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“What’s your favorite classic car?” “It’s not exactly vintage, but I love the Zimmer Golden Spirit Convertible.” Reese Walters Homemaker Sandpoint

“A 1970 el Camino SS 454. It was a dream to have one. I have one, but not the SS model.” Roy Hallmark Medicaid driver Priest Lake


Welcome to another year of fast cars, golden oldies and great times for the 32nd Annual Lost in the ‘50s weekend! If you’re new to town, you chose a great weekend to hang out in Sandpoint. Here’s a quick guide to this weekend’s festivities: Thursday, May 18: Rock n’ Roll Heaven - Bonner County Fairgrounds The annual Rock ‘n’ Roll Heaven sells out almost every year, and is the opening event for the 32nd annual Lost in the ‘50s celebration. This year’s performers are Ryan Pelton as Elvis, “Sting” Ray Anthony as Richie Valens, and Lance Lipinsky as Jerry Lee Lewis. Plus a young new crazy-talented band called The Lovers will be rockin’ the house over the top. Friday, May 19: Vintage Car Parade, Street Dance, Show and Dance The parade starts at 6 p.m. in downtown Sandpoint, and is followed by a free street dance led by the inimitable DJ Bashful Dan. Open for all ages. Later in the evening, at the Fairgrounds, Shirley Alston Reeves, the original lead singer of The Shirelles will spin some nostalgic tracks for you. Paired with the smooth voices of Tommy Mara and the Crests and house band Rocky and the Rollers, this is sure to be a great night! For ticket information, call 208-263-9321. Saturday, May 20: Car Show, Show and Dance Downtown Sandpoint will have hundreds of hot rods and classics on display all up and down First, Cedar and Main Streets, and Second and Third Avenues from 9:30 a.m.—3:45 p.m. There’s music, food and fun to be had and it’s all free! Later in the evening, at the Fairgrounds, The Righteous Brothers will do their thing on stage. Rocky and the Rollers will also play. Sunday, May 21: Aspirin Rally Run Enjoy a 5k Fun Run and Car Rally at Second Avenue Pizza in downtown Sandpoint. The 5K fun run starts at 10 a.m., co-sponsored by the Cardio Junkies (Sandpoint’s running club). Then hit the Car Rally at 11:30 a.m., featuring prizes, trophies, food, drink, and fun! Hope you all have a great weekend. Be safe and don’t drink and drive.

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Our Mothers; Our Goddesses: Celebrating the Power of the Feminine By Nick Gier Reader Columnist One night several years ago I had a very vivid dream about my mother. I had invited her to my Moscow home, and she appeared in the front yard in the full bloom of her womanhood. Dressed in her casual jeans and checkered blouse, she and her beautiful red hair shone in the morning sun. We went into the backyard and, looming over “University Ridge,” was a snow-capped peak. We looked to the left and there was another beautiful mountain. I said to my Mom: “Let’s go take a look.” I took her hand and we flew up into the air, just like Mary Poppins. As we approached the mountain, we started to lose altitude. In desperation I said: “Let’s flap our arms!” It was no use, but some gentle force allowed us to make a soft landing in a meadow. “She makes me lie down in green meadows, beside the still waters, She will lead.” (Bobby

Letters to the Editor Exporting Illegals... Dear Editor, A recent letter made the point that anyone who is in the U.S. illegally is a law breaker and therefore should be deported. It painted a black-and-white view that illegal is illegal and anyone here illegally should be deported. Of course, we should expel non-citizen immigrants who have committed serious crimes. Of course, we should carefully vet people who travel here and should work to keep un-vetted people from entering our country. But exiling people who have been here for years whose only crime is entering illegally is unjust, ugly and heavy handed. We are a civilized country with laws that have appropriate penalties for violators. Most of us have “bent 4 /


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McFerrin’s 23rd Psalm dedicated to his mother). “Whoa,” you say, “there’s no Goddess in the Bible”! Yes, there is, but Hebrew patriarchs nearly succeeded in erasing her from the text. “Yahweh (Jehovah) and his Asherah” is found in at least two ancient inscriptions and Jeroboam, Rehoboam and Jezebel promoted her worship (1 Kings 14:15, 23; 18:19). Celebrating the Goddess, the people of Judah baked “cakes for the Queen of Heaven” (Jer. 7:18). (For more check out “The Hebrew Goddess” by Raphael Patai and William Dever’s “Did God Have a Wife?” Dever’s publisher is Eerdmans, an evangelical Christian press). Returning to my failed flight to the mountains, my own beloved, a goddess in her own right, reminded me: “You are a student of Hinduism, and you know that the Himalayan peaks are goddesses.” Unlike the Hindus of Nepal, the Buddhists of Bhutan keep a respective distance from the goddess (Mom

and I did not), and their kings always banned mountaineering in their own Himalayas. Male gods such as Jehovah play a zero-sum game with power: They have all of it and we have none. The Hindu goddess is significantly different: She shares power with all beings, and she is the power behind all beings, including the gods. The male gods Shiva and Krishna admit this. Here is Krishna’s confession to his consort, Radha: “Without you, I Krishna am inert and am always powerless. You have all powers (shakti) as your own form; come into my presence.” Similarly, Shiva admits to his wife Parvati: “With you I can create all things. Without you I am powerless and like a corpse.” Women express shakti power more directly and openly. They are the nurturers and the healers. They are generally more expressive of their emotions, while men have been taught to conceal their feelings, even though they express shakti power in their

intellects, sports, business competition, violence and war. More fundamentally, of course, women gestate and give birth to new human beings, and most males have always been afraid of that power. Some scholars have found, for example, a connection between Asherah and Eve as “the Mother of the all the Living” (Gen. 3:20). Just like the Force in Star Wars, each one of us can take our shakti power to the dark side. My mother had many dark moments, and I have come to better understand why this was so. She was a very talented woman who had many aspirations. She could have been a very successful business woman if given opportunity and support. Those were absent in the prime years of her life. One of the most provocative interpretations of the Hindu goddess Kali, the most terrifying expression of Shiva’s wife, is that she is the incarnation of the pent-up rage, frustration and resentment of Indian women

who have been, and continue to be, oppressed for thousands of years. Male Hindu priests still control the goddess temples and the worship that occurs there. And tragically, there is still far too much bride burning and honor killings by Hindu, Sikh and Muslim males. Mother’s Day has passed but it is not too late to bow to your mothers and say: “I salute the Goddess in you and may your shakti power bless and makes us whole.” You may also want to bake a batch of cookies for the Queen of Heaven. And guys, when you wake up next to your beloved, tell her that you think she is a goddess. I can assure you that will make her day and may well improve your relationship.

the rules” at some point in our lives. Usually, the bent rules are minor traffic infractions and nobody gets hurt. However, many of us have also committed more egregious acts, including driving with “one too many”, stretching the truth on an income tax return or worse. At the same time, we still consider ourselves to be law-abiding citizens. People who enter illegally and otherwise lead upstanding lives have demonstrated that they are as law-abiding as most of us. They also contribute to society by usually doing jobs most of us don’t want and pay taxes for benefits they often don’t receive. Yes, when they are caught they should pay some appropriate penalty, but wouldn’t paying a fine and being required to enter the naturalization process be enough? God bless us all.

What is Trump Hiding...?

of Cyprus (rumored money laundering). Trump commerce secretary Wilbur Ross was vice-chairman of the Bank of Cyprus. One of the largest banks lending hundreds of millions to Trump and his comrades (other than the Red Chinese gov.) is Deutsche Bank (convicted of tax fraud and insider trading). Some of those loans were transferred via Bank of Cyprus. Preet Bharara was fired by the Trump admin. in early March. What is the Trump admin. hiding? Sally Q. Yates, the acting U.S. Attorney General at the time, and FBI Directer James B. Comey, became aware of National Security Adviser Michael Flynn’s secret contacts with Russian agents. The FBI continues to investigate the contacts (fact) the Trump campaign had with the Russians. Ms. Yates was abruptly fired; Mr. Flynn was fired (only 18 days later); now Mr. Comey is fired. What is the Trump

admin. hiding? Mr. Manafort for years “neglected” to register as a foreign agent. Mr. Flynn and newly appointed Attny General Jeff Sessions “forgot” about their contacts with the Russians. Drain the swamp? Ha! More like stocking the swamp. Remember, the Trump/Kushner organizations are still making big money from their wide ranging businesses. They have NOT divested, their is NO blind trust. Each visit (7 times, 25 days) the president makes to Mar-a-Lago ($2 mill.+/- cost) is profit into Mr. Trump’s pockets. What else is he hiding?

