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Recently “60 Minutes” showed an excerpt from a film on Pope Francis. In it he said, “We live with the accelerator down from morning to night. This ruins mental health, spiritual health and physical health. More so, it affects and destroys the family and therefore society.” Do you agree with the Pope? Why do we live this way? “I do agree we are living lives at a fast pace, and we need to learn to slow down. For example, right now I’m running fast because it’s my son’s 17th birthday.”
We’re in for a long summer with the Cedar Street construction, but let’s all show that small town pride and stay positive. We resist change in our beautiful small town because most of us like it here the way it is. But, alas, change is a part of life. Take a deep breath embrace it with dignity. I guess you could resist it, kicking and screaming, but there’s really nothing we can do about it. Things change. One thing you can do to show your small town love is support those businesses between Third and Fourth Avenues on Cedar St. Whenever there is construction, businesses directly affected always show a decline in revenue. Let’s help them along and show some love. Go out of your way this month to support these shops affected by the construction this month: •Eichardt’s Pub •Idaho Pour Authority •A Child’s Dream •Whiskey Jack Pottery
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“I think we are always moving too fast and it’s healthier to slow down. It’s a reflection of our society; other cultures don’t move at the same speed. Also, I recently read a quotation from the Pope telling a gay man that God made him that way and God loves him that way. I appreciated that.” Sherrie Wilson Monarch Mtn. Coffee owner Cocolalla
“On most things I don’t agree with the Pope, but on this I do agree because everything has sped up, especially in the past five years, and I really don’t like it.”
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BNSF compensation memo sparks controversy Employees offered ‘basic day’ compensation for attending public meetings in support of Sandpoint Connector Project
By Cameron Rasmusson Reader Staff Union leaders and conservation activists are protesting a leaked internal BNSF Railway memo offering compensation to employees who turned out at a Wednesday public meeting in support of the second Lake Pend Oreille rail bridge. Captured off a BNSF terminal, the memo is directed to Northwest and Montana Division BNSF employees available to attend the pre-hearing for the Sandpoint Connector Project at First Baptist Church and the public hearing at Sandpoint Middle School Gym. The memo offers compensation for a basic day and requires employees to submit a claim code with the comment “support of Sandpoint Connector Project,” as well as a sign-in at the event to confirm attendance. “Attendance is on the employee’s own time, but will be compensated for attending,” the memo reads. When asked to comment on the memo, BNSF spokesperson Gus Melonas said, “BNSF does encourage its employees to attend, and they will not lose pay for attending.” Courtney Wallace, BNSF direc-
tor of public affairs, expanded on the statement at the pre-hearing event. “They’re not getting extra compensation or a bonus or anything like that,” she said. “It’s just, ‘This is happening, you’re encouraged to come, it’s not mandatory, and if you do come you won’t lose pay.’” The memo leaked when an anonymous BNSF employee photographed the terminal and sent it to Herb Krohn,Washington State legislative director for the Transportation Division of the Sheet Metal, Air, Rail and Transportation Workers Union, or SMART. The image then made its way to Michael Elliott, a former employee and whistleblower who is engaged in a court battle with BNSF for alleged wrongful termination, and Laura Ackerman of The Lands Council. Krohn claims the compensation offer is a reaction to poor employer-employee relationships between BNSF and its workers. According to Krohn, the employee dissatisfaction stems from safety issues and a method of assigning runs with little forewarning, making it difficult to plan life around work and forcing employees to make personal sacrifices for their jobs. “They’re not happy with the way they’re being treated,” he said. “They’re being treated
unfairly.” In general, SMART is supportive of projects that boost commerce and add jobs within the industries it serves, Krohn added. However, he said that because employees are unhappy, support for the project isn’t growing organically, making the compensation offer a necessity. “What they did was they just decided to bribe the members on their own by offering them money to go to the hearing,” he said. “I think that if relations were better and morale were higher and there was a better degree of trust, it would not be an issue to get BNSF employees to support this project,” he added. Elliott, another early recipient of the leaked memo, echoed Krohn’s comments. The Seattle Times reports that in 2015, he was awarded $1.25 million by a federal jury in Tacoma. In a six-day trial, Elliott maintained he was unlawfully fired and his character was besmirched by BNSF officials after he reported dozens of safety violations to the Federal Railroad Administration. Elliott claims the leaked memo is more evidence of BNSF failing to address the fundamental concerns of its workforce. “Why would we try to help
A screenshot of the internal BNSF memo leaked to the Sandpoint Reader. you when all you do is make our lives less safe?” Elliott said. Local opponents of the Sandpoint Connector Project were also disheartened by the BNSF memo. “It’s supremely disappointing to learn that BNSF is offering financial incentives to their employees to testify in support of their proposed project at a public hearing hosted by the Idaho Department of Lands,” said Shannon Williamson, executive director of Lake Pend Oreille Waterkeeper. “Public hearings are intended to collect comments from the people in our community that have genuine concerns about the project or wish to offer their support. By
IDL hearings on bridge proposal see both sides By Lyndsie Kiebert Reader Staff
The Idaho Department of Lands hosted two hearings Wednesday on BNSF’s proposed second rail bridge across Lake Pend Oreille. Permitting agencies — including IDL, the U.S. Coast Guard and U.S. Army Corps — were in attendance to hear public testimony. The hearings were held specifically to discuss BNSF’s compliance with the Lake Protection Act, which regulates encroachments and activities on, in or above navigable lakes in Idaho. IDL, under the LPA, must grant BNSF an encroachment permit in order for them to move forward 4 /
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with construction. The evening hearing, held at the Sandpoint Middle School gym, saw about 150 attendees. Permitting agencies made opening statements, and then other public agencies were welcomed to make comment. Bonner County Commissioners Glen Bailey and Dan McDonald both spoke in favor of the proposal, citing a need for more efficiency in Sandpoint’s rail situation. BNSF presented in conjunction with Pierre Bordenave of Jacobs Engineering, which worked with BNSF to create the proposal. He said assumptions that more track in Sandpoint would bring increased rail traffic are unfounded.
“This is not a case of ‘Field of Dreams’ — ‘if you build it, they will come,” he said. He said traffic will increase regardless, based on demand, and the new bridge is necessary to minimize impact on the surrounding community. Comments from the general public saw both sides of the issue, with a number of people on the anti-proposal side requesting the U.S. Coast Guard require an environmental impact statement (EIS) from BNSF prior to granting any permits. The statement would provide an analysis of possible direct and indirect impacts the project may produce. “I think an (EIS) is so important, and I don’t think it’s
asking too much that we have a high-bar environmental review,” said Idaho Conservation League representative Matt Nykiel. He added that he has yet to see any analysis proving that the second rail bridge will relieve traffic delays at rail crossings, as BNSF has been saying in their promo material. IDL accepted public comment on BNSF’s proposal for nearly 90 days leading up to Wednesday’s hearings. Though that comment period is over, you can still access the BNSF application on IDL’s website at www.idl.idaho. gov/lakes-rivers/lake-protection/ index.html.
offering financial incentives to participate, BNSF is undermining their own assertions that they are community partners that play by the rules.” The Sandpoint Connector Project remains a controversial proposal among local residents. Supporters believe that since train traffic is driven by demand, the second bridge will be necessary to curb track congestion and vehicle wait times at crossings. Opponents, on the other hand, say the second bridge will bring an increased chance of derailment over Lake Pend Oreille, which could potentially spill hazardous substances into local waterways.
Upland Dr. waste site to begin construction today By Ben Olson Reader Staff The solid waste transfer site at Upland Drive is about to get a new look. The existing site will be demolished beginning today, May 24. The new construction will consist of a new entrance, storm water management, paving, new fencing and a new site attendant office. The anticipated opening date for the site will be July 15. All other collection sites will remain open during normal business hours.
Suspected racist CD distributor appears to be responsible for robocalls in California By Ben Olson and Cameron Rasmusson Reader Staff The man suspected by Sandpoint Police for distributing racist propaganda late last year appears to be responsible for racist and anti-Semitic robocalls in California this month. Scott D. Rhodes is linked to two separate robocalls received by California residents — one that urged Californians to move to North Idaho because it’s “one of the whitest places left,” and another which targeted U.S. Sen. Diane Feinstein. Both calls claim to be “paid for by theroadtopower.com,” a vlog, or video blog, containing content by a man identified by Sandpoint Reader reporters as Rhodes, who was contacted by Sandpoint Police in December 2017 following the distribution of racist propaganda in the Sandpoint High School parking lot. Officers informed Rhodes he had been trespassed from school district property and told him they believed he was responsible for an ongoing distribution campaign of racist propaganda. They also informed him he wasn’t being looked at for any criminal charges. Paul Gerard, a plumber from Alameda, Calif., was one of the individuals to receive the first robocall. It featured a narrator saying, “Are you tired of bad attitude negroes ruining every place they go? Tired of Jews running California into the ground and ripping you off? … Then relocate to North Idaho, where there’s almost no nig nogs, Jews or ching chongs. North Idaho, one of the freest places left in the United States, specifically cause it’s one of the whitest places left. Relocate to North Idaho where very white is very right.” According to Gerard, the call was “a bit of a shock.” “First I thought it was a gag,” said Gerard, a native Britisher who is married to an African-American woman. “My wife came back to the table after I’d listened to the message and she saw my face was gray. She asked what was wrong and I didn’t really want to tell her and ruin her day. It’s just ugliness you don’t need to invite into your day.” Gerard later discussed the call with employee Zach Turner, who had previously lived in southwest Idaho. Turner then researched newspapers in North Idaho and shared the information with reporters. “I love Idaho,” said Turner. “For these people to think they can own it and have
some kind of special rights to that part of the country? That upsets me. It divides people and exacerbates tension. It’s a gut punch to hear people speaking about others like that.” A separate robocall reported by the San Francisco Chronicle attacked U.S. Sen. Feinstein with anti-Semitic slurs, and supported Patrick Little, a neo-Nazi running as a Republican on the state’s June 5 primary ballot. The 90-second robocall claimed Feinstein was an Israeli citizen pretending to be an American and encouraged listeners, “To rid America of the traitorous Jews like Diane Feinstein, vote for Patrick Little for U.S. senator from California.” When Little was asked by the Chronicle whether he approved of what was said in the robocall, he wrote: “Show me the lie, and I will consider renouncing it.” The Feinstein robocall was also listed as “paid for by theroadtopower.com.” Bryan Kuhlman, a representative from Endurance International Group, Inc. confirmed the site theroadtopower.com is hosted by one of their subsidiaries called Bluehost, and that it had been redirected to another site called PewTube, a censorship-free YouTube emulator site frequented by alt-right and conspiracist content generators. Kuhlman said Endurance International Group, Inc. does not monitor user content, but they do investigate matters when they are brought to the company’s attention. In several of the vlogs, Rhodes begins by stating he is “coming to you from very white, very racist North Idaho.” However, Rhodes may have relocated his base of operations, as visits to his former office on Division Avenue confirm that Rhodes has moved out of that office building. Tenants in the suite Rhodes previously occupied said they moved in April 1. On one of Rhodes’ videos, he encourages viewers to spread hate flyers, suggesting viewers buy clear plastic bags that “also allows you to put something inside to give it weight so you can easily toss it, that also prevents it from blowing away.” Residents in Sandpoint reported on several occasions that racist flyers were found on their lawns in clear plastic bags, some with weights added to them to make them easier to throw. Rhodes also offers his viewers tips for how to spread hate flyers without breaking the law: “It’s always worth looking up online and city code for the town you are going to distribute in,” he said.
