September 2020 Coeur d' Alene Living Local

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September 2020 Coeur d' Alene Living Local

SEPTEMBER 2020

LIVING LOCAL

THE

POTENTIAL

TO CHANGE

LIVES

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SEPTEMBER 2020

VOLUME 10 NUMBER 9

inside

Fall Fashion Trends

Old favorites make their return 70

Experience the Traditions of Fall

How to make the most of sweater weather 76

Fall Cocktails

A few for your consideration 80

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Jessica Youngs, Seth Porter, Kristin Carlson, Marc

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MAKE THE

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been the #1 sales agent in Kootenai County for the past 10 years! He has a superior

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so long

sweet summer

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PUBLISHER’S

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THE NEXT CHAPTER OF 2020

HAS ARRIVED

I

t seems as though summer

comes, and before we’ve had

our fill, it quickly begins its

departure, as the long, hot

days soon are traded in for early sunsets

followed by chilly nights. Seasons are

constantly changing, as is life, and it’s up

to us to focus on the present and prepare

ourselves best for what is to come.

September brings with it the beginning of

a new school year. Though this fall, schools

will look quite a bit different than years prior,

we must prepare our children for success,

and help them along their journey, guiding

them through whatever hurdles they may

face. It may seem a bit intimidating—for

both parents and children alike—but by

working together, we can accomplish the

task at hand.

As fall begins easing its way in, take the

time to enjoy the beauty that surrounds us.

In this month’s issue, prepare for fall with

everything from fall fashion tips to a variety

of fall activities the whole family can enjoy!

And, we’ve compiled some tasty cocktails to

make at home—perfect for the cooler fall

weather.

To complement the chillier weather, this

month’s recipe features a Dutch-Oven Fire-

Roasted Chili. And it’s up to you whether

you’re looking for mild or spicy!

If you’re looking for a fall getaway and

prefer traveling by car, our travel story takes

readers on a road trip to Kalispell, Montana,

and Glacier National Park, where visitors

are sure to fall in love with the scenic and

breathtaking views.

The next chapter of 2020 has arrived. Let’s

fill it with heartwarming memories and

aspirations for tomorrow.

Steve Russo

Executive Director | steve@like-media.com

ABOUT THE COVER

208.765.WIRE(9473)

www.nextgencda.com

3645 N Cederblom St

Coeur d’Alene, ID, 83815

AUTUMN IS SLOWLY MAKING ITS RETURN TO

NORTH IDAHO. As the leaves begin to change color

and soon after make their way to the ground, blanketing

the earth, the fall season is one filled with color and

beauty! This month’s cover photo was taken in Downtown

Coeur d’Alene and features bronze public artwork: “The

American Worker” and “The Idaho Lumberjack.” Photo by

local photographer Bailey Butterfield of Bailey Butterfield

Photography | @butter.snaps.

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Contents

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and much more featured

ESSENTIALS

The latest tips and trends in home,

garden, finances and life

LIFE & COMMUNITY

A Thriving Community: Coeur d’Alene

businesses experience a surge of new

growth

BUSINESS IN THE

SPOTLIGHT

Signature Aesthetics: Discover

‘your’ beautiful

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28

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GOOD NEWS

Working Together to End Poverty:

Community Action Partnership helps

communities thrive

LIVING LOCAL

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Parade of Homes: The area’s top home

builders are showcased, this year with a

virtual option

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IN FOCUS

36

The Potential to Change Lives: Local

school resource officers protect, serve

and make a difference in kids’ lives

BUSINESS IN THE 40

SPOTLIGHT

Go Sandpoint Vacation Rentals: Making

dream vacations a reality

HEALTH & LIFESTYLE 52

Tips and informational articles about living

a healthy, active lifestyle

FEATURE STORY 60

From Passion Project to the Family

Business: Black belt professor establishes

Bonners Ferry as world Jiu-Jitsu Destination

TRAVEL & LEISURE

Kalispell, Montana: Glacier National

Park and more

FOOD & DRINK

Your local guide to the tastiest hot

spots around town and local recipes

ARTS &

ENTERTAINMENT

Calendar of great local events and

community happenings

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From Paint and Furniture to Bedding and Lighting

CHILDREN’S ROOM MAKEOVER 101

By Nikki Luttmann, Seven Bee Interiors

For Sandpoint Furniture, Carpet One and Selkirk Glass and Cabinets

There are two camps of people when it comes to decorating a

child’s room. In the first camp is the person who allows the

child to choose everything from wall color to bedding, creating

a very personalized, though perhaps not terribly attractive,

space. In the second camp is the person who does not allow the child to

personalize anything except perhaps their teddy bear. This is a space that

might be thoughtfully arranged and beautifully furnished but not reflect

the personality of the actual tiny person who lives there.

My daughter, Leina, is at the age (she’s 9) where suddenly her “baby”

room no longer suits her. She has started forming her own opinions

about style and fashion, and now wishes to transform her room to

reflect her interests and personality. That said, she wants to create a

bedroom according to the theme “Rainbow Galaxy Party”—whatever

that might be! I’m more than happy to help her create the ultimate coolkid

bedroom—within reason.

First of all, it is important to set boundaries with kids when it comes to

wall color. With my kids, I’ve asked them what basic color they want

(pink, blue, etc.), and then I give them three or four acceptable options

to choose from. This eliminates the issue of a color being too bright, too

garish or too dark, which may be difficult to paint over later. If you’re

OK with bright colors but don’t want to opt for a whole room color, it’s

perfectly alright to paint just an accent wall, as long as the rest of the

walls are neutral or white, as this keeps the color from overwhelming

the space.

For furnishings, I find that a fresh coat of chalk paint can freshen up

older pieces like dressers or headboards and give them a completely new

look. Kids can be hard on furniture, so reusing older pieces might be a

great option in a younger child’s room. As well, you can try consignment

shops or even Craigslist for items that might be easy to spruce up. For

newer furnishings (and more careful children), an option might be to

invest in some flexible pieces that could also be used as the child gets

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A fresh coat of chalk paint

can freshen up older pieces.

older—or used somewhere else in the house later on. This way, you can

invest in a few quality pieces that will stand the test of time and fill in the

holes with more inexpensive items.

For bedding, I tend to choose quality comforters that can be covered

with a duvet, which is good for frequent washings. When it comes to

sheets, I allow my daughters to choose, as these are typically covered

with the comforter during the day (if they remember to make their

beds), and they can pick something fun and colorful. Character-themed

bedding is not my favorite (too much of a commitment), but a throw

blanket or pillow based on the child’s favorite cartoon is just fine.

Lighting is particularly important in a child’s room. Make sure you have

appropriate task lighting for reading, choosing clothing, rummaging

around under the bed looking for lost Legos, etc. Good ambient lighting

is important as well, as with any other room in the house, to make sure it

is comfortable for general tasks. For younger kids, I find it is important

to have some kind of night light as well. It may not always be required,

but they can be nice to have if someone has a nightmare or is not feeling

well.

Artwork is something that can add an element of fun and reflect the

child’s personality. If they are artistic, a fun option is stringing a laundry

line or even a string of Christmas lights and letting them hang their art

from it with clothespins. Magnetic bulletin boards are another great way

for kids to display their own art, notes, etc. Posters and other themed art

can be fun as well, but try framing them for a more finished look.

With kids, the sky is the limit when it comes to colors and styles, but

do try to keep the overall look somewhat cohesive with the rest of the

house. If you favor soft colors and pastels throughout, then choose

somewhat similar hues for your child’s room to keep the whole house

flowing together. Remember, though they are only little once, it’s still

your home, and parents (or grandparents!) should have the ultimate say

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DOMESTIC LIFE IN THE

21ST CENTURY

Nurturing and caring for our dogs and cats

By Dr. Dawn Mehra

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It is difficult to imagine a world without our

primary companion animals—dogs and

cats. Our relationships with these fellow

creatures are unique; different from those we

form with other humans. There is something

very special and different about being part of

an inter-species pack. Is it the quest for reliable

unconditional love that we all strive to find?

As an experienced veterinarian, I’ve witnessed

tender bonds that go both ways. They break

my heart every day and leave me passionate

about my job. Ideally, as in any relationship, the

bond should be reciprocal. In return for their

affection, devotion and sometimes disease

detection, we recognize them as individuals,

attend to their mental and physical needs, and

we make them part of our family. The fact that

we have domesticated these species makes it

our responsibility, entirely, to provide this care.

Putting the ethics of animal ownership aside,

the question still arises: Are we doing right

by the creatures that share our homes? As the

years pass and the medical and behavioral cases

come and go, I have become more emphatic

that pet owners be accountable for the needs

of the animals to whom they have committed.

Here are some of my thoughts of what that

entails:

Dogs: All dogs need to run or swim daily to

elevate their heart rate, work their lungs and

build strong muscles. Many cities have dog

parks that are perfect for cageless stimulation.

The need for freedom to run is something we

don’t often pay enough attention to. Hikes,

long walks, fetch, tug-of-war games and rubber

hollow chew toys are also acceptable calorie

burns. Use them daily, as your dog’s health

relies on your commitment to these physical

needs.

Cats: Many cats suffer from lack of stimulation

and movement, especially those who are housed

solely indoors. Use items such as cat wands,

lasers, robotics (automatic mice) and fetch toys

to imitate their natural instinct to hunt. Catnip,

honeysuckle and valerian sacks incite curiosity,

and paper bags create an unusual environment

in which to play. Stimulation and calorie burn

results in a happier, loving and less aggressive

feline.

Mental stimulation, often ignored, provides

sanity and relieves anxiety and stress, allows

for more focused training, and induces healthy

behaviors and calmness. The internet abounds

with product and activity recommendations

including:

• Pet puzzles and games

• Leash walk cats

• Introducing food foraging

• Clicker train for toy hunts

• Walking and hiking different routes to change

the scenery

• Creating platforms in the house for extra

viewing

“Be the change you wish to see in the world.”-

Mahatma Gandhi … Please share these

thoughts and suggestions with your family,

friends and neighbors, and rise to another

quote by the same inspirational human being:

“The greatness of a nation and its moral

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A Thriving Community

COEUR D’ALENE BUSINESSES EXPERIENCE A SURGE OF NEW GROWTH

By Abigail Thorpe

Like many other Idaho cities, Coeur d’Alene is experiencing an

exciting season of growth, as new businesses and construction

pop up across the city.

The addition of new housing complexes and even a new school reflects

the rapid growth and thriving economy North Idaho as a whole—

and Coeur d’Alene in particular—is experiencing. Coeur d’Alene’s

Northwest Expedition Academy, planned to open in the fall, will replace

the currently outdated K-5 elementary school building in Hayden, and

will provide more than 53,000 square feet of fresh space.

Businesses as well are popping up around the city—whether opening

for the first time, moving to new locations or opening up second

locations in response to thriving business.

Drive across town, and it’s hard not to spot a new commercial or

residential building going up—like that at 6040 Government Way, or

the new Hardwick Hardware at 3820 East Mullan in Post Falls.

A new food truck pod is coming soon to 1902 East Sherman Avenue,

dubbed “Sherman Food Court,” and is just east of downtown Coeur

d’Alene, providing the perfect opportunity for locals and guests to

sample food from local businesses that want a second location to offer

their goods, or up-and-coming food trucks looking to deliver fresh fare.

