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Do you care about the Super Bowl?

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“Not really, but may the best team win.” Evie Leucht Volunteer Sandpoint SandpointMedia2018

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LIVE MUSIC “Not really. Many football players have recently refused to stand for the national anthem, so my family has decided not to watch football.” Tara Murray 9th grade Selle Valley

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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR The Right Questions...

Dear Editor: In your commentary section on Dec. 28, Phyllis J. Kardos asks a lot of questions, but she isn’t asking the right questions. First and foremost is “Do we want solar panels used in America? And second to that is “Do we want to use computers and other products that use polysilcon?”  If we do, then we need to have smelters to produce the polysilcon that is needed to make those panels and computers.  It is wrong of America to ship those jobs overseas to countries that do not have the environmental safeguards and workplace safety stands that America has. This is the colonial attitude of “not in my backyard,” but it is OK if we exploit other people of the world, exposing them to the environmental and workplace dangers entailed, to make our products. Washington State environmental standards are higher than the Federal EPA, so Washington is probably one of the best places in the world for this type of work to be done. It will bring high-paying jobs to Americans who care more about a clean environment than many countries and it will also have the safeguards necessary to make sure it is done as cleanly as possible. Now if you don’t want this in your backyard, do you want oil pumps and oil refineries?  We need to change our thinking and realize that if we want a cleaner environment and solar panels, we must do the mining and smelter work in the best possible situation and that is here.  Sincerely, Martha Barley Sandpoint

Smelter Woes... Dear Editor, I am a citizen of Blanchard and have been working with citizens of Newport Washington to stop the construction of a silicon smelter to be owned and operated by HiTest Sands. We have collected information from other silicon smelters in Iceland, Europe and here in the United States. We are told that a lung condition called silicosis, which is a form of cancer, becomes prevalent to those who live within a 130-mile radius of a silicon smelter. Not only the air becomes polluted but also the water and the land itself. HiTest Sands officials say they will bring in prosperity to the small community of Newport, but at what cost? How much money brought into the community justifies allowing a carcinogen to come in? What keeps us coming together to persuade HiTest Sands to go away is that we do not wish to allow a polluting industrial company, let alone a Canadian one such as HiTest Sands, to force its way into this area. If HiTest Sands wins and builds its smelter, other forms of industry will come possibly with other forms of pollution. 4 /


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Those of us who live in this beautiful area need to stand against those who would have us believe that their pollution of this area, in order to make a large sum of money, is better for us all. Thank you, Steve McConnell Blanchard

Women’s March... Dear Editor, N.ID Women’s March on Saturday was a great success with 956 attending rally and peaceful march here in Sandpoint. Our theme “First She Marched – Then She Ran!” grew from the concept that we as women want greater involvement in our government designed to be “for” and “by” the people. At 51 percent of the population, we’re clearly challenging for a more balanced viewpoint. The biggest motivator for many women grew from a year of frustrations witnessing Trump’s personal conduct and his dysfunctional administration. From his divisive racist remarks to his braggadocius approach on nearly everything, we’re fed-up with the bully effect on our society. Families are hurting. None of his behavior is acceptable as an example for our nation’s children. It was time to roll up our sleeves. For starters, a small group of local women took on the task a month ago to organize this event. Just to clear-up misconceptions floating about, here are the facts: We were not recruited by anyone outside the area, nor did we receive outside funds. None of us are recent transplants from another state or country. Neither Hillary or Barack were topics of discussions, nor did we screen for party affiliation. Personally, I call myself “independent”. To the best of my knowledge, all who attended came from North Idaho area to represent themselves. I know of no arrangements for chartered buses, but I’m certain our committee would have liked it had it occurred. Now, the hard work is ahead as we gather our energy to “POWER to the POLLS” and “Reclaim Idaho!” Rebecca Holland Chair for N.ID Women’s March Committee Sandpoint

In Response to Ben Olson... Dear Editor, In response to Ben Olson’s Bouquet and Barbs column in the Jan.18 Reader: Ben, as a journalist I was surprised to see what you had written regarding the advisory vote on Scotchman’s Peak. Typically a journalist would have checked the facts before writing on a subject, but clearly you had not. First of all, it was a unanimous vote of all commissioners to place this advisory vote on the primary ballot. This was done in an open meeting with the director of the Friends of Scotchman’s Peak Wilderness and a member of the Idaho Conservation League in

attendance. The reason to have the vote on the primary ballot was twofold. First, Sen. Risch plans on reintroducing the bill in the next few months. Like the past board of commissioners, Risch has been told the Scotchman’s wilderness proposal has wide spread support in the county. Unfortunately we have seen there is a sizable opposition to this issue. Second, we received a resolution from the Republican Central Committee requesting we put this issue on the May primary ballot. Since the issue is coming up again in Congress shortly, we all agreed that the sooner the vote could be made the better. Furthermore, this is a non-partisan issue. There are Republicans that are in favor of the wilderness designation and Democrats that oppose it. As a journalist, you should understand, that we are using the democratic process to allow citizens to formally weigh in on this issue. The beauty of the process is, if indeed, there is overwhelming support those folks will come out to vote in favor, those opposed will do the same. Additionally, there are some serious gubernatorial and District 1 House races that will motivate Democrats to vote in the primary, and the county is committed to having this on all ballots: Republican, Democrat, Unaffiliated, Libertarian and Constitution Party. It will be very fair. As far as costs go, this ballot issue is hitchhiking on the primary ballot, so the cost is zero, while the benefit will be huge. I would hope in the future you would attend our meetings or at least reach out to the Commissioner’s Office to get accurate information as you have done in the past. Dan McDonald Sandpoint

Party Affiliation... Dear Editor, Registering as a Republican or as unaffiliated gives you the most flexibility in primary elections. Political party rules apply to primary elections. You may be required to register as a member of specific political party in order to vote in that party’s primary election. (Republicans have the requirement, Democrats don’t). You may only vote in the primary election of one party. (Party affiliation only impacts the primary election, everyone uses the same ballot in the general election.) If you affiliate as a REPUBLCIAN you can vote on EITHER the Republican or Democratic ballot in the primary. If you affiliate as a DEMOCRAT, you can ONLY vote on the Democratic ballot in the primary. If you are UNAFFILIATED you can vote on EITHER the Republican or Democratic ballot in the primary. (If you choose the Republican ballot, your affiliation will then be changed to the Republican party.) What advantage is there in being able to choose a Republican ballot, if I

want the Democrat to win? Idaho is essentially a one-party state. (All state elected offices have been held exclusively by Republicans since 2010. The Idaho Legislature is 84-percent Republican in 2018. Currently, all elected officials in Bonner County are Republican.) Because the Republican candidates win an overwhelming number of elections the primary election is sometimes your only opportunity to make your vote count. BEFORE you vote, and before you choose your ballot (Republican or Democrat or non-partisan) •Educate yourself about all the candidates; •Think about which races are most important to you. To check your party affiliation: • By phone: BC Election office (208) 255-3631 • Online: https://apps.idahovotes. gov/YourPollingPlace/AmIRegistered. aspx. To change your party affiliation: • For the 2018 primary election you must change BEFORE March 9 • Call, or visit BC Election office, (208) 255-3631, 1500 Hwy 2, Suite #124, Sandpoint. Jean Gerth Sandpoint

Un-American Sentiments... Dear Editor, There are a lot of decidedly un-American sentiments running amok in the last issue that need to be addressed. In response to Ken Thatcher: You are wrong. We do not need less firepower, we need more. Do you recall the history of the Revolutionary War? Did the British government have more or less advanced weapons than the Americans? If you answered “the same,” you would be right. Now why do you think the British tried to confiscate the Americans’ weapons? Do you know the history of this? That is why the Second Amendment was added. In case the government gets out of hand and you need to fight back FAIRLY. The government claims an individual should not be able to own a full auto rifle or even tank or cruise missile because they make you afraid some crazy guy will use it to harm people. WAKE UP: It’s to control you more easily. States are the biggest instigator of violence in the history of mankind. HUNDREDS OF MILLIONS DEAD in the 20th century alone at the hands of collectivist states. Despite popular belief, the wild west had very little crime because everyone was armed with the most advanced tech of the time. If you never know when a just person (who VASTLY outnumber the sick people you talk about) is going to blow you away after the first shot on an innocent crowd, people would not do it. How can you accept Agent Orange almost starting nuclear war with North Korea and be complaining about 10

extra bullets? Brainwashed by state. In response to Erik Daarstad: Everyone, ignore this disingenuous preaching for more government control of your lives. Guess where the funding for all those programs comes from? TAXES. Norway has insane taxes. Further, if the government controls all those perks, then, obviously, they control them, NOT YOU. You get no or fewer choices than a market. PLEASE, someone respond: Why do so many people want others in control of their lives? What is so hard about keeping your hard-earned money and making your own choices on health care and whether you want to go to school or not or use birth control rather than be essentially a pet owned by the state that controls every aspect of? Thanks, Anthony Capricio Sandpoint

