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time when everything is starting

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this May we are all faced with

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riddled with uncertainty.

Most of us either own or work for a small

business, and we have all witnessed firsthand

how challenging things have become. We

are only as good as our community and the

support we receive from each other. It is

the fabric of the community that binds us

together and keeps us all living in harmony

with one another. There are no substitutes.

It is "us" that makes Bonners Ferry such an

amazing place to live. Which leads me to

the multi-billion dollar corporations that

have flooded our airwaves and social media

channels with their mantra of "We are all in

this together,” which makes me think, "Are

we?" Are we really "in this together”?

Let us not be fooled and remember the

people who live, breathe and work here are

the ones who are "in this together." We are

the ones who have each other's backs, and

we are the ones who will figure out how

we create our new normal. And one thing

I am certain of is that we will figure it out

and make it happen! And while we are

all waiting for the "go" from our leaders,

embrace the time we get to have with loved

ones. These are precious moments, and we

should all make the most of them!

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‘Home Away

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ABOUT THE COVER

LET THE BEAUTY OF NATURE THAT

SURROUNDS US HERE IN BONNERS FERRY

inspire us to get outdoors and enjoy the simple

pleasures life in North Idaho has to offer. The fresh

air and sunshine, flowers and trees, complemented by

the abundance of wildlife, is sure to bring a smile to

your face. This month’s cover photo was taken by local

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ESSENTIALS

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The latest tips and trends in home, garden,

finances and life

IN FOCUS

Farragut’s varied history demands

exploration

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HAPPY CAMPER

Top spots to pitch a tent in the PNW

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GOOD NEWS

Bond set for May 19 would make

necessary repairs to Moyie Dam

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LIFE & COMMUNITY 17

How to help restaurants and small

businesses during these uncertain times

BUSINESS IN THE 26

SPOTLIGHT

CDA Stump Grinding: Keeping timber

healthy for generations to come

FEATURE STORY 28

Fisher House provides ‘Home Away from

Home’ for veterans during a time of need

TRAVEL & LEISURE

Road Trip: Through British Columbia’s

Okanagan and the International Selkirk

Loop

FOOD & DRINK

Your local guide to the tastiest hot

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A Reflection of Self

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If these last few weeks have taught us anything, it is that our home truly

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of “normal,” the center of which is our home. So, what can we do to

make our home more inviting, comfortable and reflective of who we are?

Whenever I feel my home is in need of a bit of sprucing up, I try to

look at it with clear eyes. What would a stranger feel when they walk

into our space? Would they see clutter, old magazines, newspapers or

schoolwork? Would they smell the salmon that we cooked for dinner last

night? Would our home be welcoming or off-putting? Think of the sense

of calm you experience when you walk into a spa or luxurious hotel. At

this time in the world, we could all use a little more ‘calm’ in our lives

and our environments.

One of the first things I do when I walk into a new space is to assess

the clutter. Clearing clutter is essential for having a welcoming, inviting

home. Now, this does not mean that you need to have to subscribe to

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In creating our home as a sanctuary, one of the

most important elements is self-expression.

as relaxing. When choosing scented products

for your home, ask yourself if it’s something

you might experience in a high-end spa. If not,

put it back!

set up a space in your home that allows you

to indulge in your passion. If you meditate

regularly, set up a space of calm specifically for

this practice.

In creating our home as a sanctuary, one of the

most important elements is self-expression;

having art on the wall that you love, colors that

speak to you, and furnishings that are specific

to your needs and wants. All of these are

important, but we can take it one step further.

If you love to cook, make sure that your

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creating our own sanctuary is that our home is

our own. Arrange things how you like them.

Don’t model your home after the latest Better

Homes and Gardens issue. Also, bear in mind

that sprucing up can be done on any budget.

It might take some persistence, but wonderful

quality things can be found at thrift stores,

garage sales and even church rummage sales.

Build your home slowly; it does not have to be

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Preparing Your Home for Sale

THINGS TO KNOW BEFORE LISTING YOUR PROPERTY

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it takes more than just good luck to achieve

that. Other than some good old-fashioned

elbow grease and cleaning, here are some

things you should do before you list your home

for sale.

You want to depersonalize your home with the

goal of making it easy for a potential buyer to

see the house as their future home. Packing up

personal photos and clutter will give a clean,

clear space that the buyer can imagine their

own belongings, furniture and art in. Consider

painting walls a neutral tone if your style is

more outside the norm. If they are distracted

by your personal items and decorating style,

they may not see how it could be theirs.

Remove excessive, oversized or shabby

furniture to make rooms look larger. Consider

renting a storage unit for pieces like this, or

those that block or impede pathways. Leave

only understated pieces that don’t create a

distraction or leave an unintended impression.

For example, tattered and worn-out furniture

may leave the potential buyer wondering if

you take good care of your home. Slipcovers

can be a relatively inexpensive option to cover

a damaged or loud-patterned sofa or chairs.

Leave just enough furniture to showcase the

room’s purpose while allowing ample room to

move around.

People have a way of collecting a massive

amount of items in a relatively short time. Take

time to declutter and organize your home, and

don’t skip the closets or the garage. It can be

hard to let go of things, but chances are that if

you haven’t used an item in a year, you likely

won’t need it. Extra money can be made by

having a yard sale, posting in the classifieds

or using an online platform, such as Facebook

yard sale sites. Donations can be made to thrift

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Don’t skip the minor repairs! When it comes

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One of the most important things is to remove

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window coverings that will not be included in

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fridge in the kitchen will be going with you,

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Telling a buyer they can not have an item that

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Courtesy of City of Bonners Ferry

Courtesy of City of Bonners Ferry

YOUR VOTE COUNTS

Bond set for May 19 would make necessary repairs to Moyie Dam

By Colin Anderson

IF PASSED,

THE MONEY

WOULD BE

PAID OFF OVER

THE COURSE

OF 20 YEARS—

THROUGH

UTILITY RATES,

NOT TAXATION.

On May 19, Bonners Ferry residents will

have the opportunity to vote on a bond

that if passed will help keep electric rates

at some of the lowest in all the country.

According to the U.S. Energy Information Agency, the

average American pays 10.29 cents per Kilowatthour

(kwh). Idaho and Washington residents pay roughly

8 cents per kwh, while Bonners Ferry residents pay

just 6.5 cents per kwh. “I can’t say for a fact we are the

lowest, but we are definitely one of the lowest costs

in the country,” explained City Administrator Lisa

Ailport.

In order to keep those rates low, crucial repairs to the

Moyie Dam need to be made. Built in the 1940s, the

dam has been patched up regularly, but engineers are

discovering that those patches are no longer adequate

and major repairs are needed. Per Idaho code, a bond is

needed for the City to cover the costs of the estimated

$4,145,000 million dollars in repairs.

Deterioration has led to spalling of the dam structure,

in essence, fissures, cracking and flaking are occurring,

threatening the long-term stability of it. Under the

bond, 7 inches of old concrete would be removed,

and new, stronger angular rock concrete, aggregate

and rebar will be placed to stabilize and reinforce the

structure. The City wants to be as transparent about

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the cost as it can be, but officials believe not making

the repairs isn’t really an option. “The patching is not

holding up, and the old concrete needs to be removed

and replaced to address the real issue,” said Ailport.

Fliers and mailers will soon be going out to City

residents who are eligible to vote on the bond.

Information on this important bond is also being

issued through local media. These fliers address

some of the common questions regarding the bond,

including why there is a vote, how this will not increase

taxes, and what will happen with rates. It had been 10

years since there was an electric rate increase, which

occurred last fall, and City administrators don’t feel

that they will require another large increase to pay for

the bond. “We are watching our revenue stream closely,

and we don’t anticipate any rate increases to pay for the

bond,” said Ailport.

If passed, the money would be paid off over the

course of 20 years—through utility rates, not taxation.