Top: A screenshot from theroadtopower.com, a vlog site containing racist and anti-Semitic content generated by Scott Rhodes. Screenshot: PewTube Right: A still frame from Sandpoint Police body camera footage obtained by the Sandpoint Reader in Dec. 2017 via public records request. The footage was shot when Sandpoint Detective Mike Aerni and Resource Officer Spencer Smith visited Rhodes’ office on Division St. to trespass him from Lake Pend Oreille School District properties.
Rhodes’ other videos on the site mostly target Jewish and African American individuals with racial slurs, but also outline ideas for starting national movements to place white nationalists in power. In addition to the California robocalls and Sandpoint propaganda distribution, Rhodes is linked by police to racist, threatening phone calls targeting city officials in
Alexandria, Va. Hate speech is protected by the First Amendment, so there are no criminal charges that have been filed against Rhodes. Rhodes did not return multiple attempts to contact him at his phone numbers and email address.
Water still rising, lake predicted to crest next week By Lyndsie Kiebert Reader Staff The Northwest River Forecast Center’s latest prediction has Lake Pend Oreille capping out at just over 2,065 feet at the Hope gauge next Thursday, May 31. The lake exceeded flood level (2,063.5 feet) early Saturday morning, and was sitting at 2,063.82 feet as of Wednesday evening. Army Corps Water Management civil engineer Logan Osgood-Zimmerman said engineers have been comparing this year to 1997 (when the lake reached 2,065.74 feet), but are now nearly certain the lake will not reach that level this year. However, the warm weather expected over this next week will push the lake just over another foot, according to predictions.
The Trestle Creek boat launch under an inch of water on Wednesday morning. Photo by Lyndsie Kiebert. Waterfront properties and recreation areas will experience flooding. Bonner County’s no-wake zone law is currently extended to 500 feet (rather than the regular 200 feet) and officials advise boaters to watch for debris in local waterways. May 24, 2018 /
BOCC formally opposes Scotchman Peaks
Commissioners rescind wilderness support, debate how to best influence USFS management practices
By Lyndsie Kiebert Reader Staff The advisory vote may be over, but the proposed Scotchman Peaks wilderness was still at the forefront of discussion Tuesday at the Bonner County Commissioners’ meeting. The agenda featured two Scotchman-centric items. First, the commissioners retracted county support for Scotchman Peaks Wilderness issue in keeping with the May 15 advisory vote outcome, which resulted in a majority of the county opposed. A majority of the commissioners also voted to request that the U.S. Forest Service stop managing the area as proposed wilderness. The new resolution to oppose the wilderness rescinds the 2015 resolution under which the BOCC at the time officially supported wilderness designation. All four members of the public who attended to comment on the new resolution supported it. “I want to thank the board for realizing an injustice had occurred with the letter sent to Risch expecting him to move forward with the wilderness bill,” said Clark Fork Mayor Russell Schenck. Schenck said the advisory vote showed 73 percent of voters at the Clark Fork and Lakeview precincts — those he said are most affected by the proposal — voted in opposition. “There was total misrepresentation saying there was unilateral support,” he said. The drafted resolution included two paragraphs listing other agencies, boards and groups that oppose the Scotchman Peaks proposal. Commissioner Jeff Connolly argued the resolution should be amended to omit those references. “We should be doing exactly what we said we would do, which is give this resolution to Sen. Risch saying the voters have clearly spoken — they clearly do not want the Scotch6 /
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man Peaks Wilderness,” Connolly said. “We’re making a statement for a bunch of other (groups) when I want to just make a statement for ourselves.” Commissioner Dan McDonald said he thought the references were necessary to reflect the breadth of opposition. “It’s perfectly appropriate to say, ‘It’s not just the voters, here we have these other folks that are also opposed to it,’” McDonald said. “I don’t see a problem with it.” Commissioner Glen Bailey made note that the advisory vote opposition was only a small majority overall. The vote outcome on May 15 resulted in 54 percent against the wilderness versus 46 percent in favor. “We as county commissioners represent all the people of Bonner County. There’s two sides,” he said. “We don’t need to be sticking our finger in the eye of those who supported Scotchman Peaks as wilderness.” The commissioners amended the resolution to eliminate the two paragraphs listing other opposed entities, but agreed to put that information in a cover letter. The amended resolution passed 3-0. Also on the commissioners’ Tuesday agenda was a resolution to request USFS discontinue management of the Scotchman Peaks area as wilderness. USFS began managing the area as wilderness in 2015 so as not to disqualify it for designation, according to Sandpoint District Ranger Erick Walker. Local man Herb Wiens urged the commissioners to prioritize recreation in Clark Fork by working with USFS to build managed campgrounds and improved access. “The county ought to push the Forest Service to help us elevate Clark Fork from (being) the red-haired economic stepchild of the county,” he said. It was a sentiment echoed by
Bonner County Commissioners (from left to right): Dan McDonald, Glen Bailey, Jeff Connolly. Photo by Ben Olson. half a dozen meeting attendees who made comment. Chainsaw use and timber management were also cited as reasons to stop wilderness-level regulations in the area. Connolly said he felt the proposed resolution was redundant, seeing as the commission passed a resolution to support an executive order on the same topic in April. The executive order, drafted by the Idaho Recreation Council and Idaho State Snowmobile Association, would require land
management practices in Idaho’s proposed wilderness areas to honor multiple-use tradition. Connolly said he felt everything the new resolution was meant to accomplish had already been accomplished when the board signed the letter of support for the executive order. “(The letter we already signed) gives a clear path as to how you’re going to accomplish that,” he said. “The agreement was to back the voters (on Scotchman Peaks). I don’t
Sagle manhunt prompts Nixle alert By Lyndsie Kiebert Reader Staff A manhunt in Sagle Saturday morning that prompted a Nixle alert ended without locating the man in question. Around 10 a.m. a Bonner County Sheriff’s deputy attempted contact with Spencer Thomas James in the 7600 block of Sagle Road regarding three outstanding drug-related felony warrants for his arrest. James fled on foot, prompting a BCSO K9 team to begin a search. Deputies from the BCSO, Sandpoint Police and Ponderay Police units formed a
perimeter around the area. The effort was called off after an “extensive search” without locating James due to an increasing priority call volume, said BCSO Captain Tim Hemphill. Hemphill said a Nixle notification was initiated to advise the public of the increased police activity and to help local residents be on the lookout for James. “Although James does not generally pose an immediate threat to the public, we recognize that the behavior of subjects who are actively being pursued by law enforcement can be erratic, unexpected and out of character,” Hemphill said.
remember having a discussion about this.” Local man Doug Paterson said the board had a chance to make their “wishes more clear” by writing a letter specifically about Scotchman Peaks to USFS. McDonald agreed. There were no proposed amendments to the resolution. The final vote was 2-1 — Connolly opposed — meaning the commission will urge USFS to cease wilderness regulations in the Scotchman region.
Adult Flag Football League offered By Ben Olson Reader Staff
Looking for some fun? Join the Sandpoint Parks and Recreation 6 versus 6 Adult Flag Football League. There will be seven regular season games with the last week being a single elimination tournament. Teams will be responsible for reffing other games. All games will be played at Travers Fields 1 and 2 between 1-8 p.m. Sundays June 3 through July 29. The fee is $100 per team. To register, contact Sandpoint Parks and Recreation at www. Sandpoint.gov/ParksRecreation or visit them at 1123 Lake St.
A column by and about Millennials
The Small Town Effect By Emily Erickson Reader Columnist What best characterizes living in a small town? Is it the same pack of tan-lined teenagers at City Beach reveling in the short freedom of their after school hours? Or is it the smiling woman behind the register at the corner Exxon who greets everyone by name? Or maybe, it’s the understanding that if you accidentally cut off a Camry merging onto Boyer, she very well could be the scowling woman bagging your groceries later that morning. Living in a small town is many things, and although a double-edged sword, lends itself to responsibility and familiarity. It can be as excruciating as your neighbors grumbling about your dog’s XL poops at least 30 feet from their property’s edge, or as lovely as knowing how someone takes their coffee, despite the fact that they may hold very different opinions on some things you care about. As I was sitting outside my preferred coffee shop, letting the sun beams hit my face and hoping that a stroke of writing creativity would accompany the Vitamin D squeezing its way into my brain, two men rolled up on bicycles and claimed the table next to me. Because I was in the phase of work that day where I was pretending to be occupied at best, I let my ears subtly tilt in their direction. The friends were engaging in the kind of excited, random banter that you could expect of two teenagers skipping third-period history class, firing off inside jokes, scheming business ventures, discussing their favorite microbrews,
Emily Erickson. and eventually, providing me with the writing inspiration for which I’d been searching. Having both moved to Sandpoint from what I could best gather as Seattle, they discussed the most profound differences they had experienced upon relocating to a small town. Stretching his hands behind his head, and tipping the chair back onto two legs, one man casually shared through his yawn, “Well, there is just more accountability here.” Being sociologically minded, I took the concept of a small town accountability effect and ran with gusto. As a Millennial, I’ve come of age in the most politically polarized climate the United States has ever seen. A person’s party affiliation is more than something to which they casually subscribe, but rather, is wrapped in fabric of their identity. Across the country, people divide themselves in their camps of red and blue with brazenness, categorizing those opposite their party line as the other. And accompanying this otherness is a general lack of faith in governmental bodies, especially as it relates to their ability to actually do the things they spent months splashing in
promises across our computer and television screens. According to the Harvard Institute of Politics, Millennials are experiencing this distrust more than any other generation, with the expectation of transparency and accountability taking precedence over blind promises. The survey read, “But as Millennials exhibit more faith in community volunteering and entrepreneurship than other Americans, they set historically low marks for trust in government last year.” Millennials are prioritizing holding themselves personally responsible for the changes they want to see, as opposed to simply trusting the motivations of others to accomplish their goals. Small towns, with the closeness and familiarity of community, as well as providing a more complete picture of the people governing our spaces, are some of the best places for
a restoration of the polarization and lack of faith represented in the Millennial population. Instead of demonizing someone for voting on the other side of the ticket than us, we know intimate details about their life, consequently restoring their humanness. If someone identifies as a Republican, we most likely also know how many children they have, how many soccer games they attended, and which trails they like to hike. If someone votes Democratic, we also know what gym they go to, what flavor of pie they favor, and where they purchased their latest used car. Regarding our faith in local government, we can confidently know the character of the people on our ballots, having the opportunity to sit and talk with them over sips of beer, through watching how they treat their neighbors, and counting how
many pups they pat as they stroll through the streets. In every facet of small town living there is accountability. It is what allows us to transcend the obstacles faced when surrounded by strangers. We can focus on all of the things that encompass a person’s identity, not just their party affiliation, and begin restoring some of the middle ground the United States is desperately missing. In our small town, we bring kindness and humanness back into everyday living, because I promise, your 30 seconds of road rage won’t be worth all of the dented cans your checkout lady not-so-gingerly packed into your grocery bags. Emily Erickson is a freelance writer and bartender originally from Wisconsin, with a degree in Sociology and an affinity for playing in the mountains.
