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Ben Olson What’s your most embarassing moment? (we went into Eichardt’s Pub for our victims this week) “When I was a kid, I started picking on this other kid at school. He started chasing me and I turned around and went ‘nyeh nyeh’ and then I turned back around and hit the corner of the building with my face. I got 10 stitches for it.” Sarah Lindstrom Sandpoint “I was pretty embarassed when a professor at college called me at the bar and asked if I’d drop his class. He said he hadn’t seen me in class for awhile, but he was pretty sure where I’d be.” Doug Clark Sandpoint “They all have to do with farting. In high school I was sleeping in English class and my head was down on the desk. All of a sudden, PPFFFT. I woke myself up, actually. I just pretended I was still asleep.” Karen Sjoquist Sandpoint “I was a white ninja for Halloween one year. I didn’t have any clean underwear, but I went to school anyway. In class, I went to do this high kick and my crotch just ripped out completely. I didn’t have any other clothes!”


I went into Eichardt’s this week and asked our readers what their most embarassing moment was. After hearing them all and sharing a laugh, I was reminded of one of my own that still gets me red in the face today. I was 21, working as a golf professional at Hidden Lakes. I had been teaching golf lessons to a woman in her 30s, and I was smitten with her. When I finally asked her out, her response was, “Do you know your zipper is down?” That was strike one. When we went out on a date, I borrowed a boat from a friend and took her out to Garfield Bay Resort, drinking a healthy amount of beer along the way. While we were docking, she asked how to dock a boat. I was getting cocky at this point and swung the boat in a little fast, lost my balance and somehow gunned the throttle full. The boat flew up on the dock and teetered there, completely out of the water. When we finally got it moored and safe, the diners on the deck gave me a standing ovation for my awesome parking. Strike two. During dinner, a waitress handed me a napkin with a note written on it. “Could you please stop swearing, there are children present.” Strike three, I was out. I never got another date! -Ben Olson, Publisher

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Sandpoint Reader letter policy: The Sandpoint Reader welcomes letters to the editor on all topics. Requirements: –No more than 400 words –Letters may not contain excessive profanity or libelous material. Please elevate the discussion. Letters will be edited to comply with the above requirements. Opinions expressed in these pages are those of the writers, not necessarily the publishers. Email letters to: Check us out on the web at: Like us on Facebook. About the Cover This week’s cover photo was taken by Merrick Chase. The photo features MarchFourth Marching Band, who will be playing a fun-filled show at the Panida Theater on Friday, Oct. 2 with opener Sepiatonic.

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Celebrating America with Garrison Keillor By Nick Gier Reader Columnist “It is the will of God that we must have critics, and missionaries, and Congressmen, and humorists, and we must bear the burden.” —Mark Twain Garrison Keillor’s “Prairie Home Companion” aired every weekend on 600 NPR stations with 4 million listeners since 1974, has become an icon of Americana. Keillor once tried to retired, but he failed. He now says he is serious about it. As they are now doing with Click and Clack the Car Guys, I hope they broadcast Keillor from the archives because I never tire of hearing his stories again and again. Sam Anderson describes Keillor’s humor as “polite, understated, and deliberately anachronistic; it never breaks a sweat. When he speaks, blood pressures drop across the country [and] wild horses accept the saddle.” Keillor certainly has his detractors. Feminists complain about the lack of positive images of women. Instead there are housewives, who, during the long Midwest winters, draw the noose of Christianity so tightly around their men’s necks that they flee to their fishing shacks for days at a time. There are also his babes, one of whom “wore a knit sweater and jeans so tight it looked as if she’d been poured into them and forgot to say ‘When.’ When she moved, she seemed to undulate under her clothes in ways that took a man’s mind off the state of the economy.” Keillor also got into trouble with gay men when he described a pair of them as “sardonic fellows with fussy hair who live in an over-decorated apartment with a striped sofa and a small weird dog.” Critics don’t realize that Twain and Keillor are equal 4 /


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opportunity satirists, who ridicule everyone, including themselves. Keillor’s put-downs of radio people—too clumsy and ugly to be seen on TV—are especially scathing. Keillor is kinder to religion than Twain ever was. In typical self-depreciating style, he described his own faith on some days as “so small that it would take a microscope to find it.” He compares himself to the Prodigal Son of the New Testament. Keillor’s subtle humor stands in contrast to his outrageous tales. Did you know that one of the Wise Men was actually a Lutheran? Archaeologists from Minnesota have now proved that myrrh is originally a hot dish from the Middle West, not the Middle East. One of my favorite skits is the one about cowboys Dusty and Lefty. Dusty is the one with a hard edge—preferring dance hall floozies and rotgut whiskey—but Lefty is the sensitive one who prefers to date librarians and drink a good Chardonnay. Lefty would have liked the

cowboy in a New Yorker cartoon who reserved one of the slots in his cartridge belt for his lip balm. Space does not allow me to retell my favorite stories such as “Truck Stop” about Florian and Myrtle Krebsbach’s ill-fated trip to a Minneapolis clinic. Sure, he makes fun of them—a bumbling old codger and his nagging wife—but in doing so he reminds us of our deep and common humanity. Another hilarious tale is the one about 24 Lutheran ministers going on a ride on Carl Bunsen’s new pontoon boat. After being forced into the water by a blazing charcoal BBQ, the ministers—all in sodden turtle-necks, earth-tone corduroys, and hush puppies—are led to shore by a guardian angel, a small boy who knows exactly where the shallow water is. There was a time in Lake Woebegon when the whole town would turn out for a special Fourth of July event. Inspired by a traveling cap salesman, the citizens would don various colored hats and shirts

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Are you interested in obtaining your private pilot’s license? Granite Aviation is offering a series of ground school classes in October that provide the first step toward soaring high. Private Pilot Ground School is open to anyone who is interested in pursuing flight training. The Ground School course starts Oct. 7 and will run through Oct. 21, meeting Wednesdays at 6 p.m.-7:30 p.m. and Saturdays 9 a.m.-11 a.m. The total cost for the courses is $350. “It’s partial introductory, and works the student toward the oral exam with the FAA when they’re ready,” said Andy Berrey, owner of Granite Aviation.

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Garrison Keillor reading during a performance of “Prairie Home Companion.” to make the Living Flag. The problem was that person after person would break rank and climb the highest building to admire their amazing creation. Then some people ran home to get their cameras, and it just became a big hassle rather than a patriotic celebration. Garrison Keillor makes us all proud to be Americans, and by cutting all of us down to proper size, he shows us the humility that should keep us from claiming qualities that we do not have.

Keillor is a superb antidote to American exceptionalism, but at the same time he is the best promoter of a unique America, a flawed but dynamic country of hard-working natives and immigrants with basically good values. It is a country where “the women are strong, the men are good-looking, and all the children are above average.” Nick Gier taught philosophy at the University of Idaho for 31 years.

