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e are in the midst of uncharted waters as a country, and as our nation’s leaders and leaders from around the world work together around the clock to contain the COVID-19 outbreak, we are all struggling with uncertainty and worry. Many of us either own, run or work for small business, and we know what it takes every day to keep the doors open. Most importantly, we all know that it is our own passion, hard work and dedication to our craft that really drives us to be the best we can be. Our reward at the end of the day is our ability to take care of not only our families but others as well. In our small community that we call home, our businesses not only provide excellent service and quality products, we also contribute to the well-being of our town in a multitude of ways. Many of us donate time, money and resources to the local nonprofits and organizations that help take care of many people in need. There is a lot that takes place behind the scenes, and without the help of local businesses, these needs simply cannot be met. Here at Like Media and Bonner Ferry Living Local, our mission is to positively impact the communities we serve. We do this by providing local resources that serve as a platform for many nonprofits, organizations, and groups. Whether it is our stories, local events calendars, social media channels, local websites and e-newsletters, our goal is to tell the stories that most likely would never be told. Our goal is not only to build community awareness but to put names and faces behind the causes and to tell the stories the way they were intended to be told. And all of this is made possible,

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What’s The Best Choice? Decoding interior paint finish options

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Junior: Evan Barajas

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HOME

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TRAVEL & LEISURE

Tavern at the Lodge at Dodge Peak Lodge: A memorable experience awaits

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Easter Traditions: Celebrate new life and make new memories

ATHLETE OF THE MONTH

CHAFE 150 Gran Fondo: Riding to support child literacy

Hope House: Transforming lives in Boundary County

LIFE & COMMUNITY

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Wrestling: A Story of Hope and Peace

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HEALTH & LIFESTYLE Renewal: Springs marks a time for reflection, reawakening and a fresh start!

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What’s The Best Choice?

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aints today come in a whole range of colors and finishes. While choosing a color can be difficult and even agonizing, choosing the correct finish for your application shouldn’t be.

The rule of thumb used to be gloss for trim, satin for living spaces and semi-gloss for bathrooms and kitchens. Please don’t do this! The new paint finishes are mainly water-based acrylics and have been developed to be very, very durable, even in lowluster finishes. While high-gloss paint can certainly be used for trim, it can also be used for a wide variety of techniques, including “lacquering,” which entails layering a rich-pigmented oil-based paint to achieve a glossy, polished, jewel-like finish. While this sounds impressive, it is certainly not for everyone, and something that high gloss accomplishes very well is highlighting every little flaw in the drywall or woodwork. This technique is best left to professional painters and requires perfect smooth-finish drywall and doors without dings of any kind. Glossy paint is very unforgiving, and I seldom recommend it, even for trim work.

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Instead, I recommend a semi-gloss or even satin finish for trim and millwork. The smooth finishes of these paints do a great job of repelling dust and grime and can be easily wiped down, but they are not so glossy as to call attention to little flaws or nicks that most of us have lived with on our doors or baseboards. As far as using satin or semi-gloss on bathroom and kitchen walls, don’t do it. These finishes can look cheap and are hard to touch up. It is far better to use a more matte paint that touches up easily than to use something with a high sheen to it. The thought is that the glossier the paint, the more waterproof it is, but this is no longer the case. Any paint you use today is going to have a level of water protection, as most are synthetic latex paints, otherwise known as acrylic. In essence, we are coating our walls in thin layers of plastic. Now, does shinier plastic protect better from moisture than matte plastic? Not really. Does that mean you should go with the flattest of the flat paints? Something with no sheen at all? I wouldn’t recommend going that direction, either. Flat paints can show imperfections in another way—their light-absorbing surfaces show any change in color or texture. In addition, they are particularly susceptible to fingerprints, grease, or cracks of any kind.

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My recommendation when choosing paint is to stay away from the extremes. For walls and ceilings, choose a matte paint, something with a light sheen that is still washable. This will be your most flattering—and most forgiving— surface. It bounces just enough light around to be beautiful, while still being durable enough for most interiors. These finishes can be called matte, eggshell or sometimes velvet, depending on the brand. Ask the paint specialist for the finish they would consider their “washable matte.” They will know how to help you.

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For trim and millwork, choose a satin or semigloss finish. This will be easier to care for and look good in the long term. It also contrasts nicely with a more matte wall paint. Always keep a bit of each paint on hand for touch-ups (I like to keep mine in labeled mason jars under the sink), and don’t be afraid to wipe down your trim regularly with a mild abrasive-free cleaner. Usually a little dish soap and water will do the trick. This will keep your new coat of paint looking great well into the future.


Thinking of Buying or Selling? WHY YOU SHOULD USE A REAL ESTATE AGENT Submitted by Laura Kimball, Realtor - Coldwell Banker Resort Realty

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Buyers and sellers are on opposite sides of the fence when it comes to home sales. What the seller wants is to sell their home for top dollar. The buyer, on the other hand, generally wants to steal the property. In the end, however, they both have the same goal—a successful sale. Both sides stand to benefit substantially from hiring a real estate agent. The Money Issue

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If you’re contemplating going “FSBO” (for sale by owner) when listing your home to avoid paying a commission, you should know that multiple studies indicate that FSBOs get, on average, 30 percent less than those listed with an agent. With an average 6 percent commission on residential sales, there’s plenty of room to still make more than listing FSBO. Also, there’s a good chance your buyer will be represented by an agent, so you will have to pay a commission regardless. If you are a buyer, why wouldn’t you use an agent? The seller, after all, pays the commission, not you.

Agents are trained to negotiate well and know what normally works. Perhaps most importantly, they have no emotional stake in the outcome that could cloud their thinking. Agents are familiar with what can be expected in making deals and could potentially save you thousands in knowing what isn’t necessary.

Legal Documents and Attention to Detail There are multiple documents involved in a real estate deal, and you should have a thorough understanding of what you’re getting into. There are purchase and sale agreements, counter offers, addendums, inspection contingencies, as well as federal, state and local document requirements, just to name a few. Agents are familiar with the terminology, deadlines and requirements. A mistake or omission in these documents could cost you

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Hope House TRANSFORMING LIVES IN BOUNDARY COUNTY

By Abigail Thorpe

HOPE HOUSE SERVES MORE THAN 300 FAMILIES IN BOUNDARY COUNTY.

