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What is your personal response to the massacres occurring in our country? “When I read the news each day, I go to the Reader and to the Daily Bee first. If I have time, I go to national news sites later in the day. I am more interested in local news and have not chosen to be informed about those (shooting) events.” Mamie Mitchell Library assistant Sagle

“As our population increases, so does the crime.” Clarence Tucker Framer Sagle


This week, we kick off an ongoing series touching on the American Redoubt movement in the Northwest. While this week’s piece is merely an introduction, it’s also an important tone setter to show our intentions with this series, which is not to offend or anger anyone, but cast a documentary light on a movement that has impacted our area over the last decade. I invite anyone who identifies with the Redoubt movement to become involved in this series. If you moved to this region because of reasons that align with the Redoubt movement (geographic isolation, like-minded religious community, low number of natural disasters, self-reliance) we are interested in telling your story. We have reached out to a number of news outlets, politicians and pundits throughout the region who identify with the Redoubt movement and have generally had our requests for interviews ignored or denied. That’s really a shame, but it will not deter us. I cannot stress this enough: If you think your viewpoint or important issues are not represented fairly in the media, the answer is not to increase the silence but work with the media to tell your side of the story. In other news, we are again faced with a terrible mass shooting incident. This time it happened at a church in a small Texas town where 26 people were killed – half of them children. Every time a shooting happens, it seems the same talking points are introduced and quickly set aside. After the Las Vegas shooting, the NRA came forward with a plan to make bump stocks illegal, which allow semi-automatic weapons to be fired like an automatic. Now, weeks later, this has largely been forgotten. In the meantime, yet another deranged person has used an assault rifle to kill over two dozen people. While those on the extreme wings of the left and right will seemingly never find a compromise, it’s important to show that we are acting on this threat that continues to erode the fabric of our communities. Finally, Saturday is Veterans Day, so don’t pass up the opportunity to thank a veteran for their service and sacrifice. To all of our veterans out there reading today, I am thankful for everything you’ve done to make our country safer. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.

-Ben Olson, Publisher

“Stupefied, numb, and deeply saddened. I have a general concern about the mental health of our country and the critical need for stricter gun control.” Meghan Yeats Northwoods School in Costa Rica Sagle and Costa Rica “Since the massacre at Columbine in the ‘90s, these shootings have become a lot more frequent and more deadly. I think it has to do with anger in our society and the current politics in the United States. I personally have firearms. Firearms are very easy to purchase, but I think there should be deeper checks at the purchase sites to make sure the buyer is not a felon or an escapee from a mental asylum as was the shooter in Texas. I believe certain guns should not be accessible without a permit that involves attending a class.” Samuel L. Sophomore at Forrest Bird Charter H.S. Sagle “I don’t think gun control is the answer. I think we need increased availability and easier access to mental health care. If these folks (shooters) had come from healthy families and had been treated with proper mental health care, these massacres could’ve been prevented.” Janice Rader Psychologist/grandmother Sagle








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On the Lake:

A column about lake issues by the Lake Pend Oreille Waterkeeper

An ode to our Water Quality Monitoring volunteers By Shannon Williamson Reader Columnist

Lake Pend Oreille Waterkeeper (LPOW) recently wrapped up its sixth year of seasonal water quality monitoring, which is kind of a big deal. Why? Because this program is fueled almost 100 percent by the power of volunteers. In think it’s pretty spectacular that a group of volunteer citizen scientists march out to their aquatic vehicle of choice for five months out of the year to collect water samples spanning an area of 60 miles so that we know what’s going on with our local waterways. I started our seasonal Water Quality Monitoring program in the summer of 2012 so that we could answer tough questions about water quality with scientifically sound facts. While the state does do some level of monitoring of Lake Pend Oreille and the Pend Oreille River, their efforts are project(and budget-) driven, which doesn’t produce a consistent pattern of results over time. Thanks to our group of hearty volunteers over the years, we’ve collected water samples from 15 locations across Lake Pend Oreille and the Pend Oreille River from June through October since 2012. Our testing produces nearly 1,000 data points per month. That’s a lot of info. Our volunteers are highly trained and follow rigorous collection and testing procedures so that we meet certain quality standards – hence their fancy citizen scientist designations. Their attention to detail makes it possible for our state and federal regulatory agencies to actually use our data. 4 /


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Shannon Williamson. So what are all these data points used for? Besides making pretty graphs, our data has been used to inform water quality decisions by our Idaho Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) and the EPA. The weedy mess off Kootenai Bay, otherwise known as Boyer Slough, is now receiving special attention by DEQ due to our monitoring showing HUGE amounts of nutrient pollution. We’re super happy about that and we hope the folks that (try to) enjoy the slough are too. The EPA has also used our data when creating effluent limits for wastewater treatment facilities that discharge to the lake or river. All of this wouldn’t be pos-

sible without our volunteers. It may sound like a cushy job, but believe me, it’s not always fun in the sun. Our volunteers have braved some pretty sketchy scenarios on the water from their boats, kayaks, canoes and even paddleboards. While we try to avoid hazardous situations, you know how fickle our lovely lake can be. Trying to fill a slew of water bottles for the lab, from an often-leaking sampling contraption, without contaminating said bottles, while trying to stay upright, becomes mighty tricky when the waves roll in. But they do it. Year after year. We even have a few volunteers that have been with us all six years, and we thank our lucky stars for their dedication and/or deep affection for rite in the rain paper and dissolved oxygen kits. I am deeply grateful to all the men and women that give up hours of their personal time to collect the data that helps us keep our local waterways swimmable, fishable and drinkable. If you would like to join our team of citizen scientists in June 2018, give me a shout!

Letters to the Editor Vandalism Not Good... Dear Editor, I need to say that I have known my friend since The Garden days, that was my very first restaurant job. Since those days many seasons ago, I have been running restaurants from Seattle to Santa Barbara, and other than funky dives with peanut shells on the floor. I have never encountered the enormity of property destruction that I have witnessed in the last year at her place. Her place is well loved, the food generous and she works really hard, lots of hours each day. And then there is her community involvement. She has supported the kids, teams, sports events, throws the biggest party in town in May and at the restaurant from birthdays to baby showers... she has even over the years bailed kids out of jail. But, her place is getting tagged, carved up and graffittied more than I can wrap my head around. I don’t understand vandalism and property damage as a personal expression. How can this be OK? Why can someone gouge so deeply that there is sawdust? Parents sit there and have even been known to join in... What kind of values are being instilled either actively or passively? Not even to bring up manners or codes of conduct, somehow this is a grave mistake. Where is parenting? This is not OK, not remotely. The broken jukebox seems to fill some entertainment value as kids punch the buttons like they are winning a video game or maybe pinball as they smack at the sides. My head can’t wrap around this, and my heart breaks for either clueless kids with no guidance, honor or personal integrity or more frightening some creepy entitlement to mark something. I wonder why people sitting there witnessing this have nothing to say? This would be where I insert it takes a village but, I wonder, if the village is a reflection of some weird fear of social media lameness? I am at a loss to understand. And it makes me angry, but, I think I am really just sad. Thanks for the place I can say this, Michele Monetta Sandpoint

Mayor’s Smelter Opposition...

Two Water Quality Monitoring Program volunteers Bruce and Judy Butler, enjoy a day on the lake. Photo by Becky Reynolds.

Dear Editor, Shelby Rognstad’s opposition to the proposed silicon refinery in Newport (“Proposed smelter in Newport would be bad for Sandpoint,” November 2) strikes me as knee-jerk dogmatism. The Canadian manufacturer and Washington’s Department of Ecology are still discussing how best to model air quality impacts, but Mr. Rognstad

has already concluded that the project will damage Sandpoint’s health, economy and property values. His facts come from an unsigned internet blog devoid of citations. The solar energy future we hope for will require massive amounts of polysilicon for solar panels. China, not a country noted for environmental sensitivity, is currently the world’s dominant manufacturer of silicon. Along comes a Canadian company wanting to buy our renewable hydro power and promising their factory will meet all environmental laws, even if they are tightened in response to their application. Perhaps the mayor is right, and the Canadians are not to be believed, and both the Idaho and Washington authorities are unable or unwilling to expose their lies. Perhaps we should send HiTest packing for China, where growing numbers of coal-fired power plants can feed their factory. But shouldn’t we at least hear what they have to say before pronouncing judgment? When the mayor presents his resolution to the City Council I hope the lawmakers will delay action long enough for the departments of environmental quality to do their job and study the proposal before urging them to reject it. Alan Barber Sandpoint

Hate-filled Flyers... Dear Editor Recently one of my neighbors and I were the recipients of hate-filled and disturbing propaganda. Someone left racist leaflets, carefully protected in plastic, in our respective driveways. These flyers primarily targeted African Americans but not only them. Why were we selected for this act? The only overt commonality between us that was different from our neighbors is that we both chose to display Love Lives Here yard signs. Is that the reason? No matter the motive, as a direct result of this action, my husband and I have made donations to both the Bonner County Human Rights Task Force and the NAACP. We have made a commitment to donate either our time or money each time we witness prejudice or bigotry in our community. I invite your readers to join us in making a statement that we will not tolerate discrimination, intimidation or the denial of equal protection to anyone living in our community by contributing your time or money to organizations working to support human rights and end racism. Krista Eberle Sandpoint


Democratic state lawmakers: end personal attacks in political discourse Rep. Mat Erpelding and Sen. Cherie Buckner-Webb Reader Contributors Before you know it, news from the statehouse will be in the forefront as the 2018 legislative session kicks off in January. Idaho’s Democrats will be pursuing a dynamic agenda aimed at providing educational opportunities for all Idahoans, improving our low-wage economy and defending Idaho’s public lands. While our colleagues will no doubt debate us on many issues (and they can expect a robust debate in response), we are making this pledge to every Idahoan: We will fight for the issues that provide opportunity to all Idahoans, but we will not engage in personal attacks on fellow lawmakers. It seems silly that we should have to put this in print. However, the reality is that all you have to do is turn on the television or radio, browse through a newspaper, or read a social media feed these days and within a few minutes you will find some politician or political group lobbing a personal attack against another. These attacks divide our nation, our state and our communities to the point where neighbors can’t talk about important issues for fear of starting an argument. With Idaho struggling to educate its citizens and get people into high-paying jobs, elected officials can ill afford to spend their time taking pot-shots at one another. Personal attacks do nothing to solve Idaho’s problems. If anything, they make them worse. This is not mere talk from your Democratic legislators. Our actions speak for themselves. Since the 2017 legislative session ended, Idaho’s Democratic state lawmakers have been making the issue of civility in politics a top priority. We have written several bipartisan opinion columns with Republican lawmakers from all over the state on subjects ranging from invasive species, hunting and fishing in Idaho and how