Response to Lockwood... Dear Editor, In response to Steve Lockwood’s comments Jan. 23, 2018…“Bonner County zoning codes are up for changes <WITH> the usual opportunities for citizen input. Industrial plants are <NOT> being permitted in many county zones.” Since 2008, there have been more than a dozen amendments making more than 60 text changes to the Bonner County Zoning Ordinance. The process requires a public hearing with the Planning Commission and with the Board of County Commissioners. The proposed changes are noticed in the newspaper and are sent to all taxing districts at least 15 days prior to the public hearing. Additionally, the Planning Commission holds workshop discussing the proposed changes and the public is always welcome to attend. These proposed changes are available at the Planning Department page on the County website under current projects, File AM161-18. This project is not being rammed through. As part of the above stated public process, there was a request to allow for more time to review and provide comment on the proposed changes. It appears this is another attempt to insight fear and mislead the public. The point is taken that if you live in the County you should participate in the public process. The famous quote that “the world belongs to those who show up” is real. Changes to ordinances and plans are often made because of one person’s comments. You do have a voice and you should participate. Take the time to read the proposals on your own, form your own opinion and show up – write a letter, or email, make a phone call or come and meet with the Planning Department or even better, come to a public meeting. Take the opportunity to participate. It really is you who makes the process transparent. Milton Ollerton Bonner County Planning Director


Follies more than just ‘prancing on the stage’

The Next Parenting Challenge

By Patrice Webb Reader Contributor

This is in response to Diane Wheeler’s “Point/Counterpoint” article in the Jan. 18 issue of the Reader. First I want to say that I respect Mrs. Wheeler’s opinion — after all, Sandpoint is a typical American community in that it is populated by people from many different cultures, faiths and lifestyles. And so this letter is not a condemnation of Wheeler’s beliefs or opinions but rather a rebuttal of several points she raises in her article. First her statement regarding “the followers of Bacchus from far away are welcomed with open arms, while the dignified members of the community are discouraged from attending.” I don’t know how long Wheeler has been in the area, but I have attended several years of the Follies as a cast member and as a member of the audience. I can say firsthand that the vast majority of the people attending are in fact local. And for those “followers of Bacchus” who are not, they are filling up the hotel rooms, condo rentals, restaurants and pubs. They are shopping in Sandpoint’s downtown shops — things that are badly needed in a resort town such as ours that depends on these people from “far away” to stay in business and earn a living. I also take issue with the implication that the local people who attend the Follies are not “dignified members of the community,” when in fact most of them are our neighbors, the people we deal with each and every day in business. To imply that a person is not “dignified” simply because Wheeler deems the event to be inappropriate feels a bit like: “If you don’t believe as I do you are not acceptable.” That sounds like bigotry to me. Second, there is Wheeler’s assertion regarding underage teens

taking part in the Follies. Perhaps she could clarify when and where this occurred. As I said before, my involvement in this event goes back several years, and while I cannot speak to what happened before I became involved, I can safely say this is not the case today. We all wear wrist bands and IDs are checked, even mine at the age of 61! In fact, there have been several acts in the past few years who have been told to tone things down, and I can say that I have never “pranced across the stage in my underwear.” Third, there is Wheeler’s reference to one of the main participants who said she “would dance naked in the street if it would help feed the poor.” Although I believe the person said this, it was said in jest. It only strengthens the insinuation if you don’t believe as Wheeler does, you are not an acceptable person. I know the person who said this personally, and I can state that she has put in more hours on behalf of this community than anyone I know. She has been a productive member of this community for far longer than me and is very devoted to her family. Finally, as to Wheeler’s assertion that she hopes the curtain will come down and prays that the next charitable enterprise will edify our culture, I ask: whose culture? Yours and no one else’s? Also, as a person who has had many years of experience in fundraising for nonprofits, I can truly say that fundraising is a very hard thing to do. I ran a successful concert series for a nonprofit for many years, and if we raised $4,000 to $5,000, it was a very good night. Each

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year the Follies raises on average around $25,000 and has raised I believe more than $30,000 in some years. I am not aware of many fundraisers capable of raising this kind of money. As a person who remembers what it is like to be poor — who passed out in an English class as a student because I had not eaten for several days — I am grateful that the Angels have put the time and energy into an event that does so much for this little town. If there is one kid who benefits from this and does not have to pass out from lack of food, then yes, this event is worth it and so much more. I will close in saying this: I appreciate Wheeler’s right to have her opinion, even if it is an opinion I do not agree with. After all, respect starts in a person’s own heart. Perhaps if Wheeler feels there is a better charitable enterprise that can be as successful as the Follies, she can get involved with the Angels and propose an alternative. Maybe she can roll up her sleeves and do what it takes to make it a success. It would seem that everybody would benefit from this, and I am sure the Angels would welcome another form of fundraising to help out our needy citizens. In the meantime, given the fact that there are many decent (dignified) people in this community who treasure the Follies — and it is completely a choice as to whether or not a person attends or not — perhaps just don’t buy a ticket and leave it at that. Patrice Webb is a local musician and a “dignified member of the community of Sandpoint.”

Teens play foosball at the Sandpoint Teen Center. Photo courtesy Sandpoint Teen Center Facebook.

By Jim Payne Reader Contributor The total time a high school senior spends on electronic media—texting, internet, gaming, chat—is six hours a day. This statistic appears in psychologist Jean Twenge’s book entitled “iGen,” about the use of digital electronics by today’s teens. Twenge summarizes the extensive research on how these devices are undermining the intellectual and emotional health of our youngsters. The underlying cause of the harm is simple. Under normal conditions, teens face a “stimulus vacuum.” Just sitting in a chair doing nothing, they are, in effect, bored. This absence of stimulation propels them to reach out and explore the world. It prods them to meet people, make friends, play sports and games and undertake collective projects. They read books and take up hobbies. When alone with their thoughts, they ponder questions, develop answers and perspectives. This normal process of exploration and growth is short-circuited by the smartphone. As soon as the teen feels slightly bored, he immediately relieves this pressure by checking the screen and tapping a few letters. In this way, the electronic device fills the stimulus vacuum that, otherwise, would have drawn him into rewarding connections and maturing reflections. Research cited by Twenge shows that the obsession with electronic devices is causing modern teens to cut back on all kinds of engaging activities, including sports, paid work, homework

and volunteering. Today’s teens are even less likely to hang out with friends, or drive a car. I’m especially sensitive to this deficit in motivation from my volunteering at the Sandpoint Teen Center. In just the last few years, I’ve seen a sharp decline in the eagerness of youngsters to take up games and participate in projects. One result of dropping out of life’s challenges is unhappiness. Twenge’s data show that teens who spend more time with electronics, especially social media, are more likely to suffer loneliness and depression. Other problems associated with digital devices include sleep deprivation, electronic addictions and bullying. It’s time we faced up to these dangers. To start with, as Twenge tells parents, “It’s best to put off giving your child a cell phone as long as possible.” Once youngsters have the devices, one can implement limits, like not using iPhones certain times of the day or on certain days of the week, and not keeping them in the bedroom. Also, parents should stop distracting their children with calls and texts. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve been in the middle of a game of ping pong at the Teen Center when the youngster suddenly throws his paddle down and reaches into his pocket, saying, “My mom’s on the phone.” Sometimes it’s a fib, but all too often it is indeed a parent who is adding to the electronic din that is robbing our youth of their youth. Jim Payne is president of the Sandpoint Teen Center. February 1, 2018 /


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Exhibit celebrates Schweitzer’s early years The Early Years of Schweitzer on display as part of new exhibit at Schweitzer Mountain

Bouquets: •I wanted to give a bouquet to all the actors and crew that made the opening weekend of my play such a joy. I’m always amazed at the ability for actors to memorize these giant chunks of dialogue. I’m also so impressed with Maddie Elliott and Chris Herron with Unknown Locals. Maddie directed the play with a great prowess and Chris helped me write some new jokes to include for the 2018 version. Hope you all get a chance to check it out this weekend at the Panida. •As the roads are starting to clear from snow and ice in Sandpoint, I’m able to fully enjoy riding my new delivery bike. Again, I’d like to thank Nicole Black and all the amazing people who donated to purchase this bike for me last month. It was such a great gesture, and a complete surprise. I thank all those who made it happen. Barbs •It pains me that our lawmakers in Boise seem to waste much of the legislative session tilting at windmills and ideological bogeymen. For the third year in a row, Rep. Eric Redman, R-Athol, has brought legislation forward that says courts, administrative agencies or state tribunals can’t base rulings on any foreign law or legal system that would not grant the parties the same rights guaranteed by state and U.S. constitutions. Anti-Sharia Law sentiments are at the crux of this and former attempts. The proposal doesn’t mention Sharia law by name, but Redmen distributed packets when he first introduced the proposal in 2016 that showed a severed hand and a man about to be beheaded. Instead of spending their time going after worthwhile legislation, such as eliminating the Medicaid gap or increasing our educational funding, lawmakers like Redman keep blowing their dog whistles in the dark. I’m honestly not sure why we keep electing these people. The likelihood of our state ,or any other for that matter, embracing Sharia Law or any other foreign law is so nonexistent, there’s absolutely no reason to waste time trying to pass legislation on the subject. 6 /


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The Bonner County History Museum is excited to announce its newest exhibit, “The Early Years of Schweitzer,” is now on display at Schweitzer Mountain Resort in Lakeview Lodge (just outside of Taps). The exhibit features a wide range of exciting artifacts, including the incredibly long wooden skis that belonged to Sandpoint Department Store pioneer, Ole Jennestad. The skis are a complete show stopper, and it is hard to imagine how he was able to ski on them. Other items include historical Schweitzer promotional materials, vintage trail maps, original season passes, newspaper articles, photographs and more. “Being that the resort is such a large part of Bonner County’s history,” said curator Heather Upton, “we believe it is important that it received special attention with its own exhibit.” The museum has a number of wonderful items in its collection reflecting the history of Schweitzer, including original photos

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by Jim Parson documenting the building of the resort — from scouting the terrain to opening day. Curating an exhibit on the mountain gave us the opportunity to takes these photographs, and other objects, out of our archives and into the community. “One of the most exciting things about curating an exhibit on Schweitzer Mountain Resort is the opportunity to take history beyond the museum walls and

Welding and CNC router classes offered By Ben Olson Reader Staff MakerPoint Studios and Sandpoint Parks and Recreation are offering a couple of classes for those crafty souls out there wanting to increase their skill set. Intro to the CNC Router will teach participants the basics of the VCarve Pro software, as well as the different settings available on the CNC machine, plus a few woodworking basics. All participants will take home their own hand-made six-pack tote made on the CNC. Sessions are offered monthly from November to April at MakerPoint Studio, 1424 N. Boyer Ave.) on Wednesdays from 6-9 p.m. Register for the upcoming Feb. 14 class before Feb. 11. MakerPoint is also offering an introduction to MID welding with master welder and fabrica-

help educate and excite people about the history of Schweitzer directly on the mountain,” said Olivia Luther, museum director. “We are thrilled to use this as a chance to introduce the museum to individuals who may otherwise have not known about us. The partnership truly embodies our mission statement of History Creating Community. We are here for the community, helping share the rich story of our area.”

