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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 Coeur d’Alene such an
amazing place to live. Which leads me to
the multi-billion-dollar corporations that
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we?” Are we really “in this together”?
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
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If these last few weeks have taught us anything, it is that our home truly
is our sanctuary from the outside world. As I write this, I am cozied up
on the couch with my 9-year-old, who is adjusting to her new version
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
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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 kitchen is stocked with beautiful dishes, good-quality pots
and pans, and most of all, is clear from clutter! If you love to read, make
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All my life I’ve wanted to visit the Galapagos Islands to explore
the unique beauty that only exists in this isolated archipelago.
When I was 14 years old, a National Geographic TV special
introduced me to the strange and wonderful creatures that live
here, including my favorite, the blue-footed booby.
A few months ago, my sister called and said she and a group of friends had
planned a trip to the Galapagos. There was an open spot for me and my
husband, paid in full, if we wanted to go. I was blown away by this gift, so
excited and so grateful. I was on my way to fulfill my dream!
We explored, we snorkeled, we savored local food, and enjoyed excellent
company. Then came the day that included a hike that, if we were lucky,
might introduce us to some Christmas iguanas, sea lions and, yes, bluefooted
As we headed to the island, our guide, Joss, noticed the tide was coming
in too high for our dinghy to land where she had planned. Joss quickly
found another place, though the debarking point was more difficult:
slippery black rocks with wide spaces between them. One look and I knew
I wouldn’t make it.
After the rest of our party climbed out onto those rocks, Joss took my hand,
smiled and encouraged me to try. I took one step, then another. Nope. This
wasn’t going to happen. Looking at the people waiting on the shore, I didn’t
want to hold them back or keep them from enjoying the hike. I would sit
this one out.
Joss said, “No Trish, you wouldn’t have gotten in this boat if you didn’t want
to go. We will find another way.”
Not far down the beach, we found a place where the water was lower. We
climbed out of the boat, rejoined the group and moved up the trail. For
most of the hike, Joss was right there, helping me along the path. I had
my hiking stick in one hand and the other on her arm. Buoyed by her
instruction and encouragement, we all relied on each other to keep moving
forward. She had been down this path before and knew exactly what each
of us needed to have the best possible experience.
When we reached the end of the path, I found a perch on a rocky cliff and
settled down to soak up the breathtaking scenery. I looked to my right, and
there it was, my lifelong dream, calmly observing me from 10 feet away—a
A wave of joy and gratitude washed over me. Thinking about all the people
who made this moment possible brought tears to my eyes. My sister for her
generous gift, and Kelly, the trip organizer, who extended the invitation and
helped fund our cruise. Our adventure companions, whose patience and
compassion as I struggled encouraged me to push through. And Joss, who
led the way and kept our group together, focused on the excitement of the
journey, and not the struggle along the trail.
Without their generosity and leadership, my dream would not have been
fulfilled. Sitting there, watching the birds, I reflected on all the people out
there helping others make their dreams come true: guiding, mentoring,
resourcing. These opportunities are all around us, both to give as we’re able
and to receive as we will. Take a moment to reflect: Whose dreams are you
investing in, and who is investing in yours?
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TEACHER OF THE MONTH
By Abigail Thorpe
Canfield Middle School
Special Education Math Teacher
Post Falls • CDA • Hayden
Mellany Taylor moved to Idaho
from Pennsylvania at the end
of the summer of 2017. She is
now finishing her sixth year of
teaching—three of those years have been spent
at Canfield Middle School in Coeur d’Alene.
Mellany attended Bloomsburg University
of Pennsylvania and
is a certified early
and special education
She now teaches
resource math and
sixth, seventh and
eighth grade math
boost, though her
previous experience is
working with grades
K-6 in a variety of
subjects in special
education. She was
inspired to become a
teacher through seeing
other kids struggle with
academics, as well as
her own struggles in
school. The teachers
who helped her through
made a lasting impact,
and Mellany now hopes to make the same
difference in her own students’ lives.
“My heart is happy when I am with my
kiddos,” says Mellany. “Their spunk, energy,
“MY HEART IS
I AM WITH
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and willingness to learn and grow is inspiring.”
Every day is a new experience, each one
unique in its own way when you’re working
with kids, she adds. One particular experience
that stands out to her is chaperoning the
Trail Creek adventure with the sixth grade
class. The adventure is a two-and-a-half-day
overnight experience at
Camp Lutherhaven on
Lake Coeur d’Alene.
“It was so great seeing
kiddos step out of their
comfort zone to try
new things and letting
them see their teachers
in a different light,” says
Mellany. “That being
said, any opportunity
I get to support my
students outside of the
classroom is one to
As a teacher, Mellany
works to be so much
more than just an
instructor. She serves
as a role model for her
students and desires
to encourage and spur
them on to pursue their dreams and reach
their full potential. The life lesson she wants
to instill in them the most is to “be kind
to yourself. Be kind to others. And always
believe in yourself and your abilities.”
