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photos that portray some of your most
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When Aleah Jones entered her freshman year at Bonners
Ferry High School, she was especially looking forward to
her art class, a topic she has explored since the sixth grade.
But after one week in basic art, she said it quickly became
apparent that she was far more advanced than what the class was geared
Art teacher Josh Knaggs said the basic art class teaches things such as the
color wheel and other introductory concepts. He was reluctant to allow
Aleah to test out of his class until he could see some of her work, so he
first asked her to bring in some of the pieces she had created.
“I got two pages into her portfolio and said immediately, ‘You are in the
wrong class,’” said Josh. “She had some of the best drawings I’ve ever
Aleah is extremely talented and devoted to her passion of art. She prefers
to create graphite (pencil) drawings and oil paintings but said Mr. Knaggs
helps push her out of her box.
six is ranked exceptional, and they are then in the arena of scholarships,
not that money is guaranteed, but the opportunity is greater as colleges
want talent in their ranks.”
Aleah says she loves seeing the finished product of her work and “taking
what’s in her head and creating something whether based in reality or
It is curious to note that Aleah’s interests are on the opposite ends of the
spectrum with Renaissance art and the contemporary “street art” being
her favorite to create. The inspiration for each comes from Rembrandt
and Etam Cru, a duo that consists of street artists Sainer and Bezt who
create massive street art murals that are often several stories tall and rich
in color and known throughout the world.
The time Aleah spends engaging in art is indicative of her passion.
Working anywhere from five to seven hours each day, including her flex
and lunch periods, Aleah says she has learned to make the most of both
her time and materials.
“He has really encouraged me to get out of my comfort zone and branch
out to other things such as watercolor,” said Aleah.
Now a sophomore, Aleah is in AP art, which allows her to create and
produce art throughout the week as she works somewhat independently
with the hope of earning college credit and possible scholarships.
“The (AP) students submit their portfolios to the College Board, which
is an organization in charge of standardized tests for college admissions.
They employ artists and professors from around the country to critique
the students’ work and grade it based on the 0 to 6 rubric,” explained
Josh, adding that Aleah’s work is definitely worthy of a score of six. “A
score of four or higher sees one credit awarded to the student. A score of
She credits Mr. Knaggs with instilling in her a good work ethic. “I’ve
learned that when things get difficult, it’s OK to put it aside for a while.
There will always be something else to work on,” said Aleah, adding that
when she comes back to a project after setting it aside, it allows her to be
more creative. She tends to work on her oil paintings over the weekend
when she can devote more time to it given that it is a longer process. “You
have to draw, find a board and then begin to paint,” she said.
In addition to art, Aleah is a softball player and also expresses herself
through music as a guitar player. But it is in drawing that she finds her
escape. “Once I start drawing, I don’t think of anything else,” she said.
So far this school year, Aleah estimates she has created approximately
50 pieces of art. And as talented as she is,
it surprises some to know that her pencil
drawings, much to the dismay of her teacher,
are all drawn with a mechanical pencil.
While Aleah realizes she has talent, she is also
very humble. “I need to spend more time with
certain areas of my pieces instead of rushing
through it,” said Aleah about what areas she
needs to improve upon. “I also need to try new
One of Aleah’s goals is to start drawing more
portraits of people she knows, an area she has
been reluctant to pursue for fear people may
not think the end product looks like the subject
she is drawing. “She is plagued with an artist’s
temperament,” jokes Josh. “She’s never really
totally happy (with her finished product).”
But if her own self portrait is any indication,
she has nothing to worry about. “I think that is
her best piece of art yet,” said Josh.
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"My intent is to take her
as far as she wants to go
with her art,” said Josh.
“I feel blessed to interact
with such talent."
For those who enjoy art but may not have the
confidence they need, Aleah advises to take
your time. “It takes a lot of practice. I’ve done it
every day for so long. Find something you like
and just keep experimenting,” she said.
As for Josh, he is amazed at the pieces she
draws and paints. “My intent is to take her as
far as she wants to go with her art,” said Josh. “I
feel blessed to interact with such talent.”
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is a little ironic, considering it’s been around
longer than any other type of flooring, short of
stone and earth! There are two basic types of
manufactured wood floor: solid and engineered.
Solid wood is just what you think it might
be—a solid plank of wood finished with some
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This allows the customer to get the look of
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Financial Gifts Can Brighten
Anyone’s Mother’s Day
This article was written by Edward Jones for use by your local Edward Jones
Financial Advisors Kevin Callos and Merle Ansley.
Mother’s Day is fast approaching.
This special holiday reminds us
of the joy we receive from the
powerful bond between mother
and child. To help mark the occasion, you may
want to consider making certain financial gifts,
including the following:
For your mother:
• IRA contribution - If your mother is still
working, she is eligible to contribute to an IRA,
but she might not always fully fund it—so you
may want to help. You can’t contribute directly
to your mother’s IRA, but you can write her a
check for that purpose, though, of course, she
can use the money however she likes. In 2019,
the contribution limit for a traditional or Roth
IRA is $6,000, or $7,000 for individuals 50 or
older. (A Roth IRA does have income limits
that can reduce the contribution amount or
eliminate it altogether.)
• Insurance premium - If your mother has life,
disability or long-term care insurance, why not
offer to pay some of the premiums this year?
Long-term care premiums, in particular, can be
quite costly, especially for older policyholders.
• Introduction to a financial professional -
If your mother doesn’t already work with a
financial professional, consider introducing
her to yours, or to someone else who is
recommended by friends or relatives. A
financial advisor can help your mother
move toward her retirement goals—and, at
some point, also can work with legal and tax
professionals to assist your mother with her
For your children:
• 529 plan contribution - If your children are
still of school age, you may want to contribute
to a college savings vehicle. One popular choice
is a 529 savings plan. When you invest in this
plan, your earnings can grow tax-free, provided
the money is used for qualified educational
expenses. (Be aware, though, that withdrawals
not used for qualified education expenses may
be subject to federal and state taxes, as well as
an additional 10 percent penalty.)
As the 529 plan owner, you have flexibility
in using the money. For example, if you’ve
designated one of your children as the 529
plan’s beneficiary, and that child decides not to
pursue any higher education, you can switch
the beneficiary designation to another child or
You can choose the 529 plan offered by any
state, but your contributions might be tax
deductible if you invest in your own state’s
plan. Tax issues for 529 plans can be complex,
so, before investing, consult with your tax
• Shares of stocks - Giving stock shares to
children is a good way to help them learn some
of the basics of investing. You can track the
progress of their stocks with them and even
do some research together about why prices
may be going up or down. By getting children
involved early, you may help instill a lifelong
interest in investing.