Check out the exhibit at the Lakeview Lodge, outside of Taps, at Schweitzer Mountain Resort.

7B Women Conference By Ben Olson Reader Staff

tor Andrew. This class is a full introduction to MIG welding and will give participants all of the basics needed to start a first project. The next available class will be Feb. 15 from 6-9 p.m. at MakerPoint Studio. Both introductory courses cost $71, with a $2 discount for participants residing within Sandpoint city limits. To register for these and other activities offered by Sandpoint Parks and Recreation, visit the web catalog at or call (208) 263-3613.

The museum is always seeking more opportunities to become involved with the community and share our collective history, from updating permanent exhibits and conducting tours and community presentations to revamping educational programs and designing new special events.

7B Women is hosting its 10th annual 7B Women Conference on Thursday, March 1. The event is engineered to be a space where women from every walk of life can come together to be inspired, supported and enveloped into the community. Organizers want participants to walk away energized, motivated and hopefully with many new friends. The theme for 2018’s conference is “How to be a Bada$$.” Expect to laugh, expect to cry, expect a passionate connection with issues that 7B Women are concerned about. Space is limited to the first 100 attendees, so be sure to register online early to reserve a spot. The conference will take

place Thursday, March 1 from 7:45 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Sandpoint Center, 414 Church St.. Exhibitor booths will open at 8 a.m. during breakfast, followed by a welcome and the first speaker Lissa Markwardt at 8:45 a.m. with “Falling in Love with Your Life.” A panel discussion follows at 10:15 a.m. titled “Healthy Habits for a Kick-Ass Life” by Teresa Lunde, Brianna Thoreson and Misse Balison. Lunch at 11:45 a.m. will be provided by Tango Cafe, followed by a TED talk at 1:10 p.m.: “Why Being Strong Isn’t Bitchy.” “Unleash Your Super Powers” with Jean Briese will take place at 2 p.m., followed by wrap-up and happy hour starting at 4 p.m. For more information visit


Emily Articulated

A column by and about Millennials

The Working Millennial By Emily Erickson Reader Columnist


ith 40 percent of the current American workforce being comprised by millennials, it’s inevitable that the way in which we approach employment as a country will continue shifting in order to meet the evolving needs presented by Generation Y. And I’m here to say that the changes are far more complex than the simple addition of ping pong tables and beer on tap in the office break room. In 1943, Psychologist Abraham Maslow wrote an essay, “A Theory of Human Motivation,” wherein he detailed “Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs.” The theory contends that humans innately have five major types of need, all of which are hierarchical in nature. That is, in order to meet a more complex set of needs, one must first have their basic needs met. In this article, I am grouping Maslow’s pyramid of needs into “bottom tier” needs; which include our human requirements for Physiological Fulfillment (think: water, food, adequate sleep, and shelter), and Safety Needs (a general feeling of being safe and secure) and “top tier” needs; including Belongingness and Love, Esteem Needs (feelings of accomplishment), and Self-Actualization (achieving one’s full, creative potential). Maslow argued that a person cannot achieve top-tier needs without first having their bottom-tier needs fulfilled. For

Emily Erickson. example, if you were to skip a day’s worth of meals, you would likely fixate on your hunger pangs and Taco Bell internet ads instead of developing strong friendships and finishing this year’s tax returns (what?). This relates to millennials and the workplace because the new generation of workers are seeking jobs that fulfill both bottom- and top-tier needs, expecting the place in which they spend the majority of their day to do so much more than pay the rent on their converted travel van homes and keeping their fridges stocked with adequate amounts craft beer, pita chips, and avocado spread. Millennials want jobs that provide a sense of community and belonging, that appreciate and contribute to their multifaceted talents, and that promote an opportunity for creativity as it relates to maximizing the unique potential of every person employed, rather than simply viewing them as another number on their payroll. This expectation of an employer to meet a higher set of needs is where other gen-

erations often experience a disconnect from the new wave of millennial employees. For centuries, a person’s occupation was a means to achieving adequate food, shelter, and relative security. Maslow’s top tier needs were pursued, for most people, in the hours surrounding time card punches. As a result of these expectations, millennials in the workforce can be perceived as entitled, demanding their workplaces to do more for them, to provide a more wholesome day to day experience. Instead of slapping on the label of “entitlement,” however, consider that the new generation of employees are simply inspiring a wave of positive change in the workplace. Additionally, another byproduct of this shifting workforce is a redefinition of the concept of productivity. Millennials are demonstrating that a flexible schedule or working from a coffee shop can be just as effective, if not more so, than spending nine hours in a windowless cubicle (even accounting for the extra time necessary to document their coconut milk latte art on social media). According to research relayed by Forbes contributors Ellen Kossek and Kelly Hannum, “Employees are healthier, experience less stress, and are more productive and engaged when they effectively make choices about how, where and when they work.” Employees thrive on the affordance of independence, achieving better, more efficient work/life balances. Simply put, members of

Generation Y are less afraid than previous generations of leaving jobs in which they feel unappreciated, uninspired and underused, even at the risk of temporary financial insecurity. They are optimistic and relentless in their pursuit of a more fulfilled life, and are bringing a push for positive change in the workplace with them. Because sometimes, doing something differently is the

only way to unlock the potential for something greater. So, let’s grind a few more organic coffee beans for our office French press, tap another keg and get to work! Am I right? Emily Erickson is a freelance writer and bartender originally from Wisconsin, with a degree in sociology and an affinity for playing in the mountains.



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Inslee denies oil terminal permit

By Cameron Rasmusson Reader Staff

Environmental groups won yet another victory in the fight against proposed oil export terminals after Washington Gov. Jay Inslee rejected its permit. Unless developer Tesoro Savage appeals within 30 days, the decision leaves the proposed Vancouver Energy Distribution Terminal project dead in the water. Inslee’s decision backs the unanimous recommendation Energy Facility Site Evaluation Council, which voted last November to deny the permit. “The Council has thoroughly examined these and other issues and determined that it is not possible to adequately mitigate the risks, or eliminate the adverse impacts of the facility, to an acceptable level,” Inslee wrote. “When weighing all of the factors considered against the need for and potential benefits of the facility at this location, I believe the record reflects substantial evidence that the project does not meet the broad public interest standard necessary for the Council to recommend site certification.” The decision is a win for environmental groups that opposed the terminal, which was slated to process 360,000 barrels of oil per day. Sandpoint organizations were among those to mobilize opposition against the proposal. According to Idaho Conservation League Associate Matt Nykiel, the plant would have passed four full oil trains and four empty oil trains through town per day. Nykiel said Idaho Conservation League and other organizations were concerned the additional traffic would increase the risk of an oil tanker derailing in or near local waterways, a potential ecological disaster. Nykiel credited his predecessor, Susan Drumheller, with organizing local opposition to the 8 /


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terminal. In 2016, Drumheller mobilized a local group to speak against the terminal at a public comment opportunity in Spokane. According to Nykiel, that kind of citizen activism was vital in putting a halt to the project. “It’s not every day that the general public wins out against an oil company,” Nykiel said. That’s especially notable given that, as Inslee noted, the project was “unprecedented both in its scale and the scope of issues it raised.” “While this process has demonstrated that this particular project is wrong for this particular proposed location, I am confident that our ports will continue to play an important role in regional trade, and providing opportunities for jobs in clean energy,” he said.

Litehouse cuts ribbon on Ella expansion

By Cameron Rasmusson Reader Staff

Litehouse Foods’ expanded Ella facility is open for business, and the community is already benefiting from its increased capabilities.

Exploratory Drilling Project informational meeting set By Reader Staff The Idaho Panhandle National Forests will be hosting an informational meeting about the Green Mountain Exploratory Drilling Project Plan of Operations. The public meeting will be held on Thursday, Feb. 8 from 6-8 p.m. at the Sandpoint Ranger District Office, 1602 Ontario St. The meeting will allow the public to learn and ask questions about the proposed project. Pend Oreille Silica Inc. has requested to conduct exploratory drilling on National Forest System lands. The company has proposed one site for exploration from which two exploratory holes will be drilled to a maximum depth of 200 feet. The project area is located within the Sand CreekLake Pend Oreille watershed on the Sandpoint Ranger District.

A map showing an approximate location of the proposed drilling project. Map courtesy Google Maps. All lands disturbed during the activities in this proposal would be reclaimed, and disturbed areas would be reseeded. For more information, please visit project/?project=52562 or contact Courtney Priddy at (208) 765-7207.