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Dear Editor, The president refuses to release his tax filings, which ALL candidates have done over the last 40 years. The government gets to see all of OUR tax records. Why has the Trump Administration stopped making public White House visitor logs, which the Obama Administration allowed the public to see? What are they hiding? Preet Bharara, the US attorney for the Southern District of New York, was asked by the Trump admin. to stay at his post. It was then revealed that Mr. Bharara’s office was overseeing an investigation into possible insider trading by the president’s health secretary, Tom Price. Mr. Bharara’s office was also looking into financial transactions Paul Manafort (one-time Trump campaign mgr.) had with the Bank

Nick Gier of Moscow taught religion and philosophy at the University of Idaho for 31 years. Read the long version with feminists Laozi and Jesus added at

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Have you ever wondered what it will be like 60-70 years from now? Will there be a celebration somewhere in America where the whole town is “Lost in the early 2000s?” Will the teenagers that I know now be walking around telling their grandchildren things like: “I used to have to walk two blocks to the nearest Starbucks to access Wifi. My parents were too poor to have cable, WiFi and cell service for all of us. You see back then, there was an actual limit to the amount of data each individual could use when accessing the internet. We didn’t even have Uber in our town. When we snuck out, we had to text a person with their own vehicle to meet us. You kids have it so easy. Times were simpler then.” I don’t know if Sandpoint will still be holding a ‘50s parade and bacchanalian then, but I’m sure by that point the ‘50s will seem like the caveman era. Unless my predictions are right, and we see the earth becoming a post-apocalyptic wasteland due to the disturbing current societal view that science is fake and global warming is a lie. Our planet’s future could look a lot like the planet we see in the movie “Mad Max.” Except in this version, the “elders” charged with providing guidance will be a bunch of 60-year-olds who have been dependent on YouTube tutorials for all practical learning and communicate solely through text message. Hopefully they have the sense to resurrect the Thunderdome, otherwise what kind of hope will the people have? Seriously. Think about it. My 6-year-old recently took up shopping on Amazon, and after filling his cart with toys, he proceeded to check out, charging the toy binge to his dad’s Amazon Prime account. I have no


idea how he did this, and I am struck with both admiration and a since of fear for his future exploits. I remember my sister stealing a mini dictionary from Vanderford’s when she was about six. My mother was horrified, and after explaining to us what my sister’s jail cell was going to look like in Juvenile Hall, she marched my sister into the store, forcing her to return the item with an apology. The Amazon situation had a similar feel, but the line between right/wrong/ and genius is far more blurred. However; this isn’t the time of year that we dwell on the future. This is Lost in the ‘50s week and instead we celebrate the long forgotten past. A time when songs where all about lollipops and rockin robins and the cars guzzled gasoline, and were made of good old American steel. Kids saved their pennies for candy and baseballs and parents didn’t have to worry about their passwords and identity being thieved in the night by their 6-year-olds. We allow ourselves this weekend to examine our past, whilst drinking heavily and roaming the streets. It’s a beautiful thing. Interestingly, my high school age daughters have been celebrating the ‘50s week at school by participating in decade dress-up days. I thought this would be a fun little exercise. However, my daughter came into the living room wearing overalls with one strap down, and a garish sweat shirt with some sort of head wrap, and asked me, “Mom how do I look?” I was utterly confused, as I did not understand what era a depraved hillbilly going through a hip-hop phase fit into. I answered after an extended silence: “Um what are you dressing up as?” (You must always answer a teenage girl’s outfit related questions

as though you are stepping on an active land mine). She said “The ‘90s, mom,” and then huffed a teenage snort of disapproval at my idiocy. A wave of painful realization swept through my body. My high school years were now considered an era, the kind of far away nostalgic place that children dress up as for fun. I was the expert in the house hold on this archaic subject matter. I couldn’t get away with saying, “I’m not sure honey, I wasn’t born yet.” I existed in the ‘90s, wore the clothes, listened to the music... I am a relic. I answered, “Add a pair of Doc Martens, flannel and take that thing off your head. That’s an outfit I would have rocked.” She then asked me what Doc Martens are. I tried to huff as offensively as she had earlier while saying: “Google it, you little twat.” Just kidding, I didn’t say twat. So, now I know the reason this town drinks so much on Lost in the ‘50s weekend. It is how we comfort ourselves on becoming old. It’s our allotted weekend to celebrate every passing decade, and our place in the history of pop culture. Face it, when the high school students are dressing up like you did in high school on dress up day, you are officially an elder. Circle of life folks. You can fight it, or you can do your job and make sure your kid has a periodically correct costume. Happy ‘50s! And remember, we don’t speak of what happens during Lost in the ‘50s after the weekend is over. Those who do will face the Thunderdome. XOXO Scarlette Quille



Beyond Partisan Politics...? Open letter to Mr. Labrador, Mr. Risch, Mr. Crapo, I am a constituent of yours from North Idaho. Mr. Trump has fired FBI Director Comey, and today—Friday, May 12— Mr. Trump threatened Mr. Comey with secret tapes. Good. Mr. Trump should release ALL of his secret recordings. A bipartisan Special Counsel MUST be appointed to look into the Russian hacking into our elections, the contacts between the Trump campaign and Russia, and the financial connections between the Trump and Kushner organizations and the Russian leadership. I want you to know that my

friends, neighbors and I wish that this Special Counsel investigation now take precedence over ANY and ALL other issues. No more immigration reform. No more health reform. No more tax reform. No more gun rights reforms. No more executive actions. A good place to start is the release of all of Mr. Trump’s tax returns. Mr. Trump and his Government has access to our returns, let’s look at his. This has gone far beyond partisan politics. These questions concern threats to our system of government. Nothing else matters. Chris Mielke Sagle May 18, 2017 /


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SOLE’s SnowSchool program recognized nationally Bouquets: •A bouquet goes out to Rep. Heather Scott, who attended the school board trustee election forum we co-sponsored last week. After the forum, I had a very productive conversation with Rep. Scott about how we, the media, can maintain a professional relationship with her, an elected representative of the people. While I still take umbrage with the fact that Rep. Scott urged her Facebook followers to boycott our forum during last fall’s general election, as well as her reluctance to participate in media inquiries in general, I am encouraged that she showed up as an audience member to the forum. Rep. Scott made it clear she thought the Reader has been unfair as well as inaccurate in its reporting of her. I agreed to put aside every single mention we’ve made of her over the past year and will submit the folder for Rep. Scott to point out specific inaccuracies. If there are any inaccuracies, I’ll be happy to print retractions. Overall, I’m pleased that this elected official has agreed to participate in the democratic process. Barbs: •OK, it’s Lost in the ‘50s time again and, as professional grammarians, both Cameron and I are fixing one of the most common errors that occurs: the misuse of the apostrophe. To clear it up once and for all: when writing a decade (such as the ‘50s), you do not use an apostrophe between the numbers and the S. You use an apostrophe before the number to denote dropping the first two digits. Therefore, whenever you see 50’s, it’s technically improper grammar. Also, I hate to be the bearer of bad news to those of you raised on typewriters and school typing classes, but it’s a single space world, i.e. please don’t put double spaces after periods. Whenever you do, we have to go through and delete that second space. With the advent of modern fonts and word processing applications, there is absolutely no need for double spaces behind periods. Seriously, just don’t do it, folks. It’s not the 1950’s anymore. Ah, did you see what I did there? 6 /


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By Reader Staff Selkirk Outdoor Leadership and Education (SOLE) has something to celebrate. This week, the Sandpoint-based nonprofit was recognized as a National Flagship SnowSchool Site by the Boise-based Winter Wildlands Alliance. Out of the 60 SnowSchool sites, which serve over 32,000 youth annually, only two sites have received this noteworthy accolade. Recognition was based on continued program development, staff development and training, as well as novel experiential education curricula and implementation. During this year’s 12th Annual Backcountry Film Festival, SOLE submitted a film called “SnowSchool: Exploring Our Winter Wildlands” that was listed and shown as a finalist. The firm highlighted SOLE’s novel approach to SnowSchool, showcasing not

only the attributes of this local nonprofit and their interdisciplinary place-based experiential education program, but also the proven partnerships that support SOLE’s mission. Noted partners include the Winter Wildlands Alliance National SnowSchool Program, Idaho Panhandle Avalanche Center, Lake Pend Oreille School District, Coeur d’Alene School District, Schweitzer Mountain Resort, Silver Mountain, Panhandle Alliance for Education, Inland Northwest Community Foundation and the Equinox Foundation. SOLE has immersed over 1,700 local area youths in their local wild landscapes to explore and learn. For more information about SOLE’s programs, contact them through their website, or by phone at (928) 351-SOLE.