JIMMY AND DAVEY CATCH A RIDE TO WORK FROM HOPE TO SANDPOINT. May 24, 2018 /
Kathy Chambers named Chamber Volunteer of the Month
By Reader Staff
Bouquets: • A bouquet goes out to Caroline Gleason at Second Ave. Pizza for all the hard work she does putting together our annual Lost in the ‘50s Weekend. We appreciate the passion you have for the community, Caroline! • Another bouquet goes out to the team at Northwest Handmade on First Avenue. Their name was left off the list of sponsors who donated to the hanging flower basket effort. Thanks Laurie and the rest of the NW Handmade crew. Barbs • As you may have read in our letters to the editor section this week, I responded to a letter writer who called me a “coward” for not engaging in debate with him about his views that those who vote are somehow supporting violence. In brief, I have always refused to regard the political opinions of anybody who doesn’t vote — especially those who advocate for others to not vote. But the larger point is, there are some of you out there who seem to think I’m your personal whipping boy. Some of you send me ugly emails making unfair demands on my time. Some of you reject any response I give, claiming that I am a “coward” for not engaging in a debate. Some of you write falsehoods about me and put words in my mouth. Let me make one thing perfectly clear: I will always engage in a positive, constructive debate with someone who wants to genuinely engage in a good faith argument. What I won’t do is stand idly by while people peddle false logic, lie and berate me. I’m not asking for any sympathy — this is my job and I’m tasked with doing it the best I can. But what I do ask is for you all to have a little understanding and compassion for the demands of this job. 8 /
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Occasionally, the Greater Sandpoint Chamber of Commerce come across a person who is truly special. Someone who is willing to go above and beyond to help, whether it is to assist an organization, event, or a neighbor. The truly remarkable thing about such people is they are not looking for recognition, they do these things simply because they are drawn to do good. When selecting the May Volunteer of the Month, a special person’s name came to light. The Chamber’s board of directors is pleased to announce Kathy Chambers as the May Volunteer of the Month. Kathy Chambers is a wife, mom, friend and super volunteer. She has been on the Kinderhaven board for nearly 10 years and board chair for the last three years. “Kathy is a hands-on chair in all aspects of Kinderhaven: Organizing, volunteering, emceeing at the Festival of Trees, and basically doing whatever we need to make Kinderhaven a success,” said Kinderhaven’s Executive Director Jennifer Plummer. “Kathy and her husband, Chris, built a huge float for the annual Fourth of July parade. They built an actual house to represent Kinderhaven!”
In addition to her year-round work at Kinderhaven, Kathy is on the selection committee of Women Honoring Women, where she and other committee members put on the Gala for the honorees every year. She works with the Selkirk Association of Realtors on the Giving Tree project. She plays a vital role in purchasing, wrapping and delivering gifts to local children in need during the holidays. She volunteers for the Festival of Sandpoint wine fundraiser and previously served three years on the school board. On personal level, Kathy and her husband have hosted seven exchange students over the years. Not only do they provide a home for these students, they completely involve them in every part of the family life from vacations to parties to proms. Even when there is a language barrier, Kathy manages to make these students feel at home during their stay. Kathy also opens her home to traveling cyclists throughout the summer, and she has spent years assisting an elderly next-door neighbor, providing meals, rides and friendship whenever needed. When Kathy accepted her award at the Chamber’s General Membership Luncheon, she said, “Find something you are pas-
KNPS hosts annual native plant sale
By Reader Staff
The Kinnikinnick Native Plant Society (KNPS) will be holding its annual Arboretum Celebration and Native Plant Sale Saturday, June 2 from 9 a.m. — 1 p.m. at Lakeview Park in Sandpoint. This event is co-sponsored by the Sandpoint Parks and Recreation Department. The event kicks off at 9 a.m. with the unveiling of several new interpretive signs that have been installed in the Arboretum. The native plant sale commences immediately following the presentation. KNPS will offer a wide selection of native trees, shrubs and perennials that are perfectly suited to our local climate and are grown by Cedar Mountain Perennials and Greentree Naturals. In addition to the plants, KNPS
sionate about. It’s as simple as that. If you are passionate about something it’s not work, it brings you joy.” Congratulations to Kathy Chambers.
Kathy Chambers received the Volunteer of the Month award from Jennifer Plummer, Executive Director of Kinderhaven
Sand Creek Paddler Challenge By Reader Staff The Sand Creek Paddler Challenge is a fun and exciting event for families and series racers alike. Join Sandpoint Parks and Recreation on Saturday, June 2 for the annual event. Participants can pre-register at www.SandpointIdaho.gov/ parksrecreation.com. Check in and on-site registration will take place from 9-9:30 a.m. at the City Beach
Pavilion. A pre-race meeting begins at 9:30 and the race begins promptly at 10 a.m. The fee is $12 per boat. The challenge is a four-mile paddle up and back on Sand Creek and has three separate divisions: solo and tandem, a recreation division for those who don’t want to leave a wake and a stand up paddleboard division. This event has quickly become a don’t-miss event! (208) 263-3613.
Neighborhood Watch informational meeting scheduled in Priest River By Reader Staff
will have a variety of hand-crafted items such as planters, trugs and notecards. There will also be a delicious assortment of baked goods freshly made by dedicated KNPS volunteers. If you would like to do some baking for the sale, contact Jan Geren at email@example.com or (208) 263-7279.
There will be a community informational meeting on all aspects of the Neighborhood Watch and Community Force programs that are sponsored by the Bonner County Sheriff’s Office and the volunteers of the Community Force who make it happen. Neighborhood Watch and Community Force are not vigilante programs. They are all about neighbors getting to know each other, taking time to care about each other and working together in
a satisfying program of mutual assistance. It is community members being trained to recognize and report suspicious activity in their neighborhoods. By cooperating with each other and local law enforcement, citizens can help fight crime the most effective way: before it begins. This informational meeting is open to all area residents. It will take place Saturday, June 2, at the Priest River Library, 219 Main St. at 10 a.m. Please call Kellie Risso at (208) 255-8862 for more information.
Mayor’s Roundtable: Preserving a Public Asset
Rep. Mayor Shelby Rognstad Reader Contributor
treats wastewater from Sandpoint, Ponderay, Kootenai and beyond. Since then, the impetus for regionalization has subsided, and upon technical analysis it seems moving the plant would incur an additional $20 million cost to the taxpayer. While the construction would be cheaper, pumping the waste to the new site and then back to the existing discharge in the Pend Oreille River adds a cost that the rate payers may be unwilling to bear. The TAC will be making a recommendation to council for a location in June. If it is determined that the Baldy location is not viable, the wastewater utility can no longer hold onto the property. It’s in the best interest of the
city to keep this parcel as it is an incredible public asset. Quality of life is a top priority of our community. It is why so many residents choose to live here. It is the foundation upon which our economy and way of life are built. Not only tourism, but industry exists here because we are fortunate enough to live in an area abundant with natural beauty, recreation, open space, natural resources and affordability. The Baldy property has so much potential to add to our quality of life. While Baldyfoot Disc Golf Course is an incredible amenity, it is only a part of what is possible on this parcel. This beautifully forested land borders the western edge of town and could provide a nice addition to our trail network connecting Baldy to Pine St. It could provide a public campsite close to town where currently there is none available. It could be a venue for outdoor events in a more natural
setting than is possible at our existing, more developed parks. Typically the city would have the option to transfer ownership through an inter-fund purchase. This takes cash from the general fund (parks fund) to purchase the property from the utility fund (the utility rate-payers). Unfortunately, this is not possible for several years because the city has up-fronted the money for the downtown streets revitalization project (currently underway on Cedar Street). While it will be reimbursed by Sandpoint Urban Renewal Agency over the coming years, the city doesn’t have excess cash for such a transaction. It would be unfair to the ratepayers to hold onto this parcel, purchased with their money, when we know that parcel will not be used by the wastewater utility. We must make every effort to retain this parcel for public benefit. I’m asking for your help to organize a campaign to
purchase this parcel. I will be seeking grant opportunities and reaching out to philanthropic institutions to find support for this effort. I recognize the challenge with this campaign as there are other competing interests of great value in our community, such as Pine Street Woods, UI/Boyer Property, Watershed Crest Trail, Pend Oreille Bay Trail and others that are seeking financial support. Nonetheless, we must consider the unique opportunities of this parcel and make the case that it is worth keeping for our community. Contact your city council and other leaders in the community that care about quality of life and conservation. Let’s get the word out while we still have time, we value this open space. The Mayor’s Roundtable informal meeting is held on every last Friday of the month from 8-9am at the Cedar Street Bistro in the Cedar Street Bridge. I hope to see you this Friday, May 25.
Irony of Ironies...
oddly enough, the president has too much influence and power... but only when the party you disagree with is in power. On the other page you have a letter stating that regardless of who is in an office, they have too much power, and we need to reject this to move humanity forward. If you are only OK with things when your prepacked ideology (Republican or Democrat) is in power and angry when the other side is in power, you are the perfect victim of the false dichotomy that is politics. Please, brothers and sisters, move beyond this bickering. Do what you can to make the world around you a better place. Take responsibility for you own life. If you don’t believe you have the right personally to force someone to do your bidding, how can you morally justify voting for some thug crime boss to do it for you?
time and energy? Do you think I have nothing better to do than listen to some hooplehead bloviate about how the act of voting is violent, and “a coward’s way” — a position so rife with stupidity that it deserves no response. I replied to your emails twice and consider the matter closed. And yes, I refuse to debate someone with a position as asinine as yours. I’ve repeatedly said in these pages that I will not entertain the opinions of those who don’t vote, and I damn sure won’t listen to someone advocating for people to cease voting altogether. Don’t like my reply? I don’t care. Go read another publication. My time is better spent on other matters. -Ben Olson, Publisher.
that eventually it was going to happen here too,” she said. With 42 percent of the world’s guns in American hands, the solution will not be easy. But we can hope that other states will follow Florida’s example — which responded to protests by the Parkland students by raising the age limit to purchase rifles and tightening its gun registration rules. Since 85 percent of school shooters, including the Texas teenager, reportedly get their guns from their homes (or from friends or relatives), we must consider legislation — proposed last week by a Congresswoman — requiring lockboxes for all guns kept at home, and especially in homes with children. We can either take action, or wait for the next school shooting.
those on the voting rolls in Bonner County. I immediately became critical of the approximately 50 percent who did not make the effort to vote. Then I realized the voting results are still a majority of those who voted, and I like to think we live in a democracy and that the public has spoken. But I am still perplexed why! Follow the money! That is always a good place to start. I know who funded the passage of this proposal, the Friends of Scotchman Peaks Wilderness, their members and their plethora of volunteers with donations of their time and money, but I do not know who funded the opposition. The opposition had to be organized and had to have substantial funding, but by whom and what were their reasons for opposing the creation and protection of a small area of natural beauty? Where did I go wrong? What is it I do not understand? Why would so many people be opposed to the Scotchman Peaks Wilderness area? I would honestly like to know. I must be missing something and the only people who can make me better understand the reason or reasons are those who voted against the SPWA. I hope that one or more who voted against the proposed Scotchman Peaks Wilderness area will please enlighten me with a one or two logical, but not political, reasons why they voted against securing something I feel would be extremely valuable to our community and future generations.