At a $6.2 million price tag, the expansion was no small project. But the increased efficiency it brings helps pave the way for the company’s future growth. Among the improvements are a new cooler, shipping and receiving center, loading dock and a wastewater treatment facility. The plant also features a new employee services area. According to Litehouse president and CEO Jim Frank, the development is a sign of Litehouse’s commitment to remaining headquartered locally. “We intend to keep a big presence here in Sandpoint,” he said. The facility expansion allows for new efficiency in both big and small ways. The new loading dock, for instance, is on the same level as Litehouse’s fleet of trucks, so pallets of Litehouse products can be loaded directly into truck beds for shipping, Frank said. Likewise, with the new cooler room in place, the company can expand its production operations into the old cooler room. At a ribbon-cutting ceremony Wednesday, Frank thanked both city and county officials for supporting the project and the facility neighbors for tolerating the bustle of construction. He also expressed appreciation for facility employees, who endured inconveniences throughout the renovation. “If you’ve ever had to re-

Litehouse officials applaud after a forklift drives through and cuts the ribbon at the newly expanded Ella facility. Photo by Cameron Rasmusson.

model your house and do dishes in your bathtub, this was a little like that,” Frank said. The ceremony was focused on both Litehouse Food’s past and its future. Company founders Doug and Edward Hawkins were present as Frank recalled Litehouse’s first expansion in 1977, when the brothers outgrew their kitchen and set up operations in a remodeled autobody shop. More than 40 years later, Litehouse is an ongoing Sandpoint success story. The company has more than 1,000 employees nationwide, with 427 of them located in Sandpoint. The expanded Ella facility added 49 full-time employees to the Litehouse family, in addition to new seasonal and office jobs. For the past five years, the company has enjoyed annual double-digit growth, during which time it expanded its production capabilities in Utah and Michigan facilities. Litehouse announced its Ella facility expansion in 2016, when the Bonner County Board of Commissioners agreed to work with the company on a tax deferment plan. Local officials are excited by the economic vitality Litehouse’s projected growth promises for the region.


PTECH ends due to lack of funding

By Lyndsie Kiebert Reader Staff Writer

Niki Vandenhouten entered her senior year at Clark Fork High School without a clue what her future would hold. That is, until she found out about PTECH (Pathways To Early Career High School). The statewide program, funded by the J.A. and Kathryn Albertson Family Foundation, helps streamline Idaho high school students to high-paying jobs in Idaho industries. These industries include aerospace, healthcare, web development, diesel technology and more. “I didn’t have a plan at first. I had no idea what I as going to do, what I even wanted to go to college for or if I was going to go,” she said. “Then I learned that (PTECH does) take care of students.” Vandenhouten said the program helped her in a variety of ways. PTECH supported her financially through college, but also by providing “coaching” and

soft skills training to ready her for the workforce. She said she gained time management skills and confidence thanks to her time with PTECH. But perhaps the most useful thing Vandenhouten has gained in her time with PTECH is the education she needed to become an airplane mechanic. After three years (four, if you count her time with PTECH in high school), she will graduate this spring from the North Idaho College Aerospace program. She said she’s not worried about finding a job because she believes PTECH and NIC have prepared her. “I honestly wouldn’t be the person that I am without them,” she said. Despite her successes, Vandenhouten is about to become a rarity. PTECH is losing it’s funding due to a lack of commitment from anyone besides the Albertson Foundation, according to PTECH Executive Director Alan Millar. “The foundation decided not to

go down this road alone,” Millar said. “I am so grateful, but now I’m trying to find other entities who will continue the effort.” PTECH will honor scholarships they’ve already promised to students for the next two years, Millar said. He said they’ve tried to get Idaho industries to invest, but the turnaround time a student needs before they can work is too long. Instead, PTECH is pushing apprenticeships in order to get high school kids into the workplace early. Millar said that in its nearly four years of existence, PTECH has changed their approach several times to find out what would truly help bridge the gap between Idaho students and Idaho jobs. “We’ve realized that what industry is telling us that no matter where students come from — a four-year college or whatever — students are not job ready,” he said. To combat that, Millar said PTECH has spent the last six months focusing on job readiness

Niki Vandenhouten as seen in a PTECH video on YouTube. programs, so that students like Vandenhouten not only know how to work in their field, but how to fit in with a company. These approaches are not happening at the state level, and in turn, the state is not interested in funding or adopting PTECH as a state-administered program — at least not right now. Instead, the state invests in upper quartile students who are likely to pursue four-year liberal arts degrees, Millar said. Oftentimes, those students live in population centers, which is why PTECH is

tailored to more rural schools. “Rural students are drifting off to an uncertain future that isn’t as well paid as other states,” Millar said. While Millar said he plans to retire following the program’s end, he hopes to see PTECH’s findings contribute to the wider education conversation in the state. “My goal would be that we could find funding and pass the torch, because we realize what we can do to make a difference,” he said.

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madagascar Hissing cockroach By Brenden Bobby Reader Columnist If you’re flipping through the Reader over a bite to eat, I apologize in advance. You’re probably about to lose your appetite. 7B is home to some pretty unconventional pets, from chickens and donkeys to rats and bearded dragons. How many people do you know that keep cockroaches as pets? I’m guessing the answer is pretty darn close to zero. Cockroaches are relatives of termites, both members of the Blattodea order. In most cases, termites and cockroaches are both terrible, destructive and disease-spreading pests capable of becoming a full infestation in a matter of weeks. In the natural world, cockroaches are kind of unsung heroes. They’re basically nature’s garbage men, taking the decomposing leaves and other stuff animals don’t want to eat and breaking it down so that plants can use the nutrients as a food source. However, several breeds such as the American Cockroach and the German Cockroach have proliferated as urban pests uniquely suited to thrive in human households. Their droppings, vital nutrients for bacteria, have no plants to feed in the human home and instead bolster the growth of harmful bacteria that can make humans sick. Their need for water sends cockroaches straight for our sinks and water heaters where they can contaminate our drinking water. So, again, why would anyone keep these creatures as pets? 10 /


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The Madagascar Hissing Cockroach is different from the home-invading pests dancing in our garbage. They prefer scavenging on the forest floor to dipping into your garbage disposal. While their ugly cousins can survive and thrive on tiny amounts of food, the Hissing Cockroach eats a lot. A family unit of Hissing Cockroaches can eat an entire carrot in a day. Hissing Cockroaches are also wingless. That’s great, because they can easily get up to be three inches long. They’re also armored better than their cousins, with a series of plates running down the length of their body like a six-legged tank. The males even have horns protruding from their prothorax. The males duel like bucks during mating season, clashing and hissing in some kind of Burtonesque horror show. They don’t call them Hissing Cockroaches for nothing. Unique to insects, they’re capable of blowing air out of their respiratory organs (spiracles) near their rump. Most insects grind body parts or use special organs unrelated to respiration to hiss or make other noises (think: crickets), but the Hissing Cockroach hisses like we would, if our mouths were on our butts. Aside from the size and the hissing, they’re also pretty unique in the roach world for how they rear families. German Cockroach nymphs are self-sustaining once they emerge from their ootheca (egg mass) and will go about their business tormenting humans with rela-

tively little supervision. This is an evolutionary advantage for urban roaches; in the event the entire adult population is wiped out, a new generation can proliferate without intervention. Hissing Cockroach nymphs will actually stay near their mother for much of their growth, and the mother will care for them similarly to how bears will rear their cubs. Repulsive as they might be, Hissing Cockroaches are kind of big shot movie stars. Due to their size, flightlessness and inability to breathe in cold weather, they’re easy to control and see on camera and have been in several major movies. Plus, they’re totally gross and spur a natural revulsion in audiences. These disgusting features also make them popular for eating challenges. Any time you see someone forced into eating cockroaches on TV, they’re most likely being made to eat Hissing Cockroaches. There is an unseen challenge to eating these bugs, because they contain a neurotoxin that numbs the mouth and throat, eventually making it difficult to even swallow. Don’t worry, it’ll pass after a while and is only noticeable when eating several. If owning a cockroach colony sounds exactly like the roach-shaped hole in your heart you’ve been silently yearning for, I have good news! They’re fairly easy to care for and pretty accessible to own as pets. I mean, I don’t have any phone numbers for you to call for a cockroach dealer or anything, but I have some tips for successful rearing. A terrarium of almost any

size will work, but you’ll want to make sure it has a snugly fitting mesh cover across the top. They climb better than almost any other insect, and escaping things is a roach’s schtick. They need lots of hiding places and things to climb on, heat and humidity. Don’t forget to give them a refillable water source and plenty of vegetables to eat. Like any other roach, they dislike light. They’re perfectly safe to pick up and handle, though the

hissing can be startling; they’ll stop doing that so much once they’re comfortable with you. If you’re raising them as a pet, they can live up to five years, so take that into consideration. You’re in it for the long haul. If you have other unique pets that eat insects, Hissing Cockroaches make for a good meal, and could potentially save you some money if you go into breeding them. Enjoy the nightmares!

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•Crows in New Caledonia were found to be bending twigs into hooks to extract food hidden in wooden logs. This confirms that wild birds can make tools. • When a crow dies, the other crows investigate if there’s a threat where the death occurred, so they can avoid it in the future. • Crows pass the “marshmallow test:” they resist the temptation to eat a food if they know a tastier treat is coming later. This test of self-control is used to assess mental development in humans. • Crows and owls hate each other and will instinctively attack each other on sight, even when they’ve had no previous exposure. • Crows recognize human faces and hold grudges against ones they do not like. • Crows have different warning calls, one for cats, and one for hawks, and another for humans. They have 250 in all. • Female crows will give an alarm cry, and send their mates out to confront the threat while distracted, they’ll mate with crows from a neighboring territory, then pretend to sit on the nest innocently when their mates return home. • Crows, through trial-and-error learning, are capable of inserting coins into a vending machine for food.

