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08 Good News
CASA volunteers give a voice to the most vulnerable.
10 Essentials Practical living tips.
13 Life & Community Great local events and stories.
14 Business Spotlight State of Assurance.
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20 Bonners Ferry In Focus
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22 Living Local
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WE HAVE ALL BEEN THERE. As children we at times felt as though our voice was not being heard. But to be a child who is abused or in a situation where one’s parents are not putting the welfare of the child first, the most vulnerable in our society feel even more helpless. Thanks to countless volunteers, those children are getting a voice. Court Appointed Special Advocates serve as a voice for a child during a child protection case. Their input is valuable and can act as eyes and ears for the judge. According to Cherie Peak, supervisor for the Boundary and Bonner County CASA office, the role of a CASA volunteer entails investigation and submission of reports to the court providing the judges with information they need when making decisions that impact a child in their present situation—and perhaps for their lifetime. “The CASA monitors the progress of the court case and wellbeing of their CASA kiddos,” said Peak of the role of a CASA. “The quality of care the children are receiving in their foster home and how they are doing in school are examples of areas they monitor. After gathering this information, the CASA can determine what the child’s needs are and how best to get those needs met.” The CASA program began in the 1970s by a judge in Washington who felt the vital decisions he was making regarding a child’s future were being done so without sufficient information. With a realization that he and other judges should make those life altering decision with confidence and realizing that the child protection system was overburdened and did not have sufficient resources, he formulated the idea of volunteers as advocates. “Foster children’s needs were not being sufficiently monitored nor met,” explained Peak. “Having someone outside the system also serves to bring a balanced and objective perspective into the case. CASA provides checks and balances and augments services for our understaffed and underfunded child welfare system.” It was not until 1996 when a CASA office came to Bonner and Boundary counties. Now, 20 years later, countless volunteers have given their time to not only give children a voice, but hope for the future as well. But the benefits of the relationship are a two-way street. “I recently ran into someone who had been one of the first CASAs here in
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“Having someone outside the system also serves to bring a balanced and objective perspective into the case.
1996,” said Peak. “He shared that for him doing CASA work remains one of the most challenging and fulfilling things he’s done in his life.” A CASA volunteer commits to spending time with each of the children for whom they are an advocate. Peak shares that a visit is required a minimum of one time per month, but most volunteers visit much more frequently. “Throughout a child protection case, a child’s home, school, social workers, foster parents and other professionals can change many times. This adds to the stress and sense of loss they experience,” said Peak. “An important role for a CASA is to become a consistent, stable, safe adult the child can trust to stand with them through this traumatic time in their life. Research shows this will greatly impact outcomes for the child.”
For Bonner and Boundary counties there are currently a total of 17 CASA volunteers, however four of those volunteers are not currently taking any new cases. Unfortunately, the need for advocates is great. “We need more CASAs to ensure every child who needs one will have one,” said Peak, who adds that there are currently eight individuals going through the initial six-week training program, and there will be another one offered in the spring.
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In 2016 Bonner County CASA had about 70 cases involving about 150 children. In Boundary County those numbers were about 10 cases involving about 16 children. If you are interested in becoming a volunteer, it involves extensive initial and ongoing training and spending an average of 12 hours a month for at least one year. But the rewards are many. “Last year we had a speaker at a fundraiser who was a former foster child who grew up to obtain an education in political science and work in government at the state level,” shared Peak. “She talked about how much her CASA contributed to her growing up to be a healthy successful person. Many CASAs have had former CASA kids get in touch with them to let them know how they are doing in life. Some CASAs remain a presence in their CASA kiddos lives long after they are out of foster care.” CASA programs are mandated by the State, however they only receive one out of every four dollars they need to operate from a grant through the Supreme court. “The other three dollars comes from fundraising, grants and donations,” said Peak. Today there are approximately 950 CASA programs throughout the world. And as one judge from Alaska stated, “A CASA brings the common sense and conscience of their communities into the courtroom.”
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FINANCIAL FOCUS WHAT’S SMARTER – PAYING OFF DEBTS OR INVESTING?