No matter where you look the community is growing, flourishing and

creating fresh opportunities for business—and the community—to

thrive. Stop in at a new restaurant, or freshly reopened space, and see

what’s happening in and around our beautiful city on the lake.

Ricardo’s Baja Tacos is set to open at 801 West Seltice in Post Falls,

and Sweet Treats Frozen Yogurt will soon be offering delicious treats to

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DISCOVER ‘YOUR’ BEAUTIFUL

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Discover the power of deciding for yourself what your

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and owner of Signature Aesthetics, has been changing lives

from the outside in; bringing each client’s vision of beauty

to reality.

Signature Aesthetics, which offers two locations to better serve their

clients, works with you to bring your vision to fruition. You can find

them at their new bigger and more luxurious location at First and

Pine on the second floor above Ivano’s Restaurant in Sandpoint and at

Prairie Family Medicine in Coeur d’Alene.

“I am blessed to be able to help others achieve their own confidence

and experience the joy of having synergy with their inner and outer

beauty,” says Nancy. “It’s all about love and the focus being centered

on others. It has been my goal to help one person at a time to achieve

some of their dreams and hopes. I feel if one person’s life has changed

because of Signature Aesthetics, then it was worth it!”

Nancy has had a very fulfilling career as a registered nurse for 37

years, with her career evolving as a medical professional treating the

aftermath of injury. As technology and techniques advance, Nancy is

engaged in ongoing training curriculum. This allows her to provide

the best services to her clients. She invests hundreds of hours, keeping

current in all techniques while expanding her knowledge in the latest

equipment and products.

“During these difficult times, you can rest assured that our staff and

providers are doing the best possible to keep you and your loved

ones safe,” affirms Nancy, who has completed 45 hours of continued

education on these current health issues—including COVID-19.

“We are offering the finest compounded vitamin drips in the nation,

which help to boost the immune system, recharge energy levels, feel

revitalized in minutes and rehydrate your brain.”

Signature Aesthetics proudly provides the latest technology and

techniques in anti-aging medicine. This includes laser skin treatments,

advanced rejuvenation procedures, rehydration therapy and women’s

wellness treatments. They are also a certified CoolSculpting® practice

offering three machines, as well as a HydraFacial® machine and the

body contouring device CoolTone. In addition, they have extensive

treatments to relieve potential pain with laughing gas, numbing creams

and standing orders from their doctor.

The team at Signature Aesthetics is proud to announce Cynosures’

Potenza RF microneedling system—they are the first clinic in the

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microneedling device, it can treat a larger variety of patients’ conditions,

both superficial and deep. This new technology is used for scars from

acne and C-sections, and also tightens laxity without surgery.

Signature Aesthetics feels privileged to personally escort their clients

to achieving their beauty potential. Nancy and her team witness your

confident, healthy appearance as you partner in recreating a beautiful

reflection. “We strive to meet everyone exactly where they’re at on their

self-improvement journey and tailor our treatments to their specific

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Working Together to End Poverty

COMMUNITY ACTION PARTNERSHIP HELPS COMMUNITIES THRIVE

BY ABIGAIL THORPE

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Fifty-six years ago, in late summer of 1964, President Lyndon

Johnson signed into law the Economic Opportunity Act (EOA) as

part of his call for a war on poverty. The act created Community

Action Programs across the country—the vision of which was to improve

the lives of all Americans, regardless of circumstances.

The EOA delegated that financially under-resourced populations

determine what kind of assistance they would benefit from most, and as

a result, Community Action Programs serve to help build relationships

to inspire and equip individuals to end poverty but also help provide

stabilization and assistance for them to do so through much needed

resources and education.

“We envision a community where all people are equipped to achieve

their potential, have sufficient resources, relationships and meaning in

their lives to thrive, and are valued and able to meet their own needs

by utilizing their talents, potential and passions,” says Kimberly Spencer,

Community Services Manager for Community Action Partnership.

Community Action Partnership in Coeur d’Alene is dedicated to

equipping its local communities to end poverty through providing

resources, education and tangible help. Community Action routinely

conducts community needs assessments, and the same major challenges

rise to the top each time, explains Spencer. Lack of safe, affordable

housing, transportation issues, employment opportunities, childcare,

food and nutrition, education and health services are all major hardships

those with a lack of resources face in exiting poverty.

The organization works in conjunction with other Community Action

agencies across Idaho, Washington and Oregon to identify key indicators

of success with both individuals and families as they achieve stability and

begin the journey to exit poverty.

“Under this Theory of Change, we seek to provide services, develop

projects and create initiatives that assist people who are experiencing

poverty to become, first, stable and basic needs secure, and secondly,

resilient in the face of the challenging task of becoming equipped to exit

poverty,” explains Spencer. “It provides a strategic roadmap to address

the various issues facing people of all ages who are experiencing poverty

in our communities. It allows for a variety of approaches, including

direct service delivery, community-based initiatives and strategic

partnerships.”

Community Action Partnership in Coeur d’Alene offers a variety

of programs and services, but most fall under two main categories:

transactional opportunities and transformational opportunities.

Transactional opportunities are services that are designed to help stabilize

families and individuals in the community. They are tangible, physical

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electric and heating bills, food and nutrition assistance, referrals to other

community partners who can help, and home weatherization. Without

having their basic needs met, it’s nearly impossible for individuals and

families to try and exit their current situation. “In working with the

under-resourced community, we’ve found that a solid, stable footing

is necessary in order for people to be able to focus on their goals,” says

Spencer.

Besides helping provide basic essentials and support to keep families

afloat, Community Action Partnership also offers services to help

individuals develop and grow their own strengths, talents and potential

to better equip themselves to move their families out of poverty and

toward a better life.

These are what they describe as “transformational” services, and the

organization offers family centered coaching, and brainstorms strategies

and resources that can address the needs of the entire family during their

journey to self-reliance and stability.

“We realize that families are all very unique and that they need different

things at different times,” explains Spencer. “We meet people ‘where they

are’ by providing support, practical skills, and useful tools and linkages

to community resources as families work toward greater stability and

financial wellness.”

To further aid individuals struggling to find work, Community

Action offers Workplace Excellence and Essential Skills classes in the

community. These classes focus on things like how to interact well in the

workplace, adapting to changes, and hidden rules that are the unspoken

understanding of people’s values and backgrounds, so that individuals

can be successful and thrive in the workplace.

A recent individual enrolled in the Essential Skills class was facing

difficulty finding work, due to various barriers—a felony, lack of

transportation and low confidence. Through using the tools he gained

from the workshops, he successfully obtained a forklift certification and

became CPR certified, is now employed in a good job and no longer faces

transportation issues.

This is just one example of how Community Action has helped

individuals and families. Throughout the years, they have helped several

individuals obtain their GEDs and enroll in college; made it possible for

3,000 people to keep their power on and stay warm just during last year;

and distributed more than 1 million pounds of food to the community

in the last year alone.

Whenever an individual contacts or is referred to Community Action, the

organization evaluates how they can best assist the individual or family.

While some programs the organization offers require people qualify for

help or assistance, they never turn anyone away who comes in with a

nutritional need.

In everything it does, Community Action Partnership is committed

to helping Coeur d’Alene and other communities thrive, by helping

individuals when they can and working with other organizations to

meet the needs of whoever comes to their door. Volunteers are always

welcome and needed in the fight to end poverty. For more information,

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THE POTENTIAL

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LOCAL SCHOOL RESOURCE OFFICERS

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DIFFERENCE IN KIDS’ LIVES

BY ABIGAIL THORPE

We see them every day—at

the school drop off, walking

through school halls and

classrooms, being a visible

presence during lunch, or simply out and

about in the communities we call home. In

communities from Bonners Ferry to Sandpoint

and Coeur d’Alene, school resource officers

(SROs) keep our kids safe every day, but we

often forget about the longer-lasting impact

they have on students’ lives. Their days aren’t

just about safety—they’re about connecting

with students and making a difference.

“We have a very strong potential to change some

of these kids' lives,” says Officer Dale Anderson,

SRO for Bonners Ferry elementary, middle and

high schools. “If they see you're willing to help

them out as a true resource, they're going to be

a lot more comfortable coming to talk to you.”

Anderson started his law enforcement career

in Salt Lake Valley in 1992. He then worked

for the Las Vegas Metro Police for 10 years

in felony charges crimes before coming to

Bonners Ferry to retire. He soon found himself

out of retirement and serving as the local school

resource officer.

His days are busy—he’s responsible for five

schools in Bonners Ferry, but he still makes the

time to visit the schools when there’s no call for

service so he can be seen on a friendly note and

feel approachable to students. It’s something

you’ll find common among school resource

officers—the desire to be more than just

security. Their ultimate goal is to be a resource

for success.

“When they see me, if it's not an official

investigation or something, it’s all fun,” says

Anderson. He often hangs out in classes or

around the halls and cafeteria. “I think it's a

great resource for the kids to understand that

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The early June roster of animals in

recovery at the American Heritage

Wildlife Foundation represents

Last year, Anderson started a safe driving

a wide swath of the North Idaho

initiative at the school, which he hopes to

branch of the animal kingdom.

continue later this year. Kids who want to be

involved get a number, and when a deputy or

There are orphaned pine squirrel babies, as well

law enforcement officer sees them wearing their

as a young flying squirrel. One batch of orphan

seat belt and driving responsibly, they report

skunks was already in, with another expected

that number to go into a drawing at the end of

the next day. A young magpie with neurological

each month, when winning names are drawn

to receive a gift from the community. It’s a key

part of how Anderson hopes to promote safe

driving, and he’s happy to share his experience

and help other SROs who want to implement a

similar program.

School resource officers aren’t there to just get

kids in trouble—they want to build relationships

so they can help a student wherever they’re at,

before something bad happens. When it comes

to student safety, “culture and relationships are

your biggest deterrents,” says Officer Mario

Rios, Coeur d’Alene High School SRO and

public information officer.

“When they see an officer who wants to be in

their school and who actually cares about them,

they are more apt to come to you with things

they hear. They will come to you even if they

feel they are struggling with their own thoughts

and feelings.”

This is the ultimate goal and role a school

resource officer fills: to build a positive

experience with students so that they have the

potential to change lives. Rios became an SRO

in the fall of 2017 after the principal at the time

reached out and suggested he put in for the

position. His assignment at CHS since has by

far been the best experience he’s had.

“I think any day where I can go home and look

at a situation where I know I made a connection

with a student, it’s a good day,” he adds. “I have

had kids from my first school year who were in

my office and told me how they hate cops and

don’t trust them. I told each of these students

that I wasn’t going to force a relationship but

that my hope was to change their opinion of

what they see in a uniform.”

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Fast forward several years, and those same students greet Rios outside of

school, coming to him to tell him how well they’re doing or how they’re

working through struggles. “To me that is a difference,” he says.

Officers like Anderson and Rios never know quite what to expect. Their

days can change by the hour, and they often split their time between

multiple locations, working to be a presence to provide safety, making

time for students to come and talk, and also just being around in hallways,

classrooms and lunch rooms to get to know the students, support them

and encourage them toward success.

Many of the students the SROs connect with are kids who haven’t received

a whole lot of attention or support in their lives. “Our presence in the

schools allows us to interact with at-risk youth, become a positive role

model and provide safety for the school,” says Detective Ashley Caiafa, a

school resource officer for multiple elementary schools in Coeur d’Alene.

