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Hope House

Helping to fill the needs of Bonners Ferry residents. By Amiee and Stan Christopherson. Photos by Robert Lavala.

HOPE HOUSE, a free community clothing closet, is located in Moyie Springs in the Tamarack Trailer Court at the northwest corner of Roosevelt and Division. Hope House began when a local church felt led to find ways of expressing God’s love to the community, with no “strings” attached. Hope House has been in operation at its current location for just over three years and currently serves over 150 Boundary County families. Hope House does more than offer like-new clothing to the community; they also provide toiletry items, baby items, household basics and food. “We have people walking through our doors from various situations. Some have very little due to having to start over for various reasons, others just need help finding clothes for their family,” states Aimee Christopherson, Hope House director. Hope House is working to be a collaborative community program to serve those in need, or who just need a little help. Recently, due to an abundant supply of donations from our generous community, Hope House was able to offer a free clothing give away at the Valley View Elementary cafeteria. This event helped embody many of the things they strive to do. Not only were they able to distribute a large amount of clothing, but they also involved individuals

When you walk through Hope House’s doors, it is easy to see just how generous our Bonners Ferry community is. from all parts of the community. A group of 8th graders and various community members helped to sort and organize the donations for the event, while Mrs. Davis’s second grade class, with the help of Penny Blackmore, collected items to create over 75 hygiene kits that were distributed at the event. Aimee stated, “We support a lot of families and seniors that are trying hard to make ends meet, but just need a little extra help from time to time.” When you walk through Hope House’s doors, it is easy to see just how generous our Bonners Ferry community is. “It’s because of our generous community that we have the ability to offer great quality clothing,” Aimee emphasizes. However, one area in which they still lack is being able to

provide quality shoes to hand out, especially for the teens. “It is hard for me to tell a teen that I don’t have anything in their size, especially when I look at their shoes and know that the shoes they are wearing are often too large, too small or just plain worn out. I remember how difficult those teenage years were, and wish we had some way to help.” Now, thanks to a donation from our Bonners Ferry Rotary Club, they will now be able to help make sure teens have appropriately fitting shoes. “I remember watching one of our kiddos run track in a pair of used shoes we had given them, but by that spring track season, they were quite worn down. I kept thinking, ‘I wonder how much better they could run if they had shoes that actually fit and were in decent condition,’” shares Aimee. This new program is just getting started, and Aimee and the Hope House crew are excited to see where it goes. Their hope is that others will help by adding to the fund or even donating shoes in great condition. If you want to check it out, stop by on a Tuesday from 12:30-4pm, and they would love to give you a tour. You can also like them on Facebook to follow upcoming events, cool stories and needs that arise. Soon their website will be up and running as well. Oct/Nov 2014 | Bonners Ferry Living Local   7


Natasha Wilkerson with her husband Josh on their wedding day in 2013.


Overcoming grief by making a difference in the lives of others. By Patty Hutchens.

“Happiness is not something ready made. It comes from your own actions.” -Dalai Lama IT CAN BE OVERWHELMING, debilitating, and exhausting. Grief. We experience a devastating loss, and our life’s path is suddenly derailed. We question. We get angry. We try to move forward. For three young North Idaho adults, the grief they experienced became transforming. Although the tragedies they endured differed from one another, the three were united in how they transformed their grief into something positive. They triumphed over their tragedies. That is not to say there are not heart wrenching, sad days. There are. But knowing they have made a difference in the world has helped these young people move on and carry on the memory of their loved ones. Their stories are inspiring.

We Set the Standard! Brooke Williams on her mission trip to Kenya.

Brooke Williams first went on a ten day mission trip to Nicaragua with her father Gary in 2010; she had no idea how the adventure would change her life. While there, her father bonded and played baseball with the children in an orphanage. When he learned that the children couldn’t compete in baseball unless they have uniforms, Gary made it his goal to provide the young children with them. Before Gary could realize his dream of returning to Nicaragua, he passed away. In a tribute to her father, Brooke and her mother Karen returned to Nicaragua in 2012 with uniforms for the young orphaned children, honored to fulfill Gary’s vision. But that was not the end of mission trips for Brooke. In May she traveled to Kenya on a student led mission trip. There, she worked in a clinic administering to the less fortunate. She learned to blood type, take pulses, respirations and blood pressure. She also worked in the pharmacy filling prescriptions as well as helping with physicals at the local schools. “This trip was definitely life confirming,” said Brooke who plans to work in the medical field. “I say this because God definitely confirmed that I am on the right path and that His will for my life is to do medical missions.” While all these trips are special in some way, it is that first trip she made with her father that she holds close to her heart. “I would not have had it any other way,” reflects Brooke. “Having him with me and teaching me how to be independent and experiencing all those things with him was very special.”