IF YOU’RE JUST STARTING out in your career, you will need to be prepared to face some financial challenges along the way— but here’s one that’s not unpleasant: choosing what to do with some extra disposable income. When this happens, what should you do with the money? Your decisions could make a real difference in your ability to achieve your important financial goals. Under what circumstances might you receive some “found” money? You could get a year-end bonus from your employer, or a sizable tax refund, or even an inheritance. However the money comes to you, don’t let it “slip through your fingers.” Instead, consider these two moves: investing the money or using it to pay off debts. Which of these choices should you pick? There’s no one “right” answer, as everyone’s situation is different. But here are a few general considerations:
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Distinguish between “good” and “bad” debt. Not all types of debt are created equal. Your mortgage, for example, is probably a “good” form of debt. You’re using the loan for a valid purpose—i.e., living in your house —and you likely get a hefty tax deduction for the interest you pay. On the other hand, nondeductible consumer debt that carries a high interest rate might be considered “bad” debt—and this is the debt you might want to reduce or eliminate when you receive some extra money. By doing so, you can free up money to save and invest for retirement or other goals. Compare making extra mortgage payments vs. investing. Many of us get some psychological benefits by making extra house payments. Yet, when you do have some extra money, putting it toward your house may not be the best move. For one thing, as mentioned above, your mortgage can be considered a “good” type of debt, so you may not need to rush to pay it off. And from an investment standpoint, your home is somewhat “illiquid”— it’s not always easy to get money out of it. If you put your extra money into traditional investments, such as stocks and bonds, you may increase your growth potential, and you may gain an income stream through interest payments and dividends.
advantages by putting money into certain types of investment vehicles, such as a traditional or Roth IRA. When you invest in a traditional IRA, your contributions may be deductible, depending on your income, and your money grows on a tax-deferred basis. (Keep in mind that taxes will be due upon withdrawals, and any withdrawals you make before you reach 59½ may be subject to a 10 percent IRS penalty.) Roth IRA contributions are not deductible, but your earnings are distributed tax-free, provided you don’t take withdrawals until you reach 59½ and you’ve had your account at least five years. Clearly, you’ve got some things to ponder when choosing whether to use “extra” money to pay off debts or invest. Of course, it’s not always an “either-or” situation; you may be able to tackle some debts and still invest for the future. In any case, use this money wisely—you weren’t necessarily counting on it, but you can make it count for you.
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WHEN YOUR CHILD IS SICK, you would stop at nothing to make sure he or she is healthy. That is exactly what North Idaho residents Brian and Tricia Sturgis have done. To date, their nonprofit foundation has helped to raise over $925,000 for cystinosis research. The couple’s son, Hank, was diagnosed in November of 2007 with the rare genetic disease that affects only 2,000 people worldwide. One of the organization's’ signature fundraisers is right around the corner on March 24 and 25 at Schweitzer Mountain Resort. The event, 24 Hours of Schweitzer, is limited to 200 participants so you will want to register and start to plan soon! The fundraiser offers a unique opportunity to ski and ride Schweitzer for a full 24 hours—and contribute to a great cause at the same time! There are teams of two or four people who in addition to skiing and riding will compete in hourly challenges that promise to be fun and keep everyone engaged.
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INSURANCE CAN BE A TRICKY and overwhelming process. After all, you want to make sure you are adequately protected in the event of an unexpected loss. Unfortunately, many people find themselves under or uninsured at a time when they need it most. Fortunately for those in our area, Diane Blakely of State Farm Insurance provides many in our community with the benefit of her expertise in choosing all their insurance needs, giving them the peace of mind they need. With an emphasis on providing her clients with business and commercial insurance, Blakely also provides coverage for auto, home, recreational vehicles, and health and life insurance. Her clients throughout North Idaho, Montana and Washington are also treated to superior and personalized customer service. Since opening her office in October of 2014, Blakely has been a blessing to her clients when it comes to navigating through the world of insurance. “We ease the stress that can come with insurance by putting a premium on personalized service,” said Blakely. “ We believe people prefer to have someone they know to help guide them through both good and bad times. It is this belief that stands behind everything we do.” Have you lived in your home for a period of time but never increased your coverage? Chances are your home has increased in value and you are not adequately covered. Blakely will perform periodic reviews of your policy to ensure that should you experience an increased
value in your home or business that your policy will reflect that increase. Being in a community where many enjoy what the outdoors has to offer, State Farm Insurance also provides coverage for boats, ATVs, snowmobiles and motorcycles. After all, you want to make sure all your toys are covered in the event of a loss. Perhaps one area where many are not adequately covered is in the area of life insurance. Protecting our loved ones is important to us all, but many think life insurance is not affordable. State Farm Insurance offers all types of policies including term and whole life that can give you and your family security should an accident or illness occur. Blakely has lived in Naples for the last five years. She previously lived in Seattle, Coeur d’Alene and Post Falls but was drawn to Boundary County while in search of a simpler life and somewhere with strong community and neighborhood values. Giving back to the community is something about which Blakely and her team feel strongly. Blakely is actively involved in Rotary and will serve as treasurer of the local Rotary beginning in July of 2017. “Our entire team participates in multiple Rotary-sponsored activities,” said Blakely. “We focus on Rotary because we believe we can impact the largest numbers of people throughout Boundary County.”
