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10 Good News
Competitive Carving: Three events over one
Transforming your house into a home
15 Financial Focus
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17 Life & Community
Truck and Tractor Pull returns to Bonners Ferry
21 A Badger for Life
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Three events over one weekend
By Colin Anderson
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BE BETTER THAN
The streets of Libby, Montana, will be louder
than usual during the second weekend of
September as chainsaws fire up and beautiful
works of art will be revealed right before your
eyes. The third annual Kootenai Country Montana
International Chainsaw Carving Championship
kicks off on Thursday, September 13, with all kinds
of demonstrations and competitions throughout the
“What could possibly be more distinctly Montana than
chainsaw art,” said Paul Bunn, the local resident who
came up with the idea. “And what could be better than
bringing the very best in the world to the world’s most
beautiful place for a live carving championship?”
be two types of competition during the event. The
masterpiece carvings, which will be completed over the
course of four days, consist of an 8-foot pine log being
transformed into anything the artists can imagine. The
second competition is known as a quick carve. Every
day, the carvers take an hour and 15-minute break and
carve one of these smaller pieces from local Lincoln
County cedar provided by Stimson Lumber. All of these
pieces, including the masterpieces, will be available
for purchase at the auctions on Friday, Saturday and
Sunday. There are several awards the carvers are
competing for: 1st, 2nd and 3rd overall awarded by a
panel of five judges; People’s Choice, voted on by the
attendees; and Quick Carve Champion, awarded to the
carver with the highest auction total.
VERY BEST IN
THE WORLD TO
PLACE FOR A
Now in its third year, the event continues to draw
in professionals from around the globe and many
additional visitors to the far reaches of Northwest
“This is one of the most majestic outdoor recreation
areas in the country, and encouraging people to visit
for events like these is a sure way to make them want
to come back and see more,” said Kootenai Country
Montana Executive Director Troy Douthit.
Organizers say they knew right away they had a worldclass
event and brought in some of the finest chainsaw
carvers from around the globe competing for one of
the richest prize purses anywhere.
This year you will see artists coming from across
the United States, as well as eight other countries
including Zimbabwe, Ireland, Canada, Argentina,
Slovakia, Moldova, Australia and the UK. There will
One of the greatest things about this championship is
it takes place right on Mineral Avenue in Downtown
Libby. “The carvers will be separated from the public by
safety fencing, but for all intents and purposes, the event
itself is a four-day long interactive demonstration,” said
Troy. The public can watch the entire transformation
process up close as the artists turn their raw materials
into fine art. Carvers always love to talk to the public,
share their stories, their inspirations and their love of
Admission is free during the entire competition,
so bring your friends and families, but leave your
pets at home. There are no dogs allowed during the
competition due to noise and crowds. Be aware that
chainsaws will be running nearly continuously, so
it will be very noisy the closer you get to the event.
Ear protection is strongly recommended, and if you
don’t have ear protection, there will be some available
“This is one of the
most majestic outdoor
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the country, and
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to visit for events like
these is a sure way to
make them want to come
back and see more.”
for purchase at the information booth, as well as
T-shirts and free programs.
As a bonus this year, the International Chainsaw
Carving Championship will coincide with Libby’s
Nordicfest Heritage Festival, put on by the Sons
of Norway. This event runs Friday through
Sunday and has a little bit of everything. The Craft
Show at the Memorial Center is always a festival
favorite. Dozens of regional crafters display their
unique pieces, many of which are entered into
competition in various categories. Food booths
are open during the festivities so you can try some
traditional Scandinavian dishes. There is also
a Swedish Meatball Dinner Saturday night and
a Swedish Pancake Breakfast Sunday morning.
The parade marches through town on Saturday
morning, and there will be all sorts of live music
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And if two events weren’t enough for one weekend,
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Festival will also be taking place on Saturday from
noon to 6pm. Not only can you dance to your
favorite local bands and shop with local vendors
for handmade crafts and homegrown food, but you
can enjoy a delicious garden-to-table dinner grown
in the Libby Community Garden and prepared by
Gracious Table. Kids will have fun in the candy
straw pit, face painting, tug-o-war, hopping all over
with sack races and more activities throughout
the day! Enjoy shopping with more than 30 local
vendors at the farmers market while the kids play.
Don’t forget that back at the Chainsaw Carving
Championships, many pieces will be up for auction.
These will be heavy, so don’t forget the truck or
trailer if you want to bring a piece home.
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models to a minimum. This way, people get
fun glimpses into your hobbies and interests
without feeling like they walked into a popculture
I have a cousin who produces amazing skateboard
style art and posters. I have nearly an
entire wall dedicated to his art, but as they are
all clustered together, the installation reads as
one piece and therefore isn’t overwhelming.
Another example might be someone who is a
passionate gardener or plant aficionado. I have
seen lots of plants in a home done well, and I
have also seen it done poorly. Done well, plants
are healthy and thriving and clustered on a
table in a sunny window, or even several sunny
windows. They are potted in nice, somewhat
similar pots and look cohesive. Done poorly,
the plants are scattered haphazardly through
the home with no rhyme or reason and no
regard for their health. There is nothing sadder
than a half-dead plant sitting by itself in the
middle of the floor in an ugly plastic pot.
Remember, your home is and truly should be a
reflection of your life and no one else’s. While
I always, always believe in good design, I also
believe in people and love getting to know them
through their homes. After all, a home is just a
house if it doesn’t have any personality!
F I N A N C
I A L F O C U S
Interested in Fixed Annuities?
Beware of common misconceptions
This article was written by Edward Jones for use by your local Edward Jones
Financial Advisors Kevin Callos and Merle Ansley.
Between your 401(k) or pension,
your IRA and Social Security, you
hope to have enough to enjoy a
comfortable retirement lifestyle.
Yet, you may want, or need, to find other
financial resources—one of which might be
a fixed annuity, which offers a guaranteed
interest rate and can be structured to provide
a lifetime income stream. But you may be
nervous about investing in annuities because
of some negative things you’ve heard about
them. How concerned should you be?
