” Prevost said. She said that line stuck with her and classmates moving forward with the project, and they started to consider ways to educate their peers on “resilience” — something sixth grader Gage Ramsay said people aren’t born with, but have to learn. The Design for Change class visited Washington Elementary kindergarteners and taught them that even though they are little, no one has the right to put them down. They targeted kindergarteners because children don’t realize they’re being traumatized until about fourth grade, Evan said. “As they researched they became more empathetic, and every time they found something new about suicide prevention you could see that empathy just become even more,” Ann said. This empathy and dedication apparently came through

in the video Ann submitted to the Design for Change USA competition, because her students were invited to represent the United States on an international stage in November. She said they’ll be fundraising through the summer and into the fall in hopes of sending herself, all of the students and a few helpful community members to the Madrid conference. But outside of the competition, the students said they want to see their suicide prevention efforts — which they’ve named H.O.P.E (Have Only Positive Expectations) — continued at the elementary school. They also want to keep educating their peers next school year when they move onto middle school. Ann said she will work with teachers at the middle school to see if her students can keep spreading H.O.P.E. as seventh graders. “They’re kind of thinking their work’s not done,” she said.


Local breweries medal at North American Beer Awards


By Ben Olson Reader Staff Two local breweries are swimming in golden suds after winning medals at the North American Beer Awards (NABA) last weekend. MickDuff’s Brewing Co. in Sandpoint and Laughing Dog Brewing in Ponderay both took home gold medals from the international event held in Idaho Falls. The awards competition is held in conjunction with the Mountain Brewers Beer Fest at Sandy Downs Race Track in Idaho Falls each year. Judges for NABA selected their medalists through blind tasting sessions to match beers to specific style guidelines. MickDuff’s earned a gold medal for their Se Habla Cerveza in the Vienna Lager category while Laughing Dog earned a gold for their Imperial Pecan Porter, in the Specialty and Experimental Beers category. The Se Habla Cerveza was MickDuff’s assistant brewer Mack Deibel’s creation, brewed with trial and error and a touch of adventure. “I brewed a Vienna Lager a year ago and sent it to the NABA,” said Deibel. “I got some notes back, and it got bashed pretty good for being out of style. Too dark, too roasted, too everything.” Deibel took these notes to heart and did another 20 hours of research on the German brewing philosophy, coming up with a new beer true to the original recipe, but cutting out the elements that were too much for the judges. “I guess a blind squirrel finds a nut sometimes,” he said. The Vienna Lager, said Deibel, is like a German Amber Lager: “It’s a little nutty, a little biscuit-y,” he said. “The most classic example is Negra Modelo from Mexico.” Deibel said the Germans infiltrated the west coast of South America after World War II, gradually bringing their beer culture to Latin America. “They were the guys who influenced beer culture in Mexico the most,” he said. This year was the second year MickDuff’s was able to attend the NABA awards: “It’s a huge award competition in North America,” he said. “It was

really great to be there with friends and attend the guild meeting while we were down there. It was also great that Fred [Colby] from Laughing Dog was recognized for his 10th year as a judge.” For Colby, the owner of Laughing Dog Brewery in Ponderay, the NABA awards have been a yearly ritual for the past decade. “We have been pouring there for 11 years, and I have been judging there for nine,” said Colby. “It’s a really fun competition, and it’s great that the guys from MickDuff’s went down and we got a chance to hang out.” Colby’s Imperial Pecan Porter won a gold medal in the Specialty and Experimental Beers category. “There is no category for beer made with nuts,” said Colby. “We’ve actually made this beer as a one-off for a little over a year, known as the Anubis Imperial Coffee Porter. One of my brewers said it would be really good with pecan added to it.” Colby said over 1,800 beers were entered into the competition this year, of which 132 won medals. “Actually, Idaho breweries did fairly well this year,” he said. “A lot of first-timers won medals, too. Since I’m a judge there, too, I get to see the inner workings of it all.” Over the years, MickDuff’s has taken home about a dozen medals, while Laughing Dog has an estimated 16 medals. For those interested in trying the winning beer, Colby said it’s in the queue at the Laughing Dog Taproom to be poured: “As soon as we blow the keg of something else, we’ll get it going.” Deibel also said his Vienna Lager will be available at both MickDuff’s Beer Hall and Brew Pub for another couple of months.

Top: A construction crewmember welds railings onto the new grandstands at War Memorial Field in Sandpoint. Bottom: Construction crewmembers hustle to complete 15 rows of benches for the permanent seating at the new Memorial Field grandstands . Photos by Cort Gifford.

Pend d’Oreille Bay Trail Fun Run this weekend By Ben Olson Reader Staff Grab those sneakers and get ready for some fun with the whole family. The annual Bay Trail Fun Run takes place at 9 a.m. on Sunday, June 11 in front of Trinity at City Beach Restaurant. Those interested in this event open to both competitive runners as well as walkers can register online at www. Kids under 12 are free but must register. You can also register in person the day of the event. The cost for the run is $25 before June 10 and $30 the day of the race. A Packet Pick-Up Party will be held the night before the race on June

Kids running in last year’s race. Photo by Chris Bessler.

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First and Cedar go two-way today By Cameron Rasmusson Reader Staff Cedar Street and First Avenue make the transition to two-way traffic today, Thursday, the latest in the downtown transition plan. Sandpoint City Administrator Jennifer Stapleton announced Wednesday that Cedar and First will go two-way at around 8 a.m. Thursday, and the new signal lights will be activated.

It also marks the start of the two-way reversion project’s final phase, which will see Church Street transition to two-way. The section of Church from First through Fourth avenues will remain one-way until the project is complete. However, the block of Church between Fourth and Fifth avenues will be two-way, allowing traffic to turn off of Pine Street. In the altogether slow, cautious

roll-out of the two-way reversion, traffic turning onto Fourth from Pine has perhaps been the source of the most trouble. Last week, the Sandpoint Police Department warned truck traffic to avoid the route after trucks caused several near-accidents while attempting the turn. The problem was severe enough that police announced they had shut down truck traffic eastbound on Pine between First and Fourth avenues.

Intermax expands fiber service By Cameron Rasmusson Reader Staff

The partnership between the city of Sandpoint and private internet companies kicked off last week with Intermax finalizing its lease of city fiber network. The first of potentially many private companies to utilize the city-owned network, Intermax officials announced last week it approved all required agreements

with the city. The arrangement will allow Intermax to dramatically expand its fiber-based services throughout Sandpoint. “We’ve provided fiber services to commercial businesses in Sandpoint for years,” said Intermax President Mike Kennedy in a press release. “But today we are proud to be the first private partner with the city of Sandpoint to expand our network by licensing space on the

city’s new fiber infrastructure.” Intermax is the first to the table in an public-private arrangement that local officials hope will dramatically expand internet service options in the region. Communications company Ting is also preparing for an expansion into Sandpoint, and the city entered into a contract with fiber company Fatbeam for its own internet service.

Resident aims to beautify utility poles By Lyndsie Kiebert Reader Staff

When Pine Street resident Jane Fritz received a letter from Avista dated Jan. 10 letting her know there’d be utility work in her area in the coming months, she barely raised an eyebrow. But when she noticed the taller-than-100-foot steel pole on the corner of Pine St. and Lincoln Ave., she said she couldn’t help but wonder whether the public had any idea such large, rust-colored poles would be going up. “I live in this beautiful place for a reason,” Fritz said. “To me it’s like, ‘C’mon Avista. You should have talked to someone.’” The poles—of which there will be four on Pine St.—are part of a multi-year update meant to make the poles that hold transmission lines from Cabinet Gorge Dam last up to a century. Fritz reached out to Avista to see if it 8 /


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was possible to alter the poles in some way to make them more visually appealing. Though the utility company considered the idea, Avista spokesperson Debbie Simock said they’ve determined that there is “no opportunity to add to the poles due to safety and liability issues.” However, Avista is open to placing art near poles while still maintaining safe accessibility for utility workers. Fritz attended the Sandpoint Arts Commission’s May 22 meeting to convey her vision for transmission poles that will blend a little better into the landscape. “We live in an arts community, and this will probably be the tallest structure around,” she said. “Here’s an opportunity to create public art so that it doesn’t diminish the property values and it has an aesthetic appeal. We don’t have to do those nice things but they really, really make a big

The Avista pole in question at Pine and Lincoln. Photo by Ben Olson.

difference.” Sandpoint Arts Commission Chair Carol Deaner said Fritz’s concerns regarding the new poles were relayed in the commission’s minutes from May 22, and those minutes have been submitted to the city for review.

