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We’re doing something a little different this week. Here are five notable people who all went to public school.
Steve Jobs The man who started up Apple with Steve Wozniak in the family garage and turned it into one of the leading technology companies on the planet. Jobs attended Homestead High School in Cupertino, Calif., as did Wozniak.
Margaret Mitchell Mitchell penned the iconic novel about the South, “Gone With the Wind,” and was also a female journalist in the “boy’s club” of male journalists. She also went to Tenth Street Elementary School in Atlanta, Geo.
I don’t have children. I don’t like paying taxes. I don’t have very much money, either. But I’ve always believed in the potential of the next generation. Like many of you, I believe in our public school system. I believe in giving our schoolchildren as much support as possible so that they can go out in the world and do great things. That’s what it’s all about. Over the course of this latest LPOSD supplemental levy, I’ve seen a lot of misinformation and downright uncivil commentary. Levies have always been controversial with a certain demographic, but lately it’s been ugly. One letter to the editor author even tried to claim the Reader was owned by the Hagadone Corporation and that there was some kind of back-alley collusion by the media to pass this levy. Sorry, oh ignorant ones, we’re independently owned and whatever opinions I express are my own. Nobody tells us what to publish in this newspaper. But I was born and raised here and am a produce of public schools myself. So I believe in them, even if you don’t. My advice to you, dear readers, listen to the facts, not the bluster. No matter how many times one of those Redoubters tries to muddy the water with arguments that don’t adhere to reality, understand that a child’s education is what we’re arguing about here. By voting for a levy, you aren’t padding someone’s pockets. You aren’t throwing away gobs of money for no cause. You are investing in the future; a future that is filled with intelligent, actualized people who believe in facts, not emotional cowards who hide behind insinuations and suppositions that hold no water. I’m voting for the levy on March 14, and I encourage anyone who asks my opinion to do the same. I can afford the minuscule amount, and that’s saying a lot because I, like many small business owners in Sandpoint, don’t make a lot of money. Haters are gonna hate, so save your emails and nasty phone calls. To paraphrase a famous quote, I’ll always be an advocate for actions that make roads safer, beer stronger, old men and women warmer in the winter and an educational system that teaches our youth to be better than us in every way.
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Martin Luther King, Jr. The civil rights icon, Nobel Peace Prize winner and revolutionary human being was assassinated in 1968, but not after leaving his mark on the world with his mission for racial harmony and equal rights for all. King graduated from Booker T. Washington High School in Georgia.
Judy Garland The singer and actress who stole our hearts with her portrayal as Dorothy in “The Wizard of Oz” had a career that spanned 40 years. Garland attended Hollywood High School and eventually graduated from University High School.
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Obama, Trump, or Putin: Will the real Antichrist please stand up?
Trump artfully seals the deal with antichrist Putin
By Nick Gier Reader Columnist Former President Barack Obama has been called many things: a Muslim, an illegal Kenyan immigrant, a socialist, a gay man, a sex offender, and, why not, the Antichrist himself. Nothing in the Bible, however, says that the Antichrist would start his career as a community organizer, a role that describes very well Jesus’ work with the poor and the oppressed. A local writer, referring to a non-existent letter between Thomas Jefferson and John Adams, claimed these men predicted that an ex-president would become a “treacherous traitor.” According to this writer, Obama is this person and the “Bible calls this man the Antichrist.” Obama will “build an army of agitators,” who will lead “marches, even riots” and will spread hatred throughout the land. Another crazy prediction
Letters to the Editor Protect Wilderness...
Dear Editor, I am writing this letter in support of wilderness designation for the Scotchman Peaks area. I have enjoyed hiking and backpacking in the Scotchman Peaks area ever since I first moved here (30 years ago). There is nothing I love to do more than strap on my hiking boots and head out on a trail (or a bushwhack) and see what mountain top I can possibly make it to. I have spent many moments sitting on top of a mountain thinking how lucky I am to have beautiful places like the Scotchman Peaks to explore and enjoy. There is no designated wilderness area in Idaho’s nine northern counties and we need to ensure that unique places like the Scotchman Peaks are protected, so that they (hopefully) will still be there for future generations, as a reminder to them what “wild Idaho” looks like. Jolanda Van Ooyen Sandpoint
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about Obama is that “the Antichrist will be a man of Muslim/ Arab descent in his 40s who will rule for 42 months.” First, Kenyans are not Arabs (only 20 percent of Muslims world-wide are); and second, Obama of course governed for 96 months. The charge above is too much for the pro-Bible www.gotanswers.org: “The Bible nowhere says anything about the ethnicity, religion, or age of the Antichrist. There is absolutely nothing to connect the 42 months (Rev. 13:58) with the 48-month tenure of a US President.” It is only fair to ask if Donald Trump might be the Antichrist. The “gotanswers” Christians conclude: “While Trump does possess some traits that are similar to the Bible’s description of the Antichrist, the same could be said of many world leaders. In our evaluation, it is highly unlikely that Donald Trump is the Antichrist.” The Antichrist is described as a “man of lawlessness” (2 Thess. 2:3). Obama haters will of course say “case closed,” but Obama’s
sins pale in comparison to Trump’s many infractions: Trump has violated the Constitution’s emoluments clause because he has not separated himself from his vast business interests. The U.S. is a signatory to the 1951 Convention on Refugees, which prohibits banning them based on their religion. Trump was forced to pay $25 million for defrauding students at his fake university. Many Christians notice that most of the references to the Antichrist indicate many not just one, and they follow a general, non-apocalyptic interpretation. For them the Antichrist is any person who behaves in anti-Christian ways. I believe that inclusion lies at the core of Jesus’ teachings. As the greatest feminist in the ancient world, he elevated women over his often-clueless male disciples. He stood for acceptance of the Other in his treatment of the adulteress and the Samaritans. In stark contrast, Trump is anti-Christian in his condemnation of Muslims and Hispanics. His serial
lying is not very Christian either. It is he, more than any other American leader, who has spread hatred and violence throughout the land. Trump has expressed admiration for Vladimir Putin, and in 2008 his son bragged that “we see a lot money pouring in from Russia.” Trump’s first campaign manager Paul Manafort was forced to resign because of his ties to Ukrainian and Russian oligarchs. Last December former national security adviser Michael Flynn, Attorney General Jeff Sessions, and Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner talked directly to the Russian ambassador. In the 1950-60s it was common to hear from conservatives Christians that the Soviet Union was the “beast,” which came from the sea and had “feet like those of a bear” (Rev. 13:2). The bear is of course the Russian totem animal, and some Revelation junkies still support this thesis. In 1999 psychic T. Case was convinced that “President Putin is the Antichrist, and that Russia is the 10-horned beast
of the Book of Revelation.” There is also a second beast, which comes from the earth, and this has led to a flurry of speculation. Obama must be paired with the Pope, who for centuries was the first wicked beast. No, that’s not right, because the beasts are nations, not persons. So, of course, it must be Trump’s America and Russia. There you have it, folks. Trump’s ties to Russia artfully seal the deal, the first of seven seals (Rev. 5:5) on the book that Christ will open at the End of Time. And, if Steve Bannon, Trump’s righthand man, is correct about total war with Islam and China, then the six other seals will also be broken. After a great cosmic war, a mere 144,000 (Rev. 14:1) will be taken up to heaven and the rest of us, including millions of Trump supporters, will be lost forever.
Fork City Council is opposed to a Scotchman Peaks Wilderness. They oppose the designation or want it reduced in size and recommend “returning surrounding areas to multiple use management.” Multiple use was mandated in The Multiple Use - Sustained Yield Act of 1960. This law was significant in having far reaching effects on the management of “outdoor recreation, range, timber, watershed, and wildlife and fish” and it’s short and easy to read. I highly recommend it. Some quotes: “[management] consideration shall be given to the relative values of the various resources in particular areas. The establishment and maintenance of areas of wilderness are consistent with the purposes and provisions of this Act.” And: “all of these resources…[shall be considered] over areas large enough to provide sufficient latitude for periodic adjustments in use to conform to changing needs and conditions; that some land will be used for less than all of the resources.” The bottom line: 1) management of uses must be considered across the entire forest, 2) every use does
not need to be on every acre, and 3) the land cannot be “returned” to multiple use since it never left. The provisions of this law are very clear and misinterpreting its meaning is pretty hard, even for a vocal anti-everything minority.
that is not covered by State funding. Managing a budget that is only good for two years is challenging. Hiring quality teachers when you can only promise two years of employment is challenging. But, that’s the way this school district has operated for 17 years. This levy is NOT on top of any other levy; it is replacing the previous two-year levy. Vote for providing opportunities for the next generation. Vote for providing an environment that is conducive to learning. Vote for the betterment of our “village.”
in thought. We have seen a culture of support. A culture that supports each other, charitable organizations and schools. We have seen a culture of trust. Trust that working together for the betterment of this community is the best way. On March 14, we will ask our community to support the LPOSD Supplemental Replacement Levy. For some, this is an easy choice and your decision is made. For others this decision is more difficult. If you are on the fence about the levy, we would encourage you to look for the facts regarding what is funded through this measure. Ask the facts about what will not be offered if this replacement levy fails. Our belief is that this community will again come together and display the culture of collaboration we have seen in recent years. Our belief is the educated voter will filter through non-factual, anti- LPOSD propaganda and search for the facts. Thank you for your trust in our school district and the faith in our educators. Vote YES March 14.
Ken Thacker Sagle
Vote for Betterment of our Village... Dear Editor, I am a retired single woman. I own my own home in Sandpoint and pay property taxes. I don’t directly use any of the public schools. But indirectly the services provided by our schools have huge impacts on my quality of life. Some of those students will become doctors, teachers, ambulance and snow plow drivers, legislators, CEOs, presidents or the person making change for your $20 bill. The levy we’re voting on in March is not a permanent levy. It is the same levy we vote on every two years; for the past 17 years. This has nothing to do with the plant facility levy proposed last year. This levy covers one third of the districts operating budget. That’s one-third
Sandra Gore Sandpoint
Support our Schools... Dear Editor, When our family moved to Sandpoint in 2012, we quickly realized that our new home boasted a unique culture centered on community. We have had the pleasure to immerse ourselves into the culture of Bonner Country and Sandpoint, which has proven very rewarding for us and our children. We have seen a culture which values diversity and encourages independence, while respecting each other’s differences
Nick Gier of Moscow taught religion and philosophy at the University of Idaho for 31 years. Read the long version at www.sandpointreader.com.
