February 2021 Bonners Ferry Living Local

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February 2021 Bonners Ferry Living Local

FEBRUARY 2021

LIVING LOCAL

BE

GOOD

TO

YOURSELF

must

read!

INTRODUCING SPACEX

Major milestones reached, supported by

the expertise of Bonners Ferry native

pg.18

DESSERT

DASH

Funds raised to benefit

Fry Healthcare Foundation

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Kiersten Patterson Photography, SpaceX, Jake Katz

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To celebrate the season, Bonners Ferry Living Local is excited to announce our Show the Love giveaway!

In partnership with the many generous businesses that can be found throughout our community, you don’t

want to miss out on the opportunity to walk away with the grand prize - a beautiful gift basket!

Now through Friday, February 12, the community is encouraged to share why they love Bonners Ferry and

what makes this place so special to them. And you can enter in just two easy steps!

Step 1

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Just two days before Valentine’s Day, a winner will be chosen randomly from all of those who participated/

commented via social media. This incredible gift basket has something for everyone and is filled with all the

amazing things our town has to offer.

From gift cards to specialty merchandise, local businesses are sharing the love with one lucky winner. This

specialty gift basket will be filled with a variety of items from generous businesses to include Mojo’s Coffee,

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on new journeys, take this month as an

opportunity to focus on not only the love

you show others, but yourself.

Self-love is too often overlooked. But if we

don’t nurture our own bodies, minds and

spirits, exemplifying love for ourselves,

how can we possibly extend love to those

around us?

In this issue, we have put together content

that focuses on self-care and how important

it is that we dedicate time for ourselves.

The happier we are with ourselves and our

own lives, the easier it is to extend that joy

beyond ourselves and share it with those

we care for.

There are many things surrounding us on

a daily basis that are out of our control,

yet we have complete control over how we

treat ourselves.

This month, it’s up to you to choose how you

celebrate life and love. Whether you treat

yourself to solo dinner or a spa day, spend

Valentine’s weekend with your significant

other or family, or opt to surround yourself

with your dearest friends, love will always

be in the air wherever you go—as long as

you’re dedicating time and attention to

loving yourself first.

May love fill your life not just on Valentine’s

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FEBRUARY 2021

must

read!

INTRODUCING SPACEX

Major milestones reached, supported by

the expertise of Bonners Ferry native

LIVING LOCAL

BE

GOOD

TO

YOURSELF

pg.18

DESSERT

DASH

Funds raised to benefit

Fry Healthcare Foundation

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ABOUT THE COVER

OUR FEBRUARY ISSUE OF BONNERS FERRY

LIVING LOCAL celebrates self-love, self-care

and happiness, and what better picture to capture

that feeling than a photo of a girl and her horse

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Avery Pluid, who participates in sports, 4-H

and FFA, graces this month's cover, taken by

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CONTENTS

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ESSENTIALS

Create A New Look in Your Kitchen or Bath: It’s as

simple as replacing your hardware

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IN FOCUS

Golden Guernsey Goodness: A look inside

Bonner County’s only grade A cow dairy

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GOOD NEWS

Bid at this Year’s Dessert Dash! Funds raised to

benefit Fry Healthcare Foundation

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LIFE & COMMUNITY

In the Business of Joy: A soap company inspired by

North Idaho

30

BUSINESS SPOTLIGHT

Iron Mikes' Family Fitness: Supporting a

healthy community

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LIFE & COMMUNITY

A support group for mothers and mothers to be

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ATHLETE OF THE MONTH

Ridge Williams, sophomore, Bonners Ferry

High School

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FEATURE STORY

Introducing SpaceX: Major milestones reached,

supported by the expertise of Bonners Ferry native


sneak peek into February ...

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WEEKEND DESTINATIONS

Drivable destinations to relax solo, with a

bestie or with your partner this February

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FEATURED RECIPE

Shepherd’s Pie: A savory yet healthy take on this

classic recipe

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HEALTH & LIFESTYLE

Happiness: Good medicine for the heart

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YOUR TASTING

ADVENTURE AWAITS!

Take a seat at one of the area’s tasting rooms

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FOOD & DRINK

Your local guide to the tastiest hot spots

around town

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BE GOOD TO YOURSELF

Strategies for self-love

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TRAVEL & LEISURE

Park City, Utah: A flight in the morning and hitting the

slopes by afternoon

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FUN & ENTERTAINMENT

Don't miss out on the fun virtual, and inperson,

events happening this month

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Create A New Look in Your Kitchen or Bath

IT’S AS SIMPLE AS REPLACING YOUR HARDWARE

By Nikki Luttmann, Seven Bee Interiors

For Sandpoint Furniture, Carpet One and Selkirk Glass and Cabinets

One of the quickest and easiest ways to update a tired kitchen

or bath is with the addition or change of cabinetry hardware.

It seems like a small thing, but often small changes can make

a big impact. If you, like so many people in our area, have a

house from the building boom in the early 2000s, you may have a kitchen

full of the ubiquitous “golden oak” cabinets. Popular through the 1980s

and 1990s, here in North Idaho and beyond, the golden oak era reigned

supreme well into the new millennium, as some local builders were

slower to pick up on new trends.

If your cabinetry is in good shape, but just looks a little dated, switching

or adding hardware will update your look. If your cabinets are newer, but

lack hardware, I recommend adding it ASAP. Hardware—cabinet handles

and pulls—extends the life of your cabinetry by protecting it from greasy

fingers and dirt, but also from fingernails, which are particularly harmful

to the finish on painted cabinets.

Cabinetry hardware is one of the most fun—but also daunting—finishes

to choose for your home. There are so many options available in both

finishes and style that it can be difficult to choose. Just remember, with

this element of your home, go for function in your most used spaces, like

kitchens or master baths, and have a little more fun in places that require

less use, like a powder bath or wet bar.

For finish ideas, look to your existing light fixtures. Do you have oilrubbed-bronze

(ORB) pendant lights in the kitchen? Then ORB or black

hardware might be the right choice for your cabinetry hardware. Satin

nickel vanity light in your bathroom? Satin nickel or pewter might work

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If your cabinetry is in good shape, but just looks a little

dated, switching or adding hardware will update your look.

for your cabinetry. However, that said, mixing metal finishes is usually just fine!

One of my favorite kitchens included copper pulls on the painted dark gray

perimeter of the kitchen, and black pulls on the cherry wood island. It made for

a fun and playful contrast, but also balanced out the two looks.

My advice is to go to a showroom and take a look at the hardware in person.

Wrap your hand around the pulls and knobs that you like to make sure they

are comfortable in your hand. If you still aren’t sure, purchase one piece to

take home to see how it looks in your space. Remember, if you are replacing

hardware, then it is easiest to match your existing drilled holes in your cabinet.

Bring an existing pull with you to make sure you are getting the right size. It

can be trickier to measure these than you might think, so making sure they

match exactly is an important step.

Selkirk Glass and Cabinets in Ponderay has a wide array of hardware to choose

from, and the sales staff there can help you find the right size and shape to suit

your needs. As well, they are introducing Rocky Mountain Hardware—a line

of luxury hardware with an iconic, rustic look—for both doors and cabinetry.

Stop in and take a look!

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PUSHING THROUGH MOST PEOPLE’S

NO. 1 FEAR

HOW TO RESPOND WHEN THAT VOICE INSIDE WHISPERS, “WE’RE NOT GOOD ENOUGH”

ByTrish Buzzone

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Recently, a friend interviewed a successful

marketing company CEO named Tomo

about how he got his start as a writer and

marketer. During the conversation, Tomo shared

a valuable lesson he learned early in his career that

still inspires him today.

As a young adult writing for smaller, local

businesses, Tomo demonstrated a talent for

creating relatable, targeted marketing campaigns

and ad copy. His success led to an offer from a

larger firm. Tomo jumped at the opportunity,

though he wondered if, maybe, he would be in

over his head.

“I had been at the new job a few days, enough time

to meet everyone, get acclimated, help out with a

project or two. I came in one morning to find my

first solo assignment waiting for me. They wanted

me to write an eBook. I had never written an

eBook. In fact, I had no idea how to write any kind

of book. So, I sat there, reading the assignment

over and over again, feeling the fear build up

inside me.

“I wasn’t afraid of failing. I had failed before and

learned from those failures. My fear was someone

finding out I didn’t know what I was doing. In that

moment, it felt like everything I had accomplished

before didn’t matter, because I was too focused on

what I’d never done.

“I sat there, staring at the blank page on my

computer screen, debating my next move. I could

just leave. If I left, they would never find out.

Tempting, but I knew giving into my fear would

mean losing that opportunity, and probably others.