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TINY HOME MOVEMENT Could you live in 200 square feet? By Colin Anderson
OUR HOME IS ALMOST always the single most expensive thing in our life. There’s the mortgage payment, utilities, water/sewer/ garbage and general maintenance. Property taxes, updating design, replacing appliances and having to purchase a lawn mower and tools to maintain our home and yard add to the expense. Home ownership can also be time consuming. In the summer we mow, pull weeds and do outside projects while the weather is nice. When winter rolls around, we shovel and try desperately to keep the carpets clean from dirty boots trampling through the home. There’s a definite pride in ownership, and there’s a growing trend of singles, couples and families that want to maintain that pride but also cut down on expenses and time when it comes to their home. Their solution is a tiny home. Tiny homes are built to be mobile and most can be pulled using a truck. They are typically
There’s a definite pride in ownership, and there’s a growing trend of singles, couples and families that want to maintain that pride but also cut down on expenses and time when it comes to their home. just 150 to 300 square feet and have most of the rooms a standard home has, just shrunk way down. Kyle Cady is co-owner of Little Foot Tiny Homes in Bonners Ferry. After getting into many building types the past decade, he saw a couple of tiny home shows on TV and decided
to get into this emerging market. “I think this is a really cool thing, and with costs going up on almost everything, it’s really an affordable way to live,” said Cady. Cady feels that people looking to move into a tiny home are looking to free themselves from clutter, unnecessary items and in general have less going on in their lives. Tiny homes can be built to an individual’s liking with all custom designs and materials, and the cost is far less when compared to a traditional home. While the home is mobile, it doesn’t have the same feel as say an RV. “When you’re in an RV, you feel like you’re in an RV as they typically have cheap fixtures and materials,” said Cady. “With a tiny home you feel like you’re in a home; we provide much nicer amenities and insulation.” The biggest drawback to living small is obviously the lack of space. Fitting all your possessions into a couple hundred square feet means sacrificing a lot, and builders have to get creative to ensure there is enough storage. “We build cubbies under the stairs and the benches around the dining table also double as storage so it’s really not as hard as you might imagine,” said Cady. There is also a group of people that might not be looking to completely downsize but are adding a tiny home to their current property as a mother in-law suite, or they are buying them and placing them on land as a vacation rental. As the trend continues to grow in densely populated areas where home prices are soaring, it will be interesting to see if a few North Idaho homeowners decide to shed the bulk of their possessions and go tiny as well.
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While these are big stats, there is one thing about our generation that is changing the landscape of the business world more than any other—our fundamental desire to make a difference. Eightyfour percent of millennials surveyed agreed with the statement: “Knowing I am helping to make a positive difference in the world is more important to me than professional recognition.” We don’t care as much about climbing ladders. It was found that the most important thing young adults ages 21 to 31 wanted in a successful career was a sense of meaning, and three-fourths stated that their ability to excel in their job is contingent upon deriving meaning from their work.
HAVE YOU EVER NOTICED how generations seem to have “personalities” like people do? Along with those personalities often come stereotypes. For example, the baby boomers were “free spirited.” Their kids, the Gen X-ers, are often considered cynical and negative. Then, of course you have those lazy, entitled millennials. We’ve all heard these. Stereotypes survive because people perpetuate them and believe them to be true. So, what if a generation wanted to change its image or redefine itself? I suppose before you can redefine anything, you’d need to clearly define it in the first place. Let’s start with the word “millennial”—who is a millennial? Well, Generation Y (as they are also sometimes called) typically includes anyone born between 1980 and 1995—those who came of age with the new millennium, so it can range
we’re on track to eclipse boomers in spending power at $3.4 trillion, and by 2020 we’ll make up 40 percent of the electorate. Scary? Not if you consider that millennials are actually on pace to become the most educated generation in history. As of 2008, 40 percent of people between the ages of 18 and 24 were enrolled in college, an American record. Believe it or not, we also read more. Eighty percent of those over 30 have finished a book in the last year, while 90 percent of the under-30 crowd has done the same. Millennials have also shown to be more tolerant and racially diverse than previous generations—a key quality in the ever-evolving national and global economies.