Kris Knowles Assistant Principal SHS Kelli Knowles Principal Kootenai Elem. School
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Education: The road to prosperity By Shelby Rognstad Reader Contributor Last week the city co-hosted the first ever Manufacturer’s Summit here in Sandpoint. Roughly 40 business leaders from the region gathered with a few elected officials and educators to identify challenges to business success. Most of these employers represented the technology industry. Manufacturing contributes to a diversified economy with year-round employment and living wages. Wages typically are significantly higher with high tech manufacturing. A diversified economy is resilient, supports small business across sectors and creates a higher quality of life for all. There was one issue that stood out among everyone attending the summit: education. Specifically, there was unanimous consent on the inadequacy of education and workforce training to support job growth in our community. This has a compound effect. Employers have difficulty finding the trained and skilled workforce needed to support growth. As a result they are continually pressured to relocate someplace where hiring is easier. At the same time, they often have to recruit outside of the community to find the more skilled and educated talent they seek. Often, the greatest obstacle to recruiting that talent is the perception of an inadequate school system. These people seek opportunity not just for themselves, but for the families as well. Just like us, they want a high quality of life AND a high-quality education for their children. Our experience locally is not unique. Over the last couple of years the Departments of Commerce and Labor have similarly identified education, specifically the shortage of a skilled and educated workforce, as the major impediment to economic growth and prosperity for Idaho into the future. Idaho is one of the fastest growing economies in the nation. Job growth in technology in particular is outpacing workforce development, and the trend is increasing. Meanwhile our most talented youth are leaving to cities and states that prioritize funding education. We can reverse the brain drain by investing in education right here. Today’s high tech employers are
Mayor Shelby Rognstad. Courtesy photo. agile. If we don’t respond to the call for workforce development, they will soon locate somewhere that does. Fortunately, the governor and the state legislature see the writing on the wall. Idaho has passed a budget increase for the second year in a row ($100 million this year). Yet still Idaho education funding is below pre-recession levels. Our high schools rank 43rd in the nation (2016) while our nation as a whole ranked 36th globally (K-12). Most states offer better teacher wages and pay more per student. Fortunately, Sandpoint High School ranks seventh among high schools in the state and our District as a whole ranks 24th, well above average. This is a real accomplishment considering funding for LPOSD is below the state average for school districts. We need to give students the exposure and experiences they need to be prepared to enter the job market or continue on to higher education. This means not just experience in the classroom, but the extra-curricular activities that build teamwork, communication, leadership skills and self-confidence. These qualities don’t just make better workers,
they make better people. These kind of people want to do their best. They care to contribute to society. We also need to pay our teachers a reasonable wage so that we attract and retain quality educators that have the skill and dedication to ensure their students’ success. If we are to be prosperous into the future, we need to invest in K-12 and in post-secondary education opportunities right here so that we can stop the brain drain to outside communities, states and employers. We all know this is a great place to live, but if our youth do not have opportunities locally to deepen their knowledge, skill sets, or to find quality employment right out of school, they will leave seeking greener pastures. At the same time, we have our best employers who are continually pressured to relocate someplace else where they can find a reliable workforce. The community will continue to be prosperous to the extent that we invest in our schools locally. If we invest in education, we invest in our youth; we invest in our economy and we invest in lasting prosperity for all.
Small Schools are Good for Kids... Dear Editor, What does it say when a community supports their schools? It tells us that the children of the Hope, Clark Fork, Northside, Kootenai, Sandpoint, Sagle and Southside areas are important to those communities. We are all fortunate to live in an area that has so many small local schools. They make up the core of each community. We no longer have children in the schools, but we still know many of the students. We have attended plays and concerts, fundraisers, football and basketball games and have supported the schools as much as possible. Like you, we have always paid our taxes. When it comes to paying our property taxes, we feel that the money that goes to our schools is well spent. We are definitely getting our money’s worth, as the small amount that we pay each year is providing for a promising future to Bonner County students. The fact is that until our state government steps up to the plate and adequately funds education, we will need to continue to support our schools via levies. Eighty-two percent of Idaho school districts rely on local levies to keep their schools running, which means the state is not doing its job. If we want good schools, we must pick up the slack. Our sons are both graduates of Clark Fork High School and the University of Idaho. They received an excellent education which gave them the opportunity to lead successful lives. We want to help provide those same opportunities to the students in all of our local communities. Our students are our hope for the future. Please join us in voting for the levy. Jon and Connie Burkhart Hope, Idaho
Tired of Untruths with Scotchman Peaks Dear Editor, OK, I cannot standby and let policy be set by untruths in regards to the proposed Scotchman Peaks wilderness, including claims by Dave Reynolds of Hope that fishing, hunting, huckleberry picking, etc. will be eliminated. This shows that Mr. Reynolds is either ignorant of the true facts or lying. Mr. Reynolds is correct that we need to be doing things to protect Lake Pend Oreille. The creation of the Scotchman Peaks wilderness does exactly that. Without the wilderness protection, the area can and probably will at some time in the future be exploited by mining or logging which will directly affect our lake. Marty Stitsel Sandpoint
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Lost toy looking for an owner Bouquets: •Here’s a big bouquet for all the cast, crew and volunteers for last week’s The Follies. Every year this perfect storm of a show goes off to wild acclaim from the community, raising tens of thousands of dollars that gets funneled right back into our community. Great job, Angels Over Sandpoint! See you next year. Barbs: •The misinformation regarding the upcoming LPOSD Supplemental Levy is in full spin. Last week, a right-wing blog that calls itself a news site (I refuse to write this site’s name, because it is illegitimate fake news in most respects) published a long letter from Anita Perry that was rife with errors. Perry accuses just about every media outlet in North Idaho of collusion (which is a felony charge) with respect to the information about the school levy. She could not have been more misinformed. I won’t go into the many other news outlets Perry attacked, as it is up to them to defend themselves, but as an addendum to her diatribe, Perry said that the Reader made a reporting error (we didn’t) and also wildly claimed that former Reader owner and editor Zach Hagadone is a member of the Hagadone Corporation and that the Reader is owned by said corporation along with the Bonner County Daily Bee and others. This statement shows just how ignorant Perry is about local media. The Sandpoint Reader is owned by me, Ben Olson, and Chris Bessler of Keokee. No one else. We are 100% independent. No one tells us what to publish. Zach Hagadone is not a member of the Hagadone Corp. and has nothing to do with the Reader except for an occasional contribution. He shares a similar last name and is distantly related to the media empire. That’s the extent of it. Impugning his name on this vile site does a disservice to the excellent journalist that Zach is. Check your facts. 6 /
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By Ben Olson Reader Staff I’m sure we can all remember a time we might’ve lost a special item. Readers, we’ve got a challenge for you: find this lost toy’s owner. The person who found the toy didn’t want to be identified, but had this to say: “As a grandma and retired Child Life Specialist, I know how much children treasure their toys. I found this gingerbread man in a snow bank by the Bonner Mall Cinemas and would like your help in reuniting him with his special child.” So what do you say, Sandpoint? Do you know who this little guy to the right belongs to? If you do, please contact me at email@example.com so I can connect you with the good Samaritan who found the gingerbread man toy. Also, as a side note, I love when people send in stories like this, and love even more when we can use our newspaper to help somebody out.
By Reader Staff The Angels Over Sandpoint Grant applications for the spring cycle are due Wednesday, March 15. These grants seek to enhance the lives of the citizens of Bonner County through support of charitable and educational institutions. The Angels Over Sandpoint give primary consideration to non-profit organizations involved in health, education and youth-oriented projects and services. Grant amounts range from $250 to $2500 and are awarded twice a year. All organizations applying for a grant must be located in and provide service to Bonner County residents. To see grant criteria and apply for a grant, visit http:// www.angelsoversandpoint.org/ grants.aspx
Letters to the Editor Protect Natural Resources... Dear Editor, I wholeheartedly support designating Scotchman Peaks for wilderness because protecting the natural resources in this area for future generations is extremely important to me. We would be providing wilderness in North Idaho, where none exists; which would designate as wilderness only one-half percent of the 2.5 million acres that the Idaho Panhandle NF currently manages for multiple use. There are many areas on the IPNF for timber harvest and motorized recreation; but as wilderness Scotchman Peaks would be protected forever, void of roads or development, where one can hike, camp, hunt, fish and find solitude. My career and love for the outdoors has afforded me many opportunities for hiking in some of
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the premier wildernesses in this country; from the BWCA in Minnesota; to the Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness in Colorado; to the Bob Marshall Wilderness in Montana; to the Eagle Cap Wilderness in Oregon; and now in Sandpoint, where I’m blessed to have Scotchman Peaks in my backyard. The Forest Service hosted hundreds of public meetings across the Forest during the forest planning process. Scotchman Peaks was discussed in detail at many meetings, with broad support from people with very diverse interests. These meetings weren’t literally in everyone’s backyard, but within a short driving distance so everyone could participate. Scotchman Peaks NEEDS to be wilderness NOW because it’s unquestionably as beautiful and pristine as the wilderness areas I’ve just mentioned! If you’ve hiked the trail
to Scotchman Peak, you will know it definitely fits the bill (Wilderness Bill) and meets the characteristics of wilderness! Jodi Kramer Sandpoint
Vote Yes for LPOSD Levy... Dear Editor, LPOSD needs your vote on March 14. Like most districts in Idaho, supplemental levies are necessary to maintain existing staff and programming. This levy funds one-third of all district staff, all academic and extracurricular activities, technology and all curricular materials, and professional development. It provides for teaching, learning and student wellness and it ensures appropriate class sizes and
the opportunity for electives. LPOSD ranks 24th out of 110 districts in Idaho. Sandpoint High School ranks seventh among high schools. This is impressive considering our levy rates are well below the state average. This shows the great value we get for our investment. We must be vigilant in funding education if we want to be prosperous in the future. Please join me and vote YES on the LPOSD Supplemental Levy March 14. Mayor Shelby Rognstad Sandpoint
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Follies raises $27,000 By Cameron Ramusson Reader Staff It was another wild time in downtown Sandpoint this year with the return of the Follies. One of the biggest fundraisers of the year for the Angels Over Sandpoint, the Follies is a raucous and raunchy variety show with an unmistakable Sandpoint flair. And this year proved an unforgettable occasion with participants and audience members celebrating the show’s 15th anniversary. According to the Angels Over Sandpoint, the 2017 Follies proved just as successful a fundraiser as previous years. This year, Follies fans poured around $27,000 into the nonprofit’s coffers, a figure comparable to previous years. Combined with previous years, it totals up to around $290,000 raised since the Follies debuted. It’s a suitable reward for an spectacle that strips away the typical buttoned-up Sandpoint fundraiser approach and isn’t afraid to get R-rated. With the 15th anniversary at hand, director Dorothy Prophet and her loyal cast and crew combined novelty with nostalgia. The 2017 Follies blended a return of Sandpoint’s favorite songs and sketches with some hilarious new material, striking a balance between the old and the new. True to form, the Follies wasn’t afraid to offend delicate sensibilities. As show host Kate McAlister informed the audience on Saturday, the cast takes special pleasure when audience members, evidently unaware of the type of show they’ve signed up for, get up from their seats and leave in a huff. Last year, a street preacher even condemned the Follies through a megaphone while people waited in line to grab the best seats. It’s unclear whether the show provoked any walk-outs this year, but it certainly wasn’t for lack of trying. The profanity started early and didn’t let up. Sketches, meanwhile, covered everything from threesome etiquette to talking penises to the dirtiest variation on a Dr. Seuss book you’ve ever heard. As with previous years, the audience on Saturday was just as theatrical as the performers. Most showed up in elaborate costumes. Feather boas, beads, colorful make-up and tipsy quipping were the dominant themes of the night. Even for those with no tolerance for raunchy humor, it’s hard to argue against
Levy Goes Beyond Ideologies... Dear Editor, The upcoming levy goes far beyond your feelings toward schools and how they should be run. It goes beyond your political ideologies or allegiances as well. This levy is an economic issue for our entire community, and needs to be recognized as such. Families that care about the wellbeing of their schools cover all walks of life, and therefore many facets of our community would be negatively affected if the levy does not pass. If the levy does not pass, some business owners will leave. They will take jobs with them, and they will take resources for our community with them. This will affect job opportunities and may mean more competition for those jobs that remain. If the levy does not pass, a portion of the workforce will leave. This is equally pressing as our workforce buys groceries, gas, cars, and houses. Our workforce goes out to dinner, goes skiing, gets haircuts, goes to the doctor. The money earned in this community oftentimes gets spent in this community. If a portion leaves, many types of businesses will suffer. If the levy does not pass, real estate values will plummet. As families leave the area, there will be a surplus of properties for sale. This will be coupled with fewer and fewer buyers, and that will lead to property value decreasing significantly. So whether or not you have school-aged children, the upcoming levy decision will affect you, and will affect our county as a whole. If we want Sandpoint and the surrounding area to remain a viable place to live and to thrive economically, the passing of this levy is vital. Conor Baranski Sandpoint High School Social Studies Dept.
