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JUST WHEN YOU THOUGHT YOU COULD TURN ON some Sunday football and escape politics for a few hours, the issue of players choosing to sit or kneel during the national anthem has become the leading story. Yes, this is a country where we are blessed with freedom of speech, but I wonder whether people really understand the history behind this practice. Let’s take a little look into our history books to discover how this patriotic tradition came about. The year was 1918 and our nation was in the midst of a war. A World Series game was being played between the Chicago Cubs (yes, the Cubs in the World Series!) and the Boston Red Sox. During the traditional seventh inning stretch, the band began to play The Star Spangled Banner. With such distress hanging over our country due to the war, the reaction was one of support. Players and fans removed their caps and slowly began to join in song, erupting in applause at the conclusion of the anthem. From that moment on, all sporting events have taken on the tradition of honoring our military prior to each game. The spirit behind it was never meant to be political; it was a way to demonstrate respect and appreciation. While we are a country of free speech, one must realize that we earned the right to freedom of speech by having countless men and women die for our country. NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick and other players may continue this tradition of sitting or kneeling, but let’s not let these “sports heroes” be the influence on our children when it comes to this. Instead, let’s open a dialogue with one another about what it is we can do to change what we may see wrong in our country. Be a part of the solution instead of creating more controversy. I for one am grateful that the tradition that began nearly a century ago remains today. Be assured, each time I hear our national anthem, I will stand and honor those fallen heroes who have given me the freedom and privileges I have today. Creating. Connecting. Living Local.

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AS PART OF THE Ageless Aviation Dreams Foundation’s program to provide dream flights for residents of the Boundary County Community Restorium, a fully-restored 1942 white and black checkered Boeing Stearman biplane arrived at the Boundary County Airport on August 11. Ageless Aviation Dreams Foundation (AADF), a Nevada based nonprofit organization, is dedicated to honoring seniors and U.S. military veterans by providing free flights in one of three fully-restored Boeing Stearman biplanes, the same aircraft many military aviators trained in during the late 1930s and early 1940s. Their mission is simple, “giving back to those who have given.” All over the country, from February to Veteran’s Day, AADF’s vintage aircraft land at local airports near longterm care facilities where senior citizens and veterans can take flights and come alive with memories of their youth.

in their late 80s and 90s, there’s not much exciting stuff going on for them and we have an opportunity to give them a gift.” Fisher said. “A gift to make them feel alive again at a point in their lives when they need it the most.” In August, five senior residents of Boundary County Community Restorium, a senior assisted living facility owned and managed by the county, received their gift. Piloted by Captain Mike Sommars, beaming with smiles and laughing with anticipation, residents including Evelyn Albno, 85, Laveeda Linnemajor, 95, Carol Pomery, 87, Don Dozier, 90, who served in the Navy as a Radio Gunner Aviation Radioman 3rd class, and Alma Pitman, 85, posed for photos and took personal flights in the restored plane. A few of

“We go where we’re asked to go,” explained Darryl Fisher, the organization’s founder and current president. “We try to fit in all of our requests.” Fisher, born and raised in an aviation family, added that their schedule is often a work in progress; adding stops even while enroute to destinations, trying to accommodate as many hopeful flyers as possible. “The age of folks we’re giving flights to, they’re


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them said that it was the best day of their lives. Fisher is still taken aback by the foundation’s success, stating that this wasn’t intended, but just ended up this way. He never thought it would take off. “It’s a very rich experience,” he added. “There’s a ripple effect – bystanders, the people working at the senior facility, people in the crowds watching, a very far-reaching effect. Not one I originally gave much thought to.” In fact, upon learning about the foundation’s cause, Northern Air, Inc. at the Boundary County Airport donated all of the fuel used for the Dream Flights as well as the use of their company vans for the day’s activities. The pilot, Captain Mike Sommars, received a thank you

note after his visit from an elderly gentleman who had been at the airport watching, recalling how much he had enjoyed it. When the man passed, he asked that all donations be made to the Ageless Aviation Dreams Foundation because it had touched him so. This was a man who did not even fly. The organization reached a landmark last year on Memorial Day, giving its 1,000th Dream Flight in Minneapolis. This year, on October 27, they will give their 2,000th Dream Flight in Oxford, Mississippi, where the very first Dream Flight took place in 2011. To be able to continue serving the high demand of Dream Flight requests, AADF hopes to acquire a fourth aircraft and have it based in Military City, USA – San Antonio, which has been in the U.S. military landscape for almost 300 years and has the largest active and retired military populations in the country. The aircraft will be appropriately named, the “Spirit of San Antonio.” The fourth plane will allow the organization to better serve the ever-growing senior veteran population in the region and will allow for more coordination for nationwide requests for Dream Flights. AADF is currently at about 50 percent of their fundraising goal. “It may take us another year, but we will get the airplane,” Fisher stated.