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The emergence of COVID-19, and its
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society deals with this crisis, many of us have
turned our thoughts to our families and loved
ones, and how we can protect them should
a sudden illness or other unfortunate events
In this uncertain environment, it’s no surprise
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since early 2020. During such times, many of
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knowing our affairs are in order and our loved
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If you have procrastinated getting an estate
plan (or updating an old plan), now is the
perfect time to check this important item off
your to-do list. The ability to work with an
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videoconferencing, phone conferencing and
electronic communications—makes this process
easier than ever.
Whatever estate planning goals you may have—
be it protecting assets from creditors, providing
for a child with special needs or avoiding
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Last Will and Testament or Living Trust: A
primary function of a will or trust is to identify
your heirs—the individuals who will receive
your money and property after you die—and
the manner in which they are to receive their
inheritance. (For example, will they receive it all
at once, spread out over time, or in a trust to be
used for certain purposes?) A will is also used
to name your choice of guardians for minor
children and other dependents.
A living trust and a will accomplish many of
the same purposes. But for many individuals
and families, a living trust is preferred because
it can avoid probate and is a more efficient way
to administer an estate, saving their heirs lots of
time and money.
Powers of Attorney: These documents are used
to identify the people you trust to make decisions
on your behalf if you become ill and are unable
to make them for yourself. Your agent, under
a health-care power of attorney, is authorized
to make medical decisions in accordance with
your wishes. A financial power of attorney will
allow the person(s) you have named to make
financial decisions and manage legal affairs on
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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
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.
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.
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GIVING A VOICE TO THOSE WHO CAN’T SPEAK FOR THEMSELVES
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Kootenai County’s 2019 top 30 under 40 winner Katie Brown’s
interest in childhood education started in high school, when
she took a family consumer science course. When she got to
college, she knew it was her calling.
A Coeur d’Alene area native, Katie grew up in Athol, was a dedicated 4-H
student and loved everything about her childhood. “Growing up here, it
just has everything that I love—being close to the water, the woods; being
close to my family,” says Katie.
She earned her associates degree from NIC, where she confirmed she was
passionate about early childhood education and child safety. “I just loved
it, and that really got me kicked off and started in childhood education,”
Katie recalls. She went on to receive a degree from the University of
Idaho, and when the opportunity presented itself, decided to complete
her Master of Science in curriculum and instruction with an emphasis in
early childhood education from Arizona State University.
She met her husband, and both decided to settle in her hometown area.
“We both have really strong roots here in North Idaho, and this is where
we wanted to settle down,” Katie says. In both her professional and free
time, she is dedicated to serving the local community through childhood
education opportunities and child safety awareness.
Her primary career is as a service coordinator with the Idaho Infant
Toddler Program. Katie has worked there for two-and-a-half years,
working to connect families with services and resources.
The most rewarding part of her work is knowing that community
members are connected with the people and resources they need.
“Knowing that children are safer, and giving that voice to those who can’t
speak for themselves quite yet, and then giving parents the tools—that
is the most rewarding part,” she says. “Hearing someone say, ‘I had no
Katie also serves as a facilitator for the United Way of North Idaho’s Ready!
For Kindergarten program. She’s in her sixth year with the organization
and helps to facilitate parent workshops and childcare providers. For her,
it’s about “reminding parents it’s OK to play with your child and to have
fun, and that’s really where learning comes from,” she says.
For more than four years, Katie has served on the board of directors
for Northwest Infant Survival and SIDS Alliance (NISSA), formerly the
Inland Northwest SIDS Foundation, and currently serves as the board
Beyond her full-time profession, NISSA and United Way, Katie makes
time to offer her services as a Safe Sleep Educator, teaching families and
caregivers how to help their babies sleep safely. She provides community
education and awareness through events and is one of three founding
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members of the North Idaho Passenger Safety Team, a cause that is very
close to her heart.
She’s passionate about “educating community and early education for kiddos
and health and safety when it comes to children,” says Katie. “I find myself
being super passionate about car seat safety information.”
Katie says what she finds most difficult is when she’s unable to help someone.
“Whether that is that their views may not align and that I’m unable to get
them that education, or that someone is struggling and not having the tools
to support them, because then it can lead to so many other things in child
Katie’s passion and work in the child education and safety world make a
huge impact on her local community, and being a part of a small, tightknit
community like Coeur d’Alene is rewarding to her. “Being part of that
community definitely makes a difference because not only do I know that
I can be a support to someone else, I know that I have a community that
can be a support to me when I need it,” she says. “It continues to drive my
passion, knowing that I always have someone I can count on to back me up
when I’m out doing things that I’m passionate about.”
Besides volunteering, Katie loves to spend time with her husband camping
and enjoying the beautiful outdoors of North Idaho. She loves having close
friends nearby and takes every opportunity she gets to snuggle their kids,
which she calls her “bonus babies.” She’s stayed connected to 4-H and
currently serves as a Clover Bud leader, inspired by the time and joy she
had participating with the organization throughout her childhood. “I always
have a blast with them,” she smiles.
