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If you had to live in a state other than Idaho, what state would that be? And in what state would you never want to live? “I would go back to the woods in Montana if I couldn’t live here. I’d never want to live in California again because the rents are too high and the lifestyle there creates aggressiveness.” Michael Ford-Bridges Sandpoint


It sure is a good time to be in North Idaho right now. The sun is shining, the nights are cold, the fall colors are really starting to pop. Our hard-working staff writer, Lyndsie Kiebert, put together a list of fall activities going on this weekend on page 17, so be sure to find something fun and get out of the house while we still have these perfect fall days at our disposal. Also, as the election season looms closer, we’ve started to include candidate information. The Candidates’ Forum hosted by the Reader, and KRFY and sponsored by the Selkirk Board of Realtors and Sandpoint Library, will be Tuesday, Oct. 23, at 5:30 p.m., so we invite you all to attend. Also, our candidate questionnaire will publish in the Oct. 25 issue. Finally, it’s not too late to register to vote. You can actually register at the polls on election day, but the best way is to bring a photo ID to the County Elections office and they’ll get you squared away. That’s all for this week. Stay classy, Sandpoint.

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‘Misery’ play gets the axe Bobcat sighted on Long Bridge

By Cameron Rasmusson Reader Staff

“Misery,” the highly-anticipated local Halloween-season theatrical production of the Stephen King novel, is canceled after play supervisors found themselves caught in the middle of a legal battle. According to Dorothy Prophet, founder of Cade Prophet Memorial Productions, the local production is a casualty in an ongoing rights war between King and Simon Moore, who adapted the novel for the stage. The forced cancellation is a painful blow for a cast and crew that already invested significant time, energy and money into the production. “While this makes me sad, I must say that when I measure this disappointment with my ‘new normal’ yardstick, no one has died,” Prophet wrote on Facebook on Tuesday. “This is a speed bump in the journey of life, and we will be just fine.” The play received a ceaseand-desist letter from Moore, who has tangled legally with King and Warner Brothers, which owns the film rights to “Misery,” for decades. Moore initially acquired the rights to write a stage adaptation of “Misery” but lost them when Warner Brothers bought the rights for its movie adaptation. After days of communicating with lawyers, Prophet and her collaborators found that while King and Warner Brothers had no problem with the production, they were unwilling to put that in writing — a consideration that Moore’s representation demanded. Prophet founded Cade Prophet Memorial Productions in honor of her son, Cade Prophet, who died in an accident at Palouse Falls State Park in 2017. The theater company’s productions are intended to raise money for causes that Cade was passionate about. “I want to thank Ken Wood, Kate McAlister, Eric Bond, Ricci Witte and Meredith Field for their 4 /


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Photo by Chad Vogt. By Cameron Rasmusson Reader Staff

Kate McAlister, left, and Eric Bond, right, were slated to star in the stage adaptation of “Misery.” Courtesy photos.

countless hours of work on this project,” Prophet wrote. “Our future productions are safely in place, but more on that later.”

Refunds for those who pre-purchased tickets to the play are available at Eve’s Leaves.

A bobcat seeking shelter on the Long Bridge caused a stir Monday, with a Sandpoint Police Department Facebook post on the sighting becoming a minor viral hit. The Sandpoint Police Department Facebook post, which indicated that the bobcat was later removed from the bridge by Idaho Fish and Game, received more than 1,600 reactions and was shared 1,438 times. A photo of the bobcat , which showed the

animal taking cover on a bridge barricade, accompanied the post. “(Bonner County Sheriff Deputy Chad Vogt) saw this guy yesterday afternoon and was able to snap this photo of him,” read the post on the SPD Facebook page. “Not something we see every day, especially on the Long Bridge entering into Sandpoint!” “This definitely is a great photo to share and an even greater reminder that we are surrounded by a variety of wildlife that occasionally find, or lose, their way into or close to town,” the post continued.

New brewery set to open Oct. 20

By Cameron Rasmusson Reader Staff

The Granary District and local brewing community are about to welcome a new member to the family. Matchwood Brewing Company announced it will open its doors Saturday, Oct. 20, with a grand-opening celebration. The opening event brings a conclusion to a long construction project that transformed a major Granary District building into a functional brewery and restaurant. Featuring a state-of-the-art brewery system, a bar made of 130-year-old Western White Pine, indoor and outdoor stages and a play area for

the kids, Matchwood aims to be a neighborhood destination. The brewery focuses on a diverse array of English and American ales to complement a food menu that emphasizes shareable plates, fresh salads and Matchwood’s signature menu item: the pasty. A comfort-food staple, the pasty is a homemade handpie filled a variety of delicious ingredients. From the traditional browned skirt steak, potato, onion and rutabaga served with gravy to the roasted chicken, peas, carrots, green beans, red potato and chicken gravy of the chicken pot pie pasty, the menu items should be a welcome addition to a couple Saturday-night beers.

Matchwood’s grand opening doubled as a benefit for a local single dad facing an extreme medical emergency. The 513 Oak St. location’s doors open at 2 p.m., with a community benefit silent auction running from 3-6

A view of Matchwood Brewing Company in the Granary District. Courtesy photo. p.m. From 7 p.m.-9 p.m., Bum Jungle featuring Mike Thompson takes the stage for some musical entertainment.

Jordan visit packs the house By Cameron Rasmusson Reader Staff It was standing room only at the Sandpoint library meeting room when more than 100 people showed up to see Democratic gubernatorial candidate Paulette Jordan speak. Jordan, who would be Idaho’s first female governor and the nation’s first Native American governor if elected, told attendees that a vote for her meant a vote against cronyism and goodold-boy politics. “We will show them what it’s like to lead with compassion, to lead with integrity,” she said. Medicaid expansion, on the ballot this year for voter approval as Proposition 2, was a major topic at the rally. Jordan believes that expanding Medicaid is both the morally and financially correct direction for Idaho. She said that if voters both approve Prop 2 and elect her as governor, she will ensure that the will of the people is enacted by the executive branch. “By not expanding Medicaid, we have already lost hundreds of millions of dollars that could have benefited the state,” she said.

She wasn’t so supportive of Proposition 1, which would allow horse-racing venues to install historic horse racing terminals to boost revenue. The terminals allow bettors to gamble on horse races that have already taken place, but Jordan views the proposal as a veiled attempt to expand gambling. Jordan pushed back against criticisms of her association with the super PAC Strength and Progress, created “to accept donations from the Coeur d’Alene Tribe ... for spending on Federal First Nations’ issues,” according to the Idaho Statesman. The Statesman linked Jordan’s association with the PAC to high-level staffer resignations within the campaign. At the rally, Jordan criticized the media for “seeking to divide us” and said that supporters of her opponent, Brad Little, were spending millions in PAC money to attack her. She emphasized that her campaign was not accepting corporate donations and would not be vulnerable to corporate influence. “We’re challenging people to think about what’s going on with the corruption (in our government,)” she said.

By Ben Olson Reader Staff

Top: Paulette Jordan meets with supporters at the Sandpoint Library last Friday. Photo by Cameron Rasmusson


Quest introduces new aircraft

By Cameron Rasmusson Reader Staff

Quest Aircraft’s new Kodiak II airplane is set to make its public debut at the National Business Aviation Association Convention and Exhibition between Oct. 16-18. With 10 of the new aircraft already delivered to private buyers, the Kodiak II aims to continue the success of its predecessor. The 10-seat plane was originally designed for humanitarian work but has gone on to serve a role in float operations, special missions, medevac, skydive and more. “This year has been a momentous year for the team at Quest,” said Rob Wells, CEO of

Quest Aircraft, in a press release. “We’ve celebrated a decade of continual improvements to the Kodiak platform, culminating with the announcement Series II model. We’ve completed a nationwide Series II demo tour, and as a result have witnessed a dramatic increase in worldwide demand and overall brand awareness. One of our original Kodiaks just surpassed 5,000 hours recently, another milestone for the company, while Quest also delivered the 250thKodiak early in 2018. Heading into NBAA, we’re looking forward to celebrating these accomplishments and debuting the Series II to our customers and peers.”

Cougar Fire area closure rescinded

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East Bonner County Library - Sandpoint Branch employees gather Tuesday evening for a special “Burn the Mortgage” ceremony. The Library recently paid off the mortgage on the building, which was constructed in 2000. Photo courtesy Sandpoint Library.

More than two months after it was first detected, the Cougar Fire is finally just a memory. The Idaho Panhandle National Forests announced Wednesday it was rescinding the roads, trails and area closure for the Cougar Fire on the Sandpoint Ranger District. The fire, which was first reported July 27, was started by lightning, according to InciWeb. The construction closure is still in place for Lightning Creek Road #419 from milepost 9.0, north of the East Forst bridge, to milepost 14.0 north of Rattle Creek bridge, and Auxor Road #489 to milepost .04 at the junction with the #419, on the west side of Wellington Bridge. The Wellington and Rattle Creek bridges have been repaired and replaced, according to the USFS. The contractor is finishing up the running surface at Rattle Creek and the guard rail at Wellington. Additional work includes repairing box culverts, hauling aggregate for surfacing and grading and shaping the road. USFS estimates the repairs will be complete by Oct. 24. “Although the Cougar Fire area is now open to the public, there are always potential hazards in burned areas and visitors are advised to be very careful,” the USFS wrote in a statement. “Visitors traveling in this area are reminded that heavy equipment may be encountered.” For additional information, please contact the Sandpoint Ranger Station at (208) 263-5111. October 11, 2018 /


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Schweitzer Snow Ghost chairlift replacements By Simon Levine Reader Contributor

