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CELEBRATING OUR FREEDOMS
ife has been
at times frightening,
heartbreaking, during recent weeks—for us
all. With new “normals” put in place to battle
COVID-19 and keep our communities safe,
and the addition of protests that began in
late May, our world has been turned upside
down. But at the end of the day, as we ponder
the lives we’ve been able to build here in the
United States, we can’t take for granted all
of the freedoms that come with our great
country. Through all the hardships, we are
able to raise our voices and demand to be
heard. Through our voices, we are able to
lift others up while they may be silenced.
We live in a country like no other and are
proud of the communities in which we live.
Despite the difficulties, we always come out
stronger, and more united, than before.
On July 4, friends and families will once
again gather to commemorate America’s
independence. Though celebrations may
be a bit different this year, and smaller,
people will still come together to celebrate
our great country—the place we all call
home. If we continue to love our fellow man
and want for them the same freedoms and
opportunities we desire for ourselves and
our own children, our communities, states
and nation will only become that much
Take this time to reflect on all the blessings
you and your loved ones have been bestowed,
and focus on what we, as individuals and
whole communities, can do to support each
other. Our strong, hardworking families and
communities are the backbone of this great
I ask you to take a moment to recognize
the great privilege we have as Americans,
and the great work we have done and will
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we are to live in a place where freedom reigns,
and all have the right to life, liberty and the
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It’s so easy to go digital right now. Even for those of us who
may be a little technologically challenged, with the advent of
COVID-19, our world was suddenly digitized. Meetings on
Zoom, shopping on Amazon, orders on Walmart.com; all of
these make our lives a little bit easier during a pandemic, for sure.
But now that we can begin to see a light at the end of the tunnel,
I’d like to remind everyone to put down their phones, shut their
laptops and shop locally!
Sandpoint, Ponderay, Bonners Ferry, Priest River … these little
towns are the center of our lives here in Bonner County, and the
local businesses are struggling. I know we’ve heard this all before,
and many of us have done our part, which is fantastic. But as we
move forward together, let’s keep the locals in the forefront of our
Need a new sofa? Instead of buying some uncomfortable couch
on Wayfair, head into Sandpoint Furniture, located across from
Yoke’s in Ponderay. They have been local here for the better
part of a century and run by two generations of the same three
families. Not only will you get a more quality piece, you will also
have the benefit of friendly, hometown customer service. Need a
new mattress? There are tons of new startups online promising
a great night’s sleep, but there is only one Jody Shapiro, and she
works at Sandpoint Furniture. Her specialty is finding the most
comfortable mattress for each individual customer. You can’t find
For gifts, you cannot beat the customer service that Deanna and
her staff offer at Sharon’s Hallmark in Downtown Sandpoint.
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Support the very people who make
these small towns what they are.
For local art to spruce up your home, try heading into Artworks
Gallery on First Avenue in Sandpoint. Artworks is basically a coop
of local artists, so you can find a huge variety of artful things
in multiple styles for your walls, table or even your ears! Whiskey
Jack Pottery is another First Avenue gem. Run by local Nicole
Black, her designs are vibrant and fun—and well-priced.
Meadowbrook is another favorite of mine in Sandpoint. They
always have exquisite things that add just the right amount of
Northwest flair to any interior. They have a great selection of
scented candles and other goodies as well to make your home
smell as good as it looks.
unique piece for yourself, head on up—it’s worth the trip. While
you’re there, try their gelato or one of their specialty coffees while
There are so many wonderfully diverse businesses in our area, and
the above is just a smattering of all the fun shops to explore. For
those of you who are new to the area, this is how you become a
part of where we live. By shopping locally, not only do you get
to know your neighbors, you also support the very people who
make these small towns what they are. These little shops bring
the personality and flavor to our lives that big cities lack. After all,
isn’t that why we live here?
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By Dr. Dawn Mehra
Throughout my 30 years employed as a veterinarian, I
have enjoyed the opportunity of working with countless
animal specialists and veterinary staff. The amount of skill,
knowledge and expertise exhibited by this group is truly
outstanding, and I believe they are undervalued. In addition to the
depth of their talents and wide swath of details contained within their
job descriptions, they are the heart and soul of an animal hospital.
They are the conduit between clients, patients and the doctors.
Veterinary technicians (VT), veterinary assistants (VA) and client
service representatives (CSR) stay calm in the face of trauma, are detail
oriented, results driven and practiced communicators. They have high
ethical standards, compassion and well above average multitasking
abilities. Another extremely important quality of our team at NIAH
is their sense of humor and optimism. Laughter is the best medicine
after a long and stressful day.
VTs receive between two and four years of professional school,
and most intern before they join a hospital. They are the folks
administering medications, drawing blood, X-rays, monitoring
anesthesia, performing dental cleanings and helping clients with
procedural, preventive and medication questions. VAs are the
backbone of our hospital. They provide food, water and individual
attention to all our hospital patients. They are observation experts,
continually monitoring what is going in and out of your pet, and
reporting any abnormal behavior.
CSRs answer the phone and triage both client and pet needs. Then,
with great care, they place pets on the hospital schedule. They are the
reason you can call on a busy afternoon and receive care for your sick
pet the same day. Besides the schedule, they are a wealth of animal
and procedural information, providing support and a clear picture
of what to expect from the veterinary team. They are the masters of
multitasking, and for this we are so grateful.
is going in and
out of your pet,
We love our pets!
Here's an example of a cohesive team which
illustrates the ancillary staff 's value: One busy
afternoon at North Idaho Animal Hospital, Dr.
Mehra and her team were minutes away from
clocking out. Dr. Pierce was still taking care
of his last few scheduled appointments when
a CSR announced a caller was describing a
pregnant dog in trouble. The frantic client was
met with a calmness. The departing veterinary
team prepared the surgery room, started the
incubator and warmed fluids before leaving
the building. When the patient arrived, the
closing VT and VA assessed the patient's vitals,
placed an intravenous catheter and started
fluid therapy. All of this happened without the
direct help of a doctor. The veterinary surgeon
performed the C-section, the VT monitored
anesthesia, a VA provided instruments and
suture material, and the remaining CSR and
kennel assistant helped revive and warm the
Interested in working with a caring and
energetic team? Call North Idaho Animal
Hospital at 208.265.5700 or email Michelle at
Dr. Dawn Mehra is the medical director at
North Idaho Animal Hospital, located at 320
South Ella Avenue in Sandpoint. For more
information, visit IdahoVet.com.
Fourth of July Celebration
COMMUNITY RALLIES TO ENSURE A GRAND EVENT
By Colin Anderson
Photo by Kiersten Patterson Photography
As the state of Idaho moved into Phase 4 of re-opening in
mid-June, it was apparent that larger group activities would
be allowed come Fourth of July weekend. The annual
celebration put on by the Sandpoint Lions Club had been
canceled because of uncertainty during the onset of the pandemic. In
May, resident Ron Korn saw the timeline for re-opening and began a
campaign to put on a Fourth of July celebration. Within weeks, the idea
became a reality.
Almost immediately businesses and community members started
sharing the idea on social media and directing people to Korn’s
website, Sandpoint4th.com. Within just a few weeks enough donations
were raised (many businesses offering up $1,000 or more) to fund
the celebration that will include family fun activities, a parade and a
brilliant fireworks display.
You can start lining up early for the parade, which is scheduled to
begin at 10am. Floats and displays will gather at Fourth and Church
and make their way through downtown.
Immediately following the parade, families can head over to Travers
Park, where the celebration will keep going throughout the afternoon.
Following an opening ceremony, there will be all kinds of fun to be
had. There will be a large barbecue on-site as well as various other food
and beverage vendors. A DJ will play music throughout the day, and
there will also be a silent auction to help fund the event. Play softball
or volleyball, or challenge someone to a game of corn hole. Gunny
sack, three-legged races and a dunk tank will keep the kids entertained
throughout the day.
A fireworks display will be set off over City Beach at 10pm to conclude
the holiday festivities. For additional information or to make a
donation, visit Sandpoint4th.com.
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Local chiropractor dedicated to changing lives
By Jillian Chandler
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INTERMOUNTAIN FAMILY CHIROPRACTIC
102 South Euclid Avenue, Suite 109
Sandpoint, Idaho 83864
Garnering a positive reputation
throughout the community, Dr.
Cameron is known and respected
for his personalized care and
thoroughness during each visit.
This month, Dr. Cameron VanDenBerg, DC and Rylie Anderson have
something to celebrate! Despite the difficulties many businesses have
faced over the past few months, they are proud to announce that July
2020 marks Intermountain Family Chiropractic’s one-year anniversary
serving the Sandpoint community.
Cameron was inspired at an early age to pursue the path of chiropractic. During his
time as a high school and college athlete, and during his time serving in the Marine
Corps., he recalls having “great life-changing results with chiropractic care,” which
he also experienced while recovering from a car accident. He was moved by the
way his providers cared for him, valued his lifestyle and their commitment to
aiding in his recovery.
Born and raised in Sandpoint, Cameron moved away to pursue his education
in chiropractic and establish his career. After having lived elsewhere, he was
determined to return to this wonderful community and bring chiropractic back to
his hometown, which also allowed him to be closer to family.
In July 2019, the couple opened Intermountain Family Chiropractic. Here Dr.
