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VOTE Nov. 8

Elect Ken Meyers STATE SENATE District 7

In 2007, the United States experienced the Great Recession. Idaho’s economic recovery has been led by a Republican controlled Legislature. For Idahoans this has not worked well. Other states are economically recovering much faster and have made significantly more progress. If we are to get better faster we need a change in Boise. I wish to live in an Idaho where our government is: more effective; (Idaho should not need a Constitutional Defense fund to defend unconstitutional laws passed by the Republican legislature); is responsive to the majority of its citizens who recognize the economic benefits of increasing the minimum wage and closing the Medicaid gap; funds education so our children, whether they live in an urban or rural setting, are properly educated for success; supports a strong economy that has a thriving middle class; has a natural resource policy that provides recreational and economic opportunities while protecting this legacy for future generations; is serious about mental health care; and believes that global warming is real and that man is a significant contributor. If you share this vision for a better Idaho vote for Ken Meyers. Paid for by the Vote Ken Meyers Campaign, Treasurer Ron Beitelspacher

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Susan Drinkard

on the street

In the Idaho House race between incumbent Heather Scott (Republican from Blanchard) and Kate McAlister, (Democrat from Sandpoint), for whom will you vote, and why?

“Kate McAlister. I think she is well prepared to do the job for all of us. I am looking forward to what she does for us in education, infrastructure, health insurance coverage for those in the gap and state lands.” Carrie Logan Former mayor Sandpoint “You may not consider me forward thinking, but as a disabled veteran, I took an oath to uphold and defend the Constitution and I believe Heather Scott is doing the same. I don’t believe social Democratic progressivism or neo-global order is going to benefit us in the future.” Glen Bartron Disabled veteran Grouse Creek

“Duh! Kate McAlister because she is going to represent me—in education, jobs, business—unlike Miss Extreme, who does not represent me.”

About the Cover This week’s cover was drawn by caricature artist Daniel Cape, who currently lives in Coeur d’Alene, but is active on the POAC board. Thanks Daniel!

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I’ve withheld public endorsement of any candidates during this election cycle because I didn’t want to abuse my influence as a newspaper publisher. As the election enters the final week, and as the dirty politics has culminated in the largest electoral bummer I’ve ever seen, I feel that I need to go on record with my endorsements. Never let it be said that I stood by while our democratic process died. To start with, I cannot stress how important it is to get out and vote on Nov. 8th. In the presidential election, I could take up pages and pages to describe why Donald Trump is a poor choice for a leader. I’m not going to convince anyone this late in the game, but I need to publish my clear opposition to this demagogue for the historical record. I do not endorse Trump’s policies, which I believe will negatively influence our standing in the world theater. I do not endorse his anti-media, anti-free press positions where he has actually called for looser libel laws. Most importantly, I don’t support his views on immigrants, women, disabled people, veterans or any of the other dozens of demographics he has continuously insulted during this election. Hillary Clinton has flaws. She has shown that she is not as trustworthy as she would have you believe. She has made real mistakes during her time as Secretary of State and the campaign, but I believe a Clinton administration will be far better and more respectful toward all of the country than a Trump presidency. I will vote for Clinton, if only to keep Trump from ever becoming the most powerful person in the world. Locally, I support Kate McAlister in the State Representative District 1A race. I’ve known Kate for years and she has always impressed me with her professionalism, her humanity and her dedication to the community. Her opponent, Rep. Heather Scott, has continually proven that she is only interested in catering to those on the far right who support her. I disagreed with her decision to show up (during legislative session) to the Malheur incident in Oregon, where armed militants had taken over a federal building. I disapproved of her posing happily with a Confederate Flag. I am discouraged by her negative voting record in the legislature and her battle to win over the American Redoubt, which is a minority of far right wing advocates whose goal is to isolate themselves from the rest of the world’s problems. The only legislation that Scott promoted were ineffective bills, one of which even called for strengthening the rights of poachers. Also, Scott has continually ducked forums and appearances in front of her voting public in the interest of ducking her head in the sand until after the election. I think those running for office should always make themselves available to all of their constituents, period. They represent all of us, not just some of us. In other races, I have always had a tremendous amount of respect for Sen. Shawn Keough, who has an amazing amount of integrity. Sage Dixon is a dedicated politician who I respect for his devotion, but I don’t support his political views, so I also endorse Stephen Howlett in the State Rep. District 1B race. Also, I support Ken Meyers in the State Senate District 7 race. Finally, I support Terry Ford as a write-in candidate for Sheriff. Sheriff Daryl Wheeler has made it clear that he is a “constitutional sheriff” who is interested in promoting the far right ideals that some subscribe to in North Idaho. After numerous emails and phone calls, he never did respond whether he would appear at our candidates forum on Nov. 2. This is not only disrespectful to me, but to all of the voters who would like to get to know their candidates before casting a vote. Like Rep. Scott, Wheeler has made it clear he doesn’t care about his duty to the electorate by taking part in an open forum. This is very disappointing, especially to those who truly care about their community and want to make an informed choice.

-Ben Olson, Publisher

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LETTERs to the editor... Jazz, Whining, Trump... Dear Editor, Ben Olson’s RLW column in the Reader’s Oct. 20, issue recommended Andrew Bird’s “Are You Serious” album. Went on YouTube and listened to the title song. Hardly original but it was OK. Olson mentioned that Bird was “classically-trained” but failed to recognize that there are more elements of jazz in Bird’s music than classical. From what I heard I don’t find Bird’s music to be challenging. And for me that’s the problem with rock music in general, it is not musically challenging. Where’s Frank Zappa when you need him? More and more young rock fans are coming to the same conclusion (and to their senses) and as a result are embracing jazz. For these bored rockers a gateway group to jazz has been the Portland band the Blue Cranes. For a seasoned jazzer the Blue Cranes is not particularly challenging as there is very little improvisation. However their arrangements are interesting and at times exciting. In the same issue Olson had a Trump-like whining article called “Down on the Neckbone Circuit” where he complained about not getting, as a musician, the respect he feels he deserves. Boohoo, boohoo. Welcome to the real world Olson. At least you haven’t been taken outside by a group of men, had your instrument smashed and your ass kicked as happened to Ornette Coleman. Both Leonard Bernstein (director of the New York Philharmonic) and Gunther Schuller (former conductor of the Spokane Symphony) declared Ornette Coleman to be a genius. Coleman received dozens of awards over the years for his work and playing (on saxophone, violin and trumpet) including a Pulitzer in 2007 for his album “Sound Grammar”, a Recording Academy Lifetime Achievement Award in 2007 and in 2012 the Library of Congress added his 1959 Atlantic album, “The Shape of Jazz to Come”, to the National Recording Registry. In 2015

the album was then inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame. Of course Olson doesn’t even come close to that level of musicianship. What counts, Ben: Are you having a good time playing? If so, quit your whining. Another musician who is bringing rockers into jazz is Kamasi Washington. His album “Epic” got a glowing review in the New York Times and can be found at our library. Lee Santa Sandpoint

Response was not Denial... Dear Editor, I couldn’t help but notice that, in your report (Oct. 27) of Heather Scott’s response to charges of harassing and intimidating a Democratic field worker, she didn’t actually deny it. I would have thought, if there was no truth to the allegations, the first thing she would do is deny them. Go figure! Bob Wynhausen Sandpoint

House Cleaning... Dear Editor, We need some house cleaning up here in North Idaho. Two candidates for the Idaho House of Representatives, Heather Scott and Sage Dixon, have not committed to participate in the Candidate Forum, Wednesday, Nov. 2, 5:30 p.m. at the Sandpoint High School auditorium. According to the article in the Sandpoint Reader, when asked if they would participate, the answer was they may or may not attend. This is not an acceptable answer. It is an evasion. If they had a schedule conflict, why didn’t they say so? What are they afraid of? Candidates who do not seem committed to meeting the voters they are asking to represent do not deserve our vote. SWEEP THEM OUT! Kate McAlister and Stephen Howlett will be at the forum. They will present plans for addressing our needs and concerns. They will listen to you and

answer questions. Vote for candidates who have good judgement, strong connections to our community and would like to connect with you. Vote for Stephen Howlett and Kate McAlister. Get out your broom . Clean house. Vote! Sandra Deutchman Sandpoint

Sandra, You are correct, both Rep. Scott and Rep. Dixon have not confirmed whether they will appear at the forum. While Rep. Scott has not given any reason, Rep. Dixon wrote in a private email to me that he may miss the forum due to “family issues.” It is also worth noting that Sheriff Daryl Wheeler has not replied to numerous emails and phone calls inviting him to appear at the forum. Ben Olson, Publisher

Is There Any Hope...? Dear Editor, Upon looking at all the mud slinging that has gone on this election both locally and nationally mostly by one party it leaves one to think, is there any hope for this country? I have to think there is hope and that only hope is to turn to our creator and pray voters would look beyond the wild claims and smears that are out there. I have done just that and feel we must elect people like Heather Scott and Sage Dixon for state representatives. We have in Sheriff Daryl Wheeler a man of integrity, honesty and I believe a man that stands between freedom and anarchy. All three of these candidates represent North Idaho values and will do us well. I also feel Steve Tanner, the Democrat, is the better candidate for state senator. John F. Weyant Priest River

Terry Ford will be ON DUTY... Dear Editor, You might be misled, because the current sheriff is a great campaigner. He has a nice smile and a firm handshake. But he’s an ab-

sent sheriff. He spends much of his time outside Bonner County, and is rarely seen by county residents. His leadership is ethically flawed, and he models this behavior for his deputies. We need a change! Terry Ford is respected by everyone he has worked with, and those who know him. He works hard, is well-trained, and will be the sheriff on duty for our safety and well-being. Write in Terry Ford for sheriff and darken the box in front of his name on your ballot. Your vote matters and you DO have a choice! Marcy Brosseau Sandpoint

Hope for Positive Change... Dear Editor Residents of Bonner and Boundary counties will see positive change in our state legislature by electing Stephen Howlett in the Nov. 8 election. Howlett, who has lived in Bonners Ferry for more than 35 years, worked in the wood products industry and has been a small business owner, as a building and remodeling contractor. No stranger to public service, he has been a volunteer EMT for the Boundary County Volunteer Ambulance Assn. for 18 years. Howlett will work to increase school funding deficiencies in our communities and throughout the state, as well as solve infrastructure problems with public buildings, bridges and highways. He will work to solve the Medicaid gap in our state by using available federal funds to permit 78,000 uninsured working Idahoans and their families to have medical insurance. Steve will work to protect our public lands for hunting, fishing and use by all our citizens. He opposes a bill supported by his opponent prohibiting local governments from raising the minimum wage. And he believes our veterans and senior citizens deserve to have more of their issues given top consideration. Mental health issues also need to be addressed at a state level, he feels.

He supports economic advancement in our counties and investment in education to prepare students for new jobs. He is a uniter, not a divider, and will represent all of us. Vote for Stephen F. Howlett for State Representative, District 1, Position B, in the election on Nov. 8. Jim Ramsey Kootenai

He’s Not a Democrat... Dear Editor, Although you will see Steve Tanner’s name under Democrat for the state senate seat, he is in fact a tea party conservative. For those of you who like to vote a straight party ticket, please skip over Tanner and instead vote for Shawn Keough. Sen. Keough has done a terrific job of representing all the people of her district and is key at getting funding for us for education and roads. Vote Keough for state senator! Carrie Logan Sandpoint

Vote McAlister... Dear Editor, There are clear difference between the candidates running for the State Representative in District 1 Position A. Kate McAlister has strong positive positions in areas that are very important to the constituents of District 1. Her opponent has taken pride in voting No on most all legislation that would have been of benefit to the residents of North Idaho. Kate will work to increase funding for education. She supports working men and women and is committed to continuation of job development. She has received the endorsement from the Idaho Association of Commerce and Industry (IACI). Prior to their endorsement of Kate, IACI had never endorsed a candidate running against an incumbant legislator. She supports keeping our public

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LETTERs to the editor... < Letter con’t from page 5 > lands public to be enjoyed for generations to come. She also is supportive of Close the Gap Idaho which is working to ensure an efficient and cost-effective solution for health care to thousands of working families who currently fall in the insurance gap. Kate has a proven record of experience, leadership, community service and working cooperatively with diverse groups and individuals for solutions to problems facing North Idaho. Please join me in supporting Kate McAlister for State Representative District 1, Position A. Sincerely, Marcy Cope Hope, ID

Elect Hillary Clinton... Dear Editor, Hillary Clinton has been hounded and vilified by the hysterical right wing for over 25 years. With all the allegations and investigations against her, Hillary has not been found to engage in anything illegal. And news journalists, through superficial coverage, have played a role in a constant press theme against her. It seems that when the press gets a bone in their jaws, they won’t let go, even if there is no marrow in it. After so many attacks, over a long period of time, she may have become insular, leading to a reluctance, at first, to open up her “damn emails.” But again, there has not been any evidence of illegality. The right wing cannot cite a rational reason for their pathological hatred against her. To Hillary’s credit: She is well-informed on the issues, she fought for the rights of women and girls at home and abroad, she supports education and making public colleges debt free, she supports expanding Social Security and Medicare, and she supports closing income inequality. Furthermore, she doesn’t quit, and she takes in new evidence to adjust her views as she learns and changes. Because of the quite progressive Democratic-party platform, which she publicly advocates, she has moved her views from center-right to center-left. This opens up the opportunity for a more progressive future for our country, especially for our youth. Now that leaders like Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren support Hillary Clin6 /


