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March 2021 Sandpoint Living Local

MARCH 2021

sandpoint

Living Local

Navigating

the Slopes

Meet the artist who guides

your way

Sandpoint Living

Local's 2020 Finest

Top three in each category are in!

Positively Impacting and

Serving the Community

Sandpoint Living Local

celebrates 10 years

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L O C A L E X P E R T

REAL Market Update - Brought to you by Jackie Suarez, Associate Broker

What is the current real estate market climate in North Idaho?

Our market continues to favor Sellers. Good news for Buyers – as Spring approaches, more properties are entering

the market and mortgage lenders are still offering extremely low rates.

Is now a good time to buy or sell?

I always say when the time is right for you, the time is right.

Sellers, you currently have the advantage of high demand and relatively low supply. Rely on professionals, price

your home or land accordingly and know your next step.

Buyers be ready. Cash offers tend to take priority in this market. Approach your home search with proof of your

purchasing ability and keep an open mind to a property’s long-term potential.

One thing is certain - our market is constantly changing. What is important to me remains the same. God, Family

and Relationships.

Contact Jackie Suarez, your local expert for help with your real estate needs.

What Jackie’s clients are saying

“Jackie is a pro hands down. Very clear and good communicaaon. A wealth of

knowledge that makes a difference! We highly recommend Jackie for any real

estate transaccon. You will not be disappointed!

Steve and Kim R., Sandpoint

“Buying a vacaaon property in a different state from where we reside was a new

experience for us, and Jackie Suarez made it so easy! From her expert local

knowledge to realism on melines, recommendaaon on mortgage broker, and

responsiveness to all of our quessons, her help was invaluable. I would recommend

her to anyone looking to buy in beauuful Sandpoint, ID.”

Pam R., Dover, ID

"Jackie Suarez with Century 21 RiverStone provided excellent, professional service

in choosing and purchasing our new home. Jackie is knowledgeable, friendly

and always ready to help in any way possible. With the ‘paaence of Job’, Jackie

was willing to show us anything and everything that we were interested in

seeing. She’s also a preey good counselor as well - haha! I wouldn’t think of

using anyone other than Jackie Suarez for our next real estate transaccon - she

did a fabulous job for us and she’ll do the same for you!”

Steve and Gloria S., Sandpoint, ID

“Thank you for everything and all your awesome work.”

Scoo K., Clark Fork, ID

Honored to be voted Sandpoint’s nest 2017, 2018, 2019

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Lot 1 - MLS# 20210293 - $1,500,000

Lot 4 - MLS# 20210295 - $1,650,000

Lot 5 - MLS# 20210297 - $1,650,000

Lot 6 - MLS# 20210298 - $1,650,000

Lot 7 - MLS# 20210300 - $1,750,000

Lot 8 - MLS# 20210302 - $2,250,000

Lot 9 - MLS# 20210294 - $1,100,000

Lot 10 - MLS# 20210296 - $850,000

Lot 11 - MLS# 20210299 - $990,000

Lot 12 - MLS# 20210301 - $990,000

Lot 13 - MLS# 20210303 - $920,000

Lot 14 - MLS# 20210304 - $740,000

Lot 15 - MLS# 20210305 - $750,000

Lot 16 - MLS# 20210306 - $700,000

Lot 17 - MLS# 20210307 - $920,000

Lot 18 - MLS# 20210308 - $870,000

Lot 19 - MLS# 20210309 - $780,000

Lot 20 - MLS# 20210310 - $700,000

Lot 21 - MLS# 20210311 - $660,000

Lot E2 - MLS# 20210312 - $900,000

an m3 companies masterplanned community

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First Initial

Offering

with 20 Lots

available

for purchase

Master Plan is for Illustrative Purposes Only

6 remaining water front lots with 180-340 feet of water frontage each.

Secondary water front lake view lots also available with

dedicated boat slips.

SKINNER & STEVENS

Properties

Eric Skinner

Owner / Associate Broker

Century 21 RiverStone

(208) 290-6314

Eric.Skinner@Sandpoint.com

Brent Stevens

Owner / REALTOR®

Century 21 RiverStone

(208) 290-0502

BStevens@Sandpoint.com

Julina Skinner

Transaction Manager / Associate Broker

(208) 290-6315 | Julina.Skinner@Sandpoint.com

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MARCH 2021

VOLUME 11 NUMBER 3

inside

The Kitchen: Considering a Remodel?

The how, what and why to refreshing your kitchen space

Revitalize Your Living Space

Budget-friendly home updates

Bye Bye Winter, Hello Spring

Top ways to update your outdoor living space for

the warmer season

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PUBLISHER’S

Note

SPRING … IT’S JUST AROUND THE CORNER!

Just last month we were

still relishing the winter

months, enjoying our time

spent indoors, warm by

the fire, embracing the cold, wet, snowy

days knowing that this time would soon

pass, and the promise of spring would be

fulfilled. March is here, and spring (at least

in name) is just around the corner.

As the clouds clear, the weather warms and

the earth begins to once again come to life

all around us, it ignites a light in us that has

been dimmed the past several months. It is

incredible to witness the changing of the

season and the power it holds in lifting our

spirits and our hopes for tomorrow.

As we prepare for that spring cleaning,

outdoor gardening and home remodel

projects, be sure to enjoy—and embrace—

the work. It is truly fulfilling to sit back,

relax, and take in all that has been

accomplished.

living space, sprucing up your space is sure

to brighten up your spirit and attitude.

In this issue, we are also taking the

opportunity to celebrate our anniversary,

as we continue to have the privilege of

creating and delivering Sandpoint Living

Local to the community. Since 2011, we

have been so fortunate to continue to be

an integral part of this community, and

we’ve decided now is as good a time as any

to celebrate!

As Leo Tolstoy said, "Spring is the time of

plans and projects." Now’s the time to start

preparing for the warmer—and brighter—

months ahead.

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If you’re feeling uninspired, you’ll find

some thoughtful ideas to help get you

started. From the kitchen to your outdoor

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Local's Finest

Top three in each category are in!

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Serving the Community

Sandpoint Living Local

celebrates 10 years

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CONTENTS

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ESSENTIALS

The latest tips and trends in home, garden,

finances and life

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BUSINESS SPOTLIGHT

Acme Integration: Enjoy the newest

state-of-the-art technology

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ATHLETES OF THE MONTH

Recognizing our local youth as they excel in

their sport

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LIFE & COMMUNITY

Spend a Saturday at the Museum: Bonner

County Museum is free to the public for one

day each month

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GOOD NEWS

Another Success: 2021 Heart Ball exceeds

all expectations

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LIVING LOCAL

The Challenge Continues: 64 Idaho legislators walk to

support local schools

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BUSINESS SPOTLIGHT

Alpine Family Medicine: ‘Sandpoint’s hometown clinic’

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IN FOCUS

Positively Impacting and Serving the Community:

Sandpoint Living Local celebrates 10 years

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HEALTH & LIFESTYLE

Tips and informational articles about living a

healthy, active lifestyle

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sneak peek into March ...

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FEATURE

Navigating the Slopes: Meet the artist who guides

your way

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THE KITCHEN

Considering a Remodel?: The how, what and why

to refreshing your kitchen space

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REVITALIZE YOUR

LIVING SPACE

Budget-friendly home updates

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BYE BYE WINTER,

HELLO SPRING

Top ways to update your outdoor living space for the

warmer season

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TRAVEL & LEISURE

The National Cherry Blossom Festival: Washington,

D.C.’s Signature Spring Celebration

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FOOD & DRINK

Your local guide to the tastiest hot spots

around town

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FEATURED RECIPE

Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

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ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT

Don’t miss out on these seasonal events and fun

community happenings

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Having Difficulty Deciding on New Flooring?

HARD-SURFACE FLOORING FAQS

By Nikki Luttmann, Seven Bee Interiors

For Sandpoint Furniture, Carpet One and Selkirk Glass and Cabinets

Replacing your hard-surface flooring can be a very rewarding

home improvement project. However, there are so many

different types, colors and materials out there, what’s the best

one to choose for your home? Following is a reference guide to

“all things flooring” from tile to laminate to some of the newer options

like LVP. For this article, I’ve established a quick cost guide for each, with

one $ being the least expensive and four $$$$ being the most.

LVP (Luxury Vinyl Plank) $$

Generally speaking, LVP is fairly cost effective, both as a product and to

install. It does require a smooth, debris-free and non-sloping subfloor, but

a professional installer can usually tidy up any issues that your subfloor

may have. Still relatively the “new kid on the block” in the flooring

industry, the popularity of LVP has skyrocketed in recent years thanks to

its durability, waterproof nature and the myriad looks that it offers. LVP

is a layered product, with a vinyl wear surface on top, pad on the back and

a rigid or flexible core sandwiched between. It is a good option for many

areas of the home, from main living spaces to bathrooms and mudrooms.

Laminate $

Laminate is quickly losing momentum to LVP, but it is still a frontrunner

for bargain flooring solutions. It is easy to install and resistant

to scratching and other surface damage, but typically not very water

resistant. For sheer durability in dry locations, laminate can’t be beat.

Just a warning, though, it is far harder to find a good-looking (realistic)

laminate than it is to find a good-looking LVP.

Engineered Hardwood $$-$$$

Engineered hardwood is real wood and typically wood all the way

through. However, it is made up of a pre-finished veneer over a plywood

substrate. This plywood or other core is used to create dimensional

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There are so many different types, colors and materials

out there, what’s the best one to choose for your home?

stability that is especially helpful in our northern climate’s interiors, where it can be dry and

hot, cold and damp, and everything in between—all in one day! This construction allows for

larger, wider planks, and variances in temperature that solid hardwoods do not tolerate well.

For quality, look at the thickness of the veneer, the type of substrate and the kind of finish

applied. Though it can be refinished, it’s not designed to be. A quality engineered wood may

have a lifetime or 50-year finish on it. They are truly intended to last a lifetime.

Solid Hardwood $$$-$$$$

Solid hardwood can also come prefinished, but you will likely not find 6-inch-wide planks that

run to 8-feet long like you can with engineered wood. Solid hardwood can warp and bend and

is generally finicky about where it lives—just like the trees it comes from. If you are absolutely

convinced you want a solid hardwood floor, in our climate I recommend looking at hardwoods

like oak or maple, and going with thinner boards in shorter lengths. Work with a reputable

installer and follow the installation guidelines.

Tile $$$$

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Tile is one of my favorite surfaces—for walls, showers, accents and even floors. It is durable and

comes in so many looks and colors, it is suitable for any home. While there are many affordable

and beautiful tile options out there, something that people often don’t consider is the cost of the

labor to install tile. It is by far the most expensive flooring option to install correctly, and for

good reason. Tile installation—really, like any good flooring installation—is an art. Many things

must be taken into account, from floor joist weight loads, to subfloor quality, to underlayment

application, grout type and direction of the tile. If you are considering tile for your flooring

needs, I highly recommend going through a reputable installer who will guarantee their work.

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$390,000 over their remaining years just to

pay for health care, according to HealthView

Caleb L Bowman

Financial Advisor

Services, which produces health-care cost

projection software. Other estimates show

different amounts, but they all amount to

hundreds of thousands of dollars. So, when

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calculating your expenses during your

retirement years, reserve a big space for

• Don’t take Social Security too early. You

can start receiving monthly Social Security

checks when you reach age 62, but your

payments will generally be significantly

larger if you wait until your “full” retirement

age, which will probably be between 66 and

67. (The size of your payments will “max out”

at age 70.) Of course, if you need the money

believe you have longevity working in your

favor, and you can afford to wait, you may be

better off by delaying Social Security as long

as possible.)

afford. If you have grown children who need

financial help, or grandchildren heading

to college someday, you’d no doubt like to

do whatever you can to provide assistance.

However, the hard truth is they simply have

more time than you do to find workable

financial solutions, whereas if you deplete

your funds through your generosity, you

could put yourself in a precarious position.

So, be as giving as you can afford—but don’t

go beyond that. By preserving your financial

independence, you’ll end up benefiting your

family as well.

Retirement can be a wonderful time of

your life—and you may enjoy it more by

doing what you can to avoid costly financial

mistakes.

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TEACHER OF THE MONTH

By Colin Anderson

Kathy

Klein

6th Grade Teacher

Southside Elementary

Sixth-grade teacher Kathy Klein

has seen a lot in her 26 years as an

educator. The last year has been

one of the more challenging, and

she remains thankful to be able to see

her young students in person. “With so

many schools around the country on a

full-time distance-learning model, I feel

very lucky to be working

in person with my students

in a classroom setting,” she

said. “Teachers have had

to rethink priorities and be

flexible more than ever.”

