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December 2018 Sandpoint Living Local

DECEMBER 2018

LIVING LOCAL

Living Local

They Spoke.

The City Listened.

Good News

Animals In Transition

Ski With

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Outside gathering areas include covered porch and patio, a new dock, fabulous landscaping and rock work with water feature & heirloom

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DECEMBER 2018

VOLUME 8 NUMBER 12

features

Holiday Entertaining Made Simple

Tips and tricks for the season

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Give the Gift of Memories

Unique gift ideas that last a lifetime and don't

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THE CHRISTMAS SEASON IS UPON US.

Now is the time to renew our faith as we look

forward to what is to come in the New Year. No

matter the time of year, just look around you.

What splendor our little town of Sandpoint

offers us, especially when the snow begins

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Contents

pg. 34

pg. 30

18 Get Featured

Join our Facebook group Northwest Living for a

chance to get your photos, recipes, ideas and much

more featured

22 Essentials

The latest tips and trends

30 Life & Community

Ski with Santa: See Santa at Schweitzer Mountain

32 Business Spotlight

Powder Hound Pizza & The Hound Downtown:

A Taste of Something Special

34 Good News

Animals in Transition: New programs support animals

and pet owners

38 Sandpoint In Focus

The Key To Powering Future Innovation: Inland

Northwest Technology Pros Association and IT/OT

convergence

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44 Living Local

They Spoke. The City Listened: Downtown

Sandpoint revitalization project proposal gives

storeowners new hope for 2019

50 Business Spotlight

Co-op Energy Propane: Meeting the Needs of

Their Customers

54 Health & Lifestyle

Tips and informational articles about living a

healthy, active lifestyle.

64 Feature Story

My MS: Coping with multiple sclerosis has

reflected the rest of my life

92 Travel & Leisure

Quiet Season on Orcas Island: The perfect

antidote to all the holiday commotion

99 Food & Drink

Discover Sandpoint’s tastiest recipes

and restaurants

105 Arts & Entertainment

Calendar of great local events, music and shows

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Taking Stock of Your Kitchen

BY NIKKI LUTTMANN, DESIGNER AT SEVEN BEE INTERIORS, EXCLUSIVELY FOR PONDERAY DESIGN CENTER

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With the holidays in full swing, our attention

at home naturally turns to the kitchen. The

center of our homes, the kitchen is often

the busiest room in the house. So it’s only

natural that if we look to make any home improvements this

time of year, our first thought is that our kitchens could use

a little “sprucing up.”

So many people are redoing their countertops these days.

Granite and even quartz countertops are growing more

affordable, and their durability can’t be beat. However, I

often caution people against adding new countertops if their

cabinetry is in sad shape, as eventually the cabinets will

have to be replaced as well, and it just does not make sense

to spend the money on counters if their cabinetry will not

last for at least another 10 years. If this is the case with your

kitchen, then my advice is to wait, do it properly and save

for both new cabinets and countertops. You will not regret

spending the extra money to have a whole new kitchen, even

if it means a year or two longer with the old one!

However, if the cabinetry is solid and still functions properly

(i.e. doors and drawers open and close nicely and the overall

layout is acceptable), then a countertop upgrade is merited.

If the cabinets still function and are solid but appear worn

or dirty, then sometimes it can be a good idea to have them

painted or refinished. However, if they are in good shape

and clean but just “dated,” often just the addition of pretty

hardware is all that’s needed to bring the cabinetry up to our

current standards.

Another upgrade option might include cabinets and

laminate countertops that are still in relatively good shape

but have a worn, water-stained wood backsplash that we

find in so many houses from the ‘80s and ‘90s. In this case,

an easy fix would be to remove the old wooden splash and

replace it with some great hard-wearing tile that doesn’t

break the bank and ties the whole look together. A qualified

tile installer can have this done in as little as a day or two

with minimal disturbance to the rest of the kitchen.

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Often just the addition of pretty

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Flooring works especially hard in a kitchen, taking a

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over existing sheet vinyl, worn hardwood or even tile, that

can add a layer of durability and beauty to any decorating

scheme. They usually go in quickly and easily, and this is

an upgrade that can be done in as little as a day!

My advice: Take stock of your kitchen, look around

honestly and ask yourself what needs to be replaced,

what can stay and what needs a little tweak to make it

just right for you and your loved ones this holiday season.

And always, if in doubt, contact a professional. Most of us

are trained to take stock of what you already have while

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TEACHER OF THE MONTH

BY PATTY HUTCHENS

connections to something we have in common

and learn so much about one another,” said

Shantelle.

Living and teaching in North Idaho has afforded

Shantelle a chance to learn more about rural life,

something she credits her students with.

A

third-grade teacher at Northside

Elementary, Shantelle Gillis

teaches reading, writing, math and

science but said what she finds

most rewarding is the opportunity to share her

passion for reading with her students.

“Read-aloud time is my favorite part of the

school day,” said Shantelle, who has taught for

13 years, 11 of which have been at Northside. “In

third grade, it is my ultimate goal to get all my

students to make the transition from reading

picture books to reading chapter books. Sharing

my own favorite children’s chapter books to

model how exciting and fun reading can be is so

important to me.”

Shantelle shares that she reads the same chapter

books each year, and the children always hold

onto every word. From there she enjoys building

on each child’s interests and finding them stories

or authors that intrigue them enough to become

what she calls “little reading machines.”

“From a silly book like ‘Clementine’ to a much

more serious ‘Number the Stars,’ books spark

such great classroom discussions about life and

lessons we can all learn. It allows us all to make

“I’ve had students and former students miss

school to go shed antler hunting, witness

their horse give birth and get their first elk or

even a bear,” said Shantelle, adding that she

enjoys going to the fair every August to see

those involved in 4-H. “Life for my students is

different than for many other children, and I

love when my students share their experiences

with me and allow me to learn from them.”

She said she loves the Northside school and

the community atmosphere there. Her oldest

daughter just started kindergarten at Northside,

and Shantelle said she is thrilled that her own

family now gets to experience the special

“country” school that she has taught at for the

past 11 years.

Building relationships is something that

Shantelle said is important to her as a teacher

and a value she hopes to pass onto her students.

“I have a plaque in my classroom that my

husband had made for me that says: ‘They may

not remember what you teach them, but they

will always remember how you treat them.’ I

strive to live by this message with my students

and convey the importance of this as they

cultivate relationships with each other,” she said.

“Treat one another with kindness and respect.”

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you treat them.’ I strive to live by this message with my students and convey the

importance of this as they cultivate relationships with each other

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The Basic Obedience Myth

Why tradition sets us up for failure

BY STEPHANIE VICHINSKY, OWNER AND HEAD TRAINER OF UNITED K9

My husband and I are very committed to making our local

community a better place, not only for dogs but their

owners as well. Last night we sat down to dinner and

asked the question, “Why are dog owners struggling?”

It might be easy to answer: “They’re not professional dog trainers,” or

“They just don’t have the skills they need,” but during our conversation,

we agreed that there is a much bigger issue involved.

Of course there is a matter of accessible information. We do our best to

provide as much free information as possible, but whether information

is available or not, there is still a gap. This gap is largely due to tradition

or what I like to call the Basic Obedience Myth.

If you've read my work or heard me speak, you’ll know I don’t put a

whole lot of emphasis on basic obedience. While it is a helpful stepping

stone to long-term success, it cannot be the end goal. I receive dozens of

phone calls and emails each day from owners with obedient dogs, but

the obedience is not stopping the barking, the digging, the aggression,

the anxiety, the fear, the pushiness. A sitting dog can easily be sitting

and aggressive, sitting and excited, sitting and fearful. The physical

mechanics of sitting isn’t solving the problem. So why do we continue

to give basic obedience our time and money? Tradition.

Tradition tells us that obedience is all we need because that’s how

Mom and Dad did it, how Grandma and Grandpa did it, the great

grandparents before them did it, and the myth has been passed along

for decades.

Dog training has evolved steadily in the last 50 years, and it has evolved

at light speed in the last 10. We are now able to break down every single

part of dog behavior. We are able to understand the reasons our dogs

act the way they do, and more importantly, the incredibly thought-out

steps we can take to help them.

Dogs are complex, emotional and incredible animals that are capable

of understanding much more than we give them credit for, but when

we rely on basic obedience (sit, down, come, heel, stay), we are only

speaking one small fraction of a language. I can’t imagine trying to

raise my child in a world where she can only understand one out of

every 10 words I speak.

When training dogs, there is so much more to it than the words we use.

Every movement of our body sends a message to our dogs—every pass

of the leash, every emotional interchange.

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We are now able to

break down every

single part of dog

behavior. We are able

to understand the

reasons our dogs

act the way they do

Merry Christmas!

We have to look at the big picture and avoid

isolating pieces of it. We need to stop, evaluate

our dogs and ask questions. What drives my

dog? What scares it? What calms it? What

confuses it? Once we start answering questions

like these we can develop a true language with

the dog, a language where basic obedience is

simply a part of speech in a lifetime of dialogue.

Stephanie Vichinsky, owner and head trainer of

United K9, is one of the leading canine behavior

specialists in the Inland Northwest. While

Stephanie trains for all breeds, all sizes and all

problems, she specializes in the rehabilitation

of fearful, anxious and aggressive dogs. She

has successfully rehabilitated thousands of dogs

in her career. Stephanie also holds degrees in

English and philosophy, and is currently working

on her master’s degree in creative writing.

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Ski With

Santa

See Santa at

Schweitzer Mountain

BY PATTY HUTCHENS

PHOTOS COURTESY OF SCHWEITZER

MOUNTAIN RESORT

With the holidays upon us, the

excitement is high for kids and

parents alike. It’s the time of year

when we gather together with

family and friends and celebrate all things Christmas.

And if you live in North Idaho, it also means it’s time

to hit the ski slopes and enjoy world-class skiing right

in our backyard.

So if you want to enjoy a day of recreation at the

mountain and at the same time make sure your wish

list gets to Santa, why stand in those long lines to sit

on Santa’s lap in a big shopping mall when you can

take a few runs with him, Mrs. Claus and his helper

at Schweitzer Mountain. On December 23 from 1 to

3pm, head on up to Schweitzer where you can visit

with Santa and even have the chance to ski with him

as he prepares for his trip around the world!

“Santa usually spends time with the kids in the lobby

of the Selkirk Lodge, typically on December 23,” said

Dig Chrismer, marketing manager for Schweitzer

Mountain Resort. “Mrs. Claus reads a story and then

they have cookies and hot chocolate while one of the

local choirs serenades us with holiday carols. It’s so

much fun—and the kids love it!”

If you can’t make it then, no worries, as Santa will

return December 24 from 1 to 5pm and will also lead

a balloon parade from the top of the Basin Express

chairlift to the village.

In what has become a holiday tradition for many

families, Schweitzer Mountain Resort enjoys hosting

Santa and Mrs. Claus year after year. Mark your

calendars and join in this fun-filled event. And be

sure to bring along your wish list. See you at the

mountain!

head on up to

Schweitzer

where you

can visit with

Santa and

even have the

chance to ski

with him as he

prepares for his

trip around the

world!

