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April 2020 Coeur d'Alene Living Local

APRIL 2020

LIVING LOCAL

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RIDING TO SUPPORT CHILD LITERACY

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APRIL 2020

Volume 10 Number 4

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IS RELOCATION IN YOUR FUTURE?

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WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW WHEN REMODELING

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e are in the midst of uncharted

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nation’s leaders and leaders

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the clock to contain the COVID-19 outbreak,

we are all struggling with uncertainty and

worry. Many of us either own, run or work

for small business, and we know what it

takes every day to keep the doors open. Most

importantly, we all know that it is our own

passion, hard work and dedication to our

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be. Our reward at the end of the day is our

ability to take care of not only our families but

others as well. In our small community that

we call home, our businesses not only provide

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contribute to the well-being of our town in a

multitude of ways. Many of us donate time,

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people in need. There is a lot that takes place

behind the scenes, and without the help of

local businesses, these needs simply cannot

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sickness but fear among our fellow men and

women both young and old, remember it

is our local businesses that will need your

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them, we all will suffer a great loss as this

pandemic subsides. Keep in mind, it is the

love and compassion that we share that makes

those in the community proud to call Coeur

d’Alene home.

As we enter a new season of spring with

warmer weather on its way, we are still

promised that the sun will continue to shine

down on our faces, the joyful giggles and

laughter from children playing outside will

continue to echo throughout the streets

and that April will be a time of renewal and

hope as we look forward to spending time

with our families celebrating Easter and the

resurrection of our Lord. This, my friends,

more than ever, makes this a special time of

renewal and hope for us all.

Be conscious of your actions to ensure the

best protection for all, stay positive and keep

the faith alive. It is the love and compassion

that we share for the common man that binds

us together in this place we all call home!

May blessings abound this Easter season, and

health and happiness to you and your loved

ones.

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Contents

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and much more featured

ESSENTIALS

The latest tips and trends in home, garden,

finances and life.

LIFE & COMMUNITY

Community Support Shines Through:

Annual Spring Benefit postponed until

June 5

GOOD NEWS

“Yes, You Can”: Team Hoyt finds a home In

Coeur d’Alene

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IN FOCUS

CHAFE 150 Gran Fondo: Riding to

support child literacy

LIVING LOCAL

A Vibrant Flavor of Wellness: The budding

wellness industry in Coeur d’Alene

HEALTH & LIFESTYLE

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Tips and informational articles about living

a healthy, active lifestyle

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16 BUSINESS IN THE 34 FEATURE STORY

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SPOTLIGHT

Brenda Burk Group: Your relocation and

marketing specialist

A Story of Hope and Peace: North Idaho

natives Larry and Shelly Steckman on a

mission to serve

TRAVEL & LEISURE

San Antonio, Texas: A Blend of Cultures

Makes for an Interesting Destination

FOOD & DRINK

Your local guide to the tastiest hot

spots around town and local recipes

ARTS &

ENTERTAINMENT

Calendar of April happenings to

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What’s The Best Choice?

DECODING INTERIOR PAINT FINISH OPTIONS

BY NIKKI LUTTMANN, INTERIOR DESIGNER

Paints today come in a whole range of colors and finishes. While

choosing a color can be difficult and even agonizing, choosing

the correct finish for your application shouldn’t be.

The rule of thumb used to be gloss for trim, satin for living

spaces and semi-gloss for bathrooms and kitchens. Please don’t do this!

The new paint finishes are mainly water-based acrylics and have been

developed to be very, very durable, even in low-luster finishes.

While high-gloss paint can certainly be used for trim, it can also be used

for a wide variety of techniques, including “lacquering,” which entails

layering a rich-pigmented oil-based paint to achieve a glossy, polished,

jewel-like finish. While this sounds impressive, it is certainly not for

everyone, and something that high gloss accomplishes very well is

highlighting every little flaw in the drywall or woodwork. This technique

is best left to professional painters and requires perfect smooth-finish

drywall and doors without dings of any kind. Glossy paint is very

unforgiving, and I seldom recommend it, even for trim work.

Instead, I recommend a semi-gloss or even satin finish for trim and

millwork. The smooth finishes of these paints do a great job of repelling

dust and grime and can be easily wiped down, but they are not so glossy

as to call attention to little flaws or nicks that most of us have lived with

on our doors or baseboards.

As far as using satin or semi-gloss on bathroom and kitchen walls,

don’t do it. These finishes can look cheap and are hard to touch up. It

is far better to use a more matte paint that touches up easily than to

use something with a high sheen to it. The thought is that the glossier

the paint, the more waterproof it is, but this is no longer the case. Any

paint you use today is going to have a level of water protection, as most

are synthetic latex paints, otherwise known as acrylic. In essence, we

are coating our walls in thin layers of plastic. Now, does shinier plastic

protect better from moisture than matte plastic? Not really.

Does that mean you should go with the flattest of the flat paints? Something

with no sheen at all? I wouldn’t recommend going that direction either.

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I recommend a semi-gloss or even satin

finish for trim and millwork.

Flat paints can show imperfections in another

way—their light-absorbing surfaces show any

change in color or texture. In addition, they are

particularly susceptible to fingerprints, grease,

or cracks of any kind.

My recommendation when choosing paint is

to stay away from the extremes. For walls and

ceilings, choose a matte paint, something with

a light sheen that is still washable. This will be

your most flattering—and most forgiving—

surface. It bounces just enough light around to

be beautiful, while still being durable enough

for most interiors. These finishes can be called

matte, eggshell or sometimes velvet, depending

on the brand. Ask the paint specialist for the

finish they would consider their “washable

matte.” They will know how to help you.

For trim and millwork, choose a satin or semigloss

finish. This will be easier to care for and

look good in the long term. It also contrasts

nicely with a more matte wall paint.

Always keep a bit of each paint on hand for

touch-ups (I like to keep mine in labeled

mason jars under the sink), and don’t be afraid

to wipe down your trim regularly with a mild

abrasive-free cleaner. Usually a little dish soap

and water will do the trick. This will keep your

new coat of paint looking great well into the

future.

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DO YOU HAVE

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How an unexpected question

transformed intention into action

By Trish Buzzone

Thinking Partner, Executive Director,

The John Maxwell Team

Recently, a friend shared with me how an unexpected question

helped him move from intention to action. After role shifts in his

career and at home, he’s been struggling to, as he put it, “regain

control of my schedule.” He’s in a career defined by deadlines, so scheduling

and planning are ingrained habits. Sometimes, he says, “so ingrained they

get in the way.

“I’ve been trying to find time to get back in shape. I have a home gym, a

basketball hoop in my driveway, and I worked out regularly for years before

life changed a year ago. I want to get back into my routine, thing is, I only

know one way to do it: Plan, set a schedule, specific exercises, track my

results. I’ve been focused on getting everything else done, so there was no

time for all that. I wanted to get started, I thought about it every day. I just

didn’t do it, until a couple months ago.”

“What changed?” I asked.

He smiled, shook his head and said, “Someone reminded me I have a dog.”

“Come again?”

“I was talking about all this with a friend who owns a gym. I expected her

to give me a lecture about prioritizing my physical health, invite me to her

gym. Nope. She just grinned at me and asked, ‘Do you have dogs?’ I said

I did—she knew I did—so I waited for the other shoe to drop. It did. She

added, ‘Take your dog for a walk every day. Set an alarm if you have to. Just

get up from your desk, put the leash on the dog, and get outside. He’ll love

it, and you will too.’

“How does this help me plan my workout routine?” my friend asked the

trainer.

“It won’t,” the trainer said. “You don’t need a detailed plan to start exercising

again. You want one, because plans are comfortable for you. You feel all this

pressure to get everything done, to figure it all out with all these changes

in your routine, and you won’t give yourself permission to introduce

something different that might break up the flow. The work will be there

when you get back, and, I promise, 15 minutes won’t kill any deadlines.”

My friend thought about what she said all the way home, where his dogs

greeted him at the door. He started to walk past them—thinking about

deadlines—and then, he stopped. “Fifteen minutes,” he thought. “I’ve got

that.” So, he tossed his sport coat across the stair rail, changed his shoes and

took his furry pals for a walk.

“That was a month ago,” my friend said, “and you know what? Two weeks

in, on the way back from the walk, I opened the garage door and saw my

weight bench, all dusty and ignored. ‘Just 15 minutes,’ I thought, and I got

in a few quick sets.”

He laughed, “‘Walk the dog,’ she said. I thought she was patronizing me.

When I chose to listen, I realized she was helping me see past my selfimposed

limitations. Now my pants, and my perspective, both fit a lot

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TEACHER OF THE MONTH

By Abigail Thorpe | Photo By Kelly Wolfinger

Jacob

Graham

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Coeur d’Alene High School

English Teacher and Assistant

Wrestling Coach

“I

would not say there was any one thing

that inspired me to get into teaching

but a culmination of life experiences,”

says Jacob Graham, a 10th grade English

teacher for Coeur d’Alene High School and the

assistant coach for the Vikings wrestling team.

The oldest of three boys, he taught his younger

brothers how to do things like tie their shoes,

deal with bullies, ride bikes and TP houses. His

grandmother was a teacher, and Jacob took

her advice and started tutoring his classmates

while in sixth grade.

Later in high school, he

coached 4- to 7-year-olds

in wrestling.

Jacob’s own mother went

on to be a teacher while

raising him. “There

were many afternoons

I spent playing with

Pokémon cards in college

classrooms while my

mother obtained her

degree,” he recalls. “I

guess all of those different

experiences made the

decision to become a

teacher an easy one.”

In his four years of

teaching, students

have gone on to be hired by companies they

completed their Senior Project job shadow

hours with, have come back from college to tell

him their English classes are easier because of

how he taught them to read critically and write

fluently, and have placed at the Idaho State

Wrestling Tournament.

“Whether it happens in the classroom or on a

“WHETHER IT

HAPPENS IN THE

CLASSROOM OR ON A

WRESTLING MAT, THE

MOST REWARDING

PART ABOUT BEING A

TEACHER IS SEEING

THOSE YOU TEACH

FIND SUCCESS.”

wrestling mat, the most rewarding part about

being a teacher is seeing those you teach find

success,” he says. “I take great pride in my

students and athletes being highly successful.”

Jacob did his student teaching at Moscow

Middle School where he coached their

wrestling team, before moving on to Lakes

Middle School and finally Coeur d’Alene High

School. In a recent wrestling tournament,

more than 100 students he had taught from

the schools were together

in the same building,

competing. Everywhere

he went he got a hello,

and students asking each

other how they knew

him—it was a particularly

memorable experience.

Jacob invented a saying

in college that he now

shares with his students:

“A cute face will get you

far, but big arms will get

you further.”

“In many ways it sounds

like a silly quote from

a meathead wrestling

coach,” he says, “but

it translates to a much

larger idea: If you are

willing to work harder than those around you,

your opportunities for success are endless. You

do not have to be born to a ritzy family or come

from a family of college graduates to have high

levels of success. You are in the driver’s seat.

You can only control what you can control, and

your work ethic is one of those controllable

variables.”

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and as governments, hospitals and

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to address the growing crisis, it has become

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dramatically altered.

One significant change is that we are experiencing

less social interaction, and we’re making fewer

trips outside of our homes or offices. Many of

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or our loved ones are required to quarantine or

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The significant impact of COVID-19 has

undoubtedly left many of us wondering, “What

could happen to me, and how could this affect

my family and loved ones?” “What if I become

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appears many of us will be personally impacted

by the coronavirus. It is now more important

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Everyone should have an estate plan, especially

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Whether you are young or old, married or

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A properly constructed estate plan should be

centered around a will or trust that identifies

your heirs and facilitates an easy administration

of your estate. It is an immense benefit to those

you leave behind to have memorialized these

important decisions and to have created a

mechanism for your wishes to be carried out

without great expense or conflict.

