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bluster and some news FREE I Vol. 15 Issue 44

GOP, Medicaid expansion win big in midterm election Timing of paving project at Sagle polling place alarms some voters

Area schoolchildren honor local veterans YMCA acquires Sandpoint West Athletic Club

County road crews prep for winter Open enrollment begins for Idaho Health Exchange 'Mankiller' film, Utara Brewery, MCS' Fall Serenade, Single in Sandpoint and much, much more!

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What did you think about passage of Medicaid expansion/Proposition 2? “Good for you, Idaho!” Bill Kent Social Worker Bonner County


Howdy, friends. First of all, congratulations to all the candidates who won their respective races. Congratulations are also in order for Bonner County voters. The elections office reported 73 percent of registered voters made it to the polls Tuesday, which is an impressive number. Please pat yourself on the back if you voted. A higher voter turnout always means a more accurate representative government. We should be proud of our participation. A few businesses really did a great thing on election day that deserve a shout-out: Beet and Basil announced they were closing their restaurant for several hours Tuesday so that their employees had ample time to vote. Also, Bonner Taxi announced they were offering free rides to anyone going to the polls. Congratulations to Reclaim Idaho, the grassroots organization that took a lofty dream like Medicaid expansion in a red state like Idaho and made it happen. This movement was very much born right here in Sandpoint, and earned bipartisan support from all across the state. Finally, as our cover suggests, this issue celebrates veterans. If you know a vet, please thank them for their sacrifice for our country. Check out pages 11 and 17 for Veterans Day content. We appreciate you, vets!

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“We are displaced and camping out at a campground near Hope. We are living in our car. I have not had the wherewithal to think about the election because I have had other things on my mind.”

“I worked at a polling place yesterday, but I chose not to vote because I have not researched the issues enough. I am still unclear about what the passage of that proposition will mean.”



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GOP, Medicaid expansion win big in midterms By Cameron Rasmusson Reader Staff The 2018 Idaho midterm elections offered few local and statewide surprises with one major exception: the state’s widespread embrace of Medicaid expansion. While the initiative benefited from bipartisan support and tireless promotion by activist group Reclaim Idaho, the outsized support of 364,861 in favor versus 237,276 against surprised even optimistic onlookers. Medicaid expansion will provide health coverage for thousands of Idahoans who earn too little money to qualify for subsidized insurance but too much money to meet Medicaid’s basic income limits. “Tonight, these hardworking Idahoans are not forgotten; they’re not ignored, they’re not unheard or unseen,” said Luke Mayville, co-founder of Reclaim Idaho. “Tonight, they are lawmakers, because tonight, Medicaid expansion is the law of the land.” The GOP handily won elections for Idaho’s highest national and state offices. Brad Little is Idaho’s next governor despite an energetic opponent in Democrat Paulette Jordan, winning the election 361,671 votes to 231,065. The GOP’s Russ Fulcher won a seat in the U.S. House of Representatives with 197,151 votes against Democrat Christina McNeil’s 96,909 votes. Republican Janice McGeachin won the race for lieutenant governor with 356,082 votes against Democrat Kristin Collum’s 240,292 votes. Lawerence Denney retained his office as Idaho Secretary of State with 369,893 votes against Democrat Jill Humble’s 221,939 votes. Likewise, Lawrence Wasden won another term as Idaho Attorney General, fending off a challenge from Democrat Bruce Bistline with 384,126 votes against 203,059 votes. The closest race of the night, in a 305,793-to-288,666 vote 4 /


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saw Republican Sherri Ybarra edging out a narrow victory for Idaho Superintendent of Public Instruction against Democrat Cindy Wilson. Republicans held strong in local elections for county and state offices as well. Dan McDonald was reelected as Bonner County Commissioner for District 3, beating Democratic challenger Steve Lockwood 10,810 to 7,442, while Republican Steve Bradshaw beat Democrat Steve Johnson 11,363 to 6,825. Republican Donna Gow was elected in a 13,171-to-3,711 vote, beating independent candidate Wendel Bergman. The four-way race for two open spots on the Bonner Soil and Water Conservation District Supervisor Board was surprisingly close, but incumbents won the day with Dale Van Stone taking 7,795 votes, Terry McGuirk taking 4,874 votes, Thomas Clark taking 4,454 votes and Allen Banks taking 3,881 votes. Clark and Banks were reclusive throughout the race, failing to provide contact information on their candidacy paperwork and ignoring media requests for interviews and candidate forum participation. In state offices, Republican incumbents were similarly successful. Jim Woodward, endorsed by longtime Sen. Shawn Keough as her successor, won the District 1 State Senate race with 11,886 votes against Democrat Vera Gadman’s 3,968 votes. Rep. Sage Dixon was re-elected to District 1 State Representative Seat B with 13,227 votes versus Democrat Stephen Howlett’s 6,744 votes. Likewise, Rep. Heather Scott was re-elected to Seat A, taking 12,676 votes against Democrat Ellen Weissman’s 7,264 votes. Nationwide, the 2018 midterm election failed to produce the blue wave — the swell of progressive energy sweeping Democrats into office. But neither did the oppositional red wave lauded by President Don-

ald Trump manifest. Democrats succeeded in taking control of the U.S. House of Representatives, establishing a critical check on the Trump Administration. Republicans, meanwhile, firmed up their hold on the U.S. Senate, vital for its ability to approve presidential appointees. While Democrats charted impressive victories — Laura Kelly bested Kris Kobach and Tony Evans beat Scott Walker in the Kansas and Wisconsin gubernatorial elections, for instance — they also suffered disappointments. The dramatic contest between Texas Sen. Ted Cruz and Democratic challenger Beto O’Rourke ended in a GOP victory, and Andrew Gillum, Florida’s Democratic gubernatorial candidate, lost his race to Republican Ron DeSantis. Other races may take time to conclude. An automatic recount may resolve the Florida U.S. Senate race between Republican Rick Scott and Democrat Bill Nelson, while Democrat Stacey Abrams refuses to concede the Georgia governor’s race to Republican Brian Kemp. Regardless of the outcomes, both sides were energized by the volatile political climate of the past two years. Nationwide, an estimated 49 percent of eligible

voters turned out to cast a ballot, far outstripping the dismal 2014 turnout of 36.4 percent. In Bonner County, nearly 73 percent of registered voters made their voices heard in the 2018 midterm election.

Top: Volunteers from Reclaim Idaho celebrate in the streets of Sandpoint after Prop 2 passes Bottom: Winners from left to right, top to bottom: Brad Little, Janice McGeachin, Russ Fulcher, Sage Dixon, Heather Scott, Jim Woodward, Dan McDonald, Steven Bradshaw, Donna Gow. All are Republicans..


Sagle voters alarmed by timing of paving project at polling place By Lyndsie Kiebert Reader Staff When Mary Sue Mayer and her husband arrived at their polling place Tuesday morning, they were met with a paving project blocking the parking lot they intended to enter. The polling place, the Selkirk Fire Station in Sagle, serves Bonner County’s Algoma precinct. “People pulled in and thought they were in the wrong place,” Mayer said Tuesday. “It’s terrible because we need everyone to vote today.” Jennifer Wood, also a Sagle voter, was concerned that people were leaving the polling place without voting because of the paving. “Many had to turn away and leave not knowing where to go or what to do,” Wood said. Selkirk Fire obtained an encroachment permit about a month ago from Bonner County Road and Bridge in order to pave their lot, said Road and Bridge spokesperson Lisa Saldana. Saldana said the permit made no specification as to when the paving should be done. Selkirk Fire Assistant Chief Dale Hopkins said he made contact with fire personnel at the

Sagle station and as soon as he heard about the paving and was told traffic was running smoothly once the confusion was addressed. He said the paving was scheduled for about two weeks ago but was postponed due to weather, and that he hadn’t been informed when the company, Poe Asphalt, would be paving following the postponement. Brian Poe, Post Falls Division Manager for Poe Asphalt, confirmed that the project was delayed due to rain, and Tuesday “was the only time” the project could be completed. “Poe Asphalt accommodated voters by paving the back lot first while allowing access to the front lot. When the back lot was complete, we paved the front lot and provided access to the back,” Poe said. “The paving was completed by 11:30 (Tuesday) morning and we hope that there was minimal impact on the voters.” It is unclear whether Poe Asphalt was aware of the fire station’s use as a polling place prior to showing up to pave Tuesday, as Poe did not respond to follow-up requests before press time. Bonner County Elections official Charlie Wurm said he headed to the fire station as soon as he heard about the paving.

“We were caught off guard with this, but were assured that the voters could park in the back or on Gun Club Road and access voting,” Wurm said. “We have 30 polling places, and things like this happen with every election cycle.” Wurm said he knows there were some voters who “blew the panic whistle” as soon as they saw the paving crew, but hopes that with some clarification those voters were able to access their

A paving crewmember works on the lot of the Sagle Fire Station on Tuesday morning. Courtesy photo. polling place. “We do our best to get every voter to vote, and I really hope this situation did not stop anybody,” he said.

