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February 2020 Sandpoint Living Local

FEBRUARY 2020

LIVING LOCAL

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Mountain elegance awaits you at The Idaho Club. Wrap yourself in luxurious comfort in this well-designed home where aaennon to detail

is obvious. Wood floors, soaring beam ceilings, full-height rock fireplace, Chef's kitchen with top-grade appliances and custom le work

adorn the interior spaces which transiion seamlessly to a large, covered deck with living area and hot tub. The perfect combinaaon of accessibility

and privacy, situated on a prime site with no back door neighbors where you can enjoy The Idaho Club ameniies including gated

entry, nearby clubhouse, world-class golf, kayaking and future marina, all just minutes to Sandpoint and Schweitzer Mountain Resort.

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Georgeous new home at The Cooages, a prime Sandpoint development with trails, tennis court and

waterfront lot with day dock. 3 bedrooms, 2 baths, 1828 sq , custom cabinets, quartz counters, lux

master suite with large shower & 3-car garage. $449,000

Come build on this .3 acre lot in the City limits

overlooking Sand Creek. UUliies are at the

property, ready for your plans among other

custom homes in The Cedars, located at the

base of Schweitzer Mountain near shopping,

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Prime lot at the Idaho Club Golf Course, on the

estuary of the Pack River among gorgeous

custom homes and amazing mountain views.

With water and sewer hookups included, this is

the opportunity to procure your building lot

here in North Idaho, close to Sandpoint and

prissne Lake Pend O'Reille. Abundant wildlife

and breathtaking natural vistas. $112,000

Jackie Suarez

Honored to be voted Sandpoint’s

Finest REALTOR® 2017 & 2018

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Camp Bay Estate

407 ACRES & over 3000 Feet of Amphitheater Style Waterfront

Listing # 20180892 | 407 ACRES | www.campbayestate.com | $13,500,000

Once in a while a very special property becomes available. This one has been owned by the same family since 1902,

and 116 years later it's being offered for sale. This estate parcel is guaranteed to take your breath away. With 407 acres

of gently sloped terrain into over 3000 front feet of Lake Pend Oreille, your mind can only imagine what could be done

on this stunning property. There are currently about 14 leased homes on the estate with year to year leases, which can

be terminated at their completion after the property closes. All roads on this parcel near the shoreline can be moved as

they are private and controlled by this parcel. North Camp Bay Road on the northern shore of Camp Bay can be

completely vacated at Buyers discretion. With this much land and valuable beachfront, development into eight 50 acre

waterfront estates or higher density PUD's (Planned Unit Developments) are possible. Borders over 1300 acres of public

land, no other properties are like this at any price!

Eric Skinner

Owner / Associate Broker

Century 21 RiverStone

(208) 290-6314

Eric.Skinner@Sandpoint.com

Julina Skinner

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Listing # 20193622 | $535,000 | Waterfront

Listing # 20192412 | $550,000 | Acres 7.74

1600 Westwood Ct #101, Sandpoint, Idaho - Ground floor in-town

waterfront condo with unbelievable lake and mountain views!

Move-in ready 3-bedroom 2-bathroom 1500+ square foot one level

unit was remodeled in 2007 and boasts walk-out access to the lake.

Amenities include marina with boat slip, swimming pool, tennis

courts, dock, and floating swim platform all just steps from your door.

Common grass area is perfect for entertaining family and friends.

34 Sky Ranch Drive, Sandpoint - Don't miss this opportunity for a

great 3 bedroom 2 bath ranch style single level home with 7.74

acres on the beautiful Olmstead Sky Ranch Airpark (ID25). Located

approximately 4 miles North of the City of Sandpoint, Idaho, and

near the base of Schweitzer Mountain Ski Resort, this property is an

aviators dream! The custom home has great views overlooking the

large grass area and community grounds at the South end.

Listing # 20190906 | $899,000 | 72.72 Acres

Listing # 20191514 | $375,000 | 9.92 Acres

Subject Property

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317 W 4th Ave, Clark Fork, Idaho - FEW properties give you all the

options this beautiful 9.92 acre parcel in the downtown city limits of

Clark Fork Idaho give you! Zoned Mixed Use-Commercial/Retail,

Light Industrial or Residential. Sub-dividable to 1/3 Acre lots, you can

basically build this downtown acreage out any way you want. Clark

Fork could use a large grocery or service store and this property

provides plenty of room to accomplish that!

Eric Skinner

Owner / Associate Broker

Century 21 RiverStone

(208) 290-6314

Eric.Skinner@Sandpoint.com

Julina Skinner

Associate Broker

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(208) 290-6315

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www.IdahoRealEstateListings.com

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WEDDING GIFTING

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PUBLISHER’S

Note

long with the many

gatherings and all the giftgiving

among families and

friends, the holidays are

also a popular time for

those surprise—or possibly

expected—wedding proposals to occur.For

those who said “yes” over the Christmas

season, you’ve most certainly already started

to think about the big day, and one of the

biggest questions the newly engaged couple

may be asking themselves is the location to

wed. February marks our annual wedding

edition of Living Local, and as many couples

are opting for that destination wedding to tie

the knot, we’ve compiled some great choices

that are sure to wow the happy couple and

their guests.

Many couples have been together for years

before they make the leap into marriage, so

as a guest attending the wedding, what do

you gift the couple who has already begun

building a life together and who seems to

already have everything? Well … we’ve

got you covered with some one-of-a-kind

gift ideas that will be sure to amaze the

newlyweds.

For those who don’t have nuptials on their

minds but rather a winter getaway, this

month’s travel story takes our readers to

Whistler, British Columbia, home to one of

the largest ski resorts in North America.

If travel plans are not in your future but

still looking for something to get you out of

the house and your mind off the cold, you

can check out some great events happening

close to home in our arts and entertainment

section—and more events can be found in

our online calendar.

And of course, we can’t forget that February

14 marks Valentine’s Day, and you’ll find a

sweet recipe you can make at home that’s

perfect for the occasion.

Lastly, be sure to read the article on page

17, where we introduce the newest member

of our team and local Sandpoint resident

Abigail Thorpe. She comes to Like Media

with a great deal of experience and passion

for community and will be integral in

continuing our mission to positively impact

our local community.

Thanks to 2020 being a leap year, be sure

to take the time to enjoy the extra day this

month.

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Executive Director | steve@like-media.com

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ABOUT THE COVER

OUR FEBRUARY COVER FEATURES

SANDPOINT RESIDENTS Jack and Darbey

at their destination wedding in Maui this

past October. This issue marks our annual

Weddings and Wine edition, where we give you

the scoop from unique gift ideas to that perfect

destination wedding location. And if you enjoy

wine, we’ve included a tour of Washington

wineries—may we suggest booking a bridal

shower at one of them, or make one a possible

stop during the honeymoon?

Photo by NV Maui Media

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We at Like Media are excited to announce that we have added

a new member to our team—Abigail Thorpe. A graduate of

Westmont College in Santa Barbara, Abigail received her

master’s degree in journalism from Northwestern University

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After spending several months as the online editorial intern

for Real Simple Magazine in New York, she returned to

Chicago, where she worked as a writer for a content marketing

company. “In the following years, my career went in a full

circle. I moved into several sales roles for interior design

companies, worked as an interior designer for Room & Board,

and then ultimately came back to writing as a freelancer and,

eventually, a writer for Like Media,” she says.

“Each opportunity, as varied or unexpected as it was, helped

further develop me as a writer, giving me a new perspective

and understanding of what I write about.”

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to follow suit and get out of the big city. “I moved here from

Chicago in July of 2019 to be closer to family and establish a

more fulfilling lifestyle, and I haven't looked back!”

Abigail joined the Like Media team in December of 2019 as

a freelance writer. After witnessing her incredible talent as a

writer, it was decided to bring her on in a more permanent

role, and Abigail joined the content team as a staff writer in

January of this year. “I am so excited to be back working with

a content team—it’s so fulfilling to be writing about lifestyle

again, especially with a local focus,” Abigail says. “And beyond

that, I get to work with an incredibly talented team. It's a small

team, which means we all get to interact and work together,

and it's so refreshing to see what joy, passion and fun the crew

brings to the table.”

Abigail is proud to call Sandpoint home, with its small-town

feel combined with the vibrancy of life that this community

has. “Everyone loves to call this home, and that's amazing to

be a part of. It's also incredibly exciting to me to see how the

town is changing and growing—I look forward to what's to

come.”

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ESSENTIALS

The latest tips and trends in home, garden,

finances and life

LIFE & COMMUNITY

SheJumps: Get the Girls Out! A luau on

the mountain

BUSINESS IN THE

SPOTLIGHT

Highlands North Day Spa: Wellnesscentered

spa cares for the whole self

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Litehouse: From small-town restaurant to

dressing giant

IN FOCUS

Camaraderie in the Woods: Snowmobiling

an inclusive sport

LIVING LOCAL

February’s Fix for the Blues: Sandpoint

Winter Carnival

HEALTH & LIFESTYLE

Tips and informational articles about living

a healthy, active lifestyle

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BUSINESS IN THE 40

SPOTLIGHT

Best Western Plus - Ponderay Mountain

Lodge: The place to stay

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“The Best Place to Be": Shriners

patients praise experience at Spokane

hospital

TRAVEL & LEISURE

Step Up Your Winter Ski Vacation: A

luxury stay in Whistler, British Columbia

FOOD & DRINK

Your local guide to the tastiest hot

spots around town and local recipes

ARTS &

ENTERTAINMENT

Calendar of great local events, music,

sports and shows!

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Remodel

WHAT TO EXPECT WHEN YOU’RE REMODELING: PART II

BY NIKKI LUTTMANN, SEVEN BEE INTERIORS

FOR SANDPOINT FURNITURE, CARPET ONE AND SELKIRK GLASS AND CABINETS

It seems like everyone is building, remodeling or sprucing up

their homes this year. This is evident in both the lack of available

contractors and subcontractors, but also in the rising prices of

labor and goods sparked from high demand. That’s why it is very

important to have a clear set of expectations and needs lined out

before you start your project, as remodeling can be a slippery slope.

I’d hate to see anyone get into the middle of a major remodel, only to

find themselves stuck and unable to complete the job because they

cannot find subcontractors who have the availability time-wise to

finish it!

Last month I started a list of common home remodeling projects

including whole house painting, kitchen remodeling, new flooring

and bathroom tile projects. This month I thought I’d continue the list

of common projects and what to expect with each. The aim is to help

readers determine what to expect for each.

New countertops. Though this would likely be included in kitchen

remodeling, this is by far one of the most common projects people

undertake as it has such a huge perceived impact on the value of our

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homes. For any of the myriad options out there, the process starts

with selecting a material and color, finding a supplier that deals with

your specific material and offers a variety of options, and discussing

with a salesperson the merits of each. From there, a measure will be

performed and then a template created. For the templating process,

they will be looking at your existing cabinet structure and determining

the best fit, location for seams, etc. Additionally, decisions will have

to be made regarding sinks, faucets, backsplash material and height,

and more.

Oftentimes, the fabricator can provide the sink from a selection of

options, which usually proves easiest for the homeowner, unless

they want a more specialty sink. As well, it must be determined if

the fabricator will be removing the old countertops—some will (for

a fee), some will not. If the answer is no, ask if they have a suggestion

for someone who can do that work for you, unless you’d like to do

it yourself. After the template, material will be cut off-site by the

fabricator then brought to your home on installation day. Sometimes,

there are issues—a measurement was missed, the sink doesn’t fit, etc.

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Have expectations and needs lined

out before you start your project.

part of the reason I suggest that the fabricator provide the sink. If

they provided it, then it is their mistake, and they will resolve the

issue at no additional charge to you.

New windows and/or doors. This is a fairly large remodeling project,

and I definitely recommend working with a specialist to accomplish

these for you. Windows, as long as they are being replaced in

the exact same sizes as existing, are typically a fairly easy switch.

However, with any remodeling project, keep in mind that there are

often unforeseen difficulties. Headers may be incorrect, or windows

may have been installed wrong the first time around. Trim, both

interior and exterior, may be damaged or removed in the process,

paint and drywall damaged. Window coverings will, of course, have

to be removed and may not quite fit correctly when new windows

are installed, depending on the type of window and treatment you

are replacing. Though replacing old windows is one of the most

rewarding projects you can undertake for the insulation integrity

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of your home, it can be quite a process. Be prepared! Doors—both

interior and exterior—are similar in scope and potential issues. Ask

questions, and make sure you are working with a professional!

