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(wo)MAN compiled by

Ben Olson

on the street

What are your thoughts about the results of the presidential election? “Three words: misogynist, sociopath, racist.” Renie Schori Massage therapist West of Sandpoint “I was surprised to hear Trump won after hearing how far behind he was. I’m glad Hillary was not elected. I believe she lied to our country. I voted for Gary Johnson.” Jayce Gregg Senior at SHS Cocolalla “I was pretty sad. I have chosen to see the positive... maybe this will bring our country together.” Mesha Edwards R.N. and massage therapist Sandpoint “Horrible. It shouldn’t have turned out the way it did. [He] made the worst candidate in the history of the president. Trump is without political experience and has nine bankruptcies. The only reason he is rich is because of his dad. Hillary Clinton has been a lawyer and has incredible experience as a politician. I do not agree with all of her viewpoints, but I agree less with Donald Trump’s.”

Izaak Bartlett Sophomore Sandpoint

“Not too much. I didn’t vote, but I am hoping things will run more smoothly than in the past few years.” Emily Holt Homemaker Sandpoint “Trump is the playground bully, a sexist, a racist, a narcissist, he disrespects our veterans and makes fun of disabled people. That anyone who has a daughter would vote for him is mind-boggling. That Christians would vote for a man who says he doesn’t need to be forgiven is a mystery. Half of the voters insulted the dignity of the Obama administration and the hard work of so many people over the years who have worked tirelessly for the environment, health care, for the rights of women, workers, gays, Latinos and African-Americans. Trump makes a mockery of the office of the president.” Susan Drinkard Mental health provider Sandpoint


When the sun came up Wednesday morning, it rose on a different world. Despite winning the popular vote (as of press time tonight), Hillary Clinton failed to obtain enough electoral votes. The result? We’ve elected Trump. Two years ago, you would’ve been laughed at for saying Trump could win the White House. But here we are. This is real. At its core, I think everyone was sick of this election weeks ago. Pundits and experts will be studying this one for years to come to figure out how a person like Trump actually pulled this off. I won’t lie, I’m deeply saddened by these results. I believe Donald Trump represents an existential threat to our country’s core values and democracy. He brilliantly tapped into the seething anger that has grown under eight years of Obama’s administration and exploited it to win the presidency. Now, the very man who led the Birther charge will be escorted into the White House by Obama himself. What kind of parallel universe is this? I’m not going to be Mr. Sour Grapes. We will get through this. No matter how bad half the country thinks the next four years will be, there will hopefully be moments of good. We had nearly 90 percent voter turnout in Bonner County on Tuesday. That’s amazing, people. Way to get out and vote. What scares me the most is the next two years when the presidency, the House and the Senate are all controlled by one party. Also, don’t forget about Trump’s nomination to the Supreme Court (which should have been Obama’s nomination nine months ago). At his core, Trump is an opportunist who would say (or do) anything to get into the White House. Amazingly, many of us don’t actually know where he stands on many issues. We do know that he has pledged to build a wall on the Mexico-USA border, he has pledged to deport upwards of 16 million undocumented immigrants and also wants to enact a ban on Muslims entering the US. I can only hope his campaign bluster was just that: bluster. If he follows through on only half of what he said, we could be in for a bumpy ride. So there you have it, folks. We’ve elected a demagogue. For my part, I will always call out bullies, racists and hypocrites, especially when they hold public office. Though I don’t support his policies and didn’t vote for him, Trump is my president, just like he is yours. For the sake of our nation, I sincerely hope he does a good job. -Ben Olson, Publisher




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A Veterans Day Memory A salute to our fallen aerial warriors

By Jim Ramsey Reader Contributor In early summer in 2012, my wife and I were walking from the train station in Arles, in southern France, to our hotel when we reached a small park with an imposing monument. To my surprise, the monument was there to honor two American pilots who died fighting to help free France from the Nazis in the summer of 1944. “In memory of Lieutenants William J. Tippett and Walter C. McConnell Jr., pilots of the U.S.AA.F. (U.S. Army Air Forces) killed in action at Arles 14 Aug. 1944 for our liberty. The City of Arles Grateful Recognition, 8 May 2002,” the plaque read. As a former Air Force fighter pilot, I saluted these young warriors who died so far from home to free a continent from tyranny. While we honor our military veterans on Veterans Day in our country, it was gratifying to learn that these fallen warriors are also remembered by those for whom they gave their lives to save.

Beating a Dead Horse 4... Dear Editor, When one clicks on “Read Previous weeks>>” on the Reader’s website homepage you are taken to a page showing the covers of previous issues. Click on any of these cover photos and the complete text of the issue pops up… except for one. The May 26, 2016, issue text is still missing from the Reader’s website. Why? The May 26 issue is where Ben Olson went on his hate filled rant against me following one of my letters to the editor. It appears the Reader and Keokee Press want this issue swept under the rug. Let’s revisit Olson’s hateful rant: “I’m so bored with this back and forth. Unlike you, I have a job that demands my attention. Get a hob­by, man. Maybe find one of those 4 /


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In a nearby location, amidst the vineyards of the countryside, another monument stands dedicated to five other American pilots. Three of the P-38 Lightning pilots were downed in an attack on June 15, 1944, trying to weaken German defenses for the Allied assault of southern France that would follow the Normandy invasion. Later, two other pilots were downed by flack and killed on similar missions. At a dedication ceremony, some 200 French residents gathered to honor the five pilots and hear the mayor the nearby town of Camaret Sur Aygues say, “ We thought it was necessary to express with this memorial stone our sincere gratitude to those young pilots for their dedication in the darkest hours of our history, for their active participation in the liberation of our country and to the victory of the free world over Nazi Germany.” Local heroes Just east of here, at the Hope cemetery, a marker identifies Capt. Mark VanStone, an F-102 “Little Brother” programs where people take old, confused people out for walks and listen to them gripe about nonsense for hours. Seriously though, you are a cancer to intelligent thought. You find the negative in everything and smear it in everyone’s faces. Your logic is fascinating; you dare me to publish your work and when I tell you that your writing sucks (which it absolutely does, Lee) you say that we are censoring you or being politically correct. I suspect if I did publish your dreck, you’d find something wrong with that too. Let me tell you this: the articles you barrage me with under your pen name are rubbish. One of them enters the world of holocaust denial, which I consider cowardly and stupid. I refuse to publish such crap. GET A CLUE…, we don’t want you here!

fighter interceptor pilot in the Air Defense Command who was killed on a training mission based at McChord AFB, Wash. His brother Alan, who is also buried there, served as a major in the U.S. Army in the Vietnam area. Another brother, Dale VanStone, a Hope resident, served in the Air Force in Thailand. (Dale is a former Bonner County commissioner.) Dale’s son Kevin is an Air Force C-130 pilot. We owe these, and all the other veterans who served in other branches of our military, our deepest respect and admiration on Veterans Day on Nov. 11. Jim Ramsey, who lives in Sandpoint, served as an F-86L interceptor pilot in the U.S. Air Force.

Top: Jim Ramsey stands by the monument in Arles, France. Courtesy photo. Right: Jim Ramsey kneels before his T-33 jet trainer in this photograph taken in 1957 at Bryan A.F.B, Texas. Courtesy photo.

Lee Santa. Such a jolly name for such a mean, pedantic twerp of a man. And by the way, the dog writes circles around you. -Ben Olson, Publisher.” Olson’s Barb of a couple weeks ago said: “Do I think it’s right to kneel during the Star-Spangled Banner. No, I’ll stand with my hand on my heart…” Lyrics within the “Star-Spangled Banner” celebrate the deaths of slaves who sided with the British: “No refuge could save the hireling and slave / From the terror of flight or the gloom of the grave.” So Mr. Olson, do you continue to stand and hold your hand over your heart when the above lyrics are sung? That enters the world of racism. Lee Santa Sandpoint

The work begins... Dear Editor, After his win in 2008, President Obama said, “Elections have consequences.” Eight years later the American public decided liberal policies simply weren’t working. Hard-working Americans had enough. Meanwhile, disgruntled liberal protesters who were angry about Donald Trump’s election victory rioted in the streets from northern California to Seattle, burning whatever they could find and disrupting traffic. Is this what “progressives” see as open-mindedness and civility? This paper, liberal news outlets, and disaffected progressives struggle to believe the results. If liberalism has an Achilles Heel it is an inability to see things as they are rather than as they wish they could be. It

is a viscerally-driven self righteousness that leaves pundits scratching their heads at the so-called misinformed conservatives. But now that conservatives have the Senate, House, and Oval Office the real work begins. President Trump needs to do four things: show grace (which he did in his acceptance speech), demonstrate wisdom, self-control, and surround himself with good men and women to whom he listens. Only time will tell. Character always outs. Don S. Otis Sandpoint

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One PercentA for Peace mechanism to create world peace By Bill Collier Reader Contributor

A disturbance in the Force I woke up with a jolt this morning. I can’t really describe how or why. I just felt a disturbance in the Force. Sure, I could blame it on the election and say that it has something to do with the new orange overlord that is now the leader of the free world. It wasn’t that. It’s as though something was missing. And that’s when I recalled that Sandpoint is missing something. All this ridiculous negativity has been a yuge distraction. Here we are fighting and Facebook blasting all this negativity, and right under our noses, someone used the chaos as a diversion while they crept into a local bar and abducted one of it’s regular patrons. On the evening of Oct. 28, 2016, a local bartender at Ol Red’s Pub made a chilling discovery: regular patron, Yoda, AKA: Grand Master Of The Jedi Order, was missing from his humble barstool. Yoda had vanished into the crisp October night and was likely in the hands of some drunken heathen. The owners of Ol’ Reds alerted the community and started making calls. Several desperate pleas were posted on Facebook, begging for Yoda’s safe return. Sadly, with all the diversion and chaos, no one has come forward with any information that may help Yoda’s family and fellow patrons bring him home safely. No one has spoken for Yoda. Someone out there, someone in this town, knows where Yoda is. I want you to know, that Yoda has a family. His family is constantly worried about whether Yoda is dry and a safe distance from flames. The fearless red head, who rules Ol’ Red’s, has lost countless hours of sleep wondering if Yoda’s captors are serving him his favorite beverages, taking funny selfies with him and trusting his wisdom. Those who love Yoda live with the fear that these thieves are keeping him hidden away in some closet, afraid of what will happen if their crime has been discovered. Fear and general weak character prevents his abductors from righting the wrong they have done. So maybe you were involved with this theft, maybe you are the person who stole Yoda. I have some things to say to you. Was it worth it? You went into a bar owned and operated by members of your community and stole something of absolutely no value to you. You took an item