This spreads out the cost for customers while at the

same time if new customers enter the area, they will

contribute to the payment as well.

Physical polling is closed for this election due to policies

in place in regard to COVID-19, so absentee mailing

is the only way to ensure your vote is counted. Idaho


only allows absentee voting two times each

year, in May and November, and organizers

felt pushing the vote to the November ballot

would put them behind in construction, as the

project is estimated to take three years and can

only be completed during times of low water.

Registered voters will receive their ballot in the

mail, and those who are not registered can head

to IdahoVotes.gov to request a ballot.

There are many places you can access additional

information before casting your vote.

Bonnersferry.ID.gov is available, and you can

also call the City that has people ready to answer

your questions, and City Council members are

also available to voters.

Proposition No. 1

Better

rates &

lower

fees.

City of Bonners Ferry, Idaho Hydroelectric

Revenue Bonds - $4,145,000

Shall the City of Bonners Ferry issue and

sell its hydroelectric revenue bonds to pay

part of the costs of acquisition, construction

and installation of certain additions and

betterments to the hydroelectric generating

system of the city in the aggregate principal

amount of not to exceed $4,145,000? The

bonds shall mature over a period of not to

exceed twenty (20) years, and shall be payable

solely from the revenues of the hydroelectric

generating system, all as more fully provided in

ordinance no. 590, adopted on march 3, 2020.

IN FAVOR OF issuing hydroelectric revenue

bonds in the aggregate principal amount of not

to exceed $4,145,000 for the purpose stated in

Ordinance No. 590 .......................................{Y}

AGAINST issuing hydroelectric revenue

bonds in the aggregate principal amount of not

to exceed $4,145,000 for the purpose stated in

Ordinance No. 590...............................................

............{N}

The following information is required by Idaho

Code § 34-439, as amended: The Project to be

financed, in part, by the sale of the proposed

hydroelectric revenue bonds in the aggregate

principal amount of not to exceed $4,145,000,

is the acquisition, construction and installation

of certain additions and betterments to the

City’s hydroelectric generating system, including

the Moyie Dam. The date of the City’s special

election is May 19, 2020. The total existing

indebtedness, including interest accrued, of the

City is $322,934. The interest rate anticipated on

the proposed hydroelectric revenue bonds, based

upon current market rates, is 3.25% per annum.

The total amount to be repaid over the life of the

proposed hydroelectric revenue bonds, principal

and interest, based on the anticipated interest

rate, is estimated to be $5,781,863, consisting

of $4,145,000 in principal and $1,636,862 in

interest.

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SUPPORT

LOCAL

How to help restaurants and small

businesses during these uncertain times

By Abigail Thorpe

The last two months have proven that things can change

in an instant, and a helping hand can go a long way. The

COVID-19 pandemic has left many local businesses and

restaurants closed or with limited hours for an unforeseen

amount of time. Here are some ways you can help support them

through the tough times.

Carry Out - Many restaurants are still

offering carry-out and curbside pickup.

It’s often how they’re keeping the lights

on and doors open. Choose a different

restaurant to support each week (or

night if you’re not the cooking type).

Online Orders - Many places you can

still order items online and have them

shipped. So if your local store has an

online shop, opt for buying from them

rather than the big box store.

Gift Cards - Gift cards are a great

way to support local restaurants and

businesses, plus they’re a fun little

uplifting gift for the people in your life

and a reminder that yes, these days too

will pass.

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Gift cards are

a great way to

support local

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and

businesses.

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Drop a Line - Not all of us have spare cash to spend during this

time, but you can show your support to small businesses in other

ways. Write a good review on Google or one of their social media

sites. They’re going to need all of the business they can get when

this is over.

Be Safe - If you’re doing carry out, be

cognizant of the people still working

and those coming after you. Do your

part to keep things sanitary and keep

your distance—no one finds it rude to

not shake hands during these times.

Don’t Forget to Tip - Most restaurant

employees rely on tips to make up most

of their income. With in-store dining

closed, there’s not much coming in.

Even if you’re just doing carry-out, be

extra generous and throw in a tip—it’ll

make that person’s day.

One day soon, it will be business as

usual. Until then, please show your

support in whatever way you can.


A MAN WITH

A MISSION: GARLIC

FOREST GRAHAM OF

GAIA GARDENS

BY ABIGAIL THORPE

PHOTOS COURTESY OF GAIA GARDENS

actually making a garlic dish right now," Forest

Graham starts the conversation. He's in his kitchen

whipping up a garlic chicken salad sandwich. The

“I'm

garlic is the important part—it’s a mainstay in his and

his family's diet. If he's cooking something, odds are there's garlic

in it.

Forest runs and owns Gaia Gardens, a garlic and worm farm in

Bonners Ferry. It's been a four- to five-year project, as Forest works

in the corporate world full time for Honda. Growing and cooking

is a spare-time project, but it's become a major passion. "I needed

an outlet, and I was also getting sick from all of my traveling," says

Forest. "My mom had turned me onto some garlic. I did some

research and I started using it medicinally, and it changed my life,

and my goal is to educate people about garlic as well."

He has 10,000 plants going this year—top varieties of culinary

garlic like Spanish Roja and Chesnok Red, and potent varieties

that work wonders medicinally, like Music. Biomass from the

garden, grass clippings, and kitchen leftovers the chickens and

dogs won't eat go to feed his

worm farm, which in turn

provides compost when

it comes time to amend

"I STARTED USING

the soil. "Everything goes

full circle: the worms, the

IT MEDICINALLY,

recycle, the garden," he

laughs.

AND IT CHANGED

"People get excited about

it, and that's what gets

me excited about it. It's

something that I'll probably

always do," says Forest.

MY LIFE, AND

MY GOAL IS TO

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ABOUT GARLIC

He is passionate about

sharing his knowledge

with others. It's important

AS WELL."

to him that people know

where their food is coming

from. "I think it’s extremely

important; I think it's something America has kind of lost touch

with," he says. "All of these packaged and processed foods are not

good for you. The more raw food, the better." He and his family

rarely get sick—he credits the garlic they regularly use medicinally.

The farm doesn't utilize any pesticides, so it's essentially organic,

although he's not certified, so that term can't be officially used. But

everything's natural. "That's where you get all of the complexity of

flavor, that's how it happens—real ingredients," he says.

About four times a year Forest and his family throw farm-to-table

dinners for friends and family who help out on the farm. He uses

food from his garden when he can, hunts and purchases local

meat. "The furthest I ever go for meat is Wood's Meat," he says.

"It's all locally sourced. You can feel good about everything that

comes across the table."

Forest sells and ships his garlic throughout the U.S. The best way

to place an order is through the Gaia Farms Facebook page, where

you can also find helpful information, photos and updates. He's

also happy to provide recipes and medicinal uses to customers. On

weekends, you can stop by the farm and pick up your garlic; just let

him know you're coming by and have a check or cash ready to go.

It's the closest to the land you can go to get your garlic, and you'll

have the opportunity to meet a man with a wealth of information

and a kind willingness to share what he's learned.

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NORTH IDAHO

IN FOCUS

FROM SOLDIERS TO CAMPERS

FARRAGUT’S VARIED HISTORY DEMANDS

EXPLORATION

STORY AND PHOTOS BY DAN THOMPSON

As long as Errin Bair has a say—and she

has for more than a decade so far—

Museum at the Brig inside Farragut

State Park will not become stale.

About 18,000 people passed through the museum

in 2019, and the park ranger wants to ensure each

year there is a new reason for them to come back.

So, the newest addition is an exhibit on Women

of World War II, which she has been working on

for some time.

It follows any number of exhibits at the museum,

which celebrates and chronicles the everchurning

use the park endured since it began in

1942 as a training camp for United States soldiers.