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UNCOVERING LOCAL TALENT

MVMNT:GYM

RYAN EGAN, OWNER, PERSONAL TRAINER

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THE VALUE OF

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“It’s interesting to me that people will exercise and hurt themselves trying to get better and end

up going to the physical therapist to get exercises to get better from the injury they got from

exercising!” – Ryan Egan

“We are equipping people physically, to fulfill their God-given responsibilities, honor their Godgiven

gifts and pursue their God-given dreams.” – Mission Statement MVMNT:Gym

As soon as you walk into

MVMNT:Gym (that’s right, no

vowels) you realize it’s different.

No endless rows of treadmills, no

weight machines, no people. It’s a place of

matted floors, where no shoes are allowed,

various stretch bands, medicine balls and a

contraption that resembles monkey bars. The

space is comfortably open, clean and no typical

gym stench. You are welcomed immediately by

the high-spirited owner right when you walk in

the door.

Again, no people! You work directly with

owner Ryan Egan on your specific workout/

rehabilitation. Have aches or pains from injury?

Let me tell you, Ryan understands it all. Once

an aspiring professional snowboarder, he has

broken more bones, including his back, and

torn more body parts than anyone I know.

Throw on top of that the fact he has recovered

from being hit by a truck and survived cancer

tells you plenty.

The process is a science that is built on faith.

There is an intense evaluation at the beginning

to measure the natural motions of the client’s

body while identifying to a greater degree the

blocks to natural movement. A specific regimen

is then created with the belief of rebuilding a

foundation for long physical superiority. The

primary focus is the body’s joints, as they are

the key to the movements of everyday life and

building blocks to let the body play. Shouldn’t

we all get back to playing and enjoy life’s

abundance? Ryan thinks so.

That’s not all. Ryan has a positive nature—no

negativity allowed! You quickly find yourself in

a safe and sacred place, no judgement. Words

of affirmation are bountiful while Christian

music is lightly played in the background.

When he tells you he loves you, there may be a

bit of uncomfortableness at first, but you know

it’s bold honesty, as he is a man of God. Ryan

says he is being called to build “systems” to

train people to help other people; systems that

maximize training to get the most out of the

body to do the things you love.

Ryan married his wife Sarah (Crossingham)

in 2006, they have three children—Ireland,

London and Rome! Ryan and Sarah were both

raised in Sandpoint and now enjoy raising their

children right where they grew up. The family

enjoys all that Sandpoint has to offer from water,

hikes, bikes and of course the snow.

Training built on faith and sound science, that’s

MVMNT:Gym (TheMvmntGym.com). In my

experience at MVMNT, I would not define it

necessarily as a gym but more as a temple.

Trainer, coach, husband, father, man of God—

that’s Ryan Egan.

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A Taste of Something Special

Two great locations provide exceptional food,

service and a fun atmosphere

BY PATTY HUTCHENS

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“This is the place we bring friends

and family when they come to

visit. Great lineup of pizza, hot

sandwiches, etc. Have never

had a bad meal in the place.

The bar stocks a variety of beers

and cider. Always rotating,

always good. This is the place in

Sandpoint.” ~ Jason, Sandpoint

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What started out as a desire to become the ultimate ski

bum quickly turned into a success story for a young

entrepreneur. Ben Higgs, owner of Powder Hound Pizza at

Schweitzer Mountain and The Hound Downtown, moved

to Sandpoint from Coeur d’Alene 11 years ago drawn by the wonderful

skiing opportunities Schweitzer Mountain offers. Not long afterward, he

purchased his first restaurant, Powder Hound Pizza, in 2010, at Schweitzer

Mountain Resort. Five years later, he opened a second restaurant, The

Hound Downtown, which opened in March of 2015.

Both restaurants quickly earned a reputation for providing quality food and

service, not to mention it has one of the best beer and wine selections in

town for full-service restaurants.

While pizza is their specialty, there is much more on the menu to tempt you.

They serve a variety of sandwiches—including meatballs with marinara,

Reuben, a BLT, and yes … even tofu. If you prefer a salad, you can select

from kale, Greek, Caesar and house salads available in both half and full

sizes. Other favorites include their chicken wings and ribs, which go great

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with a cold beer while you watch your favorite sporting event on one

of their TVs.

And then there is the pizza. Whether you build your own or choose

from one of their specialty pizzas, it is something that will keep you

coming back for more. Some of the more popular selections include

BBQ chicken, Thors Hammer, which is an all-meat pizza, spicy Thai

and Cuban pork, just to name a few. They offer both thin crust and

gluten-free pizza crust for all their pizzas, making it enjoyable for all

who may have special dietary needs.

With a friendly staff and fun atmosphere, The Hound Downtown

and Powder Hound Pizza at Schweitzer Mountain are a favorite of

many, whether you are coming in after a day on the slopes or seeking

a place to sit outside in the summertime.

Open year round, The Hound Downtown offers an outdoor patio

in the heart of downtown. If you are out on the water, it provides a

perfect location to dock your boat and grab a bite to eat.

By offering consistent, quality food and a great atmosphere where

people love to gather, Ben and his wife Jeannie have seen great success

at both of their restaurants. They are also grateful to the support

and love they have received from the community throughout their

venture.

Both Ben and Jeannie give back to the community that has supported

them—Ben sits on the board of directors for Schweitzer Mountain

Community Association and Jeannie is a board member for the

Nordic Club and also coaches some of the youth.

Next time you are on the mountain or downtown, discover why

The Hound Downtown and Powder Hound Pizza were named the

winner of Sandpoint’s Finest Pizza in 2017. After that first bite, there

will leave no doubt that the award was well deserved!

You can call ahead your order for takeout or dine in at either location.

I promise, you will return time and time again!

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Animals in Transition

New programs support animals and pet owners throughout

the community and beyond

ARTICLE PROVIDED BY

PANHANDLE ANIMAL SHELTER

PHOTOS BY

ANDREA FEATHERSTON

Often, they

can avoid a pet

being surrendered

by solving a

problem that

may seem

insurmountable

to an owner.

What once was an overburdened animal

shelter has now become one that is

cutting edge and nationally recognized

due to the introduction of new

programs, and, of course, community support.

In the “old days,” the majority of animals at Panhandle

Animal Shelter (PAS) in Ponderay were housed long

term, sometimes for months and even years, until new

families were found. The stress on the animals and the

impact on their health and the shelter staff were overall

unsustainable. They knew they needed to change.

Those involved with the shelter began to ask

themselves: “Could we do this better?” “What needs

to change?” “Can it change, and if we do change, how

do we go about it?”

“The key was being vulnerable and admitting we did

not know the answers and sometimes even the right

questions to ask,” recalls Executive Director Mandy

Evans.

The tide began to turn when Evans consulted Dr.

Sandra Newbury, DVM and director of the University

of Wisconsin Shelter Medicine program. These consult

calls were a game changer for the shelter.

“Dr. Newbury’s advice and support helped us better

understand why outbreaks and illnesses occur in

shelters and how the flow of animals through the

shelter makes a significant impact to health, welfare

and even the bottom line,” said Evans.

The PAS team then began to look at its culture and

the messaging that was being projected onto the

community. They realized that they were inadvertently

being judgmental and shaming people who were

seeking their help; not overtly, but through policies

that were counterproductive to an open and trusting

relationship. They realized that they could not ask

for the community’s support when they were not

supporting the community and their animals to the

best of their ability.

“Once we had identified these problems, Panhandle

Animal Shelter set out to make changes,” said Evans.

“Many of these changes had not yet been accepted by

the sheltering community at large and were considered

on the forefront of the industry.”

Some changes were counter intuitive, such as limiting

admission into the shelter. One would think by not

accepting all animals they would reduce the number of

animals helped, but that was not the case. In the past,

overcrowding led to illness.

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The shelter team didn’t want

to say no to people who needed

help with their animal, so they

created three new programs to

directly support the community

outside the shelter—Adoption

Ambassador Foster Program, the

Helpline and Home to Home.

non-judgmental way. Often, they can avoid a pet being surrendered by

solving a problem that may seem insurmountable to an owner.

The Home to Home Program also came out of PAS’s need to better serve

the community. In an effort to address a significant uptick in animal

surrenders, they created a program that allows pet owners to find new

homes for their animals without the animal ever having to enter the

shelter.

“By limiting the number of animals housed at any given time, the shelter

tripled the number of animals served and reduced the average length of

stay by a month and a half,” said Evans.

The shelter team didn’t want to say no to people who needed help with

their animal, so they created three new programs to directly support the

community outside the shelter—Adoption Ambassador Foster Program,

the Helpline and Home to Home. The Adoption Ambassador program

allowed people with kittens the opportunity to foster them while PAS

paid for their care, plus they encouraged these compassionate families to

find new homes for them while they were being fostered. The Helpline

and Home to Home programs support people who need to surrender

their pets.

Evans shares that while many get upset at the idea of people surrendering

their pet, sometimes it is best for the pet and necessary for the family,

usually due to a change in economic situation, change in relationship and

change in health.

“The people surrendering their beloved pets are in a fragile, vulnerable

state and seeking help at a very difficult time,” said Evans. “The worst

thing anyone can do is blame them for their choice. By having a ‘No

Shaming Policy,’ we open ourselves up to everyone’s pain, story and need.”

PAS is devoted to helpings pets and their families stay together and

creating new pet families in the community in a supportive, open and

“Owners create an online profile which is shared on the Home-Home.

org network and on our Shelter Facebook page,” said Evans. “This allows

us to leverage our community to support and bring attention to the

animal. Adopters communicate directly with pet owners. The program is

free to pet owners and adopters, and no money changes hands.”

The program also allows shelters to help animals outside of their charter.

PAS has found homes for birds, pocket pets, horses and farm animals all

with a 60-percent success rate. Only 20 percent of Home to Home clients

end up surrendering their pets to a shelter.

“This innovative program and approach to helping animals has helped

PAS become a national organization with over 10 organizations

throughout the nation onboard and another 22 in the pipeline. This

expansion was due to a grant from Maddie’s Fund,” said Evans.

Though PAS has expanded to increase lifesaving throughout the country,

they stay true to their community. 2019 will bring a new off-leash dog park

with the support of donors and the City of Ponderay. This will provide

health benefits to not only the community dogs, but their owners, too.

Evans shares that the changes PAS has implemented have gone a long way

to increase efficiency, improve medical care and help to provide a more

stress-free approach to animals in transition.

“The advancements here have been due to the immense community

support we receive,” said Evans. “Appreciation is not lacking at PAS.”

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Looking forward, successful convergence

of information technology (IT) and

operational technology (OT) will be a

driving force behind business-growth

initiatives. Through the integration of these

two disciplines, companies can utilize real data

to drive efficiencies and productivity that will

accelerate product-to-market times and boost

demand while reducing costs and risks. It also

creates opportunities for economic growth that

strengthen communities.

