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Where Hope & Health Meet

A Season to Celebrate Those We Love and Remember and Honor Those Lost

As we make our way through spring and into summer, we find ourselves celebrating those important people in our lives, and honoring those who sacrificed their lives for us.

Mother’s Day, always held the second Sunday in May, is May 14 this year, while Father’s Day is June 18, the third Sunday of June. These days are set aside for us all to take the time to truly reflect back on all our parents, or guardians, have done for us—and continue to do. Motherhood and fatherhood can feel like thankless callings at times, but know that your role is so important in your child’s life, and you are raising those who will lead others one day—whether families of their own, a business, a nonprofit. The sky’s the limit, and it starts at home.

On Monday, May 29, we honor and remember those who lost their lives serving our nation in order to keep this place we call home a land of the free. Our families, our communities, our nation, will forever be indebted to those

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men and women who served selflessly for all of humanity.

In this issue of Sandpoint Living Local, our team at Like Media continues its mission to share positive news and stories with our readers. And our May/June 2023 edition is no different. In this issue, we once again put the spotlight on one outstanding teacher and two exceptional students in the district. You’ll be inspired by the story of the “Family Tree,” which can be found in the Healing Garden at Bonner General Health. Discover MAD Energy, based right here in Sandpoint, and the clean energy solutions they’re developing. And … it’s that time again to get Lost in the ‘50s, as this beloved event returns the third weekend of May to downtown Sandpoint. Read more about this year’s CHAFE 150, which is right around the corner. Check out the other wonderful events making their way to Sandpoint to close out spring and welcome summer. Plus so much more!


A home is where you take retreat at the end of a long day, raise your family and create memories. Let the team of experts at Sandpoint’s Tin Roof help guide you in defining your style and assist in designing a custom room plan—resulting in a space you will love. The home featured on the cover was built by Rosenberger Construction and styled by The Tin Roof. Read more about The Tin Roof and the services they offer on page 23.

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12 SANDPOINT LIVING LOCAL may/june 2023 contents 44 home & garden THE AESTHETIC APPEAL OF BRICK, STONE AND CONCRETE Which is best for your next home update? 14 PAINT COLORS Six swoon-worthy color palettes for your home 24 local scene fea ture IT’S TIME TO GET LOST IN THE ‘50S! Beloved Sandpoint event returns for its 36th year May 19 and 20 44 80 THE FAMILY TREE Celebrating, remembering and honoring children we’ve lost 32 MAKING A DIFFERENCE FOR THE WORLD Sandpoint-headquartered energy organization sets sights on lofty clean energy goals 40 50 + many mor e ... WORLEY HOMES, LLC Creating the home of your dreams lies in the hands of Worley Homes 52 THE TIN ROOF Let the experts guide you in creating a space you will love 23 FIRST-TIME HOME BUYER OR SEASONED PRO Real estate experts weigh in on what you should consider when buying a house business
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Which is best for your next home update?

Dorothy said it best: “There’s no place like home.” And, while appearance certainly doesn’t make a house a home, it helps when you’re hoping to preserve and build equity in that home. The style, design and materials of a home should be taken into account when updating it. Whether doing a DIY fireplace restoration or resurfacing an exterior accent, it’s all about the finishes.

Natural stone, brick and various forms of concrete have been used as building materials for thousands of years. As a natural element, stone can lower your heart rate and elicit a sense of peace. The symmetrical lines of brickwork are both artistic and grounding. Concrete brings versatility and unique architectural elements while giving spaces a minimalist, urban-industrial vibe.

Materials like brick, stone and concrete are great options to add texture to a dated or dull area when updating your home’s aesthetic. Deciding which material is right for you depends on your home, project and budget. Here’s everything you need to know when choosing which option is best for your home.

Natural Stone

From the Egyptian pyramids to the Roman Colosseum and the Washington Monument, humans have used stone to build durable, elegant structures for centuries. As a building material, stone is fire resistant, long lasting,


and able to withstand nature’s elements. As a natural resource, stone connects us to the earth, while the unique beauty and various colors, shapes and sizes of each stone allow for artistic flexibility.

Including stone in your design can drastically upgrade the look and increase the value of your home. While images of quaint English stone cottages might come to mind, adding stone to a fireplace or as an exterior accent may be a more manageable approach—unless you have the urge to start knocking down walls. Additionally, natural stone is extremely heavy and one of the more expensive choices. For that reason, modern designers, builders and homeowners often opt for stone veneer, which emulates the beauty of natural stone without the high cost.

From covering the entire exterior facade with stone to adding thoughtful stone accents throughout the interior or exterior, there are countless ways to use stone in your home upgrade. Stone columns make a porch entryway a focal point, or adding stone siding on just the lower level of a home with some other accents creates a high-end, cohesive look.

Regardless of which you choose—natural stone or stone veneer—there are a variety of colors, shapes, sizes and textures, all of which will transform the look of your home.

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One of the most popular building materials in US history, even “The 3 Little Pigs” told us brick is a superior building material for homes. Made from combining clay and shale, bricks are extremely durable and resilient to fire and extreme weather conditions. Homes that include bricks provide a feeling of comfort and safety to those within, and the versatile colors and textures allow for unique and detailed architectural designs.

Using brick as a primary structural building material should be considered at the time of construction and completed by a professional brick mason. While bricks tend to be at a lower price point than natural stone, the cost is still quite high. Between the added steps in the brick production process, the heaviness and subsequent transportation difficulty, and the need for professional installation, including brick as

an accent is often a more feasible option. Like stone, a brick veneer is often used for aesthetics rather than structural support. Though not as durable as solid brick, brick veneer is better at keeping moisture away from the exterior wall and tends to last decades longer than traditional siding.

Whether on the exterior of a home or as an interior accent for hearths and fireplaces, brick offers unlimited creativity in addition to increasing your home value. Highlight the details of your home by installing brick on the gable, dormer, and one section of the facade, or build a garden wall around your patio and create a private patio oasis.

Depending on the specifics of your project, you may be limited to either solid brick or stone veneer. Whatever you choose, the design options, visual interest and timeless charm that bricks provide add character to any space.

Brick offers unlimited creativity in addition to increasing your home value.

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Using concrete as a building material is nothing new; in fact, Thomas Edison designed and built the first concrete homes in 1908. Due to the strength, durability and fire resistance, Edison predicted a boost in homes built with concrete. Over 100 years later, homes constructed with concrete are known to have many benefits, including being more energy-efficient, better at controlling temperature fluctuations, minimizing noise, and economically valuable. Concrete-style homes are also the epitome of modern minimalistic design.

The decision to build an entire house with concrete is one to be made prior to construction, but incorporating concrete in different aspects of your home has increased in popularity.

Homeowners are adding concrete inside their homes, installing accent walls, concrete countertops, and embracing concrete floors.

The do-it-yourself ability of concrete combined with the markedly reduced cost has definitely caused an increase in concrete as a building material. No longer limited to the garage floor, for those who love the sleek, modern-minimalist style, concrete makes a statement both interior and exterior.

When updating your home, it’s important to include features that you love. Seeing the changes in and around your home should make you feel proud and want to click your heels like Dorothy.

Homeowners are adding concrete inside their homes, installing accent walls, concrete countertops, and embracing concrete floors.

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Heather Hanley is third generation in the Hanley family business, along with parents Jim and Sue Hanley. The Tin Roof and Bide & Burgeon in Spokane, Washington, and the recently opened Tin Roof Furniture Design Studio in Sandpoint, provide customers an inviting shopping experience without the stress.

“I really like solving problems, and I think helping our customers solve the problem of furnishing their homes is like putting together a beautiful puzzle. We want to get them just the right piece to suit their needs, their budget and their lifestyle,” affirms Heather. “Delivering on just the right piece of furniture is really fulfilling. Helping people craft not only functional but beautiful environments to live in is a great service to provide.”

Providing home furnishings, lighting, rugs, art, décor, and design services, The Tin Roof offers a unique sense of style and aesthetic, paired with their incredible team of administrators, warehouse and sales teams. “Our sales associates are trained beyond furniture ‘features and benefits’ to think about total environments,” Heather shares. “They help our clients envision the entire space beyond ‘I need a sofa’ to more of ‘how does this sofa fit into the overall plan for the space.’ We really address the clients’ needs beyond the functional aspect of the furniture.”