“So, I gathered my courage and walked to my

colleague’s desk. Over his 30-year career, Dave had

seen it all. I was a little in awe, wondering how to

tell him what I was thinking, when I heard myself

blurt out: ‘They asked me to write a book, and I

have no idea how!’

“Dave smiled, offered some direction to get me

started, and said, ‘Just begin. You’ll figure it out.’

Then Dave shared a quote that, he said, resonated

with him; and it has certainly helped me through

some rough spots over the years:

‘It took me 15 years to discover I had no talent for

writing, but I couldn’t give up … by that time I was

too successful.’

“Because of my fear of being found out, it took me

a long time to realize, and longer to accept, that

everyone already knew I didn’t know everything,

and that was okay. They saw me face challenges,

and they respected me for overcoming them; knew

my shortcomings and appreciated the quality of

my work. They cared about who I was and what

I did. I earned their trust by living my values and

growing through each new challenge. I didn’t need

to fear being found out, because they already knew

me. That awareness led to so much freedom.

“Today, more than 20 years later, my business is

growing, and I sometimes wonder if there will

come a time when it’s too big for me. Then, I

remind myself that as long as I keep growing, keep

investing in myself and in others, our team will be

who we need to be to realize our greater vision.”

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BID AT THIS YEAR’S DESSERT DASH!

Funds raised to benefit Fry Healthcare Foundation

By Jillian Chandler

“COVID MIGHT KEEP US

FROM GATHERING FOR

OUR ANNUAL FESTIVAL

OF HEARTS EVENT, BUT

IT CAN’T TAKE AWAY

THE IMPORTANCE OF

CONTINUED FUNDRAISING

FOR OUR SMALL

COMMUNITY HOSPITAL,

NOR CAN IT DAMPEN OUR

COMMUNITY’S GIVING

SPIRIT!”

Each year, the Fry Healthcare Foundation

(FHF) hosts its annual Festival of Hearts

Gala. This is always a much-anticipated

event for the community to come together

to enjoy a wonderful dinner and auction while

showing their support for the foundation.

Due to continuing COVID-19 restrictions, the

annual gala will not be able to be held in person,

but there is good news! Instead, the Fry Healthcare

Foundation Board of Directors has decided to bring

their gala favorite Dessert Dash to the community in

a fun, socially distanced way at this year’s Festival of

Hearts Cupid’s Dessert Dash Raffle.

“COVID might keep us from gathering for our

annual Festival of Hearts event, but it can’t take away

the importance of continued fundraising for our

small community hospital, nor can it dampen our

community’s giving spirit!” affirms Lauren Kuczka,

marketing and community relations for the Fry

Healthcare Foundation.

FHF will be raising funds in 2021 to purchase a new

surgical table at a cost of more than $26,000. While

the current refurbished surgery table has served its

purpose over the last 15 years, it limits the ability

of the Boundary Community Hospital Surgery

Department to meet the current needs.

“We want to expand our local surgery capabilities

and services for the community,” says Surgery

Manager April Bennett, MSN RN. “A new surgical

table will allow our surgeons the ability to perform

more complex procedures with added features

like dynamic positioning and the ability to have a

clear view for X-rays while performing orthopedic

procedures.”

In the past three years alone, FHF has been able to

purchase a Bipap Ventilator ($7,000) that has been

used extensively during COVID; provided $56,000 in

funding that went toward the new 3D Mammogram;

and purchased heart monitors ($70,000) that are used

throughout the Boundary County Hospital. “These

are just a few of the capabilities that the Fry Healthcare

Foundation has been able to fund through these past

several years, and we are committed to continuing

this support into the future through our fundraising

efforts,” affirms Teresa Rae, Fry Healthcare treasurer,

board member and Festival of Hearts director.

Since its inaugural event in 2017, the Festival of

Hearts has raised more than $150,000. “Prior to

Festival of Hearts, we hosted Festival of Trees for 20

years and raised over $1 million that helped fund

equipment and projects that benefited the health care

that Boundary County residents receive,” says Teresa.

“I would encourage the community to still participate

because any donation made to our hospital ultimately

affects the level of care we provide to our county

residents. Just because we can't host the actual event

in person doesn't mean the need still doesn't exist.”

Tickets went on sale January 21, with ticket sales

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continuing through Thursday, February 11. That

same day, Grand Prize winners and Dessert Dash

winners will be selected. According to Lauren,

there are three grand prizes and 26 (as of press

time) dessert-dash confections that will be raffled

off, with “dashers” getting to choose and pick up

their desserts at 4pm on Friday, February 12, at

Riverside Auto Center.

“All of our delectable desserts have been crafted

by local businesses and individuals who are wellknown

for their luscious confections, and our

grand prizes have been donated by local businesses

that always generously support our Annual Festival

of Hearts event,” shares Lauren.

Some of the participating businesses who have

graciously agreed to donate include Kootenai River

Inn, Soul Shine, Mugsy’s and Northwoods Tavern,

along with some of the best and renowned bakers

in the county. “This will make the ‘dash’ part of

this event fun and interesting, as winners have to

actually choose which dessert to take home,” shares

Teresa.

There’s sure to be a dessert to please any palate, from

cheesecakes and carrot cakes, gourmet cupcakes

and scrumptious pies, as well as other outstanding

dessert selections. The three top prizes, ranging

in value from $200 to $600, have been donated by

Kootenai River Inn, Super 1 Foods and Sugarplum

Floral.

“We would not be who we are without the support

of our volunteers,” says Teresa. “We would like to

thank Phyllis Karnes and Jenny Fessler for serving

on the Fry Healthcare Board for several years, and

a special thank you and recognition to Blanche

Studer, who has served on the Fry Healthcare

Board for over 15 years. Again, thank you to these

ladies for being the biggest advocates for the Fry

Healthcare Foundation and Boundary Community

Hospital, and we wish you the best as you move on

to your next adventures!

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“We would also like to welcome Dennis Dinning

and Ray Spencer to the Fry Healthcare Foundation

and know that they will be welcome additions to

our fundraising efforts as we move into 2021 and

beyond.”

Follow the Fry Healthcare Foundation Facebook

page each day, now through February 11,

for the featured luscious desserts so you can

decide which one you want to "dash" for

if you win. Tickets are available from Fry

Healthcare Foundation Board Members for a

donation of $10 each. Call 208.267.6912 or visit

BoundaryCommunityHospital.org/foundation for

more information.

Raised in Bonners Ferry,

Serving North Idaho

“We would like to thank our community for

their unwavering support of the Fry Healthcare

Foundation,” smiles Teresa. “We can't do what we

do without your generous support, and together

we can make a difference in addressing our county

resident's health-care needs.”

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A SUPPORT GROUP FOR MOTHERS AND MOTHERS TO BE

BONNERS FERRY’S BREASTFEEDING SUPPORT & MOTHERING GROUP

By Jillian Chandler

Motherhood. It is one of the most rewarding and selfless choices a

woman can make—but it can also be filled with stress, confusion

and overwhelm. Fortunately, here in our small town of Bonners

Ferry, there is a special group dedicated to those mothers and mothers to

be, offering a community of support and encouragement for those women

seeking a supportive and understanding group.

It was about four years ago that a support group for breastfeeding moms

was introduced in Bonners Ferry—today it is not just a support group for

breastfeeding moms, but all moms.

The first Tuesday of every month, starting at 4pm, moms are invited to

join other moms in the community in the back room of the Chic-n-Chop.

Here, these women come together to find a listening ear and offer words

of encouragement to those in the group.

This is a safe and supportive place for

breastfeeding mothers, pregnant mamas or

any moms who need support with young

children.

You can always find midwives Lori Sabin

and Katherine Cowell in attendance and

leading the group, who are joined by

anywhere from two to a dozen moms,

along with their infants and toddlers, at

these monthly sessions. Due to the current

pandemic, the usual winter colds and

people being extra cautious, groups have

been fairly small and intimate; a wonderful

time to join in and get acquainted with

other moms in the area.

“We feel it is very

important for women to

have community, support,

the opportunity to make

friends with other mothers,

and ask questions without

judgment or fear."

The group encourages those interested in attending to stop in, and those

who join will have the opportunity to:

Meet other local moms.

Ask breastfeeding questions.

Discuss your concerns.

Share tips for breastfeeding success.

Hear advice from midwives on various topics.

And more!

“We feel it is very important for women to have community, support, the

opportunity to make friends with other mothers, and ask questions without

judgment or fear,” says Lori. “Most of us who are leading have raised our

own kids and have lots of experiences.”

Registration is not required to attend. For

those interested in learning more about the

group and for additional information, you are

welcome to call Lori Sabin at 208.627.3558 or

Katherine Cowell at 208.267.3431.