As she moves forward and plans her next trip later this year, Brooke knows her father would be very proud of the work she is doing. “He and my mom always encouraged me, even if it meant going out of my comfort zone,” she said. “I’ve learned to be comfortable about being uncomfortable.” Jacob Porter also suffered a horrific loss. Last November his sister Kayle was struck and killed by a train. Just 19 years old, Kayle had a full wonderful life ahead of her.

HAPPINESS “Happiness was taken away from me in a blink of an eye, but thanks to God’s grace and love, it was given back to me through the joy and happiness of others.”

Kayle had gone to Honduras on a mission trip a couple of years before, and at the time of her death was saving money to return this past summer with her boyfriend, Brandon, and Jacob. Her love of the people of Honduras, especially the young children, was something she spoke of often. Unable to go with Kayle on her first mission trip due to work obligations, Jacob was determined to join her on this one. “For the first few months we were having meetings at the church after services with our mission team,” recalls Jacob. “We would talk about fundraisers and how we were going to raise the money to go.” When Kayle died, a memorial was set up in Kayle’s name that

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helped Jacob and Brandon and the group cover expenses. The ten day trip involved building a pastor training center and also teaching Bible School. “I worked on the training center and in the evening helped with vacation Bible school. It was tons of fun working with the little kids and teaching them about the Lord,” said Jacob who knows his sister would be very proud of the work he and Brandon accomplished in her memory. “I plan to go on more mission trips,” said Jacob adding that he was humbled by the experience and encourages others to take the opportunity to serve. “You will see stuff that will break your heart, and you will want to do everything you can to help out. You will also realize when you see how people live in other countries that we do not need all the things we have.” For Natasha Wilkerson, her belief in God is what has sustained her through this past year. Adopted from Russia at the age of 10, Natasha lived in Bonners Ferry. An avid soccer player, she met the love of her life while playing in an adult soccer league. “Josh’s family taught me to play soccer,” recalls Natasha of Josh Wilkerson, the man she fell in love with. It was a whirlwind romance and the two married in July 2013, when Natasha was just 19 years old. “We knew we were perfect for each other.” But her world was shattered less than a month after their wedding. She had just returned from soccer practice at North Idaho College to the couple’s Coeur d’Alene apartment when she received a message from her father-in-law. Josh had been killed in a car accident. “My mind was automatically covered in a cloud of disbelief that could not be lifted for several months. It was like walking in a haze with no clear path in sight,” recalls Natasha. When planning her husband’s memorial, it was decided as a tribute to one of Josh’s greatest passions, the family would request donations of soccer balls in lieu of flowers. f / TamarackCove

“Word got out quickly and soon everyone who attended the service donated at least one soccer ball. Our idea was that we would donate these soccer balls to Parks and Recreation in memory of Josh,” said Natasha. “But the donated soccer balls ended up going farther than just Parks and Recreation.”

Natasha had been on a mission trip in 2011 in Nicaragua, something she called life changing. “The first thought that came into my mind when I was looking at the donated soccer balls was that the children in Nicaragua, who have next to nothing, would be thrilled to have some of these,” said Natasha. So she approached her inlaws who agreed it was a fantastic idea and one that would make Josh happy. “Before we knew it we were flying to Central America to distribute the balls.” It was another life changing trip for Natasha. “During the week that I was in

Jacob Porter and Brandon Gates getting ready to depart on their mission trip to Honduras in memory of Jacob’s sister Kayle Porter.

Nicaragua with my team and in-laws, I figured out a lot about myself,” said Natasha who says she was angry with God. “But seeing the joy on the faces of the children and the adults, as we gave a giant pile of soccer ball to the village leaders, filled my soul with the memory of Josh, grace, and love.” As she vows to live her life the way Josh did, with a full heart and grateful for each day, Natasha is thankful for the chance she has to bring joy to others. “Happiness was taken away from me in a blink of an eye, but thanks to God’s grace and love, it was given back to me through the joy and happiness of others.” Brooke Williams is currently fundraising for her next trip. If you would like to donate, please email her at


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With the holidays quickly approaching, The Lodges at the Idaho Club make a perfect getaway for your family or those visiting you. Planning a family reunion? It is the perfect place to gather. You will not only have privacy, but a great deal of space to spread out and enjoy one another’s company. There’s plenty to do in winter with Schweitzer Mountain just a short drive away. You can also strap on snowshoes or cross country skis and explore the frozen course once the snow has fallen.


The Idaho Club has recently come under new ownership and there are big plans for the future! Nestled along the fairways of the Jack Nicklaus designed course, each home offers all the finest amenities. Open floor plans allow you to spread out for easy interactions with family and friends, but you can also find privacy within the 3, 4, and 5 bedroom homes. For those larger groups we even have have a six bedroom six bath home available to rent. Prepare a meal at home on top-of-the-line stainless steel appliances and relax in your own private hot tub after a long day on the slopes or strolling the local shops. Instead of a hotel wake up call, rise to a beautiful sunrise as you watch out your back patio for deer, birds, and other wildlife roaming the course and surrounding forest.

