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love January. The stress of the holidays has passed, and the new
year is a clean slate. It seems like the perfect time to start fresh
on a project—whether that’s developing a healthy eating plan or
fixing up our homes. Last year, my husband and I decided that
we would concentrate on remodeling the exterior, including new
windows, doors and siding, and I’m happy to report that we were
able to achieve our goals and stay married in the process. That’s not
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Whole house painting. This can be very rewarding and perhaps the
most common of all remodeling projects. However, before you hire
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artwork must come off the walls, furniture must be moved to the
center of each room, light fixtures should be removed, and floors
and furniture will be tarped off. As well, windows and doors may
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for a few days. Ask your painter how long the process will take and
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the winter, it can be hard to live without the ease and comforts of your
kitchen. Working with experienced contractors and sub-contractors and
having your decisions made ahead of time are key to keeping your sanity
throughout the process.
New flooring. This is one of my favorite changes to any home, and
there are some wonderful options out there. LVP (luxury vinyl plank)
for example, comes in many colors and subtypes and boasts a fairly easy
installation process. An entire home can be installed in LVP in less than
a week if you are dealing with experienced flooring installers. Opposite
this product on the spectrum of installation, however, would be sand
and finish hardwood. This is an amazing look that truly sets your home
apart, but it can be very time-consuming. First the wood is installed, then
sanded, then layers of product are applied in coats. Finally, the whole
thing has to cure for two days before furniture can be put back on. After
that, it takes a full month for the new floor to fully cure and harden.
Bathroom tile. This is one category that truly depends on the
professionalism of your installer. If you are removing old tile, this is best
done by a professional, as they will be able to remove the old tile with
minimal damage to the subfloor or walls behind. I can’t stress enough
the importance of appropriate waterproofing in showers and wet areas. If
your installer is good, he will be able to save you a lot of headache down
the road in good prep, waterproofing and overall tidiness. But, keep in
mind, they will need access to water for their tile saw and a relatively
enclosed, preferably heated, space for cutting. Oftentimes, a garage is
perfect, but please don’t expect your tile installer to set up their wet saw
outside in the middle of winter in freezing temperatures. This isn’t fair to
them as craftsmen, and I know that my fingers do not work their best if
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TEACHER OF THE MONTH
By Colin Anderson
Sandpoint High School
Now in his fourth year at Sandpoint
High School, Ezra Stafford
has brought his unique life
experiences to his art classes.
Teaching has always been a part of his life,
from a professorship at a private college to
volunteer art teacher at a nonprofit, and even
on the slopes as a ski instructor.
Ezra teaches all levels of art at Sandpoint High,
from intro classes all the way up to collegelevel
Advanced Placement classes. He’s heard
many students say, “I’m not good at art” but
has seen that outlook
change countless times.
“It is a gift every time
I hear a student say,
‘I didn’t think I was
good at art.’ I am lucky
enough to witness full
creative possibilities,” he
Ezra helps students find
their creative outlets,
which can vary greatly
from person to person.
He looks to instill in
them that there is rarely a “right” or “wrong”
way to approach creativity and, with practice
and guidance, that perspective can take form.
“For example, if you are struggling with a
project, sometimes you just need to find some
inspiration. I am able to help students find
ways to problem-solve that can relate to reallife
issues,” said Ezra.
When asked about an experience that stands
out during his time as a teacher, Ezra recalled
his time in Vermont when a student, who
had recently been adopted, came to his class.
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He was found in the wild, malnourished,
undersized and suffering from multiple
illnesses. Though he had very little language
skill, Ezra noticed he was very expressive and
encouraged him to channel these expressions
through his artwork.
“For two years, I was able to be with him as
he learned how to create from imagination,
not just survival. His artwork was full of life
and joy, and as he immersed himself in his
projects alongside his peers, he found a new
way to share his voice,” Ezra said.
At SHS, Ezra’s classroom
is set up as a supportive
where students feel safe
to explore and share.
He has only three rules
students must abide by:
1. Show up.
2. Give your best effort.
3. Be kind.
Bonding with students
makes coming to work
easy for Ezra, and
he’s thrilled to be making a lasting impact
on young lives. “Making connections with
students has always been my greatest reward
in education. Teaching art full time is really a
dream come true,” he said.
We apologize for a recent editorial error. Our
November Teacher of the Month was Jacob
Stark, who was referred to as Jason throughout
the article. Once again, congratulations Jacob,
and thank you for all you do for the students in
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WITH 2020 VISION
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By Trish Buzzone, Thinking Partner, Executive
Director, The John Maxwell Team
For most of us, the new year is an opportunity for reflection and
intention. We look back on where we’ve been, and we consider
where we would like to go during our next trip around the
sun. We’re encouraged to make lists, make promises, make
plans—and we do. Then, we get busy, and these ideas get shoved in the
desk drawer, where we find them sometime in July. Then we sit there,
reading the list like a scorecard, tallying hits and misses.
The pressure of missed opportunity weighs heavy, distracting us from
all the other opportunities around us. Discouraged, we fall back into
familiar, comfortable habits, and the cycle repeats all over again. We
break that cycle when we realize the time to invest in personal growth
is always “right now,” and then we act. Set aside the cultural pressure
of a date on the calendar, and ask yourself: “In the next six months, if
nothing has changed, would I be satisfied?”
If the answer is “no,” the next question to ask is, “What are my habits,
and in what areas would I like to grow?” To answer this, grab a pen
and write down an area of choice and an area of skill. An area of choice
is a mindset or habit that may hold us back. An area of skill is a specific
trait or talent we want to develop. Instead of thinking about how to
break the ‘bad’ habits, set aside a few minutes every day to reflect on
that area of choice and area of skill, and a few more minutes taking
action in those areas. As we practice these intentional habits, investing
just a few minutes each day looking back with a forward focus, our
vision solidifies and we build momentum, because where our focus
goes our energy flows.
Turning Reflection into Motivation
Old habits are tough to break, because we’ve been trained to focus
mainly on our failures, making mental checklists of ways we messed
up and making promises to do better. However, we tap into a greater
source of energy when we reflect on both our successes and failures.
We see more clearly where to shift our habits, creating a gap for
growth. When we practice this daily, we see potential and opportunity
we did not see before, generating momentum that keeps us moving
For most of us, the new
year is an opportunity
for reflection and
intention. We look back
on where we’ve been,
and we consider where
we would like to go
during our next trip
around the sun.
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Finding Energy in Forward Focus
Distractions come at us from every direction.
We try to focus on what’s in front of us, then
something else demands our attention. It
might be a chore, a new idea, or old, stinkin’
thinkin’. When we respond with intention,
when we reflect on and invest in those two
habits written on that piece of paper, we push
past these distractions. With practice, staying
focused on positive action becomes easier.
With that in mind, as we move into 2020,
avoid the temptation of building checklists and
making promises. Choose, instead, to reflect
and invest in personal growth every day.
You can connect with Trish Buzzone at
trishbuzzone or Facebook.com/trishbuzzone.
Young skiers test their skills
By Colin Anderson
January isn’t always the best month for
getting kids to be active. It’s cold and
dark, and going outside isn’t always the
most fun—unless you’re going up to the
mountain, of course. The Friday night Junior
Race Series is a great way to introduce young
kids to ski racing. It includes professional
timing, coaches and a lot of fun.
The series is put on by Independent Racing, a
local nonprofit whose coaches volunteer their
time for instruction and can also provide the
necessary equipment for those new to skiing
or those who might not be able to afford it.
The goal of the Friday night race series is to
provide a low-cost opportunity for both new
and experienced racers. It also gives kids
an opportunity to meet others with similar
interests and get them excited about the fun
of racing down the slopes.
The first session is on Friday, January 3,
during which racers will receive instruction
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from coaches and get to practice on the
race course. Once they get somewhat
comfortable on the snow, each participant
will shoot down the course for two timed
official NASTAR runs, which they can then
hope to beat in subsequent sessions.
Then, each Friday night in January, racers
meet at 5:30 to continue to try and beat their
previous time, taking two more NASTAR
runs each week. Racers are separated into
teams, and it’s OK if you can’t make every
Cost is $35 for those who have a NASTAR
season pass or $45 for those who do not.
Participants also received a T-shirt and an
ice cream party, as well as a chance at some
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Opened in 2012, AFS Home Health has been providing exceptional
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counties. The company was acquired in October of 2019 by Eden
Home Health and will continue to serve the community with
compassionate, quality care in the comfort and safety of your own home.
If you or someone you know is recovering from surgery or illness, or living
with a chronic disease, AFS Eden Health's highly skilled medical team of
clinicians will ensure to create a safe, supportive, professional environment in
the privacy of your home.