Museum unveils new exhibit By Reader Staff The Bonner County History Museum will unveiling its newest and boldest exhibit on Saturday, June 3. “Once Upon a Time... in Bonner County” will be a visual feast for the eyes, museum organizers say. “As historians, we believe that objects have a story to tell, places they have been, people they have met,” the Museum wrote in a statement. “But what if they had a different past, a different story?” For this groundbreaking exhibit, curator Heather Upton will re-imagine objects from the collection into popular fairy tales, giving them new life and a new past, at least for a moment in time. “Once Upon a Time” will be unveiled during two separate events on June 3. Families are encouraged to attend “An Enchanted Afternoon” from 12 to

3 p.m. Museum staff and volunteers will be ready with craft making and storytelling for the young and young at heart. Panhandle Cone and Coffee will also be on site selling a custom ice cream inspired by the exhibit. Admission to this event is free as part of the Free First Saturday series, sponsored by Judith Gaudet. The second part of the unveiling will feature “Welcome to the Rabbit Hole” from 5 to 7 p.m. This event will feature a grown up evening of cocktails, treats, music and dark tales as patrons are taken “down the rabbit hold.” Admission is free for museum members and $5 for the public, which includes food, drink and entertainment. The “Once Upon a Time” exhibit was made possible through the generous support of the Community Assistance League, the Paint Bucket, Home Depot and Sandpoint Building Supply.

Student wood-clearing project helps teach life lessons

90 pounds of change By Reader Staff

Rachel Cox adds her change to the Panida Theater’s giant jar, now downtown at Zany Zebra. The Panida is collecting 90 pounds of change to help celebrate its 90th birthday in November. The theater encourages people to take their coins to Zany Zebra this week or to the Panida Theater during any show. Watch for the giant jar at other locations in coming weeks. Courtesy photo.

Over 25 students, family and friends joined five teachers and adult volunteers for the Second Annual Senior Fundraiser for the Lake Pend Oreille High School last Sunday, May 7. The program teaches hands on techniques for fire prevention and forest sustainability. Students helped thin overgrown forests, earning $1,000 for their school in the process.

LPOHS students and volunteers gather after a day’s hard work. Courtesy photo. Next year, LPOHS teacher Brenda Woodward will add a forestry class to the curriculum, aiding students in learning about trees, forest sustainability and fire prevention. This annual fundraiser will continue to give the students an opportunity to apply classroom teaching in the field.


Dissenter of the universe

A true rebel and/or true believer?

By Tim Bearly Reader Contributor Everybody is ostensibly a “maverick” and a “nonconformist” these days. That is, if you ask them. Light a flame and melt away the cellophane wrapping and you will quickly uncover that there are limits to what these charlatans of rebellion are willing to question and challenge. Their lofty ambition and esteemed careers make it patently clear that these paper tigers, contrary to the pretense they seek to maintain, are unabashedly sycophantic. Indeed, contemporary human societies do not have a propensity to revere the true rebel. Why would we, after all, treat with reverence those who seek to destroy our most cherished values and traditions? Indeed our society is replete with self-proclaimed “radicals.” But as we examine their behavior and discover the frontier of their dissent, a more typical and less courageous character promptly emerges. A political partisan might appear to be an honest critic of government when the opposition party is in power, calling dissent “the highest form of patriotism.” The sentiment quickly fades when the tide turns and the party he supports secures power (at which point dissent becomes tantamount to treason). This phenomenon does not appear to be exclusive to any party or group. In fact, it appears to be part of the nature of all groups and the people who belong to them. (Tribalism and ingroup-outgroup psychology are certainly a strong component here.) Oddly, we often consider people to be “rebels” when they are skeptical or critical of the other party, class, grouping, breed, etc. (But by this definition every human being on the planet would be a rebel, thus rendering the word utterly useless). However, a true rebel is the one who is not only critical of the other tribe, but the one he’s affiliated with as well. Unfortunately this has proven to be a difficult task, perhaps because it goes against our evolutionary nature. Furthermore, an honest dissenter is less likely to be given a platform with which to make his voice heard. Going after group A will win you the support of group B, and going after group B will win you the support of group A, but it’s hard to garner support if one

is critical of both group A and B. Consequently, the voice of the genuine rebel is frequently drowned out by the masses of obsequious phonies. Ultimately, a party, group or institution of some kind must embrace you if you wish to become successful. Consequently, this requires that you are either incapable of seeing or refuse to see the problems/ corruption among the establishment that has embraced you. This embrace is no badge of honor. This is evidence of your sycophancy, nothing more. Everyone but the tyrant has a problem with tyranny. But the rare individual, who is critical of all manifestations of tyranny (public and/or private sector), seems to have less of an appeal to our “us vs. them” nature. Thus, if you’re a liberal and you want to get published (under the guise of being a dissident) then you’ll write an article about corporate tyranny. Inversely, if you’re a conservative then you’ll write an article about government tyranny. But if you really endeavor to be a dissenter, then write an article about how tyranny comes in as many flavors as the rejection letters you are about to receive. Likewise, most of us detest racism, yet few seem to be going after all forms of it, instead opting to cherry pick select cases that fit their agenda, and appeal to their supporters. All the while maintaining the “revolutionary” charade. Many seemingly unconventional thinkers who, despite the fact that they allegedly speak truth to power, have become quite successful in their careers. But there is one huge problem with this picture. Contrary to the impression, their popularity and success is often evidence of their own willingness to play to the crowd, not be critical of it. The problem is more compounded with more popularity. It feels good to be popular, and that’s something not to be jeopardized. Furthermore, popular people tend to lack the requisite isolation needed to think about the world from a different perspective. As noted, the herd mentality is a characteristic that is not exclusive to any group. Moreover, when dissent and rebellion become the fashionable mentality of the herd, it should come as no surprise

that there are so many imposters masquerading as the aforementioned. It’s high time that we revamp the criterion, and raise the bar for what it means to be an authentic rebel. The true rebel is not a true believer. He does not “belong.” And, like Socrates, Galileo and countless others, he’s typically persecuted for attempting to help us escape from our comfortable caves of ignorance. Henceforth the rebel will not bill the “bad boy” pop star who sells millions of focus grouped records. Nor will it be the so called “rogue” politician. Or the cohesive protesters with a clenched fists in the air. The true rebel is not the guy with the “rebel flag”. The true rebel is not heard. Tragically, we tend to praise the most obedient among us (soldiers, men of faith, etc,). Those who have a proclivity to obey without question seem to be the ones getting the most of this praise. This propensity could prove disastrous. What could this mean for our future as a species? Can we survive if we continue to venerate the subservient and blackball the dissenters?

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Schweitzer eyes easement with Kaniksu Land Trust By Cameron Rasmusson Reader Staff Schweitzer Mountain Resort is eyeing a partnership with Kaniksu Land Trust to pursue a conservation easement for a portion of its property. The proposal, brought before the Bonner County Board of Commissioners for an overview on Tuesday, would protect 5,800 acres of land for habitat, timber, recreation and economic development opportunities, according to Eric Grace of Kaniksu Land Trust. With support from the commissioners secured, Schweitzer and Kaniksu Land Trust plan to move forward on a request for funding through the federal Forest Legacy Program, which requires that applications be submitted by May 30. Given the opposition to conservation easements among some conservative circles, the commissioners’ support for the project raised a few eyebrows. At the meeting, Commissioner Dan McDonald said that while he has opposed conservation easements in the past due to the limited

amounts of local land available for development, the Schweitzer proposal was the right way to do it. “This is Schweitzer’s private property, and the money is coming from a pre-established program that could go here, or it could go somewhere else,” McDonald said. “The scuttlebutt I hear from my friends is, ‘We want to get our lands back,’” McDonald added later in the meeting. “Well, this isn’t our land. This is Schweitzer’s land.” They also pointed out that ultimately, the commissioners have limited authority over the project. Schweitzer has a right to do what it wants with its land, and federal authorities have final approval over project funding. “Commissioners don’t have the option of saying, ‘No, you’re not doing this,’” Commissioner Jeff Connolly said. If Schweitzer Mountain Resort’s application is accepted,

An aerial view of Schweitzer Mountain Resort. Photo courtesy Schweitzer Mountain Resort. development on the project will take the next two and a half to three years. The revenue yielded from selling development rights to the property will help Schweitzer enhance its skiing services through infrastructure investment. Likewise, the land tied up in the conservation easement won’t hurt the quality of Schweitzer existing services, Grace said. The proposal also includes land within the city of Sand-

point’s watershed, a valuable resource for the town’s water supply. The Board of Commissioners meeting this week drew healthy attendance, leaving standing room only in the small thirdfloor conference room. Some attendees were suspicious of the federal funding sources. Others were concerned about the possible effect of run-off from the project, but Commissioner Glen Bailey assured attendees

any project would require a runoff system approved by Bonner County Planning and Zoning. Still others lauded the project’s value and commended the commissioners for supporting it. “We oftentimes don’t see eye to eye [with the Board of Commissioners] on the work we do, but this is a great example of when land conservation dovetails with economic development,” Grace said.

