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14 Good News

33 Business Spotlight

43 Cover Story

NIC course brings career full circle.

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17 Home & Essentials

34 Athletes of the Month

47 Shop in Style

Devin Kluss and Clarissa Smith.

53 Health & Lifestyle



The latest tips and trends.

25 Life & Community Great local events and stories.

29 Business Spotlight

36 Hometown Experts Your chosen local experts.

Living an active lifestyle.

39 Arts & Entertainment

30 CDA in Focus

Monthly calendar of great local events, music and shows.

A majestic symbol on the lake.

Tips and informational articles about living a healthy, active lifestyle.


59 Food & Drink Discover Coeur d’Alene’s tastiest destinations.

64 Weekend Getaway Banff & Lake Louise. Alberta, Canada.



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PUBLISHER’S Crazy in Print Holly & Karen Hansen People + Homes = Neighbors


Have you ever been told that you were crazy? Or that you will never make it? Maybe that your idea wasn’t that good? I can answer yes to these. When I decided to launch a media company with the idea of focusing primarily on print, I was told I was crazy. When we picked Sandpoint and Coeur d’Alene, Idaho to be our first communities, we were told that we wouldn’t make it with the current competition. When we said that we will not only utilize print but also social media and web to push our clients’ brands, some said it wasn’t a good idea! Over the years I have learned a lot. Mainly, listen to your gut, be willing to learn new things, and be prepared to work harder than anyone else. I have been blessed with finding like-minded individuals that also believe in the same things and together we have accomplished a lot in a short amount of time. Examples of this can be demonstrated by the launch of our sixth publication, Edmonds Living Local, and the growth of our current magazines in each community we are in. What started as an idea, and a single 24 page Sandpoint, Idaho community magazine has, in just four years, grown into six monthly community magazines serving Sandpoint, ID, (where we have two publications), Coeur d’Alene, ID, Bonner’s Ferry, ID, Gig Harbor, WA, and Edmonds, WA.



THE DYNAMIC DUO: Holly and Karen—Real Estate Partners, Best Friends and a Dynamic Mother/ Daughter Team. COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT: We give back to the community we love through non-profits Help Every Little Paw and the American Cancer Society Annual CDA Relay for Life. Our Pledge to YOU: Our Pledge of Performance is our sincere goal to guide you through the exciting process of selling and purchasing your home.

Another example of this can be seen in how each community has embraced us, not only our products, but us as people. It is because of the care these communities have for their friends and neighbors that we have been able to find and share an amazing amount of stories that might otherwise go unnoticed. Our local staff ’s commitment to each community is evidenced by our continued involvement in local non-profits, events, sports teams, chambers, networking groups, and more. Recently our Gig Harbor Marketing Specialist, Julie Reed, was honored as the Gig Harbor Chamber’s ‘Rookie of the Year’ for her work in the community and business development. We are a globally connected society that can often forget what’s right around corner from our own homes. It’s easy to take for granted the little things that make our community great. You will see an updated look to Living Local Magazine in 2015, but our mission will always be the same; to highlight the unique local flair of each community and what makes these such special places to live. We will continue to seek story ideas from our readers and your feedback is always welcome; this is your magazine after all! We create community! We connect people! We build trust!

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With the dawn of a new year there are often new beginnings. We make resolutions to do what we can to improve our life - whether it is physically, emotionally, or financially. We chose this photo by photographer Jamie Sedlmayer for our cover because the dawn of a new day, like the beginning of the new year, symbolizes new beginnings and hope. Happy New Year from those of us at Coeur d’Alene Living Local!

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Fire in the Blood NIC course brings career full circle. By Kaye Thornbrugh. Photos by Tom Greene.

The call comes in at an otherwise quiet time. An elderly woman has fallen outside her home. The firefighters at the station move like clockwork. Within moments, an ambulance and fire engine are pulling out of the bay.

Growing up in Coeur d’Alene, Wright always wanted to be a firefighter, but he didn’t remember that until nine years ago, when he saw a childhood photo of himself wearing a chief ’s helmet after a fire in his neighborhood. “That sort of sparked something in me,” he says.

Kody Wright is in the back of the ambulance. Some 90 percent of calls are medical calls like this one, he says. It turns out that being a firefighter isn’t all about kicking down doors and rushing into burning buildings. The woman is still outside when the truck and ambulance roll to a stop. She’s alert and responsive, but hit her head when she fell, so a few tests at the hospital are in order. Even as she’s loaded into the ambulance and the doors shut behind her, she’s remarkably upbeat. Wright moves easily about the white-and-gray interior, despite the sliding sense of motion every time the ambulance makes a turn. It’s enough to throw a person off-balance, but he never misses a beat as he asks the patient questions and makes careful note of her answers. He’s a calming presence. Before long, the patient has been safely delivered to the hospital. Then it’s back to the station on Hayden Avenue to await the next call.


It didn’t come together right away. Becoming a firefighter is no small commitment, and initially, Wright says, he was unsure if it was really the right path for him. Still, at a friend’s urging, he went on a ride-along with the Spokane Valley Fire Department. After less than 12 hours, he knew. “It almost brings me to tears, because that was a real turning point in my life,” he recalls. “I found a home in the career. And it’s not just a job—it is really a lifestyle. They call it a brotherhood, and that really sunk into the depths of my heart.” Wright received his training from the Fire Fighter 1 Academy at North Idaho College. “I went through the inaugural year the first year they had the academy, and it was awesome,” Wright says. “It was run by the Coeur d’Alene Fire Department. What a great benefit to have that in a local area.”


Fire Fighter 1 Academy is an intensive, 15-week course that prepares students for the Idaho Firefighter 1 certification exam, accredited by the International Fire Service Accreditation Congress (IFSAC). Instruction includes basic firefighting skills, hazardous materials, and infection control for emergency responders. Full-time, professional firefighters from the Coeur d’Alene Fire Department, Kootenai Fire and Rescue and Northern Lakes Fire Department instruct the academy. “I have worked with NIC for many years and have been more than impressed with their program,” says Mike Mather, Division Chief of Training with Northern Lakes Fire District. He also instructs the hazardous materials section of Fire Fighter 1 Academy. All fire departments in the area look for individuals who have already obtained their Firefighter 1 certificate, Wright says. It’s up to individuals to get that training on their own. “It’s very, very critical,” he says. “Going to NIC and getting that training put me light years ahead of the people around me, because I already had that certificate.” Rambo-types don’t make for successful firefighters, Wright says, because teamwork is such a huge part of what they do.


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ABOVE Kody pictured in The Coeur d’Alene Press at age 2 wearing a firefighter’s hat. The picture was taken after a house fire near his family’s home in 1973. LEFT Firefighter Kody Wright standing in front of the Northern Lakes Fire Protection building in Hayden. The building is where he works and lives for 40-hour shifts.

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It almost brings me to tears, because that was a real turning point in my life. “People who get into this career because they get to drive a big red truck, kind of the bravado aspects—well, that stuff wears out,” he says. “I like to see people who want to serve others, who reach outside of themselves to serve other people.” It’s a high-risk, high-stress job that requires constant vigilance. Wright and his fellow firefighters have to be prepared to respond to any situation, at any time, for any reason. They have to have their heads constantly on a swivel, Wright says, and it’s both physically and mentally exhausting.

“In our profession, we are dealing with people at their worst times,” Mather says. “We’re in their homes. We’re dealing with them when their house is burning, their mother is dying, their vehicle has been struck and they’re injured—all the worst times. It’s not just about pulling hose and breaking doors down. It’s being able to walk in and hold somebody’s hand and talk to them, whatever the crisis.” That’s what Wright loves most about his job: the human element. “I like to serve and help people, and this is a fantastic way to do that,” he says. “That recharges me. It’s a high for me to help somebody.”

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When the clock struck midnight on December 31st, we welcomed a new year, expecting that a year from now our lives will be different. We’ll write our book, achieve relationship success, increase our business’s revenue, or lose extra pounds. New Year’s resolutions are the launch pad for change. While some succeed in resolutions, others fail. We find successful people generally do three things. First, define what success means to you. Your idea of success is as unique as your thumbprint. Be clear by defining WHAT you want and WHY you want it. Achieving your new level of success may seem fairly easy, or it may feel like climbing a mountain. Having summited Mt. Rainier several years ago, I find it a fitting allegory. Three of my women friends and I tossed around the idea of achieving something significant together. We chose a climb of Mt. Ranier. One of the women in our group had previously participated in a fundraising climb for lung cancer, in honor of her father – and was unsuccessful. She wanted to try again – for her Dad. We had our WHY. The goal was clear, to stand on top of Mt. Rainier, so finding an image was easy. Whatever your idea of success, create a clear image.



