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f these last few weeks have taught us anything, it is that our home truly is our sanctuary from the outside world. As I write this, I am cozied up on the couch with my 9-year-old, who is adjusting to her new version of “normal,” the center of which is our home. So, what can we do to make our home more inviting, comfortable and reflective of who we are?
One of the first things I do when I walk into a new space is to assess the clutter. Clearing clutter is essential for having a welcoming, inviting home. Now, this does not mean that you need to have to subscribe to spare minimalism; it just means that everyday detritus is not on view for all to see. As William Morris said, “Have nothing in your home that you do not know to be useful or believe to be beautiful.” So, if you believe your china bunny collection to be beautiful, then by all means, keep it! Stylists display collections all together so that it reads as a whole and not as a lot of competing items.
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Seize the opportunity and invest in yourself By Trish Buzzone, Thinking Partner, Executive Director, The John Maxwell Team
ll my life I’ve wanted to visit the Galapagos Islands to explore the unique beauty that only exists in this isolated archipelago. When I was 14 years old, a National Geographic TV special introduced me to the strange and wonderful creatures that live here, including my favorite, the blue-footed booby. A few months ago, my sister called and said she and a group of friends had planned a trip to the Galapagos. There was an open spot for me and my husband, paid in full, if we wanted to go. I was blown away by this gift, so excited and so grateful. I was on my way to fulfill my dream! We explored, we snorkeled, we savored local food, and enjoyed excellent company. Then came the day that included a hike that, if we were lucky, might introduce us to some Christmas iguanas, sea lions and, yes, bluefooted boobies! As we headed to the island, our guide, Joss, noticed the tide was coming in too high for our dinghy to land where she had planned. Joss quickly found another place, though the debarking point was more difficult: slippery black rocks with wide spaces between them. One look and I knew I wouldn’t make it.
Not far down the beach, we found a place where the water was lower. We climbed out of the boat, rejoined the group and moved up the trail. For most of the hike, Joss was right there, helping me along the path. I had my hiking stick in one hand and the other on her arm. Buoyed by her instruction and encouragement, we all relied on each other to keep moving forward. She had been down this path before and knew exactly what each of us needed to have the best possible experience. When we reached the end of the path, I found a perch on a rocky cliff and settled down to soak up the breathtaking scenery. I looked to my right, and there it was, my lifelong dream, calmly observing me from 10 feet away—a blue-footed booby. A wave of joy and gratitude washed over me. Thinking about all the people who made this moment possible brought tears to my eyes. My sister for her generous gift, and Kelly, the trip organizer, who extended the invitation and helped fund our cruise. Our adventure companions, whose patience and compassion as I struggled encouraged me to push through. And Joss, who led the way and kept our group together, focused on the excitement of the journey, and not the struggle along the trail.
After the rest of our party climbed out onto those rocks, Joss took my hand, smiled and encouraged me to try. I took one step, then another. Nope. This wasn’t going to happen. Looking at the people waiting on the shore, I didn’t want to hold them back or keep them from enjoying the hike. I would sit this one out.
Without their generosity and leadership, my dream would not have been fulfilled. Sitting there, watching the birds, I reflected on all the people out there helping others make their dreams come true: guiding, mentoring, resourcing. These opportunities are all around us, both to give as we’re able and to receive as we will. Take a moment to reflect: Whose dreams are you investing in, and who is investing in yours?
Joss said, “No Trish, you wouldn’t have gotten in this boat if you didn’t want to go. We will find another way.”
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ellany Taylor moved to Idaho from Pennsylvania at the end of the summer of 2017. She is now finishing her sixth year of teaching—three of those years have been spent at Canfield Middle School in Coeur d’Alene. Mellany attended Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania and is a certified early childhood education and special education teacher.
and willingness to learn and grow is inspiring.” Every day is a new experience, each one unique in its own way when you’re working with kids, she adds. One particular experience that stands out to her is chaperoning the Trail Creek adventure with the sixth grade class. The adventure is a two-and-a-half-day overnight experience at Camp Lutherhaven on Lake Coeur d’Alene.
“MY HEART IS HAPPY WHEN I AM WITH MY KIDDOS, THEIR SPUNK, ENERGY, AND WILLINGNESS TO LEARN AND GROW IS INSPIRING.”
She now teaches resource math and sixth, seventh and eighth grade math boost, though her previous experience is working with grades K-6 in a variety of subjects in special education. She was inspired to become a teacher through seeing other kids struggle with academics, as well as her own struggles in school. The teachers who helped her through made a lasting impact, and Mellany now hopes to make the same difference in her own students’ lives.
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“It was so great seeing kiddos step out of their comfort zone to try new things and letting them see their teachers in a different light,” says Mellany. “That being said, any opportunity I get to support my students outside of the classroom is one to remember.”
As a teacher, Mellany works to be so much more than just an instructor. She serves as a role model for her students and desires to encourage and spur them on to pursue their dreams and reach their full potential. The life lesson she wants to instill in them the most is to “be kind to yourself. Be kind to others. And always believe in yourself and your abilities.”
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he last two months have proven that things can change in an instant, and a helping hand can go a long way. The COVID-19 pandemic has left many local businesses and restaurants closed or with limited hours for an unforeseen amount of time. Here are some ways you can help support them through the tough times. Carry Out - Many restaurants are still offering carry-out and curbside pickup. It’s often how they’re keeping the lights on and doors open. Choose a different restaurant to support each week (or night if you’re not the cooking type). Online Orders - Many places you can still order items online and have them shipped. So if your local store has an online shop, opt for buying from them rather than the big box store. Gift Cards - Gift cards are a great way to support local restaurants and businesses, plus they’re a fun little uplifting gift for the people in your life and a reminder that yes, these days too will pass.
Drop a Line - Not all of us have spare cash to spend during this time, but you can show your support to small businesses in other ways. Write a good review on Google or one of their social media sites. They’re going to need all of the business they can get when this is over. Be Safe - If you’re doing carry out, be cognizant of the people still working and those coming after you. Do your part to keep things sanitary and keep your distance—no one finds it rude to not shake hands during these times. Don’t Forget to Tip - Most restaurant employees rely on tips to make up most of their income. With in-store dining closed, there’s not much coming in. Even if you’re just doing carry-out, be extra generous and throw in a tip—it’ll make that person’s day. One day soon, it will be business as usual. Until then, please show your support in whatever way you can.
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ootenai County’s 2019 top 30 under 40 winner Katie Brown’s interest in childhood education started in high school, when she took a family consumer science course. When she got to college, she knew it was her calling.
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A Coeur d’Alene area native, Katie grew up in Athol, was a dedicated 4-H student and loved everything about her childhood. “Growing up here, it just has everything that I love—being close to the water, the woods; being close to my family,” says Katie. She earned her associates degree from NIC, where she confirmed she was passionate about early childhood education and child safety. “I just loved it, and that really got me kicked off and started in childhood education,” Katie recalls. She went on to receive a degree from the University of Idaho, and when the opportunity presented itself, decided to complete her Master of Science in curriculum and instruction with an emphasis in early childhood education from Arizona State University.
Katie also serves as a facilitator for the United Way of North Idaho’s Ready! For Kindergarten program. She’s in her sixth year with the organization and helps to facilitate parent workshops and childcare providers. For her, it’s about “reminding parents it’s OK to play with your child and to have fun, and that’s really where learning comes from,” she says. For more than four years, Katie has served on the board of directors for Northwest Infant Survival and SIDS Alliance (NISSA), formerly the Inland Northwest SIDS Foundation, and currently serves as the board president.
She met her husband, and both decided to settle in her hometown area. “We both have really strong roots here in North Idaho, and this is where we wanted to settle down,” Katie says. In both her professional and free time, she is dedicated to serving the local community through childhood education opportunities and child safety awareness.
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After more than four decades in business, the success of this long-standing business is credited to its founders, Kerry and Lyla Henderson, and their son, Mark, who has managed Pool World’s dayto-day operations for more than 30 years. “They really had a vision of excellence that has set us apart today,” states Business Manager Pat Flynn. Today, owners Lyla and Mark Henderson are dedicated to spending the necessary time educating their employees on everything they need to know about their market, products, water chemistry and more. “Our product knowledge separates us from other suppliers in the area,” affirms Sales Manager Dan Meacham. “We carry products that increase a customer’s well-being physically and mentally,” he says. “All of our products really help people to
relax and enjoy each other, thus the reason we promote our products as a backyard vacation!” Whether pools, hot tubs, grills, saunas and more … Pool World has what you’re looking for. With summer just around the corner, now is the perfect time to start preparing your backyard for a season of fun and entertainment. What they enjoy most at Pool World is being part of the local community. “We love how focused Coeur d’Alene and Spokane is with health and being outdoors. We love that customers in our area care about our company, shopping local, high-quality products and excellent customer service.” Pool World prides itself on being more than a longstanding local family owned business—it is through their unwavering commitment to the community that they find true fulfillment. Pool World and its employees are not only dedicated to their customers but also their local communities they serve. For every hot tub sold, they donate $100 into the Pool World Care Fund. You will also find them running various promotions throughout the year, donating to specific organizations and participating in many local charity events.
