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Scotchman Peaks voted down in primary election By Cameron Rasmusson Reader Staff

The primary election Tuesday night was nothing less than momentous in its impact, dealing fundamental changes to several offices and a serious blow to wilderness efforts in the Scotchman Peaks Idaho region. Voters across Bonner County voted 5,672 to 4,831 against the proposal to establish 13,960 acres of wilderness in the Idaho Panhandle. For Friends of Scotchman Peaks Wilderness, an organization that has advocated more than a decade for wilderness designation, it’s a disappointing conclusion to the optimism of 2016 when Sen. Jim Risch introduced wilderness legislation. According to Phil Hough, director of the Friends of Scotchman Peaks, the close vote still demonstrated that there is substantial support for a Scotchman Peaks Wilderness. “The vote shows a large number of Bonner County primary voters value wilderness,” he said. “The depth and breadth of this support shows that wilderness and conservation values are important to a significant number of people.” Hough also said the vote doesn’t change the Friends’ core mission of wilderness advocacy. “The board and staff of FSPW thank all the volunteers and supporters and members of the public who have stood up and voted for wilderness values,” he said. “We will continue working to preserve the Scotchman Peaks for future generations through ongoing advocacy, on-the-ground stewardship and education.” After opposition to the Scotchman Peaks Wilderness proposal mobilized in 2017, Risch announced this year that he would honor the result of the Bonner County advisory vote. True to his word, Risch announced Wednesday that he intends to abandon the bill. “I will not reintroduce the Scotchman Peaks legislation,” he said in a statement. “I thank those who have been involved in educating the community on the proposal, and I applaud the Bon4 /


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ner County Commissioners for bringing the proposal to me and allowing Idahoans to voice their opinion on this important issue.” The Scotchman Peaks advisory vote helped drive turnout in what proved to be an extremely busy primary election. According to Bonner County Clerk Michael Rosedale, 11,100 voters turned out to cast their ballots, representing nearly half the registered voter base. “I want to thank poll workers for a fantastic job, and Bonner County voters for voting,” Rosedale said. “We had a great turnout.” Scotchman Peaks wasn’t the only shake up at the county level. County Commissioner Glen Bailey failed to win the Republican nomination for the general election, losing to Steven Bradshaw, pastor of the Cocolalla Cowboy Church, in a 2,946-to-3,607 vote. A third candidate, Bruce Hollett, took 764 votes. Bradshaw will face Democrat Patricia Wentworth in the general election. Commissioner Dan McDonald secured the Republican nomination against former Ponderay Mayor Carol Kunzeman in a 3,264-to-4,156 vote. McDonald will face Democrat Steve Lockwood in the general election. Donna Gow won the threeway race for county assessor with 3,429 votes compared to Dennis Engelhardt’s 2,050 votes and Richard Miller’s 1,988 votes. John Mitchell will remain District 1 judge following an election against Douglas Pierce, which he won in a 4,762-to2,953 vote. In state legislative races, retiring Sen. Shawn Keough’s endorsed successor, Jim Woodward, won the Republican primary election for the Idaho Senate with 4,575 votes versus Danielle Ahrens’ 2,251 votes and Scott Herndon’s 1,966 votes. On the Democratic ballot, an unopposed Vera Gadman took 1,549 votes. Rep. Heather Scott will progress to the general election, defeating Mike Boeck in a 5,316-to-3,780 win. She will face Democrat Ellen Weissman in the general election, who bested Bob Vickaryous in a 197-to-1,716


vote. State and national races yielded dramatic results on election night as well. A hard-fought and often contentious gubernatorial race between Tommy Ahlquist, Raul Labrador and Brad Little ended with Little securing a victory 72,518-vote victory against Ahlquist’s 50,977 votes and Labrador’s 63,460 votes. Ahlquist positioned himself as a political outsider and businessman, while Labrador relied on his support from Idaho’s deeply conservative voters built over his time in the U.S. Congress. Little, by comparison, emerged as a more moderate alternative to his competitors. The Democratic gubernatorial race was just as eventful, with Paulette Jordan earning national attention for her bid to become Idaho’s first female governor and the nation’s first Native American governor. Riding a wave of populist support, Jordan handily won her race against the more establishment Democrat A.J. Balukoff in a 38,483-to-26,403 vote. Finally, Russ Fulcher’s path to becoming District 1’s next U.S. representative is increasingly clear with his victory in a packed Congressional race. He took 42,793 votes compared to Dave Leroy’s 15,451 votes, Luke Malek’s 14,154 votes, Christy

Voters cast their ballots at the VFW Hall polling station in Sandpoint. Photo by Cameron Rasmusson. Perry’s 11,110 votes, Michael Snyder’s 10,255 votes and Alex Gallegos’ 3,478 votes. Fulcher will face Democrat Cristina McNeil in the general election.

Athol man drowns in Jewel Lake By Lyndsie Kiebert Reader Staff A man drowned in Jewel Lake on Saturday, May 12, after jumping off a dock. The Bonner County Sheriff’s Office reports that they, Selkirk Fire and Bonner County EMS responded to a report of a possible drowning around 2 p.m. Saturday. Selkirk Fire deployed an inflatable boat to search the surface and the Sheriff’s Dive Unit performed a sub-surface search. The dive unit located the victim, 50-year-old Jerry W. Larson of Athol. The sheriff’s office reports that Larson drowned while attempting to retrieve his family’s remote-control airplane about 75 yards from the dock.

Only contested races listed with winners marked with *asterisk. Scotchman Advisory Vote IN FAVOR - 4,831 *AGAINST - 5,672

Legislative District 1A State Rep. -DemocratBOB VICKARYOUS - 197 *ELLEN WEISSMAN - 1,716

Legislative District 1A State Rep. -RepublicanMIKE BOECK - 3,780 *HEATHER SCOTT - 5,316

Legislative District 1 State Senate -Republican*JIM WOODWARD - 4,575 DANIELLE AHRENS - 2,251 SCOTT HERNDON - 1,966

Bonner Co. Commissioner District 1 -RepublicanGLEN BAILEY - 2,946 *STEVEN R. BRADSHAW - 3,607 BRUCE HOLLETT - 764

Bonner Co. Commissioner District 3 -Republican*DAN McDONALD - 4,156 CAROL KUNZEMAN - 3,264

Bonner County Assessor -RepublicanDENNIS ENGELHARDT - 2,050 *DONNA GOW - 3,429 RICHARD MILLER - 1,988

First District Court To Succeed Justice John T. Mitchell DOUGLAS A. PIERCE - 2,953 *JOHN T. MITCHELL - 4,762


BNSF hits safety and emergency response hard By Lyndsie Kiebert Reader Staff In the midst of the back-andforth about the proposed Burlington Northern-Santa Fe Railway bridge project across Lake Pend Oreille, the company is touting a simple platform: safety. BNSF spokesperson Courtney Wallace presented at last Thursday’s Greater Sandpoint Chamber of Commerce meeting about BNSF’s vision for the second rail bridge. Wallace emphasized that the “bottleneck” in Sandpoint, where three rail lines combine into a single track, creates a “ripple effect” of stalled traffic not only on rail but also on roads with rail crossings. “This doesn’t only affect Bonner County, but you have an effect into Montana, Coeur d’Alene and even into eastern Washington,” she said. “We need to address that, and we need to address it now.” Wallace said that rail traffic will increase naturally over time due to demand. She said if BNSF doesn’t build the second rail bridge, “it won’t stop the traffic from coming.” “If you’re driving (your car) on

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Renderings of BNSF’s proposed rail bridge project. Provided by BNSF, two lanes and suddenly it turns to one lane and you’re just waiting, are you going to say to yourself, ‘Maybe we should build another lane,’ or, ‘Maybe we shouldn’t’?” she asked. “No, you’re going to say, ‘When are we going to build this?’” Wallace highlighted the different safety measures BNSF takes regularly — like track inspections, special technology to control trains remotely, warm bearing detectors and more — as well as the measures they’d take if a derailment were to happen over a waterway like Lake Pend Oreille. Plans for such scenarios are called geographic response plans, or GRP. Wallace said BNSF has 4,800 feet of boom in Sandpoint in case

of a derailment of hazardous materials, and has worked with local and state agencies to create a GRP with everyone involved. Director of Bonner County Emergency Management Bob Howard said all involved agencies have practiced the derailment GRP currently in place for Lake Pend Oreille, and that BNSF was instrumental in making it happen both through funding and collaboration. “They’ve been very community oriented,” he said. Despite this narrative of safety, organizations like Idaho Conservation League and Lake Pend Oreille Waterkeeper have been vocal in their opposition to the second rail bridge. “The clean, cold waters of Lake Pend Oreille are ... critical to

our economy and way of life. One train derailment, like the one in Cocolalla last year, could jeopardize all that,” wrote ICL’s Matt Nykiel in a recent Reader op-ed. “It’s far better to keep our water clean than to clean it up after it’s polluted.” The Idaho Department of Lands is holding two public hearings about the proposed bridge Wednesday, May 23. The first is at 8 a.m. at the Ponderay Events Center, and the second is at 6 p.m. in the Sandpoint Middle School gym. At 5 p.m. the same day, Keep Sandpoint Rolling — a group in support of the proposal — will meet at the First Baptist Church in Sandpoint.

Bonner County under flood warning this weekend

By Lyndsie Kiebert Reader Staff

Levels on the Pend Oreille River and Lake Pend Oreille are now predicted to meet or exceed 2011 levels, according to a Wednesday announcement from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. The National Weather Service issued a flood warning Sunday for Lake Pend Oreille at Hope, which is the Army Corps’ choice location for measuring the lake level. The Hope gauge is less affected by weather and river flows than other gauge locations. Summer pool for the lake is 2,062.5 feet. Flood stage is 2,063.5 feet. The lake crested at 2,064.29 feet on June 17, 2011. On Wednesday at 3 p.m., the Hope gauge read 2,062.95 feet. The NWS predicts the lake will surpass flood stage by late Thurs-

No-wake zone extended due to flood threats

day morning and continue to rise to nearly 2,065 feet by late Sunday morning. The predicted flooding is likely to put some low land areas and driveways in the Clark Fork and Pack River Valleys underwater. Parking lots at Scenic Bay Marina in Bayview, the Powerhouse in Sandpoint and the Trestle Creek recreational area in Hope will likely be at least partially underwater. The NWS also predicts most dock ramps around the lake will be underwater. “The other year we’ve been (comparing this year to) is 1997,” said Army Corps Water Management civil engineer Logan Osgood-Zimmerman. In 1997, Lake Pend Oreille reached 2,065.74 feet. “I don’t think it will exceed 1997, but it might get close,” she said. Also in their Wednesday an-

The Bonner County no-wake zone regulation is being extended to 500 feet on all waterways starting now in response to flood threats. The Board of Bonner County Commissioners voted unanimously Tuesday to extend the no-wake zone from 200 to 500 feet after a recommendation from the Bonner County Sheriff’s Office Marine Division. “The recommendation is due to threat to life and property in Bonner County as the result of snowmelt, warming temperatures and rain resulting in flooding,” Commissioner Glen Bailey read from the sheriff’s office’s statement. The statement said that the extension will be in effect until said threats are no longer an issue. At that time, the commissioners will pass another vote during their regular Tuesday business meeting to return the no-wake zones back to 200 feet from the shore. Assessor Jerry Clemons asked whether the regulation change was in response to the county’s recent push to find solutions to widespread waterfront property damage due to wakes. “That’s a different issue,” Bailey clarified. “This has to do with flooding and damage to property from that.”