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After more than four decades in business, the success of this
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operations for more than 30 years. “They really had a vision
of excellence that has set us apart today,” states Business Manager
Today, owners Lyla and Mark Henderson are dedicated to spending
the necessary time educating their employees on everything they
need to know about their market, products, water chemistry and
more. “Our product knowledge separates us from other suppliers in
the area,” affirms Sales Manager Dan Meacham.
“We carry products that increase a customer’s well-being physically
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What they enjoy most at Pool World is being part of the local community.
“We love how focused Coeur d’Alene and Spokane is with health and
being outdoors. We love that customers in our area care about our
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Pool World prides itself on being more than a longstanding local family
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Pool World and its employees are not only dedicated to their customers
but also their local communities they serve. For every hot tub sold, they
donate $100 into the Pool World Care Fund. You will also find them
running various promotions throughout the year, donating to specific
organizations and participating in many local charity events.
“Together with the Pool World Cares Fund, we donate to local
organizations such as Kootenai Humane Society, Coeur d’Alene Swim
Team, YMCA, SCRAPS, 2nd Harvest Food Bank, ACCOIN, Every
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Humane Society, American Cancer Society, Spokane Youth Symphony,
Spokane Parks and Rec and more,” Marketing Manager Elisha Heinje says
Over the past five years, Pool World has given more than $125,000 to
local charities either by check or by donating items. “We love that we can
make a difference in our area!” smiles Elisha.
Lyla, Mark and the rest of the Pool World team believe that by supporting
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FROM SOLDIERS TO CAMPERS
FARRAGUT’S VARIED HISTORY DEMANDS
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
ever-churning use the park endured since it
began in 1942 as a training camp for United
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
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
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
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.
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
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
submarines. At its deepest the lake is somewhere
between 1,100 and 1,200 feet deep, though Bair
said the silty bottom doesn’t bounce radar well,
so it is difficult to know its precise depth.
The military base took six months to build,
and once operational its six camps each housed
5,000 soldiers. It was the largest city in Idaho
for four years, Bair said, and in all 293,381 men
went through boot training at Farragut between
1942 and 1946. But after the war, the military
disbanded the facility and opened up “a giant
community yard sale,” as Bair put it.
“You can go to any long-standing family
in North Idaho, even Eastern Washington,
and you can find silverware that said FNTS
(Farragut Naval Training Station) on it, or you
can find cabinets or linens, all kinds of things,”
After that, various groups came through to use
the space: Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts, the National
Guard. When Idaho established a state parks
department, Farragut was enfolded into its
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
“You can’t have change and growth in the forest without some sort of
disturbance,” she said. “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. 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 with a smile,
even as she walks the museum and sees evidence that rodents are evading
her defensive efforts.
“Dang it. Pack rats. Seriously. Shredding my velvet. There’s a pack rat! I
hate him,” she said. “He’s making himself some sort of cape, I can imagine.”
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Springtime in the Idaho Panhandle means it’s again time for fresh
produce and farm products. It’s the season to start living off the
land again (if you haven’t been all winter), and the Kootenai
County Farmers’ Market is back with loads of fresh goodness to
make the most of the warmer season.
The Saturday market will be opening up as planned on May 9 (as of
press time) at the Hayden site on the corner of Highway 95 and Prairie
Avenue. The market will be modified to ensure the safety of all vendors
and customers, says Saturday Market Manager Natalie Selbe.
The Wednesday market opening, which takes place in Downtown Coeur
d’Alene on Fifth Street, will be postponed until at least June as a result of
the COVID-19 pandemic. Its opening depends on when event permits
are issued for the area, adds Selbe.
The Hayden market opening will be one of the first annual events
locals return to the streets for since most unessential businesses closed
or reduced hours and the state issued a state-wide stay-at-home order.
Everything is not back to normal by any means, and the market will be
taking efforts to protect its vendors and customers. The market presents a
much-anticipated opportunity to access essential fresh fruits, vegetables
and food products while supporting local growers in the process.
The Kootenai County Farmers Market started in 1986 in the Coeur
d’Alene area as a means of providing fresh, locally grown produce to the
community. Typically operating May through October in a normal year,
the markets specialize in vegetables, flowers, native plants and a diverse
array of local food products like meats, cheeses, bread, honey and jams.
“We are autonomous, producer-only, member-driven, with an elected
board of directors,” says Ellen Scriven from Killarney Farms, and a board
member who has been with the market since its inception. “[We are] one
of the oldest in the region, having started in 1986.”
When the market first started on Sherman Avenue in Coeur d’Alene, 25
vendors participated. Now the markets include more than 100 different
vendors, many who have been returning to the market for years.
