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In light of hurricanes, flooding, forest fires, DACA and school shootings, what do you do to stay positive about the future? “I think about what’s occurring in the world, but there are some events beyond our control. I take things day by day, and I try to show respect to neighbors and friends by lending a helping hand when needed.” Terri Finney Member account specialist Horizon Credit Union Kootenai
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We’d like to express our sincere condolences to the family of the Freeman High School student who was killed in yesterday’s school shooting outside of Spokane, as well as to the students that were injured in the attack. It saddens me to read the constant surge of bad news that has dominated the news cycle the past few weeks. I think it’s time to really think about the (wo)Man on the Street question our Susan Drinkard asked this week: “What are you doing to stay positive about the future?” It is time we find some common ground. It’s time we drop all this anger and communicate again. If you look at any interpersonal conflict, chances are the problem stems from lack of communication. Let’s try something. Next time you find yourself involved in a political argument or a battle of wills, take a breath and listen to the other person. Ask questions respectfully and don’t let your emotions get the better of you if you don’t like their responses. When it’s your turn to talk, speak in an even tone and explain why you feel the way you do. Don’t attack. Don’t name call. You’d be surprised how many pleasant conversations you can have with someone you are polar opposite with. Underneath, we all look the same. There is so much anger in the world today. Let’s embrace a little bit of love and respect for our fellow man. Just give it a shot. When the wildfire smoke cleared last weekend, I felt as if I’d come up for air after being in a toxic cloud for days. I’m sure all of you know exactly what I’m talking about. Remember that feeling, seeing the blue sky again? How wonderful you felt, even for just a moment, when you realized you could breathe again? That’s what I’m talking about. -Ben Olson, Publisher
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Idaho sewage treatment plants are not making the grade By Justin Hayes Reader Contributor When you flush your toilet, the contents don’t magically disappear. Sewage gets cleaned at a sewage treatment plant operated by your city and then discharged to your local river. Along with public safety and roads, sewage treatment is a critical function of local government. Idahoans love to fish and swim in the many rivers and lakes in our state, so sewage treatment plants are absolutely vital to protecting human health and water quality. Imagine how you’d feel about your kids wading a creek with poorly treated sewage in it. There are 114 municipal sewage plants in Idaho that discharge into rivers. These operate under permits that contain limits on how much pollution they can discharge. Unfortunately, sewage plants in Idaho violated water quality require-
Letters to the Editor Proud to Sign My Name... Dear Editor, There appears to be some confusion over recent (and not-so-recent) fliers found in Sandpoint. Something as anonymous as a flier, cowardly distributed by night, leaves everyone in the dark as to who’s behind this and what their motives are. That mystery may be one of the causes folks are unhappy about how this is being handled. Some people are standing up to a “group” they name “racist” and quickly create the sense of a well-organized white-supremacist presence in our area. In my daily life I don’t see this but that doesn’t mean it’s not here and it doesn’t mean — as some have suggested — we should ignore these hateful expressions. Let’s caution ourselves to generalize and point fingers from any side, for any reason. I think it shameful that those behind the fliers are unwilling to claim responsibility and share their 4 /
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ments a staggering 1,768 times from 2014 through 2016. These violations are serious and can harm human health. Pollutants like E. coli can cause severe illness, and mercury can render fish unsafe to eat. Excess phosphorus can cause increased algae growth, which depletes oxygen levels in water and harms fish. Ammonia and chlorine can be lethal to fish. The Idaho Conservation League recently released a report that reviews the discharges from these facilities. What we found shocked us. In the last three years, only 19 percent of treatment plants in Idaho operated without violations; 81 percent had discharges that violated their permit limits. Performance here in the Panhandle was mixed. Four cities had perfect records: Dover, Emida, Hayden and the Kootenai-Ponderay Sewer District. Kudos to them — this excellent performance is no accident. It takes dedication to keep Idaho’s rivers clean. But one
of the 10 worst-performing facilities in the entire state is here: Plummer with 105 violations. Sandpoint had 13 violations and Coeur d’Alene had 6. Not terrible, but not good enough. Bonners Ferry had only four violations. While no discharge violations are acceptable, some facilities are failing much worse than others. The 10 worst-performing facilities in the state were responsible for nearly half of all of the violations. You can download our report: bit.ly/idahosewagereport and review the details for the city where you live. Consider calling your elected officials to talk about this issue. You may want to thank them for prioritizing clean water near you, or you may want to express concern about
identity. They ought to be prosecuted for hate speech, slander and intimidation. When people claim there is no racism in what’s going on, they are blind. Some derail the whole debate by claiming it’s not about race but about ideology, referring to another sociopolitical issue of late: refugee resettlement. I agree that cultural ideology is a different matter than race. As I understand it, the press conference held last week was in response to a flier that states “negroids are not fully human.” If not racist, what is it? Also, direct threats to the mayor should be condemned by anyone. No matter what the mayor says, he is representing many of his voters and we can not condone the intimidation he receives for that. I was born and lived in a small, mostly Christian white village in the Netherlands until three years ago, when I moved to Sandpoint. I go back at least once a year, and the refugee crisis along with terrorist threats have changed the feeling of the place. If anyone is interested in
understanding the effects of refugee resettlement, talk to a European or a refugee. Don’t get carried away in xenophobia, fearing something you do not understand. I proudly sign my name here: Marjolein Groot Nibbelink Sandpoint
Tune into Heart of the Planet... Dear Editor, Thanks Reader and Sandy Compton for the reminder to tune into the “Heart of the Planet.” Now more than ever we need to realize that, “In wildness is the preservation of the earth.” River Burdick Sandpoint
Streets Need Help... Dear Editor, As a driver’s license examiner, I spend a lot of time riding around the streets of Sandpoint. With the new two-way streets, I see several problem areas that are truly “an
The city of Sandpoint sewage treatment plant on the shores of the Pend Oreille River near Memorial Field. Photo by Ben Olson.
the performance of your local wastewater treatment plant. We Idahoans love to swim, fish and play with our kids in rivers. Keeping our water clean is a priority — it’s a core value that we all share, and it’s a responsibility that we all share in. Municipal sewage treatment plants are on the front line in protecting our rivers and our health. Achieving perfection is not easy, but when it comes
to protecting our families from polluted water we should accept nothing less.
accident waiting to happen.” First, the corner of Fifth and Cedar, where a westbound driver turning south on Fifth from Cedar is practically forced to make an illegal turn to keep from getting stuck in the left turn lane. To turn legally, you should turn into the lane closest to you. If you do that, the traffic behind you will go around you on the right, preventing you from moving to the right lane. Yet, if a driver taking a test fails to turn into that left turn lane, I have to mark them down. Also, the southbound traffic on Fifth has to merge from two lanes to one lane without any advance warning, causing a backup. Next, you have the four yield signs on First Avenue that we are told should be treated like a roundabout. People are still having trouble learning how to use the roundabout at Boyer and Larch, and that is an actual roundabout. How are they supposed to learn to use a pretend roundabout? By state law, that is not how a yield sign is used. Then there’s the corner of Fourth and Pine, where you have
two lanes coming toward each other, each wanting to turn north on 4th. The poor driver going south on 4th, wanting to turn left on Pine has three lanes coming at him, because you also have the northbound cars on 4th Ave. trying to cross Pine. Trucks, motor homes, travel trailers, etc, coming into town northbound headed for Dover or other points west, turn left on Pine, right on Fourth, left on Church, then left on Fifth to get to Highway 2! Really? The rest of downtown has parking alternating between diagonal parking and parallel parking in the same block. At many corners, you cannot see the cross traffic without driving out into the intersection. Yet, if a driver taking a test fails to stop behind the crosswalk, I have to mark him down. What is going to happen when the streets are covered with snow and ice and you can’t see the lines on the street? It’s a fiasco!
Justin Hayes is the program director for the Idaho Conservation League – Idaho’s leading voice for conservation. With offices in Boise, Ketchum, and Sandpoint, ICL works to protect the water you drink, the air you breathe and wild places you and your family love.
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Is your heart a black hole? By Marjolein Groot Nibbelink Reader Contributor
By Michael Jacobson Reader Contributor
In March 1991 unsettling photos of C-130 military cargo planes laden with flag draped coffins filled the news media. We were in Afghanistan. Prior to Desert Storm only active duty soldiers went to war. Assignments as to which troops will be sent had changed. It’s not that the Reserve personnel wouldn’t be able to perform their duties as well as active duty, but we trained and tested every day. National Guard were better equipped to handle local emergencies and disasters throughout the United States. Reservists were our back-up; they trained two days a month and two weeks during the year. National Guard and reservists were supposed to be just that, in reserve. Former president George W. Bush reset that cycle and put many of our soldiers at serious risk. The public knew about Desert Storm in Saudi and the burning oil fields in Iraq, but Afghanistan? Seventeen years later, it is now the longest running war since Vietnam. The current commander-in-chief and his staff of generals are once again telling this nations people, “We are not going to tell our enemies when or where we will attack, but attack we will. We are going to increase the number our troops, but we’re not going to reveal how many.” All in the name of national security. Returning home from the many battles of the Gulf War era, our wounded soldiers faced the same challenges their predecessors faced three decades ago. Our government summarily denied claims for physical ailments as well as a multitude of mental health issues. We were broken, we were to be forgotten. As long as our corporations could still get a good deal on a barrel of oil or have their clothing made by a foreign cheap slave labor force, it was business as usual for them. Broken dreams and forgotten promises The wounded warrior’s heart Will fall Not by bullets – Not by war Nor by bloody skirmishes Untold spoils on foreign lands Our nation’s blood runs deep As corporations rise and fall They ask us once again For a wounded warrior’s Battle call
Starting in 1991 the military rifted thousands of active duty soldiers out of their retirements with reduction in force programs. Promotions were frozen preventing anyone from acquiring the next grade of rank needed to hold on through the cutbacks. Restrictions were imposed to prevent all who had taken an SSB, (special separation benefit) from returning to finish their remaining three to four years. In 1995 those restrictions were lifted. Many had already moved on and never found out about. Other soldiers that had gotten the word no longer trusted a government that had forced them out to begin with. Yes, soldiers were given a choice of not taking a separation benefit. However, not being able to acquire the next grade of rank due to a frozen promotion system, many would still have been forced out with no severance pay. When you’re given two bad choices, which one do you opt for? The hundreds of soldiers that did sign back up were deceived from the beginning, when they answered that battle call. Thinking that in a few years they would have a retirement, many didn’t find out until after signing on the dotted line, they’d have to wait until they were 60 before receiving a check. In addition, the government wanted the SSB (special separation benefit) paid back. So, who are we to trust? A government that wants our call to duty only to find ways to leave us without a retirement — or the corporations that want cheap slave labor, and a large profit margin.