Upland Dr. solid waste site closed By Reader Staff

nouncement, Army Corps officials advised boaters on Lake Pend Oreille to watch out for floating or submerged logs or debris due to high runoff flows.

CHOP Waterfront Bar & Grill is preparing for the worst in Hope. The establishment was evacuated Wednesday and will remain closed until further notice. Photo courtesy of Facebook.

The solid waste collection site at 274 Upland Dr. will be closed starting Thursday, May 24 for construction, said Bob Howard, director of Bonner County Solid Waste. There is no expected date of when construction will finish, but all other collection sites will remain open during normal business hours. May 17, 2018 /


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Donald Trump vs. Barack Obama: A Question of Character We all have some character flaws, but Trump has no character at all

By Nick Gier Reader Columnist YouGov Poll recently asked people which living American they admired the most. Obama was on top with 24 percent, and Trump was a distant second at 10.7 percent. A CNN/ORC poll just after the election found that 66 percent did not believe that Trump was an admirable person. YouGov also surveyed 37,000 people in 35 nations, and found that Bill Gates was most admired, followed by Obama. Trump was in 17th place. Obama ranked far ahead of Trump in every country except, you guessed it, Russia. In the same survey, Michelle Obama was admired most by Americans (she was second in the world), followed by Oprah Winfrey and Hillary Clinton. Melania Trump was in ninth place. What is the reason for Barack Obama’s popularity? In January 2018 a Quinnipiac Poll found that 50 percent

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gave Obama credit for the improved economy, while only 40 percent said that Trump was responsible. I don’t think, however, that bringing the nation out of the Great Recession is the main reason why so many people admire Barack and Michelle so much. I believe that it is a matter of character. As Michelle put it so well: “When they go low, we go high.” Obama’s comment about Red State voters “clinging to guns and religion” was the exception to the rule. A 2017 C-Span survey of 91 presidential historians ranked Obama 12th out of all presidents. Significantly, it was Obama’s moral authority that impressed them most, citing failures with Congress and foreign affairs as weaknesses. The Obamas have endured savage attacks with dignity and restraint. Trump popularized the lie that Barack was born in Kenya, and 43 percent of Republicans still believe that this bap-

tized Christian is a secret Muslim. In 2016 the Washington Post listed 22 insults to Michelle, the most egregious being “she is an ape in high heels” and has a “gorilla face.” Can anyone imagine Trump staying silent in the face of charges such as these? The most reliable comparative measure of truth telling is found at A careful analysis of Trump statements has found that 68 percent are false, mostly false or pants on fire. Trump has a record-number 80 pants-on-fire ratings, four times more than Mitt Romney, his closest competitor. In contrast, Obama’s statements are in the false categories only 26 percent of the time, with only 9 pants on fire. A January 2018 Quinnipiac poll was the most detailed survey of Trump’s character traits. With regard to the president being a role model for children, 90 percent of respondents believed that is was important, but just 29 percent thought that Trump quali-

fied for this role. This same survey found that only 33 percent believed that Trump provided the nation with moral leadership, just 30 percent maintained that he was level-headed and a mere 34 percent claimed that he shared their values. The Obama administration was one of least corrupt in history, tied with Jimmy Carter’s, according to one analyst. I contend that this achievement was a reflection of Obama’s character and the intelligent and deliberate way that he ran his administration. The Republicans laid on many charges, most unfounded, but key is that no Obama official was ever convicted of a crime. It will be difficult to match the Reagan administration on this criterion with 14 officials indicted and 11 convicted for the Iran-Contra affair. Only one Trump cabinet member (Mike Flynn) and three advisers have been indicted, but there will no doubt be more by the end of his term. The main reason for this is Trump’s character flaws, primarily his arrogance in not taking advice, his failure to be patient and vetting people properly, and a perverse idea of loyalty that forces them to be Yes Men. In a hard-hitting column in the New York Times, conservative Bret Stephens declares that “Trump is empowering a conservative political culture that celebrates everything that patriotic Americans should fear: the cult of strength, open disdain for truthfulness, violent contempt for the press and hostility toward high culture, and other types of ‘elitism.’” Stephens regrets to announce the GOP’s new mottos: “Character Doesn’t Count” and “Virtue Doesn’t Matter.” How much longer will Autocrat Donald Trump drag his party into the gutter, and much longer can the American Republic stand his attacks on the judiciary, the press, the CIA, and the FBI, one of the most respected national police agencies in the world? Nick Gier taught philosophy at the University of Idaho for 31 years. Read the full version at ObamaTrumpCharacter.pdf. He can be contacted at


Hope School Spring Fling this weekend


By Lyndsie Kiebert Reader Staff ‘Tis the season of plant sales, yard sales and bake sales. The only thing that could make these spring traditions better is combining them all into one event, and for it to benefit a local school. Luckily, you can take part in such an event this weekend. Head to Hope School Saturday, May 19, to take part in the 7th annual Spring Fling from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. The event is put on by Hope School’s Partners in Education (PIE) group. For plants, there will be annuals, perennials, flowers and vegetables — some donated by local farmers and some planted by Hope students. There will also be activities for kids, includ-

Vote For No One... Dear Editor, This is just a reminder in this most vile of seasons, voting season, that voting is violence, and if we are going to move forward as a culture we need to embrace the idea that we should not violently coerce or restrict peaceful people from doing as they please. Voting is essentially this analogy: You are at a party with four friends. While you are in the bathroom, they order pizza. You come back and they say you owe them 10 bucks. You say you didn’t even want pizza, but they say, “Too bad, pay up or we’ll lock you in the closet.” You say, “Fine, I vote no.” They say, “The vote was 3-1, so you would have lost anyways.” All laws are just opinions with a gun behind them. Do you want to live in a world where peaceful people are violently restricted from doing peaceful activities or peaceful people are violently coerced into doing sometimes-immoral things? THEN DON’T VOTE. “But what if everyone said that!?!?!” That would be great, because we would have evolved to a point where we realize GOOD IDEAS DO NOT REQUIRE FORCE. Do you realize every law you pass has to be paid for by YOU via the non-voluntary theft that is taxation? Democracy is mob rule and extremely uncivilized. We have been brainwashed as

ing a “bike rodeo.” Kids bring their own bikes and go through a series of bike safety lessons. “The staff and parents of Hope School divide and conquer to put on this big event,” said PIE president and Kindergarten teacher Jenny Shelton. “There is a ton of community support through yard sale donations, plant donations, home-baked goods (and) local artists painting faces and helping with kids crafts.” a culture to believe voting is matters. Voting is the coward’s way — make it someone else’s problem to make the world a better place. Why don’t we all as individuals take the responsibility to put it on our OWN shoulders to make the world a better place? Stay home on May 15 and improve the world around you in even a small way. It will go much further than voting for who you want your next master to be. Anthony Capricio Sandpoint

Editor’s Note: This letter takes the prize for “Most Ignorant Letter of The Year.” So far. -Ben Olson, Publisher

In Response to S.P.O.R.T. Group... Dear Editor, In response to the Brent Bidus response to my last letter concerning the so-called SPORT group: I’m not against pensions. The recipients who have moved to Idaho, though, do not have to work but have changed the character of this state. Their ability to pay has put the cost of housing out of reach for those of us who still have to make a living in this state that is 50th in income. The assertion that the pensions are deferred compensation may be accurate, but those of Brent’s political viewpoint have no trouble trying

The Community Assistance League rewarded 42 local organizations with $112,500 in grant money on Wednesday morning. The sum is the largest they’ve ever granted, said publicity chairperson Marilyn Haddad. Carole Chowning with the Clark Fork Center said she’ll use the CAL money to purchase new, more accessible tables. Lake Pend Oreille High School science teacher Brenda Woodward will use the money in her water science class. Mark Reiner with the Pend Oreille Chorale and Orchestra said the CAL money will go toward new lights, stands and possibly music for the orchestra. Haddad said all the grants are funded by CAL’s Bizarre Bazaar Upscale Resale store. “We have no paid employees, we all volunteer,” Haddad said of those who work at the store. “All the money goes back to our community.” Photo by Lyndsie Kiebert. to deny our right to the “hardearned” entitlements that most of us have contributed to for much of our lives.  Nationally the Republican Congress is now attempting to cut Social Security, Medicaid and Medicare so as to help pay for the large permanent tax cuts they gave to the wealthiest while the rest of us get seven years of scraps. Not to mention the billions more for the military to continue nearly-two-decadelong actions in the Middle East. Neither do the Republicans in this state have a problem stating that the governor can declare null and void a voter initiative expanding Medicaid to over 60,000  people if it passes. Respect is a two-way street.  Equating those of us with differing views as deserving no more consideration than a clown is not that street. As far as clowns go, I’d rather be Bozo to their Pennywise any day. Finally, I am aware of an individual living here who is from California where the person worked in private security and a certain California law enforcement agency. This person applied for disability through said agency and was initially denied. The individual then sued to receive it. This person now appears to live the life of Riley. Has several nice vehicles, comes and goes frequently and never has to work. Gee, how can I get such a disability?