Shelby for Mayor... Dear Editor, Vote for Shelby Rognstad in the Sandpoint Mayor’s election on November 3rd. Shelby wants to bring clean, high-tech firms here that provide good-paying jobs. He drafted a zoning plan that keeps Sandpoint affordable, with no sprawl, and is environmentally sensitive. He created an herbicide-free, hand-pulling program to rid our lake of invasive weeds. He supported railroad quiet zones in town. And, he has a solution to downtown parking. Shelby is a good listener,

negotiator and problem-solver. With his eight years in city government, and as a small-business owner, he will bring to us valuable experience, farsightedness and sensitivity of our life style. So, come out and vote for this very able and exceptional candidate for mayor, Shelby Rongstad. Philip A. Deutchman Sandpoint


Perspectives on Sandpoint By Dustin Hoffman Reader Contributor

You’re driving north out of Coeur d’Alene. You pass through Hayden. Then you see what could be any American town as viewed from the highway. The stoplights and intersections become less frequent. The familiar clusters of fast food eateries and retail chains are compacted into your rear view mirror. The road stretches out, courses over hills, winds as it climbs. You cross a threshold. The beauty you observed was a backdrop until now. Evergreens are tall and straight like the masts of a ships. Bare rocks are inscribed with the underlying code of the universe. The mountains are stacked in unending succession, marching into the blue veil. You’re saturated, full to tingling with visions of a painted world. Suddenly, the terrain smooths. You glide out over the glistening waters of Pend Oreille, a spectator to her depth and breadth, to the green-blue vision of tree clad mountains retreating in every direction. You cross the Long Bridge and take the first exit. Sandpoint, North Idaho. You were born here. You grew up here. Maybe you’re a prodigal son or daughter. Someday you’ll come home, if you haven’t already. Or, maybe you’re like me, you came here an emigrant, a refugee of some grey city, USA. This place seems to draw like the tide. It is synergistic, more than the tamaracks and the ponderosa pines, more than Schweitzer and Lake Pend Oreille. It drew me 1,400 miles, sight unseen. I didn’t know anyone who

A beautiful day at Green Bay. Photo by Ben Olson.

had been closer than Coeur d’Alene. My wife found Sandpoint on Google Maps. She liked the look of it, nestled between the 38th largest lake in America and a ski mountain. We planned our escape for almost a year. During that time I remember sitting in my office punching Sandpoint into the search engine. It was a sacred ritual. I read the Wikipedia article. I studied the census data. I visited locals websites, looked at pictures and took virtual flights around the area compliments of Google Earth. The move was intentional. We wanted to find a place to live and move there. We didn’t have a job or a chain of what-ifs to lead us around by the neck. My wife and I didn’t know how we were going to survive in North Idaho, but we were committed to making it work. That

was the most important part of our decision. We did what we set out to do, and we have no regrets. Now we’ve lived here for almost a year. We’ve met a surprising number of people like us, people with a similar story. Many recall the first time they crossed the Long Bridge as their singular inspiration to make Sandpoint home. Some view Sandpoint as the endling of small town America, revering it as though they’d stumbled upon a thriving resurrection of the lost city of Atlantis. Regardless of the initial draw, people desire to live here, to raise families here. Out of the vinyl boxes of America they come to Sandpoint with little more than the determination to make it work. It is an inspiring story, a romantic vision that has existed since before the first settlers, a call to adventure

that reflects a larger human narrative. But there is another side to the story, another narrative, that of the native residents. Some could trace their lineage back to the brave people who first settled this area over 100 years ago: trappers, traders, miners, loggers, and railroad workers. For them, Sandpoint is a generational family home. While Sandpoint natives may not have exclusive claim to the land, they have a culture and a history worthy of respect. They are not obligated to accept every newcomer with unbridled hospitality, though many do. They have seen people come and go: tourists, seasonal residents, and those whose honeymoon with North Idaho ended after their first winter. They have sustained this area and proven their ability to survive here. There is no impetus for them to adapt to newcomers.

Whether we recognize it or not, many of us come here with the expectation that someone will cater to our needs. When in the city, you immerse yourself in the culture of your choice, you draw around you people like yourself. For the most part, you can afford to ignore everyone else. That fast food, city-centered way of life doesn’t work here. The wild gods of the Idaho Panhandle require a sacrifice in return for the enduring beauty and serenity of this place: humility. Treat other people as you would like to be treated. That is at the heart of small town charm. If we’re to live together as newcomers and natives enjoying the wonders of Sandpoint, it will be through the preservation of a culture wherein people care about other people. September 24, 2015 /


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Idaho school vaccination exemption rate highest in nation By Harrison Berry For Boise Weekly One of Republican presidential contender Donald Trump’s most brazen moments at the Sept. 16 candidates’ debate came during an exchange with fellow GOP nomination hopeful Ben Carson. When asked by debate moderator Jake Tapper whether Trump should stop publicly linking vaccines to autism, Carson—a pediatric neurosurgeon—responded “[Trump] is an OK doctor, but the fact of the matter is, we have extremely well-documented proof that there’s no autism associated with vaccines.” Trump doubled down on his belief vaccinations have helped push autism to “epidemic” levels in the past 25-30 years. “It has gotten totally out of control,” he said. The exchange between Trump and Carson highlighted the ongoing rift between so-called “anti-vaxxers” and the research and evidence debunking claims vaccines cause neurological conditions such as autism. According to a report released by the Centers for Disease Control in late August, nowhere in America is that rift wider than Idaho, which had a 6.5 percent childhood vaccination exemption rate during the 2014-2015 school year. Figures like those have stakeholders across the Gem State wringing their hands. “We believe we can do better,” wrote Idaho Public Health Medical Director Dr. Christine Hahn in a blog post published on the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare website following release of the CDC report. Resistance to childhood vaccination began in earnest in 1998, when Andrew Wakefield, a gastroenterologist at the Royal Free Hospital in London, published a paper voicing concerns about a possible link between the measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccine and autism. Though medical researchers long ago discredited the MMR-autism link, they have struggled to regain public confidence in a variety of vaccines—to the point where 6 /


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the medical community and anti-vaxxers are not speaking the same language. “You need to stop using the word ‘immunization.’ We don’t say ‘immunization.’ Vaccines don’t immunize anything,” Ingri Cassel, of North Idaho-based anti-vaccination group Vaccination Liberation, told Boise Weekly in 2011. When it comes to national childhood vaccination statistics, Idaho is an outlier. The state with the next highest total exemption rate is Colorado at 5.4 percent; the lowest is Alabama, at 0.7 percent. California’s total number of exempted students is 13,993, which dwarfs Idaho’s 1,432, but Idaho’s total exemption rate is more than 2.5 times the Golden State’s—and the rate increased by 0.1 percent between the 2013-2014 and 20142015 school years. CDC delved further into the data, breaking down total stateby-state exemptions by those based on “philosophic,” religious or medical objectives (90 percent, 9.5 percent and 0.3 percent in Idaho, respectively), as well as those parents claiming an exemption during school registration because their children were behind on their vaccination regimen. “The sliver of good news is that 90 percent of Idaho kids are covered,” said Idaho Department of Health and Welfare Public Information Officer Niki Forbing-Orr. “Over the years, Idaho’s vaccination rate has been trending upward.” In Bonner County, the childhood vaccination exemption rate hovers at 20.6 percent. Dana Williams, a registered nurse at the Lake Pend Oreille School District, has daily conversations with parents who don’t want their children to receive vaccines, and the topic of unvaccinated children comes up at every staff and administration meeting she attends. Williams described an instance in which a parent filled out an exemption form other than the one mandated by the state because it implied by not vaccinating his child, he wanted his child to become ill. “I said, ‘It doesn’t say that. It says you’re making a choice

