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4 Scouts brave the cold Boy Scouts participate in the Klondike Derby

8 Long-lost brother

Blanchard man finds his brother after nearly 60 years

12 All in the family

Sauer family coaches, teaches the next generation

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21 Saving lives Local woman takes in animals in need

28 Deep freeze

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Horizon photo|Don Gronning

Dessa Smith nuzzles one of her horses at the animal rescue she operates with her husband, on their 10-acre farm at the foot of Cook’s Mountain.

Editor’s Note: It’s still chilly out there in the Pend Oreille River Valley, and there’s at least two groups of people taking advantage of it. In this issue of Horizon, we take a look at a group of Boys Scouts who have learned to brave the cold – and thrive in it. The Klondike Derby was held at Camp Cowles, teaching Scouts how to survive in the cold and have fun while doing it. Also at Diamond Lake, 13 divers participated in the U.S. Coast Guard Coldwater Ice Diving Course recently. The divers donned diving suits and jumped into the ice-cold water to train for real-life situations. In this issue we also get to meet two families. One recently found another extension of their family, as Don Doran of Blanchard finally found his little brother he hadn’t seen in nearly 60 years, with the help of his son and the Internet. We also meet the Sauer family – a name that is known to many around here. Larry Sauer’s two daughters excelled at basketball when they played here at Newport High School and continued on to play Division 1 ball. They are now both back and passing their expertise on to the next generation of dribblers. Finally, we meet a woman who has dedicated her life to the care of animals in need. Dessa Smith cares for all sorts of animals on her 10-acre farm. So take advantage of the cold weather and curl up with this issue of Horizon. We hope you enjoy it. -MCN

Community Horizon PUBLISHED: February 2011 PUBLISHER: Fred Willenbrock WRITERS & PHOTOGRAPHERS: Michelle Nedved, Janelle Atyeo & Don Gronning DESIGN: Michelle Nedved ADVERTISING: Lindsay Guscott, Cindy Boober and Amy Robinson HORIZON is published quarterly as a supplement to The Newport Miner

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Horizon photo|Janelle Atyeo

Webolo Scouts from Troop 120 heave their sled along a ridge overlooking Diamond Lake. The boys stayed overnight in tents at Camp Cowles during the weekend.

Winter warriors

Annual Klondike Derby tests winter survival skills BY JANELLE ATYEO

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he gun goes off and hundreds of Boy Scouts dressed in parkas and furry trapper hats dig

their boots into the hard packed snow and heave their hand-made sleds into motion. But all too soon, they’re called to a halt. A Scout Master has an announcement, and it throws them all for a loop.

Just to make things a little more challenging, each patrol leader has a “broken leg.” Before the race goes any further, each team has to tend to their leader, immobilizing the leg and making room for him on their sled. The Boy Scouts’ annual Klondike Derby is a test of winter survival skills. This year, the race was held at Camp Cowles at Diamond Lake Jan. 28-30. 4 Horizon|2011 Winter

About 600 boys from North Idaho took to the woods around the scout camp. Starting from the main lodge on Saturday morning, they headed out on a 3 ½- to 4-mile course. Along the way, they had eight to 10 stations or “towns” “It’s learning to stick to visit, depending to something. It’s on age. The town’s testing your skills.” “mayor” gave each team a task that Chris Peterson tested scout skills Boy Scouts Inland Northwest such as building fires or tying knots, Council District Director or consisted of team building activities. Besides the aside tasks, the boys also have to battle the elements. The late January weather at Diamond Lake brought some rain, adding some slop to the foot or so of snow on the ground. “They learn some stick-to-it-ness,” said Chris CONTINUED ON PAGE 5 Horizon photo|Janelle Atyeo

Right: A Venture Scout from Sandpoint Troop 111 guides his patrol’s sled through the course at Diamond Lake. Scouts had different stations or “towns” at which to stop and test their skills. Troop 111 took first place in the Venture category.


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Peterson, district director at the Boy Scouts Inland Northwest Council. “The fact that they could go out and be in that kind of weather and actually thrive in it … It’s learning to stick to something. It’s testing your skills.”

