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If you could have a full-time cook, or a fulltime gardener, or a full-time housekeeper, which would you choose, and why? “I’d love to have help with full-time gardening. I like the results, but I dislike the effort.” Marcia Vanderford Co-owner of Vanderford’s Book and Office Sagle

“I think a housekeeper would be the most appreciated in my home because we have three boys and three girls — ages 11, 9, 7, 5 and the youngest are the 2-year-old twins.” Mike Kustura Real estate appraiser North of Sandpoint

“I would choose a housekeeper because I like to cook and I like to garden, and I can’t get control over the house clutter.”

DEAR READERS, In last week’s “Dear Readers” I made a mistake. I accidentally identified wounded Sandpoint Police officer Eric Clark as “Eric Grace.” It was a dumb mistake and I meant no disrespect to Officer Clark or the Sandpoint PD. Often, this little box is the last thing I do on deadline night, which means it gets looked at the least. It should have been caught in our proofing process, though, so I’ve made sure we’ve beefed up our copy editing around here. My sincerest apologies to Officer Clark. If you ever pull me over, call me “Bob,” and we’re even. On another note, we were on hand at Sandpoint High School Wednesday at 10 a.m. as over 100 students participated in a school walkout to honor the victims of the Parkland school shooting. So many people on social media are disparaging these youths for exercising their freedom of speech — mainly because we live in a partisan world, and the critics most likely think each student that participated was doing it for a specific reason (i.e. that the students were protesting the Second Amendment, or that they were anti-guns in general or any other number of manufactured reasons). One thing we discovered after interviewing a dozen students (some who participated, some who didn’t) is that they all had their own reasons. Some were participating to honor the victims. Others were doing it because they wanted to speak out against teachers in schools carrying guns. Others called for more stringent background checks when purchasing firearms, or banning bump stocks. Others simply believed in their right to protest. One thing is certain: The United States of America is great for many reasons, but mainly because we can protest the issues we feel are unjust. We don’t jail those who speak up for their beliefs. To stand there and disparage these students for exercising their rights is not only wrong, it goes against everything this country believes in. Let me say that again: protesting is patriotic. I, for one, support them and their mission. The world and all its problems will soon be theirs to deal with. Let’s show them that no matter what they believe — whether they’re liberal, conservative, apolitical or planning to run for president — their opinions matter. Each and every single one of them. -Ben Olson, Publisher

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“As a man, I’d rather have a cook. My wife is a wonderful cook.” Charles (and Janice) Pope Pastor of Mountain View Bible Baptist in Hayden Athol

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•EDUCATION: Adequately fund education and integrate vocational education to meet work force needs. •JOBS: Retain and expand our current resource jobs and promote jobs in emerging industries. •NATURAL RESOURCES: Expand the multiple use of our forests and protect our precious waters. •CONSTITUENT SERVICE: Listen to constituents and address the “things that matter” to them.

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READER 111 Cedar Street, Suite 9 Sandpoint, ID 83864 (208)265-9724 Publisher: Ben Olson Editor: Cameron Rasmusson Zach Hagadone (emeritus) John Reuter (emeritus) Advertising: Jodi Taylor Contributing Artists: Annie Spratt (cover), Ben Olson, Susan Drinkard, Will Harrison, USFS, Jim Healey, Brian Sherry, Missing Piece Group, Seb Jones. Contributing Writers: Cameron Rasmusson, Ben Olson, Cary Kelly, Shannon Williamson, Brenden Bobby, Christian Rose, Michael Bigley, Jim Mitsui, Scott Taylor, Jennifer Passaro, Sandra Rasor, Marcia Pilgeram. Submit stories to: Printed weekly at: Griffin Publishing Spokane, Wash. Subscription Price: $95 per year Web Content: Keokee The Sandpoint Reader is a weekly publication owned and operated by Ben Olson and Keokee. It is devoted to the arts, entertainment, politics and lifestyle in and around Sandpoint, Idaho. We hope to provide a quality alternative by offering honest, in-depth reporting that reflects the intelligence and interests of our diverse and growing community. The Reader is printed on recycled paper using soy-based ink. Leftover copies are collected and recycled weekly, or burned in massive bonfires to appease the gods of journalism. Free to all, limit two copies per person.

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Over 100 Sandpoint High School students show support for Parkland shooting victims in a walkout Wednesday

By Cameron Rasmusson and Ben Olson Reader Staff

More than 100 Sandpoint High School students walked out of their classrooms and outside into the early spring drizzle Wednesday morning, joining thousands of their peers across the United States. The demonstration honoring victims of school shootings was a call to action for students who were mostly too young to vote yet old and aware enough to make their voices heard. High school senior Dutt Rogers, speaking over a megaphone, encouraged his classmates to write letters to their legislators and have conversations with those of differing opinions. “As we’ve seen over the last month, students do make a difference,” he said. The local student organizers follow in the footsteps of Stoneman Douglas High School youths who survived last month’s shooting that claimed 17 lives. In the weeks following the shooting, the students became visible

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and effective advocates for government action on gun violence. “I do support the Second Amendment,” said Rogers, who helped organize the local walkout. “... However, there should be limitations. ... We have freedom of speech, but you can’t yell ‘fire’ in a public space, or go onto a plane and yell ‘BOMB.’ So, just as the First Amendment, the Second Amendment should be limited.” The effectiveness of student voices on the controversial issue is not lost on Sandpoint High School senior Emma Reed, another walkout organizer. “I think it’s important for kids’ voices today to be heard,” she said. “It’s really depressing that we have to be the voices to advocate against gun violence.” “My generation has had too many school shootings to be quiet about it anymore,” she added. Neither Rogers nor Reed thought much of the Trump Administration and NRA proposal to arm teachers in classrooms. “Most teachers teach because they love helping students learn and grow and have no desire to

carry a gun around and potentially be asked to use it to possibly shoot one of their own students,” said Rogers. “Arming teachers sounds good on paper, but there are so many ways it could go wrong,” added Reed. “... My mom, who is in law enforcement, goes through so many hours of education and training just to handle a weapon.” As with the Stoneman Douglas High School students, local demonstrators faced criticism from adults who attacked their young age and questioned their credibility to participate in a national debate. Reed pushed back against those attacks. “We still have the First Amendment, the right to express our opinions,” she said. “Let the adults handle it? Obviously the

< see WALKOUT page 5 > Top: Senior Dutton Rogers speaks to participants in Wednesday’s walkout at SHS. Photo by Will Harrison. Middle: Students observe two minutes of silence to honor the victims of the Parkland school shooting. Photo by Ben Olson. Bottom: Some students used the walkout time to pen letters to Idaho legislators about gun safety. Photo by Ben Olson.


County has eyes on roads as spring breakup starts Schweitzer extends ski season

By Lyndsie Kiebert Reader Staff It appears the worst of winter is over, and as the snow makes its way into our water system, spring breakup threatens roads all over Bonner County. Director of Bonner County Road and Bridge Steve Klatt said the county’s approach during spring breakup is one of prevention. “Our intention is to get roads closed before a real breakup happens, and we appear to have successfully accomplished that this year,” he said. Klatt said crews have worked hard to get snow berms pushed back from road edges to expedite thawing. The sooner roads thaw, he said, the sooner they dry out. Klatt noted that this winter’s freezing cycles are “problematic,” making it more difficult to in get layers of frost and moisture driven down into the roads. “Similar winter cycles have given us some of the worst mud events, historically,” he said. To combat such mud events happening this year, Klatt said Road and Bridge crews patrol roads to make sure all culverts and drain lines are not clogged with debris. Klatt said there are no county roads currently at high risk, but that can change quickly. “There are no roads known to be

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adults aren’t handling it. There have been school shootings every week since the beginning of 2018. This shouldn’t be the new normal.” Students who participated in the walkout, which accounted for about 10 percent of SHS’s 1,000-strong student body, held a variety of beliefs on gun control, according to organizer Ben Robinson. “There are many different beliefs and reasons that students participated in this, but the main reason is to honor the victims of the Parkland shooting,” Robinson, a junior, said. “We contacted the Reader and the Bee so we could show the community that us students regard (these school shootings) as a problem.” Other students chose to abstain from the walkout for their own reasons. One such student is senior Thomas Riley. “The walkout was to pay respects to the 17 students that were victims to the Parkland shooting,” he said. “However, many students have turned it into a political stance, and I don’t stand behind the

By Ben Olson Reader Staff

A washout along Lightning Creek Road as photographed in May 2016. Photo courtesy USFS. especially vulnerable at this particular moment, but that can change dynamically in 24 hours should a major rain event roll down the mountainsides,” he said. Klatt said there is currently only one county road closed due to spring breakup. Eastriver Road, north of Priest River, is closed due to a soil slump under the edge of the roadbed. “We had a similar slump last year because of the super saturated soils and we’re watching closely for a re-occurrence,” he

said. “We will make stabilization repairs after snow, frost and weight limits have run their course for this winter.” Weight limits are currently in effect on all county roads, with specific limits posted in specific areas. Early morning hauling is not allowed on any county roads right now. For additional information, contact Bonner County Road and Bridge at (208) 255-5681 ext. 1 between the hours of 7 a.m. and 4 p.m.

disrespect.” He also believes there is some merit to the idea of having armed teachers or guards within a school. “I believe certain individuals and teachers should be able to carry firearms, because it can play a key role in the protection of students,” he said. “Recently in Georgia, an armed student resource officer was able to hold an armed individual to a classroom standoff protecting students.” Riley, Reed and Rogers all agree that Sandpoint High School handled the walkouts appropriately by staying neutral. According to SHS Principal Tom Albertson, the school will stick to its normal policy of marking students who aren’t in class as absent. If they are only gone for a short time, that absence will be changed to a tardy. “Students don’t necessarily give up their First Amendment rights when they walk through school doors, but they are expected to follow rules so the education process proceeds without interruption,” he

said. Even so, he said he approves of students involving themselves in civic action. “Student voice is always a good thing,” he said. Sandpoint High School wasn’t the only local school to see walkout activity. Michael Bigley, a teacher at Forrest Bird Charter School, said about a dozen students from the high school and 25 students from the middle school walked out of class. And according to Washington Elementary sixth-grader Noah Bedarczyk, he and his two friends were the only ones to walk out of class. He also wrote a letter to Idaho Congressmen asking for action on gun violence. “We should do background checks on the people purchasing guns, and they can’t have a criminal record or mental health issues,” he said. SHS senior McCalee Cain contributed reporting to this story.

Skiers, don’t put your gear away yet. There’s still plenty of winter to be had at Schweitzer Mountain Resort. With over 365 inches of snowfall this year, Schweitzer has announced they will extend operations until April 15. “Longer, sunnier days are making an appearance in the region and with a solid snowpack still in the mountains, conditions for spring skiing and riding are fantastic,” said Schweitzer marketing manager Dig Chrismer. The current snowpack at the summit is 125 inches, with long range forecasts calling for slightly colder temperatures and slightly above average precipitation through the end of the season.