Jim Frank retires as CEO from Litehouse By Cameron Rasmusson Reader Staff Litehouse Foods is set to undergo a change of leadership with the announcement that president and CEO Jim Frank is retiring. The Litehouse Board of Directors will begin the search for a new president and CEO to guide the company, which in recent years has grown dramatical-

ly in distribution and production capabilities. In the meantime, Executive Vice President and CFO Kelly Prior will step in as interim president. “I am exceedingly grateful for the opportunity to lead such an amazing organization and I want to thank all of the Employee Owners for their dedication in helping to make Litehouse the company it is today. I am excited to watch as Litehouse

continues to grow into one of the most trusted names in the CPG industry,” said Jim Frank in a press release. Litehouse board members praised Frank for his “dedication, passion, enthusiasm and leadership” in nurturing the company’s success since his genesis as the head of sales and marketing in 2006. Frank spent seven years as president and CEO, during which time the company

charted major changes including transitioning into an employee-owned financial structure and expanding its production capabilities both in Sandpoint and elsewhere. With the company under Prior’s interim leadership, the board will search for a CEO capable of “bringing innovative products, quality excellence and bestin-class service to its business partners and customers.”

Boulder Creek project signed By Reader Staff A decision for the Boulder Creek Restoration Project has been signed, according to Jeanne Higgins, Forest Supervisor for the Idaho Panhandle National Forests. The project will authorize several activities within the Boulder Creek watershed on the Bonners Ferry Ranger District. BCRP is a multiple-use restoration project designed to improve forest health and resilience, wildlife habitat, watershed health, recreation trails and provide interpretive information for the heritage sites in the Boulder City ghost town area. The main roads in the project area will also be improved to reduce sediment runoff and create safer conditions for public travel. Within the 41,613 acre project area, approximately 7,400 acres of prescribed burning and 3,400 acres of commercial timber harvest will take place on National Forest System lands. The complete environmental analysis is available on the Idaho Panhandle National Forests website. For any questions on this project, please contact Doug Nishek, Project Team Leader, at dnishek@ or (208) 267-5561.

Leaf pickup dates announced for Sandpoint By Reader Staff Sandpoint city crews have scheduled their annual leaf pickup day beginning Tuesday, Nov. 13. City residents are asked to placed un-bagged leaves in the street next to the curb by Nov. 12. Branches or bagged leaves will not be picked up. The annual branch pickup day occurs in the spring. If city residents would like to receive announcements about City of Sandpoint activities, the Engage Sandpoint app can be downloaded from the Google Play store or SeeClickFix in the App Store and selecting Sandpoint as the city. Residents can also report issues and see announcements by clicking the SeeClickFix item in the city of Sandpoint Facebook page. November 8, 2018 /


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County road crews prep for winter By Lyndsie Kiebert Reader Staff Bonner County Road and Bridge outlined winter operation plans Tuesday in preparation for another unpredictable North Idaho winter. “Please remember to make sure you have winter tires on your rig and that county roads are not maintained 24 hours a day,” said Road and Bridge Director Steve Klatt in a statement. “Hopefully, this winter is not as early and persistent as last winter was.” Road and Bridge is responsible for about 680 miles of road, and according to Klatt, winter maintenance is administered to county roadways by order of priority: First, school bus routes, arterials and major collectors are plowed; second, all other county-maintained roads are plowed; and third, sand is applied to steeper roadway grades, at intersections, on bridges and other “hazardous” areas. Klatt noted that sand is not typically applied to straight stretches of

road and that the county does not use road salt. As a note to property owners who remove snow from their driveways, Road and Bridge reiterated that Idaho law prohibits “placing snow or ice on any public road in a manner that impedes traffic or makes it unsafe,” and also “prohibits the placing of snow in any manner that affects the water flow of a ditch line.” “If your snow plowing affects the county’s plowing or anyone driving the road, you are breaking the law,” Klatt said. The department also provided tips for the public to help winter road maintenance go smoothly. These tips included keeping children a safe distance from snow removal operations, not parking along county roadways during snow events, keeping culverts and other drain features free of snow to avoid flooding, and removing landscape features, mailboxes or other possessions from county rights-of-way. “We want everyone to have a safe and secure winter,” Klatt said.

Klatt also released a statement regarding what he called a “fall road grading conundrum” on Nov. 2. He said the dry last half of October prevented crews from beginning the grading process on many county roads due to lack of moisture, but thanks to the recent rains, roads are now too saturated for effective maintenance.

YMCA acquires Sandpoint West Athletic Club By Cameron Rasmusson Reader Staff The biggest name in community-centered health is coming to Sandpoint. Officials recently confirmed that the YMCA intends to acquire the Sandpoint West Athletic Club. While the details are still being hashed out, the organization intends to complete to acquisition by early December. Steve Tammaro, president and CEO of YMCA of the Inland Northwest, assures SWAC members that there will be no 6 /


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interruption of service during the transition period. “Bringing a YMCA to Sandpoint fulfills a long-term goal to enhance youth development and healthy living programs here,” said Kendon Perry of Farm Bureau Financial Services and YMCA Sandpoint Advisory Board chair. “We are excited to be able to provide the community with chronic disease prevention programs, a summer meals program, in addition to a sliding fee scale for membership based on household income.” Don and Sue Helander, SWAC’s owners, see the fitness

club’s transition into a YMCA as the ideal way to ensure its values persist in its next chapter. Given SWAC’s longstanding tradition of opening its doors for community events like summer camps and children’s activities, they believe the YMCA’s reputation, built over a century and a half of work, allows for a seamless transition. “When the YMCA approached us, we saw a perfect opportunity to continue the same values and commitment to the community we have built with our members over the years,” they said in a statement.

“Nearly every fall we encounter this conundrum in some form or fashion, but this fall looks almost perversely challenging,” Klatt said, adding that the department is keeping a close eye on the weather in case there’s an opportunity for grading. “In the meantime, our road crews are beginning to convert trucks for plowing and sanding because

Jon Ruff swaps over tires at Les Schwab in Ponderay on Wednesday morning. Photo by Lyndsie Kiebert. there are historic precedents for winter coming along soon.” Call the Bonner County Road and Bridge Department at (208) 255-5681 ext. 1 for more information.

Arlo’s reopens VA rep to visit in new location By Reader Staff

By Ben Olson Reader Staff Arlo’s Ristorante is open for business in their new location, after the building they had rented for almost two decades was condemned in September. The Italian eatery opened last week at their new location at 124 S. Second Ave. (the former location of Loaf and Ladle) after a two-month hiatus. Hours for lunch are Monday - Sunday 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Dinner service is 5-9 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 5-10 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays. Live music will continue Fridays and Saturdays.

A representative from the Bonner County Veterans Service Office will be visiting Priest River to answer questions about current veterans benfits, assist with ongoing claims and take new claims for benefits for eligible veterans and their dependents. Veteran Service Officer Bryan Hult will be at the VFW Post #2909, 113 Larch St. in Priest River between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. Hult will see veterans by appointment only to ensure everyone is given equal time. To schedule an appointment, call Lyndsie Halcro (208) 255-5291. If there are no appointments for this outreach, or if inclement weather conditions exist, the outreach will be cancelled.


Engage Sandpoint app is making progress By David Phillips Reader Contributor

Recently, the city of Sandpoint launched Engage Sandpoint, making use of the service I was intrigued by this, being a long-time software geek and early adopter. I created an account, set up notifications and began to watch. The concept of SeeClickFix is straightforward: see something that needs fixing, open the SeeClickFix app or your web browser, take a photo of the thing needing remedy (if using the mobile app), enter a short description and submit it. Your report gets added to the Sandpoint “Watch Area,” where anyone subscribed to that area gets notified of your submission. Other people can comment on your report, add information, debate the issue and such. So far, interesting. But then I

The Kavanaugh Hearings... Dear Editor, The Kavanaugh hearings evolved into an impressive display of self-righteousness and moral indignation. The bipartisan hypocrisy, pomposity and narcissism was quite remarkable. Cory Booker and Lindsay Graham deserve Oscars for their performances. Really though, does anyone believe any of the senators cared a whit about Ford or Kavanaugh? It’s about power… period! And the truth? Who cares? Truth is relative, isn’t it? Ford spoke her truth. Kavanaugh spoke his truth. And that’s the truth. “Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely.” Lord Acton was absolutely right. Power at any cost. God bless America, and God bless our military. Steve Brixon Sandpoint