anywhere from those currently 20 to 35 years old. At 27, this puts me smack dab in the center of the generation. We’re normally looked at as the stupid, shallow, and selfie-obsessed “worst generation yet” who can’t put down our phones long enough to have a real conversation. In the workplace, we’re considered lazy, entitled job hoppers who expect a trophy just for showing up. However, you may be surprised to learn that while most of these preconceptions are inaccurate, they are actually creating a disconnect among generations that is slowly changing the face of business as we know it. In 2015, millennials surpassed Generation X to become the largest share of the American workforce at 53.5 million strong. By 2018,
So what does “meaning” mean, exactly? The business magazine, Fast Company, found that meaningful work allows one to share their gifts, make an impact in the lives of others, and live their desired quality of life. Unfortunately, less than half of the millennials surveyed reported feeling that they actually get this sense of “meaning”—indicating that the current systems in place by most organizations to motivate millennials are missing their mark. That’s why more and more of us are striking out on our own to create our purpose and meaning by starting innovative businesses. Fifty-four percent of millennials surveyed either want to start a business or already have. Even in our younger age, our generation has already created twice as many businesses as the boomers, and to great success. Gen-Y business owners are leading bigger teams, seeing higher profit margins, and having a bigger social impact than previous generations. In fact, 61 percent of millennial-owned businesses reported increased sales over the past six months versus only 41 percent of small business owners overall.
Seeing this trend, Forbes Magazine has named us “The True Entrepreneur Generation.” As more and more millennials are innovating and creating meaningful work through their business, we are starting to see jobs so satisfying and congruent with lives that the two are almost indistinguishable from one another. You don’t have to “punch out” when you’re doing what you love. So what is it about our “entitled, tech-obsessed generation” that makes for successful business owners? Let’s take a closer look at some of those stereotypes. “Entitled.” A lot of millennials come off as full of themselves, but that can also be viewed as confidence and a strong belief in themselves and their abilities—crucial qualities to have in the entrepreneurial arena. “Obsessed with technology.” Okay, that one is true. Our generation was born and raised with technology. We were there when dial-up, AOL and MSN Messenger were things. We drooled over the Razr and wanted a Blackberry so we could go online on our phones! That constant evolution of technology throughout our lives
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LOCAL SANDPOINT SISTERS, Hailey and Sarah Hines, founders and operators of Planted Roots Productions, were awarded the Audience Choice Award at the Sandpoint Film Festival last November at The Panida Theater for their film, “Peace Among the Black Hills.”
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“The Sandpoint Festival was the first one we entered in,” Hailey said, “and the first one won.” The sisters’ goal for their production company is simple: to bring amazing, life changing art to the world via film. Hailey is an actor, model and director. Sarah also acts, directs and writes the screenplays. “Peace Among Black Hills” was co-written by both sisters and is a story of love, loss and overcoming hardship during the war with the Plains Indians. “It was Sarah’s baby,” said co-writer Hailey. “And the great part is that 90 percent of the crew was female and local to Sandpoint.” That doesn’t happen often in the film industry, where the workforce is predominantly male in Hollywood. “The people we cast for ‘Peace Among Black Hills’ were all on board with what we were doing,” Hailey stated. “We shot it in nine days and only had four days with the main cast.”
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“They were solid days—no sleeping during that period,” Sarah chuckled. “Peace Among Black Hills” was filmed in Bannock City, an abandoned ghost town in Beaverhead County, near Dillon, Montana. “Locals offered to cook food for us while we were filming. You won’t get that in Hollywood,” Sarah mentioned after being asked what the filming process was like for them. “Rattlesnakes were everywhere, though.” The film has been dubbed as “Young Guns” meets “Dances with Wolves” with the perfect mix of actual history and make believe, shining both romantic and dark light on the ways of the West. The drama revolves around discrimination during the war with the Plains Indians of the Northwest. “The first quarter of the film is dedicated to the history of Native Americans and the way that our country treated them,” Hailey Hines said. There’s a personal stake in the story as well, bringing light to a dark part of our country’s history: Indian dissemination. “Our greatgrandmother and her sister were taken from their family and relocated,” Sarah explained. “They were both taken to Oklahoma and adopted into a white family; the Hawkins family.” The film’s protagonists mirror that tale, One Star and Jacob are both Lakota born halfbreeds, and One Star is taken to the Carlisle Indian Institute in Pennsylvania.
