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A TIME OF RENEWAL
t’s May, and this is usually
the time when everything
is starting to come back to
life, especially in our small
community. But this May we are all faced
with something much different; a reality
that is riddled with uncertainty. Most of
us either own or work for a small business,
and we have all witnessed firsthand how
challenging things have become. We are
only as good as our community and the
support we receive from each other. It is
the fabric of the community that binds us
together and keeps us all living in harmony
with one another. There are no substitutes.
It is "us" that makes Sandpoint such an
amazing place to live. Which leads me to
the multi-billion-dollar corporations that
have flooded our airwaves and social media
channels with their mantra of "We are all in
this together,” which makes me think, "Are
we?" Are we really "in this together”?
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people who live, breathe and work here are
the ones who are "in this together." We are
the ones who have each other's backs, and
we are the ones who will figure out how
we create our new normal. And one thing
I am certain of is that we will figure it out
and make it happen! And while we are
all waiting for the "go" from our leaders,
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In creating our home as a sanctuary, one of the most
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TEACHER OF THE MONTH
By Colin Anderson
Hope Elementary School
Time at home has given our May
Teacher of the Month, Jennifer
Majors, added time to think about
her students. Like all educators
whose schools have been closed due to the
pandemic, Jennifer has had to adapt her
lesson plans and work through the emotions
of not being in the classroom with her fourth,
fifth and sixth graders at Hope Elementary
School. “I have become ultra aware that the
most rewarding thing about teaching are the
relationships I build
with my students,” she
said. “I absolutely enjoy
everything about every
single individual! I love
hearing about their
sports life, their family
pets, their sibling stories
and just being a part of
their everyday lives.”
Jennifer, like so many
others, is doing her
best, formulating lesson
plans and teaching
via email and phone.
She’s created learning
packets that she hopes
are both easy for parents
to understand and
implement while at the
same time educational
and meaningful. “This experience has taught
me how to think ‘outside of the box’ and still
serve my students—even if it's from home.
A text message, a phone call, a Facebook
message or an email have been avenues I have
tried to utilize in order to stay connected with
my students and their families,” said Jennifer.
“I HAVE BECOME
THAT THE MOST
ABOUT TEACHING ARE
I BUILD WITH MY
In 15 years she has never experienced
anything like this and says she is constantly
thinking about her students and their wellbeing,
acknowledging that teaching is much
like an act of service. She misses the time in
class but also the little things like a student’s
high five, sincere smile or big hug. “The
positive relationships I am privileged enough
to build during the school year with each of
my students is definitely what I find the most
Though the decision
to close schools weighs
heavily on entire
like Jennifer are doing
their best to continue to
provide not just a solid
education plan but a
positive adult in a young
Schools will reopen
and life will eventually
return to normal. The
will likely change how a
lot of people see things,
“In life, you can never
be sure of which way
things are going to go.
Allowing yourself to be flexible enough to
make mistakes, graceful enough to learn from
those mistakes and continue to move forward
will be a life-saving skill,” she said.
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times they are a-changin’.” The movement toward
telemedicine and virtual care is being thrust upon us
urgently due to the current COVID-19 pandemic.
As pets continue to require various types of care,
pet parents are now faced with this question: How essential is it to
bring my dog or cat to the office? Many times, the answer is easy,
especially in the event of an emergency or advanced illness. But what
if it's not an emergency or you want to get some medical advice now?
Or a skin check? A lameness? A behavior consultation? That's when
telemedicine comes to the home!
Virtual visits (VV) are no longer a thing of the past in veterinary
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The benefits are plenty. The most timely is that a VV minimizes
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environment. Telemedicine use is not limited to sick pet care. This
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Here's how it works: Call North Idaho Animal Hospital and request a
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HOW TO HELP RESTAURANTS AND SMALL BUSINESSES
DURING THESE UNCERTAIN TIMES
By Abigail Thorpe
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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
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MOMENTUM MEDICAL MASSAGE AND FITNESS STUDIO
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“WE SEE EVERY PERSON AS
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Celebrating a year in business in Sandpoint this July, owners Kelly and
Ken Emerson of Momentum Medical Massage and Fitness Studio
are excited to continue providing their superior services, knowledge
and experience to the community.