Medicaid Expansion... Dear Editor, I’d like to examine Sen. Keough’s portrayal of Medicaid expansion theory. It should not go without saying, again and again, that Sen. Keough has removed herself from the local Republican party, and as her husband Michael has stated in the past, “Shawn would be registered as a Dem-

observed something that surprised me: I started seeing responses to the reports by city government officials acknowledging the report and handing it off to the appropriate department. Sure, there was sometimes a bit of ping-pong/hot potato involved as an issue was bounced from one department to another, but the hand-offs generally seemed to make sense: • Some traffic lights and crosswalk lights were not working and were referred to the public works director. • Animals running loose were referred to the community enforcement officer, who collaborated with Ponderay Animal Shelter. • Mysterious traffic patterns like the one-way segment of Pine between Fourth and Fifth were called out, referred to the city administrator for review. • Trees that were either removed inappropriately or were

blocking traffic visibility were referred to the urban forester (frankly, an awesome title). • Yard sale signs at Cedar and Boyer is a hot topic and was assigned to the city administrator. And so on. It was inspiring to see the city getting engaged, reporting issues. Inspiring to see the city getting engaged, listening to people and their reports. But then something I really didn’t expect to see began to happen: Things started getting fixed. Right there, in the reports, departments weren’t just responding, directing the report to the people who needed to see it. They were actually investigating the issues and implementing solutions. Launching a program like this isn’t trivial. You need your tech team to stay on top of any user issues and coordinate with the service this is based on. You need buy-in from all the government

ocrat if she were not living in, and representing, North Idaho.” Furthermore, Sen. Keough’s Idaho Freedom Foundation Rating is annually one of the worst Idaho Republican-rated senator scores. Sen. Keough states, “We taxpayers are already paying for this medical care for the gap population. We pay for it through our property taxes when these folks must turn to the county indigent fund.” Sen. Keough is greatly misleading the Reader. The indigent fund is a “loan” to the patient, the result of an application made by the hospital to the county and state for patients presenting without insurance and the inability to make payment. A lien is attached to real property of the patient (property rich - cash poor) subsequent to the hospitals application. The county and state repayment rate to the indigent fund over a 13-year period (max. available data) is 11.9 percent and 43.3 percent respectively. Medicaid expansion provided to patients is a 100 percent loss of tax dollars (a nanny-state socialist philosophy) compared to the current situation where 70.5 percent is lost. The 29.5 percent difference, equating to $2,425,000.00, returned as “repayment” to the state “CAT” and county indigent funds, represents a fiscally responsible, patient accountable, safety net (conservative philosophy).

Sen. Keough again confirms her anti-conservative philosophy. Please take note and evaluate her future statements with sternness and then you may begin to see her true blue colors. Submitted on 10/30/18. Daniel Rose Samuels

Seeking Assistance... Dear Editor, My name is Andrew Cook and I live in the UK and I’m hoping someone in Sandpoint can help me locate any members of the Cook family that may still live there. I made several visits to Sandpoint in the late 1980s and early 1990s and stayed with my relatives Madge and Art Cook who lived on South Fourth Avenue. I recall they had two daughters called Brenda and Carol and also a son called Ray who I think had two sons called Duane and Scott. I have many good memories of staying in Sandpoint including the burgers at Dubs by the railway, the Tam ‘O Shanter, Kamloops, Panhandler pies and swimming in the chilly waters of Lake Pend Oreille to name but a few. Does anyone know any surviving members of the Cook family who might still be in Sandpoint as unfortunately I lost contact with them? If so I would be very grateful if you

stakeholders to ensure they’re looking at the reports and responding. It takes a ton of follow-through by the city administration to make sure issues are getting addressed. The biggest challenge of a program like this sustaining momentum, after the initial blush of newness fades. And finally, achieving this level of diligence, seeing issues could contact me by email at ajc65@ Andrew Cook United Kingdom

Shea ‘Manifesto’ Alarming... Dear Editor, Upon reading Cameron Rasmusson’s article regarding Washington state Rep. Matt Shea’s “Biblical Basis for War,” I was struck with a profound sense of both incredulity and sadness. I truly struggled to understand what I was reading. So powerfully was I affected that I found a draft of the original document and read all of the14 articles. The words were simple and clearly stated, the ideas direct and unambiguous, exactly as presented in Mr. Rasmusson’s article. No need for any interpretation or question. It is right there, as they say, “in black and white,” for anyone interested in reading it. And what am I to make of this? These words, with only a few substitutions, could have been just as readily uttered by an Islamic extremist of today or of 500 years ago. These fanatical ideas are abhorrent to the spirit and the ideals of freedom and democracy and have led, over history, to only violence and hatred. They could also have been as easily spoken by the legions of 12th century

through to resolution, is a nontrivial task. It’s early yet. A lot can go sideways. But, based on what I’m seeing so far, I have to offer healthy kudos to the folks in the city administration for their commitment, resolve and diligence. David Phillips is a technology consultant/photographer/filmmaker who arrived in Sandpoint from Colorado by way of Seattle and points further west. crusaders as they marched to kill and ravage the “non-believer,” or the conquistadors as they decimated entire civilizations of peoples they deemed as less than human. These ideas have inflamed hatred and spread suffering for hundreds of years. So, how could anyone born, raised, and nurtured under the banner of democracy, in this era of knowledge and understanding, come to such disparate ideas and come to choose a path of extreme enmity and bigotry over compassion and understanding? So now, confronted with a question that seems to have no answer, what can I do? I can, at least, hope that the ideas expressed in this “manifesto” are held only by a fringe few; that even with our differences, which are many and deep, we can come to appreciate the wonder and the wealth of diversity, the value of mutual respect, the benefits of compromise, and the wisdom of choosing compassion over hate, these things that do keep the promise of making America and its democracy great… alive. At least, these things, which I believe, I can do. In that there is hope. Carl Renfro Sandpoint

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A Wild Night for Wilderness By Reader Staff Bouquets: GUEST SUBMISSION: • HUGE kudos to Bonner County Bicycles for their courageous and inspiring ad on the back page of the October 25th Reader. After reading it, I felt there might still be hope for humankind. Thank you soooooo much Dan and the crew and BCB. -Submitted by Linda Robey GUEST SUBMISSION: • This is a Bouquet for the residents of the Lincoln street area for their generosity and spirited celebration of Halloween. I’m so impressed with all of those residents for making it such a fun evening every year. We are thankful for you providing soooooo much candy/treats to the kids (and the parents who pilfer the Snickers from our kids bags!). And of course thank you to the firefighters and police who help keep the streets safe. All of you go above and beyond to make Halloween so much fun, your efforts do not go unnoticed! -Submitted by Heather Lien Barbs: • Fear mongering is BS, and the ad President Trump’s re-election campaign authorized and released last week was fear-mongering racism at its worst. The ad, which was widely panned as racist and divisive, was eventually pulled from the airwaves by NBC, Fox News and Facebook. CNN refused to air it at all. If you didn’t catch the ad, it was a doozy. It focused on Luis Bracamontes, an undocumented immigrant from Mexico who entered the U.S. illegally and killed two police officers in Sacramento, for which he received the death penalty. While Bracamontes is a vile human being who deserved the punishment he got, the ad claimed that, “Democrats let him into our country!” and, “Who else would Democrats let in?” The truth – if anyone cares about that anymore – is that Bracamontes first entered the country in 1996, was deported in 1997, re-entered, got arrested and was released (by far-right Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio, in fact). He was deported again in 2001, came back to the U.S. under the George W. Bush’s administration before going on his killing spree in 2014. As the AP wrote: “There is no evidence that any Democrat — or anyone, for that matter — allowed Bracamontes to stay.” This is yet another example of the demonizing that President Trump relies on, especially during campaigns. 8 /


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On Thursday, Nov. 8, Sandpoint’s newest brewery, Matchwood, will be the venue for a Wild Night for Wilderness featuring live music by Oak Street Connection, a raffle that includes a pair of Festival passes and an art auction with original artwork and photography. The raffle include items from the Festival at Sandpoint, Upside Kombucha, Evans Brothers Coffee Roasters, Sandpoint Hot Yoga, Pend d’Oreille Winery, Panhandler Pies, Beet & Basil and Winter Ridge Natural Foods among others! The online Wild Art Auction features mostly local artists, many of which have joined Friends of Scotchman Peaks Wilderness on the annual Extreme Plein Air backpacking trip. Also, Karen Robinson, FSPW’s inaugural artist-in-residence has two pieces up for auction. Bidding is open online for photography by Carey Chisholm, Joe Foster and Marjolein Groot Nibbelink and original


art by Susan Conway Kean, Aaron Johnson, Carol Maddux, Marilyn McIntyre, Diane Moses, Karen Robinson and Ed Robinson. The pieces will be available to view at the Wild Night for Wilderness and bidding will close at the end of the event. Visit http://bit. ly/2018WildArtAuctionOnline to preview the art and start bidding. If you’re a beer lover, the online art auction includes a different kind of art as well. Bidding is open for the honor to use one of Matchwood Brewery’s Golden Growlers for a year. The growler is good for 50-percent off one growler fill per day on select beer styles at Matchwood. The savings could add up quickly! Thank you to Matchwood Brewing for hosting the event, to our sponsors: Idaho Forest Group, Sandpoint Equine and the Reader, and to all those that have donated to the raffle. We look forward to seeing everyone for a wild good time!


In the name of peace

By Ben Olson Reader Staff The Sandpoint Library hosted a dedication ceremony for a Peace Pole that was installed on the Library’s property Friday, Nov. 2. The pole was placed temporarily in the median between the main entrance and the parking area. Plans are to move the pole to a more permanent location at a later date. The pole was sponsored by the Sandpoint Quakers and the Presbyterian Church. It has the phrase “May Peace Prevail on Earth” printed in five languages: English, Salish, American Sign Language, Braille and animal paw prints. In the drizzling rain, a couple dozen people gathered to celebrate the event. Right before the ceremony the rain ceased and a few rays of sunshine spilled through the clouds. After some introductory remarks from the Presbyterian Church, the Sandpoint chapter of the Threshold Choir sang for the audience.