“The movie is very historically accurate,” Hailey added. The sisters entered “Peace Among Black Hills” in several other film festivals as well. “We also entered it into the California Women’s Film Festival, Human Rights Film Festival in Melbourne, Australia, as well as film festivals in North Bend, Seattle, Montana and Sun Valley,” Hailey stated. “Our biggest goal is that hopefully people will see the story and will want to make it into a feature film and will be able to make that happen,” Sarah said. Both Sarah and Hailey became involved in the industry early on. While growing up in Snohomish, Washington and Sandpoint, Idaho, their parents kept them involved in a variety of extracurricular activities that taught them how important it is to help others and share their good fortune with people in need. The sisters then separately studied outside of the area in Washington State: Sarah in Bellevue attending a small private school where she studied acting, along with music, soccer, horseback riding and art. Hailey got her start in Snohomish studying dance as a child and even winning some awards. From there, she went on to study theater, modeling, acting and film.
The sisters’ roles in film initially started for them by helping out with a friend’s film. Their first project as Planted Roots Productions was “Spread the Virus”, a short film which Sarah wrote. “We had been helping other people with their projects, assisting with sound or production,” Sarah stated. “And the short film was to show people what we are capable of.” “Spread the Virus” is a short film about the random acts of kindness and how big an impact they can have on those involved. Sometimes even the smallest act can change someone’s life in a huge way. For the sisters, it isn’t just a film, it’s a call to action to all who see it to be kind, be compassionate, and spread kindness like a virus. The movie was filmed locally at the Life Care Center, Sandpoint High School, outside of Winter Ridge, the Grainery, and even the Hines’ home. The Schweitzer Fire Department helped out too, and the sisters even used a firefighter from the force to help with the narration of the film. Both Sarah and Hailey acted as narrators as well. The Hines sisters have deep ties to the area, and both grew up attending and performing in the historic Panida Theater. Although they have both moved away for school or life, they both found themselves back here. “Sandpoint seems
“Our family’s history always sparked the interest to study Native American history,” Sarah said. “The schools [Native children were sent to] were way worse than any of the history books make them out to be.” “At the Carlisle Indian Industrial School, there are 170 marked graves, when in fact there are over 800 bodies that have been recovered there,” Sarah added. From 1879 to 1891, over 10,000 Native American children from 140 tribes attended Carlisle to be educated and assimilated. Only 158 graduated.
“We wanted to show how these acts shaped a people as a whole,” Sarah explained, “and also give light to the dark parts of history that don’t get noticed.”
to be the place we always come back to,” Hailey said. The Hines’ grandmother was involved with a group of ladies that would get together to raise money for several local foundations, including The Panida Theater—or as she liked to call it The “Pan-eye-da,” as a play on the word “Idaho.” Sarah’s first play was at the beloved theater. “They have helped us a ton with auditions and finding actors,” Sarah stated. The Panida also introduced them to Sandpoint Filmmakers Network, a pool of local resources for making films in Sandpoint that meets monthly at the Condo del Sol Clubhouse. The organization provides camera operators, actors, sound technicians an environment for sharing, learning, practicing and executing moviemaking skills. Coming up, the Hines sisters have some projects in the works. “A Thousand Bullets” is another one of Sarah’s creations. She wrote it and both sisters will act in it, while they will bring someone else in to direct. They’re also working on a post-apocalyptic short film that is set after a devastating war; the film contains an
underlying message conveying that even when bad things happen in the world, your family is always there. When asked where they see themselves in the future, Hailey jumped right in with, “Making bigger films and having a bigger network of people to work with.” “I would like to be making feature films here locally,” Sarah added. “Even if ‘Peace Among Black Hills’ gets out
there with a bigger budget, we would want it filmed here,” Hailey declared. “We have so many different stories that we want to make that we know we will need bigger sources and bigger budgets.” Sarah added. You can get a taste of their upcoming projects on the Planted Roots Production website, www. plantedrootsproductions.com. Their short film “Spread the Virus” is also available to view on the homepage, or on their YouTube channel.
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WE ALL KNOW THAT SITTING is terrible for our bodies for reasons too numerous to list in this article. It damages our metabolic, nervous, mental, muscular and structural systems. Unfortunately, no matter how vigilant we are, there are times when sitting is inevitable. We sit while we drive, while we eat and relax, and for most people, we sit while we work. As a society, we need a paradigm shift that pretty much eliminates sitting in order to truly live the lives for which our bodies were designed. But I don’t see that happening any time soon, if ever, so what I am going to focus on is minimizing the damage that sitting causes.
no-brainer, it takes constant effort to sit less. You can get a pedometer, movement tracker or app to set movement goals to help motivate you to keep your rear out of a chair. Don’t slouch when you do sit. Sitting in front of the computer or TV and slouching just compounds all of the damage done from sitting. And here’s a biggie—squat. While sitting is an unnatural position for your back, putting compressive forces on the lumbar spine, squatting is the opposite. When done properly, it extends our lumbar (lower) spine without compression while stabilizing with the legs, core, hips and glutes.