ELECTION COVERAGE governor's race

Profile of A.J. Balukoff When Democrat Anthony Joseph “A.J.” Balukoff ran for governor in 2014, he earned nearly 40 percent of the vote. It wasn’t enough, as Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter entered a third term with over 50 percent. Now, with Otter not running in the 2018 election, Balukoff enters the field with a leg up: This is not his first rodeo. Balukoff spoke with the Reader to highlight his platform and talk about what might be different this time around. SR: So you ran against Butch Otter in 2014. I’m wondering what you maybe learned from that race. Is there something that will be different about how you run this race? AB: The first thing that’s different is we don’t have an incumbent in the governor’s office, and I think that’s a big help because it’s extremely difficult to unseat an incumbent. The other thing that I think has changed is the political climate around the country, and I think in Idaho. Look at some of the other traditionally red states, whether it’s Alabama or Virginia or Georgia, there’s elected Democrats — and I think that’s going to happen in Idaho. We’ve been under a one-party domination for 57 years, and that party has led our state to the bottom in education, in median income, and people, I believe, are ready to change that and look in new directions to help Idaho rise up to its potential to be the best state in the union. SR: You were once registered as an independent, and you’ve contributed to candidates from both parties. Why have you chosen to run as a Democrat? AB: I think, like most Idahoans, I’m a pretty independent

thinker, and so in the past I have contributed to Republicans occasionally. But I’m a Democrat because overall the Democratic vision, the Democratic values align with me. I think if people were to take a good look at the Idaho Democratic Party and what we stand for, they will find that they line up very well with their personal values. We believe in treating people with dignity and respect. We believe in caring for our neighbors, helping people with needs, and we believe in preserving freedom and privacy. And I believe most Idahoans believe in that. SR: So you mentioned how Idaho is doing in education. As a long-time Boise School Board member, I’m guessing education is pretty important to you. Idaho is usually ranked last or next-to-last as far as the amount of money we spend on education. Why do you think that is, and how to we get closer to the national average? AB: Education is my top issue. I’ve been on the Boise School Board for 21 years working hard to improve education in our district and I’m proud to say that the schools there are some of the best in the state and in the nation. We have a constitutional requirement to maintain a general and uniform system of public schools. Our state is not living up to that, and we need to. We need to make sure that the quality of a child’s education is not dependent upon where they live. Kids in Mackay and Challis should have the same opportunities to take AP classes that we get in Boise. We haven’t lived up to that at this point. SR: There is currently a push to expand Medicaid in Idaho. Have you been following these efforts? For instance, Reclaim Idaho — the guys who started it are from Sandpoint.

A.J. Balukoff. Courtesy photo.

By Lyndsie Kiebert Reader Staff Writer

AB: I have been following that movement closely. Luke Mayville and his crew are going to be in Boise tomorrow (Jan. 13) and I plan to be there helping them collect signatures so we can put that on the ballot. When I ran in 2014, health care was high on my list of things we talked about. I urged the legislature to do something about it, and made the pledge that if they’d elected me, I’d expand Medicaid coverage to cover the people that don’t have it. Four years later, we’re still talking about it, so we’re either going to get it on the ballot, or we’re going to motivate the Legislature to expand Medicaid, and if that doesn’t happen, if I’m elected they will get tremendous pressure from the governor’s office to cover the 78,000 working Idahoans — mothers and fathers and veterans — that are currently not covered. SR: You have a Democratic challenger in Paulette Jordan. What makes you a better candidate? AB: My experiences as a business owner. I have created good-paying jobs and helped to

revitalize downtown Boise. In addition I’ve served 21 years on the Boise School Board, so I am intimately familiar with the issues that face education in Idaho and what it takes to raise the student achievement and the go-on rate for all students in our state. I’ve been on St. Luke’s Hospital Board in Boise for 12 years, so I’ve got a front row seat to what’s going on in health care. I think those are the types of things that would make me a better governor than any of the candidates that are currently running. SR: I’ll have you complete this sentence for me: “A.J. Balukoff should be governor of Idaho because…” AB: Because he will improve public schools, he will improve access to healthcare for all Idahoans, he will protect the public lands that are so important to our Idaho heritage and traditions, and he will make sure that we have equal pay for equal work, which we don’t have right now. Idaho women make 76 cents for every dollar that men make, and that’s not right, it’s not fair and we need to change that.

A.J. Balukoff AT A GLANCE AGE: 71 BIRTHPLACE AND RESIDENCE: Born in Mesa, Ariz., and currently lives in Boise. GOVERNMENT SERVICE: Mr. Balukoff has not been elected to public office before. PROFESSION: Businessman and accountant EDUCATION: Degree in accounting from Brigham Young University FAMILY: Wife, Susie, as well as eight kids and 36 grandchildren. FUN FACT: Balukoff was the first person in his family to attend college February 1, 2018 /


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Paint and Sip Party Injectors Car Club Meeting 6:30pm @ Pottery Bug Enjoy painting a romantic 7pm @ Di Luna’s Cafe Monthly meeting takes place picture entitled “First Kiss.” the first Thursday of every BYOB and you must be 21 or over to bring and sip alcohol, month. Dinner at 6 p.m. otherwise, 15 and over to paint

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Live Music w/ Patrice Webb and Doug Bo 5-8pm @ Pend d’Oreille Winery A fantastic night of folk music with two Sand Live Music w/ Mostly Harmless 5-7pm @ Idaho Pour Authority Live Music w/ Denis Zwang and Mike Joh 6-8pm @Cedar St. Bistro Wine Bar Awesome jazz duo

Live Music w/ Brian Jacobs and Chris Lynch 6:30-9:30pm @ MickDuff’s Beer Hall This fun duo with a great sound will have you on the dance floor. 21+ Live Music w/ Neff-Ahmann Duo Live Music w/ Brown Salmon Truck 6-8pm @ Back Door Bar Smooth jazz, guitar and cello 9pm-12am @ 219 Lounge Live Music w/ Kevin Dorin Traditional to contemporary blues, jazz, 6-8pm @Cedar St. Bistro Wine Bar Latin and more A bluesy set from a great musician Live Music w/ Oak St. Connection Free First Saturday at the Museum 6pm @ Arlo’s Ristorante 10am-2pm @ Bonner Co. History Museum Enjoy the museum free of charge Sandpoint Chess Club 9am @ Evans Brothers Coffee Meets every Sunday at 9am


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Monday Night Blues Jam w/ Truck Mills Lifetree Cafe • 2pm @ Jalapeño’s Mexican An hour of stories and conversation to feed y 7:30pm @ Eichardt’s Pub weeks topic: Whistler Blower: The Story of an Night-Out Karaoke 9pm @ 219 Lounge Join DJ Pat for a night of singing, or just come to drink and listen

Trivia Night 7-9pm @ MickDuff’s Restaurant The weekly trivia night at MickDuff’s is a popular choice for Tuesday night. Grab a seat early, they go fast!

Wind Down Wednesday 5-8pm @ 219 Lounge With live music by blues man Truck Mills. Relax together with friends and colleagues at the end of the day Dollar Beers! 8pm @ Eichardt’s Pub Good until the keg’s dry

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BGH Community Hospice Adult Grief Support Group 6pm @ Bonner General Health Classroom Meet to share stories and feelings, and support one another in an understanding and caring environment. Contact Lissa at 208-265-1185 for an application.

Alzheimer’s Support Group 1-2pm @ Sandpoint Senior Center Families, caregivers and friends of those with Alzheimer’s, dementia and any related disorder are welcome to attend this free support group. Free respite care at the Day Break Center

Friday Pint Night “Death of a Small Town in the West” play 4pm @ 219 Lounge 7pm @ The Panida Theater The Niner will be highlight- Ben Olson’s original dark comedy play two Sandpoint stars ing a different local or regional “Death of a Small Town in the West” in its brewery the first Friday of every closing weekend. Come while you still can! month and offering three different Live Music w/ Chris Lynch Mike Johnson beers. This month’s featured beer 6pm @ Arlo’s Ristorante is Reuben’s Brewing from Seattle Live Music w/ the Snack Brothers “Death of a Small Town in the West” play 6-8pm @ Farmhouse Kitchen and Silo Bar 7pm @ The Panida Theater See the Snack Brothers at the Farmhouse on Ben Olson’s original dark comedy “Death of a Small Highway 95 in Ponderay Town in the West” in its closing night. Imagine if an out-of-town land developer bamboozled the city Cedar St. Bridge Public Market council into accepting a plan to bulldoze the entire 10am-2pm @ Cedar St. Bridge town and rebuild it in his own smary image. Imagine Come enjoy indoor shopping on the bridge if a group of pissed off locals put together a plan spanning Sand Creek to stop the developer that involved... well... exploYoga and Beer sive means. Imagine the most absurd play you could 11am @ Laughing Dog Brewery imagine on the Panida Theater’s main stage. Tickets Emma Marie will be teaching yoga at the Brewm available at Eichardt’s, Eve’s Leaves and www.Paniery. $12, includes a beer after class for $10 in advance or $12 at box office