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ton, so do I; and, I urge your support for her as well. Philip A. Deutchman Sandpoint

Needed: Heart... Dear Editor, Historically and nationally, the two major American political parties, Democrat and Republican, are about equal in their ethics and morality, and lack thereof. Watergate (Nixon), Teapot Dome (Harding), and Iran-Contra (Reagan), three of the most infamous scandals in our history, say prominent, non-partisan historians, exploded during GOP administrations. Bill and Monica (Clinton), Thomas Jefferson and Sally Hemmings (Jefferson) and The Petticoat Affair (Jackson), also considered by presidential scholars among the top ten U.S. political scandals, scarred Democrat administrations. The main difference between the two sets of political gaffes, it appears, is that the Democrat scandals were sexier than the Republicans’. So what’s new? Different DNA. Overall, over time, there has been little difference between the parties in terms of professional craftiness. Or in historic accomplishments. Determined Republicans take credit for the good stuff and blame everything they consider bad on Democrats. Democrats do the same to Republicans. So it’s a wash. Yet it’s worked since George Washington (Federalist) took office in 1789. And it works today, Trump, you ogre. A happy, still hummable hit from the 1955 Broadway blockbuster musical, Damn Yankees, featured hapless Washington Senators baseball players singing “You’ve gotta have heart... all you really need is heart... mister you can be a hero... you can open any door... there’s nothin’ to it, but to do gotta have heart...”. If there is one trait that historically and nationally defines our two major political parties, one from the other, it has to be heart. One party over the generations has shown more heart. And the same holds today here at home. Much has been written by opposing local party advocates about the achievements of their candidates and the evils of the other guys. When you decipher the claims and denials, one distinguishing trait leaps out from the pack. Heart. The Dixon/ Scott campaign cabal, like their leader Trump, has gone for the jugular with intimidation, negativism, suspicion, hate

and threats. Their opponents, who might have had the better childhoods, have been decent, upbeat, honest. And their records reflect that. Shawn Keough, Kate McAlister, Ken Meyers and their colleagues have demonstrated that among other attributes of leadership, they care. They have heart. As a one-time GOP voter, I cannot fathom why anyone who seeks a happy, heartfelt tomorrow for their kids and grandkids could vote for Trump and his local toadies on Tuesday. Tim H. Henney Sandpoint

Legal Ethics...? Dear Editor, I see the elected Bonner County prosecuting attorney has a letter to the editor over his official title, encouraging readers to vote for his favorite candidate to Idaho Supreme Court. Myself no legal beagle, I view this as crowding the legal and moral ethics of his office, never mind if I agree with his choice or not. Any true experts out there care to opine? I’d be happy to stand informed. Bob Simmons Sagle

Elect McAlister... Dear Editor, Kate McAlister is an excellent candidate for Idaho District 1 representative. She has long been an advocate for business in North Idaho. For years she has served as ED for the Sandpoint Chamber of Commerce and has earned the trust and confidence of the Bonner County business community and elected officials in Idaho. She has been intimately involved in the economic prosperity in our region. She is intelligent, informed and influential. McAlister has great integrity and is sensitive to the issues that concern North Idaho. She focuses on issues, not party politics. She has the strength and determination necessary to ensure that our concerns are addressed in the State legislature. North Idaho would do well to have Kate McAlister representing District 1 in Boise. Please join me and vote for Kate on Nov. 8. Shelby Rognstad Sandpoint

Ignorant and Free... Dear Editor, Thomas Jefferson once said, “If a nation expects to be ignorant and free, it wants what never was, and never will be.” I am a proud public educator. From delivering newspapers doorto-door as a teenager to working at a K-Mart to fund my education, I have learned that hard work and high expectations are keys that lead to personal success. I believe that teachers today are a torch that stands at the harbor, warding off negativity and intolerance. We teach ALL children, denying no one an education that will light their way to a bright future. We will ALWAYS stand in harm’s way to prevent anyone or anything from disabling the one thing that evens the playing field for all children in our country-a solid education in safe, caring environments. Teachers believe in students, families, our communities. You see us volunteering with youth teams, at our churches, and anywhere that we can best serve those we care about. Yet lately, we feel under attack. We are portrayed as villains for wanting reasonable class sizes that enable us to teach each and every child, regardless of ability. Teachers are expected to train our students for careers and the future world in which they will live. This takes tools, training, and expertise. Please don’t let anyone tell you those things are unnecessary. Obviously, they are not free, either. We need skilled workers, and highly educated professionals- this is crucial to our town’s survival! To conclude, I would like to invite community members in to visit our schools. I can promise that you will leave feeling tired, but hopeful. You will see the glimmer of a positive future in our students’ eyes. Sincerely, Carolyn Whalen Sandpoint

Terry Ford for Sheriff... Dear Editor, Questions have recently surfaced about whether Terry Ford’s 35 years’ experience in law enforcement has

prepared him to oversee the Sheriff’s Office budget, the largest in the county. Worry no more! Let me tell you why. Terry understands how to develop and balance a budget, having successfully done so for over 10 years in his own business. The Shingle Mill Kennels provided training for scent detection dogs, subsequently purchased by law enforcement agencies throughout the Pacific Northwest. In addition, Terry was co-founder of the Pacific Northwest Police Detection Dog Association (PNWPDDA). This organization generated revenue when law enforcement agencies sent teams for annual training and certification. In both cases, Terry was responsible for overseeing expenses including hiring trainers, reserving training venues, promotion of the programs, and communication among member agencies. Terry played a key role in the development and management of both budgets. More recently, Terry has performed extensive research of the Bonner County Sheriff’s budget. He has not only studied figures for the current fiscal year, but also numbers dating back to the beginning of the Sheriff’s current term. As taxpayers, his discoveries would concern you. For example, he has discovered that for the 2015-2016 fiscal year, the Sheriff budgeted approximately $95,000 for overtime pay. That is disturbing enough, but what is even more upsetting is that almost $300,000 was actually paid out. This means that Sheriff Wheeler overspent in just the overtime pay category by $200.000! One wonders how many deputies could be hired with those funds to enhance the patrol presence in the county. Terry has attended county budget meetings and workshops, including those for which Sheriff Wheeler was on the agenda, yet didn’t show. Terry has met individually at his request with county commissioners to discuss how funds could be better allocated. Have you seen any evidence of a fiscal plan from Sheriff Wheeler? Terry will be a good steward of your tax dollars. He will work hand in hand with commissioners and colleagues to develop and implement a sound budget. Vote for write-in candidate, Terry Ford for Bonner County Sheriff. Fill in the box and write “Terry Ford” on the line. Nancy Piatt Ponderay

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District 1 Representative Race By Tony McDermott Reader Contributor Heather Scott should not be reelected. While I would agree that she has a small group of hard core, extreme Republican supporters in the Panhandle most of the voters have not closely followed her performance as our representative. As a former member of the Bonner County Republican Central Committee and former Panhandle Fish and Game commissioner, I have followed her progress. I was one of her supporters as she embarked on her legislative career two years ago, and I am now convinced that she does not have the character traits necessary to represent the good citizens of North Idaho. Rep. Scott is a master at getting her face in the news regardless of facts. Her modus operandi is to blame government and to create problems where none exist. Then she attempts to convince those around her that without her leadership there would have been a negative outcome. Examples include: (1) The standoff at the Malhuer Wildlife Refuge. (2) Confiscation of a veteran’s guns in Priest River when the fact was that local veteran affairs officer Bryan Hult’s intention was to offer administrative assistance to the veteran. (3) Sending a legislative newsletter calling for a special session of the legislature to “draft emergency legislation to address the refugee crisis” at a cost of $17,200 to the general fund. (4) Proudly posing with a Confederate flag which created a controversy over its association with Richard Butler’s Aryan Nations. (5) Allegedly addressing a board member of the Interfaith Alliance of Idaho during a peaceful demonstration in Boise as, “I know you, you are one of the queers, you are one of the gays who should burn in Hell.” (6) Encouraging supporters who harassed a young field organizer of the Democratic Party in Sandpoint resulting in an open investigation by the State’s Attorney General’s Office. (7) An e-mail letter from Senator Dan Schmidt from Twin Falls to Heather Scott dated July 14 concerning an incident of juvenile sexual assault. “I am concerned that some of your other behavior in your letter to all legislators may reflect Conduct Unbecoming of a Representative, since you exhibit a persistent pattern of exhortation and inflammation.” Rep. Scott is also recognized for having one of the most negative voting records in the House of Representatives where she was ranked in the top five for “no” votes. The Idaho House passed legislation to remove sales taxes on Girl Scout cookies. Rep. Scott led the opposition arguing that the exemption would be unconstitutional. Following a House vote to pass the tax conformity bill Scott was awarded the “crow” award which

is passed to a house member each session that gets the least support on a bill or motion. Legislation to add Idaho’s STEM Action Center to the list of educational entities cleared the House on a 66-4 vote. After she led the opposition and voted “no” Scott stated, “It’s not that I hate children.” Heather Scott did author her first three bills in the last legislative session, all dealing with Fish and Game issues. The House Resources committee agreed to introduce all three, but members had lots of questions and concerns dealing with her proposals. One proposed to repeal the existing law that allows conservation officers, upon retirement with at least 15 years of meritorious service to leave with their gun, badge and handcuffs. The second bill would restrict inspections and searches by Fish and Game officers of storage facilities, tents and other locations without a search warrant or consent. A questioning legislator said, “It seems to me that that this is more aggressive than a standard Fourth Amendment protection based on probable cause.” The third bill would impose minimum safety standards for Fish and Game check stations which would include lighting, signage and sight distance, plus add this line to the current law; “Fish and Game check stations are only authorized to stop licensed hunters and fishermen.” Rep. Fred Wood, a former Fish and Game commissioner stated, “I believe the question is: Poachers don’t need to stop?” None of above proposed bills received a bill hearing. More troubling to me was she voted against approving the annual Fish and Game budget ($90-plus million) that is a required legislative rubber stamp. IDFG is funded by hunter and fishermen license dollars only. They receive zero dollars from the state’s general fund. More than 534,000 hunters and anglers spent $1.2 billion in Idaho and generated 97 million in state and local taxes, and Rep. Scott voted to shut the agency down? The final straw was her opposition to the Clagstone Meadows joint Forest Legacy program with IDL and IDFG to put a conservation easement on 14,430 acres of private timber and wet lands just west of Granite Hill. If you want the gory details concerning this fiasco, interested readers, North Idaho sportsmen and women should Google “Idaho Heather Scott, a call to action, Redoubt News” and review the following: “Clagstone Meadows, A Hot Bed of Crony Capitalism; Corporate Welfare-Stimson Jumps on the Gravy Train.” Heather Scott performance as the District 1 representative to the Idaho Legislature has been abject failure. She has lost the confidence of Republicans, her fellow legislators, advocates of improving education, members of the timber industry, business organizations, environmentalists and many others who have followed her short career involved in local politics. This REPUBLICAN is voting for Kate McAlister.

The American Redoubt... Dear Editor, From the LA Times, 2-8-2012 — “The American Redoubt, where survivalists plan to survive: It lies in the rural high country of Montana, Idaho, Wyoming, eastern Washington and Oregon. For a growing number of people, it’s the designated point of retreat when the American economy hits the fan. When banks fail, the government declares martial law, the power grid goes down. When warming oceans flood the coasts and a resurgent Russia takes out targets on the Eastern Seaboard. Though white separatists for years have called for a racial homeland in the inland Pacific Northwest, an even bigger movement of survivalists, Christian fundamentalists and political doomsayers is fueling the idea of a defensible retreat in the high country west of the Rockies.” Take a look at Heather Scott’s website as well as the Idaho Redoubt News. You will be able to see what Scott really stands for in North Idaho. She does not represent the vast majority of citizens or our wonderful communities! Vote for Kate McAlister on Nov. 8! Charlene Godec Sandpoint

Why Organizer Was Removed... Dear Editor, Bonner and Boundary County Democrats teamed with the Idaho Democratic Party to hire a young Brigham Young University student who has an active interest in how government works and the election process. He was hired for three months as a party organizer. His first task was to identify people in our area who believe in principles of the Democratic Party. Removing our party organizer was something we definitely did not want to do. He was and would have been an important part of our campaign. He was removed when campaigns were moving to persuade voters to support our candidates and to vote.North Idaho Democrats run ethical campaigns. We respect the electoral process; play fairly and by the rules. We do not resort to dirty tricks and intimidation. We will speak out if they occur. There are some aggressive ultra-conservatives in our area. If you attended the first Sandpoint City Council discussion at City Hall on a resolution to welcome refugees you saw this aggressiveness first-hand. To enter you had to pass by men loitering outside the hall with holstered guns (something we do not want on Election Day). Inside, the public discussion against the resolution increased in intensity to the point where it was getting out of hand. Had the council not tabled the vote it could have been really ugly. I am Chair of the Bonner County Democrats Central Committee. The following really did happen. As our party organizer began identifying potential

voters he had several encounters that began with a single person in a local grocery store letting him know “they” knew who he was and that he should watch his back. The confrontation then escalated with him being confronted by a group as he went to his car after work. They were around his car, some leaning on it. Some members of the group had on or wore clothing items indicating they supported Heather Scott. After this incident we were worried about the organizer’s safety and moved him to new housing in a remote location outside Sandpoint. Late at night a vehicle drove down this driveway and photographed the location, the organizer’s car and license plate. Incidents were reported to the Bonner County Sheriff. He was removed because the confrontations were escalating in severity, and we were not able to ensure the organizer’s safety. Republicans should stop efforts to cloud events by promoting unreasonable conspiracy theories and discrediting the organizer. Ken Meyers Sandpoint

