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When you hear the word “God,” what one word first comes to mind? “Father.” Angie Shadel Registered nurse Sandpoint

“Generosity.” Brent Howerton Eighth grader Sagle

DEAR READERS, Boy, we had an interesting snafu last week here at Reader HQ. After finishing the paper on deadline night in record time (we even had time to go watch a great show at Loaf and Ladle), our printer in Spokane had a major malfunction and couldn’t print the paper on time to get it to us Thursday morning. I hear from our loyal readers quite often (as I do from our haters), but I never realized how much some of you depend on the Reader until it wasn’t there for you last Thursday morning. I was taking phone calls and emails all morning from concerned readers, thinking that maybe we might’ve been involved in an accident, or that something more sinister had happened. Some were telling me, “You’re throwing my whole Thursday routine off!” Wow. What a great show of support, Sandpoint. We were finally able to get the papers later that evening and distributed them (in the rain, of course). We apologize to all those locations that didn’t get the Reader because you were closed when we came by to drop papers, and to all those whose weekly routines were thrown into a tizzy. The printer has promised this was a freak accident and it won’t happen again. Thanks again for your continued support! We’d also like to welcome our new readers from Newport and Oldtown. We started delivering in Newport a few weeks ago and we’ve already had to increase the amount we drop there because the stack was empty on delivery day. With the addition of Newport, the Reader now officially reaches two states, three counties, 12 cities and 250-plus locations in Idaho and Washington. All from this little office here on Cedar and Second. In other news, I made a statement last week saying Oct. 14 was the “last day you can register to vote in Idaho.” This is wrong - kind of. That’s the last day of PRE-registration. Eligible voters are welcome to come down to the Bonner County elections office (in the Bonner Co. Admin Building) to register and vote all the way up to the election. You can also register on Election Day as long as you have a valid photo ID. Sorry I made it complicated. Bottom line: Don’t stand on the sidelines anymore. Participate in your democracy. Register to vote! One final note: My girlfriend and I drove up to Roman Nose Lakes and hiked around last weekend. Six to eight inches of snow had already fallen in places. Get ready, winter warriors, it’ll be here before we know it!

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COMMENTARY Columbus Day and the Christian conquest of the world: Indigenous Peoples Day should take its place By Nick Gier Reader Columnist

“We discovered Columbus, lost on our shores, sick, destitute, and wrapped in rags. We nourished him to health, and the rest is history. He represents the mascot of American colonialism in the Western Hemisphere.” —Lakota activist Bill Means May 4, 1493, was a day of infamy for the indigenous peoples of the Americas. At the urging of King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella of Spain, Pope Alexander VI confirmed their right to confiscate native peoples’ lands. Even at this point in time, the Christian conquest of the world had been well under way. Alexander’s papal bull was a continuation of what is now called the Doctrine of Discovery. The irony of “discovering” land where people already flourished is a sad and tragic one. In 1455 Pope Nicholas V exhorted Catholic rulers to conquer, even those “in the remotest parts unknown to us,” all who were enemies of Christ. The Pope gave them permission “to invade, search out, capture, vanquish, and subdue all Saracens [Muslims] and pagans,” take their possessions, and “reduce their persons to perpetual slavery.” Some priests had disputed Spain’s right of possession, and they had defended the Indians as full human persons. Pope Nicholas acknowledged that native Americans were innocent, peaceloving people, and they greeted Columbus and his men warmly. But after they rescued them from shipwrecked Santa Maria, the Spaniards mistreated them in the most inhumane ways. One man, Bartolome de las Casas Priests, provided detailed accounts of acts of wanton brutality. The natives were enslaved and worked to death. They were hunted down with dogs, strung up and burned alive. The Taino tribe was reduced from an estimated 1 million to just 500 in 10 years. It was Christian terrorism, pure and simple. North America’s native population also came under the Doctrine of Discovery. In 1823 Chief Justice John Marshall concluded that the U.S. had derived its right of “dominion” from Great Britain as 4 /


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A painting showing Columbus’ use of dogs to hunt down indigenous peoples. the nation who “discovered” and settled “unoccupied” land. As a result, America’s “heathen” natives had lost “their rights to complete sovereignty” and must live as dependent nations within the U.S. The sad story of oppression, massacres and broken treaties is well known and need not be retold here. Major Christian denominations have denounced the Doctrine of Discovery, but the Vatican has yet to revoke the papal bulls. In November 2013 the nuns from Denver’s Loretto Community sent a letter to Pope Francis requesting that he address this issue. The sisters praised him and two previous popes for supporting the U.N. Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. Francis has also offered forgiveness for “crimes committed against the native peoples during the so-called conquest of America.” The Loretto sisters have received no response, except from the U.S. Conference of Bishops who thanked them for sending them a copy of the letter. In 2007 Archbishop Celestino Migliore did respond to an earlier inquiry. He wrote that subsequent papal bulls had forbidden the enslavement of Indians and there was “no need to take further action.” Sister Libby Comeaux of the Loretto Community has called this response “fancy footwork in canon law.” Over the past six decades, six states have taken the lead in honoring America’s indigenous peoples. In 1968 Gov. Ronald Reagan signed a resolution making American Indian Day a state

holiday in California. It is held on the fourth Friday of September. Tennessee also celebrates American Indian Day, but on the fourth Monday of September. Last month, on the same day, Nevada celebrated the holiday for the first time. In 1990, under pressure from Indian activists, South Dakota was first state to substitute Native American Day for Columbus Day. In October 2015, Alaska followed suit by renaming Columbus Day “Indigenous Peoples’ Day.” On Oct. 10, 2016, recognizing that “the Green Mountain State was founded and built upon lands first inhabited by indigenous people,” Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin proclaimed that the second Monday in October would now be celebrated as Indigenous People’s Day. In 1992, the Berkeley, California City Council, was the first city to substitute Indigenous Peoples’ Day for Columbus Day, and since then 31 cities have done the same (four schools and universities have followed suit). Phoenix, Ariz. has been the largest city to acknowledge that Columbus should not be honored for his genocidal attacks on America’s natives. It is high time for Congress to declare the second Monday in October a national holiday honoring America’s native people. Columbus and his fellow terrorists should be relegated to the trash heap of history. Nick Gier taught philosophy and religion at the University of Idaho for 31 years.

Actions help destroy community By Patrick Lynch Reader Contributor This summer, on our way to spend a few days in the Steens Mountains in Oregon, my family and I traveled through Burns, Ore., and spent an afternoon with two residents of this small rural town. These good family friends are in their 70s and have lived in Burns for very many decades. They are the bedrock of a small community, serving as board members on many community organizations, including transportation of the elderly, cemetery stewardship, library board, community gardens and many church organizations. They told us that their community was literally torn apart as a result of the armed occupation of the Malheur Wildlife Refuge, which happened during January and February of this year. They told us that they thought that they did not think their community could heal, and that they were afraid of who they could even talk to at the grocery store. They told us that their community was split in two. They told us, “Things are bad.” They felt their community had been destroyed by the armed occupation. They didn’t know who they could trust any more. Twice during the armed occupation, our local state representative, Heather Scott, R-Blanchard, and Judy Boyle, R-Midvale, visited the Malheur refuge. On Feb. 11, for the final hours of the armed stand off, Scott and Boyle had made their second visit, this time while our legislature was in session. Boyle declared, “We were there as human shields.” Soon the last holdouts left the refuge, leaving in their wake a field station and the community of Burns in a shambles. Sherriff Dave Ward of Burns asked the armed occupiers to go home. The majority of community of Burns, in town hall meetings, told them to leave, and went as far as buying billboard space telling anyone who would listen that the community of Burns could solve their own problems and advocate for themselves. The billboard read,

“We are Harney County and We have our Own Voice.” In my opinion, while Heather Scott has been in office, she has done nothing but tirelessly work at her politics of division, shrouded in her call for the people to wake up and stop the government from taking over their lives. I don’t buy it for a minute. What she has been effective in is what she helped accomplish in Burns, which is to divide a city, divide a county and divide neighbors from neighbors. By her demonstrated support of the armed occupiers and their mission in Malheur County she is as guilty as the Bundys in tearing apart a great rural community. By her actions she was complicit in not listening to the community of Burns. According to the Portland Oregonian, the three Idaho Legislators (Scott, Boyle and Dixon) were warned by Oregon Rep. Cliff Bentz, a Republican from Ontario, and Harney County Judge Steven E. Grasty that the trip to Burns was inappropriate. Not really caring what the locals wanted, the lawmakers—along with one legislator from Oregon and two from Washington—met with Ammon Bundy himself. For me, what it boils down to is this: How can we re-elect a representative, who through her repeated actions, took part in tearing apart a rural community? Does it matter that it was not our community? I believe her divisive approach to politics is having the same effect here in North Idaho. I am truly sorry our elected representative, Heather Scott, has helped make my aged friends in Burns disillusioned and apprehensive in their rural community. Therefore this Republican is voting for a stop to the division of our community and for the betterment of the community. I will vote for Kate McAlister on Nov. 8 and urge you to do so as well.

LETTERs to the editor...

Not Convinced Re: Harassment...

