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October 2020 Bonners Ferry Living Local

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From California and Oregon to Washington

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Each day comes with blessings as well as

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CONTENTS

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ESSENTIALS

Autumn Home Maintenance Checklist: Keeping

your home warm and cozy all winter long

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GOOD NEWS

Hope, Compassion and Support: Boundary County

Victim Services champions the well-being of

community members of all ages

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BUSINESS SPOTLIGHT

Apex Fitness & Martial Arts: A Dream Fulfilled

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LIFE & COMMUNITY

Rotary Lions Den Park Reopens to Public:

New renovations and a new custodian for the

beloved park

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LIFE & COMMUNITY

b-LOCAL Boundary County: A safe, easy way

to live sustainably, support local producers and

stay healthy

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ATHLETE OF THE MONTH

Hailey Kelsey: Sophomore, Bonners Ferry

High School

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IN FOCUS

Camp Out of the Box: Panhandle Forest provides

many unique locations

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BUSINESS SPOTLIGHT

Grama J’s Beignets: A Taste of New Orleans in

Bonners Ferry

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sneak peek into October ...

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FEATURE STORY

Ride 4 Relief: PTSD survivor advocating for the

health and support of his peers

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HEALTH & LIFESTYLE

Make Yourself a Priority: Early detection may save

your life

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FALL FLAVORS

PNW Restaurant Tour: Highlighting some of

the Northwest’s most unique and delicious

dining experiences

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HALLOWEEN TREATS

The spooky season shines through in these easy-tomake

creations

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FOOD & DRINK

Your local guide to the tastiest hot spots

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ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT

TRAVEL & LEISURE

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Get Away with a Fall Visit to Lopez Island: The most

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Autumn Home Maintenance Checklist

KEEPING YOUR HOME WARM AND COZY ALL WINTER LONG

By Nikki Luttmann, Seven Bee Interiors

For Sandpoint Furniture, Carpet One and Selkirk Glass and Cabinets

Autumn has always been my favorite time of year. I love the

changing of the leaves, the deep reds and golds that brighten

up our landscape, and the thought of spending time indoors

beside a warm fire. This year, it seems that the signs are

pointing to a cold and snowy winter season. Berries are heavy on the trees,

the squirrels are extra busy stashing nuts and seeds, and it sounds like La

Nina might be showing her face this winter, meaning frigid temperatures

for us in the Pacific Northwest.

When it comes to home maintenance, we can take a lesson from nature.

Preparedness is the key to staying warm, cozy and worry-free all winter

long. The following checklist is a good refresher for those of you who are

long-time Idaho residents, and a must-do for those of you who are new

to the area. Though I’m an interior designer, I’ve seen my fair share of

damage caused by winter cold and storms. I’m often brought in after the

fact to help restore the home to what it was, but often the damage could

have been prevented with a little prep and some elbow grease (yours or a

professional’s) before the onset of winter.

1. If you have a crawl space, be sure to close your vents. This prevents

your plumbing and other utilities under the house from freezing. It’s

also a good idea to double check any insulation you might have in your

crawlspace and attic. Pests have been known to gnaw away at insulating

material around pipes and openings, creating a space where cold air can

get in and do damage.

2. Check your gutters. Having your gutters cleaned not only keeps water

flowing away from the house, where it should, but also keeps ice and

other material from clogging them further, creating a hazard that can

damage your roof.

3. Have a professional check your heating system, especially if you are

dependent in any way on wood heat for the winter, this is a must. Creosote

can build up in your flue, causing a possible fire hazard that many of us

are unaware of.

4. Have your exterior plumbing drained and turned off. Exterior plumbing

issues, such as frozen pipes, can cause interior and exterior damage when

the weather gets very cold, due to burst pipes when the ice expands inside.

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Preparedness is the key to staying warm, cozy

and worry-free all winter long.

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5. If you leave for the winter, do not turn off your

heat completely. I realize that many people do

this, but you are much better off turning the heat

to 55 degrees and leaving it there for the winter.

Freezing temperatures inside a home can damage

drywall, flooring, cabinetry, plumbing, even the

framing of your home. Leaving the heat on at a low

temperature keeps your finishes from suffering

damage and makes for a happy homeowner in the

spring when you return!

6. If you live in a location where power goes out

frequently, it is a good idea to invest in a generator.

This ensures a safe and warm winter should the

power go out for an extended time.

7. Have your septic tank pumped before winter

sets in. Not only is it very difficult to locate and

open a septic tank when it is under four feet of

snow, but a full septic tank is also more likely

to back up in early spring when the ground is

saturated and more difficult to percolate the

discharge into the drain field.

8. Check your windows and doors for a good seal.

Poor seals on doors and windows are a leading

cause of utility bill creepage in the winter months.

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9. If you have a basement with a sump-pump, do

make sure the pump is in working order. There

is nothing worse than coming down the stairs to

your basement and finding it flooded. I’ve re-done

countless basements in the City of Sandpoint and

throughout Bonner County, where the water table

is high after a failed sump-pump led to a flood

situation. These are never fun!

10. Finally, check the trees around your home.

We’ve already had a few tough windstorms this

year, and trees can do major damage if they are

not in good health. Have dead branches removed,

as well as any trees that are deemed a hazard. I

can only imagine the devastation and terror that

would accompany a tree coming down through

someone’s home. While this is not always

preventable, proper maintenance at least limits

the possibility of this tragedy occurring.

While the above list may not be the most fun

aspect of home ownership, these are certainly

necessary items to cross off your to-do list.

While I love working with people on remodeling

their homes, I’d like it to be on their terms, not

because of an insurance claim or the wrath of

Old Man Winter!


REDISCOVER YOUR PURPOSE

AND MOTIVATION

RELEASING THE KINETIC POWER OF STRATEGIC TENSION

By Trish Buzzone, Thinking Partner, Executive Director, The John Maxwell Team

Doing what you like is

freedom. Liking what you

do is happiness.

Recently, it’s been a struggle to find

my motivation to get out and do

things—even things I love to do.

Based on some conversations I’m

having, I’m not the only one feeling this way.

Why are so many of us struggling to get out

and do the things we know bring us joy?

Where is this resistance coming from?

I thought about the near-constant stream of

bad news. All the social and political conflict.

The threat of the virus pandemic and the

economic uncertainty; dwelling on all of

that leaves me exhausted, thinking, “Why

shouldn’t I be struggling to get motivated?

Look at everything that’s going on!”

Those questions were a distraction and an

easy way to stay confused and uncertain.

They were also a way for me to excuse myself

from doing anything about it. By projecting

my current worries and frustrations into the

future, giving those questions all my energy,

I was effectively excusing myself from the

responsibility of getting into action.

For me, doing what I love to do means

cultivating relationships and having

transformative conversations. For you, it

might be something different. We all know

what energizes us, what gets us flowing in

our gifts. The build-up of energy between

thinking about doing something and actually

doing it causes tension in the space between

imagining our future and creating it. When

we are not intentional about being in action,

doubt and negativity creep into that space. We

hear it in the little voice that whispers, “I don’t

feel like it” and “I’m not ready,” or “This can

wait, do it tomorrow.”

Like all energy, this tension can be shifted from

something that holds us back to something

that propels us forward. Physicists define this

as the transformation from potential energy

to kinetic energy. That energy transfer begins

with a release, with giving up the excuses

and getting into action. When we do this, the

tension holding us back becomes a mode of

action propelling us forward.

Sometimes, when we feel ourselves slipping

into the cycle of thinking about doing, we

need a pattern interrupter, a thinking partner

we trust who has permission to help us pause

that cycle and help us refocus our thoughts

so they become actions. Whether it comes

from ourselves or someone else, that pattern

interrupt creates an opportunity to step away

from the questions that lead us in circles,

all those “what abouts” and “what ifs” that

take us nowhere. As we make the shift from

thinking about what we’re going to do and

start doing whatever it is that brings us joy

and helps us grow, the tension we feel, all that

potential energy, begins to transform into

kinetic energy, becoming the momentum we

need to keep moving forward.

So, today, if you’re struggling to get going,

finding excuses to keep from turning your

thinking into doing, reach out to a thinking

partner who will be a pattern interrupter

for you, focus your intention, and do the

thing. Just get started, and you will feel the

energy begin to build and grow and change.

Continue that mode of action, regardless of

the circumstances, and the momentum will

continue to build. Do the thing, and then

you’ll get the energy to do the thing.

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HOPE, COMPASSION AND SUPPORT

Boundary County Victim Services champions the well-being of community members of all ages

By Abigail Thorpe

“OUR MISSION IS

TO ENHANCE THE

WELL-BEING OF

COMMUNITY MEMBERS

OF ALL AGES BY

MEANS OF PROVIDING

NONJUDGMENTAL,

UNBIASED,

COMPASSIONATE AND

ACCURATE SERVICES.”

Boundary County Victim Services (BCVS)

began as a means to fill a gap that local

individuals saw in the community:

Bonners Ferry was in need of a support

and assistance program for victims of domestic

violence. Since its inception, the nonprofit has been

providing support, care and advocacy for the local

community, providing hope, information, safety and

a listening ear to those in need.