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• The role you’d like your family to play in your care. • How you want to fund your care, while protecting your assets. Clear communication can help eliminate the problem of catching a spouse or adult child off guard. It can also help eliminate the burden of uncertainty with difficult decisions. Spelling out the location of important documents, as well as care wishes, ensures that family members have the information they need to provide for their loved one’s desired care. Create a financial and care inventory It is also important to update family members on the location and status of financial and care documents. Having an inventory of these documents provides family members with a roadmap to critical information. It is focused on the “where” information on financial holdings is located; not specific details about the financial holdings. The inventory is not a legal document, and it need not divulge personal or confidential details you are not prepared to share. It should, however, enable loved ones to quickly locate where you keep your financial, legal, care and legacy records should a crisis occur. This inventory should be updated at least annually, and copies given to family members - a lawyer or executor – or placed in a secure location where those who might need it can access it.

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ANOTHER REASON TO SHOP LOCAL Shopko Hometown to provide boost to local economy. By Patty Hutchens

IF YOU BUILD IT, THEY WILL COME. That is what the owners of Shopko believed when they first contacted Boundary County Economic Development in 2012. And now, four years later, that vision has come to fruition with the recent opening of Shopko Hometown on the south side of Bonners Ferry. According to Dennis Weed, the director for Boundary County Economic Development, Shopko looked beyond the local population to determine whether the area could sustain a new store. “In their initial study, the Shopko organization felt like there was not enough retail customers in the area to support a store,” explained Weed who added that the corporation gathers their own marketing data to determine where to construct their stores and then makes inquiries to those communities. “Later studies showed there were enough customers going through the area to support a store here.”

A significant part of those studies showed that the amount of Canadian traffic traveling through Bonners Ferry coupled with many who have relocated to Boundary County in recent years convinced Shopko that it made sense to bring the retail store to our area. “We are eager to bring Shopko Hometown to communities who are underserved by retailers. Shopko Hometown is close to home and simple to navigate – providing a convenient place to get everything you need without the hassle,” said Michelle Hansen, Manager of Public Relations and the Shopko Foundation. The approximately 20,000 square foot store will employ roughly 30 employees, both full and part-time, giving a boost to employment in our local economy. But not only will it have a significant impact on jobs, but in dollars spent locally as well.


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“We expect $10 million to $15 million dollars of retail leakage will now stay in the area,” said Weed. As a Shopko Hometown store, Hansen said the retailer combines pharmacy services and a broad and dynamic offering of national brands and private label brands at a great value. “The new store will provide shoppers ultimate convenience, with product offerings including clothing, home furnishings, toys, consumer electronics, seasonal items, everyday consumable items and lawn and garden products – all in an attractive, well laid out, easy-to-shop store format,” said Hansen. Locate in both small towns and large cities throughout the country, Hansen said Shopko is committed to giving back to the communities where they are privileged to serve.

“Through the Shopko Foundation, Shopko Hometown supports schools and nonprofit organizations which offers grants to support the health and education of Shopko Hometown customers, teammates and communities,” said Hansen adding that over the last 36 years Shopko and the Shopko Foundation have awarded grants totaling over $31 million. Shopko Hometown also sponsors local events and activities that are important to the community. “Community engagement is an important part of the culture at Shopko, and we encourage all teammates to give back and support organizations in the communities in which we live and work,” said Hansen. “Shopko Hometown is thrilled to be a part of the Bonners Ferry community.” Stop in and see all that Bonners Ferry’s latest retail store has to offer!


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A BONNERS FERRY SHOPPING TRADITION Article by Melinda Brinkman. Photo courtesy of the Chamber of Commerce. WITH SUPPORT FROM the Bonners Ferry Chamber of Commerce local businesses and community volunteers are joining together this November to offer the community the chance to stay home during the biggest shopping weekend of the year for the third annual Hometown Holiday Event. There will be everything from storewide sales to freshly baked cookies, plus Santa Claus and the lighting of the Community Tree. This celebration promises to give all ages a memorable shopping experience in downtown Bonners Ferry. Best of all, every dollar spent at home is one more dollar that stays local and helps to boost our economy. On Friday, November 25 from 4 to 6pm everyone is welcome to the Bonners Ferry

In an effort to promote this event, downtown businesses will be staying open later that evening and offering special sales to community shoppers. Chamber’s Annual Hometown Holiday Event that will showcase the lighting of the Community Christmas Tree at the Georgia Mae Plaza and include a special visit from Santa Claus himself to greet all of the Boundary

County children and their families. In an effort to promote this event, downtown businesses will be staying open later that evening and offering special sales to community shoppers, such as 25 free Farm to Market Grains packages for the first 25 shoppers (with purchase) at Mandy’s Gift Gallery. As an added bonus, the Bonners Ferry Chamber will also be hosting a drawing that will provide gift certificates to be used at participating businesses. According to Chamber event organizer and local deli-owner, Alison Henslee, she enjoys the Hometown Holiday Shopping Weekend because it is “wonderful to be able to take care of my Christmas list while staying home to shop. Santa is also lots of fun. It’s great taking in that community spirit and visiting with your neighbors.” This is Alison’s third year organizing the event and she is excited about the ornaments donated by different community members that will be decorating the community tree and displayed for the holiday season. Stay tuned and watch the Chamber’s local Facebook page and look for our flier for more details on how your can save money and shop local this holiday season. Remember, “Shop Small, Shop Local and Shop Your Hometown!”