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ne day a mom walked over with her toddler in only a diaper. The mom slipped a dress over her head and the little girl just looked at herself in the mirror and started twirling and squealing with delight,” recalls Aimee Christopherson, the volunteer director for Hope House. It’s moments like these that remind us that a helping hand can transform a person’s life. Hope House started in Boundary County doing private deliveries to schools and anonymous doorstep drops with items families and individual students needed to live. After a large clothing donation, the organization moved into a local church. “I knew that having something like this in a church would be an obstacle for many who have been hurt by churches over the years,” says Aimee. “I also knew that Hope House was intended to be a collaborative community ministry, so I began looking for a community space.” She found one above Community Action, but the stairs and limited parking proved difficult, and when Community Action moved, Hope House closed down

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for several years and went back to serving children through school deliveries. It was then that they became drawn to Moyie Springs, and in particular, the trailer parks where Hope House now resides. During the time they had been making deliveries to schools, they had noticed many of the children in need were from this area. One winter, Aimee’s church sponsored soup kitchens in several of the empty trailers, where they handed out hygiene products from Hope House. The following summer, Hope House sponsored a free barbecue to hand out school supplies. “As I walked through the neighborhood to hand out flyers, I noticed how many places did not have doors,” remembers Aimee. “I saw kids sitting in a car on blocks while shouting could be heard coming from inside their trailer. I stepped up onto dilapidated porches that were clearly unsafe. At the barbecue, a few adults came to get food, but mostly we served kids; kids walking over for food, kids going back to get their siblings, friends and more kids. They piled their plates high, and


then again, and then again, hungry kids.” The owner of the trailer park offered for Hope House to make their home right there—and they did. It took time for people to feel comfortable stopping by, but slowly it grew, and Hope House is deeply involved with the community now. “The neighbor kids come often now to try on clothes, to find a gift for a loved one’s birthday. We love that people can just walk there, and we love the community we get to be a part of,” says Aimee. Hope House serves more than 300 families in Boundary County, providing basic hygiene products like toilet paper, soap, shampoo, toothbrushes/toothpaste, laundry detergent and dish soap, as well as clothing, and a small food box once a month. Some families use Hope House from time to time as they experience unplanned expenses or prohibitive housing costs. “Many of our clients are seniors, on disability or working hourly wage jobs with no benefits. It is hard for people to have enough to cover basic needs when they have a large portion of their income going to rent and utilities,” says Aimee.

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She has noticed over the years that paying for basic necessities—like laundry when you don’t have access to a washer and dryer—is a huge expense for those with limited resources. Hope House allows people to do two loads of laundry per month at their facilities and offers their shower for people without access to running or hot water. “We have had people use our shower as well as our tub to bathe their kids when they don’t have other options, either because they live without access to these resources or they have had their utilities turned off,” says Aimee .

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“During the 10 years we have been serving Boundary County, one of the biggest obstacles we see is people getting access to safe, affordable housing,” according to Aimee. “We serve hardworking individuals and families whose housing costs prevent them from getting the traction they need to no longer need our support.” Hope House is open Tuesdays from 12:30 to 4pm and Saturdays from 1:30 to 4pm and is entirely volunteer run. One of their biggest challenges is keeping up with the donations, as they do not have the space or resources to adequately sort and clean unwashed donated clothing. One way the community can help is donating clean clothing in small bags or boxes that are easy to sort and store. “Hope House is thankful for the food, hygiene, financial and clothing donations that come in and help us serve our community,” says Aimee.

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EASTER

Celebrate new life and make new memories

TRADITIONS

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hether you are 6 years old on a quest for candy, or 60 years old and love a family dinner around a formal table, Easter for many is synonymous with hope, renewal and rebirth. Whether it is passing down holiday traditions to your grandchildren or setting aside traditions in favor of simplifying, many of us look forward to a celebration of some kind. Wake up early! Hide the eggs! Bake the ham! My own favorite Easter memories involve waking before dawn to dress in something frilly and pink, only to cover up in layers of blankets because a sunrise service is unrespecting of bare legs and new white Sunday sandals. “Up from the grave He arose!” we would sing, huddled around a hymnal while trying to keep the blanket close. Almost 30 years later and I am still singing the same resurrection songs, now with my own kids (although to be honest, my excitement over sunrise services has waned significantly). This Easter, make time to make memories with your family. Attend one of the many church services together, have an Easter bonfire instead

of a formal meal, go out in search of signs of new life in the woods. Several churches have a special Resurrection service in addition to their standard schedule. “Sunrise” services on April 12: First Baptist Church, 7am at Pine Island, followed by breakfast at the church at 9:30am; Providence Bible Presbyterian Church, 8am.

This Easter, make time to make memories with your family.

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Also, several groups around the county are hosting egg hunts for kids. On Saturday, April 11, you won’t want to miss the fun at Curley Creek Community Hall at 10am; 4H Kooteneers at Mt. Hall School (and book fair) at 10am; and Rotary Club at Boundary County Fairgrounds at 11am. On Sunday, April 12, United Methodist Church hosts their Easter egg hunt starting at 9am. This Easter weekend, celebrate new life while making new memories. Please reach out to these establishments/ organizations prior to attending services or events to ensure they have not been postponed or canceled.


Living from the Land

BOUNDARY COUNTY FARMERS, HOMESTEADERS AND GARDENERS ARE SPREADING THE WEALTH BY ABIGAIL THORPE

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elf-sustainability is a big part of life for many in Boundary County. Whether it’s a lifestyle of living off the earth or a commitment to providing local, wholesome produce, these farmers, gardeners, canners and homesteaders are eager to share their knowledge and passion for eating local with the community around them. Julie and Edward Newcomb of Cloud Eleven Mountain Farm in Moyie Springs, Idaho, began planting in 2016. What started out as a garden grew into a farm, and in 2018 they opened their booth at the Bonners Ferry Farmers Market and have continued to expand ever since, recently becoming Certified Naturally Grown. “Our goal is to provide honest, wholesome, fresh-picked and beautiful quality food for our community at an honest price, and on which we can maintain a sustainable living income,” explain the Newcombs. Master Gardener and Master Food Advisor Shirley Anderson came to Boundary County in 1974. She uses her education and training in gardening and food safety to give back to the local community by sharing her passion for gardening and food preparation. She cans, freezes, dries and stores produce from her large personal garden, and offers classes and assistance with local community gardens. “We have educators and volunteers here in our community that are willing to share a wealth of knowledge,” she says. Forest Graham of Gaia Gardens started using garlic medicinally years ago and became a self-proclaimed garlic farmer for life. He and his family grow several varieties of garlic renowned for their culinary or medicinal values and operate a worm farm to help fertilize the fields, among many other projects. For him, self-sustainability is a way of life. Bonners Ferry local and permaculturist Casimir Holeski found his passion in exploring the many varieties and histories of the local fruit and nut trees in Boundary County. He owns a permaculture-inspired nursery and founded Boundary County Orchard Restoration Project. He and his family work to be as self-sufficient as possible and love to share their knowledge and passion with the community, hoping to inspire people to become selfsufficient themselves. Jordan Dyck of Homestead Produce also serves as the current president of the Farmers Market Board in Bonners Ferry. He and his family started farming part time in 2012, and he now works full time on the farm, selling to farmers markets, grocery stores and restaurants. Josh and Carolyn Thomas of the Homesteading Family and their nine children utilize their 40 acres to grow and raise the majority of the food they consume—from fruit and veggies to meat and dairy. They approach their growing sustainably, working to preserve and pass the land down to future generations, with a goal to build up healthy growing and lifestyle systems. Toby and Jamie Schnuerle garden, preserve and can extensively as a family, working to eat and live as locally and self-sustainably as possible. Each month, we’ll feature a local Bonners Ferry individual or family making a difference in growing, self-sustainability, and keeping food local. Stay tuned for these—and many other individuals’—wonderful stories of living from the land and giving back.