Next week I will meet with the special committee to consider the future of Sandpoint’s Wastewater Treatment Facility. The committee is considering two options with regard to the facility’s future location. One is to rebuild the plant at its existing facility. This would require expanding the footprint and would present certain challenges as the plant would have to be rebuilt upon the existing plant without impacting current operations. The second option is to build the plant at the 37-acre Baldy property where the Baldyfoot Disc Golf Course is located. This property was purchased in 2007 by the city wastewater utility fund for that very purpose. At the time, regionalization was a hot topic in local politics, and the presumption was that this would be a great future location for a facility that
Dear Editor, It would seem Mr. Olson was none too impressed with my letter I sent him two weeks ago (which he waited to print until after the election was over, a move dripping in cowardice and fear in my opinion) when he deemed it the most ignorant letter of the year, despite not responding to my request for open dialogue twice. For the good of the people, allow me to point out a very amusing coincidence. In my first letter, I argued that good ideas do not require force and that accepting the “vote for your ruler” paradigm is not a moral imperative, merely part of our cultural mores at best, and certainly not preferable to one where we take individual responsibility to make the world a better place rather than passing that burden onto someone else by using the monopoly of force of the state to enforce our preferences on others violently. How much more perfectly could my point be made than by Nick Grier (sic), who Ben obviously thinks is not ignorant, given he allows him to write a weekly column. Nick’s article was basically him crying about how morally depraved Agent Orange is and how his golden boy Obama was essentially a paragon of virtue (26,171 bombs dropped on countries I doubt most of you could point to on a map in 2016 alone. Give this man another Nobel peace prize!). Sounds like there’s some serious cognitive dissonance going on here. On one page, you have Nick complaining that,
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Anthony, Yes, your letter was ignorant. I said as much in my first emailed reply to you, and explained myself further in my second emailed reply – in no less than 700 words. If you don’t like the substance of my reply, so be it, but for you to claim that I didn’t respond to your request for “open dialogue” is an outright lie. Do you think you’re the only person to email me demanding I engage in debate with you? Do you realize how many people there are, like you, that place these unfair demands upon my
Another School Shooting... Dear Editor, In the wake of yet another school shooting, this time in Texas, coming just weeks after a similar tragic event at the Parkland high school in Florida, America is at a crossroads. Either we do something or we can expect these shooting will continue indefinitely. Parkland student Jaclyn Corin directed her frustration at President Trump, writing, “Our children are being murdered and you’re treating this like a game. This is the 22nd school shooting just this year, DO SOMETHING.” Echoing this feeling, Paige Curry, a student who just last week experienced this nightmare at her Santa Fe, Texas high school, said, “It’s been happening everywhere. I’ve always kind of felt like
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Help Me Understand... Dear Editor, I was shocked when I saw the voting results on the proposal to designate Scotchman Peaks a wilderness area in Idaho. How could a majority of my voting peers in Bonner County vote against an issue I thought was a “no brainer?” Who could possibly be opposed to preserving a small portion of the Idaho Panhandle National Forest for my grandchildren and their grandchildren? First, I thought, well 5,672 (54 percent) to 4,831 (46 percent) is a small majority of approximately 20,000, or about 27 percent of
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Mad about Science: breathing
Everyone knows that you suck in air and push out carbon dioxide with your lungs, but it’s way more complicated than This topic is courtesy of that. There’s an insane amount Lyndsie Kiebert. Thanks, of stuff going on inside your Lyndsie! lungs and it’s a wonder nature It’s the first thing we do figured this stuff out. when we come out of the While we identify our lungs womb, and it’s the last thing we do before we die. Everyone, as the suckers-of-air, they aren’t actually what’s responfrom every political spectrum, sible for inhaling and exhaling. ethnicity and creed does it. The primary muscle involved We’re always breathing, so ofis your diaphragm. It’s a large ten we don’t even consciously muscle in the center of your realize what we’re doing. chest, anchored to your ribs. Well, until allergy season When you inhale, the diawhen most of us can’t breathe phragm contracts downward, at all. pushing your ribs up and apart to allow air to fill your lungs. As your diaphragm relaxes, the ribs move back and force excess air out of your lungs. Your torso is basically a big bike Over 50 beer and pump. We need oxygen cider options in order for our cells fresh salads to process nutrients. The cells break down Sandwiches the nutrients with the oxygen as a catalyst, pizza and more! then spit out carbon dioxide as waste. When we breathe in, we feed our blood cells with fresh oxygen. When we breathe out, we’re expelling all of the waste they don’t need. Cellular respiration is way more complicated than what I just described, but that’s the basis of it. Good in, bad out. In order to get the Corner of First Ave. and bad out, you have to Bridge Street put good in first. This Downtown Sandpoint is why breathing is so
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important during things like yoga or meditation. In our lungs, there are hundreds of millions of little microscopic things called alveoli. They’re tiny little structures connected to capillaries, which are tiny blood vessels that are only a cell thick. The alveoli pulls Co2 from your blood vessels and pushes fresh oxygen in via a tiny little air sac. Worth noting, this is where most of the damage is done if you ever sustain an explosion-related injury. The blast wave causes gases in your lungs to suddenly expand, which ruptures these tiny blood vessels en masse and makes you drown on your own blood. Metal. When we exercise, we breathe hard. That’s because our muscles are burning through reserves faster and creating more waste, so in order for us to keep using those muscles we need to breathe more heavily and faster. This feels crummy at first because we’ve been pre-programmed by a solid 70 million years (or more) of evolution to feel that if we’re having to run really fast all of a sudden, it must be from something trying to eat us. This is probably the same reason our brain releases endorphins and a cocktail of other fun chemicals when we’re exercising. It controls pain, but most importantly it convinces us to focus and get away from whatever must be chasing us. If we’re focused and pain-free, we can probably run faster... Until we can’t. Breathing is controlled by a number of chemical receptors and the medulla oblongata, one
of the most primordial parts of your brain. It also controls stuff like your heart beating, involuntary vomiting and sneezing. Luckily for us, there are plenty of switches in our brain that let us override the medulla oblongata to temporarily halt breathing if something happens like we fall into a stream. Some animals have something called a diving reflex, where the muscles in the nasal cavity and larynx tighten shut to trap air in the lungs and keep water from pouring in and drowning the animal. This is especially useful for penguins, dolphins, and other marine animals. While we primarily need oxygen to breathe, as much as 70 percent of each breath we take is nitrogen, while only around 22 percent is oxygen, of which we only use about 5 percent. Personally, I find that pretty cool, because nitrogen is kind of the unsung hero of life. Ever wonder why you can see your breath while it’s cold? When we breathe in, the air passes nasal mucus, which is wet and begins to saturate the air with water. The air is also heated by our pumping blood vessels. Between the saturation of water and the sudden change
in temperature when exhaling, the water vapor condenses to form a mist. This is the same reason that a water droplet may form at the end of your nose while it’s cold. In nature, not all lungs are created equal. Our lungs are a straight shot from our mouths. Many birds have air sacs near their rear ends, where the air is pulled through most of their body before getting pushed into the lungs and then out. Most amphibians diffuse oxygen and Co2 through their skin with very simple lungs which are likely similar to what the first life on Earth had. Most arachnids have things called “book lungs” that look like a closed book. Hemolymph (friendly neighborhood spider-blood) is pumped through as air passes through the cavity. The tissues of the “lung” are folded to maximize surface area and absorb as much oxygen as possible. So when you ask your pet tarantula to come do yoga with you, don’t be offended if he tells you, “Namaste home, bruh.” He just can’t get as much air as you.
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• There are approximately 1,500 miles of airways in your lungs. In the words of Owen Wilson: “Wao!” • Too much oxygen can harm you. Oxygen toxicity causes dizziness, nausea, involuntary twitching and renal failure. • Your left lung is smaller than your right, because it shares a space with your heart. • You can live with only one lung. You can also live with only one head. • You can increase your lung capacity with practice and exercise, which can help increase your energy and athletic ability. • Lungs are the only organ in the human body that floats. • Smoking destroys your lungs. Period.
Library prepares to unveil expansion By Cameron Rasmusson Reader Staff
The noise and disruption of a major construction project wasn’t enough to keep Sandpoint residents away from the library. Even so, staff and patrons alike are eagerly anticipating the formal unveiling of the Sandpoint library expansion, which is just starting to shine after a year of construction. While work on the project’s final details is expected to extend into August, the expansion is close enough to completion that library officials are ready to introduce it to the public. “We’re like little kids, we’re so excited,” said Marcy Timblin, the library’s public relations, marketing and community development director. A grand opening celebration is planned for Saturday, June 2, from 12-4 p.m., which will feature presentations of the new spaces, refreshments, tours and a special announcement officials are saving for the occasion. The event will also include entertainment by the Sandpoint High School Choir, Folk Remedy, Cecil the Magician and Bridges Home. Originally a 30,000-square foot building, the expansion adds about 8,000 square feet of much-needed space to the facility. With a little room to stretch their legs, library staff members are finally able to introduce new amenities like an expanded children’s library, more community meeting space, overhauled book collections, new computer and tech support sections and more. From the beginning, the chief challenge of the project was moving construction along in a timely manner while ensuring the library’s service remained available to the public. Given a library’s need to encourage a quiet, contemplative environment, that was no easy task. But according to project manager Brandon Spry, construction workers and library patrons struck a workable balance over the past year. “This was a project that as a whole we really enjoyed,” he
said. “We definitely had complications with keeping the library open, ... but our goal was to make sure the city of Sandpoint could utilize this space, and they definitely did.” Timblin was ultimately impressed at just how many residents continued to frequent the library during the most invasive phases of construction. “The project has not deterred people from coming at all,” she said. “The biggest surprise was just how understanding the patrons have been,” she later added. Among the new additions to the library are a variety of new seating areas, including one with a nearby fireplace. Timblin said these areas are ideal for the increasing numbers of people who bring their own laptops, tablets or other technology to the library rather than using the library’s computers. The new space upstairs also makes room for an expanded young adult fiction section. Previously relegated to just a few shelves, the new YA section allows for a dramatically expanded collection. Also upstairs is the new computer section, which now comes complete with a dedicated tech support desk. Timblin said
those with mobility issues can still easily access the computers by using the library elevators. The children’s library is another section that has seen a major growth spurt. While there is plenty of space for events and a dedicated area for the children’s librarian, the centerpiece is an elaborately decorated circular seat fashioned in the shape of a tree — staff members call it the Circle of Life. “The children’s library is sponsored by a family who has done a lot for the library: the Gilmore family,” Timblin said. “So we’re naming it after them.” Virtual reality is another exciting new attraction coming to the library. With a whole room dedicated to the VR system, library lovers have entirely new virtual worlds waiting for them to explore. Last but not least, the new teen lounge may well become a favorite after-school destination for students thanks to its electronic offerings and convenient location to the high school. The lounge will be decked out with tabletop, board and video games in addition to other cool tech. “It’s a great place for kids to just come and chill out,” said Timblin.
