Sandpoint Magazine Summer 2011

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Right here, 15,000 years ago. A giant sheet of ice. Colossal Ice Age floods.

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Summer 2011, Vo l. 21, No . 2

FEATURES 66 Sculpted by Ice Age floods

Cover: The story of colossal waters that shaped northern Idaho and beyond. Plus: A new geological field guide explores Ice Age floods’ northern reaches

33 On the Air KRFY brings listener-supported radio to Sandpoint 37 David Thompson on the Columbia in 1811

Commemorating the fur trader’s historic journey. Plus: Columbia River Brigade

39 Dead Men Tell No Tales

Nine local cemeteries hold important clues to the past. Plus: Tips for a visit

43 Adventure Riding Sport embraces Panhandle’s plethora of dirt roads


47 A Storied Fishery

Recovery efforts are putting the ‘K&K’ back into Lake Pend Oreille

Natives & Newcomers 107 Lodging 112 Eats & Drinks 113 Dining Guide 120 Sandpoint of View 128

55 On Moving Waters Kayaking and lazy floats on the Priest, Moyie and Pack rivers

60 Cedar Giants Trees dwarf hikers, bikers on Upper Priest River trails

65 Clark Fork Centennial Town’s history a cause for celebration 77 Immersion: Art, Artists and Wild Country

Scotchman Extreme Plein Air pairs backpacking and art making. Plus: Summer hiking series and two intrepid hikers who conquered the Triple Crown


Almanac Who, What and Why in Greater Sandpoint 10 Calendar With Hot Picks and Festival at Sandpoint calendar 23 Interview Tinker Hatfield, Nike VP and Air Jordan architect 27 Photo Essay Jump! 72 Real Estate 84 Century-old Charm Infuses a Fresh, New Home Developments Weather Downturn: Planned communities move forward Taylor & Sons moves to Ponderay. Plus: Downtown’s changing face Old-timer Realtors: Three locals reflect on three decades Marketwatch: Prices keep dropping, investors keep shopping

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On the cover: Patrick Orton captured this view of the Green Monarchs, compliments of the Ice Age floods, as Pete Gibson makes a backflip near Green Bay. See more in the cover story (page 66) and in the photo essay “Jump!“ (page 72). Top: In this aerial photo by Doug Marshall, the glacier-beveled Green Monarch Ridge Buttress formed when a 2,000-foot-thick sheet of ice collided into its north face, creating a temporarily tight seal for Glacial Lake Missoula. See story, page 66. Above: The Lower Pack River is suited just right for lazy floats in high summer, as shown in this Brent Clark image. See story, page 55. SANDPOINT MAGAZINE


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editor’s note Simplify, simplify, simplify. That’s the theme for this issue. For its 21st summer issue, Sandpoint Magazine has been stripped back to the basics with a new, clean and eye-appealing design, thanks to Art Director Laura Wahl. It got me to thinking. “Simplify” is a good philosophy to carry over into our lives. How much stuff do we really need? And how much of our day do we really need to fill? Some time ago, I thought of a little saying that signifies life here: It’s a one-zip code town in a one-area code state. We who live simple lives in this groovy little town surrounded by an outdoor recreation paradise are truly blessed. This issue certainly highlights those blessings. A stunning landscape wrought by Ice Age floods. A storied fishery displaying tremendous potential for the future. Spectacular rivers for whitewater kayaking and lazy floating. Trails through stunning old-growth cedar. A proposed wilderness area scenic enough to dazzle hikers and plein air painters summer after summer. Enough dirt roads for endless adventure riding in the backcountry. A promising new community radio station. And lots of history. This issue’s theme for the photo essay – “Jump!” – is particularly fun. I hope it encourages readers to skip about once in a while and search for spots to do a little free falling. If ever anyone feels like life in a one-zip code town in a one-area code state is a little too limiting, they should try life in a more populated area. A little dose of that, and they’ll be wishing for good ol’ Sandpoint, I’m willing to bet. – B.J.P. 8


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Nick Bandy

Twenty-six-year-old grew up as a Sandpoint native learning to appreciate and take advantage of the area’s activities such as snowboarding, backpacking and rock climbing, leading to his love of adventure and whitewater kayaking. As a first-time contributor, he hopes that his writings (“On Moving Waters,” page 55) provoke, entertain and motivate people to experience our local waterways. His passion for rivers and water has driven him to enroll in the University of Idaho’s geological sciences program to work on a degree in hydrology.

Ralph Bartholdt

Former newspaperman is an avid fisherman who has long been fascinated by Lake Pend Oreille’s fishery and the interplay of its many species of game fish. He tackles the topic in this issue of Sandpoint Magazine (page 47). And in Sandpoint of View (page 128), he remembers a long-gone resident from an old photograph taken in front of one of the town’s seemingly timeless taverns. As a regional journalist, Bartholdt garnered dozens of newspaper awards for reporting, storytelling and photography. Now a Keller Williams Realtor, Bartholdt is also writing a Lake Coeur d’Alene guidebook for Keokee Books.

Jennifer Lamont Leo

History enthusiast loved digging up interesting facts for the story on cemeteries (page 39), saying, “The people who lived here before us helped shape who we are today.” A member of the Bonner County Historical Society, she writes frequently on historical topics, most recently “One Thing Certain: I Will Not Cry,” a dramatic portrayal of Nell K. Irion, the Sandpoint schoolteacher who in 1920 was the first Idaho woman to run for Congress.

Matt Mills McKnight,

a new member of the Sandpoint Arts Commission, is a freelance photojournalist who moved from the Bay Area to Sandpoint in April 2010, after traveling the West working for various newspapers and magazines. In this issue he reported on Sandpoint Community Radio, a grassroots cause with potential to foster open communication between northern Idahoans of all political beliefs (page 33). He also met two Sandpoint chefs and a local family that bakes fine pastries while making images for the Eats & Drinks department (page 113). See Sandpoint Magazine is published twice yearly, in May and November, by Keokee Co. Publishing, Inc., 405 Church St., Sandpoint, ID 83864. Phone: 208-263-3573 E-mail: Publisher Chris Bessler Editor Billie Jean Plaster Editorial Assistant Beth Hawkins Advertising Director Clint Nicholson Art Director Laura Wahl Ad Design/Production Sean Haynes Administration Catherine Anderson

Contributors Ralph Bartholdt, Nick Bandy, Katie Botkin, Buddy Chambers, Sandy Compton, Trish Gannon, Cate Huisman, Jennifer Lamont Leo, Matt Mills McKnight, Jack Nisbet, Chris Park, Eric Plummer, Carrie Scozzaro, Amie Wolf ©2011 by Keokee Co. Publishing Inc. All rights reserved. Reproduction in whole or part without written permission is prohibited. Subscriptions: $12 per year. Printed in USA BACKGROUND PHOTO BY TIM CADY


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Making the grandstand ‘grand’ again Community unites for War Memorial Field project



ar Memorial Field’s grandstand has served the community well – seeing generations of Sandpoint residents through decades of high school games, graduation ceremonies, concerts under the stars and other memorable events. But the clock is ticking on the aging 1946 structure, and a communitywide effort is now under way to completely rebuild this treasured asset. Friends of Memorial Field, fronted by Sandpoint

native Doug Hawkins Jr., is a cadre of volunteers that is working to raise $1.3 million in the next five years to pay for the project. First on the list of improvements is replacing the stadium lights, followed by design and engineering costs related to building the grandstand, construction of the grandstand, and finally a new scoreboard and general field repairs. Notable features of the new grandstand include seating for 1,200 (the current

stands hold 900) and ADA compliancy. The final design is scheduled to be unveiled in August. Fundraising efforts are on track, with corporations, businesses, organizations and individuals lining up to pledge their commitment. “As of now, we have raised over $200,000,” said Hawkins, in mid-April. “That says a lot about how important this project is to the community.” Funds are also being raised through the Buy a Brick drive: For $250, a brick with the sponsor’s message of choice will be incorporated into the project. As Hawkins pointed out, it’s a gesture that echoes the very nature of the grandstand project: “We will be giving the next four generations of Sandpoint a community focal point as strong as the one the 1946 generation gave all of us.” If the Sandpoint High School Bulldogs’ motto – Unlock Your Potential – is an indicator of what this community can accomplish, fans will be cheering the project through to a proud victory. Learn more or make a donation at or call 265-5404. – Beth Hawkins

They intend to put you on the SPOT (in a nice way)


he newest wheeled conveyance making the rounds through Sandpoint and sur-

rounds is SPOT-on. Literally.

And maybe best of all: It’s free to ride. The new bus service was spearheaded by

That’s because this spring the Selkirks-Pend


as the colorful buses make their rounds.

the city of Dover with the cooperation of

last fall for a new tax to provide its share. The officials who saw the opportunity for SPOT believe it will be a big benefit for both locals and tourists.

Oreille Transit (SPOT) kicks off the first-ever

Sandpoint, Ponderay and Kootenai. After

bus route from Dover through Sandpoint to

Dover secured an initial federal grant for a

from work for the residents,” said Clif Warren,

Ponderay and Kootenai, with forthcoming

bus purchase, the idea expanded and the oth-

the locally based district manager for the

connections to Schweitzer. That new “SPOT”

er cities committed money as well. Ponderay

Community Transportation Association of

acronym is about to become a familiar sight

provided key support when its citizens voted

Idaho. It will be a boon for visitors too, who


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“SPOT will provide transportation to and


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Artist recycles dying hardwood into sculpture


n old maple tree on Lake Street beside Sandpoint City Hall has gained new life as one of the latest public art projects through the Sandpoint Arts Commission. Local artist Tom Brunner says it was actually a couple of city employees who suggested that the tree looked like someone diving into the ground. “The Diver” took two and a half months for Brunner to complete, and it’s not done yet. This year he plans to remove the remaining bark, sand the legs and apply oil. Last year, as the tree was curing, he worked in twohour spurts wielding a chainsaw and a grinder affixed with a “Lancelot.” Anyone who remembers the former rope swing on Sand Creek can especially appreciate the sculpture’s theme. “It’s a piece of public art that’s reminiscent of our history in Sandpoint,” said Carol Deaner, chair of the Sandpoint Arts Commission. “I think it’s wonderful. Everyone loves it.” Brunner said there must have been 40 people who stopped by, all with positive comments, as he worked on it. “It’s refreshing, something fun and something unusual,” he said. The sculpture is another piece in a growing portfolio for Brunner, who also created the giant chair at Cedar and Fifth and the cement hand, bunnies and butterfly at the Children’s Garden inside The

are invited to jump on.

Hank Sturgis and mom Tricia at last year’s 24 Hours for Hank relay at Schweitzer


Healing Garden. This season, he is finishing work on the Farmin Park bandstand. The commission’s next installation is “The Arch” at Sand Creek. Look up to learn more and to view an inventory of public art. – Billie Jean Plaster

moniker allows.

“SPOT will be an economic driver,” said

You’ll be able to see SPOT run,


starting in June. And the folks who

He credits the mayors of the four towns

cooked up the new free bus system

for their support, along with a gaggle of vol-

really do want to put you on the

unteer citizens and officials. That volunteer

SPOT, in a nice way, of course.

effort extended right down to the playful

For itineraries, routes and bus stops go to

SPOT name for the service, chosen with a

name-that-bus contest in April. Members of


Showing up soon at a bus stop near you, the SPOT logo will adorn buses running between Dover, Sandpoint, Ponderay and Kootenai

– Chris Bessler

the group liked the fun word play the SPOT

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Artist Tom Brunner carved “The Diver” down to the knees, where it looks like pant legs rolled up to the cuff. He will finish the new sculpture at Sandpoint City Hall this summer




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Creating a space for art

on the bridge

Teen volunteer Katie Shveyda, left, and Shery Meekings conduct weekly art classes for SL Start at CREATIONS on the Cedar Street Bridge


hery Meekings has a heart for kids, community and the arts – and a vision for bringing those things together in Sandpoint. When she first moved to Sandpoint in 2008 with daughter Grace and husband Scott, Meekings, 40, worked

at Schweitzer Mountain’s gallery, Artists’ Studio. A year later, seeing a need for a fine arts space at the Cedar Street Bridge, she opened The Gallery, showcasing mostly local artists. She also established a performance and family-oriented arts space downstairs in the bridge, called CREATIONS. When one door closes, another opens, as they say. Since the closure of the upstairs Gallery – bridge co-owner John Gillham’s wife, Lynda, has opened Carousel boutique there – Meekings now devotes her time to CREATIONS, which recently joined with Sandpoint Teen Center, a natural fit.

Both she and Teen Center Director Joan Avery recognized the need for a safe, fun place for teens in the summer near City Beach, said Meekings. And both realized some teens are interested in teaching and creating classes for their peers and the little ones. The new mentoring program facilitates teens in crafting items used by CREATIONS for fundraising and will also reward them for helping teach art to others with “bonus bucks” redeemable for activities – bowling, rock wall climbing, haircuts – at local businesses. It’s a win-win with the state of Idaho, too, which sent CREATIONS an employee via Experience Works. The extra help, coupled with such donations as art supplies and the bridge space itself, will allow CREATIONS to expand their hours, even offering courses like photography. Future plans, according to Meekings, also include building an interactive play area for all ages in the open space. She describes it as an “intelli-ground,” or not your normal playground; rather, “giant building blocks, giant tic-tac-toe, logic interactive boards, indigenous facts and interest pieces all enclosed by a Wi-Fi bar and cafe seating for grown-ups.” – Carrie Scozzaro

His eye-in-the-sky work is for the birds


erry Luther, 68, has done a lot of different jobs since he moved to the Inland Northwest during the “back-to-the-land” movement in 1973, but his latest endeavor, Call Jerry Aerial Photography, has even him a bit stupefied. “Who would ever believe I would be doing such a freaky thing?” he asked. Five years ago he started shooting aerial photographs by remote control, maneuvering a Falcon I airplane and Nikon camera setup weighing a mere 33 ounces, essentially orchestrating a technical and creative feat. “The requirement for focus is very intense.



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You can’t take your eyes off the plane,” he said. Luther shoots images for Realtors, estate owners, and most notably Parsons RCI Inc., contractors for the Sand Creek bypass. Its engineering team documents monthly progress using his images, and the Bonner County Daily Bee regularly publishes his work. To shoot the bypass construction, he spends about four hours to shoot the course and eight hours to edit the photos – 350 or so that he has to narrow down to 40 images. “Especially for a man my age, it’s exciting to have something technical, it’s constant problem solving, it takes me outside,” he said.

“It’s very challenging and at the same time, it’s exhilarating.” See Luther’s photo archives at http://call – Billie Jean Plaster


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rea mountain bike trails will be expanding this year, thanks to the Pend Oreille Pedalers, a 150-person nonprofit group formed in 2004, whose endeavors are highly labor-intensive and carried out in small windows of opportunity. “It’s hard to plan very far in advance,” said Brian Anderson, owner of Greasy Fingers Bikes N Repair and president of the Pend Oreille Pedalers. Too early, and the ground is hard and frozen. Too late, and the dirt is dry and unworkable. Anderson was hoping for funding to purchase a machine, which would allow faster completion of trail work. Unless they borrow a machine to break up ground, the club members build trails by hand. Even with the help of machines, everything needs to be cleared and graded by hand. This year, the Brush Lake trails north of Bonners Ferry will be expanded with a new hiking and mountain biking trail, with a focus on providing more beginner and intermediate levels. The Lakeshore trail in Priest Lake, which Anderson calls “one of the premier trails in our area,” will be renovated to become more environ-

Pend Oreille Pedalers work on a new section of Trail No. 44 near the Moyie River; Gary Quinn, left, and Paul Del Carlo move rock as Jane Huang and Brian Anderson look on

mentally friendly. The Hobbit Trail, old and overgrown, will also be updated and attached to the Wylie Knob trail system. Pend Oreille Pedalers will work in cooperation with the Bonners Ferry, Priest Lake and Sandpoint ranger stations, respectively, on those projects. This summer the group will also finish the Syringa trail system. Friends of Pend d’Oreille Bay Trail, meanwhile, is working on its long-term goal of creating a corridor of up to two miles of waterfront on private property, which would connect more than 25 miles of paved walking and biking trails in Sandpoint, Sagle, Dover, Kootenai and Ponderay, including what will be built as part of the Sand Creek bypass. Pend Oreille Pedalers has more projects tentatively sketched for coming years. The mountain bike and road bike club also organizes weekly rides. Look up – Katie Botkin


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Get Outdoors

CENSUS 2010 WITH ALL THE NEW HOUSING built over the past decade, one might imagine Sandpoint would be busting at the seams, but the 2010 Census revealed an increase of only 530 residents since 2000, up 7.8 percent. Yep, it’s official: the popula-

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tion figures on the signs entering Sandpoint will be changing from 6,835 to 7,365. Now the 25th largest city in the state, Sandpoint was ranked 37th in overall growth out of 200 cities in Idaho. “Sandpoint was actually below average in growth,” said Alivia Body, Idaho Department of Labor regional economist, adding that Idaho’s

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cities grew by an average of 13.1 percent. “Since the boom started ending in 2006,


the growth has slowed down considerably,” said Bonner County Assessor Jerry Clemons, pointing to the sagging economy.

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neighboring communities: Dover (556) gained 214 residents; Kootenai (678) amassed 237

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new faces; and Ponderay (1,137) picked up 499 new residents.


Outlying communities attracted substantially fewer residents. Clark Fork, for example, only gained six people to total 536. Two cities


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even shrunk a bit – minus six in Oldtown (184) and three fewer in Priest River (1,751). Bonner County, meanwhile, expanded by 11 percent to bring its population to 40,877, making it the eighth largest county, up from ninth place 10 years ago. In fact, it was the 10th-fastest growing county out of 44 in Idaho. With 23.5 people per square mile of land, it’s still fairly rural. “Bonner County wouldn’t have been able to sustain a faster rate of growth than it did in the last decade because employment grew 9.1 percent while population grew by 11 percent,” said Body. – Billie Jean Plaster

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Mr. Glock and his glockenspiel


andpoint resident Charlie Glock, 91, who retired after a career teaching sociology at Columbia University and University of California, Berkeley, found himself one day several years ago at a fascinating store while he was on a visit to Chicago. “I was amazed at the junk they had,” he says, “so I supplied myself with a number of motors and springs and ball bearings and magnets, thinking I’d think of something to do with them.” Thus equipped, he started making the collection of “kinetic sculptures” that share a basement room with his furnace and shelves of books from his days in academia. The most complicated piece is an eponymous “glockenspiel,” in which pegs can be inserted in a rotating wooden cylinder to strike pieces of metal pipe to play musical notes. Except for the glockenspiel, however, Glock is fairly proud of the fact

that most of the structures are quite useless. In one piece, tiny ball bearings are moved into random, ever-changing blobs by a moving magnet underneath the surface on which they rest. In another, a piece of wood rotates on its axis making sticks move in a variety of directions. A third includes a series of chutes that direct marbles down one of 24 possible routes to its base. “I call this ‘Much Ado About Nothing,’ ” says Glock of the chute construction, emphasizing that it serves no purpose whatsoever. Nevertheless, visitors find his machines intriguing. “It is extremely difficult to describe how these things work,” Glock says.


Charlie Glock’s glockenspiel, shown standing behind him, is one of his kinetic sulptures that actually does something useful

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Healing Garden flourishes


he Healing Garden at Bonner General Hospital provides a special place of beauty and respite for hospital visitors, residents, garden buffs and others. And just like the gorgeous plants and flowers enjoyed by those who walk its paths, the garden continues to flourish. “The garden just keeps getting better,” said Linda Plaster, chairman of the Healing Garden. This June, dedicated volunteers of this unique Sandpoint landmark are nurturing the garden’s connection to the community by holding a month’s worth of fundraisers called June in the Garden. “We hope that more people will come to enjoy the garden,” said Plaster. “And we’re hoping that June in the Garden raises money in a fun way.” June in the Garden begins June 5 with the Quilt Show, held in the Brown House adjacent to the Healing Garden.

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Visitors can enjoy tea and cookies while browsing quilts and antiques; plus, they can check out hanging baskets for sale. Next up is the annual Plant and Garden Sale at 8 a.m. June 10. This popular event includes a fine assortment of annuals, perennials and starts from the garden. The following week, participants can tour beautiful, local gardens during the Chicken Coop and Garden Crawl June 17. Led by Bev Key, a friend of the garden, it includes a look at raising chickens within the city limits. As a finale, the Healing Garden hosts a special event June 26 with the Moonlite and Roses concert. Purchase a luminary at any of the June in the Garden events to be lit this evening in honor of a loved one. Tickets are available in the hospital lobby; for questions, call 263-3958.


A host of many events over the years, The Healing Garden is planning a special series dubbed June in the Garden

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Brewers cheer for beer


andpoint is known for its lake and mountains, but beer lovers also appreciate the fact that our small town’s churning out more locally crafted beer than ever before. Look no farther than downtown where you’ll find MickDuff’s Brewing Company, which produces 300 barrels (that’s 600 kegs to you and me) per year. Duffy Mahoney, who founded the business with his brother Mickey, said business is steadily on the rise and they expect to produce 350 barrels in 2011. The most popular MickDuff’s beer is the Lake Paddler Pale Ale (named after that elusive Pend Oreille Paddler of local lore). All the brews are chemical-free and crafted onsite. In addition to creating distinctive beers, MickDuff’s is also a favorite pub-style eatery for locals and visitors alike. Business has climbed nearly 20 percent this year despite the economic downturn. With all this growth, will MickDuff’s expand? “We’d love to,” said Duffy.