The nonprofit first started in 1988 as a crisis line for

at-risk youth. It was entirely staffed by volunteers,

who kept it up and running 24/7. As those individuals

began to realize the greater existing need in the

community for support of all victims, they began the

evolution of the crisis line to the present program.

BCVS now provides a 24/7 hotline service and

referral program, and advocates for victims of all

crimes and their families, free of charge.

“It is our goal to come alongside our clients to

provide options, resources, and help them navigate

systems,” says BCVS Executive Director Becky

James. “Our mission is to enhance the well-being

of community members of all ages by means of

providing nonjudgmental, unbiased, compassionate

and accurate services.”

BCVS’ goal is to help serve community members of

all ages, and victims of all types of crime, regardless of

their need. The 24-hour a day hotline is available for

any caller to receive accurate, unbiased information,

referrals and confidential, nonjudgmental listening,

and is operated by trained individuals who volunteer

their time.

“Our program has evolved from a crisis hotline to an

office in the courthouse, fully staffed with advocates,”

explains James. “Additionally, on-call advocates, as

well as hotline volunteers, provide 24-hour service to

those needing help during times of crisis.”

BCVS promotes the rights of victims of crime

by offering information, support education and

assistance that includes community-based advocacy,

connection to resources, counseling, court support

and 48-hour emergency shelter for victims, their

families, witnesses and survivors.

The nonprofit actively works with local offices like the

County Prosecuting Attorneys, Boundary County

Community Justice, the Boundary County Sheriff ’s

Office, Bonners Ferry City Police, the City Prosecuting

Attorney and Crime Victims Compensation

Program to coordinate communication and provide

information to victims as they work through the legal

systems involved with their situation.

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Sadly, during the COVID-19 pandemic, the need

for victims services has only increased. Boundary

County and other areas have seen a sharp increase

in domestic violence and child abuse cases; as

normal everyday activities change, families are

more confined to the home, and social, economic

and health stressors drastically increase.

“We fill a niche in this community that is both

necessary and relevant, particularly during these

tumultuous times, when we are experiencing a

rise in domestic violence and child abuse during

the pandemic,” says James. “Our crisis calls have

multiplied, indicating a growing need for support

of individuals seeking information and assistance

with reporting to law enforcement and Child

Protective Services, as well as those seeking Civil

Protection Orders for safety.”

Throughout the years and various challenges it’s

faced, BCVS has learned to adapt and grow in order

to successfully address the needs of its community,

while working to drive change through outreach

and prevention work.

Raised in Bonners Ferry,

Serving North Idaho

Volunteers and advocates actively participate in the

community, providing training and presentations

in local schools and throughout the area to foster

teen outreach and also create prevention awareness.

Each fall the organization hosts its live auction and

fashion show fundraiser, which the community

looks forward to as they gather to have fun,

socialize and show their support.

Due to COVID-19, this year looks very different for

fundraising events, and the nonprofit is forced to

reimagine the event for a later date. Though in the

initial stages of planning, James hints at a summer

event this coming year at an outdoor venue, with

a tropical theme everyone will enjoy. “We are very

excited about the prospect!” she adds.

The annual fundraiser is just one way the

community can support Boundary County

Victim Services, which relies heavily on grants,

private donations and volunteers. Donations are

always appreciated, as the program and services it

provides those in the community exists entirely on

donations and grants for its survival.

In addition to donations, BCVS has various

volunteer opportunities that provide individuals

a chance to serve others within the community.

Depending on the way in which you would

like to serve, there is training provided, and

the organization needs volunteers with many

different strengths and gifts. “We appreciate the

passion and diversity that volunteers bring to

our mission,” says James. If you would like to

serve through volunteering with BCVS or are

in need of information and services, reach out

to Becky James at their office in the basement of

the Boundary County Courthouse, or call her at

208.267.7334. For immediate help, call the hotline

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“Knowing we have the

opportunity to have an impact

on the future generations and

help these kids develop skills and

discipline that will serve them for

a lifetime is exciting.”

Five years ago, Bonners Ferry was introduced to the art of Jiu-Jitsu

thanks to Sam Brown. Though small in size, this was just the first

big dream realized. Sam was excited to open the doors to his studio’s

intimate space, where he would train those of all ages in the local

community, and beyond, in this traditional art form.

But that was just the beginning. Sam’s goal was to ultimately find a much larger

facility to not only house his martial arts studio but combine it with the aspects

of a traditional gym, which he had prior experience working.

That dream would come to fruition in February of 2020, when Sam, along with

his business partners, which include his wife, Diana Brown, Brad Anderson,

Jarrod Christman and Aileen Arcinas opened Apex Fitness & Martial Arts at

6686 Main Street. Here you will find an all-ages state-of-the-art facility offering

everything from group fitness, Zumba and gymnastics to Jiu-Jitsu, kickboxing

and Taekwondo—with more to come!

“Not only are we a unique business model for the North Idaho region but for

most of the world!” smiles Sam proudly. He and his co-owners are thrilled

to not only provide Bonners Ferry and the surrounding communities with a

fitness and martial arts studio in one location but highly skilled, experienced

and motivated instructors for each segment.

The team members that make up the Apex facility come from all over the U.S.

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yet have all relocated to this beautiful part of North Idaho over the last six

years. “Even though we all came from different areas of the country, our

reasons were the same: the desire to live a good life in a beautiful place

and be a part of a community full of great people,” attests Sam.

On any given day, you will find Sam, who is a second-degree black belt

in Jiu-Jitsu, sharing his knowledge and passion for the sport that he loves

with those as young as 4 years old and those in their 60s and 70s.

“Knowing we have the opportunity to have an impact on the future

generations and help these kids develop skills and discipline that will

serve them for a lifetime is exciting,” he affirms.

His wife Diana leads exhilarating Zumba classes; Brad teaches Taekwondo

and is the assistant kids Jiu-Jitsu coach; Jarrod is the fitness director and

leads the group fitness classes; and Aileen teaches Taekwondo. Tiara

Schmidt is also an assistant coach for kids Jiu-Jitsu and kickboxing.

“Seeing a positive change in our members as they train here is by far the

most rewarding aspect of the work we do,” affirms Sam.

It is incredible—and heartwarming—to see a facility that caters to all ages

and all walks of life right here in our little town of Bonners Ferry. Each

time Sam steps into this space he had envisioned for years and was only

realized just eight short months ago, and sees the smiles and sweat on

members’ faces, it brings a sense of peace and accomplishment. “This

is my dream,” he says. And with Sam at the helm, the sky is the limit on

what can be accomplished through Apex Fitness & Martial Arts.

It is important to Sam and his team at Apex to help those in need when

possible through providing scholarships to receive training at their facility.

They currently sponsor several members with free membership and have

had donors, both past and present, that help them in this endeavor. “The

scholarship is for people going through hard times who want to train, and

we feel it would benefit their situation,” says Sam. “We have kids from

broken homes … and women from abusive relationships. That’s the type

of scenario we generally step in and make it happen for them.”

This program helps with training fees and competition fees, according

to Sam, who adds: “We plan to put together a scholarship-type program

and hope to continue to build on this program as time goes on.” If anyone

is interested in helping, he encourages you to contact Apex directly by

calling 208.946.2739.

If you’re looking for a place to help you on your fitness journey, learn a

new sport and be a part of something truly special, take the time to stop

by Apex, where Sam and his team are ready to welcome you with open

arms and hearts.

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ROTARY LIONS DEN PARK REOPENS TO PUBLIC

NEW RENOVATIONS AND A NEW CUSTODIAN FOR THE BELOVED PARK

By Abigail Thorpe

The 15 acres of park nestled in the trees adjacent to Snow Creek

in Bonners Ferry has found a new custodian after the Lions

Club was forced to close its

doors due to the stress of the

times. The Bonners Ferry Rotary Club

is the new benefactor of the now Rotary

Lions Den Park.

“We were certainly sad to see the

Lions go. They have been a part of

the community for 80 years,” says

Linda Alt, public relations for Bonners

Ferry Rotary Club. “We are, however,

committed to carry on many of

the traditions they brought to our

community.”

They recently put together a fundraiser

to help provide a kayak for the park,

and the facility is now available for

rent for private functions within the

community. “It is perfect for weddings,

family reunions, business retreats

and camping getaways,” says Alt. In

addition to a large hall with electricity,

The Rotary Club is

still committed to

providing services

and community

connection to the

Bonners Ferry

Community.

running water and full kitchen, the park offers gazebos, a pond, fire pit,

and open spaces for camping.

While the Easter Egg Hunt, Kids Fishing

Derby, Community Breakfast and the

Kootenai River Ride were all canceled

due to COVID-19, the Rotary Club is

still committed to providing services and

community connection to the Bonners

Ferry Community.

It is beginning its annual Calendar

Drawing Fundraiser, with 85 chances for

entrants to win almost $5,000 in prizes.

“This fundraiser helps us support many

of our projects including our scholarship

program,” explains Alt. “We have just

awarded $10,000 in scholarships this

year alone. We have handed out over

$125,000 in scholarships since our club

was chartered in 2002.”

For more information about

the park or Rotary Club, visit

BonnersFerryRotary.com.

