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Sometime in March, life as we know it went off the rails. As
the number of coronavirus cases grew, businesses closed, and
others struggled to keep their doors open. Parks, restaurants
and theaters closed. Weeks passed, and for many of us, the walls
felt like they were closing in.
Each day, I made it a point to check in with family and friends who
were, like me, looking for ways to adjust to the “new normal.” One of
those friends confessed the transition had been a challenge. Adam
works mainly out of his house. His wife is a schoolteacher, now also
working from home. They have two boys still at home and one in the
military. Safe-at-Home orders meant pretty much everything around
them was closed, and they were immersed in learning new technology,
testing new routines and adjusting expectations.
My friend said, even in all the struggle, they were able to create
moments of joy. I asked him to share one:
“Our wedding anniversary was coming up, 22 years together, and I was
sick. The week before, I’d developed some congestion and a cough. No
fever, fortunately, but one of those deep, nasty coughs that keeps you
up at night.
“For 22 years, our anniversary always meant an adventure. Hiking,
sailing, enjoying a beachside B&B, learning and exploring together. …
Not this year. Even if I wasn’t sick, the world was wearing a big Out of
“By Thursday, I was on my third day of very little sleep. My bride took
one look at me and told me to stay in bed. I rolled over, closed my eyes,
and woke up Friday morning. All day, the house was full of whispers.
Mom and the boys were planning something as I tried to knock the
rust off my brain and get caught up on work.
“Anniversary morning arrived. We sipped coffee on the porch swing
and watched the river behind our house. It wasn’t a mountain cabin or
a tropical island, but we were together. Looming deadlines meant I had
to get back to work. Lesson planning meant so did she.
“That evening, she knocked on my office door, asked me to come with
her down to the dock. The boys were in their room, peeking around
the door, giggling. Something was definitely up. Out on the dock, they
had strung Christmas lights from piling to piling. Candles flickered on
a table set for two. Platters held all our favorite picnic foods. A wine
bottle sweated in the warm evening. Soft music played.
“I sat down across from her, soaking up the moment. It felt like we were
together at a riverside Italian bistro, the only people in the world. She
poured the wine, and we toasted 22 years. We set our glasses down,
both smiling, maybe for the first time that week. I know it was the
happiest I’d been since the first time I heard the words ‘COVID-19.’
“As the sun melted behind the horizon, we ate and talked and laughed
until it was too dark to see. Coronavirus may have stolen our annual
adventure, but maybe creating moments of joy when the world feels
like it’s falling apart is adventure enough.”
Hearing this, I was inspired by Adam’s unwavering life stance, the way
his family honors traditions, embraces challenges and loves each other
through these uncertain times. Where their focus goes, their energy
flows, and that is true for all of us.
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TEACHERS OF THE YEAR
By Colin Anderson
The 2019-2020 school year will
go down as one of the more
unique and challenging for
everyone involved. Our school
teachers were presented with obstacles
not seen before, but instead of wilting
under uncertainty, we heard hundreds
of stories of our educators stepping up
for their students. They’ve held classes
through Zoom and touched base with
students after hours to help them with
their learning. They’ve left inspiring
messages on reader boards and the sides
of schools, showing kids who pass by just
how much they are missed. Elementary
teachers have formed fun car parades
and driven past homes to give little kids
a smile, and high school educators have
left congratulations posters on the lawns
of seniors who may not get an in-person
At Coeur d’Alene Living Local, we make
it a point to highlight a local educator
in each issue throughout the school
year to show our appreciation to those
who inspire our youth. We would like
to extend our gratitude to our recent
Teacher of the Month recipients and say a
big ‘Thank You’ to educators everywhere
who have stepped up to keep kids on
track, supported, loved and inspired over
these past few months.
Recognizing our 2019-2020 Teachers of
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Tim Sandford, Lake City High School
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Jacob Graham, Coeur d’Alene High
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Have you recently gotten married?
Congratulations! Marriage means new ways
of sharing and managing finances and assets.
As a result, this is a critical time to revisit your
estate plan. With this life change, you’ll need to
contact your attorney to make any changes to
your beneficiary designations, update your will
or trust, and update your powers of attorney.
This is especially important if this is a second
marriage or there are children from a previous
A new job presents an exciting new set of
challenges and opportunities to explore. You
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beneficiary designations on your estate plan.
When you are filling out these new forms, it
is essential that the beneficiaries are named
appropriately so your estate plan will work as
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Similarly, leaving employment brings big
changes to your financial situation and to your
estate plan. It’s important to update your plan
to reflect the loss of employer-provided benefits
such as life insurance, as well as the change in
Retirement brings lifestyle changes, more
time for loved ones and important financial
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planning document are still applicable in your
new state. A new home is a new asset, and it is
important that this asset is titled appropriately to
carry out your overall estate plan.
Divorce is, of course, a difficult time. You should
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There’s much to take care of after the loss of a
loved one. You may need to remove the deceased
loved one as a beneficiary from any will, trust,
life insurance policy or retirement account and
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The death of a loved one not only brings a loss
but may result in an inheritance. An inheritance
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By Colin Anderson
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May 5th marked five years since the death of Coeur
d’Alene Police Sergeant Greg Moore. He was shot and
killed while on patrol and left behind a wife and two
young children. His call number K27 is still found in
windows of local businesses and on the bumpers of patrol cars and
citizens alike. A memorial for Sgt. Moore stands in McEuen Park
honoring his sacrifice. Another tribute was also just recently released,
one that was five years in the making.
“We had created a label five years ago when Sgt. Moore passed away, so
the anniversary of his death made us think that the community might
want to come together to remember him again,” said Coeur d’Alene
Cellars owner Kimber Gates.
The special release wine features a label with K27 prominently shown.
“Wine is our way of bringing people together,” she explained.
Coeur d’Alene Cellars created 20 cases (240 bottles) of the wine. Even
though the tasting room was closed due to COVID-19 restrictions, the
bottles sold out within a matter of days. “I was a little surprised at
first, and then I remembered how supportive our community is, and it
doesn’t surprise me now,” Gates said.
The winery is still getting requests for the special release, but
unfortunately there are no additional bottles available. Gates admits
there might be a re-release some years down the road to help keep his
Through sales, Coeur d’Alene Cellars was able to donate $1,000 to
the Coeur d’Alene Police Foundation. Gates hopes her wine is well
received and also that people pause a moment while having a glass
with friends. “I would only add that, as you share the wine we made for
Sgt. Moore, you consider the everyday sacrifices made by our police
officers,” she said.
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When it comes to what Matt, Steve and the rest of the Platinum Home
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AN ANIMAL LOVER, A BELOVED DONKEY, AND THE END-OF-LIFE VISIT THAT WOULD
BRING THEM TOGETHER ONCE AGAIN
BY ABIGAIL THORPE
PHOTOS BY MEGAN RYAN
Karen Babitt was a Worley, Idaho, resident for life. Born in
the small town just south of Coeur d’Alene in 1944, she was
always ready to help anyone—or any animal—at the drop of
a hat, says her sister Kathy. She was married in Worley and
later raised her son there, served as the postmaster for Worley for over
40 years and on the Worley City Council for many years—a beloved face
known to the community who is remembered fondly for her care and
love of animals.
Locals often called her about animals in need of rescuing or a home.
Throughout her life she cared for many animals—llamas, alpacas, dogs,
cats and birds. But one of her most beloved pets came to be a miniature
donkey named Geppetto, which Karen raised for more than 30 years. The
two shared a close bond throughout their lives. “The donkey has always
been spoiled rotten, loves attention and has been in many local parades,”
Karen was later diagnosed with breast cancer that ultimately spread to
her bones. After several surgeries, she was admitted to Hospice of North
Idaho’s Schneidmiller House in Coeur d’Alene in January of 2020.
It was not the end of Karen and Geppetto’s story, however. After her
admittance to the hospice house, Karen received a joyful and unexpected
visit. Her close friend Cheri had a plan to reunite the pair, and the
Schneidmiller House was all in for the surprise. The hospice house
welcomes well-mannered pets to visit their owners at the end of life and
has seen cats, dogs and even a goat. They would soon add donkey to that
Geppetto arrived at the Schneidmiller House on January 16, prepped for
the visit with a makeshift diaper. He walked down the hall to Karen’s
room, where he and his beloved owner were reunited for one final time.