• Charitable gifts - Many children are now
concerned about various social issues. You can
help encourage this involvement—and possibly
an appreciation of the value of philanthropy—
by making a gift to a charitable group whose
work aligns with your child’s interests.
We don’t need to exchange presents on
Mother’s Day to show our appreciation for
one another, but certain financial gifts can
help provide needed support—and even some
valuable life lessons—for your loved ones.
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Graduation takes place June 1
BY PATTY HUTCHENS
It’s a time to celebrate all the accomplishments of our amazing
senior class and wish them well as they begin a new chapter in
students who went onto a two-year college, 41 went to a four-year
university, one attended a vocational school, eight enlisted in the
military and 20 students went directly into the workforce.
The graduation ceremony for the Bonners Ferry High School seniors
will take place on Saturday, June 1, at
11am at the football field. Principal
Kevin Dinning said that this is a
change from what was previously a
1pm ceremony, a change that was
precipitated by a desire to have more
family time between the ceremony and
the senior class’s all-night party.
Speaking at this year’s ceremony will
be Valedictorian Connor Claphan
and Salutatorian Caleb Petersen.
According to Dinning, there will also
be a guest speaker who is voted upon
by the students and graduation committee.
While it is still unknown what the plans are for the members of
this year’s graduating class, last year’s class of 100 graduates had 30
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This year’s class has 85 graduates, a handful of whom have already
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their country. And it’s a group that has
“They are an extremely well-rounded
group of students,” said Dinning.
“They have a unique ability to interact
with several peer groups.”
Mark your calendar for June 1 as
we come together to celebrate the
accomplishments of these students and
wish them well as they begin the next
chapter in their lives!
Please note that in the event of inclement weather, the ceremony will
be moved indoors to the Boundary County Middle School gymnasium.
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By Patty Hutchens | Photos Courtesy of Anna Friesen
It’s Moyie Mudbog’s biggest event of the season, and one that keeps
mothers returning year after year to enjoy some muddy fun on their
The Mudder Day event will take place from May 10 through 12 at 1710
Eileen Road in Moyie Springs. With a mud pit, rock crawl, food vendors,
bonfires, gift shop and music, there is fun for the whole family!
in the mud pit, sand hill or rock crawl.
This year tickets are $30 for ages 13 and older and $10 for children 6 to 12.
Anyone with a military identification and children 5 and younger are free.
“Mother’s Day is our largest event of the season,” said Anna Friesen, one of the
organizers of the event, who adds that the event has been taking place since
2002. “The mud pit opens at 9. We have music and log truck load of logs for
our bonfires Friday and Saturday night. We offer a mud pit, sand hills and a
To ensure that everyone is safe and has a great time, there are specific rules that
must be followed and will be enforced. Among those are no glass, absolutely
no dogs, no riding in bed of trucks, no three- or four-wheelers, dirt bikes or
go-karts, and one must have a valid picture ID to into the event. (Please note:
Birth certificates, marriage licenses or high school diplomas are not acceptable
forms of identification.) In addition, seatbelts must be worn when participating
Friesen states that anyone considered being reckless or unruly will be issued
a warning. If the behavior continues, that person will be escorted off the
property by security and will not be issued a refund.
While the rock crawl is open 24 hours, the mud pit and sand hill do close for
It takes the staff several months to prepare the property for these events, but
the fun is well worth it, not to mention the revenue that it brings to the local
community! According to Friesen, there are thousands who attend this May
event each year. So make this Mother’s Day one that Mom won’t forget and
attend the Mudder Day event! And be sure to mark your calendars for Summer
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School, Victoria Rae says that being
involved in athletics has taught her
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life in general.”
Victoria has played volleyball since the fourth
grade and has been on the varsity team since
her sophomore year playing the position of
outside hitter. But it was when her mom, a
coach for the Boundary County Middle School
track team, encouraged her to try shotput
and discus in the seventh grade that Victoria
discovered her true passion. As a shotput and
discus thrower, Victoria said she enjoys the
individuality of the sport. “There is no offense
or defense. It’s only you,” she said, adding that
volleyball is a good balance as it also gives her a
chance to play a team sport.
With a total of four varsity letters, Victoria is
the reigning state champion for shotput and
finished second in state last year in discus.
She is currently top-ranked in 3-A in the state
and is sitting in the top five overall in the state of
Idaho. Her personal bests are impressive—39’7”
for shotput and 120’3” for discus, something
she hopes to improve upon and break the
school record. “The current record has been
held for 13 years, and the person who holds it
was amazing,” said Victoria.
There have been many accolades awarded to
Victoria for her efforts in both volleyball and
As a freshman on the track team, Victoria
was voted newcomer of the year and her
sophomore year she reigned in the category of
“In volleyball my sophomore year I was
awarded most improved and my junior year I
was voted Most Valuable Player and was named
to the All-League team for the Intermountain
League,” she said.
With over a 4.0 GPA, Victoria has already been
contacted by various schools in and around the
Pacific Northwest. She plans to participate in
track in college and would like to eventually
become a teacher. “I want to go somewhere
closer to home,” said Victoria, adding she loves
the town of Bonners Ferry and is close to her
All one has to do is meet Victoria once, and it
is easy to see her enthusiasm for all she does.
It’s contagious! Congratulations to Victoria—a
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TRUCKS, MUD AND
MOUNTAIN MAFIA RAISING NEW
MOTOCROSS EVENT IN NORTH IDAHO
BY DAN THOMPSON
PHOTOS COURTESY OF MOUNTAIN MAFIA
Mac Miltz really just needed to
borrow a trailer, and he knew
Ben Spinney had one. Simple
But once the two got to talking on their drive
from Sandpoint to Spokane, ideas began to
“We started talking about this concept and
idea, and between other jobs we kept working
on it,” Miltz said. “Then Grey (Whittier) came
on board, and within a year, a year and a half,
we ended up finding the right piece of property,
and that’s how it all jumped off.”
And so born was Mountain Mafia Entertainment,
a company “deeply rooted in outdoor adrenaline
sports,” as they describe it on their website.
The company’s main event—Mountain Havoc,
coming up on its sixth year in June—is the
subject of a six-episode series called “Mountain
Mafia,” originally on the MotorTrend Network
and now available on Amazon Prime.
“It’s not really about us and ‘Mountain Mafia,’”
Miltz said. “It’s truly about the mountain sport
and the drivers and competitors and the raw,
real nature of the competition. That’s where our
genuine feel comes from.”
