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Summer 2010, Vo l. 20, No . 2


Saddle Up by Marianne Love and Billie Jean Plaster Cover series on Sandpoint’s flourishing equestrian scene with profiles and sidebars on competition, trail riding, events, clubs and other opportunities

29 100 Years of Grit and Glory by Jennifer Lamont Leo

Celebrating Kootenai, Bayview and East Bonner County Library centennials

33 1910 Fire by Sandy Compton

Commemorating the legendary, deadly fire on its 100th anniversary

39 Activity Clubs for an Active Town by Cate Huisman

Hikers, runners, climbers, bicyclists, sailors and fishers unite in recreation

42 Sandpoint’s Stone Soup by Heather McElwain

Honoring philanthropists and service groups giving for the greater good

46 Loving the Lake by Amie Wolf

Groups work to protect Lake Pend Oreille. Plus: Tips for lake recreation

58 Legs of a Triathlon by Beth Hawkins

Three fund-raising events add up to a bike-run-swim triathlon

63 Dumbness and Derring-do by Sandy Compton

An inveterate hiker shares some hiking tales Mom just shouldn’t hear

66 Making a Life with Art by Carrie Scozzaro

One couple revolves around art, inspiring and mentoring other artists

Almanac Who, What and Why in Greater Sandpoint Calendar With Festival at Sandpoint calendar and Hot Picks Interview Kristy Osmunson, country musician in duo Bomshel Photo Essay Summer Storms Real Estate

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On the cover: Near her home in Hope, artist and cowgirl Shellby Young is shown with her quarter horse, Flaxie, who often inspires her art, such as in the reproduction above. See more of her work at Dish Home Cooking or First Light Gallerie. Young and Flaxie were photographed by Marie-Dominique Verdier, who also captured these six riders, top, profiled in the equestrian cover series, page 76. SANDPOINT MAGAZINE

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From Grouse Mountain on Trail No. 483 At Divide Lake on Timber Mountain Trail No. 51

Marianne Love

Local writer/author happily took on this issue’s cover story assignment (page 76). After all, she has loved and owned horses since early childhood. She also served for more than 10 years as a feature writer for the Appaloosa Journal. “This package was a perfect storm for me,” Love says. “Visiting with people who love horses and telling their stories – it doesn’t get any better than that.”

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Doug Marshall, a Sandpoint Magazine contributing


editor’s note If you’re not a horse person, you may consider becoming one after reading our cover series on local horse culture. If the words don’t convince you, maybe the photos will. Or maybe you’ll just gain a new appreciation for horses. After all, where would our country be without the horse? It may surprise you that it took years to convince the publisher to let us do this cover story. The art director and I are horse people. He’s not. But even he had to agree that it turned out pretty neat. This issue also commemorates the century-mark milestone for the 1910 fire and three centennials: Kootenai, Bayview and the East Bonner County Library. And it examines seven – yes, count them, seven – conservation groups working to keep Lake Pend Oreille clean for generations to come. Sandpoint is often noted for its generous residents. A feature by Heather McElwain honors those philanthropists who donate time and money to all sorts of philanthropic and service groups. Where would our town be without them? Sandy Compton regales us with hiking tales that shouldn’t be shared with moms. And Beth Hawkins points out that three local events – perhaps unwittingly – add up to a triathlon. Reminds me, I need to get back to training for the 1/2 CHaFE. Then it’s time to hit the trails. –B.J.P. SANDPOINT MAGAZINE

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photographer since the Winter 1999 issue, has nailed the cover photo a record nine times, including the last four in a row. Alas his streak was broken on this issue. But look for his images in the photo essay (page 72) and “Legs of a triathlon” (page 58), “Loving the lake” (page 46) and “Horse culture” (page 76) stories. When not out capturing images or working in his office, aka The Cave, Marshall enjoys spending time with his family, daughters Emily and Hadley and wife Margaret. See more of his work at


The force behind Turtle Bay Editorial & Design, spends her workweek navigating through a wilderness of words – writing and editing – stealing time between deadlines for treks into the Northwest’s backcountry. While mapping out an article about Sandpoint’s philanthropic spirit (page 42), she quickly realized that the toughest part was choosing which patrons of benevolence to feature, as she found another embodiment of charity around every bend. This is her first contribution.


Amie Wolf

has worked as a staff and freelance writer for Sandpoint Magazine since moving here from Portland, Ore., in 2007. This issue she wrote about lake conservancy groups and lake activities (page 46), got to know some natives and newcomers (page 103), and found out about business condos and the newest grocery store in town (page 97). She has greatly enjoyed learning all about Sandpoint through her numerous writing assignments and looks forward to more exploring with her husband and son. Sandpoint Magazine is published twice yearly, in May and November, by Keokee Co. Publishing, Inc., 405 Church St., P.O. Box 722, Sandpoint, ID 83864. E-mail: Web: Phone: 208-263-3573 Publisher Chris Bessler Editor Billie Jean Plaster Editorial Assistants Beth Hawkins, Amie Wolf Advertising Director Clint Nicholson Art Director Laura White Designers Sean Haynes, Pamela Larson and Jackie Oldfield

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irst Light Gallerie & Studio is not your typical art gallery. Located in the former Stage Right Cellars – which, as you’re facing First Avenue from inside the Panida Theater, is to the “stage right” – First Light Gallerie is much, much more than a gallery, reflecting the multidimensional talents of its husband-andwife owners. As the home of musician Scott Kirby’s 6-foot grand piano, it’s a performance space where Kirby will give “salon” concerts and produce intimate events for guest musicians. It also doubles as the photography studio and workspace for wife Marie-Dominique “Do” Verdier, a graphic and web designer and photographer doing business as First Light Gallerie opened this past March after some minor remodeling by the Panida, to wall off the back half of the former space to create “The Little Theater.” There are new lights and a small, inside balcony (favored by the couple’s two young daughters as well) from which Verdier can shoot down

into the space, but otherwise the rustic brick walls and old-world feeling of this historic building have been retained. Being somewhat small – just 400 square feet – it showcases the combined talent of visual art produced by Kirby and Verdier: his vibrantly colored watercolors, such as from his “Visions of the Great Plains” series and book; her photographs, including from her book, “Alleys of Sandpoint.” The name of the place is a hybrid as well. “Gallerie is what I call a Frenglish, an in-between French and English,”

First Light Gallerie and Studio’s Scott Kirby and Marie-Dominique Verdier

said Do, who moved to the United States from southern France in 1989. And First Light? “First light of the day symbolizes potential, a new beginning, a dawn,” said Verdier, “and since photography, art and music are a big part of this, the idea of light has added significance.” –Carrie Scozzaro

‘Outstanding Trees’ a book of arboreal beauties catalpa at 703 N. Boyer Ave. or the beautiful butternut at 510 S. First Ave. Through his work in the urban forestry program, Drinkard hopes to educate people on the value of trees. “Besides the aesthetic value and the deep natural, historical connection people have to trees, they are also real, practical ways to save money,” he said. Trees can extend the life of asphalt for 10 years and save on storm water costs. Each Sandpoint household and business is entitled to a free copy at the city clerk’s office at Sandpoint City Hall. The books are also sold at local retailers or online in the

ou can never have too much – or too big – of a good thing when it comes to trees, as the second edition of the book “Outstanding Trees of Sandpoint, Idaho” proves. Published by the 2009 Sandpoint Tree Committee, the book features 32 different species – all mature specimens in the city limits. The book’s primary purpose is to help people build a greater appreciation for trees, says Stephen Drinkard, the city’s urban forester. It also does a dandy job of guiding them to see the trees firsthand, with color photos and addresses – all visible from public rights-of-way, such as the towering northern

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General Store on SandpointOnline. com for $4. The 40-page book includes a locator map, making them easy to find. This summer, pick up a copy and take a tour of the town’s best trees.

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Wilderness campaigners Friends gain ground for Scotchman Peaks

PHOTO BY Sandy Compton

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he executive director of Friends of Scotchman Peaks Wilderness (FSPW) is optimistic that, five years after it formed, the group is closer to its goal of getting 88,000 roadless acres on the IdahoMontana border declared a wilderness area. “Both the breadth and depth of support for the Scotchmans will help make it politically inevitable that Congress will designate it as wilderness,” said Phil Hough. FSPW counts more than 2,800 “friends” comprising a diverse group


From left, Sandy Compton, Deb Hunsicker, Phil Hough and Jonathan Compton camp at a small pond on the northeast side of Scotchman II

of supporters from a cross spectrum of backgrounds – a political plus, according to Hough. “One of the keys, in my mind, to getting legislation of any kind passed is being able to demonstrate the local community wants something done,” he said. 2009 was a big transition year for this volunteer-driven organization as it implemented paid staff, three parttimers in fact, with the help of some grants. Hough leads the group as exec-

utive director while Sandy Compton, an author and lifelong Cabinets adventurer, works as the program coordinator. He joins fellow third-generation Montanan Charlie Clough, a former Forest Service ranger and teacher who works on outreach and education in Lincoln County, Montana. Together they and a substantial cadre of volunteers will continue to gather friends through the group’s winter and summer hiking series, “tabling” at events, giving presentations, publishing a newsletter, and building an online presence at and on Facebook. A key component of their campaign to raise awareness and recognition is conversing with lawmakers in Idaho’s Congressional District 1 and its Montana counterpart. Hough would like to see them step foot inside the proposed wilderness. All of the local representatives have promised to come hike. “I’m hopeful that we will see in the next session of Congress a bill being sponsored, and I think that the Scotchmans are straightforward enough that action won’t be delayed. It won’t take multiple sessions of Congress to get it done, although we could be wrong,” Hough said, with a laugh. –Billie Jean Plaster

Rare ungulate may have crossed over into the Cabinet Mountains


n a spring day three years ago,

facing snowfield toward a ridge crest. The

documented population in the Lower 48 is

the Feist family trailered horses up

herd was spread out, all moving deliberately

in the Selkirk Mountains – a herd of about

in the same direction.

46 animals living astraddle the U.S.-Canada

Forest Road 408 east of Naples, unloaded and began up a gated road, and then up a

“These weren’t mule deer,” Feist says,

border, mostly north of it.

trail in the Cabinet Mountains. They soon

“and I’ve hunted elk for a long time. Elk nearly

encountered snow. “It got pretty deep,” Dan

always single file. We came to think that they

historic habitat of caribou, which included

Feist says. “The horses were jumping to get

might be caribou.”

territory east to Kalispell, Mont., and south

through it, so we stopped to turn around.” While they were resting the horses, the group spotted 15 animals climbing a northSAN D P O I N T M A G A Z I NE

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If they were, they were woodland caribou, a rare species in Idaho that depends on healthy old-growth forest. The only officially

The Feists’ spotting, though, is within the

to the Clearwater River. Retired Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks biologist Jerry Brown of Libby, Mont., says


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Larson’s Department Store A downtown mainstay for 70 years


of whom have worked there for 30-plus years – and six people in Bonners Ferry. For customers, Larson’s offers up friendly customer service that you don’t necessarily expect to find at the larger national chain stores, such as complimentary gift wrapping and special orders with no additional charges. As Dick will tell you, it’s just plain old customer service that keeps shoppers coming back for more. Change is part of the fashion business, however, and Larson’s prides itself on following the trend towards more casual dressing, selling many more pairs of jeans and flip-flops than one might

there might be caribou in the Cabinets. “I’ve

east across the Purcell Trench. Or they

heard rumors of caribou near Lunch Peak

could have moved from a herd near Creston,

more than once.”

British Columbia, in the Canadian Purcells,


efying the national shopping trend that’s moved towards big box stores and away from independently owned downtown department stores, Dick Larson must have a magic formula for keeping his thriving Larson’s Department Store in business for 70 years in downtown Sandpoint. But this self-proclaimed “thirdgeneration haberdasher” cites simple words of advice: “My father always told me, ‘Sell quality merchandise at reasonable prices.’ ” This business mantra is obviously working, because not only is Larson’s celebrating seven decades in Sandpoint this year, but it also marks the 10-year anniversary for the store they opened in Bonners Ferry. Larson’s grandfather started the business in 1940, and although the company has undergone several remodels since, all these years later it still remains in the same Sandpoint building with the same family at the helm. Dick runs the business, and his wife, Linda, accompanies him on buying trips. Their two grown daughters may have designs on eventually taking over the business, as both are employed in the apparel industry. Larson’s Department Store employs 10 people in Sandpoint – two

imagine. Linda and Dick are so excited about the new jean fashions, in fact, that they quickly pull several pairs off the rack and cite the technical improvements with these popular sellers. But the chatter quickly comes back to the issue of quality and price: “These are great quality, but we still keep the prices reasonable.” Yes, father still knows best.

River Valley.

saw,” Feist says, “but we did see a herd walk-

Whether there are caribou in the

ing on top of snow like caribou can, and they

Cabinets is yet to be proven, but there

were spread out like caribou.”

seems to be reason to watch for them while hiking the mountain range in Boundary and

How did caribou get into the Cabinets?

Bonner counties.

They could be residual, but that’s not likely. Part of the Selkirk herd could have gone

–Sandy Compton


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–Beth Hawkins

south across the much narrower Kootenai

That’s just south of where the Feists saw the herd. “We’re not sure what animal we

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Haberdasher Dick Larson, shown with the venerable Levi’s 501 jeans, celebrates his store’s 70th anniversary this year


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andpoint’s first plastic surgeon blows away just about any preconceived notion one has about such doctors. Dr. Michelle Spring is 35, loves small towns, volunteers in developing countries performing reconstructive surgeries – and is about as genuine as a person gets. With the closest plastic surgeon 50 miles away, Spring chose Sandpoint to set up her medical practice in May 2009 partly because it reminds her of Oconomowoc, Wis., the small town where she grew up. After eight years of education and five years of plastic surgery residency at the University of Wisconsin–Madison followed by a six-month cosmetic surgery fellowship in Marina del Rey, Calif., Spring spent a full year traveling the world in 2007-08 through Interplast, a nonprofit humanitarian group. During

Dr. Michelle Spring poses with two patients she helped during a humanitarian fellowship, a girl with a cleft palate in Ecuador, top, and a boy who was severely burned in India, above. The top photo also shows Dr. Shafquat Khundkar, a Bangladeshi plastic surgeon, and the girl’s mother.

that fellowship, she trained surgeons and performed more than 200 free reconstructive surgeries on cleft lips and pal-


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–Billie Jean Plaster

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ates and disfiguring burns in Bangladesh, Bolivia, China, Ecuador, India, Peru, Vietnam and Taiwan. After working in San Diego for a while, Spring and fiancé Dave Donaldson settled in Sandpoint last April. She’s continuing international volunteer work, too, with Eduplast, a nonprofit affiliated with her alma mater, completing her second trip to Nicaragua in March. “It’s really rewarding,” she said. “It’s the only time we can be doctors without worrying about insurance companies. You just go help somebody and they’re grateful.” She remembers being impacted by an 8-year-old boy in India who sustained severe burns but was always smiling and happy, even after surgery (see photo). “The patients are often amazingly stoic and brave. It is truly an honor to treat them,” Spring said. “As you can imagine, they are ostracized from their communities, cannot marry, cannot have jobs and are completely dependent on their families if they have significant deformities such as terrible burns or cleft lips.” Meantime, Spring’s practice, Seasons Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery, is getting busier and busier, and she’s loving the Sandpoint lifestyle. She added aesthetician Katie Hoglund to her staff and is performing plastic and reconstructive surgeries at Bonner General Hospital and the new Pend Oreille Surgery Center adjacent to her office in Ponderay. She loves the variety and “helping patients in so many ways.” Over the winter, her future husband taught her how to snow ski, and this summer they plan to sail, ride horses, mountain bike and hike – and get married. “I love it here,” she said. “I came in with an open mind and didn’t know what it would be like to practice in a small town.” To learn more, go to www.seasons

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north of town on the south side of Kootenai Cutoff Road, is a good choice. This park was constructed five years ago by the veterinarians of the neighboring Pend Oreille Veterinary Service, and it’s the only completely fenced dog park in the area. Benches are provided for humans who aren’t as energetic as their dogs, and there’s a picnic table in the shade of some large cedars and firs. Given the number of apartments in Ponderay and the associated number of apartment-dwelling dogs, it’s no surprise that it’s in constant use. “I see people there last thing at night and first thing in the morning; it gets lots of use before and after work,” says Denise Bauer of the veterinary service. The newest option for dogs is the Balto Dog Park at Dover Bay just east of Sandpoint. It has a wooded area for running and a dock for jumping into the slough behind the city

Jorge the golden retriever plays at Dog Beach

beach and park. There’s also a solar-heated shower to clean off in afterward, and a fake fire hydrant for dogs that are comfortable relieving themselves only on the most appropriate facilities. So take heart, pooches. You’ve got options. Just don’t try to go to a soccer game. As a footnote, a group headed by Mandy Evans is pushing a proposal to make city parks become dog friendly. E-mail mandy@ to learn more. –Cate Huisman

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occer moms know it. Apartment dwellers know it. Rover and Fido and Fifi know it, and they’re hurt. The sad fact is that dogs are not welcome in Sandpoint parks. They’re pretty much canina non grata in most other northern Idaho municipalities’ parks as well. But there are places where Rover and friends can run free. The best-known is the de facto Dog Beach, nestled between the railroad bridge and the Long Bridge at the south end of town. Here dogs can run, chase Frisbees, and swim with their devoted humans at a sheltered beach backed by a shady play area. Access has been a little challenging of late with the construction of the Sand Creek Bypass, but the Idaho Transportation Department has indicated that the beach will be kept open during construction. For just running around, Ponderay Pet Park,


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New bird in the sky


ook for a new machine to ply the airspace around Sandpoint this summer, a blue-and-yellow 1940 Stearman biplane cruising at about 90 knots. Pilot and owner Glenn Smith, 57, is expanding his Palm Springs, Calif., biplane tour business, beginning June 1 from Sandpoint Airport. Smith will offer rides on Lucy Belle, flying his open cockpit vessel, with its unobstructed visibility, over Lake Pend Oreille. What makes flying in a biplane unique? Being out in the open without a roof truly gives the sensation of flying. Besides, it just looks cool. “It’s a totally different feeling,” Smith says. “There’s something about the way the biplane looks.” Up to two passengers donning helmets and goggles – just like the Red Baron – can join Sandpoint Biplanes for scenic flights. Smith says it appeals to all age groups. Children say it looks like a cartoon plane, and World

War II veterans get teary-eyed flying in it. A former flight instructor and commercial pilot who took ground school as a high schooler, Smith has been flying biplanes since 1986. His Pilot Glenn Smith, seen cruising here above Palm Springs, Calif., biplane’s career is much longer offers biplane rides over Sandpoint and Lake Pend Oreille and more varied. It began as a PT-17 U.S. Army Air Corps trainer during World War II, fabric, cables and pulleys, 450-horsepower based at Dorr Field in Mississippi, where it Pratt & Whitney Wasp Junior engine, and amassed nearly 2,000 hours. Sold as surpropeller. Upgraded to a Super Stearman, its plus, it then spent 20 years as a crop duster engine has more than twice the horsepower in Mississippi. Later, it migrated to California of the original and is a “very reliable runner.” where it became a sky writer and banner tow That should be reassuring to anyone who airplane before converting to a ride machine. ventures up in her this summer. Go to www. A working airplane for 70 years, N66940 for more details. has been rebuilt and recovered a few times, –Billie Jean Plaster including its wooden wings covered in Dacron

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hen I saw it at the wrecking yard, I could already see it as my office desk,” said Scott Barksdale, of the ’71 Toyota Land Cruiser front end that he spotted in a nearby junkyard. That vision turned into the centerpiece of his office and has drawn much attention. Barksdale created the desk out of mostly recycled parts found within three blocks of his business in Kootenai. Along with a sleek, glossy finish and the illusion of tires being stuck in the mud, the desk has a working horn and lights. The average person wouldn’t give other people’s trash a second thought, but Barksdale sees it as a chance to create something useful that is sure to be a conversation piece. Barksdale moved to a small ranch in Sandpoint in 1973, where he learned to fabricate and repair farm equipment and automobiles as part of helping out the family. Keeping with his roots, he has compiled 30 years of experience in the auto body trade, culminating in the opening of his own shop, Scott’s Auto

A rusted, bent front end of a Land Cruiser inspired Scott Barksdale to create this desk for the office in his auto body shop

Appearance, in 2007. Never one to let his skills go to waste, Barksdale runs his business and creates fun and functional pieces for his work and around the house for his family. He sees making functional automobile art as a way to tap into his creative side. His favorite materials are those that most people would consider junk or have already thrown away. A few have commissioned him for pieces, including an ’85 Corvette couch, a collaboration donated for an auction, and the back end of a ’55 GMC pickup formerly used as the salsa bar at Duke’s Cowboy Grill. Looking at the cast-off materials he starts with, Barksdale thinks of what functional masterpieces they could become. He has proven that anything can be art and serve a purpose, too. –Daniel Anderson


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an’s Kitchen Art captures your attention the moment you walk into Fritz’s Frypan, the kitchen store on the corner of First and Cedar. And then it makes you smile, maybe even laugh out loud. “It’s very whimsical and fun and brings smiles to people’s faces. In this time we need something more joyous in our lives, and the kitchen art brings that to people,” said artist Jan Welle, who first painted it for her own kitchen 10 years ago. The artwork brought laughter and smiles to her friends, prompting her to develop the concept. Fritz’s Frypan has been selling her kitchen art, as reproductions on canvas, exclusively since January 2009, and sales have been, well, sizzling. Plus, it has been exhibited in two ArtWalks. Each painting is inspired by a recipe, which is written around the margins, surrounding characters from chickens to crabs, and pigs to turkeys. “Turkey Dressing,” for example, depicts a female turkey in a yellow dress and high-heel shoes putting feathers into her hat. “When you look at her, you can closely associate her with turkey dressing,” Welle said. “I’ve tried to find fun recipes and then create art to go with them.” A retired school superintendent and Oregon State University executive, Welle hopes to go international with her kitchen art, now a portfolio of close to 30 originals in acrylic.




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Ca l e nda r June Sandpoint Farmers Market. Open-air market every Wednesday and Saturday through Oct. 9 at Farmin Park. 597-3355 3 SHS Band Concert. The Panida Theater hosts the Sandpoint High School Spring Band Concert at 7 p.m. 263-9191 4 Kittie Wilkins: Horse Queen of Idaho. Hope Memorial Community Center hosts Idaho Humanities Council historical presentation at 7 p.m. 264-5481 4-5 Relay for Life. Annual event at the fairgrounds benefits local cancer efforts. 660-1445 5 Spring for the Garden Faire. Bonner General Hospital’s Healing Garden Committee hosts 6th annual event from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Unusual plants, workshops and more. 290-6929 5 National Trails Day Ride. North Idaho Backcountry Horsemen hosts trail ride; meet at Trail 483 trailhead, ride out at 11 a.m.; Dutch oven lunch, club meeting follows. 290-2910 5 Summer Sounds. Free concert series sponsored by Pend Oreille Arts Council happens every Saturday from noon to 2 p.m. through Sept. 4 at Park Place Stage, corner of First and Cedar. Samantha Carston performs. 263-6139 8 SHS Spring Fling. Panida hosts the Sandpoint High School Choir in this annual event at 6 p.m. 263-9191 10 Yellow Brick Road Dance Show. Panida hosts Studio One’s annual show at 6:30 p.m. 263-9191 12 CHaFE 150. Panhandle Alliance for Education’s third annual benefit bicycle ride through Idaho and Montana. 263-7040

Yummy day at the park Savor the area’s eclectic restaurant scene in one flavorful evening during the Greater Sandpoint Chamber of Commerce’s Summer Sampler, June 17 beginning at 5 p.m. in downtown’s Farmin Park. Besides all the great eats, local salad dressing manufacturer Litehouse sponsors an annual cooking competition featuring the area’s top chefs. See story, page 113. 263-2161

Fourth’s festivities arrive early Sandpoint’s hometown Independence Day celebration shifts to July 3 this year (since the 4th falls on a Sunday), filled with all of the traditional favorites that make this holiday special. The Sandpoint Lions Club always puts on a great day for everyone, with parades downtown in the morning, followed by stage performances and an ATV raffle at City Beach in the afternoon, and caps it all off with a memorable fireworks show over Lake Pend Oreille at dusk. 263-2161

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17 Summer Sampler. See Hot Picks. 18 ArtWalk I. POAC’s annual revolving art exhibit starts with opening receptions at downtown galleries, 5:30-8 p.m. Self-guided walking tours continue through July 25. 263-6139

Reserve with music and dancing. 265-8545

18 Artist Series. Hope Memorial Community Center presents artist Janene Grende. Social hour at 6 p.m., presentation at 7 p.m. 264-5481

25 Hope Community Market Season Opener. Hope Memorial Community Center hosts outdoor market from 2 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.; continues every Friday through September. 264-5197

19 Summer Sounds. Dolce Quartet performs. See June 5.

26 Schweitzer Summer Celebration. Summer season opens with free chairlift rides and family activities. 263-9555

19 Demolition Derby. Bonner County Fairgrounds hosts event at 1 p.m. 263-8414 19 Danceworks 2010. Annual performance at the Panida, 7 p.m. 263-9191

26 Summer Sounds. Peter Lucht performs. See June 5.

19-20 15th Anniversary Weekend Bash. Pend d’Oreille Winery releases Meyer

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two weekends in a row – Aug. 13-15 and Aug. 20-22. Meet sculptors, painters, potters and more – who knows, you may find their studios a source of inspiration yourself! Pick up a free copy of the brochure at many downtown retail, gallery and restaurant locations.

Good times on the mountain Schweitzer Mountain Resort hosts its 17th annual Fall Fest – an outdoor microbrew and music festival – Sept. 4-5. Visit tasting tents featuring more than 20 of the Northwest’s finest microbrews, plus there will also be wine and soda tasting both days. Enjoy chairlift rides, free live music daily with several bands throughout the weekend, and special activities just for kids. Schweitzer folks are pros at throwing great parties, so head on up and celebrate the finale to a great summer and toast the arrival of the first signs of snow. 263-9555

A feast that fights hunger Indulge in a beautifully prepared dinner and assist the noble efforts of a local charity during the annual Fall Harvest Ball featuring the chefs of Sandpoint Oct. 16. The memorable evening is highlighted by delicious cuisine prepared by a select group of Sandpoint’s finest chefs. And best of all, proceeds benefit the Bonner Community Food Center. The fundraiser begins at 5:30 p.m. in the Panhandle State Bank Atrium; tickets are $50 per person. 946-6646

Western reining and dressage clinic with a schooling show and potluck, at Bonner County Fairgrounds. 263-6210 27 Race Across America. Benefit at Panida for Autism Society of America sponsored by Laughing Dog Brewing, 7:30 p.m. 263-9191

July 2 Bound for Nowhere. Short film, discussion and slide show, 7 p.m. at Panida. 263-9191 3 Fourth of July Celebration. See Hot Picks. SANDPOINT MAGAZINE

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12 Summer Sounds. Not Quite Punk performs. See June 5.

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Calendar 3 The Knockout Cancer Benefit Concert. KPND 95.3 presents Charley Packard, Neighbor John Kelly and Norton’s Knockouts, 8 p.m. at Panida. 263-9191 3 Summer Sounds. SHS Steel Pan Band performs. See June 5. 3-7 The Week of the Cowgirl. Sponsored by Janene Grende to benefit cancer programs. See story, page 82. 263-6210 4 Concerts on the Lawn. Dover Bay, POAC, Selkirk Press and the Holly Eve Foundation sponsor this free, live concert series featuring regional musicians at Dover Bay Marina; 2 p.m. every Sunday in July. Coeurimba performs opener. 263-6139

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9 Artist Series. Hope Memorial Community Center presents pianist Bill Reid. Social hour at 6 p.m., performance at 7 p.m. 264-5481 9-11 Dover Bay Days. Three days filled with boat demos, food, live music and more. Kicks off with an Idaho Vandal fund-raiser. 265-1597 10 Sandpoint Wooden Boat Festival. Classic wooden boats and car show at the Power House, sponsored by the Inland Empire Antique and Classic Boat Society, and Downtown Sandpoint. 255-1876 10 Summer Sounds. The O’Connor Sisters perform. See June 5. 10-11 Spots of Fun Horse Show. Annual show at fairgrounds. 263-8414 11 The Great Sandpoint Flat Water Regatta. Rotary Club hosts race on Sand Creek to benefit its high school scholarship program. 946-6079 11 Jacey’s Race. Competitive 5K race and 1K fun run benefit at SHS. 610-6480 11 Concerts on the Lawn. Swing Street Big Band with Karen Nielsen. See July 4. 14 The Gourds. Americana concert at the Panida, 8 p.m. 263-9191

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15 Festival at Sandpoint Art Unveiling. Fine art poster unveiling at Dover Bay. 265-4554 16-18 Horsin’ Around Expo and Battle of the Bulls. Bonner County Fairgrounds hosts three-day event featuring horse clinics, shows, demonstrations and the Battle of the Bulls. 263-8414


17 Mountain Music Festival. Schweitzer Mountain Resort hosts outdoor concerts, barbecue, beer garden, arts and crafts vendors, and kids’ activities. 263-9555 17 Summer Sounds. Larry Mooney performs. See June 5.