that was given to two firsttime local business people as a good luck token and provided entertainment, conversation and support, for what? To force these people to have to question whether or not any of the amazing local historical paraphernalia that graces the walls of their pub is safe from theft? There are one-of-a-kind items on the walls in this bar, each given with the understanding that it would be returned safely if the bar closed. I hope that whenever you look into Yoda’s eyes, you feel nothing but guilt and shame. You betrayed someone who opened their doors for you, and now you continue to skulk around in the shadows. Don’t fear the wrath of the people that you have stolen from. Fear the wrath of karma, because one day you may own a business, you may open your doors to the public, and you may feel what it’s like to be robbed. Return Yoda to Ol’ Reds, and you may find that not everyone is as immature and thoughtless as you are. I don’t know if the decision to take Yoda was made because you are an overzealous fan of his work, or if you just began on your path to the Dark Side. Either way, Yoda will be of no service to you. You will never be able to enjoy his company, due to the circumstances in which you acquired him. Asshole, you are. It is with great sadness that I wrote this column as a final plea to anyone who may help us bring him home. If you know something, remember: There is still time to chose the green light saber and join the Rebellion’s fight to bring him back. For all the rest of us, we must continue, as Yoda would have wanted us to. We must open our businesses, support and protect our community and refuse to fear the Dark Side. Because: Fear is the path to dark side. Fear leads to anger. Anger leads to hate. Hate leads to suffering. I’m also going to try to apply this to any feelings I may have towards Darth Orange. XOXO, Scarlette P.S. If you have information on the whereabouts of Yoda, please send the tip to the Reader so your disgraced identity can remain a secret.

Dear fellow human being and co-resident of planet earth:          I am a combat veteran. I have seen the carnage, mayhem, death, abysmal destruction and colossal waste of war first-hand. I think about the state of the world today, and I can’t sleep at night. Half of the people in the world are starving to death, while the other half of us rush to squander vast amounts of resources to perfect better ways to kill each other and terminate all life on the planet. This is usually done in the name of one god or another. This is just plain wrong! There are many peace organizations that purport to promote peace in the world, but I’m seeing slow-to-no progress. I have yet to see any real mechanism in place to move us in the direction of peace. Since time immemorial governments have taxed the people to support war. I suggest that it is time for the people to turn the tables on the governments and demand a workable plan for peace on Earth in our time. I suggest a plan: What if we the citizens tax the military to promote peace? FIRST:  Regardless of its size, 1 percent of the military budget each year should be allocated towards the promotion of peace. It is already federal law that a small percentage of each federal building project is set aside for artistic improvements. Why shouldn’t we take some of the money from the war budget to promote peace? Today’s U.S. military budget exceeds $600 billion a year. One percent of that is $6 billion. That is more than $16.4 million dollars a day. Think about that. SECOND:  This $16.4 million dollars a day will be controlled by a private, non-political organization that has but one mission: to direct the spending of these funds to promote peace worldwide. Mechanisms for this could include but not be limited to: 1. A peace academy to train adult leaders. This would bring youngsters from all over the world together to study in depth the causes of war, economics, media, etc. 2. Massive advertising campaigns/propaganda blitzes worldwide to change the war mentality of the world from its present state. Surely the creative geniuses that brings us beer, soft drink, clothing, drug and automobile advertising could come up with something. Do you think sex might sell peace? 3. Investigation and promotion of alternate projects for the military industrial complex. Those who profit from war can then profit from peace as well without wreaking havoc on the population and environment. Some ideas: 4. Think of building a monorail system around the world. 5. Massive alternative energy projects. 6. Space tourism and exploration: a space elevator, colonies on the moon or

Mars. 7. Massive solar-powered de-salinization plants. We could make the deserts bloom. 8. Alternate employment opportunities for the present armies of the world. 9. Education. It is well established that poverty and ignorance breed war. I am sure creative minds could come up with many more uses for this kind of money.          THIRD:  Our foreign policy is changed such that any country wishing to continue trade with us, or wishing to continue receiving any kind of aid from us, must institute its own 1-percent program as soon as possible. The U.S. is an economic power in the world; we can use this economic power to encourage compliance. Time limits should be set and enforced. Countries not complying will be cut off from trade with the countries that do enact this idea. FOURTH: The 1-percent tax on the military shall be increased by 1 percent each year. It would not take many years before both the military and peace budgets would be very small, by today’s standards. How can we, the people of planet earth, coerce our leaders to consider such a plan? Easy. Here is how: •Make 10 copies of this column (or more, if you wish). •Send copies to peace-minded individuals that you know. •Send copies to various leaders of your city, borough, county, state or province. •Send it to your elected leaders, senators and congress people, to leaders of the U.N., NATO, famous authors who profess peace, parents that you know, etc. Be creative. •Add a short personal note to each letter in your own hand that you are serious about your feeling on this matter, and that you will not continue to support leaders or politicians who do not make serious efforts to work for world peace immediately. Suggestion: “I will not vote for you or your party if serious progress is not made on this when you are next up for election.” Let’s flood the offices of all our leaders with these flyers. •Form a 10-member One Percent for Peace group in your home town. •Encourage others in your group to do the same. Radiate peace!   Do you think this plan is silly, simplistic, stupid, bad, and unworkable?  OK. What’s your plan? I challenge you to better my plan.   Bill Collier P O Box 651 Sandpoint, ID 83864 (208) 610-0873 November 10, 2016 /


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Get ready to change the way you dial your phone


BGH nurses turn down contract

By Ben Olson Reader Staff

By Cameron Rasmusson Reader Staff

Life in the 208 is about to get a little more cumbersome. In anticipation of the new 986 area code—which rolls out next year—officials are asking Idaho telephone users to begin new dialing procedures. Instead of dialing the standard 7-digit telephone number for local calls, you will now need to dial the full 10-digit number that will include the area code. Until Aug. 5, 2017, the new procedures are just “recommended.” If you forget and dial just seven digits, your call will still be completed. After Aug. 5, 2017, the new dialing procedures will be required for all calls, long distance or local. New telephone lines and services with the new 986 area code will be assigned after Sept. 5, 2017. The extended “practice” period is essential for customers to update their automatic dialing equipment, as well as updating business cards, website links and other notations where the full number isn’t listed.

There’s no end in sight to the ongoing bargaining between the Bonner General Health administration and its nurses. Negotiations are going back to the drawing board after the nurses rejected a offer for increased compensation and other benefits. The sticking point centers on on-call staffing, a facet of hospital employment that has sharply divided the nursing staff and administrators. “It’s not about the money,” said Val Holsterom, a spokesperson for Teamsters Local 690. “It’s about quality of life with forced overtime.” According to Holsterom, on-call work makes onerous demands on employee time and energy. She said that fulltime nurses could be on call for as much as four days a month on top of their regular three 12hour shifts per week. “You can’t plan anything, you can’t go anywhere,” Holsterom said. “Plus there’s the fatigue issue. We want our nurses to provide the highest amount of care and rest between shifts. They are supposed to serve the public to the best of their abilities.” Patty Roop, a nurse at BGH for 31 years, said that on-call shifts are stacked on top of regular shifts and overtime, meaning that nurses could find themselves working during a scheduled six-day-off stretch. She can’t see a negotiating path forward if BGH administrators continue to insist upon mandatory on-call work. “That’s going to hurt the hospital,” she said. “There are so many holes to fill right now, and the hospital is trying to squeeze these shifts out of the nurses that are left instead of being compensated and filling the hours.” Hospital officials see things differently. According to BGH CEO Sheryl Rickard, nurses in the home health care and hospice and surgical services

Ski Swap lands this weekend

By Cameron Rasmusson Reader Staff

By most projections, it’s shaping up to be a great season for skiers and snowboarders, so make sure you have the gear to enjoy it. The SARS Annual Ski Swap is the most affordable way to get ready for an excellent season on the slopes. Hosted by the Schweitzer Alpine Racing School, the event is a great chance to find everything from skis and snowboards to coats, boots, winter clothing and more. The ski swap will be held from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 12, in the Bonner County Fairgrounds, 4203 N. Boyer Rd. Admission is $2 per person or $5 per family. Stop by between noon and 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 11, if you have unneeded gear or clothing to sell. 6 /


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A group of supporters hold signs in front of the BGH Health Services Building in Sandpoint on Tuesday. Photo by Ben Olson. departments are already participating in on-call work, and BGH officials simply want that extended to the family-centered maternity unit and the emergency department. She said it is a commonly accepted obligation in the nursing profession. “On-call nursing staff is essential to maintaining patient care with unpredictable demands and unplanned absences,” she said. “The purpose of scheduled call is to have specially trained, expert nurses available to come to work if the number of patients require additional nursing care.” Another major issue in negotiation is employee compensation, which Roop said is between $12 to $14 behind other hospital rates. Holsterom said that’s led to employee retention problems at BGH, as employees decide to move to higher-paying positions outside the community. “We want to keep our nurses here,” she said. “We don’t want them to go someplace else.” This is the second time the nurses have voted down a contract agreement with the hospital, a process that has been ongoing for more than a year. Both hospital officials

and the nurses and teamsters representatives are careful to note that the nurses are not on strike. In August, the nurses authorized the workers’ committee to declare a strike and enact strike benefits if deemed necessary in the negotiation

process. However, Holsterom said that is an outcome that no one wants. “Neither side wants to go on strike,” she said. “We prefer to get a settlement. I believe it’s the hospital’s goal as well.”

City street service to continue By Cameron Rasmusson Reader Staff

Despite an ongoing legal dispute between the city of Sandpoint and the Independent Highway District, street services should continue without interruption. Last week, the Idaho Supreme Court ruled that a joint powers agreement between the two entities specifying the use of tax revenue for road maintenance violated state law. With the agreement thrown into a flux, city and district officials said maintenance would continue without issue. The joint powers agreement at the heart of the issue was struck in 2003 and dictated that IHD would pay the city all highway taxes collected within the city to use in road maintenance. However, in 2013, IHD commissioners announced they planned to withhold tax

revenue, prompting the city to sue for breach of contract. The next year, a district court judge ruled in the city’s favor, but the Idaho Supreme Court has now disagreed, saying the agreement broke Idaho law. “[Government entities] are authorized to enter into a joint powers agreement to share the duties and to share the cost of carrying out those duties,” the ruling states. “However, what they cannot do is agree that the highway district will completely turn over its statutory duty to a city, along with its share of ad valorem property tax revenues.” With the Idaho Supreme Court overturning the ruling, the lawsuit between the city and IHD goes back to district court.