The Threshold Choir, left, sings at the peace pole dedication ceremony Friday. Photo by Ben Olson. Pax Longenecker, a third grader at Washington School, was selected to perform the unveiling. Longenecker was born on the International Day of Peace (Sept. 21) to Jameson and Amy Longenecker. The name “Pax” means “peace” in Latin. After the unveiling, Mayor Shelby Rognstad said a few words and the gathering moved to the Presbyterian Church for further ceremonies. Over a dozen peace poles have been placed in the area over the past two decades, thanks mostly to the work of Keiko Lewis, Barb Veranium, Lama Yonton and Ellen Weissman. “It has become a passion of mine in the last couple of years to plant one (peace pole) somewhere each year in September on or near the 21st, which is the International Day of Peace,” Weissman said.

Laughing Matter

Sue Koller of Sandpoint brought the Reader to New York City and visited the Statue of Liberty. Hope you had a great trip, Sue!

By Bill Borders


See you on the road, neighbor I have been driving a 45 minute commute for nearly eight years. It’s not the only time I’ve commuted to work — when I lived in the city my commute distance was half as long as it is now — but I spent just as much time in the car. A city commute is bullshit, not a good idea for anyone’s mental health as far as I am concerned. There is a limit to how long you can stare at lights waiting for them to turn green, all the while shouting expletives at other drivers. My rural commute involves seeing gorgeous scenery every day, being greeted by bald eagles, weaving my way through elk herds, and spotting the occasional bear. I know the deer on my route by first name, and I’ve sat through a turkey traffic stop more than once. The only traffic situation that gets me cussing mad is the Canadian truck drivers and their insistence at running you off the road in arctic conditions, and the occasional hay truck that travels at 25 mph on the highway. I have a ton of time to mentally prepare on the way to work, and by the time I get home at night, the troubles of the work day are distant memories. Truly, the only pitfall of the rural commute is the lack of public restrooms. There is a good 15-mile stretch where there is no restroom in sight. This may not seem like a big deal until you experience a case of urgent diarrhea or spill your coffee on your genitals in that 15-minute stretch. It becomes a lot more “heated” at that point. Truly. The experienced rural commuter knows that they must have a

spare change of clothes, food and various other essentials in their car at all times, because chances are the day you forget them you will shit your pants and starve on the way home. You can’t just stop a Target and get a new blouse or a carwash and hose your vomit out. If you toss your cookies in the car you may have to drive with puke next to you for the next 20 minutes — maybe even longer if it is snowing. Don’t ask me why there is toilet paper in my glove box or a jar of olives in the console. Just feel lucky that you have never had to make a decision to relieve yourself on the side of the road in grizzly country because facing your coworkers with soiled undergarments seems more terrifying. The olives — well, I can’t eat chips and jerky all the time right? Also, don’t be surprised if I make you sit in the backseat if you are getting a ride on a work day. My passenger seat is full of essential items that need to be at arm’s length at all times. When the delicate balance of gum, chargers, wallets, snacks, water bottles, work keys, gloves and chapstick is moved to the backseat during my work week, the chances of it being placed correctly before the next morning is slim. I will likely endure suffering of some sort on my morning commute. Just get in the back, OK, it’s better for us both. Also don’t touch my radio, and sorry that there is a clock, three jackets, a lawn chair and four pairs of shoes back there. Given I am a commuter, you will thank me when you need a roll of fishing line and a unopened toothbrush. You are probably sitting on them. I have faced many demons on my commute, but there is one I fear more

than any other: the days someone asks to “carpool” with me. Now, I suppose that if I would have started off in this direction seven years ago, I would have never know the joy of an open road, and what it feels like to have 45 minutes of silence or the best car concert of my life EVERY SINGLE DAY. Add a passenger to the mix and suddenly life is full of compromise. It’s like, “Oh, do we have to listen to Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper EVERYTIME we drive somewhere?” or, “What do you think of Trump?” No, thanks. I will just pay for my own gas, drive my own car and enjoy the pain and pleasure of releasing all the farts I hold in during the work day, on my way home, by myself, in silence, or during a duet with Bradley Cooper. It’s my choice. It’s not that I don’t enjoy other people’s company, it’s just …wait, no, it is that. See you on the road, neighbor! Scarlette Quille

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By Brenden Bobby Reader Columnist

“All wildlife, including all wild animals, wild birds, and fish, within the state of Idaho, is hereby declared to be the property of the state of Idaho. It shall be preserved, protected, perpetuated, and managed. It shall be only captured or taken at such times or places, under such conditions, or by such means, or in such manner, as will preserve, protect, and perpetuate such wildlife, and provide for the citizens of this state and, as by law permitted to others, continued supplies of such wildlife for hunting, fishing and trapping.” - Idaho state code 36103. Wildlife Property of State - Preservation, courtesy of Idaho Department of Fish and Game. We live in extremely divisive times. Right now, we’re arguing about the role guns play in our culture, how our climate and ecosystems influence our survival and way of life. One thing I believe that everyone can agree on is that we live in a beautiful state, and we want our childrens’ grandchildren to grow up with the same access to opportunities and beautiful landscapes we enjoy. I recently finished my hunter’s ed course with my better half’s kids, and had the opportunity to learn a tremendous amount about the role of hunting, fishing and trapping and its impact on our ecosystem thanks to the IDFG. Growing up, most kids my age were taught that hunting, fishing and trapping led to extinctions throughout history- Which is true, but just like bacon: everything in moderation. The extinctions the history books are referring to are because of overhunting, which 10 /


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is when individuals go to great lengths to murder every animal in sight. So you would think doing the reverse and not killing anything would let nature balance itself back out, right? Not even close. If you let a prey population procreate unchecked, it will balloon out of control, kill all vegetation in an environment and then eventually succumb to starvation and disease, disease which presents the opportunity to spread to other animals or even humans. Want proof of principle? Check out “Cat Island” or “Rabbit Island” in Japan. It’s not a pretty truth, but predation is necessary. This is why IDFG exists, so we, as humans, can responsibly act as predators to keep nature in check and preserve the natural world’s health indefinitely. Fish and Game works tirelessly to track wildlife population year-round with a helping hand from hunters and sportsmen. The department takes the data gathered from their own officers, volunteers, and the hunters out in the field and submits the information to the commission, a group of seven commissioners chosen by the governor (no more than four commissioners can be from the same political party, which I think is really cool) who set policies, dates and kill limits for the year. Guns are an extremely divisive topic in our culture. I’m not going to open that can of worms — if you want an opinion on that, go to Facebook or Twitter. What I will share is that gun manufacturers pay a 10-percent tax on all firearms sales that goes directly to hunter education programs across the United

States, to help educate the public on how to safely use a firearm. They also manufacture countless weapons and donate them to state bodies like IDFG to use for educational purposes. These programs are extremely extensive, and something that I personally feel that everyone in a rural community should take at some point, even if you don’t plan on hunting. The second-biggest cause of gun-related deaths in 2017 was from accidents, mishandlings or careless behavior, something that could be easily lowered by more education (the highest was from defensive shooting incidents). The most important rule, when acting with or around any firearm, is treat it as though it were loaded. Be aware of it, where it is pointing, and only have your finger inside of the trigger guard if you intend to fire it. If you’re playing around with a gun, stop and think for a moment how badly it would suck if you got shot by some other idiot playing around with a gun, then make some serious life evaluations. If you encounter a Fish & Game officer in the field, be respectful. They’re doing their job and trying to make sure you can continue to enjoy nature for the foreseeable future. Be vocal in what you’re doing, let them know that you’re unloading your weapon and keep it pointed in a safe direction. Comply with what they ask of you, and if you have any information you think may be relevant to them, share details. Personally, I thank them when they’re done, because they never know what they could be walking into in any given situation. If hunting isn’t your thing,

but hiking or boating is, you can get cash rewards for reporting instance of illegal poaching and harvesting. Whether you witness it happen, or if you find a discarded kill. Poachers ruin it for everyone, including non-hunters, and everyone likes cash in the bank for doing the right thing. I was very appreciative of Fish & Game for taking time out of their busy schedule to help educate me this week, and want-

ed to do a little bit to shine a light on them and the great work they’re doing. Law enforcement is often a thankless job, so here’s my way to make it a little thankier: Thank you to the men and women of the Idaho Department Fish and Game. Stay safe out there!

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• Reporting information that leads to an arrest related to the poaching of waterfowl or fish can put $200 in your pocket. Doing the same for a moose kill can earn you $600 for doing the right thing. •Fees related to hunter’s education, hunting licenses and tags pay for the conservation efforts that help improve the health and populations of wild game. Paying for a deer tag helps protect all of Idaho’s endangered species. •The reason deer and elk hunters wear blaze orange is because large game are colorblind, but we can still see it to avoid accidents. The reason turkey hunters don’t wear any orange is because turkeys can see color. You can spot turkey hunters by orange tape they wrap on branches or trees they wait under. •It’s highly dangerous to stalk a turkey during hunting season. If you’re hiking and hear a turkey call, don’t go looking for it, because it’s potentially a hunter. •Target fixation is a process of the brain found in all predatory animals, including humans. It increases success chances of killing prey by eliminating other distractions, similar to what a professional baseball player does. It’s also a leading contributor of hunting accidents. •IDFG offers a free permission form on their website (https:// for hunters to present to property owners asking for consent to pass through, or hunt on private property. •You can complete a hunter’s education course online for free at, but to get the certificate required to attend and complete an Idaho Hunter Safety Field Day with IDFG, you must pay a small fee.


