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When you were a child, what did you want to be when you grew up? “An archaeologist. I found it fascinating. Our teacher made it sound so interesting. Of course, it didn’t turn out that way.” Reet Stefano Retired executive secretary Moved from Kentucky to Sandpoint 14 months ago

Today marks a very important date in history: 75 years ago, on June 6, 1944, Allied forces landed on the beaches of Normandy, France, and attacked Nazi German positions on the beach. More than 132,000 troops landed on the beach on this day, which was later referred to by historians as “the beginning of the end of the war.” Allied casualties numbered at least 10,000, with 4,414 confirmed dead. Some of the fiercest fighting occurred on Omaha Beach, where over 2,000 Americans died. Additionally, 238 U.S. airborne troops were killed dropping into enemy territory behind the landing beaches. My hat goes off to all of the soldiers who did their duty that fateful day, as well as those who are currently serving in the U.S. Military. -Ben Olson, Publisher

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“I wanted to run a big cattle ranch, because when I was a kid we had cows and 40 or so goats, but you can’t really make any money at it unless you have a big outfit.” Buck Roop Director of nurses Lakeside Assisted Living Cocolalla “I wanted to be a ballet dancer, and I was, until I turned 15 and discovered boys.” Shirley Rice Retired homemaker passionate gardener Sandpoint


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Little Fit Daycare owner sentenced to probation By Cameron Rasmusson Reader Staff The owner of a childcare facility closed by the state will serve probation but no jail time for the injury of a child that occurred on business grounds. According to Kootenai County Prosecutor Barry McHugh, whose office prosecuted the case, Magistrate Judge Justin Julian sentenced Little Fit Daycare owner Dennis Ray McLeish to 364 days of unsupervised probation. McLeish is also ordered to pay $750, is barred from working in the childcare industry and must undergo 20 hours of childcare instruction. Julian also granted withheld judgment, meaning that McHugh will not have a criminal conviction entered against him should he fulfill the terms of his sentence. The state has 60 days to file a motion for restitution. McLeish initially pleaded not guilty to the charge of injury to a child. He later entered an Alford plea, which is treated as a guilty plea in court with the understanding that the defendant doesn’t admit to the crime. The sentencing stems from an incident earlier this year, in which a six-month-old infant was found unresponsive at Little Fit Daycare in Ponderay. The Idaho Department of Health and

Welfare later revoked the daycare’s Idaho Child Care Provider agreement, alleging that children were left unattended while several other children abused the infant. “In the absence of your care, the infant was hit, held down by the back of the neck, dragged across the carpet, head butted, bit, and hit with wood and plastic toys by other unattended children,” the letter read. “The children’s actions toward the infant, without any adult supervision or intervention, led to the infant’s serious injury which required medical care and hospitalization.” Responding in media reports to the charges shortly after the incident, McLeish said that the assault wasn’t the result of negligence, but rather an unforeseen tragedy that could happen to the most attentive caregiver. “(The kids) are laying with (the baby) one minute, they are playing with him for a better portion of it, they were being cute and patting his head and putting a blanket on his back and letting him play with toys, and then they just start assaulting him,” McLeish told KHQ News. “It is literally one of the most horrible things, and it was just so sad to see these babies do that.”

Lake to reach summer pool next week By Lyndsie Kiebert Reader Staff Lake Pend Oreille is projected to reach summer pool next week, according to data from the Northwest River Forecast Center. Summer pool — or the level at which the lake sits throughout the recreational season — is between 2,062 and 2,062.5 feet. As of Wednesday afternoon, the lake was fast approaching 2,061 feet and current data estimated summer pool would be reached 4 /


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by June 14. According to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, which manages Albeni Falls Dam, increased precipitation can quickly change those estimates. With rain expected over the weekend, summer pool may be arriving slightly faster than projections show. Regardless, it appears the Army Corps intent to have the lake at summer pool by midJune — which they shared with the public in April — should come to fruition.

Goose management plan sparks controversy By Cameron Rasmusson Reader Staff When it comes the Canadian geese at Sandpoint City Beach, there’s no simple solution —or at least, not one that will please everyone. In February, the Sandpoint City Council approved a management plan for geese in local parks. A cooperative effort between the city, USDA Wildlife Services, Idaho Fish and Game and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services, the plan involves capturing the birds while they’re molting and flightless, banding them for identification and relocating them. That’s all well and good, but one possibility has some feathers ruffled. Sandpoint Parks and Recreation Director Kim Woodruff told council members in February that for the plan to succeed, birds that return to the park after relocation may need to eventually be euthanized. “The action tonight is to relocate only, but I want to be clear and transparent to you and the public about my recommendations for long-term and sustained success,” he said in February. Resident Jane Fritz believes the geese management plan is inhumane and unnecessary. At a council meeting Wednesday night, she urged the city to consider other options.

A previous deterrent method tried by the city of Sandpoint were the use of coyote decoys at City Beach . Photo by Ben Olson. “Deterrents should always be tried before lethal means of taking taking a protected species are employed, as is the city’s plan,” Fritz said. Fritz opinion is shared by some Sandpoint residents. But others, particularly those in the hospitality industry, believe the massive amount of fecal matter produced by the geese are a public hazard and a turn-off for tourists. “In my experience the geese have been the most common complaint among the 9,000-plus people we check in,” said Dallas Cox of the Best Western Edgewater. According to Woodruff, the city has also received frequent complaints about the mess Ca-

nadian geese leave behind. But he believes the plan approved by the City Council in February is the best chance of curbing the problem. Prior to the relocation program, the city made several attempts at reducing the beach’s goose population. City officials set up coyote decoys, hired a dog handler and more, which helped to some degree. Beyond that, city workers made their best effort to clean up the heaps of goose poop left in their wake. But with geese flocking by the hundreds and each capable of producing two to three pounds of fecal matter per day, it proved a costly and time-consuming project.

LPOSD offers free summer lunches By Cameron Rasmusson Reader Staff Summer can be a tough time for students who rely on a free lunch program as a staple of their diet. Fortunately, they have options with Lake Pend Oreille School District’s free summer meals programs. Implemented in cooperation with the Idaho State Department of Education and the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the program offers free meals to all children ages 1 through 18. There’s no registration, fee or in-

come paperwork required — just show up at the scheduled time and place for a free meal. Parents are welcome to join their kids for the meals, but by law, they can’t share the free food with their child. Instead, they’re welcome to bring their own lunch or buy an adult meal for $3.85. The program also requires that meals be eaten onsite in the designated area. Meals will be provided at the following locations and times: Farmin Stidwell Elementary School cafeteria, 1627 Spruce St., Monday through Friday

from June 17 to Aug. 23 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.; Sandpoint City Beach in the grassy area next to the playground, 56 Bridge St., Monday through Friday from July 1 to Aug. 23 from 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.; Kootenai Elementary Library, 301 Sprague St., Tuesday and Thursday from June 25 to Aug. 14 11:30 a.m.-12 p.m.; and Sandpoint High School in the hallway double-door entrance left of the main entrance, 410 South Division Ave., Monday through Friday from June 17 to Aug. 23 12-12:30 p.m.


Grizzly euthanized in Boundary County

The bear killed seven sheep after being relocated to the Cabinet Mountains last summer

By Lyndsie Kiebert Reader Staff A grizzly bear was euthanized over the weekend in Boundary County after killing seven sheep in a matter of just a few days. IFG said in an announcement Monday that officers responded to a report on May 29 that five sheep had been killed overnight. A report on May 30 said two more had been killed just eight miles south of the first report. A GPS collar IFG placed on the bear in 2018 confirmed he was responsible for the killings. IFG euthanized the bear on June 1 in Copeland — about 18 miles north of Bonners Ferry — in a joint effort with U.S. Department of Agriculture Wildlife Services and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. “Officers credit citizens’ timely reporting of the incidents with their ability to quickly respond to the bear and avoid additional conflicts with livestock

producers and area residents,” IFG said. This is not the young, 240-pound grizzly’s first run-in with trouble. In August 2018, IFG trapped the bear after he’d been found raiding chicken coops and chasing sheep near Garwood. They relocated him to the Cabinet Mountains on the Idaho-Montana border, and fixed him with the GPS collar which ultimately led to his confirmed location at the sheep killings near Copeland. Grizzly bears are not uncommon in northern Boundary County, according to IFG, which estimates there are 70-80 grizzly bears living in the nearby Selkirk Grizzly Bear Recovery Zone, which covers parts of Idaho, Washington and British Columbia. However, IFG reports the last known incident of a grizzly harassing and killing livestock in the area was over five years ago. As the full swing of summer approaches and more and more people pour into the mountains

of North Idaho, bear encounters become increasingly likely. The National Park Service offers helpful bear safety tips at its website, Highlights of those tips include hiking in groups rather than alone so bears are more likely to hear or smell you, and speaking to the bear calmly and waving your arms

slowly in the case of an encounter. Never drop your pack during an encounter, as it will allow the bear to access your food and be prompted further to pursue you. A pack can also be a form of protection should a bear attack you — if a grizzly or brown bear attacks, play dead on your stomach, the NPS suggests. If

The grizzly spotted near Athol in 2018. Photo courtesy of Dylan May. attacked by a black bear, fight back. NPS also strongly recommends leaving dogs at home when hiking in known bear country, stating plainly: “Bears and pets don’t mix.”

Missing boy who prompted Nixle alert found safe Pete Thompson, Sandpoint publisher, dies at 89 By Lyndsie Kiebert Reader Staff A 12-year-old Bonner County boy went missing Tuesday, prompting a search and rescue effort that ultimately found the boy not far from his home. The Bonner County Sheriff’s Office said Caden Riffel went missing from his Selle Road residence between 7 and 9:30 a.m., according to his father. Riffel was first reported to BCSO by a man who said Riffel showed up at his doorstep claiming his father had dropped him off in the woods and “didn’t want him anymore,” said Captain Tim Hemphill. When the man left the boy alone for a moment to get him some water, Riffel disappeared. Soon after, BCSO received a call from Riffel’s father that the boy had wandered away from his home while his parents were sleeping. BCSO then issued Nixle alerts at 12:41 p.m. and 1 p.m. providing details on Riffel’s appearance and notifying anyone who saw him to call 911.

Hemphill said BCSO activated Bonner County’s Volunteer Search and Rescue after several hours had passed and tips from the community didn’t lead to Riffel. Ultimately, a search-and-rescue member found Riffel about 300 yards southeast of his home, and he appeared to be walking in that direction. BCSO issued a final alert at 6:58 p.m.: “Missing 12 year old child, Caden, has been located, thanks to all who helped with the search and tips!” Helphill said it isn’t clear why Riffel wandered away from his home Tuesday. He said BCSO has offered to follow up with the family to see if there’s anything more they can do. “Nothing seems to be jumping to light immediately,” Hemphill said, noting Riffel’s relaxed attitude when he was found and the fact that he was walking toward his residence seemed to suggest he’d only gone “for a walk” for the day.