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The derby is so named in the spirit of the Klondike gold rush. In the late 1800s, gold-hungry adventurers blazed a trail across the frozen tundra of Canada’s Yukon Territory and into Alaska. Each team, or patrol, prepares for the derby Each team prepares months in for the derby months advance. They build a in advance, building sled designed a sled and learning after dog necessary skills. sleds. But in the derby there are no dogs. The boys do the pulling and pushing themselves. Patrols are made up of five to eight scouts, or up to 10 for the younger Webelos. The adults aren’t allowed to accompany the older boys, and with the Webelos, they’re not allowed to help. It’s a learning experience. The Boy Scouts had a specific list of items they needed to pack on to their Klondike sleds, including: a first aid kit Horizon photo|Janelle Atyeo

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Webolo Scouts from Troop 141 in Cocolalla test their skills at their first “town” of the derby. Here, the boys had to “fish” for mousetraps. Some used ropes to reel them in; others used long poles to reach them.

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Newport Troop 696 worked the “bear bagging” station. Like campers in the The winter derby events are held by woods hoist their food over a tree limb scouts throughout the nation. This is and out of the reach of hungry bears, the the first time in recent years the David boys had to find a way to lift their entire Thompson and Old Missions districts sled. Another town had a nuclear waste have held the big event at Camp Cowles. theme. The boys had to find a way to It’s often been at Farragut State Park on move “radioactive” tennis balls without Lake Pend Oreille. getting within 20 feet of them. The boys camped out in Webelos – Scouts in the the snow over the Klondike The derby is so named fourth and fifth grades – weekend. had eight towns to visit, in the spirit of the This time local troops Boy Scouts had 11, and the from Newport and Priest Klondike gold rush. teenaged Varsity/Venture River helped run the event Scouts had 10 more chalby manning different stations. Close lenging towns. to 100 volunteers helped out over the weekend. CONTINUED ON PAGE 35 Scout Master P.J. Hillestad from CONTINUED FROM PAGE 6

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Thomas Petsch, left, and Don Doran, right, reunited after not seeing each other for nearly 60 years. They are pictured here with their cousin, Kathy O’Grady.

Finding family

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on Doran didn’t have an easy childhood. He was born in Jersey City, N.J., in 1932,

just on the tail end of Prohibition and three years into the Great Depression. His family was poor, as most were in those days. In and out of foster homes, he eventually ended up in a boys’ home where he spent his formative years.

After graduating from high school while at the Sacred Heart Institute for Boys in Kearny, N.J., he joined the newest branch of the Armed Forces: the U.S. Air Force, which had come into existence in 1947. Before he left for the service in 1951, he visited 8 Horizon|2011 Winter

his mother and found he had a little brother who was about 18 months old at the time. That would be the last time Don saw little Thomas Petsch for nearly 60 years. Don’s son Patrick found Thomas living in Pennsylvania using various search methods over the years. Don and Thomas “They couldn’t were reunited at Patrick’s afford to raise home in December 2010, us. There was no and have quickly formed work, no food.” a brotherly relationship – even betting on the Super Bowl. Don Doran Don lives at StoneRidge near Blanchard with his wife, Loyola. They have seven children, 18 grandchildren and one great-grandchild. The tight-knit family is a testament to the strength of a man who came from such humble beginnings and the wife he built his life with.

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Don’s parents split up when he was young and struggled to raise him and his two sisters, Dolores and Patricia. CONTINUED ON PAGE 9

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Don and Loyola Doran live at StoneRidge. They married in 1954 and have seven children, 18 grandchildren and one great-grandchild.


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“They couldn’t afford to raise us. There was no work, no food,” he said. The state took the kids and placed them in foster homes, keeping Don and his younger sister Patricia together when “I think it was one possible. of those experiences Dolores, the oldest, that I don’t think I was sent would remember to their everything that was grandsaid because it was mother’s home. Don so surreal.” stayed in touch with Patrick Doran Patricia throughout his life and with Dolores in later years. Both passed away in the past few years. Don remembers five different foster homes. They were “mostly bad,” he recalls. “All they wanted us to do was work. Scrub floors. Work, work, work.” Don and Patricia were together in three of the homes. In most of the homes Don and his sister were the only foster kids. In the last one Don lived in, there was another boy there too. “There were hundreds of us in those days, kids without homes,” he said. One foster home was a good one, but the state eventually relocated Don

Courtesy still|Patrick Doran

This video still shows Don Doran, right, and his brother Thomas meeting for the first time since Thomas was 18 months old. Don’s son Patrick, left, and Thomas Jr., look on.