Idaho casts its vote

By Cameron Rasmusson Reader Staff

While the nation’s attention fixated on the race for the presidency—some in horror, others in delight—Idaho offered few Election Day surprises. It was a good day for incumbents and Republican candidates, while Democrats failed to gain a foothold in the Idaho Legislature. Meanwhile, Idahoans took a step to further define the balance of state powers by approving HJR 5, which

enshrines legislative authority over state agency rules in the Idaho Constitution. Buoyed by a high-profile presidential race that saw Donald Trump take the White House, Bonner County charted record numbers in voter participation. According to Bonner County Clerk Michael Rosedale, 21,586 voters hit the ballots—a nearly 90-percent turnout of registered voters.

Idaho legislature By far the most contested legislative race in District 1 was fought between Rep. Heather Scott, R-Blanchard, and Democrat challenger Kate McAlister. After a campaign that proved far more dramatic than any other general election in recent memory, Scott won reelection in a 11,308-to-7,652 vote. McAlister thanked her supporters and volunteers for their work over the long weeks leading up to the election. She said she intends to “keep on fighting for what is right and be supportive of fellow human beings no matter what color, gender, who they love and how they live.” “One of my favorite quotes sums it up: ‘Hope is a good thing, maybe the best of things, and no good thing ever dies,’” she added. Scott did not respond to a request for comment on the election outcome by press time. Competition for the representative seat was fierce. McAlister accumulated campaign donations and endorsements at levels remarkable for a Idaho Democratic Party campaign. The powerful

Idaho Association of Commerce and Industry, breaking with its general practice of endorsing incumbents, supported McAlister based on Scott’s voting record on business and industry. Her campaign was also well-financed, at one point outdoing Scott in fundraising. The election was marked by discord, with Democrats claiming that a field worker was stalked and harassed by Scott supporters. The party ultimately chose to remove the young employee from the area. Likewise, Scott claimed that the media, special interest groups and other institutions were conspiring against her. Saying that a Sandpoint Reader and Sandpoint Online forum was a trap designed to make her look bad, she declined to debate McAlister in public. By comparison, the race between Rep. Sage Dixon, R-Pondery, and Democrat challenger Stephen Howlett was less heated. The two ran more traditional local campaigns, culminating in a congenial if pointed debate at the candidate forum last week. Ultimately, Dixon won reelection in a 15,485-to-7,090 vote. Sen. Shawn Keough will continue

her venerable public service career, which began in 1996, with another term won by a 17,264-to-5,365 vote. Her most serious challenge of the election cycle came during the Republican primary, where she bested challenger Glenn Rohrer in a 4,140-to-3,291 vote. In the general election, she faced Steve Tanner, who ran as a Democrat but did not hold any of the party’s platform positions. Instead, he emphasized religious values and decried abortion, same-sex marriage and the teaching of evolution. District 7 legislative candidates faced a more open playing field in the general election after incumbents Shannon McMillan and Sheryl Nuxoll were ousted in the Republican primary by challengers Priscilla Giddings and Carl Crabtree. The Republican newcomers continued their success in the general election, with Giddings beating Democrat Jessica Chilcott in a 13,647-to5,634 vote for representative seat A and Crabtree winning the District 7 senate

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What the Twitterverse is saying about the election Compiled by Ben Olson. With reporting by the Associated Press.

“Canada has just started building a wall.” -comedian Ricky Gervais. “Anyone else wanna puke?” -actress Kristen Bell. “Great faith in God works. Mr @ realDonaldTrump I’m proud to call you President of the United States of America. And First Lady @melaniatrump.” -actor Scott Baio. “I need to wake up early and buy tons of stock in a wall building company! And logs! And metal! And levelers!” -writer-director Judd Apatow. “When they go low, we go high. We regroup. We listen. We double down. We bet on us. Good night.” -actress Emmy Rossum. “I can’t stop crying. I can’t even believe this. It’s too clear about the consciousness of our country. I can’t. I’m so afraid of what is about to happen.” -singer-songwriter India.Arie. “Now it is time to move forward and hope that our country can come together.” -actor Ben Stiller. “Dear God Please let Ruth Bader Ginsburg live to be 120.” -actor-comedian Albert Brooks. “I still believe in us. I do. I think if anything this should motivate us. This should wake us up.” -actress Sophia Bush. “Just was watching the news… maybe they’ll ask me to sing ‘You Can’t Always Get What You Want’ at the inauguration, ha!” -rocker Mick Jagger. “If you wondered about the opposite of Netflix and Chill, it’s CNN and PANIC.” -comedian Adam Kay. “BRITAIN: Brexit is the stupidest, most self-destructive act a country could undertake. USA: Hold my beer.” -viral Twitterer Brian Pedaci. “At least pot’s legal.” -actor-producer Seth MacFarlane, reacting to voters legalizing recreational marijuana use in California, Massachusetts and Nevada. November 10, 2016 /


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seat in a 14,323-to-5,071 vote against Democrat Ken Meyers. Paul Shepard, a Republican running unopposed, took representative seat B with 16,338 votes.

Bouquets: •I’m a big fan of those new trees the city of Sandpoint planted at the corner of Fifth Ave. and Cedar St. I can imagine how they’ll look in 10 or 20 years and it makes me smile. I love when public works departments think about the future in a postive way. •Again, I’d like to give a bouquet to all of the volunteers at the various polling places on Election Day. I really appreciate the effort in helping us all cast our ballots with confidence. •Thanks to all of the candidates for attending the candidate forum hosted by the Sandpoint Reader and SandpointOnline. No matter what politics or ideology you subscribe to, I believe we all win by meeting in a public space and debating the issues that affect all of us. Barbs: •The flip side of the coin are those who chose not to attend the candidate forum. I’m speaking of Rep. Heather Scott and Sheriff Daryl Wheeler. We gave Rep. Scott ample time to plan for this forum, but she didn’t answer any of the emails we’d sent. So we asked her in person at a “meet and greet” and she claimed it was the first she’d heard of it. Then we sent it to her again via email and she said “no promises.” Then, just hours before the forum, Scott posted a tirade on her Facebook page saying she couldn’t attend because of a prior engagement, but also urging her supporters to avoid going to the forum because it was a “trap.” It the words of Michelle Tanner from “Full House”: “Puh-leeze.” Here we have an elected official actually urging people to boycott an event where they participate in their democracy. People claim that Heather Scott stands up for our rights, that she is courageous and forward-thinking. I think she was just scared. It’s not courageous to avoid your duty. It’s flat out wrong. Same goes to Sheriff Wheeler, who didn’t answer any of my numerous invitations via email and telephone. Is this what we are to expect now that they have been re-elected? No interaction with the press whatsoever? That reeks of facism and I won’t stand for it. 8 /


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local races The only local contested race of note was for Bonner County Sheriff, fought between incumbent Daryl Wheeler and challenger Terry Ford. Wheeler previously pulled out a victory over Ford in the Republican primary election, prompting Ford to run again as an unaffiliated write-in candidate in the general election. Wheeler once again beat Ford in a 13,533to-4,862 vote. As for the Bonner County Board of Commissioners, Dan McDonald and Jeff Connolly faced no opposition, but they did take in 15,536 and 16,023 votes respectively. Bonner County voters in the West Bonner County Library and West Pend Oreille Fire districts voted to support their services with a pair of levies for new equipment and facilities. The West Bonner County Library District levy passed in a 1,769-to-1,435 vote, while the West Pend Oreille Fire District passed in a 1,561-to-697 vote.


Finally, Bonner County voters joined the rest of the state by approving HJR 5 in a 9,988-to-8,166 vote. The constitutional amendment passed more decisively on the state level in a 350,094-to-280,123 vote. The resolution constitutionalizes the authority of the Idaho Legislature to approve or deny state agency rules and protects the decisions from a governor veto. The measure was controversial, with some Idaho officials saying it disrupted the balance of power and others saying it enhanced it.

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Free 2016 Christmas tree permits for 4th graders By Reader Staff

The Idaho Panhandle National Forests will issue free Christmas tree permits for fourth graders with an Every Kid in a Park pass! The free tree permit is part of the U.S. Forest Service’s Every Kid in a Park program. The program is part of an interagency call to action to build the next generation of conservationists. All fourth graders, including homeschooled fourth graders, are eligible to receive a pass that allows free access to 2,000-plus federal land and water sites across the country for one full year. Students must

visit to print the voucher and bring it to any of the Idaho Panhandle National Forests offices. The fourth grader does need to be present and must show a valid paper voucher or durable Every Kid in a Park pass obtained from the website or participating federal agency in order to receive a free Christmas tree permit. A mail-order form is not an option for this program. Christmas tree permits will be sold at the Capitol Christmas Tree event in Coeur d’Alene on Sherman Avenue this Friday, Nov. 11,

from 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. Christmas tree permits are also available at all Idaho Panhandle National Forests offices and most of our 2.4 million acres of National Forest System lands are open to Christmas tree cutting. If you do not have a fourth grader at home, regular permits are $5 each with a maximum of three Christmas tree permits per family. For office hours and locations, visit

100 years and going strong

Sandpoint Historic Preservation Commission celebrates the Train Depot’s 100th birthday with a fundraiser

By Ben Olson Reader Staff The Sandpoint Amtrak Train Depot turns 100 years old this month. I’ve got to say: For a century old, she still looks pretty good, although there was some extensive cosmetic surgery performed. The Sandpoint Historic Preservation Commission (SHPC) invites the public to celebrate the Depot’s 100th birthday in style on Wednesday, Nov. 16, at Idaho Pour Authority, 203 Cedar St. The commission is hosting this event from 5-8 p.m. to help raise funds toward creating a Historic Walking Brochure for Sandpoint. “This brochure will be available all around town and on the web,” said SHPC chairman Steve Garvan. “It will be a great tool for visitors and locals alike.” The idea is to create a “walking tour” of the historic downtown district in Sandpoint, which includes several buildings on the historic

Sandpoint’s Amtrak Train Depot. Photo by Cameron Barnes.