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Farmers’ market season isn’t over for Boundary County this year,

thanks to the new b-LOCAL Boundary County, which operates as a

year-round online platform to connect producers and buyers.

“b-LOCAL Boundary County is an online year-round farmers

market that provides a safe way to support local producers and increase

regional self-sufficiency during the current pandemic,” says Kate Painter, an

Ag Extension educator with the University of Idaho. “Luckily, our local food

system can supply a wide array of goods, from fruit to fresh produce to fresh

milk, eggs and meat.”

Similar to the Bonners Ferry Farmers' Market, producers within 50 miles of

Bonners Ferry can sell products they produce, grow, create or raise through

the online platform, which is free to use for both sellers and buyers.

Boundary County is currently the site of a USDA Sustainable Agriculture

Research & Education pilot program to create a successful online platform

for buying and selling local goods, and b-LOCAL is the exciting new product

of that program.

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Painter is working with local producers

like Cloud Eleven Mountain Farm

and Home of the Flockers to get the

program off the ground, as well as

veteran growers Paradise Valley Fruit

Products and Cascade Creek Farm,

who both participated in a previous

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market called Six Rivers Market. Six

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2012, and its concept and operation

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buyer to the seller, as in a standard

farmers’ market, but prepaid orders

can all be picked up together at the weekly drop site. Alternatively, buyers

and sellers can make their own arrangements.”

b-LOCAL utilizes a crowd-sourced, open-source platform called Open Food

Network to operate its services, accessed at b-LOCAL.net. The platform is

flexible, offering buyers and sellers direct contact and various options for

purchasing. For purchases made through the online farmers’ market, a

weekly group order drop site has been set up at the UI Extension Office on

Wednesday mornings from 8:30 to 10:30.

Current grant funding has made it possible for producers to get one-on-one

assistance setting up their online shops, and it is also possible for producers

to simply have their business listed with contact information on b-LOCAL

if they don’t want to participate in the online sales offering of the platform.

In addition to many other local producers, the GROW Community Garden

is selling produce on b-LOCAL this year, in place of their annual farmto-table

fundraising dinner, which unfortunately was canceled due to

COVID-19.

For more information on b-LOCAL, contact Kate Painter at the UI Extension

Office at 208.267.3235 or kpainter@uidaho.edu, or Janna Stanford, the

administrative assistant for b-LOCAL Boundary County, at 714.767.7658

or janna@djstanford.com.

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To those dedicated to cheerleading, it

involves a lot more than just showing

up to pump up the crowd on a fall

Friday night. “I work out six-plus hours a day

during summer break focusing on strength,

cardio and endurance,” explained Bonners

Ferry High School sophomore Hailey Kelsey.

That incredible work effort has helped

Hailey gain national recognition. For the

second year in a row she was nominated

as a Universal Cheerleaders Association

(UCA) All-American, an outstanding

accomplishment considering she is barely

into her second year of high school.

Hailey remembers going to an open gym for

cheerleading that was held by her current

coach Andria Hedrick. After the session, she

was hooked. “I got to see what cheerleading

was all about,” she said. “It’s hard work,

always putting a smile on and pulling through

together; staying up day and night to learn a

simple three eight-count routine so that we

can perform our best; and learning to be our

best selves not just for our team, or ourselves,

but for our community which we represent.”

Outside of learning and memorizing routines,

Hailey’s training focuses on conditioning

that allows her to perform stunts, tumbles

and jumps at a high level. She is also on the

junior varsity volleyball team and says much

of the conditioning in volleyball carries over

to cheer as well. As far as her All-American

status, Hailey hopes to attend the Varsity Spirit

Spectacular Event, to be held November 22

through 25, in Orlando, Florida, depending on

how things shape up over the next few weeks.

Between training, performing at games, other

sports, school and social life, it’s a full plate

for Hailey. While the national recognition

is very important to her, the hard work she

puts in isn’t just for herself. “As a cheerleader,

I want to leave a positive image for the little

ones that look up to me, and I want to show

people that when you want something, you

have the ability to go after it, especially with

how supportive our community is.”

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CAMP OUT OF THE BOX

PANHANDLE FOREST PROVIDES MANY UNIQUE LOCATIONS

BY COLIN ANDERSON

was the summer of camping.

2020 Just about every RV sales lot

you drove by was nearly empty of inventory

as cooped up Idahoans fled to the woods.

Campgrounds all across the Panhandle where

one might typically pull in and easily find a

spot were suddenly in high demand, and those

who arrived late sometimes ended up driving

around in hopes of landing anywhere to park

a trailer or pitch a tent. It’s hard to predict

whether this will be a one-off or the new

normal in outdoor recreation.

While Idaho boasts many exceptional

campgrounds, when at capacity, noise from

other campers can detract from the sense of

peace, quiet and serenity in nature that many

campers seek. One place you are sure to find

solitude is by booking some of the Panhandle’s

more unique camping options, which can

include fire lookouts, outposts and decadesold

cabins. One such cabin is Red Ives, which

provides a fun and unique shelter far from

anything resembling a town.

The Red Ives cabin is located along the St. Joe

River about 75 miles from St. Maries, Idaho,

and 29 miles from the small town of Avery. The

cabin served as living quarters for the St. Joe

Ranger Station of the Red Ives Ranger District

in the St. Joe National Forest from the early

1930s up until 1984.

As one of the more unique wilderness rentals

available, it is extremely popular—and

reservations fill up quickly. For a long time

reservations were held on a lottery basis,

though recently this was switched over to

a first-come first-served basis; something I

learned in May when the thought of trying

to get into the lotto popped back in my head.

Red Ives, along with many other lookouts and

unique camping areas across the Panhandle,

can now be reserved through Recreation.gov.

Each cabin, campground or lookout opens up

for reservations 180 days before it opens for the

season. For example, if Red Ives cabin opens

May 30, 2021, then reservations can begin

being made November 30, 2020. This will vary

for each location. You can check the website or

call the Ranger District directly to see when

opening day 2021 will be for your desired

spot. If you miss out on a prime weekend

reservation, don’t let it completely discourage

you. Unlike the previous lottery format,

reservations booked through Recreation.gov

can be canceled without fee, which is how

my wife and I ended up with a Saturday and

Sunday night in July despite waiting until May

to see if anything was available.

From St. Maries, the drive along the shadowy

St. Joe is incredibly scenic. The further you get

from town the steeper and narrower the river

canyon gets. When you reach Avery, you’re

about halfway to the cabin time wise. Once a

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the area to grab something they forgot or a slice

of pizza and a draft beer at the newly opened

TFP restaurant and bar. From Avery, you drive

another 29 miles to the clearly marked Red

Ives Road #218. The cabin is 10 miles up the

single-lane road. The road is hard packed, but

be aware of large potholes; a vehicle with good

ground clearance is highly recommended. It’s

a one-lane road with a surprising amount of

traffic, but there are typically turnouts every ¼

to ½ mile to let vehicles pass one another. The

cabin is located a short walk from the ranger

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and also a queen futon in the living room. It

is surprisingly spacious for a nearly 100-yearold

structure. There is no electricity, but there

is hot and cold running water as well as a

propane refrigerator and stove/oven. Though

several large lanterns are provided, be sure to

bring additional flashlights or lamps, as the

cabin receives very little sunshine. There is an

outdoor fire pit and a front porch with chairs

to relax on.

The cabin is located at a junction where

backwoods campers and other recreationalists

can access hiking, mountain biking,

backcountry camping and horseback trails.

Others take the road all the way into Montana

for a scenic drive. The huge increase in

popularity of OHV and more stable ATVs

have made accessing these locations even

easier for recreationalists. We saw a steady

stream of traffic throughout the day, which

was a little surprising. Yet when evening set in,

the traffic subsided, leaving you with a sense

of true isolation. The river is directly across

from the cabin, as is a large meadow where

Forest Service pack horses are held and cared

for. We watched a moose wander into the pen

and, after dark, a deer crept into our backyard,

just 15 yards from our campfire. The sound of

the water and the brilliance of the night stars

couldn’t have been more peaceful.

From the cabin you can see the area by vehicle

or tackle one of the many hiking trails of

varying difficulty located in the area. Since

implementing catch and release only, the trout

fishing on the St. Joe continues to improve, and

there are fishing holes within walking distance

and a short drive to wet your line. At a cost

of $100 per night with the ability to sleep up

to eight, Red Ives provides a great wilderness

experience with a few extra creature comforts.

To reserve Red Ives and other unique locations,

visit Recreation.gov and type in Panhandle

National Forest.

A few others for your consideration:

Deer Ridge Lookout, 25 miles northeast of

Bonners Ferry - 14x14 lookout with two

twin beds and views of the Purcell Mountain

range in Idaho, Canada and Montana. A wellmaintained

road provides easy access. Nonelectric,

and guests should bring plenty of

water for drinking and dishes. Fantastic hiking

from the lookout, and fishing for brook and

rainbow trout is available in the Moyie River.

Magee Ranger Cabin, 60 miles from Kingston

Exit, I-90 - One of the larger cabins available

for rent, this two-story facility was built in

1922 and is on the National Register of Historic

Places. The cabin is similar to Red Ives with

no electricity but does contain a propane stove

and refrigerator. The cabin is located near the

Independence Creek Trail System, with 34

miles of trails suitable for hiking, motorcycle

riding, horseback riding and mountain biking.