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in Spokane he met Loyola through a mutual friend. They married in 1954 and started their family, which would consist of Dianne, Steve, Ron, Bob, Joanne, Patrick and Mike. They went to Mather AFB outside Sacra“I think I noticed the mento, Calif., then similarity the most in their personality – Don was deployed the sense of humor.” to Osan, Korea, after Patrick Doran the war that ended in 1953. Loyola stayed in Denver, as they were expecting their fourth child, Bob. From Korea, Don moved back to Spokane with his family, then on to Washington, D.C., for three years. They lived in Wiesbaden, Germany, where their two youngest, Patrick and Mike, were born. When the Dorans returned from Germany, they were stationed in Great Falls, Mont., for one year and then went to Alaska for three. In 1973, they were back in Spokane, and Don retired from the Air Force. Don went to work for the U.S. Postal Service. They stayed in Spokane for seven years – where four of their children still reside – and then moved to Happy CONTINUED ON PAGE 11

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Courtesy photo|Patrick Doran

Don Doran, front row left, and his brother Thomas, center, met for the first time in 60 years at the home of Don’s son, Patrick, in Brooklyn this past December. Patrick, back row left, found Thomas’s son, back row right, online. They gathered with Don and Thomas’s cousin Kathy.


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Valley, west of Blanchard, in 1980. Don became the postmaster in Blanchard, when the post office was located in the Blanchard Trading Co. In 1996, Don retired from the Postal Service, and he and Loyola moved to Oldtown. In 2003 they moved to StoneRidge, where they reside today.

Similar paths

Since meeting his brother again, Don learned that Thomas had a similar upbringing to his. When his mother died, Thomas and his father lived on the streets in Jersey City until 1960, when his father died. Thomas went to live in a boys’ home in Jersey City, bouncing between there, the homes of relatives and foster homes in Florida. Thomas eventually quit school in the 11th grade and joined the U.S. Marines, where he served for four years. He became a truck driver after the military, moving from New Jersey to Pennsylvania. He has one son, Thomas Jr., the link that would bring the brothers back together.

Brooklyn a few days after they initially talked on the phone last summer. “They didn’t know we existed at all,” Patrick said. Patrick could see a resemblance in his cousin, who reminds him of his older brother, Bob, while he is about the same age as Patrick’s younger brother Mike. “We were just in shock,” Loyola said about Patrick finding Thomas. “It was very good,” Don said. A reunion was arranged in Brooklyn between Thomas Sr. and his brother Don, along with Patrick, Thomas Jr., and Kathy O’Grady, who is Don and Thomas’s cousin on their mother’s side. CONTINUED ON PAGE 23

Courtesy photo|Don Doran

Don Doran had two sisters, Patricia and Dolores, who passed away in recent years. Don and Patricia were put in foster homes together, and Dolores went to live with their grandmother when their parents could no longer care for them during the Great Depression.

Finding family

Don’s son Patrick had been searching for his uncle off and on for 13 years before finally finding him. Relying on the technology of the day, Patrick used newspapers, microfiche, the library and finally the Internet to find Thomas. Patrick said Don mentioned his little brother from time to time while Patrick and his siblings were growing up, but Don didn’t know if he had the story right. Thomas knew of Don, but also didn’t know how to find him. Don’s birth certificate listed his mother’s maiden name, Smith, and the two have different last names. When Don’s son Patrick moved to the New York area he did a lot of searching at The Jersey Journal and actually found his grandparents’ wedding photo. All that time, Patrick was fruitlessly searching for the last name “Patch.” “I knew he had to have been born and raised in Jersey,” Patrick said. While searching for the name Patch, it occurred to Patrick that there weren’t many listings for that name, but there were several listings for the name “Petsch.” Thanks to the New Jersey accent, Don had misunderstood the last name all those years ago. It was a Classmates.com link that eventually led Patrick to Thomas Jr. Patrick sent Thomas Jr. an e-mail, explaining who he was looking for. After e-mailing back and forth, Thomas Jr. told Patrick he’d found the right family. “It was great,” Patrick said. “It was kind of surreal. It’s emotional. A lot of things go through your head.” Thomas Jr. and his wife, who live in New Jersey, came to visit Patrick in Winter 2011|Horizon 11


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Larry Sauer and his daughters, Rose Low, left, and Carey Schwarzer coached together when Riverside played Newport three times this past season. Larry and Rose are assistant coaches for the Newport girls’ basketball team and Carey is the head Riverside girls’ basketball coach.

