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JANUARY 2021 VOLUME 11 NUMBER 1

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A Successful 2021 Begins with You! How to lay out realistic goals for your personal and professional life

A Healthy Spirit Simple strategies to take back your health this year

Happy and Healthy Six popular—and effective—wellness lifestyle trends

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A FRESH START

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he time has come. It’s what many of us have been longing for—for weeks, if not months now. 2021 has arrived, and now is the time to put the past behind us and say goodbye to 2020. Though the ongoing effects of the pandemic continue, it is up to each and every one of us to begin anew, look to the future with fresh eyes and open minds, and make this year one to remember—for the right reasons. Each year, we tend to set ourselves up for failure, jotting down our many resolutions for the new year, rather than our goals. Set yourself up for a successful 2021 in all aspects of your life. Personal goals. Professional goals. No matter how small— or big—these goals might be, if you continue to work toward reaching them, only looking forward—never back—toward the ultimate prize, there’s a good chance you’ll succeed.

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Happy New Year! Let’s make 2021 a year to remember and look back on with pride.

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We at Like Media are grateful to have the opportunity to continue to bring you Coeur d’Alene Living Local each month, and we look forward to another year of sharing all the wonderful local stories, people and businesses that inspire us all each and every day.

In our first issue of 2021, we have articles to start your year off inspired, ready to embark on your new 365-day journey. From ways to incorporate healthy living into everyday routines and popular lifestyle trends for

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IN FO CU S From the Basement to the NHL Draft: The quick rise of Bear Hughes

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E S S E NTIA L S The latest tips and trends in home, garden, finances and life

Fisherman’s Market, Grill & Sushi: 14 years serving the freshest fish in town!

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Royce Johnston: Basketball, cross-country, and track and field coach

Coeur d’Alene Plastic Surgery & Spa: North Idaho’s premier plastic surgery practice and medical spa

See who’s standing out from the rest and representing our city!

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2021 Brings Good News: Artwalk to continue year-round!

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LIV ING LO CAL Saving CYT North Idaho: The Christian Youth Theater needs a miracle


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Simple strategies to take back your health this year

Your local guide to the tastiest hot spots around town

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F E AT U R E D R ECIP E

Tips and informational articles about living a healthy, active lifestyle

Six popular—and effective—wellness lifestyle trends

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T H E CA S I NO TR AIL Let’s Live a Little: Road-trip from Western Washington to Northern Idaho

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TRAVEL & LE IS U R E A Visit to a Southern Plantation: Relooking Louisiana’s River Road history through the eyes of the enslaved

ART S & E N T E RTAINMEN T Don’t miss out on these events and fun community happenings


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Window Replacement Options 101 NOW’S THE TIME TO BRIGHTEN UP YOUR HOME By Nikki Luttmann, Seven Bee Interiors For Sandpoint Furniture, Carpet One and Selkirk Glass and Cabinets

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with single-panes, and on really cold days, no matter how much I cranked up the thermostat, I could see my breath inside my living room! New windows are double-paned or “thermal” for a reason. The gas between the sandwiched panes acts as an insulator, keeping cold air out and warm air in. Replacing your old single-paned windows with new double panes is certainly more cost-effective and will pay for itself over time.

Single-pane windows. For those of you with older homes, you know the unique beauty of old single-pane glass. However, you’re probably also familiar with their lack of insulative properties and the effect this has on your heating bill! When I first moved to North Idaho, I lived in a rental

Fogged glass. This is perhaps the most common window issue and happens when the seal that separates double-paned windows breaks down. Usually caused by time and temperature, it creates an avenue for moisture to get between the panes and condensate, creating a fogged appearance. This can happen anywhere, but I see it most commonly on south-facing windows, which get the most heat, placing more stress on the seal. These can be repaired to “buy some time” before replacement, but replacing the affected window is a fail-safe option as well.

ike so many of you, I’m so ready for a fresh start this year! 2020 was trying on many levels, to say the least, and I’m excited to see what 2021 might bring. Last year gave me a new-found respect for how hardworking our homes are, providing shelter, respite, and on a basic level, protecting us from the elements. Due to much more time at home, I was thankful that we had our windows and exterior doors replaced recently, as our haven was not only more comfortable but more cost-efficient too. If replacing your windows is something that might be on your to-do list this year, then read on! I’ll outline some common issues and give a quick breakdown of products available.

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Vinyl windows are often white, almond or greige in tone and work perfectly well in most homes. Cracked pane. On a clear, dry day, this is possible to fix with double-paned glass. The damaged pane can be removed and a new one put in its place and properly sealed, and often is as good as new! Options for windows nowadays can be overwhelming. There are lots of materials and choices to choose from. Wood windows are still the industry standard but are now temperature-treated and coated outside to avoid warping or splitting. Fiberglass is also a great option and more cost-effective than wood windows. The nature of the material allows for many colors and looks, as it is highly durable and more resistant to warping. Fiberglass has become more popular lately with the rise in popularity of black windows. Aluminum windows are still available and have been popular since the 1960s, when that was the best, most cost-effective option on the market. Vinyl windows are by far the most popular on the market today, and that is because of their relatively low cost. However, color is limited to lighter shades, as these window frames are more prone to warping and brittleness due to temperature fluctuations. Black or dark-colored frames absorb more sunlight, which does not work well for the less durable nature of vinyl. Vinyl windows are often white, almond or greige in tone and work perfectly well in most homes. Window manufacturing processes vary greatly, as do warranties for different materials and types. Before purchasing new windows for your home, I recommend speaking with a knowledgeable salesperson. He or she can answer questions about replacement procedures, installation and warranty. 24

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SHIFTING TOWARD

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By Trish Buzzone Thinking Partner, Executive Director The John Maxwell Team

s we begin this new year, our minds naturally think about how to do more, be more and have more in 2021. Many think of these ambitions in terms of “success” and “failure,” creating benchmarks and expectations based on those binary ideas, not realizing that approach to personal growth is often a trap.

helping others grow and achieve. There’s nothing wrong with setting and achieving personal goals. We all want to do more, be more and have more. Choosing to live with significance is not about ignoring personal success. It’s about intentionally shifting our focus so that our awareness of success includes seeing and seizing opportunities to invest in others.

When we think of goals with a “pass/fail” mindset, no matter what happens, we may end up stuck. When we miss our self-imposed mark, we often find ourselves feeling unworthy, believing we lack something we do not see or understand. While it’s easy to see how this kind of thinking puts limits on our responses to failure, it’s often just as sticky for those who do achieve their goals. When we reach the top, after all that hard work and focused action, we often find temptation waiting for us there. Temptation to stop, to sit back, get comfortable. As my friend and mentor John C. Maxwell says, “The top is the worst place to stop.” Because wins are not the end of our journey; they are opportunities to open new doors to greater growth.

As we live intentionally, focused on adding value to those around us, our individual goals are captured within that outward focus. As leaders, when our vision includes growth for ourselves as well as others, this enables everyone on the team to focus on collective success. These team wins include personal growth, elevating the energy of each team member, increasing trust in the vision of the leadership and strengthening the overall cohesiveness of the team.

Achievement happens because we take risks, learn something new, try something different or invest something we have not before. When we do that, and it works out, that’s absolutely worth celebrating! However, when we look ahead from the vantage point of success, we experience a unique perspective that opens our eyes to a new and more transformational process: living with significance. As John Maxwell says, “Once you’ve tasted significance, success is never enough.” Why is that? Because significance happens when we expand our focus to include 26

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Making this shift toward living with significance creates a dynamic synergy that drives prosperity for us and creates opportunities for abundance for others around us. Once we’ve tasted significance in an environment where people are adding value to each other and accomplishing goals together, we come to understand that focusing only on personal success simply isn’t enough. Shift toward significance by joining a Streaming Leaders Virtual Round Table. Connect with leaders through shared values, and let’s make a difference in your community together. Learn more at TrishBuzzone. com/Streaming-Leaders. You can connect with Trish Buzzone at TrishBuzzone.com, Facebook.com/ groups/streamingleaders, LinkedIn.com/in/TrishBuzzone and Facebook. com/TrishBuzzone.


COACH OF THE MONTH By Abigail Thorpe

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Royce Johnston Basketball, Cross-Country, and Track and Field Coach Woodland Middle School

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or the past 22 years, Royce Johnston has coached and taught in the Coeur d’Alene School District. It comes naturally to him, as his parents were both teachers in Montana while he was growing up. His dad also served as a varsity basketball coach—a path similar to that Johnston would take. Currently the Woodland Middle School eighthgrade girls’ basketball and seventh-grade boys’ basketball coach, Johnston also teaches seventh grade and coaches cross country and track and field. But his dedication and passion for sports doesn’t stop there; he’s also coached high school basketball for 13 years, AAU basketball, Jr. Tackle football, KGSA softball, CDA Little League, and youth soccer.

day and the team spirit that comes with it. “It is rewarding to see athletes working together and enjoying their experience,” he explains. One night in particular stands out to him. It was before the last home game of the season, Senior Night, and the team was gathered in the locker room. He had coached this group of girls for several years, and that night he took the time to talk with each girl and share the impact she’d had on both him and the team. “It is something I will never forget. [There were] a lot of tears,” he remembers. The team went on to beat what would become the eventual state champs by 29 points that night.

“In life, hard work and enthusiasm are the cornerstones of success.”

As a coach and teacher, Johnston is more than just someone who instructs or sets a game plan. He serves as a role model for his students as well. The one life lesson he aims to teach his students is the value of hard work. “Work hard, someday it will pay off. In life, hard work and enthusiasm are the cornerstones of success,” he believes. Johnston has always appreciated the competitive nature of sports, and particularly enjoys game

The father of two children, who are also active in sports, Johnston has served as both father and coach at times. He remembers cutting down the nets after winning the Spokane AU championship with his son’s team—a memorable moment for both father and son. Whether it’s teaching, coaching or parenting, Johnston is dedicated to the game, and passionate about encouraging his team to reach their full potential.

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Cutting-Edge Arthritis Relief For Your Pet Stem-cell and platelet-rich plasma therapy | By Dr. Dawn Mehra, North Idaho Animal Hospital

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or many humans, autumn and winter are their favorite seasons. The crackle of a campfire, the fiery red and yellow trees, and snow in the high country all heighten the senses and our appreciation of the natural world. For many pets, however, the cold season can present quite a different perspective. The cold season makes arthritic joints creaky and sore, and quality-oflife issues surface. Our furry friends don’t want to move much without supplements and medications, which help them ease the stiffness and pain. Such medication includes joint supplements such as glucosamine and chondroitin; anti-inflammatories such as carprofen, meloxicam, prednisolone and dexamethasone; and pain dampeners such as tramadol and gabapentin. Many pets develop arthritic changes in their joints in their senior years. Some congenital problems are exceptions and affect pets when they’re still young. Because of this it is tremendously important to formulate a plan early to increase your pet’s quality of life before the joint is completely decompensated. Interestingly, there are now two procedures which can provide incredible relief: stem-cell and platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy. They utilize a technology that has continued to surface in both human and veterinary medicine. The stem-cell procedure involves surgically removing fat from the patient, preserving and mailing it to a specialized laboratory. Immature units called stem cells are then extracted from the fat. These cells are found in many tissues within the body, including the bone marrow, but surprisingly, they exist in high numbers within the fat. This is fortunate, as fat is super easy to obtain from an American canine!