The energetic couple decided to blend their passion for fitness and Kelly’s love
for massage and bodywork under one roof. Ken and Kelly have been involved
in the fitness industry since 2005 when they opened their first fitness studio in
Vancouver, Washington. After visiting Sandpoint for many years, they made
the decision to relocate to the area in 2012. “Kelly and I grew up in Vermont
and wanted our children to experience the small-town lifestyle that we grew
up with,” says Ken. “We are outdoor recreation enthusiasts and Sandpoint was
the perfect fit for our family.”
Soon after moving to Sandpoint, Kelly began working and training at
Sandpoint West Athletic Club (the Y). While training for national Spartan
obstacle course races, Kelly began suffering from overuse injuries that halted
her training efforts. Seeking relief from a massage therapist, she was amazed to
find that with only a few sessions her pain had been significantly reduced and
her functioning returned to normal. She realized that her clients could also
benefit from massage therapy, so in 2016 Kelly attended North Idaho Massage
Academy and became a licensed massage therapist.
With Ken’s experience in business management, their combined love
of fitness and Kelly’s newfound love of massage therapy and bodywork,
Momentum was born! Like all professions, massage therapy and personal
training must follow certain Scope of Practice Guidelines. “By being
certified and trained in both, we are better able to serve our clients and
help them actively improve their overall functioning in their bodies both
in the massage treatment room and in our fitness studio,” says Kelly.
Momentum is one of just a few practices in Sandpoint that accepts
Health Insurance and treats clients who have been involved in motor
vehicle collisions and work-related accidents. They work with physicians,
chiropractors and physical therapists that will prescribe massage therapy
and refer their patients to Momentum. This creates a team effort to
help treat a variety of health-related issues, chronic pain, sports injuries
and overall general wellness. “We see every person as unique, and we
work hard to ensure their treatment best meets their individual needs.
Our LMTs use a variety of modalities including Swedish Massage,
Myofascial Release, Trigger Point Therapy, Deep Tissue, Craniosacral
Therapy, TMJ treatments, Cold Stone Headache/Migraine Therapy and
SomatoEmotional Release,” Kelly explains.
Ken and Kelly are excited to see their son Aidan following in their
footsteps. “It’s a dream come true,” smiles Kelly. “Through our experience,
he has witnessed and been a part of our fitness journey. He has joined us
in many Spartan races and takes care of his body through fitness and
nutrition.” Aidan is currently attending NIMA and will graduate this
summer as an LMT. He’s a trainer at Momentum and works at the front
In addition to massage therapy, Momentum has a 900-square-foot
functional fitness training studio that incorporates the latest in fitness
technology and state-of-the art functional training equipment. They
offer personal training as well as small group training and indoor cycling
classes. Our fitness programming is created by our personal trainers and
is designed so people of most ages and fitness abilities can participate in
the same workout and reap the same benefits. “All of our members say
it is a game changer for keeping them on track with their fitness goals,”
says Ken. “The technology not only holds clients accountable but also
‘gamifies’ the fitness experience and is extremely motivating.”
At Momentum, the Emersons are honored to serve this incredible
community. "To witness the power our bodies have to work hard, to push
beyond our comfort zones and to assist in the body's ability to recover
and heal from pain and injury," says Kelly, "it's an absolute blessing every
Sandpoint Teen Center
A SAFE SPACE TO LEARN AND PLAY
By Abigail Thorpe
WELCOME TO STOP
IN AND GRAB FOOD
IN ACTIVITIES OR
GAMES, BUT THEY
TO PUT THEIR
Over 16 years ago, Marilyn Fargo started
an after-school drop-in center where
teens could do crafts and socialize.
Two to four kids would stop in for a
bit in the beginning. Today, the Sandpoint Teen
Center serves 35 to 40 teens a day, providing a
safe space for them to gather, learn and build
But the path to get here has not been without
hurdles. The center moved to various locations
over the years, looking for a home they could
gather and offer cooking and other educational
opportunities. They had a part-time staff and
board of directors including Jim Payne, Joan
Avery and other community members. It was
difficult to keep staff on however, and in 2010
Avery volunteered to serve as the director until
someone was willing to take on the part-time
position for little pay.