As they say, it takes a village. Let the

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be part of your village. “We don’t want these

moms to feel alone. We want women to feel

supported and encouraged and in a safe place

to share,” says Lori.

Bring your baby and join this wonderful

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IN THE BUSINESS

OF JOY

A soap company inspired by

North Idaho

By Abigail Thorpe

THE MOST EXCITING

PART OF ANY PROJECT IS

SEEING AN IDEA IN HER

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TO BRING THAT VISION

TO FRUITION THROUGH

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Judith Miller has always wanted her business to

be about joy—bringing joy to her customers

through wonderful products, reflecting joy in

the community, and finding her own joy through

doing what she loves most.

Miller was raised in Bonners Ferry—her parents moved

here from the Silver Valley in 1960. It’s a place she not only

calls home but where she’s developed a deep love of the

land, of North Idaho and of the beauty that surrounds her.

Since she was a young girl, she always loved gardening,

flowers and the beauty of nature. Color, texture and

fragrance particularly spoke to her, and she remembers

trying to make perfume from roses and plants as a child.

Ultimately, this young love would translate into her

business and passion: Wildwood Soap Company.

Due to her sensitive skin, Miller could never use grocery

soap, as most everything except baby shampoo irritated

her skin. “I learned to make soap so I could be in control

of what I washed with, and it soon became an artistic

passion as well,” she recalls. “Soap has been a great way

to blend my love of plants and gardens, art and science.”

Handmade soap is Miller’s number one product in the

store—and the item she enjoys making most. Her soaps

come both scented and unscented, and she focuses on

making mild, gentle soaps that are beautiful and luxurious

to use. She loves to create patterns and themes in her

creations, ones that celebrate the beauty of North Idaho

and the natural world.

“My Northern Lights soap, for example—dreaming of

a night in the northern summer garden; or Thunder

Shower—evoking the cooling drama of a sudden summer

storm; or the frothy swirls of Waterfall,” says Miller. For

her, the most exciting part of any project is seeing an idea

in her head and being able to bring that vision to fruition

through vibrant colors and delightful scents.

In addition to soaps, Wildwood Soap Company offers lip

balms, creams and moisturizers, and solid shampoo and

conditioner that is handmade and perfect for sensitive

skin. A former art teacher in the community, Miller’s

creative outlet is now her shop and skin-care creations.

Between producing her soaps and skin-care items, she

spends her free time gardening as a way to “recharge my

creative batteries,” as she says.

She’s currently working on some new soaps for spring,

testing fresh new scents in order to be ready before the

spring farmers market opens. For Miller, the ultimate gift

is seeing her customers happy. If she can make a product

her customers love and find useful, she’s fulfilled.

And just in time for February, Miller has some special

scents and products that are a perfect little treat for

yourself or someone special on Valentine’s Day. “Sweet

treats like the Thousand Roses moisturizer, scented with

Damask rose wax, and fragrant soaps like Roses, Lilac or

Lemon Cream are popular this time of year,” she explains.

Wildwood Soap Company products are available at the

Bonners Ferry Farmers Market in spring, summer and

fall, or on the online store at WildwoodSoap.com.

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Bonners Ferry sophomore Ridge

Williams is busy with athletics all

throughout the school year. After

varsity basketball, Ridge moves

onto track and field in the spring. This past

fall he decided to compete at soccer as well.

His effort clearly showed, as it was his first

season on the team, and he was awarded Most

Improved Player at the end of the season.

While he still has a couple more years in each

sport, a special win before high school is still

one of his favorite memories. “Winning our

eighth-grade basketball tournament versus

Sandpoint, that was great,” said Ridge.

Research has shown that students who play

multiple sports often improve and become

better at their favored sport than if they

just focus their attention on training for a

single sport throughout the year. In soccer,

Ridge works on endurance, foot work and

critical thinking. Basketball is all about

quick movements, eye/hand coordination,

working on set plays and anticipating his

teammates’ movements. In track, he can

focus on individual goals, strength, precision

and speed.

For Ridge, being around like-minded athletes

on various teams, as well as the challenge

of competition, is what it’s all about. “I like

playing basketball with my teammates and

also really enjoy the sport of basketball and

the daily competition,” he said.

Ridge puts a great amount of effort into

his studies as well, no matter the subject.

He currently carries a 4.0 GPA and will

work hard to maintain strong academics

while balancing his athletic and other life

commitments. He hopes to get a look from a

college and continue an athletic career at the

next level in the not too distant future.

Ridge can envision himself working in

athletics as a career or possibly in the real

estate world—something equally competitive.

No matter what he decides, he’s committed to

working hard to achieve it.

“One life lesson I’ve learned is that if you

work hard in anything then you will get

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GOLDEN GUERNSEY GOODNESS

A LOOK INSIDE BONNER COUNTY’S ONLY

GRADE A COW DAIRY

BY ABIGAIL THORPE

Drive down Dufort Road in Sagle, and

tucked back in off a side road you’ll

find Pleasant Meadow Creamery, a

family owned, family run dairy that

produces milk the gold old-fashioned way, and

where the cows still graze freely in the fields. It’s

Bonner and Kootenai counties’ only grade A

cow dairy, and as you drive up you can glimpse

the Guernsey cows roaming contentedly in one

of the several open fields.

The Herndon family owns and runs the dairy,

which first started back in 2011 with one

Guernsey cow, a commercial castoff from

Lynden, Washington. But before she arrived, a

dairy farm, and indeed cows themselves, weren’t

in the picture at all.

The Herndons moved from Colorado to South

Sandpoint in 2004 and, the following year,

discovered 20 acres out in Sagle that was mostly

flat, wooded and had a stream running through

it—the perfect place to build their home. That

spring they moved onto the property and built

the first barn and an apartment above to live

in, and in 2006, they introduced goats to the

family acreage for personal milk. But there were

two drawbacks to goats. One, when you have a

surplus of milk, no one wants it. Second, they

only milk five or six months out of the year with

any volume. And so entered the first Herndon

family cow.

Soon she was producing too much for the

family to consume, and they started selling to

friends in Ball half-gallon jars. By the time their

first Guernsey arrived, the family had added an

additional 20 acres to their land and needed a

cow to graze it. Soon, that one cow would grow

to several, and those 40 acres became Pleasant

Meadow Creamery.

The Herndons were selling in one store under

the Idaho Small Herd Exemption, and their

raw guernsey milk was gaining traction—they

couldn’t produce enough for demand. Today,

they milk 17 cows, with six additional cows in

line to join over the next year and a half.

They are now a licensed Grade A Idaho dairy

and will have their organic certification by the

end of this summer. Their ladies still graze out

on the fertile soil every day, and you can find

Pleasant Meadow Creamery milk in multiple

stores throughout Bonner, Boundary and

Kootenai counties.

The entire family works the farm—Paul and his

wife Debra and their son and three daughters.

The family is up and out the door of the main

house Paul built in 2010 at 5:45am every

morning. “Our lives are seven days per week

and at least 12 hours per day, between our

multiple jobs and school. There is little time for

recreation in a family dairy, but we do love what

we do and derive pleasure from it,” says Paul.

Each family member has a specific job. Paul

handles providing hay on hay days—certified

organic clover/grass hay that they produce on

a leased 20 acres and has the same nutrients as

the fresh grass the cows graze in summer. He’s

also responsible for managing the herd—any

breeding that needs to be done, natural health

care for the cows and keeping detailed records

of everything. When he’s not wandering the

fields or one of the several barns or buildings he

built from the ground up, he’s upstairs working

at his private CPA practice, a trained eye always

on the fields analyzing the cows’ behavior.

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remain organic, as one antibiotic or inorganic

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each morning and plans for bottling on their

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On these days, bottling starts around 7:30am,

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production facility—which Paul, of course, built himself, including all

of the electrical, two books in hand, teaching himself the process from

start to finish, just like he did dairy farming—you can see the herd of

Guernseys wandering the frozen fields. One of them, Lava, enjoying the

warmth of the barn while paying two friendly calves a visit.

Each member of the herd is like a family friend. They all have names—

if you watch closely as they’re mentioned, they’ll turn their head and

look at you as if they know you’re talking about them. The family chose

Guernseys because they have a reputation for producing the highest

quality, best-tasting milk, and they graze their cows because it produces a

better tasting milk that is healthier for consumption. The fresh grass helps

produce a better combination of fatty acids in the milk, making it better

for human health, and the results show. Lab analysis has shown the milk

is higher in fat percentage, protein, enzymes, and has a better balance of

omega 3 and 6 than conventional milk.

“The testimony of our customers is what proves to us that this is a

product that is special,” explains Paul. “First and foremost, the number

one compliment is that this is the best-tasting milk people have ever had.