Equally important are the elements of an estate

plan that deal with your potential incapacity. If

you end up in the hospital or quarantined, you

may not have the ability to manage your affairs,

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COMMUNITY SUPPORT SHINES THROUGH

ANNUAL SPRING BENEFIT POSTPONED UNTIL JUNE 5

By Jillian Chandler

It takes a village to raise a child—and to ensure the doors of the

Children’s Village continue to remain open. The Coeur d’Alene

community continues to be unwavering in its support and generosity

to this important and necessary organization, which can be seen yearround.

2020 is the 30th year of services provided at the Children’s Village. Held

at the Coeur d’Alene Resort, the Spring Benefit is their annual fundraiser

and is crucial to impacting the Children’s Village annual operating

budget. The event will be a celebration of the community’s dedication to

being the village for these local children.

With the strong recommendation to avoid large crowds due to COVID-19,

this year’s Spring Benefit “Our 30th Year,” which was scheduled for April

18, has been postponed and is now scheduled to take place Friday, June 5.

A wonderful evening of friends and fellowship kicks off with the silent

auction, live entertainment and cocktail hour from 5 to 6:30pm. A

program, seated dinner, live auction and paddle raise will follow.

The Children’s Village team is truly grateful to the Coeur d’Alene Resort

for accommodating their needs and providing an ideal alternate date to

hold this much-anticipated yearly fundraiser. On the Children’s Village

Facebook page, a post from their CEO, Mark Wilson, states: “The support

of this community continues to keep our doors open, and we remain

incredibly grateful for your generosity each year and hope you’ll join us

on our newly rescheduled event date.”

Though the event was previously sold out, due to the date change, more

space is available for a few additional tables. Please contact Vanessa Moos

to inquire about remaining tickets at vmoos@thechildrensvillage.org.

Even if you are unable to attend this year’s Spring Benefit, every donation,

no matter how big or small, directly impacts these children’s lives. To

find out more about the Children’s Village, the work they do and how

you can help, you can visit TheChildrensVillage.org or call 208.667.1189.

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“Yes, You Can”

TEAM HOYT FINDS A HOME IN COEUR D’ALENE

BY TAYLOR SHILLAM | PHOTOS COURTESY OF TEAM HOYT COEUR D’ALENE

With the mantra, “Yes, you can,” Team Hoyt began with

a father-and-son team whose incredible achievements

fought the odds and took a stand for universal inclusion

and possibility. After a history of finding strength

in uncertainty, theirs is to empower anyone with a disability to enjoy

physical exercise and the outdoors.

Officially, team Hoyt is a 501(c)(3) corporation created in the honor of

the famed running and triathlon duo Dick Hoyt and his son Rick.

The organization’s social media pages state, “No matter your disability,

no matter your age, we’re here to get out and enjoy the beautiful Idaho

outdoors. Together.” Their mission, based on the duo’s unwavering “Yes,

you can!” motto, has found its home in Coeur d’Alene.

Team Hoyt values the outdoors, making new friends and inclusion for

all—and for that, the active North Idaho community couldn’t be a better

fit.

The organization makes it all possible by helping to provide the required

gear for participants and assembling running volunteers to stay with

participants until the finish line.

According to the story described by Team Hoyt Coeur d’Alene, Team

Hoyt originated with Rick and Dick Hoyt, who are now widely known

for their participation in the Boston Marathon and countless Ironman

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competitions. The challenges they have overcome together began

decades ago, beginning from Rick’s date of birth.

When Rick Hoyt was born in 1962, his umbilical cord was wrapped

around his neck, restricting the oxygen supply to his brain.

Following a diagnosis as a spastic quadriplegic with cerebral palsy, Dick

and Judy brought their son home, despite doctors’ recommendations to

institutionalize him. The Hoyts saw their son’s potential and readiness to

interact with the world and committed to give him a normal upbringing.

In 1972, they rallied their community to raise $5,000 in donations

through fundraising events such as bake sales and dinner parties, saving

up to pay engineers at Tuft University to build a unique interactive

computer for Rick. The computer would allow Rick to communicate

through messages typed on an alphabet pad connected to the pad on his

wheelchair headrest.

The beginning of their passion for races originated a few years later, in

1977. At Rick’s request, Dick pushed his son through an entire 5-mile run

that would benefit a high school lacrosse team player who had recently

been paralyzed. Despite Dick never having been a runner before, the

pair finished next-to-last (not last) and was declared Team Hoyt going

forward. Rick told his father that day that running made him feel like he

wasn’t handicapped.


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Something immensely special happened that day, and there has been no

stopping the pair since.

As a perfect example of the truth behind their mission statement (“Yes,

you can!”), the pair behind Team Hoyt has finished countless distance

races, including 255 triathlons (six being Ironman distance and seven

being Half Ironman distance), 22 duathlons, 72 marathons (32 being

the Boston Marathon), 95 half marathons, 35 Falmouth 7.1-milers, and

several more distance races.

With the gorgeous scenery and active community that Coeur d’Alene

residents are lucky to call home, this location is a beautiful one for an

outdoor fitness-based organization to thrive.

In the 2020 season, team Hoyt was set to participate in the Hauser Lake

Icebreaker Run on April 5, the Downtown Coeur d’Alene Spring Dash

on April 18, The Donut Dash Fun Run on May 16 and the Coeur d’Alene

Marathon, among several more events scheduled into the summer.

Of course, in light of the pandemic we face today, changes have had to be

made. Due to safety recommendations set in place during the COVID-19

outbreak, the 2020 event schedule remains uncertain for Team Hoyt.

As of late March, the Hauser Lake Icebreaker Run has been cancelled for

this year. The Spring Dash has been converted to a virtual race which

can be completed anywhere—on your favorite running route, track, or

at home on the treadmill. Your time can still be submitted online to be

listed in the event results, and participants are eligible to receive a race

bib and shirt.

Negative Split is currently working to put emergency planning in place

for the Coeur d’Alene Marathon, half marathon and 10k scheduled for

May 24 in McEuen Park.

While the 2020 event schedule is, like many things are at this time, subject

to change, the Coeur d’Alene community is encouraged to stay connected

and supportive of Team Hoyt.

Follow along with Team Hoyt Coeur d’Alene on Facebook as they

continue to post schedule updates and opportunities to join virtual

events, such as story times with branches of Team Hoyt from around the

country. Staying in contact with fellow team members during this time

will only contribute to a stronger, happier reunion in the future.

Team Hoyt immensely values and recognizes support they continue

to receive from the community. Community donations have made it

possible for the organization to pay race entry fees, purchase running

chairs, provide gear to participants and hold strong in times of need.

The organization appreciates both corporate sponsorships and individual

donations. You can donate and learn more about the Coeur d’Alene

branch of Team Hoyt by visiting TeamHoytCdA.com. Continue to stay

in touch with them on social media as we collectively strive to maintain

the strength embodied by the organization’s founders. Yes, you can!

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For nearly a decade, Brenda Burk has been serving the Inland

Northwest, dedicating her time to bringing her clients real estate

dreams to reality. For those buying, selling or looking to relocate,

Brenda and her team are ready to serve you!

At Coldwell Banker Schneidmiller Realty, she is joined by her experienced

buyer’s agents: her son Bobby Durand; long-time friend Tammy Casto;

and their most recent addition, Lisa Dillon, the team’s Spokane specialist.

The team also includes Jamie Akers, general manager.

“I believe because of our overall love for the area, the fact that we live

here and exude pride in the local nature and culture, our clients feel this

and get enthused about moving here and starting fresh,” smiles Brenda.

From a young age, Brenda was drawn to homes and architecture. While

growing up in the ‘80s, she recalls her friends flipping through the pages

of Tiger Beat magazine while she herself had a subscription to Better

Homes and Gardens!

Before pursuing real estate, Brenda launched her own business, growing

it to have an international presence. In 2006, she sold her company to a

Fortune 500 firm, giving her a unique approach to real estate. “We are

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very heavy into systems, game plans, goal setting and developing a clear

path to achieve success and adapting to the market,” says Brenda. “My

belief is if you’re not changing, you’re not pushing your comfort zone, and

you and your business are not growing.”

Having lived abroad in France and Mexico (she started selling real estate

in Cabo San Lucas in 2008), as well as traveling extensively throughout

the world, gives Brenda an edge to knowing just what makes living in the

Inland Northwest extra special. “I can relate and empathize with the big

move and hopefully try to make the decision to move to our area more

comfortable and even exciting! To be a part of this special gem, it’s unlike

any other place on earth.”

She enjoys being able to interact with her clients and hearing their stories,

from what brought them here, why they are thinking of moving here,

their lives both personal and professional, and just discovering who they

are. “It is fascinating. And then to try to match them to a property is like

matchmaking. It is fun and so rewarding when we help them find just the

perfect property for them.”

When it comes to what Brenda finds most rewarding as a Realtor, she

says, “The day a new owner finds the perfect property, we are able to get

that house for them, and I can call them with a word of congratulations.

The cherry on top is when we hand over the keys. The look on their

face, the excitement, the pride of ownership is priceless, and I’m blessed

with being able to share that experience. It never gets old and is always

heartwarming.”

Brenda feels so fortunate to be able to call Coeur d’Alene home and is

grateful to be a part of the local business community—and the Coeur

d’Alene community as a whole. “The small-town feel that’s found here,

you just do not see or feel that everywhere,” she affirms. “There is a true

sense of community in both personal and business relationships.”

Brenda is extensively involved in the Women’s Council of Realtors and is a

big supporter of the Idaho Youth Ranch. The team also proudly supports

the local Food Bank. “We plan to organize a food drive for all of us who

overbought during this unsettling time in the world, and it should be a

windfall for the food banks when this is all over,” she says.

Brenda is proud to call Coeur d’Alene home, and for those in the market

to make Coeur d’Alene their home too, she’s ready to help in your journey

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Hard for Education” is what

CHAFE stands for, and that’s

“Cycle

exactly what around 500 cyclists

do every year around the mountains and valleys

of beautiful Sandpoint. This year marks the

13th annual event, presented by Gary and Julie

French, and organized by the Rotary Club of

Sandpoint.

The gran fondo was originally started by the

Panhandle Alliance for Education to support

a program called Ready! for Kindergarten,

which equipped parents to serve as the first

teachers in helping prepare their children for

school. Rotary Club of Sandpoint took over

the ride eight years ago, continuing its mission

to support education and youth in the local

community. This year, funds will go to support

the Lake Pend Oreille School District After

School Reading and Literacy Program, and

other youth and education programs.

“Last year was a breakout year for us, with over

500 riders and over 100 sponsors,” says Melvin

Dick, a member of Sandpoint Rotary who helps

coordinate and sponsor the CHAFE 150 every

year. “We sponsor the ride because we believe

in good education,” he says.

The ride has raised more than $320,000 for

the cause since Rotary took over; more than

$500,000 since its beginning. “Last year we

donated $60,000 to the schools,” says Dick.

“We also put another $15,000 into scholarships

and youth leadership training and books for

elementary students.”

The fundraiser has made a big difference in

many kids’ and families’ lives, with many of

the riders having firsthand experience of the

benefits. “All three of my kids are products

of the local school district and now I have

grandkids. Early literacy is, in my opinion, the

key to success,” says Kim Woodruff, the director

of Parks and Rec for the City of Sandpoint,

and a participant in the CHAFE 150 since its

inception.