Family and friends gathered while Geppetto laid on the floor by Karen’s
“The look they exchanged was a deep understanding of each other,”
says Megan Ryan, Hospice of North Idaho outreach coordinator. “They
shared a connection. I think Geppetto knew that his human needed him,
and they both wanted to say goodbye.”
Near the end of the visit, Geppetto got up to rest his head on Karen’s
knees, as if he knew it was their final visit together. It was a heartwarming
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and peaceful moment, and one the hospice house has come to remember
“Many times our closest family member is of the four-legged kind,”
says Kim Ransier, executive director of Hospice of North Idaho. “Our
relationships with our animals have a place deep within hearts. At Hospice
of North Idaho, we are dedicated to help every patient be surrounded by
those that mean the most to them—and sometimes it is a pet they have
had for over 30 years. We honor those relationships and include them in
our plan of care for each patient, even if it means bringing a donkey into
The Schneidmiller House.”
The Schneidmiller Hospice House specializes in meeting patients where
they are, comforting them on their journey and providing a peaceful
and encouraging place for everyone to make the choices that are most
important to them. It is the only hospice in-patient care unit in the state,
and Hospice of North Idaho has received many honors for its quality of
care since its opening in 1981. The nonprofit offers the Coeur d’Alene
community palliative care, hospice care and grief support.
“We encouraged this sweet donkey to visit so her person could be loved
up by her best friend,” says Cindy Reed, director of the Schneidmiller
House. Geppetto’s visit garnered a lot of attention and buzz with staff and
community members. The initial post reached over 26,000 people, and
garnered over 600 reactions and 230 shares. Kathy was thrilled to see the
visit go viral.
“Later when I visited Kathy, she was so excited and shared that she and
her donkey pictures went viral and that friends were calling her family to
let them know they had been viewed many times in faraway states: ‘We
are so famous now!’” remembers Reed. “She was thrilled. This brought
additional joy to those precious moments.”
Less than a month after Geppetto’s visit, Karen passed away on February
7, 2020. She left behind many memories of love and care for so many,
among them the heart she had for animals like Geppetto. It was fitting
that he could be by her side so close to the end of her life, and a memory
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Karen would have wanted. After a long and happy life, and as if knowing
the significance of the day, he passed away on May 7—Karen’s birthday.
Karen’s other animals are still well taken care of by the family friend, a
reminder and continuation of the love and passion for people, animals
and the community that marked Karen’s life.
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SUPER 1 FOODS: NORTH IDAHO’S SUPERMARKET
BY ABIGAIL THORPE
PHOTOS COURTESY OF SUPER 1 FOODS AND ALISON HENSLEE
Walk in your local Super 1
Foods store, and odds are
you’re met by a friendly face,
helping hands and a sense of
community. Particularly during these uncertain
times, our supermarket and grocery workers
have been on the frontlines, making sure their
communities have the goods they need, with a
sense of “we’re all in this together” at every stage
of the process.
While many of us were (or are) stuck at home,
they’ve been the often unseen hands stocking
shelves, cleaning carts and making sure the
elderly and those most in need have access to
But It’s not just COVID-19 that’s brought this
about—Super 1 has always had community
at its core. “At Super 1 Foods we emulate
our founders’ values: trust, loyalty, integrity,
dependability, safety,” says Jeff Hamley, Super
1 Foods store director in Bonners Ferry. The
company was founded by Ron and Joanne
McIntire in 1970, and Ron is still active in the
The company just opened its 16th store in
May 2020 in Oldtown, Idaho. “Being a local
North Idaho founded company, and growing
up with the towns in North Idaho through
all the growth in the last 50 years, has kept us
involved in serving our communities as times
and needs have changed,” says Randy McIntire,
the Hayden-based vice president of Manito
Super 1 Foods.
Ron McIntire was dedicated to serving local
charitable and governmental organizations,
including his local school board and the Boy
Scouts Inland Northwest Council, formerly the
Inland Empire Council. “Super 1 Foods follows
his lead in trying to be generous, helpful in our
local communities,” says Randy McIntire. “Our
schools, and our local food banks, are some
primary organizations we try to serve.
“Some of our small rural schools are now
large suburban schools, and the available
opportunities have grown with our
communities. Super 1 has been able to serve
more and in larger ways as it has grown as a
company,” he adds.
Each store—and the company as a whole—
continues to operate by Ron McIntire’s
commitment to the community, supporting
various youth programs, schools, parks and
recs programs, scouts, 4-H, county fairs and
hospital boards in each area.
“Hayden (and) Coeur d’Alene communities
are made up of people that are very proud of
their community, and appreciate the natural
beauty of North Idaho,” says Randy McIntire.
“They are very active in trying to support our
local community and be a positive influence on
keeping our community a great place to live.
Super 1 Foods, like many other local businesses,
are striving for the same thing—to make our
community a better place to live.”
The Coeur d’Alene area was the site of some
of the very first Super 1 Foods that opened
up—a name that many throughout the Inland
Northwest now know as their friendly local
Steven Furin started his time with Super 1 in
Coeur d’Alene in 1995 before becoming the
Sandpoint store manager. “Our philosophy
is consistently writing low prices with the
highest quality in fresh foods,” he says.
“Trustworthiness, loyalty—being committed
to being really professional in our work
environment—those are some of the things that
Furin recalls Ron McIntire impressing upon
him the importance of community when Furin
first came to Sandpoint in 2010 to manage the
then newly opened store.
For Furin personally, Kinderhaven, local
sports, the hospital and 4-H are top causes he
makes it a priority to support. “It's important
that we spend time helping people that need
help in those areas,” he says. He serves on an
advisory committee at the hospital, which has
been especially important and a key link to the
work he does at the store during the current
health concerns, he notes.
The first year the Sandpoint store opened it
donated a pallet of electrolytes to the local
football team, recalls Furin. They’ve been
donating a pallet of Powerade to the team
every year since. He soon got actively involved
in individually supporting local sports teams,
and has been coaching youth sports—either
football, basketball or baseball—since 2011.
Many employees follow his and the company’s lead, volunteering their
time and money to give back to the community in a variety of ways. Some
of the employees attend the Festival of Trees for Kinderhaven each year.
The store gives something to every school in the district and provides
field trips for about half the grade schools, says Furin. “If the schools
need help with something, we’re always there to help,” he adds.
Each year, the store supports the local fair and purchases 4-H animals.
Last year they sold the local pigs they purchased from 4-H members at the
store—a prime example of bringing community and company mission
together by serving locally sourced fresh meat that also supported a good
Neighboring Bonners Ferry Super 1 Foods is equally as dedicated to
providing low prices on the highest quality and freshest foods to the
community and finds every opportunity to get involved with supporting
local families, nonprofits and food banks.
“We at Super 1 Foods are proud to give donations to nonprofit
organizations, and support our 4-H and schools, and food banks,”
says Hamley. The Bonners store sponsors the Bull Bash every year, in
addition to the Demolition Derby, the 4-H live auction, and the local fire
department spaghetti donations for families in need, he adds.
The increased pressure COVID-19 has placed on grocery stores has only
served to highlight and strengthen Super 1 stores’ spirit of community.
Through the tough times stores have continued to find ways to fill their
shelves and keep food available for customers, says Randy McIntire.
Extra sanitization measures and crowded stores with depleted stock have
made it difficult working conditions for employees, but the company has
worked to reward employees through Hero pay and extra money each
pay day for their dedication, says Hamley.
“What's been inspirational to me, with most of my employees, how
willing they are to go the extra mile for the customer during these
tough times,” says Furin. “Through this, our sales have increased, and so
everyone's had to work a little harder, and the out-of-stock issues—it's
been challenging, but it's amazing.”
Looking forward, Super 1 stores are ready to support and help
local communities as they work to recover from the crisis. “As civic
organizations and churches become active again in serving our
community, we will look forward to contributing to their efforts,” says
Randy McIntire. “Food Banks will be very important this summer, and
we will be supporting them in helping many neighbors who have been
hurt by the economic shutdown.”
“With Bonners Ferry being such a small community, it gives Super 1
Foods the ability to connect with all our customers on a personal level
and connect with each customer by name.”