“Together with the Pool World Cares Fund, we donate to local organizations such as Kootenai Humane Society, Coeur d’Alene Swim Team, YMCA, SCRAPS, 2nd Harvest Food Bank, ACCOIN, Every Woman Can, Arthritis Northwest, Providence Health Group, Spokane Humane Society, American Cancer Society, Spokane Youth Symphony, Spokane Parks and Rec and more,” Marketing Manager Elisha Heinje says proudly. Over the past five years, Pool World has given more than $125,000 to local charities either by check or by donating items. “We love that we can make a difference in our area!” smiles Elisha. Lyla, Mark and the rest of the Pool World team believe that by supporting the people and local organizations in Coeur d’Alene, they can help strengthen our community and give people the opportunity to thrive and take pride in where they live and the businesses that serve our area in so many ways. If you’re looking to support a local business who in turn supports our local community, then look no further than Pool World, where they’re ready to help you get started on that backyard vacation.
IN FOCUS FROM SOLDIERS TO CAMPERS FARRAGUT’S VARIED HISTORY DEMANDS EXPLORATION STORY AND PHOTOS BY DAN THOMPSON
s long as Errin Bair has a say— and she has for more than a decade so far—Museum at the Brig inside Farragut State Park will not become stale.
About 18,000 people passed through the museum in 2019, and the park ranger wants to ensure each year there is a new reason for them to come back. So, the newest addition is an exhibit on Women of World War II, which she has been working on for some time. It follows any number of exhibits at the museum, which celebrates and chronicles the ever-churning use the park endured since it began in 1942 as a training camp for United States soldiers.
One of Bair’s many roles at the park is to be in charge of this museum, as well as the volunteers who help keep it and the rest of the park humming during its open season. The park gets loads of donations from veterans or their families, and there’s never quite enough room for all of it, despite the ongoing renovation projects Bair oversees. “If there’s not a space in the museum that I’m developing for something, then I’m bored,” Bair said. There’s also a Junior Ranger program at the park, located about midway between Coeur d’Alene and Sandpoint. As of early April the park was closed for camping but open for day use as part of Idaho’s effort to stop the spread of COVID-19.
Park use continues to change and continues to increase, especially at this North Idaho state park. Museum visits continue to increase every year, and more and more school groups seem to find their way there, Bair said. It is nearly impossible to decide last minute to go camping and actually find a site at Farragut. But despite those hurdles, Bair sees this as a wonderful time for the 55-year-old state park. “I want people to know that the woods are good,” Bair said. “We just want to encourage people. We want people to know that you don’t have to have brand-name equipment, and you don’t have to have fancy backpacks and fancy hiking shoes, and you don’t have to be a certain size. Come out and play with us, and we’ll help you.”
When the United States first got involved in World War II, the military needed a place to train soldiers in the Northwest. They were looking for something inland, Bair said, a place that the military didn’t think Japanese bombers could reach. They also wanted a lake, and Pend Oreille fit that perfectly. Pend Oreille is very deep, so much so that the military still uses it as a test site for unmanned submarines. At its deepest the lake is somewhere between 1,100 and 1,200 feet deep, though Bair said the silty bottom doesn’t bounce radar well, so it is difficult to know its precise depth. The military base took six months to build, and once operational its six camps each housed 5,000 soldiers. It was the largest city in Idaho
for four years, Bair said, and in all 293,381 men went through boot training at Farragut between 1942 and 1946. But after the war, the military disbanded the facility and opened up “a giant community yard sale,” as Bair put it. “You can go to any long-standing family in North Idaho, even Eastern Washington, and you can find silverware that said FNTS (Farragut Naval Training Station) on it, or you can find cabinets or linens, all kinds of things,” Bair said. After that, various groups came through to use the space: Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts, the National Guard. When Idaho established a state parks department, Farragut was enfolded into its number. Since then, the park became home
to the museum, campgrounds, swimming areas, hiking trails, and more recently disc golf courses and the Tree to Tree Adventure Park. All that on top of the interesting geological history of the region, and Bair can talk for hours about what the park has to offer visitors. She leads mountain biking tours every week during the open season and encourages children to engage with the park through the Junior Ranger program, which she also leads. She and the other rangers also lean on the 42 volunteers who help in the museum, play host in the campgrounds and aid in other ways, Bair said, because there is no shortage of work. There are also challenges. The forest recently
endured an invasion of pine beetles that killed massive swaths of trees. Many have been felled and chopped, creating views of the lake that previously were obscured. But even in the face of that, Bair holds an optimistic tone. “You can’t have change and growth in the forest without some sort of disturbance,” she said. “You have to cause disturbance to have healthy forests. That’s what we try to educate people about.” As much as Bair sees her role as an educator, there is an element of it that requires enforcement too: Leash laws for pets are often disregarded, she said, to name one example. “There’s a lack of understanding from people who come out to a park like this that’s so big and has such big open spaces, they want to let their dogs run,” she said, “even though there’s a huge sign that says you’re gonna have a $72 ticket.” The park gets more use from Washingtonians and Canadians than Idahoans, she said. Site reservations can be made nine months in advance, and so people do. But that means locals can’t so easily pack up and stay at the park on a moment’s notice, even mid-week.
There are no plans to expand the camping offerings, either, because there just isn’t the money to fund another ranger position, which would be vital if there were another loop of sites, Bair said. And so, the rangers’ focus is on improving and fixing the existing infrastructure. This is the fate of parks across Idaho, Bair said, as the population grows. “The state in itself from all the way south to all the way north has such incredible recreation opportunities,” Bair said. The mountain biking is superb, she said. Farragut connects to massive national forest spaces, and people can use the park as a base to explore all of it. There is also a growing demand for the kind of camping Farragut offers because of its convenience. But Bair said she wouldn’t do anything else. She has a knack for puns— the museum plays war DVDs in the “Pacific theater”; the scale models of boot camp buildings, she said, were constructed by an area “model prisoner”—and faces the challenges of maintaining the park with a smile, even as she walks the museum and sees evidence that rodents are evading her defensive efforts. “Dang it. Pack rats. Seriously. Shredding my velvet. There’s a pack rat! I hate him,” she said. “He’s making himself some sort of cape, I can imagine.”
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pringtime in the Idaho Panhandle means it’s again time for fresh produce and farm products. It’s the season to start living off the land again (if you haven’t been all winter), and the Kootenai County Farmers’ Market is back with loads of fresh goodness to make the most of the warmer season.
Everything is not back to normal by any means, and the market will be taking efforts to protect its vendors and customers. The market presents a much-anticipated opportunity to access essential fresh fruits, vegetables and food products while supporting local growers in the process.
The Saturday market will be opening up as planned on May 9 (as of press time) at the Hayden site on the corner of Highway 95 and Prairie Avenue. The market will be modified to ensure the safety of all vendors and customers, says Saturday Market Manager Natalie Selbe.
The Kootenai County Farmers Market started in 1986 in the Coeur d’Alene area as a means of providing fresh, locally grown produce to the community. Typically operating May through October in a normal year, the markets specialize in vegetables, flowers, native plants and a diverse array of local food products like meats, cheeses, bread, honey and jams.
The Wednesday market opening, which takes place in Downtown Coeur d’Alene on Fifth Street, will be postponed until at least June as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Its opening depends on when event permits are issued for the area, adds Selbe.
“We are autonomous, producer-only, member-driven, with an elected board of directors,” says Ellen Scriven from Killarney Farms, and a board member who has been with the market since its inception. “[We are] one of the oldest in the region, having started in 1986.”
The Hayden market opening will be one of the first annual events locals return to the streets for since most unessential businesses closed or reduced hours and the state issued a state-wide stay-at-home order.
When the market first started on Sherman Avenue in Coeur d’Alene, 25 vendors participated. Now the markets include more than 100 different vendors, many who have been returning to the market for years.
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Besides delicious fresh vegetables and food products, the markets include native plants, live music, arts and crafts, and special activities and events. You can often find people dancing to the music in the street downtown or in front of the stage in Hayden, says Scriven. Each year the Saturday market offers a Fall Festival to celebrate the season and provide extra merriment for families at the market. This year’s will be on September 26.