One of Bair’s many roles at the park is to be in

charge of this museum, as well as the volunteers

who help keep it and the rest of the park

humming during its open season. The park

gets loads of donations from veterans or their

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families, and there’s never quite enough room for

all of it, despite the ongoing renovation projects

Bair oversees.

“If there’s not a space in the museum that I’m

developing for something, then I’m bored,” Bair

said.

There’s also a Junior Ranger program at the park,

located about midway between Coeur d’Alene

and Sandpoint. As of early April the park was

closed for camping but open for day use as part

of Idaho’s effort to stop the spread of COVID-19.

Park use continues to change and continues to

increase, especially at this North Idaho state park.

Museum visits continue to increase every year,

and more and more school groups seem to find

their way there, Bair said. It is nearly impossible

to decide last minute to go camping and actually

find a site at Farragut.

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But despite those hurdles, Bair sees this as a

wonderful time for the 55-year-old state park.

“I want people to know that the woods are good,”

Bair said. “We just want to encourage people. We

want people to know that you don’t have to have

brand-name equipment, and you don’t have to

have fancy backpacks and fancy hiking shoes,

and you don’t have to be a certain size. Come out

and play with us, and we’ll help you.”

When the United States first got involved in

World War II, the military needed a place to train

soldiers in the Northwest. They were looking

for something inland, Bair said, a place that the

military didn’t think Japanese bombers could

reach. They also wanted a lake, and Pend Oreille

fit that perfectly.

Pend Oreille is very deep, so much so that the

military still uses it as a test site for unmanned

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“You can go to any long-standing family in North

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number. Since then, the park became home to

the museum, campgrounds, swimming areas,

hiking trails, and more recently disc golf courses

and the Tree to Tree Adventure Park.

All that on top of the interesting geological

history of the region, and Bair can talk for hours

about what the park has to offer visitors. She

leads mountain biking tours every week during

the open season and encourages children to

engage with the park through the Junior Ranger

program, which she also leads.

She and the other rangers also lean on the 42

volunteers who help in the museum, play host

in the campgrounds and aid in other ways, Bair

said, because there is no shortage of work.

There are also challenges. The forest recently

endured an invasion of pine beetles that killed

massive swaths of trees. Many have been felled

and chopped, creating views of the lake that

previously were obscured. But even in the face

of that, Bair holds an optimistic tone.

“You can’t have change and growth in the forest

without some sort of disturbance,” she said.

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“You have to cause disturbance to have healthy

forests. That’s what we try to educate people

about.”

As much as Bair sees her role as an educator,

there is an element of it that requires

enforcement too: Leash laws for pets are often

disregarded, she said, to name one example.

“There’s a lack of understanding from people

who come out to a park like this that’s so big and

has such big open spaces, they want to let their

dogs run,” she said, “even though there’s a huge

sign that says you’re gonna have a $72 ticket.”

The park gets more use from Washingtonians

and Canadians than Idahoans, she said. Site

reservations can be made nine months in

advance, and so people do. But that means

locals can’t so easily pack up and stay at the park

on a moment’s notice, even mid-week.

There are no plans to expand the camping

offerings, either, because there just isn’t the

money to fund another ranger position, which

would be vital if there were another loop of

sites, Bair said. And so, the rangers’ focus is on

improving and fixing the existing infrastructure.

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This is the fate of parks across Idaho, Bair said,

as the population grows.

“The state in itself from all the way south to all

the way north has such incredible recreation

opportunities,” Bair said.

The mountain biking is superb, she said.

Farragut connects to massive national forest

spaces, and people can use the park as a base to

explore all of it. There is also a growing demand

for the kind of camping Farragut offers because

of its convenience.

But Bair said she wouldn’t do anything else.

She has a knack for puns—the museum plays

war DVDs in the “Pacific theater”; the scale

models of boot camp buildings, she said, were

constructed by an area “model prisoner”—and

faces the challenges of maintaining the park

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and sees evidence that rodents are evading her

defensive efforts.

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velvet. There’s a pack rat! I hate him,” she said.

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Bonners Ferry’s local

stump grinding and

tree service specialist

Keeping timber healthy for generations

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By Alison Henslee

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BEFORE

"OUR GOAL IS TO GET IN, GET THE

WORK DONE AND COMPLETE EACH

JOB IN A TIMELY MANNER, AND

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AFTER

Climbing trees is a common thing to do when you’re a boy growing

up in North Idaho, but very few young men get to carry that on into

adulthood.

For Shawn Smith, climbing trees as an adult is part of normal work life for

his company, CDA Stump Grinding and Tree Services. With his crew using

ropes and climbing gear, taking away some of the childhood thrill of tree

climbing, he ensures that safety comes first every single day.

Born and raised in Bonners Ferry, Shawn spent a lot of time in the outdoors

with his family and, as a teenager, helping his dad with fire mitigation

started a passion for taking care of what he considers one of the most

beautiful natural resources in our area—trees.

Shawn worked as a groundsman for Dirks Tree Care while in high school,

learning tricks of the trade while he was still young. After graduating

BFHS in 2010, he moved to Coeur d’Alene where he was employed for

Out On A Limb Tree Service as a a foreman, learning more about specific

climbing techniques and expanding his knowledge of pruning, caring for

and maintaining the general health of trees.

He remembers being challenged to put his skills to the test when an ice

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storm shut down the streets in the Coeur d’Alene-Spokane corridor. With

his boss out of town, Shawn and his co-worker took the initiative to just

start sawing their way from one street to the next. “We couldn’t just drive

to most of our jobs, so we had to cut our way there, helping people out

along the way!” Shawn says.

After gaining more experience, Shawn recognized a need for stump

grinding services and, in 2015, he started his own company, CDA Stump

Grinding, while working in conjunction with Out On A Limb. He liked

working and living in Coeur d’Alene, but it wasn’t much longer before his

roots called him back to Bonners Ferry, and he returned home in 2016.

He returned to Dirks Tree Care as foreman while continuing to build his

own business locally, and in the spring of 2019, Shawn went out on his

own, dedicating his time solely to CDA Stump Grinding.

Shawn has steadily expanded his company, adding more services and

equipment to his lineup. Along with stump grinding, he and his crew also

offer tree pruning and removal, minor landscape repair, fire mitigation,

masticating, lot development and light hauling. And in addition to the

original stump grinder, he’s purchased a chipper, skid steer and bucket

truck to do their work more efficiently and extend their capabilities.

CDA Stump Grinding offers free estimates for any size job, along with

fire protection planning, forest and orchard management plans. They

also offer routine maintenance—the crew recently checked and removed

any dead material from the nine landmark trees around the Boundary

County courthouse, keeping them healthy and safe for years to come.

Shawn and his crew move in quickly to remove damaged limbs or trees,

clean up all of the mess and leave the area looking better than ever,

gaining health for the remaining trees and beautifying the property for

the landowner.

“My biggest satisfaction comes from seeing huge results in a short time,”

says Shawn. “Our goal is to get in, get the work done and complete

each job in a timely manner, and make sure we do it to each customer's

satisfaction.”

Shawn takes great pride in his work, in seeing each project completed

successfully and knowing that he’s doing his part as a caretaker of the

beautiful trees of North Idaho. Follow CDA Stump Grinding and Tree

Services on Facebook, and watch for their new website coming soon.

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‘Home Away from Home’

Fisher House

SOCIAL DISTANCING DID NOT REDUCE THE

OBLIGATION TO THOSE WHO SACRIFICED

BY DAN AZNOFF

PHOTOS COURTESY OF FISHER HOUSE JBLM

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Like every element of normal life, the shelter-in-place order for residents of Washington state to prevent the spread of COVID-19 impacted the

mission of a local nonprofit group that was organized to provide a safe haven for veterans and their families to stay while the soldier receives

treatment at the medical facility at Joint Base Lewis-McChord.