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Established in 1985, Creekside Construction
has been serving the community for more
than two decades, with 2018 marking the beginning of a new era for
the business, as twin brothers Dave and Derek Adams took over the
company from their stepfather, Brent Baldwin, when he retired.
Dave and Derek are proud to carry on the family business and
continue to grow their roots in North Idaho. “Both Dave and I were
born and raised in the Inland Northwest (Post Falls), so getting back
to Hayden/Coeur d’Alene was a no brainer!” affirms Derek.
Since taking ownership, Dave and Derek have continued to build
on the reputation set before them. They, along with their Creekside
team, are dedicated to achieving superior craftsmanship on all levels,
with their commitment to excellence serving as the foundation on
which every custom home is built.
With every custom home built as unique as each one of their clients,
Dave and Derek are committed to not only create a one-of-a-kind
home but to provide an enjoyable and memorable building experience
from start to finish.
Serving Kootenai, Bonner, Benewah and Shoshone counties, Creekside
Construction sets itself apart because they are not a production builder—
they are all about relationships. “Our business is close to 100 percent
referrals because of those relationships we establish during every project,”
says Derek. Whether it’s building someone’s dream home or restoring the
loss of one, they make every project a priority and dedicate the utmost
attention to detail and perfection.
“We are a very diverse construction company. We are not just a one size
fits all!” says Derek. “From million-dollar custom homes to complete fireloss
restoration projects, we accommodate to all types of construction
The Adams brothers have created a family orientated work environment
with their employees, and they affirm that they have the “best team in the
business” as far as subcontractors and all of their local vendors.
As one satisfied client says: “This is a family owned company that excels
in their customer service. Our family suffered a house fire and during
the rebuilding of our home we were treated with respect from everyone
including crews. They were professional and courteous. The attention
to detail and excellence in achieving our wishes while maintaining our
budget are skills that Dave excelled in. I was so glad we chose to work
with them. I highly recommend this company for any work big or small.
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There are many aspects of the work they do that the brothers find truly
rewarding, but above all, it is being able to work in such an incredible
community. “The people who live here that we work for and the people
we get to work with make it all worthwhile,” smiles Dave.
Derek adds: “Everyone knows everyone! Coeur d’Alene is growing but we
still maintain a small-town feel, and we have been fortunate to be able to
work with some of the same subs for over 20 years!”
Dave and Derek are strong believers in supporting their local community
and are involved with Young Life and Kootenai County Sheriff ’s Office
Drug and Safety Education Program, as well as supporting local veterans
through the Hometown Hero Project.
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While it’s not exactly a secret, some are still
surprised to learn that North Idaho is home
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provides an incredible view of Lake Coeur d’Alene and the
surrounding scenery. Players can loosen up by driving balls
into the lakeside driving range and then get ready for a scenic
ride with knowledgeable and hardworking caddies. The course
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SMALL BUSINESSES FIND SUPPORT IN LOCAL
BUSINESS OWNER’S CAMPAIGN
BY TAYLOR SHILLAM
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As a business owner with experience spanning more than 10
years, Coeur d’Alene local Andrew Willis knows the hardships
of starting and maintaining a small business. He also knows
the profound impact of a strong support system among peers and
In the last several weeks, small businesses have been forced into
uncharted territory. The COVID-19 pandemic made it impossible for
many businesses to continue operating under normal conditions; with a
majority having to make immense sacrifices and even close their doors,
holding on to the hope of reopening in the near future.
While physical doors have closed, this unprecedented time has opened
the door for businesses and community members to get creative in
finding opportunities to support one another.
Atomic Threads’ Print It Forward Campaign is dedicated to exactly that
solution-focused creativity. Their website claims their mission to be
“doing what we can to help small local businesses to sustain until we’ve
returned to normalcy.” Since its launch, the campaign has seen incredible
Inspired by a colleague and born out of Willis’ desire to help his fellow
business owners struggling to stay afloat during the pandemic, the
campaign provides an accessible opportunity for locals to support their
favorite Coeur d’Alene area small businesses.
T-shirts with designs submitted by business owners, groups and
individuals are created and posted on the company website for $20 each.
From the cost of each shirt, half will go to the business associated with
that design, and half will go back to Atomic Threads, helping to cover
costs of buying shirts, inks and paying their dedicated crew.
“Small-town business only works by supporting the businesses who
support you,” Willis said, grateful for the immediate positive feedback
and excitement generated by the campaign.
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TO SUPPORT ONE ANOTHER.
His company has been thankful for the opportunity to offer a solution in
a challenging time; one that could keep them afloat while allowing them
to offer a low-risk helping hand to those in the same situation, all while
maintaining safe social distancing practices through a completely online
“I couldn’t imagine being a new business owner right now. There’s a
lot of stress and time away from family,” he said, reflecting on his own
experience of how difficult starting a new business can be, even in normal
Located in Hayden, Atomic Threads is a local expert in screen printing
projects, decorated apparel and custom embroidery. The company is
dedicated to quality, custom printing, and maintaining a genuine, caring
presence amongst the many nameless, faceless companies offering similar
Typically printing over 1,000 shirts daily, they stayed busy with
merchandise and detailing orders from local schools, fundraisers,
events, and of course, fellow small businesses. Like many businesses,
the COVID-19 pandemic had a swift and significant impact on Atomic
Threads’ flow of business.
At the cusp of spring in the Inland Northwest, a season when graduations,
races and events would be on the horizon in abundance during a normal
year, the necessary cancellation of such events to maintain social
distancing practices had an immediate impact. Within 48 hours of the
stay-home mandate coming into effect, Atomic Threads’ order queue
went from extremely busy to “literally nothing.”
When panic mode set in, Willis had no choice but to decide where to
draw lines and cut costs, from small luxuries like an Amazon Prime
account to the difficult decision of laying off crew members. Willis’ first
thought when the coronavirus changed his life was, “What can I do to
help other business owners?” He put his focus into finding a solution,
searching for something that could make a difference for his business and
his community in a time when there seemed to be no answers.
He found inspiration in a post shared by a colleague, Tiny Little Monster.
With their #HereForGoodStl campaign, the St. Louis-based screenprinting
company encouraged making a difference in your hometown—
exactly what Willis sought to do. He borrowed the idea and tweaked it
to fit Atomic Threads’ process, and the Print It Forward Campaign was
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the campaign has picked up several new businesses to
support, adding to their “Print It Forward family.”
Over $9,000 was raised for local businesses and
charity by early May, affirming Willis’ faith in business
owners supporting one another.
No shortage of love and care can be found within this
group, and all are welcome.
Willis regards the collection of business owners as
“people you’d see at the farmers’ market”; owners of
micro-businesses with a very low marketing budget.
The ability to offer shirts to their followers with no
up-front risk is a capability he’s proud to help provide.
CDAide has aligned with Print It Forward to make
donations possible through the Atomic Threads site,
with funds to be distributed directly to restaurant
and hospitality workers who were laid off due to the
quarantine. Some business owners with shirts in the
campaign have opted for their portion of shirt sales
to be donated to CDAide or to charities such as
Willis believes in the power of coming together as
small-business owners who understand each other.
“There’s a lot of misunderstanding and assumptions
out there,” he said, referring to misconceptions
that a majority of business owners are “just rich,
or workaholics.” Quite the opposite, Willis started
his business to be able to spend more time with his
family; to travel and experience the world with them.
With the Print It Forward campaign, he seeks to
continue being a source of support and understanding,
enabling fellow business owners to stick together.
“We’re helping out the community who helped us.”
The help they provide is more than financial; it’s hope,
positivity, and connection that will see a community
through to the other side of a difficult time.
You can contribute to the Print It Forward campaign
by purchasing shirts or nominating a small business to
add to the campaign. Shirts, donation opportunities
and nomination forms can be found online at
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BY MAUREEN DOLAN
Earning a degree in the field of education could easily lead to a
career teaching in a classroom, but it doesn’t have to.
Chris Howard, a 2013 North Idaho College graduate, finds his
two-year education degree to be useful in an unlikely work
environment. Howard is a lineman in the telecom industry, working
on crews building underground and overhead communications lines
throughout the Idaho Panhandle.
The skills and knowledge he gained at NIC come in handy when he
helps train new crew members, he said.