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The younger of the two, who is now Rose Low, is assistant coach to Mike Frederick at Newport High School, along with her father Larry Sauer who is a second grade teacher at Stratton Elementary in Newport. Their mother is Nancy. Carey, whose married name is now Schwarzer, is the head girls’ bas CONTINUED ON PAGE 13 File photo

Carey and Rose get ready to practice some basketball in 2003. The two played against each other when they played in the WCC. Carey played at the University of San Francisco and Rose played for the University of Portland.


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ketball coach at Riverside High School. With the addition of Riverside in the Northeast A League this past year, the three got to coach together in three games. While Newport won all three, a good time was had by all. “It was fun,” Carey said. “I wish I could have gotten to win at least once against them.” The sibling rivalry has always been there, but Rose said it was more intense when they played “Athleticism is, against each other, unfortunately, rather than coachnot something ing. “When you’re that coaches can playing, there’s coach.” so much more intensity,” Rose Larry Sauer said. Not necessarily more emotion, Newport Girls’ Basketball Assistant but when it’s you out there doing it, Coach it gets a little more personal. Rose and Carey got to experience that intensity when they played against each other in the WCC. Carey played basketball at the University of San Francisco and Rose played for the University of Portland. Both received full-ride scholarships to play Division 1 basketball, a feat not lost on their father. Larry said it’s amazing to have two kids play college ball,

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especially at the Division 1 level. It takes a special athlete to do that, he said. “Athleticism is, unfortunately, not something that coaches can coach,” Larry said. “My wife said it’s all from her,” he said with a laugh. Larry “Both Carey and I played both were always just basketball drawn to basketball. and baseball That’s always been at the college level, playing our first love.” for a school about the size Rose Low of Whitworth Newport Girls’ Basketball in the MidAssistant Coach west. He didn’t really think about his kids playing sports before they were born, but did but figured with his height they would be tall and thought they might make good pitchers. “I bought them both baseball gloves as soon as they could walk,” he said. While his daughters didn’t end up playing softball, they both excelled at basketball and volleyball. They started playing at a very young age. “They were just kind of gym rats when they were young,” Larry said. Carey played on her first KUBS team when she was in the second grade, and Mike Frederick was the coach then, she said. The girls started playing AAU

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second year because of an ACL injury. In 2003, she had her bachelor’s degree and in 2004 she earned her masters degree. She now teaches math at Riverside. Rose played for Portland from 20022006, and after graduation she moved back to Newport and got a reporter job at the Priest River Times. She had decided she wanted to be a teacher too late, and went back to school to get her master’s degree from Whitworth. She teaches language arts at Priest River Junior High.

School in 1999. Larry said she had the choice of playing basketball or volleyball at the college level, but stuck with basketball. “I think basketball was always my first love,” Carey said. “I enjoyed volleyball when I was playing it, but I played it just mostly during the season. Basketball I played all year and shot baskets every day.” Rose concurs. She graduated from Newport in 2002 and played both basketball and volleyball. She played softball her senior year because her dad Playing in Germany was assistant coach. After graduating from college, Carey “Both Carey and I were always just wanted to continue on in her basketball drawn to basketball. That’s always been career, so she moved to Germany to play our first love. I like “What could be a better feeling professionally. just how aggresShe lived there than sitting next to your youngest sive it is and I until last year. think it’s the most daughter on your bench and your “I knew that action-packed playing in Euother daughter sitting on the other sport.” bench and watching things play out?” rope would be a With Carey at good chance to USF and Rose at have an advenLarry Sauer Portland, they ture and play,” ended up playing Newport Girls’ Basketball Assistant Coach she said. against each other She played in college. for three years for the Wolfenbüttel “They would always have her guard Wildcats. Her first year, they won the me,” Carey said about Rose. “She would championship and moved up to the guard me so tough, probably tougher highest league for the next than anybody else. She knew how I played.” Carey finished playing basketball for USF in 2004. She had red-shirted her CONTINUED ON PAGE 34

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Dario Nila, community network specialist for the Pend Oreille PUD, shows off the IPTV television that will be possible when the PUD installs the high speed, broadband fiber optic network in south Pend Oreille County. In addition to watching television, two-way communication will be possible through the camera at the top of the screen.