The Tin Roof Furniture Design Studio in Sandpoint is a small boutique showroom featuring their selection of top-quality furniture and home décor to reflect the Northwest lifestyle. “We opened the studio because one of our designers, Leslie Mitchell, moved to the area, and we thought it would be a good opportunity for her and The Tin Roof to have a presence in the beautiful town we all love so much and to better serve the Sandpoint community,” says Heather.

Open 11am to 5pm Tuesday through Friday, and by appointment, let their team of experts help define your style and assist in designing a custom room plan, with the ultimate result a space you and your family will truly love and enjoy for years to come.

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She acknowledges the strength of her team, who combine their individual strengths to work toward the common goal of ensuring satisfied customers who love their new furniture. This, along with “hard work and dedication, sprinkled with a little OCD and ADD,” Heather laughs, has ensured success in the Hanleys’ family of businesses.

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Six swoon-worthy color palettes for your home

There’s something about the sun’s direction and intensity as we head into early summer that shines a spotlight on even the slightest hint of drabness. Pair that with the inspiration sparked by the prospect of summer, and you might find yourself staring at a wall of color swatches, considering paint colors.

Updating the paint colors in your home is a relatively quick way to make a huge impact on how your house looks and feels. A couple of coats of paint can hide that gloomy wall color from the 2020 COVID-19 lockdowns and turn your space into one that is warm and modern. Updating outdated or weathered exterior paint or adding a bold color to your front door can instantly increase your home’s curb appeal.

The transformation that fresh paint can make is undeniable, but choosing the right colors can be downright dreadful. To help ease that dread, we’ve talked to interior designers and paint color experts at Benjamin Moore and Sherwin Williams to bring you six color palettes that are sure to revive your home’s color vibe.


Modern Minimalist

Minimalist styles begin on a neutral foundation, but they’re not limited to shades of white. Natural hues found in wood and stone are a great place to start when considering minimalist colors for the interior or exterior of your home. A neutral base color, such as Benjamin Moore’s Gray Owl (2137-60) with White Dove (OC-17) trim, allows you to easily incorporate other pops of color. Add Hale Navy (HC -154) for the kitchen island or monochromatic office and Chelsea Gray (HC-168) for powder room cabinets or to coordinate with brick on your exterior.

Earthy and Grounded

When it comes to Earth tones, gone are the days of dull browns and brassy beiges. Shades like Benjamin Moore’s Baked Terracotta (#1202) in the dining room or on lower kitchen cabinets add color while exuding a feeling of warmth and groundedness. A neutral beige like Manchester Tan (HC-81) as a flow color ties in the terracotta with an emerald sage such as Peale Green (HC-121) in the office. Finish this palette with Sherwin Williams’ White Flour (SW7102) trim and an accent color, such as Warm Brownie (2101-30) for a cohesive wholehouse color palette.

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Warm and Inviting

Traditional colors representing warmth are dark, saturated hues in the red, orange, gold or brown family, but the deepest shades of cool colors can be very comforting. Entryway walls painted with Benjamin Moore’s Yellowstone (HC-10) with Cotton Balls (OC-122) wainscoting invites people in. Adding America’s Heartland (#197) as a flow color extends the warmth from the entry and ties in Nightshade (2116-10) on the kitchen island. Racoon Hollow (#978) in the bathroom or office pulls the interior look together but is also a versatile exterior color option.

Vibrant and Lively

After several years of cool color trends, vibrant colors are making a big comeback. Benjamin Moore’s 2023 color of the year, Raspberry Blush (2008-30), is a bold statement color that energizes a room or front door. Include other rich colors like their Wenge (AF-180) for a moody bathroom or exterior accent color and North Sea Green (2053-30) in the formal dining room for a more balanced feeling. Coupling Stone Harbor (2111-50) for the flow walls or main exterior paint and White Heron (OC-57) for trim helps highlight the vibrant colors without making them seem overwhelming.

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Calm and Relaxing

Hues of green can reduce anxiety, invite harmony and bring the serenity of nature indoors. A fresh green/blue/gray shade like Benjamin Moore’s Hollingsworth Green (HC-141) on lower kitchen cabinets radiates relaxation while adding a deep green like Sherwin Williams’ Billiard Green (SW 0016) in the office or powder room is reminiscent of a peaceful rainforest retreat. Warm white colors like Benjamin Moore’s Swiss Coffee (OC-45) on the walls and crisp white Chantilly Lace (OC-65) on the trim paired with soft charcoal Wrought Iron (212410) accents complement the interior green shades and highlight the colors of nature when used on the exterior.

Classic and Timeless

Finding a color palette that can transcend time and bringing in color with furniture, art or wallpaper is always in style. Sherwin Williams’ neutral greige shades like Agreeable Gray (SW 7029) for walls or cabinets and Pure White (SW 7005) on trim are versatile options that coordinate well with warm or cool tones. A monochrome design in Dovetail (SW 7018) for the dining or powder room adds elegance, while a chameleon hue, like Seasalt (SW 6204), adds depth by appearing to change color depending on the light. Finish this palette with Iron Ore (SW 7069) interior accents or as a dramatic exterior color.

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The Family Tree

Celebrating, remembering and honoring children we’ve lost

There is a beautiful garden here in Sandpoint; a tranquil space for those who are facing difficult times, a place to honor and remember loved ones we’ve lost, and just a peaceful oasis to escape the busyness and stresses of life. “Our Healing Garden provides a place of quiet reflection, remembrance and solace for our entire community,” shares Tami Feyen of Bonner General Health Community Hospice.

The Healing Garden, which sits at roughly an acre on the grounds of Bonner General Hospital, was dedicated in 2004 and is completely maintained by community volunteers and funded through donations from the community, as well as through fundraising events such as their Garden Galas.

Within this garden, visitors will find the Children’s Remembrance Garden, which was dedicated in August of 2019. Here lives the “Family Tree, the vision of longtime Sandpoint resident Kristina Orton, whose son Patrick, a renowned photographer, passed away at the age of 25. She was looking for a way to help other parents, and our community, honor children lost.

“I had this vision. In Israel they have the Wailing Wall, and it occurred to me that there was nowhere for people to go to have their children recognized,” she recalls. “Not everyone can afford a gravesite, so it was important to me that these children be recognized in a place where parents can go and think about their children.”

Within this garden, visitors will find the Children’s Remembrance Garden, which was dedicated in August of 2019.


Kristina brought her vision to Lissa Defrietas (Bonner Community Hospice bereavement and volunteer coordinator), and Lissa began to coordinate with individuals to realize Kristina’s vision. It would be Hospice volunteer and welder/artist Betty Gardner who would ultimately answer the call.

Betsy had lost a brother in a work-related accident when he was 18, and his death devastated their mother, who was never able to move on from it. Betsy agreed to come up with a few designs—one being a metal tree about the size of a dormant fruit tree, with branches that could support copper heartshaped leaves engraved with the names and birthdates of children who had died. She called it the “Family Tree.”

“The first name I hung on the tree was Patrick for Kristina, and the second was David, for my brother,” says Betsy. “Every

time I hang new leaves, I read the names of each child to myself. I say a prayer that they are in a good place in their journey. I grieve for each person who has a loved one’s name there.

“I love the fact that there are so many little trinkets hung on the tree, most likely by the people who love and miss someone,” she adds. “The glass blue bird in the nest in the tree was a gift to me by my mother-in-law who has passed away. It symbolizes hope. The sculpture’s names make me understand that there are others who have had a similar loss as my family. We share both the loss and the love. It makes us feel less alone in our grief and connected.”

To honor those children who have left us all too soon, the first annual Celebration of Life gathering in the garden is planned for May 31 at 4pm. As Tami shares, this event will be


a gathering of community for anyone who wishes to attend; a time of celebration of lives who have touched us, a time of reflection and gathering together to remember.

“As humans, we experience love. It is the greatest gift of all. Because we love, we will also experience loss at some time. Having traditions, ways to honor that love and those individuals so important to us, is vital to healing and growth,” notes Tami.