I love skiing at Schweitzer. Before moving to Sandpoint about 10 years ago, I traveled to many ski areas known for adventurous terrain. When I first came to Schweitzer I spent a lot of time riding Snow Ghost (Chair 6) and thinking about how its positioning on the mountain could be improved. I came to the conclusion that it was in just about best location it could be, fed from runs spanning almost 180 degrees of terrain from Glade-Iator to Recess. Over the years I have come to consider Snow Ghost as an iconic chair amongst snow sports resorts, given the range and diversity of terrain it serves. I believe I understand Schweitzer’s motivations in the proposed replacements for the Snow Ghost chair. I am a strong supporter of providing ALL Schweitzer skiers access to the terrain of their choosing. I also understand the current Snow Ghost chair is not maintainable and needs to be replaced. Thus, the first part of the replace-

ment, a chair from Cedar Park to the current Snow Ghost mid-station location seems to me like a very good choice and one that will enhance skier access to intermediate terrain in the Outback Bowl. However, the placement of the second replacement chair base near Vagabond and Will’s Runout does not allow people skiing the entire north half of Outback Bowl to access the top again without skiing down to Cedar Park and riding two chairs to the top (while requiring a run down Blue Grass and Will’s Runout to the second chair). This alignment substantially takes away from the iconic nature of the current Snow Ghost chair and the skiing experience of many advanced Schweitzer skiers. It also strongly promotes continuous lap skiing in the south side of Outback Bowl (especially the Lakeside area) and will undoubtedly change the rate at which this area gets “skied out.” There is a relatively simple solution to maintain the advantages of current the Snow Ghost chair. Locate the base of the second proposed replacement chair near the current base of Snow Ghost off of the Git Back trail. Yes, this pretty much means

replacing the existing Snow Ghost lift (without a mid-station). However, it would only mean an incremental extension of the length of the currently proposed second replacement chair and have the advantage of possibly using some of the current Snow Ghost infrastructure (Power? Cleared lift line?). From hiking at Schweitzer this summer I realize that power lines are already being brought to the new proposed chair base off of Vagabond. So I suspect that this opinion piece is too late. Nevertheless I hope that Schweitzer can see that with an incremental investment it could preserve the broad range of terrain served by Snow Ghost and it’s iconic nature. As a skier who loves Schweitzer I want to look forward to chair lift replacements but in this case I see a replacement that will likely degrade my skiing expeOPEN 11:30 am

A trail map of Schweitzer’s North Bowl. Courtesy SMR. rience not enhance it. Perhaps, I am wrong but my experience with skiing “split chair” access to the top in the front bowl and my current experience in the Outback Bowl tells me that this change will not be a welcome one for me. Simon Levine is a retired professor from the University of Michigan and currently a Sandpoint skier, tennis player, hiker and more.



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McDonald Doing Great Job... Dear Editor, We are very fortunate to have Dan McDonald as a Bonner County commissioner. His fiscally-responsible  leadership and dedication to the needs  and welfare of county residents is most commendable. It is unfortunate that a  few individuals with personal vendettas  are attempting to malign him. We must  not be misled. Dan is doing an outstanding job and certainly deserves to be  reelected. Dave Reynolds Hope

Another Big Government Proposition... Dear Editor, There is a difference between saying  “…more than half of Medicaid expansion  recipients nationwide don’t work” and  “…many adults in the so-called Medicaid gap do, in fact, work”. These two presentations are found  in an Idaho Statesman article by Melissa Davlin, 9-6-18. They illustrate the divisions found in so much civil, and uncivil, discourse today. An attempt to present one side  of any issue, and in this case Idaho’s  Proposition 2, on this year’s ballot, is  anticipated to meet the predictable derisive innuendo spewed out by too many  opponents. Several insights from one  side of the issue are as follows: Idaho Freedom Foundation,  Obamacare’s Medicaid expansion  increases cost, 8-10-18: In Arizona  “… since Medicaid  expansion occurred: emergency room  visits by Medicaid patients have nearly  doubled, and total costs for Medicaid  patients have nearly tripled.” Rural  hospitals have suffered the most. Idaho Freedom Foundation,, 8-3-18: More than one-half  of Medicaid expansion enrolls don’t  work. With no work requirement or time  limit … a new welfare trap for able-bodied adults is created. Proposition 2 has  no work requirements. Idaho Freedom Foundation, 7-27-18:  “The growing Medicaid program is  already hurting schools and other programs.” Medicaid = $2.4 Billion, K-12 =  $2.1 Billion. 285,00 students, 300,000plus on Medicaid. The Fairness Project  has spent 10 times more than Reclaim  Idaho to get Proposition 2 passed. Look it up and think for yourself. Jeremy Conlin Sandpoint

I Endorse McDonald... Dear Editor, I strongly endorse the re-election of  Dan McDonald for county commissioner. Dan doesn’t quit when the going  gets tough.  I admire Dan’s commitment to the  core conservative principles of limited  government, the rule of law, and espe-

cially the right to life! This translates  into a commissioner who supports low  taxation, better roads, a tough prioritized budget, and Second Amendment  protections for the right of self-defense.  His academic and professional  expertise, organizational skills, and  leadership in county and corporate settings make him an outstanding leader  as county commissioner. Support a true conservative who  has already made a difference in Bonner  County. Please vote for Dan McDonald. Lisa Keseloff Sandpoint

Correcting the Myth That Those “In the Gap” Are Lazy... Dear Editor, Medical bankruptcy is a uniquely American medical problem; as is  affordable health care for over 60,000  Idahoans.  We as taxpayers are currently paying for Medicaid expansion in 33  states, but we do not benefit from this  program. Our current program to deal  with indigent health care is cumbersome, expensive and is initiated AFTER  a critical diagnosis.  There is a myth that people “in the  gap” are lazy non-working people. I see  these women in my clinic and they are our waitresses, housekeepers, medical  assistants and child care providers.  They frequently work more than one  part time job and cannot obtain or  afford traditional health insurance. A patient has given me permission  to share her medical story. By the time I saw this woman in my office she knew  she had had a mass in her abdomen for  a few months, she was waiting for her  eligibility for Medicare. This woman  who worked full time in early childhood  education had no health insurance as she fell “in the gap.” She knew if she  could just wait for her 65th birthday  she could afford the radiology studies,  labs and specialist care which was necessary as they are a benefit of Medicare.  She is luckier than most and so far her  story has had a positive outcome. She  can now obtain the regular screening  to monitor for recurrence. If she had  sought care without insurance she  would have had to declare bankruptcy  due to the cost of obtaining lifesaving  medical care. We know early detection is key to  improving health and reducing medical  costs. Having a urinary tract infection  treated in a medical office is more affordable than an emergency department  visit. The average cost to treat a UTI in  an office is $110, compared to $750.00,  in an emergency room. As a Nurse Practitioner in Sandpoint for over 20 years I see the results  of delay in diagnosis. I see the increased  cost when chasing a problem which  could have been dealt with proactively.  It’s always less expensive and less  traumatic to screen and give patients  a “home base” for their care. A vote  in favor of Proposition 2 will help the 

medical providers in Sandpoint give appropriate, timely and cost effective care. Cynthia Dalsing MSN/ARNP Sandpoint

I Endorse Lockwood... Dear Editor, I endorse Steve Lockwood for Bonner County Commissioner and am proud  to serve as his campaign treasurer. We serve together on the Sandpoint  Urban Renewal Commission, where I see  him be positive, respectful, innovative,  and working well with all. He understands that no one person runs or  represents a board or commission. We  work together. In the years I’ve known Steve, I  have been impressed with the depth and  breadth of his community involvement  and his support of the arts, which are  dear to me. Please join me on Nov. 6 and vote  for Steve Lockwood for Bonner County  Commissioner.  Steve is right for Bonner  County! Marilyn Sabella Sandpoint

Meeting Steve Lockwood... Dear Editor, I have met Steve Lockwood. I  have not met the other commissioner candidates. I met Steve when he was a Sandpoint City Councilman as well as the  head of the Sandpoint Public Works Committee. I attended one of those Public  Works Committee meetings as an observer. At the end of the meeting, Steve  got up from his chair and came over to  introduce himself. He said he wanted to be sure that I didn’t have anything that  I wanted to present to the committee.  In addition to being sure that those  who wanted to address the committee were heard, Steve made sure that even  an observer was welcome to present an  issue to the committee. Very cool! Bob Hawn Sandpoint

In Response To... Dear Editor, A response to Cami Murray’s letter  in the Oct. 4 issue. Cami, you did not  give a correction, you simply gave a  different explanation.  To correct something one has to  address the points, point by point, that  are believed to be wrong and state why.  You, Cami, did not do that. The explanation you gave is correct  to a point. What you fail to understand  is that what you believe to be the origin  of the Jesus fish was built upon what  I had offered as the true origin for the  Jesus fish.  If you dispute that show me where  I am wrong. Don’t just give me another  explanation.