“We’ve almost maxed out our system here, but there’s nothing planned yet.” Down the road in Ponderay, Laughing Dog Brewing already finished an expansion and moved into a larger facility to accommodate its booming growth – averaging about 35 to 40 percent per year since the company was founded in 2005 by Michelle Douglass and Fred Colby. The new location at 1109 Fontaine Dr. holds more equipment to assist in the production of 3,000 barrels per year. Laughing Dog beer is sold in 26 states and Canada. Douglass says the facility’s bigger tasting room has been well-received by patrons. “It’s open and inviting, and we have outside seating when the weather’s nice.” (See story, page 118.) A big hit with locals is Firkin Friday, held on the first Friday of each month to benefit a local organization. Special kegs are used – called firkins – and the beer starts pouring at 5 p.m. Douglass advises folks to get there early, though:

“People come in before 5 and get a good spot in line.” And sometimes the beer from the firkin is gone in a matter of minutes. How’s that for thirsty? – Beth Hawkins


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Flying into town

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The aircraft is a Beechcraft Baron 58P, a pressurized six-seater that can go higher than the average piston aircraft and reach speeds up to 270 mph. Those capabilities mean it can fly through and above bad weather. The ability to fly in and out of Sandpoint can make traveling a breeze, according to Andrew Berrey. “You can literally get out of your car, throw your bags in the plane and we take off,” he said. “If you rent a car, it’s typically just waiting right there when we land. It’s that simple.” For more information on Air Idaho Charters and special packages planned around such activities as golfing or fly

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eam Laughing Dog wants a million dollars – not for themselves but for autism research. To get it, four guys are ready to ride 2,989 miles, cross three mountain ranges, climb (and coast) more than 170,000 vertical feet and keep going day and night in any kind of weather. The 16-member team, sponsored by Laughing Dog Brewing and other individuals, businesses and groups, leaves Oceanside, Calif., on June 18 in the Race Across America (RAAM) and heads for Annapolis, Md. Riders Jacob Styer, 33, Alan Lemire, 48, Wayne Pignolet, 52, and Mel Dick, 59, will pedal 24/7 on one of seven Specialized brand road bikes, while the rest of the support team follows. “This was originally Mel Dick’s idea,” Pignolet said, “and the race itself is cool, but the coolest thing we’re doing is working to benefit autism research. David and Lisa Barth and their son, Jackson, are our inspiration.” Jackson, 11, suffers from autism, and his dad is part of the team supporting the riders. Team Laughing Dog is working

with the Autism Society of Oregon, the Autism Society of Washington, the Autism Society of Los Angeles, the Autism Society of Treasure Valley (Boise), the Panhandle Autism Society and the Northwest Autism Center; all non-profit organizations supporting families dealing with autism. One in 110 children is diagnosed with autism, making the disease more common than pediatric cancer, diabetes and AIDS combined – affecting children of all racial, ethnic and social groups. Autism is a spectrum disorder that affects a person’s ability to communicate and socially interact with others, ranging from simple disassociation with their environment and those around them to severe developmental delays to dependence upon 24/7 care for their entire lives. “That’s why we’re riding 24/7,” alternate rider Jim Mellen said, “for the folks who have to deal with autism around the clock.” In addition to the riders, the crew also includes first alternate Mike Murray, Chris Bier, Brian Anderson, Landy Hauck, Marty Stitsel, Dennis


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Luce, Karen Scott, Denise Alveari, Jake Zmrhal and Kirk Johnson. The Team Laughing Dog on-theground goal is rooted firmly in reality. There are five team classifications for RAAM – one-person, two-person, four-person, eight-person and tandem (which has to be a mixed-sex team). “We’ll be fighting for 15th place,” Bier, team crew chief said, out of 31 four-person teams. Financially, their goal seems a bit loftier, but “everybody knows somebody who’s affected by autism,” Hauck said. “The goal is $1 million, which seems like a lot, but if we can get $10 from everyone we all know, and the folks they know, we’ll make it easy.” Dick, originally a rider, fell on a training ride near the end of March and broke a hip, promoting alternate rider


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Riders, opposite page from left, Mel Dick, Jacob Styer, Wayne Pignolet and Alan Lemire will bicycle 24/7 to cover the route shown below

Murray. He admitted to feeling overwhelmed at first, but said, “I’m honored to be able to help families dealing with this disease.” Dick still hopes to ride despite odds. “People in the autism community are amazed that the team is doing this,” Pignolet said. “Dawn Sidell, who created the Northwest Autism Center with the goal of diagnosing kids very early, invited us to meet with doctors at the Center in Spokane. At the end of the conversation, one stood up and gave us $10,000. I think we’ll make the $1 million.” Go to to learn more or to donate. – Sandy Compton

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Ca l e n d a r See even more events in the big fat calendars at

[Hot Picks]

June 2011

Sandpoint Farmers Market. Open-air mar-

ket every Wednesday and Saturday through Oct. 15 in Farmin Park. 597-3355 2 First Thursday. Downtown businesses

open till 8 p.m. with strolling performers, live bands, sidewalk sales and restaurant specials. 255-1876

4 CHaFE 150. Fourth annual benefit bicycle ride through Idaho and Montana. 263-7040 4 Summer Sounds. Free concert series sponsored by Pend Oreille Arts Council happens every Saturday from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. through Sept. 3 at Park Place Stage, corner of First and Cedar. Classical & More performs. 263-6139 5-26 June in the Garden. The Healing Garden hosts events every weekend in June. See story, page 17. 9 SHS Spring Fling. The Panida Theater hosts the Sandpoint High School Choir’s annual concert at 7 p.m. 263-9191 10 Artist Series. Hope Memorial Community Center presents folk musician Bruce Bishop. Social at 6 p.m. followed by program. 264-5481 11 Sand Creek Paddlers Challenge.

Sandpoint Parks and Recreation sponsors canoe and kayak race up Sand Creek and back, beginning at 9 a.m. from City Beach. 263-3613 11 Summer Sounds. Wild Honey Band per-

forms. See June 4.

Enchanted evening of art

Pend Oreille Arts Council’s ArtWalk is a delightful summertime tradition, and celebrates its 25th year of sponsoring the revolving art exhibit with opening receptions June 24 at 20 or so downtown galleries and venues. It’s an evening of laidback browsing about town while enjoying live music, complimentary beverages and nibbles at many stops along the way. ArtinSandpoint. org. Art remains on display through Sept. 9. 263-6139 C’mon, take a dip! The 17th annual Long Bridge Swim is the Pacific Northwest’s biggest and longest-running open-water swim and is expected to draw 800 swimmers from across the United States and Canada to ply Lake Pend Oreille Aug. 6. Best part is, you don’t have to be a pro to participate – swimmers of all abilities and ages have made the plunge (the oldest swimmer to date is 87 years young!). And if you choose to sit it out, spectators have an incredible vantage point from the bridge above. Proceeds fund swim lessons for local non-swimmers. Sign up at 265-5412 Pinnacle of purple passion

16 Summer Sampler. Culinary delights

Northwesterners know that high altitudes and late summer months mean carefully crafted milk jugs, brush-beaten legs and seriously stained fingers. Why, it’s huckleberry season – and what better place to kick it off than a high-altitude, berry-picking mecca like Schweitzer Mountain during the annual Huckleberry Festival Aug. 7. A huckleberry pancake feed kicks off a day filled with huckthemed activities and treats such as hosted hikes, crafts and live music. If the intensi-

from fine restaurants at Farmin Park, 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., plus enjoy chef cook-off, live music and more. Sponsored by the Greater Sandpoint Chamber of Commerce. 263-2161

17-18 “Grandpa Was a Bachelor.” Local

cast presents play at 7:30 p.m. each night in the Panida Theater about a man who offers himself as a surrogate grandfather. 265-9828

18 Summer Sounds. Back Street Dixie per-

forms. See June 4.

18 Danceworks Spring Recital. Annual performance at the Panida, 3 p.m. 263-9191 18 Demolition Derby. Bonner County Fairgrounds hosts event at 6 p.m. 263-8414

fied taste of these little berries isn’t enough to get your adrenaline pumping, enjoy everything else the mountain has to offer, such as guided horseback tours, mountain biking, geocaching and more. 255-3081 Hunting camp, gone wrong

Are you going to hunting camp? Then butter up your honey with a night at the theater. She’ll brag about it to her friends for months, and you’ll laugh your head off! “Escanaba in da Moonlight,” written by Jeff Daniels (“Dumb and Dumber”), is about a Michigan hunting camp in 1989 that goes all wrong. We’re talking about alien abductions, Native American spirits … you get the picture. The Sandpoint Onstage production plays at the Panida Sept. 16-17 and Sept. 23-24; and it’s free for anyone with a valid 2011 hunting license (no kidding!). 265-2083 Autumn’s finale to a bountiful season All good things must come to an end, including this season’s Sandpoint Farmers Market. Harvest Fest, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Farmin Park, Oct. 15 makes it easier to say good-bye with a festive day that’s filled with fun festivities, plus it’s a great opportunity to stock up on locally grown storage vegetables for the winter and taste delicious fall fruits at their peak. Families will enjoy arts and crafts for the kids, harvest activities such as apple-bobbing and pin the fruit on the plant, raffles and more. And delight in the festival’s live music while indulging in the “comfort food” of yummy home-baked goods. 597-3355

24 ArtWalk. See Hot Picks. 24-25 Relay for Life. American Cancer Society event at the fairgrounds. 660-1445

June 17-18.

24-25 “Grandpa Was a Bachelor.” See

See June 4.

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25 Schweitzer Summer Celebration.

25 Summer Sounds. Mike Strain performs.


Summer season opens with free chairlift rides, live music, family activities. 255-3081 SANDPOINT MAGAZINE


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2 Summer Sounds. Bright Moments per-

forms. See June 4.

4 Fourth of July Celebration. Lions Club hosts parades downtown in the morning, followed by afternoon stage performances at City Beach and fireworks over the lake at dusk. 263-2161 7 First Thursday. See June 2.

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9 Bird Celebration Weekend. Bird Aviation and Invention Museum in Sagle hosts a fly-in and meet and greet with aviators and inventors, in celebration of Dr. Forrest Bird’s 90th birthday. 255-4321 8-10 JerryFest. Weekend-long benefit in

Sagle with variety of bands, arts and crafts, memorial bike ride and more. 208-263-2217 9 Great Sandpoint Flat Water Regatta.

rock band performs at the Panida Theater, 8:30 p.m. 263-9191

16 Mountain Music Festival. Schweitzer Mountain Resort hosts outdoor concerts, barbecue, beer garden, arts and crafts vendors, and kids’ activities. 255-3081 16 Bodacious BBQ. 28th annual fundraiser

at 4 p.m. for Hope’s Memorial Community Center. 264-5481

16 Summer Sounds. Rex James Duo per-

forms. See June 4.

22-24 All Gravity Downhill Mountain Bike Race. Schweitzer hosts Northwest’s premier

downhill mountain bike race. Compete or watch the action! 255-3081


23 Summer Sounds. Truck Mills performs.

See June 4.

23-25 4-H Horse Show. Annual show at the Bonner County Fairgrounds. 263-8414 30 Crazy Days. Merchants offer big deals in

annual sidewalk sale downtown. 255-1876

30 Summer Sounds. Special Crazy Days edi-

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See June 4.

6 Clark Fork Valley Quilters. Annual Quilt Show at Hope Memorial Community Center, plus raffles and a bake sale. 264-5481 6-7 Fair Open Horse Show. Annual show at 7 Schweitzer Huckleberry Festival. See 12-13 Spokane-to-Sandpoint Relay Race.

15 Toad The Wet Sprocket. The alternative


6 Summer Sounds. Trumpetman performs.

Runners begin atop Mount Spokane and make their way through 15 cities en route to the finish line at Sandpoint. 509-346-1440

Fine art poster unveiled at Dover Bay. 265-4554

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6 Long Bridge Swim. See Hot Picks.

9 Sandpoint Wooden Boat Festival.

14 Festival at Sandpoint Art Unveiling.


5 Long Bridge Swim Dinner. Lake Pend Oreille Waterkeeper hosts carbo-loaded feast on the eve before the big swim, at Trinity at City Beach. 597-7188

Hot Picks.

kids’ 1k fun run at Sandpoint High benefits local children with cancer or life-threatening illnesses. 610-6480


4-14 Festival at Sandpoint. See calendar,

opposite page.

9 Summer Sounds. Karen & Joel perform.

10 Jacey’s Race. Competitive 5k race and


4 First Thursday. See June 2.

fairgrounds. 263-8414

Classic wooden boats and car show at the Power House, sponsored by the Inland Empire Antique and Classic Boat Society, and DSBA. 255-1876

3-24 Twilight Bike Racing Series. Bike races weekly on Wednesdays, followed by parties at Schweitzer. 255-3081

Rotary Club hosts second annual canoe and kayak races up and down Sand Creek, beginning at 10 a.m. 946-6079 See June 4.



tion: Ninjazz performs from 10 a.m. to noon; Carl Rey & the Blues Gators from noon to 2 p.m.; SHS Steel Pan Band from 2-4 p.m.; Comfort Zone from 4 p.m.-6 p.m. See June 4.

12-14 Artists’ Studio Tour. 8th annual

self-guided driving tour of working studios throughout the region. Pick up brochures at many downtown locations, or visit

12-14 North Idaho Selkirks Rally. See

story, page 43. 263-0438

13 Summer Sounds. Usnea performs. See

June 4.

13 Wings Over Sandpoint Fly-in/ Splash-in. EAA 1441 hosts 6th annual event

at the Bonner County Airport. Breakfast, planes on display, lunch and more. 255-9954 13-14 Arts and Crafts Fair. POAC’s annual

juried art exhibit at Sandpoint City Beach; artists’ booths, kids’ activities. 263-6139

19-21 Artists’ Studio Tour. See Aug. 12-14. 19-20 Bonner County Rodeo. Annual rodeo

at the Bonner County Fairgrounds. 263-8414

20 Summer Sounds. Easy Money performs.

See June 4.

20 Lake Celebration. Lake Pend Oreille

Waterkeeper event; family fun, music, barbecue, 2-7 p.m. at Trinity at City Beach. 597-7188

20 Much Ado About Nothing. Montana Shakespeare in the Parks presents Much Ado About Nothing at 6 p.m. (MDT) in the Heron, Mont., ballfield. 406-847-2388 23-27 Bonner County Fair. Old-fashioned country event at Bonner County Fairgrounds with contests, kids’ events and entertainment. Horse events in reining, barrel racing and team sorting. Concludes with Demolition Derby at 7 p.m. Aug. 27. 263-8414 26 Artist Series. With Western cartoonist


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The Festival at Sandpoint

Boots Reynolds. See June 10.

Music under the stars, Aug. 4-14

27 Summer Sounds. Larry Mooney per-

The 29th annual Festival at Sandpoint, held in a casual and relaxed atmosphere at Memorial Field on Lake Pend Oreille, creates a customized concert experience without equal. The eight performance dates fall over a two-week period from Aug. 4-14. Buy a season pass or individual tickets by calling 265-4554, toll-free 888-265-4554, or go to Gates open at 6 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays, and at 4:30 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays.

forms. See June 4.


3 Summer Sounds. Mike & Shanna

Thompson perform. See June 4.

3-4 Schweitzer Fall Festival. Outdoor

music festival with live performances, discounted chairlift rides, kids’ activities and more than 30 microbrews. 255-3081

Thursday, Aug. 4 Rickie Lee Jones with Lavay Smith & Her Red Hot Skillet Lickers Known by fans as the “Duchess of Coolsville,” Rickie Lee Jones’ jazz-flavored single “Chuck E.’s in Love” was her breakout hit in 1979, leading her to a best-new-artist Grammy Award in 1980. Jones is a compelling live performer who has explored many styles over the years – soul, gospel and purebred folk. Critics say her latest CD, “Balm in Gilead,” is her best work in a decade. Opening is Lavay Smith and Her Red Hot Skillet Lickers, a San Francisco-based swing band. Friday, Aug. 5 Brandi Carlile with Nina Gerber and Chris Webster Back by popular demand, Brandi Carlile is a pop rock, alternative country and folk rock singer/ songwriter. In 2010, Brandi Carlile was nominated for a GLADD Media Award for “Outstanding Music Artist” for her album “Give Up the Ghost,” which features a collaboration with Sir Elton John. Opening is Nina Gerber and Chris Webster, a duo who blurs the border between R&B and country. Saturday, Aug. 6 Chris Isaak with Lukas Nelson Although this rock-and-roll singer-songwriter has touched on many styles over his career, Chris Isaak is best known for his rich vocal style as heard in his hit single “Wicked Game,” released in 1989. From ’01 to ’04, Isaak starred in his own television show “The Chris Isaak Show,” on Showtime. Opening Super Blues Saturday is Lukas Nelson and Promise of the Real; Nelson is the son of Willie Nelson, yet his music swings towards classic rock. Sunday, Aug. 7 Family Concert: A Disney Symphantasy Round up the kids and head to the festival’s Family Concert, featuring the Spokane Youth Orchestra conducted by Gary Sheldon. Fun activities for the kids, including an Instrument Petting Zoo and an Animal Petting Zoo, help round out the always-popular family concert.

3-4 Coaster Classic Car Show. At

Silverwood Theme Park. 683-3400

10-11 Harvest Party. Pend d’Oreille Winery’s annual event includes grapestomping competition, cork-spitting contest, food samples, wine tasting and live music. 265-8545 16 Sacagawea. Hope Memorial

Community Center hosts Idaho Humanities Council historical presentation by Sara Edlin-Marlowe at 7 p.m. 264-5481

16-17 Escabana in da Moonlight. See

Hot Picks.

17-18 Last Horse Show of the Season. At

the Bonner County Fairgrounds. 263-8414

18 Scenic Half Marathon. Sandpoint

Chamber sponsors half marathon, plus 10k and 5k fun runs. Benefits Bonner Community Food Center. 263-2161

20-24 WaCanId Ride. Tour two states and one province on third annual 340mile bicycle ride. 888-823-2626 21-25 Idaho Draft Horse and Mule International. Northwest’s largest

draft horse and mule expo at the Bonner County Fairgrounds. 263-8414

23-24 Escabana in da Moonlight. See

Hot Picks.

24 Oktoberfest. Traditional autumn cel-

ebration. 255-1876

29 Yappy Hour. At Eichardt’s Pub, 212 Cedar St. See June 30.


1 For the Next 7 Generations. Film and discussion at the Panida. 263-9191 15 Harvest Fest. See Hot Picks. 15 Health and Wellness Fair. Annual expo at the fairgrounds. 263-2106 15 Fall Harvest Ball with the Chefs of Sandpoint. Annual fundraiser in the

Panhandle State Bank atrium. 290-2716 16 Library Wine Weekend. At Pend

d’Oreille Winery. 265-8545

21 Patrick Ball. Celtic harpist and story-

teller, 7:30 p.m. in the Panida. 263-9191

22 Warren Miller Ski Film. Annual

event in the Panida Theater, sponsored by Alpine Shop. 263-5157

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Thursday, Aug. 11 Josh Ritter with Darren Smith Born in Moscow, Idaho (a native!), singersongwriter Josh Ritter returns with his distinctive Americana style and narrative lyrics with the Royal City Band. Ritter has become a word-ofmouth success in Ireland, and has performed on the David Letterman Show. Opening is Darren Smith, a multi-instrumental musician and composer of country, folk rock and indie persuasions. Come early for complimentary microbrew tasting. Friday, Aug. 12 Michael Franti and Spearhead Back for another performance after a sold-out concert in 2010, Michael Franti and Spearhead blends hip hop with a variety of styles, typified by their joyful modern soul music recordings. Franti hopes the band’s newest album, “The Sound of Sunshine,” communicates a sense of possibility for anyone who needs it. Judging by the turnout at last year’s concert, we all do. Opening is the Jason Spooner Trio. Saturday, Aug. 13 Rodney Crowell with David Nail Texan Rodney Crowell has enjoyed a successful songwriting and singing career in country music, winning a Grammy in 1989 for Best Country Song and recording another No. 1 hit with Rosanne Cash, his wife at the time. Super Country Saturday’s opening act is David Nail, whose hits include “Turning Home,” written by Kenny Chesney, and the current single “Let It Rain.” Sunday, Aug. 14 Spanish Grand Finale with Slovenian classical guitarist Mak Grgic Maestro Gary Sheldon conducts the Spokane Symphony Orchestra in a Russian Grand Finale featuring guest classical guitarist Mak Grgic. Fireworks cap off the concert, plus arrive early for complimentary wine tasting at 4:30 p.m. SANDPOINT MAGAZINE


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inker Hatfield can’t travel anywhere in the world without seeing something that he has designed. As the vice president of design and special projects at a little company called Nike, Hatfield is most famous for designing nearly every incarnation of Air Jordan basketball shoes. Along with sports icon Michael Jordan, Hatfield was largely instrumental in starting not just a shoe revolution, but a fashion movement, creating the first must-have athletic shoes and helping Nike launch an empire. Hatfield, 58, grew up in Halsey, Oregon, where he was a three-sport standout before earning a track scholarship to the University of Oregon in 1970. He set the school’s pole vault record and finished sixth in the 1976 U.S. Olympic trials. Hatfield’s track coach at Oregon was the legendary Bill Bowerman, who along with Phil Knight was a co-founder of Nike. In 1981, Hatfield went to work as the corporate architect of Nike, designing office spaces, showrooms and stores, among other things. In 1985 he designed the original Air Max running shoe, then the first Nike cross training shoe, eventually working with a host of famous athletes. This year he has worked with the likes of Dwyane Wade and Roger Federer. A few years ago Hatfield and his wife, Jackie, whom he met as a student at Oregon and raised three daughters with, were vacationing at a friend’s place at Oden Bay in Sandpoint when

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Nike VP Tinker Hatfield designed Camp Hatfield at Oden Bay as a gift for his wife, Jackie, who always dreamed of being a camp director. COURTESY PHOTO

the vacant lot next door went up for sale. Hatfield quickly fell in love with the property and promptly put his architectural skills back to work designing a dream camp for Jackie. He teamed with local builder Bob Bianco to construct a one-of-a-kind, 3,300-square-foot home, using local products, environmentally friendly technology and a wealth of natural creativity. “He truly is a design genius,” said Bianco, adding that virtually everything about the building is non-standard. “His creative juices are beyond anything I’ve ever worked with in 30-plus years.” The camp was Tinker’s gift to Jackie, fulfilling her lifelong dream to run a camp. “If you’ve ever had that experience of going away to camp as




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a child — what we do at Camp Hatfield allows you to recapture that,” said Jackie, who loves the outdoors and is smitten with Sandpoint. “We find the whole area enchanting. Such an eclectic mix of people, so many things to do year-round.” Sandpoint Magazine recently asked Tinker about the camp, what it’s like to rub elbows with famous people and a host of other questions. Q: How did you come by the name Tinker? A: It was my father’s nickname that was passed along to me as the

firstborn. He was born prematurely at home, and he was put in a toy box — the box happened to be a wooden box for Tinker Toys. His older brother started calling him Little Tommy Tinker Toy, and it got shortened to Tinker. I like to say that the reason my name is



Tinker Hatfield speaks at an eco conference with 16 Nikesponsored athletes held last year at Camp Hatfield, above left, and poses with Michael Jordan on the cover of Sole Collector

Tinker is that my parents were on drugs in the 1950s, but that’s not really the case (laughs). It’s my given name and on my driver’s license, and a lot of people go “what?”

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Interview Q: What led you to build Camp Hatfield in Sandpoint? A: Before we ever thought of purchasing a

property in Sandpoint, we would visit Tom and Barb Richardson and spend some time vacationing in Oden Bay near Sandpoint. It was a lovely place. I personally enjoy the water a lot, and Jackie is a real avid hiker and outdoor person and we just always enjoyed going up there. One morning a few years back we were literally sleeping in our Airstream trailer, and I actually heard the Realtor pounding the stake in to advertise the property that was next door. The following day Jackie and I went into Sandpoint and spoke to the Realtor and pretty much bought it that day. We’re not interested in elitism or lifestyles of the rich and famous. We like the fact that Sandpoint is a real town, with real people. Yet there is a hipness to it, a wide blend of people in one town. We found that very interesting. Q: What was your wife Jackie’s role in Camp Hatfield? A: She’s the inspiration for the whole

thing, to be quite straightforward. She has really conducted her life as a mom and an outdoor enthusiast, almost like a camp counselor. The kids were always going on adventures, and she seems like she raised half the neighborhood. Our house was always full of young people. It was always her dream to do that kind of thing in a mountainous environment. When we acquired the property, it was my gift to her, so to speak, to conceive a camp of sorts, so that she could not only have a place to go and be on the lake and go for hikes and do things with her family, but also invite other friends and maybe some kids and hopefully grandkids someday and essentially have kind of her own little mini-camp. Q: Jackie called you and Bob Bianco a “dream team.” Why? A: Living in Portland and traveling as

much as I do, I knew I wasn’t going to be up in Sandpoint nearly enough during the construction, and so I really was concerned about finding the right builder. Bob became not only the builder, but I would call him a design collaborator, because a lot of

times you have to make decisions on the fly, make adjustments and interpret design work. As a builder he was just fantastic. Without him, the project just wouldn’t have gone well. He’s very creative and very attentive to all the details, and very knowledgeable about construction. I’ve been in the design business 40 years, and I’ve never worked with a better builder in my entire career. Q: What is the most unique aspect of Camp Hatfield? A: Certainly the tower. The tower is three

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some athletes up there to have an eco conference with our best action sports athletes from around the world: Nicolas Mueller from Switzerland, who is one of the best snowboarders; Paul Rodriguez, probably the most famous street skateboarder. Nike wanted to bring them all into a unique, sort of non-commercial outdoor world, and then invite in a bunch of speakers, environmentalists and people who are trying to save the world. The idea being that if you could educate these highly visible, influential athletes, that you could in turn influence millions of young people to do a better job with the environment. They just loved being in Sandpoint. The report is they’re doing amazing things and spreading the word. It’s a wonderful development that all basically came from Sandpoint. It’s affected literally millions of young people around the planet. Q: When you find out you’re going to design an Air Jordan, what is the first thing that goes through your head? A: I always give Michael Jordan a call and

go visit with him and talk to him about what’s going on in his life. It’s all about being inspired by him. It used to be about how he played the game. Now, as we continue to design the shoes, they’re more about other athletes that we hire for the Jordan brand. Tomorrow I’ll be meeting with Dwyane Wade, who is a Jordan athlete, so sort of by proxy, or through Dwyane Wade, we look at how he plays the game and how to design the shoes that work for him.