People gather outside the Follies during intermission on Saturday. Photo by Ben Olson. the good the Follies does for the community. It’s one of the most successful fundraisers of the year for Angels Over Sandpoint, a local nonprofit with next to no overhead. That means that the dollars raised at an Angels Over Sandpoint fundraiser will go right back into community assistance. And since 1997, the Angels have raised more than $1 million for charitable causes. Those dollars are reinvested into innumerable grants, scholarships and programs. The Angels help ensure that talented students receive the financial assistance to reach their potential and that local organizations earn grants to fuel their work. And its Back To School program provides children in need with the backpack and supplies they need to thrive in their new classes. Angels Over Sandpoint’s work guarantees that the smiles won’t fade once the Follies wraps up for another year.
A Lot of Good Going on in Schools... Dear Editor, I am the principal at Washington Elementary School. I have a long history with this school district as many do—started in the first grade at Washington Elementary School in 1959 and graduated from SHS in 1971. I have worked in this district twice during my career starting in the early 1990s. I left to make my way at the Idaho Division of Professional Technical Education in Boise and get my doctorate. When time came to move back to North Idaho, I sought out working at LPOSD because, after all my travels around the state working for the Division, I knew that LPOSD was one of the best. I returned to LPOSD in 2009. This is the district of my choice because of the professionalism of the staff, the strength of the community, and the families that we serve with our schools. When I read letters to the editor, I see that many people do not agree with everything
that we do as educators or how the money is spent. All I want to say is “Don’t throw the baby out with the bathwater” because there is a lot of good going on here. I don’t agree with everything that is done, but I work to change those things one at a time. I will be voting “Yes” because this is the best district I have ever worked in during my 28 years as an educator. Dr. Sandy Maras Sandpoint, ID
Two Things... Dear Editor, 1. We have become a nation of wussies. We have replaced fear of our shadows with fear of immigrants. We have become such a nation of cowards that we run around like Chicken Little screaming “the immigrants are coming, the immigrants are coming” led by the example of our Draft Dodger in Chief. Trump is making America hate again. Those screaming the loudest are the biggest cowards and in most cases, esp. with those on the right, never served in the military. What are you afraid of? What’s the matter with you; can’t you take care of or defend yourself? Trump is a fear monger and those who buy into it are the biggest wussies. Find a backbone, learn how to take care of yourself and stop your whining. Put your money where your mouth is and serve our country via a branch of the U.S. military. Tea Partiers and Redoubters are some of the biggest wussies. They became soooo terrified of where they came from that they moved to N. Idaho to hide. Stop running from your shadow, it won’t hurt you. 2. Why aren’t ozone (O2) generators used in hospitals and other public places? Several years ago there was a pet store just south of the long bridge. For over a year, whenever I would enter the store, there would be an obnoxious pet store smell. Then one day I enter and notice that the obnoxious smell was gone, replaced by a slight smell of ozone. I then see a small low powered ozone generator permanently attached about eight feet up a wall. What ozone does is zap any organic molecules and organisms floating around in the air, including bacteria and viruses. About a year ago a friend, whose house was up for sale, showed the house to someone who complained about the mildew smell in the root cellar. I suggested he give my high powered ozone generator a try, which he did. Not only did it kill the mildew and mold, but it killed every insect and spider in the root cellar. The nice thing about using a high powered ozone generator to zap things is it leaves absolutely no poisonous residue. After an hour or two the ozone in the air dissipates and the room is safe to enter. Lee Santa Sandpoint March 9, 2017 /
No school levy would mean no more high school football By A group of concerned citizens of Bonner County (see names below) Reader Contributors
Without the current school levy, the effect on Bonner County’s schools and economy would be devastating. All extra-curricular activities will be eliminated—along with 300 jobs. The upcoming vote on the school levy is not a way to collect more taxes from Bonner County residents; it simply continues the current funding for schools. Lake Pend Oreille School District’s (LPOSD) school tax rate is 48 percent below the state average, and LPOSD’s tax rate has dropped by 4.9 percent in the last 4 years, according to Lake Pend Oreille School District. What’s more, LPOSD projects cutting $600,000 next year, yet Bonner County’s schools continue to be some of the highest performing schools in the state and in the region. For the average homeowner in Bonner County, owning a home valued at $250,000, the current levy amounts to about $22 a month (with homeowner’s exemption). For this homeowner, the increase next year would be about 50 cents more per month; in the following year, it would be approximately another 50 cents more per month. So in two years, the increase would be about $12 a year. Many people may not be aware of the consequences in the event that this levy is eliminated. According to Lake Pend Oreille School District the following cuts would be necessary: All extracurricular activities will be eliminated. ALL of them. There would be no more high school football, no more middle school basketball, no more choir, band or theater. Secondary elective courses would be eliminated. That means courses such as CAD Drafting, which are helping our high school students get jobs right out of high school, could be eliminated. Rural schools would be closed by year two. This includes Clark Fork Jr./ Sr. High School, Hope Elementary, Northside Elementary, and Southside Elementary. LPOSD and our community at large values our rural schools and recognizes the importance of these schools to our rural communities. It 8 /
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would be impossible to keep these schools open due to the deep staffing cuts and lack of funding. Elementary schools will be consolidated and there will be double-shifting, resulting in some students starting their school day possibly as early as 6 a.m., while other students would be going to school from afternoon to early evening. One-third of the school district’s’ staff would be laid off. That is 300 hundred jobs in Bonner County. The effects on our local economy would be devastating. With the loss of Coldwater Creek and the imminent loss of Thorne jobs, our economy cannot afford the elimination of 300 more positions. This figure does not take into account families who would choose to leave our community due to lack of funding and support for local schools. What’s more, with poorly-funded schools, it will prove impossible to attract new businesses to the area. Bonner County’s schools are currently some of the highest performing schools in the state and in the region. To continue to attract new businesses, and quality employees to our existing businesses, our schools must stay competitive. This levy is essential to maintaining quality schools in our community. Voting yes on the upcoming instructional supplemental levy will ensure our vibrant community continues to thrive. About our organization: We are an unaffiliated group of Bonner County residents – parents, grandparents, and others who view the continuation of the levy to fund our schools as essential to the quality of life in Bonner County. Theresa Renner Jeff Bohnhof Jessica Chilcott Diana Gartrell Linda Larson Jeanette Schandelmeier Carlos and Debby Atencio Victoria Buska
Susan Bourn Aidan Millheim Daniel and Meggan Gunter Sam and Virginia Howard Christene DeVeny Lauzon Sean Cronin Jamie Bistodeau Linda Schleve Rammler Beth Weber Amy Craven Jennifer Del Carlo Frank Moore Rich Del Carlo Donna Brundage Sandy Piltch Art Piltch
Carol Holmes BJ Biddle Judy Helton Suzanne Jewell Charity Luthy Maggie Mjelde Jean Gerth Jennifer Cornett Donna and John Bagwell Kimmy Stoll Rebecca and Don Holland Jeanelle Shields Constance Albrecht Noelle Argue Christine Holbert Dan Logan
Carrie Logan Sandy Lamson Charles and Sylvia Humes Vicky and Clyde Schilling Bridget Brintle Greg and Betsy Walker Jerry and Becky Snelson George Rickert Mary Catherine Role
Mad about Science: By Brenden Bobby Reader Columnist Were you aware there is a holiday this month? You can use eggs for this holiday, but it’s not Easter! It’s Pi Day! (Or Pie Day, for those of us that are dimensionally challenged). Unlike those confusing holidays that fall on a different date every year, Pi Day is constant, and will always fall on March 14 (3.14). Why is this important at all? What am I even looking at? It’s the reason your favorite huckleberry pie is a neat circle, why the Earth is round, why your can of root beer is cylindrical and easy to hold. In the event that you’re still confused, pi is the ratio of a circle’s circumference to its diameter: 3.14~. In other words, you could wrap a circle in its diameter a little over three times, no matter how big the circle is. The circle could be an inch across, or it could be 6 trillion miles across, that ratio is going to stay the same. If it doesn’t stay the same, that shape is no longer a circle. We can use Pi to calculate the circumference, area and volume of the Earth, or the sun, or even our entire universe. Can, and have. Pi isn’t a new concept. It’s older than you, me, your grandad or the dirt I sleep on. We have writing going as far back as 1900 BC in ancient Egypt and Babylon where people were trying to figure pi out. They got pretty close, ranging between 3.125 and 3.16, which is pretty impressive when the internet wouldn’t be developed for another 3,900 years. You can bet Siri was no help to Archimedes, though it’s pret-
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Hooray for Pi Day ty funny to imagine him going: “Siri, play my jams.” and seeing one of mankind’s greatest minds headbang to some sick lyre and goatskin drum duets. Pi is pretty unique for another reason: It’s infinite and nonrepeating. That means it never, ever stops and no matter how far back past the decimal you go, it won’t start repeating itself. That means that memorizing pi is a tremendous feat of mental acuity. You shouldn’t be surprised to know that there is actually a world record in place for memorizing pi. Off the top of my head, I get as far as 3.14159. Lu Chao, the current world record holder, recalled and recited Pi to the 67,890th digit past the decimal in 2005. That’s a lot farther than my 5. Can you imagine memorizing and reciting 67,890 of anything in unerring order? Half the time I walk out the door and realize I have two different shoes on. As you can imagine, in a world where electronics rule and humans drool (usually over delicious tacos.), we’ve made computers do all of the dirty work of pi computation, obsessively seeing how far we can take it past the decimal and remain accurate. You thought that recollection of almost 68,000 was impressive? In 2016, a computer went over 22 trillion places past the decimal. That’s not even the impressive part. Peter Trueb used a computer with 4 processors @ 2.50GHz, 1.25TB DDR4 RAM and 20 6TB Hard Drives. It STILL took the computer
105 days to get that far. If that completely went over your head, let me try to explain what an awesome gaming computer is like in comparison. An awesome gaming computer has one quad-core processor (as opposed to the total of 72 cores used for calculating Pi) running anywhere north of 3.0 GHz, sometimes two processors. Anything higher than 32 GB of RAM is sufficient to run most games without a hitch, even on their highest settings. That is an entire order of magnitude lower than the 1.25TB used to calculate Pi. Like a little red wagon racing a Formula One dragster. You could hold 20 copies of “World of Warcraft” and all of its expansions on a 1TB Hard Drive Disk. He used 20 6TB (120TB) Hard Drives for one number. A computer with the specs listed can suck up 500-650W of power. Your microwave uses 800W to make your ramen. I’d be scared to know how much energy was used over 105 days to calculate Pi. Pi, and the pursuit of Pi, is truly magical. Not in the gifted by the divine or hidden by a group of faeries sort of way, but in the Houdini sort of way. At first glance, flinging giant numbers at your face is terrifying and overwhelming and slightly mystical. But the more you look into it, the more you start to understand the mechanics behind it, the more it makes sense, and the more everything it touches starts to make sense. If you were five feet in front of Houdini when he performed
an escape, your first reaction would be awe and wonder, but if you were given an opportunity to come on stage and look at the equipment, the rational side of your mind would go: “Hey, this isn’t magic, it’s just tricky physics!” Math is no different. Most of us have struggled with math at one point or another. Math likes to challenge us, and sometimes it likes to challenge us faster than we can understand the challenge. It’s important for us to rebuke defeat. It’s not magic, it’s a function. The more you look at it, the more you play with it
and the more you learn about how and why it works, the less mystical math becomes. That’s what pi is all about. Understanding the function of an infinite problem. And also calculating round things. If you’re struggling with math, or even find yourself a bit rusty, come check out our Pi Day display by the Information Desk! We’ve collected a plethora of books to make math fun, not boring. No judgment! I have to look up almost everything math related for my articles, then double-check to make sure I’m not grossly wrong. (Spoiler alert: I usually am, anyway.) If you’re bomb-tastic awesome at math, come see us, too. I know Mike is always looking for awesome tutors. You get to share your gift of understanding and make friends in the process. Plus, it counts as volunteering. Ever been to a library volunteer meeting? We have cookies. And maybe, in honor of the special day: Pie.