17 Bodacious BBQ. 27th annual fundraiser for Hope’s Memorial Community Center at 4 p.m. 264-5481


18 Concerts on the Lawn. Carl Rey and the Blues Gators perform. See July 4.


23 Silver Creek in Concert. Rotary benefit for Haiti and Kenya, 8 p.m. at Panida. 263-9191

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24 Kootenai Centennial. Celebration at

City Park. See story, page 29. 265-2431 24 Summer Sounds. Mike Strain performs. See June 5. 24-26 4-H Horse Show. Annual show at Bonner County Fairgrounds. 263-8414 25 Concerts on the Lawn. SHS Steel Pan Band performs. See July 4. 30 ArtWalk II. POAC’s second revolving art exhibit begins July 30 with opening receptions at downtown galleries, 5:30-8 p.m. Self-guided walking tours run through Sept. 13. 263-6139 31 Crazy Days. Merchants offer big deals in annual sidewalk sale. Sponsored by Downtown Sandpoint Business Association. 255-1876 31 Summer Sounds. Backstreet Dixie performs 10 a.m. to noon; Bright Moments performs noon to 2 p.m. See June 5. 31-Aug. 1 Fair Open Horse Show. Annual show at fairgrounds. 263-8414

August 1 Schweitzer Huckleberry Festival. Hikes, village activities, crafts and live music at Schweitzer. 263-9555 4-25 Twilight Bike Racing Series. Schweitzer Mountain Resort hosts weekly races and after-event parties. 263-9555 5-15 Festival at Sandpoint. See festival calendar, opposite page. 7 Long Bridge Swim. Hundreds compete in a 1.76-mile swim across Lake Pend Oreille in this 16th annual event. 265-5412 7 Summer Sounds. Usnea performs. See June 5. 7-8 Arts & Crafts Fair. POAC’s annual juried art exhibit at Sandpoint City Beach features artists’ booths, kids’ activities and more. 263-6139 13-14 Spokane-to-Sandpoint Relay Race. Runners begin atop Mount Spokane and make their way through 15 cities en route to the finish line at Sandpoint. 509-346-1440 13-15 Artists’ Studio Tour. See Hot Picks. 14 Wings Over Sandpoint Fly-In. Annual event features cool airplanes, open biplane rides, live music and food beginning at 8:30 a.m. at the Sandpoint Airport. 263-9102 14 Summer Sounds. Bridges Home performs. See June 5. 20-21 Bonner County Rodeo. Annual rodeo at Bonner County Fairgrounds. 263-8414 20-21 Ponderay Days. 7th annual community celebration with a carnival, games, food and the Injectors Car Club show. 255-2414 20-22 Artists’ Studio Tour. See Hot Picks. 20-22 Fluidride Cup. Schweitzer hosts downhill mountain bike race. 263-9555 21 Summer Sounds. Ellipsis performs. See June 5.


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24-28 Bonner County Fair. Annual country event at the Bonner County Fairgrounds. Reining competition with vaulting demonstration and barrel racing finals take place Aug. 25 at 7:30 p.m.; concludes with popular Demolition Derby at 7 p.m., Aug. 28. 263-8414 28 Summer Sounds. First Light performs. See June 5.

September 4 Summer Sounds. Monarch Mountain Band performs. See June 5. 4-5 Schweitzer Fall Fest. See Hot Picks. 4-5 Silverwood Coaster Classic. 10th annual show features nostalgic cars lined up at Silverwood. Presented by the Inland Empire Late Great Chevy Club ’55-’72. 683-3400 5 Bayview Centennial. Celebration finale in Bayview. See story, page 29. 683-8040 11 24 Hours for Hank Road Ride. Second annual 24-hour bicycling event benefits cystinosis research. 255-4501 11-12 Harvest Party. Pend d’Oreille Winery’s annual event includes grape-stomping competition, food sampling, wine tasting and live music. 265-8545 18-19 The Last Horse Show of the Season. Annual show at Bonner County Fairgrounds. 263-8414 19 Scenic Half Marathon. Sandpoint Chamber sponsors half marathon, 10k and 5k fun runs, plus a kids’ run. Benefits Bonner Community Food Center. 263-2161 19 East Bonner County Library Centennial. See story, page 29. 263-6930 21-25 WaCanId Ride. Tour two states and one province on second annual 340-mile ride presented by the International Selkirk Loop and Rotary International. 888-823-2626

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Spread out a blanket, unfold a lawn chair, and enjoy the sights and sounds under northern Idaho’s big summer sky during the 28th annual Festival at Sandpoint. The casual and relaxed atmosphere at Memorial Field, located on the shore of Lake Pend Oreille, creates a customized concert experience without equal. The eight performance dates fall over a two-week period from Aug. 5-15. Buy a season pass or individual tickets by calling 265-4554, tollfree 888-265-4554, or go to Gates open at 6 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays, and at 4:30 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. Thursday, Aug. 5 Big Bad Voodoo Daddy

Thursday, Aug. 12 Natalie MacMaster with The Turtle Duhks

Big Bad Voodoo Daddy’s irresistible live show has proven them to be the singular standout among bands that launched the ’90s swing revival. The seven-man group forged a successful fusion of classic American sounds from jazz, swing, Dixieland and big-band music, building a songbook of original dance tunes.

Natalie MacMaster is a virtuoso Cape Breton fiddler whose passionate proficiency amplifies the traditional East Coast sound with its origins in Scotland for contemporary times. With 10 albums, MacMaster is one of Canada’s most captivating performers. Opening is The Turtle Duhks, a quintet that gravitates toward traditional roots-based songs. Come early for complimentary microbrew tasting.

Friday, Aug. 6 Brandi Carlile with the Ian McFeron Band

Friday, Aug. 13 Michael Franti & Spearhead with Pimps of Joytime

Brandi Carlile is a pop rock, alternative country and folk rock singer and songwriter whose music has been featured on the ABC show “Grey’s Anatomy.” Sheryl Crow raves about Brandi Carlile: “She has the most amazing voice I may have ever heard. Soulful. Country. Perfect in every way.” Opening is The Ian McFeron Band, from Seattle, performing roots-Americana styles.

Michael Franti & Spearhead blends hip hop with a variety of styles, typified by their joyful modern soul music recordings. The band’s most recent album, “All Rebel Rockers,” is fast becoming one of the biggest of Franti’s career through multiple radio formats – Top 40, Hot AC and Alternative. The Pimps of Joytime is a Brooklyn-based funk band, or “groove machine,” opening this dance concert.

Saturday, Aug. 7 Keb’ Mo’ and Susan Warner with Kristina Train

23-26 Idaho Draft Horse and Mule International. Northwest’s largest draft horse and mule expo at the Bonner County Fairgrounds. 263-8414

25 Oktoberfest. Traditional autumn celebration, sponsored by Downtown Sandpoint Business Association. 255-1876

October 9 Harvestfest. Sandpoint Farmers Market closes out the season with entertainment, food booths, arts and crafts, and displays at Farmin Park. 597-3355

Sunday, Aug. 8 Family Concert: Pinocchio

16 Fall Harvest Ball. See Hot Picks. 16-17 Library Wine Weekend. Taste past vintages at Pend d’Oreille Winery. 265-8545 23 Warren Miller Ski Film. Annual event in the Panida Theater, sponsored by Alpine Shop. 263-5157

Round up the kids and head to the festival’s Family Concert, featuring the Spokane Youth Orchestra conducted by Gary Sheldon. Fun activities for the kids, including an Instrument Petting Zoo and an Animal Petting Zoo, help round out the always-popular family concert.


Saturday, Aug. 14 Nitty Gritty Dirt Band with Crooked Still The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band is still going strong – 42 years after first forming. “Mr. Bojangles” carried them into stardom, and later hits include “Fishin’ in the Dark.” The Grammy award-winning Nitty Gritty Dirt Band has gone from a hippie jug band to pioneers of country rock. Super Country Saturday’s opening act is Crooked Still, a hot young alternative bluegrass group with five distinct voices.

Sunday, Aug. 15 Russian Grand Finale with guest pianist Archie Chen Maestro Gary Sheldon conducts the Spokane Symphony Orchestra in a Russian Grand Finale featuring guest pianist Archie Chen. Fireworks cap off the concert, plus arrive early for complimentary wine tasting at 4:30 p.m. SANDPOINT MAGAZINE

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Singer-songwriter and guitarist Keb’ Mo’s music is a living link to the seminal Delta blues that traveled up the Mississippi River and across the expanse of America. His distinctive sound embraces multiple eras and genres, including pop, rock folk and jazz. Keb’ Mo is a three-time Grammy winner in the Best Contemporary Blues Album category. Super Blues Saturday opener is Kristina Train, a soulful, bluesy singer whose 2009 debut album is “Spilt Milk.”

24 Hanged: A History of Idaho Executions. Hope Memorial Community Center hosts Idaho Humanities Council presentation by Kathy Deinhart at 7 p.m. 264-5481

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Kristy Osmunson, country musician in duo Bomshel


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wo blondes, both beautiful. They make up a country music duo called Bomshel, but don’t chalk the name up as a glitzy showbiz come-on. According to co-founder Kristy Osmunson, Bomshel has a serious message to deliver. More than anything, she said, the group’s intent is to fly in the face of the traditional image that saddles female performers of the country persuasion. “And so when we say, ‘We’re Bomshel,’ it doesn’t mean big-boobed bimbos,” the Sandpoint native said. “It means that we’re strong women.” She added, “Bomshel started out as a mission statement and it will always be that. It’s a lifestyle. If I were to have a daughter, Bomshel represents to me the way that I would want to encourage her to live her life – to be fearless and be who she is.” Daughter of former Sandpoint dentist Willard Osmunson and Sandpoint High nursing teacher Kathy Holm, Osmunson, 29, grew up playing fiddle with

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Sandpoint will always be home, the musician pointed out. “I remember that when I was growing up there, we all just wanted to get out of town as quickly as we could,” she said. “Then we spend the rest of our lives trying to figure out how to afford to move back. Of all the places I’ve traveled, Sandpoint is, by far, the greatest community. I get to carry a piece of that into my music and I’m proud to say that I’m from there.” When reached in the spring for this interview, Osmunson had just completed a day of rigorous physical training as part of a weeklong exercise “boot camp.” Given the active nature of Bomshel’s stage show, in which Osmunson often climbs up to play from scaffolding and lighting rigs, staying in shape is part of the act.



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Sandpoint’s Fiddler’s Hatchery and went on to study voice and sing in school choirs. The 1999 SHS graduate attended the University of Idaho, where an instructor encouraged her to pursue a nascent interest in country music. Next stop, Nashville. After more than five years of honing songwriting skills and trying new material out, she and duo partner Kelley Shepard snagged two Top 30 chart rankings in 2009. The first of them was “Fight Like a Girl” – the chronicle of Sandpoint resident Jenny Meyer who was diagnosed with breast cancer while pregnant with her daughter, Grace. Jenny went on to battle cancer for the next eight years and inspired a song that Osmunson said has touched the lives of women and girls ever since. Although Nashville is where she lives and works,

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Has Bomshel always been known for a physical performance?

Yeah, it’s fun. I can’t really halfway do anything. It’s got to be 100 percent. I’ll never forget when I decided to be a country singer. I went to a show of one of my favorite singers when I was at University of Idaho and I paid, like, $45 to go to this show. And I was so

disappointed, because she stood there with this guitar and played the whole time. That concert made me think, “I can do better than that.” If she’s out there making a living just standing there – and I paid $45 to watch her – then there needs to be a girl who goes out and kicks the door down in country music, because that was boring.

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Ironically, she and I are good friends now, but I’ve never told her that story! Have you always been comfortable on stage?

No, I had horrible stage fright. But I grew up playing the fiddle and as soon as I picked it up, it was the weirdest thing. Having an instrument in my hands is the key; it somehow just takes all my nerves away. I would be so paranoid to have to stand there with just a microphone and sing a song. But if I’m playing guitar or fiddle, I can entertain and do all these different things. I don’t know why, but my comfort level is just so much better. What drew you to Nashville?

It was really bizarre, actually. At U of I, I was playing some of my original songs for my vocal coach as I was getting ready for my junior recital and he sat me down and said, “Kristy, I hate to tell you this, but these are country songs.” I was like, “No, no, no – I don’t write country songs. That’s embarrassing. That’s cheesy and goofy. I would never write country songs.” He told me, “These are definitely country songs and it’s kind of who you are. You may try to deny it, but the stories that you tell are country.” It was funny, because coming down to Nashville, I realized that he was right. I was supposed to be here. I knew it the minute I stepped off the plane.

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Is it fair to say that you moved into country music at a time when the rules had changed?

I think that’s a very fair statement. It’s one of the things that makes me so excited about being in this industry right now. I feel like, artistically, I get to really stretch myself in ways that, even when I showed up here six or seven years ago, weren’t possible. I just got out of the studio where we were working on a new single, and we were recording this straight-up rock song, and I had no idea where to put a fiddle on it. I took my violin, restrung it, started playing around with the tuning … and so I just kind of wail on it and play all these different sounds. The engineer said, “Man, Kristy – I’ve been in this town for 40 years and this would only work right now. A year ago, I would’ve shaken my head and laughed, but there’s nothing that can’t be done right now.” It was so exciting for me to hear that, because there really aren’t a lot of rules any more.

ing. Life is short and, if you’re going to say something, I feel like it should have a message behind it. You don’t have to look a certain way or act a certain way. Just embrace all the flaws that make you different and embellish on that. That’s something that’s so terrifying for women, I think, because we all kind of want to look like each other. That’s disgusting to me. It’s ludicrous. But you’ve just described a big part of country music, haven’t you, where all the female artists seem to be blonde and almost look like they could be related to one another?

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That’s one of the things about my industry that makes me want to dye my hair black and wear face paint, because everyone looks this certain way. Kelley and I, seriously, can stand there next to Taylor Swift and the poor girl is cowering in fear that we’re going to eat her. We’re like, “Eat some spinach, honey, because seriously, you need some calories.”

Besides musically, it seems like Bomshel is pushing the limits of songwriting attitudinally as well. Is that a conscious decision on your part?

Is it a constant challenge to be recognized more for your talent than for the “Hey, here’s a couple of goodlooking chicks – we can market the hell out of that” aspect?

Well, we try to. I think country radio is slow on the upswing as far as embracing that. The audience we speak to is really girls – most of the time, younger girls. And it’s almost like we have these gatekeepers of middle-aged men who want to hate everything. … We like to say things in our songwrit-

It’s a double-edged thing. Last week, we were told that both of us need to drop 20 pounds, and I just started laughing. Whether we’re a size 6 or a size 8, whatever it is that we are, if that’s not right, then we need to change our name, because it’s about embracing who you are. I will say,

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though, that because of the color of our hair and the fact that we’re two girls, it is difficult. First of all, people don’t believe that we’ve written our own songs or produced our own record and helped play almost every instrument. That’s why we’ve always been a touring act, because once people see us live, they understand. How has life changed for the group since “Fight Like a Girl” hit the charts last year?

We took that to No. 27 on the charts and our last single, “19 and Crazy,” charted in the Top 30. In Nashville, industrywise, they don’t think that’s a success at all, but it was a big accomplishment for us! To have a certain amount of response and recognition changed my life somewhat, but the biggest change is that now, people return my phone calls. (laughs) Did you know Jenny, the woman who inspired that song?

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Jenny’s last gift. I don’t think I had a lot to do with writing that song, I really don’t. I just held the pen – it was her story. All of the royalties, everything from that song, has gone back to Komen breast cancer research. I feel very blessed to have been able to be a part of that. What’s the best gig Bomshel has ever had?

Oh, man. The one in Sandpoint – The Festival at Sandpoint – was pretty special. … There have been a lot of

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Interview incredible shows. But there has been nothing like being able to come back to Sandpoint and just be around my family, my friends and my community. Were you aware that, after that show, there was a ton of little girls who wanted to be you when they grew up?

That’s so cute. That’s really, really sweet. I’ll never forget when I was in an ice cream place down here and standing there was Faith Hill. My little 5-year-old inside of me just freaked out. I was so excited. And just as I’m standing there thinking, “This is why I love living in Nashville,” in walks Alison Krauss. I just about came out of it. … To have little girls think that about me is so flattering, I can’t even tell you. If there’s any little girl who wants to do music, I think that’s what they should do. Follow your dreams. The Bomshel music videos are strong. What was it like to produce those?

It’s a lot more work than I knew it was. I didn’t understand the whole concept of doing 45 takes of something. And with music videos, you’re playing along to your own music and it’s the most embarrassing thing I’ve ever done. With the “Fight Like a Girl” video, we started filming and I got so paranoid about how silly I looked singing along to my own music that I literally had to stop and get a glass of wine

to calm myself down. I finally figured out that I was taking it entirely too seriously. If you can tap into that person you were when you were 13 and you’re singing into the mirror with a hairbrush – that person who just doesn’t care – if you can bring her into the picture, then it’s absolutely a blast. There’s an image of Nashville where songwriters step off the bus with stars in their eyes and hit the streets in search of fame. Does that really happen there?

Every day. Every day. I was downtown at Tootsies (an iconic Nashville nightspot where several early country music stars got their start) Sunday night and I walked out of the bar and here was this kid standing on the street corner … with his guitar case and I walked up to him and said, “You just got here today, right?” He goes, “Yeah, how did you know?” I told him, “It’s all over your face.” He wanted to be a singer and I told him to play me a song. He said, “Right now? We’re out here on the street!” I told him that’s the way we do it in Nashville. He pulled out his guitar and a little audience gathered around and he played me a song. I said, “Well, you’ve got the first part of what it takes, which is a lot of guts.” … Being in Nashville is not magic. It’s not like someone just discovers you when you get here. It’s a job, like everything else. You have to want it in a way that only a few people can understand.

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100 years of grit and glory

By Jennifer Lamont Leo

Kootenai In the early 1900s, a stretch of land northwest of Sandpoint drew the attention of both the Northern Pacific Railroad, which built a division point at the site, and the Humbird Lumber Company, which purchased a sawmill there. Around these two ventures a town sprang up: houses, a three-story hotel, bank, church, school, stores and the ubiquitous saloons. For a decade or so, Kootenai thrived, buoyed by timber, tracks and taverns. You would never know it today. The church still stands.

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Top: Librarians Regina Mosher, left, and Mary Sindelar check books out at the East Bonner County Library, in 1966, in its second location above City Hall. Above: The Northern Pacific Railroad roundhouse in Kootenai, circa 1915

Some of the houses remain. The school is there, although it looks completely different. Everything else from the glory days is gone. To mark the memory of Kootenai’s boom years, the Bonner County Historical Society erected interpretive signs on the old railroad property, on the south side of Highway 200. “Our history is rich, and our roots run deep in the timber and railroad industries,” says Kootenai Mayor Maggie Mjelde. “Early on, two major fires, the Depression and the closure of the mills slowed our little town down. It took a while for Kootenai to bounce back.” That renaissance began in the late 1980s and 1990s, when local landowner and businessman Floyd McGhee envisioned the rebirth of Kootenai as an industrial center. “Today our industrial/commercial areas employ almost as



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he year was 1910. William Howard Taft was president. The Boy Scouts of America lit their first campfires. Silent films were all the rage. Aviation was just getting off the ground. And here in northern Idaho, two towns and a public library were born. If you had lived in northern Idaho then, you likely would have worked in the timber or railroad industry. Or maybe you would have operated a saloon or taught in classrooms bulging with new students as the population boomed. Or maybe you wrestled a living from the land on a stump farm. Change was in the air. In 1910, you could catch up on your reading at Sandpoint’s new public library. Then you could catch a shiny new streetcar to that bustling boomtown, Kootenai – maybe even dine at the hotel there. Later you might take a steamboat excursion to the south end of Lake Pend Oreille and the attractive waterfront town of Bayview. What a difference a century makes! The steamboats and streetcars are gone, but Kootenai, Bayview and the East Bonner County Library District are all celebrating their centennials this year.



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many people as we have living in Kootenai,” Mjelde says. Kootenai’s centennial celebration will take place at City Park on July 24, including a Shriners’ pancake breakfast and a barbecue lunch, a car show, music, games, and a historic walking tour and photo display. The Dora Powell, left, and the Northern steamboats dock at Bayview in 1917


Development Company of Spokane and thrived as both a tourist destination and a launch for steamboats. Bayview was also known for its lime kilns, used to process limestone discovered at Lakeview in the 1880s and mined until the 1930s. The area boomed during World War II with the establishment of Farragut Naval Training Station – the second-largest naval recruit training facility in the country. From 1942 to 1946, nearly 300,000 recruits and 850 German prisoners of war passed through its gates, as well as an army of civilian workers. Today much of the site is Farragut State Park. The U.S. Navy still maintains an acoustic research detachment at Bayview. The Bayview Centennial Committee has events planned throughout the summer. A community-wide celebration is scheduled for May 29-30, including historic tours and a fam-

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Bayview’s story begins with a tiny settlement called Squaw Bay, formed on the shore of Lake Pend Oreille. In the 1860s a larger settlement, Pen d’Oreille City, was established by agents of the Oregon & Montana Transportation Company at nearby Buttonhook Bay. The advent of steamboat travel coincided with the gold rush, and Pen d’Oreille City became a connection point along the route between Walla Walla and White Bluffs to the mines in Montana and British Columbia. After the rush, traffic quieted down, and Pen d’Oreille City became a sleepier place. In the 1880s it was known as Steamboat Landing and continued to serve as a key connection point between the railroad, a stage route and steamboats. Meanwhile, Squaw Bay’s reputation grew as a summer resort, and by 1894 was known as “Bayview.” The town of Bayview was officially platted in 1910 by the Prairie



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ily barbecue with games and music. An ice cream social will take place at the Community Center on June 19, an Arts Festival on July 17, and a Centennial Finale on Sept. 5.

East Bonner County Library In Sandpoint in 1910, it seemed easier to get a shot of whiskey than a good book. Edifying reading material, beyond the Bible and the local newspaper, was in short supply. Back in 1905 a few concerned citizens had sought to remedy this by opening a free, public reading room in downtown Sandpoint. A newspaper editorial of the day was effusive in its praise of this “first-class free reading room, where those who live in our city, as well as those who tarry but a few hours within our gates, can spend their time profitably as well as pleasantly.” How long this first reading room lasted is not known, but the vision for a public library had been cast. In 1910, committees from the Women’s Club and the Commercial Club joined forces to organize a library, which initially occupied two upstairs rooms at 325 First Ave. (now the south half of Larson’s Store). Within months, the library moved to the second floor of the newly built Sandpoint City Hall at Second Avenue and Main Street. In January 1969 it opened in what is still known by locals as “the old library

building” – a former federal building at 419 N. Second Ave. This graceful 1927 building housed the library until 2000 when, plagued by shortage of space and chronic problems with the aging structure, it moved into the current facility at Division and Cedar. To extend library services beyond Sandpoint to greater Bonner County, the East Bonner County Library District had been formed in 1974. After operating under two separate library boards, the Sandpoint Library became part of the district in 1984. The new Clark Fork Library joined the district in 1985. From 400 books at its founding, the library’s collection has grown to more than 120,000 books, plus films, CDs, games and online resources beyond the imagination of even the most visionary 1910 librarian. Wayne Gunter, director of the East Bonner County Library District, acknowledges that the strength of the library lies in the community. The library is planning a float in Sandpoint’s Independence Day parade, held July 3 this year, a special Abraham Lincoln display from July 23 to Aug. 20, and a centennial celebration on Sept. 19. Whether you arrived here last century or last week, the heritage of the region belongs to us all. Come join the centennial celebrations!

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The 1910 fire devastated Sagle, which lost its store, boarding house and more to the flames

his condolences and a $500 donation to Wallace fire victims, and he had moved the Idaho state troops into the Coeur d’Alene district to offer assistance. It had been a horrendous season, with fires in the news since early July, when the Pend d’Oreille Review reported on July 8 that a “heavy fire was raging” in eight sections owned by Humbird Lumber Company between Matchwood, a rail siding in the Selle Valley, and the Pack River. Two hundred men, mostly Humbird employees, were fighting it, and Charles Selle had lost $1,000 worth of posts and pilings. July 15, it was reported that 200 men of the Pend Oreille Fire Protective Association were battling a blaze in an area six miles long and two to three miles wide north of the community of Boyer, also in the Selle Valley, but much nearer Sandpoint, and “timbermen are afraid it will burn to the lake.” SANDPOINT MAGAZINE

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n The Old Power House Building in Sandpoint, near the top of the stairs to the second floor, is a Ross Hall photo of the Cabinet Gorge. It was taken, perhaps, in the 1930s, a classic Hall black-and-white looking upstream through the gorge and across the Idaho-Montana border on a gray, spring day. Wisps of fog rise up the Cabinets, and in the background, on the face of Billiard Table Mountain, is a telltale scar. It was filled in when the picture was taken by dog-hair-thick “regen” Douglas fir and larch, second-growth trees between 20 and 30 years old. The edge of the regeneration is distinct, making it apparent that something had peeled all the timber off that piece of mountain in the not-so-distant past. At first glance an avalanche might be suspected, but a moment’s inspection reveals that the scar is shaped very much like a tongue of flame. At midnight on Tuesday, Aug. 23, 1910, a couple of days after that scar on the face of Billiard Table was formed, Bonner County went dry, precursor to a move all of Idaho would take in 1916. Saloonkeepers in the northern-most Idaho county were forced by law to lock their doors and lined up to get rebates on their liquor licenses. Why on a Tuesday is a mystery, but it’s no mystery that just a few days before, much of the timber supply of the Inland Northwest burned up, Wallace burned down, and citizens of the region all, some more and some less, suffered at the hands of the “fire fiend.” In Sandpoint, and more than likely in Priest River, Bonners Ferry, Hope, Clark Fork and any other Bonner County berg big enough to have a saloon – which was not very big – the party went on until midnight. In Sandpoint, the celebrants even began a display of fireworks that the sheriff immediately shut down for the obvious reason: concern that they might start a fire. But the fires were pretty much over by then, though the smoke from them was still drifting across New York City and Denver. Gov. Brady of Idaho was sending


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This snag seen on the way to Iron Mountain in the Cabinets is presumably a remnant of the 1910 fire

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At Culver, a now long-gone rail stop located near where the Sunnyside Road leaves Highway 200, Sandpoint Lumber Company lost 28,000 ties, and a fire northwest of Clark Fork had burned across the state line and Blue Creek into Montana. In late July came a reprieve – a cooling trend and bit of rain. “The long hoped for rain,” wrote the July 22 Pend d’Oreille Review, “which meant thousands of dollars to this country, has put a damper upon the forest fires which were raging all through the northwest. … Foresight and carefulness can now avert a repetition of the dangerous fires which have raged for the past few weeks.” But the newspaper was wrong. No amount of foresight or carefulness could avert





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the coming maelstrom, which would arrive in full force four weeks later. In Timothy Egan’s new book about that summer, “The Big Burn,” he concentrates his story on the fire that came in August around Wallace, the heroic Ed Pulaski and the St. Joe country, where the worst of the firestorm was. There is not much mention of the country north and west of the North Fork of the Coeur d’Alene River, but they did their share of burning, too. Saturday, Aug. 20, was a full moon in 1910, but not many in northern Idaho, western Montana and eastern Washington witnessed it except as a shadow image of the sun, a faint red ball through a pall of smoke. On that day, the mountains around Wallace blew up in the most destructive forest conflagration known to man. Dozens of people died fighting it or running from it. This was the day that Ed Pulaski stood at the entrance of a mine shaft in the midst of hell with a pistol in his hand, promising to shoot the first of the men packed into the place who tried to run. It would have been a favor, for anyone leaving was sure to die a much more horrible death. On that same day, in the mountains south of Cabinet, the rail town just east of Clark Fork, William Brashear’s crew of 32 men were fighting an independent fire in Defoe Gulch in the Dry Creek drainage when the big fire from the south broke over the top and into the gulch, catching them in


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Pend Oreille River, Ernest Deinhardt was swept off his feet by this blast of air as he tried to save his buildings. His sons also were “picked up and carried some distance” by the wind as they tried to find their father. The father and sons did manage to find each other and took refuge in the root hollow of a huge, blown-over larch, covering as much of themselves as possible with dirt. They survived, though all were badly burned. Ida Deinhardt, though, wife and mother, died in the root cellar she had tried to convince her sons to enter with her. Her “almost cremated” remains were found on Monday, the 22nd. Also burned to death nearby was George Ziegler, in an attempt to return from Newport to his farm down the river. Facing a road blocked by timber fallen by the same wind that buffeted Ernest Deinhardt and his sons, he abandoned his team and wagon. He was

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McQuaide, née Dettwiler, was 3 years old at the time, living on a ranch across the river from Heron, and she describes the time in a letter to Elinor Compton, written in 1984. “For days, we had not seen the sun. It was just a red ball in the sky. The air was thick with smoke. There was an eerie feeling of oppression and iminent (sic) danger. Roy (Ruth’s 5-year-old brother) and I did not want to play. The animals were confused. We knew our parents were very worried. “One day, small fires began to appear on Squaw Peak (now Star Peak), and on the heavily timbered flat This snag from the 1910 fire towards the (Clark Fork) river. One could see burning stands on the north face of pieces of branches flying through the air.” Fatman Mountain in the east fork One of those firebrands started the blaze that made of Blue Creek, Montana that scar on Billiard Table. Downstream of the Dettwiler place, folks living on the Cabinet Flats and in Cabinet waded to a sandbar in the middle of the Clark Fork just downstream of the Cabinet Gorge and watched the fire jump the river, and then watched their world burn up. West of Sandpoint at Wrencoe, Laclede, Priest River, Priest Lake and Newport, smaller fires that had been burning, some of them for nearly a month, blew up on the 20th, also, brought to colossal sizes by the same front of wind that kindled the blowtorch which seared the Silver Valley. Six miles north of Newport, along the



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found less than 100 yards from the dead horses. The raging fires of that weekend burned a sawmill at Laclede, though A.C. White Lumber Company’s mill at Laclede was spared. Their timber crews were already in the woods fighting fire, having been sent out a month before to battle blazes around the town. South of Sandpoint and west of Lake Pend Oreille, a strip of country beginning at the Kootenai County line three miles wide and 20 miles long burned up with dozens of farms, homes and businesses lost. Nobody was killed by the flames, but many barely escaped with their lives, and often these people were left destitute as the fire they ran from ate up their life’s work, as well as millions of board feet of standing timber and thousands of dollars worth of posts, poles, cordwood and lumber waiting to be sent to market. The names of families who lost all or part of their investment in Bonner County included Pontius, Montout, Brown, Frick, Swigerts, Hagan, Leiik, Husted, Craig, McKinney, Matthews, and Kloph. In Sagle proper, in spite of the efforts of dozens of men fighting the flames, Oliver and Thomas Turnbull lost their store and Krum’s boarding house burned to the ground. Northeast of Sandpoint and southeast of Bonners Ferry, a huge, pretty much unpopulated chunk of the western Cabinets burned, including the drainages of Kootenai River tributaries Boulder Creek and Twenty-Mile Creek and Grouse Creek, which feeds the Pack River. Hundreds of acres on the east face of the Selkirks were scorched near Copeland and along the border at Porthill. These fires were all in Bonner County at that time, as Boundary County was not formed until 1915. Sandpoint, though spared the full horror of the fire, suffered its losses. Two young men from the city, George Strong and Andrew Bourrett, both died fighting fire in the

Swamp Creek canyon near Trout Creek, Montana. They were buried at Lakeview Cemetery. Clarence Ames of Wrencoe traveled to Wardner, near Kellogg, to claim the body of his brother R.A. and take it “home to Minnesota.” The worst of the damage was done and the wind had stopped by the evening of the 21st. The weather cooled and the fires began to decline. On the 26th, the Pend d’Oreille Review reported “a deadly frost,” and a few days later, the first snows appeared in the Cabinets, Selkirks and Bitteroots. By Sept. 2, the worst forest fire season ever was over, and folks all over the Inland Northwest were left to count their losses and mourn their dead. Ninety-two souls perished, both firefighters and civilians. Hundreds more were scarred for life, and thousands lost part or all of everything they had. “1910” and “fire” were fused together in the Western lexicon.