While operational technology brings value to

the manufacturing industry through sensors and

devices, information technology supports the

software used to process the required information

to manufacture products and run the business.

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Overcoming challenges posed by the traditionally

competing priorities of the two groups is crucial

to successful convergence; these include merging

strategies, governance and protocol, as well as

security and data.

Two Inland Northwest companies are leading the

charge with significant examples of how IT/OT

convergence creates competitive advantages and

fuels innovation.

Litehouse, Inc.

For Litehouse, a longtime food and beverage

manufacturer, necessity was the mother of

invention. In order to meet customer demands

and increase sales positioning, the company

needed to improve the quality and accuracy of

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package labeling by utilizing data and reducing

manual processes. Other contributing factors

included numerous variations in labeling

requirements for individual customers as well as

bridging the skills gap at their five manufacturing

plants in Idaho, Michigan and Utah.

In the previous methods, workers did not have

access to a single source of data and had to

rely on manual processes. For shipping-box

labeling, customer-specific information was

manually punched into a kiosk at the end of the

production line and labels were spray coded onto

each box. Pillow prints required changing out

plates on a system similar to an old-style letter

press for proper embossing. This was both time

consuming and prone to errors that ultimately

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Solutions proposed by printing-equipment

manufacturers were costly and inefficient,

requiring the creation and maintenance of a

combined 900-plus label images and templates,

as well as the purchase of additional equipment

and software licenses.

According to Derek Christensen, senior

director of information technology, the

company decided to assemble an in-house IT/

OT team to define the project’s requirements.

Through this collaboration, the team found

they were able to build and deploy an affordable

print-and-apply labeling system for two forms

of packaging by combining capabilities of

existing IT and OT systems. Christensen

says this plan was also scalable and highly

maintainable, taking only five months to fully

implement.

The new system utilizes Litehouse’s ERP

program to pull customer-specific job data to

generate labels that pass through centralized

security firewalls as they are sent to the plant

printers. Production workers now have the

flexibility to edit labels before packaging is

complete to ensure accuracy.

The implementation of this print-and-apply

label system through IT/OT convergence has

resulted in overwhelming benefits, not just

for Litehouse’s business operations but for

employees as well, according to Christensen.

With the means to automatically print labels

directly on the production line, operator setup

times have decreased from 10 minutes to

10 seconds for every job run. This new smartmanufacturing

environment has expanded the

company’s sales positioning by giving them

the ability to meet the demands of existing

customers and gain new ones more effectively.

Immediate cost savings included tens of

thousands of dollars in equipment purchases

and a 50-percent reduction in software-license

fees. Most importantly, the new system created

consistency and accuracy that increased

Litehouse’s credibility, thereby generating

greater product demand by demonstrating their

ability to meet exact customer requirements

for how the product arrives.

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Litehouse’s leadership was instrumental in fostering an inclusive

environment of open communication that bridged the relationships

between IT and OT. Short-term benefits were presented to all

stakeholders early in the process to inspire the group. Conscientious

management of the team and their tasks resulted in an innovative

solution that would positively impact the entire business going

forward.

Hecla Mining Company

Hecla Mining Company’s IT/OT convergence was motivated by their

commitment to improving safety while creating efficiencies and

reducing costs to stay competitive. Hecla needed the ability to perform

mining tasks remotely to enhance the well-being of their workers while

increasing productivity. Controlling equipment and related maintenance

costs were also vital to achieving business objectives.

Brock Tenney, IT operations supervisor, says the convergence team

worked together, pulling from their areas of expertise to identify off-theshelf

components that were robust enough to handle industrial equipment

operations and suitable to the harsh underground environment. Their

solution required almost no intervention from IT for deployment, and

most importantly, allowed for local decisions underground.

Battery-powered distribution points were daisy-chained from Hecla’s

existing network with powered fiber cabling throughout the mines to

relay data and pull power from their main distribution points. Wireless

access points using Power over Ethernet (PoE) technology minimized the

number of cables that had to be strung.

Hecla can now perform autonomous and tele-remote mining, as well as

execute network-based remote blasting from within offices on the surface.

Personnel, along with environmental conditions, such as temperature

and gas levels, are monitored in real time, optimizing safety and reducing

risks. Equipment is tracked and scheduled for routine maintenance based

on actual data to decrease costs and create efficiencies.

Tenney, who led the convergence team, believes leadership must be

willing to be bold, try new solutions and demonstrate how they can

improve work processes to create a global benefit. He says curious people

ask questions that can be a catalyst for change. Underground-worker

concerns about the level of monitoring were quickly alleviated once they

were able to use the tools and see the benefits for themselves. In fact,

former employees who stay in touch with Tenney have expressed that

without these types of tools and technology at their new jobs, they are less

productive and feel less empowered. He also credits the project’s success

to setting and managing expectations, along with open communication

that promotes an environment of contribution and collaboration to make

better products and improve lives.

With attrition trends widening the skills gap, businesses must turn

to technology and automated processes to grow effectively. IT/OT

initiatives, by design, will create new roles that help businesses attract

employees, as well as advance and retain current staffing, while driving

innovation that encourages economic progress.

Inland Northwest Technology Pros Association is making a difference in the

IT industry by enabling competitive advantages that act as a cornerstone of

economic development in the community. Learn more about how you can

get involved at INWTechPros.io.

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“I have been swimming since around fifth

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each year since her freshman year and

recently brought home four gold medals

from districts as well as helped the girIs’

team win districts overall. She went on to

have a fabulous showing at state where she

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seconds and finished second in the 50 free

by .33 seconds. She also teamed up with her

teammates to win the 200 free relay.

On the honor roll each semester throughout

high school, Mikayla said that working to

keep her grades up help her to perform her

best both in and out of the pool.

A junior, Mikayla is currently undecided on

what school she will attend. “I do believe

that I want to swim in college,” said Mikayla,

who plans to major in pediatric nursing.

“Swimming has become a part of my daily

life, so I think I should keep it that way.”

Mikayla said what she enjoys most about

swimming is the fact it is an individual sport.

Yet, the mental aspect is a challenge. “This

sport isn't just about the physical game but

your mental game as well. When my body

gets tired and worn down, I have to engage

the positivity in my mind in order to be able

to finish strong,” said Mikayla.

One lesson that swimming has taught

Mikayla is that when she is tired, that is when

she has to push her hardest. “Unlike several

other sports, when you're exhausted or need

a break to breathe or grab some water, you

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high school, Ephriam also perseveres when it

comes to athletics.

His coach, Matt Brass, said that Ephriam

began running as a freshman with no prior

experience and, by his junior year, was one of

the team’s top runners. Even more important

is that he has been fully committed since

joining.

“He has missed less than five practices in

cross country and track, including off-season

conditioning, in four years,” said Brass. “He

also has been one of the best athletes we have

ever had at welcoming in new runners, making

them feel like they are part of a team and

teaching them how we train. He will be sorely

missed next year for both his performance and

his mentoring.”

Ephriam was a three-year top-10 finisher at

regionals and won regionals his junior year.

And as a sophomore in track, he was third in

the 3200.

Ephriam said that he finds the mental aspect

of running to be the most challenging, but he

overcomes that by focusing on his teammates

and his team’s goals. But running is also

therapeutic to him. “It gives me the time to

think,” he said.

He is grateful to all the opportunities that

cross country and track have given to him, and

Ephriam said he has learned a very important

life lesson from his coaches over the past four

years. “Remember to be grateful for every

opportunity we get in life.”

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Although undecided as to where he will attend

college, Ephriam said he would like to study

psychology and hopes to receive a master’s

degree. “I’m interested in psychology because

I think it’s interesting to understand people

and what leads them to be who they are.”

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THEY SPOKE. THE

CITY LISTENED.

DOWNTOWN SANDPOINT REVITALIZATION PROJECT

PROPOSAL GIVES STOREOWNERS NEW HOPE FOR 2019

BY PATTY HUTCHENS

PHOTOS BY KIERSTEN PATTERSON

It’s been an interesting past two summers with construction,

reversion to two-way streets and more for the Downtown

Sandpoint area. While commuters may have found it to be

an inconvenience, downtown business owners have felt a much

larger and direct impact on their day-to-day operations, especially

given the fact that construction typically takes place during their

busiest season from May through October. So, when the City of

Sandpoint began to plan for another phase of construction next

year, they carefully considered the impact it would have on our local

businesses in the downtown corridor. Working together to come up with

a proposal that would not only work within their budget and allow them

to do construction during the non-summer months but would also not

devastate the local business economy was a challenge. But Sandpoint

Mayor Shelby Rognstad, Sandpoint City Administrator Jennifer Stapleton

and Public Works Director Amanda Wilson, who was hired earlier this

year, weighed many options and presented their proposal in late October

to a group of downtown business owners and interested citizens.

“Our goal is to have the least amount of impact on local businesses as

possible,” said Mayor Rognstad to the crowd who had gathered.

Stapleton said that the need for urgency to start the project in 2019 was

two-fold. First, there is failing infrastructure that needs replaced, and

second, the funding for this project is through a CDBG (Community

Development Block Grant) and SURA (Sandpoint Urban Renewal

Agency) grant, both of which require that the project be completed

within a certain timeframe.

At the time of the presentation, Stapleton assured the group that a

contract had not yet been signed or committed to, and the City of

Sandpoint wants to work together with business owners for a solution

that benefits everyone.

“We’ve listened to your concerns,” Stapleton told the business owners.

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We listened to the concerns regarding }

traffic, dust and the impact on businesses

Among those concerns that the city acknowledged during its presentation

are that when construction takes place, it appears businesses within

that zone are closed, there is limited access to businesses, the overall

atmosphere of the construction zone may deter people from the area,

the location of the portable toilets, the fact there is less parking and the

significant amount of dust that is created from moving vehicles or loads

of dirt being delivered. There are also considerable challenges for delivery

trucks.

The bottom line, said Wilson, is that there is a reduction in sales,

something which can be devastating to a downtown business during the

peak season. “And it’s not just about the profits,” said Wilson. “We all take

a lot of pride in our town, and we want to be successful as a community.”

When brainstorming to come up with a solution, Stapleton said she

instructed everyone to throw out all assumptions about construction,

such as that it can only be done in the warm summer months, and start

from scratch. And the fact that Wilson had a background in construction

management was a significant help.

“We listened to the concerns regarding traffic, dust and the impact on

businesses and asked questions such as, ‘Can work be done at night? Can

work be done in winter?’” said Stapleton.

With the next phase of the project going from First Avenue and Church

Street, down First to the intersection of Cedar and Second Avenue, there

were many businesses on hand anxiously awaiting to hear what the City

of Sandpoint proposed for next year. And while a handful of attendees

had questions and suggestions for City of Sandpoint management, many

left feeling relieved about the upcoming tourist season and its impact on

their business.

Deanna Harris, owner of Sharon’s Hallmark in Downtown Sandpoint,

said not only was she very pleased with the city’s proposal but was also

happy to see so many business owners and community members come

to the meeting.