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drained from the long season, but I remember everything I’ve done to get to that point and what the end goal is,” said Evan. He also credits his coaches for helping keep him motivated toward achieving his goals. “A lesson the sport of wrestling and all of my coaches have taught me is to become great at something you need to put in extra work and time.” Evan’s current focus is on wrapping up his current school year and setting goals for his senior season. His eyes are set on another state title and knows the hard work ahead of him to achieve such a feat. He plans on attending college after graduation but isn’t quite sure yet if he plans to continue his wrestling career. But before all of that gets settled, he has one more season to realize a dream and leave it all out on the mat. “What I enjoy about wrestling is the competitiveness,” he said. “It’s just two guys going head to head with one winner, and the only stat that matters is winning.”

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ycle Hard for Education” is what CHAFE stands for, and that’s exactly what around 500 cyclists do every year around the mountains and valleys of beautiful Sandpoint. This year marks the 13th annual event, presented by Gary and Julie French, and organized by the Rotary Club of Sandpoint. The gran fondo was originally started by the Panhandle Alliance for Education to support a program called Ready! for Kindergarten, which equipped parents to serve as the first teachers in helping prepare their children for school. Rotary Club of Sandpoint took over the ride eight years ago, continuing its mission to support education and youth in the local community. This year, funds will go to support the Lake Pend Oreille School District After School Reading and Literacy Program, and other youth and education programs. “Last year was a breakout year for us, with over

500 riders and over 100 sponsors,” says Melvin Dick, a member of Sandpoint Rotary who helps coordinate and sponsor the CHAFE 150 every year. “We sponsor the ride because we believe in good education,” he says. The ride has raised more than $320,000 for the cause since Rotary took over; more than $500,000 since its beginning. “Last year we donated $60,000 to the schools,” says Dick. “We also put another $15,000 into scholarships and youth leadership training and books for elementary students.” The fundraiser has made a big difference in many kids’ and families’ lives, with many of the riders having firsthand experience of the benefits. “All three of my kids are products of the local school district and now I have grandkids. Early literacy is, in my opinion, the key to success,” says Kim Woodruff, the director of Parks and Rec for the City of Sandpoint, and a participant in the

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CHAFE 150 since its inception. “If children cannot read proficiently by the end of third grade, they face daunting hurdles to success in school and beyond,” adds Andra Murray, the director of Teaching and Learning at the Lake Pend Oreille School District. “CHAFE makes a huge difference by providing up-to-date reading materials for our students as well as additional training for LPOSD staff.” Riders from all over the country come out to participate in the CHAFE 150, with 60 percent coming from outside Sandpoint. Several years ago, the ride was named a top 10 scenic ride in the country, and Bicycling Magazine names it the number three charity ride in the country. The ride offers 150-, 100-, 80-, 40- and 25-mile scenic routes through the Selle Valley and around the Cabinet Mountains, plus a family fun ride, and provides six fully stocked rest stops along the


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volunteers handle it all. This will be Steve Sanchez’s 11th year volunteering for the event. He provides motorcycle support on the route and is trained in Wilderness and Remote First Aid, CPR and bicycle repair. “I love helping bicyclists on the CHAFE have a wonderful and safe riding experience on some of the most beautiful roads in the area,” says Sanchez. “I love being there for them to give some motivation if they are struggling up a steep hill, provide an extra bottle of water on a hot day, or change a flat tire so a rider can rest a few minutes.” Woodruff remembers one year when he was given official clearance to ride the 150-mile route a day early so he wouldn’t miss hearing his daughter speak at her graduation, which was the day of the gran fondo. The founder of the ride, Brad Williams, also known as the “father” of CHAFE, was out marking the course and delivered Woodruff an ice cream along the way. No matter the weather, riders come out and volunteers join to cheer them on. “At the preride breakfast at Trinity, we have seen everything from wind and driving rain to beautiful sunny skies,” recalls Sanchez. “Regardless of the weather

forecast, I love seeing the excitement on the faces of the riders fueling up for, what may be, the longest bicycle ride of their life!” All of the routes—including the family fun ride—culminate in an after party at City Beach, including a dinner and beer and wine garden. “The after-ride party is open to the whole community,” says Dick. “We would like to have everyone come down and welcome the riders, their families, their kids, and have a great time.” Registration for the June 20 CHAFE 150 is still open, it is $75 for the 150-, 100- and 80-mile routes, $50 for the 40- and 25-mile routes. For youth (16 and younger), registration fees are $50 for the 150-, 100- and 80-mile routes, $20 for the 40- and 25-mile routes. In addition to the registration, all adult riders are required to raise a minimum of $50 for the ride cause ($25 for youth). For those who raise more, there are a series of prizes, ranging from free registration to a free bike if you raise $4,000 or more. The family fun ride is free to kids 5 and younger and any accompanying adults, and $5 for kids 6 and over. Without its sponsors, the CHAFE 150 and its fundraising for the local community would not be possible. This year’s presenting sponsor is

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Gary and Julie French, with platinum sponsors including Like Media, Litehouse Foods, RE/ Max, Timberline Helicopters and Ting. Gold level sponsors include 219 Lounge, Pend Oreille Mechanical, KPND, WSS CPAs and Consultants, Trinity at City Beach, Bonner General Health, Greasy Fingers, Bonner County Daily Bee, Elana Westphal, Kochava, 7BTV, Washington Trust, Sandpoint Living Local, Jason Duchow Photography, Clearwater Gear, Parker Subaru, and Angela and Tim Cochran. Opportunities to sponsor the event are still available, and every contribution goes to making the CHAFE 150 the incredible ride and community event that it is. “Volunteering at a CHAFE rest stop was one of the highlights of my year,” says Murray. “Riders from near and far participate in support of such an important cause—literacy. Thank you to the riders, sponsors, Rotary and all of our community members who make this event possible!” To register, sponsor CHAFE150.org.