“If children cannot read proficiently by the

end of third grade, they face daunting hurdles

to success in school and beyond,” adds Andra

Murray, the director of Teaching and Learning

at the Lake Pend Oreille School District.

“CHAFE makes a huge difference by providing

up-to-date reading materials for our students as

well as additional training for LPOSD staff.”

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NORTH IDAHO

IN FOCUS

CHAFE 150 GRAN FONDO

RIDING TO SUPPORT CHILD LITERACY

BY ABIGAIL THORPE

PHOTOS BY JASON DUCHOW PHOTOGRAPHY

Riders from all over the country come out to

participate in the CHAFE 150, with 60 percent

coming from outside Sandpoint. Several years

ago, the ride was named a top 10 scenic ride in

the country, and Bicycling Magazine names it

the number three charity ride in the country.

The ride offers 150-, 100-, 80-, 40- and 25-

mile scenic routes through the Selle Valley and

around the Cabinet Mountains, plus a family

fun ride, and provides six fully stocked rest

stops along the way, all manned by community

organizations who compete to win the traveling

trophy for the best rest stop, as picked by the

riders.

“The scenic course, top-notch organization and

awesome volunteers are what make the event,”

says Woodruff. “I always start thinking about

the cold beer waiting at the finish about halfway

down the Bull River road—always. Seems like

the hills east of Clark Fork get steeper every

year. I’m a lone wolf and don’t hook up with

other riders so that I can crank hair-band rock

and only pay attention to the white line.”

Each year the ride brings in about $200,000 to

the local economy of Sandpoint from people

visiting, staying and eating at local businesses.

The CHAFE has been a driving force in

bringing the community together every June

over a great cause and survives on the back

of its incredible volunteer team and sponsors.

From the race organization to the rest stops and

day-of work, volunteers handle it all.

This will be Steve Sanchez’s 11th year

volunteering for the event. He provides

motorcycle support on the route and is trained

in Wilderness and Remote First Aid, CPR and

bicycle repair. “I love helping bicyclists on

the CHAFE have a wonderful and safe riding

experience on some of the most beautiful

roads in the area,” says Sanchez. “I love being

there for them to give some motivation if they

are struggling up a steep hill, provide an extra

bottle of water on a hot day, or change a flat tire

so a rider can rest a few minutes.”

Woodruff remembers one year when he was

given official clearance to ride the 150-mile

route a day early so he wouldn’t miss hearing

his daughter speak at her graduation, which

was the day of the gran fondo. The founder of

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the ride, Brad Williams, also known as the “father” of CHAFE, was out

marking the course and delivered Woodruff an ice cream along the way.

No matter the weather, riders come out and volunteers join to cheer

them on. “At the pre-ride breakfast at Trinity, we have seen everything

from wind and driving rain to beautiful sunny skies,” recalls Sanchez.

“Regardless of the weather forecast, I love seeing the excitement on the

faces of the riders fueling up for, what may be, the longest bicycle ride of

their life!”

All of the routes—including the family fun ride—culminate in an after

party at City Beach, including a dinner and beer and wine garden. “The

after-ride party is open to the whole community,” says Dick. “We would

like to have everyone come down and welcome the riders, their families,

their kids, and have a great time.”

Registration for the June 20 CHAFE 150 is still open, it is $75 for the 150-

, 100- and 80-mile routes, $50 for the 40- and 25-mile routes. For youth

(16 and younger), registration fees are $50 for the 150-, 100- and 80-mile

routes, $20 for the 40- and 25-mile routes. In addition to the registration,

all adult riders are required to raise a minimum of $50 for the ride cause

($25 for youth). For those who raise more, there are a series of prizes,

ranging from free registration to a free bike if you raise $4,000 or more.

The family fun ride is free to kids 5 and younger and any accompanying

adults, and $5 for kids 6 and over.

Without its sponsors, the CHAFE 150 and its fundraising for the local

community would not be possible. This year’s presenting sponsor is

Gary and Julie French, with platinum sponsors including Like Media,

Litehouse Foods, RE/Max, Timberline Helicopters and Ting. Gold level

sponsors include 219 Lounge, Pend Oreille Mechanical, KPND, WSS

CPAs and Consultants, Trinity at City Beach, Bonner General Health,

Greasy Fingers, Bonner County Daily Bee, Elana Westphal, Kochava,

7BTV, Washington Trust, Sandpoint Living Local, Jason Duchow

Photography, Clearwater Gear, Parker Subaru, and Angela and Tim

Cochran. Opportunities to sponsor the event are still available, and every

contribution goes to making the CHAFE 150 the incredible ride and

community event that it is.

“Volunteering at a CHAFE rest stop was one of the highlights of my year,”

says Murray. “Riders from near and far participate in support of such an

important cause—literacy. Thank you to the riders, sponsors, Rotary and

all of our community members who make this event possible!”

To register, sponsor or volunteer, visit CHAFE150.org.

The organizers of the CHAFE 150 are monitoring the COVID-19

situation. They are hopeful that the ride will continue as planned.

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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! The 150-mile route is a

grand loop around the Cabinet Mountains through gorgeous lake and

river valleys. CHAFE offers magnificent routes of 150, 100, 80, 40, 25

and a Family Fun ride, awesome ride support and a fabulous after-ride

party on the shores of beautiful Lake Pend Oreille in Sandpoint. Ride

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volleyball courts. Her play during her freshman

season was also something that caught the eye

of many around the league. We asked Madison

about her early accomplishments and some

of her goals as she continues her high school

career.

Q. What are some of the accomplishments

you are most proud of?

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the Year for high school basketball alongside

Brooklyn Rewers. I play AAU volleyball

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basketball for the Northwest Blazers. I have

been blessed with an amazing AAU basketball

team where we won the West Coast National

Championship twice. I am proud to say that

I currently have a 4.313 (GPA) in school

because of the great learning environment I

am in.

Q. What is your plan for college/school in

the future? Do you plan to play sports in

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the opportunity to pursue my love of sports. I

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this, and hopefully play high level sports.

Q. What are some of your career interests

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“My coaches have helped me realize that the biggest opponent to my success is me—and only

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people, and the thought of helping them

build a healthy family fills me with joy.

Although I would love to do this job, if I

was blessed with the opportunity to play

professionally somewhere, either here or

overseas, that would be a dream.

Q. What is it about basketball that you

enjoy the most?

A. The part about basketball that I enjoy

the most is the competition part of the

game. I love to win and I will not settle

for anything less, which helps me get

my drive in and out of practice. Losing

is not in my blood, so I have learned to

put the competitiveness into pushing

myself harder in practice. The basketball

court is where I can be myself, and the

real me shines through because my

competitiveness isn’t out of place. I love

competitions and although it is not

always a positive, I find a way to make

everything in my life the most important

competition; whether it is from family

card games to winning a championship,

it is what I love to do.

Q. What is one life lesson you have

learned from a coach or through your

involvement in sports?

A. Something that I have struggled with

in my career is knowing when to criticize

myself and knowing when to be proud of

what I have accomplished. My coaches

have helped me realize that the biggest

opponent to my success is me—and only

me. If I am not rooting for myself, nobody

else will. Understanding this concept has

been hard for me, but all of my amazing

coaches, trainers and parents have helped

me through the process. They have also

taught me many life lessons on leadership,

how to be a positive leader and help each

individual with their needs, hard-work,

attitude and overall how to be a strong

person in this world.

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THE BUDDING WELLNESS INDUSTRY IN COEUR D’ALENE

BY LAUREN FRITZ | COURTESY PHOTOS

There’s nothing quite like that first breath of spring to inspire you

to make a few positive lifestyle changes for your personal health

and well-being. It’s the perfect time for a fresh start, right? The

cold is easing up, the occasional snippet of blue sky is peeking around

the corner of the clouds, and it’s becoming more pleasant to spend time

outside.

However, this is also the time of year when many of us find our New

Year’s resolutions slipping away into the ether, so it can be hard to find

the motivation to step out and try something new. But what if the perfect

opportunity for you to kickstart a more health-conscious journey was

waiting in a new business right across the street?

It’s no secret that Coeur d’Alene is rapidly changing and expanding.

As a long-time resident of Coeur d’Alene who recently returned from

a few years abroad, the first things I noticed upon my return were the

sprawling new housing developments, modern businesses and roads

that are continually popping up all over the place. When I looked a little

deeper, however, I was pleased to discover a more exciting, yet subtle,

change: a budding wellness industry.

The health and wellness industry is comprised of any and all activities

that promote mental and physical well-being: think yoga and meditation,

nutrition and healthy eating, self-care retreats and relaxation spas, and

exercise and workout centers. I’ve been noticing a wonderful boom of all

sorts of wellness-related businesses in our beautiful lakeside town. Some

of these have all been a part of Coeur d’Alene in some way or another for

the past few decades, but not to the degree that I’ve noticed in the last

three years.

This is an exciting change! I think it’s high time we North Idahoans

complemented our outdoor-loving spirits with activities that boost our

mental and physical well-being. Here are a few of the businesses that

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Power Yoga

PROVIDING A SPACE FOR HEALTH, WELLNESS,

HEALING, GROWTH AND CONNECTION

Michelle and Kyle Cooper are the proud owners of CDA Power Yoga

in the Riverstone development. Originally from Oregon, they found

their piece of paradise in Coeur d’Alene and saw it as the perfect place

to start a powerful community to “serve the people of North Idaho in a

way that would provide a space for health, wellness, healing, growth and

connection.”

Michelle’s enthusiasm was tangible when I asked her to share her story

and the motivation behind CDA Power Yoga. “[My husband Kyle and

I] know, through experience, the positive impact yoga can have and

believe, wholeheartedly, that the work people do on their mat, both

physically and mentally, can cultivate a life of strength, possibility and

purpose.”

Classes run throughout the week, several times a day, so if you are

looking for a welcoming place to start or continue your yoga journey,

stop in, say hello to Michelle and Kyle, and get ready to roll out your mat.

The Wellness Bar

The Wellness Bar has been a part of the Hayden, Post Falls and Coeur

d’Alene communities for several years now, but this health-minded eatery

is constantly expanding their offerings and gaining a larger following as

more and more people tune in to a wholesome approach to nutrition.

Offering everything from freshly pressed juices to Hawaiian-style acai

bowls to protein waffles, they’re sure to have something to delight even

the pickiest of eaters.

I personally adore a hearty smoothie bowl and was not disappointed

when a friend and I decided to split the Big Kahuna. Layered with

crunchy granola, fresh fruits, seeds, coconut flakes and almond butter,

it was a satisfying lunch that left our bellies comfortable and our energy

levels up. There aren’t many juice bars in Coeur d’Alene, so along with

being a bit of a novelty, this one also happens to taste top-notch!

Pilgrim’s Market

Over on Fourth Street, Pilgrim’s Market has recently become quite a

large haven for the health-conscious grocery shopper. Joe Hamilton

and his wife purchased the store more than 20 years ago, starting out

with just one employee (today they have 90). Joe fondly recalls how, at

the beginning, the “produce selection was limited to 25-pound bags of

carrots for one or two customers who liked juicing and a couple of heads

of lettuce. Today our produce department is a large and vibrant section

of the store that we take great pride in.”

If you haven’t had a chance to meander the many aisles of Pilgrim’s

Market, your senses are definitely missing out! The 25,000-square-foot

store offers everything from gourmet cheeses to bulk foods, local beer

and wine, meat and deli departments, vegan and vegetarian options

galore, kombucha on tap, supplements and organic beauty products,

an innovative wellness center, and even a large event center. Joe and

his stellar team ensure that your experience in-store is about so much

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more than just stocking the pantry. They’re on hand

to answer any questions you might have, direct you

to a new product that fits exactly what you’re looking

for, or simply serve as a support system on your health

journey.