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YOUR PARTNER IN HEALTHCARE Cabinet Peaks Medical Center – a staple in the community for over six decades BY PATTY HUTCHENS FOR NEARLY 65 YEARS, residents of Northwestern Montana have entrusted their healthcare needs to what is now known as Cabinet Peaks Medical Center. Located in Libby, Montana, Cabinet Peaks was founded in 1952 by members of the community who were affiliated with J. Neil’s Lumber Company. While the concept and vision were widely accepted, the founders needed support to move forward. That is when St. John’s Lutheran Church in Libby provided them with use of their 501(c)(3) status until the hospital was able to establish its own. Initially named St. John’s Lutheran Hospital in recognition of the initial support given to them by the local congregation, two years ago the facility was renamed Cabinet Peaks Medical Center.

speech, pulmonary and cardiac,” said Stephens who adds that Cabinet Peaks also has several visiting doctors who specialize in back and spine, dermatology, cardiac, orthopedic care, ophthalmology, pulmonary care, urology and much more. It is more than the extensive services that Cabinet Peaks Medical Center provides that makes them so remarkable; it is their unwavering commitment to quality, compassionate care and their vision to meet the ever-changing needs of the community for health, healing and comfort. “We very much focus on the patient experience,” said Stephens. “We offer a large variety of services for a critical access facility, and we are proud of all that we offer to the area.”

Over the past six decades, the medical facility has changed in many ways, including its brand new building built in 2014, but one thing has always remained constant – the staff ’s dedication to each and every patient’s care and comfort.

Cabinet Peaks employs 250 people in the community, all of whom have compassion and a desire to care for the patients and family members who walk through their doors each day.

“Cabinet Peaks Medical Center has always been committed to providing our community and surrounding areas with the highest level of service excellence and a wide variety of appropriate healthcare programs, services and equipment,” said Katheryn Stephens DCMP, the Foundation’s Executive Director and Marketing Manager for Cabinet Peaks.

Those at Cabinet Peaks Medical Center go above and beyond caring for people not only at Cabinet Peaks but also throughout the entire community. They host several community activities and programs including a health fair, breast health awareness dessert, support groups, educational talks and more. They also are active in many nonprofit organizations around the community. It’s just another way they are making a difference in the lives of others.

The convenience of having a facility with a myriad of services right in Libby is something patients appreciate.

There is much going on within the walls of Cabinet Peaks Medical Center including new equipment which includes ultrasound, new surgical power equipment, acute care beds, and an emergency department gurney with a built-in scale and bariatric comfort measures, and a new 64-slice CT that will be arriving soon.

“Even if your healthcare provider’s office is not located in the area, our advanced technology and vast offerings allow your provider to schedule your exam or tests at Cabinet Peaks Medical center and have your results sent directly to them,” said Stephens. Overseen by a volunteer community board of directors, the services provided at Cabinet Peaks are extensive, including but not limited to a birthing center, chemotherapy and infusion, diabetes education, a dialysis clinic, emergency room, a family medicine clinic, imaging, nutritional education, obstetrics and gynecology, general surgery and occupational health services.

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THROUGHOUT THE SUMMER IN BONNERS FERRY you might run into men wearing green cargo pants and shirts with the initials KVFPD on them. You may assume they are Forest Service employees, but you would be wrong. They are in fact the fine employees of Idaho Department of Lands Fire Crew. Every summer full time firefighters are hired and trained to protect Bonners Ferry Wildlands or what the State of Idaho refers to as Kootenai Valley Forest Protective District (KVFPD). The District The bulk of KVFPD’s district includes the Kootenai River Valley, Highway 95 and Highway 2 corridors which covers much of the privatelyowned land in the county. Part of the mission for the firefighters is what’s called the “Initial Attack,” which simply means quickly responding to smoke reports and mutual aid requests from Boundary County volunteer fire departments. In order to facilitate timely and effective response to smoke and fire reports, KVFPD coordinates its response with the regional Idaho Department of Lands (IDL) dispatch center in Coeur d’Alene and maintains two Type-5 wildland firefighting engines. Each of these engines carrys 500 gallons of water and the tools required for Initial Attack. These Type-5s as they’re referred to, are the big red Ford 550 duallys you see around town enroute to a fire or smoke report. A few of the tools critical to wildland firefighting include a portable The amount of every dollar that gets reinvested transfer pump, hand tools such as Combi and Pulaski, chain saws and hundreds of feet back into local communities when you shop of fire hose. locally.