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t’s 5 o’clock on an early summer evening. The thought of another night on the couch in front of the TV turns your bones to jelly – or at least you know it will turn your muscle to fat. Darkness won’t fall for nearly five hours, and you ought to take advantage of the long northern evening to do something outdoors, but your buddies either aren’t interested or not available.

In Sandpoint, you’ve got plenty of options. The area’s full of completely non-exclusive outdoor activity groups, although the well-known Monday Hikers has gotten so popular, it’s verging on becoming a Monday Mob, so club leaders asked not to be featured here. And Tuesday Trekkers is too loosely organized to be accurately described as a club, say participants. But unless you really want to go hiking with a group named after a day of the week, why not join the Friends

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Activities pursued by local clubs include sailing, mountaineering and bicycling

Compton, this trek retraces, more or less, his grandfather’s exploration of the area for a homestead in 1916. It takes 12 to 14 hours, follows no trails other than those provided by elk, and gains 4,000 feet of elevation, concluding, more or less, with 4,000 feet of elevation loss, “if you don’t count the ups and downs you do in between,” says SANDPOINT MAGAZINE

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of Scotchman Peaks Wilderness for a guided, organized hike? Members host hikes every weekend, all either in the proposed wilderness or somewhere nearby and within view of it. Although they offer plenty of easy and medium hikes, if you’re ready, you can follow leaders up the steep trails to some of the summits the proposed wilderness is named for. They also sponsor the granddaddy of area hikes for only the fittest and bravest, the single-day traverse known as the Annual Earl Clayton Memorial Walk Up the Blue Creek Canyon. Guided by native writer and storyteller Sandy

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Compton. He adds that his trips are generally not well-attended. “But those that do go don’t forget them.” Look up for a schedule of hikes and information on the group (see story, page 10). Two other groups with summer hikes are the Idaho Conservation League ( and the Spokane Mountaineers (www. The league runs numerous walks into the Selkirk Mountains; this year they plan to concentrate on trails in the Pack River drainage, north and west of Sandpoint. The Spokane Mountaineers migrate north each summer for weekend treks in the Scotchmans, the Salmo-Priest Wilderness, and elsewhere in the Selkirks. They also have Wednesday evening walks nearer to Spokane, but several have northern Idaho starting points, such as Mineral Ridge above Lake Pend Oreille or Beauty Bay on Lake Coeur d’Alene. For a somewhat mellower collection of walks with a natural history focus, the Kinnikinnick Native Plant Society ( is a good choice. This group goes on field trips in spring and summer to “areas of particular botanical interest,” says programs/publicity chairman Phil Hough. Since their ramblings are more focused on flora than mileage, the walks can be suitable to people not necessarily out for the exercise, Hough says. Similarly, the friendly and knowledgeable members of North Idaho Mycological Association (www. don’t cover many miles. Instead, they comb the woods and fields in spring and

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fall, looking for morels, matsutakes and chanterelles, among other favorite fungi. While most mushroom foragers are reluctant to reveal their favorite hunting sites, NIMA members will reveal a certain subset of theirs, along with an amazing amount of mycological knowledge. And unlike other outdoor people, these fungal aficionados actually hope for rain (it brings out mushrooms), so you might consider checking with them for options if you (unlike them) think the weather is suboptimal. Want to go up instead of out? Join the Friends of the Sandpoint Rock Gym, a brand-new group that has constructed a place to practice your rock climbing skills indoors and “be a springboard from which groups gather” to climb outdoors, says board member Eric Ridgway. If you can’t find them on Facebook, just stop by the gym; it’s on Church Street between 5th and 6th, in the building next to the grain elevator. If walking is too slow and climbing is too vertical, think about joining up with the Cardio Junkies, who gather to run all year-round in the wee hours: Every Friday morning they leave the Sandpoint West Athletic Club at 5:15 a.m. for a 5.6-mile loop around town, and on Sundays they meet at ProBuild at 6:30 a.m. for a longer run. During daylight savings time, they add a third weekly evening run, leaving from SWAC at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesdays. The group usually has some runners who are more fleet than others,


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omeone once said that philanthropists are like fruit trees: They give silently and repeatedly. In this metaphor, the Sandpoint area is an orchard ripe with such hushed yet prolific trees. Without fanfare, those who can do share with those who need. Many of them prefer to remain behind the scenes. Their names are mentioned in conversations about Sandpoint’s giving nature, yet they may cringe slightly at such recognition. People commonly think of philanthropists as those blessed with abundance. This is not always the case though. Some may not have much to give, but they give what they can, and it adds up. This is best stated in an old tale told by Marilyn Sabella – owner of Eve’s Leaves and chair of the Holly Eve Foundation. Sabella relates how a village of starving people is encountered by a mysterious traveler who claims he can feed them all on “stone soup”: “He says all he needs is a fire, a big pot, water and a stone. He gets the water boiling. Of course, the villagers have


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Sandpoint, for example, for the Farmin School grounds, Methodist Church and Odd Fellows Building. Their greatgranddaughter, Sheila Farmin, suggests giving “makes economic sense like if you were settling a wild place and wanting to start a community. There’s things you need: churches, schools, civic groups, and things like that.” Sheila remembers that her family didn’t talk about their giving. “I think it would have been considered that you help people if you can. … It’s just a value to help your neighbor and do good.” Like today, neighbors in early Sandpoint unquestioningly helped neighbors with barn raisings, when a loss was suffered, when a house burned. Sheila says, “(In) a place where it’s wild and winter’s hard and to get food … everybody has to work together to live here.” Jim Brown Jr., another noted benefactor in Sandpoint, apparently agreed with this philosophy. According to his daughter, Bobbie Huguenin, very little happened in town to which the Browns did not contribute between 1940 and SUMMER 2010


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gathered in disbelief. ‘If we only had a carrot, this would be a lot better,’ says the stranger. One of the villagers has a carrot to spare. He then says, ‘Stone soup is a lot better if we just have a potato.’ Two villagers have one potato each.” Marilyn says the stranger continues saying the soup would be a little better with maybe some celery or another vegetable a villager could spare. “It kind of goes on from that. At the end, there’s a nutritious soup,” says Sabella. The villagers of Sandpoint come together in a similar way. The native people who originally inhabited the Sandpoint area were well-known for giving food and goods during potlatches, in hopes of gaining standing or receiving aid in lean times. Anthropologists have long recognized this equalization of resources within a culture for the good of all, a term the Greeks called philanthröpia, for “loving people.” Ella Mae and Lorenzo Farmin were some of the town of Sandpoint’s earliest practicers of goodwill to fellow men. They gave away much property in

1980. Among other things, the Brown family donated land and money to Bonner General Hospital, Panhandle Special Needs, and for the Monarch House (now Kinderhaven). Huguenin relays how, when she asked her father how he decided whether to say yes or no regarding donations, he replied, “That’s easy, you just say yes every time.” Huguenin says her parents “ … always did it quietly, confidentially. They thought it was their responsibility to help anybody trying to improve their circumstances in terms of health and education.” Huguenin herself is now the president of the board for Bonner Community Food Center. Regarding Sandpoint’s giving spirit, she says, “We’ve done things that are beyond the ability of a town the size of Sandpoint. … There must be thousands of charitable hours given every week.” Those weekly hours are donated to some of Sandpoint’s 100-plus organizations that participate in philanthropic endeavors. The organizations may vary in their focus – social actions, health and wellness, education, the environment, arts and culture, commerce, sports, or religion – but they contribute to a common cause, making Sandpoint a unique and charitable place to live. Dyno Wahl, executive director of one such organization, the Festival at Sandpoint, is fortunate to be on both ends of the community’s contributions. Wahl states that, “(The festival is) kind of a philanthropic conduit; we give and receive.” According to Wahl, the festival annually receives individual contributions that amount to $75,000 and corporate assistance and foundation grants that can total more than $200,000. In return for these generous gifts, the organization gives back as much as possible. Through the Instrument Assistance Program, the festival purchases and rents instruments for local schools. The festival paid for instrument rentals for 96 sixth-graders in 2008 and 75 in 2009. Through an outreach program, the group provides every fifth-grader in Bonner and Boundary counties with three tickets each to the festival and a chance to experience the arts and this giving philosophy. Wahl says, “We couldn’t survive


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SOCIETY for our reading instructional strategies. They also grant more than $125,000 per year in Teacher Innovation Grants, Principal Leadership Grants and Big Idea Grants. These encourage innovation.” Cvitanich adds that “donations from Coldwater Creek, Angels Over Sandpoint, Panhandle State Bank, Rotary, Kiwanis, Lions, Community Assistance League, Yoke’s, and many others support everything in our school district from academics to athletics. Private citizens also contribute greatly to our various programs, including a very fine scholarship program.” As Cvitanich points out, local businesses play a tremendous role in providing extra funding. Marcia Wilson adds: “We have a lot of places to give money to in this community … and we have businesses that give over and over: Coldwater Creek, Litehouse Foods, Panhandle State Bank, The Idaho Club, Seasons at Sandpoint, and Construction Northwest Inc., to name a few.” Every other smaller business in town also gives regularly. Like his father Terry

Merwin, Grant Merwin of Merwin’s True Value Hardware tries to give what he can, to the Boy Scouts, Lake Pend Oreille Idaho Club, the master gardeners’ program. Grant says: “Most of our stuff is small, but we try not to turn anybody down. ... We’re just one venue that tries to help out, but you get all of us together, and it works out to be a good thing. It’s part of doing business.” While running the former downtown grocery, Ralph Bloom, retired owner of Harold’s IGA, was also no stranger to such giving. He always helped the high school with its food drive, matching their donations. He also aided several families around Sandpoint by offering credit during hard times or rations for families with children. Bloom’s reason for giving: “If you help somebody, maybe they’ll help somebody else. If you show them a kind hand, they’ll pass it on.” Ernie Belwood, former owner of Belwood’s Furniture who retired in 2004, also believes this. “Uncle Ernie” or “Mr. Sandpoint,” as many affectionately dub him, has been celebrated as a

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without the spirit of philanthropy.” She describes the community’s philanthropists: “They truly want to make the community better. There’s a certain spirit about them that’s common. They almost feel like they owe it. They wouldn’t feel comfortable not giving. It’s in their make-up.” Another contributor to Sandpoint’s stone soup is Panhandle Alliance for Education (PAFE), headed by Executive Director Marcia Wilson. Started in 2002, PAFE’s sole purpose is to provide enrichment to the Lake Pend Oreille School District (LPOSD). According to Wilson: “This community is extremely generous when it comes to children. … People open their wallets again and again when it’s for the kids.” LPOSD superintendent Dick Cvitanich directly experiences this generosity. “We receive tremendous support from across the community, both from individuals and the business community. (PAFE) is our major donor. In the last four years, they have donated over $400,000 in staff development training



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SOCIETY go-to guy for consistently giving back to his beloved community – especially to kids or sports – and for offering support to those facing hardships over the years. In honor of this giving spirit, those he has touched united this past winter to give back to Belwood, mostly in the form of good wishes, as he faces a challenge of his own. The list of Sandpoint’s givers is virtually endless. Many are rarely if ever acknowledged. They are the corporations and individuals that continually open their checkbooks, the small businesses that donate merchandise for charity auctions, the churches that provide free dinners. They are the everyday givers, those who anonymously donate to charities of their choice, the farmers with excess crops to donate, retirees with extra time to volunteer. They are the people who deliver groceries to an elderly neighbor or who pick up trash from the highway ditches or lakeshore. They repeatedly share their fruits and silently enhance the “stone soup” of Sandpoint for the good of all.

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Sandpoint is blessed with many groups that put philanthropy and service into action – more than 160, in fact. This list is just a sample, but now there’s a new, comprehensive directory of volunteer and nonprofit groups at Check it! Angels Over Sandpoint 597-3670.

Bonner Community Food Center 263-3663.

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Kiwanis Club of Sandpoint 263-8974 Panhandle Alliance for Education 263-7040.

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n a recent spring hike along Mineral Ridge overlooking Garfield Bay, I was (once again) awestruck by the majestic beauty of Lake Pend Oreille. Watching the early morning sun reflect off the calm undulation of the water, I was filled with an unconditional, almost maternal love for the lake – a love that gave rise to protective feelings of care and concern for this long-revered part of our community. I’m not alone – love for the lake has motivated a growing number of area residents to devote countless hours and abundant amounts of energy to preserving and protecting Lake Pend Oreille. A whopping seven groups focus all or part of their work on lake conservancy. From nonprofit groups to state-funded commissions, these groups not only share a common goal, but a passion and dedication that is evident from the moment one inquires about their cause.



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service sponsored by the Bonner Soil and Water Conservation District, Lake*A*Syst’s mission is to protect water quality in Bonner County through education and onthe-ground activities that prevent pollutants from entering the lake. “These projects not only demonstrate to the public solutions they can incorporate on their own property, but they immediately solve a problem,” says Molly McCahon, Lake*A*Syst coordinator. Past projects include a mushroom-based storm water filtration system at Memorial Field’s boat launch and installation of vegetative buffers at Memorial Park and Dover Public Park. This summer

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Lake*A*Syst will partner with other agencies on quagga mussel prevention by encouraging lakefront landowners to install monitoring devices on their docks. Lake*A*Syst provides free land use consultation to shoreline landowners in Bonner County and offers a free water quality guidebook for landowners and managers. Although the program does not seek members, McCahon encourages community involvement by making changes in land use practices that may have been adversely affecting water quality. Visit www. to learn more. Created by the Idaho Legislature in 2003 after community outcry and concern about the lake, the Pend Oreille Basin Commission (POBC) is a unique organization focused on monitoring, protecting and enhancing water quality and quantity of the Pend Oreille Basin, encompassing Lake Pend Oreille, Priest Lake and Upper Priest Lake, and portions of the Clark Fork and Pend Oreille rivers. POBC, or the “Lakes Commission,” covers issues such as the lake level, aquatic invasive species, sustainable fishery management, aquifer protection and promotion of citizen activism through public events to name a few. The POBC welcomes the public to contact them with inquiries and holds quarterly public forums based on current issues, SANDPOINT MAGAZINE

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Formed in spring of 2009, Lake Pend Oreille Waterkeeper (LPOW) hasn’t wasted any time in stepping up to protect the lake. LPOW’s main priority is reducing wastewater, storm water and pesticide pollution through the monitoring of facilities and construction sites for discharge permits and compliance. “We are working toward the time when every discharge of pollution into Lake Pend Oreille is regulated and in accordance with the law,” says Executive Director Jennifer Ekstrom. The group advocates for a comprehensive, ecologically based plan to control the lake’s invasive weed problem in lieu of aquatic pesticides. LPOW not only monitors the lake via an on-the-water presence, but it also provides a pollution hotline (208-597-7188) for citizens to report any water quality concerns. President of the international Waterkeeper Alliance, Robert F. Kennedy Jr., will speak at a breakfast event in Sandpoint supporting LPOW May 21, the day after his Spokane appearance. To learn more, look up www. lakependoreillewater A public


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concerns and information. Run by a board of seven voting members originally handpicked by Gov. Dirk Kempthorne, the POBC puts the valuable information they collect to good use. “The commission, when appropriate, makes recommendations to local, state and federal managers and entities to protect Pend Oreille to the highest extent possible,” said Kate Wilson, POBC coordinator. For more information, visit Protecting a 26,000-square mile watershed spanning across three states may be a daunting and impossible job, but the TriState Water Quality Council does just that. The nonprofit organization formed in 1993 to oversee the implementation of the Congressrecommended Clark Fork-Pend Oreille Basin Management Plan designed to protect and restore water quality from nutrient pollution in Idaho, Montana and Washington. The council has focused recently on impacts specifically related to the area’s growing population and residential development, including storm water runoff, improving municipal wastewater treatment, septic system impacts to drinking water and preventing the spread of aquatic invasive species. Executive Director Diane Williams said, “By working on the ‘big picture’ of our massive 16 million-acre watershed, we can design

and implement proactive, innovative solutions to water quality issues that have long lasting and far reaching positive impacts.” To volunteer or make a donation, go to The Clark Fork-Pend Oreille Conservancy (CFPOC) is a nonprofit land trust formed in 2003 to help landowners permanently preserve natural areas, forests, lakes, streams, farms, ranches, and wildlife and fish habitat in Bonner County and Sanders County, Montana. The CFPOC helps private, willing landowners obtain conservation easements, design preservation plans and get federal tax incentives. In regards to Lake Pend Oreille, the CFPOC aims to educate landowners along the lake, as well as the streams and rivers flowing into it, on the importance of conserving land from development. Why? “Protecting these ecologically critical lands from development is essential to protecting the water quality of our lake, waterways and drinking water,” said Nancy Dooley, CFPOC’s assistant executive director. With a knowledgeable board of directors comprised of conservation experts, biologists, land use planners and real estate agents, it’s no surprise the group is making headway. “To date we have permanently conserved over 1,000 acres of important wildlife habitat, farmland, and scenic and recreational open space,” said Dooley. Visit www.

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Lake Pend Oreille from A-Z

A resource for recreationists and conservationists alike As the fifth-deepest lake in the country, Lake Pend Oreille now has an in-depth guidebook devoted to all aspects of the watery wonderland. Recently released by Keokee Books, “Legendary Lake Pend Oreille: Idaho’s Wilderness of Water” is the most comprehensive resource available on the lake. Penned by environmental journalist and historian Jane Fritz, along with several contributing authors, the book contains 450 pages of activities, facts, photos, maps, lore and history. With the numerous recreational opportunities covered in “Legendary Lake Pend Oreille,” it may be hard to decide what to do first. Here are some of the top favorite activities of locals and visitors alike. A multitude of great hikes surround the lake, but Mineral Point Trail merits mention. The well-maintained trail boasts amazing views of the lake and the Green Monarchs. At one end of the trail, hikers can recreate at pristine Green Bay; and at the other end, they can watch wildlife at Lost Lake. This family-fun hike is suitable for mountain biking and horseback riding as well. The Mickinnick Trail, located north of Sandpoint on a ridge between Syringa Creek and Little Sand Creek, is also popular with hikers. The difficult trail offers abundant viewpoints of the lake and surrounding areas.

Beach is the most popular swimming spot on the lake. South of the Long Bridge, Springy Point is another great spot to swim and camp. For motorized boating, plenty of public access points exist, as well as chartered trips with Lake Pend Oreille Cruises and boat rentals from many marinas and resorts around the lake. The town of Hope is a great place to start, with four islands to explore and everything needed for a boating adventure. Johnson Creek Access Area just outside of Clark Fork is a spectacular place for those traveling by canoe or kayak. Paddlers can easily access the islands and channels of the Clark Fork River Delta in this no-wake zone. Located south of Sandpoint off Highway 54, Farragut State Park is the lake’s activity mecca. Biking, hiking and horseback riding trails abound in the park’s 4,000 acres of forests, meadows and lakeshore. The former naval base has a visitor center, museum, campgrounds, cabin rentals and picnic areas and is open year-round. “Legendary Lake Pend Oreille: Idaho’s Wilderness of Water” retails for $24 and can be purchased online at’s General Store or at local area bookstores and other retailers. To learn more, visit

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the process and to make certain that the impacts to Lake Pend Oreille are adequately considered,” said RCA co-founder and Executive Director Mary Costello. Currently, RCA is poised to file an injunction to prevent Revett Minerals from breaking ground this spring. To become a member and learn more about their cause, go to Founded in 1973 to represent Idaho’s voice for conservation, the Idaho Conservation League (ICL) has participated in every legislative session since. The statewide organization with about 9,000 members has made several accomplishments since its creation. They include the preservation of the 2.3 million-acre Frank Church Wilderness, assisting communities with growth and prosperity plans, guaranteeing enough water for recreation in Idaho’s rivers and streams, and creating the Idaho Clean Lakes and Water Quality Anti-degradation acts. “Locally we are active on the Bonner County Aquatic Invasive Species Task Force, where we’ve advocated for an integrated management approach to milfoil control to reduce the reliance on herbicides,” said ICL North Idaho Associate Susan Drumheller. The collaborative organization also participates in the Bonner County zoning code committee, negotiates on rules and regulations regarding septic systems and

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quagga mussel prevention, and fights to reduce nutrients in the lake’s nearshore areas. For additional information, visit www.idaho While seven groups devoted to one lake may seem like overkill, protecting and conserving the 43-mile long, 1,158-foot deep Lake Pend Oreille is no small feat. “Each one of us is approaching this important issue from a different angle. It is a collaborative effort that effectively leads to the same result – a clean lake for present and future generations,” said Lake*A*Syst’s McCahon.

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Magnificent EaglePoint Construction 4BR/5.5BA 3180 sq.ft. home overlooking the South Fairways at The Idaho Club golf resort. Fabulous views of the mountains. Expansive great-room with 24’ fireplace, dining, and bar. Built in flat panel TV’s, high-end appliances. Stunning outdoor dining patio with built-in BBQ and wood burning fireplace. $1,695,00 MLS# 20900019

Cozy 2BR/2BA log home on Ellisport Bay in Hope. 100 front feet, bordering 1/2 mile of U.S Forest Service deep woods waterfront. Huge views. Trex decks and dock. $599,000 MLS# 2075831

Commercial building on a corner lot in the heart of downtown visible from anyone entering Sandpoint. Two themed restaurants, 1-music-venue, 2-informal. Also coffee house. Coffee house is leased, two restarants are owned by seller, both are for sale, price neg. $1,200,000 MLS# 20903234

Above East Hope, unsurpassed 180 degree huge views of Lake Pend Oreille. Highest of quality remodel in 2006, cabinets, fixtures, huge decks, tile throughout. Additional lot available next door (MLS 20903742). $569,000 MLS# 20903741

Monstrous 180 degree views of lake, mountains and Schweitzer. GREAT for entertaining, easy movement from inside to outside to beach and dock and back. Vaulted ceilings, 2 gas fireplaces gourmet kitchen w/granite counters, Viking SS appliances, custom cabinets, 50ff of private waterfront w/dock and cvrd boatlift, sitting area at water w/ gas firepit. $1,449,000 MLS# 20904490

Fabulous Lake Pend Oreille building site on beautiful, protected Bottle Bay. Great waterfront lot, 204 front feet on the lake, big views, approximately 9 miles from Sandpoint. Buyer shares in an undivided 1/3 interest in over an acre of deep woods-common area. $550,000 MLS# 21001174

BEAUTIFUL CUSTOM HOME on the 13th fairway of the Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf Course. Large open great room, hydronic heat, large custom kitchen with walk-in pantry. Large bonus/guest rm with two walk-in closets. $595,000 MLS# 2084560

Build at The Idaho Club, a Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf Course! Choose from your choice of several resale lots on the course with territorial views or on Moose Mountain with fairway, lake and mountain views. Planned amenities include marina, tennis courts, dining, swimming pool, spa and hiking trails. Call for more info.

Moments off Lakeshore Drive, a 4BR/2.5BA, 2,939 sq. ft., fully furnished turn-key home, including all house-wares. Lush landscaping provides a pristine full acre of quiet privacy. Created in the perfect location close to bike paths, deeded access to Lake Pend Oreille and Sandpoint Idaho, this is truly a wonderful place to call home. $499,000 MLS# 20805273

Formerly: • Successful entrepreneurial career starting and running technology companies • History of leadership positions in both private and publicly-traded firms Currently: • Analytic creativity in bringing buyers and sellers together • Record of negotiating fair and mutally acceptable real estate agreements • Excellent listing proficiency • Personal residence on Lake Pend Oreille Result: High level of proven client satisfaction.

Your luxury & recreational property professional cell: 208. 290.7024

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ExpEct ExcEptional R E s u lt s Merry’s passion for excellence in serving her clients coupled with her innovative marketing skills and focused work ethic has been the driving force in her becoming a top producing REALTOR® specializing in luxury, resort and retirement properties in North Idaho. Merry Brown-Hayes 2009 REALTOR® of the Year

Cell: 208.255.9444

The PEND OREILLE CHATEAU on Murphy Bay is arguably one of Sandpoint’s finest waterfront estate homes. Imagine coming home to this impeccable custom waterfront home of over 9900 SF with 4 bedrooms & 8 baths on almost 200 feet of Lake Pend Oreille frontage. Exquisitely designed and beautifully appointed, the interior will take your breath away. No expense has been spared to create a breathtaking home in a perfect location with unsurpassed custom quality & attention to detail. Turn Key with furnishings & boat included! Offered at $2,921,500

LIKE NO OTHER … The Stillwater Point Estate – Idaho’s most unique estate offering in mountain to lake living. Own an entire private, gated mountain-to-lake community of 27+ acres with waterfront, sandy beach, pier & beach house + three exquisite Rocky Mountain style homes (from 4400 to 6600 SF) with 14 bedrooms & 17 baths. Offered at $11,000,000 MLS# 2084302

Merry’s BEST VALUE … Original build price in 2007 over 1.5 million & originally offered at $1.6 million — now ONLY $999,000. Own an extraordinary custom 4000 SF Caribou Creek log home in an exceptional equestrian setting just minutes to Sandpoint. MLS# 20903965

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Beauty on 5 aCReS 4,110 sq. ft., 4 bdrms, 4 bths. tumbled edge granite, elite appliances, dry stack stone firepl. 9 ft. doors all the amenities and more. additional mother in law home 2/2 w/24x36 garage. $569,900

BeSt PRICeD SKI In/SKI out property per square ft. currently available at Schweitzer. It is 4 bed/4 bath, 1776 sq. ft. with up and down stairs units able to be rented separately. $329,000 #21001164

PRIeSt LaKe DeeDeD 75’ waterfront. outlet Bay. Dock w/ covered slip 6 bdrms/ sleeping areas 3 bth. 1,695 sq. ft. Pine interior, wood fireplace. View online $649,000

CuRRentLy LoWeSt PRICeD 2 bed/2 bath condo at Seasons, this unit features a great view with many upgrades and unique wood work and is scheduled to be completed by May 1. $429,000 #21001072

PenD oReILLe RIVeR WateRFRont 128 ft frontage 367’ deep. 1 acre. Paved street, designated boat slip, private association beach area. oWneR ContRaCt. View online #21001100 $249,900

aLMoSt 140 aCReS perched atop the Green Monarch Mountains overlooking Lake Pend oreille with it’s own lake and surrounded by national Forest. Seller terms available. $449,000 #20805118

oVeR 240 tIMBeReD aCReS Just 10 minutes from downtown Sandpoint with spectacular views of the lake and river. additional acreage available. Possible seller terms. $2,850,000 #20902432

Jim Watkins, REALTOR® | 208.265.1505 | 208.255.6915 |

Significant Sales Best of 2009

Cheri Hiatt

GRI, REALTOR® ID & WA 208.290.3719

Brian Harvey REALTOR®, CRS, ABR 208.290.2486

Sotheby’s International Realty 21001139 20904193

Incredible in-town lake front property. This fantastic property features both a 4400 Sf (4 bed/3.5 bath) main house & a 1000 SF (1 bed/1 bath) guest house. The main house has a huge fireplace, a large master suite w/2 sided fireplace, gourmet kitchen, media room upstairs, & lower level entertaining area w/kitchen, outdoor hot tub w/2000 SF of decking. The guest house is a great place for visiting guests or for the kids to hang out. It has a kitchen & setup with media/game room. The waterfront is “deep water” low bank frontage & comes with a dock & boat lift. almost an acre of landscaped, irrigated land. Warming southern exposure. Minutes to downtown Sandpoint & Schweitzer Ski Resort. owner will consider owner financing. Visit

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maGnifiCent Lake Pend oReiLLe and sCHweitzeR views 150 ft community beach | 2.25 acres | 2,809 sf | 20903578 Cheri Hiatt 208-290-3719

desiRaBLe soUtH sandPoint’s most affoRdaBLe Home. 1 bedroom/1bath cottage, half-block to Lake Po, memorial field and public boat launch. #21001019 $129,000 Call sandy @ 208-290-1111

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80-aCRe CoUntRY estate witH PRivate Pond 10,000+ sf | elevator | 21000006 Cheri Hiatt 208-290-3719

2 ComPLete LivinG aReas ~ mULtiGeneRationaL Home 9.26 acres | 6,738 sf | 20903658 Cheri Hiatt 208-290-3719

GLenGaRY BaY wateRfRont Guest House | 3,176 sf | 20904438 Cheri Hiatt 208-290-3719

RaRe 150’ PRiest Lake deeded wateRfRont! sandy beach. Low bank waterfront. 1.3 acres. Home is 4,842 sf w/8 beds/5 baths. Unique woodwork, log work, wood carvings. Great attention to detail. 12” hand-hewn lap siding and dry stack stone. Huge views of the lake from most rooms. dock w/boat lift and PwC lift. easy access to 1,000’s of acres of public lands. Large covered back deck for BBQ and relaxing with family and friends. #21000897. Call tom Barnes 208-290-1286

BeaUtifUL 6 BedRoom Home witH views to die foR. Your very own indoor Racquetball/sports court which converts into a roller skating rink. all nestled on a breathtaking 55 acres. Located just 25 minutes to sandpoint in Priest River idaho. mLs# 21001273. michelle 208-290-0456

Tom Barnes

Adalin Bondurant

enjoY BReatHtakinG PanoRamiC views of Lake Pend oreille & Green monarch mtns from this lake cabin at the mouth of scenic Garfield Bay. Looking for a touch of privacy? This end of the road 2bd/2ba home borders public land. soak in the quiet setting on the wrap-around deck perched over its own deep water boat dock. #21000693 $399,000 Bill schaudt 208-265-1506

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PRivate, mtn. views 2.73 acres, cedar sided, wooded, solid hemlock 6 panel doors, very well maintained. #2090674 Call adalin Bondurant 208-255-6122

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Mickie was born in the Sandpoint area and has never found a reason to leave. Her energy and community

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spirit have led her to various leadership positions in support of the community, the homeless, wildlife, and the professional realty associations. In real estate since 1990, she is consistently among the “Top Producers” in Bonner FIRST AVENUE BUILDING AVAILABLE NOW! Total of 11,897sf. 5897/main level, 6000sf/basement. Set up w/kitchen facilities, currently used as bar w/full liquor license & Hey Cupcake on other side. Back deck has views of Sand Creek & parking. MLS#20903002 $750,000 Please call Mickie Caswell 208-265-1550

County. To get your feet planted in the Sandpoint area, trust one who’s never uprooted her own – Mickie Caswell.