Secondly, find a mentor or coach who has achieved what you want to achieve. If you want to learn a new sport, craft or skill, you naturally seek out someone who’s “been there.” To successfully summit Mt. Rainier, we worked with a mountain man with over 20 years experience being a guide. We followed his advice regarding gear, learned to navigate with a map and compass, and trained under his direction. Lastly, take action. Remember WHY you want this particular success and let it fuel your actions. A powerful question is, “What one step can I take now, with what I have, to move my goal forward?” Then, take it – even if the action is small. Ultimately, our entire team of twelve summited Mt. Rainier. We were in action months before our climb - and it started with small steps. What are the small steps you can take now that will prepare you for bigger steps later?




Tested Clinically Essential oils are being tested clinically to aid in various conditions ranging from anxiety to Alzheimer’s dementia and reducing cigarette cravings.

Did Grandma ever make you a cup of mint tea when you had a tummy ache? Have you rubbed some Vicks on your chest with that strong eucalyptus smell to clear congestion? Do you turn to lavender-scented bath products to relax at the end of a long day? If so, you’ve experienced the healing properties of plants – specifically, the essential oils from various species composed of naturally occurring chemical constituents that our bodies recognize and can use for our benefit and well-being.

reproduction – like methyl salicylate in wintergreen oil for pain relief -- though enthusiasts point out that it’s the combination of so many other trace elements that may contribute to the effectiveness of pure essential oils.

According to the Encyclopedia Britannica, essential oils are so-called because “they were once thought to represent the very essence of odor and flavor.”1 Not an oil like we think of canola or Pennzoil, these plant extractives are hydrophobic – when dropped on a water surface, they will float and not blend, just like those other substances. Used in developing perfumes (think: jasmine and ylang ylang), flavoring foods, and added to healing salves, essential oils contain a wealth of uses to enhance our lives.

Essential oils are commonly used both aromatically and topically. Melaleuca, or “tea tree oil,” has become popular for its anti-fungal and antibacterial properties. Applied on the reflex points of the feet, oils are quickly absorbed into the body. Frankincense is being studied for possible antitumor qualities.

Research studies are now exploring what generations not too long ago knew – plants are nature’s original medicine. Modern scientists prefer to isolate the specific compounds for synthetic



On their website, NYU’s Langone Medical Center shares how essential oils are being tested clinically to aid in various conditions ranging from anxiety to Alzheimer’s dementia and reducing cigarette cravings.2

A drop of high-quality essential oil, such as cilantro or basil, can add a great zing to your cooking, especially if you find you’re short of the fresh herb! Always check the label before taking essential oils internally, though, as many off-the-shelf products are not recommended for internal use due to possible adulteration.


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A note of caution: essential oils are powerful substances and as such need to be used with wisdom and appropriate research. Just as oils may be beneficial towards supporting a healthy lifestyle, there are a few that may adversely affect certain conditions. Check with your healthcare provider. You can start benefiting from essential oils today. The next time you find yourself distracted, unable to concentrate, try a bit of peppermint. Feeling a bit down? Peel an orange and let those volatile oils work their magic. Let nature’s medicine help you feel your best this year. 1 http://www.britannica.com/topic/193135/websites 2 http://www.med.nyu.edu/content?ChunkIID=37427

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under a non-accountable plan are added to W-2 income as wages. The individual can then deduct these employee business expenses on Schedule A as a miscellaneous itemized deduction. This also applies to a corporate officer that is an employee. • Certain corporate expenses paid by nonemployee shareholders might qualify to be treated as investment expenses, deductible as miscellaneous expense on Schedule A, subject to the 2% AGI limitation. • If a partnership includes a provision in the partnership agreement requiring partners to pay certain business expenses of the partnership, those unreimbursed expenses can be treated as trade or business expenses of the partner. Unreimbursed partnership expenses (UPE) are reported along with the partnership income on Schedule E, page 2 of the individual partner’s tax return. 3. Tax deduction on personal return not allowed or not desired. • Taxpayers who do not itemize on their personal return will get no benefit from deductions for unreimbursed business expenses and should make use of accountable plans for reimbursement of employee business expenses. Shareholders who are not entitled to deduct corporate business expenses on their personal return or not entitled to reimbursement can treat the payments for corporate business expenses as a capital contribution, increasing their stock basis. They may also treat the payments as a loan to the corporation as long as proper loan procedures are followed, which will also increase their stock basis. Anyone considering taking the deduction for unreimbursed business expenses should consult their local tax professional.


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Getting the Car Out! Sure, you’ve got to get rid of that blanket of snow so you won’t fall on the way to the car, but watch out for another kind of injury: dinging up your driveway’s surface. Not only are repairs to your driveway often expensive, cracks and crumbles can turn off potential buyers before they even step foot in your home. Here are some handy tips for avoiding premature wear and tear.

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For asphalt, watch out for: Badly cracked or brittle material. Aggressive shoveling or plowing on an uneven surface can chip off chunks of asphalt. Keep shovels and snow blower or plow blades at least a half-inch off the surface. If your driveway is badly aged, consider repaving it.


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Snowshoeing With Your Dog SNOW FUN AND EXERCISE FOR YOU AND YOUR BEST FRIEND. BY CHRIS SHAFER. Love to walk your dog, but feel confined by the snow? Don’t be resigned to getting all of your exercise on the indoor treadmill during the winter months. You can strap on snowshoes, grab the pooch, and go! It’s pretty simple, really. If you can walk, you can snowshoe, and these days snowshoes have come a long way from your grandfather’s pair that resembled tennis racquets. Now they are made of materials such as lightweight aluminum, composite plastic, even titanium; they are high tech and are well designed. Snowshoeing is a low-impact, calorie-burning exercise that allows you to get out in nature and stave off cabin fever. Add a dog and voila! It’s the perfect snowy day activity for you and your canine companion to enjoy together. Is your dog up to these kinds of workouts? As with any new exercise, it’s always best to check with your veterinarian. Most trim and fit dogs should do fine, but remember, walking through deep snow is physically demanding for your dog, so be sure to start out with a short outing and gradually build up to longer ones. (You don’t want to end up with an exhausted pet that you have to carry back!) Also, take a day pack and carry plenty of water and snacks for you both. Don’t forget to check your dog’s paws for ice and snow, which can clump between your dog’s pads, resulting in painful ice balls. You might consider getting protective booties and/or having hairy paws trimmed. In addition, if your dog is not dressed in a heavy fur coat, like a Husky or Malamute, he might benefit from a man-made coat. There is outdoor gear for dogs that will not only keep your short-haired dog warm, but also the dog coats are



breathable and water resistant. Make sure the place you are planning to visit is dog-friendly, and if so, find out what the rules are. Some places allow dogs only in certain areas or at certain times of day, and there may be a charge. Also, your dog may be required to be on a leash or skijoring equipment (harness for the dog, a belt for the human and a towline to connect them). If your dog is off-leash, it’s important to be considerate of other trail users and keep your dog under control and out of the way. Another thing to be mindful of in North Idaho is trapping on public lands. Trapping seasons are open in Idaho for a variety of species at different times of the year, especially fall and winter. For more information go to the Idaho Fish and Game website. As for the “doo,” you know what to do. That’s right, pick it up and pack it out. Good doggy etiquette helps to keep the trails dog friendly.


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“Much has been written about the military history of WWII, but the battle campaigns and heroic deeds are only part of the story,” says Cindy Hval, Spokesman Review columnist and now author. Hval celebrates the release of her first book in February titled, “War Bonds: Love Stories from the Greatest Generation.” It seemed the topic of love and war was a popular one from her Love Story series.


Hval explains, “Every time I wrote a story that featured a WWII-era couple, my inbox overflowed with letters and they all had a common theme; ‘so inspirational’ and ‘we want more.’ One morning my husband, Derek, looked at me and said, ‘What if you compiled all of these stories in a book?’ And ‘War Bonds:



Love Stories From the Greatest Generation’ is the result.” According to Hval, the premise of “War Bonds” is the dating and courtship of couples who met or married during or shortly after WWII. Underscoring these tales are the principles of maintaining lasting love in the face of tumultuous times, as well as the daily challenges of building a life together. Each narrative begins with a World War II-era song title and concludes with a “Love Lesson” from the featured couple. The book includes photos from the 1940s as well as current photographs of each couple who have, remarkably, sustained marriages lasting well over 50 years.