By Cameron Rasmusson Reader Staff Pete Thompson, former owner and co-founder of the Bonner County Daily Bee and a self-described “newspaperman” to the core, died at his home Sunday. He was 89. A mentor to many regional journalists, a tireless volunteer for charitable organizations like the Sandpoint Lions and a strong advocate for Idaho conservation, Thompson will be honored in services 11 a.m. Friday at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church. As the owner of the Bonner County Daily Bee until its sale to the Hagadone Corporation, Thompson helped launch many a young career in the 1980s. One such individual is Keokee Publishing owner Chris Bessler, who considers Thompson to be a mentor. “Pete was a heck of a good guy, and because he owned the paper in his hometown, he put a lot of heart into it,” Bessler

Pete Thompson. Photo courtesy Thompson family said. Thompson was friends with former Idaho Governor Cecil Andrus, who passed away in 2017. Shortly after the former governor died, Thompson shared fond memories with the Sandpoint Reader about the fishing trips and visits he and Andrus enjoyed. United in their commitment to conservation policies, Thompson was appointed by Andrus to serve on the Idaho Fish and Game Commission. June 6, 2019 /


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Chamber welcomes Friends of the Pend d’Oreille Bay Trail By Reader Staff

Bouquets: • I want to wish all graduating high school seniors the best of luck in their future endeavors. Some salty dogs like myself will often grumble about the next generation, but I think young people today have access to the most information in history. I’m eager to see what they do with it. Follow your dreams, graduates. Don’t ever let anyone ever tell you otherwise. • Laughing Dog Brewery won silver in the English mild category at North American Brewers Association’s Mountain Brewers Beer Fest 2019 in Idaho Falls last Friday. Great job, Laughing Dog. • Congrats to my high school buddy Justin Schuck, who took first in his division at the MtnX Enduro Challenge at the Bonner County Fairgrounds last weekend! Barbs • When I first brought the Reader back in 2015, I delivered it every Thursday with my old ratty 1950s Schwinn bicycle. In the years since — thanks especially to a group of people who chipped in — I have graduated to a newer delivery bike, but I still rode the Schwinn most every day. That is until this morning when I noticed that someone had the gall to go into my backyard and steal it. I’ll never know the reasons that motivate a thief to take something that isn’t theirs. Maybe they feel entitled. Maybe they are in dire straits. Maybe they are just unscrupulous human beings who don’t realize that when they steal from regular working people, they are hurting them badly. Here’s a warning to the thief: If I see you riding my blue 1950s Schwinn with a black fender and steel baskets on the back, the police will be called and you will be arrested. To all other thieves out there who think their actions don’t hurt anyone: they do. Think of a better way to live your lives. If anyone sees my bike out there, I’d appreciate a heads up. 6 /


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It was a picture-perfect day for celebrating one of Sandpoint’s most charming trails. The Greater Sandpoint Chamber of Commerce welcomed Friends of Pend d’Oreille Bay Trail with a ribbon cutting ceremony on Tuesday, May 28. Friends of Pend d’Oreille Bay Trail began as a broad-based community partnership committed to establishing a public waterfront trail along the Lake Pend Oreille shoreline, linking the communities of Sandpoint, Ponderay and Kootenai. A registered 501c(3) nonprofit organization, the Bay Trail is a non-motorized trail along a mile and a half of shoreline in the communities of Sandpoint and Ponderay on the shores of

Lake Pend Oreille. It is their hope to connect the trail to Ponderay neighborhoods by way of a railroad underpass, and to provide a link to Kootenai, so children and families in those communities can safely access the lake and the shoreline trail. You can enjoy the trail now from the Sandpoint trailhead, next to the city’s water treatment plant at the end of Sandpoint Avenue, past the Edgewater Motel, north of City Beach. Their biggest event of the year is coming up on June 9. The 7th Annual Bay Trail Fun Run is a family-friendly event. Choose between 5 or 10K distances to run or walk along the shores of Lake Pend Oreille and Sand Creek. The Bay Trail Fun Run benefits

4-day dance camp offered By Reader Staff

is required. Sessions will run 9 a.m.-12 p.m. Former Sandeach day, with a point High School final show taking Dance Team place Thursday, captain and current June 20, at 11:30 University of Mona.m. where friends tana Dance Team and family can see member Amber what their dancers Laiche will host learned during the a dance camp at four-day camp. Sandpoint Middle Cost is $50 per School June 17-20. camper and $95 for The camp is two siblings. Find geared toward Amber Laiche. Courtesy photo. more information ages 7-13, and will and register at www.amberlaiccenter around jazz, hip-hop and pom. No prior dancing experience

the Friends of the Pend d’Oreille Bay Trail and efforts to preserve and enhance our regions treasured waterfront trail. Register online for the Bay Trail Fun Run until June 8 at noon. Packet pick-up and in person registration is on June 8 from 4-6

From left to right: Steve Sanchez, Susan Drumheller, Jan Griffitts, Ricci Witte, Judy Thompson, Jean Vorhies, Bob Witte, Erik Brubaker, Jan Rumore, Phil Hough, Howard McDannald p.m. at Trinity at City Beach. To register, visit their website: www. and click on events.

Native plant sale next week

By Reader Staff

The Kinnikinnick Native Plant Society will host their native plant sale Saturday, June 15, from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. at Lakeview Park, 901 Ontario St. in Sandpoint. This event is co-sponsored by Sandpoint Parks and Recreation. This year, the sale has been moved back two weeks from when it has traditionally been held to improve the availability of plants in smaller sizes. As always, KNPS

will offer a wide selection of native trees, shrubs and perennials that are perfectly suited to our local climate, grown by Cedar Mountain Perennials. In addition to plants, KNPS will have a variety of hand-crafted items such as planters, trugs, gnome doors and notecards. There will also be a delicious assortment of baked goods freshly made by dedicated volunteers. Email Ken Thacker –


Clark Fork volleyball camps next week By Reader Staff Two volleyball camps are slated for next week at Clark Fork High School: one for players entering grades 3-6 and one for those entering grades 7-12. The first is on Monday, June 10, and geared toward the younger bunch. The Clark Fork Juniors Club Volleyball program is hosting the one-day camp for $40 per player. Participants will learn fundamental skills 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., with a half hour break for lunch at 11 a.m. Each player will also receive a CFJVC camp t-shirt. Call Cindy Derr at 208-266-

1276 or email clarkforkjuniors@ with questions or to sign up. The second camp, geared toward 7-12 graders, is on Friday, June 14. It will be held at CFHS but is hosted by North Idaho College Head Coach Kelsey Stanley and Assistant Coach Robin Reese. The one-day camp goes from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. with a half hour lunch break at 11:30 a.m. Cost is $50 per player and includes a camp t-shirt. Call Cindy Derr at 208-266-1276 or email with questions or to sign up.

Sandpoint’s Carl Zmuda attended the Lone Tree BPCR (Black Powder Cartridge Rifle) shoot in Polson, Mont., on Memorial Day weekend and brought along a Reader. The shoot featured ten matches, using four of 10 targets with varying distances from 224 to 1,038 yards. Zmuda said strong winds added to the challenge.


Does Mike Pence have the patience of Job? By Nick Gier Reader Columnist

“I form the light, and create darkness. I make peace, and create evil. I the Lord do all these things.” —Isaiah 45:7 (KJV) “God moves and actuates all in all, thus he moves and acts in Satan.” —Martin Luther I’ve been studying the Book of Job for clues about the relationship between Donald Trump and Mike Pence. Many conservative Christians believe that God has sent Trump to save the nation, so I’m re-telling the story with this foremost in mind. Let’s set the scene: God sits on his throne, and Trump approaches him. He reports that he has been roaming the earth from golf course to golf course, and that he has encountered God’s faithful servant Michael Pence. Trump opines that he has never met such a pious ass, and that he has a proposition for the Almighty. Trump Makes a Wager with God

Trump: “If you rig the 2016 election for me and make Pence my vice-president, I’m certain that I can make him just as corrupt as I am.” God replies: “I don’t think you will succeed, but I empower you and place my Good Michael in your hands.” Trump is so sure of his wager that he bets Trump Tower and Mar-a-Lago. God Hardens Hearts Against Clinton

God hardened the hearts of many in Wisconsin, Michigan and Pennsylvania against Hillary, and the election goes to Trump and Pence in the Electoral College (God doesn’t care about the popular vote). Here are excerpts from their first post-election meeting: “Do you promise not to object when I say that wind turbines cause cancer?” “Yes, Sir. Actually, I agree with you.” “Will you promise to remain silent and stone-faced as I give Chuck and Nancy or any of my opponents a tongue-lashing?” “Indeed, Sir.” “When I send you to speak to NATO leaders, will you tell them what a bunch of free-loaders they are?” “Yes, Sir.” “Will you look the other way when I ignore the human rights records of my autocrat friends?” “I certainly will, Mr. President.” “Will you always support me in my

denial that I never had sex with Stormy Daniels?” “I will, Sir.” “Will you agree not to snicker when I tell the world that I’m in love with North Korea’s dictator?” “Yes, Sir.” “Will you ignore my lack of compassion even though your wimpy Jesus commands it?” “Yes, Sir.” “When I break the law, will you announce to the press that I actually did not?” “Yes, Sir.” “When I ask you to break the law, will you accept a pardon if you’re caught?” “I guess so, Mr. President.” “Will you promise to support me in all that I say and do?” “Absolutely, Sir.” Good Michael Complains to his Wife

The Good Michael is so stressed in his job that boils break out all over his body. He shares his frustrations with his wife: “Trump mocks me when I ask the staff to pray, he uses the F-word and takes the Lord’s name in vain, he undermines my attempts to help Congress pass legislation, and he made us have lunch with the gay prime minister of Ireland and his husband. He stands against everything that we believe.” Michael’s wife answers as Job’s unnamed spouse does: “Do you still hold fast your integrity? Curse God and die” (2:9). The not-so good Michael replies as Job does: “You speak as one of the foolish women speaks.” Instead of cursing God, Michael laments the day he was born. Good Michael’s Friends Rebuke Him

Michael’s three best biblical friends — Eliphaz, Bildad and Zophar — come to comfort him. Michael reminds them that he is the most righteous man in the land, and he boasts that he would never have lunch with a woman unless his wife is present. He insists that he does not deserve this shame and humiliation. Eliphaz said: “Should a wise man utter vain knowledge, and fill his belly with the east wind? For thy own mouth uttereth thine iniquity. Thine own mouth condemneth thee”(15:2, 5, 6). Michael then rends his suit and covers himself in ashes. Trump Responds out of a Whirlwind

God hears Michael’s complaints, wants to respond, but he is too busy smiting Muslims. He deputizes Trump to do so, and he chooses to respond out of a whirlwind (chap. 38), made more intense by climate change. With a roar Trump declares: “Gird up your loins like a man, I will question you, and you shall declare

to me” (v. 3). “Have I not produced the best economy the world has ever seen?” “Yes, Lord.” “Have I not stood up to world leaders to get the best trade deals with Mexico, Canada and China?” “Indeed, my Lord.” “Have I not put immigrant children in cages for their own good, and as an example to others who might want to invade our country”? “Good for you, Lord.” “Have I not taught autocrats around the world to call ‘fake news’ on any accounts that question their leadership?” “Yes, my Lord.” “Have I not appointed right-wing judges, even one who refuses to support Brown v. Board of Education?” “I’m delighted, my Lord.” “Have I not made your wish to make abortion illegal a real possibility?” “Yes, my Lord, that is wonderful.” “Aren’t I great for removing us from every multi-lateral agreement and leaving those wimpy countries in the lurch?” “Good for you, my Lord.” “Have I not taught autocrats around the world to call ‘fake news’ on any accounts that question their leadership?” “Yes, my Lord.” “Have I not earned the Nobel Peace Prize for being soul mates with Kim Jong-un?” “Of course, my Lord.” “Will not God crown me as King of the World in Jerusalem?” “I can’t wait, my Lord.” “Do you now have any complaints?” “No, my Lord.” Good Michael Gets His Rewards

Trump reminds Michael that it is God, not he, who is the cause of all his miseries (42:11), but God is now ready to reward his loyalty handsomely: he will receive 14,000 sheep, 6,000 camels, 2,000 oxen and 1,000 she asses (42:12). When