“Many of the businesses provided feedback to city officials throughout

this past summer's project,” said Harris. “It appears that they really

listened to this input and have made changes to the original construction

plan that will definitely help businesses.”

Harris said the limited parking availability and the noise, dust and chaos

of the project were definitely some of the business owners’ concerns.

In addition, as Wilson said, there is the issue of how to overcome the

perception that either businesses were closed or not accessible. Wilson

talked about a banner across First Avenue, something Harris thought was

a great idea.

“We have even talked about a ‘roll out the red carpet’ theme where we

would have red carpet runners in front of businesses and really work

together to make it evident we are open and ready for business,” she said.

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Outlining the proposal with a PowerPoint

presentation, Wilson said the plan would

involve delaying the start of construction

until after Labor Day in 2019, with First

Avenue being closed to motor vehicle traffic

but open to pedestrians for the month of

September.

“We would have the curb-to-curb

construction completed by October 31,

2019,” said Wilson of the project that will

eventually be storefront to storefront.

Depending upon the weather in November,

they may or may not be able to have

concrete sidewalks over the winter, but they

will definitely be five-foot sidewalks with a

hard surface, asphalting them for the winter

time if concrete cannot be poured.

While actual construction will not begin

until after Labor Day, there are things that

will be worked on in the spring, some which

are not related to the actual street project.

Stapleton said the city is currently working

with Avista to transfer the overhead power

lines to underground, something which will

take place in the spring, similar to the Oak

Street project which occurred earlier this

year. The City of Sandpoint also plans to

award the construction contract by June so

that preparation of ordering materials and

more can be done over the summer months.

Wilson outlined other plans to reduce the

impact on local businesses, one of which

is to provide incentives to the contractors

if they complete the project ahead of time.

Conversely, there will be penalties if the

completion dates are not met. In addition,

by allowing the contractors to work 24/7,

the project should be able to be completed

in the shorter time period.

There will be no motor vehicle traffic or

parking allowed in the construction area

until paving is done, a move aimed at

reducing the amount of dust in the area.

Wilson also said there will be construction

staging areas for materials and portable

toilets, and there will also be designated

delivery times and locations. They also

plan to provide better signage to make both

locals and visitors aware that businesses are

open during construction.

The city will hold another public meeting

in the spring, which, according to Wilson,

should be sometime around March, to

update the community on plans. They will

also advertise for bids for the project at this

time. They will then hold another public

meeting in August to update everyone

again.

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While the city is doing its best to make a

minimal impact on the downtown businesses,

let us, as a community, unite and make a

conscious effort to shop our local businesses,

not only during the times when it may be

more challenging for them, but all year long.

They truly are much of what makes Sandpoint

unique. And if you do get frustrated, remember

in the end it will be worth it.

“We are all going to need to work together and

make this a successful project,” said Harris.

“The end product will definitely be a nice

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Since 2000, Co-op Energy Propane has been servicing homes and

businesses throughout the Boundary and Bonner County areas

delivering propane. Locally owned and operated by CO-OP Gas

& Supply Company (a farm cooperative based in Sandpoint and

serving all of North Idaho), since its launch, Co-Op Energy’s focus has been

to provide the community another energy option, competitive prices, better

service and local connection.

“The community needed a reliable source of propane energy unaffiliated with

any outside corporation,” says Rich Fiellen, Co-op Energy manager. “Co-op

Gas & Supply was uniquely positioned to provide this option. Our customers

are also our neighbors as well as members of the cooperative in many cases.”

Providing bulk propane sales, deliveries, bottle fill and services for Sandpoint

as well as Bonners Ferry, Priest River, Clark Fork and all outlying communities

in Bonner and Boundary counties of North Idaho, the mission of Co-op

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Energy is to provide propane at a level price while providing a high level of

customer service. By providing propane and enhanced energy services to

members, customers and the general public, this allows Co-op Energy to

spread fixed costs among a larger customer base.

For nearly two decades, Co-op Energy has seen continued success because of

their excellent customer service, attention to better than competitive pricing

and business management during challenging times and seasons. “Because

we are local, we can meet the needs of our customers more quickly and

efficiently than our competitors,” adds Rich.

One of the unique aspects of the cooperative is that the money generated

through Co-op Energy Propane does not leave the community. It stays local

through jobs, donations and their support of other local businesses.

When it comes to what Rich and the rest of the staff find most fulfilling

about the work and services they provide within the community, it is the

local connection. “Because our customers are our neighbors, it is rewarding

to both meet them personally and provide them with excellent propane

service,” Rich says.

Many Co-op employees are involved in volunteer activities throughout the

community. From serving on the board of directors for the Bonner County

Historical Museum and Farm Bureau and Bonner County 4-H Leadership,

they also support the Bonner and Boundary County Fair, Kinderhaven,

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Do Your Homework

Know what your fitness or nutrition coach’s credentials really mean

By Kenny Markwardt, CSCS, Owner, CrossFit Sandpoint

YOU MAY HAVE READ MY RECENT ARTICLE REGARDING THE

IMPORTANCE OF FINDING A COACH to help you achieve your fitness

and nutrition goals. But did you know that the fitness and nutrition industry

is one of the worst when it comes to qualifications?

Literally, in less than a few hours, you could look up and find an online

certification, skim through their material, pass their online test and call

yourself a trainer. You could buy insurance and hang up the sign on your

personal training studio by this afternoon.

Compare that to our brothers and sisters in body mechanics and physical

training. Physical therapists require three years of specialized school in

addition to their initial college degree. Chiropractors are similar.

You may be thinking to yourself, “Yeah, but those are medical professionals,

trainers are just trainers.”

Right, and that mindset and situation is exactly how we’ve gotten to the place

we are in. Trusting that a trainer or coach knows what they are doing has

gotten a whole lot of people hurt. An exercise professional should lie on the

continuum of health and wellness professionals, not be an outlier.

Where an orthopedic surgeon makes repairs to the body via surgery and

manually returning things back to the way they should be, a physical therapist

establishes corrective movements and manual therapy externally to restore

proper range of motion and pain-free function to those joints. A qualified

exercise professional should continue that path and strengthen those parts,

allowing them to be used optimally and prevent further injury.

Outside the context of rehabilitation, this continuum still exists, but the

starting point differs. In my field, we should be evaluating “healthy” people

to make sure they are in fact moving in ways that will provide them the best

vehicle for success long term, fixing the things that fall within our scope of

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leading a person down the path toward their

best physical version of themselves.

Unfortunately the state of affairs and regulation

within fitness and nutrition does not allow for

the professional coach to be differentiated from

the trainer. The online trained coach is seen on

the same plane as the pro who has been through

schooling and has legitimate credentials.

How are you as the consumer supposed to

navigate that landscape to ensure you don’t end

up in the wrong hands? You just need to do your

homework.

If you are interested in hiring a fitness or

nutrition coach, you should:

• Interview them, ask them questions. You’ll get

a feel.

• Do your research on their credentials. Just look

up the letters or credentials they have listed on

their website.

• Do your research on their experience. You

don’t want to be their crash-test dummy. Make

sure they’ve done this before.

• Ask around. Reputations can tell you a lot.

*A quick note on credentials, certifications,

seminars, etc. There are a ton of fantastic

weekend certifications out there. That’s

somewhat the nature of this industry. These just

require an objective eye. Understand that there

are two sides to that story. One side is that they

spent about 16 hours learning something that

they may or may not use as a tool. That’s good.

The other side is that it was really only 16 hours

and that one of those should really just be one

of their tools. I tend to be skeptical of the onetrick

ponies, where they’ve only got a series of

certifications from one body. It’s important to

be well rounded and know other approaches to

fitness.

On a similar note, another way to look at this

industry is as a self-guided post-graduate

program. Someone who has taken a class on

Shakespeare does not mean they are qualified

to instruct you on how to be a playwright.

However, if someone took the initiative to say,

“Hey, there really isn’t an established way to do

that, so I’m going to do it on my own by taking

as many courses and reading as many books

as I can,” that’d be someone you might look to,

respect and value their opinion.

The takeaway from all of this is to understand

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KNOW

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We answer your most

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BY BRI WILLIAMS, RN, BSN, REFINED

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A

recent study conducted by Allergan,

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of women, aged 26 to 55, are aware

of Botox Cosmetic. It’s pretty fascinating when

you think about the fact that every single woman

in that age group is aware of a single drug that is

used to treat wrinkles. What many of the women in

that same group did not know, however, is how the

drug works, how much it costs, how long it lasts and

what to expect during a Botox treatment.

Many women, and men, are surprised to find how

simple, quick and easy a Botox treatment is. Below

we answer some of the most frequently asked

questions.

How exactly does Botox work?

Botox works by blocking the synapse that sends the

message from the nerve to the muscle to contract.

Because that communication circuit has been

broken, the injected muscle is not able to contract,

which in turn causes the wrinkles to relax and

soften. Over the next three to four months, new

nerve connections are naturally created within

the treatment area, and the muscle slowly gets

movement back.

Are Botox treatments painful?

No. A very small needle is used to inject Botox.

Many clients find the treatment to be very well

tolerated and do not experience any discomfort.

A typical treatment only takes a few minutes and

involves superficial injections of the Botox into the

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Many women, and men, are

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Botox takes two to 14 days to become effective and lasts three to four months on average.

Many clients find that with continued treatments they can go longer between appointments.

Is there any social downtime after Botox injections?

No. Most clients leave the office with small bumps at the injection sites, and they go away in

10 to 15 minutes. It is possible that you could get a small bruise, but unlikely. Many clients

do their treatment on their lunch break and return to work immediately. You need to avoid

vigorous exercise the day of your treatment, and do not massage your face for eight to 12

hours after your treatment (use very gentle pressure while washing your face).

How much does Botox cost?

The price of Botox varies from practice to practice. On average Botox is $11 per unit. The

amount of Botox a person needs also varies from person to person. Generally, the area

between the eyebrows (frown lines) requires 20 units, the forehead 10 to 12 units and the

crow’s feet 12 units/side. Men typically need more Botox than women to have the same effect.

Botox can also be used in other areas of the face. Consult with your aesthetic provider to

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Is Botox safe?

Botox Cosmetic received FDA approval in 2002 and is approved for use in over 75 countries.

There have been more than 500 peer-reviewed articles in scientific and medical journals, and

it is the most widely researched and studied treatment of its kind. There were over 7 million

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Bonner General Health’s Immediate Care Clinic (BGIC) is here for

you when you need care quickly but don’t need an emergency

room. No appointment is necessary; we are open seven days a week,

Monday through Friday 9am to 7pm, Saturday and Sunday 10am to

6pm. We are closed on Easter, Fourth of July, Thanksgiving and Christmas

day.

The care team at BGIC is led by Beaver Eller, FNP and James Lanthrop, DNP.

We wanted to take this opportunity to let our community get to know a little

bit about Beaver and James’s background, education and family.

Beaver Eller, FNP is originally from Trout Creek, Montana. After graduating

high school, he studied airplane mechanics and EMT in Georgia. He graduated

with his RN/BSN in 2003. He also graduated as an adult gerontology acute

care nurse practitioner and family nurse practitioner in 2013.