Young voices, longstanding traditions

Area schools host Veterans Day programs to honor local servicemen and women

By Lyndsie Kiebert Reader Staff Editor’s Note: Lyndsie Kiebert works part time at Hope Elementary School. Written on the whiteboard in Debra Douglas’ classroom at Hope Elementary are several vocabulary words necessary for any music student to learn: whole note, half note, sustained sound, patriotism and more. Yes, even “patriotism,” because Hope Elementary has their annual Veterans Day singing program coming up Monday, Nov. 12, at 8:30 a.m. The lyrics they’re learning have everything to do with “showing support for your country,” as the definition on the whiteboard reads. This is Douglas’ first year teaching music at Hope, and her first year making the Veterans Day program — which has been going on as long as everyone at Hope can remember — happen. This year, the second- and third-grade classes will perform a musical rendition of the Pledge of Allegiance, and the fourth-, fifth- and sixth-grade classes will perform “God Bless America.” “The second- and the third-graders doing the pledge, they’re really excited about that. They’re so excited they’re screaming it now, so I gotta pull them back,” she said with a laugh. Hope School isn’t the only school in the Lake Pend Oreille School District with a Veterans Day program — every school is hosting some sort of vet-focused event to recognize the holiday. Natalie Cain has a special connection to the programs, having been a music teacher in the district for 24 years at several

schools, including Hope. Cain now teaches at Kootenai and Northside Elementary schools. Cain said she emphasizes the Veterans Day program as incredibly important to her students, and preparations often lead to conversations about the meanings of sacrifice and honor. “This program is so important to all who are present, young and old, veterans and performers,” Cain said. “It allows the veterans the opportunity to realize they are remembered, and it gives students a chance to realize how important veterans are to our nation and the role they played in protecting our many freedoms.” Fourth-grader Mae Grosenbaugh has been attending Hope School and the Veterans Day program since Kindergarten.

She said she understands the importance of the event well. “It’s about honoring those who have served, and thanking people who have kept our country safe and are still keeping our country safe,” she said. Grosenbaugh said her favorite part of the Veterans Day program is when the students get to shake hands with the guests of honor. She said the veterans often tell her and her classmates how much they enjoyed the music. One such guest of honor at the Hope program is Purley Decker, a 24-year Army Medical Service veteran. Decker taught at Hope Elementary for 15 years before his recent retirement, and now serves on the school district’s Board of Trust-

ees. He will be in attendance at Monday’s program. “It means a tremendous amount to me, especially with my generation and the way that we were treated when we came back from Vietnam,” Decker said. “It’s so much better now, and I think it’s because of programs like this.” Decker said music programs like those that go on across the school district around Veterans Day mean that children are introduced to respecting veterans at a young age, and then are more likely to carry that attitude into adulthood. “The children get a better idea of just what the vets have gone through,” he said. Hope Elementary School Principal Sherri Hatley is a big

Students shake hands with visiting veterans during the 2015 Veteran’s Day program at Hope School. Courtesy photo. proponent of the annual program. Her support stems from a perspective of necessity, she said. “I can’t imagine not honoring our veterans,” she said. “My heart would not allow ignoring them.” On Monday, Hope students will sing patriotic songs, veterans will share their stories and members of the public will visit to take part, as they do each year. It’s a long-running and unfailingly emotional event, which Douglas — a veteran herself — said she is excited to be a part of. November 8, 2018 /


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Paint and Sip @ Pend d’Oreille Winery Join Holly Walker for a night of painting, sipping and snacking. $35 includes supplies, glass of wine and instruction

Open Mic Night w/ Kevin Dorin 6-9pm @ MickDuff’s Beer Hall With Fremont Brewing beer on tap from 5-7pm. Live music by Marty Perron and Doug Bond. Prizes, tapas

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Live Music w/ Jimmy Smith 8-11pm @ 219 Lounge Ex-Gourds songwriter from Smith McKay All Day Nordic Ski Fair 5:30-7:30pm @ The Heartwood Center Support Spt. Nordic Club. Pizza, beer, raffle prizes

Dollar Beers! 8pm @ Eichardt’s Pub Good until the keg’s dry Axe Throwing league 6-10pm @ Tervan Tavern

BZN Film Rodeo 7pm @ Panida Theater Bozeman, Mont.’s inaugural film festival at the Panida Theater. Tickets $5

Northern Panhandle Landscape Art Show Sandpoint Weavers Guild 5:30-7pm @ The Powerhouse, 120 Lake St. Art Opening 5-7pm @ Idaho Pour Authority Sitting at the junction of the “Wild West” and Live music by Ron Kieper Trio the coastal culture of the Pacific Northwest, Live Music w/ BareGrass our native place gives us a variety of views. 5:30-7:30pm @ Matchwood POAC artist members have looked outside to Prog. Americana at the new create works that recall this place and its beaubrewery! Free / family friendly ty through traditional and modern methods Contra Dance Live Music w/ Chris & Meg 7-10:30pm @ Sandpoint Paint and Sip 6pm @ The Pottery Bug 8-10pm @ The Back Door Bar Community Hall Chris Lynch and Meg Turner! Community dancing for A beautiful “Winter Tree with Pearls” botall ages to live music. $5 tle will be the project. $35 includes instrucArt Reception for Staci Shubert tion and supplies. RSVP at the Pottery Bug donation suggested -8pm @ Pend d’Oreille Winery Trivia night SARS Ski Swap Check out Staci Schubert’s leather rtwork. Live music w/ Chris Lynch 6:45-8pm @ Tervan Tavern 9am-2pm @ Bonner Co. Fairgrounds Kick off the ski season and find great Forrest Harvest Bazaar deals on snow gear - everything from 10am-2pm @ Forrest Bird Charter School skis/boards to poles, boots, apparal, The Bazaar will have Community Art, Craft, Farm, etc. Proceeds benefit SARS mers’ Mar- and Food Vendors and the Economic Students will Native Film Series: “Mankiller” uce, baked be selling their hand made products from the busi12:30 & 3pm @ Panida Theater s, fine arts ness they created in their Economics Class. Music Free and open to the public uch more! will be brought to the Bazaar by Bridges Home

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TABLE SPONSORS • Three Vines Consulting • Taylor and Son Cheverolet • Bonner General Health • Idaho Forest Group

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Museum hosts holiday shopping event By Reader Staff It’s getting to be that time of year again! Save the stress of the holiday season and get some of your shopping done early this year. To help with this, Bonner County History Museum is hosting a Sparkling Holiday Shopping Extravaganza Thursday, Nov. 15, from 4-7 p.m. Their gift shop has been dressed for the season with sparkle, shine and holiday divine. Shop for one-of-a-kind gift items and check those names off your shopping list. There will be lots of new merchandise, free gift wrapping on all purchases, a Mary Gayle Young Jewelry Trunk Show, and light refreshments. There is free admission to the museum with a purchase from the gift shop, where many items will be on sale. Call the Bonner County History Museum for more information, (208) 263-2344.

Adult open gym basketball offered By Reader Staff

Want to get your hoop on? Sandpoint Parks and Recreation has partnered with the Lake Pend Oreille School District to once again offer Adult Open Gym Basketball at Sandpoint High School on Sunday afternoons starting Nov. 11 through March 10 (except Feb 3) from 4:30-6 p.m.). The entry fee for adults will be $2 per player, payable at the door to the gym coordinator. Please contact Sandpoint Parks and Recreation with any additional questions. They can be reached at 1123 Lake St, (208) 263-3613, or on the web at

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Open Enrollment begins in Idaho By Cameron Rasmusson Reader Staff

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If you’re planning on acquiring insurance through the Idaho Health Exchange, now is the time to make your appointment. Open enrollment for the statewide health exchange began Nov. 1 and will run until Dec. 15. During that time, qualifying Idahoans can apply for health and dental insurance or renew or modify their existing plans. With 293 health and dental plans available from seven insurance carriers available through the exchange, state residents have options ranging from low-cost and high-deductible bronze plans to more expensive plans with robust coverage options. “Your Health Idaho’s insurance marketplace offers Idahoans valuable resources and new tools such as formulary and provider search to help make it easier for families and individuals to compare and shop for health insurance plans. Many Idahoans are surprised to learn that by comparing and shopping for plans they may be able to find a more affordable solution that meets their needs and budget,” said Pat Kelly, executive director of Your Health Idaho, in a press release. With hundreds of options available, residents can narrow down their selections by making an appointment with one of more than 900 agents and brokers throughout the state. These professionals are available for free consultations to help you get signed up on the insurance exchange and help find an insurance plan that fits your budget and needs. To identify the agents and brokers working with the state, simply / November 8, 2018

visit and search by your location or by individual names. “We appreciate the efforts of our many partners including hundreds of agents and brokers, carriers, and industry partners in communities across Idaho who work hard, especially this time of year during Open Enrollment, to provide Idahoans with access and choice when it comes to health insurance plans offered through the exchange. Still, there is more work to be done as many Idahoans may not even realize they qualify for a tax credit. For example, a family of four making between $25,000 up to $100,000 may be eligible for a tax credit that could help them lower their monthly health insurance premium,” said Kelly. It’s likely that regardless of circumstances, most Idahoans will find a plan that works for them. According to Your Health Idaho, “more than 90,000 individuals and families are enrolled in health insurance through Your Health Idaho and 9 out of 10 Idahoans save 80 percent on their monthly premiums with a tax credit.” In order to be eligible for coverage, you must be a U.S. citizen or national (non-citizens must be lawfully present in the U.S. for the entire length of health coverage). In addition, you must live in the U.S. and have a primary residence in Idaho, you must be considered a resident of the U.S. and Idaho for tax purposes and you cannot be incarcerated. To enroll in Health Insurance for the 2019 plan year visit YourHealthIdaho. org between Nov. 1 through Dec. 15 or to talk with a consumer advocate for enrollment assistance by calling 1-855944-3246.