Photo illustration by Ben Olson. Michael asked where he could possibly to put all these animals, Trump answers: “There is lots of pasture land in Indiana where you come from.” God’s final reward is to grant Michael’s wife 10 more children. When Michael responds that he will have to ask her, Trump cuts him off: “She will obey!” And when Michael says that she might be too old, Trump reminds him: “Did not God make Sarah conceive in Two Corinthians? And besides, we need many more white children to make the American Reich great again.” Epilogue: Lady Wisdom, described as God’s “delight” and as co-creator (Proverbs 8:30), assumes her rightful place in Heaven, as she does as Shekinah in the Jewish Kabbalah and in Hinduism. She consigns Trump to Sheol (Job 7:9) and sends Michael back to Indiana to take care of all his animals. She assigns those Republicans defeated in the 2018 election to help Michael with this huge task, because Old Testament farmers, including the young shepherd David, are presumably their heroes. The Goddess, of course, rescinds Trump’s command that Michael’s wife have 10 more children, and she makes sure that the constant attack on women’s reproductive rights comes to an end. She supports Ivanka Trump’s efforts to legislate federal maternity leaves, but makes sure that it is extended to three months and is fully funded. Finally, she commits herself to progressive politicians around the world who are campaigning to overcome centuries of patriarchal rule. Nick Gier of Moscow taught religion and philosophy at the University of Idaho for 31 years. Email him at June 6, 2019 /


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A Naval Expression... Dear Editor, There was an expression we used in the Navy. It was only used when certain conditions were met. These conditions were as follows: 1. A poorly-conceived idea is presented by staff 2. That idea is very poorly developed. 3. The plan developed from that idea is rife with unexamined holes 4. The required support and logistics is inadequately and/or improperly provided 5. The execution of this plan fell apart at the instant of implementation and none of the intended goals were achieved, usually at great cost This sequence of events was universally known as a “cluster f***.” The most recent example found for the use of this phrase is the entire 2016 election cycle. When an attendee at an event onboard the USS Yorktown back in June 2016 was asked his opinion of the two headlined speakers he responded with, “We have over 300 million people in this country, and these are the best candidates we can come up with?” I have watched from afar the events following Jan. 20, 2017, and have determined that we are in the middle stages of a major cluster f***! Here in early 2019 I see no reason to change my assessment Gil Beyer USN retired Sandpoint

Looking for Local Folks Who Attended Woodstock... Dear Editor, I am working on an article/ interview for an upcoming issue of the Reader. This coming August will be the 50th anniversary of the festival at Woodstock (Aug. 15-18, 1969). I would like to reach out to local folks who attended the original Woodstock back in 1969. What are your memories of the event? What has stayed with you? If interested in sharing your memories, please be in touch with me at: Thanks so much!

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ICF provides more than $250k in grants to North Idaho By Ben Olson Reader Staff The Idaho Community Foundation’s Northern Region Grant Panel has selected 75 North Idaho nonprofit organizations to receive more than $255,000 through its annual competitive grant cycle. Grant recipients are from 10 northern counties, including 19 from Bonner and Boundary counties. To learn more, visit

Ecology tour of Bull River Valley By Reader Staff Join outdoor educator Brian Baxter of Silver Cloud Associates for a June outing in the beautiful Bull River Valley of Montana. Baxter will lead his outdoor classroom to explore the micro and macro environments along the Bull River. Baxter will focus on aspects of history, trees, plants, wildflowers, fungi, fisheries, insects, disease, diverse wildlife and birds. The class meets at 9 a.m. Mountain Time at the west end of the rest area at the corner of Highway 56 and Highway 2. Come prepared with lunch, water, binoculars and full gas tanks. The class wraps at approximately 3 p.m. Email b_baxter53@yahoo. com for more information.

Welcome to First Thursdays

Sandpoint retailers and restaurants pair for a night of shopping and prizes

By Ben Olson Reader Staff

Sandpoint is hopping these days, with a handful of new businesses joining tried-and-true retailers that have established a vibrant marketplace in downtown Sandpoint. To help launch the summer season, the Historic Sandpoint Shopping District is offering the inaugural First Thursday Event Thursday, June 6, from 5-7 p.m. The event pairs two dozen local merchants with local restaurants for a night of shopping, tasty bites, live music, prizes, snacks and sips and children’s games. While sampling some of the best our local eateries have to offer, shoppers can obtain a passport from any of the 24 participating retailers, which they will then have stamped at participating location. After obtaining at least 10 stamps, shoppers can turn in their completed passports to the Pend d’Oreille Winery, where an afterparty will take place from 7-9 p.m. The drawing for $500 in prizes will commence at 7:15 p.m. Shoppers must be present to win. There will be live music from 5-7 p.m. At three locations around Sandpoint: Stone Cloud 4 will play on the sidewalk of Church St. and First Ave. in front of Burl

Laughing Matter By Bill Borders

Photo by Ben Olson. Wood Dreams, Ponderay Paradox will play in front of Cedar St. Bridge and Betsy Hammet will play at Outdoor Experience. The 219 Lounge will also have live music from 8-11 p.m. with Reverend Justin Hylton. The afterparty kicks off at the Pend d’Oreille Winery from 7-9 p.m. with live music by Brian Jacobs and drink specials.

“This is a great way to kick off summer,” said Deanna Harris from Sharon’s Hallmark on First Ave. “There have been a lot of changes downtown, so we’re encouraging everyone to stop down and see us.” For a list of participating retailers and restaurants, visit the Historic Downtown Shopping District’s Facebook page.

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Asses at the bar A few Saturdays ago I went out for drinks with a couple of friends. We went to a local establishment in Sandpoint, one that serves hard liquor and has outdoor seating. It was about 70 degrees out, full sunshine. In North Idaho, 70 degrees in May is considered a heat wave. Locals were out in full force that evening sweating through their T-shirts and complaining of heat stroke. The local intolerance to “heat” has always amused me, as I spent a good portion of my life in Boise, and no one bats an eye at the heat in the southern part of our states until it’s well above 90 degrees. Give those southerners two inches of snow, and the whole city will shut down. Same state, different song I suppose. There were about 23 people on the deck. Statistically speaking, the average customer age was 36.7 years old. Eight of the customers were smoking, and every one of those people was drinking a cocktail of sorts. If I am being honest, I can’t say that the two small children with their mother were definitely drinking cocktails. However, the children seemed content to bask in second-hand smoke whilst participating in the surrounding bar patrons’ various conversations. I will leave it up to you on whether or not that is a normal childhood activity. However, I will say in their mother’s defense, they are not the only children I have seen at a bar in Sandpoint. Love it or hate it, it is a very typical scenario for a sunny Saturday night out in Sandpoint. Typical wouldn’t be worth writing a story about though, would it? It was at this point when a group of two men and one woman in their 20s stepped onto the deck, looking as though they had been enjoying spring break in Cabo. The men had on typical clothing. But the woman was wearing an outfit I can only describe as cut-off denim diaper thong and

a tube top. This outfit would not be unusual in a ‘90s rap video, or perhaps even at the beach. But it was very out of place in a family bar in North Idaho. As the woman sauntered up the stairs, the two children put down their drinks to watch a finely toned set of exposed buttocks jiggle past them almost grazing their mother’s lit cigarette. Every single person watched as the halfnaked woman pranced by and then leaned over the bar to get her drinks. For a moment no one spoke. It was such an unnerving site that women forgot to reprimand their partners for staring, and no one really knew how to react. On the one hand, she did have a glorious ass. I mean, it was perfect. I hadn’t seen anything like it in real life. Asses like that only exist in the filtered storybook land of Instagram. Speculation began as to whether we’d walk into a bar wearing a thong and a tube top if we had an ass like that. I imagine that the other tables were talking about similar things — that is if they were not actively engaged in pointing, staring and secretly trying to take pictures of her ass with their cell phones. This is the point in the story when things really went south for me as someone who considers themselves feminist. I don’t know whether to be disgusted, amazed, supportive or tell the patrons to stop. I mean she didn’t really seem to mind the objectification, so who was I to judge? It would be easy to just mind my own business and avert my eyes. Except, that when she sat down, her diaper thong disappeared into the upper level of her crack, and then her butt cheeks were just sitting their facing the rest of the bar. BARE ASS CHEEKS, just sweating all over the public seating, right alongside people who are trying to have a nice drink and smoke with their kids. Isn’t there such a thing as a health code? It seems like there should be some sort of rule against exposed genitalia in places where people are eating. You have to wear shoes and a shirt to dine in most establishments, so covering your ass seems to fall in line with those basic expectations.

This disturbed me, as I am a germophobe and have a difficult time not imaging how many communicable diseases I expose myself to every time I venture into public. I found myself pondering things like, “If she was to have something like crabs, every person who sat in her seat the rest of the night would clearly be exposed.” I’m not going to say they would contract them, as I’m not sure what the shelf life of crabs are, but I think you can safely catch what I’m laying down. Then I felt guilty for giving her imaginary crabs. On the other hand, if she was a man or a heavy woman wearing the same clothes, she would have been asked to leave — no question. My opinion is that an ass is an ass; it doesn’t matter whose it is. My opinion isn’t about body shaming, or monitoring someone’s outfit, it’s about general hygiene and communicable disease control. People don’t walk around in their underwear for a reason, and it’s not because society is oppressive. In fact, most people don’t like to eat french fries in close proximity to a stranger’s exposed ass. It’s called common courtesy. Five years ago, she would have been asked to put some pants on. Now the bartender is so afraid of being publicly flogged on social media for “shaming” the woman into wearing an appropriate ass covering, he would rather just let the patron rub her anus all over the patio furniture and get the Clorox out when she leaves. I’m thinking we need to put some new signs up around town in the places that serve food specifically: “Shirts, shoes and covered asses required.” And just a rule of thumb or general yardstick for any of you who enjoy wearing the short shorts: If you sit down and you can feel the restaurant chair sticking to your bare ass as the seam of your shorts cuts uncomfortably into your genitalia, YOUR SHORTS ARE TOO SHORT. Happy Summer ya’ll, SQ



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personal computers - part 2 By Brenden Bobby Reader Columnist We’re back again to talk about the doohickey that I used to research and write this article! Last week we talked about what motherboards, power supplies, cooling systems and video cards do, and how they relate to the human body. Continuing on with that metaphor: If the motherboard is the spine, the power source is the stomach, the fans and water cooling are the vascular system, what’s the brain? It’s actually three parts: The CPU, the hard drive and the RAM. The CPU, or Central Processing Unit, is what executes commands and deciphers code so we can see a bunch of gibberish turn into Brenden’s stupid words on a page, or that cool Dyson Sphere we just made in our space game. It’s the main part of the brain that tells all of the other components what they should be doing, relayed through the Motherboard, just as our brain does with our spine. This is, in literal terms, the computer. It computes things. The rest of the unit is just auxiliary support so we can do other stuff and make sense of it all. When you see CPUs, you generally see them with “GHz” or Gigahertz, which, in a nutshell, is essentially how fast the CPU runs. However, this is complicated when factoring in multiple cores. You might have a 4.0GHz CPU and your buddy has a 3.4GHz dual-core processor, and his is faster. This is because his processor executes 10 /