Standing Rock Needs Your Help... Dear Editor, I recently spent seven days at the Standing Rock Reservation in North Dakota, supporting the Water Protectors non-violent actions to stop construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL), which would carry fracked crude oil 1,000-plus miles from North Dakota oil fields to Illinois, crossing the Ogallala Aquifer, the Missouri and Mississippi Rivers, and lands considered sacred by local indigenous tribes. This pipeline poses an unimaginable threat to these waters and the surrounding land. History shows that pipelines fail, and fracked crude oil is nasty stuff. I visited the Red Owl Legal Collective in the Main Camp at Standing Rock. They provide tireless direct legal services to the Water Protectors. Please support them with a donation here: To view in-depth independent coverage of DAPL, visit http://www. and click on Dakota Access Pipeline in their Topics bar. Ron Bedford Sandpoint

Vote for Local Politicians... Dear Editor, Regardless of how you feel about the presidential election, your vote for local candidates has great importance for us in our daily lives, right here in our North Idaho homes. You have a right to voice your choice. It is precious. VOTE FOR LOCAL CANDIDATES ON NOVEMBER 8TH! Debbie Ford Sandpoint November 3, 2016 /


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City revisits parking agreement By Cameron Rasmusson Reader Staff

The city of Sandpoint is working to inform the public on its parking deal with Kaniksu Health Services. Approved two weeks ago by council members, the agreement to lease 60 parking spaces to Kaniksu Health Services for its planned 2018 relocation to downtown Sandpoint caught some residents off guard. However, Sandpoint Mayor Shelby Rognstad said there’s still a year and a half before it goes into effect—time the city can use to tweak its parking policy. “The reason it’s been so rapid is because Kaniksu needs to make a decision [about their expansion plans] by the summer of 2018,” Rognstad said. “From my perspective it’s either do or die.” The arrangement stems from Kaniksu Health Services’ need for a larger facility, which presented an opportunity to relocate downtown at Second Avenue and Main Street, currently the office for Tomlinson Sotheby’s International Realty. The move would benefit the city by moving more professionals downtown, while Kaniksu Health doctors and patients appreciate the close proximity to Bonner General Health, Rognstad said. “This would bring 85 wellpaid employees to the downtown core,” he added. “The Chances of them shopping or going out to lunch [at downtown businesses] are very good.” Kaniksu officials initially sought a parking agreement with the city to assure financiers they would have adequate parking, Rognstad said. In addition to the 60 spaces leased from the city—around half the city parking lot—business officials plan to build 40 covered spaces available to the public outside business owners if they follow through on the move. In addition to leasing the spaces and providing 40 new spots, Kaniksu Health would also contribute up to $10,000 to fund a parking study for downtown Sandpoint. According to Rognstad, the study will evaluate Sandpoint’s existing parking, determine whether or not it’s meeting 8 /


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demand and plot out a strategic plan for future parking policy. While both the 40 covered spaces built by Kaniksu and the 60 city lot spaces will be available for parking outside business hours, some residents worried that the change would negatively affect parking for other downtown employees. Recently, the city changed the lot’s policy to allow for 24-hour parking, which improved parking options for downtown workers and freed up on-street parking for business customers. According to Rognstad, city officials hope to circumvent this problem by changing parking policy in other downtown areas. For instance, a specific street could be designated as 24-hour parking, he said. Downtown employees can also utilize the free parking lots in the Granary District or at Sand Creek. Finally, once the city takes control of downtown streets following the reversion to two-way traffic planned this month, Sandpoint officials plan to restripe the parking to diagonal spaces, adding between 30 and 40 additional spots downtown. Rognstad said he’s heard

another concern based around a perception that Kaniksu primarily treats uninsured individuals—types that some don’t want downtown. In fact, that only accounts for about 11 percent of Kaniksu patients. Furthermore, Rognstad said that criticism sets an elitist tone unbecoming of Sandpoint. Council members will recon-

sider the parking agreement at the Nov. 16 council meeting. In particular, they will reexamine an amendment originally passed that limited the agreement terms from a 10-year contract with two five-year options to 10 years with one five-year option. According to Rognstad, that was a deal-breaker for Kaniksu. Meanwhile, Rognstad said

the city will have to define its ultimate goals with parking policy before officials return to council chambers. “Is our goal as a city to create as much public parking possible, or is it to encourage economic development?” he said.

nent, Steve Tanner, said that while he was running as a Democrat, he saw the government’s primary function as enacting justice, a role perverted by legalized same-sex marriage, abortion and the teaching of evolution in schools. Rep. Sage Dixon, R-Ponderay, emphasized that while he is a man of strong conservative principles, he wanted to hear the concerns of all his constituents. On policy, he envisions an Idaho less reliant on the federal government—a goal achieved through state ownership of federally held lands, resistance to Obamacare and improved access to occupational training for recently graduated high school students. Stephen Howlett, Dixon’s Democratic opponent for District 1 representative Seat B, said he was more open to compromise to relieve government deadlock than Dixon. He supported closing the Medicaid gap, strengthening programs for

veterans and senior citizens and investigating a minimum wage increase. Kate McAlister, a Democrat challenging Rep. Heather Scott for District 1 representative Seat A, prioritized economic development, education and environmental conservation. The best policies toward those goals, she said, was to continue collaboration with the federal government on public land management, maintain education funding levels and close the Medicaid gap. Scott, McAlister’s opponent, did not attend the forum. In a social media post earlier that day, she claimed the event was maliciously designed to “launch negative attacks on conservative candidates and the core values the majority of north Idaho voters adhere to.” District 7 candidates Jessica Chilcott, running for representative seat A, and Ken Meyers, running for the state senate, attended the forum while their

opponents did not. They used the opportunity to talk about the need for a minimum wage increase, improved support for Idaho schools and the need to close the Medicaid gap. Likewise, Terry Ford, a writein candidate for Bonner County Sheriff, made his case without counterpoints from Sheriff Daryl Wheeler, who did not respond to forum invitations. Ford said his goals were to run the sheriff’s office with integrity, address the flow of drugs into Bonner County, protect the Second Amendment and ensure all property crimes are investigated. Finally, Republican candidates for the Bonner County Board of Commissioners Jeff Connolly and Dan McDonald are running unopposed, but they still assured voters they intend to manage the county with openness and transparency. They encouraged residents to contact them with their questions and concerns.

A truck leaves the downtown city parking lot at Church St. and Third Ave. Photo by Cameron Barnes.

Candidates debate the issues at forum

By Cameron Rasmusson Reader Staff

The last public forum of the election cycle saw local candidates sharing viewpoints on everything from health care to public lands. Hosted by the Sandpoint Reader and Sandpoint Online, the Wednesday forum was driven entirely by voter questions. Audience members submitted questions to a panel of moderators, while those watching Sandpoint Online’s internet stream messaged them in. District 1 Sen. Shawn Keough, R-Sandpoint, asked voters to look at her long record as an Idaho legislator and evaluate her based on her work. Under fire from the anti-federalist factions of the Republican Party, Keough said she was still committed to “common-sense leadership.” She emphasized support for infrastructure and education development. On the other hand, her oppo-


NAFTA and Idaho: Winners and Losers

Donald Trump called NAFTA the ‘worst deal in U.S. history.’ How has it played out in the Gem State? By Zach Hagadone For Boise Weekly (used by permission) Within the span of 1 minute, 54 seconds of the first 2016 presidential debate, Republican nominee Donald Trump attacked the North American Free Trade Agreement four times, calling the U.S.-Canada-Mexico pact, “the single worst trade deal ever approved in this country” and “one of the worst things that ever happened to the manufacturing industry.” “NAFTA is the worst trade deal maybe ever signed anywhere, but certainly ever signed in this country,” he said. “Nothing will ever top NAFTA.” Shortly after the Sept. 26 debate, The New York Times described Trump’s salvos on trade as the candidate’s “best moments” in the face off. During the following two debates, he also landed blows against NAFTA and vowed to “terminate” the deal should he gain office—it’s fair to say Trump never stuck any talking points better. That the real-estate-mogul-turned-reality-TV-star-turned-GOP-presidential-candidate would perform best on trade is perhaps unsurprising, considering his long business career. That he would zero in a 22-year-old trade deal approved by former President Bill Clinton, husband of his Democratic opponent Hillary Clinton, may have caused most—especially younger—voters to scratch their heads. If so, it bears noting that for big chunks of the electorate, including in Idaho, Trump was right. Or, at least, it seems that way. Anyway, it’s complicated. ‘Small Pockets’ The stretch of U.S. 95 south of the Idaho-Canada border is sparsely populated. Heading north from Bonners Ferry, in aptly named Boundary County, the road runs parallel to the Kootenay River as it flows through a narrow glacial valley dotted with small farms. The highway branches about 12 miles south of the border, with ID-1 heading to the crossing at Porthill and 95 continuing to Eastport. Skirted by dense forests, the peaks of the Selkirk Mountains rise up in the west and the Cabinets in the east. Changes at the border were immediate following the passage of NAFTA in January 1994. Trucks bearing logs from British Columbia rumbled south into Boundary and Bonner counties, taking advantage of loosened trade restrictions between the U.S. and Canada. Soon, the Eastport-Kingsgate station on U.S. 95 became the sixth most trafficked along the western U.S.-Canada border, with 194 crossings per day in 1995. According to a Federal Highway Administration analysis published that year, of the 5,100 two-way truck movements across the western border in 1994, 90 percent of the trucks moving

south were full and 33 percent of those heading north were empty. As Canadian logging trucks rolled through towns like Bonners Ferry, Sandpoint, Hayden and Coeur d’Alene, locals who had traditionally subsisted off timber jobs started to worry. Unlike in the U.S., Canadian lumber companies enjoyed subsidies from their government. The result was a wave of below-market priced timber that U.S. producers couldn’t compete with. In August 1995, then-U.S. Sen. Larry Craig (R-Idaho) railed on the floor of the U.S. Senate against the trade deal for exposing the domestic market to “cheap, subsidized Canadian timber.” “When [NAFTA] launched, it had an immediate negative impact on our timber industry and we lost jobs,” said Shawn Keough, who in addition to serving as senator for Idaho District 1 since 1996, is also executive director of Associated Logging Contractors, Inc. “I also remember President Clinton on the TV talking about how NAFTA was good for most of the USA ‘except for small pockets here and there,’ and thinking that our little area of Idaho was dead center in one of those ‘small pockets,’” she added. By 1997, three years after the trade deal was implemented, nine of the 14 Idaho companies that had taken advantage of the Transitional Adjustment Assistance Act, meant to provide support for workers laid off or forced to take part-time shifts because of NAFTA, were lumber mills or in the wood products industry. Since 2003, which is as far back as U.S. Department of Labor records go, 8,063 Idaho businesses have been certified TAAA eligible with 3,475 participants having received some kind of financial assistance, be it training, job search or relocation allowance, or wage subsidies. The total amount paid out to Idaho TAAA recipients since 2003: $34 million.