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naturally with no chemical fertilizers, pesticides, insecticides or
fungicides, and uses only organic seeds. Since they, like many other local
farmers, are so close, you know the produce you’re buying is freshly
picked and full of nutrients.
Urban farmer The Coeur d’Alene Coop grows and sells heirloom plant
varieties on their local garden situated right in the city limits. They also
keep chickens and grow a productive garden on their tiny lot and can be
found selling at the market each year.
KCFM is all member driven, which means it is local farmers and artisans
who are preserving and continuing the efforts which began 34 years
ago to help connect the community to the local land. “The members
participate in decisions about the market. They volunteer in many ways
from setting the market up and taking it down, to organizing music and
special events, to helping to promote the market and donating time and
products for customer appreciation,” says Scriven.
Besides delicious fresh vegetables and food products, the markets include
native plants, live music, arts and crafts, and special activities and events.
You can often find people dancing to the music in the street downtown
or in front of the stage in Hayden, says Scriven. Each year the Saturday
market offers a Fall Festival to celebrate the season and provide extra
merriment for families at the market. This year’s will be on September 26.
Scriven remembers lots of special moments throughout her years with the
markets: “Customers expressing appreciation, showing up on the coldest,
rainiest or snowy days to support their local growers ... The moose who
wandered through the market a few years ago ...The market dinners.”
KCFM also includes a special program for kids ages 5 to 12 called POP
(Power of Produce). It’s a free program that helps introduce children to
the importance of eating fresh and local, and shows them how to grow
and prepare their own food. Participants receive tokens they can use to
shop at the Farmers’ Market.
The market had an interesting start, moving around locations in search
of a permanent spot to open each year. Vendors sold out of the back of
their trucks the first year, and the market shrank to only eight members
the following year when it found itself in a less than ideal location in an
empty lot across from the jail.
In 1994 the Saturday market moved to its current location, where vendors
now have 70 Redwood painted booths to sell from amidst the trees and
parklike setting. The Saturday market is open 9am to 1:30pm, and no
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on a leash or carried.
The Wednesday market is from 4 to 7pm downtown
in Coeur d’Alene and caters to the “what’s for dinner?”
weekday crowd and visitors to the area.
The Kootenai County Farmers’ Market website is a
wealth of information. You can find information on
all of the vendors who attend the markets, as well
as a helpful “what’s in season” page that lists various
produce items and the months they are typically
available at market.
A collection of delicious recipes helps you make the
most of your fresh produce—like Emily’s Rhubarb
Cobbler and Rajnica (Croatian Lamb Kebab Skewers).
The website also includes nutritional access program
information and upcoming event updates and news.
Visit KootenaiFarmersMarkets.org to learn more
about the markets and their offerings.
If you are a local Kootenai County producer who
would like to become a vendor at the market, you can
easily apply for membership; the farmers market is
always looking to bring local growers and producers
together to represent all that the area has to offer.
Vendor categories include agricultural producers and
growers, artisan food and craft vendors, and food
court vendors. Visit KootenaiFarmersMarkets.org to
learn more about the markets and their offerings, or
to become a vendor.
Farmers’ markets across North Idaho are gearing up
for their summer season, and it promises to be the
perfect opportunity to get outside, enjoy the sun,
socialize and stock up on healthy, locally sourced food.
Neighboring markets to the north of Coeur d’Alene in
places like Sandpoint and Bonners Ferry will soon be
opening their booths as well, making it easy to opt for
local and source most of your produce and food needs
from local growers and producers.
So grab your reusable shopping bags, a coffee and the
kids, and head on out to one of your local farmers’
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While watching television news coverage following the
bombing at the Boston Marathon a few years ago, First
District Judge Clark Peterson was moved by something
Peterson, who spoke last year at the Spring North Idaho College Basic
Patrol Academy Commencement Ceremony, said that amid the chaos
following the explosion, many people were running away from the
possible danger—but there was a small group of people doing the
“You folks are the kind of people who are willing to run toward the
explosion,” Peterson told the patrol academy graduates.
For the last decade, NIC and local law enforcement agencies have worked
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students seeking employment in law enforcement. Previously, law
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The curriculum at NIC is the same, but some of the training reflects a
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local law enforcement officers themselves.
“It’s more realistic and what they will encounter up here,” Swanson said.
NIC offers three levels of certification in law enforcement, including
a Basic Technical Certificate, which is awarded at the completion of
the Basic Patrol Academy. A student can continue on and earn an
Intermediate Technical Certificate, and an Associate of Applied Science
degree is available also.
A potential candidate must interview with Swanson, pass an assessment,
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physical and medical requirements.
“I have often told applicants who are starting the process that if you
have a background that is acceptable, have a good work ethic and some
common sense, we can teach you the skills to do the job,” said Kootenai
County Sheriff Ben Wolfinger, whose deputies often complete their
training at NIC. “I truly believe that between the academies and the OJT
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It’s a great benefit to local agencies to have a police academy here in
North Idaho, said Post Falls Police Chief Pat Knight. “Students are being
trained by officers who work in the communities where they will serve.”