based on what you feel, philosophically, that you don’t want your child to have vaccines,’” Williams said. More than a decade has passed since an outbreak of a vaccine-preventable disease in the school district, despite several near misses—outbreaks in neighboring counties and states. According to Williams, time has eroded the cultural memory of when diseases like smallpox and measles ran rampant. “I remember taking a polio vaccine when I was in grade school—you know, the sugar cube, so that tells you how old I am—but there hasn’t been polio here for a long time, so people don’t think it’s that bad of a disease,” she said. Williams serves all 11 schools in the Lake Pend Oreille School District, and she said unvaccinated children pose a critical public health threat there. She said the principle of “herd immunity”— vaccinated children are a shield against disease for unvaccinated children—isn’t present in Bonner County. Herd immunity also buys health care workers time in the event of an outbreak. For instance, it takes five to 10 days for the obvious signs of a measles infection to appear but in that time,

a sick child can spread infection to her classmates. “The thing that I don’t like about it is, we’re asking parents to vaccinate their children. They’re in classrooms of 20 to 30. One kid gets sick, and you know what? A bunch of others can get sick. That’s why we want them to get vaccinated,” Williams said. “It’s bothersome to me because I try to

talk to parents and let them voice their feelings, and I try to explain to them that, you know, you can die from this. Sometimes, they just don’t get it.” Harrison Berry is a staff writer for the Boise Weekly.

Sandpoint businesses rack up honors Always nice to see locals do well, especially when the honors come in pairs. First up is Kochava, which has been named one of three finalists for Idaho’s Innovative Company of the Year award. The company made the short list after a selection committee of business, technology and academic leaders reviewed a list of nominations. Kochava, a mobile advertising analystics company, is up against Fisher’s Technology and Proof Eyewear for the award, which is set to be announced on Oct. 21.

Evans Brothers Coffee joins the award season fray with their selection to compete for the title of America’s best coffeehouse. The coffee throwdown takes place Oct. 23-24 at the Northwest regional competition in Portland, Ore. Each team will bring their own coffee as well as a menu of espresso, cappuccino, latte, flavored latte, two manually brewed coffee options and a daily special. In the words of Dr. Rumack from “Airplane!”: “I just want to tell you both good luck. We’re all counting on you.” [CR]

FEATURE Transparency and the new city administrator post By Cameron Rasmusson Reader Staff As Sandpoint lumbers toward November’s election, it’s apparent one issue will define candidates more than any other: the hiring of the new city administrator position. The question has prompted debate on Internet comment threads and social media, with discussion intensifying in the wake of a contested mayoral race between Shelby Rognstad and Mose Dunkel. There were the usual questions. Is the position worth its $100,000 salary? Does Sandpoint require a city administrator with its existing department heads and an elected mayor already in service? However, in the past several weeks, the central debate has been reframed: Is the city right to shut the public out of its hiring process? It’s true that city officials have no legal obligation to include public feedback in its hiring practices. According to Mayor Carrie Logan, recent years have seen a new planning director, Aaron Qualls, and a new fire chief, Ron Stocking, take the reins at their departments, and neither were subject to scrutiny beyond an internal interview process. “We’ve never had this level of openness in terms of hiring any other department head,” said Rognstad, the City Council president. On the other hand, the adoption of a city administrator represents a far bigger change than simply replacing a department head. And when the city confirmed last week its candidate interviews would be largely closed to the public, some community members resented being shut out. “Just because they have the right to do it this way doesn’t mean they should,” said Raphael Barta, president of the Selkirk Association of Realtors. As it turns out, the hir-

ing process won’t be entirely closed-door after all. This week, Logan announced that the public would indeed have a chance to question at least one final city administrator candidate before council members make the decision to approve the new hire. This will take place at an upcoming council meeting after a selection committee of members appointed by the mayor narrows down the list to one or more finalists. “The city recognizes that, because this is a very special post new to Sandpoint, it is vital that the community have confidence and faith in the selection,” Logan wrote in a statement released Tuesday. For some members of the public, this isn’t quite the solution they hoped to see. Former councilwoman and city clerk Helen Newton, who doesn’t necessarily oppose the city administrator position but has criticized officials’ handling of the hiring, worries the decision to hire a specific candidate will be a foregone conclusion before any public comment opportunity. She would prefer to see a selection committee established through full council collaboration, as well as feedback from city employees and the public, rather than a single mayoral decision. “The council must remember that they have the power over this process,” Newton said. “If they decide the entire process needs to slow down, they can slow it down.” It’s worth remembering the public has already had a chance to comment on the new position during the city budgeting process, and they didn’t exactly pack the house. Throughout budget workshops, only a handful of people shared their thoughts on the new position, and no one offered commentary at a public hearing before council members passed the new budget. “I thought the city gave ample opportunities for citizens to

weigh in on the hiring of a city administrator,” said retired businessman Barney Ballard, who is more concerned about the money being used to pay the new salary. “It might [have been] prudent to use the money considered ‘saved’ [in the budget] as an offset for the expenses associated with Memorial Field, rather than another administrative level,” Ballard said. Then again, Barta believes those opportunities weren’t sufficiently publicized to generate attendance. He thinks leadership on the matter would have been improved by actively seeking local participation. “I agree with so much of what the city tries to do, but the fact is [elected officials] are all insiders,” he said. “In the end it may be that we get behind [the new administrator], but right now it all seems very rushed,” he added. Complicating matter further is the sharp divide between mayor candidates Rognstad and Dunkel on the city administrator issue. Rognstad believes the position is necessary for Sandpoint’s continued growth and says the right candidate may generate more than his or her salary costs in grants alone. There’s also the matter of continuity at City Hall. Officials have said an administrator could ease the transition

Sandpoint mayoral candidates Mose Dunkel (left) and Shelby Rognstad (right). from one elected body to another, but Rognstad is more concerned with the number of department heads that may retire within the next several years. The public works, finance, parks and rec, fire and legal departments all face this possibility. As for transparency in hiring, Rognstad said they need to consider the candidates themselves as interviews move forward. “[Opening interviews to the public] unnecessarily exposes them and could threaten any existing employment they may have,” he said. Dunkel, on the other hand, has been a vocal opponent of hiring a city administrator since it came to light. Since the position is set to become reality, he said he’s committed to working with the selected candidate if he’s elected mayor. However, he believes the hiring process reveals a trend of

opaqueness at City Hall over the past several years. “Who remembers the closeddoor ‘invite-only’ meeting regarding coal trains that the mayor held?” Dunkel said, referring to an incident where an individual was turned away from attending an closed-door informational meeting. “This is why people feel so divided from the operation of the city—the transparency is very weak.” It’s clear debate over the city administrator and the city’s approach to hiring a candidate won’t die down anytime soon. On the contrary, the next few weeks will probably amplify discussion as the city nears both the election and the selection committee’s announcement of a final candidate or candidates.