For you Christians a very good  website is: www.skepticsannotatedbible. com and two very good books are: “The  Christ Conspiracy: the Greatest Story  Ever Sold” by Acharya S and “The  World’s Sixteen Crucified Saviors” by  Kersey Graves. The latter book can be downloaded  for free via the internet. “The World’s Sixteen Crucified Saviors” tells the story of Chrishna (a.k.a.  Krishna) who lived about 1,200 years  before Jesus. (Chrishna is how the  British originally spelled it until it was  changed to Krishna as Chrishna gave  too much of a clue to where the word Christ came from.) “The translation of the Hindu Vedas into the English language (the oldest  bible ever written) has revealed to the  unwelcome gaze of the Christian reader  the startling fact that ‘the heathen’  had long been in possession of ‘holy  books,’ possessing the same character,  and teaching the same doctrines as the  Christian bible—there being, as Horace  Greeley expressed it, “No doctrine of  Christianity but what has been anticipated by the Vedas.” “The ‘Hindu Vedas’ (compiled,  according to the Christian missionary, Rev. D. G. Allen, 1400 B.C.),  contains all the doctrines of Christianity, then away goes all claim for the  Christian bible as an original bible as an  original revelation, or a work of divine  inspiration.” --The World’s Sixteen Crucified Saviors by Kersey Graves  When one reads in the “Hindu Vedas” about the life of Chrishna, it is  nearly a carbon copy of the life of Jesus. Ralph Waldo Emerson, read the  “Vedas” daily. Emerson wrote: “I owed a  magnificent day to the Bhagavat-Gita” Henry David Thoreau: “In the morning I bathe my intellect in the stupendous  philosophy of the Bhagavad Gita in comparison with which our modern world and  its literature seems puny and trivial.” Lee Santa Sandpoint

A Family Doctor for Prop 2... Dear Editor, Vote YES on Proposition 2. As a family doctor in Idaho for 25 years, I have  the privilege of hearing life stories of so  many from all walks. Some of the most  heartbreaking are from those who have  illness or injury but no health insurance  for needed care so they can return to work or enjoy their family life. I recently spoke to a young mother  of a 6-year-old girl, working as an office  receptionist married to a construction  worker, both of whom worked multiple  part time jobs to provide for their family  and contribute to the community. She  had asthma. The daughter required  braces. The parents did not have employer provided insurance because they  worked less than full time at each employer and they did not qualify for state  insurance as currently structured. They saved everything they could to pay for  the braces. Then she got sick and could 

not afford the inhalers for her asthma  many of which are $300-400 per month.  Her breathing got so labored that it was  difficult to do her job without coughing  or wheezing on the phone. Like this couple, 70 percent of the  62,000 Idahoans currently unable to  qualify for insurance in Idaho work full  time. This includes 1,570 in Bonner  County. The legislature has repeatedly failed to act. It is time now for  Proposition 2 to expand state health  insurance. It is our time to vote YES to  help our friends and family who deserve  essential health care. Scott Dunn MD Sandpoint 

The Life Expectancy of a Democracy... Dear Editor, Historians say that 200 years is the  life expectancy of a democracy. They  also say that after the fall of a democracy, comes a dictatorship.  Our founding fathers wrote into the  constitution a system of checks and  balances designed to keep the government from becoming a dictatorship.  Having three branches independent of  one another is supposed to force them to  make compromises so that no one person  has all the power. We currently have a  congress made up mostly of people the  same party as the president, who seem  to make decisions based on what the  president or party wants instead of what  the country needs. The current president  has shown that he does not want to be  president; he has said he wants to be  thought of as our king. His heroes are  all cruel dictators. He has made that very clear. With people on the supreme  court who cater to him, like the majority  of Congress, we will no longer have a  system of checks and balances.  That is why, even though I’ve never  thought of myself as a Democrat, in this  upcoming election I am voting only for  Democrats. If enough people do that,  we may have a chance of saving our  country. We need to have at least one branch of the government that does not  bow down to the president.  Velta Ashbrook Ponderay

Have something to say? Write a letter to the editor. Please keep letters under 400 words and free from libel or profanity. There is always a flood of letters that come in during the weeks before election season. Please be considerate of others and keep your letters as brief as possible. Thanks. October 11, 2018 /


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Firewood Raffle raises funds for area school Bouquets: GUEST SUBMISSION: • Following up on my barb from last issue with a literal bouquet: Nick appeared at my place of work with a beautiful bouquet and an apology. It’s not easy to own up to and apologize for mistakes. And while I hope he did the same for the firefighter who handled his issue, I really appreciate and acknowledge the effort it took. -Lydia Tollbum • I want to give a bouquet to a very special woman this week: my mother. It was her birthday Tuesday, and I was fortunate enough to have lunch and spend a few moments with her. I am continually impressed with her positive attitude, with her ability to make friends with everyone, and her strength of character. I owe what I am today to her and my late father, who raised me and my two sisters here in North Idaho to be our own people, to think for ourselves, to care about our neighbors and to hold our heads high no matter what life throws at us. I appreciate the life lessons and I appreciate you, mom. Happy birthday. Barbs • It never ceases to amaze me that even in this modern age, I still see so many people throwing recyclable material into the trash can where it will go straight to the landfill. What’s the deal? Is it just hard to take that extra three seconds and toss your aluminum can into the blue can? If your place of employment doesn’t have a recycling can, ask them why. Ask them what it would take to get a can placed right next to the trash. Waste Management now does business recycling in Sandpoint, which is great, and quite affordable. To sum it up, recycling is easy, and it’s a small, good thing that we can contribute to the world each and every day. 8 /


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Harvest Fest winds up the Farmers’ Market season By Ben Olson Reader Staff

By Ben Olson Reader Staff The Lake Pend Oreille High School’s senior class has launched their annual firewood raffle. Tickets are only $5 each, or five for $20, and all proceeds will go toward senior activities

over the course of the 2018-19 school year. Tickets are available to purchase from senior class members, or at the office at LPOHS. The drawing will be held during the first part of November.

The end of the growing season is always a bittersweet time in North Idaho. While it’s always healthy to embrace the change of seasons, it’s also a bit sad saying goodbye to the Sandpoint Farmers’ Market for another year. To celebrate the end of season, a special Harvest Fest will mark the final Farmers’ Market in Sandpoint for 2018. Harvest Fest will be Saturday, Oct. 13 from 9 a.m.-2 p.m., closing one hour later than usual. There will be harvest-centric kids activities such as pumpkin painting and fall foliage boutonnières. There will be autumn-in-

meanders along, listening and scoping for resident and migrating birds of prey, waterfowl, woodpeckers and songbirds. The group will assume a slow pace, looking for and studying vegetation, and the tracks and sign of diverse wildlife including the weasel family, and members of the canid and felid families.

Along the way they’ll also scout for amphibians, reptiles and turtles. This is a round trip hike of less than 2.5 miles, and of moderate slope. The group will meet at 9 a.m. at the Montessori School located at 349 Willow Glen Drive, Kalispell, Montana. Call for directions at (406) 755-3826 if needed. Please

come prepared for a field day with lunch, water, binoculars, spotting scopes, proper layers, good hiking boots and a positive attitude! FREE HIKE! To Register: Email Brian at: or call (406) 291-2154. No dogs please! Co-sponsored by Flathead and Montana Audubon.

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Leah, DVM attended the twoand-a-half-day event. “We were provided with a wonderful opportunity to learn and grow in our profession,” Laundrie said. “We learned from the best of the best with classes being taught by University of Wisconsin - Shelter Medicine, Best Friends Animal Society and University of Arizona - Animal Behavior. They are among the leaders in identifying best practices for the animal welfare industry and we want to ensure we are doing what it takes to give the animals in our shelter the care they need to be healthy, both mentally and physically.”

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spired Market decorations, live music with the amazing duo Browne Salmon from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. and a customer appreciation raffle between 10-11 a.m. Rain, snow or shine, come celebrate the last Farmers’ Market of the season!

Wetland Ecology of Owen Sowerwine area excursion planned By Reader Staff Join Brian Baxter of Silver Cloud Associates Outdoor Educational Programs on Saturday, Oct. 13 from 9 a.m.-2:30 p.m. for an excursion into the beautiful and diverse Owen Sowerwine riparian wetlands! Come along with fellow outdoor enthusiasts as the group

7B Women conference: ‘Awaken the Best You’ By Reader Staff Are you a businesswoman seeking to create intentional change and align with your true gifts and calling? Sandpoint will host women from throughout the Inland Northwest for the “Awaken Your Best Self” conference at The Heartwood Center Friday, Oct. 12. Led by 7B Women member and business coach, Debbie Heiser together with transformation and holistic health coach, Misty Springer, this one day exclusive conference just for women is a business conference that is uniquely and refreshingly different.

Debbie and Misty will help attendees learn how to break through limiting beliefs and become a powerful creator in their workplace and life. Participants will leave with a crystal clear picture of who they want to be and the confidence and connections to propel them towards their life and career aspirations. The conference is capped at 50 women and spots are going quickly. Priced at $175, 7B members are offered a $25 discount making it just $150. To sign up or for more details visit: Use coupon code: bestself to save the $25.

Animal Shelter wins grant to attend medical conference

The medical staff of Panhandle Animal Shelter won a grant from the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals to attend the HSWM PetPro Conference on the University of Montana campus, Missoula. This annual event provides educational and networking opportunity for the Rocky Mountain companion animal community. Presentations were provided by nationally renowned leaders in animal behavior, veterinary medicine and nonprofit management. Devin Laundrie, Shelter and Medical Director, and Dr. Lisa



am not really sure why I despise the autumn season. Temperate weather, beautiful scenery and “harvesting” everything from pumpkins to elk is just not enough to get me excited. All of it merely serves as a warning that winter is coming. There is no Jon Snow to save us. We will all be pasty-white, flu-infested zombies in a month. If you were to divide life into seasons, I am planted firmly in fall. Fall is the season of life that hits you somewhere between age of 35-55. In the fall season of life you are no longer physically blossoming or reproducing. You begin to notice signs of frost in your hair. Eventually those luscious locks will turn various shades of gray and white, and fall out, just like the leaves in the trees. Most of us by this age have learned how to keep our emotions in a temperate range, though you can’t ever fully dismiss the possibility of a freak storm. I have always dreaded aging. I think the dread I feel with each passing year is something I learned from my grandmother. She spent every birthday in tears, and there are still questions to this day regarding how old she was when she passed. There are some discrepancies in various legal documents, and because she felt so passionately about the age issue, her official age was documented as the one she preferred, and it’s staying that way. She rocked platinum hair and lipstick until her final days, and though she was technically much older, I swear she didn’t look a day past 50. Grandma was one of a kind. Having said this, I will point out that I lack the dedication and skillset to carry on an elaborate age defying ruse for over 50 years. Essentially, I would have had to start 20 years ago, back in the spring of my life when I was blissfully unaware of the possibility of aging or chin hairs. My lack of foresight is essentially why I have decided to make an effort to improve my attitude around aging and the autumn season. While I don’t have to like either one, I have to figure out a way to accept them. Not knowing what to write about in this column occasionally serves as therapy, as I am forced to look within for material, instead of being assigned