For the record, my father served in WW II, and my cousin’s 19-yearold grandson is a marine. The police and military often seem to consider themselves the center of the known universe. They exist to support our laws and protect our chosen form of government and society, not the other way around. Lawrence Fury Sandpoint

R.I.P. Cecil Taylor... Dear Editor, All who have seen Cecil Taylor, like him or not, never forget the experience. Cecil is arguably the greatest pianist to ever live. I think so. Pianist Cecil Taylor (March 25, 1929 – April 5, 2018), a pioneer of free jazz and icon of the avant-garde for more than half a century, died Thursday evening at his home in Brooklyn, N.Y. He was 89. Taylor’s legacy is his sound: He played the piano with a furious attack, using the entire range of the instrument to create a unique musical language. His approach inspired other musicians and he remained true to it, even though it meant a lifetime of financial struggles. –NYT April 6, 2018. In a 1964 Tower Records listening booth I had my first exposure to Cecil Taylor. The album was “Live at the Cafe Montmartre,” and about 30 seconds into it I had to turn it off as

it made me extremely nervous. About six months later I tried again, and this time I purchased the album. I have been a big fan ever since. What’s the lesson here? Don’t give up. I saw Cecil Taylor in concert three times, with the first time being in 1966 while stationed in Germany and on leave in Paris. I learned years later that the experience I had was typical. What happens is a Taylor concert gives one the feeling that time has stopped, as one is no longer in the past or thinking of the future, but in the present moment. It is a beautiful experience. Mr. Taylor was given a Guggenheim fellowship in 1973, a National Endowment for the Arts Jazz Masters award in 1990, a MacArthur fellowship in 1991 and the Kyoto Prize in 2014. Unfortunately our library does not have any films about Cecil Taylor, but there are videos of him on YouTube… if you want your mind blown. Some excellent jazz films our library does have: “Chasing Trane, The John Coltrane Documentary,” “Charles Lloyd: Arrows into Infinity,” “I called Him Morgan,” “One Night with Blue Note: The Historic All-star Reunion Concert,” “Sonny Rollins: Saxophone Colossus,” “Thelonious Monk: Straight No Chaser.” Lee Santa Sandpoint May 17, 2018 /


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Boeh honored by Kalispel Tribe By Reader Staff Bouquets: Guest Submission • The Pend Oreille Pedalers would like to give a big THANK YOU to all the fine people who joined us for our trail-work day on the Syringa trails on Saturday, May 5! We were pleasantly surprised to see upwards of 30 people eager to work: cyclists, runners, hikers, children, members and non-members. The work went fast, and we completed one very nice reroute — a segue of sorts — and started on another. POP is planning to complete the second phase and build a bridge in a couple weeks. Stay tuned by visiting the Pend Oreille Pedalers Facebook page or by going to to join and sign up for our email newsletter. The Pend Oreille Pedalers was established in 2004 as a bicycle club and in 2008 incorporated as a nonprofit 501c3. Our goal is simple: to educate cyclists and preserve and improve bicycling opportunities in Sandpoint and the Northern Panhandle. POP has built extensive local trails in cooperation with private and public land owners. We are maintaining and building new trails all the time. We are involved in community projects and promoting cycling for all. Join us today or volunteer. Get out and ride! • Congratulations to all the candidates who ran for office in this year’s primary. The voter turnout was high for a primary, which means a lot of people participated and let their voices be heard. That’s a good thing. Also, with a few exceptions, everyone seemed to lead honorable campaigns without disrespecting their opponents or the process too much. That’s something we need to get back to as a nation – respecting one another’s different points of view without resorting to incivility. Now I’m looking forward to months without election content. Yessss! Barbs • Speaking of bikes, one of our readers wanted me to formally request the city street cleaners to clean off the bike path on Division Avenue. The reader said there is a lot of gravel and debris that make riding a bike difficult on that street dangerous at times. 8 /


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Local timber executive Bob Boeh received a Kalispel tribal honoring at a celebration of his retirement from Idaho Forest Group last week. In a special presentation, The Idaho Mythweaver and Kalispel Tribe of Indians together honored Bob Boeh at an Idaho Forest Group retirement celebration given him aboard the Coeur d’Alene Resort’s Mish-an-nock on Monday, May 7. Boeh has been a strong supporter of the Mythweaver’s work with the Plateau tribes, garnering significant financial support for the group from Idaho Forest Group, the company where he served as executive vice-president of governmental affairs. He officially retires at the end of the week after 22 years. In addition to company chairman, Marc Brinkmeyer, USFS and IDL leaders, letters read from Idaho and Montana governors, tributes from conservation leaders, and several of Boeh’s industry colleagues, Jane Fritz, volunteer executive director of The Idaho Mythweaver, addressed the large gathering to speak about the contributions Boeh has made to the region’s Indian tribes.

She acknowledged Boeh’s support of the Mythweaver’s Kalispel cultural immersion projects educating Bonner County fourth graders at Farmin and Priest River elementary schools in 2015 and 2016, as well as a $5,000 matching grant in 2017 to support the organization’s Native Voices Archive Preservation Project of Nez Perce tape recordings of elders made throughout the 1990s. Fritz then invited Mythweaver Board Vice-President Chet Bluff, Kalispel Tribal Chairman Glen Nenema and Tribal Education Director Anna Armstrong to honor Boeh by presenting him with the traditional Native gift of a specially embroidered Pendleton trade blanket in the Chief Joseph design. Asking the audience to stand, Bluff sang an honor song, and Nenema followed with remarks about the importance of timber companies and tribes to work cooperatively on natural resource issues. A braid of sweetgrass, a medicine plant from the Kalispel Reservation, was also presented to Boeh. Boeh has recently joined the Mythweaver board of directors, Fritz said, and the organization looks forward to his continued guidance and support.

Bob Boeh, left, and Chairman Nenema, right, stand as an honor song is sung by Chet Bluff. Photo courtesy Idaho Mythweaver.


Spring Birding Outing By Reader Staff On Saturday, May 19, join Brian Baxter for a Spring Birding Outing. The field day is sponsored by Friends of Scotchman Peaks Wilderness and is free and

open to all levels of birders. Meet at 8 a.m. in the south parking lot of the N.I.C.Campus, 102 S. Euclid Ave. in Sandpoint. Bring footwear, binoculars, lunch, water and a full gas tank.

Veterans Office rep in PR Tuesday

By Reader Staff A representative from the Bonner County Veterans Service Office will be in Priest River on Tuesday, May 22, from 8:30 a.m.2 p.m. at the VFW Post #2909, 113 Larch St., in Priest River. Bryan Hult, the representative, will be on hand to answer questions about current veteran’s benefits, assist with ongoing

claims and take new claims for benefits for eligible veterans and their dependents. Appointments are necessary in order to make sure veterans have quality time with the representative. Schedule appointments with Lyndsie Halcro at (208) 255-5291. If there are no appointments, or if there is inclement weather, the outreach event will be canceled.

By Reader Staff The Eagles Auxiliary and Aerie of Sandpoint #589 F.O.E. donated $ performance therapy services at Bonner General Health last Monday. Vickieann Dawson, the 2017/2018 madam conductor for Idaho Eagles Auxiliary, presented Michelle Tucker, director of rehabilitation services at BGH, with a check from funds raised through a

Vickieann Dawson, left, with Michelle Tucker, right. Courtesy photo.

charity dinner and quilt sale by the Max Bear fund. Other members of the Eagles that assisted in raising the funds were Donna Leeder, past madam state president; Phyllis Jay, Eagles Auxiliary board trustee; Keith Booth, past worthy state president and David Dawson, past state secretary.


Single In Sandpoint’s First Annual Lost In the ‘50s Challenge Directions: Complete challenge items and write your score earned in corresponding column. Or use your smart phone to capture each challenge and post to INSTAGRAM or FACEBOOK:

#SIS50schallenge2018 Guidelines for S.I.S. Drinking Game: 1. Any time someone in your group says a phrase such as, “I used to drive/have a 1976 Impala,” (or any classic vehicle) your entire group must drink to that. 2. Any time someone in your party says the following words: social media, kale, legalized marijuana, smartphone, selfie, Facebook, Prius, Trump, organic, hashtag, Kardashian or virtual reality, that person must finish their drink or receive a slap. 3. Anyone in group who is approached by a co-worker, former teacher, ex-lover or inlaw must finish their drink before speaking to that individual. 4. Anyone caught complaining must pay for the cab ride home. Good luck, be safe and enjoy a weekend of debauchery … you earned it. XOXO Scarlette Quille May 17, 2018 /


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Mad about Science: By Brenden Bobby Reader Columnist The Vikings were a curious lot. Most of our historical information comes from documentation by people who were being attacked by them. This makes for a very one-sided portrayal, the likes of which broods inaccurate stereotypes. The term “viking” refers to the Norse raiders that invaded several European countries during the Viking Age between 800 and 1100 AD. Viking isn’t a race, it’s a job description that meant pirate (“wicing” from Old English.) Viking raiders were known to be merciless in their attacks, striking swiftly from the sea and pillaging and murdering everyone in their path. This is probably a historical half-truth, because we’re only getting part of the picture. Carving out a life with Iron Age technology in the frozen north was rough. It took real gusto and questionable moral ground to eke out a living in a place that you couldn’t reliably farm, so many Norse tribes took to raiding and trading to pay for food. When Christian missionaries from Germanic lands began migrating north into Scandinavia, sparse natural resources were strained and tensions escalated. The Norsemen had their own religious mythology with its own set of morality that would seem questionable to Christians. Things like killing monks was unthinkable for devout Christians, but the monks probably just looked like regular villagers in expensive stone houses to the 10 /


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vikings, norseman vikings. This understandably painted them in a very bad light with most Europeans. The Scandinavian people wore a lot of cool hats through history, such as craftsmen, explorers and ranchers. Elaborate viking ships are world famous to this day for their sleek efficiency and dramatic craftsmanship. They were designed to house as many raiders as possible while still being light enough to hit and run with booty in tow. Nordic longhouses are also famous for their striking appearance, though timber was rare and better put to use in things like ships. Most longhouses used a wooden frame and were covered with sod, dirt and grasses. This helped retain heat and also camouflaged settlements from afar. They were lofty and communal, allowing large extended families to live relatively comfortably together while storing supplies for long northern winters above the rafters. They served as houses, barns, workshops, warehouses and really anything else the people needed from their home. The Norsemen did a lot of exploration and colonization, and they were exceptionally skilled at settling inhospitable places. Where it was nearly impossible to live off the land, people would often turn to the sea or their own animals, and boy, did the Nordic people have some great animals. Dogs were among the Norsemen’s most faithful companions and came in all shapes and sizes. Large dogs like the Irish wolfhound were used for taking down elk and other large game,

while smaller breeds like the Swedish vallhund (which may be a direct ancestor of the Welsh corgi) were exceptionally skilled at herding cattle, sheep and goats as well as traveling with Viking raiders by boat. Viking raiders landing on the shores of Iceland are believed to have brought the stock that would develop into the Icelandic chicken landrace, a hardy number of breeds specialized at surviving exceptionally hard winters that persists to this day. You’ve been waiting for it this whole article: The horned helmets are fantasy. The myth originates from an etymological source and not a mythical one. At some point, someone of Nordic descent was trying to tell someone speaking English or Old English about their drinking stein, which translated roughly to “branch of the skull”. You would recognize this as a drinking horn, or a branch growing out of the skull of an animal. The English speaker took this literally, figuring it meant horns were coming out of the heads or helmets of viking raiders. Imagine being cramped on a boat with a bunch of other guys, and one of your friends has horns jutting out of his helmet. You think dudes sitting with their legs spread taking up a seat and a half on either side of the bus is annoying, imagine putting your eye out. Besides this, vikings were very frugal. They were survivors, and every bit of material was a blessing. Their weapons were designed to be effective with minimal material, like metal-tipped spears and

one-sided axes that doubled as tools. Swords were a rare luxury for a rich Norse lord as they took so much metal to forge. Before I run out of space, I’d like to present one more weird tidbit of information related to the people of the north. Anyone that owns a phone knows about Bluetooth, that magical technology that lets your phone connect to pretty much any audio device wirelessly. If you ever wondered why it was called Bluetooth, I can answer that for you. It was named after konungr (king) Harald “Bluetooth” Gormsson, Danish King in the 900s that

united all of Denmark under his rule. The inventors of Bluetooth wanted to create something that would unite audio devices together, similar to Harald with Denmark. The icon is even the runes used in his name united into a single symbol. So… Why “Bluetooth”? Based on the translation of his name, it was an old way of describing a black, dead tooth that he likely damaged in battle. You’re welcome, Idaho. You’re free to start connecting your phone to your car via dead tooth technology!