Kalispell Island Boat-In Campground, Priest

Lake - As the name implies, the only way to

get to the 264-acre island is by boat or paddle.

There are 51 single sites available and one

group site, which can all be reserved. There

are fire pits and picnic tables, but campers will

need to bring their own waste buckets as well as

all other pack-in pack-out supplies.

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A Taste of New Orleans

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It’s time to savor the flavors of Grama J’s

home cookin’!

By Jillian Chandler

GRAMA J’S BEIGNETS

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“If people just want a friendly and

comfortable atmosphere to meet

and gather with friends, then

Grama J's café is the place. I love

meeting new and old friends.”

If you want to experience some trademark tastes of New Orleans, stop

by Grama J's Beignets, where you'll be greeted with the warmest smile

and the smells worthy of Café Du Monde right here in Bonners Ferry!

Owner Judie Sowards had been a long-time visitor to Bonners Ferry

before deciding to make this wonderful place home in 2019. It was on a

random trip through Bonners Ferry after a visit up to Nelson, BC, when

she noticed the main space in the Bonner Port Building was available for

rent. A longtime love for all things Southern got her thinking about starting

a food business and, soon after, she decided to open Grama J’s Beignets—

which she didn’t share with her children until her plan was well in motion!

Grama J’s Beignets opened in January 2020 and, like many other businesses,

Judie was forced to close her doors in March due to the national health crisis.

But once the stay-at-home order was lifted, Judie was more than ready to get

back into the kitchen doing what she loves and reopened her doors in mid-

July. Since then, her shop has been filled on a regular basis with eager patrons,

ready to be treated to Southern flavors you won’t find anywhere else in

the area!

When Judie first moved to Bonners Ferry, she wanted to meet new people,

and Grama J’s was just the way to do that! “It is so rewarding to me to be

able to share my creations with my guests, meet new friends and give them

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a place to gather,” affirms Judie. “The locals have been absolutely

awesome and supportive. Everyone here are so friendly and giving.”

Judie, a woman with a huge heart and known to many in the

community as Grama J, serves up her freshly made beignets, either

plain or in classic breakfast styles; delicious crepes served up sweet

with berries or savory with home-cooked brisket and other delightful

options; steamed buns with a variety of fillings; baked goods and ice

cream at her Grama J’s Beignets coffee shop and café in the heart of

Bonners Ferry’s downtown.

If you’ve ever wanted to try authentic Chicory coffee, Judie serves

it up fresh all day, as well as her hand-drawn espressos that rival all

others; the perfect additions to complement any meal you choose to

order.

Enjoy your meal or coffee in the sweet, inviting, intimate space,

where you can choose to linger over your meal while reading on

a comfy couch or playing board games with family and friends at

a cozy table in her dining room near the fireplace. She offers free

wireless internet and would gladly host a special event or gathering

in her space.

“If people just want a friendly and comfortable atmosphere to meet

and gather with friends, then Grama J's café is the place,” smiles

Judie. “I love meeting new and old friends.”

As one satisfied diner says, "Grama J's service is exceptional. Her

beignets are light and authentic. The menu is perfectly simple. We

tried the Traditional and ordered a second round upon our 3-yearold

boy's request. The breakfast beignets come loaded with egg,

a selected breakfast meat and cheese. This was an overall great

experience. If you are a local, become a regular. If you are passing

through, stop in!"

During the market season, visitors to the Bonners Ferry Farmers'

Market were treated to a wonderful selection of Grama J's goodies,

including their namesake beignets and cinnamon rolls.

Grama J is ready to deliver a taste of New Orleans to your plate

and invites you to take your food to go or grab a seat at her café for

breakfast or lunch—or both! Open Thursday through Sunday from

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PTSD SURVIVOR ADVOCATING FOR THE HEALTH AND

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It’s estimated that 30 percent of first responders will develop behavior health conditions, including Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. The daily duties

of their positions often require them to face traumatic stressors and situations that place them at high risk for both PTSD and ASD (Acute Distress

Disorder). Just as often, they are left unsure of how to recover and regain their lives following a traumatic incident.

At times, it can require a person who has experienced and recovered from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder to be able to fully recognize and support

the condition in others.

One man has made it his cause to reduce first responder suicide and increase wellness support for police and fire fighters suffering from PTSD across

the country. Using the mode of transportation that brought him therapeutic relief throughout his own battle with PTSD—riding his motorcycle—Jeff

Shepard has taken his cause to cities across the country in a growing movement to raise awareness and support for his peers.

Ride 4 Relief is the movement. Organized by Shepard, a retired officer and PTSD survivor, the nonprofit organization is dedicated to generating a wide

community of support for first responders (including paramedics, firefighters, police and corrections officers) who have faced PTSD.

As his efforts have gathered more and more publicity, Shepard has partnered with charities, media outlets and various sponsors to highlight precincts

throughout the nation as they nurture the health and wellness of their teams. He has worked to connect first responders with the necessary support,

education and relief for their PTSD symptoms, while sharing his own story of recovery.

At the beginning of Ride 4 Relief, Shepard visited police and fire departments during the months of June (PTSD Awareness Month) and July, steadily

building momentum, recognition and awareness for his cause along the way. Shepard embarked on his first tour in 2017 and later followed up with

the larger 35-state tour.

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Taking a close, intimate approach at each department and

precinct along his journey, Shepard used his mounting publicity

to connect the media with members of the police and fire

departments. Working to shed light on the experiences faced

by real-life first responders, Shepard used his platform of press

conferences and media coverage to further advocate for PTSD

support. With his own set of hardships brought on by PTSD,

Shepard has taken every measure to have his message heard, and

he has been nothing but the ideal advocate for a cause hitting so

close to home.

Shepard first experienced PTSD following his involvement in an

ambush shooting in 2012, while working at a Seattle area police

department. He had been a police officer for 10 years and a

firefighter for eight.

At the time of the shooting, Shepard was attempting a simple

stop of a subject walking down the street, when the subject pulled

out a shotgun and began to fire while Shepard remained in his

patrol car.

While he wasn’t physically injured in the shooting, the incident

took a significant mental toll on Shepard, immediately impacting

his sleep patterns and emotional well-being. Days later, Shepard

was diagnosed with PTSD.

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder is a mental health condition

triggered by either experiencing or witnessing a terrifying event.

According to Mayo Clinic, symptoms often include flashbacks,

nightmares, severe anxiety and uncontrollable, recurring

thoughts about the event. Additional symptoms can include

negative thoughts, hopelessness, detachment and depression.

Many traumatic events will result in a difficult, but temporary,

adjustment period—but when symptoms get worse or persist

for extended amounts of time, the cause is likely PTSD. Taking

the right coping mechanisms and emphasizing self-care are

critical in order to keep symptoms at bay and keep day-to-day

function improving.

Shepard went to therapy for his symptoms for almost a year

before returning to work. He was then able to focus on achieving

his lifelong goal of becoming a motor officer. From the moment

Shepard began working for the police, his dream had been to work

in the traffic unit and turn his passion for riding motorcycles into

his full-time career.

In 2015, Shepard passed the challenging two-week motor officer

training—an experience he has claimed to be one of the most

challenging feats of his life. At the time, he had returned to a

good place mentally, excited for the future and looking forward

to returning to work each day. However, Shepard’s battle with

PTSD was not yet over.

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Just three years after returning to work and two months after

becoming a motor officer, everything changed once again. While

on duty on July 4, 2015, Shepard was the target of an explosive

device. The explosive struck his right leg before exploding, leaving

him with a ruptured eardrum, burn injuries across his face and

body, and the return of his PTSD symptoms.

After another year of therapy and doctors’ visits, the incident

eventually led to his medical retirement.

“This had been a really hard time during my life, and I have really

felt like my identity was taken from me,” Jeff wrote in a statement

for Ride 4 Relief. “I have spent a lot of time thinking about my

condition. I knew that there were so many other police officers,

soldiers and first responders dealing with the same issues.”

Shepard realized that utilizing healthy outlets had made all the

difference in his progress toward recovery from PTSD. Riding

his motorcycle had become a form of therapy, a way to distance

himself from the stressors and triggers that could arise in everyday

life. Shepard has since made it his goal to bring that same feeling

of peace, relief and healing to first responders across the country.

The idea first came to him at an event, where participants were

creating dream boards that would help them visualize their goals

coming to life. Immediately, Shepard saw a motorcycle at the

center of his vision for the future. He also quickly recalled a recent

meeting with Leslie Mayne, founding director of the Permission

To Start Dreaming (PTSD) Foundation.

The PTSD Foundation is a registered nonprofit that supports

alternative therapy programs to aid soldiers in overcoming

symptoms of the condition and once again reach a life beyond

the service they provided their country. When Jeff met Leslie,

he was quickly moved by her story and the purpose behind

her foundation.

It all came together the moment he was tasked with creating his

dream board, and the seeds of inspiration were planted. Shepard

knew he wanted to build on his connection with Leslie to organize

a ride to support others who had suffered from PTSD. The ride

would reach first responders, soldiers, police officers, firefighters,

and those who were dedicated to assisting them.

