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JUNE 2020



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Welcome, June.






ife as we’ve known it is slowly beginning to make its return, with much excitement, as well as attentiveness. We at Sandpoint Living Local are proud to be part of this wonderful community and over the past several weeks have witnessed firsthand how truly strong and committed its people are to the place they call home.

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Over the past few months, our community has come together more than ever before to keep our community, its businesses and schools running—though in ways we could have never imagined. June marks the official beginning to summer, with schools officially out (no more remote learning), and more time to get out and spend time with friends and family, as well as support our local businesses—many who need our patronage more than ever.

be treated to stories that are sure to inspire and remind you of all the positivity that surrounds us, even during trying times. Our feature story highlights North Idaho residents Julie Kirk and Joshua Freedman and their journey of strength and endurance as they prepare to embark on the Great Alabama 650 this September—the toughest paddle race in the United States! Read the story behind Super 1 Foods and their commitment to the communities they serve, and find out more about the community program, G6:2, and its mission to help foster and adoptive families. Stay strong, stay positive. Here’s to summer and new beginnings. Steve Russo Executive Director |

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ABOUT THE COVER IT'S JUNE! ALONG WITH THE LONGER DAYS AND MORE SUNSHINE, it's the time of year we spend more time outdoors, whether gardening, entertaining or just playing with the kids at our beautiful lake! With the beauty that Sandpoint offers during this time, there’s no time like the present to get outside and soak in that sunshine! Enjoy the official arrival of summer!

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ell, summer is officially here, and this year the warm weather is especially welcome. Many of us have spent far more time inside our homes recently than in months and even years past due to COVID-19. These past few months have taught me so much about my home and my family, and even myself. For example, I make a great art teacher but a rotten third-grade math teacher! This month I’d like to focus on preparing our homes for the warm weather and helping to boost the local economy while we’re at it.

or fogged, which happens when a window loses its seal, and can really detract from your view.

Something that can be overlooked in any home is the addition of fresh air and sunshine. Your home could be picture-perfect, but without fresh air and sunlight, it can feel stagnant. One way to add fresh air without inviting in the mosquito family from next door is to update or add screens to your home. Selkirk Glass and Cabinets have a great “invisible” screen product that retracts and can be added to virtually any door. While they’re at it, they can replace windowpanes that have cracked

I’m a big fan of wood blinds for a classic look, and shutters are definitely making a comeback in the home trends department. Any of these options can update the look of your home but also add to your quality of life by reducing glare, making air conditioning more efficient and blocking out our early morning northern sun until we are good and ready to wake up!

Adding window coverings can also be an asset in the warmer months. There are so many to choose from, from solar shades to insulated double-walled cellular shades that can keep heat out and cool air in. Proper window coverings also protect your flooring and furniture from harmful UV rays and keep your home finishes looking newer longer.

Summer is also a great time to have your flooring replaced, as your outdoor spaces can be utilized to store furniture and other belongings


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Outdoor living spaces are all the rage on sites like Houzz and Pinterest. while they have the old flooring going out and new flooring going in. Also, you can keep your windows and doors open for fresh air while they are doing the installation, which helps get rid of any contaminants or volatile organic compounds that might linger when doing flooring installs.

living area can really help boost morale during this time. Pergolas and patios are great, but think about adding some fun elements as well. Fire pits, built-in grills and even pizza ovens are great additions to any home, and many can be done safely, even on a budget.

Painting the outside of your home is another popular summertime home improvement project. Good weather is always a boon for painters, who will fully utilize the upcoming sunny days to get their projects finished on schedule. If you are considering having your home painted this summer, it’s a good idea to speak to a painter as soon as possible to ensure you get a spot on their list.

Outdoor lighting is also a fun way to spruce up your space. Adding new exterior lighting can work wonders in updating your exterior, and the addition of twinkle lights, path lighting or café lights can add ambiance and character to an otherwise bland space. Some of these can be easy DIY projects, but adding new outlets or other larger installs are usually only a phone call away with a good electrician!

Outdoor living spaces are all the rage on sites like Houzz and Pinterest—and for good reason! They can really add value to your home and even give you more usable space. In general, we are still spending more time in our homes, and adding an outdoor

I hope this list gives you a few ideas for the upcoming summer months! Have fun, stay healthy and enjoy our beautiful North Idaho summer!


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Thank You to Our Teachers


he 2019-2020 school year will go down as one of the more unique and challenging for everyone involved. Our school teachers were presented with obstacles not seen before, but instead of wilting under uncertainty, we heard hundreds of stories of our educators stepping up for their students. They’ve held classes through Zoom and touched base with students after hours to help them with their learning. They’ve left inspiring messages on reader boards and the sides of schools, showing kids who pass by just how much they are missed. Elementary teachers have formed fun car parades and driven past homes to give little kids a smile, and high school educators have left congratulations posters on the lawns of seniors who may not get an in-person graduation.

recent Teacher of the Month recipients and say a big ‘Thank You’ to educators everywhere who have stepped up to keep kids on track, supported, loved and inspired over these past few months.

At Sandpoint Living Local, we make it a point to highlight a local educator in each issue throughout the school year to show our appreciation to those who inspire our youth. We would like to extend our gratitude to our

Lori Padilla - Northside Elementary School

Recognizing our 2019-2020 Teachers of the Month Becky Charvoz - Farmin Stidwell Elementary School Jacob Stark - Sandpoint High School Jennifer Smith - Washington Elementary School Ezra Stafford - Sandpoint High School Lynette Leonard - Southside Elementary School TJ Clary - Sandpoint Middle School Jennifer Majors - Hope Elementary School



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ometime in March, life as we know it went off the rails. As the number of coronavirus cases grew, businesses closed, and others struggled to keep their doors open. Parks, restaurants and theaters closed. Weeks passed, and for many of us, the walls felt like they were closing in. Each day, I made it a point to check in with family and friends who were, like me, looking for ways to adjust to the “new normal.” One of those friends confessed the transition had been a challenge. Adam works mainly out of his house. His wife is a schoolteacher, now also working from home. They have two boys still at home and one in the military. Safe-at-Home orders meant pretty much everything around them was closed, and they were immersed in learning new technology, testing new routines and adjusting expectations. My friend said, even in all the struggle, they were able to create moments of joy. I asked him to share one:

Whatever the circumstances, what we think and who we choose to be makes all the difference By Trish Buzzone, Thinking Partner, Executive Director, The John Maxwell Team

“Our wedding anniversary was coming up, 22 years together, and I was sick. The week before, I’d developed some congestion and a cough. No fever, fortunately, but one of those deep, nasty coughs that keeps you up at night. “For 22 years, our anniversary always meant an adventure. Hiking, sailing, enjoying a beachside B&B, learning and exploring together. … Not this year. Even if I wasn’t sick, the world was wearing a big Out of Order sign. “By Thursday, I was on my third day of very little sleep. My bride took one look at me and told me to stay in bed. I rolled over, closed my eyes, and woke up Friday morning. All day, the house was full of whispers. Mom and the boys were planning something as I tried to knock the rust off my brain and get caught up on work. “Anniversary morning arrived. We sipped coffee on the porch swing


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Even in all the struggle, they were able to create moments of joy. and watched the river behind our house. It wasn’t a mountain cabin or a tropical island, but we were together. Looming deadlines meant I had to get back to work. Lesson planning meant so did she. “That evening, she knocked on my office door, asked me to come with her down to the dock. The boys were in their room, peeking around the door, giggling. Something was definitely up. Out on the dock, they had strung Christmas lights from piling to piling. Candles flickered on a table set for two. Platters held all our favorite picnic foods. A wine bottle sweated in the warm evening. Soft music played. “I sat down across from her, soaking up the moment. It felt like we were together at a riverside Italian bistro, the only people in the world. She poured the wine, and we toasted 22 years. We set our glasses down, both smiling, maybe for the first time that week. I know it was the happiest I’d been since the first time I heard the words ‘COVID-19.’