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Convoy of Hope aims to bolster family values By Cameron Rasmusson Reader Staff

Hope comes in many forms, as Pastor Eric Rust of Cedar Hills Church can tell you. He hopes to address hope in every manifestation, be it emotional, physical, tangible or spiritual, at Bonner County’s first Convoy of Hope event beginning 10 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 3. An effort that has brought churches and nonprofit organizations of all stripes into

the fold, the Convoy of Hope is a family assistance event that aims to leave all involved with a brighter outlook. “This gives families a reason to smile together, and we all need a reason for that,” he said. Smiles should be in plentiful supply thanks to the Convoy barbecue and other chances for families to eat and play together. But the event meets practical needs beyond establishing community and interpersonal bond-

Bouquets: •A very big bouquet goes out this week to a handful of volunteers who read our “B&B” column last week about a poor speciman of a human being who left some very big garbage by the lake at the Pack River Flats. They sent in the following message: “Great Bouquets and Barbs column last week! We decided to help out a little bit. The Kaniksu Land Trust, Friends of Scotchman Peaks Wilderness, and Larson’s Good Clothes all pitched in to pick up 5 miles on Hwy 200 between East Sunny Side Road and Clark Fork! We hauled up the dryer and fax machine to the pullout so ITD could pick it up. In all we collected over 50 bags of garbage. One of the great things about the Sandpoint area is the wonA group of hearty volunteers and their haul from beside the lake. derful volunteers!” Nice work, guys. Way to take the initiative! Check out their haul in the photo to the with an exploration of North IdaBy Cameron Rasmusson right. ho clothing in the late-1800s, this Reader Staff

ing. Hundreds of volunteers and an army of organizations join forces to offer haircuts, free groceries, medical screenings, job services, spiritual support and more throughout the day. There will be something to keep just about anyone busy. For instance, the kids can get hair cuts or occupy themselves with children’s activities while mom peruses clothing and grocery options. If dad happens to be out of work, he can seek advice from experts on crafting his resume or finding job opportunities. For the first year, the Sandpoint Convoy of Hope is already operating on an impressive scale. The entirity of the Bonner County Fairgrounds will be filled with activity and organizations, while the main exhibit hall will be packed with all the sponsoring organizations. In fact, it’s a great opportunity to see just how many nonprofits operate within the community and appreciate the amount of work they do.

“This isn’t meant to replace what they’re doing,” Rust said. “We actually want to showcase what they’re doing.” The Convoy of Hope is part of a larger body of faith-driven events throughout the country. A successful Coeur d’Alene event has been in operation for the past couple years. When Rust and other local spiritual leaders saw its success, they began discussing how to bring it to Sandpoint. Before long, the movement had grown into something far larger than anyone anticipated. “It was kind of like a viral thing that just grew as more people got involved,” Rust said. However, Rust said the Convoy needs all the help it can get to ensure it’s executed without a hitch. Those who wish to volunteer can attend an orientation session at First Christian Church, 201 N. Division Ave., at 7 p.m. Oct. 2.

Museum exhibit to offer period dress and photos

Barbs: •Normally, I’m a champion of free speech and civil rights, but in the case of those people who hang out around town holding signs with bloody fetuses for their abortion protests, I’d love to shut them up with a punch in the face. OK, I get your point; you have every right to protest abortion. But do you have to hold these disgusting signs, or worse, have your children hold them? There was a girl who looked no older than 10 years old holding a sign with an aborted fetus. Is she really old enough to form her own opinion, or are her parents simply using her? The logic of these signs is not sound. It’s purely shock value. Shall I hold a picture of a dead soldier to protest the usage of fossil fuels? I find this trend disgusting and not at all appropriate for a small town such as ours. Find a better way to make your point, people. 8 /


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A stroll through the dresses and suits that adorn the Bonner County History Museum is like a trip through time. Looking at the garments that clothed Bonner County residents nearly 100 years ago tells you something about the way they lived and worked. It’s all a part of the carefully crafted exhibit opening to the general public at Bonner County History Museum this weekend. And there’s no better time to see it than this Saturday, Sept. 26, when residents can visit for free thanks to Smithsonian Magazine’s Museum Day event. “I see this opening as a wonderful opportunity for those who have not been into the museum in a while, or ever, to come see what we do,” said Museum Administrator Cameron Murray. “It’s also a chance for people who saw [the 1880s exhibit], to come in and see how fashion changed in Bonner County as the world changed.” The latest exhibit features a continuation of the museum’s “Tales From the Wardrobe” displays. A series that kicked off

next stage features outfits from 1920-1939. The clothing reveals much about the personalities and the practical needs of the individuals who once worked and played in them. “The second segment in our series ‘Tales from the Wardrobe’ uses a rarely-seen portion of our collection in a very interesting way,” said Museum Curator Heather Upton. “We have managed to paint a picture of Bonner County history, from the opulence of the Roaring Twenties to the severity of the Depression years and everything in between.” For a more direct look at the Sandpoint’s transformation through the decades, check out the Then and Now exhibit. A collaboration between museum personnel and Sandpoint Reader publisher Ben Olson, Then and Now contrasts antiquated photos of iconic Bonner County locations with modern photos taken by Olson. “We’re lucky to get to present Ben Olson’s photographs in this way,” Murray said. “You can really appreciate how much—

and how little—Sandpoint has changed.” Securing free entry to the museum from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday is easy thanks to Smithsonian Magazine. Simply visit www. to print out your free pass. If you appreciate everything the museum does to preserve Bonner County’s past, consider becoming a member. Museum staff are preparing to launch their 2016 membership drive, which carries with it a host of benefits and starts as low as $20 per year. These include free annual admission, 10

percent off gift shop purchases, priority notices and discounts to upcoming events, discounts on research and reproduction fees, free guest passes and exclusive member events. “We are continually looking at news ways to improve membership benefits and programming” said Executive Director Olivia Luther Morlen, “and we plan to launch a few new and exciting ideas this year.” Become a member online at, by phone at 263-2344 or by dropping by the museum in person.

The corner of First Ave. and Cedar Street in Sandpoint, circa 1920. Photo courtesy of BCHS.