Cosmic Cowboy

When I saw Cosmic Cowboy’s tagline, “Honest Food

for Good People,” I was intrigued and inspired to

wander into this quirky restaurant. I’m quite happy I

did!

Owner Steven Eller tells me that he opened the

restaurant in 2017 “to fill a void in the market, namely,

a ‘clean eating’ restaurant where vegetables are featured

as prominently as the proteins.” Cosmic Cowboy

offers scratch-made, award-winning food that can fit

literally any dietary need. With an emphasis on fresh,

healthy ingredients and the ability to personalize

your order, it’s the perfect spot to visit for a quick and

nutritious lunch or dinner.

Coeur d’Alene Healing Arts

Coeur d’Alene Healing Arts is a comprehensive,

person-centered health-care facility located

near Downtown Coeur d’Alene. With a focus on

compassionate listening and personalized care, clinic

director Dr. Hunter Peterson and associate physician

Dr. Mia Grothman are working with patients to

encourage a more holistic approach to health.

Naturopathic medicine is traditionally more focused

on the dynamic relationship between a person’s

mental, physical, biochemical and spiritual state of

well-being. By working to alleviate stress and illness

through natural means, Drs. Peterson and Grothman

encourage patients to be active and educated

participants in their own health care. Instead of simply

treating the symptoms, naturopathy encourages you

to find the root of your illness or pain and alleviate it

from the source.

Coeur d’Alene Healing Arts is accepting new patients,

so if you are looking to start a new health-care journey

because a more “standard” approach to health care

hasn’t been working for you, give them a ring!

The beauty is that this is just a tiny sample of what

Coeur d’Alene has to offer the health-conscious

consumer, so get out there for yourself and sample the

vibrant flavor of wellness that our community is taking

on. It’s never been easier to try something you’ve

always wanted to do, so in this spirit of spring and new

beginnings, why not stretch your boundaries a bit?

Whether that means stretching it out in downward

dog, digging into a freshly blended smoothie bowl

or talking to a naturopathic doctor about your health

concerns, you might just find that 2020 is your year.

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BUILDING A BETTER LIFE THROUGH BUSINESS EDUCATION

COEUR D’ALENE MOM WILL HELP RUN FAMILY ENTERPRISE | BY MAUREEN DOLAN, NORTH IDAHO COLLEGE

The Entrepreneurship Program at North Idaho

College prepares students to obtain employment by

launching a business venture or to work in a variety of

industries. Pictured: Jamie Richardson, a student taking

entrepreneurship classes at NIC.

Jamie Richardson’s life these days is a reflection of her definition of

entrepreneurship.

“It’s taking the risk when you see the opportunity to build a better

life for yourself and your family,” said Richardson, 31, of Coeur d’Alene.

A wife and the mother of two toddlers, Richardson stepped out of

her comfort zone and enrolled last year in the Business Management

program at North Idaho College. She is working toward earning an

associate degree, an effort that is part of a bigger entrepreneurial vision

for Richardson and her husband, Harold.

The couple plans to open Tactical Detail, a mobile automotive detailing

business. Harold operated a similar enterprise in the past and longs to be

self-employed again, she said.

“We thought it would be ideal for us to build it together, so he could find

some happiness and I could find a purpose,” Richardson said.

She came to NIC after attending college several times but never earning

a degree.

“I took breaks because my life changed,” Richardson said.

One of those breaks included a stint in the U.S. Army National Guard.

That experience took her to Afghanistan for a nine-month deployment

in 2012 and 2013.

“I was a military police combat support. We helped train local police, and

we did security,” she said.

When not serving her country, Richardson had worked in business

environments over the years but knew she required other specialized

business knowledge if she and Harold were going to make their dream of

being their own boss a reality.

“I need specifics on how to build a business and the best way to operate a

business to be successful,” Richardson said.

She looked into the NIC program and liked what she saw.

“I found they had the things I wanted to learn,” Richardson said.

The Business Management A.A.S. degree at NIC is geared toward

business leadership and management. General business courses cover

basic principles and practices. Students explore the organization of

business environments, the different facets of business operations and

how they function interdependently.

There are also several basic technical certificates—Business Core,

Entrepreneurship, Human Resources and Supervision—embedded in

the Business Management A.A.S. degree program.

“Combined with the general education requirements for an A.A.S.

degree, a student is well-prepared to manage a small business or launch

a business of their own,” said Sue Shibley, an NIC professor and division

chair of business and professional programs at the college.

Richardson said her entrepreneurship classes are positioning her well to

handle the administrative side of things—paperwork and finances—in

the new family business.

Through her coursework and interaction with instructors at NIC,

Richardson said she can create a business plan and get valuable feedback

about it from experts.

“Being here and knowing what I’m going to do with what I’m learning,

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THE SEASON OF RENEWAL

Conscious Cleansing in Spring

By Jeff Pufnock L.Ac. Ph.D. and Jessica Youngs L.Ac.

We touched upon the principles of Winter Seasonal Living in our

December 2019 article. Now we find ourselves in the midst of

spring, as the natural world is reborn from the dormancy of

winter. In this season, we utilize the nourishment instilled within during

the deep rest of winter to support the emerging creative energy of spring.

To experience the vitality of spring in a healthy way, there must be a clear

pathway inside ourselves for it to follow. These concepts of seasonal living

may initially feel esoteric or foreign, however, the desire to create clarity

in the spring is well known in the tradition of ‘Spring Cleaning.’ Chinese

medicine provides us the additional wisdom that ‘Spring Cleaning’ must

occur not only within our garages but also within ourselves.

In our physical bodies, we can embrace this upward momentum by

increasing our physical activity levels to rejuvenate our metabolism and

shed the physical remnants of winter. These activities are best done outside,

witnessing the emergence of spring in all its natural wonder. Stretching is

also very beneficial at this time of year to enliven, open up and create more

space in the physical body.

The simplest dietary guideline to implement in the spring is to abstain

from overeating. It is essential during this season to eliminate foods that

are heavy and difficult for the body to detoxify. Instead, focus on eating

plenty of lightly cooked seasonal vegetables and fresh herbs.

Spring is an opportunity to clear our minds and emotions by letting go

of past anger, frustration and resentment. In Chinese medicine these

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in the fresh air.

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TAKE TIME TO

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emotions are known to not only restrict the freedom

of our minds but to also inhibit the health of our

physical bodies. We can reclaim our well-being

in the present and future by continuously moving

toward acceptance and forgiveness of the past.

Utilizing the clarity that has been cultivated in

both body and mind, the expansive spring energy

can then be harnessed to move forward in pursuit

of our dreams and aspirations. This is a time for

vision, planning and engaging in daily activities

with determination and creativity. Embrace

spontaneity and new avenues to express yourself.

Most importantly, do not rush to immediately fill all

the space you have created in your life. As we move

toward the full manifestation of summer, keep these

spaces open so they can be filled with something

amazing yet to blossom.

Tips for Vibrant Spring Living:

• Go on a walk, hike or bike ride and engage with the

emergence of spring in nature around you.

• Eliminate fatty, fried, processed foods, foods with

artificial ingredients, preservatives and flavorings,

white sugar, alcohol and caffeine.

• Eat until you are 80 percent full. Prepare seasonal

fresh vegetables with light cooking methods such

as steaming, quick boiling, quick sautéing and stirfrying.

• Release old anger, frustration and resentment.

Apologize to anyone who needs an apology from

you. Embrace all life with compassion, acceptance

and forgiveness.

• Envision your future and clear a path for the

manifestation of your dreams.

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THE BIOME AND VIROME WITHIN

SUPPORTING A SYMBIOTIC RELATIONSHIP WITH THE

BACTERIA AND VIRUSES THAT INHABIT OUR BODY

BY SCOTT PORTER

Getting exposed to viruses and bacteria

is a certainty. This happens from the

moment we are born, some think

even before, and continues with every

breath we take. It is not just a part of life, it’s actually

a component of what makes life possible.

Microorganisms help break down our food, build

some of the nutrients we need, support our immune

system, and work with us to fight off infections and

diseases. A lot of viruses and bacteria are essential

microbes to human health.

We are host to 300 to 1,000 different kinds of

bacteria, perhaps totaling upward of 20 trillion.

There are so many in our “biome” they may actually

outnumber our own cells.

The human “virome” is the total collection of

viruses in our body. This changes with season, age,

and even prior or current exposures. These viruses

may outnumber bacteria by a factor of 10 to 1.

Some viruses, like phages, will destroy bacteria,

and others will kill off more harmful viruses. There

are some that can arm our natural killer cells that

are capable of killing tumor cells. Other viruses

may infect bacteria and help regulate our digestion

by altering their DNA.

Our immune system is continually stimulated at

a low level by viruses throughout our body. This

helps us fight off other infections. The immunity

we developed from prior exposure to one virus

can also allow us to fend off an exposure to a new

variety.

An inactive herpes virus will help our body identify

cancer cells and other cells infected with viruses.

This allows us to target the cells to destroy without

getting carried away and damaging our healthy

cells.

Our DNA has been permanently affected by viruses

long ago, so much so that we find traces of these

critters when sequencing our genome. It’s possible

that these viruses may have given rise to important

aspects of our lives, such as both the placenta

and opposable thumbs due to the mutations they

caused.

The body is pretty amazing at supporting a

symbiotic relationship with these beneficial

microorganisms, and keeping in check the

pathogenic ones that cause us problems if they get

out of hand—most of the time.

Our responsibility is to take care of our microbiome

and virome in such a way that it thrives, and to

support our body’s natural immune system so

when it is needed it’s available and doesn’t get

carried away.

I do this by sleeping well, staying active, eating

a nutrient-dense whole-food diet and drinking

more water than I would think is possible. And

I stay on top of the core nutrients most of us

are typically deficient in—probiotics, vitamin

D and K, magnesium, B vitamins, some trace

minerals, omega 3s and enzymes. I can’t stress the

importance of this enough. Then, at times, I add in

other effective immune boosters.

When I know additional exposure to extreme

pathogens is at hand, I want to have the greatest

confidence that I have done my best to prepare.

I’d rather my body get rid of small numbers of

these microbes before they multiply and cause

prolonged inflammation or, even worse, set off an

uncontrolled self-destructive immune response.

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Blue Light

WHAT IT IS, ITS EFFECTS, AND HOW TO PROTECT YOURSELF AND YOUR SKIN

By Kristin Carlson, Medical Esthetician

What is blue light, and why is it bad? Blue light is a color

in the visible light spectrum. It has one of the shortest

wavelengths in the light spectrum, resulting in the

highest amount of energy. In its natural form, blue light

comes from the sun and helps regulate the body’s circadian rhythm—

the natural sleep and wake cycles. It also boosts alertness, heightens

reaction times, elevates moods and promotes an overall feeling of wellbeing.

Blue light in its artificial form comes from digital screens (TVs,

computers, laptops, smartphones and tablets), electronic devices, and

fluorescent and LED lighting. Prolonged exposure to blue light in this

form causes eye strain, headaches, physical and mental fatigue.

Over time, exposure to the blue end of the light spectrum can cause

long-term damage to your eyes and to your skin. The natural filters in

our eyes are not capable of providing enough protection against blue

light rays in any form. Prolonged exposure to blue light may cause

retinal damage and contribute to age-related macular degeneration—

and in some cases, vision loss.