The district’s social

distancing efforts, mask

policy and modified

schedule have all affected

the regular learning

environment, but Kathy

is happy that her students

have adapted and are

equally thankful to be in

the classroom with their

friends. “Most students are

glad to be at school instead

of distance learning, and we

all try to keep a positive attitude about the

changes we’ve had to make to keep school

open while keeping everyone safe,” she

smiled.

Kathy’s class spends the majority of the

school day amongst themselves including

" Be okay with

trying new things

and making

mistakes while

you’re discovering

what it is you

really love to do."

meals and recess. Even with the adjustments,

she says the day goes by really fast and

she, along with her peers, continues to try

and make every minute count. One of her

favorite parts of the day is something she’s

seen every year in her career, and always

brings a smile to her face. “I absolutely love

it when students have lightbulb moments,

connecting what we are

learning in the classroom

to something they can

relate to in our everyday

lives.”

Sixth grade is a time when

kids are experiencing a

lot of changes physically,

intellectually and socially.

It can be a difficult time

for some, but Kathy

works hard each day to

instill confidence to all

of her students—even if

they are going through

an emotional or learning

challenge. “An important

life lesson is to set goals,

have perseverance, and

don’t be afraid to fail sometimes along

the way because you never know what

you might learn from the experience! Be

okay with trying new things and making

mistakes while you’re discovering what it is

you really love to do,” she said.

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THE DOG AGING

PROJECT

What can we learn from

our canine friends?

By Dr. Dawn Mehra

North Idaho Animal Hospital

I

want to share a very interesting dog/human collaborative study with

you that happens to be based in our neighboring state. A team at

the University of Washington School of Medicine is hosting The

Dog Aging Project. In a most ambitious canine study, researchers

use the short life span of a dog to study how genes, lifestyle and the

environment affect healthy longevity. Dog owners, veterinarians and

a slew of scientists aim to increase the ability to prevent, diagnose and

treat age-related diseases. This innovative team's core values combine

hardcore science and interdisciplinary (different fields of study) research

to benefit both dogs and humans. They vow to prioritize safety, kindness

and compassion, and maintain outstanding ethics during the study.

Most of you are aware that canines age faster than humans, but did you

know they get the same diseases? Obesity, hypothyroidism, diabetes

and cancer, to name just a few. That is why dogs are at the center of this

study. Not only do they experience the same illnesses, but they are also

genetically diverse (Chihuahua vs. Golden Retriever), and they share our

environment.

Most of us would be delighted to be able to age without suffering from

chronic disease. Follow The Dog Aging Project as scientists sequence the

genes from tens of thousands of dogs, study nutrition, anti-aging drugs

like rapamycin, and eventually unfold the secrets of aging. What makes

some dogs live longer and healthier lives? How will this information

translate to humans?

The exciting piece of this undertaking is people from different walks of

life are collaborating—statisticians, geneticists, veterinarians, human

physicians, veterinary technicians and more. We all recognize the value

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In a most ambitious

canine study, researchers

use the short life span

of a dog to study how

genes, lifestyle and

the environment affect

healthy longevity.

of combining different disciplines. The best

part of The Dog Aging Project is it's open

invitation to anyone who wants to nominate

their canine packmate and be a member of this

fun, interesting group; to be a “citizen scientist,”

part of a community of people who care about

dogs' health; to help the future generations of

dogs; and perhaps discover anti-aging secrets

that may keep you and your family healthier.

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In December 2020, a German Shepherd named

Sage became the 25,000th member of the “Dog

Pack.” You can see her sweet face on The Dog

Aging Project's Facebook page. Then learn

about how to nominate your canine friend on

their website at DogAgingProject.org.

Dawn Mehra, DVM | North Idaho Animal

Hospital | 320 South Ella Street, Sandpoint,

Idaho 83864 | 208.290.1768, IdahoVet.com,

ask@idahovet.com

www.idahovet.com

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Spend a Saturday at the Museum!

BONNER COUNTY MUSEUM IS FREE TO THE PUBLIC FOR ONE DAY EACH MONTH

By Abigail Thorpe

If you haven’t had a chance to explore the Bonner County

Historical Society and Museum, or you’re overdue for a visit,

now’s the perfect opportunity to spend a Saturday exploring our

area’s history.

Bonner County Museum is one of the only North Idaho museums

that remains open during the winter months, and they always look

forward to welcoming visitors in from the cold to explore and learn.

Every first Saturday of the month, the museum is free to the public.

From 10am to 2pm, visitors can explore all of the indoor exhibits

during the Free First Saturdays event.

The museum’s current special exhibit is The Women Who Shaped

Bonner County. “It tells the stories of women who made an impact

on our communities in the early decades of Bonner County history,”

explains Hannah Combs, the museum administrator. “From teachers

to doctors to filmmakers, many of them were true pioneers in their

professions, who met the challenges of pioneer life with grace and

perseverance.”

While you’re visiting, keep an eye out for favorite exhibits from the

permanent collection, including The Early Years, which includes a

reproduction of a sturgeon-nose canoe, and the Dig Room, featuring

a sample of 600,000 artifacts discovered by the University of Idaho’s

archaeological dig that took place during the construction of the

bypass.

“We know that our regular hours (10am to 4pm Tuesday through

Friday) can be limiting for those who work or have children in school,

so the Free First Saturday experience is a monthly opportunity for

everyone to have access to the museum and its exhibits at no charge,”

says Combs.

Masks and hand sanitization is currently required for all visitors. To

learn more about the museum, visit BonnerCountyHistory.org. The

research room is closed during Free First Saturdays, but you can make

an appointment to explore its extensive research resources.

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New Location.

New Provider.

New Services.

Sandpoint’s hometown clinic’

BY JILLIAN CHANDLER

ALPINE FAMILY MEDICINE PLLC

1555 Ontario Street

Sandpoint, Idaho 83864

208.597.7910

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“Watching patients achieve

their goals and see how much

better they feel is the best part

of our careers.”

Serving the Sandpoint community since 2017, Alpine Family Medicine

is a locally owned practice offering health care to all ages—men,

women and pediatrics. Also managing chronic health conditions as

well as acute care needs, owner Katie Sweeney-Amorebieta continues to

provide exceptional care to all who walk through her door.

Seeing the downfalls of today’s health-care system inspired Katie to open

a family practice where the patient was again—as they should be—the

center of their health care. That mission continues, as Katie and her team

are excited to announce their new location, new nurse practitioner and new

services that can now be found at Alpine Family Medicine.

After outgrowing their former space, which was the location where Katie’s

grandfather grew up prior to the commercial building being built, you can

now find Alpine Family Medicine at 1555 Ontario Street. “We are very

excited to share this location with our patients and our health care team,”

Katie says. “Our new location highlights historic Sandpoint with the décor

and supporting our goal of keeping Alpine Family Medicine ‘Sandpoint’s

hometown clinic’ by keeping health care personal and simplified in today’s

busy world.”

Anna Mena-Schaures, APRN, FNPC joined the Alpine Family Medicine

family in the fall of 2020. Board certified in family practice, with a special

interest in pediatrics, Anna is currently accepting new patients from infant

care, pediatrics, men and women.

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Anna received her nursing degree from Montana State University and,

“looking for adventure,” joined the Military for six years, providing

care to active-duty members and their families. She then graduated

from Gonzaga University, becoming board certified as a family nurse

practitioner. She is grateful to now be providing her services at Alpine

Family Medicine. In her spare time, Anna enjoys spending time with

her husband and daughter swimming, skiing and traveling.

“Anna practices through teaming with her patients to optimize their

health and wellness through working toward her patients’ health-care

goals,” Katie affirms.

A variety of services are offered onsite: lab services for blood drawing and

in-house testing; surgical procedures (such as skin biopsy, cryotherapy,

allergy testing and more); diagnostic orders and interpretation, and

referral needs; and an array of women’s health exams and management

of abnormal findings, as well as family planning and birth control

including Nexplanon and IUD insertion. They are now performing

DOT physicals for the Department of Transportation licensing

requirements, and they have added IV vitamin therapy to their services.

“IV replacement of nutrients such as vitamins, minerals, amino acids

and more can help with many ailments, as well as support wellness

and optimize health,” according to Katie. For those experiencing

fatigue, aches and pain, headaches, fibromyalgia, acne, dehydration

or hangovers; seeking mood support, skin improvement, athletic

performance and recovery; and immune system support to prevent

coughs, colds and illness, IV replacement can be beneficial. They invite

you to come and relax in their IV suite and try a blend of nutritional

replacement to help optimize your health.

At Alpine Family Medicine, they find the work they do every day

rewarding, as they team with their patients to meet their health-care

needs. “Watching patients achieve their goals and see how much better

they feel is the best part of our careers,” smiles Katie. “Being able to care

for a whole family and see a family grow year after year while creating a

provider and patient relationship that lasts for years is priceless.”

Katie was born and raised in Sandpoint, as well as her parents,

grandparents and generations before them. Anna has lived most

of her life in Sandpoint and is a graduate of Sandpoint High School.

Together, their mission is to help those in their local community live

their healthiest, and happiest, lives. They are grateful for the support of

their patients, and the hard work of their team, which allows them to

continue to do what they love.

“As primary care providers and nurse practitioner, we are inspired by

our patients and health-care community to help improve the health

of the patients we care for and to improve the health care within

our hometown.”

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Another Success!

2021 HEART BALL EXCEEDS ALL EXPECTATIONS

By Jillian Chandler

“FROM THE PRIVATE

DONORS TO THE

DOWNTOWN

RESTAURANTS,

RETAILERS AND

OUR LARGER

BUSINESSES; WHERE

THERE IS NEED,

THIS COMMUNITY

SHOWS UP!"

ultimate success goes to all

those businesses and individuals

who donated,” says Patty

“The

Hutchens, Bonner General

Health Foundation secretary. “Our community is

incredibly generous, and we could not have done

this without them.”

February 6, 2021, marked the 13th annual Heart

Ball—a fundraiser that has continually received

the generous support of the community for the

benefit of the community through its recipient,

Bonner General Health.

2021 marked the 13th year of the event and

Georgia Simmons' second year as Heart Ball chair,

though she had been involved in decorating and

design for the event for several years. “[My role]

consists of working closely with the Community

Development manager and the Foundation Board

to organize, coordinate and develop the event into

a wonderful evening of charity, fun and dancing

the night away for an amazing cause—‘Our Home

Town Hospital,’” she says.

According to Georgia, this year presented new

challenges: How would the foundation continue

its fundraising work while faced with COVID and

donor safety? As virtual events were continuing to

become more mainstream, and showing that they

could, in fact, be successful, there were still many

questions and concerns. “But with the strength of

our Board, our new President Justin Dick and the

help from organizations such as PAFE (Panhandle

Alliance for Education) and Kinderhaven, we

moved forward,” says Georgia. “The real magic

happens behind the scenes with technology and

coordination. I am still in awe!”

The format of this year’s event was much different

than years prior, yet it accomplished what it set

out to do: raise funds for Sandpoint’s community

hospital. And raise funds it did! This year’s

monetary fundraising goal was set at $150,000,

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ut by the end of that Saturday evening, they had raised $216,750,

with proceeds from this year’s event going to Bonner General Health’s

Emergency Department remodel and upgraded technology.

“This was our first time holding a virtual fundraiser, so we had no idea

how much it would raise. …We were thrilled and grateful to raise as

much as we did,” shares Patty. “We had the benefit of input from other

nonprofits who had gone before us in the virtual fundraising world.”

As Justin recalls, “My only hope regarding this event was that we

actually held an event virtually or in person. There was some discussion

early on as to whether or not to even hold the event, and rightfully so.

2020 was abnormal, to say the least, and we kept our fundraising goals

low and our hopes high. As soon as the group made a decision to move

forward with the event, we were full steam ahead—and trains don’t

make U-turns!”

Georgia knew that this new venture would require that the foundation

bring fun, energy and surprises to the event—which, of course, they

did. Justin admits that he was quite nervous at the start of the evening

but could sense the abundance of enthusiasm and positivity from all

those in attendance. Sixty-eight Zoom rooms, with anywhere from two

to 10 people in each room, took part in this exciting virtual experience.