Percussionaire moves to former Coldwater campus By Cameron Rasmusson Reader Staff The former Coldwater Creek campus will soon provide respirator manufacturer Percussionaire the space it needs to grow. Founded by legendary inventor Dr. Forrest M. Bird, Percussionaire officials anticipate dramatic expansion in the near future. According to Percussionaire CEO Mark Baillie, a move from its existing Sagle headquarters to 40,000 square feet of office, manufacturing and distribution space at the Sandpoint Technology Center—a portion of the former Coldwater Creek campus—will provide enough space and flexibility to usher in the company’s next chapter. “Forrest Bird had a mission,” Baillie said. “He wanted to bring his technology—the best technology ever invented of its kind, and it still is to this day—to every person possible. This is an opportunity to continue his legacy.” According to Baillie, the growth expectations come from a shift toward respirator products intended for use by a single patient. The upshot of the transition is dramatically increased revenue, and that means that the company, which currently employs around 50 individuals, will need to expand its workforce. Even as the company adjusts its business model, Baillie said Percussionaire’s focus is still on distributing the life-saving medical respirator technology pioneered by Bird. The Sandpoint Technology Center proved the perfect location for that effort. Not only does it give Percussionaire the flexibility to put up walls or lease more space depending on the speed of its growth, it also provides a much more

convenient location for prospective new employees. The company’s current headquarters, located deep in Sagle near the Bird Aviation Museum and Invention Center, requires a lengthy drive down roads that can be treacherous in wintertime. “It’s an incredible opportunity for people in Sandpoint to get to work for us, where in the past we were 20 miles down a nasty road near the lake,” Baillie said. The new location also provides superior infrastructure, with better roads, more stable power and access to superior technological and internet services. It opens the door for a complete reimagining of Percussionaire’s business culture, and Baillie said a new logo, website and look for the company will accompany the move, which is hoped to be complete by the end of the summer. The move is slated to bring yet more life to the former Coldwater Creek campus following the clothing company’s bankruptcy in 2014. Since then, Litehouse Foods has occupied a large portion of the campus for its headquarters, while another portion was acquired by investment group L3M, of which Patrick Properties is a part. “We’re just ecstatic to have Percussionaire move into Sandpoint Technology Center,” said Michelle Sivertson, vice president of operations at Patrick Properties. “Dr. Bird certainly has left his mark, not only in Idaho but on the world,” she added. “To be able to house a world-renowned company that makes a device that has saved so many lives is a real honor.”


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By Lyndsie Kiebert Reader Staff Writer By the end of the night Tuesday, nearly 300 people had entered the doors of Hope Elementary School to attend the Scotchman’s Peaks open house event. They browsed informational poster boards, asked questions of representatives from the office of Sen. Jim Risch, R-Idaho, as well as the U.S. Forest Service. They also had the opportunity to write down their questions, concerns or support for the proposed wilderness on sheets of paper that will go straight to the senator’s office in D.C. The informational posters, spread throughout the school gym so the public could freely browse during the three-hour event, addressed parts of the proposed bill pertaining to hunting, fishing, boundary lines, logging, recreation, fire management and more. A Risch representative or Forest Service official stood at each station and fielded questions. Darren Parker, Risch’s legislative director, manned the hunting and fishing station. He said he answered questions from community members both opposed and in support of the proposed wilderness, and was impressed with the great turnout. “After the Clark Fork meeting, we heard two things: people either felt like they weren’t part of the process, or they wanted more information about the proposal,” he said, noting that he encouraged everyone he spoke with to fill out a written comments sheet. “We really want to take those back to the senator so that we can make an informed decision about this.” Friends of Scotchman’s Peaks Board Chair Doug Ferrell commended the format of the event. He said it was a good way to facilitate conversation and make everyone feel heard. “There is some basic information (about the proposed wilderness) that has confused some members of our community,” he said. “The wilderness is open to everybody.” Ferrell said he has been a long-time advocate for wilderness, so he is familiar with the fact that many have a limited understanding of what a wilderness is and is not.

Mark and Pat Parker, citizens of Clark Fork, attended the open house in hopes of finding some straightforward answers to their questions about the wilderness being proposed in their backyard. While Pat said she used to be a proponent of wilderness, she said she’s lived long enough to see the negative impacts that such a designation can have on land. Some of these issues include predator takeover, scorched landscapes and federal takeover of wildlife and recreation management. Pat said these are all results she’s seen in other Idaho wildernesses, including the Frank Church and the Mallard-Larkins Pioneer Area. Both said they had trouble receiving straightforward answers as to “borders, wilderness management and wildlife control.” Mark said he and many of his customers at his business in Clark Fork use the area year-round, and need to know exactly how the proposed area will be managed. He listed several of his specific concerns in his written comment submission to Risch’s office. “Senator, we live and spend our whole lives here. We truly care about this area because we know every part of it so well,” Mark wrote. State senator Shawn Keough attended the open house and said she appreciated seeing Sen. Risch’s staff working to make sure the concerns of locals were being heard. “This type of format is really helpful, I think, in that people have a chance to ask their questions to the different folks in the different areas and get an answer to their questions,” she said. “Not everybody has the same questions, so this format allows those 300 (people) to feel as though their questions were asked.” Sen. Risch released a statement Wednesday about the meeting: “Thank you to those who engaged my staff in a conversation about a potential Scotchman Peaks wilderness designation,” said Risch. “There is a lot of interest in this topic, and as I have said since day one, I will not move forward until I hear directly from as many Idahoans as possible. Our office continues to welcome constituent feedback through our regional offices, our website, or at a future open house.”

WASHINGTON - The eyes of the world will watch as ex-FBI Director James Comey appears before the Senate intelligence committee on Thursday to testify about a possible obstruction of a Russia probe by President Donald Trump. There were questions raised over whether Trump would use executive privilege to block Comey’s testimony, but Deputy Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders told reporters that no such privilege would be issued. Seven pages of Comey’s prepared remarks were released Wednesday, lending evidence to allegations that Trump sought the director’s loyalty. Comey wrote that Trump told him at a private meeting at the White House: “I need loyalty, I expect loyalty.” “I didn’t move, speak, or change my facial expression in any way during the awkward silence that followed,” Comey wrote. “We simply looked at each other in silence. The conversation then moved on, but he returned to the subject near the end of our dinner.” When Trump prompted Comey again on the subject of loyalty, Comey said he replied, “You will always get honesty from me.” Comey is expected to testify at 10 a.m. EST (7 a.m. PST) before the Senate intelligence committee.

Contractor accused of leaking top secret NSA report on Russian hacking efforts WASHINGTON - A federal contractor with top secret clearance has been accused of mishandling a classified report containing “top secret-level” information on Russian hacking efforts during the 2016 presidential election, Fox News reported. Reality Leigh Winner, 25, appeared in U.S. District Court in Augusta, Ga. to face one charge of “removing classified material from a governmental facility and mailing it to a news outlet” called The Intercept, the Justice Department said Monday.


Winner’s charge is the first criminal charge filed in a leak investigation during the Trump administration. The leaked documents are reportedly the same ones used as the basis for an article published Monday by The Intercept detailing a classified National Security Agency memo. The memo outlines how Russian military intelligence successfully phished U.S.-based voting software vendors and posed as those vendors in phishing attacks on local US governments. Government officials told The Intercept that it was unclear whether the phishing attack had any impact on the presidential elections in November.

Poll shows majority of Americans disapprove of scrapping Paris agreement WASHINGTON - A Washington PostABC News poll shows nearly six out of ten Americans oppose President Trump’s withdrawal from the Paris Climate Agreement. The poll showed 59 percent of responders opposed Trump’s decision, while 28 percent supported it and 13 percent had no opinion. Among party lines, 67 percent of Republicans supported leaving the accord, while 25 percent wanted the U.S. to stay in, with 8 percent choosing not to answer. On the other side of the aisle, 82 percent opposed Trump’s decision to leave, while 8 percent supported and 10 percent didn’t specify. Of all those who responded, 42 percent said Trump’s decision would hurt the economy, 32 percent said it would help the economy and 20 percent claimed it would make no difference.