“For some of our other companies, however, it opened trade opportunities that had not existed prior, but I’ll be darned if I can remember which ones those were now,” Keough said. ‘Winners and Losers’ While NAFTA coincided with dislocation to the economies of timber-reliant communities in Idaho, the deal as a whole generated—and continues to generate—a lot of money across the state. Since 1994, exports to Canada and Mexico from Idaho companies have risen 800 percent. According to a 2015 report from the International Trade Administration, 202,200 Idaho jobs rely on exports or imports, representing a 98 percent increase from 1992. In that time, Idaho exports to Canada and Mexico have risen $1.6 billion, with export trade to Canada—Idaho’s No. 1 trading partner—worth more than $1.5 billion. What’s more, trade-related jobs in Idaho grew 2.8 times faster than total employment from 2004 to 2014 and Idaho goods exports have grown almost twice as fast as the state’s gross domestic product since 2004. “The research that I’ve seen on NAFTA as a whole for the U.S., Canada and Mexico is that it’s been a help to the economy and definitely has spurred international trade,” said University of Idaho Economics Professor Eric Stuen. Writing for the Zion’s Bank Idaho Politics Weekly website, contributor Steve Taggart criticized Trump’s trade policies in July 2016. “Like all trade agreements, there were winners and losers from NAFTA,” he wrote. “Idaho was one of the big winners.” U.S. Sen. Mike Crapo (R-Idaho) begs to differ. Among the first major votes Crapo cast in the U.S. Congress was a “nay” to NAFTA. Elected to the U.S. House of Rep-

resentatives from Idaho’s second congressional district in 1992, the now-U.S. senator joined with his three colleagues in the Idaho congressional delegation (including Democratic Rep. Larry LaRocco) in withholding his support when the trade deal went before lawmakers in 1993. “As now, with regards to [the Trans-Pacific Partnership], there was strong opposition from both wings of the political spectrum: from labor on the left and from very strong conservatives on the right. And for different reasons,” Crapo said. “For labor, the concern was on interference with jobs. For conservatives, the opposition was largely the same kind of opposition that you see today: A concern about yielding United States sovereignty to other nations with regard to issues like environmental policy or labor policy or what have you.” Nonetheless, NAFTA was widely supported in Idaho at the time—particularly among small business owners and the agricultural industry. In a survey of 1,300 farmers and ranchers conducted by the University of Idaho in October 1994, 2/3rds of respondents said not only were trade deals like NAFTA beneficial, they didn’t go far enough. Speaking to the Lewiston Morning Tribune at the time, U of I Extension Agricultural Economist Neil Meyer, who worked on the survey, said, “I think most farmers realize that their markets are dependent on exports. Therefore, they view multilateral and bilateral trade agreements as generally enhancing their ability to sell overseas.” According to Crapo, those farmers were in for a rude awakening when markets they thought would suddenly be thrown open turned out to be less than accommodating. “We’ve had very difficult times with Mexico in getting them to agree to let our Idaho potatoes into their markets,” Crapo said, adding sugar, a major southern Idaho industry, has also run into significant barriers with Mexican trade officials. In its 2016 “Trade Issues Report,” the Idaho Department of Agriculture provided an update on conflicts with Mexico regarding Idaho exports. Mexico jacked up tariffs on a number of agricultural products in 2009 and 2010 in retaliation for Congress cutting off funds to a program that made it easier to move trucks across the border. While processed potatoes from the U.S. carried a 5 percent tariff (reduced from an initial 20 percent), Canada—the primary competitor in the market— enjoyed a 0 percent tariff, making Canadian potatoes far cheaper for consumers. In 2008, NAFTA rules eliminated tariffs on sugar between the the U.S. and Mexico, resulting in a glut of cheap Mexican

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< NAFTA, con’t from page 10 > sugar. In March 2014, the U.S. sugar industry filed antidumping and countervailing duty petitions against Mexico, which the International Trade Commission found valid, writing that U.S. sugar producers—including those in Idaho—were “materially threatened” by low-cost imports of subsidized Mexican sugar. “It would be different across different parts of the economy, but I believe, overall, it has turned out that NAFTA has been a bad deal for Idaho,” Crapo said. “I think that most of the agriculture community—not all—but most of the

Bouquets: •If you have an everyday hero feature, you should speak to your own publisher Ben. A very elderly gal fell and seriously cut her knee open outside the Reader’s office on Tuesday morning. One of your staff saw it and got Ben who gently and precisely scooped her up and carried her to my car so we could get her to Bonner General. Would have been an ambulance call for sure without him. Nice job Ben! -Submitted by Julie Kallemeyn (Aw shucks, Julie, very nice of you to send that. Kudos back atcha for driving that nice woman to the hospital and being there for her. -BO) •A bouquet goes out to Sandpoint firefighters Kevin Amorebieta, Allo Pucci and Britain Whitley who rescued a young moose that was trapped in a narrow space between two sheds on Saturday. The moose was stressed, making crying sounds and the presence of the firemen seemed to calm the moose. -Submitted by Anonymous •I walked into Yoke’s Fresh Market today and I did a double take when I saw a sign on a bin filled with bananas and oranges. It read: “Fresh Fruit 4 Kids” and “Kids! Grab a piece of fruit from this display to eat while you shop.” How cool is that?! -Submitted by Cynthia Mason 10 /


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agriculture community who at the time supported it ... has over time expressed a lot of concern over the way NAFTA has been implemented or the way in which protections against non-tariff trade barriers have not been enforced adequately or not been realized. In the whole, NAFTA has been a bad agreement for the U.S.” Vivid Information The problem with hemispheric trade deals like NAFTA, economists say, is often with public relations. The economy is complicated, and people often conflate their personal experiences with job loss or shrinking bank accounts with the system as a whole. Social scientists call it “vivid information”—you see a fiery plane crash and think, “I’m never getting on a plane again.” Meanwhile, statistics show you are orders of magnitude more likely to die in a car collision, yet you happily strap in for your morning commute. The image of the plane crash is so much more intense, it feeds a fear impulse that has little to do with logic. “In a very general sense, if you’ve got a trade deal that’s raising output GDP [gross domestic product] in all of the affected countries, total employment is likely going to be rising as well,” said U of I Economics Professor Steven Peterson. “Within each country, there’s going to be winners and losers, and the losers are often concentrated in specific industries. The winners are often more diffused. ... It’s harder to see the job gains, but it’s easier to see the job losses.” That’s cold comfort to the losers. Yet, when it comes to shaping policy, a longer view is necessary to assign blame for perceived economic injustices. “Prior to NAFTA, you’ve got several things going on at the same time. You’ve got an increase in technological advance, which causes a fair amount of job loss. As worker productivity goes up, the number of workers goes down,” Peterson said. Stuen added: “Automation within the saw mills, in particular, has reduced the number of workers needed to produce the same amount of board feet. So not all the job losses can be blamed on NAFTA. In fact, only a small portion can be attributed to the trade deal, with those other factors playing a larger part.” Put another way, the decline of timber industry employment, specifically, was going to happen regardless, but, Peterson said, trade deals like NAFTA speeded

up the process. “Then trade takes the blame for it,” he said. In the war of perception, rhetoric like Trump’s—and that of former Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders, whose campaign also took a dim view of free trade policies—can have as much effect as tariffs, duties and other barriers. Speaking to Trump’s attacks on NAFTA, Stuen said, “It’s obviously been threatening to trading partners such as Mexico. I think Trump has proved to be wildly unpopular in Mexico.” Meanwhile, Peterson said, “If you look at Bernie Sanders and some of the rhetoric on the left, I’m concerned about a new rise of protectionism across the board. I think we may be in some rough waters going ahead, given the rhetoric that’s coming out of the politicians. I’m hoping it dies down and becomes more sensible, more cerebral, more deliberative, than what we’ve heard in this campaign.” The Dark Heart At the dark heart of Idaho politics is negation. Nothing wins in Gem State governance like rejecting governance, and international trade has long operated as a dog whistle to awaken voters’ lesser angels. The Southern Poverty Law Center, which tracks extremism across the nation, ranks the passage of NAFTA among the events that led to the so-called “Patriot Movement.” In one of its reports, titled “The Militia Movement Takes Off,” SPLC wrote, “In a bid to spur trade and economic growth, the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) is implemented. One result is a loss of American jobs to Mexico and other countries as manufacturers shift production to lower-wage markets. “Within three years, a study by the advocacy group Public Citizen will find, some 500,000 U.S. jobs have been lost and downward wage pressure is affecting millions more. “NAFTA and other international economic pacts are deeply resented by radical rightists ... who see them as evidence of the growing power of a global elite, or ‘New World Order.’” For extremists—both on the left- and right-wings, though the latter has always been better at mobilizing its numbers—free trade policies confirm a long-held belief: The world economy is controlled by a fill-in-the-blank list of enemies of the “traditional American worker.” In North Idaho in the early 1990s, groups like the Aryan

Nations could be found—literally—on the side of the road. At the Sagle, Idaho, flea market on U.S. 95, the AN parked its repurposed school bus alongside rows of tables piled with tracts like The Turner Diaries and various “survivalist” literature; their skin-headed acolytes, dressed in robin’s-egg-blue short-sleeved uniforms, lounging on the steps of the bus as kids like yours truly accidentally wandered into their space looking for mystery novels (true story). Randy Weaver, a small-time arms dealer to white nationalist groups in the Northwest, was besieged by federal agents in 1992. Late-Aryan Nations leader Richard Butler was peddling his stump preacher act in a backwoods church in Hayden. There were billboards on U.S. 95 between Sandpoint and Coeur d’Alene demanding “Get U.S. out of U.N.” The mills were closing and kids went without. At the same time, late-Idaho Congresswoman Helen “Canned Salmon” Chenoweth was shooting a film with also-late-conservative rabble rouser Phyllis Schlafly decrying the coming New World Order. The video, titled “Global Governance: The Quiet War Against American Independence,” features Chenoweth in the first eight seconds, followed by late-U.S. Congressman Jesse Helms, granddaddy of the alt-right Pat Buchanan and former lawmaker-turned George W. Bush-era Attorney General John Ashcroft. The theme of the video, which can be found on YouTube, is self-explanatory: A stew of conspiracies—including the Convention on the Rights of Children and UN Treaty on Women overthrowing the American family and the UN trying to filch American historical landmarks—fill the film. According to Buchanan, an effort was afoot “to subordinate national decisions to global decisions.” No less than the National Socialist Movement, long riven with internal conflict, in April 2016 signed an historic accord with fellow groups to stop fighting amongst themselves and join together to fight their perceived common enemy: “The drive for profit and control led by the banks, corporations, and Jewish interests have wrecked our economy and nation, but are doing the same thing to nations around the world. Free Trade agreements such as NAFTA ruined the American manufacturing economy, but also destroyed the Mexican agricultural economy,” the NSM mission statement

reads, going on to state the goal of NAFTA and other such deals was to lay “the groundwork for a North American Union.” As Buchanan, in Blood and Politics: The History of the White Nationalist Movement, is quoted: “The battle over NAFTA is ... a struggle about what it means to be a conservative.” Anyway, It’s Complicated NAFTA was, and remains, to a large number of Americans, the first in a series of abdications of sovereignty. There’s truth to it, but maybe not exactly the truth that animates the fever dreams of Idaho’s most overheated patriots. “What the U.S. has historically done... is we have frankly been out-negotiated and we agree to very bad deals just with regard to tariffs. We have also put into the agreements a lot of policy pressures on the United States government and a lot of individual states in the country with regard to non-trade related policies,” Crapo said. “I do believe NAFTA and the failure of NAFTA to achieve the benefits it was touted to have achieved, and the actual reality that there were changes forced on the United States government in terms of our compliance with NAFTA that was mandated in a number of circumstances, has contributed to the concerns that the United States—unjustifiably and too frequently—yields sovereignty, and I do agree with that.” Asked if NAFTA is the “worst deal” ever, Crapo said the deal President Barack Obama signed with Iran to limit that country’s nuclear arsenal was worse. “But I do have to say, the concern I have—and I’m speaking more broadly than NAFTA—with trade agreements that the U.S. has entered is not with the notion of trade agreements themselves,” he said. “I believe we need trade agreements.” Regarding the “worst deal,” Stuen said, “I think that’s a mischaracterization. ... Although it’s undeniable it’s had a negative effect on some sectors ... overall, it’s been a good thing.” However, it’s complicated. “It’s easy to justify things based on perceptions of such-andsuch happened and I lost my job, and that’s the culprit,” said Stuen. “They’re not thinking about the economy as a complex system.” Zach Hagadone is editor of the Boise Weekly and former editor/ co-owner of the Sandpoint Reader.

Memories of the prince of peace

In these seemingly unpeaceful times, sometimes it helps to look to our pets for solace By Chris White Reader Contributor I have spent time with a shaman in the Amazon jungle; I’ve meditated and had the opportunity to hug a real saint; I’ve read many writings about true avatars and highly conscious—I call it Big Mind— beings. It has been a quest to understand and somehow transit the traps and pitfalls of the ego—Small Mind—to find truth and peace and, as the wise ones say, stay awake. In December 2007 I reconnected with Pat, who would become my wife in 2009. During that first December reconnection, I also finally met my guru--and the best future dowry one could imagine from Pat. He immediately licked my ear. Let’s not waste time before having fun, he said. His name was Ben, a gorgeous Golden Retriever. He died yesterday in the arms that he had taught to love more. In dog years, he was 91. Ben spent 13 years with Pat as her faithful companion. They hiked many, many miles through the woods together. They also camped in those same woods—two pods in a small tent. He would accompany her at 4:15 most mornings as she arose to make breakfast for the various assortment of crews she had working with her on the trails. I say ‘most’ mornings because, if it were raining hard, Ben would prefer to stay dry in the tent and hope the weather would change. After years of curling next to Pat, I showed up for a visit and usurped his spot, relegating him to outside the zippered screen door. My first lesson as student: Without judgment, he forgave me in the morning—and I got a bigger tent. At 90-plus pounds, he was very strong. Of course balls sat upon his own altar of worship. His athletic ability rivaled that of the best MLB player. I imagined him at shortstop, and though he couldn’t throw worth a damn, he would grab the hit and simply beat the runner to the base for the tag. No ball, no matter how far a tennis racket could whack it into the forest, was safe from his retrieval. Back to his important teachings. He would start the morning deliberately running through my legs on the way to breakfast. It was a gentle zen-like nudge, his way of saying ‘This is going to be a GREAT day, let’s be silly and do not forget to stay above the fray. All will be well.’ In the same vein, he was