In 2018 the center was in need of a home, and
the new owners at Huckleberry Lanes offered up
their space. “Being new, they opened their arms to
us and let us use the arcade room for snacks and
games,” says Avery. “The best part was that quite
a lot of teens that had never before bowled began
bowling weekly and enjoying keeping scores and
watching their progress.”
The Teen Center still needed a space to continue
their culinary program, however, and eventually
they found their current home at the Church of
God, where John and Kathy Pomeroy and the
board offered them use of the kitchen, ping pong
table and outdoor basketball court.
Teens are welcome to stop in and grab food and
participate in activities or games, but they are
encouraged to put their phones down and interact.
They can use their cell phone to call a parent and
let them know where they are, but besides that
the center doesn’t allow video games or constant
texting or phone use. “Our focus and goal is to
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learning new skills and becoming an active member of our community,”
Many make use of the opportunity to bowl for free, a perk of the flat
rate the center pays the bowling alley monthly. “They are here by their
own choice and can leave when they want,” says Avery. “It is a great
opportunity to be a sounding board for them with no judgement. Some
come in to eat, play games or for advice. Others just like to come in and
play games or socialize to fill the time until they have to go to practice or
their parents come to pick them up. Mostly the teens come for the food
and to connect with friends after school before going to an empty house.”
In addition to bowling, snacks, games and homework help, the center
has speakers and individuals visit to share skill sets or mentor. Finance,
music, crafts and volunteer work have all been topics of past classes.
The center also began a culinary program where teens would come in
to help cook a meal for the entire group. Once they complete six meal
preparations and cleanup, and pass a food handling quiz, each teen
receives $25 cash and a certificate they can take to local restaurants to
apply for work. “Justin Dick at Trinity has hired a couple of our graduates
over the years,” notes Avery. “Another has worked in the kitchen at
Teens are also encouraged to give back through community outreach
programs like raking leaves, visiting the elderly at Valley Vista, helping at
the Senior Center, and assisting with Souptember and other community
fundraisers. “We are always looking for more opportunities to interact
and be a vital part of our community,” says Avery, and she welcomes any
special projects the community needs help with.
Over the years, the center has been a refuge for teens looking for a safe
place to learn, meet new people and share a meal. “Because the teen
center is open to all teens, we will often have a lone student come in and
meet someone from another school and they find things in common. So
even if they are being bullied at their school they have an opportunity to
meet new friends outside of the school environment,” shares Avery.
A while back the center had an autistic teen come in who was fearful and
uncomfortable in the group setting. Over time, as the center continued
to welcome and engage her, she grew confident and became a core part
of the team, helping other teens learn in the kitchen. “She grew and
blossomed right before our eyes,” says Avery. “Today she is a graduate
of SHS and quite confident and outgoing. She is comfortable sharing her
Autism and how it affects people differently.”
The center has been a refuge and starting point for many in the
community. “In fact, we have several teens now in their 20s that still drop
in once in a while to touch base or show us new baby pictures and say
they really enjoyed their time at the teen center,” shares Avery.
Today the center employs five staff members and relies on donations,
grants and volunteer hours to operate. To get more information or to
volunteer time or to become a board member, visit SandpointTeenCenter.
com or call Joan Avery at 208.946.1087.
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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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husband, three daughters and amazing friends. The
opportunity presented itself, so I went for it.” And BeeQueen Studio was
Two years later, Heidi Rockholm is truly grateful, and proud, she made
the decision to pursue this path. “I love the beauty business as a whole
but wanted to bring something bigger and better to Sandpoint. I wanted
to create a special niché.”
Heidi has called Sandpoint home since 2004 and opened Belleza Design
Salon the following year, where she has been providing hair and makeup
services to the Sandpoint community for 15 years. In April of 2018, she
introduced her clients to BeeQueen Studio (located inside Belleza),
where they specialize in cosmetic tattooing and restoration, tattoo
removal, lash lift and tint, brow lamination and henna brows. Heidi
brings her 28 years in the beauty business, continuing to hone her craft
through ongoing learning, training and practice.
At BeeQueen Studio, Heidi provides her clients with industry-leading
services with the latest technology and only the best products available.