U.S. ambassador to China quits over Paris withdrawal BEIJING - David Rank, the acting U.S. ambassador to China, resigned from his position over President Trump’s decision to withdraw from the Paris climate agreement, according to CNN. Renk had been serving in the post until the arrival of Trump’s pick for the position, former Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad, who was confirmed by Congress last month. June 8, 2017 /


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Mad about Science: By Brenden Bobby Reader Columnist

In the wake of the recent ransomeware attack that went global in a matter of hours, cybersecurity has taken the media by storm and has returned front and center to most people’s minds. How much of your life is digitized? Would you be able to complete your job if all of your devices suddenly became useless? We don’t consciously realize our dependency on technology until we’re left without it. Computers give us an incredible edge against our competition, and are rapidly becoming a mandatory part of daily life. Calendars, appointments, calculation are increasingly being delegated to machines, but even simple things like the recipe for dinner tonight or the kids’ soccer coach’s contact info are all digitized. Technology is evolving faster than most of us can adapt to it, and that’s always a scary thing. At the end of the article, I’ll go over some ways to stay safe and organized. First, here’s the scary stuff: What is a computer virus? A computer virus is a broad term for malicious software (malware) that can take on one of many forms. A virus acts much like a biological virus, in that it exists within another program and then spreads itself once the other program is installed on your computer. The virus could replicate itself to a degree that nothing functions on your computer, or it takes forever to do anything. It could be trying to obtain your personal information. It could just be spreading itself for the sake of spreading itself or any combination of the above (and more). Trojan horses are one of the more common and destructive forms of malware. A Trojan, as the name implies, is presented to someone as a helpful program. Once the user installs the program, 10 /


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cybersecurity it will reveal itself to be harmful. Trojans are developed to wreak havoc on a system, obtain personal information and/or halt function of the computer or network, or oftentimes will allow a third party user/criminal to access the computer and its data with ease. Trojans usually won’t replicate themselves like a virus. By installing it, you did all of the hard work. Scareware is something more and more users are beginning to see. You may have even run into it. Occasionally while browsing the internet, your screen will lock up with a long-winded warning message, demanding you click OK or Cancel to move on. Clicking either one will allow some form of Malware to execute on your computer. To work around some of this, you can use ctrl+alt+del to open your task manager and use the End Process button to kill your browser. It’d be a good idea to scan for a virus after this, and if it’s from a site you regularly visit, report it to the site’s administrator, usually under a “support” or “contact us” tab. Phishing is another term you’ve probably heard recently. It’s exactly what it sounds like: Malicious entities are trying to bait you into clicking something you shouldn’t so they can catch information. Usually what will happen is you will get an email or message from a source that appears legitimate, like a department store or a website you visit, or someone trying to get you to click a link for a prize. Most phishing scams are littered with typos and filled with telltale signs that it’s illegitimate, but these scammers are getting smarter and more careful with every scam. Sometimes, if someone you

know has fallen for a phishing scam, the scammer could be using their email to try and trick you. If they send you something out of the blue and it seems unlike them, reply back or give them a call before you click anything funny. They may even be unaware that anything is wrong. There are many more forms of malware and illicit activity that I don’t have the space to cover here, but here are some important ones: Keylogger. It logs the keys you type then sends it back to the person that sent it to you. Browser Hijack. It takes over your browser to fill it full of advertisements, will alter your homepage and usually give you a bogus search engine that will compound the problem. DDoS. DDoS stands for Distributed Denial of Service attack. Here, someone will use a single, or several thousand IP addresses (usually through a botnet) to flood a server several million, billion, or trillion times per second until the server becomes overwhelmed and stops working. Botnet. A group of network-connected devices around the world infected with software that a hacker, or group of hackers can use to boost their own productivity in a task, or more easily surveil or infect more computers to add to the network. This isn’t strictly restricted to computers, as cybercriminals have been found to use infected items like Google Home controllers, Amazon Echo devices and other things connected through the Internet of Things. RDP Attack. RDP stands for Remote Desktop Protocol. This is someone else remotely accessing your computer and using it to perform malicious activity. RDP isn’t always malicious, it’s actually built into most computer

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systems for a network administer to fix problems remotely. Brute Force. This is when a hacker or a program will attempt to force their way into your account by guessing your password. If a program is doing it, it will attempt every combination of letters, numbers and symbols that are mathematically possible until it eventually cracks the password. It’s not all gloom and doom! Here are some things you can do to keep yourself safe online. Get an antivirus. It doesn’t have to be expensive, it doesn’t even have to cost money; ask your friends and family what they use, and if you have a particularly techie friend that you were nice to in high school, see if they’ll give you a list of ones they would recommend, and where to get them. Verify validity. If Home Depot is sending you an email where half of it is misspelled and asking you for personal information, spoiler alert: It’s not Home Depot. This can be applied to phone calls, too. Most corporate entities have policies set in place where they will not ask you for any personal information when they call you. So if someone from your TV provider calls you and asks you for specific information about your receiver, your home address, your credit card info, or anything else, hang up and call the actual customer service line online or on your bill. This is an active scam in our area right now. Check the address bar. If there is a locked padlock or if

the website starts with “https://” then it’s secured with encryption, meaning no one that shouldn’t be looking at the info will be able to look at the info. Use different passwords. Make them complex! Believe it or not, 12345 is not a safe password. Neither is qwerty. Neither is Password. Neither is your birthday. Personally, I keep a set of super complex passwords (something like !xC3ojD$2) I had to write down for anything related to my social security number, my bank and my cards. I use passwords I can remember for things not tied to my identity or primary email. Never tell your computer to “Remember Password” on anything that you wouldn’t want to lose. This information is stored on your computer and pretty easy for someone to access. Most of what happens in these hacks are just evolved forms of large scams people used to pull off before the invention of the internet. “Cast a net, and see what you catch”. I would also like to invite you to a Cybersecurity class hosted at the Sandpoint Library on Saturday, June 17, at 8:00 a.m. sharp, hosted by our awesome lifelong learning coordinator, Mike! This program has limited space, so be sure to call and register a couple of days in advance. Stay smart and safe out there, and when in doubt: Ask a librarian!


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Movement for federal action on climate change growing By Gabrielle Duebendorfer, ND Reader Contributor

This headline might sound odd in the light of President Trump’s move to pull out of the Paris Climate Agreement. However, this decision makes state and federal climate action even more important, and it is gaining momentum despite contrary impression. While discussions of climate change impact on coastal communities don’t seem relevant to North Idaho concerns, the fact that the bipartisan federal Climate Solutions Caucus’s first public meeting last week drew lots of attendance from Utah, Pennsylvania, Illinois and Florida showed that the movement towards federal climate legislation is growing. In North Idaho we don’t have to deal with current rising sea levels or ocean acidification, but growing threats of extreme precipitation, drought, fire danger and pest invasion are looming in a real way. A group of engaged Sandpoint and Coeur d’Alene Citizens have recently formed a Sandpoint Chapter of Citizens Climate Lobby (CCL) to raise awareness of climate change impact and viable solutions. Tim Dec, CCL’s regional NW coordinator came from California to conduct the training and give a KRFY interview (available as podcast on KRFY. org) as well as a public presentation. Already 55 members strong, we present a formidable local force working with public outreach via presentations, the media, legislators, and chapter development. CCL’s purpose is to raise political will from the grassroots up for legislators to pass federal climate legislation. This has been paying off as

By Ben Olson Reader Staff Spring cleaning? Don’t toss those old CDs, records, cassettes, audiobooks, DVDs and stereo equipment; the Panida Theater wants them. The annual “Play It Again, Sam” sale takes place on July 27 during Crazy Days, and the Panida Theater is eagerly accepting any audio/visual equipment for donation.

Proceeds raised from the event go toward the Panida Theater Performing Arts Scholarship awarded each year to a graduating senior in Bonner County who is entering college with an interest in pursuing a career in theater, film, stage production or related arts and media fields. To make an appointment to drop donated items, call the Panida Theater at (208) 2557801, or contact Steve Garvin at (208) 265-1718.

The Inoculant

By Lori Reid

Participants meet for last year’s Climate Solutions Caucus. Courtesy photo. the weekly growing numbers of Climate Solution Caucus members show. The federal bipartisan caucus currently has 40 members and is exploring economically viable options to reduce climate risks. One of the proposed policies includes a Carbon Fee and Dividend (CF&D) that would make fossil fuels reflect real cost while returning dividends to households which has been shown in independent studies to grow economy while reducing CO2 emissions. CF&D has the support of economists, conservatives and big oil business alike as it provides for long-term stability without growing more government. CCL Sandpoint Chapter members are excited to contribute to this pro-active, hope inspiring initiative and invite other community members to join. We look at the CF&D

policy as an insurance policy that will be effective regardless of whether climate change is human caused or not. If climate scientists are correct we cannot afford to not do anything in order to avert disaster for future generations. If they are not correct we still clean up the environment and grow economy. No politician would refuse such a policy! Rep. Raul Labrador needs to hear from you to be encouraged to join the Climate Solutions Caucus and Sandpoint’s CCL chapter needs to hear from you if you are concerned about a viable climate solution ( Our first chapter meeting will take place Wednesday, June 7, 4-6 p.m. in Sandpoint. Please call Gabrielle at 208290-5991 for more info.