something randomly. I wasn’t satisfied with just ranting about a season or aging — I needed to make this work and even stay on topic, if only to be able to say by the end of the column that I did it. There has to be something positive about being single in the autumn of your life. Surprisingly, when I look back and make some happiness comparisons, this shit season may actually be the best one so far, as far as relationships go. Finally, a win for fall. I am sure some of you may disagree with this completely. I feel you. Please consider this: When nearing middle age, you may not be the eye candy that you once were, but that comes with benefits. No one is using you as arm candy or to improve their social standing. The partner that joins you at this point in the game has to be someone who can appreciate you for your unique personality and really love the parts of you that sag. In time you come to the realization that you don’t have boxes to check off before you decide whether or not you will date someone. Basically it boils down to whether or not you have chemistry with the person. You are in the autumn of your life when you realize that you are too old to fake ANYTHING. You also see that it is a very lonely place for singles around the age of 40 who haven’t spent much time developing any part of themselves besides their abs. Most of the people in your dating age range have some notches in their bedposts, and you don’t feel the need to compare them anymore. Failed relationships can leave us jaded and weather worn, but they also leave us with the kind of wisdom that can only be attained through failure. When we are young we have a preconceived notion of what relationships look like, and what qualities a good mate will have. Twenty-somethings complain of being single when they rely on profile pictures and make decisions about prospective mates with a swipe of their finger. Those of us who have been around for a little while know this type of dating and interaction teaches nothing. Predetermined criteria doesn’t mean shit when it comes to falling in love. You may think that you would only be happy with a white-collar professional making six figures, dismissing anyone who doesn’t fit into the box you have so painstakingly crafted for a nonexistent human. Twenty-something

you worked so hard on that damn box, only to find out it was as worthless as the love of your life didn’t fit into it. Those still relying on the box will have to scrap it entirely and start from scratch, modifying and recreating it with each failed attempt at a relationship. This goes on for many years before you accepts the truth: you need to throw away the box and light a fire with its expectations. Do it as a cleansing exercise. Accept that relationships are hard work, and maybe love hasn’t worked for you because you aren’t willing to work for love. Don’t believe me? Read this again when you are 40. Props to all of you singles out their regardless of your season, especially my fellow Autumns. We’ve got it good. And there is no reason to add pumpkin spice. XOXO SQ

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western conifer seed bugs By Brenden Bobby Reader Columnist You’ve probably never called them by their actual name. Let’s be honest, we all know them as stink bugs. This is accurate, because they are bugs that stink when you startle them, but actual stink bugs are a different family of bugs altogether. Every September through October, we become overrun by these stupid things. They get everywhere. In your car, all over your doors and windows, into your computer. Heck, I have found them in my food before. Of course, you can’t do anything about them, because as soon as you offend them your nostrils are assailed by that awful acidic stench. They actually feed on the sap of conifer cones, which permanently damages the cones. This causes substantial damage to Douglas Fir populations, especially in places where the bugs begin to outnumber the cones of the trees they feed upon. Unfortunately for the trees, humans have been unintentionally helping these stinkers move to new feeding sites. They’ve also been observed feeding on flowers. Our houses don’t make cones, though. Why do they flock to our homes? Once the temperature drops enough in September, they instinctively seek shelter for the winter. Our homes are warm, and the bugs are small enough to fit into cracks and crevices that are well insulated, increasing their odds of surviving to usher in a new wave of irritating insects the following year. Each generation of these guys lasts for about a year in our 10 /


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neck of the conifer woods. The closer to the equator they get, the shorter their lifespans are, and more generations can occur in a single year. In Mexico, there are up to three generations a year. Muy apestoso! The United States and Mexico aren’t the only places suffering from the pestilence of seed bugs. Due to globalization and the prevalence of U.S. timber being exported to Europe and Asia, they have been reported as far away as the Czech Republic and Tokyo, Japan. Kimochi warui! These guys feed using a proboscis, which is basically like a straw. Mosquitoes use a specially-adapted proboscis that pierces skin to suck blood, but these guys are annoying in a totally different way. Western conifer seed bugs can’t pierce your skin. In fact you probably wouldn’t even notice if it tried (and they have tried in laboratory settings under observation when provoked). Western conifer seed bugs go through multiple stages as they grow. They begin their life in a cluster of eggs, usually laid on the needles of pine trees they’ll prey upon later in life. They develop into nymphs, which look like smaller, scrawnier, uglier versions of what they will eventually grow into. There are several pictures online, in case you’re curious of the secret side of these little weirdos we don’t get to see. I’m sure you’ve noticed they buzz when they fly, and they almost look like a bee with the yellow and black markings on their abdomen. This is likely an adaptation to ward off predators. They utilize their predator’s instinct to be wary of, and react to

bees before double-checking to make sure it is in fact a bee. This is their first defense mechanism. The second is their stink. This may be equal parts evolution and habitat. You know what they say: You are what you eat. In this case, they eat a lot of pine, fir and cedar sap, which could help augment their… uhh… earthy aroma. They’ve been recorded to have many different smells depending on diet or what they’re engaged in doing. They may even use these smells as a means to communicate with each other. Now usually I give biology a fair shake. I find fascinating traits in sharks. I find beauty in killer lizards. I look for wonder in the destructive beauty of exploding stars. This is where I draw the line. When biology invades my house every year for my entire life, dive bombs my face every September and has the audacity to stink at me for trying to evict it, that’s when the kid gloves come off. I’ve got no love for the western conifer seed bug, not even a morbid fascination. They’re obnoxious little dudes, but they’re also harmless enough in our homes that it doesn’t warrant dousing them with toxic chemicals. Let’s be honest, you shouldn’t do that to any insect (except for Zika/ West Nile/Malaria mosquitoes), as there are always more natural alternatives. Chickens eat your bugs and make your garden grow. If your house is being invaded by armies of these guys, there’s not much you can do. Replace damaged screens, caulk gaps in your wood, seal or replace damaged plastic siding and don’t leave your windows open. Normally, I’m all for

“No, don’t kill the bugs, they have a place in the ecosystem!” but these guys are straight up pests that have adapted to resist most all predators and explode in population, and they damage our forests, so I say: murder away. If there’s a swarm on your door, plug your nose and take a broom to them. Their population will recover those 37 you eradicated, trust me. While they resist predators,

they’re not immune to them. Your friendly neighborhood woodpecker is happy to clean them out of the cracks in your siding and edging around your windows once winter rolls around. Being woken up at 6 in the morning for a week by incessant banging is a small price to pay if I can have the solace of knowing Woody is helping keep the beautiful forest a little healthier.

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• The word “politics” first appeared in English around 1460 as the title of a book by Aristotle. The word “politics” comes from the Greek  “politika” meaning “relating to public life.” • Aristotle in his Politics advised governors to “have their friends for a great number of eyes, ears, hands and legs,” for one man cannot  see or hear everything or be everywhere. • By the 16th century, ‘politics’ referred to the administration and organization of the state. • Bolivia probably has the highest rate of political turnover with almost 200 governments since 1825. Italy has had more than 50 governments and more than 20 Prime Ministers since 1945. • “Politician” originally meant “a schemer or plotter; a shrewd, sagacious or crafty person.” • In 1955, the citizens of São Paulo were so upset with their government that they elected a rhinoceros named Cacareco (meaning rubbish)  to the city council in protest, with over 100,000 votes. • Daniel Webster, who ran for president and lost three times, declined the vice presidency twice, thinking it a worthless office. Both  presidents who offered it later died in office, meaning that if he had  accepted, he would’ve become president after all. • Sales of the Guy Fawkes mask - used by protesters all over the world as a symbol of their fight against government corruption and  corporate power - all go to Time Warner. • “One of the penalties for refusing to participate in politics is that you end up being governed by your inferiors.” -Plato.

Laughing Matter

By Bill Borders

Saturday, Oct. 20 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Sandpoint station 1 (1123 Lake Street)

•Free smoke alarms •Engine rides •Education on wood stove safety •free lunch provided •station tours •Quick draw competition

Fun for the whole family! For more info, call Firehouse - (208) 263-3502

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


Win 6:30 Unc com ful f es. $ Live Music w/ Kevin Dorin you Liv 8-10pm @ The Back Door Bar 9pm Fusion blues and soulful Americana Infl Live Music w/ Brian Jacobs fro 6-8pm @ Cedar St. Bridge Wine Bar sou Acoustic guitar ballads bas Live Music w/ One Street Over wit 5-8pm @Pend d’Oreille Winery Father-daughter duo with a groovy sound ras

Walk with a Doc 5:15pm @ Sand Creek Trail All walks are led by local health care providers and are FREE and open to all ages. Meet by the bear statue

Roosevelt Dime in Concert 7pm @ Panida Theater Roosevelt Dime blends syncopated New Orleans rhythms, boogie woogie banjo, swinging blues guitar, and searingly soulful vocals. Local Americana trio BareGrass will be opening Live Music w/ Ron Kieper Trio 5-7pm @ Idaho Pour Authority

Live Music w/ John Firshi Banff Film World Tour’s Second Saturd 5-7pm @ Idaho Pour Authority ‘4th Night.’ 5-8pm @ Pend Live Music w/ Browne Salmon Truck 7pm @ Panida Theater A reception of 9pm-12am @ 219 Lounge With 1,100 screenings world- sic with Jake R An amazing Sandpoint trio. Watch them! wide, Sandpoint’s audience will Daniele has a b Live Music w/ Steve Neff be one of only 12 venues that um - abalone s 6-8pm @ Cedar St. Bridge Wine Bar will have a “4th night” of films Fall Frolic Ba Sandpoint’s premier blues and jazz to view! A portion of the event’s 6-10pm @ Dov proceeds support the North Ida- All are invited Live Music w/ Chris Lynch ho Mountain Sports Education the Angels Ove and Brian Jacobs Fund. 208-661-3857 Band, a silent a 8-10pm @ The Back Door Bar port the Angels Piano/guitar duo playing a variety of songs Trivia night Pend Oreille Pedalers Trail Work Party 6:45-8pm @ Tervan Tavern 10am @ Cedar Ridge Rd. (meet at the cul-de-sac at Show off your brain, smartypants McLeods and Pulaskis available. Bring closed-toe sh Sandpoint Chess Club Oktoberfest Fundraiser and Celebration at Beet & Bas 9am @ Evans Brothers Coffee Beet & Basil is throwing a fundraiser for Bonner County H Meets every Sunday at 9am by The Wow Wows and Harold’s IGA, German street food berfest beers, house made pretzels, oversize games, kids ar