A home health agency, AFS Eden Health is able to provide their patients
skilled needs such as nursing and certified nursing assistants, physical and
occupational therapy, speech and language services, and social services. They
accept a majority of local insurances, and Medicare covers home health at 100
“We are very community driven, and we strive to provide the best care we
possibly can,” says Chelsie Ulrich, AFS Eden Heath’s community liaison.
“We have every discipline possible available to our community, and we are
constantly looking for ways to improve our services.”
Home health care provides medical treatment for illness, injury or surgery
with the goal of helping the patient recover and regain their independence.
“It is extremely rewarding to be able to help coordinate fast quality care
for people in our community,” says Chelsie. “I know that there are a lot
of people out there who don’t have anybody, and the fact that we are able
to do that is a wonderful thing, and I am glad to be able to be a part of its
AFS Eden Health caters their services to your lifestyle through personalized
care that includes flexible scheduling, reliable and experienced staff, and
services individualized to your needs. In addition, they are dedicated to
establishing a trusting relationship with you and your family.
“Nothing gives us more satisfaction than having a potential patient or
family member call, who don’t know how to help a family member, and we
can say that we can come in there and help you,” says Chelsie. “It’s amazing
and warms my heart, as it does with everyone who works in our company.”
Whether still recovering after a hospital stay to long-term care to help
maintain quality of life, AFS Eden Health's nursing care and daily
assistance is here to help you regain your independence. Have you or a
family member recently undergone surgery, been in the hospital, been
diagnosed with pneumonia? It’s very likely that these circumstances would
qualify one for home health.
For those who are unsure whether home health is something that could
be beneficial to them and an avenue they should pursue, questions to
ask oneself or about that of a loved one include: Is it taxing trying to
accomplish one’s daily tasks? Do they require help? Is it safe to be driving?
How can home health help? “If you have questions about how we can help,
please contact us so we can determine a plan of action,” says Chelsie.
Serving patients as young as 25 to well over 100, AFS Eden Health has
a diverse range of patients and can cater home health services to each
individual based on their needs.
“If you or a loved one doesn’t know which way to turn or avenue to go
down, even if you don’t qualify for our services, we can direct you down
the right road,” affirms Chelsie.
If you believe home health may be the solution your family members are
seeking, call AFS Eden Home Health today.
MIDDLE SCHOOL STUDENTS PREPARE FOR COSTA RICA
By Colin Anderson
Photos Courtesy of Marcea Marine
& Perky Smith-Hagadone
OF THE MOST
IF YOU COME
Costa Rica is a country of near endless
green, dense jungles, incredible
biodiversity, volcanoes, white sand
beaches; a perfect place to relax, unwind
and soak up some vitamin D. While thousands
come here for these reasons, each year a group of
Sandpoint students makes the flight down for a far
more intense visit.
“I’m actually surprised we get anyone to signup!”
laughed Perky Smith-Hagadone. Perky is
the principal at Northside Elementary. Along
with friend and recently retired teacher Marcea
Marine, they formed Ecoteach, a yearly trip for a
few lucky seventh and eighth graders. While they
don’t promise surf lessons or lazy days poolside,
they can provide one of the most memorable trips
imaginable—if you come prepared to work.
Perky and Marcea took their first group of students
in 2005 and have been taking around 15 students
to Costa Rica nearly every year since. The trip is
typically about 12 days long, and kids are active
each and every day. While not affiliated directly
with the school district, the pair presents the trip
each fall at assemblies in each of the middle schools
in hopes of gathering enough interest to keep it
going. This year 25 students applied with an essay,
which included their environmental interests
and how they deal with hardship. Fourteen were
chosen, mostly eighth graders, so current seventh
graders who missed out this year would have
another opportunity in their eighth-grade year.
About 160 local students have gone over the years,
each coming back a changed person.
“You will probably never have an experience like
this. You will be a different and stronger person
when you get back,” said Marcea.
This June, the 14 students will fly into San Juan
and will quickly move from the city to much more
isolated locations. One of the major focuses of the
trip is helping preserve and study the leatherback
turtle population in the area. Predators, poaching
and human encroachment have had a massive
impact on the species, but these kids will get to do
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to be brought to a hatchery where they are safe and can be studied. This
is done so by students combing the beach at night without a flashlight as
to not spook the turtles, and often until 2am. Students then work with
a Greek biologist, taking measurements of hatchlings before returning
them to the beach and setting them in the sand so they can crawl their
way back to the ocean. While the work is hard, and the accommodations
are rustic bungalows without air conditioning, the experience is one not
“It’s pitch dark, and you see more stars than you’ll ever see, distant
lighting across the Caribbean Sea, and fireflies in the palm trees,” said
Marcea. “It’s incredible.”
There are no parental chaperones on this tour. Outside of Perky and
Marcea, there are two Costa Rican guides and a bus driver transporting
the group. There are also no cell phones allowed, which surprising to
some, has never been an issue according to Perky and Marcea.
When their work with the turtles is complete, the group heads north
to see how an organic coffee plantation is run while also planting trees.
During their travels, students stay with native Costa Rican families,
most of whom speak little to no English. It’s just one of the many lessons
students learn in overcoming barriers during the trip.
A trip into the Monteverde Cloud Forest is a highlight. The group also
takes the annual ‘death march,’ dubbed by Perky and Marcea, to visit a
forest people. It’s a 6-mile trek through dense forest, which includes a wet
crossing of a swift river and challenging hike to meet up with the isolated
community. “They get to learn about medicines from the forest, their
plate of food is served on banana leaves, and the local kids always want to
play soccer with them, and they can be pretty rough,” said Perky.
To take part in the trip, kids have to have hearty souls. You will get
wet, hike a lot of miles, perform manual labor but also get to see and
experience one of the most diverse ecosystems on the planet. “We’ve seen
200 bird species, sloths, frogs, lizards, crabs, monkeys, toucans,” said
Perky. “Kids who love animals will have their minds blown.”
Toward the end of the trip, the focus shifts a bit more to the fun side, with
visits to swimming holes, whitewater rafting, and zip lining across the
jungle canopy. When they arrive back home, they are exhausted, covered
in bug bites and scrapes, and parents say they often sleep most of the next
day. The impact of the trip, however, leaves a lasting impression.
“Many say it’s the most amazing thing that’s happened in their lives. We’ve
had many kids end up going into the science field or traveling abroad
once they leave high school,” said Marcea.
This year’s group is currently meeting twice a month in preparation for
the trip. They are learning Costa Rican culture and a bit of Spanish, and
studying the local plants and animals. They depart on June 9 and will be
ready to work hard while also being able to enjoy one of the most unique
opportunities available to them.
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KOCHAVA: SANDPOINT’S DOWNTOWN “STAR”
A WORK CULTURE RELATED TO LOCATION
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Turn the corner on Church Street in
Downtown Sandpoint, and it’s hard not
to notice the large grey modern building
that now houses the Kochava offices. The space
used to house Inkwell—an office machine rental
and office supply store—as well as a few doctors’
offices. Its upstairs was home to the local high
school baseball team’s batting practice during
the winter months. Before Kochava purchased it
and moved its offices from the former Columbia
Bank location in 2016, the large piece of real
estate was rather rundown and far under serving
its potential. “It wasn’t contributing to the local
economy, and it’s a very large building in the
middle of downtown,” says Kimberly Manning,
the senior director of brand for the company
and wife of CEO Charles Manning.
Originally from California and then Washington,
D.C., the couple decided to make Sandpoint
their home back in 2005, driven by the desire to
create a better lifestyle in a smaller community
with natural resources like the lake and the
mountain. “No place had the combination of
amenities that Sandpoint does. It’s really special,
it’s really unique, and that led to our choice to be
here,” says Manning. They arrived with a vision
in place of starting a company that would fill the
void in mobile analytics and attribution.
“We had already been hearing for several years,
if your company is internet based, you really
should be able to do it from anywhere. We kind
of went into it thinking, ‘I get it in theory, we
really have no idea if it will be proven out,’”
smiles Manning. Over eight years since the
founding of the company in 2011 and offices all
over the world later, they’ve proven this theory
cannot just work, it can thrive.
They named the company Kochava—a word
that means star in Hebrew. “The idea is that we
look in the night sky and you can see millions of
stars with the naked eye, but there are billions
that you can’t see, unless you have the right tool,”
says Manning. “The stars are like data. You have
these data points—some of which you can easily
see—but many multiples more that you can’t
without the right tools. Kochava provides those
tools for our customers.”