“A lot of companies need people who know how to teach and train
people,” Howard said.
Howard said his studies at NIC under instructors like Gail Ballard,
associate professor of education and assistant dean of general studies,
helped position him for success in the telecom field. He transferred
from NIC to the University of Idaho, where he earned a bachelor’s
degree in general studies.
“Everything I learned under Gail and at the University of Idaho has
made me a better employee in my field,” Howard said.
Solid communication and organizational skills are just a few of the
qualities developed while studying teaching in college, Howard
said. “With an education background, a person has learned how to
understand and analyze people,” he said. “That knowledge of how
to work with people is, in my opinion, a real asset for any company.
There’s real value in that.”
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The ability to collaborate is also important, a trait that translates well
into being able to work well as part of a high-functioning team.
“Chris is a very good example of a student achieving a degree with
one career path in mind and then transferring those skills to a career
he didn’t anticipate when he was attending NIC,” Ballard said. “This
illustrates the great return on investment in higher education and the
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Gail Laferriere, assistant director of NIC’s Career Services office, said
many people work in fields unrelated to their college programs of
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It’s not always easy for people to figure out what they want to do or how
to get there. That’s where career counseling can make a huge difference.
“We hear from students who want to discover their purpose and find a
career that’s more than a paycheck,” Laferriere said.
Career counseling helps people understand themselves by exploring
their interests, values and personality characteristics, often through
assessments like the Strong Interest Inventory, offered at NIC’s Career
Services office. “Then we help them learn what careers might be a good
fit and make the connections needed to achieve those goals,” Laferriere
Going through this process increases the likelihood of being hired and
being successful in that position.
“Employers can tell you’re going to give it 100 percent because you’re
interested and you want to do that type of work, and you’re not just
looking for a job,” Laferriere said.
And career counseling offers students extra motivation to make it to
graduation, according to a study by the Community College Research
Center at the Teachers College at Columbia University.
“They found students with career goals are 50 percent more likely to be
successful in college and in life,” Laferriere said.
For more information, visit NIC.edu/career.
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An essential key for a thriving life
By Jeff Pufnock L.Ac. Ph.D. and Jessica Youngs L.Ac.
We all instinctively know that we need sleep, but our
historical lack of understanding its true biological purpose
combined with increasing life pressures has caused sleep
to be easily sacrificed in the name of productivity. It is not
surprising that two-thirds of adults in all industrialized countries get less
than the eight hours of sleep per night recommended by the World Health
Organization (WHO), resulting in the WHO declaring sleep loss a health
epidemic (1). However, what is surprising is the vast number of adverse
health consequences linked to reduced sleep.
The old adage of “I’ll sleep when I’m dead” has finally been laid to rest
through recent research in sleep science at UC Berkeley. Led by Matthew
Walker PhD, this research has scientifically validated the importance
of sleep for the prevention of most major diseases and sleep’s profound
health benefits for every bodily system. This research clearly shows that
reduced sleep diminishes quality of life and reduces one’s lifespan (2). The
importance of this research is paramount in this time of the COVID-19
viral epidemic, as it is now clear that routinely sleeping less than seven
hours per night impacts the health of our immune system. Even mildly
inadequate sleep creates disrupted blood sugar levels that are comparable
to pre-diabetes (3), and chronically getting less than six hours of sleep has
been linked to increased risk of Alzheimer’s disease and dementia (4). Sleep
disruption also contributes to all major psychiatric conditions, including
depression and anxiety.
Sharing the understanding that sleep is essential for a thriving life,
We all know the importance of drinking plenty of water.
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conducive to a good night’s sleep.
Guidelines for Healthy Sleep:
• Create a sleep schedule and follow it, as our daily
circadian rhythms thrive on habitual routine. Set an
alarm for bedtime (before 10:30pm is preferable) and
treat it as seriously as you do your morning alarm.
This is by far the most important guideline on this list.
• Avoid caffeine, nicotine and alcohol. Stimulants like
caffeine and alcohol create more difficulty sleeping
and lighter sleep. Although a nightcap is often seen
as relaxing, alcohol inhibits REM sleep and therefore
greatly diminishes overall sleep quality.
• Avoid big heavy meals, large beverages, and exercise
before bed. Exercise is best done no later than two to
three hours before your bedtime.
• Don’t take naps after 3pm, as late afternoon naps
make it harder to fall asleep at night. It is best to take
a 30-minute nap sometime after lunch, when the body
feels most naturally able to.
• Expose yourself to natural sunlight for at least
30 minutes every day. After sunset, progressively
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production. Avoid all screens, including cell phones,
for a minimum of one hour before bed.
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References: 1) Huffman, J. (2014). Sleepless in America
[Video]. National Geographic. 2) Matthew, W. (2017).
Why We Sleep: Unlocking the Power of Sleep and
Dreams. New York: Scribner. 3) Gottlieb D, Punjabi
N, Newman A et al. Association of Sleep Time With
Diabetes Mellitus and Impaired Glucose Tolerance.
Arch Intern Med. 2005;165(8):863. doi:10.1001/
archinte.165.8.863. 4) Sleep and Alzheimer’s Disease:
More Evidence on Their Relationship | Cognitive
Vitality | Alzheimer’s Drug Discovery Foundation.
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MAINTAINING HEALTHY BODY WEIGHT
BY SCOTT PORTER
One factor that increases our risk of
getting sick or ending up in the hospital
from COVID-19 is being overweight.
Our body is amazingly adept at storing
energy; this can lead to excess. It’s an important
time for each of us to consider how many extra
calories we carry around.
Getting rid of excess weight is not easy, as patterns
are often hard to shift. Adjustments require
changes to our lifestyle and diet that will likely
cause us to feel uncomfortable. Our body just feels
different when it is reusing stored calories.
Anything we eat over what our body needs to
operate, whether it be carrots or butter, will get
converted and stored as fat. This leads to weight
gain. Fat stored in muscles or fat cells is a good
source of energy, but it takes time to convert back
and only happens when we run at a calorie deficit.
Reducing weight requires a sustained lower intake
of calories than our body requires to give time for
these fat stores to be accessed. There is no one way
to get rid of weight. The common factor though is
changing the habits that put it on in the first place.
My favorite solution for quick adjustments is
intermittent fasting. Whether skipping a meal or
not eating for one full day, this has the immediate
effect of burning stored calories and reducing
Reduce foods that increase blood sugar levels.
This includes things made from flour and sugar.
Processed foods digest quickly and are high
sources of calories that your body typically cannot
fully use and will tend to store.
I’m a big fan of tracking. Writing down what I
eat helps me pay attention to where my calories
are coming from. This kind of mindfulness can
be applied to how fast I eat, how many times I
chew each bite and the environment in which I’m
eating. Being aware leads to better choices.
I used to think getting the right start to the day
meant eating foods often thought of as breakfast,
like cereal, potatoes, milk and breads. Not only do
these raise blood sugar and get stored faster, they
also cause me to feel hungry later. So I’ve switched
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Maintaining a good gut microbial balance is also
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Out of all the supplements out there, I think
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How much does platelet-rich plasma therapy cost? A platelet-rich
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Dr. Daniel Henbest wishes men like Harold
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Instead, the Heritage Health physician is helping
the North Idaho man manage a host of chronic
health issues, including cancer and hypertension.
“Most of Harold’s problems are from smoking,”
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Smoking is one of the leading causes of death and
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According to the Centers for Disease Control,
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Every year about 735,000 Americans have a heart
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Idaho residents Julie Kirk and Joshua Freedman have changed their plans for this summer. The scenery will be equally spectacular, the weather a
bit warmer, but an entirely new challenge.
News that the COVID-19 pandemic had forced the sponsors of the Yukon 1000 across the Canadian wilderness to cancel this year’s event, which
compelled the couple to seek out another challenge.
So, instead of making their way across the Great North this summer, Joshua and Julie will be paddling their way through some of the most picturesque
wilderness waterways of the Deep South as participants in the Great Alabama 650. The course is a world apart from the Canadian Yukon wilderness.
Over the past eight years the Idaho couple had been regular participants in the Yukon River Quest, a twisting challenge through virtually untouched
wilderness in the vast open terrain in Canada. They have placed as high as first place in their division.