The New York native knew she wanted to work with kids from early on,

and when she applied to the Coeur d’Alene Police Department, it was

with the goal of becoming a school resource officer.

She often spends her days helping students with class work, walking

the halls and hanging out with students during lunch, or playing with

the kids during recess. Like other resource officers, her day starts by

greeting students when they arrive for school, and making sure drivers

and students are safe as they arrive. At the end of the day, she’s ready and

waiting to give the kids a smile and wave as they leave.

“I hope that my presence in the schools give the kids a sense of security

so their education can flourish,” says Caiafa. “Every day I go to work and

try my best to build a rapport with every student at my schools. I try and

go above and beyond in my everyday duties and try to think outside the

box.”

This last Halloween, Caiafa had 25 students dress as police officers—they

all wanted to be like her when they grew up. “I knew at that moment I

was making a lasting impression on these kids. I see kids outside of work

and they recognize me. They give me hugs or high fives and tell everyone

that I am their ‘school cop.’ It all just puts a smile on my face,” she says.

As schools reconvene this year with changed hours, reduced classroom

sizes or fewer school activities because of COVID, school resource

officers like Anderson, Rios and Caiafa anticipate new challenges and

hurdles but continue to focus on the goal: being there for the students.

“Any interaction I am able to have with them is going to be better than

not having any,” explains Caiafa. “The kids need this connection and

interaction with their peers,” adds Anderson. “If I maintain my presence

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Since being named the Most Beautiful Small Town in America

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“We also offer homes on Gold Mountain and on the shores of the Pend

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It’s true that if you live in Sandpoint, you are guaranteed to have many

visitors no matter what time of year it may be. Instead of displacing the

kids from their rooms to the couch to make room for guests, renting a

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With an in-house maintenance staff on call 24 hours a day as well as a

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A big part of going back to school is getting into a new routine as a family and being

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a similar school schedule weeks before school starts, so parents are able to help

children adjust and make changes as needed.

"Having kids practice what is expected of them with these new guidelines will help

them feel more prepared when it's time for school to start," says Gilboa. "Whether

it's packing their backpack or starting the morning with structured activities such

as reading or coloring, having this routine will help kids transition better into the

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Don't underestimate a child's stress

Research shows that most elementary school children report some symptoms of

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times, those numbers are expected to rise dramatically. According to Gilboa, the

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There’s something about a beautiful, modern home that inspires

you to learn more; more about its design, its creation and its

development. From a home’s outer aesthetic to its innermost

details, simply stepping outside your own living space and into

the idea of something new can ignite a level of inspiration that wasn’t

there before. That’s where North Idaho’s Parade of Homes comes in.

Whether you’re a current homeowner, a prospective buyer or simply

seeking to appreciate artistry in the form of the latest in home design,

starting this month you’ll have the chance to view some of North Idaho’s

best. The North Idaho Building Contractors Association, or NIBCA,

provides the opportunity each year for the public to experience firsthand

what the area’s top home builders have created.

Spanning two weekends in September, the annual Parade of Homes will

highlight the work of North Idaho’s top architects, builders, interior

designers, landscapers, kitchen and bath designers, suppliers and more.

The Parade of Homes is highly anticipated and always enjoyed by visitors

from across the region. In the ever-changing climate of 2020, the parade

is still scheduled to take place—this year, with the additional option to

participate virtually.

As social distancing continues to be encouraged and caution continues

to be emphasized surrounding large-scale events, the option to virtually

experience the Parade of Homes is available this year for those opting to

stay home or simply unable to attend in person.

The virtual event can be accessed in Parade Smart, an app used across

the country to streamline the process behind making a parade of homes

a seamless success.

With the NIBCA event going live on the app this month, participants can

download the app, pair it with the parade guidebook available September

6, and prepare to enjoy the event from the comfort of their own space.

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WHETHER YOU’RE A CURRENT HOMEOWNER,

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Those planning to visit the homes in person will have their opportunity

during the weekends of September 12 and 13 and 18 through 20.

Last year, more than 800 participants gathered over several days to view

the Parade of Homes. This year, with more doors opened by virtual

access, the possibilities are endless in terms of reaching new heights in

event attendance and engagement.

The admission fee remains $10 and will grant access to 19 homes created

by 13 builders. Within the app, the virtual parade will provide 25 still

images and a 60- to 90-second video walkthrough of each home, to

provide as complete of an experience as possible.

The virtual parade will also provide a Matterport image for each of the 19

homes. A new 3D camera system, the Matterport camera captures highresolution

images with crisp angles and immersive views.

“There will be something for everyone in the collection of homes,” states

NIBCA Executive Officer Leslie Streeter. She emphasized that the variety

within this year’s selection of homes will provide options, ideas and

inspiration for participants within a wide range of style preferences and

budgeting needs.

A major fundraiser for the organization, ticket sales from the Parade of

Homes will provide the resources needed to support the NIBCA in its

mission to promote and protect the building industry, as well as highlight

some of the industry’s best local work.

This year’s collection of builders includes Aspen Homes, Greenstone,

Monarch Custom Homes and Selkirk Construction.

Leading up to the parade, builders look forward to sharing their creativity

and distinction in their craft. Each has its own unique qualities to bring to

the parade, and the variety amongst a high-quality group of contributors

is a major part of what keeps the event thriving each year.

The dedication and purpose behind the NIBCA is another major

component. Established in 1970, the NIBCA is a nonprofit construction

trade association, working at a local level to promote the local building

industry in Kootenai, Benewah and Shoshone counties.

The NIBCA has stated its dedication to strengthening the residential

construction sector of the economy by advocating for greater housing

affordability, flexibility, economic development, job creation and

economic growth. The NIBCA engages in advocacy efforts, with the

overall goal of creating and expanding opportunities for businesses, both

in and out of the construction industries, to succeed.

The NIBCA has made direct efforts to advocate for widespread safe and

affordable housing; with success, such efforts have the ability to boost the

number of potential buyers for new, remodeled homes.

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The association has stated that where their

advocacy efforts have been successful,

construction and housing costs have been

contained; the regional economy is boosted;

more homes are built, sold and remodeled; and

thousands of jobs are created and sustained.

Through contributing to the strength of their

industry, they seek to strengthen the surrounding

community.

The NIBCA also seeks to support its members.

NIBCA members are home builders, developers

and associates such as subcontractors, suppliers

and service providers. Through marketing

support, networking opportunities, training and

education, the NIBCA upholds their dedication

to being more than an association—they are a

community.

For those interested in joining or learning

more about the fellowship and networking

opportunities provided by North Idaho Building

Contractors Association, more information can

be found at NIBCA.com. While you’re there, find

your tickets for the Parade of Homes, download

the parade guidebook and make note of the

event schedule.

To view some of the latest and greatest in North

Idaho homes in person, mark your calendars for

the second and third weekends of the month;

or for remote access, be sure to download the

Parade Smart app. Tickets are $10 for either

virtual or in-person attendance.

Now with multiple ways to admire the latest of

North Idaho’s homebuilding artistry and trends,

this year’s Parade of Homes will be harder than

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Whether you plan to visit each home or take them

all in virtually, you’re sure to find inspiration

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PREPPED FOR THE OR

NIC RADIOGRAPHY STUDENTS USE LATEST TECHNOLOGY IN THE LAB

BY MAUREEN DOLAN, NORTH IDAHO COLLEGE

North Idaho College radiography technology students Kara Ramirez,

left, and Cassidy Stubbers practice positioning the college’s new, stateof-the-art

C-arm for an operating room case.

Students in the North Idaho College Radiography Technology

program are being trained on a new piece of equipment featuring

the most recent technological advances.

On par with similar medical imaging systems found in local hospitals,

NIC’s recently acquired C-arm, named for its shape, provides highresolution

X-ray images immediately. The device is used primarily in

surgery because the C-arm allows a physician to monitor progress and

make corrections during a procedure—in real time.

“The use of a C-arm requires extensive training and skill,” said NIC

Radiography Technology Program Director Matthew Nolan. “Having

current equipment is essential to providing training for the students who

will soon be working as registered radiologic technologists in operating

rooms in our area hospitals and beyond.”

Kara Ramirez, on track to graduate from the NIC program in May 2021,

said she and her fellow students are excited to be training on the new

C-arm. It’s very beneficial to them, she said, to have access at NIC to

equipment that mirrors what’s used in the hospitals where they perform

their clinical training.

“This makes us more comfortable with the C-arm at the clinic sites,”

Ramirez said. “I feel this is an asset for us, and it will make us stand out

among the students at other colleges.”

Nolan pointed out another benefit of having this up-to-date technology

at the college: It allows for interdisciplinary training of radiography

students with NIC’s surgery technology students.

“Working in the operating room, no matter what medical profession you

are in, is demanding and stressful,” Nolan said. “This area of medicine

requires that the professionals working in the operating room be

trained well and be confident in their skills, and having state-of-the-art

equipment is essential to providing the highest quality training to NIC

students.”

Graduates of the NIC Radiography Technology program are eligible

to sit for the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists national

registry and certification exam.

The annual mean wage for certified radiologic technologists in the Coeur

d’Alene area in 2019 was $58,120, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor

Statistics.

Statistics also show that as the U.S. population ages, with more people

requiring health-care services, this job field is expected to grow in

coming years at a faster-than-average pace—by as much as 12 percent.

“I feel like this is an area of the medical field where we will be able to see

something new and different every day,” Ramirez said. “Radiology offers

various opportunities for growth, and it’s an area where we will never

stop learning.”

For more information, visit NIC.edu/radtech.

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Nourishing Fertility

Holistic preparation for conception and pregnancy

By Jeff Pufnock L.Ac. Ph.D. and Jessica Youngs L.Ac.

When the decision is made to conceive a baby, there is often much

celebration, excitement and focus on preparing the external

environment that will house the newborn. The spare bedroom

gets a fresh coat of paint and becomes the nursery; ample new baby gear is

purchased; and soon-to-be grandparents are ready and waiting. However,

the mother’s body, the primary environment that baby will grow in, is often

neglected besides supplementation with prenatal vitamins and routine

checkups.

In traditional wellness practices, there is no such thing as preparing for

conception or optimizing fertility. This is because for a woman’s entire life

her body has already been cultivated and supported to have vibrant health

and therefore abundant fertility, as fertility is simply the fullest expression

of our health and vitality. Our culture stands in direct opposition to this,

as women are expected to work a demanding schedule, maintain the

home, and are commonly sleep deprived and overfed yet undernourished.

Suddenly, it’s time to make a baby without the proper preparations in place

in baby’s first true home, and a soon-to-be mother is scouring Google and

blogs for all the answers.

This lack of preparation sets the stage for fertility issues, anxiety during

pregnancy and postpartum depletion. Only if the body is well nourished

pre-pregnancy will she be able to sustain new life both during pregnancy

and postpartum during breastfeeding. Not only is this preparation

supportive for a vital pregnancy and postpartum period, but also for an

easier birth and a robust newborn.

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parents. With this knowledge, it becomes essential

that both parents consider their health, diet, lifestyle,

and exposure to trauma and toxins—especially during

this preconception window. Healthier eggs and sperm

inherently mean a healthier child from the moment of

conception onward through the rest of their life.