Risch involved in setting up N. Korea talks By Cameron Rasmusson Reader Staff A recent trip to the PyeongChang Winter Olympics by U.S. Sen. Jim Risch, R-Idaho, played a key role in setting up recently announced talks with North Korea. The Idaho Statesman reports that after Risch expressed doubt that North Korea’s participation in the Olympics would lead to a curbing of dictator Kim Jong Un’s nuclear program, he was contacted by South Korean officials. “The South was saying the North wants to talk,” Risch told journalist William Douglas. “We were very surprised.” Risch also said that while he’s skeptical of Kim’s intentions, he is glad to see a reduction in aggressive posturing from his regime. He believes the talks between Kim and President Donald Trump will proceed as planned. “Our side is not in any way looking to get out of this meeting,” he told Douglas. “The president is anxious to take this meeting, I’ve talked to him about it personally. Again, this whole thing is in the hands of Kim Jong Un.” March 15, 2018 /


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Support Idaho’s future by voting ‘in favor’ of Scotchman Peaks Wilderness By Cary Kelly Reader Contributor As a Marine Deputy on Lake Pend Oreille for the Bonner County Sheriff’s Office for 18 years, an avid skier with more than 1,200 days skiing at Schweitzer, and a sailboat owner for eight years, I have spent thousands and thousands of hours enjoying our lakes, rivers, and mountains. The recreational opportunities and the natural beauty of this area are the main reasons my wife and I moved here 25 years ago. While patrolling or sailing the waters of Lake Pend Oreille, I was always in awe of the natural beauty of this place. While many changes have taken place in the past 25 years, one area I would not like to see changed is the Scotchman Peaks area. I’ve come to believe

Cary Kelly. that this area is special and needs wilderness protection in order to pass this natural wonder on to our kids and grandkids. I first hiked in the Scotchman Peaks area with a neighbor in 2010. I can honestly say that

On the Lake:

the view down from the high country is just as stunning as the view up from the water. I think I speak for Idaho when we agree that it’s the kind of place we cherish for hiking, hunting, horse-back riding and the like. This area was first identified for possible wilderness in the 1970’s and has been managed that way ever since. As a Bonner County Commissioner I saw a strong consensus among county residents that wilderness was the best use of this land. Support included not only outdoor enthusiasts, but also those representing economic interests such as the Idaho Forest Group. I received more positive support for this issue than any other during my term as Commissioner. As I recall, only a few negative comments came to me, and those were concerns about

bringing more people into the area. In March 2015, the Bonner County Board of Commissioners approved a resolution of support for Congressional legislation that would safeguard roughly 14,000 acres of the Idaho Panhandle National Forest, encompassing Scotchman Peak — 7,009 feet, the highest point in Bonner County. Sen. Risch and his staff supported this vision and in 2016, developed a Scotchman Peaks wilderness proposal that would provide permanent access to traditional Idaho uses like hiking, hunting, fishing, horseback riding, camping, trapping and berry picking. Sen. Risch also directed his staff to hold open houses around the county so that every single one of us could find out more about the legislation that could finally bring lasting

protection to an area we all hold so dear. Now, Bonner County voters have another chance to do their part to preserve the Scotchman Peaks. The current county commissioners have decided to put the question of support to the voters in the primary election on May 15. Voters will be asked this question: Do you favor Senator Jim Risch’s proposal for congressional designation of a 13,960 acre Scotchman Peaks Wilderness area in Bonner County? Please join me in voting “In Favor” of Scotchman Peaks Wilderness Cary Kelly is an avid skier, outdoorsman and the former Chairman of the Board of Bonner County Commissioners.

A column about lake issues by the Lake Pend Oreille Waterkeeper

BNSF’s permit application to build a second rail bridge over the lake is making my eye twitch just an Environmental Assessment (EA), which is like You’ve probably diet EIS. I’m sorry, already heard that Burbut NOPE! lington Northern Sante There are two Fe (BNSF) submitted federal agencies permit applications to and one state build a second rail bridge agency involved in over Lake Pend Oreille. Shannon Williamson permitting. These Correction – it’s actually include the U.S. THREE new bridges – one over Coast Guard (USCG), which is the lake, one over Sand Creek the lead permitting agency, USand one over Bridge Street leadACE, and Idaho Department of ing to City Beach. Lands (IDL). For the sake of this When the public notice was article, I’m going to focus mostly published by the U.S. Army on USCG because they are in Corps of Engineers (USACE), charge of the environmental I cracked my knuckles and got analysis under National Environdown to business. There was a mental Policy Act (NEPA). whole lot going on in that notice, It’s critically important that an but here’s what really jumped out EIS is carried out for this project at me. There will be no Environin order to fully evaluate all of mental Impact Statement (EIS), the broad reaching implications

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including impacts to water quality, noise and air pollution, traffic congestion, delayed emergency response and more. We’re still waiting for the USCG to publicly notice this project so that we can officially weigh in on this. BNSF definitely doesn’t want an EIS because it would trigger a scoping process to solicit public feedback from a wide variety of stakeholders. This would delay when construction could start, and BNSF wants to start this fall. Seems a bit rushed, don’t you think? It’s going to take more than our request for an EIS rather than an EA. If you’re concerned about this project, please ask your local and state elected officials, board members of the Lakes Commission, and other advocacy groups to not only request a full EIS, but also request that public hearings

are held in Sandpoint to gather robust public input. You can also comment directly to USCG during their public comment period. You may be wondering how USACE and IDL fit into all of this. USACE is charged with granting or denying a permit for discharging dredged or fill material into the waters of the U.S. IDL is charged with granting or denying a permit for encroachments, which are anything permanently fixed to the lakebed. These agencies are soliciting public comments that are specific to their regulatory authority. They are not particularly looking for public comment about the broader implications of the project – that’s USCG’s job. I am by no means discouraging you from submitting comments to these agencies or

attending a public hearing held by one or both of them. Please do comment (by March 28 unless there’s an extension)! We most certainly are. If a public hearing is announced, I encourage you to flood the hosting agency with requests for USCG to participate so that all permitting agencies are represented and your comments pertaining to ALL aspects of the project are taken into the record. With so much information to share and not enough space, please feel free to contact me for additional information on how to get involved. We will post resources, including talking points for comments, for your use at www.lpow. org as soon as they are available. Shannon Williamson is executive director of the Lake Pend Oreille Waterkeeper and president of the Sandpoint City Counxcil.


Letters to the Editor Dogs and Restaurants... Dear Editor, With warm weather coming and the prospect of walking downtown with your furry friends, I am writing to remind both the restaurants allowing animals into their establishments, as well as the pet owners who think they can take their pets into a restaurant that it is not allowed. Along with your column “The Straight Poop” which actually highlights food establishments as being pet friendly, people think that they can bring their pets anywhere. This is not the case when it comes to establishments serving ready to eat foods (restaurants, pubs, supermarkets, etc). Idaho Food Code (and consequently, state law) clearly states that live animals are “not allowed on the premises of a food establishment.” In an exception to this code, “SERVICE ANIMALS” are allowed in areas not used for food preparation and that are usually open for customers such as dining and sales areas if a health or safety hazard will not result from the presence or activities of the service animal. These animals are CONTROLLED by the disabled employee or person. This means that your pet is not allowed inside or at an outside seating area/deck of a restaurant or supermarket unless it is a certified service animal. Service animals do not need cuddling, do not sit on their owner’s lap, do not bother other patrons, do not beg and certainly do not eat from the table. There are hundreds of acres of prime dog-walking areas just minutes from your favorite local eatery, so take FiFi over there before you go out to eat, and then drop Fido off at home. Not only is it unlawful to bring a pet into an eatery, it is also unsanitary, a public health risk and a liability for the restaurant. Editors of the Reader: please stop your column The Straight Poop from publishing articles that highlight pet-friendly restaurants (pet-friendly stores, go for it!), because there is not one single restaurant in the state of Idaho that allows pets. Tim French Sandpoint

Focus on the Good Stuff... Dear Mr. Olson, I realize the world is going to hell in a hand basket thanks to our Donkey-Cavity-in-Chief and Congress (and I was a Republican until last year), and I realize the streets in Sandpoint are only going to get worse, but I also have another pet peeve that is kind of ridiculous. I have always enjoyed Safeway’s Bakery,

especially their bear claws. However, going along with the current trend, they continually raise their prices, while reducing the size to that of a postage stamp. If they are going to sell postagestamp-size food, why don’t they charge the same price as a postage stamp? However, on the plus side, Schweitzer has been absolutely fabulous. We do have the best Mexican food in the country at Joel’s, the best breakfasts at the Hoot Owl, the best baristas and coffee at the Schweitzer Cut-off Road Starbucks, and we have the Reader. So I guess we should dwell on what is good instead of the bad and the ugly. Thank you for your recent series on the American Redoubt Movement, and the current series of articles on the candidates. We always enjoy our weekly Reader. Sincerely, Bob Ashbrook Sandpoint

Join the Conversation... Dear Reader, We, the individuals listed below are a group of concerned Sandpoint residents of various political persuasions who gather weekly to discuss current events and share our viewpoints. The group’s participant specialties include sociology, business, medicine, law, engineering, education and science. Several members have had valued experience in local government. With the rest of the nation, we have discussed possible responses to the high school shooting deaths in Parkland, Fla. With our (and the nation’s) divergent views, we recognize that addressing America’s violence has no all-encompassing simple solution. This requires a multifaceted approach that includes not only increasing the availability of mental health treatment, tightening background checks and increased effectiveness in law-enforcement communication/response, but also civilian data bases must have access to military dishonorable discharges and those deemed dangerous to themselves or others while in the military. Effective, funded support of mental health treatment is essential. Youth across America are making plans on March 14 and/or 24 to rally to encourage legislation that could lessen the chances of death from mass school shootings. Because we believe youth should be encouraged to have input and feel empowered to make their voices heard on national issues, we call upon like-minded adults to demonstrate with our Sandpoint youth should they decide to show local support of national youth rallies. Sincerely, M.E. Campbell, Sandpoint

Foster Cline, MD Sandpoint Brian D’Aoust, Clark Fork Charles Glock, Sandpoint Don Hagen, Sagle Ingrid Keller, Sandpoint Robert Kellerman, Hope Jeanette Schanndelmeir, Sagle

Most Important Job...? Dear Editor, What is the most important job in this country/world? It is not the doctors. It is not lawyers. It is not press reporters. It is not firefighters. It is not cooks. It is not police officers. It is not preachers/pastors. It is not presidents. It is not the nanny. It is not generals. It is not truck drivers. It is not carpenters. It is not high tech computer geek. The most important job in the USA/ world is our public school teachers. Without them none of the above mentioned jobs would be possible. Marty Stitsel Sandpoint (not a teacher)

Institutionalized violence... Dear Editor, I thought it remarkable that a performance at the Oscars called out the NRA (“...NRA/You stand in God’s way...”) until I recalled that Hollywood is one of the largest enablers of gun violence after the NRA. When we choose to watch violent movies we are endorsing institutionalized violence. In fact, the whole idea of “violence as entertainment” — TV, movies, video games, paintball, etc., many of which are aimed at children — is not only disturbing, it speaks poorly of us as humans. We glorify soldiers because they are courageous, but you know who else is courageous? Pacifists. You have to live completely free of fear to be a pacifist. If you doubt this, you have only to turn to the fearless life of a great pacifist, Jesus Christ. I’ve heard the argument that watching violence is cathartic, allowing humans to cleanse themselves of the urge to kill others without actually doing it. The idea being that this urge is “just human nature” — to which I say, hogwash. Only a few select species in the world kill their own. I like to think we are better than that. Thanks, Ed Ohlweiler Sandpoint

Signatures Needed... Dear Mr. Olson, When my husband and I moved to the Sandpoint area in 2002, the future looked bright. At last we had the home in the country he’d wanted for so long. But five days after he retired he was diagnosed with stage-three cancer. An aggressive treatment plan was laid out, including regular dialysis and chemotherapy. As we reeled from this news, he said it was going to be very expensive, and he was so sorry. Fortunately, I’d continued my health insurance after retiring, and it also covered him, so we’d be OK. That conversation made me realize that no desperately ill person should have the added anxiety of how to pay for vital medical help. And that is why I’m helping gather signatures on petitions to get Expanded Medicaid on the statewide ballot in 2018. In Idaho, 78,000 people fall into the Coverage Gap (they earn too much for Medicaid but too little to get help buying insurance on the state health exchange). They are friends and neighbors, working in day cares, restaurants, construction, and the public sector, going day to day without affordable access to health care. Surely we can do better. Thirty-two states already have Expanded Medicaid. Two others have grass roots efforts similar to Idaho’s. Please give voters statewide a chance to vote on this. Petitions are available at Family Health Center (Pinegrove building, 606 N 3rd, #101), Women’s Health Center (1215 Michigan), and Panhandle Art Glass (514 Pine St.). Thanks. Rae Charlton Sandpoint

Jim Woodward for District 1... Dear Editor, Jim Woodward is the perfect fit to replace retiring Shawn Keough for District 1 Senate. Jim supports the same issues, principles and concerns of the constituents in the district. He favors and prioritizes education, water quality, small business, timber and efficient government which allows for a lower tax burden for Idaho citizens. Jim’s lengthy residence in Bonner County as a family man, small businessman and Northern Lights board members, verify his investment in keeping concerns viable and worthy of a vote of confidence in the upcoming primary. Jim is dedicated to this district, open-minded, willing to listen and defend Bonner County in the Idaho legislature. I whole-heartedly endorse Jim Woodward for District 1 Senate. Sandy Lange Sandpoint

BY THE NUMBERS 20,961,453,500,200 The amount in U.S. dollars of the national debt as of Wednesday, March 14 at 8 p.m.