Marcy Timblin, public relations director for the Library, sits in the new children’s wing. Photo by Cameron Rasmusson. Community members can check the lounge out for themselves at a teen tech mixer coming up 4-5:30 p.m. Attendees can check out the VR system and games while winning prizes, enjoying refreshments and offering suggestions for the lounge. Afterward, they can stick around for pizza and prizes while the Idaho Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force breaks down youth safety in an online world. Topics
‘The Shape of Water’ hits SFN Movie Night
include problems like cyberbullying, exploitation and human trafficking, so the discussion is recommended for teens age 13 and older. All in all, it’s been a whirlwind year for library staff. According to Timblin, they’re excited for the work to be complete, but the journey getting there was memorable in its own right. “It seems like it went by really fast,” Timblin said.
The vision of panelized, realized.
By Cameron Rasmusson Reader Staff Come by the Sandpoint Filmmakers Network Movie Night this Tuesday for a screening of Best Picture winner “The Shape of Water.” Directed with the visual extravagance one expects from visionary director Guillermo del Toro, “The Shape of Water” explores a romance between two individuals rejected by conventional 1960s society. One is a mute cleaner who works in a top-secret government laboratory. The other is a humanoid amphibian creature held captive within the laboratory. The visually lush film earned
critical acclaim for both its tender heart and its inventive dark fantasy world. SFN Movie Night takes place 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 29, at the Little Panida Theater. It is free to attend, but a suggested $5 donation is recommended to help cover the cost of the theater rental. Beer and wine is offered for sale by the Panida Theater. The screening is a private event, but it’s simple and free to join SFN: Simply go to www.sandpointfilmmakers.net/join or sign up at the screening.
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Live Music w/ BareGrass 5-7pm @ Idaho Pour Authority Bluegrass with a local flavor Live Music w/ Britchy 5-8pm @ Pend d’Oreille Winery Live Americana and bluegrass Live Music w/ Mostly Harmless 6-8pm @ Cedar St. Bistro Wine Bar
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IPA Five Year Anniversary Party 12-8pm @ Idaho Pour Authority Enjoy live music with John Firshi from 2-4 p.m Browne Salmon Truck from 5-7 p.m. Complime food will be served all day, and raffle prize pro will be donated to the Bonner Community Food
Live Music w/ Bright Moments Jazz 6:30-9:30pm @ MickDuff’s Beer Hall Kick your heels to some upbeat jazz Live Music w/ Still Tipsy and the Hangovers 9pm @ 219 Lounge The triumphant return of the rockabilly, jazz and swing band from Sandpoint
Sandpoint Chess Club 9am @ Evans Brothers Coffee Meets every Sunday at 9am
Lifetree Cafe • 2pm @ Jalepeño’s Mexic An hour of conversation and stories. This
3rd Annual MCS All Stars Student Concert 7pm @ Panida Theater Join us for this talented show comprised of the very best of MCS students. $10 adults, $5 youth 18 and under
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
‘PS: Your Cat Is Dead’ play 7pm @ The Heartwood Center It’s New Year’s Eve in New York City. Your best died in September, you’ve been robbed twice, you friend is leaving you, you’ve lost your job ... an only one left to talk to is the gay burglar you’ve go up in the kitchen ... P.S. your cat is dead. Tix $12/
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Monday Night Blues Jam w/ Truck Mills 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
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Sandpoint Farmers’ Market 3-5:30pm @ Farmin Park Buy produce, shop local wares and listen to live music by Betsy Hammet and Beth Peterson
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Mayor’s Roundtable 8-9am @ Cedar St. Bistro (inside Cedar St. Bridge) Meet with Sandpoint Mayor Shelby Rognstad at this monthly informal meeting to discuss issues that face Sandpoint today
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10am @ meeting place TBD Take a guided scenic walk or bike ride on the future Pine Street Woods property. Today’s hike is a “Kids and Kites” themed walk led by Jim Zuberbuhler. Bring the kids and a kite and enjoy a spring morning in an open meadow. Sign up at KaniksuLandTrust.org
Breakfast for the Brave 7:30-10am @ The Bridge at Sandpoint Breakfast will be served in honor of all who served in the U.S. military or are currently serving; spouses are also welcome. RSVP at 208-263-1524
Yoga on Tap 11am @ Laughing Dog Brewery One hour class that ends with the group having a beer together. $12 includes your first beer “The Paleobotany and Geology of the Clarkia Area, Idaho” 9:45-11am @ Sandpoint Community Hall Discussion on the geologic setting and the relationship of the ancient Lake Clarkia to the Columbia River Basalt by Affiliate Prof. Bill Rember Wildcrafting Plant Walk and Workshop 1-5pm @ Cascadia Permaculture Center Learn how to identify and collect wild plants for commercial and home use with Michael Pilarski in Clark Fork. (208) 550-3134
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‘A Walk in the Woods’:
Kaniksu Land Trust to Lead Discovery Walks of Pine Street Woods
By Reader Staff Residents are invited to discover all Pine Street Woods community forest will offer through KLT’s Walk in the Woods series. Take a guided scenic walk or bike ride on the future Pine Street Woods property. Sign up today at www.kaniksulandtrust.org. Here is the lineup: On Saturday, May 26 at 10 a.m. is the “Kids and Kites” themed walk led by Jim Zuberbuhler. Bring your kids and a kite and enjoy a spring morning in an open meadow. Maximum 20 participants. The meeting place has yet to be determined, so please call or email KLT for final details. A gentle, all-levels walk led by Kaniksu Land Trust Executive Director Eric Grace and Keokee Publisher Chris Bessler is set for Sunday, June 3 at 10 a.m. Participants will experience the varied terrain and walk to a scenic vista. Maximum 30 participants. On Saturday, June 23, at 10 a.m. join Julie Meyer and Tim Martin for a bike or hike tour of PSW. Martin will lead a gentle hike past
a flower-filled meadow, through forest to an overlook while Meyer leads a moderately challenging bike ride. Maximum eight biking, 20 walking participants. Bring your bike and ride along with Julie Meyer Sunday, June 30, at 10 a.m., or take a vigorous, more challenging hike with Eric Grace. Both groups will discover the best of the future Pine Street Woods. Maximum eight biking, 20 walking participants. Sign up online at www. kaniksulandtrust.org or by calling 208-263-9471 Until KLT has purchased the land, it is private property, and these guided walks are being led with permission of the current landowner. Pine Street Woods is KLT’s innovative initiative to enhance community health, happiness and well-being, while conserving one of the last significant tracts of open land near Sandpoint and Dover. KLT has raised $1.725 million of the $2.1 million project budget with just $375,000 left to make Pine Street Woods a community forest. You can learn
more about KLT’s Pine Street Woods project by visiting www. kaniksu.org. Call KLT (208) 2639471 with questions or comments about Pine Street Woods, to make a contribution, or to get better acquainted with the organization.
Founded in 2002, Kaniksu Land Trust works to conserve forests, waterways, working farms and recreational lands. KLT also offers unique programs that foster appreciation of our regions exceptional natural resources.
A couple of locals and their dog take a walk through the Pine St. Woods. Photo by Fio Hicks Photography
Forest Service completes raft slide near Priest Lake By Ben Olson Reader Staff The Idaho Panhandle National Forests has recently completed the Priest River Angler Access and Raft Slide Project on the Priest Lake Ranger District. The raft slide and river access is located on the west side of the lower Priest River about 1,500 feet south of Outlet Dam (Priest Lake) at milepost 25.5 of Highway 57 on the Priest Lake Ranger District. The project addressed user safety and streambank damage associated with carrying light watercraft from the highway pull-out down to the river. The raft slide, which was constructed 14 /
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with a set of sturdy stairs and hand railings on both sides, will allow users to safely and effectively “slide” their rafts, canoes, kayak or tubes down an angled platform in a controlled manner. The previous access route to the water was very steep and highly eroded. Boats had to be lowered to the waterline with a rope or let them “free-slide”. This was unsafe and damaging to both equipment and the streambank. This project was made possible by a Federal Lands Access Project (FLAP) grant, partner donations, and the Idaho Panhandle RAC recommendation to fund a portion the project using Title II funds. Maris Inc. of Boise, Idaho provided its construc-
tion expertise for the project. Additional site improvements are planned to include an expanded parking area that will be designed and constructed by Idaho Transportation Department. The design will allow parking for more vehicle-trailer combinations as it is anticipated the improved river access provided by the raft slide will increase raft use at this location. In the meantime, users are encouraged to be very careful when pulling back onto the highway at this location as summer traffic increases on Highway 57. If you have any questions on this project, please contact the Priest Lake Ranger Station at (208) 443-2512. Photo courtesy USDA.