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• Pi represents the ratio of a circle’s circumference to its diameter. It can be also said as, the number of times a circle’s diameter will fit around its circumference. • Albert Einstein was born on Pi Day: March 14, 1879. • Pi value when calculated will continue infinitely without repetition or pattern. The value have been calculated to more than one trillion digits beyond its decimal points. Chao Lu holds the world record for remembering the value of pi up to 67,890 digits. Ludolph Van Ceulen spent most of his life calculating the first 36 digits of pi. This is known as Ludolphine Number. • The number 360 is the 359th digit position of Pi, which is connected to circle. • Humans have studied pi for almost 4000 years. • The state legislature of Indiana proposed a bill in 1897 that tried to ascertain the most exact value of pi. The bill never passed. • It would take 12 billion digits of pi, typed in a normal-size font, to reach Kansas from New York City. • The first 144 digits of pi add up to 666 • A mysterious 2008 crop circle in Britain shows a coded image representing the first 10 digits of pi. March 9, 2017 /
Students spearhead bus shelter construction By Cameron Rasmusson Reader Staff
Both education and community improvement are on the table with the Eureka Institute’s latest project. The local nonprofit, which encourages personal growth and learning through educational, experiential and recreational activities, is teaming up with the SPOT bus system to build covered bus shelters. Long identified by SPOT cities and transportation experts as a need for bus riders, who often stand in the rain or snow while waiting for their rides, the shelter construction project will also provide local youth with an opportunity to build skills and character. “It’s a win-win for everyone,” said Steve Holt, executive director of the Eureka Institute. “We get to further our program, kids get to work on a project that benefits the community and the SPOT ridership will benefit from these shelters.” The project will be administered through the Eureka
Institute’s Construction Basics Initiative. A program for under-served and at-risk youth, the program is designed to provide kids with the skills and confidence they need to become valued, productive members of society. And Holt said there’s no better fit for their services than SPOT, a free bus system widely used throughout the greater Sandpoint area. Holt, himself a 30-year veteran of the design and build industry, said the project is a great fit for local youth. The practical skills that come alongside construction projects are an excellent gateway to professional employment. What’s more, the satisfaction of seeing a construc-
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The Eureka Center program participants erect one of the shelters that will be placed at bus stops. Courtesy photo. tion project come together from disparate parts to a completed whole is a terrific motivator. “For them to be able to stand back and enjoy the fruits of their labor is really a rewarding feeling,” Holt said. According to Holt, construction on the first two shelters begins this year, with several more
likely to follow. As the project unfolds, the Eureka Institute will roll out a sponsorship program where individuals, organizations and businesses can purchase engraved bricks showing their support. Brick sales will largely occur through the Eureka Institute website, www.eurekainstitute.org.
The NAMI Far North (National Alliance on Mental Illness) regular monthly meeting will be held on Wednesday, March 15, at 5:30 p.m. in the old Bonner General Health classroom, 520 N 3rd Ave, Sandpoint. Mark Jones, attorney at law, working for Social Security Disability and Veteran’s Benefits, will be the featured speaker. Jones’ presentation will focus on how SSI and VA benefits work and the process involved. It will be a very informative meeting including a Q&A session. Following the presentation there will be a support group session for those with mental illness and another support session for those who love them. All are welcome to this free meeting. Call (208) 597-2047 for further information.
THE SHAPE OF THINGS TO COME
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The Bonner County Human Rights Task Force is accepting applications for the Darby and Amber Campbell Memorial Scholarship. This scholarship is available to seniors graduating from any Bonner County high school or home school. The mission of the Bonner County Human Rights Task Force is to promote and secure mutual understanding and respect among all people. The Task Force recognizes that it is the social and cultural diversity of our people that makes Bonner County a rich and worthwhile place to live. In order to apply, the student is asked to submit the common application as well as the Darby and Amber Campbell Scholar10 /
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ship application and write an essay about human rights in response to one of the questions on the application. The application is available on the Task Force website at bchrtf.org/ scholarships-and-grants. It is also available on the Sandpoint High School website. The deadline for applications is 9 a.m. Monday, April 10. Applications may be submitted to the student’s high school counseling center or to the Task Force at: Darby & Amber Memorial Scholarship, P. O. Box 1463, Sandpoint, ID 83864. Please contact the Task Force with any questions at (208) 2902732 or bchrtaskforce@gmail. com.
Gannon Reynolds, project supervisor for the War Memorial Field bleacher project is a busy guy. When cornered for a quick synopsis of what’s happened in the last few weeks, he revealed: “The structural steel is up, the glue lams [laminated roof beams] are completed and they’re in the process of sheeting it [on Friday].” Reynolds also said roofers have begun putting on the ice and water shield. The roof is scheduled to be completed by the end of March, and work has begun on the utilities as well. Photo and caption by Cort Gifford.
Pro- and anti-levy activists share their viewpoints By Cameron Rasmusson Reader Staff
In the lead-up to the 2017 levy vote, the debate on social media has often been rancorous and heated. We reached out to two leading activities for and against the levy, Laray Stoffels and Dan Rose, to learn what informs their opinions and how those on both sides of the fence can promote good conversation. Please briefly detail your position on the supplemental levy. How did you arrive at this conclusion on school funding?
Laray Stoffels: In 2012, I graduated from Clark Fork High School. While many remember high school with angst, I remember it with pride, gratitude and appreciation. I recall the year my high school principal spent his summer painting the school because the district couldn’t hire someone. I remember with pride the coupon business I started with a group of students under the guidance of our economics teacher. I would not have had the confidence to study finance if not for my high school calculus teacher’s encouragement. To this day, I am filled with gratitude for the high school counselors who ensured we submitted our college and scholarship applications by their deadlines. In two months I will graduate with two bachelor’s degrees in business administration. After graduation, I will travel to Ethiopia to work at a sustainability orphanage pursing my biggest passion. Upon returning to Idaho, I will begin a high-paying and fulfilling job. I can say with confidence that my education is more than a couple pieces of paper. It is knowledge and experiences. It led me to my passions, to the woman I am meant to be. Education is the best tool we have for empowering those around us to achieve their best future. None of the opportunities I’ve had would be possible without Clark Fork High School. On March 14, I am voting yes to keep our schools open. I am voting yes to funding extracurricular activities that stimulate the minds of our youth. I am voting yes for the future of our students.