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On being a veteran By Capt. Bill Collier Reader Contributor Editor’s Note: This piece originally ran Nov. 11, 2015 in the Sandpoint Reader. We liked it so much, we decided to run it again. We at the Reader offer a sincere thank you to Capt. Collier and all veterans for their sacrifice and service to this country. VJ day was my second birthday. World War II had ended. The evil Japanese Empire, Italian Fascists and German Nazis were defeated. Every Fourth of July, Flag Day (now Memorial Day) and Veterans Day, huge parades with booming bass drums honored all the veterans as they marched down Broadway, the wide main street in the small town of Sonoma, Calif., where I grew up. To me every GI who had served was a hero, regardless of what he did to support the war effort. My father served in the Naval Reserve at the tail end of the war, and my big brother, Cal, had done his tour in the cold war Air Force. I wanted to serve my country, too. In 1964 I was recruited to become a helicopter pilot for the USMC. In 1965, as I neared then end of my Navy flight training in Pensacola, the Vietnam War officially began. “Great,” we all thought. “We are going to have our own war and be heroes like our fathers!” We all know how that worked out as the anti-war sentiment turned our welcome home into a fiasco. For many, PTSD and Agent Orange have turned our welcome home into a nightmare. Twenty-two veterans commit suicide every day, most of them Vietnam vets. We may not have had much welcome from our fellow Americans, but we all bonded with each other. To me the greatest thing about serving was my fellow GI. Not just Marines, but anybody who served in any capacity in any service. Each of us gave the blank check for our lives to the government for a specific period. In return, we shared experiences that made us laugh, cry, and cringe. All another veteran has

to say is where he served, and I have a pretty good idea of what he went through. Perhaps that is why when we get together and tell stories, we focus on the fun times, the good times. We do not want to stir up the bad memories. My best friends to this day are the fellows I served with in Vietnam. When I married for the second time in 2003, my best man was my good friend and fellow Marine helicopter pilot, Lt.Col. James Barr. Even though he lives near Dallas, Texas, we still get together frequently. We end our phone calls with, “I love you.” I am a member of almost every veteran’s organization in town. We help veterans in need. We provide firewood to veterans; help them with car repairs, propane gas refills, grocery money, septic tank servicing and a myriad of other support. We even bought a good used car for one female veteran whose car had died, and she might lose her job if she could not commute to work. We have garage sales and other events to raise money to further these causes. If you would like to donate to an organization that has zero overhead and spends your money close to home, please consider contributing to one of the local veterans groups. Every year our local Marine Corps League Detachment #1110 celebrates the birthday of the Marine Corps by having a luncheon. This year it is happening Saturday, Nov. 10, at 12 p.m. at the Elks Golf Course. All Marines and members of all other services are invited, too. Cpt. Bill Collier has written two books about his experience as a Marine Corps helicopter pilot in Vietnam: “The Adventures of a Helicopter Pilot, Flying the H-34 in Vietnam for the USMC,” and “CIA Super Pilot Spills the Beans: Flying Helicopters in Laos for Air America” about his experiences in Laos. They are available for purchase in local book stores, or online at

Top: Vietnam veteran Bill Collier poses in his derelict H-34 helicopter, the same model he flew in the war – and the subject of his first book. Photo by Carla Keefer. Bottom: A photo of Cpt. Bill Collier during his service.

Looking for a way to honor a vet? Here are some events By Reader Staff

Editor’s Note: These are all programs offered at various locations to honor veterans. Special thanks to Bill Stevens for compiling this information. Thursday, Nov. 8 8:30 a.m. @ Sagle Elementary Friday, Nov. 9 10:05 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. @ Farmin-Stidwell Elementary (Honor Guard) 11 a.m. @ The Center in Clark Fork (appreciation lunch for vets and spouses) Sunday, Nov. 11 All day @ Sweet Lou’s (free meals for all vets)

12 p.m. @ War Memorial Field (Honor Guard) Monday, Nov. 12 7:55 a.m. @ Forrest Bird Charter School 8:15 a.m. @ Sandpoint Christian School (Honor Guard) 8:30 a.m. @ Hope Elementary 8:50 a.m. @ Sandpoint High School Library (vets with a guest welcome) 1 p.m. @ Northside Elementary 1:15 p.m. @ Lake Pend Oreille Alternative High School (vets visit with different classrooms of students) 1:30 p.m. @ Southside Elementary Tuesday, Nov. 13 8:30 a.m. at Washington Elementary November 8, 2018 /


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The Sandpoint Eater

The Chosen Few By Marcia Pilgeram Reader Food Columnist Recently, a friend asked me to recommend a few good cookbooks she could give as Christmas gifts this year. Cookbooks are my passion, so I took the task to heart—talk about food for thought. In my personal collection, I have more than 500 cookbooks, whittled down from more than a thousand after a serious purge (wholeheartedly endorsed by my minimalist daughters). Of the remaining books, the ones I love the most and can’t live without number about 50, although I use most of the books as a reference throughout the year. While I have never authored a cookbook, I’ve had recipes published in magazines, and I’ve done recipe testing for a couple of cookbooks. These endeavors gave me tremendous appreciation of the volume of work that goes into producing a cookbook considering the average one has about 100 recipes. The recipes are carefully chosen for relevance, tested several times, edited, photographed, and many never even make it to the publisher’s galleys. Nowadays, some cookbook authors self-publish, which is a pretty daunting undertaking once you have a 1000 or more cookbooks in hand and have no idea how to distribute them. My beloved collection comes from many sources. They have been passed down to me, presented as gifts, collected via eBay and thrift shops, bought at Friends of the Library Book Sale (my favorite source, first Saturday of each month at East Bonner Library) and purchased on trips throughout the world. I also belong to a Facebook page (where I spend a little too much time) where we buy, sell and swap vintage cookbooks. I love perusing vintage bookstores and can spend hours immersed amongst the delicious offerings. My two favorite shops sell only cookbooks and are located on the East coast (Kitchen Arts & Letters in 18 /


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New York City) and the West coast (Omnivore Books on Food in San Francisco). In between, you’ll find Kitchen Witch Cookbooks (New Orleans) and the Heirloom Book Company (Charleston). There are myriad others, dedicated to the printed word of culinary arts. I also love to read memoirs, so naturally some of my favorite cookbooks tend to be fascinating storybooks with recipes. Chef-authors Anthony Bourdain, Julia Child, Ruth Reichl, Jacques Pepin, MFK Fischer and James Beard top my list of this genre. My least-favorite cookbooks tend to be authored by “flash-in-thepan” celebrity chefs. Often, these books are glossy, mass produced works “branded” by the “star chef” and pumped out by publishers, with recipes that aren’t even the chefs’ original creations.

Besides memoirs, I also reach for and rely heavily on cookbooks that teach technique. My go-to book for Italian food is still “Essentials of Classic Italian Cooking” by Marcella Hazan. Though the book is nearly 30 years old, I have not found a more comprehensive Italian cookbook, and I feel the same about Julia Child’s “Mastering the Art of French Cooking,” which is even older! I still remember the day I discovered the “Silver Palate Cookbook” (and pesto!) by Sheila Lukins and Julee Rosso. I was a young ranch wife, overwhelmed with babies and bored by pot roast, when I was given a copy for my 30th birthday. Intrigued with the classy (and unfamiliar) ingredients and super-cool illustrations, it became my dinner party go-to book, and It still has a place of honor amongst my favorites (whenever I find a copy, I pick it up

for friends or family). For desserts and baking, I rely on “Bravetart: Iconic American Desserts” by award-winning pastry chef Stella Parks. Her recipes offer clear and exact instructions, which is important in the science of baking. Parks also stirs in some fun and engaging stories about the origins of some of her recipes. Two of my favorite ethnic cuisines are Thai and Mexican. “Pok Pok: Food and Stories from the Streets, Homes and Roadside Restaurants of Thailand” by Andy Ricker is my favorite Thai cookbook. Ricker is a restaurateur (he has one in Portland). For me, recipes are a mix of cultures, ingredients and stories, and this author does a great job fusing those components. His recipes are very precise for beginners, and the book includes recipes from all regions (many Thai cook-

Seafood Linguine Recipe

books concentrate on the south). For Mexican food, though I have at least a dozen different cookbooks, my favorite is relatively new to my culinary library: “Nopalito: A Mexican Kitchen” by Gonzalo Guzmán. I love the beautiful photographs which the author often uses to demonstrate technique. Restaurant owner Guzmán also carefully explains the ingredients that bring the recipes and flavors bursting to life. I’m often asked if I will ever write a cookbook, and, honestly, it tops my culinary bucket list. Like my favorite genre of memoir-cookbooks, I imagine it to be written in that style, with beloved family-favorite recipes developed over the past 30 or more years sprinkled with lots of savory tales and sage advice. One recipe sure to be included is my favorite pasta dish, seafood linguine. Now, I just need a title.