At the market you can find local farms like Royal Highlands Produce, a local family farm 45 minutes from Coeur d’Alene that grows everything naturally with no chemical fertilizers, pesticides, insecticides or fungicides, and uses only organic seeds. Since they, like many other local farmers, are so close, you know the produce you’re buying is freshly picked and full of nutrients. Urban farmer The Coeur d’Alene Coop grows and sells heirloom plant varieties on their local garden situated right in the city limits. They also keep chickens and grow a productive garden on their tiny lot and can be found selling at the market each year. KCFM is all member driven, which means it is local farmers and artisans who are preserving and continuing the efforts which began 34 years ago to help connect the community to the local land. “The members participate in decisions about the market. They volunteer in many ways from setting the market up and taking it down, to organizing music and special events, to helping to promote the market and donating time and products for customer appreciation,” says Scriven.
Scriven remembers lots of special moments throughout her years with the markets: “Customers expressing appreciation, showing up on the coldest, rainiest or snowy days to support their local growers ... The moose who wandered through the market a few years ago ...The market dinners.” KCFM also includes a special program for kids ages 5 to 12 called POP (Power of Produce). It’s a free program that helps introduce children to the importance of eating fresh and local, and shows them how to grow and prepare their own food. Participants receive tokens they can use to shop at the Farmers’ Market. The market had an interesting start, moving around locations in search of a permanent spot to open each year. Vendors sold out of the back of their trucks the first year, and the market shrank to only eight members the following year when it found itself in a less than ideal location in an empty lot across from the jail. In 1994 the Saturday market moved to its current location, where vendors now have 70 Redwood painted booths to sell from amidst the trees and parklike setting. The Saturday market is open 9am to 1:30pm, and no
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dogs are allowed in the market area, even if they are on a leash or carried. The Wednesday market is from 4 to 7pm downtown in Coeur d’Alene and caters to the “what’s for dinner?” weekday crowd and visitors to the area. The Kootenai County Farmers’ Market website is a wealth of information. You can find information on all of the vendors who attend the markets, as well as a helpful “what’s in season” page that lists various produce items and the months they are typically available at market. A collection of delicious recipes helps you make the most of your fresh produce—like Emily’s Rhubarb Cobbler and Rajnica (Croatian Lamb Kebab Skewers). The website also includes nutritional access program information and upcoming event updates and news. Visit KootenaiFarmersMarkets.org to learn more about the markets and their offerings. If you are a local Kootenai County producer who would like to become a vendor at the market, you can easily apply for membership; the farmers market is always looking to bring local growers and producers
together to represent all that the area has to offer. Vendor categories include agricultural producers and growers, artisan food and craft vendors, and food court vendors. Visit KootenaiFarmersMarkets.org to learn more about the markets and their offerings, or to become a vendor. Farmers’ markets across North Idaho are gearing up for their summer season, and it promises to be the perfect opportunity to get outside, enjoy the sun, socialize and stock up on healthy, locally sourced food. Neighboring markets to the north of Coeur d’Alene in places like Sandpoint and Bonners Ferry will soon be opening their booths as well, making it easy to opt for local and source most of your produce and food needs from local growers and producers. So grab your reusable shopping bags, a coffee and the kids, and head on out to one of your local farmers’ markets. Take a moment to pause and listen to the live music while you munch on some tasty snacks and enjoy all of the love and care put into every product. From fresh cheese and meat to farm-fresh vegetables, local flowers and artisan crafts, you’ll find everything you need, and then some.
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hile watching television news coverage following the bombing at the Boston Marathon a few years ago, First District Judge Clark Peterson was moved by something he witnessed.
NIC offers three levels of certification in law enforcement, including a Basic Technical Certificate, which is awarded at the completion of the Basic Patrol Academy. A student can continue on and earn an Intermediate Technical Certificate, and an Associate of Applied Science degree is available also.
Peterson, who spoke last year at the Spring North Idaho College Basic Patrol Academy Commencement Ceremony, said that amid the chaos following the explosion, many people were running away from the possible danger—but there was a small group of people doing the opposite.
A potential candidate must interview with Swanson, pass an assessment, a background check, a polygraph test, a psychological test, and meet physical and medical requirements. “I have often told applicants who are starting the process that if you have a background that is acceptable, have a good work ethic and some common sense, we can teach you the skills to do the job,” said Kootenai County Sheriff Ben Wolfinger, whose deputies often complete their training at NIC. “I truly believe that between the academies and the OJT (on-the-job training) here, we can teach people to do this job.”
“You folks are the kind of people who are willing to run toward the explosion,” Peterson told the patrol academy graduates. For the last decade, NIC and local law enforcement agencies have worked together to train newly hired officers of law enforcement agencies and students seeking employment in law enforcement. Previously, law enforcement recruits had to travel nearly seven hours by car to the Idaho Peace Officers Standards and Training (POST) Academy in Meridian, in Southern Idaho, to complete their training.
It’s a great benefit to local agencies to have a police academy here in North Idaho, said Post Falls Police Chief Pat Knight. “Students are being trained by officers who work in the communities where they will serve.”
The Basic Patrol Academy at NIC is sanctioned and accredited by the POST council and meets the same standards as the academy in Meridian. The curriculum at NIC is the same, but some of the training reflects a North Idaho law enforcement experience, and most of the instructors are local law enforcement officers themselves.
And those instructors are an important ingredient in the recipe being successfully used to develop law enforcement personnel in the region. “Some of the things we’ll probably remember most … are the personal experiences related to us by the instructors,” said Lance Hosea, student president of the patrol academy class that graduated in May 2019.
“It’s more realistic and what they will encounter up here,” Swanson said.
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hroughout history, people from every culture appreciated that plants growing around them were not only a source of food but also a source of healing. The knowledge of which plants to use and how to use them was often transmitted orally from generation to generation by a respected medicine elder. With the advent of Western medicine, this knowledge informed the creation of the first pharmaceutical medications, most of which were originally purified plant substances. Some original examples of these plant-derived pharmaceuticals include morphine from opium poppies, quinine from the bark of the cinchona tree and aspirin from willow bark.
As early as 200 BC, the Chinese had created a detailed materia medica that collected the oral traditional uses of 365 agricultural and medicinal plants. This materia medica now lists more than 10,000 plants and natural substances, and Chinese herbal medicines are an important complement to modern medical care in China. This tradition of herbal medicine has been used for thousands of years to treat epidemics and most recently proved to be effective to lessen the severity of the COVID-19 outbreak (1) as well as the SARS outbreak (2) when used alongside Western medical interventions. Chinese herbal medicine is beginning to gain traction in the United States, and hospitals with integrative medicine centers such as the Cleveland Clinic and Johns Hopkins are now offering Chinese herbal formulas and acupuncture in conjunction with Western treatments.
The advancement of the Chinese written language enabled them to be the earliest civilization to extensively document the medicinal use of plants.
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THROUGHOUT HISTORY, PEOPLE FROM EVERY CULTURE APPRECIATED THAT PLANTS GROWING AROUND THEM WERE NOT ONLY A SOURCE OF FOOD BUT ALSO A SOURCE OF HEALING.
Chinese herbal medicine differs from standardized herbal supplements due to the method of their prescription. Rarely prescribed individually, Chinese herbs are instead combined together in formulas usually composed of five to 12 herbs. Herbal formula recipes from ancient medicinal texts are still studied and replicated today due to their time-tested effectiveness and masterful understanding of herbal combinations. The precise dosages of the specific herbs composing the formula are essential to create a synergistic treatment effect not possible if the herbs are taken out of the context of the formula. This allows Chinese herbal formulas to have very precise effects in the body. Rather than focusing on the ‘antiviral’ or ‘antibacterial’ compounds present in herbs, Chinese herbal medicines instead categorize herbs based on their empirical effects on the processes and energetics of the body. A common example is cinnamon, which is a warming herb that can be used to induce sweating. These principles allow herbal formulas to be tailored to each individual’s constitution and the specific energetic adjustments necessary to allow them to clear their illness and reach a state of wellness. This philosophy is part of the inherent strength of Chinese herbal medicines and why herbal prescriptions for the same illness often differ from person to person.
In our time of modernization and biotechnology, it is important to honor the ancient wisdom of plant medicine and the teachings of the medicine people who shared their knowledge with us for the benefit of future generations. Jeff Pufnock and Jessica Youngs are the owners of Embodied Virtue Acupuncture & Herbal Medicine, located at 307 Church Street in Sandpoint, Idaho. To find out more, call 208.254.1188, email info@ embodiedvirtue.com or visit EmbodiedVirtue.com.
THE POSITIVES OF PETS THE BENEFITS OF HAVING A FURRY FRIEND
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any people consider pets to be part of their family, so when an individual makes the choice to live in an assisted living community, it’s only natural that they’ll want to bring their pet along. Luckily, many communities allow their residents to bring their dog, cat, bird, fish or other animal with them, which can in turn bring residents mental, emotional and physical well-being.
assisted living communities said that they feel an increased sense of security having their pets near. Moving into a new community is a big change for anyone, and you’ll feel more secure with Fluffy or Fido around. Dogs in particular can give owners a sense of security while out and about in public. A study from the Journal of Human-Animal Studies found that more than 80 percent of pet owners feel safer in public areas when their animals are with them.