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one task per core (dual, being two) while yours executes one really fast. When you hear people talking about “overclocking,” it’s a term for how many processes you’re making your CPU perform per second faster than the manufacturer’s recommended level. Gamers will push a CPU to its limits when you don’t want to miss a beat and end up staring at a respawn screen hearing some 13 year old with rich parents tell you to “git gud scrub.” This generates a ton of heat. The next part of the brain is the hard drive. This holds all of the information we use and need, including the operating system, family photos or those six dozen custom game maps you gave up trying to edit in 2008. Hard drives come in two flavors: hard-drive disks (HDD) or solid-state drives (SSD). An HDD works a lot like a vinyl record: It has a disk that spins and a spindle arm that reads and writes data. Because of this mechanical function, HDDs are considerably slower than their counterparts. Not a big deal if all you do is like dog photos on Instagram. Huge deal if you hate waiting for load screens in your favorite online game. SSDs are like larger USB drives. They don’t have a moving mechanical part to read and write data and will transfer data considerably faster and be less prone to mechanical damage from moving around. These come in a few varieties: External USB drives, which are fairly slow but easily installed and transported. Internal SATA drives, which are fast, a little

more pricey and not easily transportable, and M2 SSDs, which are lightning fast, expensive and mounted into the motherboard. If you have a hatred for load screens matched only by your hatred for infernal demons that must be slain, an M2 is the way to go, as these puppies can read/write in excess of 1.6GB per second. That’s a little over an hour and a half of Youtube streaming data that can be transferred faster than you can say: “potato.” To take some load off the hard drive (especially HDDs that have to physically change the disk’s surface to write data), your computer also comes equipped with RAM, or Random Access Memory. This stores some vital functions and frequently-used data that will load quickly and tends to come in GB values. Generally, 16GB of RAM is pretty awesome, and going over that is beating a dead horse, even for gamers. But hey, so is buying a Ferrari, so who am I to judge? There are more components in your computer — things like a WiFi card with a builtin antenna to pick up wireless signals, USB ports that let a computer’s peripherals like keyboard and mouse hook in and, of course, an HDMI or a VGA port for a monitor so you can actually see what you’re doing with the computer. Some computers (mine included) come equipped with fancy LED lighting that can change color with a controller, further augmented by having a tempered glass side panel so you can see inside while it’s running.

Those acronyms are probably just a losing hand of “Scrabble” to a lot of people, but as computers further push their way into our lives, they’re becoming more and more familiar terms to each and every one of us. You can find all of these components in your own computer, or one of the 42 at the Sandpoint Library, or the 10 in the Clark Fork Library. I wouldn’t recommend cracking

one of those open, though, unless you want the IT manager to go all Darth Vader and hurl you over a staircase. Before my acronyms and I sign off, I wanted to give a thank you and a shoutout to Kyle from Candid Computers on Boyer. My family was in a twisted computer bind recently, and he hooked us up with a stellar gaming rig for a crazy good price. Thanks, man!

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• About 20% of the Earth’s oxygen is produced by the Amazon rainforest. Sadly, during the past 40 years, at least 20% of the Amazon rainforest has been cut down. • The name “Amazon” comes from the “Amazons” of Greek mythology, a race of woman warriors. In many tribes of the area, women fought alongside the men. • Sand from the Sahara is blown by the wind all the way across the Atlantic Ocean to the Amazon, recharging its minerals. The desert literally fertilizes the rainforest. • One in 10 of the world’s known species lives in the Amazon rainforest. • There is not a single bridge over the Amazon River. The river once flowed in the opposite direction, from east to west. • Almost four hundred billion trees belonging to 16,000 different species grow in the Amazon rainforest. • There’s an underground river 2.4 miles beneath the Amazon River in Brazil that might be as long and hundreds of times wider. • In 2008, Norway donated $1 billion to help save the Amazon. • The Amazon River discharges five times as much water as any other river on the planet. • The Amazon Rainforest is home to about 2.5 million insect species. • As many as 60 tribes remain largely uncontacted in the Amazon or live in voluntary isolation. • Iquitos, Peru, is the largest city in the world inaccessible by road. It’s located deep in the Amazon rainforest and has over 400,000 people.


KRFY holds annual Membership Drive By Reader Staff Want to see, hear and personally take part in the inner workings of Sandpoint’s community radio station, 88.5 KRFY? Your chance comes up Friday and Saturday, June 7-8, when KRFY conducts its annual membership drive with live broadcasts on display downtown. From 8 a.m.- 8 p.m. both days KRFY will be broadcasting live upstairs at the station’s studio located at 323 N. First Ave. in downtown Sandpoint. Disc jockeys will be queuing up the mics in between live performances by local musicians and interviews with leaders of community organizations and KRFY underwriters. Visitors to the broadcast studio are invited to come watch and listen to the in-studio concerts. They will also have an opportunity to dedicate a song or give a shout out to family and friends. The event is a fundraiser for KRFY. There will be a phone bank where people may call in to 208-265-2992 anytime during the two-day drive, to become a member or make a donation. KRFY is almost entirely powered

by volunteers, from the broadcasters to production and committee personnel. KRFY Station Manager Suzy Prez said the goal is to raise $10,000 in donations during the drive, crucial to funding the ongoing operations of this vital community resource. “This membership drive provides a primary funding source for our budget,” Prez said, “and we hope we can involve

Courtesy photo. virtually anyone who appreciates the value that commercial-free community radio brings to our area. We are a diverse community and our goal is to present music, information, and views recognizing that richness.” More information is available by calling 208-265-2992 or visiting the KRFY Facebook page or

Chamber welcomes Canine Companions

By Reader Staff The Greater Sandpoint Chamber of Commerce welcomed The Inland Northwest Chapter of Canine Companions for Independence with a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Thursday, May 23. Founded in 1975, Canine Companions for Independence is a nonprofit organization that enhances the lives of people with disabilities by providing highly-trained assistance dogs and ongoing support to ensure quality partnerships. The assistance dogs from Canine Companions aren’t just the ears, hands and legs of their human partners, they serve as goodwill ambassadors and often, best friends to their owner. They open new opportunities and new possibilities and spread incredible joy. The Inland Northwest Chapter consists of enthusiastic volunteers, puppy raisers and graduate teams in North Idaho, eastern Washington and western Montana. Their mission is to support Canine Companions for Independence through fundraising and community awareness. “We’re hoping to continue to grow our

Inland Northwest Chapter to include more volunteer puppy raisers,” said chapter president Lilly Mitsui. “We have a local trainer in place helping each of us along the way. Every puppy we raise and every dollar we raise helps to take one more person off the waiting list to receive a skilled assistance dog from Canine Companions.” You can join Canine Companions on June 22 for DogFest North Idaho. Bring your dog, family and friends to this fun, dog-friendly community event and festival. Registration is free. Meet assistance dogs and get some “puppy love” from their pups in training.

Chamber Board members, ambassadors and staff, as well as volunteers, community members and puppies show their support for Canine Companions Inland Northwest President, Lilly Mitsui, at a Ribbon Cutting Celebration on May 23.

For more information visit DogFestNorthIdaho. All proceeds benefit Canine Companions for Independence and the mission to provide expertly trained assistance dogs to people with disabilities free of charge. DogFest is June 22, 10 a.m.-2p.m. at Forrest Bird Charter School, 614 S. Madison Ave. If you are interested in becoming a volunteer puppy raiser visit

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Watery rite of passage

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Attendees at the Pend Oreille Water Festival in Laclede. Courtesy photo.

The annual Pend Oreille Water Festival has been a rite of passage for the youth of Bonner county for the past 24 years. In mid-May the quiet community of Laclede buzzes to life with the enthusiasm of fifth-grade students learning to appreciate, respect, protect and conserve our area’s water resources. Over a two-day period approximately 475 students from public and private schools attend this engaging outdoor hands-on learning experience. Bonner Soil & Water Conservation District and the Army Corp of Engineers co-sponsor the Pend Oreille Water Festival which is graciously hosted at the Army Corp’s Riley Creek Campground on the banks of the Pend Oreille River. The annual Water Festival is a highlight each year and allows students an opportunity to take learning out of the classroom and into nature. Approximately 240 students per day rotate through six different stations. Each day about 35 volunteers from organizations such as Bonner SWCD, The Lakes Commission, Pack river Watershed Council, U.S. Forest Service, Idaho Fish & Game, Panhandle Health, Glahe & Associates, Kaniksu Land Trust along with individual volunteers serve as educators and event volunteers. John Hastings, a science teacher at SHS, coordinates a group of approximately 30 student volunteers who assist as group guides and instructor aides. The work begins months in advance as grant applications are prepared; in the weeks prior to the event the festival coordinator, Gail Bolin, visits each class to provide an interactive watershed presentation which heightens the student’s excitement for the upcoming Festival. Each station’s hands-on activity is designed to engage students in the conversation about how they can both appreciate, utilize and protect our areas resources with an emphasis on our water resources. Students gather close to touch animal pelts and observe the era clothing the fur trapper educators wear while learning how this industry drove Idaho’s economy during that time. The hum of excitement can be heard through the forest as the orienteering teams head out on a scavenger hunt. This fun adventure teaches the students to use a com/ June 6, 2019

pass as well as how to draw and understand maps. The animal tracks station is a favorite for many; educators share key indicators that set apart different animal tracks and how these differences benefit each animal. Students leave this station with bandannas they customized with animal prints. Squeals carry across the lawn as students visit the water quality station and learn about the characteristics of different aquatic macroinvertebrates through hands on discovery of bugs. Moving onto the watershed station students participate in an experiment demonstrating what happens when source and non-point source pollutants are introduced to the environment, how this impacts our watershed and what each person can do to minimize negative impacts. The opening question of the fisheries station is met with incredulous laughter as IDFG’s presenter pushes for the answer of, “How do you give a fish CPR?” Students touch and observe multiple fish species while learning key species identifiers and what makes them unique. The festival wraps up with a birds-of-prey program. Here students get to observe the nuances of these large birds of prey up close. Owls, falcons and a golden eagle were among the guests this year. Many students and adults alike were surprised to learn that the peregrine falcon in front of them holds the title for fastest animal, with diving speeds of over 200 MPH vs. a cheetah’s top speed of 70 MPH. The Water Festival was started by Tri-State Water Quality Council in 1996, when they closed in 2012 Bonner SWCD took on the program to ensure this important educational event would continue for the students of Bonner County. Gail was hired as the festival coordinator the same year and has done a wonderful job of expanding the festival. This is annual event is funded solely by grants and community donations. Would you like more information about how you can participate, volunteer or support the Water Festival in the future? Please feel free to reach out with questions to waterfestival.bonner@gmail. com. We look forward to seeing the youth of Bonner County at the 25th annual Water Festival in May of 2020!