In Chinese medicine, the philosophy of health and

longevity is rooted in the concept of a well-tended

garden. We must regularly see to the garden of our

health with the depth of care that a devoted gardener

would provide, tending to our earth in preparation

for planting and for the future fruit that garden will

bear. The best soil has been tended to for years before

sprouting its first seed.

Pregnancy Preparation Guide:

• Gauge your current health and well-being: How

stressed and how well-rested are you? How well do you

eat? Do you have an established self-care practice?

• Recognize your surroundings and support systems:

Who is available to support you through this time? Who

can help you ensure you get the rest and nourishment

you need?

• Connect with your fertile feminine body: What is

the quality and health of your monthly cycles? How well

attuned are you with your fertility?

• Seek well-informed support: Chinese medicine

supports the mother-to-be through acupuncture, herbal

medicine and lifestyle changes to help ensure a vibrant

pregnancy, an abundant mama and a nourished baby.

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A HEALTHY DIET FOR OUR KIDS

HOW TO SELECT FOODS THAT SUPPORT

PHYSICAL AND MENTAL DEVELOPMENT

BY SCOTT PORTER

W

e all want our kids to be healthy

and have the resiliency to weather

seasonal colds and flus. Everyday

physical activities and development of a child’s

mental and brain health, as well as immune

function, can be greatly affected by what they eat.

And, just as importantly, what they don’t eat.

A diet full of junk food is not going to help our

kids perform well at school. It can even lead to

emotions and behaviors that will cause challenges

in and out of the home. But there are varying

philosophies in regard to what to consider junk.

The healthy stuff always starts with plenty of

vegetables. This means a variety of colors, shapes

and textures. I’ve not seen one study or report that

claimed these were bad for kids. Sweet potatoes,

carrots, snap peas, asparagus, bell peppers,

cabbage, kale, squash and cherry tomatoes are all

rich in phytonutrients vital to a developing body

and brain.

There are many other options, but limit the

starchy ones that tend to turn into sugar when

over cooked. Raw vegetables can be hard to digest,

so slight cooking will help the body break these

down into valuable nutrients. French fries and

potato chips don’t count.

Some fruits in small quantities are important. The

problem here is that kids tend to go for the sweet

stuff and overdo it. Focus on low-sugar fruits

like blueberries, raspberries, blackberries and

strawberries. Stay clear of smoothies, juices and

sweetened dried fruits. It goes without saying that

sweeteners should be severely limited.

Whole grains are great and include rice, oatmeal,

quinoa, millet and buckwheat. These are the ones

you cook yourself, not something that says whole

grain on the box. Crackers, cakes, cereals, cookies

and breads do not count in my book. These are

all fun—but not healthy. Any type of food made

out of flour is not going to be high on my list to

feed to kids.

Nuts and seeds are good snack-type foods.

Walnuts, pecans, cashews, almonds and sunflower

seeds are easy to grab for a quick refuel. Peanut

butter with added oils and sweeteners is not what

I’m talking about. Candy bars are a no-no.

Fats and proteins are easily derived from clean

meat and fish. If you are vegetarian, another route

is needed. But for the rest, stick with grass-fed

meats and wild fish. Olive and coconut oil are

fine. Processed meats have too many additives to

be considered healthy. Fast-food hamburgers and

pepperoni pizza come with flour and preservatives

that just mess up the gut.

I’m also OK with eggs, beans, yogurt and some

cheeses. Food sensitivities and allergies should

always be taken into consideration though. Some

kids need to be gluten free, while others are served

by avoiding lectins, nightshades and particular

forms of dairy. An elimination diet can help to

track those down.

Many common health issues can be avoided by

considering what we feed our kids—repeated ear

infections, acid reflux, skin rashes, diarrhea and

constipation, dizziness, poor sleep, confusion and

fatigue.

Food first will always be my motto. Unfortunately,

we won’t get enough of some of the nutrients our

children need from food alone. I still consider

probiotics, vitamin D, minerals, B vitamins and

omegas important nutrients to supplement.

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By Kristin Carlson, Medical Esthetician

It is probably the most common question in the aesthetic community:

Is there a treatment that is quick, painless, and has no downtime?

I’ll be honest, this has made me chuckle over the last few years. I’ve

worked with a few different modalities in my aesthetic career: lasers,

radio frequency, intense pulse light (IPL), different strengths of chemical

peels. They are all effective, wonderful options, producing great results.

But I have been hearing about this certain treatment for several years and

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chuckles. It works, it’s relaxing, quick and painless, and there is no

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Developed in Southern California in the late ‘90s, the HydraFacial®

Company has become the leading aesthetic device manufacturer. Similar

in theory to microdermabrasion, the HydraFacial® resurfaces the top layer

of skin cells, but uses water to exfoliate those layers of skin, creating a less

abrasive treatment, suitable for all skin types. The basic three-step process

cleanses, exfoliates and extracts dead skin cells (that’s right, it removes

blackheads without squeezing, pinching and poking!), while “bathing” the

skin in hydrating, antioxidant and peptide-packed serums. The process is

referred to as “hydradermabrasion,” a dermatological procedure which

combines simultaneous dermal infusions of medicinal products and

crystal-free exfoliation (Wikipedia). The device and procedure, while not

new, have been regularly upgraded and streamlined since its creation,

making for a surprisingly efficient, result-producing treatment.

What is so special about this treatment?

Other than the ease of treatment and zero downtime, the HydraFacial®

is unique in its ability to treat all skin types. Other than a few

contraindications, this treatment can target problem areas for all ages.

Everything from fine lines and wrinkles, elasticity, skin texture,

discolorations from sun damage, enlarged pores, congested and acne-ic

skin issues can all be treated with the HydraFacial. It is great for teens

experiencing hormonal breakouts, men with enlarged pores, and mature

skin with a loss of elasticity. What I love most about this treatment is all

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I’ve now treated clients from preteens to women in their 70s and can

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Psoriasis haunts North Idaho woman

BY MARC STEWART, HERITAGE HEALTH

Imagine an itch that only gets worse if you

scratch it. Imagine endless physical torment

and mental anguish from questions asked

by strangers, “What is that on your leg?”

Jo knows this reality all too well. She has

psoriasis.

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scalp, elbows, knees and lower back.

“Depending on severity, psoriasis can be

treated with various topical medications,” says

Dr. Anthony Rehil-Crest, vice president of

Medical Services for Heritage Health. “There

are numerous prescription medications as well

as ultraviolet light therapies that reduce the

symptoms. Unfortunately, there is no cure for

psoriasis.”

Psoriasis is characterized by plaques of red skin,

often covered with silver-colored scales. These

plaques may be itchy and painful, and they

sometimes crack and bleed. In severe cases, the

plaques will grow and merge, covering large

areas.

“I keep those areas very moisturized,” says

Jo, who is in her 60s. “I’ve tried different

medications, but they haven’t been very

effective. The creams seem to do the best with

me.”

People with psoriasis can also get psoriatic

arthritis. It causes pain and swelling in the joints.

The National Psoriasis Foundation estimates

that between 10 to 30 percent of people with

psoriasis also have psoriatic arthritis.

Psoriasis can’t be passed from person to person.

It does sometimes happen in members of the

same family.

“One of my uncles had it, but it wasn’t talked

about,” says Jo. “I first got it in my 20s, and then

it went away. It returned about 10 years ago and

has been really bad the last five years.”

The root cause of psoriasis is still shrouded

in mystery. Researchers have found many

commonalities of people who suffer from it,

including heart disease and chronic stress.

“Stress causes my flare-ups,” says Jo. “I focus

on keeping calm and relaxing when I feel stress

coming on.”

It’s not clear if diet plays a role in psoriasis.

“There is uncertainty regarding the role of

dietary interventions and psoriasis,” says Dr.

Rehil-Crest. “There is evidence that weight

reduction in patients who are overweight or

obese can improve their symptoms. Since

psoriasis is an inflammatory disease, many

patients have had improvement in their

symptoms by adhering to an anti-inflammatory

diet. This is usually a diet that is high in fruits/

vegetables, lean meats, fish, whole grains and

low-fat dairy products.”

Dr. Rehil-Crest encourages anyone who thinks

they might have psoriasis to see their provider.

“It’s a fairly easy visual diagnosis,” he says. “The

important thing is to start treatment so you’re

not suffering from the symptoms, which can be

quite painful.”

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FROM PASSION PROJECT

to the Family Business

BLACK BELT PROFESSOR ESTABLISHES BONNERS FERRY

AS WORLD JIU-JITSU DESTINATION

BY DAN AZNOFF

PHOTOS BY JON BROWN PHOTOGRAPHY

AGE IS A MATTER OF PERSPECTIVE.

For Sam Brown of Bonners Ferry, Idaho, the age of 39 is just a number.

“I still train regularly and compete when I can,” he explained with a quick smile. “Just not quite as much as when I was younger and

healthier.”

In 2015, Brown opened his small studio in Bonners Ferry. His dream was to eventually grow into a larger facility where he could

combine his personal experience working in traditional gyms with the Jiu-Jitsu training they were already doing.

That vision became reality seven months ago when Brown opened the doors to, what he described as, “a different kind of gym.”

His overall plan had always been to provide world-class martial arts instruction with alternatives for fitness workouts in a family

friendly environment.

Shortly after opening five years ago, Brown found himself searching for another—much larger—site where he could offer more than

just Jiu-Jitsu. His time and dedication eventually resulted in the grand opening of his dream, the APEX Fitness and Martial Arts gym.

In the short time since the unique fitness center began to welcome students to the facility built to his exacting specifications, the martial

arts gym has expanded to include separate areas for boxing and grappling in addition to family oriented workouts. His wife, Diana,

also teaches Zumba.

Sam and Diana first met in New Hampshire—where Sam is from and where Diana was attending college on a student visa from Bogota,

Colombia. The couple were married while they were still in New England before they traveled together to visit her in her hometown

of Bogota.

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Last Stop

Prior to meeting his spouse, Brown had traveled to Rio De

Janeiro, Brazil. This is where his Jiu-Jitsu journey began and

his love for the art started.

“I could have lived there forever,” he said. “Beautiful city.

Beautiful people.”

Brown said he stayed in Brazil “until he could not afford to

stay any longer.”

He returned to New England, met and married Diana and

started to search for an American city where he and his bride

could establish their first home. The idea to visit the town of

Bonners Ferry—more than 2,500 miles from where he was

born and raised—was based on a recommendation from his

father, who had been impressed with the small town when

he had visited the area years before.

Brown admitted the charming rural community where he

has chosen to live is “night-and-day” from the crowded

cities of the South American country that his wife grew up

in and the busy East Coast where he had spent his younger

years.

Professor

Known in his gym as “Professor,” the second-degree black

belt explained that he had achieved the title, which is earned

one year after getting your black belt if you’re teaching Jiu-

Jitsu.

“It is considered an honor,” he explained. “A teacher is a

revered position in the Brazilian culture. The position I hold

as the head of my team is not one that I take lightly.”

Having a family and a business in the small-town

environment is something that Brown has enjoyed

thoroughly—and he never plans to leave. He often expresses

the wish that he had been born and raised in this area and

loves the fact that his kids will grow up in such a beautiful

and friendly town.

Brown explained that the decision to move West was made

not long after the birth of their daughter.

Sam and Diana have three children who all began training

in martial arts before their fifth birthdays. Their 13-yearold

daughter Sofia has taken part in Jiu-Jitsu competitions

for more than six years. She has “won many competitions,”

according to her proud father.