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Leadership KVFPD staffs what’s referred to as “engine crews.” KVFPD takes pride in pushing their firefighters to their highest physical potential and emphasizes skills-based training on the order of “don’t train until you get it right, train until you can’t get it wrong.” Surely this is due to the extensive experience of the KVFPD leadership. Crew Foreman Dan Stefano has been with KV nearly a decade. Assistant Fire Warden Nate Rogers, a native to North Idaho and former crew foreman of the North Idaho Helitack crew. The North


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Idaho Helitack crew was originally designed to initial attack small remote fires, which demanded a high level of physical and professional know how in order to operate effectively in remote situations where help and additional resources may be hours away. Heading up the leadership team is Fire Warden Ken Homik, who spent part of his career as a “hotshot” sawyer, which refers to a Type-1 hand crew and experts in initial attack. These “special forces” of wildland firefighting often work weeks on end, 16-hour days cutting line with hand tools and chainsaws around large and complex fires both locally and across the country. Under the current leadership, several KV firefighters have gone on to hotshot and helitack crews. Additional services offered by KV leadership include teaching courses to volunteer fire departments and providing EMS and Search and Rescue with basic wildland safety information to enable these professionals to execute their jobs in a safe and effective way around wildfires. Training New firefighters are hired on as a Firefighter 2 and over the years can work their way up to a Firefighter 1. Part of the basic training for all wildland firefighters is a series of courses in firefighting strategy, tactics and fire behavior in relation to weather and geography. These courses are offered in addition to other scenario and skills-based training as a week-long course called Guard School. After this training, new firefighters receive their “red card,” which is a wallet-sized card that verifies their course completion and qualifications of national standards.

an overnight fire response. This scenario combines all the job skills required and puts two crews together to initial attack and manage the fire. Fire Season This year KV experienced a light fire season, a welcome change for landowners in Boundary County. There were 13 fires, from Boundary Creek to Naples and east to the state line. The season started off strong with a warm spring that spurred two fires the weekend of Mother's Day. The first fire took place on about a tenth of an acre above District 5 road looking over the river valley. North Bench Volunteer Fire Department were the first responders to the fire and they were able to swiftly get their Wildland engines up and set to establishing a line around the fire. KV soon arrived and assisted with the direct attack. The next day, Mother’s Day, KV returned to the soaked ashes of the fire to check for any smoke or hot spots and mop up. They found a few smoldering hot spots and soaked them up with mop up wands. The crew hadn’t been at work for more than an hour before a page came out that a fire had been reported a few miles up Westside Road. This fire was nearly an acre and burning underground in duff along the bottom of the river valley. Together with North Bench Volunteer Fire Department and Forest Service, KV coordinated direct attack and finished mop up by 8pm. The next week there were two more wildland fires and it seemed the dry spring would segue into a dry summer and busy fire season, but we all know how that turned out. Due to the quiet season, KV’s fire crew was able to put time in at some of the other tasks often completed by the timber crews at IDL. Such tasks included spraying noxious weeds, clearing roads of fallen trees and harvesting pine cones at several seed orchards for later cultivation by IDL scientists. Those seedlings are then used to replant Idaho Forests.

Upon returning to KV, firefighters are ready and qualified to fight fires across the district and nation. The training regiment for KV firefighters THIS YEAR KV EXPERIENCED A begins before guard school and continues after their return. These skills LIGHT FIRE SEASON, A WELCOME include running the fire engine pump, CHANGE FOR LANDOWNERS IN deploying and laying hose lines around BOUNDARY COUNTY. fires, and hand tool techniques to maximize output and maintain stamina throughout long days of cutting line. The last few years, KV has been conducting a two-day scenario here in Boundary County in coordination with the Sandpoint district to simulate


Wildland firefighting for KV doesn’t always mean fighting huge fires and saving babies, but it does mean being ready every day during the season. Always on call and always ready to serve, for the crew at KV it’s a kind of brotherhood as they push each other during training so when they are in the thick of it they know they each have the skills to get each others back.

LIVING LOCAL What’s most important – with anyone you think is at risk for suicide – is to keep the lines of communication open.

Out Of The Darkness AFSP’s Out of the Darkness walks for awareness and research are erasing the stereotypes behind suicide BY JANI GONZALEZ THE SUBJECT OF SUICIDE has long carried many stereotypes along with it. Frequent terms we might hear about are the selfishness of the act or that it was what the person wanted. There are many reasons individuals have died by suicide, but the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) is changing the way people view suicide by creating a conversation about it to include the general public, first responders, medical and research communities. Every late summer and fall, the AFSP’s Out of the Darkness walks begin across the nation. They create community support for those who have lost someone to suicide and for those who have attempted suicide. The walks are a memorial for those lost, but it’s also a celebration and a chance to support each other in the void of grief. For Dorie Morris, the organizer of the seventh Out of the Darkness Walk in Spokane, the walks are a way to create awareness, eliminate the stigma and offer hope to survivors, both of loss and of prior suicide attempts.