Dear Editor, Re. “Democrats pull worker out of Bonner County, charge harassment by Idaho Rep. Heather Scott’s supporters”. Really? An unnamed community organizer from an unnamed place is whisked away to an unnamed place because he claims being harassed day and night, in two counties, and we are supposed to believe this hinky story? Its vagueness certainly makes it difficult for law enforcement to investigate. Enter Kate McAlister, who happens to be Rep. Heather Scott’s Democratic opponent and surfaces to jump on the bandwagon, claiming that her 90-year-old mother-in-law was also harassed in the Safeway parking lot (what is it about that parking lot?) because she had a “Kate” bumper sticker on her car. Her mother-inlaw did not think it important enough to even mention for three days, and certainly not worth filing a police report. Nor did McAlister – until October, just weeks before the election. In her defense of this strange oversight, McAlister claims she complained to Safeway, as though Safeway handles harassment complaints (is she trying now also to implicate the Safeway store in some sort of negligence?). One could ask a lot more questions such as how many 90-year-olds drive themselves to go shopping, shop alone and therefore do not have a witness when something happens? Her motherin-law may well be a spunky lady who handles things well, clearly didn’t feel intimidated or felt the need to be whisked away to an unnamed location, trembling for his life, as the 21-year-old community organizer did. Spokesman writer Betsy Z. Russell, the reporter of this story, seems miffed that Heather Scott would answer her questions only in writing and declined to address the unproven allegations. In Russell’s mind, this apparently amounts to a form of obstruction if not guilt, though it certainly seems a wise move on Scott’s part. Russell’s track record is that of a reporter with a left bent, and her stories about conservatives tend to run in that direction. Russell prefers, and solicits, verbal comments because if there is no written record, it’s so much easier to misrepresent facts. I hope the law enforcement agencies involved do an in-depth investigation into this case to get to the bottom of it. If the results are as I surmise, McAlister and her minion should face false report charges. John Weyant Priest River

Dissension Obnoxious... Dear Editor, Jodi Rawson’s Sept. 29 letter to the editor took issue with my letters directed at Ben Olson. She stated “…the dissension is becoming a bore”. What she really meant to say is “the dissension has become obnoxious.” If Olson, like Trump, wasn’t such an overweening person and had just retracted his very offensive accusation against

me, I would not have written those letters Ms. Rawson finds “a bore.” Now I ask you, Jodi, what would you do if someone falsely accused YOU of being a Holocaust denier in print? Sue? There are other similarities between Olson and Trump beside the overweening one. For example, like Trump, it is very easy to get under Olson’s thin skin. Olson’s comments after many “Letter(s) to the Editor” is reminiscent of Trump’s tweets after someone has gotten under Trump’s thin skin. In a private email I asked Olson to retract his stupid and ignorant Holocaust denial accusation which he refused to do. Also like Trump, Olson sees himself as never being wrong and will never admit it when he is. I have challenged Olson several times to point out what in my article denies the Holocaust and he has been unresponsive. Since Olson won’t publish my article that he claims denies the Holocaust go here: https://rabbiayatollahkrishna. to read it, and then tell me what you think. If you see anything in it that denies the Holocaust, do not pull an Olson, but be specific as to what it is and why. So Jodi, this shall be the last letter about this unless Olson chooses to ex tend it. By the way, Ben, when you aren’t making false charges, the Reader is doing a great job. Lee Santa Sandpoint

Vote For Kate... Dear Editor, I have heard about Kate McAlister for years—about her great work with the Chamber of Commerce, her passion for great education, serving on the board of the Forrest Bird Charter School and her work with Angels Over Sandpoint. Every person I talked with had great words for Kate’s involvement in our community. When I finally had the chance to meet her, I found her to be everything I had heard about her, and more. She is the mother of a son serving in our armed forces – a man who fights for our country, with a mother who supports him. Kate is a strong supporter of our military, our vets, our seniors and our county and state. She will represent our district for our children, and is a strong supporter of our Constitution. A vote for Kate McAlister, as District 1, Seat A Idaho State Representative in the upcoming election, is a vote for all of us who live in this beautiful county and state. Jeanine Pipella Sagle

Ford For Sheriff... Dear Editor, I am writing in support of democracy. We have an upcoming election which should be carefully considered. It is the election for Sheriff of Bonner County. I support Terry Ford as an unaffiliated write-in candidate for this position

and here is a list of why I feel compelled to tell you how I will vote. First, I have known Terry Ford for eight years. During that time, he was a state patrolman with a great record of upholding the laws of the state of Idaho and of the United States of America. He truly believes in representing everyone in Bonner County whether they be republican, democrat, independent, Christian, or otherwise. When he agreed to run for sheriff, he ran as a Republican against the incumbent Republican sheriff. Strategy wise, would he have been better served to run as a Democrat? Probably, but that is not Terry Ford. Living the truth of who you are is important to him. He is a registered Republican and has been for many years. Chalk one up for ethics, honesty, integrity and principles. When elected, he will represent all of us and make us proud of Bonner County, and the job he doing. He recently spoke on our local KRFY radio morning show. His opponent was invited as well but our current sheriff declined. Heather Scott also declined to speak on KRFY opposite her opponent recently as well. She cited they were a liberal media station, and she was not interested. I guess my point here is that if you are elected to represent the people of Bonner County, doesn’t that mean ALL the people? Or, do I have this wrong and it simply means you want to represent your own interests and those who agree with you. We are all residents of Bonner County, and we are all Americans, and we vote. So, fair warning to the special interest groups, the fear/hate mongering groups. We live here as well, and we will vote. You may be louder and more obnoxious, but that does not make you right. Vote for Terry Ford and have equal representation for all Bonner County residents. Marlene Petersen Sandpoint

Scott Has To Go... Dear Editor, Heather Scott, our representative for Idaho House district 1A, has got to go. She is not a conservative. Though I do not agree with conservatives on most issues I do confess that there is such thing as a practical, compassionate, common sense conservative. Heather Scott has none of these qualities. She is totally off the hook! She pulls gay people aside at events and privately tells them they are going to burn [in] hell! What kind of public servant says such things! She poses in photographs in front of the Confederate flag. Idaho was never a part of the Confederate States of America, nor was it even a state during the Civil War. We are in the Northwestern United States, not the Southeastern U.S. for crying out loud! I lived in Tennessee for nine years and read the bumper stickers displaying the Battle Flag of Northern Virginia reading “Heritage not Hate”, and I can kind of understand the message in a way. But she’s not even representing a southern state, so what else could it mean? Heather Scott actually believes in

conspiracy theories! She has publicly spoken out against our beloved public lands and decried land conservation as a part of the U.N. Agenda 21. Ah, yes, the United Nations Agenda 21, where the great and powerful United Nations Army and their blue helmets are going to nefariously force every rural person off their land and create some kind of super-global national park while simultaneously forcing everyone to live in skyscrapers in the city. And, of coarse, the evil liberal billionaire George Soros is financing land acquisitions in Bonner County! What a bunch of infinite nonsense! Yes, Heather Scott actually believes this paranoid BS! Worst of all she visited (and endorsed!) Ammon Bundy and his Mother Earth-hating thugs during the Malhuer National Wildlife Refuge occupation in Oregon. These redneck white privilege, white entitlement and white destiny criminal degenerates illegally seized a part of our national heritage by violent force. Heather Scott sympathizes, considers them victims and even endorses them to this day! Again, Heather Scott is not a conservative. She is Neo Confederate, comically hyper-traditionalist, homophobic, Mother Earth-hating dominionist, paranoid-schizophrenic wacko! Just look at how her supporters stalk and confront her opponents. One of them was strapped with a handgun and confronted a 90-year-old lady. What a useless coward! Well, I’m not afraid of Heather Scott and her goons. I’ll say whatever the hell I want. I support Kate McAlister, and I’m proud! I ‘m an an avid environmentalist and an ultra-liberal, and I’ll be damned before you get an apology out of me. In fact I’m going to put my Kate McAlister sticker on my truck right now. Go ahead try to start something with me at six feet, two inches and 260 pounds. You’ll find out I’m a grizzly bear! Jack Green Sandpoint

Vote For McAlister, Howlett, Meyers and Chilcott... Dear Editor, Nov. 8 is a very important day for the future of our country and our Idaho legislative districts 1 and 7. If you believe in and support public education, VOTE McALISTER, HOWLETT, MEYERS and CHILCOTT. If you believe in and support public infrastructure, VOTE McALISTER, HOWLETT, MEYERS and CHILCOTT. If you believe in and support affordable health care for all, VOTE McALISTER, HOWLETT, MEYERS and CHILCOTT. If you believe in and support creating a vibrant economic climate, VOTE McALISTER, HOWLETT, MEYERS and CHILCOTT. And finally, if you believe in and support the right of all to VOTE without fear or intimidation, VOTE McALISTER, HOWLETT, MEYERS and CHILCOTT! Carrie Logan Sandpoint October 20, 2016 /


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‘Prospering Business’ Battle lines drawn in representative race workshop coming Nov. 3 By Cameron Rasmusson Reader Staff The race between Rep. Heather Scott, R-Blanchard, and Democratic challenger Kate McAlister for District 1 representative seat A is heating up. With the weeks dwindling before the Nov. 8 election, the most fiercely contested race in the District 1 general election is bringing in unexpected endorsements, significant donations and reports of aggressive supporters. In a rare move, the Idaho Association of Commerce and Industry endorsed McAlister, making her the only challenger it is supporting. According to the Associated Press, the powerful pro-business lobby made the call after evaluating Scott’s voting record, which it deemed “one of the worst” in supporting commerce. IACI political director Zach Hauge told the Associated Press that McAlister’s pro-business record is evident from her time as president of the Greater Sandpoint Chamber of Commerce. Scott, meanwhile, has racked up coveted conservative endorsements. The Idaho Freedom Foundation, an organization advocating for small government and minimal regulation, has her tied with Ronald Nate, R-Rexburg, for the highest-scoring legislator in its 2016 Idaho Freedom Index. Scott, whose centerpiece legislation of her first term is the permitless concealed carry bill passed in March, is also endorsed by the National Rifle Association. The tone of the election turned aggressive at the beginning of October when Democrats alleged the harassment of a field operative. According to a complaint sent by the party to Idaho Attorney General Lawrence Wasden, the unnamed employee claimed he was stalked, harassed and told to “watch his back,” prompting the party to remove him from the county. McAlister also said that an armed Scott supporter badgered her 90-year-old moth6 /


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er-in-law over a “Kate” bumper sticker. On Wednesday, the Idaho Attorney General’s Office announced that the incidents are under investigation. Other harassment allegations failed to turn up evidence. Last week, an Idaho Democratic Party website post reported claims of “gun-packing militants” who would intimidate non-Scott supporters from attending the candidate’s town hall meetings. This was not the case at Scott’s Oct. 11 meeting held at the Sandpoint Library. On the other hand, a leaked Oct. 10 newsletter indicates that Scott is mobilizing supporters to dig up information on political opponents. The newsletter asks supporters to write down addresses with Democratic signs so the Scott campaign can “figure out which ‘Republicans’ may really be Democrats in disguise on the voter logs.” It also tells supporters to check in before forwarding the newsletter “to limit tipping our hand.” To date, Scott has not responded to our or other media outlets’ requests for comment.

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Rep. Heather Scott, R-Blanchard.