43 The turnover percentage of senior White House staffers in the first 13 months of the Trump administration.

33 The turnover percentage of senior White House staffers in the entire eight-year administration of George W. Bush.

10 How many copies (in millions) of Stephen Hawking’s “A Brief History of Time” that have sold. The cosmologist and world renowned scientist passed away Wednesday at 76 years old.

3,000 An estimated number of schools around the nation that participated in Wednesday’s walkout to honor the victims of the Parkland school shooting

2.2 The percentage of population growth in Idaho from July 1, 2016, to July 1, 2017, making Idaho the fastest growing state in the nation.

46-20 The successful vote outcome in the Idaho House Monday to ease some of the state’s mandatory minimum drug sentences in cases where a judge finds imposing them would be a “manifest injustice” and there’s no danger to society.

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TAKING THE PLUNGE FOR A GOOD CAUSE Bouquets: • Here’s a bouquet to the students who participated in the school walkout Wednesday. Whether you support their cause or not (and I personally do), you have to give students credit for caring about their world, about the safety of their fellow students around the nation and the health of our democracy. Reading the various scuttlebutt from national lawmakers lately, it seems they don’t think high school students have much of a right to voice their opinions because of their age and lack of world experience. I call bullshit on that. High school students are savvy, intelligent, current with the issues and have insightful opinions to share. I, for one, am happy to listen to them. Also, I’d like to acknowledge the SHS administration, who I believe has handled this walkout with fairness and respect. This is how you protest. Barbs • I’ll give myself a barb this week for writing the wrong last name for the injured Officer Eric Clark in my “Dear Readers” section. After what Officers Clark and Hutter have been through, it was disrespectful of me to make that mistake. I apologize and have made sure that our proofreading procedures have been beefed up henceforth. •I’d like to address a common misconception briefly. The Reader is always happy to receive submissions from the public. It’s what makes our paper unique – we are written by and for the community. That being said, some submissions aren’t right for us. It’s not because of political reasons or agendas or bias. It’s usually because the writing isn’t compelling, the subject matter isn’t appropriate, the tone of the piece is too antagonistic or a plethora of other reasons. Bottom line is: not everybody gets published in the Reader. Don’t cry foul if your piece is rejected - it’s part of the writing and publishing process. 8 /


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Coping with Grief support group starting By Ben Olson Reader Staff Have you recently lost a loved one? There are resources available to help overcome the bereavement that might be getting in the way of living a complete life. Bonner General Health Community Hospice is offering a group support session called “Coping With Grief.” The spring session of this support group kicks off Monday, April 2. Those interested in participating need to complete an application by the March 28 deadline. Contact Lissa at (208) 265-1185 for an application and more information. “Coping With Grief” will take place from 5-8 p.m. Monday evenings from April 2 through May 21. The class will help participants work through the loss of a loved one. Topics covered will include acknowledging loss, empowerment through loss and change, stress and coping, understanding pathways to grief and continuing bonds. This is a free class.

A few of the participants that turned out for the Penguin Plunge at Sandpoint City Beach on Saturday, March 10. The event was a fundraiser for the local representatives to the Special Olympics in Twin Falls in June. Money raised will go towards transportation, meals and lodging for the athletes. Photo by Jim Healey, a supporter of the Special Olympics.

It’s a great time for winter birding By Reader Staff

It’s a great time to key into late winter migrants and early spring arriving bird life! Come join a group of hearty birders on Saturday, March 24 as Friends of Scotchman Peaks presents a program entitled “Winter Birds.” The group will meet at the Heron School and Community Center in Heron, Mont., at 9 a.m. MST. After a brief chat explaining some birding handouts, the group will immediately hit the field sites to quietly examine riverside, wetland, and timbered edge habitats in pursuit of spotting birds of prey, waterfowl, woodpeckers and songbirds. In addition, participants will hunt for roosting birds, owl pellets, tracks, sign and listen for vocalizations. Please come prepared with lunch, water, binoculars, spotting scopes, good winter boots and snowshoes if you have them. Full gas tanks and potential car pooling appreciated. This field program entails short, moderate hikes and is free to the public. The class will wrap up around 2:30 p.m. MST. To register, email Annie at or call (406) 475-2847.

Instructor Brian Baxter is a field ornithologist, has 17 years teaching and 40 years experience in the woods. Baxter always makes it a fun learning expe-

A great blue heron blending in with winter surroundings. Photos by Brian Sherry

rience! Bring your cameras as you never know what you might discover.

CASA Spring Advocate Training By Reader Staff Interested in helping a child in need? Spring Advocate Training for Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of North Idaho begins this April with an orientation. No special skills are required. Volunteer Advocates are trained, supported and assigned cases to represent child victims

of abuse and neglect. CASA North Idaho needs 12 additional advocates to meet the growing number of local cases. Do you have the time to give and would like more information? Call or text Jan Rust, Advocate Trainer at (509) 879-1793 or and she will gladly answer any questions.

ELECTION COVERAGE State Senator race District 1

Profile of Jim Woodward By Ben Olson Reader Staff Sen. Shawn Keough announced last year that this would be her last term serving District 1 as a state senator after more than 20 years, the race is wide open. The first profile from this race features Republican candidate Jim Woodward. 1. Tell me a little about your history in North Idaho and how that makes you a good candidate as a state senator for District 1? My family has been in this state a long time. Our family history goes back to 1908 in Elk River. One of my dad’s parents first made it out there as part of the Potlatch Corporation. We’ve been in Sandpoint since the early ‘70s and then up to Bonners Ferry. What people call the Pine St. Bakery I used to call home. That was our house in the early ‘70s. My dad was a city engineer and administrator in Bonners Ferry. I graduated from Bonners Ferry High School in 1988, went to University of Idaho, then off to the Navy and came back because it was the right place to be. 2. Tell me about your experience in the Navy I spent 21 years in the Navy total, a third in active service, and twothirds in the Navy Reserve. I served on Trident missile submarines, was trained in nuclear power and nuclear weapons. I was trained to operate a submarine as well. 3. Shawn Keough has served District 1 as State Senator since 1996 and endorsed you for this race. What do you think of the legacy she has left for North Idaho, and how do you plan to fill her shoes if elected? Senator Keough has set the bar high for public service. I’ve only known her for a year now, but I’ve had the opportunity to observe her actions and leadership for many years. She is widely respected throughout the community and in Boise because of her willingness to listen and her tireless effort in making things happen for Legislative District 1 and for the state. I understand the significance of open communication with members of the district and listening to all sides of a conversation when we’re making a statewide decision.

4. You list education as a pretty big part of your platform. We’re generally next to last in the nation as far as funding per pupil on the federal level. Is there any way to help increase funding for education in Idaho? I think we need to take a hard look at it. We’re in a paradigm where a big portion of our funding used to come from federal timber sales, but those have dropped off significantly in the last 30 years. And we haven’t stepped back and said, ‘We’ve lost this, it was our source, how do we deal with that?’ It’s a long-term goal. 5. It seems like more and more lawmakers have identified as a “liberty” or “freedom” lawmaker, which promotes more local over big government, ideological issues over pragmatic issues. Would you consider yourself as a “liberty” lawmaker, or are you more interested in pragmatic issues like infrastructure. I’m a pragmatist, not an ideologue. I think the closer we keep decisions to home, the better decisions we come up with that match the situation. A blanket decision across the whole country might not be the best for us. But I know as a business owner, the only way you get paid is you accomplish something. 6. Politics has always been a rough and tumble arena, but the last couple years, it’s become very polarized. Does that concern you, or is that why you’ve become involved? That’s definitely part of the reason I want to be involved. I think we’re headed down the wrong path when we become so divided or so polarized. We should use our system of government to establish the basics for how to get along. The role of government is to take care of the tasks we can’t accomplish individually. … The divisiveness we’ve seen in politics hurts us, it doesn’t help us. I think that’s why we see fewer and fewer people interested in being involved. There are people who are there because of an ideology, not because of an interest to figure out how to work and live together. It’s part of the reason I’m asking to serve as a state senator. I see a need.

7. Let’s talk about your business career after your service in the Navy.

Jim Woodward with “juliet” (his puppy) and “jasmine” (his full grown golden). courtesy photo.

I own Apex construction services, and we’ve been in operation since 2008. I proved that you can start right during the middle of the Great Recession. We just focus on getting done for people what they ask for. My in-laws own a small business, and they told me, being successful in a small business is simply letting people know what you can do and when they ask you to do it, follow through and get it done. And that’s what we’ve always done. 8. You’ve also listed transportation and infrastructure as an important part of your campaign platform? Why are those important issues to focus on? It’s a part of our economy. Whether we’re working or playing, to be able to travel and do it in a reasonable amount of time. The population of Idaho (is growing). That places extra demand on the infrastructure, both the recreational and work aspect of it. So it’s not just a matter of maintaining but we have to increase our capacity or we’ll get to the point where it’s not pleasant to go anywhere. 9. Where do you fall on the following issues? The HiTest Silicon Smelter proposed for Newport, Wash.? There’s a process in place for permitting that. We need to follow that, and part of it is public input. … I went to the forum at Newport and I know Idaho DEQ is engaged in it, but it is outside our political boundary. … I’m open to hearing the discussion. The Scotchman Peaks Wilderness designation? I’d like to see that ground protected for future generations, and wilderness designation may be the correct way to do that, but we need to remember that wilderness designation comes through an individual bill, it doesn’t have to be the boilerplate Wilderness Act. When you look at the Frank Church Wilderness Area, it has air strips in it. That’s an example of an exception. So when that individual piece of legislation is written, we can take into account needs that are specific to Scotchman Peak Wilderness, which in this case involve wildfire management because it’s so close to

Clark Fork and wildlife management. With a properly crafted piece of legislation, we could protect that area for future generations. 10. In recent years, it seems the Republican party in Idaho has retreated to corners where one side has gone further right and the other side, 20 years ago, which would have been considered staunch conservatives, are being labeled as “RINOs.” How do you see that effecting this race? I’ve already been labeled as a RINO. My response to that is, I’m not an INO, which is an Idahoan in Name Only. I present myself as I am. I’d like to represent the people of Idaho and all of the people of the district. So I probably fall in that camp of what would have been, in the past, a conservative Idaho Republican. I’ll stay true to my roots. … My day to day efforts will be focused on what I consider my platform: education, infrastructure and providing opportunities for people to live and take care of themselves. At that same time, I’ve always worked toward bringing people together. When people ask, ‘Why are you interested in joining politics?’ I say, “I’m not interested in politics, I’d like to serve in public decision making.’ That’s the message I’d like people to know. We can take some of the drama out of it and take care of our representative system of government.

JIM WOODWARD AT A GLANCE AGE: 47 BIRTHPLACE AND RESIDENCE: Born in Anacortes, Wash. Moved to North Idaho when he was 2 years old. Currently live in Sagle on Dufort Road. GOVERNMENT SERVICE: Served on Northern Lights board 4 years, on East Bonner County Snowmobile Groomer Advisory Board, was volunteer Sagle District Fire Commissioner. PROFESSION: Owner of Apex Construction, 21 years service in the Navy active and reserve on Trident nuclear submarines. EDUCATION: Univ. of Idaho – Mechanical engineering degree. High School at Bonners Ferry HS. FAMILY: Brenda (wife), son Avery, daughter Anna. FUN FACT: Grew up in house now known as the Pine St. Bakery. “That was our house in the early ‘70s. I learned to ride a bicycle right out front when I was a kid.” March 15, 2018 /


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Tour de Thrift: an annual tradition in making (and saving) money By Cameron Rasmusson Reader Staff

There’s no better feeling after a shopping trip than knowing you got a great deal—unless, of course, you happen to support an excellent cause at the same time. Shoppers who turn out for Tour De Thrift are sure to experience that feeling every time they hit one of the area’s 10 participating thrift stores. Throughout Saturday, March 24, patrons will find one-of-a-kind deals on all manner of second-hand clothing and items. What’s more, participants will have the chance to win one of several prizes that will send them on a getaway at a nearby resort or hotel. “These are really awesome ... because people would really love a change of scenery for a night,” said Katherine Deacon, manager of Panhandle Thrift Store. This year, 10 local thrift stores are participating: Bizarre Bazaar, Azalea Handpicked Style, Now and Then, Violet, The Cottage, Once Again, Sanctuary Seconds, Goodwill, The Cove and Panhandle Animal Steven and Elissa Rookey, owners of Mandala Pizza, enjoying the Reader in Playa del Shelter Thrift Store. Each location has selected a nonprofit to benefit, and a portion

of all sales made throughout the day will be donated to the selected beneficiary. Just drop by during the business’ regular business hours to get in on the action. After they shop, participants have the chance to win one of several getaways. The options include a night at Talus Rock, two nights at Stone Ridge Resort, one night at Coeur d’Alene Casino and one night at the Quality Inn in Sandpoint. According to Deacon, Tour De Thrift is a great way to spruce up a wardrobe for the year and find some excellent deals, not to mention shake off the cobwebs now that spring is on the way. “(Tour De Thrift) was started to create excitement after the doldrums of winter,” she said Be sure to gather up your friends Saturday, March 24, and if you can, complete the full tour. You’ll make some great memories and are guaranteed to leave some very happy nonprofit workers in the wake of your shopping spree. “For us, it’s a really good day,” said Deacon.