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Many people believe that squatting is bad for their knees. Not so. Squatting poorly is bad for your knees. If it hurts when you squat, stop. You are most likely doing it wrong. If you don’t have anyone to help you learn to develop your squat, take a video of yourself squatting and watch the video after each set. If it hurts your eyes to watch it, the movement you are doing is most likely not a correct squat. Start by putting a chair or bench directly behind you and sitting down and then stand back up. Sit down without rocking back onto the seat and stand straight up without rocking forward. Be mindful of your spine not rounding at any part of the movement. I bet that doesn’t hurt your knees. Not only does proper squatting help reverse the damage from sitting and strengthen the body to combat the future damage from sitting, it can also help prolong your life. In a Brazilian study, over 2,000 men and women
between the ages of 51 to 80 were studied for an average of 6.3 years, and those who needed to use assistance from both hands and knees to get up and down were about seven times more likely to die within six years than those who could quickly stand up and get down without support. So what does that mean for you? Can you get up and down off the floor quickly and without assistance from your arms or rolling onto your knees? If so, good, but make sure you are able to do it long term and continue to move and move often. If not, you have some work to do. Start moving ASAP. Our bodies were designed to stay active. You only have your one body for the rest of your life and in some ways, you can dictate how long it will be. Susan Moore owns Better Gym in Gig Harbor. She is a Master Trainer for TRX, a professional education provider for StrongFirst and several other fitness organizations. Susan also teaches fitness education to all branches of the U.S. military.
Rustic Interior Design By Patty Hutchens Design is so subjective. One person's tastes doesn't necessarily equal someone else's. In the following pages there are a few ideas on how to incorporate an interior design strategy in your home that works for you. Sometimes all it takes is some visual inspiration to get the creative juices going. See where you end up! The journey can be just as exciting as the end result!
BARNWOOD HEADBOARDS Are you looking to incorporate a rustic look to your bedroom or living area? Think about adding barn wood to an entire accent wall to serve as a headboard. Looking to bring a touch of soft and natural colors to a bedroom? Construct a headboard made of a collection of varying colors of wood panels. Carry that rustic look into your living area by creating your mantel out of barn wood or surrounding your entire fireplace with it. Decorating with vintage wood, mixing and matching colors and grains, not only looks stylish but provides a comfortable, warm and inviting atmosphere!
TEXTURES When it comes to interior design, many of us think we need to match everything to have a cohesive and flowing feel to the room. In fact, nothing could be further from the truth! Having contrast in colors and textures provides multiple elements, which draws our interest to the room as a whole. But be sure to know when enough is enough. You do not want your senses to become overwhelmed, so striking a balance is important. For example, when mixing patterns, combine prints that are in the same color palette. Keeping your patterns to a maximum of four that are spread throughout the room is what most designers recommend.
Farm Kitchen Nothing says “welcome” more than a farmhouse-style kitchen. Typically designed with cooking spaces for large groups of people, this unpretentious design makes one feel comfortable and at home. With a focus on using natural materials, everything from the cabinets to the table and chairs are typically constructed of a quality hardwood. One popular characteristic of a farmhouse-style kitchen is the sink. With a large basin, the farmhouse sink makes cleaning large pots and pans a much easier task. When looking to accessories, plaid and gingham are popular for curtains, tablecloths, placemats and napkins when it comes to giving your kitchen a feeling of “being on the farm.”
When it comes to making a statement, oversized lighting has become increasingly popular. As a focal point when one enters a room, dramatic and oversized lighting is sure to not only capture the attention of those who see it, but it can also act as an artistic piece as well. If you want to make an immediate impression, the front entry is a place to be creative and bold. When choosing your oversized light fixture, also be sure to not overwhelm the space. One of the most popular spaces for introducing oversized lighting is the dining area. Large dome lights or drum pendants are some of the more popular choices. And remember, floor lamps can also provide a stunning option for your living area when seeking to make a bold statement. Changing the feel of a room does not have to be limited to paint and furniture; lighting is an inexpensive way to introduce a whole new look.