Ride 4 Relief was organized, and Shepard set out to educate

communities across the United States. He also sought to highlight

the police and fire departments who were “doing good things”

on a national level, in terms of supporting their team members’

health, well-being and resiliency in the face of trauma.

Ignited by the idea and fueled by his experiences, Shepard took

to his motorcycle on a nationwide tour to accomplish his goal to

gather leaders and generate advocacy for PTSD support.

“That’s what our main goal is,” Jeff stated in an interview with the

Toledo, Ohio, Fire Department, “raising awareness and support

for the men and women putting their life out on the line every day

for their community.”

Eventually making worldwide news, Shepard took his ride to the

streets in June, during PTSD Awareness Month, stopping in major

cities from Seattle to Virginia to share his story.

His longest ride, through June and July of 2019, took him to 35

states around the nation, covering major cities in Washington,

Idaho, Montana, North Dakota, Minnesota, Mississippi,

Florida and more, and included stops in New York City and

Washington, DC.

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All proceeds from the ride would benefit the

Permission to Start Dreaming Foundation;

the organization that inspired Shepard to start

it all. The foundation’s mission is providing

hope and healing to those who serve by finding

the best tools and training to enhance the

minds, bodies and spiritual well-being of the

nation’s first responders, veterans and their

family members.

Founded in 2011 and based in the Pacific

Northwest, the Permission To Start

Dreaming Foundation has supported local

organizations offering alternative therapies

to help soldiers and families readjust to life

at home. Their goal is to provide answers

and solutions that promote healing through

hosting events, creating connections and

growing a community of compassionate

allies and citizens.

The foundation has designed and delivered

workshops, leadership summits and

retreats that focus on growth and stress

recovery following PTSD. Foundation

leaders hold monthly huddles to “create

a life of meaning, consequence and joy”

through fostering lasting relationships.

Led by foundation members with first

responder, law enforcement and military

experience, and always directed by a mental

health professional, the monthly meetings

are meant to be a safe environment to share

experiences and camaraderie. Free to attend

and open to the community, the huddles are

held monthly in Gig Harbor, Washington, with

Tacoma and Bremerton communities to follow.

“That’s what our

main goal is,

raising awareness

and support for

the men and

women putting

their life out on

the line every

day for their

community.”

To aid in supporting future efforts by Jeff

Shepard and the Ride 4 Relief movement,

donations can be provided directly to the

Permission To Start Dreaming Foundation

online at PTSDFoundation.org.

When he’s not riding in support of his cause,

Shepard acts as the founder of Down

Range Baby, a manufacturer of tactical

diaper bags for dads. Boasting the popular

taglines “Strong enough to go to war” and

“Bottles to bullets,” Down Range Baby

gear is manufactured in a U.S. facility that

specializes in manufacturing products for

the military.

Shepard’s success as both an advocate

and company owner have led to features

in publications, television shows and

worldwide news. He uses his continued

publicity to provide greater support for

his peers whose lives have been affected by

PTSD, ASD and depression.

Above all, Shepard wants those suffering

PTSD to know that they are not alone.

“There is help and relief out there. I know

it, because I overcome my PTSD every day.”

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Boundary Community Hospital (BCH) has invested in

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mammography and diagnostic breast ultrasound.

BCH Mammography Director Luke Grauke, MD

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radiologists from Kootenai Outpatient Imaging can

read the results of the scans remotely, transmitting

their findings to local primary care providers for fast

results. Additionally, Bryan Berkey, MD has replaced

long-time BCH Radiology Director Michael Melendez,

MD, overseeing the Diagnostic Imaging Department.

According to Susan Layeux, MD, Boundary

Community Clinics medical director, “Breast cancer

screening is recommended for all women from

ages 50 to 75 using a 3D mammogram. The various

societies have disagreement with how often to screen

between the ages of 40 and 50, and the interval of

screening (every one or two years). Much depends on

family history.”

It is estimated that over 3,000 women fall into this

recommended screening age range, yet Boundary

County still lags behind the rest of the state in the

number of annual breast cancer screenings.

As a radiologic technologist who specializes in

mammography, Amber Allen, RT(R)(M) often hears

from women coming in for their first mammograms

that they are terrified of the machine. “There are so

many jokes about the process of getting a mammogram,

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says Ms. Allen. “However, a lot of women take these

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In some situations, the radiologist may

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Variety is familiar to the Pacific

Northwest. The changing seasons

inspire adaptation throughout the

year, with Northwest residents

welcoming the change in routine, activity, attire,

and of course, cuisine.

Washington and Idaho are home to restaurants

that embrace the flavors of the ever-changing

Northwest, from its lush vegetation to the beautiful

landscapes that provide memorable mealtime

settings. Among countless Northwest-owned

restaurants, there are a few innovative menus,

breathtaking waterfront views and carefully

crafted atmospheres that stand out among the rest.

Foodies who thrive when eating local and making

each meal an experience can take in the full flavor

of the Northwest with these unique restaurants.

Gig Harbor, Washington

BRIX 25. Highlighting seasonal flavors, Brix 25

defines its menu as “rustic and refined,” with an

ever-changing Northwest-based menu guided

by the expertise of chef and owner Thad Lyman.

With an intimate space, the restaurant values

experience, invention and variety. Its stunning

waterfront views allow visitors the opportunity

to enjoy its unique selections and handcrafted

cocktails while taking in the peacefulness of the

harbor itself. HarborBrix.com

MARKETPLACE GRILLE. Marketplace Grille

is a hidden gem with Caribbean flare and cuisine

you won't find anywhere else. Here, guests will

enjoy exceptional service and small dining

complemented by a view of Mt. Rainier and the

head of the bay. If you're not looking closely,

you may actually walk past it and miss it the first

time! This is a great local haunt with amazing

personality. Come as you are because all are

welcome by co-owner Carlene from Trinidad.

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OCCASIONS COFFEE AND CREPES. If crepes

is what you desire, look no further. Tucked into

the Franciscan Medical Building, these owners

know how to feed your sweet or savory side! At

Occasions Coffee and Crepes, don't miss their

seasonal Northwest specials paired with one of

their hand-crafted espresso drinks. Take it to go

to enjoy on the waterfront or to your favorite spot

in Gig Harbor. And don’t forget to browse the

selection of unique gifts in the shop while waiting

for your order. OccasionsCoffeeandCrepes.com

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Coeur d’Alene, Idaho

MIDTOWN BLUEBIRD. A locally owned restaurant with a bistro flair,

offering creative farm-to-table brunch, lunch and dinner, the Midtown

Bluebird is a favorite in the heart of Coeur d’Alene’s rising Midtown

neighborhood. With menu items ranging from Cougar Gold mac n’

cheese and tater tot poutine to po’boys and burgers, the Bluebird is a

warming, inviting hotspot perfect for enjoying a comforting meal or

even a morning mimosa, if you happen to catch their holiday weekend

brunch. MidtownBluebird.com

315 CUISINE. Central to Coeur d’Alene’s downtown core, the 315

occupies the main floor of the Greenbriar Inn, listed on the National

Registry of Historic Places. Restored since its build yet maintaining an

elegant antique feel, the setting provides space for guests to enjoy the

best of all seasons, with a deck overlooking a patio and garden for the

summer months and fireplaces maintaining warmth throughout the

winter. Highlights of a visit to the 315 often include a beverage from its

unique martini bar, enjoying a meal in a private garden setting, and a

menu fit for varying levels of appetite, featuring rich tapas, entrées and

salads. 315Cuisine.com

Sandpoint, Idaho

TRINITY AT CITY BEACH. Pair a prime waterfront location on the

shores of Lake Pend Oreille with fresh, full-service dining and you have

Trinity at City Beach. Open seven days a week for breakfast, lunch and

dinner, Trinity provides experiences ranging from prime rib and filet

mignon in a private dining room to fish and chips and poutine in the

lounge, which often hosts live music and community events. With a full

bar overlooking their lakefront vista, Trinity provides ample opportunity

to take in the lake while enjoying a meal, a crafted beverage and live

entertainment. TrinityatCityBeach.com

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41 SOUTH. Another option to dine alongside the gorgeous Lake

Pend Oreille is located in the romantic Lodge at Sandpoint. A fullservice

restaurant, bar and lounge with lakefront dining, wood-burning

fireplaces, an extensive wine list, Forty-One South prides itself on quality

and hospitality. Patrons can take in the sunset while enjoying cuisine like

chicken marsala, filet mignon, quinoa pilaf or shrimp risotto. With a

full bar and lounge, guests can treat themselves to a fun cocktail and a

memorable experience. Those taking a full day on the lake can feel free

to dock up before dining—the restaurant offers over 20 boat slips in the

summer months. 41SouthSandpoint.com

Bonners Ferry, Idaho

TWO TONE'S CAFÉ. This casual upscale restaurant can be found in

Bonners Ferry, just 30 minutes south of the Canadian border. At Two

Tone's, owner Tony Fleck, a veteran of the United State Marine Corp,

holds true to their motto to "love people, love food, love life." A world of

flavors abounds here, including those Northwest flavors so many love.