The show’s first season chronicles the 2018
three-day, five-event competition, held on a wet,
cold June weekend on the course 11 miles north
of Bonners Ferry. Twenty competitors from
around the Western United States and Canada
brought in their rigs to compete in what is the
biggest event of its kind in the country.
The competition is designed to reward the
best overall driver and vehicle by putting them
through a crucible of off-road challenges:
hauling tires, climbing over boulders and
navigating a motocross-style track.
“It’s respectable, family friendly, pure vehicular
violence,” Spinney said. “When you’re racing
these trucks, you’re seeing red. You’re trying to
push the throttle through the floorboard. You’re
on the razor edge of control.”
The Mountain Mafia retained complete control
of the show, Miltz said, which was important to
them creatively and practically.
“One of the things we find very important is
we literally own everything we do,” Miltz said.
“We find it important to lead. … We are literally
creating our own niche of off-road motorsport.”
Miltz said he had been getting calls for a number
of years from producers looking for the next
big reality TV subject, but it wasn’t until an
industry function in late 2017 that he found an
opportunity the team was happy with. From
there they began planning in earnest, hiring a
production team Spinney had worked with on
snowboarding videos and preparing the course
The course sprawls on a 90-acre tract of land
that Spinney said they at first passed up before
doubling back for another look.
They bought it in 2013 and spent a full year on
the property building out the infrastructure:
roads for competitors as well as spectators,
stadium lights for the fairgrounds, a full
irrigation system to maintain the tracks, and
lots of rocks—big ones.
“We bring in rock from one of the rock quarries
about 2 miles down the road,” Miltz said. “We
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Mountain Mafia, because they’ve witnessed
other big outdoor events do the opposite,
alienating a lot of potential partners and
squelching the sport’s growth. The group’s
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“Mountain Mafia is, to us, family,” Miltz
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necessarily just about family, but constantly
expanding the mafia family, whether you’re into
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Miltz grew up in Michigan and ended up in college at the University
of Montana in Missoula. He kept heading West and ultimately landed
With a degree in business management and a minor in media art,
Miltz wanted to start something that was his own, and partnering with
Spinney and Whittier just made sense to him.
Spinney, a competitive snowboarder who built the first terrain park
features on Schweitzer and went on to design them at numerous
resorts around the West, grew up in Sandpoint and always had a love for
mountain sports—and cars.
“Before I could even drive a car I was fixing cars, working on cars, building
stuff,” Spinney said. “I’ve always been into monster trucks and the extreme
side of automobiles.”
Whittier brings experience in off-roading and fabricating.
“It’s truly about that right team at the right time,” Miltz said. “We always
say between the three of us, without one of us none of this would have
The Purcell Trench Ranch has developed a reputation as the best venue
for this type of off-roading in the country, “The Super Bowl for this type
of racing,” Miltz said, and “the pinnacle for what we do.”
They have worked to develop relationships with regional qualifiers in
other western states and in Canada so that there are more opportunities
for competitors. Some of those who come to Idaho for Havoc are planning
and creating their own courses, Spinney said, fueling his optimism that
the sport is going to keep growing.
Spinney recounted a time at a recent party in Spokane when a man came
up to him, trying to place his face.
Spinney said the man exclaimed as he made the connection. “That really
hit me. There’s no ceiling because the way we run our stuff, it’s our thing
and we do it our way, and we have some good structure.”
Miltz and Spinney kept coming back to the significance of their creative
control and how they want to be sure to represent competitors and their
sport accurately and fairly.
“Up until recently, often motorsport has had a sour taste in people’s
mouths. … Some of these events have created issues with neighbors,
zoning stuff,” Miltz said. “But what we created is we’re family friendly. It’s
a lot easier to have families there and having the quality people there, and
when these families and crews realize there’s a safe spot and professional
spot to participate or spectate, they tell friends and families, and that’s
how we’ve grown.”
Season 2 of “Mountain Mafia” is a go, they said, and film crews will be
back for Mountain Havoc June 7 through 9. Miltz said they’re planning a
few changes based on their experience last season, including mic-ing up
the trucks so people can hear the unique sound of each. They had also
planned to film some at the “Wake the Squatch” qualifier on the Ranch in
April for supplemental footage.
All of it has Miltz and Spinney excited about the future of “vehicular
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Forestry Product Application Consultant for John Deere Corporation—
where Tim worked with many different companies in diverse regions
and markets (North America, Finland, Sweden and Australia) and gained
immeasurable experience in the use of machines and techniques—they were
drawn back to their original work and have been dedicating their time to
West Wood LLC since. In 2016, they were joined by their son, David West, of
West Industries, a mulching company that he launched in 2008. Today, West
Wood LLC is family owned and operated and stronger than ever.
“It feels so good to be back home again, full time, working in our beloved
community and surrounding area; working with our family with hopes that
our children and grandchildren will carry on one day,” smiles Tim. “It is
our pleasure to satisfy our customers, showing them a vision of what their
property can be and making many lifetime friends out of the deal.”
West Wood LLC provides a multitude of services: mulching and mastication,
fuels reduction projects, logging, hazard tree removal, building-site prep,
wildland firefighting, brush piling, fire lines, and have included pasture
improvement/development, landscaping and utility work in conjunction with
other projects. “We are a one-stop shop, full-service company,” says David.
No other business in this area offers the vast number of services and
experience that West Wood has to offer. “We all grew up in, and worked in,
farming, construction and forestry,” says Tim. “We think outside the box
and try different things, which is how our business got started initially.
A lot of the methods we pioneered are standards today in the timber
industry. Because we are one of the only fuels reduction companies that
fights fires too, it gives us a well-rounded experience in our business.”
Lisa brings her years of experience to the business, where she takes care
of the books, chases parts, does PR work and keeps the guys on track. She
also joins the teams on fires as a driver.
David recalls one West Wood client, a landowner who built a house in a
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because of the deplorable state of their 5-acre parcel that she wanted to
sell the property and move. The West Wood team came in and mulched
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to take something that has been neglected and renew it, or to start from
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The team credits the success of West Wood solely to the work ethic that
has been instilled in them from this area and their family—to do the best
work they can, combined with the ability to be creative and the vision
and passion for what they do. “This isn’t a job for us, it’s a lifestyle, and we
made work from something we know and love to do,” Lisa says.
West Wood’s top-notch work is speaking for itself, and the team is
looking to expand! “West Wood and our services are in high demand due
to countless referrals,” says David. “We are looking to add more quality
members to our team to make that expansion happen.”
A full-service, one-stop shop for all of your forestry, mulching and
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IS A “GO!”