Ben and Kitty were the best of pals. Photo by Chris White. also a first class crotch-bumper--his way of reminding everyone he met to ‘stay awake.’ When seeing his favorite people after an absence, he exhibited unconditional love by spinning his body at their feet, making happy sounds--no love ever withheld. Another lesson: Revenge and grudges served him no purpose because they would close his heart, shadow his happiness. He could have calmed Gandhi down. Ben was friends with everyone. Discrimination was not in his vocabulary. Belly rubs were appreciated but not required. Even the three vicious dogs that attacked and wounded him once were forgiven. From his perch on the porch, like a grand marshal, he would

watch his friends, especially the deer and elk, parade by and wish them well. The rabbits eating Pat’s lettuce regarded him as kin, but he never liked lettuce anyway. The only would-be friend he was ever rejected by was the skunk, but I believe he still held out hope even after three attempts to win him over. And the wolves, curious lives they led, he imagined, but not-to-be-judged neighbors nevertheless. Oh yes, there was one living thing he did not like: stinkbugs! He once jumped into the front seat of the truck only to sit on a stinkbug and then exited immediately out the window … but who could blame him? He had a sensitive butt. The biggest lessons he taught me

revolved around compassion for others and selflessness. Pat hiked faster than me downhill. Ben would hike with her, then bolt back uphill to walk with me for a spell, then back downhill to be sure things were going well with her—repeat. Another example: not long ago Pat got him a kitty to replace Kai, his close cat-buddy who died. At his advanced age, even Ben was unsure whether he was ready to deal with Zap, this annoying ball of energy—particularly when she would steal his salmon treats from under his nose at mealtime. He could have swatted her into oblivion but instead simply ate faster. After a time he started deliberately leaving the tyke a couple of kibbles in his usually empty bowl. Before much longer the tiny newcomer would pop-up like a periscope from her luxurious burrow in the long fur of his warm underbelly, her kitten head in a mohawk from his attentive licking. He tried to leave 10 days ago when a tumor burst in his abdomen. Surgery fixed that, and relieved him of his spleen. Yesterday he told us, “Really, I have to go—now.” He was diagnosed with an unusual intestinal blockage and accumulating abdominal fluid. In his wisdom, he wanted a death with dignity. Ben knew his terrible deteriorating hips wouldn’t allow him to pee on favorite trees much longer. The day before he left, our separate arrivals were met with a run to each of us with an especially joyous greeting and barks. The final day, hours before his departure, he summoned the strength in his stout heart to take a short walk with us. He deliberately ran between our legs, first Pat’s, then mine, reminding us to fearlessly stay with Big Mind, assuring us all will be well. I imagine our broken hearts will be patched by the joyous memories of our friendship and all he taught us. It helps me to believe life-death-life is a cycle and not a one-way street. It helps me to write about what he meant to me. His memory will continue to encourage me to be the best I can be. In the future, when challenges present themselves, I will ask, “What would Ben do?” In this turbulent world, I trust the guidance of my guru and the fullhearted life lived by the prince of peace. November 3, 2016 /


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‘A Night to Remember’ The annual fundraiser for Community Cancer Services

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By Cameron Barnes Reader Staff

Yin Yang & Ocean Dear Sandpoint Community! Can you help me find a very good home for these beautiful kitties Yin Yang and Ocean? Yin Yang is adorable, sweet, cuddly, loving and makes darling sounds when he talks, is 6 to 8 years old and a bit chubby but irresistible! Ocean is more on the move and curious. A lean machine, he loves to play. Cuddling is important for him to feel safe before he really opens up, but he will and needs affection. He’s a bit younger than Yin Yang Both are potty-trained and fixed. They are truly sweet and like to sleep in bed with you. Their owners left with no return date and the house sold. These darling cats became homeless and heartbroken! If you want to be their guardian it will take at least one month or more until they understand this is their new home, especially Ocean! So please wait until you let them out. Interested parties, please contact Adriana at (208) 265-0260 12 /


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Cindy Marx was beginning to walk up on the stage of the 2008 Community Cancer Services fundraiser event when she was met with a full-on standing ovation. At this point Marx realized the power of what she was going through to help get more support for those affected by this devastating disease. As a two-time cancer survivor she knows how tough life can be for cancer victims not only in the hospital, but also with the everyday life tasks we all take for granted. According to the American Cancer Society’s Cancer Facts and Figures 2015, there were 1,658,370 new cases of cancer reported and 589,430 deaths in the United States from various forms of cancer during that year alone. According to their website, the Community Cancer Services staff is “dedicated to providing information, as well as emotional and financial support, to members of our community that have been diagnosed with cancer. Through our programs we strive to improve both the comfort and quality of life for those diagnosed with cancer, and to educate the community on all aspects of cancer, from prevention to end of life issues.” This year will mark the ninth annual CCS fundraising event, A Night to Remember, which was originally started by the Rotary Club of Ponderay. Since the founding of CCS in 2003, I’m told this event is the source of roughly half of the organizations financial stability. CCS is a huge source of hope to anyone diagnosed with cancer in Bonner or Boundary County. In addition to providing financial assistance for medical bills, CCS provides

7B Women presented Community Cancer Services with a check for $5,000 on Tuesday (they also presented Celebrate Life with another $5,000 check the same day). Back Row: Gina Hall, Sherri Lies, Jenn Markwardt, Alice Sloane, Jesse Wurm, Kim Diercks and Yarrow Frank Front Row: Jennifer Cornett, Cindy Marx, Andra Nelson

excellent help with the financial burdens of life outside of the hospital such as gasoline, groceries, as well as items to mask the effects of the disease and chemotherapy such as wigs and mastectomy bras and other prosthetics. They also are a very good resource for information, and can help filter through the madness of online research. A Night to Remember will be held in the main building at the Bonner County Fairgrounds Nov. 5 from 5:30 p.m.-9 p.m. The night will include wine tasting (provided by Pend d’Oreille Winery, Coeur d’Alene cellars, Small House and Clearwater Canyon), fine food, and a silent and loud auction. All proceeds will benefit cancer victims in our community. Last year’s event hosted a well-received wine-pull event, in which for $20 you get to pull a cork to determine the bottle of wine one will receive. For the most part the majority of the bottles are worth around $20, but some can value over $100. Individual tickets for the event begin at $80 and extend to $1,200 to sponsor a table for the event, which can be purchased through the CCS website, or in person at the CCS office located at 1215 Michigan St Suite B. Sandpoint, ID 83864. If you are not able to attend the event but would like to help the cause, checks can be mailed to the address above. For more information please call 208255-8616 and ask for Stefanie.

Photos of the Week: Oct. 27-Nov. 2

From top right, moving clockwise: In this photograph by Evie Leucht, she said, “These lovely moose come to rest and feed in my garden in Sandpoint every year. Swing dancing in character at Sandpoint Community Hall’s Boo Bash Costume Ball on Saturday night. Photo by Cameron Barnes. Donald Trump made an appearance Saturday night during the Third Annual Halloween Bash and Costume Contest at The Hive. It’s safe to say that Donald is “down with OPP.” Photo by Cameron Barnes. Resting moose near the intersection of Church and Ella. Photo by Anna Protsman. A “Trumpkin” on display at Columbia Bank last Thursday. Hair styling features real llama fur by Bruce Duykers. Photo by Marty Stitsel. Halloween decorations at what’s become known as the “Holiday House” on Hickory Street in Sandpoint. Photo by Cameron Barnes.

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Dollar Beers! 8pm @ Eichardt’s Pub Good until the keg’s dry Writing Effective Resumes 6:30pm @ Sandpoint Library Resume content, length, organization and format

Prospering Business Workshop 2016 7am @ Sandpoint Technology Center (130 McGhee Rd.) The day begins with a continental breakfast at 7 a.m.; talk panel discussions start at 8 a.m., with a catered lunch at The final address concludes at 2:30 p.m. The theme fo year’s workshop is Growing a ‘Healthy’ Economy, with d sions on the health of the state and regional economy

Live Music w/ Mobius Riff 7-10pm @ Eichardt’s Pub Unique reverberations

Weekends & 6pm @ Weeke Learn to cook Pacific North clam chowder grilled cheese sides and a c more info

Comedy Night at the Panida 8pm @ Panida Theater Featuring comics Michael Glatzmaier and Phillip Kopcynski

Live Music w/ Devon Wade 7-10pm @ MickDuff’s Beer Hall Country music, microbrews and good times at the Beer Hall Live Music w/ Marty Perron and Doug Bond 5:30-7:30pm @ Idaho Pour Authority Guitar/mandolin duo!

Bluestreak in concert 7pm @ The Pearl Theater (Bonners Ferry) The band features a veteran lineup of musicians dedicated to the “high lonesome” harmonies

Live Music w/ Justin Lantrip 5:30-7:30pm @ Idaho Pour Authority Singer/songwriter with soul

Friends of the Library Book Sale 10am-2pm @ Sandpoint Library Sandpoint Film Festival 11am-9pm @ Panida Theater Sandpoint short film festival featuring a great lineup of films from around the world, including films from Myanmar, Norway, Spain. There will be 33 total films. $8 per block, or $20 for an allday pass which includes the two parties. For more info, call 290-0597. Sandpoint Chess Club 9am @ Evans Brothers Coffee Meets every Sunday at 9am. All are welcome

SASi Harvest Dinner 5pm @ Sandpoint Senior Center The Sandpoint Senior Center will ho a delicious pork dinner with all of th trimmings. There will be a cash bar fo beer and wine to complement the othe foods served. $20 per plate, suppor the meals program at SASi. 263-6860

Game Night at the Niner 9pm @ 219 Lounge

Monday Night Blues Jam w/ Truck Mills 7:30pm @ Eichardt’s Pub

FREE Breakfast for Veterans 7am @ Northside Elementary School

Open Mic Night Classic Karaoke 7-10pm @ MickDuff’s Beer Hall 7-10pm @ Ol’ Red’s Pub The monthly open mic night hostKaraoke Night at the Niner ed by Doug Bond. Open to all, al10pm @ 219 Lounge ways a lot of fun Free Lunch for Veterans 10:15am & 1:30pm @ Farmin-Stidwell Gym Local Decision 2016: Election Recap 8am @ KRFY 88.5FM The KRFY Morning Show hosts a recap of results as part of the Decision 2016 series Reporters from the Sandpoint Reader and Bonner County Daily Bee will provide analysis

Crafternoon - Sassy Salts 2pm @ Sandpoint Library Learn to make bath salts to take home! For ages 7 to adult

Dollar Beers! 8pm @ Eichardt’s Pub 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

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Rally Obedience Dog Training 1pm @ Ponderay Pet Lodge Rally is a sport in which the dog and handler complete a course of designated stations (10-20 stations). Dogs must be current on veterinarian-administered vaccines. Drop-in class is $10 per session or 4 for $35. 255-7687 for more information

ekends & Co. Cooking Classes @ Weekends & Co. rn to cook great soups, including fic Northwest bean and beer, m chowder and apple and gouda ed cheese. $40 includes soups, s and a cocktail. 265-2210 for e info

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Political Art Exhibition 6-8pm @ Infini Art Gallery Check out a smattering of politically-themed pieces in a special art opening at Infini (214 Cedar St.)

Computer Class: Library eResources 8:15am @ Sandpoint Library Find out how to access downloadable books, music, magazines and much more - all available free to you as an EBCL patron. 263-6930

‘A Night to Remember’ fundraiser 5:30pm @ Bonner County Fairgrounds A Community Cancer Services fundraiser featuring a four-course dinner catered by Dish, wines paired with local wineries, silent, dessert and live auctions. Tickets are $80 per person Free “First” Saturday at the Museum 10am-2pm @ Bonner County History Museum Check out the History Museum free!