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Stem cells are not differentiated into final tissue cells yet, so they can still actually develop into liver, muscle, heart or another organ cell. Perhaps they become joint cells. Think of them as unbaked dough that is ready to pop in the oven but is not really finished yet. In the case of the stem cells, they are returned to the veterinarian after processing, then injected into the problem joint. At this point, the stem provides excellent relief by decreasing inflammation and by transforming (baking) into whatever is most needed in the joint environment. Although the exact mechanism is not completely understood, the good news is that every animal, thus far, which has had this procedure done at North Idaho Animal Hospital has shown significant improvement in their comfort and mobility. PRP therapy uses concentrated cells called platelets, which are known commonly as “clotting” cells. Interestingly, platelets also contain a remarkable array of growth factors that involve healing and new tissue growth, which eases tendon and joint pain. The pet is sedated, blood is drawn and filtered to trap the platelets, then they are recovered and condensed by reverse flow using a special solution. Thereafter, they are injected into the affected joint. PRP therapy requires no outside laboratory help and takes less time to perform than stem-cell therapy, therefore it is more affordable. The effects from stem-cell and PRP therapy can last up to 12 months and can be repeated, with the ultimate goal of creating a high quality of life and reducing the number of medications and supplements given. More information is available online at IdahoVet.com.


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2021 Brings Good News ARTWALK TO CONTINUE YEAR-ROUND!

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ith the arrival of 2021, the Coeur d’Alene Arts & Culture Alliance has some wonderful news! The Second Friday Artwalk, which previously ran during the months of April through December (with Music Walk held January through March), will now take place year-round. “We have decided, partly because of the pandemic and difficulty holding inside events, and partly because of the constant confusion between ArtWalk and Music Walk, that we will be doing a year-long ArtWalk and incorporate the music aspect when it is safer to be indoors, or when we can do it outdoors in the nicer weather,” says Ali Shute, executive director of Coeur d’Alene Arts & Culture Alliance. Held the second Friday of the month, Artwalk began in 2005 by Steve Gibbs, former owner of The Art Spirit Gallery in downtown Coeur d’Alene. Sponsored by STCU, 2021 marks the 16th year of Artwalk, and the list of galleries and participating businesses and restaurants continues to grow. Every month, galleries, businesses and restaurants—within walking distance of downtown—open their doors from 5 to 8pm and feature art, music, with some locations providing wine and appetizers. “Attendees can peruse the artwork, visit with the artists, as well as see friends and meet other art enthusiasts,” says Ali. “It is usually pretty lively downtown for this event and offers a great opportunity

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for community bonding and an introduction to visitors about what a vibrant art community we have.” There are several longtime Artwalk participants: The Art Spirit Gallery, Summer’s Glass, CDA Galleries and Tomlinson-Sothebys, as well as several of the downtown restaurants such as Tito’s, Crickets and Seasons. While promoting artists and galleries, Artwalk provides the perfect opportunity for art enthusiasts to not only experience a variety of styles and mediums of art but also interact with the artists, giving them the chance to communicate their intention and inspiration. It is estimated that roughly 30,000 people a year attend ArtWalk—with those held in the warmer months bustling. For additional information, visit ArtsandCultureCdA.org. Those interested in participating in ArtWalk should contact Ali Shute at ali@artsandculturecda.org. Please note, masks are required to enter the galleries and businesses, with each individual business in charge of how many people they can safely accommodate at a time, and what their policies will be. By encouraging safe distancing and requiring masks, as well as limited time in the galleries and businesses, this helps keep the risk level low.


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Restoring Confidence, One Client at a Time North Idaho’s premier plastic surgery practice and medical spa

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“From advanced surgical corrections to the most effective non-surgical treatment options, we offer more ways to build and/or restore confidence than any other practice in North Idaho.”

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ate Kuhlman-Wood, MD opened the doors to Coeur d’Alene Plastic Surgery & Spa in November of 2014. Here, she and her team of professionals provide their clients a complete pathway to achieving their aesthetic goals. “From advanced surgical corrections to the most effective non-surgical treatment options, we offer more ways to build and/or restore confidence than any other practice in North Idaho,” shares Dr. Kuhlman-Wood. “At its core, our business model is a careful blend of a plastic surgery practice and a premier medical spa.” In many ways, Coeur d’Alene Plastic Surgery & Spa is typical of a successful plastic surgery practice. “We believe that our client’s overall health and safety comes first,” affirms Dr. Kuhlman-Wood. “All procedures, both surgical and non-surgical, are recommended conservatively and performed with plastic surgery’s best practices to produce appropriate and expected outcomes.” Dr. Kuhlman-Wood’s journey to plastic surgery began more than two decades ago, when she traveled to Chisinau, Moldova, on a medical missionary trip. Here she witnessed plastic surgeons treating burned and disfigured children who had been the victims of domestic accidents and attacks. The experience would eventually lead Dr. Kuhlman-Wood to an

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integrated plastic surgery residency at the University of Washington to pursue burn care in 2007. While a resident at Harborview Medical Center, her path from burn care changed after the devastating loss of life from the 2010 Tesoro Refinery Fire in Anacortes, Washington. She refocused her surgical skill to encompass both functional surgery of hand and wrist and aesthetic plastic surgery. Dr. Kuhlman-Wood spent most of her summer days here in Coeur d’Alene while growing up just across the border in Otis Orchards, Washington. With her education and training taking her to Seattle, Washington; Atlanta, Georgia; Johnson City; Tennessee; Houston, Texas; and many cities overseas, she found “home” calling her back, and she returned to Coeur d’Alene in 2014, where she was hired as the hand and wrist surgeon with the newly formed Orthopedic Specialty Institute. That same year, she started Coeur d’Alene Plastic Surgery & Spa independently.

someone “recognize” themselves again, often with tears, it makes her own long journey profoundly rewarding. “What many clients find ‘unique’ is that not only is Dr. Kuhlman-Wood an expertly skilled plastic surgeon, but she is also a woman who shares many of the same ‘physical’ stories,” says Patient Coordinator Lois John. “As a 43-year-old mother of two, Dr. Kuhlman-Wood is intimately aware of the changes that occur to a woman’s skin and body after childbirth, as well as entering middle age.” Dr. Kuhlman-Wood shares that she enjoys the close and collegial network of physicians, skilled practitioners, pharmacists and therapists who are truly invested in the health care of our community. “It is wonderful that a town our size has quick and close access to medical specialties that are only in much larger towns.”

As a local, family owned business, Coeur d’Alene Plastic Surgery & Spa’s success rests solely on their team of professionals and the successes of each and every client they serve.

North Idaho’s premier plastic surgery practice and medical spa looks forward to partnering with you in restoring your confidence. They invite you to reach out to them today to begin your journey.

Dr. Kuhlman-Wood finds great joy in helping people restore their lifestyle and confidence with aesthetic plastic surgery. From helping women feel more confident in their skin post child-birth, to correcting someone’s scowling or sullen face; regardless of the procedure, when she witnesses

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The Musical Journey Begins MUSIC CONSERVATORY OF COEUR D’ALENE READY TO INSPIRE MUSICIANS AND THE COMMUNITY BY JILLIAN CHANDLER

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want to see the talent in our area be shared and feel appreciated; people teaching and performing and playing ensembles together.” - Julienne Dance

Once it was official that the Hamilton House had been saved from demolition this past October, it was time to prepare the historic home for its next chapter—that of the Music Conservatory of Coeur d’Alene. “The ideas were always there, but now we had the challenge of putting them into action,” says Julienne Dance, musician, visionary and advocate behind the conservatory. The seed had been planted months ago, and it was now time to water and nurture it in order for it to bloom for all to enjoy. Julienne, along with many dedicated community members, has been working tirelessly to be able to open the doors of the conservatory to the public. And as 2021 has now arrived, with it, along with much anticipation, the Music Conservatory of Coeur d’Alene will be opening its doors. As of press time, they were in the midst of finalizing the curriculum and scheduling, updating all of the info on their website and preparing for registration, with plans to open January 11. The conservatory is very appreciative of all the support and interest of the Coeur d’Alene community, according to Julienne. “People have been so positive and excited to see this happen.” From people bestowing

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generous monetary donations, coming forward to help work on the house, painting, cleaning and landscaping, to donating rugs (they are still in need of a few more), giving furniture, chairs and music stands, the contributions have been exceptional and so gratefully, and humbly, received. Ron Voights built a custom shelving unit that was missing in the house—“truly a work of art,” smiles Julienne. “Hours have been contributed, and people have come forward with donations, which has been so wonderful,” she shares. “We can’t thank everyone enough!” The Music Conservatory of Coeur d’Alene couldn’t be in better hands, as music has always played a primary role in Julienne’s life. She attended college on a music scholarship, where she pursued education in her fouryear degree. She has raised seven musical children—one is a professional performing violinist. Julienne has been involved in orchestra boards, high school boosters in Bellevue, Washington, accompanying and conducting musical events, and she has taught piano for the last 40 years. The instruction offered will be unmatched, with Dan Hegelund and Jan Pellant just two of the talented musical instructors at the conservatory. Dan holds extensive formal music training and is an acclaimed vocal coach, piano teacher and choir director, with a resume that includes studio recordings, radio and TV broadcasts, and concerts. A native of the


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Czech Republic, Jan studied at the Prague Academy of the Performing Arts, and he holds degrees from the Prague Conservatory and Carnegie Mellon University. He accepted the position of artistic director and conductor of the Coeur d’Alene Symphony in July 2018 and is the director of the Philharmonic Orchestra with the Coeur d’Alene Symphony.

piano partners, guitar gurus, theory class and AP music theory coaching; and more. Julienne’s hope is that through the Music Conservatory, they will have the opportunity to collaborate with all entities of music in the community. They are working with the Coeur d’Alene Parks and Recreation programming to provide accessibility for more children to be served, and she has hopes that the music education in the Coeur d’Alene School District can be supported with more resources and people collaborating together. “It’s such a joy to create together,” says Julienne. “When musicians play together and more music created, and the synergy of working together makes us better musicians than when pursued on our own. The collaboration of the arts and music helps us discover more than we ever knew or speaks a understood what we could do. It’s wonderful and kind of magical.”

When it comes to what makes Julienne so passionate about music, and sharing her love for it with the community, it’s simple. “I know it can change lives,” she says. “It will bring focus to youth in pursuing life and making decisions. Music education lays a foundation for learning, for being a better athlete, for making a happier home life. It will inspire people who come to concerts. Music speaks a language that can’t be written or said; it is universal and can be understood by all walks of life. It can bring unity. Music will “Music bring peace and clarity to a troubled mind, a challenged community. The conservatory and language that can’t other musical organizations raise the economic status of a city. We believe this conservatory be written or said; it will be a positive boost to everyone in Coeur is universal and can d’Alene.” All levels of instruction will be offered to members of the wider community. The Music Conservatory of Coeur d’Alene will offer everything from Little Mozarts for toddlers through age 4; Music Exploration for ages 4 through 6; group classes; private 30-, 45and 60-minute lessons; ensemble programs including preparatory orchestra, chamber orchestra, conservatory sinfonia strings; children’s choir, youth choir and adult choir; 36

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be understood by all walks of life. It can bring unity. Music will bring peace and clarity to a troubled mind, a challenged community.”

With the new facility preparing to open its doors, Julienne is amazed at what has been accomplished and to have the honor of presenting the Music Conservatory of Coeur d’Alene to the community. It will surely inspire. Donations are still needed and gratefully accepted. If you are interested in showing your support to the new Coeur d’Alene Music Conservatory, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, donations can be made online at CdAConservatory.org or by check made out to Music Conservatory of Coeur d’Alene and mailed to 10507 N. Strahorn, Hayden, ID 83835. For questions, please email info@cdaconservatory.org.