A solitary friend and I spent a week in a cabin in Covelo, Calif., speaking of astrophysics while I was cross referencing Bill Bryson’s “A Short History Of Nearly Everything” and related National Geographic articles. Dane is a hyper-aware man with a degree in psychology. As he placed his hand over his mother’s heart when she died, he felt a concentrated swirling energy field before it expired. Exploring the idea that a human body is a galaxy of its own, after several hours we arrived at the conclusion that our heart is the body’s equivalent of a galaxy’s black hole. It seemed surprisingly logical, and there was no need to confirm with each other; we felt that the issue was resolved. The black hole at the center of each galaxy (some have more than one) is its strongest point of gravity. When any star, meteor or planet arrives at its horizon it is torn apart and swallowed in a whirl of elements. In this event, matter turns to antimatter; in effect disappearing and re-appearing from and to our perceptive spectrum. Does that mean it’s all really gone for that meantime? I doubt it. It seems more logical that these particles move temporarily to another dimension we cannot perceive. Perhaps black holes are wormholes to other dimensions and galaxies, which would explain a lot. From withing the black hole, a jet of gasses and particles is ejected outward. Recent studies find that the center of our galaxy is filled with extremely young stars, which defies the long-accepted theory that the center of the galaxy no longer has the materials for making new stars. All these independent “mysteries” in my mind add up to a pretty logical interconnecting cycle. My theory is that the jets are made up of the matter from swallowed stars/planets/meteors and, after a phase of vanishing from our perception, they are recycled into new ones. I would call this “jet-recycling” and the particles seem to eventually form new stars. This recent observation of a major flare emitted from a black hole seems to encourage my theory. Awareness of scale and the limited frequency of our perception provide us
with our ultimate challenge; we will never be able to observe all. Everything in our world — even our bodies — undergo these so called “quantum leaps” constantly. Every atom of your body is circled by electrons which leap out and back into our world of perception all the time. Where do they go? What happens while they are “away?” Is it strange to think that part of us temporarily leaves our world? Like all matter which turns to antimatter, it will come back to us. And when it does, will they bring us our feelings, dreams and imagination which seem not to be based in any reality? Do larger beings have a higher degree of consciousness than the smaller ones because they have more mass making these quantum leaps? Returning to my initial point about the heart: It is the center of our being, though it is not in the middle. It is our strongest point of gravity. Notice how it can feel physically heavy when you feel defeated or homesick or sad? It tells you if things are OK or when it’s time to run (we call this intuition). Name it “spirit,” “soul” or “consciousness.” I theorize that at one point it’s swallowed up completely by our heart (our black hole) where it temporarily hides from our perception, is torn apart and slowly sent back into our world as a jet of energy available for recycling (reincarnation?) by other beings. By this time it is no longer intact but has mixed with all the other non-physical energy on earth. This implies that there is a purpose to life’s wisdom, captured in each individual’s energy field. Like all matter which turns to antimatter, it will come back to us — perhaps in a clever mouse or a flower or a majestic tree. When we observe the beauty of the forest it might make us happy or thoughtful. For this reason we should respect every atom in our lives; you never know where it has made its quantum leap to or from. September 14, 2017 /
Reclaim Idaho completes summer tour of the state Bouquets: •You can always tell you have a good friend when you call and ask them to help move a piano and they don’t hang up on you. Special thanks to Jake Hagadone and Matt Kinney, who helped move our piano last week. Also, thanks to Karin Wedemeyer at the Music Conservatory at Sandpoint for offering to house the piano, even though we found a place at the last minute.
Luke Mayville, Sandpoint native, cofounder of Reclaim Idaho, and currently a professor at Columbia University in New York, addresses the crowd at the kick-off for the Medicaid for Idaho Tour, Sandpoint, Idaho, on July 25. Courtesy photo.
Barbs: • I’m perplexed by the trend of By Reader Staff people using the term “fake news” improperly. It is baffling how igReclaim Idaho has completnorance runs rampant without be- ed its summer tour of Idaho in ing checked. Let me explain what a green-clad mobile home after real fake news is: A fake news dozens of stops in Idaho cities story is generated without any and small towns. reporting or sources. Fake news The group, co-founded by is written and published with the Sandpoint native and Columintent to mislead the reader for bia University professor Luke financial or political gain. Fake Mayville, claims it is closer to news promotes hoaxes that are achieving its goal to expand Medunproven and intentionally mis- icaid in Idaho and get people out leading. When people on social of the Medicaid Gap. media tag posts and stories that “Thousands of fellow Idaho they don’t like as “fake news” it citizens can’t afford health care,” is an echo of the usage of the term Mayville said. “Our legislators by President Trump, who seems have the power to fix this probto call any story that is critical of lem while saving state and local his administration “fake news.” dollars. That’s why we traveled Why is this important? By the state in our 1977 camper overusing the term fake news, it transformed into a Medicaid Mogets diluted. When a story reports bile — all the way from Bonners on a real event, with real quotes Ferry in the far north to Driggs from real sources, you cannot acin the southeast — to talk about curately call it fake news - that’s the importance of preserving and a slap in the face to the journalists expanding the Medicaid program that work so hard to source their in Idaho.” stories correctly. You can call it The Medicaid Gap refers “biased” or “one-sided.” You can to a current statistic of 78,000 call it poor journalism. But, unless Idahoans, most of whom belong the author concocted the story out to working families, that have of thin air, it is not appropriate to been denied access to affordable call it fake news. It reminds me of healthcare. when NPR tweeted the Declara“Initially, my wife, Emily tion of Independence line by line Strizich, was concerned with on July 4, some Trump supporters what kind of reception we’d get replied “Fake news,” as if the hisdriving through Idaho, stopping torical document was somehow in various cities and community conjured out of thin air to defame Trump. It left me scratching my events,” said Garrett Strizich, head in wonder to read so many co-founder of Reclaim Idapeople calling it “fake news.” But ho. “Emily is an occupational then again, this is an era of head therapist and on the front lines of health care in Idaho. She is very scratching, it seems. 6 /
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concerned about healthcare in our state, so she accompanied Luke and me on the tour. She realized very quickly — well, all of us did — that most Idahoans agree on this point: We have a health crisis, and we need solutions.” The tour heard many stories like that of B.J. Cooper, who is 37 and works 50-60 hours per week with an injured back. Even when he broke his ankle, he didn’t seek medical attention because he has no health insurance or access to affordable care. Reclaim Idaho is a grassroots campaign designed to elect Idaho candidates who believe in strengthening public schools, extending health care to working families and protecting public lands. For more information, see ReclaimIdaho.org.
LPOW to host annual NIMSEF accepting Sand Creek Cleanup applications for By Reader Staff Lake Pend Oreille Waterkeeper (LPOW) and the city of Sandpoint are teaming up this weekend to clean up the shoreline along the Sand Creek corridor and the City Beach during the annual Sand Creek Cleanup. Not only is a summer worth of trash on our shorelines unsightly, it also has the real potential to negatively impact the quality of our local waterways. Those interested in helping should be at the City Beach boat launch on Saturday, Sept. 16, at 10 a.m. LPOW will provide refreshments, trash bags and gloves. Local businesses, community organizations and area residents are all encouraged to pitch in with this post summer cleaning effort.
By Reader Staff The North Idaho Mountain Sports Education Fund (NIMSEF) is accepting applications for the upcoming ski season. The local nonprofit organization is dedicated to helping local children get the Schweitzer experience without breaking the bank. Kids will get access to equipment, instruction and skiing and riding through NIMSEF. “We believe all children should have the opportunity to ski and ride at Schweitzer,” read a statement by NIMSEF. To obtain an application, point your web browser to www. NIMSEF.com and follow the instructions.
Help recognize child sexual abuse By Dianne Smith Reader Contributor
Stewards of Children is a nationally recognized program aimed at helping parents, caregivers, foster parents, teachers, coaches and other protectors of children prevent, recognize and react responsible to childhood sexual abuse. It is sad that we have to be aware of the statistics which by some reports are one in five children will be sexually abused. Child sexual abuse has lifelong
consequences and a high percentage of drug addicts and those in prisons have sexual abuse in their histories. As the protectors of children, the more we know the better job we can do. Sandpoint is fortunate to be hosting this free training Tuesday, Sept. 26, from 6-8 p.m. at the Teen Center, 104 S. Division Ave. As a community, the more informed we are the better we can help our youth become responsible adults and the better community we can provide for them.
Ponderay Neighbor Day – celebrating our connections
By Reader Staff Join your neighbors to celebrate our community at Ponderay Neighbor Day from 3-7 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 23 behind the Hoot Owl Restaurant on Highway 200. Attendees will have a chance to win a free tethered hot air balloon rides (weather permitting) throughout the afternoon. There will also be live music by the Miah Kohal Band, pony rides, carnival games, arts and crafts for the kids, tasty food vendors, a beer garden, jumpy castle and much more.
Ponderay Neighbor Day attendees will have a chance to give feedback on how to improve trails and access to waterfront. Also, prepare for a special appearance by storybook celebrity Curious George courtesy of the East Bonner County Library. Everyone throughout the region is invited. Admittance is free and parking is off Emerald Industrial Drive. The SPOT bus will operate a special route in Ponderay and Kootenai to bring people to and from the festivities. Ponderay Neighbor Day is sponsored by the LOR Foundation,
the city of Ponderay, Friends of the Pend d’Oreille Bay Trail, Selkirk-Pend Oreille Transit (SPOT Bus), Kaniksu Land Trust, P1FCU, Keokee, Montana Shed Center, and Ace Septic Tank Service with additional support from local businesses and the Kootenai-Ponderay Sewer District. A variety of additional sponsorships, booths and volunteer opportunities are still available - Contact Jean Vorhies, Event Coordinator, for details on how to get involved in this great community event - 208-946-6466, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Random Digital Madness
Regional technology news and commentary
Augmented Reality: why you will wonder how you lived without it but AR will accompany daily interaction with your physical reality whereas VR will cut you off from physical reality and completely immerse you in an entirely digital world.