The following is an excerpt from Aval’s book: Jerry had been taken to prison camp, and as he was being processed, the guard pointed to his wedding ring and motioned for Jerry to remove it. But after days of uncertainty and fear, that was where Jerry drew the line. “You get to the point where the initial fear is gone,” he said. “Whatever happens, happens. I didn’t give up my wedding ring. I said, “I vowed to never take it off. I’m not taking it off.’” Most of the couples featured are from Eastern Washington and Northern Idaho. “I can’t afford to travel all over the world to interview people, though I’d love to! But also because of local military bases like Fairchild and Farragut, many military folks retired here,” says Hval. When asked what she found most compelling about the Greatest Generation she’s featured in “War Bonds”, Hval says, “They are amazingly humble and don’t think of themselves as special. To them, marriages that spanned six to seven decades aren’t that remarkable. They are relentlessly positive. They downplayed the hardships they endured and choose to focus on the good times. They are wickedly witty. I spent a lot of time laughing with these couples. I loved watching them banter back and forth.” Hval says “War Bonds” offers a unique look into the Greatest Generation, World War II and, perhaps above all, love. “Most of us want to believe that love can last forever. Who doesn’t want their own happily ever after? But the reality is many marriages fail. What happened when these soldiers came home to wives they’d been separated from or sweethearts they’d left

behind? In these stories, readers won’t find the magic pill that makes marriage last, but I think they’ll find hope and inspiration in the grit and humor the couples in ‘War Bonds’ share. I know I did.” Hval has been a writer for the Spokesman Review since 2005 covering news and features, and a columnist since 2007. She has also been featured in numerous anthologies including seven editions of the “Chicken Soup for the Soul” series. The biggest challenge of writing a book compared to a column, Hval says, is the quantity of words. “I was surprised how hard it was for me to let go of some of the journalistic formulas and allow myself to use adjectives and descriptors.”

Inspiration What happened when these soldiers came home to wives they’d been separated from or sweethearts they’d left behind? In these stories, readers won’t find the magic pill that makes marriage last, but I think they’ll find hope and inspiration in the grit and humor the couples in ‘War Bonds’ share. I know I did.”

Another thing Hval had to improve upon was her personal care. “It’s often been said that writing is a solitary process, but when you have a husband, four sons and two cats, solitude doesn’t come easily. I have wonderful friends who offered me quiet places to write. In taking time away to write, I discovered I am a much happier person when I can carve out time and space to be alone.” “War Bonds” will be released to bookstores nationwide in February and can be preordered now through Barnes and Noble and Amazon. “War Bonds” can also be ordered from the publisher at Casemate.com.

“War Bonds” will be released to bookstores nationwide in February and can be preordered now through Barnes and Noble and Amazon. “War Bonds” can also be ordered from the publisher at Casemate.com. BOTTOM RIGHT From chapter 17: Pincurls and All: Roy and Mary Grayhek,(left) second date, 1946.

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LIVING AN ACTIVE LIFESTYLE Discover the short and long term benefits. By Colin Anderson. Photos by Jamie Sedlmayer. The name says it all at Active Family Healthcare. So when clinic owner Jennifer Fletcher decided to recently expand her staff, she knew she needed not only a talented FNP, but someone who enjoys an active lifestyle as well. Enter Jessica LaPlante, a former collegiate pitcher at Whitworth University who also just completed her first full ironman this summer.

lakes. Both practitioners have extensive athletic backgrounds, which they feel is important when giving advice to patients. “Displaying a healthy lifestyle is vital to having our patients trust the advice we give them. It’s important for us to set the example,” said Fletcher. “When I graduated, I knew I wanted to work in a clinic like this that uses both natural and traditional methods of treatment,” said LaPlante.

“I’ve always been interested in being physically active,” said LaPlante who also participates in co-rec softball, water sports, and snowboarding.

Active Family Healthcare takes a different approach to medicine than many other clinics in the area. The staff uses as many natural remedies as they can to go alongside traditional medicine. If their patients utilize chiropractic or acupuncture care, those treatments are taken into account in the overall wellness plan.

Encouraging patients to live an active lifestyle is one of the primary goals at Active Family Healthcare. In each room there are photos of friends, family, and patients who are running, biking, skiing, and enjoying the outdoors. A practitioner for 15 years and former collegiate basketball player, Fletcher knows how important physical activity and proper nutrition is to everyone she sees. “We take a holistic approach with our patients. We look at their diet, activity level, and medical history, that way we can get a better picture of their lifestyle and come up with an individual plan,” said Fletcher. A mother of two, Fletcher also continues to live an active lifestyle of triathlons, mountain biking, and skiing both on the mountains and on the

While Active Family Healthcare is absolutely a pro-vaccination clinic, they will see and treat children whose parents have decided against vaccination. Active Family uses cutting edge diagnostics including antioxidant scanning, indepth hormone and vitamin testing, BRAC and Lynch syndrome screening, and PLAC and prediabetes lab. They check nutrients in the body and can tell if the patient is in need of more fruits and vegetables, which shows patients how important nutrition is to their overall well-being. The office is equipped to handle everything



from physicals, immunizations, and stitches to mole removal, chronic disease management, and custom exercise and nutrition plans. LaPlante and Fletcher will work with anyone from top tier athletes looking for a training plan to patients suffering from heart or lung disease who just want to be able to walk for 10 minutes without having to sit down. They especially enjoy working with children as they can encourage them to be active at a young age. “The best part for me is to empower people to take control of their health and improve their lives,” said LaPlante. Two years after opening her practice, Fletcher is happy and wants to continue knowing her patients on a first name basis. Active Family Healthcare is currently accepting new patients, accepts all insurance and offers a 30% discount for cash payments. “The short and long term benefits of good health cannot be replaced with anything else,” said Fletcher.

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Take in the breathtaking views of the treasured bald eagle. Article and photos by Jamie Sedlmayer. As winter settles in on North Idaho, so do our yearly guests who are not only the symbol of America but have become a symbol of winter on Lake Coeur d’Alene. The American Bald Eagles that come to enjoy the feast of dying kokanee make for great entertainment. The eagles usually arrive in mid-November and stay until late January offering people an opportunity to witness them up close and personal. You’ll find many of these beautiful birds perched in trees and diving for kokanee along Hwy 97 and Higgins Point. There are many ways to experience the eagles on Lake Coeur d’Alene such as at an established viewing area, from your vehicle, from the shore, or from a boat. The eagle watching cruise from Lake Coeur d’Alene Cruises is great for families and first time eagle watchers. During the two hour cruise you will travel along most of the eagle viewing areas and have the opportunity to learn about the eagles and their time on Lake Coeur d’Alene through video and guest speakers. Viewing the eagles from one of the free viewing areas is a favorite of many. At Higgins Point there are opportunities to come face to face with an eagle. Many of their flight paths lead through the trees they perch upon allowing you to enter into a virtual eagle tree house. This is the same reason many love Mineral Ridge trail on Hwy 97. Hearing their wings make a snap sound as they take off, feeling the pine needles drop on you as the branch shakes, and seeing a massive 14-pound bird drop from a tree and soar away is an incredible experience. It’s that close proximity to the eagles that seems to make the established viewing areas attractive to so many people, especially those looking to capture an image of an eagle. Every year thousands of people flock with their cameras to hopefully catch a shot of that beautiful five foot wingspan spreading as it drops talons down onto a fish just before it swoops back up and glides away inches above the water. From cell phones to DSLR’s with 500mm lenses, there is no shortage of cameras on the shores and trails during our eagle season on the lake. No matter where you choose to view the eagles, there are a few things to keep in mind. Do not harass or bother the eagles, never throw anything at the eagles, and keep your pets on a leash when walking the eagle areas. Remember these are some of the most treasured animals in the country, and we are merely observers in their habitat. For more information on the eagle watching cruise, contact Lake Coeur d’Alene Cruises at 208.765.4000.

ABOVE There are many vantage spots from where you can view the abundance of eagles this time of year. TOP RIGHT The American Bald Eagle - In 2007 the Department of Interior took the American bald eagle off the Federal List of Endangered and Threatened species.

BOTTOM An eagle flies from its perch in Coeur d’Alene.




Coeur d’Alene by the Numbers 68 Degrees The average temperature of Lake Coeur d’Alene from June 1st to September 30th.

-30 Degrees

The record low for Coeur d’Alene in the month of January.

Hearing their wings make a snap sound as they take off, feeling the pine needles drop on you as the branch shakes, and seeing a massive 14-pound bird drop from a tree and soar away is an incredible experience.

300 Inches

The average annual snowfall at Silver Mountain.