Lighting. This is one of the easiest switches for your home. Changing

out light fixtures is usually quick, painless and very rewarding!

There are so many options available now that shopping for lighting

can be almost overwhelming, but in this case, the internet is your

friend. You can search fixtures by finish, style, glass or any other

option you can think of, and ordering them online is fairly easy. The

one caveat that I will insist on is using a professional electrician for

installing them—one who knows the codes and will not jeopardize

your safety by installing something incorrectly.

Well, that’s my list! Happy remodeling and remember, if in doubt,

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existence in some important way. However,

you have personal inflection points too—and

when they occur, you’ll need to make the

try to gain enough knowledge so you can

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your household can advance toward your

common financial goals.

• New child - When you welcome a new child

into your family, you’ll need to make sure

you have adequate life insurance. You’ll also

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on any existing insurance policies, as well

as on your IRA and 401(k). And if you can

afford it, you may want to start contributing

to a college fund, possibly using a 529

savings plan, which can provide you with tax

advantages as you put money away for your

child’s higher education.

• Divorce - It’s unfortunate, but true: Divorce

is still pretty common, and it’s neither pleasant

nor cheap. You might not be able to avoid

some of the costs, such as lawyers’ bills, but

if you and your ex-spouse can work together

amicably, you both may be able to avoid

serious financial disruptions. You’ll need to

work out how to divide your financial assets,

paying attention to beneficiary designations,

which you may well need to change. Also, as

a newly single individual, you may need to

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By making smart decisions following your

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TEACHER OF THE MONTH

By Colin Anderson

Lynette

Leonard

Southside Elementary

School Teacher

For Southside Elementary school

teacher Lynette Leonard, the

profession has been of utmost

importance to her life. Having spent

15 years as an educator including the last four

at Southside, Lynette has watched hundreds

of minds open up through learning and new

ideas. The opportunity to work with young

minds, teach them new things and watch the

genuine enjoyment of discovery keeps Lynette

motivated each and every day.

“The smiles on children's faces as they learn

puts a smile instantly on my face,” said Lynette.

“It is an honor to be able

to teach students, and I

love seeing students find

themselves, discover the

value of learning and

come to recognize their

potential.”

At Southside, Lynette

teaches classes on

various subjects to all

grade levels. These

include STEAM classes,

literacy, technology,

library and math. No

matter the coursework,

her focus is to boost a child’s self esteem

in order to help them discover their vast

potential.

“My passion comes from a belief that if you

help children have confidence, give them the

right resources and tools, they can all become

great leaders,” she said.

While there have certainly been memories

that stand out during her career, Lynette

prefers to keep her focus on the little things

“I LOVE SEEING

STUDENTS FIND

THEMSELVES, DISCOVER

THE VALUE OF

LEARNING AND COME

TO RECOGNIZE THEIR

POTENTIAL.”

that happen each day that assure her that she

chose the right career.

“Each one of these moments are unique and

has made a difference in my life or the student’s

life,” she said. “The smiles, frustrations, 'ahha'

moments, celebrations of learning and

random acts of kindness that occur daily are

so valuable.”

Lynette’s main focus in the classroom is to

create the next round of leaders. She strives

to help young minds reach their potential

because she believes everyone has the potential

to make a difference

in the lives around

them, and everyone

has the potential to be

great. She encourages

students to never give

up and to celebrate their

failures as opportunities

to grow. “Believe in

yourself. It is so hard

for us to recognize we

have unique talents that

make all us important.

Remember who you are,

and never give up!” she

said.

Lynette is happy to have impacted so many

young minds during her career, and it brings

her equal enjoyment to have had so many

of her students directly impact her life as

well. She encourages her students to grow

by serving others and helping out their

classmates when they need a boost. Students

come out of her classes more confident, ready

to lead and with plenty of encouragement to

reach their full potential.

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CREATING THE

IMPOSSIBLE

Fall in love with your vision and

create opportunities to build the life

you truly want

By Trish Buzzone, Thinking Partner, Executive

Director, The John Maxwell Team

Imagine with me for a moment. Let’s climb into a time machine

and travel exactly one year from now. In that future, looking back

on today, what would you love to have created? What does your

life look like? What does it feel like? Focus in on this vision until

it’s crystal clear in your mind. Do you love it? Because you have the

ability to create that, even if, right now, it feels impossible.

It’s not about the plan

Most of us have been taught that an important step in achieving

anything is planning every detail of how we’re going to get it done.

When we approach creating something new with that mindset, sooner

or later we crash into a big roadblock, and we don’t know how to push

through. We hit a big wall, because we’re trying to forecast the future

by focusing on the past.

Focusing on the familiar is a trap

we’re committed to the familiar: what we already have, what we

already know, and who we already are. That’s a recipe for regression,

because, as Maslow says, “We’re either stepping forward into growth or

backward into safety.” The familiar may feel safe, when we’re actually

settling for less, becoming less of who we are meant to be, missing

opportunities to grow, to take risks, and fail forward.

Fail first, fail fast, fail often

When we enter the unfamiliar, when we move forward without

“knowing how,” failure shows up early and often, and has a potentially

paralyzing effect on us—unless we shift our thinking. When we give

up on the need to “know how,” and we fall in love with the results of

our vision fulfilled, the fear of failure shifts to faith in the vision. When

we let go of the negative stigma attached to failure, we transform

failure into a necessary part of the creative process, opening us up to

the excitement of doing something new.

Creating a new reality begins with a shift in mindset. When we’re

focused on completing the incremental steps to complete our plan,

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We love our pets!

“Most people

fail in life, not

because they

aim too high and

miss, but because

they aim too low

and hit.”

That enthusiasm creates a ripple effect of

proactive action and positive questions.

Instead of asking “What’s wrong with me?” or

“How long with this take?” we begin to ask:

“How far am I willing to go?” “What do I need

to learn?” “Who do I need to meet to help

me?” and “What next steps are in harmony

with my vision?” That creative energy propels

us forward.

Living in harmony with our vision

When we try to build something new using

what we already have, elevating the plan over

the vision, we hit a wall of ignorance and settle

for something less than our vision. Les Brown

says it best: “Most people fail in life, not because

they aim too high and miss, but because they

aim too low and hit.”

When we suspend the need to know how, when

we fall in love with our vision and make choices

that are in harmony with that vision, that’s

when we connect with the wisdom, knowledge,

relationships and resources we need to create

an “impossible” future.

Connect with Trish Buzzone at TrishBuzzone.

com, Linkedin.com/in/trishbuzzone or

Facebook.com/trishbuzzone.

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SHE

: GET THE GIRLS OUT

A luau on the mountain

By Abigail Thorpe

Thirteen years ago, three women sat talking about

participating in new outdoor activities and challenges.

The conversation ended with, “If she can do it so can

I,” and so began SheJumps, a

nonprofit dedicated to getting girls and

women outdoors to build confidence,

leadership skills and connect with nature

and community.

Seven years ago, SheJumps started Get the

Girls Out—a trademark event held annually

across the country that brings women and

girls together to celebrate their love of the

mountain and participate in winter sporting

events. “The focus is to provide a supportive

learning environment for women and girls

of all ages to try new sports and activities,”

says Cheryl Kochevar, SheJumps Wild Skills

coordinator for Northern Idaho.

SHEJUMPS STARTED GET THE

GIRLS OUT—A TRADEMARK

EVENT HELD ANNUALLY

ACROSS THE COUNTRY THAT

BRINGS WOMEN AND GIRLS

TOGETHER TO CELEBRATE

THEIR LOVE OF THE MOUNTAIN

AND PARTICIPATE IN WINTER

SPORTING EVENTS.

This year’s fifth event at Schweitzer Mountain

will be held on the last day of the Sandpoint

Winter Festival, February 23, from 8am to 5pm, and will feature allday

events including an avalanche dog and Beacon Search demo,

tutu parade, “Queen of the Greens” scavenger hunt on musical chairs

and similar “Cruz the Bluz” hunt on the blue intermediate runs, and

of course the “Golden Girafficorn Hunt,”

NASTAR race and after party with the grand

raffle.

The event, presented by Schweitzer, is open

to all women and girls, and will feature a

luau theme to help put some color on the

winter slopes, so wear your brightest island

(winter) attire.

In five years, Get the Girls Out at Schweitzer

has grown from several dozen to more than

175 participants, making it the second largest

Get the Girls Out held in the U.S. last year.

“Geographically we draw from such a small

area, to have such a huge group turnout ...

It is truly phenomenal to pull off this size of

event here!” says Kochevar.

Tickets are $10 on EventBrite.com, and keep an eye out for the second

annual Junior Ski Patrol event the week after.

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Healing Hands

Wellness-centered spa cares for the

whole self

By Jillian Chandler

Photos by Kiersten Patterson Photography

HIGHLANDS NORTH DAY SPA

1315 Highway 2, Suite 5

Sandpoint, Idaho 83864

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"IT’S BEEN INCREDIBLY REWARDING

SEEING CLIENTS COME IN WITH

VARIOUS ISSUES AND WALK OUT

FEELING INCREDIBLY BETTER, WITH

REAL HEALING TAKING PLACE.”

“We both

had a vision to see a place of healing here in

Sandpoint.”

With a passion for health and healing, Arla Markael

and Christopher Kalinowski are the proud owners of

Highlands North Day Spa, which they purchased from the previous owner in

the summer of 2018.

Christopher, who has a healing touch with his massage experience, graduated

from Boulder College of Massage Therapy, which, during the time he attended,

was ranked the No. 1 and No. 3 massage school in the world for different

modalities. He went on to work with doctors, surgeons, chiropractors and

osteopaths, learning the many angles on how best to serve his clients. A lifelong

learner, he has studied many advanced techniques that he enjoys teaching at the

North Idaho Massage Academy and to the Highlands North staff.

Arla is a graduate of University of Idaho where she received her degree in

education with a minor in health and completed her student teaching right here

in Sandpoint. After graduating, Arla stayed up on current research in the health

field with classes, reading, research and listening to doctors in the health field.

She also became very passionate about non-invasive healing methods.

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To further enhance their shared passion for health and healing, Arla and

Christopher purchased the North Idaho Massage Academy, as Christopher

was an instructor in the Pathology 102 class, designing the curriculum

for that class. The pair then decided they also wanted to purchase the

Highlands North Day Spa as part of their larger vision and heart for the

local community.

“We deeply believe in whole being wellness. Too often, only part of the

person receives wellness help, leaving the body out of balance,” says Arla.

“It’s been incredibly rewarding seeing clients come in with various issues

and walk out feeling incredibly better, with real healing taking place.”

At Highlands North Day Spa, they not only provide massage (hot stone,

Thai, relaxation, deep tissue and therapeutic), facials and anti-aging

skin care, but acupuncture, Body Talk energy healing, infrared sauna,

an Anespa mineral shower which heals skin and hair, and Kangen

alkaline water. “We are looking to expand by having a chiropractor and

a nutritionist, meditation and yoga on board in the building, forming a

membership/partnership, so that all areas of the body and mind/spirit can

be addressed,” says Arla. “At least that’s the vision.”

In addition to their wellness treatments, they offer beauty services as well.

“We have wonderful staff who do lash lifts, tints and extensions, nail and

hair care—with some of the best hair stylists around—and spray tanning.

“Our staff are friendly, kind and excited to be in a place that is about

healing and care,” smiles Arla.

“We recognize here that how you are treated, how you feel emotionally

and what is going on affects the body just as much as a physical injury,”

she adds. “To heal the body, you have to look at the whole. Too often, the

mind body connection is left out. That’s one beautiful thing about massage

as a part of our focus, is that massage can help the body release emotional

trauma as well as help heal the physical.”

Arla and Christopher are truly grateful to their clients and staff and to

have the privilege to be able to serve the community through their work at

Highlands North Day Spa. Arla adds: “It’s a joy to be here and be a part of

the beautiful place we call home.”