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CHINESE HERBAL MEDICINE
Plants as healers
By Jeff Pufnock L.Ac. Ph.D. and Jessica Youngs L.Ac.
Throughout history, people from every culture appreciated that
plants growing around them were not only a source of food
but also a source of healing. The knowledge of which plants
to use and how to use them was often transmitted orally from
generation to generation by a respected medicine elder. With
the advent of Western medicine, this knowledge informed the creation
of the first pharmaceutical medications, most of which were originally
purified plant substances. Some original examples of these plant-derived
pharmaceuticals include morphine from opium poppies, quinine from the
bark of the cinchona tree and aspirin from willow bark.
The advancement of the Chinese written language enabled them to be the
earliest civilization to extensively document the medicinal use of plants.
As early as 200 BC, the Chinese had created a detailed materia medica
that collected the oral traditional uses of 365 agricultural and medicinal
plants. This materia medica now lists more than 10,000 plants and natural
substances, and Chinese herbal medicines are an important complement
to modern medical care in China. This tradition of herbal medicine has
been used for thousands of years to treat epidemics and most recently
proved to be effective to lessen the severity of the COVID-19 outbreak (1)
as well as the SARS outbreak (2) when used alongside Western medical
interventions. Chinese herbal medicine is beginning to gain traction in
the United States, and hospitals with integrative medicine centers such as
the Cleveland Clinic and Johns Hopkins are now offering Chinese herbal
formulas and acupuncture in conjunction with Western treatments.
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Chinese herbal medicine differs from standardized
herbal supplements due to the method of their
prescription. Rarely prescribed individually, Chinese
herbs are instead combined together in formulas
usually composed of five to 12 herbs. Herbal
formula recipes from ancient medicinal texts are still
studied and replicated today due to their time-tested
effectiveness and masterful understanding of herbal
combinations. The precise dosages of the specific
herbs composing the formula are essential to create a
synergistic treatment effect not possible if the herbs
are taken out of the context of the formula. This
allows Chinese herbal formulas to have very precise
effects in the body.
Rather than focusing on the ‘antiviral’ or
‘antibacterial’ compounds present in herbs, Chinese
herbal medicines instead categorize herbs based
on their empirical effects on the processes and
energetics of the body. A common example is
cinnamon, which is a warming herb that can be
used to induce sweating. These principles allow
herbal formulas to be tailored to each individual’s
constitution and the specific energetic adjustments
necessary to allow them to clear their illness and
reach a state of wellness. This philosophy is part of
the inherent strength of Chinese herbal medicines
and why herbal prescriptions for the same illness
often differ from person to person.
In our time of modernization and biotechnology, it
is important to honor the ancient wisdom of plant
medicine and the teachings of the medicine people
who shared their knowledge with us for the benefit
of future generations.
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THE POSITIVES OF PETS
THE BENEFITS OF HAVING A FURRY FRIEND
BY ROBINA GAINES
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Many people consider pets to
be part of their family, so
when an individual makes
the choice to live in an
assisted living community, it’s only natural that
they’ll want to bring their pet along. Luckily,
many communities allow their residents to bring
their dog, cat, bird, fish or other animal with
them, which can in turn bring residents mental,
emotional and physical well-being.
assisted living communities said that they feel an
increased sense of security having their pets near.
Moving into a new community is a big change for
anyone, and you’ll feel more secure with Fluffy or
Fido around. Dogs in particular can give owners a
sense of security while out and about in public. A
study from the Journal of Human-Animal Studies
found that more than 80 percent of pet owners
feel safer in public areas when their animals are
Nurturing Your Health
It’s easy to feel lonely in a new and unfamiliar
living situation. You may be surrounded by an
exciting host of activities and people, but being
able come home to the unconditional love and
camaraderie of your beloved pet can still make
a huge impact on your happiness and comfort
in a new environment. Pets also create great
opportunities to meet new people—you’ll always
have a walking buddy and someone to greet you
at the door.
A recent study monitored the behaviors of longterm
care residents who experienced therapybased
pet interaction versus those who did
not. The results showed that people exposed to
animals were more likely to participate in long
conversations, while those who did not were more
likely to have brief conversations.
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According to a study from the National Health
Call Center, the vast majority of those living in
Research shows that caring for a pet has a
multitude of emotional and physical benefits.
Caring for a pet promotes overall well-being,
helping us live longer, happier and healthier lives.
All pets—not just certified therapy animals—
reduce stress, lower blood pressure and decrease
depression. One research project found that
pet owners older than 65 visited the hospital 21
percent less often than those without pets.