49 Degrees North - Chewelah, WA www.ski49n.com Adult full day $54 | Youth full day $45 2,325 Acres, 82 trails, 7 lifts, Summit Elevation 5,774ft.

for night skiing which costs just $20. A recent ruling will allow a large expansion of the mountain beginning next season. There are nearby cross country, snowshoe and snowmobile trails as well as tubing hills so everyone leaves happy.

This challenging mountain north of Spokane is known for its incredible glade skiing. 49 North offers an expansive terrain park and also keeps three lifts open for night skiing on selected nights. Monday’s tickets are half price and Tuesday is 2 for 1. If downhill isn’t your thing, the mountain also has 25 kilometers of groomed cross country ski and snowshoe trails. Passes are $12 Friday through Sunday and $7 during the week.

Lookout Pass - Mullan, ID (Montana/Idaho border) | www.skilookout.com Adult full day $40 | Youth full day $29 540 Acres, 34 runs, 4 lifts, summit elevation 5,650ft.

Silver Mountain - Kellogg, ID www.silvermt.com Adult full day $53 | Youth full day $38 1,600 Acres, 73 trails, 6 lifts, summit elevation 6,300ft. Before even setting foot on the slopes, visitors are given a great ride. Silver is home to North America’s longest gondola. The 3.1 mile lift takes skiers and riders from the base to the top of the mountain and back down again at the end of the day. Silver Mountain also boasts a large indoor water park and offers numerous ski and stay packages. The convenience of a 30 minute drive from Coeur d’Alene makes this mountain a local favorite. Mount Spokane - Spokane, WA www.mtspokane.com Adult full day $52 | Youth full day $42 1,425 acres, 45 trails, 5 lifts, summit elevation 5,889ft. Just a 40 minute drive from downtown Spokane, this mountain is popular with families and great for beginners. Mount Spokane keeps 16 runs open



Lookout Pass is always one of the first to open and last to close thanks to its annual snowfall of 400 inches. Located halfway between Spokane and Missoula, Lookout draws people from all over the region. The powder here is light, and despite its smaller size, a day cruising through consistent fresh snow will leave you gassed. For nearly 80 years, Lookout has offered a free ski school and over 60,000 kids have gone through the program. Check with the mountain for more information on this great program. Schweitzer Mountain - Sandpoint, ID www.schweitzer.com Adult full day $72 | Youth full day $50 2,900 acres, 92 trails, 9 lifts, summit elevation 6,400ft. It will take you more than a day to cover all the terrain Schweitzer Mountain has to offer. One of the most popular resort destinations in the Northwest, the mountain offers a host of lodging options, shopping, restaurants, bars, and breathtaking views of Lake Pend Oreille. Schweitzer has everything from beginner groomers to tight tree terrain and steep open bowls. Be sure to take advantage of Sunday Solutions or their ski3 packs which save you $48 off their standard rates.



LOOKING FOR A REMEDY? Express yourself through your hairstyle. By Colin Anderson. Photos by Jamie Sedlmayer. As most stylists will tell you, your haircut and style is one of the biggest non-verbal communicators as to what type of person you are. Those with a more conservative cut tend to like things on an even keel; whereas those who draw more attention to their hair are expressing a more spontaneous or creative personality. The same can hold true when choosing a salon. People want to feel comfortable in their environment, whether it’s trendy, sports themed, family oriented, or relaxing. This is ultimately what led Natalie Burns to open ‘Remedy’ in the Harbor View Plaza. “I wanted an open, comfortable environment, a place where you can be yourself, say whatever you want, and you’ll get a feel of positive affirmation,” said Burns. “I liked being able to pick out the colors and design the space, and it’s finally my choice when it comes to the music!” Remedy Salon is situated at the end of the second level with views of the North Idaho College campus and Lake Coeur d’Alene. Burns and friend Miranda Laufenberg are the only two stylists you will find here, and both wanted a unique environment where they could be themselves and let their clients be themselves as well. “Miranda and I are a little quirky and weird,

but we can be ourselves here,” said Burns. “We really get to know our clients here as no topics are off-limits, and we end up talking about a lot more than hair.” “I like getting to know each person,” said Laufenberg. “After 15 minutes or so almost everyone turns down the filter and really opens up. A lot of times people will tell us things they aren’t comfortable saying to anyone else.” The reason Natalie and Miranda spend so much time getting to know their clients’ personalities is because of how often they see people looking to make a change in their hair due to a recent emotional experience. “If someone comes in who just found out they’re pregnant or they just got out of a relationship and want to chop off all their hair, we know we have to talk them through some things before making a drastic change to their appearance,” said Burns. It’s this extra attention that keeps clients coming back and both stylists booked out weeks in advance. Burns opened the doors on November 8th of this year, with her first cut going to a friend’s son. Both will cut men, women, and children’s hair. They specialize in blending color for a very natural look and stay up on the latest trends in hair by following top industry professionals on



Instragram and Facebook as well as traveling to shows and conventions in Seattle and Las Vegas. A big believer in promoting a greener world, Burns uses products that are 98% organic, fully sustainable, and can be tailored to each person’s hair. There is room for a third stylist at Remedy, but Burns wants to keep her salon small and comfortable for those who keeping coming back to her year after year. “The most fun part of this job is the relationships I’ve built. I see a lot of my clients more often than I see some of my friends,” said Burns. The same echoes true for Laufenberg. “Seeing someone’s smile when they look in the mirror and walk out of here beaming with confidence just makes my soul happy.”

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ABOVE Devin Kluss hopes to play baseball at Whitworth College next year. Photo by Tanna Kluss.

RIGHT Kluss enjoys baseball and basketball at Coeur d’Alene High. Photo by Tanna Kluss.

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Kluss plans to attend Whitworth University and possibly go through pre-athletic training, pre-law, or business management. He plans to play baseball as well as try out for the basketball team. Kluss cites his own knees as his largest obstacle in the path to athletic accomplishment. Kluss cherishes the experiences that competing in sports have brought him. “No matter what happens when I’m older, I know I will remember the moments I spent with my teams on the court or on the field competing as one.” says Kluss. He says his coaches have taught him the important value of hard work. “My head basketball coach, Kurt Lunblad, and my head

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baseball coach, Nick Rook, have shown me that sports and life are about working hard to reach goals set by either you or your boss.”

Smith cites her heart health as her biggest obstacle in sports and in her young life thus far. She had heart surgery last fall.

Mr. Karns, Kluss’s chemistry teacher from his junior year, is his favorite teacher. Kluss says, “His (Karns’) teaching style was unorthodox at times, but I will never forget how he made me feel as if I could accomplish anything.”

Smith says the most memorable moment in basketball was the opportunity to play against her cousin Emily Callahan from Coeur d’Alene High. She also enjoyed playing her senior year with fellow Timberwolf, Natalie Wheelock, with whom she has played since 5th grade. Being able to form relationships with her teammates has been the best part of competition for Smith.

Clarissa Smith, Lake City High School Clarissa Smith is a senior at Lake City High School and a three-year starter for the Timberwolves’ varsity basketball team. She also competes with the volleyball and track teams. This past season, Smith qualified for the Idaho State Track and Field competition, placing 6th out of 28 in Discus. Smith also maintains a 3.0 GPA.

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Smith said her favorite teacher is Bryan Kelly. She says, “He taught me a lot about life’s lessons since we’ve met. The most important is how to keep composure during a game.”

Smith plans to attend North Idaho College for her undergraduate courses and to play basketball. As far as the course of study, she has an interest in Sports Psychology or Social Work.

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LEFT Clarissa Smith shows her skills in a game earlier this season against Sandpoint. Photo by Jason Duchow Photography.


ABOVE Clarissa Smith’s future plans include playing basketball for North Idaho College next year. Photo by Amanda Smith.


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BY COLIN ANDERSON. It was a tough start to the 2014/2015 ski season, but now that the snow is falling, there is plenty of fun to be had at our regional mountains. Remember, a bad powder day on the mountain is better than no day on the Mountain or a day in the office. Here are a couple of events to keep you entertained when it’s time to unbind and unwind. January 9th – Jackass Day at Silver Mountain. Silver celebrates its 46th birthday by offering retro priced day passes of just $12. Cake is served at 2pm and live music carries long into the night.

You can demo the latest boards and skis and also learn to cross country ski at the Nordic center. Nordic trails are free for the weekend, and rental rates are reduced as well. January 18th – Lookout Pass Winter Carnival. This family friendly event is a hit each year with Lookout regulars. There’s plenty for kids to see and do along with food and drink specials in the bar. Don’t miss the Northwest National Wife carrying contest!