Patty was in charge of this year’s dessert auction. A total of 20 beautiful

and delicious desserts, donated by various restaurants and individuals

in the community, were auctioned off online prior to the event. Photos

of the desserts were posted online for the auction, with the bidding

ending the night before the Heart Ball—with many people competing

for their favorite dessert.

“The restaurants and private dessert donors blew us away with their

creativity,” says Justin. “What most folks don’t know was each dessert

donor had to make their dessert twice; once for the picture to put on our

auction platform and a second time to actually deliver to the winning

bidders. We were concerned that we’d be asking too much from them,

but our donors were so accommodating and rooting for the success of

our dessert auction.”

In addition to the desserts, there were three live auction packages. As

Justin notes, the highest and most noteworthy was the houseboat trip

to Lake Havasu that was taken with a winning bid of $7,000. But this

was not the highlight of the evening. According to Justin, “We had a

few donors that donated $10,000 plus! I literally started crying and

had to get off camera to make sure nobody saw me. The other really

memorable part of the night was when one of our virtual attendees was

randomly selected in our raffle to win our $2,000 local raffle basket at

the end of the evening. She was unmuted and screamed with joy on cue

as if we had practiced it before!”

Patty shares that another highlight of the event was listening to the

video testimonials of people whose lives have been impacted by the care

they received at Bonner General Health. “It is heartwarming to see what

our hometown hospital has done in our small community.”

The foundation extends a heartfelt “Thank you” to the amazing

Sandpoint community and the generosity and support of those who

donated, sponsored, underwrote and virtually attended this year’s

Heart Ball. And, of course, the Foundation Board and the BGH staff.

“I don’t think I can properly articulate the love that this community

has,” Justin expresses. “From the private donors to the downtown

restaurants, retailers and our larger businesses; where there is need,

this community shows up! We do big things in this small town, and I

wouldn’t want to be anywhere else in the world.”

Georgia adds to Justin’s sentiments, “Supporting each other is one of the

important reasons we live here. I am so proud to live in a community

that once again proves its generosity!”

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POSITIVELY IMPACTING AND SERVING THE

OMM

SANDPOINT LIVING LOCAL CELEBRATES 10 YEARS

BY JILLIAN CHANDLER

For those who live here in Sandpoint, we know how truly special this place is that we all have chosen to call home. The

Sandpoint community is filled with kind, generous, giving people, who care deeply for this place and the quality of our

lifestyle.

It was 10 years ago that a new publication would be released, sharing positive stories highlighting all that’s wonderful in this

mountain city on the lake, along with the incredible local businesses that help in sustaining this small—yet thriving—North

Idaho town. With a hyper-local focus and original content based on uplifting and highlighting the best parts of our charming

town, Sandpoint Living Local, from day one, has been about the people and delivering the most beautiful magazine, designed

to serve the locals and visitors by providing valuable and resourceful information.

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UNITY

Like Media is the media agency behind not only Sandpoint Living Local but five additional monthly print publications across

the Northwest—Coeur d’Alene Living Local, Bonners Ferry Living Local, Gig Harbor Living Local, 253 Lifestyle Magazine and

Go Sandpoint Magazine. In addition, they produce a biannual publication, REAL Northwest Living, which is distributed in

areas from Spokane, Washington, to the Canadian border and Western Montana; and they published the annual Gig Harbor

Visitors Guide.

And it is not only in print that the media company is showcasing their talent, work and support of local businesses and

communities. “Like Media has created so much more than just a community magazine,” says Allyia Briggs, Like Media’s director

of marketing. Like Media is a full-service agency that helps companies build and execute their marketing plans. Its motto: We

build your marketing, so you can build your business.

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“It is an entire (print + digital) platform.

From our website to weekly and monthly

e-newsletters, social media and more, we make

sure that our positive hyper-local articles and

advertisers are being seen everywhere—which

is really unique to this area.”

With a mission to impact the communities it

serves in a positive way, owner and publisher

Steve Russo is committed to what the company

was founded on, especially in today’s world.

“It's unfortunate that mainstream media has

turned into what it has. It is on a mission

to divide us based on political and religious

beliefs, but the reality is, we are all very much

the same,” he says. “Most of our beliefs, core

qualities, humanity and desire to help others is

what makes us all so similar. I feel we all need

to get back to identifying as people, community

members, husbands, fathers, wives, mothers,

aunts, uncles, brothers and sisters, and not red

or blue, pro or against.

“We need to get back to uniting around our

commonalities rather than dividing up over our

few differences. Fear is winning out nationally,

but if you look around locally, it is hope that

drives us each day because together we are

strong and powerful; apart we become isolated

and weak. In today's climate, we all need to

proclaim that fear will never win out as hope

pushes us to be better versions of ourselves.”

Like Media carries out its mission in a number

of ways: telling the good news stories that don't

always make the news and spotlighting the

people who do wonderful things within our

communities; highlighting and sponsoring

local events; supporting small-medium local

businesses by providing them an affordable

platform to share their messaging; and

most importantly providing free marketing

sponsorships for local nonprofit organizations.

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Each and every month, Like Media sponsors area nonprofits, organizations, groups and

community members in each publication to help ensure they are able to carry out their

mission.

“Through these sponsorships, we are able to give our nonprofit organizations a voice to

create awareness for their own missions and any needs that they may have,” says Allyia.

“It is truly the most special feeling in the world to experience the level of appreciation and

awe that these organizations feel when we reach out and let them know that we are doing

a free marketing sponsorship for them. This includes articles, advertising, social media

promotions and much more. It is this kind of work that brings us so much pride at Like

Media.”

Since its inception, Like Media has been committed to connecting local businesses with

the people they serve, with the goal of impacting communities in a positive way. The

Northwest’s trusted media partner, Like Media is dedicated to taking companies where

they want to go through effective and thoughtful strategies that combine traditional

media with new technologies.

As a full-service media company, many of Like Media’s print advertisers also leverage

the company to handle all of their digital marketing as well through Rocket Fish

Digital; everything from building their logos and websites, to SEO services, reputation

management, social media, podcasts and more. “We take time to brainstorm with our

clients and come up with a variety of solutions to meet their business’ needs,” affirms

Allyia. “We have the best partners in the world!”

A local, family owned business, Like Media is dedicated to the communities it serves,

which begins in-house with its powerful and talented team. In the marketing and media

world, Like Media shines and sets itself apart in many ways. One of these is the people

who make up the agency’s workforce. More than 80 percent of the company’s workforce

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"If you look around locally, it is hope

that drives us each day because

together we are strong and powerful."

is female—there are just three men on the

Like Media team.

Many of the employees have families and

young children, which is why it has been

important to Steve that, from Like Media’s

inception, they utilize a virtual platform for

all employees, allowing staff the capability

to be able to work remotely from home

as/when needed, as well as flexibility with

their schedules. After all, he and his wife

and business partner Kim were raising

three young children of their own while

expanding their company and brand,

understanding and valuing the support—

and flexibility—that working mothers (and

fathers) with young children need.

When COVID-19 hit early last year, Like

Media was already versed in how to run

a business remotely, so fortunately, there

wasn’t much transition, if any at all, that

needed to be made. It’s truly been a blessing

for all staff to continue to do what they love

while having job security and safety during

these unprecedented times. Since the

pandemic began over one year ago, no one

has been laid off due to the health crisis. In

fact, the company grew substantially! “We

hired new employees during the shutdown,"

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says Allyia, “due to the demand of business owners wanting to ensure

their strong online presence, including website updates and e-commerce

functionality, plus being found in search."

Like Media and its team have remained powerful and optimistic during

the bleak times, overcoming obstacles it has faced, continuing to move

forward while emitting positivity. And it’s the communities they serve

that inspire them each day.

Denise Ripatti is the most recent addition to Like Media, joining the team

in February 2021 as Sandpoint's new marketing executive, and she looks

forward to the opportunity of building relationships with local businesses

and the community as a whole.

"I'm excited to get out and meet all the business owners; fulfilling their

need to grow their business is a huge role,” she shares. “I love seeing

people succeed and being a part of that success! I will go above and

beyond for my clients, putting in the hard work every day to make sure

their marketing expectations are met.”

With 29 years in print and over eight years in the digital marketing

sphere, Like Media successfully provides a platform and voice for local

companies to reach their target audiences in the most effective way,

while saving time and money, and building successful businesses that

strengthen communities.

“We are building a unique platform that serves dual purposes, which

allows small to medium businesses to effectively build their marketing

and brands locally while supporting local philanthropic groups and

organizations. There is nothing quite like this in the communities we

serve,” Steve says. “What our advertisers should know is that we are

actually partners in promoting the goodwill not only locally but in every

town we serve. The support they give locally goes well beyond our city

boundaries by helping many in need.”

“Our community is so blessed to be filled with such incredible business

owners who have a passion for serving their community,” shares Allyia.

“We are honored to be a partner and a resource for them to be able to

share their passion with the community. Business owners start their

businesses because it is what they love, so we never take the trust that

they put in us to help them grow their business for granted.”

Like Media does not wait to see what the competition is doing; instead,

the company tries to remain at the forefront of the industry. “We’re

constantly coming up with new and innovative ways to stay ahead,

leveraging some of the best technology out there,” affirms Allyia.

The team at Like Media looks forward to another year serving their

clients, strengthening partnerships and inspiring the community

through Sandpoint Living Local and various print and digital services

that they offer.

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‘Service

After the

Sale’

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“We take care of our customers 24/7,

365 days a year. There is always

somebody who will pick up the phone,

and we always have a technician

available to come out or remote in to

help them with their system.”

Jason Hanley is from a long line of family retail electronics. It was

back in 1945 that his grandfather, Arch Hanley, introduced Acme

Electric in Spokane. What started as a radio and appliance repair

store evolved into selling televisions in the 1950s, appliances in

the 1960s, computers in the 1970s, furniture in the 1990s, eventually

wrapping it all together with custom home automation in the early 2000s.

“My family has been in retail electronics for more than seven decades,”

says Jason, proudly. “One morning, we woke up, and the retail landscape

was changing rapidly. What had been working and the clients we had been

serving was changing. I walked into my dad’s office, and we decided that

a custom and catered electronics experience is where we were headed.”

In 2001, Acme Integration was born.

As a boy, Jason and his sister Heather grew up in the shop with their father

and grandfather, where they would observe the interactions between their

father and grandfather with their customers. “From a very young age,

about 6 or so, my father and grandfather let me on the sales floor. Here I

would watch them, but mainly my grandfather—the patriarch—and saw

how he took care of his customers, and how they loved him, and how his

employees loved him.

“I learned through watching his interactions with customers that it is

imperative to take care of customers and know that you’re not always

going to make money. It’s not always about the bottom line.”

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Acme Integration is North Idaho’s premier technology company,

providing clients exactly what they’re looking for—and even more!

Utilizing the nation’s best home automation brand, Crestron, and staffed

by professional system designers, installers and programmers, Acme

Integration can turn your home or business into a technologically

advanced system to take away some of the stress while enhancing your

lifestyle. From home cinemas, whole house and landscape music, shading

and lighting solutions, security and camera systems, even gate, garage

and door automation solutions, Acme Integration can get the job done

right—the first time. And once the job is complete, they will be there for

you in the future for any upgrades and needed services or repairs.

“We’ll do anything for our clients,” Jason affirms. “We take care of our

clients 24/7, 365 days a year. Myself or one of my staff always picks up the

phone, and we always have a technician available to come out or remote

in to help them with their system. We even have our own app that puts

our service and support at your fingertips.

“We practice old-school customer service, and as we continue to go down

this road we are on currently, people will continue to opine for that kind

of service—and they’re willing to pay for it.”

When asked who he attributes to the success of the business, without

hesitation, Jason responds, “My employees, by far. I know it’s cliché—

but it’s the truth.” Mark and Josh have both been employed by Acme

Integration for the past 15 years, working alongside Jason and bringing

their professionalism and experience to get the job done the right way

each and every time. Jason’s older children also work in the business.

His daughter Samantha works as the receptionist, handling calls,

appointments and customer service, while Jason’s oldest son Dillion is a

very accomplished technician.

Jason is passionate about the services his company provides to the

local community. “What is most rewarding about what we do is when

the client is handed the system, and it does exactly what we told them

it would do. And they look at you like, ‘Yeah, this is awesome,’” smiles

Jason. “People don’t need what I have to sell. We are a life-enhancement,

life-management purveyor. Do you want to open your gate with your cell

phone? Do you need that? No. You just want that,” he laughs.