As Kristina adds: “It must be comforting, in a strange way, for other parents to see how many other children have left and passed on, and we’re in this horrible club no one wants to be in, but comrades of those who understand the pain and grief, can recognize their children, form community and connection, and honor the child.”

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“Every time I hang new leaves, I read the names of each child to myself. I say a prayer that they are in a good place in their journey. I grieve for each person who has a loved one’s name there.”
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She can understand and effectively engage with her students because she once walked in their very shoes, having graduated from SHS herself.

“Teaching at the high school that I attended is a blast,” Mindy describes. “I enjoy interacting with young adults and bringing my enthusiasm to as many as I can at SHS.”

Mindy is originally from Illinois, but her grandparents moved to the mountains of North Idaho when she was young, and shortly thereafter her parents decided to follow. Mindy’s family relocated to Sandpoint when she was 5 years old, and she started school in the LPOSD as a first-grader.

After graduating from SHS, Mindy attended University of Idaho before returning to Sandpoint to begin her teaching career. Since joining the staff of LPOSD 16 years ago, Mindy has taught at the elementary, middle and high school levels.

Regardless of what grade level she teaches, Mindy’s love for education has remained unwavering.

“I was inspired to become a teacher because I have always loved children and, to be honest, I’m just a big kid at heart,” Mindy jokes.

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pleasure of raising their daughter, Cienna, who graduated from SHS in 2018, and son Stirling, who is a senior this year, in the same school district that Mindy teaches in.

“Being a teacher with children in the district has always been great,” Mindy explains. “I loved seeing what they were doing differently, and sometimes I would even borrow their work for examples in my own classroom.”

Mindy’s hard work and dedication to the LPOSD was rewarded in January when she was voted as Sandpoint Living Local’s 2022 Finest Teacher of the Year.

“My first reaction when I found out that I won this award was pure excitement,” Mindy recalls. “It means so much to me to be recognized because I feel like I love what I do, and all my hard work was being acknowledged by so many people!”

Outside of the classroom, Mindy loves to get outdoors and stay active, whether she is enjoying live music, hiking, biking, playing volleyball, boating, paddle-boarding or— most importantly—going to the beach.

“I love living in Sandpoint because everywhere I go I am surrounded by beauty and familiar faces,” Mindy adds.

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prove those who didn’t think that our team could win wrong.”

In her first three years at Sandpoint High School (SHS), Aliya has asserted herself as a bona fide star athlete, and she was recently selected as the 5A-4A Female Athlete of the Year for 2022-2023.

Aliya averaged 14.3 points, 4.6 steals and 4.7 rebounds per game this season, earning her the 4A Inland Empire League Player of the Year honors and a First-Team All-State selection; not to mention her First-Team All-League and Second-Team All-State nominations in soccer this past fall and her prowess as a talented sprinter and jumper on the track and field team.

With 1.7 seconds on the clock and her team clinging to a two-point lead, junior Aliya Strock stepped to the freethrow line and sank the two biggest shots of her career, putting the finishing touches on a 69-65 win over 4A favorite Shelley that gave the Sandpoint Bulldogs their first girls’ basketball state championship in school history.

“It still feels surreal that I was on a team that won state,” Aliya exclaimed. “It was great to

When Aliya began playing varsity sports two years ago, she struggled to have confidence in herself as an athlete. However, she has grown tremendously in this area over the past year, which has catalyzed her success.

“When I first started playing these high-level sports as a freshman, I was not at all confident in myself, nor my abilities,” Aliya explained. “My dad, Michael Strock, has pushed me to get out of that mental block, and this year I made a pact with myself, with the help of my mom, Kristin Strock, and my dad, that I would give 100 percent effort each time I’m on the court/ field/track.”

Aliya hopes that her hard work and dedication as a student athlete will eventually earn her a scholarship to play sports in college somewhere in the Pacific Northwest. She also aspires to go to school to become a physical therapist or trainer.

When not participating in sports, Aliya loves to get outdoors and enjoy all four seasons in Sandpoint, whether that looks like snowboarding in the winter, hiking in the fall or swimming in the summertime. She looks forward to one more year of high school and hopes to soak in as many memories as possible at SHS.

“I just want to say that I love this town, this community, and all the people who have been there for me, and I can’t wait for next year,” Aliya excitedly added.

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Bonners Ferry Wrestling Club twice a week and competing in freestyle and Greco wrestling tournaments.

Ashlei said that he appreciates the relationships that sports have afforded him, and he loves challenging himself to improve.

“I really enjoy competing,” Ashley noted. “That’s what I love so much about wrestling— the grinding, the close matches [and] all that. Definitely my favorite part of sports is the competition and the people.”

When he is not playing sports or training, Ashlei loves to get outside and take in the beauty of Lake Pend Oreille and the surrounding mountains. Some of his favorite hobbies include swimming, backpacking, hunting, fishing, and riding horses.

After earning a spot in the 4A State Wrestling Tournament as a freshman last year, Sandpoint High School’s Ashlei Hawkins entered his sophomore season with high expectations for himself.

To his surprise, Ashlei struggled out of the gates, winning only one match, and failing to place at the Bulldogs’ season-opening tournament in early December.

Yet Ashlei did not let this initial setback deter him, and his determination throughout the season allowed him to not only make it back to the state tournament but also place this time around, as he finished sixth in the 126-pound weight class.

“As the season progressed, I started doing better and better, and I made it to state and I worked hard,” Ashlei recalled.

In addition to his success on the wrestling mat, Ashlei has also shown his potential on the football field, earning varsity reps at running back this past fall.

This spring, Ashlei is training with the

As far as his plans after high school, Ashlei thinks that he would like to attend college to study engineering and potentially play sports as well. His future aspirations range from either joining the Army as an officer or even utilizing his wrestling skills to try his hand at competing in mixed martial arts.

As he reflects on this past year, Ashlei admits that he was slightly disappointed with his sixth-place finish at the state wrestling tournament in February. He made it to the semifinal match undefeated before three straight losses dropped him to the final spot on the podium.

Despite this feeling, Ashlei explained that his sophomore season was a success overall, and he noted that the memories he made and lessons he learned will help him come back even stronger next year.

“Competing at state is amazing,” Ashlei described. “The Ford [Idaho] Center is awesome. There are thousands of people there, [and] when you make the semifinals, it is you and the other guy, and everybody is watching because it’s important and it [decides] who is going to go to the finals.”

He concludes, “It is something I will never forget.”

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Sandpoint-headquartered energy organization sets sights on lofty clean energy goals


With world-class energy experts in leadership positions, a network of subsidiary companies around the world and teams of researchers and scientists developing clean energy solutions, Make a Difference (MAD) Energy finds itself on the bleeding edge of some of the most innovative clean energy technologies in existence today.

In its three years of existence, MAD has raised $100 million in investment funding and created strategic partnerships across the globe, setting in motion the initial phases of the organization’s mission to produce “clean, abundant and affordable energy for the world.”

Admittedly, many of MAD’s ambitions might sound grand and wideranging, but that was the emphasis from the beginning, according to Chief Marketing Officer Christian Fioravanti.

“We love the idea of Sandpoint, Idaho, being the headquarters for a company that is going to impact the world,” Christian stated. “The comparison to Elon Musk, Starlink, and some of the big things that he is doing … We believe a company like that—like a SpaceX—can be here in Sandpoint. And that’s MAD.”

MAD Energy was founded in February 2020 by successful international attorney and businessman George Wentz.

Having operated in the energy sector for more than 40 years and represented some of the world’s largest oil and gas companies, George

has developed a knack for looking beyond the surface level and addressing the root challenges humanity faces today regarding energy production and distribution.

Access to energy can impact everything from food production to currency fluctuation. According to a recent study conducted by Our World Data, more than 750 million people still do not have access to electricity today, and 3 billion—or 40 percent of the world’s population—have no access to clean fuels for cooking.

For George, Christian and the entire team at MAD, finding solutions that provide abundant and affordable energy to individuals around the globe is at the heart of everything they do.