Sen. Cherie Buckner-Webb (D-Boise)

Rep. Mat Erpelding (D-Boise)

better trade relations with Cuba can benefit Idaho farmers. Our colleagues, Democratic Rep. Ilana Rubel and Republican Rep. Christy Perry, will soon be submitting a bipartisan column on legislation they plan to co-sponsor in 2018. Rep. Melissa Wintrow has worked this off-session teaching other states’ lawmakers how to engage civilly with their colleagues so they can be more productive at their respective statehouses. She even went on a conservative talk radio show – outside of her district – to talk about it. Indeed, throughout 2017 several of our Democratic colleagues have interviewed

around the state with conservative outlets about Idaho issues. More importantly, Idaho Democrats and Republicans have been working side-by-side on bipartisan committees tackling issues like campaign finance reform and improvements to Idaho’s foster care system. We have traveled on bipartisan tours of the state with the Joint Finance Appropriations Committee (JFAC) keeping an eye on how your tax dollars are spent. We initiated a bipartisan open letter condemning hate crimes in Idaho. And earlier this year, we posted a tribute to Sen. Shawn Keough on our social media pages after she announced

she would not run for re-election in 2018. Keough is one of many Republican lawmakers whose professionalism and talent we respect and admire. She will be missed. That is not to say we won’t have our battles in the 2018 legislative session. It’s expected and commonplace in an “arenaof-ideas” conflict over opposing views. That’s healthy. When coupled with positive solutions, drawing attention to the weaknesses of the opposition’s proposals is necessary in order to reach the best result. We have decidedly different strategies for the growth and development of our state. Introducing fresh methodologies to stimulate opportunities for every Idahoan that enables all of our citizens to prosper is a good thing. But let’s be clear, there is no room for the personal attacks that have permeated our political discourse. Certainly not in Idaho where we value civility, courtesy and respect. Idaho State Democratic legislators are pledging not to make personal attacks on our colleagues. We would encourage members of the majority to do the same. The act of “reaching across the aisle” speaks of physical space between two political par-

By Jim Ramsey Reader Contributor

the impacts of our changing climate on citizens, families and businesses in our area. A presentation and panel discussion will focus on new energy ideas and economic policies that mitigate climate and financial risk and are designed to save our farms, fish and forests.. Idaho’s 1st District Rep. Sage Dixon, Bonner County Commissioner Glen Bailey and Bob Boeh from Idaho Forest Group will join members of the ‘Washington Water, Wind and Fire Tour’ to talk about ways to reduce carbon emissions while at the same time strengthening our local economy. (The event marks the culmination of the ‘Water, Wind and Fire’ tour – a 12 -city

tour around Washington state and the Idaho Panhandle by volunteers from the Climate Change Lobby and the National Audubon Society to engage citizens in climate discussions. Citizens Climate Lobby (CCL) is a grassroots, non-partisan advocacy group that has helped establish the Congressional House Climate Solutions Caucus, which has an equal number of Republicans and Democrats working to find and

ties. The “aisle” is less a spatial divide than a philosophical one. We can be as physically divided within the House or Senate chambers as the architects decide. However, it is incumbent on us as elected leaders to bridge the philosophical divide between parties in order to get things done for all Idahoans. We can’t reach across that aisle unless we are prepared to treat one another with dignity and respect. While we may do battle on the issues – as we should – we must draw the line at personal attacks on one another. Such attacks erode our effectiveness as legislators and as Idahoans. When we insult each other, we insult every Idahoan and diminish ourselves. You not only deserve our civility, you should demand it.

promote pragmatic climate policy solutions. The National Audubon Society employs science, education, and conservation projects to conserve natural ecosystems to build healthy communities for people, birds and other wildlife. You are invited to attend this non-partisan dialogue at 5:30 p.m. on Nov. 17 at the Sandpoint Community Hall.

Rep. Mat Erpelding is the House Democratic Leader in the Idaho State House of Representatives. He is serving his third term. Sen. Cherie Buckner-Webb is the Democratic Assistant Minority Leader in the Idaho State Senate. She is serving her third term.

Citizens’ Climate Lobby: a nonpartisan event not to miss

In the wake of catastrophic fires in the West in the summer and fall following the unprecedented storms in Texas, Florida and Puerto Rico, this is certainly the right time to talk about the changing climate. With a clear majority of Idahoans wanting action to address climate change, several organizations with local chapters are sponsoring ‘Let’s Clear the Air,’ a bipartisan open public forum on Friday. Nov. 17, at the Sandpoint Community Hall starting at 5:30 p.m. The forum is designed to engage citizens and community leaders in a conversation about

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Turkey Bingo and Toys For Tots THE READER OF NOTRE DAME By Reader Staff

Bouquets: •A bouquet goes out to Trish Gannon, the publisher of the River Journal. The Journal went out of publication in August, and Trish donated all of her newspaper racks to the Reader. We really appreciate the thoughtful gesture, Trish. We’re also envious that you don’t have a looming deadline over your head. Lucky. • Bonner General Health would like to take this opportunity to thank our community first responders and the other medical facilities who participated in our emergency preparedness exercise on Oct.19: Bonner County Emergency Management, Sandpoint Police Department, Bonner County Sheriff’s Office, Selkirk Fire and Rescue, Bonner County Emergency Medical Services, Bonner County Coroner’s Office, Bonner County 911, Kaniksu Health, Life Care of Sandpoint and Pend Oreille Surgery. Exercising together to fine-tune our response plans and to learn the strengths of each entity will make working together during an actual emergency much smoother. Thank-you all! -Submitted by BGH •Last weekend, while playing music at a gig, I had a brief conversation that made me feel a glimmer of hope. A gentleman came up between songs and said something to the effect that “I don’t agree with your politics, but you guys sound great.” If more people could attempt to find a nice thing to say – even to someone they don’t agree with – I think we would begin to heal the divide that has plagued this nation of late. Try it yourself. Approach someone you may be at odds with politically and compliment them on something. Anything. Barbs: • We always appreciate when you call in with tips for a good story. What we don’t appreciate is when you shout, scream, swear and demean us. We are not your scapegoats, your whipping boys or your stones on which to grind an ax. We are working journalists who will treat you with professional courtesy, but we expect the same. 6 /


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As the holiday season approaches, the Bonner Mall is readying for another year of helping the community with two important events: the Coats for Kids distribution and Turkey Bingo. Because so many coats have been donated across the county, the Bonner Mall has extended the distribution period for Coats for Kids to Thursday, Nov. 16. “It’s totally free,” said Bonner Mall Marketing Director Bette Stepek. “People can go in and help themselves to a coat. It’s one of those projects that helps the community and gives you a nice warm feeling.” Those interested in obtaining a coat through the volunteer program can go to the Bonner Mall during open hours and look at the dedicated space across from Vapor Depot where all the coats are hung out on racks. There are also gloves, hats and scarves available. “I’ve been doing this at the mall for years,” said Stepek, “but this year Karen Battenschlag got involved and through her combination with KXLY, they really extended the pickup period. She has an army of volunteers.” Stepek also wanted to thank the Nu-Way Wash-O-Mat in Sandpoint for washing all the

coats for free. Another event the Bonner Mall is sponsoring is Turkey Bingo. “The Bonner Mall merchants have sponsored this for years as the kickoff for the Sandpoint Lion’s Club’s Toys for Tots program,” said Stepek. Turkey Bingo is a family-friendly event on Nov. 17-18 in the common area in the Bonner Mall. Friday it takes place from 6-8 p.m., Saturday is 12-4 p.m. Prizes for bingo winners are $10 gift certificates good anywhere in the Bonner Mall from the movie theater to Yoke’s. The Sandpoint Lion’s Club also donates several prizes of their own. Each year, Stepek said, Turkey Bingo helps generate anywhere from $1,200-1,500 to help the Toys for Tots drive start off strong. There will also be refreshments for people to purchase while they play. “We’ve had families that have come to this for years,” said Stepek. “We have people that came as kids and now they bring their own kids to it.”

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For more information about obtaining a coat through the Coats for Kids program, or Turkey Bingo, call the Bonner Mall at (208) 263-4272.

D.A. Davidson honors agents By Reader Staff

D.A. Davidson and Co. has named two financial advisors from the company’s Sandpoint and Coeur d’Alene offices to one of the firm’s prestigious honors clubs. The D.A. Davidson President’s Club recognizes outstanding integrity and service to clients. Named to the President’s Club was Thomas Gibson, Senior Vice President, Financial Advisor; and Nancy Hadley, Senior Vice President, Financial Advisor. Through their practice and their passionate approach to client service, Gibson and Hadley have demonstrated an outstanding commitment to clients and the Sandpoint and Coeur d’Alene

Sandpoint’s Jim Healey recently traveled to Notre Dame to visit his nephew and watch the Fighting Irish beat North Carolina State 35-14. While touring the campus, Healey made sure to bring the Reader for a photo-op. Courtesy photo.

Tom Gibson.

Nancy Hadley.

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The crew at 7BTV (L to R): Steve Nelson, Adam Bates and owner Lenny Hess. Photo by Ben Olson.