While blue light in small amounts can help elevate your mood,

increase alertness and regulate sleep patterns, chronic exposure to

blue light, specifically at night, can have the opposite effect, lowering

the production of melatonin, the hormone that regulates sleep, by

disrupting the circadian rhythm and negatively affecting your mood.

It is common knowledge: UV light can cause damage to the skin.

Because of its shorter wavelength, blue light penetrates deeper than UV

light. Long-term blue light exposure can cause skin damage, including

discoloration, inflammation and weakening of the skin’s surface, which

causes collagen and elastin to break down, resulting in fine lines,

wrinkles and sagging.

How to protect yourself?

• Wear an SPF rich in antioxidants, vitamin C and/or iron oxide.

Unfortunately, not all sunscreens block blue light, so read the labels

before you buy.

• Stylish eyewear is in! Purchase a pair of blue light blockers for the

time you spend in front of any screen. There are some great inexpensive

options out there.

• Also, invest in screen protectors with blue light blocking technology

for all your screens, including your desktop computer and cellular

device.

• Use the settings on your smartphone to shift the colors of your display

to “night mode.” This emits warmer tones with longer wavelengths,

causing less strain on the eyes at night when the body is more susceptible

to blue light effects.

• Limit your screen time in the evening. Resist the urge to scroll social

media when you crawl into bed at night. Instead, opt for a book or

magazine to help you settle down for a good night’s rest.

For most of us, avoiding screen time is next to impossible, but we can

take simple steps to ensure we are taking care of the long-term health

of our eyes, skin and overall well-being. And don’t forget about your

kiddos! Their young minds and bodies are still developing and need

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SOBERING REALITIES

Heritage Health helps a homeless man fight alcoholism

BY MARC STEWART, HERITAGE HEALTH

Al Mahoney’s life could be a novel someday.

His story is one of youthful exuberance, longterm

homelessness, drunken violence, near death

experiences and ultimately redemption. By his

own account, he’s lucky to be alive.

“Al is an exception to the rule,” says Two Feathers,

a community outreach worker with Heritage

Health. “At first, it was how many days can you

be sober, then weeks and then months. We made

sure to contact and support him on a daily basis.

As time went by, he didn’t need as much from us.

Then we started helping him with his life skills.”

For nearly 40 years alcohol dominated this man’s

life. Eventually he decided to confront alcoholism

and start a new life of sobriety.

“The credit goes to Two Feathers and TJ Byrne,”

says Al. “They saved my life. All of the people at

Heritage Health really care.”

Heritage Health’s Street Medicine program looked

after Al. Two Feathers and Byrne, a physician

assistant, helped him stop drinking, making sure

his medical and emotional needs were being met

on a daily basis.

The details of Al’s life are still a little foggy. The

56-year-old Coeur d’Alene man has been battling

alcoholism with repeated stints in rehabilitation

centers across the country. None of his recovery

efforts or treatments worked for the fiercely

independent man.

He was shot in the head, but he doesn’t remember

why.

He points to a metal rod in his leg which had to be

inserted after a car ran him over. He has been to

prison too. He spent 27 months in an Iowa prison

after clobbering a college student over the head

with a chair during a poker game.

He’s been arrested countless times.

The common denominator in those situations has

always been alcohol.

“At first, I was young and adventurous,” he says.

“I just grew tired of my life. I wanted something

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Heritage Health provided the resources to ensure

he could achieve his goals—even if that meant

giving him a ride to see a counselor or just helping

him with day-to-day struggles.

“Heritage Health was there for me,” says Al. “They

went beyond just doing their jobs. They saved my

life. I am so much better off today than I was.”

Despite having long-term health issues, Al is

optimistic about the future. He’s working as a

janitor at a local business. He is also off the streets.

“Things are going great,” says Al. “I feel great. I am

moving into a new apartment. It’s been six months

since I have had a drink. That has been hard. It’s a

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“Once I got out of rehab in Florida, and within

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Wrestling: A Story of

Hope and Peace

NORTH IDAHO NATIVES LARRY

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It was the late 1970s. Larry Steckman was a wrestler for Bonners Ferry High School, and his to-be wife, Shelly Barton, was a wrestling

cheerleader at the same school. Seventy miles away, family friend Conrad Garner was wrestling for rival Lakeland High School in

Rathdrum, Idaho. It was the beginning of a lifelong love of wrestling for both men—and also the seed for something bigger. Larry, Shelly

and Conrad would all go on to use wrestling as a means to create positive change in communities, both locally and internationally:

Garner as the wrestling coach for Bonners Ferry High School, the Steckmans working with the US Wrestling Foundation’s Wrestling for

Peace, and beyond.

As Larry and Conrad competed in North Idaho, wrestler Dan Russell was in Southern Idaho working for another state wrestling

championship. He would go on to be a world-class wrestler and coach, dear friend of Larry and Shelly, and a driving force behind their

ultimate life work and vision.

“We are so very proud of the work of men like Conrad Garner and Dan Russell in helping to shape the minds of the future leaders of our

communities and world,” says Larry. “I never knew then that God would use wrestling and these relationships to give me a vision for sharing

the love God has shown so generously to me.

“This story is really about relationships, faith, hope and love,” shares Larry. In the early 2000s, he and Shelly met Dan, who was living with

his wife Joy and kids in Battleground, Washington. The two connected over their shared love of wrestling, and their desire to utilize the sport

as a vehicle for spreading the message of love throughout the world.

Larry and Shelly purchased a fuel testing laboratory called FOI Laboratories, which tests fuel for various reasons, and serves ASTM, EPA,

Amazon, airports, various municipalities, hospitals and the military. Their hope was to use the profits from the company to help fund

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philanthropic and faith-sharing efforts in developing

countries—a dream that would be realized beyond

their expectations.

Soon after, the couple founded a project called Hope

for Her in conjunction with a Ugandan NGO called

Hope for Restoration Initiative founded by Robert and

Pam Kiggundu. The mission of Hope for Her was to

help sexually exploited and abused women in Uganda

gain employment manufacturing reusable sanitary

pads in a safe workplace, provide free sanitary pads to

those in need, and promote environmentally friendly

manufacturing and sanitary practices.

“Many young women (high school age and younger)

prostitute themselves for the price of a pad,” explains

Larry. “While our work was very under the radar,

something very special was happening. You could

tangibly feel the tremendous love coming from the

women and girls receiving the pads.”

“In the beginning, it wasn’t easy,” he remembers.

“There wasn’t enough material or pads or money—

in fact, we sometimes still don’t have enough due to

the overwhelming need.” Larry was discussing the

challenges of the sanitary pad design as well as quality

control with new friend and supporter Dan, when

Dan provided a solution: an award-winning retired

nurse who was an avid seamstress and was struggling

with feeling needed after retirement. She helped them

design a stitching pattern, pad design and production

method that would result in the current production

of almost 8,000 pads a month. The nonprofit now

distributes in Ugandan high schools, Entebbe, and on

the various islands on Lake Victoria.

During this time, Dan was serving as a coach and

ambassador with USA Wrestling. The Steckmans

were still passionate about using wrestling to share a

message of love and giving, and partnered with Dan to

find a way to serve. “We spent many hours discussing

how to utilize wrestling as a vehicle in our message

of love,” recalls Larry. “One of our next steps in faith

was a chaplain program to serve alongside the world

of Olympic and world-class wrestlers traveling with

the team.”

This program would serve as the beginning of Dan and

Joy Russell’s vision for Wrestling for Peace—a nonprofit

organization with the US Wrestling Foundation that

provides support to various communities throughout

the world through leadership development, sports

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“This story is

really about

relationships,

faith, hope

and love.”


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and equipment donations. “These seeds of faith continue

to grow deep and produce fruit today,” says Larry.

Wrestling for Peace is built on the foundation that

wrestling is a universal struggle in that everyone is dealing

with some trial. The program “embraces this universal

struggle to help communities in need.” Ambassadors for

the program use wrestling as a sport to help transcend

borders and cultures in an effort to bring humanitarian

aid to those most in need.

Dan and Larry traveled together to Algeria and the Sahara

Desert as ambassadors in the beginning stages of Wrestling

for Peace. While spreading the message of love and

providing medicine to the Sahrawi Tribe—a four-decade

refugee community—they met Austin Landes, founder

of the nonprofit Make it Rain, who ultimately became a

medicine partner of Wrestling for Peace and partners with

Hope for Her. “We have merged our work, and I currently

serve on their Board of Directors,” says Larry.

Make it Rain is an organization consisting of a collection of

individuals whose sole focus is utilizing their networking

skills and abilities to help others. They focus on providing

medicine, medical clinics and other aid initiatives to

regions in the Sahrawi Democratic Republic, Uganda,

Zambia and Mexico. It was the perfect pairing for the

Steckmans, Hope for Her and Wrestling for Peace, and a

great way to unite efforts and connections in a desire to

serve the underserved.

The Steckmans continued their work with Hope for Her

and Hope for Restoration Initiative, partnering with Make

it Rain, while also working as ambassadors for Wrestling

for Peace. All shared the same mission of providing hope,

love and aid to communities in need. “The next act of faith

was to let go and let God be in charge,” says Larry. The

support they needed would come in a major way not long

after.

“I don’t remember the day, but Austin called me and said,

‘The First Lady of Zambia wants to talk about the pads

... when can we go?,’” recalls Larry. “Now it’s one thing

to do some traveling and field work with a school or the

Red Cross; it’s another thing entirely to be vetted by a

government’s First Lady. ... There was absolutely no reason

for me—a rough around the edges guy—to be discussing

pads with the First Lady of Zambia, but I did it and we are

very close friends to this day. The pad project touched her

heart in a very special way.”

This meeting with the First Lady of Zambia marked the

beginning of incredible opportunity and impact for Make

it Rain, Hope for Restoration Initiative and Wrestling

for Peace. Last season, Hope for Her delivered 1,000

sanitary pads and through the First Lady’s Foundation

created educational training for girls in the school

system to manufacture and produce sanitary pads. In

partnership with each other, the nonprofits were able to

deliver medicine that impacted over 60,000 men, women

and children, says Larry, and they have developed and

approved designs for medical outpost clinics in rural areas

in partnership with Virginia Tech and AutoDesk. These

outposts will provide access to much needed medicine and

hygienic medical aid in regions that currently suffer from

a lack of resources.

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“It’s no secret that wrestling builds toughness,”

write Austin and Julie Landes in a recent

Wrestling for Peace update of their work. “Some

of the toughest people we’ve met live in remote

areas of the world, battling harsh climates,

debilitating disease, intense conditions, limited

job opportunities and desperately lacking

resources. Our hope is that through these

initiatives and those of the USA Wrestling for

Peace Program, we can increase the amount

of lives impacted. Wrestlers are made for

overcoming obstacles and life’s toughest

challenges, and we’re looking forward to our

continued efforts together.”

The Steckmans have seen many doors open

as they continue to follow their calling and

passion for reaching those in need. The First

Lady of Zambia is not the only influential

figure in Africa to show interest in the work

the Steckmans, Landes and Russells are

doing. “We have invitations this year to meet

two other first ladies and possibly a king and

a prince,” shares Larry. “Again, God’s favor in

play.”

Despite their many travels, Larry and Shelly

choose to make the Pacific Northwest their

home base, and although they now live in

Vancouver, Washington, they are still very

connected to their hometown of Bonners

Ferry, Idaho. “We find great pleasure in hearing

the many stories of love that come from our

hometown, stories like Conrad’s and Dan’s,”

says Larry.

Wrestling for

Peace is built on

the foundation

that wrestling

is a universal

struggle in

that everyone

is dealing with

some trial.