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Hi, my name is Petie Bass, and I live with my mom and dad in our little cabin deep in the woods. Mom found me at the pet store in town 13 years ago. My brother, Marley, a golden retriever, snuck in the car when mom was going to town and she never even noticed him until she was almost to Yoke’s. Naturally, she had to stop at the pet store and get him a treat and some water. I guess she was looking for me anyway, because she said while she was there, poking around the store, she found me, reduced, and in a little pen all by myself. I think she thought I was a Guinea pig, but I wasn’t! Dad said she could bring me home and that’s how I got to live with my very wonderful family. My very favorite thing to do is to ride around in stuff. I love our canoe and any floaty that mom blows up every summer. We have a big pond and mom and I love to go look for frogs and turtles. I have a captain’s hat too, but it says Alaska on it, so it’s a little embarrassing but mom thinks I look cute, so I try hard to keep it on. I like wheelbarrows too and get lots of rides in the garden. We have a goose named Larry, and I am the only guy that Larry likes aside from Dad. Larry doesn’t like most people and he especially doesn’t like Mom, but he likes Dad and me a whole lot. I am also a fearless bear hunter. One afternoon Mom, Dad and I were sitting on our front porch and a bear came right through the gate! I was the one who saw him first and I leaped into action. I got him too! Bit him right in the ...! He ran and ran. Good thing he did. I think I might have scared Mom and Dad to death but I saved them both! Submitted by Kestrel Bass, Sandpoint

The ladies of the day By Tim Henney Reader Humor Columnist Willie, Waylon and other musical cowboys like to croon about ladies of the evening. Without ladies of the evening the early West as we know it from movies and TV never would have happened. Nor would western films themselves. Think “Lonesome Dove.” And cowgirl vamps like Calamity Jane. Literature would have lacked spunk and spice. No classics like Daniel DeFoe’s salute to Moll Flanders. No busy Belle Watling in “Gone With The Wind.” No Susie Wong in “The World Of Susie Wong.” Stimulating histories of big cities and exotic tourist towns alike would be mere footnotes. Imagine the Big Apple without the sensuous entrepreneurship of famed madam Polly Adler. Same for Tijuana, Mexico, without the charms of Cassandra—a decades-long, overthe-border siren for California businessmen and politicians. Or Hollywood’s own escort service tycoon Heidi Fleiss. Her celebrity clientele earned her millions in her 20s. Same for timber, oil and mining boom towns. Ladies of the evening pitched right in. Still do. Curious, I wondered if Sandpoint had ladies of the evening quietly contributing to our culture. City Beach evening merriment? The Bonner County Fair? Cavorting among the stacks at the library? Hiding among the beets and kale at the farmers’ market? This could be a game changer for a sputtering journalistic career. So, like intrepid reporters Ben and Cameron conducting local bar research, I determined to personally explore the possibility. At my age I wasn’t going to attract suspicion. My 1957 bride, however, mas-

Sarah Faux at the Pend d’Oreille Winery.

querading as a U.S. President, vetoed the project. She advised I research a less intoxicating genre. She suggested ladies of the day, not night. Did she mean the late, great jazz/blues vocalist Billie Holiday, known affectionately as Lady Day? No, she did not. Did she mean singer/movie star Doris Day, everyone’s 1950s girl next door? No. Maybe she meant the energetic 1982 Broadway musical, “The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas.” Those ladies plied their craft nights and days at a chicken ranch. The sheriff was their best customer. One tune described the ranch as “...just a little bitty piss ant country place, nothing too high-toned...” Sandpoint? I was wrong again. My bride, Jacquelynn, had in mind a different genre. The joyous, hospitable, hard-working ladies she and I encounter daily in and about town. Happy ladies who seem to love life. And make our lives happy too. One of Frank Sinatra’s early 40s hits was “Saturday Night Is The Loneliest Night In The Week.” Well, ours isn’t. On Saturday nights, like other nights, we crash too early to feel lonely. But sometimes, feeling our oats, we grab a friend or family members and dine at Baxters On Cedar. Ebullient host Tommy sets the tone. But he’s no lady. However, gracious waitress Rebecca is. She’s so comforting one orders another bottle of Zinfandel just to hang around. On a smoky Sunday morning (this was August) there’s no better way to recover from the previous evening’s excess than with steaming mugs of Di Luna’s coffee. It’s a custom mix from local roaster Evans Brothers. Making it taste even better are Michelle, Kim, Holly, Diana and Amy. They greet, seat and serve patrons with care and kindness. And with sparkling conversation, if you want it. After brunch, a few steps up Cedar is Pend d’Oreille Winery. And our pal Sarah. This upbeat lady of the day helps manage the intriguing gift shop. Sarah was the face of the former Coldwater Creek Wine Bar. She knows her grapes. So does Jen, who pours behind the bar and tends tables in the winery’s adjacent Bistro Rouge bar. Jen once lived on New York’s upper east side. During the Revolutionary

The crew at Di Luna’s (from left to right): Michelle Siple, Maleah Harshman, Nina Peterson, Amy Borup, Owner Karen Forsythe, Holland Stevens, Kim Jones and Diana Georgiou. War my bride and I lived in NYC. So we have much to talk about with fellow cosmopolite, sophisticate and urbanite Jen. We all love New York and are happy we live in Sandpoint. Being “Second Sunday” at gracious Kally Thurman’s Hope Marketplace, we drive through the smoke to Hope. Silly us, we travel there at barely above the speed limit. Such arrogance disturbs fuming, frowning, tailgating drivers who have more urgent and demanding destinations. Sitting with ladies of the day Lynn and Geneen, we relax as Beth Pederson plays guitar and sings. Later, inspired by Beth’s melodies, we harmonize at home on “Smoke Gets In Your Eyes,” “On Top Of Old Smoky,” and the Emmy Lou Harris hit, “Smoke Along The Track.” People driving by think we are Peter, Paul & Mary. Or Tami and Dave Gunter. Monday morning. Jacquelynn hies herself off to the barn to talk politics with her horse, Ella. Both are liberals. I head back into town. Old guys tend to change shape, as it turns out, so trousers are taken to Jumpee at Sew Pro, on Main. “What’s this! Last week I lengthened these and took in the waist!” declares Jumpee. Anyone else would have been grumpy, but not Jumpee. “Yeah, well, I got fatter and shorter,” I say. Next stop is the bank. A rousing “Welcome to Wells Fargo!” rings out from cubicles and teller windows. Manager Anita Pew skippers a happy crew

Kathe Lambert and Anita Pew at Wells Fargo Bank. and seems to know everyone who enters. Personal banker Kathe Lambert sees me, mumbles, “Oh, no!” and dives into paperwork. Then we hug. Banking with a smile, and with friends. Dr. Whitney Hencker’s Sandpoint Optometry calls while I am dispensing free advice to the bankers. My new, collegiate-looking spectacle frames are ready. Staffers Amy and Audrey are effusive. They praise the new frames as “elegant.” I rush out to Division Street. Put on the hip new frames. Both ladies make courteous, customer-friendly noises. “They look nice!” And so forth. Clearly more impressed before the frames were on my face. Next stop is Spa At The Lake. A massage by world class therapist Jean. Sybaritic self indulgence. Nirvana. In a massage-induced coma, I stop for a haircut from Kaelin at Hair

Unlimited, downtown. My hair is definitely limited. But Kaelin makes an exception. Kaelin looks like a UCLA cheerleader. Still, she says digging hair out of my ears makes her feel like a monkey. Driving home to Selle Valley I stop at Yokes. What is it about supermarkets that make checkout ladies so consistently merry? Jodi, Kellie, Lore and colleagues make grocery shopping a delight. Final stop is the Ponderay post office. Postmistress Gale catches me about to dump yet another thick horse gear catalogue into the recycle bin. “If you do, I’m telling Jacquelynn!” she yells. Ladies of the day stick together. It’s unfair. But, as the old song says, they’re “just too marvelous, too marvelous for words.” Thanks to them, we feel we are too. September 24, 2015 /