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Feb. 8-10 Oscar Nominated eniors Day onner Mall Live Music w/ Jeffrey Martin & Taylor Kingman Shorts @ Panida e to come walk the Mall, plus 6-9am @ 219 Lounge Theater featured speaker or entertain- Portland-based singer-songwriters with honest, Feb. 9 shments, games and a drawing vulnerable music. Food by Edelwagen Food Truck ‘80s Party @ 219 n Mic True North Treks/Eureka Institute Fundraiser Lounge m @ SKåL Taproom 5-8pm @ Idaho Pour Authority Feb. 11 icians and comedi- A fundraiser benefitting True North Treks and the Eurewelcome! Open mic ka Institute. With Twelve String Brewing Company from Montreal Guitare Trio @ The ld every Wednesday Spokane on tap. Raffle, live music, free tapas and more! Panida Theater ic with Kevin Dorin Paint and Pint with Infini Gallery and MickDuff’s Feb. 14 @ MickDuff’s Beer Hall 6pm @ Infini Gallery Sandpoint

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Matt Adams tosses a shot off the cornice above Lakeside Chutes. Photo by Ben Olson.


chweitzer Mountain Resort is a different place before the opening bell. The early-rising snowplow drivers have been hard at work clearing the road for the hundreds of vehicles about to ascend the mountain. The blue glow of a muted sunrise is punctuated by the sounds of plows all over the mountain as they clear driveways and parking lots. The distant lights of groomers can be seen finishing up their tasks all over the front side. The ski patrol room in the basement of the lodge is warm and bustling with activity. Patrollers laugh and joke with one another while they dress for the day. Reggae plays over the house speakers as they lay out yoga mats and stretch with steaming cups of coffee by their sides. There is a camaraderie among the patrollers – they are not only work mates, but friends who share the arduous task of taming the wild mountain every day and making it safe for the thousands of skiers who will barrel down it in just a few hours. For Kim Loosemore, a 14-year veteran of the Schweitzer Ski Patrol, the job is more than just a paycheck. “I love skiing, and I like playing with explosives,” said Loosemore. “Really, it’s the group of people I work with that makes it special. It’s so much fun to come to work.” Loosemore said she keeps coming back every year because it’s a job full of perks. “It’s like river guiding,” she said. “You 14 /


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don’t do it for the money. There is a lot of experience in this room. Michael Boge has been doing this for 22 years. Brian Crettol has been here for 29 years, Mike Thompson for 20 years. Greg Gibson has been up here more than 30 years.” Loosemore said when she first started, there were predominantly more males than females, but that has changed in recent years. “It used to be just (ski patrol director) Arlene and I to balance out the testosterone,” she said. “Now there are a lot more females in the industry.” Loosemore said one of the most rewarding parts of the job is assisting skiers who need help. “There was one guy who found me this year,” she said. “He was helicoptered out last year and he just tracked me down and wanted to say thanks. That really means a lot to us.”

the new fall, and snow density – all of which will be used to determine the potential for avalanches on the mountain. Patroller Thompson, who moonlights as a musician with his wife Shanna, said he begins analyzing the conditions from the moment he leaves his door in the morning. “I’m always looking for clues to the snow conditions,” he said. “From the moment I leave my house in Priest River to now, I’m checking to see what to expect. Just walking to the lift like we are now, I’m feeling the layers, trying to get an idea.” Generally, patrollers are looking at the snow layers for clues pointing to increased potential for slides. The biggest risks for avalanches usually happen when a fresh snow

dumps on top of a looser layer underneath. Eddy refers to the layers underneath the current snowfall by the dates they fell: “The Thanksgiving crust is substantial, but the Dec. 16 layer is the one that has me the most worried.” First Chair of the Day

In the dawn twilight, the group of patrollers load onto Chair 1 and then the Triple to reach the summit of the South Ridge. The lifties are just beginning their Sisyphean task of keeping the lifts clear of snow. Lifty Mac McGarry warns us to take care exiting the lift at the top because the ramp hasn’t been fully cleared yet. Looking down at

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Snow safety supervisor Tom Eddy checks the weather conditions and updates social media while compiling his morning report for the crew. On this particular morning, over a foot of snow has fallen overnight, which means the patrollers will be conducting avalanche control before the opening bell. During the 7 a.m. meeting, Eddy gives his report to the crew of about a dozen patrollers. They ask pertinent questions about snowpack, the varying snow layers under

Patrollers listen to a snow report from Tom Eddy (left center in gray baseball cap) at the daily 7 a.m. meeting. Photo by Ben Olson.

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Face, there’s not a single track anywhere. Awesome. Once at the summit, we ski down the ridge to the Styles saddle, then hitch a ride with a snowmobile to the top of Chair 6. Patrollers are stationed in three spots on top of the mountain; the top of Chair 6, the top of Stella and the top of the Triple. There are generally no patrollers stationed in the village during the day, which is by design. “You can always get to an injury when you’re above it,” said Loosemore. “It’s tough to ski uphill. There’s that whole gravity thing.” With the addition of the Sky House at the summit, ski patrol got to stretch their wings a bit and move into the bottom floor. Previously, the patrol HQ on the summit had to squeeze into the Chair 6 shack, sharing it with lifties and mechanics. Inside the Chair 6 shack, patrollers Matt Adams, Thompson and Loosemore prepare the explosives for the control run. I’ve been assigned to Adams and Thompson, who will be doing the “glory run” on the Lakeside Chutes above Colburn Lake. Patrollers usually share duties, though it takes a couple years to learn the ins and outs of throwing bombs. One is designated dispatch, who stays in the shack and monitors radio traffic. The others work in pairs — one packing the explosives on their back and the other as a bomb chucker. Loosemore shows me the book with all the control points designated. As each control team sets off an explosive, or “shot,” they radio back the results to dispatch, who logs them into the book. A “hole” is a shot that didn’t create a slide. If a slide does occur, they measure the distance and width and log it. Over time, they create a general idea of common slide areas to monitor. Chucking Bombs

Emerging from the warm, albeit malodorous Chair 6 shack, Adams tosses the first shot of the day from the deck of the chairlift. He tows a long, pink ribbon behind him. One end is tied to the shot and the other is anchored to his ski pole. Once he pulls the fuse lighter, we have two minutes until the shot goes off. “Plug your ears and make sure you keep your mouth open,” yells Thompson over the howling wind and pelting snow. He tells me later that this is because the concussive blast could potentially

chip your teeth. The shot goes off with a sharp report. As its only about 50 feet away, you feel the concussion in your chest at the same time you hear the blast. The shot leaves only a hole with no slide, so we move on to the next location. Assistant Ski Patrol Director Greg Gibson said the methods for avalanche control haven’t changed a whole lot in the 30-plus years he’s been doing it. “Thirty years ago, we were still dangling shots off of ribbon and throwing long ones with tails,” he said. “The main difference now is, back then we used to make our own cap and fuse assemblies. That was a pretty dangerous part, because the caps are really sensitive and they can blow up.” Gibson said shots are expensive, but they are way less costly then being injured or losing a life. “That’s really what we put ourselves in danger of every day when we’re out here doing this,” he said. “If there’s any doubt, we throw bombs.” Thompson and Adams work their way down the Lakeside Chutes, staying above the cornice. The shot locations, which have all been designated and many named for past ski patrollers, follow the most prone slide areas. At times, Adams ski cuts instead of tossing a bomb, which is a method of skiing above the potential slide area and attempting to dislodge it. Some ski cuts produce small slides. Others don’t move the snow load at all. On the third shot, we finally see some movement, with a small slide about 20 feet wide and maybe 100 feet down the mountain. “That’s a small one,” said Thompson. “Probably wouldn’t even knock you off your feet.” They radio the results to dispatch so they can be logged into the book. Blasts are heard from other teams working along Siberia and, more muffled, from across the ridge on South Bowl. With a “hangfire” shot, the patrollers dangle the shot off the edge of a cornice so that it explodes in the air, which Thompson said sometimes has better potential for initiating a slide. Though they work quickly to prepare the mountain for the opening bell at 9 a.m., the patrollers are methodical and precise. When it comes to mountain safety and a prompt opening at 9 a.m., safety always wins the battle. “There were days early in the

Top: Patrollers after a control run (from left to right): Michael Boge, Greg Gibson, Matt Adams, Mike Thompson. Bottom: Matt Adams and Kim Loosemore inventory and stock explosives for the avalanche control run. Photos by Ben Olson. season that were as sensitive as I’ve ever seen it at Schweitzer,” said Gibson. “Especially on North Bowl, since we didn’t ski it for several weeks at the beginning of the season. On those days, you can hear it. You can actually hear the snow settle, it’s like a whomp sound. It sends the hair on the back of your head up.” When asked for some basic advice on how to stay safe if caught in an avalanche, Gibson said: “If possible, stay on your feet and ski out of it. Ski laterally, because the thing is only going to propagate so wide. If you do get knocked down, protect yourself as much as possible. It’s trauma that kills a lot of people. For me, I’m always thinking about air pockets. If I’m going to get buried, I’m going to have some room in front of my face, because if you have your arms by your sides and the snow stops moving, it seizes up like concrete. If your hands are down by your side, you will be stuck like that.” Gibson said skiers should always be aware of avalanche danger, whether in the backcountry or in bounds at a ski resort. “We do everything in our power to eliminate avalanches,” he said. “But they can still happen in bounds. You get a false sense of security at Schweitzer, or any ski area for that matter. They think because we’ve controlled it, there are no avalanches. That’s just not true. Nature has a funny way of slapping you.”