Cameron specializes in Gonstead technique, personalized and specific
chiropractic care. His new patient exam includes: a full spine X-ray (which
he performs a biomechanical analysis on and goes over with his patients
in detail), a surface EMG muscle scan, functional movement screening,
consultation and exam. Types of care such as muscle rehabilitation and
active release therapy, and extremity adjustments are also available if
A graduate of Palmer College of Chiropractic and a former Gonstead
president, Dr. Cameron is the only doctor listed within a 200-squaremile
radius who utilizes the Gonstead technique, in which chiropractors
avoid twisting the spine and instead use precise movements to adjust
specific vertebrae. The Gonstead technique has been proven comfortable,
effective and safe.
Garnering a positive reputation throughout the community, Dr. Cameron
is known and respected for his personalized care and thoroughness
during each visit.
When visiting the office, you will be greeted by Rylie, who is the office
manager, and Ayla, their friendly black lab.
Cameron and Rylie truly care about their patients’ well-being and value
healthy lifestyles. When asked what they find most rewarding about the
work they do through Intermountain Family Chiropractic, they agree
that it’s “getting people back to doing what they love most!”
“We enjoy spending time with our patients and building relationships
with others throughout the community,” adds Cameron.
If you are looking for a compassionate chiropractor to help you on your
journey of healing and recovery, Dr. Cameron of Intermountain Family
Chiropractic is here to help! Open by appointment 7am to 7pm Monday
through Friday and Saturdays by appointment only, they welcome you
to call them today to schedule a new patient exam, which includes a full
spine X-ray, digital spine screening, consultation and examination.
There’s no time like the present to get back to doing what you love!
A Local Legend
MARCELLA NELSON ON LIFE, COMMUNITY AND MAKING A DIFFERENCE
By Abigail Thorpe
Photos Courtesy of Marcella Nelson
FOR HER THE MOST
IS BEING ABLE TO
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Marcella Nelson is a name much
revered and beloved in the
Sandpoint community, but her
story didn’t start here. Nelson was
born in 1928 in Canada to U.S. parents, granting
her dual citizenship from birth. Her family came
back to the U.S. in 1931, settling in Bonners
Ferry and living there until 1934 when the family
purchased a large farm in Paradise Valley south
of town. The farm became the center of Nelson’s
childhood and continues to hold a special place in
her heart to this day.
“We had everything and operated it as a farm all
the years that I was growing up,” says Nelson. “It
is now a tree farm, so I can still go home. It's such
a beautiful place.”
One of six children, her first career was on
the farm, she laughingly recalls. They farmed
everything from pigs and cattle to turkeys, ducks
and animal feed. All of the local stores’ (including
Safeway’s) produce and food at the time was
provided by local farmers like her family. “It was
much different than it is now,” says Nelson. “It was
a wonderful life. I've been so thankful all of my life
that I grew up on that farm.”
After school she went to work in Bonners Ferry for
the Department of Labor as an interviewer. After
three years, she became the manager, and when
the office closed in 1963 due to the recession,
Nelson transferred to the Sandpoint office as
assistant manager. It would mark the beginning
of a lifelong record of serving the Sandpoint
Nelson retired in 1984 after 37 years of service. It
was an early retirement, but her position had been
eliminated at the Sandpoint office due to its small
size, and she decided to remain in Sandpoint
instead of transferring to Coeur d’Alene—a
decision that would benefit the local community
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“I lasted three days and then I was looking at the paper to find a
volunteer job,” she laughs. “When you work all of your life it's quite a
change to retire. It wasn't a good thing for me.” Nelson saw an ad in the
paper for volunteering at the Chamber of Commerce and decided it was
a nice change of pace from her previous job and would be a happy place
to work. She offered them four hours a week. “I ended up going over
there every day, and I had my own space and desk as a volunteer,” she
remembers. Four hours had turned into almost full time.
She worked as the membership coordinator and managed events for
20 years before retiring from the chamber. At that time Pend Oreille
Community Development reached out to ask for her help, and she
worked with them for nine years.
Nelson didn’t stop there. She served on the board of the Panida for 25
years, and currently serves on the Pend Oreille Arts Council board, the
Festival at Sandpoint board, and helps out with support and fundraising
for multiple other organizations, including the hospital.
Since COVID-19, she’s been stuck at home, unable to go out in the
community and serve as she has for so many years, and also forced to
forgo her aerobics classes, which she’s done three times a week religiously
since she started in 1984—every Monday, Wednesday and Friday. “I like
to be busy, so this quarantine is tough for me,” says Nelson.
For her the most rewarding thing is being able to help community
organizations that fill great needs in the community; organizations like
Kinderhaven and many others for which she’s helped raise support and
donations. “It's a very unique community because there are so many
organizations that other communities don't have that fill the needs here:
the cancer services, of course the Festival at Sandpoint is an amazing
thing for a small town to carry out.”
Nelson is a charter member of Pend Oreille Rotary and has helped give
out countless scholarships to local youth in the community. “Sandpoint
has been good to me, it's kind of my family,” she adds. “The interaction
with the community organizations and businesses and folks who live
here has been a very positive thing for me.”
There are many things Nelson loves about Sandpoint, but its friendliness
comes first to mind. You go downtown and you know most of the people
you see, she remarks. “It is such a giving community,” she says. “I have
been involved in asking for donations of items and of money for so many
years, and I am so impressed with the generosity of the businesses in the
Generosity, vision and loads of energy are exactly what come to mind
when you think of Marcella Nelson, and for good reason. She’s been the
powerhouse behind so many community initiatives and organizations it’s
difficult to name them all.
So what does 2000’s Woman of Wisdom want to leave with the generations
to follow her? “I would encourage the younger generations to volunteer
in their community. It's a benefit to the community, but it's a huge benefit
being able to do it, and to give back to the community that we love to
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The early June roster of animals in
recovery at the American Heritage
Wildlife Foundation represents
a wide swath of the North Idaho
branch of the animal kingdom.
There are orphaned pine squirrel babies, as well
as a young flying squirrel. One batch of orphan
skunks was already in, with another expected
the next day. A young magpie with neurological
issues had already been there for more than a
month. A wild turkey and a blue grouse were
also in the recovery process.
The AHWF sees about 100 different animals
a year, founder Kathleen St. Clair-McGee
estimated, so multiplied by the nearly 20 years
she has been at the Clark Fork facility, she has
seen quite the variety of animals.
“It’s incredible. We’ll have little animals come
in and you’re working on them desperately. You
only meet them a half a day and they might die
on you,” she said. “It’s always a challenge. It’s
But the reward of sending off a rehabilitated
animal into the wild again—something St.
Clair-McGee estimates the organization does
about 60 percent of the time—is worth the
“Probably the greatest reward is when you do
have that animal and on the day of release you
say, ‘OK, here you go, you’re back where you
should be,’” she said.
The AHWF’s stated mission is to work toward
the preservation of all wildlife through
rehabilitation and community education. A
nonprofit started in 2001, the organization
has no paid staff and relies on volunteers, who
provide between 3,000 and 4,000 combined
hours each year, St. Clair-McGee said. They
are working to create the first Inland Pacific
Northwest nature center.
There are only a few species, like deer, elk and
moose, that the AHWF cannot accept. But
raccoons, skunks, squirrels, waterfowl, ducks,
geese—volunteers will attempt to rehabilitate
all of them if brought in. Some rehabilitations
or recoveries take only a couple weeks. Others
take much longer, like raccoon orphans, who
usually spend three, four or even five months
with American Heritage Wildlife Foundation.
Sometimes people will bring in orphans after
seeing an adult animal killed by a car and then
later locating the orphaned young. Other times,
people bring in animals who have been injured,
either by them or someone else.
“Rehabilitation is important because if you look
at the animal cases brought in, the majority are
not from nature-caused incidents. They are
caused by human interaction,” St. Clair-McGee
She has been with the AHWF since the
beginning after working at three different zoos
as well as horse ranches and animal shelters.
She realizes not everyone fully understands—
or agrees with—the work the AHWF does, so a
big portion of her job is education.
The organization’s website has numerous
documents available that describe how humans
can best cohabitate with wild neighbors, and
she also spends time in public forums like
libraries and spreads awareness through social
media and other means.
Volunteers come from a variety of walks of life
and aren’t just “animal people,” she said. One
board member has an accounting background
and so serves as treasurer. Another who loves
to take pictures comes out to help with animal
feeding. Still other volunteers work at the
hospital or live on a ranch.
“You don’t necessarily have to have an animal
background,” St. Clair-McGee said. “You just
have to have a desire to learn.”
The care provided at the AHWF is very different
from what might be done at an animal humane
society, where part of the goal is to include the
human factor. At the AHWF, volunteers try to
do the opposite.
“We don’t talk when we’re in the animal room,”
she said. “We put up towels or wear masks so
they don’t directly see this is a human that’s
feeding me. We wear gloves. We do everything
we can think of to remove that human barrier.
… The highest praise that can happen on a wild
animal on release is you go in there and try to
catch them and they come at you or try to avoid
you. (If they do that) you’ve done your job.”
One of St. Clair-McGee’s favorite rescue stories
involves an osprey that was “in pretty rough
shape” when it was brought in. The AHWF
lacks adequate staffing to go out into the field
and pick up injured animals, relying instead on people to bring them
in. Staff will coach them over the phone, but animals in their care often
require feedings every 30, 20 or even 10 minutes, St. Clair-McGee said,
so they cannot dash away.
Found late one August, the osprey was about two months old when it was
brought in: weak, underweight and dehydrated. Normally osprey don’t
leave the nest for two months, and once on the ground, as this one was,
they’ll starve, St. Clair-McGee said, “unless they have the spirit to figure
The bird spent two weeks in rehabilitation, gaining strength. Upon
release, volunteers pitched her up into the air and she took off. It was the
sort of success story that sticks with St. Clair-McGee—she has taken in
other osprey in similar predicaments that don’t survive.