Kate McAlister.

City takes no action on complaint By Cameron Rasmusson Reader Staff Sandpoint City Council members decided on Wednesday to take no action on a complaint against Sandpoint Urban Renewal Agency member Tom Bokowy. City resident and business owner Anita Aurit filed the complaint against Bokowy over his addressing audience members during the Sept. 7 council meeting, a practice not allowed by city procedure. Her complaint further alleges that Bokowy engaged her after the meeting, raising his voice and behaving inappropriately. For Sandpoint City Attorney Scot Campbell, the situation was tricky to resolve in terms of legal procedure. On the one hand, city employees and public officers are usually evaluated in a council executive session, with a decision announced later. On the other hand, SURA is an independent

legal entity, which invalidates that procedure. Furthermore, Campbell said that discussions outside of official meetings are considered to be private, not public, conduct. In her testimony, Aurit was disappointed that the issue wasn’t handled weeks ago. She also said that she wasn’t notified about the issue in a timely manner. “I don’t think an apology [from Bokowy] is enough here,” she told council members. While the council decided to take no action, council members admitted their fault in not keeping procedural order. Councilwoman Shannon Williamson said that city officials need to improve at enforcing rules of order during official meetings. She also recommended an update to the city’s official code of ethics for public servants.

Idaho Lt. Gov. Brad Little will keynote an agenda with more than a dozen notable business and commerce speakers at the second annual What’s Happening Up North Prospering Business Workshop coming Nov. 3 to Sandpoint. The workshop is free and open to the public, but seating is limited and advance registration is required by Monday, Oct. 31 at The day begins with a continental breakfast at 7 a.m., proceeds to talks and panel discussions, and includes a catered lunch before a final address concludes at 2:30 p.m. It will be held at the new Sandpoint Technology Center at 130 McGhee Road, Sandpoint, in the former Coldwater Creek conference facility. Highlighted speakers feature Little, Idaho’s lieutenant governor since 2009 and one of the chief state officials charged with facilitating economic development in Idaho. Other featured speakers at the workshop include Chris Healy, vice president at Biomedical Innovations; John Hennessey, chief financial officer for Bonner General Health; and Dana Jordan, CEO and president of Cascade Rescue. The theme of the workshop this year is “Growing a ‘Healthy’ Economy,” with discussions of the health of the state and regional economy, as well as trends specifically impacting health care providers in northern Idaho. Other topics will range

from land use planning to state and city updates. “As with our first workhop that we inaugurated last year, the goal is to share ideas about business prosLt. Gov. Brad Little. perity, economic development and quality of life in the northern Idaho business community,” said Megan Lawson, an economist with Headwaters Economics and one of the event organizers. Added Paul Kusche, excecutive director of Bonner County Economic Development Corporation: “Along with providing solid practical information, we want the workshop to help energize and connect those who attend from the business communites of Bonner and Boundary counties.” The speakers from signature local companies will discuss doing business in North Idaho and the challenges they have overcome in growing their companies here. They will also highlight local resources for small businesses and entrepreneurs. The panel discussion format will provide ample opportunity for questions and conversation. This year’s workshop is sponsored by the Bonner County Economic Development Corporation; Boundary County Economic Development Corporation; Greater Sandpoint Chamber of Commerce; cities of Sandpoint and Ponderay, Schweitzer Mountain Resort; and Headwaters Economics.

Hope murder suspect in custody

By Cameron Rasmusson Reader Staff

The Bonner County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the possible murder of a Hope man in his 50s. KREM reports that Linda C. Provo-Buxton, 54, is in custody for suspected homicide. The arrest follows the discovery in a Hope home of a deceased man possibly killed by blunt trauma to the head.

Prior to her arrest, Provo-Buxton drove to Bonner County Jail to turn herself in for an unspecified crime but then left before encountering any deputies. She was later found by Sheriff Daryl Wheeler near Kootenai Cutoff walking out of a barn, KREM reports. Deputies believe the incident may be connected to reports of domestic abuse between Provo-Buxton and her boyfriend.


The student of a legend: Charles Phillips reflects on his photography technique By Cameron Barnes Reader Staff

and his encounter with the legendary Ansel Adams

When I picture Ansel Adams, I think of a truly independent photographer. His work covering national parks led him to some of the remote areas of the country by himself, so it’s hard to imagine him as a teacher in a classroom environment. But that’s exactly how Charles Phillips, one of roughly 50 students at the 10day Adams Yosemite Workshop in 1972, encountered him. During their first meeting at a cocktail party behind the Ansel Adams Gallery in Yosemite, Phillips, then 19, asked the 70-year-old Adams, “If you were my age, but knew everything you know now, how would you become a full-time landscape photographer?” Adams shook his head, looked up at the sky and simply walked away. Perhaps it was an inappropriate question for a cocktail party, but Phillips also recalls that “when you read his biographies, he was having a tough time doing it himself, and he was 70 years old.” According to Phillips, this was an anomaly compared to his future experiences with Adams. “Under classroom situations, he was very patient,” he said. “He was easy to work with but had very limited time with you. He was a guy that everybody wanted to spend time with, so you had to absorb every little second of it.” “He was very jovial, but had a terrible sense of humor—I mean, horrible—but he liked to tell jokes,” Phllips continued. “He’d read an absolutely horrible joke, and you couldn’t help but laugh—not at the joke, because it was stupid—but at the way he presented it. Then he’d walk out. He was just funny that way.” Phillips was born in 1952 and received his first camera when he was 8 years old. After his father’s passing when he was 13, he inherited his first SLR camera and never looked back.

Clouds, Mitchell Peak and the Cirque of the Towers Popo Agie Wilderness, Wyoming, 1987. Silver Gelatin Photo by Charles Phillips.

He realized he wanted to be a scenic photographer in college and knew he had to pursue his passion. He left college early, outfitting a 1948 Willys Jeep to handle all photographic capabilities. That Jeep became his home, transporting him as a photographer all the way to his meeting with Ansel Adams. Phillips is known for creating hyper-detailed imagery on a massive scale. In order to achieve these resolution-defying results, he utilizes various aerial photography and graphic arts tactics from the moment the shutter clicks to the process of making a beautiful print. During the printing process, he implements masking techniques by printing in zones to truly bring out the best from his eight-inch by 10-inch negatives, which have detail way beyond what the human eye sees. “I would develop an optical mask-filming scenario, which controls the light/dark interface within two thousandths of an inch,” Phillips said of his printing technique. “Then I would expose each compositional element independent of the other, each for its own optimum contrast.”

“Once I got control of each area, which took anywhere from two to five weeks of printing out a single image, I could adjust the relationship between the different compositional elements,” Phillips added. “[This] would produce this incredible sense of depth, of space, and as the prints got larger, they got sharper, visually.” Phillips’ technique breaks the image up into essentially three separate photographs, which can then each be perfected independently without having to sacrifice quality when exposing together. Through this meticulousness, he is battling the age-old struggle of photography: retaining the full clarity of a negative. When Phillips proposed his new image-making method, Adams told him that “masking techniques in aerial mapping photography would give a photographer added creative control, but they were too expensive and too time-consuming.” At 19 years old, Phillips wasn’t scared off by the idea of something being too time-consuming. His passion led him to not only attempt but perfect this

method. “I dived right in and researched it,” he said. “It took me quite a few years to learn how to make a living with it, but I eventually did. At 31 years of age, I started making a full-time living at it.” Wyoming, the subject of many of Phillips’ standout works, has always been a pivotal part of his life. It’s also where he won a best of show at an Art Association’s Summer Show in Jackson, much to the delight of admirer Maia Leisz. The two connected at the event and were married two years later, eventu-

ally moving to Libby, Mont. After closing Phillips’ photo business in Kansas, the couple began construction of their new sanctuary in North Idaho. They now operate Bella Vita Studios together from their home in Sagle. Although they are both artists, they couldn’t be farther apart in their approach. Leisz is not only an oil painter, but has done fantastic mixed media work. Much as Monet had his water lilies, Leisz adopted red poppies as her primary motif. At the Farmers’ Market, she has also recently showcased one of her new projects: unique tie-dye clothing. Their children, Aiden and Anya, also get involved, creating magnets sold right alongside their mom’s work. As for Phillips, he is focused on printing from his prior works for collectors, some of which include Warner Bros., Mobil Oil, Smith Barney, ABC News, Briggs and Stratton, NBC News, Goldman Sachs, Tektronix, Rothschild’s and JP Morgan. “I guess I am about the luckiest guy alive!” said Phillips. “I make my living doing the two things I most love to do: experiencing the extraordinary beauty of the wilderness and expressing its powerful forces through my photography.” To view a portfolio of his work, go to charlesphillips For more information on Bella Vita Studios, please visit,

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LETTERs to the editor... Bouquets: •I’d like to give a shout out to Jeff Nizzoli and the crew at Eichardt’s Pub. Jeff has been a force of good in this town for decades, always chipping in and helping out with fundraisers and events. He rarely gets the recognition that is deserved. I appreciate the time you spend to make this town great, Jeff. Barbs: •Early morning walkers, joggers, and bicyclists: Do you realize how hard it is to see you when you are only wearing dark colors and have no illumination?! When it is rainy it is even more difficult! Please consider wearing bright or fluorescent colors and carrying a flashlight! -Submitted by Cynthia Mason •In a newsletter last week, Rep. Heather Scott earned herself yet another Barb with this urge to her supporters: “If you see Democrat signs go up in your neighborhood, please write down a house number and street name. We are trying to figure out which ‘Republicans’ may really be Democrats in disguise on the voter logs.” I’m curious: What does Rep. Scott actually intend to do with this information once it is so painstakingly obtained? Also, does anyone not see the impropriety in urging your supporters to “write down a house number and street name” of people who may vote against a certain candidate? I think advocating McCarthyism in 2016 and urging people to compile lists of non-supporters is yet another example of how this election year has divided this nation. In an effort to contain her message, Scott even added this line at the end of her newsletter: “In an effort to limit tipping our hand to the other side, please check with me before forwarding this update to anyone.” Sorry, Rep. Scott, someone went ahead and forwarded it to us, as well as the Spokesman-Review, as well as the voting public. I’m not impressed. 8 /


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Response to McDonald...