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED TO BRING VISION TO REALITY
BY TERESA PESCE
Wouldn’t it be wonderful if the awesome surroundings of
Bonners Ferry were safely accessible by trails for anyone
and everyone who wanted to stroll by a river, go for an
invigorating mountain hike or bike along a smooth path
through natural beauty?
And wouldn’t it be wonderful if people cooped up in a noisy city glutted
with traffic could get away to Bonners Ferry for a few precious days to
listen to the hushed current of a stream and walk out, hike out or bike out
the tension knotting up their shoulders?
Well, it’s about to happen!
9B Trails, a local nonprofit volunteer organization aimed at creating new
trails in Boundary, has a trail-blazing announcement! Thanks to a recent
$25,000 Urban Renewal grant, the new Riverside Park Trail System is
finally about to become a reality.
“This project originally began in 1998; however, due to a variety of
issues, it was never completed,” explains 9B Trails Treasurer Tess Rae.
“Now because of the efforts of 9B Trail volunteers and this grant, we are
ready to move forward on the project. It’s a happy day for Bonners Ferry
In collaboration with the City of Bonners Ferry and the Parks and
Recreation Department, 9B Trails will create at least 2 miles of connected
trails. This trail system will start at the north end of the Kootenai River
Bridge, meander down towards the river, under the bridge and around
the park. “It will be a delight for families, bikers and pedestrians alike,
and will also provide easy access from downtown Bonners Ferry to the
park, District 2 Road and out along the gorgeous Kootenai River.”
Safety is a critical factor in creating an outdoor environment. As Tess
expresses it, “Moms pushing strollers want to feel safe.” Safety means
IN COLLABORATION WITH THE CITY OF
BONNERS FERRY AND THE PARKS AND
RECREATION DEPARTMENT, 9B TRAILS WILL
CREATE AT LEAST 2 MILES OF CONNECTED
TRAILS. THIS TRAIL SYSTEM WILL START AT THE
NORTH END OF THE KOOTENAI RIVER BRIDGE,
MEANDER DOWN TOWARDS THE RIVER, UNDER
THE BRIDGE AND AROUND THE PARK.
everything from lighted paths to easy, complete access to the park.
“Parents want somewhere to go with their children to take them on safe
paths. Bonners Ferry has always lacked sidewalks, which is why I wanted
to get involved with this project. As a mom, I didn’t feel quite safe driving
the kids to the mountains in order for them to ride their bikes or go for
The road to a green light for this project has been a long one. “We’ve
been in the advocacy and land acquisition phase, bringing stakeholders
and land holders together to make The Riverside Park Project a reality in
Bonners Ferry,” Tess says. “With the receipt of this grant, we are working
on securing lease agreements and final plan approval. We plan to build an
8-foot hard-surface trail with lights for safety and connect a trail system
that will go around the park and up onto the dike so people can enjoy
But as Tess says, “Great trails don’t just happen,” so 9B Trails is reaching
out to the community for assistance.
Does creating a more beautiful future for Bonners Ferry appeal to you?
Would you like to help out and at the same time get to know some of the
best people on earth—Bonners Ferry residents just like you? There are
many ways you can do so. Some volunteers like to help create the trails.
If your tool knowledge is limited to a rake, that’s perfect! For the more
tool-savvy, there are other projects to be constructed. Getting the whole
family together to help blaze a trail can open young eyes to a world no
mobile screen can ever convey. If physical activity isn’t your forte, it’s a
wonderful thing to become a Friend of 9B Trails. Your donation of any
amount is needed, welcomed and appreciated, and your tax-deductible
donation will go directly toward the projects.
Volunteers are the very heart of 9B Trails. They are outdoor enthusiasts
from all walks of life, ages, interests and backgrounds. The big-hearted,
hard-working 9B members volunteer across the board in so many areas
of the organization it’s impossible to tether any of them to just one title.
They are deeply rooted in the Bonners Ferry community.
“Together, with community involvement and partnerships, our mission
is to provide accessible, non-motorized public trails in the local area
DO I NEED TRAIL BUILDING EXPERIENCE?
Nope! 9B Trails will provide the training
necessary for you to build. The crew chief will
be there to guide you and answer any questions
you may have.
DO I NEED TO BRING TOOLS?
Tools will be provided, but if you happen to have
a Pulaski or McCloud tool, bring it!
WHAT SHOULD I WEAR?
Boots or sturdy closed-toed shoes, long pants
and layered clothing on top. A long-sleeved
pullover or sweatshirt over a long-sleeved
T-shirt usually works well because one is
prepared for cold or hot weather. Even if it's
really cold, you'll warm up once you start
working. Other items to consider wearing are
sunglasses and a hat (especially during tick
WHAT SHOULD I BRING?
You should bring a sack lunch/snack and
plenty of water. Bug spray, sun block and work
gloves are recommended.
IS THERE AN AGE LIMITATION FOR
Due to liability reasons, we limit our volunteer
age to 14 years and above, unless accompanied
by a parent/guardian. Also, if any volunteer is
a minor (under 18), we require that the guardian
sign a waiver and medical form for the minor.
WHEN DO WE MEET AND WHAT
Meeting times vary and will be advertised
accordingly. Before work begins, those
supervising will give a brief safety talk. After
orientation, the group hikes to the build location.
The build will usually start soon thereafter.
through advocacy, planning, building, maintaining and fundraising,”
Tess says. That noble goal requires skill sets of every kind and financial
support as well.
Together 9B Trails volunteers have ignited a grassroots movement that
has accomplished astonishing things since their beginning in March
Last summer, through the generosity of Xmas Hills, LLC and in loving
memory of Caroline Farnsworth, 9B Trails acquired more than 1,100 acres
of private land on the outskirts of Bonners Ferry to develop 25 miles of trails
for hiking, biking, equestrian, snowshoeing and Nordic opportunities for
people of all levels of skill and ability. “Our volunteers have already built
3 miles of those trails, with another 5 miles slated for this summer,” Tess
says. “The Enchanted Forest promises to be a magical, forested retreat.”
In partnership with the Idaho Department of Lands, 9B Trails is also
working toward creating a new trail system located in Paradise Valley.
With over 8 miles of trails in the works, this system will offer mountain
biking, hiking, snowshoeing and Nordic opportunities for families and
individuals alike with breathtaking views of the Kootenai Valley.
“We hope everyone will strongly consider joining 9B Trails in giving our
community the gift of a happy, active, outdoor life in our our beautiful
area,” Tess says. “We need your help in making a difference in our
community for today and generations to come!”
For more information, email Tess at email@example.com or, better yet,
check out their website at 9BTrails.org. Thank you and happy trails!