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FROM SMALL-TOWN RESTAURANT TO DRESSING GIANT

By Abigail Thorpe

Photos Courtesy of Litehouse

THE HAWKINS

BROTHERS FOUNDED

LITEHOUSE ON THE

PRINCIPLE OF FAITH

AND THE VALUES

OF STEWARDSHIP,

INTEGRITY,

ACCOUNTABILITY

AND COMMITMENT TO

EXCELLENCE.

In 1949, Edward Hawkins was serving as a

chef in Spokane when his boss complained

about the quality of the blue cheese

dressing they were serving. Hawkins took

the challenge to heart, and so was born the first

creamy blue cheese dressing. Ten years later, he

and his wife purchased Hurschell’s Lighthouse

in Hope. Customers liked the dressing so much

they’d arrive with jars to bring extra home.

Demand required supply, and brothers Edward

and Doug decided to can their secret recipe in

1963, mixing the dressing by hand in soup kettles.

Soon Litehouse Bleu Cheese and Litehouse

Thousand Island began gracing the shelves of

Rogers Thrift in Sandpoint. Fast forward 57 years

later, and Litehouse is now the No. 1 refrigerated

salad dressing in the world.

Litehouse started with a goal to bring steady,

year-round work to Sandpoint, which was at the

time dominated by seasonal logging jobs. “The

founders truly believed in the importance of

having an impact in the community where you live

and operate,” says Kelly Prior, Litehouse president

and CEO. While the company has grown and

now houses facilities in Hurricane, Utah; Lowell,

Michigan; and Danville, Virginia, in addition to

its Sandpoint headquarters, it’s founding vision

has remained constant: “To improve life ... one

community, one table, one bite at a time,” says

Prior.

The Hawkins brothers founded Litehouse on the

principle of faith and the values of stewardship,

integrity, accountability and commitment to

excellence, and those values have not dissipated as

the company has evolved. “These core values are

the compass that drives every decision we make,

and they continue to be invaluable in ensuring

we are building a business our employee owners

can be proud of and will continue to thrive for

generations to come,” says Prior.

As the company grew from a small family owned

restaurant into a large consumer packaged goods

company and the Hawkins neared retirement,

they faced the question of what would become of

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the company and its many employees. Rather than sell the company

and risk a conglomerate moving operations and taking hundreds of jobs

away from Sandpoint workers, the founders decided to pass ownership

along to their employees, making Litehouse 100 percent employee

owned by 2014.

The passing of the torch has in no way diminished the company’s

success—or its character. Employees continue to honor and reflect the

founders’ vision, placing service over self-interest.

“Since the transfer of ownership, we have seen record-setting sales and

profits, showing that our employee owners really take the responsibility of

ownership to heart to create long-term benefits for themselves and their

fellow employee owners for years to come,” says Prior. “The Employee

Stock Ownership Plan has also provided a fantastic retirement benefit

to our employee owners that would not have otherwise been available.”

In addition to being entirely employee owned, one thing Litehouse

finds most pride in is the impact they have on improving and helping

the communities in which they live and operate. “At Litehouse, we

value service over self-interest, and so we strive to be accountable to the

communities we serve,” adds Prior. “To ensure we never lose focus of

this responsibility, we have implemented a policy by which a percentage

of our company’s annual net income is given back to the community

through charitable contributions.”

The company focuses on assisting local families and children through

financial, education, food and health assistance, and employees have

volunteered over 1,200 hours in their communities. In 2019 alone,

Litehouse, its employee owners and its business partners gave over

$400,000 back to the Sandpoint community in sponsorships, donations

and other contributions.

Litehouse’s success, in many ways, lies in its commitment to its founding

vision. Despite change and growth, the company never lost sight of its

objective: to provide a product people want, with a commitment to

integrity and excellence, and in a way that strengthens the community it

serves. “While the dynamics of the business environment have changed

and will continue to change, staying focused on our core values has

allowed us to stay true to who we are,” says Prior.

Prior’s advice to new businesses? “Have a very clear vision of the purpose

of your business and the impact you want to make in the world. Lack of

focus has been the demise of so many companies, and so it’s imperative

to always gut check the decisions you are making on a day-to-day basis

against that vision of your company to ensure you stay focused on what

you are trying to achieve.”

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NORTH IDAHO

IN FOCUS

CAMARADERIE IN THE WOODS

SNOWMOBILING AN INCLUSIVE SPORT

BY COLIN ANDERSON | PHOTOS COURTESY OF JACOB HINRICHS

It’s no secret that Northwest people are

typically outdoor people. Our cities and

towns are set in and around nature, and

our woods, trails and the backcountry is often

just a short drive from our front door. After fall

sports season and hunting season come to a

close, outdoor enthusiasts start doing the “pray

for snow” dance. While some of the population

could go without snow, a large section also sees a

cold winter without snow as a worthless winter.

Skis and snowboards get waxed, snowshoes and

winter coats, gloves, jackets and pants all come

out from their summer hibernation. It’s also the

time when another passionate group of people

gets ramped up for their favorite season of the

year—snowmobile season.

“The adventure of the ride has to be my favorite

thing about snowmobiling,” said Jacob Hinrichs,

current president of the Boundary Backcountry

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Association. “Every ride is different, from the

people you ride with, the terrain and the snow

as well.”

With 15 years of riding under his belt, Jacob is

an accomplished rider, able to navigate not just

designated trails but backcountry mountain

faces and other challenging locations. He leads

a group of year-round backcountry enthusiasts

whose goal is to promote the enjoyment of

outdoor recreation through responsible access

to public land.

“Snowmobilers are a very passionate group

of people,” said Jacob. “We love the outdoors

and are very dedicated to keeping our lands

beautiful and open for our next generation of

outdoor users.”

A few of the long-term goals of the group are

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to unite all types of recreational users, both

motorized and non-motorized. They also want

to promote, conserve and maintain existing

access routes, make improvements, and make

aware the economic impact that snowmobilers

have on local communities.

The biggest goal, however, is to encourage

more riders to take up the sport, camaraderie

amongst current snowmobilers and overall

enjoyment of this unique outdoor activity.

A group sport, there are clubs to be found all

across the state where “sled heads” can get

together, swap stories, schedule rides and

discuss snow conditions.

“My advice would be to go to a local club

meeting, talk to the members and decide if it

is something you want to do,” said Clayton

Meserve, president of the Sandpoint Winter


Riders Snowmobile Club. Clayton is also a 15-

year rider who still loves the beauty and thrill

each new season brings. “Snowmobiling is a

great winter activity. You are able to get out in

the mountains and see some amazing sights,” he

said.

The Sandpoint Winter Riders are always on the

lookout for new members, and skill level is never

a requirement. Even if you’ve never been on a

snow machine before, you are welcome to pick

members’ brains, and it’s likely someone will

even be able to give you some basic instruction.

“If it is possible, we can find a snowmobile and

take you out for a ride so you can experience it

before investing a lot of money,” said Clayton.

This is a huge advantage, as daily snowmobile

rentals can run in the hundreds of dollars, and

getting set up with your first machine is also a

rather large investment. Just like dirt bikes and

four-wheelers, technology in snowmobiling

continues to improve year in, year out.

Snowmobiles can be designed for the comforts

of riding groomed flat trails or stripped down

while bulked up to tackle the deep snow and

big bumps of backcountry riding. A new Ski-

Doo or Polaris model typically starts in the

$6,000 to $8,000 range before upgrades and

customizing high-end units can get you north

of $15,000. Still, there will always be used

equipment, which can be purchased for much

less, and groups like Sandpoint Winter Riders

or Boundary Backcountry Association are good

places to find your first ride.

Whether you have your own, are renting or

borrowing, this tight-knit group of outdoor

enthusiasts is often ready to get you up and

riding in a safe and responsible manner. “I

personally take my time to help new people

to the sport learn how to properly ride a

snowmobile. This year I am doing a small

riding class to help out anyone that wants to

learn how to be a better rider,” said Jacob.

With the tragedy of the avalanche on Silver

Mountain fresh in the minds of local skiers,

snowboarders and riders, safety is also of the

utmost importance to new riders, whether

they plan on trail riding or backcountry. The

danger and inherent risk is what draws many

to this thrilling sport, but risks can be mitigated

by having the proper knowledge and safety

equipment.

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Jacob recommends that anyone just getting into snowmobiling get the

correct gear, clothing, avalanche pack, emergency beacon and shovel.

“Most important is to then learn how to use these tools correctly and

proficiently,” he said. “I recommend, at the minimum, to take an avalanche

awareness class. There are also more educational classes that can be taken

on avalanche safety such as a Level I and also Level II classes.”

It’s for this reason that snowmobilers are encouraged to never ride

alone—a mantra that most follow. Avalanches are just one of the major

issues that could come up. Injury caused by accident or machine failure

would leave an individual stranded and, in many cases, with no easy way

back to safety. Group riding not only ensures a safer experience but helps

strengthen bonds between riders. “It’s a fun sport, a great way to break up

the winter and get together with friends,” said Clayton.

As far as some of their favorite places to ride, North Idaho tops the

list for both Jacob and Clayton. There are also several day trips or easy

overnighters.

“Western Montana also has amazing places to ride as well. I also enjoy

riding Salmo Pass, and Castlegar, Canada,” said Jacob.

“I do most of my riding in this area because it’s close and fun. Other people

ride in Montana, McCall, and a few head up into Canada,” said Clayton.

While we are past the halfway point of the season, it’s not too late to try out

the sport or get more information from the experts. Outfitters are eager

to rent, and clubs continue to have monthly meetings. Sandpoint Winter

Riders meets the first Wednesday of the month throughout the winter and

is also holding a Sled Scramble family get-together day on February 22.

At the conclusion of the ride, there will be dinner and prizes. “We have

all different levels of riders in the club and are willing to help new riders

learn about the sport,” said Clayton. You can find more information on

the club’s Facebook page.

The bottom line for every level of rider is to enjoy the wild outdoors,

public spaces and thrill of the ride. “I enjoy the time spent outdoors with

good friends and the adrenaline that you get from riding off trail,” said

Jacob. “When I snowmobile, it is what I consider to be a stress-free time.”

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You may have noticed some changes taking place in recent months,

after the former Holiday Inn Express & Suites was purchased by

Warren Resort Hotels in December of 2018. Over the past year, the

company has renovated the hotel, and along with the updates, it’s

taken a new name—Best Western Plus - Ponderay Mountain Lodge.

January 1, 2020, marked not only a new year but a new beginning for the upscale

hotel. The newly renovated space offers more than just accommodations for a

good night’s sleep; they offer 1,200 square feet of meeting space, a pool and hot

tub, workout facility, sundry shop and business center. Those staying at the

lodge will be treated to a delicious assortment of breakfast items including the

all new “build your own” options. They now have a “build your own oatmeal,

pancake, yogurt and sandwich” with plenty of miscellaneous condiments to

put on them.

“Best Western Plus is not only the newest hotel in town, we are newly

renovated and conveniently located right next door to Sweet Lou’s restaurant,

the local favorite sports bar,” says Marie Stewart, general manager.

Marie says she first fell in love with the hospitality industry after being hired

for her first “real” job in Sun Valley, Idaho, as a hotel housekeeper at 14 years

old. “I was a very shy young lady, and I eventually came out of my shell and

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learned to love people,” she says. “I transferred to many different positions

over the years, including everything from working in the small gift shops

and chocolate factory to the grocery store business and eventually went

back to hotels.”

When her youngest child graduated high school, Marie’s experience

in the hotel industry allowed her the opportunity to travel to different

hotels, where she would take care of these hotels while they were between

managers. After seeing her wonderful work ethic and strong managerial

skills, she was hired on as a general manager at a hotel in Kanab, Utah,

where she worked for nearly five years. During this time, an opportunity

arose for her to move to North Idaho and manage the Holiday Inn

Express & Suites - Sandpoint North (now Best Western Plus - Ponderay

Mountain Lodge) in Ponderay. So, in 2013, she relocated to North Idaho.

“This is honestly the best move I have ever made! I came up here six years

ago to manage this hotel and fell in love with the area!” she smiles. “I love

living in Sandpoint. I love managing the Best Western Plus - Ponderay

Mountain Lodge. I love the people that work for me, and I love all our

wonderful guests!”

Marie says what really sets apart Best Western Plus - Ponderay Mountain

Lodge is their incredible, professional yet friendly staff, which includes

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her assistant manager, Kathy Scott, whom Marie refers to as being her

“right hand.”