Kelly, Williams, Suppiger win school board election By Cameron Rasmusson Reader Staff Lake Pend Oreille School District board candidates Cary Kelly, Lonnie Williams and Gary Suppiger triumphed Tuesday in a race that separated into two de facto teams early on. Running in the school district’s Zone 2, Suppiger beat Richard Miller 368 to 292 votes. Williams beat Victoria Zeischegg 563 to 168 votes in Zone 3. And in Zone 5, Kelly beat Anita Perry 765 to 114 votes. At forums and in news articles, Suppiger, Kelly and Williams defined themselves as candidates who largely supported the school district’s recent accomplishments and sought to 8 /


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build upon them. They repeatedly called attention to their opponents’ lack of support for the $17 million supplemental levy in March. Miller, Zeischegg and Perry, in turn, said they recognized the need to support the school district through supplemental levies. They said they did not support the recent levy because of the increase from the $15.8 million supplemental levy passed in 2015. They also ran campaigns calling for more transparency within the school district. According to the Bonner County Elections Office, the school board election was a relatively low-turnout affair. Out of 21,257 registered voters in the affected voting precincts, only around 15

percent went to the polls or submitted an absentee ballot. Given the low numbers, it shaped up to be a comparatively early night completing the vote count. And according to Bonner County Clerk Michael Rosedale, it was, with the office wrapping up its work at around 11:30 p.m., hours earlier than past elections. However, a large number of write-in votes, particularly in the Pend Oreille Hospital District election, slowed work significantly. The problem was that despite there being no eligible write-in candidates for the race, hundreds of write-in votes nevertheless poured in. “It went longer than expected, but it was by far the earliest

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night we’ve had,” Rosedale said. The night also marked some new procedures for the Elections Office, including the ability to post absentee ballot results almost immediately after the polls close. According to Rosedale,

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it’s useful information that oftentimes predicts the election outcome. “We plan to do that from here on out and have absentees ready right on the clock,” he said.


Downtown street striping, Litehouse to expand Utah facilities Schweitzer cutoff work imminent By Cameron Rasmusson Reader Staff

Following up on an expansion of Sandpoint production facilities initiated last year, Litehouse announced plans this week to triple the size of a production plant in Hurricane, Utah. The expansion will add 180,000 square feet to the Hurricane facility, bringing with it an additional 165 jobs. According to the Salt Lake Tribune, the project amounts to a $40 million investment, and after working with the Utah Governor’s Office of Economic Development, the company secured almost $350,000 in incentives to begin work. “We are excited to reinvest in the communities where we live, by adding new jobs and new employee-owners to the Litehouse family,” said Jim Frank, Litehouse CEO, in a press release. “Our employees, innovation and capability to be flexible in a changing con-

sumer environment is what has led Litehouse to the success we’re enjoying today.” The Hurricane expansion is just the latest examples of growth for the Sandpoint-based food and dressing company. Last year, Litehouse broke ground on a 26,000-square-foot expansion to its Ella facility in Sandpoint. The expansion added a new cooler, shipping and receiving center, loading dock and a wastewater treatment facility and was perceived by many as a commitment from Litehouse to stay rooted in the town of its origin. As with the Hurricane expansion, a partnership with government made the project more affordable. Bonner County commissioners agreed to a five-year deferment on additional tax obligations for a portion of the building and equipment investment. In addition to the Sandpoint and Hurricane expansions, Litehouse has also recently authorized a 55,000-square-foot facility expansion in Lowell.

Council puts street redesign on hold

By Cameron Rasmusson Reader Staff

Sandpoint City Council members voted Wednesday to put the first phase of the downtown streets redesign on hold. City staff recommended the action after bids for the project came in well above project designer Century West Engineering’s cost projections. The revitalization work, which includes new amenities, aesthetic improvements and safety and

maintenance infrastructure, came in about 25 percent higher than expected, while sewer main replacement work was 80 percent over projections. According to Century West, extensive road and street repair work and weather-related complications accounted for the higher-than-usual costs. The company recommended that the city aim to rebid the project in early 2018.

City crews install new traffic lights at the intersection of Fifth Ave. and Cedar St. in anticipation of the one-way streets to revert to two-way traffic in the near future. Photo by Ben Olson.

By Cameron Rasmusson Reader Staff With poor weather complicating matters, the city is getting its construction work in where it can. Street striping in anticipation of the switch-over to two-way traffic is scheduled to begin on Monday. However, that date may be pushed back should the weather prove uncooperative, as it has in past weeks. This Idaho Transportation Department-led phase of street striping will begin at Pine Street and Fifth Avenue and will roll out to other streets from there.

City-managed streets, meanwhile, are scheduled to be re-striped starting May 28. Upcoming work on Sandpoint Bridge at Schweitzer Cutoff Road may also impact residents’ driving routes. The bridge will be closed to traffic starting Tuesday, May 23, from 6:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. and continuing until Friday. The next week, work expands to six days a week, Monday through Saturday, for the foreseeable future to meet a scheduled completion date of Oct. 31. The work will result in a new bridge and roundabout controlling traffic at Schweitzer Cutoff Road.


Top left: With graduation rapidly approaching, construction crews at the new grandstands at Memorial Field are concentrating their efforts to the back of the stadium where the locker rooms and other facilities will be located. In the above picture, they are installing door frames behind the grandstands. Top right: A new sidewalk has been laid from the boat ramp parking lot to the main entrance of Memorial Field along Ontario Street. Photos by Cort Gifford. May 18, 2017 / R /


Mad about Science: By Brenden Bobby Reader Columnist Lost in the ‘50s is this weekend! So, it seems like as good a time as ever to take a trip down memory lane and see what made the ‘50s so unique. To really make sense of it all, you have to look just a little further back than the ‘50s. Just five years before the start of the famous decade, mankind concluded what could be considered the most visceral and destructive conflict the world had yet seen: World War II. I can’t even begin to imagine the ways it must have changed so many communities on either side of the pond. But the conflicts of WWII didn’t end when the Axis fell. A new beast rose from the ashes of a pivotal ally, one that would forever change the course of human, and especially American history: Stalin’s Soviet Union. Much of the nostalgic value comes from the idea of a simpler time, where American values were clearly cut and defined by conservative and religious ideals. The origins of this seemingly universal mindset can be explained by three words: the Cold War. The spread of ideological communism from the Soviet Union threatened many layers of American life. Labor unions were perceived as communist enterprises as far back as the ‘20s; they directly threatened the bottom line of wealthy business owners, which affected the taxable income of the United States and strained the friendships of several high-profile politicians. The threat of communism made for a convenient boogeyman, a target to 10 /


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create fear that made groups of people easier to rally and control. Simple American values versus the Red Scourge made for a very clean-cut good versus evil image that seemed to define much of the decade, culturally. Not everything was so cleancut, however. Much of what made the ‘50s so great was the explosion of counterculture that perturbed adults from coast to coast. The rise of rock n’ roll, with roots in southern African American musical communities was brought into the mainstream by heartthrobs like Elvis Presley. Later into the ‘50s, you saw the emergence of the Greasers, the rebellious youth that acted as harbingers of social rebellion in decades to follow: The Civil Rights movement, the Vietnam protests, the student riots and the challenges to authoritarianism. A mixture of injustice in the south, a quietly oppressive government and affordable college for the a young generation sick of being told what to do and who to be afraid of would make for one heck of a tinderbox near the end of the decade, and into the ‘60s. Perhaps what we remember most fondly of the ‘50s, and what we celebrate the most every year is the cars. The ‘50s

had some awesome cars, and they were more easily obtainable since the middle class was growing, especially in the auto industry. Cadillacs were a staple, with their cool space-shippy chromed out vibe. Entering the Atomic Era, I don’t doubt that Americans felt they were entering a new and exciting age of technology and wanted their everyday lives to reflect that. The Space Race was beginning, and everyone wanted to be a part of it. Why not own your own rocket ship if you could? I think the sleek designs and muscle car engines may have served two purposes. Development of the interstate was ramping up. You could zip on through several cities in a day without hitting a single stoplight. To do this, your car needed to go fast. To go fast, your car needed to be aerodynamic and powerful. Why not kill two birds with one hotrod? I didn’t live through this era, not even close, though my grandfather always spoke very fondly of it, and I always thought it would be really cool to get to see it. I guess I’m going to have to settle for grilled burgers, dogs, throngs of people and roaring cars older than I am!

•The first color television sets were introduced and sold in 1954, utilizing a 15-inch screen. The first set was made by Westinghouse and sold for $1,295, which equals over $11,000 in today’s dollars. In 1950 fewer than 1 in 10 American homes owned a TV set. By the end of the decade, nine out of 10 American homes were tuned in. •Alaska and Hawaii became the 49th and 50th states to join the United States of America in 1959. •In the landmark 1954 case Brown vs. the Board of Education the Supreme Court declared that “separate educational facilities” for black children were “inherently unequal.” This ruling was the first nail in Jim Crow’s coffin and eventually led to an expansion of civil rights in the U.S. •The Type A/B Personality Theory was actually invented by the cigarette industry in the 1950s to prove coronary heart disease and cancer were risks related to high-stress personality types instead of tobacco use. •The modern day “pirate accent” we know comes from Robert Newton’s portrayal of Long John Silver in the 1950 Disney adaptation of Treasure Island. Before that, there was no universal “pirate accent.” • Kathryn Johnston became the first girl to play Little League baseball in 1950, when she tucked her hair under her hat, adopted the nickname “Tubby”, and joined the Kings Dairy team, posing as a boy. When she told her coach she was a girl, he said, “That’s OK., you’re a darned good player.” • Since 1950 the United States has lost a total of eight to 10 nuclear bombs, that we know of. • Kent, a major tobacco company, sold unique cigarette filters in the 1950s and advertised their health benefits. The advertised ingredient that set them apart? Asbestos. •The following were invented during the 1950s: the credit card, Super Glue, the bar code, power steering, radial tires, the double helix was discovered in DNA, a vaccine for polio was discovered, Saran Wrap, nonstick cookware, home microwave ovens, Liquid Paper, Velcro, the modem, the laser, the pacemaker, the snowmobile, AA batteries and more! • A hairstyle, also called a Ducktail or D.A., popular with young men in the 1950s.