Julie and Joshua had hoped to enhance the challenge this year by doubling their miles on the river when they applied to compete in the elite Yukon
1000, a course that follows the route of early pioneers in what has been billed as the longest boat race in the world.
The disappointing news of the COVID lockdown, however, did not deter them. Joshua quickly found another challenge they could answer. His
solution was the Great Alabama 650, a test of strength, endurance and mental fortitude that takes river paddlers on what sponsors describe as “an epic
adventure along the core section of the Alabama Scenic River Trail.”
“It may be less miles,” said Joshua, “but it is definitely more of a challenge. Both physically and emotionally.”
He was thrilled with the new challenge, proclaiming he did not want to “flush all those hours of training down the toilet.” He added the Alabama
course has the potential to be more challenging because the Yukon River flows at a consistent 9 to 13 miles per hour. The river course in Alabama has
multiple stretches of still water that will require human propulsion.
Racers in Alabama will also be forced to exit the river for nine
portages to get around nine dams on this year’s course. Julie has
been designated as the coxswain for the race to allow Joshua to
concentrate on navigation.
“We were already seven months into our training for the Yukon
when they pulled the plug,” said Joshua. He admitted that Julie is a
“much better technical paddler,” but Julie said her partner’s training
for Ironman competitions will be beneficial during the more
grueling portions of the race.
According to Race Director Greg Wingo, the race in Alabama this
September presents a unique challenge for both competitors and
organizers. Greg is an ultra-runner who co-founded a trail running
group in his native Birmington.
“When it comes to a paddle race, and specifically with our race
where we have several different bodies of water, the logistics behind
that are quite a bit more complicated,” he explained. “On top of that,
there is a level of navigating and orienteering that’s involved for the
paddlers that’s not quite as common in most running races.”
Only three teams out of the 20 that began last year’s inaugural race
made it to the finish line, he said.
The change in venue has not changed Joshua and Julie’s year-round
zeal for their daily regimen of vigorous training. In addition to time
on the river every morning near their home north of Bonners Ferry
in North Idaho, Joshua continues to chop wood, work out at the
gym and hone the navigational skills he first learned during his
time as a SEAL in the Navy.
Meanwhile, Julie does aerobics to build up her stamina when she
is not behind the counter of Mountain Mike’s, a local health food
“We are both knocking on the door of 60, so our workouts now
include more yoga in addition to aerobics,” said Julie.
Joshua said they will begin to scale back from their twice-a-day
routine as they get closer to the actual start date of the race.
“We’re also taking more supplements to help boost our endurance
levels,” he said with a quiet laugh.
Julie is concerned that the drastic changes in temperature and
humidity in Alabama in the heat of summer may pose more of a
challenge than the actual river.
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the day this summer (in Idaho),” Josh said when asked
about the changes in preparation for the new challenge.
“The only element we will really need to work on that is
different is heat tolerance.”
They explained the actual workouts are “not really much
different” than their annual preparation for the Yukon.
Julie said their time in kayaks on the river is primarily
focused on strengthening the teamwork and the methods
the couple has developed as tandem paddlers over the
Racers can never take any situation on the river for
granted, said Joshua. He said participants have reported
experiencing hallucinations along either course. That
can be especially dangerous for teams hundreds of miles
from civilization in Canada.
Based on his research from across the country, Josh
anticipates even more perils in the Alabama waterway.
Instead of an occasional bear foraging for salmon, the
southern waters will have dangers with large teeth lurking
below the surface of the water and ominous predators in
the branches of trees along the bank.
As of now, the Great Alabama 650 is scheduled to start
on September 16 on Weiss Lake in the northeast corner
of the state and end at Fort Morgan on the shores of
Mobile Bay. Rules of the race dictate that the race must
be completed within 10 days.
A total of $22,500 in prize money will be divided among
finishers in three separate categories: male, female and
The river course stretches from the white water at the
headwaters to the ambling river delta. Greg cautions
racers that “the race can pose a challenge to even the
most experienced paddler.”
Racers, he said, who sign up for the solo division must
have at least one “crewperson” to assist throughout the
race to provide help along the journey. The race director
is also grateful for the “trail angels,” people who live along
the water who will be available to assist racers, offering
snacks or a place for a hot shower.
“All along the trail, there are people that live close by and
love this waterway and love to help out paddlers,” Greg
said. “We’ve created a network of these angels to help out
paddlers with pretty much anything on their route—acts
of kindness that have been in place for decades. Now
we’ll be utilizing them for this race.”
The angels and a host of other volunteers will be a major
force in keeping the race running properly. Many of the
volunteers will be stationed at portages along the course.
Racers will be met on the shoreline, where they will be
required to get out of their boat and take a compulsory
Most of these stations are at sites of dams and other
places that will need to be bypassed on foot.
“Volunteers are absolutely critical for this race,” Greg
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portages will be to make sure racers get their
mandatory time out of the water and to check
He said as the race proceeds and competitors
spread out, more volunteers are needed to staff
the stations, some hundreds of miles apart.
“At the beginning of the race this isn’t a huge
deal because the racers are still close together,
but as the days go by the racers spread out,
based on their ability, pretty far, so we’ll need to
man multiple portages over a couple of hundred
miles, staffing them 24 hours a day,” Greg said.
Joshua and Julie will travel to Alabama with
their own set of “trail angels.”
“My son, Ian, has been with us for five years
in a row for the Yukon River Quest. He
is planning on going with us to the Great
Alabama 650 this year too,” said Julie. “He
could not make it last year. “
Wayne and Wanda Wilkerson were on hand
to support their friends at the first mandatory
layover last year. They helped pull Joshua and
Julie out of their boat, fed them both and put
them to beds to sleep before the start of the
“While we are sleeping, they clean out our
boat, restock it with food and water, dry
everything they can (pfds, spray skirts, jackets).
They helped inspect our gear and boat with the
race officials, and then they are there at the end
to help us out of the boat and take care of us
and our gear.”
Julie said her brother David and his wife
Amy and her sister Tammy and her husband
Scott helped pay the registration fee for the
postponed race in the Yukon.
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Julie and Joshua have one ultimate goal that
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“We work well together, but this will not be a
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face. “This is an entirely new challenge. Its’ all
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“We always try to find the silver lining,” Julie
concluded. “The cancelation of the Yukon
race may have been a blessing in disguise.”
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expenses and issues from site development can dramatically affect
budget and timeline.
“The unforeseen budgetary impact that site development can have ... will take a big bite out
of your construction budget, and if you don't have adequate reserves, it could sink you right
out of the gate,” says Johnson. “I advise that buyers meet both their builder and excavator
at different times to get their perspectives on the challenges and costs to develop their lot.”
Many builders will offer free site visits to help you prepare for the unexpected, so you know
exactly what you’re getting into from the start. It’s a good idea to have an excavator and
builder take a look at your site before you settle on it, but here are some key things to
consider as you search for the perfect build location.
First off, consider what type of property you’re looking for and how much you need (or
want). Do you have pets and require a large pasture space? Do you want to garden or farm?
Do you want access to water?
Consider how close you want to be to your neighbors, and who those neighbors might be.
Do you want lots of space to keep your home isolated, or do you want the interaction and
neighborhood camaraderie that comes with building on a small lot in a neighborhood?
It’s essential to know if you have access to your build location. “Not just the obvious questions
about ‘where am I gonna place my house’ or ‘doze my driveway;’ but what type of seasonal
access do I have to the lot, not just through the lot,” says Johnson.
Consider road restrictions on the nearest highways, weight and height limitations on
access roads, and difficult road conditions like switchbacks that make it difficult to get large
deliveries. Also, make sure you know what access is like in all seasons—will you need to do
additional maintenance in winter to have access to your home? Finally, says Johnson, it’s
vital to know you have deeded easement access to the lot. It’s legal to buy and sell landlocked
land in Idaho—which would require a helicopter to access.
Proximity to Attractions and Services
How close do you want to be to town or the city? It may seem nice to be out in the country,
but consider your daily habits and where you enjoy spending the most time. If you are a
person who enjoys going to town multiple times a day, living an hour outside of it might
prove more difficult than you think, particularly in winter. Do you want to be able to bike
to local shops? Or will the noise and lack of space living in a town or city bother you? Here’s
where you consider amenities. Do you want a gated or private community with amenities
and services, or will the rules and regulations that come with them be an issue?