“We are developing both large infrastructure energy projects while at the same time developing research and development technologies that have the potential to really impact the people of this world in a big way,” Christian added.

One of these projects currently being negotiated and set into motion is a MAD subsidiary company called Firebird LNG, which is aiming to plant a liquefied natural gas (LNG) site in the resource-rich GuyanaSuriname Basin.

Working in partnership with the Surinamese government, MAD has received the necessary permits and approvals to begin construction on the 1,500-hectare site that will house one of the first greenfield LNG facilities in the world.

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“We are very close to hitting the key milestones to kick off that whole project off and to not only help lift up the people of Suriname and bring them to a first-world status very quickly because of this single project,” Christian described, “but we are also going to be aiding Europe, which is in desperate need of natural gas.”

Another strategic partnership that MAD sees as a primary fixture in achieving its goals moving forward is with ADACEN, whose CEO, Lt. General Jon M. Davis, is the chair of MAD’s Strategic Advisory Board.

ADACEN has an exclusive contract with MAD, making MAD Energy the organization’s sole Power Integrator as it begins to roll out a global web of next-generation data center infrastructure.

A third, and possibly the most intriguing, project that MAD is currently working toward is developing a new technology designed to allow for wireless energy transmission based on the ideas of Nikola Tesla.

“MAD Energy is going to be the company that commercializes modern-day Nikola Tesla wireless energy transmission towers,” Christian said. “And we are going to be able to bring safe energy and data transmission to the world.”

Ultimately, in everything MAD does, the organization’s primary goal is to put the power back into the hands of the people. One primary way MAD accomplishes this goal is by funding itself entirely through retail and accredited investors.

“Not only is MAD funded by the people—because we wanted to bring the people in to [reap] the reward that comes from this [instead of] big oil companies or Wall Street,” Christian said, “but we also plan to allow for investments into our subsidiary companies as well, by both retail and accredited investors.”

As MAD continues expanding and furthering its global clean energy projects, the organization hopes to encourage prosperity in North Idaho, North Africa and everywhere in between.

“Something very special is being done here [at MAD],” Christian noted. “And it is the coolest thing ever, to me, that it’s headquartered in Sandpoint, Idaho, because I look forward to seeing some of those external benefits supporting this area because of the success of this company.”

If you want to learn more about how you can invest in the mission of MAD Energy, contact Head of Investor Relations Mat MacDonald at 208.627.9390 or



Beloved Sandpoint event retur ns for its 36th year May 19 and 20

The 1950s are decades in the past, but one weekend each spring, downtown Sandpoint turns back the clock to simpler times of sock hops and saddle shoes, ice cream shops and rock-n-roll. That’s right! It’s that time again for Lost in the ‘50s.

Started by Carolyn Gleason back in 1986, Lost in the ‘50s is a celebration of music, cars and community; the event the response to Carolyn’s love of music and desire to bring the great artists of that era to Sandpoint before it was too late. And what goes better with great music from the 1950s than those classic cars and hot rods from the era?

“This is the most impressive and exciting event that not only draws huge amounts of outside attraction to Sandpoint but also literally opens the gates of summertime enthusiasm in the downtown Sandpoint corridor for all businesses,” share Corey Obenauer, owner of Burl Wood Dreams and member of the Downtown Sandpoint Shopping District. “And at the heart of this event, Carolyn Gleason of Second Avenue Pizza. For the last 35 years, this well-respected and amazing lady, with every ounce of love and energy she can give, organizes, arranges, promotes and facilitates this grand event and assumes the overwhelming responsibility for the same.”

Always held the third weekend in May, Sandpoint’s biggest party of the year returns for its 36th year, with the vintage car parade kicking off the event at 6pm on Friday, May 19, as it makes its


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way from Sandpoint High School down to Cedar, up to Forest, over to Church then down through downtown. Be sure to pick your favorite spot along the parade route to guarantee you great viewing.

There will be a street dance immediately following the parade at Second Avenue and Main Street, where the community, both young and young at heart, are invited to boogie on down.

Come Friday night, the fun moves to the Bonner County Fairgrounds, where the audience will take in the best of that legendary rock ‘n’ roll! Legend Jay Siegel’s Tokens of “The Lions Sleep Tonight” fame will take the stage, plus, La La Brooks, the original lead singer of the Crystals, the group responsible for the hit “Da Doo Ron Ron,” and lastly, Lost in the ‘50s favorite Rocky and the Rollers.

‘50s fun continues into Saturday, May 20, with the impressive car show, where owners will be showing off their pride and joy. The streets (First, Cedar, Main, Second and Third avenues) will be lined with hundreds of

hot rods and classics. Everyone’s invited to stroll and see these beauties between 9:30am and 3:45pm.

In addition to the cars, there will be great music, food and fun.

After the car show has concluded, it’s time to get ready for another great night of music and dancing at the fairgrounds with powerhouse band Jay and the Americans, “Come a Little Bit Closer” and “This Magic Moment,” and Rocky and the Rollers returns.

Don’t miss Sandpoint’s biggest party! Be there, or be square.

Dance tickets can be purchased for $55 (per night) by calling 208.265.5678 or 208.263.9321, or pick them up at Second Avenue Pizza (215 Second Avenue in Sandpoint).

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Caleb Worley hasn’t always been in the business of remodeling and building custom homes. His career started out in law, studying for nearly four years and working in business litigation for three. “I remember this not being my dream job but merely pursuing knowing it is a rewarding career,” he recalls.

Caleb had always loved working with his hands and previously worked construction with his father and two older brothers, who are life-long carpenters. “I guess construction has been something that runs in the family,” he smiles. “My father managed a large company, building and finishing out high rises and condominiums in the Seattle area.” Caleb and his brother Abram worked with their father over the years—something that Caleb truly enjoyed.

He soon realized that it was time to pursue his true passion—that of building custom homes and remodeling old homes into works of art. In 2017, Worley Homes was founded; a family business Caleb established with his brothers Abram and Brandon. And it has remained a family owned and operated company since.

“There’s a saying: ‘If you do what you love, you’ll never work a day in your life.’ I think that applies a lot of the time with many of our projects,” Caleb shares.

Over the past six years, Worley Homes has made a name for itself. From residential remodels and custom home builds to commercial build-outs and commercial remodels (they also take on the occasional bathroom, kitchen or deck remodel too), Caleb and his team of professionals will do everything possible to bring your vision to fruition.

“Every project is different, and every customer’s need is different,” affirms Caleb. “We make building and remodeling easy and painless. This is probably because we perform most trades in-house. When we take on a project, we subcontract out very little. We’re essentially performing everything from the foundation to turnkey. This includes the foundation, framing, siding, windows, flooring, tile, decking, cabinets, doors, trim, and more.”

Caleb notes that one of the biggest problems he’s seen homeowners encounter over the years is their project being held up “because the tile guy, floor guy, cabinet installer (insert trade here) hasn’t started the project yet or has a delay of some sort.” At Worley Homes, that is something they don’t have to worry about. Caleb adds, “We still work with other great professionals in these fields who we subcontract work out to, but if something comes up and their schedule doesn’t align with ours, it’s never going to be something that holds our project up.”



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shares. “I’d say 99 percent of our work is repeat business and word of mouth. And most of our projects are just flat out cool!”

He affirms that, at Worley Homes—which has been ranked the top 1 percent of contractors in Idaho by Buildzoom—they go that extra mile that “everyone wants but very few actually deliver, noting that many projects he’s taken on over the years have been ones that other contractors passed on, whether they were too complex, the weather didn’t permit, or just appeared not doable, for whatever the reason. “Recently, we poured a foundation with 6 inches of snow outside, in freezing temperatures, by building a massive tarp over the build site and running heaters for days before and after the pour to ensure we could get it to cure right,” he states. “One of our less recent ones was a remodel that you could not get into for four months or so out of the year because the road leading to the project was a groomed snowmobile trail. I talked to the team about this before taking the project, and we all agreed we’d make it work by taking snowmobiles to and from the project. We even went as far as having 30-plus windows delivered on a retired military transport that one of the locals owned, just to keep the project going.”