Dan Rose: Many are against this $17 million levy, an informed and objective conclusion by factual analysis, not emotion or self-interest. Information was gleaned from school board meetings, document requests and LPOSD levy presentations. The LPOSD spending inefficiencies are significant (coaches, administration bonuses, excessive staffing, ELA curriculum, district policies, district-funded student travel). Its desire to be the “premier” public school district is incommensurate with the community’s ability to fund it without incremental hardships. Further, charter schools outperform with less funding. LPOSD’s high student test achievement has recently been earned in a lower tax funding environment. It is intellectually and financially unwise for a public education model to grow out of control. Ten years ago the supplemental levy was $9 million with $2 million in staffing. An anticipated $17 million levy having a staffing level of $13.5 million (82 percent) is far beyond the state parameter model ($3,790,940.00 annually), also noting that student enrollment has decreased 400 students (10 percent). Are there any personal experiences that have informed your opinions? LS: Last year I traveled to Jamaica with 16 fellow Boise State students and two professional staff members on a service trip. There we immersed ourselves in Jamaican culture while working to rebuild parts of schools. Working alongside students and educators I learned that no matter a child’s background, they are empowered in the classroom to pursue their dreams and change the world. School is the one place they are equipped to do anything and become anyone, even in complete poverty. Nearly every child I spoke to told me they wanted to be a teacher when they grow up. The pictures they drew were of their classrooms and their educators. When their principal walked by, they chased after him. For these children, the classroom is the one place they get to choose their destinies. DR: A growing number of residents in Sandpoint are fixed-income earners. Budget awareness and compliance to living within means is applicable to both residents and LPOSD. In the past 10
years, many have seen property taxes double, yet wages haven’t increase in any comparative way. Property tax vote issues are personal as seen with the $55 million levy. Rejecting the March 14 ballot and replacing the ballot with a zero-increase supplemental levy in May while we vote on candidates for school board trustee would be intriguing. What are the aspects of your position you wish were better understood by the opposing side? LR: An argument I constantly see from the opponents is that the levies are funding bonuses for administrators. When our superintendent, Shawn Woodward, was hired, the state of Idaho required performance pay for ALL Idaho superintendents. Idaho superintendents receive a portion of their salary upfront and the other portion if they meet performance standards. Compared to other states, Woodward is underpaid, not overpaid. He is not receiving a bonus; he is being paid the rest of his salary because he is meeting performance standards. Our educators and students are performing better than ever before. The anti-levy argument cannot be, “I am voting no because the superintendent is earning a bonus from our tax dollars”. I would also like the opposing side to consider what they are voting against. If this levy does not pass, five schools will close, 300 faculty and staff members will lose their jobs and many extracurricular programs will be cut. Classrooms will be completely overcrowded. Many students will get left behind, increasing their risk of dropping out or not continuing their education. I would also like to stress that this Levy is not permanent and will add only $.50 per month ($6 per year) to a property valued at $250,000. DR: “Sure, more school dollar spending doesn’t always equate to increased scores,” said Woodward, LPOSD superintendent. In a revenue surplus environment LPOSD comments on the misrepresentation of $600,000 in spending choices: “We chose ‘cut’ as that’s what resonates … that’s what people understand,” said Hals, LPOSD CFO. LPOSD falsely claims if the levy does not pass [in March] it will
have “catastrophic” effects. LPOSD is a closed society, desiring to appear inclusive but doing little over two levy attempts to prove worthy of voter trust. LPOSD’s embellishment/misrepresentation, violations of Idaho Code and insult of opponents to help sell tax levies is neither inclusive, nor respectful management practice. It is a top-down mentality. LPOSD has a problem with the use of percentages on both this and the past levy ballot. In July 2016, Clerk of Elections Michael Rosedale, with LPOSD’s legal counsel, effected facility levy ballot language change. This supplemental levy has a “100 percent” issue which will require voter remedy. REJECTING the March ballot and REPLACING it with language supporting a zero dollar increase and the omission of “100 percent” in May is a win-win strategy. The LPOSD staff and board work for many beyond students and parents, to which LPOSD demonstrates tone deafness. Our community is compassionate and empathetic of a quality education, but we denounce any perception of being fleeced. Excessive and honorable two-way discussion throughout the May election should result from a March election rejection. Turnout on March 14 is vital toward this end. The AGAINST position is not ambiguous: cut the $1,232,000 increase in supplemental levy funding to a zero dollar increase. A zero dollar increase is $15,800,000 of local property tax funding. Opponents are confident that answers the question: How much is enough? What, in your opinion, are ways for the two sides of this debate to have more productive conversations? LS: The best thing both sides can do is respect one another and work together to educate each other on the facts. I believe we can all learn something from one another, and I think it is crucial that everyone in the community do research on this subject to make informed decisions. The very issue we are debating is education and the only way to ensure we have productive conversations is to become completely educated on every facet of the debate. We are a community and need to come together, especially in regards to our children because
Lockers at SHS. Photo by Ben Olson. THEY are the future. DR: Eliminate LPOSD’s objectionable campaigning tactics of fear (closing schools), threats (laying off employees), deception (unclaimed revenues and false levy impacted employee headcount—625 and not 900 as claimed) and coercion (a SHS coach’s scholarship email), which are considered by many as typical and systematic. Albeit late and limited to 800 words, the AGAINST advocates appreciate the Reader advancing our claim that the local print media (McKiernan emails) and local radio (“Face to Face-1400 am” and Morning Show-88.5 fm,” by admission(s) and email respectively) have colluded, directly and/ or indirectly, with LPOSD to the detriment of community taxpayers with opinions beyond the interests of the “school network.” We proposed an offer for a round table discussion, covered by live radio and then followed by newspaper reporting. Discussion was denied by every local media source. The fault lies not with us. The remedy is rejection of this ballot language, documented discussions through April and a vote in May. LPOSD does little to encourage “productive” conversations, sends the message that informing the public is a nuisance to be endured. Again, returning to a condition of balance on the board of trustees will increase openness, accountability and improvement of the public’s discerning trust. March 9, 2017 /
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Learn to dance the Country Two-Step 7pm @ Sandpoint West Athletic Club With instructor Diane Peters. 610-1770 Little Mozart Music Class 9:45am @ Sandpoint Library An 8-week series with instructor and Spokane Symphony Flutist Jennifer Slaughter
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KRFY’ 5-8pm @ Come d FM wit Hiawatha Drum Circle! Unite the Tribes! Five Minutes of Fame 6:30-8pm @ Memorial Community Center (Hope) pany, liv 6:30pm @ Cafe Bodega tizers an Writers, musicians, listen- A journey through the spirit world. Not a class! Try ers... all are welcome! Third to bring your own drum. For more info contact Jack Wednesday of every month (208) 304-9300 or memorialcommunitycenter.com Little Mozart Music Class 9:45am @ Sandpoint Library An 8-week series with instructor and Spokane Symphony Flutist Jennifer Slaughter
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Advanced Directives and Care Planning Workshop 5-7pm @ Tango Cafe Hosted by Bonner General Health Community Hospice. Free and open to the public. Refreshments and snacks provided by Tango Cafe Winter Reading Party Dollar Beers! 3:30pm @ Sandpoint Library 8pm @ Eichardt’s Pub Fun, friends, food and prizes!
Live Music w/ Josh Hedlund 6-8pm @ Cedar St. Bistro Wine Bar Comedy at Ol’ Red’s 8pm @ Ol’ Red’s Pub $5 gets you in for a night of comedy
SHS Grad Nite Auction Gala 5pm @ Ponderay Events Center n A fundraiser for the 2017 graduating class grad night in June. Dinner by the Hoot Owl at 6:30 p.m. and live auction starts at 7 p.m. Advanced ticket sales are no longer available, but tickets will be for sale at the door. 290-1936 for more info
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That Earlier Era Of National Dread Rememberances from the World War II era
By Tim Henney Reader Contributor The reason journalism giants Ben and Cameron like me to write for the Reader is because I’m old. They invite me to remember things. I can recall pre-nursery school if required. That kind of gift, if that’s what it is, never helped in academics, but it does in recalling yesteryears. Asked to write about the Great Depression, the early ‘40s King Cole Trio, 1950s sports car culture in SoCal, the rise and fall of NYC’s World Trade Center, life among Greenwich Village bohemians or whatever, they want to know how I was personally involved. Not old enough to serve in World War II, I wasn’t far behind those who were — and remember the era well. The anxious mindset of many or most Americans today, since the “fake news” and Russian-influenced electoral college victory of a classic con man, are not without emotional precedent. We were just as fearful following the Dec. 7, 1941, attack on Pearl Harbor—and for some months after that. Months in 1942 were as feverish in national angst as they are today following the most cataclysmic presidential election in modern history. A hate-mongering flim flam man as president in the nuclear age, or a pre-atomic bomb Pearl Harbor attack? I’d call it a toss-up. •In a brutal two-week siege, the Pacific island of Wake Island was captured by overpowering Japanese amphibious forces just two weeks after Pearl Harbor. Against some 500 American military, most of them U.S. Marines with 12 fighter planes, 12 anti-aircraft guns and six coastal artillery pieces, the Japanese deployed repeated waves of Mitsubishi medium bombers, two aircraft carriers, two heavy cruisers, three light cruisers, 10 destroyers, 450 special naval landing force troops and 2,500 additional infantry. The January l, 1942 Rose Bowl football game is among vivid personal memories of the weeks following December 7, 1941. Stretched on the carpet next to a cabinet radio in the music room of my grandparents’ Long Beach home, I cheered for the Oregon State College Beavers to beat the favored Duke University Blue Devils. And they did. Almost a month after the Japanese attack had killed 2,403 people, wounded l,178
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and disabled half the U.S. Navy at Pearl Harbor, authorities shifted the Rose Bowl game to Durham, N.C., to discourage an air attack on Pasadena. I was a 10-yearold Californian and constructing scrapbooks about USC, Cal-Berkeley and Stanford football was my gig. After that game I added OSC’s mighty beavers. •One week after Wake Island fell, the Japanese bombed the U.S. Army Air Corps’ Clark Field then captured Manila. Chief poobah Douglas MacArthur knew the Japanese were due, but kept 35 bombers, 56 fighters and 25 other aircraft neatly parked wing to wing on the tarmac. Enemy bombers destroyed them all. For a Korean War vet who grew up thinking and still thinks only police, military and booze-free hunters ought to be allowed to own guns, my chauvinistic fifth-grade response to the 1941 Pearl Harbor attack seems curious. I dropped out of Longfellow School and enrolled as a day student in Southern California Military Academy (SCMA). Same town, Long Beach. Driving with my mom past SCMA I saw uniformed kids marching around with rifles. Man, I had to go there! After enrolling I learned that rifles were issued only on special occasions, like Parents Day. Worse, they weren’t real. In December 1941 and into 1942 people were reading Hemingway’s “For Whom The Bell Tolls.” “Citizen Kane” was packing movie theaters. Perhaps emboldened by this fifth grader’s switch (today one must say “transition” or “pivot”) to SCMA, Hollywood pitched in. Actor Jimmy Stewart flew bomber missions in Europe. But most Hollywood types stayed home churning out films like “Wake Island,” “Flying Fortress,” “Commandos Strike At Dawn,” “The Battle Of Midway,” “Flying Tigers,” and everyone’s favorite World War II movie, “Casablanca.” Another who stayed home was Hoboken’s “Frankie” Sinatra, skinny kid vocalist with the Tommy Dorsey band. Who knew? •On April 9, the 140,000 starving U.S. and Filipino defenders of Bataan surrendered. Isolated, battered and abandoned, someone there wrote: “We’re the battling bastards of Bataan. No mama, no papa, no Uncle Sam. No aunts, no uncles, no nephews, no nieces. No pills, no planes, no artillery pieces. ... and nobody gives a damn!”