THE SETTING OF
YOUR HOME MATTERS
ON AN AESTHETIC
LEVEL, BUT BEYOND
THE VISUAL SETTING
IT IS IMPORTANT
FACTORS MAY AFFECT
ROCK, CLAY OR SAND.
Consider what utilities are available and where they are coming from
before finalizing a build site. Septic/sewer should be your first concern,
says Johnson, then water. “Well drilling may require some additional
capital to re-drill if you don't produce adequate water from a well,” he
adds. “If there is a water or sewer system available, that's great, but be
aware there are usually connection fees assessed by the provider that
is a different fee than the actual connection made by the excavator.
Determine those costs up front.” Finally, determine where power or gas
is coming from, and the path it will need to take to reach your home site.
The setting of your home matters on an aesthetic level, but beyond the
visual setting it is important to consider how geographic factors may
affect your building costs—such as rock, clay or sand. “This is where an
experienced excavator can be most valuable to you,” says Johnson.
“Rock will crush your dreams faster than a Steamroller over a Coke can,
unless you've got seriously robust budgets,” he adds. Keep in mind it’s not
just removing rock for the house pad, but for the driveways and utilities
as well—a project that can easily add up to six figures, says Johnson.
Clay and sand present different challenges in terms of the septic system
and house drainage, and foundation and roads. “Clay can be overcome,
but again, you better be planning for it early,” cautions Johnson. “The cost
to import rock or the use of Heli Pile anchors can cure your sandy site
issues ... but at a substantial cost.”
Finally, consider stormwater control. Building authorities require home
builders to manage the storm water, and the process of planning for it
can delay your timeline, particularly if civil engineers need to inspect and
design management measures, adds Johnson.
The most commonly considered item, but what you should actually ask
yourself near the end, is what you want the placement of your home to
be. “Of course your home's views are easy for anyone to determine and
have the most long-term benefit of site development, but a few items
not considered by those moving here from southern states are winter
time sun and shady areas,” says Johnson. Make sure you have access
to the southern horizon to help with the grey that settles in winter,
and consider where snow piles may hang on into late spring
and potentially cause issues for gardening or
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TIPS & TRICKS
When you decide to have a home built, you commit to an investment in your future; an investment of
time, resources and energy. Reaching this point in life comes with its flood of emotions: excitement,
accomplishment, and often, overwhelm.
Building a home can place you into a completely new role: manager, designer, even contractor, depending on
the time and interest you have in taking these on.
Whether you have building experience or are starting from ground zero, one factor is for certain: You can’t
do it alone.
Choosing a team that you trust with your dream home can be a daunting task. How do you know who to
hire to turn your vision into reality? Start with the following key qualities to make the process a little easier.
First consider those you hire to be your new business partners; people you’ll work closely with, make
compromises with and communicate with regularly.
Know what to delegate and what to maintain a tight control over. Set your budget and know
which factors you’re willing to compromise, especially time. Some homeowners will have all
the time and ability to handle the build on their own; however, most will want
to collaborate and delegate to the expertise of well-chosen team members,
especially the designer, general contractor and subcontractors.
The process begins with a bit of research—knowing
what options are available to you locally, and who
you might feel safe entrusting your vision to.
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If you choose to hire an architect, most will
guide the visionary aspect of the build
from concept to completion.
The vision begins with design. If you choose
to hire an architect, most will guide the
visionary aspect of the build from concept
to completion. Most architects also offer a
variety of services for home builders to select
from. Be sure to discuss clear expectations
with your prospective hire.
Another option is to hire a designer, who
will likely have different licensure but a
comparable level of basic structural design,
space planning, detail and proportion as it
relates to building a home.
Ask for a designer’s local licensure and
insurance policy coverage. Some designers
may work for local contractors in a “design/
build firm,” which pairs design capability
with a general contractor and could save
you a bit of work on compiling your home
You can learn more about an architect or
designer by reviewing their portfolio, reviews
and past work. Whoever you select should be
able to take on not only exterior design but
ensuring the best use of your existing space,
including accessibility and functionality.
Check references and prepare to ask the
right questions, including how they charge,
the specific services they offer, how they
implement clients’ input, what should
happen to the design if you choose to
terminate for any reason before completion
of the project, and if the plans they produce
will be sufficient to obtain a building permit.
For the build itself, consider hiring a general
contractor to oversee the process. They can
manage all aspects of the project, secure key
pieces like permits and code inspections,
supervise construction and secure the
subcontractors who specialize in specific
tasks related to the build.
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A general contractor will usually
charge a flat fee or a percentage of
the cost in materials and labor to
complete the build—typically 10 to
You’ll also want to feel secure in the
contractor’s credibility. A general
contractor can build credibility for
themselves and their subcontractors
by working with some clients year
after year, so references and reviews
will speak volumes.
Just like your designer, you’ll want to
check the contractor’s local licensing
and insurance. When you find your
match, you’ll want to outline your
build in a contract that’s mutually
agreed upon, including waivers
that protect you from any potential
retribution from subcontractors.
It truly takes a team to build a home,
and the average home takes about 22 subcontractors to build, for
components like roofing, electricity, plumbing, carpeting and more.
Depending on the amount of your own time dedicated to invest in
the build, you have the option to reduce the need for subcontractors
by drawing on your own skill set and finding a few things on your
THE PROCESS BEGINS
WITH A BIT OF
WHAT OPTIONS ARE
AVAILABLE TO YOU
LOCALLY, AND WHO
YOU MIGHT FEEL SAFE
own, such as lighting, fixtures and
Should you choose to act as your
own general contractor and hire
subcontractors you need, you have
the potential to save thousands.
However, good contractors do
earn their fee. They’re licensed
and trained to estimate costs, and
their prior knowledge of local
subcontractors, permit offices and
suppliers can ensure the best use of
your resources. They’ll often have
crews who are already well-versed in
the construction process.
The amount of time and resources
you’ll dedicate to building a home
is entirely up to you. No matter how
much of the project you’ll want to
take on yourself, and how much
you plan to delegate, it’s important
to do your research when it comes
to selecting your teammates in terms of design, construction and
conception. Ask questions, check reviews, set expectations, build
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The 2020 look: BOLD, OPEN and INVITING
by Abigail Thorpe
The penchant for a more open design has been around for a while, and
it shows no signs of going anywhere. People prefer an open concept that
allows for a more casual feel and relaxed entertaining. Hosts want to interact
with their guests or family while in the kitchen, and an open-concept design
makes each space in your home feel livable and useful. “There are a few
different design styles surfacing on all of the price points of homes,” says
Dennis Cunningham from ActiveWest Development and Building in Coeur
d’Alene, Idaho. “Some result in a simpler design and clean lines.”
Continuity and flow are important in an open concept to make sure each
area flows into the next while still preserving its own unique functionality. It’s
important to plan ahead how you want your living space to feel and function.
A major shift is toward more green and sustainable design that cuts energy
usage and focuses on sustainable product use and environmentally
friendly features. “The biggest changes in the building industry relate to
energy in one way or another,” says Brett Marlo DeSantis from Brett Marlo
Design Build in Gig Harbor, Washington, which is passionate about smallfootprint
healthy home design.
“Green building and living are becoming more mainstream and therefore
more achievable. And hopefully with more mainstream culture, increased
demand will decrease costs and allow for healthier choices in local stores
and more affordability,” she adds.
Out with White, In with Color
White kitchens have been the trend for many years now, but homeowners
and designers aren’t afraid to break into some color and texture. Blues,
greys and natural wood have become popular alternatives to white in the
Taking their cue from the kitchen, other spaces in the home are starting to
see bolder, richer colors, or soft, natural hues. Gone is the grey on grey on
grey tones we saw so much of in past years. People want their home to feel
relaxing, warm, inviting and peaceful—with a touch of individual flare.
Quartz and Wood
Easy maintenance and natural finishes are today’s must haves. Quartz has
quickly become one of the most popular countertop choices because of its
durability and easy maintenance, unlike its popular predecessor granite.
A popular design choice continues the quartz as a backsplash in place of
tile—it maintains continuity and makes for easy cleaning.