“It’s always taxing. Sometimes it’s 16-hour days,” she said. “It’s not for the
faint of heart, but that’s why we love our volunteers, and that’s why we
strongly encourage people when they do find animals to follow the right
Some traumatic injuries the AHWF cannot handle, and in those cases
volunteers will refer people to veterinarians. But many people do bring in
animals, and some are willing to drive hours, St. Clair-McGee said.
“When I get people who are kind hearted and compassionate, I can’t say
thank you enough,” she said. “It’s really uplifting.”
The cost of rehabilitating animals will vary, depending on their length
of stay and the cost of food. Owls, for example, can require $5 of food
per day. Others are more, St. Clair-McGee said. The organization offers
various levels of donation and sometimes holds raffles to raise more
“That’s where the community support comes in, and we’ve been so very
blessed to have the money we need each year,” she said.
St. Clair-McGee said she is excited, too, that Mya Jinright, a raptor
rehabilitator, has joined the AHWF ranks of volunteers. Jinright works
at the VCA North Idaho Animal Hospital in Sandpoint, and St. Clair-
McGee said her help will allow them to better care for hawks and owls
who are in critical condition.
And so the work continues. St. Clair-McGee was preparing to return a
gray squirrel to Post Falls, where three weeks earlier it had fallen and
suffered a head trauma. The squirrel has been getting its coordination
back, she said.
“That’s the best part, the release,” she said. “It makes all the hard work
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Planting the Roots
Integrative medicine practice brings healing
to the community
By Jillian Chandler
Photos By Kiersten Patterson
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Sandpoint, Idaho 83864
As a nurse practitioner, Malinda
understands that conventional
medicine is necessary at times, but
her goal is “to provide evidencebased
natural medicine to prevent
or treat disease without excessive
medications or surgeries.”
2020 was off to a great start for Malinda Horton, APRN. In February, she
officially opened the doors to her integrative medicine practice here in
Sandpoint—Rooted Health Clinic and Apothecary. Then COVID-19 hit
the following month, slowing the business like so many others. After much
anticipation, Malinda fully reopened in June, and she is looking forward to
once again have the ability to care for her patients.
Serving children and adults who are looking for a natural approach to physical and
mental health concerns, Malinda partners with clients to explore the source of disease
and address imbalances that prevent the body from healing. “My practice offers nutrition
and micronutrient guidance, herbal medicine, microcurrent and infrared/red light
therapies. I do not provide primary care, but I do see patients for wellness consultations
and some simple urgent care concerns. I feel it is important for me to work with a client’s
other providers so that they receive the best of care,” Malinda affirms.
She believes that there are many ways to help the body heal and that different conditions
may require different therapies or expertise. “One unique therapy that I have been
trained in is Frequency Specific Microcurrent. I have been using it for several years now,
and it has been so effective that I use it on almost all patients,” Malinda says. “It is unique
in that I can use specific frequencies to direct a microcurrent to cells in specific tissues
for specific conditions. It is very calming and has been helpful for everything from acute
injuries and autoimmune flares to chronic problems like nerve pain,
fibromyalgia, Parkinson’s, and shortening the time it takes to heal from
respiratory viruses and shingles.”
As a nurse practitioner, she understands that conventional medicine is
necessary at times, but her goal is “to provide evidence-based natural
medicine to prevent or treat disease without excessive medications or
She says she is blessed to have a husband who has encouraged her to follow
her dreams, which resulted in Malinda attending a two-year fellowship
in integrative medicine at the University of Arizona under Dr. Andrew
Weil. As she recalls, “Several years ago I was working in a bone marrow
transplant program with children and adults when I realized that we were
not teaching patients how food and nutrition affects cancer. I tried to
educate our team to make changes, without success, and eventually left
that environment. Thankfully, my husband encouraged me to apply for
the fellowship … I did, and it was life and career changing. I have never
looked back.” She remains passionate about helping patients manage the
side effects of cancer therapy.
Malinda finds true fulfillment in the path she has chosen, seeing patients
(many who have tried other treatments or medications with no relief)
leave her clinic feeling better than when they entered. “It may be a physical
change, but often it’s an emotional improvement because I have the time
to listen and explore the underlying problem,” she says. “I believe that
God gave me this passion to learn and use the things He created to help
as many people as possible.
Malinda, who relocated to Sandpoint from Utah in 2018 with her
husband, did so to enjoy a quieter, smaller community and to be closer
to her son’s family. When not at the clinic serving her clients, she and her
husband enjoy growing food, hiking, camping, skiing and being on the
water. Malinda volunteers at the Bonner County Community Food Bank,
and the couple volunteers at Cedar Hills Church.
“We really wanted to be part of a community that cares for each other,
and the people in the Sandpoint area definitely do that!” smiles Malinda.
“We felt welcomed and knew we were home from the minute we arrived.
Watching the community and businesses pull together during the
pandemic was inspiring.”
Schweitzer keeps the good times rolling
BY COLIN ANDERSON
PHOTOS COURTESY OF SCHWEITZER MOUNTAIN RESORT
The village is up and running atop Schweitzer Mountain, and there are dozens
of ways you can spend a beautiful summer day at one of the Northwest’s most
scenic settings. You will notice a few more safety protocols when compared
to years past, but nearly all of the activities are available for you this summer.
If you just want to take in the view with a snack or cold drink, guests can purchase a lift
ticket for the Great Escape quad chair, which takes you effortlessly from the village to the
top of the mountain. You can enjoy sweeping views and lunch at the Sky House. When
you are ready to come down you can take the chairlift again or a nature trail that leads you
back to the village.
Serious mountain bikers know the many routes across the mountain, but there are also
opportunities for less experienced bikers to hit the trails. E-Bike tours depart daily from
the village at 1pm. Riders hop on electric-assist bicycles and are guided on a 10- to 12-mile
route with an experienced staff member.
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When the huckleberries are ripe, hundreds hit the slopes in search of the Northwest’s most
iconic berry. While many like to keep their favorite patches secret, staff can help lead you
to great picking locations.
You can explore the trails by bike, foot and even horseback, and there are plenty of kidfriendly
adventures located right in the village. A dual zipline is available for those 8 and
older and weighing more than 60 pounds. The 700-foot-long line allows you to take off
side by side with a friend or child for a quick adrenaline rush. In the village you’ll find a
trampoline jumper where kids are strapped into a harness and can attempt flips without
fear of sailing off the trampoline. A 25-foot climbing wall is also a favorite as they can
try several different levels of difficulty as they make their way to the top. Kiddos also
love stepping back in time for oldschool
mining techniques at the
Sluice Box. You can purchase a
bag from the activities center that’s
guaranteed to have gems buried in
it, waiting to be revealed.
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BY ABIGAIL THORPE
PHOTOS COURTESY OF PEND OREILLE ARTS COUNCIL
On July 10, Downtown Sandpoint will once again bustle with a
lively arts scene as the Pend Oreille Arts Council (POAC) kicks
off the beloved annual ArtWalk. This year promises to be extra
special, as the community comes together for one of the first events
since COVID-19 to celebrate art, enjoy the revitalized downtown and
commune with friends, family and strangers alike.
ArtWalk first started in 1977 in Sandpoint and was adopted by POAC
almost a decade later in 1986. “Since then it has gained momentum and
become one of Sandpoint’s most anticipated summer events,” says Claire
Christy, arts coordinator at POAC.
This year the ArtWalk will serve as an exciting opportunity for businesses
that were closed due to COVID-19 to reconnect with customers and the
community, all while celebrating and supporting the vibrant art scene
that Sandpoint has to offer.
“ArtWalk brings people together in our community,” says Christy.
“Business owners and employees build relationships with artists and
viewers.” Many businesses utilized the down time during the closure
to update or add to their business space, so the event also offers an
opportunity to explore and enjoy those businesses you might not have
had the chance to visit yet.
POAC made the most of the slow time during shutdown to renovate its
office gallery and add a new hanging system that allows them to showcase
more artists at once. “It creates a space that is different from any other
gallery in Sandpoint,” explains Christy. “We have brought in paintings
and photography from local artists who have been consistently creating
art in Sandpoint for years.”
As something to look forward to, the opening night of ArtWalk will
feature the POAC gallery’s grand opening. “We hope to grow the gallery
into something that our community views as special and unique,”
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“ONE OF THE THINGS THAT MAKES ARTWALK GREAT
IS THAT IT MAKES LOCAL ART ACCESSIBLE TO
EVERYONE, AND IT LEAVES SPACE FOR THE VIEWER
TO MAKE THE TOUR THEIR OWN."
Various businesses throughout Downtown Sandpoint will open up to
the community as hosts to a specific artist during the ArtWalk. Opening
night is July 10 and will feature receptions at each venue for artists from
5:30 until 8pm. “The best time to go is during the opening receptions
because the viewer gets a chance to meet the artist and experience
the work for the first time as a community,” encourages Christy. “The
energy and excitement can be felt in the streets of Sandpoint on opening
reception night, and the experiences that viewers have keep them coming
back every year.”
After opening night, the ArtWalk will still be open to visitors to explore
and enjoy at their own pace, as the event runs through August 28.
Individuals and groups can take a leisurely tour of Sandpoint, acquaint
themselves with local businesses and enjoy the fantastic art featured in
each location. “One of the things that makes ArtWalk great is that it
makes local art accessible to everyone, and it leaves space for the viewer
to make the tour their own,” explains Christy.