To help answer that question, let’s consider
some common misconceptions about fixed
• “I won’t be able to touch any of my money
if I need some of it before I retire.” A fixed
annuity is designed to provide you with
income during your retirement years. But if
you want to withdraw a significant amount
of your money before you retire—when your
annuity is in what’s called the “accumulation
phase”—you’ll likely face a surrender charge,
as well as a 10 percent federal tax penalty.
Withdrawals may also be subject to a market
value adjustment. However, to access a small
percentage of your allocated funds, you might
not encounter any fees. And some annuity
contracts allow a 10 percent withdrawal with
• “Annuities cost too much.” Many annuities
are actually low in cost. Be sure to compare
the cost against the value of each additional
guarantee, feature and benefit—and only pay
for what you need.
• “The interest rate will always be too low
to make an annuity worthwhile.” A fixed
annuity is not designed to provide you with
high returns. Its key benefit is the guaranteed
interest rate and the potential for lifetime
• “A deferred annuity isn’t worth the wait.” If
you set up a deferred annuity, it’s true that you
won’t immediately start receiving income. You
will, however, be able to factor future expected
payments into your retirement plan.
• “When I die, the insurance company keeps
my money.” If your payout plan includes a
beneficiary agreement, your beneficiaries will
receive the remaining amount of money in the
contract. Read the terms and conditions listed
with an annuity, as they will spell out where
the remaining money will go after you pass
Of course, even if the above concerns are
simply misconceptions, it doesn’t mean there
are no issues about which you must be aware
when considering fixed annuities. For one
thing, the safety of your lifetime income stream
and guarantees will depend on the claimspaying
ability of the insurer that issued the
annuity, so you’ll want to choose a company
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annuities: They typically don’t carry a cost of
living adjustment, such as that found in Social
Security. You can find annuities that do offer
some inflation protection, but this feature can
reduce early payments significantly.
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PULSE-RACING, ENGINE-REVVING ACTION AWAITS
TRUCK AND TRACTOR PULL RETURNS TO BONNERS FERRY
By Jillian Chandler | Photos by LMS Photography
Excitement is headed for the Boundary
County Fairgrounds as Cascade Pullers
LLC (the premier professional truck and
tractor pulling series in the Northwest)
brings the Truck and Tractor Pull to Bonners
Ferry on Saturday, September 14.
Event organizer Delton Amoth has been pulling
for 34 years. They first put on the event in
Bonners Ferry 24 years ago, and as Delton says,
“It was time to bring it back.”
everything from the
little kids with their
mini tractors to the
action, with everything from the little kids with
their mini tractors to the guys and gals with
their daily drivers, and modified trucks to the
big boys with the multi-engine tractors. [There
will be] a wide variety of entertainment that
everyone will enjoy.”
He adds that they are expecting around 30
modified vehicles to participate “and whoever
wants to come to hook on with their daily
For those who have never attended a truck
and tractor pull, the event is sure to bring
excitement and cheers from the audience.
This motorsport competition requires vehicles
(some highly modified) to pull a sled along a 35-
foot wide track the length of 300-plus feet, with
the winner being the person who pulls the sled
When it comes to what spectators can expect,
Delton says, “Pulse-racing, engine-revving
guys and gals with
their daily drivers, and
modified trucks to
the big boys with the
The fun kicks off at 6pm with local pullers,
followed by modified pullers at 7pm. After the
pull, there will be a pit party with a driver meetand-greet
and autograph session. Admission to
the event, which is family friendly, is $15, and
children 6 and younger are free.
“Come out and see what started as a farmers
competition turned into lots of horsepower!”
Honoring The Fallen
CARRY THE FALLEN RUCK MARCH
BY TERESA PESCE
Veterans are solemnly aware of their brotherhood in battle.
They carry the fallen. In civilian life, Active Heroes
gives patriotic civilians an opportunity to show their
willingness to do the
same by participating in a Carry
The Fallen ruck march. With a ruck
sack on their backs to symbolize
the psychological burdens of war
that drive some veterans to suicide,
participants join together in a hike
to spread the message that nobody
is alone and that there is a whole
community network of support for
The next ruck march will take place
September 21 starting at Log Inn
Cabins and RV. Opening ceremonies
will be at 10am, followed by the
three-hour ruck march starting at
10:30am. The closing ceremony
will be held after the march with a
community barbecue, beer garden,
kids’ activities, live and silent auctions and 50/50 raffle.
Active Heroes was started by U.S. Army Veteran Troy Yocum. Troy
returned home from serving in Iraq with a wound in his soul that
would never entirely heal. His battle buddy had committed suicide. To
HE BUILT A TEAM OF
WHO WANTED TO
AND NETWORKING TO
HELP VETERANS AND
honor his friend and to raise compassionate awareness of the veteran
suicide crisis in the U.S., Troy hiked 7,800-plus miles across America,
sharing his mission with each community along the way. Every step
was motivated by his compassion
for the living who were suffering
as his friend had suffered and
by his commitment to help save
their lives. Carry the Fallen ruck
marches are in support of Troy’s
Veteran John Riddle of Bonners
Ferry brought the Carry the
Fallen ruck sack march to Bonners
Ferry, where he built a team of
like-hearted people who wanted
to bolster community support,
resources and networking to help
veterans and their families. The
march created a strengthening
camaraderie for military families
and raised $12,000—with $4,400
applied locally—to support the
Bonners Ferry VFW post, the Bonners Ferry Disabled American
Veterans Chapter and Active Heroes initiatives. Active Heroes events
are free for veterans, former military service members and military
family members. All are welcome and encouraged to support the
march’s mission of eliminating veteran suicide.
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A BADGER FOR LIFE
David Koon begins 40th season with the Badgers
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BY PATTY HUTCHENS | PHOTO BY ALISON HENSLEE
Players come and go. Even coaches
come and go. But for four decades
there has been one constant on the
football field for the Bonners Ferry
Badgers. David Koon, who has lived in Bonners
Ferry his entire life, began as a manager for
the team when he was in his freshmen year
at Bonners Ferry High School. Now, 40 years
later, he remains on the staff as the equipment
manager and loves every minute of it.