Jason is thankful for—and proud of—the referrals that come in. Referrals

from the smallest of jobs have turned into big, extensive assignments.

Word of mouth in our small communities is crucial and a testament to

the professional, impressive work that Acme Integration accomplishes

with each job they complete.

“While on the job, we’re among other local tradesmen—electricians,

plumbers, hvac and builders,” says Jason. “It’s obvious when working

alongside them, we have a very confident, very caring work force here in

North Idaho. You don’t find that in lots of places.”

Jason is blessed to be able to call North Idaho home. He and his family

enjoy everything that North Idaho has to offer. “There is nothing that

compares to this place and the people who live here.”

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By the age of 10, Sandpoint High

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grandmother, performing many of the tasks

that an at-home nurse would do. She felt the

impact her actions had and decided that would

be her calling. A program within the high

school, called Diversified Health Occupations,

allowed Quinn to get started on her dream job

even before graduating high school. “I have

successfully completed the program, and now

I am a certified nursing assistant,” she stated

proudly.

Quinn will be attending Boise State University

this fall and plans to further her medical career

by earning a degree in nursing, eventually

becoming a registered nurse (RN). “After I

graduate college, I would like to be a travel

nurse for a while and work across the country.

I really enjoy traveling and experiencing new

places,” she said.

But before Quinn moves forward in her

professional life, she still has a few months

left of senior year and a final season of track

in which to compete. Quinn competed on

both the cross-country and track teams all

four years of high school and is honored to

be one of five senior captains on the team this

year. She ran a mile in 6:26, a 5k in 21:59, and

was named a student of the month during her

junior year.

Staying mentally focused is a major key in

distance running, and Quinn admits it was

something she struggled with. Last year at

the regional meet, she set a goal of beating

the fastest runner at Lakeland High School,

promising herself not to give up and stay

focused the entire race. “I saw the girl about

a half mile from the finish, and I kicked it into

gear and fought through the pain to help my

team out,” she recalled. Quinn passed her on a

steep downhill but slipped and fell in a rough

patch of gravel. Still, she remained mentally

tough and determined to achieve her goal. “I

was all scraped up, but I didn’t let her catch up

to me, and I finished as hard as I could. I could

not have done that without knowing my team

was racing for me like I was racing for them.

I accomplished my placement goal and my

personal goal of staying mentally tough.”

While Quinn’s competitive days will soon

come to an end, she plans on staying active in

intramural sports when she arrives on campus

this fall. She’ll bring the lessons she’s learned in

competition with her as she pursues the next

chapter in life. “I have definitely learned that

I have to work hard for what I want and be

persistent. You can’t achieve your goals if you

are inconsistent in sports and in life.”

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THE MONTH

NIKOLAI BRAEDT

SENIOR

One might think of distance running as the

ultimate individual sport, but those who go

through the Sandpoint High School track and

cross-country programs know that’s simply

not true. Coaches Matt and Angie Brass

create a one-of-a-kind team, and those who

have been a part of it can’t say enough about

how it has impacted their lives. “It is a team

effort to make this kind of community, and

our coaches teach and give the team leaders

skills to interact with new athletes while

we make them feel at home. Ultimately, it

creates a positive feedback loop that radiates

throughout the whole team,” explained senior

captain Nikolai Braedt.

Nikolai has been with the cross-country team

since freshman year. He recalls being very

excited to become a member, but before he

could start competing he suffered a serious

knee injury. While it provided a setback, the

injury also showed Nikolai firsthand what

the team was all about. “Every day as I was

on the bike spinner instead of running, the

team would run past and everyone would

all encourage me. This kind of positivity and

genuine care was something that I have never

witnessed in other teams, and it encouraged

me to fully commit to the sport,” he said.

His rehab and dedication to the sport was

rewarded in the spring when he was able to

compete in track and set the school record

time for a freshman in the 1600m. The

following year, Nikolai was named captain,

and he discovered the joy in helping others

find their confidence. Confidence was

something Nikolai was also working on and

recalls his first big race without teammates

by his side, and the simple move coach Matt

did that gave him a boost. “I was extremely

nervous and was not feeling too confident.

Matt decided to run my warmup with me and

talk me through everything I needed to do.

This small act completely changed my attitude

toward the race and my confidence. I realize

now that small acts like this one can change a

person’s outlook drastically, and I strive to do

the same to help benefit others.”

Nikolai will compete in his final season on the

track team this spring. He holds many class

records including the school record in the 5k

at 15:35. Upon graduation he plans to enroll

at the University of Hawaii in Hilo, where

he plans to study marine biology. While the

school doesn’t offer a track or cross-country

team, Nikolai plans to continue to run and

compete in half and full marathons on

the islands.

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STEPS FOR SCHOOLS: THE CHALLENGE CONTINUES

64 Idaho legislators walk to support local schools

BY ABIGAIL THORPE

Walking may be a simple activity we do daily, often without

giving it much thought, but such a simple thing can bring

great change—in our health, in our attitude and outlook,

and now, in our schools. The walking challenge is back,

and despite a year of challenges and a pandemic, our Idaho legislators

and leaders are eager to champion for health, and they’re starting out by

leading by example.

In February, members of the Idaho State Legislature, as well as the

lieutenant governor, attorney general and state controller, joined the

walking challenge to help raise awareness of healthy habits, as well as raise

money for schools throughout the state. Sixty-four participants agreed to

walk 5,000 or more steps each day during the month of February in a

united effort to promote health and support our youth, including those

representing Bonner, Boundary and Kootenai counties.

“We are grateful that so many of our elected officials are making time to

do what’s good for their own health as well as benefiting children in their

district,” says Kendra Witt-Doyle, executive director, Blue Cross of Idaho

Foundation for Health. “Whether they are walking in their communities

on the weekends or around the Capitol during the session, these officials

are setting a great example about the importance of being active.”

Steps for Schools is a walking challenge that unites our state’s leaders in an

effort to raise money for schools’ walking and physical activity programs.

The Blue Cross of Idaho Foundation for Health—a nonprofit charitable

foundation established in 2001 by Blue Cross of Idaho—started the

program as a way to engage communities and their leaders in a healthy

challenge that not only promotes health but furthers school education.

“We want to promote and build champions for health while benefiting

Idaho’s youth,” adds Witt-Doyle.

The foundation has a similar walking challenge for mayors, and this

one started as a way to engage state legislators as well. “It definitely

has promoted physical activity among the legislators and given them a

mechanism for giving back to the communities they serve,” she explains.

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“Numerous legislators have talked to us about how the challenge

improved their health and how much they enjoyed walking to benefit the

youth in their community.”

Steps for Schools takes place during February—which is during the

legislative session. It empowers legislators to get involved during their

busy session as a tool for empowering our leaders, and in turn our

communities, to make time for exercise no matter the season.

The program started in 2016 as a fun and easy way to engage leaders

in a healthy activity that can inspire and promote change, and it has

been a popular and successful challenge since its inception. It has four

main goals: Remind lawmakers to think about childhood health issues

in Idaho; highlight lawmakers as role models for our youth; create

awareness of health issues in Idaho; and finally to promote childhood

wellness throughout the state.

Last year, more than $40,000 was given to Idaho schools as a result of the

challenge, going to help fund walking programs and promote physical

activity at schools that encourages students from a young age to make

exercise a part of their daily lives.

This year, 64 legislators representing 34 of Idaho’s 35 districts participated

in the challenge. Participants could either walk an average of 5,000 steps

daily during February to earn $500 for schools, or an average of 10,000

steps daily to earn $1,000.

All of the funds raised went to a school or school district of the legislator's

choice, ensuring that schools in each of the represented districts received

funding and support.

Bonner and Boundary counties were represented by Representatives

Heather Scott and Sage Dixon this year; Senator Steve Vick walked to

represent Bonner and Kootenai counties; and Senators Peter Riggs and

Mary Souza and Representatives Paul Amador and Tony Wisniewski

joined the challenge to represent Kootenai County.

This year, in addition to supporting physical activity and walking

programs, funds can also be used to support schools’ COVID-19 relief

efforts. Representative Dixon’s funds will go to support Farmin Stidwell

Elementary in Sandpoint; Senator Vick’s to North Idaho Christian School

in Hayden; Senator Riggs selected North Idaho STEM Charter Academy

to receive funding; and Representative Amador chose Coeur d’Alene

Learning Center to benefit from the challenge.

“Our legislators are leaders in their communities, and the walking

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challenge gives them the opportunity to be a

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“Walking has so many positive benefits to

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but walking is an activity we all do daily that

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keeps your heart healthy, helps manage your

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All too often we forget to get out and walk

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Food as Medicine

Learn to manage your rheumatoid arthritis without drugs or injections

By Mindy Murray, OTR and Molly Radonich, ATC, Kauai Therapy & Wellness

What is rheumatoid arthritis? Rheumatoid arthritis, or RA,

is an autoimmune disease where the body thinks its own

tissues are harmful and attacks them like it would the

common cold or flu. Most often, RA attacks the joints and

causes painful inflammation and stiffness. RA isn’t on full blast all the time;

there are periods of flare-ups where the inflammation is worse. This can be

treated with medication, physical and occupational therapy, and food. Let’s

take a look at food as medicine.

There are many illnesses and ailments in which food as medicine can be

very beneficial. (I’m not saying Western medicine is bad. Often there is

a healthy balance of both food as medicine and Western medicine.) For

many RA patients, changing the way they eat has been very beneficial to

their symptoms.

Research has shown, and it is no surprise, that ultra-processed foods have

a negative effect on RA symptoms and often initiate flare-ups or increase

their intensity. Some say nightshades can also have negative effects on RA,

while others say it’s not a problem.

Nightshades, potatoes, eggplant, tomatoes and peppers contain an alkaloid

called solanine, which in some individuals can influence pro-inflammatory

responses. This isn’t to say that you should cut out nightshades all

together, as they do contain valuable nutrients. If you are concerned

about nightshades, try cutting them out of your diet for two weeks, while

replacing the nutrients lost with another food. Keep a food journal of how

you feel during those two weeks and then begin re-introducing them to

your diet to see if they are an issue for you.

An anti-inflammatory food plan will be beneficial for people with

rheumatoid arthritis. This diet looks a bit like the Mediterranean diet,

which has many health benefits. Foods included in this diet are as follows:

fish (high in omega-3 fatty acids), nuts and seeds, fruits and veggies, olive

oil, beans and whole grains.

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Weight loss can be beneficial in RA patients

because it leads to less pressure on inflamed

joints. This helps decrease pain and flare-ups

and increase movement. Weight loss doesn’t just

have to come from exercise. While exercise is

recommended, weight loss can also come from

healthier eating habits.

Here is an example of what an anti-inflammatory

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Morning snack: Mandarin orange and nuts

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SAUNA

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It’s getting hot in here

BY SARAH HAWN, RN

REFINED AESTHETICS MED SPA, PLLC

There is a lot of talk about sauna therapy

these days, which leaves some of us

wondering, “What is all the hype about

and is it worth it for me?” So, let’s dive in to find

out.

What is sauna therapy?

Is it more than just a small hot room? It is.

Depending on the type of sauna, it is a small hot

room designed specifically for the purpose of

heating your core body temperature in such a way

that provides a therapeutic level of health benefits.

Dating back as far as 2,000 BC, it has been a large

part of many cultural health practices, and its

popularity is on the rise all over the world. The

Finnish have this practice so woven into their

culture and routine with family and friends that

there is an old saying, “First build the sauna,

then the house.” They are also known for living

content, happy and long lives. Perhaps we should

take note.

Who benefits from using a sauna?

Almost everyone. However, always talk to your

medical provider prior to sauna therapy.

What are the benefits of regular sauna use?

There is research to suggest that regular sauna use

can lead to:

• Improved cardiovascular health

• Detoxification

• Faster athletic recovery

• Relief of pain and increased mobility

• Increased metabolism, weight loss, and possible

muscle gain

• Better immune system functioning

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• Younger-looking skin

• Improved sleep

• Better cardiovascular endurance

• Increased resistance to stress

Are all saunas created equal?

There are several different types of saunas

including wood burning, electric and infrared.

The oldest method, a wood-burning sauna,

uses wood to heat rocks that radiate the heat

throughout the room. Since the 1950s, electric

saunas have used electric heaters to heat coils

and/or rocks for a similar effect. As light

technology grows, the latest hype surrounds

infrared saunas. Infrared saunas work by

heating your body from within rather than

heating the air. The idea is that the light of an

infrared sauna penetrates the skin more deeply

than the heat of a traditional sauna, making it

more effective in a shorter period of time. Some

infrared saunas also provide far-infrared light,

which is a beneficial light that we all need from

the sun for various health reasons. Like most

products out there, you must do your research.