“The art we display starts conversations, which lead to connections,”
she adds. “Whether it’s a painting of ‘old Sandpoint’ that makes locals
reminisce, or an abstract painting making you ask, ‘What does it mean?,’
it brings strangers together in conversation and appreciation of the arts.”
This year a highlight of the show will be the reopening of a newly
improved and renovated downtown space. Road construction blocked
off most of First Avenue up until May 15, but the result is a beautiful
and walkable downtown with wide sidewalks, hanging plants and space
for visitors to enjoy and explore all of the local businesses that make our
downtown so unique and vibrant.
“ArtWalk is one of the first community events of the summer, and it
seems to me that everyone is looking forward to showing up for the small
businesses of Sandpoint and welcoming them back,” says Christy.
All of the featured artists for ArtWalk are from the Sandpoint area, which
truly makes this a unique and Sandpoint-focused event. “POAC recruits
our local artist members and other local artists for this event, so it is very
representative of the diversity in character that we have in the Sandpoint
area,” explains Christy. “If we brought in artists from out of the area, I
don’t think it would have the same effect or create the same connections.”
There are over 30 businesses participating in the walk this year, including
Evans Brothers Coffee Roasters, Pend d’Oreille Winery, Hallans Gallery
and the Music Conservatory of Sandpoint, among many others.
The Music Conservatory has supported and created opportunities for
the arts in Sandpoint since its inception, making it a natural participant
with the ArtWalk and a must visit downtown. It offers students of all ages
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The ArtWalk provides the perfect opportunity for the community to
explore the various art businesses and galleries involved, including Lisa V
Fine Art, Hallans Gallery, Marsha Lutz Photography, Art Works Gallery
and Tru Art, and is a celebratory precursor to the 48th annual Arts &
Crafts Fair on August 8 and 9.
Presented by POAC, the Arts & Crafts Fair takes place during the day on
Second Avenue and Main Street in Downtown Sandpoint, and includes
artist booths, food vendors and a youth art arena. Artwork exhibits will
include sculpture, ceramics, metal, fiber, photography, paintings, mixed
media, wood, crafts and more. Proceeds from the fair go directly to
support POAC’s programs in visual and performing arts to help bring art
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that will connect the community of Sandpoint and encourage and
celebrate the creative spirit of our North Idaho home. To find out more,
visit ArtinSandpoint.org, and make sure to stop by downtown host
businesses on opening night to meet the artists behind the work.
Events and activities are subject to change. Contact the Pend Oreille Arts
Council for up-to-date information.
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DIETING VS. LIFESTYLE CHANGES
Strategy to manage that extra “Quarantine 15” weight gain
By Mindy Murray, Occupational Therapist, Kauai Therapy & Wellness
Due to the pandemic, many of us have felt more stress, anxiety and
feelings of uncertainty wondering how we were going to pay the
rent, purchase groceries, or keep ourselves and family safe from
Those feelings of anxiety and stress, combined with chronic boredom due to
being trapped in the house, has resulted in a huge increase in the frequency
at which people snack. More snacking equals increased weight gain, with
many calling this the Quarantine 15 (think Freshman 15), and leaving many
people thinking about ways to manage this extra weight game.
There are numerous advertised products from supplements to diet plans,
which promise to not only help you lose weight but to keep it off. Despite
these promises, almost 70 percent of adults in America are obese or
overweight, as indicated by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Although diets may help you to get rid of some weight quickly, lifestyle
changes play a more significant role in your health and have a lasting impact
on your overall weight-loss goals.
The Difference between Diet and Lifestyle Changes
It is crucial for you to be able to know the differences between diet and
lifestyle changes so that you can make the necessary adjustments to change
your life, go back to doing the things you love, and be fit and feel young
again. Here is what we can learn from both below:
Lifestyle changes have a more permanent way of achieving your weight-loss
objectives. It’s about changing how you live your daily life and turning the
quick change into a permanent or long-term one.
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You can think of it in terms of changing your old
eating habits for new and healthy ones, or adding
an exercise regimen to your daily activities, etc.
These changes result in long-term weight loss
because when you stick to a healthy lifestyle your
body and mind will show it.
A lifestyle change is about staying healthy but
does not usually give the quick results that are
more evident when you “diet.” Lifestyle changes
work more efficiently in the long run, and the
results are everlasting.
It is also important to note that lifestyle changes
can be a natural part of your everyday routine.
This involves finding your motivation. It is
important to focus on why you want these things.
Take your time and search yourself for these
answers. Your “why” has to be more important
than your “should.”
Lifestyle changes have to do with “balance” in
life. There are times when you may feel defeated
or overwhelmed, but you can overcome these
feelings with balance. Lifestyle changes, which
are more holistic, are about changing the way you
think, eat, drink, sleep, exercise, play, live, manage
stress and more. Don’t try to change everything at
once. Focus on one small goal at a time and the
reason for that goal.
A diet is usually a program that consists of
changing your eating habits temporarily to
achieve a weight-loss goal. At the end of the
program and after achieving your aim, it’s likely
that you will return to your former eating habits.
Diets focus more on food intake, while lifestyle
changes incorporate other aspects that affect
health and weight—such as working out.
Diets are temporary or short-term solutions
with singular approaches to long-term,
multidimensional health issues. Diet is gradually
becoming a word that is hated as a result of the
useless diet programs all over the place.
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BY BRI WILLIAMS, RN, BSN, REFINED AESTHETICS
We all want to look our best, and the
beauty industry is full of information,
products, tips and tricks to help us do
just that. But what information out
there is true, and what is a myth? Below we break down
some common misconceptions and set your beauty
Botox and filler will make me look unnatural and
False. Botox and filler are wonderful tools for helping
you to age gracefully and continue looking like you!
But you need to find an aesthetic provider who shares
the same vision and approach. The technique used to
place the product, the type of product used and the
amount of product all plays a role in your outcome. Do
your research before choosing a provider. Look at their
before and after photos and schedule a consult before
treatment to ensure that you are on the same page.
When done well, “work” should be undetectable. You
should still look like you, only refreshed.
Junk food can cause breakouts.
True. High sugar and high fat (particularly
hydrogenated fat) diets can increase the body’s
sebum production, which then creates inflammatory
responses in the body—sometimes in the form of
acne. Further, overindulging in junk food can increase
your chances of becoming deficient in skin-healthy
nutrients found in fruits, vegetables and healthy fats. It
is best to keep junk food to a minimum and stick with
nutrient-dense foods to help ward off breakouts.
I do not need to wear sunscreen because there is SPF
in my foundation.
look and feel your best
False. The amount of protection provided in
your makeup is not enough to protect you from
UV damage. According to Dermatologist Leslie
Baumann, MD, “You need seven times the normal
amount of foundation and 14 times the normal
amount of powder to get the sun protection
factor on the label.” It is important that you wear a
dedicated sunscreen under your makeup. Look for
one that is labeled “broad spectrum,” meaning it
protects from UVA and UVB damage.
Department store skin care is good because it is
False. The high price tag on department store
beauty counter goods can fool you into thinking
it is high quality. Big price tag must mean high
quality, right? Wrong. While some may be better
than drugstore brands, they still do not have to
meet criteria set forth by the FDA to prove efficacy.
They fall under the category of “cosmetics,”
meaning that they are only “considered to make
people more attractive.” Medical-grade skin care,
on the other hand, falls under the category of
“drugs,” meaning that the product has been proven
to change the structure or function of the skin. So,
when a medical-grade product claims to diminish
fine lines for instance, it has been scientifically
proven to do just that.
So why the higher price tag with department
store brands? Advertising and packaging, whereas
medical grade is more expensive because of
research, blind clinical trials and FDA approval.
Which would you rather pay for?
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WHEN TO SEE AN ENT
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You may have wondered where to receive treatment if you've ever
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of pain from the neck up. Most people will start with their primary
care doctor, who may then refer them to an otolaryngologist or
ear, nose and throat specialist. An otolaryngologist is a doctor who manages
disorders and conditions of the ear, nose and throat (ENT), head and neck.
An otolaryngologist’s skills include diagnosing and managing diseases of
the sinuses, larynx (voice box), oral cavity and upper pharynx (mouth and
throat), as well as structures of the neck and face. Otolaryngologists diagnose,
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What does an ENT treat?
• Ears: Ear trauma and injury, infections, ear tubes, hearing loss
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• Head and neck: Head and neck masses, benign and malignant tumors
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Conditions which may need an ENT visit:
• Recurring ear infections/fluid in ear(s)
• Balance problems or dizziness
• Breathing problems
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• Growth or tumor in your ears, nose, or throat
• Hearing loss
• Injury or pain to your ears, nose or throat
• Sinus problems
• Swimmer's ear
• Chronic tonsillitis
• Voice or swallowing problems
While your primary care provider can treat some of these conditions, an
ENT is a specialist in these areas and may be able to provide more in-depth
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Finding balance in
By Jeff Pufnock L.Ac. Ph.D. and
Jessica Youngs L.Ac.Embodied Virtue
Acupuncture & Herbal Medicine
Our April 2020 article spoke to the principles
of spring seasonal living. Now we find
ourselves in the midst of summer, the
time of full expansion and expression resulting
from winter’s deep rest and spring’s active growth.
Summer is the manifestation and luxurious
abundance of all that has been growing this year. As
we see nature clearly expressing this process through
the radiance of the flowers and the abundance of
the farmers’ market, there is also an opportunity
to recognize this process occurring within our own
physiology and behavior. We are constantly being
invited to find more active participation with the
world around us: to rise earlier, to smell the flowers,
to play in the sunshine and to take in the starry
nights. In summer we are called to shine forth all
of which is most beautiful within ourselves; all that
was hidden by winter and growing in spring.