When it comes to what Marie finds most rewarding about her line of

work in the hospitality businesses, she says, “I love visiting with our

guests and having them tell me what a wonderful staff we have and how

much they love our hotel, as well as finding out about their background

and the interesting stories of what brought them to Sandpoint.”

If you are looking to impress out-of-town guests with great

accommodations, look no further than Ponderay Mountain Lodge. Even

for those who live in the area, the hotel makes for a great staycation.

Located less than a mile from Downtown Ponderay and just 2.6 miles

from Downtown Sandpoint, what better way to spend a relaxing weekend

than in a beautiful hotel where you don’t have to make the beds or

breakfast; you can enjoy a swim in the pool or a dip in the hot tub; eat

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team along with competing with Team Idaho,

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Although she has two years left in high

school, KJ has her sights set on her future.

She plans to compete at the collegiate level

for wrestling, as she has already been talking

with a few coaches about her options. While

competing, she will also pursue law and

criminal justice, as her grandfather was a

police officer. “I would love to honor him and

make our world a better place to live in,” she

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is all about the blood, sweat and tears that you

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“KJ is a hard-working young lady who lives

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sport of women’s wrestling, which should be

a sanctioned sport here in the near future!”

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encouraging the Idaho High School Athletic

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As Ryan’s senior year progresses, his

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business and marketing become closer and

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As many who play a sport know, injuries

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FEBRUARY’S FIX FOR

THE BLUES

SANDPOINT WINTER CARNIVAL

BY ABIGAIL THORPE

PHOTOS COURTESY OF SANDPOINT CHAMBER

Mid-winter in North Idaho is beautiful, but the winter blues

settle in in full force. Several months of cold, snow and

(mostly) grey have left the majority of us cabin-bound,

vitamin-D deficient and desperate for some much-needed

activity and fun. Thankfully Sandpoint locals 47 years ago felt the same,

and so was born the Sandpoint Winter Carnival—the much-anticipated

yearly antidote to North Idaho cabin fever.

The carnival debuted in 1973, put together by local businesses and

individuals who saw the need for an event to bring the town together

and provide a fun release in the dark winter months. It’s continued every

year since, and this February marks its 47th anniversary. “We are [all]

getting a little weary of winter at this time, so it’s always fun to spend

time together laughing and enjoying ourselves,” says Kate McAlister,

Sandpoint Chamber of Commerce president and CEO.

This year’s Sandpoint Winter Festival will begin February 14 with funfilled

events through February 23. Sponsored by Ting and presented by

Schweitzer and the Greater Sandpoint Chamber of Commerce, the weeklong

event features activities throughout town and up on the mountain,

with various local businesses hosting their own time-honored traditions,

or adding to the fun with new ones.

“The variety of things to do make this a unique event,” says McAlister.

“Each participating business is responsible for their own event, and the

Chamber promotes and markets the two weeks in a variety of ways. It’s

always fun to see what people come up with.”

The 14th annual Parade of Lights, sponsored by Ting, will kick off the

festival, with individuals and businesses throughout town participating.

Its date of Valentine’s Day set the theme of “Love and Light” for this year’s

parade. “Our town loves a parade, no matter how small,” says McAlister.

“It’s a great family event.” Anyone can enter the parade for free, which

is set to start at the City Parking Lot at 5:30pm. Register for entry by

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VISITORS FROM AROUND THE AREA—INCLUDING

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a production of “Love Letters” by the Panida Playhouse Players February

13 through 16.

The thrilling Starlight Races will be held at Schweitzer on both Fridays,

with a fitting roaring ‘20s theme of “gatSKI.” Teams of five will compete for

the best times, with a party at Taps following the downhill competition.

Registration is $50 per person or $250 per team.

Saturday, February 15, will start off with an all-day Family Fun Day +

Winter Games at the Granary from 10am to 8pm, featuring live music,

brew tastings from hosts Evans Brothers and Matchwood Brewing, a

hot chocolate bar, magic show, snowman competition and more. The

following day will feature the beloved Coca Cola “Let it Glow!” Night

Parade and Fireworks at Schweitzer. Kids who are pre-registered will

receive LED battery-powered torches for the parade down Ridge Run,

with an epic Coca Cola Fireworks show following the parade.

On February 21, look out for Northern Stars Rising at the Heartwood

Center—the Pend Oreille Arts Council’s showcase performance of local

talent. Various local performers must audition for the show and will

compete for prizes and professional development opportunities.

Prepare for an all-day adults’ party on Saturday, February 22, with

another year’s appearance of the “Weird and Wonderful Pub Crawl”

in Downtown Sandpoint throughout the day and National Margarita

Day Celebration at the Panida Theater. Jalapenos Restaurant will honor

the event by serving margaritas, and a 5:30pm showing of “Agave: The

Spirit of a Nation - The Making of Tequila” will be followed by a live

performance of band Heart’s Roger Fisher.

Nightly music at the 219 Lounge, McDuff ’s Cornhole Classic, tubing at

Schweitzer, Winterfest Whiskey Wednesday at A&Ps Bar and Grill, and

live music at Schweitzer will happen throughout the week, along with

many other activities to get you out of the house and celebrating winter

with the rest of our Sandpoint family and visitors. “All of the events are

great and offer something unique from Sandpoint to up on the hill at

Schweitzer,” says McAlister.

The festival will conclude on Sunday, February 23, with the all-day “Get

the Girls Out” presented by SheJumps up at Schweitzer—a luau-themed

event celebrating the outdoors and inviting women and girls to get

outside and experience the mountain. This fifth anniversary of the event

will feature various activities throughout the day, along with a raffle,

prizes and family friendly after party.

“Of course, closing the winter carnival festivities on the 23rd is the

famous K-9 Keg Pull—a classic everyone loves,” says McAlister. In the

morning, make time to stop by the event downtown on Cedar Street.

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Registration starts at 9am, and the event goes until noon.

Dogs of all sizes will be racing down snow-filled Cedar

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SKIN CARE

CONSISTENCY IS KEY

BY BRI WILLIAMS, RN, BSN, REFINED

AESTHETICS MED SPA, PLLC

I

f you are looking to improve the health

and appearance of your skin, being

consistent with your skin-care routine

is essential. You can’t use your skin-care

products once a week and expect to see results. Just

like changing the physique of your body, you need

to “hit the gym” consistently to reap the benefits.

Below we break down some of the common

hurdles to clear, healthy and glowing skin.

Overwhelmed by your routine

There are so many skin-care products on the

market, and it can start to feel like you need to

be using all of them to get the results you want.

Don’t fall victim to the “more is more” mentality.

Work with your skin-care professional to develop

a regimen that targets your specific concerns. You

don’t need every new product that hits the market;

in fact, that could be doing more harm than good.

What works great for one person’s skin type may be

all wrong for you. Lean on a professional to curate

a skin-care routine individualized to your skin type

and goals.

Not having the time

The idea of applying five or more skin-care

products morning and night can be daunting—and

time consuming. When developing a regimen with

your skin-care professional, be clear on what you

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brighten your complexion while cleansing, or

a sunscreen that has antioxidants can not only

protect you from further damage but also start

to repair damage that has already occurred. Be

smart about your product selection and get the

most out of every step.

It’s a chore

Think of your skin-care routine as self care, not

a chore. Make it a pleasant experience by doing

it in a space you feel calm and comfortable. Yes,

the cleansing step must happen at the sink, but

your other products can be applied anywhere.

Put all your skin care in a cute basket or bag

and bring it to a space you love. Maye that’s in

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counter while you visit with your family. Think

outside the box (or in this case, bathroom).

Being consistent with anything is essential to

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few times a week and expect dreamy skin. If

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NEW PULMONARY REHABILITATION PROGRAM

BONNER GENERAL HEALTH SEEKS TO IMPROVE THE QUALITY OF LIFE FOR

THOSE WITH CHRONIC LUNG DISEASES

By Franci Marks, RN BSN, Nurse Manager ICU, Cardiopulmonary, Cardiac and Pulmonary Rehabilitation and

Marilyn Cupery, Registered Respiratory Therapist and Cardiopulmonary Clinical Supervisor

Respiratory therapists at Bonner General Health identified a need

for a Pulmonary Rehabilitation program in Sandpoint based on the

number of patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease

(COPD) in Sandpoint and surrounding communities. Members

of Bonner General Health’s Better Breathers Club, a monthly educational

and support group for people living with chronic lung disease and their

caregivers, also expressed a need for the program.

COPD affects more than 15.3 million people in the United States, and while

COPD is preventable, it is currently incurable. However, the quality of life of

those suffering from COPD can be significantly improved by participating in

a Pulmonary Rehabilitation program.

Pulmonary Rehabilitation programs are specifically designed for patients

with chronic lung disease, such as COPD, which includes emphysema,

chronic bronchitis, bronchiectasis and chronic asthma. The program we

offer at BGH is designed to combine patient-centered exercise training,

education, nutritional assessments and interventions. The goal is to help

patients improve their quality of life while reducing symptoms that may limit

their tolerance for activity. It also serves to promote and maintain healthy

lifestyle behaviors and choices.

A medical director oversees the Pulmonary Rehabilitation program. The

training and classes are run by a registered nurse and an exercise physiologist.

A referral from a primary care provider is required to start the program.

Patients will attend a one-on-one pre-assessment appointment with a

registered nurse or exercise physiologist who will develop an individualized

exercise plan specifically for them prior to starting the rehabilitation classes.

The patient will attend classes twice a week for approximately eight to 10

weeks, depending upon their individual needs.

Valuable education is provided to patients in all aspects of improving quality

of life from experts in many different fields. This program is paid for by

Medicare for patients who qualify.

"We are very excited to add this new program to the services offered at Bonner

General Health. The patients that participate in our Cardiac Rehabilitation

program improve their quality of life by managing their conditions with

healthier lifestyles; we are looking forward to seeing the same results for the

patients who participate in our Pulmonary Rehabilitation program,” said

Franci Marks, RN BSN; Nurse Manager ICU, Cardiopulmonary, Cardiac and

Pulmonary Rehabilitation at Bonner General Health.

The program is located on the first floor of the main hospital building

located at 520 North Third Avenue in Sandpoint on Tuesday and Thursday

afternoons.

Bonner General Health’s Better Breathers Club support group is offered at no

cost to individuals living with chronic lung disease and their caregivers. An

American Lung Association trained facilitator leads the meetings and serves

to equip participants with tools to better cope with their diagnosis and live life

to the fullest. Meetings are held the second Tuesday of each month at 1pm in

the east classroom of the main hospital building. For more information, go to

BonnerGeneral.org or call 208.265.1045.

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THE POWER

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"ANCIENT SAGES DID NOT

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AS WAITING TO BE THIRSTY

BEFORE DIGGING A WELL?"

- CHINESE MEDICAL TEXT

(HUANG DI NEI JING, 425 BC)

As we age, health maintenance

concerns become more prominent in

our daily life. However, the concept

of “health” may differ drastically

between individuals and is often a very personal

issue. Since 1946, the World Health Organization

(WHO) has defined health as “a state of complete

physical, mental and social well-being and not

merely the absence of disease or infirmity." This

definition implies a physiological state between

disease and well-being, recently termed in the

scientific literature as suboptimal health status

(SHS). Suboptimal health is characterized as the

self-perception of health complaints, general

weakness and low energy within a three-month

period. This health state is unfortunately common

to our society, yet often unaddressed.

Western medicine typically does not address

this “in-between” stage of suboptimal health

and commonly dismisses health complaints that

cannot be verified through tangible methods of

laboratory testing or imaging. However, treating

health imbalances before they manifested into

physical form has been the main tenet of Chinese

medicine for over 2000 years. This is based on

the historical understanding that disease is easily

reversible before it becomes physically tangible.

This delineation is very important because once

an imbalance is capable of being diagnosed with

physiological markers, it is inherently more

difficult to bring the body back into balance and

good health.

Once disease has progressed to a measurable

level, physicians rely on prescription medications

to suppress symptoms of the imbalance and

rarely address the initial cause. This continued

suppression sets the stage for progression into

chronic disease and unnecessary surgeries,

which can be mitigated through life-long use of

preventive medicine.