January 10th-11th – Wintersportsfest at 49 Degrees North. Guests are introduced to all the winter activities the mountain has to offer.

January 17th – Northern Lights at Schweitzer Mountain. The night skies light up each year at this popular event. Skiers and riders can participate in a torchlight parade down the slopes followed by an impressive fireworks display. Live music and a party follow in the Schweitzer Village.

Schweitzer’s Average Annual Snowfall: 300 inches.

January 25th – Lookout Pass Bavarian Brews & Brats Festival. Grilled brats, local beers and traditional Bavarian music, what more could you ask for on a Saturday? It’s also media appreciation day so you might just catch a glimpse of your favorite local TV personality giving it their best shot on the slopes. Pray for powder!



January 6 - Spring Auditions. The Northwest Sacred Music Chorale is looking for people who love to sing. Auditions will start at 6:30 PM at Community Presbyterian Church, 417 N. Henry St in Post Falls. Those interested should prepare a song and bring the music. The audition will last approximately 10 minutes, and will cover range, sight reading and general vocal ability. Please contact Judi Horton at tomandjudi@imaxmail.net.

SHOWS/MUSIC/ARTS December 5-January 3 - 16th Annual Small Artworks Invitational. 31 regional artists with over 160 new works will be on display at The Art Spirit Gallery during the 16th Annual Small Artworks Invitational, sponsored by The Cellar and new owner/chef Adam Hegsted. Visit www.theartspiritgallery.com for more information. Now-February 6 - “Drawing and Painting”. North Idaho College presents Karen Kaiser, Melissa Lang, and Wendy Franklund Miller’s “Drawing and Painting” Monday and Friday at the Boswell Corner Gallery. Visit nic.edu for more information. January 9-25 - The Last 5 Years. Presented by the Lake City Playhouse this play highlights the points of view of a relationship between a writer and an actress played out in this contemporary song-cycle musical. Their five-year marriage is simultaneously chronicled in opposing orders from both perspectives. For more information visit www.lakecityplayhouse.org. January 9 - Roots & Boots. The Roots & Boots Tour brings together three country music stars performing from their extensive list of hits in a fun night of great country music and camaraderie. Sammy Kershaw


LOCAL music & more Calypsos Coffee and Creamery Monday Nights are Open Mic! Musicians, Artist, Comedians & Poets All Welcome from 6-8:30pm. Sign-Up Starts at 5:30pm. Iron Horse Bar & Grill Live Performances every Friday and Saturday Night starting at 9pm.


January 8 - Open Mic Night. The library will host its debut event from 6-7:30pm. Sign-ups will begin at 5:45pm in the library Community Room. Share your songs, poems, writings, or a stand-up routine, the floor is yours. The library will provide microphones, audio hookups, coffee and other refreshments. You just need to bring your talent. For information contact the library at info@cdalibrary. org or call 208.769.2315.

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The Fedora Pub and Grill Live Music on Fridays and Saturdays starting at 6pm. Seasons of Coeur d’Alene Live Music on Lady’s Night every Wednesday! The talented and local favorite Kosh plays Seasons every Wednesday during ladies night (except on some holidays or unique occasions). The Fork at Lakeside Come down for live music on Wednesdays and Thursdays! Follow The Fork at Lakeside on Facebook for special music events. 309 East Lakeside | Coeur d’Alene, Idaho 83814 | 208.292.4392 Smokes & Suds FREE Beer & Wine Tasting every Tuesday from 4-7pm. 6848 Government Way | Dalton Gardens, Idaho 83815 208.635.5972 The Breakfast Nook 1719 N. 4th St. Coeur d’Alene, ID 83814 208.667.1699

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January 17 - Tears of Joy Puppet Theatre Presents “Raven Stories”. Tears of Joy Theatre presents an all new production based on that trickster of Native American lore, Raven. Like his cousin Coyote, Raven uses his wits and cunning to get what he wants. He may be sneaky but his tricks have given us the sun, fire, and more! Raven Stories is written by Shoshone-Bannock poet and storyteller Ed Edmo and features original music. Performance will be in the Jacklin Arts & Culture Center at 2pm. For more information please visit www.thejacklincenter.org. January 19 - Rain - A Tribute to the Beatles. The widely loved, Rain – A Tribute to the Beatles, has been bringing all things “Beatles” to captivated audiences for almost 40 years. This family friendly show will delight both long time Beatles fans and those who have just discovered the amazing music of the original “Fab Four.” Rain offers a true Beatles experience to the Northern Quest Casino for a show that shouldn’t be missed! Visit northernquest. com for more information. January 29 - Aaron Lewis. One of the most versatile artists performing today, Aaron Lewis, has been able to successfully cross over genres and to continue the tradition of country music storytelling and songwriting that he grew up with. He will be performing at 7:30pm in Northern Quest Casino. Limited Hotel & Ticket packages available, call 877.871.6772 for details or visit northernquest. com. January 30-February 15 - Reasons to Be Pretty. Fueled by one man’s offhand remark about his girlfriend’s appearance, Reasons to


January 9 - Music Walk. Come downtown from 5-8pm every second Friday from January to March as Coeur d’Alene rings with live musical performances from some of our local favorites. Visit supporting restaurants, shops, businesses and galleries with your friends and family! A familyfriendly, free event!For more details, go to www.artsincda.org.

be Pretty navigates the crumbling relationships of four young friends as they come to terms with their unfulfilling lives and question the American obsession with physical beauty. Presented by Lake City Playhouse, visit www.lakecityplayhouse.org for more information.

EVENTS & ACTIVITIES January 3 - Disney Days Movie. Enjoy a free viewing of “Frozen movie & Sing-A-Long” at the Coeur d’Alene Library from 1-4pm. Come in your favorite Disney character costume and be prepared to watch one of Disney’s hit movies. For information contact the library at 208.769.2315. January 5 - Active Military, Police, EMS & Firefighter Day. Bring in your valid military, police, firefighter or EMS card for half off your day ticket at Silver Mountain Resort! Visit www.silvermt.com for more information. January 9-30 - Starlight Junior Race Series. Sponsored by the Independence Race League, this local race series takes place at Schweitzer Mountain and will kick off on Friday nights through January. Visit Schweitzer.com for more information. January 10, 17, 24, 31 - First Turns. Enjoy early upload on the gondola, an amazing mountain top

January 23, 24 - Family Fun at the Symphony

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January 18 - Winter Carnival. It’s the Winter Carnival at Lookout Pass. Come enjoy this Family Fun Day with fun activities and events for everyone to enjoy including the Pacific Northwest National Wife Carrying Contest. Visit skilookout.com for more information.

breakfast and early access to the powder on Silver Mountain. Limited number of participants, reservations strongly recommended, this event is conditions permitting. Visit www.silvermt.com for more information. January 12 - Hybrid American Red Cross Community First AID/ CPR/AED. Learn how to be a community responder who can act in emergency situations by recognizing and providing care for lifethreatening emergencies. This course is offered in a blended learning format, which is an independent online class and test followed by an instructorled skill session. For more information visit www.kroccda.org.

Lights at Schweitzer. Come enjoy a torchlight parade, fireworks and much more at Schweitzer Mountain Resort. A party in Taps will follow the festivities. Visit Schweitzer.com for more information.


January 19-24 - 2015 USA Boxing National Championships. Olympic-style boxing action. The 2015 USA Boxing National Championships are contested January 19-24, in Spokane. Preliminary rounds are held at the HUB Sports Complex, SemiFinal and Final Rounds are at Northern Quest Resort & Casino on January 23 and 24. Visit northernquest.com for more information.

January 20 - Free Movie: Guardians of the Galaxy. The Kroc Center is able to offer free movies and fun events in Coeur d’Alene through the continued support of local donors and community members like you. Everyone welcome and the doors will open at 2pm. For more information visit www.kroccda.org.

January 24 - Smoking Aces Slopestyle. Skiers and snowboarders of all ages and skill levels will be coming from near and far to throw down their best tricks at Schweitzer Mountain Resort. Visit Schweitzer.com for more information.

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January 25 - Bavarian Brews & Brats Festival. Come on out to Lookout Pass for the Annual Bavarian Brews, Brats & Music Festival. Enjoy locally crafted brews, grilled brats and live music. Also enjoy their Annual Media Cup Team Races and Appreciation Day. Visit skilookout.com for more information.






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COVER STORY A NORTH IDAHO GEM Proposed lake level changes spurs community response. By Jani Gonzalez.