Bits n’ Pieces

From east, west and beyond

By Lorraine H. Marie Reader Columnist East, west or beyond, sooner or later events elsewhere may have a local impact. A recent sampling: Tulane University tested birds in high and low lead areas of New Orleans; those from high lead exposure areas were more aggressive. A bill introduced to Congress, HR 1756, would stop car insurers from using credit scores to set insurance rates. Opponents say it is “well-intentioned” but flawed. Proponents claim credit scores have nothing to do with one’s driving skills. At a recent Senate Agricultural Committee hearing a soy and corn farmer introduced the idea of helping farmers and the planet by adopting carbon credits. The concept would reimburse farmers for carbon sequestration practices such as the use of off-season cover crops, Mother Jones reports. Keeping liberty by force: plans to cancel an annual God and Country Days event in northeast Washington followed international media attention when a recording of another G&C event was revealed. Speakers at the previous event told listeners to prepare for civil war; one encouraged people to buy an AR 15 and lots of ammunition. State Rep. Matt Shea claimed that compromise in the government arena has endangered the nation’s Christianity and “liberty must be kept by force,” The WEEK reports. Is there a better use? Municipal vehicles in Grand Junction, Colo., are using fuel made from humanure, The Guardian reports. The project, said to be worth $2.8 million, is expected to pay for itself in less than 10 years. It powers dump trucks, buses, street sweepers and garbage trucks. About 3,000 letters of support for immigrant children held at the Homestead, Fla., prison camp, written by school children were blocked from delivery, the Miami Herald reports. Security guards ignored the 100 people who had hoped to deliver the letters. Members of Congress, as part of their oversight duties, have tried to tour the for-profit prison, but were not allowed to. In one week ABC News devoted more coverage to the birth of a royal baby than it did to climate crisis in one year, according to Media Matters. So far the president’s tax bill for playing golf has been over $100 million, reports Huffington Post. That’s 300% more than the previous president’s tally after the same amount of time in office. While final figures are not yet tallied, the Mueller investigation is estimated to cost $34 million, not taking into account various forfeitures, such as Paul Manafort’s estimated $22 million in real estate, according to PolitiFact. The

Special Counsel investigation of former President Bill Clinton cost $70 million. Why do some dogs gain weight more than others? Based on research from New York University’s Langone Medical Center, weight gain may be linked to early-in-life use of antibiotics, says on-line veterinary columnist Dr. Karen S. Becker. She notes that “massively” overprescribed antibiotics have been common — and that alters gut bacteria. And the gut is where 70% of a pet’s immune system resides. Health for canines can be enhanced with a high-quality pet probiotic. Connecticut is the seventh state to raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour. Early this year three states had already done so. Chained CPI is back on the drawing board. The plan would result in 250,000 older people and people with disabilities having to pay higher premiums for prescription drugs. And 250,000 would lose their Medicaid (which includes the Affordable Care Act). Also at risk, says Social Security Works, is help for children, pregnant women and seniors who can’t afford Medicare. Following negotiations between Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, the latter ordered his negotiation team to be executed. That included his top diplomat, Bloomberg reported. After reviewing 40 trips made by former EPA Adminstrator Scott Pruitt and his staff, an EPA report found that $124,000 was spent lavishly on luxury hotels and similar expenses. The 84-page report urged action for preventing fraud, waste and abuse. Pruitt resigned last year; 18 or more federal investigations await his attention. At a town hall covered by NBC News, Rep. Justin Amash, R-Mich., explained the Special Counsel findings that the President has committed crimes and impeachable offenses. A supporter of the president and Amash shared her perspective: “I was surprised to hear there was anything negative in the Mueller report at all about President Trump. I hadn’t heard that before. I’ve mainly listened to conservative news.” Blast from the (recent) past: In June 2018, mindful of immigrant children being separated from their parents at the border, Red Hen restaurant co-owner Stephanie Wilkinson asked the White House press secretary to leave. An outpouring of threats and hate, targeting Wilkinson, followed. But there were an equal number of gestures of support, including donations to the restaurant and local organizations like the food bank. The attention has also benefited the area’s hospitality and sales revenues, and the restaurant itself is thriving. Lorraine H. Marie lives in northeast Washington where she writes and works on soil and forest regeneration of her rural land. June 6, 2019 /


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Bel Canto Opera: “The Murderous Flute” Live Music w/ Rev. Justin Hylton 7pm @ The Heartwood Center 8-11pm @ 219 Lounge A comedic opera based on Mozart’s “The Magic Atlanta-based touring musician with Flute.” $15/adults, $10 youth 18 & under songs of relatable tales of life experiences Thursday Night Solo Series w/ Benny Bake Live Music w/ Brian Jacobs 6-8pm @ MickDuff’s Beer Hall 5:30-8:30pm @ Pend d’ Oreille Winery Join the Winery for First Thursday After Party! Killer tunes and sounds. Food by Spt. Curry

Live Music w/ Mike and Shanna Thompson 5-7pm @ Idaho Pour Authority Live Music w/ Justin Lantrip 5-8pm @ Pend d’Oreille Winery Originals and indie/alt covers Live Music w/ the Working Spliffs 9pm @ 219 Lounge Spokane 5-piece reggae, ska, psych rock band

Live Music w/ Devon Wade 6:30-9:30pm @ MickDuff’s Beer Hall Country night and Devon Wade! Live Music w/ Kevin Dorin 8-10pm @ The Back Door Bar The B Radicals in Concert 9pm @ The Hive Existential experimental rock-funk. Free sho

Mugs and Music w/ Chris O’Murcho DJ Exodus Live Music w/ Mobius Riff 5-7pm @ Idaho Pour Authority 9pm-cl @ A&P’s 6-8pm @ Laughing Dog Brewery Live Music w/ Mike Wagoner Trio Heart’s Roger Live Music w/ Larry Hirshberg 8pm @ Panida 5-8pm @ Pend d’Oreille Winery 7pm @ Eichardt’s Pub A night of Heart Folk, Americana, rock Live Music w/ Ken Mayginnes ites and new mu Live Music w/ Down South Band 6-8:30pm @ Chop (Hope) of the Blues” 9pm @ 219 Lounge Live Music w/ Devon Wade Fisher and a wo Classic rock, Southern rock, Texas 6-9pm @ Matchwood Brewing Co. also featuring t blues, country rock and AmeriDance to country/rock/pop covers! Carol Ann Woo cana. Food by Shilla Korean BBQ

EHS-Idaho month 2pm @ 365 Cram R EHS is electro-hy will be discussing what we can do abo Lifetree Cafe Pu 2pm @ Jalepeño’s Mexican Restaurant 4-5 An hour of conversation and stories. This $1 week’s topic: “A Father’s Power” Ta

Live Music w/ The Pine Hearts Live Music w/ Ken Mayginnes 6pm @ Utara Brewing Co. 5-7:30pm @ Matchwood Brewing Olympia, Wash.-based bluegrass band. $10 admission Monday Night Blues Jam w/ Truck Mills 7:30pm @ Eichardt’s Pub Rock n’ Roll Bingo (free) 6-8pm @ Tervan

Djembe class Triva Night Night-Out Karaoke 5:45-7:30pm @ Music Conservatory 7pm @ MickDuff’s 9pm @ 219 Lounge Show off that big, beautiful Join Ali Thomas for this djembe (drum Join DJ Pat for a brain of yours night of singing, or Allegro Dance Studio: Road Trip just come to drink Live Music w/ Seth Anderson 6pm @ Panida Theater and listen 7pm @ Eichardt’s Pub Tickets available at Allegro Dance S Wind Down Wednesday 5-8pm @ 219 Lounge With live music by blues man Truck Mills and guest musician John Firshi Dollar Beers! 8pm @ Eichardt’s Pub Good until the keg’s dry

Sand 3-5:3 Loca crafts by Ia Land Selway Trio Concer Grateful Dead Jam Night 5:30-7:30pm @ Idaho Pour Authority 7:30pm @ Panida Th Join Scott Taylor for couple hours Presented by the Fest jamming to the Dead and Phish. All son Moody on violin Yoon-Wha Roh on p musicians welcome. Festival at Sandpoint

Magic Wednesday 6-8pm @ Jalapeño’s Enjoy close-up magic shows by Star Alexander right at your table

The Conversation 6-8pm @ Ivano’s Ristorante Speaker Katherine Greenland, coach and creative with an intro to Right-Brain Business Planning



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Downtown Sandpoint First Thursday 5-7pm @ Downtown Sandpoint cian with The inaugural First Thursday event, xperiences with shopping passports, prizes, snacks nny Baker and sips from 20 local restaurants, children’s games and sales. Afterparty at pt. Curry Pend d’Oreille Winery from 7-9pm

Kaylee Cole, Josh Hedlund & Ben Olson in concert 7pm @ Evans Brothers Coffee House Check out a special after hours show at Evans Bros. with Seattle songwriter Kaylee Cole, who has played with everyone from the Lumineers to the Head and the Heart, and local musicians Josh Hedlund and Ben Olson playing lesser played songs of theirs. Three solo History Comes Alive! performances for $10 suggested donation. BYOB. 7pm @ First Lutheran Church Hall Going Rogue Party DJ Skwish Jim Payne’s slideshow on his April 2019 5-9pm @ A&P’s Bar and Grill 9pm-cl @ A&P’s 2-week trip to the channel island of Jersey Hosted by Hayden Beverage. Live music w/ Mostly Geology Class and Field Trip Harmless. Patio party, drink specials and BBQ 10am @ Kootenai Wildlife Refuge Barn KRFY Annual Member Drive (June 7-8) Carpool from Bonner Co. Fairgrounds at Volunteer DJs will conduct interviews with local busi. Free show 9 a.m. nesses and local musicians for prize giveaways! ’Murcho Live Music w/ Brian Jacobs Yoga On Tap Sandpoint Farmers’ Market ery 8-10pm @ The Back Door Bar 10:45am @ Laughing Dog 9am-1pm @ Farmin Park ’s Roger Fisher in concert Live Music w/ Truck Mills & Carl Rey Come get your produce, starts, @ Panida Theater 6:30-9:30pm @ MickDuff’s Beer Hall crafts and more! Live music ht of Heart classic rock favor- Two fabulous musicians playing a danceable by Musha Marimba. Today is d new music from the “Heart blend of jump, blues and swingin’ tunes Customer Appreciation Day! Blues” album with Roger Olukai Pint Night Pixie and the Partygrass Boys in Concert and a world-class band, and 4-7pm @ Finan McDonald 9pm @ The Hive eaturing the vocal talents of Enjoy a free beer and receive a Bluegrass from the Wasatch. $15/adv, $20/door Ann Wood. $30. gift with every Olukai purchase ho monthly meeting Piano Sunday w/ Kaylee Cole • 3-5pm @ Pend d’Oreille Winery 65 Cram Road, Spirit Lake The Winery welcomes special guest Kaylee Cole, based in LA and Seelectro-hypersensitivity. We attle, who has played with the Lumineers and the Head and the Heart, scussing 5G, what it is, and among others. Excellent folk songwriter and storyteller. Must see! an do about it. 208-255-2307 Bay Trail Fun Run Publik Yoga 9am @ City Beach (Trinity) ant 4-5pm @ Matchwood Brewing Co. This $10 + cost of beer. BYO mat. Led by 5K and 10K runs along the shores of Lake Pend Oreille Tasha’s warm vinyasa flow

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Astronaut John Phillips at the Library 5:30pm @ Sandpoint Library Celebrate the 2019 Summer Reading theme of “A Universe of Stories” with Astronaut John Phillips, Phillips did three missions to the International Space Station during his career with NASA. 208263-6930 ext. 1211

Sandpoint Farmers’ Market STEM in the Park 3-5:30pm @ Farmin Park 12:30pm @ Travers Park Locally grown produce, starts, Build a Mars Rover using Edison robots. nd, crafts and more! Live music Part of the Sandpoint Library’s STEM in tro by Ian Gaddie with Kaniksu the Park program (STEM stands for scing Land Trust Kids’ Activities ence, technology, engineering, and math) o Concert Thursday Night Solo Series w/ Panida Theater Kyle Swaffard y the Festival at Sandpoint, featuring Ja6-8pm @ MickDuff’s Beer Hall on violin, Miranda Wilson on cello, and As seen with The Other White Roh on piano. Proceeds benefitting the Meat. Food by Sandpoint Curry Sandpoint Youth Summer Music Camp

June 15 CHAFE 150 Gran Fondo @ Sandpoint-Montana June 15 Sandemonium convention @ FB Charter School June 15 Challenge of Champions bullriding @ Bonner Co. Fairgrounds