The decision to start a tech company in the small
mountain town of Sandpoint was no easy feat—
partners in the Silicon Valley almost scoffed at
the idea. But Charles Manning was dedicated
to proving the fact that you could in fact work
from anywhere—and do it well. “There was this
forgone conclusion that it wasn’t possible, and
that really impacted him to dig in and prove
otherwise,” recalls Kimberly Manning. “That is
underrecognized as a source of success for the
There were benefits and drawbacks to the
decision to base the company here. There is a
much smaller work pool to choose from, and
travel is not always easy. On the flipside, the cost
is much lower, and there is less competition.
“There’s only been a handful of serious
competitors in the core space of attribution
and analytics since our beginning, and we have
held our own against those competitors, sort of
against the odds because we’re much smaller,”
says Manning. “We are an anomaly in that we’re
located in a place like we are.”
Being a smaller company has its perks. For one,
it’s able to adapt quickly and react more nimbly
to customer needs. For another, it’s able to
prioritize quality of life in its location offerings.
Kochava might not have the huge private campus
companies like Google and Facebook have in the
Silicon Valley, but it’s been able to make the city
of Sandpoint its campus, and to great success.
“That really was the vision, allowing Sandpoint
to be the campus and putting the company in
the middle of it.” Manning laughs, “I think we
really contribute to happy hour in Sandpoint.”
Location is at the center of Kochava’s culture.
Recruiting may be difficult this far from a
large tech center and university programs that
specialize in computer science, but retention is
high. Employees who are here really want to be
“If they can have a relevant job working on
interesting global technology and live where
they want to live, they’re very happy about that
combination,” says Manning. “So we tend to
have a company culture that is one of gratitude
and hard work and willingness to dedicate
themselves to what they’re doing here, and I
think that is hard to quantify but it’s very unique.
That’s a really good foundation for a great team.”
Employees at Kochava embrace the mountain
lifestyle. They are in Sandpoint because they
want to be here. Skiing, mountain biking, running, lake sports—all are
central to the lifestyle of Sandpoint, and people have unparalleled access
to these activities, access they wouldn’t have living in a place like San
Francisco. “It costs more, it takes longer, it’s crowded, it’s difficult,” muses
Manning. “Sandpoint is a breath of fresh air compared to that.”
Every year Kochava hosts Kochava Summit for their customers and
partners called with the aim of highlighting “Why Sandpoint?” “We felt like
if you could spend a day or two here, you would get it,” smiles Manning.
Now catering to a couple hundred people and at capacity, the event
includes seminars, workshops and local outdoor activities. “It’s become a
really sought-after industry event,” says Manning. Kochava partners with
local businesses for the event, and even works with Schwietzer to offer its
guests an experience on the mountain. The Kochava team estimates the
impact on the local economy from the three days in February the Summit
convenes is around $250,000—a key boon to the local economy during a
time of the year not much else is happening.
Kochava works to get involved in the Sandpoint communities in other ways
beyond its location and Kochava Summit. It supports various nonprofits in
the city like the Panhandle Alliance for Education—the focus for its giving
is quality of life in Sandpoint and education.
“There are a lot of people in this town who volunteer a tremendous amount
of time to work on what they believe in, and where we can come in and
partner with the people who are on the ground doing that work, we really
enjoy being able to do that,” says Manning.
Because Sandpoint is so small, the results of charitable giving can actually
be seen and appreciated. “If we were in a larger city, many of the things that
we do would be a drop in the bucket,” says Manning. “Here you can make
a big impact with what we’re able to contribute, and it’s very rewarding. ...
It’s a great honor and privilege for us and for the team in general to be able
to support the things that we care about and that make Sandpoint great.”
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Sandpoint’s tile and stone experts
By Jillian Chandler
RTS TILE & STONE
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Sandpoint, Idaho 83864
“WE STRIVE TO MAKE OUR
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INVASIVE ON OUR CLIENTS’ HOMES AND
ENSURE THAT OUR TECHNICIANS CREATE
A CLEAN, SMOOTH AND FUN PROCESS
Born and raised in North Idaho, Nick and Sheyna Rust knew
that this was the area that would always be home. They live
an adventurous lifestyle with their two daughters, Darby and
Jacey. When they’re not at work, you will find the Rust family
out on the lake, in the woods or at the ski hill.
“We feel truly blessed upon the success we have been able to create in
the place we love,” says Nick.
After years of hard work, Nick and Sheyna are excited about the future
of the two companies they’ve created, now named RTS Tile & Stone and
Cleanlinez Tile Restoration. “We are very thankful to all our builders,
homeowners and other business folk whose continuing support helps
our company thrive,” says Sheyna.
RTS is a full-service professional tile and stone installation company
that has been serving Sandpoint and the surrounding area for nearly
two decades. As a fully licensed, bonded and insured business, you can
trust that their companies bring knowledge and experience to every job
they take on.
“It’s important that people recognize the importance of proper tile
assemblies,” affirms Nick. “There are a lot of new products and
installation systems out there. Understanding these products and how
they are used is an essential component for avoiding failures.”
Seeking to stay current in the industry standards, RTS routinely
brings in representatives from these tile manufacturers for trainings,
demonstrations and certifications, helping their technicians tackle just
about any installation concepts imaginable.
“Our goal is to be the first company with fully certified installation
technicians as recognized by the National Tile Council of North
America,” says Nick.
Complementing their strong integrity for getting the job done right, the
entire crew at RTS takes great pride in their attentiveness for customer
service. Showing up on time, maintaining a professional atmosphere
and jobsite cleanliness only enhances the experience for their clientele.
“We know there are many companies providing similar services as us,
that is why at RTS, we know it’s the little things that can make a big
difference!” says Nick. “We strive to make our installation processes
as minimally invasive on our clients’ homes and ensure that our
technicians create a clean, smooth and fun process whenever possible.”
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Thanks to their large crew, they’ve become enticing to builders and
developers in that they are able to accomplish large projects in very short
timeframes, assisting their clientele in meeting difficult deadlines.
When choosing RTS for your installations, you’ll be rewarded with
quality products, professionalism and creativity. “We pride ourselves on
our reputation on our work and customer service,” says Sheyna.
The couple also takes pride in being able to provide well-paying jobs for
local families. “We want everyone on our crew to enjoy this area as much
as we do. We are so very thankful for our dedicated employees!”
2019 was an exciting year for RTS Tile & Stone, according to Nick.
“We were fortunate to take part in some really unique and challenging
installations.” Their craftsmanship can transform an idea into a genuine
work of art. From custom bathrooms and large format floors to accent
walls, RTS will give your home its own special character and stunning
beauty meant to last the test of time.
"It is always fun witnessing a space transform from something old to
something new for our clients. It’s a real joy to see their expressions
when the final product is delivered; always something new and exciting,”
says Klinton McBaine of RTS Tile & Stone.
In addition to RTS, Nick and Sheyna are the owners of Cleanlinez
Tile Restoration. With a combination of knowledge, products used
and maintenance services, they are able to offer a lifetime warranty on
all installations. “The fact that we have a sister company to continue
to maintain our installations as well as maintain and repair other
installations really makes our company unique,” affirms Sheyna. “We also
do a complete care package of restoration and maintenance of tile, stone
and grout, refinish natural stone, and repair and polish travertine, marble
From their beautiful work at the Idaho Club and Taylor and Sons Chevy
to the Belwood Building and Kochava, Nick and Sheyna enjoy being able
to see the work they’ve done throughout Sandpoint. “I love seeing our
work when we go places,” smiles Sheyna. “It’s so rewarding.”
With their roots being deep in Sandpoint, the Rusts plan on continuing
to grow their business right here in North Idaho. “We’re not going
anywhere,” says Nick. “We’re excited to be opening a second office in the
Coeur d’Alene area for 2020, expanding services to all of North Idaho.
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wrestling coach, Jake Stark
exclaims, “Brady Nelsen is the
epitome of Sandpoint wrestling.”
A senior at Sandpoint High School, Brady is
a competitive student athlete, participating in
three varsity sports: cross-country, wrestling
and track. Stark praises Brady in his work
ethic, “which puts him in the elite athlete
category as a wrestler,” Stark said.
Brady just recently signed with Lewis-Clark
State College in Lewiston to be a part of
their cross-country/track and field program,
where he will pursue his associate degree
in engineering. His interest in engineering
began due to his fascination with learning
how things work and being able to solve
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As a wrestler, Brady believed that he would
become a better wrestler if he incorporated
cross-country into his life. “I had the idea
in my mind that the endurance and grit of
a distance runner were essential elements of
great wrestlers,” he said. With his competitive
mindset, he finds his sports to be outlets for
him to open up and push through mental,
emotional and physical barriers. “The feeling
of accomplishment when hard work pays off
is a great motivator.”