registry. The Train Depot is currently classified on the national registry of historic buildings, while other locations such as the Heartwood Center, the Panida Theater and the Turner-Nesbitt House are recognized on the state registry for historic places. Garvan said the need for a fundraiser stems from the reality of their commission’s meager operating budget: “We only have a $300-per-year budget, which is why we have to raise funds for this brochure.” The fundraiser will feature a silent auction with items donated by local artists such as Leatta Judd and Dann Hall, live music by Marty Perron and Doug Bond, a raffle and lots of fun activities. C is for Cake will be providing delicious desserts, and Laughing Dog Brewery will be supplying their local brews. There will even be a vertical flight of rare stouts and porters from 2007 to 2014. Proceeds

from the event will go toward the creation of the brochure, which is estimated to cost around $5,000. There will even be a surprise visit by a “conductor” with local historian Aric Spence, who will dress in an authentic conductor’s uniform. “This is a great example of recognizing a program of buildings that were repurposed, but maintained their historical character,” said Carrie Logan, SHPC member and former mayor of Sandpoint who played an integral role in preserving the Depot. “My personal belief is that it’s important to know the past and the present because those inform how we move forward into the future.” The SHPC is a group of devoted local citizens concerned for improving and protecting the city’s unique historic and cultural resources. They help facilitate the identification, evaluation, preservation, restoration, protection and enhance-

ment of historical, cultural and archaeological interests. SHPC hopes to encourage and engage the preservation of historic architecturally significant properties, promote their potential, practical and useful opportunities and to establish compatible development within areas of historic properties, neighborhoods and districts. The Train Depot was honored last May at the annual Orchids and Onions award ceremony, which took place at the Sandpoint Event Center. “The city has put a lot of time, effort, energy and money into preserving historic locations,” said Dan Everhart of Preservation Idaho. “There’s a civic role that Sandpoint has played, at least in our minds, very well.” For Garvan, the Orchids and Onions award ceremony was proof positive that Sandpoint cares about its historic buildings: “It was the biggest crowd and the most tickets sold in

many years to one of their ceremonies. I was shocked pleasantly again at the huge turnout that came to the Depot for the ribbon cutting. Sandpoint really supports the Train Depot.” The process to renovate and preserve the Depot was a long and arduous one, culminating in a cosmetic makeover that saved the structure from its likely demise. Logan counts the Depot preservation as one of her worthy legacies while holding the office of Mayor of Sandpoint: “It makes me smile really big to see this happen. It was worth it. It was a lot of work. Kody Van Dyke gets a lot of credit for his ability to talk with BNSF.” Come down to Idaho Pour Authority on Wednesday, Nov. 16 to support 100 years of history in Sandpoint. Donations are happily accepted. Here’s to another century! November 10, 2016 /


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Mad about Science: By Brenden Bobby Reader Columnist We’re going big. How big? Bigger than Big Bird Big. How Big was Big Bird? Pretty big. Eight feet, two inches tall. Wow. That’s one big bird! In the animal kingdom, height isn’t everything. In fact, height could actually be disadvantageous. Length, width and wingspan, however, are a completely different story. So what are some big birds? The ostrich. Sure, it’s not as sexy as a bald eagle. You don’t see a lot of people painting an ostrich on the side of their van, but the ostrich has a higher body count under its belt than any eagle does. Ostriches are tall, anywhere from five feet to almost nine, and they can weigh up to 360 pounds (usually closer to 320), heavier than a center in the NFL. Unlike your favorite player, the ostrich can sprint up to 45 mph. You know, how fast you should be going when driving through Kootenai. Could you imagine being able to run that fast? Especially if you were 360 pounds. Ostriches have a higher human body count than sharks, though part of this is probably humanity’s fault for not actively avoiding a bird that can rip doors off trucks by simply running. Moving on to another flightless bird, the terror of the south Pacific, the cassowary from Papua New Guinea. You may not recognize the name, but if you saw one you would immediately recognize it as “that terrifying killer monster-bird.” The southern cassowary is the most common variant and easily recognized, standing anywhere from four to six feet tall with two long, straight legs and a goofy-looking head emerging from what appears to be a giant black tribble. They sport a hard sail-like crest on their heads, and their eyes radiate pure evil. OK, maybe not pure evil. They’re just protective of their territory, but they’re notorious for attacking 10 /


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Here’s a handy chart filled with giant birds about to attack that poor human on the right. My money is on the cassowary. humans. To be fair, at least 75 percent of all cassowary-human incidents are a result of humans feeding the birds, and as any North Idaho resident knows: Don’t feed the wildlife. They don’t need your help, and you do need your body parts. Let’s move away from the flightless birds, and get to some that can actually go airborne. (Could you imagine a flying ostrich? I’d pee a little.) The California condor, a bird that was briefly extinct in the wild has since been reintroduced to several habitats throughout the United States. It’s still listed as critical, barely a step above being extinct in the wild, and our changing climate doesn’t seem to be doing this guy any favors. When you see a California condor (and boy, are they rare!), they don’t look so big. That’s perspective playing tricks on you. The have a wingspan of almost nine feet. Make no mistake, the condor is a BIG bird. Luckily for us, they don’t like to feast on the living; instead, they’re more like nature’s garbage men. They find sun-baked carcasses sitting in the sun, just waiting to spread horrible disease and pestilence when these guys swoop in and chow

down, eliminating the threat altogether. Isn’t nature weird? The next bird is by no means a colossus when looking at the rest of these magnificent avian specimens, but they should definitely get a mention because they’re quite heavy for their size. You’ve watched them dance, and you’ve listened dreamily to Morgan Freeman talking about them: the emperor penguin. Penguins?! Yes, penguins. They’re about four feet tall, which is pretty dang big for a bird, and they can also get up to be almost 100 pounds. Basically, if your average fourth grader got into a wrestling match with an emperor penguin, the penguin would win. I have one last bird up my sleeve, which means I must have some pretty huge tarp-like sleeves. I saved the biggest and best for last. But Brenden, what could possibly be bigger than everything else on this list? The Albatross? The Bald Eagle? Nope, cop out! I’m going prehistoric on your oculars! Pelagornis sandersi. Funny as it would be, this bird is not named after Colonel Sanders, but instead named after Albert Sanders, the curator of the

Charleston Museum in South Carolina at the time of its discovery. So how big was this bird? It was a beast, man. It had a wingspan of up to 24 feet. Legally, the largest stretch limousines in the United States can’t exceed

18 feet. If you could have gone all Bedrock and taken your date to prom on a Pelagornis sandersi, you would have made fools of all the popular kids. Unfortunately, that’s unrealistic for reasons other than the fact that it’s extinct. This guy only got up to be about 88 pounds, so trying to fit two adult humans on its back wouldn’t have gotten you very far. It also seems it couldn’t fly conventionally, ironically, because its wings were too big. Pelagornis could only dive off cliffs to catch ocean-wind currents and hope for the best. The fact that this is a major inconvenience, and “hoping for the best” has never been a prime subject of the evolutionary model. That’s probably one of the many factors that drove this giant to extinction. But with a wingspan like that, you can bet it had a good ride.

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• Some prehistoric penguin species attained enormous sizes, becoming as tall or as heavy as an adult human. • One in 50,000 penguins are born with brown rather than black plumage. • Penguins have an organ near the eye that filters salt from the water out of their system. • In order to discover that penguins sleep more deeply in the afternoon, scientists crept up on sleeping penguins at different times of the day and poked them with a stick until they woke up. • Magellanic penguins always return to same mate after solo journeys totalling 200,000 miles. • In 2008, Norway knighted a penguin. • It is illegal for U.S. citizens to eat penguins. • Seals like to have sex with penguins.

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Homeschool Program - Dewey Decimal Basics 9am @ Sandpoint Library Homeschool families are invited to learn how to locate books using the Dewey Decimal System through a scavenger hunt and other games


Homeschool Book Club 10:30am @ Sandpoint Libra Bring your favorite book “sample” others’ recommend about the library’s Mock N gram and enter a drawing for

Polyrhythmics live in conce 9pm @ The Hive This 8-piece funk orchestra Blues, soul and gospel strain Live Music w/ Ron Greene a hard-driving modern afro 7-10pm @ MickDuff’s Beer Hall sound. Be prepared to dance, Live Music w/ Devon Wade Passionate stage presence 9pm @ 219 Lounge Live Music w/ Marty Perron and Doug Bond Country music at the Niner 5:30-7:30pm @ Idaho Pour Authority Live Music w/ Old Guitar/mandolin duo 7:30pm @ Eichardt’ SARS Annual Ski Swap Warren Miller’s ‘Here, Bluegrass 9am-2pm @ Bonner County Fairgrounds There and Everywhere’ Live Music w/ Chr Kick off the ski season and find great deals 7pm @ Panida Theater on snow gear—from skis and snowboards The 67th installment of 7pm @ Arlo’s Ristora to a huge variety of winter recreational Miller’s ski films brings A Celebration Of Li equipment and clothing. $2/person or $5/ the thrill of action snow- for Rick McCrum family. Parking is FREE! sports to enthusiasts ev- 2-5pm @ Idaho Pour Live Music w/ erywhere, as the world’s All who new Rick ar Brian Jacobs and Chris Lynch most accomplished ski- attend the gathering 7-10pm @ MickDuff’s Beer Hall ers and snowboarders family well. We will Great duo on the guitar and piano, playing scour the globe for un- this event from 2 to 5 the songs you love to sing along with tracked powder and the Live Music w/ Truck 5:30-7:30pm @ Idaho DJ Josh Adams pursuit of adventure Great blues by a grea 9pm @ 219 Lounge Women’s M Game Night at the Niner Sandpoint Chess Club 10am-4pm @ 9pm @ 219 Lounge 9am @ Evans Brothers Coffee Jewelry, so Meets every Sunday at 9am. All are welcome Awaken Your Dreams supplies, b 1-3pm @ Inquire Within baked good Presented by Marsha Monday Night Blues Jam w/ Truck Mills and more! F Lord. Cost is $25 7:30pm @ Eichardt’s Pub Live Music w/ Simon Tucker We salute our veterans! 5:30-8:30pm @ Pend d’Oreille Winery

Weekends & Co. Cooking Classes 6pm @ Weekends & Co. (329 N. 1st Ave.) Learn to cook great soups, including Pacific Northwest bean and beer, clam chowder and apple and gouda grilled cheese. $40 includes soups, sides and a cocktail. 265-2210 for more info