“Our services are completely customized to fit your unique needs and
to ensure the best PMU (permanent makeup) results possible,” affirms
Heidi. “We use digital micropigmentation technology, not microblading.
Our method can be used on basically every skin type and for every age
bracket, and it’s less evasive on the skin long term.”
The services offered at BeeQueen for eyebrows are hair stroke, nano
brows, 3-D hair stroke, powder, ombré and combo brows (shading and
hair stroke) and corrective color work when it’s possible. They offer lipblushing
or full color. For liner, clients can choose from full traditional
liners, star dusting, wedges and wing liner, and lash enhancement (which
are tiny pixels of color at the base of lashes in between each lash). Heidi
is also skilled in paramedical tattooing (3D realistic areola tattooing for
clients post mastectomy or surgery) as well as non-laser tattoo removal
for permanent makeup and body tattoo. Brow henna, lash lift and tinting,
and tooth gems services are also offered on-site.
At BeeQueen Studio, the health and safety of their clients is of the utmost
priority. They only use single-service needles and disposable products—
nothing is reused. Instruments are cleaned with medical-grade sanitizer,
and they only use top-shelf pigments (inks). Heidi currently holds 15
different certifications of training, six of which are advanced training.
“We will never take shortcuts or rush through an appointment,” says
Heidi. “We are not a ‘one size fits all studio.’ Our applications are as
individual as our clientele. We work with our clients’ desires, needs and
With all the services offered at BeeQueen Studio, Heidi finds PMU,
specifically the 3D areola reconstruction, the most rewarding. “It’s more
than providing a ‘service’ for me; it’s the big impact it has, to create the
feeling of wholeness again, to replace what was lost. Words can’t describe
it. It always ends in happy tears,” Heidi says. “I feel so honored by being
that person to give that gift. To give someone back brows is a pretty
great feeling as well, especially for clients who’ve lost them to medical
conditions like trichotillomania, alopecia areata, scars from injury,
hormone imbalance or illness such as cancer and thyroid.”
Heidi loves Sandpoint, calling it “a loving, caring and charitable
community.” She does her part when it comes to providing charitable
donations throughout the year. From donations to school fundraisers
and the food bank, to monetary fundraising for the Community Cancer
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congratulations. No one could
have foreseen how your final few
months of high school would have
played out, and it’s unlike any class that has
come before you.
You were stripped of precious memories like
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instrumental and choir concerts, speech,
debate, and precious time with friends and
We feel for you but know that while this is
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BY ABIGAIL THORPE | PHOTOS BY KIERSTEN PATTERSON PHOTOGRAPHY
Kiersten Patterson moved to Sandpoint five years ago come
August. She and her husband settled here to raise their family and
instantly fell in love with the community. She loves the outdoors,
the vibrancy of life and the close-knit community that will do anything
for someone in need. “Most of all, I love the unique shops that make this
place feel like family,” she says.
So when COVID-19 hit the nation and businesses were forced to shut
their doors or reduce hours, Kiersten tried to put herself in their shoes
and question how they were really doing. Furthermore, she wanted to
know what their message to the Sandpoint community would be, right
now, as we weather the uncertainty, financial hardship and social, mental
and emotional struggles that come with losing work, closing storefronts
and distancing ourselves from the individuals and community that gives
us so much life.
“I heard it from the media, but I was like: ‘I wonder what they have to
say personally themselves, not only what they’re going through, but what
they have to say to their community,’” she says.
She set out with her camera and the goal of bringing a message of positivity
to her community. Being in a small town, you have a relationship with
some of the people, says Kiersten. She started at a place she frequents
often: Evans Brothers Coffee.
From there, she continued throughout downtown, stopping at local
businesses to take pictures of the owners and employees holding their
own messages to the community outside their familiar storefronts. Those
that were closed she took pictures of the typed or hand-written notes
taped or pinned to front doors. Signs that read: “Closing on March 22nd
at 2 until further notice. We hope to be back very soon. Thanks for all the
love and support!”, “Take-out only” and “Our staff is on Corona-cation.”
The response from businesses was overwhelmingly positive. Each shared
stories that were both heartwarming and heartbreaking. But when asked
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what they would share with the community, Kiersten saw the light in
each person’s eyes change. They wanted to love on their community, to
stay here and be open for the people who support them day in and day
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“That was really encouraging to me to see the positivity that came
from it. That gave me a lot of hope and encouragement,” says Kiersten.