Serves 6

This is a delicious and versatile main dish– if you prefer, you can use more/less tomato juice/clam juice ratio or for a creamier sauce, you can even substitute some of the juice with heavy cream. Sometimes I toss in some scallops and/or squid, as well. Serve with lots of crusty bread and (lots of) white wine.



• 1⁄2 cup dry white wine • 1 pound small clams, scrubbed well • 2 pounds mussels, scrubbed well, beards removed • 1⁄4 cup extra-virgin olive oil, plus more for drizzling • Sea salt and fresh coarse ground pepper • 1 large onion, finely diced • 4 cloves garlic, finely minced • 1⁄4 tsp red-pepper flakes • 12 oz tomato juice • 12 oz clam stock • 1 pound medium shrimp, peeled and deveined, tails on • 1 pound linguine • Zest of 1 lemon • 2 tbs fresh squeezed lemon juice • 1⁄4 cup chopped parsley

Heat wine in a large heavy pot over medium-high until simmering. Add clams and mussels, cover pot, and cook until shellfish have opened, about 5 minutes. (Discard any unopened ones) Using a slotted spoon, remove shellfish and transfer to a bowl. Discard any open, empty shells. Cover shellfish with foil to keep warm. Strain liquid through a fine-mesh sieve and reserve (You should have about 1 cup broth.) Wipe pot clean with a paper towel. Heat olive oil over medium-high, reduce heat to medium and add onion and garlic. Cook, stirring occasionally, until softened, 4-5 minutes. Add red-pepper flakes and cook, stirring, 1 to 2 minutes. Add shellfish broth and cook, stirring until mixture is reduced by half, about 2 minutes. Add tomato and clam juices, sim-

mer, stirring occasionally, for about 15 minutes. Season with salt and pepper. Add shrimp and cook, stirring occasionally, until just cooked through and shrimp are bright pink, about 2 minutes (don’t overcook – they’ll be tough) Cook pasta according to package instructions in a large pot of salted water.

Drain, and using tongs, toss pasta with tomato sauce. Carefully toss in clams and mussels. Transfer to a large serving platter; top with shrimp. Drizzle with oil, squeeze of lemon juice, zest and parsley, serve.


‘Mankiller’ film to screen at Library Saturday By Reader Staff “Mankiller” is the perfect film to see during this post election season, especially when a Native American woman has just run for governor of Idaho. The official selection of the Los Angeles Film Festival, “Mankiller” is the story of another Native American woman — a hero and legend, one who stands tall amongst the likes of Robert Kennedy, Harriet Tubman, and Martin Luther King, Jr. — the late Wilma Mankiller. She fought injustice, gave a voice to the voiceless, and overcame rampant sexism and personal challenges to emerge in 1985 as the first female Principal Chief of the Cherokee Nation — the largest Indian Tribe in America. The second film in the Idaho Mythweaver’s Native Heritage Film Series at the Sandpoint Library this Saturday, “Mankiller,” directed by Valerie RedHorse Mohl and produced by Gale Anne Hurd, will screen free to the public at 12:30 p.m. and 3 p.m. on Nov. 10 in the Library’s expanded meeting room, 1407 Cedar St. Jane Fritz will lead a discussion

about Wilma Mankiller and the documentary film after each screening. The film is 74 minutes long. As a child, Mankiller’s family was relocated from Oklahoma to San Francisco — part of a federal government assimilation program. Although the move was traumatic, it was in the Bay Area during the turbulent 1960s that she became involved in the fight for civil rights and joined the Alcatraz Island Occupation. Afterwards, Mankiller returned to Oklahoma and her people where she was re-elected for three terms to serve as the Cherokee’s highest leader, laying important foundations for the Cherokee Nation’s current economic and cultural status as one of the most successful tribes in America. Wilma Mankiller was known as a uniter. In 1990, she signed an unprecedented Cherokee Nation self-determination agreement with the federal government, in which the Nation took control of its funding, programs and services from the Bureau of Indian Affairs. In 1998, recognizing her impressive achievements, President Bill Clinton awarded her the Medal of Freedom. A stalwart activist for women’s rights, Wilma Mankiller was cit-

BZN Film Rodeo swings by Panida By Cameron Rasmusson Reader Staff

Today is the only day to check out some of the best films from Bozeman’s inaugural International Film Festival. From 6-8 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 8, at the Panida Theater, Sandpoint audiences can see four short films, including the latest from Sandpoint-based filmmakers Aric Spence, who founded this year’s Sandpoint Radius Film Festival, and Robert Lindner. Following the short film is a screening of the feature-length documentary “Mankiller,” which covers the life of the first female Principal Chief of the Cherokee Nation, Wilma Mankiller. The festival films include “Where

the Wild Things Play,” which examines female athletes in the adventure sports industry; “Drawback,” which follows a young bowhunter on her first expedition; and “Deux Mains (With My Own Two Hands),” which looks at life through the hands of one man and the people that surround him. All proceeds from the event benefit the Panida Theater Foundation. Film lovers can stop by MickDuff’s afterward for an after-party featuring $1-off pints and plenty of conversation with fellow film lovers. Check out for more information on the films and the festival itself.

ed by the organizers of the January 2017 Women’s March on Washington as one of the most important leaders in America’s movement for equality.

Little Theater

Chief Wilma Mankiller reads to young students. Photo courtesy of the Wilma Mankiller Foundation.

Thursday, Nov. 8 @ 6pm

BZN film rodeo

Nov. 8 @ 7:30pm | Nov. 9 @ 5:30pm Nov. 10 @ 7:30pm (LT) | Nov. 11 @ 3:30pm (lT)

“The Guilty”

Thursday, Nov. 10 @ 7pm

Warren miller - “face of winter” Nov. 15-17 @ 7:30pm & nov. 18 @ 3:30pm

“true believer” and “Thanks a lot”

Two one-act plays to kick off the holiday season, by chris herron and becky revak

Friday, Nov. 23 @ 7pm

redhead express in concert Saturday, Nov. 24 @ 7:30pm

thanks” concert shook twins “giving featuring john craigie

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Utara Brewery commits to the craft By Cameron Rasmusson Reader Staff

Saturday Night Special!

Come join us for live music Saturday evenings and enjoy a one of our stone fired pizzas and beer for only $10!

Located on the Historic Cedar St. Bridge Sunday - Thursday 7am - 5pm Friday - Saturday 7am - 9pm 208-265-4396 • 20 /


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Sometimes big dreams come in small packages, and for brewer Dave Kosiba, that’s exactly what Utara Brewing Company is to him. While the idea of large-scale breweries with massive distribution networks is all well and good, he is enchanted with the idea of a community brewery — one that keeps its footprint small and focuses on constant incremental improvements to its products and service. To that end, the Utara team is deliberately taking the roll-out of its business slow. “We’re looking at this as a 10-year gradual roll out,” Kosiba said. Thanks to a special arrangement with a brewery called Westwood Brewing, Utara has the flexibility to perfect its craft. They have, if not the first, one of the first alternating proprietorship business structures in Idaho, where both Utara and Westwood beers are brewed on site. That takes some of the financial pressure off Kosiba, who would rather focus his energies on creating newer, better brews. “It’s really cool to have that job security,” he said. Kosiba learned much of the brewing craft and trade while working with Laughing Dog Brewing between 2009 and 2012. During that time, he was immersed in the complexities and nuances of the brewing process. It was an important step in a lifelong commitment to brewing education. To that end, the brewery holds classes every second Tuesday of the month for $15, where a group of about 10 people dig into the subtleties of various beer types. Another part of the brewing passion is working together with fellow brewers to create the optimal experience for customers. Kosiba accomplishes that through outreach efforts like bringing guest beers from other breweries on tap.

“Craft brewing clientele are demanding that local breweries work together to meet their needs for diversification, variety, collaboration and community,” he wrote in a mission statement. Utara Brewing is located at 214 Pine St. in a historic building that once served as an oil change business and, before that, a blacksmithy. While beer is their focus, Utara also offers an appetizer menu to suit the happy-hour customers that make up the bulk of their business. It all adds up to a community gathering place

Top: Dave Kosiba stands at the Utara Brewery Bar on a quiet Wednesday before opening. Bottom: The brewing equipment at Utara creates the brewery’s own creations as well as those of Westwood.

open from 3-8 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 12-9 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Those hours will likely expand in the summer. “Slowly but surely, the pieces of the puzzle are falling into place,” said Kosiba.