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SANDPOINT IS WRITTEN ABOUT and praised in newspapers and magazines all across the country for its beauty, serenity, shopping, and outdoor experiences. Visitors come from all over to experience this community. Being so close to something so special is often taken for granted. But the truth is friends and family love to come visit you when you live in what has been called the Most Beautiful Small Town in America. So why not make their trip easy on yourself by booking their stay at the luxurious and affordable ‘Lodges at The Idaho Club.’ And while you are at it, take a staycation and join them!

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in Focus

Badger Soccer.

Team unity and determination characterize 2014 squads. Article by Robert Lavala. I SPOKE RECENTLY with a super enthusiastic girls soccer coach, Erin Delude. Erin, the head coach for Bonners Ferry High School girls varsity soccer, had no idea that she was about to be interviewed, but her upbeat attitude and love for coaching these athletes really beamed as we spoke. I asked the ‘pat’ question that every coach must detest: “How are the girls doing this year?” Every coach wants to say that everything is great and they are right on track. The thing I liked immediately about coach Delude is she remained totally upbeat as she explained that the team is in a “learning year” due to the fact of being so young. She said that eight of the fourteen girls on the team are totally new to the sport, and in that mix there is only one senior.


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She went on to say that she “loves it” that the team is so young. “They are moldable, coachable and teachable. They are great teammates to each other which enables a lot of learning to happen, both me (Delude) teaching them and them learning from each other. They all want to get better.” She added that as a coach “...this is something that I love!”

THE BONNERS FERRY Chamber of Commerce brings you a fun-filled family event as the Harlem Ambassadors take on the NBA wanna B’s, a team made up of local teachers, coaches, firefighters, police officers, and other community leaders. The fun begins at 7pm on November 14 in the Boundary County Middle School Gymnasium, and promises to be a night to remember as the evening will be filled with music, laughter, interactive games, prizes, hoops, and numerous hi-jinks! Known around the world, the Harlem Ambassadors Entertainment Basketball Team played their first game in Mountain Home, Idaho in October 1998. They have since gone on to increase their touring schedule to include events in 49 states and 19 countries as the team strives to provide quality family entertainment that is fresh and new, while carrying a message of self confidence and the importance of staying in school to all those who attend their show.

Coach Delude’s work ethic is not lost on the girls as they condition quite a bit. Even if they lose, they are right back at it pushing each other to get better and stronger as players. To prepare for matches, the girls do inter-squad scrimmages and competitions and are really united as a team. I asked the all-important question: What is your record so far this season? I was pleasantly surprised by the candid answer: “I don’t even know!” Coach said with a giggle. And then followed up with “I know that we are fourth in the league. We have won a couple and have learned a lot from each game. That is my focus,” she said. “That we are getting better with each game.”

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When asked about going to State, she responded, “Not this year but probably next year. If all the girls return next year and we get a few more involved, I see great things for this team.” When asked what she would say to potential players reading this she said, “I think there is amazing team dynamics and zero drama. I don’t subscribe to drama. It’s fun and exciting and if you have never played soccer before, I can get you there!” Coach Delude has another attribute that most parents will find appealing: Everyone plays. She said, “I think that every athlete that comes to me deserves opportunities to grow and they are not going to get better by watching.” On the boys’ side of the soccer field I spoke with senior Trevor Pew. I asked him what he thought was the biggest obstacle on the field for the guys. His answer was two part: “Motivation and communication while playing.” I asked about going to State and he was quick to say “We’ve gone to State every year; we are being ‘pushed’ by the addition of Timberlake to the roster.” So whether on the girls’ or the guys’ side of the field, there is plenty of great entertainment for the entire family. If you have never been out to a soccer match, come on out and get behind our Badgers!

Bonners Ferry by the Numbers


The record low temperature occurring in November 1959 in Bonners Ferry.


The population of Bonners Ferry in 1900.


The year the village of Bonners Ferry was established.

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Arts&Entertainment GET OUTSIDE! Clifty Mountain Trail - Trail No. 182. Go 18 miles southeast of Bonners Ferry via Twenty Mile Road No. 408 and Black Mountain Road No. 274. Vehicle access to trailhead is at saddle east of Black Mountain. This is a moderate 1.5-mile hike to the top of Clifty Mountain. Here you will see outstanding views of Bonners Ferry, Kootenai Valley, Selkirk and Cabinet Mountains. Long Canyon Trail - Trail No. 16. Drive north from Bonners Ferry on US 95 to Highway 1. From Highway 1, turn west on to County Road 18 there you will see the Westside Road trailhead. This is a remote area from Kootenai River Valley to the Selkirk Crest with excellent views of Long and Parker Canyons and walks through old-growth forest. The full loop is 32 miles long and makes a good four- or five-day backpacking trip. This trail will include abundant wildlife, including an occasional grizzly bear and woodland caribou, mushroom hunting, and fishing.


