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READER October 27 2016 | FREE | Vol. 13, Issue 43

2016 election 7 pages of info about our candidates

The 219 and A&P’s go smoke-free • Wood’s local beef • SPOT bus makes changes

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

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I support funding for school teachers students and buildings

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

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

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

I support the Medicaid Insurance Gap

I support the Second Amendment

Paid for by candidate – Stephen F. Howlett, Treasurer


Cameron Barnes on the street compiled by

The 219 Lounge and A&P’s Bar and Grill are both going smoke-free in December. What do you think about that? “It will be excellent for the people who have quit smoking and can’t be in a smoking environment. That’s going to attract more people who like to dance and go out, but don’t like the trashy part of the bar. Also A&Ps and 219 have covered patios. So any time you want to smoke, it’s really not an inconvenience, you just have to step outside.” Dave Munz Interviewed at Roxy’s “It’s a great thing. I think it’ll be great for the customers, and great for the employees that sit in here and breath hundreds of packs of cigarettes every night. I think it’ll bring back a lot of people in the community that haven’t come around for a long time because they don’t like sitting in smoke.” Freedom Watson Interviewed at 219 Lounge “I think that it’s going to be a really weird change for Sandpoint. I think that it first people might be disgruntled but eventually we can have a whole new customer base and a whole new group of people to come out because it’s non-smoking. The back patio will be heated for smokers.” Teya Knapp Interviewed at A&P’s Bar & Grill

“I think everyone should be able to smoke at a bar, in a certain section of the bar. People smoke while they’re drinking and I know it’s not the healthiest thing, but I do think they should have a place for smokers.” Sean Reynolds Interviewed at Eichardt’s Pub “They are both fine establishments but in this day and age people don’t want a smoking environment. You can go outside and smoke if you wish but don’t bring it upon others to breathe it in or smell like smoke. So I think it’s a healthy move for both the bars and that customers will enjoy themselves more.” Don Kaiser Interviewed at Pend d’Oreille Winery


My father was a Cubs fan. I grew up watching WGN from our satellite dish, which my dad had specially installed so he could watch the games and listen to Harry Caray call the games. I grew up with the idea that baseball was the one common pure thing in the world. Players like Ryne Sandberg, Greg Maddux and Andre Dawson were stoic, dedicated gods on the field of glory. They played like gladiators, representing everything positive and hopeful in the world. In summer, we would pile in the car and take massive cross-country road trips, culminating in a trip back Chicago, where my dad grew up, to watch the Cubs play a home stretch at Wrigley Field. Sometimes they won. Most of the time they lost. So it goes. The first time I emerged out of the tunnel and saw the ivy at Wrigley, the deep green of the outfield and the scoreboard with those little holes and hand-positioned letters—well, it was like coming home to a place I’d never been. On the field the players warmed up, their faces familiar from all those games we watched at home. Now we were among them, breathing the same air, hearing the same sounds. It was like nirvana for a young boy who grew up playing, and loving, baseball. In all my travels, I’ve never met a Cubs fan I didn’t like. They are the best example of what a fan should be; loyal, humble, touched by a sense of self-deprecation, but full of hope. Hope that doesn’t die with one bad season. Or 71 years. Or 108 years. It almost seems like the universe has felt all of the pain we’ve shot out at it over the past year of political divisiveness, terrorism and the endless stream of a soul-crushing election cycle. It almost seems the Cubs making it into the Series is like an impossible rose pushing through a war-torn patch of asphalt. If anything can bring us together, perhaps it’s the power of the most innocent thing I remember from childhood; my love of baseball. Like so many others, baseball was my life for the better part of a decade. It was the main activity and interest I shared with my dad; collecting baseball cards, playing catch in the yard, driving to and from the endless Little League games, watching the Cubs on TV. On the field, competition was always fierce. Everyone wanted to do their best, to not let their teammates down, to reach just one step higher toward greatness with every at bat. We all wanted our teams to win, but when the game was finished, one thing that always brought it back into perspective for me was lining up and shaking hands at the end. Losers, winners, it really didn’t matter. We all walked away richer for the experience. Baseball taught me the rules of life; play hard, play fair, shake hands. There really isn’t a whole lot you need to know besides that. I’m sorry my dad couldn’t be here to see his Cubbies go to the World Series. If he were alive, I know he’d watch every game with a bowl of peanuts in his lap, arguing with the umpire about a bad call and clapping his hands to rally that clutch single to score another run. I’d be by his side, pulling for the boys in blue and white, both of us completely dedicated to one simple, holy thought – to hear those great words Harry Caray used to shout so well on the rare days the Cubs came out ahead: “Cubs win! Cubs win! Cubs win!” Caray is gone now, and so is my dad, but I can still smell the peanuts, hear the crowd, taste the glory. I’m pulling for you, Cubbies. It’s nice to root for something good again.

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LETTERs to the editor...

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By PollyAnna Reader Columnist My brother Phillip went on the butter diet a few months ago. “Yeah,” he said on the phone, over the sounds of my 4-year-old niece hollering mightily in the background. “I’ve probably lost about ten pounds eating a stick of butter a day. And I feel better too.” I’d heard of this nonsense before. At a bike race I watched a few years ago, one of the riders was known as “Billy Butter” due to his advocacy for eating lots and lots of creamy goodness—a stick a day keeps the doctor at bay, or something like that. Science has long argued the point that there are good fats and good cholesterols, and your body needs a certain amount of both. It turns out that people on the butter diet just use lots of butter sautéing vegetables, cooking food, and so on. In talking with Phil, though, it was the butter-covered vegetables that lent some validity to the butterians’ claims. I was relieved to find out that you don’t just unroll one end of a butter stick and start munching on it happily like a Tootsie Roll®. I wouldn’t put full-scale butter-eating past Phil. He has a history of strange dietary hiccups. One night in middle school, I asked for the salt and pepper at the dinner table. “I thought I just saw you put some on your food?” my mother questioned warily, as she handed the shakers my way. “Yeah,” I said, “but I couldn’t really taste it yet.” From the other end of the table, a fork hit a plate. “You’re supposed to taste it??” Phil’s expression would have been suitable if an emu had just popped its head through the ceiling tiles for a quick hello. It turns out that Phil had thought that salting and peppering was this ritual we went through, something that once had a meaning, but now primarily was an exercise in the many ways to not pass the dinner elements to each other. I use 4 /


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d n a L e h t f o s t a F this story as an argument to my parents that they may have sat us through too many communion services at church. Anyways. Lubing up your tubes with butter must do something for a person, because butterians seem to have a healthy, happy glow (or is that a sheen?). Maybe I project happiness on them so I can justify eating more butter. Because, if I can eat more butter, surely I can eat more bacon as well. And, if fats make me happy, healthy, and stealthy, then I won’t have to spend my paycheck buying energy powders and kale powders and protein powders at Winter Ridge—which seems to have every powder on the left and central side of the scales, but is strangely lacking in gunpowder. My Hungarian gypsy grandma always wanted us to save the bacon and sausage leavings for the dog using her own brand of logic: smearing grease on the dog makes him shinier, so feeding it to the dog must result in a healthy, shiny coat. None of her dogs ever argued with her. We knew better than to argue with her as well, because no matter how much you insisted you didn’t need a honey bear jar full of loose change, she was going to save one for your next visit regardless. And, like any properly greedy, grubby grandkids, we were going to take money in any form it came. Any time I have questions about fats these days, I save them up for my friend Betty. Betty knows a lot about fats. It’s her job: She works at Litehouse. Litehouse dressings are so dang tasty because of the amount of work they put into their fats/ salts/sugars ratios. It’s true: They cleverly engineer your neuron reactions to make you an addict (albeit without the cheaters’ step of adding MSG). After you’ve snacked your way through one of their crack-level jars of jalapeño ranch, any attempts to

eat your way through a jar of mayo-level generic ranch will leave your brain saddened and your tastebuds in withdrawal. It’s the fats, stupid. The fats are also why Betty isn’t as excited about lower-fat Greek yogurt dressings—she thinks they don’t taste as full or as good as full-cream options. To top off this delicate balancing act, it’s the fats that can go rancid in a dressing, and ruin it all. I asked Betty one day, as an enthralled disciple of science, “So, how is it that you guys set expiration dates for dressings?” In my mind danced networks of tubes, small puffs of purple smoke and beakers of carefully measured liquids dribbling into a mystery soup. I figured the formula for the magic of prophecy was proprietary, but surely she could share a few small details. Betty smirked and said, “We taste it.” I stared at her for a second. “So... you taste it?” “Yeah, we taste it. When we’re developing test batches, we keep a sample in the fridge and open it every week and taste it. And eventually, one day it tastes bad. So we write the date down. And we go from there.” It turns out that science is still a lot of experimentation and repetition, folks. We don’t have a lot of our shit figured out. But in my lifelong obsession with fats, I’ve learned two things. One, I like them, lots and lotses. A fat in my hand is better than a fat in a Bush, whether he’s known as “W.” or otherwise. Two, I am grateful that even on the worst of days at my crazy workplace, I do not have to devise clever ways to remove the taste of rancid dressing from of my mouth. PollyAnna lives, writes and loves the “good stuff” in Sandpointian life in between servings of bacon and excursions to Panhandle Cone & Coffee.

Comments Upsetting... Dear Editor, [This letter is in response to Marlene Petersen’s letter]: There certainly is a great divide in our country, and that gap is largely promoted by people who fail to try to understand each other’s point of view. It’s easy for us to categorize other groups. However such categorizations are not true for every person. I realize this more and more each time my husband and I get together with friends who have different political and personal beliefs than we do. As a 40-year-old Libertarian-minded Christian woman, I believe we all are being hoodwinked by our media and political leaders. I believe that the best thing for “the powers that be” are for us to hate each other, as a country divided is weaker than a country united. The people you see as fear-mongers most likely have a reason to fear. Perhaps they have lived through (or fought in) a war, or grew up listening to their parents or grandparents talk about the struggles of their time. Satayana wrote, “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” Personally, I fear getting tangled up in unnecessary wars, especially a “proxy war” in Syria. Leaders in both political parties claim to want to intervene in wars namely for humanitarian reasons. However the only places we seem to “help” happen to have oil pipelines running within their borders (Iraq, Syria, Libya). After all, we’ve witnessed years of genocide in Africa, yet we choose not to intervene there. I am seeing political leaders on both sides of the aisle endlessly judging and insulting each other in order to reach their goals. I choose to see good in all people: I believe Clinton’s social policies might benefit my children more than Trump’s, and I believe she has done a lot to help social injustice. Trump also fought social injustice with a decade-long battle to allow blacks and Jewish individuals to play golf at his Palm Beach club see “Trump’s Palm Beach Club Roils the Old Social Order”- WSJ April 30, 1997. We all need to remember

that it’s only through our own experiences and life struggles that our political and personal beliefs are formed. Marlene, I believe that God …or karma … or whatever higher power we believe in, will use all bad things for good; but only if we challenge ourselves to see the good in each other. Stacy Bryan Sandpoint

Kate for the House... Dear Editor, There is nothing wrong with District 1 that what’s right with District 1 can’t make so much better! And that is why we support Kate McAlister for District 1 State Representative. Kate is doing an exceptional job as president of the Greater Sandpoint Chamber of Commerce to nourish the business community through the Chamber’s many activities. An active volunteer in our area, she brings a reasoned and compassionate common sense to every project. As vice chairperson of the Forrest Bird Charter School board, Kate is an obvious champion of quality education in our area. As a vital member of Angels Over Sandpoint, Kate has helped the Angels raise over $1 million to assist community members with their own budgetary challenges. Kate cares deeply for all of our District 1 citizens and will serve us well! Paul and Sue Graves Sandpoint

Please Vote... Dear Editor, On Nov. 8, Boundary and Bonner Counties have an opportunity to vote for positive change. Please vote for my friends: Stephen F. Howlett, Idaho State Representative District 1 Seat B; Kate McAlister, Idaho State Representative District 1 Seat A; Dave Kramer, Boundary County Sheriff; and Tim Tucker, Boundary County Commissioner. I urge you to vote your conscience and vote for positive representation. Craig Kelson Bonners Ferry

LETTERs to the editor... Swing and a Miss... Dear Editor, Ben Olson’s Oct. 6 Bouquets & Barbs column said Colin Kaepernick’s kneeling during the national anthem is not right. All the veterans I know, including myself (U.S. Army, ‘65-’68), support Kaepernick’s kneeling protest during the national anthem. Olson invoked his father’s military service, which he has every right to be proud of. What bothers me is how many who never served our country, via any branch of the U.S. Military, often invoke a family member who did as though that excuses them for being a draft dodger. Yes, I know there is no longer a draft; I still see ‘em as draft dodgers. I’m tired of these shirkers who never served riding on the backs of a family member who did. Bring back the draft! Prior to “W’s” invasion of Iraq, I along with two other veterans and about 50 more people marched across the Long Bridge in protest of “W’s” impending war. A couple of weeks later on First Ave. and in front of the Bonner County Court House there was a pro-Iraq war demonstration of about eight people in support of “W’s” impending invasion. I stopped to talk to ‘em and learned none had ever served in the military. When I asked one man of military age if he was going to enlist, his excuse was he has a family. Apparently he believed no one in the military has a spouse and kids. They always have an excuse. By the way, Ben, Jehovah’s Witnesses refuse to honor ANY national flag. Are you going to say that’s wrong too? And if one says it is freedom of religion to not honor a national flag, why is it not OK for one on a personal path of conscience, as Kaepernick is, to kneel in protest? Who are we to say how Kaepernick should protest? Lee Santa Sandpoint

Lee, I quote myself from the column which you apparently didn’t read close ly: “The thing I love most about our country is that we can protest against it without fear of being tossed in jail or stoned by the masses. ... [Kaepernick] has every right to protest, just like you have every right not to protest.” Not sure why you think I condemned Kaepernick’s protest when I, in fact, stated very clearly that I supported it. -Ben Olson, Publisher



Use Your Head, Not the Media... Dear Editor, To start off, I’ll be the first to admit that I dont agree with everything Donald Trump says or does, and I disagree with some of his policies. However, that being said, the reason I will be supporting Trump are: The media, the establishment Democrats, the establishment Republicans, the U.N., the E.U., Soros, Mexico, China, the B.L.M, illegal aliens and Islam are ALL against Trump. That makes me think that he’s the best-qualified candidate out there. He’s not a lifelong politician, not an attorney and he’s not part of this corrupt political system run by a few “above the law” elitists. I do believe that Trump will “clean house,” and that terrifies the political establishment, and he’ll break up this nice cozy relationship between big government, big media and big business. He’ll put America’s interest ahead of other countries and make America first again. His message is clear: Our government is corrupt and operated by incompetent people who are out for themselves. I remember watching a clip from the Oprah show from about 25 years ago (when everyone including the press loved him). Oprah asked Trump if he would ever consider running for president. Trump said probably not. He said he would only consider a presidential run if the country was in big trouble. Well? In closing, I use my head to research the candidates and not what the media wants me to think. Cliff Kattner Sandpoint

After finding an old baby photo in the family album, Herbert finally understood where his terrible fear of heights originated.