An artistic depiction of the Bataan Death March. Illustration by David K. Stone. America did give a damn. But six months after Pearl Harbor we were still fighting a defensive war, incapable of providing reinforcements to our battling bastards in the far-off Philippines. Every soldier, sailor and marine, every plane, warship and weapon in our fast-growing arsenal was needed to halt new Japanese and Nazi advances around the globe. •On the infamous, 65-mile death march that followed Bataan’s fall, 7,00010,000 American and Filipino POWs, of the 75,000 on the march, died from exhaustion, disease and lack of food and water. And from being bayoneted and beheaded if they stumbled. It’s politically incorrect to mention that today as we happily slurp sushi and sake, but that’s what happens in wars. Of those who survived the death march, nearly half died during imprisonment. One late night in January 1942 a loud racket awakened me in an upstairs bedroom of my grandparents’ landmark three-story 1920s Dutch colonial home. Something outside was banging and clattering. A loud, booming racket. I leaped from bed, ran to a window and saw a sky alive with searchlights. Anti-aircraft guns were blasting at a small plane caught in the lights high over the city. In Long Beach? Really? Shrapnel was found everywhere the next day, but
I don’t recall the L.A. Times or anyone else saying the target was a Japanese bomber. More likely some lost dude in a Piper cub looking for Long Beach airport — and pondering the inhospitality of local city fathers. One of whom was my Stanford University stepdad. Leading jeweler, Rotarian, country club president, hospital board chair, he’d jammed on his issued hard hat and rushed out into the furious night to help however he might at the fire station up the street next to Eddie Gavin’s drugstore. •Corregidor was next. From Dec. 29 to the end of April, Japanese relentlessly bombarded the tunneled Corregidor garrison of mainly U.S. Marines. Out of ammunition, food and medicine, and vastly outnumbered by 75,000 Japanese troops, Lt. General Jonathan Wainwright sent this radio message to President Franklin D. Roosevelt on May 6, 1942: “There is a limit of human endurance, and that point has long been passed.” Those who weren’t fighting in Europe or the Pacific were singing about those who were, and vice versa. “I Don’t Want To Walk Without You,” “Somebody Else Is Taking My Place,” “Don’t Sit Under The Apple Tree,” “Stage Door Canteen,” “Till Then, I’ll Be Seeing You.” In the late 1980s after retirement from NYC corporate life, my family and I lived in the picture postcard Illinois farm town of Geneseo, near the Mississippi River. A retirement hobby was producing a weekly Broadway/Big Band radio program. Because of that I was sometimes asked to visit area civic clubs. At a lunch in a nearby farm town, the topic was World War II music. After the remarks, punctuated with taped recordings, a vet said I’d omitted the most memorable song of all. While a Nazi prisoner his captors had played Bing Crosby’s “White Christmas” every winter night over loudspeakers. He said the song made him and his fellow POWs weep. •The sole personal war tragedy my family suffered was uncle Frank Brown’s disappearance early in the war. At every family birthday, Thanksgiving and Christmas, “Brownie” was the subject of hope and prayers. A Naval Academy graduate, he was commander of a 1930s-built submarine, the Seal, an original member of the Navy’s heroic Silent Service. I don’t think even his young wife, our “Aunt Babe,” learned the details of Brownie’s < see HENNEY, page 16 >
This open Window
Vol. 2 No.5
poetry and prose by local writers edited by Jim mitsui
a trip revisited I’m driving down Pine Street toward a haunted memory of another Pine Street visited not too long ago a trip down Grandma’s street. I mind maneuver my car under the train track viaduct, up 5th, around the corner to Schroeder’s Bar, stained glass, red and gold, above the door, fish fries, salty and crisp on Friday nights Grandpa coming home with whiskey-breath kisses. Then to Johnny’s, the corner store, curly haired, smiling, and kind, his store was always open. Grandma went everyday fell on the ice her last trip there when she went for paprika. Then past that dark and dreary old house shadowed by low-hanging limbs where two decrepit sisters, dressed in witchy black, grey hair in tight knots, spent nights lit by kerosene no electricity. And across the street, the boarded-up store front where the Baptists once held church Sunday morning and night Wednesday night too - clapping and singing hymns of praise and shouting “amens” - we listened from the screened porch.
Thought I’d challenge you with a writing prompt. Hopefully it will encourage new submissions, especially from the young poets I know are at Sandpoint High School. I call these 10-line writing exercises and after completing the 10-lines you can go back and add, subtract, modify and change what you’d like. Don’t be afraid to make changes, especially if it promotes clarity and understanding what it is you need to say. You can end up with more than 10 lines, and you can also present this in prose form. The lines should link in some way but don’t be afraid to make a jump to an associated idea or thought. One of the best ways to discover what you want to say is to trust your mind’s stream-of-consciousness and find out what it is that you need to express. Please no pseudonyms. Submit to Jim3wells@aol.com and include a brief bio. Here goes: Title: (Name something you like to cook, or eat) 1. For once I don’t regret 2. peaceful and obscene 3. the power of smell 4. inhaling 5. promises to last 6. I think about 7. bread is a tool 8. and gravy is such a 9. an ordinary meal 10. the astonished sky
Grandma’s was next - I slowed in joyful anticipation turned to dark trepidation at the sight her now heartbroken shell of a house - burned black, belching smoke - enveloped in a wet, acrid, pungency the sight and smell scarring my soul forever.
by Jennifer Passaro I am a husk in the green night. I am a husk in the envelope of the green night. hush runs the lip. The moon moves, an orange quarter. Each sky, sometimes ripe or here, clears her throat. Between the garden and the fence something you said going into the house sits, I can hear it in the hum of the cottonwood, where the ants work, where the dust dampens down. It is long enough past dusk the neighbor slips from her screen door and then stars, cross-stitch by cross-stitch light the cigarette she holds between the smoke she exhales I wade the alley along our little patch of peppers. There. The word you said, or wouldn’t say, tapping the soil, dimpled as an unfinished bloom.
So hard to travel this new Pine Street and not remember.
-Pat Hofman Pat is originally from Wyandotte, Michigan, where this other Pine Street is located. Teaching was her career until she retired “to do things I really love.” She’s been serious about writing since she was twelve when she wrote her own version of a Nancy Drew mystery.
i sat awhile today in that house where i used to wait for you
Jennifer is a graduate of the University of Montana writing program and a former resident of Sandpoint. She is in the process of moving back to Montana but retains contact with family in this area.
steam from lignetics by Beth Weber
A small boy standing on the pier at City Beach, gazes northward, across the lake.
“No” his bigger sister interrupts “They turn into cotton candy the poor people can eat.”
whispers weep from the walls’ lining a country of memories gone worn from use but I also remember the dim hospital room where though pale as death still your courage upheld me
“Those white clouds crowding around the stack and diving in,
“They’re even too poor for toothpaste. Their teeth are rotted. They don’t eat candy”
tracks of long dried tears cover the earthen sidewalk outside this room where we watched To Kill A Mockingbird and you told me the funny story of college days when you chased your flimsy copy as it blew away page by page in the gusts
they turn into cotton, get smashed into mattresses.
“Well, then let’s turn the clouds into toothpaste”
leaving you with an empty cover – ain’t that just like this house empty but for the sound of dreams crisping away to ashes and dust
They’re sent all over the world so even the poorest people have beds”
“Nope, it’s cotton for beds. And besides I get to say because it’s my story.”
by Maureen Cooper
Send poems to: firstname.lastname@example.org
by Pat Hofman
-Beth Weber Maureen lives on Muskrat Lake in Sagle. She’s a sound healing apprentice and amateur musician. She started writing songs and poetry as soon as she learned how to write.
Beth hails from Cocolalla, and is actively involved with music in the area. Good writers are frequently involved in other arts. Poets must be good observers and listeners; this poem is a prime example of taking advantage of every opportunity. March 9, 2017 /
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A soldier stands next to a downed Mitsubishi Zero fighter on the Soloman Islands in 1943. Courtesy photo.
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fate until after the war. The Seal was on night patrol in the Aleutian Islands. Commander Brown and his crew saw through the periscope what they agreed was a Japanese tanker. Deciding to save a torpedo or two for more competitive game, they surfaced, bent on sinking the enemy with the deck gun. A Japanese destroyer bristling with cannons, it sank the Seal and shot all but one of the crew. Released from a POW camp after the war, he told the grim story (at Pearl Harbor there is a plaque commemorating Brownie and his men and the Seal). While Hitler was running amuck in Europe and the Japanese were gobbling up China, Indonesia and the Pacific in the opening months of the war, my sixth grade Long Beach buddies and I fought our own battles. We played tackle football against the bigger, better Los Cerritos and Cal Heights teams from nearby neighborhoods. No uniforms, coaches, officials, penalties, time clock or cheering parents. Players arrived at the park by bicycle with shoulder pads and helmets slung over handlebars. We played until one team was too bruised to continue. Usually ours. We were pintsized battling bastards of Bataan. Four of us, the inseparable “Big Four,” sometimes ran into additional troubles. One Sunday, armed with baseball mitts, bats and a ball, we scaled the tall, iron gates of Longfellow elementary school, opened a hallway door, and let our dogs in. Leaving dogs in an interior patio, the Big Four climbed a sweet pea trellis and entered administrative offices via the ladies restroom. As we giggled over a wall-mounted Kotex machine, a pudgy man in a civilian suit opened a
door and yanked us into an office. He demanded IDs. Three of us — Bobby, Jimmie and I — rapidly produced wallets from back pockets, with names inside. I can’t imagine how we managed that. At 11 years old we didn’t carry drivers’ licenses. The fourth member of the Big Four, nicknamed “Boss” because he slept so late on weekends, had no identification. With visions of penitentiary life dancing in my head, I yelled, “Boss, show him your underwear!” Boss, Bobby and I had just returned from two weeks at Camp O-ongo in the mountains near Lake Arrowhead. Campers were required to have names stitched into underwear, socks, shirts, pants, etc., in red thread for washday retrievals. Our captor accepted the underwear thread then suggested we were there to steal stuff. We said no, we just wanted to break into the school with dogs, baseball mitts and bats and mess around on a Sunday. When two young cops arrived they smiled when they saw the desperadoes they confronted. Our dads retrieved us from the downtown city jail. My greatest fear concerned the dogs. Could they make it home alone, six blocks away and across a busy boulevard? I remember like it was yesterday looking out the rear window of the squad car at our abandoned best friends, ears up, staring, furrowed canine brows, wondering what the hell? Southern California being considerably slower in early 1942 than today, all three followed their noses safely home. Check next week’s Reader for the second half of Tim Henney’s two-part article on remembrances from World War II.