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It’s easy to feel lonely in a new and unfamiliar living situation. You may be surrounded by an exciting host of activities and people, but being able come home to the unconditional love and camaraderie of your beloved pet can still make a huge impact on your happiness and comfort in a new environment. Pets also create great opportunities to meet new people—you’ll always have a walking buddy and someone to greet you at the door.
Research shows that caring for a pet has a multitude of emotional and physical benefits. Caring for a pet promotes overall well-being, helping us live longer, happier and healthier lives. All pets—not just certified therapy animals— reduce stress, lower blood pressure and decrease depression. One research project found that pet owners older than 65 visited the hospital 21 percent less often than those without pets.
A recent study monitored the behaviors of longterm care residents who experienced therapybased pet interaction versus those who did not. The results showed that people exposed to animals were more likely to participate in long conversations, while those who did not were more likely to have brief conversations. Sense of Security According to a study from the National Health Call Center, the vast majority of those living in
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They also learned that the presence of a therapy dog decreased agitation in people with Alzheimer’s and dementia, especially during the late afternoon and early evening, a time that can often lead to an increase in confusion and agitation for people living with memory issues. Many senior living communities welcome fourlegged friends because they understand the importance of pets and the benefits pets bring residents. When choosing an assisted living community that fits your lifestyle and needs, don’t forget to take your pet into account.
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Acids in Skin Care SOUND SCARY? THE TRUTH ABOUT ACIDS AND THE HEALTH BENEFITS TO YOUR SKIN
By Kristin Carlson, Medical Esthetician
any people wrinkle their nose or cringe when I mention acid treatments for treating certain skin conditions. They imagine skin melting or psychedelic narcotics. The acids I’m recommending are medical-grade products containing acid solutions used in aesthetic treatments for various benefits. I am a big fan of chemical peels and at-home skin-care regimens containing acids. They keep my acne-prone skin clear and (now at the age of 40) keep those pesky wrinkles to a minimum. Let’s discuss a few, what they are used for and, if used properly, what the benefits are to your skin. Hyaluronic Acid: Also called hyaluronan or HA, hyaluronic acid is a water-binding carbohydrate cell found in the body. It attracts and retains water, keeping your skin moist and supple. Sun exposure is the main culprit for the reduction of the body’s natural production of HA, leaving the skin to appear wrinkled and dehydrated. You can increase the HA in your skin by ingesting it in supplement form, applying topically to the face, neck and decollete, or via injection by your aesthetic provider. The results are hydrated, plump, firm and glowing skin! Alpha Hydroxy Acids: AHAs are water-soluble acids, derived from fruits, which dissolve or peel away the outermost layers of the epidermis, which is mostly composed of dead skin cells. This process allows the skin to breath and generate new, healthy skin cells. Skin conditions treated with alpha hydroxy acids include age spots, melasma, texture, fine lines and enlarged pore size. Examples of AHAs include glycolic acid, lactic acid and malic acid. The result: smoother, brighter and more even skin tone.
Beta Hydroxy Acids: BHAs are oil-soluble acids, which penetrate deeper into the skin, dissolving dead skin cells and excess sebum buildup. Because of the composition of BHAs and their ability to penetrate deeper into the skin, they are good options for oily or acne-prone skin. The most common BHA is salicylic acid, a great ingredient for combating acne. The result: a clearer, brighter and smoother complexion. Quite often, acids are used in combined treatments to remedy multiple skin concerns. For instance, maybe you have combination skin and are experiencing hormonal breakouts along the jawline, but the skin on your cheeks and under-eye area are dry and sun damaged. A combination of AHAs and BHAs could be used during a chemical peel treatment with a post treatment and at-home regimen containing hyaluronic acid for moisture retention. There are many options for the use of acids in your skin-care routine. Talk to your skin-care provider about which combination or treatment is right for you. Keep in mind, many acid treatments make you sensitive to sun exposure, so additional SPF and protection is a must. Peels are not recommended while pregnant, nursing or when using any oral or topical acne medications. Talk to your health-care provider or dermatologist if you have questions. Don’t be afraid to try new products, even if they sound scary. The results can lead to a healthier complexion and a happier you.
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A DEADLY STROKE Heritage Health helps patients prevent stroke through diet, exercise, medication BY MARC STEWART, HERITAGE HEALTH
omeone in the United States has a stroke every 40 seconds. Every four minutes someone dies from a stroke.
having a stroke. It’s important to have regular visits with your provider so they can monitor your risk levels and manage these conditions.”
A stroke, sometimes called a brain attack, occurs when an artery is blocked, reducing blood flow to part of the brain, or when a blood vessel in the brain bursts. In either case, parts of the brain become damaged or die.
A stroke can cause lasting brain injury, long-term disability or even death. According to the Centers for Disease Control, stroke kills about 140,000 Americans each year—that’s one out of every 20 deaths.
When this happens, brain cells start to die within minutes because they can’t get oxygen. This causes a stroke.
A stroke is a medical emergency, and prompt treatment is crucial. Early action can reduce brain injury and other complications.
There are two types of stroke:
“If you believe you’re having a stroke, call 911,” says Grattic. “Don’t drive yourself to the hospital. The ambulance will get you there faster. Those minutes are critical to reducing the long-term effects of a stroke. If you get treated fast enough, the damage to the brain can be minimized.”
• An ischemic stroke occurs when a blood clot blocks a blood vessel to the brain. Fatty deposits called plaque can also cause blockages by building up in the blood vessels. • A hemorrhagic stroke occurs when a blood vessel bursts in the brain. Blood builds up and damages surrounding brain tissue. Heritage Health’s Taryn Grattic PA-C, associate medical director of the Post Falls Clinic, believes stroke can be prevented years earlier—and well before they have catastrophic results. “Stroke can be prevented by living a healthy lifestyle,” says Grattic. “A healthy diet and exercise are just as important as medications we can prescribe and key to prevention.” Medicines that lower cholesterol and maintain normal blood pressure are important tools in lowering the odds of having a stroke. Unfortunately, it’s very common, for people take their medications inconsistently, and they don’t realize how dangerous that can be. “I work with a lot of patients with high blood pressure and patients with chronic illnesses like diabetes, coronary artery disease,” says Grattic. “These conditions put people at a higher risk for
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Grattic urges her patients and their families to be mindful of signs a stroke is occurring. “They might recognize it before you do,” said Grattic. “Your family is your best support system. Talk to them about stroke and what to look for.” Warning signs of a stroke: • Sudden numbness or weakness in the face, arm or leg (especially on one side of the body) • Sudden confusion or trouble speaking or understanding speech • Sudden vision problems in one or both eyes • Sudden difficulty walking or dizziness, loss of balance or problems with coordination • Severe headache with no known cause Contact your primary care provider for additional information about how you can prevent a deadly stroke in your future. Schedule an annual wellness visit today by calling 208.620.5250.
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SOCIAL DISTANCING DID NOT REDUCE THE OBLIGATION TO THOSE WHO SACRIFICED BY DAN AZNOFF PHOTOS COURTESY OF FISHER HOUSE JBLM
ike every element of normal life, the shelter-in-place order for residents of Washington state to prevent the spread of COVID-19 impacted the mission of a local nonprofit group that was organized to provide a safe haven for veterans and their families to stay while the soldier receives treatment at the medical facility at Joint Base Lewis-McChord.
In compliance with guidance and restrictions ordered by the Department of Defense, the national offices of Fisher House in Rockville, Maryland, closed during the second week of April. That left the task of helping the families of injured and disabled veterans of the military up to the staff, which currently rotates and is in the home once a week to restock the home and check on the families at each location. The Fisher House that serves military families stationed at JBLM established strict guidelines for accepting donations that included holding all items in quarantine for a minimum of 48 hours to prevent the spread of the potentially deadly virus. The guidelines are part of the national program to contain the virus through the federal government. “We are not in a position to turn away donations, and we certainly do not want to give the impression that we are not grateful, but the health of the soldiers, their families and members of our staff have to take precedence,” said one volunteer. Families who inquired about what assistance was available during one of the most challenging times in our nation’s history were directed to The Friends of Fisher House Puget Sound (FisherHouseVAPS.org), where volunteers responded to an unusually high number of emails and phone calls. “We continue to keep our nation’s promise and obligation to those who have sacrificed for our nation’s freedom,” another volunteer added. “With a little help we will continue to raise funds and increase awareness of the quiet trauma that wounded veterans face every day.” The Friends of Fisher House Puget Sound was established in 2006 “to ease the burden of past and present military and veteran families during difficult times.”