In compliance with guidance and restrictions ordered by the Department of Defense, the national offices of Fisher House in Rockville, Maryland,

closed during the second week of April. That left the task of helping the families of injured and disabled veterans of the military up to the staff, which

currently rotates and is in the home once a week to restock the home and check on the families at each location.

The Fisher House that serves military families stationed at JBLM established strict guidelines for accepting donations that included holding all items in

quarantine for a minimum of 48 hours to prevent the spread of the potentially deadly virus. The guidelines are part of the national program to contain

the virus through the federal government.

“We are not in a position to turn away donations, and we certainly do not want to give the impression that we are not grateful, but the health of the

soldiers, their families and members of our staff have to take precedence,” said one volunteer.

Families who inquired about what assistance was available during one of the most challenging times in our nation’s history were directed to The Friends

of Fisher House Puget Sound (FisherHouseVAPS.org), where volunteers responded to an unusually high number of emails and phone calls.

“We continue to keep our nation’s promise and obligation to those who have sacrificed for our nation’s freedom,” another volunteer added. “With a little

help we will continue to raise funds and increase awareness of the quiet trauma that wounded veterans face every day.”

The Friends of Fisher House Puget Sound was established in 2006 “to ease the burden of past and present military and veteran families during difficult

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Good Medicine

The VA Puget Sound Fisher House in Seattle, which opened its doors

in 2008, is managed by Carrie Booker. She oversees the operation of

the temporary home for veterans while they receive treatment in a

quiet home-like setting adjacent to the medical center.

In Booker’s words, love is good medicine. Fisher House receives

only a small percentage of its operating budget from the federal

government, the majority of its funding comes from individual

donations and organizations like the Friends of Fisher House Puget

Sound.

Volunteers who work throughout the year to reduce the anxiety that

comes with having a loved one in the hospital have continued to

provide love and support for the families at Fisher House. Veterans

like Andy Fairchok have answered the call in the best way he knows.

Fairchok was in the military for 27 years and now operates the Old

Soldier Distillery. He donates all of the tips he collects from the

tasting room on Puyallup Avenue in Tacoma to the JBLM Fisher

House and adds them to donations from patrons and business

owners in Tacoma.

“There is so much more we can do to help such a great cause. It’s just

a matter of getting the word out, and people are eager to help,” said

Fairchok.

The distillery proprietor used by-products from his operation to

make hand sanitizer that was distributed throughout the community

early in the month. Later in April, Fairchok and his staff delivered

$1,500 worth of diapers and baby formula to families at Fisher

House.

For Fairchok, reaching out to help veterans has been a family affair.

His wife, Mary, served 14 years as a doctor at the Madigan Army

Medical Center, located on Joint Base Lewis-McChord. Other

members of his family were employed to frame the newest addition

to the Fisher House.

He was reluctant to reflect how much Fisher House has impacted

any individual soldier over the years he has been associated with

the facility, but noted one veteran of the war in Afghanistan was so

inspired by the kindness she received that she returned to the facility

on Gardner Loop to volunteer hours of her own time to help others.

The local Fisher House in Tacoma has served almost 21,000 families.

Staff at the facility have served 168 coalition families from 27

countries for an average stay of five days. More than 2,800 of the

individuals who have received care at the local facility have been

veterans of the fighting in either Iraq or Afghanistan.

The Tacoma complex typically provides home to seven families at

Fisher House I and 10 families at Fisher House II. They average 10

families a month, and occupancy is around 70 percent.

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The task of remaining open and available to serve active duty,

reserve/guard and veterans and their families requires dedication

from a small army of volunteers. Since it opened, the Fisher House

that serves JBLM has remained open with help from almost 30,000

volunteers who have donated almost 92,000 hours of time, according

to the Friend’s website.

The Joint Base Lewis McChord Fisher House opened in 1992 in

order to provide a space for military families receiving treatment

at Madigan Army Medical Center, with a second Fisher House on

JBLM opening its doors in 2015.

“We use the one we have now just about every day to capacity,” said

commander of the Madigan Army Medical Center Col. Michael

Place at the dedication ceremonies for the second residential

structure.

The second Fisher House at JBLM was dedicated to the memory

of Gen. John Shalikashvili, the former chairman of the Joint Chiefs

of Staff who retired to nearby Steilacoom and served on the Fisher

House Board of Trustees.

Generous Roots

The Fisher House program was established in 1990 by Zachary

Fisher, a New York real estate investor and major philanthropic

benefactor for the men and women in the United States Armed

Forces, as well as numerous other not-for-profit organizations, and

his wife, Elizabeth. There are currently 86 Fisher Houses located on

25 military installations and 37 VA medical centers, with many more

houses under construction or in design.

Their stated goal was to provide “a loving safe place for families to

call home while their loved ones received care in the hospital.”

Zachary Fisher was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in

1998. One year later President Bill Clinton signed Public Law 106-

161 that honored the philanthropist status as an honorary veteran in

the U.S. Armed Forces.

“Zachary Fisher was a kind man,” recalled Vivian Wilson, who

managed the first Fisher House near the Navy base in Bethesda

Naval Hospital in Maryland. “When we first opened, he called

weekly to find out if there was anything that was needed and wanted

to know what the families thought about the house.”

Wilson said Fisher always asked what else could be done to make the

veterans more comfortable.

“People brought him joy,” said Wilson. “And he especially loved to

help those who protected his freedom.”

Each Fisher House has between seven and 21 suites that can

accommodate 16 to 42 family members. Every location features a

common kitchen, laundry facilities, spacious dining rooms and a

living room with library and toys for children. The newest houses

are handicap accessible that include elevators.

Since first being established nearly 30 years ago, Fisher houses

across the country have gained a reputation for developing a sense

of community among families during dark times. The bonds are

enhanced with common areas that provide space for families to care

for each other while they share common experiences.

According to the organization’s website, Fisher houses across the

country have saved military families an estimated $282 million in

out-of-pocket lodging and transportation expenses. When they are

at capacity, new applicants are given vouchers to local hotels to save


their money for other expenses that can occur

during an emergency situation.

Guest rooms at Fisher House have a maximum

capacity of four persons. According to a

statement released by Fisher House, referrals

with more than four guests cannot be

accommodated. A separate program titled

“Hotel for Heroes” places eligible patients and

their families in local hotels and is available

when the number of patients and their families

exceeds the capacity of the Fisher House.

The residences have been designed to provide

temporary housing and are not a treatment

center. The residential units are available to

active and retired military personnel, active

duty reservists and members of the National

Guard as well as anybody receiving inpatient

treatment at the VA hospital.

Exemptions can be made for soldiers and their

families who live more than 40 miles from a

medical treatment facility. House managers at

each site have the authority to allow families

of patients in Intensive Care or the Palliative

Care units of the hospital on a case-by-case

basis.

A Wishlist of Needs

The JBLM Fisher House posts a Wishlist of

items most needed by families in the facility.

The current list includes an extensive catalog

of food items that ranges from basics like

personal hygiene items, flour, cereal and bread

to single-sized snacks and coffee. It also includes

items that cannot be accepted during this time,

such as used toys and games, stuffed animals

and clothing.

The full Wishlist is available at FisherHouse-

JBLM.org.

Despite assurances from Fairchok that their

identity would be protected, no current

residents would agree to be interviewed for

this article. However, Staff Sgt. Ken Lambes

did agree to be quoted in a military publication

about the four times he and his family utilized

the Fisher House.

Fisher Houses

Current Families served: More

than 32,000 in 2019

Daily capacity: 1,100 families

Total Families served: More

than 450,000 since inception

Total number of lodging days

offered: 9 million +

Lambes is a member of the JBLM ‘s 42nd

Military Police Brigade who took his teenage

son to the military hospital.

“The Fisher House really makes the nightmare

of special treatment easier for families,” he said.