Monday Night Blues Jam w/ Truck Mills Teens’ Support Group - 208-265-5412 7:30pm @ Eichardt’s Pub 4-5:30pm @ The Human Connection, 2023 Sand Night-Out Karaoke 9pm @ 219 Lounge Join DJ Pat for a night of singing, or just come to drink and listen

Beginning Drone Workshop • 5:30-7pm Trivia Night Geared for 7th-12th grade teens, learn term 7-9pm @ MickDuff’s and flight basics. Registration is required b Bring your brain and BCRWI Republican Candidate Foru show it off (please, Everyone is invited to come hear the c not literally) $5 fee will be charged at the door. BCR


Wind Down Wednesday 5-8pm @ 219 Lounge With live music by blues man Truck Mills and guest musician Ali Maverick Thomas

Magic Wednesday 6-8pm @ Jalapeño’s Enjoy close-up magic shows by Star Alexander right at your table

Library Building Day 2:15pm @ Sandpoint Library After-school building fun with Legos, blocks, circuits, games, and more


Walk with a Doc 5:15pm @ Sand Creek Trail All walks are led by local health care providers and are FREE and open to all ages. Meet by the bear statue

Writer’s Workshop: Finding Your Niche ... Before You Start Writing 5:30-7pm @ Sandpoint Library Presented by local writer Mary Haley, who has penned several young adult and teen novels

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A weekly entertainment guide to keep you on your toes. To list your event free, please send an email to Reader recommended

Wine Bottle Painting Teen Read Week Star Party Carousel of Smiles Pony 6:30pm @ The Pottery Bug 2:30-4:30pm @ Spt. Library Restoration Workshop Uncorked Paint invites the public to Meet in the Teen Lounge, 5-8:30pm @ Spt. Library come paint wine bottles with a beauti- choose the star with the book The first pony restoration ful fall theme of chickadees on birch- quote that speaks to you, workshop by the Carousel of es. $35 per person, or $30/each when check out the book, sit back, Smiles. The guest speaker is you sign up with a friend. BYOB and enjoy the read Bette Largent, curator of SpoLive Music w/ Josh Field kane’s 1908 Looff Carousel. 9pm-12am @ 219 Lounge Sandpoint Contra Dance Presentations will be held at Influenced by everything 7-10:30pm @ Spt. Community Hall 5:15 p.m. on Wood Restofrom country and rock to Contra dancing is community dancr ration, and 7 p.m. on Pony soul and blues, Austin, Tex.- ing for all ages, in the New England Painting. Free and open to the based Josh Field entertains tradition, featuring live music with public, with Q & A sessions to with his woodsy rock and great local and regional bands and follow presentations lively callers. $5 sugg. donation sound rasping Americana Fall for Sandpoint nd Saturday Art Reception 11am-3am @ Various locations in Downtown Sandpoint m @ Pend d’Oreille Winery ception of Daniele Huguenin’s artwork and live mu- Downtown Sandpoint celebrates Fall for Sandpoint with with Jake Robin’s swooning voice. Expressive artist sales, in-store games and prizes, kids’ activities, and ele has a beautiful touch with a very different medi- more. Participating merchants are teamed with local nonprofit organizations to bring you a day to shop, save and abalone shells! Free and open to the public share. Product demonstrations, food and beverage samFrolic Barn Dance plings, and kids’ activities are just part of the fun. Each repm @ Dover Bay Homestead Barn re invited to attend this fun barn dance hosted by tailer is paired with a local nonprofit, and will be donating ngels Over Sandpoint. Live music with Miah Kohal a portion of the day’s sales. Save local, give local , a silent auction and no-host bar. Tickets $20. Sup- Harvest Fest at the Sandpoint Farmers’ Market 9am-4pm @ Farmin Park, Sandpoint he Angels Over Sandpoint and get down! The closing event of the season for the Farmers’ Market. Live music by Browne Salmon, entertainment, food -de-sac at the top of the road) sed-toe shoes, gloves, safety glasses, water, snacks booths, activities, displays and more! et & Basil • 11am - 4pm @ Beet & Basil Karaoke night Axe Throwing league County Homeless Transitions. Live music 8pm @ Tervan Tavern 6-10pm @ Tervan Tavern treet food booth, local and imported Okto- Sing your favorites! es, kids area and raffles! Piano Sunday w/ Bob Beadling 412 2-4pm @Pend d’Oreille Winery 2023 Sandpoint West Dr. Enjoy an afternoon filled with live piano music 5:30-7pm @ Sandpoint Library Lifetree Cafe • 2pm @ Jalepeño’s learn terminology, drone anatomy, safety, This week’s topic: “Life’s Myths” required by calling (208) 263-6930 Oct. 19

date Forum • 10:30am @ Ponderay Events Center hear the candidates and participate in a Question and Answer session; door. Doors open at 10:15 a.m. Axe Throwing league MakeIt Art 6-10pm @ Tervan Tavern Writer’s Presentation: Lady Long Rider - Alone Across 5-6pm @ Sandpoint Library America on Horseback Teens, bring your ideas and inspiration to 6-7:30pm @ Sandpoint Library help design art for the new Teen Lounge! Bernice Ende will feature select Canvas and paint will be supplied readings from her memoir in adAxe Throwing league to MIG Welding 6-10pm @ Tervan Tavern dition to the slideshow presen@ MakerPoint Studios tation that showcases fantastic the proper use of a MIG welder during photos and stories from her long ntroductory class. Contact Sandpoint horseback rides and Recreation to register. $71/session

Justin Landis and Brendan Kelty @ 219 Lounge Oct. 20 First Vintage Party @ Pend d’ Oreille Winery Oct. 20 Takin’ Time presents Squirrel Butter in Concert @ Panida Theater

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‘The Writer’s Toolbox’ to bring publishing world, tips together By Reader Staff The creative juices are flowing, the muses are front and center, and this Saturday, Oct. 13, published authors will be sharing tips on navigating the world of independent writing and publishing with each other, with beginning writers and with those who are just thinking about writing more. The day of events – opening at 8:30 for registration and running to 4:30 at the East Bonner Library – will be chock full of ideas, advice and hands-on exercises to help fuel those writing urges. Indie Author Day started in 2016 as a nationwide event tailored for independent authors. The second annual event last year – including one in Sandpoint -- had over 2,000 authors participate in nearly 200 libraries across 40 states and five Canadian provinces. The provided videos were played over 340 times. Other IAD events included author discussions, book signings and even an integrated yoga session. The local event is co-sponsored by the Sandpoint Chapter of the Idaho Writers League and the East Bonner County Library. “As writers, we’re often told to ‘write

what we know,’ says Bonnie McDade, event chair, and member of the Sandpoint Chapter of IWL. “So our morning keynote speaker, local author Jim Payne, will lead us through some real-life tips on just how to put our own experiences into words, with ‘Don’t Just Suffer It, Write It.’” After that, it’s a fast-paced day filled with mini-workshops on developing a character trait, editing your manuscript, marketing tools, and getting the best out of a critique group. There will be two sets of authors reading from their own current works, and several helpful writing industry videos provided by the Indie Author Day organization such as how to get your published book in to libraries, the importance of a quality book cover, and more. A lunch-time panel of published authors will discuss “How Do We Write? and How Do We Get Published?” The final workshop of the day will be 45-minutes of participant writing exercises led by published author and writing teacher Tom Reppert. “It’s a chance to work with some of the ideas we’ve learned during the day,” says McDade. The lunch-time event starts at 12:30

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as many facets of this wide field as we can squeeze in,” says McDade. An added treat will be the sale and signing of local authors’ books. Refreshments will be provided all day courtesy of the Friends of the Library. The free event is open to the public.


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poetry and prose by local writers edited by Jim mitsui

a secret world of rime One time we skied up to Caribou hut, north of town. Well, we didn’t actually climb all the way. We rode Chair Six, one at a time, our packs sitting on the empty seat of the lift. Then we traversed along ridges of the Selkirks and at last plunged down to where the hut squats. To enter, we tumbled the padlock with secret numbers. Always tidy and swept, it’s a sweet little cabin. Below the hut a trail, a chiseled white tunnel with walls shoulder high, leads down to an outhouse. Above the cabin is where you bucket up snow to melt into water on the wood stove. That night we roved out single-file under a full moon, our skis rustling through the hoarfrost, whizzing and clattering like tiny plates underfoot. Crisp is how snow sounds when the hoar freezes into mica chips. Translucent flakes stand up and glisten like a million rhinestones. Tracks of rabbit, of mouse, of a big-pawed cat. Skiing at night in the forest, we became intruders in the landscape. We imagined animals, their eyes watching us pass by. Trees stood patient. Shushing back down our track, there was first the piney tang of smoke. Between the pines a wisp curled upward from the stove pipe then the snow-laden roof appeared, and finally the porch. Everyone propped skis against the hut. Boots stomped the planks. Then it was inside for steaming mountain jacks & whipped cream. Laughter. Recountings of the skiing.