Good Medicine The VA Puget Sound Fisher House in Seattle, which opened its doors in 2008, is managed by Carrie Booker. She oversees the operation of the temporary home for veterans while they receive treatment in a quiet home-like setting adjacent to the medical center. In Booker’s words, love is good medicine. Fisher House receives only a small percentage of its operating budget from the federal government, the majority of its funding comes from individual donations and organizations like the Friends of Fisher House Puget Sound. Volunteers who work throughout the year to reduce the anxiety that comes with having a loved one in the hospital have continued to provide love and support for the families at Fisher House. Veterans like Andy Fairchok have answered the call in the best way he knows. Fairchok was in the military for 27 years and now operates the Old Soldier Distillery. He donates all of the tips he collects from the tasting room on Puyallup Avenue in Tacoma to the JBLM Fisher House and adds them to donations from patrons and business owners in Tacoma. “There is so much more we can do to help such a great cause. It’s just a matter of getting the word out, and people are eager to help,” said Fairchok. The distillery proprietor used by-products from his operation to make hand sanitizer that was distributed throughout the community early in the month. Later in April, Fairchok and his staff delivered $1,500 worth of diapers and baby formula to families at Fisher House. For Fairchok, reaching out to help veterans has been a family affair. His wife, Mary, served 14 years as a doctor at the Madigan Army Medical Center, located on Joint Base Lewis-McChord. Other members of his family were employed to frame the newest addition to the Fisher House. He was reluctant to reflect how much Fisher House has impacted any individual soldier over the years he has been associated with the facility, but noted one veteran of the war in Afghanistan was so inspired by the kindness she received that she returned to the facility on Gardner Loop to volunteer hours of her own time to help others. The local Fisher House in Tacoma has served almost 21,000 families. Staff at the facility have served 168 coalition families from 27 countries for an average stay of five days. More than 2,800 of the individuals who have received care at the local facility have been veterans of the fighting in either Iraq or Afghanistan. The Tacoma complex typically provides home to seven families at Fisher House I and 10 families at Fisher House II. They average 10 families a month, and occupancy is around 70 percent.
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The task of remaining open and available to serve active duty, reserve/guard and veterans and their families requires dedication from a small army of volunteers. Since it opened, the Fisher House that serves JBLM has remained open with help from almost 30,000 volunteers who have donated almost 92,000 hours of time, according to the Friend’s website. The Joint Base Lewis McChord Fisher House opened in 1992 in order to provide a space for military families receiving treatment at Madigan Army Medical Center, with a second Fisher House on JBLM opening its doors in 2015. “We use the one we have now just about every day to capacity,” said commander of the Madigan Army Medical Center Col. Michael Place at the dedication ceremonies for the second residential structure. The second Fisher House at JBLM was dedicated to the memory of Gen. John Shalikashvili, the former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff who retired to nearby Steilacoom and served on the Fisher House Board of Trustees. Generous Roots The Fisher House program was established in 1990 by Zachary Fisher, a New York real estate investor and major philanthropic benefactor for the men and women in the United States Armed Forces, as well as numerous other not-for-profit organizations, and his wife, Elizabeth. There are currently 86 Fisher Houses located on 25 military installations and 37 VA medical centers, with many more houses under construction or in design. Their stated goal was to provide “a loving safe place for families to call home while their loved ones received care in the hospital.” Zachary Fisher was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1998. One year later President Bill Clinton signed Public Law 106161 that honored the philanthropist status as an honorary veteran in the U.S. Armed Forces. “Zachary Fisher was a kind man,” recalled Vivian Wilson, who managed the first Fisher House near the Navy base in Bethesda Naval Hospital in Maryland. “When we first opened, he called weekly to find out if there was anything that was needed and wanted to know what the families thought about the house.” Wilson said Fisher always asked what else could be done to make the veterans more comfortable. “People brought him joy,” said Wilson. “And he especially loved to help those who protected his freedom.” Each Fisher House has between seven and 21 suites that can accommodate 16 to 42 family members. Every location features a common kitchen, laundry facilities, spacious dining rooms and a living room with library and toys for children. The newest houses are handicap accessible that include elevators. Since first being established nearly 30 years ago, Fisher houses across the country have gained a reputation for developing a sense of community among families during dark times. The bonds are enhanced with common areas that provide space for families to care for each other while they share common experiences. According to the organization’s website, Fisher houses across the country have saved military families an estimated $282 million in out-of-pocket lodging and transportation expenses. When they are at capacity, new applicants are given vouchers to local hotels to save
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their money for other expenses that can occur during an emergency situation. Guest rooms at Fisher House have a maximum capacity of four persons. According to a statement released by Fisher House, referrals with more than four guests cannot be accommodated. A separate program titled “Hotel for Heroes” places eligible patients and their families in local hotels and is available when the number of patients and their families exceeds the capacity of the Fisher House. The residences have been designed to provide temporary housing and are not a treatment center. The residential units are available to active and retired military personnel, active duty reservists and members of the National Guard as well as anybody receiving inpatient treatment at the VA hospital. Exemptions can be made for soldiers and their families who live more than 40 miles from a medical treatment facility. House managers at each site have the authority to allow families of patients in Intensive Care or the Palliative Care units of the hospital on a case-by-case basis. A Wishlist of Needs The JBLM Fisher House posts a Wishlist of items most needed by families in the facility. The current list includes an extensive catalog of food items that ranges from basics like
personal hygiene items, flour, cereal and bread to single-sized snacks and coffee. It also includes items that cannot be accepted during this time, such as used toys and games, stuffed animals and clothing. The full Wishlist is available at FisherHouseJBLM.org. Despite assurances from Fairchok that their identity would be protected, no current residents would agree to be interviewed for this article. However, Staff Sgt. Ken Lambes did agree to be quoted in a military publication about the four times he and his family utilized the Fisher House.
Fisher Houses Current Families served: More than 32,000 in 2019 Daily capacity: 1,100 families Total Families served: More than 450,000 since inception Total number of lodging days offered: 9 million +
Lambes is a member of the JBLM ‘s 42nd Military Police Brigade who took his teenage son to the military hospital. “The Fisher House really makes the nightmare of special treatment easier for families,” he said. Lambes was apparently so overwhelmed by the treatment he and his family received at Fisher House that he returned during the same year to invite many of the families at Fisher House to his own home for Thanksgiving dinner. The family of an Oregon National Guard soldier wounded in Iraq more than a dozen years ago described Fisher House as “a beautiful bridge that makes bringing together a family so much easier even in heavy hearted moments of life.” The obligation to care for veterans and active duty and their families who have sacrificed to defend the freedom that Americans enjoy remains the top priority for the caregivers at Fisher House and the scores of volunteers committed to making veterans and their families’ stay as pleasant as possible. As a precaution, mail addressed to patients currently receiving treatment is not being delivered. “Mail will be processed once restrictions are lifted and staff members can safely report to work,” said a statement released by the Fisher House.“Thank you for your support as we navigate this challenge.”
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Pacific Northwest TOP SPOTS TO PITCH A TENT BY ABIGAIL THORPE
pring is here, the stars are out, and we’re all ready for some outdoor adventure. The Northwest boasts some of the country's most beautiful spots to camp—from craggy oceanside haunts to peaceful lakefront retreats, there are great adventures to be had within an easy day’s drive. Here are some of the best the PNW has to offer.