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By Mike Wagoner Reader Contributor I like trains. I live near the tracks. I get kind of a nice feelin’ lyin’ in bed, listening to one roll thru the night. Sometimes I imagine myself on it as I drift off to sleep. I’ve been across the country a few times on Amtrak. I get a little sleeper car with a chair, a bunk and my own window to the world. I can board it a few miles from my cabin. I don’t really get a sense of journey on a plane. Sure, if you’re in a hurry, flyin’ is the way to go, but I guess for me these days, I’d rather not be in a hurry if I can help it. The dining car: little tables where you sit and visit with people from different places as you eat really pretty-good food. And there’s always the bar car – probably my favorite car. I do find myself kinda bein’ in a hurry goin’ across the long bridge though ‘cause it’s hard to look over and see a string of railroad cars filled to the brim with coal or those round spooky black ones pregnant with petroleum flirtin’ with that water — that beautiful water. Something about that picture just seems wrong. I don’t know how sealed up those “oil cans” are. Hopefully tight as a drum. I keep thinkin’ could they close that bridge in somehow, sort of an open-topped tunnel so if the train did jump the tracks, it would be held mostly upright? The top being open might call

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iron horses for a few struts goin’ across to help add vertical strength to the sides. This way if needed the cars could be emptied using a crane on a big barge or a pump for the oil. Maybe then they could either take the empty cars out or lift whatever car was over where the track needed adjusting. If that other track is approved they probably will run them close to each other, so why not add some tall pillars running down the middle of them with a rail wall or something? Then they would just need two more walls going along each outer side. If one train ever fouled up, they would still have one track that’s operational. I know it would be a big expensive pain to build. I really have no idea how conceivable this would actually be, but it seems to me it would sure be an awesome insurance policy for everyone concerned if BNSF could pull it off. Mike Wagoner has a dual personality. By day he is a science teacher and by night a singer-songwriter. He has recently moved to the area from Nashville, where he taught school and did studio work on the side.


Bay Trail Fun Run features Lake Pend Oreille views

By Reader Staff The Bay Trail Fun Run, now in its seventh year, has become a rite of spring when a few hundred folks run or walk the 5K and 10K courses along scenic waterfront trails. The family-friendly fun run is scheduled for Sunday, June 9, starting at 9 a.m. at Sandpoint City Beach. The run — a fundraiser for the Friends of the Pend d’Oreille Bay Trail — follows the Bay Trail out and back for the 5K course and continues on the Creekside Trail, alongside Sand Creek, for the 10K route. All entrants also are entered into a drawing to win a Festival at Sandpoint Season Pass. While this community event is intended to support efforts to maintain, improve and expand the popular shoreline trail, it attracts runners from around the region because of its scenic setting with views of the lake, creek and mountains. It’s a mostly flat course, with a mix of pavement and dirt path. Approximately 400 runners and walkers are expected to register. All participants will receive T-shirts and goodie bags that include a coupon for a discounted post-race lunch at Trinity at City Beach. This year also features fun activities for kids at the beach during the race. Online registration is open until noon, June 8, for $25 per person over 13 years old. Kids 12 and under are free. Race-day registration is $30 per person over 13 years old, starting at 7 a.m. Early registrants can pick up packets from 4 to 6 p.m., June 8, at the tent by Trinity at City Beach. For more information and to register go to

Young participants at a previous Fun Run. Photo by Chris Bessler.

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The Real Folk Horoscope A General Guide For Handling Any Given Happenstance, Supernatural or Otherwise

By Cody Lyman Reader Columnist


Strengths can sometimes be weaknesses, as in the overly-optimistic person who gets disappointed more often than not, but who needs that very optimism just to get out of bed in the morning. The difference between a medicine and a poison is the dose. Like Oscar Wilde said, “Everything in moderation, including moderation.”


If you feel strange, odd, or off somehow in some way, blame Planet Nine (still not Pluto again). Some people call it, Planet X. Planet X translates in Roman numerals, we all know, to Planet Ten. So, you see, there’s still a lot of confusion surrounding the thing. Indeed, nobody knows what it even is yet. Nobody has actually seen this enigmatic celestial object directly, but scientists say it likes to throw snowballs at our beloved sun here and there, every now and then. It could be a planet, a cluster of ice, a darkened dwarf star or just the solar system’s neighborhood bully. Whatever it is, it’s creeping closer and closer to Orion’s bow, which it’ll touch around 3000 AD. Yes, it’s perpetually retrograding through your dear zodiac. So expect that sense of terror and wonder to last the rest of your life. If you’re feeling uneasy about unknowableness and a lack of answers, you’re right at home.


Watch out for cursed objects, such as your exes.


You should be worried — preoccupied, even — with what Pluto and Neptune are up to out there.


A book titled “The Reincarnations of Christ,” by Edgar Ogelfink, published in

the ‘90s, postulates that the Second Coming has already come and gone — not once, but 11 times. By some obscure mathematical method, he determined that the 12th was due to arrive any day now, or was possibly already walking on water among us. Ogelfink eventually became deluded with his life’s work, believing the 12th Second Coming to be none other than himself. Ogelfink drowned shortly before the turn of the millennium. History may not repeat itself exactly. But it does rhyme. So be on the lookout for a long-lost friend or that kind of thing to show back up. You are in the midst of new beginnings, and will be for the foreseeable future.


In medieval times, people believed comets were gods come to warn us and teach lessons, as many comets no doubt have. Now we know a little more about them, like that they’re just balls of rock flaming through atmosphere. Scaling your lifetime up to a timeframe of 640x will yield a similar learning curve in the way you respond to things not well understood, of which there are three types: known unknowns, unknown unknowns, and unknown knowns.

at the moment. Such is life, quite literally. It loves to hornswoggle Itself. The universe provides, however, even whilst it conspires against. It has impeccable timing, too. It’s asking you to dance. When looking for something more, look no further.


If you’re one of the Capricornian subspecies who happens to have one of the blood types O, A, B, or AB, positive or negative, you’ll be thirsty and needing water to make more of it this month.


Weaknesses can be strengths. For instance, maybe you don’t have the balls to

come right out and be the dick you truly are. Play to your strengths, steer into your weaknesses.


You’re young at heart, extremely young. That’s why you find yourself curled up in bed in the fetal position a few days every few months. Cody Lyman was chemically engineered in a lab with orange walls to bring frustration and/or good fortune within your reach. Which will it be today? It’s anybody’s guess.


On your way somewhere important this month, running late, an elderly woman, shuffling across the street, will give you a sideways glance. How you handle the rest is all you.


If you have a friend who’s a vegan, you’d be ill-advised telling their kids to say “cheese” before taking pictures at the birthday party. By the time you read this, unfortunately, it’ll be too late. Fortunately, the weather will be warm, so the opportunity won’t arise to invite your two tree-hugging friends over for dinner and smile at them as you stoke the fire in the wood-burning stove.


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‘Throttle down’ Mountain Mafia Entertainment’s annual Mountain Havoc event is said to be “pure vehicular violence.” What that means, exactly, is probably best put by the professional drivers themselves. Driver Justin Haft says on a trailer for the first season of “Mountain Mafia,” the outdoor brand’s TV show: “Vehicular violence in a meaning would be, to me, controlled, heavy throttle, aggressive, the will to make it no matter what. But, at the same time, you know, throttle down.” Mountain Havoc, a professional offroad vehicle competition, is happening this weekend — June 7-9 — at Mountain Mafia’s Purcell Trench Ranch, located at 518995 N. Hwy 95 in Bonners Ferry. For the second year in a row, Mountain Mafia will be filming the entire event to be made into a multi-episode TV series for the MotorTrend Network and Amazon Prime. Last year was the crew’s first time making the show, which focuses on motorsports and its various competitors, and Mountain Mafia co-founder Mac Miltz said the six-part series has been well-received. He and the other founders — Ben Spinney and Grey Whittier — own the rights to everything when it comes to the show, which created a steep but rewarding learning curve. “We had to find our own production staff, find our own airtime acquisitions, set up filming on-site and spend countless hours with the production company editing and creating the show,” he said. “It was fun. We had a good time … Now for season two we’re way more organized, way more dialed.” The 20 trucks and drivers competing at

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this weekend’s event qualified earlier this year at Mountain Mafia’s Wake the Squatch event in April. The off-road vehicles in question are equipped for insane terrain, all of which will be on display at Mountain Havoc. “We’re always breaking down barriers and doors with motorsport and what Idaho previously thought this sport to be,” Miltz said. “We bring in the top competitors in trucks. We have some of the best sponsors. … This is the real deal.” Friday’s Mountain Havoc events are slated for 12-11 p.m. and include the chance to meet the drivers, a Mac’s Tie Down Tow Test and the Amsoil Hill N Hole Jump Track. Saturday’s events, which will run 8 a.m.-11 p.m., include a bouncer climb, rock course, Octane music in the evening, food, drinks and prizes. Sunday will feature the Tuff Country Mountain Man Extreme Course and an awards presentation, with the event running 8 a.m.-6 p.m. in its final day. Camping at Mountain Havoc is free. Pets and drones are not permitted. Children under 18 must be accompanied by a legal guardian. Since Mountain Havoc is a spec-

tator-only event, the Mountain Mafia team requests everyone leave their toys at home. Admission into Mountain Havoc is $30 for adults and $10 for kids ages 6-12. Kids five years old and younger get in free. Find more information at or call 208-255-9861 with questions.

Driver Brent Harrell sends it during the Wake the Squatch spring qualifier event in April. Harrell will compete at Mountain Havoc this weekend. Courtesy photo.

Dog walking event to benefit Community Cancer Services By Reader Staff The Community Assistance League is hosting a fundraiser for Community Cancer Services centered around a pastime that most people in Sandpoint already enjoy — walking their dogs. Join CAL Saturday, June 8, as they host Paws for a Cause at Lakeview Park 8 a.m.-12 p.m. It’s free to attend and walk, but donations are welcome. The event will also include raffles, a silent auction featuring donations from businesses across the county and treats for all dogs in attendance. Everyone is welcome to come walk, with or without a dog. All proceeds from Paws for a Cause will benefit Community Cancer Services, an entity that strives to support people affected by cancer through counseling, financial assistance and countless other services. Learn more about CCS at www.




Improving Literacy for Youth Ride the magnificent CHAFE 150 Gran Fondo and support literacy and after school programs in the Lake Pend Oreille School District! Proceeds also support Sandpoint Rotary community programs. Six routes, great break stops, full rider support, and an epic community after-ride party. Come ride and make a difference!