Classic Karaoke 7-10pm @ Ol’ Red’s Pub Karaoke Night at the Niner 10pm @ 219 Lounge

Art On 4-7pm @ Join Jul creating terials

100th birthday of Train Depot celebration 5-8pm @ Idaho Pour Authority Celebrate the 100th birthday of the Amtrak Train Depot at IPA, presented by the Sandpoint Historic Preservation Commission. There will be a raffle, silent auction, live music by Marty Perron and Doug Bond, cake and Laughing Dog brew. Proceeds for the event will go towards the Historic Walking Tour Brochure for Sandpoint Dollar Beers! 8pm @ Eichardt’s Pub Good until the keg’s dry

Girls Pint Out 5-7pm @ Idaho Pour Authority Cool chicks! Great beer! No dudes! This month IPA is talking about and tasting different beer styles, so come gain valuable information on ingredients, flavors, color and all that makes craft beer delicious

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Bonner Co. Public Meeting on ‘Subdivision Changes’ 1:30pm @ Bonner Co. Admin Building Public input is needed on proposed subdivision changes to planning and zoning

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Sandpoint Contra Dance Annual Harvest Dinner 7-10:30pm @ Sandpoint Community Hall 5:30pm @ Memorial Community Center Beginners and singles welcome; contra Featuring appetizers, no-host bar, and orchestra pushes out dance tradition holds that anyone can ask bucket raffle fun starting at 5:30. Turkey dern afro-psycho-beat anyone to dance. $5 suggested donation dinner starts at 6:30. $25. 264-5481 to dance, people. $15 n Wade Native American Heritage Month ‘Hamlet’ by Unknown Locals Visual Arts Show 7:30pm @ Heartwood Center Niner 5:30-7pm @ POAC Gallery c w/ Old Sap A father’s death. A son’s madness. A Andy Hackbarth Band in concert Eichardt’s Pub grief that will tear asunder an entire king8pm @ Panida Theater dom. Don’t miss this passionate tragedy One-of-a-kind renditions of popular covers ic w/ Chris Lynch featuring some of Sandpoint’s best talent, songs and Spanish/classical guitar selecpresented by Unknown Locals. $14/$12 lo’s Ristorante tions. Portion of proceeds go to Panida Live Music w/ Mostly Harmless ion Of Life ‘Hamlet’ by Unknown Locals 7:30pm @ Eichardt’s Pub McCrum 7:30pm @ Heartwood Center Classic to modern rock, soul and pop daho Pour Authority ‘For The Rights of All: Farmers’ Market at Spt. Holiday Market w Rick are welcome to Ending Jim Crow in Alaska’ film 10am-2pm @ Forrest Bird Charter School gathering and wish the 12:30 & 3pm @ Sandpoint Library A one-day indoor Holiday Market featur. We will be closed for A film as part of Idaho Mythweaver’s ing many of your favorite regular season rom 2 to 5 p.m. Native Heritage Film Series farmers market vendors with seasonal ofc w/ Truck Mills ferings as well as students with their own m @ Idaho Pour Authority business booths. Free admission by a great man Women’s Ministry Craft Fair Live Music w/ 0am-4pm @ Ponderay Events Center Chris Lynch welry, soap, glass art, coffee, skin care, cleaning 7pm @ Arlo’s Ristorante pplies, birdhouses and mailboxes, homemade Great blues by a great man ked goods, hand knit, crocheted and sewing items, Nov. 19 d more! Free admission

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Parent/Grandparent Grief Group 6-7:30pm @ BGH A free community service, the support group is for parents and grandparents who have experienced the death of a child or grandchild

Five Minutes of Fame 6:30pm @ Cafe Bodega Writers, musicians, listeners, welcome all. Held the third Wednesday of every month

Lego Club 2pm @ Sandpoint Library Kids of all ages are welcome to come and create with open Lego play. Held on the first and third Wednesday of every month

duction to Bike Maintenance 0pm @ Sports Plus, 315 S. Ella ycle consists of numerous levers, bearings, pivots, and parts that require prope and maintenance. Without a basic understanding, these parts and how they ork together can be intimidating. This introductory class will teach you how to hose parts running and operating like they were new; plus learn tips and rules epping and storing your bike for winter. $22 fee (city discount $2); pre-regisNov. 4 at Sandpoint Parks and Recreation, 1123 Lake St. 208-263-3613

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in the absence of yes by Rhoda Sanford

In the absence of yes, I chose uncertainty. In the chaos of uncertainty, I chose perhaps. In the hope of perhaps, I chose love. In the courage of love, I chose yes And found joy. -Rhoda Sanford Rhoda lives in Laclede, has been published in Idaho Magazine and written for The River Journal. She’s originally from San Francisco.

why news gives me vapors by Heather McElwain

Because colony collapse disorder. Because no pollination, no fruits, no vegetables, no sweetness in life. No life. Because atmospheric carbon dioxide levels, tipping point, unlikely to reach safe threshold again. Point of no return. Because caribou and pikas. Leatherbacks and monarchs. Because indicator species and sixth extinction.

an evening in san diego by Beth Weber

I see that sleek black & white motor yacht far out beyond the docks, pointing its upturned nose across the harbor, the cruiser too large to moor at the wharf, the ark with the dark helicopter parked on the quarterdeck. Maybe it’s armed with cannons that could fend off Somali pirates or fire bundles of money toward the curled-up folks lying in a row, head to toe, question marks on the concrete walk, trying hard to sleep, four blocks east of the waterfront, their blue-tarped wire carts bungeed to the nearest trees. -Beth Weber Beth is a regular contributor from Cocolalla. Here she gives us the contrasting views that we can see in our modern world.

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Because industrial revolution. And Anthropocene. Because humans are like contrary Midas, transforming all they touch into excrement. Because hive mind. And politicians. Before an election. Because British use the word trump for “breaking wind.” -Heather McElwain Heather is a creative specialist who lives in Sandpoint. This is a poem about current issues.


by L.S. Jones The common ground is not beneath our feet, but coursing through a multitude of wires-a tangled tapestry of ideologies and myths woven by those who hunger to control. We attempt to follow the thread seeking reason but only become confused by those who redirect by saying one thing to some and something else to others. We hold these truths to be self-evident And those too frightened to listen to what we fought so hard for to say, cover their ears and close their eyes. That all men are created equal Insisting we be careful of everything we say and do, be silent if we disagree or be ridiculed or worse for believing something different. And what of common sense? Nobody expects the Inquisition and yet we’re told to say this not that with inconsistent regularity to follow the narrative of state. That they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, That without vigilance, soon fade from our memory Life, As we choose to live it Liberty, Choice as we’ve always known it And the pursuit of Happiness For some. -L.S. Jones Linda Jones is a resident of Sagle and says something here about our Democracy and the signs of our times.

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by Anne Hayes

I pull her panties to the floor trying for unobtrusiveness, while asking her to lift her feet as she sits on the toilet, changing the wet for the dry. Reassuring as I draw fresh pale blue sweatpants from the bottom drawer in her cramped bathroom, I help her to pull them up, talking aimlessly as white noise while she hangs on to her walker, airbrushing myself into the background to protect her dignity. I am sorry when she apologizes. I fade myself into pastel colors with my friend, who on a group backpacking trip into the Wallowa Mountains of Oregon, told me I was bossy when I was feeling vibrant with the fun of the outing, helping with dinner, organizing tent placement, laughing at our friend’s flirtatious jokes. And maybe, she noted, I was ‘a little too wild’ when we all went dancing together that winter in the old downtown Moscow Rathskeller Tavern. Better to keep the elbows pulled in, shuffle the feet delicately back and forth. Better not to overshadow. I walk Ponderay Bay Trail with my daughter, cook in the kitchen with my son-in-law, softening my opinions to allow space for theirs, keeping the peace in the war over conservative vs. liberal, Trump or Clinton, not willing to let my multilayered political views get hijacked by the black and white definitions of others. I hold my words in my mouth when my neighbor in Texas, who hears only her own, leaves no place between them for mine. My tongue gets thick, clumsy with disuse, my ears turn off. Feeling strangely two-dimensional I watch her half-empty glass of muddy water empty out. Jim Mitsui says write the details, name the names, give specifics, reach deep. Mr. Benson, in Senior English, said don’t write anything you don’t want read at your funeral. I don’t write for years, afraid of the words that want to push through. Now I write. I burn the words I fear in the woodstove that hides in the concrete room behind the water heater beneath the living room. My dad, who when I was five told me to color inside the lines, thought his mother had developed Tourette’s Syndrome when, as her short term memory became shorter, she began speaking all the words she had hidden from him for six decades. They just started leaking out. Damn it all to Hell anyway! -Anne Hayes Anne Haynes has worked in the health care field for many years, currently works at the DayBreak Center, and is wading into the creative arts to spice up the second half of her life. She and her husband, Jim, returned to their native Sandpoint in 2002. They have two daughters and two grandchildren.