If you’re looking for a company that will go above and beyond to accomplish your home project, remodel or build, let Caleb of Worley Homes lead the way.

“We’ve been blessed with great customers, and many of the relationships we’ve made over the years have turned into multiple projects.”



Freedom and prosperity have been foundational components of the American Dream for generations, and to many, owning a home is an important milestone in achieving that dream. The feeling of having a piece of land that is yours, four walls, and a roof to hold and protect your family is unparalleled. Reaching the goal of homeownership provides stability and connections to the community and builds financial wealth over time. It’s also one of the most significant investments you’ll make in your lifetime—both in your future and financially.

You want to choose a home that meets the needs of your current lifestyle, stage of life, and any future goals you have for yourself and your family. And the journey to and the process of buying a house is unique for each buyer. A growing family has different needs than an empty nester looking to downsize. A single parent desires vastly different features than a new retiree.

Whether you’re a first-time home buyer or a seasoned veteran, the process can be overwhelming. One of the best first steps is finding an experienced Realtor—they have the training and knowledge to walk you through the process, give you the ins and outs of the neighborhood, and get down to the nitty-gritty details to help you make an informed decision. For this reason, Gig Harbor managing broker and Realtor Jennifer Hawkins of Hawkins-Poe key2see Team, real estate broker Jackie Suarez of Century 21 RiverStone and Realtor Ben Geanetta of Elite Realty Partners, both based in North Idaho, provided professional insight to help clear up the sometimes muddy process of purchasing a house.

Most people considering buying a home have imagined their “perfect” house. For some, it’s a brick house with a white picket fence, while others crave a low-maintenance condo in the city—either way, it’s likely you have more non-negotiables than you initially realize. As potential buyers start viewing homes, they can quickly get distracted by the beautiful countertops and professionally staged presentation. Relying on an imagined picture in your head can lead to overlooking


must-have features. There’s nothing worse than falling in love with a house only to remember later that you swore you’d never share a closet with your spouse again.

Make a list. Have each person involved in buying the home and who will be living in the home make a list of the features they most want and things they truly need. Then you can review the list—maybe drop the wall-towall trampoline room requested by your 7-year-old—and rank the features by importance. Doing this will help narrow down properties during your search and keep you focused as you visit potential properties.

“Location, location, location” is a common phrase in real estate. Besides being in an area where you want to live, the location is also directly linked to the current and future home value. The features that determine what constitutes a good location differ for each home buyer, but there are some generally accepted objective factors to consider. The location determines which schools your children will attend, how long your commute to work will be, and which community you will be involved with daily. “Do your homework and work with an agent who is an expert in your target area,” recommends Jackie.

Researching an area and working with a knowledgeable Realtor also helps when evaluating neighborhoods. Take a walk in the neighborhood and talk to people who live there. This will help you get a feel for the mood of a neighborhood but can also provide invaluable insight into real-time issues or benefits of the neighborhood.

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Another factor to consider are the future plans for the area. New construction neighborhoods are popping up all over—depending on your needs, you may want to hold out for one of the new builds, or you might not want to buy right next to a future construction site. You should also consider the crime in the area, if there are any benefits such as recreation facilities, and if there are HOA dues that will affect your monthly payment.

Remember, your location also includes the lot on which the home stands. You can remodel and renovate a house to your every specification, but the lot will remain the same. Consider the lot location and size carefully when viewing homes. Does it get enough sunlight? Will the driveway be difficult to navigate when it snows? Is the yard large enough for your kids and dog to run around? Are you prepared for the amount of maintenance needed for this size yard? If anything about the location or the lot seems concerning or feels like a compromise to you, don’t hesitate to walk away. It will be easier to find another property in a better location or lot than to live with frustrations that could’ve been avoided.

Know your budget and the market. While this sounds simple enough, it can be a complex process. You need a clear picture of your finances to determine a down payment amount and the maximum mortgage payment you can afford. Your real estate team can help review various mortgage payment scenarios and point out sleeper costs, including HOA dues, homeowner’s insurance, and property taxes. “Home buyers need to have all their documents in order

and hire a solid team to help them purchase a home. This team will consist of a local, full-time real estate professional, a full-time knowledgeable lender, and expert local vendors,” explains Ben.

The market, interest rates and inventory have been rapidly changing over the past few years, but real estate is cyclical. Depending on your circumstances, now might be a great time for you to buy, but not ideal for others. As Jennifer explains, “This market is healthy, but rates are high. … If you have substantial equity in your home, now is a great time to buy, and there are a lot of options available that you wouldn’t be able to capitalize on when the market is hot.”

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“The most rewarding thing for me is helping my clients close on their dream home. Seeing how happy they are once we have closed on their dream home is an amazing feeling.”

Willamette Valley Bank has been serving communities for two decades, opening its residential Coeur d’Alene mortgage branch in 2014. Steve Novotny, sales leader and loan officer, has been in the mortgage business for 12 years, joining Willamette Valley Bank nine years ago. “I have always loved working with people, and I have always had a passion for real estate, so getting into the mortgage business just seemed like the right fit for me from a young age,” smiles Steve.

At Willamette Valley Bank, the team strives to earn their clients’ trust and exceed their expectations working with them for years to come. “Whether you are buying your first home, vacation property, refinancing for a remodel or updating your mortgage to fit where you are in life, trust us to take care of your home financing, so you can spend your time taking full advantage of all Northern Idaho has to offer,” says Steve.

Steve is a firm believer that trust, honor and effective communication are the three key components in finding success as a mortgage professional. “These are three things that myself and my team will not waiver from. The amazing people that we have at Willamette Valley Bank, who truly care about our clients, sets us apart from our competition. We love our clients and our local community.”

He believes the success he’s experienced in the business is not only the result of hard work, experience and dedication to his clients, but because of those people who are most important in his life; first and foremost, his parents, Bruce and Christine Novotny. “They taught me to be honest, to be good to people and to work hard at anything I do,” he shares. “My wife Robyn, who is much smarter and talented than me and has supported me in so many ways during my career. I couldn’t do this without her. And my boss Jeremy Wallis, who I have worked for since the beginning, has also been a huge part of my success and an amazing mentor my entire mortgage career.”

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In addition to their commitment to serving their clients, the team at Willamette Valley Bank is proud of their involvement in the local community and volunteers for local charities. “Two of my favorites are the ElderHelp of North Idaho and the Tree of Hope program, which we do company-wide each holiday season to collect food and gifts for local families,” Steve says.

Being a part of the local business community is something Steve enjoys, as it affords him the opportunity to meet other business owners and community members, and work with people every day.

If you are in the market to purchase your first home or vacation property, or looking to refinance, reaching your goal is only a phone call away. Give Steve Novotny a call today.

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Summer is a time for fun, sun and relaxation, but for parents, it can also be a stressful time trying to keep kids entertained and engaged while school is out. Prepping for summer activities ahead of time can help alleviate some of that stress and ensure that your kids have a summer filled with fun and meaningful experiences.

One of the first steps in prepping for summer activities is to determine what your child is interested in and what they want to do during the summer months. Having a conversation with your child about their interests and ideas can help you choose the right activities or programs to keep them engaged throughout the summer.

Summer camps can be a great option for kids of all ages and interests. There are a variety of camps available, from traditional day and overnight camps to specialized camps focused on specific activities like sports, arts or technology. Many of these camps also offer specialized programs for children with special needs or those looking for a unique experience, like wilderness camps or adventure camps. If your child is interested in sports, there are a variety of summer programs available that can help them improve their skills and stay active. Many local sports leagues offer summer camps and clinics for kids of all ages and skill levels. There are also specialized sports camps that focus on specific sports like soccer, basketball or gymnastics.

Arts and cultural programs can also be a great way to keep kids engaged and learning during the summer months. Many museums, theaters and community centers offer summer classes and programs for children interested in music, dance, theater or visual arts. These programs can help children develop new skills and explore their creativity while having fun.

Once you have an idea of what your child is interested in, it’s important to start researching and registering for programs as early as possible. Many popular programs fill up quickly, so it’s important to start the registration process early to ensure your child gets a spot. Many programs also offer early bird discounts for families that register early, so it can be a great way to save money as well.