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Dirk brings more than 30 years of restaurant and cooking experience to the table at the Tavern at the Lodge in Bonners Ferry—including cooking at a variety of restaurants all over Europe! “Really, his passion is what prompted us to open this restaurant,” says Kim, “and hospitality has always run in my blood. This is a perfect combo for us!” Guests will find a delicious array of starters, salads and soups, already proving to be favorites among patrons as well. From stuffed mushrooms and escargot to frog legs and Spanish shrimp, your taste buds are sure to dance! And don’t forget about their house, madefrom scratch French onion and lobster bisque soups. “I think we are unique first and foremost because of our outstanding chef, Dirk Van Der Kolk,” affirms Kim. “In addition, our menu is quite diverse with many European favorites such as wiener schnitzel, Hungarian goulash, linguini with clams, cioppino, sausage plate with sauerkraut, along with amazing filet mignon with freshly made béarnaise sauce, and grilled ribeye.”

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Dirk and Kim are truly grateful for all of the encouragement and positivity they have received from the community in their new endeavor. “Just all the support we have been shown and the willingness to help in any way to have us succeed,” smiles Kim. “We are big on family and friends who have become like family and have always had their support. The community of Bonners Ferry has welcomed us with open arms,” says Kim. Their goal at Tavern at the Lodge is to make their customers happy and have them “leaving with a memorable experience.” The Van Der Kolks are excited to be a part of the Bonners Ferry community which has so graciously accepted them, and their business. They invite you to dine with them for dinner Thursday through Sunday, with service provided 5 to 9pm. Reservations are recommended, though not required.


WRESTLING: A STORY OF HOPE

AND PEACE Bonners Ferry natives Larry and Shelly Steckman on a mission to serve BY ABIGAIL THORPE

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t was the late 1970s. Larry Steckman was a wrestler for Bonners Ferry High School, and his to-be wife, Shelly Barton, was a wrestling cheerleader at the same school. Seventy miles away, family friend Conrad Garner was wrestling for rival Lakeland High School in Rathdrum, Idaho. It was the beginning of a lifelong love of wrestling for both men—and also the seed for something bigger. Larry, Shelly and Conrad would all go on to use wrestling as a means to create positive change in communities, both locally and internationally: Garner as the wrestling coach for Bonners Ferry High School, the Steckmans working with the US Wrestling Foundation’s Wrestling for Peace, and beyond. As Larry and Conrad competed in North Idaho, wrestler Dan Russell was in Southern Idaho working for another state wrestling championship. He would go on to be a world-class wrestler and coach, dear friend of Larry and Shelly, and a driving force behind their ultimate life work and vision. “We are so very proud of the work of men like Conrad Garner and Dan Russell in helping to shape the minds of the future leaders of our communities and world,” says Larry. “I never knew then that God would use wrestling and these relationships to give me a vision for sharing the love God has shown so generously to me. “This story is really about relationships, faith, hope and love,” shares Larry. In the early 2000s, he and Shelly met Dan, who was living with his wife Joy and kids in Battleground, Washington. The two connected over their shared love of wrestling, and their desire to utilize the sport as a vehicle for spreading the message of love throughout the world. Larry and Shelly purchased a fuel testing laboratory called FOI Laboratories, which tests fuel for various reasons, and serves ASTM, EPA, Amazon, airports, various municipalities, hospitals and the military. Their hope was to use the profits from the company to help fund philanthropic and faith-sharing efforts in developing countries—a dream that would be realized beyond their expectations.

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as a vehicle in our message of love,” recalls Larry. “One of our next steps in faith was a chaplain program to serve alongside the world of Olympic and world-class wrestlers traveling with the team.” This program would serve as the beginning of Dan and Joy Russell’s vision for Wrestling for Peace—a nonprofit organization with the US Wrestling Foundation that provides support to various communities throughout the world through leadership development, sports diplomacy, medical aid, emergency response, prefabricated buildings, outreach, and wrestling gear and equipment donations. “These seeds of faith continue to grow deep and produce fruit today,” says Larry. Wrestling for Peace is built on the foundation that wrestling is a universal struggle in that everyone is dealing with some trial. The program “embraces this universal struggle to help communities in need.” Ambassadors for the program use wrestling as a sport to help transcend borders and cultures in an effort to bring humanitarian aid to those most in need. Dan and Larry traveled together to Algeria and the Sahara Desert as ambassadors in the beginning stages of Wrestling for Peace. While spreading the message of love and providing medicine to the Sahrawi Tribe—a four-decade refugee community—they met Austin Landes, founder of the nonprofit Make it Rain, who ultimately became a medicine partner of Wrestling for Peace and partners with Hope for Her. “We have merged our work, and I currently serve on their Board of Directors,” says Larry. Make it Rain is an organization consisting of a collection of individuals whose sole focus is utilizing their networking skills and abilities to help others. They focus on providing medicine, medical clinics and other aid initiatives to regions in the Sahrawi Democratic Republic, Uganda, Zambia and Mexico. It was the perfect pairing for

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the Steckmans, Hope for Her and Wrestling for Peace, and a great way to unite efforts and connections in a desire to serve the underserved. The Steckmans continued their work with Hope for Her and Hope for Restoration Initiative, partnering with Make it Rain, while also working as ambassadors for Wrestling for Peace. All shared the same mission of providing hope, love and aid to communities in need. “The next act of faith was to let go and let God be in charge,” says Larry. The support they needed would come in a major way not long after. “I don't remember the day, but Austin called me and said, ‘The First Lady of Zambia wants to talk about the pads ... when can we go?” recalls Larry. “Now it's one thing to do some traveling and field work with a school or the Red Cross; it's another thing entirely to be vetted by a government's First Lady. ... There was absolutely no reason for me—a rough around the edges guy—to be discussing pads with the First Lady of Zambia, but I did it and we are very close friends to this day. The pad project touched her heart in a very special way.” This meeting with the First Lady of Zambia marked the beginning of incredible opportunity and impact for Make it Rain, Hope for Restoration Initiative and Wrestling for Peace. Last season, Hope for Her delivered 1,000 sanitary pads and through the First Lady’s Foundation created educational training for girls in the school system to manufacture and produce sanitary pads. In partnership with each other, the nonprofits were able to deliver medicine that impacted over 60,000 men, women and children, says Larry, and they have developed and approved designs for medical outpost clinics in rural areas in partnership with Virginia Tech and AutoDesk. These outposts will provide access to much needed medicine and hygienic medical aid in regions that currently suffer from a lack of resources. “It’s no secret that wrestling builds toughness,” write Austin and Julie Landes in a recent Wrestling for Peace update of their work. “Some of the toughest people we’ve met live in remote areas of the world, battling harsh climates, debilitating disease, intense conditions, limited job opportunities and desperately lacking resources. Our hope is that through these initiatives and those of the USA Wrestling for Peace Program, we can increase the amount of lives impacted. Wrestlers are made for overcoming obstacles and life’s toughest challenges, and we’re looking forward to our continued efforts together.” The Steckmans have seen many doors open as they continue to follow their calling and passion for reaching those in need. The First Lady of Zambia is not the only influential figure in Africa to show interest in the work the Steckmans, Landes and Russells are doing. “We have invitations this year to meet two other first ladies and possibly a king and a prince,” shares Larry. “Again, God’s favor in play.” Despite their many travels, Larry and Shelly choose to make the Pacific Northwest their home base, and although they now live in Vancouver, Washington,