Think Huckleberry Crispy Chicken (huckleberries are Idaho's state

fruit!) or the Chipotle Barbecue Salmon.

Guests can choose to dine indoors, where each table features a different

local/national/international theme under the glass tops; or outside in

"The Secret Garden" on the patio, adorned with white lights hanging

overhead and koi pond with water fountain, where live music plays

weekends during the summer months, as well as the occasional outdoor

movie. The added touch of heaters allows for diners to enjoy a meal

outdoors throughout the fall and spring months. And if you didn't think

you could love this place any more, they offer a 10 percent discount for

veterans, law enforcement and school teachers. TwoTonesCafe.com


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The New Face of Dining Out

HOW NORTHWEST RESTAURANTS ARE REDEFINING THE FACE OF

TRADITIONAL RESTAURANT DINING

by ABIGAIL THORPE

If COVID-19 has altered many things in our day-to-day lives, perhaps one most noticeable in our social lives is the restaurant scene. New laws

and concerns over protecting the health of both patrons and staff have completely changed the way we dine out, perhaps forever. But this doesn’t

mean the changes are all for the worse. To face the challenges of the times, restaurants have had to adapt—in many ways just to stay alive, but

also to redefine and expand what we traditionally think of as “going out.”

In many ways it has blurred the lines between cooking at home or dining out. From more spacious dining rooms to expanded outdoor seating, creative

dining concepts and food trucks, our Northwest restaurateurs have redefined the experience of eating out. Here are some of the ways they’ve brought

positive change to an industry that is currently facing so many hurdles.

MEAL KITS - When restaurants completely closed down to dine-in options during the pandemic, many responded with creative take-home meal

kit options for individuals and families to prepare meals (or cocktails) at home. Addo in Seattle sold sought-after tasting menus (booked in advance)

before COVID-19. Owner and chef Eric Rivera quickly pivoted to an innovative new meal kit delivery program: He’d deliver the ingredients and

groceries, and “diners” could jump on zoom to learn how to prepare the meal together. The meal kit trend has continued, and they still offer a Chef ’s

Choice Five Course Dinner at Home option.

But it’s not just family or five course meal kits that are hitting the menu—make-at-home cocktail kits have become standard for many restaurants in

the Northwest, particularly as restaurants experience early closing hours or limited on-premise dining and alcohol consumption.

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FOOD TRUCKS - Food trucks have been having a

moment for a while, and COVID has only stoked that

fire. With limited guest/staff interaction and a naturally

socially distanced outdoor environment, food trucks

provide the perfect option to dine out of home, typically

on the cheap. You can find them springing up everywhere

throughout towns and cities in the Northwest—like

Prairie Pavilion in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, an outdoor food

truck court where customers can source everything from

burritos and coffee to tacos, pizzas and healthy eats.

Even drive-up food truck options became the solution

for fair food lovers looking to get their fix in face of a

canceled North Idaho Fair: Fair Food Fix allowed visitors

to drive-up to all of their favorite fair food vendors for a

safe fill of their once-a-year fix.

DRIVE-THROUGH CONCEPTS FOR FINE

DINING - In many areas, fine dining establishments had

to change their offerings, and fast. But the results in many

cases were (and still are) positive. Canlis in Seattle shut

down its dining room in March—recognizing fine dining

was not what Seattle needed. Instead, they offered drivethrough

bagel and breakfast sandwiches in the morning,

and burgers, salads and ice-cream in the afternoon

and evenings.

Today, you can find family meal kits available from

the beloved fine-dining establishment, along with the

Crab Shack—an outdoor restaurant in their parking

lot featuring buckets of crabs and “copious amounts of

hand sanitizer.”

PRE-ORDER AND MOBILE OPTIONS - Mobile has

completely transformed the way we transact business at

restaurants—from mobile ordering apps for everything

from your favorite local coffee (think the Joe Coffee

app for all you Evans Brothers fans) to full dinners, it’s

never been easier to order food to go in advance. Even

as restaurants have started opening in-house dining, the

mobile trend has carried into the establishment. Rather

than waste paper menus that have to be thrown away

after each use, many restaurants—like Pend d’Oreille

Winery in Sandpoint—are opting for digital barcode

menu options people only need a smartphone to access.

MERGED DINING CONCEPTS - A new concept of

dining that benefits a local nonprofit is taking center

stage in Spokane: Bark, a Rescue Pub was opened by the

owner of Nectar Catering and Events. Patrons can enjoy

a meal and a cocktail while meeting their future best fur

friend at the world’s first concept combination restaurant

with a pet adoption service, in partnership with the

Spokane Humane Society. This concept of merging

dining experiences with other experiences is something

people look for more and more: not just a night out, but

a unique experience.

OUTDOOR EXPANSION - Outdoor dining is having

a moment—a big moment. From expanding seating

into parking lots and vacant lots, to adding new outdoor

spaces, restaurants are looking for ways to keep the

experience outdoors—particularly in establishments

currently not offering indoor dining. At places like

Matchwood Brewing in Sandpoint, patrons came to

expect (and love) the large outdoor space that allowed

the brews and food to still flow while indoor seating was still closed. With winter

approaching, many restaurants are finding ways to keep the outdoors alive: from

covered patios to heat lamps and igloos, and everything in between.

TAKEOUT AND DELIVERY - Takeout and delivery are here to stay. They’ve become

a staple in our diet, and even restaurants that didn’t used to offer takeout options now

offer some type of take-home, even if the menu is more limited or ever-changing.

The dining experience we knew before has changed—and still is evolving before our

eyes. But with all of the chaos, change and uncertainty, one thing is for sure: Restaurants

will find a way to keep our stomachs full and our hearts happy, one way or another.

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Halloween Treats

THE SPOOKY SEASON SHINES THROUGH IN THESE EASY-TO-MAKE CREATIONS

In October, yards begin to brown and creepy decorations begin to pop up as the end of the month draws

closer. Many families look forward to creating a spooky environment both inside and out during the

Halloween season. Your treats, dinners and snacks can also be seasonally adjusted, giving some of the most

basic staples a Halloween twist.

by COLIN ANDERSON

Cookie Monsters

If you prefer cookies to caramel

apples, then creating your own cookie

monsters can be equally as fun. Sugar

cookies are probably the easiest if you

want to draw spooky faces in icing, but

don’t be afraid to think outside the box

as well. Try making a cookie sandwich

with melted chocolate forming a mouth

and candy corn for teeth. Add a couple

of google eyes to the top cookie, and

you’re sure to get a smile out of someone

when you start passing around these

little monsters.

Mummies in a

Blanket

What kid, or adult for that matter,

doesn’t enjoy the occasional pigs in a

blanket for breakfast, or lunch … or

dinner? The simple comfort food recipe

can be easily tweaked for the Halloween

season. Wrap your sausage or hot dog,

leaving a small amount of the meat

showing at one end. Place a tiny dab

of cream cheese or frosting to serve

as the eye socket and peppercorns,

chocolate chips, raisins or other small

round objects for the eyes. The kiddos

are sure to smile when you inform them

mummy is on the menu tonight.

Caramel Apples

Fall is apple season across our region,

and whether you get them from the

store or pick your own at one of the

many family friendly orchards, there

are countless ways to turn this tasty

fruit into a decadent dessert. A fun

afternoon with the kids involves setting

up a creation station of sorts. Lay

out the caramel and/or chocolate for

them to choose, then let them proceed

to the decorations. Crushed nuts,

spices, sprinkles, frosting, gummies

and ground-up candy bars can all be

applied. As these last many days, kids

can make several at a time and share

with family—or at least spread out the

sugar rush over a few days.

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Get your spooky-on

this Halloween!

Mini Pumpkins/

Gourds

Sometimes overlooked, smaller

decorative pumpkins can also serve a

unique purpose other than a simple fall

decoration. Choose a mini-pumpkin

or gourd of your liking, one still large

enough to carve a face or decoration

into. When your mini jack-o-lantern

is complete, use it as a home office

decoration, seasonal pin cushion or pen

holder, or even pop the top off its head

and use it as a secret stash of your own

Halloween goodies. They also make

a great seasonal centerpiece for your

dining room table.

Mummy Crackers

If you need a slight break from the

sweets, take that charcuterie board up a

notch with these fun mummy crackers.

Use a background of pepperoni or other

cured meats, even a pepper jelly, on top

of your favorite party cracker. Use a

white or lightly colored cheese and layer

it on the cracker to look like bandages,

then melt them slightly. Finally, use

blueberries, olives or peppercorns

for the eyes and you’ve got yourself

one gourmet mummy. This method

can also be done if you make your

own homemade pizza, with each slice

serving as an individual mummy.

Slasher Cakes

For many, Halloween is the only time

of year where you gain enough courage

to sit through a classic slasher movie.

To help get you through, how about a

few mutilated cupcakes to help ease the

tension? Harkin your inner bad guy and

carve up that light colored frosting with

streaky red marks. Outline Jason’s mask

or Freddie’s fingers, the Texas chainsaw,

or Sidney Prescott’s stalker. As you dim

the lights and sit a little closer to that

person next to you, these little treats

will serve as a bit of comfort before the

scares start.