saving earth, one ant at a time BY BARRY BURGESS READER CONTRIBUTOR
wasn’t born where I now live though sometimes I wish I was. Complications of life around here seem to vanish, dissolve with the seasons, the weather, the mountains. We came here from the Midwest, my wife and children, and I, a long, long time ago. From the air, the Midwest is a place so flat one could roll a bowling ball, from Chicago to St. Louis, to Indiana, or tossed hard enough to at least Kansas, where by the way, almost no one from Chicago would want to end up. And, the wind. The farmers of the Midwest have almost as many names for wind as Inuits have for snow. The Midwest plains, as seen from the air, is a pancake geometry furrowed by farmland machinery into grids of near perfect squares, rectangles and ginormous circles. I often wonder what is grown in those triangular corners left over? The land is further divided and arranged in geometric grids by roads, streets, paths and rails. The quilt is stitched by geologic time and appears as emerald pie crust at 35,000 feet. One is reminded, passing over cities at that height, of ant-like structures. When exposed, ant tunnels, hives and such show a striking resemblance to human cities, proving the sentient microcosm of what it means to be so small. With gravity pulling at our feet, our tiny selves, like ants, march in finite orders. But rather than simple
gatherers, we take, build, destroy, and spoil — imagining ourselves potential heroes. The lesson to be learned is to cope with nature, not ruin it. Flood a hive sometime and see where it gets you. They will win, the little bastards, and take nothing in return. For millennia, humans have attempted to organize nature, controlling and transforming it to fit their needs. We have tried to conform Mother Nature. It has not been successful as we are beginning to see. We are starting to feel her wrath in many places everywhere on earth. What we fail to understand is: mother always wins. We have been tormenting her for several hundred years; She’s a not just a little bit pissed. Now, if we realize the trauma we have created and own up to it, we can help her to at least calm down a little. An 18th-century philosopher, Charles Bonnet, happened upon a prickly flower called a teasel: ….where inside harbored a colony of tiny red ants. He plucked it, carried it to his study, and planted it in an open jar. He found, upon returning later, a number of the ants had abandoned the nest and marched up the wall to nibble on the wood of his window above. He described in his journal how one climbed down the wall and back down the jar to the nest. And
then, two others followed in precisely the same route. Like caterpillars, that he had studied, the ants left a trace, but not a thread, rather, they emit a strong smell, “rather like urine.” Parenthetically, according to Robert Moor, in his book: On Trails, an Exploration, this odor lent ants their archaic name, “pismires,” and later, “piss-ants.” Like the red ants, we are tiny pismires in the scheme of things. We follow each other (with or without the odor, mostly with) in similar patterns, to work, to school, malls, churches, temples, up and down the jar, in mobilized machines. Then we arrive back again like clockwork, feeling as if shackled to some olfactory milieu, anchored to some brainless evolution. Followers only need apply. Leaders have hope. Collectively, I think we can save our planet because we know a single ant can lead a large number of companions to a better place and survive. That is why, if we accept the nature of that smallness, beguile ourselves, rid ourselves of the brazen egotism that causes so much misfortune, we can form tangible paths to: not who we are, rather, who we hope to become. Native Americans, in the drama of their plight, attempted to educate European settlers and help them abandon their misbegotten destiny. Rather than “Mother Earth,” the universal white man’s construct,
the Indians would council the settlers that earth is: “Earth Mother.” Contemplate that for a moment. Is this how we treat our mother? Consume, construct, extract, and confound the life around and within her? War on drugs, war on Poverty, war on Afghanistan, Iraq, war on…Wore on… wouldn’t it be nice if in the next war, rather than killing others, was one for the life of this planet? We could, if so motivated. We could save Earth Mother and ourselves, one ant a time; that is, if we survive the timeless onslaught of political destruction and religious dogma occupying our selfish and embattled selves. We must endlessly fight for what in these times may be the last vestige of our plight for humanity. Mom won’t worry about us at all. She has put us here on her earth hoping we would take good care of her, wear our galoshes and eat our vegetables. Regardless, if we kill ourselves in our current madness, she still will be here as sure as caterpillars breath through their skin and ants escape a jar. She always survives and lives to give birth again. Remember, monsters once roamed the earth. Huge bastards with sharp teeth. What is left is hope. I am going to tell my two sons something about hope I read recently in a book titled “In the Event of My Untimely Demise,” by Brian Sacks.
“Adolf Hitler wanted to be an architect, but failed the entrance exams at the University of Vienna. He later went on to conquer all of Europe and kill millions of people. The lesson to be learned is: There Is Always Hope.” I, this pissant, have chosen hope. I have returned to the jar from which I escaped years ago. I’ve crawled back into the teasel. Our lives have followed a path that returned us to where we learned, agonizingly, how to raise children, give them health, the only thing we really knew for certain. We now have forged ourselves in another cycle that could be characterized as “The Remains of Our Days.” We are pleased with the fortunes of goodness we have gathered in friends and family and rest ourselves with a knowledge that wherever one lives, what remains is the life-long requirement, the commitment to do good things. The deeds we are to do is to respect one another and instill in ourselves and others, hope every day. Have hope and hold onto that dearly. It may be the last thing you have going out of the jar. Barry Burgess is an artist and writer returning from Seattle to Sandpoint after a 25 year hiatus. He intends to do his varied forms of art, complete 3 unfinished novels, reaffirm his love of the outdoors, and record his impressions of life along the way. May 24, 2018 /
The Hope Cemetery’s living legacy:
The Friends of Hope Cemetery have broken ground — literally — on a long-desired and unique improvement project
By Lyndsie Kiebert Reader Staff To Brent Lockwood, cemeteries are happy places. Leaning on a rake, clad in muddy boots and work clothes, he’s smiling with an overcast but Ross-Hall-worthy view of Lake Pend Oreille behind him. “I think of these as good places,” he said, looking uphill at the towering trees, lilac bushes and many gravestones of the Hope Cemetery. “Some people look at cemeteries as being depressing, and think about all the memories that got lost or the loves that ended, but I think it just gathers history.” The rake and muddy work clothes are thanks to the cemetery’s latest improvements, spearheaded by the Friends of Hope Cemetery. Lockwood is the chair of the group. He had just finished filling in the earth behind some concrete poured to mark the place of a columbarium — a structure meant for holding several dozen urns — when he stopped to talk about the project. The smile may have had something to do with a decades-old idea coming to fruition. “There are very few burial plots left available, and some are even being used to bury ashes,” he said. “Those very few cemetery plots, once they’re sold, that’s it. So the idea, back when folks were just getting together and they chartered the Friends of Hope Cemetery, was how to secure the future of the cemetery so that it’s a viable, functioning cemetery.” Those folks — Fran Schuck (Lockwood’s deceased father-in-law), the Rameys, the Dreisbachs, the Butlers, the 16 /
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Dunns, and many more — recognized the shrinking cemetery issue and thus began the brainstorming process. In 2011, the columbaria project was officially announced as “in progess.” Lockwood said the columbaria, which will be tucked up against the downslope of the Hope Cemetery, are just a piece of a larger improvement project. “There’s enough downslope that my imagination can run wild,” he said. The first columbarium is located directly downhill from the center of the cemetery. It will hold 48 urn niches with 12-by-12-inch granite plaques acting as identifiers for the deceased. Beside the first columbarium runs a retaining wall almost two feet tall, which Lockwood calls the memorial plaque wall. He said the same granite plaques will adorn the wall commemorating people who might be buried elsewhere, or families and groups. The wall runs several yards down to the proposed second columbarium location. “We’re buying (a plaque for) Friends of Hope Cemetery just to recognize our involvement,” he said. The city council is set to adopt a resolution on June 13 which would make the pricing for the columbarium niches and memorial wall plaques official. Lockwood said the current price for memorial plaques is $325, plus $150 if engraving is included at the time of purchase, for a total of $475. The price for a niche during construction is discounted to $925. That price will be available for 120 days or 24 niches, whichever comes first. After that the regular price will be $1,225. In both cases,
engraving requests at the time of purchase are an additional $150. Funds from the columbarium niches will fund future columbaria, Lockwood said, while funds from the memorial wall will go toward the cemetery’s general fund. The cemetery is owned and maintained by the city of Hope. Applications for purchase can be obtained through the clerk for the city of Hope, Debbie Lazoran, by calling (208) 655-5333. “When I first moved here and was involved in the project, I couldn’t really visualize it,” said Friends of Hope Cemetery Secretary Susan Howard. “But now that it’s coming to fruition, people are interested. There’s so much potential in this, but until you see it and you feel it, it’s an abstract concept.” East Hope City Councilman Ian Barrett is one of those interested people. He hails from Canada, where columbaria are popular, so when he found out he could own a niche in Hope he jumped at the chance. “It’s a great use of the area and it’s a great location,” he said. “It’s a nice way to put your ashes there, and I like the idea of things being in one place.” Lockwood said it’s exciting — and a little scary — to see all the groundwork and collaboration turn into actual con-
Top Left: The initial concrete is in place for the first columbarium. Top Right: Brent Lockwood, left, and Dennis Hatley, in the backhoe, work on the first columbarium site on May 17. Bottom Right: A panoramic shot of the Hope Cemetery. The columnbaria site is out of the frame, down the hill on the right. Photos by Lyndsie Kiebert. struction. “I’m carrying a torch from a generation ago,” he said, mentioning all the hard work others put into the cemetery over the years. “(They) didn’t have time to finish it, and I won’t have time to finish it.” When asked whether he thought the improvement project — from the columbariums to the memorial plaque wall and beyond — would ever be finished, Lockwood smiled again, took a look at the concrete shells of what’s to come and then over his shoulder at the view. “I hope not,” he said. “You’re just trying to create the infrastructure for a living thing that will go on for who knows how long. It’s a living thing — in a cemetery.” Questions about the project may be directed to me Brent Lockwood, chair of Friends of Hope Cemetery, at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling (208) 290-6892.
Gardening with Laurie: Woody perennial herbs By Laurie Brown Reader Columnist
Herbs can be some of the easiest plants to grow for the home food garden. They add interest to meals or tea, and some are quite pretty. Some of the hardy herbs are subshrubs — plants with a woody structure, but on a smaller scale than most shrubs. Sage, thyme and lavender fall into this category. These plants are from the Mediterranean area, and like welldrained, even dry and rocky, soils. They will die if they sit in water — a problem in our wet springs. A slight slope is a good place for them — preferably south-facing. As an example of the difference this can make, I have trouble getting sage to live for more than about 4 years, and sometimes lose a lavender in a wet winter. In a garden I tend, there are huge lavenders and the biggest sage I’ve ever seen, on a steep slope, which are at least 10 years old. The only really reliable sage is the regular salvia officinalis; the tricolor and purple ones are slightly less hardy. Pineapple sage is strictly an annual here. Among lavenders, the lavandula angustifolia, English lavender, is the hardiest. Within that species, though, you can find dark or light purple, pink or white flowers. Thyme comes in many varieties; Thymus vulgaris being the culinary type — the types sold as creepers for paths are pretty but scentless. Thyme also comes in lemon scented varieties, as well as both golden leafed and variegated. Sage and lavender form true woody structures, which need pruning for shape once a year, as well as removing some old wood after the plant is about three years old. Thyme makes a woody stem, with lots of wiry stems covered in tiny leaves. It can be sheared almost to the ground in winter once it gets to be around three years old; it develops
too many old stems that don’t produce many leaves as it ages. Thyme spreads rapidly, and you’ll need to keep it in check. It is, thankfully, easier to control than mints are, having no underground runners. Just dig it out and throw it on the compost or in the chicken yard; it’ll make them smell sweeter. Like all herbs, you don’t want to fertilize these plants much. I give young ones some fertilizer to give them a good start, so they are large enough to survive being planted out. From there on out they only get fertilized lightly in spring — I like to use about fourth the amount the bag says to use. Too much fertilizer produces lush green growth which contains a lot of water rather than essential oils. The same applies to watering too much; once the plant is settled in and resumed growing, only water when the soil dries out to one-inch deep. I don’t mulch herbs; it holds too much moisture and can promote rot in winter. Keep summer mulch an inch away from the stems. If you have clay soil, you will be better off planting your herbs in containers, even though that increases the risk of loss in winter. To harvest, simply snip the leaves off sage, or cut new growing tips. It is useful in sausages, pork and turkey. With lavender, cut flowers right before they open. They are good in tea, and lavender is divine added to lemon-baked goods. Thyme can have the whole wiry stem cut and added to most any savory dish (essential to jerk) it can be removed from before serving; if you want it dispersed into the food, run your fingers up the stem rapidly, and the leaves should zip off in your fingers. Any of these can be thrown on the coals or into a smoker to add flavor to grilled foods.