Lambes was apparently so overwhelmed by the

treatment he and his family received at Fisher

House that he returned during the same year to

invite many of the families at Fisher House to

his own home for Thanksgiving dinner.

The family of an Oregon National Guard soldier

wounded in Iraq more than a dozen years ago

described Fisher House as “a beautiful bridge

that makes bringing together a family so much

easier even in heavy hearted moments of life.”

The obligation to care for veterans and active

duty and their families who have sacrificed

to defend the freedom that Americans enjoy

remains the top priority for the caregivers

at Fisher House and the scores of volunteers

committed to making veterans and their

families’ stay as pleasant as possible.

As a precaution, mail addressed to patients

currently receiving treatment is not being

delivered. “Mail will be processed once

restrictions are lifted and staff members

can safely report to work,” said a statement

released by the Fisher House.“Thank you for

your support as we navigate this challenge.”

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YOUR BABY’S

FIRST TEST

THE IMPORTANCE OF

NEWBORN SCREENING

BY SARAH PRESCOTT

When awaiting a new bundle of joy,

parents are eager to finally hear the

doctor pronounce the arrival of a

healthy baby. An Apgar Score is

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condition and health. However, there is another

test that each newborn will undergo that is critical

to discovering what may be hidden from plain sight

and be crucial to their future development. This

test is known as the Newborn Screening Test and

it is required in Idaho to be done on all newborns.

It is responsible for identifying a range of genetic

and inherited health conditions that can lead to

a myriad of developmental delays and potentially

even death. (1) Even though these conditions are

rare, it is important to identify them as soon as

possible so that any necessary treatment can begin

immediately.

The Newborn Screening Test scans for 47 such

conditions. In Idaho, one in every 1,000 babies is

born with one of these rare genetic conditions that

in some cases could be fatal. (2) The test is done in

two parts, with the first blood sample taken from a

small pinprick to the baby’s heel being done at one

to two days old, and the second sample being taken

at 10 to 14 days old. The sample is obtained in the

hospital where the baby is born or the pediatrician’s

office and sent out to a lab in Oregon for testing. A

blood sample can also be obtained at the Boundary

Community Hospital Outpatient Laboratory and

sent to the Oregon lab if the parent has been given

the proper testing materials to bring in with them

to the lab.

The results of these tests are sent to the baby’s

pediatrician, who will then notify the parent of any

findings. It is scary for a parent to receive such a

call and get the news that their child has a genetic

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Newborn Screening Program and the fact that

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A CAMPER’S PARADISE IN THE

Pacific Northwest

TOP SPOTS TO PITCH A TENT

BY ABIGAIL THORPE

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Spring is here, the stars are out, and we’re all ready for some

outdoor adventure. The Northwest boasts some of the country's

most beautiful spots to camp—from craggy oceanside haunts to

peaceful lakefront retreats, there are great adventures to be had

within an easy day’s drive. Here are some of the best the PNW has to offer.

Paradise Creek Campground

Situated where Paradise Creek and Wind River come together near

Carson, Washington, Paradise Creek sits in the Gifford Pinchot National

Forest. The old growth trees create a peaceful environment, and the

campground is fairly remote. The Falls Creek Falls trailhead is only 5

miles away, and the campground serves as a prime base for exploring

trails and viewpoints around Mount Saint Helens and Mt. Adams.

FS.USDA.gov/recarea/giffordpinchot/recarea/?recid=31870

Priest Lake State Park

A 19-mile-long pristine lake 30 miles from the Canadian border, Priest

Lake boasts pristine crystal waters and various campgrounds situated on

various parts of the lakeshore. Priest Lake is considered one of North

Idaho’s most beautiful lakes, nestled in the Selkirk Mountains. With

boating, fishing and hiking right at hand, there is plenty to do. Natural

rock slides are a drive and short hike north of the lake, and there are

plentiful trails and day trips around the area to choose from. Keep in

mind camp spots often sell out months in advance, so plan ahead.

ParksAndRecreation.idaho.gov/parks/priest-lake

Moran State Park

Situated on Orcas Island in the San Juan Islands off the coast of

Washington, this state park is a favorite of many. Miles of woodland,

lakeside hiking trails and several campgrounds on the shores of Cascade

Lake make this a camper’s dream. Mount Constitution rises above

nearly half a mile, with views of Mount Baker, the North Cascades and

the islands of the San Juan Archipelago easily visible from the 1930’s

watchtower that sits on top. MoranStatePark.com

White River Falls

A remote forest service campground along the White River, this spot

is worth the drive. Situated about 11 miles north of Lake Wenatchee

in the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest, the campground is

fairly small—only five spots. It doesn’t have RV hookups or potable

water and only boasts two vault toilets, but the setting right near

the falls is beautiful. Two more campgrounds back down the

road a few miles offer alternative stays if the campground is full.

FS.USDA.gov/recarea/okawen/recarea/?recid=59065

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Heyburn State Park

Three lakes and acres of meadows and Ponderosa Pines

mark the oldest state park in the Pacific Northwest.

There are three campgrounds in the park, located just

over 30 miles south of Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. Hawleys

Landing Campground and Chatcolet Campground are

available for reservations, and Benewah Campground

is first come, first served. Many hiking and biking trails

are easily accessible from the park, including the “Trail

of the Coeur d’Alenes,” which runs directly through the

park. ParksAndRecreation.idaho.gov/parks/heyburn

Lake Chelan State Park

A family favorite destination in Central Washington,

this 139-acre campground offers lots of lake access,

sandy shoreline and activity. Amenities like showers,

restrooms and picnic areas make this an easy summer

camping spot for the whole family. Paddleboard and

kayak rentals are available if you don’t have your

own—or want to haul it. Set out to explore the North

Cascades or relax by the lakeshore and enjoy some fun

in the sun. Parks.State.wa.us/531/lake-chelan

Farragut State Park

This 4,000-acre park was once a naval training station during WWII.

Situated on the southern tip of Lake Pend Oreille in the Coeur d’Alene

Mountains, it is a breathtaking location with ample opportunities for

camping, fishing, swimming and boating.

Stop by the Museum at the Brig for a history of the place, then head out

for a hike on some of the more than 40 miles of trails the park offers.

A hike up Bernard Peak offers a spectacular view of the park and lake.

ParksAndRecreation.idaho.gov/parks/farragut

Cape Disappointment State Park

A 2,023-acre camping park on the Long Beach Peninsula, Cape

Disappointment State Park sits on the Pacific Ocean near the mouth of

the Columbia River. This place is steeping in history, like Captain John

Meares' first thwarted voyage to find the Columbia River, Lewis and

Clark’s explorations, and crumbling WWII defenses. You can explore the

Lewis & Clark Interpretive Center with its interactive exhibit, gaze at old

lighthouses or hike the many trails in the area. The coastline presents

its own attractions, including clam digging and salmon and crab fishing.

Parks.State.WA.us/486/cape-disappointment

Deception Pass State Park

Three freshwater lakes and 77,000 feet of saltwater shoreline make this

a water lover's paradise. Deception Pass is Washington’s most popular

state park, and for good reason. Situated along two islands—Fidalgo and

Whidbey—it is a breathtakingly beautiful location, boasting incredible

sunsets, fresh and sea water activities, jagged cliffs and peaceful coves.

Note: A two-year project to restore and repair the Deception Pass Bridge

and Canoe Pass Bridge is still underway, so expect increased traffic and

construction noise. Parks.State.WA.us/497/deception-pass

* Due to the COVID-19 virus, as of press time, many campgrounds are

temporarily closed. Make sure to verify the park is open before planning

your trip.

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Spring Treks

EXPLORING ALL THE INLAND NORTHWEST HAS TO OFFER

BY TAYLOR SHILLAM

As we are in the midst of spring with summer just around

the corner, the ample opportunity to enjoy each season

outdoors is undoubtedly a top perk of living in the Inland

Northwest. Whether you’re a seasoned hiker or simply craving

some fresh air, North Idaho and Eastern Washington have a lot

to offer for those who want to get outdoors and explore. The

areas surrounding the Inland Northwest offer shorter, more

accessible hikes, sites perfect for a day trip to a nearby peak,

and plenty in between.