plentiful trails and day trips around the area to choose from. Keep in mind camp spots often sell out months in advance, so plan ahead. ParksAndRecreation.idaho.gov/parks/priest-lake
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Situated on Orcas Island in the San Juan Islands off the coast of Washington, this state park is a favorite of many. Miles of woodland, lakeside hiking trails and several campgrounds on the shores of Cascade Lake make this a camper’s dream. Mount Constitution rises above nearly half a mile, with views of Mount Baker, the North Cascades and the islands of the San Juan Archipelago easily visible from the 1930’s watchtower that sits on top. MoranStatePark.com
Situated where Paradise Creek and Wind River come together near Carson, Washington, Paradise Creek sits in the Gifford Pinchot National Forest. The old growth trees create a peaceful environment, and the campground is fairly remote. The Falls Creek Falls trailhead is only 5 miles away, and the campground serves as a prime base for exploring trails and viewpoints around Mount Saint Helens and Mt. Adams. FS.USDA.gov/recarea/giffordpinchot/recarea/?recid=31870 Priest Lake State Park A 19-mile-long pristine lake 30 miles from the Canadian border, Priest Lake boasts pristine crystal waters and various campgrounds situated on various parts of the lakeshore. Priest Lake is considered one of North Idaho’s most beautiful lakes, nestled in the Selkirk Mountains. With boating, fishing and hiking right at hand, there is plenty to do. Natural rock slides are a drive and short hike north of the lake, and there are
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White River Falls A remote forest service campground along the White River, this spot is worth the drive. Situated about 11 miles north of Lake Wenatchee in the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest, the campground is fairly small—only five spots. It doesn’t have RV hookups or potable water and only boasts two vault toilets, but the setting right near the falls is beautiful. Two more campgrounds back down the road a few miles offer alternative stays if the campground is full. FS.USDA.gov/recarea/okawen/recarea/?recid=59065
Heyburn State Park Three lakes and acres of meadows and Ponderosa Pines mark the oldest state park in the Pacific Northwest. There are three campgrounds in the park, located just over 30 miles south of Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. Hawleys Landing Campground and Chatcolet Campground are available for reservations, and Benewah Campground is first come, first served. Many hiking and biking trails are easily accessible from the park, including the “Trail of the Coeur d’Alenes,” which runs directly through the park. ParksAndRecreation.idaho.gov/parks/heyburn Lake Chelan State Park A family favorite destination in Central Washington, this 139-acre campground offers lots of lake access, sandy shoreline and activity. Amenities like showers, restrooms and picnic areas make this an easy summer camping spot for the whole family. Paddleboard and kayak rentals are available if you don’t have your own— or want to haul it. Set out to explore the North Cascades or relax by the lakeshore and enjoy some fun in the sun. Parks.State.wa.us/531/lake-chelan Farragut State Park This 4,000-acre park was once a naval training station during WWII. Situated on the southern tip of Lake Pend Oreille in the Coeur d’Alene Mountains, it is a breathtaking location with ample opportunities for camping, fishing, swimming and boating. Stop by the Museum at the Brig for a history of the place, then head out for a hike on some of the more than 40 miles of trails the park offers. A hike up Bernard Peak offers a spectacular view of the park and lake. ParksAndRecreation.idaho.gov/parks/farragut Cape Disappointment State Park A 2,023-acre camping park on the Long Beach Peninsula, Cape Disappointment State Park sits on the Pacific Ocean near the mouth of the Columbia River. This place is steeping in history, like Captain John Meares' first thwarted voyage to find the Columbia River, Lewis and Clark’s explorations, and crumbling WWII defenses. You can explore the
Lewis & Clark Interpretive Center with its interactive exhibit, gaze at old lighthouses or hike the many trails in the area. The coastline presents its own attractions, including clam digging and salmon and crab fishing. Parks.State.WA.us/486/cape-disappointment Deception Pass State Park Three freshwater lakes and 77,000 feet of saltwater shoreline make this a water lover's paradise. Deception Pass is Washington’s most popular state park, and for good reason. Situated along two islands—Fidalgo and Whidbey—it is a breathtakingly beautiful location, boasting incredible sunsets, fresh and sea water activities, jagged cliffs and peaceful coves. Note: A two-year project to restore and repair the Deception Pass Bridge and Canoe Pass Bridge is still underway, so expect increased traffic and construction noise. Parks.State.WA.us/497/deception-pass * Due to the COVID-19 virus, as of press time, many campgrounds are temporarily closed. Make sure to verify the park is open before planning your trip.
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s we are in the midst of spring with summer just around the corner, the ample opportunity to enjoy each season outdoors is undoubtedly a top perk of living in the Inland Northwest. Whether you’re a seasoned hiker or simply craving some fresh air, North Idaho and Eastern Washington have a lot to offer for those who want to get outdoors and explore. The areas surrounding the Inland Northwest offer shorter, more accessible hikes, sites perfect for a day trip to a nearby peak, and plenty in between.
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Located in the Selkirk Mountains, this out-and-back day hike takes hikers on a short journey through the Kaniksu National Forest. With just a 132-foot elevation gain, and a distance of 1.7 miles, this is a wonderful option when bringing along family members of all ages. This hike features not one but two waterfalls along your journey. The lower falls are at 2,243 feet elevation, while the upper falls are at 2,475 feet. Be sure to bring a camera!
On an eastern bank of Lake Coeur d’Alene, the well-maintained trail offers views over Beauty and Wolf Lodge bays, and educational signage throughout the 3.3-mile loop. Learn more about the wildlife and foliage in 22 marked stations along the trail as you make your way to the breathtaking view. With easy trailhead access and low-to-moderate difficulty, this venture is not one to skip.
Myrtle Creek Just across the road from the Kootenai National Wildlife Refuge headquarter is where you will find the trailhead to Myrtle Creek Falls. This trail switchbacks less than half a mile uphill to a viewpoint looking straight into the gorge and the flowing waterfalls, which many refer to as “breathtaking.” The trail is easy and accessible, with a bridge overlooking the stream.
Clifty Trail is a phenomenal hike, taking foot travelers to the top of Clifty Mountain. If you’re looking for a lightly trafficked outand-back trail, Clifty Peak is a great choice! Located near Bonners Ferry, this is an ideal hike for nature lovers, featuring beautiful wildflowers. The 4.4-mile trek is considered to be on the more moderate level, and is a great way to enjoy the outdoors with family or friends.
Tubbs Hill This iconic Coeur d’Alene hike is a must for locals and visitors alike. At 2.2 miles, the trail isn’t a long one but can easily be made into a day of enjoying all that the spectacular scenery and gorgeous lake have to offer. Next to McEuen Park and the Coeur d’Alene Resort, the trail around Tubbs Hill offers incredible overlooks of the water and plenty of beach spots for lakeside activity. Runners can easily take their routine to the trail and cool off near the lake.
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Canfield Mountain Loop A popular site for hikes, mountain bikers and four wheelers alike, Canfield Mountain offers something for everyone, and peaks with an overlook of the town of Coeur d’Alene. Hikers are sure to get their daily exercise in between bouts of steeper elevation, and the sights along the way are surely worth the effort. Scotchman Peak Trail
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In the Kaniksu National Forest near Clark Fork, Idaho, the Scotchman Peak trail boasts incredible views of Lake Pend Oreille and the chance to get up close and personal with wildlife. Best known for hikers’ frequent encounters of mountain goats on the hike, the peak is often described as Goat Mountain. The trail is just over 4 miles one way, and hikers should come prepared for a steep climb to the highest point in Bonner County, with an elevation gain of 3,700 feet, and the potential for lingering snow. Harrison Lake Trail Located about 13 miles north of Sandpoint in the Selkirk Mountains, the Harrison Lake trail offers stunning views the entire way, culminating in a breathtaking look at Mt. Harrison and the lake. Moderate and suitable for hikers of all levels, the trail is a total of 4.6 miles and offers nearby campsites for those looking to plan a longer stay. Riverside State Park Loop and Bowl & Pitcher One of Spokane’s best-known trails, the Riverside State Park loop, is an
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easy 3.7-mile trek through the woods. The park itself is just 9 miles from Spokane and has over 55 miles of trails to choose from, with a variety to please every category of hiker, from casual to hardcore. Also within Riverside State Park is the hike to Bowl & Pitcher, a famed 2.1-mile loop that begins with a suspension bridge. Along the bridge and trail, hikers can admire views of the valley and rock features along the banks of the Spokane River. Choose from two trails (upstream or downstream) to complete the loop, guided by views of the river along the way. Liberty Lake Loop Near the Washington/Idaho state line, the 8-mile Liberty Lake Loop can be a challenging one, with its noticeable elevation change and dense landscape. It does provide route options ranging from the shorter, flatter Split Creek Loop, to the full route taking hikers through a forest to view the Liberty Creek Falls. The falls are best seen in the spring, and most locals will agree that the full loop is worth the experience. Inland Northwest locals are blessed with endless opportunities to enjoy the outdoors each spring. When itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s safe to do so, an endeavor to these top hiking destinations are sure to rejuvenate you, and your love for the region.
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beginner’s guide to the essentials WHAT YOU NEED TO GET STARTED ADVENTURING BY ABIGAIL THORPE
Outdoor adventures are just around the corner, and we’ve made it simple for you and laid out some of the essentials you’ll need before partaking on your next adventure.
Clothing This one’s a given, but it’s really important when it comes to hiking and camping that you bring the right clothing. Temperatures can often fluctuate greatly in a day, so layering is essential. Stay away from cotton, particularly for your base layer, as it can stay cold and damp. Opt for water-wicking, fast-drying materials like nylon or polyester. Bring a jacket and waterproof layer in case the rain moves in, and don’t forget extra socks, some good sturdy shoes for hiking, and gloves and a hat should you need them.
Lighting Campsites get dark—really dark—at night, so you’ll need to bring your own light source. A flashlight works well for getting around camp, but a head lamp can help free up your hands for doing tasks like cooking and setting up, and can also come in handy for midnight trips to the bathroom or evening walks, hikes or bike rides. If you have the space, a camp lantern adds some extra ambiance and helps brighten up the campsite. You can choose between electric and fuel-burning models— electric has a long battery life, is quiet and exhaust free, and the only thing you’ll need to replace are the batteries. Fuel-burning models offer more light, but they require gas to burn, and can’t be used in small, unventilated spaces.