WITH THE SUN ON YOUR BACk AND SAND BETWEEN YOUR TOES, this is the kind of lifestyle you can get used to on a unique 32 acre waterfront parcel with over 1100 feet of low bank frontage. There’s development potential, or the opportunity for a rare waterfront estate. MLS#21000610 Please call Alison Murphy at 208-290-4567.

HIGH QUALITY COMMERCIAL BUILDING with excellent traffic exposure on Hwy 2 West. 6,634 SF with 2 story building, hydraulic elevator, log entrance, fully leased. Financials available upon request. Ample paved parking area. MLS#20904308 $1,000,000



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PRIME VISIBILITY ON HWY 200 E. 13,700+ square feet industrial building with office suites and shop/warehouse. Asphalt parking, over 40 spaces, top quality construction. Additional 4,000+ square feet warehouse with triple net lease-all on 3.5 acres zoned industrial. MLS#2084060 $1,300,000

Mickie Caswell

SHORT SALE OPPORTUNITY for this beautiful single story home with open floor plan of 1724 SF with 3 BR’s & 2 baths built in 2006 on a shy quarter acre. Beautiful interior & top quality construction on quiet dead-end street. ONLY $211,900 MLS#21000672 Please call Merry Brown-Hayes 208-255-9444

REALTOR® 208-265-1550 cell: 208-290-5116

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Bike, run, swim, fund-raise Events add up to three legs of a triathlon By Beth Hawkins

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ixteen years ago, the Long Bridge Swim launched. Two years ago, the first CHaFE 150 bike ride rolled into town. And last year, the Scenic Half Marathon kicked off its inaugural event. It’s an impressive lineup of three, big, summertime events with athletic elements – swimming, bicycling and running – that just happen to make up a triathlon. With the bike ride in June, the swim in August and the run in September, the events can be savored one at a time, and all capitalize on the same things: Sandpoint’s inspiring scenic setting, the region’s pleasant summer weather, and the notion of helping support charitable causes. The Long Bridge Swim is a beloved event in town, one that comes during the height of summer with a 1.76-mile, open-water swim from one side of the Long Bridge to the other. This year’s event is Saturday, Aug. 7, and founder Eric Ridgway says the event just continues to get bigger every year. “I want it to grow forever,” said Ridgway, who explains that because the lake is so big, he doesn’t anticipate ever needing to limit participant numbers. Last year’s swim drew more than 770 participants, and Ridgway loves the fact that it’s an event that encourages all types of swimmers, from beginners to experts, to ply the waters. The swim’s setting on Lake Pend Oreille, with its pristine waters and mountain views, pretty much sells the event. “People come from all over this country to do the Long Bridge Swim,” said Ridgway. “We get comments from people who live on the East Coast about how clean the water is. This is incredibly clean water.” Ridgway is proud of the fact that the Long Bridge Swim has become one of the larger open-water swims in the United States and that it boasts the best spectator viewing of any open-water swim in the world. But for Ridgway, it all comes back to a love of swimming. That is why this longtime resident not only endeavors to keep the event’s entry fee low to ensure an event for all to join, but he will also ask this year’s participants to voluntarily make donations to a fund – in collaboration with the Sandpoint Parks and Recreation Department – to provide swimming lessons to less-fortunate children. “We live on a big lake,” he said. “Every kid should get the chance to learn how to swim.” Info:


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Now in its third year, the CHaFE 150 long-distance bike ride is a fund-raiser for the Panhandle Alliance for Education’s early childhood education program in Bonner County called Ready! for Kindergarten. This year’s ride happens Saturday, June 12, and includes a full 150-mile ride plus the ½ CHaFE at 80 miles. Bicyclists take a scenic loop north from Sandpoint through Bonners Ferry, east to Troy, Mont., then south through the Bull River valley before heading west through Hope into Sandpoint. The rider count is expected to hit 200 cyclists this year, and Ride Coordinator Geraldine Lewis expects that number to double in the next several years. The ride will likely hit its maximum at that point, as Montana sets limits on how many riders it allows on highways. The setting alone sells the ride: “Almost every rider comments on the natural beauty of the scenery,” said Lewis. “The Cabinet mountain valley, the shores of Lake Pend Oreille … we live in this area and forget the impact it has on visitors.” More than half of the bicyclists are from out of town, and many of those are from out of state. Lewis said the economic impact is a big factor for our town. “Riders are encouraged to stay overnight and enjoy what Sandpoint has to offer,” she said. Carlo Pati, a bicyclist who plans to ride in this year’s CHaFE 150 for the full distance, rode the ½ CHaFE last year, and says the experience was great. “The ride was very well-organized, and I had a lot fun riding along many upbeat cyclists,” Pati said. He also appreciates the ride’s support volunteers: “The roadside crew saved my day when I was stranded with a flat on the side of the road!” Info:

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The newest addition to Sandpoint’s impressive lineup of athletic events, in its second year, is the Scenic Half Marathon, slated Sunday, Sept. 19 – a date deliberately meant to draw visitors to town during early fall’s “shoulder season.” And as many locals know, this is truly Sandpoint’s prettiest time of year. Sponsored by the Greater Sandpoint Chamber of Commerce, the event’s primary reason for launching is to bring people to Sandpoint in order to lift local business. “The committee wanted to create a fun, safe event that would grow for years,” said Race Director

Allen McClelland. The Scenic Half event drew 500 runners and garnered overwhelmingly positive feedback on its inaugural event that included a half marathon of 13 miles, a 10K run, 5K run and 1-mile loop kids’ run. “About two-thirds of last year’s runners were from Coeur d’Alene and Spokane, and they always comment about Sandpoint’s natural beauty,” said McClelland. “We heard comments about how nice it was to run across the Long Bridge. And runners from the local area already run the course but

More events for good causes Good news for those with lots of extra fuel to burn: Organized events are cropping up all over Greater Sandpoint. And even better news? They benefit some really terrific causes. Relay for Life, June 4-5. Bonner County Fairgrounds hosts this annual American Cancer Society fund-raiser, the largest global fundraiser in the fight against cancer.

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• Participants run or walk the course over a 24-hour period, with a team representative on the track at all times.


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• The event kicks off with a luminaria ceremony to honor people whose lives have been touched by cancer, and remember those lost to the disease. Jacey’s Race, July 11. This competitive 5K race for runners and walkers, plus a 1K fun run for kids, raises money for local children with cancer and other life-threatening illnesses. The run began when the founder’s daughter, Jacey, SANDPOINT MAGAZINE

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was diagnosed with cancer at age 4 (she is now a healthy, happy Sandpoint teenager). • Runners and walkers of all abilities are welcome. • Carnival atmosphere with vendor booths, games and more in the Sandpoint High School parking lot. 24 Hours for Hank Road Ride, Sept. 11-12. This second annual ride is held in honor of 3-year-old Sandpoint resident Henry Sturgis, who is battling a fatal disease called cystinosis. Only 500 people in the United States have cystinosis, and there is no cure. • Relay ride: Team members take turns riding during the day and throughout the night to see how many miles they can complete in 24 hours.


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were happy to actually participate in an organized race along their home path.” Amy Little, executive director of the Sandpoint Chamber, said proceeds benefit the Bonner Community Food Bank as well as other local nonprofits, and the event can only get bigger from here. “We anticipate that the event could grow rapidly,” said Little, who expects 900 runners in 2010. If the run does nearly double in size, it would make the Scenic Half close to the size of the wellestablished Coeur d’Alene Marathon. Info: Let the competitions begin!

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• This family-friendly event is open to everyone who can ride a bike. WaCanId Bike Ride, Sept. 21-25. The WaCanId is a 340-mile bicycle tour around the International Selkirk Loop in Washington, Canada and Idaho, held during the region’s picturesque early fall season. Proceeds benefit participating Rotary Clubs along the route.

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Ride Idaho, Aug. 8-14. This summer Sandpoint goes on the map as one of the hosts for this year’s Ride Idaho, the largest statewide bike ride. The riders will swarm Sandpoint for an overnight stay Aug. 9. This fully supported, allability cycling tour through Idaho is organized by the Treasure Valley Family YMCA and Ride Idaho, a nonprofit organization. Ride Idaho has peddled its way through the roads of Idaho since 2005. • 300 rider limit – this year’s registration is full (but there’s always next year!). –Beth Hawkins

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• Riders start at their choice of three towns: Sandpoint, or British Columbia’s Creston or Nelson.

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Dumbness and derring-do Some hiking tales Mom just shouldn’t hear Story by Sandy Compton Photos by Jim Mellen


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efore he was president, Teddy Roosevelt traveled to the Cabinet Mountains to hunt goats. His guide, a tough guy from Libby, didn’t like Roosevelt much, thought him foppish and fat, but agreed to lead him. The guide found Roosevelt was tougher than he looked. As they hunted the Cabinets, Roosevelt, in his enthusiasm, forgot where he was for a moment – and fell off a cliff. The guide ran to the edge, frantic that he had killed the famous Rough Rider. Expecting to see Roosevelt’s broken body lying below, the guide instead found him caught securely in the branches of a cliff-hanging tree. “I’ll be with you as soon as I find my glasses,” Roosevelt called, and true to his word, soon appeared at the top of the cliff with his glasses perched on his nose. What I want to know is, did Teddy tell his mom? Moms are worriers and having children running around in wild places makes them fret without knowing the details. So, fellow hiker Jim Mellen and I have an agreement. Some things, we don’t tell our moms. “Although I’m now over 60,” says Mellen, “my mother still worries that I might get too ‘frisky’ out in the mountains. Worry is not a great experience, so withholding information seems a kind thing to do.” Yet, frisky we get. Here are tales of such times. You can stop reading now, Mom. First case: Brother Chris and three other adventurers, all in their early teens, undertook a hike from Little Spar Lake to our house through the heart of the Scotchman Peaks. This cohort of hikers found themselves late one afternoon in


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a canyon full of devil’s club and tag alder. Desirous of being on a ridge top instead of in Cabinet Mountain hell, they began climbing. As darkness fell, they found themselves up against the rock face of a cirque. The top was so close they could smell it, even though they couldn’t see it, so one youngster braced himself against the cliff while another climbed onto his shoulders. The acrobat then stood on his tiptoes and grabbed something that turned out to be well enough attached to help him scramble to the top. He dropped a rope and the others joined him. Nobody knew quite where the edge of the world was, it being dark and all, so they slept that night wedged behind rocks and logs. It was a long time before Mom found out about that. Second case: The quoted Mellen and his wife Sandii started one day for a peak in the Cabinet Mountains Wilderness. They got a late start, so when dark came, they were not where they wanted to be. They were in a


snowfield on a steep pitch from which a slide down would end very badly. Like Chris and his friends, they spent a night wedged behind a rock, much colder than those boys were decades earlier. Third case: A couple of summers ago, Daniele Puccinelli, a friend from Italy, and I undertook a new route up Vertigo Ridge above that same Little Spar Ed Wolfe enjoys the view of Lake. All routes Little Spar Lake from Vertigo up Vertigo Ridge in the Scotchmans Ridge are less than easy, but this one Puccinelli’s voice rolled down the gained a moniker, “Joe’s Couloir,” slot in the rock above me. “I’m at the for Straight-Up Joe, the mythical trail top!” This encouragement gave me the builder of the Cabinets. We had gone oomph to pull myself onto the shelf. too far to go back, and I had two finI didn’t look back – or down – and I gers hooked over a rock lip three feet didn’t tell Mom. back in a hole about shoulder height. Fourth case: Close encounters Standing on the tiptoes of my right of the bear kind are Mom-telling foot with my left knee wedged into a optional unless one nearly dies or crack, I was about to take what I knew thinks one is going to die. An anonywas my one chance to heave myself mous friend was strolling down a onto the next shelf. The thought in my ridgetop in the Cabinets several years mind was, If this doesn’t work, the next ago and saw in his peripheral vision a part could hurt. SANDPOINT MAGAZINE

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People small critter, which he found, to his horror, to be a grizzly cub. His first thought: Where’s Mom? His mother was in Virginia, but the cub’s mom was 60 yards away making funny – OK, peculiar – noises by snapping her jaws together. The bear charged. My friend temporarily died of fright, so the gap between them closed rapidly. When the bear was 15 yards away, he came back to life, threw up his arms in supplication and yelled plaintively, “It’s only me!” The bear skidded to a halt and looked at him as if to say, “Well, OK, then. If it’s only you … ” She gathered up her cub and ambled into the brush, probably admonishing the cub not to be so foolish as that guy collapsed in a puddle of his own sweat. Fifth case: Cliffs are cliffs. On a trip to Sawtooth, my friend Kari and I were starting home when I suggested an alternate route. It would involve climbing down a cliff, I told her. She quizzed me on that, understandably, and I reassured her that I had been up and down this particular cliff several times. Kari’s 30 years younger than me, so I think she figured that if I could, she could. An hour later, Kari looked down the goat scramble we needed to descend and said, “This is a cliff!” “Uh, yeah,” I said, “I know.” I didn’t say, “What part of cliff didn’t you understand?” which is for the best. She didn’t call me any really bad names, and she made it down the cliff just fine, but I don’t think she told her mom about it. Last case: The circumstance under which Mellen and I agreed there were

certain things we wouldn’t tell our mothers involved another cliff on the south face of the Elinor Crag in the Scotchman Peaks. We had made an ascent up a steep talus slope, which I hoped I would never descend under any circumstance. The mountain gods knew that, and they led Mellen (ahead of me as usual) onto a ledge about 4 feet wide, which he came back to report was “sort of exposed around the corner.” When I looked around the corner, my heart leapt into my throat. Exposed? It was 2 feet wide and narrowing, hung midway on a vertical face 400 feet high. We retreated to a small slot in the canyon wall and scrambled up that to the top of Elinor in much the same manner that Daniele and I climbed Joe’s Couloir. We made the “don’t-tellMom” deal standing atop the Elinor Crag, which seemed an appropriate, if somewhat ironic, spot, as the Elinor Crag is named for my mother. Hiking the backcountry is not a frisky-free endeavor. If it were, it would lose its intrigue. The lovely places we enjoy by taking can’t-tell-mom chances are the way they are because they are not full of people. Those who do take the risks and assume the responsibilities of being in wilderness are constantly, sometimes spectacularly, reminded that risk, responsibility and reward are directly related. “When my wife is freaking out over a situation we have gotten into,” Mellen says, “I tell her ‘Stop worrying about dying and start having fun.’ ” Good advice, Jim. We can even tell our mothers that – just not the “frisky” stuff.

Three gnarly hikes Three hikes that could raise a little hair include the aptly named Goat Mountain Trail No. 135, the classic Scotchman Peak Trail No. 65 and the granite-laden Beehive Lakes Trail No. 279. Goat Mountain switchbacks up a steep mountainside before finally reaching the summit with its dramatic views of Lake Pend Oreille and the Scotchmans. The Scotchman trail gains 3,709 feet to reach a jumble of rocks and dizzying cliffs at 7,009 feet; views are magnificent of the lake and the proposed Scotchman Peaks Wilderness. The Beehive trail climbs steeply across exposed granite (slippery when wet) on its way to the upper lake. It looks and feels as wild as any place on the continent. Off-trail hikers can explore the higher terrain by climbing Twin Peaks, at 7,607 feet. Info: Sandpoint Ranger District, 263-5111, or guidebooks “Trails of the Wild Cabinets” and “Trails of the Wild Selkirks.”

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Making a life with art

Couple inspires others to do the same Story by Carrie Scozzaro Photos by Steve Jamsa and Jerry Pavia


ackie Henrion and Dan Earle didn’t set out to be inspirational. “We have purposefully chosen not to serve on boards or on arts organizations,” said Henrion, “because we really feel that our goals are best served by being ‘fomenters of artistic trouble.’ ” You can hear the smile in her voice when she says this last part. Yet inspiring is exactly the word to describe their story: from their 16-year relationship, to their Sandpoint-area home that serves as a studio and gathering place for the art and music communities, to the way they’ve dedicated their lives to the arts and to learning.

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Discovering shared passions


It was 1994 and Henrion was working as an executive at PACCAR, a multinational commercial vehicle manufacturer based around Seattle. She had inherited an interest in art from her parents, both graduates of New York’s Cooper Union School of Art, although she had yet to vocalize her real passion: music. Earle, when they met, was living on a sailboat and enrolled in Seattle’s Academy of Realist Art. Aged 53, he had retired from a long career in education, which originated in Southern California and transitioned to northern Idaho, where he directed the startup of Rocky Mountain Academy, a school for at-risk teens in Boundary County. Their lakefront home on the Hope Peninsula has a tranquil energy, palpable and refreshing. Robert Fulghum, author of “All I Really Needed to Know I SANDPOINT MAGAZINE

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Learned in Kindergarten,” comes to mind because he, like Earle and Henrion, is many things – artist, writer, pastor, teacher – many of which he discovered later in life. Second, a Fulghum sermon on marriage describes how conversations that evolve over time – of “us” and of the “future” and of commitment – are the real substance of partnership. The couple met in a modeling class at the art school where the instructor had asked Earle to sit in for a missing model. They talked before class, explained Henrion. “Then we went to lunch where we talked about how much joy we both felt when we were fully engaged in being creative. By the time we started the afternoon (drawing) session, we knew there was a spark of magic in our meeting.” Earle explained how they each sat down, by themselves, and wrote out a list of priorities and ambitions. “A space for art and creativity” was common to both lists. “(The lists) were astonishingly similar in that we wanted to live with art and music in a community that valued and enabled those pursuits,” says Henrion. Their first choice was to stay in Seattle and look for suitable living and studio space. They found a loft on Capitol


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The entryway to Dan Earle and Jackie Henrion’s home, left, represents collaboration with other artists and the couple’s dedication to the arts. Artwork is everywhere in their home that they call “a resource for the community.” Henrion and Earle mentor other musicians and artists and invite them into their studios to work. At right, fellow sculptor Jason Galles and Earle create vases for sculptural reliefs

Creating a space for art and creativity

They eventually built a custom home together in Hope, methodically addressing their individual and blended

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Rights Task Force, Christine Holbert – to the March 2009 Joan Baez concert at the Panida; and has sung and read her poetry at the Hope Memorial Community Center and Sandpoint Library for years. More recently, she performed at the Spokane Women’s Show/Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure benefit and has been working on a new song inspired by the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. For his part, Earle has conducted art classes at nearby Clark Fork High School; contributed art to support the Pend Oreille Arts Council; created a video entitled “Impersonating an Artist” for the Hope Community Center and Sandpoint Library, and helped local artists post their work on Fine Art America, an online sales site. Earle’s work on Fine Art America ( dan-earle.html) numbers close to 200 pieces, mostly figurative drawings, paintings, and sculpture that tell the story of an artist continuously honing his craft and exploring new ways to convey the essential human form. His abstracts, with titles like “Interior Beginnings” and “Softest Music” go beyond the human form to probe the human psyche. Indeed, according to his webbio, “His palette has always been the SANDPOINT MAGAZINE

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Hill where they held many community and fund-raising events. In the meantime, they also visited Idaho, where Earle had lived and worked for several decades and where his two grown children still lived and were raising families. Eventually, they left the hustle and bustle of Seattle for a more contemplative lifestyle, yet one where creativity was still essential. “When we decided to move to Idaho, several years later, we thought that the communities in Hope and Sandpoint were the most supportive of the arts and had a richly talented pool of creative people,” Earle says.

priorities – arts, family, community – and called it Studio Decouvrir, which means discovery. It includes working studios for both, which for Henrion means easy access to her piano and walls she can close off. It is large enough to accommodate guests, including grandchildren who love to draw, paint and play there, said the couple. They also host small gatherings for both artists and musicians. “We consider our house in Hope a resource for the community,” said Earle. They’ve held house concerts featuring Henrion’s music and that of guest musicians. For visual art, they’ve hosted season premieres of “Art:21,” an educational documentary of contemporary artists produced by PBS; receptions for a succession of new directors of art for the Northwest Museum of Arts and Culture; and several art exhibitions for such local artists as Michael Pinchera, Gary Kaemmer, Shelby Young, Aaron Henry and Catherine Earle (formerly married to Earle’s son Tim). That sense of community extends beyond the walls of their home, however. Henrion has mentored local musicians; sang at the 2008 reception of the World Harmony Runners; initiated a free ticket giveaway – along with thenpresident of the Sandpoint Human


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ART infinite color wheel of human emotion.” Earle’s career includes direct instruction under Pepperdine School of Art cofounder Elaine Amsterdam Farley, Garth Evans at the New York Studio School, Anthony Antonios at the National Academy of Art, and selfdirected studies, including from master works housed in world museums. His most recent interest involves clay,

leading to collaborations with such artists as Jason Galles and Diane Simons of Sunnyside Pottery. “Dan and I met during the first driving art tour,” said Simons, “and we both admired each other’s work.” A few years later, they discussed collaborating but it wasn’t until this past winter that Simons decided to take Earle up on the idea. “I loved working with Dan throughout the project.

His positive attitude and enthusiasm for living were evident at all times.” It wasn’t just Earle whom Simons’ praises, but Henrion too. “(Jackie) brought her managerial strengths to the table and helped us immensely with putting the (exhibition) opening together as well as printing out materials and writing up our statement. These people are just exceptional!” she said.

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Making a life with the arts

Some of the artwork in their home is by Ed Henrion, Jackie’s father, who taught art in New York City, as well as quilts by her mother, Marilyn, whose nationally acclaimed textiles are in the Smithsonian Institute. With Henrion’s family background in visual art, you might think she would have chosen an art career. “I chose music because I was

discouraged by not being able to create art like my parents,” said Henrion, who found the “freedom to be emotionally expressive” when she played piano. “Singing, playing guitar and learning new techniques in Washington Square Park (in New York) was something I loved to do,” said Henrion, “but when I was invited by a producer to consider a career in music by setting aside my

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plans for college, I realized that college was too important for me.” By the time she met Earle in 1994, she knew she wanted to pursue music and by 1998 had released a selfpublished album. After relocating to Idaho, Henrion and a group of women (Denise Carboni, Jean Gerth, Cheyanna Whittier) created Local Honey. “We would caravan to bluegrass festivals and perform in local venues. We had a great time and learned a lot in the process.” By 2006, Earle, now in his 60s, had been accepted to the prestigious New York Studio School. Because of its rigorous curriculum – 10-hour days of studio work, seminars, etc. – it would require living in New York. They turned their house over to fellow artist Glenn Grishkoff, who was inspired to produce a series of paintings with feathers he found in the cove below the house. And then Henrion and Earle immersed themselves in their respective studies. As a result, Mamaloose Music was born in 2007 and continues to evolve as an independent label for producing her own music and for “creating conscious connections” for other singers/songwriters. “The company is particularly interested in supporting the concepts of personal awareness and social consciousness and the songs of women as a spiritual force,” writes Henrion on her website, While Earle eventually returned to Idaho, Henrion stayed in New York, at least part-time. She maintains a rigorous schedule, taking improv classes, studying with former Broadway performer

Jackie Henrion and Dan Earle at Studio Decouvrir

and vocal coach, Sue Anne Gershonzon, and, of course, writing songs. Though I may not always be in view / I’ll always be with you (“Believe in Me,” from the CD “Mama Loose”). Her lyrics paint pictures of love and loss, of introspection and celebration, and of a contemporary woman questioning, sometimes criticizing the world around her. My friends invite me to the local store / But I don’t feel the need / to need much anymore (“Cozier With No”). In her songs and persona, Henrion radiates authenticity and comfort in her skin. “I come home (to Idaho) to recharge,” says Henrion, who incorporates meditation and walks around the property into her routine. They both admit it’s a challenge to be apart so much – Henrion wrote an unreleased song entitled “So Alone” – although it helps that Earle visits her often in New York. And they both concur the distance has made them stronger. “The way we do art and music is more like a way of life,” says Earle. “As a team, our strengths complement each other perfectly. Jackie is the thinker and I’m the doer. She is the wordsmith and I am the people person. We brainstorm constantly and test each other’s processes and motivations to make sure we come from a place of integrity, not ego.” How long will Henrion stay in New York? They answer simultaneously: “As long as it takes.” The implication of commitment to both each other and to the arts is subtle but powerful.


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When storm clouds roll in or as they depart, they often create fantastic visions in the sky. In this photo essay, photographers captured some of those moments featuring clouds, lightning and rays breaking through. You can almost feel the electricity in the pages of “Summer Storms.�

In a Mountain Frame of Mind :: Tim Cady

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Storm over Lake Pend Oreille :: Doug Marshall

Storm Clouds over Paradise :: Will Venard

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Selkirk Sun Rays and Alfalfa :: Marsha Lutz

Twin Strikes :: Ryan McGinty

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Wild Night over Sandpoint from Gold Creek Ridge :: Jim Ford

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Story by Marianne Love i

Photos by Marie-Dominique Verdier

orthern Idaho contains a vast network of scenic trails, teaching and training centers, fairgrounds facilities, boarding operations and a whole lot of enthusiastic horse lovers. Recreational possibilities for equestrians are, quite simply, unlimited. It’s no coincidence that a recent issue of American Cowboy magazine ranked Sandpoint among 20 of the “greatest places to live in the West.” The writer pointed out: “History, the great outdoors, and the unparalleled natural beauty of northern Idaho converge here. … The art scene and antique shopping are vibrant, and there’s no lack of skiing, hiking, and horseback riding.” Lynn Wells, an active backcountry trail rider and associate broker at Evergreen Realty, says 25 percent of her inquiries mention horse facilities. They’re either retirees



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planning for a few saddle horses or parents hoping to get their kids out of the city and involved, Wells says. Opportunities here for horse lovers truly abound. Take typical summer days, for example. Barbara Tibbs and Roxane Conrad give horsemanship/riding lessons and train horses at their well-equipped Selle Valley ranches. Gail Redinger, also in the Selle Valley, and Cocolalla’s Marian O’Conner coach dressage riders. At Hooten’s Hollow, north of Bonners Ferry, Marv Lagerwey puts on reining clinics. Bonner and Boundary counties have active, successful 4-H horse programs and numerous other clubs. Pony Club members, for example, can gather at Marcy Neher’s indoor arena. Trail riders can set off on scenic rides, and those without their own mounts can take to the trails with Matt Smart’s Mountain Horse Adventures at Schweitzer. Over at Gold Creek’s Western Pleasure Guest Ranch, seasoned wranglers guide visitors down the Cowboy Trail to beautiful Grouse Falls, as well as taking them on horse-drawn wagon rides and, in winter, sleigh rides. Every Tuesday evening June through August, the Bonner County Fairgrounds is alive with fast-paced North West Barrel Racing Association competition. The facility also hosts numerous open horse shows, a horse expo, a PRCA rodeo, a weeklong horse camp and the annual Idaho State Draft Horse & Mule International. Local horse fanatics also spend days with their horses, grooming and training for competition, both home and away. Experts in various disciplines often visit the area, providing clinics or private lessons to enhance skills in riding styles, judging, training, etc. More and more horse facilities continue to spring up – many with indoor arenas allowing year-round riding activities. Best of all, northern Idaho offers an invaluable bonus universally appreciated regardless of age, expertise, professions or interests: a magnificent landscape. Horse ownership requires a substantial financial and personal commitment. In the minds of most horse lovers, though, the rewards and the emotional attachments to their horses far outweigh the investments. This prevailing passion is evidenced by the reflections of six residents, introduced here, as part of this series on the immense amount of equine activities and opportunities in Greater Sandpoint.

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A longtime horseshoer, Hargadon, 59, moved to the West from Philadelphia in the 1970s. He started out as a logger, but after trying his hand as a farrier, he never looked back. Hargadon offers hot shoeing (applying heat to the shoe and molding it for accurate fitting). He also provides his clients with sage advice about hoof care, along with a lot of friendly conversation.


“I’ve been working around and shoeing horses for 35

years. I have four horses of my own, three in their 20s and one a yearling. My satisfaction comes from a combination of things: driving around the county, looking at the countryside, most of the people, the kids, the pets, and, of course, the horses. This job is mental, physical and emotional, like watching a horse I’ve been trimming and shoeing for 27 years be put down. It was sad to see, but at 34, she was not doing well and was ready to go. I’ve been very fortunate to have worked with the best (farriers) in the business like John Fuller, Tom Selberg, Tom Wolfe, Bill Miller, Bob Marshall and many more in the Pacific Northwest. I’m always learning. You just can’t know it all.

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A retired Sandpoint High School drama/English teacher, Neher is an eventer in the triathlon of the equine sports – dressage, show jumping and cross-country jumping. A southern Idaho native and a longtime Appaloosa owner, Neher, 61, always finds a way to work with young people. She now advises neighborhood youngsters on basic horsemanship through Pony Club. She and her husband, Dr. Rich Neher, a well-known local surgeon, own a horse farm, including an indoor arena, on Gooby Road northwest of Sandpoint. They have lived here for 29 years.


“My daughters were all involved in the United States

Pony Club. They had so much fun eventing that I wanted to do it, too! Cactus, my first horse, was truly ugly … an infinitely kind and ancient Appy gelding (and) safe transport for a girl, crazy in love with horses. From the moment I awoke until I was dragged off to bed, I’d ride him through the sagebrush country, bareback, with a sandwich shmooshed in my pocket. My event horse, Exploding Poptart, and I had perfect rides at Rebecca Farm Horse Trials a year ago, especially cross-country. I loved splashing through the water jump and sailing the last steeplechase style jump on course. Heavenly! It is the best feeling to have a wonderful animal who gives you everything he has, just for sheer joy! Horse ownership has given me divine moments. I helped our first homebred foal emerge during a difficult birth. It has also given me great heartache. I had to lead my best friend to have his eye removed, knowing we would never get to jump together again.