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By Bri Williams, RN, BSN
Whether you are middle aged and feeling
insecure about the wrinkles on your
face, or you are in your 20s and are
afraid of losing your youthful looks,
don't worry; changing some of your habits can be of great
help. Here is a quick but effective list of easy-to-follow tips
to reduce—or even prevent—facial wrinkles.
Avoid Unprotected Sun Exposure
Unprotected sun exposure is the leading cause of skin cancer and premature
aging, and you should protect yourself from it the best you can. Regardless
of the weather, sunscreen should be worn every single day. Choose one that
is at least SPF 35 and reapply every two to three hours; more frequently if
you are sweating or swimming.
In addition, it is helpful to have a physical barrier when possible. Find shade
when you’re at the beach, wear a large brimmed hat, never forget your
sunglasses and find clothing/swimsuits with built-in sun protection. Rash
guards, rather than bikini tops, allow you to be outdoors all day without the
dreaded sunburn on your chest and shoulders.
Watch your sleeping habits
Most of us have heard the phrase, "I need to get my beauty sleep." Not only is
it important to get enough sleep for overall health, but how you sleep can also
affect how you age.
During sleep our bodies repair at a cellular level. This allows for cell turnover
and production, leaving our bodies and skin rejuvenated. Lack of sleep can
lead to a dull complexion, dry skin and collagen breakdown, all of which make
us appear older. Aim for at least eight hours a night.
If possible, also try to avoid sleeping on your stomach or side. Having your
face pressed into a pillow creates folds in your face that can lead to permanent
lines and wrinkles.
There are pillows designed to cradle your head in a way that prevents your
face from being creased while you sleep. If sleeping on your back is out of the
question, try googling “beauty pillow.”
Avoid damage while cleansing (and drying)
It is important to cleanse your skin daily, especially at the end of the day to
remove pollution, product and makeup. While cleansing and applying your
skin-care products, use lukewarm water, as hot water can strip your natural
oils, and gentle pressure. Your face is a delicate rose, not a sturdy leaf. It does
not require a lot of friction and pressure to get it clean. Use light circular
motion while cleansing, soft upward strokes when applying product and a
clean, soft towel to pat dry when done. Do not rub your face dry. This will
help to prevent unnecessary breakdown of collagen, leaving your skin firmer,
thicker and tighter.
While these tips are a great start to preventing premature aging, there are
countless other factors that can contribute. Smoking, high stress, not drinking
enough water and overconsumption of sugar (to name a few) can all affect
your skin negatively. Adopting a healthier lifestyle can make a huge difference
in your perceived age, and most certainly will help your overall health.
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BY PATTY HUTCHENS
It’s what childhood memories are made of. Summer camp for many is a time to try new activities, meet new friends and gain some
independence from Mom and Dad. But the benefits extend far beyond that and can teach children values that will help guide
them through life.
One of the most important things to realize is that it is not easy for some children to make friends, and the bonding that occurs in a camp
setting is far different than when one is in school or engaged in athletics. At overnight camp in particular, kids are living together and
experiencing life without distractions. In this setting, they can really forge a bond unlike any other friendship. With counselors present
to make sure all are included, it can put a parent’s mind at ease wondering if their child will fit in and be accepted. While it may be hard
to send your child to an overnight camp, you may want to start out with a camp that isn’t so long, and I’m sure by the end they will be
asking if they can stay longer next time.
Technology in today’s world has exploded exponentially, making it harder than ever to become “unplugged.” Unfortunately, connecting
one-on-one and in person has become less frequent. Taking a break from technology is something we all should do, but rarely act upon.
Allowing your child to do so will allow him or her time to connect with others, learn from positive role models such as camp
counselors and gain a greater appreciation of nature, outdoor activities and things that keep their mind and body
engaged. And hopefully the break from technology will translate to less screen time away from camp as well.
A child who has attended camp is likely to develop a sense of independence earlier than those who may
not attend camp. The growth of a child can be amazing when the parent or parents are actually absent
(but under other adult supervision). And it doesn’t stop there. Most people who have sent a child to
college have remarked how much the young adult has “grown up” after only one semester away from
home. With that independence also comes a sense of empowerment—something that will serve
them well in life.
Living together for a period of time at camp can also teach children the concept of teamwork.
Whether it is working together on a project, helping one another solve challenges or simply
turning to one another for advice, living and experiencing each day
together can build a strong bond and give a child, who may not
otherwise be on an athletic team, a sense of what it is like to be part of a
team. Teaching a child how to be a team player will give them the tools
they need to build good and long-lasting relationships throughout
Trying new activities and finding things they enjoy is a great way
to build a child’s self-confidence—something that will definitely
benefit them as they go through life. It is natural for a child to feel
more pressure with his or her parents watching, so camp is a great
opportunity to explore various activities. A child’s first time doing
anything, whether it is paddling a canoe, swimming or riding a horse,
can be activities that may push them out of their comfort zone, but
doing these things while being supported by camp counselors, in a safe
environment, can do much to build their self-confidence.
There are so many different kinds of camps that it is important to
explore what one is right for your child. Do they want to learn more
about a particular activity or sport? Investigate what camps are available
that will help teach your child more about these skills or topics.
organizations provide a camp for kids who are grieving.
Camp can be expensive, but there are ones available that provide
scholarships or even payment on a sliding scale. Don’t let cost be a
deterrent to providing lifelong memories for your child.
While there are countless long-term benefits to sending your child to
overnight camp, it can be tough on both kids and parents. Some ways
to make the transition easier is to visit the camp prior to attending.
Many offer open houses or will gladly provide a tour to families who
It is also helpful to sign your children up to attend camp with a friend,
sibling or other relative. It’s always nice to see a familiar face, especially
if you are feeling a bit homesick.
Lastly, go the old-fashioned route of sending letters to your child. In
your correspondence, be sure to not include things that may make
them feel homesick. Avoid details of the “fun” things going on at home
or how much you miss them. Instead, make the letters encouraging
and inquire about their activities.
For children with special needs or who may have special medical needs
such as diabetes, going to camp that caters to those needs can open a
whole new world to them. It can help them realize that they are not
alone in their world. Connecting with other kids who face the same
daily challenges they do can provide a newfound confidence. And
for those who have suffered a major loss in their lives, many hospice
Whatever you decide, know that sending your child to camp is an
opportunity to give them a life-long gift—a gift of memories, learning,
developing new skills and connecting with others whom they may
have never had the opportunity to meet if it wasn’t for that special
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Summer is nearly here, and unless you plan on keeping the kids busy every day on your own, it’s time to register for summer
camp. Camp offers kids of all ages a chance to meet new friends, develop skills, learn something new, find a lifelong hobby and
allows Mom and Dad a bit of breathing room as well. There are thousands of camps across the country focusing on a variety
If your child is moving on from learning how to play a sport to a competitive team, athletic camps are a great way to improve
their skills during the off-season. In summer, many universities, community colleges, high schools and AAU groups put
together weeklong camps. Instructors are typically current coaches and players, and children get advice and
coaching from those who are dedicated to the sport. If your child is serious about pursuing top-tier
competition during high school and looking at furthering a sports career upon graduation, it’s best
to get them in front of team representatives at an early age. There are also plenty of camps out there
for kids who just want to learn to play golf or tennis, improve their ice skating or try out a new sport.