By Lyndsie Kiebert Reader Staff

Mountain Mafia Entertainment presents Mountain Havoc June 7-9




Movies in the Park: Back for the summer

The public has a chance to vote until June 15 on what movies will be shown this year

By Lyndsie Kiebert Reader Staff The Bonner County History Museum is presenting Movies in the Park for the third year this summer. There are plenty of reasons the event persists — it brings local families together, prompts people to visit the museum and provides a free entertainment opportunity several times throughout the summer months. When museum director Olivia Luther considers what inspires her to continue offering Movies in the Park, a story comes to mind. It happened last summer when she and a few others were cleaning up Lakeview Park after a movie showing. A man, woman and their eight children hung around after, helping to clean up. “I told him, ‘You don’t have to do this,’” Luther recalls. “He said, ‘I have eight children, and I could never afford to take my whole family to see a movie. This is a gift I can give my children, and we want to give

back.’ I thought it was wonderful, and it was exactly why we do what we do.” This year, the museum will show “Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl” on July 19 and “Night at the Museum” on Aug. 30. Two showings have movies yet to be chosen — July 26 and Aug. 16. The public is invited to vote on what they’d like to see those nights, and can choose from a list and cast those votes until June 15 by visiting “I love having the community participation,” Luther said, adding the museum first offered voting last year. “It was so fun to see what people wanted to see.” Movies are projected onto a large screen for the whole park audience to see, and showings start at dusk — or, as soon as it’s dark enough outside to see the projection, Luther said. Attendees are welcome to bring picnics to enjoy at Movies in the Park, though alcohol is not permitted. The events will happen

The crowds gather at dusk for another Movie in the Park. Courtesy photo. rain or shine, Luther said, unless there’s lightning. Luther said she’s thankful for the sponsors who help make these family-friendly nights happen, and that it’s part of a larger effort to be an event-driven museum. “We have fun doing it,” she said. The Bonner County History Museum presents Movies in the Park in partnership with Sandpoint Parks and Rec and Pine

Street Dental. The 2019 showing sponsors are Connie’s Cafe, AFS Home Health, P1FCU, Six Star Automotive, Kaniksu Health Services, Bleeding Hearts Tattoo Emporium, White Cross Pharmacy, Rivertown Financial Services, Ivano’s Ristorante and Bonner General Health. For more information on Movies in the Park and to vote for those undetermined films, visit

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By Ben Olson Reader Staff

began with the coming of the railroad. The Highland House hotel was built by the Northern Pacific Railroad for the use of travelers coming from the east. The most famous visitor to stay at the hotel was famed Civil War General William Sherman. The town got its name from Dr. Hope, a veterinarian with the railroad who cared for the horses used by the construction crews working on the rails.

This is the second installment of an ongoing series exploring the origins of where we got some of our placenames from. Last week, we covered Pend d’Oreille, Sandpoint, Priest Lake, Priest River and Bonner. This week, another crop of juicy placenames to investigate. Sagle In 1900, when pioneer Nathan Powell was brainstorming names for the settlement south of the lake, he considered calling it Wright’s Spur after the spur line on the Northern Pacific. Later, he decided on the name Eagle. When he submitted that name to apply for a U.S. Post Office, they informed him there was already a town called Eagle in Idaho. Powell just substituted the “E” with an “S,” and the name Sagle was born. I wish everything in life was that easy. Schweitzer Mountain The naming of Schweitzer Mountain is somewhat shrouded in mystery. Little is known about the old Swiss hermit who lived at the bottom of the basin named Schweitzer. It is believed he had served in the Swiss military (Schweizer is “Swiss” in German). His cabin was most likely near where Bronx Road crosses the Great Northern tracks. An old story told by Mrs. L.D. Farmin reported by the Sandpoint News Bulletin in the 1960s claims that Farmin was returning home from a shift as a telegrapher and noticed a man in full military attire carrying a rifle, who stepped from the brush on the side of the road, took the bridle of her horse and walked for a quarter mile before entering the brush again. Farmin reported the incident, and the Kootenai County sheriff came from Rathdrum to search the Schweitzer cabin. There they found the uniform 22 /


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A man with trained deer pulling a cart on the corner of Secone Ave. and Cedar St. in Sandpoint. The building in the background is the Farmin Building, which is where the Readers offices are located today. Photo courtesy Bonner Co. Historical Society.

he wore and his rifle. They also found, tacked to the walls, the skins of a number of cats that had disappeared from the neighborhood that winter. It was believed that Schweitzer sustained himself on a diet of cat stew. He was later called “hopelessly demented” and committed to a mental institution. Though the man has since been forgotten, his name lives on. Colburn Not much is left of the once busy town of Colburn, located about nine miles north of Sandpoint. It was named for Jean Baptiste d’Armour de Courberon, or “Big John Colburn” as he was called. Courberon was a French Canadian who worked for the Great Northern Railroad. At the turn of the century, Colburn was a bustling little hamlet that boasted a sawmill, shingle mill, post office, hotel, an Odd Fellows lodge and was surrounded by farms along the Selle Valley. Harry E. Brown purchased the lumber mill in Colburn in 1920 and established the Brown Timber Company. At its height, Colburn had a

population of around 300 people and the mill employed 60 men. The town dried up after a series of calamities; the Great Northern Railroad depot closed in 1935, the Odd Fellows lodge shuttered in 1952, and fires destroyed many of Colburn’s buildings. The school was burned twice and rebuilt. After the lumber mill finally closed its doors and the Idaho Transportation Department purchased homes and businesses in order to widen Highway 95, little was left of this once bustling town. Local historian Bob Gunter once wrote about an old abandoned cemetery with gravestones marking the passing of several of Colburn’s early residents in the Bonner County Daily Bee, but nothing else remains from this town except for the name. Colburn-Culver Road, incidentally, was a farmto-market road built by the Public Works Administration during the Great Depression. Culver came from brothers Frank and Horace Culver, prominent lumbermen who founded Sandpoint Cedar Co. in 1904. Selle

The name Selle came from homesteader Charles Selle. Selle was originally a railroad siding and loose settlement north of Sandpoint first called “Matchwood,” but the people of the community honored Charles Selle in 1916 by placing the name “Selle” on the railroad depot. Selle’s original homestead was located on East Shingle Mill Road, which was nearby where the Wildhorse Trail passed through Bonner County. The Wildhorse Trail was used for hundreds of years by natives and later hopeful gold miners heading north to strikes in British Columbia. David Thompson also used this trail. Hope David Thompson was the first white man to come to the area east of Sandpoint now known as Hope. With the help of Finan McDonald, Thompson established the Kullyspell House on Samowen Peninsula on Lake Pend Oreille and traded with natives and trappers from 1809 to about 1811 when it was abandoned. As with many North Idaho towns, Hope’s history

Oden References to the “Oden Siding” go back as far as 1893 when a rancher posted a notice that a buckskin mare pony was found on his ranch without a visible brand. Located near present-day Sunnyside, Oden and Oden Bay were most likely named after C.J. Oden, a rancher who lived in this area. The loose settlement of ranches were known as “stump ranches” due to the old growth timber stumps dotting the landscape. In the late 1920s a group of women formed a social club called the Busy Bees of Oden and later organized to build the Oden Hall, completed in 1931. In a history article written in the Bonner County Daily Bee in 1979, Mrs. D.A. Lange wrote about the Oden community soon celebrating “100 years,” so the community may have been formed as early as the 1880s, though most evidence points to the settlement blossoming more in the late 1890s. Next week: Newport, Scotchman Peak, Talache, Denton, Idaho, Cocolalla, Whiskey Jack. Special thanks to local historians like Nancy Foster Renk and Bob Gunter, whose work I have checked to verify some of my conclusions. Also, very special thanks to the Bonner Co. Historical Society and Museum for keeping history alive. Check out Renk’s book “Driving Past: Tours of Historical Sites in Bonner County, Idaho” for a treat.


The Festival presents Jason Moody’s Selway Trio By Reader Contributor

The Festival at Sandpoint is pleased to present an evening with Sandpoint’s own Jason Moody and his Selway Trio at the Historic Panida Theater on Thursday, June 13, at 7:30 p.m., with proceeds to benefit the Festival’s Summer Youth Music Camp. Dr. Jason Moody, a Sandpoint native who is currently First Violin with the Spokane Symphony, is the music director of the Festival’s Summer Youth Music Camp. A tuition-free opportunity for students of all abilities age 8-18, the camp includes four funfilled days of music instruction with classes including orchestra, band, choir chamber music, jazz band, classical guitar, harp, bucket beat percussion, piano, fiddle ensemble, flute ensemble, folk dance, melody composition, music theory, master classes and more. Camp registration is currently full but the public is invited to a Faculty All-Star Concert on Monday, June 24, at the Panida and the Grand Finale Student Concert on Thursday, June 27. The Selway Trio, from Moscow Idaho, has offered to perform this concert on June 13 to benefit the Festival’s Summer Youth Music Camp. They will be performing selections by Clara Schumann, Felix Mendelssohn and Astor Piazzolla. The members of the trio met one another last year as music professors at the Lionel Hampton School of Music at the University of Idaho and

have been performing as a trio ever since. Their violinist, Jason Moody, began his violin career at 4 years old here in Sandpoint. He was the first recipient of the Festival at Sandpoint Music Scholarship in 1998, and now holds a doctorate in violin pedagogy. Cellist Miranda Wilson, originally from New Zealand, holds a doctorate in cello performance, and pianist Yoon-Wha Roh, originally from Korea, holds her doctorate in piano performance. “Please join us for a stellar performance by one of Sandpoint’s native sons to benefit a wonderful cause!” said Festival Executive Director Dyno Wahl. Tickets are $15, $10 for seniors and youth, available online at, by calling 208-2654554, or at the Festival office and at Eve’s Leaves downtown. The Festival at Sandpoint is a 501 (c)

3 nonprofit organization whose educational mission is fueled by its Maestro Circle of donors and dedicated grant funds supporting the Festival’s symphonic and educational programming. For more information on the Fes-

The Selway Trio is cellist Miranda Wilson, violinist Jason Moody and pianist Yoon-Wha Roh. Courtesy photo.

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The Sandpoint Eater

Simple Salmon

By Marcia Pilgeram Reader Food Columnist June 9 is Children’s Day, and I’ll certainly be doing my part to celebrate children, happily spending the day riding the rails alongside my two oldest grandsons, 12-year-old Zane and 11-year old Alden. If all goes according to plan, after two days, we’ll disembark The Empire Builder in Chicago and let the pair of preteens run off a little steam. After a BBQ and overnight stay with their youngest cousin, Samih, we’ll board the Capital Limited, an overnight train to Washington, D.C. I’m hopeful my energy and funds will hold out for five days of exploring our nation’s capital. Zane comes from eastern Montana and loves playing and watching football. Though he’s only 12, there’s not a piece of farm equipment that he can’t operate. Alden is a creative artist and mad Lego genius. These cousins have been joined at the hip since they were small. They have floated rivers, built forts, discovered a bear carcass, fished, cooked, camped and found plenty of trouble, without even looking. For everything they have in common when they’re together, their lives are completely different when they’re apart, so I conspire to bring them together every chance I get. Though both boys rode on trains with me when they were little, this is our first big rail adventure together. It always feels good to get back on the train. I used to average about 40,000 rail miles a year and still love the feel of the steady, rumbling motion under my feet. I’ll never tire of the train’s horn, blowing long and short warning whistles into the night. Many years ago, when I oper24 /


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ated The Northern Parks Ltd., a luxury passenger train connecting Yellowstone and Glacier National Park, this was my favorite time of year. After months of winter planning and anxious to start the touring season, I’d head to Seattle, where we’d await the arrival of the rolling stock of sleepers, domes and diners. Once the train was built, we’d shop and stock, purveying the train with luxury amenities before the deadhead movement to Sandpoint, where we stabled the train between trips. The deadhead movement always included the well-heeled owners of the private rail cars, who never missed an opportunity to ride on their private cars and partake in the annual moveable feast between the coast and Sand-

point. I’d spend days planning menus and shopping amongst the vendors at Pike Place Market, a showcase of the finest, edible offerings of the Northwest. And every year the menu was sure to include the grandest catch of the season: Copper River salmon. There are several species of Copper River Salmon, and my favorite is King, known for its deep red color. Other favorites include Sockeye and Coho, and they all come to us from the wild and rugged Copper River, one of the swiftest rivers in Alaska. Twisting and cutting deeply through the Wrangell and Chugach mountains, it’s a nearly 300 mile stretch of pristine glacier-fed waters, powered by hundreds of rapids. Salmon season begins in mid-

May and runs through September. Kings, prized for their high fat content, rich omega-3s and buttery texture, come first and run through mid-June. Sockeyes run through early August, and Coho run from July until September. The Copper River produces some of the richest, best-tasting wild salmon in the world, and there’s a high demand for the fish, which commands a steep price at the markets (you can expect to pay up to $40 per pound for King). It’s been several years since I stood in line at Pure Food Fish Market, shelling out a few hundred bucks for plump Copper River Sockeye filets, though I’m still crazy about the coveted first catch. Nowadays it’s on a much smaller scale, so I just head over

to the friendly folks at Yokes for a fresh filet or two. There was a time when I felt that I over-prepared this lovely fish. Now, I keep the preparation simple and the cooking time minimal. Speaking of simple, there will be no mahogany-lined sleepers nor attentive stewards pouring my wine for my next trip, but I have a feeling that the rail journey with Zane and Alden will be an experience of a lifetime. And hopefully we’ll find the perfect Copper River King filet to throw on the grill for our Chicago stopover. Lightly seasoned, grilled to perfection and topped with a sublime butter sauce. Life (and salmon) doesn’t get much better.