By Bill Harp Reader Columnist
Why AR? So, if augmented reality (AR) is not on your technology radar, I would like to change that. A few months ago, one of the county staff asked why we put so many fiber strands into the recently constructed fiber optic cable run across town. I replied, “The fiber optic cable has a 20- to 30-plus year service life.” When I saw that he was not satisfied with that answer, I ostentatiously added, “We are preparing bandwidth for applications that haven’t even been invented yet.” Now he was interested and engaged: “Like what?” I replied, stalling, “Well, if I knew that, I would be Mark Zuckerberg, but I am just a humble technologist.” I could see that was not sufficient and I had to think quickly, so I replied, “Things like augmented reality (AR) applications. They will require a whole new magnitude of bandwidth virtually everywhere.” What is AR? The concept of AR is easy to understand, as it is a technology that enhances our vision and hearing with digitally supplied, superimposed relevant information. That information can be considered as an addition to your view of reality, and it is delivered by special glasses, goggles, heads-up display or perhaps by some technology not yet invented. Down the road, the interactive digital display information will be projected right on to your eyeballs, or something like that, and it will eventually include other sensory input such as sound, movement or even touch. The difference between AR and virtual reality (VR) is simple. AR is superimposed over your vision of physical reality. VR is complete immersion in a virtual digital reality. Of course, both technologies are similar,
Why is AR revolutionary? If the past is any indication, a powerful technology like AR will have a profusion of unintended consequences, but right now we can suggest a variety of applications. For example, when you look at an urban landscape, you will see Yelp in your AR glasses with tags on every business just waiting for you to blink to find out how they are rated as they attempt to invite you in. Or perhaps you will see social media tabs above the heads of everyone within sight. With a blink, you could access their Instagram, Google+, LinkedIn, YouTube, Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, Reddit, Tumblr or other accounts. Or you could send them a private digital message to their VR view. Some people would perhaps block their tabs in VR, which someday may be considered socially rude. So, you will have to run a facial recognition program to identify them, thereby overriding their security preferences to access their social data and profile. As I have mentioned in a previous article, if you think you can suppress access to your digital information, you have already lost that fight. It will be a very unusual person who does not have a digital history in some way accessible to you via a few blinks in VR. Thousands of apps: Here are just a few of the thousands of potential overlays that may be relevant in augmented reality: Want to know the history of that building? Just blink. Want to identify that species of plant? Just blink. Want to calculate the distance between your car and the building door? Just call up the measuring tool and blink away to get the distance. Want to create a 3-D model of your view? Just blink. Want to find your car? Just follow the bread crumbs in your AR glasses. So AR will create entire 3-D scenes, objects, applications, scenarios and worlds that are overlaid on your regular world. Some you will control, and some scenarios and objects, others will control. There will be rules and standards but that hasn’t been worked out yet.
Cost and privacy: These services will, in part, be free, and some will cost, and some will be downright expensive. So start saving up, but I imagine that many apps will be free. In exchange for free AR applications, you are the product: that is, your habits, attention and history will be productized in exchange for the “free” app. You have been warned! You will quickly tire of seeing virtual ads everywhere when you use certain services, so many will want to purchase the ad-free service. Others may be able to pay to suppress the sale or storage of the digital history of all the VR services and activities they are consuming. But good luck with that. You will know VR has arrived when you see an ad on the street for a product you just discussed with your sister over the phone. Why is Bandwidth So Important? All of this is going to require a whole lot of bandwidth that is very fast with small latency to operate seamlessly with real-time vision. Most bandwidth offered today by U.S. ISPs will most likely not be adequate. This means the need for fiber optic cable trunk lines everywhere. Without fiber, AR won’t be possible with the current generation of telecommunications technology. However, I hear that there are plans for low-orbit satellite internet services with little latency and gigabit bandwidth. That might work for AR. In the no-so-distant future, AR will become so useful, natural and essential that many folks won’t spend a waking moment without it, just as some do now with their smartphones. The difference is AR will be many dimensions more engaging and seductive than the features and services we now receive on our smartphones. You might suggest that this is techno fantasy, but surprise! Most of the components of this technology exist now. It is just a matter of when and how and perhaps how much. Google Glass, Microsoft HoloLens, Kinect and Oculus Rift are just the first volley. Check out this MS video on the HoloLens to get an idea on how AR works. In economic terms, it could be a far bigger industry than smartphones. In fact, smart phones will evolve into AR gear.
Some Speed Bumps: There are some rather complex issues, such as how best to deliver AR information and how best to interact with it. You might see folks stabbing and moving their arms and fingers in space to interact with AR just like in the movie “Minority Report” which was, in many ways, a 2002 oracle of AR technology to come. Spatial Accuracy: Another issue is that AR is highly dependent on what you see and where you are, so it will require a very sophisticated methodology of spatially measuring your location and where you are looking. Consumer-grade GPS readings are accurate to 20-30 feet, but AR will require far more precise systems with centimeter-level accuracy to function well. Virtual Immersion: As you can imagine, you will be able to interact with people at a distance when their image or avatar is superimposed on your field of vision. You will be able to talk to and see them as if they were present. Thus, virtual interactions in AR will be possible anywhere. This will lead to all kinds of business, social and gaming applications. Today’s technology will be considered low-res, clumsy, slow and rudimentary. A Warning: As for me, I will probably reluctantly use AR when I need to, just as I use my smart phone now. I will pick it up, or more accurately put in on, only when I really feel the need to use it. After a half-century, I am kind of attached to unencumbered reality. Eventually, there will be some kind of a direct connection into the human nervous system so AR can flow as fast as your nervous system permits. This is tricky and has a lot of complex technical issues to figure out, but there is a lot of research into this area especially for folks with disabilities as well as enabling complex collaborative operations such as warfare. Of course, I will share some free advice given by my spouse: If they invent a human-machine digital interface, don’t be the first in line to get that neuro plug in the back of your neck. You might want to wait until they release updates that will have solved some of the more serious bugs… September 14, 2017 /
Window shot out at Nonprofits balk at proposed room fees Sandpoint business
By Cameron Rasmusson Reader Staff
With the Sandpoint Center under new ownership, local nonprofits are feeling the pressure from proposed new fees on its community room. At the beginning of the month, California-based company Sandpoint Equities, LLC, announced its acquisition of the Sandpoint Center, the largest commercial building in town, from Columbia Bank. The new ownership may mean unwelcome news for local nonprofits, which have come to rely on waived usage fees for the center’s community room. “If it’s true, it’s unfortunate,” said Greater Sandpoint Chamber of Commerce President Kate McAlister. “It’s going to be cost-prohibitive to organizations that can’t afford it.” In a rate sheet emailed to the Kiwanis Club, Sandpoint Property Management, which is managing the property for Sandpoint Equities, proposes fees of $250 for the day or $50 per hour for the upstairs auditorium and $220 for the day or $40 per hour for the downstairs community room. A $50 cleaning fee per event is also required “for standard use of all event rooms.” “These are non-profit rates and do not change regardless of whether or not food/beverages are involved,” the email reads. For Dick Vail, president of the Kiwanis Club, those are additional costs that the nonprofit can’t afford. He estimates that the charges will amount to an additional $1,880 in annual costs to the organization. The expense would burden fundraising efforts, which benefit local youth and elderly community members as well as Camp Stidwell. Vail said it’s especially aggravating many in the community donate significant time, money, goods and services toward the Kiwanis cause. “When people are giving like that out of the community, I’ll be damned if I want to give nearly $2,000 to California,” Vail said. 8 /
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Vail contacted Doug Eastwood, Kiwanis lieutenant governor for Division 48, to discuss whether clubs commonly paid for meeting space. According to Eastwood, that isn’t the case for any regional club, which instead typically meet at a restaurant that benefits from meal purchases. “The nearly $2,000 per year you would be spending on rent is not worth it to stay where you are,” Eastwood wrote. “Fundraising is too difficult as it is without giving it up for rent.” According to Ned Brandenberger, who is managing the property for the owners through Sandpoint Property Management, the fees have not yet been finalized. While Brandenberger said there is a real cost to people utilizing the space, they hope to find a policy that will work for everyone. “(The new owners are) amenable to working with the nonprofits,” he said. “We don’t want people to say they’ll move somewhere else.” However, other options may be opening if nonprofits are dissatisfied with the outcome. Di Luna’s owner Karen Forsythe said the business is offering breakfast, lunch or dinner meetings to nonprofits impacted by any changes, a service they previously offered to the Rotary of Sandpoint before the bank building was constructed. “We currently host the Angels Over Sandpoint and The Injector’s Car Club, and Dick Vail from the Kiwanis and I are making arrangements for them to have their weekly meetings at Di Luna’s,” Forsythe said.
The Sandpoint Center at Columbia Bank.
For Vail, the proposed fees are a disappointing consequence of new owners that, in the sale announcement, were said to be “committed to fostering local relationships and making a positive impact in the community.” “It looks to me like we’re seeing the beginning of smalltown U.S.A. atmosphere deteriorating,” he said. “We have never been charged for the use of the room for our luncheons, and the reason is everything we raise … we give back to the youth.”
Monarch School closing after 17 years By Lyndsie Kiebert Reader Staff Writer The Monarch School, a co-ed boarding school just over the Idaho border in Heron, Mont., is closing its doors after nearly two decades, according to a Facebook announcement from Academic Director Jamie Jones on Wednesday. Jones took to Facebook to lay rumors to rest as news of the school closing began to spread throughout the community. “This is true, but it is not because of a suicide or anything like that. The numbers are low, and it’s no longer sustainable,” Jones said. “I just felt the need to clear up any rumors, and also to ask you to please reach out to Monarch faculty. We just learned this morning and have challenging weeks and months ahead. I know they could use a bit of love.”
The gunshot in a front window facing Pine Street. Photo by Ben Olson.
By Ben Olson Reader Staff The front window of The Paint Bucket in Sandpoint was shot out on last Tuesday evening, Sandpoint Police Department confirmed. The gaping hole in the window was first discovered when store owner Harold Stephenson opened the business Wednesday morning and saw glass strewn across the sales floor. “First, we thought the cat had knocked something off, since we have a cat that stays in the store,” said Stephenson. “Then we saw the hole in the window.” Stephenson called Sandpoint Police immediately. Responding officers were able to obtain wadding and pellets that confirmed the shot came from a 20-guage shotgun. “It was small bird shot, so by the time it hit the second window, it had pretty much lost its momentum,” said Stephenson. “But there was glass blown for 40 feet.” “No evidence leads us to believe this was targeted,” said Sandpoint Police Chief Corey Coon, who said the incident occurred in the evening sometime before Sept. 5 and 6. Stephenson claimed that he wasn’t aware of anyone with a reason to do him or the business harm: “My best guess was that it was someone on drugs, or out celebrating. It just doesn’t seem
like something a sane person would do.” While The Paint Bucket doesn’t have security cameras, Stephenson said this incident might bring about some changes. “We don’t have cameras but we will next week,” he said. “We talked about keeping a gun in the store, too. We’ve had people break into the back of the store, but nothing like this. We grew up in North Idaho – you never had to worry about anything like a drive-by shooting.” Coon said the occurrence was rare for Sandpoint: “We’ve had, probably a few times a year, an accidental discharge, or they’ll be cleaning the gun or dry firing it and it will go off, causing damage,” Coon said. “But this is the first time I’ve been aware of where we’ve had a weapon discharged and suspects fled and we weren’t able to find them.” While the broken window and clean-up are a nuisance, Stephenson is more frustrated at the unknown cause of the shooting. “If someone is mad at us, we want to know why,” said Stephenson. “When you shoot into a building, you endanger a lot of lives.” To share information about the shooting, please call SPD dispatch at (208) 265-5525.