The second biggest compliment comes from people who had given up

drinking milk believing it was incompatible with their bodies—until they

tried ours and discovered it was quite compatible.”

Their organic processes extend to the fields, where they adhere not only

to the standards, but the principles of being organic. “All human health

starts in the soil,” believes Paul. “On our farm, the wildlife, from soil on

up, has increased year after year. It is a joy to be such a mecca of wild bugs,

birds, plants and animals, in addition to the farm animals. It is symbiosis.”

You’ll always find Pleasant Meadow in a glass bottle, partly to keep plastic

from landfills and oceans, and partly because the glass helps preserve the

delicious flavor of the raw, unpasteurized milk, which is more palatable

and beneficial for human digestion and health than homogenized,

pasteurized milk. And the family can’t keep their milk on the shelves of

the 12 retail stores they stock.

“What is most rewarding are the accolades on the quality of the product

we receive from our customers,” explains Paul. “The reason we do this

is because it is so well received. If it was not, we would easily be doing

something else. Praise on the quality is what keeps us continuing to do the

incredibly hard work.”

You can find their milk in Yoke’s, Winter Ridge, and all of the Super 1

Foods from Bonners Ferry to Post Falls, as well as at Pilgrim’s Market in

Coeur d’Alene and Only Local in Westmond. You’ll notice a soft golden

hue to the milk—a result of the beta carotene from grass passing directly

into the fat of the animal and into the milk—and the reason they call it

“Golden Guernsey Goodness.”

You can find out more about Pleasant Meadow Creamery on their website

at PleasantMeadowCreamery.com.

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SUPPORTING

A HEALTHY

COMMUNITY

Local fitness center encourages well-being

and unity

By Jillian Chandler

IRON MIKE’S FAMILY FITNESS

64450 Hwy 2

Bonners Ferry, Idaho 83805

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“I know that I can only affect so

many people, but I also know

that the more people that I try to

help will in turn help others."

Everyone has been affected by the continuing pandemic in one way or another,

and now, more than ever, it is important to practice self-love, taking time to

focus on ourselves. For those who are looking for an outlet and tools to uplift

their spirits while also shedding a few of those COVID pounds, then look no

further than Iron Mike's Family Fitness in Bonners Ferry!

Owner Mike Davis and his team are excited to announce that they will be orchestrating

a Wellness and Weight Loss competition to aid in shedding those “COVID” pounds

gained during the pandemic. Prizes will be handed out at the end of the 12-week

challenge, “but the largest prizes will have to wait until one year from the start date

to help our participating clients achieve permanent change,” shares Mike. To find out

more, give them a call or stop in today.

Iron Mike’s

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"For those concerned about COVID and going into public, we can do the competition

virtually as well," adds Mike.

Mike Davis is a well-known name here in the Bonners Ferry. Living in Boundary

County his entire life, he has had the privilege of being able to build a community

within our larger community through his gym, Iron Mike’s Family Fitness. Here,

people of all ages and abilities are invited to come together with the ultimate goal of

wellness.

For more than 27 years, Iron Mike’s Gym has been dedicated to doing its part in creating

a healthier and happier community—and along the way, building an atmosphere

of camaraderie. From the open gym to private training sessions and instructor-led

classes, Iron Mike’s Family Fitness offers something for everyone.

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Work out using state-of-the-art strength training and cardiovascular

training equipment that is maintained with a great deal of care. Members’

health and protection always come first. They have over 50 sanitization

stations for members to use and an employee daily sanitization routine. A

variety of group fitness classes are offered, including Spinning, Aerobics,

Boot Camp/Body Blast, Zumba, Yoga and more. “All classes are easily

scalable, whether a first-time exerciser or lifelong gym-goer,” affirms Mike.

Members who are unable to make instructor-based classes can take

advantage of Fitness on Demand—Iron Mike’s virtual instructor-led

classes. Clients can select from more than 300 pre-recorded classes from a

kiosk, ranging from Mind Body stretching and meditation to Kickboxing

and Strength Training. The class is presented on a 65-inch screen.

For those wanting an individualized approach via one-on-one training,

personal training options are available as well. (Every new client is offered

a free one-on-one training session. During this session, one of Iron Mike’s

experienced trainers develops a personalized program for the client,

working around injuries and toward the client’s desired goals.)

“We try our hardest to take intimidation out of the equation,” says Mike.

“We feel everybody has their own thought of the exercise experience and

want to show them that the hardest part of it all is coming through our

door for the first time.”

knee pain, back pain or other ailment and putting together a plan to help

them get healthy and well again—with a doctor’s clearance of course.

In addition to fitness, Iron Mike’s also provides nutritional guidance, as

they like to focus on all aspects of their clients’ health.

For those seniors in our community who are looking for a place to exercise

their bodies and spirits, there are senior citizen supplemental insurance

companies out there that will pay for your gym memberships. At Iron

Mike’s, they offer Silver and Fit, Silver Sneakers, Active and Fit, and Renew

Active—all of which pay the member’s gym fees 100 percent!

Through Iron Mike’s Family Fitness, he is able to share his knowledge

and passion for health, and he is grateful to his local community, who has

embraced him and the work he does. “I truly believe I owe all of my success

to the community that we serve. The support from this community has

been overwhelming,” he shares. “I know that I can only affect so many

people, but I also know that the more people that I try to help will in turn

help others—kind of like network marketing, just with health and fitness.”

Helping people accomplish things they believed they couldn’t is what Mike

finds truly fulfilling about the work he does through Iron Mike’s Family

Fitness. “With the right plan and guidance, it is so incredible what the

human body is capable of doing.”

Mike particularly enjoys rehabilitative fitness; taking a client experiencing

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INTRODUCING

SPACEX

MAJOR MILESTONES REACHED, SUPPORTED BY

THE EXPERTISE OF BONNERS FERRY NATIVE

BY TAYLOR SHILLAM

Space Exploration Technologies Corporation, or SpaceX,

began with a billionaire’s dream of transporting humans to

Mars.

Founded in the early 2000s by investor and business guru Elon

Musk, the forward-thinking company has been behind a number of

revolutionary firsts and major milestones in its first two decades as a

company.

According to CNET, Musk’s venture into the realm of space was rooted

in the intention to buy a rocket as a publicity stunt to reignite the world’s

excitement for space. The vision that began with a plan to purchase a

Russian rocket turned into finding a way to build his own, with Musk’s

creation of SpaceX.

SpaceX is the only private company that has returned a spacecraft from

low-Earth orbit—and its achievements don’t stop there.

The company’s big victories began in 2008, when it became the first

privately funded group to put a payload in Earth’s orbit. Its Falcon 1

rocket orbited Earth for the first time on September 28 of that year,

paving the way for Falcon 9, its nine-engine version of the original

Falcon.

The first orbital class rocket capable of preflight, the Falcon 9 is a

reusable, two-stage rocket designed and manufactured for the reliable

and safe transport of payloads (meaning people, satellites or cargo,

typically measured in terms of weight) into Earth’s orbit and beyond.

The two-stage Falcon 9 rocket is unique in its ability to transport

its carrying load into orbit, then have its first stage return to Earth.

Traditionally, a rocket’s stages are due to the high amount of fuel required

to launch a rocket; once the first stage has emptied its fuel, it detaches

and returns to Earth, allowing the second stage to continue on without

the excess weight.

An orbital rocket that has been used to launch satellites for a number of

purposes and resupply the International Space Station, the Falcon 9 has

now flown over 80 missions.

Weighing over 1.2 million pounds, the Falcon 9 is nearly 230 feet tall and

12 feet in diameter. According to SpaceX, the rocket’s nine engines are

gradually throttled near the end of first-stage flight, to limit acceleration

as the rocket’s mass decreases with the burning of fuel. The engines are

also used to decelerate the vehicle at landing time.

The rocket has four landing legs, made from state-of-the-art fiber

placed symmetrically around the base of the rocket to deploy just before

landing.

The Falcon 9’s successful upright landing and recovery in December

2015 was a major win for SpaceX, as that first safe and successful landing

paved the way for the creation of the final version of Falcon 9: the Block 5

Falcon 9 rocket, designed to be refurbished for reuse of up to 100 times.

According to Time, reusable, recoverable rocket stages that can touch

down on dry land have been a topic of discussion for decades, with the

goal to reduce costs and bring speed to turnaround time, but SpaceX was

the first to successfully make the concept a reality.

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SpaceX’s rockets are streamlined in terms of engine

design and production; helping to reduce costs and

outsourcing, as a majority of the company’s parts are

produced on its own factory floor.

Why the focus on reusability? It’s what allows SpaceX to

supply the most expensive parts of the rocket, in turn

driving down the cost of space access and potentially

breaking barriers to taking space travel further than it’s

ever been.