Dan, Conrad and Larry still support and

encourage the wrestling program back in

Idaho, and in particular Bonners Ferry, sharing

a passion for the common bond they share, the

sport that has taken them from wrestling on

the mats, to fighting for peace and prosperity

for those in need.

“We love finding ways to give back to our

community however we can,” says Larry.

“There are many great unselfish relationship

stories that the residents of Bonners Ferry are

constantly making anew. You don’t have to

look very hard to find what the hard-working

people of Bonners Ferry are involved in.”

Larry and Shelly still look to North Idaho

and Bonners Ferry’s spirit of giving and

community as an early formative part of their

desire to extend their message of peace and

love beyond the borders of the U.S.

“The Pacific Northwest and beyond have

amazing stories of service and love,” adds

Larry. “If you peel back the love, you will

more than likely find a wrestler’s heart

beating somewhere in the fight.”

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IS RELOCATION IN YOUR

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DON’T WAIT TO PLAN AHEAD

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Facing the prospect of a new town, a new house and a new job

is daunting in itself without the added pressure of how you’re

going to go about the move and all the details involved. If you’re

moving interstate, the stakes go up. The decision to move a few

thousand miles away is much different than skipping to the next town

over—though both will require a lot of preparation and work before,

during and after the move. Here are some key things to keep in mind

when relocating.

Before

Considering a new move is exciting, it can also be overwhelming. Should

you make the move? Is the job worth it? These and other questions are all

common when facing the looming question of whether to relocate. Here

are some ways you can help cut through the fog.

Research. Before you make the commitment to move somewhere, do your

homework. There are lots of things to consider besides the cuteness or

“curb appeal” of a city. If you’re used to using public transportation, make

sure you look at how that city or town compares. Are there alternative

options that work for you?

Look at the city stats, like crime, housing costs, schools and taxes. How

does the cost of living compare to your current residence? If travel

is important to you, check to make sure you have easy access to an

international airport—or at least don’t mind the extra drive.

Finally, consider what the city or town has to offer as far as culture goes. If

restaurants, nightlife and the arts are important to you, chances are you’ll

get pretty stir crazy in a small town with limited options. Conversely, if

the outdoors are central to your lifestyle, make sure there are plenty of

outlets for your adventurous side.

Visit. Doing your research is vital, but it’s also important to visit a place

before you move—even if you’ve been there before. You’ll notice new

things when you visit with the mindset of moving there. In the long term,

the cost of a visit will pay off.

Consider the Long Term. Is this a stopping point, or are you looking to

stay? If there’s a possibility that this will be your long-term home, make

sure you take a look down the road. Is the town growing? Is it moving in

a direction you like? If the area is growing fast, will you be able to keep

up with the market? Moving to a popular new hot spot is great, but if

you’re going to be outpriced down the road when you look to buy a new

(or larger) home, it might not be worth it. Can you see yourself raising a

family here? Are the schools/childcare/job market good?

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SO YOU’VE MADE

the decision to move.

NOW WHAT?

Job Talk. If you’re moving somewhere for a job, do some simple

comparisons, and make sure you know what you’re getting into.

Sometimes a great job can be worth moving to a less favorable place,

but you should know beforehand what you’re willing to give up, and for

what return.

Make sure you get to know your potential new job, company and team

so you can set realistic expectations. How does your salary compare to

the job you’re leaving when taking into consideration any changes in cost

of living?

During

OK, so you’ve made the decision to move, now what? The decision may

be off your back, but the heavy lifting is just ahead. Here’s how to get

started.

Budget. Even if you’re not in the practice of keeping a budget, this is one

time you’ll want to make an exception. Moving is expensive, and you

don’t want to get caught with a hefty bill you’re not prepared for, or even

worse, no available funds for necessities.

According to the American Moving and Storage Association, the

average cost of an interstate move is $4,300, and an intrastate move is

$2,300. First thing, see if your new company will provide any relocation

assistance or bonus. It doesn’t hurt to ask, and you can save yourself a

bundle of money.

Add everything into your budget. Are you paying movers, or moving

yourself? Will you need to rent a truck? What will it cost to move into

your new home? Travel expenses? Food? You get the picture. Just keep

in mind, the first month you move into a new place, expenses are usually

40 to 60 percent higher than normal—after all, you’ll need to replace

that cleaner you threw out and the hangers and laundry basket you left

behind last minute, not to mention restock your pantry.

Plan. Get a reputable realtor to help you find a home or apartment for

rent or to buy. He or she will have a better understanding of the area and

will be able to guide you through the process. If you don’t know the area

well, consider renting for six months or more before buying a home.

Don’t wait until after you move to line up the internet and electric, as

you’ll have plenty else to do. Make sure your utilities are canceled or

transferred out of your name in your old residence, and get everything

set up to start in your new home the day, or day before, you move in.

Forward your mail in advance so you don’t miss receiving important

bills.

Finally, make a list! Keep track of everything you need to do, and make

lists for everything. It’ll make your move far less stressful.

With the right preparations, your relocation to your new home will be

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What you should know when

REMODELING

TIPS FOR A SMOOTH PROCESS, START TO FINISH

By Abigail Thorpe

The arrival of spring has us Marie Kondoing our closets and

deep cleaning our kitchens, but being able to see the back of

our closet or how aged that grout really is has us thinking about

more than decluttering. Warm weather means it’s time for those

updates you put off last year—or just a fun excuse to finally add some

personal touches to the spaces you spend the most time in. Whether it’s

to update an existing home, remodel a new purchase that needs some

updates or prepare a home for resale, remodeling some part of our space

is something most homeowners have had to face at one time or another.

With any home improvement project, it can be daunting to know where

to start, what to focus on and when to call in the professionals. Here are

some tips to keep you on track and help make the process a bit smoother.

Budget. Naturally budget is a main concern when it comes to remodeling

your home. Under budget or set your expectations too high, and you can

end up with a half-finished project and no money left. Ask any contractor,

and they’ll tell you a project always costs more than you expect and takes

longer to finish. Plan on spending more than you expect, and you won’t

be caught unawares mid project. Carefully allocate money to each stage

of the project, and never start a remodel before creating the budget. This

way you can plan the stages of the process, starting with what’s most

important to you, and working on each stage of the project as you’re

financially able.

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Set expectations/go in stages. Rome wasn’t built in a day, and neither

will your dream home be. Start with a space that you spend the most time

in, that is the most important to you to update, and prepare the work

in stages from there. If you have the budget, it may be cost effective to

schedule multiple things at once, so you’re not having subs return, but

make sure you can complete the project if you start it.

“Kitchen upgrades will make a difference in your lifestyle, as this is

usually the room where folks spend more time,” advises Jackie Suarez,

a real estate agent with Century 21 in Sandpoint, Idaho. “More efficient

HVAC and water heater upgrades should save you money over time.”

Professional or DIY? You might be the king or queen of DIY, but there

are certain things you just shouldn’t touch. “For buyers, the first thing

to remember is to have the home inspected by a professional inspector

or trusted contractor during the inspection contingency period,” says

Suarez. “This will usually identify any hidden costs or surprises.”

A priority is making sure a home is structurally sound—something a

contractor or inspector can help with. Outside of the structural, electrical,

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ut when it comes to key updates or something you don’t feel

comfortable with, it’s always best to consult a professional.

Keep resale front of mind. “Making a home ‘market-ready’ is

very important. It gives the seller an advantage over other homes

that buyers may perceive as requiring more of their time and

resources than they are willing to spend,” suggests Suarez.

If you’re planning on selling the home in the future, make sure

major updates focus on areas of the home that buyers notice first.

“It’s no question that the kitchen often sells the house,” says Brooke

Stebbins, project coordinator for Monarch Marble & Granite.

“People spend a lot of time in their kitchens, and it’s most often

the focal point of family gatherings. An inviting kitchen is a sound

investment in resale value as well as quality of life, in addition

to catching prospective buyers’ eyes. It is a lot easier to tackle a

bathroom remodel, so a buyer may be more willing to overlook

an outdated master suite, for instance, if they love the kitchen.”

Be careful making updates that are very specific to your personal

style if you are looking to sell. Stick with updates that are fairly

neutral and on trend. Quartz and granite are popular options

for countertops, advises Stebbins, as both are durable and fairly

versatile. “Consider hard-surface flooring instead of wall-to-wall

carpet, as area rugs are easier to replace,” adds Suarez.

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Rome wasn’t built in a

day, and neither will

your dream home be.

Make your money count. Key updates can make a major difference,

without requiring extensive work. “Replacing your countertops can have

an amazing transforming effect on the space, it may not even feel like the

same room when you’re done,” says Stebbins. While the countertops are

most obvious in the kitchen, this goes for the bathrooms as well. New

vanity tops can update a bathroom without the need to replace the vanity.

“Paint is typically the highest return for the investment, as it makes an

immediate impression, followed by updates in cabinet hardware and light

fixtures, bath mirrors, and if possible, flooring and countertops,” advises

Suarez.

Personal touches. If you are planning to resell and still want to add

personal touches to your space, paint, hardware and light fixtures are easy

to replace, so feel free to add some style-specific flair. “Most of all, get good

professional advice, enjoy the process and make it your own,” says Suarez.

Curb appeal. Interior is important, but it’s important to consider how your

home looks from the street, particularly for resale. “Remember exterior

paint, yard maintenance and sprucing up plantings will entice buyers to

come through the front door,” says Suarez.

Just remember, prioritize what is most central to your lifestyle or the

resale of the home, budget out accordingly and stay flexible! Everything

is not going to go to plan, but sometimes great outcomes come from the

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CHOOSING THE

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Six tips to help you find your match in a real estate agent

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Choosing the right partner is about trust, communication and

moving forward toward the same goal. Finding your match in

a real estate agent is very similar.

Buying or selling a home is a major commitment and important

milestone—most of us can’t do it alone. Finding the

right realtor to help you along the way will likely make or

break your entire experience. While the process is personal

and every situation is unique, there are steps you can take to

ensure you make the most informed decision. Here are six tips

to start with:

DEFINE WHAT A “GOOD” REAL

ESTATE AGENT MEANS TO YOU.

The most important qualities of an effective

real estate agent can differ according to

who you ask; it’s important to define these

standards for yourself. A few qualities are

generally non-negotiable: professionalism,

current licensure in the state, market

knowledge. Agents who have been in the

market for a while have had time to build

upon their professional networks and

are more likely to have inside knowledge

on what will be hitting the market soon.

Regardless of experience, many great

agents are willing to negotiate, strategize,

effectively use their resources and take

initiative. Decide what you need most

from your agent, and look for someone

whose communication style, community

presence and level of professionalism can

best match your expectations.

SEEK OUT GOOD

CHEMISTRY.

When it comes down to your final decisions,

even an agent with glowing reviews and top

referrals still may be the wrong fit if your

personalities don’t mesh. Just as important

as the cold hard facts behind an agent’s

qualifications are the way they make you feel

and your ability to communicate with them

openly. This partnership is the foundation

of your home buying or selling experience,

so it’s critical to choose someone who you

feel is honest, can support you in getting

what you need and who you’ll be excited to

work with. You’ll be spending a lot of time

together throughout the process, so trust

your gut in choosing the agent you want to

spend that time with.

ASK THE RIGHT

QUESTIONS.

Just as you wouldn’t allow yourself to

settle on just any new home, you likely

wouldn’t want to settle for the first realtor

you meet. After deciding on the qualities

you’re seeking, it’s perfectly warranted to

take a deeper look and get full details on

prospective agents before you commit

to working with them. According to

research by Zillow, 61 percent of seekers

only contact one agent—but by talking

with multiple and asking the right

questions, you’ll be able to find one

who is genuinely the right fit. Take each

meeting as a job interview, choosing

a set of questions to ask each realtor to

effectively compare answers and decide

on the right fit. The questions should be

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DO YOUR RESEARCH.