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“As the sun melted behind the horizon, we ate and talked and laughed until it was too dark to see. Coronavirus may have stolen our annual adventure, but maybe creating moments of joy when the world feels like it’s falling apart is adventure enough.” Hearing this, I was inspired by Adam’s unwavering life stance, the way his family honors traditions, embraces challenges and loves each other through these uncertain times. Where their focus goes, their energy flows, and that is true for all of us. You can connect with Trish Buzzone at, trishbuzzone or 29



here is nothing like Independence Day and the celebrations that we’ve all come to know and love here in Sandpoint. It was recently announced that due to health and safety concerns for the community amid COVID-19, Sandpoint’s Lion Club has decided to cancel the annual Fourth of July events usually put on by its organization and members.

surpassed! According to a Facebook post posted by Ron on Sandpoint Independence Day’s page on May 23, Ron was excited to announce that they had raised $19,000. "... Now I've raised our goal of $25,000 to cover all of the costs for the full day of events, parade, picnic day at the park, and the fireworks show. ... And we have our awesome community to thank for all of this!"

But, there is good news—and great news! After hearing this unfortunate news, Sandpoint resident Ron Korn wanted to do something about it. As a result, he went to social media, where he created a public Facebook page—Save Independence Day, Sandpoint. With help promoting the campaign from Steve Wasylko, the page had already garnered more than 1,400 members by the end of May, all who share the same patriotic goal—to keep Sandpoint's Fourth of July celebration alive.

If you want to help ensure that the Fourth of July traditions continue in Sandpoint, there are several ways you can help. If you, your organization or business are interested in participating in this year's parade, you can donate $20 (non-refundable) via Paypal for pre-registration by June 29; with fees increasing to $30 after that date, and must be paid the day of the event. Fireworks Show sponsorships are also available, and they are also seeking prize donations for the parade and festival games and contests.

It was quickly confirmed that the parade would continue, following the same route as previous years, with planning underway to feature family fun at Travers Park, filled with outdoor events and activities such threelegged races, a dunk tank, water balloon toss and more, along with live performances and food vendors.

Help make 2020 the best Fourth of July in Sandpoint. For additional details including registration and sponsorship opportunities, visit, email or call Ron Korn at 208.290.2354.

The biggest task at hand? Raising the funds for the annual fireworks display over City Beach, with a cost of nearly $17,000.

It’s incredible, yet no surprise, how quickly Sandpoint residents and business owners stepped up and took action to make this year’s Fourth of July a day to be cherished and sure to be remembered.

In less than two weeks, initial monetary goals were not only met but


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“Live Life to the Fullest” Patient-focused clinic eases the pain By Jillian Chandler

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erving the Sandpoint and Bonners Ferry communities for more than a decade, Dr. J. Sorin Ispirescu has been changing lives through multidisciplinary pain management treatments at Idaho Pain Clinic.

Trained at the renowned Center for Pain and Palliative Medicine at UC San Diego, Dr. Ispirescu is a double board-certified physician in both anesthesiology and pain management. After creating a successful practice in Southern California, he and his wife began searching towns across the country for the ideal place to start a family. The couple discovered North Idaho and quickly fell in love with Sandpoint. “We left the big city life to raise a family in this wonderful community,” says Sorin. “Sandpoint is a wonderful, unique community, filled with so many interesting people from all different backgrounds. There are so many truly talented people that would be very successful in whichever community they would be part of, but thankfully they love Sandpoint and chose to make this their home.” In December 2010, he opened Idaho Pain Clinic, which specializes in various methods for treatment of pain. Interventional procedures, such as epidurals, steroid injections and radio frequency ablation, are all done at their on-site surgical center. For those with compression fractures of the spine, they can perform kyphoplasty under conscious sedation, restoring height and strength to the vertebrae. “We have


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in-house physical therapy with state-of-the-art equipment, including the anti-gravity Alter G machine used by most professional sports teams and in Olympic training centers,” says Sorin. In addition, they help manage patients’ pain through pain medications, focusing on nonopioid medications to maximize functionality and minimize negative side effects. Their stem cell therapy and platelet-rich (PRP) therapy can harness the body’s own healing potential to rebuild injured tissues. Dr. Ispirescu and his team also have a special interest in lifestyle medicine, helping coach many clients to weight loss, smoking cessation, and encouraging patients to make healthier lifestyle choices that add years to their lives, and “more importantly, improve the quality of their life and relationships,” he says. Along with providing care to their patients, the staff at Idaho Pain Clinic has been a long-time supporter of the arts and Sandpoint Music Conservatory, and classical music education through the Festival at Sandpoint. “We have also been passionate about keeping our children safe in this community and been longtime sponsors of the Long Bridge Swim and their program to offer swim lessons to every child in our community,” says Sorin. He and his team have hosted and supported the Depression and Anxiety Recovery Program, offering hope to those who

struggle with depression and anxiety. They have also been supporters of the CHAFE 150 and Sandpoint Area Seniors. For the last eight years, Dr. Ispirescu has been a radio host on KBFI and KSPT and is excited to share that he has a new website (DrSorin. com) and soon a YouTube channel titled Dr. Sorin MD with the goal of educating and equipping patients with the tools they need to lose weight, eat healthfully, and adopt lifestyle practices that maximize their body’s potential for health and wellness. His life’s work is one Ispirescu finds truly rewarding, having the opportunity to witness the lives of his patients improve. “I feel that is our passion and calling in life, to help those we interact with live life to the fullest,” he affirms. Through their gentle, compassionate approach, combined with their highly specialized training and treatment modalities, Dr. Ispirescu and his team are making a significant impact in the lives of those they serve. If you are looking for comprehensive, personalized care provided by a medical team dedicated to providing effective pain management care, now is the time to call Idaho Pain Clinic.


Bearing One A nother’s Burdens G6:2 SERVES LOCAL ADOPTIVE AND FOSTER FAMILIES By Abigail Thorpe Courtesy Photos



helby Beck and her husband have six children—four biological and two adopted. As they began the transition of blending their family, they soon realized each member of the family was experiencing his and her own trauma. In many ways, they felt left on their own—as much as friends cared and wanted to help, it’s a situation that only those who have gone through it can understand. “That's when we knew we needed to try and start something for other parents and families in our area to no longer feel alone in this tough ministry,” says Beck. The Becks' family church Sandpoint Assembly seemed the perfect place to start. Pastor Tim and his wife Karla are foster parents and understand firsthand what the experience is like. “Pastor Tim has a heart that simply just wants to help people. He encourages the church weekly to be the hands and feet of Jesus by showing others love and helping wherever we can,” says Beck. Two other pastors’ families in the church are experienced in


fostering or adopting as well—Pastor Steve and his wife have adopted four kids both domestically and internationally, and Pastor Luke and his wife have previously served as foster parents. “So you have a church with three pastors, all who have experience in this area,” says Beck. “It's incredible to have these dynamics.” It was the ideal support group to start a program that could reach those in the community who needed help or support in their own foster or adoptive journey. Sandpoint Assembly and Beck formed G6:2, which stands for the scripture verse Galatians 6:2 that says, “Bear one another’s burdens and so fulfill the law of Christ.” The program serves North Idaho by providing awareness and support to the foster and adoptive community in the area. “Our mission has been to help bear some of the burdens foster and adoptive families may have,” says Beck, who serves as the director of the program.

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The program does this in several ways. They offer monthly support meetings and also provide tangible support to families through initiatives like their placement backpacks. Sandpoint Assembly and G6:2 host monthly support meetings through the Department of Health and Welfare, run by an experienced foster parent named Carrie Hull. The program is open to anyone and serves people from Sandpoint and the surrounding areas. “People come from Careywood, Boundary County and Priest River for support,” remarks Beck. The meetings are centered around parents finding support, community and encouragement. Each meeting counts toward the foster parent training hours parents need each year, and childcare is provided for attendees, as well as refreshments, treats and chocolate. Each month the program raffles off a free date night to a local restaurant as a fun surprise.

“Many foster kids come to their new adoptive parents with nothing,” says Beck. “The new foster parents find themselves at Walmart quickly trying to get basic needs for the new placement. This can be stressful in many ways, and we'd like to try and help the transition be a little easier while also providing the child with a bag of their very own items to keep.”

“It's just our little way of saying we see the hard work you do day in and day out, we're here for you, we understand what it's like to care for kids from hard places, you're not alone. We appreciate you,” says Beck.

Many kids in foster care carry their only possessions from home in a trash bag. A trash bag is not luggage, says G6:2. The organization wants to help get each local foster child personal items and a bag that can belong to them.

Meetings are currently suspended due to COVID-19, but the program plans to continue to host trainings in the future. It’s been difficult for families who have grown to depend on the support group. “Without that monthly time with other peers and support in general, it’s been very tough,” explains one local foster parent. “It’s nice having time together with other people who share your struggles and celebrate your wins as well because they know exactly what you’re dealing with." G6:2 works in other ways to help local foster and adoptive families adjust, including gathering placement backpacks through donations. These are made available for any new foster placement and include essentials foster kids need when they move into a new home.