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• Norway introduced salmon sushi to the Japanese in the 1980s. • Norway was ranked the world’s #1 country in the 2014 Prosperity Index for wealth and well-being. • Norway has the world’s highest gas prices at $10.12 a gallon of premium gas. • In 2008, Norway knighted a penguin named Nils Olav. • When you get a book published in Norway, the government will buy 1,000 copies and distribute them to libraries. • Norway’s public universities are free for students from anywhere in the world. • The monarch of Norway’s title is “Norway’s king” rather than “king of Norway”, signifying that he belongs to the country and not vice versa. • “Odd” and “Even” are popular names for males in Norway. • Sweden has run out of trash, so it’s importing garbage from Norway. • Norway’s NRK TV channel shows include an 8-hour train ride, a 12hour knitting show, a 12-hour log fire and 18-hours of salmon spawning. • Sweden and Norway formed a United Kingdom from 1814 to 1905. • Norway’s first aircraft hijacking was resolved after the hijacker surrendered his weapon in exchange for more beer.


What to expect with the upcoming Cedar St. facelift Phase one construction is slated to begin on Cedar St. on May 21

By Cameron Rasmusson Reader Staff

With Sandpoint drivers settled into the new traffic patterns, this summer will mark the beginning of more transformative changes to downtown streets. Construction begins next week on phase one of a downtown revitalization project designed to reshape the way locals walk, explore and interact with the shops and attractions of the downtown core. Starting May 21 and progressing until Sept. 7, the work will center on Cedar Street and involve demolition, excavation, utility installation, grading, concrete placement, electrical work, landscaping, irrigation, asphalt paving, and striping, according to city officials. Earthworks Northwest will handle construction duties, and all businesses will remain open while construction progresses. The upshot is a Cedar Street equipped with new amenities, infrastructural upgrades and an overall improved feel for those weekend downtown visits. “The new and wider sidewalks, I think, will add significantly to the comfort and feel of the street, furthering downtown as a destination,” said Aaron Qualls, Sandpoint director of planning and economic development. “This will also expand opportunities for sidewalk cafes and other seating areas which can add vibrancy at the street level.” Altogether, the project will introduce new sidewalks, landscaping, irrigation, benches, stormwater features, bike racks, lighting, roadway, striping, trees, signage and other features. Qualls said the new stormwater considerations are particularly innovative and fill

multiple functions. “The seat walls in front of the stormwater planters at the corners, I think, will also be another noticeable amenity which serves a dual purpose: dissuading people from walking into the planters while creating a comfortable place to sit,” Qualls said. “The stormwater planters themselves help treat water runoff before it enters Sand Creek in order to help protect water quality.” “New lighting, I think, will also be very noticeable, adding comfort, safety and a sense of energy during evening hours,” Qualls added. In order to mitigate the impact and invasiveness of the construction, it will be rolled out one block at a time. During block-by-block work, that area will be closed off to drivers. Work begins from May 21 to

late June on Cedar between Second and Third avenues, advances to Cedar between Third and Fourth avenues from late June to late July and finishes on Cedar between Fourth and Fifth avenues between late July and late August. Following the block-by-block work, Cedar will be closed from Second to Fifth avenues for about 10 days, allowing for final paving, striping and landscaping. It will take place during evening hours to minimize impact to downtown business and event activity. According to city offi-

cials, the work will be carefully planned to avoid restricting access to businesses. Workers will also manage dust with water during workdays and throughout the weekend. Nevertheless, residents should expect the typical construction impacts of noise and traffic detours. With a

wealth of summer events for downtown Sandpoint already in the works, project heads are coordinating with business owners and event planners to keep the impact to a minimum. Funding for the project comes from a Sandpoint Urban Renewal Agency and an Idaho Community Development Block Grant awarded by the Idaho Department of Commerce. Phase one is only the beginning of a grander project meant to refresh the look and character of downtown Sandpoint. Next year, phase two of the project is scheduled to begin, which will focus on First Avenue. The work during phase two will bring First in line with Cedar, introducing similar improvements to its appearance and utility. Toward the end of the 2019 work season, the sewer main and laterals along First will also be replaced. For more information on the project, visit

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Bay Trail Fun Run By Reader Staff It’s time to lace up those running shoes and hit the trail—the Pend d’Oreille Bay Trail—for the Sixth Annual Bay Trail Fun Run. Registration is now open for participants to sign up online to run or walk in this popular community event on Sunday, June 10. Choose between 5K or 10K distances along stunning trails that hug the shores of Lake Pend Oreille and Sand Creek in Sandpoint. Billed as one of the prettiest runs in the Northwest, the Bay Trail Fun Run is both a competitive, timed run and a family friendly run/walk. The event features awards for top finishers in every age group, and kids 12 and under are free but must register to participate. Hosted by the Friends of the Pend d’Oreille Bay Trail, Trinity at City Beach Restaurant and the Kalispel Tribe of Indians. Proceeds from the race will support efforts to protect and extend the Pend d’Oreille Bay Trail – a public, non-motorized trail, connecting the communities of Sandpoint and Ponderay. The trail is currently open to the public to enjoy up to the private property fence — approximately 1.5 miles from the trailhead — and will serve as part of the 5 and 10 K course for the Bay Trail Fun Run. The work continues on the Pend d’Oreille Bay Trail Project with plans to continue the trail eastward towards Kootenai, to install an underpass under the railroad tracks into Ponderay and to install easier access to the water and interpretive signage along the trail. Support the Friends’ efforts and experience the beauty of the Pend d’Oreille Bay and Sand Creek Trails by registering for the Sixth Annual Bay Trail Fun Run. The race provides participants with beautiful views of the lake, creek or mountains and follows an almost entirely flat trail that varies from paved to dirt and back again. This year’s race once again features professional chip timing and a professionally-measured course as well as T-shirts, water bottles, coupons for Trinity Restaurant and other freebies for all registered participants as supplies last. An awards ceremony begins at 10 a.m. as age categories close. Registration for the Bay Trail Fun Run is currently open online at 12 /


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Participants can also register by mailing in a registration form found at various locations around town, or by request. A reduced registration price of $25 is available until June 8. After June 8, the price increases to $30. Registration will be available at the Packet Pickup Party at Trinity’s from 5-7 pm, Saturday, June 9, and from 7-8:45 am under the tents at the starting line on the morning of the race. To insure your correct t-shirt size, participants are encouraged to sign up as soon as possible. Strollers are permitted in this race, and walkers are encouraged to register. Although dogs are usually welcome along the trail, for safety purposes, no dogs will be allowed during the race. To donate to the Friends, to request a mail-in registration form, to volunteer to help with the event or for more information about the Bay Trail Fun Run please go to, call (208) 946-7586 or email

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Calendar of Events May 17 – 19, 2018

By Lyndsie Kiebert Reader Staff

Time to reach into the back of the closet for the poodle skirt and leather jacket, as this weekend marks the 33rd annual Lost in the ‘50s throwback celebration in Sandpoint. Thursday, Friday and Saturday are packed full of enough classic cars and music to take you back in time, and the weekend is Sandpoint’s cue to get into full swing for summer. Whether you’re a motorhead, an Elvis enthusiast, or both, there’s something for you at Lost in the ‘50s. “The lineup is great this year. There’s a lot of talent,” said organizer and event founder Carolyn Gleason. “I’m excited for people in this area to just get to come and see Mary Wilson (of The Supremes) perform. Back in the day you’d only see (her) in the city.” Gleason said what’s kept her going after three decades of Lost in the ‘50s is the “little things.” She said she recently had a woman call asking for accomodations for her elderly father whose last wish is to “go to Lost in the ‘50s one more time.”

Gleason is providing the family a wheelchair to make it happen. “What’s different about what we do here is the personal touch,” she said. “The people make it all worthwhile.”

Bashful Dan will DJ a street dance on Second and Main, where anyone and everyone is welcome to showcase their best moves. This event is free and open to all ages.

Thursday, May 17

Show and Dance at the Fairgrounds — doors at 6:30 p.m., show at 7 Catch performances from the original lead singer of The Crystals, La La Brooks, lead singer of The Buckinghams, Dennis Tufano, as well as Rocky and the Rollers. For ticket info, call (208) 263-9321.

Rock ‘n’ Roll Heaven 33 — doors at 6 p.m., show at 7 Catch Justin Shandor as Elvis, Lance Lipinsky as Jerry Lee, Ray Anthony as Richie Valens and possibly more as they bring music of past decades back to life at the Bonner County Fairgrounds. For ticket info, call (208) 263-9321. Friday, May 18 Vintage Car Parade — 6 p.m. Downtown Sandpoint hosts a parade of classic cars starting east down Church Street then north on First Avenue and back west on Cedar. Set up camp on any street lining the parade route and feast your eyes. Street Dance — immediately following the parade

Saturday, May 19 Car Show — 9:30 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. First, Cedar, Main, Second and Third will be packed with classic cars of every breed to view up close and personal. This event is free. Show and Dance at the Fairgrounds — doors at 6:30 p.m., show at 7 Mary Wilson of The Supremes ends Lost in the ‘50s

weekend with a bang by performing at the fairgrounds. According to Gleason, this is the real highlight of the year. For ticket info, call (208) 263-9321.