Priest River minor shot in leg while fishing By Ben Olson Reader Staff
A 13-year-old was allegedly shot in the leg by an adult near Priest River on Tuesday, the Bonner County Sheriff’s Office (BCSO) said Wednesday. According to the statement by BCSO, two male juveniles, both age 13, had ridden a moped to a fishing spot on the Priest River near Settlement Road where they had obtained permission to fish. While the minors were fishing, Leo Inwood and Eric Wood of Priest River, who were across the river, began shooting multiple firearms in the juveniles’ direction. The minors noticed rounds had impacted their moped. They waited until the shooting had stopped and quickly mounted the moped, fleeing the area. According to BCSO, as the juveniles fled, the suspects opened fire again, striking
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one of the males in the leg. The injured minor was treated at Newport Hospital and released. Wood was arrested at the scene. However, Inwood had already fled the scene upon deputies’ arrival. Wood later admitted to detectives that he was the one shooting and was booked accordingly. Inwood met with detectives on Wednesday where he was also booked on a firearm charge related to the incident.
Six declare candidacy for Sandpoint City Council By Cameron Rasmusson Reader Staff Six individuals are vying for three open council seats in this year’s city elections following the deadline to file candidacy paperwork. Joel Aispuro, Jeff Bohnhof, John E. Darling Jr., Robert Jediny, Shannon Williamson and Mose Dunkel have all declared their candidacy in the Nov. 7 election. The seats up for grabs are held by Williamson, Stephen Snedden and Bob Camp. We reached out Wednesday to candidates for a brief summation of their primary issues. Aispuro, Bohnhof, Williamson and Dunkel responded by press time. For Aispuro, a well-known face at Joel’s Mexican Restaurant, his candidacy is all about the economy. “Some issues that I will be focusing on will be on cultivating a good business environment for downtown business,” he said. “I would also like to focus on being fiscally responsible with the taxpayers’ money.” Among Bohnhof’s issues is improved communication between the Sandpoint council and citizenry. “Sandpoint is and always has been a very diverse and open community with its own eclectic personality,” he said. “I want
County amends waterways noise ordinance
to build on that diversity and openness, not only with the citizens but also to grow the economic diversity so we can continue to maintain the current infrastructure and work on additional improvements to make Sandpoint better.” An incumbent, Williamson’s three main concerns moving forward are sustainability, economic growth and responsible city government. “I love Sandpoint, and it’s been a true honor to serve as Sandpoint’s city council president,” she said. “I can’t think of a better place to raise my two kids. I’m running because I’m committed to keeping Sandpoint a great place for families — a place that we are proud to call our home.” Dunkel, who ran for mayor two years ago, built experience in several city appointments prior to this year’s bid for the council. “Sandpoint needs good, thoughtful candidates,” he said. “This is one of those times in Sandpoint history that the council will be making … significant decisions that will impact the future of this community, including the wastewater treatment plant future, turf at Memorial, ownership and development at the U of I property (and a) master plan for City Beach.”
Bonner County commissioners passed an amendment to the county’s water noise ordinance Sept. 7 after a public hearing that saw mixed opinions through written and public comment. The amendment creates stronger noise restrictions on Bonner County waterways. Under the amended ordinance (Title 3, Chapter 1, Section 108), it would be illegal to operate a watercraft emitting noise levels above a certain decibel, depending on when the watercraft was manufactured. It is now also illegal for a boat to emit audio so loud that it can be heard from a distance of 200 feet. Exceptions include sound systems being used to warn other boaters of hazards or to call for assistance. Commissioner Dan McDonald said that over the past several years, the county has “had hundreds of complaints from landowners on this, several with cell phone videos that showed the extent of the issue.” He said the hearing went well.
However, he and the other commissioners were opposed to the proposed language and instead presented new language. He said the new language in the amended ordinance “serves to close a loophole whereby the marine deputies did not have the ability to deal with noise on the waterway.” McDonald said marine deputies are under a different state statute than land-based deputies. Until now, marine deputies had to call in a land-based deputy to cite loud boaters for “disturbing the peace.” The new citation will allow the marine deputy to cite the boaters firsthand with a fine, tentatively set at $75. “The primary issue is those boaters who anchor next to property owners and blast their stereos all hours of the day and night,” McDonald said. “We have instructed the marine deputies to use discretion as we really only want to target those who continue to be abusive. We will monitor the progress of this new language next year, and if further changes need to be made or if there is abuse of the ordinance, we will make further changes.”
School shooting claims one life
Sewer replacement begins downtown
By Cameron Rasmusson Reader Staff
By Cameron Rasmusson Reader Staff
One Spokane-area teenager is dead and three more are seriously injured after a sophomore opened fire in the hallways Wednesday morning. The Spokesman-Review reports that Freeman High School student Sam Strahan is dead, while Emma Neese, Jordan Goldsmith and Gracie Jensen were sent to the Sacred Heart Medical Center emergency room and are in stable condition. Police have not named the perpetrator, but several students have identified him as Caleb Sharpe. According to Spokane County Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich, the sole suspect is in custody at the county juvenile detention center. He brought a rifle and handgun to school, opening fire in an attack that lasted less than a minute. According to The Spokesman-Review, a school custodian tackled him, disabling him before law enforcement arrived.
Construction work began Wednesday on sewer line replacement on First Avenue from Lake Street to north of Church Street. Motorists are encouraged to mind detours during construction, and truck traffic should avoid downtown in favor of using the bypass to the Highway 2 exit. The project’s first phase covers First Avenue from Lake to Pine streets. Traffic will be detoured down Superior Street to Third Avenue and up to Pine Street. Pine Street traffic will be able to turn north on First Avenue but not south. The next phase will continue on First Avenue from Pine Street to just north of Church Street. During this phase, traffic will be detoured off of First Avenue at Pine Street and at Bridge/Church streets. If all goes according to schedule, construction will wrap up and the roadway will be paved and striped by Oct. 20. September 14, 2017 /
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By Brenden Bobby Reader Columnist It’s been a long, crazy, hot summer, and we’re hoping your garden survived it. Whether this is your first year, your 15th or your 50th, I know you’ve been looking forward to this month since you started this strange journey. Today we’re going to focus on seed saving in preparation for next year and years beyond. Plants are pretty cool. After at least a billion years of propagation, plants have learned that a flak cannon hits more things than a 30-06. That is, plants make a lot of seeds, because increasing the chance that you will reproduce by 100 percent is smart, but increasing it by 1,337 percent is way smarter. Your average tomato has between 20 and 60 seeds per fruit. That adds up when you have several fruit on a plant. Plants are smart. But their existence is an incredibly fragile thing. We, as humans, aren’t doing a very good job as a whole to protect their well-being, either. The vast majority of seeds being used by humans are patented by seed companies, meaning through much of the world it’s illegal to store the seeds and save them or share them with neighbors. These are many of the seeds you get from department stores, or in seed packets popping up through the spring months. Most of these share nearly identical genetic traits: great for reliable harvests, but that comes loaded with a pretty specific danger. If a disease pops up that targets beefsteak tomatoes, spe10 /
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cifically the branded beefsteak tomatoes you can buy from a store, it’s possible for that disease to become a pandemic that sweeps across the country and wrecks that breed. What would your cheese burger look like without sliced tomatoes? What if that happened to corn? Or even worse, wheat? Your cheeseburger would be just that: meat and cheese, and without corn, you wouldn’t even have a soda to go wash it down. Heirlooms are our safety net. Heirloom seeds are seeds that have been handed down through generations, through networks of amateur and professional farmers alike to preserve specific traits and qualities of a plant for future generations. Best part is, “the Man” doesn’t have a patent on these bad boys, because Mother Nature’s fingerprints are all over them. They’re safe to store, save and share! Wanting to save, but not sure how? Here are some plant-specific tips on starting your seed-saving journey. Tomatoes: The seeds are ooey-gooey and slippery. How are you supposed to gather them? Squeeze them into a jar, so that the seeds and pulp splat right in. Let them ferment for a couple of days. Once you notice a mold starting to form, pour some water in. You can pour out the mold, pulp, and any floating seeds. The ones that sink are the little gold nuggets you’re looking for. Clean any debris and let them dry on a paper plate for a few days,
then toss them in a ziplock bag. Store them in a cool, dark space free of humidity and they can keep for up to four years. I wouldn’t recommend freezing them. Peppers are even easier to save. Just cut it open, carve out the seeds onto a piece of paper, let them dry and they’re ready to store. Peas are similar. You want them to sit on the vine until they start to dry out and you can hear the peas rattling inside of their shell. Take them off the vine and let them dry in the house for about two weeks. Shell them, or don’t shell them and just store them like the others. Lettuce is a little trickier, since its flowers don’t like to pop all at the same time. Once at least half the flowers of the plant have gone to seed, you can chop the head of the plant off and place it upside-down in a paper bag and let it dry. You can also use a small bag and your hands to jar loose and collect seeds without decapitating the poor thing, though this method is more laborious. What to do once you’ve saved a small granary of seeds? Well, first, I can’t stress enough that you want to label them! Save plenty for yourself for next year. Share them with your friends and family, or share them with the Seed Library. The Seed Library is currently in hibernation, but it still needs your help. The Seed Library will accept donations
of non-hybrid, open pollinated seed stock from your own garden, and it needs seeds more than ever. As long as we can gather enough donations, the Seed Library will be able to return once the construction has died down, and we can all enjoy the fruits of our community’s labors together. How to tell if your plant’s seeds are good to donate to the Seed library? Since we don’t take hybrids, any hybrids you grew this year will have to have been isolated from the stock you want to harvest from.
Hybrids are unpredictable, and they’re labeled at most nurseries and department stores as being hybrids. Did you know that ours was the first Seed Library in Idaho? All of your hard work started something incredible, and with just a bit more we can continue to maintain this great local resource. Please help us stock it up for spring! Looking for a little more info? Check the library’s website, we’ve got what you need!
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• May 2 is World Naked Gardening Day, where amateur and expert gardeners are encouraged to garden naked to promote body-acceptance. • Astronauts aboard the International Space Station are growing lettuce to study outer space gardening techniques. • After WWII plants were bombarded with radiation to produce useful mutations known as atomic gardening which resulted in today’s peppermint and red grapefruit. • Several studies have been done with respect to the effects of music on plant growth. Many of these experiments show the plants actually growing away from rock and roll music, almost as if they are trying to escape the sound. • The earthworms we have in the northern part of North America are a non-native, invasive species, and they are a major contributing factor in the deterioration of our forests. • According to a study, as little as 30 minutes of gardening can improve a man’s sex life. Weeding, digging, or mowing the lawn for 30 minutes almost halved a man’s risk of impotence. • Both George Washington and Thomas Jefferson grew cannabis on their plantations. Jefferson even invented a device for producing hemp in 1815.
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Live Music w/ Fat Lady 9pm @ 219 Lounge A Spokane band playing ‘60s rock-inspired originals and covers
Live Music w/ Do 6:30-9:30pm @ M Homegrown Mont mixes blues, rock
Live Music w/ The Baja Boogie Live Music w/ Ja Band along with David Raitt 6-8pm @ Wine Ba 7pm @ Ol’ Red’s Pub Great acoustic and $10. Awesome boogie blues!