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sushi and noodle bar By Jules Fox Reader Food Reviewer

Walking onto the Cedar Street Bridge, you will find an eclectic mix of shops and dining. At the heart of it, Kyoko Sushi looks out the enormous picture windows at the boats roaming the Sand Creek below. Tastefully dappled in Asian art, the tables rest under a ceiling of red umbrellas and behind the rice paper shades. You can find affable owner Junior Solis shining his Hawaii roots and his love of sushi as he finesses some rice and seaweed into a taste sensations you would never expect shy of a coastline. While we were conversing, there were even sushi toys that children (or curious and simple adults) can pull apart. They were so realistic, my daughter tried to eat them. Multiple times. (Don’t worry, we washed them off afterwards.) The Details With plenty to choose from, the menu delights in word play and home made sauces, though the real treat here is the quality of the ingredients. The California roll is made with real crab, and the flavor difference between that and the usual hodge podge dyed fish slush with flavoring at hum drum sushi restaurants is what separates Kyoko Sushi from the competition. The ample tempura platter brings out flash-fried vegetables with dipping sauce. Now you can feel good about indulging in fried food as you fill up the bottom of your food pyramid. There are plenty of salads aside from the classic seaweed salad, try out the baby octopus, cucumber or even an avocado half filled with tuna ceviche (poke.) You can’t go wrong with any of the sushi you choose, ranging from basic nigiri to some fancy rolls like the Bro Roll with real Bro sauce, the NorthWest with smoked salmon, or even the En Fuego which literally means “on fire,” and literally comes out on fire. I couldn’t resist the rainbow roll, which combines all your favorite fish, 16 /


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avocado and eel onto one. It’s great for people who can’t decide and/or love everything. My daughter loves caviar, so the tobiko fish egg Nigiri was an obvious choice. It’s a little nori-wrapped rice filled with little eggs that pop in your mouth. Granted, she is a dissembly line and likes to take her sushi apart piece by piece (just like the toy.) She devoured the California rolls as well (after stabbing them to death with chopsticks and picking out the crab and avocado). Myth 1: Sushi Means “Raw Fish” Sushi is a type of rice preparation, where small, chilled vinegar infused cakes are topped with other ingredients – which can be raw fish, but also include veggies, cooked eel, egg, avocado and many other things. (Sashimi is the word for raw fish, and this dish does not include rice.) Myth 2: Raw Fish Can Cause Foodborne Illness

Top: I bet you didn’t know sushi was kid-friendly, did you? Photo by Jules Fox. Right: One of the many rolls at Kyoko Sushi and Noodle Bar. Photo by Jules Fox. Reputable places like Kyoko Sushi practice good hygiene and will serve raw fish in a way that has been keeping healthy cultures living off this stuff for thousands of years. Myth 3: Kyoko Sushi Uses Magic Fish Why are the fish so fresh here? Why is the ahi tuna so dark and mysteriously good? It’s not magic fish, it’s the art of sourcing the best ingredients. Junior boasts an array of fishes flown to the restaurant from Hawaii and Japan, sometimes served up within 16 hours of being caught! (He even knows the

names of some of the fishermen.) Options For Restricted Diets Gluten-Free? Yes Locally sourced? Where possible Vegetarian? Yes Family friendly? Yes Additional Notes: Open Tuesday-Saturday, 11am-2pm and 4pm-8pm. (208) 627-9521 Kyoko Sushi 334 N. 1st Ave (On the Cedar Street Bridge) Sandpoint, Idaho

Friends of Scotchman Peaks Wilderness Homeschool rocks at the Library celebrates volunteers By Reader Staff

By Reader Staff Friends of Scotchman Peaks Wilderness (FSPW) held their annual volunteer appreciation picnic in Heron, Mont., on Oct. 15. Volunteers from the 2016 season and earlier enjoyed good food, good company and miraculously good weather! FSPW had 140 unique volunteers this year and wants to thank every one of them. These volunteers put in nearly 2,500 hours of time with projects ranging from trail work days to talking with hikers about proper etiquette when dealing with mountain goats. When all was said and done, volunteers helped out on 15 trail work days, six outreach events, five Winter Tracks events, a whitebark pine restoration project, a noxious

weeds monitoring project, a goat education trail ambassador program on Scotchman Peak, and multiple hikes and outdoor education sessions. Pick up FSPW’s latest Peak Experience newsletter to read about one volunteer’s experience learning to build trail this summer. The newsletter can also be found online at www.

Volunteers show off their FSPW volunteer appreciation grilling planks donated by Wildwood Grilling. Courtesy photo.

The East Bonner County Library District Youth Services is organizing monthly programs targeted to homeschool students and their families. Homeschool Rocks is an experience-based learning series that brings homeschoolers together. Each month, a new activity is scheduled to encourage kids of varying ages to get to know their library and other homeschoolers. A Homeschool Rocks book club follows each program, allowing kids and their families to share their favorite books and discover new reads. Non-homeschoolers are welcome to join in.

On Thursday, Nov. 10 at 9 a.m. the Sandpoint Branch Library (1407 Cedar Street) will host “Numbers in Nonfiction,” a Homeschool Rocks program that teaches students how to use the Dewey Decimal System through a scavenger hunt and other games. The book club follows at 10:30 a.m. There is no charge to participate, and it is open to students of all ages and their families. View the poster and the full schedule of East Bonner County Library District classes, workshops and events at www.

peak-experience/. Thank you again to all FSPW volunteers, past and present. The Friends would not be where we are today without your support!


By Ben Olson Reader Staff

Stargazers have a spectacular treat in store for them on Monday, Nov. 14: a big freakin’ supermoon. Not only is November’s full moon a “supermoon”—which appears 14 percent larger and 30 percent brighter than an apogee full moon—it will also be the closest to the Earth since January 1948. According to NASA, we won’t see the full moon this close again until Nov. 25, 2034. Since the moon’s orbit around Earth is elliptical path, there are times when our satellite is closer to Earth than others. This is called perigee. Apogee refers to the moon being the furthest from Earth on its elliptical orbit. This month, the perigee occurs on Nov. 14—within two hours of the moon becoming officially full—making this moon “super.” The distance between Earth and the

moon can range from 221,208 miles at its closest possible point to 252,898 miles at its farthest. That’s a difference of nearly 32,000 miles. This month, the moon will get within 221,524 miles of Earth—just 316 miles from its nearest possible location. Unfortunately, without any scale of reference to compare it to, the supermoon is difficult to perceive as brighter or bigger with the naked eye. I guess you’ll you just have to take our word for it. The supermoon will rise on Sunday, Nov. 13, at 4:11 p.m. to the east-northeast and will set on Monday, Nov. 14, at 6:41 p.m. to the west-northwest. The best chance to see it will be Sunday evening after dark.

Facts about the moon • Humans put a man on the moon before they put wheels on luggage.

• During the Cold War, the U.S. seriously considered dropping an atomic bomb on the moon to show off its military superiority. • There is high-speed Internet on the moon: 19 MBPS. •A 2013 survey found 7 percent of Americans believe the moon landing was a hoax.

• Moon landing conspiracy theories were proven wrong in 2011 when a NASA probe revealed high-resolution photos of the Apollo Moon landing sites. • Your mobile phone has more computing power than the computers used for the Apollo 11 moon landing. • Buzz Aldrin’s mother’s maiden name was moon. • Mankind has left 96 bags of urine, feces, and vomit on the moon. November 10, 2016 /


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Landing a job despite yourself By Tim Henney Reader Contributor

Having edited a USAF base newspaper in Georgia, a college paper in California, and worked in the college press office, I yearned to live and ply my trade in New York City. The Big Apple. In 1957 that desire seemed absurd to beach town contemporaries. Some were lifeguards, and they aimed to keep being lifeguards, even if it meant second jobs after college. Coaching, teaching and counseling youngsters were preferred future occupations. Their game plan was to stay put in sunny Southern California, which was yet to be overrun with suffocating humanity, 24/7 bumper-to-bumper traffic and copycat houses where citrus groves had flourished. Most seem to have led rewarding, useful lives coaching, counseling and teaching. Their ambitions were more admirable than my own: to become “The Man In The Gray Flannel Suit,” a 1955 novel by Sloan Wilson and 1956 film starring Gregory Peck. Fellow Californians wondered why anyone would opt for the rat race in a snowy, sweaty, far-off, dog-eat-dog pressure cooker like New York. Some of the lure, at least to this sentimental collegian, may have been the music. Tempting old tunes like “We’ll have Manhattan, the Bronx, and Staten Island too, it’s lovely going through the zoo...”. And “On the Avenue, Fifth Avenue, you’ll be the fairest maiden in the Easter parade.” And “ and Maggie O’Rourke, we’ll trip the light fantastic, on the sidewalks of New York.” My heart was not set on a 18 /


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job with The New York Times or The New Yorker. Rather than start in some prestigious mailroom I wanted to join some big outfit’s public relations staff and write about people. Right off the bat. As if leaving the sands of SoCal for the sidewalks of New York was not crazy enough, I also hoped to find an apartment in artistic, literary, quaint, benign, colorful, cobble stoned Greenwich Village. And I did. Before graduating I lined up some NYC interviews, then flew from L.A. to Idlewild Airport (renamed Kennedy International in 1963 after his assassination) on a triple-tailed TWA constellation. Four big propellers. Fighters and bombers were powered by jet engines in 1957 but not TWA passenger planes. About 20 minutes into the flight the plane banked and headed back. Political correctness had not yet been invented, nor had flight attendants, so an optimistic “stewardess” made a startling announcement. “There’s probably nothing to it,” she said, “but someone has telephoned the airport that a bomb is on this plane.” We landed, TWA worker bees spread our luggage over the tarmac, and FBI guys went to work searching. Late that night the same plane and passengers left for NYC. But sleep was difficult. What if there is a bomb aboard, and they missed it? (Airport security was also yet to be invented, along with political correctness and flight attendants). In a furtive attempt to appear Ivy League, upon landing I dashed to the original Brooks Brothers store on Madison and 43rd Street.

This was decades before prestigious, old school Brooks Brothers decided to pursue us commoners through nationwide outlet malls. I bought an extra tweedy three-piece suit and some skinny repp ties. A few days later I showed up as scheduled at AT & T corporate offices on lower Broadway. The one guy I knew there, Jesse, a former fellow USAF newspaper colleague in Georgia, was shocked I wasn’t wearing a hat. A felt porkpie businessman hat like in movies? Really? My step father and my dad, when he was alive, wore suits and ties in Southern Cal. So did their business buddies. But never hats. Jesse and I went to a hat store two blocks away, smack in the center of 16 bustling acres which would in ten years blossom into the World Trade Center. I bought a hat. And suddenly felt really old. Then Jesse slammed me again. The internet being decades off, he had mailed me a copy of his own resume, which had helped him nail his own job a year earlier. He had included the name of the publications manager to whom I was to send a resume. The manager had perused it then passed it down the chain of command to Jesse, a listed reference (another reference, owner of a California mountain summer camp where I’d been on staff, wrote a fine recommendation. But instead of ending it with “Tim Henney is beyond reproach,” he wrote, “beyond approach”). The resume included a photo of me looking thoroughly uncorporate-like, hugging a lovely coed in my spiffy British Triumph TR-2 roadster. Another was of a