When she thought she was finished with her project, more businesses
reached out, wanting to share their own message and be a part of the
Kiersten listened to the struggles each business faced, wondering if they
were going to be able to pay rent and keep their doors open, worrying
about what was going to happen to their employees. “Above all they were
more concerned with people in worse spots than they were,” she recalls.
Panhandle Cone and Coffee put out toilet paper for those in need. Joel’s
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work for their livelihoods. “Joel would say, ‘Look at this man over here,’
and he’d tell me his story,” says Kiersten. “His heart really is for the people
that are hurting worse off than he is. That was the theme time and again:
“It’s not about me.”
“You see those kinds of things and you say OK, that’s what's going to see
us through,” she adds. It challenged her and her family to ask themselves,
“Who is worse off than me, and what can I do?” They wrote notes to
teachers, sent care packages to friends and family, and made cookies to
give away. “It’s not about us and how we’re doing, it’s about are we still
being generous to others,” she says.
Kiersten’s “Sandpoint Speaks Hope” project reached many more than
she expected, sending a message of positivity and togetherness that is so
needed at this time.
“My goal is, as you are scrolling through social media, to have something
positive pop on your feed from a friendly face you may know and love as
much as I do,” writes Kiersten on her blog. “I hope you enjoy seeing their
messages as much as I do. I hope you can receive it with an open heart
and please no judgment about them being open or closed. I hope you can
remember them in prayer as you pray throughout your day. I hope we
can ALL come to the other side with the least amount of loss as possible.
We are in this together.”
You can find the full collection of “Sandpoint Speaks Hope” on
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HOW DOES PAIN AFFECT YOUR LIFE?
Before you reach for that pain pill, read this!
By Mindy Murray, Occupational Therapist, Kauai Therapy & Wellness
What are you unable to do? What do you want to do again but
pain is holding you back? Is it taking your dog on a walk,
sweeping the kitchen floor, sleeping through the night or
simply being able to hug your child? Ask yourself, “How
much longer do I want to wait to find a solution that gets to the root of my
problem?” Let me ask you: What are your fears that hold you back from
seeking a solution? Is it that you don’t feel you have the time, the money or
the energy to invest in yourself?
Why isn’t pain medication a solution for me?
Before you reach for another pain pill, listen up. Pain is an alert system telling
your body that something is “wrong.” While it often happens in response to
healing an injury and tissue damage, it can also persist even after the injury
While pain medication can help for a short time, it is not by any means the
long-term solution. As I mentioned, pain alerts your body that something
is wrong. It is like a smoke alarm telling you that something is on fire. If
injury is causing your fire alarm to go off, pain medication will suppress the
signal and you will feel more comfortable while healing. However, if you use
medication for a long time, you might injure yourself even worse by doing
things you wouldn’t normally do because of your alert system being turned
off by medication.
Furthermore, in case of prolonged duration of pain, your nervous system
sensitivity increases, pain circuits become more efficient and memorized,
and the pain will become intensified. Your nervous system starts acting like
a fire causing that alarm to go off. As long as your nervous system is “on fire,”
your pain will not get better with pain medication.
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If medication is not a solution, what can you
Let’s focus on the and most effective solutions
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1. The Revolutionary 830 Cold Laser. Cuttingedge
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eliminate pain, speed up healing and depolarize
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successful pain relief with no pain medication.
2. Multifunctional Movement Therapy. This
therapy stops pain, increases strength, confidence
and agility through specialized movements
proven to rapidly resolve these and other issues:
back pain, neck or disc problems, shoulder or
knee problems, developmental or coordination
issues, chronic pain and foot/ankle/heel pain.
3. Dry Needling Therapy. Dry needling is a
very effective form of manual therapy that uses
very thin needles inserted in your muscle tissue.