In addition to traditional summer programs, there are also a variety of other activities and experiences that you can plan for your child during the summer months. Family vacations, day trips to local attractions, and outdoor adventures can all be great ways to create lasting memories and keep kids engaged and excited throughout the summer.

To make the most of the summer, involve your child in the planning process. Create a summer bucket list together, and let your child choose activities that they would like to

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do. This can be anything from trying a new food to learning a new skill. Use the bucket list as a guide for planning summer activities and checking off items throughout the summer.

Before your child starts any summer program or activity, make sure they have everything they need to be prepared. This includes any necessary equipment, clothing and supplies, as well as any required medical or consent forms. Check the program requirements and ensure that your child has everything they need before the program begins.

If your child has any medical conditions or requires special accommodations, it’s important to discuss these with the program staff ahead of time to ensure that your child’s needs can be met. This may include providing medication or equipment or working with the program staff to create a plan for accommodating your child’s needs.

Preparing for summer activities also includes ensuring that your child is emotionally ready for the experience. Starting a new program or activity can be exciting but also nervewracking for children. Talk to your child about their feelings

and help them prepare for any challenges or new experiences they may face. Encourage them to try new things, but also let them know that it’s okay to feel nervous or uncertain.

In conclusion, prepping for summer activities for kids can be an enjoyable experience for both parents and children. By taking the time to research and plan ahead, parents can ensure that their children have a fun and meaningful summer filled with a variety of activities and experiences. Whether it’s traditional summer camps, specialized classes and programs, or family vacations and outdoor adventures, there are plenty of options available to keep kids engaged and excited during the summer months. By involving your child in the planning process, creating a summer bucket list, and ensuring they have everything they need for their specific program or activity, you can help set them up for a successful and enjoyable summer.

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What goes into a retirement ‘paycheck’?

During your working years, you generally know how much money you’re bringing in, so you can budget accordingly. But once you’re retired, it’s a different story. However, with some diligence, you can put together a “paycheck” that can help you meet your income needs.

Where will this paycheck come from? Social Security benefits should replace about 40 percent of one’s pre-retirement earnings, according to the Social Security Administration, but this figure varies widely based on an individual’s circumstances. Typically, the higher your income before you retire, the lower the percentage will be replaced by Social Security. Private pensions have become much rarer in recent decades, though you might receive one if you worked for a government agency or a large company. But in any case, to fill out your retirement paycheck, you may need to draw heavily on your investment portfolio.

Your portfolio can provide you with income in these ways:

• Dividends - When you were working, and you didn’t have to depend on your portfolio for income to the extent you will when you’re retired, you may have reinvested the dividends you received from stocks and stock-based mutual funds, increasing the number of shares you own in these investments. And that was a good move, because increased share ownership is a great way to help build wealth. But once you’re retired, you may need to start accepting the dividends to boost your cash flow.

• Interest payments - The interest payments from bonds and other fixed-income investments, such as certificates of deposit

(CDs), can also add to your retirement income. In the years immediately preceding their retirement, some investors increase the presence of these interest-paying investments in their portfolio. (But even during retirement, you’ll need some growth potential in your investments to help keep you ahead of inflation.)

• Proceeds from selling investmentsWhile you will likely need to begin selling investments once you’re retired, you’ll need to be careful not to liquidate your portfolio too quickly. How much can you sell each year? The answer depends on several factors—your age, the size of your portfolio, the amount of income you receive from other sources, your spouse’s income, your retirement lifestyle, and so on. A financial professional can help you determine the amount and type of investment sales that are appropriate for your needs while considering the needs of your portfolio over your lifetime.

When tapping into your investments as part of your retirement paycheck, you’ll also want to pay special attention to the amount of cash in your portfolio. It’s a good idea to have enough cash available to cover a year’s worth of your living expenses, even after accounting for other sources of income, such as Social Security or pensions. In addition, you may want to set aside sufficient cash for emergencies. Not only will these cash cushions help you with the cost of living and unexpected costs, but they might also enable you to avoid digging deeper into your long-term investments than you might like.

You may be retired for a long time—so take the steps necessary to build a consistent retirement paycheck.

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Eye Health

Second, only to the brain, the eyes are the most complex, powerful organ in the human body. Our vision is responsible for about 80 percent of what our brain processes, making proper eye care a vital component of our overall health. Ophthalmologist Dr. Mark Torres shares the importance of proper eye exams and when you may need an eye specialist.

Do ophthalmology and optometry work together?

Absolutely. In many instances, optometrists are the first line in identifying patients needing ophthalmic care. In a rural setting such as North Idaho, those specialists are experienced in identifying and managing eye conditions. In addition, they are experts at prescribing and fitting glasses and contact lenses. For a patient needing advanced care from an ophthalmologist, optometrists can easily and efficiently make the referral for a patient. Sandpoint is fortunate to have several highly skilled and talented optometrists.

What about kids and teenagers?

I firmly believe that children should get a comprehensive eye exam as early as feasible, especially as they reach preschool, kindergarten, and elementary school. Adolescents should also have an eye exam before participating in physical activities, sports and hobbies. Clear vision is an important factor in academic performance, physical activity and sports performance, and activities such as artwork, graphics and computers. If a child is struggling in any of these areas at an early age, parents should consider obtaining a good, comprehensive eye exam for their child.

The same goes for teenagers and young adults. The eyes can change quite a bit during the growth years, and clear vision is just as crucial for this age group. The same performance considerations apply to

this age group—school, sports, hobbies and social interactions. Once again, start with optometry. The solution may be as simple as a quality pair of glasses or contact lenses. This can go a long way to alleviating stress and concerns for parents, children, teenagers and young adults.

Does ophthalmology focus primarily on eye surgery?

Not really. Only about a third of our patients are eye surgery patients. Most patients come to us to identify and manage other eye-related conditions that don’t necessarily require eye surgery, such as glaucoma and macular degeneration, and many others. Furthermore, if patients need more specialized eye care, we can assist by facilitating and streamlining the process of finding an ophthalmology sub-specialist. This could be a pediatric ophthalmologist, a glaucoma specialist, or a retina specialist.

Does ophthalmology interact with other medical specialties?

That actually happens daily. The eyes are an organ system connected to the rest of the human body. They can be affected by such things as diabetes, hypertension, heart disease, vascular disease, neurologic conditions, autoimmune diseases, and cancer. We have patients shared between our clinic and other medical specialists regularly and frequently, such as Internal Medicine, Family Practice, Neurology, Rheumatology, Oncology, and many others.

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Smooth skin for summer

With summer fast approaching, you may be thinking about lake days, camping trips and outdoor get-togethers. With that comes shorts, tank tops and swimsuits, and wouldn’t it be nice to not have to worry about shaving and razor burn when all you want to do is enjoy our few short months of heat? With laser hair removal you can ditch your razor and have smooth, hair-free skin year-round! Below we break down commonly asked questions.

How does laser hair removal work? During the laser treatment, a diode laser beam passes through the skin toward the hair follicles. The penetrating energy then heats up the root of the hair, which in turn prevents future hair growth.

Which areas of the body can be treated? LHR is safe on most areas of the body that have unwanted hair. Most commonly treated areas include the bikini, underarms, legs, arms, chest, back, shoulders, stomach, neck, chin and sideburns.

How much does laser hair removal cost? Pricing varies based on your region. LHR is generally sold in a package of treatments and averages $1,200 for smaller areas like the face or underarms, up to $2,200 for larger areas like the legs.

How many sessions are required? Hair is reduced with each treatment, and results are observed after four to six sessions. The number of sessions will differ depending on your hair color, hair type, body area and skin tone, but on average is six to eight sessions.

Why do I need multiple treatments to achieve hair removal? Laser hair removal works best when hair follicles are in their mature stage; however, at any given time, your hair is in various stages of growth. Multiple treatments allow for each individual follicle to be treated during their mature stage.

Does laser hair removal hurt? Most LHR machines have a built-in skin-cooling surface. This makes treatment more comfortable and virtually painless. Additionally, the treatment is quick and over before you know it.