Vote Kate McAlister...

Dear Editor, In response to Dan McDonald’s commentary in the Oct. 13 edition concerning the harassment of Democratic organizers and Kate McAlister’s mother-in-law by Heather Scott supporters, I actually laughed out loud and wondered when I had stepped through the looking glass into McDonald world. This “Tea Party” candidate for commissioner apparently spends the majority of his time on the “Donald’s” website. His claim of Clinton and Sanders supporters hitting, spitting and otherwise intimidating Donald’s supporters is a typical bully’s tactic. They reverse what actually happened and claim they are the victims. Yes, there were Democratic protesters at a number of Donald’s rallies. But it was the “s--hound’s people” that actually punched and kicked them, not the other way around. Donald even offered to pay the legal bills of one supporter who hit a protester in the face. Dan, supporting that “creepy clown” of a narcissist, along with past statements displaying your attitude and temperament over the years shows that if elected to the commission we’ll just be replacing one bully, Todd Sudick, with another.

Dear Editor, I am voting for Kate McAlister for the Idaho Legislature District 1, because she will work for North Idaho families and not waste money. She is a successful business woman and leader of the Sandpoint Chamber of Commerce. Our economy needs well-educated workers to succeed, so we need an excellent public education system. Heather Scott believes in doing away with all public education. Idaho needs infrastructure to allow businesses both big and small to thrive. I’m not alone in supporting Kate; the Idaho Association of Commerce and Industry has endorsed Kate because, in their words, Scott, “Has one of the worst voting records in supporting commerce.” Additionally, Heather Scott wastes our money. She was one of only nine representatives that blocked a housekeeping bill that allowed Idaho access to the federal child support system. Not passing this bill would have cost Idaho $46 million in federal funds, and put $205 million of child support payments at risk. All of this because Heather Scott thought that maybe, someday, the federal program might cooperate with a Muslim nation. Gov. Otter had to call a special session to fix Heather’s mess which cost all of us at least $36,000. I am tired of political rhetoric being more important than Idaho families. I want a practical person who will create solutions for Idaho, and that is Kate McAlister.

Lawrence Fury Sandpoint

Cash For Critters... Dear Editor, The kids have enjoyed going door-to-door in costume trickor-treating. The homeowners (the ones with their lights on) have enjoyed seeing the kids all dressed up and having fun (and perhaps remembering the joy of Halloween when they were kids). Now the kids have an entire pillowcase filled with candy that they want to eat as quickly as possible. There will be a sugar high that will last for days. Here is an alternative idea: Parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, neighbors, friends etc. can BUY BACK the candy. As a team effort everyone involved can decide what candy the child will sell. The child can then donate the money collected to his favorite cause or charity. Last year at my preschool/ kindergarten we collected nearly $200 that we gave to the Panhandle Animal Shelter. They delivered the funds themselves and got a tour of the facility as well. It was a win/win situation. It is my hope that this idea will spread. Cynthia Mason Hope



A cult? No, why do you ask?

Mary Haley Sandpoint

Free Yourself From Fear... Dear Editor, I believe members of the redoubt movement suffer from post traumatic stress disorder. They live in fear, are angry and feel the need to control their surroundings to protect themselves from all types of imagined and impending dangers. It should be noted that a large number of redoubt seekers who came to North Idaho had very stressful and indeed dangerous occupations; such as LA police, firefighters, EMT or ex-military personnel. Many have now been attracted by extreme political or exclusive religious groups which promise various sorts of protection from outsiders. Redoubt seekers, perhaps it would be helpful for you to investigate the symptoms of PTSD.

Examine the causes of your fears, seek out a mental health professional. Free yourself from unwarranted fears instead of trying to control your surroundings and the community you have chosen to live in. Do not support politicians or religious leaders who try to gain power

by promoting fear and hatred. My hope is that we can all come together, communicate with respect for each other and creating a peaceful community of neighbors and friends. Sandra Deutchman Sandpoint

Walmart awards $29k grant to SASi Lois Wyeth By Ben Olson Reader Staff Walmart awarded Sandpoint Area Seniors, Inc. (SASi) a grant totaling $28,750 on Thursday. After handing the “big check” to SASi executive director Ellen Weissman, Walmart employees Diane Ganzer and Tabby Withrow hung around the Sandpoint Senior Center to chat with participants. “SASi has been a recipient to our grant before,” said Ganzer, the personnel coordinator for Walmart. “We’re happy to be able to fund what they’ve asked for.” The grant came as part of the Walmart Foundation’s commitment to helping people live better through philanthropic efforts that affect sustainability, economic opportunity and community. Specifically, the Walmart Foundation has been focusing on creating a more sustainable food system worldwide, donating over $2 billion worldwide to fight hunger. Weissman said the grant would be

Nordic Tap Night to support Nordic Club By Reader Staff Idaho Pour Authority and Firestone Walker Brewing of Paso Robles, Calif., are teaming up to give folks a fun way to support the Sandpoint Nordic Club and Youth Ski League. Head over to Sandpoint’s craft beer bottle shop, the Idaho Pour Authority – 203 Cedar Street, for “Nordic Tap Night,” from 4-8 p.m., Wednesday, October 26th and enjoy some tasty Firestone Brews. Money raised through a raffle will go towards adults and youth teaching programs. Come learn about the Nordic club, lessons and events planned for the 2016/2017 season, while enjoying live music and raffle drawings for items generously donated by local professionals and businesses. For more information, visit The Sandpoint Nordic Club is a non-profit organization dedicated to the promotion and enjoyment of Cross Country skiing through adult and youth ski instruction and grooming trails conducive to beginner ski instruction and learning.

Native Plant Grant offered By Reader Staff

Walmart employees stand with a group of Sandpoint seniors after handing SASi a check for $28,750 on Thursday. Photo by Ben Olson. used primarily to purchase food for the meals program, which serves over 2,000 people a month. “It feels great that Walmart is supporting us,” said Weissman. “It saves us from making pleas to the community. The mission of the Walmart Foundation has been focused on hunger and that’s

Panida annual meeting scheduled By Reader Staff

Love your historic Panida Theater? Yeah, so do we. There won’t be a better time to learn more about the Panida than attending the annual membership meeting on Tuesday, Oct. 25, at 6:30 p.m. at the Panida Little Theater.

Sandpoint Style is back By Reader Staff

what we’re all about here—making sure that seniors get fed.” To find out more information about the Sandpoint Senior Center or the DayBreak Adult Day Care Center, drop by and say hello at 820 Main Street in Sandpoint.

Total solar eclipse to pass through Idaho in 2017

By Reader Staff

A total solar eclipse will pass through central Idaho on Aug. 21, 2017. The path of totality—where a total solar eclipse will be visible for more than 2 minutes—will pass north of Boise while going through towns such as Weiser, Smiths Ferry, Stanley, Mackay, Rexburg and Driggs/Victor. This will be the first total solar eclipse viewed in the continental U.S. since 1979. Cities within the path of totality are expecting huge tourist draws, with some enthusiasts booking rooms over 10 years ago.

The Kinnikinnick Native Plant Society is offering a grant of up to $300 for a Bonner County group, class or individual to complete a project which is designed to promote the awareness of native plants. In 2008 the Society chose to honor Lois Wythe, the founder and developer of the Native Plant Arboretum in Lakeview Park, by offering an annual grant that recognizes her contributions as well as promotes the use and appreciation of native plants. Since that time, two schools, two individuals, the Panhandle Animal Shelter and an informal group of volunteers with a project in mind have received funds. Funds will be awarded based on originality and the potential effectiveness of the project. We encourage applications which think beyond gardens such as an art project, science/botany focus or educational speaker. The project must be essentially completed by the end of 2017 at which time a final report outlining the accomplishments including a plan for maintaining the project over time must be submitted to the Kinnikinnick Native Plant Society. Applications are due by Nov. 30, 2016. Funds will be awarded early in 2017. The application may be viewed/ downloaded at Mail completed application to the Kinnikinnick Native Plant Society Grant Committee, P.O. Box 1092, Sandpoint, ID 83864. For questions or more information contact Janice DeBaun at

The Angels Over Sandpoint present the third annual Sandpoint Style coming Saturday, Oct. 22, at the Ponderay Event Center starting at 5 p.m. Sandpoint Style is a fun night out for everyone, especially the ladies. There will be a fashion show, local food vendors, vendors for shopping, entertainment, music, dancing and much more. Tickets are $25 and are being sold at Eichardt’s Pub, Eve’s Leaves and Proceeds benefit the Angels Over Sandpoint and the many programs they sponsor to help the community. Contact for more information. October 20, 2016 /


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Mad about Science: By Brenden Bobby Reader Columnist If you know me even a little bit, you know this article isn’t going to be about the ones on the red carpet. I’m going bigger, much bigger. Stars are part of our everyday life, whether we realize it or not. We see one in the day, and we see thousands at night. Each and every single thing you touch, eat, drink and view—and really, are—was at one point a piece of a star. Billions of years ago, as the universe was a cauldron of giant exploding titans and intense magnetic fields, our atoms were entombed within the bellies of these great beasts and hurled into the cosmos at incredible speeds, smashed together and reformed. Over an incredible amount of time, gravity pulled our atoms together and let us be reborn: not as stars, but as that delicious Chai Tea you paid $4 for (hopefully more, if you tipped like you should!). It’s pretty incredible, when you think about it. That boring beige car you pass every morning to work, that annoying noxious weed you see in your yard popping up every other week, that yappy little dog that WON’T. STOP. BARKING: They were all at one point part of giant, stellar behemoths larger than the distance from the Earth to the Sun. So what exactly is a star? A star is a perfect culmination of gravity, hydrogen and heat. Within the star, hydrogen atoms fuse at light speeds, releasing incredible amounts of energy each time they do so. This is done an innumerable number of times each second of every day, over the course of billions of years. The release of energy creates heat and light, which can illuminate surfaces billions of miles away. Light from the sun extends as far as the photons, or particles of light, can travel in space, which, provided nothing obstructs it, could theoretically 10 /