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LETTERs to the editor...


Howlett for the House...

America is a nation of laws: Bouquets: •In advance of the big election day coming up, I’d like to thank all the staff and volunteers who make themselves available all day to take and count ballots. It’s an exciting process to vote, but it’s also a lot of work to make sure everything comes together. I appreciate your help. •I received a really nice email from a gentleman in Sandpoint who wanted to tell me he was thinking about my father with all the Cubs excitement going on. Apparently, my dad—who was a rabid Cubs fan for his entire life—passed his love for the Cubs to this gentleman. It was really great to be reminded of my dad from someone whose life he touched. •Finally, this week has been a dog. Election issues always are. Tuesday was especially rough, as it took me nearly half the day just to lay out the cumbersome Voter’s Guide. In the height of my stress, a contributor sent over a photo of me and my dearly departed friend Ted Bowers playing music together on stage at the Panida Theater. The photo immediately soothed my ragged nerves. Ted always had a calming effect on me, as he did with everyone that knew him. Thanks Jodi, for pulling me out of the doldrums. Barbs: •When someone is elected to office, they are supposed to serve all of their constituents. That’s a point that we can all roughly agree on. Part of being a journalist is disseminating information to the community at large. Whether you cry “media bias” or not, it’s hard to argue with the fact that most people wouldn’t know what’s going on without the media presenting them with the facts. When elected officials refuse to answer emails and dodge invitations to public forums that serve the community, they are only showing that they don’t care about all they serve. It disappoints me to see these duties shirked. 6 /


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Collaboration and Its Discontents Mike Garrity Reader Contributor Sandy Compton’s recent opinion column in the Reader complained that the Alliance for the Wild Rockies wouldn’t come to their collaborative meetings. But why would the Alliance, which is an organization that advocates for healthy forests and recovery of endangered species, want to conspire to help local people in the Kootenai National Forest figure out how to break federal laws? Compton’s collaborative group came up with a less-thanamazing plan where federal taxpayers across the nation would pay millions of dollars to subsidize clearcutting of lynx, grizzly bear and bull trout habitat on the national forests owned by all Americans, not just a handful in the Kootenai. And as the Court ruling proved, their plan ignored the legal requirements of the Endangered Species Act. Didn’t the Bundys come up with a similar plan to dictate policies on public lands for their own local profits? Of course Compton’s group was more sophisticated than the Bundys and instead of showing up with guns to take over a wildlife refuge, they conspired with the Forest Service, the timber industry, and groups like the Montana Wilderness Association to break federal laws. The bottom line—and the core of the problem—is that Compton’s collaborative agreed to massively log one of the most heavily-logged forests in Montana. The grizzly bears in the Cabinet-Yaak ecosystem are going extinct because of past logging and road-building that produced 22,000 acres of existing clearcuts in the East Reservoir area on the east side of Lake Koocanusa. Despite this, the East Reservoir timber sale, which the collaborative backed, calls for another 8,845 acres of

commercial logging, of which 3,458 acres will be new clearcuts in federally-designated lynx critical habitat. Bear in mind that the Forest Service’s own scientists say clearcuts harm, not help, lynx. Meanwhile, consider that by the Forest Service’s own estimate the sale will cost taxpayers $2,589,535 to subsidize the further degradation of already degraded habitat. The problem with both the Bundy’s and Compton’s scheme is that America is a nation of laws. The Bundys were arrested by the FBI but there is no federal agency policing the Forest Service. Instead, when Congress wrote natural resource laws they include a citizen enforcement provision because our Constitution has the First Amendment, which gives all Americans the right to challenge the federal government. This is what the Alliance for the Wild Rockies did when we challenged the Forest Service’s decision on East Reservoir. When the local district court decided that it was alright for the Forest Service to violate the Endangered Species Act, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals stepped in. Judges appointed by both a Republican president and a Democrat president halted the clearcutting because the Forest Service was clearly violating the law. In the end both Compton and the Bundys are finding out that just because a group of people get together and decide that they don’t want to follow the law, that’s not the way it works in America. We are a nation of laws and nobody is above the law. Not the Bundys, not the Forest Service, not timber corporations, not pseudo -conservation groups and not Compton’s collaborative. Mike Garrity is the executive director of Alliance for the Wild Rockies.

Dear Editor, Elect Stephen Howlett to the Idaho House of Representatives. He is a small-business owner in the construction industry. He knows our communities, the timber industry and what our needs are. Stephen will support rural communities by keeping the timber industry vital and build an economy that puts working people back to work. He will reinvest in public education to prepare students for the renewed economy. Stephen will protect our public lands that provide hunting, fishing, hiking and camping. Unlike his opponent, who represents a small group that tears down rural communities with fear and division, Stephen will represent ALL of us with a positive agenda. Personally, he is friendly, upbeat and easy to talk to. Vote for Stephen Howlett on Nov. 8. Philip A. Deutchman Sandpoint

Secret Sister Comments... Dear Editor, I read Tim Henny’s article “Sandpoint’s Secret Sister: Moab, Utah” with some interest. My wife and I have been frequent travelers throughout the Colorado plateau stretching back over the past 25 years, and individually and together have visited Moab on several occasions. I think he is on target with respect to the cultural similarities between Moab and Sandpoint. Both towns have a history of resource extraction industries now in decline: mining in the case of Moab, and timber in the case of Bonner County. Both towns have sought to capitalize on their unique natural beauty to replace those industries with outdoor recreation and tourism. On the subject of the natural environment of Sandpoint vs. Moab, the author glosses over significant differences by suggesting they are largely the same except Moab has red rocks and Sandpoint has more trees. A

more apt observation would be that Sandpoint’s natural environment is characterized by an abundance of water, while Moab’s is characterized by a lack of water. Unfortunately, what ruined the article for me was the author’s need to belittle those who happen to have different perspectives and recreational interests. Here I speak of the author’s comments about guns and off-roading enthusiasts. First, the simple reason he sees more people openly carrying guns in Idaho is because it is legal to openly carry a loaded firearm in Idaho, whereas this is not legal in Utah (in Utah openly carried weapons must be unloaded). Regardless, people openly carrying a gun don’t harm him at all, and his condescending comments about his perceptions of the personality characteristics of those who do are unfounded, unwarranted and unwelcome. Regarding the off-road enthusiasts who flock to Moab he would be wise to consider that this was a popular activity in Moab for many decades before the mountain bike was even conceived. Today, these activities are highly regulated and restricted to designated trails that have been in use for many years. As someone who loves to hike deep into the backcountry as much as I enjoy using my 4x4 to get even further from the blacktop than my feet can ever take me I’d suggest that these two groups have more in common than is often recognized, and rather than driving wedges between these groups the author’s energies would be better put to use building bridges between them so they might work together towards goals they share. David Frankenbach Sagle

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Hitting the road:

SPOT officials look to the future after going independent

By Cameron Rasmusson Reader Staff If a major part of growing up is moving out of the parents’ house, then SPOT just hit its stride. The bus system, which launched in 2011 as a service managed by the city of Dover, restructured itself this year as an independent organization. For system manager Marion Johnson and board member and treasurer Clifton Warren, the transition reflects their commitment to serve a wide swath of North Idaho communities. The big advantage now is that it’s not one city in charge of [the system],” Warren said. “We have an independent board.” It’s a big change for a service that, in its nascent planning, was envisioned as a small-scale operation for Dover residents. An agreement between Dover, Sandpoint, Ponderay and Kootenai ultimately made SPOT a true North Idaho effort right down to its name—an acronym for Selkirks-Pend Oreille Transit selected in a naming contest. More than five years after its launch, SPOT is driving steady at an estimated 80,000 rides per year. With independence comes an opportunity to expand the service’s client base even further. Perhaps the biggest advantage in separating SPOT from the city of Dover is the new governing structure. Where once the system was largely controlled by a single city, SPOT is now planned to be guided by a board of seven people representing each stakeholding community. All that is needed are signatures from Bonners Ferry and Bonner and Boundary counties before the

arrangement is official. The original four cities that launched SPOT—Dover, Sandpoint, Ponderay and Kootenai—still have a voice with one board member each. But soon representatives of Bonner County, Boundary County and the city of Bonners Ferry will be in the mix. The Sandpoint Area Agency on Aging and the Schweitzer homeowner association also contribute to system planning. In addition, SPOT has its own auditor and accountant while still abiding by open meeting laws. For Johnson, the expansion of the board is key. Now that SPOT has extended its reach throughout the Panhandle, it needs governing members that bring their own unique experience, expertise and knowledge of their city or county to the table, she said. “I think it’s made SPOT way stronger because we now have an actual board to guide our decision-making,” she added. SPOT’s independent operation formally began in July, but it was planned far in advance. In fact, it was the centerpiece of a strategic plan developed to identify new services, goals and performance benchmarks. Successfully reorganizing the bus system isn’t the only achievement SPOT officials marked this year. Their on-demand service to Bonners Ferry expanded in June to include Moyie Springs as well. According to Johnson, the service has proven invaluable for town residents who need to shop or attend doctor appointments in Bonner County but can’t drive themselves. SPOT has also formed a partnership with Quest Aircraft to establish a Coeur d’Alene van pool. With many Quest employees residing south of the Sandpoint headquarters,

A rider boards the SPOT bus in the blowing rain on Wednesday afternoon in Sandpoint. Photo by Cameron Barnes.

company officials saw the value in giving them the option to save the gas and hassle of the drive. “If you can get to and from Coeur d’Alene inexpensively, that’s a lot better than each person driving separately,” Warren said. Other goals have yet to bear fruit. Officials of Schweitzer Mountain Resort, already a prominent partner and financial supporter of SPOT, hope to eventually cede management of their shuttling service to the bus system. The agreement would build upon SPOT’s existing winter stop at the Schweitzer Red Barn, where skiers and snowboarders connect to resort shuttles. Under the envisioned arrangement, however, the Red Barn would be just another stop in a route traveling all the way to Schweitzer Mountain Village. “The problem is that to

fully take the system over, we need four buses, and finding funding for that is difficult,” Warren said. Other service tweaks will likely come at the recommendation of the newly formed leadership structure. At the most recent board meeting, members approved the creation of Bonner County and Boundary County development committees. The first task for the Bonner County group, Warren said, is to reexamine the SPOT Blue Route, Warren said. Transportation authorities have previously recommended that the route add a stop at City Beach, and the committee will examine whether or not that is possible. Meanwhile, SPOT is working with the Eureka Institute to add some much-needed amenities for riders. Thanks to a grant from the Equinox Foundation, the Eureka Insti-

tute will construct several bus shelters, bike racks and benches to help keep riders dry, comfortable and secure while they wait for their bus. What’s more, local youth will undertake the construction projects, giving them some valuable hands-on learning experiences. It’s yet another example of the unexpected ways SPOT ripples out into the community, even for those who have never set foot on a bus. SPOT also provides a social venue for its user base. Those who ride the bus frequently get to know one another, and they appreciate the friendly service from the drivers. If a regular rider misses their usual bus, their fellow SPOT fans are even known to check in on them, Johnson said. “It’s like a community within a community,” she said.

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Candidate Scott responds to harassment accusations forum set for Nov. 2 By Cameron Rasmusson Reader Staff

By Cameron Rasmusson Reader Staff

By this point, most have had their fill of the presidential election. But for locals, Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton aren’t necessarily the most important candidates on the ballot. Local elected officials often have a far more immediate impact on residents’ day-to-day lives. That’s why it’s important to evaluate each candidate for yourself and make an educated vote come Nov. 8. There’s no better time to get that information than at a candidate forum set for 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 2, at the Sandpoint High School auditorium. Hosted by the Sandpoint Reader and Sandpoint Online, the candidate forum is intended to be a civil, rational environment where voters can calmly evaluate the issues. To that end, the event will be moderated by a panel of volunteers, who will select audience questions for each candidate. Forum organizers encourage attendees to show respect for all candidates and refrain from heckling or excessive applause. Confirmed for attendance are District 1 legislative candidates Steve Tanner (D), Shawn Keough (R), Stephen Howlett (D) and Kate McAlister (D); District 7 legislative candidates Ken Meyers (D) and Jessica Chilcott (D); Bonner County Sheriff candidate Terry Ford (I); and unopposed Bonner County Board of Commissioners candidates Dan McDonald (R) and Jeff Connolly (R). District 1 legislative candidates Heather Scott (R) and Sage Dixon ( R) may or may not attend. District 7 legislative candidates Carl Crabtree (R) and Priscilla Giddings (R) are not attending. And Bonner County Sheriff candidate Daryl Wheeler (R) has not yet responded to invitations. will stream the forum live on its website, while KRFY 88.5 FM will be stream live audio on 8 /


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Rep. Heather Scott, R-Blanchard, said accusations of her supporters harassing Democrats are yet another symptom of an ugly election cycle. The comments follow claims from the Idaho Democratic Party that they were forced to remove a young field worker from Bonner County for his safety. According to a report filed with the Bonner County Sheriff’s Office, the party employee said Scott supporters stalked and threatened him, following him to the host home and recording his license plate. “It’s campaign season, and

professional mudslinging bounds. He appears to be also defended the approach of a criticized my opponents,” Scott wrote in observation from the an email. “While responding allegations make deputy that great headlines, party affilithey are just that: assertions ation is not a protected that someone has done something class by citing the state illegal or wrong, made without harassment Rep. Heather Scott (R-Blanchard) proof.” statue, which Bonner County Sheriff Dar- says it is illegal to harass someone based on “that person’s yl Wheeler also pushed back race, color, religion, ancestry or against claims that his office did not respond adequately to national origin.” “[The article that broke the the complaint. In a harassment story] in the Bee differs in concomplaint follow-up, he said that deputy conduct was within tent from the official reports,

and despite the tone of that article, I found my staff acted in a prompt and professional manner,” Wheeler said in a statement. However, local Democrats aren’t taking the alleged threats lightly. Kate McAlister, Scott’s opponent, called the situation a threat to free and peaceful elections. “As my opponent seems to be denying that these events have taken place, I find it ironic that her ‘Freedom Score’ from the Idaho Freedom Foundation is so high when her direct or indirect actions in her campaign have stripped me of my freedom from bullying, intimidation and threats,” McAlister said.