Many conditions that were traditionally hard to
treat including plantar fasciitis, muscle spasms,
Achilles tendonitis, hip bursitis, headaches,
back pain and tennis elbow are just some of
the diagnoses that dry needling is used to treat
All of these natural healing options including
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4. Food as Medicine. Stop reaching for the Advil
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food choices. There are many natural alternatives
you can try before Aspirin or anti-inflammatory
medication. These foods will advance your health
with powerful nutrients, which will set the terrain
to help prevent future pain and illness—and they
Chronic pain can really deter you from doing
many things, including your daily routine
activities. Anyone who suffers from any kind of
chronic pain can surely tell you how difficult it
is sometimes to get up from bed in the morning
because their back or knee or neck has “pins” in it.
Pain is a huge demotivator, and chronic pain has
been linked to increased depression and cancer
rates. Inflammatory cascades have many adverse
effects causing soft tissues and even internal
organs to swell, resulting in pain, discomfort and
sometimes even hospitalization.
Pain can be controlled in the long-term by dietary
changes. Using prescribed pharmaceuticals or
even over-the-counter pain pills will always result
in some type of recurrence in patterns, since they
only address symptoms and not causes. A diet
filled with foods that bombard your body with
the right nutrients to sustain health and prevent
pain has a lasting effect.
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ACIDS IN SKIN CARE
SOUND SCARY? THE TRUTH
ABOUT ACIDS AND THE HEALTH
BENEFITS TO YOUR SKIN
BY KRISTIN CARLSON, MEDICAL ESTHETICIAN,
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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 medicalgrade
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
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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
look and feel your best
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Quite often, acids are used in combined treatments
to remedy multiple skin concerns. For instance,
maybe you have combination skin and are
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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 moisture
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
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SANDPOINT WOMEN’S HEALTH – Here for You
UNKNOWN TIMES, SAME QUALITY CARE
Article provided by The Sandpoint Women’s Health Team
lot has changed over the past several weeks, but the quality of care
and support offered by the team at Sandpoint Women’s Health
remains unchanged. Our providers, Dr. Kristin Algoe, Dr. Amelia
Huntsberger, Dr. Morgan Morton and Nurse Practitioner Laci
Burk, along with our staff, are here for you. Your safety is our top priority.
Sandpoint Women’s Health has adapted to the COVID-19 pandemic by
offering telemedicine, by limiting our waiting room visitors and wait times
to allow safe physical distancing, and by practicing stringent hygiene and
If you’re pregnant, you probably have questions about the risk coronavirus
may pose to you and your developing baby. Research is limited but ongoing
regarding COVID-19 and pregnancy. Based on the data we have right now,
it does not appear that pregnancy increases the severity of COVID-19 if a
pregnant woman becomes infected. It also does not appear that a pregnant
mom who gets infected can pass the infection to her baby during pregnancy.
Our doctors are diligently keeping up with emerging data and are here to
address your concerns and manage your care during this pandemic. Our
RNs are available Monday through Friday to provide phone support for
issues or questions you may have. Online birthing classes are now available
to further support expectant parents.
Bonner General Health continues to provide a safe, high-quality birthing
experience to all of our expectant patients. We are taking additional measures
to protect our patients in our Labor and Delivery Department. Some of
these measures include only allowing one support person to accompany a
pregnant patient for the duration of her hospitalization. Due to the need to
protect moms and babies, that support person should enter the hospital with
the patient and not leave until the patient is discharged home. Plans are in
place for managing pregnant women with COVID-19 if that were to occur.
While some procedures can be delayed or rescheduled, we understand
that there are medical issues requiring timely attention. Telemedicine and
in-office visits are available, so please call us if you have an urgent concern.
Telemedicine is a great alternative to an office visit if you have medication
questions or need a refill, require a follow-up appointment or need to discuss
options for managing gynecologic issues.
Because these are uncertain times, it’s not uncommon to feel anxious. It
is important that each of us take care of our mental health in addition to
our physical health. Reach out to us if you feel managing stress or anxiety is
becoming difficult. Our providers can help.
We want to take care of you. In return, we ask that you take care of yourself
and your loved ones by staying home and continuing to wash your hands,
avoid touching your face, clean frequently used surfaces, and practice social
distancing. We each play a part in minimizing the spread of COVID-19 in
our community. We truly are stronger together.
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Plants as healers
By Jeff Pufnock L.Ac. Ph.D. and Jessica
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PEOPLE FROM EVERY
THAT PLANTS GROWING
AROUND THEM WERE
NOT ONLY A SOURCE
OF FOOD BUT ALSO A
SOURCE OF HEALING.