G6:2 is always looking for volunteers and donations. Their website,, is a great resource for ways to help and includes information about what items are needed for the placement backpacks. They are also working on cleaning out a storage area to hold donations like pack ‘n play cribs and newer car seats to help with local community foster needs. While they’re not accepting clothing at this time, they are always in need of other items, says Beck. Whether you are a family involved in foster care, adoption, or you simply have a heart to support those on the front lines, G6:2 would love to partner with you!


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alk in your local Super 1 Foods store, and odds are you’re met by a friendly face, helping hands and a sense of community. Particularly during these uncertain times, our supermarket and grocery workers have been on the frontlines, making sure their communities have the goods they need, with a sense of “we’re all in this together” at every stage of the process. While many of us were (or are) stuck at home, they’ve been the often unseen hands stocking shelves, cleaning carts and making sure the elderly and those most in need have access to the necessities. But It’s not just COVID-19 that’s brought this about—Super 1 has always had community

at its core. “At Super 1 Foods we emulate our founders’ values: trust, loyalty, integrity, dependability, safety,” says Jeff Hamley, Super 1 Foods store director in Bonners Ferry. The company was founded by Ron and Joanne McIntire in 1970, and Ron is still active in the business today. The company just opened its 16th store in May 2020 in Oldtown, Idaho. “Being a local North Idaho founded company, and growing up with the towns in North Idaho through all the growth in the last 50 years, has kept us involved in serving our communities as times and needs have changed,” says Randy McIntire, the Hayden-based vice president of Manito Super 1 Foods. Ron McIntire was dedicated to serving local


charitable and governmental organizations, including his local school board and the Boy Scouts Inland Northwest Council, formerly the Inland Empire Council. “Super 1 Foods follows his lead in trying to be generous, helpful in our local communities,” says Randy McIntire. “Our schools, and our local food banks, are some primary organizations we try to serve. “Some of our small rural schools are now large suburban schools, and the available opportunities have grown with our communities. Super 1 has been able to serve more and in larger ways as it has grown as a company,” he adds. Each store—and the company as a whole— continues to operate by Ron McIntire’s commitment to the community, supporting

various youth programs, schools, parks and recs programs, scouts, 4-H, county fairs and hospital boards in each area. “Hayden (and) Coeur d’Alene communities are made up of people that are very proud of their community, and appreciate the natural beauty of North Idaho,” says Randy McIntire. “They are very active in trying to support our local community and be a positive influence on keeping our community a great place to live. Super 1 Foods, like many other local businesses, are striving for the same thing—to make our community a better place to live.” The Coeur d’Alene area was the site of some of the very first Super 1 Foods that opened up—a name that many throughout the Inland

Northwest now know as their friendly local food supplier. Steven Furin started his time with Super 1 in Coeur d’Alene in 1995 before becoming the Sandpoint store manager. “Our philosophy is consistently writing low prices with the highest quality in fresh foods,” he says. “Trustworthiness, loyalty—being committed to being really professional in our work environment—those are some of the things that are important.” Furin recalls Ron McIntire impressing upon him the importance of community when Furin first came to Sandpoint in 2010 to manage the then newly opened store.


For Furin personally, Kinderhaven, local sports, the hospital and 4-H are top causes he makes it a priority to support. “It's important that we spend time helping people that need help in those areas,” he says. He serves on an advisory committee at the hospital, which has been especially important and a key link to the work he does at the store during the current health concerns, he notes. The first year the Sandpoint store opened it donated a pallet of electrolytes to the local football team, recalls Furin. They’ve been donating a pallet of Powerade to the team every year since. He soon got actively involved in individually supporting local sports teams, and has been coaching youth sports—either football, basketball or baseball—since 2011.

Many employees follow his and the company’s lead, volunteering their time and money to give back to the community in a variety of ways. Some of the employees attend the Festival of Trees for Kinderhaven each year. The store gives something to every school in the district and provides field trips for about half the grade schools, says Furin. “If the schools need help with something, we’re always there to help,” he adds. Each year, the store supports the local fair and purchases 4-H animals. Last year they sold the local pigs they purchased from 4-H members at the store—a prime example of bringing community and company mission together by serving locally sourced fresh meat that also supported a good cause. Neighboring Bonners Ferry Super 1 Foods is equally as dedicated to providing low prices on the highest quality and freshest foods to the community and finds every opportunity to get involved with supporting local families, nonprofits and food banks. “We at Super 1 Foods are proud to give donations to nonprofit organizations, and support our 4-H and schools, and food banks,” says Hamley. The Bonners store sponsors the Bull Bash every year, in addition to the Demolition Derby, the 4-H live auction, and the local fire department spaghetti donations for families in need, he adds.

The increased pressure COVID-19 has placed on grocery stores has only served to highlight and strengthen Super 1 stores’ spirit of community. Through the tough times stores have continued to find ways to fill their shelves and keep food available for customers, says Randy McIntire. Extra sanitization measures and crowded stores with depleted stock have made it difficult working conditions for employees, but the company has worked to reward employees through Hero pay and extra money each pay day for their dedication, says Hamley. “What's been inspirational to me, with most of my employees, how willing they are to go the extra mile for the customer during these tough times,” says Furin. “Through this, our sales have increased, and so everyone's had to work a little harder, and the out-of-stock issues—it's been challenging, but it's amazing.” Looking forward, Super 1 stores are ready to support and help local communities as they work to recover from the crisis. “As civic organizations and churches become active again in serving our community, we will look forward to contributing to their efforts,” says Randy McIntire. “Food Banks will be very important this summer, and we will be supporting them in helping many neighbors who have been hurt by the economic shutdown.”

“With Bonners Ferry being such a small community, it gives Super 1 Foods the ability to connect with all our customers on a personal level and connect with each customer by name.”


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Continuing the Family Legacy A third-generation logger keeps it local and reliable By Abigail Thorpe

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ou could say logging is in the Akre family blood. Reuben Akre’s grandfather started a logging company in North Idaho back in 1958. Now the third generation, Reuben carries on the family business in his own way, but family and community are still at the core of it.

In addition to its logging work, Akre Enterprises offers excavation, mulching and hazard tree removal to homeowners in the North Idaho area. “We’re kind of the one-stop shop; we do a little bit of everything, so you’re only dealing with one contractor at the end of the day,” says Reuben. It’s what sets Akre Enterprises apart. Because they can do everything, the company often offers the most competitive rates, and with a small three-man crew, Reuben is always on-site working with his team. “You’re not dealing with big companies, just local guys,” he says. Reuben grew up watching his father and two uncles run the logging company with his grandfather. His father bought the company out in 1990, and Reuben worked alongside him for five years before heading out on his own to start Akre Enterprises in 2015.


He grew up in Priest River—even attended the same high school his mother and father did back in 1985. It was after high school that he realized the potential and future logging held for him. At the end of the day, watching a project come together and making landowners happy drives his passion and fuels his business. Reuben learned from his father to take pride in his work, and it’s a core principle that extends to his business every day. He attributes his success and knowledge to his father, grandfather and uncles, who have served as role models throughout his life. His father in particular has been in the business for so long now his knowledge is a foundation of Reuben’s own business. “I wouldn’t be where I am without him. Day in and day out I get advice from him,” he says. Akre Enterprises serves North Idaho communities from Coeur d’Alene to Bonners Ferry and Priest River. Reuben and his crew work only with private landowners, so you know you’re getting their full attention and the best they have to offer whether you’ve hired them for a small project, or a large one.

The small, tight-knit community is part of what’s kept Reuben in Priest River for so many years. You may run into him in the grocery store or at a local community event. He’s known for the strong work ethic that runs through his family for several generations and distinguishes his company today. “Word travels so fast in small communities, you get known for what you do, and if you take pride in what you do you’ll last a long time,” he says. “I’ve taken pride in it, my family as well.” Being a business in a small community means people work together. It’s what sets Priest River and other North Idaho communities apart. “Small communities have great business owners, and they refer each other and help each other out whether times are tough or not,” says Reuben. He’s proud of his community and proud to be a third-generation logger in North Idaho. It shows in every aspect of his work and guarantees that when you need a job done, it’ll be done right the first time around with Akre Enterprises.