Sandpoint Original Music Showcase 4-9pm @ MickDuff’s Beer Hall A day of all local talent playing original music! Come down and support your favorite musicians and help them win prizes like recording time or an electric guitar! Hosted by Kevin Dorin
Live Music w/ John Firshi 5-7pm @ Idaho Pour Authority Great collection of tunes from John Firshi Live Music w/ Chris Lynch 6pm @ Arlo’s Ristorante
Live Music w/ The Incredible Flying Dookie Bro 9pm @ 219 Lounge It’s time to dance to this incredible Sandpoint rock who will be playing a range of classic songs
Introduction to Non-verbal Communication & A 9am @ Sandpoint Library Meet in the lobby. Info: (510) 423-1079 Computer Basics Class 8:15am @ Sandpoint Library A beginner’s class on computer basics. Pregistration required: (208) 263-6930
Scenic Half • 8am @ Sandpoint City Beach A half-marathon and 10k across the iconic Long Bridge. Please check www.ScenicHalf.com for air quality updates
Sandpoint Chess Club 9am @ Evans Brothers Coffee Meets every Sunday at 9am
Monday Night Blues Jam w/ Truck Mills KPND Football Party • 5:30pm @ 219 Lounge KPND and Bob Witte host a Monday Night Foo 7:30pm @ Eichardt’s Pub party with prizes, restaurant giveaways, and mo
Mother Goose storytime 10:15am @ Creations Stories and singing for babies and toddlers 0-3 yrs and caregivers at Cedar St. Bridge
Preschool Story Time 11am @ Creations Stories and singing for kids ages 2-5 yrs and caregivers at Cedar St. Bridge
Sandpoint Farmers’ Market 3pm-5:30pm @ Farmin Park The afternoon market on Wednesdays for all your produce needs!
Dollar Beers! 8pm @ Eichardt’s Pub Nia workshop with Britta vonTagen 5:30-7:30pm @ Embody
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Live Music w/ Marty Perron and Doug Bond 5:30-7:30pm @ Idaho Pour Authority Marty and Doug are a duo on guitar and mandolin with a great list of tunes The Led Zepplin Experience • 8pm @ The Panida Theater This authentic live concert reproduction goes far beyond any group of musicians covering the same tunes you’ve heard on the radio for over four decades. Admission is $20 general, $30 reserved seat and meet the band
oint rock group Ice Age Floods Institute Field Trip and gs Boat Cruise 8:30am @ Sandpoint City Beach ation & ASL The Coeur du Deluge Chapter of the Ice Age Floods Institute leads a field trip to Lightning Creek to view the ice age flood features, including rhythmites, and to discuss how these features help to tell the story of the Ice Age Floods. Email galewi@ lsu.edu for more information cs.
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American Sign Language Practice 9:30pm @ Sandpoint Library Come learn silent signing practice; it’s free and open to anyone, although some signing experience is suggested. Meet in the lobby. Information: (510) 423-1079
Comedy Show and Silent Auction 6pm @ Sandpoint Center (Columbia Bank) Professional comedian Brad Upton will be performing. $20. There will also be a silent auction. This is a fundraiser for the American Heritage Wildlife Foundation. www.ahwf.org Sandpoint Farmers’ Market 9am-1pm @ Farmin Park Fresh produce, garden starts, live music Cedar St. Bridge Public Market 10am-2pm @ Cedar St. Bridge Come enjoy indoor shopping on the bridge spanning Sand Creek
Game Night at the Niner Winter Ridge Natural Foods Customer Appreciation Party 9pm @ 219 Lounge 11am-4pm @ Winter Ridge Natural Foods All are invited to the parking lot at Winter Ridge to enjoy a free BBQ, live music, a beer and wine garden, plus there will be a mystery discount, a KidZone with fun activities, food and drink samples, massages, sales, and so much more!
Master Mind Genius presentation Night Out Karaoke ution 9pm-12am @ 219 Lounge 5:30pm @ Back Door (Baxter’s) Fork H.S. of food assistance are Charlie Packard Memorial Scholarship Fundraiser free produce, nutritious 5-8pm @ Idaho Pour Authority Ninkasi Brewing Co. beer on tap. Enjoy live music, raffle and other groceries prizes and complimentary appetizers. Love you Charlie!
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Free Movie Night: “Paper Tigers” 6pm @ Sandpoint High School Free and open to the public End of Summer Paint and Sip Party 6pm @ The Pottery Bug Bring a friend, a beverage and snacks!
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By Ben Olson Reader Staff Editor’s Note: In this, the fifth and final article on the stand-off at Ruby Ridge, we will share the close of the trial, the verdict and the aftermath of this incident. Special thanks goes out to Trish Gannon, who helped fact check and proofread the first few articles in this series, as well as the journalists who covered the story as it happened. In compiling these articles, I relied on many books and newspaper clippings, as well as interviews with key players in the trial. Motion to Dismiss It was June 11, 1993: one day after the prosecution led by Ron Howen rested its case against Randy Weaver and Kevin Harris. In a surprise move, defense attorneys Gerry Spence and David Nevin, who represented Weaver and Harris respectively, rested their own cases without calling a single witness to the stand. Spence began the day with a motion to dismiss all charges, claiming that the prosecution failed to prove any aspect of the case against Weaver and Harris. Howen rose to argue against the dismissal, but 15 minutes into his response, Howen seemed to lose his momentum. According to Dean Miller of the Spokesman-Review, Howen’s “left hand was shaking violently and his delivery lacked its characteristic vigor.” “I’m sorry, Judge, I can’t continue,” Howen told Judge Lodge, who then called a recess. Howen would not argue any more of the case. While the U.S. Attorney’s office de14 /
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clined repeated requests from Miller for an explanation of Howen’s behavior, the Reader asked Howen why he walked out in an interview this month. “The short answer was that I ‘hit the wall,’” Howen wrote. “I had initially decided to try the case by myself when my ‘little voice/internal alarm’ started going off during and immediately after the standoff. Several (U.S. attorneys) from other districts … volunteered to be part of a trial team. But I couldn’t ask anyone else to put their career on the line and warned them off particularly when it became apparent to me that someone very high up in FBI/DOJ land had authorized what Gerry Spence later fairly accurately stated were ‘shoot to kill orders.’” After the recess, Howen’s co-counsel Kim Lindquist didn’t finish Howen’s argument against the defense’s motion to drop all charges. Judge Lodge then dismissed charge six and eight from the indictment, claiming that evidence did not prove these charges. Count six originally dealt with Weaver and Harris allegedly firing upon an FBI helicopter the day Vicki Weaver was killed by FBI sniper Lon Horiuchi. Judge Lodge ruled there was no evidence of a threat to the helicopter. Count eight alleged that Weaver received 14 firearms and thousands of rounds of ammunition while being a federal fugitive. Judge Lodge ruled that evidence suggested Weaver had owned the firearms in question before he became a federal fugitive. Judge Lodge also reserved the option to dismiss count nine charging Kevin Harris with “harboring and concealing” Weaver while he was a fugitive.
The remaining seven counts would be presented to the jury. In arguing in favor of dismissal of all charges, attorneys Spence and Nevin spelled out what they thought was a troubling case by the prosecution. They questioned whether the U.S. marshals were acting in their official capacity on the first day of the shootout since no evidence showed they had a warrant for Weaver’s arrest. Spence and Nevin also argued that the rules of engagement issued by the FBI had been illegal under Idaho law and that federal officers were not authorized to follow them. Spence’s argument that Idaho law could not be superseded by federal agents. Spence was also able to persuade Judge Lodge to give instructions to the jury that the religious beliefs of Randy Weaver and Kevin Harris could not be held against them in a court of law. Closing Arguments The next day, with the courtroom filled to capacity, Kim Lindquist presented the closing arguments for the prosecution built around an alleged conspiracy against the government by the defendants. Lindquist began by arguing that Weaver was an illegal gun dealer who had been plotting for more than a decade to get into a confrontation, and that as soon as the confrontation happened, Weaver wanted to appear as a victim. Lindquist then mapped out the prosecution’s case, starting with the Weaver’s religious beliefs in Iowa, claiming that the U.S. government was not persecuting Weaver for his religious beliefs, but those beliefs and
A government surveillance photo taken before the Stand-Off at Ruby Ridge. actions by Weaver eventually led to Weaver and Harris going too far. Lindquist argued that the government had shown remarkable restraint and reasonableness after Weaver failed to appear for illegal firearms charges. He said the government “bent over backward” trying to avoid a confrontation for 18 months, and when the conflict came, it wasn’t the government’s doing. David Nevin presented the defense’s closing arguments first, leading off with a quote by George Washington that stated, “Government is not reason, it is not eloquence; it is force. Like fire, it is a dangerous servant and a fearful master.” Nevin then chipped away at the government’s version of events in the case, reminding the jury of several key issues brought up during the trial. He talked about how Harris had not fired the first shot, how the marshals claimed to be on a surveillance mission appeared to be on more of an action mission. Nevin also raised a doubt that Kevin Harris’ bullet had been the one that killed Marshal William Degan, showing that the backpack worn by Degan at the time of his death had a second exit hole of a bullet that the FBI lab seemed to have missed. Nevin argued that the existence of this second exit hole showed evidence that Marshal Larry Cooper, not Harris, could have been the one who fired the fatal shot that killed Marshal Degan. “I’m not saying that this is what happened for sure,” Nevin told the jury. “I’m only saying this is a possible scenario — but one that is at least as consistent with < see TRIAL, next page >
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the evidence and as believable as anything the government has proposed about how William Degan died.” After a break for lunch, Gerry Spence issued his closing arguments. He started by shaking hands with his client, his fellow attorneys and their wives, and telling the jury, “You may be the most important jury that’s come along for many a decade.” Spence told the 12 men and women that their purpose in this trial wasn’t to find out who wins the case, but that they were responsible for holding the government accountable for its actions. Spence argued that the government had attempted to sweep the deaths of Sammy and Vicki Weaver under the rug, and that the prosecution’s entire case had been built around the approach to demonize Randy Weaver. Spence’s tone, according to first-hand accounts, was even-keeled and inquisitive, but pointed. He essentially asked, “How did all this happen?” and spelled out the events that had led them to court; that the marshals had realized they shot a little boy in the back and the government began orchestrating a cover-up to demonize Weaver and take some of the blame off of themselves. Spence then gave a moving tribute to the late Vicki Weaver, arguing that “if she were standing in this courtroom today, I’d go up to her and give her a big hug — and tell her I’m glad we have people who are no longer afraid of the government.” Looking at the jury, Spence told them, “You have more power than anybody, and that’s the way it’s supposed to be.” He then laid out several examples for how the government had botched the incident at Ruby Ridge as well as the case. He said the BATF agent who tried to turn Weaver into an informant was the one who “started it all,” that if Weaver had agreed to be a snitch, the agent, “would have kissed him on both cheeks.” Spence concluded by summarizing all the evidence that proved the prosecution had not proved anything they set out to prove, telling the jury, “Ladies and gentlemen, Randy and Kevin are in your hands. You can free them or imprison them.” The Verdict Judge Lodge sequestered the jury, which began its deliberations on June 16. On June 29, the 72-year-old jury foreman was excused from the case because of health issues. A new foreman was chosen, but because the alternate juror had not participated in deliberations, the jury had to start anew. The jury began their 14th day of deliberations on July 1, which was a new record for a jury to make a decision in a criminal case in the state of Idaho. On July 8, 1993, the jury returned with a verdict that the New York Times’ Timothy Egan called “a strong rebuke of the government’s use of force during an armed siege.” Kevin Harris was acquitted of all charges. The jury found that Harris’ actions