After throwing seven of the ten shots they packed, Thompson and Adams finish their control run at Whiplash and join Gibson and Boge mid-run for one of the sweetest perks of working with ski patrol – first tracks as they ski down to Chair 6. “That was something, wasn’t it?” Thompson said at the bottom, a big smile emerging from a face packed full of snow. Reminders

The bell rings, and I cut loose from the patrollers to take a few epic runs on my own. The snow is deep and light, and the visibility isn’t terrible. Riding up on Chair 6, you can hear people hooting and howling their pleasure as they barrel down the mountain. It’s another amazing day. After their avalanche control runs, the patrollers station themselves across the mountain and deal with the ever-changing daily duties, which include patrolling the mountain, responding to injuries and sweeping the runs at the end of the day before chairs close. When returning to the ski patrol

shack to hand over my radio, beacon and shovel they outfitted me with in the morning, Gibson said, “You know what I was saying earlier about that false sense of security? Well, right after you cut loose, we had a skier get buried in a slide. Luckily there were patrollers nearby and they got him dug out and nobody got hurt, but it’s just another reminder to always be aware up here.” That’s the thought that made the most impact on me while driving down the mountain to work in my warm, safe little office: these patrollers rise at dawn every day and make every effort to tame this wild mountain for our safety, but it’s up to all of us to be aware of the dangers around us. Personally, I’m so glad we have a professional, knowledgeable and downright awesome staff of patrollers who are always on the lookout for us. Next time you see a member of the Schweitzer Ski Patrol, give them a pat on the back for keeping us safe out there on the mountain. Or better yet, buy them a beer or two. They deserve it. February 1, 2018 /


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Soul food and the subtle language of needs felt rather like a ball of dough myself. My body was still asking Some days, I’m just hungry. for something. I took I can’t quite figure out what it pause to listen to it. is for, although cookie dough How can you not usually does the trick. It isn’t be satisfied after a that I wake up thinking I have half pound of cookie a cookie-dough deficiency. In dough? I asked. fact, nowhere in science can I I felt like I was in find any studies on the dangers relationship therapy. Ammi Midstokke with Freya the Brown Dog. of such deficiencies. “I didn’t even ask for The thing about listening cookie dough!” cried my body. “I asked to the needs of our bodies is that they to be nourished. I asked for soul food. are often subtle, or at least drowned out Are you even listening to me or are you by the noise of everything else shouting just scrolling your phone?” at us, from bank deposits to be made, If we look at cookbooks and Pinterest kids to get to school, oil changes, dinner and wax poetic about the creamy, starchy, recipes, appointments and that nagging buttery joys that we often refer to as soul injury we keep trying to ignore. food, is that food actually feeding our The subtle language of our bodies souls? I would argue we are trying to use is quiet until it is not quiet anymore our stomachs to reach parts of our heart (disease, stroke, moving up a pant size). that are asking for attention. And if we listen closely, I don’t think it Perhaps it is a memory. Baking cookis actually asking for raw sugar, butter, ies always reminds me of my grandand eggs by the tablespoon. mother and how she would walk around Many an author has explored the the kitchen in a flannel shirt with a hand connection between emotion and food. towel draped over her shoulder, touting There is even a book that suggests the the merits of margarine. Eating apple type of food we crave has to do with an cobbler reminds me of Sunday morning emotional craving: spicy food means snowshoes and coming home to a warm we’re craving more “excitement” in our fire with rosy cheeks. lives (or perhaps a logistically simplified This morning, my body was asking version of colonics). for something quietly, softly nurturing. I actually woke up and ate salad. Some little escape from the motor mind Not surprisingly, this apparently did not of my Monday morning brain. It was satisfy my body’s needs for the day. I asking for a salad and a walk and sun on tried several cups of coffee as I wanits face. dered around the house waffling between And now that I figured out what it was a knitting project, photo editing, and really asking for, I’m going to take my feeding my toddler nephew crayons as food-baby of a dough-stuffed belly, and he was halfway through the box already. take it for a walk in a space quiet enough Everything felt… empty. that I can hear its other gentle messages. Eating raw cookie dough definitely The next time you’re craving soul resolves that issue. food, take a moment to listen to the whisCommence cookie baking project. pers of your heart. Perhaps you aren’t Mind you, I’m visiting my brother in even deficient in fried chicken or cookie California, and his baking cabinet has dough like it’s trying to make you think. ingredients older than the two of us comMaybe a walk and a hug are the equivabined (leftover from an ex-girlfriend, no lent of a Belgian Waffle or better. doubt). I baked some cookies with a random concoction of ingredients. Baking is Ammi Midstokke is offering a 6-week chemistry more than anything, but I didn’t nutrition and health course beginning need them to rise or stick together. Once Jan. 18 and hosted at Evan’s Brothers they were baked, I probably wouldn’t eat Coffee. To find out more, visit www.twoany. It was the dough I was after. By the time they were in the oven, I

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Get out of the water: Oscar buzz films By T.J. Tranchell Reader Contributor

In discussing his gut-wrenching 1972 film “The Last House on the Left,” director Wes Craven called horror films “boot camp for the psyche.” Had Craven lived to see 2017, I believe he would have reasserted his claim to the masses. As a culture, we are not yet beyond needed the catharsis of horror films, particularly in the shared experience of being frightened together. When I saw “Get Out” last February, the theater was so packed that I had to sit near the front of the auditorium. No empty seats remained for “It,” and I heard tales of friends showing up only to be turned away by signs proclaiming shows were sold out. Recently, I saw “The Shape of Water,” and the diversity of the audience shouted out the importance of the film. College kids were packed in next to elderly couples. The last time I can remember seeing so many seniors at a monster movie was when I saw “Bubba Ho-tep” in Las Vegas. No, it’s not just because I go to late shows. I’m a writer; I go to matinees as often as possible. After the movie ended, my surprise dissipated. Sure, “The Shape of Water” is an Oscar contender with 13 nominations this year. But what brought out this crowd? I don’t believe it was the cache of director Guillermo del Toro, because none of these people were at “Crimson Peak” with me. With a wide release (and even a paperback novelization which I own), it did not get the buzz that “The Shape of Water” has garnered. Yes, I will admit that “The Shape of Water” is a better movie than “Crimson Peak,” but I didn’t know how much better until I saw the movie. But even that does not explain the awards buzz. It’s a monster movie, and monster movies do not win Oscars. The Oscars and other awards love movies about movies. “The Shape of Water” is a love letter to movies in general and monster movies in particular. The closest Oscar contender of years past that I can compare “The Shape of Water” to is “Ed Wood.” The 1994 Tim Burton film only earned two Academy Award nominations but won both. Plenty of other awards from other organizations

fell to the black and white movie about a Hollywood rebel. “Ed Wood” is a love letter to monster movies and to actor Bela Lugosi. “The Shape of Water” is a love letter to “The Creature from the Black Lagoon.” The Hollywood aspect comes into play early, as we see that two characters live in apartments above a movie theater. The theater owner even gives Elise, our heroine, free tickets. (I can’t help but be jealous of this situation. Having essentially grown up in a single-screen show house, these living accommodations appeal to me on a visceral, pre-memory level.) The world of the film is populated with classic cinema tropes, too. Thankfully, many of them are used to more noble purposes than the stereotypes of old Hollywood. The gay best friend, the black cleaning woman/other best friend, the religious zealot/authority figure, and, of course, the misunderstood monster pulled from his home and tortured at the hands of man. Many of these same tropes are used in “Get Out,” which was a much more complicated movie to experience. I was floored by both films but for different reasons. Yes, there are other movies up for best picture, but I would argue that the “Get Out”- “The Shape of Water” dynamic is most similar to last year’s “Moonlight”- “La La Land” situation. I can’t tell you how the Academy will vote, but I would predict that “The Shape of Water” is, despite its monster/ horror trappings, a more traditional Oscar favorite. Both of these movies are examples of Craven’s boot camp for the psyche. Whether they continue to garner praise from those who hand out statues remains to be seen. We might have to wait longer to see if they become films other artists respond to and address. For now, I am proud to see them gaining this recognition and will be happy when either wins best picture.

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Idaho Mythweaver receives $5,000 check for matching gift By Reader Staff Winter is a time of healing, giving and receiving. Members of The Idaho Mythweaver have been working tirelessly to share and promote their Archive preservation work, and many people have made donations to help them reach a $5,000 matching goal by the end of 2017. Bob Boeh, executive vice president of Idaho Forest Group, a strong supporter of The Idaho Mythweaver, has delivered the company’s check of $5,000 to Mountain West Bank representative, Josh Anderson, for The Idaho Mythweaver account. “Tribal culture and history are important parts of all communities throughout our operating area,” said Boeh. “Tribal government to government standing

on all federal land management issues makes it important for our company to maintain strong working relationships which address mutual interests. Preserving these tapes and history maintains these working relationships and is the right thing to do.” To match the Idaho Forest Group gift, many people gave – $5 to $1,000 – as a named or anonymous donor. “Everyone’s generosity has made an astonishing difference to our Native Voices campaign”, said Jane Fritz, media director for the Mythweaver. “Each person is essential to the integrity and strength of our Circle of Friends of The Idaho Mythweaver Archive.” In addition to Idaho Forest Group, other major donors were

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The Bonner Soil and Water Conservation District still has 30,000 tree seedlings for sale for April pickup. BSWCD is a nonprofit that provides programs for the conservation, use and development of soil, water, and other natural resources. The organization partners with the Idaho Forest Owners Association to provide a reliable source of conifer tree seedlings at a reasonable cost for local landowners. The proceeds from the tree seedling sales allow BSWCD to put funding back into conservation projects in the area, like the Forestry Contest and Water Festival — both events that are free of cost to local students to learn about the area’s natural resources. Tree varieties available are western larch, western white pine, ponderosa pine, Douglas fir and lodgepole pine. For questions or to order tree seedlings, contact Amanda Abajian at amanda.abajian@ or call 208-2635310 ext. 100.