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andpoint’s beloved Farmers’ Market has long been a community staple. Held in Farmin Park bordered by Oak and Main streets every Saturday and Wednesday throughout the spring, summer and early fall months, it’s an opportunity for the community to meet, relax and source fresh fruits and veggies from local farmers while perusing the local artisans and food vendors. This year the market started later than expected due to COVID-19— Saturday May 16, was its opening day. The market looks different than in past years due to health precautions, but it is still committed to keeping Sandpoint and local communities supplied with the fresh, local goods they return for every year. For now, the market only offers staple products like vegetables, meat, cheese, bread and soap. The modified market is open on Saturdays only for now, from 9am to 1pm. It is a smaller market, with just around 32 vendors occupying a full lane of the city parking lot across from Joel’s Mexican Restaurant instead

of Farmin Park. The limited number of vendors allows each to spread out, with 6 feet between each booth. It will help the market manage the number of people entering the farmers’ market. “We want to allow for that social distancing,” says Market Manager Kelli Burt. Volunteers are stationed at the front and back of the market to help count people and make sure customers and vendors can stay safe while continuing the market exchanges the community counts on. The Wednesday market is postponed until further notice—keeping the community and vendors safe and healthy while continuing to provide access to local farmers to the community is the market board’s top concern. “We still want community support, and we really want people to respect the rules and regulations, because we have them there for a reason, for the safety of everybody,” says Burt. Sandpoint’s Farmers’ Market was started 32 years ago by local farmers in the community. They saw a need to provide local food to the community


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SANDPOINT’S FARMERS’ MARKET WAS STARTED 32 YEARS AGO BY LOCAL FARMERS IN THE COMMUNITY. THEY SAW A NEED TO PROVIDE LOCAL FOOD TO THE COMMUNITY AND STARTED A VOLUNTEER BOARD. and started a volunteer board. They set up the market in Farmin Park— the original vendors numbered under 10. “As the popularity grew so did the membership,” says Burt. Veteran vendors include Staff of Life, which offers soaps, body care items, fiber arts, fresh jams, veggies and starts; A Basket Case—a local artisan that offers hand-woven baskets, and hand-dyed painted items like fabrics and flags; and HERB’s Herbs, which has grown to include hand-thrown ceramics in addition to herb plants. Larger produce vendors like Mountain Cloud Farm offer fresh, chemicalfree produce, meats, plants and flowers to the community. Small farm Red Wheelbarrow Produce has been growing all-natural produce, microgreens, herbs and plant starts for North Idaho since 2008 and can be found at the market each year. Burt started as a vendor at the market nine years ago. She was a farmer and sold produce for four seasons at the market before taking a break from farming and later becoming the market manager after meeting her husband and starting their family. This is her third season as the manager, and it has been the perfect opportunity for her to continue her passion for farming and growing local.

“I love the community aspect,” she says. “Often farmers live out of town and they are working crazy hours in the summertime, and so they get a sense of community by coming to the farmers’ market and sharing stories and advice—everyone's helping one another.” It’s a community spirit at the market—no one is in it for themselves. Growers and artisans are often eager to share advice with their neighbor, and the vendors often help each other and share pleasant conversation and company, says Burt. “I love that the community gets to feel that too,” she adds. “Sandpoint comes out and supports the market and makes it a viable income for our famers and our crafters and our food vendors.” It is a unique market, and visitors experience a welcoming atmosphere of community, friendship and giving, along with incredible market goods and produce. “I think it has to do with Sandpoint being so special too,” says Burt. “We have really talented, really smart farmers, and so it's amazing what people can produce in a small area and with our short season here.” In a normal season the market hosts the Master Gardeners once a month to offer activities for kids and adults. On Wednesdays they usually have







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year, but we have to kind of put everything on hold for the time being,” says Burt.

Last year they had over 30 young adult vendors come and take over the market on Kids’ Day. “Last year at our Kids’ Day, I've never seen so many people in Farmin Park all at once,” remembers Burt. “We had dancers from a local kids’ group—they got up on stage, and they did a choreographed dance. It was just one of the sweetest things I've ever seen in Sandpoint. All of the families were out there clapping them on. Everybody stopped to watch what was going on. I was crying, everyone was crying. It was so cool to see that kind of support for our younger generation.”

The market continues to accept SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) benefits from shoppers this year, and provides a unique Sandpoint market perk to shoppers using the government benefits. The Double Up Food Bucks program will match the SNAP benefits amount up to $10 for each household using the program. “We're really excited, especially in this time of this great financial uncertainty, that we're able to continue that program in the community,” says Burt. “And we're really hopeful that people will utilize that and get fresh food for their family.” The market was able to secure funding through the Idaho Farmers Market Association to help fund the program this year.

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Tips to keep you active and safe By Mindy Murray, Occupational Therapist, Kauai Therapy & Wellness


uarantine is over and the sun is out! Let’s get outside while thinking ahead and being safe. Here are some tips to help keep you active and safe this summer.

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Tip 1: Drink, drink, drink! In the summer, our bodies require more fluids to keep us moving strong. When your body is dehydrated, some sensations you might feel include fatigue, thirst, nausea or headache. Keep yourself healthy by remembering to drink at least 8 ounces of water five times per day. Want a more efficient way to stay hydrated? Drink electrolytes! Substitute a glass of water with an unsweetened electrolyte drink such as coconut water. And remember, alcohol will dehydrate you, so make sure to drink water when consuming alcohol.

If you feel any of these, get in the shade and hydrate! Tip 2: Don’t forget to protect your skin. Skin cancer is on the rise in Idaho. A 2019 report, which compiled statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), stated Idaho has the fifth highest rate of skin cancer in the country. Be mindful of how long you are going to be in the sun. If you’re going to be in the sun for extended periods of time, longer than 20 to 30 minutes, wear sunscreen or long sleeves and a hat to protect

Know the warning signs of dehydration: • muscle cramps


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your skin. A little sun is good (think vitamin D) but too much and you could be in pain later from sunburn.

Tip 6: Protect your eyes. Be sure to wear sunglasses, as well as a hat, to protect your eyes from harmful UV rays and protect your vision.

Tip 3: Move your workouts to early morning or evening. Plan for early morning outside workouts or in the evening when it’s a little cooler to avoid heat stroke. This also applies to your outdoor gardening and farming.

Tip 7: Check medication. If you’re on any new medication, or your regular medication, be sure to check for possible side effects from medication interaction with the sun.

Tip 4: Wear lightweight clothing. Choose clothing for two purposes: to prevent overheating and to protect your skin. Opt for clothing made from natural fibers such as cotton or linen that can breathe and keep you cool; even consider long sleeves. When active, think brisk walking or running, choose clothing made from high-tech fabrics that breathe, are lightweight and wick away your sweat. Tip 5: Choose appropriate footwear. When heading out the door for a long walk, run or hike, ditch the flip flops and opt for your supportive tennis shoes. If it’s been a while since you have been fitted for the appropriate walking/active shoe, head to a good running or walking store to get the right kind of supportive shoe for you.

Tip 8: Practice sports safety. At Kauai Therapy & Wellness, we see a rise in sports-related injuries during the summer months such as sprained ankles and broken bones from hiking, playing frisbee, football and other outdoor activities. By following the tips in this article, you can decrease the chance of these injuries occurring this summer. Here is Sandpoint, we love our little town for its range of endless fun and outdoor excursions. Air quality is two to five times better outdoors than indoors. Natural, outdoor light provides essential vitamin D, improves sleep quality, enhances mood and alleviates the symptoms affected by Seasonal Affective Disorder. Right outside your door is your playground. Now let’s get out there and enjoy every bit of it safely!