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An exhaustive list of what you need to know about the primary ballot By Cameron Rasmusson Reader Staff

With the deadline to file county candidacy paperwork expired, the ballot options for the primary election are taking shape. While prospective candidates can still file as a write-in candidate, Bonner County voters now have set ballots depending on which party primary they choose to participate in. For U.S. representative in District 1, Republicans will choose between Russ Fulcher, Alex Gallegos, Nick Henderson, David H. Leroy, Luke Malek, Christy Perry and Michael Snyder. Democrats will vote for Christina McNeil, Michael W. Smith or James Vandermaas. In addition, W. Scott Howard is running as a Libertarian and Pro-Life is running as a Constitutionalist. For governor, Republicans have the option of Tommy Ahlquist, Harley Delano Brown, Dalton Ben Cannady, Raul Labrador, Brad Little, Lisa Marie and Steve Pankey. Democrats will vote for A.J. Balukoff, Peter Dill or Paulette Jordan. Bev “Angel” Boeck is running as a Libertarian, while Walter Bayes is running as a Constitutionalist. For lieutenant governor, Republicans will vote for Rebecca W. Arnold, Marv Hagedorn, Janice McGeachin, Bob Nonini, Kelley Packer or Steve Yates. Democrats will choose between Kristin Collum and Jim Fabe. Incumbent Republican Lawrence E. Denney is running unopposed for secretary of state, while Democrats will vote for Joseph J.P. Chastain or Jill Humble. Republican Brandon D. Woolf is the sole candidate for state controller. Republicans Julie A. Ellsworth, Tom Kealey and Vicky J. McIntyre are running for state treasurer. Lawrence Wasden is running as a Republican for attorney general, while Bruce S. Bistline is running as a Democrat. Jeff Dillon and Sherri Ybarra face off in the Republican primary for superintendent of public instruction, while Allen Humble and Cindy Wilson are running for the office as Democrats.

G. Richard Bevan is running unopposed to retain his seat on the Idaho Supreme Court, as are David W. Gratton and Jessica M. Lorello for appellate court judge. District 1 judges also running unopposed include Barbara Buchanan, Cynthia K.C. Meyer, Lansing L. Haynes, Rich Christensen and Scott Wayman. John T. Mitchell runs to retain his office against Douglas A. Pierce. For District 1 state senator, Vera Gadman is running as a Democrat, while Danielle Ahrens, Scott Herndon and Jim Woodward are running as Republicans. Democrats will choose between Bob Vickaryous and Ellen Weissman for District 1 representative seat A, while Republicans will vote for Mike Boeck or Heather Scott. Representative Seat B Democratic candidate Stephen F. Howlett and Republican candidate Sage G. Dixon are running unopposed. For Bonner County assessor, Dennis Englehardt, Donna Gow and Richard Miller are running as Republicans, Shirley Kolm as a Democrat and Wendel Bergman as unaffiliated. Michael Rosedale is running unopposed as a Republican for Bonner County clerk. Robert Beers is running as a Republican for county coroner, while Cheryl Piehl is running as a Republican for county treasurer. Glen Bailey, G.Bruce Hollett and Steven Bradshaw are running as Republicans for District 1 commissioner, while Patricia J. Wentworth is running as a Democrat. Dan McDonald and Carol Kunzeman are running as Republicans for District 2 commissioner, while Stephen Lockwood is running as a Democrat. Depending on a resident’s voting precinct, they will be asked to name a precinct committeeman or woman. Finally, county residents will give an advisory vote on whether or not they favor Scotchman Peaks being protected as a wilderness. The Reader will continue to publish profiles of candidates running in the primary election each week leading up to the vote on May 15. March 15, 2018 /


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By Brenden Bobby Reader Columnist

On March 14, we lost one of our greatest minds. There’s no way I could sum this man’s incredible life up in fewer than 900 words, but I’d like to take Dr. Hawking’s lead in refusing to back down from an impossible challenge. Stephen Hawking was born in Oxford, England in 1942. Hitler was bombing London. His parents were both academics, though his family was not wealthy and actually lived a frugal life. As a child, he and his friends loved building models, playing board games, making their own fireworks and building computers from old telephone switchboards. You know, kid stuff. Stephen Hawking struggled in school. He found mandatory study work tedious which impacted his ability to gain scholarships, which was the only way he could attend school. He began his undergraduate work at the age of 17 and took up the position of the coxswain (like a captain) of a competitive rowing team. At age 21 he was diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, better known as ALS or Lou Gehrig’s disease. ALS causes the degeneration of neurons that control muscle movement. Eventually, this leads to muscle atrophy, paralysis and suffocation when your body can’t move the muscles it needs to breathe. He was given two years to live. That was in 1965. Understandably, this caused him to fall into a deep depression and his studies into 12 /


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cosmology suffered. Could you imagine being told that you’d be trapped inside of your own body? He was pulled out of depression when he met his first wife, Jane. They would go on to have three children together: Robert, Lucy and Timothy. Between 1973 and 1975, after visiting Yakov Borisovich Zel’dovich, a prolific Soviet physicist, and Alexei Starobinsky, a world-famous Soviet astrophysicist and cosmologist, Stephen Hawking introduced the world to the idea of Hawking radiation. In a nutshell, particle and antiparticle pairs pop into existence near the boundary of a black hole’s event horizon. Normally, these would collide and annihilate, but sometimes they’ll miss one another, and the antiparticle will fall into the black hole while the particle escapes, causing the black hole to lose mass and eventually evaporate. This was a huge moment in Hawking’s scholarly life. Shortly after, he was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society, which is kind of like getting a first round draft pick in the NBA, but for science. Five years later, he became the Lucasian Professor of Mathematics at Cambridge University, a position once held by Isaac Newton, Charles Babbage and Paul Dirac, respectively. In 1985, he suffered from severe pneumonia and had to undergo an emergency tracheotomy, which had the unfortunate side effect of fully robbing him of his ability to speak. Around this time, a program was developed for him that would give him the robotic voice we all know today. Even as time passed and technology improved, Dr. Hawking insisted on keeping the

tinny robotic voice, which he felt had become part of his identity, and helped him communicate more clearly than even before the onset of ALS. He published “A Brief History of Time” in 1988, a book that caused a great deal of strife for him, but one that would go on to change science in the public eye forever. The intention of the book was to bring science to the common person, an action that is continued by entertainers to this day. Neil deGrasse Tyson, Carl Sagan, Bill Nye and Michio Kaku are just a few names that would carry on this legacy to popularize science for the masses, but it came with a price. Dr. Hawking had to make things that took a lifetime of learning digestible for the regular person; imagine a sommelier trying to describe subtle tone and nuance of a French pinot noir to an auditorium of fourth graders without being able to tell them what it tastes, smells or looks like. The success of “A Brief History of Time” was unprecedented, and it shot Dr. Hawking into the forefront of the worldwide media. The coolest thing about this, in my opinion, was that most of the money earned by the book went straight to children’s science programs. Dr. Hawking was a genius the likes of which is seen once a century, but he was not a superhero. His married life was troubled, and his disease put tremendous strain on his wife, whom he eclipsed on the world stage despite the immense amount of work she put into her own career. He remarried once, divorced twice and struggled with the burden of international fame. In the age of filterless

communication, it’s easy to condemn people for things like that, but I think these flaws humanize them. It makes the impossible seem possible if you’re willing to fight the odds and work for it. We’ve lost a great mind, and one of the greatest pioneers in science, but one thing always gives me solace in the face of loss: The Law of Conservation of Mass Energy. Matter is

neither created nor destroyed, it simply changes shape. Everything that we are composed of isn’t destroyed when we die. It will change shape, it will be carried by the wind, it will grow the trees, it will feed the fish, the flowers and the birds, and one day it will all be broken apart by the sun and cast into the cosmos for a new adventure somewhere far away, but it will never be destroyed.

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•“One, remember to look up at the stars and not down at your feet. Two, never give up work. Work gives you meaning and purpose, and life is empty without it. Three, if you are lucky enough to find love, remember it is there, and don’t throw it away.” •“Quiet people have the loudest minds.” •“Intelligence is the ability to adapt to change. ” •“I have noticed that even those who assert that everything is predestined and that we can change nothing about it still look both ways before they cross the street.” •“Although I cannot move, and I have to speak through a computer, in my mind I am free.” •“The downside of my celebrity is that I cannot go anywhere in the world without being recognized. It is not enough for me to wear dark sunglasses and a wig. The wheelchair gives me away.” •“People who boast about their IQ are losers.” •“People won’t have time for you if you are always angry or complaining.” •“If the government is covering up knowledge of aliens, they are doing a better job of it than they do at anything else.”


Guns in schools:

In the wake of the Parkland school schooting, what do you think the response should be to protect schools from similar events?

It is time to get serious about protecting our children By Christian Rose Reader Contributor

The last time anyone at Stoneman Douglas High School remembers seeing Jr. ROTC Cadet Peter Wang, he was in uniform, holding the exit doors open and ushering fellow students and staff to safety. He wasn’t the only hero of this story. Other JROTC cadets stepped up and shielded fellow students with Kevlar sheathing, used during their shooting practice, as well. But, Cadet Wang was murdered that day, along with 16 other innocent victims. His sacrifice is worthy of our respect. He is also worthy of an honest look at real solutions that may prevent future school shootings. Solutions that actually have a real chance at implementation. Solutions that are proven to work. I can tell you, if you think banning guns, even simply banning AR-15 style rifles, under the narrative of “common sense gun control measures,” has any realistic shot at getting approved through Congress, you’re deluding yourself. Not only is this not going to happen, it is contrary to the actual data as it relates to firearm ownership and crime. More importantly though, it isn’t constitutionally viable. Do we all want to do something that may actually save lives? Or do we want to just scream and yell at each other? If your answer is yes, let’s stop arguing and actually do something that will prevent these crimes. There’s a lesson that can be learned from Israel. In 1974, PLO terrorists took students and staff hostage at Netiv Meir Elementary School. Twenty-two children and three staff members were killed. Sixty-eight others were injured in what became known as the Ma’alot Massacre. In response to this, Israel now requires schools with 100 or more students to have an armed guard posted. The Ministry of Education funds shelters and fences, reinforces school buses, and even hires and trains the security personnel. Oh, yeah, they also carry guns. And

they use them when needed. The fact that they’ve only had two other attacks on school children since then shows the policy is working. In both of those cases, the assailant was stopped by either an armed guard, or an armed student. Remember, they live among a radical element that wants to wipe them off the map. This is a real threat, that is met with an appropriately armed response. Yes, Israel does have much more restrictive civilian firearm ownership laws then we do here, and the threat they face is more uniquely a result of terrorism. But the data is clear. Proactive security measures, armed guards, and training help prevent and stop school shootings. Yes, it is time to get serious about protecting our children. Infringing on the constitutional right of legal firearm ownership is neither a serious, nor a practical solution. It’s time for those on the left to come to terms with this reality. For too long, we’ve been way too soft. It’s as if we’re too afraid to actually deal with this growing problem headon. Instead, we allow fringe elements to scare us into submission. One side is so afraid that we may actually lose our right to own firearms we just refuse to stand up and say, enough already. We are not the problem. The other side thinks a gun-free America will end murder. They refuse to look at this issue logically. Instead emotionally-based accusations are wielded via constant ad hominem attacks. As a result, we’re allowing our children to be sacrificed because we are too afraid to protect them in ways that will actually work. I’ve had it. JROTC Cadet Peter Wang deserves better. Our children deserve better. They deserve it now. Christian Rose lives in Sagle and owns an asset management firm in Spokane. He holds an MFA in creative writing and publishing from EWU and is a frequent commentator on constitutional and civil libertarian issues.