Broadband commonly refers to high-speed digital data transmission, usually but not always, over the Internet. Fiber optic lines are thin glass strands that use light instead of electricity to transmit a signal. Much more data – pictures, sound, video and numbers – can move farther without signal degradation through a glass fiber than along copper phone lines or cable. According to the Fiber To The Home Council, a non-profit group that works for municipalities, utilities and others to promote fiber optic networks, all the communication traffic in the world could be moved through a bundle of fiber cable not much thicker than a pencil. The fiber optic lines – thinner than a strand of hair – will physically connect to a residence or business, much like an electrical line connects a home to the electrical grid. A fiber optic backbone runs down the center of the county. Cables will connect to nodes, and from there, to residences, businesses and governmental sites. In some ways, the fiber optic infrastructure is similar to a road system or rail infrastructure. Just as in the last century, when communities without a good infrastructure for moving goods were at a disadvantage to systems with fully developed transportation infrastructure, communities without ways of moving information are at a disadvantage now. Other parts of the world see the advantage of fiber optic networks. In Korea, 55 percent of all households and businesses have fiber to the home or building. In Sweden, homes with fiber optic connection sell for 5 to 10 percent more.

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If you are an unemployed worker looking for training but live far from the college, university or trade school, a high-speed Internet connection could let you receive training from your home. If you’re a business owner who is looking for a place to locate your plant where the land and power isn’t so expensive, a fiber optic connection could be the way to connect the rural plant to larger, more urban areas. The potential for the high-speed fiber optic connection such as the one the Pend Oreille County Public Utility District is working to install is great, according to Jeff Leslie, who runs ITS Telecom in Indian Town, Fla. CONTINUED ON PAGE 19 Stock photo

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“In today’s society, people are not as tied to the workplace as before,” he said. Telecommuters can really work from Health care anywhere. Newport Hospital and Health Services Consultants, sales people and execuhas had a fiber optic network for about tives are a few examples of people who a decade. can choose where they work from if “It gives you incredible access to they have high-speed Internet connecproviders,” CEO Tom Wilbur said, such tivity that fiber optic lines provide, he as cardiologists, critical care specialists says. Call centers, for example, could be and dermatologists. located in rural areas. “What we’d like to use it for is to keep ITS Telecom in “If a nurse sees something she people here,” he north central Florida, said, saving them has about 80 percent thinks a doctor should know the cost and time of its fiber optic infra- about, she can let him know of traveling. Rathstructure completed, and he can check it out without er than going to much of it built in Spokane, a patient the last three or four coming in.” can have the seryears, Leslie said. vices of a specialist About 25 percent of Tom Wilbur in Newport. their 3,000 custom- Newport Hospital and Health Services CEO Even when a ers have signed up. trip to Spokane is Leslie said a biofuel company that had needed, physicians in Newport can send previously been thinking of locating test results, images and other data over their processing plant elsewhere is now the network so that the physician in seriously considering moving to rural Spokane already has it by the time the Martin County, Florida, where ITS is patient arrives. Even when tests need to located. Fiber optic communication be repeated, the physician will have a capacity is one of the factors in their baseline to compare it to. decision, Leslie said. All the hospital’s doctors have fiber “They said, ‘If you have that kind of connections between their homes and communication, we’ll do it,’” he said. the hospital. That allows things like Communication is probably the main fetal monitoring. business use for fiber optic right now. It’s used in classrooms, hospitals and CONTINUED ON PAGE 33

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Hot Rod and Jo Jo were raised at R&D Farms. Their mother was a rescue mare. They are shown here with Princess, Smith’s Australian shepherd.

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he young couple was running away and they needed a place to

leave their horse. “The guy came over and asked if I could take their 2 year old,” remembers Dessa Smith. She had a couple horses of her own, so she figured another one wouldn’t make much difference. “I said sure.”

The young man walked the horse over and left it with her. That was about 15 years ago. She has been taking in 22 Horizon|2011 Winter

horses ever since. And pigs. And cows. And llamas. And donkeys. Smith and her husband, Randy, have taken in animals, large and small for years. They have a 10-acre farm off Rocky Gorge Road, at the foot of Cook’s Mountain. Needless to say, she loves animals. Randy loves his wife. “Whatever makes momma happy,” he says when asked what he thinks about all the animals his wife takes in. The Smiths find loving homes for as many animals as possible. Last year she found homes for five horses. She took in seven. She looks for homes for the horses in a variety of ways. People hear about her by word of mouth. She responds to Craigslist ads posted by people looking for horses. She doesn’t just give the horses away. She charges an adoption fee of up to $650. CONTINUED ON PAGE 24 Horizon photo|Don Gronning

Right: Some of the saddles used for the trail riding business that supports the horse rescue operation.