Paris Climate Agreement: both rocks and momentum ahead By Gary Payton Reader Contributor Editor’s Note: In December 2015, Sandpoint’s Gary Payton reported in the Reader on the historic Paris Agreement, an international pact designed to address climate change and its global impacts. Nations of the world set a goal to keep the rise in global average temperature to “well below” 2 degrees C (3.6 degrees F), limit the rise to 1.5 degrees C (2.7 F), and outline a path to a low carbon economy by 2100. A few weeks ago, Rick Johnson, the executive director of the Idaho Conservation League (ICL) shared a metaphor for the conservation and environmental challenges in the Trump Administration. In “What’s Ahead Is Like an Idaho River,” Rick painted a picture of white water rafting which many in North Idaho can relate to. For a successful run through churning water, “…you don’t focus on the rocks in a rapid. You focus on the flow of the river through the rocks.” The metaphor offers a perfect way to review the Paris Agreement on climate change at the one-year mark and access the challenges which come with the inauguration of Donald Trump. http://www.idahoconservation.org/ blog/whats-ahead-is-like-idaho-river/ During most of 2016, the Paris Agreement was in a “long pool, pretty calm waters.” The majority of the year’s international action created momentum, encouraged cooperation and even generated a small sense of optimism that global leaders were taking needed steps to address the worst impacts of climate change. Last April, leaders of 175 countries gathered at the United Nations in New York City for the official signing ceremony of the Paris Agreement. Among the iconic images was Secretary of State John Kerry with his granddaughter in his lap penning the support of the United States to the historic pact. In September, President Barack Obama and Chinese President Xi Jingping formally submitted their nation’s ratification documents in a ceremony in Hangzhou, China. On that single day, the two countries responsible for 40 percent of global greenhouse gas emissions underscored their then-commitment to action. By October, 55 nations representing 55 percent of annual global emissions had ratified the agreement. Meeting these two thresholds meant that on Friday,
Gary Payton standing in front of the COP21 hall in Paris in Dec. 2015. Courtesy photo. Nov. 4, the Paris Agreement “entered into force” as the international roadmap to address the full impact of the climate crisis across the 21st century. The 2016 run along the river had been swifter than many predicted. But on Tuesday, Nov. 8, the election of Donald Trump signaled the onrush of dangerous whitewater rapids below, along an uncharted piece of our river. Absolutely, there are rocks ahead in the rapids we have begun to run in 2017. They are dangerous, frightening and challenge the United States response at the federal level to the existential threat to the future habitability of the planet. The ascent of Oklahoma’s attorney general, Scott Pruitt, to head the Environmental Protection Agency foreshadows an allout assault on EPA regulations aimed at reducing greenhouse gas emissions in electricity production, vehicle emissions, and oil and gas production. The core of the U.S. commitment to the Paris Agreement is EPA’s 2014 Clean Power Plan. Roll back discussions are already underway in Washington, D.C. The Senate confirmation of Montana’s Representative Ryan Zinke to lead the Department of the Interior suggests renewed efforts to support construction of a major coal export terminal at Cherry Point, Washington. Powder River Basin coal, mined in Montana and Wyoming, transits Sandpoint and numerous other small towns in North Idaho en route to coal-fired power
plants in East Asia. And, with the former CEO of ExxonMobil, Rex Tillerson, as the Secretary of State it is unclear if his muted support for the Paris Agreement can withstand pressure from the Trump White House to withdraw from the historic pact. In short, our river boils from the rocks ahead. Beneath us, however, run strong currents of rushing water. While not ignoring the rocks, our task is to “focus on the flow of the river through the rocks.” And, the flow is powerful. Last November’s U.N. Conference of the Parties (COP22) in Marrakech, Morocco, affirmed international commitment to act in the face of human accelerated climate change. Delegates stated, “…momentum is irreversible—it is being driven not only by governments, but by science, business and global action of all types at all levels.” In an independent action, the leaders of 365 companies and major investors urged Mr. Trump not to abandon the Paris Agreement. “Failure to build a low-carbon economy puts American prosperity at risk.” Their communication was backed by a pledge to push ahead with their own carbon reduction goals regardless of what the new administration does. Meanwhile, recognizing the critical role of cities in reducing greenhouse gas emissions (cities account for 70 percent of worldwide emissions), the Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate and Energy rededicated themselves to action. Mayors of
7,100 cities around the world are leading efforts, setting carbon reduction targets, and refining action plans. Finally, market forces are on the move. Last year, investment in renewable energy hit an all-time high—nearly $350 billion—or a greater investment than in fossil fuels. And, the trend is accelerating. Closer to home, the same strong currents of our rushing river are moving in Idaho. In southern Idaho, ICL helped show Idaho Power that closing the North Valmy coal plant will save Idahoans money while protecting our climate. In Montana, owners of the Colstrip coal plant that feeds some power into Idaho see the same thing and plan to shutter part of that plant soon. In both cases, the flow is towards clean energy and away from fossil fuels. As the cost of fossil fuels, both monetary and environmental, continues to rise, we can ride this wave towards a clean energy future. Are there rocks ahead in our rapid? Absolutely. But, one year after the historic Paris Agreement there’s a broad international consensus—no one leader, no one country can divert the actions of the global community in addressing the onrush of climate change. So, be mindful of the rocks, push off when required, but stay focused on the flow of our moving river as we act at the individual, organizational, community, business and state level. March 9, 2017 /
Native Film Series: ‘For the Generations’
By Ben Olson Reader Staff
Don’t miss the finale for the Native Heritage Film Series this weekend. The Idaho Mythweaver, the Sandpoint Library and Vision Maker Media will host two free screenings of “For the Generations: Native Story and Performance” on Saturday, March 11 at 12:30 and 3 p.m. at the Sandpoint Library. Native American performers infuse contemporary genres of dance and music with traditional elements from their Tribal heritage. Through artist interviews and performances, six profiles document the effort to bring the “Native Fusion” genre to mainstream performing arts. As always, there will be a discussion after the film led by Idaho Mythweaver’s Jane Fritz. There will also be light refreshments provided. The Native Heritage Film Series runs from November through March every year, highlighting important films touching on issues dealing with Native American relations. 18 /
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R&B songstress Martha Redbone (Cherokee/Choctaw) of the Women of the Four Winds. Photo by Martha Redbone.
Grammy-award winner Robert Mirabal (Taos Pueblo). Photo by Star Records, Inc.
SASi launches ‘Pot of Copper and Silver’ and ‘Turkey/Ham Raffle’
By Ellen Weissman Reader Contributor Remember the “Pot of Copper” two years ago? What a great way to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day and April Fool’s Day! Thanks to Home Delivered Meals driver, Peggy Barsotti and her Book Club, we have a pot of coins for guessing again! How much do you think is in the Pot of Copper and Silver container on the front desk at the Senior Center? Guess as many times as you like for either $1 per guess or six for $5. We will announce the winner closest to the correct amount on Thursday, March 30, at lunch. You do not need to be present to win. The winner will receive half of the money and the SASi will get the other half.
We are also raffling off a $15 coupon for either a turkey or a ham. The tickets go for $1 each or six for $5. Kudos to the Ponderay Branch of Mountain West Bank for donating the coupon. The drawing for the winner will also be at lunch on Thursday, March 30, and you do not need to be present to win. Stop by the Sandpoint Senior Center, 820 Main St., Sandpoint, to make a guess and/or buy a raffle ticket! For more information, call (208) 263-6860. You do not need to be a senior to join in the fun!
STAGE & SCREEN
‘Logan,’ ‘John Wick’ and return of R-rated action By Cameron Rasmusson Reader Staff A funny thing happened with the release of “Deadpool” last year. The relentlessly crude superhero action comedy, which scraped its way through a tortured production largely on the willpower of star Ryan Reynolds, somehow became the highest-grossing R-rated movie of all time without adjusting for inflation. Now, predictably, studios are showing renewed interest in financing big budget R-rated movies, most recently with last week’s release of the final Wolverine film, “Logan.” Due in no small part to that R rating, “Logan” is the best comic book adaptation since Christopher Nolan crystallized the post-Bush era in 2008’s “The Dark Knight.” Yes, “Logan” excels because of its rich emotional world and the relationships that develop within it, not because of its buckets of blood and yards of lacerated flesh. But it’s also the rarity where its relentlessly grim tone, much of which would be lost in a sanitized PG-13 format, is flawlessly married to its themes and the inner life of its characters. It’s an achievement in writing and direction completely absent in tonal disaster zones like last year’s “Batman v. Superman.” With “Logan” set to earn enough green to dwarf the Incredible Hulk, there’s little doubt that Hollywood, true to its reactive nature, will seek to replicate its success. The good news is that studios should have plenty of inspiration to draw upon. Over the past few years, a few imaginative directors have taken American action filmmaking in innovative—and sometimes utterly bonkers—directions. In fact, there’s a movie right next door to your “Logan” screening that fits that description perfectly. “John Wick: Chapter Two,” the sequel to 2014’s surprise critical and commercial hit “John Wick,” is a bizarre little firecracker of a movie. An ode to the sublime stunt work, choreography and editing of 21st century Asian action cinema like “The Raid: Redemption,” “The Man From Nowhere” or “Ip Man,” the “John Wick” series’ set pieces play out in
long, carefully rehearsed takes of graceful gun-fu shenanigans. At less than half the budget of “Logan,” “John Wick: Chapter Two” more than matches it for action thrills (and gruesome sensibility, as is evident in one already-famous scene involving a pencil), even as it fails to reach the nuanced character work of the “X-Men” picture. Make no mistake, Keanu Reeves’ titular action hero doesn’t have much time for contemplation despite the compelling emotional core of the first “John Wick.” But then, that’s not really what the “Wick” movies are shooting for. They’re more urban fantasies than anything else, a feverish vision of an international crime society complete with its own governing organizations, currency and iron-clad honor codes. While the first “John Wick” was an effective, if workmanlike, revenge narrative, the second finds the hero on something of a spiritual journey—albeit one that involves shooting dozens of Italians in the head. The neon color palette, the deliberately paced editing and an extended second act set in Rome underscore this strange odyssey as Wick navigates an amoral world while gradually losing the mementos of his dead wife, the movie’s sole symbol of human decency. “Logan” and “John Wick: Chapter Two” pursue very different goals for all their comparable action trappings, and both achieve their goals admirably. They’re two solid steps in the right direction following the unparalleled success of “Mad Max: Fury Road.” Heralded by many critics as the best movie of 2015, “Mad Max” set the standard for the next decade of R-rated action. Director George Miller’s
dogged insistence on practical effects, stunts and minimal CGI imbue it with a relentless, kinetic beauty that is still unmatched. Happily, it appears that sequels to “Mad Max: Fury Road” are still on track. Likewise, a “John Wick: Chapter Three” appears inevitable. And that’s entirely discounting the many other promising action titles soon to be
Left: Keanu Reeves in “John Wick 2.” Right: Hugh Jackman in “Logan.” Courtesy photos. released, including a sequel to 2014’s flawed but fascinating “Kingsman: The Secret Service.” It’s still too early to say, but signs are hopeful that a 21st century Renaissance of American action filmmaking is at hand.
March 10-11, 16-18 @ TBD
“Once upon a mattress” musical a rollicking spin on the familiar classic of royal courtship and comeuppance thursday, march 23 @ 7pm
New York Film Critic Series: “all nighter” saturday, march 25 @ 7pm
2017 Fly Fishing Film Festival
Come and see amazing rivers and adventures along with great raffles and giveaways!
sunday, March 6 @ 3:30pm
“8 DAYS” film
Free and open to the public. Not appropriate for children under 12
Friday, March 31 @ 3:30 & 7:30pm
illusio: tour of illusion
Come see Illusio, a show the whole family will enjoy, one day only!