“It’s really to remember those we’ve lost,” she said. Morris lost a brother and a close friend to suicide. “We try to reach out to lots of different people. Last year, we lost lots of young people.” People from all sorts of backgrounds come to bring awareness to suicide prevention. Many walkers wear shirts with their loved ones’ photos and names. Colored “honor” beads are distributed with each color symbolizing why the walker is participating. Morris wears orange, purple and blue beads: orange to symbolize the loss of a sibling, her brother; purple to honor a friend and blue to show support for the cause. This year, she said the Honor Guard from the Fairchild Air Force Base will perform the opening ceremony. Several suicide survivors will speak about their experiences as a way to reach out to those who can relate. The event will also have booths with representatives to reach out to adolescents, the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) community and veterans. “The LGBT community is very prevalent in our walks (as well as) veterans’ organizations and mental health resource organizations,”


Morris said. “We just try to reach out to the community. It’s all about making sure that attempt survivors and those who struggle with mental health conditions know that there is hope for them. (The walk is) a way to help get rid of the stigma of suicide. If people learn to talk about it – they’re less likely to go do it because they’ve got the support,” she said. The Darkness Suicide is all too prevalent in Idaho and Washington, and the numbers are startling. In Washington, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports it as the second leading cause of death among individuals between the ages of 10 and 34 years and that more people die by suicide than by homicide in the state. Similarly in Idaho, suicide is also the second leading cause of death for ages 10 to 44 years but is ranked as the sixth highest state in the nation for suicide. In 2015, one out of five youth in Idaho reported having seriously considered suicide. There’s no single reason that people take their own lives. The underlying cause could


research and state suicide prevention efforts. At the local level, a portion of the money raised go to designated education programs. The other portion is donated to the national AFSP office for research grants. AFSP has become a supporter of potentially promising research that they believe will produce viable evidence to prevent suicide.

be depression or anxiety, according to Grace Finch, the Washington Area Director for the AFSP. “Nine out of 10 people who die by suicide have a diagnosable mental health condition (not diagnosed). That’s why we push for mental health needs to be equal as physical health … it’s our best first line of defense,” she said. What’s most important – with anyone you think is at risk for suicide – is to keep the lines of communication open. Mental illness and suicide have been such a source of taboo in many cultures, but AFSP aims to erase this taboo. Some warning signs that should raise a red flag include: talking about suicide, increased risky behavior such as with drugs or alcohol and a change in mood to depression, anger or anxiety. Also, having a history of mental health conditions or family history of suicide can make someone at an increased risk for suicide. Again, however, some people don’t display any of these signs which is why talking about what’s troubling someone is the best way to help them. Out of the Darkness To help combat the stigma of mental health, AFSP organizes walks throughout the nation. These Out of the Darkness walks are a great way to find other people who have experienced a suicide loss or who may be struggling. In Washington, the Spokane Walk is September 17 at Riverfront Park and the Tacoma Walk is October 8 at Wright Park in addition to six other walks in the state. “(AFSP) was founded by survivors of suicide loss and a long time were the voices around the table, but in recent years, more people with experience – who struggle or are attempt

survivors are participating as well,” Finch said. She said although AFSP still supports survivors, its scope has expanded more toward prevention and education. The AFSP’s website has a number of resources for parents, teachers and concerned individuals to learn from and tailor to their needs. AFSP’s main message is that suicide is preventable. “Some people think that a person will die by suicide no matter what. There’s a misunderstanding that if you talk about it, it will encourage it, but what we’ve found is if you talk, it helps. Let the person know you’re concerned but also provide (resources) to mental health services,” Finch said. Individuals struggling with the idea of suicide may not show any outward signs of it. It is difficult to ask for help. AFSP is changing and also adapting to the ways people communicate via social media. On Facebook, for example, if you are concerned about a post, go to the site’s help menu and search for “suicide.” You will get a number of options from which to choose, including where to get help if an individual is considering suicide. There are also apps where individuals can text or chat online and get help that way as well, like the Crisis Text Line. “The way people seek help according to demography and age require a broad approach and different technology for that. From everything we do, if we can get that person through that low point when they’re seriously contemplating suicide – whether it’s restricting means or talking –they can recover,” Finch said. Into the Light A huge beneficial byproduct of the walks is the fundraising aspect. AFSP’s Out of the Darkness walks raise thousands of dollars to fund


“We fund researchers who are doing a lot of upand-coming research that is not ready for the National Institutes of Health,” Finch explained. Also funded by the AFSP is Project 2025 with a goal of reducing the suicide rate by 20 percent by the year 2025. As a start to its comprehensive effort, it has conducted a burden analysis study to analyze the numbers and statistics behind suicide losses at a very high level and see what areas society can focus on to reduce the suicide rate. In Washington, there are a number of preventative efforts underway such as safeTALK and Applied Suicide Intervention Skills (ASIST) programs (, which hosts free or low cost training for anyone older than 15 years of age to become a suicidealert helper. Another area of prevention is training to screen for suicide risk during emergency room intake procedures. “We know the statistics from the burden study and see that as a point of opportunity,” Finch said. Another area of concern AFSP focuses on is reducing the number of suicides by firearm. Anecdotally, the numbers show that most deaths by firearms aren’t accidental. For that reason, it’s important to have suicide prevention literature available in gun shops for vulnerable individuals contemplating suicide who have access to a firearm. AFSP does not advocate for gun control but rather gun safety. Washington’s Safe Homes House Bill 2793 addresses gun safety and education. Part of the bill’s focus is to create a task force consisting of members of suicide prevention organizations, the firearms industry, law enforcement, the National Rifle Association, suicide attempt survivors, the Department of Health and the Department of Fish and Wildlife. Their work would involve gun shops in an effort to prevent suicide by firearms.