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“I’m glad I videotaped it,” Patrick said. “I think it was one of those experiences that I don’t think I would remember everything that was said because it was so surreal.” While Thomas Jr. reminds Patrick of his brother, he also sees similarities between his uncle and father, but not necessarily in appearance. “I think I noticed the similarity the most in their personality – the sense of humor,” Patrick said.

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Polly (center) is a 27-year-old Morgan that came to the Smiths from an older man who could no longer care for her.

Johnson, was a patient woman who also loved animals, says Dessa. She also She works with the horses she adopts must have been pretty fond of children, out, teaching them manners. because she had 22 of them, five boys She doesn’t give a horse to just anyand 17 girls. Dessa is fourth from the body who has the youngest. money. “She was married “A lot of people don’t say “I try to screen five times,” Dessa much. They tell us a little them,” she says. “I tell says. Dessa has three them I want the horse about the horse and walk adult children and six away. You can tell it bothers grandchildren. to have a forever home.” them that they can’t keep the Smith got her start While Dessa grew adopting strays after horse.” up around horses and meeting Susie Wendt, ponies, Randy grew who ran the Circle of Dessa Smith up picking fruit with Life animal rescue. his parents and had R&D Farms “We got along minimal exposure great,” she says. “We to animals before he both loved animals.” met Dessa. But he is exposed to them Wendt and her late husband, Dick, supnow. They currently have about a dozen ported their animal rescue efforts with a horses, young and old, that people have weekly yard sale. given them. They also operate D&S Wendt gave Smith many different Trail Rides, so they have another seven animals over the years, including 16 horses they use for that. geese, a pot bellied pig and a pure white donkey they named Number Seven. Grew up in Pend Oreille County “I really loved that donkey,” Smith Smith was born in Butte, Mont., says. Number Seven was mischievous. but her parents moved to Pend Oreille “She would open gates and let the horsCounty when she was a baby. She es out.” When Smith was out working mostly lived in Usk, attending Cusick CONTINUED ON PAGE 25 High School. She also lived in Newport for a time and went to school there. Horizon photo|Don Gronning Her mother, Blanche (O’Conners) Right: Some of the many horse show awards CONTINUED FROM PAGE 21

Smith and her horses have garnered. 24 Horizon|2011 Winter


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on the fence, the donkey would sneak up and take her hammer and gallop off. She was finally able to give the donkey away to a good home a few years ago. Finding homes for the animals is a crucial part of animal rescue. Animals have to leave to make room for others.

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The horses and other critters come to her in a variety of ways. Sometimes it is an elderly per“I really loved that son who can donkey. She would no longer ride or keep the open gates and let animal. When the horses out.” that happens, it is sad, she Dessa Smith says. “A lot of R&D Farms people don’t say much,” she says. “They tell us a little about the horse and walk away. You can tell it bothers them that they can’t keep the horse.” Other times people probably shouldn’t have had the horse to begin with. She remembers one case where the person was feeding the horse bread. “She was just an old girl who had no idea what a horse was supposed to eat,” Smith says. The woman left the horse with them. CONTINUED ON PAGE 26

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The different animals making their home at the Smith’s R&D Farm seem to get along pretty well, including this pig and steer, named Pork Chop and Steak.

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The Smiths go through more than 115 tons of hay a year feeding their horses. Ace was born on the place. His mother was a rescue mare named Rosy, who was recently adopted. CONTINUED FROM PAGE 25

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Dessa Smith and Dakota. Dakota has a habit of getting out but doesn’t go far.

Others horses come in injured. “We don’t ask too many questions,” Smith says. A couple years ago Smith got a call asking if she could take 20 Rex rabbits. Smith was hesitant. “I asked if they had cages,” she says. “They said they did, so I took ‘em.” She had to keep them through the winter and then started putting them on Craigslist. She found homes for all of them. Most went to youngsters in 4-H. She got $50 each for the rabbits, which included the cage. While the upkeep on rabbits doesn’t cost much, keeping horses does. Smith says they buy about 115 tons of hay each year. In the winter, the horses go

through a $10 bag of grain every three days. The horses have to have their feet trimmed. Sometimes the services of a veterinarian are needed. She spent $300 having a young stallion neutered last year. The Smiths aren’t wealthy. In addition to the adoption fee, she supports her animal habit by cleaning people’s houses. Randy describes himself as a jack-of-all-trades, a handyman. He needs to be handy, as there is always a barn to be built and fences to fix around their place. He is also president of the Newport Rodeo Association, where the ability to CONTINUED ON PAGE 27

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In 2005, Smith’s horse, Rebel, took the Grand Champion Stallion Award at the North Idaho Fair in Coeur d’Alene. CONTINUED FROM PAGE 26

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Two divers at a time work underwater.