“I just love being with the kids,” said Koon,
who proudly adds that he is the oldest coach
for the team. “Being out there makes me feel
He says he has made many friendships
throughout the years, not only with the players
but with their families as well. And as a mentor
to both the varsity and junior varsity players,
Koon says he encourages all the seniors each
season to enjoy every moment because it will
go by faster than they can ever imagine. “I tell
them they’ll never have this feeling again, so
enjoy it,” said Koon.
In addition to his role for the football team,
Koon is also an assistant coach for the golf
team, something he has done for approximately
the last 10 years. “We even took two kids to
state this year,” he said proudly.
Former Badger Head Football Coach Cory
Kramer has known Koon for many years and
is grateful for his dedication.
“I’ve known Dave since 1989, as a player, a
coach and parent of kids that played while he’s
been a coach. His passion and care for Badger
football has never changed,” said Kramer.
A volunteer, Koon’s role extends far beyond the
field. In addition to his job as an equipment
manager, he must take online classes each year
on topics such as concussion awareness, heat
stroke and more.
When asked to share one of his most
memorable moments, Koon said he simply
loves them all. But it was a memory of being
recognized by the community that still brings
him to tears. At one game, the coaches and
team made a “tunnel.” Koon did not realize it
was for him. He walked through the tunnel of
players and coaches and was presented with his
own letterman’s jacket.
“It surprised the heck out of me. I was bawling
like a baby!” said Koon. Both teams, the fans,
the cheerleaders and the coaches all gave Koon
a well-deserved standing ovation.
“I wear the jacket at all the homecoming games
and at some of the other games too,” said Koon.
And if you are thinking that after four decades
David Koon may be thinking of retirement,
“I’m not going to retire so long as I can still
walk,” he said. “And even if I can’t, I still may
work with the team.”
Thank you, David Koon, for your years of
volunteering for the youth in our community!
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CODING FROM YOUR COUCH
U OF I PROGRAM HELPS BRING NEW
SKILL TO SMALL TOWNS
BY DAN THOMPSON
Sean Bonner is quick to call himself a
nerd, and during his 15 years living in
North Idaho, he has come to realize that
he is not alone.
Through the Coeur d’Alene branch of the
Innovation Collective, he and other self-avowed
nerds have a place to come together and work
toward the organization’s mission, which is to
create “a global entrepreneurship movement in
smaller towns,” nodding to the uniqueness of
each town and the skills of each member.
Charles Buck is the associate vice president
and executive officer for University of Idaho
Coeur d'Alene, and his charge is to increase
educational access in the community to foster
positive growth and development, not just in
Coeur d’Alene but in towns across the state.
So perhaps it was only a matter of time that
the efforts of Buck and people like Bonner in
the Innovation Collective were able to come
together. And come together they have, with a
program that is off to a faster start than either
of them expected.
With the help of Apple, the University of Idaho
and the Innovation Collective have created
“Inspire Idaho.” The program’s goal? To help
Idahoans learn the skills of coding and mobile
app development, all without driving farther
than their hometown library or enrolling in
“We need to find other products that our
citizens can understand and really benefit
from,” Buck said. “We want to bring something
that’s relevant to our communities.”
The need is evident. The tech world is already in
need of about 50,000 qualified coders and app
writers, Buck said, and that demand isn’t going
away. But not everyone is in a position to uproot
their families in order to redirect their careers,
In early 2018, Buck ended up in conversations
with some representatives from Apple, which,
he learned, already had a curriculum to teach
people how to code and develop apps—all in
about 180 hours of work and study.
In March that year, Buck mustered five teams
of U of I and Apple representatives to travel
across the state, visiting 20 cities and holding
forums to introduce this idea to Idahoans. Buck
thought they might get a couple hundred people
Within four days, they had 450 signups. Now
they have 348 people enrolled across 11 sites—
including Bonners Ferry and Coeur d’Alene—
with another 550 people waiting to join teams.
A Sandpoint-based group is scheduled to start
“The key thing about the curriculum that got
me excited about going forward is it’s not just
learning how to code,” Buck said. “You can go
from knowing nothing to a fully developed app
if you get through the curriculum, so there’s a
real tangible deliverable on the other end.”
Buck and his colleagues at the University of Idaho
are doing what they can to ensure a successful
experience for those involved in the program.
Toward that end, each group has at least one
expert or mentor—someone with experience
in coding or software development—as a sort
of “den mother” to guide enrollees. That’s
where the Innovation Collective has leveraged
its state-wide reach, enlisting volunteers to fill
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to offer spaces for the teams to meet and to
businesses and municipalities to help eliminate
the primary barrier to entry: the need for a
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ight about now. Bonner has been involved with the group in Bonners
Ferry, sometimes through in-person visits but more often by video chat
from his home in Post Falls. Every student has been enthusiastic, he
said, though not all who started will finish the program.
While Apple’s curriculum is called “Everyone Can Code,” some people
pick it up faster than others or are able to devote more time to it.
Bonner’s group in Bonners Ferry decided that a pace of four hours per
week was a good starting point to get done in a year, but that hasn’t
necessarily been a pace everyone has kept up with.
Also, the process of learning to code and then actually writing specific
code to build the apps that students are setting out to create is not
necessarily a smooth one, Bonner said.
“When people start getting into the actual (digital) playgrounds, they
say, ‘Wow this is way more than I thought,’” said Bonner, a software
developer. “The program was trying to get people enthusiastic, and
some are realizing this isn’t quite what they thought, but the people who
are still in now are definitely wanting to finish. … At the root it’s a selfstudy,
so you get out of it what you put into it.”
Bonner believes in the program, though, and said he will continue to
work with groups this fall.
“The University of Idaho was founded when all the states were being
settled and farmed, and they realized we had all these people who need
to be able to do a good job at farming,” Bonner said. “We have a new
shift in technology and workforce, and people are doing something now
to retool, so the U of I is a good sponsor to get this program started.”
Along with Bonner, Jim Hutten will be a mentor for the Sandpoint team.