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ave you heard of the Vampire Facial, also known as platelet-rich plasma therapy (PRP)? It is all the rage amongst celebrities, and that’s because it is a facial treatment that delivers astounding results, stops aging in its tracks and is all natural. Think of PRP as a treatment in self-healing. A small amount of your blood is drawn from your arm and spun down in a centrifuge. This separates your plasma from your whole blood, and this plasma is rich in platelets (the cells that heal tissue and grow new cells). Hence the name, Platelet-Rich Plasma Therapy (PRP). The PRP is then injected into specific areas of the face to regenerate collagen, smooth and tighten skin, soften wrinkles, brighten your skin’s tone and enhance elasticity. It can specifically soften dark hollows around the eyes, plump drawn cheeks, soften lines and pores, and give your skin tone, tightness and improved texture. After injecting the PRP into specific areas of the face, the entire face is microneedled (a minimally invasive procedure that creates thousands of microscopic needle pricks on the surface of the face). The remaining PRP is then rubbed on the face, and it travels down the channels that are created during microneedling to reach the dermis of the skin and continue to rejuvenate. For years, PRP has been used for reconstructive surgery, in orthopedic medicine and in dentistry, but its benefits are now being utilized in aesthetics to slow the effects of aging on skin. Below are some most frequently asked questions. How much does platelet-rich plasma therapy cost? A platelet-rich plasma therapy treatment is


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LOOKING AHEAD TO SUMMER POST-PANDEMIC H O W T O C R E AT E A P O S I T I V E , S T R U C T U R E D , E N J O YA B L E S U M M E R F O R O U R FA M I L I E S A N D C H I L D R E N By Kristin Carlson, External Marketing Specialist, Bonner General Health


e are coming out of one of the most uncertain and trying times most of us can remember. Our routines and schedules were abruptly altered by the COVID-19 pandemic, leaving us to scramble to create new routines and structure for our children and ourselves. We are now hopeful this time is behind us and are able to think about summer break. It is a daunting thought. Our kids have already been home for more than two months. While most of us were in survival mode during the pandemic, summer is an opportunity to refocus and regain some structure and positivity for our children during their summer days.

*Please note: Some of these options may not be available due to state and CDC guidelines. • Keep mealtimes consistent and healthy. • Keep bedtime, while it may be later, at about the same time each night. • Encourage summer reading. Read with your little ones at bedtime and encourage your older kids to start a new book series. Give them incentives if needed. • Make a weekly trip to the library to participate in an activity or check out a book.

When schools turned to remote learning back in March, many parents I have spoken with admittedly (myself included) started out strong with routine, structure and homeschooling. But as time went on and we realized the kids were not going back to school, we slacked off a bit on things like reasonable bedtimes, healthy eating, extra snacking and limits on screen time. Don’t be hard on yourself; this situation was new and out of the ordinary.

• Enroll them in a summer camp. Some even offer scholarships. • Chores may trigger complaining or eye rolling, but a small list of “to dos” each day fosters ownership and responsibility. • Promote healthy activities and encourage at least 60 minutes of physical activity every day.

Looking ahead to the next three months, remember too much leniency leads to sleep deprivation from staying up past bedtime, the highs and lows of too much sugar or improper diet, and overstimulation from too much screen time. All of these things can lead to mood swings, headaches, anger, anxiety, and in some cases feeling depressed. Structure helps kids channel their energy into productive, engaging activities boosting their confidence, limiting learning loss and encouraging healthy habits.

• Most importantly, plan lots of social time for children of all ages. They have been missing their friends and face-to-face interactions in general. Keep in mind, a rigid, over-planned schedule can be just as stressful. Keep the structure but allow for flexibility—and lots of fun! And don’t forget to carve out some regular family time. Enjoy our beautiful Sandpoint summer!

I talked with our Bonner General Health psychologist, Dr. Joe Wassif, about some ideas for keeping your kids happy and healthy (both physically and mentally) this summer:


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HEALTHY SLEEP An essential key for a thriving life

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e all instinctively know that we need sleep, but our historical lack of understanding its true biological purpose combined with increasing life pressures has caused sleep to be easily sacrificed in the name of productivity. It is not surprising that two-thirds of adults in all industrialized countries get less than the eight hours of sleep per night recommended by the World Health Organization (WHO), resulting in the WHO declaring sleep loss a health epidemic (1). However, what is surprising is the vast number of adverse health consequences linked to reduced sleep. The old adage of “I’ll sleep when I’m dead” has finally been laid to rest through recent research in sleep science at UC Berkeley. Led by Matthew Walker PhD, this research has scientifically validated the importance of sleep for the prevention of most major diseases and sleep’s profound health benefits for every bodily system. This research clearly shows that reduced sleep diminishes quality of life and reduces one's lifespan (2). The importance of this research is paramount in this time of the COVID-19 viral epidemic, as it is now clear that routinely sleeping less than seven hours per night impacts the health of our immune system. Even mildly inadequate sleep creates disrupted blood sugar levels that are comparable to pre-diabetes (3), and chronically getting less than six hours of sleep has been linked to increased risk of Alzheimer’s disease and dementia (4). Sleep disruption also contributes to all major psychiatric conditions, including depression and anxiety. Sharing the understanding that sleep is essential for a thriving life, Chinese medicine has touted the profound healing benefits of sleep for thousands of years and promotes healthy sleep through lifestyle, acupuncture and herbal medicine. Both science and Chinese medicine agree that profound health benefits can come from adjusting your daily rhythms and habits to be the most conducive to a good night’s sleep.



Guidelines for Healthy Sleep: • Create a sleep schedule and follow it, as our daily circadian rhythms thrive on habitual routine. Set an alarm for bedtime (before 10:30pm is preferable) and treat it as seriously as you do your morning alarm. This is by far the most important guideline on this list. • Avoid caffeine, nicotine and alcohol. Stimulants like caffeine and alcohol create more difficulty sleeping and lighter sleep. Although a nightcap is often seen as relaxing, alcohol inhibits REM sleep and therefore greatly diminishes overall sleep quality. • Avoid big heavy meals, large beverages, and exercise before bed. Exercise is best done no later than two to three hours before your bedtime. • Don’t take naps after 3pm, as late afternoon naps make it harder to fall asleep at night. It is best to take a 30-minute nap sometime after lunch, when the body feels most naturally able to. • Expose yourself to natural sunlight for at least 30 minutes every day. After sunset, progressively dim your lights to encourage natural melatonin production. Avoid all screens, including cell phones, for a minimum of one hour before bed. References: 1) Huffman, J. (2014). Sleepless in America [Video]. National Geographic. 2) Matthew, W. (2017). Why We Sleep: Unlocking the Power of Sleep and Dreams. New York: Scribner. 3) Gottlieb D, Punjabi N, Newman A et al. Association of Sleep Time With Diabetes Mellitus and Impaired Glucose Tolerance. Arch Intern Med. 2005;165(8):863. doi:10.1001/ archinte.165.8.863. 4) Sleep and Alzheimer’s Disease: More Evidence on Their Relationship | Cognitive Vitality | Alzheimer's Drug Discovery Foundation. blog/sleep-and-alzheimers-disease-more-evidenceon-their-relationship. Published 2020. Accessed April 14, 2020.

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ne factor that increases our risk of getting sick or ending up in the hospital from COVID-19 is being overweight. Our body is amazingly adept at storing energy; this can lead to excess. It’s an important time for each of us to consider how many extra calories we carry around.



Getting rid of excess weight is not easy, as patterns are often hard to shift. Adjustments require changes to our lifestyle and diet that will likely cause us to feel uncomfortable. Our body just feels different when it is reusing stored calories.


Anything we eat over what our body needs to operate, whether it be carrots or butter, will get converted and stored as fat. This leads to weight gain. Fat stored in muscles or fat cells is a good source of energy, but it takes time to convert back and only happens when we run at a calorie deficit.


Reducing weight requires a sustained lower intake of calories than our body requires to give time for these fat stores to be accessed. There is no one way to get rid of weight. The common factor though is changing the habits that put it on in the first place. My favorite solution for quick adjustments is intermittent fasting. Whether skipping a meal or not eating for one full day, this has the immediate effect of burning stored calories and reducing weight. Reduce foods that increase blood sugar levels. This includes things made from flour and sugar. Processed foods digest quickly and are high sources of calories that your body typically cannot fully use and will tend to store. I’m a big fan of tracking. Writing down what I eat helps me pay attention to where my calories are coming from. This kind of mindfulness can be applied to how fast I eat, how many times I chew each bite and the environment in which I’m eating. Being aware leads to better choices. I used to think getting the right start to the day meant eating foods often thought of as breakfast, like cereal, potatoes, milk and breads. Not only do these raise blood sugar and get stored faster, they also cause me to feel hungry later. So I’ve switched to more protein at breakfast and encourage the same. Maintaining a good gut microbial balance is also key. Including daily fiber helps feed beneficial bacteria, as well as taking an effective probiotic. Out of all the supplements out there, I think probiotics are the most important. Quality sleeping habits and a positive attitude can’t be over stressed. If you don’t sleep well your body won’t metabolize foods as effectively. And make sure to keep your cortisol levels balanced as high stress hormones are a signal to store calories as fat. These changes alone can lead to visible weight loss. Healthy body weight can lower your risks of complications if you get COVID-19. These changes can also increase your level of energy, mental focus and clarity, lower inflammation and reduce the risks of chronic diseases. Scott Porter, a functional medicine pharmacist, is the director of the Center for Functional Medicine at Sandpoint Super Drug.