In seventh grade, Brady’s coach said
something that really resonated with his
mentality toward life: “When you work hard,
good things happen.” And working hard and
being successful is exactly what Brady has
“The feeling of accomplishment when hard work pays off is a
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Another multisport athlete,
Sandpoint High School senior
Alyssa Lish begins her basketball
season with a bang. Growing
up an athlete, Alyssa said she takes pride in
getting good grades in school and balancing
life in general. “I’ve always tried to be a
good example of a student-athlete because
it’s difficult for kids to find time in between
practice and games to do schoolwork,” she
explains. She finds the ability to play sports
during the school year is her outlet from
schoolwork, and she finds it to be a very
special privilege. Alyssa is a varsity athlete for
volleyball, basketball and golf.
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more emphasis on team bonding and forming
friendships with our teammates. It helps us to
maintain our focus on working hard for each
other and encouraging one another on and off
During volleyball season, Coach Karen Alsager
gave Alyssa a life lesson she will never forget.
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PHOTOS COURTESY OF BONNER GENERAL HEALTH
Many people move to Sandpoint for the quality of life,
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the outdoors year-round. While many may assume that
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health care, that is not the case for those who call Sandpoint and the
surrounding area home. Bonner General Health, with the support of the
Bonner General Health Foundation, provides quality services that many
may assume they would have to travel to Coeur d’Alene or Spokane to
The Foundation was originally formed in 1979 with a purpose to educate
the community and provide additional medical equipment to Bonner
General, but after a while it went dormant.
“It was re-established in November of 2007,” said Bonner General Health’s
CEO Sheryl Rickard, who explains that the board of directors for Bonner
General Health felt that there needed to be an increased awareness of
the resources available to Sandpoint and the surrounding community.
Also, as a nonprofit hospital, they struggled to keep up with technology,
as there was not enough money in the operating budget to purchase new
equipment. But that all changed with the revived foundation and the
extraordinary effort by many in the community to help raise funds.
Erin Binnall has served as the community development manager for
Bonner General Health since January of 2017. In her role, she oversees
the foundation and actively engages with local partners to collaborate
and identify health needs and resources to benefit Bonner County. She
also oversees marketing for Bonner General Health and works closely
with the foundation board and the advisory council to bring awareness
and engage community members regarding the importance and positive
impact a strong health-care system has not only for improving health but
also for our local economy.
The foundation board consists of a diverse group of 11 individuals, which
includes people from the tourism industry, medical community, financial
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board that meets monthly to discuss the needs of Bonner General Health
and to discuss the best way to meet those needs.
In addition to the board, there is also an advisory council made up of 65
members of the community that meets quarterly with Binnall and the
rest of the foundation board members.
“These meetings are to increase their knowledge of the comprehensive
services and programs offered by BGH; to develop a better
understanding of the equipment and technology needed to operate
a community hospital like BGH; and to provide a platform to provide
advice and recommendations to the BGH Foundation about fundraising
programs and activities,” said Binnall. “(The Council) acts as ‘two-way
communicators’ in the community, conveying information about BGH
and the BGH Foundation, and providing feedback they receive from
One of the ways the Bonner General Health foundation raises money is
through its annual Heart Ball—now in its 12th year. Over the years, the
Heart Ball, as well as various letter-writing campaigns, have raised more
than $820,000 to better serve the needs of the Sandpoint community and
Some of the ways the foundation has enriched local health care is
through the purchase of a portable ultrasound machine, surgical
warming cabinets and cardiac equipment. And to the delight of many,
it has fulfilled some of the wish lists for the Pediatric and Rehabilitation
departments. Money raised has also been used to remodel the Obstetrics
Department, purchase an orthopedic surgical table, and has helped to
significantly elevate the overall patient care environment. Last year, the
foundation presented Bonner General Health with a check for $132,000
to help fund new equipment for ENT surgical procedures.
Binnall explains that a great deal goes into the decision of deciding what
the Heart Ball funds will be used for each year.
“The hospital leadership team prioritizes needs and introduces those
needs to the foundation board,” said Binnall. “After discussion between
the board and hospital administration, the foundation will vote on which
need will make the most impact in the community.”
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This year the funds raised at the February 15th event will be used to
fund a new ophthalmology clinic.
“Since the retirement of Dr. George, Bonner County residents are having
to travel to Coeur d’Alene and Spokane to receive ophthalmology and
eye surgery services,” said Binnall, who adds that the new provider,
Dr. Torres, will be joining the Bonner General Health team February
“Dr. Torres recently retired from 30 years of active duty military service
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and the University of New Mexico School of Medicine. He completed
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The annual Heart Ball consists of a beautiful sit-down three-course
dinner preceded by a social hour and an opportunity to mingle with
other attendees. There will be several live auction packages and an
incredible dessert auction, which is always wildly popular. Some of the
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Tickets to this year’s Heart Ball are $150 for an individual ticket or
$2,000 to sponsor a table of eight. Sponsorship for a table of 10 is
$2,200. The highly popular event will have appetizers and dinner
catered by Tango Café, a full cash bar provided by Trinity at City Beach
and music provided by Rox Music Company.
The needs of Bonner General Health are constantly evolving and
increasing. If you would like to make a donation to the foundation
to support the health care in our community, there are many ways to
do so. You can make a gift to honor the memory of someone who has
made a difference in your life or to commemorate a special occasion.
You may also leave a legacy through gifting through your estate—
through a bequest, charitable remainder trust, charitable gift annuity
and life estate gift annuity.
“You may also donate by volunteering your time to support quality
patient care and support services to our many service lines,” said
Binnall. “Every donor’s contribution helps build the hospital and
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By Mindy Murray, OTR/L and Owner, Kauai Therapy & Wellness
often hear this question in my practice: “Why is my shoulder popping?”
There are multiple reasons for this common issue, as the shoulder is a
complex and unstable joint. It is comprised of bone, ligaments, cartilage
and tendons that allow for ease of movement in so many different
directions, but this is also why the shoulder is a commonly injured joint that
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2. Has there been a recent injury of my shoulder resulting in any pain?
3. Does my shoulder feel stable?
4. Is it accompanied by any weakness?
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be just a harmless joint noise known as crepitus. On the other hand, if it is
associated with pain, it may be due to degenerative arthritis from years of
wear and tear. This occurs when the cartilage that protects the bone has worn
down and becomes rough. The result is increased joint inflammation and
shoulder pain. It can continue to progress causing loss of motion, strength,
and eventually inability to use the arm.
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resulting in bursitis and tendinitis. The rotator cuff tendons can become worn
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inability to use the arm with many daily activities.
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I go to the Emergency Room or Immediate Care?" Many
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who needs medical treatment. Once winter approaches, there is
an increase of ice and snow, cases of cold and flu, and people
participating in winter activities, all of which are factors that can lead to
needing medical treatment.
Cervical cancer rates have decreased dramatically in the United States over
the last 30 years. This decrease is directly related to widespread and accepted
screening within our communities. These improvements are wonderful, but
cervical cancer remains a threatening and morbid disease. The American
Cancer Society estimates that this year in the U.S., there will be 13,170 new
cases of invasive cervical cancer, and 4,250 women will die from this disease.
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percent of cervical cancer cases are found in women over 65. However, these
cancers rarely occur in women who get regular tests to screen for cervical
cancer before they turn 65.
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recommendations for cervical cancer screening evolving all of the time.
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protect yourself from cervical cancer?
Pap tests are still the preferred method to screen for cervical cancer. A pap
test is a sample of cells collected from your cervix as part of a pelvic exam.
A test for HPV (human papilloma virus) may be added to your pap test
or tested after the results of your pap are read. This combination has been
shown to help identify precancerous cells that can be treated before turning
Pap screening is now recommended to start at age 21 and continue every
three years until age 30. After age 30, the screening interval may increase to
every five years. Any abnormal results will prompt more testing and followup.
You may be screened more often if you have risks due to immune system
deficiency. Screening may end at age 65 if you are at low risk.
Women typically do not need a pap test who have had a hysterectomy
(removal of the uterus, including the cervix) and have no history of prior
abnormal pap tests.
The HPV vaccine decreases risks of exposure to HPV, which very often
causes precancerous cells that can develop in the cervix. The HPV vaccine is
ideally given to girls and boys by 13 years of age. Adults can also receive the
HPV vaccine; ask your health-care provider if you are a candidate.
Although the HPV vaccine is very effective, it cannot clear HPV that may
already be present. Also, it is not 100 percent effective against all strains of
HPV. Therefore, it is important to continue with routine screening, even if
you are vaccinated.