Guns? Schools? Again? By Michael Bigley Reader Contributor

Yes, we’re talking about this again, and all the old arguments are still floating around and still getting nowhere as fast as ever. Ban assault weapons? Limit magazine size? Raise the minimum age? Finally make background checks universal? All of these ideas, polls show, have very broad support in the general population, and very low support among the elected officials and the lobbies that fund them. I’m not holding my breath for any of them, and I have little interest in re-debating their merits in the face of this intractable reality. This time, though, two things are new, and we should be paying attention to both for very different reasons. The first is that the most powerful person in America has had a very bad idea. The president has got it into his head that what America needs is armed teachers, and suddenly this nonsense is being repeated everywhere, most dangerously in state legislatures. I’m sure there are plenty of teachers out there who would love to carry a gun in their school. These are not the kind of teachers you want around your children. As a public school teacher myself, I can tell you that I would never work in a building with an armed teacher, let alone carry a weapon myself. A teacher, like a police officer or a soldier, is a trained professional. The difference is that, in their extensive weapons training, the latter two have to learn to dehumanize their potential target; there is no other way that they could operate effectively when the moment arises. All of a teacher’s professional training, on the other hand, is focused on humanizing their students — on seeing them as whole persons with complicated lives and needs — and the shooter in a school situation is almost always a current or former student. Training a teacher to face one of those students with a firearm means teaching them to look at every student,

every day, not as a human but as a potential target. This training is directly counter to the qualities that make an effective educator, to say nothing of the disrespect towards the professionalism of officers and soldiers in the idea that a teacher could learn their intensively trained skills in a weekend or two. The second — and, I think, I hope, more lasting — idea to arise out of the Parkland shooting is that no one is more qualified to speak to the safety of students than the students themselves. These young citizens, not yet allowed to vote on their own lives, are taking up the oldest and purest form of democratic action: public speech and organized civil disobedience. On Wednesday, students walked out of Sandpoint High School for a 17-minute demonstration and memorial for the seventeen students killed last month in Florida. This action is entirely student-organized (the closed Facebook group planning the event has 185 members as of this writing); there’s no George Soros funding here, no celebrity endorsers. No one told these students to speak out, but we had better be listening. Michael Bigley is a teacher at Forrest Bird Charter School and instructor at North Idaho College.

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Winters Night Paint and Sip 6:30pm @ The Pottery Bug Studio Everyone is invited but RSVP required in advance; purchase your spot with a friend for special price of $30 each. (208) 263-0232

Elder law attorney presentation 12:30pm @ Sandpoint Senior Center Attorney Denise Stewart will be on hand at the Sandpoint Senior Center to answer questions about wills, trusts, power of attorney, probate, Medicare, long term care, asset protection and other elder law topics. Free

2th Anniversary Party: Open House & Brewery Bash -10pm @ MickDuff’s Beer Hall elebrate 12 years of MickDuff’s with an open house and rewery tours with Mickey and Duffy from 3-6 p.m., followed y the Devon Wade Band playing in the brewery at 7 p.m. ood by Edelwagen Food Truck. Great times at MickDuff’s! ive Music w/ John Firshi -7pm @ Idaho Pour Authority

21st Annual Student Art Show 5:30-7pm @ Laughing Dog Brewery One hour class that ends with the group having a beer together. $12 includes your first beer Ospreys of North Idaho 3 & 6pm @ Little Panida Theater Discover the world of ospreys with researcher Wayne Melquist. Tickets $5. Shows at 3 and 6

24 Hours for Hank Fundraiser 4-7pm @ 219 Lounge eir indie folk Featuring live music by Rick Dorin and guest band the Steve Rush, a blues/folk duo. Irish cocktails, complimentary appetizers, prizes, fun! punk rock) St. Paddy’s Cornhole Classic Tournament ruck 1pm @ MickDuff’s Beer Hall zz, Latin and Call 208-209-6700 or show up day of between 11 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. First toss is at n material! 1 p.m. Cost is $20/team, $10/person. Meat Samuel Adams Air & Apres Hall 7:30pm @ Schweitzer Mountain Resort The art of big air combined with high tech 3D projection to create an on-snow spectacur e Back Door lar that has to be seen to be believed

Yoga on Tap 11am @ Laughing Dog Brewery One hour class that ends with the group having a beer together. $12 includes your first beer Writer’s League writing contest 9:30am-12pm @ The Heartwood Center An annual writing contest open to the public. Each person writes a short piece and has five minutes to read it to all in attendance. All attendees then vote on the best piece and announce them as “writer of the year.” A Pot Luck breakfast is included. Open to the public. CASH prizes!

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eting • 6pm @ NICMH (1717 W. Ontario) Pflag meeting. Meet friends, get support for brate the great things. See you there!

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yBreak Center uthority be on hand for this fundraiser for the h provides daytime care for people nt. Appetizers, live music and fun!

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Open Mic 5-8pm @ SKåL Taproom Musicians and comedians welcome! Held every Wednesday

Pruning Trees and Shrubs 6-8pm @ Ponderay Event Center Gail Blasingame will demonstrate methods of pruning to keep your trees and shrubs attractive and looking healthy

Clark Fork Crafternoon 3pm @ Clark Fork Library Enjoy free family fun with an artisitic craft to take home! 208-266-1321

March 23 POAC’s Celebration of Community: Northern Stars Rising @ The Heartwood Center March 24 2400’ of Schweitzer @ Schweitzer March 24 Fly Fishing Film Tour @ Panida Theater

Saturday, March 24 Doors @ 6pm • Show @ 7pm The Panida Theater

Lots of Raffles and Door Prizes!

All proceeds from this event will benefit Trout Unlimited and the Pend Oreille Water Festival, teaching Bonner County 5th graders about water quality and fisheries for over 23 years.

Tickets $12 in advance or $15 at the door Buy tickets at North 40 Fly Shop and Eichardt’s

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Practical solutions from nurse practitioners

Two Sandpoint nurse practitioners went to D.C. to advocate for those who rely on them

By Lyndsie Kiebert Reader Staff

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Nurse practitioners Jane Hoover and Cynthia Dalsing traveled to Washington, D.C., last month for the 2018 American Academy of Nurse Practitioners Health Policy Conference. There, they learned how to bring their concerns to those representing them in the nation’s capital. It didn’t take long for what they learned to come in handy, as the two Sandpoint healthcare providers used that same trip to meet with Rep. Raul Labrador, Sen. Mike Crapo and Sen. Jim Risch. They said they brought forward three issues that impede treatment for patients who rely on nurse practitioners: diabetic shoes, hospice referrals and in-home health services. Hoover, who practices at Family Health Center, said nurse practitioners can take care of people with diabetes “from the time they’re born until the time they die,” including prescribing insulin and other medications, but they can’t prescribe diabetic shoes. If a patient needs diabetic shoes, a physician — not a nurse practitioner — must sign off. The same applies if a patient needs hospice or in-home care. “Everything we’re dealing with here is a language issue,” Dalsing, who practices at Women’s Health Care, said. “For instance, the (law) says, ‘physicians prescribe diabetic shoes’ or ‘physicians order hospice’ or ‘physicians order home health,’ yet in actuality, nurse practitioners see patients who need all those services. Since we can’t do it, it requires extra visits for our patients, extra cost to the system and delay in care.” Hoover and Dalsing said they have several patients who have been seeing them their entire lives. Dalsing said nurse practitioners are often primary care providers in small communities because physicians are less likely to open practices in rural places. With their N.P., the patient’s care has been consistent. Then suddenly, they are visiting a new office and retelling their entire story in order to receive needed accommodations. Then, after they hurdle that issue by visiting a physician, Hoover and Dalsing are given back the healthcare reigns for that patient. Not only are these roadblocks costly and inconvenient — in some cases, Dals/ March 15, 2018

Dalsing and Hoover pose before the U.S. Capitol Building during their D.C. visit in early February. Coutesy photo. ing said, they can be deadly. She said she has signed the death certificates of three patients because she could not get them the help they needed in time. Hoover said she is lucky to have a physician in her office. He is able to sign off on such care measures for her patients fairly quickly. She said the law language’s limiting nature was likely not intended. Dalsing said that the laws are physician-specific because they were written well before nurse practitioners were practicing at the high rates they are now. Dalsing said change is necessary so that nurse practitioners can provide complete care throughout a patient’s life, preventing conditions from worsening to the point where everyone suffers: the patient, the care providers and even taxpayers. She said a $300 pair of diabetic shoes will be cheaper in the long-run than a $10,000 amputation wound.

“We’re on the front lines of healthcare,” Dalsing said, noting that there were more than 300 nurse practitioners in D.C. at the same time she and Hoover were, meeting with their specific representatives about the same issues. Both women agreed that the meetings they had with Labrador, Crapo and Risch were positive experiences. Despite the shortness of the meetings, they said they “felt heard.” In particular, Hoover said Risch made her feel like “he had all the time in the world.” Hoover and Dalsing said their trip to D.C. had many purposes, but both agreed that they were just trying to do what nurse practitioners do best: fight for their patients. “I hope people realize that nurse practitioners are advocating for them,” Hoover said. “We’re going to (D.C.) to improve access to care — access and quality.”


ode to snow ghost for Dad

This open Window

Vol. 3 No.3

poetry and prose by local writers edited by Jim mitsui

lines The lines on her face trace the stories of a life lived beyond the edges, beyond the comfort of warmth and walls. Here, where the stars know no enemies she wanders alone, searching for nothing, asking only For honesty and opportunity, taking no more than is given, seeing it all from the outside in. She lay upon the ground and a crow called from a twisted pine behind her, and she wondered If he had ever felt the coolness of wet earth against the bottom of his thin black feet. -Scott Taylor Scott is an artist, musician, writer, and semi-retired teacher. He lives on the banks of Caribou Creek in the Upper Pack River valley. I like ghazals because it’s an ancient Persian form that encourages writing on a regular basis. I may have not mentioned previously that to earn their pay Persian poets had to write a ghazal a day. I had a former student at ASU write over 100 ghazals, and as far as I know he could be still writing them. Now that’s a good way to avoid Writer’s Block.

We’ve Shot the Moon run Outback sifted through Blue Grass. We countered the deep below midway, tried not to spill beer on the T-bar. We ripped the glades at the base of Siberia, dropped into their easy larch. Floated the empty lane from Phineas’ forest. We called friends from Stella, leaped off Sunnyside, hunched our shoulders up the triple.

father-in-law You’ve been quiet all these years, only speaking up to agree with her. Bursting into complaint or laughter as the situation required. Hands knobby and calloused always dirty under thick nails, greasy from engines and axles. You used your hands and body as tools, worked them harder than any straw boss works his crew. Your body bent to your will and remained bent.

But on Snow Ghost we watch a squirrel gallop his dark body across the white forever We listen to the hemlocks knock their elbows. The wind looks cold on the cables making time. Even when it seems we are making good time, we aren’t. This mountain is long. We pass in and out of weather, plotting runs, running questions. You retell the story of your gold teeth. The pond appears, a swollen egg. We remember breakfast. Rocks climb the bowl’s face. Fog hugs the brow where we slip off the lift surprised at the sound of our skis another run again and again

Your tortured walk gives you a view of the ground and us a view of your back, sharp shoulder blades and spine protrude from under an old flannel shirt. A short shuffle of a walk and you collapse like a pile of clothes into an easy chair. No part of your life has been easy and the end of it won’t be either. Your hands and nails, now white and smooth, seem a stranger’s hands. She caresses your fingers, an affection never seen until cancer entered the picture and your lungs. Hardly noticed until this threat, suddenly the limelight is yours. The brilliance of that light surprises us all. -Sandra Rasor A Sandpoint native Sandra works full time and enjoys writing prose and poetry as a way of decompressing and expressing her thoughts. She is blessed with a large family that often provides material for her writing. This poem is personal but it allows us to participate in a situation that affects us all, not just the issues of family and aging but also the spector of cancer.