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they are still very connected to their hometown of Bonners Ferry, Idaho. “We find great pleasure in hearing the many stories of love that come from our hometown, stories like Conrad's and Dan's,” says Larry. Dan, Conrad and Larry still support and encourage the wrestling program back in Idaho, and in particular Bonners Ferry, sharing a passion for the common bond they share, the sport that has taken them from wrestling on the mats, to fighting for peace and prosperity for those in need. “We love finding ways to give back to our community however we can,” says Larry. “There are many great unselfish relationship stories that

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the residents of Bonners Ferry are constantly making anew. You don’t have to look very hard to find what the hard-working people of Bonners Ferry are involved in.” Larry and Shelly still look to North Idaho and Bonners Ferry’s spirit of giving and community as an early formative part of their desire to extend their message of peace and love beyond the borders of the U.S. “The Pacific Northwest and beyond have amazing stories of service and love,” adds Larry. “If you peel back the love, you will more than likely find a wrestler's heart beating somewhere in the fight.”


RENEWAL Spring is a time for reflection, reawakening and a fresh start!

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RE·NEW·AL: AN INSTANCE OF RESUMING AN ACTIVITY OR STATE AFTER AN INTERRUPTION; THE REPLACING OR REPAIR OF SOMETHING THAT IS WORN OUT, RUN-DOWN OR BROKEN. Many in North Idaho have commented that this past winter has been a particularly dark one. As winter retreats and light returns to our world, one can’t help but think that spring is on its way. Spring is a time for renewal, growth and expansion; we feel it in the air. Even though, technically, we can do this at any time during the year (New Year’s Eve for example), it feels just right to do it as we renew the soil and plant the new season’s gardens. We seem to have that extra energy and focus to bring out our creative gifts and reach new levels of achievement, wellness, happiness and success. Spring is truly a time to reflect within ourselves, reawaken our spirit and get a fresh start. Here are a few ways to celebrate this season and renew: Shine some sunshine on yourself. Spring is a natural time to take a deep breath and engage in overdue self-care and self-compassion. This may mean reprioritizing what events land on your calendar and rebalancing those schedules that have gotten a little out of hand, so we can take better care of ourselves and those important in our lives. Find what renews you and keep doing it! For me, putting my hands in the soil and watching my seedlings grow reminds me of the more important things in my life. If you are having trouble doing this, ask yourself the question: “If tomorrow was the last day of my life, how would I choose to live it?” If that answer doesn’t match up with the life you’re living today, it’s time to make some changes!

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does the cost of living compare to your current residence? If travel is important to you, check to make sure you have easy access to an international airport—or at least don’t mind the extra drive. Finally, consider what the city or town has to offer as far as culture goes. If restaurants, nightlife and the arts are important to you, chances are you’ll get pretty stir crazy in a small town with limited options. Conversely, if the outdoors are central to your lifestyle, make sure there are plenty of outlets for your adventurous side. Visit. Doing your research is vital, but it’s also important to visit a place before you move—even if you’ve been there before. You’ll notice new things when you visit with the mindset of moving there. In the long term, the cost of a visit will pay off. Consider the long term. Is this a stopping point, or are you looking to stay? If there’s a possibility that this will be your long-term home, make sure you take a look down the road. Is the town growing? Is it moving in a direction you like? If the area is growing fast, will you be able to keep up with the market? Moving to a popular new hot spot is great, but if you’re going to be outpriced down the road when you look to buy a new (or larger) home, it might not be worth it. Can you see yourself raising a family here? Are the schools/childcare/job market good?


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Job talk. If you’re moving somewhere for a job, do some simple comparisons, and make sure you know what you’re getting into. Sometimes a great job can be worth moving to a less favorable place, but you should know beforehand what you’re willing to give up, and for what return. Make sure you get to know your potential new job, company and team so you can set realistic expectations. How does your salary compare to the job you’re leaving when taking into consideration any changes in cost of living? During OK, so you’ve made the decision to move, now what? The decision may be off your back, but the heavy lifting is just ahead. Here’s how to get started. Budget. Even if you’re not in the practice of keeping a budget, this is one time you’ll want to make an exception. Moving is expensive, and you don’t want to get caught with a hefty bill you’re not prepared for, or even worse, no available funds for necessities. According to the American Moving and Storage Association, the average cost of an interstate move is $4,300, and an intrastate move is $2,300. First thing, see if your new company will provide any relocation assistance or bonus. It doesn’t hurt to ask, and you can save yourself a bundle of money. Add everything into your budget. Are you paying movers, or moving yourself? Will you need to rent a truck? What will it cost to move into your new home? Travel expenses? Food? You get the picture. Just keep in mind, the first month you move into a new place, expenses are usually 40 to 60 percent higher than normal—after all, you’ll need to replace that cleaner you threw out and the hangers and laundry basket you left behind last minute, not to mention restock your pantry. Plan. Get a reputable realtor to help you find a home or apartment for rent or to buy. He or she will have a better understanding of the area and will be able to guide you through the process. If you don’t know the area well, consider renting for six months or more before buying a home. Don’t wait until after you move to line up the internet and electric, as you’ll have plenty else to do. Make sure your utilities are canceled or transferred out of your name in your old residence, and get everything set up to start in your new home the day, or day before, you move in. Forward your mail in advance so you don’t miss receiving important bills. Finally, make a list! Keep track of everything you need to do, and make lists for everything. It’ll make your move far less stressful. With the right preparations, your relocation to your new home will be that much more rewarding.