Several changes involving the water levels at Lake Pend Oreille came to a tilt last summer, including a proposal to decrease post Labor Day lake levels for the survival of bull trout. Manipulating lake levels became a heated issue, and many advocates remain concerned over having lower lake levels. The issue has led members of the community to voice their interests in protecting the lake’s recreational use, economy, ecology and wildlife. Lake Management Lake Pend Oreille’s water levels have been regulated by Albeni Falls Dam since its construction in the 1950s. The dam is operated by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and the power generated is marketed by the Bonneville Power Administration (BPA). According to Robyn MacKay, Manager of Operations Planning at BPA, the issue at Pend Oreille is three-fold. Advocates for Lake Pend Oreille, such as Idaho’s Lakes Commission, want to maintain higher lake levels in the spring and fall. In the spring, having a higher lake level depends on the Corps’ flood risk assessment, she said. The Army Corps of Engineers aims to be in the summer operating pool of 2062-2062.5 ft. by the end of June or early July, Kristian Mickelson, a hydraulic engineer for the Army Corps, said. Having a higher level earlier increases the chance of flooding.




“If a storm hits that produces large inflows, it could cause flooding downstream, and upstream of Albeni Falls Dam, it could cause loss of life and property damage,” Mickelson said. The second issue is the possibility of having higher lake levels through September. BPA and the Corps are working with the Lakes Commission to possibly extend the lake’s “full pool” level of 2062 ft. further into the month of September. Since 1996, the lake’s winter level has been maintained at either 2055 ft. or 2051 ft., depending on a decision tree developed by the Idaho Fish and Game Commission to test which elevation is more advantageous for kokanee spawning. The lake’s water elevation was held at the level where the fish were spawning. Some years, the lake would be held at 2055 ft., while others it would drop to 2051 feet.

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Over the years, lake level fluctuations have increased shoreline erosion particularly in the Clark Fork River Delta. When the BPA flexible winter operations were proposed, the Idaho Conservation League (ICL) was concerned over how inclusive the BPA’s Environmental Impact Statement was. Although the BPA performed an environmental assessment, the ICL felt that it was not sufficient and sued the BPA to perform a more in-depth analysis. The case was heard before the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals in October, and the ICL is awaiting the court’s decision.

The Albeni Falls Dam’s design prevents the bull trout from escaping the warmer lake temperatures. The dam has endangered the fish’s survival because it has no fish passage solution, Deane Osterman, the Executive Director of Natural Resources for the Kalispel Tribe of Indians, said. The fish haven’t been harvested for decades, and his small staff manually relocates the fish. “Right now, the Kalispel Tribe of Indians is the fish passage solution for Albeni Falls Dam,” Osterman said. “Every single bull trout we have tagged with an electric or acoustic tag that comes through the dam and that we release below the dam has died because of the thermal stress. That river system is increasingly a warm one.”

A meeting this month with a gubernatorial representative, Northwest Power and Conservation Council, the Army Corps, BPA and the Lakes Commission is the next step to negotiating the management of the lake.

This year, the Idaho Fish and Game removed that request because they determined there was no correlation between having a higher lake level and the fish’s ability to spawn, John Barco, a Policy Analyst for the BPA said. This means the lake can return to its original winter elevation and the BPA can implement flexible winter operations, where it can alter lake levels based on energy needs. The operations concern advocates for the lake. This year the Corps will maintain the same level for winter because of the BPA-funded Clark Fork River Delta Restoration project.


“The delta is eroding at the alarming rate of about 15 acres a year. The flexible winter operations … wasn’t given the level of scrutiny we thought necessary to determine whether or not it would exacerbate the erosion problem,” said Susan Drumheller, North Idaho Associate for the ICL.


“In the past, the fish have adapted to that warm water by moving back downstream out of their native tributaries and moving up through Pend Oreille [River] and into the lake. That’s a live fish stream that we want to restore so that Kalispel people can have access to that trusted resource,” he said. The Kalispel Tribe had an agreement with the Army Corps to modify the dam’s lake operations after Labor Day of 2014 so the fish could reach cooler temperatures. Many people feared this could mean an earlier drop in lake levels in the summer season. That agreement has since been altered, and the Kalispel Tribe is


currently investigating alternative solutions for fish passage. Fear of Recreational and Tourism Decline According to Ford Elsaesser, chairman of Idaho’s Lakes Commission, Lake Pend Oreille reaches its full pool level by July. Stakeholders in the Lakes Commission want to see that level remain higher longer for a full recreational season. An elevated lake level would help sustain and grow the lake’s tourism economy. “We’d like to see a full pool for the month of September before [BPA] starts any drawdowns so that the lake is in full use for the month, which is one of our best months weather-wise,” he said. The Lakes Commission also would like to have winter lake levels higher than the 2051 ft. mark. The BPA shouldn’t automatically lower the lake level to 2051 ft., he said, without having a specific need. A meeting this month with a gubernatorial representative, Northwest Power and Conservation Council, the Army Corps, BPA and the Lakes Commission is the next step to negotiating the management of the lake.

FAR LEFT The potential early drawdown of lake levels is a primary concern for the lake’s tourism industry. Photo courtesy Dennis Hall.

ABOVE The unfortunate consequences of extreme lake fluctuations include docks that freeze to the bottom and are damaged when water rises again.

BELOW The Sandpoint Wooden Boat Festival highlights the community, economic and recreational benefits of normal levels on Lake Pend Oreille. Photo courtesy Dennis Hall.

The Lake Pend Oreille Alliance formed in 2014 specifically to address drawdowns to Lake Pend Oreille. “Many of our 500 plus members are concerned about the impact to recreation, wildlife, property, scenic beauty and our local economy,” said board member Ralph Sletager. “The law says that normal pool of 2062.5 feet should be maintained for about six months. In recent history, it’s only at those levels for a couple of months.” The group is asking that Albeni Falls Dam be operated more in line with its original charter, keeping normal pool from Memorial Day to Oct. 1, Sletager said. “This issue is vital to all of North Idaho’s waterways including Lake Coeur d’Alene,” he said. “We have a legal and historical right to assure our water is managed for scenic beauty, recreation, navigation and commercial uses, not just for power generation that most often flows to other states.” The Lake Pend Oreille Alliance is a non-profit organization that encourages all policy that maintains mandated levels on Lake Pend Oreille for recreation, wildlife and property, and actively opposes any efforts to take additional water. More at www.savependoreille.org.




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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 heard her calling out to her fellow employees in an absolutely tortured voice, dripping with desperation, “How many calories in a Tic-Tac?” She had decided the way to va-voomness was to count calories, you see. Nothing wrong with that – in fact it’s a very concise way to lose weight. However, everything she consumed, including a stick of chewing gum, had to go on her caloriecounting list. All day. All evening. She was slumped across her desk, her head resting on a piece of paper with one long, skinny column of single digit and two-digit numbers. A pen was held limply in her hand. The single Tic-Tac was



duly noted. (Two calories. I knew you’d want to know.) The next day she gave up and treated herself to a large stack of french fries – comfort food after her trial by calorie. She didn’t ask what a single french fry calorie count was and multiply that by the heap on her plate, nor did she add the ketchup count. You see, when keeping track, the exquisitely painful process includes everything that you consume except water. When you let go, you let go completely and let the chips (and fries) fall where they may.


Making something too difficult to do works perfectly if you basically don’t want to do it. It seems so noble, but it’s sabotage dressed in silk. We can do the same with exercise, of course. We can go overboard on workouts, beginning our very first session with a full half-hour of heart-pounding, sweatdrenched action (with spurts) on the treadmill, followed by three full sets of 12 reps of free weights that leave us trembling and shaky and prohibitively sore for several days. We can punish, almost torture, ourselves and then, of course, give up. I do assure you, push me too far, too fast, too long and too-inclined on a treadmill, and I will tell you anything you want to know. So let’s not do this. There is another way, and I call it the One Thing approach. One Thing Remember the movie called “City Slickers” where a crusty old cowpoke says the secret to life is one thing – and you just need to discover what that one thing is for you? I think the same thing holds true for changing your body. If you start your body renovation by stripping your diet of salt, fat, and sugar, while asserting portion control and exercising at least five times a week with both cardio and weights – possibly working in faithful attendance at yoga, or kickboxing, or Pilates (and of course down eight glasses of water daily), I can just about promise you will stumble and end up thinking you have no willpower as you come up for air from your consoling bowl of Haagen Dazs.