An unfortunate reality for many schools across the country is the slashing of funding for the arts.
Kids being able to express themselves through drawing and painting, acting and theatre, or music is
vital to helping create a well-rounded individual. Art camps focus on bringing out the creative side in a
young mind while also helping kids break out of their comfort zone. Theatre camps work on acting and
performing skills in a group setting and, at the end of the week, campers put on a show in front of a live
audience. Practicing an instrument alone all summer isn’t ideal, but music camps allow your musician to
get back in a group setting. Those who like to draw, paint and sculpt can learn advanced techniques from
Churches were some of the first organizations to begin putting together summer camps for children,
realizing that learning about faith in an environment that also allows kids to burn off some energy, meet
new friends and be without Mom and Dad for a few days was highly beneficial. These camps are all a little
different but most incorporate teaching of the faith in dealing with everyday situations. There are Bible
study camps that are typically more faith-driven and outdoor recreation camps that tend to encourage
children to meet and interact with new kids of a similar faith. Check with your church as even if they do
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Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts aren’t the only campers who can
experience the great outdoors. Many communities have summer
camps with lodges in the wilderness or on the shores of a lake.
Kids can swim and learn to fish or canoe. Campers can practice
archery, arts and crafts, and learn to build a fire as well as other
wilderness survival skills. The YMCA is a great resource for weeklong
day camps that again focus on building new relationships,
skills and confidence. Many of these camps are also cell-phone
free, so kids learn how to put the phone and video games down
for awhile and communicate face-to-face with their peers.
The summer slip has been well documented as those students not
in year-round school often take a bit of a step back in the learning
process when they return to school in the fall. Summer classes
can help keep the mind sharp. Students who might be struggling
on a particular subject receive more attention from educators
allowing them a better chance at success. College-prep courses are often offered as well, and
students can study for Advanced Placement tests that, if passed, can often knock out a couple
of college credits while they are still in high school.
While these camps are all tried and true, there are also hundreds of unique experiences out
there for those looking at a new challenge or something a little more out of the box.
NASA offers Space Camps at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida and also at the U.S. Space
and Rocket Center in Huntsville, Alabama. Here students learn robotics and get to speak
directly with astronauts who have been to outer space.
Microsoft is offering free summer technology classes at all of its local stores. DigiGirlz Coding
is offered to girls 11 through 18 and is taught by professional women in the tech industry. Kids
ages 6 and older can learn basic coding of games like Minecraft and Harry Potter Kano.
And if you thought summer camp was only for kids, don’t worry—there is a place for grownups
too! Adults-only camps are beginning to grow in popularity as grownups look to relieve some
of their favorite childhood memories now with other adults and a different perspective on the
world. These include all your favorite camp games, crafts and activities often mixed in with a
few adult beverages as well.
No matter the camp, giving your child an opportunity to meet new friends, challenge
themselves and be on their own for a short while will be something that will likely stick with
them for years to come.
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With six weeklong camps to choose from, Camp Sweyolakan, located on a
rustic 300-acre camp on Lake Coeur d’Alene’s Mica Bay and only accessible
by boat, will delight children ages 5 (must be entering first grade in the fall) to
18. Activities include everything from hiking, boating, swimming and fishing
to archery, forestry, outdoor skills, science projects and challenge courses. For
those first-time campers, there is an option for them to attend a shorter fournight
overnight camp or a five-day Outbackers Day Camp Session. What better
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A summer camp designed for girls ages 8 through 15, Castle Rock Ranch
Camp, located in Kingston, Idaho (45 minutes east of Coeur d’Alene) will
introduce your daughters and granddaughters to life on the ranch. During the
long summer days at camp, activities and adventure abounds, sure to keep girls
busy and engaged. From caring for the animals (goats, cows, chickens, pigs and
horses), harvesting vegetables and picking berries, crafts and cooking, riding
horses, hiking, river fun and more, this camp on the ranch will breathe fresh
life into your child. Though the second session has already been booked to
capacity, there is still availability to attend Session 1, a one-week camp held July
7 through 14. CastleRockRanchCamp.com.
If you are looking for your child to spend countless hours this summer
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faith, values, self-confidence, meaningful relationships and new skills, look
no further than Camp Lutherhaven. Situated on scenic Lake Coeur d’Alene (8
miles south of Coeur d’Alene), surrounded by majestic trees and inspirational
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through ninth graders and ninth through 12th graders), Family Champ Camp
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A Chorus of Winemakers in a Bucolic Setting
Travel a little further for an authentic experience
By Marguerite Cleveland
Photos Courtesy of Kevin Brutocao, Visit Mendocino and The Testa Ranch
There is a scene at the end of the movie “A Walk in the Clouds” when a horrific fire destroys a family’s
vineyards. All is not lost with the discovery of an old root which the family will use to reestablish the
vineyards. For this wine tour of Mendocino County, the focus is on some of the original families,
the roots of the wine industry in the area. These are the fourth and fifth generations of Italian
immigrants, many growing grapes for more than 100 years. With names like Brutocao, Graziano, Parducci,
Barra and Testa, their wines reflect this heritage.
Mendocino County is a climatically diverse region bordered by the Pacific Ocean to the west, redwood forests
to the north and split by the Coastal Mountain Range. Within these extremes are warm valleys with lots of sun
perfect for growing grapes.
If you are a red wine lover, one of the best ways to experience Mendocino wine is with Coro Mendocino. This is
the first wine in the United States to brand itself similar to a European appellation with their strict rules. Each
wine passes through four blind tastings before it is declared worthy of the Coro Mendocino label.
“Coro was established to show off our world-class grapes and the innovative people associated with them;
generations of family farming that has since brought new farmers and ranchers to this great agricultural
community we call Mendocino County,” says Hoss Milone, winemaker for Brutocao Cellars. “Zinfandel makes
Coro unique. Cabernet is grown all over the world, but only California has Zin and only Mendocino County
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has a Zin blend that is Coro. Currently our 2015 vintage is for sale.