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here was no great epiphany that sparked it, no pressure to continue it and no particular reason why the Hughes family became enamored with hockey. Neither Michelle nor Vince, parents of 10 children, played it growing up. They were athletes, sure, but living in Spokane and then Post Falls in the early 1990s, hockey wasn’t in their blood or much even in their neighborhood, with few hockey rinks to speak of in the area. But Vince took their oldest son, Rance, to a Spokane Chiefs game, and a love for the game was sparked.

The Hughes took to the game in its many forms, from on-ice to roller to playing in the basement with a tennis ball. And with 10 children in the family, there was rarely a shortage of people to play with.

soon as he could. His memory of those early years is a little fuzzy. But one memory stands out: “The only thing I remember is the first goal I scored was in my own net,” Hughes said. “So that was pretty embarrassing.”

“I tell you what, having an unfinished basement was a Godsend,” Michelle Hughes said. “It was one place I could send them all. They just put up nets and they would play there by the hours, and really there was nothing down there for them to break.”

Yet of all the Hughes children—there are three girls and seven boys, with Roman, the youngest, now 11—Bear has so far proven to be the most talented at the family sport. Rance played a few seasons of junior hockey, including two for the Spokane Braves, but his career didn’t reach the heights of his younger brother.

Those routines were well-established, then, by the time Cassius Paul—baby number six—was “When I got to be old enough to skate, he took born in the spring of 2001, when Rance was 10. me to see if I would like it, and I loved it,” Rance So, Cassius, whose family has called him “Bear” said of his dad. “And I didn’t look back.” for as long as they can remember, joined in as

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“He was always relatively good at it as far as I can remember, but it’s hard to tell when you’re young. It wasn’t like we were saying he was gonna be a pro when he was 5 or anything,”


FROM THE BASEMENT TO THE NHL DRAFT THE QUICK RISE OF BEAR HUGHES BY DAN THOMPSON

Rance said. “Our careers were pretty similar, up until he got really good.” No Idaho-born player had ever been selected in the National Hockey League Draft until last October, when the Washington Capitals used a fifth-round selection, 148th overall, on Bear Hughes. Only two Idahoans have played in the NHL, and that was more than 60 years ago. Where many other top prospects had spent their peewee and bantam hockey years playing in leagues or at academies away from home, Bear played in the same North Idaho in-house league, up until he joined the Spokane Braves, who play in a Canadian Junior B league, in the fall of 2018.

His mark on that league was immediate. He scored 41 goals in 46 games and was named the Kootenay Junior League Rookie of the Year, and late that spring, in 2019, he played two games for the Spokane Chiefs in the Western Hockey League, scoring two goals. “Every kid dreams of playing in the NHL, but for me it didn’t really start feeling like it could actually happen until the beginning of last year,” Bear Hughes said. “I think it really hit me when I talked to my first scout.” That was in early October 2019, when Hughes was off to a fast start with four points in his first three games as a rookie with the Chiefs. He and teammate Jack Finley—who was also drafted in 2020—were pulled aside postgame to talk to

a visiting NHL scout. For the first time, Bear said, the NHL started to feel like a possibility. He finished the year seventh on the team with 47 points, including 16 goals. The team’s season was cut short by the COVID-19 pandemic in March 2020, but Bear’s layoff from skating wasn’t as long as it was for others. That’s because his father Vince manages the Frontier Ice Arena in Coeur d’Alene. Through the Kootenai Youth Recreation Organization, Vince was part of the arena’s initial construction in the early 2000s and then its reconstruction after the roof collapsed in December 2008. As one of the few arenas in the region, Frontier has become an offseason training facility for

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the handful of NHL players who live in the area. That has given Bear— to get on the ice, with the Canadian border closed and no other arena any who has only attended one NHL game in his life—the chance to skate closer. with former Chiefs greats like Tyler Johnson, Derek Ryan and Kailer Yamamoto since he was a kid. Porter said it’s significant that an Idahoan has now been drafted by an NHL team, and he hopes it leads more kids to play the game. As far as he And yet, the Hughes didn’t push their children to make a career—or even knows, he’s the only person in Bonners Ferry who is currently playing in an obsession—of the sport. a junior hockey league. “I never felt any more pressure to play from my parents, and I would be surprised if any of my other siblings did. It was something available to us, and most of us loved it,” Rance said. “It was something that was a big part of our family, but it never felt like, hey, if the tournament didn’t go well this weekend, it defined the whole weekend.”

“Right now, me and my younger sister are waiting for a lake to freeze so we can skate, just for fun,” Porter said. “Hopefully in the future we can get (an arena) up here.”

For the Hughes family, their basement stood in for a rink when there was no rink to be found. They’ve built a small rink down there now, with the Bear credits that mentality for helping him maintain his love of the game. same material for boards as one would find in a hockey arena. There are still seven children in the house, and they still play down there by the “My spirit for the game hasn’t really died at all,” he said. “(For some hours, Michelle Hughes said. That includes the son she calls both Cassius players), by the time they’re 18 or 19, they’re sick of it. For me, I’m always and Bear interchangeably. having fun.” “He just loves the game, he always did,” Michelle said. “I’m really proud of James Porter Jr., a goalie from Bonners Ferry who played 10 games for how hard he worked, and I’m happy for the chance that he’s been given. the Chiefs last season, understands the value of having ice to skate and He’s been drafted. It seems pretty unbelievable.” practice on. During the offseason, he drove to Frontier twice a week just 40

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North Idaho’s One and Only Fish Market 14 years serving the freshest fish in town!

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FISHERMAN’S MARKET, GRILL & SUSHI 215 West Kathleen Avenue Coeur d’Alene, Idaho 83814 208.664.4800 FishermansMarketCdA.com

“We have earned the trust of our customers for seafood. We are always happy to help anyone by providing helpful hints and answer any questions they may have.”

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e feel so fortunate to be in our 14th year of business!” smiles Jennifer Palm, owner of Fisherman’s Market in Coeur d’Alene.

If you’re looking to shop for the freshest fish and seafood in town or opting to dine in or order to go, Fisherman’s Market, Grill & Sushi in Coeur d’Alene can cater to you! Opened in August of 2007 by husband-and-wife team Bob and Jennifer Palm, guests will be treated to a relaxed atmosphere that is family friendly; your one-stop shop for the freshest fish and seafood in town. Whether you plan to shop the market to prepare a meal at home or want a fast, casual lunch or dinner, Bob and Jennifer have you covered.

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“I adore and appreciate our customers,” Jennifer says. “We have made a lot of connections and relationships being able to provide supply from Alaska to Hawaii and definitely appreciate our ‘local’ companies that provide to us also!” When choosing to dine in, menu items feature fresh catches and everything from calamari and eel to salmon, tuna and shellfish. Their Fish and Chips continue to be one of their most popular items—with nearly a dozen options including mahi-mahi, small oysters and black tiger shrimp. A full sushi bar has drawn fans from around North Idaho offering a quick—and satisfying—lunch. The menu has all the regular favorites and a few addicting local creations. And there’s sake! Not only can you enjoy sushi in the restaurant, but you can call ahead and have them build a

custom platter to take home as well! The market, with its huge glass cooler, displays the wide selection of wildcaught fish, shellfish and in-house smoked fish. They are proud to sell fresh fish overnighted from Hawaii and Alaska, with scallops and lobsters from Maine and shellfish from the Washington coast. “We have earned the trust of our customers for seafood. We are always happy to help anyone by providing helpful hints and answer any questions they may have,” shares Jennifer. See for yourself what fresh catches can be found at Fisherman’s Market. Bob and Jennifer invite you to dine and shop with them year-round 11am to 8pm Monday through Saturday.

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oeur d’Alene High School senior Logan Cessna has had plenty of chances to give up—but, for him, that was never an option. A starter on the football team, and one of the top wrestlers in his class, Logan suffered a broken hand during a match and was faced with the choice of sitting out or working exceptionally hard to get back on the field and the mat. He chose the latter, and through perseverance and a strong commitment to his teammates, and himself, came back stronger than ever. Logan regained his starting position in football and is wrestling at the varsity level again this winter. “Wrestling has taught me to never give up, and football has taught me that working together as a team is the best way to get the job done on the field,” he said. Like his classmates, Logan has had to adapt

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to the COVID-related restrictions for training and competition and is thankful to be competing. He has enjoyed both his team-centric time playing football as well as pushing himself to achieve individual goals on the wrestling mat. “With football, I just love being around all the guys and having great experiences with my team and being able to compete at different levels all the time. For wrestling, it’s being able to achieve accomplishments for myself and seeing what I am really capable of,” he said. As he wraps up his final year at Coeur d’Alene High School, Logan has his eyes set on the future. Not one who wants to sit behind a desk all day, Logan plans on attending trade school after graduation. “I want to become a journeyman lineman because I want to work with my hands and be outside.” Logan has accomplished a lot as a Viking, and the skills he’s learned competing in multiple sports will certainly carry with him as he enters the next phase of life.

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s challenging as the past year has been, high school students like Lake City’s Benjamin Janke continue to thrive. This year, more than ever, students are learning that nothing is a given and everything is earned. “In sports and in the classroom, I’ve had to work hard to get where I wanted to be, and it has paid off a lot for me and made me a better person for putting in the time and effort,” said Benjamin. “I have developed a strong work ethic and been able to push on in life—even when life gets chaotic or does not go the right way.” Now a senior, Benjamin has been a fixture on the Lake City basketball team since his sophomore season. What he enjoys most about playing basketball is being able to show up every day, whether it is practice or a game, and being able to compete and work hard. “I am blessed to be playing sports at this level, knowing that not many people get the chance to do what I have gotten to do through basketball,” he said. He’s suffered a couple of setbacks through injuries, and though they can be discouraging,

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Benjamin has also found encouragement in the rehab. “It does teach perseverance and the value of hard work. Getting back to playing after injury is incredibly rewarding, and I am very thankful to be playing.” Benjamin was awarded an academic letter from Lake City and also named an Idaho Top Scholar his junior year. He is inspired by his parents, both of whom work in the healthcare field. He appreciates their abilities to provide and serve others, and he hopes to do the same either as a future medical professional or possibly as the leader of a congregation. “Being able to help others is a calling. I think it is important to build relationships and meet people, challenging each other to grow. Medicine and/or ministry would provide that opportunity, so I am open to both paths,” he explained. Whether as a pastor, physical therapist or physician, Benjamin is committed to a life helping and serving others. He also hopes to keep athletics as a centerpiece of life long after graduation. “I would love to play sports in college if I get the opportunity, as it has enriched my life,” he shared. “I hope sports will always be a part of my life and a way for me to give back.”

“I have developed a strong work ethic and been able to push on in life—even when life gets chaotic or does not go the right way.”

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NORTH IDAHO THE CHRISTIAN YOUTH THEATER NEEDS A MIRACLE BY TAYLOR SHILLAM

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he Christian Youth Theater of North Idaho spent their last months of 2020 fighting for a solution, and the battle is far from over.