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Planter Walls Creating a vertical garden offers an opportunity to add color and vibrancy to your yard. All you need to start is a blank wall or a bare fence. Plant edibles, annuals and even perennials for a burst of color. If you don’t have a place to create your planter wall, a wood palette makes a perfect starting point to construct one, and you can gain inspiration simply by logging onto Pinterest. Or if you simply want to order one, there are “living walls” that can be custom made. A couple starting points include livinggreenplanters.com or your local garden store. You can even make your wall “portable” by placing a planter box on wheels and attach vertical lattice to provide a place for plants. This is a great option if you want to use your wall as a privacy barrier or move it around to optimize sun exposure. Whatever you choose, take the opportunity to be creative!
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THERE’S ALREADY AN ABUNDANCE OF SNOW ON THE MOUNTAIN, OVER 13 FEET BY THE FIRST OF THIS YEAR, THE MOST SNOW TO FALL IN EARLY SEASON IN OVER 18 YEARS. sipping their hot toddies while playing cards or cribbage. While you’re in the area, take the quick drive into Glacier National Park and head to Apgar Village to take in the view of Lake McDonald framed with some of the most breathtaking mountains in the area. The road is closed beyond the Lake McDonald Lodge, but there’s still plenty to see and take photos of. Places to Stay Whitefish’s newest lodging destination, The Firebrand Hotel, is located in the heart of downtown, just a block from Main Street and across from the local middle school. Its sophisticated urban decor invites you to sit and relax by the fire with a coffee or cocktail. With a restaurant, café and spa on site, you’ll never have to leave the interior if you don’t want to. The Firebrand’s sister hotel, The Whitefish Lake Lodge, has been a favorite for years. Located on the shores of Whitefish Lake, the hotel offers a restaurant, bar, spa, shops and infinite views of the surrounding beauty. If you’re looking for the traditional ski in, ski out experience look no further than the Whitefish Mountain Resort. There are a variety of rooms, condos and homes for rent and they’re always throwing in lift tickets as a deal. Check out their website for reservations: www. skiwhitefish.com. Fun Events this Winter If you’ve never been to (or heard of) the Whitefish Winter Carnival, plan a trip out
this February and you won’t be disappointed. Started by a group of locals in the 1950s, the carnival will take place during February 3 through 5 this year, with events scattered throughout the month of January leading up to it. It’s a great way to shake off cabin fever and combat the blues of winter.
Montana Coffee Traders is the unofficial City Hall where all walks of life gather to congregate over coffee and community; the town meeting space for local booming businesses and the self employed alike. Grab a fresh baked goodie and a cup of joe and join in on the community communion.
The founding legend goes that the Nordic god, Ullr, found his home on Big Mountain, along with his Prime Minister and Queen. Their quiet mountain retreat was soon disturbed by the local Yetis’ attempt to kidnap the Queen, so Ullr and his followers fought off the intruders. When humans arrived to the valley, Ullr became their King, and every winter he descends from his mountain lair to have a party with the people, and during the celebration the Yetis continue to maintain their futile efforts to capture the Queen. In short, be prepared for plenty of parties and grown men and women frolicking downtown in costumes. Be sure to keep an eye out for those pesky Yetis, too.
Places to Eat The Tupelo Grill, located on Central Ave. downtown, is a New Orleans fair eatery that provides good vibes, great sights and delicious southern comfort food and has a beautiful newly remodeled bar area great for before or after dinner cocktails. Stillwater Fish House, a favorite around these parts and located off the highway on the way to Canada, has the best seafood selection in town as well as a full oyster bar. Showcasing local and organic foods with wine and beer by the glass, this is the place for foodies to go.
The Great Northern Bar, cornered on the middle of Central and 1st Street, is the local nightlife establishment that you’ll just have to see for yourself. Decorated with the business signs of local establishments long gone and serving a variety of tall cans and cheap mixed drinks, you can find a roaring band entertaining locals and out-of-towners alike. And, whether you know the band or not, I guarantee you’ll find yourself on the dance floor at some point in the night. My favorite après ski cocktail has to be at the Spotted Bear Spirits, a newer craft distillery making gin and vodka and other tasty treats like house infused vodkas, limoncello and coffee liqueur. They are open daily from noon to 8pm and offer tasty hand-mixed creative libations, bottle sales, and Montana-made gifts. Be sure to stop by. Speaking of local crafts, don’t miss out on the local favorite the Great Northern Brewing Company. Also located downtown on Central Ave., the brewery serves up locally made craft beer, wine and light bites. Open 11am to 11pm daily, this is the perfect spot for gathering with family and friends after skiing on Big Mountain all day.