Pyramid-Ball Lakes Trails - Trail No. 13 and 43. Go 23 miles northwest of Bonners Ferry. From Highway 1 turn west on Copeland Road, found in the Trout Creek drainage via Road No. 2667. Vehicle access to the trailhead, elevation is 5920 ft, on Upper Trout Creek. An easy 1.3-mile hike to Pyramid Lake takes about an hour and one-half miles farther to get to Ball Lake.


Queen Lake and Mountain Trail. Trail No. 152. Drive 15 miles northeast of Bonners Ferry on Meadow Creek Road No. 229 to Queen Mountain Road No. 2542. It is a moderate half-mile hike to lake. Excellent views of Moyie River Valley and Purcell Mountains. Red Top to Hidden Lake - Trail No. 102. Take US 95 north of Bonners Ferry 15 miles to Copeland turn on to Highway 1. Turn west onto the Copeland road, travel across the Kootenai Valley, to Road 417. Turn right on Road 417 and continue north to it meets the junction with Roads 281 and 2450. Follow Road 281 for about 8 miles to Road 655. Take 655 to Road 2545. The trailhead is at the end of Road 2545. Parking is limited to 5 passenger cars. A moderate hike of 1 mile accesses Hidden Lake, the largest alpine lake in the U.S. Selkirk mountain range. Roman Nose Lakes Trails - Trail No. 160 and 165. Traveling 23 miles southwest of Bonners Ferry via Snow Creek Road No. 402, Road No. 1007 through Caribou Pass and Road No. 2667 you’ll find Roman Nose Lake. Drive directly to one of the alpine lakes and campground, while trails lead to two more lakes approximately 1-2 miles away. Here high mountain vistas of the Selkirk Crest, including the Sundance Fire area can be seen. This well used trail is in the shadow of 7,260-foot Roman Nose Peak.


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EVENTS & ACTIVITIES October - Pumpkin Picking. The Pumpkin Patch at Hickey Farms, 674 Hickey Road in Sandpoint, will be open on the weekends through October. Bring the family and have some old-fashioned harvest fun! Hours are from 3pm until dusk Fridays, and 10am until dusk on Saturdays and Sundays. Visit for more information and special events! Now through November 7 - Book Program. Boundary County Library has a new “read and discuss” book program. Come participate in reading six different books by author Liane Moriarty. Books will check out for two weeks at a time, and you are welcome to read as many or as few as you like. The new program will culminate in a pot luck supper on November 7th from 6-8pm. For more information or to sign up call 267-3750 or stop by the library! October 24, 25, 30, 31 - Frankenstein. Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein will come to life at the Granary, 513 Oak Street in Sandpoint. Sandpoint Onstage presents this highly-charged production each night at 7:30pm. Tickets are $12 general admission, $10 seniors and can be purchased in advance at at or at the door on the night of the show. October 25 - Blue Streak. The Pearl Theater presents Blue Streak. Cafe and doors open at 6:00pm, performances start at 7pm. Tickets will be available after October 6. For more information visit www. October 25 - Night for the Museum. The Fourth Annual Night for the Museum benefit will be held at the Museum beginning at 5:30pm. This event is the major public fundraiser for the Museum and will consist of a buffet dinner catered by The Rusty Moose, a live auction, raffles, and games. Tickets are $20 and are available at the Museum, The Rusty Moose, or by calling John Standal at 208.267.9677. Seating is limited and all prior dinners have been sold out. No tickets available at the door. October 25 - Lego Block Building Club. Come down to the library from 1-3pm and build a Lego monster! Lego Club happens the 3rd Saturday of every month, and everyone is welcome to design, build and conquer the monthly Lego theme challenge! For more information visit October 25 - Hatchery Tours. Tours of the new Twin