Grilled Copper River Salmon with Citrus Sauce Recipe This is one of my favorite summer dinners. Just add some crisp greens on the side.

Serves 4

Citrus Sauce:



• ½ cup dry, white wine • ½ cup good quality white wine vinegar • 2 medium shallots, finely chopped • 1 cup juice from mixture of fresh orange, lime and lemon • 10 oz unsalted butter, cut into small pieces, room temperature • Salt and pepper to taste • 3 Tbs mixture of fresh, chopped herbs (chives, thyme, parsley) • 2 tsp citrus zest

Place wine, vinegar, shallots and juice in a small non-reactive saucepan over medium-high heat; bring to a boil. Cook until liquid is reduced to about ¼ cup of liquid, and is slightly thickened. Remove from heat and whisk in the butter a piece at a time, incorporating before adding more. Return sauce to low heat if necessary, but do not boil. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Stir in herbs and citrus zest, just before serving.


INGREDIENTS: • 3 lb Copper River King fillet • Salt and Pepper • Oil

DIRECTIONS: Remove fillet from fridge, for about 15 minutes, to temper. Season with salt and pepper. Preheat grill to medium high. Oil both the grill and fish to prevent sticking. If using a grill basket ( I recommend), grease it by dabbing a paper towel in some cooking oil and wiping it all over the inside of the basket. Place

fish in basket. Place the basket over the grill. Grill for about 5-6 minutes. Flip and grill

another 4-5 minutes. Flip onto serving plate and drizzle with citrus sauce.


Guitarist Roger Fisher of Heart rocks Panida

By Cameron Rasmusson Reader Staff

There are few people who have had a musical career like Roger Fisher. As a founding member of the band Heart, Fisher skyrocketed to mainstream success in the 1970s. During that time, Heart charted some of its biggest hits, like “Barracuda” from the 1977 album “Little Queen,” and cemented itself as an icon of classic rock. This weekend, Sandpoint is host to the classics and new hits alike when Roger Fisher hits the Panida Theater for a night of rock ‘n’ roll. Fisher got his start as a guitarist in the 1960s, playing in the Seattle area with band The Army. It was when his brother, Mike, began dating Ann Wilson that the first ideas for Heart sparked. When Wilson’s sister, Nancy Wilson, joined the band and began dating Roger Fisher soon thereafter, the group was primed for the bigtime. With an iconic duo in the Wilson sisters, a solid foundation of musical talent and a unique sound inspired by the burgeoning hard rock movement, Heart achieved success from the jump with the 1975 album “Dreamboat Annie.” Classic-rock radio staples like “Crazy on You” and “Mag-

ic Man” helped Heart build its success over the next half-decade, with Roger Fisher ultimately leaving the band in the early ‘80s after a breakup with Nancy Wilson. In 2013, Roger Fisher and the rest of Heart’s classic lineup were inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall of Fame. Hailing the band’s mix of hard rock and folk as the recipe for its lasting appeal, the Hall of Fame brought the band back together for another performance with the classic lineup. “By now we’ve all dialed in our sounds and are ready,” Fisher wrote about the experience of reuniting Heart for the first time in decades. “Nance hits the galloping intro to Crazy On You and boom! There it is. There’s the magic. There’s the chemistry. That mix of people, personalities and talent that only happens once. No other mix will ever be this. This ROCKS! This is HEART!” Expect a mix of the old and the new when Fisher hits the Panida Theater this weekend. Fisher has a new album, “The Heart of the Blues,” available now, and the show set list will include both rock classics and new material. The show, presented by Human Tribe LLC, will feature vocal performances by Carol Ann Wood of the band Born To Fly. Backing

Olympia, Wash.-based band The Pine Hearts will be playing a show at Utara Brewing Co., 214 Pine St. in Sandpoint, on Sunday, June 9. Known for their catchy mix of original folk, indie and jamgrass, The Pine Hearts’ show begins at 7 p.m. and doors open at 6 p.m. Tickets are $10 if purchased in advance at Utara, or $15 the day of the show (proceeds go to the band). Check out for information about the band.

By Kathleen Eldred Reader Contributor

The Members of the Pend Oreille Chorale and Orchestra are hard at work rehearsing for their upcoming Spring Concerts 2019, and are still performing uplifting classical music after 25 years. The concerts will be held on Friday, June 14 at 7 p.m., and Sunday, June 16 at 3 p.m. at the First Lutheran Church on Olive St. in Sandpoint. Performances are free as always, but donations are gratefully accepted to keep our mission of bringing classical music to this area by local volunteer musicians. All of the


I like to read old noir detective novels to let my brain escape from my day job. One classic I read recently was James Ellroy’s “The Black Dahlia.” Based on the real-life graphic murder of Elizabeth Short, “Dahlia” blends historical facts and fiction making this an excellent noir tale of the 1940s. Other Ellroy works to check out: “L.A. Confidential,” and “The Big Nowhere.”


them is a band of world-class talent, so rest assured that the night will rock just as hard as ever. It promises to be a celebration of music across the decades, from the growth of hard rock in the 1970s to the varied fusions of the modern day. Roger Fisher hits the Panida Theater Saturday, June 8, with doors opening at 7:30 p.m. and the show starting 8 p.m. Tickets are available online at www., at Eve’s Leaves or at

Roger Fisher of Heart doing what he was put on this earth to do: shred. Photo courtesy Roger Fisher Instagram. the door on the night of the show. They run $30 for general access, but Heart superfans may want to spring for the $60 VIP pass, which includes a meet-and-greet with the artists.

The Pine Hearts playing at Utara Chorale and Orchestra to hold spring concerts By Ben Olson Reader Staff

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members in these groups humbly thank the community and surrounding areas for their generous support all of these years. The program this season opens with two rich and lovely Rachmaninoff Vespers sung in Russian. Following these is the rhythmic and energetic “Lark” by 20th century composer Aaron Copeland. Soloists are Debra Douglas, Gerald Flurher, and Stuart Liddle. Closing the first half will be four pieces from “Frontiana” by contemporary famed choral composer Randall Thompson. These heartfelt and evocative poems set to music are by Robert Frost.

The second half features the reflective “Unfinished Symphony #8 in B minor,” composed in 1822 by Franz Schubert. Completing the concert is “Suite #2” from “Water Music” by G.F. Handel. This suite has five sections, some of which are Baroque dance movements and some demonstrate the nobility of the brass section. Please mark your calendars for the Pend Oreille Chorale and Orchestra free concerts on June 14 and 16. Bring the men in your family for some good classical music before Father’s Day celebrations begin.

I stumbled upon a side project called “Big Red Machine” featuring Bon Iver’s Justin Vernon and The National’s Aaron Dessner that is worth checking out. To date, they’ve only put out one self-titled album in 2018. The duo bring their individual strengths: Vernon with his silky falsetto voice, Dessner with his earworm lead lines and melodies. I just wish Vernon would stop autotuning his voice. Other than that, this album is excellent.


Although I’ve never really been a fan of TV game shows, a recent documentary on Netflix called “Perfect Bid: The Contestant Who Knew Too Much,” captivated my attention. The documentary follows the story of Ted Slauson, a nerdy analytical fan of “The Price is Right” who, over the years, catalogued prices of recurring items and formulated a system to remember them. Though he was on the show himself, it was his involvement with another showcase winner in 2008 that brought Slauson’s feat to the forefront.

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From Northern Idaho News, June 5, 1942

LOCAL NAVAL BASE NAMED FARRAGUT The selection of the name of a naval hero, Farragut, for the new naval training base on Lake Pend d’Oreille, was annonced Friday by the navy. The announcement, which did not state when the station would be completed, said that Farragut would have facilities for training approximately 30,000 men at one time. The Farragut station will be named in honor of Admiral David Glasgow Farragut, whose Civil war order: “Damn the torpedoes–full speed ahead!” is still the watchword of the Navy. David Glasgow Farragut, famous naval commander, born near Knoxville, Tenn. July 5, 1801; died in Portsmouth N. Il., Aug. 14, 1870. He entered the navy as a midshipman at the age of nine years, was promoted to a lieutenancy in 1821, and in 1851 secured an appointment an assistant inspector of ordnance. The long period of peace gave him little opportunity to distinguish himself as an officer, though he received a captain’s commission in 1855. At the outbreak of the Civil war he was assigned to accompany an expedition against New Orleans and with it set sail in Feb., 1862. After shelling the city without effect for a week, he succeeded in forcing a passage of the river in the dark on April 25, which caused it to fall and pass into the hands of the federals under General Butler. Later Farragut took possession of Baton Rouge and Natchez, ran the batteries at Vicksburg and joined the union fleet above. He was made rear admiral on account of his success at New Orleans.

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Crossword Solution

If you go to a costume party at your boss’s house, wouldn’t you think a good costume would be to dress up like the boss’s wife? Trust me, it’s not.



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jactation [noun] 1. boasting; bragging.

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“I can’t stand that guy’s jactation after he won the club championship.” Corrections: Clark Fork River was named after William Clark, but was not the actual “Clark’s Fork” of the Yellowstone River as was written about in last week’s paper. Sorry for the error — it wasn’t worded properly after edits were made. Please understand I’m only human, and if I make a wording mistake it’s not a personal attack on you. -BO

1. Overact 6. Beers 11. Lowest point 12. Retaliation 15. Mammary glands of bovids 16. Relating to precious stones 17. Put clothing on 18. Honorable 20. G 21. Remnant 23. Comply with 24. Quaint outburst 25. Being 26. 1 1 1 1 27. Beers 28. A musical pause 29. To make a fool of (archaic) 30. Skid 31. Medical treatments 34. Operatic solos 36. A parcel of land 37. Lazily 41. Not short 42. Snake sound 43. Chocolate cookie 44. Strike heavily 45. An intimate chat 46. Make out (slang) 47. Not in 48. Inorganic 51. Consumed food 52. Pees

Solution on page 26 54. Acid test 56. Roman household gods 57. Might 58. Excrete 59. A loud sleeping sound

DOWN 1. Approve of 2. Insanity 3. Lyric poem 4. Rubber wheel 5. At one time (archaic) 6. Structural members 7. Indemnify 8. Wicked 9. Married

10. Caught 13. Lubricating oil 14. Gave the once-over 15. Mammary gland of bovids 16. Makes more liberal 19. Show respect towards 22. Obtaining 24. Omission 26. Poems 27. Beer 30. Seats oneself 32. Witch 33. Show-off 34. Bait 35. Workaday 38. Escapist

39. A teaching discourse 40. Pairs of oxen 42. Truthful 44. A type of liquid food 45. Quotes 48. Spouse 49. European mountain range 50. King of the jungle 53. Henpeck 55. Pair

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