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Competitive side:

Dressage instructor and competitor Gail Redinger

Equestrians vie in varied arenas


hen an animal can shift into several gears including reverse, turn 360s, dance, pull, scale high mountains, maneuver through tight spots, pack heavy objects, jump, race, and even walk on water, there’s great potential. Many area horse owners and their mounts have used that potential to excel in local, regional, national and even world competition. Locally, 4-H members have won state horsemanship awards, taken national first-place trophy saddles as judges and consistently cleaned up while performing at district shows. For more than 60 years, open horse shows have provided generations of riders opportunities to compete for ribbons and prizes while learning lifetime skills. See “My children had a good time learning about horses … responsibility and gracious winning and losing in competition,” says Spots of Fun Show organizer Moreen Leen. “Now, they have passed the passion on to some of the grandchildren.” Other competitive equine events – some new to the area – are gaining popularity, such as extreme trail riding and reining. Bonners Ferry trainer, clinician and competitor Marv Lagerwey and his wife, Tish, have won more than a dozen silver belt buckles aboard their MT Pockets Ranch quarter horses ( at Northwest and Canadian reining competitions. “You can win a lot of money – into the millions – with a good reining horse,” Lagerwey says. “We aren’t hell-bent to make money … we’re more into it because we like to play.” Lagerwey trains and teaches at Hooten’s Hollow north of Bonners Ferry. Owner Maureen Palmer-Hooten has taken up the sport that requires stock horses to perform maneuvers while following a prescribed pattern. “It’s a wonderful partnership between a horse and a rider,” PalmerHooten says. The same is true for dressage. Horses can work their way through skill levels while demonstrating their ability at several gaits and transitions within dressage rings. Longtime instructor/competitor Gail Redinger (www.redingerdressage. com) of the Selle Valley has won numerous regional medals herself, including SUMMER


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last year’s Northwest Intermediate I Freestyle championship. “Several words are important in dressage: relaxation, obedience, patience and expectation,” Redinger says. “Through a time-honored process for their development, the horses’ movements, under their riders, become quite sophisticated and very beautiful.” New area residents Mike and Jennifer Crooks have taken their Stella Farm (www.stellafarm.evergreenequestrian show jumpers to the highest level. Dual citizenship has allowed Jennifer to compete as a Grand Prix rider on the Irish Show Jumping team since 2005. The Crooks average 15 to 18 weeks a year, competing with their own horses and those of clients at events in the United States, Canada and Europe. Mike says 2011 will be a key qualifying year for Jennifer, who hopes to represent Ireland on the four-member 2012 Olympic Show Jumping team. Samantha Jo Carter typifies competitors who have grown up competing in North West Barrel Racing Associationsanctioned barrel racing at the Bonner County Fairgrounds. Riding her AQHA mare Nifty Drifty Chex aka Beaner during the summer sessions, she has earned the right to compete at Nationals in Gillette, Wyo., for the past two years, Jennifer Crooks and SF Sadin compete in the intercalling it “an incredible experience.” national ring at Spruce Meadows, Calgary, Alberta Sandpoint’s Freya Ford has enjoyed an incredible run in rodeo queen competition. In addition to Bonner County Rodeo Queen in 2006, Freya reigned over the 2007 Pro West Rodeo in Omak, Wash. Her neighbors, Alexcia and Leigh Livingstone also reigned over Pro West Finals in 2006 and 2008, respectively. In 2009, Ford, a Washington State University graduate, represented the state as Miss Rodeo Idaho and finished as runner-up in the Miss Rodeo America pageant at the National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas. When snow flies this winter, yet another equine competition will hit the local scene. Called skijoring, it involves a horse, a rider, a rope and a skier. Stay tuned. Sandpoint Magazine’s winter edition will feature former elephant trainer Matt Smart of Mountain Horse Adventures who plans to introduce the age-old sport during next year’s Sandpoint Winter Carnival. For now, enjoy the summer and plan to take in some horsing around. –Marianne Love

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Leonard Wood, Rancher S Co-owner/full-time operator of Wood V Bar X Ranch, home of purebred and commercial red Angus cattle, Wood has 47 years of horse involvement. His family’s legacy in Bonner County dates to the early 1940s when his grandparents left Colorado and settled in Gold Creek. From that spot, where his sister and brother-in-law now run Western Pleasure Guest Ranch, the family holdings have spread to the Selle Valley north of Sandpoint. Family members raise cattle and crops, run an asphalt company and a meat-packing plant. Wood, 53, and his wife, Naomi, specialize in cattle.


“When I began to ride solo, Patchy, a Shetland pony,

was my mount. I was about 10. Every horse experience has been memorable, from the early 4-H trail rides to Boulder Creek, the horse shows at the old fairgrounds, riding in the 4th of July parade to countless days spent checking cattle on Gold Creek and local cattle drives ... the gratifying experience of breaking a new colt and watching them learn and grow into a trustworthy companion with all the heart and soul imaginable in an animal willing to give their all ... the heavenly release from pressure and complications as you ride into the mountains with nothing but you and your horses as companions as you embark on yet another adventure. Probably my favorite place to ride is in the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness. The Frank is special to me because of its vastness and openness that enables you to ride somewhat unobstructed for great distances. You can usually ride for days and never see another soul.

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Mark Plaster on Chimney Rock Trail 256

RIDING the Trails by Billie Jean Plaster i

Three-quarters of the way to Divide Lake, we stopped for a short trail break and gazed west at Boulder Mountain. Aptly named, Boulder Mountain is mostly rock and almost devoid of trees. That’s why it was easy to see the large, hulking body of a black bear bounding across the mountainside. This is just one vivid memory from our four seasons of backcountry trail riding in northern Idaho. In our first season we rode into one of the most beautiful spots in the Selkirk Mountains, Fault Lake. We tied our horses in a meadow below the last ascent and walked on foot to the lake. Dotting the precipitous, gray cliffs above the lake were the unmistakable white bodies of mountain goats. Glacier lilies were in full bloom this last Saturday in July, and I marveled at their spiciness the first time I tasted them. After hiking, picnicking and fishing at this alpine beauty, we started the seven-mile descent back to the trailhead. Shortly thereafter, a coyote appeared and followed us like the family dog for the first mile or so. The horses were not alarmed as he padded alongside them. On other rides, we may only hear the shuffling of hoofs, the crashing of brush or the blowing of nostrils from nearby wildlife. Rarely do we see fellow bipeds. In the few short years that we’ve been trail riding, I’ve become convinced that we could spend a lifetime exploring just the two northern counties of Idaho and never get bored. Each summer we test out more trails. Last summer it was Green Monarch Divide, Peewee Creek, Boulder Meadows and Chimney Rock. Two summers ago it was Ruby Ridge and Sidehill in the Purcell Mountains around Moyie River. Three summers ago it was up Grouse Creek on Wiley Knob, Strawberry Mountain and Hemlock trails. We also ventured onto popular trails around Lake Pend Oreille, Mineral Point, Gold Hill and Maiden Creek, where we did cross paths with hikers and mountain bikers, even boaters at Maiden Rock. And then there was camping at Lunch Peak Lookout and riding Pend Oreille Divide and down to Lake Darling in our first season.

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Trail riding is more than a preferred form of summer recreation. It’s a lifestyle that becomes a year-round passion for everything equine. Horses and the backcountry get into your blood and leave you yearning for those overpowering sensations – the rich smell of the woods, scenic vistas opening up and the thrill of reaching the top. When horseflesh is under saddle, the cares of the world truly fall away. And the backcountry is a whole different world, one with massive chunks of granite, talus slopes, alpine lakes, lush creek bottoms, remains of long-lost lookout towers, great big trees and gnarled gray snags. Huckleberries lining the trails tease riders out of their saddles. And the screech of hawks riding a thermal draws up primordial joy. There is no finer place, in my humble opinion, to spend a summer or fall day than the backcountry. Once you go there on a horse, you’re hooked and it’s a good addiction. Bonner and Boundary counties have hundreds of miles of trails. Check with local ranger districts for the latest trail conditions: Sandpoint, 263-5111; Bonners Ferry, 267-5561; and Priest Lake, 443-2512. Farragut State Park’s equestrian facilities are renowned; call 6832425 or look up Following are three great Bonner County trails: 1. Ginter WMA

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For a leisurely ride along the Pack River, try this new trail in the Ginter Wildlife Management Area between Ginter and Trout Creek roads. From the trailhead just off Rapid Lightning Road, the trail goes through a forest and then reaches the river where there’s an old homestead. Beyond that, it crosses Trout Creek and goes through another meadow before reaching the other trailhead. Estimated time: 3 hours roundtrip.

In the Priest River valley off Peninsula Road, the well-manicured Trail 178 network climbs above the river valley for some beautiful views and meanders through the woods. Riders will encounter at least four bridges. At the trailhead, you’ll find water for horses, campsites, vault toilets, a central fire pit and large, open spots for parking. Recommended for moderate to experienced riders with shod horses. Estimated time: 1-5 hours.

Found on Grouse Creek Road, Trail 483 leads to scenic Wylie Knob and beyond to Grouse Mountain. A gentle climb through the woods turns steeper and more rocky closer to the top. The trail has a couple of small bridges, a creek crossing and some boggy spots. Recommended for moderate to experienced riders with shod horses. Estimated time: 3-5 hours. Other great trails here: Strawberry Mountain No. 355 and Hemlock No. 488.

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Myra and her husband, Byron, moved here from Aspen, Colo., in the 1970s and developed the Diamond T Guest Ranch along the Clark Fork River east of Clark Fork. They later sold the business, moved across the road and built another beautiful horse facility and home. Both are retired educators and involved Clark Fork community members. Myra, now 74, taught business courses at Sandpoint High School; she also coached school athletic teams.

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Neu, 36, has longtime roots in the area. Her grandfather, Sam Wormington, worked as the first manager of Schweitzer Mountain Resort. Horses have played an important role in her family for generations. Cherise and her husband Eron Singleton have two children who will, no doubt, continue the horse legacy.


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1,000 clients, each averaging two to six horses. We make 1,200 ranch calls per year. I love being close to horses. I love their smell. I believe horses communicate clearly if you pay attention to their body language. On the down side, there’s always the risk of being injured or having non-horse people say you smell at the end of the day! Before purchasing a horse, I suggest a pre-purchase exam. Unfortunately I’ve seen too many cases of vast age discrepancies, undiagnosed lameness issues, ophthalmic disease, heart problems, etc. My favorite place to ride is up the Bull River Highway (56) north of Noxon, Mont. Trails in this area are rugged, quiet, beautiful, long and usually have a lot of water. It takes about one hour or more to get to the Dry Creek trailhead (No. 1020). Dry Creek connects to Star Gulch (No. 1016), Napoleon Gulch (No. 1035), Pillick Ridge (No. 1036) and Star Peak Lookout. St. Paul Lake (No. 646) off of road 407 is also a nice Bull River area trail. Most of these trails are not for the faint of heart. My favorite horse, EC, was named after my much-loved grandmother, Elsa Catherine Wormington. He’s a big, husky 14-year-old palomino gelding … my equine soulmate. He specifically seeks me out and seems to truly enjoy being around me and vice versa.

“My mom carried me on a horse before I was born. As a

baby, I rode in the saddle in front of my mom when she rode for the cows. My first horse was a beautiful quarter horse mare named Cindy. My folks acquired her for me when I was about 13 for 4-H. I still had her when I got married. I love riding trails with timber and views. Just out my back door I find water to cross, enormous old timber and views of the Cabinets. I am blessed to have a husband that helped me keep my horses no matter where we lived, so I have had beautiful country homes, with horses at my door steps. Horses have also been a contribution to some of my occupations. My mom was a horse lady. Now my three daughters own, ride and show horses as do my two granddaughters. A great-granddaughter is in training!

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Bill Berg, a Sandpoint attorney, and his wife, Mindy Cameron, moved here from Seattle in 2001. They’re the masterminds behind Panhandle Alliance for Education. The organization generates and awards thousands of dollars to local educators each year. The couple also enjoys the farm life at their home near Gamlin Lake. Bill, a 65-year-old Los Angeles native, is a first-time horse owner and loving it.


“My 14-year-old Morgan mare, Ramie, is my first

horse. I’ve ridden horses all my life, starting at age 7 at the Calamigoes Star C Ranch in Malibu Canyon, Calif., a day camp for kids. My dad and I also did a lot of fishing in the high Sierras out of Bridgeport, Calif., where we’d horse pack in and then fish for a week. There’s a big difference between mounting some bombproof old nag, saddled up by a weathered cowhand, and managing your own spirited equine. After moving to my 25-acre spread at Gamlin Lake, I ached for my own horse. I got to know a neighbor named Edward Miller who breeds Morgans. He introduced me to Ramie. She’s a sweetheart that expects her owner to have at least half the horse sense that she does. She’s a boss mare, but, after a dozen lessons with Lexie De Fremery and learning a little something about ground work, I’m now the boss. Ramie has made me a better, more confident rider. I like to ride on old skid trails between Sunrise Bay and Bottle Bay. There are some magnificent views across Lake Pend Oreille, back to the Clark Fork, up along the Purcell Trench, and across to Sandpoint. There’s Forest Service land up at the top, but you have to be careful not to notice the “No Trespassing” signs, getting there. However, on the rare occasions when I’ve run across a landowner, I’ve been treated very kindly. There’s hardly anything better than coming home after a tough, frustrating day of work, purposely calming down so you can effectively work your horse, and then mounting up for a short, lonesome ride in the dwindling light. It’s at that moment you really appreciate your choice to live in North Idaho.



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Equine EVENTS, CLUBS and OPs The Bonner County Fairgrounds is a clearinghouse for equine activities. Horse shows begin in May and end in September. Barrel racing runs almost every Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. beginning in June and ending Aug. 25 at the Bonner County Fair. Also that night is a reining competition and a Rhythm Riders Vaulting Team demonstration. The 4-H Horse Camp June 21-25 ends with a drill team performance on the evening of its last day, at 7 p.m. Carter Country and the Co-op Country Store help sponsor numerous events at the fairgrounds, including one Carter sponsors, the Horse Owners’ Workshop, held annually in March. To learn more about horse events at the fairgrounds, see calendar, page 19, or Riders are invited to hit the trails for good causes: St. Jude’s Ride, June 6, to benefit St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, sponsored by Western Pleasure Guest Ranch, 263-9066; and the Elizabeth O’Brien Memorial Cancer Ride at Kelso Lake (lunch catered by Litehouse!), Sept. 26, to benefit Community Cancer Services, contact Mary Miller, 263-4806. A weeklong event also benefiting cancer programs, The Week of the Cowgirl, July 3-7, features a poker ride, trail horse challenge, painting and fly-fishing clinics, Dutch oven cooking school and Juni Fisher concert; sponsored by Janene Grende, phone 263-6210.


About eight 4-H clubs involving 100 or so children offer the horse project in Bonner County. Leaders take youth on trail rides and teach jumping, equitation, horsemanship and more. To learn how to get involved, call Nancy Wright, the 4-H coordinator at Bonner County Extension, 263-8511. As for other clubs, Sandpoint has a satellite of Coeur du Cheval, a U.S. Pony Club chapter based in Deer Park, Wash., that teaches horsemanship, teamwork and eventing. Local contact is Marcy Neher, 263-1696. Back Country Horsemen of Idaho ( has three chapters in Bonner and Boundary counties working on trail maintenance and advocacy as well as planning rides: North Idaho (east Bonner County), Debi Gullo, 2902910; Priest River Valley (west Bonner County), Dale Schrempp, 448-1255; and Selkirk Valley (Boundary County), Bud Bailey, 263-0758. The North Idaho chapter is hosting a National Trails Day Ride, June 5; see calendar, page 19. The North Idaho Appaloosa Club is a regional club affiliated with the international organization and has members in all the northern counties; the focus is on youth and promoting the Appaloosa horse. It’s not a prerequisite to own an Appaloosa. Local contact is Moreen Leen, 265-7286. The Inland Northwest Dressage Association ( is based in Spokane, Wash., and holds dressage schooling shows at regional riding facilities and sponsors local, national and international riding instructors at clinics. Local contact is Gail Redinger, 265-0280.


Several businesses offer guided experiences for those without their own mounts. Western Pleasure Guest Ranch plans trail, wagon and sleigh rides, plus horse camps at their fourth-generation ranch; phone 263-9066 or look up Mountain Horse Adventures takes folks out on summer trail rides at Schweitzer Mountain; phone 263-8768 or the Schweitzer Mountain Activity Center at 255-3081, or look up www.mountain Guide Matt Smart also offers spring/fall rides at Sugar Mountain in the Cabinets. Stillwater Ranch in Sagle offers wagon and sleigh rides in a scenic country setting; 263-0077, Numerous facilities offer lessons, training, boarding, clinics and/or play days, including Carol Norton with Brad Beal at Gypo Meadows, 265-2593,; Gail Redinger at Redinger Dressage, 265-0280,; Barbara and Laurie Tibbs at Tibbs’ Arabians, 265-4084; Play Day in Athol,; and Roxane Conrad at Shadowland Sport Horses, 946-1672. SUMMER


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hile most of their Idaho Club neighbors fit the “snowbird” profile – building spacious homes to enjoy during Sandpoint’s fair weather and then high-tailing to warmer climates during the snowy winter months – Sandpoint couple Tim and Kim Feehan think they fit better in the “snowboard” profile. Because not only does the energetic couple happily stay put in their new mountain home all year-round – and take advantage of their passion for snowboarding at Schweitzer – they actually loved the record-setting snow during the winter SANDPOINT MAGAZINE

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of 2008-09. In fact, the Feehans were lured to Sandpoint from Seattle after falling in love with the area during their regular snowboarding trips to Schweitzer Mountain Resort. One glimpse at their beautiful digs makes it easy to see why they like staying put: The Feehans have built a stunning 5,700-square-foot home that is perfectly poised atop Moose Mountain, located in The Idaho Club’s new development south of Highway 200 (about 1.5 miles up the resort’s winding, paved road). This ultimate northern Idaho getaway’s 270-degree views of Lake Pend Oreille and surrounding mountains can render visitors pretty much speechless. The views are so good, in fact, that Kim says – with a laugh – that they “look fake.” The home’s remarkable scenic vistas through oversized windows change up dramatically from one room to the next on the main floor. From the great room, the view looks out over the Cabinet Mountains to the east, Lake Pend Oreille across to the Green Monarchs to the south, and over the eastern portion of Sunnyside Peninsula. Head over to the kitchen for a glimpse through the curved bay window across SUMMER 2010

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carpenters and craftspeople contribute to the home. The home’s exterior is a rustic blend of wood and rock elements, with an inviting timber-frame style covered entrance and front porch. Landscaping has been kept to a minimum, and a lot of the natural vegetation has been left as is, lending even more charm to the home’s feel as a mountain hideaway. Much of the immediate outdoor space has been designed with hardscape features such as a flagstone patio that extends to the lot’s edge, rock walls and a steep paved driveway. Inside, the home’s elegant yet warm and comfortable interior was designed by Kim herself. From the gorgeous slate flooring and iron railings to the fine wood finishes, subtle colors and even slightly Asian-inspired guest bathroom, Kim spent months on end researching products and comparisonshopping around town and on the computer. She ended up buying many of her fixtures online. “I spent many, many hours on the computer,” Kim said. And although the finer details can be missed when shopping online, Kim says there were some unexpectedly pleasant SANDPOINT MAGAZINE

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Oden Bay to the Long Bridge and the lights of Sandpoint. And from the bedrooms on the main and second floor, Schweitzer is perfectly framed above a swath of Selle Valley within the rooms’ windows – so perfectly centered, in fact, it’s as if the ski resort’s image was cut and pasted from a photograph just to appease this outdoor-loving couple. The Feehans first fell in love with the home’s lot during The Idaho Club’s initial phase of building lot sales for Moose Mountain, and they were absolutely astounded every time they stopped by to visit during the home’s construction. “You could tell the view was amazing, but it just kept getting better,” Tim said. Because of the lot’s incredible vantage point, selecting the right architect was a critical factor for the Feehans. Having already built two homes previously, including one in Sandpoint, Kim and Tim were very aware of what they wanted in this home. The couple hired John Hendricks, someone who “took everything we said, and brought that vision to life,” said Kim. They were pleased with the fact that their builder, Skip Pucci, employed local people, and they also had many local

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surprises. When her polished granite sink for the powder room arrived, she was delighted to discover that it was heart-shaped, something she hadn’t noticed when looking at the image on her computer. The centerpiece in the main living area of the home – besides those incredible awe-inspiring views – is a curved staircase leading both downstairs and upstairs within a rock-faced turret. The home’s top floor is where the master bedroom is located – defined by that incredible Schweitzer view within a tall picture window. The master bathroom is tastefully decorated with marble floors, a soaking tub and walk-in shower – simply accented with handmade, bronze tiles featuring calla lilies crafted by a local artisan. There

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rated as the rest of the home, but it boasts some of the high-tech amenities that put a smile on Tim’s face this time: a movie theater room sporting six leather lounge chairs, a big-screen TV theater system and framed jerseys that were signed by some of professional hockey’s greatest players. “We’re huge fans,” Tim says. While Kim’s favorite part of the house is the secret library, Tim loves the home’s integration system. “I’ve always wanted a smart home,” Tim says. Wired for music, TV and more, each room in the house is linked in via touchpad screens. This setup was recently put to the test when Tim hosted a Superbowl party and programmed the computer so that the game was shown on every room’s screen The hand-built wine cellar holds up to 2,000 in the house. bottles of wine Another part of the lower level includes a game room complete with poker table and nicely appointed bar area where the Feehans entertain friends and host parties. Next to the bar is a hand-built wine cellar that holds up to 2,000 bottles of wine. Tim and Kim laugh about that fact, noting at last count there were only about 200 bottles in the cellar. “Every time we bring home a bottle, we drink another two.” Another beautiful feature on the ground level, just outside the glass doors, is a slate patio that extends to the lot’s edge. A gas fireplace was inset into the middle of the patio area, and closer to the house is a cozy, in-ground hot tub that not only soaks in the great views but also garnered a design award for the installer – North Idaho Spas. From the hot tub area, the Feehans built a “pass-through” to the inside bar. The main floor of the home is a showcase of natural materials, from the beautiful expanses of granite on the kitchen’s countertops to the slate flooring. The couple welcomes many out-of-town guests and offers them two spacious guest rooms, one on the main floor and another on the lower level. Both Kim and Tim are East Coast natives, so their parents make frequent visits to relax and enjoy The Idaho Club golf course. Tim was lured to The Idaho Club because of its golfing, while Kim is continuing to learn the sport. Despite an affinity for the latest in high-tech gadgetry, it’s the Feehans’ appreciation for the natural beauty surrounding them that gives them the best reason yet for calling Sandpoint home. With a casual wave of her hand, Kim summarizes up their new lives on a mountaintop quite well: “Why would we want to go anywhere else?”

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Trio of agents reflect on a century-plus of service

By Trish Gannon

n the Summer 2008 issue, Sandpoint Magazine introduced readers to the three most senior real estate agents in consecutive service in the area; now meet the next three, Jim Parsons, Tom Mehler and Mark Hall, who together have 111 years of experience in selling local real estate. All three began their Sandpoint-area careers in the 1970s, a time when northern Idaho was becoming a popular place to live and the county experienced its fastest-growing decade, according to the U.S. Census. From 1970 to 1980, our population grew by 55 percent from 15,560 to 24,163. In comparison, the decade from 1990 to 2000, saw a 38 percent increase, with the population growing from 26,622 to 36,835. Starting at a peak time, these three agents have witnessed many ups and downs in the local real estate market. Here they share their perspectives on how to spend more than 30 years selling property.

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When Jim Parsons Jr. was first licensed back in ’71, he went to work for William Main, a real estate company out of Spokane that had a local office. Schweitzer Mountain provided a small part of their sales. “Back then, we were really just selling lots on the mountain. There were only a couple of condos available. But I certainly didn’t specialize in selling mountain real estate,” he said, laughing. “If I’d done that I’d have starved to death a long time ago!” Despite the market boom of the ’70s, specialization was still something far in the future for real estate agents. Parsons got into real estate after working as a surveyor. “We were surveying subdivisions and the like, and I saw all this stuff happening and decided I’d rather sell real estate SANDPOINT MAGAZINE

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than survey it. “There were some tough times,” he said of the years since. “I don’t have two million in the bank, or even one million in the bank, but that’s not what I was doing it for. You stay here because you like it here. And I really enjoy people.” Parsons said that early in his real estate career, “People were coming here and wanting to buy these properties way back in the woods where I used to fish when I was a kid. And I thought, Why? Why would you want to live there? I finally learned that you don’t sell someone what you want, you sell them what they want.” Now with Century 21 RiverStone, Parsons says that one of the biggest changes he’s seen in the local market has been in the area of regulation and red tape. “Back in the day you could take a couple of people down to Connie’s, write out a deal on a napkin, they’d shake hands and it would be done. That doesn’t happen anymore.” To succeed in real estate as long as he has, Parsons said, “You have to hang in there and have some money behind you. Be ready for the down times because they’ll always come.”

News from 1971 A Feb. 4 headline in the Sandpoint News-Bulletin offered that “Sommerfeld (Realty) Sees Steady Demand for North Idaho Property,” and went on to relate how Mr. and Mrs. Bruce David had purchased the former Southtown Café at the south end of the Long Bridge and, after a complete renovation and change of name to the Wagon Bridge Inn, had turned it into one of the “major dinner spots of the Sandpoint area.” A dozen large eggs were just 45 cents, and a stewing chicken was 25 cents a pound. A chicken, turkey or chopped sirloin TV dinner could be had for just 48 cents. Sandpoint residents celebrated the nation’s second Earth Day by washing windows at Sandpoint High School. A hundred dollar deposit with the Bank of Idaho could get you a “Debonair Kanekalon wig” for only $9.95 or free with a $5,000, 6-month savings certificate. Sandpoint Realty was offering a two-bedroom home with gas water and heat in south Sandpoint for a “reduced price” of $9,000; just $2,000 down was required with the balance at $100 a month including 6 percent interest. All area law enforcement participated in a study on a proposed church picnic at Farragut to be hosted by Universal Life Church (headquartered in Moscow), which was expected to draw at

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Before Tom Mehler, now an agent at Tomlinson Sandpoint Sotheby’s International Realty, arrived in the Sandpoint area, he lived in Aspen, Colo., and he says the one thing people don’t have to worry about, no matter how “hot” the real estate market gets, is that we’ll end up like the place he left. “It will never happen,” he said. “We’re too real here. Aspen is an adult playground for wealthy people. We’re a place where people want to live.” If you don’t bring money with you, living here means surviving here and that is how Mehler describes his 38 years in local real estate. “It’s all about the work ethic,” he said. “It’s about an individual’s drive and skills. There’s always buyers and always sellers. You have to have a feel for it, to find a buyer and figure out

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what he wants, then go out and find that property, or have a seller and go out and find the buyer for his property. Like any business, it’s all about customer service.” In the ’70s, when he started, the market was pretty good, then “the ’80s hurt and in ’89 interest rates were at 20-plus percent, so the ’90s hurt too. We were incredibly hot from 2002 to 2005, and now that’s correcting in as big a fashion as it went up. We seem to do real estate here in little ‘blurbs’ of activity on a threeyear cycle,” Mehler said. Still, the market has changed a lot since those early days. “Back then we were selling land for $300 an acre, and waterfront at $300 a front foot and nobody wanted it. You could buy 10 acres for 10 percent down, and the seller would carry a contract. I sold a house on Christmas Eve in 1972 in Sandpoint for $13,000. That house today would sell for about $179,000, which just goes to show you, real estate is a pretty good long-term investment.” A little foresight helps when it comes to maximizing that investment. “I had put a partnership together to buy some land in the Highway 95/Highway 200 area, and one of our city fathers asked me why I would buy property in that area. I told him I thought there would be some commercial growth there and he told me, ‘Not in our lifetimes.’ That area is Triangle Drive today,” Mehler said. Another change since those days is the Multiple Listing Service (MLS) – something Mehler and three other agents put together back in 1977. “We typed up our properties and had our only employee run them on a copy machine, and put them together in a little book that we carried around with us. That was our MLS.”