Diamond Lake site of military coldwater dive training Divers get comfortable under the ice

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only about 28 degrees. The lake is covered with nearly a foot of

he temperature at Dia-

ice and 13 divers are preparing

mond Lake seems con-

for a U.S. Coast Guard Coldwa-

siderably colder than

ter Ice Diving Course.

it is in Newport, although it’s 28 Horizon|2011 Winter

The divers come from around the country for the training. They are experienced divers, but for many it will

be their first time diving under the ice. training exercise at Diamond Lake, Diving in general said. The men drowned. “This “If you’re the least bit course is a direct result of that can be risky, but diving under the claustrophobic, you’ll accident.” ice is even more The Coast Guard vowed to find out.” dangerous. have more robust training for “In 2006, two their ice divers. Lt. Phil Roy Coast Guard Divers The divers at Diamond Lake U.S. Coast Guard coldwater perished while divspent about a week there in mid assistant dive trainer ing north of Barrow, February. The 13 divers came Alaska,” Chief Warrant Officer Ken from both coasts of the United States, Anderson, who was overseeing the from Virginia, California, Florida and CONTINUED ON PAGE 30


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This 11-inch slab of ice was cut from the Diamond Lake. It is standing on end so it can be placed back into the triangular hole.

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You can see the clear ice under the white ice on the edge of the hole cut in the frozen lake. The white ice on the top is less dense than the clear ice on the bottom.

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U.S. Coast Guard diver Lt. Keith Wilkins is tethered with a safety line as he prepares for his first ice dive ever. One last look ...

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The divers use regular fins for ice diving but need help getting suited up.

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then he steps in ...

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And comes back to the surface.

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Washington, D.C. Eleven of the men were Coast Guard divers, one was a U.S. Army diver and one was from the U.S. Navy. The first order of business was making sure the ice was thick enough to bear weight. That was accomplished by a man going out on the frozen lake with a chipping bar, sampling the ice. He was looking for white ice, ice that has melted or been snowed on. That ice has air mixed with it and isn’t nearly as dense as the clear ice. Safety is always at the front of everyone’s mind while working around the ice. The diver testing the ice is wearing a life jacket and has a safety rope tied to him. Calculations are made to figure how much weight the ice could safely hold. It was decided that it was sturdy enough to walk on but not thick enough to hold a vehicle. The men set up a tent a Horizon photo|Don Gronning

CONTINUED ON PAGE 32 This group of Coast Guard, Army and Navy divers runs through a safety checklist before entering the water.