DISH recently designated Sandpoint’s 7BTV as a “premier local retailer,” the company’s highest honor for businesses that demonstrate excellence in performance and customer experience. Following a highly selective process, 7BTV joins the top five percent of authorized DISH retailers in the Premier program. As a result, customers in Sandpoint have a front-row seat to experience the latest products, announcements and offers available from DISH. “7BTV is truly tuned in to the needs and preferences of customers in Sandpoint and we are proud to have them join our Premier program,” said Amir Ahmed, DISH senior vice president for Indirect Sales. “Premier

Local Retailers are a crucial part of our business, serving as trusted partners who help us better serve our customers, together.” “Our goal is to provide our customers with the best entertainment and home technology experience at the greatest value,” said 7BTV owner Lenny Hess. “We could not have reached Premier Local Retailer status without the support and loyalty of our customers, and your voice will continue to be the most important as we partner with DISH to deliver the best experience possible.” To learn more about 7BTV or to demo the latest offerings from DISH and Sling TV, visit 7BTV. com or 105 S. 3rd Ave., Sandpoint 208-263-7BTV(7288).

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Sandpoint, Ponderay elect new council members

Shannon Williamson. By Cameron Rasmusson Reader Staff

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Local elections wrapped Tuesday night with wins for Sandpoint City Council candidates Shannon Williamson, Joel Aispuro and John Darling. By the time the ballots were counted Tuesday night, Williamson, Aispuro and Darling received the most support out in field of six candidates. The victory qualifies them for the three open seats currently held by Stephen Snedden, Bob Camp and Williamson, an incumbent and council president. In total, Aispuro received 649 votes, Jeff Bohnhof received 484 votes, Darling received 578 votes, Mose Dunkel received 123 votes, Robert Jediny received 123 votes and Williamson received 735 votes. During the campaign, Williamson cited the work accomplished in her first term as her most significant qualification for office. She said that while there is always room for improvement, the city has served voters well over the past four years on everything from fiber optic installations to maintenance and infra-


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John Darling.

Joel Aispuro.

Kathy Osborne.

Phil McNearney.

structure projects to downtown street work. “Thank you to everyone who had the confidence in me to continue serving the City of Sandpoint as a Council Member!” Williamson wrote on her Facebook page. “I truly appreciate your support and I look forward to working with the rest of the Council on behalf of the citizens of Sandpoint.” Aispuro, a well-known face in town thanks to his work at the popular Joel’s Mexican Restaurant, believes the city should focus on four major priorities: water, sewer, roads and emergency service. He sees the city’s primary role as offering exemplary city services. “I first want to thank the wonderful people of Sandpoint for their trust in me,” he wrote in an email. “It is truly a humbling experience to be able to serve the community in this capacity! I look forward to the future!” “I will continue to be involved and learn as much as I can,” he added. Darling campaigned in part on his experience as a Ponderay City Council member, which he said helped introduce him to public service. He cited

improved streets and infrastructure, high-speed internet and affordable water as priorities for the city. “I am honored to be voted into office for Sandpoint City Council by the residents of Sandpoint,” he wrote in an email. “I hope to be a voice of the people to our local government and am committed to being a honest and fair representative for our community.” On his intended preparations before being sworn in next year, he added, “I have signed up for some refresher training with the Association for Idaho Cities, and will continue to familiarize myself with the current affairs.” In Ponderay, voters elected Phil McNearney and Kathleen Osborne to serve in two open seats on the City Council. In total, Jacque Guinan received 17 votes, McNearney received 42 votes, Osborne received 50 votes and Nancy Piatt received 21 votes. Ponderay voters also passed a local option tax with a total of 55 votes in favor and 22 votes against. The 7-percent occupancy tax on hotel and motel stay will run for eight years and

is anticipated to collect $235,000 annually. The city will spend that money first on city infrastructure, capital projects and public transportation. The next priority is street overlays; sidewalk repair, extension and replacement; additional bike paths and parks and recreation. Finally, the remainder will fund public safety services, a property tax relief fund and the administrative cost of collecting and administering the tax. Dover candidates William Strand and Kristy Evans didn’t face any competition for the City Council’s two open seats, but voters gave them a nod of support with Strand receiving 38 votes and Evans receiving 25 votes. The same uncontested scenario for two open council seats played out in Oldtown, where Bobby Jones received five votes and Anna Burns received four votes. Russell Schenck ran uncontested for a four-year term as mayor of Clark Fork, winning 25 votes. Likewise, Sheri Jones and Blaine Williams ran unopposed for two open council seats, receiving 21 votes and two votes respectively.

In Hope, yet another uncontested race played out with Carolyn Guldberg and Robert Lizotte winning two open council seats with 16 votes apiece. The trend of uncontested races in Bonner County continued with Lonna Bernard and Thomas Grimm taking two open East Hope council seats with 28 and 27 votes respectively. They will serve four-year terms. Meanwhile, Ian Barrett will serve a twoyear term after winning the shorter-duration seat with 30 votes. David Sundquist and Grace Bauer will both take open seats on the Kootenai City Council after winning unopposed seats. Sundquist received 27 votes, and Bauer received 28 votes. James Martin will serve as Priest River’s mayor for four years after winning his uncontested election with 59 votes. The same goes for council candidates Gary Stewart, who took 49 votes, and Candy Turner, who took 26 votes.


Gubernatorial candidate Tommy Ahlquist visits Sandpoint as part of Idaho tour By Lyndsie Kiebert Reader Staff Writer Idaho gubernatorial candidate Tommy Ahlquist visited Sandpoint Friday as part of his “44 counties in 44 days” tour. Ahlquist spoke at the Sandpoint Community Hall to a group of a few dozen locals, outlining what he calls his “conservative blueprint for an even better Idaho.” His platform focuses primarily on small businesses, education, healthcare, tax reform, term limits and ethics. Ahlquist, a doctor and real estate developer, said his tour of the state has only affirmed his belief that listening to people is the best thing he can do as governor. “I really would not get into this if I didn’t think we could make a tremendous difference in this state,” he said. “I don’t know why we always have to be

last. I don’t know why we can’t lead the country in education. I don’t know why we can’t have jobs that keep our kids here. I don’t know why we can’t look at every decision we make through the lenses of ‘what’s best for small business?’” He said one of his main concerns after going on his 44-county tour is that the state places 44th in median income. “It’s not about people not trying,” he said. “There’s no shortage of people working to make Idaho great.” Throughout his talk, Ahlquist emphasized that he is a “solutions person,” and that he doesn’t approach Idaho’s issues with a partisan mindset. He drove the point home when asked about his donations to a number of Democratic Idaho campaigns. “It’s not a partisan position,” Ahlquist said, noting he supports

Democratic candidates, especially at city level, if he believes they’ll be smart with his investments in that community. “Anyone concerned about those donations has never done business.” Ahlquist said he and his team have run the numbers, and his donations have been 80 percent to Republican campaigns and 20 percent to Democrats. “I voted Republican my entire life, and the core values I believe in are all free markets and personal accountability: very, very much Republican,” he said. “And in all fairness to people, I don’t have a voting record, but what I ask people to do is look at my life and how I’ve lived my life. And more importantly, look at (my platform). Anyone who knows me knows that I’ll do what I say I’ll do, and I’ll do it quicker and more efficiently than you ever thought possible.”

Bergdahl avoids jail time for desertion By Cameron Rasmusson Reader Staff

Idaho resident Bowe Bergdahl was dishonorably discharged from the U.S. Army last week but dodged prison time for deserting his post. CNN reports that the former soldier, held for five years in captivity, originally faced the possibility of life in prison. His sentence was ultimately far lighter, with his judge, Army Col. Jeffrey Nance, ordering that his rank be reduced from sergeant to private. He must also pay a $1,000 fine. After Bergdahl pleaded guilty to charges that he deserted his Afghanistan outpost, his defense pushed for a lenient sentence, saying that he should never have been in the army in the first place due to mental illness. His lawyers also argued he’d

given up enough of his life in Taliban captivity. Prosecutors, meanwhile, asked for a 14-year sentence, arguing Bergdahl put his fellow soldiers’ lives at risk. Soldiers testified they endured harsh conditions searching for Bergdahl, who wandered off from his post in 2009. Retired Navy SEAL Chief Petty Officer James Hatch also said that he and his K-9 partner were attacked while searching for Bergdahl, which resulted in him being shot in the leg and his dog being killed. President Donald Trump has been outspoken on Bergdahl. He originally criticized former President Barack Obama for the deal that exchanged five Guantanamo Bay prisoners for Bergdahl, tweeting that it created “a VERY BAD precedent” and was “another U.S. loss.”

Trump went on to blast Bergdahl on the 2016 campaign trail, saying he was “a dirty, rotten traitor.” “In the good old days, he would have been executed,” he added. Bergdahl’s defense argued that the president’s comments made it impossible for him to receive a fair trial. Nance ruled that while Trump’s comments were troubling, they did not violate due process. Trump was quick to weigh in following the sentencing. “The decision on Sergeant Bergdahl is a complete and total disgrace to our Country and to our Military,” he tweeted on Friday.

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Tommy Ahlquist speaks to a crowd at Sandpoint Community Hall last Friday. Photo by Lyndsie Kiebert.

Deadline for Wythe grant approaching

By Ben Olson Reader Staff The deadline for the 10th annual Lois Wythe Native Plant Grant is rapidly approaching. The grant is offered by the Kinnikinnick Native Plant Society (KNPS) and helps fund projects that encourage the use and appreciation of native plants. The grant is open to any Bonner County resident, class or

group. The grant is awarded in honor of Lois Wythe, the founder of the native plant arboretum in Sandpoint’s Lakeview Park. Application forms are available on the KNPS website – – and should be returned to the following address no later than Thursday, Nov. 30: Grants Committee, KNPS, PO Box 1092, Sandpoint, ID 83864.