This week’s RLW by Ben Olson

MCS Fall Serenade to benefit student scholarships By Reader Staff

The nip is in the air outside, but inside the room will be filled with the warmth of classical music when the Music Conservatory of Sandpoint begins its Fall Serenade. This popular annual event will not only feature the extraordinary talent of music teachers, the proceeds will benefit the youth of our community who wish to learn to sing or play an instrument. The Fall Serenade will be held at the Heartwood Center (615 Oak St.) on Sunday, Nov. 18, at 6 p.m. Light appetizers and a no-host wine bar will be available before the performance giving patrons an opportunity to bid on the silent dessert auction items. Tickets are $20 for adults and $5 for students. “We will also be raffling

off pie for a year,” MCS board president Kathi Samuels said. “That’s one pie per month for twelve months thanks to the generosity of Panhandler Pies.” “A goal this year is to recognize community collaboration. We want to show our appreciation for the partnerships between MCS and local businesses and supporters who have helped us bring music to the many,” Samuels said. This includes Washington Trust, which is joining with MCS again this year to inspire matching gifts, so donations will be gratefully accepted. She also said that students are increasingly in need of scholarships to make their goals a reality. “It takes YEARS to get ready for the big stage, and we mentor students from beginners

to precollege music majors,” she asserted. “At the serenade, our instructors will perform works by the great masters in support of all our tuition assistance scholarship programs. It’s our annual Fall Serenade, and we hope music lovers will come and celebrate our cause!” For more information about

518 Oak St. Sandpoint

Courtesy photo. this performance or information about music lessons go to www.sandpointconservatory. org, or call 208-265-4444.


One of the first books I ever read was an odd choice: “Giant” by Edna Ferber. I didn’t like children’s books when I was a kid, but instead was drawn to horror novels like “The Shining” and heavy biopics like “Giant.” While many may know “Giant” as James Dean’s last film, the book is an excellent analysis of Western culture, specifically the Texan rancher magnates who own vast tracts of land.


My sisters don’t play music, so I never got a chance to do a brother/sister band, but I’m always drawn to other acts that do. My favorite of late is Angus and Julia Stone, a brother/sister duo from Australia who have a gritty, folky, downhome style that really gets me down deep. My favorite album of theirs is their self-titled 2014 deluxe album, and the single “Heart Beats Slow” is superb.


Show of hands: How many of you like to watch TED Talks? If you don’t know what I’m talking about, TED stands for Technology, Entertainment and Design, and they are short presentations by various artists, scientists and others who share their field with you. I watched one recently that was as entertaining as it was educational. “The Orchestra in my Mouth” is a hilarious and eye-opening presentation on beatboxing by Tom Thum. It’s only 11 minutes long, but Tom packs so much into that short time, it’s totally worth checking out.

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Back to the Future in Spokane? New Lime electric scooter program in Spokane is causing a (silent) stir

From Northern Idaho News, Feb. 18, 1919

PUT CITY ON THE MAP URGES CLUB SPEAKER Proper effort would turn tourist travel this way; - other needs

The Civic club had an interesting meeting Monday afternoon in the council room at the city hall. The club listened to an address by Superintendent Park of the city schools, in which he outlined a number of projects that might profitably be taken up for the advancement of Sandpoint. The superintendent’s first recommendation was that his city be “put on the map” - literally. He said the shortest and best road from Spokane to Glacier national park is through Sandpoint, but this route is not followed by the general run of tourists because another route is more prominently marked on the maps used by automobilists. In this connection the speaker gave an amusing account of his first attempt to reach Sandpoint by auto, when he made three starts out of Spokane before he got on the right road, all for the lack of a few inexpensive road signs. He thought the route could be made more attractive to tourists by providing a camping place for them near town. Other needs of the city as seen by Superintendent Park are a rest room for out-oftown shoppers and an auditorium. 22 /


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By Ben Olson Reader Staff Last weekend, Cadie attended a conference in Spokane. I tagged along to work in the hotel room. Upon walking around downtown the first evening, we both noticed something was different about Spokane. Along with the usual collection of tweakers, homeless and DWSTOTS (Dudes Who Shout to Themselves On The Sidewalk), there arose a new faction. Everywhere, and I mean everywhere, there were people of all ages and proclivities zipping around on these little green and white electric stand-up scooters. At first blush, I believed Cadie and I somehow slipped through a time vortex and arrived in the not-too-distant future where everyone zipped around on electric scooters. Every group of riders looked like Biff’s gang of hooligans in “Back to the Future II” minus the plastic clothing and the hovering. I soon found that we hadn’t, in fact, slipped into future Spokane. The scooters are part of a two-month trial program started in September by Lime, a bicycle and scooter sharing company based in the Silicon Valley. Here’s how it works: the scooters and bikes are dockless, which means you can find them just about anywhere: parked in front of bars, on bike paths, on the Riverfront Park bridges. Wherever someone left it, that’s where it is. Users download a free app, supply their credit card information and pre-pay for a block of time (I purchased $10 and rode all weekend) and they’re set. When you find a bike or scooter, you scan the code with your phone and a pleasant ding announces that you’ve now joined the future. Look out McFly, here I come. It costs $1 to start it up, and 15 cents per mile of usage. On the scooter, the throttle is a simple button on the right handlebar and the brake is either a button on the left handlebar or a squeeze style like bicycles have. The bikes – well, who cares about the bikes, I went for the scooter. The first ride was exhilarating. You have to push off a few times to get up momentum, then depress the throttle and with a rush of acceleration it takes you silently into traffic to tempt fate. The instructions say to always wear a helmet and to stay off the sidewalk, but all weekend I only saw one person wearing a helmet and everyone rides on the sidewalk. In fact, there’s actually a sort of wildwest mentality right now, as I felt sure that these things would be more heavily regulated in the future, but for the trial period,

Spokane literally seemed like a free-for-all green version of Mad Max, but instead of steampunk dystopian wanderers there were hipsters and teens hooting and hollering around the streets like kids on their first rollercoaster ride. There are obvious problems to deal with. One burrito server told me he hated them with a passion: “I haven’t ridden one yet, and I won’t either,” he said. “I can’t wait until they’re gone, to be honest. People are tossing them off the bridges into the water, tweakers are pulling out the guts, trying to sell the parts.” But, for every hater, there’s a 40-something guy with a perma-grin barreling down a walkway like the devil himself is after him, followed by his two children and mom closely behind. After the ride, you hit the “lock” button on your app and end the ride. The app sends you a notification telling you how much carbon you saved in the distance you covered. While one part of me thinks these scooters are annoying and pervasive, as well as a clear danger to life and limb, the adventurous part of me says, “Who cares, let’s ride!” Like it or not, transportation like this is the future. Instead of bulky cars burning fossil fuels, if you can walk out your door, search for a Lime scooter (they have a locater app that “dings” an available scooter, kind of like that button you used to push to find your cordless phone), and ride. While the program obviously needs some adjustments (cities with similar e-scooter trials have seen an uptick of emergency room visits), I see it as a fun way to promote green transportation. Also, it generates a lot of jobs. When the scooters run out of battery life, or have a mechanical program, there is an army of employees who track them down using GPS, load them into their cars and charge them up for another day on the wild streets. We saw one employee doing just that – loading four of

Lime e-scooters wait for their next victims on a Spokane sidewalk. Photo by Ben Olson. five of them into his van. It seems like a lot of work, tracking these suckers down all over hell and gone, but you could also look at it as a job where you get to engage in a scavenger hunt every day. The future is pretty cool, McFly.

Crossword Solution

Anytime I see something screech across a room and latch onto someone’s neck, and the guy screams and tries to get it off, I have to laugh, because what IS that thing?!

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[verb] 1. to submit or yield obsequiously or tamely (usually followed by to): “Don’t truckle to any unreasonable demands.”

Correction: Nothing to report this week. It’s Miller time! -BO

1. Foundations 6. Not barefoot 10. Baby buggy 14. Midday meal 15. Infiltrator 16. Fit 17. Genus of heath 18. Dogfish 19. Death notice 20. Rainproof 22. Kid 23. Doom 24. Worn away 26. Extent 30. Do it yourself 31. Henpeck 32. It ebbs and flows 33. Audition tape 35. Crawled 39. Lengthwise 41. Due 43. Untidy 44. Faucets 46. Buttocks 47. Dowel 49. Cook in hot oil 50. Sharpen 51. Flail 54. Sense 56. 60 minutes 57. Stretchability 63. Whacks 64. Checks 65. Tortilla chip

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66. Chocolate cookie 67. Scrabble piece 68. Glacial ridge 69. Biblical garden 70. Poems 71. Verse

DOWN 1. Gusted 2. Emanation 3. Hissy fit 4. Behold, in old Rome 5. Pottery fragment 6. Most insincere 7. A word that sounds like another

8. Hodgepodge 9. Be unbearably loud 10. Picture 11. Fanatical 12. Akin 13. Doled out 21. Field of rice 25. Risqué 26. Flower stalk 27. A coniferous tree 28. Contributes 29. Reporter 34. Persecutes 36. River of Spain 37. Scheme 38. French for “Head”

40. Yeses 42. Heretofore (2 words) 45. Kind 48. A poor city district 51. Spasm 52. Stockpile 53. Indian monetary unit 55. A protective covering 58. Placed 59. Money 60. Yucky 61. Not us 62. Bygone era

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In this Issue: GOP, Medicaid expansion wins big in midterm election, Timing of paving project at Sagle polling place alarms some voters, Are...

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In this Issue: GOP, Medicaid expansion wins big in midterm election, Timing of paving project at Sagle polling place alarms some voters, Are...