Top: A couple of the sweet rides at a past Lost in the ‘50s. Photo by Kip Folker. Bottom: A bird’s eye view of the action on Second Ave. during the car show. Photo by Ben Olson.

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FRIDAY, May 18 @ 7-10pm (208) 610-7359 HOURS: 3pm to close Steve Neff and Jesse Ahmann 111 Cedar St. (lower level) Gritty jazz and blues Mon. through Sat.

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2nd Annual Viking Fest @ SKåL Taproom Channel your inner viking at SKåL, 476930 Hwy 95, Ponderay. Food by Edelwagen, live music with Kevin Dorin Scavenger hunt bike ride, a costume contest at 7 p.m., prizes and drink specials

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Live Music w/ Ron Kieper (jazz) 5-8pm @ Pend d’Oreille Winery Live Music w/ Mike Johnson & Denis Zwang 6-8pm @ Cedar St. Bistro Wine Bar Live Music w/ Devon Wade 6:30-9:30pm @ MickDuff’s Beer Hall Third Fridays w/ country music Lost in the ‘50s Cruise Night @ Idaho Pour Authority

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Lost in the ‘50s Rock n’ Roll Heaven 7pm @ Bonner Co. Fairgrounds The kickoff to a wild spring weekend featuring Elvis, Jerry Lee Lewis, Richie Valens and other possible surprises. For tickets, call (208) 263-9321

Live Music w/ Brian Stai and Ashley Dreyer 5-7pm @ Idaho Pour Authority Vintage Americana with a modern twist All Day ‘50s Party at the Niner @ 219 Lounge Bum Jungle will play live music from 2-5 p.m., and Miah Kohal Band will play from 9pm to midnight. Free to attend. 21+


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Lost in the ‘50s Show and Dance 7:30pm @ Bonner Co. Fairgrounds Featuring La La Brooks and Dennis Tufano Cascade Crescendo 7pm @ Pearl Theater, Bonners Ferry With Matt Mitchell opening. www.MattoxF Night of Magic with David DaVinci and Ja 7pm @ Cedar Street Bridge Market

Lost in the ‘50s Car Show 9:30am-3:45pm @ Downtown Sandpoint Take a stroll through downtown Sandpoint check out all the hot rods and classics of yest year. Fun for the whole family! Awards cerem ny takes place around 4 p.m. by Cedar St. Brid Live Music w/ Meg Turner & Chris Lynch Rock for SAA 6-8pm @ Cedar St. Bistro Wine Bar 7pm @ Panida Little Theater Also known as “The Somethings” This could get loud! Rock band Cobrajet, pu Live Music w/ Molly Starlite & the Sputniks rock band Scatterbox, and guitar shredder Jac 6:30-9:30pm @ MickDuff’s Beer Hall Vanknowe Music will play a fundraiser for Rockabilly tunes from a fun band! Sandpoint Academy of the Arts. $10 / $8 stud Sandpoint Chess Club 9am @ Evans Brothers Coffee Meets every Sunday at 9am

“Kelly’s Hollywood” documentary film • 4pm @ Pani The film chronicles the intimate story of an aspiring acto Down Syndrome, to Los Angeles to pursue her dream o

Monday Night Blues Jam w/ Truck Mills Monthly PFLAG Meeting Life 6pm @ NICMH (1717 West Ontario St.) An h 7:30pm @ Eichardt’s Pub Night-Out Karaoke 9pm @ 219 Lounge Join DJ Pat for a night of singing, or just come to drink and listen

Geezer Forum 2:30-4pm @ Columbia Bank Hosted by Paul Graves and presented by Elder Advocates. Free and open to the public

Wind Down Wednesday 5-8pm @ 219 Lounge With live music by blues man Truck Mills. Relax together with friends and colleagues at the end of the day Dollar Beers! 8pm @ Eichardt’s Pub Good until the keg’s dry

Intro to 3D Printing Worksho 5pm @ Sandpoint Library Learn what 3D printers are u how to design your own 3D p ject. (208) 263-6930

Sandpoint Farmers’ Market 3-5:30pm @ Farmin Park Buy produce, listen to live music, shop local wares

Live Music w/ Brian Jacobs 6-8pm @ MickDuff’s Beer Hall Thursday Night Solo Series

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Girls Pint Out 5-7pm @ Idaho Pour Authority Cool Chicks! Great Beer! No Dudes! Join Vicki at the big table for an evening tasting India Pale Ale

SummerFest Lineup Announcement Party 6pm @ Eichardt’s Pub Learn the lineup for this year’s SummerFest, get 15% off tickets tonight only, live music by Brian Stai

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Sandpoint Farmers’ Market 9am-1pm @ Farmin Park Shop for locally grown produce, shop artisan wares, eat some good food and enjoy live music by Marty Perron and Doug Bond Sandpoint Waldorf School Spring Auction 5:30pm @ Ponderay Events Center This year’s theme is “Bollywood Nights” with a huge silent auction, exciting live auction, authentic Indian dinner by Sandpoint Curry, Dessert Dash, games, raffles, costume contest and more. (208) 265-2683

Live Music w/ Wyatt Wood 6-8pm @ MickDuff’s Beer Hall Thursday Night Solo Series Tap Takeover • 6pm @ 219 Lounge Featuring beers by Boneyard Beer Co., live music from Bruce Bishop and Drew Browne at 7, food from Old Tin Can

Lost in the ‘50s Show and Dance 7:30pm @ Bonner County Fairgrounds The show features Mary Wilson of The Supremes with classics you’ll remember; plus, the best band in the land Rocky and the Rollers! Enjoy all the music you could ever want with favorite emcee Al Brady Yoga on Tap 11am @ Laughing Dog Brewery One hour class that ends with the group having a beer together. $12 includes your first beer ‘50s Classic Cruiser Ride 4pm @ Greasy Fingers Bikes n’ Repair In honor of Lost in the ‘50s, grab your cruiser bike (whether it be new or old or old school, unique or run of the mill) and gather at Greasy Fingers Bikes N Repair for a leisurely cruiser ride 7th Annual Spring Fling Fundraiser 8am - 1pm @ Hope Elementary School All are invited to attend and enjoy this event which includes a yard sale, plant sale, bake sale, barbecue lunch, car wash, and activities for children

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Lifetree Cafe • 2pm @ Jalepeño’s Mexican Restaurant St.) An hour of conversation and stories. This week’s topic: “God and Gays”

May 26 Idaho Pour AuWorkshop for Adults Intro to Woodworking 6-9pm @ MakerPoint Studios brary thority 5-year ters are used for and Design and build a hardwood cutting board set. This class Anniversary own 3D printable ob- offers a truly pro-grade experience, plus you take home Party @ IPA your own cutting board set! $71 fee. (208) 263-3613 May 26-27 Bridge Public Hearings ‘P.S. Your Cat deray Events Center | 6pm @ Spt. Middle School gym is Dead’ play @ Department of Lands holds public hearings on the Th e Heartwood ay Co. application to construct a second train bridge Center Pend Oreille and Sand Creek. Show up to comment May 29 g Band Extravaganza 3rd Annual MCS Panida Theater All Stars Student ganza features the ConCon cert @ Panida mphonic Band, Jazz 1 and Theater Pans. Admission is $5

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This open Window

Vol. 3 No.1

poetry and prose by local writers edited by Jim mitsui

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advice from older people You’ll be a heart breaker someday—but try not to be. There is no ‘try’…there is only ‘do’. Stay away from boys. Don’t follow any boy to college. You don’t need to date until you’re out of college. Don’t ever let a man drive you anywhere. Don’t talk back. Don’t lie because eventually you might lie to a someone who doesn’t have much patience. Be patient. Stop spending money; you have too many shoes. Save your money; every cent counts. Wear sunscreen on that face of yours; your skin won’t stay young by itself. Don’t pull down on your face when you’re putting on sunscreen, always move your skin upwards. Don’t drink from straws—you’ll get lip lines. Don’t smile too much—you don’t want crow’s feet just yet. Always be polite. Try foods often, you may start to like them. Don’t drink coffee. It’s bad for you and it’s an acquired taste, anyways. Don’t acquire it. Always let a dog sniff your hand before you pet it. Speak up. I can’t hear you: stop mumbling. Don’t talk back. Don’t put foil in the microwave. Be responsible and clean up after yourself—especially the remnants of the foil-wrapped hamburger that you let sear the microwave. Be a woman of your word: if you say you’re going to do something, do it. If you’re not going to do it, immediately say you’re not going to do it. Follow your dreams and do something with your life that you want to do. Audition for the theatre program there. Honey, go into the medical field, look for the money. Don’t trust words; trust actions. But don’t trust easily. -India Grasso Jasiri India’s only connection to North Idaho is that she was a former freshman student I had while teaching at Phoenix Country Day School. A gifted writer and model, she currently attends college in Southern California. She says, “I talk about life as a mixed girl, of being fluent in Spanish, of my family and more. I write because I want people to feel things they otherwise would not. I write because it heals. I chose her poem because it’s so important to listen to the wisdom that young people are capable of, and how the older generation has influenced them. There’s a lot of advice here that all of us could use, regardless of age.

that mango has sat two weeks on the windowsill  above our kitchen sink, like a large green peach coy and blushing beside  the hardwood statue of Basho. Basho stares over the stillness of his walking stick. He must  be thinking “Beside this mango on the windowsill, I long  for the mango.” even as I,  longing  for the mango, reach out to touch it. Plump softness promises juicy sweetness. I slice it with a bread knife, intending to eat half, save half for my husband who’s out front, on his knees constructing a stone walkway. But the mango, with no freestone pit, is nearly impossible to split. This one, picked too green, though now a lovely melon-orange, dribbles  with insipidness. Bending,  to drip into the stainless sink,  I chew and suck to the cuttlebone pit,  sparing him disappointment then pick almost-guilt-free  filaments from between my teeth. -Beth Weber May 4, 2018 Beth is a new resident of Sandpoint, having moved from Cocolalla. The energy behind the Festival’s Summer Youth Music Camp, she teaches violin & fiddle, and plays for the Coeur d’Alene Symphony. Mangos are one of my favorite fruits, having been introduced to them in Mazatlan in 1986; this poem captures the magical experience of eating a ripe mango.

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water Home to the goldfish in its bowl, a late sunbeam almost too hot. Survival for the lost woman in the desert, her canteen still quarter full. Death to the fisherman who tumbles off a pier, last sip of Jim Beam on his tongue.

Boil for the crab. Steep for the tea. Salty in oceans and in blood. In tears running down the cheek.