Saunas are not all created equal. Some infrared

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(electric and magnetic field) radiation, possibly

causing harm to the body.

Should I buy a sauna?

If you have the ability to buy a sauna, it may

be a very good investment into your health.

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WARNING SIGNS OF A HEART ATTACK

DON'T WAIT TO GET HELP IF YOU EXPERIENCE ANY OF THESE

HEART ATTACK WARNING SIGNS

Article provided by Bonner General Health

Although some heart attacks are sudden and intense, most start slowly,

with mild pain or discomfort. Pay attention to your body—and call

911 if you feel:

• Chest discomfort. Most heart attacks involve discomfort in the chest center

lasting more than a few minutes, or that goes away and comes back. It can feel

like uncomfortable pressure, squeezing, fullness or pain.

• Discomfort in other areas of the upper body. Symptoms can include pain

or discomfort in both arms, the back, neck, jaw or stomach.

• Shortness of breath. Shortness of breath occurring with or without chest

discomfort.

• Other signs. Additional warning signs may include breaking out in a cold

sweat, nausea or lightheadedness.

Act fast! Learn the signs, but remember this: Even if you're not sure it's a

heart attack, have it checked out. Minutes matter! Fast action can save lives—

maybe your own. Don't wait. Call 911 or your emergency response number.

Call 911. Calling 911 is almost always the fastest way to get lifesaving

treatment. Emergency medical services (EMS) staff can begin treatment

when they arrive. EMS staff are trained to revive someone whose heart has

stopped.

Even though heart disease is the number one killer of women in the United

States, women often chalk up the symptoms to less life-threatening conditions

like acid reflux, the flu or normal aging. There are still many women who are

shocked that they could be having a heart attack.

In the United States, someone has a heart attack every 40 seconds. When

the arteries supplying the heart with blood slowly narrow, this can severely

reduce or completely cut off oxygen to the heart muscle. This narrowing is

caused by a buildup of fat, cholesterol and other substances (plaque).

Bonner General Health offers multiple screenings and services for heart

conditions. Even if your cardiologist isn't located in Sandpoint, you can

still have screenings and services at Bonner General Health. The Diagnostic

Imaging Department offers echocardiography and myocardial perfusion

imaging (MPI), a non-invasive test that allows your physician to see if you

have a heart condition, without surgery. Bonner General Health tailors the

stress test to each patient's physical capabilities. It can be administered in

three ways: with the patient walking on a treadmill, walking on the treadmill

and using a medication, or using the medicine only with no treadmill.

Our Cardiopulmonary Department provides both diagnostic as well as

therapeutic services to people with heart disorders. These services, also

known as "Respiratory Therapy," are available on an inpatient or outpatient

basis by our Nationally Board of Respiratory Care certified therapists. Some

of those services include an electrocardiogram (EKG), exercise stress testing,

Holter cardiac monitoring (48-hour), and Multi-Day Monitoring and

Evaluation.

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YOUR CORE

MUSCLES

NEED TLC

Supporting your body

for a healthy, active

and fit life

By Missi Balison

YOUR CORE

MUSCLES FORM

THE BASIS OF

BASICALLY EVERY

MOVEMENT YOU

MAKE, DAY

AND NIGHT.

When was the last time you gave

your core muscles a little TLC?

They work super hard for you all

day—every day. But most of us

don’t give them the attention they deserve—and

when we do think about them, it’s probably about

how they look.

Well, here’s something eye-opening: Your

core muscles form the basis of basically every

movement you make, day and night. They keep

your spine safe and stable as you move your arms

and legs. They help you keep your balance. They

power your breathing, support your organs and

keep you standing and sitting tall. When they are

out of whack, you can get headaches, neck aches

and low back pain (80 percent of us will suffer

from back pain at some point!).

You also can feel stiff and sore, tired, or have a

hard time turning your head in either direction—

plus, having weak core muscles can make you

feel older than you actually are.

The problem is, that for many of us, these muscles

are out of balance because of the everyday things

we do (or don’t do): sitting slouched in front of

a laptop, or sitting too much, walking hunched

over a phone, sleeping in not-so-optimal

positions (i.e., curled up in a ball). So … what

can you do about it?

Every time you look at your phone today, think

about your posture! Sitting or standing tall

helps keep those muscles in balance. Plus, it can

improve your breathing and your energy level.

Seven warning signs you have a weak core:

1. You have to use your arms to help you get out

of bed or out of a chair.

2. You notice you’re slouching when you’re

driving or at your desk.

3. You have bad balance.

4. You feel weak or off-balance when you do

certain movements like a throw or kick.

5. You have a hard time holding a plank with

proper form.

6. You hold your breath when you do planks and

other core exercises.

7. Your hip flexors/legs get tired when you are

doing ab and core exercises.

When your core is weak, your body can recruit

other muscles to do the exercises! If you notice

that happening to you, focus on engaging your

core (brace your torso as though you were

about to take a punch in the gut), moving more

intentionally, breathing and modifying the

movement by going more slowly or shortening

your range of motion until your core is stronger.

Paying attention to all of these warning signs can

help you build a strong core that supports your

body for a healthy, active and fit life!

Improving your core strength will keep you safe

from injury and help you to enjoy your favorite

activities at a higher level!

Missi Balison, owner of Missi Balison Fitness,

is a personal trainer, exercise physiologist and

Certified Precision Nutrition coach.

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NURTURING BEAUTIFUL

HAIR, SKIN AND NAILS

HOW OUR INTERNAL HEALTH AFFECTS

OUR OUTER BEAUTY

BY SCOTT PORTER, SANDPOINT SUPER DRUG

Our hair, skin and nails are visible outer indicators of how

healthy our body is internally. These clues can guide

us into resolving imbalances that would otherwise be

affecting our overall well-being.

When it comes to beauty, it is important to consider exposures

to environmental toxins, our ability to detoxify, genetic factors,

hormone imbalances, as well as medical conditions and medications.

Even our own patterned thinking and resulting stress responses play

an important role.

When something is not looking right, I re-evaluate what I am putting

into my body when I eat, drink and breathe. These each can lead to

intestinal issues that affect nutrient absorption. If you aren’t getting

adequate minerals in your diet or can’t absorb them, you won’t have

the prerequisites needed to form healthy hair, skin or nails.

Chronic skin issues, like redness, bumps, acne, itching, flaking,

scaling and dryness are typically a sign of an underlying gut issue.

Repairing our gut, increasing stomach acid, reducing intestinal

permeability and balancing yeast and bacteria will yield positive

results over time.

Imagine you have been chronically eating foods that your body

doesn’t like or snacking on treats that detrimental microorganisms

love. Your entire body is going to be inflamed and irritated, and this

is going to work its way to the outside.

Infections are going to be a problem. One study I saw showed 46

percent of individuals with rosacea had small intestinal bacterial

overgrowth (SIBO). If you itch or have yellow toenails, it’s likely a

candida overgrowth. These are going to have to be eradicated before

your skin and nails clear up.

Because the skin is part of our detoxification pathway, blemishes and

all sorts of skin-related issues can show up after toxins ooze their

way out. Make sure your liver is getting what it needs to detoxify,

and drink plenty of clean mineralized water.

Watch what cosmetics and soaps you put on your body. If you are

concerned about ingesting what is in the bottle, you may not want

to put it on your skin. You can check the Environmental Working

Group website (EWG.org) for toxicity ratings on cosmetics and

personal hygiene products.

Maintaining a healthy diet will help promote gut health, support

detoxification and provide essential nutrients for radiant skin, hair

and nails. A healthy diet to me means a wide variety of vegetables,

some fruits and seeds, ample clean fats and quality proteins.

I like to think of eating an anti-inflammatory, whole-food diet

composed of nutrient-dense foods; things made from any kind of

ground-up flour, liquids that look like milk or foods that taste sweet

will not contribute to overall good health and outer beauty.

In regard to supplementation, I always start with the foundations

of probiotics, vitamin D and K, magnesium, a multivitamin with

active B vitamins and chelated minerals, and omega 3s. There are

also a few nutrients that stand out for promoting vibrant hair, skin

and nails. These include biotin, horsetail, stinging nettle, MSM, saw

palmetto, glutathione, and betaine hydrochloride.

Scott Porter, a functional medicine pharmacist, is the director of the

Center for Functional Medicine & Nutrition at Sandpoint Super Drug.

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NAVIGATING THE

SLOPES

MEET THE ARTIST WHO GUIDES YOUR WAY

BY COLIN ANDERSON

Growing up on a small farm in Western Colorado,

Jim Niehues’ love of the outdoors started early.

Situated amongst 10,000-foot mountain peaks,

and with red rock canyons and deserts within

an hour drive, Jim was drawn to outdoor adventure. From

a young age he was paddling the Colorado River and

hiking and hunting with his brothers and father, all while

mesmerized by the scenery around him. When he would

come back from trips he would attempt to sketch and paint

what he had seen firsthand, as well as his surroundings on

the farm. “As a very young child I would draw the animals

on the farm, and my mother figured I had some talent,” Jim

recalled.

An unfortunate bout with Nephritis in the ninth grade had

Jim bed-ridden for three months, but it was during this

unfortunate time that he would begin his painting journey,

which would become his life’s work. “During this time, Mom

bought me an oil painting set to help pass my time. My first

landscapes were painted from magazines as I discovered

what would be my lifetime passion.”

If you’re a skier, snowboarder, or have even just spent time in

a lodge, there’s a good chance you’ve been impacted by Jim’s

work. Millions of skiers and riders have posed alongside trail

maps located at the base and summit of mountains across

the globe. Eager planners pick up a trail map and devise a

plan on where the best powder stashes might be, and how

to maximize the amount of runs they can get in and still

beat the lunch crowd back to the lodge. Few, however, have

probably noticed the artist’s signature on these, but if you

look close, you’ll likely find Jim Niehues.

At 75, Jim is beginning to wind down the career he didn’t

begin until he was 40. In his 20s and 30s, Jim held many

jobs as an artist. He worked for an automotive company,

did freelance graphic design work, and partnered in a small

ad agency in Grand Junction, Colorado. He met his second

wife, Dora, and in 1984 the couple moved to Denver, each

with two kids, in hopes of settling down. As Jim struggled

to make ends meet he went back to his interest in painting

outdoor scenery and reached out to Bill Brown, one of the

original ski map artists. “He liked my portfolio and gave

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me a small project, which he had some time before it

was due, in case he had to repaint my attempt. I worked

hard to mimic Bill’s technique, and my version was used

by the client,” said Jim. The small inset was featured by

Winter Park Resort in its 1987-1988 ski map. As luck

would have it, Brown wanted to move on to other

ventures and began handing over client map inquiries to

Jim. “I was on to a whole new career at the age of 40 …

and I couldn’t ski,” he laughed.

Jim would learn and take on the same hand-painting

process used by pioneers like Bill Brown and Hal Shelton.

He has since completed more than 430 maps across five

continents, and each one is painted by hand. As one

would imagine, the detail needed to accurately portray

an entire ski mountain requires an immense amount

of information. This involves gathering hundreds and

often thousands of aerial photographs. Jim is often at the

resort to capture the images himself and recalls the first

few trips as quite the learning experience. “My first trip

on assignment was terrifying. I was doing everything for

the first time for real; client meetings, aerial photography,

composing and painting the mountain, and delivering

the finished product. I remember departing at the

airport hoping I had everything I needed for the project;

was I forgetting something?”

Today’s technology has vastly improved the amount of

detail he can capture. When he was getting started in

the late ‘80s and early ‘90s, the process was more drawn

out. “In the early days it was a film 35mm camera. The

film camera meant carrying 10 rolls of 36 exposure film

from home, finding a developer on location, reviewing

the 4x6-inch photos with the client during the visit and

returning with all the prints for reference,” explained

Jim. “Once in New Zealand I lost a roll of film from the

helicopter as it rolled out the open door.”

Now armed with a 24meg Nikon D7100, Jim gets

incredibly high-resolution photos, which he can bring

back to his studio and begin the sketching process.