white face reservoir, summer, 1965 The little old Mercury outboard won’t start, we switch off rowing and pulling the starting rope, but the current is so strong we are being pulled down the shore. My best friend, Debbie Miller, cries out in despair and anger when that old rope breaks off in her hand. We are only 13 and 14, we are headed to a part of the lake where we are forbidden to go because it is dangerous; wild, trackless, and boggy. It is very dark now, and cold, and my foot really hurts when I brace it to put my weight on the oars. With both of us rowing we can just hold our position but we are cold and hungry and getting tired, the mosquitos are feasting on us. There have been cougar and wolf sightings around here, too. But even if we weren’t worried about that, the underbrush is far too thick to walk back towing the boat. We don’t give up but we are really scared; how did we get in this predicament? It’s a beautiful summer day and now that Debbie is 13 we’re allowed to use the motor on the old fiberglass boat. It’s so much faster than rowing that we explore. We beach on a little island with dead tree trunks, revealed when the reservoir was drawn down last week, nothing left of them but the roots and a shell of the trunk. We run into a couple of boys, strangers, and together we build a fire in one of the trunks with driftwood gathered along the shore. The trunk makes a natural chimney and we have a fine big bonfire in no time. Deb and I are both woods-wise and know to be careful with fire, so it is fun to be able to have a roaring blaze in the middle of the lake and still be safe. We spend an hour or two playing with the fire and talking to the boys, they aren’t gorky around girls like range boys and are actually fun to talk to. The fire burns low and so does the sun, the boys are starting to act a little weird and it is time to go home. As we walk to the boat, barefoot as always, I kick a buried piece of driftwood. It hurts but I don’t want to look stupid in front of the boys, so I ignore it. In the boat, Deb starts the motor on the first pull but one of the boys yells from the shore. She stops the motor to hear, “What are your names? Where is your cabin?” “Debbie and Reeny,” we shout back, “east side, bye now!” and Debbie pulls the rope to re-start the motor. It doesn’t start, even after 5 good pulls. We’re getting embarrassed now - northern Minnesota girls in those days could handle stuff, we were looking uncool. I row really fast while Debbie tries all the tricks her dad taught her to start the balky motor.

Finally the slip of icy nylon when we slid into our sleeping bags. Up there. In the loft. Of a mountain ski hut. -Karen Seashore Karen still prefers the graceful telemark turn over any other form of locomotion. This story happened in deep winter. That’s why she doesn’t mention the tiny spiders that follow the grooves of the uptrack during late winter. Still, they could have been there that night, tucked into downy egg sacs under a blanket of powder.

The motor won’t start. We are much further out in the long reservoir than we’ve been before and with the dark the current is getting really strong, the island is far behind us. There are no lights on this shore, there are no cabins here. My foot is aching, it’s too dark to see well, but I can feel a hard lump between my fourth and small toe. It gets later and later. At last we see a light! A spotlight slowly moves down the shore towards us, searching the hostile shoreline. We hear voices and know it is Debbie’s dad and Mr. Gerlach, Cletus, from the cabin next door, come looking for us in his nice wooden speedboat. “Here we are” we yell, if a few tears fall, they only add a few new clean tracks to our grubby faces, streaked with engine grease and mud. They tow us home, saying they got worried because we were good kids who’d never stayed out late like that before. We excitedly tell them about the broken motor but kind of neglect mentioning the boys. Everybody is at Clete and Vi’s cabin, so we go there, but I can’t walk so well now, Mr. Miller carries me up the hill. He gets a tweezer to pull the sliver, takes a long look, then goes and sterilizes his needle nose pliers instead. Vi holds my hands, I try to be brave but the first time the pliers slip and I holler. Tears all over. Vi probably wore my fingerprints in her finger bones for the rest of her days. I keep quiet when the monster is pulled out, a piece of driftwood as big as a man’s thumb. The pouring of rubbing alcohol (more probably vodka) into the raw wound is an anticlimax, but I spray tears. I will have to wear two of Mr. Miller’s thick socks to hike on the rocks with the other kids, my foot won’t fit into my tennis shoe for a week. The drama is over, everyone sighs, the grownups return to their beer and cards, the gas lamps send a safe glow out into the night From the darkness of the lake below two boys in a boat slowly motor up the shore calling, “Debbie, Reeny, Deeeebbbbie, Reeeennnyy”. Everybody looks at us but Debbie and I don’t say a word. -Maureen Cooper Maureen, a 15 year Bonner County resident, is discovering that everything around her has its own tale. There are rich childhood memories plus the ever present moments of now, intertwined in tapestries of stories too many to write down---a piece of prose for a change of pace.

farmers market Empty pockets, full arms, it’s time to go home. Chatting with friends amid explosive colors and bountiful harvest. The wind sighs, then gathers breath, forcefully whispering it’s time to rest. Hurry! Winter is coming

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-Marie Forbes Here’s a little poem by Marie Forbes that celebrates one of Sandpoint’s best features: The Farmers’ Market. Whether it’s scones, goat cheese, fresh-cut flowers and vegetables, we will miss all of these and the various art objects, photographs, and specialty items until the reopening of the Market next year. October 11, 2018 /


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Sandpoint Sports taking appointments for ski fittings By Reader Staff Is your family interested in being fitted for skis, but don’t know where to go? Are you wanting to try out skiing, but don’t want to commit to buying all the equipment yet until you find out if it’s right for you? Every Saturday in October, from

10 a.m.-5 p.m., Sandpoint Sports will be taking 30-minute appointments per family to fit and/or assign season ski rentals. To schedule an appointment, call (208) 265-6163, while rental supplies last. Also, SKåL Tap Room, just next door, will be hosting a costume contest and open mic night every Friday night in October. Awards will be announced

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Weekend plays host to fall festivities By Lyndsie Kiebert Reader Staff


h, fall in Sandpoint. The streets are lined in fiery bright colors, the smell of cooling earth and warm coffee drinks fills the air and empty parking spaces abound. Alright, all joking aside, I don’t mind a little breathing room downtown when the summer months wind down, but I sure love seeing everyone come out in droves to support local businesses even as the visitors head home. Luckily there are a few fall-themed events gracing the Sandpoint area this weekend that make for great opportunities to keep the town alive while the leaves do their pretty dying thing.

Harvest Fest w/ the Sandpoint Farmers’ Market @ Farmin Park Oct. 13, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. The Farmers’ Market season is officially coming to a close with Harvest Fest, meant to celebrate the last of what the growing season had to offer. Browne Salmon — performing as a duo for the event — will take the stage 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Other activities include kids’ fall crafts and a Customer Appreciation Raffle from 10-11 a.m. Enjoy an extra hour of opportunity to purchase all the market’s local goodies, since the market is normally only open until 1 p.m.

Oktoberfest @ Beet and Basil Oct. 13, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. The second annual Beet and Basil Oktoberfest is on tap for this weekend, bringing German street food and beer, live music by The Wow Wows from noon to 1:30 p.m. and Harold’s IGA from 1:30-3 p.m., oversized games, a kids’ area, raffles and giveaways to downtown Sandpoint. The restaurant is partnering with Bonner County Home-

less Transitions for the event. Admission is free, but bring a can of food to be entered to win dinner for two at Beet and Basil.

“Fall” for Sandpoint 2018 @ downtown businesses Oct. 13, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. The Sandpoint Shopping District hosts this event to draw attention to local non-profits. Businesses are paired with a nonprofit, and each location holds activities or offers a percentage of proceeds to benefit their non-profit. Bring the whole family along and fill out a passport — visit five locations and be entered to win a prize, visit 10 locations and be entered into the grand prize drawing. Passports can be found at any participating retailer and must be turned in by 5 p.m. the day of the event. Find a complete list of participating retailers and non-profits on the Facebook event:

“”FALL for Sandpoint 2018.”

Angels Over Sandpoint Fall Frolic @ Dover Bay Homestead Barn Oct. 13, 6 p.m.-10 p.m. Get down to the Miah Kohal Band to benefit the Angels Over Sandpoint at their Fall Frolic Barn Dance. There will be an auction and no-host bar, as well as food from the Twisted Kilt Black Iron Grill. Find tickets, which are $20, at Eve’s Leaves, Eichardt’s or at the door on Saturday.

Top: A colorful fall arrangement of vegetables at the Sandpoint Farmers’ Market Wednesday. Middle: First Avenue is the location of many downtown retailers participating in this year’s Fall For Sandpoint fundraiser for area nonprofits. Bottom: Barn dancers at the Dover Bay Homestead Barn. Courtesy photos. October 11, 2018 /


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Bonner County commissioner candidate roundup By Lyndsie Kiebert Reader Staff

Bonner County commissioner seats in Districts 1 and 3 are up for election Nov. 6, with Steven Bradshaw and Steve Johnson vying for the District 1 seat and Dan McDonald and Steve Lockwood running in District 3. The following is a summation of each candidate’s platform with additional comments. Our annual candidate questionnaire will run in the Oct. 25 issue of the Reader. DISTRICT 1 Steven Bradshaw (R) Though he didn’t respond to multiple requests for comment, this is the information we gleaned from Bradshaw’s website: Steven Steven Bradshaw. Bradshaw beat out current commissioner Glen Bailey in the primary to earn the Republican candidacy in the upcoming general election. He’s been the pastor at the Cocolalla Cowboy Church for 15 years and said he holds “very strong conser-

vative values.” “I want to bring honesty, accountability and integrity back to local government by presenting all things in truth regardless of my opinion, and bring back moral judgment and common sense into local government,” he writes on his website. “I believe we can do this by taking the politicians and politics out of government.” He lists his main issues as “pro-life, pro-Second Amendment, pro-common sense, pro-limited government and pro-God.” Learn more about Bradshaw at Steve Johnson (D) Steve Johnson has lived in Bonner County since 1957 and said his skills and experience Steve Johnson. include 40 years as an educator, homebuilder, farmer and smallscale logger. “I am a candidate for county commissioner because I have the passion, the skills and the longterm commitment to help keep Bonner County healthy, safe and prosperous,” he said.