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daho residents Julie Kirk and Joshua Freedman have changed their plans for this summer. The scenery will be equally spectacular, the weather a bit warmer, but an entirely new challenge. News that the COVID-19 pandemic had forced the sponsors of the Yukon 1000 across the Canadian wilderness to cancel this year’s event, which compelled the couple to seek out another challenge.

So, instead of making their way across the Great North this summer, Joshua and Julie will be paddling their way through some of the most picturesque wilderness waterways of the Deep South as participants in the Great Alabama 650. The course is a world apart from the Canadian Yukon wilderness. Over the past eight years the Idaho couple had been regular participants in the Yukon River Quest, a twisting challenge through virtually untouched wilderness in the vast open terrain in Canada. They have placed as high as first place in their division. Julie and Joshua had hoped to enhance the challenge this year by doubling their miles on the river when they applied to compete in the elite Yukon 1000, a course that follows the route of early pioneers in what has been billed as the longest boat race in the world. The disappointing news of the COVID lockdown, however, did not deter them. Joshua quickly found another challenge they could answer. His solution was the Great Alabama 650, a test of strength, endurance and mental fortitude that takes river paddlers on what sponsors describe as “an epic adventure along the core section of the Alabama Scenic River Trail.” “It may be less miles,” said Joshua, “but it is definitely more of a challenge. Both physically and emotionally.” He was thrilled with the new challenge, proclaiming he did not want to “flush all those hours of training down the toilet.” He added the Alabama


course has the potential to be more challenging because the Yukon River flows at a consistent 9 to 13 miles per hour. The river course in Alabama has multiple stretches of still water that will require human propulsion. Racers in Alabama will also be forced to exit the river for nine portages to get around nine dams on this year’s course. Julie has been designated as the coxswain for the race to allow Joshua to concentrate on navigation. “We were already seven months into our training for the Yukon when they pulled the plug,” said Joshua. He admitted that Julie is a “much better technical paddler,” but Julie said her partner’s training for Ironman competitions will be beneficial during the more grueling portions of the race. According to Race Director Greg Wingo, the race in Alabama this September presents a unique challenge for both competitors and organizers. Greg is an ultra-runner who co-founded a trail running group in his native Birmington. “When it comes to a paddle race, and specifically with our race where we have several different bodies of water, the logistics behind that are quite a bit more complicated,” he explained. “On top of that, there is a level of navigating and orienteering that’s involved for the paddlers that’s not quite as common in most running races.” Only three teams out of the 20 that began last year’s inaugural race made it to the finish line, he said. Dedicated training The change in venue has not changed Joshua and Julie’s year-round zeal for their daily regimen of vigorous training. In addition to time on the river every morning near their home north of Bonners Ferry in North Idaho, Joshua continues to chop wood, work out at the gym and hone the navigational skills he first learned during his time as a SEAL in the Navy. Meanwhile, Julie does aerobics to build up her stamina when she is not behind the counter of Mountain Mike’s, a local health food store. “We are both knocking on the door of 60, so our workouts now include more yoga in addition to aerobics,” said Julie. Joshua said they will begin to scale back from their twice-a-day routine as they get closer to the actual start date of the race. “We’re also taking more supplements to help boost our endurance levels,” he said with a quiet laugh. Julie is concerned that the drastic changes in temperature and humidity in Alabama in the heat of summer may pose more of a challenge than the actual river. “Obviously, the Yukon is a much colder environment than Alabama,

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and so we'll be doing a lot of training during the heat of the day this summer (in Idaho),” Josh said when asked about the changes in preparation for the new challenge. “The only element we will really need to work on that is different is heat tolerance.” They explained the actual workouts are “not really much different” than their annual preparation for the Yukon. Julie said their time in kayaks on the river is primarily focused on strengthening the teamwork and the methods the couple has developed as tandem paddlers over the years. Racers can never take any situation on the river for granted, said Joshua. He said participants have reported experiencing hallucinations along either course. That can be especially dangerous for teams hundreds of miles from civilization in Canada. Based on his research from across the country, Josh anticipates even more perils in the Alabama waterway. Instead of an occasional bear foraging for salmon, the southern waters will have dangers with large teeth lurking below the surface of the water and ominous predators in the branches of trees along the bank. As of now, the Great Alabama 650 is scheduled to start on September 16 on Weiss Lake in the northeast corner of the state and end at Fort Morgan on the shores of Mobile Bay. Rules of the race dictate that the race must be completed within 10 days. A total of $22,500 in prize money will be divided among finishers in three separate categories: male, female and two-person teams. The river course stretches from the white water at the headwaters to the ambling river delta. Greg cautions racers that “the race can pose a challenge to even the most experienced paddler.” Racers, he said, who sign up for the solo division must have at least one “crewperson” to assist throughout the race to provide help along the journey. The race director is also grateful for the “trail angels,” people who live along the water who will be available to assist racers, offering snacks or a place for a hot shower. “All along the trail, there are people that live close by and love this waterway and love to help out paddlers,” Greg said. “We’ve created a network of these angels to help out paddlers with pretty much anything on their route—acts of kindness that have been in place for decades. Now we’ll be utilizing them for this race.” The angels and a host of other volunteers will be a major force in keeping the race running properly. Many of the volunteers will be stationed at portages along the course. Racers will be met on the shoreline, where they will be required to get out of their boat and take a compulsory break. Most of these stations are at sites of dams and other places that will need to be bypassed on foot. “Volunteers are absolutely critical for this race,” Greg said. “The primary responsibility of the volunteers at the portages will be to make sure racers get their mandatory time out of the water and to check on them.” He said as the race proceeds and competitors spread out, more volunteers are needed to staff the stations, some hundreds of miles apart. “At the beginning of the race this isn’t a huge deal because the racers are still close together, but as the days go by the racers spread out,


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based on their ability, pretty far, so we’ll need to man multiple portages over a couple of hundred miles, staffing them 24 hours a day,” Greg said.

Amy and her sister Tammy and her husband Scott helped pay the registration fee for the postponed race in the Yukon.

dried meals,” Julie added. “We are also especially grateful to our customers at Mountain Mike's for their loyalty to help us reach our goal.”

Joshua and Julie will travel to Alabama with their own set of “trail angels.”

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Julie and Joshua have one ultimate goal that guides them on their outdoor adventures. That is the challenge to finish the race and be able to plan for next year’s test of endurance.

“My son, Ian, has been with us for five years in a row for the Yukon River Quest. He is planning on going with us to the Great Alabama 650 this year too,” said Julie. “He could not make it last year. “ Wayne and Wanda Wilkerson were on hand to support their friends at the first mandatory layover last year. They helped pull Joshua and Julie out of their boat, fed them both and put them to beds to sleep before the start of the next day. “While we are sleeping, they clean out our boat, restock it with food and water, dry everything they can (pfds, spray skirts, jackets). They helped inspect our gear and boat with the race officials, and then they are there at the end to help us out of the boat and take care of us and our gear.”

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e strongly believe that choosing the right build location will make or break your project,” shares Brandon Johnson at Affordable Custom Builders in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. This is because unforeseen expenses and issues from site development can dramatically affect budget and timeline.

“The unforeseen budgetary impact that site development can have ... will take a big bite out of your construction budget, and if you don't have adequate reserves, it could sink you right out of the gate,” says Johnson. “I advise that buyers meet both their builder and excavator at different times to get their perspectives on the challenges and costs to develop their lot.” Many builders will offer free site visits to help you prepare for the unexpected, so you know exactly what you’re getting into from the start. It’s a good idea to have an excavator and builder take a look at your site before you settle on it, but here are some key things to consider as you search for the perfect build location. Acreage Needs First off, consider what type of property you’re looking for and how much you need (or want). Do you have pets and require a large pasture space? Do you want to garden or farm? Do you want access to water? Consider how close you want to be to your neighbors, and who those neighbors might be. Do you want lots of space to keep your home isolated, or do you want the interaction and neighborhood camaraderie that comes with building on a small lot in a neighborhood? Access It’s essential to know if you have access to your build location. “Not just the obvious questions about ‘where am I gonna place my house’ or ‘doze my driveway;’ but what type of seasonal access do I have to the lot, not just through the lot,” says Johnson. Consider road restrictions on the nearest highways, weight and height limitations on access roads, and difficult road conditions like switchbacks that make it difficult to get large deliveries. Also, make sure you know what access is like in all seasons—will you need to do additional maintenance in winter to have access to your home? Finally, says Johnson, it’s vital to know you have deeded easement access to the lot. It’s legal to buy and sell landlocked land in Idaho—which would require a helicopter to access. Proximity to Attractions and Services How close do you want to be to town or the city? It may seem nice to be out in the country, but consider your daily habits and where you enjoy spending the most time. If you are a person who enjoys going to town multiple times a day, living an hour outside of it might prove more difficult than you think, particularly in winter. Do you want to be able to bike to local shops? Or will the noise and lack of space living in a town or city bother you? Here’s where you consider amenities. Do you want a gated or private community with amenities and services, or will the rules and regulations that come with them be an issue?