Softener to the burnt dough on the cookie sheet. Fearsome melt to the Wicked Witch of the West. Target of Capetown’s prayers.

Seeks its own level. Spreads. Drips and flows. Never dry.

Air to the shark. Steam to the spa. Tool to the firefighter. Surface to the wake-boarder. Soak for the hot-tubber. Creator of spears suspended from winter eaves. Dew to the morning grass.

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Flappers, not hippies, started it all By Tim Henney Reader Contributor

Editor’s Note: While the rest of Sandpoint dives into the 1950s this weekend, Reader contributor Tim Henney explores another decade: the Roaring ‘20s. Movies and memoirs say America’s hedonistic, swingin’ culture was spawned in the ‘60s by Dylan, Baez, Janis Joplin and The Beatles. Not so. America’s modern mojo was born in the roaring ‘20s. The decade of whoopdeedo was quelled by the Great Depression, but until it collapsed, the decade was exhilaration on steroids. Prohibition started in 1920. And that did it. Weary from Victorian inhibitions and World War I, and highly pissed about having to sneak their booze, Americans cut loose. The euphoria died, worked its way back in the ‘60s and ‘70s, and remains with us today — but tamped down and in camouflage. Radio, movies that talked, speakeasies, bootlegged gin and bad guys like Al Capone. Time, Life, Harper’s Bazaar, Vanity Fair and The New Yorker. Bohemian Greenwich Village, where free love blossomed.

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Religious fundamentalism. Skinny flappers dancing “The Charleston.” Boyfriends with flasks and ukuleles singing “Yes, Sir, That’s My Baby” and “Ain’t We Got Fun.” Young women shedding puritan morals, showing their knees, smoking in public. Saying “Oh, hell’s bells!” The Lost Generation on the prowl (and Adolf Hitler, from a German prison in 1925/26, writing “Mein Kampf,” his plan for world conquest). Authors F. Scott Fitzgerald and Sinclair Lewis and artist John Held Jr. portrayed the decade as happy decadence. Dancing, drinking, back-slapping rotary club boosterism, rushing around in raccoon coats from one college football game and frat party to another. It was a heady celebration — providing one was among the connected, the comfortable, the young and anxious. What is often ignored is that violent, hooded rustics of the Ku Klux Klan (among today’s fervent Trump base) lynched blacks with impunity. But segregation was routine not just down in Dixie. Bloody race riots erupted up north. Prohibition brought the Mafia. Deadly union/management battles scarred textile, timber, mining, automobile and

other burgeoning industries. President Warren Harding’s infidelities and his buddies’ Teapot Dome Scandal plagued government. With few watchdogs, big business corruption was rampant. Worse, even, than today’s scheming banking, pharmaceutical and tobacco companies, and makers of sugar-laden colas. In the rural Scopes Monkey Trial celebrity lawyers William Jennings Bryan and Clarence Darrow debated if evolution was fact or fiction. Seeking work, millions moved from farms and cotton fields to urban centers, creating slums. Land developers in Florida fleeced naïve buyers. Police brutality was common – unless the prisoners were wealthy (Harry F. Sinclair, worth over $50 million in 1929 dollars, went to jail for jury tampering, contempt of Congress and other misjudgments that would have put a lessor citizen away for life. Harry turned part of the prison hospital into a Sinclair Oil Company boardroom, dined nightly on filet mignon, and was assigned a dozen prisoner servants. Harry owned a passel of politicians and judges). Yet many things were clearly better.

Maybe just simpler. Neighbors knew neighbors and tended to be there when needed. Traffic jams and road rage were unknown. Citizens weren’t so fearful they felt compelled to carry guns, hidden or otherwise, to the grocery store. People seldom locked their homes or cars. Industry boomed. Communications, science and education bounded ahead. And never in our history has there been such a glittering array of personalities so endearing, so durable, as those who made the roaring ‘20s rip and roar. Here’s just a peek at the people: Authors, editors and poets of the Jazz Age included Eugene O’Neil, Edna St. Vincent Millay, John Dos Passos, Ernest Hemingway, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Sinclair Lewis, Edith Wharton, Thomas Wolfe, Gertrude Stein, Sherwood Anderson, William Faulkner, H. L. Mencken, Dorothy Parker, Damon Runyon, E.B. White, James Thurber, Edna Ferber. Entertainers, adventurers, artists and others included Fats Waller, Irving Berlin, Charlie Chaplin, Charles Lindbergh, Admiral Richard Byrd, Will Rogers, Paul Robeson, Cab Calloway, Duke Ellington, Eddie Cantor, Al Jolson, Walter Winchell, Mary Pickford, Douglas Fairbanks, Cecil B. DeMille, Mae West, Louis Armstrong, Paul Whiteman, Georgia O’Keeffe, Cole Porter, Emily Post, Fiorello LaGuardia, young Bing Crosby of Spokane and his Rhythm Boys. Among legendary Jazz Age jocks were Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig of the Yankees, golf’s Bobby Jones, football’s “galloping ghost” Red Grange, Big Bill Tilden of tennis, boxing’s Jack Dempsey and Gene Tunney, swimming’s Gertrude Ederle and Johnny Weissmuller (Tarzan in the movies when I was a lad), dancer Martha Graham, coach Knute Rockne of Notre Dame and his backfield, named “The Four Horsemen” by sportswriter Grantland Rice. For flair and flamboyance no decade has come close. Compared to the rebellious, racially intolerant, rip snortin’ and roaring ‘20s, the years since have been more like a whisper. And that’s probably just as well.


BENCHING: By Jodi Rawson Reader Contributor

“Benching,” according to one Urban Dictionary definition, is “the time spent photographing or watching graffiti on trains.” “Wild Style” is often the type of art on trains, and one of the founding fathers of this style is New Yorker “Tracy 168.” Born Michael Tracy in 1958, he began art with crayons on walls and evolved to “tag” his first train at age 11, when he says, “the Mets won the World Series.” His work has been exhibited all over the world in museums and galleries. At one time, he actually had a gang of taggers, or “group of writers” as they are more humbly referred to, known as “Wild Style.” “This movement is to art like jazz is to music. It is a fusion of styles and cultures that knows no boundaries. It is a universal language, and the message of Wild Style is, ‘Be yourself,’” said Tracy.

“As Woody Guthrie-style rail riding became popular, a whole taxonomy of hobo markings began to appear on the sides of these boxcars... meant for a specific in-theknow audience,” according to a MinnPost article. The article suggests the art has evolved today to “a jumble of symbolism, styles and intentions that feels like its both completely ephemeral and like its drawing on an old tradition... it’s a subculture that can seem both crass and possessing a highly refined aesthetic.” Getting to Sandpoint from my home crosses between two and four railroad tracks, so there is a great chance I will

The Art of Waiting on a Train

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Zeke Rawson exhibits the zen of benching. Photo by Jodi Rawson. catch a train exhibition, bringing art, culture and stories from all over the country. During the wait I might be thinking, “Slow down, I didn’t get a good enough look at that one.” I will be smiling, straining a little to see the next car, maybe trying to capture it with a camera.

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doctor couple who are always out with their eight or so dogs and The Brown Dog and I were impressively recycle out for our morning run comshopping bags for plete with her bow of pink toiletries. toiletry totes. She’s a lady, so There are the “I’ve we use sophisticated terminolbeen meaning to call ogy instead of ‘poop bags,’ and you!” conversations they’re pink because we must and the “How are the be able to identify our bags trails?” and the “We from all the other bags along the Ammi Midstokke with Freya the Brown Dog. should do this race!” trail. She knows exactly what and “How’s your is going to happen when we pull into the kid?” fly-by interactions. The other day trail head at Greta’s Segway. I only had time for a short run and in the She’s going to run about 17 yards, two miles I covered, I met a half dozen drop a load, then carry on, untroubled by humans I know and like. (It could be the chore of staying regular. If only all argued that I like everyone who shares a our bowels were as efficient and responlove of trails.) sive, I think to myself as I bag it up. For But on this morning, it was a little cool a glorified version of a poopologist, I and a little quiet and we saw few people. am surprised at how much this responsiWe made our way across the pipeline in ble-dog-owner job still repulses me. the lower section and took a right, weavWe’re trotting up the trail, and we see ing happily between the trails. the morning regulars. There’s the sweet Suddenly, we came across some kind lady who carries dog treats (Freya now of trail sorcery! Where previously there just starts doing tricks for her upon sight). was a steep incline, the trail had magicalThere are the barking dogs, the playing ly morphed into a series of sweet, banked dogs, the dogs who follow us, and my turns that wound back up the mountain. personal favorites: really small dogs who What kind of forest nymph cast this spell? make a lot of angry noise. I always refer I asked myself as Brown Dog and I tested to them as “Killer.” the new corners. “Easy Killer,” I say as we work our The sheer joy I feel when I run, ride, way past a beautiful black cocker spaniel/ hike and sometimes rehab my way along cujo mix. these trails is unparalleled. They have The soil is perfect. It’s just the right been built with love, good deeds, gifts of kind of sticky and bouncy. I see some time and labor, and a shared vision. It is mountain bike tracks and sense the the community of these people that keep residual glow of the grins that must have me and many of us healthy. accompanied them. I see pairs of ladies So thank you. I don’t have enough colnurturing friendships, or maybe comumn space to express my gratitude here, plaining about their husbands, but I’m not but it is boundless. Thank you everyone sure there is much of a difference. who makes the trail magic happen. Thank We run past the sign at the top and you to those who say good morning, who wind around Little John’s, then head pack out your doggy leftovers, who put down the switchbacks of Sherwood. I rocks on the fence posts, who make art, think of all the people I’ve run with here. who cut wood and move dirt and make There’s the sweet girl who wanted to try these glorious mornings possible. If it trail running years ago. I remember her weren’t for you, we wouldn’t be out there telling me how excited she was to one smiling every day. day meet “the one.” She’s married and has a baby now. These trails are maintained by the There was the day I ran and just Pend Oreille Pedalers. If you’d like to missed someone’s last breath at the overbecome a member, learn about their work, look. Tragic, but a serene place to cross or make a donation visit www.pendoreilsides. There are the winter fat bike rides with the guys and the snowy-sinking runs with my bestie. There’s the lovely By Ammi Midstokke Reader Health Columnist