The real wisdom of preventive medicine is

that it can inform every single decision made

in daily life. This inherently includes making

healthy food choices, getting adequate exercise,

prioritizing deeply restorative sleep and

creating opportunities for the enjoyment of

life. Importantly, it also includes paying close

attention to your body and being aware of any

indications of dysfunction. These indications

initially reveal themselves in subtle ways, such

as sleep disturbances, minor digestive issues or a

general awareness that something is indescribably

“off.” Preventive medical practitioners view these

bodily perceptions as valuable diagnostic insights

for effective treatment, with the intent to rectify

the initial imbalance and halt the progression of

disease.

Preventive medicine is an invitation to transform

health maintenance into an enjoyable journey of

self care, rather than submitting to the cultural

status quo of the eventual demise of health and

well-being. The Sandpoint community is very

fortunate to have a multitude of preventive

resources readily available, including Chinese

medicine, naturopathic medicine, functional

medicine, Ayurveda, bodywork/massage and

many more.

References: 1. Wang, W., Russell, A., & Yan, Y.

(2014). Traditional Chinese medicine and new

concepts of predictive, preventive and personalized

medicine in diagnosis and treatment of suboptimal

health. EPMA Journal, 5(1). doi: 10.1186/1878-

5085-5-4

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THE EVOLUTION OF

FUNCTIONAL MEDICINE

INCORPORATING NATURAL AND

HOLISTIC APPROACHES INTO

HEALTH CARE

BY SCOTT PORTER, SANDPOINT SUPER DRUG

We’ve evolved a long way since the 1970s when the term

“alternative” started becoming popularized to describe some

forms of medicine. Today we can find terms such as integrative

and functional to describe evolving styles of health care.

Instead of solely adapting to the word alternative, those who were not

comfortable with the notion of being against other forms of medicine started

using the term “complementary.” But this did not fit within the entire industry,

and soon the terms merged into “complementary and alternative” medicine.

Because the Eastern styles of Chinese medicine and Ayurvedic medicine of

India were considered unconventional or alternative, the term “Western” arose

to describe the more modern health-care system that had become mainstream.

The term allopathic was coined in the 1800s by a German physician named

Samuel Hahnemann. He thought it described well the practice at the time of

treating a symptom with its opposite. The term has never been fully accepted,

as conventional medicine incorporates additional practices.

Conventional medicine was typically viewed as a system comprised of licensed

medical doctors, and other practitioners, who perform investigative testing,

diagnose diseases, create treatment plans, perform procedures such as surgery

or radiation, and manage prescriptive medications.

A key requirement to being recognized as part of this establishment became

state licensure and formal certification by a national medical board. Some

practitioners once considered alternative are now given licenses to work

with patients and can accept insurance payments. This includes osteopaths,

chiropractors and midwives.

Today a health-care provider could be a doctor or nurse practitioner, a

dentist, clinical psychologist, optometrist, clinical social worker or anyone else

that is authorized by the State to practice. In some states this now includes

oriental medicine, acupuncture and homeopathy. Idaho just last year officially

recognized naturopaths as licensed practitioners.

Besides incorporating practices that were once considered alternative, aspects

of Western medicine evolved in philosophy and have become more holistic

in general. Instead of only treating disease using conventional procedures and

drugs, some practitioners in mainstream medicine began referring to other

modalities such as natural remedies, mind-body therapies, homeopathy, and

body movement or manipulation.

A style of medicine called “integrative” began gathering momentum in the

1990s to incorporate these modalities. It was founded on integrating the best

of conventional medicine and the best of alternative medicine. Today, the

American Board of Physician Specialties offers legitimate certification for a

specialty in integrative medicine right along with surgery, dermatology and

internal medicine.

Embracing the philosophies of integrative medicine, some practitioners wanted

to emphasize the science behind identifying underlying causes of disease while

still treating the individual as a whole rather than treating the disease. Thus, the

style of “functional” medicine arose.

Functional medicine is less about integrating other modalities and more about

looking at epigenetic, environmental, dietary and biochemical influences

on chronic disease. Treatment plans arising from a functional or integrative

approach to medicine will incorporate conventional therapies, procedures

and drugs as well as recommendations for modifications in diet, nutrition,

environment, lifestyle, thinking, movement and sleep.

Due to continued evolution, it’s hard to find the boundaries between integrative

and functional medicine. Driven by consumer acceptance and demand, many

conventional medicine practitioners have also incorporated much of what these

schools of thought advocate, contributing to a more encompassing approach to

medicine—regardless of what you call it.

Scott Porter, a functional medicine pharmacist, is the director of the Center for

Functional Nutrition at Sandpoint Super Drug.

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"THE BEST PLACE

TO BE"

Shriners patients praise experience

at Spokane hospital

BY DAN THOMPSON

PHOTOS COURTESY OF SHRINERS

HOSPITALS FOR CHILDREN

Shae has been a regular at the Spokane Shriners Hospital since

she was a baby. It started with a one-week stint when she was 1

year old to address the scoliosis that was apparent in her spine.

From then on, it was check-up appointments every six to 12

months—up until this visit, which could be as long as three

months and a week.

“I planned it to the day,” said Shae, now 14 years old. “It depends how

fast my body stretches.”

The top and bottom of her spine are straight, but there is a significant

curve in the middle. Shae started her most recent stint at Shriners in

early January as a 4-foot-9 (and a half) teenager. But thanks to the halo

that’s been slowly stretching her back, she is now closer to 4-foot-11.

The doctors’ goal for her is to “grow” 3 to 6 inches, the process of her

spine straightening out to the point that the impending surgery will be

most effective. But for now, she is waiting it out, a metal halo screwed to

her head, moving around, on this snowy January day, in a wheelchair.

Yet through it all, Shae’s spirits have remained high. She, and her parents

Debi and Steve, see that the end is about as near as the spring thaw.

“I feel like sometimes people let things get to them, to their head, and it

doesn’t [for me],” Shae said. “My life could be so much worse.”

And her time at Shiners, she said, has been really great.

“So fun. It’s like a fancy hotel,” she said in a room off from the main

recreation room, which is replete with tables for football, billiards and

puzzles, among other diversions. “All the nurses are so nice, everyone’s

sweet. The first week, you know everyone, and everyone knows you.

“It’s like a home and family away from your actual family.”

Shriners started in Spokane as a mobile unit in 1924 and has grown into

a state-of-the-art hospital that treats thousands of children from babies

to 18-year-olds each year. With the nearest site to the west in Portland,

and the nearest to the east in Minnesota, Shriners Hospital for Children

in Spokane has a large region of coverage, spanning four states as well

as parts of Canada.

Its doctors treat conditions of various sorts, from same-day fractures

and sports injuries to longer-term treatments such as Shae’s.

Shae’s stay is made easier because she completes school online—

something she has done since fifth grade—and is able to complete work

at her own pace from the hospital. Her parents and older siblings visit

frequently and are able to stay in the same room as her if they wish to.

It’s that flexibility and personal care that Debi has enjoyed so much, and

the ability to be at the hospital for such a long stay is, Debi said, in Shae’s

best interest. Wearing the halo to stretch out Shae’s spine will make the

surgery to insert metal rods into her back more effective, and they don’t

need to rush it; they just need to wait until Shae’s spine has straightened

out as much as it is going to.

“[The doctor said] it’ll take a commitment, but it really reduces a lot of

risk,” Debi said. “We’ve known this was coming … this is just the best

place to be.”

Shae and Debi were mostly alone on this Friday afternoon, as the

hospital tries to line up most of its surgeries early in the week so that

patients can recover at home, said Kristin Monasmith, director of

marketing and communications for Shriners Spokane.

The hospital’s relatively smaller size allows its doctors to provide a

higher level of care, Monasmith said, and that the “family centered

wrap-around” is a hallmark of their system. Staff want their patients to

be as independent as possible and to keep active when they can.

Shae’s condition worsened—or rather, became more painful—over the

last year or two. Sitting for long periods of time became painful. Even

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making it through a movie was difficult, she said.

They told their doctor at Shriners, who advised them

that this long-term visit would be wise. Shae, Debi and

Steve live in Medical Lake, Washington, and they have

grown accustomed to the drive.

“It takes 18 minutes, door-to-door,” Shae said. “I’ve

timed it.”

The surgery, though, should be the final step for her.

While the metal rods, once in place, will limit her

some, the idea is that she won’t have to be in for a long

stay at Shriners again.

Brenda and 12-year-old daughter Carsyn came

to Shriners last summer under much different

circumstances. Carsyn, a soccer and basketball player,

suffered a foot injury a year ago, in January 2019, and

it just wasn’t healing right.

Carsyn was playing basketball and, as Brenda

described it, “the whole front of her foot rolled over.”

Her coach told Brenda that it didn’t look good.

When they consulted various doctors, they “got all

these different answers,” Brenda said. Some thought

Carsyn had hurt her tendon. Maybe it was a strain, or

perhaps her growth plate had been damaged. She was

in a cast six days a week and would take it off to play,

managing the pain, Brenda said.

COURTESY PHOTO

“She was six days in the boot and one day out of

the boot, just because [we thought] it was a strain,”

Brenda said.

But her foot kept swelling up, and Carsyn told her

mom, “I promise, there’s something really wrong with

my foot.”

By that point, Brenda was feeling pretty down about

the whole situation and wondered if they would ever

really find an answer or if her daughter’s foot would

ever fully heal.

“You feel a little bit hopeless,” said Brenda, who herself

is an athlete and also suffers from multiple sclerosis.

“They

know kids,

and they

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“This problem is just going to continue to happen.”

It wasn’t until that summer Carsyn’s parents took her to

Shriners, largely because Brenda said they didn’t realize the

hospital handled sports injuries such as Carsyn’s.

From their entrance into the lobby, though, Brenda said she

and Carsyn felt comfortable. And when she met with the

doctors, she felt like they were finally getting the right answers.

Shriners sees children not just as small adults, Monasmith

said, but as very different people because they are still growing.

They are also more than a long-term care facility, and they

take care of fractures and other surprise injuries that come up,

especially for young athletes.

Brenda said the way Carsyn’s doctor interacted stood out in

their experiences and that the doctor was good at explaining

the injury in a way her daughter could understand without

scaring her.

The doctors took an X-ray and noticed that Carsyn’s foot

had been broken for a while, specifically that a part of it had

broken away from the rest of the bone.

“They knew right away what the problem was,” Brenda said.

“They did the least invasive process to see if the bone would

reattach itself.”

PHOTO BY DAN THOMPSON

The tendon, Brenda said, had wrapped itself around the

broken piece of bone, which is what was causing the pain and

swelling. A few weeks later, after seeing how the foot reacted,

the doctors ultimately suggested surgery.

Carsyn came in for the surgery on October 31 dressed as a

jester. The other kids there, Brenda said, were dressed up, too.

“[The doctors] came in and talked to her about what was

gonna happen. They didn’t just slap something on and scare

her,” Brenda said. “Because of that experience, she won’t be

afraid to go into surgery. … Something cutting skin isn’t very

pleasing. It doesn’t sound like a bubble bath.”

The surgery went well. So well, in fact, that Brenda remembers

the doctor storming into the waiting room with a smile on his

face, expressing joy as if he were operating on his own child.

The doctor told them in detail how the surgery had gone

and reported that Carsyn’s recovery would be shorter than

expected: just four weeks in a boot. On December 3, Brenda

said, Carsyn was back on the basketball court.

“They’re just so excellent. They go way over the top to make

sure you’re comfortable and welcome, and that we’re part of

it,” Brenda said. “They know kids, and they listen.”

That is something Shriners takes particular pride in doing,

Monasmith said, and the hospital wants care to be coordinated

and seamless while giving families confidence and comfort

about the situation.

Shriners treats all sorts of conditions, from sports injuries

like Carsyn’s to spinal deformities like Shae’s. Shriners also

provides services regardless of a patient’s family’s ability to

pay. If a child is covered by private insurance or a state-funded

plan, the hospital will bill accordingly, but such insurance or

plans are not required to receive care. Financial donors help

fill that gap.

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In addition to medical services and care,

Shriners has a multi-million dollar research

program, with specific focuses on orthopedics,

burn care, cleft lip and palate, and spinal cord

injuries, according to its website, investing $38

million last year. In 2018, at its 22 locations

nationwide, it treated nearly 150,000 children.