The majority of rockets are designed to burn up on

reentry, but SpaceX rockets can withstand reentry, to

successfully return to Earth with the ability to fly again.

Most of the cost from launching a rocket comes from

building it; and historically, most rockets have only

flown one time. SpaceX believes that a fully, rapidly

reusable rocket is the required “pivotal breakthrough” to

substantially reduce the cost of space access.

According to SpaceX, a commercial airplane costs

about the same to build as the Falcon 9 rocket, but will

typically fly multiple times per day and conduct tens

of thousands of flights over its lifetime. By their logic,

if following the commercial model, a rapidly reusable

space launch vehicle could significantly reduce the cost

of traveling to space.

Making any margin of progress in the realm of rocketry

is significant, and SpaceX is in the business of redefining

successful space transport.

In May of 2020, the company’s Crew Dragon capsule,

perched atop the Falcon 9 rocket, transported NASA

astronauts to space. Launching from the Kennedy Space

Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida, it was SpaceX’s

first ever human-spaceflight launch. The May 30, 2020

mission also marked the first U.S. rocket launch with a

crew of astronauts since 2011, when the shuttle era came

to an end.

Many of SpaceX’s earlier milestones led up to last year’s

successful launch.

In 2008, the Falcon 1 became the first privately developed

fuel rocket to reach the Earth’s orbit. In 2012, the Dragon

spacecraft became the first commercial spacecraft to

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With 108 total launches,

71 landings and 50

reflow rockets, SpaceX

continues to move

forward and innovate,

operating with their

chief mission in mind:

making humanity multiplanetary.


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deliver cargo to and from the International Space

Station. Then in 2015, the Falcon 9 rocket achieved

the first-ever orbital class rocket landing, delivering

11 communication satellites to orbit.

It’s easy for successes within the realm of space

transport and rocketry to feel like tales from another

planet. However, a connection to the works of SpaceX

can be found closer to home in Bonners Ferry native

Jacob Katz, a senior guidance and navigation control

engineer for the company.

The 2003 Bonners Ferry High School graduate has

helped make possible the launch of several successful

missions on behalf of SpaceX. Katz graduated from

MIT, having studied aeronautics and astronautics

before joining the company.

Katz brought to SpaceX a unique background in both

software development and engineering. After a string

of unique internship opportunities including one

with Jeff Bezos’ Seattle-based company Blue Origin,

and successfully launching an international Robotics

league with his father as a PhD student, Katz quickly

became well-rounded in his field.

The Falcon 9 missions and milestones have garnered

a lot of media attention through the years, and Katz’s

expertise has supported him in being involved in

the navigation, trajectory and completion of several

milestone flights.

Young aspiring scientists can find inspiration in Katz’s

success, a testament to the heights one can reach with

a passion for their craft and a dedication to continue

learning.

Katz was raised by teachers—his parents Ed and

Jill Katz—and always wanted to learn more about

the mechanics of how things work. Recalling an

impressive simulation of a space shuttle crew mission

in his fifth grade class, he remains thankful for the

teachers who invested their time in opening his eyes

up to the world.

“It’s so valuable to support the school system,” Katz

said, emphasizing his gratitude for the opportunities

he was provided by great educators he encountered

along the way to SpaceX—his father included.

Katz contributed to the two astronauts successfully

landing with the first flight of the Crew Dragon

in May, and a second trip completed with four

astronauts in November 2020.

With 108 total launches, 71 landings and 50 reflow

rockets, SpaceX continues to move forward and

innovate, operating with their chief mission in mind:

making humanity multi-planetary.

Musk, who has famously co-founded the major

companies PayPal, Tesla Motors, and solar energy

company Solar City, had no formal training in

rocketry but has unsurprisingly found success with

his creation of SpaceX, which holds its own among

established companies like Boeing.

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Musk was the winner of this year’s Axel

Springer Award, given by the media and tech

company to innovative personalities who

generate change and influence culture. The

award recognizes achievement and encourages

continued progress.

The award-winning founder has a big vision

for the company, having shared at the awards

broadcast that he believes SpaceX can start

sending humans to Mars by 2026, at the latest.

Musk has discussed setting his sights on Mars

on several occasions, with many eager to find

out if his estimated frame is realistic.

At a distance of about 140 million miles away,

Mars is one of Earth’s closest neighbors. “It’s

a little cold, but we can warm it up,” SpaceX

states on their website, describing the distance

from Mars to the sun being about 1.5 times the

distance between the Earth and sun.

SpaceX plans to create a reusable transportation

system capable of an orbit refueling and

leveraging Mars’ natural H20 and C02

resources to refuel on the surface of Mars. The

company states they are working on the next

generation of fully reusable launch vehicles that

will be the most powerful ever built, capable of

carrying humans to the red planet and other

space bound destinations.

Today, the Starship, a combination of their

Starship spacecraft and Super Heavy rocket,

represents a “fully reusable transportation

When innovative

minds and

revolutionary,

forward-thinking

technology are

combined, there is

truly no telling

what distances can be

reached.

system designed to carry both crew and cargo

to Earth orbit, the Moon, Mars and beyond,”

SpaceX described, noting the vehicle’s ability to

carry over 100 metric tons to Earth orbit.

Starship 8 successfully launched and landed

on December 8, 2020, showing promise for the

model’s future endeavors.

To see SpaceX vehicles in action, visit SpaceX.

com or the company’s YouTube channel for

videos of each Falcon 9 and Falcon Heavy

flights. Each launch is broadcast live online,

with the launch schedule continuously updated

on the Twitter feeds of both SpaceX and Musk.

When innovative minds and revolutionary,

forward-thinking technology are combined,

there is truly no telling what distances can be

reached.

“It’s about believing in the future and thinking

that the future will be better than the past,”

Musk has said to describe his vision. “And I

can’t think of anything more exciting than

going out there and being among the stars.”

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HAPPINESS

Good medicine for the heart

By Patti Duscher, RRT, Cardiopulmonary Manager

Boundary Community Hospital

Is your glass half full or half empty? How you answer that question

could affect your heart.

Just as negative emotions such as depression, anger and hostility are

risk factors for heart attack and stroke, happiness seems to protect the

heart. A growing body of evidence suggests that optimism is associated

with better heart health and lower risk of heart disease. In 2017 a study

of 70,021 older women found that the women with the highest levels of

optimism had 38 percent lower risk of death from heart disease and 39

percent lower risk of stroke-related death after eight years than those with

a more negative attitude.

Researchers in another study followed 1,739 healthy adults living in Nova

Scotia for 10 years to determine whether attitudes affected their health. At

the start of the study, trained professionals assessed the participants’ degree

of expression of negative emotions like depression, hostility and anxiety,

and positive emotions such as joy, happiness and excitement.

According to Karin W. Davidson, PhD of Columbia University Medical

Center, “We wanted to find out if positive affect, the tendency toward

expression of positive emotions, is protective. Naturally happy people

certainly do experience depression and other negative emotions from time

to time, but this is usually situational and transient. From previous studies

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THINK RED!

February marks the month we celebrate Valentine’s Day. Celebrate the

season of love by incorporating rich red foods into your Valentine’s Day.

From the Valentine staple of strawberries, to cherries, red bell peppers,

red onions and tomatoes, not only do these foods pack great flavor but

are filled with vitamins and antioxidants. And don’t forget that glass of

red wine, which helps to keep the heart healthy.

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it is known that negative emotion is predictive

of heart disease.”

After accounting for known heart disease risk

factors, the researchers found that the happiest

people were 22 percent less likely to develop

heart disease over the 10 years of follow-up.

People with the most negative emotions had

the highest risk for heart disease, and people

who scored highest for happiness had the

lowest risk.

Davidson says, “It is just speculation at

this point, but there are several possible

explanations for how happiness may protect

the heart. These include:

• Healthier lifestyle: Happy people tend to

sleep better, eat better, smoke less and get more

exercise. All these things lower heart disease

risk.

• Physiological impact: Happiness may produce

a host of positive chemical changes—such as a

reduction in stress hormones—that are good

for the heart.

• Genetic influences: It could be that people

who are predisposed to happiness are also

predisposed to have fewer heart attacks.”

It was long believed that you were either born

naturally happy or not happy, regardless of life

events. But this view has changed in recent

years as more becomes known about the

science of happiness.

University of Michigan Professor of Medicine,

Bertram Pitt, MD cites numerous strategies

that could help naturally negative people

become happier, including:

• Expressing gratitude regularly

• Practicing optimism

• Engaging in acts of kindness

• Savoring joyful events

• Practicing forgiveness

• Exercising regularly

After this past year, with all the changes

that have happened to our lives due to the

pandemic, we each need to devote at least 15 or

20 minutes a day to doing something enjoyable

and relaxing. Make sure this activity is not the

first thing to be abandoned on a busy day or

when life gets in the way.