SNOW CREEK FALLS

Located in the Selkirk Mountains, this out-and-back day hike

takes hikers on a short journey through the Kaniksu National

Forest. With just a 132-foot elevation gain, and a distance

of 1.7 miles, this is a wonderful option when bringing along

family members of all ages. This hike features not one but two

waterfalls along your journey. The lower falls are at 2,243 feet

elevation, while the upper falls are at 2,475 feet. Be sure to

bring a camera!

MYRTLE CREEK

Just across the road from the Kootenai National Wildlife Refuge

headquarter is where you will find the trailhead to Myrtle

Creek Falls. This trail switchbacks less than half a mile uphill

to a viewpoint looking straight into the gorge and the flowing

waterfalls, which many refer to as “breathtaking.” The trail is

easy and accessible, with a bridge overlooking the stream.

CLIFTY TRAIL

Clifty Trail is a phenomenal hike, taking foot travelers to the

top of Clifty Mountain. If you're looking for a lightly trafficked

out-and-back trail, Clifty Peak is a great choice! Located near

Bonners Ferry, this is an ideal hike for nature lovers, featuring

beautiful wildflowers. The 4.4-mile trek is considered to be on the

more moderate level, and is a great way to enjoy the outdoors with

family or friends.

MINERAL RIDGE NATIONAL RECREATION TRAIL

On an eastern bank of Lake Coeur d’Alene, the well-maintained

trail offers views over Beauty and Wolf Lodge bays, and

educational signage throughout the 3.3-mile loop. Learn more

about the wildlife and foliage in 22 marked stations along the

trail as you make your way to the breathtaking view. With easy

trailhead access and low-to-moderate difficulty, this venture is not

one to skip.

TUBBS HILL

This iconic Coeur d’Alene hike is a must for locals and visitors

alike. At 2.2 miles, the trail isn’t a long one but can easily be made

into a day of enjoying all that the spectacular scenery and gorgeous

lake have to offer. Next to McEuen Park and the Coeur d’Alene

Resort, the trail around Tubbs Hill offers incredible overlooks of

the water and plenty of beach spots for lakeside activity. Runners

can easily take their routine to the trail and cool off near the lake.

CANFIELD MOUNTAIN LOOP

A popular site for hikes, mountain bikers and four wheelers alike,

Canfield Mountain offers something for everyone, and peaks with

an overlook of the town of Coeur d’Alene. Hikers are sure to get

their daily exercise in between bouts of steeper elevation, and the

sights along the way are surely worth the effort.

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HARRISON LAKE TRAIL

Located about 13 miles north of Sandpoint in the Selkirk

Mountains, the Harrison Lake trail offers stunning views

the entire way, culminating in a breathtaking look at Mt.

Harrison and the lake. Moderate and suitable for hikers of

all levels, the trail is a total of 4.6 miles and offers nearby

campsites for those looking to plan a longer stay.

RIVERSIDE STATE PARK LOOP AND BOWL &

PITCHER

One of Spokane’s best-known trails, the Riverside State Park

loop, is an easy 3.7-mile trek through the woods. The park

itself is just 9 miles from Spokane and has over 55 miles of

trails to choose from, with a variety to please every category

of hiker, from casual to hardcore.

Also within Riverside State Park is the hike to Bowl &

Pitcher, a famed 2.1-mile loop that begins with a suspension

bridge. Along the bridge and trail, hikers can admire views of

the valley and rock features along the banks of the Spokane

River. Choose from two trails (upstream or downstream) to

complete the loop, guided by views of the river along the

way.

LIBERTY LAKE LOOP

SCOTCHMAN PEAK TRAIL

In the Kaniksu National Forest near Clark Fork, Idaho, the Scotchman Peak trail

boasts incredible views of Lake Pend Oreille and the chance to get up close and

personal with wildlife. Best known for hikers’ frequent encounters of mountain

goats on the hike, the peak is often described as Goat Mountain. The trail is just

over 4 miles one way, and hikers should come prepared for a steep climb to the

highest point in Bonner County, with an elevation gain of 3,700 feet, and the

potential for lingering snow.

Near the Washington/Idaho state line, the 8-mile Liberty

Lake Loop can be a challenging one, with its noticeable

elevation change and dense landscape. It does provide route

options ranging from the shorter, flatter Split Creek Loop,

to the full route taking hikers through a forest to view the

Liberty Creek Falls. The falls are best seen in the spring,

and most locals will agree that the full loop is worth the

experience.

Inland Northwest locals are blessed with endless

opportunities to enjoy the outdoors each spring. When it’s

safe to do so, an endeavor to these top hiking destinations

are sure to rejuvenate you, and your love for the region.

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OUTDOOR BASICS:

beginner’s guide to the essentials

WHAT YOU NEED TO GET STARTED ADVENTURING

BY ABIGAIL THORPE

Outdoor adventures are just around the corner, and we’ve made it simple for you and laid out some

of the essentials you’ll need before partaking on your next adventure.

Clothing

This one’s a given, but it’s really important

when it comes to hiking and camping

that you bring the right clothing.

Temperatures can often fluctuate greatly

in a day, so layering is essential. Stay away

from cotton, particularly for your base

layer, as it can stay cold and damp. Opt

for water-wicking, fast-drying materials

like nylon or polyester. Bring a jacket and

waterproof layer in case the rain moves

in, and don’t forget extra socks, some

good sturdy shoes for hiking, and gloves

and a hat should you need them.

Lighting

Campsites get dark—really dark—at night, so

you’ll need to bring your own light source. A

flashlight works well for getting around camp,

but a head lamp can help free up your hands

for doing tasks like cooking and setting up, and

can also come in handy for midnight trips to

the bathroom or evening walks, hikes or bike

rides. If you have the space, a camp lantern

adds some extra ambiance and helps brighten

up the campsite. You can choose between

electric and fuel-burning models—electric has

a long battery life, is quiet and exhaust free,

and the only thing you’ll need to replace are the

batteries. Fuel-burning models offer more light,

but they require gas to burn, and can’t be used

in small, unventilated spaces.

Navigation

We’re all so reliant on our phone or

car GPS these days that we often forget

good old navigation techniques—and

tools. Many camping spots (particularly

if you’re backpacking) won’t have cell

reception or Wi-Fi, so you’ll need to do

the navigating yourself. All you really

need is a good map of the area and a

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before you leave for your destination

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There is nothing like a good road trip during the summer, especially when the scenery is so lovely. This trip begins at the Oroville-

Osoyoos Border Crossing into British Columbia’s Okanagan for part one of this two-part series. The second part of the trip

continues onto the International Selkirk Loop through the Kootenay Rockies before crossing the border at the Porthill-Rykerts

Border Crossing into Idaho and visiting the towns of Sandpoint and Bonners Ferry.

When planning a road trip, make a detailed itinerary mapping out how far you want to drive each day and make reservations for where

you are going to stay each night. Use online resources (see some suggestions in The Specifics at the end of the article) and determine any

places or activities for the day. Have a plan but be open to spontaneous stops. Often a local may recommend a hidden gem that is not well

known, so you want to take advantage of those opportunities. The nice thing about a road trip is you can pack extra comfort items. Throw

in a few portable chairs for stargazing, a blanket or two for chilly evenings, some beach towels for the many lakes on this trip, and be sure

to pack a cooler and picnic basket.