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From breakwater to 4 x 4 barriers: The repurposing of a thousand tires into a off-road paradise By Ben Olson Reader Staff

When the big windstorm hit last year, all hell broke loose in North Idaho. Trees came down all over the county, houses were damaged, boats sank and were destroyed. At Garfield Shores Resort and Marina Club, the breakwater came apart and had to be salvaged and removed. It was made of over a thousand tires that had protected boats for over three decades Apex Construction won the bid to remove the breakwater. After gathering over 1,000 tires, Apex was able to find a new home for them; instead of the landfill or a salvage yard, the tires would find a new home at a brand new outdoor entertainment venue called the Purcell Trench Ranch near Bonners Ferry. “He came to us and said it would be cheaper for him to give us the tires than to pay a company to get rid of them,” said Mac Miltz, co-owner of Mountain Mafia Entertainment and the venue which opened last year. The tires, which range in size from semi trailer to huge equipment tires, were delivered on site to the ranch 11 miles north of Bonners Ferry, and Miltz and his partners have been busy finding uses for them. “So far we haven’t even scratched the surface,” he said. The off-road motorsport venue is a new venture by Miltz and partners Ben Spinney and Grey Whittier aimed at providing a world-class meeting place for off road enthusiasts. Featuring roughly 90 acres of terrain that varies from Hill ‘n’ Hole courses to side-by-side straight tracks, the Purcell Trench Ranch is billed as a “mototrack for trucks.” The tires are primarily used as barriers and obstacles, defining the courses. “We try to reuse all kind of stuff,” said Miltz. “When they replaced the lanes at the border crossing recently, we got these big 12-foot slabs of concrete and created a slick wall. Some of the tires also came with these huge inflatable buoys inside of them. They’re bright orange, so we used them as gates and boundary markers.” The course is fully irrigated with over 3,000 feet of pipe. It also features a deck ship water cannon that shoots water over 150 feet. While the water cannon helps to slick down the mud holes on the track, it also helps entertain the crowds. “You can point it straight up and it comes down like mist, cooling people off on a hot day,” said Miltz. “Kids love it.” 14 /


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A tricked out off-road truck navigates the course at the Purcell Trench Ranch. Photo courtesy Mountain Mafia Entertainment. Also featured at the track are stadi- mud and pit bogs and much more. This in the area, Miltz says the Purcell Trench um lights, one of the largest playpits in event also features a Havoc qualifier. Pro Ranch defines itself as unique because of north America (it’s three acres!), a Hill trucks and drivers will be onsite to battle the dedication to safety, fun and the sheer ‘n’ Hole course, a 40-foot tabletop, and it out for one spot in the 2016 Mountain size of the venue. side-by-side straight tracks. Havoc Competition. “We’re a lot different than, say, the “There are lots of obstacles,” said While the track is designed for use Mud Bogs,” said Miltz. “We’re famiMiltz. “It’s kind of a terrain park feel. by off-road truck drivers, it doubles as ly-oriented and we’ve had a really great We came at this from snow background, a spectator venue, with places to camp response from Bonners and the surso a lot of the features and hits have that everywhere. rounding areas.” snowboarding feel. It’s pretty unique.” “A lot of people come just to specThe future for Mountain Mafia EnterOpen from Spring to Fall, the track tate,” said Miltz. “The four-wheel driv- tainment and the Ranch is a bright one. is designed for 4x4 trucks and side-by- ing community is really amazing. A lot of Off-road motorsport is only the beginside UTVs. No 4-wheelers or dirt bikes these guys will give you the shirt off their ning. The venue is ultimately designed allowed at this time. backs. They love giving spectators rides.” to host people that come together with “Safety is a big thing for us,” said During events, the venue offers food like-minded interests. Miltz foresees all MIltz. “The trucks are all required to have vendors, merchandise booths, vendor different types of events in the future, seat belts and roll bars. If you flip or flop, booths and music. including UTV specific competitions, we try to keep it as safe as possible.” “It goes without saying that all feder- snowmobiling, concerts, mud endurance The Purcell Trench Ranch is event- al, state and local laws apply,” said Miltz. runs, retreats and other outdoor activities. based, with the Hill ‘n’ Hole and the side “We don’t allow drinking and driving, by side events are held under the super- and our pro security staff is mainly there To learn more about the Purcell vision of the Northwest Mud Racing As- for information and to talk to the people, Trench Ranch, visit them on Facebook sociation. to explain all the rules.” (type in Mountain Mafia Entertainment). “We have three or four open wheelWhile there are other off-road parks ing events a year where you bring your own trucks,” said Miltz, who also said there are a couple of off-road competitions also offered with more professional drivers featured. “One of our events called Mountain Havoc is for all different styles of trucks,” said Miltz. “Participants have to be voted in. Last time we had 20 trucks compete from six different states and three provinces of Canada. These are truly some of the best off road truck drivers in America.” The next open wheeling event called “Battle for Havoc” will take place Oct.24, 2015 and will feature mild to wild hills, trails, slick walls, NMRA racing, A dozer positions some of the repurposed tires. Photo courtesy Mountain Mafia Entertainment.


Existential classic hits stage at the Heartwood Center By Kate McAlister Reader Contributor

“He won’t come today, but surely he’ll come tomorrow.” Leave it to an Irishman to write a play both introspective and nonsensical at the same time. “Waiting for Godot” (pronounced God-oh) was Samuel Beckett’s first professionally-produced play. It opened in Paris in 1953 and was voted “the most significant English language play of the 20th century.” The story centers around two ragtag men both waiting for ‘Godot,’ whatever or whomever that turns out to be. Their waiting place is a tree, seemingly in the middle of nowhere and their conversations during the wait are a web of wordplay, dreams and often times, nonsense. Are they searching for the ethereal meaning of life, or waiting for someone to save them? It’s up to each individual to decide. Luckily for Sandpoint, a local performance of “Waiting for Godot” is on the way. I sat down with the director, Dorothy Finigan Prophet, to get a little sneak peek into the play and her thoughts on the play itself, the actors and who she thinks Godot represents. “I was looking for something I wanted to direct and didn’t like anything I read, until I read ‘Waiting for Godot,’” Prophet said. “Five pages in and I was hooked. It is so far out there and will really make theater goers think. And it’s fun.” The cast is all local favorites: Michael Bigley as Vladimir, Dan Simons as Estragon, Robert Moore as Pozzo, Mike Clarke as Lucky and Lucy Bigley as Boy. Prophet readily admits she precast the show. She describes her process as follows: “As I read the play I could see who each character was and I knew exactly who I wanted to play each part. I was ecstatic when everyone I asked readily accepted. Michael Bigley, as Vladimir, was the most familiar with Beckett. He taught Beckett’s works, specifically ‘Godot’ for many years in school, and had always wanted to do it. Although he felt he was more bent towards Estragon, I clearly saw him as Vladimir. Vladimir has a little bit of hope still left, and I felt Michael could evoke that feeling well on stage. Dan Simons as Estragon plays the ‘Eyeore’ characteristics of Estragon perfectly, and Michael and Dan play really well off each other. The roles are a lot like Laurel and Hardy or Abbot and Costello. Even the body types matter, and they both fit my ideal of what those characters should

physically look like. It’s also a very tough play, and I needed actors who I knew could handle it. None of the lines are conversational, they are mostly random, and as an actor that is tough. I had complete confidence they could do it. Robert Moore as Pozzo has a really great range. He can do a lot of different things. Pozzo is kind of a pompous character. He said yes without hesitation and told me he has had this play on his book shelf for years, waiting for the chance do it. Mike Clarke plays Lucky and has one line, but it is a crucial line. Lucy Bigley plays Boy and provided great insight into her role and how pivotal this character is both acts. The interesting aspect of this character is he says the exact same lines in both acts and the trick is to play them differently. She does a great job.” As to whether or not Prophet prefers directing over acting, she said, “I like directing and if you direct from your heart and you have a vision it gels and comes together. I miss acting but I am happy doing both.” I also asked her for her final thoughts