The couple’s two boys—Sam Jr., 8, and 6-year-old Solomon—

are currently training and competing in Jiu-Jitsu as well as

refining their skills on the finer points of Taekwondo.

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“A teacher is a revered

position in the Brazilian

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“They are both super athletic,” Brown said with a wide smile.

“But I think they really enjoy the finer aspects of kicking and

screaming.”

The design, equipment and layout of the interior of the

APEX Fitness and Martial Arts gym, he said, would fit in

with some of the most respected facilities in any big city. All

of the equipment is state of the art. One wall is covered with

a 40-foot canvas mural that spans the mountain ranges from

the peaks that loom over the Brazilian city of Rio de Janeiro

to the Rockies and the Bitterroot Mountains that dominate

the skyline over Montana and Idaho.

The same mural that hangs proudly inside the APEX also

honors the legacy of the martial art of Jiu-Jitsu with images

of the individuals who helped establish the art’s unique

moves and techniques.

The images on the wall also depict illustrations of his friend

and mentor, Sylvio Behring. Mestre Sylvio Behring is a

world-class fighter from Brazil who has established Jiu-Jitsu

training centers around the world. Each of Sylvio’s training

centers is staffed with black- and brown-belt athletes who

teach in the style of the Jiu-Jitsu Master.

Pedigree

Behring is the son of ninth-degree Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Grand

Master Flavio Behring. The entrepreneurial son holds an

eighth-degree red and black belt in Jiu-Jitsu as well as a black

belt in Judo.

Widely regarded as one of the top grappling instructors of

his generation, Sylvio began his career training under the

tutelage of ninth-degree Grand Master Alvaro Barreto. He

advanced quickly to become one of Barreto’s top students.

Sylvio has also been credited with the development of Jiu-

Jitsu in diverse regions of Brazil from Sao Paulo to Porto

Alegre. His late brother, Marcelo Behring, has also been

recognized as an important pioneer in the evolution of the

martial art. Brown took a moment from admiring the mural

on the wall of the APEX studio to appreciate the years of

dedication the images represent. “It is really cool to just step

back and appreciate the artistry and the history that went into

the mural,” Brown proudly. “It could really be considered the

Mt. Rushmore of Jiu-Jitsu.”

Home Base

The mountains of Idaho displayed on the murals also played

an important role in the second-degree black belt’s decision

to establish a Jiu-Jitsu center in what seemed like an unlikely

location for the American center for instruction.

For a year, when Brown first moved to Idaho, he said he

would make the 70-minute drive to Sandpoint, Idaho, to

teach. At that time, the gym in Sandpoint did not have a

black belt in residence.

“After a year, I decided to open up a school in Bonners

Ferry so I could stop making that long drive,” he laughed.

“Once the school turned out to be successful, my plan was

underway.”

Brown said he was honored to have Mestre Sylvio Behring

present for the APEX grand opening in February. He

described the seven months leading up to the grand opening

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of the new APEX location as “some of the hardest work we have ever

done.”

In the days before COVID, Brown explained that Sylvio had visited with

American students in the Idaho town on a regular basis to lead seminars

for a growing number of students who made the long drive to learn from

the master. The Jiu-Jitsu team based in Bonners Ferry, said Brown, draws

on students of the sport from as far away as Sandpoint in Idaho and the

towns of Troy and Libby in Montana.

“Master Sylvio is like family. I do not think

the people of Bonners Ferry realize that a

legend in the world of Jiu-Jitsu is coming to

their town twice every year to train with our

students,” said Brown.

“Personally, I have been extremely grateful for

all of his help and the investment that he has

made in me over the years.”

Finding the right space for a world-class

facility in Bonners Ferry was a more complex

challenge than Brown had imagined. He

toured several prospective sites before

accepting the challenge to build the gym he

had always envisioned.

The search for an expanded gym took him

“I am doing

it all in this

unbelievably

beautiful place.

This is my

dream.”

inside several abandoned buildings and to the outskirts of town. He

explained that he could have selected a smaller space, which would have

required less buildout. But in the end, he chose a bigger project knowing

that it would allow him to bring his vision from the drawing board to

reality.

“This is my ideal situation. I spend my days in the gym that I built, where

I am able to share the knowledge and the skills that have been passed on

through the efforts of some of the grand masters of the sport that I love,”

said Brown.

“And I am doing it all in this unbelievably

beautiful place,” he concluded. “This is my

dream.”

More information on the APEX Fitness and

Martial Arts gym on Main Street is available at

ApexFitGym.com.

Dan Aznoff is a freelance writer based in

Mukilteo, Washington. He was a finalist for a

Pulitzer Prize for his coverage of the toxic waste

crisis in California and has received acclamation

for his articles on energy and the plight of

homeless seniors. Aznoff is the author of three

books that document colorful periods of history

in the history of Washington state. He can be

reached directly at da@dajournalist.com.

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FALL

fashion

TRENDS

OLD FAVORITES MAKE THEIR RETURN

by TAYLOR SHILLAM

With the leaves beginning to turn and

temperatures making their way back down,

the arrival of fall invites a breath of fresh air

and a feeling of renewal in many aspects of

life. The closet is no exception.

In 2020, the season’s trending looks will invite old favorites back

into the spotlight with a new twist. Tailored silhouettes, familiar

patterns and new takes on classic pieces will bring a sense of

comfort alongside the newness—in a year marked by uncertainty,

many of us could use a bit of both.

From bold accents to fresh colors, the fall fashion of 2020 invites

you to choose your level of change from your usual attire. Read

on to discover the season’s top trends.

Glitzy Metallics. This season, give a few of your staple items a new

twist with a touch of heavy metal. Pieces like collared blouses,

cardigans and purses will find their edge with accents of metallic,

sequins and sparkles, many toeing the line between daywear and

playwear. The metallic trend can be played up or down; embrace

the look with a full-metal sequin dress, bodysuit or button-down

top, or simply add a pop of shine with a shimmering accessory.

Gold and silver chains are dominating the spectrum of accessories

this season, from jewelry to bags and belts, so pick your level of

metal and bring some shine to your autumn.

Fur Fantasy. While the weather patterns are always unpredictable

as the year comes to an end, one trending item this fall will

have you prepared for the lowest of temperatures. Major fur is

making its way into stores this season, with statement coats and

shearling of all sizes and shag levels dominating the outerwear

departments. The bigger, the better is this year’s mantra when it

comes to fur, and designers have become more creative than ever

with crafting options for animal-friendly faux substitutes.

Back to School. Going back to school will be in style for all ages

this fall, with a renewed appreciation for collegiate-inspired

attire. Tailored blazers, classic sweaters, thin stripes and argyle

accents made their way across runways this year, making way for

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a return to school-girl chic. Reach for fitted items in navy, white and gold, or layer with a tailored collared jacket, collegiate sweater or cardigan to

throw an instant prep in your step.

Sweater Vests. An extension of the academia-inspired trend, a major player in this fall’s complete wardrobe is the sweater vest. With jewel-toned knits

and fresh patterns emerging, the sweater vests of 2020 will be a step up from those of the past.

Lots of Leather. Does leather ever really go out of style? Though a familiar classic, the leather trend is expanding to include more than the classic biker

jacket this fall. Keep your staples, but don’t be afraid to level up your leather with head-to-toe options including leather trousers, tops and lengthy

trench coats.

If you’ve been waiting for a chance to try something new with this always-fashionable medium, take your chance this season. Go for versatile pieces

in neutral black or nude, or mix and match with a statement color, such as this year’s on-trend rich burgundy.

Glamorous Gloves. This year’s statement accessory is the glamorous full-length glove. Here for any occasion through the end of the year, the longsleeved

glove will be highly available in a variety of hues, ready to add standout sophistication to your event wear.

Statement Suits. From fitted skirts to equestrian ensembles,

the suit is here to stay for fall. You can opt for the full twopiece

set with the skirt suit, highlighting a flattering silhouette

with a swingy skirt and matching cropped jacket, or take the

equestrian-inspired look by matching a fitted blazer with

trousers tucked into riding boots.

Just as easily, you can take the trend one piece at a time, rounding

out a complete outfit with a statement blazer. This year, blazers

will be available in both neutral tones and color-popping hues,

with options ranging from oversized to fitted, providing options

just as stylish in a single piece.

Color: Less is More. The fall runway shows saw timeless color

palettes this year, with many looks opting for just one single

color throughout an entire outfit.

Primary colors were prominent, including deep burgundy reds,

vibrant, bold blues and muted, almost green-yellows bringing

crisp pops of color. Neutral tones will be embraced more than

ever, with deep, asphalt grays, creamy beiges and warm toffee

browns holding their own in versions of these classic hues that

are anything but boring.

When shopping for your fall wardrobe, create the perfect balance

of versatility and functionality with items in each category. Play

with dimension by mixing various fabrics and shades of color,

pairing colored pieces with denim or leather, and accessorizing

with bold belts and bags.

Flat Boots. Taking a turn from the platforms of the past, this

year, flat boots are having their moment. With trending styles

including low-maintenance and slouchy to the straight and

sturdy riding boot, put a little ease in your step with shoes that

keep you lower to the ground.

This fall’s trends provide ample opportunity for change, creativity

and self-expression. While fashion trends come and go with the

seasons, true style maintains. With so many of this year’s fall

fashion trends emphasizing the timelessness of favorites like

leather, deep colors and tailored silhouettes, take this season as a

chance to reimagine your look with a bit of ease, and hopefully,

a bit of fun.

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Experience

the traditions of

Fall

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September is here, and we can already feel that slight nip in the

air at night that says fall, and all of its beloved activities, is not

far away. While you’re still enjoying the last vestiges of summer

weather and boating life, here are some exciting experiences to

get you excited for sweater weather. From apple season to pumpkin

patches, beautiful autumn drives and home baking adventures, there are

safe and fun experiences for the entire family, even if your local fall fest

isn’t happening this year.

Visit a pumpkin patch. No fall is complete without a visit to the pumpkin

patch to find that perfect future jack-o-lantern. Better yet, it’s typically an

outdoor adventure, so it’s easy to stay socially distanced. Stop by family

favorites (be sure to call ahead for hours) like Hickey Farms north of

Sandpoint, Idaho, Prairie Home Farm in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, and

Patterson’s Farm Market in Gig Harbor, Washington, for some seasonal

family fun, where there's more than just pumpkins to explore.

Go apple picking. There’s nothing quite like biting into a ripe, juicy apple

freshly picked from the tree to signal fall’s arrival. Orchards throughout

Washington and Idaho have fresh-picked apples available from August

through October, and many even offer you-pick. Explore the various

Green Bluff Growers just outside Spokane, Washington, or head to

Butler’s Farm in Gig Harbor for some goodness fresh off the tree. If you

want the experience of harvesting your own, check to make sure an

orchard is you-pick before visiting.

Join a fall fun race. Celebrate the healthy way with a fall fun run or

harvest race. It’s the perfect weather for running, the colors have started

to change, and you usually end the race with some treat to honor the

season. Many races have been canceled or gone virtual this year, but you

can still head out on your own 5k with close family and friends or search

your area to see if any events are still happening. Enjoy the brisk fall air,

treat yourself to a pumpkin beer or cider after the run, and give yourself

a pat on the back for getting out.