Still, there is this overriding theme behind Jordans, which is to design a really high quality, high performing, sophisticated basketball product that is befitting of Michael himself. I’ll talk to him about his life, what cars he’s driving, what he’s been doing with his spare time, just getting inspired by various things around his life, and then somehow weave that into the design of the product. Q: If you had to pick one thing, what do you love most about designing shoes? A: For me, I don’t even think of them

as shoes. I’m really big on collaboration. Working with Bob Bianco was a collaboration, and working with Michael Jordan is pretty much a similar kind of collaboration, in that you have to blend your own ideas with the ideas of someone else. When I design something for Nike, it gets sold all around the world, pretty much. I’ve designed so many projects that I literally can’t go anywhere in the world — the Caribbean, West Africa or China — without seeing something I’ve designed. That’s pretty heady stuff. It’s less about what my design skill is and more about the power of a brand like Nike. People probably don’t think of sneakers as being that important, but they’ve become an important part of our modern culture. We know of a few pairs of shoes that are worth $100,000 and they are Air Jordans (laughs). Q: What are some of the other things you design other than shoes? A: I’ve designed a lot of things for the

University of Oregon. Most recently I designed the actual playing surface for the new Mathew Knight Arena in Eugene. The (basketball) floor needed to be unique.

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I’m working on a big indoor track for the University of Oregon right now. If it ever gets built, it will be about a 400,000 to 500,000 square foot building. Q: What’s the best part about working for Nike, and what’s the worst part? A: The best part is the incredible economy

of scale and the power of changing the world, so to speak. I don’t mean that in a grandiose way, I mean that in a good way. If

you practice environmentalism by yourself, that’s great. But when you practice it at Nike, it has a huge impact across a very wide spectrum of people. There is a lot of power in the scale of a company like Nike, a lot of good power. The bad part about Nike is just politics. It’s sort of like trying to work in a small country. You have to lobby for resources and fight for your ideals, make sure that your projects aren’t eliminated. It’s a $20 billion

company with thousands of employees and a lot of decisions are made that I don’t necessarily agree with. Q: When you’re not designing things, what are some of your hobbies? A: I’m desperately trying to become a surfer,

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On the air KRFY brings listener-supported radio to Sandpoint Story and photo by Matt Mills McKnight


n a humble broadcast studio on First Avenue in Sandpoint, Jeff Poole, 49, quietly organizes music and news programming for northern Idaho’s newest and arguably most unique radio station. “K-R-F-Y 88.5, Pend Oreille. Sandpoint Community Radio,” can be heard going out over the airwaves and into cars and homes across three different counties in the Idaho Panhandle as Poole, the station’s general manager, explains what the station is about. “We are a full-power FM radio station that brings commercial-free radio to the area,” he says as another of the many eclectic songs on the station starts playing. “We’re an important addition to the airwaves here because we offer something different – programming that’s not dominated by corporations who are increasingly influencing the news and information we receive.” The station first test broadcasted on Jan. 25, with progressive national and world reporting from Democracy Now! and Al Jazeera English, undoubtedly giving its listeners in the area an alternative to mainstream reporting that often follows the same news cycles. KRFY gets its news programming through the Pacifica Network and KPFA based in Berkeley, Calif., an organization that shares its content with more than 900 stations, pioneering itself as the largest community media collaboration in the United States. While Poole is working hard to keep the nascent station’s lights on and push it forward with fundraising and promotional efforts, he points to Scott Daily as

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General manager of Sandpoint’s new listener-supported radio station, Jeff Poole says KRFY is an “important addition to the airwaves” because programming isn’t dominated by corporations

the one that pulled him aboard. “I’ve known Scott for about six years. We first met when our children started attending the same school together,” said Poole, who has lived in northern Idaho all his life but started calling himself a Sandpoint local in 1992. “Scott and I ran into each other outside the post office downtown a couple years ago, and he was already aware of my audio engineering background. He asked if I would help him and others get the station going and soon after I was on board.” Daily’s idea for a local community radio station didn’t actually start with plans to follow guidelines set forth by the Federal Communications Commission though. “Years ago when I was living in Montana’s Yaak Valley, I became inspired to start a pirate radio station after reading about an activist in Mother Jones magazine who was doing it successfully,” said Daily. He explained that SUMMER 2011

the idea did not come to fruition at that time and place, but he continued to think about it, even when he later moved to Sandpoint. “On a cold night in December of 2006, a small group of us got together and decided that we would put our funds and minds together and get our own small-time pirate radio station going.” Daily left the meeting with one major task on his to-do list that would eventually change the scope of the station altogether. “I e-mailed Democracy Now! to ask if our soon-to-be illegal pirate radio station would be allowed to air their program,” said Daily. Just days later he found out they could operate under full license instead. “A producer from the show responded and explained that the FCC was opening a seven-day window for licensed community radio station applications. I knew that if we got our act together we could SANDPOINT MAGAZINE


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COMMUNITY RADIO make the station a long-lasting effort, as opposed to a fly-by-night project that could end in us getting arrested or at least heavily fined.” So the group completed the application and marched on. “The reason behind the initial pirate radio focus, for me at least, was not so much about being rebels and living on the edge as it was about having no other options available,” said Daily. Perhaps that FCC window was pure

serendipity, but the group still had to garner enough funds to get the independent station on air. “Coming from the world of nonprofit activism, the funding part did not intimidate me like it did the others, and I was able to convince them that funding would not be a problem,” said Daily. But Daily would soon face a much larger obstacle than he or his family and friends ever expected. “In June of 2008 I was diagnosed with


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chondrosarcoma, a rare type of bone cancer, and it changed everything for me and what I could commit to this effort,” he said, while preparing for yet another round of treatment as he continues the fight for his life. “The station is hurting right now and we should not be, which is very frustrating for me. We should not be held up because of money.” Daily and Poole as well as all the others involved in the station have wonderful plans for its future, but they need continued support from people and businesses in the community. Providing a tax-deductible donation is the most surefire way of supporting Sandpoint Community Radio, but they are also requesting that local audiophiles provide music from their personal libraries. “There are specific guidelines for submitting music to the station, but for anyone who is interested, we absolutely urge them to get in touch with us,” said Poole, wanting everyone in Sandpoint and its surrounding communities to get involved. “We would love to have musicians visit us and play live sets in the studio, or even bring volunteers on staff to help the station realize its full potential.” For a station that is less than a year old, it has some serious potential to open up dialogue within the community and foster constructive political debate amongst its residents. “As the station grows we would like to have roundtable discussions, where people of different beliefs – conservative and liberal – get a chance to speak their mind about local current affairs,” said Poole. And although Daily’s fight with cancer continues, he wants Sandpoint Community Radio to have a lasting legacy in northern Idaho. “I want KRFY to be an enduring, community-supported voice for responsible, progressive information and action for our little community,” he said. “We have established the station, so in my mind Sandpoint has done its part in giving our people an easy way to access alternative news and perspectives that could change our residents’ approach to life.” Tune your radio to 88.5 FM or listen to streaming broadcasts at


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David Thompson Downstream on the Columbia in 1811


Editor’s note: The North American David Thompson Bicentennials took place between 2007 and 2009. This year marks another bicentennial for the surveyor and fur trader, for his extraordinary exploration of the Columbia River, which will be commemorated by the Columbia Brigade. The U.S. David Thompson Bicentennials Partnership and the Friends of Scotchman Peaks Wilderness funded the writing of this story.


he easiest way to keep track of North West Company fur agent David Thompson’s considerable activities in the year 1811 is by crew and canoe. At the tail end of January of that year, after a tough crossing of the Rocky Mountains over Athabasca Pass, Thompson consolidated his most trustworthy men at the junction of the Canoe and Columbia rivers, the northernmost hairpin turn of the big river. He dispatched a Nahathaway Cree hunter named Yellow Bird to pile up moose for food, then fanned the remainder of his bare-bones crew out to search for birch bark to make a canoe. The three voyageurs – Pierre Pareil, Joseph Cote and Rene Vallade – found no bark suitable for the job. After careful consideration, Thompson had them fell a large cedar tree and set to work constructing a plank canoe of his own design. Over the next several weeks, a hybrid vessel sewn together with spruce roots took shape in the place known from then on as Boat Encampment. On April 17, the four men set off upstream, making for Thompson’s original Kootanae House post at the Columbia’s source lakes and the trade route he had established over the previous four years west of the Continental Divide. It was more of a slog than a paddle, with days spent wearing snowshoes and pulling the boat over ice. The cedar planks leaked like crazy, and much time


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was spent making and thawing “Pine Gum” to seal the cracks. On May 2, they tore into their trade goods and “put a stripe of Linnen well gummed over every Seam.” In spite of all their efforts, “the Canoe leaked very much.” It took more than two weeks to reach an open channel, but in early May they met two “fine steady” Iroquois whom Thompson immediately engaged: Charles in the bow, “being an excellent Canoe man,” and Louis “to Hunt & be the foreman or Steersman of a Canoe.” The new crew worked their way past Kootanae House and carried the 26-foot long boat across the short portage to the Kootenai River. Headed downstream now, they swept south across the 49th parallel and into modern-day Montana. At the mouth of the Fisher River, they abandoned Thompson’s first cedar plank canoe and purchased horses to cross over to the Clark Fork drainage via a tribal trail that followed the Fisher and Thompson rivers. From this point on Thompson met free trappers every day, and engaged one particular Iroquois named Ignace, “to be Steersman of my canoe.” From Saleesh House, Thompson SUMMER 2011

continued on horseback, traveling downstream toward Lake Pend Oreille. Spring runoff made for soggy riding, and when Ignace, his latest Iroquois hire, was nearly swept away fording a creek, Thompson camped near a cedar grove to construct plank canoe No. 2. The men sewed this one together with cedar instead of the preferred spruce roots and completed the craft in only seven days. Thompson, always critical, made several design changes on the fly and pronounced the cedar root cordage “weak.” Thompson’s crew had constructed Kullyspel House near modern Hope in the fall of 1809; since then it had served mostly as a warehouse for goods and furs. When the travelers found “no person, nor any writing” there, Thompson had no choice but to continue across Lake Pend Oreille. Still struggling with leaks in his new canoe design, he put ashore below the “Sandy Point” that marks the location of the city of Sandpoint and “gummed the Canoe which from the House has been so leaky as to keep a man continually bailing out water.” From the Pend Oreille River’s outlet SANDPOINT MAGAZINE


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HISTORY at Dover he continued downstream past Albeni Falls to a Kalispel encampment near the town of Cusick, Wash. There the elder called Le Bon Vieux informed Thompson that Finan McDonald was staying at Spokane House, and before long the crew had secured fresh horses to make their next portage, between the Pend Oreille and Spokane drainages. Canoe No. 2 remained behind as Thompson and his growing crew, including experienced translator Michel Boulard, moved south to the Spokane, then back north through the Colville Valley to Kettle Falls. There Thompson spent another frustrating few days looking for good birch bark before retreating to a grove of small branchy cedar on Mill Creek, just north of Colville. He and his men fashioned cedar plank canoe No. 3, dragged it the eight miles back to Kettle Falls and tossed it into the main stem of the Columbia on July 3. After six full months of preliminaries, the surveyor was ready to make his 10-day, 700-mile run to the Pacific. For this trip, Boat Encampment veterans Pierre Pariel and Joseph Cote joined Michel Boulard and free hunters Michel Bourdeaux and Francois Gregoire

as paddlers. The Iroquois Charles and Ignace took their seats at the bow and stern respectively. A San Poil couple came along as translators of the unfamiliar Interior Salish languages they would encounter downstream. It was a crack crew, and they did steady work on the trip that entered Thompson’s name into modern history books as the first surveyor of the Columbia’s entire length. But in the larger scheme of events, this section of the river represented simDavid Thompson’s Columbia River survey, 1811, courtesy Jack ply another leg of a much Nisbet, “The Mapmaker’s Eye,” Washington State University Press longer journey. It took six months for the Nor’Westers for the upstream paddle back to Boat to build the three boats and Encampment, where it all began. In the cover the water and overland miles that fur trade world, the river ran an endless got them to Kettle Falls. Over the next circle. And Thompson’s strange plank nine months, Thompson and various canoes became the model that grew groups of men and women would cover all those river miles twice over, and build into the Columbia River bateaux, used to haul goods and furs over the next no less than seven more full-sized cedar plank cargo canoes. They ended up right four decades for both the Columbia and Fraser River fur districts. back at Kettle Falls, ready to shove off

Brigade paddles into county Commemorating David Thompson’s historic journey down the Columbia River in 1811, a group is paddling voyageur canoes along the 1,200-mile route from Invermere, British Columbia, Canada, all the way to Astoria, Ore., from June 1 to July 16. And they will spend three of those days in Bonner County, arriving in Clark Fork, Sunday, June 12, Dover June 13, and Oldtown June 14. The twice-annual Columbia Express used Thompson’s route for 50 years to go across the Rocky Mountains, which was later adapted by the Hudson’s Bay Company to become the York Factory Express. The 2011 David Thompson Columbia River Brigade is planning to make a big entrance at Clark Fork. Landing at the mouth of Mosquito Creek, the brigade will re-create a welcoming ceremony at the river with a traditional black powder gun firing, followed by a procession into town. Two days prior to the landing, historian and author Jack Nisbet and Kalispel tribal leader Francis Cullooyah will present a program June 10 at the Clark Fork/Hope Senior Center. 38


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According to Ann Ferguson The 2011 David Thompson of the Bonner County Historical Columbia River Brigade lands in Museum, all three communithree Bonner County communities will feature the Mapmaker’s ties in June. PHOTO COURTESY DAVID Eye exhibit, and Nisbet will also THOMPSON COLUMBIA RIVER BRIGADE give presentations in Dover and Oldtown. For more details, look up or – Billie Jean Plaster


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Dead men tell no tales, but their headstones do STORY AND PHOTOS BY JENNIFER LAMONT LEO

Local cemeteries hold important clues to the past, when you know what to look for


beautiful Sandpoint morning stretches out before you as you consider your options. How shall you spend the next few delicious hours? You could hit the beach. Or the bike trail. Or the mountains. Or the cemetery. (Cue record scratch) The cemetery? Cemetery, graveyard, memorial garden – whatever you call it – chances are you have visited one at one time or another, to attend a funeral or pay your respects at a gravesite. But it might not occur to you to spend a pretty summer day visiting a local cemetery, particularly if you aren’t personally acquainted with anyone who’s buried there. After all, aren’t cemeteries kind of – well, creepy? Not at all, according to the many decidedly un-creepy folks who enjoy visiting cemeteries for their historical and aesthetic value. History buffs love them for their factual information about the past. Art aficionados admire the sculpture. Even gardeners thrill to find the occasional rare specimen, planted in honor of a loved one. “A walk through a cemetery is much the same as thumbing through a great history book,” says Nancy Fontaine of Sandpoint. “The facts are present – the rest of your visit is based on speculation and imagination. The lives represented offer us a privilege and opportunity to reflect past events.” The folks who lived before us – pioneers, loggers, teachers, railroaders, homemakers, clerks and countless others – loved, laughed, celebrated, worked, argued, married, and raised their children here in Bonner County, just like us.

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Above: Lakeview Cemetery. Farmin family members were prominent in Sandpoint’s founding Right: Westmond Cemetery. Sidney Connett was wounded in the Army Engineer Corps in the India theater in World War II, for which he received the Purple Heart. Physically disabled, he never fully recovered from his injuries. Sidney’s maternal grandfather, Michael Hormsby, also buried at Westmond, was a Confederate soldier whose anti-slavery views motivated him to defect to the Union. As a Union soldier he reportedly helped capture Lincoln’s assassin, John Wilkes Booth. Moving west after the war, Hormsby eventually settled in Sagle to live near his daughter, Nettie Connett (Sidney’s mother)

Although they may not necessarily share our DNA, we do have something in common – the story of our community. Bonner County is home to about 24 known cemeteries, some tiny and barely discernable beneath tangled weeds, others well-kept and flourishing. A few of the most interesting cemeteries to visit in the Sandpoint area are noted below. But first, here are a few things to look for on your visit. Monuments and headstones contain a wealth of historical detail. The SUMMER 2011

size and style of older monuments may say something about the wealth of the deceased, with larger, more elaborately carved monuments erected by families that could afford them. Plainer markers could indicate a tighter budget or not – some families simply don’t place a high priority on high-priced monuments. Seneacquoteen Cemetery contains several interesting concrete gravestones with the names and dates marked out SANDPOINT MAGAZINE


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in metal piping. Locals say that a generous craftsman made them during the Depression and war years for families that could not afford a regular headstone. The more recent trend is toward simpler, smaller markers set flat in the ground for a very practical reason: ease of groundskeeping. A monument’s carvings, if any, reveal something about the deceased. Epitaphs such as “Loving Mother,” religious and fraternal symbols, and military insignia are clues to an individual’s affiliations. Weeping willows represent mourning, while an open gate or Bible indicates hope for the afterlife. A fallen or hewn tree symbolizes a younger person “cut down” in the prime of life, while angels and lambs often signify a child’s grave. Some contemporary markers reflect personal passions, anything from hunting and fishing to boating to antique cars. Dates can point to historical events. You might see a family plot containing multiple graves dated 1918, some within days of each other – a sad result of the

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decades. Pinecrest holds the headstone of a married couple that proudly states, “Love is Eternal, Married 80 Years.” Bride and groom were around 16 years old when they married. This Memorial Day – or any other day – these cemeteries in and around Sandpoint are well worth a visit:

Lakeview Cemetery Handcrafted headstone at Seneacquoteen Cemetery. Such simple, rustic headstones were not uncommon during the Depression years

influenza pandemic that killed between 20 million and 40 million people worldwide and swept through Sandpoint as well. Wars also left their mark, with graves such as that of Stanley Smith, buried at Seneacquoteen, who was killed at the Battle of Tarawa during World War II. Cemeteries also reflect changing social realities. Infant and child mortality was much higher in days before antibiotics. Mercifully, the number of children’s graves lessens dramatically with each ensuing decade, reflecting advances in modern medical care. Another shifting trend is the family plot. In generations past, people tended to live and die in the same area, and relatives were often buried near each other. This togetherness is less common nowadays, according to local mortician Dale Coffelt, as families are more geographically scattered. Longstanding marriages (when widowhood did not intervene) were also more common in past

Division Street south of Highway 2, Sandpoint. The granddaddy of Sandpoint cemeteries, dates from 1903. In that year, the Humbird Lumber Company wanted to expand onto some land along the Northern Pacific Railroad, in present-day Kootenai, that contained the area’s earliest graves, dating back to 1885. So the company purchased an attractive 5-acre tract located (at that time) west of town and paid for the graves to be moved there. Lakeview, expanded during the 1920s, features graves of some of the earliest Bonner County pioneers, including the Farmin family, who deeded the original plat for the city of Sandpoint.

Pinecrest Memorial Park 499 Pinecrest Loop, Sandpoint. If Lakeview is the oldest cemetery in Sandpoint, Pinecrest is arguably the most prominent. In 1910, C.E. Wilson dedicated 20 acres of land west of town as the Piedmont Cemetery. In 1923, Lawrence “Pike” Moon Jr. of the Moon Mortuary purchased this cemetery. He, his wife Hazel, and Owen Ragland, the first caretaker, worked hard to improve the road and the landscaping. Renamed Pinecrest Memorial Park, it was expanded in the 1950s and includes the grave of Idaho Gov. Don

PLACES TIPS FOR A PLEASANT CEMETERY VISIT Bring paper and pencil for taking notes and a camera. Wear sturdy walking shoes, and be careful not to trip on uneven ground, roots and stones. If you’re looking for a particular grave, consult the caretaker or owner, whose name is usually listed on the cemetery sign, to check their records. Funeral homes, church records, old newspaper obituaries, the local historical society, and websites such as www.interment. net and are also good places to check. If a funeral is in progress, keep a respectful distance and speak quietly. Don’t hover or gawk. Respect the privacy of other visitors to the cemetery, as they may be in mourning. (However, if they appear to be fellow researchers, it’s OK to introduce yourself and compare notes. You may learn something interesting. ) Respect all rules and restrictions posted by the cemetery. Avoid disturbing family mementos, flags, etc., when taking photos. If you feel you absolutely must do so to get a certain angle or read a stone, put everything back where you found it. When driving through a cemetery, observe posted speed limits, keep your car stereo at a low volume or off, and don’t block the road. Some of the more obscure cemeteries may be located on private land. Avoid trespassing. – Jennifer Lamont Leo


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Westmond Cemetery On Highway 95 about a half mile north of Cocolalla Loop Road. Founded in 1907. The oldest burial, dating from 1890, was transferred from a farm around 1908. The Information Center has a helpful map of the gravesites.

Seneacquoteen Cemetery Off Dufort Road, near Vay. Started in 1897, when a local family discovered the drowned body of an unknown man and buried him on their property. The cemetery was formally incorporated in 1924.

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Off Highway 200, up the hill past the post office. The oldest burial appears to date from 1896. Another cemetery nearby – small, overgrown and difficult to access – is known by locals as the “Chinese cemetery,” although it is unproven whether any Chinese (who came to the area to work on the railroad) were actually buried there. Per tradition, the Chinese preferred to have their remains shipped back to China, but that was not always possible. In any case, the old cemetery was no longer used after 1900.

Clark Fork Cemetery Off Lightning Creek Road. Dates from the early 1900s and includes many local pioneers.