They also learned that the presence of a therapy
dog decreased agitation in people with Alzheimer’s
and dementia, especially during the late afternoon
and early evening, a time that can often lead to
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SOUND SCARY? THE TRUTH ABOUT ACIDS AND THE HEALTH BENEFITS TO YOUR SKIN
By Kristin Carlson, Medical Esthetician
Many people wrinkle their nose or cringe when I mention
acid treatments for treating certain skin conditions.
They imagine skin melting or psychedelic narcotics. The
acids I’m recommending are medical-grade products
containing acid solutions used in aesthetic treatments for various
benefits. I am a big fan of chemical peels and at-home skin-care regimens
containing acids. They keep my acne-prone skin clear and (now at the
age of 40) keep those pesky wrinkles to a minimum.
Let’s discuss a few, what they are used for and, if used properly, what the
benefits are to your skin.
Hyaluronic Acid: Also called hyaluronan or HA, hyaluronic acid is a
water-binding carbohydrate cell found in the body. It attracts and retains
water, keeping your skin moist and supple. Sun exposure is the main
culprit for the reduction of the body’s natural production of HA, leaving
the skin to appear wrinkled and dehydrated. You can increase the HA in
your skin by ingesting it in supplement form, applying topically to the
face, neck and decollete, or via injection by your aesthetic provider. The
results are hydrated, plump, firm and glowing skin!
Alpha Hydroxy Acids: AHAs are water-soluble acids, derived from
fruits, which dissolve or peel away the outermost layers of the epidermis,
which is mostly composed of dead skin cells. This process allows the
skin to breath and generate new, healthy skin cells. Skin conditions
treated with alpha hydroxy acids include age spots, melasma, texture,
fine lines and enlarged pore size. Examples of AHAs include glycolic
acid, lactic acid and malic acid. The result: smoother, brighter and more
even skin tone.
Beta Hydroxy Acids: BHAs are oil-soluble acids, which penetrate deeper
into the skin, dissolving dead skin cells and excess sebum buildup.
Because of the composition of BHAs and their ability to penetrate deeper
into the skin, they are good options for oily or acne-prone skin. The
most common BHA is salicylic acid, a great ingredient for combating
acne. The result: a clearer, brighter and smoother complexion.
Quite often, acids are used in combined treatments to remedy multiple
skin concerns. For instance, maybe you have combination skin and are
experiencing hormonal breakouts along the jawline, but the skin on your
cheeks and under-eye area are dry and sun damaged. A combination of
AHAs and BHAs could be used during a chemical peel treatment with
a post treatment and at-home regimen containing hyaluronic acid for
There are many options for the use of acids in your skin-care routine.
Talk to your skin-care provider about which combination or treatment
is right for you. Keep in mind, many acid treatments make you sensitive
to sun exposure, so additional SPF and protection is a must. Peels
are not recommended while pregnant, nursing or when using any
oral or topical acne medications. Talk to your health-care provider or
dermatologist if you have questions.
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A DEADLY STROKE
Heritage Health helps patients prevent stroke
through diet, exercise, medication
BY MARC STEWART, HERITAGE HEALTH
Someone in the United States has a stroke
every 40 seconds. Every four minutes
someone dies from a stroke.
A stroke, sometimes called a brain attack, occurs
when an artery is blocked, reducing blood flow to
part of the brain, or when a blood vessel in the
brain bursts. In either case, parts of the brain
become damaged or die.
When this happens, brain cells start to die within
minutes because they can’t get oxygen. This causes
There are two types of stroke:
• An ischemic stroke occurs when a blood clot
blocks a blood vessel to the brain. Fatty deposits
called plaque can also cause blockages by building
up in the blood vessels.
• A hemorrhagic stroke occurs when a blood
vessel bursts in the brain. Blood builds up and
damages surrounding brain tissue.
Heritage Health’s Taryn Grattic PA-C, associate
medical director of the Post Falls Clinic, believes
stroke can be prevented years earlier—and well
before they have catastrophic results.
“Stroke can be prevented by living a healthy
lifestyle,” says Grattic. “A healthy diet and exercise
are just as important as medications we can
prescribe and key to prevention.”
Medicines that lower cholesterol and maintain
normal blood pressure are important tools
in lowering the odds of having a stroke.
Unfortunately, it’s very common, for people take
their medications inconsistently, and they don’t
realize how dangerous that can be.
“I work with a lot of patients with high blood
pressure and patients with chronic illnesses like
diabetes, coronary artery disease,” says Grattic.
“These conditions put people at a higher risk for
having a stroke. It’s important to have regular
visits with your provider so they can monitor your
risk levels and manage these conditions.”
A stroke can cause lasting brain injury, long-term
disability or even death. According to the Centers
for Disease Control, stroke kills about 140,000
Americans each year—that’s one out of every 20
A stroke is a medical emergency, and prompt
treatment is crucial. Early action can reduce brain
injury and other complications.
“If you believe you’re having a stroke, call 911,”
says Grattic. “Don’t drive yourself to the hospital.
The ambulance will get you there faster. Those
minutes are critical to reducing the long-term
effects of a stroke. If you get treated fast enough,
the damage to the brain can be minimized.”