Crapo-backed action to target Canadian softwood lumber trade By Ben Olson Reader Staff The U.S. Dept. of Commerce announced it would take trade actions against imports of Canadian softwood lumber into the U.S. that violate fair trade laws. The announcement follows a letter of bipartisan support to Commerce from Senate Finance Committee members led by Sen. Mike Crapo (R-Idaho) and Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Oregon). The Commerce Dept. determined that Canada has been subsidizing lumber exported south of the border to the detriment of U.S. lumber producers. Accord-

ing to Commerce, those exports were worth an estimated $5.6 billion last year. Under the new subsidy determination, softwood lumber imported from Canada will be subject to an average tariff rate of approximately 20 percent if the International Trade Commission makes a final affirmative determination. “The announcement that the Commerce Department will implement tariffs on Canadian softwood is a strong first step toward protecting forest products jobs and our rural economy in the Northwest,” said Wyden and Crapo in a prepared statement. November 9, 2017 /


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Mad about Science: By Brenden Bobby Reader Columnist Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson is one of my personal heroes. Not to glaze over his lifetime of achievements, but one of the things he’s been popular for lately is pointing out why Hollywood needs to spend some of their giant blockbuster budgets on science books. If you need an example, search “Neil deGrasse Tyson Gravity Tweets.” This article isn’t going to make me any friends, but bear with me. I still enjoy a lot of these following movies, even if they tend to bend the truth until it snaps. Hollywood has discarded basic science for decades to make big, showy scenes, skirt budgetary costs and keep a viewer feeling smart without feeling overwhelmed. In the process, they’ve bred a series of recurring and painfully inaccurate tropes you get to point and giggle at today. Weightlessness. Scenes in microgravity are nearly impossible to get right, primarily because of our hair. You can hang Sandra Bullock on as many wire rigs as you want, gravity is still going to pull her hair straight down on set. The only safe way we can film anything in microgravity is using a reduced-gravity aircraft. This is a plane that climbs in altitude, “levels out” and then begins to fall. During the crest of the arc, the engines exactly compensate for drag and the plane and everyone inside are subject to a few moments of total freefall, where weightlessness is simulated. Trying to film an entire 10 /


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hollywood’s science fails Part 1 movie like this would eat up the budget of like 20 movies put together. It’s just easier to tie everyone to wire rigs like human marionettes. “Star Wars” is one of my favorite franchises of all time, but it’s rife with scientific faux pas. TIE Fighters (which stands for Twin Ion Engines, which is actual propulsion technology) make an ominous scream as they rip through space. Only problem is, sound is the vibration through air or other gases, and those are sparse in a vacuum. Laser cannons are another misstep by not just “Star Wars,” but virtually every sci-fi movie that has ever used them. We can see laser beams because it’s the light bouncing through gas to create an effect called “scattering.” Also, lasers are light, so they move at the speed of it. An expert pilot dodging a laser beam would be like an expert pilot trying to dodge sunlight; it’s just not happening. Everyone is familiar with that scene where there’s a huge space battle going on. One ship fires a nuclear warhead and there’s a huge mushroom cloud. The hero’s ship races through the flaming debris as embers bathe his ship and billowing smoke masks the camera’s view for just one tense moment. Flames are spraying out of the ship that’s suddenly falling rapidly towards the planet! A space battle with similar technology in space wouldn’t be nearly as fun to watch. Nuclear warheads create fireballs in our atmosphere because of the presence of oxygen, and the cloud

mushrooms because of how it reacts with surrounding air. In space, the nuclear explosion wouldn’t be able to create a fireball, just a blinding, spherical white flash and an invisible ejection of radiation, which is much more deadly in space. While the ships might be filled with oxygen, any fires present inside of the ship would be immediately extinguished as the hull is breached. The vacuum of space would pull all of the oxygen out very rapidly and take away the fire’s ability to burn. The lack of oxygen in space would also smother embers that formed on the broken pieces or the ship’s exterior. Most space battles in movies are based off images and film of naval battles from World War II, where uncontrollable fires and sinking were legitimate concerns.

Hotshot hackers. Some edgy kid in a hoodie sitting behind an intimidating-looking command prompt screen is able to break into the tightest government computer systems in the world. He’s dangerous and irresponsible, but the protagonists need him and his quirky millennial edge to hack into the alien computers and save the world. Most large-scale hacking events are the result of something called social engineering. This is when the hacker uses traditional scam artist techniques to trick an employee or government official into opening something they shouldn’t that infects their computer, or collects evidence to blackmail that person so they can have an

A still scene in “Gravity” where Sandra Bullock’s hair defies physics. Photo courtesy Warner Bros. Entertainment.

easy “in” to the database they’re trying to infiltrate. Brute-force entry into major computer systems is exceedingly rare, and no major companies use “password” or a CEO’s birth date as a password. As well, just because the hacker is smart doesn’t mean that he knows how to hack alien computers. They may run on electricity and do advanced computing, but unless they

developed their systems on Earth, there’s no way we’d figure their technology out in minutes, just like they couldn’t figure out ours at a glance. We’re still digging up relics from antiquity that served functions we don’t understand. Are you not entertained? Check back next week as we laugh and learn at some other odd junk we’ve seen in movies.

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• The movie “Gravity” was more expensive than the Indian Mars mission. • The dinosaur noises in the “Jurassic Park” movie were made from recordings of tortoise sex. •Martin Scorsese’s Film Foundation claims that “half of all American films made before 1950 and over 90 percent of films made before 1929 are lost forever.” The reasons are numerous, including the fact that nitrate-based films are highly flammable and may have been lost in fires. Also, studios went bankrupt often and incinerated film stock to salvage silver particles. • Movie trailers used to play after the film (hence the name). • The Movie “Paranormal Activity” cost less than $15,000 to make but grossed over $193,000,000, making it the most profitable film ever made. • The budget for the movie “Titanic” was higher than the Titanic itself. • Bruce Lee was so fast, they actually had to run his films slower so you can see his moves. They filmed him at 32 fps and ran it slower at 24 fps. • Nigeria makes more movies every year than the US. •Movie theater popcorn costs more per ounce than filet mignon in the US. • Time travel depictions in films and TV are banned in China. • Godzilla was only seen for about eight minutes in the 2014 film “Godzilla.”


The American Redoubt Series

A nonjudgmental analysis of the political movement that has taken root in the Northwest

By Ben Olson Reader Staff


n the next few weeks, we’ll be publishing an ongoing series of articles focusing a spotlight on the American Redoubt movement. Of all the many suggestions we receive for story ideas, one of the most common is to explore what the Redoubt movement is all about. On the surface, it’s a loosely based political movement centered around the belief that the Northwest – including Idaho, Montana, eastern Washington, eastern Oregon and Wyoming – is an ideal place to build a safe haven in which to stave off the collapse of society. Because of the low population density and absence of major natural disasters, as well as a high number of libertarian-minded

Christians, followers believe this region would be the best choice to be set up when “the shit hits the fan.” Underneath, it’s much more complicated than that. This series of articles will attempt to explain the movement in a nonjudgmental, nonpartisan way. We will examine the tenets that make-up the Redoubt movement individually and let you, the reader, decide what to make of it. As we, the editorial staff, have agreed, the American Redoubt movement can be roughly explained by examining four pieces that make up the whole. 1. Self-reliance and preparation. 2. Geographic isolation. 3. Religion. 4. Political ideology.

We will also explore the history of the movement, the origination of the term “American Redoubt,” and finally, we will touch on the impact that the movement has had on the region, including those who follow the movement and those who are critical of it. As with everything we do at the Reader, we wish for the public to be involved in this process all along the way. We would like to solicit your own viewpoints on the movement – no matter which side they fall on. As you may assume, it has been difficult to interview people whose lifestyle depends on self-reliance, isolation and mistrust of the media. If you identify with the Redoubt movement, have moved to this geographic vicinity in the last 10 years, and would like to share your story with the

Reader, we promise to quote you accurately and fairly. Again, our motivation is not to promote or denounce this movement with this series of articles. We are simply trying to take a documentary view of the movement as a sum of its pieces. If you think this movement has been portrayed unfairly in the media before, now is your chance to set the record straight. All it takes is a little communication. I guarantee each and every one of you, we will treat you with respect and dignity. Please feel free to reach out to publisher Ben Olson at (208) 265-9724 or write to Of course, we hope to speak with people on the record as much as possible, but if you wish you remain anonymous, we can work with that. However, we

The geographic territory of the so-called American Redoubt, which includes Idaho, Montana, eastern Washington, eastern Oregon and Wyoming. Photo illustration by Ben Olson. must actually speak with you and verify basic information before we consider you a credible source. Next week, we will kick off this series with the first piece on the preparedness community. I invite all of our readers to read each article with an open mind and a nonjudgmental eye. At the conclusion of this series, it is our hope that you are more informed about your region, and that you may commence discussions about the political diversity of North Idaho with more facts than emotion. November 9, 2017 /


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Dollar Beers! 8pm @ Eichardt’s Pub Good until the keg’s dry

KPND Thursday Night Football Party 5:30pm @ 219 Lounge Host Bob Witte will be on hand to giveaway prizes to local restaurants, concert and football game tickets, and more! Mandala Pizza will be served out back

Live Music w/ Bright Moments Jazz 5-7pm @ Idaho Pour Authority Sandpoint’s great jazz band Live Music w/ Jake Robin 5-8pm @ Pend d’Oreille Winery Come enjoy this local’s sultry voice Live Music w/ Ron Greene 6:30-9:30pm @ MickDuff’s Beer Hall


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Live Music w/ Brian Jacobs & Sandpoint Contra Chris Lynch 7pm @ Spt. Commu 9pm @ 219 Lounge All dances taught an Live Music w/ The Cole Show Live Music w/ 6pm @ Arlo’s Ristorante Marty Perron & Live Jazz Music w/ Tom D’Orazi 6-8pm @ Ceda 5:30-7:30pm @ The Farmhouse Wine Bar (477227 Highway 95 in Ponderay) Guitar/mandolin

Live Music w/ Folkinception 9pm @ 219 Lounge Spokane’s Folkinception tactfully brings you the intermingling of roots music with rock and roll and anthemic pop-soul. Also, Veterans Day Tap Takeover takes place from 5-8 p.m. with Mad Bomber Brewery. Vets get 2 for 1 pricing all day Live Music w/ Brian Jacobs 5-8pm @ Pend d’Oreille Winery Acoustic guitarist with tons of great covers

Live Music w/ Ken Mayginnes 6-8pm @ Kootenai River Brewing Co. A Sandpoint singer/songwriter

SARS Annual Ski Swap 9am-2pm @ Bonner Co. Fairgrounds The annual ski/snowboard gear swap! $2 gets you in the door to deals on all kinds of snow gear. Proceeds benefit Schweitzer Alpine Racing School Live Music w/ Harold’s IGA 6:30-9:30pm @ MickDuff’s Beer Hall An Indie Folk Rock trio

Cedar St. Bridge Public Market 10am-2pm @ Cedar St. Bridge Enjoy indoor shopping on the bridge

Sandpoint Chess Club 9am @ Evans Brothers Coffee Meets every Sunday at 9am. All are welcome

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Dollar Beers! Family Reading Week with 8pm @ Eichardt’s Pub Olivia the Pig Good until the keg’s dry 6:30pm @ Kootenai Elementary meet Olivia the Pig, hear stories, and enjoy a celebration to remember. Free!