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Sandpoint News-Bulletin. Mike Travers showed the grand champion swine at the Bonner County Fair; the 200-pound pig was purchased for $70 per 100 pounds by Murray Equipment Company of Priest River. A 3-pound tin of Hills Brothers coffee could be had for just $2.19, and ground beef was 60 cents a pound. Pend Oreille Realty was offering 180 acres of river frontage for just $49,900 (“owner will carry!”) and the Tifft Agency was selling a four-bedroom home on 4 acres on

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From left, Karl Dye, Kathleen Hyde and Amy Little direct three nonprofits now under the same roof at PSB Community Plaza

focus behind creating the Community Plaza: “The idea is that it’s a place where nonprofits could leverage their efficiencies,” said Whitley. For Karl Dye, executive director of the BCEDC, the new location allows for greater collaboration with other nonprofit entities that are housed under one roof. “The best thing about this location is the way we can share resources with other nonprofits,” said Dye, whose office is located just across the hallway from Sandpoint Chamber Executive Director Amy Little’s office. “It better helps us identify each organization and what we’re doing and working on,” he said. Little is a big fan of the chamber’s new downtown locale situated across from the pedestrian-friendly Jeff Jones Town Square and Farmin Park. Ever since the move, she is surprised by the number of people who have just now “discovered” the chamber. “Being in the heart of downtown has given us the ability to interface with members of the community who were unaware of our location on Highway 95,” Little said, making reference to their previous location on the north edge of town. “It has been interesting to us how many people have said they had no idea that the chamber of commerce was located in that old building, which they always viewed as a SANDPOINT MAGAZINE

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entral location, easy access, professional presence – the raves are pouring in from nonprofit directors about their new home in the repurposed Panhandle State Bank Community Plaza. The 9,300-square-foot building at the corner of Third Avenue and Oak Street, which was once the original headquarters for Panhandle State Bank (PSB), is now a multi-use facility featuring nonprofits and a sprinkling of forprofit business suites. The building’s new tenants include the Greater Sandpoint Chamber of Commerce, the Downtown Sandpoint Business Association (DSBA) and the Bonner County Economic Development Corporation (BCEDC) and several for-profit businesses now housed on the second floor. According to Michael Whitley, PSB’s property and project manager, nonprofit organizations receive a 25 percent discount on leases, and at press time the building was 40 percent occupied. Whitley says the concept for the newly completed plaza was presented to the bank’s board of directors, who agreed to move the proposal forward toward development. “It was just a matter of implementing division,” Whitley said. That division included segregating the bank’s existing drive-through from the rest of the first-floor offices with a wall, which Whitley says has become a communication centerpiece in the lobby where all nonprofits in Sandpoint – not just those in the plaza – will be able to post upcoming events and information. The wall, with its assorted postings, illustrates the primary

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Sandpoint’s first commercial condominiums were on the middle floor at Vintage Court, above, at the corner of First and Pine. Now the concept has spread to the downtown landmark Cedar Street Bridge Public Market

along with the space. In turn, owning the space makes the business easier to sell and finance. Since listing the commercial condos in February, Bond and Gillham have had many serious inquiries from business owners who recognize the condos as more affordable alternatives. Their main goal was to make the mortgage payment less than leasing to make the decision an easy one for business owners. “We cut the building into smaller pieces of the pie to make it affordable,” said Gillham. “We discovered when you broke down the costs that the mortgage payment was less than what it would cost to lease the space.” Per the sales brochure, a 1,000-square-foot lease payment would be about $1,000 per month plus utilities, while a mortgage payment would only be approximately $700 a month after a down payment of 10 percent to 30 percent, depending on SANDPOINT MAGAZINE

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riginally an open walkway to the train depot and a popular viewpoint for downtown activities, the Cedar Street Bridge has evolved many times since its construction in 1906. On the brink of demolition before transforming into a fully covered retail building in the early 1980s, this anchor of Sandpoint commerce gears up again to change with the times. Business spaces in the public marketplace are now for sale. The concept of commercial condominiums or business condos is relatively new to Sandpoint but has been successful in larger cities such as Spokane and Seattle. The first local building to similarly offer retail space is at First and Pine, where three commercial condos are wedged on the middle floor between Ivano’s Ristorante and penthouse living quarters. Cedar Street Bridge owner John Gillham, an associate broker at Tomlinson Sandpoint Sotheby’s International Realty (TSSIR), and business partner Jeff Bond, TSSIR owner and fellow broker, decided to offer commercial condos in the bridge after getting requests from interested parties. “Because of the economy, people started to think differently about what they are doing with their money,” said Gillham. Similar to buying a home versus renting, business condos give owners a chance to increase their investment. Business owners can also turn more profit if they sell the business

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including new interior water lines and new exterior glass. “The bridge has been a destination point throughout its history. Getting it full and vibrant, it would become that again,” said Gillham. The recipe to achieving his vision for the frequently visited tourist attraction is easy. “In my research over the last couple of years, looking at commercial condos, the best model is a combination of retail and professional space. The retail shops on the bottom level bring in a variety of customers off of the street, and the professional offices on the top level bring in steady clientele,” said Gillham, creating a sort of symbiotic relationship between the two. Currently, the bridge is home to several unique gift shops, two restaurants and a personal training facility. They hope to attract businesses for the

professional space, including an architecture firm, a builder or a real estate company, to enhance the bridge’s offerings. One thing is certain: the Cedar Street Bridge Public Market is true to Merriam-Webster’s definitions of a bridge, “a time, place or means of connection or transition.” The bridge is a connection, both figuratively and literally. It connects the downtown corner of First and Cedar to the bustling construction zone of the Sand Creek Byway project. It connects local retailers and goods with potential customers. Most importantly, though, it is a connection between Sandpoint’s past and its future. To learn more about the Cedar Street Bridge and its lease and sale options, look up www.cedarstreet

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Super 1 Foods comes to Sandpoint

Regional chain first to build at Milltown Park

To facilitate access to and from Milltown Park, Larch and Boyer are being widened to three lanes. After extensive research, the city’s first roundabout was installed to help maintain traffic flow at that busy intersection. Super 1 funded the roundabout through cityassessed impact fees based on use and square footage. Pedestrian foot and bicycle traffic was also a priority for the city in light of two pedestrian fatalities in recent years. The roundabout was designed to keep pedestrians safe, according to Sandpoint Assistant City Engineer Matt Mulder. “Crosswalks at every leg will be set back from the yield line so motorists can clearly see pedestrians. The crosswalks will be made of a different color concrete to stand out from the standard asphalt, and each crossing of the roundabout will include a normal yellow sign

A vacant expanse of dirt and weeds, once home to the Louisiana-

adorned with pedestrian-triggered, flashing LED lights. There will

Pacific lumber mill, is in the process of transforming to a burgeon-

be a middle splitter island refuge so they’re not just stopped in the

ing marketplace. Regional grocery chain Super 1 Foods is the first

middle of the street. They have a safe place to stand,” Mulder said.

project under construction on the 26-acre Milltown Park site located

Other safety features include setback sidewalks and bike lanes that

at Boyer and Larch. The 54,000-square-foot project broke ground in

traverse outside of the roundabout via a series of sidewalk ramps.

December 2009 to become the chain’s 12th location in this region

Given the future Barta envisions for Milltown Park, the measures

when it opens in June, earlier than first projected.

taken to accommodate more traffic will come into good use. Barta’s

With a Safeway store located right around the corner, one

main goal is to attract a credible hotel with substantial meeting

might wonder why this small town appealed to the grocery chain.

space in the form of a convention center. The development could

According to Century 21 RiverStone Realtor Raphael Barta, the

also be home to condominiums, assorted retail shops, upper scale

decision to build here was an easy one. “They have wanted to come

restaurants, banks and even a cinema complex, truly becoming what

here for a while. They’re a regional chain with stores in similar com-

Barta calls “a site for live, work and play.”

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in Sandpoint,” said Barta, development representative for Milltown Park LLC. building style, with plenty of natural stone, timber accents and peaked roofs to shed snow. Gables were incorporated into the design to add architectural flourish. The site will also boast plenty of fir trees in the landscape to maximize visual aesthetics, an important factor to developers. The decision to put a Super 1 Foods in downtown Sandpoint may leave some residents scratching their heads, but the store will add about 100 jobs and potentially benefit the community in other ways. “Super 1 Foods is an established grocery power that will help trigger With Sandpoint still recovering from the economic downturn, opening a new store could be risky, but that didn’t dissuade developers. “It was a leap of faith and a vote of confidence in our community for Super 1 to pick Sandpoint. To me, it underscores their confidence in Sandpoint’s growth. They could go anywhere,” Barta said.

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This April 15 aerial photo shows the rapid progress of Super 1 Foods construction on reclaimed industrial land at Milltown Park

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R _ eal Estate EDecreasing prices help revive northern Idaho market N

orthern Idaho’s real estate market

through April 23, 2010, compared with the

of the Multiple Listing Service (MLS) for

is starting to perk up again after

previous period in 2008-09. Residential

northern Idaho, the attractive prices are

some fairly large real estate sales declines

home sales in the city of Sandpoint made a

beginning to lure investors to the table.

in 2009, and the increased activity is un-

particularly large jump, with a 47.6 percent

doubtedly spurred by a continued downward

increase. Home prices in Sandpoint, how-

with cash and now see that their money in

slide of home prices in the region.

ever, continue to fall with a median home

real estate is a decent investment again,”

“People have been sitting on the sidelines

price of $186,750. This number stands

said Skinner. “I’ve done three different deals

prices, folks waiting in the wings to buy a

in stark contrast to the median home

lately where they’re all cash related, and a

home are starting to make their move. The

price just two years ago, in 2007-08, of

couple of them were fairly large amounts. In

federal government’s incentive to help spur


general, the market is definitely picking up.”

As property sellers continue to lower their

Looking towards summer and early fall,

the nation out of a recession – by offering

While the Hope and Clark Fork market rep-

an $8,000 tax credit to homebuyers – could

Linscott doesn’t foresee any earth-shat-

resents a small piece of the real estate pie,

partly be attributed to the flurry of activity.

tering sales records or, for that matter,

sales have increased 77.8 percent in the cur-

The credit recently expired at the end of

another big slump heading this way. “I don’t

rent time period over last year with 16 prop-

April. “The last half of the year was up, due

really have any great expectation as far as

erties sold to date. And with a median price

to the tax credit,” said Mark Linscott, Selkirk

improving or a great decline,” he said. “New

of $176,000 – a decrease of 15.4 percent

Association of Realtors president.

building construction isn’t any higher than

over last year – buyers who only dreamed of

it was last year. I think we’re going to be

living in this little piece of paradise are start-

about on par.”

ing to come out of the woodwork.

The number of homes sold in both Bonner and Boundary counties jumped 33.2 percent in the time period of Oct. 1, 2009,

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Natives and Newcomers By Amie Wolf Photos by Marie-Dominique Verdier This edition of Natives and Newcomers – a department that presents opinions of Sandpoint “newbies” alongside those of longtime community fixtures – focuses on the common thread of business ownership in our fair town. The four interviewees also comment on any changes they would make to the city, rate the quality of life in our area, and try to sum up Sandpoint in one word. Take pleasure in comparing and contrasting their genuine thoughts and perspectives!


What are some of the advantages and disadvantages of owning/operating a business in Sandpoint?

Even after all these years, the worst day here is still better than the best day I’ve ever had working for someone else. It is a privilege to serve the people I grew up with and to have the luxury of visiting with friends, family and neighbors on a daily basis. The only few drawbacks are that we have unstable income depending on so many outside influences. We live in this beautiful place and are too busy making a living to enjoy it.

love, compassion, trust and patience. This is a “pay it forward” town and I am so proud to call Sandpoint home. If you could change something about Sandpoint, what would it be?

I would like to see more education offered in the way of a university. Most of our graduates are forced to leave town to pursue an education. I think building a college here would enhance economic development. Any advice for a friend moving to the area?

Remember why you were drawn to this place. It is sacred to the natives. … Don’t move here and try to shape us into the image of where you came from. Don’t start clamoring for local representatives to pass zoning laws to make anything you don’t like illegal. We don’t need rehabilitation.

On a scale of 1-10, how do you rate the quality of life here, and why?

Born and raised in Sandpoint, Wendy, age 44, runs the Hoot Owl Café, where she has worked for the past 20 years, with her husband Jeff. The mother of two purchased the café 13 years ago from her Uncle Denny after she got a “romantic notion” that she should own a restaurant – a feat that she says she couldn’t have done without the work ethic and values instilled in her by her parents, Melvin and Janice Hansen.

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Ten. There is a unique quality of life here that is built on dynamic relationships, joyful living, simple abundance and culture. Whether it is attending the Festival (at Sandpoint), Lost in the ’50s or the Lions Club’s Fourth of July Celebration, it’s like “old home” week. If you had to describe Sandpoint with one word, what would it be and why?

As a whole, Sandpoint is GENEROUS with time, money, talent, SUMMER 2010

Scott Albertson Born during a record-breaking winter to Don and Terri Albertson, this cattle rancher and co-owner of Albertson SANDPOINT MAGAZINE

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The advantages are living and working in a beautiful area. Owning and operating my own business means having to answer only to myself and allowing somewhat of a flexible schedule which comes in handy when these activities, children and ranch duties come calling. On the other hand, this can also be the disadvantages, always on


call with your own business in order to meet the demands of clients and on the ranch can include all-night calls of calving season. On a scale of 1-10, how do you rate the quality of life here, and why?

Nine. Because nothing is perfect, but if there is a place that is close it would be Sandpoint. Look around and see the beauty here and that is matched only by the community of people who live here. If you had to describe Sandpoint with one word, what would it be and why?

HOME! Because that is what it has been to me and my father and mother and their parents before them. Being a fourth-generation cattle rancher, I have had the unique opportunity to live on the same land all my life. If you could change something about

Sandpoint, what would it be?

I would change the viewpoint of what is important and not important. I believe this community is transforming and has forgotten about the backbone of Sandpoint and what makes it so special. This community was built by hard-working people that scratched out a living from the land. They counted on each other while living in harmony. The important things in life were not the material items but family values and working together so all could survive – neighbors helping neighbors. Any advice for a friend moving to the area?

Prepare yourself to work very hard in order to live here, but don’t forget to slow down and set time aside to enjoy all that Sandpoint has to offer, especially the true history of Sandpoint.

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Newcomers Charlene Matheson Charlene and her husband, Daniel, moved to Idaho from Dallas in 2008 after several excursions to the Northwest left them longing for a better quality of life. The classic car enthusiast enjoys Sunday drives exploring and discovering new areas while she isn’t running a homebased tax consulting business with her husband. Charlene, 48, loves meeting new people, cooking and photography and currently lives in Cocolalla while their home is being built in Elmira. Their son attends the University of Idaho. What are some of the advantages and disadvantages of owning/operating a business in Sandpoint?

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business in Sandpoint is the spectacular picturesque views! Some may find this a peculiar response from a business person. However, I audit clients’ invoices from our home sitting in front of a computer screen countless days and evenings. The most critical disadvantage for our business is the immensely slow Internet. Another disadvantage for us is, not the distance of the closest airport, but the extended travel time to get to very popular cities where our clients are located. On a scale of 1-10, how do you rate the quality of life here, and why?

Personally, I think our quality of life improved significantly coming from a largely overpopulated city with a severely increased crime rate over the last five years. … Overall, I would rate the quality of our life here a 9. I would definitely consider Sandpoint having a certain feeling of utopia.

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GRANDEUR is the best word to describe Sandpoint. Sandpoint has many grandeur qualities with endless hidden treasures.

family really felt passionate about reevaluating and re-discovering important values and goals in life, and our move was definitely a well-contemplated move for a new beginning.

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Personally, minimal change here is the recipe for maintaining ideal, wholesome, healthy living for individuals and families alike. With that being said, upgrading the county roads to pavement and maintaining old roads would be a huge improvement that would be much welcomed I am sure by most people. Why did you decide to move to Sandpoint?

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The biggest advantage is the level of personal satisfaction derived from working within a smaller community. The very people that allow your business to thrive are the same people that work hard to make a living here as well. The summer traffic is a bonus as well. The biggest disadvantage I’ve seen is the competitiveness that exists among businesses and the “replication effect” that tends to happen in a desirable small town like Sandpoint. On a scale of 1-10, how do you rate the quality of life here, and why? On Lake Pend Oreille



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ALIVE. The people seem younger and more in tune with the outside world. The town is surprisingly bustling, even in the middle of the winter. The energy here in the summer is contagious. It’s hard not to feel alive and in the present moment here. If you could change something about Sandpoint, what would it be?

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Oreille is at 41 South (41 Lakeshore, Sagle, 265-2000), which offers a leisurely location for breakfast, lunch, dinner and even Sunday brunch. For riverfront views of boaters, wakeboarders and assorted river-riders, Trinity at Willow Bay (520 Willow Bay Rd., Priest River, 265-8854) offers seasonal dining well worth the scenic drive by motorcycle, car or even by boat! In town, Trinity at City Beach (58 Bridge St., 255-7558) – located inside the Best Western Edgewater Resort – is open every day of the year. While one portion of the deck extends well into the sunny strand, another larger deck that hugs the side of the building is partially covered allowing for truly the most abundant outdoor dining real estate in town. SUMMER 2010

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For a view from up high, check out the patio at Spuds (102 N. First, 265-4311), which also has meals to go should you want to phone-in and boatin for dining on the lake that is really on the lake. You can choose from the larger upper patio at the new Bistro at the Inn at Sand Creek (105 S. First, 2652277), or opt for one of the smaller, more intimate settings nestled in the slope toward Sand Creek and the docks below. You can also view Sand Creek from the deck of the Cedar Street Bridge (334 N. First), which houses the Cedar St. Bridge Café (265-4396) and Old Geezer’s (263-1000), and provides an “indoor” alfresco dining experience inside this unique EuropeanSANDPOINT MAGAZINE

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ining out-of-doors is about seeing and being seen, about celebrating a good meal in fine weather, and about feeling wonderfully European as you partake in the tradition of dining alfresco. With shoreline aplenty, the Sandpoint area offers a multitude of outdoor waterfront dining. Picture yourself sitting on the deck, sipping something wonderful, sharing the experience with loved ones perhaps. It’s summer and that means a day-trip out to Dover Bay Café (651 Lakeshore, Dover, 263-5493) or Garfield Shores Resort (1835 Garfield Bay Rd., Sagle, 263-9595), just immersed in the natural beauty of northern Idaho. Heading across the Long Bridge, a grand view of majestic Lake Pend

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Floating Restaurant (Highway 200 at Hope Marine Services, 264-5311) offer the backdrop of a lively marina, while Trisha’s Place (218 W. Main, 264-5805) overlooks the lake from up above the highway. For a greener view – as opposed to the blue of the lake – have lunch at Wily Widgeon Cafe (30196 Highway 200, 255-7494) in their new location at the Elks Golf Course in The open-faced flank steak sandwich topped with Gorgonzola is served at Tango Café, where the skylit atrium lends outdoors ambience Tel. 255.1863

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Ponderay. Also out that way, Slates (477272 Highway 95, 263-1381) offers outdoor seating on its patio wrapping around the entrances. At MickDuff’s (312 N. First, 2554351) the outdoor seating might be few in number, but it’s well-placed along Sandpoint’s busy main street. Ivano’s (102 S. First, 263-0211) front corner patio has an old world elegance with garden trellises partially enclosing the space and a fountain. Over at Jalapeno’s (314 N. Second, 263-2995), match their spicy food with cooling breezes (and maybe an icy margarita!) in their handsome, wrought-iron patio. For a festive hangout overlooking Main Street and the nearby park, check out the back patio at Connie’s Café (323 Cedar, 255-2227). How about starting your day with fresh-roasted coffee in Monarch Mountain Coffee’s (208 N. Fourth, 265-9382) cozy outdoor seating area? Or take your cuppa joe and croissants out to Pine Street Bakery’s (710 Pine, 263-9012) sunny, outdoor deck amidst the tall grass and friendly sunflowers. And if you want the feeling of dining alfresco in any weather, Tango Café (414 Church, 263-9514) inside the Panhandle State Bank building – with its two-story, landscaped, water feature atrium – gives you the ambience of the outdoors rain or shine. For casual dining on Highway 2, both Babs’ Pizzeria (1319 Highway 2, 265-7992) and Zip’s (1301 Highway 2, 255-7600) offer outdoor seating. Zip’s also has a drive-through should you want a more portable alfresco experience, which is a similar option to when you order lunch from Mr. Sub (602 N. Fifth, 263-3491). And if your ideal outdoor dining experience involves dinner for two on your own patio, Pend Oreille Pasta and Wine (476534 Highway 95, 263-1352) has gourmet meals to go … wherever that may be.

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Internet research on the food service industry confirmed that although women are attending culinary school in greater numbers, male chefs still dominate the top spots. In Sandpoint, we’re fortunate to have numerous female chefs, including the two celebrated here, Elissa Robbins of the Floating Restaurant and Beyond Hope Resort, and Karen Forsythe of Di Luna’s Cafe. Both are enamored of Italy, were influenced by their grandmothers – who emphasized the fundamentals but didn’t write down recipes – and both are passionate about food. –C.S. KAREN FORSYTHE


“My days begin and end in Hope,” she says of her split-role as chef/owner of the Floating Restaurant (20 years) and Beyond Hope Resort. Being the youngest in a large family, Elissa started in the kitchen early, which led to her attending New York’s Culinary Institute of America.

Karen’s journey began as a student in Europe, where she also traveled through the Middle East. Open-air markets fascinated her. She returned to the United States and cooking classes, eventually opening The Coffee Mill at Foster’s Crossing in 1983 and Di Luna’s in 1998, making her the longest-running, sole proprietor chef in town.

Favorite things

To eat? “Anything fiery, from Mexican to Thai. Burn-yourmouth curries, yum.” To cook? Baking and prepwork, although “there’s nothing quite as fun as cooking on the line on a busy night when everyone is on their game. It’s a rush.”

To cook? Greek food, curries, Asian foods, pizza. “I love to experiment with different spices and blend a lot of my own spices.” To serve? Wine dinners with paired wines for each course served.

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Garlic, onions and something hot like chili paste

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What they do when not cooking

Kayaking with her husband; hiking and hunting for morel mushrooms; travel in the winter, including to warmer climates. If she hadn’t become a cook, Elissa said she would have liked to do something with agriculture, growing papayas even!

“Plan special dinners and farm.” Karen is a partner in Legacy Farms, which grows fruits and vegetables used by Di Luna’s and other local restaurants.

Advice to future chefs

“I would not hesitate to recommend a culinary degree for anyone who wants to take their interests to the next level.”

“I would suggest working in a restaurant at any available level before going to a cooking school. Some think cooking in a restaurant is all creativity and glamour; it’s mostly hard work, with a lot of gratification when you’ve done well.”

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to 18, according to the chamber’s Heather Bennett. “We hope to continue the chef cook-off competition this year,” said Bennett, as well as have “more sponsors offering activities for families.” According to Litehouse’s Roxie Lowther, any number of new Litehouse products, such as the yogurt dressings with kefir probiotics or yummy new artisan cheeses, may make appearances. This year’s Summer Sampler happens June 17 at Farmin Park downtown. Go to www.SandpointChamber. org or call 263-2161 for more details. –C.S.

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his year marks the fifth anniversary of the much-anticipated kickoff to Sandpoint’s summer season of favorite foods. Known as the Sandpoint Summer Sampler, this debuted in 2006 as a Greater Sandpoint Chamber of Commerce fund-raiser. A variation of the Taste of Sandpoint, which kicks off the Winter Carnival, the Summer Sampler allowed for outdoor activities such as grilling. In 2007, live music gave way to the Mystery Box Cooking Competition, prompted by a friendly rivalry between Gabe Cruz (formerly of Chimney Rock Grill, Trinity, Dish) and Adam Hegsted (formerly of Brix, currently executive chef at Coeur d’Alene Casinos). Besides providing the food and dressings used in the competition, local dressing maker Litehouse Foods also sponsored a turkey bowling competition and provided the grills used by the chefs, which they then auctioned off to benefit Bonner Community Food Center. In 2008, Cruz won against Jeremy Heidel (41 South), and returned in 2009 to emcee the event featuring Chimney Rock’s Brett Mullinder and Eddie Sneva (formerly of Trinity at City Beach). Located in Farmin Park, the event offers affordable sampling ($3 to $7) such as from Pend d’Oreille Winery, sweet treats from Pine Street Bakery, and hearty fare from Eichardt’s and Joe’s Philly Cheesesteaks. Vendors typically number from 14


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You can get Laughing Dog’s specially-made 219 beer at – where else?! – the 219 Lounge (219 N. First, 263-9934), which also features Wood’s smokies for $2. And if you wear your 75th anniversary 219er T-shirt, get $1 off any drink. More drink specials are at Zip’s (1301 Hwy 2, 255-7600): the 99-cent root beer float, just in time for summer. Nearby at Babs’ Pizzeria (1319 Highway 2, 265-

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ates to remember this summer are: June 19-20, the 15th anniversary of Pend d’Oreille Winery (220 Cedar, 265-8545) with a new release of the Meyer Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon; June 17, Sandpoint Summer Sampler (see story, page 113); and July 17, the 27th annual Bodacious BBQ fund-raiser put on by the Hope Memorial Community Center at 31 Bass Ln. in Hope (264-5481). June 1 marks the start of breakfast added to the menu daily at 41 South (41 Lakeshore, Sagle, 265-2000), while July and August mean the return of live and local music on the water – like Bridges Home – Fridays and Saturdays. Listen for live music every Friday at Trinity at City Beach (58 Bridge St., 255-7558), the close cousin of Trinity at Willow Bay (520 Willow Bay Rd., Priest River, 265-8854), which opens June 18 on weekends and July 1 seven days a week. It’s not a sports bar, but Di Luna’s (207 Cedar, 263-0846) has definitely got game. Saturday night is “Game Night,” with plenty of board games for you and your clever friends to choose from or bring your own. And Di Luna’s serves up “Cuisines of the World” dinners, three courses for $15. Beth Pederson and Bruce Bishop are the “house” band, and playing games is not a prerequisite. The website update is complete at Laughing Dog Brewing (55 Emerald Industrial Park, Ponderay, 263-9222), but the move to their new location is still in the process, so bookmark for the latest on local ales and IPAs.

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7992), area schoolkids can get $3 weekly lunch specials of New York style pizza-by-theslice and a soda. Speaking of New York, the menu at Old Geezer’s (Cedar Street Bridge, 263-1000) is reminiscent of a New York-style deli. Steve and Mary Boyle Math, self-titled “purveyors of nostalgic foods,” opened late last fall and have since expanded the menu to include dogs, burgers, breakfast and sandwiches like the Reuben. Even potato knishes! Sandwiches and hand-formed Wood’s burgers are still being served at A&P’s Bar and Grill (222 N. First, 263-2313), and tacos are still just a buck on Taco Tuesdays. Although the Hope Market Café closed, follow owners Mila Hailperin and Bob Kessler to Sandpoint and The Bistro at the Inn at Sand Creek (105 S. First, 265-2277), open for lunch and dinner Wednesday through Saturday and brunch on Sunday. Elsewhere in Hope, Trisha’s Place (218 W. Main, 264-5805) is in its second summer and is now serving beer and wine, along with homemade soups and sandwiches. Stacey’s Country Kitchen in Sagle (469000 Highway 95, 265-5095) owned by Mike and Lisa Chronic serves home-style cooking (we love the chicken-fried steak) and celebrated their one-year anniversary in April. Also coming up on their one-year anniversary is Wily Widgeon (30196 Highway 200, 255-7494), which moved from Hope to the Elks Golf Course last summer and is now serving breakfast and lunch daily. And Evans Brothers Coffee (524 Church, 265-5553) is looking forward to toasting their first year in business this fall. In the meantime, they’re doing monthly coffee tastings, such as for their darkroasted Big Timber Organic. You can also find their coffee at Dish Restaurant, Ivano’s Ristorante, Tango Café, Winter Ridge Natural Market, The Gourmandie at Schweitzer and, in Spokane, the Main Market Co-op. You can also try Evans’ coffee at Mad Mike’s Java Joint (200 N. First), which opened in April. –C.S.

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andpoint is getting hotter but not for reasons you might think. More Sandpoint businesses are joining the nationwide trend to offer wireless Internet connection and become hotspots, as they’re called. The entire Cedar Street Bridge, for example, is a hotspot, providing online connectivity to users within a small radius. From Old Geezer’s (263-1000) to Cedar St. Bridge 1 4/24/09 6:02 PM Page 1 Café (265-4396), surf the WorldFloatingrestS09.qxp:Layout Wide Easy boat access, plenty of parking Web while the old world charm of the bridge surrounds you. Like most places, both restaurants require you to get a passReservations Recommended word to connect to the Wi-Fi. This helps protect the network and the computer user. At Slates Prime Time (477272 Highway 95, Ponderay, 263-1381), customers at A patron at Monarch Coffee uses the free Wi-Fi the new Holiday Inn Express hotel or at Slates enjoy the free, confee drink and go online venient Wi-Fi. or read, you can feel “We have a comfortable doing group of loyal that,” said Peitz. customers who Wi-Fi is also come in for available at the business or following places: school who use Schweitzer (Mojo our Internet Coyote Café, on a regular 255-3037), Dover basis,” said Bay Café (651 Slates Steve Lakeshore, Dover, Coffman, a self263-5493), MickDuff’s IN HOPE professed Internet (312 N. First, 255geek. “With the mobile 4351), The Pie Hut (502 world we now live in, I find Church, 265-2208), Tango Café (414 (Wi-Fi) necessary in my day-toChurch, 263-9514), Coldwater Creek day activities, and when I travel • Enjoy spectacular views and that Wine Bar (311 N. First, 255-1293), I look for businesses that provide special 'lake experience' from the AFirst, signed proofandreleases Keokee Publishing, Inc. from any rep Ivano’s (102 S. 263-0211), this service.” floating decks or dining room error on S. copy. Please read all copy and check this job carefully Second Avenue Pizza (215 Second, At Monarch Mountain Coffee • in Feast on regional fare featuring for your participation ensuring your product is the best we c 263-9321). Computer etiquette, how(208 N. Fourth, 265-9382), newfresh seafood, aged beef and local, ever, suggests you support through patroncomer Sara Lucia said she likes the friendly ingredients Please note: This colorfresh comp is produced by an in-house print age, not just presence in the space. So atmosphere at Monarch and appreciates • Relax withfinal a full printed bar & outstanding indicative of the quality of the piece. This proof may if you want more information about area the flexibility Wi-Fi offers her. Other places wine list on the cocktail deck reflect the colors. Wi-Fi, look for this symbol or search she uses Wi-Fi include Common Knowledge • Accessed easily by boat or car Restaurants & Dining Bookstore and the library. • Join us April through October for directory, and select Wi-Fi in the drop-down At Dish Home Cooking (1319 Highway lunch, dinner and Sunday brunch menu for “Amenities.” And remember to 2, 265-6100), owner Gary Peitz said Wi-Fi support the businesses that made your is part of their neighborhood appeal. “If at Hope Marine Services search possible. Hwy 200 E. Hope, Idaho you want to have a meal or just want to –C.S. 208.264.5311 hang out and have a glass of wine or a


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3 Pine Street Bakery 710 Pine St. Specializing in European pastries, breads and cakes made using fresh butter and cream, farm eggs and fine chocolate. Enjoy a complete line of coffees, espresso drinks and Tazzina teas. Custom order birthday, specialty and wedding cakes; fine French pastries; and a complete line of tarts, cookies and bars. The bakers create more than 10 varieties of breads every day. Open Tuesday to Friday, 7 a.m. until 5:30 p.m., Saturdays 8 a.m. until 1 p.m. Plenty of parking and outdoor seating. 263-9012.

1 Evans Brothers Coffee 524 Church St. Enjoy freshly roasted organic, fair trade and Rain Forest Alliance coffees from around the world! Learn about great coffee and the farmers who make it happen. Join the Coffee Club offering limited Roasters Reserve coffees and special discounts. Learn about new offerings, evaluate and discuss different artisan coffees. Evans Brothers is family owned and operated. Follow them on Facebook. 265-5553.