“When I shoot a resort I start with a sweep about 1,000

feet above the summit, high enough to get the entire

resort at 50mm or so on the zoom. After taking various

angles at that altitude, I will drop the plane to 500 feet

Some of the Northwest trail

maps produced by Jim Niehues:

Schweitzer Mountain Resort

Silver Mountain Resort

Brundage Mountain Resort

49˚ North Mountain Resort

Mt. Baker Ski Area

Stevens Pass

Whitefish Mountain Resort

… and more

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above the summit and zoom into the top sections

of the mountain for the detail and then drop to

mid-mountain to capture the lower sections and

base. When I review all these views I will pick

the best to create the full perspective and draw a

comprehensive sketch.”

Once he reviews these aerials and any other material

he can get hold of, Jim will sketch out the scene for

the client’s approval. Once the sketch is approved

it is transferred/traced to the painting surface. “I

use gouache watercolor that is easy to remove and

repaint for future alterations and expansions, and I

paint on an illustration board that is prepared with

gesso so the paint will not soak into the board.”

After another approval, the final painting is taken

to a photo lab for the scan. Jim then works on these

scans to touch up areas and tweak the color. The

scan is then uploaded to Dropbox and the link

sent to the client for downloading. The client or

their graphics people will put the trail names and

symbols on the image.

For Jim, the greatest challenge is getting all slopes

of a complex mountain in one flat representation

of the real-life multi-faceted scene. It takes a lot of

manipulation of the elements to connect all trails

but keep them relative to each other to show all

sides. All efforts are made to keep all runs running

down-page, especially the steepest runs. “Many

different perspectives flow together to create the

final composition that will effectively navigate the

skier to different parts of the mountain,” he said.

Once the sketch is approved, all the detail must be

transferred exactly onto the painting surface. The

airbrush is then used to paint the sky and all the

snow’s undulating surfaces. Steeper slopes usually

are shaded to set them apart from the easier runs.

The tree shadows on the snow are added next.

The trees are the most time-consuming part of

the painting. “I have developed a technique that is

creating a tree-like texture then rewetting the color

to blend and adding the highlights and shadows. It

is important to create the landforms with the sun’s

light on the tree-covered slopes using shading,” said

Jim.

A large ski resort takes about a week to compose

into a comprehensive sketch and a good two weeks

to paint. Once the final rendering is approved, the

30x40-inch painting is sent to the photo lab for a

100meg capture, and then off for client approval.

While some resorts use computer-generated

depictions, Jim is a firm believer that computers

cannot replicate what the human eye can. In his

case, many resorts across the world agree with him

and have supported his art when they could have

turned to technology instead.

“When I met with the crew at Schweitzer in 1993,

they pulled out a computer-generated elevation-

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lined perspective of their mountain, and

they were very excited about what the new

technology could do in mapping. My heart

sank,” Jim recalled. “They were hiring me that

day, but how long did I have? My career had

just barely made it to the comfortable level,

and I might very well be outdated within a

short time. I left that meeting thinking I had

maybe 10 years. They did hire me again in

2006 for a new updated rendering. Computer

maps just couldn’t—and still don’t—match the

presentation of a hand-painted map. The old

way is the best. You need the human element

to best relate the experience.”

Jim’s life work can now be found in a coffeetable

book, which features 200 of his maps,

intriguing stories and his artistic process. Jim

teamed with Open Road Ski Corporation,

which launched a Kickstarter campaign

to help fund the book. The response was

overwhelming; $500,000 raised, making it the

No. 1 Art-Illustration Kickstarter campaign of

all time. The funds allowed Jim to make the

most beautiful book he could. It measures

11.5-inches tall and 24-inches wide and uses

Italian art-quality printing, heavier weight

matte-coated paper and a lay-flat binding. “It

has been extremely rewarding to realize what

my illustration has meant to skiers around the

world. Most of them remember pinning the

maps on their walls as kids,” said Jim.

As Jim lives in semi-retirement he is able to

reflect back at his accomplishments and where

it all began. He believes the luck of being in

the right place and the right time played a

factor, as well as passion and determination.

“I think I am most proud of the fact that I am

an example of what is capable if you set your

“It has been extremely

rewarding to realize

what my illustration

has meant to skiers

around the world.

Most of them

remember pinning the

maps on their walls

as kids.”

mind to it.” Jim also believes his wife Dora was

a major key to his success, as she helped him

navigate a lot of the business side of things so

he could remain focused on the art.

Jim is a recent inductee into the National

Ski and Snowboard Hall of Fame and the

Colorado Snow Sports Hall of Fame. As the

awards and accolades continue to pile up,

Jim aims to continue to stay true to who he

is. “I remain a pretty humble homegrown

farm boy from the small community of Loma,

Colorado, that is uncomfortable in ritzy resort

accommodations. I like the smaller hometown

ski mountains and cozy lodges.”

In retirement the painting won’t cease. He

will take revisions to update existing resort

paintings and perhaps one more resort or

two—maybe. Jim has always wanted to paint

landscapes and being so busy with maps has

not found the time to do so. “I have hundreds

of photos of scenes I’ve wanted to do. I have

completed nine so far and plan to continue for

years to come. After all, I started the ski maps

at age 40, why not this at 75,” he laughed.

You can see more of Jim’s work at

JamesNiehues.com.

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THE

kitchen

CONSIDERING A REMODEL?

THE HOW, WHAT AND WHY TO REFRESHING YOUR KITCHEN SPACE

by ABIGAIL THORPE

For most of us, the kitchen has become one of the most used (and

viewed) spaces in the home. Gone are the days of hiding it away;

now, we look to open concepts, plenty of counter space, and

welcoming lighting and accessories to make our kitchens the beautiful

and functional entertaining and family spaces we use them as.

As a primary space in the home we use and see every day, it’s often the

kitchen you look to remodel first. But if you’re on a budget and want to

make sure your money goes the distance, it can be hard to decide what

choices to make when refreshing your kitchen, and if or when to do it

yourself. The average kitchen remodel can cost anywhere from $20,000 to

upward of $75,000. The good news is, there are ways to save money—as

long as you don’t cut corners where it matters.

How can you save on cost?

When it comes to a kitchen remodel, the highest costs are typically the

cabinets, countertops and appliances. It’s also important to know what

kind of structural or electrical changes you have to make, as these will

drive cost and time up. “Every remodel we do varies depending on style,

products, and whether we have to move load-bearing walls, plumbing,

HVAC or electrical,” explains Derek Adams of Creekside Construction

in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho.

When it comes to saving money, cabinets are a prime place to look.

If your cabinets are in good condition, a fresh coat of paint can make

all the difference and save you a boatload, says Daniel Yoder, owner of

Panhandle Countertops in Bonners Ferry, Idaho. “That’s something that

can really freshen it up.”

If you do need to replace the cabinets, opting for manufactured versus

custom cabinets, or choosing less expensive materials and design, can

help save on cost. “The best way to save money is to buy a less expensive

cabinet door material (ie: alder), and have it painted or stained in one

of the cabinet company’s standard finishes,” adds Deann Hammer of

Broadway Design in Tacoma, Washington. “Also, the cabinet door

style can drive up the cost. A standard shaker-style door design is less

expensive than a cabinet door with a lot of detail in the design.”

When it comes to countertops, quartz is a popular and often affordable

option, but laminate options have come a long way and are often half or a

third the price of stone or a solid surface, advises Yoder.

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When to hire someone and when to do it

yourself.

Doing it yourself might not save you money

in the long run. “Unless you have experience

or friends with lots of extra time and skills, we

don't recommend going at it solo,” says Adams.

“It may sound cliché, but you get what you pay

for!”

Particularly when it comes to installing

countertops or cabinets and electric and

plumbing, it’s important to hire a professional.

“A professional is responsible for all of the job,”

says Juan Oseguera of In-N-Out Construction

in Olympia, Washington. He recommends

first getting an estimate from professionals

and asking questions to find out about their

experience and ability.

If you’re dying to get in and do some of the

work yourself, you can help with the demo, or

even do something as simple as paint the walls

(leave the cabinets to the experts). But don’t

just start ripping stuff out. Call your suppliers

first to find out lead times and availability, that

way you don’t get stuck without a kitchen sink

for six weeks, advises Yoder.

An interior designer can help provide the

necessary design materials for you and your

contractor, and also help save you time and

money (and end up with a great finished look)

by providing material selections and designer

access to pricing and offerings, adds Hammer.

Now trending …

Say hello to light, warm and natural. Kitchen

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“Now, more often than not, our customers are

doing a combination of mountain modern

or modern,” says Adams. In addition to color

schemes, open concepts and easy accessibility

to the surrounding spaces is central to current

kitchen designs, adds Oseguera.

“Think warm-colored wood cabinets, earthycolored

countertops (like concrete color), and

warm-colored lighting,” explains Hammer.

“The new trend in kitchen designs is to make

the kitchen feel more like the rest of the

house, and less industrial.” Along with the

neutral-hued trend is a focus on using organic

materials whenever possible for added comfort

and a natural feel.

Let’s talk appliances.

“Appliances are a category that can make or

break your budget,” warns Hammer. Read

consumer reports to find good appliances that

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save money, buy an entire appliance package

from one vendor (added bonus, the finishes will

match), she advises, or search out the scratch

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great appliances with minimal damage that you

often can’t see once it’s installed.

When it comes to choosing between an electric

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and what your space is set up for. Gas is cheaper

to use, but if your kitchen isn’t set up for it,

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Revitalize Your Living Space

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Does your home need a seasonal uplift? As the days become longer and brighter, you can follow suit by brightening

your living space—without breaking the bank.

A few simple touches and uncomplicated upgrades will help you feel refreshed in your home and confident in your

ability to make a change. This season, flex both your creativity and your budget with the following tips.

Create curb appeal. Pride in your home begins on the outside. Smile a little brighter from the moment you walk up

to your front door with a few updates that focus on less as more. Start with the front door—a fresh, energizing coat of

paint and an update to its hardware can instantly make it more inviting. Consider additional paint to use for window

trim to keep the look consistent.

Next, look for opportunities to update small details—like a new

welcome mat, adding outdoor lighting (think outside the box

with lanterns or twinkle lights), replacing old house numbers

and personalizing your mailbox. Every detail counts, and

there are plenty of thrifty options to choose from when

replacing or uplifting these items to revamp your

home’s outward perspective.

Make basic repairs. Don’t overlook the small

things. A small leak, a torn screen or a loose

hinge is a perfect place to start when taking home

updates into your own hands. A few simple fixes

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can add up to major stress relief—you’ll thank yourself for each

small step you take toward the fully functional home you desire.

Add a splash of color. Color has the power to create a mood,

evoke emotion and set a tone. If your walls are looking washed

out, a coat of paint can instantly revive the entire room—pick a

color that matches the room’s functionality and watch it come

to life. If you’re new to painting at home, you can easily find a

tutorial from trusted DIY-friendly sites like ThisOldHouse.com

to get expert tips on technique and efficiency.

Freshen up your fixtures. Don’t overlook the small details.

Lighting, door handles and faucets all contribute to your home’s

desired aesthetic. Choosing new materials, new colors or a new

sleek style when it comes to your home’s smaller hardware items

can add up to a noticeable change in its look.

Replacing outdated chandeliers or finding chic fixtures to

illuminate your space has endless possibilities and provides a

simple way to create an ambiance. Look to sites like Wayfair,

Lumens and Lamps Plus, or reliable standbys Home Depot and

Walmart for a range of lamps and light fixtures at affordable

prices.

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beautiful ways you can let it in—or keep it out when you need

to! Choose and hang your own shutters or dramatic curtains of

choice. Mirrors can also quickly transform the light in a room;

place one directly opposite or next to a window to further

harness natural light and brighten the room instantly.

Customized cabinets. If you love your kitchen and its storage

space but not the look of your cabinets, take matters into your

own hands. For customized cabinets, start with a fresh hue of

paint or new handles.

Swapping out your current knobs for fun, trendy options can

be a quick project—for the simplest swap, just aim to match the

width of your current handles to avoid drilling new holes. For an

internal uplift, HGTV recommends using removable wallpaper

to bring a creative color pop to the inside of your kitchen storage

space.

Goodbye, popcorn ceiling. Ready to stop staring at that popcorn

ceiling? The trend that was once popular has lost its luster, but

it’s not a complicated fix. Simply visit a local hardware store and

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flooring and carpet can start to beg for an uplift.

The right flooring can really tie a room together,

completing the look and feel you’re seeking—

and a new surface area can be a valuable

investment.

Laminate flooring is a great, affordable

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sustainable cork flooring, and much more,

each with a wide variety of colors, patterns and

finishes.