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Andy Hackbarth Band in concert 7:30pm @ Panida Theater Award-winning musician Andy Hackbarth and his band return to Sandpoint as part of their 2016 “Steal You Away” tour. $14

Veterans Celebration 6:45pm @ Panida Theater A free night honoring our veterans with a showing of the film “Faith of Our Father” Santa’s Workshop Craft Fair 9am-4pm @ BGH Classroom Homemade crafts, quilted items, stocking stuffers, candles, soaps and more

Holiday Farmers Market 10am-2pm @ Forrest Bird Charter School A wonderful opportunity to stock up for winter, or just get some delicious fresh veggies before they’re all gone! Along with farmers, there will be local artisans offering handcrafted items to get your Christmas shopping done. Food by Mandala Pizza. Free and open to the public!

Paint and Sip Party 6:30pm @ The Pottery Bug Have some fun during this snowy week. BYOB so you can sip while you paint! Come paint “The Heart Tree” - no painting talent needed; cost is $30

Annual Harvest Dinner 5:30pm @ Memorial Community Center No-host bar, complimentary appetizers and fun-filled bucket raffles that will feature many locally crafted and homemade items. A traditional holiday meal will be served around 6:30 p.m. $25 to be paid in advance. Call (208) 264-5481 to charge by phone

Sandpoint Style fall fundraiser 5-9pm @ Ponderay Events Center “Get Your Best Boots On” is the theme of the Angels Over Sandpoint’s annual fundraiser. This ladies night out includes a fashion show featuring six local shops, an appetizer buffet provided by generous local restaurants, a dessert buffet featuring a boot shaped birthday Warren Miller’s 68th ski film: “Line of Descent” cake honoring the Angels’ 20 years of service 7pm @ The Panida Theater A winter kickoff tradition featuring some of the best names and a Boot Parade. Great music, dancing, a and locations in winter sports. From Jackson Hole to New no-host bar. Tickets are available at Eve’s Leaves, Eichardt’s and Sandpoint Online Zealand, Warren Miller takes viewers on a world tour Live Music w/ Mike & Shanna Thompson 5-7pm @ Idaho Pour Authority

Adult Open Gym Basketball 4:30-6pm @ Sandpoint High School gym Entry fee $2. Held every Sunday through winter

FREE Youth Open Gym Basketball 3-4:30pm @ Sandpoint High School gym Free. Reserved for youth grades 3 through 12. Held every Sunday through winter.

•Admission is free •Free-will donations accepted at the door •100% of donations go to local veterans •An evening of music and a great movie •Please join your Bonner County neighbors to thank our vets!

tball Party • 5:30pm @ 219 Lounge ns of prizes to give away from area restaurants, concerts tickets, WSU football amplers, and much more. Drink specials, plus food by Mandala Pizza s of KNWR Meeting Barn (Bonners Ferry) Five Minutes of Fame meeting of the Friends of Kootenai 6:30pm @ Cafe Bodega (Foster’s Crossing) e Refuge. A new president will be Writers, musicians, listeners ... all are welre will be a discussion of the plan- come to this open mic which takes place ually held in January the third Wednesday of every month reille Arts Council fundraiser @ Idaho Pour Authority “Murder on the Orient Express” film ve music, raffle prizes and compli7:30pm @ Panida Theater appetizers for this POAC fundraisAdapted from Agatha Christie’s famous Deschutes Brewery beer on tap novel. See Panida ad for full showtimes

Nov. 17 Let’s Clear the Air @ Spt. Community Hall Nov. 18-19 Walden: The Ballad of Thoreau @ Panida Theater Nov. 18 BGH Community Hospice Adult Grief Support Group Authority 6pm @ BGH Classroom Em pty Bowl Beer! No share stories and feelings, and support one another in an under- Fu ndraiser @ e big table for standing and caring environment. Contact Lissa at 208-265-1185 Col talking about umbia Bank for an application, which is requred, but attendance is flexible Scotch Ale

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Y A D W O N S Last weekend was one for the record books. We put a post on Facebook asking for your first-day-of-winter photos and were amazed at the response. The winner, below, taken by Aaron Carroll, earns $25 in Eichardt’s dining and drinking bucks. Because we got so many great responses, we decided to include a handful of honorable mentions. Thanks fto everyone for participating. Stay tuned for our next contest giveaway on Facebook. -Ben Olson

WINNER: Aaron Carroll

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“Snow Angels.” Photo by Erin Billings.

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‘Art is in everything’

Sandpoint native leaves her mark on the University of Idaho campus — literally

By Lyndsie Kiebert Reader Staff Danielle Capelli, originally of Sandpoint, will leave the University of Idaho in a few months with knowledge, memories and hopefully a degree. But she’ll also leave something behind: a mural. Capelli recently won the UI Gateway Murals contest when her design, titled “Deep,” was chosen to be painted on the campus’ East Art and Architecture building, which faces into downtown Moscow. “Deep” represents UI’s commitment to what they’re calling “STEAMED” — science, technology, engineering, arts, mathematics, education and design. Capelli said each color in the mural represents a part of STEAMED. “That mural could have been done by anyone,” she said. “UI is great place where it doesn’t matter who you are or what you do … the point is what you can do.” Capelli is an aspiring teacher, and credits her interest to the teachers she had while growing up in Sandpoint, namely her high school choir teacher, Jon Brownell, and art teacher, Heather Guthrie. “I had those teachers in my life that influenced my passions in these different types of arts, so

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University of Idaho student and Sandpoint graduate Danielle Capelli stands before her winning mural painted on the East Art and Architecture building on the Moscow campus. Photo by Diamond Koloski of The Argonaut. I want to be that in the future,” Capelli said. “I want to help my students find their passions just like I did.” She graduated from SHS in 2014 and is now at UI studying Secondary Art Education. She said she will receive her degree after fulfilling her student teaching requirement in fall of 2018. “I’m lucky to have come from a high school that had a pretty stable arts program,” she said. “I’m just really, really grateful for that because others don’t have that

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opportunity — that’s why I became a teacher.” According to Capelli, people are influenced by art everywhere, even when they don’t notice. “There’s a lot of murals going up (in Moscow), and I love that type of thing because it really influences people in the community even if they don’t recognize it,” she said. “Art is in everything: movies, magazines, cars. My main goal is to encourage people to see how influential art really is.” Leading up to the mural contest, Capelli said her sculpture instructor Casey Doyle encouraged her and her classmates to submit designs. She said thanks to him, she got involved in the project. Doyle, interim head of the university’s art and design program, said he put together the grant to make the murals happen and that the goal was to find designs that would engage the university with the outside community. He said Capelli’s design, voted on by members of the College of Art and Architecture as well as the general public, fit the bill. “She’s a very promising student and we look forward to seeing her out there teaching, and potentially educating students that might end up in our program here,” he said. See more photos of Capelli’s mural and read more about the UI Gateway Murals project at uidaho. edu/caa/programs/art-design/featured-stories/gateway-mural.

As the time changes and the days get shorter, people often struggle with feeling down or like they have less energy. That often gets compounded by the number of gray days and lack of sunshine. For those of us who chose to live north it is important to explore how to enjoy winter and what are winter activities and interests. We need both indoor activities as well as outdoor activities to get fresh air and sunshine when we can and as a way of interacting with people. How everyone enjoys winter will be different. Being with people and having interests away from home is as important as finding things to do when leaving the house is more difficult. Staying connected with friends and family and planning events and times to get together where you can enjoy the company of others is important. We are naturally a social species and need connections even when the weather makes it more difficult. Use the season to explore new crock pot recipes or casseroles that your family can enjoy. Ask each family member what is their favorite meal and make every Sunday favorite day. Use the holidays as a time to develop rituals and create memories that children will take into their adult lives with them. How many of us have special childhood memories connected to the holidays. Enjoying the season makes

the time move quickly and after the first of year our days are already getting longer. Starbucks has made millions off marketing the season with their pumpkin spice to create

happy feelings. Getting exercise is important, and whether it be inside or outside, enjoy the sports you can only do this time of year. Though it might take a bit more effort, pushing ourselves to maintain being active is part of what helps us stay positive when our inclination might be more on the negative side. Finding something we enjoy often helps, but in the end for some we might have to just force ourselves because we know it helps us feel better. Whatever we decide, being proactive and planning helps us stay on track and power through the winter, especially if it is a time that is harder for us. Why wait until we hit that down feeling when we are saying, “I can’t do this another day?” The more we can stay ahead of it, the shorter the winter feels and the quicker we step into spring and the longer days and increased sunshine. 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 dianne_smith_mft@


Lost Horse Press releases new titles

By Lyndsie Kiebert Reader Staff Writer

Sandpoint’s independent literary publisher Lost Horse Press released a number of books this fall, a few of them highlighting local talent. Founder and publisher Christine Holbert said the “Nasty Women Poets” anthology, edited by Grace Bauer and Julie Kane, has been a surprise success. “I think it’s very similar to the energy and passion that went into the Women’s March on Washington,” Krane said. “I think women are feeling particularly devalued as of late.” Kane said when she and her co-editor first proposed the anthology to Holbert, she was hesitant to publish it. Then, after the 2016 presidential election, Kane said she felt the book would no longer find success because it couldn’t be a celebration of the first female president. “We thought, ‘Oh no, there goes our book,’ but Christine said, ‘We have to do this more than ever now,’” Kane said. “I’m so grateful to Christine for publishing it and doing such a beautiful job.” While Nasty Women Poets features work from women across the country, local writer Desiree Aguirre had a poem — originally written as a song and titled “Dancing Horses” — published in the collection. “I wrote it for my daughter, and much to my disbelief and amazement, it was selected,” Aguirre said. “(This book is) timely, important and it gives women a voice. I am blown away. I am in outstanding company.” Another book released this fall through Lost Horse Press features cover art by local artist Catherine Earle. The Open Hand by David Axelrod is a collection of poetry in which the author explores the theme,

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Lost Horse Press releases, from left to right: “A Field of Foundlings” by Iryna Starovoyt, “Nasty Women Poets” edited by Grace Bauer and Julie Kane, and “The Open Hand” by David Axelrod. Photos courtesy Lost Horse Press.