“A lot of (what the bill contains) is education about the risk factors and warning signs, carrying information to encourage safe storage, and emergency plans,” Finch explained. In Idaho, the Idaho Suicide Prevention Hotline, located in Boise, is a separate organization working to reduce suicide. Although not affiliated with AFSP they have a team that participates in the Out of the Darkness walk in Boise. The organization closed in 2006 because of lack of funding but was able to reopen in 2012. The most recent state legislation passed nearly $1 million for suicide prevention efforts. The state funds 60 percent of the hotline’s budget. The call center is operated by 60 volunteers and is available 24 hours every day of the week. Volunteers are trained and monitored by a professional in suicide prevention. The organization aims to grow with an ambassador program to have statewide outreach, explained John Reusser, director of the hotline. “We always need people to spread information about the hotline and are trying to have an ambassador program to find events have (where we can have) representation,” he said. It is prevention efforts such as these in the two states that are eliminating the stigma of suicide and bringing mental health to the forefront. Getting recognition and support from state legislatures is important for raising awareness and getting people trained in how to handle individuals at risk for suicide.

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“We are getting more people trained in suicide assessment and prevention. People are beginning to come together with hope and solutions to save lives,” Finch said. For more information about AFSP and Out of the Darkness walks, visit, For the Idaho Prevention Hotline, visit or search for them on Facebook. If you are in crisis, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1.800.273.TALK (8255).

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Get Smart About Antibiotics Know when it’s best not to use them. By Andrea Nagel

IT NEVER FAILS; when the kids go back to school, they are bound to come home with runny noses, coughs and sore throats at some point. As a parent, you want to keep your kids healthy and make them feel better, but there are times when treating ailments with antibiotics can hurt more than help.

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According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), “When germs that cause colds first infect the nose and sinuses (air-filled pockets in the face), the nose makes clear mucus. This helps wash the germs from the nose and sinuses. After two or three days, mucus may change to a white, yellow or green color. This is normal and does not mean you or your child needs antibiotics.”

These symptoms usually peak within two to three days but can last for up to 10 to 14 days. See a health care professional if you or your child has symptoms that last more than 10 days without improvement or the symptoms are severe or unusual. If your child is younger than three months and has a fever, it is important to call your health care professional right away.

Other signs and symptoms of the common cold can include: • Sneezing • Stuffy nose • Sore throat

What is antimicrobial stewardship and why is it important?

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Facts about the Hospital Supplemental Levy From the Boundary Community Hospital Board of Trustees

On November 8th, please vote YES for the Boundary Community Hospital Supplemental Levy.

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• $100,000 Main Fire Alarm Panel Replacement • $250,000 Climate Control System Upgrades for the Hospital and Nursing Home Building • $202,000 Surgical Equipment to improve and expand local surgery options • $126,000 Radiology Equipment for better, faster images and lower radiation exposure • $150,000 Laboratory Equipment for faster test results and improved Physician diagnoses

Outpatient Services and Specialist Clinics

• General and Orthopedic Surgery • Cardiology, Women’s Health, Orthopedics • Physical, Occupational, Speech Therapy/Rehabilitation

Supplemental Levy requesting $828,000 over two years. Cost to the Boundary County taxpayer will be $48.00 per $100,000 in real property assessed value per year for two years starting in December 2017.

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million resistant infections occurring annually in the United States alone.

“While at one time, antibiotics changed the practice of medicine by providing a rapid cure to many illnesses that were once fatal, those days may end,” Giovanna SantovitoCarducci RN, MPH, CIC, infection prevention specialist, said. “The emergence of antibiotic-resistant bacteria caused by the misuse and overuse of antibiotics is pushing the healthcare industry to re-evaluate how medicine is practiced.”

“For over 20 years, members of the Northwest Hospital Alliance have been working together on issues to continually improve the health care to people in our communities and region,” Caryl Johnston, director of the Northwest Hospital Alliance, said. “The issue of antibiotic use – potential overuse and misuse – has become a national health issue. We need to tackle this problem together in our communities and as a nation. The Northwest Hospital Alliance has brought Infection Prevention specialists, physicians, pharmacists and nurses from the hospitals, clinics and nursing homes to work on this together.”

When antibiotics hurt

Prevention is key

Antibiotics can only treat illnesses caused by bacteria. Colds, the flu, most sore throats, bronchitis and many sinus and ear infections are caused by viruses, not bacteria. If your child has a viral infection, antibiotics won’t help them feel better or get well sooner.

The best way to stop these “superbugs” is to prevent germs from spreading in the first place.