“Waiting For Godot” actors Michael Bigley (left) and Dan Simons (right). Photo courtesy Unknown Locals. on what the audience can expect to see and take away from the performance. “The play is like a walnut, you just dig through the nooks and crannies to find all of the little pieces and you can make up your mind as to what it is and what it isn’t,” Prophet said. “Is it deep or is it shallow, or is it all bullshit.You can decide for yourself.” Finally, I asked Prophet who she thinks

Godot is. She said … Wait, I’m not going to tell you. You will just have to wait for the review, or as she stated previously, YOU can decide. I for one cannot wait to see the performances which run October 3-4 and October 9-10 at the Heartwood Center. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and performance is at 7 p.m.

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POAC’s ‘Dancing with the Sandpoint Stars’ returns By Ben Olson Reader Staff

Dance fans, get ready to swing those hips. Pend Oreille Arts Council’s hit fundraiser “Dancing With Our Stars” is back for another year. Featuring six local celebrities, “Dancing With Our Stars” is a fun-filled evening that benefits POAC, while giving the community a performance sure to bring down the house with applause. “This is one of our largest fundraisers of the year for POAC,” said Rachel Hoff, ex-

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ecutive director of POAC. Modeled after the television show, the zany dance performance is back for the second year, after last year’s show proved such a success. “We had such a good time that we wanted to do it again,” said Kathy Hubbard, president of the POAC board. “The energy in the room, to see people you know in the community putting on their costumes and going on stage dancing ... it’s great.” This year, six local celebrities vie for the coveted mirror ball trophy; Kathy Andruzak,

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Raphael Barta, Laurel Taylor, Wayne Pignolet, Meggie Foust and Rick Evans. At the end of the performance, the audience votes for a winner. “The trophy is very similar to the one they get on the show,” said Hubbard. “Last year Dyno [Wahl] won, and she got a lot of mileage off of it.” The performance features the expert tutelage of Utah Ballroom Dance Company, who will give instruction to each member in regards to their dance. “They go around the country doing this,” said Hubbard. “All the dancers are high ener-

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gy, young, talented, and want to be performers. They bring this dazzle that is just so slick.” Thanks to Dance Works Studios loaning their space, the professional dancers with Utah Ballroom Dance Company have a place to rehearse all week. “The professional dancers arrived [Sunday] night and started rehearsals [Monday],” said Hubbard. “They’ll rehearse with the dancers four times this week, and then Saturday it’s winner take all.” It’s anyone’s guess who will come out on top at the big show Saturday, Sept. 26 at the Pani-

Wayne Pignolet

Meggie Foust

da Theater. Tickets are $25 for general admission, or $45 for V.I.P. tickets which allow early entry to the theater at 5 p.m. for a wine and hors d’oerves reception. Doors open for general admission at 6 p.m. and the show starts at 7 p.m. Tickets can be purchased in advance at the POAC Gallery, Winter Ridge Natural Foods, Eichardt’s Pub and Eve’s Leaves.

Raphael Barta

The Straight Poop: The quest for dog friendly businesses in North Idaho By Drake the Dog Reader Pet Columnist Where am I going to take my humans today? With Google Maps in hand, my mission is to sniff out dog-friendly business in Sandpoint. Now that the Mister and Missus. have a dog, they daydream about strolling downtown with me—a coffee in one hand, and a leash in the other. Never fear business owners; the Mister always has poop bags in his pockets! Today we are off to one of my favorite places—the Cedar Street Bistro, owned by Tim and Manuela Frazier. CSB is located on the first floor in the Cedar Street Bridge. This place is love at first sight. The sign on the entrance door says, “Pets on leash welcome!” (I’d rather be off leash— but what the heck). The Bistro was one of my first outings this summer. We wanted to have lunch, a latte and gelato and enjoy the sunny afternoon.We sat 16 /


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at the outdoor patio tables with the yellow umbrellas.Yellow brings back fond memories of the Shelter’s “Adopt Me” yellow vest that I wore the day I adopted the Mister and Missus at the Yappy Hour. After we got settled, the Missus got out the traveling water bowl for me, and we played “Shakapaw,” my only trick. Hence, I always give an Oscar-winning performance to the “shaka” because it is always followed by a treat or two. The Bistro staff brought us lunch, and then BAZINGA! Wind, clouds and rain—Seattle weather in Sandpoint. Tim came outside, took down the umbrellas and invited us to come upstairs to the pet friendly Loft. WOWZA! This place is THE BARK! It overlooks the entire Cedar Street Bridge. I can watch all of the local and tourist activities, the smell aroma of coffee, and socialize with really cool little people who want to pet me. The Loft has cozy-carpeted

floors, tables, chairs, and outstanding customer service! Tim, Manuela, and the staff always remember our names. There are no “Hello My Name Is” stickers for this team (note to self: Doggie treats would go great with coffee, please). The Missus and her friends like this spot because Carousel, a trendy women’s boutique, is adjacent to The Loft (I’ll give you the Straight Poop on the Carousel in another column). During our stroll downtown last week, I suggested to the Mrs. that we return to the CSB with my pure bred Shi Tzu dude friend Harley, and his mom Anne. Since Harley has such short little legs and has to water every planter, walking one block downtown seems like forever. Finally, we arrived and climbed the stairs to The Loft. Halfway up the stairs we were greeted by some of SHS girl’s volleyball team members. Shakapaw and slobbery kisses all around! We all enjoyed treats, coffee and conversation. CSB is a great

Drake poses with Cedar St. Bistro owners Tim and Manuela Frazier.

place to spend Dog Day Afternoon in any weather. So here’s the Straight Poop. When you visit the CSB, bring your own bowl (we can’t drink out of restaurant dishes), tell your humans to clean up after you, bring your inside voice and yes guys, keep those leashes on. Enjoy! Look for “The Straight Poop” sticker at pet-friendly businesses all around North Idaho.