Since its doors opened in 2007, the theater has touched the lives of many blossoming students, dedicated family members and community partners. The decade has seen the North Idaho CYT grow significantly and emerge as a joyful, safe space within the community. In 2020, with the arts community taking a hard hit from the pandemic, CYT North Idaho was no exception. Facing financial distress without the necessary support of funds from their ticketed productions, the Christian Youth Theater is fighting for the ability to keep their doors open and hang on until they can resume performances once again. Jessica Belisle, CYT North Idaho’s artistic director, emphasized the scope of the theater’s influence in community member’s lives.

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“CYT is not just about theater,” shared Belisle. “CYT uses theater as a vehicle to develop character. CYT isn’t just for the kid who dreams of being on Broadway; it’s for the kid whose dad is battling cancer; the kid who struggles with mental health and positive self-worth; the kid who is bullied at school; and for the kid who struggles to find joy and community anywhere in this increasingly dark world.” Three times a year, CYT North Idaho offers 10-week courses for kids aged 6 through 18. Small in capacity, the classes cover a variety of theater skills including drama, voice and dance. At the end of each session, students present what they’ve learned in a high-energy showcase, and have the opportunity to audition for the theater’s current Broadway-style production. With up to four Broadway-style shows produced annually, the North Idaho CYT has put on more than 30 productions over the last decade, held onstage at the Salvation Army KROC Center. Productions like the


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FOR MANY, INVOLVEMENT IN CYT HAS BEEN FAR MORE THAN A HOBBY; IT’S BEEN A PLACE OF INVALUABLE GROWTH AND CONNECTION. Wizard of Oz, Seussical the Musical, Peter Pan, and more, have each featured 80 student cast members and, before the pandemic, drew hundreds of audience members. Being a nonprofit organization, the popularity of its productions and the resulting revenue in ticket sales have been essential to sustaining the North Idaho CYT through the past 13 years. In 2020, the theater was able to continue operating with reduced class sizes to maintain safe distancing but ceased all rehearsals and productions. Now, with the loss of income from ticket sales and very little change to the organization’s overhead costs, the program can no longer sustain. In determination to stay afloat for as long as possible, CYT North Idaho looks to the community for support in an unpredictable, unimaginable time. “We are very likely going to be shutting our doors,” Belisle said. “We are looking for donors amidst our community who are willing to partner with us in this last push to stay alive.” For many, involvement in CYT has been far more than a hobby; it’s 48

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been a place of invaluable growth and connection. There is no doubt a premature end to the program would be grieved. Nationally, Christian Youth Theater is a theater arts education program that began nearly 40 years ago in San Diego, California. With more than 38 locations in 25 cities, and 18,000 students enrolled each year, CYT has grown to be the largest children’s theater organization in the country— an organization that has been loved and welcomed by the North Idaho community. As a whole, the CYT’s mission is to “develop character and creativity in kids of all ages through quality theater arts training that brings families and communities together while reflecting the Creator.” Its core values include boosting self-esteem, encouraging academic success and supporting the family unit through the direct involvement of each family member’s talents and abilities. “Our families are one of the best parts of our community,” Belisle said of CYT families, who cherish the theater as a vibrant space to work side by side to accomplish each production. As a nonprofit, CYT has relied heavily on parent volunteers to donate their time and creativity to bring each theater experience to life. Each family with a child participating in CYT productions provides 20 hours to one of the theater’s various committees. Parent volunteers build sets, assemble props and create costumes. They help to publicize each production and run the concessions stands. “The parent volunteers make the magic happen,” Belisle said. A long-time parent and volunteer, Melissa Cleveland has been involved with CYT for five years. Her daughter Ashley was immediately hooked


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after attending CYT’s production of Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory at just 4 years old. “From the very beginning, it was such a wonderful experience for her,” Cleveland said of Ashley’s experience with CYT. “It was amazing to see her make friends, be brave on stage, and learn from the older kids.” Cleveland fondly recalled the kindness shown to the younger children by older members of CYT, with so many stepping up as welcoming role models. “CYT is such a safe place for kids of all abilities,” Cleveland said. “I love how inclusive and positive it is. I’ve seen kids who are painfully shy blossom on stage. I’ve seen kids who have trouble making friends at school find a place where they belong.” Now, the Christian Youth Theater, its staff and its families are focused on keeping that safe space alive. Since the announcement of CYT’s potential closure, families have banded together to form the fundraising campaign #savecytni in a last attempt to keep the program afloat. With testimonies flooding in and fundraising efforts at an alltime high, community awareness and support are Christian Youth Theater North Idaho’s last hope at survival. “We have now realized how fragile a nonprofit like ours is,

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and we would love to find people and businesses within the community that believe in our mission,” Belisle said. “There aren’t enough reserves to survive the pandemic without holding shows. CYT needs enough to limp along until it’s safe to have live theater again.” To help save CYT North Idaho, community members who are able are encouraged to make a donation through their website at CYTNorthIdaho.com or via email at cytniboard@ gmail.com. Fundraising progress and testimonials are regularly shared on the CYT North Idaho Facebook page; every additional post and share can make a major difference in raising awareness for the cause. With the hard hit taken by so many in 2020, every piece of community connection counts in helping the places we love continue to flourish—and while it’s impossible to know just when theater productions will be able to safely return, it’s clear that many rely on CYT North Idaho being here when they do. Much more than a theater program, CYT North Idaho has influenced the confidence, character and pure joy of participants, staff members, parents and theatergoers alike. Members of CYT have, time and time again, called it a positive place to shine and a huge light for families in the area. To keep that light on, the theater needs every piece of support the community can offer.


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SAFETY FIRST INSIDE LUCKY FRIDAY MINE AND SAFETY FEST OF THE GREAT NORTHWEST STORY BY TOM GREENE

Norm Doxanakis, left, and Conor Devaney inspect a refuge/barricade chamber just above the 4,900-level of Lucky Friday Mine. In the event of an emergency, miners would go to the chamber to wait for rescue. It holds 20 people and has enough oxygen for 36 hours.

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he air smells different a mile under the surface. As you’d expect, it’s musty. Fresh air is pumped down thousands of feet, but it still smells like dirt. If ancient was a fragrance, this would be it.

For Norm Doxanakis and Conor Devaney, this is the office. On workdays, they descend into the darkness on a mining elevator—called the cage. The cage occasionally lights up as they ride down past lit floors where miners are removing silver, lead and zinc from the earth. Hecla’s Lucky Friday Mine near Mullan, Idaho, in the Silver Valley is the deepest mine in North America—and it feels like it. “This mine’s been around for 75 years,” Doxanakis said, adding that when it comes to safety, “we’ve got it pretty figured out by now.” Safety comes first. Few places on the planet take the safety precautions miners take round-the-clock. Every move they make in a mine has safety in mind. Because of this, safety training is needed on a constant basis, so in 2013 Hecla Mining began supporting the annual Safety Fest training event hosted by NIC Workforce Training Center. Hecla Mining has since become a title sponsor and awards a grant annually to NIC WTC to help pay for Safety Fest. Safety Fest offers three days of safety and health training for all types of industries in addition to mining, including transportation, health care, manufacturing, construction, and any local business that seeks to improve the safety performance of their operation. All for free.

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“We want to provide free training to anyone who wants it. People come from places all over the Northwest to learn how to save lives,” said Becky Colotti, a Hecla Mining Lucky Friday training specialist, who has been part of Safety Fest since the beginning. This year, Safety Fest will have a hybrid of online and in-person classes when possible. Some of the classes to be offered include OSHA 10, Manufacturing Safety, Industrial Hygiene, MSHA Annual Refresher, Warehouse Safety, Project Management, Hazwoper, RCW/WAC Update, OSHA Record Keeping, Heavy Machinery and Equipment Safety, Accident Prevention, Focus Four and much more. NIC Workforce Training Center hosts the event, but putting on Safety Fest is a group effort. Numerous companies and individuals volunteer their time. Everything is made possible by donations, both of time and money. “It also doubles as a fantastic networking opportunity,” Colotti said. “The other partners in the event come from all over the Northwest, are heavily involved in the community, and share similar priorities.” Registration will open in mid-January. The NIC Workforce Training Center welcomes new companies interested in giving their support. Short videos from inside the mine are available at NIC.edu/wtc/facebook. The 13th Annual Safety Fest of the Great Northwest will be held February 17 through 19 at the NIC Workforce Training Center in Post Falls and online. Registration for free classes will open in January. For more information, visit NIC.edu/safetyfest or call 208.769.7732.


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Got Pain In the Neck? The common causes and solutions!

By Mindy Murray, OTR and Molly Radonich, LAT, ATC

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e have all experienced neck pain at one point or another in our lives, and we see it a lot in our practice. Neck pain is often debilitating and can prevent you from doing functional daily activities like driving or washing your hair. Each year approximately 30 percent of the adult population suffers from neck pain and stiffness. If not treated properly, it can become a longterm issue. There are several reasons why neck pain may occur, including arthritis, whiplash and cervical disc herniation. Arthritis is commonly caused from wear-and-tear over time. Minor traumas to the cervical spine and its structures cause a degeneration of bones and joints. In the neck, osteoarthritis is often the diagnosis, or degenerative joint disease of the neck. This can be due to bad posture. Many people spend hours a day at a computer that is not set up to be ergonomically efficient, which leads to muscle weakness, tight muscles, and can become very painful.

Whiplash is another reason for neck pain. Whiplash can be caused from a sudden movement of the head backward and then forward, such as in car accidents or falls. These extreme motions push your neck muscles and ligaments past what they are used to. Most people recover completely from a whiplash injury in the first six weeks, while others have symptoms that improve over the course of a year. For about two to three weeks, avoid activities that bring on or worsen your pain and stiffness. Herniated discs in the cervical spine can also be a reason for neck pain. The discs in your spine act as shock absorbers and help keep the spine flexible. When they are herniated, it is because they have bulged or ruptured. Cervical disc injuries can compress spinal nerve roots, causing a pinched nerve, and are often used to explain neck, shoulder and arm pain syndromes. Herniated discs can take about six months to fully heal with physical therapy, but most last about six to eight weeks. Spinal decompression recommended by a physical therapist can be very beneficial for decompression of the cervical spine.

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NECK PAIN IS OFTEN DEBILITATING AND CAN PREVENT YOU FROM DOING FUNCTIONAL DAILY ACTIVITIES.

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SEVERAL CLINICAL TESTS ARE PERFORMED TO IDENTIFY THE PROBLEMATIC AREAS IN POSTURE, STRENGTH, FLEXIBILITY AND MUSCLE FUNCTION.

If you are like me, you want the easiest, most affordable solution. A licensed physical or occupational therapist will perform an initial examination to identify the cause of the pain. One of our main goals should be empowering you on how to address the issue so it will go away forever. Several clinical tests are performed to identify the problematic areas in posture, strength, flexibility and muscle function. Typical treatments may include: 1. Protection of the neck is initially a must to prevent further damage. This may include relative rest for a period of time and education about damaging activities and movements. 2. Posture can be improved by simply adjusting the height of your computer screen, and your keyboard, compared to your chair. Driving can be another contributing factor to postural issues. Slouching, forward head posture and sitting crooked are common driving positions, and when someone spends a lot of time in the car or simply sitting, the positions can transfer to other aspects of life. 3. Flexibility movements to increase mobility of the neck musculature without pain or discomfort are included in the neck pain treatment plan. These should

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be gentle and progressive with emphasis on proper body mechanics. 4. Progressive strengthening exercises for different muscle groups are also included in the treatment of neck pain. There are specific neck exercises that help get range of motion back, strengthen, and relieve stiffness and pain. Make an appointment with a physical therapist and learn how to do the exercises properly, then do them at home as the therapist specifies. 5. Advanced techniques such as modalities like the 830 Cold Laser, or Dry Needling Therapy, medical massage, mobilizations, or hands-on therapy under the expert supervision of the physical or occupational therapist can be effective ways to decrease neck pain.