The group of about 15 will meet at the library on a weekly basis, he said,
with the hope that being together will help members troubleshoot and
“Like any other learning, (we) want to create an environment here
where people are inspired, where they can go when they get frustrated
but not be on a rigorous training schedule like education is,” Hutten
said. “Charles (Buck) has a great vision. We need to change the way
people learn and get educated.”
Hutten, as well as others he talks to in Sandpoint, realizes that coding
is a skill that’s not going away. Many people, he said, don’t want to leave
Sandpoint, but they want a better job and they want to learn the skill on
their own time.
This program, then, is a great fit, Hutten said.
“We would like them to get done in 12 months, but if someone falls
behind, that’s OK,” Hutten said. “Our goal is, let’s keep going.”
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“WE WANT THE COMMUNITY TO
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THE DANGERS THAT CAN BEFALL
PROPERTY AND INHERITANCES THAT
ARE NOT PROPERLY PROTECTED.”
Thomas A. Bushnell’s passion for helping people and solving
problems started at an early age in third grade, while strategizing
for a mock trial.
Today, Tom is owner and attorney at law at Bushnell Law, which
opened its doors in Bonners Ferry in March of 2017. Since day one, Tom
and his firm have been dedicated to being efficient and personable to
each client who walks through their doors.
“We emphasize performing in a timely fashion so we can supply our
clients with quality services while maintaining affordability,” says Tom.
The firm handles many different aspects of law. Sixty percent of their
business is estate planning. Bushnell Law specializes in ensuring the
maximum amount possible is left to their clients’ loved ones by avoiding
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and the dangers that can befall property and inheritances that are not
properly protected,” affirms Tom. This led Tom to start teaching a free
class on the third Friday of every month at 6:30pm to inform people
about wills and trusts.
Tom has a gift for explaining the legal processes in simple terms for his
clients, which allows them to easily understand the process without
having to have a legal background.
As Sheraya Hauck, paralegal and office manager at Bushnell Law shares,
“Tom loves to help people. He wants them to leave in a better position
than when they arrived at our office, no matter the issue at hand.”
decades after relocating from Washington state. Tom and his family
originally moved to Porthill and lived off-grid in a log home. As Tom
says, “The natural beauty of Boundary County is unparalleled.”
During Tom and Sherry’s more than 37 years of marriage, the couple has
been devoted not only to each other but three nonprofit organizations.
Today they run Blessed Beginnings, a crisis pregnancy center in
Boundary County, as well as two other nonprofit organizations.
If you are looking for a local attorney to help guide you through your
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TOURING NORTH AMERICA’S
BIGGEST HOP FARM
BY COLIN ANDERSON
PHOTOS COURTESY OF ELK MOUNTAIN FARMS AND
To brew beer you need four key ingredients: water, yeast, malt
and hops. Clean water makes for a crisp beverage, and yeast
is used to convert sugars into alcohol. Malt is where the color
and flavor profile comes from, and hops add to the aroma and
bitterness. A stroll down any grocery store aisle and you’ll find such a
wide range of choices that it’s hard to fathom they all come from the
same four basic ingredients. If you’ve tipped back a Bud Light, Goose
Island IPA, Elysian Dragon Tooth Stout or Ten Barrel Trail Beer, then
you’ll want to raise your glass and toast to one of the men who supplies
the beer industry with one of its key ingredients.
Ed Atkins is a fourth generation farmer whose family continues to work
the lands along the Kootenai River Valley in the far reaches of Northern
Idaho. About 10 miles south of the Canadian border you’ll find a lush
valley surrounded by towering mountains. All kinds of crops flourish
here including hops, and Ed and his team have more than a few plants
to keep an eye on.
Elk Mountain Farms was built in 1987 and originally covered 600
acres. In 1989, the farm was expanded by another 600 acres, and in
1991 an additional 500 acres were added. The 1,700 acres easily makes
Elk Mountain Farms the largest hop farm in North America. Ed is the
general manager of the massive operation, something he didn’t see
coming when he started here more than 30 years ago.
“I didn’t know anything about hops,” he recalled. In the late ‘80s Ed was
in the logging industry when he was laid off due to slowing production.
He knew the person who was starting up the farm and was asked if he
wanted a job. “I thought I’d work there for a few months then head back
into the woods again, but here I am,” he said.
Ed now oversees a full-time staff of 21 and seasonal workers that during
harvest can swell to 220. He’s held numerous positions from mechanic
to manager to business operations, and GM for the last 11 years. From
having no knowledge of hops, Ed is now a walking encyclopedia. “We
have a rich, fertile valley here with lots of irrigation, long summer
days and cool nights. Hops enjoy the 80 degree days and the 60 degree
nights,” he explained.
Elk Mountain Farms is situated on similar latitude to hop farms in
Germany. This was taken into account when finding a location for
the massive operation. Hallertau and Saaz are some of the oldest hops
known to man and do very well in Germany. These were the first
varieties planted at Elk Mountain and were also very successful. During
the early days of the farm, the hops were being utilized for Budweiser’s
flagship products Bud and Bud Light. As the craft beer movement began
to swing back up again, it was Ed’s job to bring in additional varieties
to meet brewers’ demand for new products. “We started with two and
are now growing seven varieties,” said Ed. These include Amarillo and
the newest rage Citra, used in juicy or hazy-style IPAs. It’s a market
that’s much different from when Ed began his career at Elk Mountain.
“Today’s consumers are a lot more fickle, and I see there is virtually no
loyalty to brands. It seems to always be about what’s new versus what’s
With that in mind, the experimental side of the farm has also ramped
up. There was a time when Ed and his team were only experimenting
with a half dozen plants; today that number has skyrocketed to 1,500.
“We are always looking for the next big thing as there are two big niches
today: drinking what’s local or regional or what’s the new latest and
greatest.” While the experimental side is an operation of itself, the main
farm is where the vast majority of the work comes from.