Shae knew that her visit to Shriners was only a

matter of time. But as the pain grew, her family

and her doctors found that this timing was

right.

“We’ve known this was coming,” Shae’s mom,

Debi, said.

During her first weekend at Shriners, her

family came and spent Sunday with her. Shae

has three older siblings and they visit as often

as they can, she said.

But her cat Bailey and her two guinea pigs,

Archie and Elliot, couldn’t visit, so her dad

is in charge of taking care of them. Debi said

she made sure he knew which guinea pig was

which.

The halo around her head makes sleeping

“They’re just

so excellent.

They go way

over the

top to make

sure you’re

comfortable

and

welcome."

difficult, but with a neck pillow she can

generally find a way to get comfortable. “The

halo, it feels like when you hit your head and

you have a really bad headache, and it won’t go

away,” Shae said, “and then you get used to it.”

On this day, Shae was able to go without taking

any medicine to manage the pain of having the

halo attached to her head, Debi said.

Shae said she is hoping that after surgery—and

about a year of recovery—she will be able to do

some swimming and diving again. Maybe too

some gymnastics, the sport she loved when she

was younger.

“Right now I feel ehhh,” Shae said, shaking

her head, “because I don’t like being in [the

halo], because I can feel it stretching my back

out, but also good at the same time because it’s

stretching out my back and then it relieves all

the pressure.”

Pressure and pain, she is confident, will all be

gone in just a little bit longer, when the halo is

gone, the rods are in her back, and her body is

finally recovered, with as straight a spine as she

has ever had.

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DESTINATION

weddings

ALL THE PLACES TO SAY “I DO”

By Abigail Thorpe

Love is in the air this month, and so what better time

to start dreaming up the ideal wedding—or should we

say vacation? A quarter of all U.S. weddings are now

destination weddings, and there’s a reason this trend is on

the rise. Whether it’s to escape the cold (or the heat), provide

a more central location for far flung family and friends,

or simply do something different, destination weddings

let a couple spend more on the experience and less on the

production.

The majority of destination weddings take place in the U.S.,

and from tropics to desert, mountains to coast, there are

options for the most nature-loving and city-seeking, and

all those in between. Here are some top picks for wedding

destinations—whatever the time of year you choose to say, “I

do.”

Cozumel, Mexico

Situated on the Yucatan Peninsula in the Caribbean, this little

island is a literal paradise. With one of the largest coral reef

systems in the world and various nature reserves like the

Chankanaab National Park, there is lots of natural beauty

to explore and tropical beaches to relax on. For those who

need a break from nature, charming and colorful downtown

San Miguel is a vacationer’s dream. If you’re into cutting

the thought and work out of it, several all-inclusive resorts

on the island ensure you don’t have to worry about much of

anything—except making your return flight.

When to go: December through February is the best time to

visit to miss the high temps and the storms, but beware, this

is also high season.

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Las Vegas, Nevada

No shocker, the Marriage Capital of the World is also the most popular

destination wedding location in the U.S. Dozens of some of the world’s

most glamorous hotels, restaurants, nightclubs and theaters within

walking distance of each other make this an adult’s dream playground.

And if the neon lights and glitzy casinos aren’t your idea of an ideal

wedding locale, there are many beautiful (and peaceful) locations within

an easy drive of the strip, so you can have the best of both worlds.

When to go: Spring or early December, avoid holiday weekends and

summer.

Napa and Sonoma Valley, California

A wedding week filled with some of the best wine and food in the

world—who could ask for more? Add in some breathtaking scenic drives,

charming vineyards and boutique accommodations, and you won’t need

to bring much to make it one romantic wedding.

When to go: Summer and October.

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Maui, Hawaii

There’s a reason the island is such a popular wedding destination—

waterfalls, rainbows, pristine beaches and some of the best surfing

around make Maui the ideal spot to escape for a bit. Grab some sun

on the world-famous beaches while the more adventurous tackle

snorkeling, surfing or golf, and it doesn’t get much better than a

fresh seafood wedding dinner. And to top it off? Maui’s pleasant in

every season.

When to go: Anytime.

Park City, Utah

If your dream wedding includes snow, you can’t find a much more

charming place than Park City. With four world-class ski resorts

and a cute mining-town-turned-upscale-resort destination, you

and your guests don’t have to go far to find everything you need

for the dream weekend away. The town is just as cute in summer,

when hiking and biking replace winter play. And with Salt Lake

City airport just 40 minutes away, getting there is stress-free, even

in winter.

When to go: December through April, June through September.

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Florida Keys, Florida

White sand beaches, a vibrant nightlife, diverse shopping and dining

and southern charm make the Keys an ideal wedding destination.

From Key Largo to Key West, there’s plenty to keep you occupied,

whether it’s exploring the various underwater sea life or strolling

through the charming city streets with their colorful southern homes.

When to go: December through April to miss the summer heat, but

this is also high season. May and June can be nice as well, just skip

the spring break crowd.

Mackinac Island, Michigan

Situated between the upper and lower peninsulas in Michigan, this

national historic landmark is chock full of charm. The island is car

free, but bicycles and horse-drawn carriage make for a much more

romantic destination. The architecture spans three centuries, giving

you plenty of options when it comes to classic Victorian mansions or

Colonial revival-style for accommodations.

When to go: May and October are the prettiest months without all of

the summer crowds.

Palm Springs, California

If a winter wedding without the coat sounds refreshing, Palm Springs is

the destination. The city exudes relaxation with its golf courses, stylish

hotels, spas and shopping. Everything seems to move slower, while the

sun colors the city’s exquisite mid-century architecture a pale pink. It’s

like a refreshing trip to the ‘50s and ‘60s.

When to go: January through April.

Newport, Rhode Island

In true New England style, Newport offers a high-class taste of the

Atlantic. Huge mansions built by turn-of-the-century tycoons from New

York and Boston provide scenic locations for a wedding, while shopping,

dining and sailing provide plenty of activity for the out-of-towner.

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When to visit: Summer or shoulder season. The Newport Jazz Festival in

August is a nice attraction but makes for a busy weekend.

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A TASTY SIP THROUGH THE COLUMBIA VALLEY

BY ABIGAIL THORPE | PHOTO COURTESY OF ARBOR CREST WINERY

N

apa Valley may get the usual nod when it comes to

winemaking, but in recent years Washington wines are

having a moment. No longer labeled the land of rieslings

and value wines (though it still puts out some delightful

rieslings), Washington and Columbia Valley in particular is at the top of

its game when it comes to wine growing and making.

Over the past decade, wineries in the area have tripled, with the

Columbia Valley AVA—which includes well-known growing regions

of Walla Walla, Horse Heaven Hills, Yakima Valley, Wahluke Slope and

Rattlesnake Hills—covering over 11 million acres. The area’s warm,

dry temperatures, well-draining soil and cooler nights in the higher

elevations make for wines that are lush, fruit-forward and consistent.

Cabernet sauvignons, merlots, chardonnays, rieslings and syrahs top the

list, providing a sipping option for everyone. The days may be cold, but

the tasting rooms are warm and inviting at these top wineries, and most

are within an easy day’s drive.

GRAMERCY CELLARS

Manhattan-based master sommelier Greg Harrington tasted Washington

wines—and never looked back. A move, vineyard and tasting room

later, Gramercy Cellars (getting its name and label from Manhattan's

Gramercy Park) in Walla Walla is turning out world-class reds with oldworld

style and new-world kick. Specializing in Rhone and Bordeaux

blends, the winery utilizes minimalist winemaking techniques and keeps

it small—only producing 8,000 cases each year. Try their Columbia

Valley Cabernet Sauvignon. $15 per person tasting fee (waived with bottle

purchase). Open Tuesday through Friday by appointment, Saturday 11am

to 5pm. 509.876.2427. GramercyCellars.com.

KIONA VINEYARDS

Located in the Red Mountain region of Columbia Valley, Kiona’s

panoramic views from the tasting room overlooking the vineyard

almost rival the wines—almost. Started in 1975 by Jim Holmes and

John Williams before Red Mountain became known as a premier grape

growing region, the vineyard is in its third generation and still family

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Cabernet sauvignons, merlots,

chardonnays, rieslings and syrahs top

the list, providing a sipping option

for everyone.

owned and operated. Their mission? “Grow grapes that capture the essence

of our place, and release wines of utmost character and purpose that reward

the drinker every time a cork is pulled.” Diurnal temperature shifts and welldraining

soil make for complex, deep reds like their Estate-grown Cabernet

Sauvignon and Red Bordeaux Blend Reserve. $15 per person tasting fee

(waived with bottle purchase). Open daily noon to 5pm. 509.588.6716.

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SEVEN HILLS

Founder Casey McClellan planted the first grapes with his father in 1982,

one of the first vineyards in the now famous wine region of Walla Walla.

They operate the only existing historic winemaking facility in downtown

Walla Walla. Stop by for a tasting in the old woodworking mill, and enjoy a

rare education into the winemaking process and the growing history of the

region. While you’re there, make sure to try the 2014 Seven Hills Merlot—

it’s still made from the original vines planted in 1982. $10 to $55 per person

depending on experience (Food & Wine experience available). Open daily

10am to 5pm. 877.777.7870. SevenHillsWinery.com.

LONG SHADOWS

Founded in 2003 by Allen Shoup, Long Shadows is a unique collaboration

tasting room in Walla Walla that features seven limited production wines

crafted by seven winemaking masters from around the world. Each vintner

has access to Washington grapes, with the winery outfitted to each one’s exact

cellar specifications and needs. The result is renowned wines that frequently

sell out quickly. The tasting room was named one of the U.S.’s 10 Best Winery

Tasting Rooms by USA Today Readers’ Choice Awards and is still a fairly

well-kept secret, although it’s gaining acclaim and attention. Stop by the

tasting room to make sure you get a taste while they last. Sit-down tastings

by appointment 11am to 5pm daily. Starting at $20 per person. 509.526.0905.

LongShadows.com.

CAVE B ESTATE

Talk about a tasting room with a view—located in Quincy in the Ancient

Lakes region, Cave B boasts panoramic views of the gorge cliffs. The estate

is also home to the much-loved Music in the Gorge and provides a full

PHOTO COURTESY OF LONG SHADOW

weekend experience with its Inn & Spa and Tendrils Restaurant.

The estate started as Champs de Brionne winery in 1984; Cave

B is the second, smaller premium winery opened in 2000. Try

the acclaimed Cuvee du Soleil, and stop by the restaurant for a

little repast before your drive home. Open Friday and Saturday

11am to 6pm, Sunday and Monday 11am to 5pm. 509.785.3500.

CaveB.com.

ARBOR CREST

The historic Cliff House Estate is worth a trip in itself. Situated

450 feet above the Spokane River Valley, it was built by inventor

Royal N. Riblet in 1924 and boasts some beautiful grounds. Enjoy

some Arbor Crest wines in the old house or wander the grounds

in one of their guided tours and tastings. Opened by Harold and

Marcia Mielke as Washington’s 29th winery, it boasts a broad

selection of wines made with grapes sourced throughout the

Columbia Valley. Open Monday through Saturday noon to 8pm,

Sunday noon to 5pm. 509.927.9463. ArborCrest.com.

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BARNARD GRIFFIN

Rob Griffin and wife Deborah Barnard started the winery in

1983 with a truckload of borrowed fruit and a rented cellar.

Now their production facility in Richland boasts some of

Washington’s premier wines sourced from their vineyards

throughout the state. The estate features a Wine Bar & Eatery

in addition to the production facility, and Deborah houses

her fused-glass db Studio & Gallery there as well, with classes

available to visitors. Sip on a glass of their cabernet while you

wander the estate. $10 per person tasting fee (waived with

bottle purchase). Open daily 10am to 5pm. 509.627.0266.

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For the Couple

Who Has It All!

UNIQUE WEDDING GIFT IDEAS

SURE TO PLEASE

BY TAYLOR SHILLAM

What do you give the couple who already has everything?

We’ve all had those friends: the couple who seems to have it all

together, who seem to want for nothing. When their wedding day

approaches, you draw a blank on what you could possibly give

them that they don’t already have.

This is when you get creative. You dive deeper, targeting their

shared hobbies, passions and higher-value items like new

experiences and discoveries.