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.
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.
References: 1. (2020). Retrieved 20 March 2020, from
index.htm. 2. Leung, P. (2007). The Efficacy of
Chinese Medicine for SARS: A Review of Chinese
Publications After the Crisis. The American Journal
Of Chinese Medicine, 35(04), 575-581. doi: 10.1142/
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HOW TO REMAIN HEALTHY
DURING THIS TIME OF COVID-19
BY SCOTT PORTER, SANDPOINT SUPER DRUG
These past few months I’ve been able to up my game in
regard to understanding coronavirus infections, particularly
COVID-19. As a functional medicine practitioner, I strive
to treat illnesses with conventional approaches as well as
address underlying imbalances and suggest dietary, nutritional and
Owning a 45-year-old pharmacy with a renowned clinical nutrition
center has provided me a unique vantage point. I get some truly sick
patients coming in for treatments prescribed by well-trained doctors. I
also have customers walking in who actively engage to be—and stay—
healthy. Our community is one of the best I can imagine at that.
Some people have been hit hard and became really sick after they
were infected. Death became a major concern in some cases. The
seriousness of this virus for these individuals cannot be overstated. We
heard a lot about being older and those with underlying health issues.
The medical community has learned a great deal about how this virus
replicates in the body, and the ways in which our immune system
responds to such attacks. I have used this to formulate a viable strategy
to staying ahead of the curve as this virus, and others, will continue to
get passed on around the world for years to come.
The curve I like to think about is the one where our body flattens out
how sick we get, the symptoms we feel, and the overall aggressiveness
that is required to respond. My approach is to support my body to limit
how fast a virus can replicate when I do get infected, and encourage
a quick and effective immune system response that slows down when
it is done.
Early and preventative measures go a long way to avoid ending up on
a ventilator. It just seems apparent that if having underlying health
issues increases the risks of serious complications, then addressing
chronic diseases is a critically important strategy.
What most of these compounding conditions have in common is
poor diet, being overweight, long-term inflammation, sustained high
blood sugar, weak physical activity, reduced cellular energy, increased
oxidative stress, disrupted sleep, impaired detoxification, microbiome
imbalances, leaky gut and nutrient deficiencies.
These are all modifiable, every one, and must be addressed if we want
the best chances of staying away from the emergency room. Being
healthy is the best prescription for staying healthy.
To do this, I avoid flour and sweets, drink lots of water, and eat a
nutrient-dense, well-rounded mix of whole food that is clean and
low in toxins and poor-quality fats. I strive to get good sleep, have a
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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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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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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
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A remote forest service campground along the White River, this spot
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This 4,000-acre park was once a naval training station during WWII.
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Cape Disappointment State Park
A 2,023-acre camping park on the Long Beach Peninsula, Cape
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Three freshwater lakes and 77,000 feet of saltwater shoreline make this
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As we are in the midst of spring with summer just
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season outdoors is undoubtedly a top perk of living
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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
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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
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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
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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
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Canfield Mountain Loop
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In the Kaniksu National Forest near Clark
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Best known for hikers’ frequent encounters of mountain goats on the
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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,
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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
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Riverside State Park Loop and Bowl & Pitcher
One of Spokane’s best-known trails, the Riverside State Park loop, is
an easy 3.7-mile trek through the woods. The park itself is just 9 miles
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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 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
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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 castiron
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
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.
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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.
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The Nk’Mip Resort has a lovely beach at the campground. Check out
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stand-up paddleboard to enjoy some time on the lake.
The Safari Beach Resort is a lakefront retreat, the type families return
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
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
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
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
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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
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one of their famed martinis or a barrel-aged
whiskey cocktail. Lakeside Dining is the
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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
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Sandpoint’s premier waterfront dining offers an
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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.
AVOCADO DRESSING INGREDIENTS:
1 large avocado
1 small clove garlic
1 tbsp. lemon juice, freshly squeezed
½ tsp. Himalayan salt
Dash of fresh cracked pepper
4 tbsp. olive oil, extra virgin
2 tsp. white wine vinegar
1 tsp. brown mustard
• 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
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• Store in a glass jar with a fitted lid in the refrigerator for up to one week.