A single acre on the farm contains 889 plants, meaning at full capacity
there are more than 1.5 million plants that are tended to. “Hops are high
maintenance and high labor,” explained Ed. Hop bines grow vertically,
Only a few thousand people call
the area home, and while there
has been growth in the previous
30 years, it’s unlikely to ever
impact the farm, its space or the
river which it is reliant on.
and each bine on the farm will reach a height
of about 20 feet. Elk Mountain uses a core
yarn that is made from coconut husk fibers
as a way for the plant to wrap itself and grow
vertically. Workers need to put these up at the
start of each year. Most plants require two
strings each. This translates to approximately
80 million feet or 15,000 miles worth of string
put up by hand each and every year.
Unfortunately for the team, the bines need
assistance if they are going to reach their full
potential, which means training. Each May
workers go out for the first training, which
involves manually wrapping each bine around
the string. About a month later it’s done again.
Keep in mind, there are more than a million
plants—and this is done twice! “We do this
so that all the bines grow to an even length
because we want them to all grow and bloom
at the same time.”
About 100 to 150 workers tackle these jobs in
the spring and summer.
There is a small window when the hop cones
are ready to harvest. This is usually in August,
and that’s when Elk Mountain Farms really
begins to ramp up. Two-hundred-and-twenty
seasonal workers are brought in to work
around the clock. “We’ve done it in 17 days,
but typically it’s about 20 or 21 days,” said Ed.
Each worker is set to a specific task to ensure
everything is done correctly and timely so the
farm doesn’t miss its limited window.
Hop combines are sent out into the fields.
There are only about 30 of these in the U.S.,
and Elk Mountain has six of them. “You have
to build them yourself,” said Ed. “We can’t just
call up John Deere and have them make us
one.” The massive machines gather the whole
bine and begin separating out the cones from
the rest of the plant. Bines are sent through
an unloader, which breaks up the clumps and
starts to separate the cones from the rest of the
plant. The first cleaning done in the field is just
step one of the process.
The harvested hops are brought into two
massive structures on property to further
separate the cones from waste materials. The
cones run through an intricate system in
which they are bounced on mesh, blasted by
air and shaken again. In all they go through six
different stations including mesh grates, arm
piercers, trammels, a harp and finally dribble
tables. (If it’s at all confusing, it should be.
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Just know that by the time they come out they
are cleared of any excess material). Materials
separated from the cones are composted and go
back into the fields to be used on the next crop.
The next step in the process is drying the hops.
This is done in a massive kiln powered by a
9 million BTU propane burner and a 75,000
CFM fan. The hops are dried at a temperature of
around 130 to 145 degrees. Once out of the kiln
a conveyor drops them into another area atop
a cloth for them to cool. These tables are filled
about 30-inches deep, and it takes anywhere from
four to 13 hours for the hops to hit their preferred
moisture level of 9.5 percent. “Operators feel by
hand and read the moisture levels. Once we hit
that mark, they are sent to be bailed,” explained
At this point the hops are ready to be used and
can be shipped to distributors and brewers
around North America. The hops are run up an
additional set of belts and dropped into a weight
box. They fall into a cloth, and once 200 pounds
are in, they are sealed up by hand using two
commercial-grade sewing machines. Each bail is
labeled, and they are ready to be shipped.
When harvest is complete there is still plenty of
work to be done preparing for next season before
winter sets in. Workers stay on until around
Thanksgiving time, when things slow enough for
everyone to catch their breath, if only for a short
For Ed, the entire experience is something he
didn’t envision but wouldn’t change. He’s been
able to work alongside a passionate group,
many of whom started when the farm was built
and retired after never leaving. “I’ve had great
mentors here; the people that help you, I owe a
debt of gratitude to them,” said Ed.
As you look around the Northwest, new breweries
continue to pop up seemingly on a monthly basis.
Competition for taps at bars and restaurants is
fierce, and brewers are altering their marketing
and creating new styles in ways they didn’t have
to when the craft beer renaissance started again
in the early 2000s. While it seems like something
that’s never-ending and here to stay, Ed isn’t so
sure. “Craft died in the mid-'90s and came back
again in the mid-2000s. It’s usually about a 10-
year cycle,” Ed predicted. Ed points to consumer
data showing big gains in the wine and whisky
industry taking a bite into beer sales. Hop-free
spiked seltzers are also exploding onto the scene,
all products competing in one of the biggest
Ed has been through it before, and the farm
is ready to adapt to what consumers want. If
brewers continue looking for the next new hop
flavor, Ed’s team will keep the experimental
varieties going strong. If consumers begin to
pull away from a saturated craft beer market,
they’ll adjust for that too, all part of 32 years
experience in farming one of the more unique
crops on earth.
The relative isolation of Elk Mountain Farms
ensures that encroachment likely will never
become an issue. Only a few thousand people
call the area home, and while there has been
growth in the previous 30 years, it’s unlikely
to ever impact the farm, its space or the river
which it is reliant on. The scale of the operation
and which hops are growing might change, but
as long as there is beer, the farm will continue
to supply some of the biggest names in the
The 1,700 acres
With more than three decades under his belt,
Ed knows his career is coming to an end in
the near future. “At some point we have to
hand this off to the next generation, and as
I’m nearing the end of my career, it’s definitely
something you think more about,” he said. Ed
credits his mentors for helping him get to the
position he is in and hopes that his mentorship
of other employees will keep that cycle going.
One-and-a-half million plants is a lot to look
after, and it takes a special talent to do so. The
next time you pop the top of your favorite long
neck or order up that dry-hopped Citra bomb
double IPA, give a cheers to Ed, after all, it
wouldn’t be so refreshing without a whole lot
of hard work.
THINGS TO KNOW WHEN YOU ARE
THE FIRST RESPONDER
BY WANDA WILKERSON, RN
BOUNDARY COMMUNITY HOSPITAL
EMERGENCY DEPARTMENT NURSE MANAGER
Let’s imagine you are out in the woods with a friend
who falls. They have a compound fracture in the
leg which is bleeding profusely. You are miles away
from help. What do you do? First, stop the bleed.
You are the help until assistance arrives. You are the first care
provider and you can learn methods for bleeding control for
What is “Stop the Bleed”? It is a national awareness program
and call to action to encourage bystanders to become
trained, equipped and empowered to help in a bleeding
emergency before professional help arrives. Following so
many devastating disasters in 2015, the “No One Should Die
from Uncontrolled Bleeding” movement gained national
attention, and in October 2015 the White House launched
the “Stop the Bleed” campaign.