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he arrival of spring has us Marie Kondoing our closets and deep cleaning our kitchens, but being able to see the back of our closet or how aged that grout really is has us thinking about more than decluttering. Warm weather means it’s time for those updates you put off last year—or just a fun excuse to finally add some personal touches to the spaces you spend the most time in. Whether it’s to update an existing home, remodel a new purchase that needs some updates or prepare a home for resale, remodeling some part of our space is something most homeowners have had to face at one time or another. With any home improvement project, it can be daunting to know where to start, what to focus on and when to call in the professionals. Here are some tips to keep you on track and help make the process a bit smoother. Budget. Naturally budget is a main concern when it comes to remodeling your home. Under budget or set your expectations too high, and you can end up with a half-finished project and no money left. Ask any contractor, and they’ll tell you a project always costs more than you expect and takes longer to finish. Plan on spending more than you expect, and you won’t be caught unawares mid project. Carefully allocate money to each stage of the project, and never start a remodel before creating the budget. This way you can plan the stages of the process, starting with what’s most important to you, and working on each stage of the project as you’re financially able.

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Set expectations/go in stages. Rome wasn’t built in a day, and neither will your dream home be. Start with a space that you spend the most time in, that is the most important to you to update, and prepare the work in stages from there. If you have the budget, it may be cost effective to schedule multiple things at once, so you’re not having subs return, but make sure you can complete the project if you start it. “Kitchen upgrades will make a difference in your lifestyle, as this is usually the room where folks spend more time,” advises Jackie Suarez, a real estate agent with Century 21 in Sandpoint, Idaho. “More efficient HVAC and water heater upgrades should save you money over time.” Professional or DIY? You might be the king or queen of DIY, but there are certain things you just shouldn’t touch. “For buyers, the first thing to remember is to have the home inspected by a professional inspector or trusted contractor during the inspection contingency period,” says Suarez. “This will usually identify any hidden costs or surprises.” A priority is making sure a home is structurally sound—something a contractor or inspector can help with. Outside of the structural, electrical, plumbing and any heating or air conditioning updates require a licensed professional and inspection, so don’t try to tackle these on your own. Some demolition, countertop removal, painting, etc. can be self done,

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Rome wasn’t built in a day, and neither will your dream home be. but when it comes to key updates or something you don’t feel comfortable with, it’s always best to consult a professional. Keep resale front of mind. “Making a home ‘market-ready’ is very important. It gives the seller an advantage over other homes that buyers may perceive as requiring more of their time and resources than they are willing to spend,” suggests Suarez. If you’re planning on selling the home in the future, make sure major updates focus on areas of the home that buyers notice first. “It’s no question that the kitchen often sells the house,” says Brooke Stebbins, project coordinator for Monarch Marble & Granite. “People spend a lot of time in their kitchens, and it’s most often the focal point of family gatherings. An inviting kitchen is a sound investment in resale value as well as quality of life, in addition to catching prospective buyers’ eyes. It is a lot easier to tackle a bathroom remodel, so a buyer may be more willing to overlook an outdated master suite, for instance, if they love the kitchen.” Be careful making updates that are very specific to your personal style if you are looking to sell. Stick with updates that are fairly neutral and on trend. Quartz and granite are popular options for countertops, advises Stebbins, as both are durable and fairly versatile. “Consider hard-surface flooring instead of wall-to-wall carpet, as area rugs are easier to replace,” adds Suarez. Make your money count. Key updates can make a major difference, without requiring extensive work. “Replacing your countertops can have an amazing transforming effect on the space, it may not even feel like the same room when you’re done,” says Stebbins. While the countertops are most obvious in the kitchen, this goes for the bathrooms as well. New vanity tops can update a bathroom without the need to replace the vanity. “Paint is typically the highest return for the investment, as it makes an immediate impression, followed by updates in cabinet hardware and light fixtures, bath mirrors, and if possible, flooring and countertops,” advises Suarez. Personal touches. If you are planning to resell and still want to add personal touches to your space, paint, hardware and light fixtures are easy to replace, so feel free to add some style-specific flair. “Most of all, get good professional advice, enjoy the process and make it your own,” says Suarez. Curb appeal. Interior is important, but it’s important to consider how your home looks from the street, particularly for resale. “Remember exterior paint, yard maintenance and sprucing up plantings will entice buyers to come through the front door,” says Suarez. Just remember, prioritize what is most central to your lifestyle or the resale of the home, budget out accordingly and stay flexible! Everything is not going to go to plan, but sometimes great outcomes come from the unexpected.

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Choosing the right partner is about trust, communication and moving forward toward the same goal. Finding your match in a real estate agent is very similar. Buying or selling a home is a major commitment and important milestone—most of us can’t do it alone. Finding the right realtor to help you along the way will likely make or break your entire experience. While the process is personal and every situation is unique, there are steps you can take to ensure you make the most informed decision. Here are three tips to start with:

DO YOUR RESEARCH, AND DON’T UNDERESTIMATE REFERRALS. Find out which real estate agents or teams are active in the area you want to buy a home in. Pay attention to local marketing efforts, signage, and agencies actively represented in the area, and check sites like Realtor. com and Zillow, which allow buyers to see which agents have been active most recently. A professional who has sold in the area recently will have the most familiarity of the local housing market, inventory and neighborhood details such as nearby schools, traffic concerns and any neighborhood issues. Previous buyers can be one of the most important assets to your search for an agent. You can start by asking the people you trust: family, friends and coworkers.

ASK THE RIGHT QUESTIONS. DEFINE WHAT A “GOOD” REAL ESTATE AGENT MEANS TO YOU. The most important qualities of an effective real estate agent can differ according to who you ask; it’s important to define these standards for yourself. A few qualities are generally non-negotiable: professionalism, current licensure in the state, market knowledge. Agents who have been in the market for a while have had time to build upon their professional networks and are more likely to have inside knowledge on what will be hitting the market soon. Regardless of experience, many great agents are willing to negotiate, strategize, effectively use their resources and take initiative. Decide what you need most from your agent, and look for someone whose communication style, community presence and level of professionalism can best match your expectations.

Buying or selling a home is an exciting milestone that can be exponentially enhanced with the help of the right real estate professional. Investing the time in finding your ideal match in an agent can reduce major stress on both you and your wallet. Find someone who you can trust to help reach your goals and prioritize your needs—and don’t forget to enjoy the process.

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Just as you wouldn’t allow yourself to settle on just any new home, you likely wouldn’t want to settle for the first realtor you meet. After deciding on the qualities you’re seeking, it’s perfectly warranted to take a deeper look and get full details on prospective agents before you commit to working with them. According to research by Zillow, 61 percent of seekers only contact one agent—but by talking with multiple and asking the right questions, you’ll be able to find one who is genuinely the right fit. Take each meeting as a job interview, choosing a set of questions to ask each realtor to effectively compare answers and decide on the right fit. The questions should be unique to your individual situation.


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DESTINATION: SAN ANTONIO A Blend of Cultures Makes for an Interesting Destination By Marguerite Cleveland

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an Antonio is blooming with spring blossoms as the winter chill dissipates. Enjoy alfresco dining along the San Antonio Riverwalk, bike to historic missions or explore Texas Hill Country in this mild season. Viva is the city’s bus and trolley service which has three distinct routes to take you to the most visited sites and attractions at a very economical rate for a day pass.