LET’S JUMPSTART A HEALTHY 2021 THREE WAYS TO GET OURSELVES AHEAD WITH OPTIMAL HEALTH BY SCOTT PORTER, FUNCTIONAL MEDICINE PHARMACIST

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he beginning of a new year seems to inspire a lot of us to rethink our health. For me, this usually starts with considering how I can reset my body and make up for the past year of indulgences. This seems especially important during a pandemic. Resetting my body is a useful step toward regaining lost resiliency. Not just for fighting off an infection, but for overall energy and mental performance. I just feel better when I am eating right and taking care of myself, I find I have more reserve, and the little indulgences don’t affect me as much. Fasting is one of my favorite techniques to refill the reserve tank. Sometimes it is just as simple as skipping breakfast and eating all my meals that day within a six- to eight-hour window. At other times, if I feel motivated enough, I may skip an entire day of eating and just drink lots of water or tea. I’m not afraid to include a cup of coffee and a good dose of heavy cream to get me started. Even though the metabolic benefits of fasting are well studied, this is not an approach for everyone. Especially right off the bat. It can be quite uncomfortable not eating for a day. A strategy preferred by one of my nutritionists is to start by shifting into good quality proteins and clean fats. She also encourages slowly eliminating quickabsorbing carbs and sweets. This helps reduce cravings and lower blood sugar spikes. The second approach to resetting I like is a good seven to 14 days of eating super clean and supporting my liver to ramp up its detoxification

pathways. Accumulated toxins can be broken down and expelled, and intestinal inflammation quelled during this time. I often even lose cravings and weight that I accumulated. Detoxification support is not the same as a cleanse, which I am not a big fan of. Cleanses seem to suggest that I can swallow something that will clean me out, like scraping the inside of my intestines. I don’t buy into that. The body is well designed to do this on its own. What I can do is stop putting toxins in, give my body a break, and provide the necessary nutrients. Another one of my staff in the nutrition center finds these higher intensity detoxification periods so useful he does them a couple times a year. These begin with a couple days of fasting and sometimes extend to 28 days. I really like this blended approach. There are times when I find myself developing food sensitivities. So, my last reset approach is to follow a strict elimination diet and cut out foods that typically cause problems for most of us. After a break, I begin adding in foods one at a time and watch to see how I respond. I have discovered several foods I am better off staying away from, like gluten and artificial sweeteners. Regardless of which strategy I will be using this year as my reset, I will set myself up with probiotics, vitamin D and K, magnesium, a good multivitamin with active B vitamins and chelated trace minerals, and omega 3s. Every step forward can jumpstart us into a healthy new year.

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Stem Cell Exosomes THE FUTURE OF ALL-NATURAL SKIN REJUVENATION IS HERE

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hen it comes to aging, many men and women are willing to go to great lengths to fight the process. There are varying degrees to how extreme that fight can be. Everything from plastic surgery, Botox and injectables to an at-home skin-care routine. However, one common theme often reigns through: I want to look natural! If a subtle and natural look is what you are after, and even more important, you want an all-natural treatment, look no further than stem cell exosomes. Below we break down all the info. What are stem cell exosomes? Exosomes are nano-scale extracellular vesicles—very small packages of signaling information one-thousandth the size of a cell. They are produced by virtually every cell type as a means of intercellular communication. They contain proteins such as growth factors, enzymes, receptors, transcription factors and matrix proteins that govern cell structure, function and signaling. They are harvested from donated umbilical cords, purified and packaged, and are free of all blood products, making them safe regardless of blood type. What does this mean for skin rejuvenation? Exosomes can be injected or microneedled into skin tissue to rejuvenate collagen in aging skin and reduce inflammation. Results include an improvement in skin texture, reduced scarring, improvement in fine lines and wrinkles, and even stimulated hair growth. How much do stem cell exosomes cost? Price varies from practice to practice. On average, exosome therapy ranges from $800 to $1,000 per treatment. Depending on the area you are treating, one to three treatments may be required to reach your desired result.

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How long do results last? If you are using exosomes to treat a scar, the results are permanent; your scar will not reappear. If they are being used to treat the signs of aging (fine lines, wrinkles, large pore size, reduced elasticity), it is recommended that you continue with maintenance treatments one to two times per year. The aging process is constantly happening, and maintenance treatments will help you to continue to see the benefits and slow down the aging process. How long will the appointment take? Exosome treatments take approximately one hour. The first part of your appointment will be spent applying topical numbing cream and waiting for it to take effect, and then the actual treatment is between 30 and 45 minutes. Do stem cell exosome treatments hurt? Prior to your treatment, a topical lidocaine numbing cream is applied to the treatment area. It is left on for 15 minutes, and most clients feel little discomfort during the treatment. Is there any downtime or recovery after this treatment? Most clients look a little red the first 24 hours after treatment (like a sunburn). No products can be applied during the first four hours after treatment, and you need to avoid any sun exposure for seven days after your treatment. Mild swelling and occasionally bruising can occur. Most clients return to their normal activities on post treatment day one. Repair. Regrow. Rejuvenate. Stem cell exosomes are the future of aesthetic medicine for an all-natural approach to aging gracefully. For further information, reach out to your aesthetic provider.


NEW YEAR, NEW YOU? Setting your own SMART goals BY AMANDA AMENT, REGISTERED DIETITIAN, HERITAGE HEALTH

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et’s get that New Year’s body rocking!” … “Lose 10 inches in 10 days!” … “Take this supplement made of the tears of baby iguanas, and you too can have Heidi Klum’s figure!” Welcome to 2021 and our annual chance to kick resolutions into high gear! Many of us are rocking the bodies that showed we really enjoyed the holidays. You know, the ones that show we gave into many of our cravings, starting with the Halloween night haul and ending with eating New Year’s Eve ball drop buffet. Are we happy with these bodies? According to a 2019 survey from YouGov that looked at 2020 goals, many aren’t. Of those surveyed who also vowed to make resolutions, 37 percent wanted to lose weight, 50 percent wanted to exercise more, and 43 percent wanted to eat more healthfully. We can surmise that many of these goals weren’t in the name of internal wellness and disease prevention, but to reach the idyllic and often unattainable (or if attained, unsustainable) physical representation that the media and our culture promotes. Thank goodness the diet industry isn’t trying to capitalize on our discontent and diminished selfconfidence. Oh wait, that’s exactly what they’re doing. Good thing we’re all able to resist the messaging they’re sending into the stratosphere! Except… we aren’t, are we? To clarify, making resolutions can be an excellent thing. It can allow you to work toward goals and make focused, positive, attainable and sustainable life changes. However, things like, “I’m going to lose 100 pounds!” or “I’m going to exercise for 60 minutes every single day for forever!” may not fall under that umbrella. So how do we come up with resolutions that are doable? Enter the mnemonic device SMART.

Specific: Use the Ws what, why, who, where and which. What exactly are you hoping to accomplish? Where will this goal transpire? Why do you want to reach this endeavor? Who is involved? Which resources or obstacles may come into play?

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Measurable: How do you know if you’ve made progress toward your goal? Come up with something quantifiable, such as how much, or how many times, you hope to accomplish something. Achievable: Is your goal realistic? Be it financial or time constraints, or lack of resources, there are sometimes factors outside of your control that can limit your follow-through. Or it may not be possible in the context of time and space (“I will lose 30 pounds in five days” is unlikely, unless you’ve been semi-permanently wearing a 30-pound coat). Choose something that you can attain. Relevant (or Rewarding!): Does this align with your life in general, and is it worthwhile? Maybe it is something totally and completely out of the box (mastering a new craft), or maybe it’s something that will have a significant positive impact on your well-being (improving your blood pressure). Either way, make sure it’s something you’re excited and motivated to do; otherwise, what’s the point? Timely: Give yourself a target time. If it’s something that once accomplished is done, set a specific date for which you’re aiming. If it’s something that is ongoing and you want to build on, pick a date on which you plan to move to the next phase. Good luck coming up with your own SMART goals! Schedule a nutrition appointment with Amanda by calling 208.620.5250

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DESTINATION … CASINO Over the years, casinos have continued to expand and evolve into so much more than a place to p r e s s y o u r l u c k b y p u l l i n g l e v e r s , p r e s s i n g b u t t o n s , p l a y i n g c a r d s a n d s p i n n i n g t h e w h e e l . To d a y, whether you are a gambler or not so much, casinos today have created a full resort experience, p e r f e c t f o r a d a y e s c a p e o r a w e e ke n d g e t a w a y w i t h f r i e n d s , f a m i l y o r j u s t y o u r s e l f ! F r o m restaurants and shops to spas and golf, find all there is to be discovered at the incredible casino destinations that can be found here in the Northwest.

Pull Up a Chair Dining options reign supreme at many of the casino resorts found in the Northwest. If you’re seeking an upscale buffet or a fine-dining, white-tablecloth, high-end feast, you are sure to find just what your palate—and your wallet—are craving. Your favorite casino restaurant can easily be your sole motivation for traveling to your local—or not so local— casino destination. From Masselow’s Steakhouse at Northern Quest Casino in Airway Heights, Washington, to the Coeur d’Alene Casino’s newly reinvented Chinook Crafted by Chef Adam Hegsted—owner and award-winning chef of multiple restaurants in the Inland Northwest, these two restaurants alone are worth the trip. Top 10 Casino Restaurants: • 13moons, Swinomish Casino & Lodge • Blackfish Wild Salmon Grill & Bar, Tulalip Resort Casino • Chinook Crafted by Adam Hegsted, Coeur d’Alene Casino Resort Hotel • Masselow’s Steakhouse, Northern Quest Resort & Casino • Puyalapabs Café, Emerald Queen Casino - Tacoma • Riverbank Taphouse, Northern Quest Resort & Casino • Squalli-Absch Grille, Nisqually Red Wind Casino • Squaxin Island Seafood Bar, Little Creek Casino Resort • Tatoosh Grill, Emerald Queen Hotel & Casino - Fife • The Springs Restaurant and Lounge, Kootenai River Inn, Casino & Spa

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Treat Yourself to a Day at the Spa A weekend of gambling, dining, entertainment and shopping is sure to wear anyone out, so it only makes sense that many of the Northwest’s premier casino resorts have luxurious spas on-site for guests to enjoy some well-deserved pampering. Of course you will find the traditional massage and facial offerings, but these casinos have created a one-of-akind experience that you’ll want to place at the top of your list. Northern Quest offers a world-class luxury day spa, La Rive Spa— Forbes Travel Guide’s Four-Star rated spa since 2012. Here they invite you to celebrate, rejuvenate and breathe. Experience an oasis of healing tranquility with customized massage, facials and skin care, body wraps

and other spa treatments, as well as the relaxation lounge, saunas, and pool complete with outdoor sun deck. You will also find a hair and nail salon. Spa Ssakwa’q’n, located inside the Coeur d’Alene Casino, is one of the largest spas in the region and provides an affordable, luxurious experience. Offering a variety of unique facials, massages and body treatments to best serve your relaxation needs, the spa is one of only a couple of Vichy treatment rooms in the Inland Northwest. Tulalip Resort Casino’s T Spa is a luxurious 14,000-square-foot sanctuary, where guests can indulge in stress-relieving deep-tissue massages as well as native-inspired spa rituals, body treatments and skin therapies.