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Adventure riding Sport embraces Panhandle’s plethora of dirt roads Story and photos by Chris Park


y closest friend, Chef Paul Donaghue, planted the seed. It lay dormant for several years, waiting for the right moment to come to fruition. Elements weren’t quite right: the timing, the conditions. It took a tragic, life-changing event to shake this seed from its sleep. Donaghue, too young, too soon, was taken by cancer. He left a gift that would change my life, a gift that would open doors and expand my horizons. By then it was clear. I would do this. It was my destiny. Today, I’m riding Donaghue’s motorcycle: a BMW 650 Dakar. I am honoring his passion whenever I ride – embracing the world of dual-sport motorcycling. This has opened my eyes to the universe he wanted to share with me

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and taken me down roads I never knew I would travel. Donaghue rides with me, always there as my guide, cohort and companion. In the wide scope of motorcycling, a dual-sport bike is colloquially defined as an “on-off road bike.” Think “dual purpose.” It is also commonly referred to as adventure riding – with a strong emphasis on riding a minimal amount of pavement to access dirt roads. That’s not to say “dirt biking” either. These are heavier bikes, weighing more than 400 pounds, which are best suited for the plethora of old logging roads so common in the Northwest. They can be loaded down with camping gear. Their superior suspension makes travel on unmaintained dirt roads smooth, comfortable and quick. SUMMER 2011

One of the author’s adventure rides took him north of Upper Priest Lake on Forest Road 655

They handle like a sports bike (think crotch rocket) on the pavement. They go hundreds of miles using only a few gallons of fuel. These bikes are quiet, efficient, responsive, affordable and seriously fun. It’s no surprise that dual-sport enthusiasts are the fastest-growing demographic in the motorcycle market. Local John Olson, who rides dual sport every month of the year says, “Adventure riding is not a matter of life and death, it is far more important than that.” How can one become so enamored with a machine? A dual-sport motorcycle is more than a machine, it’s a vehicle: a medium for communicating, expressing SANDPOINT MAGAZINE


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WANT TO TRY DUAL-SPORT adventure riding? Here’s the quick and dirty lowdown. It helps if you love to read and study maps or tinker with your GPS and that you’re somewhat good at it. Make sure to only do this while stationary please! It also becomes more important, the farther you go, to have your basic mechanical-troubleshooting-andfixing-skills down, especially tire changing. Of course, getting to wherever you’re going and back safely is also a key component; therefore, having good riding skills, equipment and street smarts will greatly improve the quality of any adventure ride. It takes some time and effort, like anything worthwhile, but once you gain confidence and everything begins to sync, the adventure possibilities go exponential! An excellent resource for those wanting to learn how to ride a motorcycle safely (and make your license test a breeze) here in Idaho is the Idaho STAR Motorcycle Safety Program. Three-day, Basic I and II classes are held in Sandpoint. Check For those already involved in the sport, new to the area or planning for summer fun in Sandpoint, don’t miss the 2011 North Idaho Selkirks Rally. Kurt and Martha Forgét of Black Dog Cycle Works (263-0438) will be hosting this event Aug. 12-14 from their beautiful

property on Upper Pack River Road. See all the details about the rally and a bunch of other cool stuff at To get a glimpse at how some folks are traveling the back roads of the world on dualsport motorcycles, Horizons Unlimited has great trip reports and an excellent discussion forum as does Adventure Rider; see www. and www.advrider. com. The Idaho Adventure Motorcycle Club is definitely worth a look: A truly great story about a couple of guys, Ewan McGregor (yes, the actor Ewan McGregor) and Charlie Boorman, planning for, training for, and ultimately completing a trip around the world on dual-sport motorcycles is “The Long Way Around,” available as a book or documentary series on DVD. A classic, fun, and nontechnical ride here in northern Idaho is from the town of Clark Fork; take Forest Service Road No. 278 down the eastern side of Lake Pend Oreille, all the way to Farragut State Park. Another is Twentymile Creek Road No. 408 just north of Naples. This remote road winds its way up and over to Troy, Mont. By the way, Idaho has more than 30,000 miles of dirt and twotrack roads, so the possibilities for adventure motorcycling are virtually unlimited. – Chris Park


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nally designed to go on dirt roads. By the 1940s, there were enough developed roads and highways that the shift to street bikes began in earnest. Now, however, the motorcycling trend is returning to its history and embracing its dirty roots. Demographically, many dual-sport riders (not including me at the moment) are coming from higher income brackets and represent a desirable market for towns like Sandpoint. Dual-sport riders tend to be far more ecologically friendly and mindful than their often-controversial dirt bike cousins. The dual-sport bikes have efficient, quiet, four-stroke engines. Riders stay on established roads. Dual-sporters also have an affinity for safety, gearing up with a good helmet, boots and protective, highly visible clothing. In tune with the national trend, Black Dog Cycle Works, a local dual-sportfocused company, has seen business more than double in the last couple of years. It was Chef Paul who encouraged Black Dog owners Kurt and Martha Forgét to visit Sandpoint for a motorcycle ride and ultimately to relocate here. He later introduced us, and we have since become close friends. The Forgéts obviously agree that this area has endless opportunities for dual-sport riding. This summer they will host the second annual North Idaho Selkirks Rally, Aug. 12-14, bringing 100 or so dual-sport enthusiasts to Sandpoint to explore, share and learn. For those who love to hike, fish, camp or hunt, dual-sport bikes offer quick, cheap and fun access to favorite spots. From Sandpoint one can take a scenic trip for a few hours, an exceptional adventure for a couple of days or block out some serious time to take the trip of a lifetime. “I love riding the mountain roads: the Yaak to Koocanusa, Quinn’s Hot Springs to 9-mile Ranger Station and Bayview to Thompson Falls to name a few,” says Olson. To that list I would add: Trestle Creek to Lightning Creek, Priest Lake to Sullivan Lake, Bunco Road around

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RIDING the east side of Lake Pend Oreille and accessing the endless miles of dirt roads in the Coeur d’Alene drainage from Clark Fork. Whether on a long trip or a short one, riding dual-sport bikes, or any motorcycle for that matter, requires total concentration. It’s an all-encompassing activity: senses are on high, reflexes always ready, body and mind are focused. Like meditation, thoughts are concentrated – centered on staying safe, upright and moving forward. A good ride effectively cleanses the mind and spirit of any unwanted debris. Olson, fond of solo travel, acknowledges this when he said, “I feel more available to my muse running alone.” When I ride, I’ve got Donaghue with me. I know his hands gripped the handlebars as I now do and his eyes looked past this very same windscreen. I wear his boots on my feet, his gloves on my hands, his helmet protects my head, and he resides in my thoughts and heart on every ride.



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hen Josh Stokes was a boy he stood in the back of his father’s boat in his pajamas hoisting a fishing pole. His dad, Roy Stokes, 56, often carried him from his bed to the pickup, then to the boat in early daylight that waxed over Lake Pend Oreille like a brush stroke. When he was old enough to shuck the pajamas, the younger Stokes caught his first Kamloops rainbow on the lake, and like the fish, the experience hooked the boy. “There’s nothing like standing on the back of the boat with a 20-pound trout peeling 1,000 feet of line off your reel three times,” Josh Stokes, now 23, says. “It’s out there 500 feet and still jumping.” As long as anyone can remember, Kamloops has been king fish on northern Idaho’s big lake, with fishing derbies that used to pay out $1,000 in the youth division, a prize Josh Stokes pocketed more than once. During bygone derby days, the roads leading to the lake’s boat launches and the resorts that sponsored the derbies were bumper-to-bumper with cars, pickups and boat trailers whose owners and crew

were out to land the biggest Kamloops rainbow to win the prize and prestige it brought. “The grand prize in the spring derby used to be over $20,000,” Roy Stokes said. “Now it’s $800.” Sportsmen and women would come from across the continent to hook gymnastic Kamloops – also called Gerrard rainbows – in Lake Pend Oreille, watch them catapult into the air, wrap fishing line around outboards and generally give an angler a good show. Of all the rainbows Roy Stokes caught in 20 years of fishing Idaho’s biggest lake, he kept only three, including a mounted 25-pound, 12-ounce rainbow that hangs in his Post Falls living room. “We almost always let them go,” he says. “They were like our pets.” In the historic days of the lake’s super rainbow fishery, the lake’s kokanee population – the major food source for big rainbows – was at its prime, too, so sport fishermen and meat anglers who caught their limit of the small, silver, landlocked kokanee salmon for the smoker, coexisted happily on northern Idaho’s big trout pond. Those were the good times.

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Like many good times, however, shadows loomed and grew, not on the horizon this time, but under the lake’s Aqua Velva blue surface. These shadows were fish too, namely lake trout, a species that was introduced in 1925 by the federal government as a food and possible income source for area residents. The idea was to provide a commercial fishery for anglers, but the lake trout, transported from the Great Lakes, didn’t respond well to their new environment. The fishery didn’t flourish and Pend Oreille’s lake trout were destined to sulk around the deep, cold contours of the lake while sport anglers chased the glitzy Kamloops and meat fishers filled buckets with kokanee. For more than 50 years, Pend Oreille’s lake trout – also called mackinaw – were not bothering anyone, says Mike Hansen, a fishery biologist and consul-



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From left: James Mullen with a 24-pound rainbow. Boots Reynolds shows off 23 lake trout reeled in with Ward Tollbom in three and a half hours June 24, 2008. Dave Ivy caught this sizable lake trout under a bounty program aimed at the unwanted predator

tant to Idaho Fish and Game (IF&G) and the Lake Pend Oreille Fishery Recovery Task Force, which have wrestled with the lake’s fishery issues for several years. “The lake trout juveniles didn’t have a good food supply,” said Hansen, who is a lake trout expert and professor of fisheries at the University of Wisconsin at Stevens Point. Therefore, the macks didn’t thrive. Some time in the late 1960s, Ward Tollbom remembers attending a meeting of sportsmen at Sandpoint Community Hall. An avid fisher of kokanee and lifelong Sandpoint resident, Tollbom and a

packed house of anglers, all spurred by the notion of bigger, fatter kokanee in Pend Oreille, demanded IF&G supply a food source for their kokanee. In British Columbia, from where kokanee hail, the trout could weigh a hefty 3 to 5 pounds, while Pend Oreille’s kokanee were measured in inches – somewhere around 10 inches was the average. The only difference was their food source. In British Columbia’s Kootenay Lake, kokanee fed on a little freshwater shrimp called mysis. The anglers at the meeting wanted mysis in Pend Oreille to bolster their kokanee, Tollbom recalls.


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Record-setting waters That Lake Pend Oreille is the state’s biggest and deepest body of water is a distinction not lost on sport anglers around the globe. And like unusually eclectic cuisine, it is served with its own dose of anticipation. From north to south, the lake stretches 43 miles, covering a surface of more than 150 square miles and plummeting to depths of more than 1,000 feet – making Pend Oreille the fifth-deepest lake in the nation. Such a trench must hold a variety of fish. Many sport fishers will attest to it. For some, though, the days of testament, or oral observation are left to words printed in Idaho Fish and Game ledgers. Wes Hamlet is a name that has stuck in the record books for more than a half century. In 1947, he hoisted a world-record 37-pound Kamloops rainbow trout out of the lake’s cerulean waters. Some say it’s still the world-record fish because two subsequent world-record rainbow caught in 2007 and 2009 in Saskatchewan, Canada, are “genetic cheats,” genetically modified hatchery fish called triploids – not wild, spawning trout. The International Game Fish Association, however, does not recognize the distinction. A couple years after Hamlet’s famous catch, in 1949, a man named Nelson Higgins caught what remains as the worldrecord bull trout in Pend Oreille. The fish weighed 32 pounds. Pend Oreille’s waters churned for a while as the lake’s

reputation as a world-class fishery blossomed. Stories of big Lake Pend Oreille trout circulated and sportsmen anxiously waited for the next record-book trout to be pulled from the lake. Expectations culminated in 1991 with a 24-pound cutthroat/rainbow trout hybrid, called a cutbow, caught by Irwin Donart. The record has stood for 30 years. In 1995, Jim Eversole caught the largest game fish ever taken from Lake Pend Oreille, a 43-pound, 6-ounce mackinaw, also known as the lake trout. The lake is little known for its whitefish fishery although it holds in abundance two species of the tender-fleshed fish. The mountain whitefish, a native, is the smaller of the lake’s two varieties and found in depths of less than 50 feet. Introduced into the lake in 1898 from the Great Lakes, the bigger lake whitefish are found at depths between 80 to 200 feet. The state record lake whitefish weighed 6 pounds, 8 ounces and was caught in Pend Oreille last year by Dale Hofmann. – Ralph Bartholdt


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FISHING “People had visions of tying up to the Long Bridge in the morning and catching 2-pound kokanee,” Tollbom said. “We all saw the mysis as the vehicle to do that.” The state fisheries department conceded, and mysis shrimp were introduced. The effect was sweeping and almost caused the demise of the little silvery salmon. “After the introduction of mysis, lake trout started increasing in abundance,” Hansen said.

The S-curved shadows under the lake’s surface began to swell. Unlike both kokanee, which have a four-year life cycle, and rainbows, which grow big and fast with the right food source and usually die before their ninth birthday, lake trout can live to be 65, all the while growing and devouring kokanee, rainbows and their own species. In other lakes where they were introduced, such as nearby Priest Lake and Montana’s Flathead Lake, macks, driven by voracious appetites and the right

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conditions, have depleted all neighboring fish species on their way to becoming the sole proprietors of their ponds. This phenomenon became apparent in Pend Oreille in the last couple decades until it reached a climax in 2000. Bolstered by the introduced mysis shrimp as a food source for juvenile mackinaw, and plenty of kokanee for adults to eat, lake trout populations had picked up speed. At the same time, populations of kokanee, the backbone of the lake’s world-class rainbow fishery, slumped. Because of drastically depleted numbers, IF&G in 2000 closed the season on Pend Oreille kokanee, the landlocked salmon that formed the basis of the lake’s multimillion dollar fishery. Mackinaw, which eat about 10 pounds of smaller fish to gain a single pound of their own, had outgrown their welcome. “They are bad neighbors,” Roy says. Introducing mysis shrimp to the ecosystem not only helped fatten juvenile mackinaw, but the shrimp also competed with kokanee fry for zooplankton, the fry’s main food. The shrimp were not the only enemy of Pend Oreille’s kokanee. A dam completed on the Pend Oreille River in 1955 as a means to churn electricity for the Bonneville Power Administration (BPA) had its impact as well. Built and managed by the Army Corps of Engineers for BPA, Albeni Falls Dam was a feat of modern engineering that supplied needed power for a burgeoning region. By the mid-1960s, seasonal dam operations routinely fluctuated the level of the big lake. Winter drawdowns, it was later learned, uncovered the beds of late-spawning kokanee that rely on shoreline gravel to lay eggs. Early-spawning kokanee migrate to streams in the fall to spawn, but the bulk of the lake’s kokanee use shoreline beds to spawn in November and December. The winter drawdown of the lake exposed and killed fertile eggs of winterspawning fish. Early spawners are also vulnerable to weather, when rain-onsnow events wash them out. In recent years, the Corps and BPA have worked closely with state fishery


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FISHING biologists to make sure the beds are adequately flooded in winter to assure kokanee survival. “Lake levels are set going into the winter, based on what biologists believe the kokanee spawn is going to be,” said Mike Milstein, of BPA’s public relations. “Based on that number, we know we need so much spawning area, so the lake needs to be at a certain level to provide the spawning area the fish need.” The Corps draws down the lake to a level spawning kokanee require. “We don’t want to leave eggs exposed,” Milstein said. Noxious weeds, pollutant-laced runoff and lake drawdowns impact the fishery, but predation of kokanee – the lake’s backbone species – is recognized as the biggest factor to the small, bluebacked salmon’s survival. “Ecologically, it’s called a predator pit,” said Hansen, “when there is too few prey for the predators.” Offsetting the “predator pit” was IF&G’s main concern when it started a program more than five years ago to eliminate kokanee’s main predators. It includes a $15 bounty on lake trout and Pend Oreille’s prestigious rainbow trout. The bounty, or angler incentive program, combined with commercial fishing of lake trout using gill nets and fish traps in mackinaw spawning areas, were launched when biologists were aghast to learn that after years of battling for survival, Pend Oreille’s declining kokanee population was on the brink of total collapse. “If someone had told me that we could get the kokanee population back in a few years, I would have said they were crazy,” Idaho Fish and Game Commissioner Tony McDermott of Sagle said. McDermott had watched the kokanee’s decline for decades and wasn’t surprised when it bottomed out. He and department officials worked with sporting, recreation and environmental groups to form the Lake Pend Oreille Fishery Recovery Task Force that works in concert with state-funded kokanee recovery efforts on Pend Oreille. The work has paid off. Hatchery crews collected more than

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10 million kokanee eggs and handled about 100,000 late-season, spawning hatchery fish in the 2010-11 spawning season. The egg take ensures an abundant class of kokanee fry will be introduced into the lake this year. “We’ve seen major gains in the number of hatchery fish returning in the last two years,” Andy Dux, IF&G fishery biologist, said. “In the two years prior to that, we had less than a million eggs each year.” In addition, more shoreline spawners have been recorded. “Historically they comprise the majority of Lake Pend Oreille’s kokanee,” Dux said. “They are our ticket to recovery.” Combined with commercial harvesting of lake trout, and a bounty paid to anglers, more than 115,000 kokaneedevouring mackinaw have been removed from the lake since 2006. For anglers who were getting used to lake trout as a game fish that fetched $15 per head, macks have become harder to find. The ones anglers hook are smaller than the fat, split-tailed fish they caught in the past. “Fishing is getting tougher,” Dux said. “Folks are turning in smaller lake trout. Big ones are harder to come by.” Despite the successes of the lake trout netting and angler incentive programs, he said IF&G will not slacken its grip on getting rid of the lake’s macks in its efforts to reach a goal of once again having a kokanee fishery in which anglers harvest 300,000 of the silvery

salmon annually. “The big picture outlook is to continue an aggressive approach to reducing predators,” he said. Since 2006, the angler incentive program has also resulted in the demise of 32,954 rainbows. Roy Stokes, the man who killed only three rainbows in the 20 years he pursued them for sport is part of the effort. “I’ve killed thousands,” he said. “Last year I killed 600.” The experience has left him a little sideways. “It changed me,” he said. “We used to turn every fish loose. Now we have to kill them and cut their heads off. It’s an emotional, hard thing to do.” For Roy, a member of the task force, and his fellow rainbow trout anglers, there is a silver lining. As lake trout numbers fall off, and kokanee numbers bounce back, the size and population of rainbows is also ticking upward. “We saw more rainbows over 15 pounds last year than we have in quite a number of years,” Dux said. “It’s been quite some time since we’ve seen as many big rainbows.” The driving force behind the bigger rainbows is the increased number of the smaller kokanee, their food source. “Really what’s driving it is we have









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said. “But we’re cautioning them that we have a long way to go to get to our recovery goals. Kokanee populations are still at risk.” Roy Stokes agrees. “There’s no way we’re out of the woods,” he said. Sure, he wants to reach the day when he can once again catch and release trophy rainbows, but he is realistic. “We’re not there,” he said. “Whatever it takes to get there needs to be done.” Even if it means killing the fish he

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Kayaking and lazy floats on the Priest, Moyie and Pack rivers Whether for the thrill of whitewater or the quieter pleasures of wildlife and scenic beauty, area rivers offer a moving experience. Herein, two whitewater kayakers and a family floater share their insights on three of those rivers.

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kayaking & lazy floats Thr Priest River offers many meander bends, good areas to enjoy swimming or a picnic. PHOTO BY BRENT CLARK

That the Priest has relatively small whitewater doesn’t mean paddlers can’t get into trouble. On one kayaking trip years back, a beginner friend flipped and swam a couple times – par for the course for those learning to master a kayak – but on a third swim, now fatigued, he let go of his paddle and it got away. He had to pull off the river. The Priest enters the Pend Oreille River at the town of Priest River, after running due south out of Priest Lake for 40 river miles, collecting all the waters of a huge basin gouged out of the Selkirk Mountains. The basin gets a lot of snow each year, which makes for some healthy spring runoffs – more than 6,000 cfs – producing whitewater in May and June. As summer arrives and high water subsides, the river remains floatable but switches gear. By high summer of July into early August, the Eight Mile run is a popular inflatable and inner tube float. In fact, my fondest memories of this river aren’t from some derring-do in the

The Priest: A river for all seasons If you set out to design a river for all sorts of paddlers, you would probably come up with something like the Eight Mile section of the Priest River. It combines flat water in a meandering course through broad pastures during the first few miles, then picks up steam as it winds into a minor canyon punctuated with Class II+ waves and holes that are candy for kayakers and rafters. Yet the joys of boating the Priest aren’t as much for the rapids as simply the pleasure of being on a river. “Rivers,” as a friend once observed, “pick beautiful places to live.”

rapids but from lazy inner tube floats on blazing hot summer days. (A word to the wise here: After you start there is no good public access until you approach town. If you’re on an inner tube, it is a long float that you should start well before noon.) But that’s just an approximately eight-mile chunk of the lower river. In spring there’s another short whitewater run, of three miles, from below the outlet of Priest Lake to the Dickensheet Campground. Though short, it is a more continuous Class II+ run that some kayakers prefer for the greater concentration of waves and holes. And one long spring day I paddled the whole river, from lake outlet 40-some river miles down to town. What I remember best, aside from some interminable flat-water meanders in the run’s midsection, are the bank swallows – several colonies of hundreds of birds that had burrowed their nests into high silt banks. As they swooped and swirled around us, it was like floating through a maelstrom of birds – ones with good taste. They, like the river, had picked a neat place to live. – Chris Bessler

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The Moyie: A classic whitewater run


espite the fame, in certain quarters, of the four-wheel festival called the Moyie Springs Mud Bog, there’s a lot more than mud in Moyie. If you’re looking for excitement, maybe you should think more water and less mud. More specifically, you should be thinking Moyie River, a classic whitewater run about 40 miles north and east of Sandpoint. Picture this: You’re at ease in your boat, having just paddled through a series of standing waves, admiring the steep walls of the Moyie River canyon around you. As the sun warms and relaxes you, you look down only to find a 50-foot-tall wall of concrete dead ahead where, from the distance upstream, the river seems to almost disappear. Approaching the ominous structure, you begin to feel uneasy. With no place to go but downstream, towards the wall, you proceed with caution.

At the last second you see the dam has been breached at its far left and your tension melts with the sight of a waterfall cascading into the river past the breach. Stroking through a pool where the Skin Creek waterfall is cascading into the river, you blast down a drop and into the eddy below the concrete skeleton of the Old Eileen Dam with a smile of relief. “The Dam” is but one of the Moyie’s two signature rapids. The second comes a couple miles downstream, another great class III rapid called Hole in the Wall. It’s a roller-coaster drop through big waves before you punch into the Moyie Reservoir, where the laughter and talk about who was the most scared carries you along as you paddle a final quarter mile of reservoir to the takeout above the Moyie Dam. This is just the tail end of what the Moyie River has to offer whitewater raf-

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Put-in/takeout: From Bonners Ferry, head north on U.S. Highway 95 to Three Mile Junction, then east on U.S. Highway 2 for two miles to a left turn onto Meadow Creek Road. After about nine miles you’ll cross the Moyie at the Meadow Creek bridge; go about a half mile upstream to find an undeveloped parking area streamside on the left. The takeout is on the reservoir above the Moyie Dam, reached by turning at the Moyie Springs Store on U.S. Highway 2 and winding down the access road to the dam. Commercial outfitters offering trips are Coeur d’Alene-based ROW (800-4516034, and Bonners Ferry’s 3 Heart Outfitters (208-267-5858, 3heartout

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ters and kayakers alike, and even expert canoeists. The eight-mile whitewater section is strung together by tall wave trains, pushy Class II and III rapids and sunny lunch spots. The river is such a classic that a pair of commercial outfitters run trips during the May-June season (see access info below for contacts). The river is at its best at flows of 500 to 2,500 cfs – and above about 2,000 cfs, the Dam becomes considerably more difficult. Above the canyon is another 10-mile class II swift water section, giving beginner whitewater adventurers a chance to get out and enjoy the scenic Moyie River. The Moyie is a spectacular, close-tohome run that offers a beautiful, exciting way of seeing northern Idaho.

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The Upper Pack: A ‘project’ for experts

Put-in/takeout: From U.S. Highway 95, turn west onto Pack River Road for 12 miles to the upper bridge – the take-out for the Slides and the put-in for the Gorgette. The take-out for the Gorgette is back down the road a couple miles. The put-in for the Slides is up the road past the bridge a couple miles. Continuing up the road turn left on Road No. 2653 and follow it to the trailhead for Chimney Rock, which doubles as the put-in for the Grottos.

If I had to describe the Upper Pack River in just one word, I couldn’t do it. I could possibly pull it off with three words – pristine, wild and pure. The Upper Pack tumbles down out of the Selkirk Mountains north of Sandpoint. As a whitewater kayaker and Sandpoint native, I can honestly say that the Pack is my favorite. It is a steep, low-volume creek that offers challenging Class IV, V and V+ rapids to any worthy opponent. The river does have a softer side, counter-balancing the roar of the whitewater. Embedded in smooth granite, the Pack River’s cold, clear water is home to trout. Combining the river, thick forest and abundant wildlife, the Pack River drainage provides endless opportunities for any outdoor enthusiast. The Upper Pack River can be broken into three sections, providing whitewater kayakers with stepping stones into “steep creek” boating. All the sections are rated at least Class IV, and the farther you drive up the road, they become solid Class V runs. The first and lowest section is called “The Gorgette,” three miles consisting primarily of small Class IV boulder gardens, with one larger more technical Class IV rapid in the middle of the run. From here you can step up to “The Slides” section. This, in my book, is where the Pack’s beauty jumps up a peg or two. The run takes on a smooth, water-polished granite character for three miles, creating fun slides and ledges. The rapids here are mostly Class IV with a couple Class Vs thrown in. The next stop is a two-plus mile section, “The Grottos,” in the uppermost Pack – the keeper of fun, adventure and adrenaline that demands good teamwork and a solid set of skills. This is a stout Class V run with sticky spots coming in at Class V+. It packs a punch with waterfalls, gorges and technical slides. So there you have it: Less than an hour from Sandpoint is a pristine playground that will test you, teach you and awe you every time you pay it a visit.