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KRFY gives thanks with a free documentary film showing By Jim Healey Reader Contributor Local radio station KRFY 88.5 FM is thanking the North Idaho community for its support of the radio station with a free showing of the award-winning 2017 documentary film “Rumble: The Indians Who Rocked the World” at the Panida Theater on Friday, May 25, at 7:30 p.m. Doors open at 7 p.m. “Rumble” sheds light on the influence of indigenous peoples on nearly a century of jazz, blues, heavy metal, folk and pop music. Learn about Mildred Bailey, a member of the Coeur d’Alene people, who had three number-one hits in 1938 and 1940. She was an early influence on Tony Bennett. About rock guitarist Jesse Ed Davis, whose father was Comanche and his mother was Kiowa. Besides his solo recordings, Davis performed with Taj Mahal, Leon Russell, Eric Clapton, Jackson Browne,

and others. Discover Link Wray of Shawnee descent whose 1958 song “Rumble” with its use of distortion and bass gives the title to this film. Rolling Stone placed Wray at number 45 of the 100 greatest guitarists of all time. Commentaries by Quincy Jones, Robbie Robertson, George Clinton, Taj Mahal, Martin Scorsese, John Trudell, Steven Tyler and others are featured throughout the film. At Sundance in 2017 “Rumble” won the World Cinema Documentary Special Jury Award for Masterful Storytelling. The film also won Best Music Documentary at the 2017 Boulder International Film Festival. In 2018 “Rumble” won three awards at the 6th Canadian Screen Awards: Best Feature Length Documentary, Best Editing in a Documentary, and Best Cinematography in a Documentary. 88.5 KRFY has been on the air for over seven years, and part of its mis-

sion has been to educate and entertain. “Rumble” does both, and the free showing is the station’s way to give back to the supportive north Idaho community. So, mark the date of Friday, May 25, at 7:30 p.m. on your calendars and join

KRFY in a free showing of “Rumble: The Indians Who Rocked the World” at the Panida Theater.

‘P.S. Your Cat is Dead’ play to show at Heartwood By Cameron Rasmusson Reader Staff We’ve all had bad days, but for New York actor Jimmy, New Year’s Eve is a doozy. His girlfriend has dumped him, his best friend is dead, he’s been robbed twice and, oh yeah, his cat is dead. So when he finds a burglar, Vito, in his apartment, it’s perhaps understandable that he flies off the handle. Before he knows it, Vito is tied to his kitchen sink, and Jimmy has a new problem on his hands. The interactions that follow lead the pair to some surprising places. That’s the premise behind “P.S. Your Cat Is Dead,” the latest play presented by local theater staple Dorothy Prophet. It’s the first show put on by Cade Prophet Memorial Productions, which stages theater to raise money for Panhandle Animal Shelter in honor of Prophet’s late son. “When my son died, we wanted to honor him, so we had people make donations to the Panhandle Animal Shelter instead of sending flowers,” Prophet said. “It’s more productive and positive — it does something. And Cade loved cats.” Prophet plans to put on two shows a year under the production banner. The first takes place Memorial weekend, which is

when Cade died. “All proceeds of the Memorial weekend show will always go to Panhandle Animal Shelter in Cade’s honor,” Prophet said. “Then we will do a show in the fall that will hopefully help us fund the Memorial Weekend show. Currently this is all out of pocket. But we will not touch the proceeds to cover costs. It will all go to the shelter.” Catch “P.S. Your Cat Is Dead” 7 p.m., Saturday, May 26, or 2 p.m. Sunday, May 27, at the Heartwood Center. Tickets are $10 for students and seniors or $12 for general admission. The play features harsh language and other adult content and is appropriate for ages 16 or above. May 17, 2018 /


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Food court is called to order

The Oak Street Food Court is open for the season, with several new faces behind the grills

By Lyndsie Kiebert Reader Staff To be a town known for its food, variety is key. In Sandpoint, a microcosm of that variety can be found at the Oak Street Food Court, just across Oak Street from Farmin Park. The food court is open through the second week of October (same as the Farmers’ Market) and is home to several new vendors this year. Though some vendors will be joining the court later this summer, here’s a glance at what’s available now: Ohn’s Thai Plate Ohn’s specializes in Thai food made to order from fresh ingredients and sold at a fair price. Ohn said she’s been part of the food court since 2014 and said she loves the location. “I make fast, good, healthy food,” she said. “And it’s made from scratch.” Hours: Tues-Fri 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m. and Sat 9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Porkey D’s These guys might specialize in the “best smoked barbeque you’ve ever had,” but they want you to know that’s not all they do. Owner Sandra Shannon said they also do fish and chips, a black bean burger and “a lot more.” This is Porkey D’s first time in the Oak Street Food Court, and Shannon said she’s excited to get into the swing of things. “I love being around people, and sharing my food with them,” she said.

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A group of lunchers gather at the Oak St. Food Court on Wednesday in Sandpoint. Photo by Ben Olson. Hours: Tues-Fri 10:30 a.m.-6 p.m. and Saturday 9:30 a.m.-4. (They will have breakfast specials during Lost in the ‘50s starting at 9 a.m.) Improv Cafe The cafe’s name says it all — Improv’s menu is always changing. However, owner Cindy Santi said the general theme at Improv is “healthy, organic, energized food.” This is her first year in the food court. “I want to create something for everyone,” she said. Hours: Tues-Sat 10:30 a.m.-5 p.m.

(She hopes to begin serving dinner to small groups in June) La Catrina La Catrina’s style is simple: “100-percent Mexican.” The owners suggest the tacos as a starting place, but the whole menu is authentic and fresh, from the carnitas to the carne asada. This is their first year in the Oak Street Food Court. Hours: 10 a.m.-6 p.m.

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SHS Academic Decatholon team returns from Nationals

By Reader Staff Sandpoint High School’s Academic Decathlon Team had the honor of attending the United States Academic Decathlon National Finals in Frisco, Texas this year. The team, composed of members Adele Marchiando, Allison Kinnard, Corinne Capodagli, Shane Curtis, Sam Jackson, Emma Reed, Hyrum Hunsaker and Liam Loper, competed in Division 4 with 16 other teams and finished with an overall score of 39,507 points, taking ninth place in their division and 28th in the nation out of a total of 72 teams. Approximately 700 students from the United States, England and China took part in the competition. Marchiando took home three medals, with the second highest essay score of the entire competition, earning her a gold in the category, as well as a bronze medal in both the speech and interview categories. Curtis earned a silver medal in the economics category. The team also took first place in Division 4 in the Super Quiz. The SHS team beat the other Idaho Academic Decathlon team, Sugar Salem, who competed in Division 3, by a difference of 1,293 points and is currently number one in the state of Idaho. The students were accompanied by their coach, Dana Stockman, and parent Carol Curtis, who volunteered as a speech judge and a Super Quiz proctor at the

The SHS Academic Decatholon team poses at Nationals. Courtesy photo. meet. They look forward to the prospects of competing again next year and would like to thank all of the following sponsors who helped them get to Texas: Sandpoint Computers, The Equinox Foundation, Sandpoint Super Drug, Winter Ridge, Litehouse, Ballard Orthodontics, White Cross Pharmacy, Pend Oreille Mechanical, Dr. Ben Bull DDS, Alliance Title and Escrow, Steve’s Import Auto, McCall’s Motors, Sandpoint Dental Care, Women’s Health Care, Evans Bros., Paint Bucket, Auto Electric, Emerald Engine Rebuilders, Inc., Pend Oreille Veterinary Clinic, Diedrich Roasters, Harlow’s School Bus Service, Image Maker Photo and Video, Lana Key Realty, Sand Creek Custom Wear and BoTANica. They would also like to thank the following individual sponsors for their donations: Geraldine Stockman, Richard Jackson, Mike Jackson, Peter and Judy Marchiando, Lynne Stockman, James and Laurell Chapman, Chris Painter, Beverly Dunn, Dawn Linendoll, M. A. McNall, Sally Ansley, Carmen Poloni, John Herron of Tomlinson Sotheby’s and Jen Heller of the Pend Oreille Vision Center. The team wishes to thank everyone for their generosity and support, without which they could not have traveled to Nationals.

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Coexisting on our city streets By Tom Tuttle Reader Contributor


t always happens at this time of year that the bicycles, pedestrian, visitors, and local drivers begin to work out how to share space in this beautiful place. I try to remind myself that everyone has an equal right and purpose as they move through our town safely and peacefully. This is especially good advice for myself when I feel like time is short and the wait (for other users) is long. Here are some tips and safe practices I try to remember and follow along with

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some observations from time spent on foot, pedaling and driving. Bicycling

This is a wonderful town for cycling and bicycles are a great way to get around. Although you never forget how to ride a bike, it is said, you can forget what it is like to ride one with cars around – pretty scary! So here is my list of the most unsafe motor vehicle operator practices around bicyclists: 

• Looking at or focusing on your phone • Overtaking a cyclist then turning right in front of them • Opening your car door into a traffic lane without checking the side view mirror first • Passing closer than necessary. Having large side mirrors and passing closely • Not expecting a cyclist To be fair there are some very annoying and unsafe practices bicyclists should avoid: • Not coming to a full stop at sign or light when vehicles are present • Riding on the wrong side of the road • Failing to signal turns or lane changes when vehicles are present • Entering a street from a sidewalk, parking area or alley without stopping and or clearing traffic (vehicular or pedestrian) • Riding on busy sidewalks Walking

We also live in a great place to walk. Here’s my list of unsafe vehicle practices around pedestrians: •Not respecting the cross walk. If someone is standing at a crosswalk looking at you, the driver, they want to cross •Speeding anywhere, but especially in town where crosswalks exist • Failing to recheck sidewalk traffic when making a turn. Example: turning right but looking left for vehicle traffic

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corner crosswalk with no immediate plan or crossing • Not giving clear body language when wanting to cross, like standing at the edge of the crosswalk, body facing in the intended direction of travel, head turned and eyes upon any vehicle at or approaching the crosswalk • Walking side by side down the center of established bike paths or allowing one’s pet to move back and forth across the path. Please leave space for faster traffic to pass, please. At the risk of being petty, I have just a few more tips because I care and because I walk, bike, and drive in town every day: • At four-way stop signs it works best when all obey the vehicle on right going first. If it is confusing about who stopped first, the courtesy wave is fine but otherwise unneeded • While in a roundabout, signal your intentions. Staying in the roundabout, use left signal, on leaving roundabout at next opening, right signal on. • Stop at or behind the white hold line. Creeping into or braking late into a crosswalk is very unsettling for those not encased in a steel box • Running yellow/red lights • Assuming people can see you with parked cars, pedestrian, bicycles everywhere down town. They can’t, so driving slowly is really the only safe option • Focusing on anything other than driving while driving. Thank you for being a responsible, safe, and wonderful person! Tom Tuttle is a year-round Sandpoint resident and family man. He loves to bike – on dirt and pavement, to work, for fitness and to get groceries and errands.