-Jennifer Passaro Going on to the 3rd year of this column, this is the first Schweitzer skiing poem submitted. And it’s an excellent one. Not only because of the skiing, the descriptions of nature in winter, but also because of the positive connections of father and daughter. Jennifer lives in Helena, Montana where unfortunately there is no weekly newspaper (She says, “Thank you Reader for all that you do!”) She works summers for the Forest Service in the Scapegoat Wilderness but returns to Sandpoint to ski with her dad and visit friends.

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Where to send your kids for

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It’s that time of year again... for summer camp? That’s right. You’d be surprised how fast some of these camps fill up. As we have done every year, here is a short compendium of some of the summer camp options for your children this summer. Weigh your options and choose the right camp for your child. Cocolalla Bible Camp Ages 9-18 and Family July-Aug Swimming, canoeing, paddle boats, water sports, team sports, fishing, etc. (208) 263-3912 For nearly 50 years, Cocolalla Bible Camp has been a leading local option for faith-based summer entertainment. The robust summer program includes weeks of activities for campers ages 7-8 (July 29-Aug. 2), ages 9-10 (July 22-26) and ages 11-12 (July 15-19). Over the course of their week-long adventure, campers have access to varied activities, including canoeing, swimming, paddle boats, volleyball, horseback riding, Frisbee golf and team sports like baseball and basketball. Along with the traditional summer camp experiences comes a focus on scriptural education, with regular chapel sessions and Bible studies rounding out daily activities.

Schweitzer Adventure Camp Ages 6-11, June 25 - Aug. 24 Hiking, crafts, swimming, village activities. (208) 263-9555 ext. 2152

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Whether its winter or summer, Schweitzer Mountain Resort offers amenities

unique to the North Idaho region. Schweitzer Adventure Camp takes full advantage of those attractions to offer kids ages 6-11 a one-of-a-kind camp experience. Camper will enjoy chairlift rides, hiking, the mining sluice box, the monkey jumper, climbing wall and swimming, with plenty of games and structured activities adding to the fun. Beginning in late June, Schweitzer Adventure Camp features week-long activities while still getting kids home in time for supper each night. Parents drop their children off at the Red Barn and pick them up at the same spot in the evening, a format likely to cut down on that summer camp home sickness. And if you’re a season-pass holder, keep an eye out for tuition discounts. Registration begins online May 1. Twin Eagles Summer Camps (5 different camps over 5 weeks Day camps: June 11 - July 13 Ages 6-13 Overnight camps: Late July-Aug. Ages 10-18 Day and residential. Nature awareness, animal tracking, wild edible and medicinal plants education. (208) 265-3685 In a technology-saturated world, there’s something refreshing about Twin

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Eagles Summer Camp’s commitment to getting kids back in the natural world. At its summer camps for campers age 6-18, Twin Eagles gets participants into nature for fun, skill-building activities like making fire by friction, learning about edible plants, archery, tracking wild animals and building shelters in nature. Teens get an even more immersive outdoor experience. Youth Horsemanship Camp Western Pleasure Guest Ranch Ages 10-16 June-Aug Hands-on experiences with horses, including maintenance and riding instruction. (208) 263-9066

For horse lovers, there’s perhaps no better summer camp option than Western Pleasure Guest Ranch’s Youth Horsemanship offerings. The camp is a full-featured education in caring for and riding horses. Campers learn everything from horsemanship and riding techniques to the process of grooming, saddling and interacting with the animals. It all culminates in a series of popular riding events like barrel racing, allowing campers to show off the skills they’ve picked up in the past few days. Best of all, all riding experience levels are welcome, so there’s no need for any wouldbe cowboy or cowgirl to feel left out. Watershed Discovery Camp Ages 8-12 Third week of July Hands-on activities centered around understanding the science of the lake. (208) 265-4000

A collaboration between Lake Pend Oreille Waterkeepers and the Eureka Institute, Watershed Discovery Camp combines lakeside fun with the science of its ecology and local stewardship. Campers spend their time learning about water quality monitoring, shoreline cleanup, invasive species prevention and a wetland ecology field trip. There’s plenty of time to enjoy the water, too, with kayaking, water-themed arts and crafts and the Eureka Center’s challenge ropes course being just a few of the options. Selkirk Outdoor Leadership and Education (SOLE) Ages 4-10; teen and up Experiential treks in the outdoors with emphasis on Leave No Trace and therapeutic value of the outdoors. (928) 351-SOLE (7653) June, July, August - More specific information available on the website

A well-known local nonprofit for its use of nature in character building, Selkirk Outdoor Leadership and Education camps aim to make participants better people through immersion in nature. Combining exercises like wilderness navigation with deeper lessons on leadership and personal achievement skills, SOLE offers experiences for both boys and girls throughout Idaho and Montana locations. Participants learn to be good stewards of the environment, too, with all SOLE activities emphasizing a leave-no-trace policy. Music Conservatory of Sandpoint Camps: for info: (208) 265-4444 Looking for an out-of-this-world experience for your children this summer? Look no further. Music Conservatory of Sandpoint has announced their summer camp schedule and this year it has a Star Wars based theme that all kids will love: Galactic Journey. Theater Camp Grades 4 and up July 9-20

Do your kids have a flair for the dramatic? This camp will teach them to stand on stage and perform for an audience while having fun and collaborating with other kids who share their passion and creativity. Camp ends with a performance on July 20.

June 25th - Aug 17th * $70/camper/wk Ages 10-12 * 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Mon-Fri Based out of Sandpoint West Athletic Club, Summer Adventure Camp has become something of a staple for the Sandpoint community; for the past 18 years it has served and supported the youth of our town, and given parents a safe and affordable place to send their children throughout the summer. The camp also offers a chance for the kids to meet new people, and the friendships that blossom over the weeks are a joy to witness. Through the unique partnership with Bonner County and the City of Sandpoint we are able to keep the cost down without sacrificing the fun. This 19th season will run from June 25th-Aug.17th. Each week costs $70 per camper and runs from 10am-5pm M-F at SWAC. Sign up will begin around June 1st.

Piano Camp Grades 4 and up July 16-20 Teacher Recommendation Required (May 1 Registration Deadline) Instructors: Melody Puller & John Fitzgerald

If your child would like to learn to play a duet, or participate as part of a piano ensemble this camp is for them. Sign them up for this versatile group style piano class. Campers will perform at a capstone piano concert on July 20. Choir and Voice Camp Grades 4 and up July 16-20

Singers will make new musical friends, while improving their singing skills. They’ll learn to sing in a variety of musical styles, with harmonies, and perform in a final celebration concert at the end of the week. Orchestra Camp (full and half day) July 16-20

Your child will want to join us for the 6th annual MCS Summer Youth Orchestra Camp. This year features the return of guest

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conductor (our executive director, Karin Wedemeyer calls him “the return of the Jedi”) Dr. Philip Baldwin, Director of the Spokane Youth Symphony. Bringing together regional and international musicians from Mexico, this youth orchestra also reaches across borders. Daily practice, advanced ensembles, and master classes culminate in a finale concert on Aug. 10 at the Panida Theater. Full Day Orchestra Camp includes afternoon crafts with artists from Creations and lessons in Djembe drumming. SWAC’s Summer Adventure Camp Ages 10-12 June 29-Aug. 11 Swimming, sports, arts and socialization 263-6633

In its 19th year, SWAC’s Summer Adventure Camp has become something of a staple for the Sandpoint community. The camp offers a safe, fun place for kids to take part in activities like swimming, team sports, arts and crafts and other important socialization activities. Through the unique partnership with Bonner County and the city of Sandpoint, SWAC is able to keep the costs down without sacrificing any of the fun. Each week costs $70 per camper and runs Monday through Friday from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Annual Hospice Kids Grief Camp June 22-24 A special camp engineered for children who have suffered a personal loss (208) 265-1185 ask for Lissa

This 18th annual camp provides a unique opportunity for children who have suffered a personal loss to spend some camp time in a safe and casual environment among others who may be experiencing a similar situation. It’s an opportunity to heal while participating in camp events and activities. One on one counseling and other grief services will be available. “Being around others who are experiencing the same loss goes a long way as a tool in the healing process,” camp coordinator Lissa Defrietas said. “It’s powerful, this camp. There is so much transformation that takes place between drop off and pick up here. Also, we have a lot of fun at camp. It’s a whole spectrum of looking at how we acknowledge that loss that we experienced and how do we move through it.” There is no cost to the community for this camp and it’s open to children in Bonner and Boundary Counties. It’s funded in part by grants from Selkirk Realtors and the Community Assistance League. Applications can be requested through Lissa at (208) 265-1185. Camp dates are

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Friday, June 17, and Sunday, June 19. Sandpoint Waldorf School camps:

Summer Day Camp Ages 4-7 years June 18 - August 24 A summer camp focused on giving your child more quality time outdoors (208) 265-2683

Summer is meant to be spent outdoors! This summer camp will give your child just that opportunity. With a focus on engaging children socially in the natural world with activities such as nature walks, water play, cooking, gardening, crafts, language arts, music, stories, and more your child will enjoy summer days of imaginative play. Come and see what fun in the sun lies ahead for your young one. Snack provided; students bring their own lunch. Cost is $180/week. Weekly enrollment available (minimum of 8 students/week). No camp the week of July 4. Curtain Call Camp Ages 7-14 July 9-20 A summer camp dedicated to theater (208) 265-2683

Join Dramatist Carolina Sá and Music Instructors from Bella Noté for a Music Theater Camp. Students will create their own play and music, including costumes and sets. The play will be performed the last day of camp. Snack is provided; students bring their own lunch. Cost is $360 for the two-week session.

A camp with a focus on lake history and activities (208) 265-2683

Historian and crafter, Shaun Dellar, captivates students with stories and tales about the history of our beautiful lake. Students will learn the ways of the early fur trappers and Native Americans of this area by making crafts, working in the garden, cooking their own lunches, and partaking in adventures along the lake. Lunch is provided; students bring their own snacks. Ages 7 -14. Cost is $360 for the two-week session. Applications for all Sandpoint Waldorf School camps are available in the school office and are due by June 1. A minimum of eight students is needed in each camp. Please call the school if you have any questions about the program: (208) 265-2683. Festival at Sandpoint Music Camp Ages 8-18 years (all abilities welcome) July 9-12 (208) 263-1151 The Festival at Sandpoint announces its first ever Summer Youth Music Camp

at Sandpoint High School. Participants’ tuition is generously underwritten by the Festival at Sandpoint’s educational mission, so the only cost to the students is a $25 registration fee. Camp director Dr. Jason Moody, a Sandpoint native who is currently first violin with the Spokane Symphony, will lead four fun-filled days of music instruction with classes including symphony orchestra, choir, chamber music, jazz band, classical guitar, ukulele, piano, fiddle ensemble, flute ensemble, master classes and more! The camp features an all-star list of artists and instructors including Mika Hood, Tom Walton, Leon Atkinson, Jon and Bruce Brownell, Dave Gunter, Ryan Dignan, Rachel Gordon, Rich Beber, Larry Mooney, Anita Perkins, Karen Dignan and Laurie Stevens. The camp will kick off with an All-Star Concert Monday, July 9, at the Panida Theater and culminate with a Grand Finale Student Concert Thursday, July 12. In addition to four days of instruction in a myriad of disciplines, other activities will include Alexander Technique classes at City Beach. Registration is now open on a first come, first served basis - space is limited. For more infom, call Camp Administrator Beth Weber at (208) 263-1151.

Farmer Boy: A Little House Summer Adventure Ages 7-12 July 23-August 3 A themed summer camp that takes you back to the days of 1866. (208) 265-2683

Your summer days will take place in 1866. Enjoy living like Almanzo Wilder in the wilds of Minnesota. Camp days will be spent working in the garden, churning butter, making cheese, visiting farms, and creating homespun crafts. Enjoy tales from the classic Laura Ingalls Wilder book “Farmer Boy” each day, and celebrate camps end with a hand churned ice cream social. Lunch is provided (made by the students with fresh produce from the school garden); students bring their own snack. Cost is $360 for the two-week session. Back in the Day on Lake Pend Oreille Ages 7-14 July 23-August 3

FLOWERS are SURE to put a little SPRING into your STEP!