Lavender. Courtesy photo.
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alternative /awl-TUR-nuh-tiv/ By Lyndsie Kiebert Reader Staff
Tucked in an unassuming brick building on Boyer, Lake Pend Oreille High School is the Lake Pend Oreille School District’s premier alternative school. What “alternative” means, however, takes a different form depending on who you ask. This series will explore the stereotypes these schools face, the kinds of students who find themselves there and what actually happens within the walls of an alternative high school. The state of Idaho defines an alternative school as a place where students meet a set criteria of difficult circumstances. Alternative schools in Idaho receive rural funding — including LPOHS, though they’re technically in an urban location — and retain small class sizes for individualized support. LPOHS student eligibility criteria is as follows. Must meet three of the following criteria: • Has repeated at least one grade • Has absenteeism greater than 10 percent in proceeding semester • Has overall GPA less than 1.5 prior to enrollment • Has failed one or more basic skill subjects • Is below proficient, based on local criteria and/or state standardized tests • Is two or more semester credits per year behind the rate required to graduate •Has attended three or more schools
within the previous two years, excluding dual enrollment OR, the student must meet one of the following criteria: • Has a documented or pattern of substance abuse • Is pregnant or a parent • Is emancipated • Is a previous dropout • Has a serious personal, emotional or medical issue(s) • Has a court or agency referral • Demonstrates a behavior that is detrimental to their academic progress
Lake Pend Oreille High School makes alternative education its own
Students apply and are then interviewed before being accepted to LPOHS. These are the technical parameters, but LPOHS Principal Geoff Penrose said there’s a long answer. “‘Alternative’ can mean a lot of different things to a lot of people,” he said. “But what it basically means is we’re doing whatever it takes to reach the students who walk through our door each morning. This means strong student-teacher relationships and working with them in a trauma-informed way.” Though this is only his fifth year at LPOHS, Penrose has always taught in alternative schools. He said he knows well the stereotypes projected onto students who attend alternative schools. Some of the more serious ones are drug abuse and criminal records. “I’m pretty thick-skinned about it, and I understand why people have that percep-
tion, but it’s just plain ignorance,” he said. “I don’t mean that in a negative way, they just don’t know.” What they don’t know, he said, is the breadth of circumstances that lead a student to LPOHS. “I tell people all the time: There’s 90 kids here, and 90 reasons they’re here. Everyone has their own journey that brings them to our door,” he said. “We’re a school of choice — no one is being placed here by the court, Sandpoint High or anybody.” The “bad kid” stamp placed on the alternative school system is something Penrose works hard to diminish. “I can see people looking at (the student eligibility criteria) and saying, ‘Well these kids are bad kids, they’re showing these characteristics,’” he said. “But another mantra is, ‘We don’t make ‘em, we just take ‘em.’” Penrose said it isn’t his intention to shame the students’ previous schools. He said it’s simply a result of a system that can’t always accommodate every type of student. “ (At LPOHS) we have the experience and training to ask the ‘why’ of student behaviors and academic choices, and then approach the problems we discover,” he said. “It’s a matter of addressing the problem (homelessness, e.g.) instead of the symptom (poor attendance, e.g.).” Another key, Penrose said, is a small student-to-teacher ratio. He said the best way to bridge the gap between a student and their
in Bonner County. They dipped in to their endowment to expand the program to Clark Fork and Priest River schools last year. The Angels provided back packs to almost 900 students in the 2017 school year. The Kaniksu Land Trust’s Pine Street Woods project was the second recipient of funds from the event. The Kaniksu Land Trust is a nonprofit organization promoting healthy lands and healthy communities. Pine
Street Woods community forest is 160 acres of woodlands and meadows just minutes from Sandpoint and will provide a place where everyone can freely and frequently enjoy quiet recreation and hands-on learning in nature. An equal donation of $5,366.32 was gifted to the project and will be matched by The Equinox Foundation. “It was important for this Leadership class to raise funds for nonprofits that benefit
Photo by Lyndsie Kiebert. drive to succeed is having an adult invest in truly knowing and supporting them. “It’s a long, long road building these relationships, but it is the basis of what we do,” he said. LPOHS Senior Keaton Berg can attest firsthand to how such relationships changed his academic experience. “I came to this school personally because I didn’t have friends. My grades were straight Fs. I had four credits when I got here, and now I need half a credit to graduate,” he said. He said the one-on-one time at LPOHS helped him get on the right track, combined with the close-knit atmosphere. He noted that school-wide assemblies are called “family meetings.” In short, Berg summed up his decision to attend LPOHS: “It saved me.”
Leadership Sandpoint raises over $10K for local nonprofits By Reader Staff
The Leadership Sandpoint class of 2017-2019 raised $10,732.65 for two local organizations with their Cinco de Mayo event at Trinity at City Beach. The event was held on Saturday, May 5, on the lawn at Trinity with music, a silent auction, major raffle prizes, and a taco and margarita bar donated by Trinity. Funds were collected via donations for the food and drinks, as well as the auction and raffle items. Major donors included Trinity at City Beach, Litehouse Foods, Washington Trust Bank and Bonner General Health, as well as donations from many local businesses for the silent auction. Angels over Sandpoint, a long-time local nonprofit, was gifted $5,366.32 to fund the $3,000 balance for their 2018 Backpack Program, and the extra going to their general fund to help those in need. The Angels provide a back pack of school supplies at the beginning of each school year to children in need
the entire community,” said Leadership class member Ricci Witte. “Anyone, despite their age, ability, or economic situation, can enjoy the Pine Street Woods and can benefit from the Angels generosity.” Leadership Sandpoint has been a program of the Greater Sandpoint Chamber of Commerce since 1993. If you are interested in pursuing the Leadership Program, contact the Greater Sandpoint Chamber of Commerce (208) 263-2161. May 24, 2018 /
The Sandpoint Eater
By Marcia Pilgeram Reader Food Columnist I’ve just returned from Chicago, and let me tell you, this is certainly not the offering that I’d envisioned submitting for this week’s column. I wanted to write about my long-planned trip to the windy city, hitting all my favorite specialty markets and cooking up a storm of Casey’s favorite foods. Next, I’d help put the finishing touches to the adorable nursery before the much-anticipated birth of grandbaby number eight. Then, with heartfuls of eagerness, we’d rush to the hospital, where alongside Casey’s husband John, I would serve as doula (birth coach) for daughter Casey’s first baby. Finally, I’d spend a week doing even more cooking and helping the new little family settle into a routine before returning home. In my world, preparing food is more than a gesture of nourishment. It’s an honor to share the gift of heart and hands (and ingredients) in times of celebration or for healing. Casey had special requests for batches of lactation cookies and muffins, new additions I was happy to add to my culinary repertoire. Casey and John are the seventh couple in a group of close-knit friends having their first babies, all within a year’s time. They’re adding new skills to their repertoires and learning a different vernacular, too. These new, urban dads warm my heart as I watch their prized craft-beer nooks morph into hip lactation stations. The daddy parenting knowledge has grown commensurably with the mommy bellies, and each of these former bachelors can now rattle off the merits of at least three brands of breast pumps. Bragging rights no longer revolve around finding the most obscure and coveted craft beer, but around the volume of extra breast 20 /
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milk their wives have pumped and stored in the freezer (oh, how I love this generation of hands-on, super dads)! While we waited for our baby, we joined some friends for the March of Dimes for Babies Walk. My Casey, who easily paced off 5K with the rest of us, is never without a cause. The month before she was due, she planned a major event for International Women’s Day and cleaned a Chicago city park for Earth Day. She knows the homeless people in her neighborhood by name and greets them not only with food and money but with compassion and dignity. So it seemed especially cruel that my always-kind and gentle Casey suffered a labor and birth that were not unlike a bad episode of PBS’ Call the Midwife. One crisis leads to another, and for 60 hours (while her sister, Ryanne lit candles in 500-year-old churches in France), John and I comforted
her until she gave birth. Then, for more than an hour, he and I struggled to watch, as his son and my daughter hovered between life and death. We forged a bond that shall never be broken. Ironically, our life and death struggle occurred during National Nurses Week, which I’m ashamed to say, I’d never given much thought to. Now, I can’t even say nurse without getting weak in my knees. And I am here to tell you, my heroes wear scrubs! Once Casey and John’s son, Samih, was released from NICU and could share their room, it was time for me to give their little family some space. I returned to their apartment and cooked, and cried, and cooked some more. A couple days earlier, I hadn’t even been sure Casey would ever bring one of those lactation cookies to her lips, let alone a baby to her breast. In gratitude, I whipped out another four batches of cookies for Casey
and myriad treats for all our new scrub-clad friends. Every spring, once the danger of frost has passed, Casey moves her large fern outdoors. For the first time (while we were all at the hospital), as a symbol of life and renewal, a mama robin built a nest and laid three eggs (one is baby-size). It was a wonderful gift for them to arrive home to, and that beautiful nest…it brings us all the hope and reassurance we need. Leaving Casey and John’s own little nest very early on Mother’s Day morning was especially poignant and bittersweet. Knowing that sleep had been alluding them, and without goodbyes, I slipped out of the apartment and waited on the dark corner for my Lyft driver. Once again, the universe sent just what I needed for that lonely ride to O’Hare: a young Israeli doctor who studies for his state board exam by day, and, to support his wife and four sons, drives Lyft
Super Cookies Recipe
by night. We talked all the way to the airport, and as we reached our destination, he wanted to leave me with an old Hebrew saying, “The heart of a mother is like the depths of an ocean.” Truth. Thank you, Muneif. Before I’d even unpacked my bags, I was preheating the oven for the next batch of cookies to ship to Casey. “Lactation” in the title really seems to limit the demographic for this tasty cookie. Packed with brewer’s yeast, wheat germ and flax seed, they’re not only delicious but super healthy and would be a great addition to any kid’s lunchbox or an adventurer’s knapsack. I’ve upped the game in my recipe and added some extra eggs yolks and (of course) Irish butter. John really loves them too, so to eliminate lunch room chiding in the workplace (and in his honor), I’ve given them a new name: Super Cookies. Now it’s your turn to bake a batch for someone you love.