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View the changing leaves. Scenic drives are spectacular during this time

of year. From Gig Harbor to Bonners Ferry, Sandpoint and Coeur d’Alene,

there are many opportunities to experience the autumn foliage. Head to

Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest in Washington on scenic state

routes 542, 20, or toward Leavenworth by way of the Steven Pass Scenic

Byway to see the colors unfold in Eastern Washington.

The Selkirk, Cabinet and Purcell Mountains in North Idaho offer some

stunning opportunities to view the changing colors. Drive through the

Kootenai National Wildlife Refuge or along the Pend Oreille National

Scenic Byway to take in the views. If you don’t have the time for a day

drive, wander local parks or gardens like the Finch Arboretum in Spokane

on foot for breathtaking color and foliage right outside your back door.

Visit a cidery. Where there are apples, there is cider. Stop by one of the

many cideries in Washington or North Idaho to sample some of the

region’s finest creations. Various cideries in the growing region of Green

Bluff are a short drive from Coeur d’Alene, or stop by the local North

Idaho Cider company in Coeur d’Alene to sample ciders ranging from

traditional fresh apple to more adventurous flavors like Hoppy Mango or

Strawberry Lemon. Nearby Seattle and Gig Harbor, visit Finnriver Farm

& Cidery for some fresh organic draft ciders that provide the best of what

the season has to offer.

Make a pie. With fewer public events and activities taking place, now is

the perfect time to hone your pie-baking skills. Grab a friend or family

member and learn how to make the perfect apple pie. Even if baking isn’t

your forte, there are many online or print resources that can help. Now

might be the perfect time to take a pie-baking class like those offered by

the Farm Pie School of Lil Punkin Pie Co. out of Coeur d’Alene. Whether

you stay home or head to the farm to learn, this could be the year you

master the art of pie making—and have some fun with someone special

along the way.

Experience a fall fest. Whether it’s Oktoberfest or Autumn Leaf Fest, fall

festivals have added some seasonal fun spirit to each of our communities

for years. This year may look a little different, and many festivals are

canceled or postponed, but keep an eye out to see if some local favorites

may still be happening. Fall Fest at Schweitzer Mountain is an annual

Sandpoint tradition that brings visitors in from all over. Enjoy some

brews outside, take in the scenery and celebrate the season. Or make

it an overnight trip and head out for somewhere like Leavenworth,

Washington, where the Bavarian style makes the perfect place for its

annual Oktoberfest and Autumn Leaf Festival.

Attend a soup cook-off. Each year Sandpoint restaurants and cooks vie

for the Golden Ladle at SoupTember, where the best soup wins the day.

While many public chili and soup coo-offs may not be happening this

year, you can still host your own with close friends and family outside

(socially distanced), or unite the neighborhood for a contact-free soup

share, where you each surprise someone with a tasty fall dinner.

Whatever your fall plans may hold, we hope you get outside, enjoy the

autumn breeze and take some time to experience the changing of the

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FALL

COCKTAILS

A FEW FOR YOUR CONSIDERATION

by COLIN ANDERSON

Mulled Wine

• 1 bottle red wine (shiraz, merlot, pinot noir)

• 2 cups apple cider

• ½ to 1 cup brandy

• cinnamon sticks

1 orange cut into slices

• 6-8 whole cloves

• 8-10 peppercorns

Pour all ingredients into a large pot or slow

cooker. Simmer for 20 minutes. Remove cloves

and peppercorns from the mixture. Pour into

coffee mugs and garnish with an additional

fresh orange slice.

You don’t have to break into the cellar for this

concoction, as the spices and brandy will add

delicious flavors to even mid-level red wines.

Feel free to add additional spices and fruits to

really kick the flavor up a notch.

Patron XO Coffee/

Hot Chocolate

• 2 oz. Patron XO Café Liquor

• 5 oz. coffee or hot chocolate

• dash of cinnamon

• whipped cream (optional)

Pour ingredients together in a ceramic mug,

stir, top with whipped cream and sprinkle

with cinnamon.

People add all kinds of mixtures to coffee,

but this moderately priced liquor is a

great blend to any warm drink. Patron

Silver Tequila is blended with coffee and

chocolate to create a warming sensation

with a bit of zip.

Late Summer Fizz

• 2 oz. rye whiskey

• ½ oz. Pimm’s No. 1 Cup liquor

• ½ oz. sweet vermouth

• club soda

• ½ tsp. allspice

• ½ oz. apple cider

• squeeze of lemon

• pinch of sea salt

Add rye, cider and Pimm’s in a shaker over ice

and shake vigorously. Pour into old-fashioned

glass and add a splash of club soda. Float the

vermouth on top and follow with allspice,

lemon and salt.

This recipe is taken from “Whiskey Cocktails”

by Warren Bobrow. Pimm’s Cup No. 1 is

a British liquor that combines gin with

botanicals, caramelized oranges and delicate

spices. Serve over a large ice cube as not to

dilute the many flavors of this drink.

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Fall means it’s time to pack away the hard seltzers and clear liquors in favor of

deep-colored ales and amber-colored spirits. To give ourselves a little comfort

on a chilly afternoon or night, a warm cocktail or malty beer can be the perfect

pour for a quick relax. Here are just a few of our favorites for when the days get

shorter and the nights just a little colder.

Mint Julep 3 Fall Beers to Try Non-Alcoholic

Beer Option

• 2 oz. bourbon

• ¾ oz. simple syrup

• 2 large sprigs of mint

Combine sugar and half the mint in the bottom of

the glass and muddle gently. Add bourbon and lots

of crushed ice and gently stir together. Top with

additional mint leaves and drink through a straw.

OK, so this isn’t truly a fall drink, but with The

Kentucky Derby being held in September instead

of May, let’s keep the tradition alive. Woodford

Reserve is the official bourbon of the derby, but any

high-end bourbon will do

just fine.

Cold Smoke Scotch Ale, Kettlehouse Brewing.

Available year-round but a favorite of fall and

winter outdoor enthusiasts, this traditional

Scotch ale has a cult-like following amongst

those who’ve experienced it. You could describe

it, but most just say, “Man that’s good!”

Pecan Porter, Laughing Dog Brewing. This

imperial porter checks in at 8.1% ABV—so be

careful. The pecan flavor is very evident without

being overly sweet. A 4 malt combination makes

it a very unique beer.

Punkuccino, Elysian Brewing. One of Seattle’s

best-known brewers pumps out many different

varieties of pumpkin beer each fall. This 6%

medium-bodied ale combines Stumptown

Coffee with pumpkin, and a touch of cinnamon

and nutmeg. Night Owl and The Great Pumpkin

are two other seasonal favorites.

• 4 parts Ritual Whiskey Alternative

• 1 part Bittermilk Bourbon Barrel Aged Old

Fashioned Mix

There are many non-alcoholic beers and wines

available, and now several companies are also

mimicking spirits as well. Ritual’s take on alternative

whiskey contains all-natural flavors of American

oak, cane sugar, Madagascar vanilla and Mesquite

smoke, all in a 10-calorie alcohol-free serving. Add

the premixed old-fashioned ingredients and you

might well be surprised that this drink is alcohol

free.

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FALL IN LOVE WITH

KALISPELL, MONTANA

Glacier National Park and More

By Marguerite Cleveland

Photos Courtesy of Discover Kalispell

Kalispell, Montana, has a lovely small-town feel with its historic downtown but also has all the modern amenities you need for a

fall getaway amid a pandemic. Centrally located, Kalispell is in the heart of all you want to see and do in the area.

Where to Stay

When booking lodging during the COVID-19 pandemic, cleanliness and safety are tops on the list for evaluating a hotel. The

Homewood Suites in Kalispell follows the Hilton CleanStay program. Rooms are sealed to indicate they haven’t been accessed since they

were cleaned, and extra disinfection takes place on the top 10 high-touch areas such as doorknobs and light switches. You can also check

in and out with their digital key. Another thing to consider is having a place to stay that has more room and a kitchen. It is nice to have a

table you can sit at to enjoy takeout meals, and the kitchen is helpful for preparing a picnic lunch for a day in Glacier National Park. This

hotel is located near numerous restaurants and shops, as well as being a good central location for exploring the area.

Where to Eat

Western-themed food is the prominent style in the area. Think anything grilled or smoked and try meats other than beef. Elk and bison

are common on many menus around town. Food portions tend to be generous, so plan to share some items. Here are a few local places

worth checking out:

The Desoto Grill is a local family owned treasure of barbecue and hotrods. Housed in an old blacksmith shop, The Forge, and named

after the owner’s Grandpa Art’s 1954 Desoto, this place rocks. From a rowdy, fun atmosphere with both indoor and outdoor seating to its

outstanding food, it is worth making a visit. Make sure to order the Combo Platter, which gives you the choice of three meats and three

sides. There is a huge variety to choose from, and the cornbread is terrific. Choose a “Mac” as one of your sides. A yummy macaroni

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THE STATE PARKS IN MONTANA ARE THE

EQUIVALENT OF NATIONAL PARKS WITH

SUCH STUNNING SCENERY.

and cheese can be jazzed up with bacon, a spicy grilled sausage or other

options. All sides are house made, which really makes a difference in the

quality of the food.

Hop’s Downtown Grill is a chef-owned restaurant in the historic

downtown. It is known for some of the best burgers in Montana including

beef, bison, elk and yak. The rest of the menu is eclectic with a variety of

comfort food options. Since we weren’t eating in, I went next door to

Brix Bottle Shop to purchase some local beer. They sell bottles and cans

individually, and the clerk helped me select some good regional choices.

Great service and a knowledgeable staff housed in a historic building.

My family loves breakfast, and on our trips we love to find that great diner

popular with the locals. Julie’s Center Street Café is just such a spot and

relatively undiscovered by tourists. It is the friendly type of place where

you will see people eating alone who come in for the company. Allow

plenty of time as the meals are cooked to order. The food is outstanding,

and the presentation is a nice surprise for a diner. My frittata came with

a sliced tomato arranged in a design on top, and the hash browns are

cooked flat for a nice crispy exterior and then rolled like an omelet, so

you get that crunch in every bite.

What to Do

People come to this area to visit Glacier National Park—and rightly so.

But there is so much more to see in the area. The State Parks in Montana

are the equivalent of National Parks with such stunning scenery and

much less crowded than Glacier National Park. Make sure to allow time

during your visit to explore other areas.

Glacier National Park is considered the crown jewel of the continent for

its stunning natural scenery and many glaciers. Due to COVID-19, you

can only enter the park on the west side. The Going-To-The-Sun road is

a highlight of any park visit and is currently open to Rising Sun, which is

a total of 43 miles. The park is extremely popular, so plan to get an early

start from Kalispell. I would be on the road no later than 6am. There are

limited facilities in the park, so be sure to pack a picnic and bring extra

snacks.

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The Speci f ics

WHERE TO STAY

The Homewood Suites by Hilton - Hilton.com/en/hotels/

kalhwhw-homewood-suites-kalispell-mt

WHERE TO EAT

The Desoto Grill - DesotoGrill.com

Hop’s Downtown Grill - Facebook.com/HopsDowntownGrill

Brix Bottle Shop - BrixBottleShop.com

Julie’s Center Street Café - Facebook.com/pages/Julies-

Center-Street-Cafe/119968968018781

WHAT TO DO

Glacier National Park - NPS.gov/glac

Polebridge Mercantile - PolebridgeMerc.com

Northwest Montana Adventures

NorthwestMontanaAdventure.com

Lone Pine State Park - StateParks.MT.gov/lone pine

Whitefish Mountain Resort - SkiWhitefish.com

A less visited area of the park can be accessed through

the Camas Entrance. Exit the park here and then

take the gravel road to the Polebridge Mercantile.