Grattic urges her patients and their families to be
mindful of signs a stroke is occurring.
“They might recognize it before you do,” said
Grattic. “Your family is your best support system.
Talk to them about stroke and what to look for.”
Warning signs of a stroke:
• Sudden numbness or weakness in the face, arm
or leg (especially on one side of the body)
• Sudden confusion or trouble speaking or
• Sudden vision problems in one or both eyes
• Sudden difficulty walking or dizziness, loss of
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• Severe headache with no known cause
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Healthcare from the Heart
‘Home Away from Home’
SOCIAL DISTANCING DID NOT REDUCE THE
OBLIGATION TO THOSE WHO SACRIFICED
BY DAN AZNOFF
PHOTOS COURTESY OF FISHER HOUSE JBLM
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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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
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
The full Wishlist is available at FisherHouse-
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.
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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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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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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!
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 is a phenomenal hike, taking foot travelers to the top
of Clifty Mountain. If you’re looking for a lightly trafficked outand-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.
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.
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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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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.
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
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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
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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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.
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.
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.
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 compass. Orient
yourself with places before you leave for your
destination and get used to using a map so you
don’t get stuck in the wilderness with no idea
which direction is back.
A camp stove is a must—a two-burner propane
camp stove is nice if you don’t have to pack it in,
that way you can make your morning brew while
you cook the eggs. You’ll need pots, plates, cups
and utensils—you can bring camping specific ones
or use ones from your home kitchen. Just make
sure to bring items that won’t break and can handle
some wear and tear. A cooler is essential to keep
refrigerated items cold, and don’t forget a scrub tub,
biodegradable soap and a sponge for doing those
dishes. Think about the cooking dishes you’ll need—
plan and bring food that is easy and simple to cook.
A cast-iron skillet is a great works-for-most option.
Where and when you plan on camping will
determine what temperature rating you need for
your sleeping bag. Choose one that is somewhat
lower than the coldest temperature you plan to camp
in. Unless you’re backpacking, choose a sleeping bag
with more room to move around in—it makes for
a better sleep. If you’re in a wetter climate, often
synthetic-filled will perform better than down in the
damp (though some offer a good protective coating,
down can still soak up the cold and damp). For
added comfort, get a sleeping pad so you won’t feel
every rock beneath you.
Consider what size tent you will need: How many
people do you want to fit? If possible, try to go bigger
by one person to give you and your guests more
room (unless you’re packing in and size and weight
is an issue). Seasonality determines what times of
the year and types of weather your tent is suitable
for. For most beginning campers, a three-season tent
is sufficient for any late spring, summer and early fall
adventures. Finally, decide what features you want
in your tent, like peak height, ventilation, multiple
openings, an entrance to store muddy boots, etc.
Through British Columbia’s Okanagan and
the International Selkirk Loop, Part I
Story and Photos By Marguerite Cleveland
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
and operated by an indigenous band. Enjoy tasting some award-winning wines. Make sure to try Mer’R’iym, the Nk’Mip word for marriage.
HAVE A PLAN BUT BE OPEN
TO SPONTANEOUS STOPS.
This red blend is a perfect meld of merlot, cabernet sauvignon, cabernet
franc and malbec.
The Nk’Mip Resort has a lovely beach at the campground. Check out
Wakepilot Wakeboarding for a 90-minute Sea-Doo experience or rent a
stand-up paddleboard to enjoy some time on the lake.
The Safari Beach Resort is a lakefront retreat, the type families return
to year after year. This is an older resort, but it is spotlessly clean and
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
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
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
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
Osoyoos - DestinationOsoyoos.com
Kelowna - TourismKelowna.com
WHERE TO STAY
Safari Beach Resort - SafariBeachResort.com
Eldorado Hotel and Resort
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
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 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.
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
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
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.
Your local Dining Guide
RECIPES LOCAL FLAVOR SPOTLIGHTS
SPRING COBB SALAD WITH
CREAMY AVOCADO DRESSING
Recipe and Photo Courtesy of Tina VanDenHeuvel, NTP
Yields: 4 servings
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
• 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
• 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.
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
• 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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pulled pork, hand-battered onion rings or jalapenos. 32 beers on tap to
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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
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!
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.
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
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
*Due to COVID-19, The Culinary Stone is currently closed (as
of press time) and will re-open at the earliest time it is safe to
do so. They thank you for your continued support.
The Culinary Stone
2129 Main Street | Coeur d’Alene
208.277.4116 | CulinaryStone.com
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.
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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
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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.
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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
215 W. Kathleen | Coeur d’Alene
208.664.4800 | FishermansMarketCdA.com
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
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.
41 Lakeshore Dr. | Sagle
208.265.2000 | 41SouthSandpoint.com
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. Currently closed.
41 Lakeshore Dr. | Sagle
208.265.2001 | ShogaSushi.com
Shopping. Dining. Take-Out.