Navigation We’re all so reliant on our phone or car GPS these days that we often forget good old navigation techniques—and tools. Many camping spots (particularly if you’re backpacking) won’t have cell reception or Wi-Fi, so you’ll need to do the navigating yourself. All you really need is a good map of the area and a compass. Orient yourself with places before you leave for your destination and get used to using a map so you don’t get stuck in the wilderness with no idea which direction is back.
Cookware A camp stove is a must—a two-burner propane camp stove is nice if you don’t have to pack it in, that way you can make your morning brew while you cook the eggs. You’ll need pots, plates, cups and utensils—you can bring camping specific ones or use ones from your home kitchen. Just make sure to bring items that won’t break and can handle some wear and tear. A cooler is essential to keep refrigerated items cold, and don’t forget a scrub tub, biodegradable soap and a sponge for doing those dishes. Think about the cooking dishes you’ll need— plan and bring food that is easy and simple to cook. A cast-iron skillet is a great works-for-most option.
Where and when you plan on camping will determine what temperature rating you need for your sleeping bag. Choose one that is somewhat lower than the coldest temperature you plan to camp in. Unless you’re backpacking, choose a sleeping bag with more room to move around in—it makes for a better sleep. If you’re in a wetter climate, often synthetic-filled will perform better than down in the damp (though some offer a good protective coating, down can still soak up the cold and damp). For added comfort, get a sleeping pad so you won’t feel every rock beneath you.
Consider what size tent you will need: How many people do you want to fit? If possible, try to go bigger by one person to give you and your guests more room (unless you’re packing in and size and weight is an issue). Seasonality determines what times of the year and types of weather your tent is suitable for. For most beginning campers, a three-season tent is sufficient for any late spring, summer and early fall adventures. Finally, decide what features you want in your tent, like peak height, ventilation, multiple openings, an entrance to store muddy boots, etc.
ROAD TRIP Through British Columbia’s Okanagan and the International Selkirk Loop, Part I Story and Photos By Marguerite Cleveland
here is nothing like a good road trip during the summer, especially when the scenery is so lovely. This trip begins at the OrovilleOsoyoos Border Crossing into British Columbia’s Okanagan for part one of this two-part series. The second part of the trip continues onto the International Selkirk Loop through the Kootenay Rockies before crossing the border at the Porthill-Rykerts Border Crossing into Idaho and visiting the towns of Sandpoint and Bonners Ferry.
When planning a road trip, make a detailed itinerary mapping out how far you want to drive each day and make reservations for where you are going to stay each night. Use online resources (see some suggestions in The Specifics at the end of the article) and determine any places or activities for the day. Have a plan but be open to spontaneous stops. Often a local may recommend a hidden gem that is not well known, so you want to take advantage of those opportunities. The nice thing about a road trip is you can pack extra comfort items. Throw in a few portable chairs for stargazing, a blanket or two for chilly evenings, some beach towels for the many lakes on this trip, and be sure to pack a cooler and picnic basket. Day 1: Osoyoos Once across the border, continue to the town of Osoyoos—your destination for the night. The Nk’Mip Resort, set in the heart of Canada’s only desert, has a variety of interesting activities. Start at the Nk’Mip Desert Cultural Centre, a natural history museum from the perspective of the indigenous peoples. The Osoyoos Indian Band are members of the Okanagan Nation, and more than 400 members live and work on the Osoyoos Indian Reserve. Plan to spend a few hours here exploring both the indoor and outdoor exhibits. The centre is housed in an eco-friendly building using native and modern techniques. Allow time to take the loop trail outside the museum to explore the desert while viewing an Osoyoos village. For lunch visit Nk’Mip Cellars for an alfresco lunch overlooking Osoyoos Lake. The cellars are the first winery in North America owned and operated by an indigenous band. Enjoy tasting some award-winning wines. Make sure to try Mer’R’iym, the Nk’Mip word for marriage.
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Olivier is in the midst of the Okanagan wine region with so many great wineries it is hard to choose. Hester Creek Estate Vineyards is a must see with some of the oldest vines in the area. The on-site restaurant Terrafina is a culinary delight, with locally sourced ingredients a highlight of the Mediterranean-style menu.
The Safari Beach Resort is a lakefront retreat, the type families return to year after year. This is an older resort, but it is spotlessly clean and comfortably furnished. Amenities include a sandy beach and gorgeous lake views. After a long day of travel and activities, consider picking up takeout for dinner or check out one of the restaurants within walking distance of the resort. The front desk can give you recommendations. Day 2: Olivier
After lunch, drive to Peachland to try out ziplining at the ZipZone Adventure Park. It is a scenic drive up to the top of the canyon. The lines zigzag back and forth across a canyon for some particularly exhilarating rides. There is a trail for those who prefer to observe with views of the landing platforms. The staff is fun and energetic and works well with children.
Start your day with a visit to Covert Farms Family Estate. This unique farm tour takes place in a vintage 1952 Mercury truck, which will traverse the vineyards and farm stopping for plenty of photo opportunities on this scenic property. Stops also include the chance to try farm fresh produce from the fields. Children and adults enjoy feeding the llamas and other
Drive back down into Kelowna for the night. The historic Hotel Eldorado and Resort is located on the banks of Okanagan Lake and provides exceptional sunset views. The hotel is filled with vintage features from the antique cars greeting you at the entrance to the ambiance of the rooms with luxurious bedding and upscale features while maintaining an old-
The Specifics RESOURCES Osoyoos - DestinationOsoyoos.com Kelowna - TourismKelowna.com WHERE TO STAY Safari Beach Resort - SafariBeachResort.com Eldorado Hotel and Resort HotelEldoradoKelowna.com Sunflower B & B - SunflowerInnBB.com WHAT TO DO Nk’Mip Desert Cultural Centre - NkMipDesert.com Wakepilot Wakeboarding - Wakepilot.com Covert Farms Family Estate - CovertFarms.ca ZipZone Adventure Park - ZipZone.ca Myra Canyon Bicycle Rental & Tours MyraCanyonRental.com WHERE TO EAT Nk’Mip Cellars - NkMipCellars.com Terrafina - HesterCreek.com Lakeside Dining - HotelEldoradoKelowna.com Home Block - CedarCreek.bc.ca/restaurant
fashioned feel. Enjoy an afternoon swim at one of the pools or use the waterslide. The on-site marina has a variety of watercraft available for rent. Dining at the Eldorado is a delight. Start off by enjoying a pre-dinner drink at the Eldorado Lounge or the Whiskey Room for one of their famed martinis or a barrel-aged whiskey cocktail. Lakeside Dining is the hotel’s award-winning restaurant with sunset views over the lake. The menu is sourced with organic local ingredients as well as AAA Angus beef. A truly memorable meal. fired grill which uses fruit wood and wine barrel staves helps create a memorable meal.
Day 3: Kelowna After breakfast at the hotel drive to Myra Canyon for an incredible outdoor experience exploring the Myra Canyon Trestles by bicycle. Make a reservation with Myra Canyon Bicycle Rental & Tour Inc., which rents bikes at the start of the Historical Kettle Valley Railway Trail. If you haven’t been on a bike in a while, this is the perfect trail with just a slight elevation change. There are 18 trestle bridges and two tunnels to traverse while exploring Myra Canyon. Although the trail is narrow at some points there are plenty of spots to pull over for photos. After you have worked up an appetite, the Home Block at the Cedar Creek Estate Winery is the perfect stop for lunch. During the warmer months, the restaurant is open air on one side with views of the vineyard and Okanagan Lake in the distance. Liberal use of local fare and a wood-
It is a three-hour drive to your final stop in the Okanagan, the Christina Lake Community. The Sunflower Inn B&B is just lovely. Owner Kathleen Smythe welcomes you into her home on the banks of Christina Lake. She is friendly but allows privacy as well. Enjoy the kayaks and other lake toys. This is the place to get your Zen on. The small, sleepy town has a few local places to eat. Take some time to just enjoy the atmosphere of this cute bed and breakfast. Smythe also runs Alpine’s Holistic Healing, located at the Sunflower, and she is a certified healing touch practitioner in both traditional and holistic forms of patient care. She gives a great hot stone massage. Stay tuned for next month’s travel article to join us on our tour of the Kootenay Rockies and portions of the International Selkirk Loop.