Day 1: Osoyoos

Once across the border, continue to the town of Osoyoos—your destination for the night. The Nk’Mip Resort, set in the heart of Canada’s

only desert, has a variety of interesting activities. Start at the Nk’Mip Desert Cultural Centre, a natural history museum from the perspective

of the indigenous peoples. The Osoyoos Indian Band are members of the Okanagan Nation, and more than 400 members live and work

on the Osoyoos Indian Reserve. Plan to spend a few hours here exploring both the indoor and outdoor exhibits. The centre is housed in

an eco-friendly building using native and modern techniques. Allow time to take the loop trail outside the museum to explore the desert

while viewing an Osoyoos village.

For lunch visit Nk’Mip Cellars for an alfresco lunch overlooking Osoyoos Lake. The cellars are the first winery in North America owned

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The Nk’Mip Resort has a lovely beach at the campground. Check out

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stand-up paddleboard to enjoy some time on the lake.

The Safari Beach Resort is a lakefront retreat, the type families return

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comfortably furnished. Amenities include a sandy beach and gorgeous

lake views. After a long day of travel and activities, consider picking up

takeout for dinner or check out one of the restaurants within walking

distance of the resort. The front desk can give you recommendations.

Day 2: Olivier

livestock. The tour ends with a wine tasting on the patio overlooking a

lawn with plenty of games and activities for children.

Olivier is in the midst of the Okanagan wine region with so many great

wineries it is hard to choose. Hester Creek Estate Vineyards is a must see

with some of the oldest vines in the area. The on-site restaurant Terrafina

is a culinary delight, with locally sourced ingredients a highlight of the

Mediterranean-style menu.

After lunch, drive to Peachland to try out ziplining at the ZipZone

Adventure Park. It is a scenic drive up to the top of the canyon. The lines

zigzag back and forth across a canyon for some particularly exhilarating

rides. There is a trail for those who prefer to observe with views of the

landing platforms. The staff is fun and energetic and works well with

children.

Start your day with a visit to Covert Farms Family Estate. This unique

farm tour takes place in a vintage 1952 Mercury truck, which will traverse

the vineyards and farm stopping for plenty of photo opportunities on this

scenic property. Stops also include the chance to try farm fresh produce

from the fields. Children and adults enjoy feeding the llamas and other

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Drive back down into Kelowna for the night. The historic Hotel Eldorado

and Resort is located on the banks of Okanagan Lake and provides

exceptional sunset views. The hotel is filled with vintage features from the

antique cars greeting you at the entrance to the ambiance of the rooms

with luxurious bedding and upscale features while maintaining an old-


The Speci f ics

RESOURCES

Osoyoos - DestinationOsoyoos.com

Kelowna - TourismKelowna.com

WHERE TO STAY

Safari Beach Resort - SafariBeachResort.com

Eldorado Hotel and Resort

HotelEldoradoKelowna.com

Sunflower B & B - SunflowerInnBB.com

WHAT TO DO

Nk’Mip Desert Cultural Centre - NkMipDesert.com

Wakepilot Wakeboarding - Wakepilot.com

Covert Farms Family Estate - CovertFarms.ca

ZipZone Adventure Park - ZipZone.ca

Myra Canyon Bicycle Rental & Tours

MyraCanyonRental.com

WHERE TO EAT

Nk’Mip Cellars - NkMipCellars.com

Terrafina - HesterCreek.com

Lakeside Dining - HotelEldoradoKelowna.com

Home Block - CedarCreek.bc.ca/restaurant

fashioned feel. Enjoy an afternoon swim at

one of the pools or use the waterslide. The

on-site marina has a variety of watercraft

available for rent.

Dining at the Eldorado is a delight. Start

off by enjoying a pre-dinner drink at the

Eldorado Lounge or the Whiskey Room for

one of their famed martinis or a barrel-aged

whiskey cocktail. Lakeside Dining is the

hotel’s award-winning restaurant with sunset

views over the lake. The menu is sourced

with organic local ingredients as well as

AAA Angus beef. A truly memorable meal.

Day 3: Kelowna

After you have worked up an appetite, the Home Block at the Cedar

Creek Estate Winery is the perfect stop for lunch. During the warmer

months, the restaurant is open air on one side with views of the vineyard

and Okanagan Lake in the distance. Liberal use of local fare and a woodfired

grill which uses fruit wood and wine barrel staves helps create a

memorable meal.

After breakfast at the hotel drive to Myra Canyon for an incredible

outdoor experience exploring the Myra Canyon Trestles by bicycle.

Make a reservation with Myra Canyon Bicycle Rental & Tour Inc., which

rents bikes at the start of the Historical Kettle Valley Railway Trail. If

you haven’t been on a bike in a while, this is the perfect trail with just a

slight elevation change. There are 18 trestle bridges and two tunnels to

traverse while exploring Myra Canyon. Although the trail is narrow at

some points there are plenty of spots to pull over for photos.

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It is a three-hour drive to your final stop in the Okanagan, the Christina

Lake Community. The Sunflower Inn B&B is just lovely. Owner Kathleen

Smythe welcomes you into her home on the banks of Christina Lake. She

is friendly but allows privacy as well. Enjoy the kayaks and other lake

toys. This is the place to get your Zen on. The small, sleepy town has a

few local places to eat. Take some time to just enjoy the atmosphere of

this cute bed and breakfast. Smythe also runs Alpine’s Holistic Healing,

located at the Sunflower, and she is a certified healing touch practitioner

in both traditional and holistic forms of patient care. She gives a great hot

stone massage.

Stay tuned for next month’s travel article to join us on our tour of the

Kootenay Rockies and portions of the International Selkirk Loop.

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SPRING COBB SALAD WITH

CREAMY AVOCADO DRESSING

Recipe and Photo Courtesy of Tina VanDenHeuvel, NTP

Yields: 4 servings

INGREDIENTS:

4 hard-boiled eggs

4 slices cooked bacon

8 asparagus spears, blanched

8 cups butter lettuce

1 cup canned in water artichoke hearts

8 sugar snap peas

1 small carrot, sliced

2 medium red radishes, sliced

½ cup cucumber, sliced

½ cup crumbled blue cheese

METHOD:

• Place the eggs in a small saucepan and cover them with cool water by

1 inch. Bring water to a boil over high heat. Once the water has reached

a rumbling boil, remove from heat and cover pot with a fitted lid. Set

timer for 10 minutes. Using a slotted spoon, transfer eggs to a large bowl

with cold ice water immediately and let them cool down for a couple of

minutes before peeling. Slice whole eggs in half and set aside.

• Heat a medium skillet over medium heat and add bacon. Cook until

crispy, about 3 to 4 minutes on each side. Place bacon on a plate with a

paper towel to soak up the rendered grease. Set aside.

• Fill a medium saucepan with water and set over high heat. Bring to a

boil. Add asparagus spears (woody stems removed). Let cook (blanch)

for 15 seconds. Remove from heat and submerge asparagus in ice water

to stop the cooking process. Immediately transfer to a paper towel. Set

aside.

• Time to assemble the salad! Lay the pieces of butter lettuce over a large

platter. Season the lettuce with salt and pepper. Have fun adding each

ingredient to the lettuce. I like to make little individual spreads so that

it’s displayed beautifully over the lettuce.

• You may drizzle dressing over the entire lettuce and serve immediately

or keep on the side for individuals to serve themselves.

Avocado Dressing

INGREDIENTS:

1 large avocado

1 small clove garlic

1 tbsp. lemon juice, freshly squeezed

½ tsp. Himalayan salt

Dash of fresh cracked pepper

4 tbsp. olive oil, extra virgin

2 tsp. white wine vinegar

1 tsp. brown mustard

METHOD:

• Cut the avocado in half and remove the pit. Scoop the flesh out into a

food processor or blender.

• Add garlic, lemon juice, salt and pepper, and pulse for 30 seconds.

• Add olive oil, vinegar and mustard and blend until smooth. (You may

add more lemon juice if the dressing is too thick.)

• Store in a glass jar with a fitted lid in the refrigerator for up to one week.