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

Open Mic w/ Kevin Dorin 6-9pm @ MickDuff’s Beer Hall All levels of performers are welcome!

Fit and Fall Proof Class 11am-12pm @ Cedar Hills Church For older adults to improve flexibility, mobility, balance and strength. Free and open to the p Live Music w/ One Street Over 5-8pm @ Pend d’Oreille Winery This father and daughter duo from Nashville is stealing hearts in the Northwest! Live Music w/ Marty and Doug 5:30-7:30pm @ Idaho Pour Authority Mandolin / guitar duo from Sandpoint Live Music w/ The Cole Show 6pm @ Arlo’s Ristorante

Live Music w/ Ron Greene 7-10pm @ MickDuff’s Beer Hall Celebrate second Fridays w/ Ron Greene

Singvergnugen: “The Joy of Singing” 7pm @ The Heartwood Center Join the Bel Canto Opera for an operatic experience in three acts. Tickets $15 for adults, $5 for students. 265-4444

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Yoga & Beer at the Brewery Live Music w/ Scott Taylor 10-11am @ MickDuff’s Beer Hall 5-7pm @ Idaho Pour Authority Join Danielle Spillman every Saturday for an hourAcoustic guitarist with great covers long Vinyasa Flow yoga class outside on the lawn. Live Music w/ Marty and Doug class fee of $12 which includes a beer (afterwards) 7-10pm @ MickDuff’s Beer Hall or a root beer for underage friends. 209-6700 Mandolin / guitar duo from Sandpoint ‘Chasing Thoreau’ Book Signing 12pm @ Vanderford’s Book Store Music by DJ Josh A book signing with Jim Payne with his new book, 9pm @ 219 Lounge Your favorite tunes spun ‘til midnight “Chasing Thoreau” KNWR Photography Adventure Live Music w/ 9am-12pm @ Kootenai National Wildlife Refuge Barn The Brandon and Cole Show Learn from North Idaho’s best pro photogs. $10 7pm @ Eichardt’s Pub Sandpoint Chess Club Ponderay Community Clean-up Weekend 1 9am @ Evans Brothers Coffee 1 8am-3:30pm @ City of Ponderay Meets every Sunday at 9am. All are welcome R Singvergnugen: Game Night at the Niner Bay Trail Fun “The Joy of Singing” 9pm @ 219 Lounge Registration is o 7pm @ Heartwood Center Monday Night Blues Jam w/ Truck Mills Join the Bel Canto Opera of Lake Pend O 7:30pm @ Eichardt’s Pub courses. The Ba for an operatic experience in each age gro in three acts. Tickets $15 guarantee your for adults, $5 for students Night Out Karaoke Library Storytimes 9pm @ 219 Lounge Join DJ Pat for a night of 10:15 & 11am @ Sandpoint Library crooning your favorite ditties Mother Goose Storytime at 10:15 a.m. for children age 3; and Preschool Storytime at 11 a.m. for children ages Th Sandpoint Farmers’ Market Hiawatha Drum Circle! Unite the Tribes! 6:30-8pm @ Memorial Community Center (Hope) 6-8 3pm @ Farmin Park Int The afternoon market on Open Mic he Wednesdays for all your pro- 5-8pm @ SKåL Taproom (Ponderay) Th Musicians and comedians welcome! duce needs! Dollar Beers! 8pm @ Eichardt’s Pub Live Music w/ Brian Jacobs 9pm @ 219 Lounge Folk, rock and soul

Girls Pint Night Out 5-7pm @ Idaho Pour Authority Cool chicks! Great beer! No dudes! Join Vicki for an evening of tasting fruit beer, gose and sours

Bikes & Beers Benefit with Idaho Walk Bike Allian 5:30-7:30pm @ MickDuff’s Bee During the event, $2.50 of ever sold - plus proceeds from raffle - will go to the IWBA


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Intro to MIG Welding @ MakerPoint Studios Come join Andrew, a master welder and fabricator, to learn proper use of a MIG welder. This class is a full introduction to MIG welding and will give you all of the basics to get started on your first project. Pre-register by June 5 with Sandpoint Parks and Recreation at 1123 Lake St. in Sandpoint. Fee is $71

Bird Watching by Ear KRFY On-Air 9am-1pm @ Kootenai Wildlife Refuge Membership Drive Join Carrie Huge, a wildlife biologist June 9-10 @ KRFY 88.5FM with BLM for a birdwalk and class. Renew your membership The walk is accompanied by a lunch of or become a new member provided soup. Bring a side dish. Dona- during this two-day drive tions accepted, no reservation required Live Music w/ Incredible Flying Dookie Bros. 9pm @ 219 Lounge

SHS Class of 2017 Graduation 6:30pm @ Memorial Field Congratulations class of 2017! Sandpoint Contra Dance 7pm @ Sandpoint Community Hall All dances are taught and called with live music. Beginners welcome! $5 suggested donation

Ponderay Community Clean-up Weekend 8am-3:30pm @ City of Ponderay Sandpoint Farmers’ Market r an hour- 9am @ Farmin Park Volunteers will assist in a variety of tasks includthe lawn. Head down to Farmin Park for fresh produce, ing lawn care, minor repairs, recycling, solid terwards) garden starts as well as live music and fun for all! waste removal, pressure washing, ditch and cul6700 vert clean-up, minor painting projects, and more. Cedar St. Bridge Public Market Following the clean-up, the community is invited 10am-2pm @ Cedar St. Bridge Come enjoy indoor shopping on the bridge to a barbecue at Jesse’s Park. To register 265-5468 ew book, spanning Sand Creek Sand Creek Paddlers Challenge 9am @ Sandpoint City Beach Bay Trail Fun Run Packet Pick-up Party The Paddlers Challenge is a 4 mile paddle up and 4-7:30pm @ Trinity at City Beach efuge Barn Pick up your race packet and enjoy a beer on back on Sand Creek. This is a fun, exciting events s. $10 for families and serious racers alike! Cost is $10/ Trinity’s patio. to register boat. Various divisions. Race begins at 10 a.m. ekend 1st Annual Spring Cornhole Classic Live Music w/ Chris Lynch 1-5pm @ MickDuff’s Beer Hall 6pm @ Arlo’s Ristorante Rain or shine, come out and play, cornholers

Trail Fun Run • 9am @ outside Trinity at City Beach tration is open for the 4th annual Bay Trail Fun Run, held along the stunning shores ke Pend Oreille! Sign up for the 5k or 10k distances on mostly flat, mostly waterfront es. The Bay Trail Fun Run is both a competitive race, with awards for top finishers ch age group, and it’s a family fun run or walk open to all. Register by May 26 to ntee your commemorative racer T-shirt and water bottle and assorted cool freebies Make It at the Library 3pm @ Sandpoint Library ildren ages 0 to Kids and families create with robotics, Arduinos, needledren ages 2 to 5 work, Legos and other projects. Held every Tuesday The Conversation with Maria Trujillo pe) 6-8pm @ Ivano’s Ristorante International photographer Maria Trujillo exposes her process of capturing a woman’s inner beauty at The Conversation. FREE and open to the public

June 16 ArtWalk Opening Receptions @ Sandpoint June 17 CHAFE 150 @ Sandpoint June 17 Challenge of Music of Love and Inspiration efit Champions bull Clark Fork 7pm @ First Lutheran Church ke Alliance Crafternoon riding comp Duff’s Beer Hall “Music of Love and Inspiration” is 12pm @ Clarkfork Library @ BoCo Fair50 of every beer the title of the program, which in- Enjoy free family fun makgrounds from raffle items cludes composers such as Brahms, ing crafts to take home


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Camp Kaniksu: teaching our youth about the joys of nature By Ben Olson Reader Staff For kids growing up in North Idaho, you’d think everyone would have the same opportunities to experience the joy of nature. The truth is, not everyone gets to experience the great outdoors. Kaniksu Land Trust (KLT) and Sandpoint Parks and Recreation are hoping to change that. Camp Kaniksu is a fourweek camp for area kids ages 7 to 12 years old offered by Kaniksu Land Trust, a nonprofit organization whose goal is to promote healthy lands and communities with the understanding that the two are inextricably linked. KLT is working in tandem with Sandpoint Parks and Recreation to promote this fun summertime event. “We work with our school system and area pediatricians to identify opportunities where we can get children of all ages out onto the land,” said KLT outreach and communications director Suzanne Tugman. Tugman said Camp Kaniksu is a great opportunity for area youth to learn more about the outdoors from training professionals who teach in a fun, hands-on manner. The camp is divided into two separate sessions and age groups. Session 1 goes from June 26 to July 21. Ages 7-10 meet Mondays and Wednesdays from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. and ages 11-12 meet Tuesdays and Thursdays 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. Session 2 takes place July 31 through August 25. Ages 7-10 meet Mondays and Wednesdays from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. and ages 11-12 attend Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. Camp Kaniksu is open to anyone aged 7 to 12 who wants to learn more about nature. It 14 /