Beaver met his wife, Rebecca (also RN/BSN), in nursing school. They worked

in emergency rooms in Arizona, where Beaver also became a pilot. Beaver

and Rebecca went back and forth to Mongolia for several years working on a

medical mission aviation project. They both chose the medical field because

their hearts are in missions where medical care is always needed.

Beaver and his family moved back to Trout Creek, Montana, to help his

mom after his father died. His family has loved the great Northwest and the

Sandpoint/Ponderay community.

Beaver enjoys working with the great team at Bonner General Immediate

Care because it gives him the opportunity to meet a lot of people and help

them during times of sickness and injury.

Beaver and Rebecca have three children, Zoe age 9, Benjamin age 6 and

Liberty age 3.

James Lathrop, DNP is originally from Texas. He graduated high school from

Boise High. James joined the U.S. Army and spent 11 years on active duty and

four years on active reserve as an OR tech, line medic and eventually Army

Nurse Corps. He graduated with a BSN from Mary Hardin-Baylor, Belton,

Texas. He earned a MS in information systems at Tarleton State University,

Stephenville, Texas, a MSN from Texas A&M - Corpus Christi, Texas, and his

DNP from Grand Canyon University, Phoenix, Arizona. James spent the last

10 years in Oklahoma.

James’s career in the medical field began as a civilian EMT. He wanted to

learn more and be able to do more. The military solidified his desire to learn,

so he kept going back to school.

James wanted to move back to Idaho and preferred not living in a city. He has

always loved the mountains and, after a close call with a tornado over a year

ago, he started seriously looking at moving.

James’s primary specialty has been family practice, with a couple of years in

emergency medicine and pain management. He is able to apply all of his subspecialties

on a daily basis at BGIC, making it a great fit. James also works in

the Occupational Health Department at BGH.

James and his wife Cynthia have been married for almost 20 years. They don’t

have children but they do have a German Shepherd and a Border Collie, and

a few cats they have had for a number of years. Cynthia really enjoys this

beautiful area and practicing her photography.

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Last month we discussed the toll that stress

can take on one’s body. This month, we will

focus on just how to deal with the stress in

our lives and use it to our benefit.

The most powerful way to overcome stress is

breathing. Everyone should spend at least 10

minutes each day silent, still and completely

immersed in breathing as deeply and controlled as

possible. This can change brain waves, lower blood

pressure, increase parasympathetic drive and even

change blood chemistry by reducing acidity.

Interestingly enough, there are ways to measure

stress chemically, but there is no hard-nosed

understanding about what pain truly is and exactly

how the mechanisms that occur create such powerful

signals in the body. Research into pain science

reveals a host of attributes that contribute to the

most common and misunderstood response in the

body. These attributes have mechanical, chemical

and somatic underpinnings, but no substantial hard

evidence points to a specific pathway but rather a

host of occurrences contributing to the synergistic

signal we call pain. But like stress, not all pain is bad.

In fact, there are a host of things humans

experience that are extremely painful, yet are

normal, important and in some cases beautiful.

Like childbirth, cutting teeth as a toddler and

even surgery that can heal. The mental discomfort

and pain of learning to speak a new language or

solving complex problems. The emotional pain of

a relationship gone awry or failing at something

you have put your all into. Like stress, pain has lifegiving

and life-shaping advantages. However, there

is a point. The point I believe is where stress, and

its psychosomatic-biochemical reactions in the

body that overwhelm our systems, turn to create

damaging and sometimes deadly outcomes.

The pain of childbirth brings a beautiful life into

the world; having teeth allows you to enjoy a good

steak or bite into a fall fresh apple; and surgery

has saved countless lives. The heartbreak of lost

relationships can teach about oneself but also free

you from toxic people. Failing forges faith and

develops perseverance, which ultimately shapes our

character. The mental exhaustion of learning new

skills teaches patience and humility. Even hunger

pains drive the laborer on, while the universal

resistance to your life’s purpose strengthens the will.

All these painful experiences reveal a human’s true

path to success.

There is no greater failure than succeeding at all

the wrong things. I cannot imagine a greater pain

than succeeding at things that don’t matter, but

much worse, stressing myself along the path to

get there. I also believe that learning to develop

stronger shoes on the path of discomfort and stress

offers opportunities to strengthen oneself to deal

with heavier loads and respond with increasing

amounts of love to become stronger so others can

be strengthened. Jesus experienced the ultimate

suffering for us, so I try to remind myself that the

pain and stressful trials I have experienced are

precious gifts to strengthen me to serve others.

If you or a loved one is losing the battle to stress,

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The winter months offer us many exciting outdoor

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fishing. One thing we don’t get a lot of, though, is

lots of bright sunny days. And this ultimately affects how much

vitamin D our body produces.

There are three types of invisible light rays given off by the sun.

These are called ultraviolet A, B and C. Ultraviolet C, or UV-

C, would be the most damaging to us, but because it has the

shortest wavelength, it cannot easily penetrate the protective

ozone layer. It is not really an issue, unless you are an astronaut

or live in the Antarctic.

Ultraviolet A and B, however, do reach us. To avoid damage,

our skin will actually darken in order to reduce how much

light gets into our skin. That’s how we get tan. This is mostly

due to the UV-A light. Overexposure can lead to skin cancers.

This happens when the DNA in our skin cells mutate and no

longer function normally. Skin cancer strikes more than one

million people each year.

We get a lot more A light than B, over 40 times more, and this

reaches deeper into our body. The intensity of UV-A stays

about the same throughout the year, but it is the B light that

causes us to burn and turn red. Because this light doesn’t

reach as deep into the body, it has a greater effect on the more

superficial layers of skin. UV-B intensity varies by season.

Sunshine, while potentially damaging, can also help us

maintain or improve our health. When light, particularly the B

form, hits our skin, it triggers a process where the body begins

to manufacture vitamin D. This is called “photolysis.” A special

compound with a very technical name, 7-dehydrocholesterol,

absorbs these light rays and synthesizes pre-vitamin D from

cholesterol. Later this is turned into D and then activated in

the liver and kidneys when needed.

It’s pretty amazing to think our body is capable of making a

vitamin from light. Yes, cholesterol is an important substance

in our body. And so is vitamin D. While technically more a

hormone than a vitamin, D is important for absorption of

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You can measure vitamin D levels when you do a blood test.

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My

MS

Coping with multiple sclerosis

has reflected the rest of my life

BY DAN AZNOFF

My first impulse was to slug the doctor.

Not because he had just diagnosed me with the chronic

disease known as multiple sclerosis. It was his bedside

manner and an apparent lack of compassion.

My neurologist was probably being practical when he suggested that

my wife and I stop on our way home to buy a cane and insisted that we

purchase as much life insurance as possible “while I still could.”

This could not be happening to me. Not now. I had just started to live my

dream. Susan and I had two beautiful children. We had just completed

the construction of the home of our dreams nestled in the woods.

I can remember carrying my infant son down the stairs and holding

the rail to steady myself from what I assumed was pure exhaustion.

I needed two hands to grasp the container as I poured milk into his

bottle. But it was the trip back up the stairs (pun intended) that worried

me most. I remember literally crawling up the stairs to keep my infant

son and his bottle above the carpet.

After Joshua was fed and safely tucked back into bed, I found my way

back under the covers. It was not cold, but my body shivered as if I were

standing outside naked in a snowstorm.

After I reluctantly admitted that something was wrong, Susan (as she

has done a million times since) jumped into action. In a time before

the Internet, she spent Sunday researching doctors and gathered

information to cope with my unknown ailment.

By the time we got home from the doctor on that Monday morning, she

had a dietary regiment that eliminated processed foods, reduced carbs

and practically eliminated all sugar. Susan also ended my “pity party”

by urging me take an active role in protecting my health for the sake of

our family.

Multiple sclerosis is a disease that attacks the central nervous system

by blocking messages from the brain to every part of your body. It can

cause vision problems, muscle weakness, issues with coordination,

numbness and lapses with memory.

However, I seemed to be an exception to the rule. The vast majority of

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individuals diagnosed with MS are women. Most of these women spend

their youth in areas in higher longitudes, like the Pacific Northwest, the

upper Midwest or Scandinavian countries. My wife and I both grew up

in Southern California. We did not move to Washington until I was 25.

Our son was born when I was 30.

Doctors diagnosed me with the relapsing/remitting form of MS, which

meant my body would suffer exacerbations and (theoretically) get

back about 80 percent of the senses and capabilities that had been lost,

presumably over two or three weeks. When my symptoms subsided

after my first episode, I was left with zero balance and had lost my

ability to type. The senses that disappeared came back very slowly.

My writing for the past 30-plus years has been done with two-finger,

hunt-and-peck. The running joke has been that I have the ability to type

at 24 words per minute, per finger.

The one thing that was clear from the start is that MS impacts each

person differently. For me, my left side was left completely numb, and

my slurred speech made many people presume I had imbibed in too

much alcohol.

Reality struck over the next few years after I was convinced to sell my

beloved bicycle and abandon my routine of playing tennis three to four

times per week. I had made my way through college playing competitive

tennis, so it was a major blow when I finally agreed to sell my rackets

at a garage sale. (I did keep my first racket. There is only so much one

person can be asked to sacrifice.)

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At first, I tried to hide my physical limitations

from employers and colleagues. But I have

since learned to accept my situation as the new

normal. Friends accept the fact that I may not

be able to join them on aggressive treks, but I

can still enjoy a relaxed stroll.

We love to play games in our house, so I have

been relieved of my turn to shuffle a deck of

cards or pick up small tokens from a smooth

surface.

Over the first several years, my exacerbations

hit me every four years like clockwork. Usually

during times of high stress, like when I started

a new job, when relatives flew in to celebrate

my son’s Bar Mitzvah and when my wife

surprised me by flying in my buddies from

college to celebrate my 40th birthday.

Gratefully, multiple sclerosis has been on the

cutting edge of medical research. I was selected

by lottery to receive the first medication

available. However, my insurance company was

hesitant to cover the cost of the first medication

that promised to reduce the frequency and

severity of exacerbations. It took my doctor to

get on the phone with the insurance company

to explain they could choose between covering

the cost of the injections or be forced to pay

for repeated expensive trips to the emergency

room.

I am still not sure how my lovely wife

maintained her demeanor a few years later

when a representative from the insurance

company made the decision to no longer cover

the $6,500 monthly cost of my medication

because I had not had an episode. Calmly and

logically, she explained to the paper-pusher

that the medication could be responsible for

the lack of relapses.

My coverage was renewed

Over the years, my doctors have prescribed

three separate injectable medications for me.

I’ve been on Copaxone since 1999 after a major

exacerbation left me unable to walk. Despite

the temporary disability, I refused to buy a

This could

not be

happening to

me. Not now. I

had just started

to live my

dream.

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of medical research.

I was selected by

lottery to receive

the first medication

available.

cane. But I did use an old baseball bat to help

me get around the house.