Service Learning Projects aid students By Aaron Horowitz Reader Contributor

A new trimester has recently begun and with it, the options for Forrest Bird Charter School students to embark on adventures in community service. Forrest Bird Charter School, which is among the first in the country to do so, has tried out a community service project. This project enables students who participate to choose some way to benefit themselves on top of the community work they complete. The way they’d benefit would be incorporating all the core content classes such as mathematics, science, art, English and history. On top of all that, students are encouraged to enjoy whatever project they’ve set themselves out to learn. “Our name, Forrest Bird Charter School, is a constant reminder of the types of people we can become,” said Wendy Thompson, teacher at the Forrest Bird Charter School and founder of the project. “We align projects with the inspiration of the later doctors Forrest and Pamela Bird: innovators, philanthropists, humanitarians and inspirers. We

wanted to give back to our community as the Birds had given to us, and we decided a whole school, whole trimester service learning project would benefit the community as well as the students.” “Teachers began writing the project last June,” continued Thompson. “Collectively, we have hundreds and hundreds of hours invested. Now that we are implementing the Service Learning Project, we are constantly adjusting lessons, curriculum, organization, projects, etc. To give to others is the most anyone can accomplish. Why not start with the highest accolade?” After discovering San Diego’s High Tech High and its similar though more intense projects and initiatives, Wendy Thompson and fellow colleagues decided to try something more novel than standardized learning as well. Although they could scarcely hope to match HTH’s gritty and inspirational impressions, they certainly could take certain baby-steps in the direction of High Tech High’s jaw-dropping success in the subject. “Could we do something remotely like this? … Well, we could take baby steps,”

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said Thompson “… We knew that Forrest Bird Charter High School was already more project-based and our content was integrated in project strategies, but we had not yet immersed ourselves into full blown [Project Based Learning] in which students drive their own learning.” By having been inspired by High Tech High’s imaginative drive to attempt and accomplish what no other school had done before, the Forrest Bird Charter School hopes to inspire other educational establishments to walk their paths to PBL as well, or walk next to the Forrest Bird Charter Schools on their path to inspiring others to take these baby steps in order to build a better world, one school at a time. Some students, whose names will remain off the record, agree wholly that the visions prophesied by Wendy Thompson and crew, are beneficial to the students just as much as the community. The project will aid them in interacting with the world more than Standardized Core Learning can and that it can and will show them the importance of living in the service of others and by extent, themselves.

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Rock ‘n’ Roll Heaven • 7pm @ Bonner County Fairgrounds This popular show sells out almost every year, and is the opening event for the 32nd annual Lost in the ‘50s celebration. This year’s performers are Ryan Pelton as Elvis, Sting Ray Anthony as Richie Valens, and Lance Lipinsky as Jerry Lee Lewis. Plus a young new crazy-talented band called The Lovers will Dollar Beers! 8pm @ Eichardt’s Pub be rockin’ the house over the top. For ticket info 263-9321

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Lost in the ‘50s Vintage Car Parade & Street Dance 6pm @ Downtown Sandpoint Head downtown for the Lost in the ‘50s car parade, starting at the Sandpoint High School parking lot at 6 p.m. (cars need to be in the lot by 5 p.m.) Then stick around for the Street Dance, following the parade, by Jeff Jones Town Square at the corner of Main and Third. Free

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Sandpoint American Legion Baseball Dinner Auction 4:30pm @ Ponderay Event Center A dinner auction fundraiser for the baseball program. $20 at the door, 946-3274 for more information Live Music w/ Doug Bond and Marty Perron 5-7pm @ Idaho Pour Authority A great mandolin/guitar duo from Sandpoint Sandpoint Farmers’ Market 9am @ Farmin Park Head down to Farmin Park for fresh produce, garden starts as well as live music and fun for all! Live Music w/ Junebugs 6:30-9:30pm @ MickDuff’s Beer Hall

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Trees marked at U of I campus part of active research project By Ben Olson Reader Staff Members of a local Christmas tree association are concerned after finding several trees marked with ribbon that are part of an active research project at the University of Idaho extension campus. Tom Leege of the Inland Empire Christmas Tree Association was notified by one of his group’s members that four or five corkbar fir trees that are part of an ongoing seed orchard project were marked with purple ribbon indicating that they might be marked for cutting or transplanting. “I couldn’t understand why they’d be marked like that, but I know we didn’t do it,” said Leege. “It’s worrisome this time of year because, in the past, someone has come onto that property with a big mechanical spade to dig out trees and move them somewhere.” Leege was concerned the same individual might be back again marking trees to remove unlawfully. The trees in question are four or five corkbar fir, otherwise known as blue alpine fir trees, which were roped off with purple flagging tape. The 30 or so corkbar fir trees remaining on the University of Idaho extension campus are the remnants of a research project initiated in 1998 by Dr. Dan Barney at U of I to evaluate 16 different seed sources to determine which ones were best suited to growing conditions in North Idaho. Six sources of corkbar fir seed and 10 sources of subalpine fir seed came from national forests in the southwestern U.S. All the seeds were grown at the indoor U of I Forest Research Nursery for

Sand Creek Cleanup cancelled By Ben Olson Reader Staff The annual Sand Creek Cleanup originally scheduled for Saturday, May 20 has been cancelled, said Shannon Williamson, executive director for Lake Pend Oreille Waterkeeper. The board decided to postpone the cleanup to a later date, which they will announce when it has been confirmed. They apologize for any inconvenience.

two years, then they were transplanted to the Sandpoint Station on N. Boyer Ave. In 2001, the most vigorous seedings—360 corkbark and 600 subalpine fir—were planted at the Sandpoint Station to compare the seed sources for growth, vigor, shape, disease resistance and other desired attributes for nursery stock and Christmas trees. When the study concluded in 2010, all but 30 of the original trees were harvested to be sold as Christmas trees. The 30 remaining trees will be used in future years as seed producers. “The best of the trees were left to establish a seed orchard for the future,” said Leege. A similar project began over 40 years ago involving grand fir still produces seeds for Christmas tree farmers all over North Idaho, western Montana, eastern Washington and parts of Oregon. “These grand firs have been producing seed for us for the last 10 years now,” said Leege. “The seed orchard is just coming into its prime now at 40 years of age. It’s a real asset to us to have that orchard, which is located about 100 yards from where we have the seed orchard for the corkbark fir.” Leege said the corkbark fir trees will hopefully begin producing seed in the next 5-10 years as long as nothing happens to the trees, which is why he and his association are concerned that they have been marked for apparent removal by an unauthorized person. “This is an active research project, there are signs there and everything,” said Leege. “They are the best of the crop from the beginning, so we’d hate to lose any of them for our future seed supply. These 30 seed trees are beautifully shaped and appear to be superior Christmas trees with very little shearing, so it is likely that their offspring will be well worth waiting for.” The corkbark fir seed orchard is near the grand fir seed orchard that was established by the Inland Empire Christmas Tree Association and U of I in 1982. Three cone collections have been made from this orchard, the latest being in 2016. While grand fir don’t transplant very well, the corkbark fir transplant very well, and are sought for both Christmas tree usage as well as ornamental usage. Leege said if anyone witnesses an individual cutting down any trees at the property on N. Boyer for them to contact him at

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By Jodi Rawson Reader Contributor “I am John, but everybody calls me ‘Doc.’ Come March, which is coming quick, I am going to be 70... God! I never thought I’d live that long.” -Doc I interviewed my neighbor John “Doc” Ivy back in January, and I was praying that he would make it to 70. He did, and what’s more, he now has a new lease on life. “Seriously when I went to ‘Nam, when we got off the plane in ‘66 at Tansun Hut in Saigon, we had incoming sniper fire. It was commonplace,” said Doc. “When I got off the plane I gave myself up for dead right then, didn’t worry about it from that point. I figured I’d be dead by 30, and I will be going on 70, so I have been winging it for 40 years, and I am running out of material.” He says this, but he still has a way of delivering lines that make me laugh. He has often bragged (or confessed) that he is a “triple Aries.” Boisterous, ornery, opinionated and a natural born leader, Doc was an asset in Vietnam, where he was wounded while protecting the men he led. He served five tours (five years!) receiving a Purple Heart and shrapnel that is still lodged in his tibia. For the last couple years he has battled a formidable enemy: cancer. He went from a muscular 220 pounds to an