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PIZZA FACTORY

If you're looking for delicious and fresh pizza in Bonners

Ferry, look no further. At Pizza Factory, they proudly serve

up delicious calzones, tasty pasta and, of course, pipinghot

pizzas, using only the freshest ingredients around.

Sit down, grab a slice (or two, or three) and dig in! Open

Sunday-Thursday 11am-9pm, Friday-Saturday 11am-

10pm. And ... they deliver!

6637 Fry St. | Bonners Ferry

208.267.7771 | PizzaFactory.com

Facebook.com/BonnersFerryPizzaFactory

We Set

the Standard!

COMPASS GRILLE

Bonners Ferry’s first food truck and Bonners Ferry’s Finest

Burger 2019 winner! At Compass Grille, you’ll not only

find a delicious variety of perfectly cooked burgers but also

tasty wraps, sandwiches and sides. Take-out, curbside and

delivery is available. Check out their Facebook page for

weekly specials and news. Temp hours: Monday through

Saturday 11am to 4pm.

208.946.3327 | Bonners Ferry

Facebook.com/CompassGrille

CHIC-N-CHOP

At this Bonners Ferry diner, you’ll be treated to wonderful

service and an inviting, homey atmosphere where the staff

treats you like family. Known for their large portion sizes and

customer favorites like the broasted chicken, omelets, pies and

more, they’re open Tuesday through Saturday 4:30am to 8pm

and Sunday 6am to 2pm.

6421 Main St.| Bonners Ferry

208.267.2431

FEIST CREEK RESTAURANT

At Feist Creek Restaurant, the delicious smells and warm

atmosphere make you feel right at home. Serving lunch and

dinner, customer favorites range from their smoked prime rib

and 25 oz. rib-eye steak to catfish and hushpuppies, homemade

fish and chips, burgers, sandwiches and more. Full bar,

pool table, outdoor seating, fish pond and their own private

waterfall make this a destination spot to remember. During the

winter months, you can find them open Wednesday through

Monday, noon to 9pm.

2673 Moyie River Road | Bonners Ferry

208.267.8649

Facebook.com/FeistCreekRestaurant

6425 South Main Street

Bonners Ferry, Idaho

208.267.4000

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BADGER'S DEN CAFE AND

LATTE

At Badger's Den Cafe and Latte, you'll be greeted with fast,

friendly service with a smile. On the menu you'll find hearty

and delicious breakfast and lunch items, a variety of specialty

coffee drinks, smoothies and more! In a hurry? There's a driveup

window for your convenience. A stop at this restaurant is a

must for locals and visitors alike!

6551 S. Main St. | Bonners Ferry

208.267.1486

Facebook.com/TheBadgersDenCafe


TWO TONES CAFE

Two Tones Cafe is a restaurant where guests will enjoy

flavors from around the world in dishes made using the

freshest ingredients. With menu options ranging from

Asian salads and nachos, to unique beef and chicken

entrees, burgers, salads and desserts, there's something

for everyone! Indoor and patio seating available. Open

Tuesday through Saturday 11am to 9pm.

6536 Main Street | Bonners Ferry

208.417.304

Facebook.com/ Two Tones Cafe

BONNERS FERRY PUPUSERIA

Treat yourself to an authentic Salvadoran pupuseria and

Americano comfort food downtown! Serving breakfast and

lunch, patrons can choose from a selection of pork, spinach,

cheese and bean pupusas, as well as other menu items like

steak burritos, egg-drop soup, BLT sandwich, egg scrambles

and bagels. Accompany your meal with fresh-squeezed

orange juice, smoothie, a cup of 100 percent Kona Coffee

or craft beers. Dine in 8am to 3:30pm Tuesday through

Saturday, 11am to 4pm Sunday; or text your order in.

6428 Kootenai Street | Bonners Ferry

208.255.8792

Facebook: Bonners Ferry Pupuseria LLC

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DETAILS ON THIS YEAR’S RIDE.

Sandpoint Rotary presents the 13th Annual

CHAFE 150 Gran Fondo, named one of the

top charity rides in the US! CHAFE offers

magnificent routes of 150, 100, 80, 40,

25 and a Family Fun ride, awesome ride

support and a fabulous after-ride party in

Sandpoint. Ride proceeds support afterschool

reading and literacy programs of the

Lake Pend Oreille School District and other

Rotary youth and educational programs.

Registration now open at chafe150.org.

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A COMMUNITY

COMING

TOGETHER

Bonners Ferry strong

By Jillian Chandler

LIFE CONTINUES ON HERE IN BONNERS FERRY as we learn ways

to manage our new “normal.” Many of us find ourselves trying to

work from while also learning our new roles as teachers, tackling

the challenges of remote learning head on. We’re adjusting to living

somewhat in isolation, surrounding ourselves with only those whom

we live with, in order to do our part to keep ourselves, families, friends

and members of our community safe.

And as busy as we all are during this challenging time, or for those

looking to fill their unexpected “free” time, there are many in our

community who are dedicated to do what they can to help keep

Bonners Ferry strong—and healthy.

From stores adjusting their hours to make it safer for the older folks

in our community to shop for their essential needs, sack lunches

being made and delivered, free of charge, to children and families in

need, to everyday people contributing their time and talents to make

masks for our health-care workers and those most vulnerable in the

community, it's a beautiful thing to see. Even though the community

is encouraged to stay apart, men and women, teenagers and children

alike, continue to come together and unite, though not in a way any

of us would have ever expected.

This soon will pass, and before we know it, our lives will carry on as

they once did. We will be back to our daily routines and out enjoying

the community, its businesses and people. I am sure we can all agree

that we will all have a newfound appreciation for the wonderful lives

we’ve created and know, if we didn’t already, and how blessed we all

are.

Thank you, Bonners Ferry, for making this a wonderful place to live,

work and play.

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HELPING THOSE IN NEED

May

1.

2.

3.

BCSD 101 MEAL DELIVERY SCHEDULE

Boundary County School District 101 continues to deliver breakfasts

and lunches to any child between the ages of 1 and 18. Monday through

Thursday, stop by one of the delivery stops, where school buses will be onsite

handing out meals. From 8:15 to 9:15am, locations include Boundary

County Middle School (by the band room), Hope House (5100 Camelot

Road, Moyie Springs), Mount Hall Elementary, Three Mile Bus Loop

(by the Airport) and Four Corners in Paradise Valley (by the little white

church). From 9:30 to 10:15am, buses will be at Naples Elementary, Camp

Nine Fire Station, Intersection of Cherry and Walnut Street in Moyie

Springs and Jehovah's Witness Church (6829 Kaniksu Street).

HOPE HOUSE CONTINUING THEIR MISSION

Hope House is working hard to continue their mission during this difficult

time, and Hope House is trying to help with higher than usual requests for

personal needs, diapers, clothing, etc. For those needing clothing, they are

only allowing two people into Hope House at a time. For those needing

food or hygiene, you are asked to wait in your car or outside. They will

bring you a check-off form to fill out then bring those items you selected

over to you. As of press time, Aimee was also working on setting up a

homework help site out in the area. For more information, call Aimee at

208.267.5105.

COMMUNITY COMES TOGETHER

Wherever you look, local businesses and community members are stepping

up and doing what they can to help those during this pandemic. Century

21 Four Seasons Realty recently supplied approximately 100 packages of

toilet paper (four rolls each of 2-ply), which was available for any Boundary

County residents in need. There was a suggested donation of just $3 per

pack to cover costs, with any additional proceeds raised to be donated

to the Bonners Ferry Food Bank. No gesture is too small, and all are

appreciated. South Boundary Fire Department is volunteering to shop and

drop off groceries for those who can not leave their homes. In addition to

the Community Action Partnership - Boundary County Food Bank (6665

Main Street), Bridgeway Church has a food bank on-site.

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