LPOSD levy survey goes live Evan McMullin polls at

double digits in Idaho

By Cameron Rasmusson Reader Staff Lake Pend Oreille School District officials are seeking public input in the wake of its plant levy’s August failure. A survey covering the levy election and the quality of LPOSD education will help school officials and appointees refocus their approach to address the problem of deteriorating school facilities. Residents can find the survey at or by visiting the official LPOSD website, It takes an estimated 10 to 15 minutes to complete. The push for input from locals follows a thorough review process by the plant facilities levy committee, which examined the campaign’s mistakes and strengths leading up to the vote. “The bottom line is we need to reflect on the result and process,” LPOSD Superintendent Shawn Woodward said following the levy failure. The survey asks respondents to go into detail about how they voted and why they made their decision. It also attempts to pin-

point weak points in communication over the facts of the levy. Later, the survey goes into detail about specific schools. Lake Pend Oreille High School—a facility many voters thought was ignored in the proposed plant facilities levy project—receives particular attention, with the questionnaire asking which specific improvements locals would like to see. Voted down with 2,953 in favor and 5,493 opposed in August, the plant facilities levy sought voter approval for a $55 million property tax over six years to reconstruct Sandpoint Middle School, Washington Elementary and Northside Elementary as well as fund improvements to other schools. The election sparked remarkable voter interest for a school levy election, with 50.5 percent of eligible registered voters turning out to the polls. For comparison, a 2013 supplemental levy only attracted a 29.6-percent voter turnout.

For many voters, Evan McMullin came out of nowhere following Donald Trump’s scandals early this month. But now he’s a force to be reckoned with in Idaho polls. The independent candidate now charts at 10 percent in Idaho, according to a recent Rasmussen poll. Trump still safely leads the state at 48 percent, while Hillary Clinton holds the middle ground at 29 percent. At this late stage of the election, McMullin may well emerge the third party candidate of choice in Idaho. According to the same Rasmussen poll of 750 likely voters, Libertarian can-

didate Gary Johnson pulls in at six-percent support, while Green Party candidate Jill Stein fails to move the needle. McMullin, a Bringham Young University graduate, rocketed to prominence in Utah early this month. The surge followed many Republicans disavowing Trump for his recorded comments about kissing and groping women without consent. One poll after the scandal showed voters split between Clinton and Trump at 26 percent each, while McMullin followed close behind at 22 percent. [CR]

Silver Mountain in Kellogg is under new ownership, although it’s not yet clear who that is. The Spokesman-Review reports that the ski resort, owned for 20 years by Jeld-Wen Holdings, has been sold for $5 million to an undisclosed buyer, according to a federal Securities and Exchange Commission filing. The resort, well-received by winter sports fans, features two mountains, 73 trails, 1,600 acres

of terrain, 2,200 vertical feet and more than 300 inches of snow annually. Beyond the skiing, the resort also boasts an indoor water park, a nine-hole golf course and a three-mile gondola. According to the Spokesman-Review, Jeld-Wen Holdings has sought a Silver Mountain buyer since the sale of several Oregon resorts in 2010. A deal appeared to be on the table in 2013, but it later fell through. [CR]

Silver Mountain sold for $5 million


It’s all good at Wood’s:

Wood’s Meat Processing features natural, local beef

By Cameron Barnes Reader Staff Have you ever sat down 30 minutes after eating a fast-food hamburger and wondered, “Where does this crap come from?” If it’s not advertised as Wood V Bar X Ranch meat, it’s a question worth asking. Patties from some fast food empires in town could potentially have sailed via cargo ship from as far away as Australia. On the other hand, Wood’s takes the guilt out of these guilty pleasures. Since its start in 1973, the family business has grown to sell their prime cuts and services to well over 100 locations in Sandpoint, Spokane, Coeur d’Alene and elsewhere. “You’ve got to remember, we’re a small operation,” said Steve Wood. “Sure, we have our own cattle, we have our own retail market, and we supply a lot of local product to the local community … but I think we would probably play a very small part in that.” Whether you want to call it “pasture-to-plate,” “farm gateto-dinner plate,” or “conception-to-consumption,” it’s all good at Wood’s. This cowboy empire covers many different business angles and operations. Included in the fold are Wood V Bar X Red Angus (operated by Leonard and Naomi Wood), Wood’s Meat Processing (operated by Steve and Louis Wood) and newcomer Wood’s Hay and Grain (operated by Ben and Dana Wood). While each clan in the greater Wood family operates different businesses, their ties still run deep. They each raise and tend their own cattle herds timed to provide cattle of perfect age for the Wood’s Meat Processing facility all year round. Ben, Dana, Leonard and Naomi’s calves are born in February and March, while Steve and Louise’s are born

in April and May. Still other new herd additions are born in August and September. This provides an ample population of the ideal 15- to 20-monthold calves at all times. In fact, the numbers are too great for the Wood’s processing facility to handle, meaning other cattle supply the Columbia Basin, Moses Lake, Pasco and Ellensburg regions. “Bigger is not always better,” said Louise Wood. “You can’t do a quality job in a little mom-and-pop place if you get too big.” For many, it’s hard to imagine a job where you so vividly see the circle of life before you. But in my visit alone, I watched Leonard and Naomi in perfect sync giving hundreds of cattle their vaccinations, gathering a blood sample and applying a topical de-worming fluid all while operating a sort of funnel that channels each cow into a holding facility in the matter of 30 seconds. “Our mother cows raise their calves on open pastures free-range,” Leonard Wood said. “That’s what we do is free-range the cattle, and they forage. That baby calf is raised up on that mama until weaned, then they go into a sustained maintenance contemporary group and can then be wintered, followed by next spring when they can start having calves. That’s the cycle.” Wood’s Meat Processing knows how to do it right. While the mainstay of their business is harvesting and processing raised animals, the plant also offers hunters services for field-dressed meat. According to the Wood family, that portion of the business is about to reach its seasonal peak. The business is also an important pillar in the local food system, the development of which was identified in 2013 by the Idaho Community Review Program as one of five

Only nearby cattle can immediately sense I’m a city slicker at Wood’s V Bar X Ranch just four miles north of Ponderay. Photo by Cameron Barnes.

major opportunities for sustainability in Sandpoint. “[We] depend on the community to keep us in business, but at the same time, it’s an honor to think that other people think that it does keep this area more sustainable and more attractive,” said Leonard Wood. The newest venture in the family is Wood’s Hay and Grain, which launched after Ben Wood’s family shop burnt down in 2012. After realizing from word of mouth around town that there was a market for grain, the family jumped on the opportunity. Certified by the Idaho Department of Agriculture, Wood’s Hay and Grain recipes are honed by a nutritionist to provide just the right minerals. The non-GMO grain has been purchased in seven-ton bulk and by customers from as far away as California. In the tri-state area, customers buy the product in 50-pound bag portions at the newly constructed feed store. “That’s a business that just started, and I think has a lot of potential,” said Steve Wood. “That’s an example of where the operation is expanding. We’ve found our niche. Our goal is to provide the service to the local community.” The Wood family roots go back to the early 1940s when

the family’s founders left ColFor more information: orado and purchased a 96-acre Wood’s Hay & Grain visit, plot in Gold Creek, which now or call extends throughout the Selle 208-255-4270. Valley for over 3,000 global Wood’s V Bar X Ranch acres. The initial property now visit, or houses yet another Wood fami- call 208-263-5246. ly venture, the Western PleaWood’s Meat Processing sure Guest Ranch. More than call 208-263-3077. 70 years later, Wood businesses Western Pleasure Guest are still a family affair. Ranch visit, westernpleasur“I guess we do take a lot or call 208-263of pride in our family legacy,” 9066. said Leonard Wood. “It’s taken over 75 years to develop what we have. I’ve been doing this since I was old enough to get my hands dirty. The legacy has been our land, and what we have become is part of the land. Taking care of it and what’s on it is how we make our living and our legacy. We were born into the ground, we take care of it, and it takes “Smokies” are cooled and prepared for packaging after a long cook care of us.” in the roaster at Wood’s Meat Processing. Photo by Cameron Barnes. October 27, 2016 /


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The Library and Super 1 Foods Celebrate Jumpstart’s Read for the Record Day

The Sandpoint Community Unites with National Early Education Organization to Highlight the Importance of High-Quality Education for All Children

By Ben Olson Reader Staff

•Steve Tanner •Shawn Keough •Ken Meyers •Carl Crabtree •Terry Ford •Kate McAlister •Stephen Howlett •Jessica Chilcott •Dan McDonald •Jeff Connolly No response from: •Daryl Wheeler Maybe from: •Heather Scott •Sage Dixon 10 /


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Jumpstart, a national early education organization, will partner with the East Bonner County Library District and Super 1 Foods for the 11th anniversary of Jumpstart’s Read for the Record, a national campaign that helps address the educational inequities that leave too many children unprepared for kindergarten. On Oct. 27, children and adults will join forces for the world’s largest shared reading experience, known as Jumpstart’s Read for the Record. Since 2006, this 24hour celebration has mobilized over 17 million people, and Jumpstart holds the world reading record for the most people reading the same book on the same day. This year’s official campaign book, “The Bear Ate Your Sandwich” by Julia Sarcone-Roach (Alfred A. Knopf Books for

Young Readers), will not only inspire adults to read with children, but will also spur policymakers and organizations to take action towards transformative change in early education while putting books in the hands of more children across the country. Families are invited to drop-in to Super One Foods between 11:15 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. to listen to a reading of the story, do a craft, choose a free book and get a healthy snack. For more information contact Children’s Services Librarian, Suzanne Davis at 263-6930 ext. 1211 or suzanne@ebonnerlibrary. org. About “The Bear Ate Your Sandwich”: Julia Sarcone-Roach’s “The Bear

Ate Your Sandwich” is the tale of a bear, lost in the city, who happens upon an unattended sandwich in the park. The bear’s journey from forest to city and back home again is full of happy accidents, funny encounters, and sensory delights. The story is so engrossing, that you will not see the surprise ending coming!

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Mad about Science: have a cow

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If you’re looking upon the title of this article with a feeling of drudgery and boredom, shame! Shame! You should know by now I can make anything interesting. At first glance, the most interesting thing to come out of a cow is that double bacon swiss cheeseburger for lunch, and even then the best part of that comes from a pig. Cows are so much more than meat. They are testament to the overwhelming power and impact human beings have made and continue to make on the world at large. I know you’re sick of hearing me talk about climate change, carbon footprint, blah blah blah, so I’m not going to focus on that, even if cows are a major contributor to greenhouse gases. Instead, I’m going to show you what other impacts cows have had on human society, and what they continue to do for us. First and foremost, cows are food. An important food. They bring more diversity to the table by themselves than most other animals can even when paired. Let’s take a look at a traditional American barbecue lineup: cheeseburgers, hot dogs, chips and dip with sour cream, and a cheesecake. Right there, you’re looking at a bare minimum of 6 ingredients coming from cows alone. This sort of diversity has helped humankind thrive for tens of thousands of years, and the ease of raising cattle has been one of the major pillars elevating humankind to the level it has reached today. Let’s look at the cow itself. Contrary to what you might think, all cows aren’t inherently dairy and meat cows. Just like chickens, which are separated into layer, broiler and hybrid classes, different breeds of cow are used for different purposes; at least on an industrial level. Cows come in all sorts of shapes and sizes—they aren’t all just ol’

black and white bessie. Speaking of the good ol’ fashioned black and white bessie, that cow is actually a breed called the Holstein Friesian. They grow up to be about 1,500 pounds at maturity and were originally imported from North Holland and Friesland, which is now part of Northern Germany. Holsteins are famous for their great milk, but have since been eclipsed by the much more economic Jersey Cow. Despite the fact that all Holsteins look the same, no two Holsteins have the exact same markings. When you think about a steak, or where that steak comes from, I bet your mind goes to one cow and one cow only: Texas Longhorn, y’all! The Texas Longhorn is unmistakable in appearance. It’s in its name: It has long horns! Long, straight horns, with beef cuts that are famous around the world. You might be surprised to find out that most of the beef you eat actually doesn’t even come from Texas Longhorns. Ranchers and butchers alike found better flavor, faster grow times and more meat from a cow called the Hereford, a huge stocky beast that gets up to about 1,200 pounds of large muscle before slaughter, though beef from the Black Angus cow reigns supreme, outnumbering the next seven best-selling breeds combined. Being a true Black Angus cow is to be part of a large and elite club, where admittance demands 10 different qualifications to be met. No pressure! While on the topic of meat, I have to mention some of the most coveted beef in the world: Kobe beef. It’s rare, it’s expensive and it has a ton of genetic history behind it to make it that way. The breed it originates from are called Kobe Beef cattle, and are Wagyu, which means “Japanese cattle.” These cows live the good life, being fed rich food infused with beer and regular massages to keep the beef tender.