Natural wood is making a grand comeback to add texture to kitchens and
living spaces. You’ll find it used on range hoods, as accent cabinets in the
kitchen to brighten an otherwise white space, or on the center island. It
brings warmth to the space and makes it feel more natural and timeless.
Bathrooms are not just spots we shower and take care of business. Modern
baths incorporate more of a day spa, livability element—they’re spaces
we want to spend time and relax in. Bathroom seating—either built in or
portable—is becoming popular as a space to take off shoes, sit and relax,
or stack clothing and towels. To increase visual space and remove noise,
more and more people are opting for double floating vanities.
Small details and visual impact are more important than ever. Tiling over
the tub apron has become a popular way of elevating bathroom design,
making the tub look like more of a built-in feature if a free-standing tub is
not an option or preference.
The king of 2020 design? Multifunctionality. People want their spaces
to serve a purpose (often several) and be functional, comfortable and
beautiful. Particularly for smaller homes, key spaces or storage areas need
to serve multiple functions at the same time.
A prime example is the kitchen island. It’s becoming more popular (and
practical) to use for more than just storage and seating. Almost a third of
renovating homeowners will add a microwave to the center island, and
adding a sink with a garbage disposal or a cooktop is becoming more
popular as well. After all, many people would rather face out and talk to
family or friends while cooking than stare at a backsplash.
ROAD TRIP PART 2
British Columbia’s Kootenai Rockies and the
International Selkirk Loop
Story and Photos By Marguerite Cleveland
Last month our road trip ended in Christina Lake at the lovely Sunflower Inn B&B. The next destination is Rossland and continues
with a few days in the Kootenay Rockies before connecting with the International Selkirk Loop, the only multi-national scenic
drive in North America. Even doing just a portion of this 280-mile scenic drive is worth it. Gorgeous lakes and rivers with crystalclear
water surrounded by towering mountains makes for a beautiful drive. There are also cute little towns and the world’s longest
free ferry crossing.
Day 4: Rossland, British Columbia
It is just a 60-mile drive from Christina Lake to Rossland, British Columbia, so enjoy a leisurely breakfast at the Sunflower before starting
your day. Once you arrive, grab a coffee or other beverage from one of the downtown coffee shops and explore the town. Historic photos
sized like a mural line the main street. You can stand by an historic monument and have the same view as one of the photos taken in 1913.
There are a variety of shops and galleries worth taking a peek at.
The Rossland Museum is located on the site of the historic Le Roi Gold Mines. There are 5 acres to explore with mining exhibits located on
the grounds. The museum also serves as Rossland’s official visitors' center.
Next head out to the Red Mountain Resort. Plan to do a mountain hike. The Josie Hotel has a jazzy, modern vibe. On-site is the Velvet
Restaurant and Lounge, which is kicking out some rather good chow. Executive Chef Marc-Andre Choquette is an Iron Chef alum and the
menu is heavy on seasonal, hearty food. For an appetizer that should be called dessert, try the candied bacon. It lives up to the hype. Dine
inside with views of the mountain or out on the deck. A great way to spend the afternoon.
Enjoy the scenic drive into Nelson, which is your stop for the night. The Adventure Hotel is a fun place to stay and is geared to those who love
the outdoors. It has a bright, modern interior and is centrally located to all there is to see and do in Nelson. After checking in, take a walk
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THE DETOUR WITH BREATHTAKING VIEWS
EVERYWHERE YOU WALK.
to Baker Street to partake of the restaurants, many with sidewalk seating.
Cantina del Centro is immensely popular with the locals. Fresh Latin
American cuisine is served up with 70 varieties of Tequila and Mezcal, as
well as beautifully crafted cocktails. The street tacos are memorable with
a variety of choices. Choose two or three to make a meal.
Day 5: Nelson
Get an early start today so you have time for breakfast and kayaking
before checkout time at the hotel. Oso Negro is a great place to start your
day. This indoor art gallery and breakfast stop serves up more than 20
different blends of coffee to enjoy with seasonal breakfast options. Eat
among the works of talented local artists or outside in the garden.
The Prestige Lakeside Resort is located on the banks of the west arm of
Kootenay Lake and offers boat rentals from their dock, which is home to
Nelson Paddleboard and Kayak. Rent your watercraft of choice and head
out on the lake. Morning hours often have no wind, and the scenery has
mountains that come almost to the edge of the lake. Very tranquil.
After a quick stop at the Adventure Hotel to freshen up and check out,
head into town to visit Touchstones Nelson Museum of Arts and History
to learn about the town and surrounding areas. A popular hike in the
area is to Pulpit Rock for its spectacular views of Nelson Kootenay Lake.
Highly recommended by locals is the little town of Kaslo. It is just north
of Ainsworth Hot Springs, your stop for the night, so you will have to
double back—but so worth it. The scenic drive along Highway 31 is truly
impressive. It is hard to imagine how the road was even built when the
mountains run right to the lake. Kaslo is a quaint town that is like a step
back in time. Perched on the banks of a beautiful lake, the historic town
is well worth the detour with breathtaking views everywhere you walk,
cute shops and many choices to grab a meal.
Head back to Ainsworth Hot Springs Resort for the night. The hot springs
get crowded, so plan to go in the morning when it is only open for hotel
guests. Located near the hotel is the JB Fletcher Store, a museum and
local artisan shop. Worth the trek down the hill. The Ktunaxa Grill, the
on-site restaurant, has great service, and the indigenous-inspired menu is
constructed of fresh, local ingredients. Reservations are a must.
The Speci f ics
WHERE TO STAY
The Adventure Hotel - AdventureHotel.ca
Ainsworth Hot Springs - AinsworthHotSprings.com
Best Western Plus Kootenai River Inn Casino & Spa
WHERE TO EAT
The Velvet Restaurant and Lounge - JosieHotel.com
Cantina del Centro - CantinadelCentro.com
WHAT TO DO
Rossland Museum - RosslandMuseum.ca
Nelson Paddleboard and Kayak
Kaslo - VisitKaslo.com
International Selkirk Loop - SelkirkLoop.org
Kootenai National Wildlife Refuge
Day 6: Bonners Ferry, Idaho
First thing in the morning, visit the
Ainsworth Hot Springs. It is so nice without
all the crowds. The complex includes a pool
fed by the spring, a cold plunge pool fed by
Munn Creek and a dimly lit cave. It is not for
the faint of heart as it is like a dark tunnel.
Have breakfast at the hotel before checking
Head to Balfour to catch the Kootenay Lake
Ferry to Kootenay Bay. You are now on the
International Selkirk Loop. There are no
reservations, so check the times and arrive
early for the 35-minute ferry crossing. This is
the longest free ferry in the world—and one
of the most scenic. While you wait there are
plenty of shops, restaurants and a bakery at
the ferry landing.
Once you arrive in Kootenay Bay, follow Highway 3A south to Bonners
Ferry, Idaho. Along the way enjoy the eastern shore of Kootenay Lake.
Stop at Crawford Bay, a unique community of artisans’ studios. As you
continue south there are small towns, shops and beaches for photo ops.
Before crossing the border make a detour in Creston to visit two wineries,
Skimmerhorn Winery and Vineyard and the Baillie-Grohman Winery,
that are thriving in the microclimate of the area.
Cross the border into Idaho and head to Bonners Ferry for the night. The
Best Western Plus Kootenai River Inn Casino & Spa is in a great location
next to the river and has a pedestrian tunnel to access the downtown area.
There are restaurants on-site, or head through the tunnel to access the
visitors’ center and local downtown eating establishments.
Day 7: Last Day
In the morning, head 6 miles east to the Kootenai National Wildlife
Refuge. There is a visitors’ center with a hike nearby to a waterfall.
Additional hikes are available as well as a 4.5-mile auto tour. There is
a good chance you will see moose, elk, deer, or rarer a bear. Birds are
abundant including bald eagles and migratory waterfowl. After spending
time in the refuge continue to explore the U.S. side of the International
Selkirk Loop or head home. You are about a six-hour drive to Seattle,
Washington, which is a major airline hub.
An unforgettable family road trip adventure awaits. It’s time to start
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1 cup balsamic vinegar
8 oz. white cheddar cheese
24 basil leaves
24 fresh blackberries
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• In a small saucepan over medium-high heat,
bring vinegar to a boil.