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be infinite (or as far as the universe extends, which is finite). From these atomic fusings at the core of the star, everything originates. Because these processes happen, light, heat and energy reach Earth. Because light, heat and energy reach Earth, algae and plants can grow. Because algae and plants can grow, we can eat them and the other things that eat them, and voila! The circle of life. Stars are, quite literally, the life-givers of the universe. Without them, we’d live a very static, cold, dark and bleak nonexistence. All stars are not created equal. Have you looked up at night and seen a dark canvas speckled with flickering lights of countless hues? Well, that’s partly your eyes playing tricks on you, and partly me feigning poeticism. Stars come in a few different shades of red, yellow, white and blue. Why are they different colors? Did someone dye them? No, that would hurt a bunch. Have you ever gone camping? Notice how when the fire is roaring hot, you see strands of blue flame dancing about in the middle, but when the fire dies down, it’s all orange and red? The color is based off the heat. Those different colors you’re seeing at night are all different stars burning at different temperatures: some hotter, some cooler, some like ours. Let’s look at the sun. Well, let’s not literally look at it—that is painful! We are more acquainted with the sun than any other star in the universe, because it is the closest, and it’s given our planet life for at least a billion (probably over a billion and a half or more) years. It has a mass of about 330,000 times that of Earth, making up 99.86 percent of the total mass in our solar system. The sun is a big deal. The sun is a pretty hot place

to be, with a surface temperature just shy of 10,000 degrees Fahrenheit. He’s also technically middle-aged, though don’t count on him buying a sports car to make his wife mad. The sun is about 4.6 billion years old, and in another 5 billion years is expected to expand and become something called a Red Giant, which is exactly what it sounds like. It could grow to be a little over 2AU in diameter, which means it would engulf Earth and everything we’ve ever known and loved (we’ll all be long gone by then, one way or another). That means the sun’s waistline will be about 185,920,000 miles wide. Yeowch, get on a diet, sunbro. That’s still tiny compared to the current size of one of the largest stars we’ve ever found. I’m going to need you to sit down for this, and maybe put a helmet on, because your mind is about to blow. VY Canis Majoris is a star in the Canis Majoris constellation. Shocker, right? Here’s where it starts to get out of control. VY Canis Majoris is considered a Red Hypergiant, which means it doesn’t burn as hot as the sun (about 5840F, Tungsten wouldn’t melt at the surface) and emits a red glow. It has a radius of 6.6 AU, or 6.6 times the distance from the Earth to the Sun. (613,536,000 miles) Jupiter is about 5.2 AU away from the Sun. If you were as attentive in Geometry as I was (read: not very), the radius is the measurement from halfway in the circle to the outside. The diameter, from side to side, is about 13.2AU. That’s 1,227,072,000 miles. That’s a billion, with a B, folks. If VY Canis Majoris replaced the Sun, it would overtake Saturn. The Earth would be blasted into atomic fricassee so fast it’d

A size comparison between VY Canis Majoris and our sun. Yeah, that little tiny dot is the sun (with the Earth’s orbit outlined in dotted line. Courtesy photo. make your head spin, if it hadn’t already been boiled away into particles. If you were in a plane traveling 570 mph, it would take you 245 years to travel from one side of the star to the other in a straight line. YEARS. In the time it took you to fly a plane through a single star, the United States concluded the Revolutionary war and has gone through every single presidency, including a four year term of the

next president or alien overlord. If your brain hurts, you’re welcome. Stars of this size are a bit of an anomaly, but we’ve found ones even larger than VY Canis Majoris. Trying to imagine objects of such incredible size existing throughout our galaxy and our universe as a whole has definitely been a driving force behind my love for all things science. The forces of nature are pretty incredible!

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• A bolt of lightning is five times hotter than the surface of the sun. • A complete revolution around the sun takes about 365 days and six hours. That’s why our Gregorian calendar has a leap day. • One in four Americans thinks the sun goes around the Earth. Seriously. • The Catholic Church forced Galileo Galilei to recant his theory that the Earth moves around the sun but declared he was right in 1992—359 years later. • As passengers on Earth, we are all carried around the sun at a mean velocity of 66,600 mph. • Six ten-billionths of the sun is gold. • All of the world’s energy needs can be met with 1/10,000th of the light from the Sun that falls on Earth each day, according to the inventor Ray Kurzweil. • On Mars, sunsets are blue.

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

Perla Batalla’s House of Cohen 7:30pm @ Panida Theater Hearing Perla Batalla’s transcendent voice for the first time is an epiphany. In this House of Cohen tour, one may go to hear the songs, but you end up feeling the joy and the pathos in the music like never before

Third Fridays w/ Devon Wade 7-10pm @ MickDuff’s Beer Hall Celebrate Third Fridays with country artist Devon Wade. Free and open to the public Live Music w/ Britchy 5:30-8:30pm @ Pend d’Oreille Winery Missoula-based Americana duo featuring timeless songwriting and fine fingerpickin’

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

Puttin’ on the Glitz 5-9pm @ Ponderay Events Center 3rd annual Sandpoint Style, featuing a fa no host bar, local cuisine, live and silent auc ing and more! Presented by the Angels Ove

Harvest Day at Dover Bay 10am-4pm @ Dover Bay Resort Check out the recently upgraded barn to see cool this venue is for weddings, as well as f and community gatherings. There will be a far market, food and craft vendors, music by D Wade and other bands, beer by MickDuff’s B ing Co., wine and free games for kids. A port the proceeds benefit Washington Elementary

Game Night at the Niner 9pm @ 219 Lounge Come down and take part in game night wit

Monday Night Blues Jam w/ Truck Mills 7:30pm @ Eichardt’s Pub 3D Printing Workshop for Adults 5pm @ Sandpoint Library This beginner class explores the potential of 3D printing and designing a 3D printable object. Pre-registration required by calling 208-263-6930

Public Compreh 6-8pm @ Dover The workshop i input for Dover sive plan update

Live Hip Hop 9pm @ Ol’ Red’s Tavern Come down to Ol’ Red’s and listen to live featuring Petey Peak, BioBeat and DJ Cake Live Music w/ Marty Perron and Doug B 5:30-7:30pm @ Idaho Pour Authority Come down and listen to this great mandol duo of local Sandpoint musicians

Live Music w/ Chris O’Murchu’ with Lorenzo Guldberg 5:30-8:30pm @ Old Ice House Pizzeria (Hope) Latin, jazz and blues Live Music w/ Riff Hangers 7-10pm @ MickDuff’s Beer Hall A local band making their debut, featuring acoustic country, blues and swing Live Music w/ Bridges Home 5:30-8:30pm @ Pend d’Oreille Winery The beloved duo featuring a plethora of fun instrumentation and Americana, Celtic and roots originals with Paul Gunter joining on bass


“Meet and Greet” with Terry Ford • Ford will provide a brief presentation o all your questions about law enforceme

Geezer Forum 2:30-4pm @ Tango Cafe This forum’s topic is “A Closer Look at Parkinson Disease” featuring AC Woolnough. The Geeze Forum is held on the second and fourth Tuesdays o every month, and is sponsored by Elder Advocate

Nordic Tap Night 4-8pm @ Idaho Pour Authority A fundraiser presented by the Sandpoint Nordic Club, featuring a raffle, live music, complimentary appetizers and Firestone Walker Brewing Co. beer on tap all night! Read for the Record 11:15am-12pm @ Super One Foods Take part in the world’s largest shared reading experience - encouraging everyone to read “The Bear Ate Your Sandwich” by Julia Sarcone-Roach Dollar Beers! 8pm @ Eichardt’s Pub

Browne Wine Dinner @ 41 South A wine dinner featuring the Browne Fam Seating limited so make your reservatio McDonald for Commissioner election 5pm @ Second Ave. Pizza All are invited to come meet and learn m

Job Search Workshop Series: Cover Letters 6:30pm @ Sandpoint Library How to write an effective cover letter to catch the eye of prospective employers. Pre-registration required by calling 263-6930

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Story Telling and Picture Presentation by Britten Ferguson Comprehensive Plan Workshop 5:30pm @ Greasy Fingers Bikes n’ Repair @ Dover City Hall Britten Ferguson from Revolucion Tours is road tripping around the West orkshop is designed to get public hosting storytelling events, group rides, coffee/brewery meetups, etc. He or Dover on the city’s comprehen- has offered to come to the shop to chat and show some of the pictures he an update has collected in his years touring and adventuring in Latin America. If you’re interested in touring, rad stories, and bicycles you should join us Native Plants of the Palouse and their Uses in Landscaping 9:45-11:30am @ Spt. Community Hall Hosted by Diane Stutzman, Botanist for the Bureau of Land Management, Spokane. Free admission

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“Pride” film 6:30pm @ Panida Little Theater Join Pflag Sandpoint for a date night or family night out. Join us at the Little Panida Theater for a viewing of the movie “Pride.” It’s the summer of 1984 and much of blue collar Great Britain is on strike. For one tiny Welsh village, the strike brings unexpected visitors

Toney Rocks in Concert 7pm @ Pearl Theater (Bonners Ferry) A blues singer/songwriter with a soulful style. r uing a fashion show, $12 in advance, $15 at the door. $10 student Live Music w/ John Firshi silent auctions, danc5-7pm @ Idaho Pour Authority ngels Over Sandpoint

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64th Annual Northside Harvest Dinner 4:30-7pm @ Northside Elementary School All are invited to attend this mixture of good cheer, conversation and live music. All proceeds stay at Northside Elementary. $6/ adult, kids under 5 are free

4-H Family Fun and Enrollment Night 6-8pm @ Bonner County Fairgrounds meet the 4-H Clubs in Bonner County and discover which projects are offered by each club. Open to all

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Boo Bash Costume Ball 7-9pm @ Sandpoint Community Hall The fun will begin with a one hour Tango lesson taught by professional instructor Diane Peters. Following will be general dancing, refreshments, door prizes, mixers, prizes for the best costumes and a drawing for a month of free dance classes. Singles, couples and all levels of dancers are welcome! $6 for adults, $5 for teens. Costumes optional DJ Josh at the Niner 9pm @ 219 Lounge

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Rally Obedience Dog Training 4:30pm @ Pend Oreille Pet Lodge For more info, call the Pend Oreille Pet Lodge 255-7687

ry Ford • 6-7:30pm @ Sandpoint Library entation of his goals for the Sheriff’s Office, and also answer enforcement in our county. Free and open to the public