Yeesh, I can’t even get to the chiropractor, but my steak can gets spa days. Mysterious and ancient as it sounds, the breed is really only about 100 years old, with an emphasis on quality placed upon the cattle after the conclusion of World War II. Did you know that when we first started to domesticate cattle, they weren’t the cows we know and love (to eat)? At the time, they were an animal called aurochs. Aurochs were huge—we’re talking twice-thesize-of-modern-cows huge. They are suspected to have been able to reach up to 3,300 pounds on rare occasions. That’s just 600 pounds shy of a brand new Toyota Tacoma. The only place you can find one now is on the paintings of cave walls, or maybe clever and obsessive graphic design projects. The last reported living aurochs seems to have died some time in the 1600s. In recent history, many farmers and geneticists have been toying with the idea of trying to resurrect the breed from extinction. No bull! Domesticated cows weren’t always huge, towering beasts. It wasn’t until around 1900 that cows started to get larger and larger. Sure, their ancestors were huge, but we bred them back into a state of smallness for several thousands of years. So why did we breed them down, just to breed them back up again? As technology progressed and populations grew and coalesced into cities and towns, cows became very inconvenient to keep at home. At the same time, ranchers couldn’t sustain larger populations with your average small cow, so they bred them to be bigger and meatier. Fewer people were breeding bigger cattle for more and more stomachs to fill. Interestingly enough, human society is starting to turn again. The farm craze is catching on. Everyone and their sister owns a

chicken now, and with the prices of milk only going upward, the next logical step seems to be a cow. But keeping a cow in the apartment is pretty difficult, so the appeal of smaller cows is on the rise. How small? Less than a thousand pounds—sometimes less than 700! They’re called miniature cattle, and they’re bred to be only 36 to 42 inches high at the shoulder upon maturity, a little taller than a Great Dane. They produce less milk, less meat and much less waste than their larger counterparts, opening doors for people with only a couple of acres of land. Unfortunately, like every budding craze, miniature cattle are still pretty expensive.

You’re paying more for less, but the more that people purchase and breed them, the faster the price will drop. Now, I’m not saying go and buy a miniature cow for your studio apartment (unless your landlord is REALLY cool and doesn’t want to pay a groundskeeper to mow the lawn), but if you’ve been thinking about cattle for a small acre farm and just aren’t sure how to feed a 1,500 pound goliath, there are solutions available to you. Local ones, too! I know we have at least a few miniature cattle breeders in our area, including Scottish Highland miniatures. Have you seen them? They have that glorious flowing hair every Hollywood starlet is jealous of. And I mean really, who doesn’t want a wooly diva cow?

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Smoke ‘em if you got ‘em:

Two Sandpoint bars go smoke-free in December

By Ben Olson Reader Staff The times they are a-changin’. Two of Sandpoint’s most popular downtown bars have announced they are officially going smoke-free as of Dec. 5, 2016. Believe it or not, the reaction from the community has been mostly positive. Both the 219 Lounge and A&P’s Bar and Grill—which sit across First Avenue from one another in downtown Sandpoint—announced the switchover earlier this week to prohibiting smoking cigarettes or e-cigarettes inside their respective establishments. “It’s about time,” said Amanda Dexter, a Sandpoint native. “I’m so freaking excited! I love going [to the 219], but I quit [smoking] six years ago. After you quit smoking, it’s tough to be in a smoky bar.” When A&P’s switched ownership last September, new owners Travis and Joel Thompson were keen on transitioning to a healthier environment while catering to a wider variety of bar patrons. “It was their game plan right out of the gate,” said bar co-manager Lyndsy Yaw. “So many people will go out every once in awhile but hate the way the smoke smells.” When A&P’s co-manager James Mize heard through the grapevine that the 219 was mulling over a switch to smoke-free, he said it was the perfect time for both establishments to make a positive choice for the community. For 219 owners Mel and Claudia Dick, the switchover had been on their mind before. They introduced the idea last June to their regular customers but found most were resistant to changing their ways. Now, the second time around, there has been a more optimistic reaction to the news. “The reactions we’ve received have been overwhelm12 /


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ingly positive,” said Dick. “We’re seeing on Facebook a lot of people writing: ‘Oh my god, now we have another place we can go!’” Both bars plan to establish a smoking section outside on their respective patios; the 219 will allow smoking in a specially designated area within their beer garden and A&P’s will have a heated porch available to smokers year-round. “It’s not going to be any different than it is at home,” said Sarah Daniels, a smoker at A&P’s. “We don’t smoke at home, we go outside. It’s not going to affect my coming here any more or less.” Both bars said the decision stems from several factors, most importantly the health risks that secondhand smoke creates for their customers and employees. Across the street, the 219 “We don’t want our employhas a much bigger task ahead ees to work in an environment of it. Clearing the room of 82 causing a harmful atmosphere years worth of smoke will unwith secondhand smoke,” said doubtedly be a chore demandDick. “Most of the staff is ing time and effort. happy about the change, and a “On December 4th and 5th, number of our smoking cuswe will close down so we can tomers have said the same. In fog the building,” said Dick. fact, one has already quit.” “North Idaho Flood and Fire is Mize echoed going to come the sentiments: “We don’t want our employees in and spray the “For our eminterior of the ployees, the sec- to work in an environment building with a ondhand smoke causing a harmful atmosphere non-toxic mist is a major factor that will penein this decision. with secondhand smoke.” trate the brick I’ve worked here -Mel Dick and wood and for 11 years and dissipate some of that historic I don’t even know how many packs I’ve smoked. I don’t even tobacco smell. There will be a lot of fog and smoke. It will smoke!” look like the building is burnUnderstandably, both bars ing down, but don’t worry.” will undergo several rounds of If all goes according to cleaning to rid the bars of the planned, Dick will re-open on built-up smoke smell. A&P’s Dec. 6 in a smoke-free environis fortunate that they are only ment. three years inside the newly “After that, by summer of remodeled building after a fire 2017, we’ll close down again caused major damage in 2014. and tear out the ceiling tiles, reThey are planning to scour do the heating and cooling simevery surface with disinfectant ilar to how it looks above the and keep the smoke-eater mapool room,” said Dick. “Then chines going full bore until the we’ll do another fog and mist smell has abated.

A patron at A&P’s enjoys a cigarette inside the bar. Photo by Ben Olson. and apply a washer and sealant on the brick and wood that will hold in the residual smells.” At this point, after the secondary cleaning, Dick will decide on whether they will take the ceiling up to match the pool room with exposed pipes. “It’s a multi-month project,” said Dick. “We just ask for people to bear with us through this process. I don’t want non-smokers to come in and say they still smell smoke. We’ll get there.” For Mize and Yaw at A&P’s, who both came from food backgrounds, the switch to smoke-free will help them expand the bar’s already acclaimed menu with new choices for new customers. “We want folks in industry to be able to come and eat here and not go back to the office smelling like smoke,” said Mize. They plan to include some new choices on the menu like French dip sandwiches and grilled chicken quesadillas. Also, it’s important to remember that A&P’s is one of the few eateries in Sandpoint that

uses 100-percent local Wood’s meat in their burgers and tacos, not to mention they are the only place in town to get a late-night meal other than a gas station. When asked about the customers he might alienate as a result of this decision, Dick said it came down to it being the right thing to do: “This isn’t our bar, it’s their bar. Our customers. We want to promote a ‘Cheers’ environment here where everyone is welcome.” Idaho is one of 16 states that still allow smoking inside bars. The others are Wyoming, Nevada, Alaska and all the Deep South states. As more and more states pass laws prohibiting smoking indoors, it’s only a matter of time before Idaho joins the other 34 states that have banned smoking in bars. So, Sandpoint, smoke ‘em while you got ‘em. Come Dec. 5, it will be a brave new world on First Avenue. And for those who just can’t sit in a bar without a cigarette, well, there’s always Roxy’s.

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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 Live Music w/ One Street Over 5:30-8:30pm @ Pend d’Oreille Winery A dynamic father-daughter duo from Nashville Halloween Bash at the Beer Hall 7-10pm @ MickDuff’s Beer Hall Featuring live music by Still Tipsy and the Hangovers.Free and open to public

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

Hive Monster Mash 9pm @ The Hive Calling all girls and ghouls age 20 and under! This year’s show features the music of Flusk (DJ Camrin Hess) Live Music w/ John Firshi 5-7pm @ Idaho Pour Authority

Live Music w/ Monarch Mountain Band 7-10pm @ Pend d’Oreille Winery High-energy bluegrass, newgrass and folk-rock Halloween “Kostume Karaoke” and Dance 7-10pm @ Sandpoint Senior Center Wear costumes! $10 donation at the door


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Night of the Living Dead Halloween Bash 9pm @ 219 Lounge Ghouls and gentlebrains, dress to kill and head down to the Niner for a Halloween party! Featuring live music by Still Tipsy and the Hangovers, cash prizes and bar swag

Hive Halloween Bash Beta Sigma Phi Haunted Forest 9pm @ The Hive 7-10pm @ U of I Extension Center Don’t be scared! Featuring DJ YNot, put on your scariest Halloween costume and Git on 7th Annual Zumbathon 10am-12pm @ Heartwood Center Down. $15. Doors open at 8 p.m. Zumba instructors from around the area will Live Music w/ John Hastings this fun event; no experience necessary! Cos 5-7pm @ Idaho Pour Authority door, and all proceeds go to the Community C Sandpoint Chess Club 9am @ Evans Brothers Coffee Game Night at the Niner 9pm @ 219 Lounge

Anniversary of the Protestant Reformation (a free event 4pm @ Sandpoint Events Center We will examine how Martin Luther contributed to the won tion we enjoy today. Featuring a Christian recording-artist, Trunk or Treat 5-7pm @ Methodist Church (711 Main Street) Come trick or treat in the parking lot of the Met Monday Night Blues Jam w/ Truck Mills odist Church , 711 Main Street. There will be se 7:30pm @ Eichardt’s Pub eral vehicles with goodies available. Join the fu Trick-or-Trea Classic Karaoke Seniors Day 4-7pm @ Bon 7-10pm @ Ol’ Red’s Pub 9am-12pm @ Bonner Mall First Tuesday at Eichardt’s Pub Lots of treats Karaoke Night at the Niner 7pm @ Eichardt’s Pub Cocoa and cid 10pm @ 219 Lounge A monthly live music event at the pub General Election Candidates Forum Sandpoint Pho 5:30-8pm @ Sandpoint High School auditorium 5pm @ Sandpo The Sandpoint Reader and are co-hosting a can- Learn and share didates forum featuring all of our legislative, county and sheriff’s race Lego Club candidates. This is a free forum open to all who would like to learn more 2pm @ Sandpo about their candidates for public office. If you can’t make it, you may Kids of all ages watch live on or listen live at create with ope


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Red Power Energy 7pm @ Panida Little Theater This docu offers rare insight into the ideological battle shaping modern Indian Country. Members of the Kalispel Tribe of Indians will speak after the film

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2016 General Election We believe strongly in informing the community about candidates running for public office. As part of our commitment to this effort, we have offered a voter’s guide and questionnaire for all of the candidates in legislative and sheriff’s races that affect North Idaho. Each candidate listed below was sent a handful of questions about their campaign. Please read the following section and familiarize yourself with the candidates. And, don’t forget, there will be a Candidate Forum on Wednesday, Nov. 2 at the Sandpoint High School auditorium where you can ask about the issues that affect you most. The forum is sponsored by the Reader and Finally, don’t forget to vote on Tuesday, Nov. 8. A healthy democracy is an active democracy.

Questions for U.S. Congressional races: 1. What issues do think are the most pressing for the country? How can Idaho play a role in addressing these issues?

1992; Senate President Pro-Tem, 1988-1992; U.S. House of Representatives, Idaho’s 2nd District, 1993-1998; and U.S Senator, Idaho, 1999-present. Nonprofit groups, service or professional organizations to which you belong: How voters can contact you:


1. I held a town meeting in every one of Idaho’s 200 incorporated towns to listen and talk about the top concerns of Idahoans. While there were a lot of issues raised in the town meetings, the most common, consistent concern is our nation’s nearly $20 trillion debt, out-of-control spending, explosive government regulations and our unfair, anti-competitive tax code. Idahoans are actively engaged and want solutions. This combination of fiscal issues is my number one priority and the biggest single threat that this nation faces. As one of its members, I voted for the Bowles-Simpson Commission comprehensive fiscal plan to control our national debt and provide stronger job growth in our economy. The proposal would have reduced our projected national debt by $4 trillion over nine years. This plan recommended spending controls and reforms on all parts of our federal budget and included among other provisions: (1) statutory spending caps on the entire discretionary budget; (2) reforms of mandatory (entitlement) spending programs resulting in efficiencies and fiscal savings; (3) reforms making Social Security solvent for 75 years; and (4) reform of our broken tax code by making it flatter, greatly reducing its complexity and its compliance costs, greatly reducing income tax rates and significantly increasing our global competitiveness.