• Reduce the heat to medium-low and simmer
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• Remove from heat and as it cools it will
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• Slice cheddar cheese into 24 even squares.
• Using toothpicks, layer the ingredients with the
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• Line a serving dish with the skewers and drizzle
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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!
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
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If you are looking for that perfect charcuterie or veggie
platter for a party or special event that is not only tasty but
a work of art, The Culinary Stone is read to make it happen.
Just call or stop in. And don’t forget about their café featuring
artisan breads, European pastries and cakes.
Each week, area chefs invite you to pull up a seat at one of
The Culinary Stone’s cooking classes, where you will learn
to create new delicious meals that you can share with others,
all while engaging with new friends. They also host weekly
wine tastings, so you can explore new wines to pair with your
meals at home.
The Deli is open 10:30am to 6pm Monday through Saturday,
10:30am to 5pm Sunday; while The Cafe is open 7:30am to
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SHOGA SUSHI BAR
Delicious sushi and Japanese cuisine sure to delight
anyone’s palate. Offering a wide variety of traditional
and specialty rolls as well as salads, sweet and sour pork,
grilled salmon and more! Beautiful waterfront dining
with spectacular sunset views. Professional and courteous
service. On Wedsnday nights it’s buy one Sushi Roll get one
half off! Enjoy a delicious meal while taking in the beautiful
waterfront and spectacular sunset views. 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
Spring is Here!
Be a chef at home or dine with us!
• Fresh Fish Market and Sushi Bar
• Smoked Fish
• 12 different kinds of fish and chips
215 W. Kathleen, Coeur d’Alene
Locally Owned & Operated
Class of 2020!
Where your office can feel like a
• 40,000+ SQ. FT. BUILDING
• VARIOUS OFFICE SIZES
• SPECTRUM HIGH SPEED INTERNET
• CONFERENCE ROOMS
• OPEN SEATING AND GAZEBO BY THE RIVER
• LARGE, SURROUNDING PRIVATE PARKING LOT
• 24-HOUR SECURE BUILDING
Contact Paul Bielec for your tour today!
208.699.9000 | 13403 N. Government Way, Hayden, ID 83835
A WALK TO
LOCAL SENIORS WILL GET THE CHANCE TO WALK
BY JILLIAN CHANDLER
5 & 6
SCHOOL CAMPUSES STAYED CLOSED FOR THE REMAINDER OF THE
SCHOOL YEAR, and though this year’s senior class has seen its share
of heartache and disappointment during their final weeks of high
school, one dream will not be shattered—the opportunity to walk and
receive their diplomas with their families and close friends watching.
While restrictions across the state are continuing to loosen, gatherings
of large crowds are still prohibited under the governor’s order. Instead
of being able to gather side by side with their classmates and having
proud parents, family members and close friends in the audience,
this year’s graduation will be one for the history books, as seniors will
instead have a drive-through ceremony.
Last month it was confirmed that commencement events for
Coeur d’Alene, Lake City, Post Falls, Timberlake and Lakeland high
schools, as well as Coeur d’Alene Charter Academy, will participate
in commencement ceremonies at the Kootenai County Fairgrounds
in Coeur d’Alene. While celebrating the class of 2020, all attendees
will adhere to guidelines and recommendations from the Centers for
Disease Control and Panhandle Health District, the Idaho State Board
of Education and the Idaho governor’s office.
Graduation for Coeur d’Alene and Lake City high schools will be held
on the originally planned graduation dates of June 5 and June 6,
respectively, with the ceremonies broadcast on large screens with
sound broadcast on FM radio so those parked in their cars can tune
in. The ability to live-stream the ceremonies on social media is in the
works so those who are unable to attend in person can still watch.
This year’s graduation ceremonies will go as follows:
• Seniors will arrive in vehicles with family members (the vehicle may
not be a limousine or other oversized car or boat).
• Each will have a chance to leave their vehicle and cross the stage, in
cap and gown, to receive their diplomas.
• Guests will remain in their vehicles and will be able to follow the
ceremony on large projection screens and listen to a broadcast of the
TIME TO CELEBRATE
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Pennsylvania was the first state to establish Flag Day as a legal
holiday back in 1937. Today Flag Day is observed nationwide,
though not as a legal holiday. Flag Day is celebrated on June 14
each year to honor the United States flag and to commemorate
its adoption of stars and stripes as the official flag of the United
States. You can help celebrate by displaying your flag in front of
your home or business. June 14 is also the day that the United
States Army celebrates its birthday, with 2020 marking 245 years
since the U.S. Army as we know it today was founded.
Though your traditional Father’s Day plans may have been
deterred because of current protocols, we are fortunate that Coeur
d’Alene is home to so many adventures! Now that businesses have
opened back up, make reservations to treat Dad to a meal at a local
restaurant of his choice or purchase a gift certificate to one of his
favorite local stores or shops to pick out a gift of his liking! And as
the great outdoors abound, you can always opt to get in a weekend
fishing or camping trip. It’s not so much how you spend Father’s
Day, but who you spend it with. Help make this a Father’s Day Dad
will remember for years to come.
SAVE THE DATE:
2020 has seen most spring and early summer events either
postponed, made virtual or cancelled in their entirety. Over
the years, Father’s Day weekend in Coeur d’Alene has become
synonymous with the car lover’s delight—Car d’Lane. Rest assured
that though the event will not be taking place in June, the excitement
of Car d’Lane is just around the corner. The 30th anniversary of
Car d’Lane is now set to hit the streets this July—Friday, July 17,
and Saturday, July 18, complete with Cruise, Show and Shine,
Poker Walk, People’s Choice Voting and Young Builders Alley and
more! If you are interested in participating in this year’s event, preregistration
is required and closes June 29. To find out more about
this year’s Car d’Lane or to register, visit CdADowntown.com.
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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
be delighted with a very private setting among
$799,000 | MLS # 20-1407
RARE Paradise 10 minutes to Priest Lake
surrounded by US Forest Service Land and a creek.
Custom rancher on over 8 private acres. 3BD/ 2BA -
2414 sq ft.Soaring vaulted ceilings, open floor plan,
south facing sun exposure. Dog kennel, chicken
coop and raised beds, High-end appliances, a
charming working antique wood stove, granite
counters. Master bedroom boasts a over sized
ceramic tile walk in shower and closet, skylights
and private deck. 30x50 shop and additional 1232
sq ft wood shop and living quarters.
$2,150,000 | MLS # 20-3471
This Stunning Spokane River Waterfront home
located in Post Falls, Idaho truly has it all. Spend
your day in your own private pool or dip your toes
in the sand with a private beachfront including a
boat dock. The home features a climate controlled
wine room, professional kitchen appliances
flanked by double island of granite, a over sized
open great room, a lower level bar & game room
plus a gym. The large master bedroom suite has
a romantic fireplace, soothing soaker tub & a
private deck just for you with panoramic views
of the clean water, blue sky & rugged mountains.
Stretched out with over 5,400 sq ft of luxury, 5
bedrooms, 4.5 baths & 3 car garage.
$325,000 | MLS # 20-4278
Well maintained log home with new appliances
and fresh paint! Enjoy your own private Idaho
with over 5 acres. The charming 3 plus bedroom
and 2 bath home has loads of natural light, extra
tall ceilings , mountain views and a wraparound
deck to enjoy fresh crisp mountain air. Open floor
plan , 2 master suites, fireplace, a barn and storage
sheds, plus chicken coop and a garden. This is
a quaint log home ready to enjoy, move in ready.
$1,200,000 | MLS # 20-169
Elegance & grandeur abound in the exclusive
gated Wandermere Estates Golf & Country
Club community. This estates sits on two
Premium view lots nestled in the hillside of
one of Spokane’s most prestigious 55+ gated
communities & features beautifully landscaped
grounds showcase breathtaking views of the golf
course. High ceilings, oversized doors & windows
& custom Italian Tile flooring. Gourmet chef;s
kitchen is outfitted with Granite counters, Viking
stainless appliances and knotty alder woodwork.
$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
Harrison. Don’t miss out on this one!
Proudly Selling North Idaho & Eastern Washington
208.818.3668 | Brenda@BrendaBurk.com