What is the benefit of laser hair removal? Unlike traditional methods (waxing, shaving, bleaching, or using depilatory creams), LHR impacts the root of the problem, rather than offering a temporary solution. Traditional methods will require treatment forever, while LHR only requires a few sessions. Most patients immediately notice a significant reduction in hair growth and eventually smooth and hairfree skin.

Talk with your aesthetic provider to see if laser hair removal is right for you.


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The perfect shoe to complement your style

The right pair of shoes can take an outfit to the next level, and finding the perfect shoes to complete your look can be a daunting task. With so many options out there, it can be overwhelming to decide which shoes will best suit your style and the occasion. But don’t worry, we’ve got you covered. We’ve rounded up some of the hottest shoe trends of the season, from bold and daring to classic and elegant. Whether you’re looking to add a pop of color to a little black dress, elevate your everyday look with sleek ankle boots, or make a statement with bold metallic flats, our selection has something for everyone. We’ve included shoes that are comfortable and practical for everyday wear, as well as shoes that are elegant and sophisticated for formal occasions. So step up your style game and take a look at our roundup of the perfect shoes to complete your look.


Bold Animal Print Heels.

Make a statement with a pair of bold animal print heels. Perfect for adding a touch of edge to any outfit, these shoes are playful, stylish and on-trend. Whether you’re dressing up or keeping it casual, the animal print is sure to make a statement. Pair them with skinny jeans and a leather jacket or a midi skirt and a blouse for a chic and sophisticated look.

2Timeless Nude Pumps.

Keep it classic with timeless nude pumps. Perfect for any formal occasion, these shoes will add an elegant touch to any outfit. Whether you’re attending a wedding, a business meeting or a fancy dinner, these shoes are the perfect choice. With their comfortable fit and versatile design, you can wear them with anything and everything.

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Slip-On Sneakers.

Keep it casual with comfortable slip-on sneakers. Perfect for running errands or taking a walk, they’re easy to wear and easy to style. With their simple design and neutral color, slipons are the perfect choice for any casual outfit. Pair them with jeans and a T-shirt or leggings and a hoodie for a comfortable and effortless look.

Trendy Platform Sneakers.

Step up your style game with some trendy platform sneakers. Perfect for adding a fun touch to any casual outfit, these shoes are playful, comfortable and on-trend. With their chunky sole and unique design, they’re sure to make a statement wherever you go. Pair them with leggings and a cropped hoodie for a sporty look or with a denim skirt and a graphic tee for a more casual vibe.

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If you’re looking for the perfect addition to any summer outfit, a pair of platfrom sandals are a must. The neutral color goes with everything, and the comfortable design makes them perfect for all-day wear. Whether you’re heading to a dinner date or running errands around town, these shoes will keep you comfortable and stylish. Pair them with a sundress or shorts and a T-shirt for a casual and effortless look.

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Keep it simple with these classic white sneakers. Whether you’re running errands or heading to the gym, these shoes are the perfect choice. With their comfortable fit and simple design, they’re easy to wear and easy to style. Pair them with leggings and a tank top or shorts and a T-shirt for a comfortable and casual look.

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Suncadia and Sunriver Resorts


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ticking with the real estate theme of this issue, the travel story highlights two resorts that you can vacation at—and if you love it can purchase a vacation or future retirement home. Suncadia is a 6,400-acre resort and real estate community located in the Cascade Mountains in Washington. Just outside of Bend, Oregon, the Sunriver Resort is 3,300 acres and has the only private resort airstrip in the Pacific Northwest. Both resorts are iconic Pacific Northwest favorites, with many guests having family histories of their first visits and now introducing the communities to their children.

Suncadia and Sunriver are full-service destinations. Guests will find luxury lodging, spas, pools, golf courses, multiple restaurants, and lots of fun summer activities. All of this can be found in stunning natural scenery offering plenty of space for miles of hiking and biking trails. There is no need to venture from these active communities when there is so much to see and do.


For the ultimate in luxury, stay at The Lodge at Suncadia, perched atop the Cascade Mountains with stellar views. The lodge offers accommodations from deluxe studios, one- or twobedroom suites, and luxury penthouses. Designed for longer vacations, you’ll find kitchens, washers and dryers, private balconies, and gas fireplaces. The lodge is a central hub with access to several restaurants. For a more intimate stay, The Inn at Suncadia overlooks the lovely Prospector Golf Course and provides a more traditional hotel stay. Also at the resort are the Trailhead Condominiums with one or two bedrooms and large decks. These are perfect for a more extended stay. There are a variety of neighborhoods that have luxury vacation homes for rent. Sizes range from one to six bedrooms, and each is fully furnished.

Sunriver Resort has a variety of lodgings across this large resort including the River Lodge and Lodge Village. These resort rooms all have fireplaces and private decks to enjoy the stunning views. Guests at the River Lodge also have exclusive access to the large outdoor hot tubs. Also available are more than 275 condominiums and vacation homes for rent. For a truly special experience, stay at Forestbrook at Caldera Springs. In addition to access to all the Sunriver amenities, you also have access to those at Caldera Springs including its gorgeous Quarry Pool. Also enjoy complimentary watercraft rentals on the Obsidian or Trailmere Lakes.

Suncadia and Sunriver are fullservice destinations. Guests will find luxury lodging, spas, pools, golf courses, multiple restaurants, and lots of fun summer activities.

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Suncadia’s newest restaurant is The Stovehouse, located at The Inn at Suncadia, which focuses on fresh, local ingredients. Executive Chef Taylor Widrig says, “The restaurant’s menu pays homage to Suncadia’s storied past, while celebrating local brewers, farmers and ranchers of today and the immense effort they put into their craft.” Gorgeous golfcourse views make it a perfect alfresco dining spot when the weather is nice. Portals Restaurant in the lodge offers an eclectic Pacific Northwest seasonal menu highlighting fresh, local ingredients. Combined with the panoramic views of the Cascade Mountains, this is one special meal. On the property you’ll find a variety of food and beverage offerings including a market and the Taste of the Cascade Food Truck.

The restaurants at Sunriver Resort also focus on fresh, seasonal ingredients. The Lodge Kitchen is the resort’s signature restaurant and has spectacular views of the Cascade Range. Known for its dry-age beef, this is a true ranch-to-table meal sourcing from local and regional purveyors. The Owl’s Nest is like your cozy neighborhood pub. Enjoy the local craft beer this region is famed for with classic dishes. The grand fireplace offers a welcome respite on chilly days while the outdoor patio has views of the Meadows Golf Course with Mt. Bachelor in the distance.

If golf is your thing, then Suncadia Resort has you covered. Rocky peaks of the Eastern Cascades and pine forest surround the three championship golf courses. If relaxing is more your style, book a treatment at the awardwinning Glade Spring Spa. It is known for its beautiful outdoor features and even offers a private women’s garden that has a sauna and a hot outdoor mineral bath. Summer activities abound with more than 40 miles of hiking and biking trails, axe throwing, archery, water rentals and off-site excursions such as fly fishing and river floats.

The Cove Aquatic Center at the Sunriver Resort has families returning year after year to enjoy this waterpark with its indoor and outdoor pool, waterslide, gently flowing eddy, gorgeous outdoor spaces overlooking a lake with mountain views, and so much more. Biking is a safe activity with over 40 miles of paved trails. Golfers will love the four courses with 63 holes of world-class golf. A children’s program allows for adult time at the Sage Springs Club and Spa. You’ll never be bored staying at Sunriver.

After staying at these two incredible resorts, if you find the communities to your liking, then consider purchasing a property. Both resorts have real estate offerings at a variety of price points as well as property management services for vacation rentals.

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Dine Out In Sandpoint


Sandpoint’s premier waterfront dining offers an extensive menu of American cuisine with an impressive wine list. Featuring a full-service bar and beautiful view of Lake Pend Oreille. Open 11am to 9pm Thursday through Monday for lunch and dinner, Trinity at City Beach is ready to become your new favorite restaurant.

58 Bridge St. | Sandpoint 208.255.7558 |


A plant-based cafe serving up smiles, island vibes and healthy, happy food, Heart Bowls specializes in açaí bowls, smoothies, coffee and espresso drinks, rice bowls and salads, breakfast sandwiches, avocado toasts, and delicious glutenfree baked goods! Stop in today to discover your happy place, where you’ll be treated to real food providing real energy. Open 8am-4pm daily.