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Rivers Sturgeon and Burbot Hatchery, 1823 Twin River Road, Moyie Springs, will be open to the community from 9am-12pm. November 4 - Election Day. Come place your vote! Polls will be open all day from 8am-8pm. November 6 - Chamber Membership Meeting. Guest speaker for this meeting is Michael Long from the Inland NW Blood Center. November 7 - Pot-Luck Supper. The Book Club will hold its pot-luck supper on November 7th from 6-8pm. Bring a dish and share your thoughts on the stories and characters created by author Liane Moriarty. For more information or to sign up call 267.3750 or stop by the library! November 6 - Open Mic. 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 6:00pm, performances start at 7pm. NO cover charge, but donations are always welcome! For more information visit November 8 - Ski Swap. Come on out and shop for deals as Schweitzer Alpine Racing School holds its annual Ski Swap from 9-2pm at the Bonner County Fairgrounds. Admission is $2/person or $5/family. Equipment dropoff is Friday, November 7, from 12-7pm and equipment pick-up is after the event from 5-7pm. It’s a great way to kick off the snow season! November 14 - Harlem Ambassadors Comedy Basketball Show. Bring the whole family to this event and experience laugh-out-loud comedy basketball for a good cause. The fun begins at 7pm, with doors open 40 minutes before tip-off, when the internationally acclaimed Harlem Ambassadors take on the NBA wanna

B’s in a fun-filled, family-friendly evening of basketball showmanship featuring high-flying slam dunks, ballhandling tricks, and hilarious comedy routines at Boundary County Middle School. There will be an opportunity to win an autographed basketball, purchase Harlem Ambassadors’ souvenirs, meet the Harlem Ambassadors during a free post-game autograph session, and snacks and beverages will be available for purchase. A limited number of tickets are available for this event, which supports Bonners Ferry Chamber. Call 208.597.3080 for more information.


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November 18 - Community Blood Drive. Come down to Mt. Springs Church, 6789 Main Street, from 11-5:30pm and help save a life! To schedule an appointment at or call 1.800.423.0151. November 22 - Holiday Gift Show. Come out to the Lakeshore Lavender Farm, 9969 Lakeshore Drive, Sagle, and join the River Bend Artist Guild for their first annual Holiday Gift Show. There will be fine arts and crafts plus all your favorites from the farm from 9-3pm. November 22 - Holiday Market. The Farmers’ Market will be holding their annual Holiday Market at the Boundary County Middle School from 9am - 3pm. There will be an array of Thanksgiving fixings and Holiday gifts available from the local farmers and crafters in our area and is the perfect place to start your Christmas Shopping. Visit for more information.

UPCOMING EVENTS November 28 - Shook Twins. The Pearl Theater presents Sandpoint natives the Shook Twins! Cafe and doors open at 6pm, performances start at 7pm. Look for tickets to go on sale sometime in October. For more information visit

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Mountain Mafia Entertainment Providing massive, muddy fun! Article & Photos by Robert Lavala.

BIG TRUCKS, lots of obstacles, plenty of room, and a price that won’t leave you crying. That is what is coming to Boundary County and is sure to draw both the young and young at heart. Headed up by Mac Miltz, Greg Whittier, and Ben Spinney of Mountain Mafia Entertainment, the project is one they have been working on for quite some time, and the group is excited it is coming to fruition. Their venue, located at 518995 N Hwy 95 in Bonners Ferry, is geared towards mass crowd appeal and maximum entertainment value. With 40 acres already developed for trucks to boulder, mud crawl and jump around in, it is well on its way to becoming a major player in the West for this type of event. Already in play for the participants is a pretty hairy bouldering course with deep, mud-filled pits and plenty of jumps. Then there is a straight course where each of the 300-foot long tracks is about 30 feet wide. This gives the trucks plenty of room to find their own way through the muddy venue. And then there is what the guys are labeling the “Play Pit.” This massive pit is geared towards all out fun. Enter the pit by driving in or jumping in via the mass jumping ramp, and if you venture towards the center of the lowered pit, you’ll find the mud is up to three feet deep or more. Stay to the outside and it is less deep for average trucks just having some fun; head deeper and you better have your big-boy truck! The development of the fairgrounds is obviously in the beginning stages, but so far the team is doing a great job getting ready for huge events. When you enter, there are well laid out drive lanes for registration at the large gatehouse just off of Highway 95. Entrance to the park and the event is only $30 for the weekend and that includes a dry/primitive camp area for you to either set up a tent or park your RV. In the future the team is planning on creating VIP and Premium campsites complete with water hook up and other premium features. There is a service road that encircles the 40-acre playground and the camping is on the outside areas. On the inside of the venue, Whittier said they are presently able to host between three and five thousand people! They are definitely thinking big. Miltz went on to say that next May they are hosting their first international event, possibly calling it the Mega Truck Championship. One of the folks from Canada they are working with is the creator of the famous monster truck, the Warthog. This is the type of event Mountain Mafia Entertainment 18   Bonners Ferry Living Local |

With 40 acres already developed for trucks to boulder, mud crawl and jump around in, it is well on its way to becoming a major player in the West for this type of event.