Saturday, april 1 @ 8pm
Alive She Cried: The Ultimate Doors Tribute Alive She Cried is honored to carry on this legendary music for a new generation and provide a nostalgic glimpse back to a time when conventions were being tested and revolution was in the air. Tickets $25 General admission, $35 VIP
Animation Show of Shows for mature audiences PG-13
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Last December organizations who work directly with youth met at the school district office with Dr. Joy Jansen, director of special education, and Jeralyn Mires, Idaho’s counselor of the year. The goal of the meeting was to discuss services available to youth in the community and what the school was doing to support that. Concerns are at an all-time high because of the recent increase in youth suicides in the community. On March 22, 2017, the group will meet again at the Teen Center from 8:30-10 a.m. All organizations who work with youth are invited to attend. Brainstorming and collaborating with others about the best way to support youth in the community will be the topic as well as discussing what else might be needed that currently isn’t available. Community stakeholders are also invited. “Who are those?” you wonder. Community stakeholders are people from the community who have a vested interest in the youth. They might be retired people who have work experience to offer, parents who live in the community, teachers or even the small business owner. We are all community stakeholders really and I believe it is our job to know how we can support our youth so they have the best chance of becoming contributing members of the community. This area has some wonderful organizations both that serve youth as well as serve the community. While publisher Ben Olson is on vacation I will have the opportunity to highlight some of them. For this article however, I will highlight the Teen Center who will be hosting the next meeting. Joan Avery, the director, has such
a passion, and her entire face glows when she has an opportunity to share about the center and what they provide there for teens. The center is open Monday, Tuesday and Thursday from 2:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. and 1:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Wednesdays. It gives the teens of the community a safe place to go after school where they can receive a little extra love and support. The Teen Center helps them be a little more resilient when faced with the stressors in their young lives. For adults looking for a place to volunteer, they would love the support. Whether it be a one-time class on looking for a job or a weekly mentor, all the studies on resiliency show that it just takes one significant adult to make all the difference in a child’s life. I know that everyone has the same common goal of how to best help the youth of the community so that they can become contributing members of the community. I am hoping the many wonderful youth focused organizations and community stakeholders attend the next meeting of great minds to discuss how to work together to support the youth of the community. Dianne Smith, LMFT is a licensed counselor who works with both children and adults. She has offices in Bonners Ferry and Sandpoint and can be reached at 951-440-0982.
Marshall McLean releases new album By Ben Olson Reader Staff
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There is a haunting, warm beauty to Marhsall McLean’s voice. It reminds me of standing alone out in a windy crossroads of the Palouse, or driving across the Long Bridge when you know you’re going to be away for awhile. McLean’s songs are infused with melodies that invoke images of nostalgia and the rising, falling precariousness of life. Fans of McLean’s will be happy to note the release of “SoDak,” a pleasant mix of 12 songs that take you on a timeless trip through McLean’s various inspirations. The album was inspired by the memory of McLean’s grandpa, a longhaul trucker in the ‘80s who lived in Ohio. “My first memory is when my grandpa had come to visit and he was calling me a ‘SoDak,’ which is a nickname for someone born in South Dakota like I was,” said McLean. “It was a trucker term. I thought that was so cool.” “SoDak,” is a slight departure from McLean’s 2013 release of “Glossolalia,” which helped the Marshall McLean Band win the Inlander’s “Best Of: Best Local Band” award. In this latest release, McLean’s mix of songs establishes a cohesive theme throughout. Subtle melodies like “Wildflowers” combine with more experimental arrangements like “Badlands” and “Level Out.” “I think this is a better record from my perspective,” said McLean. “This is a more mature evolution of where I’m at right now and where I hope to go.” McLean also dropped the word “band” from “SoDak” and the trio is now known as Marshall McLean. “Nothing has changed, nobody quit the band or anything,” he said. “It just
Marshall McLean. Courtesy photo. makes things a little more portable for me as the face of the band so I can tour more solo if I need to.” Playing on “SoDak” are McLean’s longtime bandmates Justin Landis on bass and vocal harmonies and Jesse MacDonald on drums. Landis also co-produced the album with McLean. “This is something that we conceived the vision for and started the process together,” said McLean. Along with the bass and drums, McLean had some guest performers record in the studio with him, including Jamie Frost on the pedal steel, Fawn Butcher, the Shook Twins and the band Joseph. McLean plans to join Joseph on a small tour over the next week. Overall, the album struck me as authentic and easy to listen to. Songs build when you want them to build, and take it away, always leave you wanting the song to last a little longer. The chemistry between McLean and bass player Justin Landis is evident from the first lick. With MacDonald’s spoton drum tracks that keep your head bobbing along, “SoDak” is surely destined to please those who search for indie folk rock with soul and purpose. McLean held an album release show in Spokane last week, but Sandpoint’s release is scheduled for Saturday, March 25, at the 219 Lounge. I highly recommend checking them out if you’ve never been.
This week’s RLW by Matthew Weatherman
Unsettling is probably the best word I can use to describe the novels of Benjamin Black, pen name of novelist John Banville. Rainy noirs set in 1950s Ireland featuring a large, grumpy pathologist named Quirke, these books have an oddly gripping quality that has me checking them out regularly from my local library. While the series now has seven titles featuring Quirke, I jumped in on the second to last, ,” and “Holy Orders,” have read them out of order ever since without feeling too put out. Each stands alone, fascinating and moody, much like Quirke himself.
With her eerily haunting melodies, multi-rhythmic beats and bi-lingual vocals, you might think that Luz Elena Mendoza has enough going on in her band, Y La Bamba, that she wouldn’t add anything to it for her latest album, “Ojos de Sol.” Well, you’d be wrong. Luz put together the Maria Maria Choir, made up of a half dozen of amazing vocalists, adding an almost Paul-Simon-during-theLadysmith-BlackMambazo-era vibe to her already nuanced sound. The droning guitar on the song Kali has a touch of Radiohead.
While I wouldn’t ordinarily recommend just one episode of a TV series, “Black Mirror” defies the ordinary in every sense. A self-contained hour long story unfolds in each individual episode, usually dealing with technology and our struggle with it. Season 3, Episode 4: San Junipero is a near-future retro for any one who loves the films of John Hughes, would like an uplifting love story with strong female leads and maybe to cry a little, in a good way. “Black Mirror” is streaming on Netflix.
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The Straight Poop:
The quest for dog-friendly businesses in North Idaho
By Drake the Dog Reader Pet Columnist
Where am I taking my humans today? This week we have experienced a smörgåsbord of sun, schnizzle, rain and snow. Hence the Missus insists we get in the car and pack all-weather gear. Can you guess where we’re headed? •It has a unique re-defined identity •There are 10 of these in the West •The first store opened in 1997, with a different name than it has today •There are 11 pawsitively droolin’ good departments under one woof •N40 Coops 2.0 is coming! •Treats for all everyday. Got it? Text me... NOW! And the winner is... North 40, located at 477171 U.S. 95 in Ponderay. More than farm and ranch outfitter, this place is barkin’ with everything: apparel, accessories, footwear and western wear for the entire family; farm and ranch gizmos; home and garden items; automotive necessities; tools for everything; outdoor gear (hunting, fishing, camping, hiking, snow and water sports); and pets (livestock, chicken, bird, equine, rabbit, pig sheep, goat and DOG!). Oh boy, did I learn dog zillion things from Department Manager Eric Anderson and Assistant Manager Sam
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Kelly, both dog dads. It’s OK to bring the whole fam-damily to North 40. Hold onto your water bowl and keep your eyes open. You might see other well-behaved leashed family members, shopping with their humans. I spotted bobcats, mini pigs, potbelly pigs, parrots, snakes, and the famous therapy chicken donning a harness and riding in a cart! All of these guests leave checker extraordinaire and chief doggie treat lady Anna, delivering exceptional customer service and treats. At the end of the day, she shares stories with her Chihuahua, Eskadoodle. So, why the name change from Big R to North 40? In the past, customers were unable to find local stores. North 40 defines the culture of the area and allows Sandpoint, CDA and Lewiston to create their own identity—outfitting work and play. North 40 always helps us put our best paws forward. While you’re surfing around the internet, check out their website and blog. Barkin’ good info! Eric and Sam offered some pawsome factoids… read on! To get ready for spring, Sam shared that it’s time for us to make sure that our shots and wormers are up to date. Since your couch potato days will soon be over, now is the pawfect time to change your feed to a mix with higher fat and lower protein. Speaking of food, I asked Eric, “What’s the best dog food and why?” He shared that the best food does not contain fillers such as wheat or soy. Dogs don’t digest these well and really don’t need them. When choosing a dog food, make sure that the first ingredient is whole meat or meat meal. He should know, as his 1-year-old pit bull, Remy, chows down on Nutro Max. And me, well I drool over Taste of the Wild! North 40 collaborates with The Panhandle Animal Shelter to offer new pet parents a pet adoption kit. Ah, I remember it well, and loved the tennis ball, Frisbee, North 40 signature bowl and
my choice of a five-pound bag of food. So, gather the family and get ready for chick season! You won’t want to miss the Chicken Whisperer, guest speaker at N40 Coops 2.0 on March 9 at 6 p.m. There will be prizes, 50 percent off feed, free hot dogs and the chance to win a chicken coop! Ah, soon I’ll be sniffing fresh eggs! Before leaving, don’t forget to pick up Pawtriotic dog treats. These are made in America and come in a wide variety of flavors, like cranberry, peanut butter, apple and pumpkin pie. I’m like a dog with two tails in this place! North 40 rules: 1. Leashes please 2. Good manners = treats Top: North 40 manager Eric Anderson stands with Drake. Bottom: Pawtriotic Dog Treats are just one of the fun dog-related items at North 40.
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“Our thrasonical president is a master of 140 characters.” Corrections: I think we made it another week without a mistake. Or at least nobody told us about anything. So there. -BO
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Solution on page 22 61. Balcony section 62. Small islands 63. Where the sun rises
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11. Criminal 12. Harvest 13. Probabilities 18. Stealer 22. Anagram of “Ties” 24. Askew 26. Aquatic plant 28. Soft drinks 29. Tall woody plant 30. Peddle 31. Court order 32. Centers 33. Abundance 34. Excited 37. Marcel Marceau was one 38. 20th-century art movement
40. Wash 41. Colonic 43. Cancel 44. Wears away 46. Slight color 47. Type of antelope 48. Smells 49. A nine-piece musical group 50. Quiet time 51. Chocolate cookie 53. Boring 56. A law enforcement agency 57. Foot digit
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