In Chinese medicine, health is the expression of a
harmonious balance between activity and rest, and
this balance should be tailored to agree with the
energy of each season. Summer is the most difficult
season in which to find balance between activity and
rest and between the expansion and containment of
our energy. It is common to try to fit in as many
exuberant summer activities as possible, while
many of us are supposed to be on vacation. Finding
this balance is critical for our health because if our
activities are too outwardly focused in summer, our
energy stores are not replenished and we quickly
become depleted internally, allowing for illness and
disease in the upcoming colder seasons.
Summer also corresponds to the heart in Chinese
medicine, which invokes a time of sharing ourselves
from our hearts with our communities. The
summer holds plentiful invitations to connect with
our communities and to share in the abundance
surrounding us all. Especially after this time of
isolation and quarantine, there may be a tendency
to respond with exuberant togetherness. However,
it is also necessary to find balance in our social
interactions, as too much outgoing energy can
make us feel scattered, tired and anxious. Balance is
also suggested because we still may be vulnerable in
many ways after COVID-19, and we must integrate
our enthusiasm to connect with others with
attentiveness to our own resilience and the immune
systems of others.
Summer Dietary Recommendations:
• Quickly and lightly prepare a wide assortment of
local fresh produce: steam, blanch, saute, simmer.
• Avoid greasy, creamy or fatty foods that are
counter to the freshness of the season, as these
• Avoid foods that are overly drying, such as baked
goods, chips and crackers.
• If you have any digestive issues, avoid raw foods
and iced beverages, which require excessive energy
from the stomach to digest and therefore weaken
the stomach’s digestive process.
• When feeling hot, focus on eating cooling,
fresh foods such as salads, sprouts, cucumbers,
apples, watermelon, lemons and limes. Also
try eating calming bitter greens such as endive,
escarole, romaine lettuce, radicchio, asparagus and
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CREATING RESILIENCY AT THE
FOUNDATION OF WELL-BEING
BY SCOTT PORTER, SANDPOINT SUPER DRUG
The philosophy underlying Integrative and
Functional Medicine encourages us to address
the underlying contributors that lead to disease.
Tipping points to chronic illness are reached after
long-term imbalances in lifestyle and dietary choices take
Addressing the symptoms we experience will help us feel
better, but these aren’t solutions that lead to long-term
optimal health. There are ways in which we can build
resiliency and reserve so our body can respond appropriately
to the challenges it receives.
I. Breathe - We can increase the capacity of our breath
through strengthening and relaxing the muscles that expand
the lungs. Too often we are shallow breathers. Practice
breathing fully from your lower abdomen, into your back
body and up into your upper chest. Not only do we take in
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II. Drink Water - Chronic dehydration can take several
months to eliminate. It is important to keep plenty of water
in your body. Not juice, milk alternatives, wine or beer. Just
clean water with good trace minerals, like spring water. This
is a great support for the immune system and detoxification
III. Whole Food Diet - There is no one-size-fits-all diet for
everyone due to differences in genetics, lifestyle, microbiome,
heath states and philosophies. Several factors are consistently
important though: whole food, nutrient dense, low toxins,
clean fats, small amounts of quality protein and a variety of
vegetables. Eat clean real food and not too much.
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adequate amounts of the core nutrients we need. Adding
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BEHIND THE SCENES OF AMERICA’S FAVORITE
INDEPENDENCE DAY EVENT
BY ABIGAIL THORPE
Every year as Independence Day approaches, we anxiously await the festivities: parades, barbeques, three-legged races and an abundance
of watermelon. But the moment that has always captured American’s focus are the fireworks. Every year we wait for the moment the first
explosion hits the night sky. It’s become synonymous with freedom, and the main attraction of every Fourth of July event.
Part of the magic is perhaps that we can’t see the process taking place—the brightly lit sky and colorful patterns feel almost magical. But
behind the scenes there is a whole lot of work and planning that makes the show possible, and decades of science that date back to ancient China.
Historians believe fireworks’ precursors date back to the second century B.C., when the Chinese would throw bamboo stalks into the fire to produce a
loud pop and explosion, thought to ward off evil spirits. Somewhere around 600 to 900 A.D., Chinese alchemists mixed potassium nitrate, sulfur and
charcoal to produce the original “gunpowder.” They would then pack this powder into hollowed out bamboo stalks—which would later become stiff
paper tubes—and light them on fire, forming the very first man-made fireworks.
It wasn’t until the 13th century that gunpowder started making its way into Europe and Arabia. It was quickly adopted for military purposes, but also
gained a popular use in fireworks used to celebrate military victories and mark celebrations and ceremonies. In medieval England, the first skilled
fireworks professionals were known as “firemasters,” and their assistants were “green men,” aptly named because of their caps made of leaves to protect
their heads from the sparks.
Italians in the 1830s were the first to incorporate trace amounts of metals and other additives to the powder to produce the colorful, vibrant modern
fireworks that we know today. Fireworks came with the first
colonists to the Americas and were a popular part of colonial life.
The day before the Declaration of Independence was adopted by
the Continental Congress, John Adams memorably predicted in
a letter to his wife the significant role fireworks would hold in
celebrating the independence of the United States.
“The day will be most memorable in the history of America,” he
wrote. “I am apt to believe that it will be celebrated by succeeding
generations as the great anniversary festival. It ought to be
solemnized with pomp and parade … bonfires and illuminations
[fireworks] … from one end of this continent to the other, from
this time forward forevermore.”
And so it would be—since its inception, the United States has
used fireworks to mark its independence, with shows taking place
in large cities and small towns alike throughout the country.
But our beloved fireworks displays don’t just happen every year.
In fact, planning for them often starts the previous year, says
Heather Gobet, president of Western Display Fireworks out
of Oregon. “There's so much that goes into one of these,” adds
Gobet. Fireworks for the shows need to be ordered over a year in
advance, and there are a lot of permits, paperwork and state and
national laws that have to be taken into consideration.
The process of planning a fireworks show begins with a
preliminary evaluation of the site through Google Earth.
There has to be adequate room for a display, and the space will
determine the size and types of fireworks that can be used. “If
you're using smaller caliber multi-shot boxes, you may only need
100, 150 feet,” says Gobet. But the large shells require 1,000 feet
in every direction.
“There's kind of two major components of designing a fireworks
show,” explains Gobet. “The first one is safety. There are state
and federal laws that dictate how much area you have to have
open around the launch site.” After evaluating the site on Google
Earth, Gobet’s team will talk to the sponsors about their goals for
the show, their budget, and the context of the event the fireworks
are being used for.
This initial conversation sets the stage for early planning of the
show, and at this point, the pyrotechnics company will go out to
the site in person to understand the logistics of the launch area.
Once the show is designed and a contract put together, it gets sent
off to the customer for approval. “There may be some back and
forth,” says Rich Vaughan, district manager and show designer in
Spokane, Washington, for Pyro Spectaculars.
Once it is approved, permits are filed and the process begins.
“I take the show design itself, and depending on the size of the
show, I do the choreography and how the show will be laid out,
since its inception, the United
States has used fireworks to
mark its independence, with
shows taking place in large
cities and small towns alike
throughout the country.
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how it will be fired. We make sure we have a good crew that is
experienced,” adds Vaughan.The majority of Western Display
Fireworks’ crews for the Fourth of July shows are between six and
12 people, says Gobet, and shows start out at $15,000 to $20,000
at a minimum and go up from there. The process of getting
permits and approval is fairly laborious, and there are different
laws in each state pyrotechnics companies have to know and
work with. “We have so many entities that we have to answer to,”
Once the permit is received from the fire department, the physical
planning for the event starts. “On Lake Coeur d’Alene [in Coeur
d’Alene, Idaho] we have to sign up barges and tug boots, file a
marine permit to be on the lake,” explains Vaughan. “When I
design the show, all the paperwork goes to California, they pack
the shows and then they ship them up, and we have a storage
facility where everything goes.” Setup for the show usually starts
the day before, but often the fireworks arrive the day of the show,
since you have to have 24-hour security and house the fireworks a
certain distance from any inhabited building, says Gobet.
Equipment like forklifts and cranes will often be used to move the
fireworks and mortars around on site. “For every single firework
that goes up in the air you need a tube to launch it,” she adds.
If you have an electric or computer firing system that actually
launches the fireworks, then you need a preprogrammed script.
While small shows can still be hand fired, the majority are fired
electrically. Anything on the water is electrically fired. “We can
shoot in just about any weather,” says Vaughan. “What will shut
us down is wind. The wind is really bad.” In addition to wind,
dangerous fire conditions can also halt a fireworks show. But the
rain—and even snow or below zero temps—isn’t enough to stop
The second component of designing a fireworks show is
presentation, says Gobet. Multiple zones, water features, themes,
color combinations and the type of event all play a part in
determining the design of the show. “One of the things we pride
ourselves on is the artistic value of what we do,” says Vaughan.
There are 2,500 different types of effects you can use to put a
program together in conjunction with or without music, says
Gobet. A lot of times there are scripted shows that don’t have
music, so the fireworks are the show. If there is music involved,
fireworks can be planned and timed in conjunction with the
music. “In virtually every case that we're involved in, when
somebody's purchasing a show, they're not just purchasing a
show,” says Gobet. They’re purchasing everything involved—the
design, the planning, the presentation, the equipment and the
day of show.
“I take a look at what I have available to me, and then I try and do
color scenarios,” explains Vaughan. “When you get into really big
production shows you do what they call scenes. What you don't
want to do is shoot the same stuff over and over again, it gets
repetitive. If they have the same budget, I don't just pull up last
year's show and repeat it. Everything I do is custom designed.”