“Where does joy come from?” “Christine wanted to use one of my images for a long time, but my work is normally kind of busy for a book cover,” she said. “I was very pleased with the outcome and the opportunity of my artwork being published, especially for a poetry book.” The first installment of Lost Horse Press’ Contemporary Ukrainian Poet Series was also just released. “A Field of Foundlings” is a collection from Iryna Starovoyt, translated by University of Michigan Ph.D. student Grace Mahoney. Mahoney is originally from Boise, and this is her first book of translations. “For a reader who isn’t familiar with Ukraine, it’s a good introduction,” Mahoney said about “A Field of Foundlings.” “(Starovoyt) helps start drawing these cultural connections for people that are really insightful.” Holbert said that while she can’t take credit for the content of Lost Horse Press’ books, she said she’s had a hand in deciding what books will succeed, how to make them better and giving them a package that

will appeal to people, because “everyone judges a book by its cover.” “I publish things that I’m interested in and struck my fancy, and I think every poetry press publisher does that,” she said. “What Lost Horse Press is known for now is quality of product and design. That’s because I’m not a writer — my degree is in publishing, so that’s my whole love.”

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A Poem for Lizzie By Michael Jacobson Reader Contributor Editor’s Note: This piece was sent to us a few weeks ago, but we held onto it to publish it in tandem with the Veterans’ Day issue. Thanks for writing, Michael, and thanks for all that you’ve done to protect our nation. -Ben Olson, publisher In Tribute: I humbly write this and ask forgiveness for all of those brave warriors who have supported us in our journey when yours has been forgotten. One day as I was working and editing one of the stories in my next book, “Tour of Duty,” a thought came to me. How many times has a spouse, a caregiver, a friend, been asked, “What is like for you to live with someone who suffers from PTSD?” I called one of my former combat brothers. During the conversation I asked if Lizzie, his wife, was there. He handed the phone to her. “Lizzie-Bear, this is Jake,” I said. “I’ve known you and Patrick for some time and you have been around when he and I have talked about some of our combat related missions, especially our Cambodia incursion. You know both Patrick and I suffer from trauma from that time of our life and what happened. How has that affected you as a wife and mother?” A month later Lizzie sent me this letter: September 27, 2017 Hi Jake, I wanted to thank you for asking for my thoughts on living with someone who suffers from PTSD. Personally, I think it must be like a roller coaster ride. I believe it is important for people to know that 18 /


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PTSD is not only destructive to the person suffering but also to the caregiver and/or spouse. I can’t get into specifics because most of it is just stuffed in a closet in my heart and I am not sure what would happen to my heart if I opened that door. Please tell River hello for me. She must be a warrior to walk this path with you. She has my love, respect and appreciation. You are family to me. My dad loved you and thought of you and Patrick as the sons he never had. He asked about you many times over the years. Also, you are a wonderful writer so don’t stop writing; people need to hear what you have to say. Friends, Eliz Clark In response, I wrote a poem to thank her for insight on a topic not very often talked about, if at all: For Lizzie They do not give out medals, For the wounds that I must bear, My Heart will never tell you, My Heart will never share. I’m not sure – of what would happen, If I even peaked inside, Would it be like Pandora’s Box? Straining at the chains. Tearing at the locks. So I will walk this silent path, A burden, mine, alone, I’ll say my daily prayers, Until my Savior calls me home. -Michael Jacobson

No more ‘Us versus Them’: A Veteran’s view By Seth Phalen Reader Contributor As our national village gathers in ceremony to honor its war veterans, I’d like to share a few thoughts (by your leave) as one of the lucky survivors. I feel motivated by a mixed sense of responsibility, desperation and anguish. Ken Burns’ recent PBS presentation on the Vietnam War really got to me with his compassionate, earnest and unflinching approach, honoring the stories of all participants, Vietnamese and Americans alike. The veterans’ stories resonated deeply with me. I kept wanting to scream, “There it is!” when the hard truths came out in anguished reflection. Yes, war is hell and combat is a MF. The full horror of this sordid episode in our history and the overwhelming grief for all who suffered and died there – especially the Vietnamese people – hit me like a ton of bricks, like never before. So I beg your indulgence for my frayed emotion and incoherence here. I feel like I’m speaking with shit on my face, blood on my hands and a vampire in my soul. I loved my country then, or at least my idea of she stood for in the ringing words of the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution and the Bill of Rights, and all the progressive Amendments as we evolved over time. I loved my country then, and I love her now... but I’ve got to say, “You’re breaking my heart!” The political divisiveness in this country that started during the Vietnam War has turned into such an ugly, devastating polarization that’s just killing me. Do we want another Civil War now, for God’s sake? A large part of our populace seems to be motivated by fear and intolerance, as reflected, in my opinion, by the current administration. Projection, mistrust, fear, greed and hatred seem to be running so rampant that I

Seth Phalen’s Marine photo after graduating Boot Camp at Camp Lejeune. Courtesy photo.

can hardly recognize the country I staked my young life out for. I find it bitterly ironic that but for a dispensation of a few inches I’d be regarded as a dead hero, compelling patriotic citizens to adopt a standing posture out of respect when the National Anthem is played. Personally, I’d favor a drop to the knee as an acknowledgment of the social injustices we still need to fix, with a hope and a prayer for guidance – to fulfill our pledge for freedom and justice for all. I can’t believe that the word “liberal” has become a pejorative in this “land of the free and home of the brave.” If this country keeps on its current detour to the dark side of ignorance, intolerance, fear, hatred and greed, then, in my opinion as a veteran, generations of American veterans have died in vain. In the graphic and harrowing movie “Saving Private Ryan,” I was moved by the coda in the

cemetery scene on the theme, “How do we survivors best honor the true heroes who made the ultimate sacrifice for freedom?” The answer was something like “Do your best to live the fullest, most honorable life you can.” I guess for me that means I need to remember and call up whatever internal strength that made it possible for me to put one foot in front of another on patrol “looking for the shit” long ago. I need to find the courage and commitment to purge any of my own “Us versus Them” fears and anxieties, to stay aligned with love and compassion, to be tolerant with a view toward understanding differing viewpoints of others, to be patient, mindful and discerning, to be grateful and reverent, and above all – to have faith in my countrymen and women. Please help me walk this talk. I love you. Seth Phalen fought during the Vietnam War with the U.S. Marine Corps. He was originally part of the 4th Battalion 12th Marine Regiment, but while in combat was assigned to the 2nd Battalion 26th Marines, 3rd Marine Division. Phalen suffered shrapnel wounds as a result of a mortar attack while on patrol with his company. We are thankful for the sacrifice he and other veterans have made for our country.

Sweet Lou’s Restaurants are giving back to veterans By Reader Staff Sweet Lou’s Restaurants are saluting our troops by offering all current and former members of the U.S. armed forces a free, six-ounce top sirloin steak with one side dish on Veterans Day. “This was the least we could do,” said owner Chad Foust. “They have sacrificed to serve the country, now it’s our turn to serve them.” This is the seventh year Foust has offered a free steak to vets. “It’s great watching service men and women coming in proudly in their

uniforms and exchanging their stories,” said Foust. “It’s even better when other customers greet them and thank them for their service. To redeem the Veterans Day special, customers must present a valid military ID. The offer is good for dine-in only and will be available on Nov. 11 from 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Sweet Lou’s Restaurant and Bar is located at 477272 Hwy 95 in Ponderay. For more information, visit


Panida to celebrate 90 years By Lyndsie Kiebert Reader Staff Writer

In the office above the Panida Theater hangs a calendar of epic proportions. The timeline spans all the way from January 2016 to next month. It hangs on the wall, too wide and too tall to encompass in a single arm span. There is hardly a day without bright marker filling up the box. Movie showings, musical performances and so much more have been jotted down here before they ever graced the marquee outside. This calendar has been Executive Director Patricia Walker’s life for the last two years, doing a job she says she loves, despite it being a trying endeavor at times. “Although that calendar’s busy, it’s not enough. It’s takes a continued commitment to keep it alive,” Walker said. Sandpoint will celebrate that continued commitment Saturday, Nov. 18, at the Panida’s 90th birthday party. The Panida Art Show and reception in the Little Theater will kick the night off at 6 p.m. followed by music, theater, dancing and films on the big screen at 7 p.m. on the Panida’s main stage. Entertainment for the night is inspired by each decade that the theater has been open. Walker said they even managed to get their hands on a clip from the first movie to ever show at the Panida: “Now We’re In The Air.” Board Chair Nancy Foster Renk said locals should keep in mind that the Panida’s birthday party is the nonprofit’s fall fundraiser. “The Panida has been here for the community, and we hope the community will be here for the Panida on its birthday night,” she said. Local filmmaker and past Panida board member Erik Daarstad said he has been involved with the theater in some capacity since he moved to the area in the ‘70s. He said the

The famed Panida marquee. Courtesy photo. Panida is unique because while other American towns have multiple historic theaters, Sandpoint has only one — and it’s still open. “I’m really happy the Panida has made it this far, and I hope it’ll keep going forever, but it’s a challenge. Just financially, it’s not easy,” Daarstad said. “I hope especially younger people can get behind it a little more, even though they didn’t grow up with it like older people did.” Walker said that even as the entertainment industry changes and the Panida has to adapt in order to keep the lights on, celebrating another birthday just proves how hard the community has worked to keep the theater open, both by attending shows and volunteering. “Even in the Great Depression, people budgeted and came out to the movies,” Walker said. “It’s been not just about entertainment — the marquee lights up and it keeps downtown vibrant.” Tickets to attend the Panida’s 90th birthday bash are available online at or at Eve’s Leaves and the Skal Taproom in Ponderay.