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will take place on the University of Idaho extension campus on North Boyer and the camp director Dave Kretzchmar holds a master’s degree and has put together a great itinerary. Kretzchmar’s teaching style derives from the teachings of Jon Young, who emphasizes the interconnection and universal characteristics that people share around the world. Utilizing the four cardinal directions and the points between, Kretzchmar will divide each session into eight classes per age group. In these outings, kids will learn about common sense in nature, how to track animals and identify plants and how to recognize ecological indicators. They’ll learn about heritage species that are unique to our area, trees, birds and take place in useful activities such as catching species, climbing, eating, tending and generally how to commune with nature in a positive way. “The main thing is getting people out into the natural world and just letting them be free again,” said Kretzchmar. “While supervising them, we give them time to wander and play and engage in nature.” Games are used as a universal educational tool, said Kretzhmar: “Games are so necessary to help inspire and activate them with nature. We have lots of fun activities like weaving together cattails, hats, baskets, mats, that kind of thing, along with primitive skills like building natural shelters.” Kretzchmar said it’s important to instill the idea that we shouldn’t be afraid of nature. “It’s a place that they’re welcome,” he said. “This camp is a way to connect them on many levels. We as humans now are almost like aliens on our own planet, we’ve become

so separated from nature. This is an attempt to reverse that trend and connect people with nature once again. That’s the key; exposure. If we do it right they’ll be able to love and care for the natural world and become caretakers in the future.” Camp Kaniksu owes thanks in part to Leadership Sandpoint, whose Cinco de Mayo fundraiser raised over $8,000

to help the camp operate. Albertson’s also provided a grant to help the camp fund the program. For parents interested in having their child attend, Sandpoint Parks and Recreation is taking registrations, but space is limited. The entire camp will cost $80, which breaks down to about $20 per week. Campers aren’t required to bring

Suzie Kretzschmar teaches kids about plant life at Camp Kaniksu. Photo by Fiona Hicks.

anything, but will have all necessary materials supplied by KLT. To register, contact Sandpoint Parks and Recreation at parksrecreation, or by phone at (208) 263-9471.

Once Upon a Time...

Bonner County History Museum unveils a magical new exhibit

By Ben Olson Reader Staff Once upon a time there was a museum on Bonner County. In this museum were fair maidens who decided to open the doors on a host of unseen objects, infusing them with a magical new purpose: new life through the power of storytelling. The Bonner County Museum unveiled its newest exhibit last weekend, “Once Upon a Time... in Bonner County.” The bold exhibit features everyday objects from Bonner County’s past that are featured in a whole new light of fairy tales and whimsical folklore. “At any one time, we only have about ten percent of the objects the museum has out on the floor,” said museum curator Heather Upton. “A lot of these objects probably wouldn’t be seen on a regular basis if not for this exhibit. We’re really excited about it.” Upton worked tirelessly with museum staff and volunteers to bring a new level of excellence with this exhibit, which will be featured at the museum through the summer. The exhibit is divided into categories

based on prominent fairytales, with the historical objects displayed given a new purpose as the basis for entertaining and imaginative stories. “These objects belonged to someone,” said Upton. “They are linked to a special moment in Bonner County history. We’re so fortunate to be able to share these objects and artifacts to help build a tangible connection to the past.” In one corner, an exhibit features a senior ball dress worn and donated by former Sandpoint city clerk Helen Newton. The exhibit was themed after “Cinderella,” reimagining the story of then Helen Method’s senior ball in 1958 at Sandpoint High School where she attended with Skip Newton, who later became her husband. “It was a truly special moment in Helen’s life and now it’s shared with the museum,” said Upton. Other exhibits mash together donated objects into fairytales, such as the “Pinocchio” exhibit featuring donated carpentry tools by Bob Deubel and the original pipe of a steamboat captain on Lake Pend Oreille. There are vintage axes on display

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for “Jack in the Beanstalk,” a miniatures collection donated by Lily Keene turned into a “Thumbalina” exhibit, antique chairs and a stuffed brown bear for a “Three Little Bears” display and more, each with a cunning display of imagination and folklore. The museum staff had a lot of help from volunteers and local businesses to make the exhibit happen, including help writing the fairytales from Jenny Leo and welding assistance for some displays by the Sandpoint Welding Department at SHS. The museum also received a generous grant from the Community Assistance League and support from The Paint Bucket, Home Depot and Sandpoint Building Supply. “We’re so fortunate to have local sponsors help us make exhibits like these a reality,” said Upton. To view the new exhibit, “Once Upon a Time... in Bonner County,” check out the Bonner County History Museum at 611 S. Ella Ave. near Lakeview Park. Hours are Tuesday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is $4 for adults, $3 for seniors and $1 for kids 6-18

The “Cinderella” exhibit featuring a 1958 senior ball dress donated by Helen Newton. Photo by Ben Olson. years. Members and children under 6 enter free. The first Saturday of each month is free admission from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

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Sister Madonna Buder: Spokane’s ‘Iron Nun’ By Ed Ohlweiler Reader Contributor To those of you who’ve attended Catholic school, the words “Iron Nun” may conjure up strong images, but certainly not a picture of the sweet, unassuming octogenarian that has endeared herself to the Ironman community for decades now. For many, seeing her smiling face at the starting line represents a feeling of belonging and all that is wonderful about the sport of long-course triathlon. For Sister Madonna Buder, the “Iron Nun,” her love affair for the sport culminated in her being inducted into the USA Triathlon Hall of Fame in 2014. The Ironman is a triathlon with a 2.4-mile swim, a 112-mile bicycle, and a 26.2-mile run—in that order and without a break. It is consider one of the hardest single-day races in the world. So imagine, if you will, the shock on everyone’s faces as they see an 82-yearold nun from little old Spokane, Wash., cross the finish line. To put this in perspective, you have to realize that all these races have qualifying criteria as well as cut-off times: different stages have times after which you are required to “drop out” and the entire race has to be completed in under 17 hours. Sister Madonna Buder started her career when most triathletes are hanging up their Speedos and running shoes. She started training at 48 under the advice of Father John, who recommended it as a way to balance mind, body, and spirit and a path to inner calm, but didn’t complete her first Ironman until 55. After that, it was literally “off to the races” for the sister, competing in over 325 triathlons and 45 Ironman distances. Many of these races had to add new age brackets just for her. Her first race ever was Bloomsday and when she decided she wanted to run the Boston marathon she sought the advice of her bishop, who whole-heartedly encouraged her, reminding me of a story about Pope John Paul II. The Pope grew up in Poland backcountry skiing. When he was a bishop, he was skiing—I like to think in a purple robe, but

I don’t know—when one of his peers asked, “Isn’t it unbecoming for a bishop to ski?” “What is unbecoming for a bishop,” John Paul reportedly answered, “is to ski poorly.” With the blessing of the Catholic Church she was free to continue her life of service and chase her dreams. “I train religiously,” she’s fond of saying. She set several world records for “oldest female” Ironman finisher, before becoming simply the “oldest finisher.” Period. What really stands out about Buder is her complete humility. “The only thing I succeed at is getting older, but anybody can do that, so I don’t see what the big deal is,” she once stated. She again didn’t see what the big deal was when she was featured in a Nike ad for the Rio Olympics. She even professed to being unclear on what the filming was about or what was being sold. “I didn’t know what they were going to do with it,” Buder said. “They talk about online blog and all that stuff, I don’t even understand. All I have is basic email… I’m just amazed that people are tickled by it.” In looking into her life, I almost overlooked a small item in the news: “Nun Rescues Neighbor from House Fire.” You guessed it—the “Iron Nun,” who at this point is starting to take on superhuman qualities, strikes again. Characteristically, she credits divine intervention. Although she discovered the fire because she gets up early, she usually doesn’t open the curtains. “Something said, ‘You know it’s light out there, pull the curtains’ and when I pulled those curtains, oh my gosh. I saw white smoke billowing,” she reported. Then she dialed 911 and ran into the smoking house (At this point, she’s 86 years old). According to the interview, “the room was filled with smoke and the kitchen curtain looked like it was ready to catch on fire.” She found the neighbor and began yelling. “I just yelled as loud as I could, ‘Get out! Get out! Your house is on fire!’” she recalled. Once again, Sister Mary Buder doesn’t

see her actions as out of the ordinary. “I didn’t do anything heroic. I just noticed, that’s all,” she says, adding that the real heroes are the 911 dispatchers and firefighters.