How did that song go? Don’t worry, be happy

now.

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Cardiology paper “Positive Psychological Well-

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e good to

Yourself

STRATEGIES FOR SELF-LOVE

by TAYLOR SHILLAM

February, the month so often associated with love, is the perfect

time to direct some of that love back to yourself.

It’s often easier to give love away than to receive love, let alone

provide it for ourselves. Self-love can sound like a cliché term or

an unnecessary notion, but in reality, it’s an essential component of

living well. The more we give and the busier we get, the more critical

it becomes to prioritize time to refill our own cup.

While you’re connecting with loved ones this month, remember to

keep a strong connection to yourself. A bit of daily self-love can go a

long way—below are a few simple ways to incorporate self-love this

month and beyond.

Listen to yourself. Self-love starts with the way you speak to yourself.

If your inward thoughts don’t mirror the supportive, constructive

way you would speak to someone you care about, it’s time to shift

your perspective.

Changing the tone of your inner dialogue to be kinder and more

uplifting can quickly help you feel more loved and inspired. Thoughts

are powerful foundations that shape your outlook. Be intentional in

building a healthy foundation for yourself.

In addition to positive thoughts, take regular inventory of your

mental and physical well-being. Take note if you’re feeling stressed,

overwhelmed, tired or in a rut—all signs to slow down, recharge and

reevaluate.

Pay just as much attention when you feel uplifted, recharged and

positive, so you can spend more time on what ignites those feelings

in you.

Treat your body like the valuable vessel it is. Part of loving yourself

is celebrating all the incredible things your body does for you each

day. Prioritizing care for the most valuable vessel you’ll ever have is a

critical component of self-love.

Keep mood-boosting endorphins flowing by identifying the forms

of movement that make you feel good and doing them on a regular

basis. Your muscles, joints and happy hormones will thank you for

the regular breath of fresh air.

Daily consumption of the whole foods that energize and fuel you,

while including the foods you love and crave, encourages a balanced,

sustainable approach to fueling your body.

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When you eat well and move often in a

healthy balance, it doesn’t take long to start

glowing from the inside out.

Nourish healthy relationships. Pay attention

to the people who make you feel more loved,

more appreciated and more like yourself.

Healthy relationships can boost your selflove,

simply through the love you receive

from those key people in your life. Whether

that circle is large or small, quality is what

matters most.

On the flip side, identify the relationships

that don’t serve you. Take the time to identify

toxic relationships that could be in your life—

relationships that feel one-sided, bring more

negative qualities than positive, or that you’ve

simply outgrown.

Prioritizing yourself can mean re-prioritizing

who you spend your time and energy on by

setting healthy boundaries or stepping away

from the relationships that keep you from

your best, happiest self.

Leave your comfort zone. Fill yourself with

confidence and cultivate a healthy level

of self-trust by taking a step outside your

comfort zone. Give yourself the opportunity

to get spontaneous, try something new, and

let go—you can learn a lot about yourself

when you let yourself get uncomfortable. An

opportunity to be vulnerable can be scary but

will give you the opportunity to grow and the

powerful knowledge that you can make it to

the other side of an uncomfortable situation.

The first step doesn’t have to be big. It can

be as small as taking yourself to dinner or

exploring a new place. Other highly doable

options include taking up a new hobby,

attending an event on your own, starting a

conversation with a stranger or sharing your

feelings with someone. Get creative—and get

closer to yourself in the process.

Get to know yourself. Never stop learning

about yourself. Every step you take toward

identifying your goals, your values what you

love in life and what you want from it takes

you closer to your happiest, most loved self.

Spend time with yourself, whether it’s a few

minutes of daily journaling or meditation, or

taking a solo adventure. The more you show

up for yourself and learn about yourself, the

more you’ll have to love.

Identify what you’re good at—and do more

of it. Doesn’t it feel great to be a master at

something? Ignite your self-esteem by using

your talents, whether it’s making a recipe

you’ve perfected, playing a sport you love

or exercising your creativity. Playing to your

talents can quickly boost your mood and

bring you back to more of what you love

about yourself.

Celebrate yourself. Life has inevitable ups

and downs that shape who we are. Self-love

includes loving every part of yourself—your

flaws, mistakes and times of challenge—and

accepting them as opportunities for growth

and strength.

So, celebrate who you are: your wins, your

losses, the experiences you’re proud of and

the lessons you’ve learned. Every piece of your

path matters, and it’s important to recognize

how far you’ve come.

As you enjoy February’s focus on love,

remember to give some back to yourself.

Love takes many forms, but one you always

keep with you should cultivate your most

important relationship: the relationship you

have with yourself.

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• During Valentine’s weekend we’ll be serving

a featured menu including the Sweetheart’s

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• Two Tones is back with our grand reopening

on February 1 - we’ll be rolling out our

revamped lunch menu, full of delicious new

additions along with our classic favorites.

• World Tour Dinners are returning! We will

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Beautiful Weekend Destinations to Unwind

DRIVABLE DESTINATIONS TO RELAX SOLO, WITH A BESTIE OR WITH YOUR PARTNER THIS FEBRUARY

by ABIGAIL THORPE

T

he middle of winter has arrived, and regardless of with whom

or how you plan to celebrate Valentine’s Day, it’s important

to treat yourself to some much-needed time away to relax,

replenish and re-energize with some good old-fashioned

self-care. You don’t have to drive far to find exciting destinations you can

unwind with a variety of amenities and activities at your fingertips, and

despite the times, many places are still offering spa and dining services

with increased health precautions.

Take the opportunity to get away this month and treat yourself to a

true weekend off. Whether it’s by yourself, with your loved one, or for a

friends’ weekend away, make this month all about pampering yourself.

Lewis Clark Valley

Nestled in the valley along the confluence of the Snake and Clearwater

rivers lies the Lewis Clark Valley along the Idaho and Washington

borders. Its location offers a particularly mild climate not far from the

snow and cold of North Idaho, with vast opportunity to explore the area

walking, biking or hiking, along with a rich wine legacy.

One of the youngest American Viticulture Areas in Idaho and

Washington, the area is no stranger to vineyards. Vines were planted

as early as 1872, but it wasn’t until recently that the area resurrected its

wine heritage. Stay at one of the many hotels, motels or inns, and explore

the 16 different vineyards and 10 wineries in the region for the ultimate

relaxing wine destination.

Coeur d’Alene Casino

You don’t have to gamble to enjoy a bit of luxury away from home.

Thirty minutes outside Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, lies the Coeur d’Alene

Casino, where luxury, relaxation and fun combine to make the perfect

weekend away. Dine from a collection of options including the fine

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dining restaurant Chinook when you stay in the cozy

rustic mountain lodge or modern spa tower, and relax

during the day at Spa Ssakwa’q’n, which is open and offers

affordable luxurious experiences for one or more including

facials, massages and body treatments. Whether you need

some time alone or are headed out for a girls’ trip, this is

the perfect spot to drop your bags and relax for the entire

weekend.

Quinn’s Hot Springs

Nothing takes the chill out of a cold winter day like a dip in

the hot springs. Not far past the Montana- Idaho border lies

Quinn’s Hot Springs, an idyllic destination that features 100

percent natural geothermal pools individually calibrated to

temperatures from 89 to 106 degrees, plus an ice pool.

Two lodges and over 25 individual cabins offer a rustic

woodland stay, and currently only guests can use the hot

springs, making for a more private, peaceful experience.

When you’re not soaking up the warmth, enjoy delicious

creations from the Harwood House Restaurant, or head

over to Quinn’s Tavern for more casual bites.

Talus Rock

One mile from downtown Sandpoint, Idaho, sits Talus Rock,

a peaceful, rustic villa nestled on 18 acres that can be rented

out in its entirety, or as individual rooms for a weekend

escape. The full-service luxury lodge is the perfect retreat

to recharge and enjoy time with friends or your partner.

Full-body massages or couple’s massages are available from

experienced, specially selected local masseuses, and guests

can enjoy a range of package options from the romance

package, to breakfast in bed or a luxurious spa basket.

Willows Lodge

Nothing says relaxation like a weekend escape at an

award-winning hotel, a visit to the spa and the best wine

in the region. Perfect for a romantic or refreshing weekend

getaway, the Willows Lodge in Washington’s Woodinville

Wine Country offers the best in Northwest luxury. The spa

at Willows Lodge provides a mini vacation for the mind,

body and spirit while you’re not out exploring and tasting

from the more than 115 top wineries and tasting rooms in

the area. While the lodge offers various restaurant options,

all dining is currently to-go and in-room, so grab a bottle

to-go and enjoy a restful night in.