If new carpeting is your goal, keep costs down by

considering choices like stain-resistant polyester

or Berber, a thick, tufted version of olefin carpet

praised for durability at a lower price point.

Get cozy and personal. If you’re revamping the

home with a long future in mind, settle in a little

more with personal touches that make it truly

yours. These can be the most affordable, yet

most rewarding, parts of home improvement.

Find your inspiration, set your vision and make

it happen with creatively displayed photos, art,

unique wallpaper and pieces of furniture that

reflect your personality and lifestyle.

Printed maps, vision boards and chalkboards

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cozy comforts like candles, diffusers, large

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Ready to feel renewed in your space this spring?

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TOP WAYS TO UPDATE YOUR OUTDOOR LIVING SPACE FOR THE WARMER SEASON

by JILLIAN CHANDLER

Spring is slowly, but surely, making its way back. Soon we will be outdoors enjoying the warm air and sunshine, rather than

being bundled up inside by the fire. To make sure we’re ready to welcome spring with open arms, it’s time to start planning

and preparing our outdoor space for our spring and summer enjoyment. Below you will find some helpful tips to bring

the joys and comfort of home outdoors.

New Decking or Patio

After another wet, cold winter, your deck may be in need of repair and reinforcement,

and your patio may be experiencing fading and cracking. Now is the ideal time to

start planning for the work to be done so it’s ready to be tackled once the weather is

ready to cooperate. If it is a small repair, you may be able to handle it yourself or with

the help of your handy family member or friend; but if it is a bigger job, it’s best to

reach out to the professionals.

Patio Furniture

During the warmer months, our living space naturally moves from inside our homes

to outside. Just as you want a warm, welcoming living room with plenty of room for

visitors, you want to extend that feeling outward onto your patio or deck. As you and

your friends and family will gather to spend much of your time here, you will want

to make sure your patio furniture is up to the challenge—in both durability and style.

If it’s been a while since you last updated your outdoor furniture, and it’s needing a

much-need makeover—or replacement—make this the year. It’s an investment in

your home and lifestyle, where time will be spent and memories made.

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Gazebo or Canopy

If your backyard is lacking shade, a canopy, with several sizes and styles to choose

from to complement your space, can be a welcome addition. On the patio, by the

pool, in a corner of the yard … a canopy is a cost-efficient way to add some shade,

along with style and privacy. But if you are looking for a more permanent and sturdy

solution that you prefer to stay in one place, a wooden gazebo may be the answer

you’re looking for. From DIY to premade to custom built, the sky’s the limit to create

the look you’ve imagined. And a canopy or gazebo will add extra protection during

those spring showers.

Trellis

If you are looking for a cost-effective way to add a little privacy while adding some

greenery and a touch of style, a trellis can do just the trick. Plant some clematis,

wisteria, honeysuckle and/or any type of vine to your liking, which will grow up and

across the lattice. This will not only add to its privacy but a touch of sophistication,

beauty and fragrance as well. This is a simple—and affordable—solution to add some

space between your and your neighbors, especially if you have a smaller backyard

area. The best part is this is a 100 percent do-it-yourself project.

Potted Plants

Updating your garden space—if you have the space—with a new assortment of

flowers, shrubs and/or ornamental trees is a great way to freshen up your backyard.

But don’t forget those potted plants, which are a perfect way to spruce up your deck

or patio with the addition of added color and texture. You can opt for uniform pots

or a variety of shapes, colors and patterns that complement each other. Each pot

can be unique in your flower selection or similar to each other. It’s up to you to turn

boring into extraordinary.

Lighting

It is important that your space is well lit once the sun goes down. This not only

helps to eliminate unnecessary trips and falls, but entices you and your company

to spend more time enjoying the outdoors together. Light from a fire in a firepit or

outdoor fireplace, to tiki torches, stringed overhead lights, path and built-in deck

lighting all add ambiance along with functionality, allowing you to take advantage

of the outdoor space you’ve created more hours of the day—or should we say night!

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As winter fades and trees begin to sprout blossoms and leaves, the nation’s capital springs back to life. People emerge from winter

hibernation and venture out to enjoy Washington, D.C.’s many public green spaces and monuments. Each year the signature event

is the National Cherry Blossom Festival.

Where to Stay

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Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport. The hotel has indoor access to the Metro and is only two stops away from all the monuments

and museums. You are walking distance to great shopping at the Fashion Centre or Pentagon Row. Arlington Cemetery and the Pentagon

are also nearby. The hotel is offering a Spring in D.C. package with a perfect way to enjoy the spring season. It includes accommodations, a

$65 breakfast credit, Afternoon Tea for Two and Metrorail passes for two.

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THE NATIONAL CHERRY BLOSSOM

FESTIVAL IS AN ODE TO SPRING. PLAN

YOUR VISIT TO COINCIDE WITH THE

PEAK BLOOM DATE.

Where to Eat

The National Mall is a food-truck oasis with a vast cultural diversity of

food. There are so many it can be overwhelming, but it is an experience

you shouldn’t miss. Where else can you dine on street food while

enjoying the views of the Washington Monument and other treasures

on the National Mall. Food choices abound with everything from Philly

cheese steaks and burgers to authentic gyros, shawarma and other

ethnic foods.

Another not to miss is the legendary afternoon tea at the Ritz Carlton

Pentagon City. This is a good option for lunch as well. Homemade

scones, petit sandwiches and a variety of pastries are served up with

your choice of teas or a champagne cocktail. Truly memorable and

worth the splurge.

Another popular activity in D.C. is happy hour at a rooftop bar—

especially when the weather turns nice. Zoning limits the heights of

buildings in the city limits, so there are some expansive views with no

skyscrapers. Many of the hotels in the area have an outdoor experience.

Google “Best Rooftop Bars” in Washington, D.C., and you will see list

after list. Here are two that are repeated on multiple “best of ” lists.

Top of the Yard Rooftop Bar is located at the Hampton Inn and Suites

Washington, D.C. Navy Yard. It is famed for its view of the Nationals

Park, and you can see the baseball games while enjoying a cocktail from

this outdoor venue. Throw in a ballpark-themed menu for the win. The

Watergate Hotel boasts the Top of the Gate with a 360-degree view of

the D.C. skyline, Washington Monument, the Potomac River and the

Kennedy Center. Enjoy small bites while sipping a craft cocktail. Rooftop

Yoga is offered during the season.

Restaurants in D.C. are operating at a 25 percent capacity for indoor

dining. Outdoor dining, carryout and delivery are available at many local

restaurants. The situation is changing, so verify with the restaurant—

and be sure to make a reservation.

What to Do

The National Cherry Blossom Festival is an ode to spring. Plan your visit

to coincide with the peak bloom date. According to the National Park

Service, this is the day when 70 percent of the blossoms on the Yoshino

cherry trees, which surround the Tidal Basin, are open. Throughout the

city, a variety of events are planned. Due to the nature of COVID-19,

some will be virtual, but there will be opportunities to see the blossoms

live. You will need to check with the festival organizers for more details.

Two fun things to do during the festival is to go art hunting. Local and

national artists have created 25 giant cherry blossom sculptures that

have interactive icons you can engage with to win prizes. Beginning

March 20, search around the D.C. area. A new event is the Petal Porches.

Download a virtual map (see The Specifics) and plan a walk or drive

around a D.C. neighborhood to see porches decorated with a cherry

blossom theme.

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The Speci f ics

WHERE TO STAY

The Ritz Carlton Pentagon City

RitzCarlton.com/en/hotels/washington-dc/pentagon-city

WHERE TO EAT

Top of the Yard - TOTYDC.com

Top of the Gate - TheWatergateHotel.com/dine-and-drink/top-of-the-gate

The Ritz Carlton Pentagon City

RitzCarlton.com/en/hotels/washington-dc/pentagon-city

WHAT TO DO

The National Cherry Blossom Festival - NationalCherryBlossomFestival.org

The International Spy Museum - SpyMuseum.org

Hillwood Museum and Gardens - HillwoodMuseum.org

Mount Vernon - MountVernon.org

The International Spy Museum is open. You will need

a timed ticket, so make sure to purchase in advance so

you aren’t disappointed. This museum is impressive,

with lots of interactive experiences. You register as

an agent during your initial briefing then complete

challenges throughout your tour. Once you are

finished with your tour you will enter the Spy Shop,

one of the best museum gift shops in the country. A

fantastic selection, they even have National Cherry

Blossom Festival souvenirs.

With the weather so nice in the spring, venture to the

Hillwood Museum and Gardens. This lovely estate

was purchased by Marjorie Merriweather Post with

the intent to establish a museum after her death. The

gardens are set on 25 acres and have a variety of styles

including a Japanese Garden and a Russian Dacha on

the grounds, which is now used for special exhibitions.

The highlight of the museum collection is two Faberge

Imperial Easter Eggs, the Twelve Monograms Easter

Egg and the Catherine the Great Easter Egg. Post’s

collection of Faberge is one of the finest in the world.

This is such a lovely property it is easy to spend a day.

There is also a restaurant on-site and a well thoughtout

gift shop with many luxury items.

Another museum house worth visiting when the

weather is nice is that of George Washington. Mount Vernon was his

love, and on a nice spring day you can see why. The estate is over 40

acres on the Potomac River, and there is so much to see and do; you

will want to plan your visit. The ticket process can be confusing, as you

must purchase an estate pass and then add-on tours of the home and

other specialty tours, which vary by day. For first-time visitors, tour the

mansion (timed tours purchased in advance online) and then use the

website to decide on an itinerary. So many options from a first-time

visitor or family itinerary to a military or African American history. For

foodies, follow the Food and Spirits Itinerary. An interesting fact: Did

you know George Washington made whiskey? In 1779, the year he died,

his whiskey distillery was one of the largest in America and produced

over 11,000 gallons.

When planning your visit to D.C., visit Washington.org, the official

tourism site for the area, for the most up-to-date information regarding

COVID-19 requirements and what is open. The situation is constantly

changing, so check back frequently. There is a wealth of information

on the area, and the site has some great ideas for your trip. Make

reservations or purchase tickets ahead of time. Due to space capacities,

many attractions offer timed entry, and if you wait until the day you want

to visit, you may be disappointed, so be sure to plan ahead.

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If you're looking for the perfect stop for breakfast, lunch

and everything in between, then look no further than your

neighborhood bagel shop. At Uptown Bagel Co. in Sandpoint,

they proudly serve up the freshest bagels in town from 7am

to 3pm Monday through Saturday, and 8am to 1pm Sunday.

Any time is bagel time. Uptown Bagel Co. proudly serves

Tractor beverages, New Yorker Bagels and Doma Coffee.

13 N. 3rd Ave. | Sandpoint

208.263.9276 | UptownBagels.com

The Inland Northwest’s Preferred Caterer

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TRINITY AT CITY BEACH

Sandpoint’s premier waterfront dining offers an

extensive menu of American cuisine with an

impressive wine list. Featuring a full-service bar

and beautiful view of Lake Pend Oreille. Serving

breakfast, lunch and dinner seven days a week,

Trinity at City Beach is ready to become your

new favorite restaurant.

56 Bridge St. | Sandpoint

208.255.7558

TrinityAtCityBeach.com

SWEET LOU’S

RESTAURANT & BAR

Sweet Lou’s Restaurant and Bar proudly offers

something for everyone, with specialties

including chicken fried steak, smoked prime

rib, bison ribs, and grilled PB&J and bacon

sandwiches. All menu items are reasonably

priced, fresh and made to order. Full bar.

477272 Hwy 95 | Ponderay

208.263.1381

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FORTY-ONE SOUTH

A beautiful waterfront, fine-dining restaurant in

a romantic lodge setting overlooking Lake Pend

Oreille. Whether it is summer on the patio or

cozying up to the fireplace in the winter, Forty-

One South’s spectacular sunsets, innovative

cuisine, full bar and extensive wine list are sure

to make it a memorable night out. The bar

and restaurant menu changes with the season

offering a variety of delicious food year-round.

Reservations recommended.

41 Lakeshore Dr. | Sagle

208.265.2000

41SouthSandpoint.com

THE BURGER DOCK

Voted Best Burger in Bonner County! Treat yourself

to the tastiest burger in town, made with housepressed

patties using locally sourced, grass-fed meat

from Wood’s. Burgers are served on a soft toasted

organic bun finished with quality ingredients and

homemade sauces. Diners can also choose from

a selection of salads, hand-cut fries, real ice cream

milkshakes, soft drinks and beer, wine and canned

cocktails. Visit Facebook and Instagram for their

latest promos, and find them in the Gateway parking

lot at Schweitzer on weekends and holidays! Open

Monday-Tuesday 11am-3pm, Thursday-Saturday

11am-8pm, Sunday 11am-6pm. You can order to-go!