Age: 65 Years of residence in County: Lifetime resident of Bonneville County. Marital status: Married to Susan Crapo Education: Idaho Falls High School, 1969; Brigham Young University, Summa Cum Laude, B.A. in Political Science, 1973; Harvard Law School, Cum Laude, Juris Doctorate, 1977. Recent or pertinent employment or professional qualifications: Idaho State Senate, representing Bonneville County, 1984-

2. It takes know-how, determination and calculated risk to turn ideas into successful start-ups and growing businesses. Thankfully, there is no shortage of these characteristics in Idaho. Small businesses employ more than half of the state’s private workforce and are critical job creators. Unfortunately, businesses of all sizes and industries face considerable challenges to remain profitable and grow jobs. The cost of federal tax and regulatory compliance are among the many obstacles that aerospace and biomedical

2. North Idaho is home to several growing manufacturing businesses, especially in the aerospace and biomedical device industries. What can be done to help these employers expand and grow? 3. What is your plan to improve bipartisan cooperation and relieve gridlock in Congress? 4. Many in the Idaho State Legislature seek to strengthen state government and lessen dependence on federal revenue. That includes efforts like regaining control of federally owned lands. What are your thoughts on the relationship between state and federal government?

u.s. senator race

Sen. Mike Crapo

Sen. Mike Crapo

device businesses must overcome to succeed. To expand and grow manufacturing jobs we need to promote a pro-growth economy by decreasing taxes and regulations that burden our economy. We must simplify our overly-complex and anti-competitive tax code and lower rates. In addition, we must scrap overly-burdensome and costly regulations that cost businesses to wade through seemingly endless paperwork without appreciable benefits. Removing the disincentives of high taxes and costly regulation will better enable businesses to create jobs and help grow our economy. 3. I am committed to building solutions in a way that promotes the conservative principles of limited government, a free market economy, a balanced budget, strong protection of individual rights and a strong national defense. People are tired of gridlock and dysfunction and furious with Congress’ failure to deal with our national debt and the critical issues facing America. We need leaders with courage to tackle these critical problems. My record shows I work to build and achieve consensus-based solutions to these key issues. I have worked to achieve support to break this gridlock on many issues, including: 1) served on the Bowles-Simpson Commission and worked with a “Gang of Six” senators on a framework to tackle the nearly $20 trillion debt and reform our tax code to make it flatter, fairer, and more competitive; 2) resolved land-management issues and enacted the Owhyee Initiative; 3) strengthened and reauthorized the Violence Against Women Act; 4) enacted Trevor’s Law and the Alzheimer’s Accountability Act. Building upon these successes, I am championing wildfire funding reform, promoting advanced nuclear energy, and addressing the needs of farmers and rural communities. 4. We must protect our Constitution and strong states’ rights which it embodies. The 10th Amendment reads: “The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.” Our country was founded on the principle that government must operate for and by the people, and as much as possible, by those most impacted by government. Public lands should be preserved and enhanced, and all Idahoans should be able to use and enjoy reasonable access to them. However, the federal government is not doing a good job in too many cases of managing lands under its ownership,

and many Idahoans can point to specific examples they have personally experienced or witnessed. Laws and processes relating to both state and federal lands too often drives us to conflict and litigation. These should be reformed to allow more participation in and influence over management decisions by those closest to the land. State government, local officials and private stakeholders should be empowered to more meaningfully participate in the decision-making processes pertaining to our public lands. Outcomes from this collaborative, consensus building approach will be better for both the environment and the natural resource-based economies of Idaho. These outcomes can result in administrative and/or legislative action on the public land in question. The Owhyee Initiative is an example of the kind of collaborative approach we should take to achieve win-win solutions for our public lands in Idaho.

Jerry Sturgill Democrat

Age: 63 Years of residence in Idaho: 40 years Marital status: Jerry has been married to his wife, Kris, for 38 years. Education: Jerry has obtained a Jerry Sturgill bachelor’s degree in English and a Juris Doctor from Brigham Young University. Recent or pertinent employment or professional qualifications: Jerry is a successful businessman who has helped turn around failing companies. He is currently a managing director with Headwaters Merchant Bank. Nonprofit groups, service or professional organizations to which you belong: Jerry is a former board member of the Idaho Conservation League, past board member and chairman of the Riverstone International School in Boise, he served as the treasurer for the Basque Museum and Cultural Center, and is involved in Boise State University’s

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<Con’t from previous page> Venture College and College of Business and Economics. How voters can contact you: Operations director Aspen Compton: (208) 602-4381 1. The biggest issue we are facing is the fact that government is not working for the people. Our elected officials have become beholden to special interests and big money. If our politicians started serving the people again, we could solve the other issues we face. We must elect officials who are willing to serve the people and not themselves. 2. I would ensure these companies, who contribute so much to our economy, have access to all federal funding and grant opportunities. Most importantly, I would sit down on a regular basis with these employers and their employees to make sure their needs are being understood and met. 3. Like most Americans, I am sick of the gridlock in Washington. I will fight politics as usual by representing all Idahoans in the Senate, regardless of party affiliation. It’s not about Democrats versus Republicans, it’s about people. 4. I support open access to our public lands. Hunting, fishing, and recreating is a way of life for Idahoans. By transferring ownership of our vast public lands to the state, we burden the state with the high cost of management. Ultimately, we risk our beloved lands being sold off to special interests, where they will be fenced off to public access. We cannot allow this to happen. In the Senate, I will fight to protect our public lands for all Idahoans.

Ray J. Writz Constitution

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u.s. representive race – district 1 Rep. Raul R. Labrador Republican

Nonprofit groups, service or professional organizations to which you belong: Member of the LDS Church How voters can contact you: contact@, 2089382500, PO Box 1616, Boise, ID 83701 1. The biggest threat to our national security and economic prosperity as a nation is our debt. We can no longer pretend that a $19 trillion debt doesn’t matter. Reigning in out-of-control spending has been my top priority since I was first elected in 2010 and it will continue to remain the most important problem in Congress that I’m trying to solve. I believe Idaho can play a role by demonstrating how conservative, pragmatic and responsible budgeting can lead to economic prosperity. Idaho can also play a role by continuing to send people to Washington, D.C., who are willing to make the tough choices needed to get our country back on track and reduce our national debt. 2. The best thing we can do to help these industries grow is to get out of their way. Idaho is blessed with some of the hardest-working, most talented people in the country. I believe our people are our greatest resource. When the government tries to prop up an industry they always find a way to mess it up. That’s why one of my philosophies for economic growth is get the government out of the way. 3. Gridlock isn’t new. Legislation was never intended to be easy to pass which is why our Founding Fathers created a system of checks and balances. I have always been willing to work with people on both sides of the aisle if the end result is good legislation. Unfortunately, too many people view “bipartisanship” as just passing anything, even if it’s bad policy. We don’t have to accept bad legislation that adds to our debt and expands government. 4. The relationship between the state and federal government is not healthy. We are too reliant on the federal government. I have always believed the people closest to the ground know best. Idaho should be given an opportunity to prove whether or not we can manage the lands more effectively than the federal government. This is one of the reasons I introduced the Self-Sufficient Community Lands Act, to allow Idaho to assume management responsibilities over a small portion of our federal lands to demonstrate that the state can do a better job. The bill is very narrow and does not transfer ownership, only management of the lands. Like many Idahoans, I believe that we can do a better job managing our lands than a bureaucrat in Washington, D.C., and my bill will allows us to show that.

Age: 48 Years of residence in county: Lived in Ada County for 20 James Piotrowski years Democrat Marital status: Married 25 years to Rebecca LabDid not respond to questionnaire in time for rador publication. Education: BYU, B.A. University of Washington, J.D. Rep. Raul Labrador Recent or pertinent employment or professional qualifications: Small business owner for over 10 years before being elected to the Idaho Legislature 18 /


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

state senator race district 1

Sen. Shawn Keough Republican

am the executive director of the Associated Logging Contractors, which is a nonprofit organization providing access to workman’s comp and other business lines of insurance as well as logging and wood products hauling safe operations consulting. Nonprofit groups, service or professional organizations to which you currently belong: North Idaho Federation of Republican Women, Idaho Women in Timber, Bonner Sportsmen, NAMI Far North, National Association of Association Executives and many others. How voters can contact you: 208-263-1839,, PO Box 101, Sandpoint, Idaho 83864 1. If I am honored to be re-elected I will continue to co-chair the budget committee where I will have influence on how our hardearned tax dollars are spent. My priorities include increasing funding from the state for our K-12 public school system as every dollar that is sent from Boise is a dollar the local district doesn’t have to ask for from the local property tax payers. I also plan to continue to advocate for our share of transportation dollars for our roads. As the senior member of the Senate Transportation Committee I will be well positioned for this work. There are other issues I’d like to work on as well in the areas of professional technical education at the high school and community college level and economic development issues that help with water, sewer, high-speed internet and power infrastructure challenges which when solved will help businesses add jobs here at home. 2. As the incumbent, I’m proud of having a common-sense approach to the issues that come before us each year. I’m also proud of the constituent case work that I’ve done for hundreds of our neighbors in our communities. And I’m proud of having secured funding for major road projects that were long overdue for construction and for advocating for more dollars for education at both K-12 and higher ed levels while balancing our state budget. 3. I will continue to support and vote for policies at the state level that help local businesses grow here. One of those is the Tax Reimbursement Incentive (TRI) that allows Idaho businesses a tax credit of up to 30 percent on income, payroll and sales taxes for up to 15 years if they meet job creation and salaries and benefits benchmarks. The TRI has helped local companies to stay and to grow jobs here in our community. I will work to amend it to provide more rural-oriented benchmarks which will make it even more useful for our local businesses, including manufacturing and technology companies. I will also continue our expansion of technical and workforce training slots at our high schools and community colleges which will help train people for the growing jobs in these sectors.

Age: 56 Years of residence in Bonner County: 37 Marital status: Married to Mike, two college-graduated sons, a wonderful daughter-in-law and precious grandchild with one on the way! Sen. Shawn Keough Education: High 4. Because Idaho’s population is just School graduate, three years college at North over 1 million people our voice or represenIdaho College and Lewis Clark State College. tation in the U.S. House is small with only Did not finish—yet—as a career and raising two representatives. We fair better in the U.S. a family interrupted achievement of a college Senate with each state having two senators degree. regardless of population. Our relationship with Recent or pertinent employment or profesour federal government is alternately frustrating sional qualifications: I’ve been in business and rewarding. One area I find it frustrating management for over 30 years. Currently I is on the issue of management of our federal

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<Con’t from previous page> public lands which cover a majority of the acres within the state. There is so much work that needs to be done in our public forests to minimize the risks of catastrophic wildfire to the land and to our communities within and surrounded by the forests. Doing this work would help the land plus would provide more jobs in our forest products businesses of our area. The issue of public land management is in gridlock in D.C. between conflicting laws and with a majority of the members of Congress living east of the Mississippi. On the flip side, Idaho benefits from our federal government in the area of funding for roads where we receive more than one dollar back for every dollar we send to D.C. We also benefit from the money the federal government sends for those on Medicaid, Medicare, and Social Security. Idaho taxpayers could not afford to fund these programs for their fellow Idahoans without the money from the federal government. My approach is to work to maintain a professional and continual communication with our federal senators and representatives and their D.C. and Idaho based staff so that we can all work together towards positive solutions for the issues facing our fellow citizens. 5. As mentioned above, I will continue to work to send more money from the state general fund to the local school district in an effort to minimize the need of local districts to ask the local property tax payers for supplemental levies for the basics needed to run the district. 6. I have always tried to work for all citizens regardless of their political leanings or mine, and I will continue to do so should I be honored by the voters and be re-elected.

Steve A. Tanner Democrat

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Kate McAlister Democrat

Recent or pertinent employment or professional qualifications: President/CEO of Greater Sandpoint Chamber of Commerce – six years, four months. Community Investment Program Manager – Itron, Inc, Liberty Lake, WA – 14 years Nonprofit groups, service or professional organizations to which you belong: Angels Over Sandpoint – Since 2002, SURA (Sandpoint Urban Renewal Agency) Commissioner since 2013; City of Sandpoint Human Relations Commission – since 2012; Panida Board of Directors 2011-2014; Forrest Bird Charter School Board of Directors – Vice Chair, Since 2014; International Selkirk Loop– Chairman of the Board –since 2011; Bonner General Health Advisory Committee – Since 2015; Sandpoint Airport Planning Board, Advisory Committee – Since 2013; Sandpoint City Streets Steering Committee; Bonner and Boundary County Economic Summit Steering Committee How voters can contact you: Website—www. email— Facebook—Kate for Idaho 1. Priorities: 1. Listen to all constituents to gain a better understanding what is needed to keep North Idaho moving forward. I’m sure the issues I will be working on will, at times, be very complex. A priority for me will be to encourage my constituents to get connected and learn along with me as to how easy it is to participate in Idaho government and how we all play a part. Understanding is the first step to making good decisions and creating good government. 2. Stay connected to North Idaho voters via social media, emails and phone calls. Have small group meetings in the District to make sure we are on track for what is important. Goals: 1. Work to increase education funding for education across the state and promote industry recognized credential programs. 2. Work to support commerce and industry. 3. Work to keep public lands in public hands. 4. Work to get funding for transportation projects – highways and byways. 5. Support the work of the Close the Gap Idaho to bring a unique Idaho solution to the closing the insurance gap. You can find out more by going to www. 2. Her voting record clearly shows she has not reached out to a broad spectrum of North Idaho voters for input. She touts she was voted the number one Republican Legislator for two years. However, this distinction was given to her only by the Idaho Freedom Foundation, her strongest supporter. In order to receive a high rating she had to vote no on practically everything that is important to North Idaho. I would show up, listen and take into consideration all points of view and make a decision based on what is best for the majority. Life is not black and white, and we don’t always win, but I plan to show up and collaborate with my peers and bring a strong voice for North Idaho.