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Life continues on here in Sandpoint 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
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L O C A L E X P E R T
WORLD - CLASS REAL ESTATE PROFESSIONAL
UNIQUE WATERFRONT OFFERING. Prime homesite in this 5-unit development less than five miles to Sandpoint on desirable Lakeshore
Drive, with dramaac views that span over the water from the Long Bridge westward to the mountains beyond. Buy the lot, offered at
$450,000 and bring your own builder when you’re ready, or approved plans for a 3-bedroom, 3.5 bath upscale cabin are available and can
be built by top craasman seller/contractor within one year of closing for $950,000. Ameniies include dock with assigned boat slip and owner’s
beach. All lawn care is done for you. Designed for you to arrive, relax, enjoy sunrises and sunsets and make memories for today and
generaaons to come.
Come find your Idaho paradise on this 10
REMOTE, PRIVATE acres ADJACENT to
IDAHO STATE LAND just minutes to town.
This off-grid property boasts varied topography,
mature trees, and potennal long-range lake views
with seleccve tree removal. $50,000
Absolutely Idaho - here's your mountain retreat
site! 5 acres with filtered views of Lake
Pend O'Reille that can be drasscally improved
with thinning. Come experience this
peaceful, private locaaon 17 miles to Sandpoint
away from the noise of everyday life.
Come find peace and quiet, lots of wildlife
and views that go for miles on this 20.15
acres just south of Sandpoint, ID. Seppc installed
and electricity is to the property corner,
ready for you to complete the building vision.
Very private, accessed behind locked gate.
Come find your Idaho heaven. $105,000
Live the carefree lifestyle at Dover Bay! Immaculate, move-in ready 3 bedrooms, main floor master suite, 3 full baths, open floor plan, large kitchen
with lots of upgrades, hardwood floors, granite, gas fireplace, central a/c, two car garage and plenty of parking space. Appliances included.
Enjoy gorgeous mountain views from your covered porch. HOA dues cover lawn maintenance so you can enjoy the Marina Village, walking trails,
beaches & parks, available fitness center, pool, spa, & more. $409,000
L O C A L E X P E R T
WORLD - CLASS REAL ESTATE PROFESSIONAL
LUXURY URBAN-STYLE, TOP FLOOR CONDO in Sandcreek Loos, directly overlooking the marina in the heart of downtown Sandpoint. Enjoy a
day on the lake or on the slopes then retreat to your private perch with elevator, top-grade cabinetry, quartz counters, sleek le and your own
covered balcony. Walls of windows allow ample light & stunning views of the water, mountains and city flow. Covered parking is assigned,
boat slips available. Vacaaon rentals allowed. Offered furnished for a lock and leave lifestyle. $465,000
Be prepared to fall in love with this top quality Northwest estate home, the fabulous views it affords and the resort lifestyle at The Idaho Club
Golf Course, near Sandpoint and Schweitzer Mountain. Expertly designed with a spacious floor plan featuring wood floors, gourmet kitchen
with Wolf and Subzero appliances, soaring ceilings, , 3 bedrooms, 3.5 baths, and a large loo that serves as a family room & study. This beauty
boasts three fireplaces – one is the focal point of living room, one in the larger main floor bedroom, and a third that warms the covered deck
where you can watch the wildlife in the pond and enjoy breathtaking long-range vistas over the 13th fairway to the mountains beyond. Lawn care
and snow removal are handled by the homeowner’s associaaon, leaving you to enjoy your me with world-class golf, a fabulous new clubhouse, and
prissne natural beauty while kayaking on the Pack River. Vacaaon rentals are allowed. Offered fully furnished for your turn-key experience. $715,000
Here's your cozy Idaho log cabin in the woods! Inside you'll love the real wood floors, open floor plan with kitchen island, main floor bedroom
and full bath. Custom loo railing finishes with a bedroom upstairs makes this cabin stand out - all craaed with quality construccon and meless
finishes with certain accents like russc antler door handles inside. A full porch allows you to enjoy nature and the fragrance of the forest.
Located on 5 acres in the gateway to Idaho's wilderness, a sportsman's paradise close to the Clark Fork River and Naaonal Forest. $335,000
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