After Pack River crosses under U.S. Highway 95, it turns into a meandering waterway through the pastoral Selle Valley until it empties into Lake Pend Oreille at Idaho State Highway 200. Though the valley is well-populated, the waters pass through surprisingly vacant land. The Lower Pack still offers wildlife spotting: ospreys, herons, eagles and moose. It’s a key migratory corridor for threatened bull trout. Although it’s flat water, during spring runoff April to June, the Pack can have strong, hazardous currents. For the inexperienced or those looking for family-friendly, lazy water floats, July and August are best. Consider these three stretches. Beginning at Highway 95, put in under the railroad trestle and expect to spend three hours to reach the first bridge on Colburn-Culver Road. The next section goes from the second bridge on ColburnCulver, near Northside School, to Rapid Lightning Road at the Pack River Store and takes 1.5 hours. The final stretch – and probably the best – from Rapid Lightning to Highway 200 takes a good four hours; paddlers pass an old homestead in the Ginter Wildlife Management Area and The Idaho Club. Parking is limited at all put-ins/take-outs. Watch out for highway traffic on 200. Lined predominantly with black cottonwood, willow and cedar, the lower Pack is dotted with wide sandbars and occasional rocks or well-placed rope swings for jumping off. The combination of scenery and serene water makes for a memorable day of family fun.

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Clark Fork Centennial

Town’s 1911 incorporation a cause for celebration By Trish Gannon


he sun glittered off the surface of Lake Pend Oreille. Mountains thickly forested with ponderosa pine, cedar, white pine and larch seemed to dip their toes in the lake. Within those forests, bear, deer, elk, moose and hundreds of smaller creatures browsed and searched for carrion and the opportunity, perhaps, of a fresh meal. Occasionally, men would also creep through the trees – American Indians looking for huckleberries and game and grizzled trappers searching for pelts. From the spot where the mighty Clark’s Fork of the Columbia spilled into the lake upstream to the magnificent, towering Cabinet Gorge, the mountains pulled back, just a little. What was the cradle of an ice sheet in the last Ice Age is now thick, alluvial soil spreading a short distance on each side of the river. The Pacific Railway Acts of 1862-66 that led to building the Northern Pacific would change the mostly peaceful stillness of this valley. The quest to join East Coast and West with a ribbon of steel would pass directly through this area. From Seneacquoteen on the Pend Oreille River, the Road to the Buffalo led to the Montana goldfields, and it was along here the Clark Fork Division of the railroad would go. In early 1882, its path went past the future site of the town of Clark Fork. “The valley was not to admit intrusion easily,” wrote Mona Vanek in “Behind These Mountains,” a history of western Montana that touches on the developments just a few miles across the state line into Idaho. She quotes “History of the Northern Pacific Railroad” and relates the forest was “of phenomenal density, the trees standing so closely together that they seemed almost to form a solid rampart of trunks.” It was these trees that drew most of

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the earlier settlers to the area; the railroad had a phenomenal appetite for lumber, as did builders on the East Coast and even in Europe. The precious minerals – gold, silver, copper – attracted them, too. Early settlement was driven by a desire for the natural resources found here in abundance. Some decided to stay; by the 1900 Census, when this portion of Idaho was still a part of Kootenai County, 229 residents lived in the “Clarks Fork precinct.” Even today some living in the area carry those names: Whites, Derrs, Vogels, Daughartys. By the 1910 Census that number had almost doubled, mostly due to the single men who came to work and make their fortune. The Homestead Act of 1862 allowed any U.S. citizen, or intended citizen, who had never borne arms against the U.S. Government to file an application for up to 160 acres of land, live on and improve it for five years, then file for the deed. Bureau of Land Management records indicate Bert Ralph successfully applied for homestead land in 1898 in Clarks Fork, followed by John Nagle in 1900 and John White in 1903. In May 1911, the rapid influx of settlers allowed Clarks Fork to incorporate as a town, and on July 2, 2011, the city will celebrate 100 years of existence. The town was known as Clarks Fork until sometime in the early 1950s, when it became simply Clark Fork. Today, it’s a town of 536 by the most SUMMER 2011

Circa 1910 Main Street shows Wiley Webb of Clarks Fork hauling logs past the mercantile, left, and hotel to the nearby Northern Pacific. PHOTO: BONNER COUNTY HISTORICAL SOCIETY/CHUCK PETERSON COLLECTION

recent census. You can bet almost every one of those residents – and many more – will be part of the various centennial activities leading up to the annual Fourth of July celebrations. “We want this to be a day of celebration of being a town and being a community, of being neighbors,” said Roger Anderson, the Clark Fork city councilman who is informally heading the event committee. Organizers are planning for an event that highlights more than 100 years of life in Clark Fork with historic photos and oral histories. A softball tournament will break for an exhibition game between Clark Fork and Sagle, hearkening back to a hard-hitting rivalry that existed even prior to the town’s founding. The day will include a pancake breakfast and a picnic on the school grounds, as well as a Kid’s Fishing Derby, car show and live music. For a current schedule, look up www., search for “Clark Fork Centennial” on or call 266-0376. SANDPOINT MAGAZINE


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A giant sheet of ice and colossal floods The story of Ice Age cataclysms that sculpted Lake Pend Oreille and beyond world’s devastating geologic forces. In the last Ice Age, phenomenal prehistoric floods, the largest and most cataclysmic on Earth, sculpted a landscape stretching 700 miles over four states all the way to the Pacific Ocean – and northern Idaho was near the heart of it all. The rate of those floods, geologists say, flowed 10 times greater than all the world’s rivers combined – up to 1 billion cubic feet per second. Geologists believe the major source of that water, Glacial Lake Missoula, held up to 530 cubic miles of water, or half the volume of Lake Michigan, an immense amount that ultimately would break loose, and run faster and deeper than imaginable. And it did so repeatedly, a hundred times or more during the last Ice Age. “One billion cubic feet per second is pretty dramatic, and the

fact that it spread out for a hundred miles across the Scabland is pretty significant. Most rivers are a mile or less wide,” said geologist Bruce Bjornstad, a senior research scientist at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory and author of “On the Trail of the Ice Age Floods.” In its wake, the catastrophic Ice Age floods left behind a string of nine lakes in northern Idaho and northeast Washington, punctuated by the question-mark shaped granddaddy of them all – Lake Pend Oreille. It was here that icy fingers from the Cordilleran ice sheet crept south and dammed the Clark Fork River, ultimately forming Glacial Lake Missoula near the Idaho-Montana border. This great inland sea spread east into Montana for 200 miles. And that ice dam was as large as 23 miles wide, 35 miles long

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Just east of Cougar Peak on Trail 120, Conorey Vogel, age 10, rests in a huckleberry patch amidst an incredible view of Green Monarch Ridge. Here 15,000 years ago, an ice sheet plowed against the ridge, creating a dam that formed Glacial Lake Missoula and set the stage for cataclysmic floods. PHOTO BY COREY VOGEL

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ice age floods and a half a mile high. Over the years lake water was able to permeate the ice dam until it failed and a humongous flood was unleashed, bursting out the southern tip of modern-day Lake Pend Oreille at Bayview and then over the Rathdrum Prairie, with some water spilling over and heading north and west up the Hoodoo and Blanchard channels to the Priest River Valley. The waters primarily rushed through the Spokane Valley and onto the basalt-covered landscape of eastern Washington, furiously finding their way to the Columbia River and on to the Pacific Ocean at speeds up to 80 mph. In northern Idaho, where the bedrock was hard granitic and metasedimentary rocks, mostly quartzite and argillite, the Ice Age Floods left behind rounded mountains, glacial lakes and a fertile valley underlain by a vast aquifer. As the ice-laden waters swept over the Palouse loess and plucked at the basaltic bedrock of Washington and Oregon, they left behind a much different scene: channels, coulees, rock basins and benches, giant bars, mesas and buttes, and other features characteristic of the region south and west of Spokane called the Channeled Scabland. Northern Idaho’s higher elevation and different weather patterns account for its lush, green valleys and forested hillsides, in sharp contrast to the barren, semiarid Columbia Plateau that lies downstream. The vastly different landscapes make it hard to believe that the same Ice Age



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floods sculpted both regions. Wherever the megafloods went, they scattered thousands of so-called “erratics,” misplaced and oversized boulders that are of a different rock type than the underlying bedrock. Rafted in on icebergs transported by turbulent Ice Age floods, some weigh as much as 100 tons and resemble a battered Volkswagen camper – with the top up.

A scientist and his ‘outrageous hypothesis’ Since the Ice Age floods happened before recorded history, it took the keen eye and mind of an unconventional Seattle high school science teacher to realize a hundred years ago that those Channeled Scabland features must have been formed by water. In 1910, at the University of Washington, as J Harlen Bretz pored over the just-released topographic map of eastern Washington’s Quincy Basin and its cataract at Potholes Coulee, the seeds were planted for what would become a controversial theory that would rattle the foundation of a fairly new science: geology. That biology teacher, Bretz, later became a geologist and was expected by his colleagues to conform to the accepted thought of uniformitarianism, the fundamental geologic principle that geologic processes and natural laws now operating to modify Earth’s surface have acted in the same regular manner and with the same intensity – slow, gradual and steady – throughout billions of years of geologic

The most dramatic evidence for megafloods is in eastern Washington’s Channeled Scabland PHOTO BY TIM CADY

time. Those uniformitarians pulled the strings at the U.S. Geological Survey, and they staunchly clung to the belief that past geologic events could be explained by phenomenon and forces observable today. Still puzzled years later by those topographic maps, Bretz, by now a geology professor at the University of Chicago, ventured to the dry and dusty Channeled Scabland with his students to do fieldwork in the summer of 1922 and published his first scientific paper on the region in 1923.


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ice age floods He followed up that initial treatise with 12 more papers outlining all the evidence for what he called a great “Spokane Flood” during ensuing years of more and more fieldwork and refined interpretations. His hypothesis smacked of catastrophism, the opposite of uniformitarianism, and his detractors were many – namely all his peers. They derided Bretz at his presentation in 1927 at the prestigious Cosmos Club in Washington, D.C., (“the closest thing to a social headquarters for Washington’s intellectual elite”) and continued their contemptuous scorn for decades. Nevertheless, Bretz trusted his scientific observations and doggedly upheld his “outrageous hypothesis” about the Spokane Flood even though he couldn’t pinpoint its source (originally he envisioned a single flood). However, one of his colleagues, Joseph T. Pardee, had written Bretz in 1925 to suggest that the source of his controversial flood may be Glacial Lake Missoula. For reasons unknown, Bretz didn’t investigate Pardee’s hypothesis himself – didn’t even take an excursion to Pardee’s home state of Montana nor to northern Idaho – and thereby didn’t wholeheartedly accept the connection until years later. Even if Bretz had visited northern Idaho and Lake Missoula he may not have “seen the light” and been convinced of a connection with the Scabland. Features aren’t as obvious until viewed from the air, which generally wasn’t done back then.

“As early as 1930 Bretz acknowledged Lake Missoula as a possible flood source and later in 1933 even placed Lake Missoula on a map relative to the Scabland,” said Bjornstad. “Bretz wasn’t convinced though since he thought the ice sheet extended much farther (to near Spangle south of Cheney) and couldn’t imagine how floodwater could penetrate an ice dam 100 miles long. It wasn’t until many years later that geologists reinterpreted the edge of the ice only got as far as Bayview.” Perhaps, Bretz was just as human, stubborn and prone to disbelief as his skeptical colleagues. Unwittingly, he made the same mistake they did: failing to visit the area in question. He did attempt to identify the source for his Spokane Flood though. He traveled to British Columbia and checked out where volcanoes erupted under the ice sheet. “At the time he believed this was a more likely source than Lake Missoula. However, since he couldn’t positively identify where the water came from, he chose to focus on what he could defend – that a huge flood or floods passed through southeastern Washington and the Columbia River Gorge,” said Bjornstad. Some modern-day geologists think that Bretz’s hypothesis would have been accepted sooner had he investigated Pardee’s evidence and considered his assertion that Glacial Lake Missoula and the Spokane Flood were connected, as brought out by author John Soennichsen

in “Bretz’s Flood.” Pardee worked for the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) and spent most of his 32-year career studying geology in the Northwest, with a particular emphasis on Montana. He attended Bretz’s ill-accepted lecture at the Cosmos Club but didn’t speak up about the possibility that those preposterous floods could have come from Pardee’s Glacial Lake Missoula. One could imagine his caution and trepidation among his peers and superiors from the USGS as they turned on Bretz following his presentation. Soennichsen wrote about an unsubstantiated rumor that Pardee whispered to a nearby colleague, “I know where the water came from.” Vindication for Bretz didn’t start to come until 1940 when Pardee presented his findings concerning Glacial Lake Missoula – aha! the source of all that water! – to the American Association for the Advancement of Science in Seattle. Pardee had discovered a key piece of evidence: giant current ripples clearly visible on aerial photographs. Whereas Bretz was humiliated at his 1927 presentation (he called it an “ambush”), 13 years later Pardee received a standing ovation. Later in 1942 he published his work in the Geological Society of America Bulletin. “Pardee didn’t come out and say there was a flood like Bretz did. He let his audience come to this conclusion on their own,” Bjornstad said. “I think Pardee was more diplomatic and less arrogant than Bretz, which made it easier for his peers

As seen from above Ellisport Bay, Ice Age floods remnant Lake Pend Oreille. PHOTO BY JAY MOCK

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ice age floods to believe him.” In 1952 Bretz returned to eastern Washington for his last scabland fieldwork and published a key paper four years later with lots of aerial photographs, including giant current ripples in the Channeled Scabland. It was then that Bretz announced there may have been more than one flood. “This is about when his fellow geologists started to believe Bretz was right,” Bjornstad added. More acceptance and vindication for Bretz came in 1965 when fellow geologists visited the site of the flood-wrought Columbia Plateau. After seeing the landscape for themselves, they wired a telegram to the 82-year-old Bretz: “We are all now catastrophists!” Bretz helped other geologists think outside the box as they began to consider the evidence for other catastrophes that produce dramatic change during shortlived events, such as tsunamis, volcanic eruptions and meteor impacts. In geologic time, a thousand years or so is just a blink of an eye, and that’s all it took for the ice dam at the Idaho-Montana border to form and repeatedly fail, again and again, unleashing recurrent floods that each drained in a few days.

Telling the floods’ story Today, northern Idaho’s residents and visitors enjoy many features sculpted by Ice Age floods, but few know their source or recognize the remarkable or more subtle flood features for what they are. Each year thousands of people visit Farragut State Park at the southern end of Lake Pend Oreille, but only a fraction comprehend what they see in the steep, glacial-beveled slopes beside the lake or in the erratics and natural ice-melt sinkholes dotting the park. Many stop along Idaho State Highway 200 and admire the precipitous Green Monarch Ridge but don’t realize a massive tongue of ice once plowed into it and created an ice dam. The U.S. Congress, though, passed a bill in 2009 that was signed into law by President Barack Obama to create a first-of-its-kind Ice Age Floods National Geologic Trail, which will facilitate expansion of public awareness about the megafloods. The trail will be a network of marked touring routes along the 700-mile-long path of the floods through Montana, Idaho, Washington and Oregon, with several special interpretive centers at existing public facilities such as visitor centers. This “park without boundaries”

will tell the story of the floods, beginning with the work by pioneering geologists Bretz and Pardee, who brought the cataclysms to light. In northern Idaho, meanwhile, the story of the megafloods has been limited to an interpretive display along Idaho State Highway 200 and the occasional campfire program at Sam Owen Campground or Farragut State Park. But in 2005, a few geologically inclined folks formed a local chapter of the Ice Age Floods Institute ( to facilitate an exchange of information on the region’s natural geologic heritage. Dubbed Coeur du Deluge, translated meaning “heart of the floods,” the chapter has held several field trips, some led by Idaho State Geologist Roy Breckenridge. These flood fans trace the outburst channel from Bayview through the Hoodoo Valley, for example, or visit Hope and Clark Fork to view glacial striations and other evidence for glaciation. “We’ve got so much interest and momentum,” said chapter President Sylvie White, who owns The Map Store. “Most people who come into the store are amazed that we were under 2,000 feet of ice.”

Relic flood features Author Bruce Bjornstad lists several flood features in what he calls the “ice dam breakout area” in his second volume of “On the Trail of the Ice Age Floods,” due to be published this summer by Keokee Books (see story, opposite page). Gene Kiver, emeritus professor at Eastern Washington University is the coauthor. Those areas affected by the breakout of Missoula floods include Lake Pend Oreille, the Rathdrum Prairie, Spokane Valley, and the Pend Oreille and Little Spokane river valleys. Following are five of those flood-formed features in the panhandle and their geologic interpretations excerpted from Bjornstad and Kiver’s new book.

Shaded-relief map of glacial ice dam that impounded Glacial Lake Missoula, which rose to a maximum elevation of 4,250 feet. Opposite: Mouth of Lake Pend Oreille and head of the Rathdrum Prairie Outburst Plain – the breakout zone for floods from Glacial Lake Missoula. Looking northeast. The beveled slope at right was planed off by the grinding action of the ancient ice lobe, perhaps in combination with the outburst floods. ILLUSTRATIONS BY BRUCE BJORNSTAD, “ON THE TRAIL OF THE ICE AGE FLOODS – THE NORTHERN REACHES”



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Purcell Trench Ice Lobe: Icesculpted and polished bedrock, beveled slopes, glacial till and erratics. Best observed from Cape Horn Road northeast of Bayview and Idaho State Highway 200 along the north side of Lake Pend Oreille or Green Monarch Divide, Mickinnick,


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ice age floods Mineral Point, Cape Horn and Farragut Shoreline trails. During the Ice Age a huge tongue of ice thousands of feet thick flowed south from Canada along the Purcell Trench bounded by the Selkirk Mountains on the west and the Cabinet Mountains to the east. The massive tongue of ice plowed into the Green Monarch Ridge splitting into the Clark Fork and Lake Pend Oreille sublobes, creating the ice dam for Glacial Lake Missoula. The bedrock basin beneath today’s Lake Pend Oreille lies 600 feet below sea level as a result of Ice Age erosion; 1,500 feet of glacial sediments separate the lake bottom from the underlying bedrock. At 1,150 feet deep, Lake Pend Oreille is the 13th-deepest lake in the world!

Green Monarch Ridge Buttress: Rocky ridge 3,000 feet tall that deflected the south-flowing Purcell Trench Lobe of glacial ice. Best observed from interpretive display along Idaho State Highway 200 or Green Monarch Ridge and Mineral Point trails. A flow of ice diverged with one tongue that went east up the Clark Fork River Valley and a second tongue that headed south into the Lake Pend Oreille trench. The tall north face of the ridge was oversteepened and beveled by the grinding action of the ice. Thousands of feet of ice pressing hard against Green Monarch Ridge created a temporarily tight seal for Glacial Lake Missoula.

Rathdrum Prairie Outburst Plain: A broad, mostly featureless sediment apron in the area of ice-dam breakout for Glacial Lake Missoula. Best observed from Cape Horn Road northeast of Bayview and Cape Horn Trail. The outburst plain is composed of bouldery flood deposits, hundreds of feet thick. The plain is slightly elevated, lying 300 feet above the south shore of Lake Pend Oreille. The surface of the plain is covered with a network of low-relief braided channels, giant current ripples and oversized ice-rafted erratics. A string of kettle holes lies at the upper end of the outburst plain, left behind from the melting of sediment-covered ice blocks. Today there is no surface drainage across the outburst plain because of the coarse nature of the flood deposits.

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Rainwater and snowmelt quickly drain into the porous flood sediment, preventing any surface runoff.

Hoodoo Channel: Sinuous channel incised into the Rathdrum Prairie Outburst Plain. Best observed along U.S. Highway 95, three miles north of Athol. The Hoodoo Channel formed from the melting ice from the Lake Pend Oreille sublobe or possibly from much smaller Missoula flood(s) at the end of the Ice Age. The Rathdrum Prairie Outburst Plain proved too high for the Hoodoo Channel, which forced all its drainage northward toward Priest River and into present-day Pend Oreille River Valley.

Geological field guide explores Ice Age floods’ northern reaches Following up on his 2006 book “On the Trail of the Ice Age Floods,” geologist Bruce Bjornstad joined forces with Emeritus Professor Eugene Kiver to guide readers upstream – northward into the Channeled Scabland and northern Idaho – in the second book to be published by Keokee Books in July.

Spirit Lake Giant Erratics and Current Ripples: Elevated flood bar of the western Rathdrum Prairie Outburst Plain. Best observed from roadcuts along Idaho State Highway 54, a few miles east of Spirit Lake, where coarse gravel and sand compose a series of rolling, giant current ripples. Several giant erratics lie on either side of Idaho State Highway 41, two to three miles south of Spirit Lake. The orientation of the giant current ripples reveals that they were deposited by a flood moving northwest, although other ripples farther south are oriented to the southwest. This suggests that a northern escape route for the Ice Age floods via the Blanchard Channel was temporarily open when this bar was flooded. Giant, angular, ice-rafted erratics locally lie atop the ripples. The giant boulders, composed of granodiorite, are true erratics since they are different than the gneiss bedrock that underlies this area.


While the Channeled Scabland contains the evidence for megafloods that is most striking and dramatic, northern Idaho has its fair share of flood-shaped features, including magnificent Lake Pend Oreille. The coauthors cover the northern reaches, beginning at the Idaho-Montana border, where an ice dam formed and created Glacial Lake Missoula. They explore dozens of flood features, many found nowhere else on Earth, and present dozens of trails and tours directing readers to experience, firsthand, the striking aftermath of the cataclysmic Ice Age floods. The book defines 29 types of landforms, describes 65 flood-formed features, and provides a guide to 39 trails, five drives and two aerial tours. For more information about “On the Trail of the Ice Age Floods – The Northern Reaches,” look up



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Woods Wheatcroft : : Faithful Leap

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here is a moment in an extended backcountry trip when you “give in” and let the wilderness have its way with you – much like that described in “Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain” when a cognitive switch is thrown and the literal right brain takes over from the analog left. The right hemisphere sees things as they are, without judgment. Throwing that switch – key to an ability to render experience as art – never fails to make me laugh. The sense of relief is profound. No longer do I have to keep track of all things. I get to, however briefly, just be.