All women should have access to screening. Many programs are available that
can help with the cost through most of your local primary care or OB/GYN
medical facilities. Please contact your local health department or Sandpoint
Women's Health at SandpointWomensHealth.org or 208.263.2173 for
Dr. Kristin Algoe is Board Certified by the American College of Obstetrics and
Gynecology; she has practiced medicine at Sandpoint Women's Health since
References: American College of OB/GYN "Cervical Cancer Screening and
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In Chinese medicine and many holistic
healing traditions around the world, the
simplest path to health is learning to live in
alignment with the seasons. This alignment
can be understood by observing the seasonal
processes of nature around us. The spring is
the initiatory growth of seeds into sprouts that
then give rise to the full abundance of fruit in
the summer. The fall is the drawing inward
of nutrients and the release of the leaves to the
ground. The winter holds the place of complete
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The seeds of the next year's blossoms are firmly
planted beneath the earth, resting in the dreams
of the flowers they will become and the fruit
they will bear. This winter process is absolutely
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Without the deep rest and quietude of winter, the
vitality of spring is reduced and the potential for
the entire year is diminished. American culture
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and we all inhibit ourselves from embracing
adequate rest during the correct time of year. This
yearly depletion pattern repeats and leads to a
drastic reduction of energy and vitality, including
a weakened immune system.
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and flus results from stagnant air indoors and
increased close personal contact with others. If
our bodies are well nourished and our immune
systems are resilient, we should be able to be
moderately exposed to colds and flus without
contracting them ourselves.
In Chinese medicine, deep rest during winter is
essential for the replenishment of our vitality. It
is completely natural to need and desire more rest
at this time of year, even if responsibilities at work
and home do not accommodate this. Replenishing
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against the societal tendencies to always do more
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rest is of the same quality.
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Fulfilling Nourishment: Drink warm water with
lemon, herbal teas and hot cider. Enjoy slowcooked
foods such as stews, soups, curries, root
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bake vegetables—and eat plenty of them. Avoid
ice water, raw salads and cold smoothies.
Deep Rest: Create extra time for sleep and
honor your commitment to your health. Turn off
electronic devices one hour before bedtime, avoid
the news and anything disruptive. Instead, use
soft lighting to journal, meditate or snuggle up.
Be in bed in a dark room by 10:30pm and wake
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Self-Reflection: Winter is a time for deeply
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It’s commonly thought we collect our microbiome while we are
being born. There is some truth to this since during childbirth, and
within seconds of being in the world, we get exposed to bacteria. But
researchers have discovered that the bacteria in infants’ early stools do
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through the birth canal.
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microbiome and whether the placenta is sterile or not, one thing remains
solid: We have a lot of bacteria in our digestive system. About 3 to 6 pounds,
this is trillions of bacteria, representing several thousand different species.
In addition to helping break down large molecules of food into smaller ones,
bacteria in our gut fight off outside invaders. They keep us both healthy and
strong. Some bacteria are more helpful at these activities than others. And the
ones that stick around are the ones that affect us the most.
Bacteria can easily get pushed out of our digestive system. In order to survive
they must attach themselves to the lining of our gut. From there they do a lot
of the work protecting and feeding us. They do this by taking up space so the
bad guys don’t have a place to reside.
Feeding our gut bacteria the right foods is important to maintaining a healthy
gut microbiome. Most beneficial bacteria will thrive on vegetables and grains.
Think nutrient-dense whole foods, and you’re good to go.
Micro-organisms that are problematic tend to thrive on particles that are
small and sweet. This means anything made out of flour and sugar. Whether
it is wheat, corn, rice, coconut or almond flour, small particle sizes leave
detrimental bacteria with a lot of surface area to gorge on.
Blended or pressed drinks do the same thing, like juices and smoothies.
Products trying to look like milk are typically thickened and sweetened. Just
as much as harmful bacteria love small particles and sweet things, they love
these thickeners even more.
Regardless of their origin, considering your gut bacteria when eating is
important. Probiotics are top of my list as well. Take care of them and they’ll
take care of you.
Scott Porter, a functional medicine pharmacist, is the director of the Center for
Functional Nutrition at Sandpoint Super Drug.
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AMERICA'S CAR MUSEUM
If you’ve meandered through one of the many car shows of the
Northwest, you’ve probably seen some pretty cool rides. It’s a great
way to get up close to a piece of history. The common vehicles
featured in most of these shows are mid ‘50s to late ‘70s Americanmade
automobiles. Some shows have rules as to how old the car must be
to be shown, what condition it is in or where it was made. While these
shows can be a lot of fun, especially for those who grew up driving one of
these muscle machines, being able to see a wider variety of automotive
history is a more difficult thing to find. Lucky for us, North America’s
largest continuous “car show” can be found right in our backyard. And
if you’ve never been, you are sure in for a treat.
LeMay - America’s Car Museum is a bucket-list trip for those serious
about automotive history but also a great time for those who know little
to nothing about vehicles of the past or even how a car works; and that’s
the beauty of this place.
“It’s truly multi-generational,” said Ashley Bice, National Strategic
Initiatives Officer with America’s Automotive Trust, a nonprofit
organization aimed at preserving America’s car heritage. “Everyone
walks away with a great experience.”
The ACM collection includes some 300 cars, trucks and motorcycles
inside the 165,000-square-foot complex, with vehicles spanning more
than a century. “It’s all about the celebration of America’s love affair
with the automobile, not one particular vehicle or brand,” said Bice. The
collection varies from some of the earliest models ever made to some of
the newest in luxury, high speed or concept on the market today.
The museum came to be when Harold and Nancy LeMay had amassed
the largest privately owned collection of vehicles and memorabilia in
the world. When asked about his collection, the late Harold LeMay said,
“I don’t go for just the dollar value car. If it is unusual, I like it. So, I am
kind of a maverick, since I am not a dyed-in-the-wool Chevy, Ford or
Duesenberg man. I see it, I like it, I buy it.”
After amassing such a large collection, and seeing the sheer enjoyment
of guests at their annual car show and open house at the couple’s
homestead, the LeMays made the decision that instead of seeing their
collection scattered and auctioned off to private owners, it would be
better served as a piece of history that all could enjoy. After more than
a decade of planning, grant writing, fundraising, ups and downs, and
surviving the economic downtown, ground was broken in 2011, and
the museum saw its doors open for good in June of 2012. Since then,
thousands of visitors from all 50 states and 47 countries have passed
through the doors to admire this truly one-of-a-kind collection.
First-time visitors are amazed almost instantly as they walk through the
doors. Most museums typically display only a small portion of their
collections, as many of the rare artifacts are kept in storage and away
from the public eye. Rather unique to LeMay - America’s Car Museum
is that the collection is held in an “open air” setting. Vehicles that aren’t
currently on display in one of the numerous exhibits are still open for
easy public view in the center lower levels of the complex.
While the LeMays are the primary donors to the museum, other cars,
trucks, motorcycles and unique pieces of automotive history have
come from many different sources. According to Bice, two-thirds of the
vehicles on display come from private donors—not just from the area
but across both oceans.
“We had a 1941 Buick go to China for an exhibition and then back to the
museum. Our 1927 La Salle that is currently on display competed in the
2011 Mille Miglia in Italy,” she said.
It’s a unique opportunity for collectors as they have a safe place to display
their car where thousands more people will get to see and experience it
than at a regional car show. It also helps the museum
continually bring in new pieces of history to share
as the exhibits rotate often and showcase different
brands, eras and styles.
“You don’t have to be a ‘car guy’ to enjoy this place,
but if you are, there is definitely a lot of eye candy to
enjoy,” said Bice.
Getting the unique autos is often a two-way street.
Sometimes the museum is made aware of a special
car or vehicle that would make a great fit for an
upcoming exhibit, making a request to the owner; and
other times, the vehicle’s owner is made aware of the
museum and wants to be part of sharing its history
The museum recently wrapped up displaying one of
the more unique collections on the planet. While many
donate a single vehicle or maybe a couple, Brown M.
Maloney loaned LeMay 125 Honda motorcycles from
multiple decades. Maloney was highlighted in the
2019 Master Collector’s Exhibit, which is reserved for
“dedicated enthusiasts whose passion for cars knows
no bounds.” A new Master Collector will be featured
later this year.
The collection at LeMay includes just about anything
you can think of, along with several vehicles and
artifacts you might not have known to exist. One
exhibit might include the earliest Cadillac, Model Ts
and Model As, and around the corner you’ll find a
display of British-made automobiles. Muscle cars and
family wagons, high-end ultra-fast sports cars and
even the foot-powered “Flintmobile” from the 1994
Flintstones movie are on display for guests’ enjoyment.
One of the more popular exhibits is Route 66, which
includes a rotating interactive collection of cars and
memorabilia to celebrate America’s iconic roadway.