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is gearing up to bring to our region. While they said that local, garage built, trucks are welcome, it will be these national showstoppers that bring in the crowds and give the most bang for the buck. If one word could be given for what the team is promoting it would be respect. The events will all have a closing gate time and a reasonable time to quiet down so as to respect your neighbor. Alcohol is allowed onsite but you will need to use provided vendors while inside the fairground area. When at your own camp you can have what you brought yourself. Security will also be in the form of retired and active law enforcement and retired military. So look forward to some outstanding fun in the near future here in Boundary County, Idaho as Mountain Mafia Entertainment digs deep for some massive muddy fun!

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Winter view from the Lionhead Campground.

Priest Lake

Weekend getaway at Idaho’s Crown Jewel. By Jessica Herbig. PRIEST LAKE IS OFTEN referred to as “Idaho’s Crown Jewel.” National Geographic calls it both “stunning” and “remote.” Both descriptions are accurate, and for the fall camper, Priest Lake has a variety of activities to keep you busy, keep you going, and keep you outdoors as long as possible!

in the Selkirk Mountains, named the Lion Tamer by Alaskan Ace climbing guide Charlie Sassara. Only a few climbers have ventured this route.



Priest Lake is a state park managed by Idaho Parks and Recreation. As such, there are amenities such as designated camping spots, water and some shower units available. There are also a limited number of cabins situated around Priest Lake that require a reservation. Most of the campsites are situated in such a way that you feel like you are the only people in the forest at any given time, until you venture down to one of the beaches where everyone gathers in late summer to catch the last of the hot summer rays. When the sun dips down, it starts to get chilly in the fall, so a campfire helps ward off the chill. Who doesn’t love a cast iron dinner and s’mores over the fire?

The Priest Lake Ranger District maintains a trail system on federal lands along Priest and Upper Priest Lake. They’re mostly well marked, but a trails booklet can be picked up for free at the Priest Lake Ranger District office.

Rock Climbing Chimney Rock at Priest Lake is a feat unto itself. You can see Chimney Rock from the lake, and it’s the most talked about climb in the Priest Lake area. You can access the climb via the Mount Roothaan trailhead. Plan on a full day to hike in, make the climb, and hike back out. It’s not a good idea to get stuck out there after dark unless you’re prepared. From the trailhead it’s about a two-hour hike to the base of Chimney Rock and approximately a three to four hour climb. Another good area to climb that is a little more accessible is Granite Pass. It’s about 20 minutes from Priest Lake on Hwy 57 north of Nordman. You can climb right out of the car and have your choice of 50-foot cliffs. This climb has some chain anchors in place, but plan on bringing set gear if you want to climb off route. This climbing location has the longest climbing route 20   Bonners Ferry Living Local |

The Beach Trail, which follows the west shoreline, is an easy hike that is great for families. It meanders for approximately six miles, starting at the Outlet Bay Campground and ending at the Kalispell Bay Boat Launch. This trail is open to foot traffic only. For a slightly more strenuous climb, check out the Mount Roothaan/Chimney Rock Trail on the east side of the lake. It caps out at 7,300 ft. with amazing panoramic views of Priest Lake. It takes a little under four hours and starts at the Horton Ridge trailhead at 5,100 ft. Bring your good hiking boots for this one. The last part is a one-half mile you’ll

A scenic sunset over Priest Lake.

Priest Lake has a variety of activities to keep you busy, keep you going, and keep you outdoors as long as possible! share with the mountain goats. It’s rocky and steep. Fishing Fall fishing ranges from trophy size Mackinaw out of Priest Lake, to brookies out of the streams surrounding the Priest basin. It’s catch-and-release fishing for westslope cutthroat out of Upper Priest Lake to protect the bull trout population, so check fishing guidelines before you settle your line in. Fishing during the fall months is great, as the fish rise closer to the surface as the air temperature cools the water. The Idaho state record Mackinaw was caught out of Priest Lake in 1971. Priest Lake embodies what fall in our area is all about. We embrace an outdoor lifestyle, making the most of the outdoors while its pleasant to be outside. Check out Priest Lake. It’s a great place to squeeze in some more memories before winter sets in!

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6603 Main Street - Bonners Ferry 208.267.0726 Ext #5

6690 Main Street - Bonners Ferry 208.267.9607

Serving 12”, 18” or personal-size pizzas to eat here or take and bake at home. Ask about gluten-free crust. Well Life also has hard scooped ice cream, espresso drinks & smoothies, and fresh baked cookies. Call ahead to have your order ready. Open MonFri 7am-6:30pm and Sat 7am-5pm.

Family owned Yoder’s Market is a grocery outlet serving Northern Idaho, Western Montana and Canada. We sell affordable groceries, including fresh produce. Yoder’s is open Monday-Saturday 9am-6pm. We also serve deli meats and cheeses and sandwiches on homemade bread!