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Painters Jared Shear, left, and Aaron Johnson are seated in 48-Hour Creek during the first Scotchman Peaks Extreme Plein Air in 2009

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The analogous hiking moment is when you cease to debate whether the next step is possible and just take the next step. When artists enter the backcountry intent on making art, it is right-brain squared. Remarkable things happen, things like Extreme Plein Air. Friends of Scotchman Peaks Wilderness (FSPW) has facilitated two Extreme Plein Air hikes – wilderness trips for artists – and has scheduled a third for mid-July 2011. They grew out of Scotchman Peaks Plein Air Paintout, an annual event in September coordinated by FSPW volunteers Neil and Ann Wimberley and Outskirts Gallery owner Kally Thurman. Dozens of artists set up around the outside edges of the wilderness and create pieces to be hung immediately after the two-day Paintout ends. This year’s event is tentatively Sept. 16-18. After the 2008 Paintout, two artists expressed a desire to paint the wilderness from the inside out: Jared Shear of Thompson Falls, Mont., and Aaron Johnson of Moscow, Idaho. Neil Wimberley introduced them to me, and the Extreme Plein Air was born. Those in themselves were rightbrain movements, purely creative moments in which several of us saw the world as it is – waiting to be explored. In July 2009, Shear, Johnson, Victor Vosen and I, along with the Wimberleys and friend Danieli Puccinelli escorting, embarked up Little Spar Lake Trail No. 143 on the first Extreme Plein Air. Then, the four of us left the rest behind and went on to three nights and four days in the heart of the Scotchmans, specifically the upper reaches – Spar Creek, Savage Creek and Ross Creek. We were talking about “next year” before we walked out at the parking lot at Ross Creek Cedars. The 2010 iteration was more complicated. We extended our stay to five days and four nights, but made it a closed loop, beginning and ending at Ross Creek Cedars. We chose a new, more difficult route with more miles and more elevation change – Ross Creek Trail No. 142 to Trail No. 321 up the South Fork of Ross Creek and into the backcountry – no trails besides the ones the elk have made. And, though Vosen opted out, we added five folks: sculptor David Herbold of Moscow; “observSUMMER 2011

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48-Hour Pass :: Aaron Johnson

From left, Jared Shear, Aaron Johnson and Victor Vosen capture the moment above Horseshoe Lake in the Scotchman Peaks Wilderness during the inaugural Extreme Plein Air in 2009.

ers” Jared and Leslie Haas of Thompson Falls; and Jake Glass and Matt Stauble, two young filmmakers from Connecticut. Stauble, Glass and partner Joe Foster, who was unable to hike with us, were on hand to make a movie about the Scotchman Peaks, which soon morphed into two films – one about the proposed wilderness and the other about the artists and the Extreme Plein Air experience. The filmmakers have completed “En Plein Air,” the film about the artists and their experiences, and it has been shown in several different venues, including the Panida Little Theater in Sandpoint. “Grass Routes,” a film about the wilderness and the Friends of Scotchman Peaks, will be released sometime this summer. From the beginning, the hike became a mixed media creation; a crew making art films about wilderness and artists trying to capture the wilderness in their own mediums while a writer writes about the whole thing, which was what the observers were observing. The Wimberleys again escorted us to end of the trail before turning back, a poignant moment. “We watched the artists cross the creek and disappear into the alder,” said Neil Wimberley, “and felt left behind, like watching a voyage of discovery pull away from the dock.” For five days, we who voyaged lived inside of a huge installation piece nuanced by landscape, personality and whims of the wilderness. “It really became an experience that couldn’t be arrested as a moment,” Herbold said. “It became a direct collaboration with the wilderness, the people, the landscape, the physical exhaustion of traveling through it and a sense of awe.” The filmmakers worked hard to keep up as we experienced new vistas, changes of light and microcosms, all punctuated by a continuing plea from the painters: “Can we paint?” The hike

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scotchman extreme plein air leader, whose age considerably skewed the demographics of the otherwise 20- and 30-something group, was always up for a rest so often said “yes.” A scramble for paint, paper and palette would ensue as Stauble and Glass furiously filmed and photographed anything moving and much that wasn’t. The Haases would observe while Herbold stored information for later use in his studio in Moscow. When the frenzy subsided, we would heft our packs and get back to other matters – traversing some of the most gnarly and beautiful landscape in the Pacific Northwest, all the while looking for more opportunities to make art. “I believe it is these (plein air) paintings that resonate more with mankind – the paintings that have captured the

‘spirit’ or essence of a place,” said Shear. “Plein air allows us to make a connection with the landscape, become acquainted on a much more intimate level.” “Intimate” is a good word, though it is hard to describe the total effect of this trip on us, individually or corporately. Art and wilderness are transcendent experiences. They take us beyond ourselves, into realms of perception not otherwise available. They teach us to live in the now. They teach the art of observation. They teach us to let go. And, in letting go, we can take the measure of a place, and ourselves. Art produced from the FSPW Extreme Plein Air and Paintout can be seen online at

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You, too, can take a hike with some knowledgeable ‘friends’ For the past six years, Friends of Scotchman Peaks Wilderness (FSPW) has sponsored a summer hike series into the proposed wilderness on the Idaho-Montana border. From the well-worn tread up Scotchman Peak itself to user-friendly pathways at Ross Creek Cedars to off-the-trail backcountry trips in the upper reaches of the wilderness, FSPW’s offerings have something for any level of fitness. “Our hike program is one of our most important outreach programs,” says FSPW Executive

Director Phil Hough. “When we get folks into the wilderness, we show them how special this place is and why it needs to be protected.” This year, FSPW expects to lead about 20 hikes, ranging from “E” for “easy” to “S+” for “extra-strenuous,” including a number also listed with the Montana Wilderness Association. In the works are on-trail hikes to Ross Creek Cedars (E), South Fork Ross Creek Falls (M+), Goat Peak (S+), Star Peak (S), Little Spar Lake (M+), Scotchman Peak (S), and East Fork Creek (E+). Off-trail adventures

include Sawtooth Mountain (S+) via Blue Creek and No-Name Lake (S+) in the Dry Creek drainage. If you prefer to hike with a Pulaski in your hands, FSPW has just the workout plan for you. There are cooperative trail work days planned with all three ranger districts in which the peaks lie, Sandpoint, Cabinet and Three Rivers. Learn more at – Sandy Compton

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he cares of the world melt away when Ben, 83, and Sylvia Johnson, residents of the bustling Bay Area in California most of the year, make their way to Sandpoint for holiday breaks and summer getaways. And that feeling of leaving the chaos of big-city life behind is especially true now that the couple has built a stunning – yet refreshingly simple – farmhouse in the Sagle countryside. Retired from careers in real estate development for Ben, and family therapy for Sylvia, the Johnsons first discovered Sandpoint after a trip here with their son. At the time, they thought it would be a nice place to live someday. But then they came across a tranquil, 80-acre parcel of farmland in Sagle. “We couldn’t resist,” said Sylvia. “And my husband and I love building homes.” The Johnsons knew exactly what they were after once they bought their property, and they hired DSS Custom Homes to build the barn and the home. “I’ve always wanted a house with a porch that wraps all the way around,” said Sylvia. “I went through magazines, and went through pictures. Then I gave them all to Jon Sayler, our



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architect. He did a beautiful job – he read my mind.” The result is a fresh and clean farmhouse that looks as if it’s been there 100 years, situated in the middle of a hayfield, its old-fashioned style recalling homes from the Johnsons’ childhood memories. “I loved being in the country as a girl,” said Sylvia. A straight, gravel road – nearly a half mile in length – leads


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toward the farmhouse, and there’s a sense of leaving the modern world behind in the rear-view mirror after passing under the property’s handcrafted “Deer Valley Farm” sign. Architect Jon Sayler said part of the fun of building the Johnsons’ home was “starting from scratch,” working with raw land to decide what goes where. “Standing back on the road and looking at the land, we’d discuss ‘What do we want to see first, second, third?’ ” It took a dedicated effort to stay

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true to the property’s simple appearance, avoiding the latest building fad. “We had to be restrained in our touch,” he said. A new barn was built off to the east of the farmhouse, its design plucked from a sketch of a 1910 structure to look like it had been there forever – and it does. The Johnsons know better, however, as an existing barn that was on the property when they purchased the land collapsed during an infamous northern Idaho windstorm. Landscaping around the farmhouse and barn is intentionally kept to a minimum, and the simple gravel drive leads right up to the front veranda of the home. It’s a simplistic design approach that’s echoed inside the house, as well. “There’s a certain amount of peace that comes with that pared-down environment,” said Sylvia about the effort to keep clutter and obstructions to a minimum. “Coming from California, this home has a wonderful sense of peace and space. It’s the feeling of being in the country, and being able to look out and see cows and deer.” Inside the 2,400-square-foot home, a multitude of French doors and double-hung windows usher in an abundance of natural light, which reflects off the white-on-white painted interior. At every turn, the rooms are tastefully furnished with antique pieces and items purposely crafted to lend old-fashioned charm, again complementing the farmhouse’s architecturally simple style. The bright and light living area is the Johnsons’ favorite room in the house. “That’s where we gather and interact, and it’s a lot of fun,” said Sylvia. With unobstructed views to the outside, Sylvia recalls a wintertime visit to the home where they sat in the living room and watched the storms roll in.



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windows to create the idea of eating out on the porch. The Johnsons love to collect art from their travels around the world and have several unique paintings hanging in the home that they’ve picked up from various sources. Several of the more vividly colored paintings are of old trucks: One painting was purchased in the Gold Country of California, and another was painted by the friend of a friend. “We were keeping with the theme of trucks and barns here,” Ben said. Trekking downstairs to the home’s basement is like re-entering the modern world again. This is where a spacious TV room is located, furnished with a nod to current trends such as cozy wallto-wall carpeting, sheetrock walls, and traditional leather furnishings. Having the extra space downstairs comes in handy for the Johnsons, whose four children and five grandchildren have become regular visitors to the new home in Idaho. “Everybody plans to spend some time this summer together,” Sylvia said. The Johnsons’ son and his wife are part owners of the land and would like to retire on the property some day. Throughout the process of construction and decorating, the Johnsons were mindful of purchasing many of their home’s pieces – both antiques and new – from Sandpoint businesses and, besides using a local builder and architect, employing local craftspeople as often as possible. Sandpoint itself is a big draw for the couple and their family. “The town has everything you need and want,” said Sylvia. “There’s a nice cultural element.” Ben appreciates the people he has encountered in Sandpoint. “They’re friendly and honest,” he said. “It’s a very nice atmosphere, very wholesome.” As for any future plans that the Johnsons have for the house, Sylvia said they might do a little bit more decorating and put in a few more trees. But she quickly adds: “I don’t want anything obstructing that view!”


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Planned communities move forward, with a couple exceptions By Cate Huisman

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t the height of the recent real estate boom, when property values tripled in a year and residents had to wait months to get a contractor for even the smallest construction project, planned communities bloomed around Sandpoint. And while the fervor that carried them has hit the skids along with the rest of the U.S. economy, most of the planned communities remain and have developed a range of approaches to deal with slowing sales. Just north of City Beach, the Seasons at Sandpoint has made price adjustments to meet the market as sales have slowed; these helped to create 10 sales in 2010, up from six in 2008 and just four in 2009. And in a unique move in this market, developer BVG held a Dutch auction this spring for one of its most luxurious townhouses to help it determine whether it was finally time to move ahead with further construction. “It was successful at attracting bidders,” said Chris Chambers, Seasons’ director of sales and longtime Sotheby’s agent, “and we’re actively negotiating with the bidders to see if agreeable terms can be reached.” One of the appeals of Seasons is its combination of an in-town location with expansive views of Lake Pend Oreille and the Cabinet Mountains. Residents like being able to walk downtown and participate in community events. Chris Maus was one of the first to buy at Seasons; his high school-age twins wanted to be in town after many years out in the country. “It allowed us an opportunity to have the Sandpoint urban experience,” he says. Now that the youngsters are grown and gone, he continues to enjoy the easy walk to restaurants in town, the onsite gym, and being able to keep his sailboat close at hand on the dock out front. Another waterfront community, Dover Bay, where 500 total units are planned, has worked

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its way through the recession by keeping its inventory low. Sales started to slow in 2008. “Right now there are only four units available for immediate occupancy,” said Marie Garvey, Dover Bay’s marketing manager. “We’re going to start building some more. It’s been picking up.” Unlike many other planned communities, which focus on high-end, luxury homes, Dover Bay has options in a variety of sizes for buyers in a variety of income brackets, and it has always been open to the wider community as well as to its owners. Big draws for both residents and visitors are its trails, fitness club and swimming pool. “Everybody’s welcome out here,” said John Sletager, Dover Bay project manager. The community has even hosted Sandpoint High School cross-country meets on its miles of bike paths. Recent retirees Jan and Larry Rust moved to Dover Bay to “embrace the outdoor lifestyle,” as Jan puts it. From their home overlooking Brown’s Inlet, they can go kayaking out the back door, and they enjoy the birds and family of beavers in the inlet. She also likes being close enough to Sandpoint that she can bike into town. At Schweitzer Mountain Resort, construction slowed significantly during the recession. “Normally we have 20 to 30 housing starts SUMMER 2011

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per year,” said Patrick Werry, a Sandpoint real estate agent specializing in Schweitzer properties. In contrast, 2010 saw only seven starts. Existing inventory is becoming depleted, however. Werry added, “Schweitzer has weathered the downturn quite well.” During the boom, Schweitzer was developing a series of ski-in-ski-out luxury homes in an area it called Trapper’s Creek, just above its Selkirk Lodge. To meet the realities of the new market, it took these properties off the market temporarily and readjusted the property to include “fractional homes” as well as single-family full ownership homes and lots for custom construction. The fractional homes in the development now called MountainSide are just that: Buyers can buy a fractional ownership and use the homes for a fraction of each year. And the price is just a fraction of what it was before – $195,000 instead of the minimum $900,000 price for full ownership at the peak of the boom. An additional draw to these homes is that they are built on “green” principles, and Schweitzer anticipates having them LEED (Leadership in Environmental and Energy Design) certified at some level. Some of the green amenities include Energy Star appliances, thorough insulation and floors made of bamboo, a rapidly renewable resource. One planned community whose future is yet to be revealed is The Idaho Club, developed around the former Hidden Lakes Golf Resort between Sandpoint and Hope. Plans for the 900acre property include about 420 homes and condos, and the developers made a significant investment in rebuilding the golf course to a Jack Nicklaus design. “In 2008 our lender failed to fund our development loan shortly after closing,” said President Chuck Reeves, but he remains hopeful. “We have worked very hard to find a global financing solution for The Idaho Club. We continue to work with our creditors to try to find a solution that is workable for all. We have had tremendous support from our members and owners who believe in the vision of The Idaho Club.” Among the hopeful are M.H. and Bailey Campbell, who read about the resort in Cowboys and Indians magazine and abandoned their ranch in western Texas for The Idaho Club 90


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back in 2006, making them among the earliest buyers. “We think it’s gorgeous up there,” said Bailey, who calls their home “a little bit of heaven.” He says they were looking forward to seeing improvements made sooner at The Idaho Club; nevertheless, his enthusiasm seems unquenched. In contrast to many other properties that have focused on the amenities of the lake and the ski area, Iron Horse Ranch


Clockwise from top left: With a home atop Moose Mountain, the Campbells were among the earliest buyers at The Idaho Club. Dover Bay residents Larry and Jan Rust enjoy their home in Brown’s Inlet. MountainSide offers fractional ownership slopeside at Schweitzer


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was developed and originally marketed as a horse property. Thirteen miles north of Sandpoint, the 388-acre community is set up for 24 homes on 5- to 13-acre lots and includes 200 acres of open space. Although the streets are in place and the homesites are platted, owner Fred Frost has changed his approach as the market has changed. Rather than incur more costs for further development, he would like to sell the entire property. “I’ve been trying to sell the property as a whole to one person with the grand ranch theory in mind,” he said. “It’s a better option at this point to sell it whole than piece by piece.” One notable planned community appears not to have survived the recession. The Crossing at Willow Bay has streets, a white cedar marina, and a waterfront clubhouse, but no residents. A few spec homes haven’t sold, and it is in foreclosure. The 180-acre development was to have had 100 or so homes in “lake-cabin style” overlooking the Pend Oreille River not far from the town of Priest River. The consensus is that the developers of Willow Bay had a great vision. The property was featured in the New York Times in 2007, but it suffered from being relatively far away from the lively center of Sandpoint and from high debt payments that it couldn’t meet when no homes sold. At press time, a private buyer was interested in purchasing the whole property for use as a family estate. Price adjustments, refocused marketing efforts, uncertainty, foreclosure, even an auction: The recession has been a challenge for area planned communities. But northern Idaho’s natural beauty isn’t going to go away; the lake isn’t going to dry up; and the mountains are likely to have snow for the foreseeable future. For developers who can adjust to the market and ride out the hard times, it appears that planned communities here will continue to be a draw.

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Taylor & Sons moves to Ponderay Will be first LEED-certified dealership in Idaho


f one word were needed to summarize the nature of the new Taylor & Sons Chevrolet shop and showroom in Ponderay, it would have to be “efficient.” And the business is efficient in more ways than one: More room and better design mean that mechanics at the new shop are able to service cars more efficiently than ever before. And the Taylors’ choice to build for energy efficiency means that Taylor & Sons will likely have the distinction of being the first LEED-certified auto dealership in Idaho. The recession brought a new reality to the former TaylorParker Motor Company, which has been a mainstay of downtown Sandpoint since 1927. With the restructuring of the U.S. auto industry, Taylor & Sons lost its Jeep, Dodge and Chrysler lines. To retain the Chevrolet dealership, it had to meet new requirements from General Motors that couldn’t be met on the 2-acre city block the auto dealer had occupied since the 1920s. So it was time to move north to U.S. Highway 95 and Schweitzer Plaza Drive, where the company could expand into a new, state-of-the-art building. At the same time, the business started using a name it had licensed years before, reflecting the fact that the Taylors bought out the Parkers back in the 1990s. Greg and Laura Taylor now run the company with their son Brett; another son, Chad, is on its board. The move enables Taylor & Sons to transform its service business. The Taylors retained all their employees despite the loss of the Chrysler dealership, and they will continue to work

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on all makes of cars as they have in the past. But a lot of how that will happen has changed. Arriving customers are greeted by a service bay door that opens automatically in response to sensors in the pavement outside. A hydronically heated floor helps dry wet or snowy cars, and the door closes automatically to help keep the temperature in the bay from changing by more than a few degrees. Employees can note drivers’ concerns on computers, and that information is sent to a technician electronically, minimizing the amount of paper that changes hands. Cars then move to a service area that solves the myriad problems that the downtown location presented. “One of the biggest things is the width of the shop,” says Brett Taylor. It will increase to 74 feet in Ponderay from the 60-foot width downtown. Those extra 14 feet will make a big difference. “A 1929 Model T might be 13 or 14 feet long,” he said, while a modern crew cab, long box pickup stretches 23 to 24 feet. At the downtown shop, employees often had to jockey cars around each other, sometimes even using jacks to get them into service bays; now there is space to get even the biggest pickups into position easily. While their cars are being serviced, drivers can relax in a sky-lit room by a fireplace of native rock, working on their laptops using the wireless network, or keeping an eye on their kids in the adjacent playroom.



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and disposing of waste oil that would otherwise be an environmental liability. On top of all this, for customers who are just as energy conscious as the Taylors, the dealership will have technicians ready to service the Volt, Chevy’s new electric car, when it appears in northern Idaho late this year. “The efficiency is going to be tremendous,” said Greg Taylor. But it’s not just a good business decision. “It’s the right thing to do,” says Brett Taylor.

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Dealership’s move both a loss – and opportunity – for downtown With Taylor & Sons’ move to Ponderay this spring, downtown

The parcel will certainly be on the radar of the Downtown Sandpoint

Sandpoint is without a car dealership for the first time in most people’s

Business Association (DSBA) as it dusts off the Hudson economic revi-

memory. The dealership was started in 1927.

talization study conducted a decade ago. That analysis recommended

The loss of such a business and the customers it brought downtown is not insignificant. Waiting customers and employees will no longer buy themselves lunch or coffee nor shop downtown.

several measures to help make downtown more vibrant, such as the fountain and public restrooms since built at Jeff Jones Town Square.

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The DSBA has partnered with the Sandpoint Urban Renewal Agency

Nevertheless, the change is well-aligned with the vision of

and the City of Sandpoint to identify new opportunities that have

Sandpoint’s comprehensive plan, adopted by the city council in 2009 to

cropped up since the Hudson study. One of those is a superfast fiber

guide the next 20 years of city development.

optic network that has been in the works for several years.

“This area falls into what we call Context Area 5,” says Sandpoint

“That will attract a certain class of businesses to downtown that

Planning Director Jeremy Grimm. It’s for “primary commercial centers –

we can’t attract now,” said Chris Bessler, chair of DSBA’s Economic

pedestrian friendly, attractive places that draw visitors and residents.”

Restructuring Committee.

Zoning code written for this area calls for much denser use than any

The fiber network, and plans to woo new anchor businesses for loca-

car dealership could make. In fact, it allows for multistory buildings with

tions such as the dealership parcel, are only part of the revitalization ini-

retail on the first floor and offices and residences above.

tiative. The groups in early May were preparing to contract an economic

For residents whose only memory of the city block on Cedar Street be-

development firm to lead a series of projects, from helping restore the

tween Third and Fourth avenues is of 2 acres of cars, this will seem like a

railroad station to bolstering efforts for a communiversity. Downtown, it

significant switch. But in fact the zoning requirements attempt to mimic

seems, is looking up.

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Old-timer Realtors Three locals reflect on three decades serving Bonner County

By Trish Gannon From left, longtime local Realtors Tom Renk, Marita Stewart Ramsay and Mike Parkins PHOTO BY ROSS HALL, CIRCA 1979


n the Summer 2008 issue, Sandpoint Magazine began a feature on Realtors who have practiced continually in the area for 25 years or more. This is the third installment of that feature, now covering the last of the Realtors initially listed. Tom Renk, Marita Stewart Ramsay and Mike Parkins, discussed here, have amassed 92 years of real estate experience between them. In the course of this series, we’ve covered several years of Sandpoint history spanning three decades, from the 1960s to 1980s. What an amazing period of time. New residents and the Realtors who helped them find homes here have had a big impact on Sandpoint and the surrounding area. The town has grown, for better or worse, from a resource-based community into a thriving arts town based on tourism and manufacturing, with improved facilities for education, medical care and recreation.

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Tom Renk, licensed 1979

Tom Renk, 65, born on a farm near Boise, became an archaeologist and met his wife, Nancy, while he was the assistant curator of collections at the Arizona State Museum. But they didn’t want to stay in Arizona. “We wanted to be where there were mountains, water, trees. And this place had all that,” Renk said. They bought remote land and moved here in ’71. “We couldn’t even drive to our own property,” he said, laughing. “We had to park two miles away and hike in.” Selling real estate wasn’t part of the plan; doing contract archaeology was the goal. And it did start out that way. “The first two winters we went to Boise to work for the Idaho State Historical Society,” he said. “The kids had come along, and I was gone a lot. Plus, I needed more than parttime work. He added: “My aunt had been a Realtor and she told me, ‘Why don’t you just get your license?’ So I did.”



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Marita Stewart Ramsay, licensed 1979

When Marita Stewart Ramsay, 65, moved to Idaho she had to “figure out something to do to make a living.” Real estate had always interested her, so that was the field she chose, despite a falling market in Bonner County. “By the time I got into it, it was tailing off,” she said. “It was the end of the really good times.” It was a good learning experience. “By coming into the market then, I really learned a lot. I got really good, really fast, at things like owner financing and farm loans.” She honed those skills and discovered she had an aptitude for matching the right buyer and seller and for bringing a deal to conclusion. She also did well at the other side of real estate that trips up a lot of newcomers: being your own boss, essentially running a small business where the responsibility is all yours for managing an erratic income and funding things like health insurance and retirement. “It’s certainly not an easy-money kind of business,” she said, laughing. Her wide skill set led her, along with a group of friends that included Tom Renk, to purchase C.M. Brewster & Co. Real Estate in 1984 when then-owner Chuck Brewster decided to sell, and she never looked back. She purchased a building on the corner of First and Main, and C.M. Brewster moved its operations there. Eventually Renk ended up as the sole broker at C.M. Brewster and moved it back to Cedar

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and knowledgeable.” After more than three decades in the local market, Stewart Ramsay is semi-retired and spends winters in Arizona. She keeps her license active, however, so she can continue to provide service to the many customers she has retained throughout that 30 years. “Real estate is a wonderful career,” she said. “The only limitation on what you can do is how hard you want to work. You have to genuinely want to work with people. You can’t fake it. And you have to be willing to learn.” She especially emphasized the importance of knowing about financing.