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emaciated 145 pounds. Since Vietnam (when many soldiers were offered a variety of substances to stay awake and improve morale) Doc has been sober. He neither drinks alcohol, nor smokes cigarettes and his diet is moderate. He says that cancer is sneaking up on all of his Vietnam buddies, sudden like. Recently the Department of Defense has admitted that anyone serving “in country” (which Doc did for five years) was exposed to Agent Orange. Doc says that Agent Orange stays in the system for life and eventually it takes its toll. He is receiving some compensation for his 100-percent disability rating due to combat wounds, but I can’t help but question if this is enough. Our World War II vets were and are living into their 80s and 90s, but Vietnam vets may not make it that far because of exposure to experimental chemicals. Diligently, Doc wakes up early and takes care of his beloved animals. Doc and his humble wife include wild animals in their menagerie. They fill their hummingbird feeders each week and feed the deer. Sometimes when I drive by his house I see over a dozen deer in his yard. He calls his house “the Cafe.” And though he has an office with real medieval swords and battle axes and impressive homemade chain-mail (he made them out of wire hangers while meditating), he has no interest in hunting or killing. For nearly a decade, Doc volunteered at the Bonner County Food Bank, has taught metaphysics classes locally and he has been a superior neighbor. One example was the year we ran out of firewood in late winter, and my husband had a bad flu. I called Doc because he said “anytime you are in need, call” and he filled my trunk with dry tamarack to keep my family warm. Also, he sends my family his energy/prayers/meditation. He is a mystical man who never ceases to surprise or bless me. Doc has a doctorate in divinities and advanced pastoral degrees in several pagan and Christian denominations, “which gives me the flexibility to work with anybody... if someone wants to talk, but they are not of pagan orientation, but they are Christian ori-

John “Doc” Ivy embraces his special pooch Riley in an interview last winter. Photo by Jodi Rawson. entation, I can talk to them. Because I can translate, knowing what they know and what they believe, I can translate in a way that will be receptive to them. You start talking paganism and some people just get turned off, but if you take and translate that into their terminology, then they are comfortable with that... The thing is not so much to make them comfortable, but to lead them to understand where it is they are coming from. That is where they have the confusion, they are not sure where they are at, they are not sure where they came from, and they are not sure where they are headed... so I have to break it down for them.” Many years ago I hit bottom. Readers may understand the sort of demons I was battling (unless you are a rare, perhaps even mundane, sort of person that has never had a touch of mental illness). The demons that whisper how worthless I am and that I would be better off dead are not as powerful as they once were, but one night they were too much for me or my family and Doc was whom I turned to. He didn’t respond to my desperation the way that I thought he would. He didn’t pity me. He helped me get out of the battlefield in my own head by making me laugh. I walked home light, amused by life, armored

with humor; I was granted extra life. Last Christmas we passed Doc as he was walking his dog. I hugged his thin frame and he told me that he had been unable to swallow: “I think this will be my last Christmas,” he said weakly. For the last couple years Doc has had treatments to have his esophagus ballooned open so that he could swallow (he was battling a type of esophageal cancer). I thought he might die in days. He was ready: “I have said my goodbyes, my paperwork is in order... the only regret I have is that I don’t have more regrets...” he joked, as though he hadn’t lived a feisty enough life. When I got a hold of him around New Years he was still alive, “Neither Hell nor Heaven will take me,” he joked, “they are afraid I would try to run the place.” Shortly after his 70th birthday he received the best gift; extended life! At his appointment at the V.A. this April, Doc was informed that there is no trace of his cancer. After years of surgeries, exhausting treatments, and the feeling of living on “death row,” he is now miraculously free from cancer. “I guess there is more work for me to do,” Doc says about life after 70 and life after cancer. And his eyes sparkle with wondrous possibilities.

How to shop for TED talks By Ed Ohlweiler Reader Contributor Can you imagine a world where pop culture was designed to generate thoughtful discussion instead of momentary distraction? Where scientific principles open the door to a whole realm of possibilities? Where ideas are boundless and artistry has no limits? Or where technology is brandished like a weapon to fight against poverty, disease and social injustice? Well then, you just imagined a world dreamed of by the ever-expanding TED community. TED started out as an acronym for “technology, entertainment and design” but has expanded to include a myriad of topics with the intention of making the world a better place. Or a more beautiful place, in the case of the music, performance art and natural beauty captured on TED stages. It would seem that there are no limitations to the growth of TED itself and the positive impact it can provide on a global scale, but I’ve noticed there are many people who are simply overwhelmed by all the choices in TED Talks—to the point of “analysis paralysis.” If this describes you, I put together a list of easy ways to shop for TED Talks. Bear in mind that with the “T” there will be some technology involved, but it is a little more than creating a username and password. I myself don’t even Facebook and I have discovered all these methods on my own. Playlists The advantage of creating a TED account is that you get two of your own lists: Your List which is where the talks you click on “Add to List” are stored, and a Like (formerly Favorites) list where you can

store all your favorite videos you may want to enjoy again or share with others. Most TED Talks can simply be listened to while say baking a soufflé or mounting a pair of skis. For the other visually stimulating 20 percent that you need to actually watch, I’d like to be able to create a second playlist, but haven’t succeeded as of yet. In addition, there are playlists recommended by past speakers, celebrities, etc. as well as playlists that TED puts out themselves, usually eight to 10 speakers on a theme. Themes are extremely varied and include talks for when you want to start a garden, the 20 most popular talks of all time, what makes you happy, spoken-word fireworks, extreme sports, are you there God?, music around the world, architectural inspiration, how does my brain work? and how microbes shape our world. You can also save playlists in your account. There is a “Remember Me” feature to have TED remember your username and password—use this! Search Bar Use the search bar in the TED website to find a topic, speakers, playlist, etc. At the top of the page you’ll find the “Watch” tab where you can be directed to talks and playlists (even a “Surprise Me” feature where they pick a talk for you). Under the “Discover” tab, you’ll find an alphabetical list of all topics. Emails. How do you become aware of new talks you didn’t know you were interested in until you read about them? Easy. Sign up for emails from TED. At the bottom of almost any page you’ll find the “Get TED Email Updates” option—daily or weekly (I recommend the

weekly). Then if you have a smart inbox you can have all your emails from TED after a day or two go to a “TED” folder for a moment when you have more time to spend looking for ideas. I actually peruse mine and if there’s something that looks interesting, I’m just a couple of clicks away from the “Add to List” button, thanks to the “Remember Me” function. The Podcast Namely the TED Radio Hour. This is a free podcast in iTunes that assembles parts of different talks into an hourlong discussion on a theme. Themes include the source of creativity, open source world, building better cities, playing with perceptions, becoming wise, the spirit of inquiry... check out the backlog of all the past shows.

Graham Hill gives a TED talk on “Does your life need a good edit?” Courtesy photo. TEDx conference in Spokane.) I hope this helps make your forays through the halls of TED much more enjoyable and

that you discover as I did the fascinating people inside those walls—along with their “Ideas Worth Spreading.”

Related Talks Anytime you watch a video in the TED website, they will list related talks underneath that video. YouTube If you’d rather not use the TED website or just want to watch a single video, most TED Talks are available on YouTube. Some controversial talks removed from TED may still be found on YouTube. Facebook OK, I said I didn’t do Facebook, mainly for time-budgeting reasons, but I did discover a TED Talks Facebook page. I’m guessing you just “friend” TED on Facebook? Attend Personally There are TED and TEDx conferences all around the US if you’d like to see one in person. (TEDx are more localized TED-sanctioned events. Sandpoint local Owen Marcus can be found online speaking at a May 18, 2017 /


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CAL Grants awarded to 41 local organizations By Reader Staff

The Community Assistance League (CAL) awarded $88,500 in grants to 41 different local nonprofit agencies and service organizations on Wednesday. CAL’s purpose is to educate its members to the needs of the community. CAL members are then challenged to address those needs through research, discussion, planning, program development, fundraising and service. All of the money awarded in each year’s grant cycle is collected namely through CAL’s Upscale Thrift Store, Bizarre Bazaar, located at 502 Church St. in Sandpoint. To help support future grant cycles, please consider patronizing this thrift store. The following organizations were all recipients of a 2017 CAL Grant: American Heritage Wildlife Foundation, Arts Alliance, Bonner Community Food Bank, Bonner County Fair and

Rodeo, Bonner County Historical Museum, Bonner County Justice Services, Bonner General Health Community Hospice, Bonner Partners in Care, Bonner Soil and Water Conservation District, Clark Fork – Hope Senior Services, Community Cancer Services, Eureka Institute, Festival at Sandpoint, Forrest Bird Charter School, Friends of West Bonner Library District, Idaho Hill Elementary School, Kaleidoscope, Kinderhaven, Lake Pend Oreille Waterkeeper, Memorial Community Center, Music Conservatory of Sandpoint, North Idaho High School Aerospace Program, Inc., Northside School (awarded two grants), Panida Theater, Pend Oreille Arts Council, Pend Oreille Rowing and Paddling Association, Ponderay Police Department, Priest Lake Food Bank, Priest River Museum, Sagle Fire District, Sandpoint Area Seniors, Sandpoint Fire Department, Sandpoint High School,

Sandpoint Lions Club, Sandpoint Parks and Recreation, Sandpoint Soccer Association, Sandpoint

Youth Center, The Village Green Project, Washington Elementary School, Westside Fire District.