When it comes to pyrotechnics companies, the majority are
family companies that have been in the business a long time.
“The crazy thing is, virtually every major fireworks company in
the U.S. is a family business. I'm the fourth generation, my kids
work here, they're the fifth,” says Gobet.
“Almost, without exception, the fireworks production companies
are people who are born into it,” she says. The pyrotechnicians
come from all walks of life, but a large number are people who
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were born into it or who have loved fireworks
since they were kids.
It’s what makes the pyrotechnics industry
special. “The family nature of this business and
the fact that some of the customers we're
dealing with go back to doing business
with my parents and grandparents,” says
Gobet. Despite—or perhaps because of—
its smaller size and family roots, Western
Display Fireworks brings professionalism
and excellence to every show they put on.
“We would go up against the biggest shows
that anyone in the country could do,” she
adds. “We made a conscious effort to not
change the geographic area where we
operate or that small-company feel. We've
traveled the world and seen the best of the
best, and then we try to apply that to what
Vaughan’s story with fireworks began in
1984 when he was a young adult. A friend
of his father’s worked in the fireworks
industry. Vaughan got roped into helping with
a show, and he was instantly hooked. “I did
that show and I told George this is the coolest
thing ever; I want to do this for a living. I was
banging on his door every time I heard there
people who are
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was a fireworks show,” he laughs. He worked
for free in the evenings after he got off from his
regular day-time job, and when George retired
in 1989, Vaughan took over the business.
Last year alone, they worked on 180 firework
shows. “You stay busy all the time,” he says.
This year fireworks companies have been hit
hard by the virus. “Everyone’s sales are down
tremendously,” says Vaughan. As many cities
and towns across the U.S. cancel or postpone
their Fourth of July and other fireworks events,
it’s been a tough time for the companies that
rely on the business. But they’re hopeful when
COVID lifts, things will rebound and be even
busier than before.
It’s not an industry for the faint of heart, but it
is one that holds a lot of passion. People are in
it for the long haul. So this time, when those
bursts of magic reign down this Fourth of July,
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and work—went into our favorite display of
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MAKING AN IMPACT IN THEIR COMMUNITY
People making a difference in our hometown
BY ABIGAIL THORPE
andpoint is a unique place. Anyone stopping through can
sense the difference, and there’s a reason for that. It’s a
warm, open, proud and caring community. Generations
of families have lived here, and those who moved from
other places came because they love what North Idaho
has to offer: the beauty, the outdoors, the opportunity, and
most importantly, the community.
Despite the lovely beauty that surrounds us, and the outdoor opportunities
that beckon, it’s the people in our community who make it truly amazing
to live here. Walk into your local library, visit a local store or restaurant, or
join a community meeting, and odds are you’ve run into them. The kinds of
people who give so much to benefit their community and ask for nothing in
return. Their reward is to see a thriving, close-knit community that cares for
Pastor Eric Rust and his wife Nicole started Cedar Hills Church in their living
room. The first meeting five people attended—that number soon grew to 50,
and before they knew it a church was born. “We were all super young but
made up for it with a strong commitment to our dream,” says Rust.
“We spent the first six months working, saving money, planning, meeting
people and telling the story. Nicole and I have been honored to serve as the
pastors for the last 19 years. We absolutely love our church. It’s crazy to think
about how God has expanded his church during that
The Rusts moved to Sandpoint in 2001 after serving
for six years with youth in Fresno, California. Nicole
grew up here, and they still had friends and family
in the area and wanted to raise their children in a
place like Sandpoint. “I've always had the spirit of an
entrepreneur, so in 2000 we began making plans to
start a new church. It seemed like the perfect way to
blend my calling as a pastor and my desire to start
new things,” says Rust. “We felt there was space for a
Christian church that approached life and faith from
a different angle.”
Their commitment and relationship with local
nonprofits and organizations is a central part of
the church’s and the couple’s mission. “From the
very beginning, we have always been committed to
partnership, so we’ve made our best effort to find great
organizations in our community and around the world
that we can support,” he adds.
Recently the church started working closely with
Kootenai Elementary School, providing back-toschool
reimbursements to teachers to help prepare
their classrooms, offering healthy mid-morning snacks
to students, sending take-home meals with kids on the
weekend, and starting a Saturday night community
meal in Kootenai. “It feels like there is always more
the church can do,” explains Rust. “I believe that when
churches are working right, the city around them
should be better because of their presence. If not,
something is missing.”
There’s so much beauty and outdoor opportunity here,
but the Rusts feel it’s the people of Sandpoint who
make this place so special. “We see so much care and
selflessness in Sandpoint. It’s something that we pray
we never take for granted.”
Their commitment and
relationship with local nonprofits
and organizations is a central part
of the church’s and the couple’s
Christine Denova saw an article in USA Today about
Sandpoint, and she and her husband decided to make
the move from Chicago, where he wanted a change
from his busy career and they could focus more on
community and family. They came to Sandpoint in
2006 and started attending Cedar Hills Church.
In 2014, after urging from both the pastor’s wife and a
member of a church in Priest River, Denova took on
the role of executive director of Life Choices Pregnancy
Center. “It's just amazing that we get to work with an
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just showing love in all aspects of their
lives,” says Denova.
Denova and her husband have served as
marriage mentors since 2000 in Chicago,
and now here in Sandpoint. This year, she
helped launch and now runs IdaHope*—
the North Idaho chapter of Safe Families
for Children—in response to a growing
need the pregnancy center saw for
providing additional resources and help
to families after Life Choices was able to.
“It creates a support system through
the church as a whole; it creates a circle
of support around the family in crisis,”
The program works through a series
of roles: a host family who can provide
a home to children in need while the
family works through the crisis. “This is
before abuse, abandonment or neglect,”
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create goals and bring stability back to
the family, and finally there are family
friends, who provide everything from
financial support to offering special skills
or opportunities, or simply friendship.
“The most impactful thing is to see how
God continues to perform miracles in
today's day and age, we get to see them
on a daily basis,” says Deonva. “I'm no
one special. I'm simply a person who
has recognized that God can change
the direction of someone's life, and the
people of God can change the direction of
someone’s life, for good. ... When we serve
others, we gain so much.”
A town is only as strong as the people
in it, and we have some incredible locals
who make a lasting impact on Sandpoint.
Take a moment to meet the people behind
the scenes who make this town what it
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with shoppers, community members and fellow
owners, promoting an environment of collaboration
and support. Knowing exactly who is behind a
business provides a level of personal relationship and
investment to both sides.
Small businesses impact their local community and
economy in ways that are unmatched. They stimulate
economic growth, diversity and innovation within
their communities, both locally and nationally, all
while touching the lives of the patrons who walk
through their doors.
Right now, the importance of supporting small
businesses has become more critical than ever.
With uncertainty being a constant presence
throughout the last several months, businesses and
consumers alike have drawn on creative solutions
to stay afloat during trying times. Making cuts
and adjustments to everything from operational
procedures to the presence of staff, business owners
face difficult decisions every day while navigating an
unprecedented period of crisis.
Although supporting your favorite small businesses
may look different today than it has in the past, there
are still ample ways to show your support in 2020.
Some of the most simple ways include ordering
takeout and delivery, shopping online and buying
gift cards. A supportive gesture doesn’t have to cost
anything; it’s also as easy as pausing (rather than
canceling) a membership or subscription, and
promoting your favorite establishments through
word-of-mouth and social media.
Every purchase and each demonstration of support
makes an impact. For the business, it contributes to
keeping their doors open and their people employed.
For the community, it contributes to keeping
diversity and innovation thriving, and the spirit of
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small things that often make the most difference. Here are some great ways to
positively impact your community today.
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where you’re at
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1. Use your skills to fill a gap in
You don’t have to go through extensive training to find a way you can make
a difference. The best way to give back to your community is to use skill sets
and talents you already have. Take something you do well and enjoy, and find
a gap in your community you can help fill—even if it’s something that’s not
readily apparent. Whether it’s a talent for numbers and accounting, a love for
cooking and baking, or the ability to unite and lead a group, there’s a perfect
opportunity where you can do what you do best.
2. Mentor someone.
We are the people we are today because along the way individuals took the
time to take us under their wing, teach us something new, guide us and share
their wisdom or advice. It’s our turn to give back. Find an opportunity to help
someone younger than yourself, or to teach someone a skill or ability that will
help them achieve their goals. We’re not all on this road alone; every mentor
and teacher we have along the way is the secret to our success. You can be that
person who made a difference in someone’s life.
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businesses. When was the last time you went to a community
meeting? Part of giving back to the community is knowing what’s
going on in your town, finding ways you can contribute and using
your voice to make sure change is for the better.
4. Start a club, team or group.
Have you ever thought, “It would be nice if there was a group or
club for that”? Be the one who starts that book club, cooking group
or event fundraising team. Sometimes the lack of something is
simply an opportunity to step forward and take up the helm. You’ll
contribute something to the community, provide a space and outlet
for people who share a common interest, and grow as a leader in the
process. And who knows, you may just make some new friends and
learn something new along the way.