Taking antibiotics when they are not needed is fueling an increase in drug-resistant bacteria, which cause infections that are more difficult, and sometimes even impossible, to cure. Almost all types of bacteria have become less responsive to antibiotic treatment. These “superbugs” can quickly spread to family members, schoolmates and coworkers, and threaten our communities with illnesses that were once easily treatable. Combatting antibiotic resistance is a priority for CDC with estimates of more than 2


Hand washing is like a “do-it-yourself ” vaccine—it involves five simple and effective steps (wet, lather, scrub, rinse, dry) you can take to reduce the spread of diarrheal and respiratory illness so you can stay healthy. Regular hand washing, particularly before and after certain activities, is one of the best ways to remove germs, avoid getting sick, and prevent the spread of germs to others. It’s quick, it’s simple, and it can keep us all from getting sick. Learn more about antibiotic use and disease prevention at

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ARE WE THERE YET? Sun Peaks is a little further, but worlds apart from more popular Canadian destinations

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WHEN FRIENDS ASKED why my wife and I would drive to a resort in the Canadian Rockies when the most popular ski destination in North America is 100 miles closer to our hometown of Seattle, my response was simple, “Because most of that drive will be spent enjoying the views along the Trans-Canada Highway.” Families from Western Washington flock north of the border every winter to challenge the slopes of Whistler Blackcomb. Many of those same families return during the warm weather months to hike the hilltop trails that criss cross peaks of the coastal mountains. The crowds in Whistler and the picturesque drive were just two of the reasons why my wife and I choose to drive the extra kilometers to the resort community of Sun Peaks for our latest getaway. Many of the same attractions that draw two million visitors to the former Olympic village north of Vancouver are available at Sun Peaks, an invigorating 300-mile drive from Seattle and 28 miles north of Kamloops in south central British Columbia. The summit of the Sun Peaks ski area covers 5.8 square miles of

skiable terrain and receives more than 18 feet of snowfall in an average year. “We have everything in Sun Peaks that people like about Whistler Blackcomb, but in a more casual, family-friendly atmosphere,” said Kevin Tessier, a local tour operator and proprietor of The Voyageur Bistro inside the Kookaburra Lodge. “Visitors enjoy the interaction with the people they meet at Sun Peaks almost as much as the powder on the slopes. The attitude is contagious.” In addition to the light, dry, “easy-to-ski” powder, skiers and snowboarders who come to Sun Peaks can take advantage of the almost 3,000-foot vertical rise from the base of the ski area in the village to the top of the 11 lifts. The Burfield Chair takes skiers to the start of a 23-minute run that starts at 6,800 feet above sea level. The area also has 12 protected areas for almost 25 miles of cross country trails. There is one ski area reserved exclusively for kids that features bunny hills under the watchful eyes of adult supervision. The skiing, I’ve been told, is similar to the


conditions in Aspen, Colorado. Sunny alternatives All these wintertime stats are nice. But we are not skiers. So our visit in early June was designed to take in the vibrant blooms of Indian Paintbrush, Tiger Lilies and Fireweed along some of the 16 trails on Mt. Tod. The tourist brochures claim that Sun Peaks enjoys 2,000 hours of sunshine every year. However, I can honestly say that I did not see a single cloud in the pale blue sky during our stay. Tessier runs his tour operation with his wife from behind the bar at his bistro. His guided Voyageur excursions include exploration of the backwoods with seasoned guides who share the history of how British Columbia was established as a trading post for greedy English merchants. Experts glide the replica 30-foot Voyageur canoes across the waters of McGillivray Lake while they add their own interpretation of how the early settlers established commercial partnerships with members of the First Nation (Native Americans).




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The walk and talk on the Medicine Trail features more than anybody needs to know about local flora, fauna and the natural remedies the indigenous people created from the vegetation. Voyageur’s most popular tour is a re-creation of a fur trader dinner featuring ingredients from local farms. Guests return to a cedar house after a canoe trip on the lake to a feast of foods the early settlers would have enjoyed after a cold day of hunting and trapping. Following her meal in the lakeside structure, one patron commented, “The food was all local and described as what fur traders may have had back in the early days. But I doubt the fur traders ate like we did!” Guests end their adventure back at The Voyageur where only the bravest souls dare to draw liquid refreshment from the Jägermeister on tap. Bison burger The bistro is also where we consumed one of our favorite meals in Sun Peaks, an incredible bison burger, cooked to a perfect medium rare, topped with Brie, served with yam fries accompanied by some wonderful butternut squash soup. The bistro is an incredibly friendly place, so I had no problem asking people at nearby tables what they had ordered. Other diners raved about the rabbit (no bunny for me), the zucchini fritter burgers and the extensive wine list. The Voyageur was not the only place we sampled local cuisine during our stay in Sun Peaks. The 5Forty Café & Grill was not only where we grabbed bagels in the morning, but where we discovered my newest obsession, Kicking Horse Coffee. We were hesitant to try sushi at Oya Restaurant until we learned that the entire Sun Peaks Resort is owned by a Japanese conglomerate and that the restaurant provides comfort food for corporate visitors. Some of the other intriguing dining establishments included Bella Italia Ristorante inside the Hearthstone Lodge and fine dining at Mantles Restaurant & Lounge in the Sun Peaks Grand Hotel & Conference Centre. It’s important to remember that Sun Peaks was built as a wintertime playground. Names like the Vertical Café, Mountain High Pizza and

Powder Hounds are common in the village. Our visit in early June was long after the snow had melted and before the resort had geared up for summer visitors.

reds that are worth declaring at the border. We especially enjoyed the Sagewood Winery on Meadowlark Lane where Doug offers tastings from the comfort of his garage.