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used, although they have to be big “The first thing everybody wants get an accurate reading. couple hundred yards from the enough to hold a foot with a couple to do is walk upside down on the ice,� When the men go to work as ice divshore near the Camp Cowles Boy pairs of socks. he says. The divers spend some time ers, they will be working on polar iceScout Camp. A full face mask is then used. The marveling at the ice. “Everyone gets breakers in the Arctic and Antarctic. The men used an auger to dig holes diver can speak and hear underwater. a kick out of watching their bubbles There are six-man dive crews on the in the ice, then used a hand saw to He stays in radio contact, both with slide along the ice.� ships, said Anderson, but only two cut between the holes, sawing out a the other diver and The visibility divers are in the water at a time. triangular piece of ice. with the men on the When the men go to work at Diamond Lake They do things like look for damage They stood the 11-inch thick slab of surface. was about 15 feet, and make underwater repairs when as ice divers, they will be ice on end so that it could be placed The two air tanks limited only by the necessary. working on polar icebreakers turbidity. That difback in the hole when they were and breathing apAnderson said when he was workin the Arctic and Antarctic. through. paratus hold 100 fers from the ocean, ing in the Arctic last August, he had The divers got in the water on the cubic feet of air each, where the visibility to stop a leak, something that is critisecond day. enough to stay underwater a couple can be 50-60 feet. cal anywhere at sea but especially in Ice divers wear a lot more equipment hours in the shallow Diamond Lake, The men saw a lot of fish at Diathe Arctic. than warm although they mond Lake and pulled up a 6-inch As the week progressed at Diamond water scuba div- “The first thing everybody wants to stayed in only crawfish, he said. Lake, the weather got warmer and the ing – about 300 do is walk upside down on the ice.� about a half Lt. Phil Roy of the U.S. Coast Guard ice thicker, eventually melting to a pounds in all. hour at a time is an assistant dive trainer from thickness of about 9-inches. They start for the training. Washington, D.C. He says diving They decided that was too thin to Chief Warrant Officer Ken Anderson with a thermal U.S. Coast Guard coldwater dive trainer The air tanks under the ice A full face mask is then used. The diver be so far out protection suit, are similar to effects people on the lake can speak and hear underwater. He stays and moved sort of like long regular scuba differently. underwear. They put on a couple laytanks, but have redundant systems of “If you’re the in radio contact, both with the other toward the ers of socks, followed by a dry suit. everything. least bit claus- diver and with the men on the surface. shore, diving The dry suit is similar to the more The dive team runs through a trophobic, you’ll from a dock. well known wet suit that scuba divers checklist, systematically checking find out,� he said. “That’s the reason It was the first time for the training wear, but where the wet suit keeps the their gear and instructions. for the training, to let divers get comto be carried out in Washington. Andiver warm by letting in water that After getting suited up the diver is fortable under the ice. derson was headed to British Columthe body heats, the dry suit keeps the ready to enter the water. He is atThe men’s fingers get cold first in ice bia to conduct further training. He water out and keeps the diver warm tached to the men on the surface with water, he said, but other than that it’s doubts the dive team will be back to with a pocket of air. a safety line. fairly comfortable. The water is about Diamond Lake because it wasn’t cold The diver then puts on a cap, similar He moves laboriously to the edge of 34 degrees. An early reading showed enough. to a regular stocking cap. Then the the hole and steps in. it to be about 40 degrees 30 feet down, “Still, it was a good training exercise hood is pulled over the head. The diver Anderson says that diving under ice but Anderson said they didn’t wait for us,� he said. has gloves, and normal scuba fins are is beautiful. long enough for the thermometer to CONTINUED FROM PAGE 30

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“If a nurse sees something she thinks a doctor should know about, she can let him know and he can check it out without coming in,” Wilbur said. The hospital also uses its fiber optic network for education. “We’ve had EMT courses at night for a decade,” he said.

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another weapon. When she took the job, she heard Riv“They’ll try and tell you that if it’s not erside would be dropping a level to play broken, don’t fix it,” she said of Larry in Newport’s league, pitting her against Coaching philosophies and Mike. her father and sister. The two teams Rose has helped coach at Newport on Carey heard about the Riverside open- faced each other three times, once in an off since she’s graduated from high ing when she was searching for a job the playoffs. school. This is her “There were a couple times the refs “She would guard me so tough, in the area before second year teaching moving back to would make a bad call and we’d make at Priest River, where probably tougher than anybody Newport. Rose said eye contact,” Carey said. else. She knew how I played.” it’s always been she coached junior For Larry, watching his girls coach high basketball and both their dreams was an intense experience. helped out at the high Carey Schwarzer to be a head coach. “What could be a better feeling than school. Last year, she Riverside Girls’ Basketball Coach “Right now, I’m sitting next to your youngest daughter crossed the border happy where I am on your bench and your other daughter to coach at her alma and excited about sitting on the other bench and watching mater. the opportunity to build up the Riverthings play out?” he said. “I was a pretty “We needed her in the gym and her side program,” Carey said. proud poppa.” expertise,” Larry said. She is now the junior varsity coach at Newport and helps out with the varsity team, coachThirteen years ago we introduced poly docks to the Northwest. ing with her father. “I think coaching with him is a little Now we’ve moved up to “ShoreMaster” easier than playing for him,” Rose said with a laugh. “It’s kind of an honor to 4 Times Better Dock coach with the two people who helped • Better looking Sand me create the player I became,” she Stone Color said of her father and head coach Mike • More stable in water Frederick. • Sturdier Deck Surface Rose said while her coaching phi• Better Design Feature Sandstone Colored Patio Look losophies don’t differ much from her fa4’6’8’10’ ther’s, she does bring a different element • More stable (w/uncle Harold’s) anchoring system to the team. For example, Rose said one “Included for the same cost” of the things she is trying to instill in the JV players is a bigger focus on man (509) 466-7107 • (509) 981-3600 (cell) Spokane defense. Although in high school they (208) 687-9333 • (208) 755-5213 (cell) Idaho play the one, two, two zone and it’s very effective, she wanted her players to have

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