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Connections Consider what utilities are available and where they are coming from before finalizing a build site. Septic/sewer should be your first concern, says Johnson, then water. “Well drilling may require some additional capital to re-drill if you don't produce adequate water from a well,” he adds. “If there is a water or sewer system available, that's great, but be aware there are usually connection fees assessed by the provider that is a different fee than the actual connection made by the excavator. Determine those costs up front.” Finally, determine where power or gas is coming from, and the path it will need to take to reach your home site. Geographic Features The setting of your home matters on an aesthetic level, but beyond the visual setting it is important to consider how geographic factors may affect your building costs—such as rock, clay or sand. “This is where an experienced excavator can be most valuable to you,” says Johnson. “Rock will crush your dreams faster than a Steamroller over a Coke can, unless you've got seriously robust budgets,” he adds. Keep in mind it’s not

just removing rock for the house pad, but for the driveways and utilities as well—a project that can easily add up to six figures, says Johnson. Clay and sand present different challenges in terms of the septic system and house drainage, and foundation and roads. “Clay can be overcome, but again, you better be planning for it early,” cautions Johnson. “The cost to import rock or the use of Heli Pile anchors can cure your sandy site issues ... but at a substantial cost.” Finally, consider stormwater control. Building authorities require home builders to manage the storm water, and the process of planning for it can delay your timeline, particularly if civil engineers need to inspect and design management measures, adds Johnson. Home Orientation The most commonly considered item, but what you should actually ask yourself near the end, is what you want the placement of your home to be. “Of course your home's views are easy for anyone to determine and have the most long-term benefit of site development, but a few items not considered by those moving here from southern states are winter time sun and shady areas,” says Johnson. Make sure you have access to the southern horizon to help with the grey that settles in winter, and consider where snow piles may hang on into late spring and potentially cause issues for gardening or driveway access.




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hen you decide to have a home built, you commit to an investment in your future; an investment of time, resources and energy. Reaching this point in life comes with its flood of emotions: excitement, accomplishment, and often, overwhelm.

Building a home can place you into a completely new role: manager, designer, even contractor, depending on the time and interest you have in taking these on. Whether you have building experience or are starting from ground zero, one factor is for certain: You can’t do it alone. Choosing a team that you trust with your dream home can be a daunting task. How do you know who to hire to turn your vision into reality? Start with the following key qualities to make the process a little easier. First consider those you hire to be your new business partners; people you’ll work closely with, make compromises with and communicate with regularly. Know what to delegate and what to maintain a tight control over. Set your budget and know which factors you’re willing to compromise, especially time. Some homeowners will have all the time and ability to handle the build on their own; however, most will want to collaborate and delegate to the expertise of well-chosen team members, especially the designer, general contractor and subcontractors. The process begins with a bit of research—knowing what options are available to you locally, and who you might feel safe entrusting your vision to. by Taylor Shillam


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If you choose to hire an architect, most will guide the visionary aspect of the build from concept to completion. The vision begins with design. If you choose to hire an architect, most will guide the visionary aspect of the build from concept to completion. Most architects also offer a variety of services for home builders to select from. Be sure to discuss clear expectations with your prospective hire. Another option is to hire a designer, who will likely have different licensure but a comparable level of basic structural design, space planning, detail and proportion as it relates to building a home. Ask for a designer’s local licensure and insurance policy coverage. Some designers may work for local contractors in a “design/ build firm,” which pairs design capability with a general contractor and could save you a bit of work on compiling your home building team. You can learn more about an architect or designer by reviewing their portfolio, reviews and past work. Whoever you select should be able to take on not only exterior design but ensuring the best use of your existing space, including accessibility and functionality. Check references and prepare to ask the right questions, including how they charge, the specific services they offer, how they implement clients’ input, what should happen to the design if you choose to terminate for any reason before completion of the project, and if the plans they produce will be sufficient to obtain a building permit. For the build itself, consider hiring a general contractor to oversee the process. They can manage all aspects of the project, secure key pieces like permits and code inspections, supervise construction and secure the subcontractors who specialize in specific tasks related to the build.


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A general contractor will usually charge a flat fee or a percentage of the cost in materials and labor to complete the build—typically 10 to 25 percent.

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You’ll also want to feel secure in the contractor’s credibility. A general contractor can build credibility for themselves and their subcontractors by working with some clients year after year, so references and reviews will speak volumes.


Just like your designer, you’ll want to check the contractor’s local licensing and insurance. When you find your match, you’ll want to outline your build in a contract that’s mutually agreed upon, including waivers that protect you from any potential retribution from subcontractors.




Depending on the amount of your own time dedicated to invest in the build, you have the option to reduce the need for subcontractors by drawing on your own skill set and finding a few things on your

The amount of time and resources you’ll dedicate to building a home is entirely up to you. No matter how much of the project you’ll want to take on yourself, and how much you plan to delegate, it’s important to do your research when it comes to selecting your teammates in terms of design, construction and conception. Ask questions, check reviews, set expectations, build a team who you can comfortably trust with this major moment in life—and make the most of every step toward your future home.


It truly takes a team to build a home, and the average home takes about 22 subcontractors to build, for components like roofing, electricity, plumbing, carpeting and more.

Should you choose to act as your own general contractor and hire subcontractors you need, you have the potential to save thousands. However, good contractors do earn their fee. They’re licensed and trained to estimate costs, and their prior knowledge of local subcontractors, permit offices and suppliers can ensure the best use of your resources. They’ll often have crews who are already well-versed in the construction process.




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White kitchens have been the trend for many years now, but homeowners and designers aren’t afraid to break into some color and texture. Blues, greys and natural wood have become popular alternatives to white in the kitchen. Taking their cue from the kitchen, other spaces in the home are starting to see bolder, richer colors, or soft, natural hues. Gone is the grey on grey on grey tones we saw so much of in past years. People want their home to feel relaxing, warm, inviting and peaceful—with a touch of individual flare.

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Easy maintenance and natural finishes are today’s must haves. Quartz has quickly become one of the most popular countertop choices because of its durability and easy maintenance, unlike its popular predecessor granite. A popular design choice continues the quartz as a backsplash in place of tile—it maintains continuity and makes for easy cleaning. Natural wood is making a grand comeback to add texture to kitchens and living spaces. You’ll find it used on range hoods, as accent cabinets in the kitchen to brighten an otherwise white space, or on the center island. It brings warmth to the space and makes it feel more natural and timeless.


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Bathrooms are not just spots we shower and take care of business. Modern baths incorporate more of a day spa, livability element—they’re spaces we want to spend time and relax in. Bathroom seating—either built in or portable—is becoming popular as a space to take off shoes, sit and relax, or stack clothing and towels. To increase visual space and remove noise, more and more people are opting for double floating vanities. Small details and visual impact are more important than ever. Tiling over the tub apron has become a popular way of elevating bathroom design, making the tub look like more of a built-in feature if a free-standing tub is not an option or preference.