You know what works in my experience? Doing just one thing and experiencing the joy of results. How can you know what’s really working if you do everything at once? I was such a mess at one time that taking a walk was a big step. I dragged along, everything jiggling under my nobody-will-know oversized dress. Then I found that I wasn’t dragging, I was walking. I felt more energetic. I didn’t get out of breath. Do you know how fantastic that was? VERY! It made me want to add one more thing, like a few not-so-deep knee bends and see if my legs felt stronger. I did, and they did! Then I wanted to start jogging and found to my horror that I could only jog for SIX STEPS before my heart was thudding and my chest was heaving. That appalled me, so I determined to jog for six steps until I could jog for ten. Do you know I worked up to over a mile? I would jog until I couldn’t, then walk, over and over. Eventually I noticed I was jogging and simply didn’t feel a need to slow to a walk. With joy never before experienced, I found I could just keep going!

Don’t Give Up We can punish, almost torture, ourselves and then, of course, give up. I do assure you, push me too far, too fast, too long and too-inclined on a treadmill, and I will tell you anything you want to know.

BELOW Don’t give in to that consoling bowl of Haagen Dazs! Take it slow and you’ll see success!

Would you like to feel successful and strong and empowered to progress? Try doing just One Thing. See if you like the way you feel about yourself! Founder of Sandpoint Onstage, Teresa Pesce is dedicated to supporting and promoting everyone in our community with theatrical gifts, whose age is irrelevant and whose only “weight” is the impact of their art.

Movement Melts Away Stress As much as it may stress you out just to think about exercising, once you actually start working out, you’ll experience less stress in every part of your life. RIGHT Not only does exercise improve your body, it helps your mental function.




The Healthy Secret


ARE PROBIOTICS THE POSSIBLE SECRET TO WEIGHT LOSS, HEALTHY AGING AND STRESS REDUCTION? BY SARAH POLYAKOV. Some say YES. The human digestive system naturally is home to more than 500 types of bacteria. These bacteria help keep the intestines healthy, assist in digestion, and keep our immune systems healthy. Probiotics are organisms such as bacteria or yeast that have demonstrated to improve health. These days, many people are touting the benefits of supplementing one’s diets with probiotics. Though the idea of taking live bacteria may seem strange at first, humans have ingested probiotics through the food they eat for thousands of years. How Do Probiotics Work? Within our digestive system, a healthy balance of friendly bacteria must be present for our systems to function optimally. Probiotics enhance the numbers of good bacteria and stave off digestive diseases such as irritable bowel syndrome. Digestive disorders happen when the balance of friendly bacteria in the intestines becomes disturbed. This can occur after an infection or after taking a strong course of antibiotics. Intestinal problems can also arise when the lining of the intestines is damaged, and taking probiotics may help the intestinal tract to recover. “Probiotics can improve intestinal function and maintain the integrity of the lining of the intestines,” says Stefano Guandalini, MD, professor of pediatrics and gastroenterology at the University of Chicago Medical Center.

it has been theorized that supplementing one’s diet with the right probiotic supplement can aid in general stress management. Choosing the Right Probiotic - There are natural sources of probiotics that humans have been ingesting for centuries, including Greek yoghurt and tempeh. There are many probiotic supplements on the market, and it is difficult to sift through the information to choose the right one for you. Below are criteria that should be used when choosing a product.

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Weight - A recent study in the Journal of Science showed that people with a healthy body mass index have a different make-up of gut bacteria than people who have a high body mass index. Doctors are researching how to leverage bacteria to develop natural weight management techniques. Stress and Mental Health - In a study where mice were stripped of their essential microbes, they had higher levels of cortisol and altered levels of an essential brain chemical referred to as BDNF. In humans, it has been demonstrated that such circumstances would lead to extreme stress, anxiety, and perhaps depression. Thus,


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The Dangers of Snow

As winter snow is almost a guarantee in our area, it is time to discuss the dangers of the season. Injuries incurred while snowblowing can cause severe damage to the hands. The injury can occur when the person tries to remove an object that is in the way of the snowblower or that has obstructed the machine. This split second decision can lead to devastating cuts, fractures and crush injuries to multiple fingers.


These injuries frequently injure bones, joints, tendons, nerves, arteries, veins, and skin. Tendons attach muscles to bones and help move the fingers. Nerves in the fingers are necessary for feeling. Arteries and veins carry the blood to and from the fingers. It is not uncommon that accidents involving snow blowers result in amputations of fingers and even the hand.


According to the American Society for Surgery of the Hand, there are several things you can do to protect yourself this winter. Never put your hand or fingers near the moving parts, intake or output areas of snowblowers. If there is an object in the way of any part of the machine, the machine should be turned off and spark plug disconnected, or power cord unplugged for electric models, before attempting to remove the object. This minor inconvenience of powering down the snowblower may save you months of recovery. Objects should be removed with a tool and not the hand.



Snowblowers should be turned off, spark plug disconnected, and unplugged when they are being moved or picked up. Occasionally, patients slip and a hand or foot gets caught under the snowblower. Proper hand and footwear should be used; nonslip, non-open toe shoes should be worn. Protective gloves can give some protection, but the force from the machine can still cause extensive damage despite the gloves. Also, don’t wear loose clothes or scarves that could get caught in the machine. If you or someone you love has the misfortune of one of these injuries, they can be extremely severe and often lead to multiple finger amputations. Infections are common; antibiotic medicines are usually necessary. Frequently, multiple surgeries are needed to adequately clean wounds. Surgery is usually required to repair or reconstruct multiple structures. Unfortunately, most patients with these severe injuries never recover full, normal use of the hand. Oftentimes, fingers have been partially or completely amputated, and remaining parts may not have full motion or feeling. Multiple surgeries and many months of hand, occupational, and physical therapy are usually necessary to maximize movement and function. Advances in microsurgical techniques have improved the results of replanted



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Objects should be removed with a tool and not the hand.

fingers and hands, but if the fingers are too severely crushed and damaged, replantation or repair may not be possible. Prevention of injury by careful operation of these machines and respect for the consequences of a misstep is the best approach.

Through our "Pain Free Living" program we make a donation to local charities as our way of giving back to the community.

For more information on this topic and other hand injuries visit American Society for Surgery of the Hand, www.handcare.org.


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The Best Local Eats

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Authentic, Fresh, Mexican Cuisine BY COLIN ANDERSON.

The Riverstone Shopping Center has seen plenty of changes since its creation, but one thing has remained constant - Azteca Southwest Grill. “When we came in, it was Starbucks, the movie theater, a barbecue place and us,” recalls manager Wes LeDoux. LeDoux helped open the doors in August of 2007 and hasn’t had any reason to move on since. “You can’t find better people to work for. We’ve really become family. I’ve changed their kids’ diapers and they’ve changed my kids too.” Wes is referring to Carla Barajas and her husband Kiko who own three other restaurants in the area. “We have several staff members who are still with us from opening day and that’s huge for us,” said Barajas. The owners take great pride in creating a fun, casual environment even so much that they traveled to Mexico to purchase all of the décor you see on the walls. The restaurant is open and inviting, which is exactly what they had in mind when creating the space from the ground up. “We want this place to be tastefully casual,” said LeDoux, “Come into a casual environment and enjoy some top notch food.” All of the meals at Azteca Southwest Grill are made from scratch. LeDoux says their signature Southwest Enchiladas are the perfect example of this. “The enchilada sauce is something



you won’t be able to get at any other Mexican restaurant anywhere, and it pairs great with both chicken and beef.” If you’re coming by just for a quick bite or drink before or after a movie, it’s a perfect place to stop. Appetizers are filling and flavorful, and there are 50 different tequilas from which to choose. Cocktails are also made from scratch as is the house made margarita mix. There are plenty of beers to choose from in the bottle or on tap as well. Happy hour runs from 3pm-6pm and 8pm-close seven days a week and all day Sunday and Monday. There is a private dining room that can seat up to 40 people for parties, meetings, or other special occasions. The kitchen can also cater to any group evidenced by a recent trip to the rail yard where they provided nearly 2,500 plates of food. Community is also extremely important to Azteca as they support Big Brothers Big Sisters, Post Falls Food Bank, The Humane Society, Disabled American Veterans, and multiple auctions benefiting local schools. You can find Azteca Southwest Grill in the Riverstone Shopping Center adjacent to Regal Cinemas. They are open at 11am seven days a week.





Fisherman’s Market Check out some of our favorite local picks!