Celebrating Opera 12pm @ Sandpoint Library Join Karin Wedemeyer, executive director of the Music Conservatory of Sandpoint, and four outstanding vocalist for an introduction to operatic performance

Music Theory Adjudication 3:30-5pm @ MCS (110 Main St.) Attention Piano, Voice, and Violin students! Adjudication of students nine and over is available at the beginning, intermediate, and advanced levels at the Music Conservatory of Sandpoint. Measure your progress and receive certification of achievement

Bringing it Back to the Blues 7-10pm @ MickDuff’s Beer Hall featuring local soul and blues songwriter Kevin Dorin, accompanied by Peter Hicks and joined on stage with an assortment of local Sandpoint musicians. Tickets are $11 and include a CD DJ Josh Adams at the Niner 9pm @ 219 Lounge Learn to Homebrew Day 10am-3pm @ MickDuff’s Beer Hall A 7B Hop Heads demonstration brew day. If the weather isn’t cooperating, the indoor brewery space will be utilized as well. Free and open to the public. 208-209-6700 for info

Rally Obedience Dog Training 4:30pm @ Ponderay Pet Lodge $10 per session or 4 for $35. 255-7687 for info

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Diabetes Day (FREE) 9am-12pm @ BGH Health Services building

Election Day am-8pm @ Various Polling Places


Free Breakfast for Veterans 8am @ Sagle & Southside Schools 9am @ Hope Elementary School 11am @ Kootenai School

e Conversation pm @ Ivano’s Ristorante h Becky Revak, Director, John Mark Maio, Composer and Patricia Walker, Proer of the Panida Theater production of “CHRISTMAS CAROLE: The Family sical.” The Conversation is a FREE monthly event with the intent to support our st community by cultivating conversations on and about the creative processes for the visual, literary, and performing artists in and around Sandpoint

ry to share and dations. Learn Newberry pror a free book

Panhandle Forest Collaborative meeting 12-3:30pm @ Bonner County Administration Building The Panhandle Forest Collaborative is a collaborative group that actively seeks to involve representatives from diverse perspectives, needs, and expertise. This is a free meeting open to the public

Nov. 12 SARS Annual Ski Swap @ Bonner County Fairgrounds Nov. 12 Warren Miller’s “Here, There and Everywhere” @ Panida Theater Nov. 16 Train Depot 100th Anniversary Celebration and Fundraiser @ Idaho Pour Authority

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S F. H A True Democrat Candidate for Idaho State Representative Legislative District 1 Seat B I have lived in Idaho since 1969, first in Blaine County, then moving to Bonner and Boundary County in 1977. I’m a lifetime Democrat and have been active in the Boundary County Democratic Central Committee for 14 years and have been elected Precinct Captain for Naples for the last 12 years. I am endorsed by the Democratic Central Committee in both Bonner and Boundary County. -Stephen F. Howlett

Listen in Sandpoint to KPND @ 106.7 in HD

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I support funding for school teachers students and buildings

I support current practices and will consider inter-agencies and State Department collaborations

I support increasing the minimum wage to $9.75 over 3 years

Taxes are necessary to operate a government. I will seriously check the databefore adding, lowering or increasing any taxes

I support the Medicaid Insurance Gap

I support the Second Amendment

Paid for by candidate – Stephen F. Howlett, Treasurer

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In praise of Asian monarchs: past and present

But watch out for those errant crown princes

By Nick Gier Reader Columnist In late May 1992, against the advice of the State Department, I travelled to Thailand for a two-week visit. There had been a military coup the previous year, and on May 17, an estimated 200,000 Thais gathered in Bangkok to protest the rule of Gen. Suchinda Kraprayoon. He called out his troops, and thanks to U.S.-supplied M-16 rifles, 52 protesters were killed and hundreds more wounded. Just before I landed at the Bangkok airport, I learned that King Bhumibol Adulyadej had met with Suchinda and opposition leader Chamlong Srimuang, and the king persuaded the general to give up power. The king’s name means “Strength of the land, incomparable power,” and for 70 years the Thai people have adored and respected him as a Bodhisattva, a “Being of Enlightenment.” He died on Oct. 1, and millions of Thais openly grieved the loss of their great monarch. Sitting above the tumult of Thai politics (12 successful military coups since 1932), King Bhumibol had always been able to bring the various factions together. Over the decades he gained the respect of his people by traveling among them and seeing to their needs. Sadly, the military has once again taken over, but this time the king made the mistake of siding with one side in the power struggle. Most Thais loved him so much that they were willing to forgive him for this break from tradition. Now the Thais’ main concern is that Crown Prince Maha Vajralongkorn, a playboy thrice married, is seen by many unfit to rule. His sister, Princess Maha

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health care. They like to Sirindhorn, is say that their goal is not well-loved, and Gross National Prodcould, under a uct, but Gross National law passed in Happiness, which I 1978, become experienced first-hand as Thailand’s first I toured the country. queen. After Acting as a benefisome hesitation cent philosopher king, on his part, the Jigme Wangchuck controversial banned plastic bags and prince will now ascend the Thailand’s late king Bhumibol Adulyadej. Courtesy photo. the import of highly polluting motorcycle throne on Dec. taxis from India. He has decreed that 1. timber exports would cease, and in conThe Shah dynasty of Nepal had ruled trast to neighboring Nepal, the Bhutanese since 1768 and was highly respected. landscape is verdant and unblemished. When I visited there in 1992, I saw Taking seriously the Buddhist belief that thousands of Nepalis standing in line to the Himalayas are mountain goddesses, receive a personal blessing from King the king banned mountaineering while Birendra. allowing trekking in the foothills. On June 1, 2001, King Birendra and Kirti Shri, one of Buddhist Sri Lannine members of the royal family were murdered by Crown Prince Dipendra in a ka’s best kings, was actually a practicing Hindu. He gave lavish support to Buddrug-fueled rage. Gyanendra, the surdhist art, monasteries, and temple buildviving younger brother, ascended to the ing. Ethnic and religious harmony was throne, and his first act was to suspend the norm for centuries, but now, without the Parliament and shut down the press. a mediating royal presence, Buddhist A massive Gandhi-style movement militants have attacked minority Musforced Gyanendra to back down, and in lims and Christians. 2008 the monarchy was abolished. For centuries Burmese kings successThe small Himalayan state of Bhutan used to be ruled by a violent and corrupt fully ruled the most ethnically diverse Buddhist lama. In 1907, at the urging of country in Asia. In the late 19th century the British took over the country, and the British, Bhutan welcomed its first king, Ugyen Wangchuck, and he found- they brought in missionaries, Indian civil servants, and Muslim immigrant workers. ed one of history’s most enlightened Centuries of religious harmony between dynasties. When I traveled to Bhutan in Buddhist and native Muslims was under1999, Harvard educated Jigme Wangcmined, and now militant Buddhist monks huck was celebrating his Silver Jubilee and confirming the tradition of righteous are leading attacks on Muslims in a southeastern state. Dharma Kings. In 1706 the Sixth Dalai Lama, known The Bhutan is a poor country but its for his sexual escapades, resigned and people have universal education and

New Farm Bureau office to open in Sandpoint By Reader Staff

Farm Bureau Mutual Insurance Company of Idaho announced last week that plans are in place to open a second office in Bonner County to better meet the needs of a growing community. According to Ron Leavitt, vice president of sales, “Our team in the current Farm Bureau Insurance office located at 920 Kootenai is doing a great job. They’re not only taking great care of our current valued customers in Ponderay and surrounding areas, but they’re also attracting new customers.” The new Farm Bureau Insurance office will be located at 302 Main Street in Sandpoint. Longtime Ponderay agent Kendon Perry will work out of the new Sandpoint office. Veteran agent John Marks and agent Bea Speakman will continue to serve customers from the Ponderay location. Leavitt went on to say, “Our team approach to solving customer needs will allow our two offices to work seamlessly on behalf of current or new customers. We’ve served Bonner County for many years and we’re excited to expand our commitment with a second location.” died under mysterious circumstances. One of the current Dalai Lama’s most amazing confessions has been his opinion that, from that time forward, Tibet would have been better governed by kings rather than high lamas such as himself. I’m left wondering if the Dalai Lama really believes, even with the less than stellar performance of his predecessors, that it was best not to have had his enlightened leadership in the world. Nick Gier of Moscow taught religion and philosophy at the University of Idaho for 31 years.

2016 General Election In last week’s voter’s guide, we published candidates’ answers to several questions about issues that face us here in Idaho. While there were a few candidates who didn’t get their questions submitted in time for publication, one candidate was excluded because the email he sent got lost in the shuffle. After checking through my cavernous inbox, I still couldn’t locate the email, but Steve Tanner showed me the time stamp from when he sent it, which was well before the deadline. I apologize for the exclusion and take full responsibility. In the interest of fairness, I have included Steve Tanner’s answers to the questions below. Tanner is running as a Democrat against Republican incumbent Sen. Shawn Keough in the State Senate District 1 race.

state senator race Questions for Idaho district 1

State Senate race:

1. If elected, what would be your priorities for the 2017 session? What goals do you want to accomplish this year? 2. If you are an incumbent, what accomplishments are you most proud of in your political career? If you are a challenger, what comments would you make on your opponent’s record, and how would you do better? 3. What are your plans to support the economy in Bonner County, particularly growing local industries in manufacturing and technology? 4. One of most divisive issues among state legislators right now is the degree to which Idaho cooperates with the federal government. What is your approach to this relationship, and on what specific issues do you think Idaho benefits or suffers from cooperation with Washington, D.C.? 5. What steps would you take to improve Idaho education, particularly in light of many school districts’ need to rely on local supplemental levies for adequate funding? 6. With political divides widening in our district, how would you work to represent all your constituents?

Steve A. Tanner Democrat

the ever increasing bureaucratic government. She has voted for implementing state ‘Obama care”, the state recognizing same sex “marriage” in the tax code, voted for state control and licensing in many areas like midwifes, massage therapists and contractors. She voted against parental notification for minors having abortions and against legislation criminalizing the killing or injury of an unborn child during a brutal attack on its mother—Noah’s Law. She voted against protecting unborn children from pain. She voted against S1165 in 2011. Her voting on these issues is totally at odds with what is right, and I would have opposed her in all of these issues, and more.

Age: 63 Years of residence in home county: I have been a resident of Boundary County for over 50 years. Marital status/ family: Wife (married for 38 years), eight children and 15 grand children. 3. Most do not know that our nation was on Steve Tanner. Education: the verge of collapse following the RevolutionGraduated Bonners Ferry H.S. 1971, University ary War prior to the adoption of the Constitution. of Idaho B.S. in Business – 1975 The colonies had unbacked paper currency and Recent or pertinent employment or profesthe monetary system was inflated to the point in sional qualifications: Business owner. Past—log- some cases it was worthless. We must return to ging, construction, log home builder. Currentthe sound monetary policy, designed and implely—manufacturer of timbers and timber and log mented in the U.S. Constitution. Article 1 section products. 10: “No State shall…make anything but gold and How voters can contact you: silver coin in tender for payment of debt.” website: The authors of the Constitution sought to e-mail: prevent paper currency and its tendency to be inphone: 267-9406 flated, also thus effectively barring international bankers from gaining power in America. 1. Today’s legislators talk mostly of taxThe international bankers to take control of and-spend while they are sought after by those the monetary system and it is on the verge of seeking to use government to gain their “portion” collapse. The nation debt is nearly $20 trillion of the “spoils” of government. It has become the and increases $1 million about every 82 seconds, modern way of operating government, to be a big $20 for hours a day. brother and or mother, to provide cradle to grave Abraham Lincoln said “… if destruction be guidance and protection. Socialism is alive and our lot we must ourselves be its author and finwell in Idaho, and it is opposite of the principles isher. As a nation of free men we will live forever our government was founded upon. The top prior die by suicide.” ority is to reestablish the basis of a government We need to drastically alter our suicidal of a free people. It is a priority to only make and course. apply legitimate law. Law to be valid must have its foundations in the law of God; if it does not 4. The U.S. Constitution is a limited grant the legislature is just playing god, and declares of power to the federal government, if a power war with justice. It’s past time to change the is not specifically listed, the federal government legislature from being the pawn of governmental does not has legitimate authority to act. They do agencies, or special interest groups; to doing not have proper authority to control most of the justice and operating in the fear of God. Govland area in Idaho, it should be the states and ernment is to be a terror to evil and protect that the peoples. The federal government’s failure to which is good. We need to execute those who are supply lawful coinage for the state to operate is guilty of capital crimes and allow those who have a financial catastrophe. The federal overreach stolen to work to repay those wronged. to implement ‘Obamacare,” federal “same-sex marriage,” abortion rulings that prayer and 2. Shawn Keogh has voted for and promoted Bible-reading to be removed from the schools.

These polices have been and continue to be distractive of our freedoms, liberties, justice, peace and economic stability. Thomas Jefferson said, “In questions of power, let no more be heard of confidence in man, but bind him down from mischief by the chains of the constitution.” Through the application of the social contract theory and political correctness the original intent of the Constitution has been circumvented and corrupted. 5. Money is not the answer to the problems of public education. Public education is failing because it does not start with the teaching of the fear of God, for that is the beginning of knowledge. Presently the public schools deny God and teach the religion of evolution and humanism. The government schools have become little more than incubators for socialism. These current teachings are diametrically opposed to the Christian foundational principles of our nation and State. An example is the Idaho preamble states in part: “We, the people of the State of Idaho, grateful to Almighty God… What is right and just must be taught based upon God and his law work.” The Ten Commandments and the fear of God must be inculcated into the hearts and minds of the youth. 6. America was founded by men who believed in absolutes. They lived knowing who created them and were not only grateful to Him for life and liberty but knew someday they would answer for their actions or inactions (a day of judgement). John Adams said, “Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.” Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn said the communists murdered 60 million, and it happened to the Russian people because “we forgot God.” To paraphrase his waring to the west – you do not think it can happen to you, BUT IT CAN. It is difficult to represent all, but the success formula of our nation’s foundation did it best by offering freedom coupled with responsibly and accountably both for government and the people. We must head back to those basics of good government. To see the rest of the candidates’ answers from last week’s Sandpoint Reader, go to www. and look at the Oct. 27 issue. November 3, 2016 /


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Greg Taylor nominated for national award

Living Life:

Raising Confident, Self Reliant Children

By Dianne Smith Reader Columnist

Longtime Sandpoint car dealer Greg Taylor of Taylor & Sons Chevrolet was nominated for the 2017 TIME Dealer of the Year award recently. Taylor is one of a select group of 49 dealer nominees from across the country who will be honored at the 100th annual National Automobile Dealers Association (NADA) Convention and Exposition in New Orleans, La., on Jan. 27, 2017. The TIME Dealer of the Year award is one of the automobile industry’s most prestigious and highly coveted honors. Recipients are among the nation’s most successful auto dealers who also demonstrate a long-standing commitment to community service. Taylor, 68, was chosen to represent the Idaho Automobile Dealers Association in the national competition – one of only 49 auto dealers from 16,000 nationwide – nominated for the 48th annual award. “The most rewarding aspect of my retail automotive career is being successful enough to provide a comfortable living to many employees over the years and watching them and their families grow into productive citizens in our community,” Taylor said. Of all of his community contributions, Taylor is most proud of building an athletic field at Sandpoint High School in and spearheading the fundraising drive for an adjoining athletic field house, which bears the name of his oldest son, Tucker Taylor, who passed away at the age of 17. “It took two years [from 1993 to 1995] to build the field, and it was gratifying to watch 400 people show up on a Sunday morning to lay 18 semi loads of sod and transform what was once a dumpsite into a very useful addition to the school district,” Taylor said. “And then to get approval for the field house – and the volunteer labor and funds to build it in honor of my son – was very meaningful.” 20 /


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As parents, our job is to raise children who are prepared for the adult world. We all do the best we can to give them what they need to navigate the bumps in the road of life and to deal with adversity and difficult situations. As parents there are things we can do to make sure that children are better equipped to handle the hurdles that come their way. Learned consequences from experience and life lessons at a young age helps reduce mistakes with larger consequences at an older age and helps develop confident adults. Compliments and Praise Think about your compliments and when and how you hand them out. All children need plenty of encouragement, whether they’re learning to walk, ride a bike or deal with conflict. If your child gets so used to hearing “Good job!” they may have a hard time realizing when accomplishments are really worth celebrating. Don’t praise your child if they’re doing something expected. When they brush their teeth or put their toys away, for example, a simple “thank you” is enough. They don’t need praise for every expected behavior that is part of being in your family. Acknowledgement with thank you is about the relationship and doing what is expected. Don’t Rescue Your Child It’s natural as parents who love their children to want to prevent them from getting hurt, feeling discouraged, or making mistakes. As parents we don’t like to see our child struggle or feel badly. When you intervene or rescue them from the consequences of failure you are not doing them any favors. Children need to know that it’s OK to fail, and that it’s normal to feel sad, anxious or angry and they learn to succeed by overcoming obstacles, not by having you remove them. That is what is required to be successful in the adult world.

They need to learn to handle bumps in the road of life and it is our job to teach them. Let Them Make Decisions When your child gets the chance to make choices from a young age, they will gain confidence in their own good judgment and learn from their mistakes. Allow them to make choices in areas where the consequences are smaller so that when they have to make decisions that have large consequences they have learned some life lessons. If they choose not to take a jacket on a cold day they learn from that. Hopefully they are a quick learner and will make a better choice next time. If they wear shorts when you think pants would be a better choice that can be a decision-making, teaching moment. If nothing bad will happen let your child have the choice to learn from their own experience. Focus on the Glass Half Full If your child tends to feel defeated by disappointments, help them be more optimistic. Instead of offering reassurances to look on the bright side or trying to make it all better, help them find specific ways to improve a situation and bring them closer to their goals. Help them understand that improving skills comes from practice and that everyone has strengths in some areas but not everyone is good at everything. If they are upset because they didn’t get chosen for the spelling bee, say, “I can see how disappointed you are. Let’s come up with a plan for how you can increase your chances next time.” This also teaches them to work hard for something they want and to learn that the more you practice something the better you get. Nurture Special Interests and Skills

Try to expose your child to a wide variety of activities, and encourage them when they find something they really love, even though it may be something you’re not at all interested in. Children

who have a passion, whether it’s dinosaurs, art or sports, feel proud of their expertise and are more likely to be successful in other areas of their life. Quirky hobbies may be helpful for children who have a harder time fitting in and you can help your child take advantage of their interest to connect with other children. The public library offers wonderful low cost opportunities to explore interests and to meet others who share common interests. Teach and Promote Problem Solving

Children are more confident and secure when they’re able to negotiate getting what they want and solve problems on their own. We as parents often want to step in and solve the problem for them, sometimes because it is easier for us. In the end we deprive them of an opportunity to learn how to solve the problem on their own and experience success. Talk about their ideas and solutions to the problem and experiment with it so that you can have discussions about what works and what doesn’t work. If they can’t come up with a solution encourage them to research it on the internet or to ask other people whose opinions they trust. A trip to the library and a library card gives everyone internet access. Look for Ways to Help Others

nity service activities and giving back to the community helps children learn that giving back is what we do as a family. As your children get older pick a more involved activity and role model for them being connect with other people and doing for others. Values, Family Expectations and Relationships Talk with your children about your expectation related to life. If you expect them to be nice to others, find opportunities to have teaching moment discussions. There are so many opportunities to build positive memories and discussions into everyday events. Find ways to ask open ended questions, respect their opinion even though you believe yours is the “right one” Help children connect with other adults because the more healthy adult role models and relationships the better people do in the adult world. Our job as a parent is to work our way out of a job and help our children become successful adults. The more active we are now in our job the easier the transition is for children into the adult world and the more resilient they are when it comes to handling the bumps in the road of life. Dianne Smith, LMFT is a licensed counselor who works with both children and adults. She has offices in Bonners Ferry and Sandpoint and can be reached at 951-440-0982.

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Opening hearts and minds By Suzen Fiskin Reader Columnist “When the power of love overcomes the love of power, that’s when we’ll know peace.” Jimi Hendrix I love a good synchronicity, don’t you? A synchronicity is a series of weird coincidences that defy logic by showing up together in unpredictable ways that seem to have a meaningful connection. I had one of those today. I was doing research for a presentation I’ll be giving to some Sandpoint High School students this week. Leslie Villelli invited me to tell a couple of stories as part of her three-part mini-course of Happy On Purpose for Erin Roos’s class. I knew the first story. “The 100th Monkey” is a tale of some scientists on a small island in Japan, shortly after World War II. The scientists gave sweet potatoes to the Macaca Fuscata monkeys they were studying. While the primates liked the taste of the inside of the potatoes, they weren’t too crazy about the sandy skins. One day, a young monkey discovered that she could solve this problem by washing the vegetables off in the nearby stream. She taught this trick to her mother and young friends. They, in turn, taught their friends and mothers and so on. After approximately 100 of the monkeys washed their food regularly, something remarkable happened. Suddenly all of the other monkeys on that island began to wash their food. Then, something even more miraculous happened. Within days, all of the Macaca Fuscata monkeys on all the neighboring islands began the food-washing habit as well. Whoa! The theme of this story is that when a new behavior or belief achieves a critical mass, and that can be way less than a majority, that new piece of info becomes part of the common knowledge of the species. Our individual evolution affects the whole. Maybe I am, or you are the 100th monkey in

Flash-Mob Meditation creating peace or the evolution of humanity . . . Hmmm. The next story was new to me. There was a scientific experiment done in 1993 by Maharishi Mahesh Yogi’s Transcendental Meditation organization. This rigorously conducted, peer-reviewed study was judiciously monitored by 27 independent scientists and leading citizens to measure the effect of 800-4,000 Transcendental Meditation (TM)practitioners meditating in their city for four weeks would have on violent crime in Washington, D.C. They wanted to attract the attention of relevant authorities to demonstrate how powerful group meditation can be for war and crime prevention. They did! Around 800 TM meditators showed up the first week, and by week three, over 4,000 were involved. The Maharishi group predicted a 20-percent drop in violent crime – homicide, rape and aggravated assault. This study was conducted in the midst of a major heat wave when crime historically jumps. The police chief joked that the only way the crime rate would drop 20 percent that summer would be if 20 inches of snow fell to the ground! Surprise, surprise – there was a 23.3-percent drop in violent crime during the four-week test period. The statistical probability that this result could reflect a chance variation in crime levels was less than two in 1 billion (p < .000000002). Thought affected physical events once again. I’ll be telling the kids that shifting our thoughts to being happier can actually make the world a better place. Now for the synchronicity and the Flash-Mob Meditation. I was scrolling down my home page on Facebook this morning, and a video caught my

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eye. It was aimed at “all meditators.” Well, I’ve been meditating since I was 18, so I watched it. The video was by a group called Elevate the Vote. The group is calling on all meditators to meditate at our polling places on Nov. 8. The intention is to “elevate the consciousness of every U.S. voter on election day, impacting how we feel about ourselves, politics, this election, and each other.” ( Their site offers that “this is a non-partisan participatory event that is open to everyone. A commemorative plaque thanking POP for their It’s about the fundamental unity trail work on Lost Lake Trail System. of human life that seems to have By Steve Sanchez Photo by Steve Sanchez. been so forgotten in this camReader Contributor paign.” Their goal is to inspire a tangible shift in perspective and Last weekend, the Pend done over the years out here!” unification of our global commu- Oreille Pedalers (POP) Bicycle Trail # 82 is considered one nity. I can get behind that! Club hosted a Trail Work Day of the most beautiful trails on If you don’t want to or can’t at the Mineral Point/Lost Lake the Sandpoint Ranger District go to a polling place, you can Trail System. Over 20 volunteers and is popular with hikers and just tune into the intention of the from POP and the Run 7B Trail mountain bikers. Gentle grades, group and meditate on your own Runners Club, in cooperation wildflowers and excellent views any time that day or night. They with the US Forest Servicemake this trail suitable for the suggest 3 p.m. Pacific Standard Sandpoint Ranger District, met entire family. The Pedalers BicyTime as a special focal time to help set a new portion of trail. cle Club have been instrumental across the country. The .6+ mile section was in building and maintaining the When I dug a little deeper, approved, surveyed and cut out nearly 12 miles of trail from I learned that this group was by a USFS crew to provide a Green Bay to Mineral Point and using the scientifically validated connector between the end of the the Lost Lake/Mud Lake loops. “Maharishi Effect” as evidence Mud Lake/Lost Lake trail and The trail is dedicated to the of the value of doing this. Yup, I the Mineral Point/Green Bay memory of Brent “Jake” Jacobbumped into a group who is ustrail # 82. The additional portion son who gave his life in the line ing the 24 year old results of my of trail allows riders, hikers, of duty as a Forest Service law research for Leslie’s class. What and runners to make a full circle enforcement officer. are the odds of that connection back to the Mineral Point Picnic The Pend Oreille Pedalers showing up with a mere glance at Area without having to travel on would like to thank the US Facebook? I’d never even heard the road. Forest Service – Sandpoint of the “Maharishi Effect” nor “Now we can do a loop on Ranger District, as well as all Elevate the Vote before today. sweet single track with no road of the club officers, members I love synchronicities! riding!” said Jim Mellen, POP and volunteers. Thank you also President Emeritus. to the members of the Run 7B Suzen Fiskin is a Happiness “It rides real nice,” said John Club, and to the trail users and Coach, multi-media marketing Monks, POP Secretary. We stewards who use these trails rewiz, and inspirational speaker. moved a lot of leaves, roots, and sponsibly. To learn more about She’s also the author of the book, dirt … A great addition to an the Pend Oreille Pedalers, please Playboy Mansion Memoirs. already great trail system. Thank go to www.PendOreillePedalers. If you have any questions or you Pend Oreille Pedalers for com or find them on Facebook. comments, email her at: suzenall the great work this group has November 3, 2016 /


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The Sandpoint Eater Someone's in the Kitchen (Cabinet)

By Marcia Pilgeram Reader Food Columnist

Many political candidates and elected officials rely not only on their own party for advice, but since the days of Andrew Jackson, they’ve turned to an unofficial group of trusted friends and advisors, referred to as the “Kitchen Cabinet.” This seemed right up my alley, so for the past few months, I’ve worked in the “Kitchen Cabinet” as “Chef of Staff” for my good friend Kate McAlister. I have known Kate, and worked with her for hundreds of volunteer hours, within several organizations, for many years. Kate’s running for the District 1A House Representative seat, and as her volunteer event coordinator, I’ve been doing my best to see that she’s elected. Besides the fact we’re both Irish redheads, there are many real and important reasons I want her to win. My three (of seven) grandchildren who are being raised and educated here in Idaho top that list. My progeny and yours deserve so much more than what we currently offer them with this dismal statistic: 49th in the nation for educational spending. I find that figure simply appalling, and I hope our combined efforts will get Kate elected and raise the bar for education. My role is to assist supporters who’ve graciously agreed to open their homes and host a house party. It’s a pretty simple formula: invitations are sent, food and beverages offered and midway through the evening Kate shares her message of hope and progress with the interested (and most often, generous) attendees. My efforts include coordinating dates with 22 /


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Kate’s campaign manager, Char Godec (another savvy Irish redhead), advising the host of logistics and a proposed timeline for their event and arriving early to set up the campaign swag. Usually I arrive to find the host(s) in full swing of the lastminute kitchen preparations, and I just can’t help myself— my culinary thirst needs to be quenched. I duly remember my mission and try to stay on task, which has always been a challenge in my food-centric life (I remind myself of a time many years ago in Scottsdale, when I missed the all-important and mighty gavel strike that recorded the highest price ever paid for an Arabian mare because I was peering behind the staging drapery, desperately searching for the caterers, hopeful to score the recipe for their magnificent oysters, floating in

a little puddle of ceviche and served on the half shell—still a favorite recipe of mine). Even though I try to be mindful of my duties, I invariably find myself peering into pots and onto plates to ask, “What’s this, what’s that… it smells heavenly, it looks delicious,” and so on. The food is as varied as the hosts: writers, a winemaker, artists, bankers, small business owners, a cinematographer, foresters, a past-elected (Republican) official and, not surprisingly, many educational professionals. For the most part, I’ve also observed that this demographic is a real dog-loving lot. I’ve been greeted with tail wags and shoulder thumps and foiled more than one potential food heist by a canine friend. At Jim and Lily Mitsui’s Sagle home in Sagle, a tasty

potato salad, prepared by Jim, was a delicious accompaniment to slider-sized ham sandwiches. For Erik Daarstad’s event, a few of us brought along an appetizer that was easily overshadowed by Erik’s own savory salmon log. We’ve shared handmade pizza, tangy deviled eggs (which rivaled my own), homemade huckleberry cobbler and an endless array of colorful dips and flavorful chips. More than food, I see these culinary offerings as extensions of personalities and passions. We often gather in or near the kitchen, the heartbeat of the home where one can feel the pulse of the person or family who dwells within this space. And the passion extends beyond airy kitchens and food offerings. For the most part, the people who’ve gathered at these events are like-minded, outspoken and

looking for change. Some house guests simply walked across the street to hear Kate’s message and now, have chosen to walk across the aisle to place their vote. I hope you’ve had a chance to hear her speak, either at an event or through the media. If you haven’t, will you please take the time to do so? I hope her message resonates as loud and clear with you as it did for me. We have a lot of choices to make in the next few days, including, hopefully, a victory party menu for me. You know what’s on the menu for dessert, don’t you? The only thing as American as apple pie is your right to vote—please exercise it! Then reward yourself with this recipe for All-American Apple Pie. You may want to bake one up for your victory party too.