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.
5416 W. Village Blvd. | Rathdrum
208.687.5396 | MoondollarsBistro.com
“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
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
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
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COEUR D’ALENE STRONG
By Jillian Chandler
LIFE CONTINUES ON HERE IN COEUR D’ALENE AS WE LEARN WAYS TO
MANAGE OUR NEW “NORMAL.” Many of us find ourselves trying to
work from home while also realizing our new roles as teacher, 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 Coeur
d’Alene 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 witness. 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, Coeur d’Alene, for making this a wonderful place to live,
work and play.
HELPING THOSE IN NEED
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UNION GOSPEL MISSION
UGM has been responding to the current COVID-19 pandemic
in the best way to still serve those in need. People who have
experienced homelessness are among the most vulnerable to
COVID-19. Many of the guests in Union Gospel Mission shelters
have asthma, diabetes, high blood pressure and other underlying
health conditions, putting them at high risk. Because of the
community’s generous support, UGM is in an excellent position to
still care for and protect their guests. For up-to-date information,
CANCER AND COMMUNITY CHARITIES
The women of the 3Cs (Cancer and Community Charities) have
been busy with needle and thread in hand sewing hundreds of
cloth masks to help fulfill the high demand during recent weeks.
In addition to donating and distributing more than 1,000 masks to
police, firefighters, EMTs, doctors’ offices and more, the three dozen
volunteers, many members of the 3Cs Crafty Crew and Twisted
Stitchers activity groups, are selling their washable and reusable
masks for $10 each, with proceeds benefiting the nonprofit, which
in turn will go to local community charities. Follow 3Cs Kootenai
County on Facebook or email email@example.com if you
would like to purchase a mask or donate to the cause.
SECOND HARVEST INLAND NORTHWEST
On April 15, Second Harvest’s Mobile Market distributed food at
Silver Lake Mall and served more than 700 families, who received
a variety of fresh and frozen items to help them through this time
of financial hardship resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic.
Second Harvest has been experiencing a threat to their donated
food supplies, with food flowing out more quickly than it’s flowing
in, as more and more families find themselves struggling. To
continue to help those who are currently food insecure, each dollar
donated to the food bank provides food for five meals. Find out
more at 2-Harvest.org.
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$450,000 | MLS # 20-2661
Isolate in your Idaho retreat nestled on over 10
private acres! This home was remodeled to a high
standard and a large addition was added in 2017,
including a over sized 2 car garage. A very flexible
floor plan to allow for two separate living areas
with 2 kitchens and 2 laundry rooms to support
extended family or even a vacation rental.
Features include a main floor master, laminate
flooring, bamboo flooring, granite counter tops,
custom artisan island, newer stainless-steel
appliances, craftsman trim complemented with
STUNNING views from every room. Outside you’ll
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$1,080,000 | MLS # 20-1407
Perfectly situated on 10 acres with a 24x35 shop.
Enjoy 180 degree views of stunning Lake Coeur
d’Alene and majestic North Idaho sunsets. This
custom home is not to be missed! With views
from every room it’s easy to relax and recharge
with 3 spacious bedrooms, 3.5 bathrooms and a
private studio apartment above the garage. Open
floor plan with vaulted ceiling in great room,
windows that let in an abundance of natural light
and provide spectacular views, and a fireplace
with gorgeous rock surround. Large kitchen with
commercial grade stainless steel appliances, quartz
counter tops, hardwood flooring and pantry.
$475,000 | MLS # 20-2975
This treed pristine setting feature two amazing
homes sold together but on separate parcels
totaling 20.41 acres. 2003 Marlette MH and a 2004
Marlette MH. 2003 feature a 3 car garage, propane
gas, rider optic cable, underground power, central
air, 1500 gallon holding tank for shared well and
a 42x50 insulated & 40x50 shop. Both homes
have generic generators as backups. Perfect for
multi-generational living. Separate 80 acres also
$290,000 | MLS # 19-5712
Stunning views from atop 5 beautifully cleared
acres waiting for you to build your dream home
on one of several building sites. Enjoy close
access to town with a developed road to the
lot. Cedar trees abound and power is available.
Power is available. Parcel is in process of lot line
$250,000 | MLS # 20-401
Build your dream home on 2 oversized lots with
gorgeous lake view! Enjoy 2 boat slips with
community beach & BBQ area on Carey Bay. easy
access from HWY 95 on well maintained rods &
just minutes to Conking Bay Marina. perfect for
$322,500 | MLS MLS # 19-12011
VRBO Rental! What a great way to supplement
your lake view getaway than with this very
successful vacation rental property. Enjoy
breathtaking views of Coeur d’Alene Lake from
this home that has 2 additional build-able lots!
Remodeled home has room for everyone with 3
bedrooms, 2 baths, and is just over 2,300 square
feet. As a bonus it comes completely furnished
and is within walking distance of downtown
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