Age: 57 Years of residence in Bonner County: 23 Marital Status/ family: Married, four grown children, eight grandchildren Education: Attended ISU, Whitworth University, completed Corporate 3. By 2020 Idaho will be 45,000 Social Responworkers short to fill open jobs. sibility CertifiAlthough we continue to have people Kate McAlister cation program move here, the majority who do are through Boston College Center for Corporate 65 and over. This demographic indeed adds Citizenship, Carrol School of Business to our economy by purchasing goods and

services and being active in our communities, but most are not going to re-enter the workforce. We still need people to fill the open jobs we have and we don’t have the population to do so. As a legislature we need to work on making sure we have industry recognized credential programs in order for our industries to fill their open positions. Even our sawmills rely on technology to keep their businesses moving forward. 4. I believe in the U.S. Constitution, the Bill of Rights and our Idaho Constitution which states: ‘The state of Idaho is an inseparable part of the American Union, and the Constitution of the United States is the supreme law of the land.’ Working with the federal government is imperative to how we govern. Two items we benefit from are: 1. Gas Tax: Transportation does not use any general fund (state income and sales taxes) revenues, but is funded from federal gas tax, which Idaho receives 107 percent of what Idaho drivers pay in transportation funds and from state gas tax and registration fees. In turn these funds are used for desperately needed transportation funds. 2. Idaho is participating in a new federal program to keep our public lands healthy and sustainable. This program is called the Good Neighbor Authority. The Good Neighbor Authority allows the Forest Service to enter into cooperative agreements or contracts with states to allow the Idaho Department of Lands to perform watershed restoration and forest management services on National Forest System (NFS) lands. It is a program that is about improving forest health, reducing the occurrence and severity of wildfires and creating more economic opportunity. The goal is to increase forest and watershed restoration in federal forests, which in turn helps improve forest health, reduce fuels and wildfire threats to communities and watersheds and create more jobs and other economic benefits Both of these examples show we can and need to work with the Federal Government and good things can happen when we work together. 5. The Idaho constitution states: “Section 1. LEGISLATURE TO ESTABLISH SYSTEM OF FREE SCHOOLS. The stability of a republican form of government depending mainly upon the intelligence of the people, it shall be the duty of the legislature of Idaho, to establish and maintain a general, uniform and thorough system of public, free common schools.” Currently we do not uniformly maintain a thorough system of public, free common schools, and the responsibility has fallen on local communities to come up with the funding to move our schools forward. The only way to do this is with levies and bonds, and the community has to pay. One way to provide more funding to education is to look to the “rainy day” funds. Increasing educational funding will help decrease our taxes we pay towards the passed levies and bonds. The state has run budget surpluses the last couple of years since our

economy has been coming back from the recession. The state income derived from income tax and sales tax is projected every year based on the health of the economy. As the state continues to come out of the economy and revenues increase, the state has replenished “rainy day” accounts that were used when the recession started to buffer cuts to education and other state programs. As these accounts are filled up there will be more revenue available without taking away from other state programs that would allow a greater focus on education and working to fill the current open industry positions by creating/funding industry recognized credential programs. I would work toward putting these funds into our educational budget and work to bring us up to 2017 funding. Being 49th in the nation for education funding is unacceptable. How do we expect our children to compete in the modern world? We owe it to the future generations to come up with a plan to fund education in Idaho that works for Idaho and the new economy we are working toward. 6. I listen, I show up, I’m fair, I’m collaborative, and I believe everyone has a part to play in being part of the North Idaho community. It’s about all of us working together to help all Idahoans. I will represent all North Idahoans, even those who disagree with me. We all deserve representation. My life experiences, professional expertise, skills, political philosophy and understanding of the issues uniquely qualify me to represent our North Idaho community. I have a successful career in business management that I know I can leverage to create rational solutions to the problems faced by Idaho and District 1. Experience in bringing people together to create innovative solutions to complex problems. I have a passion for North Idaho, and I am running a campaign of hope and progress for all of us. I’ve learned from a lifetime of work, volunteer and employment, life is about taking in information from all sides, processing it and making the best decision for everyone. I’m also not afraid to ask for help or advice when needed.

Rep. Heather Scott Republican

Age: 46 Years of residence in home county: 18 Marital status: Married Education: B.S. Biological Science Recent or pertinent employment or professional qualifications: Aquatic Biologist Nonprofit groups, service or professional organizations to which you currently belong: Board of Directors local Thrift Store How voters can contact you: Telephone 1. My plan for the next session is diverse and includes increasing public awareness and participation in state government and the Rules and Regulations process; protecting

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<Con’t from previous page> and strengthening Second Amendment-related issues; working on cyber security issues; promoting growth in the agriculture and timber industries, and increasing veteran protection and assistance. I have been working with other liberty-minded legislators on many bills we will propose. I will also remain constantly vigilant for ways to minimize excessive government growth, expose corruption, crony capitalism, special perks and loopholes.

resources will vastly increase the dollars available for all types of education and end the continuous levy requests that are growing increasingly unpopular and divisive in communities every year. If Idaho truly wants to be a leader in education, we need to break our bondage to the federal education system and empower our teachers to teach through creativity and experience, not from a federally dictated curriculum and burdensome testing.

2. I don’t use pride as a way to measure accomplishments because it is an all-too-common trait in today’s career politicians. What I have found most satisfying in my first term is empowering citizens through educating them on wielding their power in our republican form of government and showing them through action that I am not afraid to work for the people. Permitless carry in Idaho is also a great success.

6. There is only one true way to represent all the constituents in the district and that is to uphold the oath each legislator takes to protect the Idaho Constitution. Any legislation passed needs to affect all citizens or businesses equally, not carve out special perks and niches for one group over another. The job of a legislator is to pass an annual budget for the state and review, pass or reject legislation that abides by the Constitution while representing citizens’ interests. Political divides are generally the result of biased media misinforming citizens in order to keep them focusing on details rather than results.

3. My plans to help Bonner County’s economy, local industries and families include: • Continue to work to reduce unnecessary, redundant or burdensome taxes and regulations through legislative actions and rules review of current and proposed administrative rules that impact our economy. • Work on a cottage industry law in Idaho (similar to Washington) to allow increased business opportunities for families and smallscale entrepreneurs to start up home businesses with fewer governmental burdens. Potential areas of interest include specialty hops for the brewing industry, local fruit/vegetable farming and small-scale home canning/baking. • Continue to work to get federal lands into state ownership to greatly increase Idaho’s and Bonner County’s ability to direct the proper management of local natural resources and insure that District 1 residents benefit from the available renewable resources. • Remain heavily involved in the pending water adjudication actions slated to occur over the next few years to insure District 1’s greatest natural resource, water, is preserved first for those who call Bonner County and District 1 home. 4. My approach is continual vigilance on every action the federal government takes and push back whenever God-given freedoms, liberties or rights are infringed upon. Idaho is a sovereign state, and we need to constantly act like we understand what that means and how it dictates our relationship with the federal government. We need to stop letting the federal government tell us what to do and start telling them what they can and can’t do within our boundaries and using federal dollars to control us. We need local and state government at all levels to begin to operate with the mindset that protecting our state sovereignty is of utmost importance. To continue to act like the federal government has the best interest of Idaho citizens in mind is foolish at best and dangerous if left unchecked. The state’s role with the federal government should be more like a parent’s rather than a child. 5. It is the state’s job to fund the schools. First and foremost, we should give true local education authority to parents, teachers and school boards and stop the outside influence of federal programs that use funding to dictate agendas. If Idaho can muster the courage to get our federal lands into state ownership, revenues from the sale of the managed natural 20 /


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state representative district 1 position b Rep. Sage F. Dixon Republican

separate sub-committees, as well as being the only legislator from the northern part of the state to be appointed to the Public School Funding Formula Interim Committee. I am thankful to have the respect of a majority of my constituents, coupled with the respect of my legislative colleagues. 3. I already am involved in conversations within the capitol, specifically in both the House and Senate Education committees, as well as with industry partners, as to how we can best mitigate this need. Continuing to explore opportunities in Career Technical Education, STEM education, and internships are obvious solutions. Encouraging industry to invest in the employees they are seeking is another promising idea. I will continue to discuss solutions with all interested parties in District 1 as long as I am able. 4. The role of the federal government in the states is explicitly limited in the Constitution. Through lackadaisical state government, a tepid Federal Congress and the lure of funding, the federal government has been allowed to dramatically overstep the bounds of its authority. I believe the states need to begin to refuse federal funding, which always comes with the requirement of federal policy. This should be done logically, deliberately, and carefully so as to cause as little stress as possible to the existing structure. We suffer when policy is set by accepting federal funds, and not by our elected legislators. National education curricula, tax policy, and international treaties have all been forced upon Idaho through the threat of removing funding. I suppose our federal road dollars could be seen as a boon, but, with the troubling state of our federal economy, I would prefer Idaho be responsible for ourselves, and not at the mercy of Washington, D.C.

Age: 46 Years of residence in home county: 14 Marital status/family: Married 5. Providing more options for students and Education: Finance major. parents will improve education. Our methods Recent or pertinent employment or proof delivering education are changing, as well fessional as what the specific goals and needs of each qualifications: student are. A different funding formula is Business necessary, and is presently being worked on. owner, current The end result will must take into considerIdaho State ation the needs of school districts and ensure Representative that rural districts are not left at a disadvanNonproftage. I am happy to go more in depth—if it groups, someone wants to, just call me. service or Levies are a way for all property owners professional to have a say in how their taxes are spent. organizations They allow an area to support their public to which you schools at a level they are comfortable with. belong: No organized 6. I have proven myself to be available to membership, all constituents in District 1. I am willing to but I personlisten to anyone who wants to speak with me, ally donate my Rep. Sage Dixon. and will only decline once the conversation time to various becomes uncivil, which has happened rarely. local and state charitable entities. I am confident that anyone who has taken the How can voters contact you: Sage@sagedixtime to speak with me, has left knowing that I 208.610.4800 listen to their concerns. 1. My main priority will continue to be restraining the size and scope of government. More pointedly, I will introduce legislation to strengthen personal privacy, and also to reform the legislative process in the capitol. 2. As the incumbent, I am proud of the bills I have sponsored and shepherded through the Legislature that have strengthened our businesses and communities. I am also proud of being selected to be the chairman of three

Stephen F. Howlett Democrat

Age: 65 Years of residence in Boundary county:

Resides in Bonners Ferry since 1978 Marital status/family: Married Education: High School graduate Recent or pertinent employment or professional qualifications: Self-employed building and remodeling contractor Stephen Howlett Nonprofit groups, service or professional organizations to which you belong: Boundary County Historical Society, GROW Community Garden How can voters contact you: 208-5976433 1. What I can get done is hard to assess, not ever having been a sitting representative. Having said that, I will work to increase the school funding deficiency. Infrastructure problems with public buildings, bridges and highways. One of the first issues I will put energy into is to receive the health insurance funds waiting to help 78,000 uninsured working Idahoans and their families. Our veterans and senior citizens deserve to have more of their issues given top consideration after all they have already given to us with their service and tax dollars. Mental health issues need to be addressed also. 2. Bill S1342: authorizes Bibles in schools as education references. Sage Dixon co-sponsored the bill and voted yea. I do not support S1342. He sponsored an unconstitutional law which does not separate church and State issues. Bill H463: prohibiting local government from increasing the minimum wages. Sage Dixon voted Yea. I do not support H463. Local wage-setting takes into consideration local costs of living expenses. Bill H372: prohibits local limitation on use of plastic bags. Sage Dixon voted Yea. I support local limitations on the use of plastic bags. Public land use: My opponent wants to allow local jurisdiction of public land. But he does not think local governments are smart enough to make decisions on minimum wages or how plastic bags can be used. Clearly he is confused as to the abilities of local government. My opponent voted against accepting funding for health insurance to cover 78,000 underinsured Idahoans. I support receiving funds that are there to use for the insurance program. On H312 Sage Dixon voted nay for highway infrastructure repair and highway safety projects to areas of having high crash, injuries and fatalities occurrences. I would have supported the funding. 3. I plan on supporting economic advancements in Bonner and Boundary counties. Manufacturing, technology, agriculture, indus-

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<Con’t from previous page> trial and mining. The incentives used to attract new enterprises should be also be available to established businesses. It would give local business an even advantage that new startup businesses get—a reward for their efforts and struggles in making a go of their business. 4. I have yet to hear any reasonable explanations as to why this division exists. We need trust in our government. My response will be to assess the needs of Idahoans. Federal taxes are being collected and should be returned to the state to fund mandated issues. 5. Due to economic downturn conditions we incurred from 2000 to 2008, the Legislature streamlined budgets. We need to repair our school budgets. The Legislature is doing less than average to catch up with the education department budget. The state has become reliant on property taxpayers to take up the short fall; with citizens funding local school bond levies for maintenance, employees and bussing. The endowment fund is supposed to pay for schools, but legislative rules have added extra demands on the endowment fund. They added the rainy day fund, the legislative defense fund, the prison and correction fund to draw on the same revenues that are supposed to be dedicated for schools. We have to move the competing funds from the endowment fund to reduce the need for such school bond levies. 6. I will represent voters regardless of party affiliation: Democrat or Republican. The main stream voters have been able to come to a consensus to solve common issues. Party politicians that are unwilling to move even a little off their positions have gotten us to such an impasse in government success rates. We are deadlocked in decision-making. You would think that with the House controlled by one party for so long, this would not be the case. Mainstream voters are tired of the lack of progress and party in-fighting. I am a mainstream voters’ candidate. I really don’t care about who gets the credit for making progress on issues. I want a fair compromise to resolve the problems. Government is of the many not of the few. I am part of the many.

state senate race district 7

Ken Meyers Democrat

Age: 73 Years of residence in Bonner County: 11 Marital status: Married. Four children and seven grandchildren. Education: B.S. Oregon State University, Ph.D College of Veterinary Medicine, Washington State University. Recent or pertinent employment or professional

qualifications: Washington State University, 35 years in the College of Veterinary Medicine - Professor and Associate Dean for Academic Affairs. Nonprofit groups, service or professional organizations to which you currently belong: Retired member of the American Physiology Society, the American Society of Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics. The International Society for Thrombosis and Hemostasis, and Member and Challis Bearer St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Sandpoint. Democratic Gamlin Lake Captain for Gamlin Lake and I am Chairman of the Bonner County Democrats. How voters can contact you: 255-7251, PO Box 2324, Sandpoint, ID 838643, or view 1. During the 2016 legislative session there were 600 pieces of legislation. An effective legislator needs to sift wheat from chaff. My highest priorities to move Idaho forward are education and the economy – details are given below. In addition, Idaho needs to develop a federal, state, and private ownership consortium to effectively manage Idaho public lands so that our federal and state lands provide recreational and economic opportunities while this legacy this protected for future generations. 2. Neither my Republican opponent nor I have served in the Legislature. We are both newbies so I can’t comment on his record, but I can comment on the record of his party. In 2008 Idaho was devastated by the Great Recession. Our recovery has been lead by a Republican legislature and governor. That has not worked well for all of Idaho. Idaho trails our neighboring states in almost every measure. District 7 is the poorest in the state with some of the highest unemployment rates. Our families drive on poorly maintained roads and bridges. Many of our District 7 schools are on four-day school weeks. Most of our kids are not prepared to go on after graduating from high school. The list goes on, and we have not gotten to global warming issues. By sending my opponent to Boise, either these problem will not be addressed, or you will get the same old approaches. 3. I believe that the role of government is to create and support an environment that allows all people the opportunity to succeed. State legislators can pass legislation that immediately impacts the economy. One solution is to close the Medicaid gap so that working poor can have health insurance, this alone would save counties hundreds of thousands of dollars. These are funds that could used to develop and maintain an infrastructure that supports a thriving economic environment. High-speed internet access and adequate transportation routes for goods and services are examples. Another short-term solution is to progressively raise the minimum wage. This money stays within the community, and the community does better. We are in the 21st century and we are going to have to develop to a 21st century economy. Our region had an economy based on mining