Far North Deli

Far North Deli serves a great selection of sandwiches, salads and wraps with vegetarian and gluten-free options available. Choose off menu or build your own! Fresh baked goods daily. Monday-Friday 8am-6pm and Saturday 10:30am-2:30pm. Kid-friendly dine in, including outdoor seating, or take out options are available. 6803 Main Street, Ste B - Bonners Ferry 208.267.2255 Text: 208.610.8806

Pizza Factory

Fresh hand-tossed pizzas, salads, sandwiches and more are a specialty at the Pizza Factory. We Toss ‘Em, They’re Awesome! Open 11am10pm, 7 Days A Week. We also deliver! 6637 Fry Street - Bonners Ferry 208.267.7771

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The Badger’s Den Cafe & Latte

Badgers Den Cafe & Latte is a family style restaurant serving breakfast, sandwiches, burgers – including buffalo burgers, huckleberry milk shakes and other American favorites. Open 6am-2pm daily or drive through for your morning latte starting at 5:30am. WiFi friendly! 6551 Main Street - Bonners Ferry 208.267.1486

Mugsys Tavern & Grill

Outside casual dining, microbrews, beer & wine, and the best burgers and service in town! There’s something for everyone here! We feature a dog-friendly shaded patio overlooking beautiful Bonners Ferry. Enjoy homemade appetizers, pastas, salads and sandwiches. 7161 Main Street - Bonners Ferry 208.267.8059

Trinity at City Beach

Sandpoint’s premier waterfront dining offers an extensive menu of American cuisine with an impressive wine list. Featuring a full service bar and beautiful view of Lake Pend Oreille. Serving breakfast, lunch and dinner seven days a week, Trinity at City Beach is ready to become your new favorite restaurant. 56 Bridge St. | Sandpoint, ID 208.255.7558

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The revelations of stopping. By Teresa Pesce.

This column is dedicated to the Middle-Aged among us, lost in society’s Bermuda Triangle between being young and being “older”, acknowledged only by ads selling them cosmetics to make them look young again and comfort bras to ease the inevitable triumph of gravity. I STOPPED EATING sugar awhile back and discovered some wonderful things and some horrible but true things. I stopped being hungry all the time. When I became hungry, it was sharp and specific, and eating was a greater pleasure than ever before. I also ate less, as well as less frequently, because I wasn’t counteracting steep sugar drops. Thirteen pounds slipped away. Energy rose. With all that wonderfulness going on, why in the WORLD would I start eating sugar again? Well, they say to find out why you’re doing something, stop doing it and you’ll find out. I found out that it was frustrating to live without sugar! It was my “blankie” of comfort at my desk job – my side along friend adding some interest and distraction to the long day. It was my weekend reward after errands. It was my

after-dinner indulgence. Sugar had woven its sweet way throughout the tapestry of my life, and I found that my life lost some joy without it. Did I embark on a career in painting, writing or mastering dead languages to discover my true bliss and replace sugar? Don’t be ridiculous. I forced myself back into eating enough sugar to constitute a decent work break! Awful, I know. But by evicting sugar, I found out where it lived in my life. Then I knew what I REALLY needed to do when I was ready. And I did. I totally kicked sugar, and I weighed the least and looked the best and was the healthiest I have even been in my life.

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“We found eating raisins as a snack prevented excessive calorie intake, increased the feeling of fullness and thereby may help contribute to the maintenance of a healthy weight in school-age children,” said lead researcher G. Harvey Anderson, a professor of nutritional sciences and physiology at the University of Toronto. This small but mighty snack does more than just satisfy hunger. Raisins are an allnatural, no-sugar-added snack that is fat

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and cholesterol free. They are also a good source of potassium and fiber. In fact, a quarter cup of raisins is a whole serving of fruit. Try out this fun raisin recipe for a filling afterschool snack that doubles as a fun art activity from California Raisin Rice Cake Doodles • 10 multigrain rice cakes • 2 cups California raisins • 5/8 cup peanut butter or cream cheese (1 tablespoon per rice cake) • 5/8 cup shredded cheese (1 tablespoon per rice cake) • 1-1/2 cup various vegetables such as broccoli, radishes, zucchini, carrots and celery • 1/4 cup various nuts, such as almonds, cashews, pecans and walnuts and seeds • Different shaped pretzels, gold fish and sesame snacks for decoration Use rice cakes as the base for the doodle, and use peanut butter or cream cheese as the “glue.” Design the rice cake with a variety of toppings. Have fun and be creative.