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GET AWAY WITH A FALL VISIT

TO LOPEZ ISLAND

The most rural of the three major San Juan Islands

By Marguerite Cleveland

The minute you board the Washington State Ferry in Anacortes heading toward Lopez Island, your stress begins to slip away.

Lopez Island is less visited than its larger neighbors Orcas and San Juan Island. Rolling farmlands, woods and open spaces with

views for miles draw visitors to the island who want to disconnect and relax. It is known as the friendliest of the San Juan Islands,

with a local custom of waving to passing cars. There are less restaurants, shops and businesses on Lopez Island, but the tradeoff

is worth it for less people. Plan to spend your time taking quiet walks with public access to beaches and forests, or just reading and relaxing.

To get to Lopez Island, take a Washington State Ferry from Anacortes, Washington. Make sure to make a ferry reservation—and note that

you cannot make a reservation for your return trip. Plan to allow time on your last day to wait in the ferry line. Weather in the fall can be

anywhere from warm and sunny to wet and cold, so be sure to plan accordingly.

Where to Stay

The best place to stay on the island, with the most amenities, is the Lopez Islander Resort, which overlooks the scenic Fisherman Bay. The

on-site restaurant offers waterfront dining and is known for its prime rib and fresh seafood dishes. There is a variety of lodging options

from hotel rooms to vacation home rentals. Camping is available at the resort as well as a full-service marina. All have access to the heated

swimming pool and jacuzzi. If you decide you don’t want to drive your car, you can park it in the resort’s parking lot and walk or bike onto

the ferry. You can arrange a complimentary shuttle pickup with the resort. The location is convenient to Lopez Village, which is home to

most of the shopping and restaurants on the island.

Where to Eat

There are a limited number of restaurants on the island, and the summer of 2020 was a tough one as COVID-19 wreaked havoc on their peak

season. The two well-known restaurants in Lopez Village only offer takeout at this time. The Islander Bar and Grill at the Lopez Islander

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REFERRED TO AS “THE HEART OF LOPEZ,”

LOPEZ HILL IS A PACIFIC NORTHWEST

RAINFOREST THAT GIVES YOU A SENSE OF

BEING ISOLATED FROM CIVILIZATION.

Resort is open for dine-in or takeout, and is a good option if you prefer

a sit-down meal.

One restaurant that has adjusted is Ursa Minor. “When our dining room

was forced to close in mid-March, we knew that our survival depended

upon our immediate action. We quickly pivoted our business model

depending on what our customers needed at that exact moment in time.

We soon realized that our business would never be the same,” said coowner

Nova Askue. “Beautifully plated conceptual dishes just didn't

seem appropriate at the time, so we launched 'Comfort Food To-Go';

comforting meals for uncertain times. Something we had thought would

only be temporary lasted 16 weeks, and to this day we are still serving up

fried chicken to-go.”

They have also paired with Holly B’s Bakery, using her sweet corn cookies

with their Ursa Minor house-made ice cream to create the ultimate ice

cream sandwich. They strive to source locally and support island farmers

as much as possible.

Haven Kitchen and Bar has a lovely waterfront view from its location in

Lopez Village. It is known for its imaginative menu filled with a variety of

dishes to include local ingredients and fresh seafood with international

influences. They also offer fresh in-house baked goods.

What to Do

Lopez Village is the commercial heart of the island and has a grocery

store, pharmacy and an organic grocery. There are some cute shops,

galleries, a coffee shop and a bakery. Grab a coffee and wander through

the shops in this waterfront hamlet at a leisurely pace. Everything seems

to just slow down on island time.

Before you head out to Lopez, call and book a time to pick up some local

wine at Lopez Island Vineyards. At this time, the tasting room is closed,

but you can see the grounds when you pick up your wine. Owner Brent

Charnley is one of the original pioneers of Washington wine. The first

winery in the San Juan Islands, he and his wife Maggie have organically

grown grapes on their land for over 30 years. Don’t miss the Madeleine

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The Speci f ics

For more information, visit the San Juan Islands

Official Visitors’ site, VisitSanJuanIslands.com

or the Lopez Island Chamber of Commerce site,

LopezIsland.com for updates on COVID-19 and what

is open. Typically, many restaurants and some

businesses are closed early in the week. Make sure

to verify hours and make reservations for hotels and

restaurants.

WHERE TO STAY

Lopez Islander Resort - LopezFun.com

WHERE TO EAT

Ursa Minor - UrsaMinorLopez.com (take-out only)

Haven Kitchen and Bar - LopezHaven.com

WHAT TO DO

Lopez Island Vineyards - LopezIslandVineyards.com

Lopez Hill - LopezHill.org

Angevine and Siegerrebe varietals, both estate

grown. In 2017, the Madeleine Angevine made The

Seattle Times list of the top 50 wines of the year.

You can’t visit the island without planning to spend

some time outside. Lopez is popular to cycle, as it

offers some of the easiest terrain in the area. Think

sloping country lanes with no traffic and wide-open

spaces. In the fall, you will need to bring your own

bicycle, as no rentals are available outside of the

summer season.

Hiking is a joy with so many options. In addition

to a state park, there are a variety of local parks.

One must-do hike is the Shark Reef Sanctuary. It

is tucked away on the west side of the island. The

1-mile round-trip hike begins in a forest before

opening on a bluff overlooking a rocky shoreline

with absolutely stunning views. Seal and sea lion

sightings are common. It is well worth the short

trek.

Another great outdoor space is the Watmough Bay

Preserve. Park in the lot and follow the trail leading

right to the beach. The protected natural bay is

calm and secluded with a smooth, rocky beach

surrounded by natural stone cliffs. What strikes most people when they

visit is how quiet it is. It is a lovely space to explore, even on a rainy day.

Referred to as “The Heart of Lopez,” Lopez Hill is a Pacific Northwest

rainforest that gives you a sense of being isolated from civilization though

just a short distance to homes and roads. There are 4 miles of primitive

trails with limited signage, but it is pretty easy to keep on the trail. It is the

place locals visit to renew their spirits.

When traveling during the COVID-19 pandemic it is important to have

safe practices during this time. Make reservations for everything you can.

Check the Visitors’ websites for your destination for updates. Call your

lodging a day or two before you travel for specific information as well as

any business on your “must see” list. Wear a mask and wash or sanitize your

hands often. Travel with a few extra provisions in case the situation changes

so you will have something to ear. Lastly, spend what you can to help these

small local businesses survive.

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APPLE CRISP AND HOMEMADE

VANILLA BEAN ICE CREAM

Recipe & Photo Courtesy of Tina VanDenHeuvel, NTP

You can follow Tina @madebetterforyou on Instagram

INGREDIENTS: APPLE CRISP

10 cups apples, peeled and sliced (Granny Smith, Pink Lady or MacIntosh)

Juice from 1 lemon

1/2 cup Lakanto Maple Syrup or liquid sweetener of choice

1 tsp. vanilla

1 tsp. cinnamon

1/2 tsp. Himalayan salt

1 tsp. xanthan gum

1 1/2 cups almond meal

1 cup rolled oats

1/2 cup chopped pecans

1/2 cup Lakanto gold sweetener (brown sugar substitute)

1 tsp. cinnamon

1/2 tsp. nutmeg

1/4 tsp. baking soda

1/4 tsp. baking powder

1/2 cup melted ghee (clarified butter)

METHOD:

Apple Filling:

• Wash, core, peel and slice apples into a large bowl.

• Add lemon juice, maple syrup, vanilla, cinnamon, salt and xanthan gum

to the apples and mix well.

• Pour apple mixture in a 9x13 baking dish.

Crisp Topping:

• In a separate mixing bowl, mix together the almond meal, oats, pecans,

Lakanto sweetener, cinnamon, nutmeg, baking soda and baking powder.

• Add melted ghee and mix until crumbly using a fork.

• Crumble the topping mixture over the apples in the baking dish.

• Bake in a 350˚ preheated oven for 45 minutes. Topping should be golden

brown. Remove from the oven and cool slightly before serving warm.

INGREDIENTS: HOMEMADE VANILLA BEAN ICE CREAM

5 organic eggs, whipped

4 cups heavy whipping cream

13.5 oz. can full fat coconut cream

1/2 cup Swerve confectioners sweetener

5 tsp. vanilla

1/2 tsp. Himalayan salt

3 whole vanilla bean pods

METHOD:

• Slice the vanilla beans in half using a sharp knife lengthwise. Using the tip

of the knife, scrape out all the vanilla bean. Set aside.

• In a large bowl, whisk eggs until scrambled. Mix in whipping cream,

coconut milk, sweetener, vanilla, salt and vanilla bean.

• Pour mixture into an ice cream maker and freeze according to the

manufacturer's directions.

• When the ice cream is firm, place in a freezer-safe container and chill for 3

to 4 hours before serving over your warm apple crisp.

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PIZZA FACTORY

If you're looking for delicious and fresh pizza in Bonners

Ferry, look no further. At Pizza Factory, they proudly serve

up delicious calzones, tasty pasta and, of course, pipinghot

pizzas, using only the freshest ingredients around.