Reader Reels presents:

The vision of panelized, realized.

‘The Disaster Artist’

By Cameron Rasmusson Reader Staff

In 2003, the independent movie “The Room” premiered to a baffled audience in Los Angeles. At the time, no one could have predicted the cult phenomenon it would become. That strange journey is chronicled in “The Disaster Artist,” a film directed, starring and written by James Franco. The one-of-a-kind comedy-drama hits the Panida Theater this week as the latest in the Reader Reels film series. Based on the book by the same name, “The Disaster Artist” examines the making of “The Room” — a story somehow even more strange than the movie itself — and the bizarre personality at its center: Tommy Wiseau. Speaking in a thick, unplaceable accent and driven by unshakable self-confidence, Wiseau’s frustrated dreams of movie stardom drive him write, direct, finance and act in his own movie instead. A surreal production results in “The Room,” now regarded as one of the most infamous so-bad-it’s-good movies ever made. “The Disaster Artist” is about

Dave Franco, left, and James Franco, right, in this still from “The Disaster Artist.” Courtesy photo.

dreams that outsize personal talent — and the surprising twists those dreams take when they’re pursued anyway. “The Disaster Artist” features a talented cast of well-known comedians, with James Franco in the lead as Tommy Wiseau. Finding a vulnerable human behind Wiseau’s unusual public persona is no simple task, but Franco’s portrayal, from the accent to the flowing black hair, received critical praise. Wiseau’s bizarre directorial decisions — at one point he orders an alleyway set despite a perfectly good alley being located nearby because he’s making a “real Hollywood movie” — make for plenty of laughs. But at the movie’s heart is an earnestness and a longing that drives all artists, whether they’re capable of realizing their dreams or not. Catch “The Disaster Artist” at the Panida Theater 7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 15, and 5:30 p.m. and 8 p.m. Friday, March 16. (208)264-6700

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The Sandpoint Eater

Ode to Arthur

By Marcia Pilgeram Reader Food Columnist

It’s nearly time to don the green and celebrate the Irish (as we Americans seem to do best) by heading to the local pub for a pint. If you’re looking for corned beef and cabbage, you most likely won’t find it in County Cork, but you’ll find heaps of it simmering at the Pack River Store. They’re going all Irish, with other delicious offerings too, including shepherd’s pie and their own house made bangers and mash with onion gravy. If you aren’t headed to the annual (and infamous) festivities in Butte, Mont., I’d say the Pack River General Store might be your best alternative for traditional St. Paddy’s fare. Give them a call to make a reservation – 263-2409. What you will still find in most of Ireland on St Patrick’s Day is reverence for a holy day and cultural holiday that includes mass and families gathering to pay homage to the great Apostle of Ireland. After mass and a trip to the pub, in most Irish homes the fare would include hearty lamb stews, platters of mussels, fresh Atlantic salmon, and perhaps a roasted chicken with vegetables on the table. Every meal includes soda bread or scones (or both). For beverage there, you’ll likely find either an Irish whiskey or Guinness. Though the Irish Coffee found its original roots at Foynes airbase near Shannon, it became thoroughly Americanized. In fact, it was requested by so many visiting Americans, that the Irish, knowing the Americans would expect one, reclaimed and perfected this popular beverage. Not so, the Irish Car Bomb (which mostly like gained popu22 /


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larity through American Beverage Association marketing). The drink is considered highly offensive to our friends on the Emerald Isle, so with due respect to the hundreds of Irish killed or maimed by the car bombs in the ‘70s, if you find yourself in Ireland on St Patrick’s Day (or any other day), don’t order this drink from an Irish bartender. I’ve never been to Ireland on St Paddy’s Day. However, quite by accident, I once found myself in Dublin, at the stately Shelbourne Hotel, on the 250th anniversary of Guinness. My travel companion, stating that our bathroom was the most luxurious she’d ever seen (from the toiletries and heated towel racks to the oversized tub), promptly drew a

bath and said to check back in two hours. I took my wash and wear, culturally curious self to the hotel’s famed Horseshoe Bar and was not one bit disappointed. From the bartender, I learned of the huge citywide celebration in Arthur Guinness’ honor. At a nearby window table, overlooking St. Stephens Green, was a group of smartly dressed men and fascinator-adorned women engaged in drink and laughter. The bartender was quick to share that these were members of the well-loved Guinness family, staying at the hotel to join in the celebration for their famous ancestor. I was in good company! It’s hard to go anywhere in Dublin without feeling the spirit

of generosity and seeing the legacy left behind by Arthur, which includes many old stone structures that housed his employees. His workers received medical benefits, three meals a day in the company dining room, beer script and even a special, small bottle of Guinness for wives of workers who’d recently given birth, fortified with a rich yeast sediment. Guinness is no longer just a pub mainstay, it found its way to the kitchen, making a mark as a favored, flavorful addition to stews, shepherd’s pies, sautéed onions (my favorite) and even some boozy good desserts, like cakes and brownies. I haven’t stayed at the Shelbourne Hotel on recent trips to Dublin—the decline in the

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economy during the years of the Celtic Tiger made it affordable on that trip nearly ten years ago, but not since. The last time I checked, the rates had tripled out of my price range. One of my favorite memories of the Shelbourne was the decadent small sweets offered at check-in. Their Irish shortbread literally melted in my mouth. Though there was no Guinness in the ingredients, I am quite sure that Arthur would have approved. I think you will too (the secret is cornstarch). And of course, you must use real Irish butter! Whether your day is filled with corned beef and cabbage or Irish stew, and your night filled with green beer, Irish whiskey or stout, I wish you (and Arthur Guinness) a Happy St. Patrick’s Day.

This recipe (converted from grams) has only four ingredients-it’s the Irish butter (Kerrygold readily available in local markets) from grass-fed cows that makes it so rich and the addition of cornstarch gives it the melt-in-your-mouth texture. Recipes in Ireland call for caster sugar, which is a very fine baking sugar that is quick to dissolve. I make my own by pulsing regular granulated sugar in my food processor until it’s very fine.

INGREDIENTS: 1 1/4 cups unbleached all-purpose flour 1/2 cup cornstarch 1/2 cup fine granulated sugar 8 ounces (1 cup), cut into 3/4-inch pieces, cold, salted Irish butter

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DIRECTIONS: Heat the oven to 300° F. Lightly butter the bottom of a 9-inch tart pan (or springform pan) with a removable bottom. Sift the flour and cornstarch into the large bowl of an electric mixer. Add the sugar and mix on low speed just to blend the ingredients. With the mixer running add the butter pieces and continue mixing until crumbs form and there is no loose flour, about 2 minutes until well blended. Transfer the dough to the tart pan. Use the palm of your hand to press the dough evenly into the pan. Use a thin metal spatula to smooth the top. Use a small sharp knife to mark 12 even wedgeshaped cookies (marks will dissipate with baking). Bake the cookies until the top is light golden, about 1 hour (don’t let them get too brown). Immediately use a small sharp knife to cut completely through the marked wedges, dust with sugar and decoratively prick the wedges with a fork. Cool the shortbread thoroughly in the pan. Remove the sides of the pan and separate the cookies. Store in a tightly covered container for up to 1 week, or frozen for up to a month.


Sandpoint’s St. Paddy’s Day — in a pinch! By Lyndsie Kiebert Reader Staff

St. Patrick’s Day Step No. 1: wear green, or give your friends the sweet satisfaction of pinching that extra-tender spot under your arm. St. Patrick’s Day Step No. 2: check out all the awesome Sandpoint shindigs happening this Saturday, March 17, to commemorate the foremost patron saint of Ireland. St. Paddy’s Cornhole Classic Tournament @ MickDuff’s Beer Hall Show off your multitasking skills while tossing and drinking at the Beer Hall’s Cornhole Classic, starting at 1 p.m. The tourney is capped at 32 teams, so call (208) 209-6700 to secure a spot. Otherwise, show up the day of between 11 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. to sign up. Cost is $20/ team. Must be 21 years old to attend. Live Music @ Pend Oreille Winery Get Down River plays the winery 5-8 p.m. Come enjoy a beverage where the tunes are free and the wine is local.

Live Music @ Idaho Pour Authority Local trio Browne Salmon Truck plays their signature mix of vintage and contemporary blues, jazz and Latin at IPA 5-7 p.m. Benefit for 24 hours for Hank @ the 219 Support 24 Hours For Hank, a non-profit foundation that raises money for cystinosis research, by heading to the 219 on Saturday night to enjoy live music from Rick Dorin and Steve Rush, Irish cocktails, green beer, complimentary Irish appetizers, raffles and prizes from 4-7 p.m. Stay late to enjoy Harold’s IGA from 9 to midnight. The Other White Meat @ MickDuff’s Beer Hall

The third annual Rotary Club of Sandpoint’s gala returns Saturday, April 14, and they have once again selected the East Bonner County Library District to be the Rotary’s partner for their 2018 fundraising event. The library is the community’s hub of learning and engagement. As the needs of the community changes, the library is adapting to provide the materials, programs and services necessary for a vibrant community. Rotary Club of Sandpoint will donate a portion of proceeds from this event toward outfitting the Teen Lounge/ Maker Room inside the expanded Sandpoint Library. The remainder of proceeds will be committed to Rotary community project and youth services. A Novel Night will be hosted at the Columbia Bank Building and will feature a unique literary theme with

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Samuel Adams Air & Apres @ Schweitzer Mountain Resort

Green beer and live music — what’s not to love? The Beer Hall hosts The Other White Meat, a classic rock and roll band from North Idaho, from 6:30-9:30 p.m. Edelwagen Food Truck will also be there, serving up handcrafted sausages and other food. Free and open to public, but you must be at least 21 years old.

Sam Adams is combining the art of big air with 3D projection to create an on-snow show of epic proportions. The show starts at 7:30 p.m. on Jam Session.

guests encouraged to dress or accessorize as their favorite book character. The evening begins with “Literary Libations,” a cocktail hour sponsored by 219 Lounge with specialty drinks like Tequila Mockingbird. Bright Moments Trio will perform during the pre-dinner mixer. Gourmet dinner catered by Tango Café will be served, followed by a dessert auction with treats crafted by local culinary artisans. A unique, literary-themed centerpiece created by community non-profits and Friends of the Library will adorn each table to be raffled off at the end of the program. Auctioneer Gina Emory will host the live auction featuring unique experiences, art and packages. Dyno Wahl and Pierce Smith of the Sandpoint Rotary Club will entertain everyone as emcees. Guests can peruse wonderful silent auction packages including gift baskets from local

nonprofits with themes that tell the story of their organization. The Rotary Club of Sandpoint’s Wine Wall features mystery bottles of wine with a chance to discover a high value bottle. After party at the 219 Lounge featuring local acoustic bluegrass band Molly and the Rift Hangers from 9 p.m. Tickets are on sale now at www. through Greater Giving. Rotary is excited to be using Greater Giving to create a seamless check-in and check-out process as well. Individual tickets are $80 with Premier Sponsor Tables for 8 at $1,000 and 10 for $1,250. Ticket sales close on April 10. For questions or more information, contact me directly at or (208) 627-5790. You can also find more information about Your Library Transformation at www.

A Novel Night returns

By Reader Staff

Fine Jewellers & Goldsmiths

Check the Reader calendar on pages 14-15 for a full list of events this week.

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Local Band Spotlight: The Wow Wows By Ben Olson Reader Staff Somewhere inside a North Idaho airplane hangar, amid small planes taxiing across the runway and flickering lights, great music is being played. Calling themselves The Wow Wows, the newly formed fourpiece band features a sound that lives in a comfortable place somewhere between surf rock, indie punk and alt-folk. And they practice in an airplane hangar, which is pretty cool. “We’re describing it as ‘alternative indie psych rock,’ actually,” said Hunter Jones, who plays lead guitar and sings. With Jones on lead guitar and vocals, Casey Calhoun on bass and vocals, Sage Guerber on drums and Dyllan Darrington playing rhythm guitar and contributing vocals, The Wow Wows have carved a nice soundscape with their tunes, mostly written by Jones with Calhoun contributing on a few. Calhoun and Jones live in Sandpoint, while Darrington lives in Rathdrum and Guerber resides in CDA where the band practices. Jones and Darrington grew up together in Rathdrum, riding the same school bus.