Fisherman’s Market is a local favorite for an array of reasons, including the friendly staff, unbeatable atmosphere, and phenomenal food. Voted Best Seafood for 2012 in North ID. Their menu includes salads, fishwiches, taste of baja, fish & chips, smoked fish, fresh sushi bar and fresh fish market with live shell fish and lobster. 215 West Kathleen | Coeur d’Alene | 208.664.4800 fishermansmarketcda.com

Nate’s New York Pizza

Authentic New York style Pizzeria in Post Falls. We serve up the biggest pies in town including the famous 36” pizza challenge. Stop by on Wednesdays for a 18” pepperoni pizza for just $17 and select bottled beers are only $1.50! Don’t forget to try some of the best hot wings and stromboli in town. Stay and enjoy a beverage of choice or call ahead and take your pizza to go. 920 N Hwy 41 | Post Falls | 208.773.6697

Whether you are looking for a small plate to a full meal, Coeur d’Alene has plenty of tasty options to choose from. Try something new today!

Did you know that humans are born craving sugar? Maybe that is why chocolate use to be used as a currency. In place of actual currency merchants would accept payment in the form of chocolate. Citizens would also use chocolate to barter with each other while exchanging goods and services.

Angelo’s Ristorante

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“There is no substitution for quality. Our Food is Organic & Prepared from Scratch.” Authentic Italian Cuisine. Guaranteed best steaks in town. Catering and private cooking classes available with Chef Angelo. DINNER FOR 2 & A BOTTLE OF WINE $60. Choose from 15 Entrees & 10 Bottles of Wine. Open 7 days a week from 4pm-10pm. 846 North Fourth Street | Coeur d’Alene | 208.765.2850 angelosristorante.net

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Coconut water can be used as blood plasma. Peanuts aren’t nuts, they’re legumes. Eating bananas can help fight depression. Yams and sweet potatoes are not the same thing.


• Oklahoma’s state vegetable is the watermelon. • One of the most popular pizza toppings in Brazil is green peas. • The Dunkin’ Donuts in South Korea offer doughnut flavors such as Kimchi Croquette and Glazed Garlic.


93% of Americans will eat pizza this month. Americans eat approximately 100 acres of pizza a day or about 350 slices per second. There are approximately 61,269 pizzerias in the United States. Each person in America eats about 46 pizza slices a year. Pizzerias are expected to purchase more than $4 billion worth of cheese annually by the year 2014. We consume around 251,770,000 pounds of pepperonis every year. The most expensive pizza in the world costs $12,000 and takes 72 hours to make.


Calpysos Coffee

At Calypsos you’ll find a combination of amazing coffee, which they roast on-site, ice cream, fantastic food and live music on a regular basis. They display artwork from local artists, offer free wi-fi, have a play area for the kids and also offer a Smart Room for meeting rentals! 116 E Lakeside Ave. | Coeur d’Alene 208.665.0591 calypsoscoffee.com

Forty-One South A beautiful waterfront, fine-dining restaurant in a romantic lodge setting overlooking Lake Pend Oreille. Spectacular sunsets, innovative cuisine, full bar and extensive wine list. Reservations recommended. 41 Lakeshore Drive | Sagle, ID | 208.265.2000 41southsandpoint.com

Ricardo’s Baja Tacos

If you’re looking for a healthy, fresh made lunch for under $6, you have to check out Ricardo’s Baja Tacos! They serve up authentic Mexican favorites made from scratch each day. An excellent selection of tacos, burritos, quesadillas and more all come with homemade salsa and guacamole. Stop by on Taco Tuesday where if you buy 3 tacos, the fourth is free! Now serving fish tacos and burritos. 504 E Seltice Way | Post Falls 208.620.0132




ONOLICIOUS! Lavadog Hawaiian Style Hot Dogs always satisfies with their eclectic menu and 100% Beef, 1/4 pound dogs. A combo meal includes sweet Hawaiian chips and drink for $5.25. Specialty relishes, sauces and mustards made in-house. Dine in or Drive Thru! Open Mon-Sat 11AM-5PM. Next to Hayden Super 1. 180 West Hayden Avenue | Hayden 208.818.9564


Soup, Coffee and a Little Bit of Soul! Savor Soul’s daily selection of unique soups and salads made from scratch. Two special-batch soups available everyday, including one Vegetarian option. Enjoy a local-roasted coffee and a fresh-baked pastry from their full espresso bar. Open Monday - Friday 8:30am - 4pm 610 West Hubbard Street, Suite 109 Coeur d’Alene | 208.446.3959

Shoga Sushi Bar Delicious sushi and Japanese cuisine sure to delight anyone’s palate. Offering a wide variety of traditional and specialty rolls as well as salads, sweet and sour pork, grilled salmon and more! Beautiful waterfront dining with spectacular sunset views. Professional and courteous service. Enjoy a delicious meal while taking in the beautiful waterfront and spectacular sunset views. 41 Lakeshore Dr. | Sagle | 208.265.2001 shogasushi.com

Fun Fact: Pound cake got its name from its original recipe, which called for a pound each of butter, eggs, sugar, and flour.




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Authentic traditional Mexican dishes, specials and handmade tamales. Tortilla chips, salsa and guacamole made fresh daily!

604 East Seltice Way Post Falls, Idaho 208.773.4325 and 15837 Westwood Street Rathdrum, Idaho 208.687.4900

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Cake Ingredients:



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• 4 eggs • 1/2 C sugar • 1 C flour • 1 t vanilla • 1 t baking powder

Frosting Ingredients: • 4 eggs • 1/2 C sugar • 1 C flour • 1 t vanilla • 1 t baking powder

Cake Preparation:

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Separate the eggs, and beat egg whites until stiff. Mix in the egg yolks, then slowly add the sugar, and then add the flour, using hand mixer. Place batter into a greased and floured 9” springform pan. Bake on lower rack of preheated 350 degree oven about 20-30 minutes. (Check for doneness starting at 20 minutes to ensure cake does not burn.)

Frosting Preparation:

1 2

Separate the eggs, and beat egg whites until stiff. Mix in the egg yolks, then slowly add the sugar, and then add the flour, using hand mixer. Place batter into a greased and floured 9” springform pan. Bake on lower rack of preheated 350 degree oven about 20-30 minutes. (Check for doneness starting at 20 minutes to ensure cake does not burn.)

We offer a variety of fishwiches, fish and chips, salads, snacks and sushi. Stop in and dine with us today or take something TO GO!

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Heaven on Earth Banff & Lake Louise, Alberta, Canada. By Colin Anderson.

Just 80 miles outside of Calgary, Alberta is one of the most spectacularly beautiful recreational areas in North America. Banff National Park is shaped by cascading peaks, beautiful untouched forests, dozens of mountain streams, rivers, and lakes, a plethora of hot springs and countless areas to explore by foot, bike, skis, sled, or vehicle in any season. Consistently one of the most visited parks in Canada, Americans living in the west have also been flocking here for years to take in its beauty. The drive from North Idaho should take about six hours, or you can fly into Calgary. From there you can take a tour bus or rent a car to get to your final destination of either Banff or Lake Louise. Expect about an hour to an hour and a half drive from the airport. Accommodations vary from budget to extravagant in both beautiful cities, but if you want an exquisite stay choose one of the two Fairmont properties. The Fairmont Banff Springs is like stepping into a European castle. The 125 year old hotel is just steps from downtown Banff and also boasts a championship golf course in the summer and ski packages during winter. A little more secluded is the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise which offers guest suites with incredible views of the lake and its surrounding peaks. Guests can explore the entire length of the lake on foot or by horse during the summer and horse drawn carriage in the winter. When the lake freezes, a skating rink is set up, and in traditional Canadian fashion a pickup hockey game always seems to pop up.


Back in Banff, you’ll find a vibrant and eclectic downtown filled with galleries, museums, culture, and of course plenty of food and drink. Despite being one of Canada’s most popular tourist destinations, the town’s population remains under 10,000 keeping the small town charm alive and well. The town itself is 4,600 feet in elevation, but the surrounding peaks climb to nearly 10,000 feet. Seemingly everywhere you turn you’ll find a peak or body of water. Banff plays home to a popular film festival, winter carnival, Rocky Mountain Music Festival and plenty of mountain biking competitions. If you go during winter, be sure to make time for one of the three ski resorts. Mount Norquay, Sunshine Village, and Lake Louise each offer its own challenge. You can learn to ski here, but frankly it’s for the experts. Sunshine Village and Lake Louise especially offer an incredible amount of double black chutes and bowls, challenging even the most advanced skiers and riders. To get away from the crowds you can find operators who will take you by snowcat or helicopter for your own private ride down the mountain. After a long day on the hills, a soak in one of the many hot springs is the perfect way to cap your day. Any time of year you’ll find adventure here and experience a landscape rarely seen by most of the world. Spend a weekend and then plan on another; you’ll definitely want to come back.



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