Start with these six unique gift ideas for the hard-to-shop-for

newlyweds in your life.

FOR THE MUSIC EXPERTS, enhance

their listening experience with a record

player. You know the couple: They frequent

concerts together and most likely met at

a music festival. They’re always ready to

“wow” you with their knowledge of both

obscure indie bands and the evolution of

rock music. You know they would take a

deep dive into a record store and could

spend hours there like a bookworm in a

library. Why not give them that experience,

and make it even more special, by gifting

them their first record player? With the

variety of players available now, your

choices range from very simple to very

advanced. The price point and extra features

are up to you, but the enhanced experience

is the same. Something about picking up

a record, enjoying its cover, feeling a mix

of nostalgia and excitement as it starts to

play just can’t be compared to your average

streaming experience. Your music-loving

couple would have to agree.

FOR THE SOCIAL DRINKERS WHO

REGULARLY ENJOY THEIR LIBATIONS,

spark their interest with a gift that allows

them a more hands-on approach to their

hobby. A home brewing kit brings some

experimental fun into the home, producing

homemade beers that can be enjoyed on

a night in or brought to a party as a gift

that keeps on giving. Home brewing kits

are available in a variety of sizes and price

ranges, including the Williams Sonoma

IPA Craft Beer Kit ($49.99) and the Brew

Share Enjoy Homebrew Starter Kit ($99.98),

which gives you everything you need for

two cases of your beer style of choice. For

the couple that thoroughly savors their craft

brews, provide something that the nearest

brewery can’t: a recipe uniquely their own.

FOR A COUPLE WHO LOVES THEIR

KITCHEN, give the gift of a personalized

recipe collection or recipe book. Have your

longtime friends been lusting after your

grandma’s banana bread recipe? Does a

member of the happy couple have special

diet requirements that need to be carefully

adhered to? Or maybe they’re simply a couple

of foodies whose love language is food and

who get pure joy out of preparing and sharing

it. There are endless situations in which a

thoughtful recipe collection would come in

handy for a newly married couple. Whether

it’s a collection comprised of well-kept family

recipes, or a well-reviewed cookbook—

consider Sarah Copeland’s “The Newlywed

Cookbook,” featuring ideas for everything

from spontaneous picnics to pre-planned

dinner parties, or “Two in the Kitchen,”

written by foodie couple Christie Dufault and

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FOR THE COUPLE WITH A GREEN-

THUMB MINDSET BUT A LOW-

MAINTENANCE LIFESTYLE, consider

this membership. Sometimes you have the

best intentions to keep a plant alive, but

other priorities arise. Life gets in the way.

But should people who fall in this category

be rendered unable to brighten their home

with greenery? This is where the hardto-kill

plant club comes in. The monthly

subscription is “designed as a program to

put your plant-related anxieties at ease.”

They start you off with a hard-to-kill plant

(low maintenance), then slowly introduces

you to more exotic species with enhanced

instructions on their care. Starting at $25

per month, the memberships are highly

customizable, include non-toxic plants and

hand-painted terra cotta pot, and offer a noobligation

way to ease into the capability of

keeping another being alive. Now there’s a

habit some newlyweds could benefit from.

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FOR THE THRILL SEEKERS, give them an

exciting experience they can do together,

such as skydiving. There aren’t many gifts

more valuable than the impactful memory

of a shared experience. For the couple

who seems up for anything and are always

pushing their limits, skydiving together is

likely on their to-do list—and what better

way to help them jump into married life?

With deals on Groupon and specialty

skydiving locations popping up more

frequently, it’s easier than you think to give

the gift of some time in the sky.

FOR THE MOVIE BUFFS, consider a

projector to take those “We’re just staying in

with a movie” nights to the next level. Perfect

for the couple who thrives on Oscar nods,

Rotten Tomatoes scores and Sundance film

releases, you can treat them to a movie night

in that will have the same feel of a theater

experience. A projector doesn’t have to break

the bank, with affordable options available

from Walmart, Amazon, Kohl’s and more,

but it can contribute to incredible memories

and a way to evolve their shared passion for

movies. Activities from cozy winter nights

in to outdoor movies on warm summer

evenings all become possible—and more

fun—when you own a projector.

Finding a wedding gift that will be enjoyed

and appreciated can be very difficult. It’s

even harder when the married couple-tobe

already seems to have everything they

could want or need. By targeting their unique

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STEP UP YOUR WINTER

SKI VACATION

A luxury stay in Whistler, British Columbia

By Marguerite Cleveland

Nothing gets you more in vacation mode than a stunning scenic drive to your destination. The epic views

from the Sea to Sky Highway leading to Whistler, British Columbia, are some of the best in the world. After

this drive, you arrive in Whistler Village, which is reminiscent of a European ski town, but this one has an

Old-World charm with all the modern conveniences.

Where to Stay

There are two Pan Pacific hotels in the Whistler Village, and both are luxurious experiences with all-suite accommodations

that include a full kitchen. For the best location in Whistler, you’ll want to choose the Pan Pacific Mountainside Hotel,

just steps away from both the Whistler and Blackcomb Mountain gondolas. Enjoy spectacular views from the outdoor

deck with a heated pool and two whirlpools. The Pan Pacific Whistler Village Centre is further from the slopes but offers

a slope-side ski valet and storage. Your daily rate also includes a complimentary daily breakfast buffet. Also enjoy an

outdoor lap pool and whirlpools. Both hotels provide a luxury experience with a helpful, friendly staff.

Where to Eat

The Whistler dining experience offers something for everyone with a wide variety of restaurants.

For an extravagant experience that is fun and not stuffy, try the Bearfoot Bistro. Start with a pre-dinner activity first. Don

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THE EPIC VIEWS FROM THE SEA

TO SKY HIGHWAY LEADING TO

WHISTLER, BRITISH COLUMBIA, ARE

SOME OF THE BEST IN THE WORLD.

the more than 50 vodka choices. If you want a more active experience,

try champagne sabering. The founder of the restaurant, Andre Saint-

Jacques, holds the Guinness World Record for champagne sabering 21

bottles in one minute. This fun lesson takes place in the underground

wine cellar with 20,000 bottles of world-class wines. Next enjoy dinner

in the dining room, which sources ingredients from local farmers and

around the world to create an eclectic menu sure to please even the most

discerning foodie. For a special treat, book the Chef ’s Table and interact

with Executive Chef Melissa Craig as she prepares a five-course tasting

menu for your group.

For a fun après ski experience with a great location (right in your hotel),

head to the Dubh Linn Gate Pub, which has been a Whistler favorite

since 1997 when it was designed, crafted and transported from Ireland to

Whistler. It has a covered outdoor patio with outdoor heating and a fire

feature with great views of the mountainside. Combine that with good

hearty food and nightly live music for a great way to end your day. The

food here is really good, with everything from juicy burgers and crispy

fries to bangers and mash (sausage and mashed potatoes smothered in

gravy). After a day of skiing, you’ll have earned the calories. The wait

staff is fun and very knowledgeable about the menu and can make

recommendations if you are unsure what to order.

What to Do

Whistler really shines in the winter with so many exhilarating outdoor

activities—and interesting indoor activities when you want to get out of

the cold. Tourism Whistler is the official destination website where you

can research activities and book most right from the website.

Vallea Lumina is an amazing nighttime activity that pairs nature with

modern technology. The journey begins with a bus ride from Whistler

Village. The magic begins as you leave the lights of Whistler and begin

a dark ride toward Pemberton. The website for Vallea Lumina is very

vague on photos and what you will experience, which is a good thing,

as it creates a special experience where you aren’t sure what you will

encounter. The bus will take you to a camp with a snack bar, firepits with

roaring fires, and restrooms. From here you will depart on a 1-kilometer

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For Body, Mind & Soul

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experience the restorative mineral waters of the natural hot springs (nupika wu'u).

Our award-winning resort features hot springs pools and unique cave, a mountain

stream-fed cold plunge and the Spirit Water Spa for a rejuvenating massage.

Experience exceptional casual to fine dining in the Ktunaxa Grill featuring fresh, local,

indigenous-inspired cuisine. Relax in the comfort of luxurious beds with fine linens in

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The Speci f ics

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Tourism Whistler - Whistler.com

Whistler Blackcomb Ski Resort

WhistlerBlackcomb.com

WHERE TO STAY

Pan Pacific Mountainside - PanPacific.com

Pan Pacific Whistler Village - PanPacific.com

WHERE TO EAT

The Bearfoot Bistro - BearfootBistro.com

The Dubh Linn Gate Irish Pub and Patio

Whistler.DubhLinnGate.com

WHAT TO DO

Vallea Lumina - ValleaLumina.com

Ski with an Olympian - WhistlerBlackcomb.com

Heliskiing - WhistlerBlackcomb.com

Scandinave Spa - Scandinave.com/Whistler/en

hike on a mostly level and flat trail through an

old-growth forest. The basic storyline is you

are following the traces of two hikers paired

with legends of the indigenous people. The

experience combines lighting, music and

other special effects for a captivating walk

in which guests of all ages will be enthralled.

This is a must-try activity. Make sure to dress

warmly and be prepared to walk in the snow.

Whistler is known for its skiing, and there

are some luxury experiences that go above

and beyond the average experience. Did you

know you can book an Olympian to ski or

snowboard with? Spend a day one-on-one

or with a group of up to four for one price

and learn your Olympian’s techniques and

listen to their stories. Select the person of

your choice from the Whistler Blackcomb

website. Step your game up even more by

booking a gold medalist for an additional

fee. Strong intermediate or above skill level skiers can book a Heli-skiing

tour for the best in backcountry alpine skiing or snowboarding. The tour

takes you up the mountain, includes lunch, avalanche safety equipment,

an experienced guide, and some tours include video and photos of your

experience. Epic!

After all the outdoor activity, you may find yourself a little achy.

The Scandinave Spa Whistler is just the answer. Enjoy a traditional

Scandinavian bath experience paired with a massage, and you will be

fully relaxed. The whole concept is built around hydrotherapy, which

consists of a cycle of hot-cold-relax, providing therapeutic results. The

outdoor baths are beautifully scenic in the winter, and there is no talking

for a truly peaceful experience. Make sure to allow plenty of time for your

experience. The spa provides two towels; use one for the baths and keep

the other in your provided locker for later. Bring flip flops or water shoes,

and spring for the bathrobe rental. You will be glad you have it. The spa

is very popular at peak season, so go in the morning right when it opens

when there aren’t as many people.

Make sure to allow time on your trip to spend in Whistler Village. There

are a variety of luxury shopping experiences in the village and many

places where you can purchase local artisan products. Check out the

Made in Whistler Market held in the Westin Resort & Spa, open every

Sunday through March from noon to 5pm. Offerings include handcrafted

pottery, fine art, jewelry, and many others. The Squamish Lil’wat Cultural

Centre has a beautiful gallery and gift shop where you can purchase items

that are inspired by the Squamish and Lil’wat cultures.

Whistler is enjoying recent snowfall, which makes for terrific skiing

conditions. Plan a visit and see why this resort is considered one of the

top places to ski in North America.

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JUNE 20, 2020 | CHAFE150.ORG

Sandpoint Rotary presents the 13th Annual

CHAFE 150 Gran Fondo, named one of the

top charity rides in the US! CHAFE offers

magnificent routes of 150, 100, 80, 40,

25 and a Family Fun ride, awesome ride

support and a fabulous after-ride party in

Sandpoint. Ride proceeds support afterschool

reading and literacy programs of the

Lake Pend Oreille School District and other

Rotary youth and educational programs.

Registration now open at chafe150.org.

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Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

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Happy Valentine’s Day!

National Margarita Day is 2/22!

Join us for a fundraiser at the Panida Theatre to benefit the theatre!

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Trinity at City Beach

Sandpoint’s premier waterfront dining offers an

extensive menu of American cuisine with an

impressive wine list. Featuring a full-service bar

and beautiful view of Lake Pend Oreille. Serving

breakfast, lunch and dinner seven days a week,

Trinity at City Beach is ready to become your

new favorite restaurant.

56 Bridge St. | Sandpoint

208.255.7558

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Sweet Lou’s

Restaurant & Bar -

Ponderay Location

Sweet Lou’s Restaurant and Bar proudly offers

something for everyone, with specialties

including chicken fried steak, smoked prime

rib, bison ribs, and grilled PB&J and bacon

sandwiches. All menu items are reasonably

priced, fresh and made to order. Full bar.