“We both starting playing guitar when we were 12 or 13,” said Jones. “I played in various punk bands, Dyllan played in a punk band called ‘Ongoing Concept’ that actually went to Warp Tour. My band was called ‘Daddy Banana Bread,’ but they dissolved. It was old school punk rock.” Jones said he also played in a band with Guerber’s older brother in high school. “Sage always sat around on the drums watching us play, taking notes,” said Jones. “When he officially started playing drums for real about eight months ago, he picked it up really quick.” Jones said the band is going to be looking for a new drummer soon, as Guerber will be leaving the band to pursue his dream fly fishing in south Idaho this summer. While Calhoun and Jones both live in Sandpoint, Darrington and Guerber are located in Coeur d’Alene, so the band trucks down to the Coeur d’Alene Airport to practice in a hangar they’ve been authorized to use. “It’s pretty cool, you can just open up the doors and look out and see the whole runway and everything,” said Jones. “If

they activate the runway lights at night, it gives the parking lot a blue aura about it. Because of the wiring in the hangars and so much power being drawn, the lights tend to flicker, but only when the music gets really good, I’ve noticed. Plus, playing next to an experimental two-seater aircraft, it gives it a natural reverb sound.” The band formed after Jones met Calhoun on New Year’s Eve last year. “She brought me over and played me some Townes Van Zandt songs on the ukulele,” he said. “She’s a super good singer, been singing since she was a little girl in choir. Plus, she likes all my favorite songs, especially obscure alt-rock stuff.” Jones, who said he’s been writing songs since he was 14, said that despite his fast, aggressive upbringing into the world of music, The Wow Wows’ sound is somewhat toned down thanks to Calhoun. “Casey balances us out,” he said. “She doesn’t want anything sounding too metal.” As a result, the band has established a totally listenable, catchy sound with hard edges wrapped in a gossamer, melodic jacket. The drums and bass set a

The Wow Wows are Dyllan Darrington, Hunter Jones, Casey Calhoun and Sage Geurber. Courtesy photo.

smooth foundation, forcing you to tap your foot. The sporadic lead guitar solos by Jones allow for a great dynamic range and Darrington holds things together with the rhythm guitar. “We’re always exploring our sound,” said Jones. “I never really thought about it, though. We take from many different genres of music. I don’t want to sound like anybody else, but I want to be where rock and roll should be

Get down with The Motet at the Hive By Ben Olson Reader Staff

Usually when you think of Colorado, images of mountains, bluegrass and banjos comes to mind. With the funk band The Motet, however, take that stereotype and toss it right out the window. Colorado is about more than a high, lonesome sound. The seven-piece funk, Afrobeat and jazz group based out of Denver has been making people sweat on the dance floor for 20 years. They’ll be bringing the funk to The Hive Saturday, March 16, at 8 p.m. The band is known for throw24 /


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ing energetic, off-the-hook live shows which include an annual Halloween concert where the band plays (and dresses like) a chosen band all night. Fronted by bandleader and drummer Dave Watts and backed by an all-star list of talented players, The Motet has established itself since 1998 as a powerhouse, merging funk and Afrobeat into a unique, catchy style that can only be truly appreciated live. Catch them at The Hive Saturday, March 16, at 8 p.m. Doors open at 7 p.m. and tickets are $15 if bought in advance, or $18 at the door. Find out more at

heading. It doesn’t sound completely new, but you can’t put a finger on it as an old style.” The Wow Wows will be playing the 219 Lounge on Friday, March 16 starting at 9 p.m. with Montana alt-punk band High Treason Ammunition sharing the bill. It’s a free show for 21 and up, so come out and support local music.


This week’s RLW by Ed Ohlweiler

JOHN CRAIGIE: You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, you’ll love him ‘til you die


I’ve been involved in two weddings, my own included, that featured poems by Mary Oliver. Of all her written wisdom and sharp observations, I would choose “New and Selected Poems, Volume 1” to include in a time capsule to point to a time where humanity, nature, and spirituality were inseparable. Speaking of weddings, “When it’s over,” she writes, “I want to say: all my life / I was a bride married to amazement.”


By Ben Olson Reader Staff There’s often a flutter of excitement you hear when John Craigie returns to Sandpoint for one of his trademark shows. The traveling folk singer holds the distinction for being one of those rare people Sandpointians consider local, though he wasn’t born here. Hell, he doesn’t even live here. But they still love him, and so do I. Craigie will be playing back to back shows at Di Luna’s Cafe at 7:30 p.m. March 23-24 with Ben and Cadie opening March 23 and Justin Landis opening March 25. Though the shows are listed as sold out, don’t be afraid to get on the waiting list, as tickets often open up at the last minute. If you’ve never caught Craigie live, shame on you. Part folk singer, part comedian, part provocatuer, part everyone’s best friend, Craigie is known to make you laugh and cry faster than you can say “Chuck Norris.” Coming off a successful summer opening for Jack John-

son, Craigie will be promoting his latest album, “Live Opening for Steinbeck.” “The last live album I did was really well received, so I was excited to follow up,” said Craigie. “Just like the last album, there will be some classic stuff that never had an official release. My Burning Man song is on there. Also my Trump song and a few things that are semi-topical, if you count a year and a half as topical.” As with many of his annual returns to Sandpoint, Craigie is always full of stories from the road, which he deftly spins into banter during a live show. After spending the summer with a big name like Jack Johnson, the stories will certainly be worthwhile. “The title of this album is a reference to a bit I do about when you’re an opener, you’re nervous, but everybody’s cool with it because they didn’t really come to see you,” said Craigie. “It’s also funny to me that openers are distinct in music. You don’t buy a copy of ‘The Grapes of Wrath’ and start by reading a short story by John Craigie. Books just don’t have opening acts.”

Craigie played 16 shows with Johnson, spread throughout last summer, some in front of arena-sized crowds of over 20,000 people. It was Craigie’s first live album, “Capricorn in Retrograde: Just Kidding, Live in Portland,” that first attracted Johnson’s attention. “He heard the first live album and is a fan of that kind of funny talking folk singer storytelling thing,” he said. “He reached out and last winter we hung out for a little bit in Oahu. He was scoping me out, making sure I wasn’t a douche. He was very sweet, kind and smart. He knows his significance in the scene, but he’s also very humble and knows he’s not ‘indie cool.’ He was very humble about all that stuff.” For someone who keeps up with current events to mine songwriting material, Craigie now feels as if he’s in the midst of a motherlode. “When Bush was elected in 2000 and again in 2004, I was not a good enough artist to respond in the way that I wanted to,” he said. “But, when Trump got elected, I

John Craigie, thinking about how he’ll crack you up and take your money. Photo by Missing Piece Group. told myself I was ready. I have the training to at least comment on this somewhat correctly.” Craigie acknowledged the difference between songwriters of the past and those trying to sift through the modern age for material. “My heroes – Bob Dylan, Neil Young – they were creating when one or two things would happen a year and they’d write about it,” he said. “Now, there’s so much to comment on all at once, it can be overwhelming.” Craigie is excited to return to his surrogate home town of Sandpoint, especially to play at Di Luna’s. “I think it’s one of my favorite sit down quiet listening rooms,” said Craigie. “It’s the most intimate and well behaved room in Sandpoint.” Catch John Craigie at Di Luna’s March 23-24. The shows start both nights at 7:30 p.m., with Di Luna’s taking dinner reservations starting at 5:30 p.m. If you don’t have tickets, call Di Luna’s at (208) 263-0846.

Sometimes you’re gifted an album so stunning that you wear out the digital grooves before asking, “Who are these guys?” In the case of Pele Juju Live!, I found out they aren’t guys at all, but an all-female band from Santa Cruz dubbed “the wild women of worldbeat.” Their live energy is really captured on the disk and the inspirational lyrical messages are so well delivered that the follow up question is, “Why hasn’t everyone heard of them?”


Now that the Norse god Ullr is smiling snow down upon us, it’s a good time to revisit, or discover for the first time, the movie “McKonkey” about extreme skier Shane McKonkey. Make that extreme dude — he was also an alpine racer, BASE jumper, squirrel-suit guy, “saucer boy”, “Cliff Huckstable”... step inside his unique adrenaline-addled life for an hour or two...

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All about ospreys

Dr. Wayne Melquist to talk about Idaho’s unique bird of prey Friday

From Sandpoint News Bulletin, July 25, 1946

10-YEAR OLD BOY IS WEEK’S BEST NIMROD Unusual circumstances were connected with the landing of the only two big Kootenay rainbows reported caught in the lake during the past week. One of the fish, weighing 16 lbs 7 1/2 oz., was caught by a 10-year-old boy fishing alone, who boated the big trout with a net. The youngster, Martin L. Blum, son of Paul Blum of Whiskey Rock Lodge, hooked the rainbow while fishing with a No. 3 Pfleuger frog spoon on a 40-lb. test cuttyhunk surface line. He said he just hung on until the fish tired and then brought it up to the boat. On the first two tries, he missed, but when he brought the fish in the third time it headed right into the net. The boy didn’t remove the hook but headed for shore. By the time he arrived, the net was bent out of shape. The other reported catch was a 24-pound Kootenay taken by Jess Puckett Jr. of Athol and the unusual fact about his catch was that it was the 25th big rainbow Puckett claims to have taken this year. His cathces have weighed from 15 to 24 pounds.

FRANKS ARE HERE FROM CALIFORNIA VISIT Mr. and Mrs. Herman Frank of Santa Barbara, Calif. arrived here Tuesday to spend a few days and when they return to California, Mrs. D.C. O’Leary, Mrs. Frank’s mother, will return with them to make her home. Mr. Frank brought his fishing tackle along with him and hopes to get a big rainbow before going back. 26 /


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Top left: Wayne Melquist visits two ospreys at their skyhigh nest location. Top right: A close up view of banding an osprey. Bottom: An adult osprey spreads its wings wide. Photos by Seb Jones.

By Lyndsie Kiebert Reader Staff We all remember the great osprey rescue of 2017, when two orphaned osprey chicks at Memorial Field were relocated to adoptive nests after their parents died in an accidental mid-air collision. Fewer know that Wayne Melquist, a veteran biologist who has studied ospreys in our area for decades, was responsible for finding those little guys new homes. Now, our hometown bird-rescuing hero is back to help osprey — this time through education. On Friday, March 16, Melquist will speak at the Little Panida Theater about the natural history of ospreys and future conservation challenges they will face. Melquist will give his talk once at 3 p.m. and again at 6 p.m. Melquist said his goal in giving his talks will be to educate people about what is already being done to help ospreys in Idaho specifically, and “various

Angels Over Sandpoint grant application deadline expires end of March

By Ben Olson Reader Staff The deadline for the twice-annual Angels Over Sandpoint Community Grant program expires at the end of the month on Saturday, March 31. The grant is open for nonprofit and educational organizations located in Bonner County with projects that enhance the well-being of community members. The Angels Over Sandpoint give primary consideration to nonprofit and charitable organizations involved in health, education and youth-oriented projects and services. Grants are offered in amounts from $250 to $2,500. The Community Grant is offered twice a year; once March 31 and again September 15. Applicants will be notified of the status of their grant by mail within 30 days of applying. For complete instructions and to apply, see the Angels’ website at www.

Crossword Solution things we can do to help ensure we will continue to have ospreys in the future.” “Ospreys of North Idaho” is sponsored by Kaniksu Land Trust in partnership with Idaho Conservation League and the American Heritage Wildlife Foundation. All proceeds will support these three organizations in their efforts to conserve the lands and animals of North Idaho. Tickets are $5 and can be purchased at KLT, ICL or online at www.panida. org. Purchase in advance to secure seating.

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Corrections: I made a dumb mistake last week. I wrote Sandpoint Police Officer Eric Clark’s last name as “Grace” and sincerely apologize for the gaff. Late night proofreading sometimes doesn’t go so well. Especially since Tim Henney keeps buying us bottles of liquor and leaving them in the office when he leaves. -BO

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