Truth is, I am luckier than most. Unlike most MS

sufferers, I am still able to drive. I am not able

to work 40 hours every week, but I am still able

to maintain a major portion of my professional

duties and my domestic responsibilities. That

is probably because I work at my computer at

home and not in a factory or on a construction

site. When driving, I always carry a small card

in my wallet next to my driver’s license that

explains to law enforcement officers that my

erratic driving may have been caused by a

chronic brain disorder. Thank goodness I have

never been forced to pull out my “Get out of jail

free” card because I cannot walk a straight line

even on my best days.

Thanks mostly to my wife’s ability to cover

the major portion of our income and secure

health care through her employer, finances

have never been a major concern. Susan made

certain our health care was covered last year

when she created her own consulting firm. We

are not looking forward to dealing with the

bureaucracy when it comes time to transition

to Medicare.

According to the National Multiple Sclerosis

Society, there are 2.3 million people worldwide

who suffer with MS. Research has been unable

to determine any cause for the disease, and

there are no cures. Medical advancements in

the last few years have helped patients cope with

symptoms, but there has been little progress

toward reversing the loss of myelin around the

nerves that transmit messages from the brain.

Many people have symptoms that are not

identified as MS for many years. In fact, until

the widespread acceptance of MRI imaging,

the method for diagnosing the condition was

the elimination of other conditions through a

series of brutal tests.

For myself, I can think back to a time in

college when I was even clumsier than normal,

dropping my books, stumbling and forgetting

important dates. Doctors hospitalized me at the

age of 19 for a spinal tap to determine the cause

of my awkward lack of balance. The diagnosis

at that point was a pinched nerve. But those

warning signs were quickly forgotten in a few

weeks when I appeared to find my equilibrium.

Many people are quick to dismiss some of the

early warning signs, like the feeling of pins and

needles in your feet similar to when your legs

are crossed too long or being tired all the time.

Naps are a good thing, and I’ve learned to listen

to my body and enjoy losing my eyes in the

afternoon. But that is not by choice.

Issues with speech and swallowing are also

common symptoms that people do not suspect

as being a symptom for something more

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have caused slurred speech. Ironically, my

degree is in broadcast journalism. I would have

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A speech therapist taught me to slow my speech

to help me enunciate. She also taught me to

speak louder to help me articulate. But that

did not work because people thought I was just

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Pain is a common complaint of people with

MS. One lady I knew through a support group

actually thought of having her legs amputated

to eliminate the constant pain. Thankfully she

did not follow through with her plans.

I was never much of drinker, but one cocktail

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car keys. I have also given up attempting to

calculate the proper amount needed for a tip.

Many of my fellow patients have utilized

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the altered state of mind they enjoyed during

the ‘60s. Now that cannabis is legal, the thrill is

gone but high times remain the norm.

My wife has always accused me of not being

able to multitask, but I honestly cannot say

if that is a result of MS or just not being very

detail oriented. Lists have become an important

part of my daily life, from a Honey-do list for

chores around the house to simple trips to the

grocery store.

In one way I am

thankful to MS.

My wife and I made

the decision to

travel while I am

still able to get

around without a

wheelchair. That

has been a blessing.

When my doctor explained that a majority of

my sensory losses would occur in the first five

years after my diagnosis, I went out that day

and purchased a sports car with a five-speed

transmission. That was an expensive mistake.

When it came time to buy a new house when

the kids were in high school, Susan and I limited

our search to homes with a master bedroom on

the main floor. Since then we have moved to a

home filled with stairs and grandkids.

Modern medicine has limited the progression

of my disease and healthy habits have given

increased my chance to lead a long (and

somewhat normal) life.

There was a time that I would stand up

on tables to voice my opposition to social

injustice. Now I cannot trust myself to stand on

the table or climb a ladder. My loss of memory

is something else that can be blamed on either

age or MS. Or both.

There have been numerous times when my

daughter will blame my MS for my lack of

control over my emotions. I’ve tried to explain

to her that I am just a mean old man.

Anybody who knew me before I was diagnosed

has not been surprised when I have tried to

make light of the bleak prospects for my future.

For example, I take great pride in the fact that I

do not get seasick anymore. When I am aboard

a boat filled with people turning green at the

gills, I simply welcome them to the world that

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I live in every day. After my initial diagnosis,

I realized that I could reach into a boiling

pot of water to drain pasta without any pain.

However, I forgot to realize that my skin would

still turn red and form blisters.

When the director of the Washington chapter

of the national Multiple Sclerosis Society

approached me and a friend about establishing

monthly meetings for a self-help group, I was

reluctant to participate until we agreed to name

our little group the No Whiners. We now meet

once a month at local hospital to hear speakers

who help us enhance the quality of our lives.

In one way I am thankful to MS. My wife and I

made the decision to travel while I am still able

to get around without a wheelchair. That has

been a blessing.

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More importantly, I have been surrounded

by an incredible support system, beginning

with the self-help group organized by the

National MS Society, understanding friends,

compassionate children and a loving wife who

never fails to amaze me. And I never did buy

that cane.

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Mukilteo, Washington. He was a finalist for

a Pulitzer Prize for his coverage of the toxic

waste crisis and has received acclamation for

his work in the areas of sustainable energy and

the insurance industry. He is the author of three

books that document colorful periods of history

in Washington. He can be reached at da@

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Tips and tricks for the season

HOLIDAY ENTERTAINING MADE

BY TROY LOUIS CHANDLER

As I hit the snooze button for the umpteenth time, something came over me. A slight

chill that was not emitted from the “white noise” fan that I keep on at night to quiet life’s

random choir of neighborhood noises. I peered out of my bedroom window and noticed

that it was slightly open and that all of the trees outside are naked. It is winter. I shut the

window, grabbed my cozy robe, put on a pot of coffee, sat back and let the warmth of

holiday cheer take over. This is my favorite time of year as a chef and as a house dad. This

is the time for holiday entertaining. Holiday entertaining can be a chaotic and stressful time,

but it does not have to be. I have come up with seven holiday tips to guide you through

your holiday entertaining.

• Keep It Simple, Go Nuts

Most modern grocery stores have amazing bulk food sections. Visit these bulk

food aisles to gather various roasted nuts. Mix your holiday bounty and place

into a decorative bowl accompanied with a few nut crackers. Stand back

and watched your friends and family gather ‘round, cracking and enjoying

roasted nuts and talking about this holiday season. This has become a

wonderful tradition at my house that is easy and inexpensive.

• Mulled Wine

I like to keep this holiday libation on the kitchen counter in a crockpot

on a low setting just enough to fill the house with holiday “spirit.” As

guests come over, they are greeted with a little holiday goodness! Here is

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“This is the time for

holiday entertaining.

Holiday entertaining can be a

chaotic and stressful

time, but it does not

have to be.

Ingredients:

4 cups apple cider

1 bottle of red wine

1/4 cup honey

2 Mexican cinnamon sticks

The juice and zest of one orange

4 cloves

3 star anise

Method:

Place all into a stainless steel or non-reactive

pot and bring to just before a boil. Turn down

to warm and watch the magic begin.

• Holiday-Themed Movies

There is no shortage of great holiday movies out

there. I gathered my favorites and put them on an

external hard drive so that I can have them play on a

loop. You can stream them to your TV from a laptop.

My top picks are A Christmas Story, Home Alone, Elf,

Christmas Vacation and … It’s a Wonderful Life.

• White Elephant Gift Exchange

Most of us have experienced this phenomenon at work.

But trying it at home is more fun than a bag full of

ferrets. Invite your friends and family to join you in

your freshly holiday-decorated abode for a new

comedy-packed tradition. A fun touch is to add

in a ridiculous gift that can be passed on year

after year. You can also give awards for best

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gift, worst gift, funniest gift, etc. A good friend of mine wanted to win the

worst gift category so he gave a card that read, “Your gift is a classic car.” The

recipient was awarded with an old junker that they had to figure out what

to do with. Funny?

• Be Cheesy

A great way to impress holiday guests is with a cheese platter. This

is an easy way to “wow” your friends with little effort. Grab four to

five types of cheese. Cut some into cubes, slice some and crumble

some. Arrange them on a tray and place strands of grapes for

garnish. On a separate tray, arrange various crackers to pair with.

Don’t be afraid to throw that weird holiday red almond cheese ball

in the mix as a centerpiece.

• Potluck

Why slave away in the kitchen this year? Let your guests know

of the masterpiece that you are going to create and then allow

them to create everything that will go with it. So that you don’t

end up with 12 types of artichoke dip, make a list of items that you

would like your guests to bring. You can create a group email and

check items off as your guests accept each challenge. As an added

bonus to your genius, you will have a week’s worth

of awesome leftovers!

• Be Entertained

All right, all right, you have been the host of many

holiday get-togethers. It just might be time for you

to be holiday entertained. It’s time that you finally

accept that offer to go to the neighbor’s or a coworker’s

house or … a family member’s house for

the holidays. Make your favorite dish, show up and

just have a nice time. As a chef, I am going to take

this advice, let someone else drive the bus and have

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The Christmas season is a joyful time full of family, fun and

joy. But the reality is, that for many, it also brings with it a

great deal of stress. “How will I afford to buy all these gifts for

the people on my list?” It makes one dread what is supposed

to the season of hope. So why not try something new this year? Instead

of watching your credit card balance increase over the holiday season,

why not think of creative ways to provide a gift to someone on your

list that does not cost much—or possibly nothing at all. Purchase just a

small gift that also provides an opportunity to spend valuable time with

one another. Shared experiences are something that will last a lifetime,

unlike toys that will soon be forgotten, or even broken.

As adults, how often do we find ourselves “spring cleaning” no matter

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the abundance of things we have in the hope that it will help not only

our physical environment but also our emotional well-being. “Cleaning

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Here are a few suggestions for

those who may be on your list

this year.


Homemade gift certificates

can be a wonderful way

to tailor a gift for that special

person in your life, whether it is a child

or an adult. Make a gift certificate to take

that person to their favorite restaurant

for some special one-on-one time.

This way, the recipient can

choose the place and you get

the opportunity to share time

with that special person.

Spending time as a family is

something that is increasingly difficult

in this day and age. Both parents often work

outside the home and kids’ schedules are packed

with extra-curricular activities and homework.

So, consider giving gifts to your children that can help

facilitate a family game night. Buy one game for each child

this Christmas and increase your game collection. Then, set

aside one night each week to gather as a family and spend time

interacting with one another and trying out the new games!

Do your children enjoy working with their hands and creating new things? A

“craft bucket” full of supplies is a wonderful gift for them (and you!) to explore

their creative side. Fill a bucket with scissors, paper, glue, painting kits and more to

inspire them. If you are particularly crafty, take the time to teach your child your

special skills.