This exhibit is dedicated to the heyday of American
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First-time visitors should set aside some time to visit
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This is a permanent exhibit paying tribute to those who
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Though initially popular in the south, NASCAR’s
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Legends of Motorsports: The NASCAR story you’ll not
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If you want to take your racing experience up a notch,
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One of the most exciting new exhibits at LeMay
is Saleen: From the Heart of a Racer to America’s
Supercar. The incredible display was unveiled this past
fall with Steve Saleen in attendance. Visitors are treated
to a unique display of Saleen’s rich automotive history
spanning over four decades. You can enjoy a variety
of historic vehicles on display, including his personal
racing machines, early Saleen Mustangs, the Saleen S7
(considered America’s first supercar), and examples of
the company’s new Saleen 1 mid-engine turbocharged
sports car and recently unveiled Saleen 1 GT4 concept
Other exhibits include the opulent rides of the 1930s
and a wing of all British-made autos.
There is no shortage of vehicles to see, but there are also
great opportunities to get hands on and interactive as
“We have dedicated spaces for kids and families to
really experience automobiles,” said Bice. These include
the photo car where you can have your picture taken
with a 1923 Buick touring car. There is also the Family
Zone which has multiple interactive pieces for kids
to explore. Here they can study how a car works by
looking at an exposed chassis, build and race pinewood
derby cars, get behind the wheel of a Mustang, and
design their own car.
Many school groups have come through the museum,
and there are also family-focused programs as well
as adult-only programs on the calendar. What’s truly
amazing is the museum is run almost entirely on a
volunteer basis. These folks handle everything from
tour guides, greeters and manning various interactive
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doing general maintenance and upkeep on the
While many of the museum’s collection will
likely never see outdoor roadways again, that
isn’t to say you won’t soon see and hear some
of them rumbling the streets of the Northwest.
“Our Drive Home program takes vehicles from
the collection and gets them out on the road
driving from one point to another,” explained
In fact, part of the collection will take a unique
journey later this year. To recreate the iconic
American road trip, vehicles from LeMay will
be brought to California in late spring and
driven across the country, eventually landing
in Detroit for the American Auto Show in June.
The cars will be making stops at famous points
of interest and National Parks along the way.
“We really want to keep the hobby alive, and
“We have dedicated
spaces for kids
and families to
this is a great opportunity to get people to see
these cars up close, outside, and appreciate the
history,” said Bice.
While any time of year is a great time to visit,
those wanting an even more unique experience
will want to mark their calendars for the
evening of March 13. Each year, the museum
hosts a yearly party called Drive the Blues Away.
This year’s theme is “Viva Las Vegas.” Guests
can still wander throughout the museum, but
you’ll also be treated to food, drink and live
music as you peruse the collection. Tickets will
be going on sale soon for this exclusive event.
When the weather turns brighter and warmer,
you’ll find even more fun outside the museum
walls with Cruise Ins and Drive-In movies
featuring a 40-foot screen. Take a Spin will put
you in a moving car, which could be anything
from a Packard to a vintage fire truck.
There is always something new to find at
LeMay - America’s Car Museum. New visitors
are astonished by the sheer scope of the place,
while members continue to find new details
they might have missed on previous visits.
Nowhere else can you find a collection of such
variety, all thanks to the incredible generosity
of Harold and Nancy LeMay.
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BY TAYLOR SHILLAM
The beginning of a new year is, for most of us, synonymous with a
fresh start. It’s a symbolic hit of the “reset” button in areas of life
like mindfulness, home improvement, education and, of course,
You’ve seen it happen year after year: January hits and gym memberships
surge, with New Year’s resolutions driving the masses to revamp their
fitness routines with full force.
If fitness is on the forefront of your New Year's resolutions, but sweating
your days away in a crowded gym is not, it might be time for a change
of scenery. With the right equipment, your fitness goals can be reached
within the comfort of your own home.
Resistance bands - You can quite literally start small in terms of your
home fitness equipment with resistance bands. They’re space-efficient
and highly portable; for frequent travelers, the bands will pack easily
into your suitcase, and for those working with limited space, they can
be tucked in a drawer when not in use. The elastic bands add an element
of dynamic strength training to a workout, with the additional level of
challenge depending on the size and stiffness of the band. Smaller, thicker
bands can be set around the knees and ankles during dynamic warmups
and lower body work, while longer, looser bands can be used to
strengthen and stretch the upper body. The small bands provide a long
list of opportunities to diversify your workouts.
Jump rope - Don’t underestimate the power of the jump rope. The jump
rope packs a huge cardiorespiratory punch in a small package, and
all you need for an effective workout with one is the right amount of
space. According to ACE Fitness, jumping rope can help improve your
coordination, as it requires you to keep a cadence as you move. Creating
intervals by alternating quicker cadences with slower cadences drives
your body to work hard to adjust, maximizing your effort and burn in
a shorter amount of time. This also encourages cognitive function as the
communication between your brain, wrists and leg muscles keeps your
entire body moving. A study by the Cooper Institute reported that 10
minutes of jumping rope can have the equivalent benefits of a 30-minute
jog, and who wouldn’t want to make that trade?
Suspension trainer/TRX bands - Suspension training is low impact,
highly adjustable and allows you to build strength while perfecting
posture simply by using your body weight. All you need is an anchor
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yoga sequences into your TRX training, taking
each to the next level as the support from the
straps allows for increased intensity when you
simply change your body angle. Find new workout
inspiration in the TRX app, which releases new
workouts regularly and is often included for one
year with your purchase of the bands.
Medicine ball - Revive your athleticism and
demonstrate your power with the medicine
ball. They can be thrown, caught and slammed,
allowing for the explosive movements that will get
the heart pumping and improve overall functional
performance. Available in varying weights and sizes,
you’ll have plenty of options—choose a weight that
will undoubtedly make you notice the additional
effort with each move but won’t compromise your
form. You can add the medicine ball into almost
any move, including cardio (hold and press it up
in jumping jacks), core work (weighted V-ups and
Russian twists) and dynamic strength (in a pushup,
place one hand on the medicine ball as you
push and engage the core). Have fun with it and
play an adult fitness version of wall-ball or grab
a partner for a strengthening game of catch. This
low-impact, high-power tool is a must.
Dumbbells - It’s proven that strength training is
the type of workout that continues burning the
most calories long after the workout ends, due to
the higher metabolism associated with increased
muscle tone. However, you don’t need the big
machines at the gym to build and tone muscle.
Instead, invest in a pair of dumbbells. Dumbbells
allow you to strengthen every part of the body,
keep the muscles guessing and push past fitness
plateaus with the hundreds of different exercises
they make possible. Because they allow for a wider
range of motion, they provide a deeper stretch to
the muscle, more room for functional movement
and the ability to isolate more specific muscles to
reach your unique goals. Start with one pair that
challenges you but allows you to work through
your desired rep range with good form, then work
up in weight from there.
Sliders - Maybe you’ve never associated doing
lunges with “gliding,” but it’s also likely you’ve
never considered incorporating sliders into your
fitness routine. These small discs add a whole new
dimension to your workout, increasing intensity
by adding an element of instability that instantly
requires your core to work in sync with the rest of
your body and stay engaged the entire time. Place
them under your feet or hands to increase the
work in body-weight moves like planks, mountain
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for plank jacks, moving pikes and three-way side
squats. You’ll immediately notice the extra pull in
hard-to-target areas like the lower abs. The discs
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Yoga mat - If you’ve ever practiced yoga regularly, you know it
doesn’t take long to notice the benefits. It’s a long list including
enhanced flexibility, relaxation, mental clarity, muscle tone
and better posture. Yoga rounds out a great fitness regimen as
a form of moving meditation that strengthens while relieving
tight muscles and keeping your nervous system (including that
fight-or-flight mentality) in check. The term yoga encompasses
a wide variety of flows, from the more challenging and strengthbased
Power Vinyasa, and there are classes available online in
formats from power yoga to simple stretching. To access online
yoga courses at any time, check out sites like Gaia or Glo that
categorize workouts by skill level, time limit, fitness goals and
more. Having a yoga mat around will provide support in other
elements of your workout as well, from TRX training to groundbased
If your 2020 goals are calling for you to skip the gym and take
your fitness into your own hands, start with these seven items.
Get creative and keep yourself motivated with the endless
amounts of workouts you can build with these seven essentials,
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FROM THE HOME TO THE GYM, STEP INTO YOUR NEW YEAR’S RESOLUTION IN STYLE
BY ABIGAIL THORPE
The Inland Northwest is the land of outdoor adventure, but
when you aren’t hitting the slopes or paddle-boarding the lake,
there’s plenty more to keep you active—whether it’s a morning
yoga session, CrossFit or the good old gym. Wellness has
increasingly become more of a lifestyle choice than a stand-alone event
in our day-to-day lives, and as working out becomes a central part of our
every day, so too do the clothes we do it in. Leggings aren’t just for the
trail or the studio anymore, and our trainers don’t come off the moment
we walk out the gym door.