Every summer is when we release. Our next release event for the 2016
Coro is on July 16, 2019, with 11 wineries offering tastings of their own
individual Coros at the Mendocino Music Festival in the iconic Village
of Mendocino on the coast.
“The establishment of Coro started over 15 years ago when a group of
Mendocino county winemakers got together to discuss a project that
could define what Mendocino winemaking was all about. We started
with Zinfandel, but the beauty of the project has been the Old-World
varietals that are such an important part of each unique blend, and it
showcases the diversity of the grapes grown in this county,” says Steve
Brutocao, president and CEO of Brutocao Family Vineyards.
For a very authentic stay, choose the Testa House as your home during
your visit. This lovely craftsmen-style three-bedroom farmhouse was
built in 1927 by the original Italian immigrants who farmed the land.
This vintage home is filled with original features and old Testa family
photos yet has all the modern conveniences for a comfortable stay.
“Staying at our Testa House is truly something special. It is a place to get
away and relax but still feel right at home. You wake up and have your
coffee to the waterfront view and end the day with a glass of wine on
the back porch overlooking the vineyard. At Testa you are surrounded
by 106 years of history, beautiful vineyards, a working winery, old rustic
barns and our Tasting Room, which is just steps from the house. There
is truly nothing else like it," says Maria Martinson, a fourth-generation
winemaker and owner of the Testa Ranch.
Begin or end your wine tasting day at the Testa Tasting Room. At each
stop of your tasting journey, be sure and try the Coro Mendocino; these
red blends are a work of art with each winemaker showcasing their
skills. It is interesting to taste each winemaker’s Coro Mendocino and to
compare the differences. Not far from Testa are Barra of Mendocino and
Parducci tasting rooms. If you prefer to picnic at the wineries, plan to
swing by the Redwood Valley Market, a cute little local store with a deli.
After your first round of tastings head into Ukiah to School Street, which
has local boutiques and a bookstore. For lunch visit Schat's Bakery for
fresh soups, sandwiches and salads or to pick up some treats for breakfast
at the Testa House. The Bottle Shop is very popular with locals. This deli
makes great sandwiches, and don’t forget to add the Mendo mustard.
They have a variety of pasta salads and other grab-and-go items to pack
In the afternoon head to Hopland for some more wine tasting. Another
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fourth-generation run vineyard and winery is
Brutocao Cellars. “Our long history of grape
growing and winemaking goes back 75 years when
my grandfather, Irv Bliss, first bought the property
that is now fondly called the Bliss Ranch. Every
bottle has family involvement, from my brother Len
growing the grapes, to my brother David helping
to make the wine, to myself and my nephews Ryan
and Kevin marketing and selling the finished product. It all starts in the
vineyard, and the ground is sacred to us. This is the same land that our
grandpa fell in love with; that our mom helped pick grapes on; that our
dad saw the vision and potential of and expanded our business; that my
brothers and I have continued that passion and that our children will
after us,” says Steve.
There are so many unique activities available to see and do while in the
area. Head up to Willits and catch The Skunk Train. The two-hour Wolf
Train Turn will take you into the redwood-rich Noyo River Canyon where
you will see the stately giants from the comfort of a train. Montgomery
Woods State Park is another location to see the redwoods while enjoying
a nice hike.
Also in Hopland is the Graziano family of wines. This is another old
Italian family with the fourth generation working in the company.
Graziano has a very good Coro Mendocino and four separate labels for
For dinner a must is The Broiler Steak House in Redwood Valley. It has
been around since 1966 serving juicy steaks, seafood and other yummy
dishes. This is where the locals go for a nice meal or family celebration.
It’s just unpretentious and good. Another restaurant getting a lot of buzz
is Patrona Restaurant and Lounge. Owned by wine chefs Bridget and
Craig, the two are passionate about their community, and the menus are
based on what is available from local purveyors. Their award-winning
wine list is heavy on Mendocino County wines, which are all kept in a
temperature-controlled wine room.
For a more relaxing experience visit the Vichy Hot Springs and buy a
day use pass which includes the use of the famous "champagne" Vichy
Mineral Baths, Olympic-size swimming pool (in season), Hot Pool and
private 700 acres of walking and hiking trails. Picnic tables are available
throughout the grounds for guests' enjoyment. There is a waterfall onsite,
and it is spectacular this year due to all the recent rain. The Testa
House is pretty centrally located. If you wish to go further afield, Willits
is an interesting town to visit. From there you can head west to Fort Bragg
for a nice day trip to the coast.
To get to Mendocino County, fly into the San Francisco International
Airport. It is a two-and-a-half hour scenic drive that takes you over the
Golden Gate Bridge. It is about an hour further than Napa or Sonoma but
well worth the drive.
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1 box of crackers
2 salamis of your choice (1 thin sliced and 1 thick sliced)
2 wedges of your preferred cheese (We chose a soft brie and a
mild gouda, but choose any cheese you prefer.)
1 stem of grapes (about ½ cup)
1 roma tomato, halved
½ cup strawberries, halved
½ cucumber, sliced
⅓ cup raspberries
¼ cup cherry tomatoes
¼ cup almonds
Sparkling Grapefruit Tonic
• Assemble platter by first washing and slicing all fruits and
• Add crackers in a small section, then begin adding in your larger
items first such as cheese and salami. • Continue by adding
all elements of the cheese board onto the platter. We used an
elongated wooden board to serve. Begin with small quantities on
the board and refresh during the event so all produce and salami
are fresh for your guests.
• For the sparkling grapefruit tonic, fill a glass with ice. Pour 1 part
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• Serve your fresh spring cheese board with a refreshing grapefruit
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GENERATIONS AT THE
Come out to Generations at the Hemlocks' newly renovated
restaurant where you'll enjoy fine dining with the best service
in a beautiful setting. Their diversified menu features locally
grown produce, meats and wild game, as well as fresh herbs
harvested from their own garden. Open for dinner Friday
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FEIST CREEK RESTAURANT
At Feist Creek Restaurant the delicious smells and warm
atmosphere make you feel right at home. Serving lunch and
dinner daily, customer favorites range from their smoked
prime rib and 25 oz. rib-eye steak to catfish and hushpuppies,
homemade fish and chips, burgers, sandwiches and more. Full
bar, pool table, outdoor seating, fish pond and their own private
waterfall make this a destination spot to remember. Their winter
hours are Wednesday - Sunday noon - 9pm.
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At this Bonners Ferry diner, you’ll be treated to wonderful
service and an inviting, homey atmosphere where the staff
treats you like family. Known for their large portion sizes and
customer favorites like the broasted chicken, omelets, pies and
more, they’re open Tuesday through Saturday 4:30am to 8pm
and Sunday 6am to 2pm.