Where to Stay Make the most of your stay by splitting your visit into two sections. For the first half stay in the Texas Hill Country at the Hyatt Regency Hill Country. This fabulous resort has so many activities and dining venues, you won’t need to leave the grounds. Avid golfers will appreciate the onsite 18-hole course while those looking for a more relaxed experience can Zen out at the Windflower Spa. Kids of all ages will love the landscaped lazy river that looks like you are floating down a stone-strewn stream past waterfalls. Throw in a waterslide and a Flowrider where you can surf, and it is a complete waterpark. The grounds are lovely with plenty of shady trees and a nature trail. For the second half of your stay, move downtown to the historic Hotel Gibbs, which is so close to the sites you can see the Alamo from your hotel window. The Gibbs is a charming boutique hotel located in the heart of Downtown San Antonio with “The Alamo” just one block down and in sight of the hotel. The hotel has kept all the historic details and is a comfortable place to stay while exploring the downtown area. It is within walking distance of all the major sights including the Riverwalk. Rates include breakfast in the morning and a taco bar in the evening in the Taproom 1909, which offers a nice selection of beer and wine.

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ENJOY ALFRESCO DINING ALONG THE SAN ANTONIO RIVERWALK, BIKE TO HISTORIC MISSIONS OR EXPLORE TEXAS HILL COUNTRY IN THIS MILD SEASON.

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The question should be where not to eat, as the rich culinary heritage of San Antonio will make it difficult to choose. In 2017, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) designated San Antonio a Creative City of Gastronomy. It is the second city in the U.S. to earn this honor—and the first in Texas. It is not a surprise with the cultural influences of Mexican, Spanish, German and French that make for a truly unique culinary experience.

Culinaria, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit promotes locally sourced food and wine experiences in San Antonio. Their website offers a variety of food trails which will take you all over the area. Although not on their curated lists of food trails, the Chef Trail is a neat way to find a great place to eat. Who would know better than a local chef? These are the places they go when not cooking their own food. The Taco Trail will take you to authentic Mexican food, each stop providing a unique experience with delicious handcrafted tacos.

Start at Pearl, located just north of Downtown San Antonio and set on a former brewery that was built in 1883 and continued operating until 2001. The prestigious Culinary Institute of America established its third campus here and offers culinary instruction not only for professionals but for food and wine lovers as well. Consider taking a class on local cuisine. Make sure to visit the restaurant, Savor, for a truly unique experience. Enjoy a three- or four-course gourmet meal for less than $50. Your dinner is prepared and served by senior CIA students under the supervision of the professional faculty. Watch these rising culinary stars hone their craft. Pearl has a variety of shops and restaurants as well as a

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to the parks, and you can tailor other addons like animal encounters or meals. Some of the animal encounters are surprisingly reasonable in cost, or you can go all out and book a Beluga Whale Swim Experience. A must do is purchasing fish to feed the sea lions. These guys are so funny with their antics to capture your attention so you will toss them a fish. Insider Tip: For just a few dollars more, you can upgrade to up-close parking, an amenity you will appreciate at the end of the day. The five Spanish colonial missions of the San Antonio Missions National Historical Park and the Alamo are a UNESCO world heritage site. Established in the 18th century by Spanish priests, the five missions are the largest concentration of Spanish colonial missions in North America. An adventurous way to explore the missions is by bike along the River Walk’s Mission Reach, an 8-mile recreational trail with the missions about 2 ½ miles apart. San Antonio has a well-run bike share program with docking stations at the missions. You can bike the whole route and at the end hop on a VIVA bus on the Mission Route, which stops at all the missions and will bring you back downtown at a stop in front of the Alamo. VIVA is part of the VIA Metropolitan Transit and offers visitors an inexpensive way to tour the area. A day pass is less than $3. If you only have time for one, make it Mission San Jose y San Miguel de Aguayo, which celebrates its tricentennial in 2020. It is known as the “Queen of the Missions” and is the largest. It also has the main visitors' center for the missions with a small museum and a movie about the missions offered throughout the day. The grounds of Mission San Jose are lovely, making for a nice stroll as you explore the mission.

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No trip to San Antonio is complete without a visit to the famed River Walk. The 15-mile urban waterway flows through the downtown area just below street level. It includes downtown with attractions like the Alamo. Further out, visit the river’s Museum Reach, where you can access the Pearl mentioned earlier. There is shopping and restaurants and museums all along the route. The best way to see it is by taking a Go Rio Narrated River Cruise, which points out the highlights as well as the history of this area. The boats are all electric, making for an eco-friendly quiet ride. Although not the fastest way to get around, Go Rio also offers a River Shuttle with multiple stops along the river walk and goes out to the Museum Reach. A visit to San Antonio offers all the possibilities of a big city while imparting a unique historical and cultural experience like no other city in the United States.

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MANCHEGO AND CHORIZO EGG BAKE Recipe & Photos Courtesy of Stephanie Lynn Gertrude Brown Yield: 1 - 9”x13” Casserole Pan

INGREDIENTS: 2 tbsp. melted butter 2 cups hash brown potatoes, cubed or shredded 1 lb. chorizo sausage 1 cup manchego cheese, grated 1 cup asparagus, chopped 1 cup bell peppers, chopped 1 tsp. salt 1/2 tsp. black pepper 10 whole eggs 1 ½ cups whole milk ½ tsp. smoked paprika ¼ cup cilantro, chopped METHOD: • To get things started, preheat your oven to 350°F. • While the oven is heating up, prepare your 9”x13” baking dish by brushing with melted butter, and add the hash browns in an even layer across the bottom of the dish. • In a large sauté pan, cook the chorizo over medium-high heat until fully cooked. Drain excess oil from the pan, and let it cool down. • While the chorizo is chilling in time out, go ahead and use the same pan to sauté the bell peppers and asparagus. Less dishes is always the way to go! • You can now sprinkle the chorizo and veggies in an even layer over the hash browns. Add the manchego and cilantro; just sprinkle them liberally across all the goodies. It will all get nicely mixed in when we add the eggs! • Next you will need to whisk the whole eggs in a mixing bowl to get them evenly combined, then add the milk, salt, pepper and paprika and mix thoroughly. • Pour the egg mixture slowly over your lovely layers in the pan and allow to soak down between all the pieces. You can give the pan a little jiggle to speed this process along. If some bits are not completely covered, that’s OK, as it will add some color and texture to the top of your egg bake. • Bake uncovered for 45 to 50 minutes, or until golden brown and set. You can test it by inserting a knife into the center; if it comes out clean, it will be good to go. • Serve immediately alongside all your other favorite brunch treats! Tips and tricks: You can substitute other veggies you have on hand, like spinach, broccoli or onions. This dish can also be prepared the night before; just cover the dish and remove from the refrigerator 20 to 30 minutes before baking.