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208.263.1381

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Forty-One South

A beautiful waterfront, fine-dining restaurant in

a romantic lodge setting overlooking Lake Pend

Oreille. Whether it is summer on the patio or

cozying up to the fireplace in the winter, Forty-

One South’s spectacular sunsets, innovative

cuisine, full bar and extensive wine list are sure

to make it a memorable night out. The bar

and restaurant menu changes with the season

offering a variety of delicious food year-round.

Reservations recommended.

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Shoga Sushi

Delicious sushi and Japanese cuisine sure to

delight anyone’s palate. Offering a wide variety

of traditional and specialty rolls as well as salads,

sweet and sour pork, grilled salmon and more!

Shoga Sushi sits on the shores of Lake Pend Oreille

and offers breathtaking views of the mountains

and water with sunsets that beautifully color the

sky. Owner Cassandra Cayson and her staff pride

themselves on building relationships with the locals

and tourists alike, focusing on accommodating each

guest’s tastes and preferences.

41 Lakeshore Dr. | Sagle

208.265.2001

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Jalapenos Mexican

Restaurant

Fresh and unique, Jalapenos Mexican Restaurant

in Downtown Sandpoint has been a favorite of

many for over 25 years. Whether it’s Margarita

Monday, Taco Tuesday or Magic Wednesday, there

is something for everyone here, and its newly

expanded menu has brought even more choices

to diners. If you are looking for family fun, a date

night or even a place to host a party in their private

dining room, Jalapenos Mexican Restaurant will

keep you coming back for more!

314 N. Second Ave. | Sandpoint

208.263.2995

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FIESTA BONITA

Authentic Mexican cuisine prepared fresh daily. Fiesta Bonita’s

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

a full bar at their Ponderay location and outdoor seating. Open

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

something for everyone at Fiesta Bonita!

700 Kootenai Cutoff Rd. | Ponderay

208.263.6174

202 N. Second Ave. | Sandpoint

208.265.4149

CEDAR STREET BISTRO

Experience tasty food and great coffee in a truly unique setting.

Exceptional coffee drinks and delectable pastries, handcrafted

Gelato (Italian ice cream), grilled gourmet sandwiches and

wraps, stone-baked pizzas, dessert and savory crepes, fresh

salads and homemade soups. Something for everyone from

7am to pm daily.

334 N. First Ave. | Sandpoint

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CITY BEACH ORGANICS

City Beach Organics offers top-notch, made-fromscratch

organic food and drinks in a recently renovated

downtown location. They serve homemade soups daily!

Conveniently located, they can also make your order to go!

Open Sunday 9am to 6pm, and Monday through Friday 7am to

6pm; closed Saturday.

117 N. First St. | Sandpoint

208.265.9919

FARMHOUSE KITCHEN

& SILO BAR

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

daily and menu items include fresh apple doughnuts, chicken

and waffles and more! Dinner items include fresh meatloaf and

smoked steelhead trout. Silo Bar open daily at 11am.

477227 Highway 95 N. | Ponderay

208.255.2603

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MILLER’S COUNTRY STORE

They now have homemade pies on Thursday! Come experience

the sensational smells of fresh baking bread, cinnamon rolls,

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

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

Open Monday through Friday 8:30am to 5:30pm.

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NOT YOUR GRANDMA’S

CHOCOLATE CAKE

Recipe & Photo Courtesy of Stephanie Lynn Gertrude Brown

Yield: Two 8-inch-round Cake Pans

INGREDIENTS:

2 cups granulated sugar

2 eggs

¾ cup cocoa powder (specialty dark if available)

1 ¾ cups all-purpose flour

¼ tsp. salt

1 tsp. baking powder

2 tsp. baking soda

1 cup hot coffee

2 tbsp. Amaretto or other favorite liquor

1 tbsp. vanilla

1 cup sour cream

½ cup vegetable oil

METHOD:

• Preheat your oven to 325°F. This would also be the perfect time to

brew yourself a pot of coffee. Just remember to save a cup for the

recipe!

• In a large bowl with a hand mixer, or the bowl of your stand mixer

with paddle attachment, combine sugar and eggs. Beat mixture on

medium speed until light and fluffy.

• In a separate bowl, sift together cocoa powder, flour, salt, baking

powder and baking soda. Slowly add dry ingredients to your egg

mixture. Mix on low speed until smooth.

• Add hot coffee, liquor and vanilla to the batter; be sure to scrape the

sides of the bowl well, then mix on low speed until well combined.

• Mix sour cream into batter until fully incorporated, followed by the

vegetable oil. Mix both on low to medium speed. Set aside while you

prepare the cake pans.

• Using melted butter or vegetable pan spray, coat two 8-inch-round

cake pans and line the bottoms with parchment paper. This will help

the cakes pop out of the pan after baking and cooling.

• Divide the batter evenly between the prepared pans. Place in oven

and bake for 30 to 35 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the

middle comes out clean.

• Transfer to cooling racks and let cool 10 minutes, then run a knife

around the edge of the pans and turn the cakes upside-down onto the

racks, and carefully remove the pans to cool completely. Remove the

parchment paper at this time.

TO SERVE:

• You can now choose your favorite frosting recipe to smear all over this

decadent chocolate cake, or even simply top with whipped cream and

fresh berries! The frosting featured in the photo is an old-fashioned

“cooked” buttercream with fresh berries to complement the rich dark

chocolate flavor. I hope you satisfy your sweet tooth with this next

level treat, or impress that special someone this Valentine’s Day!

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Happy Valentine’s Day!

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FEBRUARY 2020

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ENTERTAINMENT

Check out what is going

on in Sandpoint this

month!

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RAISING FUNDS

FOR FOUNDATION OF

WILDLIFE MANAGEMENT

Sandpoint Chapter Hosts Annual Banquet

By Jillian Chandler

February

08

The Foundation For Wildlife Management is a 501c3 nonprofit

organization founded in 2011, whose mission is to promote ungulate

population recovery in areas negatively impacted by wolves, assist

Idaho Department of Fish and Game in meeting their wolf management

objectives, promote youth in the outdoors, and to educate the general

public on the negative impact the successful reintroduction of wolves

has had on our ungulate populations.

"The Sandpoint Chapter F4WM Banquet has always been the main

fundraiser for our program. The proceeds are used to assist the

Idaho Department of Fish and Game to promote moose, elk and deer

recovery in areas where wolves have depleted and/or displaced those

ungulate populations," says Justin Webb, F4WM executive director.

Always held the Saturday prior to Valentine's Day, the 2020 banquet

takes place February 8. Doors open at 3pm at the Main Exhibit Hall

at Bonner County Fairgrounds, with dinner served around 5pm. “We

make the event as fun and interactive as possible,” affirms Justin.

“Bruno and the Klondyke Café Crew provide an amazing prime rib

Valentine’s dinner. We have a live auction, silent auction, general

raffle, and numerous games to play!”

Though the event is kid friendly, a majority of the event is geared

toward adults, and alcohol will be served at the event.

Ticket options vary, from a single meal at $35 to a Corporate Sponsor

Table at $2,500. The community can purchase event tickets online at

F4WM.org under “Events” or pick up a ticket form at the Gun Counter

of North 40 Outfitters in Ponderay, complete it and mail it into the Post

Office Box listed on the form. Tickets will then be available to pick up

at the door the day of the event.

For those interested in volunteering or donating to this year's auction,

contact Chapter Chair Holly Jepsen at holly@f4wm.org. The Coeur

d'Alene Banquet is set for March 7 and are still in need of volunteers,

sponsors and donation items. You can contact Mark Milbourn, Coeur

d’Alene’s chapter co-chair, at montana_cowboy@live.com.

To find out more about the Foundation for Wildlife Management, you

can visit F4WM.com.

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2020 marks the 48th year of Sandpoint’s Winter Carnival. Every

winter since 1973, Sandpoint cooks up a sure antidote to cabin

fever. It’s the Sandpoint Winter Carnival, pure fun celebrating

the best of the snowy season. The official kickoff begins with the

Parade of Lights in Downtown Sandpoint on Friday, February

14, at 5:30pm, featuring floats, marching groups, dancers

and more! The 10-day event also includes fireworks and fun

at Schweitzer Mountain, live music all over town, parties

galore plus other traditional favorites including the K9 Keg

Pull. To find out all the fun that’s taking place, be sure to visit

SandpointWinterCarnival.com.

HEART BALL GALA

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Bonner General Health presents the 2020 Heart Ball Gala,

which is scheduled for Saturday, February 15, at the Bonner

County Fairgrounds. Doors open at 5pm for this highly popular

community event, which 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. Tickets to attend

are $150 per person, sponsored table of eight for $2,000 and

sponsored table of 10 for $2,200. To purchase tickets or sponsor

a table, visit BonnerGeneral.org/heart-ball-2020 or contact Erin

Binnall at 208.265.3390 or erin.binnall@bonnergerneral.org.

2020 MEGADEMO

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A great event for a great cause! Benefiting Panhandle Alliance for

Education, head up to Schweitzer Saturday, February 29, between

8am and 3pm, for the 2020 MEGADemo. Ski and snowboard

representatives will be bringing gear for the 2020-21 season for

you to try before anyone else in this market. You get to be the

gear tester and let all your friends know what great things are

happening next year! The best part is that 100 percent of the

proceeds will go directly to PAFE. Tickets, priced $40 to $95, are

limited and expected to sell out quickly, so get your tickets online

today at EventBrite.com.

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If you are looking for a new propane company to supply all your propane

needs at home, the office or on the farm now is the time to call Co-op

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Our new 30,000 gallon bulk plant in Bonners Ferry makes servicing our

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Chamber Events • Community Calendars • Visitor Guide • Relocation Info • Volunteer Opportunities

The Greater Sandpoint Chamber of Commerce is a non-profit, membership-driven organization

composed of approximately 450 business enterprises, civic organizations, and individuals. The

Greater Sandpoint Chamber of Commerce provides the first impression to many visitors, new

residents, and businesses seeking to relocate here.

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L O C A L E X P E R T

WORLD - CLASS REAL ESTATE PROFESSIONAL

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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.

$59,000

You will be delighted with this gorgeous

3-bedroom, 2-bath, single-level new home

at Moon Ridge Estates. Open floor plan for

today's lifestyle, finishes include granite or

quartz counters, scheduled to be completed

in June, 2020. Photos are of similar home

recently completed. $315,000

Upscale single level home under construc-

-on with open floor plan, 3 bedrooms, 2

led baths, private master suite, hydronic

heat, and top-grade custom finishes with

meless appeal. Community tennis courts

and day dock, convenient to town.

$469,000

Be the first to live in this 3-bedroom, 2-bath

home on a private, wooded 4.7 acre lot near

the Clark Fork River and Forest Service land.

Great room with fireplace, large master

suite, covered paao and large 3-car garage

with shop/work space. Photo is of similar

home recently completed. $389,000

Corner lot in Dover Bay ready for your home

plans! This .22 acre lot has filtered views of the

Lake and is situated for sunny exposure. Located

on the walking path with the marina and health

club nearby, a paid water and sewer hookup are

included with this parcel. $115,000

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L O C A L E X P E R T

WORLD - CLASS REAL ESTATE PROFESSIONAL

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Jackie@JackieSuarez.com

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Here's your cozy Idaho log cabin in the woods! Inside you'll love the real wood floors, open floor plan with kitchen island, main floor bedroom

and full bath. Custom loo railing finishes with a bedroom upstairs makes this cabin stand out - all craaed with quality construccon and meless

finishes with certain accents like russc antler door handles inside. A full porch allows you to enjoy nature and the fragrance of the forest.

Located on 5 acres in the gateway to Idaho's wilderness, a sportsman's paradise close to the Clark Fork River and Naaonal Forest. $315,000

Private, nicely treed building lot in a quiet, natural

seeng east of Clark 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 subdivision. 3 lots available, priced

from $40,000

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

CCe disccc NNth Idaho, r favvite place eeth

Jackie Suarez & Jen Lenz

Associate Broker, REALTOR® REALTOR®, Licensed Assistant

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

clients. Facebook: Jackie Suarez, Associate Broker

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