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Cafés, delis & fast food 4 Cedar St. Bridge Café On the Cedar Street Bridge. Family and friends love to gather at this Europeanstyle café, located in the heart of downtown Sandpoint inside the renowned Cedar Street Bridge. Experience exceptional coffee and tea drinks, premium crafted gelato, delectable cakes and pastries, fine chocolates, and tasty panini sandwiches all in a unique and warm setting. Enjoy the view of Sand Creek while you use the free Wi-Fi. 265-4396.

5 Connie’s Café 323 Cedar St. Historic hospitality! Connie’s Café, the landmark Sandpoint restaurant, reopened its doors after a comprehensive remodel. New owners Dave

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and Penny Libbey are proud to lovingly restore this northern Idaho icon to its former glory. Their approach is to maintain Connie’s legacy of a 1950s coffee shop with breakfast, lunch and dinner offerings that are of the highest quality while highlighting the quirky nature of this longstanding eatery. 255-2227.

6 Dover Bay Café At Dover Bay Marina, Dover. Waterfront dining, breakfast, lunch and summer dinners. Serving appetizers, burgers, and sandwiches. Boat-side dining Wednesday through Sunday. See ads on pages 8, 19 and 90. DoverBayBungalows. com. 263-5493

7 Joe’s Philly Cheesesteak 102 Church St. Joe’s proudly serves authentic Philly cheesesteaks. Each cheesesteak is made from a generous portion of grilled steak and onions, cheese, and served on Amoroso rolls brought in from Philadelphia. In addition Joe’s expanded its menu to include hamburgers, hot dogs, fries, BLTs, veggie burgers, grilled-cheese sandwiches and milkshakes. Open Monday to Saturday 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. A complete menu is available at 263-1444.

8 Mr. Sub 602 N. Fifth Ave. Mr. Sub – where there is always a daily special. Mr. Sub is a family-owned-and-operated business providing a tradition of great service and quality foods for more than 20 years. Their delicious subs are made with fresh ingredients, the bread is baked at a local

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208 N. Fourth Ave. Next to the post office, Sandpoint’s original coffee house and roastery was established in 1993. Open 7 days a week. The casual and friendly atmosphere is the perfect place to meet with friends, relax, enjoy the local flavor of Sandpoint, surf the web with free Wi-Fi in the dining area, or kick back and relax in the outdoor sidewalk café. Featuring premium espresso drinks, a drip coffee bar, and a wide variety of teas, as well as handcrafted milkshakes and real fruit smoothies with all natural ingredients. Now offering breakfast. Monarch’s high quality Arabica beans are from around the world and roasted in-house. 265-9382.

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bakery, and the salami is specially made by Wood’s Meats. Enjoy local favorites like the turkey bacon sub, potato salad or great garden-fresh salads. With 24-hour notice, the 3-foot and 6-foot party subs are party pleasers. Delivery until 2:30 p.m. on weekdays in the Sandpoint area. Credit and debit cards accepted in store. 263-3491.

9 Mojo Coyote at Schweitzer 10000 Schweitzer Mountain Rd. Located inside the Selkirk Lodge. Enjoy a fresh Tully’s espresso and treat your sweet tooth to a warm scone. The menu features fresh-baked pastries, breakfast burritos and lunch specials as well as beer and wine. 263-9555.

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0 Old Geezers International Deli & Bakery

On the Cedar Street Bridge. Purveyors of homemade and from-scratch foods, Old Geezers brings a touch of New York to Sandpoint. Specializing in deli sandwiches – Sandpoint size or humongous New York size – the best corned beef Reuben in the state, and the best burgers in town, along with salads and soups to die for. During late spring and summer, serving both breakfast and a menu of rotating dinner entrees. Try hot cinnamon rolls, sticky buns and other baked-from-scratch delights such as apple crown cake, authentic New York cheesecake, and wonderful cream and fruit pies! Alfresco seating available on the bridge overlooking Sand Creek. For food like Mama used to make, Old Geezers offers a taste of home. Just drop in or, to be on the safe side, make reservations, especially for large parties. 263-1000.

- Stacey’s Country Kitchen 469000 Highway 95, Sagle. Serving delicious home-style cooking, breakfast, lunch and dinner, Stacey’s Country Kitchen breads their own chicken strips and cooks homemade soups, chicken fried steak, seafood, hash browns, red potatoes and more. For those on the go, call ahead to have a hot meal ready when you arrive, to

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eat in or to take-out. Stacey’s offers prime rib and seafood specials on the weekends. Also serving soft ice cream for those with a sweet tooth. Kids’ menu and great food at affordable prices. Open 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. seven days a week. 265-5095.

= Wily Widgeon 30196 Highway 200 at the Elks Lodge, Ponderay. Wily Widgeon is settled into its new location and still serves the same great breakfast and lunch. Both are available 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. seven days a week. Now catering groups from 20 to 120 in the banquet room overlooking the golf course. A full bar is available, staying open in the evenings when the golf course is open. Stop in and let them make your next meal something worth coming back for. 255-7494.

q Zip’s Drive-in 1301 Highway 2. This Northwest favorite serves up its signature burgers, grilled chicken, halibut ’n’ fries and a variety of appetizing sides, such as tater gems and onion rings. Plus enjoy one of Zip’s famous milkshakes, sundaes or hurricanes. Enjoy the casual atmosphere or outside patio and taste what’s made Zip’s famous for more than 50 years. Located on the west side of Sandpoint on the Dover Highway. 255-7600.

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w Beyond Hope Restaurant 1267 Peninsula Rd., Hope. Located 16 miles east of Sandpoint on Highway 200’s scenic byway. Located on Lake Pend Oreille on the scenic Hope Peninsula. Enjoy sunsets from the beautiful deck. Inside, enjoy fireside dining and a rustic lounge. Indulge in cocktails and appetizers on the expansive lawn. Dine deck-side with panoramic lake views and spectacular sunsets. Firstrate cuisine, fine wine and friendly service are Beyond Hope’s signature. Reservations recommended. 264-5221.

e Bistro at the Inn at Sand Creek 105 S. First Ave. A fresh and casual approach to enjoying life in the heart of downtown Sandpoint. Nightly specials and seasonal offerings along with the dessert menu. Regional fare emphasizes all-natural meats, seafoods and vegetables. During summer their gardens and neighbors’ gardens provide herbs and vegetables. Situated on Sand Creek for boat access and creekside dining amidst the herb and flower garden. More urban than country is the wine list – easily more extensive than expected. Housed in the same building as Inn at Sand Creek; guests get 10 percent off. 265-2277.

10000 Schweitzer Mountain Rd. Enjoy the warm fireplaces, comfortable lounge style seating in the bar and a diverse selection of cuisine, from high quality steaks, hearty pasta dishes, scrumptious salads and exquisite seafood. Schweitzer. com. 263-9555.

t Di Luna’s Café 207 Cedar St. Di Luna’s is an American bistro café offering hand-cut steaks, homemade soups and vegetarian cuisine. Open for breakfast and lunch, Wednesday through Sunday, serving breakfast all day. Open until 9 p.m. on Saturday with live music. Specializing in theme catering menus, Di Luna’s catering staff works with customers to take the hassle out of special events so they can enjoy the experience along with guests. At Di Luna’s they love good music, so they host dinner concerts and bring in the best acoustic musicians from around the country. DiLunas. com. 263-0846.

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convenient for all. Catering also available. Private parties welcome. SandpointDish. com. 265-6100.

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Highway 200, East Hope at Hope Marine Services. Twenty minutes from Sandpoint, in beautiful East Hope. The lake’s only floating restaurant and lounge offers spectacular views from two decks or a cozy dining room. Regional fare, fresh seafood and local products fill the menu along with handmade breads, desserts, soups and sauces. A full bar and outstanding wine list complements your experience. Children’s menu too! Open = number on Dining Map (p. 116)

y Dish Home Cooking Division and Highway 2. One of Sandpoint’s newest restaurant ventures is already finding something magical. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Dine in, carryout or drive-through makes Dish

Full service bar serving Sandpoint and North Idaho for over 75 years

Di Lun a ’s CAFE

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Easter through October serving lunch, dinner and Sunday Brunch. Accessible by boat or car. 264-5311.

i 41 South 41 Lakeshore Dr., Sagle. Casual, waterfront fine dining located at the south end of the Long Bridge in Sandpoint. A popular spot for locals, tourists and business travelers. A relaxed lodge setting and great service paired with innovative, classical cuisine make for one of North Idaho’s premier dining experiences. 41 South stocks a full bar, extensive wine list and has an outside patio overlooking the pristine waters of Pend Oreille. Hours vary by season. Sunday brunch. Private dining room. Reservations suggested. 265-2000.

~ Eichardt’s Serves up the Best of Northwest Microbrews, Food and Local Live Music ~ Full Lunch and Dinner Menu 16 Micros on Tap • Oak Cask Red Wines Upstairs Game Room Open Daily From 11:30 am

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102 N. First Ave. Located on the beautiful Sand Creek waterfront, offering outdoor dining in downtown Sandpoint. For lunch, choose from the savory soup list, a loaded salad, one of the unique sandwich concoctions or the original Spuds potato. Dinner is a casual event, with table service, candles and outdoor dining. They feature specials like grilled steaks, marinated tri-tip, rotisserie chicken, fresh seafood and Southwestern fare. Dine in or carry out. 265-4311.

p Trinity at City Beach 58 Bridge St. The “new Café Trinity.” Enjoy breakfast, lunch and dinner with the best view of Lake Pend Oreille. Deck seating. Outstanding menu featuring seafood, steaks, salads and appetizers. Full bar serving a great selection of wines, beers and cocktails featuring a daily happy hour. Open daily from 7:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Located at the Best Western Edgewater Resort adjacent to Sandpoint City Beach. 255-7558.

[ Trinity at Willow Bay 520 Willow Bay Rd., Priest River. Trinity at Willow Bay offers modern American cuisine with Lake Pend Oreille as its backdrop. Nothing beats sitting on the deck enjoying a damn good burger,

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a cup of spunky crawfish chowder or a succulent filet mignon with friends while taking in fresh Idaho air and watching the sunset over the lake. Treat yourself to a scrumptious meal in the shade on the covered patio. Visiting by boat? Willow Bay Marina’s dockhands can fill your tank and get ice for you. 265-8854.

Pub-style ] A & P’s Bar & Grill 222 N. First Ave. A traditional tavern located downtown on Sand Creek. Serving “the best burgers in town” and pub fare. Enjoy Taco Tuesday every week. Pool and dart leagues run every week throughout the year. Enjoy the friendly atmosphere, food and drink. Located on First Avenue in downtown Sandpoint. 263-2313.

\ Eichardt’s Pub & Grill 212 Cedar St. A comfortable pub and grill, Eichardt’s is located downtown in a charming, historic building. This relaxing pub mixes casual dining with seriously good food. There’s something for everyone – more than a dozen beers on tap, good wines including oak cask local red wines, and regional touring live music. Upstairs you’ll find a fireplace-warmed game room with a pool table, darts and shuffleboard. Eichardt’s has been nationally recognized

524 Church Street | Downtown Sandpoint Voted Best New Business by the Sandpoint Chamber of Commerce.

Visit our Roasting Studio to sample our latest coffees, and check out the new neighborhood espresso bar!

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and locally supported since 1994. Open daily at 11:30 a.m. for smokeless dining seven days a week. 263-4005.

family get-togethers and large gatherings. 263-0211.

d Babs’ Pizzeria

a MickDuff’s Brewing Co. 312 N. First Ave. Come and enjoy MickDuff’s fine handcrafted ales in a family dining atmosphere. They offer a variety of top-of-the-line beers ranging from fruity blondes to a seasonal porter. MickDuff’s also brews a unique-style root beer for those young in age or at heart. The menu is packed full of flavor with traditional and updated pub fare. You will find toasted sandwiches, hearty soups, gourmet hamburgers and much more at this cozy brewpub located in downtown Sandpoint. 255-4351.

1319 Hwy. 2. In its new location at WestPointe Plaza, Babs’ Pizzeria bakes New York-style pizza in an open kitchen with dough hand-made fresh daily and four sauces to choose from. Babs and her mom, BJ, use family recipes handed down from Sicilian grandparents, including Great Grandma Frascella’s top-secret meatball recipe starring in the Parmesan Hero and spaghetti. Try Babs’ signature appetizer, Raspberry Chipotle Wings, or sample the Stromboli, a pizza pocket of sorts. Open daily at 11 a.m.; some outdoor seating available. 265-7992.

f Ivano’s Ristoranté & Caffé

s Slates Prime Time Grill & Sports Bar

477326 Highway 95, Ponderay. Slates serves breakfast, lunch and dinner seven days a week, with mouth-watering Black Angus prime rib on Friday and Saturday nights, and some of the best burgers, salads and steaks in the area. Numerous bigscreen TVs, plus a full bar and happy hour every day from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. The kitchen is open late on Friday and Saturday nights and closes at 9 p.m. the remainder of the week. 263-1381.

dBabs’ Pizzeria

102 S. First. Serving the community for more than 25 years, Ivano’s Italian dining accompanied by classic wines and gracious atmosphere add to the enjoyment of one of Sandpoint’s favorite restaurants. Pasta, fresh seafood, buffalo and beef, veal, chicken and vegetarian entrees round out the fare. Dinner served seven nights a week starting at 4:30 p.m. Lunch served Monday through Friday from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. An excellent bakery featuring organic coffee, fresh pastries and deli-style lunch offerings, Monday-Friday. Off-site catering is available for weddings,

g Jalapeño’s Restaurant 314 N. Second Ave. Authentic Mexican food in a fun and friendly environment serving traditional and unusual south-of-theborder specialties, plus even a few gringo dishes! This popular dining establishment also boasts a full cantina bar with traditional frosty margaritas that complement any dish. The banquet room seats up to 35 of your closest friends. And when the weather’s warm, Jalapeño’s invites guests to dine on the outside deck. Conveniently located in the historic Elks building in the heart of downtown Sandpoint. 263-2995. = number on Dining Map (p. 116)

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h Pend Oreille Pasta 476534 Highway 95 (one block south of Wal-Mart). John and Valerie love to help their customers select from their outstanding selection of fine wines and

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fresh baked breads • cheeses • olives

wine • beer • gift baskets • catering

sausages • ravioli • gourmet sandwiches

hPend Oreille Pasta

jPie Hut

kSecond Avenue Pizza

artisan cheeses. Market food items include international wines at competitive prices, ravioli and olives, bulk olive oil and many gourmet grocery items. Fresh homemade pastas and sauces made on-site may be purchased as part of a complete dinner package including salad and fresh, daily-baked artisan bread. Custom quality catering for large and small events. 263-1352.

sandwiches. Beer and wine also served. Rice crusts and soy cheese now available for specific dietary requirements. Take-and-bake pizzas also offered. For an out-of-this-world pizza experience, come to Second Avenue Pizza! Open Monday to Friday 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday 3 p.m. to 10 p.m. Free delivery available 5:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. Complimentary Wi-Fi. 263-9321.

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l Tango Cafe

502 Church St. Sandpoint’s culinary treasure, the Pie Hut is a gourmet café where the locals like to eat. This charming little café offers exactly what you want: small-town service where quality still matters. Daily lunch specials include homemade soups, panini sandwiches (meat and vegetarian), chicken pot pies, Cornish beef pasties, assorted quiches and salads, with more than 30 hand-rolled fruit and cream pies, baked daily. Open Tuesday through Saturday, 10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Phone ahead for pick-up. 265-2208.

414 Church St. Located in the atrium of the Sandpoint Financial Center. Tango has become a favorite among locals, for “Breakfast@The Bank” and lunch creations, including signature omelettes and original lunch specials. Other highlights include fresh salads, scrumptious baked goods and a full barista bar featuring Evans Brothers coffee. In addition, Tango has added a dinner takeout menu – a convenient option that includes unique selections, such as gaucho chicken or bife de lomo (shoulder tenderloin). Tango also offers extensive catering for that special event. Wi-Fi connected and space for private meetings. Open Monday to Thursday, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Fridays 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. 263-9514.

k Second Avenue Pizza 215 S. Second Ave. Try the piledhigh specialty pizzas at Second Avenue Pizza loaded with fresh ingredients on homemade dough, or one of the excellent calzones, specialty salads and

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502 Church Street • Sandpoint, ID • 208-265-2208

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cTrisha’s Place

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; Coldwater Creek Wine Bar 311 N. First Ave. The wine bar at Coldwater Creek offers many types of wine available by the glass. Although they carry wines from all over the world, the emphasis is on Northwest wines. Enjoy a glass of wine with any of their delicious appetizers or panini. 255-1293.

' Enoteca La Stanza

220 Cedar St. Sandpoint’s winery produces local, award-winning wines. The tasting room is open daily, plus a gift shop with items for home, garden and life. Quality and elegance in vinting is the trademark of Pend d’Oreille Winery – Idaho’s 2003 Winery of the Year. Pend d’Oreille Winery hosts frequent special events and live music on weekends. 265-8545.

218 West Main St., Hope. Enjoy inside or patio seating overlooking beautiful Lake Pend Oreille in downtown Hope. Trisha’s Place serves homemade soups, panini, beer and wine. Sit down for a casual drink and a wonderful view at this comfortable eatery. Open Monday, Wednesday and Thursday 11:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Friday 11:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Saturday noon to 8 p.m.; and Sunday noon to 5 p.m. Closed Tuesday. 264-5805.

z Laughing Dog Brewing 55 Emerald Industrial Park Rd. (moving to 1109 Fontaine Dr. July 1), Ponderay. Take a tour and taste handcrafted ales at Laughing Dog Brewing, open daily. The brewery produces ales, IPAs, stouts and many more, including the hoppiest beer you’re going to find anywhere, Alpha Dog. Sample all the ales on tap and view the 15-barrel PUB brewing system. 263-9222.

v 219 Lounge 219 N. First Ave. Full service bar offering beer, wine and cocktails. A “locals” favorite proudly serving Sandpoint for 75 years. Enjoy a cold glass of “219er” beer brewed by local, award-winning brewery Laughing Dog. Open seven days a week, 365 days a year from 6 a.m. to 2 a.m.

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102 S. First. Enoteca (full bar) La Stanza (the room). Sandpoint’s only specialty martini and wine bar, located in Ivano’s Ristorante. Serving exotic martinis such as the Fallen Angel, Mayan Temple, Flirtini and the Pear Sage Margarita, classic wines and a bar menu with all entrees under $9. Open Wednesday through Saturday at 4 p.m. 263-0211.

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Beautiful 3-bedroom, 2-bath waterfront condos on Lake Pend Oreille in Hope. Discount ski and golf tickets

(877) 982-2954 / Best Western Edgewater Resort

available. See ad, page 106.







(208) 263-3194 or (800) 635-2534 Church Street House B&B

Trinity at City Beach. Also 22-site RV park.


Beautifully restored arts and crafts classic, period furnishings, queen-sized beds, private baths, scrumptious

(208) 255-7094

breakfasts. Walk to shops, restaurants, beach.

Days Inn Ski Lodge (208) 263-1222 or (800) 543-8193


Dover Bay Bungalows









Waterfront bungalows at beautiful Dover Bay in Marina Village. Fully furnished with lake and mountain views. Fitness center, marina and hiking/biking trails. See ad, page 18.

Elkins Resort (208) 443-2432


Holiday Inn Express (208) 255-4500 / Fax (208) 255-4502


Howard Johnson Inn at Sandpoint (208) 263-5383


Huckleberry Tent & Breakfast (208) 266-0155


La Quinta Inn




Nestled in the forest, overlooking beautiful Priest Lake, Elkins Resort offers cedar log cabin rentals perfect for your next family vacation, business conference, or group gathering. See ad, page 46.






Free wireless Internet, free DirecTV, free 24-hour coffee, Jacuzzi suites and hot tubs. Inner corridor rooms, queen beds, next to Schweitzer. Now offering free continental breakfast. See ad, page 93.


Old-fashioned canvas tent cabins with all the comforts of a bed and breakfast, located 45 minutes east of Sandpoint. See ad, page 34.







Downtown location, high-speed Internet. Free breakfast, themed spa suites. Silverwood, ski and golf packages. Kids stay free. See ad, page 48.

Last Resort Vacation Rental (208) 266-0525


Lodge at Sandpoint (208) 263-2211


Meriwether Inn (208) 266-1716


Pend Oreille Shores Resort



Waterfront cabin with panoramic river and mountain views. Centrally located for fishing, hiking, mountain biking, kayaking and canoeing. Wireless Internet.





Accommodations for weddings, retreats and banquets. Lakeside with swimming and docks. Views of lake and mountains for an unforgettable Idaho vacation.







Located on Scenic Byway Highway 200. Beautiful views, wildlife and bird watching, biking and more. See ad, page 41.


(208) 264-5828

Fully furnished condos and on-site athletic club on Lake Pend Oreille in Hope. Stay and play packages. See ad, page 48.

Sandpoint Quality Inn







(208) 263-2111 or (866) 519-7683 Sandpoint Vacation Rentals


Selkirk Lodge












Mountain accommodations, stay and play packages. Spectacular mountain and lake views. Outdoor heated pool and hot tubs. See ad, page 131.



On beautiful Lake Pend Oreille on Lakeshore Drive. Sleep’s Cabins consists of six log bungalows decorated

(208) 255-2122 or (866) 302-2122 Super 8 Motel

75 luxury homes and condos in Sandpoint and on the lake. First-class properties at affordable rates. Plan your perfect vacation. Boat rentals, tee times. See ads, pages 12 and 25.

(208) 265-0257 or (800) 831-8810 Sleep’s Cabins

Indoor pool and hot tub. Close to downtown Sandpoint. 5th Avenue Restaurant and Mitzy’s Lounge on property. Kids stay and eat free.

(208) 263-7570 or (866) 263-7570

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The newest hotel in Sandpoint. 100 percent smoke free. Located at the base of Schweitzer Mountain next to Slates Prime Time Bar & Grill, close to Wal-Mart, in Ponderay. See ad, page 30.

(208) 263-9581 or (800) 282-0660

with original furnishings and collectibles. See ad, page 65.





Free breakfast with waffles. 24-hour hot tub, free wireless Internet. Family suites. Schweitzer ski packages.

(208) 263-2210

At the base of Schweitzer Mountain, 2 miles from the lake.




Luxury lakeside homes, cozy mountain cabins and lovely condominiums in the heart of Sandpoint. See ad, page

(208) 255-7074 or (877) 255-7074 Waterhouse Bed & Breakfast





Deluxe spa suites with private hot tub on deck, jetted tub for two in bath. Gas fireplace, A/C, kitchenette, free

(888) 329-1767

wireless Internet.

Western Pleasure Guest Ranch





(208) 263-9066

Private cabins sleep 2-8. Lodge rooms with private baths, rec room, horseback riding and meals available. See ad, page 80.

White Pine Lodge


(208) 265-0257 or (800) 831-8810

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New accommodations featuring log furniture. Free high-speed Internet and continental breakfast. Silverwood and ski packages. Kids under 12 stay free. Walk to Bonner Mall shopping and dining.

(208) 263-3083

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New accommodations, stay and play packages. Spectacular mountain and lake views. Outdoor hot tubs, access to heated pool. See ad, page 131.


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Accommodations See the LODGING DIRECTORY on page 124

AirPlane Services Air Idaho Charters

Hangar C, Lot 13 Sandpoint Airport. Will be based out of Sandpoint and will be conducting on-demand flights to destinations throughout the Lower 48 states. See ad, page 106.

Sandpoint Biplanes

255-5500 – Scenic charters of beautiful Lake Pend Oreille from an open cockpit. Two passengers sit side-by-side in our 1940 3-seat Stearman biplane. Charters to begin June 1, 2010. See ad, page 61.


Explore a variety of open artists’ studios by taking this free, countryside, self-guided driving tour of North Idaho. Guide maps available. See ad, page 68-69.

Pend Oreille Arts Council

120 E. Lake St., Ste. 215, 263-6139 – Presents the finest quality experiences in the arts for the people of northern Idaho.

ART & PHOTO GALLERIES Artworks Gallery

214 N. 1st, 263-2642 – Fine arts and crafts by regional artists, including original paintings, sculpture, jewelry, pottery, glass, tile, photography, prints. See ad, page 68-69.

Earth Wear Jewelry

1591 Garfield Bay Rd., Sagle, 2636782 – Designing fine jewelry with color and texture, semi precious stones and natural elements. Custom orders and classes available. See ad, page 68-69.

Hallans Gallery

Janusz Studio by the Lake

290-1279 – Experience Artist Dream at this working art studio. Watercolors, sculpture, garden, magnificent views of Lake Pend Oreille. See ad, page 68-69.

Specialty Walls

509-263-9189 – Specialties include color consultations, cabinet refinishing, murals and a wide variety of decorative paint finishes. Whether you own a new home, ’50s style rancher or a new condominium, Shirley at Specialty Walls will help you make it your own. See ad, page 68-69.

The Bridge Assisted Living

1123 N. Division, 263-1524 – A total continuum of care on the campus of Life Care Center of Sandpoint. See ad, page 107.

Luther Park at Sandpoint

510 Olive Ave., 265-3557 – Sandpoint’s newest senior living community. Independent and assisted living options as well as enhanced and memory care services. See ad, page 92.

Attorneys At Law Palmer/George, PLLC

515 Pine St., Sandpoint, 823 N. 3rd St., Coeur d’Alene, 255-4890 or 665-5778 – Attorneys Michael G. Palmer, John H. George and Brandie J. Rouse are practicing in the Sandpoint area. Licensed in Washington and Idaho. See ad, page 96.

AUTO / MOTORSPORTS Alpine Motors Company

Hwy. 95 N., 263-2118, 1-800-4305050 – Your Cadillac, Buick, Pontiac, GMC truck dealer. New and used sales and leasing. Full service, parts and body shop.

Anderson’s Autobody

31466 Hwy. 200, Ponderay, 2636443 – Since 1989. We specialize in complete frame, body and paint repairs. Car rentals on-site, free pick up and delivery. See ad, page 76.

Les Schwab

265-4518 – Not just a tire store! We do wheels, batteries, brakes, shocks, alignments and more. No appointments necessary. Located on Bonner Mall Way in Ponderay. See ad, page 45.

Ponderay Yamaha

1005 N. Triangle Dr., 263-1124 – Family-owned business, started in 1994. Our goal is to serve the needs of our customers to the fullest. The largest showroom in the Idaho Panhandle. See ad, page 62.

Six Star Automotive

909 Hwy. 2 W., 255-2955 – Dealing in sales, repair and service for foreign and domestic vehicles. We specialize in Asian imports. See ad, page 65.

BANKS / FINANCIAL AmericanWest Bank

5th & Poplar, 255-1700 – Come visit our new financial center, one of 43 full-service financial centers throughout Washington and northern Idaho. See ad, page 36.

Edward Jones

303 Pine, 255-7405, Rob Kincaid; 521 N. 4th, 263-0515, Dave

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Horizon Credit Union

520 N. 5th, 263-7525 and 480 Bonner Mall Way, 263-1371, 800852-5316 – Serving Washington and northern Idaho for 60 years. Full-service financial institution. See ad, page 17.

Hutchens, James, CPA

1211 Michigan St., Ste B, 265-2500 or 800-338-9835 – Corporate tax preparation, payroll and accounting services. Financial and tax planning. See ad, page 96.

Jensen, Brian C., CPA

520 Cedar St., Ste. A, 263-5154 – Specializing in tax preparation, payroll and accounting services. Financial and tax planning. See ad, page 96.

Panhandle State Bank

414 Church St., 263-0505 or 2653336 – Branches in Bonners Ferry, Ponderay and Priest River. Also bank in Post Falls, Rathdrum and Coeur d’Alene. See ads, pages 25 and 71.

Spokane Teachers Credit Union

Hwy. 95 and Kootenai Cutoff Rd., 800-858-3750 – Offering estatements, direct deposit, and online bill-pay. At STCU, you’re not just a member, but an owner as well. See ad, page 62.

BOATS / DOCKS Northwest Docks & Water Works

home cinema, structured wiring, phone and network systems, audio, security systems, HVAC control systems, central vac, lighting control, and more. See ad, page 105.

Bowers, Ted Construction

263-5447 – Specializing in remodels. Creative designs for custom finish work and cabinetry. Registered and insured. See ad, page 94.

Castle Magic

1018 Mogul Hill Rd., 290-0393­– A source for building medieval-style dream castles, castle plans, castle designs, and castles for sale. See ad, page 108.

CTA Architects

414 Church St., Ste. 201, Sandpoint, 265-5087 – Architecture, engineering, facility management, graphic design, and interior design. Specializing in IT/ communication, landscape planning and sustainable design. See ad, page 102.

Dan Fogarty Custom Builder

263-5546 – A fully-insured, local builder with the experience and history you can rely on. In Sandpoint since 1981. See ad, page 94.

DSS Custom Homes

263-2853 – Family-owned business serving Sandpoint and northern Idaho since 1974. Building with honesty, pride, integrity and responsibility. See ad, page 32.

Floor Show, The

263-4684 – New dock construction, dock rebuilds, mooring buoys, shoreline protection, amphibious pile driving, crane service. See ad, page 48.


880 Kootenai Cutoff Rd., Ponderay, 263-5198 – Featuring Mohawk and Lauren floor coverings. Great selection of carpet, tile, natural stone, hardwood, bamboo, vinyl, countertops and window fashions. See ad, page 86.

Vanderford’s Books & Office Products

Fogg Electric


Hendricks Architecture

201 Cedar St., 263-2417 – A world of books for young and old, office supplies, art supplies, machine supplies and free delivery in Sandpoint. Order online at

Bill Jones Distributors, Inc.

61 Bottle Bay Rd., 263-5912 – Celebrating 58 years as the only locally owned beverage distributor in Bonner/Boundary counties. Wine, beer, kegs, alternative and nonalcoholic beverages. See ad, page 106.

BUILDING / HOME Ace Septic Tank Service

263-5219 – “Where a Flush Beats a Full House.” Portable toilet rental, construction/all occasion, permanent or temporary. Septic tank pumping, residential and commercial.