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PIZZA FACTORY If you're looking for delicious and fresh pizza in Bonners Ferry, look no further. At Pizza Factory, they proudly serve up delicious calzones, tasty pasta and, of course, pipinghot pizzas, using only the freshest ingredients around. Sit down, grab a slice (or two, or three) and dig in! Open Sunday-Thursday 11am-9pm, Friday-Saturday 11am10pm. And ... they deliver!

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PHO 9B THE NOODLE JOINT Serving Bonners Ferry customers the best in Asian-fusion cuisine, you'll find their dishes prepared with only the freshest ingredients! From Yakisoba with choice chicken, beef sirloin, shrimp or vegetables, pho made daily using roasted bones and homemade stock to a variety of teriyaki rice bowls and more, guests will find a delicious variety of choices. Take out/limited dine in Monday through Friday, 11am to 7pm.

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CHIC-N-CHOP At this Bonners Ferry diner, you’ll be treated to wonderful service and an inviting, homey atmosphere where the staff treats you like family. Known for their large portion sizes and customer favorites like the broasted chicken, omelets, pies and more, they’re open Tuesday through Saturday 4:30am to 8pm and Sunday 6am to 2pm.

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FEIST CREEK RESTAURANT At Feist Creek Restaurant, the delicious smells and warm atmosphere make you feel right at home. Serving lunch and dinner, customer favorites range from their smoked prime rib and 25 oz. rib-eye steak to catfish and hushpuppies, homemade fish and chips, burgers, sandwiches and more. Full bar, pool table, outdoor seating, fish pond and their own private waterfall make this a destination spot to remember. During the winter months, you can find them open Wednesday through Monday, noon to 9pm.

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BADGER'S DEN CAFE AND LATTE

At Badger's Den Cafe and Latte, you'll be greeted with fast, friendly service with a smile. On the menu you'll find hearty and delicious breakfast and lunch items, a variety of specialty coffee drinks, smoothies and more! In a hurry? There's a driveup window for your convenience. A stop at this restaurant is a must for locals and visitors alike!

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TWO TONES CAFE Two Tones Cafe is a restaurant where guests will enjoy flavors from around the world in dishes made using the freshest ingredients. With menu options ranging from Asian salads and nachos, to unique beef and chicken entrees, burgers, salads and desserts, there's something for everyone! Indoor and patio seating available. Open Tuesday through Saturday 11am to 9pm.

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BONNERS FERRY PUPUSERIA Treat yourself to an authentic Salvadoran pupuseria and Americano comfort food downtown! Serving breakfast and lunch, patrons can choose from a selection of pork, spinach, cheese and bean pupusas, as well as other menu items like steak burritos, egg-drop soup, BLT sandwich, egg scrambles and bagels. Accompany your meal with fresh-squeezed orange juice, smoothie, a cup of 100 percent Kona Coffee or craft beers. Dine in 8am to 3:30pm Tuesday through Saturday, 11am to 4pm Sunday; or text your order in.

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BEER MONTH Grab a Pint and Support Your Local Brewers By Abigail Thorpe

IDAHO IS UP THERE WITH THE BEST WHEN IT COMES TO CRAFT BEER, and it’s no surprise considering the access breweries have to local hops, barley and fresh, clean mountain water. The state ranks 11th in the nation for craft breweries per capita, with 63 craft breweries throughout the state.

or grabbing some cans, crowlers or growlers to go throughout the month. Breweries from Bonners Ferry to Coeur d’Alene showcase some fantastic flavors and options, from IPAs and lagers, to deep stouts and porters. Stop by Kootenai River Brewing Co. in Bonners Ferry; Matchwood, McDuffs, Utara, Pour Authority and Laughing Dog in Sandpoint, or one of the many great breweries in Coeur d’Alene, such as Daft Badger, Tricksters, Mad Bomber, The Growler Guys, Paragon and Black Lodge, to name just a few.

The Idaho Panhandle is no exception to this rule—we sport a great collection of local breweries brewing the best of what our state has to offer, with unique local flavors like huckleberry and pine lending a special touch to some brews. With hops and barley within a day’s drive of every brewery, you know you’re drinking local.

Many restaurants and pubs throughout the region also feature local beer on tap, so pair some local eats with a good pint and support our local businesses. After all, celebrating our own North Idaho flavor is as good an excuse as any to grab a cold one this month.

April is Idaho Craft Beer Month, and breweries throughout the area will be brewing up some fantastic options to celebrate the occasion. The month will kick off with Pints Up Idaho day on April 2. Take the opportunity to get out and support your local brewers and celebrate all that our state brings to craft beer by stopping for a pint,

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EASTER APRIL 12 This year, all of us will most likely be spending the day a bit differently than years past. As many of us celebrate the resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ by attending church services, where the choir and church congregation fill the building with song, this year the celebration may be at home. But don't be discouraged. Thanks to technology, the family can still dress in their Sunday best and gather around the TV to take in a church service of their liking. And though larger gatherings of friends and family are discouraged, spend the day with your close loved ones at home, with an Easter egg hunt in the yard, followed by a meal spent together in the comfort of your own home. Make this the most memorable Easter celebration that you and your children will remember with fondness for years to come.

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EARTH DAY APRIL 22 2020 marks the 50th year that Earth Day has been celebrated across the globe. The theme for this year's Earth Day is Climate Action. Though at this time the community is not encouraged to participate in large gatherings, you can still do a small part in taking care of our planet. Take a walk in your neighborhood with the kids, and pick up any trash you come across. Make yourselves more aware of the products you are disposing of at home, separating the recyclable items from the trash. Work together to make a list on what positive changes you can all make in your daily lives to positively impact our environment. The first Earth Day is credited with launching the modern environmental movement and is now recognized as the planet’s largest civic event. Read more about Earth Day at EarthDay.org.

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ARBOR DAY APRIL 24 Many states observe Arbor Day on different dates throughout the year based on best tree planting times in their area. In Idaho, Arbor Day is always celebrated on the last Friday of April. J. Sterling Morton founded Arbor Day back in 1972 with a simple idea—to set aside a special day dedicated for tree planting. And today, that idea is more important than ever. Trees provide the very necessities of life itself: Trees clean our air, protect our drinking water, create healthy communities and feed the human soul. The Arbor Day Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit conservation and education organization, is dedicated to inspiring people to plant, nurture and celebrate trees. Call your local nursery to find the perfect tree for your family to plant in your yard this Arbor Day. Visit ArborDay.org for more information.

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