His platform points include more transparency in the county government, protecting private property rights, attracting businesses to provide well-paying jobs for local families, opposing the proposed Newport smelter and advocating for the expansion of Medicaid. “I have been successful working with a wide range of people and groups — working together and solving problems in a respectful and productive manner,” Johnson said. “I live on the farm I was raised on. We have children and grandchildren who live in Bonner County. We are here for the long term.” Learn more about Johnson at DISTRICT 3

Steve Lockwood (D) Steve Lockwood said his main priorities include practicing transparency in local government, holdSteve Lockwood. ing monthly cost management meetings with county heads to ensure smart

spending, creating an informed opinion on the proposed Newport silica smelter, and promoting a team culture. “One of my overarching priorities is that the county, cities, schools, civic and business groups work together to make Bonner County a great place to live, with jobs that pay well and housing to fit a variety of incomes,” Lockwood said. “I don’t presume to have all the answers. Only by working together with other jurisdictions and organizations, and being open to suggestions and ideas of advisory committees and residents, can some of the county’s most pressing problems be addressed.” Lockwood said he has regularly attended BOCC meetings for about two years and nearly all of the budget workshops this past summer, educating himself on the issues and processes. “As commissioner, I stand ready to listen to the public respectfully and lead thoughtfully and constructively,” he said. Learn more about Lockwood at Dan McDonald (R) Dan McDonald is the incumbent candidate in the District 3 commissioner race, having been elected in 2016. During his two-year term, McDonald said

he’s found success in using a business management approach to Bonner County’s government. Dan McDonald “We need to continue to hold the line on fiscal responsibility and to strive to do more with less,” McDonald said. McDonald said his goals given a second term are many. He said some highlights include tighter budget management; close management of the county’s self-insured liability and medical programs; solid waste site improvements; planning for growth while protecting farm, ranch and timber land; pushing for more interaction between department heads and the county procurement program; improving access to public lands; and improving the county’s customer service. “We need to stay the course on this to keep the county in a position to be the problem solver while assisting the people of Bonner County,” McDonald said. Learn more about McDonald at

Meet the Bonner County Assessor candidates By Cameron Rasmusson Reader Staff With the housing market booming in Bonner County, the county assessor will have an important role to play in overseeing data and information related to county property. This year, voters have two choices in selecting a county assessor: Donna Gow and Wendel Bergman. Whoever emerges victorious in the race will have the responsibility keep accurate records of county properties, including changes in ownership, mapped boundaries and property characteristics and any exemptions that may apply. The assessor’s office 18 /


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also manages the Bonner County Department of Motor Vehicles. While the election requires a party affiliation — Gow is running as a Republican and Bergman as an independent —both candidates say there’s nothing partisan about how the assessor goes about his or her business. Instead, both say that the office should be run with an approach that stresses efficiency, thoroughness and accuracy. There are no Democratic candidates running in the county assessor race. Gow cites her 28 years of experience in the Bonner County Assessor’s Office as her primary qualification to take the reins. During that time, she has ap-

praised residential, mobile and manufactured homes, condominiums and commercial and industrial properties and learned managerial styles from five different assessors. “Throughout my years in the Assessor’s Office, I have worked with the State Tax Commission, other assessor’s offices, fee appraisers, title companies, Realtors and the public, so I am able to run the office on day one,” she said. Bergman built his career in IBM before moving to North Idaho to work in real estate development and management. He believes his experience managing multiple employees, plan budgets and set and achieve goals gives

Wendel Bergman him the skills he need to improve the assessor’s office’s customer service, upgrade its technology and augment its efficiency. “The office of assessor needs to be managed by an experienced manager with multiple talents,” Bergman said. “That manager should depend upon and respect

Donna Gow. the capabilities of his or her employees and specialists to ensure that the team works together to accomplish the common goal of serving the public efficiently, fairly and respectfully.”


It’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s NIHSAP’s new drone program! The North Idaho High School Aerospace Program kicks off new drone program with Oct. 20 event featuring premier Spokane drone racing league

By Lyndsie Kiebert Reader Staff The North Idaho High School Aerospace Program has been introducing local students to careers in piloting and building planes for five years. Now, NIHSAP is hoping to appeal to a new brand of aerospace enthusiasts with their unmanned aerial systems program. Put simply, students will have the opportunity to design, build, program and fly drones. “The gear-head types want to work on engines, and the students in flight training are interested in careers as pilots. We haven’t drawn in a lot of computer-based people, and we think this program could be a huge draw for them,” said NIHSAP co-founder Ken Larson. “I think (drones) will broaden the appeal to a wider range of students.” Those interested in getting a closer look at programming drones professionally will have a chance on Saturday, Oct. 20 at Sandpoint High School when the Spokane FPV Drone Racing Club provides displays, demonstrations of various drones and workshops. The day will culminate with professional drone races. Spokane FPV will also be putting on the halftime show at the Oct. 19 SHS football game — weather permitting — to give attendees a taste of what they might experience at the Oct. 20 workshop. Larson said the current plan is to implement drone education into NIH-

SAP’s academic course, which is offered at SHS during spring semesters. He said if there’s enough interest, an extracurricular club might be created exclusively for drone building and flying. Students could even have a chance to earn a remote pilot license — what the FAA calls a license to fly drones up to 55 pounds. “And skills learned in unmanned technology will transfer into other industries,” Larson said. In addition to their academic course, NIHSAP currently offers an ACES Workshop, where students meet at the Sandpoint Airport every Saturday morning at 9 a.m. to build airplanes that eventually fly. The group is currently restoring a 1945 Taylorcraft. Larson said any interested student is welcome to attend a Saturday morning ACES meeting to check it out. Students can also receive flight training through NIHSAP. To join NIHSAP, students must be middle or high school aged, and Larson emphasized that homeschooled kids are welcome. But why get involved in aviation and aerospace? “You can hardly think of a career that doesn’t somehow relate to aviation or aerospace,” Larson said, noting he’s had students go on to become everything from air traffic safety specialists to engineers. “There’s an unprecedented shortage of pilots and mechanics and engineers in aerospace, and in the rapidly growing drone industry. It’s almost like there’s never been a better time to be in this

industry.” The drone action on Oct. 20 starts at 11 a.m. with displays and workshops in the SHS gym and on the field behind the gym. Professional drone races begin at 1 p.m. This event is family-friendly and free to attend, but donations will be accepted.

Photo by Clay Banks Those with questions about NIHSAP should email Larson at Larson said people interested in volunteering for NIHSAP to help with events, web management, grant writing and more should also contact him.

Festival season passes on sale now By Ben Olson Reader Staff

It’s never too early to rock. The Festival at Sandpoint announced last week that it has opened sales for the 37th annual concert series and that they are selling fast. The concert takes place Aug. 1-11, 2019 at Memorial Field. Season passes are discounted to $239, plus tax and city parks fee) for all eight nights of music. This significantly reduced

price will be good until Nov. 30. If any passes are left, the price will increase to $299 on Dec. 1 until the full line-up is announced on April 1, 2019, or until all 700 are sold. Last year, all 700 passes sold out between Oct. 1 and Nov. 30 for the 2018 Festival. “Early Bird season passes offer a huge discount,” Festival at Sandpoint executive director Dyno Wahl said. “They are transferable, and they make wonderful gifts for family, friends,

employees and clients. We’ve already booked some exciting acts, and this season promises to be the biggest yet, so I urge Festival fans to get your season passes at the best price while they last.” To order season passes, or to make a tax-deductable contribution online, visit the Festival’s website at www. or call (208) 265-4554.

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Puttin’ on the Ritz By Marcia Pilgeram Reader Food Columnist

Lately we’ve been faced with some challenges, both locally and nationally. Like many of you, I’ve spent a lot of moments pondering the actions of others that make me both anxious and angry. For my own preservation, I refuse to remain idle. Locally, it was easy to jump into action for our beloved Reader with a somewhat impromptu Reader Rally at the Idaho Pour Authority. And, even more close to home, I was happy to jump into action when my Moscow team arrived to spend the weekend with their favorite Mimi (Shh! But it’s true, I’m everyone’s favorite grandma). The oldest of that team of adorable children, 11-year-old Alden, is just getting to the age where he has a hard time deciding if he’d rather stay home and hang out with his friends or come to my house for the weekend. I remember my own son’s painful transition to adolescence, so I’m always grateful for any extra time before he outgrows his childhood (and yes, his Mimi). He accompanied me as I gathered gift cards and other donations from our local and loving community for the Reader. Thanks to these donors and advertisers as well as readers and supporters, the rally was successful beyond my wildest imagination. Running these errands gave Alden (wise beyond his 11 years) and me a chance to talk about local, national and world events, and though there are more than 50 years between 20 /


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us, we have similar qualities. Besides activism, we both love to cook and comfort others with our food offerings. I also learned that week that we have another similar trait: planning and throwing impromptu (and elaborate) parties to ease the angst that ails us. Alden’s theme for our Sunday night meal was Dinner at the Ritz, which was also a gift to his younger brother Will, who’d gotten all dressed up to go out for lunch that day, only to be sadly disappointed when we ended up at a burger and beer joint. Alden is also an accomplished artist, so our evening included a sophisticated looking menu, with lion’s head

artwork and a strict dress code. I often teased our very sensible Ryanne that we got “the wrong baby” as she was never much for fancy dresses or fancy meals. This night, she admitted, “Momma, I think you were right all along.” But for the love of her children, my sensible daughter donned the Japanese silk dressing gown that belonged to her great grandmother (she’d roll her eyes in embarrassment, when years ago I’d posture in it, serving high tea). In full compliance, Ryanne put on the Ritz, complete with the accessory requirements for ladies: a fashionable scarf, pearls and hair worn up. There were separate rules for the gents

including a tie. And sensible, common rules for both genders: cover your private parts, use silverware and don’t twitch. Honestly I think those are great rules to live by every day! Though my closet is still a disaster, young Will wasn’t one bit disappointed in our evening and managed to find everything he needed to make his dapper appearance, resplendent in top hat, cane, diamond watch and a pair of umbrellas for him and his younger sister, Fernie. Our evening was loads of good fun and a great respite from robo-caller worries and dogmatic partisan politics plaguing our well-being. Before Alden left in the morning, he had my solemn

vow that I will continue to work hard to leave his world in better shape than it is today. I know I was complacent for many years, a wrong many of my friends and I work hard at righting every single day. Hell hath no fury like angry grandmothers, albeit ones filled with mindful determination and hope for a better world. I’ll continue to fulfill my promise to him: a demonstration sign in one hand and a rolling pin in the other. If you feel an urge to arm yourself with a good recipe, you won’t find anything more comforting, delicious or addictive than these Maple and Bacon Muffins.