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Bonner County ARES/RACES Meeting 5:30pm @ Bonner Co. Administration Building ARES (Amateur Radio Emergency Service) and RACES (Radio Amateur Civil Emergency Service) meet. If you have your license, come on down. If you don’t, come see what we’re all about. Free

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Local Decision 2016: District 1 House Seat A 8am @ 88.5 FM KRFY Invited guests for The Morning Show are from District 1 Idaho House Seat A race—Democrat Kate McAlister and incumbent Republican Heather Scott

s: Sip and Shop - KNPS 4-7pm @ Pend d’Oreille Winery Kinnikinnick Native Plant Society er hosts a Sip and Shop. A full-service c- dinner starts at 4 p.m. plus appetizn ers. KNPS receives a portion of all proceeds from the evening

FSPW fundraiser and brew debut 5:30-8pm @ MickDuff’s Beer Hall Join the Friends of Scotchman Peaks Wilderness for a special Blacktop Brown Ale Debut. Live music from John Hastings. Portion of proceeds benefits FSPW

Oct. 28 Museum Halloween Party @ Bonner Co. History Museum Oct. 28 Halloween Bash @ MickDuff’s Beer Hall Oct. 28 Monster Mash @ the Hive (for 20 and younger) Oct. 29 Halloween Bash @ the Hive

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Sandpoint’s secret sister: Moab, Utah By Tim Henney Reader Contributor Not every Reader reader knows that Nelson, B.C., is Sandpoint’s sister city. Or that Yalta, Crimea, where FDR, Churchill and Stalin divided up the post-war world in 1945, is the sister city of Santa Barbara, Calif. Sandpoint native Sammy McCabe, among others, lives there. In Santa Barbara, not Yalta. Hardly anyone knows that Glendale, Calif., in a display of linguistic gamesmanship, chose Higashiosaka, Japan as its sister city. Even fewer probably know that Boring, Oregon has a sister city in Scotland named Dull. Both towns celebrate “Boring And Dull Day” every Aug. 9. Tourists are few. And no one, until now, knows about Sandpoint’s secret sister city. My 1957 bride and I sometimes spend winters in the high desert of Moab, Utah. A four-hour drive south from Salt Lake City, Moab has about the same number of citizens as Sandpoint. In their abundance of music, art, community spirit, friendliness and singular beauty, the towns share DNA. Add cactus, sagebrush and orange Navajo sandstone mountains to Sandpoint and you’ve got Moab. Add evergreen forests and a ski mountain to Moab and eureka! Twin towns! Unlike such posh western watering holes as Aspen, Park City, Sun Valley, Santa Fe, Vail or Jackson Hole, Sandpoint and Moab are workingman and workingwoman towns. Both have sprinklings of financial heavy hitters, celebs and comfortable retirees. However, even though it might insult some inflated egos to say so, both feel more like Fords than Ferraris. That’s good. Whereas we have stunning Lake Pend Orielle, Moab has Arches National Park and the Colorado River. Whereas we have the Panida Theater, Moab has Star Hall, presenting Pani-

The White Rim Road, as photographed by Greg Willis. da-style entertainment to the same interchangeable, casually-clothed crowds. Both towns have popular organic food specialty stores and recycling programs. Moab has an active Sierra Club chapter. I hiked with them once. They walked so fast I had to lie down, gasping, right on the trail. Resolute club members leaped over me, one after the other, and marched on. They thought I was road kill. Sandpoint lacks a Sierra Club but we have hikers like Susan and John Harbuck, Mary Franzel, Jill Trick, Jim and Sandy Mellen and Celeste and Eric Grace. They don’t even huff and puff when they climb to the top of Scotchman or Savage. Conquering high peaks is a walk in the park. The towns do differ, though. Sandpoint has more dump trucks and more pickups. Probably more pickups than anywhere on the planet. And we are more obsessed with guns. This is especially obvious in the growing number of clearly insecure scaredycats carrying pistols, cowpoke-style, on their hips. What’s that all about? “I’m a mean, tough, frightened, creepy dude, so watch it.” Really? To the rest of us these Bonnie and Clyde wannabes inspire curiosity and pity, not fear. Sandpoint has more people grousing in our newspapers about big government lousing up our lives (but keep those subsidies, government pen-

sions, Medicare and Social Security checks coming). Moab has at least as many dogs as people. The Barkery is a busy, venerable downtown Moab store devoted to dogs and their owners. Sandpoint has dog beach and water bowls on our sidewalks. But our dog park is tucked away in Ponderay off Kootanai cutoff, and to this observer, usually empty. Moab’s version occupies half a city block on a popular trail along a creek right through the heart of town. It’s a social hub. Our no-kill Ponderay animal shelter is vastly bigger and busier than Moab’s (thanks, volunteers and financiers). Moab is an authentic dog town. Sandpoint is making progress in that direction (thanks, Drake). Moab has a multi-story youth center. And an indoor/ outdoor public swimming complex with Olympic-size pools. Adjoining it is a modern gymnasium loaded with exercise equipment. All free to residents. Sandpoint has picture-perfect City Beach and the welcoming Long Bridge. Our library is undoubtedly the world’s finest, although Moab’s is no slouch. And our school system is better, if less diversified in its student body. Many Moab students are native American. The great Navajo Nation is 100 miles south, across the shallow San Juan River. When tribal members leave “the rez” to seek their

fortunes in the big city, they head north to Moab. The muddy Colorado, locally famed for whitewater rafting, is that desert town’s equivalent to our boating and swimming in clear, clean lake water. Mineral Point. Whiskey Rock. Bayview’s secluded Buttonhook Bay. Moab boosters call their river The Mighty Colorado, but it isn’t anymore. Compared to the Mississippi, Missouri or Columbia, it’s a tributary. A dammed up shell of its former self. Our Pack River on steroids. Both Moab and Sandpoint are bicycle towns. But Moab wouldn’t dream of sponsoring a 150-mile bike race over dangerous highways no matter how much it earns for charity. Years ago Moab started building hundreds of miles of off-highway and slickrock mountain hiking and biking trails. No motors. Today bikers from all over the world ride and race in Moab’s scenic safety. Seldom is there a need to “share the road” with speeding trucks and sometimes pissed-off “brush by” drivers who consider bike riders sissies in spandex. Sandpoint has almost as many thrift stores as speedboats. Moab has three thrift stores, two named Wabi Sabi. Why the founders wanted to sound like a sushi restaurant I haven’t a clue. National name motels are everywhere, but the finest, the Gonzo Inn, is locally owned and operated. Years ago Moab voted not to allow Walmart to pollute its soul. No big box stores. Family-owned and managed downtown businesses give an old-fashioned, less frenzied feeling to browsing and shopping. The city’s small-store environment is more comfortable than Ponderay’s Southern California-mimicked urban sprawl. Politically, Sandpoint and Moab are kissin’ cousins, if not official sisters. Grand County, of which Moab is the heart, was one of two Utah counties that voted for Obama over Mitt

Romney for President. The other was Summit County, of which well-heeled Park City is the core (one of Mitt’s mansions is there). Like Park City, Moab is in Utah but not of Utah. Both are culturally far ahead of that pedantic, insular and geographically dazzling state. Some fans flock to Moab for an annual gathering of gearheads called Jeep Safari. This is a 10-day soiree of monster, rock-climbing vehicles. Belching, snarling and stinking of gas and oil, they crawl about the pristine mountains and valleys like an army of giant centipedes. This is the noisiest of Moab’s countless athletic outings. When Safari starts in April, many locals hide in their houses. Some head south to Arizona or over to Telluride or Durango, Colo. They emerge again in downtown Moab’s cozy restaurants and along stream-side trails only after the oily revelers have roared away. Chamber of Commerce cheerleaders embrace Jeep Safari because it brings big bucks. Less entrepreneurial guests prefer our waterfalls, pinon pines and petroglyphs undisturbed, rather than swarming with groaning veterans of a truck demolition derby. Moreover, thousands of hikers and bikers spend way more than the jeep revelers do. On the downside (the upside for Schweitzer-ites), Sandpoint has much more winter snow and many more gray skies than Moab. Ah, but Moab has sweltering, Phoenix-type summer heat. Both towns are addictive and exhilarating. Nothing at all like Boring, Ore., or Dull, Scotland. Both of which are probably outstanding places— but whose names are anti-magnetic at best. My 1957 bride and I love living here. But when the frost is on the pumpkin, Moab’s bright skies beckon. Like so much of life, the trick is in the timing. And being retired.

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Photos of the Week: Oct. 12-19

From top right, moving clockwise: High school students installed the wings on the plane they are building on Saturday. This work was done in the new leased hangar at the Sandpoint Airport. Photo by Amber Phillips. Little Wolf plays at Loaf and Ladle last Wednesday. Little Wolf is Josh Hedlund, left, and Justin Landis, right. Photo by Cameron Barnes. The location of Heavenly Latte, which shuttered its doors last week. On their Facebook page, owner Yvonne Fontaine wrote: “I want to thank you for 22 years of your kindness and patronage. I have sold the business and am retiring. The new owners are preparing to re-open in a few days, I hope you will welcome them with the same kindness you showed me.” Photo by Ben Olson. A handful of hanged clowns provided a scary gauntlet at Scareywood last weekend. Photo by Cameron Barnes. A Bald Eagle taken from the Pend O’Reille Bay Trail on Wednesday. Photo by Julia Tietjen. Calling all photographers, would you like one of your photos to be featured on our Photos of the Week page? Submit them to

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Young Business Leaders:

Occupational therapist Maresa Black’s Journey Pediatric Therapy

By Cameron Rasmusson Reader Staff Maresa Black spends a lot of time on the road. As an occupational therapist who, in her private practice, has revived the house call, she drives from client to client, working with children on physical and behavioral issues in the comfort of a familiar environment. These moments in the car between appointments are a sanctuary for her, and taking in the beauty of the mountains and waters, she’s reminded of why she’s worked so hard to make North Idaho her home. “It is honestly very inspiring to drive around in this natural environment,” she said. “To have that time to process and reflect and absorb the wonders around us—I think it’s a good balance.” That natural beauty and the work of nurturing children go hand-in-hand for Black. The owner of Journey Pediatric Therapy, Black works with children to help them achieve greater independence and integration into their communities. She provides therapy on a wide range of concerns, including developmental issues, physical disability, sensory integration difficulties, feeding problems, muscular or mobility challenges and behavioral dilemmas. “We work a lot with a lot of kids who have autism, ADHD and other behavioral issues,” Black said. One of the signature services of Journey Pediatric Therapy is the house call. Rather than having parents and kids drive in to a pediatric office, Black brings the therapy to the family home. According to Black, there are several advantages to this model, not least of which is the comfortable, familiar environment that helps children focus on their treatment. It’s also useful for Black, who can observe her patients in their home setting and answer questions or share observations with parents easily. Of course, the saved hassle for families is nothing to ignore, either. “I would say having worked in clinical setting versus going to clients’ homes, we have far fewer cancellations,” Black said. “It’s one of those conveniences we don’t get very often these days.” Each client brings his or her own unique challenges to address and

problems to overcome. Black plays the detective in early sessions, observing what stimuli exacerbate the problems and what approaches yield improvements. “Each therapy session is a great big puzzle—we’re trying to solve a great big puzzle every time,” Black said. Given the variety of unique circumstances, there are never easy solutions to those puzzles. In one case, a boy showed slow progress until Black learned he responded well to tactile pressure and the sensation of being contained. The introduction of a weighted vest that provided that comforting feeling produced a huge improvement to problematic behavior. “With proper equipment, the difference has been night and day,” Black said. Black moved to North Idaho after completing occupational therapy school and taking a position at Bonner General Health. However, she eventually determined that if she wanted to pursue pediatrics, her true passion, and continue to live in North Idaho, the only option was to start her own private practice. “I had a wonderful time working at BGH, but there was just no time to do pediatrics,” Black said. “That was the only piece that caused me to spin off in another direction. Since I’ve been doing this, I’ve had a chance to see that there really is a huge need [for pediatric therapy] in the community.” While North Idaho has a reputation as a difficult environment to flourish as a young professional, Black said that the benefits of life in the Panhandle well outweigh the challenges. Black and her boyfriend spend much of their time exploring the regional trails in the summer or shredding the slopes of Schweitzer in the winter. It’s moments like that, Black said, when the joys of living and working in the region really hit home. “One thing that I absolutely love is that we don’t have to go more than five minutes before we can start having some kind of outdoorsy adventure,” she added. For more information about Journey Pediatric Therapy, check out www.

Maresa Black. Photo by Cameron Barnes.

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The Straight Poop:

The quest for dog-friendly businesses in North Idaho

By Drake the Dog Reader Pet Columnist

Where am I taking my humans today? It’s 10 a.m. on a rainy, windy, cold morning. Time to warm up the belly! Here come the doggone good clues: •It’s the only one if its kind in Sandpoint. •The barn cat’s name is Leonardo de Cattio. •The shop dog is Pep- per—soon to be the namesake of a new product. •No cat hair will ever be found in this product. •The “Master” has been planning this product for years. •The couple, who both grew up in Sandpoint, found 1,000 empty bottles of Karo syrup on their property. •One of the products is named after the trail head to Harrison Lake. •The owner is a Sasquatch fan. Got it? The Mister, Missus and I are sniffing out the only artisan distillery in the area, just past Dover, on Hwy. 2. Master distiller Victor Vachon and wife Jesse welcomed us to MillTown Distillery this morning, as it’s never too early to lap up some samples! The grass roots MillTown story dates back many years. MillTown got its name from brothers that worked in the local mill and supplied moonshine to the area. Victor was interested in distilling at a young age. His passion was diverted when he became a police officer and a military contractor. He returned to Sandpoint in 2007 and focused on MillTown during his off hours. However, he paid the bills working for a local logging company. He took classes and personally crafted all of the necessary equipment needed to grow and grind the grain, build the still, the tanks, the bottling machine, and sourcing only USA bottles, corks and shrink wrap. Victor and Jesse secured a vendor to print the bottles in Sandpoint. Jesse’s graphic design background enables her to craft the awesome label art that showcases the product and the area 18 /


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they love. Hot diggity dog for MillTown! Here’s what sets them apart from other artisan operations: •They grow organic grain on their own farm, reclaiming their overgrown fields. •No chemicals are used in farming. •All ingredients are sourced locally •MillTown taps into the same crystal spring water that the moonshiners of yore used. •Victor touches every step of the production, thus ensuring attention to detail and outstanding quality control. Mill Town 217 Cork Whiskey, Pend Orielle River Light Rum and Wild Man 217 (120 proof) can be found in all Idaho State Liquor stores and select Sandpoint establishments. A big four paws up, as MillTown, in its second year of production, is soon to be offered at the new Eureka restaurant in Boise. Wait for it… wait… wait… (Pepper and I are playing in the fields). Gin (which could be named after Pepper), is in gestation. A vision of Pepper hosting a friendly onsite farm tasting facility is dancing in Jesse and Victor’s head. Currently by law, they can only host five people, five vehicles and two dogs at once. Victor daily mantra is: “Whatever it is you need to do, just do it. Don’t be scared of it. Eventually you’ll get good at it—just keep doing it!” Woof! Woof! Buy Local Drink Local Enjoy! Top: MillTown’s various array of flavors. Mmmmm. Bottom: Jessie Vachon, left, and Victor Vachon, right, pose with Drake, bottom, and Pepper.

STAGE & SCREEN Local short ‘Peace Among Black Hills’ premieres at Panida By Cameron Rasmusson Reader Staff

For Sarah Hines, “Peace Among Black Hills” shows the power of dreaming big. Inspired by the life of her grandmother, the locally produced film tells a tale of perseverance, courage and vision. But those qualities could well describe the movie project itself. Set to debut this weekend at the Panida Theater, the short film is a testament to community cooperation and support. Hines hopes those qualities will endure into the project’s next phase, ultimately expanding it into a feature-length film. “I would love for people to come and see it, mostly because the community really helped us put this together,” Hines said. “Peace Among Black Hills” tells the story of One Star and Jacob, two half-Lakota natives who are separated when One Star is taken to the Carlisle Indian Institute in Pennsylvania. When she escapes but cannot find Jacob, One Star takes control of her destiny—along with several other misfit girls—to set up their own cattle ranch in the west. The adventures that follow paint a heady portrait of romance, resilience and self-discovery. “It’s ‘Young Guns’ meets ‘Dances with Wolves’ with the perfect mix of actual history and make-believe,” said Hines. The movie is a passion project for Hines, the film director, star and co-writer along with her sister, Hailey Hines. The family team took great pains to ensure historical accuracy and effectively portray the details of the time period. That commitment eventually brought the crew to Montana, where they shot a portion of the film in the ghost town, Bannack. The decision brought its share of challenges, from the need to secure a filming permit from the state authorities to the grueling work schedule. “We were getting up at 5 a.m. and not

going to bed until 1 a.m.,” Hines said. “We were living off really dark coffee and Subway sandwiches for a few days.” Casting proved another hurdle for the production. As the process occurred in two phases, with the principal cast members later being supplemented by supporting actors, Hines was committed to establishing chemistry between the varying personalities. That meant spending time together both at work and at play, enjoying barbecues or rounds of “Cards Against Humanity.” “We ended up with local cast members really passionate about acting,” Hines said. “Everything was on a volunteer basis, and the cast did more than just act. Everyone helped out on set, they shared their stories, they shared their knowledge—it was amazing.” Another invaluable ally was the Sandpoint Filmmakers Network. Hines encountered the organization of local film lovers at one of their regular meetings, and the group soon adopted the project, putting out casting calls and offering their technical knowledge. Their efforts helped shape the production as a capable and well-organized effort from beginning to end. The film that will debut at the Panida is a short version of what Hines envisions as a feature-length project. Her hope is that many who attend the screening will become interested in supporting the movie’s expansion into a longer, richer and more detailed film. Community members have already been essential in supporting the project through everything from contributing horses to offering property for shooting locations. Hines believes that same spirit can lift “Peace Among Black Hills” to its full potential. “We want the community to see what local filmmakers can accomplish,” Hines said.

Sarah Hines on the set of “Peace Among Black Hills” in Bannock, Mont. Courtesy photo. See the premiere of “Peace Among Black Hills” on Sunday, Oct. 23, at the Panida Theater. The movie begins at 6 p.m. with doors opening 30 minutes prior. In addition to the screening, the filmmakers will host a question-and-answer session with the audience. Tickets are $8.50 for adults and $4.50 for children, with a portion of the proceeds supporting the Panida Theater.

thursday, Oct. 20 POAC’s performance series presents

Perla Batalla's House of Cohen Oct. 21 @ 5:30pm | Oct. 22 @ 7:30pm | Oct. 23 @ 3:30pm

“Mia madre” film

Starring John Turturro, the New York actor who plays a New York actor

Sunday, Oct. 23 @ 6pm

“Peace Among Black Hills” short film a story of love, loss, and overcoming treacherous hardship and discrimination during the war with the Plains Indians

Oct. 28 @ 5:30pm | Oct. 29 @ 3:30 & 5:30pm | Oct. 30 @ 3:30pm

“Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children” little theater

Oct. 28, 29 & 31 @ 7:30pm

monster movie madness!

something different happening each night. $5 Treat ticket admission. costumes welcomed.

friday Nov. 4 @ 8pm

Comedy Night at the Panida Saturday Nov. 5 - 11am - 9pm

Sandpoint Film Festival

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

save the date: golden era of hollywood Nov. 19

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It’s time for a SOUL PICNIC By Jules Fox Reader Food Reviewer