For seniors on a fixed income, it may be especially difficult to make ends meet over

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the Holiday Season

Sandpoint Style

BY PATTY HUTCHENS

For a town our size, it’s amazing how much there is to do year round,

and the holidays are no exception. If you are looking for some unique

opportunities to get out and enjoy our wonderful community this

Christmas, following are some suggestions:

Parade of Trees

This year there is something new and exciting coming to Downtown

Sandpoint for the Christmas season. The downtown businesses have teamed

up with the Chamber of Commerce to present The Parade of Trees, which

will feature approximately 30 different stores displaying themed Christmas

trees for all to enjoy. According to downtown business owner Shery

Meekings, the Chamber will judge and provide prizes for the top three

winners. There will also be a chance for the community to vote; the voting

box will be located at the Cedar Street Bridge. “It’s a great event for all ages,

and we are hoping to make this an annual event,” said Shery.

12/11 7B Women’s December

Christmas Luncheon

Join the 7B Women at Tango Café in Columbia Bank on Tuesday, December 11, from

11:45am to 1pm as they host the Sandpoint High School choir. A tradition for the

local nonprofit, each December 7B Women welcomes the choir as they entertain the

attendees at their monthly luncheon with amazing Christmas music.

Led by Jon Brownell, the choir has been nationally recognized for their amazing talent

and is always a delight as they bring the holiday spirit to all in attendance. Tickets are

$16 for 7B Women members and $21 for non-members. Register in advance online at

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Bring the kiddos down to the Cedar Street Bridge to visit with Santa and share

their wish list! Sponsored by Creations, Santa will be at the Cedar Street Bridge

from 11am to 4pm each Saturday leading up to Christmas and will also be there on

Sunday, December 23, to hear those last-minute requests. With candy canes and an

opportunity to purchase your photo with Santa, it’s something the kids will not want

to miss!

Also at the Cedar Street Bridge will be silent auction items for the community to bid

on with proceeds going to the community giving tree.

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12/23 MCS Annual

Christmas Concert

If you have not witnessed the incredible talent from The Music

Conservatory in Sandpoint, this is a wonderful opportunity to do so. On

Sunday, December 23, from 2 to 3pm, come to First Lutheran Church at

526 Olive in Sandpoint to attend the annual Christmas concert, which will

include Amahl and The Night Visitors from Menotti, a Children’s Opera,

as well as the Bel Canto Opera company performing excerpts from Saint

Saens. Fun for all ages, children can enjoy a gingerbread house-making

event and sing-along caroling following the performance. The performance

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12/31 New Year's Eve

at Schweitzer

Ring in the New Year at Schweitzer Mountain Resort with something for

everyone!

For the entire family, you can ring in the New Year with a complimentary

sparkling apple cider toast and sparklers at the clock tower from 11:45pm

to 12:15am.

For adults, head on up to Taps where there will be music, drink specials,

party favors and late-night snacks. Doors will open at 8pm.

If you are looking for some adventure, there will be a New Year’s Eve tubing

party from 9:30 to 11:30pm at Hermit’s Hollow Tubing Center. There is a

minimum height requirement of 42” and anyone 12 and younger must be

accompanied by an adult.

Buses will run on the traditional night skiing schedule with the last ride up

leaving the Red Barn at 8pm and the last ride down departing the village

at 8:30pm. For those attending the New Year’s Eve festivities at Schweitzer,

there will be an additional bus leaving the village at 1am.

Tickets for all New Year’s Eve events at Schweitzer went on sale December

1, so be sure to get yours today!

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12/31 New Year's Eve

at The Hive

Looking for a great way to ring in the New Year in Downtown Sandpoint?

The Hive on First Avenue is hosting the Fifth Annual Hive New Year’s Eve

Ball with Afrolicious, a band whose notoriety includes one of the most

legendary weekly parties in San Francisco.

The party goes from 9:30pm to 1:30am and is sure to bring you to your feet

as you dance the night away!

There are also VIP booths available for this show, which include one-hour

early entry, special VIP entrance, VIP. credential, reserved booth seating,

cocktail service, balcony view and access to VIP bathrooms.

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Quiet Season on

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commotion

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You know you have stumbled upon a hidden gem when the guests, finding out you are

a travel writer, ask you not to write about the location because they don’t want anyone

else to discover this special experience. So shhh, don’t tell anyone about the Smuggler’s

Villa Resort on Orcas Island; it will be our secret. You will want to visit sooner rather

than later as rumors abound on the island about Oprah’s recent extensive real estate purchases on

the island.

Mike Stolmeier has managed the property for almost 30 years and is also an owner. The resort has

individually owned townhouses that are offered as vacation rentals. “We get a lot of regulars. I am

now seeing kids who I watched take their first steps now bringing their own kids here. This is a

place of firsts—first step, first time swimming or making s’mores. That’s what makes my day here,”

he said. “We say we like kids and tolerate adults.” The resort is very family friendly.

Quiet season is a special time in the San Juan Islands, and Orcas Island is a perfect location to

unwind before or during the holiday season. “Guest coming here love there are no malls. Families

will visit to do holiday baking and spend time enjoying each other’s company,” said Stolmeier. “One

of the popular things we do each night is our fire pit. Typically there are three shifts which begin at

sunset. The first is parents with younger children, followed by families with older kids, and then you

will get adults sitting around the fire until one or two in the morning.”

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Located on the North Shore of the island, the pebble beach affords

breathtaking views of the San Juan Islands, Mount Baker and lovely

sunsets. The outdoor swimming pool is unheated but open year round.

Many guests try a European spa experience by jumping in the icy water

and then getting into the hot tub or sauna. Kids will love the menagerie

of animals from parrots and guinea pigs to aquariums. Cuddles, a super

friendly bird, greets everyone with a hello when they pass by her cage.

The resort also has a marina and kayaking, and fishing charters or whale

watching tours are available adjacent to the villas.

As the quiet season slips on to Orcas Island, the summer crowds fade

away and some businesses close. Make sure to visit the Orcas Island

Chamber of Commerce website (see The Specifics). Each week they post

a “Blast” which gives you a schedule for all the activities taking place

on the island, and they also have a listing of what is open. A must see

during your visit is the little town of Eastsound with its quaint shops and

restaurants. You can walk from Smuggler’s but it is about a mile or so.

This time of year it is easy to find parking in town. Stop at Brown Bear

Baking for good coffee, fresh pastries and hot-out-of-the-hearth bread—

all baked daily. The baking kitchen is open so you can watch the masters

at work. With a very friendly staff, you will find yourself a regular during

your stay on the island.

Plan to spend a day on the other side of the island. Moran State Park

with its pristine lakes and lush forests is the jewel of Orcas Island. It

is much larger than you would expect and is actually the 4th largest

state park in Washington. Drive up to the top of Mount Constitution,

which rises nearly a half mile above Orcas Island, or plan to park and

hike up. There are a couple of options for shorter or longer hikes. At

the top of the mountain is a watch tower, constructed by the Civilian

Conservation Corps in the 1930s. From the top of the tower is the best

view of the San Juan Islands. Locals call it one of the top water views in

the world. Although that is not verifiable, it is pretty incredible. On a

clear day you can see Mount Baker and Mount Rainier and all the way

into Canada.

After spending time in the park you are sure to have worked up an

appetite. The Rosario Resort is not far away and is a beautiful location

to enjoy a late lunch at the Mansion Restaurant. (Note this time of year

lunch is only Friday through Sunday.) The restaurant is in the historic

Moran Mansion in what was once the veranda overlooking Cascade

Bay. The hotel also has a free museum with information about the

historic mansion and the Moran family. A former mayor of Seattle and

a shipbuilder, Robert Moran donated much of the land, which became

Moran State Park, to the State of Washington.

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The Speci f ics

GETTING THERE

For peace of mind, make a ferry reservation and

note that you will need to make a westbound and

eastbound reservation. Make sure to arrive 30

minutes prior to departure or you will lose your

reservation. TakeaFerry.com

VISITOR INFORMATION

Orcas Island Chamber of Commerce -

OrcasIslandChamber.com

Visit the San Juan Islands - VisitSanJuans.com

WHERE TO STAY

Smuggler’s Villa Resort - Smugglers.com

WHERE TO EAT

The Brown Bear Baking Company - Facebook.com/

BrownBearBaking

Boat House Ciderworks - BHCider.com

THINGS TO DO

Outer Island Excursions - OuterIslandX.com

The Rosario Resort - RosarioResort.com

Moran State Park - MoranStatePark.com

Quiet season is a special time in the

San Juan Island

If you are lucky enough to visit on a Saturday, you can experience the

unique performance by musician Christopher Peacock. He regales the

audience with tales of the mansion’s history interspersed with musical

interludes on the 1900 Steinway Grand Piano and the 1914 Aeolian organ

with 1972 pipes and a slide show of historic photos. The grand finale is

the original silent film version of “The Phantom of the Opera” featuring

Lon Chaney in the title role. The silent movie is accompanied by Peacock

on the organ. It is mesmerizing. The presentation is free and takes place

at 4pm on Saturdays.

The San Juan Islands Scenic Byway has a portion on Orcas Island. This is

a great way to explore and points out all the highlights of the island. The

self-guided drive begins at the Orcas Island ferry landing in the cute little

Orcas Village. There is an eclectic market with upscale groceries, a few

shops and Boathouse Ciderworks. It will take two to three hours to drive

around the island. The byway will take you through small hamlets and

scenic bays. The views really open up this time of year after the fall foliage

is gone. Deer Harbor has a nice public sandy beach which is worth a visit.

For more information on the byway, check out the Visit San Juan Islands

website (See The Specifics).

Orcas Island really shines in the quiet season where one can relax and

unwind without the crowds of the summer. Winter weather is very mild

with average temperatures of 46 to 48 degrees Fahrenheit and a lot less

rain than the mainland—in December you are likely to see a sunny day

during your visit! After touring the island, enjoy some downtime at the

Smuggler’s Villa Resort. Disconnect from technology and reconnect with

your family or friends. Stroll the quiet beach or take a private charter

with Outer Island Excursions located on site. You can schedule a fishing

charter or go see some of the lighthouses from the water. Bundle up,

throw some steaks on the grill and enjoy the views from your deck.

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Trinity at City Beach

Sandpoint’s premier waterfront dining offers an

extensive menu of American cuisine with an

impressive wine list. Featuring a full-service bar

and beautiful view of Lake Pend Oreille. Serving

breakfast, lunch and dinner seven days a week,

Trinity at City Beach is ready to become your

new favorite restaurant.

56 Bridge St. | Sandpoint

208.255.7558

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Sweet Lou’s

Restaurant & Bar -

Ponderay Location

Sweet Lou’s Restaurant and Bar proudly offers

something for everyone, with specialties

including chicken fried steak, smoked prime

rib, bison ribs and grilled PB&J and bacon

sandwiches. All menu items are reasonably

priced, fresh and made to order. Full bar.

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Forty-One South

A beautiful waterfront, fine-dining restaurant in

a romantic lodge setting overlooking Lake Pend

Oreille. Whether it is summer on the patio or

cozying up to the fireplace in the winter, Forty-

One South’s spectacular sunsets, innovative

cuisine, full bar and extensive wine list are sure

to make it a memorable night out. The bar

and restaurant menu changes with the season

offering a variety of delicious food year round.

Reservations recommended.