ragged-looking quartet in summer shorts, staff members at the aforementioned youth camp, me with a short but anti-establishment 1957 red beard, straining to harmonize Sweet Adeline. I was wearing a sweatshirt that said “Property Of USC.” Not bought, as one would today, but obviously filched (from the freshman college swim team to which I had belonged and been known for finishing last). Jesse had recommended I include favorite books in the resume. So I had praised Margaret Mitchell’s “Gone With The Wind” and A.A. Milne’s four original “Winnie The Pooh” books, which had meant much to me as a child. Jesse said the publications boss was an intellectual, a Phi Beta Kappa from a famous school and would have been more impressed by James Joyce or French philosopher Albert Camus. Who? In short, I was dead meat. A beach bum from Long Beach State in Princeton clothing. The Phi Bete publications manager, swaddled in Brooks Brothers tweeds since birth and to whom The New Yorker and New York Times were scripture, would see through a pretender in a heartbeat. After reading my resume, Jesse was convinced I’d blown the job. He interviewed me in his 16th floor office overlooking St. Paul’s Chapel, across the street from the future World Trade Center (a haven and makeshift hospital for 9/11 attack victims, St. Paul’s is NYC’s oldest building in continuous use. Built in 1766, George Washington worshipped there on Inauguration Day in 1789. A brief hike down Broadway is the U.S. treasury building, on whose steps, still there, Washington took the oath of office as the nation’s first president. A 10-minute stroll from there down Broad Street is Fraunces Tavern, still standing and serving, where Washington six years earlier bade tearful farewell to his Contintental Army officers after defeating the British. And retiring, or so he thought, to Mt.Vernon, which his slaves had kept tidy in his absence). Living and working amidst such rich history was, for me, another reason for swapping sybaritic Southern California for NYC. For a brief period at Long Beach State College (Cal. State University–Long Beach) I played Big Man On Campus. If there was something to chair at that fledgling mid-‘50s college, I chaired it. Spring sing, fraternity, home-

coming, campus paper, etc. The publications manager said, “Your extra-curricular college activities are imposing, but I’ve never heard of Long Beach State.” So I told him about it. Then I asked where he had graduated. When he said Wesleyan, I boldly hit back. “I thought Wesleyan was a girls’ college,” I said (I had dated a teacher in Georgia named Coota who had graduated from Wesleyan in Macon, Georgia). The publications boss blew a cloud of pipe smoke across his enormous desk and stared at me as if to say, you can’t be serious, you west coast rube. Then he explained that the Wesleyan College, in Middletown, Connecticut, though smaller, produced more Rhodes Scholars than any Ivy League school. He was stunned that I didn’t know Wesleyan, Williams and Amherst considered themselves superior to such vaunted Ivy institutions as Columbia, Yale, Harvard, Princeton, Dartmouth, U. of Pennsylvania, Brown and Cornell. Those were schools one attended after rejection by “The Little Three,” proclaimed the publications manager. He wound up serving as senior vice president and assistant to three successive chief executive officers of the original AT & T — then parent company of the former Bell Telephone System. He wrote their speeches. A case could be made, as it was by some, that he was the premier brain behind the Bell System’s final 15 years. When in assets, employees and shareowners it was the world’s biggest business. I worked for the one-time publications manager off and on for nearly three decades. Some suggested I merely clung determinedly to his coat tails. They are liars. Don’t believe them. Over the years the 1957 publications manager and I shared a curiously positive chemistry, considering. He had never heard of public, bourgeois Long Beach State College, then known principally for beach volleyball. And he said so. I’d never heard of elite, erudite Wesleyan, known for genteel scholars. And, remembering the Golden Rule: “Do unto others as they already did unto you...” I told him so. Why he hired me I can’t imagine. Possibly something about opposites attracting. Even Ulysses and “Winnie The Pooh.”


‘Hamlet’ aims big at Heartwood Center By Cameron Rasmusson Reader Staff It’s one of the iconic works of the English language. It’s among the most-performed plays in theater. And it’s coming to Sandpoint. Following up on the run-away success of its “Macbeth” production, theater company Unknown Locals is bringing William Shakespeare’s “Hamlet” to the Heartwood Center for two weekends of live performances. The show brings together some of Sandpoint’s best-known theater talent for an unforgettable take on Shakespeare’s famous tragedy. “‘Hamlet’ is one of the most performed Shakespeare plays and one of the most performed plays in the world,” said producer Madeline Elliott. “It’s been a lot of work from a producer’s perspective, but I’m really excited to see it all come together.” Unknown Locals’ “Hamlet” production is directed by Michael Bigley, who helmed “Macbeth” last year. The production was an action-packed and visceral take on Shakespeare’s famous tale of treachery, guilt and vengeance. Bigley enlisted local martial artist Cory Repass to train the actors in intricate fight choreography, resulting in a bloody, dynamic vision of “Macbeth” instantly familiar to any “Game of Thrones” addict. “Macbeth” surpassed expectations, requiring the crew to set up overflow seating due to high demand. “It was a very good problem to have,” said Elliott. Unknown Locals hopes to continue that success with “Hamlet,” a project that brings its own unique challenges. Unlike “Macbeth,” with its many battle scenes and murders, “Hamlet” is a more cerebral, moody play driven by dialogue. As such, it requires a subtler hand to draw in audiences. “With ‘Macbeth,’ Michael spent a lot of time on choreography and action,” said Unknown Locals co-founder Chris Herron. “With this one there’s comparatively little action but they rehearse for much longer.” Fortunately, the production has a dynamic actor to play the critical lead character. Jeremiah Campbell, a rising star in the local theater community, takes on the role of the prince of Denmark, and with it a dizzying number of dialogue lines. Unknown Locals producers are pleased with the casting decision.

“He’s one of—if not the most—talented and genuine actors I’ve seen,” said Elliott. Already an experienced actor at a relatively young age, Campbell has turned in impressive performances in “The Rocky Horror Show” and “Macbeth” among many other local productions. In that time, Herron said he’s shown extraordinary range as a actor, as well as an ability to change tone, mood and emotion like flipping a switch on or off. “Hamlet” is a play that Campbell is especially attached to, so the creative team was thrilled to cast him in the title role. “We’re all expecting big things from Jeremiah, so I really am glad we have the opportunity to work with them as much as possible,” Elliott said. Audiences can expect a play as brooding and intense as “Hamlet’s” reputation, especially in the climactic duel once again choreographed by Re- Jermiah Campbell, who plays Hamlet. Courtesy photo. pass. But it’s also a surprisingly funny production. With the cast fleshed out by several talented comedians, Elliott said the actors know how to bring the joy as well as the sobriety out of the Shakespeare classic. “It’s going to be a very entertaining show,” she said. Catch “Hamlet Nov. 11, 12, 18 and 19 at the Heartwood Center. The doors open at 7 p.m., with the curtain at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $14 for adults and $12 for students and are available at Eve’s Leaves and the door.

Friday, Nov. 11 @ 8pm

andy hackbarth band in concert A performance for the Songwriter’s Circle Live Series saturday, nov. 12 @ 7pm

Warren Miller presents:

“Here, there & everywhere” nov. 17 @ 7:30pm | Nov. 20 & 27 @ 3:30pm | Nov. 25 @ 5:30pm

“A Man Called Ove” Friday, Nov. 18 @ 7pm

POAC presents “Living Voices” saturday, nov. 19 @ 5pm

Golden age of hollywood gala event An 89th Birthday Celebration & Benefit Gala Event for the Panida! Featuring Sean Rogers and Stephan Craig recreating the melodic tones of the Golden Age of Hollywood from the 20s through the 50s

saturday, nov. 26 @ 7:30pm

shook twins “giving thanks” Friday, Dec. 2 @ 7pm

SOLE ‘Backcountry film festival’ Ron Ragone, who plays the Ghost. Courtesy photo.

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The Sandpoint Eater Good Job

By Marcia Pilgeram Reader Food Columnist

I can’t remember a time when I had “a” job; it was always two and sometimes even three jobs simultaneously. Like many my age, my first job was that of an overworked babysitter. Today’s youth can’t even be legally left home alone at the same age I was when caring for up to four kids for a paltry 50 cents an hour. Barely ten years old, I was stirring up a mean hash with a wailing baby slung on my hip. My first food related job came when I was eleven and spent a Seattle summer with my oldest sister. At precisely 7 am each morning, armed with a sack lunch, several of the neighborhood youth would board a beat-up old school bus headed to the Nishimoto Berry Farms in Auburn. I’d never seen so many strawberries in my life and on that first day, for each one that ended up in my flat, another ended up in my belly. I’d also never seen giant slugs (quite foreign to a Montana kid) and recoiled in horror at my first encounter. It was hard work, either picking until my fingers were cold and numb in the pouring rain or toiling under the hot sun for what felt like eternity. The pay was 50 cents a flat, and when your flat was presented to the boss, you received a magic punch on a juice-stained card. I managed two to three punches a day at the most. Once the card was filled, you were issued a check for five dollars. I bought a transistor radio with my first check and spent the rest of the summer feverishly trying to find a static free station so I could tune into the sound of my beloved Monkees. 20 /


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I’m not sure where my adults were during the babysitting and berry picking periods of my youth, but I’m lucky that I was a level-headed and industrious kid, because I had a lot more freedom and money than supervision. Looking back, it’s no wonder I expected so much of my own children at such early ages. For years they joked, only half-heartedly, about all of the child labor laws I have violated (and again lucky as I was only “busted” once). When I became an adult with some education and skills—and a real job with a few benefits—I still thrived on the extra cash that moonlighting provided. During my years at a Helena veterinary clinic, I was a hot commodity, and booked months in advance as a “professionally trained pet sitter.” These weren’t just any pets: these were pets whose owners provided them with the best of care, which included me, the licensed animal health techni-

cian, and an open account at the Union Meat Market. The pets and I ate real well. My most notorious caretaker gig did not include any real animals, but the dwelling was referred to a “cathouse.” For more than 20 years, this brothel at 19 ½ South Main was known as Big Dorothy’s Rooms. Dorothy was a large woman with a big heart who ran a “respectable” and successful brothel before a scandalous raid shuttered the operation in 1973. Shortly thereafter, Dorothy passed away and for a couple of years, her property was tied up in litigation between the city of Helena and the heirs. My great fortune came when the city manager asked if I’d be interested in caretaking this ill-reputed property, with duties that would mostly entail providing access to developers and contractors. While I found this opportunity one of the greatest larks of my youth, my mother found no humor, whatsoever, when-

ever I announced my infamous address. While there was little of value left, I spent hours poring over every little remnant I could find, and loved sharing these tidbits with all who partook in one of my highly coveted and unauthorized tours. A peek at Dorothy’s bathroom, with its black and turquoise décor, oversized bathtub for two, and cutout starbursts in the dropped ceiling, was the crowning finale of the tour. These unique skills and qualifications, along with several years on a cattle ranch, made my leap into the food industry seem like a perfect pursuit. One of my first catering clients was Mrs. G, an older, dour society matron of Missoula, who had just returned from a fabulous trip and wanted to recreate a culinary experience for her closest friends. I’d been referred by a common friend and though I’d been warned of Mrs. G’s reputation, my friend felt this would be a great oppor-

tunity for my infant business. More than 25 years later, I still count that woman as one of the meanest clients I have ever had. She was the only person who ever rang a bell at the table to beckon us for immediate demands. Other than that damn bell, the thing I remember most about that night was my introduction to goat cheese and the rave reviews for the grilled medallions of goat cheese that complemented the wilted salad (and frazzled the wilted chef). Still, I’m grateful that these jobs, along with all the others I’ve held, have provided me with more than money. I have forged friendships, been mentored by strong, caring and brilliant people, met memorable characters, built character, perfected my craft and learned a lot about life. And I’m grateful that Mrs. G introduced me to goat cheese. You will be too, after you make this easy and delicious Herbed Goat Cheese and Onion Tart.