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he Coeur d’Alene Casino Resort Hotel is a rustic oasis tucked away in the natural beauty of Worley, Idaho, just 25 miles from Coeur d’Alene. Guests will be treated to impressive views of the rolling hills of the Palouse and pine-forested landscape while being provided a multi-faceted experience that will linger in hearts and minds long after leaving. The Coeur d’Alene Casino offers a full resort experience with 300 rooms and suites; seven distinct food and beverage outlets; a 15,000-square-foot contemporary spa; and Circling Raven Golf Club, an 18-hole, par-72 course that consistently ranks as one of the “Best Courses You Can Play.” Each week, the resort’s event center becomes the largest bingo venue in the Northwest, with high-stakes bingo games a regular staple. The casino’s 60,000-square-foot gaming floor offers more than 1,200 video gaming machines, video keno, video poker, video craps and video roulette.

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Choose from one of their two hotel experiences. The Mountain Lodge offers guests a warm atmosphere and western feel. At the opposite end of the resort, the more recent addition of The Spa Tower provides modern and elegant rooms, many with beautiful views of the resort’s natural surroundings. Five restaurants offer guests an array of flavors to match any budget: Chinook Crafted by Chef Adam Hegsted, Red Tail Bar and Grill, Huckleberry Deli and Jackpot Java. Twisted Earth Grill can be found at the Circling Raven Pro Shop. In 2020, local celebrity chef Adam Hegsted joined forces with the Coeur d’Alene Casino’s restaurant division to bring a fresh perspective to the resort’s menus. The resort’s Chinook restaurant is the first of the resort’s venues to premiere Chef Hegsted’s menu of innovative Northwest cuisine and classic comfort food. There’s plenty of gift shop and boutique shopping on-site, and the Coeur d’Alene Casino E-Store offers the convenience of shopping online for tickets to cultural events, tours and workshops, concert and entertainment tickets, as well as popular products from the Circling Raven Pro Shop and the spa’s boutique. Gift cards are available on-site or online and can be used at any of the resort’s venues. If it is a superior spa service at an affordable price you’re seeking, SpaSsakwa’q’n’s full-service menu includes massage, body treatments, facials, manicures, pedicures, spa specials and spa packages for its guests. The spa provides one of the few Vichy shower rooms in the Inland Northwest, and a favorite amenity of guests is the spa’s outdoor heated and jetted pool. Most services can be customized for the guest’s individual needs, and many natural product options are available. Coeur d’Alene Casino hosts exciting live entertainment throughout the year, including concerts, sporting events and other seasonal entertainment. And, its 40,000 square feet of conference space can accommodate groups of 12 to 1,200. A rustic yet modern and welcoming oasis awaits you … at the Coeur d’Alene Casino Resort Hotel.

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A SUCCESSFUL 2021 STARTS WITH YOU How to lay out realistic goals for your personal and professional life

stor y by ABIGAIL THORPE

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t’s January 1, surrounded by the remaining vestiges of last year’s party, and there it is before us: our New Year’s resolution. We’ve all been there: Exercise five days every week; stop eating sweets; read 12 new books. The list of resolutions that quickly go by the wayside one or two weeks later is a long one each year.

2020 was a tough year, and entering 2021, things still are not normal, but what better reasons to work toward something you want to achieve? It’s difficult to change habits that are deeply ingrained, but setting and achieving goals isn’t impossible; it just needs to be approached the right way. Rather than a resolution this year, focus on setting a goal (or goals) that you work toward on your terms, in your own time. We’ve put together some tips to get you started on the path to a successful 2021. Look to the future. Where do you want to be in one year? Five? Ten? Set goals that help propel you toward the person you want to be down the road. This way you’ll have something to look toward, a reason for achieving each goal along the way. Don’t follow the crowd. It’s easy to get distracted by what others are doing, or what you think you should be doing for your New Years’ resolution or goal. Don’t! Find something you want to accomplish. You’ll be much more successful in making it happen if you have a purpose for doing it. Ask yourself why you shouldn’t make the change. This might seem counterintuitive, but it’s often our inability to let go of old habits that dooms our New Year’s goals. Understand why you shouldn’t make the change, and why you are sticking to old habits. Are they more appealing and fulfilling to you than your new goal? For example, if your goal is to read more this year, but you’d rather

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watch TV instead, and you know you’ll choose this habit because in the end it’s more rewarding, you’re setting yourself up for failure. You’ll be more successful achieving your goals when a new behavior looks more attractive than a current one, despite the discipline or difficulties it may take to get there.

Reward yourself! You need a treat too! Reward yourself for accomplishments along the way, however small. This provides positive reinforcement and gives you something to look forward to. The end goal should be motivating, but sometimes we need a little extra push along the way, and there’s absolutely nothing wrong with that!

Keep it positive. Focus on doing, not stopping. Positive thinking will do way more to encourage you to reach your goal. Instead of saying, “I’m not going to eat sweets,” make a goal to eat healthier. There’s less room for failure, and you’ll focus on a positive lifestyle or goal rather than giving up a negative one.

Review and update your plan. It’s okay to make changes along the way. The rigid inflexibility of a resolution is why so many fail. Give yourself some breathing room, and come up with a system to take stock of where you’re at and how your plan is going. If you need to change your plan or goals along the way, that’s okay. The most important thing is to start establishing healthy habits that are leading you toward your end goal.

Make the goal your end. Resolutions fail because they don’t allow for flexibility and messing up. Rather, resolutions should be an end to your goal, so you keep the way open. Rather than saying: “I’m going to go to the gym five days a week,” say, “I’m going to establish an exercise routine,” then make small goals or “resolutions” to get you to your end goal. One day that may be going to the gym, another it may be going for a walk around the neighborhood. Give yourself small goals to achieve, and make room to adapt your plans along the way. Create a plan. It’s easy to come up with a goal, but the plan to get there is how you’ll find success. Sketch out next steps to reach your goal, starting with small ones, even if it’s something like getting new shoes in order to work out more. Make sure each goal or step is something measurable that you can keep in front of you, on your phone, fridge or calendar, that way it becomes a part of your everyday routine. 72

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Just do it! Sometimes it just takes the first step to get you going. Stop making excuses, and don’t let what you don’t have keep you from getting started. If you want to exercise more, but can’t afford a gym membership, then find ways to work out at home or outside, and work your way toward your goal, even if that means making a plan to someday afford a gym membership. There is always a way to get to your end goal—it may just look different than you expected. A successful year is in front of you. You just have to take the first step. No matter what 2021 may throw at us, don’t give up on setting a goal and finding ways to stick to it. Make this the year you accomplish your New Year’s goal (not your resolution)!


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A Healthy Spirit

Simple strategies to take back your health this year

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n 2020, you likely learned a lot about your ability to adapt, cope and remain strong through challenge and uncertainty. Now that the new year has arrived, you can apply that valuable knowledge to achieving a healthier spirit in 2021.

This year, it’s time to make your New Year’s goals count. As staying healthy and building your immune system remain critical, it’s time to redefine wellness and rediscover the best strategies to find yourself healthier, happier and more energized for the new year ahead. Your initial goals and plan of attack don’t have to be big. In fact, small, attainable goals are often the best way to achieve big-picture results. Big, broad terms like wellness, balance and mind-body connection are common, but what do they really mean? How can these concepts be reached in a way that is sustainable, and can the process really be enjoyable—even life-changing? Start by learning what tools are available to you, and how you can best put them into practice in your day-to-day life. If anything is true about the path to cultivating a healthier spirit, it’s that there are many ways to do so, and the best time to start is now. Here, we take a look at healthy living at its fullest, including strategies to boost your health, both mentally and physically. This year, aim to train your brain and strengthen your mental well-being just as much as your physical fitness. The familiar adage “use it or lose it” is just as applicable to your cognitive health, and regularly exercising your brain can boost its ability to think quickly and retain memory.

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Simple ways to give your brain its daily workout include games like Sudoku or word hunts, working on a jigsaw puzzle, or using an app designed to train your brain like Lumosity, Peak, Cognifit Brain Fitness and Personal Zen. Experts even praise small, quick daily exercises like completing a task using your non-dominant hand or taking a different route on your drive home, for their ability to contribute to major mental benefits. Strengthen your brain’s neuroplasticity, or ability to grow and create new connections, by learning a new skill. A highlight of this task is in its endless possibilities; you can choose anything you want to learn. Whether it’s learning to cook healthier recipes, or simply just learning to cook, the stimulation and sense of achievement from honing a new craft and putting it into practice can be so satisfying. Skills like cooking, learning to paint, playing an instrument or learning a language have the added benefits of calming nerves, revitalizing your focus and providing a healthy outlet during periods of stress. Stress can affect the entire body, triggering an automatic hormonal response. In short periods, elevated stress levels can be healthy, inspiring growth, action and change—but repeated, uncontrolled stress will take its toll. Daily mindfulness practices, like meditation and journaling, can fight the inflammatory effects of stress and help you regain a sense of calmness and control. Use a journal to pull anxious thoughts and long to-do lists out of your mind and put them on paper. The act of writing out a thought or experience can help you reorganize and process the associated feelings in a different way. You’ll have the added benefit of having the journal to look back on in the future, to recall past experiences and see how far you’ve come. Along with your mindfulness practices, don’t forget to keep a healthy physical release in your routine. This month, reconnect with physical fitness as a mode of both releasing and receiving energy. The famed post-workout endorphins, euphoric hormones released 76

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within the body after exercise, are nothing to underestimate. Studies have shown that endorphins are involved in the body’s natural reward circuits to maximize pleasure and help us continue to function through periods of injury or stress. In short: Movement is key to feeling good. Effects of endorphin release include mood boosts, stress and anxiety relief, a sense of increased confidence and appetite regulation— all part of a long list of exercise benefits that go beyond outward appearance. An important key to falling in love with exercise is simply finding your match: an activity you’re motivated to show up to on a regular basis. From spin classes and Crossfit, to hikes and long walks, to barre and yoga, there are endless settings available to you, and the process will be well worth it when you arrive at your perfect fit. This year, open yourself up to the possibility of loving exercise, and treat yourself to a step outside your comfort zone. Try that boutique class you’ve been curious about; invest in that new yoga mat or set of weights; or enlist a friend as your accountability partner. Your body will thank you. Stay motivated by tracking your progress. Whether it’s checking off weekly workouts, counting your miles, leveling up your weight in strength training, or working your way toward a new yoga pose, a wonderful thing about the world of fitness is that you can always set a new goal and keep moving forward—just don’t forget to celebrate those milestones along the way. At a time when many of us are more than ready for a new year, a fresh start and a revitalized spirit, take this January as a challenge to redefine what health means to you. Boosting your brain, enjoying physical activity and trying something new are just a few ways to get started. Whatever you choose, proudly take it as an investment in yourself and in a better New Year.

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HA P P Y A N D H E A LTHY

by JILLIAN CHANDLER

Six popular—and effective—wellness lifestyle trends

A new year brings with it a new start; 365 new opportunities to live a happier— and healthier—life. With 2020 behind us, let’s make 2021 truly count. Your life is in your hands, so it’s up to you to make each day count. Let’s start with these six lifestyle trends that you can easily incorporate into your daily routine.