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SPRING COBB SALAD WITH CREAMY AVOCADO DRESSING Recipe and Photo Courtesy of Tina VanDenHeuvel, NTP Yields: 4 servings INGREDIENTS: 4 hard-boiled eggs 4 slices cooked bacon 8 asparagus spears, blanched 8 cups butter lettuce 1 cup canned in water artichoke hearts 8 sugar snap peas 1 small carrot, sliced 2 medium red radishes, sliced ½ cup cucumber, sliced ½ cup crumbled blue cheese METHOD: • Place the eggs in a small saucepan and cover them with cool water by 1 inch. Bring water to a boil over high heat. Once the water has reached a rumbling boil, remove from heat and cover pot with a fitted lid. Set timer for 10 minutes. Using a slotted spoon, transfer eggs to a large bowl with cold ice water immediately and let them cool down for a couple of minutes before peeling. Slice whole eggs in half and set aside. • Heat a medium skillet over medium heat and add bacon. Cook until crispy, about 3 to 4 minutes on each side. Place bacon on a plate with a paper towel to soak up the rendered grease. Set aside. • Fill a medium saucepan with water and set over high heat. Bring to a boil. Add asparagus spears (woody stems removed). Let cook (blanch) for 15 seconds. Remove from heat and submerge asparagus in ice water to stop the cooking process. Immediately transfer to a paper towel. Set aside. • Time to assemble the salad! Lay the pieces of butter lettuce over a large platter. Season the lettuce with salt and pepper. Have fun adding each ingredient to the lettuce. I like to make little individual spreads so that it’s displayed beautifully over the lettuce. • You may drizzle dressing over the entire lettuce and serve immediately or keep on the side for individuals to serve themselves. Avocado Dressing INGREDIENTS: 1 large avocado 1 small clove garlic 1 tbsp. lemon juice, freshly squeezed ½ tsp. Himalayan salt Dash of fresh cracked pepper 4 tbsp. olive oil, extra virgin 2 tsp. white wine vinegar 1 tsp. brown mustard METHOD: • Cut the avocado in half and remove the pit. Scoop the flesh out into a food processor or blender. • Add garlic, lemon juice, salt and pepper, and pulse for 30 seconds. • Add olive oil, vinegar and mustard and blend until smooth. (You may add more lemon juice if the dressing is too thick.) • Store in a glass jar with a fitted lid in the refrigerator for up to one week.
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he Culinary Stone has been serving the Coeur d’Alene community for six years now, and exciting things are happening!
Be sure to stop by their neighborhood boutique deli for artisan deli meats and cheeses. They invite you to take a seat and enjoy great food. Try their delicious gourmet sandwiches, salads and homemade soups, all made to order!
At Calypsos you’ll find a combination of amazing coffee, which they roast on site, ice cream, fantastic food and live music on a regular basis. They display artwork from local artists, offer free Wi-Fi, have a play area for the kids and also offer a Smart Room for meeting rentals!
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If you are looking for that perfect charcuterie or veggie platter for a party or special event that is not only tasty but a work of art, The Culinary Stone is read to make it happen. Just call or stop in. And don’t forget about their café featuring artisan breads, European pastries and cakes. Each week, area chefs invite you to pull up a seat at one of The Culinary Stone’s cooking classes, where you will learn to create new delicious meals that you can share with others, all while engaging with new friends. They also host weekly wine tastings, so you can explore new wines to pair with your meals at home. The Deli is open 10:30am to 6pm Monday through Saturday, 10:30am to 5pm Sunday; while The Cafe is open 7:30am to 5:30pm Monday through Saturday, 10:30am to 5pm Sunday.
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315 CUISINE At 315, guests will be treated to a full dinner menu and tapas using fresh and seasonal food, more than 50 hand-crafted martinis using the best natural ingredients, great wine, beer and a variety of non-alcoholic beverages. Guests can choose to dine in the large dining room, comfortable lounge, at the bar or outdoors on their expansive patio. 315 offers nightly specials and food and drink pairings weekly, and live music on Tuesday night! Open Tuesday - Saturday 3:15pm - close.
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FORTY-ONE SOUTH 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.
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SHOGA SUSHI BAR Delicious sushi and Japanese cuisine sure to delight anyone’s palate. Offering a wide variety of traditional and specialty rolls as well as salads, sweet and sour pork, grilled salmon and more! Beautiful waterfront dining with spectacular sunset views. Professional and courteous service. On Wedsnday nights it’s buy one Sushi Roll get one half off! Enjoy a delicious meal while taking in the beautiful waterfront and spectacular sunset views. Currently closed.
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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.
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ANGELO’S RISTORANTE “There is no substitution for quality. Our food is organic and prepared from scratch.” Authentic Italian cuisine. Guaranteed best steaks in town. Catering and private cooking classes available with Chef Angelo. DINNER FOR 2 & A BOTTLE OF WINE $65. Choose from 15 Entrees and 10 Bottles of Wine. Open 7 days a week from 4 to 10pm.
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JUNIOR’S BBQ Enjoy North Idaho’s best barbecue at Junior’s, where guests are treated to bold backyard flavor. Whether you dine in, take out or need catering, you will not be disappointed, and ordering is simple. Choose a sandwich, taco or salad. Next choose your meat, then your choice of fixin’s, from Granny’s baked beans, Mamma’s mashed taters, smothered green beans, coleslaw or pig tail fries. Top it all off with Hillbilly Habanero or Junior’s Original sauce.
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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.
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LIFE CONTINUES ON HERE IN COEUR D’ALENE AS WE LEARN WAYS TO MANAGE OUR NEW “NORMAL.” Many of us find ourselves trying to work from home while also realizing our new roles as teacher, tackling the challenges of remote learning head on. We’re adjusting to living somewhat in isolation, surrounding ourselves with only those whom we live with, in order to do our part to keep ourselves, families, friends and members of our community safe. And as busy as we all are during this challenging time, or for those looking to fill their unexpected “free” time, there are many in our community who are dedicated to do what they can to help keep Coeur d’Alene strong—and healthy. From stores adjusting their hours to make it safer for the older folks in our community to shop for their essential needs, sack lunches being made and delivered, free of charge, to children and families
in need, to everyday people contributing their time and talents to make masks for our health-care workers and those most vulnerable in the community, it’s a beautiful thing to witness. Even though the community is encouraged to stay apart, men and women, teenagers and children alike, continue to come together and unite, though not in a way any of us would have ever expected. This soon will pass, and before we know it, our lives will carry on as they once did. We will be back to our daily routines and out enjoying the community, its businesses and people. I am sure we can all agree that we will all have a newfound appreciation for the wonderful lives we’ve created and know, if we didn’t already, and how blessed we all are. Thank you, Coeur d’Alene, for making this a wonderful place to live, work and play.
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$450,000 | MLS # 20-2661
$1,080,000 | MLS # 20-1407
$475,000 | MLS # 20-2975
Isolate in your Idaho retreat nestled on over 10 private acres! This home was remodeled to a high standard and a large addition was added in 2017, including a over sized 2 car garage. A very flexible floor plan to allow for two separate living areas with 2 kitchens and 2 laundry rooms to support extended family or even a vacation rental. Features include a main floor master, laminate flooring, bamboo flooring, granite counter tops, custom artisan island, newer stainless-steel appliances, craftsman trim complemented with STUNNING views from every room. Outside you’ll be delighted with a very private setting among the forest.
Perfectly situated on 10 acres with a 24x35 shop. Enjoy 180 degree views of stunning Lake Coeur d’Alene and majestic North Idaho sunsets. This custom home is not to be missed! With views from every room it’s easy to relax and recharge with 3 spacious bedrooms, 3.5 bathrooms and a private studio apartment above the garage. Open floor plan with vaulted ceiling in great room, windows that let in an abundance of natural light and provide spectacular views, and a fireplace with gorgeous rock surround. Large kitchen with commercial grade stainless steel appliances, quartz counter tops, hardwood flooring and pantry.
This treed pristine setting feature two amazing homes sold together but on separate parcels totaling 20.41 acres. 2003 Marlette MH and a 2004 Marlette MH. 2003 feature a 3 car garage, propane gas, rider optic cable, underground power, central air, 1500 gallon holding tank for shared well and a 42x50 insulated & 40x50 shop. Both homes have generic generators as backups. Perfect for multi-generational living. Separate 80 acres also available.
$290,000 | MLS # 19-5712
$250,000 | MLS # 20-401
$322,500 | MLS MLS # 19-12011
Stunning views from atop 5 beautifully cleared acres waiting for you to build your dream home on one of several building sites. Enjoy close access to town with a developed road to the lot. Cedar trees abound and power is available. Power is available. Parcel is in process of lot line adjustment.
Build your dream home on 2 oversized lots with gorgeous lake view! Enjoy 2 boat slips with community beach & BBQ area on Carey Bay. easy access from HWY 95 on well maintained rods & just minutes to Conking Bay Marina. perfect for summer fun!
VRBO Rental! What a great way to supplement your lake view getaway than with this very successful vacation rental property. Enjoy breathtaking views of Coeur d’Alene Lake from this home that has 2 additional build-able lots! Remodeled home has room for everyone with 3 bedrooms, 2 baths, and is just over 2,300 square feet. As a bonus it comes completely furnished and is within walking distance of downtown Harrison. Don’t miss out on this one!
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