102 S. 1st Ave. | Sandpoint 208.304.7631 |


City Beach Organics offers top-notch, madefrom-scratch organic food and drinks in a recently renovated downtown location. They serve homemade soups daily! Conveniently located, they can also make your order to go! Open Sunday 9am to 6pm, and Monday through Friday 7am to 6pm; closed Saturday.

117 N. First Ave. | Sandpoint 208.265.9919 |


Fresh and unique, Jalapenos Mexican Restaurant in Downtown Sandpoint has been a favorite of many for over 25 years. Whether it’s Margarita Monday, Taco Tuesday or Magic Wednesday, there is something for everyone here, and its newly expanded menu has brought even more choices to diners. If you are looking for family fun, a date night or even a place to host a party in their private dining room, Jalapenos Mexican Restaurant will keep you coming back for more!

314 N. Second Ave. | Sandpoint 208.263.2995


Authentic Mexican cuisine prepared fresh daily. Fiesta Bonita’s menu is full of many unique and authentic recipes. They have a full bar at their Ponderay location and outdoor seating. Open daily at 11am. Bring the family or make it a date night. There is something for everyone at Fiesta Bonita!

700 Kootenai Cutoff Rd. | Ponderay 208.263.6174


Sweet Lou’s Restaurant and Bar proudly offers something for everyone, with specialties including chicken fried steak, smoked prime rib, bison ribs, and grilled PB&J and bacon sandwiches. All menu items are reasonably priced, fresh and made to order. Full bar.

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Sushi at Home!

• Rinse the sushi rice in cold water until the water runs clear. Drain the rice and add it to a pot with 2 cups of water. Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat to low and cover the pot. Cook for 18 to 20 minutes, or until the rice is tender and the water has been absorbed.

• While the rice is cooking, make the sushi vinegar by mixing together the rice vinegar, sugar

• Once the rice is cooked, transfer it to a large bowl and add the sushi vinegar. Use a wooden spoon or rice paddle to gently fold the vinegar into the rice until it’s well combined. Let the rice cool to room temperature.

• Place a sheet of nori seaweed on a bamboo sushi mat or a piece of plastic wrap. Wet your hands with cold water and grab a handful of rice. Spread the rice evenly over the nori, leaving a 1-inch border at the top edge.

• Add a few strips of fish, cucumber and avocado to the center of the rice. Use the bamboo mat or plastic wrap to roll the sushi tightly, tucking in the filling as you go. Press the sushi roll gently to make sure it’s compact and the filling is snugly packed.

• Repeat the process with the remaining ingredients, making three more sushi rolls.

• Use a sharp knife to slice each sushi roll into eight pieces. Serve the sushi with soy sauce, pickled ginger and wasabi on the side.

• Enjoy your homemade sushi!




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Rewarding Ride for Reading

A glimpse into the annual CHAFE 150 charity event


The scenic and sensational cycle ride of the summer, Sandpoint’s 16th annual CHAFE 150 Gran Fondo is nearly upon us! Witness this wondrous event on Saturday, June 17, as a spirited supporter or a pedaling participant. Organized by the Sandpoint Rotary, the CHAFE 150 is regarded as “One of the top charity rides in the U.S.” This year’s proceeds will be donated to Lake Pend Oreille School District’s (LPOSD) “Book Trust” program, whose mission is “to help elementary school children with little/no access to books fall in love with reading and become lifelong learners.”

A Gran Fondo, Italian for “Big Ride,” is a long-distance bike ride that challenges each rider to battle their own individual clocks rather than race against other cyclists. The Sandpoint CHAFE 150 offers a variety of distanced routes: 150, 80, 40, 25 and this year’s brand new 55-mile gravel route, all of which are majestic, joyous journeys. The 150-mile route is what separates this event from others and draws in repeat riders from all over the country as they attempt to beat their previous times. The 150-mile ride is a lavish loop around the Cabinet Mountains of Idaho and Montana, traversing through a gorgeous lake and riverriddled route.

This glorious undertaking is overseen by a dedicated year-round committee and made possible by over 80 sponsors and 150 volunteers. The day starts with a beautiful breakfast hosted at the beachfront Trinity restaurant after registering at City Beach. For those partaking in the 80- and 150-mile routes, a shuttle bus provided by LPOSD will transport you to the ride’s starting line, the rest of which will start at Sandpoint City Beach. A bike shuttle service will also be provided by Litehouse, and SAG (Support And Gear) services will be offered by Greasy Fingers. There will be a multitude of hydration stations manned by dedicated volunteers and first aid supplied by Bonner General Health. “The rest stops are some of the best of any ride you’ll find,” boasts Mel Dick, CHAFE 150’s organizer.

Circle the date, throw on some bike shorts and invite the family out this summer to participate in this year’s CHAFE 150. “We expect between 350 and 500 riders this year,” Mel states. Come challenge yourself on two wheels while taking in the lovely land of Sandpoint and aiding local students with the gift of literacy.

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Farmers Market at Sandpoint

It’s officially farmers market season, as the Farmers Market at Sandpoint kicked off on April 29 at Farmin Park and will continue bi-weekly through October 14. With the mission to support local agriculture through education and a diverse community market, the community is invited to shop the market 3 to 5:30pm every Wednesday and 9am to 1pm each Saturday. Shop local while wandering booths of produce, specialty foods, crafts and goods from a variety of vendors throughout the area, and take in the free concert in the park (each Saturday and most Wednesdays). To find out more about the market and what vendors will be on-site, as well as upcoming special events you won’t want to miss, be sure to check out

Cinco de Mayo Block Party


Sandpoint Leadership, a program of the Chamber of Commerce, invites the community to attend this wonderful family event and fundraiser, with 2023 proceeds to benefit Unique Center for Athletes of All Needs (UCAN). The Cinco de Mayo Block Party takes place from 4 to 8pm Friday, May 5, in downtown Sandpoint on Main Street (between First and Second streets). It will feature local vendors providing food and drinks; raffle and silent auction; and music, games and fun activities (like face painting and Folk School activities) for all ages. The event is free to attend.

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Lost in the ‘50s


It’s an event that those young and old look forward to each and every spring here in Sandpoint. People come from all over to join in the festivities that is Lost in the ‘50s! Happening each year the third weekend in May, the fun kicks off Friday, May 19, and continues through Saturday, May 20. With 2023 marking the 36th year of cars and rock ‘n’ roll, event-goers will enjoy everything from live music and entertainment, a street dance, car parade, car show, and a whole lot more! For up-to-date details, be sure to follow Lost in the ‘50s on Facebook (Facebook. com/lost50s) or



46th Annual ArtWalk




Take a self-guided walking tour and explore all participating gallery locations! Welcome the summer season beginning Friday, June 16, and continuing through Friday, September 1, as Pend Oreille Arts Council presents ArtWalk. Each summer, local artisans, galleries and business owners throughout downtown Sandpoint work in collaboration to showcase all that this unique town has to offer, giving artist members and other local artists a chance to exhibit their work while encouraging all ages to explore this free citywide event. Maps of the walking tour will be posted at

Summer Community Day

Mark your calendars for Sunday, June 18, and make plans with friends and family to attend Schweitzer’s Summer Community Day and Opening Weekend! Welcome summer, a couple days early, at this unofficial kickoff to the season for Sandpoint and Bonner County. Schweitzer will be donating all lift ticket proceeds from the day to a local nonprofit partner. Mountain bike trails will open as weather and conditions permit. For additional details as the event nears, be sure to visit

2023 IdaHOPE Classic

Join the Community Resource Envision Center for their third annual IdaHOPE Classic fundraiser—a celebration of hope, generosity and community spirit! Scheduled for Monday, June 19, this exciting event brings people together from all walks of life, united by a common goal of making a difference. With delicious food, great music, and an atmosphere filled with positivity and kindness, the IdaHOPE Classic promises to be a memorable experience while making a difference to bring hope and change to our community. For additional details and to register, visit

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