Allow Your Body to Rest Prioritize Mental Health Though 2020 is behind us, we are all still carrying the burdens, and trying to recover from the hardships the year brought with it. The new year has arrived, but we are all still experiencing the effects of the COVID pandemic. Each person has their own unique way of persevering, but it is important to remember that we are all in this together— we are not alone. Now more than ever, people are more easily able to voice their feelings, their thoughts, their uncertainties, their pain. And this is a powerful thing. Our mental health should always take priority over fear of one’s judgment. There is no shame in being scared, overwhelmed or stressed. Sharing with others rather than suffering alone is a relief and the beginning of being able to heal.

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We live in a world that teaches us we need to constantly be doing something. It’s always go, go, go. Whether it be work, doing activities with your children, cooking a beautiful meal, working out at the gym; if we’re not busy doing something, then we are considered lazy. Well, if 2020 taught us anything, it’s to take the time to enjoy those quiet moments. Instead of scrolling through social media, relax with a good book. Instead of hitting up the gym today, take a walk outside in your neighborhood, on a local trail or at your nearby park. Breathing in the cool fresh air is sure to calm you and clear your mind.

Get Proper Sleep Can you remember the last time you woke up feeling fully rested and refreshed, your body restored, ready to start the day? Many of us—no matter our age—are not getting adequate sleep at night. Instead of turning out the lights and settling into bed for a good night’s rest, we find ourselves, once again, checking our social media, watching TV, texting friends or family, staring at our computer screen and working on that latenight work or school assignment, etc. Now’s the time to start creating a healthy bedtime routine. It is recommended that you stop using electronic devices 30 minutes prior to when you plan to go to bed. It’s also a good idea to remove all devices from the bedroom and opt for a good book instead.


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Invest in Your Space As more people continue to live, work and play from home than ever before, it is imperative that we are spending our time in a space that nurtures ourselves and our families, despite all the chaos. Our homes should be our sanctuaries, and with many of our children still remote learning, while we continue to work from our home office, we can find ourselves overwhelmed by all that is going on and surrounding us. Simplify and clear out what you no longer need. Instead of school work—and your work—sprawled all throughout the house, designate a school/ work area—even the dining room table— that can be cleared away when the work day is done and it’s time to unwind. Add greenery to freshen up your space, add new blind to let in more light. Buy that new chair you’ve been eyeing to make your work hours more comfortable.

Whether for your health, for the environment or for animal welfare, or all of the above, 2021 may be the year that many who have not yet attempted this way of eating might just take that leap. We’ve all heard the words vegetarian and vegan, but how about flexitarian? A flexitarian diet, sometimes referred to as a semi-vegetarian diet, is a much more inclusive diet. Though meals are centered around plant foods, it allows for the occasional inclusion of meat, eggs and fish. With a less rigid approach, it can more easily be incorporated into your current diet. With the ultimate goal to add more plant-based focused meals into your daily life, this will not only benefit your health but the health of the environment and animal well-being as well. It’s a win-win, right?

Incorporate Chinese Medicine Chinese medicine continues to draw people to its natural, balanced approach to wellness. Traditional Chinese medicine has been used in addressing everything from anxiety and depression to allergies, back pain, skin conditions, obesity, infertility and so much more. Incorporating the use of herbs and diet, acupuncture and cupping to prevent or treat health problems, traditional Chinese medicine will only continue to raise awareness of the alternatives to mainstream Western medicine. For those looking for a more natural approach to wellness, bringing balance to their bodies, mind and spirit, Chinese medicine may be the answer.

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A VISIT TO A SOUTHERN PLANTATION Relooking Louisiana’s River Road history through the eyes of the enslaved By Marguerite Cleveland

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he myth of the Grand Ole’ South has long glamorized plantation life as one of beautiful homes, epic parties, southern gentlemen and their lovely brides, with no mention of the thousands of people ripped from their homes in Africa who were enslaved on the plantations. Tours used to involve hoopskirt gowned guides and sipping mint juleps. In recent years, things have changed, and many historic sites have begun to tell the complete story of what life was like on a plantation to include that of the enslaved people. Whitney Plantation, in particular, shares the story purely from the perspective of the enslaved. This trip focuses on an area known as the “German Coast,” which begins just north of New Orleans and follows both sides of the Mississippi River. Where to Stay There is something about staying on a historic property along the river road. After the crowds leave for the day, a quiet sneaks in. The Spanish Moss dripping from live oak trees in the evening dusk seems to whisper the history of those before you. Destrehan Plantation offers two cottages for rent, which are on the grounds of the plantation. They offer a vintage charm and modern conveniences. Oak Alley Plantation has a more upscale experience with luxury cottages and an onsite restaurant. It is a separate business from the nonprofit, which runs the plantation, but you still have access to the property and its stunning dual columns of live oaks that lead to the levee and the Mississippi River. The property is surrounded by sugar cane fields, so you really get the feeling of how isolated the river plantations were.

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TO TRULY BEGIN TO UNDERSTAND WHAT LIFE WAS LIKE ON A PLANTATION THROUGH THE EYES OF THE ENSLAVED PEOPLE, A VISIT TO WHITNEY PLANTATION IS A MUST.

What to Do The 1811 Rebellion of Enslaved People, also known as the German Coast Uprising, was a key historical event that took place in this area—and it is relatively unknown. It was well planned and the largest in U.S. history. The revolt began at what is now known as the 1811 Kid Ory Historic House and was led by Charles Deslondes and more than 500 enslaved people. You can learn about this significant event as well as early jazz great Kid Ory on a tour. To truly begin to understand what life was like on a plantation through the eyes of the enslaved people, a visit to Whitney Plantation is a must. Plan to spend a couple of hours so you have time to absorb the experience. In addition to learning the history of slavery on the Whitney Plantation, you will also visit memorials that honor the enslaved people. The experience is like visiting a concentration camp such as Dachau in Germany—especially when you visit the memorial for the German Coast Uprising. The leaders of this event were tried, executed and beheaded, their heads then placed on pikes that lined the River Road for 60 miles. When touring the site be respectful and quiet. It takes place outdoors, so dress for the weather and wear comfortable walking shoes. If you are unable to visit, take a virtual tour by downloading the Whitney Plantation app.

For a very personal experience, take “The Unheard Voices of the German Coast Tour” exclusively offered by Dianne Honore Destrehan. She is a family descendant of Jean-Baptiste Destrehan, the owner of the plantation, and Catiche Destrehan, who was enslaved by him. By the time you finish the tour you will have a better understanding of the cultural melting pot of this area. Learn the heritage of the German farmers, Acadians, the enslaved Africans, Native Americans and Sicilians, as well as their contributions to the cultural heritage. Destrehan is a gifted storyteller, and her family history adds an authenticity to the tour. As more is learned about the history of the plantation, the tours have evolved over the years. The leaders of the German Coast Uprising were tried at Destrehan and held in the wash shed on the plantation grounds. There are plans to expand on this history. Laura Plantation shook up plantation tours when they first opened in 1994. They were the first historic home tour in Louisiana to use the term slave instead of servant and the first to include the history of enslaved Africans as part of the tour. Let that date sink in. The year 1994 was the first time the stories of enslaved people were included in plantation tours. Opened in February 2017, the permanent exhibit “From the Big House to the Quarters: Slavery on Laura Plantation” is housed in a restored overseer’s cottage. Research into the plantation’s history is ongoing in both COEUR D’ALENE LIVING LOCAL

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The Specifics WHERE TO STAY Destrehan Plantation Creole Cottages DestrehanPlantation.org/ Creole-Cottages Oak Alley Plantation Restaurant and Inn - OakAlleyPlantation.com

WHERE TO EAT Destrehan Plantation - DestrehanPlantation.org Oak Alley Plantation - OakAlleyPlantation.org 1811/Kid Ory Historic House - 1811KidOryHistoricHouse.com Whitney Plantation - WhitneyPlantation.org Laura Plantation - LauraPlantation.com

WHAT TO DO Destrehan Plantation - DestrehanPlantation.org Oak Alley Plantation - OakAlleyPlantation.org 1811/Kid Ory Historic House – 1811KidOryHistoricHouse.com Whitney Plantation - WhitneyPlantation.org Laura Plantation - LauraPlantation.com

the United States and France where some descendants settled. Laura has an extensive collection of primary source documents including Laura’s diary, which are invaluable in sharing the history of this unique Creole plantation. Oak Alley is the iconic southern plantation with its double rows of live oaks leading to the home. Once a traditional tour with hoopskirt gowned guides and mint juleps, it has evolved over time. The hoop skirts are gone, but you can still get a good mint julep. Rather than move old slave cabins from other plantations, authentic reproductions were built with a permanent exhibit of the enslaved people on the plantation. As part of the foundation’s Revisit Oak Alley initiative, the “Big House” Experience and Site Interpretation was completed in January 2018. The mansion tour now fully integrates the histories of the enslaved people at Oak Alley and shows their contributions. Where to Eat The German Coast area of Louisiana is an amazing melting pot when it comes to the cuisine. African, mainly Senegal, French, German and American influences have shaped the local food culture. Cajun chefs will cook just about anything. In addition to staples such as crawfish, shrimp and andouille sausage you will also find alligator, rabbit and frog legs. What the area is famed for though is its andouille sausage—and they even made a trail for it. The Andouille Trail will take you to the makers in humble shops and meat markets to chefs at upscale restaurants. Spuddy’s Cajun Cooking Experience is a must, as he shares family recipes passed down for generations. B&C Seafood restaurant is a family owned 84

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business that the locals love. Workers in the area stop by for the plate lunch specials each day or a bowl of their flavorful gumbos—smoked rabbit is the most popular. The Seafood Pot is a restaurant and market with fresh local seafood. You can purchase their daiquiris by the gallon. Don’t miss the Creole House, where Chef Jason Roussel cooks everything from scratch. He is passionate about sharing real Cajan cooking. The plantation tours mentioned are all nonprofit foundations that are dedicated to telling the authentic history of the area. For more information about the German Coast, visit LARiverParishes.com to help plan your visit.


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WILD ALASKAN SALMON CAKES WITH LEMON TARTAR SAUCE Recipe Courtesy of Tina VanDenHeuvel You can follow Tina @madebetterforyou on Instagram SALMON CAKES: 1 1/2 lbs. fresh salmon filet 3 tbsp. unsalted butter, divided 2 tbsp. avocado oil 1 cup medium yellow onion, finely diced 1 red bell pepper, seeded and diced 1 1/2 tsp. minced garlic 1 tsp. black pepper (or to taste) 1 tsp. sea salt 1 cup almond flour 2 large eggs lightly beaten 2 tbsp. olive oil 3 tbsp. mayonnaise (I like Primal Kitchen brand) 1 tbsp. Worcestershire sauce 1 tbsp. dried dill METHOD: • Preheat Oven to 425˚F. Line rimmed baking sheet with parchment or silicone liner. Place salmon in the center, skin side down. Bake uncovered for 10 to 15 minutes (depending on thickness) or just until cooked through. Remove from the oven and let cool to room temperature. Flake salmon with two forks, discarding skin and any bones then set aside. • Heat a medium skillet over medium heat with 1 tablespoon butter and 1 tablespoon avocado oil. Add diced onion and bell pepper, garlic, salt and pepper, and sauté until golden and softened (7 to 9 minutes), then remove from heat. • In a large mixing bowl, combine flaked salmon, sautéed pepper and onion, almond flour, beaten eggs, olive oil, mayonnaise, Worcestershire sauce and dill. Stir to combine. • Form into patties using a 1/3-cup measuring cup and mold with your hands into 2" wide by 1/3 to 1/2" thick patties. • In a clean non-stick pan, heat 1 tablespoon avocado oil and 1 tablespoon butter until hot, then add salmon patties in a single layer. Sauté 3 to 4 minutes per side or until golden brown and cooked through. If salmon patties brown too fast, reduce heat. Remove finished patties to a paper towel-lined plate and repeat with remaining oil, butter and salmon cakes. L E M O N TA R TA R S A U C E : 1 cup mayonnaise (I like Primal Kitchen brand) 1 cup dill pickles, finely chopped 1 tbsp. fresh lemon zest 2 tsp. dried dill 2 tbsp. dill pickle juice METHOD: • Combine all ingredients in a bowl and stir to combine. To Serve: Top Wild Alaskan Salmon Cakes with tartar sauce and squeeze fresh lemon juice on top for extra tartness. 86 86

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SWEET LOU’S RESTAURANT AND TAP HOUSE American fare with a twist. Ribs (pork or bison) smoked in house. Unique burger menu featuring burgers made from ground top sirloin, topped with pulled pork, hand-battered onion rings or jalapenos. 32 beers on tap to enjoy while watching the game on one of their 24, 4K TVs.