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Protecting your ankle. By Christina Rust-Hefley, DPT. A SPRAIN to the lateral aspect of the ankle is a common injury. It can happen during a rigorous sporting event or when walking on uneven terrain. This injury can be very painful and activity will be limited for a couple of weeks. However, if a sprain does not fully recover, it could lead to recurrent injuries well after the first incident. When lateral ankle inversion occurs, ligaments can stretch or tear as the bottom of the foot moves inward. These ligaments that provide mobility and support to the ankle become weakened and lack proper functionality. To reduce pain and swelling for a sprain, the typical treatment consists of ice, rest, and NSAIDs (Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs). Although this will lessen swelling and discoloration, ligaments in the foot may still be damaged. Without proper rehabilitation, the ankle will remain unstable. The ankle is more susceptible to injury because the ligaments did not fully recover and cannot support normal balance and mobility. Recurring injuries or sprains can easily occur if the ankle is over-exerted without proper recovery and support. This may prolong recovery time and increase the potential for further injury. In order to avoid long-term ankle instability, stretched or torn ligaments must undergo exercising and re-strengthening. “Ankle instability from injuries requires proper therapy to strengthen the affected ligaments and muscles. Bracing should be used during activity to reduce the probability of a recurrence,” said Richard Call, Certified Pedorthist and Footmaxx Clinical Consultant.

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Depending on the severity of the sprain and the activity level of the patient, recovery will vary for patients. During the recovery period, protection must be applied to the ankle to inhibit further injury. There are a number of ways to protect a fragile ankle without breaking the bank. Custom foot orthotics can be used to prevent ankle sprains and control repeated injury caused by lateral ankle instability. Orthotics provide balance and enhance support during normal gait. To help instability, orthotics with a heel cup device and postings give added support to weak ligaments. A deep heel cup will embed the calcaneus and protect it from movement. Postings raise the side in which the ankle is subject to roll, providing it with added support. Properly fitted shoes are also critical for recovery because they provide protection and support for the ankles. Shoes that offer a properly fit depth with a snug fitting counter control the ankle from abnormal movement. Appropriate shoes can also be used to inhibit any preliminary sprains. Semi-rigid orthotics combined with a pair of properly fitted shoes will keep the ankles protected from inversion/eversion of the ankle. For more serious ankle sprains, Ankle Foot Orthoses (AFO) and braces are used to restrict movement and protect damaged ligaments in the ankle. These can also be used for highly active athletes. Keeping the ankle from moving abnormally during intense sports is important to reduce recurrent injury.

Aging and the Diet Equation

How should we really be eating as we age? By Bruce Weaver, MPA, PA-C, President & CEO AAging Better In-Home Care. FROM THE TIME that Americans began leaving their farms to move into urban areas in search of jobs or a better lifestyle, diets began to change—unfortunately, not always for the better. Highly processed foods purchased from large grocery stores began replacing the simple foods and products that had traditionally been grown or made on the family farms. Freshly laid eggs, meats from animals allowed to roam, whole milk from family cows, homemade breads from whole wheat flour, fruits and vegetables grown on the farm and access to locally grown foods became a thing of the past for many inner-city residents. Convenience became the by-word of the American eating experience, with instant potatoes, sugary sodas, frozen meals,

Our safest assumption may be that eating simply, with less processed foods, along with locally grown products is the truest recipe for a long and healthy life. white-flour breads and pastries laden with sugar, maltodextrin and corn syrup, easy drive-through fast-food restaurants and cheap high-calorie snacks in convenience stores and on grocery shelves. Along with all this convenience and fast food, however, came the national epidemic of ever-increasing cases of heart disease, diabetes, obesity and cancer. Research into the American diet and the effects of these changes on health has been ongoing for decades and, unfortunately,

depending on who has funded the research projects, continues to present conflicting results about how we should eat. Perhaps the most controversial information is over the use of shortening, margarines and vegetable oils in our diets versus switching back to real butter or increasing the use of olive oil and coconut oil for cooking purposes. It seems that “vegetable oils” are not truly derived from vegetables. Corn is a grain, soybeans are legumes (beans), and canola oil is derived from the rapeseed, another grain. These highly processed and unnatural sources of fat may be doing more harm to our bodies than previously thought. And we don’t know for sure exactly which additives or preservatives in our foods might be doing long-term harm to our bodies. Decades ago, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved many additives because they were determined to cause no shortterm harmful effects. But what about 30 to 40 years down the road? Have we been eating substances for many years now that could have been contributing to the huge increases we’re seeing today in rates of cancer, diabetes and obesity? Probably one of the most interesting findings in a recent study appears to be the role of protein in the senior population. This study looked at the health and nutrition habits of 6,381 individuals over an 18 year period and discovered that very high protein diets in middle-aged Americans left them more than four times as likely to die of cancer or diabetes. However, it had the opposite effect on Americans 65 and older. These older individuals were 60 percent less likely to die of cancer and 28 percent less likely to die of any cause. The take away message here may be that diet has and always will have a significant effect on health, although in what direction it’s not always easy to know. However, our safest assumption may be that eating simply, with less processed foods, along with locally grown products is the truest recipe for a long and healthy life.

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