1979 The year began with the inauguration of our 39th President, Jimmy Carter, and kicked off a year of mostly grim news. In March, the United States experienced its first nuclear crisis when the Three Mile Island plant in Pennsylvania suffered a partial core meltdown. Two months later, American Airlines Flight 191 crashed in a field outside Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport, killing 273 – still the worst aviation accident on U.S. soil. In August, a deal was announced to provide a $1.5

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Tom Renk and Marita Stewart Ramsay around the time they purchased C.M. Brewster & Co., in 1984

Street, while Stewart Ramsay and a partner launched Lake Country Real Estate in 1995, which was later purchased by Century 21 RiverStone. “Lake Country was wonderful,” she said. “We had great agents, very hardworking

billion government bailout loan to Chrysler in order to save our thirdlargest automaker from bankruptcy. Then in November, following the seizure of the U.S. embassy in Tehran by students and militants, 63 U.S. citizens were taken hostage and held for 444 days. In better news, the first snowboard was invented; the Seattle SuperSonics won the NBA title; the U.S. House of Representatives began live television broadcasts on C-Span; and ESPN hit the airwaves. Locally, the Sandpoint Daily Bee reported a spring tornado in Spokane and on May 25, three Sandpoint gas stations ran out of gas. The local telephone system, reflecting area growth, required that callers must now dial “all seven digits” in order to place a phone call. Roger’s Food City was offering a dozen eggs for 73 cents, fresh creamery butter at $1.25 a pound, and a whole smoked picnic ham at 79 cents a pound. A four-bedroom house on three-and-a-half acres with

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spring water, a barn, and wood and electric heat, was offered for $48,000.

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When Mike Parkins, 64, entered real estate, Bonner County was well into a slump, mostly driven by steadily increasing interest rates. Like most kids, when Parkins graduated high school in Sandpoint, in 1965, he had no idea what he wanted to do with his life. He went to college on a baseball scholarship, then went to war and worked as a stenographer. Returning home, he attended school at Spokane’s Kinman Business College and went to work as an accountant. Then he opened P.J.’s Bar and Grill in Sandpoint with a partner. When he sold his share of that, he went to work for his brother-in-law, Bernie McGovern, at his insurance and real estate business in 1983. “I started out selling insurance and doing real estate part-time,” Parkins said. He became a broker in 1994 and owned offices big and small since that Ad Number: 00169421 time. Currently he is the owner/broker at Four Seasons Realty on First Avenue in Sandpoint. “I’ve seen the ups and downs in the market,” he said, “and we’re definitely in a down right now.” This down is a change from the cycles he’s seen before, he adds. “It’s the first time when you could buy a house in this area and a month later it would be worth less money.” Parkins has seen the area – and the business of real estate – go through a lot of changes. “Ponderay became the big commercial center,” he said, and he doesn’t expect that to change. “Sandpoint just doesn’t have the land area to grow.” One thing that hasn’t changed is the people who buy property. “Our market is mostly driven by out-of-area buyers,” he said. “That means we’re driven by what’s happening in markets in other places.” The actual local market is mostly nonexistent, he explains, because there are few jobs here for kids when they grow

up and graduate high school or college. Of real estate, Parkins says: “It takes some time to learn the ropes. And you have to put out a lot of money up front that doesn’t come back to you until you make your first sale.” Though he doesn’t see a booming market like we had here a few years ago happening any time in the near future, Parkins says people will always be looking to buy homes in this area. “We’ve got the most beautiful place in the world here,” he said. “That’s certainly not going to change.”

1983 The last original episode of M*A*S*H aired on television, Sally Ride became the first American woman in space, and several bombings in Beirut targeted and killed American military personnel. First Lady Nancy Reagan urged citizens to “just say no” to drugs, while her husband, President Ronald Reagan, defended giving arms to Contra revolutionaries. Vanessa Williams became the first black Miss America. The first Hooters restaurant was opened in Florida, and Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday became a federal holiday. A 6.9 earthquake – the largest ever recorded in Idaho – hit Borah Peak near Challis. In Sandpoint, the Daily Bee kicked off the year with photos of what they called a “wet, cold, soggy, sloppy, slushy” winter. A special real estate “Progress Edition,” warned that high interest rates had “stifled buying hopes.” Headlines related the legislature’s consideration of a lottery for the state though the measure failed; the lottery would not come to Idaho until 1988. Trapper Claude Dallas was sentenced to up to 30 years in prison for the ’81 murders of two Idaho game wardens. Safeway offered coupons for a 50-count jar of Tylenol capsules for $2.59 and two pounds of Maxwell House coffee for $4.99. Century 21/ Four Seasons real estate offered a 3-bedroom home on three city lots for $60,000 while C.M. Brewster & Co. listed the 240-acre Selkirk Ranch at $728,000. At Sandpoint Motor Co., a 1982 Buick Skylark could be purchased for $6,695.


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Marketwatch: Prices keep dropping, investors keep shopping


ithout a crystal ball on hand, nobody is certain when the market

Inventory remains at high levels, thanks in

increased 19 percent, the Priest River/Priest Lake area with a 38 percent increase, and

will bottom out for real estate prices in

large part to the number of foreclosures and

Greater Sandpoint. For the six months from

short sales that have entered the market.

October 2010 through April 2011, prices are

“Sellers are competing with a lot of

towners looking to make investment

still on a downward slide; median residen-

inventory, and buyers are looking for the

purchases or families buying a second

tial sales price fell 8 percent over the previ-

best deal at the lowest price,” said MLS

home. Stevens said there’s also more inter-

ous year at $168,000. This time last year,

President Jerri Anderson, who says an edu-

est in retirement parcels priced under the

the median price was just over $183,000.

cated seller can be successful if they enter

$200,000 mark.

lakefront with an increase of 73 percent. Many buyers continue to be out-of-

But if the national economy is to blame

the market with a realistic price. “The days

Anderson said those making investment

for the previous few years’ worth of plum-

of fishing the market can equate to a long

purchases are pleased with the bypass proj-

meting values, then SARS President Terry

listing time,” she said.

ect – just about a year away from comple-

Stevens thinks the feds may also be the ones to help pull the market back up. “We don’t know what the feds are going to do

Anderson also says sellers’ homes must be looking their best to attract a sale. “We have very savvy buyers,” Anderson

tion – and see it as a positive trend. “They see it as an improvement,” Anderson said. “They’re hoping that the one-

with the interest rates, but by raising the

said. “The buyers who are purchasing

way streets will go away and we can see the

rates it would help bottom out the market.”

now are cut out of the same cloth as that

return to a small-town shopping area.”

That’s because an uptick in interest rates

educated seller. They understand that it’s a

But still, it’s our area’s natural charm

would spur many potential homebuyers into

different market now. And the competition

that continues to draw folks in – no matter

action – thus giving a boost to the numbers

is ferocious.”

what’s happening out in the big world.

of buyers entering the market.

Notable bright spots over the winter

But until that happens, Stevens reminds


that “now’s the time to buy.”


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Natives and Newcomers By Amie Wolf Photos by Marie-Dominique Verdier This edition of Natives and Newcomers, a regular department that compares and contrasts views from Sandpoint natives with Sandpoint transplants, reveals that whether you’re born here or not, a love of the outdoors and majestic Lake Pend Oreille seems to be a common denominator. From trail riding and fly fishing to boating or cruising on a moped, all of the interviewees love to explore and enjoy all this slice of heaven has to offer. Enjoy their fresh and inspiring viewpoints!

NATIVES Lynn Wells

Lynn Wells, 55, an associate broker, has worked in real estate for 22 years with the past 16 of those spent at Evergreen Realty. Born in Sandpoint to parents John and Pat Gass, Wells enjoys trail riding and camping with her husband, Vern. They are always in search of new trails and new areas to go horseback riding. Her love of the outdoors must run in the family. Outdoor author and humorist Pat McManus is her uncle and often poked fun at her mom by portraying her as the “Troll” in his stories. Wells has two stepdaughters, Missie and Niki. What’s your favorite season in Sandpoint and why?

Fall. I spend a lot of time outdoors, and it’s so refreshing to breathe in the cool air. The colors of fall are fantastic in Sandpoint. I feel better after a fall trail ride than I do during any other season. There are so many places in the mountains and around the lake that appear as if they have been created just for us to enjoy. If you had $1,000 to donate to a local charity, which would you choose to support and why?

The Panhandle Animal Shelter. I think that animals are often forgotten. I’m around animals enough to know that they have many of the same feelings we do, like sadness and loneliness. I’d like to do what I can to make their lives a little better. What’s your favorite local business?

How could I have only one favorite business? The businesses in Sandpoint

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NATIVES AND NEWCOMERS are a big part of what makes the town so unique and livable. There are so many good restaurants and many with outside seating to enjoy the summer. Shopkeepers are so friendly and helpful. What do you think makes Sandpoint unique?

The natural setting on Lake Pend Oreille and next to Schweitzer Mountain. The unique shops and restaurants. The old brick buildings that bring back a sense of history. This is where I’ve lived my entire life, so Sandpoint is home. It’s a place where I know many of the people and they know me. It’s just a wonderful place. How has Sandpoint changed since your childhood?

Sandpoint has changed in many ways, but in others it hasn’t changed at all. When I was young we could ride our horses into town and take them for a swim at City Beach. Give that a try now!

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Daren Parsons, 42, has been involved in his family’s business, Litehouse, Inc., since he started as a dishwasher in Hope’s old Litehouse restaurant back in 1981. A grandson of Ed Hawkins Sr., he is now the company’s director of sales. He often leads worship singing with his wife, Helen, at First Christian Church and has enjoyed working with several professional musicians. Parsons also enjoys fly fishing, spending time on the lake, and watching his daughters Hailey and Emily play volleyball and softball. This Sandpoint High Bulldogs fan also enjoys cheering on his cousins, nieces and nephews when they play sports as well.

What’s your favorite season in Sandpoint and why?

The reason that I love Sandpoint is because it has all four seasons. Now, that said, selfishly I like it when spring starts in mid-February, summer starts in June and blends into fall sometime in late September, and winter doesn’t start until mid-December. If you had $1,000 to donate to a local charity, which would you choose to support and why?

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NATIVES AND NEWCOMERS started, Litehouse, Inc. What do you think makes Sandpoint unique?

I would say its overall appeal. There are not many places that I know of that still have that small-town community feel, and yet are a resort ski town in the winter, a beautiful resort lake town in the summer, and headquarters to a few different nationally recognized companies. It has so much to offer by way of its outdoor activities, culture and community feel. How has Sandpoint changed since your childhood?

It has certainly grown but not to the point that it feels too big or overcrowded. Our lake is now a great lake for smallmouth bass fishing. While growing up here as a youth, I either was not a very good fisherman, or there just weren’t any smallmouth bass in our lake … perhaps both.

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NEWCOMERS Jessica Janssen

A registered nurse at Bonner General Hospital’s Family Centered Maternity Unit, Jessica Janssen, 32, moved to Sandpoint from Cheyenne, Wyo., in 2008 with her husband of 10 years, Matt. Although she’s lived the majority of her life in the mountainous West, she has traveled through close to 40 states and been to three continents. In the winter when she’s not busy learning to downhill ski, Janssen loves reading by the woodstove, cooking and sewing. When the weather warms, you can find her working in the garden, out on the lake or cruising around town on her vintage moped. What’s your favorite season in Sandpoint and why?

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and I love to boat, especially in the early evenings. I primarily commute and shop by moped, which is both really fun and a great break from driving. I especially enjoy Farmers Market and all of the summer music and art festivities. If you had $1,000 to donate to a local charity, which would you choose to support and why?

I’d support Angels Over Sandpoint. I appreciate how they adapt to the specific needs of our community, from schoolchildren to bike paths to shelter animals. What’s your favorite local business?

My favorite local business would have to be Eichardt’s. … It is just consistently excellent. The staff is marvelous and always treats us well. What do you think makes Sandpoint unique?

Sandpoint’s location. The Inland Northwest gives you that great balance of verdant spring and fall seasons, nice snowy winters and mild summers. Being lakeside, in my opinion, gives Sandpoint that extra edge over a lot of other great mountain towns.

treasures, crafting and looks forward to exploring the outdoors with a dog they recently adopted from the Panhandle Animal Shelter. This self-proclaimed sci-fi nerd also loves zombie movies and listening to music with her husband.

Briefly describe your first “Long Bridge experience” and whether it influenced your decision to move here.

What’s your favorite season in Sandpoint and why?

We had that quintessential Long Bridge epiphany like many, but I think the deal was sealed after dinner outside at Sand Creek Grill one idyllic summer night. We watched boats troll around the marina, trains amble by, and families out walking and biking and just fell in love.

Summer up here is spectacular. I love it so much that I had my wedding here a few years ago and brought friends and family from all over the West to enjoy a perfect July weekend in Sandpoint.

Kate Buska

Born and raised in Montana, Kate Buska, 33, moved to Sandpoint from San Diego with her husband, Alex, in November 2010. Manager of the Downtown Sandpoint Business Association, Buska is a big fan of the Farmers Market and uses locally grown products whenever she can. She also enjoys shopping for vintage

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I would have to support the Lions Club and their Fourth of July fireworks show. Last year, they lost their corporate sponsor and, sadly, had to downsize the show. It’s such an amazing local tradition and definitely one I wouldn’t want to see fade away. What’s your favorite local business?

The Panida Theater and the rest of our arts community bring an amazing vitality to downtown. What do you think makes Sandpoint unique?

It’s the people that have been the most delightful surprise to me. Sandpoint citizens take pride in the community, volunteer and pitch in to help each other, and that’s the uniqueness that really enables us to take advantage of all our other assets. Briefly describe your first “Long Bridge experience” and whether it influenced your decision to move here.

My introduction to Sandpoint was actually the view from the other side of the Long Bridge. My parents have a place here, and my family has spent the last several years’ worth of Christmases and summer vacations playing on the lake. I do commute into town across the bridge, and that view is a pretty nice way to start the day.

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EATS & DRINKS Farm to table

Sandpoint restaurants support locavore movement

By Carrie Scozzaro


hances are the greens you admired at Farmers Market this morning end up on your salad plate later in the day at any number of Sandpoint-area restaurants. That’s because Sandpoint lives the local food movement like few other communities. Locavore eating, as it was dubbed in a 2006 Time magazine article, champions restructuring relationships between food consumers and producers for numerous reasons, primarily food quality and health consciousness. There are economic and environmental benefits, too, because local food doesn’t require extensive storage and transport as stuff carted in from afar. Many in Sandpoint have been ahead of this curve for years. The Sandpoint Farmers Market dates to the late 1980s, while local co-ops such as Six Rivers Market (www.sixrivers and numerous businesses around town promote buying (and dining) locally. At Di Luna’s Café (207 Cedar St.), chef/owner Karen Forsythe takes local, farm-to-table food to heart. With partner Judie Conlan in Legacy Farms, Forsythe incorporates Legacy’s produce into salads, such as Apple Chicken Salad, which is topped with another local favorite: salad dressing from Litehouse (, also featured at Slates Prime Time Grill and Sports Bar (477272 Highway 95, Ponderay). Once the Farmers Market opens – Wednesdays 3-5:30 p.m. and Saturdays 9 a.m.-1 p.m. through Oct. 15 – Di Luna’s creates a Market Special break-



fast. Di Luna’s also uses beef from the Wood V Bar X Ranch, processed through Wood’s Meats (482169 Highway 95), which also provides little smokies for Sandpoint’s oldest drinking establishment, the 219 Lounge (219 First Ave). Wood’s Meats, in fact, appears on numerous menus throughout town, including MickDuff’s Brewing (CONTINUED ON PAGE 115 )

Wood’s Meats supplies many restaurants with locally raised beef, while the Sandpoint Farmers Market provides fresh ingredients for such dishes as Di Luna’s Farmers Market omelette

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& Drinks

Unusual foods For adventurous foodies The delectable apricot cream cheese stollen at Miller’s Country Store is a variation on the traditional German Christmas cake (MATT MILLS MCKNIGHT PHOTO)

watercress and fennel fronds. Quantity is what distinguishes Second Avenue Pizza (215 S. Second Ave.), which serves 7-pound pizzas. Finally, at Pita Pit (116 N. First Ave.), you get to direct the special treatment by choosing from 18 toppings – Mediterranean hummus, avocado, even pineapple – or order off the menu, like Chicken Souvlaki. Mmmm good.


ncommon. Rare. Offbeat. Extraordinary. These are synonyms for the word “unusual,” the hallmark of culinary travel guides from Guy Fieri to Anthony Bourdain. We wondered what Sandpoint offered by way of food adventures … At Forty-One South (41 Lakeshore Dr., Sagle), Chef Jeremy Heidel pansears salmon “skin on” (for maximum crunch) and serves it with whole-grain mustard sauce, raw honeycomb and fried leeks. Saturday nights mean wild game – boar, antelope, rabbit, even elk. The Bistro Rouge Café inside Pend d’Oreille Winery (220 Cedar St.) will help you discover which of their award-winning wines go best with tapas plates such as herbed goat cheese-stuffed piquillo peppers. Authentic Italian is featured at Ivano’s Ristorante (102 S. First Ave.), which features rabbit-based sauces and offers an extensive gluten-free menu. Discover Old and New World foods at Miller’s Country Store (326 Baldy Mountain Rd). Try apricot cream cheese 114


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stollen, a variation on the traditional German Christmas cake. Spice things up with the snapper from Jalapeño’s (344 N. Second Ave.) served “Veracruz” style (bell peppers, onions, olives, jalapeños, capers in tomato garlic sauce). Or cook your own fresh-catch from Flying Fish Company (620 N. Fifth Ave., Sandpoint Super Drug’s parking lot). In search of a different burger experience? Check out veggie burgers at Earth Rhythms (830 Kootenai Cutoff Rd.) or Trinity at City Beach (56 Bridge St.), which includes seven kinds of roots served on a house-made pretzel roll. Peanut butter and jelly isn’t unusual, unless it’s huckleberry jam and served grilled at the new Sweet Lou’s in Hope (46624 Highway 200). Spuds Rotisserie & Grill (102 N. First Ave.) serves humble potatoes 10 different ways while Bistro at the Inn at Sand Creek (105 S. First Ave.) does eggstraordinary Deviled Dungeness Crab Eggs with house-made crème fraîche and aioli served alongside a salad of

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t’s no accident Cedar St. Bridge Café is reminiscent of old Europe. Created by

Manuela Frazier and her husband, Tim, in 2008, the café is the result of the couple’s boundless enthusiasm. For visitors to the stately 80-year-old bridge spanning Sand Creek, remodeled after Italy’s medieval Ponte Vecchio, the café recreates the kind of European dining experience the Fraziers enjoyed when they lived in Italy for five years. Tim, then in the Air Force, had earlier met


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Coolin’s Huckleberry Magic is one of many providers on which local restaurants count, including Tango Café (Panhandle State Bank building, 414 Church St.), who uses it in huckleberry raspberry vinaigrette atop spinach salad. While the reliance on local food producers is a tremendous strength of the locavore movement, it can also be challenging to secure enough products consistently, which is why some places grow their own. Forty-One South is building its own mini-garden to ensure a ready supply of such things as tomatoes and herbs. Bistro at the Inn at Sand Creek (105 S. First Ave.) already has an herb garden behind the restaurant, with plans for another plot offsite in Hope to supplement the produce it gets from such local farms as Solstice Farm, Windrush, Winding Circle, Red Wheelbarrow Produce, Vern’s Veggies and Ronnigers Potato Farm. Seasonal menus, farm fresh and local, good food that’s good for the community. That’s dining in Sandpoint.

Manuela while stationed near her native

Café is one of only two places in Idaho that

town of Weilerbach, Germany.

makes gelato.

Tim, originally from Indiana, Manuela,

The menu includes gourmet panini – grilled

and their children moved to Sandpoint in

Italian sandwiches such as smoked moz-

2001. After scouting Colorado, Wyoming and

zarella, Reuben, or turkey and chutney – and

Montana, they fell in love with Sandpoint’s

breakfast items, including smoothies. They’ve

“wow factor,” said Tim: mountains, skiing, a

added more seating and employees, including

beautiful lake, numerous annual events and by

son Max, 17, and daughter Megan, 13. Besides

all appearances, a “great area to raise kids.”

a variety of specialty foods, the Fraziers carry

Initially, Manuela worked at the café while Tim was operations manager at Deidrich Manufacturing, a position he left two and a

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Company (312 N. First), Eichardt’s (212 Cedar St.) and the more than a dozen burgers at A&P’s Bar and Grill (222 N. First). Another local provider is Pine Street Bakery, where Deirdre Hill and Liz Evans ensure that all foods are made from scratch, including their croissants and Danishes. Look for their pastries at Cedar St. Bridge Café and Monarch Mountain Coffee. Pend Oreille Pasta (476534 Highway 95, Ponderay), well-known for its domestic and imported wines, cheeses and other gourmet goodies, uses produce and edible flowers from Greentree Naturals Organic Farm in Bonners Ferry, including its unusual zebra tomatoes. Many local chefs enjoy picking their own – mushrooms that is – including Jeremy Heidel at Forty-One South (41 Lakeshore Dr., Sagle) and Elissa Robbins at the Floating Restaurant (47394 Highway 200, Hope). Robbins also suggests her huckleberry pie featuring northern Idaho’s own favorite berry for dessert.

Sandpoint souvenirs and local books in their adjacent shop, Uniquely Sandpoint. When they’re not working (which is rare),

half years ago. The original menu included

Manuela loves gardening, mainly flowers,

organic coffee, baked goods, fine chocolates

which decorate the café. She also volunteers

and their homemade gelato – Italian ice

for Pend Oreille Arts Council’s Kaleidoscope

cream – that took off like a rocket. Even

program, teaching art at Hope Elementary.

in the winter, notes Tim, customers now

For his part, Tim loves trading the markets

drive from all over including Coeur d’Alene,

and plans to build an N-Gauge model rail-

Spokane, even Ione, Wash., to try flavors

road depicting the Pacific Northwest when

such as tiramisu and gianduia (chocolate and

he finds “some extra time.”

hazelnut). According to Tim, Cedar St. Bridge

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Chef Q&A with Jeremy Heidel and Luke Mason


Maybe they left their hearts in San Francisco? That’s where Jeremy Heidel, 31, of Forty-One South and Luke Mason, 25, of Bistro at the Inn at Sand Creek said they would visit for the food. Food idol? Napa Valley’s Thomas Keller, the only American chef to receive simultaneous three-star Michelin ratings. And like many chefs we’ve interviewed, Mason and Heidel started as dishwashers. Interestingly, both would like to have been a teacher. – C.S. PHOTOS BY MATT MILLS MCKNIGHT




By age 21, Heidel was sous-chef/apprentice for a French Canadian chef, eventually attending college for Hotel Restaurant and Tourism Management.

A Sandpoint High School grad, Mason has worked at Bottle Bay Resort, Arlo’s, the Hydra and Café Trinity. Although he moved away to Santa Barbara to pursue a degree in political science, Mason couldn’t resist the food industry, especially working with local farmers and understanding the nose-to-tail movement.

He zigged east to work at the Yacht Club of Stone Harbor in New York, then zagged back west to Montana to work as assistant chef at Monarch School. Last year he partnered with Cassandra Cayson to purchase FortyOne South.

He moved home to open the former Dish Restaurant, before joining with Bob Kessler to open the Bistro.

Tough love advice for would-be cooks

“Keep your mouth closed and your hands moving,” suggests Heidel. “If you can stand the heat, the pressure, the abuse and the hours for a few years and still love cooking, GO TO SCHOOL!”

“Cooking isn’t what you see on the Food Network,” said Mason. “It takes years of practice and thick skin.”

What they do when not cooking

Fishing, camping, snowboarding, playing guitar, woodworking (he built his own custom log bed), mushroom hunting, hanging with his wife and young son, boating, automobile tinkering.

“I like to take advantage of all we have here in Sandpoint,” said Mason, who snowboards, plays on the lake and rides his motorcycle.

Slates is the Place

• Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner 7 days a week

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agle, Idaho, looks like the kind of roadside American town where you could get

a really good home-cooked meal. Turns out there are places to do so, and the same folks who take the word “family” to heart own two of them right on U.S. Highway 95.


“It’s the only place I’ve ever worked,” said Lisa Sutliff, “where when we leave, we say ‘I love


you.’ ” Sutliff, shown above, is the manager, cook and occasionally chief bottlewasher at Brody’s Pizzeria (468810 Highway 95), owned

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by Mike and Lisa Chronic, who created Stacey’s

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Country Kitchen (469000 Highway 95) in 2009.