There are so many organizations that depend on volunteers for their
survival. From helping animals to feeding the hungry, cleaning
up streets, building trails or working with kids, there are a ton
of opportunities to give back to a local volunteer organization or
event. Choose an area that you feel passionate about, and make a
commitment to volunteer once a month to start. It won’t take that
much time out of your schedule and will make a big difference in
the lives of others. Nonprofit organizations are the backbone of
serving a community, and it just takes your commitment to lend a
6. Random acts of kindness.
It’s easy to get caught up in the day-to-day bustle of life, but you
can completely change a person’s day through one random act of
kindness. Take a moment out of your day to take your neighbor’s
trash out, buy a coffee for a stranger or leave a generous tip for your
server. Maybe someone needs a helping hand to cross the street or
help carrying bags to her car. It won’t throw your day off track, will
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Have you ever been challenged while planning a vacation? Some in the group want outdoor fun while others want
the cultural experiences only found in a city. Tacoma and Pierce County is a destination sure to appeal to everyone
in your group. It’s only 42 miles from a saltwater shoreline to the peak of a glacial volcano with an art-focused
downtown in between. Discover exhilarating outdoor activities at Mount Rainier National Park. Learn about art
glass in Downtown Tacoma and see why the art form really shows off the beauty of the Pacific Northwest. Then throw in a bonus
by visiting Gig Harbor, the Maritime City, because who doesn’t love time spent by or on the water. Plan to stay a night in each
area for a short getaway or add a few more days to explore in depth for a longer vacation.
Every now and then you stumble upon a unique lodging that is incredibly special. The Paradise Village Lodge is just such a place. Lovingly
renovated to look like a Ukrainian village, owner Anatoliy Zaika has created a cozy inn with comfortable touches from the old country. He
and his family run the lodging, restaurant and coffee shop in the town of Ashford, the gateway to Mt. Rainier. Make sure to try the galushki,
Ukrainian gnocchi which is a rich and hearty dish. What really brings people to stay here is the Instagram-worthy Cannibal Hot Tub. A
giant cauldron is heated over a wood fire to create the most unusual soak you will ever have.
To get the most out of your time at Mt. Rainier, book a Discover Nature Tour with Diann Sheldon. She has degrees in ecology and
evolutionary biology and is truly knowledgeable about the flora and fauna in the park. With many years of experience exploring Mt.
Rainier, she knows the ins and outs of the crowds and how to plan a day which will have you experiencing the best the park has to offer.
Before each tour she speaks with you to plan a day based on your interests. A tour is only as good as the guide, and Sheldon is engaging and
never boring. In July, wildflowers will start peeking out in lower elevations and will peak at higher elevations in August. Well worth seeing.
After a day in the park, stop at the Wildberry Restaurant. You can’t miss it with Buddhist prayer flags adorning the building and courtyard.
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It is owned by Lhakpa Gelu Sherpa, who holds the world speed record
by summiting Mt. Everest from base camp to the top in 10 hours, 56
minutes and 46 seconds. He has climbed to the summit of Mount Everest
15 times and Mount Rainier 95 times. The restaurant is decorated with
memorabilia of his exploits. Now his wife, Fulamu, shines as the chef
of the restaurant serving up Nepalese favorites from home as well as
American pub fare.
Tacoma has all the big-city amenities with a small-town charm. The
Silver Cloud Tacoma Waterfront has one of the best locations in town.
Every room has a waterfront view and it is just 2 miles from the Museum
District and 3 miles from Point Defiance. You can easily walk from the
hotel to numerous restaurants along Ruston Way on the waterfront urban
trail that connects to Point Ruston, where you can find restaurants, shops
and a movie theater.
You can’t go to Tacoma without seeing artwork from the most renowned
glass artist in the world, Dale Chihuly. You can see his work at two
museums, the Museum of Glass and the Tacoma Art Museum by crossing
over the Chihuly Bridge of Glass, a public art installation. Purchase a
three- or seven-day attractions pass at Travel Tacoma to save on city
To really appreciate what Tacoma has to offer, take a tour offered by Pretty
Gritty. “Tacoma is a beautiful and honest city. It's a city of entrepreneurs
and innovators. From craft breweries, to restaurants, to experiences,
most businesses here are owned by passionate and local owners, so you
get an experience or flavor that is wholly unique to the area,” said Chris
Staudinger, owner of Pretty Gritty Tours. “Our ‘Get to Know Tacoma’
tour is a crash course in the art, food and history of the area and prepares
you to launch into the city proper.”
African American business owner Terry Waller has created a Victorian
wonderland at her Olive Branch Café and Tea Room located at
Freighthouse Square. A master of upcycling, she has transformed this
warehouse space into an oasis. From the time you walk in the door, are
greeted with a hug and hear Brian playing the grand piano, you know you
are in for a treat. Reservations are a must, and order one of the specialty
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teas so you can try all the deliciousness the
Olive Branch Café has to offer. Make sure
to check out the hat room for a jazzy hat or
fascinator to wear while you enjoy your tea.
For a more intimate “sea” experience, head
across the Tacoma Narrows Bridge to Gig
Harbor, a maritime city. You will want to
head to the waterfront, which is known
as downtown. Plan to stay at the Maritime
Inn Gig Harbor. This cute boutique inn is
located across the street from the harbor
and centrally located so you can walk
Rather than your typical harbor cruise, book
a trip on the Gig Harbor Gondola. Owner
John "Cinque" Synco will serenade you as
you float through Gig Harbor. Reservations
are a must, and you can order appetizers or just stop by the Harbor
General Store to pick up your own and a bottle of prosecco, an Italian
Gig Harbor is well known for its many great restaurants, but Brix 25˚
really stands out. This is one of the pricier places to eat but well worth it.
The food is outstanding, but they really shine with the craft cocktails. All
the ingredients are fresh or made in house. Classic cocktails are updated
and reimagined with a Brix twist. Each season a new cocktail list is
created so there is always something new to try.
The Gig Harbor BoatShop has classic boats you can rent to take out on
the harbor. If you have more time, book a family boat building workshop
over a weekend. Over two days you will build your own rowboat which
you can take home with you.
No visit to Gig Harbor is complete without a visit to Heritage Distilling.
What started as a small, local business now has multiple locations
throughout Washington and Oregon. Their signature Brown Sugar
Bourbon has won “World’s Best Flavored Whiskey” by Whisky Magazine’s
World Whiskies Awards in both 2018 and 2019. It really is that good and
put this company on the map. There is a tasting room in Downtown Gig
Harbor and in Uptown Gig Harbor is the distillery.
There is so much to see and do in Tacoma and Pierce County. Visit Travel
Tacoma for more ideas and itineraries so you can explore mountain, city
and sea all in one destination.
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Trinity at City Beach
Sandpoint’s premier waterfront dining offers an
extensive menu of American cuisine with an
impressive wine list. Featuring a full-service bar
and beautiful view of Lake Pend Oreille. Serving
breakfast, lunch and dinner seven days a week,
Trinity at City Beach is ready to become your
new favorite restaurant.
56 Bridge St. | Sandpoint
Restaurant & Bar
Sweet Lou’s Restaurant and Bar proudly offers
something for everyone, with specialties
including chicken fried steak, smoked prime
rib, bison ribs, and grilled PB&J and bacon
sandwiches. All menu items are reasonably
priced, fresh and made to order. Full bar.
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A beautiful waterfront, fine-dining restaurant in
a romantic lodge setting overlooking Lake Pend
Oreille. Whether it is summer on the patio or
cozying up to the fireplace in the winter, Forty-
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cuisine, full bar and extensive wine list are sure
to make it a memorable night out. The bar
and restaurant menu changes with the season
offering a variety of delicious food year-round.
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Shoga Poké &
Newly reopened and located in the Lodge at
Sandpoint, at Shoga Poké & Cocktail Bar, guests
will be treated to the finest in cuisine, featuring
fresh and unique poké bowls, delicious Asianfusion
entrees and appetizers, innovative,
handcrafted cocktails, all paired with amazing
sunset views overlooking Lake Pend Oreille.
41 Lakeshore Dr. | Sagle
Fresh and unique, Jalapenos Mexican Restaurant
in Downtown Sandpoint has been a favorite of
many for over 25 years. Whether it’s Margarita
Monday, Taco Tuesday or Magic Wednesday, there
is something for everyone here, and its newly
expanded menu has brought even more choices
to diners. If you are looking for family fun, a date
night or even a place to host a party in their private
dining room, Jalapenos Mexican Restaurant will
keep you coming back for more!
314 N. Second Ave. | Sandpoint
Authentic Mexican cuisine prepared fresh daily. Fiesta Bonita’s
menu is full of many unique and authentic recipes. They have
a full bar at their Ponderay location and outdoor seating. Open
daily at 11am. Bring the family or make it a date night. There is
something for everyone at Fiesta Bonita!
700 Kootenai Cutoff Rd. | Ponderay
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BEET & BASIL AT THE CREEK
From food truck to full service restaurant, Beet and Basil’s
primary focus is global flavors with local ingredients. Street
foods from all over the world come to life using ingredients
supplied by local farmers, ranchers and foragers. Enjoy staples
available throughout the year and rotating menu based on
what’s fresh and in season.
105 S. First. Ave | Sandpoint
CITY BEACH ORGANICS
City Beach Organics offers top-notch, made-fromscratch
organic food and drinks in a recently renovated
downtown location. They serve homemade soups daily!
Conveniently located, they can also make your order to go!
Open Sunday 9am to 6pm, and Monday through Friday 7am to
6pm; closed Saturday.
117 N. First Ave. | Sandpoint
Locally owned and operated by Chef Adam Hegsted as part
of Eat Good Group, Le Catering Co. features the best Inland
Northwest producers and products cooked by award-winning
chefs. They specialize in using local, seasonal ingredients and
highlighting them by cooking them simply and honestly. They
invite you to call them to set up your special event.