that led to the death of Marshal Degan were committed in self-defense. Randy Weaver was acquitted of all serious charges — murder, conspiracy, aiding and abetting — but was found guilty of two minor charges that spawned from the original arrest, including failure to appear and violating the terms of his bail. Weaver was also found not guilty of the original weapons charge against him. Later interviews with jurors determined that they believed the BATF undercover agents had entrapped Weaver into sawing off the shotgun. Jury Foreman John Weaver (no relation) told reporters the conspiracy charge against Weaver and Harris had been quickly dismissed. The foreman also stated that many witnesses called by the prosecution helped the defense more than the prosecution. When the verdicts were read, both Randy Weaver and Kevin Harris wept in court. Harris was released from custody immediately, telling reporters outside the courthouse, “I just want to thank the jury for everything. I think the right thing happened.” The charges against Weaver carried a possible sentence of up to 15 years. Sentencing had been scheduled for Oct. 18, so Weaver remained in custody for the time being. On the day of sentencing, the prosecution recommended a long sentence of 41 to 51 months in prison, but Judge Lodge had reserved the right to throw out count nine, claiming it did not constitute a separate offense from the failure to appear charge. Howen, who had appeared back as lead prosecutor, amended the recommended sentence to between 30 and 37 months in prison, plus fines between $6,000 and $60,000 plus court costs. Spence offered a guilty plea for the one remaining count three — the original failure to appear charge — if all the other charges were dropped. Howen refused the offer. After hearing testimony from several of the jurors and Weaver’s 84-year-old father, Judge Lodge addressed the court: “Counsel do their jobs well when they put a lot of pressure on the court. I assure you, they have done that.” Judge Lodge then lectured Weaver that he, of all people, having served in the military and having run for sheriff of Boundary County, should have respected the law enough to appear in court. Judge Lodge then predicted that his sentence would probably not please some people, but he had weighed all the factors carefully. “There are probably very few right answers when people suffer this kind of tragedy,” he said. Judge Lodge sentenced Randy Weaver to 18 months in jail and a fine of $10,000, plus three years of supervised probation. Because Weaver had already served 14 months in jail and was also eligible for 58 days off for good behavior, Weaver’s release was scheduled for Dec. 18, 1993. Randy Weaver asked Judge Lodge for permission to hug his daughters, then re-
turned to his cell at Ada County Jail. Weaver served another four months in jail before finally being released on supervised probation. Picking up the Pieces On June 10, 1994, after the Department of Justice commissioned the Ruby Ridge Task Force to investigate wrongdoings the federal government may have committed during the siege of Ruby Ridge, the Task Force delivered a detailed 542-page report that compiled all the known evidence involved in the case. This report, as well as persistent questions of malfeasance by the federal government, eventually led to a series of hearings by the Senate Subcommittee on Terrorism, Technology and Governmental Information in late 1995. Throughout the 14 days of hearings, the Senate subcommittee criticized the FBI’s rules of engagement as unconstitutional. As a result of these hearings, the federal government standardized various use of deadly force policies to comply with their component agencies. The major change was the requirement of a reasonable belief of “imminent” danger of death or serious physical injury, which brought all federal use of deadly force policies in line with state and local law enforcement agencies. In August 1994, Gerry Spence, David Nevin and Chuck Peterson filed two civil lawsuits on behalf of Randy Weaver and Kevin Harris. One suit was filed against more than a dozen federal agents seeking civil damages for the wrongful deaths of Vicki and Sammy Weaver. The other was filed against the federal government for violating the constitutional rights of Weaver, Harris and the surviving Weaver family members. The attorneys sought $200 million in damages from the federal government. In an out-of-court settlement a year later, the federal government awarded Randy Weaver $100,000 and each of his three daughters $1 million each, though they admitted no wrongdoings in the deaths of Vicki and Sammy Weaver. FBI sniper Lon Horiuchi, who shot and killed Vicki Weaver and wounded Randy Weaver and Kevin Harris, was indicted for manslaughter in 1997 by the Boundary County prosecutor. The suit was dismissed on grounds of sovereign immunity, then reversed, then ultimately dropped by the newly elected Boundary County Prosecutor Brett Benson. In 1997, Kevin Harris was indicted for the first-degree murder of Marshal Degan, but the charge was dismissed on grounds of double jeopardy because he had earlier been acquitted of the same charge in 1993. David Nevin’s civil suit filed on behalf of Kevin Harris had stalled, mainly because federal officials vowed they would never pay someone who had killed a U.S. Marshall. After repeated appeals, Harris was finally awarded a $380,000 settlement from the government in September 2000. In October 1997, E. Michael Kahoe, the
Top: Randy Weaver explains logistics during the trial. Bottom: Randy Weaver confers with his attorney Gerry Spence. former chief of the violent crimes section at the FBI, was sentenced to 18 months in prison for destroying an “after-action” report that criticized the bureau’s role in Ruby Ridge. The 26-year veteran of the FBI had pleaded guilty to obstruction of justice. No bar complaints were made against prosecutor Ron Howen by Judge Lodge or the defense team for his actions in the preparation and trial, but Howen’s career as a federal prosecutor was effectively over. “You don’t make enemies by defying the FBI or DOJ without consequences,” Howen wrote to the Reader. “Ultimately, it cost me a marriage and in part, the life of my son by suicide.” The Weaver family eventually moved near Kalispell, Mont. In a 2012 interview, Sara Weaver said she had forgiven the federal agents who had killed her mother and brother. “I went 10 years without understanding how to heal,” until becoming a born-again Christian, she told the Associated Press. “All bitterness and anger had to go. I forgave those that pulled the trigger.” Editor’s Note: Thank you for reading this series looking back at the Stand-Off at Ruby Ridge: 25 Years Later. Next week, we will start a series on the American Redoubt movement in Idaho, starting with an article that traces the anti-government sentiments in North Idaho that developed after Ruby Ridge and the Waco siege, the formation of various patriot movements such as the Militia of Montana, the Tea Party, the III% and eventually leading to the modern era with the Redoubt movement. I appreciate all those who assisted in these articles. -BO September 14, 2017 /
MIND & BODY
Aikido: A Path to Harmony
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The practice of aikido is all about harmo-
It’s an art that transcends time and place. And for the past couple years, the place for Gaia and Sensei Reitan has been North Idaho. “Aikido means a way of harmony ... harmonizing with your environment ... a way of life,” said Sensei. “The ‘ai’ means harmony, ‘ki’ means ‘chi or prana,’ ‘do,’ means ‘the path.’ It is literally three words put into one that can be translated in multiple ways, but ultimately meaning a path to harmony. It can be harmony with all things, or yourself... it depends on the level of consciousness... first we have to be aware of who we are.” Though they once resisted moving to North Idaho, the Reitans became convinced this was where they needed to live, grow and work. After two years of growing roots, they have fallen in love with Sandpoint and plan to stay for as long as they live. “Sandpoint is really magical,” said Gaia. “People look at you when they talk to you. They say hello, they are playful, they want to know who you are.” The road that led the Reitans to Sandpoint was a long one. After high school graduation in 1979, Sensei Reitan enlisted in the Air Force and was immediately stationed in Japan. This is where he began his training in martial arts, and where he began to sink into the Japanese lifestyle. “I had a challenge in fitting in military life... which I did, but I found a refuge in the local people,” he said. “At the time martial arts were very popular, and there were tournaments literally every weekend. I studied three different martial arts when I was over there... it was almost all I did. I studied Japanese jujitsu, campo, karate.” Sensei eventually earned a fifth-degree black belt, amongst other black belts. “I moved to Arizona where I was shipped next and studied aiki-jujitsu, and then I slowly moved into aikido because it was less violent,” he said. “My dad was a black belt in karate, and so I was always at the dojo in my youth. I have always loved martial arts. A lot of the stuff I chose to do was really ego driven ... aggressive and competitive,” Gaia added. “Aikido is about harmony,” said Gaia, motioning to her heart, “and letting the ego fall away. What draws me to aikido is the humility, compassion and learning my essence of self. “Being able to work with all of this, within the dynamics of other people, that is what calls me to aikido, plus my hubby,” she continued. “I have a crush on the teacher!”
Gaia and Sensei Reitan. Photo by Jodi Rawson. They met a few years ago when they were both drawn to the workshop ‘Awaken the Illuminated Heart.’ “(That’s) where we met, and at that point life changed dramatically,” said Sensei. “She had a practice in the Yukon, and I had a practice in Bend when we met.” “We were both in very spiritual practices,” said Gaia. “We taught meditation, sound healing, movement and other healing arts. I am a massage therapist by trade.” “We both have extensively studied in multiple belief systems and spirituality,” said Sensei. “Our focus in the last few years is not through belief systems, but the more evolved spirituality of all belief systems ... connecting directly to God.” “The way that we would term our spirituality is basically about raising our awareness through access of our higher selves and our source connection,” said Gaia. “Whether it be energy or God or whatever you want to call it... not through doctrine or religion, but self-love and love for all that is.” After a beat of silence, he added: “That really is our purpose for being www.mehomes.net here in this particular area (208)264-6700 and doing this particular
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The Sandpoint Eater
What we Knead
By Marcia Pilgeram Reader Food Columnist The past week left me looking for a safe haven from all that threatened my well-being. Thick, acrid smoke compromised my health while wildfires consuming my beloved Montana landscapes compromised my spirit. Foreboding anxiety for friends and family in Florida kept me glued to the television all weekend, waiting to see where Irma would deliver her mighty wrath. Even a deadly earthquake in Mexico left me to question what could come next? While these natural disasters gave me pause, nothing shook my core like the symbols of hatred and bigotry (fliers and letters) that have returned to Sandpoint, delivered in the dark of night, by hate mongers who don’t deserve to live here. When I’m upset, overwhelmed or just plain sad, I retreat to the sanctuary that’s my kitchen. This past week was certainly one to seek refuge, and from morning until dusk I baked my heart out, bewildered by the bias that overshadows my community’s sense of well-being. And I find I’m not alone. Many take comfort or solace in baking. Take for instance, the initiative International Bake Bread for Peace Day, that takes place on Oct. 24. It was started in 2014 by an Irish woman named Breezy Kelly. Breezy, who hails from Glenties, County Donegal, and wants to bring 18 /
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the people of the world together with the simplest of gestures: breaking bread (yes, meeting Breezy will surely happen on my next trip to Ireland). “Baking bread together as a sign of peaceful intentions is a world-wide custom, common to cultures around the globe,” Kelly said, “and it is the main aim of Bake Bread for Peace to bring the tradition into communities and to strengthen it where already present.” The beautiful tradition of “breaking bread” is a centuries-old custom, and King Arthur Flour wants to make sure that it won’t become a lost art. They have begun a program, Bake For Good, designed for schoolchildren. The kids learn to make bread from scratch, and then share their creations with the
community. King Arthur even provides some of the ingredients. I hope some of our local teachers will take advantage of the Bake For Good program, and our community of kids can find commonality, baking alongside a school buddy, regardless of backgrounds or the baggage that comes from preconceived notions, learned at home. These baking projects reminded me of some of my own special communal times while baking. Most recently, I taught a private cooking class for a culinary-savvy 12-year-old visiting from Houston. It was a gift from his aunt, and it ended up being a gift for me, too. Michael was curious and eager and dove right into a batch of pizza dough like an expert. His enthusiasm was contagious,
and his farewell hug was genuine. We were an unlikely pair, but we forged a common bond, and we’re both looking forward to a repeat performance next summer. Maybe you’ll want to gather some of your own friends or neighbors (or grab a kid or two) for a baking day (your baking efforts of a loaf or two would be a welcome addition at one of our local soup kitchens).