According to Allied Market Research, the global activewear market is
experiencing an annual 6.5 percent growth rate and expected to reach
$547 million by 2024. Celebrities like Kate Hudson, Beyoncé and Khloé
Kardashian have created fitness fashion empires of their own and taken
to social media, promoting athletic wear as more of a statement piece
and less an outfit reserved only for the gym.
Whether you’re on the mountain, in the yoga studio or out running
errands this new year, here’s a quick trip down the 2020 runway of
workout fashion trends.
Athleisure and Multifunctional - Workout clothing no longer fits only
one specific need or occasion. Men and women alike are looking for
pieces you can wear on your morning workout and out to run errands
or meet friends for coffee. As lines between the workplace, home and
social spaces become increasingly blurred, activewear has to fit many
purposes—and look good doing it. The birth of athleisure—activewear
you can be athletic in and wear for leisure—has caused the explosion of
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Expect this trend to continue into the new year, with new
design and tech innovation transforming the way we wear our
workout clothing. Bold colors, sleek design and eye-catching
details mean those leggings aren’t just meant for the studio—
they’re making their way into everyday activities, and even
occasionally an evening out.
Retro: Bold and Bright - Everything comes back around, and
workout fashion is no exception to the rule. Expect 2020 athletic
wear to run full force into the ‘90s trend that’s been spreading
across the fashion industry. We’re talking bright neon colors,
statement pieces like matching tracksuit ensembles and big
bold logos. Rebirth of brands like Reebok, Champion and Fila
are part of this flashback to the ‘90s, with original logos front
and center—a fashion statement on and off the track. Despite
the winter chill, midriff exposure continues to flaunt its face;
don’t expect those crop tops to go anywhere.
Sustainable - It may be a flashback to a previous decade
style-wise, but athletic wear is taking a forward-thinking
step when it comes to sustainability. Traditionally, activewear
incorporates a lot of nylon and spandex—materials that take
a lot of energy to produce and don’t break down easily in their
afterlife. Consumers are more aware of the products they
purchase and increasingly look for a company’s sustainability
practices—both in its material and waste use, and its approach
to fair wage and labor practices. Brands like Patagonia and
Athleta are responding in kind, offering new options for the
environmentally and socially conscious consumer. Eighty
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Animal Print - Don’t hide your wild side—if it’s spotted or
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Our bodies and minds work best when they are fueled by healthy foods, but with the busyness of everyday life,
it can be difficult incorporating the right foods into our meals. We’ve compiled some tips and tricks to help make
2020 a successful year filled with delicious and wholesome meals—and make it easy for the entire family!
PLANNING & PREPPING
It’s easy to find oneself scrambling about when it comes to mealtime—
especially dinner. Pizza or takeout anyone? Instead of that drive-through
window or reaching for your phone to call in your order, what if you had
all the prep work done for that next family meal? Allot one day a week
where you set aside time to plan out your meals for the week, making a
list, shopping for those items then prepping them all so they’re ready to
go when it comes time to cook. By doing this, dinner will be a breeze,
as all you have to do so pull everything you need, ready to go, from the
fridge straight to the stove or oven.
PREPARE & FREEZE
It’s Sunday night, and you’re making a delicious lasagna for the family
to enjoy together. Why not make two, freezing one for another night?
Homemade always beats store-bought and allows you to cater the meal
precisely to your family’s taste. Incorporate lean meats, vegetables like
spinach, zucchini and bell peppers, and anything else you desire! While
you’re at it, plan on making a homemade marina to layer and top it off
with, storing the rest either in freezer bags or by canning it. Now you
not only have another lasagna ready to pop in the oven whenever you
choose, you also have fresh sauce to use for another evening meal.
KEEP IT SIMPLE
When shopping for the family, you can’t forget the snacks. Be sure to
choose easy to eat foods that are also great for on the go—but not the
pre-packaged ones! Instead of opting to buy that sugar-laden applesauce,
why not go for the fresh apples? Let’s skip the chips and cookies and
instead select other fruits like bananas and oranges, which all make for a
great snack on the go. And don’t forget the veggies! Celery, carrots and
mini bell peppers are great choices. Raw nuts and trail mix are also great!
But be sure not to buy the sugar- and salt-coated kind. Raw nuts and trail
mixes that have natural dried fruit (sorry, no chocolate chips or M&M’s)
make the best choice. String cheese is another great option!
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Children are more prone to eat healthy meals that they helped prepare!
Not only will dinner become more relaxing, as the kids will be more than
excited to eat what they have made, but it’s a wonderful way to spend
uninterrupted quality time together as a family. Choices are always good.
Start with letting them choose what vegetable to have, then let them do
the cutting, whether it’s lettuce for the salad, broccoli or green beans.
For the protein, give them the option of chicken or steak, then let them
help in selecting the seasonings to flavor the meat with. Mashed potatoes
anyone? Let them do the mixing. The options are endless.
It is quite alright to indulge in something sugary and sweet on occasion.
Instead of purchasing that cake or cookies from the grocery store, why
not invest in a healthy dessert cookbook (there are lots to choose from
these days!) and let the kids pick one to prepare together each week. It’s
amazing the wonderful treats that you can make that can be healthy for
you too! Substituting organic honey, maple syrup or coconut sugar for
the staple white sugar is one of the first steps. And, it’s always good to
use a bit less than the recipe calls for. Desserts that incorporate fruits
like bananas, apples and blueberries are always a good choice. There’s
nothing like the smell of something baking in the oven on a cold winter’s
DON’T FORGET THE WATER
Water is extremely important for all ages and lifestyles. It is said that eight
8-ounce glasses of water a day per person is ideal, though that number can
fluctuate greatly, depending on weight. The more accurate measurement
of water one should consume each day is their body weight, divided by
two, in ounces. If you are a 150-pound person, you should be consuming
a minimum of 75 ounces of water each day. Many times, when one feels
hunger, it is dehydration they are experiencing. By drinking the right amount
of water that your body requires, this can help curve desires for unnecessary
snacking or overindulging at mealtime. And the more water you drink,
the less you’ll desire sugary, calorie-filled choices. It’s a wonderful, simple,
healthy habit the entire family can incorporate into their daily routine.
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A WINTER WONDERLAND
Make a trip to West Yellowstone this season
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When the winter snows blanket the town of West Yellowstone and Yellowstone National Park, the summer
crowds dissipate, making this the ideal time of year to visit. West Yellowstone makes the perfect base
for exploring all the area has to offer in the winter months and is the closest park entrance to the Old
Faithful Geyser. Surrounded by three National Forests, plenty of trout streams and lakes, it makes
getting back to nature easy. There is a surprising number of things to do from snowmobiling, cross-country skiing and
snowshoeing to winter fly fishing. The town of West Yellowstone is right outside the West Entrance to the park and,
although it is closed to cars in the winter, it is open for licensed tour operators for snowmobile and snowcoach tours.
Where to Stay
The Yellowstone Lodge has a great location for your base during your time in the area. It is only one block away from
popular attractions, restaurants and shopping, and just three blocks away from the West Entrance to Yellowstone
National Park. The hotel is one of the newer properties in West Yellowstone. It has decent sized modern rooms, and
there is even a family suite option if you need more space. Amenities on the property include an indoor heated pool
and hot tub. The included continental breakfast is substantial with a nice variety. The staff is very friendly and helpful.
Where to Eat
Most restaurants in the area are heavy on the Western theme. Think hearty steaks, burgers and comfort food. While in
town make sure to try an elk or bison dish. Madison Crossing Lounge is in an old school. The first West Yellowstone
school was built in 1918 and now houses commercial businesses including the restaurant. This is a wonderful place to
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dine. They work hard to source locally as much as possible to support the
local economy and offer a very well-rounded menu with nightly specials
and several elk and bison options; think delicious bison meatloaf or elk
tenderloin medallions with a blueberry-tarragon reduction.
The Slippery Otter Pub is a rowdy, casual pub with good service and tasty
food. Try a bison burger or jalapeno wontons with huckleberry sauce.
The Book Peddler is a coffee shop tucked in the back of a store. This is
where the locals grab coffee. The baked goods are house made, and the
blueberry scone is light and delicate, and pairs perfectly with a cup of
What to Do
No trip to the area is complete without a trip to Yellowstone National
Park. Always stunning, it will blow you away with its beauty during the
winter months. Mounds of snow contrast with steaming geysers, and
wildlife viewing is at its peak. If you are going to splurge on anything
during your trip, make it hiring Yellowstone Guide Amy Beegel, Easy
Tours Yellowstone, LLC to guide your snowmobile trip into the park.