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SEASONS OF COEUR D’ALENE At Seasons of Coeur d’Alene Fresh Grill, you will find a menu that is delicious and always fresh! Whether you choose to dine in the intimate dining room, at the vibrant bar or quiet fireplace lounge, it’s sure to be an unforgettable dining experience. They also offer banquet and meeting facilities. You can find Seasons in Downtown Coeur d’Alene just one block off Sherman.

209 Lakeside Ave. | Coeur d’Alene 208.664.8008 | SeasonsofCdA.com

MAX AT MIRABEAU Join MAX at Mirabeau for an unforgettable experience. You’ll be treated to eclectic cuisine, an award-winning menu with more than 100 items, a wine list boasting more than 500 labels and 75 eclectic cocktails—a perfect match for everything on the menu. Enjoy two happy hours daily, a-la-carte brunch featuring multiple benedicts, mimosas and the area’s best Bloody Mary Bar—starting at only $5.90 per person! There’s live music on Friday and Saturday evenings, and late-night dining with a full menu is offered until close. Open daily at 6am.

1100 N. Sullivan Rd. | Spokane Valley 509.922.6252 | MAXatMirabeau.com


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THE PORCH PUBLIC HOUSE A beautiful golf-course view without the cost of joining the country club. They offer a full menu of sandwiches, salads, soups and specialties prepared from scratch without the high price of fine dining, and the region’s finest cocktails, microbrews and wines to accompany your meal. Feel at home in the comfortable pub-style dining room or the fantastic outdoor dining area. Open daily at 11am year round.

1658 E. Miles Ave. | Hayden Lake 208.772.7711 | WeDontHaveOne.com

MOON TIME Serving some of the best food around in a comfortable pub-style atmosphere. The menu offers soups, sandwiches, pastas, salads and other specialties prepared from scratch daily, along with a fantastic selection of micro-brewed beers and fine wines by the glass and bottle. Open daily at 11am, the kitchen is open late every night. Be sure to stop in Thursday night for live music featuring national and local artists. For more information including photos, menu, specials and directions, make sure to visit their website.

1602 E. Sherman Ave. | Coeur d’Alene 208.667.2331 | WeDontHaveOne.com

FISHERMAN’S MARKET A local favorite for an array of reasons, including the friendly staff, unbeatable atmosphere and phenomenal food. Find fresh fish at Fisherman’s on the market side, while the grill offers everything from fish and chips, specialty tartars, fish tacos, salads, steamers, catfish, oyster po’ boys and more. Check out the sushi bar and the offerings of beer, wine and sake.

215 W. Kathleen Ave. | Coeur d’Alene 208.664.4800 | FishermansMarketCdA.com

VINE & OLIVE EATERY AND WINE BAR Guests will be treated to European-inspired small plates using simple, seasonal ingredients for simply good food served with soul, executed with Northwest flair. Choose from the full wine bar, which serves thoughtful wines by the glass and eight local brews on tap, to complement your meal. Voted Best of 2019 Wine Bar and Girls Night Out.

2037 N. Main St. | Coeur d’Alene 208.758.7770 | VineAndOliveCdA.com

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A beautiful waterfront, fine-dining restaurant in a romantic lodge setting overlooking Lake Pend Oreille. Whether it is summer on the patio or cozying up to the fireplace in the winter, Forty-One South’s spectacular sunsets, innovative cuisine, full bar and extensive wine list are sure to make it a memorable night out. A variety of delicious food year-round. Reservations recommended.

41 Lakeshore Dr. | Sagle 208.265.2000 | 41SouthSandpoint.com


MOONDOLLARS BISTRO Moondollars Bistro is known for their burgers, accompanied by scratch-made bread and soups. They uses only fresh ingredients, which are the backbone of this customer favorite. With a comfortable, friendly atmosphere, awesome food, great service, huge patio and full bar there is always something to keep customers coming back for more.

Shopping. Dining. Take-Out.

5416 W. Village Blvd. | Rathdrum 208.687.5396 | MoondollarsBistro.com

ANGELO’S RISTORANTE Angelo’s is the local favorite with a taste of homemade, authentic Italian cuisine! Join them for a fresh, organic, hand-crafted menu of veal, steak, chicken, seafood, pasta and gluten-free offerings. They also offer an extensive wine selection and warm romantic décor. Catering and private cooking classes available with Chef Angelo.

846 N. Fourth St. | Coeur d’Alene 208.765.2850 | AngelosRistorante.net

MONARCH RAMEN + NOODLE HOUSE Monarch Ramen + Noodle House in Coeur d’Alene’s midtown opened in fall 2019 to eager diners. Specializing in ramen and noodle dishes, as well as a variety of smallplate options, guests will be treated to incredible cuisine paired with great brews and service.

1401 N. Fourth St.| Coeur d’Alene 208.966.4230 | MonarchNoodles.com

TIM’S SPECIAL CUT MEATS Tim’s Special Cut Meats is your perfect, old-fashioned butcher shop. The friendly staff is ready to help you pick out the perfect cut. Tim’s carries only the finest natural meats and also handles custom orders, with an extensive line of house-made products from pickled garlic to specialty sauces, marinades, rubs and salsas. Mobile butchering and wild game processing are also available.

525 N. Graffiti St. | Post Falls 208.772.3327 | fTimsSpecialCutMeats TimsSpecialCutMeats.com

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he city of Coeur d’Alene knows how to appreciate the beauty of its lake for the full calendar year; from summer sunset cruises to the beloved holiday light show and annual Journeys to the North Pole.

Even better, the cruises don’t end with the holidays—Lake Coeur d’Alene Cruises offers ways to enjoy the lake into the New Year, with opportunities to discover a new perspective and a different kind of magic on the lake with each changing season. Cruise boats depart daily for a scenic tour of the lake’s Northern Bays. Coeur d’Alene Cruises ensures each boat is comfortable and climatecontrolled, with plenty of room to find a spot for sightseeing. Choose from indoor and outdoor seating in a double-decker cruise boat, and treat yourself to refreshments from the full-service bar on board. Each 90-minute cruise provides a unique experience and a chance to view lakefront homes, the world’s only floating island green and incomparable scenery. Available just a few days into the New Year, the Eagle Watching Cruises provide a close look at the breathtaking birds migrating for the winter.

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Hundreds of American bald eagles visit Lake Coeur d’Alene each year, stopping there to refuel with their primary meal of Kokanee salmon. For an optimal view of the eagles thriving in their natural environment, the cruise boats will transport you to Wolf Lodge Bay. Deluxe two-hour cruises are also available for a fully immersive experience, hosted by a local biologist providing facts, commentary and entertainment throughout. The coziest way to enjoy a lakeside outing is perhaps the Coeur d’Alene Resort’s Scenic Hot Cocoa Cruises. With a “warm winter twist” to the daily lake cruises, guests can enjoy the majesty of the lake while staying warm with a beverage from the hot cocoa bar, complete with spiked cocoa options for adults. The 90-minute Scenic Hot Cocoa Cruises run Friday through Sunday from now through March. With free admission for children ages 5 and younger, it’s easily made an event for the entire family. This season, board a Coeur d’Alene cruise to immerse yourself in the beauty of a Northwest winter. To catch the last of the eagles for the season, view all cruise ticket details, and a full calendar of events, visit CdACruises.com.


JANUARY 8 The Coeur d’Alene Arts & Culture Alliance is excited to announce that the Downtown Coeur d’Alene Artwalk will now be held on the second Friday of each month year-round! So start off 2021 right by showing your support to local artists while patronizing local art galleries, restaurants, shops and businesses in downtown Coeur d’Alene. Artwalk kicks off at 5pm, when the community is invited to stop in participating businesses, view art by area artists, meet the artists and mingle with other art lovers in the community. A wonderful way to spend a Friday evening with friends and family. For additional information and to view January’s participating venues, including the month’s featured gallery, visit ArtsandCultureCdA.org.

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4TH ANNUAL MAC & CHEESE WEEKEND JANUARY 15 - 17 Mark your calendars for one of the tastiest weekend events in Coeur d’Alene—the annual Mac and Cheese Festival! Once again, participants will have a delicious opportunity to taste creamy, cheesy, savory creations at the Coeur d’Alene Resort. Celebrate your favorite childhood dish by tasting your way through this year’s Mac and Cheese Weekend, as attendees will enjoy tasting variations of the comfort food prepared by local resort chefs. The Coeur d’Alene Resort will be offering overnight packages the weekend of January 15 through 17, which will include their own Mac & Cheese Tasting Passport, featuring one cheesy appetizer creation at each of the five resort restaurants, along with one paired craft beer at each restaurant. Visit CdAResort.com for more information and to find out more about their Mac & Cheese Weekend Overnight Stay Package.

SPOKANE GOLF SHOW JANUARY 30 & 31 You’re invited to kick off the golf season at the 2021 Spokane Golf Show, which will be held at the Greyhound Park and Events Center in Post Falls (due to the current COVID restrictions in Spokane County). Stop by anytime between 9am and 5pm Saturday, January 30, and 10am and 4pm Sunday, January 31, to enjoy amazing deals on travel, golf rounds and equipment, the indoor hitting net, as well as manufacturers and Wide World of Golf retail, and more! Please note, masks will be required for all exhibits and attendees to provide a safe and welcome environment. For more information and to purchase tickets ($12), visit SpokaneGolfShow. com. Every paid admission receives a free round of golf; kids 12 and younger are free to attend and will receive a free golf club. * Please note, as of press time, these events were still scheduled to take place as planned. Due to the current health crisis, there is the possibility that event schedules may change or events canceled completely. Be sure to visit event websites to stay up to date with current information.

SUBMIT YOUR EVENTS ONLINE! Want your event to appear on the largest event site in the Northwest? Submit your events to us online at Events.DirectoryNorthwest.com 24/7, 365 days a year! COEUR D’ALENE LIVING LOCAL

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Investor delight! Home needs TLC, bring your offers! Split entry home with a great fenced in yard. The home has 3 bedrooms, with an additional room that could be a 4th bedroom or den, and 2 bathrooms, coming in at just over 2,000 square ft. The home boasts great views of the mountains from the balcony and is just around the corner from a large park. Being in Post Falls homeowners have easy access to I-90 and an easy commute to Spokane or Coeur d’Alene. Don’t miss on this perfect opportunity for a family home!

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