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take-and-bake option, both of which Brody’s offers. Located at the Travel America Plaza, Brody’s features salads, sandwiches and pizzas, such as the garlic chicken, veggie or meat lovers, as well as build-your-own options. Sutliff, who lives in Sagle, credits the Chronics with being hugely supportive of the new restaurant – named for the Chronics’ grandson. Indeed, Lisa Chronic is almost always at Stacey’s Country Kitchen, named after the Chronic’s adult daughter. Warmly received by the community, Stacey’s has become the go-to place for hearty breakfast, lunch and dinner. The ever-expanding menu includes more than a dozen burgers, chicken sandwiches, dips and melts, such as turkey bacon with avocado and Havarti cheese. It’s comfort food in a homey environment: chicken potpie, meatloaf, pork loin with gravy and fried apples. And it’s always served with a smile. – C.S.

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www. CedarStBridgeCafe. com

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Drinks, Delectable Pastries & Cakes, Tasty

her on-the-go lifestyle, including takeout or a

& Dessert Crepes, Fresh-made Gelato

ested in the type of restaurant that catered to

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The Local Dish

News and events foodies need to know



ummer means the return of seasonal favorites like those along the scenic drive out to Hope. Located in Holiday Shores Marina (46624 Highway 200), the new Sweet Lou’s Restaurant and Bar offers variations on iconic American dishes such as smoked ribs and s’mores. Naming the restaurant for their son Lou, Chad and Meggie Foust, northern Idaho natives, promise a family-friendly atmosphere that makes for lasting memories. Welcome to new owner of Murphy’s Lounge (204 W. Main, Hope)! Michelle Hefley hopes to offer classic Irish pub fare later this year but is otherwise keeping this bright green landmark just the way it is with live music year-round. Just down the road, listen for live music from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at The Floating Restaurant (47394 Highway 200) during Sunday brunch hours through July and August. Farther east, Beyond Hope Resort (1267 Peninsula Rd.) opens Memorial Day weekend with Ivano’s Ristorante (102 S. First Ave.) running the kitchen. One thing you can find at both locations is magician Star Alexander, who performs at Beyond Hope on weekends and Wednesday and Friday evenings in town at Ivano’s (www.magicbystar. com). Out on Pend Oreille River, Trinity at Willow Bay (520 Willow Bay Rd.) reopens for summer with Taco Tuesdays, Prime Rib on Fridays, Thursday night BBQ and live music Friday and Saturday nights. Sound the welcome drum for Bongo Brew Hut’s (830 Kootenai Cut-Off Rd., Ponderay) expansion to Earth Rhythms Natural Market & Café. Owners Jonah and Megan Lucht opened earlier this year serving healthful breakfast and lunch dishes and, of course, Bongo Brew Hut coffee drinks specially roasted from organically grown, fair trade beans. What’s in a name? More than you

CASUAL WATERFRONT DINING spectacular sunsets. Outside on the dock. in the shade or in the sun. Restau Rant • c O c k t ai L s maRina • g as • mO O Rag e 520 Willow Bay Road | Priest River Open mid-June to Labor Day | 208.265.8854

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think. Back in downtown Sandpoint, Joe’s Philly Cheesesteaks (102 Church St.) also serves up burgers, dogs and fries, as well as grilled specialties such as Reuben with Swiss cheese and sauerkraut. Classic! Another throwback to classic cuisine is Connie’s Café (323 Cedar St.), featuring a new economy menu during the week with five specials for $5 ranging from meatloaf to pot roast. Voted 2010 “Business of the Year” by the Greater Sandpoint Chamber of Commerce, Trinity at City Beach (56 Bridge St.) is über-busy with weekly special events, such as live music on Tuesdays and Wine Wednesdays (half price bottle with entrée, 5-9 p.m.). And talk about a business with a heart? The list of fundraising events for Team

Laughing Dog Brewing in new doghouse


n dog years, it is 33, but in reality Laughing Dog Brewing is only six years old

and has long since outgrown its doghouse on Emerald Industrial Park Road in Ponderay. In April, the brewery moved to new digs only half a mile away at 1109 Fontaine Dr., inside a former plumbing supply warehouse. The new taproom offers nearly double the space at 1,482 square feet. With 15 distinct beers to its name – including seasonal Huckleberry Cream Ale and Cold Nose Winter Ale – the brewery can also increase the number of beers on tap at any given time. And at least one of those taps may be reserved for homemade root beer, says owner Fred Colby, who in 2005 turned a hobby into a wildly popular business. His brews continue to earn awards: silver medal at the 2010 North American Brewers Association for Cream Ale and first place at the 2010 Fresh Hop Pale Festival for Hop Dog IPA. The new facility also includes outdoor seating and more parking, adds Colby’s wife


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Order an entrée at Trinity at City Beach on Wine Wednesdays and you can add a bottle of wine at half price (COURTESY PHOTO)


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Laughing Dog’s Race Across America for autism, Kinderhaven and The Wishing Star Foundation is inspiring. Designed for sharing and pairing, Pend d’Oreille Winery’s Bistro

Rouge Café (220 Cedar St.) offers seasonal small plates such as lamb with mint yogurt, perfect with a glass from the winery’s extensive selection. Check out for summer events, such as June’s Pint Night with radio station KPND, the July 23 Wine Dinner, and September’s Harvest Party. Celebrate the winery’s 16th anniversary June 17-19 with the release of the 2008 Meyer Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon. Eichardt’s (212 Cedar St.) goes through several thousand pounds of salmon a year, said owner Jeff Nizzoli, fished fresh from Chris White of Wild Salmon Co-Op in the summer, and plans are to begin smoking their own salmon for their fabulous smoked salmon penne. – C.S.




and partner, Michelle Douglass. That means more events, such as Firkin Friday on the first Friday of the month. One thing they won’t be adding, however, is any food beyond the dog bowl of “kibble,” or cracker-like snacks, in keeping with their philosophy of not competing with the local bars and restaurants. Additional construction is planned to expand the brewery even further in the years to come, which is ideal since Laughing Dog ( recently signed with a national distributor of craft beers, making it available to nearly half the United States and Canada. Talk about running with the big dogs! Open daily in summer, the brewery gives tours; call 263-9222 for a current schedule. – C.S.

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Restaurant index by type of cuisine Locate alphabetically in listings


1 Monarch Mountain Coffee

208 N. Fourth Ave. Sandpoint’s original coffeehouse and roastery established in 1993 is open daily. The casual and friendly atmosphere is the perfect place to meet with friends, enjoy the local flavor of Sandpoint, surf the web with free Wi-Fi, or kick back in the outdoor sidewalk cafe. Featuring premium espresso drinks, a drip coffee bar, teas, as well as handcrafted milkshakes and real fruit smoothies with all-natural ingredients. Now offering breakfast. Monarch’s high-quality Arabica beans are roasted in-house. Join us Thursday through Saturday evenings for live music and an open mic, with beer, wine and appetizers. 265-9382.

2 Pine Street Bakery

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


3 Cedar St. Bridge Café

On the Cedar Street Bridge. Family and friends love to gather at this European-style café, located in the heart of downtown Sandpoint inside the renowned Cedar Street Bridge. Experience exceptional coffee and tea drinks, premium crafted

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gelato, delectable cakes and pastries, fine chocolates, and tasty panini sandwiches all in a unique and warm setting. Enjoy the view of Sand Creek while you use the free Wi-Fi. 265-4396.

4 Connie’s Café

323 Cedar St. Historic hospitality! Connie’s Café, the landmark Sandpoint restaurant, reopened its doors after a comprehensive remodel. New owners Dave and Penny Libbey are proud to lovingly restore this northern Idaho icon to its former glory. Their approach is to maintain Connie’s legacy of a 1950s coffee shop with breakfast, lunch and dinner offerings that are of the highest quality while highlighting the quirky nature of this longstanding eatery. 255-2227.

5 Dover Bay Café

At Dover Bay Marina, Dover. Waterfront dining, breakfast, lunch and summer dinners. Serving appetizers, burgers, and sandwiches. Boat-side dining Wednesday through Sunday. 263-5493.

6 Earth Rhythms/Bongo Brew Hut

800 Kootenai Cutoff Rd., Ponderay. Serving breakfast and lunch using only fresh, organic ingredients for wonderful meals that are healthy, quick and convenient. Order take-home meals and pick up gluten-free products, high-quality supplements and vitamins, healing herbs and spices, and other unique natural products. Open Monday through Saturday, 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Grill off at 4 p.m. 255-4863.

7 Joe’s Philly Cheesesteaks

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

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8 Miller’s Country Store & Deli


1326 Baldy Mountain Rd. Wholesome goodness is what the newly opened Miller’s Country Store and Deli is all about. Check out their selection of fine deli meats and cheeses, extensive selection of bulk food items, and delicious fresh-baked pies and breads – or bake your own pies at home with Miller’s pie fillings. Miller’s is sure to be a favorite new store in town! 263-9446.

9 Mojo Coyote at Schweitzer

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

0 Stacey’s Country Kitchen

469000 Highway 95, Sagle. Serving delicious home-style cooking, breakfast all day, lunch and dinner. Stacey’s Country Kitchen breads their own chicken strips and cooks homemade soups, chicken-fried steak, seafood, hashbrowns and more. For those on the go, call ahead to have a hot meal ready when you arrive, to eat in or to take out. Enjoy the new outdoor seating. Now serving beer and wine. Stacey’s offers prime rib and seafood specials on the weekends. Also serving ice cream and milkshakes for those with a sweet tooth. Kids’ menu and great food at affordable prices. Open 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. seven days a week. 265-5095.


- Bistro at the Inn at Sand Creek

105 S. First Ave. Sandpoint’s finest restaurant offers patio dining amidst a beautiful herb and flower garden overlooking Sand Creek in the very heart of downtown Sandpoint. The Bistro’s innovative and creative menu focuses on seasonal fare that emphasizes all-natural meats, seafoods and local produce. The dinner menu is complemented by an extensive wine list, microbrews and



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Dover Bay Café

Earth Rhythms/Bongo Brew Hut

cocktails. Boat access and docking are available along the public boardwalk. Casual dining for those serious about food and drink. Please call for reservations. 265-2277.

= Chimney Rock Grill

10000 Schweitzer Mountain Rd. Enjoy the warm fireplaces, comfortable lounge-style seating in

Eichardt’s Pub & Grill

Floating Restaurant

the bar, and a diverse selection of cuisine – from high-quality steaks and hearty pasta dishes to scrumptious salads and exquisite seafood. Located inside the Selkirk Lodge at Schweitzer Mountain Resort. 263-9555.

q Di Luna’s Café

207 Cedar St. Di Luna’s is an American bistro café offering hand-cut steaks, homemade soups and vegetarian cuisine. Open for breakfast and lunch, Wednesday through Sunday, serving breakfast all day. Open until 9 p.m. on Saturday with live music. Specializing in theme catering menus, Di Luna’s catering staff works with customers to take the hassle out of special events so they can enjoy the experience along with guests. At Di Luna’s they love good music, so they host dinner concerts and bring in the best acoustic musicians from around the country. 263-0846.

w Forty-One South

Whether you’re looking to enjoy a casual lunch on the patio or an elegant dinner as the sun sets over the lake, Forty-One South is the perfect place to relax and take in the beauty of northern Idaho. Don’t want to leave the boat? Just call in for a boat-up take-out order; they’ll meet you at the dock. Check out the website for the live music schedule. Catering available for large and small events. Open daily for lunch and dinner, brunch Saturdays and Sundays. Located on the south end of the Long Bridge. 41 Lakeshore Dr., Sagle. 265-2000.

e Spuds Rotisserie & Grill

102 N. First Ave. Located on the beautiful Sand Creek waterfront, offering outdoor dining in downtown Sandpoint. For lunch, choose

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from the savory soup list, a loaded salad, one of the unique sandwich concoctions or the original Spuds potato. Dinner is a casual event, with table service, candles and outdoor dining. Featured specials include grilled steaks, marinated tri-tip, rotisserie chicken, fresh seafood and Southwestern fare. Dine in or carry out. 265-4311.

r Sweet Lou’s

46624 Highway 200, Hope. Overlooking Lake Pend Oreille at Holiday Shores Marina, Sweet Lou’s proudly serves hand-cut steaks, freshly ground burgers, wild salmon and smoked ribs. Come in to quench your thirst after a day on the lake, or feed your hunger with a grilled PB & huckleberry jam. Casual enough to come in right off the dock or fancy enough to make a night of it. The entire family will enjoy Sweet Lou’s. Open Tuesday through Sunday (and all summer holidays), 11 a.m. until 10 p.m. 264-5999.

t Trinity at City Beach

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

y Trinity at Willow Bay

520 Willow Bay Rd., Priest River. Trinity at Willow Bay offers modern American cuisine with Lake Pend Oreille as its backdrop. Nothing beats sitting

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


ing from fruity blondes to a seasonal porter. MickDuff’s also brews a unique-style root beer for those young in age or at heart. The menu is packed full of flavor with traditional and updated pub fare. You will find toasted sandwiches, hearty soups, gourmet hamburgers and much more at this cozy brewpub located in downtown Sandpoint. 255-4351.

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204 W. Main, Hope. Overlooking beautiful Lake Pend Oreille in Hope, Murphy's offers the most spectacular waterfront view around. Open daily at noon with live music most weekends and a great selection of favorite brews, wines or cocktails. Murphy's is a friendly neighborhood pub, named by Frank Murphy in the early ’50s. Many a story is told about the history lived on this property. Locals enjoy visiting with each other and getting to know all the visiting guests. The atmosphere is casual, comfortable and fun. Fishing and boating are primary sports, but two large-screen HD TVs provide viewing for all types. “A View, a Brew and a Cocktail, Too.” 264-5905

222 N. First Ave. A traditional tavern located downtown on Sand Creek. Serving "the best burgers in town" and pub fare. Taco Tuesday every week. Pool and dart leagues run every week throughout the year. Enjoy the friendly atmosphere, food and drink. Located on First Avenue in downtown Sandpoint. 263-2313.

i Eichardt’s Pub & Grill

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

o MickDuff’s Brewing Co.

312 N. First Ave. Enjoy MickDuff’s fine handcrafted ales in a family dining atmosphere. Offering a variety of top-of-the-line beers rang-

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-Fine Italian dining serving Sandpoint for over 27 years

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Now join us at Beyond Hope during Summer Dinner served 7 nights a week

Full Lunch and Dinner Menu 16 Micros on Tap • Oak Cask Red Wines Upstairs Game Room Open Daily From 11:30 am

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uA & P’s Bar & Grill

212 Cedar St. A comfortable pub and grill, Eichardt’s is located downtown in a charming, historic building. This relaxing pub mixes casual dining with seriously good food. There’s something for everyone – more than a dozen beers on tap, good wines including oak cask local red wines, and regional touring live music. Upstairs you’ll find a game room with a pool table, darts and shuffleboard. Eichardt’s has been nationally recognized and locally supported since 1994. Open daily at 11:30 a.m. for smokeless dining. 263-4005.

Miller’s Country Store & Deli

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] Brody’s Pizzeria

468810 Highway 95, Sagle. Brody’s brings great pizza, salads, pasta, calzones and hotwings to the Sagle area, featuring eat-in, takeout and take-nbake pizza made with fresh, quality ingredients. In addition, Brody’s offers a rotating selection


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Pine Street Bakery

Pita Pit

of delicious salads and savory pasta dinners. Conveniently located on Highway 95 adjacent to the Travel America Conoco, Brody’s is open daily from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. 265-2448.

\ Floating Restaurant on Lake Highway 200, East Hope at Hope Marine Services. Located 20 minutes from Sandpoint in beautiful East Hope. The lake’s only floating restaurant and lounge offers spectacular views from two decks or a cozy dining room. Regional fare, fresh seafood and local products fill the menu along with handmade breads, desserts, soups and sauces. A full bar and outstanding wine list complements your experience. Children’s menu, too! Open Easter through October serving lunch, dinner and Sunday Brunch; accessible by boat or car. 264-5311.

a Ivano’s Ristorante at Beyond Hope 1144 Red Fir Rd., Hope Peninsula. Enjoy the same great fare offered at Ivano’s in Sandpoint with a special summer menu on the deck overlooking Lake Pend Oreille. In June, open for dinner Tuesday through Sunday; and lunch Saturday and Sunday; July through August, lunch and dinner served daily; in September, dinner served five nights a week, Wednesday through Sunday. 264-5251.

102 S. First Ave. Serving the community for more than 27 years, Ivano’s Italian dining accompanied by classic wines and gracious atmosphere add to the enjoyment of one of Sandpoint’s favorite restaurants. Pasta, fresh seafood and steaks, veal, chicken and vegetarian entrees round out the fare. Gluten-free menu. Dinner served seven

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

f Pend Oreille Pasta and Wine

476534 Highway 95 (one block south of Walmart). John and Valerie love to help their customers select from their outstanding selection of fine wines and artisan cheeses. Market food items include international wines at competitive prices, ravioli and olives, bulk olive oil, and many gourmet grocery items. Fresh homemade pastas and sauces made on-site may be purchased as part of a complete dinner package including salad and fresh, daily-baked artisan bread. Custom quality catering for large and small events. 263-1352.

g Pita Pit

116 N. First Ave. "Fresh Thinking, Healthy Eating." A place with great-tasting food that’s healthy, fresh and still served fast. Pita Pit uses lean, savory meats that are grilled to perfection, a large choice of crisp, fresh veggies, and exotic toppings,

sausages • ravioli • gourmet sandwiches


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nights a week starting at 4:30 p.m. Off-site catering is available for weddings, family gettogethers and large gatherings. IvanosSandpoint. com. 263-0211.

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including their own zesty signature sauces. Try the gyro, chicken souvlaki, a vegetarian falafel, or one of the breakfast pitas. Now offering free delivery daily and serving local beer and wine. 263-8989.

h Second Avenue Pizza

215 S. Second Ave. Try the piled-high specialty pizzas at Second Avenue Pizza loaded with fresh ingredients on homemade dough, or one of the excellent calzones, specialty salads and sandwiches. Beer and wine also served. Rice crusts and soy cheese now available for specific dietary requirements. Take-and-bake pizzas also offered. For an out-of-this-world pizza experience, come to Second Avenue Pizza! Open Monday through Friday 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday 3 p.m. to 10 p.m. Free delivery available 5:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. Complimentary Wi-Fi. 263-9321.

j Tango Cafe

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

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k Laughing Dog Brewing

1109 Fontaine Dr., Ponderay. Take a tour and taste handcrafted ales at Laughing Dog Brewing, open daily until 6 p.m. in summer. The brewery produces ales, IPAs, stouts and many more, including the hoppiest beer you’re going to find anywhere, Alpha Dog. Sample all the ales on tap and view the 15-barrel PUB brewing system. 263-9222.

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l Pend d’Oreille Winery

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


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Marketplace Ace Septic Tank Service

“Where a Flush Beats a Full House.” Portable toilet rental, construction/all occasion, permanent or temporary. Septic tank pumping, residential and commercial. 263-5219 Your Buick, GMC truck dealer. New and used sales and leasing. Full service, parts and body shop. Highway 95 N., Ponderay, 263-2118, 1-800-430-5050. The best skin care Sandpoint has to offer! Extensive menu of facial and body treatments. Full-body waxing. Serene, relaxing environment. Geneé Jo Baker, certified esthetician., 324 S. Florence Ave., 263-6205. See what life is like with alpacas! Shop for wonderful alpaca fiber hats, scarves, sweaters, rugs, throws and yarn. Open year-round, closed Tuesdays and Wednesdays. 1635 Rapid Lightning Rd., 265-2788.

Scandinavian countries represented in this specialty shop. Kitchen items, table tops, candles, electric candleholders, books, cards, rugs, pewter Vikings, mugs, Danish iron candleholders and year round Christmas. 319 N. First Ave., 263-7722.

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

Free pickup for quality furniture donations. Find treasures, weekdays 10 to 5, Saturdays 10 to 2. Proceeds benefit LPOHS students, senior citizens. Volunteers welcome! 101 N. Boyer, 263-3247.

Vacation rental management and home watch services for seasonal residents of Sandpoint, Schweitzer, Hope and Priest Lake. Excellent 24/7 customer service. Fair and affordable prices. 290-6847, 877-667-8409. Over 26 years of rental management experience. Tenant screening, rent collection, accounting, maintenance and marketing. Residential, commercial and mini storage. Friendly, prompt service. 204 E. Superior, 263-4033.

Special gifts for special people. Vera Bradley bags, Big Sky Carvers, Baggallini, Tyler and BeanPod candles, souvenirs, balloon bouquets, Hallmark cards, books, gift wrap, stationery. 306 N. First Ave., 263-2811. Offering the latest bestsellers, office supplies, machine supplies and free delivery in Sandpoint. Order online. 201 Cedar St., 263-2417.

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Sandpoint of View

Memory revision

Recollecting stories of Sandpoint past By Ralph Bartholdt


hen I walk across Main Street near the swath of park named for one of Sandpoint’s founding families, the Farmins, I don’t let on that wild things happened decades ago in this square, because they didn’t. Not to me. The strongest memories are the ones you make up, Mark Twain said, and the older I get, I deny the truth in that remark and the heaping evidence to support it. This part of town has changed a lot; buildings have gone away and new ones have risen like beacons without the spinning lights. Kiosks you swore served the best burrito have turned into permanent structures a block or two away, and places once considered the hallmark of permanence are silhouettes in the sunset. Towns in the West have always been like that. They grow in contrary places like a hat turned up to catch the rain. They are fluid. Some become reservoirs. Others swell from puddles to broader pools and some seep into the earth and disappear, replaced by a grove of poplars and a handful of forget-me-nots. My first memory of Sandpoint is of a man in a white hat with a long, wooden stick standing, in the evening, in a summer street by a local tavern hoisting a can of Coors. I don’t know if any of this matches reality, but there it is. The memory is the result of a photograph from the 1960s and its colors, the man’s jeans, the hat, his tanned skin, and the red cab of a logging truck parked in the background, are overly vivid. The man was a young timber scaler, and the straw hat he wore was broad brimmed, oversized, with a pitched crown. The measuring stick he carried 128


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was a tool of his trade. If there is a hub in my memory of Sandpoint, it is this slab of sidewalk in front of the Tam O’Shanter in the 1960s with the rail line in the background, a mill, certainly a logging truck and the sweet smell of wood chips that perfumed the town like a date. Few things then were of such absolute permanence as wood and water and the stuff that sprang from both. Big rainbow trout – a fish called Kamloops – as well as the small kokanee salmon were the staple of the lake’s fishery and synonymous with the town’s name. Surrounding mountains from Montana to Washington and north to the border were wide with trees and the promise of work for whoever asked. There you go. The young man in the photo, I was told, could walk for miles in the mountains and shoot a mule deer and carry it out on his back. His name was Jerry Lane, and he died in a hunting accident not long after that photo was snapped. That is part of my memory of Sandpoint, too. It is of a place ever

changing. What’s gone is hard to swallow. What remains are resilience, tautmuscled beauty, and those halcyon evenings of sunsets and a beer enjoyed with friends in a downtown tavern. Stories of Sandpoint’s past linger too, in the cracked streets, faded murals and photographs. Dann Hall and Ward Tollbom, who own shops along First Avenue, are keepers of the stories and pictures. New ones, painted in brushstrokes, laid in tile, burned in wood or leather by the area’s many artists and artisans, are made here every day, and are just as relevant. From its logging and rail town roots, Sandpoint has caught the water that came to it when the hat was dropped, kicked around and windblown to the outlet of Sand Creek. Some of it spilled out, some seeped through, but the hat is here still. In my mind, it’s broad brimmed, sitting on the head of a tanned young man with a scaling stick and a beer as the sun splashes on the street across from a tavern that stubbornly clings to its own recollection.


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