Find out which real estate agents or teams

are active in the area you want to buy a

home in. Pay attention to local marketing

efforts, signage, and agencies actively

represented in the area, and check sites

like Realtor.com and Zillow, which allow

buyers to see which agents have been

active most recently. A professional who

has sold in the area recently will have

the most familiarity of the local housing

market, inventory and neighborhood

details such as nearby schools, traffic

concerns and any neighborhood issues.

KNOW THE TERMINOLOGY.

As you begin your search, you’ll come across

professionals with titles like associate, agent,

independent broker or Realtor. While all are

licensed to sell real estate, there are a few

nuances to note. A real estate agent must

complete hours of coursework (varying by

state) and pass a written licensure exam that

qualifies them to work with buyers, sellers

and renters. A real estate broker has passed

an additional exam, has generally more indepth

training and business education, and

is held to a higher standard of knowledge.

Brokers can sell independently or choose to

work with a firm. As for Realtors, to hold

that title, an agent must become a member

of the National Association of Realtors

and is held to the association’s standards

of conduct and code of ethics. There are

certainly similarities and overlap between

the terms, but it’s important to know the

qualifications of the agents you come across

as you begin your search.

DON’T UNDERESTIMATE

REFERRALS.

Previous buyers can be one of the most

important assets to your search for an

agent. Start by asking the people you

trust: family, friends and coworkers.

You’ll have the comfort in knowing you’re

receiving honest feedback, and personal

experiences can help provide valuable

insight that research alone can’t. If you

can’t glean enough insight from those

close to you, turn to other resources. It

can be as easy as looking up the agent’s

Facebook page for online reviews. The

local chamber of commerce or real estate

association can be helpful resources to

begin with.

Buying or selling a home is an exciting milestone that can be exponentially enhanced with the help of the right real estate professional. Investing the

time in finding your ideal match in an agent can reduce major stress on both you and your wallet. Find someone who you can trust to help reach your

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DESTINATION: SAN ANTONIO

A Blend of Cultures Makes for an

Interesting Destination

By Marguerite Cleveland

San Antonio is blooming with spring blossoms as the winter chill dissipates. Enjoy alfresco dining along the San

Antonio Riverwalk, bike to historic missions or explore Texas Hill Country in this mild season. Viva is the city’s

bus and trolley service which has three distinct routes to take you to the most visited sites and attractions at a

very economical rate for a day pass.

Where to Stay

Make the most of your stay by splitting your visit into two sections. For the first half stay in the Texas Hill Country at the

Hyatt Regency Hill Country. This fabulous resort has so many activities and dining venues, you won’t need to leave the

grounds. Avid golfers will appreciate the onsite 18-hole course while those looking for a more relaxed experience can

Zen out at the Windflower Spa. Kids of all ages will love the landscaped lazy river that looks like you are floating down

a stone-strewn stream past waterfalls. Throw in a waterslide and a Flowrider where you can surf, and it is a complete

waterpark. The grounds are lovely with plenty of shady trees and a nature trail.

For the second half of your stay, move downtown to the historic Hotel Gibbs, which is so close to the sites you can see

the Alamo from your hotel window. The Gibbs is a charming boutique hotel located in the heart of Downtown San

Antonio with “The Alamo” just one block down and in sight of the hotel. The hotel has kept all the historic details and

is a comfortable place to stay while exploring the downtown area. It is within walking distance of all the major sights

including the Riverwalk. Rates include breakfast in the morning and a taco bar in the evening in the Taproom 1909,

which offers a nice selection of beer and wine.

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ENJOY ALFRESCO DINING ALONG THE

SAN ANTONIO RIVERWALK, BIKE TO

HISTORIC MISSIONS OR EXPLORE TEXAS

HILL COUNTRY IN THIS MILD SEASON.

Where to Eat

The question should be where not to eat, as the rich culinary heritage of

San Antonio will make it difficult to choose. In 2017, the United Nations

Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) designated

San Antonio a Creative City of Gastronomy. It is the second city in the

U.S. to earn this honor—and the first in Texas. It is not a surprise with the

cultural influences of Mexican, Spanish, German and French that make

for a truly unique culinary experience.

Start at Pearl, located just north of Downtown San Antonio and set on

a former brewery that was built in 1883 and continued operating until

2001. The prestigious Culinary Institute of America established its third

campus here and offers culinary instruction not only for professionals

but for food and wine lovers as well. Consider taking a class on local

cuisine. Make sure to visit the restaurant, Savor, for a truly unique

experience. Enjoy a three- or four-course gourmet meal for less than $50.

Your dinner is prepared and served by senior CIA students under the

supervision of the professional faculty. Watch these rising culinary stars

hone their craft. Pearl has a variety of shops and restaurants as well as a

food hall and weekly farmers market. Well worth a visit.

Culinaria, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit promotes locally sourced food and wine

experiences in San Antonio. Their website offers a variety of food trails

which will take you all over the area. Although not on their curated lists

of food trails, the Chef Trail is a neat way to find a great place to eat. Who

would know better than a local chef? These are the places they go when

not cooking their own food. The Taco Trail will take you to authentic

Mexican food, each stop providing a unique experience with delicious

handcrafted tacos.

What to Do

San Antonio has a rich history enmeshed in modern amenities. There are

so many things to do from exploring the remarkable Spanish Missions to

riding an electric boat along the iconic Riverwalk.

Plan to spend a day at SeaWorld and Aquatica, both located less than 1

mile from the Hyatt Regency Hill Country, an official partner hotel. You

can book a package online which includes accommodations and tickets

to the parks, and you can tailor other add-ons like animal encounters

or meals. Some of the animal encounters are surprisingly reasonable in

cost, or you can go all out and book a Beluga Whale Swim Experience.

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The Speci f ics

WHERE TO STAY

Hyatt Regency Hill Country Resort and Spa

Hyatt.com/HillCountry

Hotel Gibbs - HotelGibbs.com

WHERE TO EAT

Pearl - AtPearl.com

Culinaria - CulinariaSA.org

WHAT TO DO

SeaWorld San Antonio - SeaWorld.com

Visit San Antonio - VisitSanAntonio.com

San Antonio Missions National Historical Park

NPS.gov/saan

Go Rio Cruises - GoRioCruises.com

A must do is purchasing fish to feed the sea

lions. These guys are so funny with their

antics to capture your attention so you will

toss them a fish. Insider Tip: For just a few

dollars more, you can upgrade to up-close

parking, an amenity you will appreciate at

the end of the day.

The five Spanish colonial missions of the

San Antonio Missions National Historical

Park and the Alamo are a UNESCO world

heritage site. Established in the 18th century

by Spanish priests, the five missions are the

largest concentration of Spanish colonial

missions in North America. An adventurous

way to explore the missions is by bike along

the River Walk’s Mission Reach, an 8-mile

recreational trail with the missions about 2 ½

miles apart. San Antonio has a well-run bike

share program with docking stations at the

missions. You can bike the whole route and

at the end hop on a VIVA bus on the Mission

Route, which stops at all the missions and

will bring you back downtown at a stop in front of the Alamo. VIVA is

part of the VIA Metropolitan Transit and offers visitors an inexpensive

way to tour the area. A day pass is less than $3.

If you only have time for one, make it Mission San Jose y San Miguel

de Aguayo, which celebrates its tricentennial in 2020. It is known as the

“Queen of the Missions” and is the largest. It also has the main visitors’

center for the missions with a small museum and a movie about the

missions offered throughout the day. The grounds of Mission San Jose

are lovely, making for a nice stroll as you explore the mission.

No trip to San Antonio is complete without a visit to the famed River

Walk. The 15-mile urban waterway flows through the downtown area just

below street level. It includes downtown with attractions like the Alamo.

Further out, visit the river’s Museum Reach, where you can access the

Pearl mentioned earlier. There is shopping and restaurants and museums

all along the route. The best way to see it is by taking a Go Rio Narrated

River Cruise, which points out the highlights as well as the history of

this area. The boats are all electric, making for an eco-friendly quiet

ride. Although not the fastest way to get around, Go Rio also offers a

River Shuttle with multiple stops along the river walk and goes out to the

Museum Reach.

A visit to San Antonio offers all the possibilities of a big city while

imparting a unique historical and cultural experience like no other city

in the United States.

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YUM

Your local Dining Guide

PRESENTED BY

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RECIPES LOCAL FLAVOR SPOTLIGHTS

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KICKED UP

DEVILED EGGS

Recipe and Photo Courtesy of Tina VanDenHeuvel, NTP

INGREDIENTS:

12 large eggs

3/4 cup Chipotle Lime mayonnaise (I like Primal Kitchen brand)

1 tbsp. brown mustard

1 tbsp. fresh lime juice

salt and freshly ground pepper

Garnish:

1 tsp. smokey paprika

4 strips of cooked bacon

1 tbsp. fresh chopped chives

METHOD:

• In a medium saucepan over high heat, cover eggs with 1 inch of water.

Bring to a boil; remove from heat. Cover pan with a lid and let stand 12

minutes. Drain eggs; run under cold water until cool enough to handle.

• Peel and halve eggs lengthwise; remove yolks and transfer to a bowl.

Mash yolks with a fork; mix in mayonnaise, mustard and lime juice. Press

mixture through a sieve or blend in a food processor to make smooth.

Season with salt and pepper.

• Using a pastry bag fitted with desired tip (I like to use the plain tip), pipe

yolk mixture into egg whites. (You can also fill a plastic Ziploc bag with

filling and cut one corner to pipe mixture into egg whites).

• Cut bacon strips into 1-inch pieces and place one piece of bacon into the

filling of each egg. Garnish deviled eggs with chopped chives and smoked

paprika. Serve immediately or chill up to two hours covered in plastic

wrap.

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Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Waterfront Views

Live Music

An Experience

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SWEET LOU’S RESTAURANT

AND TAP HOUSE

American fare with a twist. Ribs (pork or bison) smoked in house. Unique

burger menu featuring burgers made from ground top sirloin, topped with

pulled pork, hand-battered onion rings or jalapenos. 32 beers on tap to

enjoy while watching the game on one of their 24, 4K TVs.

601 E. Front St. Ste. 101 | Coeur d’Alene

208.667.1170 | SweetLousIdaho.com

f SweetLousCDA

Browse, Eat, Relax, Enjoy

A shopping and culinary experience awaits

By Jillian Chandler

Photos by Owen Aird

The Culinary Stone has been serving the Coeur d’Alene

community for six years now, and exciting things are

happening!

Be sure to stop by their neighborhood boutique deli for

artisan deli meats and cheeses. They invite you to take

a seat and enjoy great food. Try their delicious gourmet

sandwiches, salads and homemade soups, all made to order!

CALYPSOS COFFEE

At Calypsos you’ll find a combination of amazing coffee, which they roast

on site, ice cream, fantastic food and live music on a regular basis. They

display artwork from local artists, offer free Wi-Fi, have a play area for the

kids and also offer a Smart Room for meeting rentals!

116 E. Lakeside Ave. | Coeur d’Alene

208.665.0591 | CalypsosCoffee.com

If you are looking for that perfect charcuterie or veggie

platter for a party or special event that is not only tasty but

a work of art, The Culinary Stone is read to make it happen.

Just call or stop in. And don’t forget about their café featuring

artisan breads, European pastries and cakes.