Victory Pie (Latticed-top Apple Pie)

Makes 8 servings

Find a pie partner, one peels apples and one works on the crust. Rolling the pie dough out on flat parchment paper or pastry cloth makes crust easier to work with. Keep things cool, light on the water and don’t overwork the dough. And, use only fresh lemon juice and zest in the filling! Top this beauty with a scoop of ice cream or a slice of sharp cheddar.


Crust •2 ½ cups all purpose flour •3/4 tsp salt •1 ¼ sticks chilled unsalted butter, cut into ½-inch pieces •1/3 cup chilled solid vegetable shortening, chopped into small pieces •6 tbs (or more) ice water Filling •½ cup sugar •¼ cup golden brown sugar, packed •2 tbs corn starch •1 tbs lemon juice •2 tsp grated lemon zest •1/8 tsp ground nutmeg •½ tsp cinnamon •3 pounds Golden Delicious apples, peeled, cored, thinly sliced •Milk •Additional sugar

DIRECTIONS: For crust: Blend flour and salt in processor. Add butter and shortening and cut in using on/off turns until mixture resembles coarse meal. Add 6 tablespoons ice water and process until moist clumps form, adding more water by teaspoonfuls if dough is dry. Gather into ball; divide into 2 pieces. Flatten each into disk. Wrap each in plastic; chill 2 hours. (Can be made a day ahead. Keep chilled. Let dough soften slightly before rolling out.) For filling: Position rack in lowest third of oven and preheat to 400°F. Mix first 7 ingredients in large bowl. Add apples and toss to blend. Roll out 1 dough disk on floured surface to 12-inch round. Transfer to 9-inch-diameter glass pie dish. Fold edge under, forming high-standing rim; crimp. Add filling. Roll out second dough disk on floured surface to 13-inch round. Cut into twelve 1-inch-wide strips. Arrange 6 strips across pie. Form lattice by arranging 6 strips diagonally across first strips. Gently press ends into crust edges. Brush lattice with milk. Sprinkle lightly with additional sugar. Bake pie 10 minutes. Reduce oven temperature to 375°F.

Continue baking until juices bubble thickly and crust is deep golden, covering edges with foil if browning too quickly, about 1 hour 20 minutes. Cool on rack 1 hour.


Sandpoint Film Festival:

Bringing the cinema of the world to our small town

By Erik Daarstad Reader Contributor

differences. Among the many superb films in this year’s festival, there is a lovely animated film from Spain about the warm relationship that develops when a little girl meet a disabled little boy. Another animated film from China tells about a young boy starting school and his developing love of education. From Italy comes a film set in the future and presents the horrifying consequences of climate change and global warming. A documentary from California tells the story of how a small community deals with a water crisis through the dedicated help of one woman. A Canadian film tackles the issue of prejudice and racial and religious bias. The issue of Alzheimer’s is dealt with very differently in films from three different countries, including a warm-hearted, lovely film about memories and love from a filmmaker in our neighboring state of Washington. The films are presented in three blocks starting at 11 a.m.. The second block starts at 3 p.m. and the third at 6 p.m.. On Friday, Nov. 4, there will be a pre-production party at Café Trinity from

Sandpoint Film Festival (SFF) debuted seven years ago with presenting short films for a one-day film festival. SFF is a non-profit organization started by Janice Jarzabek and is joined this year by the Panida Theater as a co-presenter. Sandpoint Film Festival will take place Saturday, Nov. 5, at the Panida Theater. This year it consists of 32 films—all 20 minutes or shorter—picked from around three thousand submissions from around the globe, including two local productions. The films originate from countries as diverse as Myanmar, India, Spain, Italy, U.S., Canada, Iceland, Iran, Norway and many others. For the last two or three years I have been part of the Sandpoint Film Festival, screening and helping select the various short films that we show for our little festival. The primary goal is to find the films that excel in telling a story, whether it is in a fictional, animation or documentary category. This year we selected 32 films that we feel contribute to the art of filmmaking through telling compelling stories and presenting issues that are important to us as human beings in today’s world. They also give us a window into that same world by showing other cultures, lives and environments that are important to us in recognizing our similarities rather than our A still from “Cuerdas” by Spanish director Pedro Solís García. Courtesy photo.

4:30-6 p.m. Saturday morning starts with Filmmaker’s Coffee at the Creations at The Cedar Street Bridge at 8-10 a.m.. The festival concludes with a post-production party at the Café Trinity Lounge starting at 9 p.m.. The price of admission is $8 per block or $20 for an all access pass that includes the Pre-Production Party and the Post-Production Party. Separately the parties are priced at $15 each. Advance tickets are available at or through Sandpoint Films at (208) 290-0597. Janice Jarzabek, Erik Daarstad and secretary/treasurer Bernice Webb work together as an all-volunteer board. Becky Revak is projectionist and film coordinator for the festival. Sandpoint artist Lori Reid created the festival poster. Eric Ridgway will host the event. Cafe Trinity and Best Western and Elsaesser Jarzabek Anderson Elliott and Macdonald have sponsored the festival since 2010.

friday Nov. 4 @ 8pm

Comedy Night at the Panida featuring Michael Glatzmaier and Phillip Kopczynski Saturday Nov. 5 - 11am - 9pm

Sandpoint Film Festival

An amazing array of short films, none longer than 20 minutes, from around the globe

Friday, Nov. 11 @ 8pm

andy hackbarth band in concert saturday, nov. 12 @ 7pm

Warren Miller presents:

“Here, there & everywhere” 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”

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This week’s RLW by Ben Olson


In tandem with the looming election, this week’s RLW highlights election-related material. In “A Magnificent Catastrophe” by Edward J. Larson, the reader can explore the very first tumultuous presidential campaign. In the election of 1800, friends and statesmen John Adams and Thomas Jefferson were pitted against one another in an often ugly and divisive contest that cemented many commonplace election tactics — from partisan press to political attacks.


It’s hard to pick a song, album or artist that exemplifies what a “political song” is all about. There are so many that are important. In commemoration of Bob Dylan receiving the Nobel Prize for literature this year, I’d have to say his “Blowin’ in the Wind” and “The Times They Are A-Changing” rank up there with some of the best political songs ever written. These songs show clear evidence that Dylan was heavily influenced by the king of the political folk song, Woodie Guthrie.


Alexander Payne is one of my all-time favorite directors. His dark humor is spot on, blending awkwardness, sharp wit, slow-building relationships that often explode, and ultimately getting to the core of what normal people are capable of when they erupt in a fiery breakdown. In his 1999 film “Election”, Payne highlights the high school election of Tracy Flick, played by a young Reese Witherspoon. Flick is an overachiever who will stop at nothing to get elected, while her teacher Mr. McAllister (played flawlessly by Matthew Broderick) will stop at nothing to take her down. Hilarity ensues.

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MUSIC Andy Hackbarth Band returns to Sandpoint for Panida fundraiser By Ben Olson Reader Staff

Denver-based Americana singer/songwriter Andy Hackbarth and his band will return to Sandpoint for a special performance at the Panida Theater on Friday, Nov. 11. The show will be part of Hackbarth’s 2016 “Steal You Away” tour and is also part of the Panida’s “Songwriter’s Circle Live Series.” The award-winning band will play tracks from their newest album, “Panorama Motel,” as well as one-of-a-kind renditions of popular cover songs and Spanish/classical guitar selections. After the overwhelming response following their first performance at the Panida a year ago as part of Pend Oreille Arts Council’s Performance Series, Hackbarth and the band started to make plans for a future stop in Sandpoint. “One of the most rewarding aspects of touring is the opportunity to see some of this country’s most beautiful places,” said Hackbarth. “Sandpoint holds a special place in our hearts. It’s absolutely stunning. The Panida Theater is a true gem and the residents here have been so welcoming. We just wish we could stay longer.” A portion of proceeds from Friday’s show will benefit the Panida Theater. “Panorama Motel” was released a year ago. Written and recorded in the wake of a messy breakup, the record finds Hackbarth singing over acoustic guitars, dobro, upright bass and organ, turning his recent brush with heartbreak into somet of the most moving songs of his career. “It’s reflective of my music career as a whole,” Hackbarth said, “from the classical/Spanish guitar background to the darker, more indie/acoustic rock writing style that I’ve been gravitating toward lately. It’s beautiful, but dark and emotional. I’ve always loved the sound of the nylon-string guitar, and paired with layered violins, guitar swells and some haunting background vocals, its aim is to capture the despair and loneliness we all feel after a breakup.” Check out the Andy Hackbarth Band at the Panida Theater on Friday, Nov.

Top: The Andy Hackbarth Band is all smiles when it comes to music. Right: “Panorama Motel” was released in late 2015. Courtesy photos. 11. Doors open at 7 p.m. and the show begins at 8 p.m. Tickets are available for $12 and can be bought online at Remaining tickets will be sold at the door the day of the show.

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Only one month left for Festival early bird season passes Music fans, you’ve only got a month left to get your 2017 Festival at Sandpoint early bird season passes at the low rate of $199. The introductory price is good through Nov. 30. Starting Dec. 1, the price will go up to $249. The passes will remain on sale until the lineup is announced at the annual Wine Tasting Dinner and Auction on April 28, or until all 700 passes are sold out. “We are aiming to go big for our 35th anniversary,” said Festival executive director Dyno Wahl. “Music fans of all ages will be glad they grabbed a season pass at this low price.” Season passes to the popular summer music festival are fully transferable and typically sell out before the lineup is announced. To order Early Bird passes online, visit the Festival’s website at or call 208-265-4554.

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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.

The northwest corner of Church Street and First Avenue in Sandpoint. Allen Brother’s Drugs was on the left corner building following by the Wisconsin Hotel.





The same view today. A new store called Custom Cabin Creations just moved into the corner building last month. To its right is the Hive, Thai Nigiri and the 219 Lounge.


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“Herbert’s logophobia prevented him from enjoying the Reader.” Corrections: In last week’s Then & Now, we took a “now” photo of the wrong house. We’ll address a correction in a future issue. Thanks to local historian Nancy Foster Renk for pointing this out. -BO

1. Cummerbund 5. Delicacy 10. 2 2 2 2 14. Microwave (slang) 15. Bearing great weight 16. Sea eagle 17. Murres 18. Kirk’s starship 20. An adhesive bandage 22. Carouse 23. Autonomic nervous system 24. Homes for birds 25. Resultant 32. Hello or goodbye 33. Deposits of ore 34. A high alpine meadow 37. A Greek territorial unit 38. Creepy DOWN 39. Boyfriend 40. Dawn goddess 1. Give the cold shoulder 41. Drench 2. Emanation 42. A right 3. An outer surface 43. Blitheness 4. Pain in the head 45. Bastes 5. Religious belief 49. Female chicken 6. Cleave 50. Lewd 7. Consume 53. Colonist 8. Affirm 57. Indecisive 9. Apprentice 59. Assistant 10. Brusque 60. Spring 11. Formal orders 61. Plateaux 12. Beginning 62. Frosts 13. Clairvoyants 63. Clove hitch or figure eight 19. Half-quarts 64. Manicurist’s board 21. Dwarf buffalo 65. Gave temporarily

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25. An abandoned calf 26. Margarine 27. French for “Names” 28. Blockage of the intestine 29. Body 30. French farewell 31. Born as 34. Epoch 35. Nonclerical 36. Speechless 38. Many millennia 39. The European redstart 41. Platters

42. Weight loss plan 44. Chintzy 45. Deception 46. Moses’ brother 47. Oddity 48. Genuflected 51. “Where the heart is” 52. Anagram of “Lyme” 53. Sun 54. Bloodsucking insects 55. Biblical garden 56. A musical pause 58. Utilize

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