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MILLER’S COUNTRY STORE
They now have homemade pies on Thursday! Come experience
the sensational smells of fresh baking bread, cinnamon rolls,
pies and pastries. Pick up a deli sandwich on their homemade
bread and hot bowl of soup with a fresh baked roll or cornbread.
Open Monday through Friday 8:30am to 5:30pm.
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FOURTH OF JULY PARFAITS
Recipe & Photo Courtesy of
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1 1/2 cups fresh raspberries
1 1/2 cups fresh blueberries
Lemon cookies (see recipe below)
Coconut cream (see recipe below)
FOR THE LEMON COOKIE
3/4 cup salted butter, softened
1 cup Erythritol sweetener
Zest of 1 lemon
1 large egg
1 egg yolk
Juice from one lemon
1 tsp. pure lemon extract
1 3/4 cups almond flour
1/4 cup coconut flour
2 tsp. baking powder
• In a medium bowl using a hand mixer, cream the butter and
sugar. Add lemon zest, egg, yolk, lemon juice and extract and mix
thoroughly. Add almond flour, coconut flour and baking powder and
mix until all ingredients are combined.
• Refrigerate dough for 15 minutes.
• Scoop 1 tablespoon-sized cookie dough into your palm and roll
into balls. Place on a parchment-lined cookie sheet at least 2 inches
• Bake at 350˚F for 9 to 10 minutes. Let cool entirely before serving.
FOR THE COCONUT CREAM
1 (13.5 oz.) full fat canned coconut milk
1 tsp. vanilla
• Place the can of coconut milk in the refrigerator for up to at least 4
hours. Chill a medium glass bowl in the refrigerator for 15 minutes.
• Open your can of coconut milk and scoop out all of the cream into
the bowl. Reserve liquid for another recipe like a soup or smoothie.
• Using a hand mixer, fluff up the coconut cream for one minute. Add
vanilla and mix for another minute until creamy.
• Use the coconut cream right away or store in a glass jar with a fitted
lid for up to one week.
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• Using a pint-sized mason jar, layer parfaits in this order: lemon
cookie, cream, blueberries, lemon cookie, raspberries and then
cream. Repeat each layer. Each jar should hold 4 total layers. On the
top layer use both raspberries and blueberries.
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MANY SUMMER EVENTS CANCELED FOR 2020
By Jillian Chandler
There’s nothing like summertime in Sandpoint, as the beautiful
weather and scenery draw the community outdoors to experience
all Sandpoint has to offer. From the wonderful array of dining
destinations and breweries, to the unique shops and boutiques, to
all of the outdoor activities we are blessed with, there are always new
flavors to explore and new sites to see. And … you can’t forget about
all of the big annual community events that both young and old wait
in anticipation for all winter long!
Though summer is in full swing, these next couple of months will
feel a bit different than years prior, as coronavirus is still affecting
our way of life and how we are able to safely interact with others in
our community. This means, unfortunately, that some of Sandpoint’s
much-loved summer events have been canceled for 2020.
Sandpoint's annual Antique and Classic Boat Show, which has made
its way to the water every year since 2002, won't be returning until
2021. Northwest WineFest at Schweitzer, which offers two days filled
with live music, superb wines, delicious food and fun activities, was
set to take place the weekend of July 18 and 19 but announced it
has canceled this year’s event. The Northwest's premier open-water
event, the Long Bridge Swim, which was scheduled for August 1,
announced that it has been canceled for 2020—but be sure to mark
your calendars, as the 2021 date has already been set for August 7!
For nearly four decades, The Festival At Sandpoint has drawn in top
musical performers from all genres for eight nights of music on the
shores of Lake Pend Oreille, under the stars, and like so many of our
favorite summertime events, won't be returning until 2021.
There’s still much to look forward to, not only this summer but next
summer as well, as our favorite events return home to Sandpoint.
Under new ownership, we are proud to bring you a new
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The Hemlocks is a long-standing RV park with cabins, a newly
remodeled boutique hotel, a restaurant and lodge.
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Old West Texas BBQ at the Hemlocks has a vast menu of
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INDEPENDENCE DAY CELEBRATION
The community of Sandpoint has come together to bring yet
another incredible Fourth of July celebration the entire family will
enjoy. On Saturday, July 4, Independence day festivities will kick off
at 10am with a parade starting at fourth and Church, followed by
an afternoon of family friendly fun at Travers Park. There will be a
large barbecue, food and drink vendors, DJ, games, dunk tank and
more! And to conclude a wonderful day among family, friends and
the community, a fireworks display will be set off over City Beach
at 10pm. For additional information or to make a donation, visit
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JACEY'S (VIRTUAL) RACE
This year's race will be a bit different than years past but equally
important. Jacey's Race has gone virtual for 2020, and it’s easy to
take part in this important fundraising event. For the virtual race,
participants will run/jog/walk a 5k route of their choice any day or
time starting July 4 and ending at noon on July 12. On Sunday, July
12, from 8am to noon, the usual 5k course will be set up at Sandpoint
High School for runners who would still like to participate that
way. Registration is $20 for adults and free for kids 12 and younger.
Jacey’s Race is held to raise awareness and support for local families
with children battling cancer or other life-threatening illness. For
additional information about this year’s race and to register, visit
ARTWALK OPENING RECEPTION
Presented by the Pend Oreille Arts Council, don't miss the opening
reception for the 43rd Annual ArtWalk, which kicks off Friday,
July 10, starting at 5:30pm. Each year, the annual ArtWalk invites
the community to visit with local artisans, galleries and businesses
owners throughout Downtown Sandpoint while expanding their
involvement in the arts. There will be artist receptions held at each
participating venue until 8pm, where those in attendance have the
opportunity to meet the artists while taking in the art. To view the
list of participating businesses and artists, visit ArtinSandpoint.org.
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Your property is our priority.
We are a high-end boutique management company in Sandpoint,
Idaho, specializing in working with out-of-town owners on the
management and marketing of their vacation rentals.
If you want to maximize your return and maintain a high-quality
rental, we are your partner.
FAMILY OWNED & OPERATED IN SANDPOINT, IDAHO
ALL-INCLUSIVE MANAGEMENT & MAINTENANCE
FREE MARKETING ON MAJOR PLATFORMS
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For Bookings, Inquiries & Homeowner Information:
SandpointVacationHomes.com | 208.610.4416 | Jackson@GoSandpoint.com
L O C A L E X P E R T
WORLD - CLASS REAL ESTATE PROFESSIONAL
Be prepared to fall in love with this top quality Northwest estate home, the fabulous views it affords and the carefree lifestyle here at The
Idaho Club. Expertly designed with a spacious floor plan featuring wood floors, gourmet kitchen with Wolf and Subzero appliances, soaring
ceilings, two main floor bedroom suites with private, lux 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. $715,000
Nicely treed, level, corner lot in Shadow
Mountain Valley Subdivision located outside
the city limits on a county-maintained road
very close to Schweitzer Mountain Resort,
shopping, restaurants and Sandpoint.
CC&Rs apply. $69,000
Top Quality builder’s own home with a guest home on private acreage north of Sandpoint.
Easily accessed on paved roads, you’ll love the spacious 5-bedroom, 2.5 bath main home
with 9’ ceilings, real oak and le floors, custom cabinets, local Dover granite in the kitchen,
open floor plan & light-filled living room that leads to a covered porch. The second-level master
suite with spacious bath has a private balcony with views of Roman Nose mountain. New exterior
paint/stain and efficient hydronic system heats the floors throughout. $529,000
CAREFREE, LOW-MAINTENANCE LIFESTYLE at
Dover Bay. Immaculate 3-bedroom, 3-bath
home with open floor plan, large kitchen, wood
floors, gas fireplace, granite countertops and
roomy garage. Homeowners dues cover lawn
maintenance and snow removal. $409,000
Waterfront Retreat. Two level adjacent lots, each with almost 100’ of rip-rapped frontage on
the Clark Fork River with private seppc systems and electricity near the end of county-maintained
road. RV/RECREATIONAL USE ONLY. Lot 15 with 50 gpm well, pilings for dock & 30x40
RV cover with deck & power $165,000. Lot 16 $140,000.
L O C A L E X P E R T
WORLD - CLASS REAL ESTATE PROFESSIONAL
Town meets country in this unique, upscale beauty at The Idaho Club. Combining warm wood tones, light quartz, shiplap accents and
modern lines for a stunning effect, this 4-bedroom home includes a large, separate office, two fireplaces, very spacious bedrooms and posh
en-suite baths. Roomy, welcoming entry leads to an open floor plan with cathedral ceilings, grand living room, a dining room at the heart of
the home and a kitchen with a central island and modern appliances, all with amazing water and mountain views in a very private seeng on
the estuary of the Pack River. Retreat to the covered back porch with no neighbors in sight. Elk, moose, and feathered friends are frequent
visitors here, with happy golfers in the distance across the water on the 17th Green. Come experience resort living at The Idaho Club with
world-class golf, new clubhouse and plans for future marina. $940,000
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
Impeccable, move-in ready single level
home close to the Moyie River & wilderness,
minutes to Bonners Ferry. Open floor plan,
Hickory cabinets, granite counters, private
master suite and 3-car garage on large 1.31
acre lot with fenced yard. $419,500
Upscale Dover Bay Bungalow with loads of upgrades just yards from the marina, restaurant &
boat launch. 1-bedroom plus loo bedroom, 2 led baths, granite counters, newer flooring & gas
fireplace.. Offered furnished and perfect for vacaaon rentals. Homeowners dues cover all exterior
maintenance – arrive and enjoy! $295,000
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