Herbed Goat Cheese and Onion Tart This tart, when served with a salad makes a perfect supper for four. Or cut into squares and serve as an appetizer. If you have one, use a tart pan with a removable bottom, otherwise place the pastry on a parchment paper-lined sheet pan.

INGREDIENTS: •2 tbs olive oil •2 onions, roughly chopped •½ cup pitted and chopped Kalamata olives •8 ounces goat cheese, broken into small chunks •1/2 tsp black pepper •½ tsp sea salt flakes •1 sheet frozen puff pastry, defrosted •1 tbs fresh thyme

DIRECTIONS: •Pour olive oil in a large sauté pan over medium heat. Add onions and cook, stirring occasionally, until caramelized, about 35 minutes. Cool. •Preheat oven to 375°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. •Place puff pastry on baking sheet (or line pastry into tart pan with removable bottom) •Spread onions over pastry, sprinkle on olives and top with goat cheese, leaving a 1/2 inch border on all sides (if using sheet pan). •Sprinkle top with thyme, sea salt and black pepper. Drizzle top lightly with olive oil •Bake until crust is golden, about 25-30 minutes. •Let tart cool for 15 minutes. Cut into approximately 2 by 3 inch rectangles. Serve warm or at room temperature.

This week’s RLW by Ben Olson


Happy Birthday, Panida! Celebrate with a Gala event By Ben Olson Reader Staff Arguably, one of the most recognized and important structures in Sandpoint is the historic Panida Theater. Built in 1927 as a vaudeville and movie house, the Panida has seen its fair share of notable performers over 89 years. Photos of Bing Crosby and other idols line the foyer. Household names like Bonnie Raitt, Arlo Guthrie and Mitch Miller have performed on the main stage. Viggo Mortensen even began his acting career at the Panida. There have also been some dark days. In 1941 the Panida nearly caught fire when an adjacent building went up on First Avenue. The theater was rescued from a dark fate in 1985 when the community banded together to save it from the wrecking ball. When Jane Evans, Susan Bates-Harbuck and Laurel Wagers first hatched the idea to have the community buy the Panida, they needed to raise a $40,000 down payment for a mortgage. The women sold bricks with donors’ names stamped onto them to install in the sidewalk in front of the theater. The scheme worked: they raised $90,000 in just 90 days. Ten years later, the mortgage was paid off fifteen years ahead of schedule, assuring that the Panida would always remain a community theater. In modern times, the Panida has continued to be a focal point of activities in Sandpoint. Featuring a wide variety of films, live music, plays and special events, there’s always something interesting going on. In order to keep up with the rising costs of maintaining such a historically important building, the Panida board have had to rely on assistance from the community to ensure the Panida moves forward. On Saturday, Nov. 19, in celebration of the Panida’s 89th birthday, a special Gala fundraising event will take place with proceeds benefitting the theater. There will be a Black Box Speakeasy with hors d’oeuvres provided by Trinity at City Beach and a no host bar serving

wine, beer and champagne from 5-7 p.m. in the Little Theater. Vintage 1920s black and white films will play in the background and will be accompanied by music from the ‘20s through the ‘50s. Vintage dress is encouraged. Starting at 7 p.m. in the main theater, the Gala portion of the evening will begin. Diane Peters and her dance company will be doing the foxtrot and the tango, encouraging people to join. The night will conclude with a special performance by Sean Rogers and Stephen Craig, who will recreate the melodic tones of the Golden Age of Hollywood from the ‘20s through the ‘50s. The concert portion of the evening will begin at 7:30 p.m. “The weekend of this event has always traditionally been for Holly Eve,” said Jacqueline Albright, secretary on the Panida board. “That particular event isn’t going to be performed for awhile and we need fundraising, so we thought this would be a fun way to do it.” Holly Eve, organized by business owner Marilyn Sabella, has traditionally been a source of revenue for the Panida over the years. Funds raised from Holly Eve were essential in paying off the mortgage in 1995. “Being one of the most historic buildings in downtown Sandpoint, it costs more and more as the years go by to keep it renovated,” said Albright. “We’re not privy to as many grants as we used to be in the ‘80s. Grants for renovations are more available than they are for maintaining and restoring. It’s up to us to fundraise in the community.” While the Sandpoint Urban Renewal Agency awarded the Panida a grant for $450,000, the money was earmarked to replace the ceiling, a vital renovation to ensure structural integrity of the theater. Albright said the funds will likely go to several maintenance costs: “It’s going to cost us about $6,000 to renovate the fabulous tile put in during the ‘80s,” she Albright. “We need to clean up the tile, redo the grouting and replace those tiles that are broken.

Some of the names have worn off. We’ll also put a sealant on top so they don’t wear off in the future.” In addition to the live music and festivities, there will also be a raffle and silent auction, with prizes ranging from staycations in Sandpoint, scenic plane rides and sunset sails, dining certificates to Sandpoint area restaurants, and a special tour of the area in a vintage automobile. “We’ll have cigarette girls that range anywhere from 26 to 79 years old selling raffle tickets and serving food,” said Albright. This event marks a recent shift to the Panida holding around four fundraisers per year. In years’ past, their ice cream booth at the Festival at Sandpoint has always been a big source of funds, but this year after fellow food vendors were encouraged to include desserts in their menus, the Panida saw a major reduction in funds normally earmarked for maintenance. “We’ve got to come up with some new ideas,” said Albright. “We hope people will come out to support this community owned theater. An event like this before Thanksgiving is perfect to set off the holiday season.”


It’s been a brutal election cycle. How about some laughs? If you can get past the macabre method it was published (posthumously, after the author committed suicide), “A Confederacy of Dunces” by John Kennedy Toole is one of the funniest novels I’ve ever read. I may have even recommended this one before, but I stand by this literary tome as a worthwhile, hilarious and rollicking ride through the mind of a genius who was never understood during his life.


“Of all the theater joints in all the towns in all the world, we hope you walk into the Panida.” -H.B.

Tickets to the entire night of festivities are $50, which includes two $5 raffle tickets and preferential seating before the main show. For those interested in just attending the performance, tickets will be $35. All funds go toward the Panida.

Crossword Solution

If you can find them, stand-up comedian Mitch Hedberg’s comedy specials are some of the best out there. Hedberg, who died of a herion/ cocaine overdose at 37 years old, certainly had a lot more to give the world of comedy. During his short reign of hilarious terror on comedy, Hedberg broke just about every rule in stand up. He was awkward, dressed like a stoner on laundry day, told off-kilter jokes that didn’t land... but there was something honest and pure about his comedy that spoke to millions. R.I.P. Mitch.


Hands down, “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia” will reign as the ultimate comedy of the Millennial generation. As a former bar manager, I really enjoy the trials and travails of Charlie, Mac, Dennis and Sweet Dee (along with the always hilarious Danny DeVito as Frank”). The show is irreverant, edgy, absurd and unafraid to throw some sacred cows under the bus and back over them a few times. When life gets rough, watch a little “It’s Always Sunny,” and it will brighten your day.

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w o N & Then compiled by

Ben Olson

Each week, we feature a new photograph taken from the same vantage point as one taken long ago. See how we’ve changed, and how we’ve stayed the same. Historical information provided and verified by Bonner County Museum staff and volunteers. The Museum is located at 611 S. Ella — (208) 263-2344.



Woorf tdhe Week

The Panhandle Milling Co. tower on the west side of Fifth Avenue, near Poplar St.. The elevator has been partially demolished.

The same view today. The west side of Fifth Avenue has undergone a dramatic transformation in the 11 years since the railroad tracks have been removed. Washington Trust Bank currently occupies the general area where the tower stood

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[noun] 1. Delight; enjoyment. “Sometimes we hide an inside joke in the Reader for your delectation. Have you ever found one?”

Corrections: Nothing to report, folks.

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ACROSS 1. Engineering school 5. Laugh 9. Of higher order 13. Comply with 14. Redress 16. Affirm 17. Daughter of Zeus and Demeter 18. Testicle 19. Scrabble piece 20. Peal 22. Mounds 24. Bearing 26. Ancient empire 27. Feeling 30. Garden building 33. A certain sports official 35. It makes dough rise 37. Japanese apricot 38. A light informal meal 41. Spy agency 42. Serpentine 45. Mobster 48. Detective 51. Employees 52. Anagram of “Tutor” 54. Layer 55. Breaks 59. Inhabited 62. Every single one 63. Grille 65. Arab chieftain 66. Beige 67. Seraglio 68. Type of cereal grass

Solution on page 21 69. Very intense 70. Hoopla 71. Rice beer

DOWN 1. Clock sound 2. Black, in poetry 3. A formal event 4. Muller’s glass 5. Crone 6. “Smallest” particle 7. Show respect towards 8. Not digital 9. Daytime performance 10. Wicked 11. Fee

12. Amazes 15. Swelling under the skin 21. Wreaths 23. Indistinct 25. French for “Names” 27. Shade trees 28. Comportments 29. Indian bread 31. Germs in the blood 32. Willow 34. Henpeck 36. Sailors 39. Bird call 40. Clove hitch or figure eight 43. Tomato sauce

44. Mongol hut 46. Electrical or crossword 47. Spits 49. Bully 50. Yay! 53. Weepy 55. Provide nourishment 56. Dash 57. Unit of land 58. Stair 60. Pass the tongue over 61. Tall woody plant 64. An uncle

I hope some animal never bores a hole in my head and lays its eggs in my brain, because later you might think you’re having a good idea but it’s just eggs hatching.

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