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Albums to anticipate in 2018 By Lyndsie Kiebert Reader Staff Writer

The many tastes of Sandpointians make it difficult to create a list of this nature that will please everyone. So in the spirit of variety, the following is a list of albums we should all be excited for in 2018, whether you frequent KPND or today’s top hits.

record equal parts comfortable and daring. Her sweeping voice and classic folk sound are still staples on her upcoming album, but the lyrics on standout single “The Joke” look outside Carlile’s typically introspective songwriting to address what is happening in the world. Producer Dave Cobb told NPR: “This album deserves to be mainstream. It’s art, and this feels like this is a moment when art can break through to the mainstream.” Arctic Monkeys “TBD” (TBD)

Brandi Carlile’s “By the Way, I Forgive You.”

Brandi Carlile “By the Way, I Forgive You” (Feb. 16) Carlile is essentially the Ol’ Faithful of the folk/Americana singer-songwriter genre. I can always rely on her to produce a

It’s been five years since this U.K. alt-rock band released an album, but with timeless songs like “Why’d You Only Call Me When You’re High?” and “Do I Wanna Know?” in their repertoire, it’s easy to forget that it’s been so long. However, bassist Nick O’Malley recently revealed that the Monkeys have been recording Post Malone. at a “secret

The vision of panelized, realized.

The Arctic Monkeys.

location.” It sounds like LP no. 6 may be on the horizon, and we can expect it will take every Alternative Rock Top 40 list by storm. Post Malone “TBD” (TBD) When the rapper promised an album would drop Dec. 1 and it didn’t, he placated fans by telling them the project wouldn’t drop for a while because he wanted to make sure it was perfect. So, we can only assume Malone’s second full-length project will grace us in 2018. His first LP, “Stoney,” showcased the artist’s ability to span genres from rap (see “Congratulations”) to indie folk (see “Feeling Whitney”) and resulted in several chart-topping hits. Malone might be an acquired taste, but whether you’re into rap or not, he’s worth sampling.

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Jack White.

Jack White “Boarding House Reach” (March 23) When asked by Interview magazine what his new record will be like, White said he’s working on “good gardening music or roofing music or, you know, back-alley stabbing music. I’m trying to think of some good activities that people haven’t written songs for yet.” So make of that what you will, but in typical White fashion, “Boarding House Reach” is sure to push some boundaries and feature some wailing guitar.

In December, The New Yorker ran a piece of fiction by Kristen Roupenian titled “Cat Person.” NY fiction rarely blows up on mainstream social media, but when this story did, I gave it a gander. It follows a millennial relationship through texts and in-person interactions, all from the woman’s POV. The writing is not spectacular, and the story is rather monotonous when you approach it from the assumption that it is going to blow your mind, but at the end — holy hot damn. You’ll know exactly why “Cat Person” touched so many people.


I can’t accurately express my love for Twenty One Pilots with words, and yes, I loved the band before it was mainstream (I know, I’m that person). But anyone willing to try a glorious stir-fry of rap, indie and some electronic flavors, check out TOP’s 2015 LP “Blurryface.” The lyrics tackle hard topics (suicide, growing up, etc.) but pair that with undeniably catchy tunes and you get a band that took pain and made it OK to dance to. Track highlights: “Polarize,” “Stressed Out” and “Ride.”


Want to know what long-running television show is underrated as hell? ABC’s “Modern Family.” In an effort to find a sitcom both my boyfriend and I could love, I rented season one from the library. I’ve watched it off and on over the years with my mom, but never have I started from the beginning. “MF” is painfully accurate in the way it portrays the family dynamic, so the show is equal parts funny, cringy and heart-warming. We are halfway through the first season with every intention of eventually seeing all nine.

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The Straight Poop: The quest for dog-friendly businesses in North Idaho Finan McDonald Clothing Company From The Sandpoint Bulletin Thursday, July 30, 1942

Mayor Attacked by Naval Worker Mayor M.P. McKinnon has been at his home under medical care since last Thursday night as a result of injuries sustained when he was attacked, beaten and bitten severely by Theodore Meyers, Farragut worker, in the city hall. The attack occurred in the police chief’s office adjoining the city jail. The mayor was seated at a desk looking over some papers waiting for Chief of Police Roland Parker, when Meyers entered the office. According to Chief of Police Parker, Meyers said he wanted to see the chief of police. He had just come from Athol he said and had given a man a check for $11 after endorsing it. The mayor gathered that the man and the check had disappeared. ATTACKED MAYOR Without warning, Meyers suddenly attacked the mayor, Parker said, and beat him into insensibility. In the melee Mayor McKinnon received two severe bites on both thumbs and his nose. Parker entered at this point and Meyers turned on him. After knocking the man down several times with his club, the chief was able to subdue him and put him in a cell. A charge of being drunk and disorderly was placed against Meyers who posted $100 bond and forfeited it Monday when he failed to appear in police court before Justice of the Peace Frank Harrell. Some infection set in from the bites on his thumb, but the mayor was reported making a good recovery. 22 /


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By Drake the Dog Reader Pet Columnist Where am I taking my humans today? I’m standing on the corner in a blizzard with the Mister watching all the girls go by while the Missus is inside an amazing dogfriendly shop trying to find a gift, a little treat for herself. The team inside is yapping with her about everything under the sun, while the two of us are getting pelted with snow. The owner tells her to bring in the boys … so here we go! •This place made its first appearance in Sandpoint about 30 years ago in a basement shop in Gunning’s Alley. •The six-foot, five-inch namesake of this place was a wild redheaded Scotsman. •Back in his day, the average height of a man was just over five feet. •He was one of the first Europeans to explore the area. •He set up and ran many trading posts in the Northwest and British Columbia. •His traveling buddy and fellow trapper, David Thompson, has a statue by a bank downtown. •He was Idaho’s FIRST retailer! •Everyone who works here loves dogs, especially the owner. My comedy club buddy offered one more clue, “Where do dogs go when they lose a tail? A retail store.” Good one! We’re raising the woof and laying down the paw at Finan McDonald’s Clothing Company, located at 201 North First Ave. I’m taking a bow-wow to owners Ben Tate, his wife Rhonda, and the paw-some team that greets us. It’s like the pup-a-razzi is here. Everyone is passing the leash scrambling to show us the new expansion and all of the good stuff this place has to offer. I’m licking it up, especially now that they have showed me where they keep the treat stash. As I look around, I’ll be dog gone! This new canine cabana (I wish), aka a small town department store, boasts natural fiber clothing with an outdoorsy look, footwear,

accessories, skivvies, travel gear, outdoor workout and seasonal active lifestyle wear, for men, women and children. Pampered pets and humans love these brands: Patagonia, Prana, Tommy Bahama, Smartwool, North Face, Hydro Flask, Dansko, Ugg, Merrell, Earth, Hobo, Johnny Was, PJ Salvage, Exofficio, Borne, Kuhl, True Grit, Columbia, Sorel, Kut from the Kloth, Eagle Creek and Old Guys Rule. If your size is not available, the team will gladly order it for you. The Missus found a shirt with a dog that looks like me sitting next to a glass of red wine from Life is Good. And I scored with a birthday gift for my dog mom: a PJ Salvage fleece top patterned with every dog breed imaginable. Just call me Mr. Pawsome to Awesome when I shop local! Ben and Rhonda just returned from market. They were focusing on finding the pawfect inventory for Sandpointians and tourists. Rumor has it that they will even be stocking men’s size small this season. The Mister will be so excited! And their two King Charles Cavalier Spaniels, Charley and Ruby, always keep a close eye on the bow -wow-wow-yippie-yo-yippie-yeah team. Sue Haynes, chief bookkeeper, is the glue that holds this group together. Other pack members include: Brittany Smith, dog mom to Border collie Taylor and a cute Miniature Pincher, Chloe; Leslie Wahlin, fur mamma to a Schnoodle named Greata and a Toy Poodle, Gunner. These two told me they would never be shop dogs. On the other paw, Joey (Ben’s son) has a Golden Retriever, Rex, who comes to the store regularly, lies on the floor and doesn’t want to leave. And, Ben’s sister-in-law Ranel Hanson is dog mom to Hallie, a Shiatsu Poodle Mix. Be sure to include Finan McDonald’s on your downtown stroll. Ben and the gang will welcome you and your hoomans with open paws. Can’t decide what to get that special someone? Gift cards are available in any amount. Dog Rules: 1. Leashes and best behavior please. 2. Lift your leg before entering the store.

The Finan crew, from left to right: Sue Haynes, Brittany Smith, Leslie Wahlin and Ranel Hanson. 3. Licking the goods is not permitted. 4. Four-footed fashion aficionados welcome. 5. Hone your tricks, as there are plenty of treats for good ones, especially those that make Ben smile!

Crossword Solution

I think a good product would be “Baby Duck Hat.” It’s a fake baby duck, which you strap on your head. Then you go swimming underwater until you find a mommy duck and her babies, and you join them. Then, all of a sudden, you stand up out of the water and roar like Godzilla. Man, those ducks really take off! Also, Baby Duck Hat is good for parties.



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Sandpoint Reader February 1, 2018  
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