Videographer finalist in national competition By Reader Staff

Scott Rulander knows Sasquatch. Having made a few fun and innovative videos chronicling Bigfoot’s whereabouts in support of the Kaniksu Land Trust’s “Pine Street Woods” campaign, Scott came to understand the metaphor that is Yeti. This led him to submit a video to a national competition seeking to explore the human connection to nature. Scott’s video, “Land is my Sasquatch” has been selected as one of 10 finalists. Online voting is open until Nov.17. The winner will receive $10,000 that he or she can direct to a land trust of their choice. If Scott wins, he will donate the award to the Kaniksu Land Trust’s Pine Street Woods campaign. According to Eric Grace, Kaniksu Land

Trust’s executive director, “Scott has made a wonderful short film that describes so well how we feel about nature – the wonder, the search for the untamed and the elusive.” If Rulander’s video wins, the $10,000 prize would go to help purchase the Pine Street Woods property. This is a 160-acre parcel on West Pine Street that Kaniksu Land Trust is raising the funds necessary to purchase. Once in KLT ownership, the land will be open to the public for recreation, education and a place to host healthy living programs. The competition is sponsored by the Land Trust Alliance, a national land conservation organization that works to save the places people need and love by strengthening land conservation across America. To see the videos and vote until Nov. 17, visit

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andy hackbarth in concert

Award-winning classical/Spanish/fingerstyle guitar virtuoso Andy Hackbarth pays tribute to the “Father of the Classical Guitar,” Andres Segovia

friday, nov. 10 @ 6:30pm

CFFC hosts a veterans celebration

a free event to commemorate our veterans of bonner county (with a free movie screening)

saturday, nov. 11 @ 7pm

warren miller’s “line of descent” the 68th ski and snowboard film from the master of the slopes lifestyle nov. 16 @ 7:30pm | Nov. 17 @ 5:30pm | Nov. 19 @ 3:30pm Nov. 20-23 @ 7:30pm | nov. 24 @ 1:30 & 5:30pm Nov. 26 @ 3:30pm | Nov. 27-30 @ 7:30pm

“murder on the orient express” saturday, nov. 18 @ 6pm

th panida’s 90 birthday celebration the Panida's mainstage will be alive with music, theater, dancing and the silver screen lighting up your eyes and ears as you are taken through the ages of show biz

saturday, nov. 25 @ 7:30pm

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The Sandpoint Eater From Festival to Fromagerie

By Marcia Pilgeram Reader Food Columnist

There are times I can still hear the words my long-departed mother in-law imparted upon me as a new bride and resident of her family ranch. “I don’t know why you waste so much time cooking,” she’d scold. “If you spent a little time sewing, you’d have something to show for your work.” I’d still rather make a tiered wedding cake than sew a button on a coat, but her words echoed through my mind as I put the finishing touches on a baking project I’d spent a good twenty or more hours on, making, baking and decorating a couple dozen cookies. No one will even eat these little masterpieces. Instead they will join the other hand-crafted ornaments, made by the many Angels Over Sandpoint, and hang on our tree to be auctioned at Kinderhaven’s Festival of Trees. If you’re like me and children make you weak in the knees, especially children in need, then mark your calendars now for myriad opportunities to help-out: donate, buy or even volunteer at the most popular holiday event in Sandpoint. Family Night: Nov. 30, 4 to 6 p.m. Family Night is open to the public and free of charge! It’s a magical afternoon for families to gather and enjoy hot cocoa, cookies, and Santa while viewing the magnificent trees. Holiday Luncheon: December 1, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. A silent auction, luncheon and viewing of the live decorated trees. Tickets are $50, and table 20 /


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sponsorships are $650 (seats eight people). The Grand Gala Doors: Dec. 2, 5:30 p.m. Begin with hors d’ouevres, a no-host bar, and a silent auction, followed by dinner catered by Ivano’s Ristorante and a live auction of the fabulous trees and packages. Tickets are $80, and table sponsorships are $1,250 (seats eight people). The tickets will sell out quickly, so be sure and buy yours soon. Or consider donating an item for the auction or volunteering at one of the wonderful events. Find more information at: I’m already on to my next baking project which requires not only baking, but careful packing for its Christmas trip to Paris. I’d planned to save some of this baking for France, creating decadent holiday pastries

for our holiday dinner. Few may have taken notice, but there’s currently a butter shortage (of epic proportion) in France. Yours truly has spent some anxious moments fretting over this crisis, especially when I discovered I can’t even bring my own butter along. I’ve been known to import a few questionable food items on return trips from foreign countries, and the worst that has happened is to occasionally have my items confiscated, along with an obligatory, stern warning, delivered by a surly customs official. But exporting—well, that’s a different story. I’ve seen frightening episodes of the British series, Nothing to Declare. Since this holiday trip includes assisting my oldest daughter and her young family relocate to France for a teaching assign-

ment, I’d hate to spoil our long anticipated, idyllic Christmas in Paris, being hauled away, along with my contraband butter, by the douanier. So I’m playing it safe and bringing along many of our traditional holiday favorites, prebaked, well-wrapped and customs-friendly (it might not be a bad idea anyhow, as I’ve yet to see any pictures of the kitchen in my perfectly envisioned Paris apartment). I also have a vision of the spectacular Joyeux Noël feast I’m planning to prepare, worthy of M.F.K. Fisher or Julia Child, and I have this romantic notion of strolling Rue Courcelles, an adorable beret-topped grandchild in tow (just one at a timethis is my vision, thank you). We’ll window shop, before settling on a fat goose from the butcher, an array of fabulous

ripe cheeses from the fromagerie and crusty baguettes from the corner boulangerie. I’m only a little worried that I speak not a word of French (though I learned on long-ago trip to Colombia that attempting the local language can be an impairment; in my best Spanish I ordered a glass of orange juice and got a ham and cheese omelet). If all else fails, and our shopping trip fails my mountain-high expectations, I’ll save Christmas by whipping up this favorite Paris classic, French Onion Soup (yes, it really did originate in France, in the 18th century). You needn’t wait for Christmas. This is the perfect “warm me up” hearty and easy-to prepare soup for our winter-like weather. My mother in-law may have even approved.

French Onion Soup Recipe A perfect après ski meal after a day at Schweitzer (prepare the day before and reheat)

Don’t be in a hurry - cook the onions low and slow to develop the color and flavor of the soup. I like to use a mixture of all three cheeses. If you aren’t making your own beef stock, “Better than Bullion” is an excellent base for stock.

INGREDIENTS: •2 1⁄2 pounds yellow onions •¼ cup butter •2 tbs olive oil •1 tsp salt •Freshly ground black pepper •2 tsp sugar •8 cups beef broth •3 tablespoons flour •2-3 tsp Herbs de Provence (or other herbs of your liking) •1⁄2 cup red wine •¼ cup cooking sherry •6 to 8 baguette slices, grilled until lightly browned •2-3 cups shredded Gruyere, Comte or Parmesan cheese (1⁄3 to 1⁄2 cup per serving)

4-6 servings

DIRECTIONS: •Peel onions and slice in half lengthwise, with cut side down, slice into thin, even slices. Over medium heat, melt the butter and oil in Dutch oven or heavy sauce pan. •Add the onions and stir to coat. Reduce heat, cover the pan and cook for 15 minutes. •Stir in 1 salt, pepper and sugar and cook the onions for 40 minutes to 1 hour: Turn the heat up to medium and cook, uncovered and stirring every few minutes, until the onions are deeply browned. Stir often so the onions don’t scorch. Add the flour to the cooked onions and stir for an additional few minutes, stir in the red wine. •Heat broth in separate vessel, when hot, add to the onions and the herbs; stir, lower heat and simmer for an hour. •Taste and season with additional salt and pepper if needed. Now, add the sherry. *At this point, you can chill overnight and reheat. •On heavy cookie sheet, place small crock-type, oven-safe bowls, Divide the soup between bowls. Top each with a round or two of browned baguette and sprinkle grated cheese in a thick layer over the bread and up to the edge of the bowl (if some of cheese clings to sides of bowl, it won’t all sink). •Place in oven 350 degree oven for 15-20 minutes, then

turn oven to broil for 1-3 minutes (depending on your oven), until the cheese is lightly browned and bubbly. Don’t let it burn!

•Remove carefully from the oven and let cool for a few minutes before serving.


MCS’ Fall Serenade: When the Bel Canto Choir really shines

This week’s RLW by Ed Ohlweiler


You can only read a great book for the first time... well... the first time. If you haven’t read “The Poisonwood Bible” by Barbara Kingsolver yet, you’re one of the lucky few. Lucky in that this joy is still awaiting you. It is the epic tale of a missionary family in Africa written with Kingsolver’s sense of wonder and fascination at every turn. Oh, the first time...


Pictured are members of the Music Conservatory of Sandpoint’s Bel Canto Opera. This year’s Fall Serenade will feature instrumental and vocal performers and is set for November 19 at 6 p.m. at the Heartwood Center, 615 Oak Street, Sandpoint. Courtesy photo. By Ben Olson Reader Staff

Twice a year, the Music Conservatory of Sandpoint’s (MCS) accomplished instructors give a recital performance that rivals those showcased at the finest concert halls in the world. It’s now time for MCS’ 8th Annual Fall Serenade to be held on Sunday, Nov. 19 at 6 p.m. at the Heartwood Center, 615 Oak Street, Sandpoint. The concert will feature works by great masters and proceeds will benefit MCS’ scholarship and tuition assistance programs. The evening begins with an appetizer reception that includes a no-host wine bar and silent auction for outrageous desserts donated by local restaurant and pastry chefs. The concert will begin at 7 p.m. Tickets are $20 for adults and $5 for MCS students. “This particular event is great because it demonstrates the unique relationship between MCS, our instructors, and our students,” MCS board secretary Natasha Ford said. “We really

want our students to succeed, but we understand that developing a skill can take years with a lot of investment from families. “We aim to keep music accessible for all,” she continued, “and this is one way the community can not only come and enjoy our talented musicians, but also join with us in support of music for Sandpoint’s bud-

ding young musicians.” The gourmet desserts are coming in from all around town, including the Pie Hut, Spuds, DiLuna’s, Winter Ridge and more. There will also be a raffle to win a pie a month from Panhandler Pies, or concertgoers may bid on a healthier and timely Thanksgiving centerpiece. For more information about

this event or to make a donation to Music Conservatory of Sandpoint, call (208) 265-4444 or go to their website:, or email staff at Tickets are available at the Conservatory, online at, or at the door.