I heart Soul Picnic. When you come home and your mom cooks you a nutritious and delicious dinner to counter all the poor choices you have made in life—that is Soul Picnic. The only difference is you can go get it on your lunch break, and they won’t criticize you for not calling often enough. In an unassuming food truck outside Evans Brothers Coffee lies an organic and gluten-free treat mine serving up fresh smoothies and mint lemonade while you pick out nutrient-dense foods that will enrich you. Good luck choosing from bagels, tacos, burritos, sandwiches and eggs (not to mention specials like spaghetti squash noodles topped with Wood’s beef, marinara and three cheeses!) Good ideas: Bring an appetite and share with friends! If you enjoyed the café at Common Knowledge then you’re in luck—this is a similar menu offered up by Soul Picnic owner Charlotte Wright, who had been running it for six and half years. The Details Surrounded by indoor and outdoor eating areas, you can get it to go, or laze away your day at the coffee shop next door. My family opted to share dishes though I literally wanted to order everything on the menu. The Southwest Bowl was filled with beans, cheese, salsa and rice, and covered in organic greens and avocado. It was topped with a creamy seed sauce that might be addictive. I could probably order a side of it and drink it as a smoothie. The huevos rancheros were not authentic, and I mean this in the best way. While traditionally the ingredients would be fried in sun-baked lard, these are golden yolked organic eggs over a cozy tortilla and topped with avocado, shredded carrots and greens. The squash noodles should not be thought of as pasta, but as their own unique and flavorful base to launch the delicious sauce and beef that bolsters 20 /


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it to the bowl. Melted cheeses pile up a hearty delight for any wayfarer. I totally agreed with my daughter as she proclaimed “omm nom nomm,” trying to keep her mouth closed. My wife and I nodded and smiled, choosing to save the talking with your mouth full lesson for another time as we watched out little girl devour organic greens. Yes, this! Myth 1: Healthy Food Tastes Bad I think this is why most people shirk vegetables and anything they deem to be too healthy. Just as most meat wouldn’t taste good raw, you need to cook it and add spices. Same here, the veggies are sauced, sautéed, and served up as an accessory to good flavor. Myth 2: Organic and Gluten Free Food Is Just Vegetables Some people ask me if I am a vegetarian as they watch me eat a chicken salad. Vegetables don’t turn meat into not-meat. Soul Picnic offers plenty of hearty meats including local Wood’s beef. Myth 3: You Have to Wear Spandex to Drink Smoothies Totally false. I was able to sport my board shorts and button down while sharing a smoothie with my family. The girls sipped them in their jeans jackets. It turns out that this one was filled with yummy fruit and coconut! Options For Restricted Diets Gluten-Free? Yes Organic? Yes Vegetarian? Yes Paleo? Yes Additional Notes: Soul Picnic is open Monday through Friday for breakfast and lunch. They will be closed for the snow season but will return mid-March.

Top: Soul Picnic is conveniently located next to the coolest building in town, the old Granary tower in the Evans Brothers parking lot. Bottom: To quote Jules’ daughter: “Omm nom nomm.” Photos by Jules Fox.


Down on the neckbone circuit

By Ben Olson Reader Staff I first heard the term “neckbone circuit” from local musician “Neighbor” John Kelley. Neighbor is known all over North Idaho and Montana for the badass blues he brings to the table, but when he referred to the various bars, bowling alleys, coffee shops and wineries that low-level local bands play as “the neckbone circuit,” I thought the term was especially apt. Sometimes when playing these low-paying, low-interest shows, you feel as if someone has karate chopped you on the neckbone and lifted your wallet. I’ve played in a band for about six years, first in a pickup band called the Official Nadas (if you say it really fast, it sounds like “aficionados,” which we weren’t) then in my current band Harold’s IGA. In the beginning, we would play anywhere someone would let us have stage time and a free beer. These shows were usually awful displays of whiskey-soaked half-bright musicians trying to remember their chords and lines. Not my finest hour. Over the years, we’ve honed our abilities into a “fake it ‘til you make it” sort of mentality, except we’ve given up on “making it” part and are now just focused on not making complete fools of ourselves. One thing I hear often from non-musicians is how “lucky” we are to be able to have this ability, and that playing out live must be a total blast. Yeah, sort of. I mean, it’s always fun playing live. Don’t get me wrong. But it’s also a ton of work for not a lot of money. Is it worth $50 to load a metric

ton of musical gear, drive to the venue, unload the gear, unwrap knotted cords, sound check, play for three hours, break all the gear down, load it into your rig again, drive home, then load it back into the house? Add all the thousands of dollars you spend on instruments, guitar strings, tuners, speakers, mixers, fuel, poster printing, parking tickets, burritos and take all the hundreds of hours you had to spend to become proficient enough to even play on stage in front of others. Is it really worth it to play music? Yes. Yes, it is. I’ve never regretted picking up an instrument and writing a song. It may never make me rich, or even comfortable, but those good nights, those fleeting moments where you and your band are firing on all six cylinders – that’s when it all makes sense. Occasionally, it doesn’t seem worth it after a bad show, an empty tip jar, or a surly audience. These nights are inevitable, but as a public service to the neckbone listening public, here are a few tips for how to listen at the bottom: •Tip. There is nothing more disheartening than playing for three hours and realizing you don’t have a single dollar in the tip jar. It’s an easy way to show support for music. So come on, drop a buck in the jar. It won’t hurt you that much, will it? •If you want to talk amongst yourselves, that’s totally cool. I don’t need everyone to sit captivated, whispering to one another. But if you are going to talk, don’t be loud and obnoxious and don’t sit in a table right in front of the stage. We can hear everything you’re

saying. Trust me. •Speaking of talking, it always amazes me when someone tries to come up and strike up a conversation right in the middle of a song. It’s really weird. Am I supposed to stop the song and answer them? Or, more often, people will throw out a fist bump while your hands are obviously busy playing the guitar. A good rule of thumb is to treat people like they’re... up on a stage playing music. It’s not that I don’t want to talk to you, it’s just, well, I’m kinda BUSY right now! •When people dance, it’s always a complement. Sometimes it’s even entertainment. •When you drunkenly request “Hotel California” and the band declines out of general principle, move on cowboy. Don’t keep yelling for it. Don’t be “that guy.” •Do not, under any circumstances, touch a singer’s microphone unless you are invited to sing or play with the band. I cannot stress this point enough. •If you like what you hear, buy a CD. That money goes right into making more music. Or beer. •Applause never hurts. Seriously, it’s always a little awkward when you finish playing a song and

there are crickets chirping in the audience. Even if you’re not really listening, it serves as a natural segue to give the band a short burst of applause. •Buy the band drinks. Sometimes they get free drinks from venues. Often they get one or two, then have to pay for the rest. It helps support the venue when you buy the band a drink, and it also helps show the proprietor that their customers are into the band. Always remember: the more you drink, the better we sound. •Did I already mention the tipping thing? •If you are watching a band that has come from out of town, chances are they are playing for free meals and a little bit of gas money. Touring is a blast, but it’s also a terrible way to make money. Do your best to help these touring bands keep on the road. See you out there on the neckbone circuit, folks. I’ll be the guy with the whiskey, trying to remember the lyrics to that one song.

Crossword Solution

This week’s RLW by Ben Olson


John Steinbeck remains one of my favorite authors of all time. His body of work has consistently taken me for a whimsical ride. The places that he writes about are almost characters in themselves, populated with flawed, mystical, beautiful people. “Sweet Thursday” is one of his shorter novels that serves as a sequal of sorts to “Cannery Row.” It features Doc and the boys in their usual strange and whimsical ways along Cannery Row in Monterey, California.


Andrew Bird has always impressed me with his songwriting ability and melodic genius. The other day, one of our contributors reminded me about his 2016 release “Are You Serious.” The album is right in line with his indie rock style, but is a little more amped-up than usual. The classically-trained multi-instrumentalist continues to offer a smart, gentle immersion into his papier-mâché world while still not taking stuff too seriously. Perfect combo. If you’re new to Andrew Bird, go back and listen to his early releases. “The Mysterious Production of Eggs” is great, and so is “Armchair Apocrypha.”


I recently started watching Anthony Bourdain’s show “No Reservations” and am wondering why the hell I didn’t watch it earlier. The show mixes foodie culture beautifully with interesting tidbits and profiles of people that live in the region he is visiting. While Bourdain can sometimes play the uppity New York food critic card a little heavy, I really enjoy the in-depth vignettes that showcases interesting happenings and characters in a given area.

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w o N & Then compiled by


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

First Avenue and Cedar Street, looking south down First Ave. The bell tower on the right was from the first Sandpoint school building at First Ave. and Church St.





The same view today. As you can see, quite a bit has changed in 114 years.


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[adjective] 1. Characterized by vagaries; erratic; capricious. 2. Roving; wandering “My twenties were characterized by vagarious trips around the country. My thirties are dominated by this damn desk.”

Corrections: I didn’t make it abundantly clear in my “dear readers” that I was paraphrasing the “guy at the bar” about Idaho having only “two electoral votes.” Idaho, of course, has four electoral votes. -BO I also incorrectly stated that Russ Fulcher was still a state senator in his profile last week. In fact, he did not seek reelection to run for governor in 2014. -CR 21 /


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Solution on page 21 64. Pizazz 19. Dirty 65. Sounds of disapproval 21. Flying saucers 25. A fish similar DOWN to cod 26. Anagram of “Lyme” 1. Testament 27. A coniferous tree 2. Bright thought 28. Suffuse 3. Killed 29. Soars 4. Characters 30. Awkward 5. Lost at sea 31. Mesh 6. He writes in verse 34. Flaccid body fat 7. Type of dog 35. Tab 8. “What a shame!” 36. Lazily 9. Frolic 38. A large vase 10. Gown fabric 39. Still 11. Anoint (archaic) 41. High, low and neap 12. Levelled 42. Dirty air 13. Kicks out

44. “Stick” of frozen water 45. A person who is owned by someone 46. Laser printer powder 47. Consumed 48. All excited 51. Guns an engine 52. Expectoration 53. Found on rotary phones 54. Angers 55. Heavy, durable furniture wood 56. Blabs 58. Attempt

When I think of some of the things that have been done in the name of science, I have to cringe. No, wait, not science, vandalism. And not cringe, laugh.

Elect Ken Meyers STATE SENATE District 7

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

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sandpoint high school auditorium Want to meet your candidates for the state legislative and county races? Come to this free forum hosted by the Sandpoint Reader and Sandpoint Online. There will also be a question and answer session for those candidates in contested races. Can’t make the forum? Have no fear, live streaming is here. will be live streaming the forum to an anyone with an Internet connection. The live stream will include a chat function so that those watching the forum online can post comments and interact, as well as pose questions they'd like moderators to ask the candidates. KRFY 88.5 FM will also be offering live streaming of the forum on their website.

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