Silver Mountain

Hit the slopes and then hit the Solitude Massage and Spa

for the ultimate Relaxation Retreat Package to soothe your

aches and decompress. Silver Mountain Resort in Kellogg,

Idaho, offers a little bit of something for everyone, whether

you’re getting away on your own, or the entire family is

joining. Each room includes access to the Silver Rapids

Waterpark, so while Mom and Dad relax in the spa, the

kids can have fun in the indoor waterpark. Plus, a host of

shopping and dining options mean you won’t need to leave

the entire weekend.

Whatever your winter may bring, take some time to treat

yourself this February, and take off for a weekend to restore,

replenish and rejuvenate for the months ahead.

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COEUR D’ALENE CELLARS

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Coeur d’Alene Cellars has been a staple in the Coeur d’Alene community for

nearly two decades, and owner Kimber Gates provides not only impeccable

wines but a beautiful atmosphere to accompany that glass—or bottle—of wine.

Located at 3890 North Schreiber Way, here you are invited to discover “the fine

art of wine.” Offering a full menu of their wines, guests have the option to taste

them individually or in flights, and don't forget to pair them with one of their

delicious cheese boards or truffle flights. All wines are available by the glass or

bottle to enjoy at the winery and for purchase (bottle or case) to take home.

To accompany the wine, Coeur d'Alene Cellars features live music, paint and sip

events, wine club events, winemaking and tasting experiences. Be sure to visit

their website, CdACellars.com, or call 208.664.2336 for current winery/tasting

rooms hours and up-to-date information.

CASTAWAY CELLARS

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Owners Scott and Shelly Crawford invite you to their family owned boutique

winery in downtown Coeur d'Alene. Providing guests a warm and inviting

atmosphere, take a seat in their tasting room, where your palate can explore

their well-crafted, small-batch wines created from the exceptional vineyards of

the Pacific Northwest. Guests are sure to discover delicious wines paired with

some fun and education along the way. You can find Castaway Cellars at 210

Sherman Avenue, Suite 161. For additional information, including hours, visit

CastawayCellars.com.

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PEND D’OREILLE WINERY

Located in the heart of downtown Sandpoint in the historic century-old and

beautifully restored Belwood Building at 301 Cedar Street, Pend d’Oreille

Winery is a North Idaho favorite! Celebrating more than two decades of vintning

excellence, wine tastings are offered daily, providing guests five 1-ounce pours

(pre-selected wines of the vintner's choice) or a flight of three 3-ounce pours (a

customizable tasting where you select three wines you would like to try). As the

tasting menu changes monthly, be sure to view their current tasting menu on

their website, POWine.com.

Pend d'Oreille is also well-known for their refillable growlers. Fill yours up with

their house wines or a wine from their rotating tap selection. Stop by on Friday

or Saturday evening, where live musical performances accompany the awardwinning

wines.


TAKE A SEAT AT ONE OF THE AREA’S TASTING ROOMS

by JILLIAN CHANDLER | COURTESY PHOTOS

It’s that time of year, mid-winter, when we tend to find it harder to get outside and partake in the many offerings our area

has to offer. If you’re looking for an adventure to please your palate, then a stop at one—or more!—of North Idaho’s area

wineries and tasting rooms might just be the answer. Join us on a tasting journey for a sampling of some must-visit stops.

HEART ROCK WINES

Opened in 2015 in Bonners Ferry, Heart Rock Wines is the place to go for those

local and visiting wine lovers. A visit to their tasting room, which can be found

in the Bonnerport Building at 6371 Kootenai Street, will leave you wanting more,

as they feature some of the finest wines from Idaho, Washington and Oregon,

as well as Californian, French, Italian, Spanish and Argentinian varietals and

blends. Less is more at Heart Rock wines, where they value quality over quantity.

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Throughout the year they offer wine and food pairing events, as well as live

music. Be sure to visit their website, HeartRockWines.com, or their Facebook

page for current tasting room hours.

CAMAS PRAIRIE WINERY

The tiny logging town of Bovill, Idaho, in Latah County, is home to North

Idaho's oldest winery. Established in 1983, Camas Prairie is a small boutique

winery that produces approximately 2,000 cases a year. Though they produce

all varieties of wines, there is a clear focus on Meads—using the lightest local

honeys for "a crisp, light and casual flavor." You can discover more about Camas

Prairie Winery online at CamasParirieWinery.com, or by stopping in their

tasting room, which is located at 207 Main Street.

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CLEARWATER CANYON CELLARS

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Named the 2015 Idaho Winery of the Year as well as 2020 Pacific Northwest

Winery of the Year by Wine Press Northwest, Clearwater Canyon Cellars in

Lewiston produces wine made from grapes grown within 20 miles of the winery.

Their tasting room can be found at 3143 10th Street and is open for indoor

tastings as well as curbside pickup. Coco Umiker, winemaker, and her husband

Karl, vineyard manager, are the owners, growing grapes and living as fourthgeneration

farmers on their family's land in the Lewis-Clark Valley. The next

time you find yourself in the Lewis-Clark Valley, or are looking to plan your next

tasting adventure, be sure to treat yourself to these premier wines. Find out more

at ClearwaterCanyonCellars.com.

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PARK CITY, UTAH

A flight in the morning and hitting the

slopes by afternoon

By Marguerite Cleveland

Park City, Utah, is one of the best destinations in the United States to ski—especially if you need to fly here. You can fly to Salt Lake City’s

brand-new airport, which opened in September 2020. Its oversize baggage claim utilizes state-of-the-art technology to deliver ski bags

vertically, eliminating the wait for oversize baggage. Accessing your rental car is a breeze with an entrance to the parking garage near

the baggage claim. Arrive in the morning, and after a short 35-minute drive to Park City, you can hit the slopes the same day.

Park City really does live up to its reputation as a premier winter vacation destination. Alaska Airlines offers nonstop flights from Seattle and

one-stop flights from Spokane. You can snag some great rates with their promotions. Usually, hotels and resorts are fully booked six months

out, but due to the pandemic you can still find availability and some great rates.

When you exit Interstate 80 on your way into Park City, stop at the Kimball Junction Center, the main visitor center for Park City. It’s a great spot

to get recommendations for your visit as well as exclusive offers. They even have coffee. Also in Kimball Junction is an outlet mall and shopping.

Where to Stay

Park City offers a variety of lodging types in all price points. The Sheraton Park City offers a centrally located property and is a good fit for

families. The complimentary shuttle does ski runs during the day to Park City Mountain, and in the evening runs to Main Street for dining and

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FOR A TRUE SPLURGE, HEAD UP TO

THE STEIN ERIKSEN LODGE FOR THEIR

ALPENGLOBE EXPERIENCE. IT IS LIKE

BEING INSIDE A SNOW GLOBE.

shopping. Timbers Bar and heated patio offer a complimentary après-ski

appetizer and hot beverage each afternoon, and children are welcome. The

indoor atrium pool, hot tub and sauna hit the spot after a day of skiing.

For a truly luxury stay, head to the Deer Valley Resort to stay at the

Stein Eriksen Lodge. The authentic European lodge welcomes you from

the moment you arrive with warm, crackling fireplaces and touches of

Olympian Stein Eriksen’s Norwegian heritage. With opulent dining, great

ski-in/ski-out access and a high-end spa, the lodge truly earns its Forbes

Five-Star hotel and spa rating.

What to Do

People from all over the world flock to Park City for its famed dry

powder snow, so it is no surprise the premier winter activity is skiing at

two renowned ski resorts. Park City Mountain is the largest in the United

States at over 7,300 acres. Deer Valley provides a luxury experience to their

day guests. The pricey lift tickets include free parking and complimentary

ski storage, and they limit the number of skiers on the mountain so

there are no big crowds. Spread out over six mountains, this is the place

to go for uncrowded slopes. Both properties have procedures in place

for COVID-19, and you will be required to wear a mask on the slopes.

Purchase lift tickets in advance, and those with epic passes must reserve

their ski days.

Historic Main Street is the place to be for dining and shopping. It is located

on a hill, so wear shoes or boots with a good tread, as it can be slippery in

the ice and snow. Make sure to allow time to visit the Park City Museum.

This museum covers the early mining and skiing history, as well as the

Sundance Festival. Great imaginative interactive exhibits bring that history

to life. Sit on a train bench and watch historic videos from the “windows.”

Experience being a miner and set off TNT for a simulated explosion. This

is not a large museum, but all the space is well used. Adults and children

alike will enjoy it.