The idea came to engage the public to assist and limit blood
loss. The primary directive of the Stop the Bleed campaign
is that the first few minutes following a major hemorrhageproducing
injury, victims and bystanders can take action
and limit blood loss—ultimately saving a life. Civilians need
basic training in bleeding control principles so they are able
to provide immediate frontline aid until first responders
are able to take over the care of an injured person. Due to
many situations, there may be a delay between the time of
injury and the time a first responder is on the scene. Without
civilian intervention in these circumstances, preventable
deaths will occur.
Keep in Mind:
• Trauma is the fourth leading cause of death in Idaho and
is often caused by motor vehicle crashes, falls, drownings,
poisonings, suicides and bicycle/pedestrian accidents.
• Bleeding is the leading cause of preventable death after
• In an emergency, someone can bleed to death before help
arrives (in as little as three minutes).
• When there are multiple casualties, EMS services may be
• In an active shooter event, law enforcement must focus on
mitigating the threat.
Visit BleedingControl.org to find classes available near
you. Stop the Bleed kits can be purchased, which are small
enough to carry in your day pack out in the woods or to keep
at your place of work, your desk or your vehicle. Classes take
about one to two hours and can equip you with the skills
and knowledge to save a life by stopping the bleed. Several
members of the Boundary Community Hospital Emergency
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Sensitive Emergency protocols.
If you’d like to arrange for a class for your group or organization,
call BCH Community Relations at 208.267.6912.
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TRAVIS HINTHORN TAKES THE HELM FOR THE BADGERS THIS FALL
BY PATTY HUTCHENS | PHOTO BY ALISON HENSLEE
As the new head coach for the Bonners Ferry High
School varsity football team, Travis Hinthorn is
no stranger to fans. In the early 2000s he spent six
years as the offensive coordinator for Bonners Ferry
High School, and for the last seven years he has coached the
Boundary County Middle School eighth grade team.
“I also volunteered at Lakeland High School while I was student
teaching and coached middle school football at Sandpoint
Middle School for one year when I was teaching there,” said
Coach Hinthorn, who
takes over this year as
the new head coach of
the Bonners Ferry High
School varsity squad
after Corey Kramer
stepped down after four
years as head coach.
Coach Hinthorn will be
joined on the sidelines
by assistant coaches
Kevin Campbell, Andy
Rice, Danny Swift and
“Some of our goals we
have talked about for this year are to create a positive culture of
high character and to establish expectations on and off the field,”
said Coach Hinthorn, adding that he looks forward to working
with the athletes he has come to know at Boundary County
“It should be a smooth transition,” he said. “Kevin Campbell
teaches at the high school and knows the athletes well, and Andy
Rice and I have been at the middle school for years coaching
these current players.”
Hinthorn states that the
key players to watch
this season include Ty
Bateman, Larry Hoehne,
Jake Jelinek, Isaiah
Shottanana and Quinn
Looking ahead to the
schedule, Coach Hinthorn
states that Timberlake will
once again be the team to
“All their coaches are
teachers and coach
multiple sports. They do
“SOME OF OUR GOALS WE HAVE TALKED
ABOUT FOR THIS YEAR ARE TO CREATE A
POSITIVE CULTURE OF HIGH CHARACTER
AND TO ESTABLISH EXPECTATIONS ON
AND OFF THE FIELD.”
a great job of recruiting players and
getting them out for track and into
the weight room,” said Hinthorn.
“We are not there yet, but we are
headed in that direction.”
He is grateful for the chance
to coach this year’s varsity
team and is confident
the community will
once again come out to
support the team.
“The thing I enjoy about
football is that it sets the
tone for the school spirit
in the community at the
beginning of the year.
People love to watch their
team Friday night under the
lights. Hopefully we can fill
the bleachers and make it a
community event,” said
Hinthorn. “I enjoy all
the players trying to
come together to
be the best team
they can be and
community in a
you are on
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Being involved in sports at an early age has many lifelong benefits that the player will carry with him or her
throughout their life, so it is important that the adults surrounding them and pushing them forward promote good
sportsmanship, no matter the sport. Here are some great pieces of advice for parents and coaches to help their
student athletes on and off the field.
HOW YOU CAN HELP YOUR YOUNG ATHLETE SUCCEED IN ALL
ASPECTS OF THE GAME
BY JILLIAN CHANDLER | PHOTOS COURTESY OF ALISON HENSLEE
Teamwork. Kids need to learn to work with others to achieve a
common goal, whether it’s on or off the field. Positively reinforcing
teamwork is one of the most important—if not the most important—
aspects of any team sport. Like the saying goes, “There’s no ‘I’ in
team.” Encouraging players to work together helps promote a positive
environment that will help to nurture each player’s growth. It also
provides additional support to those on the team who are either
struggling or left out. Teamwork creates a bond among the members
of the team. A team will either succeed together or fail together.
Respect. Children and young adults look to their coaches as role
models. Imparting positive values on one's players is a key aspect
to the game before it's ever played. It is equally important for the
coach to treat his/her players with respect as it is for the players
to show respect to their coach, fellow teammates, referee and the
opposing team. Keep language clean on the field, regardless of
who you are addressing. As a coach, players will tend to mimic
his or her behavior, so it is important for coaches to set a positive
example at all times.
Humility. In addition to practicing one’s sport, it is important
to also practice humility. Yes, when a player makes that winning
hoop or scores that final touchdown for the win, many will
tend to elicit not-so-appropriate behavior after their big play. It
is important to teach them that it is, of course, OK to celebrate,
but not at the expense of others. They should demonstrate their
excitement in a responsible and respectful manner, and the
coach should encourage players to focus on the team's success
as a whole—not the individual. The same can be said when the
opposing team scores. Don't show signs of resentment or anger.
The coach and players should keep their composure and get ready
for what's to come.