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Penguin Plunge to benefit Special Olympics By Colin Anderson. Photos courtesy of Andrea Kramer
THERE’S NOTHING QUITE LIKE A DIP in the icy cold Kootenai River to really make you feel alive. If you jumped in alone this time of year, people might call you crazy. But on Saturday, March 11, you can join with other fun-loving friends and neighbors for a chilly wake up, and your brave efforts will help out with a worthy cause. The annual Penguin Plunge raises funds for Special Olympics Idaho, a nonprofit that provides sports training and competition for people with developmental disabilities. Those wanting to take part in this year’s plunge have a little bit of work to do before the day of the event. First, you’ll need to register. This can be done by visiting www.idso.org and clicking on upcoming events. Select 2017 Penguin Plunge – Bonners Ferry and follow the registration instructions. Next, you’ll need to solicit donations from friends, family and coworkers. After all, you are jumping into an ice cold river for the entertainment of others! You’ll earn prizes for hitting certain levels raised. $50 earns you a beach blanket, $250 a beanie, $500 a fleece blanket and $1,000 a soft cooler. At the event, special prizes and awards will be given out for best costume, team spirit, judge’s choice and most money raised. Those who still want to help out but have a fear of the frigid water can participate as a chicken plunger, someone who still raises money but skips the plunge.
Registration begins at 11am with the brave taking the plunge at noon. Participants and those helping keep them warm should meet at the search and rescue waterways building, just west of the fairgrounds. Whether by jumping in yourself or supporting someone taking the plunge, show your support for Idaho Special Olympics in this great community event.
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Making their Hive debut, Rebelution will be bringing some California reggae to Idaho. So grab your board, your skis, wax up, get down, have a brew or two and catch some Rebelution at The Hive. Information is available at www.livefromthehive.com.
Join the Performer’s Circle to share your love of the performing arts and just jam together! This is where you'll receive your invitation to be "on stage" at The Pearl Theater. Performances start at 7pm. For more information visit www.thepearltheater.org
Badger Boys Basketball attend the 3A District 1 Championship at North Idaho College in Coeur d’Alene. Come cheer on our Badger boys as they make a play for State!
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She Jumps at Schweitzer Get the Girls Out comes to Schweitzer! A national campaign to unite women as they support, challenge, mentor and inspire each other in the outdoor sports world. These events cultivate communities for women to have fun and connect with friends new and old. “Get the Girls Out” also creates opportunities for women to share and inspire and ensures younger generations have the opportunity to storm mountains and develop the life skills necessary to succeed on the mountains and in life! She Jumps is excited to bring this event back to Schweitzer Mountain again for an amazing day on the slopes! The event is retro-themed and a prize will be awarded to the most creative costume so please ladies, go all out! www.schweitzer.com for more information.
BCSD 101 Maintenance and Operations Levy Workshop 6pm in the Moyie Springs Community Center. The workshop will feature a presentation detailing how M&O Levy funds have been used in the past and how they would be used during the next academic year.
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March 1-2. The boys are back in town for a two-night run of mind-melting jams. Come to the Hive for what will be an amazing two nights of music with one of the hottest jam bands on the planet. Bring your hot doggin ski posse because this will be a ski and jam event: ski during the day at Schweitzer Mountain and jam at night with UM at The Hive. Tickets available through www.livefromthehive.com.
Come share your talent or join the audience on the first Thursday of every month at the Pearl Theater, 7160 Ash St. Cafe and doors open at 6pm, performances start at 7pm. No cover charge, but donations are always welcome! For more information visit www.thepearltheater. org.
MCT Peter and Wendy Auditions
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Missoula Children’s Theater Peter and Wendy auditions are being held at The Trinity Lutheran Church from 4 to 6:30pm. Children should come prepared to audition for various parts. Those chosen will practice every night throughout the week to prepare for the play on the following Saturday.
March 3-4. The Annual Spring United Methodist Women’s Rummage, Bake and Book Sale will run Friday from 9am to 4pm and Saturday from 9am to noon at the United Methodist Church, 6568 Lincoln Street. To find out more please call Judy Dirks at 208.267.3859.
March 10-11. Missoula Children’s Theatre’s “Peter and Wendy” performance will take place at BFHS Becker Auditorium on Friday at 6:30pm and Saturday at 1pm. Tickets available AT DOOR ONLY; Adults $7, Students (under 18) $5, Families $25.
March 10-11. Not since the Allman Brothers has it gotten passed around like these guys pass it. No bogarting in this crew. Just freshies all around. Jam on at the Hive with doors opening at 7pm each night! Tickets available through www.livefromthehive.com.
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