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and logging. When that faded a tourist-based economy was added. Now, in the 21st century, a technological economy must be developed if North Idaho is to prosper. To have more jobs you must have more employers. The employers can be homegrown or move to the area. Once here efforts must be made to retain them. I believe that the key to a better Idaho is proper educating and training our workforce for a technologically based economy. Business will not prosper unless they have employees that are or can be properly trained. This requires Idaho to become serous about supporting K-12 education and providing affordable post high school education and training. 4. About two-thirds of Idaho is federal land, and in some District 7 counties it is close to 80 percent. If you want Idaho to be better you must interact and work with the federal government. There are issues with rules, regulations and restraints on the federal government. These are not resolved by leaving the discussion and walking away, saying that government is bad. Get the stakeholders together. Work for a common good. Listen with respect. Build support and consensus. Then close the deal. 5. About two-thirds of a school district’s budget is provided by the state. The rest almost entirely depends upon local support via levies. Failing to pass a support levy can be an educational disaster. Increasing state support would alleviate some of the fiscal uncertainty local districts have. Re-evaluating the formula the state uses to distribute fund to the districts could help equalize funding between districts. Improving Idaho education requires developing an educational system that begins in pre-K, moves through K-12 and finishes with affordable post high school training and education. It needs to address the challenges of rural and urban schools, the economic differences in school districts, evaluating student learning and progression, and older and place bound students. 6. If you are the elected representative you are the representative of all voters. You have an obligation to listen to them and listen with respect. I would start with an issue where there could be common ground and work with all stakeholders to reach a common agreement. There will be issues where a consensus cannot be achieved and not all people will be happy, but they will all be heard, and the reasons for the decision will be presented. Decisions will be based on evidence. I was an educator and scientist before moving to Sagle. I will base my decisions on the available facts and data, not ideology.

Carl Crabtree Republican

Age: 63 Years of residence in home county: 63 Marital status/family: Married 42 years, three grown children Education: B.S Agriculture Recent or pertinent employment or professional qualifications:

Self-employed, rancher, Agricultural Extension agent, 4-H Program manager, weed supervisor Nonprofit groups, service or professional organizations to which you belong: president, Idaho Cattle Assn.; chairman, Idaho Beef Council; chaired two national committees on National Cattlemans Beef Board, President Idaho Weed Control Assn. How can voters contact you: 208-983-2176, email www. 1. First, I need to know the players and the process in the senate. I must develop relationships with other legislators, so I can be involved in the actual process. I am a person who will not be a sideline player, but I realize that it is an unwritten requirement to “pay your dues,” or I will be relegated to the sidelines. Another goal is to listen to my constituents. This job is not about me or my opinions, it is about the people I serve and their opinions and priorities. At this infant stage of my political work, I believe I have two ears and one mouth for a reason. 2. My opponent has not served. 3. District 7 has the highest unemployment rate in the state, around 7 percent. That is better that it has been, but still unacceptable. I am enthused about some of the economic development associations I have met with in the district. They are comprised of local people with a small amount of government money and a large component of local money and sweat equity. I will support these community based efforts, Additionally, I am hearing more about the need for high school students to come out of school ready for either trade school or a job. I will be interested in seeing some of the secondary education money pointed toward this end. 4. I believe we have learned to depend on the federal government too much. The primary answer to being released from their hold is quit taking their money. However, we are so financially dependent that I do not sense the electoral appetite to either go without the services or to pay for them ourselves. But we must begin a weaning process or accept the federal benefits/control. 5. I am very interested in improving education. However, improvement doesn’t always mean throwing more money. It can mean defining whether we are achieving our goals of educating our kids. Unfortunately, we don’t maintain our evaluation standards long enough to know if we are providing students that can compete with other students from other states. That said, I sense there is significant support for increasing education allocations. I will fight for a consistent measurable outcome component if funding is increased. 6. District 7 has a political and a geographical

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<Con’t from previous page> divide. The district is almost 300 miles long, with half of the population in the southern end. That creates a logistical problem to effectively communicate with all constituents. To address this and the political divides of the district, I plan on being an accessible senator who will listen. I will respond to phone calls and emails. I really want to be connected to the people; their opinions and their problems.

state representative district 7 position a Priscilla Giddings Republican

regulations. 4. Idaho receives more than a third of its operating expenses from the federal government, making it impossible to not cooperate with the federal government. It is the people who have to decide if they are willing to turn over the local decision-making process to the federal government. This election will provide the people that opportunity to voice their opinion. I have heard from people in our district that smaller government with less interference on all of the issues is best for rural Idaho. 5. I would support using the 2016 revenue surplus to fully fund our education programs. Additionally, I support the state paying for the legal expenses associated with the ENA lawsuit. Forcing school districts to individually foot the bill would cripple rural schools. Idaho is one of the few states that funds education primarily from tax payers; an unsustainable practice for a sparsely populated state. A long-term solution to helping our schools fiscally is to build new revenue sources by allowing Idaho’s natural resources to generate revenue.

Age: 33 Years of residence in Idaho County: Graduated from Riggins 6. I think everyone can agree that we High School in need elected officials who are people of 2001 high moral character, who are willing to Marital communicate even during difficult situastatus/family: tions and are willing to take a leadership Single, four role as the trajectory of our state and siblings, 14 nation faces unique challenges. Effective nieces/nephleaders respect the strongly held beliefs ews and one of diverse populations. I hope to earn great-niece your respect and support. Education: Priscilla Giddings. B.S. Biology, Jessica Chilcott US Air Force Academy; M.S. Physiology, California University of Pennsylvania Democrat Recent or pertinent employment or professional qualifications: Corporate Pilot, Major Age: 37 in Air Force Reserves Years of Nonprofit groups, service or professional residence in organizations to which you belong: NRA, Sandpoint/ Angel Flight West, Idaho President of Air Bonner Force Academy AOG, World Powerlifting County: I Congress judge have lived How can voters contact you: Priscillafordin Bonner County for 8 years. Marital 1. A. Education support for rural schools status/famB. Criminal justice improvements ily: C. Constituent support in navigating the Edbureaucracy.
My main goal is to be a strong ucation: voice for our rural values in District 7. People Masters in Boise and all over the state need to fully Jessica Chilcott Social Work understand the issues affecting our area. I will – Boise State University, Bachelors Social ensure we are respected and represented on Work – Lewis Clark State College, Bachelors the key issues affecting our diverse commuof Science, Psychology, University of Idaho nities. Recent or pertinent employment or professional qualifications: 2. I want to work to rebuild trust between Nonprofit groups, service or professionthe people and elected legislators. I think al organizations to which you belong: I am effectively communicating the issues so rural a social worker. I have spent eight years in communities understand the challenges and Sandpoint working primarily as a case manknow how to get involved is very important. ager. Currently, I am working as a therapist. I also want to focus on building relationships I currently sit on the board of directors for with other community leaders in order to NAMI Far North and Bonner County Human work together to stop state and federal regulaRights Task Force, as well as the Northwest tory burdens. Coalition for Human Rights. I am a current member of the National Association of Social 3. The best way to promote industry is Workers as well as the American Association to minimize regulations. I strongly advocate of University Women. I am also a volunteer reducing regulations and auditing existing with the Medical Reserve Corps. 22 /


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How can voters contact you: I am available by cell (208) 304-2906, I also have a Facebook page: ChilcottforIdaho/ I also have a website that is still largely under construction: 1. My priorities for the 2017 session are to find workable solutions to education funding to fulfill the “uniform and thorough” education system requirements in the Idaho Constitution. We need to develop a solution to the Health Insurance Gap. I believe that we also need to make finding sustainable solutions to meet our infrastructure needs.

state representative district 7 position b Paul E. Shepherd Republican

Running in uncontested race - Did not respond to questionnaire in time for publication.

2. The LD 7 Seat A race is all about challengers. The incumbent lost her seat in the primary. 3. We need to make investment in education and infrastructure. Idaho has serious needs in workforce development, and we need to support programs that will help youth and adult learners prepare for the industries that are developing and that we desire in the area. We also need to develop a long-term sustainable plan for the repair and maintenance of our infrastructure. We can be making the coolest widgets in the world, but if we cannot get them to market and to end users it is moot. 4. I think that one of the clearest ways that we can point to the benefit we receive from the federal government is in firefighting activities. Idaho could not possibly shoulder the expense of fighting forest fires on our own. There is always going to be a push-pull between the various levels of government. There are times that the county governments are in conflict with the state government. The responsibility of our elected officials is to support and encourage positive cooperative relationships with the federal government. Legislators have a responsibility to advocate for Idaho to ensure that Idaho’s needs are met and that our opinions are respected. 5. Idaho needs to develop a funding formula that is sustainable. Our schools need to have security in their budget. We need to look at current revenues and tax loopholes and determine where the funding for our schools will come from. We should revisit the internet sales tax. We also, as constituents, need to put pressure on our Congressional delegation to support the SRS (Secure Rural Schools) and PILT (Payment in Lieu of Taxes) funding. 6. You make yourself available to listen and actually hear what the constituents are saying. Legislators have a responsibility to remember, at all times, that they represent all of the people in the district and not just those who voted for them. This means being willing to hear opposing voices. It also means being willing and able to change your mind based on new information. It also means being aware of personal bias and ensuring that ideology is not getting in the way of good government.

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Questions for Bonner County Sheriff Race: 1. The tensions between law enforcement and the general public are higher than they’ve been in decades. While Bonner County has had fewer problems than many regions on this issue, what would you do to maintain strong community relationships? 2. Given that Idaho borders several states that have lenient marijuana laws, what priority to you place on drug enforcement, and how would you work with other state agencies in this arena? 3. What are the greatest threats to law and order in Bonner County today? 4. What style of leadership would you bring to the office, and why do you think you’re better equipped for the responsibility than your opponent?

bonner county sheriff race

Sheriff Daryl Wheeler Republican

Age: 58 Years of residence in Bonner County: 18 years Marital Status/family: Married 36 years, four children, four grandchildren Education: Sheriff Daryl Wheeler See Recent or pertinent employment or professional qualifications: Sheriff of Bonner County for last 8 years Nonprofit groups, service or professional organizations to which you belong: Region 1 Behavioral Health Board, Executive Board of the Idaho Sheriff’s Association, NIC Law Enforcement Advisory Committee member and Gun Owners of America How voters can contact you: 208-263-8417 ext. 3049. 1. My community ties are very strong. I have established a network of communication resources which are available to the general public so they can get information in a prompt and reliable manner: Nixle, Offender Watch, CrimeReports, the Vine Program and Facebook at . I interact with a wide variety of community groups on a regular basis and have made numerous positive contacts. See 2. Drug enforcement has been a consistent priority in my administration. I have to live

within the budget provided by the Commissioners. I have requested a crime analysis detective in order to direct our resources in the most responsible way. I have partnered with the sheriffs on our borders, various task forces, plus local groups like 7B Drug Free. I initiated cross deputation of the sheriff’s offices in both Sanders County Montana and Pend Oreille County Washington. My strong stand against marijuana legalization remains unchanged. 3. One of the threats to law and order is media misrepresentation of events before all the facts have been determined. This creates anger, resentment, prejudice and distrust among the people of Bonner County.

of business owners and customers alike. I will develop a school resource officer program in cooperation with the school districts, which will build mutual trust, respect, and understanding between the officers and the youth in our community. I will also encourage my officers to participate in youth sports programs throughout our county. In addition, I will start a Citizen’s Academy in collaboration with neighboring law enforcement agencies. Graduates will be a great asset to the Sheriff’s Office and the community as a whole and will feel the gratification that comes with service.