Recipients of CAL’s 2017 grants meet at Columbia Bank on Wednesday. Photo by Ben Olson.

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Classic car movies screening at Panida Theater By Ben Olson Reader Staff

In celebration of the upcoming Lost in the ‘50s in Sandpoint this weekend, the Panida Theater is showcasing two classic car films, “The Fast and the Furious” and “American Graffiti.” The original 1955 “The Fast and the Furious” will play at the Panida main stage on Friday, May 19 at 3:30 p.m. While the modern film franchise might deter you from seeing this classic film noir, trust me, it’s a fun old film to catch in the theater (and I promise it won’t include Vin Diesel anywhere near the screen). In the original release, Frank Webster (played by John Ireland) has just broken out of jail, charged with a murder that he did not commit. On the lam, Webster is cornered in a small town coffee shop by an overzealous citizen. While escaping, he kidnaps a young woman (played by Dorothy Malone)

and drives off. But the woman proves a troublesome hostage, trying to escape until, through mutual struggling, the two soon fall in love with one another. The story was written by Roger Corman, who later went on to fame as an independent film director. The second installment of the Panida’s classic car series is a fan favorite; “American Graffiti.” Though set in the early ‘60s, this coming-of-age film was directed and co-written by George Lucas, and starred a cast of up and coming actors, including Richard Dreyfuss, Harrison Ford and Ron Howard. “American Graffiti” is set in Modesto, Calif. and is intended as a humorous study of the cruising and rock n’ roll cultures made popular in the post-World War II baby boom. Told through a series of vignettes, the film follows a group of teenagers and their adventures during a single evening. Produced with just a meager

$770,000 budget, “American Graffiti” became one of the most profitable films of all time, garnering an estimated return of well over $200 million in box office and home video sales. Perhaps more important than the film itself was the powerful soundtrack, which was released as “41 Original Hits

from the Soundtrack of American Graffiti.” Lovers of ‘50s and ‘60s doo-wop and rock n’ roll will enjoy listening to this film as well as watching it. For a full listing of upcoming Panida Theater events, check out their website at

Friday may 19 @ 3:30pm

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HOMES For Sale

Living Life: Peacefulness

By Dianne Smith Reader Columnist

475 Campbell Point Road, Laclede

Don't miss this opportunity to own a relaxing waterfront get-away for a fraction of the price as deeded tenants in common ownership 50/50! Or buy the entire home for $600,000. This incredible home at  the water's edge is 3962 sq feet and fully furnished with a permitted dock that also includes a covered  boat lift. The home has lush expansive landscaped lawn that extends right up to the waterfront. 4  spacious bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, and 2 large living areas for great accommodations. Enjoy stunning mountain, sky, and water views from a covered and open deck. With the shared ownership, 50% ownership is included of a boat/trailer, riding lawn mower, snow blower,outdoor furniture, hot tub, and pool table. There is also a private community beach with boat launch.  MLS#20171345. $325,000

259 Buck Run, Sagle

Tranquil waterfront home in a private setting with dock! Situated on almost ½ acre, this home features a multitude of windows that let in the natural light and provide stunning water views. Open floor plan and high ceilings with 3,300+ sq ft, 4 bedrooms, 2.5 bathrooms, spacious master bedroom with walk-in closet, family room and game room. The large open de with hot tub is perfect for entertaining or taking deck in the serene settings. Very clean and well maintained, this home is just waiting for you to take advantage of peaceful, waterfront living. Close to Sandpoint and Schweitzer Ski Resort. MLS#20162802. $700,000


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The world itself can be an over-stimulating place and social media and immediate access to news can make it seem even more so. It can be hard to disconnect because electronics keep us connected in a way that us feel more in control. But are we really more in control, or is it a false sense of security? Getting bombarded on a daily basis from all types of input affects the mind, body and spirit. For some people, it can affect them more intensely than others, but daily negative input affects us all. Fortunately, there are things we can do to decrease the overpowering chatter and barrage of negative emotions and energy. Make time for peace and being in the moment. Daily practice of meditation, mindfulness, prayer, yoga, walking, hiking or just sitting is what scientists have proven calms the hot spots of the brain and helps us think clearer. For each person, their journey to finding peace is personal and it doesn’t have to be long or complicated. There are wonderful apps that can be downloaded for short mindful, meditation exercises. Maybe a walk along the Bay Trail enjoying the sound of the water as it laps upon the rocks. Sitting out on your porch in the early morning sun with a nice cup of tea may be one person’s peace. Research shows mindfulness-meditation can work as well as medication to decrease anxiety and the more we practice it the more we heal the stressed brain. Be in nature. People need grounding in nature and the outdoors; fresh air and sunshine are calming to the brain. A walk outside can help charge and energize our bodies with natural light and clear the mind. Finding a shady spot and sitting quietly for a few minutes before an appointment can energize and refocus your mind. We are so blessed to live where nature is everywhere and is ever changing and provides so many wonderful places to enjoy. Turn off the news and disconnect from social media.

Because we are sensitive to our environment, some more than others, we must learn to be able turn the negative energy off. Not hide, but limit the amount and frequency. Bombarding energy from outside stresses the body. Being able to step away from news and the media is a must in order to return to the present moment. Too much negative energy clouds our ability to think clearly and colors how we see things. The longer days give us time to enjoy outside away from distractions. Be aware of your breathing. In a perfect world we would take five minutes every hour to sit or stand and feel the breath of life go through our body. In the rat race of today, try to take every opportunity to just be conscious of your breathing and take a few deep breaths. When our body is stressed our breathing gets shallow. The shallow breathing causes the heart to beat harder and faster which then makes the engine of our body rev at too high of a rate. By being conscious of our breathing we can calm our bodies and slow everything down. Drink a good amount of water, eat on the wiser side and get exercise. Sensitive people or those who eat in response to stress are prone to reach for sweet drinks and sodas or starches. Limit caffeine intake, drink water and exercise regularly. It helps the body to better manage stress. Water helps with clarity of the mind and replenishes the body with the fluids it needs to work better. Exercise works to release natural healing benefits and to decrease depression and anxiety; with some research suggesting better than medication. Get more sleep. Lack of sleep creates decreased concentration, anxiety, moodiness, short-temper and depression. It’s important to try to go to bed at the same time every day. Find a way at night to let go of those worried thoughts. People don’t count sheep for nothing. It distracts the mind from the continuous running, worried thoughts. There are tons of ideas on the internet of ways to let go of worried thoughts at night. What works for one doesn’t neces-

sarily work for another so you might have to try a couple of suggestions to calm those worried thoughts at night to find what works for you. Give positive energy. Compliment someone every day. See how many people you can smile at and help where you can. Feeling good can start with giving or making someone else feel good. A simple word of encouragement makes the world a better place. When we share kindness, the body reacts with grace and love and happy chemicals flow through our body. Laugh, love and hug. Every time we laugh, love and hug, toxins and stress are released, leaving us feeling lighter. We need laughter and joy in order to find balance in a stressful time. Practice your definition of positive reflection and develop the skill of looking for the good in the world. The more you practice looking for good the better you get at seeing it everywhere. Find time every day to enjoy those important to you and to hug. Have a family routine every day to look for the positive things that are happening around us and what good each family member has contributed to the world in their unique way. Begin your day with a positive thought, a hug and a smile and it can set the path for seeing the good that is out there, making for a better day. Dianne Smith, LMFT is a licensed counselor. She can be reached through her email at dianne_smith_mft@yahoo. com.

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They say the best way to grow is to force yourself to be uncomfortable. With that advice in mind, reading Miranda July’s fictional “No One Belongs Here More Than You” is the perfect way to do some growing. Her characters are obscene and desperate. Her style is open-ended and blunt. She made me uncomfortable — but she made me think. Highlight stories include “The Swim Team” and “How to Tell Stories to Children.”