This week’s RLW by Ben Olson

Local Artist Spotlight: KEVIN DORIN By Ben Olson Reader Staff If you’ve kept current with Sandpoint music in the last couple of years, one performer has left an indelible mark on the scene: Kevin Dorin. Playing a hybrid of blues, country blues and Americana, Dorin is most often recognized around town as “the guy with the sweet, vibrato voice.” Hailing originally from Calgary, B.C., Dorin said this, his second solo album, was a long time in the making. “It’s been a long project,” he said. “Probably about five years, actually.” Dorin said went to school in Toronto originally for entertainment business management, which teaches everything from how to run a record company to managing bands. It was at this school, where Prince originally had a studio, that Dorin met some influential people and began interning for several connected people in the industry. “I watched them develop acts and saw the steps they made,” he said. “I quit this band I was with at the time who was opening for a lot of top-40 acts and decided I was going to do the hard work. It took me about five years to get a consistent amount of songs cohesive enough to represent what I wanted to be my sound.” The result? A seven-track album called “Invisible Lines” that strikes a perfect balance between blues and Americana. The album is a pleasant mix of clean tracks, but it’s not overproduced. It’s sparse, but not empty. It’s an album that can capture your attention during one listening, and also blend into the background another listening. In short, Dorin nail it with this one. “I wanted industry people to hear it and say exactly that,” said Dorin. “I want them to see room to grow, because people

are more willing to invest if it’s not fully produced.” Building the album into a touring band is one of Dorin’s ultimate goals, and something he’s actively working toward. “I’ve got the record written,” he said. “Now I’m just looking for a team of people who are interested in helping promote and be part of it.” To say the release is a “blues” album is not doing it justice. While Dorin’s soul seems to be swimming in the blues, this album has an uplifting quality to it that isn’t so much back alley as it is side-street. “This record is more of a coffee house record,” said Dorin. “It’s easily accessible. Since I’ve moved down here, I’ve had to learn Americana music. My live show has a lot more blues in it. I love playing the blues. Country blues. Anything with a little bit of blue in it.” Dorin produced the album himself, using top of the line gear from his home studio. He had local musician Doug Bond sit in on track four, but the rest is all Dorin. “I actually did the whole thing in one take, using two microphones,” he said. “It took me years to get there.” After recording and mixing, Dorin sent the album to a New York engineer named Carol Rowatti for the final step – mastering. “He’s a fantastic engineer out of New York,” said Dorin. “He used a piece of gear that I’m in love with – this $44,000 compressor that the Beatles used on every recording. I had to have that.”

To commemorate our busy weekend, here are some RLW picks for the 1950s.


An unlikely, but beautifully-written pick for the 1950s genre is “Snow Falling on Cedars” by David Guterson. “Cedars” is set in the Puget Sound area in 1954, after a local fisherman was found suspiciously drowned. A Japanese American is charged with the murder, bringing back the dark history of the Japanese interment camps during WWII. This is a suspenseful, languid novel full of love, loss and sorrow.


Dorin first ended up in Sandpoint after he hurt his back wakeboarding. “My parents used to vacation in Hope,” he said. “I had lost feeling and had partial paralysis in my neck and shoulder, and I met a local Sandpoint physio therapist named Peter Faletto … who really helped me sing again after rupturing the discs in my back that resulted in nerve damage. That’s when I also met my wife.” The rest, as they say, is history. Catch Kevin Dorin next at 5 p.m. at Skal Taproom in Ponderay for VikingFest. He’ll also be playing with Steve Rush on July 14 at Laughing Dog. To purchase his

Top: Kevin Dorin performs at the Knitting Factory. Courtesy photo. Bottom: The album art for Dorin’s “Invisible Lines.” album in Sandpoint, Curry in a Hurry and the Aloha Grill at the Ponderay Food Court will have copies, or you can find them online at iTunes and Spotify.

While Elvis and Buddy Holly and the usual suspects get most of the attention during the 1950s, one musician has always exemplified the decade perfectly: Sam Cooke. There are so many titles that bring that 1950s feeling to mind: “Cupid,” “Chain Gang,” “Twistin’ the Night Away,” and more. Cooke’s voice was golden and his songs simple and usually highlighting the best parts of love. Cooke died early at 33 after a conflicted story about his assaulting a hotelier, but his music lives on.


Based on the excellent novel of the same name, “Revolutionary Road” starring Leonardo DiCapric and Kate Winslet is set in the mid-50s. It’s one of those films that’s almost hard to watch because it paints such an accurate portrait of a suburban family struggling to come to terms with their own personal issues while trying to raise their two children. The chemistry between DiCaprio and Winslet first cemented with “Titanic” is evident with this, a very different film.

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The Straight Poop: The quest for dog-friendly businesses in North Idaho I Saw Something Shiny From Sandpoint News Bulletin, May 22, 1958

IGA Super Market Plans Big Opening Friday, Saturday The I.G.A. Super Market at Fifth and Church is having a Grand Opening celebration this Friday and Saturday, it was announced by Harold Marley, manager. The event emphasizes the enlargement of the store which has taken place over the past eight months. A new addition was completed late last winter which added considerably more space to the north side of the store building, giving the store more floor space for display of additional merchandise. In addition to the enlarged store, the I.G.A. Super Market will have a large black-topped parking lot between the alley and Oak Street, bounded on the east by Fourth Avenue. The Marley brothers and Loren Book have acquired this additional property during the past few years. A large number of door prizes will be given away during the two days of the grand opening. Top prize will be a $99.50 barbecue set, a hind quarter of prime beef and many other awards. There will be free pop for the kids, free balloons and free coffee and cake. 26 /


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By Drake the Dog Reader Pet Columnist Drake is back! Did you miss me? It’s been an interesting couple of weeks. Due to big-time water damage at our place, we had to move out during the renovation. Our pawsome contractor said it would be “just a little move,” but when everything in the place that touches the floor has to be put in storage, it’s a BIG move! To de-stress, the family has been on the move (literally) sniffing out new dog-friendly businesses. And I got to make new friends with our construction team and their dogs. Today it’s a mixed bag of sun, showers, spring and squirrels, which gives new meaning to barkin’ up a tree! These guys look like they haven’t missed a meal all winter, and they are all out and about downtown. Whoa, I’m blinded by the BLING! It’s a bird, a plane, no wait: I think “I Saw Something Shiny.” The Missus is attracted to shiny things, so she drags the Mister and me into the shop, located at 220 N. First Ave. I Saw Something Shiny, a clothing boutique and art gallery, is owned by Lizbeth and Ron Fausnight. Their two energetic, non-shop dog Jack Russel terriers, Rocket, 9, and Abbey, 3, greet us, and there are soon treats all over the floor. This place is more fun than playing at the Where’s Waldo dog park. Lizbeth has a hidden stash of treats and puts a fresh water bowl out for the pup-a-razzi pack, so she can love other folk’s dogs while she is at work. Lizbeth, wearing an iBLING shirt, shares her take a bow-wow business background; dropping a few names like Chico’s, Victoria’s Secret, Coldwater Creek, and her vision for her fourth hot diggity dog career. One day she was playing with tweezers and rhinestones. Just for fun she created a Lost in the ‘50s logo on a shirt. She showed Ron and said, “I bet I can do a classic car to go with it.” Her friend, Carolyn Gleason, helped her go from paw-some to awesome by suggesting that she set up a booth with her tools and heat-press at the end of First Avenue during the 30th Anniversary of Lost In The ‘50s. She added a blinged ‘57 Mercury to the logo, and barkin’ bling buddies—the jackets and shirts sold like hot cakes, thus giving her a new leash on life. Stella Muttcartney, watch out! During that weekend locals and visitors frequently inquired as to where her shop was. Quietly she told them there is no shop, because she was recently diagnosed with cancer. However, she thought about this challenge for a few days and then said to Ron, “I’m going to kick cancer with bling and open up a shop!” Ten days later, they signed the lease. Since 2015 the business has

evolved, and this month they are celebrating their third anniversary. According to Lizbeth, “Anyone who says they’re not attracted to shiny things is in denial! And the fun part is that after thirty years in the corporate world, I could have never imagined myself tapping into my creative side and having fun working.” How does she make things bling? First she makes a ruffsketch or she gets inspiration from a picture that customers bring in. She then scans the design on transfer paper, picks up her tweezers and places each sticky backed stone, color side down, on the paper. It’s a challenge, since most stones are no larger than a grain of salt. It’s like painting with rhinestones, only the colors are on the flip side. Most custom designs take 3-10 hours. Since she doesn’t charge “living wages,” prices are based on the love of art and the fun-o-meter. When the design is finished the sticky paper is turned over and adhered to the garment with a 30-second zap of the heat-press. Voila! Bling! Art for life! Lizabeth buys from quality vendors, who will sell easy care garments in small batches. Hubby Ron steams garments, restocks, ships custom orders, heads up the re-model expansion, installs custom buttons on the denim jackets, and runs the shop. The most popular bling designs are Sandpoint themes, pets, nature, and kitschy phrases like “Drink your wine, we have blinging to do.” I’m putting in my order for a blinged bandana. See ya’ at the parade!

Lizbeth and Ron Fausnight sit with Drake at their shop, I Saw Something Shiny. 4. Wait, wait, wait for it…you could get blinged!

Crossword Solution

Bling rules: 1. No rhinestones on paws please. 2. Chewing on garments prohibited. 3. OK to sit quietly on the rug while your human designs their bling garment.

I think a cute movie idea would be about a parrot who is raised by eagles. It would be cute because the parrot can’t seem to act like an eagle. After a while, though, to keep the movie from getting boring, maybe put in some pornography. Later; we see the happy parrot flying along, acting like an eagle. He sees two parrots below and starts to attack, but it’s his parents. Then, some more pornography.




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“The Rockies are a cordillera that runs throughout the US and Canada.” Corrections: We had a weird font issue with last week’s issue. Some fonts printed garbled, like staff writer Lyndsie Kiebert’s name, and one advertisement. Sorry about that, folks. -BO

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Solution on page 26 67. Lazily 68. Ladies

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12. Medical professional 13. Requested 18. Not against 24. Not in 25. Public transit vehicles 26. Benefit 27. So be it 28. Large luxurious car 29. Snow thrower 31. Go on horseback 33. Community spirit 34. A noble gas 36. Murres 37. Trailer trucks 38. Red vegetable

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Reader May 17 2018  

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Reader May 17 2018  

Primary election results: Winners include: Scott, Weissman, Woodward, Bradshaw, McDonald, Gow, Little, Jordan, Fulcher; Scotchman peaks get...