Even though International Bake Bread for Peace Day is six weeks away, I’ve already started baking bread so I can share this simple yet powerful symbol for peace (and hopefully encourage others to do the same). You can follow my
progress, in photos, on Instagram: TheSandpointEater. For more information about “Bake Bread for Peace Day” (including pictures and recipes of bread posted by people from all around the world), visit: https://www.facebook.com/ bakebreadforpeace You’ll find additional Bake For Good information (and applications for teachers) at: http://www.kingarthurflour. com/bakeforgood/kids/self-directed.html If you don’t already have a family-favorite bread recipe, try mine for an easy and delicious loaf (perfect for a bread and soup supper). Thanks for helping me spread Breezy’s message about the great knead for peace.
Crusty Bread Recipe
Makes 2 small loaves or one large
This is a pretty basic and easy dough. Sometimes I add finely chopped rosemary, roasted garlic cloves or cheese to the dough before the last couple cups of flour. You can mix by hand or use a stand-up mixer and dough hook.
INGREDIENTS: • 2 cups water • 1 tbs yeast • 1 tbs olive oil • 1 tbs sugar • 2 tsp salt • 4 cups unbleached flour • 1 cup wheat flour
DIRECTIONS: In large bowl, dissolve yeast in warm water (110 degrees) add the sugar, allow yeast to proof or foam (about 10 minutes). Mix flours together. Add salt, oil, and 3 cups flour; beat for 2 minutes (add herbs, etc. at this point). Stir in 2 cups flour to make a stiff dough. Knead until smooth and elastic, about 10 minutes. Place in oiled bowl, turn dough to coat all sides, cover and let rise until doubled. Deflate the dough (be gentle and you’ll have nice air holes in your loaves) and divide in half for two loaves. Shape dough into two rounds (or one large one). Grease and sprinkle a sheet pan with semolina or cornmeal. Place loaves on the sheet pan, dust with flour and score the top of each loaf. Cover lightly with oiled plastic wrap and let rise until doubled. Bake at 425 degrees for 15 minutes, then reduce
heat to 375 and bake 25 additional minutes. Spray water on the loaves during the first fifteen minutes in the oven for
the nice crunchy crust. When done, Interior of bread should be 190 degrees. Cool on wire rack.
Gardening with Laurie:
Fall Garden Savings
By Laurie Brown Reader Columnist The garden is a great way to save money on vegetables, fruit, herbs and flowers. It’s even better when you can save money on the garden, too. Autumn is a great time to do that. The biggest money savings are nonplant items: power tools. Now is when lawn mowers, weed whackers and tillers go on sale. They want these items gone so they can bring in the snow blowers and Christmas trees. Not only are the items marked down, but sometimes you can find a floor model even cheaper. Things like trellises and irrigation systems also get marked down, but ornaments like gazing globes and garden gnomes sometimes get held at full price with hopes of selling them as Christmas gifts. Nurseries will usually have sales on trees, shrubs and perennials now. Any stock they have left over means having to deal with it all winter. As long as the ground isn’t frozen, it’s fine to plant – for some plants, it’s the best time for that. They can make sturdy root growth before the ground freezes, and (if it ever rains again) you don’t have to worry about keeping it watered – another saving if you have city water! Sometimes things planted late in fall may heave out of the ground during freeze/thaw cycles. To prevent this, place a couple of good sized rocks over the root ball (not on the plant itself). This will also help keep deer from pulling them out of the ground. If they haven’t been sent back to the growers, seeds may be on sale. Most
Fall offers garden savings in many ways.
garden seeds are good for several years if stored properly – dry and cool. Exceptions are onions, lettuce and delphiniums. This is also a good time to round up your leftover seeds from spring and get them stored. You may find seeds to save in your own garden now, too! Autumn, of course, means lots of leaves on the ground. If you need mulch – and almost all gardeners do – drive around town and offer to collect leaves from folks. This will save you from buying straw for winter mulch. Winter mulch protects the investment you’ve made in plants, making sure they get through winter happily. When putting the garden to bed, make sure your tools are all picked up, cleaned, oiled and put away for winter. Lost or rusty tools mean new ones have to be bought, and I’d rather spend my money on new plants. Take care of lawn mowers and other power tools, too, pouring the gas out so it doesn’t collect water in winter. In late summer and fall a lot of gardeners are dividing plants, and frequently have extras to give away. Check with your gardening friends, or post an ISO (In Search Of) post on the Sandpoint Facebook Yardsale group. You can ask for something specific, like peonies or iris, or just ask for any available extras if you’re just starting out.
TIP OF THE WEEK
Make sure new transplants are marked well. You may not remember where they are come spring, especially if they are late risers!
friday, sept. 15 @ 8pm
the led zeppelin experience Sept. 14 & 16 @ 7:30pm | Sept. 17 @ 3:30pm
“close encounters of the third kind” The digitally remastered 40th Anniversary friday, sept. 22 @ 11:59pm
Midnight movie: projectionist’s choice
come by the Panida and look at our Midnight Movie’s “image” for a hint at what it will be this month
Sept. 22 @ 5:30 & 8:30pm | Sept. 23 @ 3:30 & 7:30pm | Sept. 24 @ 3:30
thursday, sept. 21 @ 7pm
“rooted in peace” a film for world peace day
sept. 28 @ 7:30pm | Sept. 29 @ 5:30 & 8:30pm Oct. 1 @ 3:30pm
manhattan short film festival saturday, sept. 30 @ 7pm
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SPORTS & OUTDOORS
Crosstoberfest: A Cyclocross event for cyclists of all stripes By Ben Olson Reader Staff
Get ready for a weekend of dirt and fun at the 6th annual Crosstoberfest, an event showcasing one of the more unique bike events; the Cyclocross. Cyclocross (CX) is part endurance challenge, part mud bath, part race and 100-percent joy. As the second stage of the Wild West Cyclocross Series, the Sandpoint Cyclocross draws hundreds of regional bike racers and spectators who come out to watch them ride, run, steer and power through the University of Idaho CX course on N. Boyer Ave. during the weekend of Sept. 30 – Oct. 1. Races start as early as 9 a.m. and go all day. But the event is not just about the CX race; it’s promoted and powered by Team Autism 24/7, a local nonprofit organization that helps raise money to fund programs to support families living on the spectrum near Sandpoint. Wayne Pignolet, executive director of Team Autism 24/7, helped establish the CX in Sandpoint six years ago. “We love Cyclocross,” he said. “We were driving down to Spokane [to another race] and we thought, ‘There is this beautiful piece of property at the U of I annex.’” With assistance from a handful of riders, including Charles Mortensen of Syringa Cyclery, and Jason and Kristen Meshberg, Pignolet and company were able to establish a permanent course at the U of I annex. “The beauty of having the course at the U of I annex is that the venue allows us have a permanent course,” said Mortensen. “Most venues are run out of a city park or other temporary spaces. They aren’t able to develop the courses like we are.” The CX course is a closed-circuit track that winds two miles throughout the U of I property. It includes ever-changing obstacles, a 50-yard long sand pit that forces cyclists to 20 /
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dismount and carry their bikes, hurdles and bunny hops, long muddy sections and banked turns. “It’s just as much fun to watch as it is to ride,” said Mortensen. One other yearly tradition is sighting the course mascot; a six-foot Sasquatch with glowing eyes that is rumored to roam the woods. “Last year, someone stole him, so we posted a reward offer on Facebook for his safe return,” said Mortensen. “About a month before the race, Charles Everhart and his son, Skyler, who had raced Crosstoberfest the year before found him leaning against a tree in the woods near Sagle off some remote road. They happened to be driving by on the way to a friend’s house and glimpsed the reflecting eyes I had added to the Squatch. The put him in their van and contacted me for his safe return. Free Crosstoberfest entries, food, and beer for the Everharts! Now, Squatch comes out for the race, but we put him into hibernation over the winter under lock and key.”
There are several different categories based on age and gender. Those over 50 years old can ride with the “Master’s 50+” or if you weigh over 200 pounds, you can ride in the “Clydesdale” division. There are also four junior categories for boys and girls between 11-14 and 15-18 years of age. While the adult categories will run you $30, the junior registration is free thanks to a sponsorship from Mountain West Bank – all they need is a parent to sign for them. There will also be unofficial kids races on Saturday with shorter laps, and a walk for autism where families can walk around the track with their children. Most who compete in the CX races ride a hybrid bike that has a race frame with knobby tires, but there is only one restriction on what type of bike can’t be entered. “You just can’t have those cow horn bar ends on mountain bikes,” said Pignolet. “Otherwise, if it has two wheels and can roll, you can ride it. But generally, there are mountain bikes and cyclocross bikes.”
Top left: A totem pole with funky art designs usually greets riders and spectators at the Cyclocross. Top Right: The famed Sasquatch of Cyclocross. Keep your distance! Bottom: Two riders watch as cyclocrossers rally down the trail. Photo by Bruce Trejos. In addition to the racing fun, there will be a host of fun activities for Crosstoberfest, including camping by donation on site, food vendors including Jupiter Jane and Mandala Pizza, bonfires, beer kegs provided by Laughing Dog Brewery and Eichardt’s Pub, wine provided by Pend d’Oreille Winery, and donated beer from Idaho Pour Authority and the 219 Lounge. Also, the master of ceremonies for the event will be the always-entertaining Jason Meshberg. “There are a ton of volunteers who help make this happen every year,” said Mortensen. “We couldn’t do it without them.” Winners for each division will receive funky trophies, some of which were created by potter Daryl Baird, others of which are branded individually before the event.