2. Marijuana is illegal in the state of Idaho, and by law even simple possession is a criminal offense. My personal opinion is that if a person is stopped with personal use amounts of marijuana in our county, they 4. I bring 30 years of law enforcement should be issued a citation and their marijuaexperience to a job that I have successfully na confiscated, (assuming they are not drivadministered for nearly 8 years. Because of ing and under the influence of marijuana). my leadership skills and management style, If large quantities of marijuana are found, I was elected President of the Idaho Sheriff’s the offenders should and will be dealt with Association in my first term. Also, because according to the laws as written. I listen to my employees and represent them Drug-impaired drivers traveling on our in a positive manner, I was unanimously roadways are a great concern to endorsed by the Bonme. Many citizens are unaware ner County Sheriff’s of the magnitude of this problem. Guild. Examples of my As officers, when we must go to leadership can be found someone’s home in the middle of on www.wheeler4sheriff. the night to inform residents that com. their loved one has been killed in a drug-related car crash, the probTerry Ford lem becomes very real. Impaired Independent drivers, regardless of whether they are under the influence of alcohol, write-in illicit drugs including marijuana or prescription drugs, are unable Age: 63 to safely operate a motor vehicle. Years of residence in They are a huge threat to the moTerry Ford Bonner County: 30 toring public. It is more difficult for officers Marital Status/family Married, one daughto detect impairment caused by drugs than ter, one granddaughter by alcohol. Through no fault of their own, two step-daughters. many of the deputies have not been properEducation: College of Southern Idaho ly trained in the recognition of impairment Recent or pertinent employment or procaused by drugs. I will set up a training fessional qualifications: 25 Years as an ISP program in collaboration with other agencies trooper in Bonner County Idaho to teach our officers the drug recognition Nonprofit groups, service or professional skills needed to make good decisions and organizations to which you belong: Injecvalid arrests. tors Car Club More than the concern for marijuana How voters can contact you: www.fordforcoming into our county is the influx of hard or call 208-255-8460. drugs like methamphetamine, cocaine and heroin. I have had extensive training and 1. Yes, I agree. Tensions are high beyears of drug interdiction and investigation tween law enforcement and the public, but experience over the course of my 35 years much more so in the larger cities with a more in law enforcement. I plan to establish diverse population than in the lesser populated programs in conjunction with neighboring areas. I believe much of the tension is caused agencies to address the drugs already present by large mainstream media corporations rein our county, and also address the surge of porting on negative stories, because bad news drugs entering on a daily basis. sells. I have worked law enforcement for 35 years, and I have personally witnessed many 3. Most of the threats here in Bonner actions taken by law enforcement officers in a County seem to relate to the surge of drugs public service capacity that go well above and like methamphetamine, cocaine and herobeyond the call of duty. But do you commonin coming into our communities. Property ly see these stories on the news? Not often crimes and thefts are a huge problem, often enough. Law enforcement officers are guardthe result of people stealing things to support ians of the community and they put their lives their habit. Many of these crimes currently on the line for all citizens on a daily basis. We go uninvestigated. I have personally been leave our families every day to protect yours. in contact with three different residents that In Bonner County tensions are not as stated they have photographs of the suspects great when compared to larger populated burglarizing their property, and when they area. I believe a comprehensive community contacted the sheriff’s office, nothing was outreach program will keep it that way and done. They were given a report number and build strong relationships between citizens told to contact their insurance company. As and the Sheriff’s office. For example, deputies your sheriff I refuse to enable criminals by on patrol can stop at local businesses and insitting back and doing nothing. Property troduce themselves, listening to the concerns

crimes will be investigated, and the people committing these crimes will be arrested. Once in the system we may be able to get these people the help they need through mental health agencies to get them off the drugs and help them become productive citizens. During my campaign, several citizens have gone out of their way to come to my house, expressing their concern about the suspected drug problems plaguing their neighborhoods. Many of these people are afraid to go for a walk in their own neighborhood without packing a weapon because of the suspected drug traffic. One resident shared that their neighborhood is known as “Meth Alley.” She said that they have been in contact with the sheriff’s office on many occasions about the suspected drug traffic, but nothing is being done. 4. First of all, you will never see me being investigated by the Idaho Attorney General’s Office. I will work hard to earn the respect of my employees. I will lead by example with honesty, integrity and professionalism. I want my employees to want to follow me, not follow because they have to. I will be present to work with my team hands on, on a daily basis. My door will always be open, and I will welcome my employees to bring their concerns and ideas to my attention, or just stop and say “hello”. This policy will extend to the citizens of Bonner County. I will be the people’s sheriff, accessible to all. The days of little or no response will be gone. And in a crisis situation, know that I will be there to take command. The sheriff’s office has many well-trained and intelligent employees in all divisions of the department. Each employee brings their own unique skill set, knowledge level and abilities to the agency and the citizens of Bonner County. I will be tapping into this great wealth of knowledge for input that will make the sheriff’s office run more effectively. I believe the employees should feel vested in the way the sheriff’s office is operated, and in the vision of how the sheriff’s office plans to grow in the years to come. I have over three decades of law enforcement experience right here in North Idaho. I have supervised teams with Idaho State Police, and served as a field training officer (FTO). I was a trainer with the Pacific Northwest Police Detection Dog Association, training K-9 teams throughout the Pacific Northwest, including Washington, Oregon, Idaho, British Columbia and Alaska. I have experience working with the Legislature, co-writing bill IC 18-7039—the Idaho K-9 protection law—and testified in front of the senate committee to get it passed. Therefore, I have proven leadership capabilities in both one-on-one training situations and also in highly collaborative projects. Budget oversight is a key component of leadership in the sheriff’s office. I have experience working with budgets, both in my personal business, Shingle Mill Kennels, and the Pacific Northwest Police Detection Dog Association. I have studied the Bonner County Sheriff’s Office budget in detail and have met with the county commissioners on several occasions to ask questions and explore solutions. I will oversee and manage the budget, closely monitoring both revenue and expenses. And just for example, I would never allow my three lieutenants and captain to accrue $74,844.88 in overtime pay as they did last year. October 27, 2016 /


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‘Red Power Energy’ film depicts Standing Rock struggle

Red Willow Production Co., an affiliate of the Southern Ute Indian Tribe, ventured offshore in 2003 via an exploration agreement with Houston Energy and W.G. Helps in the Gulf of Mexico. Courtesy photo.

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 @ 7:00pm

monster movie madness!

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

friday Nov. 4 @ 8pm

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

Sandpoint Film Festival

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

Friday, Nov. 11 @ 8pm

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

Warren Miller presents:

“Here, there & everywhere” saturday, nov. 26 @ 7:30pm

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By Reader Staff American Indian Tribes across the West are grappling with the dilemma of how to balance development of energy resources on their ancestral lands with the traditional beliefs of caring for and respecting the gifts of Mother Earth. Tribes along the Washington coast, including the Lummi Nation and the Swinomish Indian Tribal Community, have effectively blocked proposed fossil fuel projects to protect their treaty rights. But the Standing Rock Sioux of North Dakota is having a harder time. Their legal efforts to protect ancestral lands and its waters from the potential impacts of an oil pipeline under construction—the Dakota Access Pipeline—that would take Bakken oil from North Dakota, cross the Missouri River just upstream of their 2.3-million-acre reservation, pass through South Dakota, Iowa and Illinois and potentially impact their source of drinking water, and threaten burial grounds and traditional sacred sites have been unsuccessful. Nevertheless the issue and this single fossil fuels project has galvanized thousands of Indians from 150 tribes to gather along the Cannonball River to join the Standing Rock Sioux in peaceful and prayerful resistance. The gathering has become a literal symbol of the modern struggle in Indian Country of tradition versus progress and a microcosm of today’s controversial energy and climate change debate. It is with this struggle in mind that The Idaho Mythweaver and Wild Idaho

Rising Tide will be publicly screening “Red Power Energy”, a new documentary film by Vision Maker Media and Rocky Mountain PBS, at the Panida Little Theater at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, Oct.27. The event will also serve as a fundraiser to support the Standing Rock Sioux’s Legal Defense Fund with a suggested donation of $5 as theater admission. Immediately following the one-hour film, members of the Kalispel Tribe of Indians will speak about their time at the Standing Rock gathering including their time on the Missouri River from Bismarck, N. D., in a traditional dugout canoe as part of the multi-tribal canoe paddle to its confluence with the Cannonball River. Provocative, timely and unique, the documentary offers rare insights into the ideological battle shaping modern Indian Country. The question of how to develop energy resources has created conflicts for tribes between tradition and progress, and between the material needs of today and the potentially negative consequences for future generations. Told solely from the Native American perspective, with nearly an all-Native film crew and advisory council, the film features American Indian tribes from North Dakota, South Dakota, Montana, Wyoming and Colorado. “Red Power Energy” offers a rare glimpse into Indian Country while advancing a deeper understanding of the energy debate. For more information, contact Jane Fritz at


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The music of a presidential campaign By Ben Olson Reader Staff

Music plays a big role in many of our lives. The choice of music one listens to can speak a lot about that person. For a presidential campaign, a song can galvanize a feeling in their supporters like no speech ever could. The problem is, artists sometimes don’t support the politics of the candidate using their song and often raise a stink over the unauthorized usage of their music for political purposes. Here’s a fun look back at some of the songs used by candidates in history and some of the brouhahas that developed because of them. Ronald Reagan: Reagan’s campaign organizers wanted to use “Born in the U.S.A.” by Bruce Springsteen, which had become a huge hit by 1984, but Springsteen’s managers politely turned down the request as the singer was not a supporter of the Republican candidate. George H. W. Bush: Bush Sr. used Woody Guthrie’s iconic folk song “This Land is My Land” during his 1988 presidential election campaign. The copyright of the 1945 song had already expired by then, so it was fair use. Bill Clinton: The Arkansas Governor’s first presidential campaign in 1992 used the 1977 hit “Don’t Stop” by Fleetwood Mac. The song was a big part of Clinton’s appearance at the 1992 Democratic National Convention. It was also played for Clinton’s appearances at the 2004, 2008 and 2012 Conventions. Bob Dole: Dole used the 1967 hit song “Soul Man” by Sam and Dave during his 1996 presidential campaign. However, in using it, the Dole campaign dubbed it “I’m a Dole Man.” The original publishers were not amused by the parody and threatened to sue Dole

unless he quit using the song. Dole gave in to the demand and quietly lost his bid for the White House.

George W. Bush: Dubya used Tom Petty’s “I Won’t Back Down” during his 2000 presidential campaign rallies, but was forced to stop playing it after receiving a ceaseand-desist letter from Petty’s publisher. The song was later authorized for use by Hillary Clinton and Ron Paul during their respective 2008 presidential campaigns. John Kerry: The 2004 Democratic nominee used Creedence Clearwater Revival’s “Fortunate Son” for his campaign against Dubya. The theme of the song is about politically linked Americans who were able to evade war duty in Vietnam—a not so subtle of a dig against his opponent. John McCain: Republican candidate McCain is a rabid ABBA fan. He used their 1977 song “Take a Chance on Me” at many of his rallies during his failed attempt for the presidency in 2008. McCain also used “Barracuda” by Heart, with a reference to his running mate Sarah Palin (whose nickname in high school was “Sarah Barracuda.”) However, members of the band sent a cease-anddesist letter to McCain’s campaign as they did not support Palin’s views. Barack Obama: During his 2008 election bid, Obama used Stevie Wonder’s “Signed Sealed, Delivered I’m Yours” extensively. Wonder even performed the song live on the final night of the 2008 Democratic National Convention in Colorado. During his 2012 campaign, Obama used Bruce Springsteen’s “We Take Care of Our Own” almost exclusively. Mitt Romney: The Republican nominee for the 2012 presidential campain used Kid Rock’s “Born Free” during

his campaign. Kid Rock even performed the song alongside Romney at a campaign rally in Detroit. Romney also used “Wavin’ Flag” by K’Naan, who formally requested the campaign to stop all use of his song.

Newt Gingrich: The Republican candidate in 2012 used “Eye of the Tiger” by Survivor during his campaign, but Frankie Sullivan, one of the band members and co-writer of the song, filed a lawsuit against the candidate. Gingrich initially refused to withdraw the song from his campaign, but later was forced to settle with Sullivan. Hillary Clinton: In her failed 2008 attempt at the presidency, Clinton used “You and I” by Celine Dion. During the 2016 presidential campaign, Clinton used “Fight Song” by Rachel Platten almost to the point of exhaustion. In a viral video, dozens of celebrities turned out to sing cameo parts to the song. Some critics, like LA Times music writer Gerrick Kennedy said “It’s one of the worst songs ever released. It’s schmaltzy, forgettable.” Donald Trump: During his tumultuous campaign, Trump’s choice of campaign songs have relentlessly drawn the ire of the artists he has chosen to use. He used “Dream On” by Aerosmith and received a legal threat by Steven Tyler. Tyler claimed it was the second time that the band has asked him to stop using the song. Neil Young’s “Rockin’ in the Free World” was also used by Trump. Young, an outspoken liberal, requested that Trump stop playing the song, but grant-

ed Bernie Sanders the right to it. The Rolling Stones heavily protested Trump’s usage of “You Can’t Always Get What You Want” and “Start Me Up.” Adele’s “Rolling in the Deep” was without permission. R.E.M. was not pleased when they saw Trump was playing their song “It’s the End of the World as We Know It (And I Feel Fine).” The band’s bassist wrote a profanity-laden tweet asking the “power-hungry little men” to “not use our music.” The widow of opera singer Luciano Pavorotti requested Trump stop using the song “Nessun Dorma” at his events because “the values of brotherhood and solidarity that Luciano Pavarotti upheld throughout his artistic career are incompatible with the world vision of the candidate Donald Trump.” George Harrison’s “Here Comes the Sun” was also used and condemned by the George Harrison estate. “All Right Now” by the band Free was used without permission by Trump. Paul Rodgers of Free wrote: “Permission to use ‘All Right Now’ was never sought for or granted by me. My lawyer is dealing with this matter.” Finally, Queen’s anthem “We Are the Champions” was used by Trump at the Republican Convention. The band vocally condemned Trump for using the unauthorized song.

Crossword Solution


I just finished “Push” by Sapphire. You may have seen the movie “Precious” that was based on this debut novel, but the story really shines when you read the words from Sapphire. I was moved not only by Sapphire’s story (which is both heartbreaking and uplifting), but her choice to write in a rough, anti-grammatical style. Winston Groom used this technique in writing “Forrest Gump” and it really shows a lot about the world of the character.


My girlfriend and I are slowly building our vinyl collection to preposterous heights. One of my favorite recent purchases on vinyl is Elliott Smith’s posthumous release “New Moon.” The double album is a compilation of previously unreleased tracks that Smith recorded in the mid-’90s for his self-titled album and “Either Or.” It just goes to show that Smith’s B-sides are infinitely better than the majority of the other crap out there in the world of music.


In anticipation of Halloween, horror movies find themselves thrust into the forefront again. While I appreciate a good (or rather, terrible) slasher film from time to time, I really enjoy (or rather, hate) a more psychological horror film. “Black Swan” by Darren Aronofsky employs a great mix of psychological trickery and suspense throughout. Both Natalie Portman and Mila Kunis provide bangup performances in this classy thriller that keeps you guessing all the way to the closing credits.

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It’s too bad cowboys didn’t eat much pizza back in the Old West, because I think a good painting would be a cowboy giving his last slice to his horse.

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