Sister Madonna Buder on her bike during a triathlon. Courtesy photo.

Noteworthy nuns who stood out from the crowd • Sister Caterina de Erazu was a runaway Spanish nun turned hitwoman in the early 1600s. She ended her career as an almost respectable Mexican mule train driver, after being personally pardoned by the Pope. Caterina died following a duel with the husband of a lady she was hot for. • Sister Luc Gabriel was best known as the Singing Nun. Her song “Dominque” became such a hit that it knocked Elvis Presley off the charts. In 1982, she and her girlfriend committed suicide together by taking sleeping tablets with alcohol.

• Ani Pachen was born in 1933 in Tibet. When she was 17 her parents married her off, but she ran away and moved in to a Buddhist Monastery to become a Buddhist nun. In 1958 when her father died, she became the leader of her family clan. She took up arms and became a warrior nun—fighting to keep the communists from China out of her homeland. She led her people in guerrilla warfare for a year. The Chinese caught her and threw her in jail because she refused to renounce the Dalai Lama. She spent 21 years in prison, then to escape another sentence, walked for 25 days in deep snow to escape to Nepal. June 8, 2017 /


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Captain Dan:

A true lake pirate

By Jodi Rawson Reader Contributor Captain Dan Mimmack came into my life because of Jeanetta Riley, God rest her soul. Maybe I would have bumped into the Pend Oreille pirate and said, “Arrrrggh!” but he wouldn’t have evolved into a trusted friend if it weren’t for Jeanetta. Hanging out at Creations in the Cedar St. Bridge with my kids almost three years ago, I found a flier about a memorial gathering to mourn Jeanetta. I felt a rush of empathy panging me when I first heard about the little mentally ill woman getting shot and killed by three strong male officers, and I was terrified. I thought I could be next. Even though the date was past and I couldn’t attend, the flier about a memorial for Jeanetta made me realize that I wasn’t alone. “Who is this Captain Dan?” I asked Shery Meekings (Creations Queen). She explained that he was her friend and just the thought of him made her smile. I met him a few months later at the Winter Carnival downtown. He was dressed for Mardi Gras, and I wondered if he was drunk because of how loud he was, but later I found out Captain Dan doesn’t drink. Around the bonfire he spoke loudly to me about his beliefs in regards to how Jeanetta was handled; I remember looking around at the police officers nearby, and I felt a little frightened but kind of thrilled too. Captain Dan celebrates freedom of speech. A few months later, I introduced Captain Dan to my husband when we ran into him at Creations. Concrete flat-work sea18 /


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son was over and my husband inquired about winter work at his shop, Northwest Handmade Furniture. Captain Dan said, “I don’t have any work right now, but I need something from you soon...” he said, while studying our three kids. “I need a pirate crew,” he said, “a pirate family.” And he wasn’t joking. I like to think that he could read our pirate auras. Thus began our voyage into the Pend Oreille in 2015. The Wind Spirit (Captain Dan’s whimsically rigged frigate) is a sharp contrast to my sailing introduction at the Naval Academy back in 2000. Loose and unique pirate attire compared with redundant pressed whites tucked meticulously, is one example. Back at USNA I participated in yelling “Kill!” several times a day, but on the Wind Spirit with my Captain Dan, cruising the Pend Oreille, we talk about life. We talk about how every human is valuable. I pet the First Mate, Hunter, Captain Dan’s soft brown cocker spaniel, and we threaten the landlubbers with our water cannons. To this date, the Wind Spirit is the only boat that my family has ever been able to ride together ... and it happens to be the best boat. Captain Dan makes dreams come true. This year Captain Dan has rented a dock, so pirating has become a lot more convenient. With just his dog and bottled water, he can spend a whole day swirling around the Pend Oreille, and this is his paradise. When he is in symbiosis with the Wind Spirit, he is radiant. Recently he has added a 100-foot anchor and a battery, “Bring a boom box,” he says. “I am going to rig this up with lights, and we are going to watch the fire-

works this year...” he paused for dramatization, “on the boat.” Aye Aye, Captain. First and foremost, Captain Dan is an artist. When he bought the pirate ship it was nothing like it is now; it was neglected and completely in need of an overhaul, sitting dusty in a yard. Refurbishing it and rigging it up to what it is today was part of the passion, and sailing it is his euphoria. Captain Dan also spearheaded getting the wooden boat into the Cedar Street bridge for kids to play on. Wood is his medium of choice, and his art can be found in his shop (Northwest Handmade), but he has an open artist soul that translates into all that he does, including staying in character as a pirate. Both Shery Meekings and Captain Dan have a heart for underprivileged children who are local to this “resort town” but do not live a “resort lifestyle.” Kids can climb aboard the Wind Spirit or play on the wooden sailboat in the beautiful Cedar Street bridge, free of cost. Captain Dan takes the Wind Spirit to festivals all summer. At the Port Townsend wooden boat fest, for instance, he is given a special dock. And at our own wooden boat fest he has provided entertainment for all ages. Instead of just admiring wooden boats with a “please don’t touch” policy, kids can touch everything aboard the Wind Spirit, and they can create their own mini pirate ships at the boat building charity he spearheaded (which was recently taken over by Creations). Hundreds of mini pirate ships are made, and hundreds of people explore the Wind Spirit each year at this event. People have asked Captain Dan if he works for the city because he

Captain Dan Mimmack cruises the waters off City Beach in search of plunder. Photo by Ben Olson. is so welcoming and appealing to tourists, but he works for himself and always has. Aboard the Wind Spirit over Memorial Day weekend he was telling me about the city’s first contribution to the Mental Health Hotline, just recently, for $5,000. It took Jeanetta’s death to raise awareness about the fact that there was no safety zone for a mental crisis in Sandpoint; NAMI helped create our local Mental Health Hotline as a result. He blogged about this online through the Daily Bee, as he has on many local issues, because he is an involved citizen, a leader, and an activist. Sticking up for the underdog is a crucial test for me. If someone is too privileged to exercise empathy for those that life has taken a crap on, they won’t have enough love for me. I have dealt with PTSD, mental breakdowns and years of healing that appeared ugly and imbalanced, but that doesn’t make me a throwaway human. Captain Dan understands this. At the Fourth of July parade last year, someone asked me what I represented in the parade (she was marching for a specific cause and found my attire questionable). I responded with “Creations... and the Children’s Boat Building Charity”, but this isn’t the whole truth. The Captain I serve is a pirate who advocates for equality, compassion and life, which is why I pirate the parade, and why I salute Captain Dan.

What our leaders are saying SOME OUTLANDISH QUOTES about climate change... ABOUT CLIMATE CHANGE ...says something about who we choose for our leaders By Ben Olson Reader Staff

When President Trump announced that the United States would pull out of the Paris Climate Accord last week, he created a heat wave of feedback from all over the political spectrum. Supporters of the decision lauded the President on keeping his promise to put America first, claiming the withdrawal will help boost the US economy. House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., tweeted his support: “@POTUS made the right call in leaving a deal that would have put an unnecessary burden on the United States.” Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, wrote, “President Trump did the right thing by withdrawing us from Paris treaty - it would hurt American companies and American workers.” Those opposed to the action were concerned it amounted to the US essentially putting its back to the rest of the world. “We’re already feeling impacts of climate change. Exiting #ParisAgreement imperils US security and our ability to own the clean energy future,” tweeted former Vice President Joe Biden. Longtime advocate for climate change awareness Al Gore wrote, “Removing the United States from the Paris Agreement is a reckless and indefensible action. It undermines America’s standing in the world and threatens to damage humanity’s ability to solve the climate crisis in time.” The unprecedented decision also rattled the business world. CEOs from many major corporations such as Apple, General Electric, Facebook and others expressed their disagreement with the President’s decision. Additionally, Elon Musk, the CEO of Tesla and SpaceX and Disney CEO Bob Iger both announced they would step down from Trump’s Strategic and Policy forum, a group of business leaders who offer the President advice. “As a matter of principle, I’ve resigned from the President’s Council over the #ParisAgreement withdrawal,” tweeted Iger. “Am departing presidential coun-

cils,” wrote Musk. “Climate change is real. Leaving Paris is not good for America or the world.” On a state level, Sen. Jim Risch, R-Idaho, was asked for comment on the pullout of the Paris Climate Accord. His office sent this statement: “There are many reasons the Paris Climate Accord was a bad deal. Not the least of which is that it was agreed to unilaterally by the Obama Administration, violating our Constitution’s requirement that all treaties be passed by a two-thirds vote in the Senate. In addition, President Obama contributed $500 million from the State Department to the United Nations climate fund on two separate occasions. These payments were made without authorization from Congress and without regard for the American taxpayers who shouldered the heaviest burden. … I was opposed to the Paris Accord when Obama signed it then and I remain opposed to it in its present form.” When asked to further comment on whether Sen. Risch believed in climate change, his office issued no comment. Sen. Mike Crapo, R-Idaho, did not respond to attempts to clarify his position on climate change and the pullout of the Paris Climate Accord. Rep. Raul Labrador, R-Idaho, was also contacted for comment but did not respond by press time. State senator Shawn Keough, R-Sandpoint, said the Paris Climate Accord isn’t something that would come across her desk as part of her state senate responsibilities, but she does believe the climate is changing. “My work in our forests, my observations of our weather and my conversations with friends, family, and colleagues and peers across the country inform me that our climates are changing,” Keough wrote in an email. “...The USA as a nation could do a better job at conserving, recycling, and using less of things and understanding the finite nature of many of our resources.” Rep. Heather Scott, R-Blanchard and Rep. Sage Dixon, R-Ponderay were both contacted for comment but did not respond.