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ast month our road trip ended in Christina Lake at the lovely Sunflower Inn B&B. The next destination is Rossland and continues with a few days in the Kootenay Rockies before connecting with the International Selkirk Loop, the only multi-national scenic drive in North America. Even doing just a portion of this 280-mile scenic drive is worth it. Gorgeous lakes and rivers with crystal-clear water surrounded by towering mountains makes for a beautiful drive. There are also cute little towns and the world’s longest free ferry crossing. Day 4: Rossland, British Columbia It is just a 60-mile drive from Christina Lake to Rossland, British Columbia, so enjoy a leisurely breakfast at the Sunflower before starting your day. Once you arrive, grab a coffee or other beverage from one of the downtown coffee shops and explore the town. Historic photos sized like a mural line the main street. You can stand by an historic monument and have the same view as one of the photos taken in 1913. There are a variety of shops and galleries worth taking a peek at. The Rossland Museum is located on the site of the historic Le Roi Gold Mines. There are 5 acres to explore with mining exhibits located on the grounds. The museum also serves as Rossland’s official visitors' center. Next head out to the Red Mountain Resort. Plan to do a mountain hike. The Josie Hotel has a jazzy, modern vibe. On-site is the Velvet Restaurant and Lounge, which is kicking out some rather good chow. Executive Chef Marc-Andre Choquette is an Iron Chef alum and the menu is heavy on seasonal, hearty food. For an appetizer that should be called dessert, try the candied bacon. It lives up to the hype. Dine inside with views of the mountain or out on the deck. A great way to spend the afternoon. Enjoy the scenic drive into Nelson, which is your stop for the night. The Adventure Hotel is a fun place to stay and is geared to those who love the outdoors. It has a bright, modern interior and is centrally located to all there is to see and do in Nelson. After checking in, take a walk




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After a quick stop at the Adventure Hotel to freshen up and check out, head into town to visit Touchstones Nelson Museum of Arts and History to learn about the town and surrounding areas. A popular hike in the area is to Pulpit Rock for its spectacular views of Nelson Kootenay Lake. Highly recommended by locals is the little town of Kaslo. It is just north of Ainsworth Hot Springs, your stop for the night, so you will have to double back—but so worth it. The scenic drive along Highway 31 is truly impressive. It is hard to imagine how the road was even built when the mountains run right to the lake. Kaslo is a quaint town that is like a step back in time. Perched on the banks of a beautiful lake, the historic town is well worth the detour with breathtaking views everywhere you walk, cute shops and many choices to grab a meal. Head back to Ainsworth Hot Springs Resort for the night. The hot springs get crowded, so plan to go in the morning when it is only open for hotel guests. Located near the hotel is the JB Fletcher Store, a museum and local artisan shop. Worth the trek down the hill. The Ktunaxa Grill, the on-site restaurant, has great service, and the indigenous-inspired menu is constructed of fresh, local ingredients. Reservations are a must.


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Day 6: Bonners Ferry, Idaho First thing in the morning, visit the Ainsworth Hot Springs. It is so nice without all the crowds. The complex includes a pool fed by the spring, a cold plunge pool fed by Munn Creek and a dimly lit cave. It is not for the faint of heart as it is like a dark tunnel. Have breakfast at the hotel before checking out. Head to Balfour to catch the Kootenay Lake Ferry to Kootenay Bay. You are now on the International Selkirk Loop. There are no reservations, so check the times and arrive early for the 35-minute ferry crossing. This is the longest free ferry in the world—and one of the most scenic. While you wait there are plenty of shops, restaurants and a bakery at the ferry landing. Once you arrive in Kootenay Bay, follow Highway 3A south to Bonners Ferry, Idaho. Along the way enjoy the eastern shore of Kootenay Lake. Stop at Crawford Bay, a unique community of artisans’ studios. As you continue south there are small towns, shops and beaches for photo ops. Before crossing the border make a detour in Creston to visit two wineries, Skimmerhorn Winery and Vineyard and the Baillie-Grohman Winery, that are thriving in the microclimate of the area. Cross the border into Idaho and head to Bonners Ferry for the night. The Best Western Plus Kootenai River Inn Casino & Spa is in a great location next to the river and has a pedestrian tunnel to access the downtown area. There are restaurants on-site, or head through the tunnel to access the visitors’ center and local downtown eating establishments.

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BLACKBERRY AND CHEDDAR CAPRESE WITH FRESH BASIL Recipe & Photo Courtesy of Tina VanDenHeuvel, NTP NHC INGREDIENTS: 1 cup balsamic vinegar 8 oz. white cheddar cheese 24 basil leaves 24 fresh blackberries METHOD: T O P R E PA R E T H E G L A Z E : • In a small saucepan over medium-high heat, bring vinegar to a boil. • Reduce the heat to medium-low and simmer for an additional 15 to 20 minutes or until vinegar has reduced to 1/4 cup. • Remove from heat and as it cools it will continue to thicken. Glaze may be refrigerated in a glass jar with a fitted lid for up to 1 month. SKEWERS: • Slice cheddar cheese into 24 even squares. • Using toothpicks, layer the ingredients with the cheddar cheese, a folded basil leaf and follow with a blackberry. • Line a serving dish with the skewers and drizzle with balsamic glaze right before serving.


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JUNE 2020

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RIDE UPDATE ON CHAFE 150 By Abigail Thorpe

The CHAFE 150 Gran Fondo has become a Sandpoint summer staple as the days lengthen and the sunshine returns. This year the event has been changed from June 20 to September 12 as a result of COVID-19 health concerns, which means riders have more time to prep for their personal record, or, if you haven’t yet signed up, you still have time to train! The number of routes has changed, and only the 150- and 80-mile routes will be offered on the day of the event. The longer routes will make it much easier for people to practice social distancing, says Melvin Dick, a member of Sandpoint Rotary who helps coordinate and sponsor the CHAFE 150 every year. “There will be a lot less riders—that will allow for the volunteers who work the rest stops to be safer from a social distancing standpoint. This year the event will be reminiscent of the original CHAFE years,

when only the 150- or 150- and 80- mile routes were offered. While the family fun ride is canceled, there will still be an after-ride party, location yet to be determined. Both rides will start in Sandpoint and end in Sandpoint, though 80-mile participants will be bussed to Troy after the breakfast in Sandpoint. All riders were offered refunds if they could no longer participate due to the unforeseen changes, says Dick. Proceeds will still go to benefit the Lake Pend Oreille School District’s After School Reading and Literacy Program and other youth and educational programs. For the riders and volunteers who return each year, good education is at the heart of why they do what they do. Registration is open until the date of the event; sign up and find out more at


7BTV is a proud supporter of Sandpoint Rotary’s CHAFE 150 Gran Fondo

CHAFE 150 Gran Fondo is a one-day bike ride that supports our community. Proceeds benefit Lake Pend Oreille School District’s Literacy Initiative, afterschool reading programs and other Rotary community projects. Ride in Sandpoint’s premier biking event and make a difference in the life of a child. Choose from 150-, 100-, 80-, 40- and 25-mile routes or our Family Fun Ride! Learn more at

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GRADUATION 2020 School campuses remained closed for the remainder of the school year, and though this year's senior class has seen its share of heartache and disappointment during their final weeks of high school, one dream will not be shattered—the opportunity to walk and receive their diplomas. On June 5, SHS will have a blended traditional and drive-in graduation beginning at 5:30pm. Students and their families will have the opportunity to park in the SHS parking lot, one car per student, and watch as their senior is allowed to walk across a stage set up near the entrance to SHS. You can find additional and up-to-date details on Sandpoint High School's Facebook page.

FLAG DAY Pennsylvania was the first state to establish Flag Day as a legal holiday back in 1937. Today Flag Day is observed nationwide, though not as a legal holiday. Flag Day is celebrated on June 14 each year to honor the United States flag and to commemorate its adoption of stars and stripes as the official flag of the United States. You can help celebrate by displaying your flag in front of your home or business. June 14 is also the day that the United States Army celebrates its birthday, with 2020 marking 245 years since the U.S. Army as we know it today was founded.

FATHER'S DAY Though your traditional Father's Day plans may have been deterred because of current protocols, we are fortunate that Sandpoint is home to so many adventures! Now that businesses have opened back up, make reservations to treat Dad to a meal at a local restaurant of his choice or purchase a gift certificate to one of his favorite local stores or shops to pick out a gift of his liking! And as the great outdoors abound, you can always opt to get in a weekend fishing or camping trip. It's not so much how you spend Father's Day, but who you spend it with. Help make this a Father's Day Dad will remember for years to come.

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PLEASE CHECK CHAFE150.ORG FOR DETAILS ON THIS YEAR’S RIDE. Sandpoint Rotary presents the 13th Annual CHAFE 150 Gran Fondo, named one of the top charity rides in the US! CHAFE offers magnificent routes of 150, 100, 80, 40, 25 and a Family Fun ride, awesome ride support and a fabulous after-ride party in Sandpoint. Ride proceeds support after-school reading and literacy programs of the Lake Pend Oreille School District and other Rotary youth and educational programs. Registration now open at







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