This cute emporium is known for its great baked

goods including the famed Huckleberry Bear Claw.

From this area you can hike the Transboundary

Flathead River Interpretive Trail or continue past

Polebridge to the North Fork entrance to Glacier

National Park.

The Flathead National Forest has excellent views

of the Canadian Rockies, the Whitefish Range

and Glacier National Park. One of the best ways

to explore it is on an off-road all-terrain vehicle.

Try a Can-Am or Polaris rented from Northwest

Montana Adventures near Olney, Montana. They

have a variety of vehicles that will seat two to six

people. Based on the amount of time, the staff will

recommend where to go with maps provided. The

company, which is open year-round, also rents

snow machines in the winter.

For a less crowded experience, visit Lone Pine State Park. There are 7.5

miles of hiking trails that lead you to overlooks for stunning views of the

Flathead Valley and distant mountain ranges and lakes. Along the trails

are plenty of places to stop, relax and enjoy the peaceful environment

of the park. Picnic tables are available, and they are all nicely separated

for social distancing. The Visitors' Center is newly remodeled and has

information on the history of the park and the ecology and wildlife of the

area. This is a beautiful park that is relatively undiscovered by tourists.

Both Kalispell and Whitefish have quaint walkable downtown areas with

cute local shops, galleries and restaurants. It’s a nice way to spend an

afternoon.

The Whitefish Mountain Resort has a variety of fun summer activities

that remain open on weekends in September. Take a one-way scenic

lift up the mountain and hike down. Other activities include mountain

biking, ziplining, an aerial adventure course and many more.

September is a great time to visit this area with the mild weather. Visit

DiscoverKalispell.com for more information.

Do your part not to spread COVID-19 while traveling. Wear a mask

and practice social distancing. Do not travel if any of your party shows

symptoms of the coronavirus or has had recent exposure to someone who

has the illness. Plan outdoor activities and picnics, and utilize takeout

options at restaurants to decrease your risks.

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DUTCH-OVEN FIRE-ROASTED CHILI

Recipe & Photo Courtesy of Tina VanDenHeuvel, NTP

You can follow Tina @madebetterforyou on Instagram

INGREDIENTS:

2 tbsp. avocado oil

1 lb. elk or beef burger

1 lb. ground hot sausage

1 medium red onion, chopped

4 large ribs of celery, chopped

5 cloves of garlic, minced

2 14.5 oz. cans fire-roasted tomatoes

6 oz. can tomato sauce

4 oz. can chopped green chilis

2 tbsp. Worcestershire sauce

4 tbsp. chili powder

2 tsp. cumin powder

2 tsp. Himalayan salt

1 tsp. garlic powder

1 tsp. onion powder

1 tsp. dried oregano

1 tsp. black pepper

1/2 tsp. cayenne pepper

1/2 tsp. smokey paprika

2 large dried bay leaves

METHOD:

• In a medium-sized cast-iron Dutch oven, heat avocado oil over

medium heat. Add burger, sausage, onion, celery and garlic.

• Cook until meat is done and vegetables are tender.

• Add the rest of the ingredients and cook for another 15

minutes.

• Reduce heat to a simmer for an additional 20 minutes.

• Serve warm and top chili with your favorite toppings like

cheddar cheese and scallions.

*Note: You can make this chili really spicy by adding hot peppers

or keep it mild by choosing mild peppers and/or leaving the

cayenne out.

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Join us for wine tastings, with handpicked wines paired with amazing cheese, Sundays from 2:00-3:30. Schedule your tasting today!

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SWEET LOU’S RESTAURANT

AND TAP HOUSE

American fare with a twist. Ribs (pork or bison) smoked in house. Unique

burger menu featuring burgers made from ground top sirloin, topped with

pulled pork, hand-battered onion rings or jalapenos. 32 beers on tap to

enjoy while watching the game on one of their 24, 4K TVs.

601 E. Front St., Ste. 101 | Coeur d’Alene

208.667.1170 | SweetLousIdaho.com

f SweetLousCDA

Vine & Olive Eatery and Wine Bar

Your table awaits in the heart of Riverstone

By Jillian Chandler

The doors are open, and owner Naomi Boutz invites

you to pull out a chair and take a seat at the table.

With an atmosphere that is warm and inviting,

guests can feel the pride of ownership Naomi

exudes of the eatery she created in the heart of Coeur

d’Alene’s Riverstone less than three years ago.

“We keep things simple and soulful and as consistent as

possible,” she says.

Naomi is joined by Chef Josh Pebbles. An integral part of

the V&O family since August of 2019, his philosophy is to

highlight the best local ingredients with classic European

influences while infusing new-age techniques—creating a

memorable experience for each guest who walks through the

door.

SEASONS OF COEUR D’ALENE

At Seasons of Coeur d’Alene Fresh Grill, you will find a menu that is

delicious and always fresh! Whether you choose to dine in the intimate

dining room, at the vibrant bar or quiet fireplace lounge, it’s sure to be

an unforgettable dining experience. They also offer banquet and meeting

facilities. You can find Seasons in Downtown Coeur d’Alene just one block

off Sherman.

209 Lakeside Ave. | Coeur d’Alene

208.664.8008 | SeasonsofCdA.com

“We are always finding new inspiration in food and wine to

share with our customers,” smiles Naomi.

From the staples of Escargot prepared in a classic French

execution, to the Pork Shank with Creamy Polenta and

the Acorn Squash Frites, the menu never disappoints. In

addition, menu offerings change every few months for

seasonality, with new popular menu items including The

Catch of the Day (served with wild mushroom risotto) and

the Niçoise Salad with seared Ahi.

Love and passion shine through in everything they do at Vine

& Olive, where your table awaits in the heart of Riverstone.

Naomi shares, “Now more than ever, I’m just grateful to run

my own business, for the ability to create and the opportunity

to succeed without limitations.”

2037 North Main Street | Coeur d’Alene

208.758.7770 | VineAndOliveCdA.com

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MAX AT MIRABEAU

Join MAX at Mirabeau for an unforgettable experience. You’ll be treated

to eclectic cuisine, an award-winning menu with more than 100 items, a

wine list boasting more than 500 labels and 75 eclectic cocktails—a perfect

match for everything on the menu. Enjoy two happy hours daily, a-la-carte

brunch featuring multiple benedicts, mimosas and the area’s best Bloody

Mary Bar—starting at only $5.90 per person! There’s live music on Friday

and Saturday evenings, and late-night dining with a full menu is offered

until close. Open daily at 6am.

1100 N. Sullivan Rd. | Spokane Valley

509.922.6252 | MAXatMirabeau.com


BEEF, PORK, CHICKEN, FISH, YOU NAME IT - WE GOT IT!

We are especially known for our prime rib & pork roasts - both bone in & boneless - as well as our delicious

housemade ham, bacon and fresh & smoked sausages. And don’t forget about our freezer meat packages!

Stop in for all of your home cooking essentials from Wood Chips for Home Smokers, Select

Sauces, Rubs and everything in between! Large selection of American-Made Smokers,

Grills and Locally Made Fire Pits.

Tim’s Special Cut Meats, Inc

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Come see us at our NEW LOCATION!

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Sweet Lou’s Restaurant & Bar

Hwy 95 N Ponderay | 208.263.1381

Come hungry, Stay late, Eat well!

www.sweetlousidaho.com

Sweet Lou’s Restaurant & TAP HOUSE

601 Front Ave. 208.667.1170 | DOWNTOWN Cda

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THE PORCH PUBLIC HOUSE

OPEN 7 NIGHTS A WEEK

208.265.2000

41SouthSandpoint.com

A beautiful golf-course view without the cost of joining the

country club. They offer a full menu of sandwiches, salads,

soups and specialties prepared from scratch without the

high price of fine dining, and the region’s finest cocktails,

microbrews and wines to accompany your meal. Feel at home

in the comfortable pub-style dining room or the fantastic

outdoor dining area. Open daily at 11am year round.

1658 E. Miles Ave. | Hayden Lake

208.772.7711 | WeDontHaveOne.com

MOON TIME

Serving some of the best food around in a comfortable pub-style

atmosphere. The menu offers soups, sandwiches, pastas, salads

and other specialties prepared from scratch daily, along with a

fantastic selection of micro-brewed beers and fine wines by the

glass and bottle. Open daily at 11am, the kitchen is open late

every night. Be sure to stop in Thursday night for live music

featuring national and local artists. For more information

including photos, menu, specials and directions, make sure to

visit their website.

1602 E. Sherman Ave. | Coeur d’Alene

208.667.2331 | WeDontHaveOne.com

2 SEPARATE RESTAURANTS TO

SATISFY ANY CRAVING

DELICIOUS FOOD & FUN COCKTAILS

41 Lakeshore Drive, Sagle, ID

Next to the Lodge at Sandpoint

We Are Open!

FISHERMAN’S MARKET

A local favorite for an array of reasons, including the friendly

staff, unbeatable atmosphere and phenomenal food. Find fresh

fish at Fisherman’s on the market side, while the grill offers everything

from fish and chips, specialty tartars, fish tacos, salads,

steamers, catfish, oyster po’ boys and more. Check out the sushi

bar and the offerings of beer, wine and sake.

215 W. Kathleen Ave. | Coeur d’Alene

208.664.4800 | FishermansMarketCdA.com

VINE & OLIVE EATERY

AND WINE BAR

Guests will be treated to European-inspired small plates using

simple, seasonal ingredients for simply good food served with

soul, executed with Northwest flair. Choose from the full wine

bar, which serves thoughtful wines by the glass and eight local

brews on tap, to complement your meal. Voted Best of 2019

Wine Bar and Girls Night Out.

2037 N. Main St. | Coeur d’Alene

208.758.7770 | VineAndOliveCdA.com

FORTY-ONE SOUTH

208.265.2001 | ShogaSandpoint.com

OPEN WED-SUN NIGHTS

A beautiful waterfront, fine-dining restaurant in a romantic

lodge setting overlooking Lake Pend Oreille. Whether it

is summer on the patio or cozying up to the fireplace in the

winter, Forty-One South’s spectacular sunsets, innovative

cuisine, full bar and extensive wine list are sure to make it a

memorable night out. A variety of delicious food year-round.

Reservations recommended.

41 Lakeshore Dr. | Sagle

208.265.2000 | 41SouthSandpoint.com

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SHOGA POKÉ &

COCKTAIL BAR

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 Asian-fusion entrees and appetizer, innovative,

handcrafted cocktails, all paired with amazing sunset views

overlooking Lake Pend Oreille.

41 Lakeshore Dr. | Sagle

208.265.2001 | ShogaSandpoint.com

Shopping. Dining. Take-Out.

MOONDOLLARS BISTRO

Moondollars Bistro is known for their burgers,

accompanied by scratch-made bread and soups. They

uses only fresh ingredients, which are the backbone

of this customer favorite. With a comfortable, friendly

atmosphere, awesome food, great service, huge patio

and full bar there is always something to keep customers

coming back for more.