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Step into SoulShine, where you’ll discover different daily housemade
specials at this cozy bistro. They are committed to using
local and ethically sourced ingredients as much as possible,
so by choosing to dine at SoulShine, you’re supporting our
local farmers as well! Now serving breakfast along with their
sandwiches, wraps, salads, soups and baked goods. Sit back,
relax and treat yourself to their delicious fare.
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BADGER'S DEN CAFE AND
At Badger's Den Cafe and Latte, you'll be greeted with
fast, friendly service with a smile. On the menu you'll find
hearty and delicious breakfast and lunch items, a variety of
specialty coffee drinks, smoothies and more! In a hurry?
There's a drive-up window for your convenience. A stop at
this restaurant is a must for locals and visitors alike!
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TWO TONES CAFE
Two Tones Cafe is a brand new restaurant where guests
will enjoy flavors from around the world in dishes made
using the freshest ingredients. With menu options ranging
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KOOTENAI RIVER KITCHEN
Kootenai River Kitchen serves organic world cuisine with
gluten-free options in their cozy space, located downtown
by the Post Office. You will find daily servings of unique
and original foods, baked goods, fresh-made juices and
delicious smoothies. Treat yourself to house-made ice
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HEALTHY HABITS BEGIN HERE
Visit the Community Health Fair on May 11
BY PATTY HUTCHENS
Mark your calendars for Saturday, May 11, as you and the family
explore local health-care resources and discover ways both
young and old can remain active and healthy. After all, doesn't
everyone want to live a longer, healthier life? While we know
the answer to that is a resounding yes, the truth is not everyone
knows where to find answers to health questions or where
to find local services and support groups. That’s why this year’s Community Health Fair is the perfect opportunity to educate yourself and
take advantage of all the information available from hospital and clinic staff as well as various vendors and service providers in and around
Boundary County. The Community Health Fair will run from 9am to noon and has something for the whole family.
Sponsored by Boundary Community Clinics, the Mountain Trail Safety Clinic will include first aid demonstrations and information on hiking
and riding on the mountain bike trails. There will also be special exhibit areas that will include information on time-sensitive emergencies,
information on advance directives and what to do to be prepared in the event of an emergency.
There will be on-site health screenings available to all Boundary County residents, so come and take advantage of the many tests that are
free of charge.
Kids will enjoy an opportunity to see the Life Flight helicopter up close, and there will be the annual Family Fun Run/Walk—a 3k, 5k or 10k
event which begins at 8am. Team participation is always encouraged, and the first 70 people to register will receive a free T-shirt. There may
also be T-shirts for sale on the day of the race. The race will begin and end in front of the hospital’s emergency entrance. All participants must
register and sign a liability release form.
Pre-registration for the race begins on May 1 with entry forms available at Outpatient Services. You can also register the day of the event
beginning at 7am. For more information, go to BoundaryCommunityHospital.org.
You can help in supporting the causes that make Bonners
Ferry great! Idaho Gives is a statewide, 24-hour giving day
taking place on May 2, and it's all online! Visit IdahoGives.
org on May 2 and donate $10 or more to the nonprofit of
your choice. Hashtag your posts #IdahoGives when you
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Cheerleading Open Gym
BFHS cheerleaders and NIC cheerleaders will be demonstrating, teaching and
helping with stunting, tumbling and dance and cheer techniques at BFHS Gym 4:15
to 6pm each day.They encourage and welcome students, grades sixth through 12th,
to attend; there is no cost to participate. For more information, contact Andria at
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Live Music at The Springs: Tom
Head to The Springs at Kootenai River Inn
Casino and Spa and enjoy the talented Tom
Burr as he performs his folk, rock-inspired
music live 6 to 9pm. In addition to the music,
there will also be great specials available
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33rd Annual Lost in the '50s
This is a Sandpoint community favorite not to be
missed! This year's event will once again feature terrific
musical acts each night with concerts and dances. The
three-day event includes Rock 'n' Roll Heaven, Charlie
Thomas and the Drifters, Freddie Cannon, Rocky and
the Rollers, and Little Anthony and The Imperials, a
vintage car parade, street dances, show and dance, car
show and more! Sandpoint.org/Lostin50s.
Boundary County Diabetes
Education Support Group
If you have been diagnosed with diabetes or
pre-diabetes, it’s important to have support
from other people with the disease. Join the
Boundary County Diabetic Education Support
Group at 1pm in the Panhandle Health
Meeting Room at 7402 Caribou Street. Anyone
is welcome, including family members and
caregivers. Call 208.267.3141 Ext. 4235 for
The Bonners Ferry FFA Chapter invites the
community to join them at Bonners Ferry High
School the weekend of May 17 and 18, 9am to 5pm
on both days. Choose from an incredible selection
including lots of flowers, hanging baskets, herbs,
succulents, bedding plants and more. Find more
Mother's Day at the Farmers
Join the Bonners Ferry Farmers Market 8am to 1pm at
the City Parking Lot for this free Mother's Day event.
Saturday, May 11, the Farmers Market will have its
master gardeners on hand helping kids to plant a flower
for Mom. Plants, dirt and containers will be provided.
Be sure to visit the market every Saturday through
Join The Friends of Kootenai National Wildlife
Refuge 9 to 11am for their monthly Bird Walk.
The group will meet at the Refuge Education
Barn at 9am. Be sure to come prepared and
dressed for any weather: wear warm clothes and
boots, bring water, binoculars, scope (optional)
and Bird ID book. For additional information,
call the Refuge office at 208.267.3888.
Memorial Day Weekend, Bonners Ferry
Community Orchestra will present an exciting
program of patriotic music that celebrates the
liberty we enjoy. Join them at Becker Auditorium
at Bonners Ferry High School at 3pm. The
performance is free to attend. Contact Glenda
Novinger at 208.597.1118 or novingerpiano@
gmail.com for more information.
BFHS Cheerleading Tryouts
Bonners Ferry High School Cheerleading
Tryouts will be held May 27 through 31 after
school in the gym. There will be a meeting
Thursday, May 23, to discuss requirements
and answer any additional questions. For
more information, contact Andria at andria.
20th Annual Borders 3
Join the Rod Benders Car Club Saturday, June 1, am
to 4pm, for their 20th annual Borders 3 Jamboree
in Downtown Bonners Ferry! Bring the family out
for a fun community day and lots of classic cars!
Those who would like to register their car for the
show can do so starting at 7am. Games for the kids
start at noon, and awards ceremony begins around
2. All funds raised go back into our community.
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