Sit down, grab a slice (or two, or three) and dig in! Open

Sunday-Thursday 11am-9pm, Friday-Saturday 11am-

10pm. And ... they deliver!

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COMPASS GRILLE

Bonners Ferry's first food truck and winner of BF's Finest

Burger 2019. At Compass Grille, you'll find a delicious

variety of perfectly cooked burgers plus tasty wraps,

sandwiches and sides. Breakfast is back on the menu

Thursday-Saturday only with legendary biscuits & gravy,

burritos and more. Takeout, on-site dining and delivery

available Monday-Wednesday 11am-4pm and Thursday-

Saturday 6am-6pm.

208.946.3327 | Bonners Ferry

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FEIST CREEK RESTAURANT

At Feist Creek Restaurant, the delicious smells and warm

atmosphere make you feel right at home. Serving lunch and

dinner, customer favorites range from their smoked prime

rib and 25 oz. rib-eye steak to catfish and hushpuppies,

homemade fish and chips, burgers, sandwiches and more.

Full bar, pool table, outdoor seating, fish pond and their own

private waterfall make this a destination spot to remember.

You can find them open Friday-Sunday from 12pm-close.

2673 Moyie River Road | Bonners Ferry

208.267.8649

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Treat yourself to authentic Salvadoran Pupusas—the

national dish of El Salvador—or American comfort food.

Choose from a selection of pork, spinach, cheese and bean

pupusas as well as other favorites such as egg scrambles,

BLT sandwiches and steak burritos. Pair your meal with a

craft beer, soda, fresh-squeezed oj, smoothie or cup of Kona

Coffee. Dine in or take out Monday-Thursday 11am-6pm

and Friday-Saturday 11am-9pm.

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TWO TONES CAFE

Two Tones Cafe is a restaurant where guests will enjoy flavors

from around the world in dishes made using the freshest

ingredients. With menu options ranging from Asian salads

and nachos, to unique beef and chicken entrees, burgers,

salads and desserts, there's something for everyone! Indoor

and patio seating available. Open Monday-Thursday 11am-

8pm and Friday-Saturday 11am-9pm.

6536 Main Street | Bonners Ferry

208.417.304

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TAVERN AT THE LODGE

Looking to excite your taste buds? Guests will be treated

to starters like Escargot and Spanish Shrimp; new lunch

offerings to include Lamb and Beef Gyros Kabob and

Shoarito Mediterranean Burrito; more than a dozen entrees

such as Chicken Piccata, Cioppino and the 12-ounce

Ribeye; and a variety of delicious house-made soups and

salads. Open for lunch 11:30am-2pm and dinner 5-9pm

Thursday-Sunday. Reservations recommended.

5952 Main Street | Bonners Ferry

208.267.7268

CHIC-N-CHOP

At this Bonners Ferry diner, you’ll be treated to wonderful

service and an inviting, homey atmosphere where the staff

treats you like family. Known for their large portion sizes and

customer favorites like the broasted chicken, omelets, pies

and more, they’re open Tuesday-Saturday 4:30am-8pm and

Sunday 6am-2pm.

6421 Main St.| Bonners Ferry

208.267.2431

BADGER'S DEN CAFE AND

LATTE

At Badger's Den Cafe and Latte, you'll be greeted with fast,

friendly service with a smile. On the menu you'll find hearty

and delicious breakfast and lunch items, a variety of specialty

coffee drinks, smoothies and more! In a hurry? There's a driveup

window for your convenience. A stop at this restaurant is a

must for locals and visitors alike!

6551 S. Main St. | Bonners Ferry

208.267.1486

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WOK-A-MOLÉ

Have a craving for delicious ethnic food? At Wok-a-Molé,

you can sample from an eclectic mix of Filipino, Japanese and

Mexican food! From fresh Shanghai Lumpia Rolls, Pansit with

shrimp, pork or chicken, Yakisoba and Kung Pao Chicken

to Verde Chicken Enchiladas, Pork Carnita Tacos and more,

there's something to satisfy the tastes of everyone in the family!

Serving breakfast, lunch and dinner with takeout, dine-in or

outdoor seating available. Open Monday-Saturday 5:30am-8pm.

6664 Main Street | Bonners Ferry

208.267.2019

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GRAMA J'S BEIGNETS

Experience a trademark taste of New Orleans, where

you’ll find Grama J serving up freshly made beignets,

plain or in classic breakfast styles, and delicious crepes

both sweet and savory, as well as fresh authentic chicory

coffee and hand-drawn espressos. Linger over your

meal while reading on a comfy couch or playing board

games in front of the fireplace in her cozy dining room.

Open Thursday-Sunday from 7am-3pm.

6371 Kootenai Street | Bonners Ferry

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Check out what is going

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VOLUNTEERS

NEEDED!

The Pearl Theater needs community support to reopen its doors

and entertain audiences

By Jillian Chandler

“WE’RE ANXIOUS TO REOPEN AND ARE ACTIVELY WORKING

TOWARD MAKING THAT HAPPEN,” Jessica Tingley, board

president of the Pearl Theater, stated in mid-September.

On Wednesday, September 16, the Pearl Theater Board met to

formally vote on reopening the venue and return to its normal

schedule. Unfortunately, the evening resulted with the decision

to postpone the reopening.

"As an all volunteer organization, we rely on unpaid volunteers

to plan and staff all our events, and we just don’t have enough

volunteers at this time," states Jessica. “We’ll keep working on

recruiting volunteers, but for now we’ll remain closed.”

Though this news may come as a disappointment, staff and

volunteers have worked hard to prepare the Pearl for the day it

will reopen, which is sure to be met with much excitement!

“We've had a busy summer at the Pearl between working on

building maintenance and upkeep, plus renting it out for private

events,” says Jessica. “We were very lucky that an individual

rented the Pearl for an entire month, which was a real financial

blessing. It also gave us an opportunity to reconnect with our

dedicated volunteers and to do a serious, deep cleaning and

continue to work on a comprehensive reopening plan that

complied with Phase 4 requirements.”

Jessica notes that the closure of the Pearl over the past six

months has been disappointing to their members—especially

for new members. Memberships have been automatically

extended for six months, and they have some special benefits

planned for renewing members, including a new VIP program.

“While it is disappointing to remain closed, the safety and

comfort of our volunteers and patrons remains our top priority,”

she affirms.

Some virtual events are in the works, and the Pearl is available

for rent for anyone wanting to put on a show themselves.

“I think everyone is really looking forward to seeing the familiar

faces that have been greatly missed for the last six months. We

can't wait to fill the Pearl with live music, movies, and of course

Nora's amazing sweet treats in the cafe!” smiles Jessica.

The Pearl Theater is located at 7160 Ash Street. For up-to-date

information, visit ThePearlTheater.org, call 208.610.2846, email

info@thepearltheater.org or follow The Pearl Theater

on Facebook.

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CUSTOMER APPRECIATION & LAST DAY

farmers' market season is coming to an end this month here

in Bonners Ferry, so be sure to mark your calendars for Saturday,

October 3, for the Bonners Ferry Farmers' Market Customer

Appreciation and final day of the season’s market! From 8am to

1pm, head to City Parking Lot to shop local while supporting our

area farmers and artisans; a perfect way to spend a fall day in North

Idaho. And be sure to stock up on all that fresh veggies and fruits for

those warm fall stews and baked goods. As always, there’s sure to be

some entertainment and excitement to show the market and vendors’

appreciation to all of the customers who continue to show their

support each week, year after year. Thank you to all in the community

for a wonderful 40th year of the Bonners Ferry Farmers’ Market.

THE KOOTENAI FOREST STAKEHOLDERS

COALITION COMMUNITY DISCUSSION

The Kootenai Forest Stakeholders Coalition is hosting a series of

community discussions over the next few weeks. Mark your calendars

for Wednesday, October 14, to attend a one-hour focus group led by

the Kootenai Forest Stakeholders Coalition nearby in Libby, Montana.

The coalition wants to hear from you! Held 5:30 to 6:30pm at

Riverfront Park, this is an opportunity to discuss the Kootenai forest

Stakeholders Coaltition’s relationships with our public lands and

learn about different community member’s perspectives on public

lands. Valuing new ideas and common ground that can come from

bringing people with different experiences together for conversation,

the discussion will include open-ended questions about how you

spend time in the Kootenai, what you like about the mountains and

forests, and what you think the future could look like for your town.

Space is limited. To attend, register online at EventBrite.com.

FORAGE & GRAZING SCHOOL

Hay and cattle production are widespread in North Idaho, with

over 50,000 acres harvested for hay each year and in inventory

of over 70,000 head of cattle. Held at the Sandpoint Organic Ag

Center (10881 North Boyer Road in Sandpoint) on Wednesday,

October 21, 9am to 3pm, those interested in the latest research

and innovative tools for managing forages and grazing, including

pasture evaluation, fertility, irrigation, weed and pest control,

and marketing, will want to register to attend Forage & Grazing

School. For a reduced fee of just $10, the class includes resource

materials, snacks and lunch. Pesticide recertification credits will be

available. For additional information, including upcoming classes,

visit UIdaho.edu/extension/county/boundary.

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CAUTION!

Deer-Vehicle Collisions

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