Yield 2 Dozen These super-good cookies are packed with all kinds of delicious and healthy ingredients (when separating the eggs, store the whites in a glass container in the refrigerator, and you’ve got just the right amount for a batch of coconut macaroons or a meringue-topped pie). For freshness, I store the flax seed, brewer’s yeast and wheat germ in the freezer.
• 2 tablespoons flax seed meal • 1⁄4 cup warm water • 1 cup Irish butter, softened • 1 cup white sugar • 1⁄2 cup brown sugar • 6 egg yolks • 1 1⁄2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract • 1 1⁄4 cups all-purpose flour • 1⁄4 cup brewers’ yeast • 1 tablespoon wheat germ • 1 teaspoon baking soda • 1⁄2 teaspoon salt • 1⁄2 teaspoon cream of tartar • 2 1⁄2 cups old-fashioned oats • 3⁄4 cup chopped pecans • 1 1⁄2 cup chocolate chips
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F Mix flaxseed with water in small bowl and let soak for 10 minutes. Beat butter, white sugar, and brown sugar together in a large mixing bowl until creamy. Add egg yolks and vanilla extract; beat to incorporate. Stir flax seed mixture (seeds and water) into the butter mixture. Whisk flour, brewer’s yeast, wheat germ, baking soda, salt, and cream of tartar in a separate bowl; add to butter mixture and stir until just combined. Fold oats, nuts and chocolate chips into the dough. Scoop dough into walnut-sized balls and place 2 inches apart onto a parchment paper-lined baking sheet. Bake in preheated oven until the edges are golden, 10 to 12 minutes (do not overbake, centers should be soft). Allow the cookies to cool on the baking sheet for 1 minute before removing to a wire rack to cool completely.
This week’s RLW by Zach Hagadone
The last tree standing:
A group of locals gathered at Eichardt’s Monday to honor the removal of a beloved tree
By Ben Olson Reader Staff Occasionally there are moments when you catch a glimpse of how Sandpoint might’ve been 100 years ago. Moments when time stands still and the hustle and bustle of the modern world takes a breath and calms down for a moment. Monday evening in front of Eichardt’s Pub was one of those moments. After the first day of street construction had left the block of Cedar Street from Second to Third Avenue. a bog of dirt, ripped up pavement and machinery, a small gathering emerged from the pubs and back alleys to pay their respects to a special tree that stood by the front door of Eichardt’s Pub since before it opened in the mid-1990s. The tree was an American hornbeam, an odd species of hardwood in the beech family that did things a bit differently than the other trees. “It was a dense hardwood, the only species around like it,” said Eichardt’s owner Jeff Nizzoli. “It was a male species, so it didn’t flower like all the others on the block. It leafed out first and held onto its leaves longer.” The American hornbeam and all the other trees on Cedar between Second and Third were removed as part of the Downtown Revitalization Project, which began May 21 and will span through September. “The trees … will be replaced with new, healthier trees,” wrote City Administrator Jennifer Stapleton on Facebook. Stapleton also said the city would also bring in new structural soil to ensure the new trees will stay healthy over their lifetime. Nizzoli said the plan to honor the removal of the tree came together fast Monday, when he realized Earthworks was tasked with pulling all the trees that day. “We asked Earthworks if they’d leave that one tree for us to remove on our own and they said no problem,” said Nizzoli.
Nizzoli said people wanted to honor the tree because it had been a landmark for the close group of customers and staff at Eichardt’s. “We had 25 years of pub kids climbing it, playing in it,” he said. “Parents could look out the window and see their kids climbing it. It gave us shade in the summer. It was a great tree.” After work had wrapped up for the day and construction crews had gone home, the locals gathered to pay their respects. Local arborist Grady Swain from Sandpoint Tree Care donated his time to help remove the tree, though he said he “didn’t want to see that tree go.” Following a brief ceremony, Swain started up his saw and got to work. Some looked on with tears in their eyes. Others emerged from Idaho Pour Authority across the street and looked on with interest. After the tree was felled and bucked, local woodworker James Cherry and a dozen volunteers lifted the heavy trunk onto a nearby trailer. Cherry plans to protect the tree so it can dry without splitting. Though no concrete plans are in place, the tree will live on as an artistic object of some sort. “It is currently resting comfortably in a custom hoop house built by my husband especially for this tree,” wrote Megan Atwood Cherry, James’ wife. “When the wood is dry and ready to work with, my hubby and the creative minds at Eichardt’s will conspire to make something cool for the pub.” The most poignant moment came when Nizzoli asked Swain to cut a thin slab off the remaining trunk to save for posterity. After Swain sawed through it, the crowd was blown away when they looked in the center of the cut and found a small brown heart right in the middle of the tree. With the branches scattered about Cedar Street and a loose gaggle of onlookers feeling the small town love, local musician Arthur Goldblum played a jazzy rendition of “Taps” on his trum-
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pet, which was followed by a short burst of applause and an impromptu soccer game in the middle of the street. Sometimes it takes change to come together. Sometimes we honor it, sometimes it steamrolls past us. With the removal of the American hornbeam, a bit of the past is now gone, but there will be a new tree in its place soon. The pavement will be laid again. The street will open and we will move onto other issues. But Monday evening, for an hour or two, time stood still on Cedar St. as locals came together to honor the past. The tree would’ve liked it that way.
Top: Eichardt’s owner Jeff Nizzoli looks on as the local crew takes down the tree in front of his pub in front of a group of onlookers. Photo by Ben Olson. Bottom: After the tree was removed, a small heart was found in the center of the tree. Photo by Zach Hagadone.
Ladies Golf Clinic offered By Ben Olson Reader Staff With the sun shining, it’s a great time to dust the clubs off and hit the golf course again. Sandpoint Parks and Recreation is offering a ladies golf clinic for those aged 18 and older to help remove those winter barnacles from your swing. Join Mike Deprez Monday nights this summer at the U of I Driving Range on N. Boyer Ave. from 5:30-6:30 p.m. There are two sessions to
choose from: Session 1 will take place from June 11 to July 16. Registration deadline is June 5. Session 2 is July 23 to August 20 with a registration deadline of July 17. The fee to participate is $105 per session, which includes lessons, range balls, fees and one round of golf at Stoneridge. There is a $5 discount for those who live in the city of Sandpoint. To register, visit Sandpoint Parks and Recreation at www. SandpointIdaho.gov/ParksRecreation, or stop by their office at 1123 Lake St.
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Design this week’s cover of the Reader and win $100 By Ben Olson Reader Staff From The Pend d’Oreille Review, Nov. 24, 1905
CAR THIEVES AT HOPE A midnight raid results in apprehending men who had been stealing from box cars and the diner of train No. 3 A daring bunch of box car rustlers were lodged in jail at Rathdrum Friday, as a result of a capture the night before at Hope of John Roberts, J.W. Row and William Cooper, the latter an old resident of Hope and the former knights of the road. Thursday night three men walked into Gus Wilke’s saloon and offered to sell Ezra Johnston a shipment of beer at 75 cents a keg and eggs at 75 cents a case. Johnston told them to come again later on and he would dicker with them. Henry Towles sat in a chair asleep and when Johnston told him of his offer a few minutes later Towles was quick to appreciate the fact that there must have been a robbery and that the goods offered for sale at such low prices must have been robbers’ plunder. With the words, “You think too slow, Ezra, I’m going after them,” he hastened out and ran into William Cooper, who asked him if he didn’t want to buy some hams at 50 cents apiece. Seeing a chance to get a clue, Towles replied he’d take about 40 hams at that figure and agreed to take some bacon also. Judge Dooley was awakened, and securing the assistance of Grant Sherman and Mr. Hopke, the party waited until they saw two men come up from the depot with two sacks of ham and bacon and enter Jeff Teague’s barber shop, locking the door behind them. The pursuing party located themselves at points of vantage and Judge Dooley demanded admittance. The others put their heads in at the windows but hastily closed the windows on being admonished from the inside that they would be shot if they didn’t. After a parley within and learning that the men on the outside were armed, they opened the door and gave themselves up. The local freight car was found to have been broken open, hams and bacons taken; canned goods broken into, and a partly emptied beer keg was found under the car. 22 /
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So why exactly is this week’s cover of the Reader blank? No, we weren’t feeling uninspired; we’re celebrating Pend Oreille Arts Council’s annual ArtWalk next month. Thanks to a recommendation from one of our readers, we thought it would be fun to provide you all with a blank canvas so you can create your own masterpieces. If you’d like to participate in the ArtWalk cover contest, cut out this week’s cover, paste it to a piece of cardboard (or any hard surface that will allow you to work) and design your own ArtWalk cover. Then, when you’re happy with the final product, turn it into the Reader office or the POAC office no later than June 20. Then, the Reader staff will join the POAC staff for beers and select our favorites. The first prize will win a $100 gift certificate to MickDuff’s Brewery, and their design will be printed on the Reader cover for the special June 28 ArtWalk issue. A couple of guidelines to take into consideration: 1. You must keep the READER flag on the top of the page in your design, which we’ve enclosed in a box. Everything else – including the yellow circle and headline teasers – can be painted over, covered up, destroyed and brought back to life. You’re the artist, it’s your world. We can change the font and the background color of the box to match your artwork, but the box must print on your cover. 2. We like bright beautiful colors on our covers, so if you submit a moody black and white image, it will have to really wow our pants off for it to be considered. In other words, dark and moody is definitely a cool style, but doesn’t translate well for a weekly newspaper cover. 3. If you choose to send a photo of your artwork instead of dropping off your artwork, make sure you keep the original work so we can scan it for the cover if you win. Photos taken from your crappy Nokia cell phone will turn out too pixellated for a cover and you’ll end up losing the contest after you already won it. 4. There are two divisions: Youth (age 15 and under) and Adult (ages 16 and up).
Please indicate your age when submitting the cover. In fact, if you cut out the little yellow square below this column and paper clip it to the artwork, that’s all the info we need. The $100 prize is for the adults division. The prize for the Youth division is a $25 gift certificate to Creations.
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5. The deadline for submissions is June 20. Submissions received after that date will not be considered for the contest. To drop artwork off at the Reader, go to 111 Cedar St. Suite 9 (above Baxter’s). If nobody’s in the office, you can always slip it under the door. We’ll make sure to file it in the correct place. You can also drop your finished artwork at the POAC office in the very back of Cedar St. Bridge. For those who would rather submit their art digitally, take a photo (please use a high-quality camera) and email your submission to ben@sandpointreader. com using the subject line “ARTWALK COVER.” Make sure you fill out the little yellow box at the bottom of this page and include with your artwork.
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