Certified guides are required in the winter months, and Amy is a pro.
Super fun and so knowledgeable about the park, she will curate your
tour to fit the interests of your group. A great guide makes or breaks a
trip, so contact Amy first and she will help you arrange the snowmobile
rentals. Plan for a full-day adventure. Local outfitters also have snowsuits,
gloves and boots available for rent. Be aware when making any kind of
reservations that there is no cell phone service outside of town, so many
outfitters will get back to you in the evening after they have returned
from day tours.
You won’t be able to spot a bear in Yellowstone National Park in the winter
because they hibernate, but the bears that live at the Grizzly & Wolf
Discovery Center don’t hibernate. The center gives you the opportunity
to explore the world of grizzly bears and gray wolves as well as the new
River Otter Exhibit. Each exhibit has warm buildings so you can observe
the animals both inside and outside. The center has also acquired a
world-class exhibit BEARS once it completed its tour of the country. It
is interactive and explores the ways bears have captured our attention
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through myth, art, literature, history and
folklore. It is well worth a visit. The animals
that live at the center can no longer return
to the wild for a variety of reasons including
being orphaned, a nuisance animal or
suffered injuries. This is not a typical tourist
attraction but an education center, and you
will learn so much about the wildlife in the
area. Your ticket is good for two days, so
don’t be surprised if the kids ask to go back
The Yellowstone Giant Screen and Trading
Post makes a nice stop if the weather is not
cooperating. It opens in the afternoon for
shopping, and movies start at 3:30pm. The
Yellowstone Movie shows every day and
provides a good overview of the history of
Yellowstone National Park. A current movie
is also shown each day. Check with the
theater for current listings and times.
You’ll want to schedule in time to explore West Yellowstone by foot. It is
a cute walkable town with a “Wild West” feel about it.
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adventure with Spirit of the North. Unlike many companies, with Spirit
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dog team, you are in for a treat. The dogs are high energy and love to run.
They are friendly and enjoy receiving lots of petting. The trips take place
1 mile about the Mountain Village at the ski resort in what is known
as Moonlight Basin. You’ll enjoy breathtaking scenery along the trail
including views of Lone Mountain and the Spanish Peaks.
Located around 30 miles outside of West Yellowstone, the historic 320
Guest Ranch offers evening sleigh rides. This magical ride takes you
along the Gallatin River on a sleigh pulled by draft horses. On a clear
night, being so far out of town, the stars are so bright in the night sky. The
sleigh ride takes you to Mountain Man Campsite where you will enjoy
wild game chili, a variety of snacks and hot beverages, with the option
of adult beverages. Listen to ranch stories by the bonfire before heading
back. The trip lasts about an hour. You can also arrange for a private
West Yellowstone is truly special during the wintertime. When planning
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350 calories (average)
24 grams of protein
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¼ cup fresh organic blueberries
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• Add Zola Acai Purée and water to blender.
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World Tour Coming to Sandpoint for its 23rd year!
By Taylor Martin
For the 23rd year, the one and only Banff Mountain Film Festival will
be coming back to Sandpoint’s Panida Theater this month! For three
consecutive nights, be inspired by the international film competition
that all began in 1976 and originated in Banff, Alberta. This show,
as previous attendees might know, focuses on footage of specular
mountain subjects from all over the world. It originated as an outreach
program to bring the festival to other communities with tours across
three Canadian cities. However, they saw it as an opportunity to reach
other communities that couldn’t make it to the Canadian Rockies.
Therefore, Sandpoint made the tour!
Mark your calendars for the weekend of January 17 through 19. On
Friday and Saturday night, the doors will open at 6pm, with the film
beginning at 7. Sunday, doors will open at 5pm, and the film will follow
at 6. Tickets are now available for purchase at Eichardt’s, Burger Express
(in Sandpoint and Bonners Ferry locations), Outdoor Experience and
the Alpine Shop. Tickets are also available for purchase on the Panida
Theater website at Panida.org. Any remaining tickets will be sold at
the door, but you don’t want to miss out, so buy now! Tickets are $18
in advance or $20 at the door. One of the best things about this event
is that a portion of the proceeds will go to Sandpoint’s local program
called North Idaho Mountain Sports Education (NIMSEF).
What will that do for NIMSEF? It will give 70 or more local kids a ski
pass to Schweitzer Mountain, with lessons and ski gear included.
Jeff Rouleau from NIMSEF will be the one raffling off the prizes at the
Panida Theater all three nights of the show. Bring your families and
friends to an unforgettable event that will start their 2020 year off with
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Mountain Resort will once again host their Northern Lights show.
Held in the Village on Saturday, January 18, the evening kicks off
at 6pm with a torchlight parade down Jam Session followed by a
massive fireworks show in the village. This is sure to be an event
the entire family won’t want to miss! Afterward, for those 21 and
older, head up to Taps for music and partying. While you’re at it,
you can make a night of it and book a stay at the resort. Find out
more online at Schweitzer.com.
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Come live the Dover lifestyle without the planned development restriccons! This well-built beauty, taken down to the foundaaon and remodeled
in 2014, boasts a large, open floor plan, main floor bedroom with aaached bath, second floor loo bedroom (non-conforming, no
closet), third bedroom with adjacent bath, large laundry room and a lovely sun room overlooking the gardens and fenced yard. Outside you'll find
mature fruit trees, berries, perennial plannngs, paao and covered front porch. Appliances included for a turn-key experience. $397,000
Come to Ridgehaven and enjoy absolute privacy
on this gently sloped 5 acre parcel.
Remove some trees and open up gorgeous
views of the Selkirks and Schweitzer Mountain,
while keeping plenty of usable ground
for the home site. $55,000
Absolutely Idaho - here's your mountain retreat
site! 5 acres with filtered views of Lake
Pend O'Reille that can be drasscally improved
with thinning. Come experience this
peaceful, private locaaon 17 miles to Sandpoint
away from the noise of everyday life.
2.2 ACRE building lot in an area of fine
homes with gorgeous mountain views, filtered
water views and lots of sunny exposure,
approximately 15 minutes' drive to
Sandpoint or Priest River. Wetlands exist,
approved building spot. $79,500
LOT 5 - $40,000 LOT 13 - $50,000 Lot 14 - $40,000
Bear Claw Subdivision. Three lots available in a quiet, natural seeng. East of Cark Fork, Idaho – a sportsman’s
paradise with the Clark Fork River that feeds the great Pend O’Reille Lake, all there for your enjoyment.
Hike or hunt out your back door with US Forest Service property directly adjacent to the subdision.
Come discover absolutely amazing views from
this 3.6 acre parcel ADJACENT TO FOREST SERVICE
in highly desirable Canyon Creek Ranch. Build
among nature with views that sweep across the
mountains, and hike for miles out your back door
directly to public lands in this very quiet locaaon.
Power and phone are to the property. $130,000
L O C A L E X P E R T
WORLD - CLASS REAL ESTATE PROFESSIONAL
Come live the country lifestyle on 20 gorgeous acres adjacent to Forest Service with year-round Crystal Creek, a pond, barn, and amazing
views that span the valley. The 4-bedroom, 3-bath home includes wood burning stove, propane heater, old-fashioned cook stove, propane
on-demand hot water and main floor master bedroom with adjacent covered porch. The barn with milking room built in 2010 has separate
power meter and could be converted to guest space. The land is the perfect mix of forest and open areas, in a very private seeng with excellent
sun exposure and access to miles of trails. This offering is priced mindful of a buyer's desire to update the home. $460,000
Acreage opportunity, outside city limits! 28.13
acres, Bonner County Suburban zoning, less
than 4 miles to Sandpoint City limits bordered
on the north and east boundaries by county-maintained
Woolsey Road. Gorgeous mountain
views abound. Property currently assessed
for agricultural use, taxed at $323/year (2018).
Buyer to verify $425,000
4.96 acres with lovely sunny exposure & gorgeous
long-range views, conveniently located
between Sandpoint and Coeur d'Alene. Perch
your home on this level building site and enjoy
the southerly views all the way to Mount Spokane
in this peaceful, private seeng. Electricity
is to the property and seppc is installed for a
3-bedroom, 2-bath home.. $81,000
Come find peace and quiet, lots of wildlife and
views that go for miles on this 20.15 acres just
south of Sandpoint, ID. Seppc installed and
electricity is to the property corner, ready for
you to complete the building vision, or buy and
hold for future plans. Elk, deer, and other
mature wildlife abound. $105,000
Jackie Suarez, Associate Broker
Since 2000, Jackie has helped buyers and sellers
navigate the ever-changing North Idaho real estate market.
Consistent communication, effective marketing, negotiating
and networking skills translate to smooth transitions for her
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