This week’s RLW by Ben Olson


By Ben Olson Reader Staff Picture this: A dozen musicians decked out in bastardized versions of marching band costumes and stage make-up begin a funky groove. Stilt walkers come onstage with pole dancers trailing them. A horn section hits and the crowd cheers. No, this isn’t the carnival. It isn’t an acid flashback. It’s MarchFourth Marching Band! The Portland-based troupe is one part marching band, two parts gypsy brass ensemble, two parts carnival and 100 percent awesome. MarchFourth Marching Band playing live. Photo courtesy of MarchFourth Marching Band. Featuring 13 musicians and Coming together in the Al- atonic will be opening for M4, four stage performers, March- the rock thing going on, we have Fourth! (or M4) has redefined the gypsy brass thing going on. berta district of Northeast Port- so make sure you show up early land, M4 quickly began gaining for the full experience. the line between musical per- We’re all over the place.” M4 consists of a horn section, notice from the eclectic crowds “Expect the unexpected,” formance and stage circus. including trombones, trumpets that Portland produces. The said Averill. “We’ve definitely They’ve toured all over the world, and played with some and saxophones, a percussion Willamette Week alt-weekly got a high energy party that pretbig names like Fleetwood Mac, section, a bass and electric gui- voted M4 “Best Local Band” ty much appeals to every demoOk Go, No Doubt, Galactic and tar, and a bevy of stilt walkers, in 2004, and they’ve been fea- graphic, from hipsters, hippies, acrobats, hoopers and dancers. tured in everything from a smart kids, grandparents. We cross Pink Martini. For John Averill, bass player The uniforms the band wears phone television commercial to over really well and we try to inand bandleader, M4 is a contin- are mismatched and redesigned appearing as a marching band volve the audience in the show.” from traditional marching band in Gwen Stefani’s solo album. uously evolving experiment. But of all the collaborations The fun happens Friday, Oct. “We always have new peo- uniforms of decades past. The ple when we’re on the road,” percussion section’s drum har- over the years, Averill said they 2 at the Panida Theater main said Averill. “It’s like a baseball nesses are made from recycled had the most fun with New Or- stage. Doors open at 7 p.m. b i c y c l e leans-based funk band Galactic. and the fun begins at 7:30 p.m. team. We have a pretparts. “We recently collaborated Tickets are available for $27 at ty unique roster, beIn short, with them and produced our Eichardt’s Pub, Eve’s Leaves, cause not everybody “We always have new peoM4 has newest record that we’re still the Long Ear in Coeur d’Alene, can do every tour.” working on now with them,” and online at The genius of ple when we’re on the road. style. Because said Averill. “It’s been M4 lies somewhere It’s like a baseball team.” they were the most pleasant between the perfor-John Averill, bandleader formed on collaboration, mance and the muMarch 4, along with Pink sic, which is usual2003, the Martini.” ly instrumental and M4 will be genre-defying at its core. M4 band elected to call themselves retains influences from ska, MarchFourth Marching Band, returning to the rock, swing, hip hop, gypsy since evolving into MarchFourth! Panida Theater for their third brass, klezmer, jazz and just or simply M4. “We put the band together p e r f o r m a n c e . about any other genre that gets for a Fat Tuesday party,” said The last perpeople tapping their feet. “We write our own materi- Averill. “The date of the party formance came al,” said Averill. “We have a lot was March 4. We just named very close to of different people composing, ourselves for the date of the selling out, so so whatever is in their head, as party. We didn’t realize it at make sure you long as it grooves, it doesn’t the time that it was going to be obtain tickets matter. That’s actually one of an ongoing thing. If I’d have early. The elecdance my favorite parts of the band; known that, I would’ve given tronic funk band Sepiwe don’t have a genre. We have us a different name.”

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What is this fascination we have developed lately with post apocalyptia? I’m just as bad as everyone else. I simply can’t get enough of it. Say what you will about Stephen King, but his writing in “The Stand” is some of the best he’s ever published. Taking place after the “Captain Trips” superflu kills 99.9 percent of the population, the novel follows a small band of rebuilders who have to fight the evil of the “Walking Dude.” It’s the classic good-versus-evil-atthe-end-of-the-world type of book.


Going along with the post apocalypse theme, it’s hard to nail down an artist or a genre to encapsulate the end of the world. For those of you on Spotify, try checking out the “Fight Club Soundtrack.” Spearheaded by the Dust Brothers, this soundtrack captures that raw, cathartic edge of the film based off of Chuck Palahniuk’s book. It also includes the Pixies’ “Where is my Mind,” which is a perfect song for that awesome end scene in the film.


While we’re on post-apocalyptic topics, how about “The Road” starring our very own Viggo Mortensen? Cormac McCarthy novels usually end up doing well as films, either because of his fine sense of tone and place, or because those who make his work into movies have a healthy respect for his stories. In “The Road” we see a tenderness between a father and son that you don’t often see in these types of movies. Mortensen has the ability to play characters with all his heart, and he nailed it with this film. Also, Kodi Smit-McPhee did a great job playing Mortensen’s boy, who will have to figure things out for himself after his father isn’t there for guidance anymore.

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w o N & Then compiled by

Ben Olson

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

The old Sandpoint Post Office at Second Avenue and Alder Street, built around 1927 (this is the rear view of the buiding). After it was the post office, the building served as the Sandpoint Library from the 1960s until the 2000s.



c. 1960s


The same building today. It now houses First American Title.


Corrections: We caught a dumb mistake from a couple issues back. I spelled “Acquisition” without the “c” on the cover for the Sept. 3 issue and again inside the paper. D’oh! [BO] 18 /


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1. Quietens 6. Contributes 10. Academician 14. Bay window 15. Bobbin 16. Tibetan monk 17. Sensible 19. Always 20. A martial art 21. Help 22. Pleads 23. Horde 25. Egyptian peninsula 26. Flat-bottomed boat 30. Abilities 32. Maybe 35. Affected emotionally 39. Domestic breed of rabbit 40. Wound 41. Hairdresser 43. Sparrow hawk 44. What’s left behind 46. Being 47. Stage 50. Vestibule 53. Indian music 54. Eastern newt 55. Inform 60. Egg-shaped 61. Abhorrent 63. A hemispherical roof 64. Bit of gossip 65. Heavenly hunter 66. Stigma 67. Container weight 68. Thorny flowers


1. Stopper 2. Region 3. Teller of untruths 4. Plateau 5. Small slits 6. Genus of macaws 7. Go ashore 8. Delineate 9. Toboggan 10. Vote 11. Large black bird 12. Alpha’s opposite 13. The language of Persia 18. Not used 24. Donkey

25. Aspersions 26. Resorts 27. 1/100th of a dollar 28. Unrestrained revelry 29. Middleman 31. Balcony section 33. Mount 34. Long ago 36. Not his 37. Nights before 38. Expunge 42. A crisp lustrous fabric 43. It unlocks doors 45. Move unsteadily 47. Goads

Solution on page 17 48. Mayhem 49. Small terrestrial lizard 51. N N N N 52. Turbine part 54. Modify 56. Tropical tuber 57. Nile bird 58. A flat mass of ice 59. Cravings 62. An uncle

I’ll never forget the time that skunk got under the house and Grandpa went under to get him. Boy, it smelled for months. You know, that was the last time we ever saw Grandpa.

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