While winners earn bragging rights, the real winners of this event are the students on the spectrum that are assisted by Autism 24/7. Pignolet estimates around $15,000 has been raised from the Crosstoberfest events in the past. To sign up for the event, go to http://wildwestcxseries.com/ races/crosstoberfest/. While registering in advance is preferred, same-day registration is also possible at the venue. Weather is always a wildcard for Crosstoberfest, so come prepared for anything. “There’s a buzz for this year’s event,” said Mortensen. “We are reaping the benefits of the course-work we have done over the years. The course is in excellent shape and we are looking forward to great weather. Which could come in the form of sun, wind, snow or rain.”
This week’s RLW by Ben Olson
Too Darn Hot
Looking back over 70 years of Broadway musicals By Tim Henney Reader Contributor
iving in and around NYC for much of our pre-dotage life, my 1957 bride and I saw and fell in love with Broadway musicals. In the late 1950s we clapped our hands and tapped our toes from high in the balconies. As time passed we edged closer to the action on stage — a benefit of earning a mind-boggling $10,000 instead of $6,500 a year. Broadway songs infiltrated our life. Countless musicals were, and are, about New York City and that made us feel part of the scene (Same with literature, pop songs, films — watching a Woody Allen movie that was filmed in the city is twice as much fun if you’ve walked those streets, known those cafes and coffee houses, explored Central Park, Rockefeller Center, SoHo, Little Italy, Fifth Avenue). In the early ‘60s my 1957 bride and I saw the young Eli Wallach, Anne Jackson and Alan Arkin in Luv — a comedy, not a musical — cavorting at night on a staged Brooklyn Bridge. We felt like we were in the play. I mean, the actual bridge is mere blocks from Broadway, where we sat. When a bassett hound, on cue, strolled onstage and peed on Arkin’s leg — and he bellowed, “Why me, why me?”— we almost felt culpable. Could that be our bassett hound, Cruiser? Did we shut his gate when we headed into town tonight from Glen Rock, N.J., for the show? Does he know how to commute by train, then over the Hudson by ferry boat, into Manhattan? “Annie,” “Hello Dolly,” “Funny Girl,” “Easter Parade,” “Mame,” “West Side Story,” “On The Town,” and “42nd Street” were about NYC. So were untold other productions. Few were more Manhattan-ish than George M., with such all-Ameri-
can hits as “You’re A Grand Old Flag,” “Harrigan,” “Yankee Doodle Dandy,” “Over There,” and “Give My Regards To Broadway.” “Damn Yankees” was about the New York Yankees. “Gentlemen Prefer Blondes” was about New York and Paris. We saw those performances and, being young, felt almost smug to be living right smack where those singers and dancers were singing and dancing about. Sort of like reading in the national media that Sandpoint is the USA’s best mountain town. A very special place. It’s reassuring. A pat on the back for a Sandpoint citizen’s superior judgment. “Hey, tourists, you vacation here — but I live here!” When we saw the spirited revival of “Anything Goes” at a Broadway theater in the early 1980s I was wafted, not unhappily, back to 1952, to lusty youth, in Albany, Ga. With several other eager young college dropouts from Turner Air Force Base, I joined Albany’s Junior League damsels as a cast member in their annual musical follies (no shared DNA with the Angels Over Sandpoint’s Follies. Much less titillating, if memory serves). We sang “It’s Delovely,” from “Anything Goes.” And I wound up dating a Junior League hottie. Mission accomplished. When my 1957 bride and I saw the British blockbuster “Me And My Girl” during its 1980s New York run, I was transported back even further — to when I was a late 1930s whippersnapper. Just as flappers doing the Charleston and the Lindy characterized the roaring twenties, the Lambeth Walk was the dawn-of-World War II dance craze in the U.S. and England. To my delight they sang and danced it in the 1985 “Me And My Girl” revival in New York. And, corny as
it sounds, I found myself remembering my mom. She loved music, loved dancing, loved parties and as a young lady loved The Lambeth Walk. It was one of the first recorded songs I remember hearing on the family’s 78-RPM living room victrola, circa 1937 (another was young Bing Crosby’s “Sweet Leilani”). The early ‘60s Kennedy administration, full of hope and promise despite his diddling everyone from a mafia moll to Marilyn Monroe, was called “Camelot,” the title of a great Broadway musical, by many millions of Americans. When we saw “The Best Little Whorehouse In Texas,” Lyndon Johnson had succeeded JFK. The show’s Stetson-wearing sheriff and his dancing good ol’ boy buddies brought LBJ to mind (Johnson, personally crude by preceding, polished Ivy League standards, was one of American history’s most accomplished leaders. The Civil Rights and Voting Rights Acts were passed on his watch, as were the Clean Air, Wilderness, and Higher Education Acts. Head Start and Food Stamps were enacted, and he expanded Social Security to include Medicare and Medicaid). Like a number of U.S. presidents before (and since) him, Johnson considered himself a major league stud. About Jack Kennedy and his reputation as a Lothario, LBJ once declared: “I’ve gotten more by accident than he ever got on purpose.” The Best Little Whorehouse sheriff was cut from the same cloth. Maybe no coincidence. Months before I retired from the corporate world in 1986 we saw “Big River,” a musical about Huck Finn and his pal Jim floating the Mississippi on a raft. In the early ‘70s we had lived in an Illinois farm town near the Mississippi.
John Deere years. “Big River” kindled memories of small town midwest picnics, unpretentious small town friends, ice cream socials in the city park, Friday night high school football under the lights. Simple pleasures. We missed it all so much we returned there after east coast retirement. With fellow mariners of the Quad Cities Boat Club we sailed the mighty Mississippi — five knot, southbound, constant current notwithstanding. We bragged, “If you can sail a boat on the Mississippi you can sail one anywhere.” It wasn’t true, but it made us feel like better sailors than we were. “Man Of La Mancha” left a happy imprint on us, too. We kept backyard horses during a six-year Lloyd Harbor, Long Island residency. We named one horse Dulcinea, after the female lead who made Don Quixote think his “Impossible Dream” was reachable. We called another Kate, after the Broadway blockbuster, “Kiss Me Kate.” Which leads to the inspiration for this essay: the summer’s unrelenting heat. There is a song from Broadway’s “Kiss Me Kate” titled “It’s Too Darn Hot”: According to the Kinsey Report, every average man you know ... much prefers to play his favorite sport, when the temperature is low... but when the thermometer goes way up and the weather is sizzling hot ... Mr. Adam for his madam, a marine for his queen, a G.I. for his cutie pie ... is not. The guys who sang that in the show were bitching about Baltimore. But it could have been July at City Beach, hiking the Mickinnick trail, floating the Pack in a tube, or camping at Green Bay. Heavenly! But climate change is not fake news. It’s been Too Darn Hot.
I’ve always been a fan of Philip K. Dick (his middle name is Kindred, by the way!), whose science fiction works over the years have left a lasting impact on literature as well as motion pictures. One of my favorite of his is an early alternative history novel called “The Man in the High Castle,” which explores the idea of what the world would be like if the Nazis and Japanese had won WWII. What’s more, the book has recently been adapted to a TV series (which I haven’t watched yet) available on Amazon.
I love when my favorite bands release new albums. Just this week Cameron told me The National came out with their new album, “Sleep Well Beast.” I like The National for many reasons. Their thoughtful, dirge-like style embraces subtlety and mood in the best of ways. Plus, Matt B e r n i n g e r ’s voice has always had a direct line to my dark, malnourished soul.
I always enjoy movies based on true stories. One great film available to rent now is “War Dogs” directed by Todd Phillips. The movie tells the true story of two childhood friends who reconnect later in life and start selling arms to the U.S. government. With the war in Iraq raging, the duo take advantage of a U.S. government initiative that allows private contractors to bid on weapons contracts. Before they know it, the duo find themselves over their heads in a $300 million contract for weapons. As you can imagine, all hell breaks loose. Starring not-my-favorite-actor Jonah Hill and David Packouz, plus a great cameo by Bradley Cooper, this is a great film.
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Progress prompts hope North Idaho Walk to End Alzheimer’s coming up at end of the month
By Lyndsie Kiebert Reader Staff Writer Each participant in the various Walks to End Alzheimer’s carries a flower during the events across Washington and North Idaho, and each color means something different: blue flowers mean you have Alzheimer’s disease, yellow means you’re a caregiver, orange means you’re an advocate and purple means you’ve lost a loved one to the disease. At this year’s North Idaho Walk to End Alzheimer’s, held Sept. 30 in Coeur d’Alene, Event Coordinator Leslie Woodfill will hold a purple pinwheel flower. Woodfill said she recently had a Facebook memory pop up from seven years ago — the first time she did the walk, at the time with her mother, who had a form of Alzheimer’s known as Lewy body dementia. While the transition from the yellow flower to the purple flower has been terribly hard, Woodfill said she is more than willing to share her mother’s story because the Alzheimer’s Association, who puts on the walk, helped her mother so much when she was alive. Through support groups sponsored with funds raised by the walks, Woodfill said she and her parents were able to find other people in their same situation. “You can’t do Alzheimer’s alone,” Woodfill said. “You need support. You need people to ask questions to.” Aside from local support groups, the funds raised also go toward local education programs to combat the stigma surrounding the disease, as well as to research efforts. “The money stays local, except for the research money which goes to the Alzheimer’s Foundation, but the thing is there’s lots of companies in Spokane and eastern Washington that are doing research funded by the Alzheimer’s Foundation,” Woodfill said. “It’s benefiting local people.” While Alzheimer’s has a reputation as a cureless, hopeless disease, Woodfill said she’s seen hope develop just in the decade that the walks have been held across the region. “What’s exciting is we’re just finally 22 /
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finding opportunities for people to be like ‘there is hope.’ This is the first year where they’re saying ‘we have different treatments that are coming into play,’” she said, noting several new preventative measures that are on the verge of being introduced. “There’s a lot of progress in what’s happening with Alzheimer’s research. There’s a lot happening and I really want people to have that hope.” That hope is reflected by the incorporation of a new pinwheel flower this year, Woodfill said: the white flower, held by one child as a representation that with the efforts of those searching for a cure, that child will never have to worry about having Alzheimer’s. “It’s been one of those diseases where there’s no hope. Who wants to give to something where people are still dying?” Woodfill said. “But with breast cancer, 30 years ago there was no hope, and now look at the cure rates. We still need research, but there’s an awareness and people are being proactive in their health, and that’s what we need people to do with Alzheimer’s.” She said so far two groups of walkers from Sandpoint have signed up to walk in Coeur d’Alene, including members representing Luther Park and Life Care Center of Sandpoint. Those who still want to sign up have plenty of time, as the walk accepts participants up to the day of. Go online to register at alz.org/walk. Registration on the day starts at 8:30 a.m. and the walk begins at 10 a.m.
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