Sen. James Inhofe, R-Okla. prepares to launch a snowball in the Senate chambers, disproving climate change once and for all. Photo courtesy YouTube. There have been a lot of outlandish things said about climate change over the years, from world leaders to radio personalities. Here’s a small list, for your reading displeasure: 1. State Rep. Larry G. Pittman (R - N.C.): “Our climate runs on a cycle. It goes up and it goes down and the lord designed it that way. And the main thing that causes global warming is the earth’s relationship to a big ball of gas that’s burning out there that we call the sun. And it is the height of hubris for human beings to think that we can have any effect on that.” 2. Don Blankenship - CEO Massey Energy: “We must demand that more coal be burned to save the Earth from global cooling.” 3. Sen. James Inhofe (R-Okla.): “My point is, God’s still up there,” he told Voice of Christian Youth America. “The arrogance of people to think that we, human beings, would be able to change what He is doing in the climate is to me outrageous.” In another instance, Sen. Inhofe brought a snowball into the US Capitol to attempt to disprove the “eggheads” at “science laboratories” and their claims that humans have had an impact on the changing climate. “It’s very, very cold out. Very unseasonable,” said Inhofe, before launching the snowball to the sitting Senate president saying, “Catch this.” 5. State Senator Scott Wagner (R-Penn.): “The earth moves closer to the sun every year. We have more people. You know, humans have warm bodies, so is heat coming off? We’re just going through a lot of change, but I think we are, as a society, doing the best we can.”

6. Rush Limbaugh, radio personality: “I have a theory about global warming and why people think it’s real. Go back 30, 40 years when there was much less air conditioning in the country. When you didn’t have air conditioning and you left the house, it may in fact have gotten a little cooler out there, because sometimes houses become hot boxes. Especially if you’re on the second or third floor of a house in the summer time and all you’ve got is open windows and maybe a window fan. Or you have some servant standing there fanning you with a piece of paper. When you walked outside, no big deal, it’s still hot as hell. Now, 30, 40 years later, all this air conditioning, and it’s a huge difference when you go outside. When you go outside now, my golly, is it hot. Oh. Global warming. It’s all about the baseline you’re using for comparison.” 7. President Donald J. Trump: President Trump has tweeted climate change skepticism 115 times in the past five years, including these comments: “Global warming is based on faulty science and manipulated data which is proven by the emails that were leaked.” Nov 2, 2012 “The concept of global warming was created by and for the Chinese in order to make U.S. manufacturing non-competitive.” Nov. 6, 2012 “The freezing cold weather across the country is brutal. Must be all that global warming.” Jan. 25, 2013 “We should be focusing on beautiful, clean air & not on wasteful & very expensive GLOBAL WARMING bullshit! China & others are hurting our air.” Dec. 15, 2013 June 8, 2017 /


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The Sandpoint Eater

The 50th column!

By Marcia Pilgeram Reader Food Columnist It’s hard to believe this is my 50th column in the Reader. Fifty columns! Though I’ve written most from right here in Sandpoint, I’ve also tapped out words in several airplanes, an old Irish pub in Dublin, poolside in Florida, from rooftop apartments in Chicago and D.C. and creekside at a mining camp-turned rustic retreat in Montana. While I try to incorporate a few stories about the local food scene, I’d originally planned to write more about our area eateries and offer reviews. Part of the reason I didn’t was simple logistics and timing related to my work schedule, but I was also reminded, as I listened to my buddy Beth Pederson and her musical partner Bruce sing the John Prine lyrics, “In a town this size, there’s no place to hide.” It is a small town, with a lot of hard-working restaurateurs trying to eke out a living in the highly competitive food business. I’m fortunate to call several of these folks my friends or neighbors, and there are many whom I’ve called upon repeatedly for donations that benefit our community. In the past couple of years, I’ve seen myriad social media reviews which are often biased, judgmental, and at times, downright hurtful, so I decided I’d steer clear of the review angle. If I have a less than perfect experience in any local eatery, I am quick to point it out, get it fixed and let it go. And I hope you’ll do the same. I am often asked how I come up with story ideas and recipes. The truth is, I am full of stories, and most revolve around a food 20 /


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memory. Committing recipes (that mostly live in my head) to paper is the most time-consuming part of the process and involves a lot of recipe deconstruction. After I “eyeball” an ingredient’s measurement, I toss it in a bowl, measure it back and jot down the amount(s). Ryanne agrees that my baking time advice of, “when you can smell it, it’s done,” is probably not sound instruction for a column, so I often need to bake a batch of whatever to document the baking time. The most daunting part of the process is the photography, and there’s only so much one can do with an iPhone camera. For years, my (lack of) photography skills have held me back from a fun, clever and insightful food blog, and I am reminded whenever I take a photo of Casey’s daughterly advice: It’s quality, Momma, not quantity. My “home team” help with suggestions and a lot of unsolicited advice. I sometimes need to remind Casey, a former editor for the SHS Cedar Post (who once

wrote for the Reader herself) that I am not looking for a James Beard award, I just need a quick opinion about something. She can’t. Her email reply is sometimes longer than the intended column. U of I journalism professor and son-inlaw Russ dutifully reviews every single column before I submit it to Ben and Cameron, and his professor-wife keeps me free from story embellishment. In an early column about delivering food by helicopter, Ryanne suggested I tone it down. Clearly, I pointed out to her, I wasn’t leading readers to believe I was parachuting into a fire with a breakfast bag in each hand, but I did acquiesce to my oldest (and bossiest) child’s recommendation and did a little rewrite. These kids are all filled with journalistic integrity, so it’s necessary that I keep my exaggeration to a minimum. After many, many years (and tears) in the food business, I don’t have to make this stuff up. The years I spent as a private chef, traveling with billionaire clients on private rail cars or in their vacation homes provided me with some

great material. My ranch years are rich with food related memories, and even before that, as an inquisitive latchkey kid armed with a stove and my mother’s cookbook, “Encyclopedia of Modern Cooking” by Meta Givens (which I still have and covet), I discovered the world of cookery. Committing these stories to paper is sometimes trying, though always enlightening, and I surprise even myself with some of my public disclosures. People often call me for recipes, so sometimes I work up an appropriate column simply to share a recipe I know someone would enjoy, including my own kids who’ve beseeched me with recipe requests. Though it’s been 20-some years since I left Missoula, I still have two friends who call at least a couple of times a year with a request. When I was studying for certification through the American Culinary Federation, I devoured cookbooks like novels and discovered that as much as ingredients, the secret to most

Fern’s Potato Salad

good recipes is technique. I have some great recipes I haven’t yet shared because it’s difficult to articulate the process on paper when I haven’t figured out how to incorporate the hand and arm gestures. There’s always something cooking in my kitchen. As anyone who drops in knows, you’ll usually be met with a spoon and a directive, “Here, taste this.” This was a particularly busy week in my kitchen. On Sunday, I cooked all day long to prepare a few meals for someone who needed them. I am drawn to the comfort foods of my youth when I prepare nourishment for a friend, and the menu will usually include a batch of my own mom’s potato salad. As I dutifully measured everything for this week’s recipe, I was reminded of two things: I feel honored when called upon to share my gifts of food, and you can’t make good potato salad with cold potatoes. If you decide to make a batch, remember technique is important, so whip it up with warm potatoes.

Feeds a dozen or so potato salad lovers. Make the night before and use good, firm Russets and large, fresh farm eggs.