Acme Integrations

255-1110 – We provide custom


597-1121 – Our team has 125 years in the electrical business. Commercial, industrial and residential. Licensed/bonded/insured. Serving all of North Idaho. Free estimates. See ad, page 94. 418 Pine St., 265-4001 – Idaho mountain architects specializing in mountain-style homes with character. John Hendricks, AIA, lead architect, designs mainly custom residential, from small rustic cabin remodels to storybook cottages, ranch and lodge style homes, luxury waterfront residences, recreational resort facilities and chapels. See ad, page 88.

Idaho Sash & Door

3895 N. Schreiber Way, Ste. 300, Coeur d’Alene, 765-8620 – Opening up a world of possibilities for your home with the creative craftsmanship of premium-grade, custom windows,


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323 N. 1st, 263-4704 – Since 1906. Celebrating the century in photos by Ross Hall and Dick Himes. See ad, page 68-69.


Reseska; or 1305 Hwy. 2 W., Ste. B, 263-0346, Jim Zuberbuhler – Since 1871, financial advisors. See ads, page 60 and 93.


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Advertiser Index A Child’s Dream Come True 68 Acme Integrations 105 Aging Better In-Home Care 44 Air Idaho Charters 106 Albertson / Barlow Insurance 96 AmericanWest Bank 36 Ammara 40 Anderson, Dr. Steven DDS 34 Anderson’s Autobody 59 Archer Vacation Condos 106 Artists’ Studio Tour 69 ArtWorks Gallery 68 Bill Jones Distributing 106 Bitterroot Group 7 Bonner County Daily Bee 70 Bonner Physical Therapy 38 Bridge Assisted Living, The 107 Castle Magic 108 Century 21/Riverstone 28, 37 Coldwater Creek 132 Coldwell Banker 101 Columbia Tractor Inc. 94 CO-OP Country Store, The 80 CTA Architechs 102 Dan Fogarty Custom Builder 94 Dover Bay 18 Downtown Yoga 38 DSS Custom Homes 32 Earth Wear Jewelry 68 Edward Jones-Rob Kincaid 93 Edward Jones-Dave Reseska 93 Edward Jones-Jim Zuberbuhler 60 Elkins Resort 46 Evergreen Realty 4 Evergreen Realty, Charesse Moore, Realtor 22 Eve’s Leaves 16 Family Health Center 51 Farmers Insurance – Dave Neely Agency 96 Festival at Sandpoint 24 Finan McDonald Clothing Co. 13 Floor Show, The 86 Flying Fish Company 110 Fogg Electric, Inc. 94 Fritz’s Fry Pan 110 Garfield Bay Kayak Rentals 41 Garfield Shores Resort 49 Get Wet Diving 96 Hallans Gallery 69 Hendricks Architecture 88 Holiday Inn Express 30 Home Sweet Home 90 Hope Marine Services 35 Horizon Credit Union 17 Howard Johnson Inn at Sandpoint 93 Huckleberry Tent & Breakfast 34 Hutchens, James CPA 96 Idaho Sash & Door 90 Integrative Athlete, The 38 International Selkirk Loop 13 Janusz Studio by the Lake 69 Jensen, Brian CPA 96 Jon R. Sayler Architect, AIA 104 K102 FM 50 Keokee Books 128 Kinney Construction 94 Koch, Dr. Paul E. – Walmart Vision Center 38

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doors and bronze hardware. See ad, page 90.

Lake Pend Oreille Cruises 51 La Quinta Inn 48 Larson’s Department Store 31 Laughing Dog Brewing 110 Les Schwab Tires 45 Litehouse Foods 14 Luther Park 92 Magic Hour Photo 64 Maps & More 64 McMahon & Easterbrook Custom Building 50 MeadowBrook Home & Gift 27 Meriwether Inn 41 Miller’s Handyman Services 88 Mountain Horse Adventures 80 Nieman’s Floral & Music 24 North Idaho Spas 87 Northwest Docks & Waterworks 48 Northwest Handmade 15 Paint Bucket, The 92 Palmer George Law 96 Panhandle State Bank 71 Panhandle State Bank Loan Center 25 Pend Oreille Shores Resort 48 Pend d’Oreille Winery 113 Petal Talk 40 Ponderay Garden Center 107 Ponderay Yamaha 62 Pucci Construction 86 ReStore Habitat For Humanity 90 Revelstoke Homes 91 Sandpoint Biplanes 61 Sandpoint Building Supply 96 Sandpoint Business & Events Center 61 Sandpoint Farmers Market 70 129 Sandpoint Outfitters 46 Sandpoint Property Management 42 Sandpoint Sports 60 Sandpoint Super Drug 38 Sandpoint Vacation Rentals 12, 25 Sandpoint West Athletic Club 41 Schweitzer Mountain Resort 131 Schweitzer Real Estate 83 Seasons at Sandpoint 8 Seasons Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery 42 Selle Valley Construction 107 Six Star Automotive 65 Sleep’s Cabins 65 Specialty Walls 68 Spokane Teachers Credit Union 62 Summit Insurance 20 Sunshine Goldmine 16 Taylor Insurance 35 Ted Bowers Construction 94 The Local Pages 127 The River Journal 93 Timber Frames by Collin Beggs 94 Tomlinson Sandpoint Sotheby’s 2-3, 52-56, 59, 98 Vacationville 17 Western Pleasure Guest Ranch 80 WildFlower Day Spa 38 Winter Ridge Natural Foods Market 38 Zany Zebra 26 Zero Point 68

Kinney Construction

265-2668 – From initial concept to building completion, we provide ongoing construction management comprising some of our area’s most respected architects, designers, engineers and sub-contractors. See ad, page 94.

McMahon & Easterbrook Custom Building

47392-B Hwy 200, Hope, 2646700 – Offering new construction, renovation, restoration, site planning, development and property management. Custom craftsmanship with an eye for design. See ad, page 50.

Miller Handyman Services

1606 Baldy Mtn. Rd., 265-5506 – For carpentry, painting, yard work, repairs, hauling, office relocation, moving, packing, and storage. See ad, page 88.

Panhandle Art Glass

514 Pine St., 263-1721 – Est. 1982. Studio specializing in stained, etched, beveled and fused glass: residential, commercial and liturgical. Artistic design and fabrication for projects of any size tailored to the needs of our clients.

Panhandle Pump

500 Vermeer Dr., Ponderay, 2637867 – Serving the Idaho Panhandle with quality service and merchandise for over 25 years. The area’s leader in water purification and filtration plus complete water and sewer systems. Residential and commercial. Mon-Fri 7 a.m.-6 p.m., Sat 7 a.m.-noon.

Paint Bucket, The

714 Pine St., 263-5032 – Sandpoint’s complete paint and wallpaper store. Paint and sundries, wall coverings, and custom framing. See ad, page 92.

Pucci Construction

120 E. Lake St., 263-7424 – Family-run business for 50 years in the Sandpoint area. Building custom dream homes to custom cabins and docks. See ad, page 86.

ReStore Habitat for Humanity

1424 N. Boyer, 265-5313 – New and used building materials such as doors, windows, flooring, lumber, cabinets, countertops, plumbing and electrical supplies, lighting fixtures, tools, paint, appliances and furniture at 25-50 percent off retail. See ad, page 90.

Revelstoke Homes

120 E. Lake St., 263-4442 – Custom home builder and TrussTek distributor. Remodels, interior design, commercial, landscape design. See ad, page 91.

Sandpoint Building Supply 477421 Hwy. 95 N., 263-5119

– Everything from lumber, siding, doors and cabinets, and all the way to the tools that help you get the job done. See ad, page 96.

Sayler, Jon R. Architect, AIA

534 Pine St., 265-9160 – Licensed, registered architect in Idaho, Washington, Montana and Arizona. Over 30 years experience. See ad, page 104.

Selle Valley Construction

401 Bonner Mall Way, Ste. 1, Ponderay, 263-1808 – We build quality custom-built homes suited for the land we all love. See ad, page 107.

Studio of Sustainable Design

100 Jana Ln., 263-3815 – Bruce Millard, Architect. Personal, environmentally sensitive and healthy design, incorporating natural, recycled and durable materials including straw bale. Full services.

Timber Frames by Collin Beggs Sandpoint, 290-8120 – Handcrafted traditional timber frame homes. Wooden, draw-bored joinery. Hand-rived pegs. See ad, page 94.

CLOTHING Coldwater Creek

311 N. First, 800-262-0040 or 263-2265 – In downtown Sandpoint, discover one of the most unique collections of women’s apparel and accessories. See ad, back cover.

Eve’s Leaves

326 N. 1st Ave., 263-0712 – Sandpoint’s finest specialty store for women, where you will discover feminine, stylish fashion. Pamper yourself with unique, carefully chosen apparel collections and accessories to complement you and your contemporary lifestyle. Enjoy personalized service as you search for just the right look. See ad, page 16.

Finan McDonald Clothing Co.

301 N. 1st Ave., 263-3622 – Unique selection of men’s and women’s outdoor and natural fiber clothing; woolens, fleece, cottons and silks. See ad, page 13.

Larson’s Department Store

327 N. 1st Ave., 263-2414 – Larson’s specializes in providing high quality clothing lines at reasonable prices. Come shop on three different levels in our Sandpoint location or in Bonners Ferry. See ad, page 31.

Zany Zebra

317 N. 1st Ave., 263-2178 – We offer the latest fashion trends for all ages. Many accessories adorn our store, great prices, friendly and fun atmosphere. From A to Zebra. See ad, page 26.

CRAFTS & TOYS A Child’s Dream Come True

214 Cedar St., 255-1664 – Wood


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Diving Services Get Wet Diving Solutions

Post Falls, 661-4375 – Services include underwater welding/cutting to boat hull scrubbing, salvage, structural inspection and almost all your underwater needs. We also are capable of most marine construction, such as docks and dock repair. See ad, page 96.

EVENTS FACILITIES Sandpoint Business & Events Center

515 Pine St., Ste. 102, 2637770 – The most convenient ceremony, reception and performance center located in downtown Sandpoint. See ad, page 61.

FARM / GARDEN Columbia Tractor Inc.

1201 Fontaine Dr., Ponderay, 2636820 – Factory-trained service, parts and sales of Troy Built, Stihl and John Deere. Find all your outdoor equipment at reasonable prices. See ad, page 94.

The CO-OP Country Store

125 Tibbetts Lane, Ponderay, 2636820 – Farm, home, hardware. The CO-OP has just about everything for the farm and home. See ad, page 80.

Ponderay Garden Center

477703 Hwy. 95 N., Ponderay, 255-4200 – Just north of Wal-Mart. We offer a full line of landscaping supplies for your yard or business. Plants, shrubs, trees, pottery and a huge gift shop. See ad, page 107.

FURNITURE Fine Art Upholstery

1714 Industrial Dr., 265-6341 – 34 years in business; exceptional workmanship in upholstery, repairs and

antique restoration. Custom-made pieces built from frame up: sofas, chairs, ottomans, home theater seating ... no job too big! Commercial and residential. Wholesale GREEN eco friendly fabrics and leather available.

represented in this specialty shop including their kitchen items, table tops, candles, electric candleholders, books, cards, rugs, pewter Vikings, mugs, Danish irons, tomtes, fjord design tableware.

Home Sweet Home Consignment

Sharon’s Hallmark

Northwest Handmade

Sunshine Goldmine

300 Bonner Mall Way, Ponderay, 255-1818 and 101 Main St., Kootenai, 265-9898 – Unique variety of antiques, furniture, home decor, lighting and gifts. See ad, page 90. 308 N. 1st, 255-1962, 877880-1962 – Featuring a variety of regional artists. Custom log furniture, wood carvings, metal art, one-of-a-kind gifts. See ad, page 15.


329 N. 1st, 255-1863 – Downtown at First and Cedar, featuring a wide array of fine cookware such as Le Creuset, J.A. Henckel, Cuisinart and more. See ad, page 110.

MeadowBrook Home & Gift

205 Cedar St., 255-2824 – Offering a timeless selection of unique and affordable gifts, home decor and furnishings. See ad, page 27.

Nieman’s Floral & Music

215 Cedar St., 263-3024 – Enhance your surroundings with beautifully designed floral arrangements, plants, and gifts for your home, office, or any special occasion. See ad, page 24.

Petal Talk

120 Cedar St., 265-7900 – Fullservice floral and gift shop! Fresh flowers, bundled or custom designed. Special event and wedding services. Delivery available. See ad, page 40.

Scandinavian Affär

319 N. 1st Ave., 263-7722 – The Scandinavian countries are

Downtown Yoga

119 N. 1st Ave., 255-6177 – The ancient art and science of preparing the body and mind for the eventual liberation and enlightenment of the soul. See ad, page 38.

Family Health Center

606 N. 3rd Ave., Ste. 101, 2631435 – At Pinegrove Medical Center, family practitioners that specialize in caring for every member of your family. See ad, page 51.

110 S. 1st, 263-6713 – Come discover the unique and distinctive. Serving Sandpoint for over 29 years, the No. 1 stop for handmade jewelry and gold. See ad, page 16.

Zero Point Crystals

Integrative Athlete, The

226 N. 1st Ave., 255-2522 – An exquisite collection of gifts and tools that will assist you on your journey of spirit. Each product hand-selected for its beauty, quality, and its authentic and meaningful nature. See ad, page 38.

334 N. 1st Ave., Ste. 110, 9464855 – An integrative athlete is an individual that utilizes multiple disciplines to acquire a complete package of skills necessary to forge a capable body and mind. Come join us and start your journey. See ad, page 38.

HEALTH CARE Aging Better In-Home Care

Sandpoint Super Drug


Seasons Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery

263-7889, 866-464-2344 – North Idaho’s most trusted provider of in-home care services for the elderly and disabled. Skilled nursing services, respite care, hospice care and housecleaning. See ad, page 44. 30410 Highway 200, Ponderay, 263-1345 – Medical health care for men and women. Dermatology, botox, restylane, massage, pedicure and manicure. Women’s health, family practice, internal medicine, medically managed weight loss. See ad, page 40.

Anderson, Steven DDS

604 N. 5th, 263-1408 – Familyowned pharmacy serving Sandpoint for over 32 years. Four knowledgeable pharmacists on staff. See ad, page 38.

30544 Hwy 200, 265-4005 – With extensive training in breast surgery, body contouring, and facial surgery, Dr. Spring offers cosmetic procedures with an emphasis on natural results, safety and personal attention. See ad, page 42.


311 S. Division St., 263-7597 – Your smile is our top priority. The entire team is dedicated to providing you with the personalized, gentle care that you deserve. See ad, page 34.

Albertson Barlow Insurance

120 E. Lake St., Ste. 203, 265-6406 – Specializing in life, disability, individual, group health, and now home and auto too. Assisting the Sandpoint community for over 15 years. See ad, page 96.

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have it mailed home gift a friend

1327 Superior St., 263-5731 – Providing cutting-edge technology and manual techniques to obtain the optimum result for pain control and recovery or resolving symptoms from diabetic neuropathy. See ad, page 38.

306 N. 1st Ave., 263-2811 – Special gifts for special people including Vera Bradley bags, Big Sky Carvers, Baggallini, Tyler and BeanPod candles, souvenirs, balloon bouquets, Hallmark cards, books, gift wrap and stationery.

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Farmers Insurance – Dave Neely Agency

105 Pine St., Ste. 110, 263-3741 – Serving Sandpoint and the rest of North Idaho since 1997. Specializing in personal lines of insurance at competitive rates. See ad, page 96.

North Idaho Insurance

102 Superior St., 263-2194 – A full-service, independent insurance agency serving northern Idaho since 1978. Business or personal risks: property, liability, workers comp, bonding, home, auto, life and health.

Summit Insurance Resource Group 1205 Hwy. 2, 265-9690 – The largest independent insurance agency in North Idaho, specializing in business, personal, life and health. See ad, page 20.

Taylor Insurance Co., Inc.

1009 W. Superior St., 2634000 or 773-6441 in Post Falls – Insurance and financial services for all your personal and business needs. See ad, page 35.


263-3573 – Sandpoint’s community website. Complete online services include website design, hosting, and search engine optimization and search engine marketing. See ad, page 93.

Laundry/Dry Cleaners W Cleaners

675 Kootenai Cutoff Rd., Ponderay, 263-8383 – Brand new state-of-theart equipment using many efficient and environmentally friendly aspects. Dry cleaning process uses a filtered, odorless solution. Quickly becoming the premier cleaner in North Idaho.

MAPS Maps & More

109 Main St., 265-8883 – Carrying a complete line of travel and recreational maps, wall maps, atlases and much more. See ad, page 64.

Dover Bay Marina

Marina District, Dover Bay. 2633083 – Waterfront bungalow rentals with gorgeous lake and mountain views. New Lake Club Fitness Center with swimming pool and hot tub. Dine or shop at Dover Bay Café and Market. See ad, page 28.

Hope Marine Services

47392 Hwy. 200, Hope, 263-5105 – Your full-service, year-round stop. Boat sales, repair shop, accessories and boat charters. See ad, page 35.

MASSAGE / SPA Dreams in Beauty Day Spa

263-7270, 877-422-6240 – Offering massage: the rolf method, deep tissue, sports, Trager, Swedish, reflexology, pregnancy and more.

Wildflower Day Spa

219 Cedar St., Ste. B, 263-1103 – Providing a full range of services, including massage, facials, body treatment, waxing and tinting. See ad, page 38.

MEDIA Bonner County Daily Bee

310 Church St., 263-9534 – Bonner County’s No. 1 daily newspaper. See ad, page 70.


327 Marion, 263-2179 – Blue Sky Broadcasting. Adult album alternative, news, talk, and real country. See ad, page 50.

The Local Pages

888-249-6920 – The phone directory with the most. See ad, page 127.

The River Journal

255-6957 – A monthly publication of the news and events of our area. Get in touch with Sandpoint by reading the community paper. See ad, page 93.


Photography Magic Hour Photo

Bonners Ferry, 267-5883 – Join a four-day digital photo workshop and learn top photo skills from two professionals at their own secret stunning locations in the Selkirk and Cabinet mountains. See ad, page 64.

PROPERTY MANAGEMENT Sandpoint Property Management

314 N. 3rd, 263-9233 – Since 1993, providing exceptional real estate management. Representing the Beardmore Building in Priest River. See ad, page 42. SandpointRentals. com

R&L Property Management

204 E. Superior, 263-4033 – Over 26 years of rental management experience. Tenant screening, rent collection, accounting, maintenance and marketing. Residential, commercial and mini storage. Friendly, prompt service.

REAL ESTATE Century 21 RiverStone

316 N. 2nd Ave., 255-2244 – Nationally known, locally trusted. Sandpoint’s premier real estate firm. Any of the 48 professional agents can help you. See ads, pages 28 and 37. • Tom Puckett • Donna Short

Coldwell Banker Resort Realty

Sandpoint 263-6802, Schweitzer 263-9640 – If you are looking for real estate in the Sandpoint area or at Schweitzer Ski Resort, we can help fill your needs. See ad, page 101.

Evergreen Realty

321 N. 1st, 263-6370, 800-8296370 – For all your real estate needs in Idaho, Washington and Montana. Waterfront, Schweitzer and commercial properties. See ad, page 4. or • Charesse Moore 255-6060, 888-228-6060 – Hard-working professional. Sandpoint’s top producing agent 2004 to 2008. See ad, page 22.

Schweitzer Real Estate

255-7300 – An intimate mountain resort village for those that have always gone their own way. A collection of ski-in, ski-out neighborhoods offering fractional ownership. See ad, page 83.

Tomlinson Sandpoint Sotheby’s International Realty

200 Main St., 263-5101, 800-2826880 – No. 1 in sales and service, year after year! We’re the market leader for a reason. Offering top-notch service for residential, land, commercial land, waterfront properties. See ads, pages 2-3, 52-56, 59 and 98. • Jeff Bond • Cindy Bond • Stan Hatch • John Gillham • Cheri Hiatt • Sarah Mitchell • Natalie Leatherman • Brian Harvey • Michelle Sadewic • Allison Murphy • Mickie Caswell • Merry Brown-Hayes • Carlene Peterson • Jim Watkins • Adalin Bondurant • Tom Barnes • Sandy Wolters • Bill Schaudt • Shelley Andersen Healy


702 Sandpoint Ave., #7107, 2636757 – Architects, interior design, builders and timberwrights. See ad, page 7. BitterrootHomesInSandpoint

Dover Bay

265-1597 – Gorgeous waterfront community. Homesites, condominiums and cabins. Custom built homes. On the shores of beautiful

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95 N, 255-5513 – Full-service optometry office. Same day fitting for most contact lens prescriptions. Treatment of minor eye infections. See ad, page 38.

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Seasons at Sandpoint

313 N. 2nd, 255-4420 – Luxury waterfront condominiums and townhomes. Experience the best of both worlds – lakefront in the heart of downtown. See ad, page 8.

RECREATION / TO-DO Festival at Sandpoint

120 E. Lake St., Ste, 207, 265-4554 – Annual music festival showcases international and local composers and performing artists in an outdoor setting on the shores of Lake Pend Oreille. See ad, page 24.

From the Heart Ranch – Alpacas 1635 Rapid Lightning Rd., 265-2788 – Tour the ranch to see what life is like with alpacas! Shop for wonderful alpaca fiber hats, scarves, sweaters, rugs, throws, and yarn. Open year-round, closed on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. FromTheHeartRanch. com

Garfield Bay Kayak Rentals

Garfield Bay, 13 miles from Sandpoint, 263-9429 – Enjoy kayaking in one of Lake Pend Oreille’s most pristine areas. Access to beaches, camping, restaurants and groceries. Open seven days a week with half- and full-day rentals. See ad, page 41.

International Selkirk Loop

267-0822, 888-823-2626 – 280mile scenic drive encircling the Selkirk Mountains in Washington, Idaho and British Columbia. See ad, page 13.

Lake Pend Oreille Cruises

255-5253 – Experience the breathtaking scenery of Lake Pend Oreille. Enjoy a public cruise, or charter a private cruise. See ad, page 51.

Mountain Horse Adventures

10000 Schweitzer Mountain Rd., 263-8768 – Offering trail rides on Schweitzer Mountain and in the Cabinet Mountains near Sandpoint. Don’t miss our “Full Moon Ride,” one of our favorites and sure to be yours. See ad, page 80.

Sandpoint West Athletic Club 1905 Pine St., 263-6633 – Fullservice club with indoor pool, aerobics, racquetball and more. Daily rates, flexible/affordable memberships. See ad, page 41.


Schweitzer Mountain Resort

11 miles from Sandpoint, 800-8318810, 263-9555 – Lodging packages, skiing and boarding on 2,900 acres, plus tubing and Nordic trails, shopping and dining. See ad, inside back cover.

SPA sales North Idaho Spas

Hwy. 200 and McGhee Rd., Kootenai, 265-5434 – Your local source for Sundance Spas and more. Stop by the showroom to see the exciting products they offer. See ad, page 87.

SPORTING EQUIPMENT Sandpoint Outfitters

Elkins Resort

404 Elkins Rd., Nordman, Id., 208-443-2432 – Priest Lake, North Idaho’s Crown Jewel, invites you to experience the uncommon, worldclass destination of Elkins Resort, the Northwest’s finest log cabin vacation resort. Our accommodations and rentals feature 30 log and cedar cabins with granite fireplaces and splendid views of Priest Lake. See ad, page 46.

Garfield Shores Resort and Marina Club

Garfield Bay, 13 miles from Sandpoint, 263-9595 – Come enjoy our newly renovated marina, family restaurant with power pedestals, free wireless internet and secure tenant restrooms and shower. Boat slips available now – take advantage of big savings. See ad, page 49.

Pend Oreille Shores Resort

47390 Hwy. 200, Hope, 264-5828 – Fully furnished condos on Lake Pend Oreille. Full-service athletic club with indoor pool, racquetball. Boat moorage. See ad, page 48.

400 Schweitzer Plaza Dr., 263-9119 – Local guide to fishing and hunting. Firearms and ammunition, archery pro shop, fishing and hunting supplies, lessons and classes. See ad, page 46.

Sandpoint Sports

476930 Hwy. 95, Ponderay, 265-6163 – Specialized bike sales – mountain, road, hybrid, cruisers and kids. Clothing and accessories, custom bike fitting, rentals, demos and full-service repairs. See ad, page 60.


Third and Oak St., Farmin Park, 208-597-3355 – Treat yourself and family to locally grown fresh
produce, baked goods and handcrafted arts and
crafts. Many of our farmers are certified organic
and will have signs noting this at their stand. See ad, page 70.

Flying Fish Company

620 N. 5th, 255-5837 – The finest selection of fresh and frozen seafood in northern Idaho. Open Wednesdays and Fridays year-round. See ad, page


Litehouse Foods

1109 N. Ella Ave., 263-7569 – At Litehouse, they have been busy coming up with new products to make your busy, active lifestyle a little easier. Convenient, innovative, and always made fresh, with only the finest ingredients is what you can count on. See ad, page 14.

Winter Ridge

703 W. Lake St., 265-8135 – Organic produce, natural and organic meats, coffee and juice bar. Deli, bulk foods, supplements and homeopathic medicines. See ad, page 38.

VACATION RENTALS Archer Vacation Condos

Beautiful 3-bedroom, 2-bath waterfront condos on Lake Pend Oreille in Hope. Discount ski and golf tickets available. See ad, page 106.

Sandpoint Vacation Rentals

606 S. Division, 263-7570 or 866263-7570 – Variety of fully furnished accommodations in the Sandpoint area, at Schweitzer and on Lake Pend Oreille. Ask about our boat rentals. See ads, pages 12 and 25.

Sleep’s Cabins

Lakeshore Drive, 255-2122 – Six historic log and bungalow cabins decorated in original furnishings on beautiful Lake Pend Oreille. Sleeps 4-12.


109B N. 1st, 255-7074, 877-2557074 – Sandpoint’s oldest vacation rental company. Specializing in vacation rentals on the lake, the mountain and the city. See ad, page 17.

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Hog wild on the Selkirk Loop

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hen I heard that HarleyDavidson and the Idaho Division of Tourism were sponsoring a media ride around the International Selkirk Loop for female moto-journalists, I called in every favor from every person I knew in the motorcycle industry. The trip would include four days on brand-new 2010 Harley-Davidson motorcycles through amazing terrain and cultural landmarks in Idaho, Washington, Montana and British Columbia – more than 700 miles. Sampling chichi lodging, dining and shopping along the way. And the itinerary included Sandpoint! Score! To prepare, I became fast friends with the good folks at Lone Wolf Harley-Davidson in Coeur d’Alene. Though I hadn’t ridden in years and had never ridden a Harley, they let me take a bike off the showroom floor for an extended demo ride. I probably would have ended up in Montana, but my riding escort, Greg Ernst, who, along with wife Beth owns the dealership, turned us around at the Wolf Lodge exit. When I returned intact, Beth insisted I try on Harley-Davidson black leather chaps. One look in the three-way mirror sealed my fate: byebye girl next door; hello bad-to-thebone biker babe. A few weeks later, the moto-journalist women arrived from all over the country at the Davenport Hotel in Spokane, where we got the royal treatment, including a private tour, and then were whisked off by limo to visit the childhood home of Bing Crosby at Gonzaga University. Who knew? None of us. The next morning, our motorcycles were lined up to greet us like so many big, shiny, loud, powerful toys. Mine was the Harley-Davidson Sportster 1200 Custom in flame blue pearl. Leaving Spokane we jockeyed into a staggered riding formation and got accustomed to our bikes. The route SANDPOINT MAGAZINE

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The International ALBE RTA Selkirk Loop

took us the “back” way into Sandpoint via U.S. Highway 2 on the Panhandle Historic Rivers Passage, a byway that forms the southern leg of the International Selkirk Loop, along the Pend Oreille River. I hate to be nitpicky, but from my biased “SandPoint of View,” I couldn’t help being just a little bitter that my fellow biker babes didn’t get to experience the sheer oomph of roaring across the Long Bridge. Instead, we rolled into the scenic city parking lot, where we were turned loose for all of 45 minutes to grab lunch and explore Sandpoint. Not nearly enough. So after a brief visit to Joel’s for fish tacos, it was back to the bikes for more seat time. Our next stretch was the Lake Pend Oreille-Kootenai River Super Side Trip, which begins on Idaho State Highway 200 at the intersection of U.S. Highway 95 and goes eastwardly through Hope and Clark Fork toward Montana. The turnouts along Lake Pend Oreille made for some of the most spectacular vistas of the entire trip, with mountains framing miles of open water, all sculpted by the massive force of glaciers and floodwaters of Glacial Lake Missoula. We then headed up Highway 56 past Ross Creek to Kootenai Falls, one of the largest, free-flowing waterfalls in the Northwest and considered sacred to the Kootenai Indians. The next three days brought more surprises and sensory overload: British Columbia, Canada’s quaint town of Crawford Bay, with its artisans and cafes;



By Sheryl Bussard

The author stops for a photo op on the International Selkirk Loop near Trail, British Columbia, Canada

the grandeur of the 45-minute (free!) ferry ride across Kootenay Lake; and the famous lounge in the historic Hume Hotel in Nelson, just to name a few. For me, the best part of the trip was discovering treasures right in my own backyard. On the last leg of the first day, we literally rode into the sunset toward Bonners Ferry, crossing the steel-truss Moyie River Bridge – secondhighest bridge in Idaho – that spans the canyon 450 feet above Moyie Falls. Our destination was the charming Northside School Bed and Breakfast, where we gratefully recovered from the rigors of the day in a hot tub overlooking the valley. By far, my favorite discovery was Papa Byrd’s Bistro in downtown Bonners Ferry, a cozy family restaurant that’s famous for its signature butternut squash jalapeno soup. At the risk of understatement, it was really cool to experience all the spectacular sights, great food, wonderful people, fabulous roads and historic attractions that the International Selkirk Loop has to offer. And you know what’s even cooler? Getting to do it on Harleys. Wearing black leather chaps. Get info:


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Sandpoint Magazine Summer 2010 Issue.  

Sandpoint Magazine Summer 2010 Issue. Lifestyle and recreation for Sandpoint, Idaho.

Sandpoint Magazine Summer 2010 Issue.  

Sandpoint Magazine Summer 2010 Issue. Lifestyle and recreation for Sandpoint, Idaho.