Sagle - 41 Lakeshore Dr.

208.265.2000

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FIESTA BONITA

Authentic Mexican cuisine prepared fresh daily. Fiesta Bonita’s

menu is full of many unique and authentic recipes. They have

a full bar at their Ponderay location and outdoor seating.

Open daily at 11am. Bring the family or make it a date night.

There is something for everyone at Fiesta Bonita!

700 Kootenai Cutoff Rd. | Ponderay

208.263.6174

202 N Second Ave. | Sandpoint

208.265.4149

CEDAR STREET BISTRO

Experience tasty food and great coffee in a truly unique

setting. Exceptional coffee drinks and delectable pastries,

handcrafted Gelato (Italian ice cream), grilled gourmet

sandwiches and wraps, stone-baked pizzas, dessert and savory

crepes, fresh salads and homemade soups. Something for

everyone from 7am - 5pm daily.

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MILLER’S COUNTRY STORE

They now have homemade pies on Thursday! Come experience

the sensational smells of fresh baking bread, cinnamon rolls,

pies and pastries. Pick up a deli sandwich on their homemade

bread and hot bowl of soup with a fresh baked roll or

cornbread. Open Monday-Friday 8:30am - 5:30pm.

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Jalapenos

Fresh & unique, Jalapenos Mexican

Restaurant in Downtown Sandpoint has

been a favorite of many for over 25 years.

Whether it’s Margarita Monday, Taco

Tuesday or Magic Wednesday, there is

something for everyone here, and its

newly-expanded menu has brought even

more choices to diners. If you are looking

for family fun, a date night or even a place

to host a party in their private dining room,

Jalapenos Mexican Restaurant will keep you

coming back for more!

314 North Second Avenue,

Sandpoint, Idaho 83864.

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CITY BEACH ORGANICS

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to book your

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City Beach Organics offers top-notch, made-from-scratch

organic food and drinks in a recently renovated downtown

location. They serve homemade soups daily! Conveniently

located, they can also make your order to go!

Sun: 9am-4pm | Mon-Fri: 7am-4pm | Sat: closed for REST

117 N. First St. | Sandpoint

208.265.9919

SHOGA SUSHI

Delicious sushi and Japanese cuisine sure to delight

anyone’s palate. Offering a wide variety of traditional

and specialty rolls as well as salads, sweet and sour pork,

grilled salmon and more! Enjoy a delicious meal while

taking in the beautiful waterfront and spectacular sunset

views.

Sagle - 41 Lakeshore Dr.

208.265.2001 | ShogaSushi.com

Full service bar

with craft cocktails

FARMHOUSE KITCHEN & SILO BAR

Enjoy farm-fresh food, seasonally inspired. Brunch is served

daily and menu items include fresh apple doughnuts, chicken

and waffles and more! Dinner items include fresh meatloaf

and smoked steelhead trout. Silo bar open daily at 11am.

Learn more at FarmhouseKitchenAndSiloBar.com

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208.255.2603

Northern Country Cuisine,

featuring house smoked

barbecue, smoked chicken and

farm to table comfort foods.

THE HOUND

Looking for a great place to relax and enjoy what has been

awarded Sandpoint's Finest Pizza? Come to The Hound and

enjoy salad, appetizers, sandwiches and, of course, amazing

specialty pizza. A variety of cold craft beer is on tap as you

sit on the outdoor patio and enjoy the sights and sounds of

summer in Sandpoint! Takeout is also available.

202 1/2 1st Ave, Sandpoint, Idaho 83864

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BEET & BASIL AT THE CREEK

From food truck to full service restaurant, Beet and Basil’s

primary focus is global flavors with local ingredients. Street

foods from all over the world come to life using ingredients

supplied by local farmers, ranchers and foragers. Enjoy

staples available throughout the year and rotating menu

based on what’s fresh and in season.

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On a two horse open sleigh!

ENTERTAINMENT

DEC 23- 31

Christmastime

at the Ranch

ENJOY SLEIGH RIDES,

DINNER AND MUSIC AT

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HOLIDAY SEASON

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Once the gifts are opened and the rush of

preparing for Christmas has subsided,

it’s nice to relax and treat yourself to

some of the best that North Idaho has

to offer. And there is no better place to do that than at

Western Pleasure Ranch in Sandpoint.

During the week between Christmas and New Year’s,

enjoy a sleigh ride, dinner and music. With sleigh

rides departing at both 5 and 6pm, dinner is served

at 6:30 followed by musical performances by some of

your favorites.

Kicking off the festivities on December 23 will be

Tami, Dave and Paul Gunter of Bridges Home. This

Sandpoint-based trio utilizes many instruments

and sings beautiful harmonies while performing

Americana, Celtic and folk music for all to enjoy.

December 26 and 27, Devon Wade will return to

Western Pleasure Ranch to perform once again.

Devon is known for his country music, much of

which is original. He has recently opened for acts

such as John Michael Montgomery, Sawyer Brown

and Kip Moore. For Devon, his goal is to ensure

that everyone has a great time each time he takes the

stage. “I want people to hear the memories, whether

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On December 28, join Monarch Mountain Band, a

high-energy bluegrass, newgrass, folk-rock band and

enjoy what is sure to be a memorable night.

While the performer for December 29 has yet to be

announced, be sure to join Darin Hilderbrand of Just

Plain Darin on December 30 for a night of eclectic

original music. Previously the front man for the rock

band Kidd Robin, Darin has emerged as a popular

musician throughout the Pacific Northwest.

Finally, ring in the New Year with Justin James

Sherfey, a vocalist and multi-instrumentalist who

plays fiddle, guitar and mandolin.

All dinners are $65 for adults and $54 for children

6 to 12 with children age 5 and younger free. The

exception is New Year’s Eve when they will serve a

ranch-raised beef prime rib and chef’s choice chicken

including dessert, coffee, tea and hot chocolate for

$75 for adults and $64 for children 6 to 12 and 5

and younger free. There will also be a no-host bar

available to purchase beer and wine.

Don’t miss out! Reservations are required and can be

made by calling 208.263.9066.


CALENDAR OF EVENTS

DEC

07

Ladies' Shopping Night

It's time to get your jingle on at the annual Ladies' Shopping Night! Grab your

girlfriends and head to Downtown Sandpoint 4 to 7pm for an evening of shopping,

wine tasting at Cedar Street Bistro and a chance to win prizes as well. Downtown

merchants will be offering in-store specials as well as other goodies. With your

purchase at any participating business you'll be entered to wine some fabulous

prizes!

DEC

08

Live Comedy Show

Join The 219 Lounge for an evening of live comedy with

headlining act Ty Barnett, a nationally known comedian

and actor who was in the finals of NBC's popular Last Comic

Standing and has been on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno

and others. JR Berard will be the featured comic and the

show will be hosted by Morgan Preston. After the show, 219

will have live music by Kevin Garrett and Brendan Kelty

starting at 10:30pm. Tickets can be purchased at The 219.

Doors open at 7pm and the show starts at 8pm. 219.bar

DEC

13

DEC

08

Breakfast with Santa

Held 8 to 11am at Sandpoint Community Hall, enjoy a

delicious breakfast of pancakes, scrambled eggs, ham,

orange juice, coffee and hot cocoa. Afterward, you’ll have

the opportunity to get your photo taken with Santa! It's

a great time for a great cause, with a raffle of amazing

prizes! Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for kids, with all

proceeds going to the Sandpoint Youth Center. Tickets can

be purchased at EventBrite.com or at Washington Federal

(405 North Second Avenue) by December 7.

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DEC

10

Winter Wine Bottle Paint

and Sip

Join Uncorked Paint - Sandpoint at Pend d'Oreille

Winery Monday, December 10, 5:30 to 8pm, for a fun

evening painting and sipping. Paint a wintery scene on

Pend d'Oreille wine bottles, which makes a gorgeous

centerpiece. Cost is $35 per person and includes a glass

of wine, wine bottle, cork lights, embellishments and

instructor. Reservations can be made by calling the winery

at 208.265.8545.

Seasonal Sips & Blooms

Join Winter Ridge 5:30 to 8:30pm for a festive evening

creating a unique holiday wreath, perfect for dressing

up your front door! Enjoy snacking on uniquely selected

hors d'oeuvres from Chef Stefhanie while sipping four

different wines. This workshop series is $65 per person per

workshop. Reservations are required and can be made at

the store, 703 West Lake Street. For more information, call

208.265.8135.

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Cup of Soup & Connect

A special gathering for grieving parents who have lost a

child, join Bonner General Health Community Hospice and

Creations of Sandpoint for a time of connection, a “cup of

soup” and an opportunity to create a holiday ornament in

remembrance of your loved one. The event takes place at

Cedar Street Bridge in Downtown Sandpoint starting at 5pm.

For more information or to RSVP, contact Lissa DeFreitas at

208.265.1185 or Lissa.DeFreitas@BonnerGeneral.org.

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21

Men's Shopping Night

Men, if you have some last-minute holiday shopping to take

care of, this is the event for you! Head downtown, 4 to 7pm,

where you can enjoy late-night shopping and complimentary

gift wrapping during Men's Shopping Night. Shop at

participating businesses, where you’re sure to find the perfect

gifts and some great deals.

DEC

21

Dark Beer Day

219's initial Dark Beer Day takes place on December 21,

the shortest and darkest day of the year. From 3 to 9pm,

the Niner will be featuring 10 different barrel-aged stouts

and porters on draft from some of the top breweries in the

region. You'll receive a commemorative glass to mark the

occasion, and there will be light snacks from Trinity at City

Beach. Music by award-winning Bozeman, Montana, Laney

Lou and the Bird Dogs rounds out the event from 6 to 9pm.

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Annual Christmas Concert

The Sandpoint Music Conservatory’s annual Christmas

Concert will be held 2 to 3pm at First Lutheran Church

and include Amahl and The Night Visitors from Menotti, a

Children’s Opera, as well as the Bel Canto Opera company

performing excerpts from Saint Saens. Bring your children

along for a gingerbread house building event and sing

along caroling following the performance. Donations

welcome. SandpointConservatory.org

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Christmas Balloon Parade

with Santa

The day before Christmas, 1 to 5pm, take the family and

head to Schweitzer as Santa will lead a balloon parade to

the village from the top of the Basin Express chairlift. This is

a great photo opportunity and is free for the whole family.

For additional information, call Schweitzer at 208.254.4627.

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New Year's Eve at

Schweitzer

Join Schweitzer for their Midnight Celebration 11:45pm to

12:15am and bring in the New Year with complimentary

sparkling apple cider and sparklers. Or, for those 21 and

older, head to the Taps New Year’s Eve Party, which takes

place on the entire upper floor of the Lakeview lodge

starting at 8pm. The festivities include live music, drink

specials, free late-night snacks, party favors and a special

cider toast of Stella Cider at midnight. Schweitzer.com

DEC

31

5th Annual Hive New Year's Eve Ball with Afrolicious

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3-bedroom, 2 bath, new homes in Moon Ridge

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Ski Season is coming! Rise to the top and enjoy

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