INGREDIENTS: • 4 lbs Russet potatoes, washed and whole • 1 dozen large eggs, hard boiled and peeled and diced • Four stalks celery, washed, strings removed and chopped (save leaves for garnish) • ¼ cup finely chopped chives • 1 ½ cups Best Foods Mayonnaise • ½ cup cream • ½ cup thick sour cream (or Greek yogurt) • 2 tsp salt (additional salt for cooking pot) • 1 tsp white pepper

DIRECTIONS: In a large pot, add potatoes in their jackets, and add enough water to cover potatoes, add salt cover pot with lid, boil potatoes until tender (about 20 minutes, when a knife will slide through with ease) Drain well and leave in the pot until they are cool enough to handle. Slide skin off potatoes, cut out any blemishes and crumble into medium chunks. Place into a large bowl, add the diced eggs and chopped celery, toss to combine. In a separate deep bowl, whisk until smooth: Mayonnaise, cream, sour cream, chives and salt and pepper. Pour dressing over salad and mix well. Taste to correct seasoning. Chill overnight. Garnish with celery leaves and a sprinkle of chives.


This week’s RLW by Lyndsie Kiebert

Not your average rap album:


Kendrick Lamar’s “DAMN” gets weird in all the right ways

By Lyndsie Kiebert Reader Staff Writer The stereotypes that accompany contemporary rap music are not the same stereotypes that accompany being a 21-year-old college-educated white female in North Idaho. Thanks to this unlikely pairing, my affinity for rap is often met with, “Wait, what?” I can probably attribute this love for rap to my time as an athlete. Every volleyball and basketball game couldn’t actually begin until our warmup playlist—most often comprised of Lil Wayne and Drake songs—echoed through the high school gym. Rap consistently made up my soundtrack of competing, facing challenges and being powerful. As I got older, rap remained a big part of my life, but the lyrics started to mean more than the sick beats. I enjoy that socioeconomic issues dominate much of modern rap’s rhetoric, even amidst the more lewd topics that give rap its lessthan-stellar reputation. And every so often, an album stops even the most casual listener in their tracks. Kendrick Lamar’s latest release, “DAMN,” is one such album. When the first single, “HUMBLE,” dropped in late March, I first heard it when I watched the music video, released on Kendrick’s Twitter. The straightforward baseline and piano chords intrigued me, but what struck me most was the video. The imagery was so clearly making a comment on religion, but then it was making a comment on race, and then suddenly female standards were being thrown into the mix. Now, after seeing the video multiple times and living with a roommate

who did a literary analysis of it for a 400-level college course—true story—I am no less impressed with the initial shock the video caused. What makes “DAMN” such a landmark in recent rap releases is all the risks it takes. It gets weird—but never so weird I wanted to give up and go back to Drake. “DAMN” vibes like no Kendrick album has vibed before, which can be attributed to multi-faceted beats and the rapper’s ability to alternate between aggressively clean lines and smooth sung verses. There’s voices being played backward, clips from Fox News segments and riddles throughout. But where Kendrick really shines with “DAMN”—and this can’t be understated—is in his storytelling capabilities. “DUCKWORTH” is all the proof a listener needs. I’d hate to spoil it here, but the true story of a kid from the hood finding his way into a high-end recording studio began long before Kendrick was even born. Give it a listen. Granted, “DAMN” has a few rough spots. “LOYALTY,” his collaboration with Rihanna, lands as flat as any attempted radio hit should. “LUST” and “LOVE,” meant to play off of one another, don’t fit well into the overall narrative of the album. “LUST” feels like an uncomfortable drift in and out of sleep, and “LOVE” is sure to hook a few 16-year-old girls dabbling in rap, but won’t make any noise with those more familiar with Kendrick’s abilities. Those apprehensive of mainstream rap shouldn’t write the genre off until spending time with “DAMN.” The rhymes are clean and thought-

provoking. Most tracks go through numerous moods in a seamless fashion. This album tells a story with an unforgettable ending. Those unwilling to admit Kendrick is one of the rap game’s greatest innovators should sit down, be humble and listen to “DAMN.”

I picked up “Cowboys Are My Weakness” by Pam Houston at a book swap as a joke. I held it up to roommate and we laughed because, well, cowboys are actually my weakness. What I didn’t realize at the time was that collection of short stories would sting, surprise and ring a little too true to the life of a woman in the rural western United States. The final story in the collection, “In My Next Life,” is sure to break any reader’s heart.


The album cover for Kendrick Lamar’s “DAMN.”

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Even as a mainstream country music fan, I’ll be the first to admit the boot-stompin’, beer-drinkin’, cut-off-jeans rhetoric isn’t for everyone. Chris Stapleton’s album “Traveller,” however, is for everyone. The 14-track album, released in 2015, is a gem in a sea of underwhelming country hits. Where Stapleton shines is his throwback voice and easy tunes — nothing flashy, but nevertheless unforgettable. The title track is timeless, and best played with the windows down.


OK, I’ll admit it: I watched all five seasons of “Longmire” in about a month and a half. How I managed to do that between graduating college, moving home and starting this job at the Reader, I have no idea. But what I do know is it’s addicting. Something about an aging, endearing, literarily inclined cowboy fighting crime in smalltown Wyoming speaks to my soul. “Longmire” thrills, while also developing complex characters.

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‘They’ll always be your kids’ After teaching nine grade levels in 34 years, Hope Elementary teacher Jan Riley retires

By Lyndsie Kiebert Reader Staff Writer When Jan Riley began the 20162017 school year teaching in a multiaged classroom of first, second and third graders at Hope Elementary, she’d done what few teachers can say they’ve ever done. During her 34 years in the Lake Pend Oreille School District, Riley taught every grade from kindergarten through eighth. Riley, originally Jan McNall, grew up on Grouse Creek—a property her family has occupied for almost 100 years. She attended Northside Elementary and graduated from Sandpoint High School in 1979. She said her father and aunt were both teachers, and she loved kids, so the decision to study teaching wasn’t a hard one. “The greatest part is when you see a kid who works really hard to reach their goals, and you get to share in their pride,” she said. “It’s heartwarming.” Riley said her favorite memories include cooking with her students, as well as teaching the Native American unit during her time with second grade. Students made dioramas of Native American life, read Native American stories, made rattles and drums, and even performed plays for their parents during the final day of the unit while everyone ate fry bread. Regardless of all the good memories, Riley said it’s undeniable that kids have changed since her first days as a teacher. She said the rise in technology makes kids feel the need to be constantly entertained, and the respect isn’t quite where it was at when she started teaching. She also said it’s hard to see former students fall into bad situations, especially in such a small community. However, she said the negative is

bearable when she sees former students excel later in life. One student, Megan Roberts, recently visited Riley’s classroom to tell the kids about her career in marine biology—a job that takes her all over the world. “In second grade she wanted to be a marine biologist,” Riley said with a laugh. “It’s neat to see how successful our little kids become.” After so much time teaching in small area, Riley said she has had the privilege to teach the children of former students—as well as all three of her own daughters. Riley’s daughter Tasha Albertson will begin teaching sixth grade at Northside starting the 2017-2018 school year — a position her grandfather held for many years. “(My mom’s) heart is so big for every kid,” Albertson said. “She will do anything, and work so hard and so long. She always has the best ideas — no matter what the kid needs, whether it’s academic or even just needing love.” As Albertson looks forward to teaching her own students in the fall, she hopes she can take what she’s learned from her mom into her career. “That is what I’d want to (emulate) the most — just her heart and her passion and her dedication,” she said. Riley said her daughter will be great with Northside’s sixth graders. “She sees the good in kids, too,” she said. Though Riley will be taking some time away from the classroom post-retirement to spend

The Riley family, from left to right: Taylor Riley, Tasha Albertson, Jan Riley and Lexi Riley. Front row are Jan Riley’s two grandsons Nash and Riley Albertson. Photo by Tasha Albertson. time with her grandsons and aging father, she said she plans to volunteer in the school when the time comes. “You always love your kids. They’ll always be your kids,” she said of her students over the last three decades. “You need to believe in them so they can believe in themselves.”

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Sandpoint Middle School student Kate Bokowy makes a presentation to the Friends of the Library on June 1st. Bokowy’s presentation is part of the Future City program by SMS, an award-winning program that designs cities with the purpose of answering one question: “How can we make the world a better place?” This year’s topic was “The power of public space.” The program is designed to teach kids 21st century skills using math and science concepts, as well as writing, public speaking, problem solving, proposing solutions and learning how their communities work. Dinah Gaddie was also presented as an instructor and mentor for the program. Photo courtesy of Friends of the Library.

Woorf tdhe Week



By Charity Luthy


[noun] 1. undue or exaggerated praise.

“Save your puffery, you sycophants! I am my own man.” Corrections: Nothing to report this week. We’re celebrating with whiskey.

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