By Ben Olson Reader Staff

Rev your engines and grease back your D.A., daddy-o, it’s the 32nd annual Lost in the ‘50s weekend in Sandpoint! This weekend is all about classic cars and the golden music of yesteryear that evokes memories of a simpler time. Here’s a look at some of the great music that lies in store for you this weekend. Thursday, May 18 Rock n’ Roll Heaven For the 12th year in a row, Rock n’ Roll Heaven is always a popular kickoff to the weekend. This year’s performers include Ryan Pelton as Elvis, “Sting” Ray Anthony as Ritchie Valens and Lance Lipinsky as Jerry Lee Lewis. Lipinsky’s band The Lovers will rock the house until the end of the night. Elvis tribute artist Ryan Pelton has made his mark emulating the King. Pelton was crowned “World Champion” in 2001 in the Worldwide Images of the King contest in Memphis, Tenn. Pelton has performed around the world, entertaining tens of thousands, guest starring as Elvis in major motion pictures and television commercials along the way. “Sting” Ray Anthony is one of the most acclaimed tribute artists representing the 1950s and ‘60s in music today. Anthony has been endorsed by the Ritchie Valens Estate, and was named “Best Live Entertainer” in Branson, Mo. Anthony is known nationally for his role as Ritchie Valens on the famed national touring

production of the “Winter Dance Party.” With driving Jerry Lee Lewis piano rhythms and Presley-inspired swagger in his own persona, Lance Lipinsky preserves the timeless tradition of the ‘50s and ‘60s. Playing with his acclaimed band The Lovers, Lipinsky was discovered playing piano on the Las Vegas strip at a mere 17 years old. Lipinsky has appeared on the David Letterman Show as well as in the new HBO series “Vinyl” directed by Mick Jagger and Martin Scorsese.

Bucky Heard, left, and Bill Medley, right, as The Righteous Brothers. Courtesy photo.

lead The Shirelles throughout the 1960s, contributing such hits as “Will You Love Me Tomorrow,” “Dedicated to the One I Love,” and “Mama Said” to the lexicon of popular music. Reeves ultimately left The Shirelles in 1975 to pursue a solo career. The Shirelles were Friday, May 19 inducted into the Rock and Street Dance • Show Roll Hall of Fame in 1996. Tommy Mara Following has been referred the Vintage Car to as the Pavarotti Parade in downof doo-wop. The town Sandpoint is powerful vocals the ever-popular of Mara is truly a Street Dance. This force to be reckfree, all ages event oned with, as is his is Deejayed by the incredible stage perennial favorite presence. Fronting Bashful Dan, who will spin the tunes Shirley Alston Reeves. Courtesy photo. The Crests, whose original members that will help twist were chart topping sensations you through the day. with their #2 Billboard hit Later that night at the “Sixteen Candles,” Mara’s Bonner County Fairgrounds powerful stage presence will is a special show and dance take you back to the days of featuring the queen of the girl malt shops and drive ins. groups, Shirly Alston Reeves, With almost 40 years of the original lead singer of The touring, Rocky and the Rollers Shirelles. Also appearing are have performed with over 250 the smooth voice of Tommy of the great recording artists Mara and the Crests, who of the past, including Chuck will take you back to the days Berry, The Drifters, Jerry Lee of doo-wop and dreams. Also, don’t forget the energetic house Lewis, The Shirelles and more. Their authentic doo-wop sound band, Rocky and the Rollers. will get you off your seats and Shirly Alston Reeves and dancing in the aisles. her strong, distinctive voice

Saturday, May 20 Show and Dance Don’t lose that lovin’ feelin’, folks, we’ve got a special treat for this show: The Righteous Brothers! The musical duo of Bill Medley and Bobby Hatfield are known for some of the most romantic songs in history, including, “You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin’,” “Unchained Melody,” “Rock and Roll Heaven,” and “Soul and Inspiration.” Just last year, Medley reformed The Righteous Brothers with Bucky Heard, and they’ve continued to perform as a duo ever since. Bobby Hatfield passed away in 2003, the same year The Righteous Brothers were inducted to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Joining Medley and Heard are Rocky and the Rollers, for another fun-filled night of golden oldies. For ticket information, contact the official Lost in the ‘50s hotline, (208) 265-5678 or 263-9321, or stop by to pick them up in person at Second Ave. Pizza at 215 Second Ave. in Sandpoint.


Like many 20-somethings, I listened to Paramore, a female-fronted punk group, through my adolescent years. But unlike many bitter 20-somethings who never got over jelly bracelets and studded belts, I matured with this band—so, you won’t se me complaining about their new sound. “After Laughter” features 12 tracks that make an ‘80s-like soundtrack full of sad lyrics over happy jams. My favorites are “Pool” and “Tell Me How.”


2015’s Best Picture “Spotlight” follows the work of the Boston Globe spotlight reporting team in 2001 as they worked to uncover the truth about the many boys were sexually abused at the hands of Catholic priests. You’d think the sensitivity of the topic and the “boring” lives of journalists would make a questionable combination, but somehow “Spotlight” can make anyone understand the thrill of uncovering a true story.

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The Straight Poop:

The quest for dog-friendly businesses in North Idaho

By Drake the Dog Reader Pet Columnist

Where am I taking my humans today? With Lost in the ‘50s right around the corner, I’m sniffing out an iconic Sandpoint business that is 48 years young. The original digs were located downtown at the corner of Third and Pine. The second home located on Fifth Avenue showed off the goods behind the radius windows and a little less conversation (work) occurred in the Quonset hut. The general manager started on the Schweitzer Ski patrol in 1972, achieved over 35 years of service, and still enjoys skiing with his grandson today. The owner loves to ski and is a Century boat aficionado and won “Best Preserved.” This hometown friendly place, with an awesome view of the mountain, will exceed your experience will be a doggie breath of fresh air. Three barks, three tweets and we have a winner! I’m taking the Mister and Missus to Alpine Motors, located at 47649 Hwy 95 in Ponderay. Woof! Woof! I’m welcomed with a doggie handshake by Blix, a 5-year-old German short hair pup. Her dad is General Manager Duane “Blacky” Black. This gal is well-trained, and loves to run and hunt. Blacky was on a bird hunting trip in Montana when his significant other saw a posting on Facebook that Blix needed a new home. She put everyone in touch and they all agreed that Blacky and Blix were a good fit. They love to hunt ring necks, Hungarian partridges, quail, grouse and chukars. Alpine Motors was originally known as Brown Buick. The latest model was displayed in the one car showroom. It was owned by Wade Brown’s father (Wade was the fire chief). The business was renamed to Patton and Anderson Buick GMC and moved to Fifth Avenue. The radius windows enabled folks to enjoy more vehicles in the round showroom. In 1963, Ralph Williams (Williams Motors) purchased the franchise and kept it for five years. When a local businessman brought his car in for service 22 /


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Alpine Motors and claimed it got a dent from the experience, Ralph exclaimed, “That’s it!” He sold the company to Tom Robideaux in 1969. Tom changed the name to Alpine Motors (ask him why) and it remained downtown until 1986. He relocated the business to Ponderay where it is today. Why do folks come to Alpine Motors? The entire sales team boasts over 130 years of selling experience. Wowza! The service department services all makes and models. There’s always a fresh pot of Tom’s secret coffee blend in the customer lounge. Customers tell me that “this pack of sales professionals don’t fit the plaid pants stereotype. There is no rigid sales system, neighbors take care of neighbors and when you purchase a vehicle and service it at Alpine, you can bring it in anytime for a complimentary hand wash.” Paws up! Disregard the “honk for service sign.” Blix says honking is for the geese, not for raising a service department door. The service team will greet you on the other side of the red door and get you right in. The pup-a-razzi says Buick is HOT! This nameplate is ranked #2 in the 2016 J.D. Power Customer Service Index, which is based on dealer service performance during the first three years of new vehicle ownership. Buick is raising the woof with the Encore, a small four-cylinder SUV with front and all wheel drive. This beauty gets over 30 MPG. The GMC Sierra is the #1 ranking truck on the market today. I’m going to tell the Mister to tame this one and put a leash on it! Throwback Thursday: Blacky fondly remembers his ‘69 Datsun Roadster, which took at least five minutes of strenuous exercise to get the top clamped

on. Fast forward to the ruff sketch has been completed and the new Cascada, a four-seater convertible, should debut here any day. It has a power roof that can be raised and lowered while the car is in motion. I’m droolin’ here because this pup is a four seater with front wheel drive. Yahoo, a seat for me in the back— my ears are flappin’ in the breeze! Time to find those doggie goggles on Amazon! Be sure wave to Tom during the Lost in the ‘50s parade! He’ll be driving the 1950 five-window GMC pick-up towing, the 1958 Century Coronado.

Duane “Blacky” Black takes a break from the sales floor at Alpine Motors with Blix, left, and Drake, right.

Crossword Solution

Alpine Rules: 1. Loaner vehicles are for humans only 2. Find the never ending canister of doggie treats 3. Bring good manners 4. Leashes optional

The first thing was, I learned to forgive myself. Then I told myself, “Go ahead and do whatever you want, it’s okay by me.”


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By Charity Luthy


[noun] 1. a subtle, tricky, superficially plausible, but generally fallacious method of reasoning “To claim Russia has nothing to do with the election is a clever bit of sophistry from the current administration.”

Corrections: There were a couple of clues left out of the bottom of last week’s crossword. It was a printing error (hooray, we didn’t screw up!), so the printer is aware of the mistake and will be aware of the problem in the future. -BO

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