Each week, area chefs invite you to pull up a seat at one of

The Culinary Stone’s cooking classes, where you will learn

to create new delicious meals that you can share with others,

all while engaging with new friends. They also host weekly

wine tastings, so you can explore new wines to pair with your

meals at home.

The Deli is open 10:30am to 6pm Monday through Saturday,

10:30am to 5pm Sunday; while The Cafe is open 7:30am to

5:30pm Monday through Saturday, 10:30am to 5pm Sunday.

Enjoy an experience you won’t find anywhere else … at The

Culinary Stone.

Culinary Stone

2129 Main Street | Coeur d’Alene

208.277.4116 | CulinaryStone.com

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MAX AT MIRABEAU

Join MAX at Mirabeau for an unforgettable experience. You’ll be treated

to eclectic cuisine, an award-winning menu with more than 100 items, a

wine list boasting more than 500 labels and 75 eclectic cocktails—a perfect

match for everything on the menu. Enjoy two happy hours daily, a-la-carte

brunch featuring multiple benedicts, mimosas and the area’s best Bloody

Mary Bar—starting at only $5.90 per person! There’s live music on Friday

and Saturday evenings, and late-night dining with a full menu is offered

until close. Open daily at 6am.

1100 N. Sullivan Rd. | Spokane Valley

509.922.6252 | MAXatMirabeau.com


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Stop in for all of your home cooking essentials from Wood Chips for Home Smokers,

Select Sauces, Rubs and everything in between! Large selection of American-Made

Smokers, Grills and Locally Made Fire Pits.

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Come hungry, Stay late, Eat well!

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Sweet Lou’s Restaurant & TAP HOUSE

601 Front Ave. 208.667.1170 | DOWNTOWN Cda

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THE PORCH PUBLIC HOUSE

A beautiful golf-course view without the cost of joining the

country club. They offer a full menu of sandwiches, salads,

soups and specialties prepared from scratch without the

high price of fine dining, and the region’s finest cocktails,

microbrews and wines to accompany your meal. Feel at home

in the comfortable pub-style dining room or the fantastic

outdoor dining area. Open daily at 11am year round. Photo by

Lauren Denos, Adventure Bound Media.

1658 E. Miles Ave. | Hayden

208.772.7111 | WeDontHaveOne.com

MOON TIME

Serving some of the best food around in a comfortable pub-style

atmosphere. The menu offers soups, sandwiches, pastas, salads

and other specialties prepared from scratch daily, along with a

fantastic selection of micro-brewed beers and fine wines by the

glass and bottle. Open daily at 11am, the kitchen is open late

every night. Be sure to stop in Thursday night for live music

featuring national and local artists. For more information

including photos, menu, specials and directions, make sure to

visit their website.

1602 Sherman Ave. | Coeur d’Alene

208.667.2331 | WeDontHaveOne.com

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FISHERMAN’S MARKET

A local favorite for an array of reasons, including the friendly

staff, unbeatable atmosphere and phenomenal food. Voted best

seafood in Coeur d’Alene 2012, 2013 and 2014. Their menu includes

salads, fishwiches, taste of baja, fish and chips, smoked

fish, fresh sushi bar and fresh fish market with live shell fish

and lobster.

215 W. Kathleen | Coeur d’Alene

208.664.4800 | FishermansMarketCdA.com

315 CUISINE

At 315, guests will be treated to a full dinner menu and tapas

using fresh and seasonal food, more than 50 hand-crafted

martinis using the best natural ingredients, great wine, beer

and a variety of non-alcoholic beverages. Guests can choose to

dine in the large dining room, comfortable lounge, at the bar

or outdoors on their expansive patio. 315 offers nightly specials

and food and drink pairings weekly, and live music on Tuesday

night! Open Tuesday - Saturday 3:15pm - close.

315 Wallace Ave. | Coeur d’Alene

208.667.9660 | 315Cuisine.com

FORTY-ONE SOUTH

208.265.2000

www.41SouthSandpoint.com

41 Lakeshore Drive | Sagle, Idaho

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. A variety of delicious food year-round.

Reservations recommended.

41 Lakeshore Dr. | Sagle

208.265.2000 | 41SouthSandpoint.com

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SHOGA SUSHI BAR

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! Beautiful waterfront dining

with spectacular sunset views. Professional and courteous

service. On Wedsnday nights it’s buy one Sushi Roll get one

half off! Enjoy a delicious meal while taking in the beautiful

waterfront and spectacular sunset views.

41 Lakeshore Dr. | Sagle

208.265.2001 | ShogaSushi.com

Shopping. Dining. Take-Out.

MOONDOLLARS BISTRO

Moondollars Bistro is known for their burgers,

accompanied by scratch-made bread and soups. They

uses only fresh ingredients, which are the backbone

of this customer favorite. With a comfortable, friendly

atmosphere, awesome food, great service, huge patio

and full bar there is always something to keep customers

coming back for more.

609 N. Syringa St. | Post Falls | 208.777.7040

5416 W. Village Blvd. | Rathdrum

208.687.5396 | MoondollarsBistro.com

ANGELO’S RISTORANTE

“There is no substitution for quality. Our food is organic

and prepared from scratch.” Authentic Italian cuisine.

Guaranteed best steaks in town. Catering and private

cooking classes available with Chef Angelo. DINNER FOR

2 & A BOTTLE OF WINE $65. Choose from 15 Entrees

and 10 Bottles of Wine. Open 7 days a week from 4 to 10pm.

846 N. Fourth St. | Coeur d’Alene

208.765.2850 | AngelosRistorante.net

JUNIOR’S BBQ

Enjoy North Idaho’s best barbecue at Junior’s, where guests

are treated to bold backyard flavor. Whether you dine in,

take out or need catering, you will not be disappointed,

and ordering is simple. Choose a sandwich, taco or salad.

Next choose your meat, then your choice of fixin’s, from

Granny’s baked beans, Mamma’s mashed taters, smothered

green beans, coleslaw or pig tail fries. Top it all off with

Hillbilly Habanero or Junior’s Original sauce.

85 W. Prairie Shopping Ctr. | Hayden

JuniorsBarbecue.com

TIM’S SPECIAL CUT MEATS

Tim’s Special Cut Meats is your perfect, old-fashioned

butcher shop. The friendly staff is ready to help you pick out

the perfect cut. Tim’s carries only the finest natural meats

and also handles custom orders, with an extensive line

of house-made products from pickled garlic to specialty

sauces, marinades, rubs and salsas. Mobile butchering and

wild game processing are also available.

525 N. Graffiti St. | Post Falls

208.772.3327 | fTimsSpecialCutMeats

TimsSpecialCutMeats.com

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Spring is Here!

Be a chef at home or dine with us!

• Fresh Fish Market and Sushi Bar

• Smoked Fish

• 12 different kinds of fish and chips

208.664.4800

Mon-Sat 11am-8pm

215 W. Kathleen, Coeur d’Alene

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APRIL

IS IDAHO CRAFT

x

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BEER MONTH

Grab a Pint and Support Your Local Brewers

By Abigail Thorpe

IDAHO IS UP THERE WITH THE BEST WHEN IT COMES TO CRAFT BEER,

and it’s no surprise considering the access breweries have to local

hops, barley and fresh, clean mountain water. The state ranks 11th

in the nation for craft breweries per capita, with 63 craft breweries

throughout the state.

The Idaho Panhandle is no exception to this rule—we sport a great

collection of local breweries brewing the best of what our state has

to offer, with unique local flavors like huckleberry and pine lending

a special touch to some brews. With hops and barley within a day’s

drive of every brewery, you know you’re drinking local.

April is Idaho Craft Beer Month, and breweries throughout the area

will be brewing up some fantastic options to celebrate the occasion.

The month will kick off with Pints Up Idaho day on April 2.

or grabbing some cans, crowlers or growlers to go throughout the

month. Breweries from Bonners Ferry to Coeur d’Alene showcase

some fantastic flavors and options, from IPAs and lagers, to deep

stouts and porters.

Stop by Kootenai River Brewing Co. in Bonners Ferry; Matchwood,

McDuffs, Utara, Pour Authority and Laughing Dog in Sandpoint,

or one of the many great breweries in Coeur d’Alene, such as Daft

Badger, Tricksters, Mad Bomber, The Growler Guys, Paragon and

Black Lodge, to name just a few.

Many restaurants and pubs throughout the region also feature local

beer on tap, so pair some local eats with a good pint and support our

local businesses. After all, celebrating our own North Idaho flavor is

as good an excuse as any to grab a cold one this month.

Take the opportunity to get out and support your local brewers and

celebrate all that our state brings to craft beer by stopping for a pint,

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This year, all of us will most likely be spending the day a bit

differently than years past. As many of us celebrate the resurrection

of our Lord Jesus Christ by attending church services, where the

choir and church congregation fill the building with song, this

year the celebration may be at home. But don't be discouraged.

Thanks to technology, the family can still dress in their Sunday

best and gather around the TV to take in a church service of their

liking. And though larger gatherings of friends and family are

discouraged, spend the day with your close loved ones at home,

with an Easter egg hunt in the yard, followed by a meal spent

together in the comfort of your own home. Make this the most

memorable Easter celebration that you and your children will

remember with fondness for years to come.

EARTH DAY

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2020 marks the 50th year that Earth Day has been celebrated across

the globe. The theme for this year's Earth Day is Climate Action.

Though at this time the community is not encouraged to participate

in large gatherings, you can still do a small part in taking care of our

planet. Take a walk in your neighborhood with the kids, and pick

up any trash you come across. Make yourselves more aware of the

products you are disposing of at home, separating the recyclable

items from the trash. Work together to make a list on what positive

changes you can all make in your daily lives to positively impact

our environment. The first Earth Day is credited with launching

the modern environmental movement and is now recognized

as the planet’s largest civic event. Read more about Earth Day at

EarthDay.org.

ARBOR DAY

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Many states observe Arbor Day on different dates throughout the

year based on best tree planting times in their area. In Idaho, Arbor

Day is always celebrated on the last Friday of April. J. Sterling

Morton founded Arbor Day back in 1972 with a simple idea—to

set aside a special day dedicated for tree planting. And today, that

idea is more important than ever. Trees provide the very necessities

of life itself: Trees clean our air, protect our drinking water, create

healthy communities and feed the human soul. The Arbor Day

Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit conservation and education

organization, is dedicated to inspiring people to plant, nurture and

celebrate trees. Call your local nursery to find the perfect tree for

your family to plant in your yard this Arbor Day. Visit ArborDay.

org for more information.

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Northwest? Submit your events to us online at

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$2,200,000 | MLS # 20-1927

The log cabin lifestyle awaits you at the lodge

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ski mountain virtually next door, ATV riding and

all on luscious 9 acres, then relax with a sweet

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$3,500,000 | MLS # 20-670

Rimrock Ranch: an exquisite equestrian estate

on nearly 12 acres with its own private entrance

to over 658 acres of picturesque wooded Idaho

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trails to enjoy and 2 wells. Endless mountain

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$1,080,000 | MLS # 20-1407

Perfectly situated on 10 acres with a 24x35 SHOP.

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$290,000 | MLS # 19-5712

Stunning views from atop 5 beautifully cleared

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lot. Cedar trees abound and power is available.

Power is available. Parcel is in process of lot line

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$219,000 | MLS MLS # 19-3812

Beautiful 40 wooded acres, with easy access off

Hwy 2 and only minutes from services and an

easy 20 min drive into Spokane. Land features

two serene, private and cleared settings to build

your custom home with plenty of room for an

Equestrian setup. Wildlife abounds along with an

artesian year round spring, power to property and

two wells that may still be functioning. A rare find!

$1,150,000 | MLS # 19-7566

Looking for some of the most amazing views

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