Maple Bacon Pecan Muffin Recipe These may become your best fall friends! Delicious paired with soup and cider, on a chilly day.

INGREDIENTS: • 2 cups flour • 1 Tbsp baking powder • 1⁄2 tsp baking soda • 1⁄8 tsp salt • 1 egg • 2 tsp vanilla extract • ¼ cup Greek yogurt • 1⁄2 cup pure maple syrup • 1⁄2 cup brown sugar • 1⁄4 cup bacon grease, reserved from cooking bacon • 1 cup buttermilk • 8 crispy bacon strips, crumbled (reserve 2 for streusel) Streusel: • 1⁄4 cup brown sugar • 2 Tbsp sugar • 1⁄3 cup of flour + 1 Tbsp • 1 Tbsp maple syrup • 2 Tbsp melted unsalted butter • 2 crispy bacon strips crumbled • 3 Tbsp crushed pecans

Yields 12 Muffins

DIRECTIONS: Fry bacon crisp (don’t burn)! Drain on paper towels, reserve bacon grease into a separate bowl. Set bacon strips aside. Preheat oven to 350 and line with muffin papers In a large mixing bowl, whisk flour, salt, baking powder and baking soda. In a separate bowl, whisk egg, sugar, maple syrup, bacon grease, vanilla extract, sour cream and buttermilk until all smooth. Make a well in dry ingredients and add wet ingredients. Whisk together until smooth. Add crumbled bacon and mix until evenly incorporated. Set batter aside. Streusel: In a medium bowl, combine brown sugar, white sugar and flour. Mix well until all dry ingredients are incorporated evenly. Pour in melted butter and maple syrup. Just toss -Streusel should be

large crumbs. Fold in crumbled bacon and pecans. Fill muffin pan cups ¾ full with muffin batter.

Sprinkle about two tablespoons of streusel on top of each muffin and place in the oven. Bake for 22-25 minutes (Do a toothpick test to check if they are done.).


Be ready to boogie

Roosevelt Dime brings their unique sound to the Panida Friday, along with local favorites BareGrass

By Lyndsie Kiebert Reader Staff

Roosevelt Dime got their start busking in New York City, playing for anyone who would listen in the parks, streets, squares, subways and beyond. Banjo player Andrew Green said it’s an experience that shaped how the band strives to connect with their audiences today. “(In NYC) you are hitting the whole walk of life. We wanted to see if we could connect to everybody and (make our music) resonate with everyone on some level,” Green said. “When that’s your approach, you can take it anywhere.” “Anywhere” will soon include Sandpoint, as Roosevelt Dime will bring their eclectic mix of Americana and rhythm and blues to the Panida stage for the first time Friday, Oct. 12 with opener BareGrass. The show kicks off Pend Oreille Art Council’s 2018-2019 Performing Arts Series, and is produced in conjunction with Mattox Farm Productions. Green said the band has worked with Mattox founder Robb Talbott before. “As far as we’re concerned, everything he touches is gold,” Green said. “We booked our tickets as soon as we could lock down a date.” Roosevelt Dime’s unique brand of toe-tapping goodness is not easy to package in a single genre, Green said, because the band draws influences from every strain of historically American music with heavy hints of funk. He said while their arsenal may include a banjo and stand-up bass, the prominence of percussion in their music makes them different from a straight-up Americana outfit. “‘Americana-rhythm and blues’ is the short answer because for years we just said ‘we’re into everything, man,’ and that’s not a good answer,” Green said with a laugh. “We are just making the music we want to hear.” Roosevelt Dime’s last studio release was “Red Shoes” in 2016. For now, before they buckle down

This week’s RLW by Lyndsie Kiebert


“Everything I Never Told You” by Celeste Ng is the hauntingly good story of a young Chinese-American girl mysteriously drowned, and the omniscient telling of how her family copes with that loss. The storyline hops back and forth in time seamlessly, helping the reader understand how the complex characters have reached their breaking points. The first line is enough to know some seriously good narrative is coming: “Lydia is dead. But they don’t know this yet.”


Top: Roosevelt Dime will rock the Panida Oct. 12. Courtesy photo. Bottom: Local group BareGrass hides behind the music. Literally. Courtesy photo. to complete another studio album, Green said the band is working on curating some live material for release. Green said live shows are where he and his bandmates are most “in their element.” “When this group of four people get together, it’s always been about that shared live experience,” he said. “So for the time being, we figured let’s just keep sticking with that strong point and highlight it (with a live album).” BareGrass, the opener at Friday’s show, is John Edwards, Jared Johnston and Luke Levesque

— a trio of locals known to bring lively shows to Sandpoint on a regular basis. Edwards, who plays stand-up bass in the band, said their sound is hard to pin down. “We kind of like to spread it all over the board,” Edwards said, noting the band brings bluegrass, blues, jazz, and singer-songwriter styles into the mix. “All three of us write originals and sing, so it brings a variety to our shows.” Edwards said he and the other men of BareGrass are “always very tickled” to play the Panida stage.

“Music is just such a passion and such a joy,” Edwards said. “I feel we have stories and good musicianship to share with the community.” Get tickets to see Roosevelt Dime and BareGrass play the Panida on Oct. 12 at Eve’s Leaves, Eichardt’s, at the door or online at Adult admission is $20, youth is $10. Doors open at 6 p.m. and the show begins at 7.

It’s been a long 3.5 years since Twenty-One Pilots released their last full-length album — the wonderful “Blurryface” — but the wait is over with the arrival of “Trench,” a multi-faceted addition to TOP’s already stellar discography. As is typical of TOP, there are bright and dark spots on “Trench.” My personal favorites are the upbeat but still moody “My Blood” and “Chlorine.” Where the album really shines, however, is on “Neon Gravestones.” Front man Tyler Joseph has always been open about his brother’s suicide and his own struggles with mental illness, but on this track he lays out a new perspective: We have to stop glorifying early death. It’s a stinging — and risky — position for a pop culture icon to hold, and it’s certainly worth a listen.


I’m back with a new internet fad to brighten your life. Type “Roman’s Cooking Corner” into YouTube, watch the first two videos and tell me you didn’t smile. Roman is a 2-year-old kitchen connoisseur who first found internet fame by baking a glorious teal cake. His manners are endearing — thanking his mom as she helps him off screen — and his enthusiasm is infectious. Just hearing Roman shout, “YOU READY?!” brightens my whole day. October 11, 2018 /


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NAMI Far North hosting Family-to-Family Ed. Program By Ben Olson Reader Staff

From Northern Idaho News, May 11, 1915

CITY COUNCIL DISCUSSES PAVING The city council met last evening to consider paving and intended to have an executive session at which the special citizens’ committee on paving, consisting of J.H. Cave, George Ross and H.S. Allen, should report the result of their investigations. Promptly at 8 o’clock Mayor Himes called the meeting to order and stated briefly that on second thought it was his opinion that the report of the committee should be deferred till after all bids were in. He argued that to have this committee report at the present time and have its opinion leak out as to the best paving would be to give the paving so favored an unfair advantage and might result in higher bids being put in on that particular kind. The council were unanimously of the same opinion and the report was deferred. City Engineer Ashley reported that the property owners on Main street were all in favor of widening the sidewalks from 8 to 12 feet, and also on First avenue, where the ordinance now calls for 12 feet the majority of the property owners that he was able to see where in favor of widening the walks by from two to four feet. He said, however, that Mr. Farmin, who owns the most frontage, was opposed to the plan and that his opposition throw the majority of the frontage against it. The mayor and many of the council expressed themselves in favor of wider walks on the score of making a better appearance and also being cheaper to put in and maintain than the paving. 22 /


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The local chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness, NAMI Far North, is hosting a free Family-to-Family Education Program for families, partners and significant others living with mental illnesses. The series of 12 sessions is structured to help caregivers understand and support individuals with serious mental illness while maintaining their own well-being. This is free to families, partners and individu-

als living with major depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia and schizoaffective disorder, borderline personality disorder, panic disorder and obsession compulsive disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, and co-occuring brain and addictive disorders. The course will be taught by a team of trained NAMI family member volunteers who know what it is like to have a loved one struggling with one of these brain disorders. There is no cost to participate, and over 300,000 people in North America and Italy have completed this course.

Classes start the week of Oct. 28 and span until Dec. 8. The classes will be held at the VFW Hall at Division Ave. and Pine St. in Sandpoint. Time and date will be determined to accommodate participants. Contact Dawn Mehra at (208) 290-1768 for more information. “We think you will be pleased by how much assistance the program offers,” NAMI wrote in a statement. “We invite you to call for more information.” Contact Dawn Mehra at (208) 290-1768 with any questions.

Pend Oreille Pedalers host trail work party By Ben Olson Reader Staff Want to give back to the wonderful trail systems we have here in the panhandle? Pend Oreille Pedalers is hosting a Trail Work Party at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 13! Those interested in participating should meet at the cul-de-sac at the top of Cedar Ridge Road to do some trail maintenance and finish work. “We have had some good rain lately, so now is the perfect time to buff some trail!” the

bicycle group wrote in a statement. “Come on out and bring the family for a trail work party!” McLeods and Pulaski tools will be provided by the Pedalers. Please bring closed-toe shoes, gloves, safety glasses, water and snacks. Bring your bikes and your friends to ride these sweet trails afterwards! More info on the Pend Oreille Pedalers’ Facebook page or at

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