5416 W. Village Blvd. | Rathdrum

208.687.5396 | MoondollarsBistro.com

ANGELO’S RISTORANTE

Angelo’s is the local favorite with a taste of homemade,

authentic Italian cuisine! Join them for a fresh, organic,

hand-crafted menu of veal, steak, chicken, seafood, pasta

and gluten-free offerings. They also offer an extensive wine

selection and warm romantic décor. Catering and private

cooking classes available with Chef Angelo.

846 N. Fourth St. | Coeur d’Alene

208.765.2850 | AngelosRistorante.net

MONARCH RAMEN +

NOODLE HOUSE

Monarch Ramen + Noodle House in Coeur d’Alene’s

midtown opened in fall 2019 to eager diners. Specializing

in ramen and noodle dishes, as well as a variety of smallplate

options, guests will be treated to incredible cuisine

paired with great brews and service.

1401 N. Fourth St.| Coeur d’Alene

208.966.4230 | MonarchNoodles.com

TIM’S SPECIAL CUT MEATS

Tim’s Special Cut Meats is your perfect, old-fashioned

butcher shop. The friendly staff is ready to help you pick out

the perfect cut. Tim’s carries only the finest natural meats

and also handles custom orders, with an extensive line

of house-made products from pickled garlic to specialty

sauces, marinades, rubs and salsas. Mobile butchering and

wild game processing are also available.

525 N. Graffiti St. | Post Falls

208.772.3327 | fTimsSpecialCutMeats

TimsSpecialCutMeats.com

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Get your comfort

food ... FRESH!

Be a chef at home or dine with us!

• Fresh Fish Market and Sushi Bar

• Smoked Fish

• 12 different kinds of fish and chips

208.664.4800

Mon-Sat 11am-8pm

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COMMUNITY EVENTS

Congrats,

Class of 2020!

SEPTEMBER 2020

What’s happening

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Stay Strong Through

Cold & Flu Season

With the Help of the

CRITTER APOTHECARY.

Featuring Certified Organic Products from Dr. Paul’s Lab. All Dr. Paul products are certified organic

or wild harvested, contain no GMO’s, and comply with the National Organic Program standards.

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• Anti-viral respiratory tinctures for cold & flu season • Immunity boosting tinctures & remedies

• Antioxidant-rich immune boosting remedies • Organic wound care salves

• Natural insect repellents

Just Released & Available! Dr. Paul’s COVID-Aid Tincture

A multi-system approach to promote health in a time of COVID-19. It

contains Dr. Paul’s Lab Beet-OH tincture which is a powerful anti-viral

remedy, OLS-M tincture for the pneumonia-like symptoms, Echinacea to

stimulate the immune system, and Propolis and Neem Bark which are

potent anti-viral remedies. *

Nature’s Finest Herbal Remedies for You and Your Animals

Hours: Monday – Saturday, 10 am to 6 pm; Sunday 1 to 5 pm.

Located inside the Only Local Farmers Market

Now Open in Cocolalla, Idaho!

Critter Apothecary (208) 265-2277

OnlyLocal.Farm/CritterApothecary

464138 U.S. Highway 95, Just North

of Cocolalla Lake, Sagle Idaho, 83860

*These products have not been evaluated by the FDA and are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. They are Nutraceuticals/Nutritional Supplements that may provide organic molecules for supporting wellness.

WORKING WITH OUR

COMMUNITY

TO END

POVERTY

GET INVOLVED!

In these times of uncertainty for many, food and/or

financial donations are gratefully accepted. Call

us at 208.664.8757 to find out how you can help us

in serving our beautiful Coeur d’Alene community!

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FINALLY ...

AN EVENT!

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COEUR D’FONDO A GO, WITH PRECAUTIONS

BY COLIN ANDERSON

SEPTEMBER

19

ONE OF THE REGION’S MOST ENJOYED ANNUAL BIKE RIDERS

WILL INDEED HAPPEN IN 2020. The Coeur d’Fondo features several

distances and organizers have made changes to this year’s event in

order to provide maximum safety while still holding the event.

Registration is currently open at CdAGranFondo.com. There are five

levels of participation available for the ride, which will take place on

Saturday, September 19:

• Family Fun Ride - 15 miles

• Piccolo Fondo - 40 miles

• Centro Fondo - 50 miles

• Medio Fondo - 90 miles

• Gran Fondo - 120 miles

Riders who have taken part in the fun before will notice a few changes

this year. Packet pickup will be done as a drive-through on the evening

before. Participants will text their race number to volunteer staff, who

will bring their pre-filled bag out to their vehicle. Inside the bag will

be a Coeur d’Alene Fondo branded facemask for all athletes, staff and

volunteers to wear as directed by the Panhandle Health District and

State of Idaho.

Instead of a mass start in Downtown Coeur d’Alene, there will instead

be a rolling start along Coeur d’Alene Lake Drive. Riders are welcome

to begin their ride anytime between 7 and 9am. Family Fun riders will

start between 8 and 9am. Those who enjoy the Piccolo and Centro

Fondo will want to register early, as the boat that typically transports

these riders to and from Harrison can only accommodate 120 each,

which is half the size of a normal year.

Aid Stations will be spread out, and volunteers will be handing out

prepackaged food and water bottles. Medio and Gran Fondo finishers

will not be timed this year and will find their finisher medal in their

registration bag. There will be an opportunity to take a photo at a

podium with an “I survived 2020” backdrop at the conclusion of the

ride.

The annual Oktoberfest, which usually accompanies this event, will

still be happening, though set up a bit differently this year. (Held

over three days, you can read more on this year’s Oktoberfest on the

following page.) Racers will be given a voucher to the Oktoberfest

celebration.

Coeur d’Fondo might look a little different this year, but in 2020

what doesn’t?! Happy riding!

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LIVING HISTORY WALKING TOURS

SEPTEMBER 1 - 30

The Museum of North Idaho welcomes the community to join

them for their Living History Walking Tours in Downtown Coeur

d’Alene Tuesday through Saturday. Participants are sure to fall

in love with Coeur d’Alene all over again as Robert Sigletary, inresident

historial and program director for the museum, leads the

tours. The one-to one-and-a-half-hour tour departs at 1:30pm

from the Museum of North Idaho (115 Northwest Boulevard)

and features historical landmarks and architecture in Downtown

Coeur d’Alene. Cost is $15 for adults, $7 for youth ages 6 to 16, and

includes admission to the museum and parking. For additional

details, visit MuseumNI.org/exhibits-tours-events/tours or call

208.664.3448.

MICRO-EVENT SERIES: OKTOBERFEST

SEPTEMBER 18 - 20

Take part in an Oktoberfest brew hop throughout Downtown

Coeur d’Alene September 18 through 20! This year’s downtown

Oktoberfest celebration gives you the opportunity to stroll through

Downtown Coeur d’Alene and sample crisp Oktoberfest-style

beers and ciders—more than 20 different options to indulge in—at

participating downtown businesses. In between brew sampling,

fill up on German food from special Oktoberfest menus at one of

the many downtown restaurants! Tickets are $25 and good for one

session time, which is selected at time of purchase, and include a

commemorative pint glass and eight (4 ounce) tastings. Be sure

to get your tickets early, as there will not be any day of ticket sales

of any kind. Find the event online at EventBrite.com to purchase

tickets and for additional information.

BOYS & GIRLS CLUB 14TH ANNUAL “A NIGHT

IN BLACK & WHITE” AUCTION

SEPTEMBER 19

Held at the Hagadone Event Center in Coeur d’Alene, don’t miss

your chance to show your support and help raise funds for the Boys

& Girls Club of Kootenai County. The 14th Annual “A Night in

Black & White” Auction takes place Saturday, September 19, from

5 to 10:30pm, and features silent and live auctions, hor d’oeuvres,

drinks, dinner and dancing. Tickets are $100 each, with 100 percent

of the money raised going directly to local clubs and helps ensure

that the Boys & Girls Club can continue to enhance and expand

programs for our local youth. This is their biggest fundraiser of the

year! Purchase tickets online at BGCKootenai.SchoolAuction.net./

auction2020.

* Please note, as of press time, these events were still scheduled to

take place as planned. Due to the current health crisis, there is

the possibility that event schedules may change or events canceled

completely. Be sure to visit event websites to stay up to date with

current information.

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parking, located only 20 minutes to either the

charming downtown of Coeur d ‘alene or the

Spokane International Airport.

$1,950,000 | MLS # 20-1927

The log cabin lifestyle awaits you at the lodge

at 122 Makridge Lane in Kingston, Idaho. Placed

right in the middle of grand forests, this is a

home for every leisurely activity and for every

conceivable guest. Whether you use it for vacation

or live in it full-time, the beauty needs to be

experienced. Climb the rock wall, play basketball,

ski mountain virtually next door, ATV riding and

all on luscious 9 acres, then relax with a sweet

nighttime elixir at the bar. Entertain your friends

and family in one of two dens, each equipped

with a fireplace. Shoot pool in the loft or steam

out your worries in the dry sauna.

$1,300,000 | MLS # 202021056

Looking for some of the most amazing views in

Coeur d’Alene with privacy but minutes to town?!

This home is for you! Situated on top of the

mountain in a rare setting on nearly 10 acres, this

home provides gorgeous lake and mountain views

galore in a highly desired area. On a private, paved

road with 4 bedrooms, 3.5 bathrooms and a 24x36

shop this is a rare find. Enjoy the beautiful kitchen

featuring brand new stainless steel appliances,

a spacious master suite, formal living room with

fireplace, central air and over 4,300 square feet.

Relax in comfort and enjoy this picture-perfect

piece of Idaho. Don’t miss this opportunity!

$1,200,000 | MLS # 20-169

Elegance and grandeur abound in the exclusive

gated Wandermere Estates Golf & Country Club

community. This estate sits on two premium view

lots nestled in the hillside of one of Spokane’s

most prestigious 55+ gated communities

and features beautifully landscaped grounds

showcasing breathtaking views of the golf course.

High ceilings, oversized doors and windows,

and custom Italian tile flooring. Gourmet chef’s

kitchen is outfitted with granite counters, Viking

stainless appliances and knotty alder woodwork.

$1,500,000 | MLS MLS # 20-4269

Magnificent waterfront estate on the Pend

Oreille River sitting on 6.64 acres and 1,231

feet of extraordinary waterfront. Meticulous

log craftsmanship, chef’s kitchen, hand-picked

knotty cedar throughout, oversized master suite,

including private office, fantastic indoor raquet

ball court, indoor inground pool, sauna, 48x60

shop, 9-hole golf course out your front door with

gorgeous mountain views along with 2 ponds and

2 year-round creeks. The Serendipity Estate is a

private retreat not to be missed.

$2,150,000 | MLS # 20-3471

This Stunning Spokane River Waterfront home

located in Post Falls, Idaho, truly has it all. Spend

your day in your own private pool or dip your toes

in the sand with a private beachfront including a

boat dock. The home features a climate-controlled

wine room, professional kitchen appliances

flanked by double island of granite, an oversized

open great room, a lower level bar and game room

plus a gym. The large master bedroom suite has

a romantic fireplace, soothing soaker tub and a

private deck just for you with panoramic views of

the clean water, blue sky and rugged mountains.

Stretched out with over 5,400 sq. ft. of luxury, 5

bedrooms, 4.5 baths and 3-car garage.

Proudly Selling North Idaho & Eastern Washington

208.818.3668 | Brenda@BrendaBurk.com

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