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Harper’s Trail is more upscale and similar to the wineries in the Red Mountain region of Washington. The tastings are free and the grounds practically demand that you purchase a bottle for a picnic on the patio. (www.

Summer in Sun Peaks begins in mid-June when restaurants switch to summer menus that feature lighter fare and the chairlift reopens to carry passengers with hiking poles and trail boots. The platter lift starts up again in June to carry riders and their vehicles to the top of America’s first and only Mountain Kart Cross Country Course. The summer concert series kicks off the first week of July, followed by the Mountain Dew Mountain Bike Championships, the first of several extreme sport competitions that make annual stops at the resort. The “Reach the Peak” hike is held every year in August, just before the 50km North Face Dirty Feet Relay in September, part of the Canadian National Championship Series. For the less adventurous visitors, the Alpine Bloom Festival hits full stride in July, the same month as the annual “Quilting in the Mountains” event that draws participants from every corner of North America. Thirty percent off Sun Peaks is just 30 minutes up the mountain from Kamloops, where several wineries produce delicate whites and fruit-forward


One of the best things about the wine in Canada is that it is sold in Canadian dollars, so even moderately priced wines become a bargain when it is discounted at the current exchange rate. The one thing I like better than a nice wine or eating at a good restaurant is getting it all at a discounted rate. The exchange rate (at the time this article was written) meant that every U.S. dollar spent on my trip to Sun Peaks was worth $1.30 in Canada. The exchange rate—and the Trans-Canada Highway—made our weekend in Sun Peaks one we will certainly duplicate soon. Dan Aznoff was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for his coverage of the toxic waste crisis. He is now a freelance writer who lives in Mukilteo, WA dedicated to capturing the cherished stories of our lifetime so they can be preserved for future generations. He can be contacted directly at da@

CALENDAR OF EVENTS Howling Out Loud Let the haunting begin By Melody Vanhorn This Halloween gather the family and join us at the Howloween Town fundraiser! Yes you read that right, it is a Howl-o-ween town extravaganza that not only provides holiday fun for all ages but it also helps support the 2nd Chance Animal Shelter. Currently the only shelter in Boundary County, 2nd Chance Animal Shelter is strictly a non-profit organization run by a board of volunteers. Their mission is to take in all the needy animals of the area and help them find homes that will love and shelter them for the rest of their lives. This task can be costly though, and five years ago the shelter’s thrift store employees were looking into fundraising ideas when someone suggested a way to give families in our area something to do on Halloween night. What started off as an off-hand conversation soon turned into an amazing event with help from the community along with the generous support of Marty and Teresa Becker. Mila Cousins said she appreciates the support of the numerous volunteers and parents who have stepped up to help. “The last three years we’ve had participants from both the high school and middle school bands along with the middle school leadership group. They build, act and help with everything from the ground up.” “It’s heart-warming to have community rallying around this and so neat to be able to provide such a great event for everyone in the community to enjoy.” Running for three days this year, the event will be open from 5pm - 9pm on the 28th, 29th, and the 31st. Though largely known for the haunted house they put on there will also be several different family friendly events for the whole family to enjoy. From storytelling and skits to games and bounce houses the area will be alive with tons of activities for everyone to participate. Interested in helping? Please contact Mila Cousins at 208.276.9427 or



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Fall Festival & Fashion Show Come down to the Pearl Theater at 7pm and enjoy entertainment by Kelly Weir, a live auction, complimentary snacks, punch, coffee and beverages available from Under the Sun. All proceeds from this event will benefit Boundary County Victim Services. Advance tickets can be purchased at Under the Sun, The Dressing Room and Bonner’s Books.




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Community Cancer Services hosts an extraordinary evening of wine tasting, fine food, with a silent and loud auction at the Bonner County Fairgrounds from 5:30 to 9pm. All proceeds from this event will go towards helping local cancer patients in our community! Don't miss this amazing event! Please call Stefanie with any questions at 208.255.8616.




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The Kootenai River Resource Initiative Forestry Subcommittee meeting takes place at 1pm in the Kootenai Tribal Office. Discussions will cover the five-year action plan, review current projects and specifically the Grouse BMU Project. To learn more, call Patty at 208.267.3519, extension 551, or email

Kick off the ski season and find great deals on snow gear, from skis and snowboards to a huge variety of winter recreational equipment and clothing. The SARS Annual Ski Swap is from 9am to 2pm at the Bonner County Fairgrounds. The swap benefits the Schweitzer Alpine Racing School along with nonprofit ski racing and freeride programs. VIsit for information.

The Farmers’ Market will be holding their annual Holiday Market at the Boundary County Middle School from 8am to 3pm. There will be an array of Thanksgiving fixings and holiday gifts available from local farmers and crafters in our area and is the perfect place to start your Christmas shopping. Visit for more information.



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