Warren Miller’s next ski film hits Panida By Ben Olson Reader Staff There are annual traditions that mark the beginning of the ski season for all winter enthusiasts. Bring out the box of snow gear, wax your skis, change the rack on your car and, most importantly, watch the new Warren Miller ski and snowboard film. This year, Miller’s 68th film “Line of Descent” will be playing at the Panida Theater Saturday, Nov. 11 at 7 p.m. Tickets are only $12 and are available at or in

Amie Engerbretson skis in France. Photo by Christophe Hassel advance at the Alpine Shop. The cinematic journey travels near and far, descending some of North America’s deepest lines in Jackson Hole, Montana, Silverton, Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows and Steamboat. From powsurfer to

splitboard, motorcycle, dogsled or snowmobile, watch as athletes chase winter along the Beartooth Pass, the French Alps, New Zealand, British Columbia, and Norway. Don’t miss this year’s film! Happy snow days ahead.

I listen to a lot of African music. And in a continent with such a rich musical history, it is nice to know there is still music being released that can knock your proverbial socks off, like Rokia Traore’s Bowmboï. I am resisting the urge to Google her (my guess is that she comes from the Traore family that, like the griots or praise poets of Mali, enjoys a musical legacy), preferring instead to just enjoy the music for what it is: pure beauty.


Did you know there’s a small country in Africa that is completely inside of another country? That country is Lesotho and it’s the setting for the beautifully filmed “The Forgotten Kingdom.” The storyline is straight-forward – a teenager from the slums must return to the mountain village of his family to bury his father – but the footage, culture, and heroine of the movie turn it into a fun journey.

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4th graders eligible for free Drink beer, win a pair of skis Christmas tree permits By Ben Olson Reader Staff

By Ben Olson Reader Staff

As “The Most Wonderful Time of Year” approaches rapidly, the U.S. Forest Service is launching its annual “Every Kid in a Park” initiative where all fourth graders are eligible to receive a free Christmas tree permit. The initiative is a national effort to encourage children to visit national parks, forests and public lands. The program is part of an interagency call to action to build the next generation of conservationists. All fourth grade students — included homeschooled fourth graders — can receive a free tree permit if they complete an activity and print the voucher at www., and bring it into any of the Idaho Panhandle National Forest offices. The closest office to Sandpoint is the Sandpoint Ranger Station, 1602 Ontario St. The Fourth grader needs to be poresent and must show a valid paper voucher or durable Every Kid in a Park pass obtained from the website. Most of the 2.5 million acres of National Forest System lands are open

There are some things that just belong together. Peanut butter and jelly. Biscuits and gravy. Beer and skiing. Regarding the latter, the 219 Lounge is launching a promotion during November that will culminate in a Pray for Snow Party on Dec. 1 at the bar where they’ll give away a set of Pabst Blue Ribbon branded 188 Lib Tech skis and also a snowboard. Here’s how it works: Every customer that buys a draft beer during the month of November will receive a ticket for entry into a drawing to win the skis or snowboard. The drawing will take place on

How to express appreciation on Veterans Day •Attend a Veterans Day event. There’s a special event going on at the Panida Theater on Friday, Nov. 10 at 7 p.m. to Christmas tree cutting. Individual tree permits are available for $5 each. Please be prepared for winter weather and check conditions before heading out into the forests. For more information, visit www.

•Donate to a local veterans organization. The Sandpoint Chapter of the Vietnam Veterans of America can be reached at (208) 263-9626. •Fly a flag properly. If you don’t know the rules to displaying the American Flag, Google it. Also, the Sandpoint Lions Club has a flag displaying program for area

SARS Ski Swap this weekend By Ben Olson Reader Staff Here’s one more reminder for all of you skiers and boarders chomping at the bits: Schweitzer Alpine Racing School (SARS) Ski Swap is this weekend! The annual swap will take place Saturday, Nov. 11, from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. at the Bonner County Fairgrounds. Admission is only $2 per person (or $5 per family) and parking is free. The Ski Swap features everything you need to stock up on gear or procure a much-needed item: skis, snowboards, poles, boots, bindings, helmets, hats, goggles, gloves, jackets, pants, socks and more. Money generated at the swap benefits the nonprofit SARS costs such as tuition and infrastructure of the program. “The swap goes beyond the buying 22 /


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Friday, Dec. 1, at 10 p.m. at the Pray for Snow Party. To win the skis or board, you must be present. The 219 will feature $4 pints of 10 Barrel Brewing’s “Pray for Snow Winter Ale,” during November, along with their other selections on tap. The Pray for Snow Party will kick off at 5 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 1, and will feature live music with The Incredible Flying Dookie Brothers from 9 p.m. until midnight. There will also be ski and board videos playing throughout the night, swag, snacks and beer and drink specials. Head down to the 219 Lounge, 219 N. First Ave. in Sandpoint, and start putting those tickets in the jar.

and selling of equipment,” said SARS administrator Olivia Merithew. “It’s a fun community event where you see old friends, make new ones, and get excited about the ski season.” Those interested in selling gear need to go to the Fairgrounds Friday, Nov. 10, from 12-7 p.m. Consignment fees are $0.50 per item and 20 percent off items sold. Checks can be picked up for items sold on Saturday, Nov. 11 from 5-7 p.m.

residents and businesses. They can be reached at (208) 263-4118. •Ask a veteran to share their experiences with you. Not everyone wants to share, but if you feel comfortable asking a vet about their service in the military. Don’t ask callous questions, like if they’ve killed anyone. Just listen. •It sounds simple, but don’t forget to thank a vet for their sacrifice. We owe them so much.

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Any items not sold and not picked up will be donated to SARS or the North Idaho Mountain Sports Education Fund. “Year after year, it’s amazing to see so many great families come together and volunteer their time to put this massive event on,” said Jamie Landwehr, SARS Program Director and Head Coach. “With the extended forecast looking promising for skiers, it should be a great winter and a great swap,”

I guess one of the funniest memories of my grandfathers was the time I was at his house and that tied-up man with the gag in his mouth came hopping out of the closet and started yelling that he was really my grandfather and the other guy was an impostor and to run for help. Who was that guy?! Oh, well, never saw him again.


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Community Cancer Ser vices and Ponderay Rotary would like to thank everyone who helped make our "A Night to Remember" fundraiser a huge success


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•7B Board Shop •Action Water Sports •Aida Mahler •Alicia McFadden •Alpine Shop Ski Board Boat •Arny Wenger •Angie Black •Angie Kilchenstein •Azalea Handpicked Style & Local Goods •Beet and Basil •Big 5 Sporting Goods •Bruce Consulting •Carter Country •Clearwater Canyon Winery •Dairy Depot •Dalebout Family •Debbie Crain •Devon Chapman •Diedrich Coffee Roasters •Dr Whitney C Henker •Eichardt's Pub

•Emily Malone •Evans Brothers Coffee •Evergreen Realty •Eve's Leaves •Finan McDonald •First American Title •Foster's Crossing •Gail Lyster •Greasy Fingers •Hal & Jolena Overland •Hallans Gallery •Heather Eich •Henstooth Gallery •Idaho Pour Authority •Ivano's Restaurant •Jalapenos •Jean Deubel Mace •Joanne Cannon Nature Photography •Kootenai River Inn •Lake Pend Oreille Cruises •Laurie Wall

•Lignetics •Linda Ednie •Lisa & James Carothers •Lori Reid •Marsha Lutz Photography •Marti Ashford •Michael & Denise Wilken •Michelle M Anderson •Monarch Massage •Mr.Sub •Nettie Allen •Nieman's Floral •Northwest Autobody •Northwest Handmade •PlFCU •Pend d'Oreille Winery •Pend Oreille Arts Council •Quest Aircraft •Raebird •Ron & Nanci Jenkins •Rumore Imagery •Sandpoint Lavender Farm

•Sandpoint Massage Therapy •Sandpoint Optometry •Sandpoint Psychotherapy •Sandpoint Super Drug Supt •Sandpoint West Athletic Club •Selle Valley Carden School Moms •Sharon's Hallmark •Sherri Lies •Smith & Malek, PLLC •STCU •StoneRidge •Straightrazor com •Swhift Stainless Fabrication •The Runa Family •Tim and Alice Samuelson •Trinity at City Beach •Weekends and Co. •Wendy Palmer •Whiskey Jack Pottery •Wood's Hay & Grain •Dan and Lori Meulenberg

COMMITTEES & TEAMS Co-Chairs: Jennifer Cornett & Kathy Gavin. Finance and Check-in Check-out: Mountain West Bank, Jennifer Cornett & Tim Fry Decorating: Sherri Lies, Sam Cornett, Charis Uzabl, Barb Carver, Bobi Barner, Gina Hall,

Chrystle Horvath, Joni MacNeill, Jamie Branning, Michelle Keener, Cheryl Williams. Auction: Kathy Gavin, Cindy Marx, Joanne Cannon, Bonnie Runa, Barbara Miller, Bambi Lassen, Alicia McFadden, Andra nelson, Sue Shelledy, Linda & Russell Lacy, Crystal Rosenaus

Food & Beverage: Stephanie Allen, Teresa Lunde, Tiffany Goodvin, Cindy Marx Logistics & other areas: Tim Fry, Kevin Kluender, Ryan Robinson, Marcella Nelson,

Dr. Whitney Henker, and a small army who showed up Thursday through Sunday to help with what ever we needed!

Also, special thanks to all those who donated desserts for the Dessert Auction! We ran out of room to list you all, but we appreciate all of your contributions.

Reader November 9 2017  
Reader November 9 2017  

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