Utah Olympic Park is just a short drive from downtown Park City and is

worth a visit. The main building houses two museums: the Alf Engen Ski

Museum and the Eccles Salt Lake 2002 Winter Games Museum. Admission

is free to both. Olympians from all over the world train and compete here,

so you may have an opportunity to see a competition. The museums have

some fun simulators. One lets you try your skill at ski jumping. There is

also a Winter Bobsled Experience where you hurtle down the Salt Lake

2020 Olympic Winter Games Sliding Track with a professional pilot at

the helm.

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The Speci f ics

WHERE TO STAY

Park City Sheraton - Marriott.com/hotels/travel/slcsc-sheraton-park-city

Stein Eriksen Lodge - SteinLodge.com

WHERE TO EAT

Park City Mountain - ParkCityMountain.com

Deer Valley - DeerValley.com

Park City Museum - ParkCityHistory.org

Utah Olympic Park - UtahOlympicLegacy.org

WHAT TO DO

The Eating Establishment - TheEatingEstablishment.net

Stein Lodge Alpenglobes - SteinLodge.com/dining/stein-alpenglobes

Chimayo - ChimayoRestaurant.com

Silver Star Café - TheSilverStarCafe.com

Where to Eat

Dining in Park City is a treat, and there is such a variety

at all price points. The Eating Establishment is located

on Main Street and is a must for breakfast, which you

can order all day. They have an interesting take on

traditional egg dishes. Try the loaded baked potato

omelet—it tastes as good as it sounds.

For a true splurge, head up to the Stein Eriksen Lodge

for their Alpenglobe experience. It is like being inside

a snow globe. The clear domes sit on the deck of the

Mountain Lodge and are climate controlled with a

panoramic view of Deer Valley. Absolutely stunning.

For a less expensive option, come up and enjoy

breakfast at Glitretind. The Norwegian Potato and

Bacon Pancake topped with poached eggs, Jarlsberg

cheese sauce and cranberries is a unique memorable

dish that makes it worth the drive to Deer Valley.

Chimayo is located on Main Street and is such a special

place. The service is impeccable, and the Southwestern

décor and Mexican tile floor add a cozy feel. The freshly

baked bread is served with a house-made cilantro

bread oil that elevates this humble starter. At least one

person at your table needs to order the Crown Roast

of Barbecue Spareribs. It is one of those dishes that arrives, and everyone

exclaims at the presentation. Caramelized chipotle-glazed spareribs are

rolled to give the appearance of a crown pork roast and filled with mashed

potatoes on a bed of hominy salpicon. Truly divine.

The Silver Star Café is in the Silver Star Village. You’ll want to make dinner

reservations, as it is very popular—especially with the locals. The owners

focus on their “four legs of our table”: great food, ambiance, service and

music (COVID-19 dependent). A must-try dish is the Pork Osso Bucco,

which was featured on the Food Network’s Diners, Drive-ins and Dives.

This meal has a lot going on with coconut creamed corn, nestled around

a locally sourced pork shank, and topped with fresh tomatillo salsa, cotija

cheese, cilantro and pork jus.

Two health notes: Park City has COVID-19 policies in effect to ensure your

safety. Most restaurants are open for indoor dining with limited capacity.

Shops and attractions are open as well. You must wear a mask for most

activities and maintain social distancing of 6 feet. With an elevation range

between 7,000 and 10,000 feet above sea level, you may experience some

altitude sickness for the first 48 hours if you come from lower levels. Some

symptoms include fatigue, headaches and nausea. The key is to drink lots

of water, take it easy and avoid alcohol your first day or two.

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SHEPHERD’S PIE

Recipe Courtesy of Tina VanDenHeuvel

You can follow Tina @madebetterforyou on Instagram

INGREDIENTS:

1 tbsp. avocado oil

2 tbsp. butter

2 lbs. ground beef

1 large onion

2 carrots, diced

3 celery stalks, diced

1 cup frozen peas

2 sprigs each rosemary and thyme

2 bay leaves

1 tbsp. tapioca starch

1 cup red wine

1 1/2 cups beef stock

2 tbsp. Worcestershire sauce

2 tbsp. tomato paste

For the topping:

1 large cauliflower

1/4 cup butter

1 tbsp. heavy cream

1/2 cup parmesan, shredded

METHOD:

• Heat 1 tablespoon avocado oil and 1 tablespoon butter in a large

cast-iron pot set over medium heat. Add the beef and cook until

brown. When done, remove the beef into a bowl from the pan with

a slotted spoon and set aside.

• Add the remaining tablespoon of butter to the pan and add

onions, carrots, celery and peas. Season with salt and sauté

vegetables until tender—about 10 minutes. Add the rosemary,

thyme and tapioca starch and wine. Cook until wine has reduced

to half. Add beef stock, Worcestershire sauce and tomato paste.

Cook until sauce has reduced and thickened—about 20 minutes.

Add in beef and simmer for 10 minutes. Pour into an oven-safe

dish to cool.

• In a large pot, bring 2 cups of water to a boil. Add the cauliflower

and cover with a lid to allow cauliflower to steam. Cauliflower is

done when pierced with a fork and cauliflower is soft—about 15

minutes.

• Remove cauliflower from the pot into a high-powered blender.

Add butter cream and parmesan and blend until smooth.

• Top meat with cauliflower and bake in a 350˚F preheated oven

for 30 minutes. Remove from the oven and allow to cool slightly

before serving.

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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, Friday-Saturday 11am-9pm and Sunday 2-8pm.

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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

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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

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

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

breakfast and lunch items, a variety of specialty coffee drinks,

smoothies and more! In a hurry? There's a drive-up window

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

locals and visitors alike! Open 7 days a week, 6am-2pm

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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


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 dinner 5-8:30pm Thursday-Sunday.

Reservations recommended.

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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

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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-Saturday 7am-3pm, Sunday 7am-1pm.

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SHOW THE

LOVE

VALENTINE’S DAY RAFFLE

TO BE HELD FEBRUARY 12

By Jillian Chandler

To celebrate the season, Bonners Ferry Living Local is

excited to announce our Show the Love giveaway! In

partnership with the many generous businesses that

can be found throughout our community, you don’t

want to miss out on the opportunity to walk away with

the grand prize—a beautiful gift basket!

Now through Friday, February 12, the community is encouraged to

share why they love Bonners Ferry and what makes this place so

special to them. And you can enter in just two easy steps! Step one:

Like/follow Bonners Ferry Living Local on Facebook or Instagram.

Step two: Comment why you love Bonners Ferry.

media. This incredible gift basket has something for everyone and

is filled with all the amazing things our town has to offer.

From gift cards to specialty merchandise, local businesses are

sharing the love with one lucky winner. This specialty gift basket

will be filled with a variety of items from generous businesses to

include Mojo’s Coffee, Casey the Cosmetologist, Under the Sun,

Cosmo Candies, The Dressing Room, Hummingbird Sweets, Grama

J’s Beignets, Sugar Plum Floral, Ash Street Market, My Rusty Heart

and Dot’s Country Kitchen.

Don’t miss out! Now’s the time to show your love for Bonners Ferry.

Just two days before Valentine’s Day, a winner will be chosen

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through this year’s Festival of Hearts Virtual Dessert Dash! The

online fundraising raffle kicked off last month and continues

through Thursday, February 11. This is your chance to bid on

beautifully creative and delicious desserts made by local businesses

and community members. More than two dozen desserts are up for

grabs! Winners will be drawn on Thursday, February 11, with the

desserts available for pickup at 4pm the following day at Riverside

Auto Center. Tickets are available from Fry Healthcare Foundation

Board Members for a donation of $10 each. For additional details, call

208.267.6912 or visit BoundaryCommunityHospital.org/foundation.

BOUNDARY COUNTY GUN & HORN SHOW

Looking to buy, sell or trade? It’s that time of year again! Mark

your calendars for the 2021 Boundary County Gun & Horn Show,

which has been scheduled to take place Saturday and Sunday,

February 13 and 14. Hosted by Kootenai Valley Sportsman and held

at the Boundary County Fairgrounds, come check out the horns

and a wide range of vendor booths featuring guns, knives, hides,

taxidermy, sporting equipment and more. There will be raffles for a

rifle and more! And for those interested in participating in the horn

contest, be sure to enter from 3 to 6pm Friday, February 12, or 9am

to noon Saturday, February 13. Show hours are 9am to 6pm both

days. Admission is $5 (free with membership sign-up). For more

information, call 208.290.5970.

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four evenings (February 18, 25, March 4 and 11) from 5:30 to 7:30pm,

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what you grow to market. Join UI's group of Extension educators and

farmer collaborators for presentations and activities to guide you

through the production year. From farm planning, to harvesting,

washing and packing, you will come away with skills needed to run a

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