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Integrity. One essential component of any game is promoting
integrity, and this should be at the forefront of every athletic
competition starting at an early age. Young athletes should be taught
the importance of clean play. There are rules and regulations for
a reason, and they should not be frowned upon. They are there to
protect each and every player. Let these developing athletes earn
their wins honestly without sacrificing their morals. A dirty player
can bring down an entire team. If there is any question that a play
could be problematic, the solution is easy—come up with a new
Constructive Criticism. Everyone will make a mistake at some
point, and how the coach, teammates and parents react can make or
break a young athlete. Never call a player out in front of everyone.
Even though emotions can take over and a coach’s or parent’s first
instinct can be to react, don’t. This will not only embarrass the player,
and even those around him or her, but will most likely result in them
struggling to keep playing. Wait until the game is over and emotions
have calmed to sit down privately to discuss the matter. There is
never a reason to belittle a young athlete in front of others, and in
doing so they are being taught that it is OK to treat others this way.
Learning. The emphasis a coach should impart on any sport is not
on winning but learning. Sports play an important role when it
comes to instilling vital habits such as discipline, time management,
perseverance and commitment. Players will learn hand-eye
coordination, how to work with others and how to handle a loss—
or win—with grace. Though everyone wants that winning victory,
it is important to keep the focus on learning the important skills,
growing personally as well as a team and working hard toward a
common goal. These life habits gained on the field will benefit all
involved in all aspects of life.
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Enjoy long days with the Last of the Midnight Sun and mild
temperatures for the beginning of the Aurora Season
Story & Photos By Marguerite Cleveland
From September until the snow accumulates is the perfect time to visit Fairbanks, Alaska. The summer
crowds have returned home, but you can still enjoy some of the warmer weather activities—and may
even see the Aurora Borealis. Give yourself three full days to enjoy this itinerary, which gives you a
good overview of the area. Upon arrival in Fairbanks, visit the Morris Thompson Cultural and Visitors
Center to find information to explore Fairbanks and Alaska’s interior. It’s more than just a visitors' center and
more like a natural history museum. Learn about Alaska’s Native Peoples and check out the world-class exhibits.
Chena Hot Springs Resort is your stop for the night. It is about a 60-minute scenic drive from Fairbanks
through the Chena River State Recreation Area. The road parallels the Chena River, and wildlife sightings,
especially moose, are common along the Beaver Ponds and sloughs. Insider Tip: There are limited facilities
along this route, so plan accordingly. Your stay here is a good opportunity to put away the technology and enjoy
the natural surroundings. If you want a truly authentic Alaskan experience, stay in one of the “dry cabins” with
no running water and their own outhouse. If that is too rustic, the Moose Lodge has spacious rooms with full
You won’t run out of things to do while visiting this resort. Take a short walk to visit the dog kennels. The
nearly 100 Alaskan sled dogs are a bundle of energy and love visitors. Take a kennel tour or enjoy a dog sled
TAKE A SHORT WALK TO VISIT THE DOG
KENNELS. THE NEARLY 100 ALASKAN SLED
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ride; options are available year-round. Next visit the Ice Museum. It’s so
fun to explore this masterpiece carved from ice. Insider Tip: Splurge for
the apple martini served in a glass made of ice. The activities center is the
heart of the resort. From here you can book activities or just hang out.
It is open 24 hours a day. Lastly, don’t miss the hot springs; what a lovely
way to soak off all that stiffness from traveling.
There are two dining options at the resort: the Chena Hot Springs
Restaurant serves three sit-down meals a day and is famed for its “Chena
Fresh” lettuce and tomatoes, which are grown on-site year-round and is
a real treat in the winter months when fresh produce is scarce. The other
option is the Aurora Café, which serves soups, salads and sandwiches in
the activities center.
Plan to spend a full day exploring all Fairbanks has to offer. Stay at the
SpringHill Suites in Downtown Fairbanks. It is in the hub of the city with
restaurants and shops in close proximity. Across the street are the Chena
River and the Yukon Quest Store. It’s worth stopping in to learn about
this 1,000-mile dog sled race, which makes the famous Iditarod Dog Sled
Race look like a fun run. Also located on-site with the hotel is Lavelle’s
Bistro—one of the few upscale dining spots in Fairbanks.
Get an early start from the hot springs and book a morning tour to either
Gold Dredge 8 or the Riverboat Discovery. The Binkley family has a long
family history dating from the Gold Rush era and owns both businesses.
If you are a fan of TV shows like “Gold Rush,” then you will enjoy the
train ride to Gold Dredge 8 where you can explore a gold dredge and pan
for gold. The Riverboat Discovery will take you on a roundtrip tour of
so many iconic Alaska experiences from a Bush Pilot demonstration, a
dog sled demonstration and a walking tour of a Chena Indian Village, all
truly memorable experiences.
In the afternoon, book a tour at the Running Reindeer Ranch, where
owner Jane Atkinson has created a one-of-a-kind experience. She will
regale you with stories of the early days of her reindeer journey and
why the ranch is named “Running”—and yes, it does involve runaway
reindeer. Atkinson is a gifted storyteller, and her tales are shared while
reindeer frolic around you. Enjoy a walk through a boreal forest with
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WHERE TO STAY
Chena Hot Springs Resort - ChenaHotSprings.com
SpringHill Suites by Marriott - Marriott.com
WHAT TO DO
Morris Thompson Cultural and Visitors Center
Gold Dredge 8 - GoldDredge8.com
Riverboat Discovery - RiverboatDiscovery.com
Running Reindeer Ranch - RunningReindeer.com
Denali National Park - NPS.gov
WHERE TO EAT
Lavelle’s Bistro - LavellesBistro.com
The Pumphouse - Pumphouse.com
plenty of photo opportunities. By the time you
depart, you will learn everything you could
possibly imagine about reindeer. This is sure
to be the highlight of your Alaskan getaway.
The Pumphouse Restaurant on the banks of
the Chena River recreates the glory days of
the Victorian Gold Rush era. This Fairbanks
Treasure is filled with antiques and authenticto-the-period
furnishings, many 150 years
old. The food is cooked to order from fresh
local ingredients, Alaskan salmon and
Certified Angus beef. This place is popular
with locals and tourists alike because of the
great food and service.
are lucky you will spot some of the bucket list animals such as grizzly
bears, wolves, caribou, moose and Dall sheep. Bring binoculars and a
camera with a zoom lens. Watch for cars pulled over to the side of the
road or just stopped, as that is a sure sign someone has spotted an animal.
Denali National Park is a two-hour scenic drive from Fairbanks. As
summer facilities shut down you want to start out with a full tank of gas
and plan a substantial picnic to bring with you (enough for two meals).
This is an easily doable day trip, and on the scenic drive you are likely to
see wildlife on the way to the park.
The bus transportation in the park shuts down on September 12. After
this date you can drive to mile post 30 at the Teklanika River. The road
is open year-round to vehicles as long as conditions allow. Your first
stop will be the Murie Science and Learning Center at mile 1.5 on the
park road. This serves as the winter visitors' center. After getting all the
information you need and double checking on the road status, head 1.5
miles up the road to the Denali Dog Sled Kennels. (Note, they are closed
on Mondays.) There are no formal programs, but you can get up close to
the dogs and learn more about their mission in the park.
People come to Denali National Park for its breathtaking natural scenery.
As you begin your drive into the park, keep an eye out for wildlife. If you
At mile 15 you will come to the Savage River, which is a good place to
stop. Restrooms are available, and there is a 1.7-mile round-trip loop
trail that follows along the Savage River for a mile before crossing over
a bridge and returning on the other side. There is just a slight elevation
change, but the trail is rocky. Unlike most national parks, you can hike
off-trail in Denali—just be careful and watch your footing. People have
died when hiking off-trail here.
You can continue your drive until you reach mile 30, the Teklanika Rest
Stop, which is your turn-around point. Depending on the weather and
the amount of daylight hours, you may have the opportunity to see the
Aurora Borealis. It will make for a long day, but if you didn’t see it at the
Chena Hot Springs it will be worth it to have this special experience.
Head to Fairbanks for the night and fly home the next morning or take a
late-afternoon flight and squeeze another activity in such as the Museum
of the North at the University of Alaska.
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2 medium lemons
4 fresh tomatoes
• In a large steaming pot, fill water and bring to a boil.
• Wash and cut off the tops and bottom ¼-inch stem of the
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• In a small bowl, whisk together 3 tablespoons of mayonnaise
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• Slice the tomatoes and cucumbers to your size preference.
Slicing in wedges is a beautiful way to present the produce.
Place in a serving dish and toss with salt, pepper, lemon juice,
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• Serve artichokes and enjoy!
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customer favorites like the broasted chicken, omelets, pies and
more, they’re open Tuesday through Saturday 4:30am to 8pm
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house-made specials at this cozy bistro. They are committed
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supporting our local farmers as well! Now serving breakfast
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THE SCOPE AND PRIZE POOL FOR ONE OF BONNERS FERRY’S MOST
POPULAR YEARLY EVENTS CONTINUES TO GROW. Once again, Glass House
Demo Productions is proud to present demolition derby at its finest with
the annual Bonners Ferry Smash and Bash on Saturday, September 7.
Drivers will compete in several categories including full size, truck and
compact. A prize pool of $15,000 will be awarded, including $4,000 to the
winner of the full-size derby and $1,000 each to the winners of the truck
and compact heats. Additional cash prizes will be awarded for placing in
the top three.
“This demo is about derby family, fun and hitting hard. Hope to see you all
there,” said Kyle Watts, event organizer.
If you are interested in taking part in the action, you can find all the
information, rules and acceptable alterations at GlassHouseDemo.com.
There is no entry fee for those looking to smash up their cars, and free
pizza and drinks will be provided to drivers and the pit crew once the
derby is completed.
For those who would rather watch from a distance, tickets are already on
sale. You can stop by Woody’s Gun and Pawn to pick them up in person,
or you can call Kyle at 208.267.4867 to have your tickets placed at will call.
Advanced tickets are highly recommended as the event typically sells out.
All ages are welcome, and the first heats get going at 6pm. Those with
small children or sensitive hearing might also want to bring ear plugs.
Concessions are available on-site.
The event promises to be one of great family fun. Close out your summer
with the sounds of metal on metal and see who comes out on top at the
always exciting Smash and Bash.
Annual Golf Tournament
GROW! Farm to Table Local
Food Feast & Fundraiser
For the 11th year in a row, the Fry Healthcare Foundation will host its annual golf
tournament at Mirror Lake Golf Course. This year’s event will take place on Friday,
September 6, with check-in at 11am and the shotgun start at noon. Following the
tournament there will be a cookout along with prize presentations and a flyover by the
crew at Life Flight Network. For more information, contact Fry Healthcare Foundation
at 208.267.6912. BoundaryCommunityHospital.org/foundation
The fourth annual GROW! Farm to Table Local Food Feast & Fundraiser marks GROW!'s
10th anniversary of providing fresh organic produce to our local community! This year's
feast will be held Saturday, September 7, 6 to 9pm at BeeHaven Flower Farm, which is
located just 5 miles north of Bonners Ferry at 2431 Moonshadow Road. Join GROW! for
an evening of food, entertainment, fundraising and just plain fun! Tickets are $40 each
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KOOTENAI RIVER RIDE 2019
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Boundary County Fairgrounds
2019 GOLF TOURNAMENT
Check in at 11:00am * Shotgun start at Noon
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• Sunday - 10:00am - 5:00pm
TASTE AND STAY PACKAGE
($99 PER NIGHT)
• Room accommodations for two
• Breakfast voucher for two
• Home Idea Show/ Northwest Taste show tickets for two
• Commemorative glass for two
• Round-trip shuttle to fairgrounds
• $10 - Adults
• $8 - Seniors/Military
• FREE - 12 years and younger
Two great shows... One easy price... Three fun days. The Northwest
Taste Show provides attendees the opportunity to watch and interact
with local chefs during live cooking demos all the while tasting,
sipping and sampling a variety of products — plus the Home Idea
Show offers attendees the chance to browse hundreds of
home-improvement exhibits and speak one-on-one with the experts.
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