116 N. First Ave. | Sandpoint.

208.597.7027 | TheBurgerDock.com

TAYSTY'S EATERY &

WINE BAR

Located on the historic Cedar Street Bridge, take in

the views of Sand Creek and the mountains beyond

while enjoying an unforgettable meal at Taysty's—

downtown’s newest favorite place to eat. Here you

will find breakfast all day (breakfast burritos, deluxe

breakfast sandwiches and pizzas, savory or sweet

crepes, and quiche), while lunch and dinner provide

a selection of fresh salads, grilled sandwiches and

wraps, and artisan pizzas—all made in-house. Finish

your meal with their authentic gelato! You can also

choose to take a seat at their wine bar, which offers

tapas to pair with your wine. Open daily.

334 N. 1st Ave. | Sandpoint

208.265.4396

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JALAPENOS MEXICAN

RESTAURANT

Fresh and unique, Jalapenos Mexican Restaurant in

Downtown Sandpoint has been a favorite of many for

over 25 years. Whether it’s Margarita Monday, Taco

Tuesday or Magic Wednesday, there is something

for everyone here, and its newly expanded menu

has brought even more choices to diners. If you are

looking for family fun, a date night or even a place to

host a party in their private dining room, Jalapenos

Mexican Restaurant will keep you coming back

for more!

314 N. Second Ave. | Sandpoint

208.263.2995

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FRESH BAKED STOLLEN

whole or by the slice!

Order Yours For Easter - Hallelujah Christ Has Risen!

Huckleberry • Raspberry • Cherry • Apricot • Lemon Blueberry

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Monday-Friday | 8:30am-5:30pm

1326 Baldy Mtn. Rd., Sandpoint, Idaho | 208.263.9446 Join us!

Come hungry, Stay late, Eat well!

Sweet Lou’s Restaurant & Bar

Hwy 95 N Ponderay | 208.263.1381

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Sweet Lou’s RestauranT & TAP HOUSE

601 Front Ave. 208.667.1170 | DOWNTOWN Cda

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Sandpoint, Idaho

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CARROT CAKE WITH CREAM

CHEESE FROSTING

Recipe Courtesy of Tina VanDenHeuvel

You can follow Tina @madebetterforyou on Instagram

FOR THE CAKE

INGREDIENTS:

3/4 cup coconut flour, sifted

3/4 cup almond flour, sifted

4 tsp. cinnamon

1 tsp. baking soda

1 tsp. baking powder

1 tsp. salt

1/2 tsp. ground nutmeg

9 large eggs

1/2 cup white Erythritol Sweetener (I used Lakanto)

1/2 cup golden Erythritol Sweetener (I used Lakanto)

1/2 cup sour cream

2 tsp. vanilla extract

4 cups carrot, grated and lightly packed

3/4 cup pecans, chopped

1/2 cup unsweetened coconut flakes (27 g.) + 1/4 cup toasted for garnish

(optional)

METHOD:

• Preheat your oven to 350˚F and line two 9-inch cake pans with parchment

paper, spraying the exposed sides with cooking spray. Set aside.

• In a medium bowl, stir together the coconut flour, almond flour, cinnamon,

baking soda and powder, salt and nutmeg.

• In a separate, large bowl, using an electric hand mixer, beat the eggs,

sweeteners, sour cream and vanilla until well combined. Stir in the flour mixture

and stir until combined.

• Gently fold in the carrots, pecans and coconut flakes until well combined. Let

the batter stand for 10 minutes so the coconut flour can begin to absorb the

moisture. Your batter will be thick; this is normal.

• Divide the batter evenly between the two pans, spreading out smoothly. Bake

until the sides are golden brown, and a toothpick inserted in the center comes

out clean, about 35 to 40 minutes. Let cool completely before frosting.

FOR THE FROSTINIG

INGREDIENTS:

12 oz. cream cheese, at room temperature (1.5 bricks)

3/4 cup sour cream

3 tsp. vanilla extract

1 cup powdered Erythritol Sweetener (I used swerve)

METHOD:

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• In a large bowl, using an electric hand mixer, beat together the cream cheese,

sour cream and sweetener on high speed until fluffy. Add in the vanilla and beat

until combined and smooth.

TO FROST:

• Place one layer of the cake bottom side up on a cake stand. Spread 3/4 cup of

the frosting all over it evenly. Then, place the other cake bottom side up gently

on top.

• Spread a thin layer of frosting all over the cake to make the crumb coat. It

doesn't have to be pretty, it's just to seal in the crumbs. Chill for at least an hour,

up to overnight. Put the remaining frosting in the fridge as well to firm up.

• Once chilled, frost the entire cake with an offset spatula. Garnish with extra

coconut, if desired.


Open for Dine-in

and Take-out!

At Forty-One South you will enjoy spectacular sunsets, beautiful

waterfront dining, innovative cuisine, delicious food, fun cocktails,

and professional and courteous service. Relax with a drink and

enjoy the beautiful Lake Pend Oreille waterfront in our romantic

lodge setting. We have a full bar and extensive wine list too.

OPEN 7 NIGHTS A WEEK

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24 HOURS

FOR HANK

HEAD TO THE SLOPES AND HELP RAISE

MONEY FOR CYSTINOSIS RESEARCH

By Abigail Thorpe

The longest giant slalom in the U.S is back! March 27 marks

the annual 2,400 Feet of Schweitzer alpine, snowboard and

telemark event to support 24 Hours for Hank, so get ready

to hit the slopes. At sunrise, the event begins at the Sky

House Lodge on the summit of Schweitzer, finishing at the Outback

Lodge at the base.

All skill levels are welcome, and each team will include two or four

people, with timed runs. Seeding for the race will be determined on

participant fundraising efforts, but even if you haven’t fundraised,

you can still join in the fun of the event and help raise money for an

important case.

In 2007, local boy Henry “Hank” Sturgis was diagnosed with a rare

genetic disease called Cystinosis, which only affects around 500

people in the U.S. Because it affects such a small population, it has

not been adopted by the pharmaceutical industry, and research is

scarce to nonexistent.

24 Hours for Hank aims to change that. Started by family and

friends who wanted to help find a cure for Hank, the organization

helps raise money to fund Cystinosis research, and 1,400 Feet of

Schweitzer is one of their biggest events. To date, they have raised

over $1.25 million to support research.

COVID precautions will be in place for this year’s event, but it will still

include the coveted prizes for each category and age group. Enjoy a

barbecue lunch after the excitement of the event, and help support

Hank and others affected by Cystinosis! A delicious dinner, silent

auction and live auction will follow later in the day. All proceeds go

to support Cystinosis research.

Entry fees include all-day lift access, an event gift, barbecue lunch at

the Mountain View Patio and limited hotel discounts at the Selkirk

Lodge. Register and learn more at 24HoursforHank.org.

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Emergency Lifesaver Course: April 24-25

$299 - Two-day emergency medicine program built by former

Military, Law Enforcement, and EMS Medical Providers.

• CPR for adults & infants (2 yr American Red Cross Certification)

• How to control life-threatening bleeding

• Manage a compromised airway

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* Applicable for experienced medical providers or someone with

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VISIT OUR WEBSITE TO SEE THE VARIETY OF COURSES WE OFFER!

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FUN & ENTERTAINMENT

March

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SANDPOINT FOL BOOK SALE

monthly book sale is back at the Bonner County Library! Stock up on

some gently used books, DVDs, CDs and more at the Sandpoint branch

on Saturday, March 6, from 10am until 2pm. Friends of the Library (FOL)

put this event on every month, and it’s a great opportunity to find some

awesome deals to support your reading habit (or your kids’) while you

support your local library. Donations are accepted on the day of the sale,

or you can drop them off before at the library information and circulations

desk. To learn more, visit EBonnerLibrary.org.

TAP TAKEOVER AT THE ST. BERNARD

ready for a tap takeover at your favorite mountain lounge, the St.

Bernard. Saturday, March 13, Pelican Brewing and 10 Barrel Brewing will

be taking over the taps with a selection of delicious brews, including the

new Bird-Day Vol. 1 collaboration in celebration of Pelican’s 25th birthday.

Stop in all day for a pint of some of these delicious beers, and don’t miss live

music starting at 7pm. If you’re not in the mood for beer, the St. Bernard

offers a variety of wine, canned cocktails and non-alcoholic drinks, plus a

great food and snack menu to warm you up after a long day of skiing. To

learn more, visit @TheStBernard479 on Facebook.

IPAC AVALANCHE CLASS

It’s ski and snowmobile season, and there’s no better time to learn what

to do in case of an avalanche. IPAC and the Sandpoint Winter Riders are

teaming up again to deliver an avalanche preparedness class that is free to

attend! Meet up at the Trestle Creek Snow Parking Lot at 10am on March

20, and head up for a day of field training and mock up rescues on the

mountain, followed by a delicious barbecue. Attendance is limited to 15

people, and it is first come, first serve. If you have them, bring a probe,

beacon, shovel and avalanche pack. To reserve your spot or learn more,

message @SandpointWinterRiders on Facebook.

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

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

that event schedules may change or events canceled completely. Be sure

to visit event websites to stay up to date with current information.

SUBMIT YOUR EVENTS ONLINE!

Want your event to appear on the largest eventsite in the

northwest? Submit your events to us online at

events.directorynorthwest.com 24/7, 365 days a year!

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Chamber Events • Community Calendars • Visitor Guide • Relocation Info • Volunteer Opportunities

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The Greater Sandpoint Chamber of Commerce is a nonprofit, membership-driven organization

composed of approximately 450 business enterprises, civic organizations, and individuals. The

Greater Sandpoint Chamber of Commerce provides the first impression to many visitors, new

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208-290-5888

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www.JackieSuarez.com

Three dwellings on 4.12 acres with year-round Colburn Creek, ponds, fruit trees, two wells and NO CC&Rs. Unit 1 : 4-bedroom, 2.5 bath

home built in 1914 historically housed BNSF railroad employees - railroad crossing approximately 130 feet away. Unit 2 : 798 sq 1-bedroom,

1-bath guest home currently used as a rental. Unit 3 : 40x45 shop with 1180 square foot 1-bedroom, 2-bath living quarters - All less

than 10 miles to town! $615,000

Not so remote 40 acres with incredible mountain views, mature trees and year-round creek. Comprised

of two 20-acre parcels, power is two parcels away. Close to the Pend O’Reille, less than a mile

from a county-maintained road and approximately 10 miles to Sandpoint. Idaho Heaven! $360,000

You will be delighted with this gorgeous 3-bedroom, 3 bath, new home in Moon Ridge Estates. The

main floor has everything you need, including a spacious bedroom with en-suite bath, guest bedroom,

full bath, spacious laundry room and upscale kitchen with meless, quality finishes. Upstairs, there's

a third bedroom with its own private bath. Outside, there are covered front and back porches and sprinklers

in the front for a low-maintenance exterior, designed for you to arrive and enjoy. All this in a prime

locaaon of upscale homes near Schweitzer Resort, trails, stores and services. You've found it! Photos are

of similar home recently completed, may have upgrades. $499,900

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L O C A L E X P E R T

208-290-5888

Jackie@JackieSuarez.com

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Forever View is true! Amazing vistas from this

prime lot in Forever View Estates, less than five

miles to Sandpoint. Accessed by all paved

roads, this 5 acre private site includes a well

and electricity is to the property line. Private

seppc systems are required here, CC&Rs apply

and the road associaaon takes care of winter

plowing. $249,000

Build your home on this gorgeous lot at the

Highlands on the Hope Peninsula. Red Fir Road

leads you along the Lake to this property

among amazing estates. Lot 7 features a gently

sloping topography, filtered lake views and a

high degree of privacy in a quiet locaaon

among the wildlife. Common area includes a

community beach. $229,000

Perfect blend of form and funccon in this charming home only minutes to Sandpoint. Living room

offers a cozy gas fireplace with bright open space. Kitchen has a breakfast bar, built in cabinets for

ample storage and access to the paao in the large fenced backyard for easy entertaining. Main Floormaster

suite with a jeeed tub and spacious walk-in closet. Upstairs you will find 2 addiional roomy

bedrooms. Bonus room above the garage has plenty of space for home office and family room.

$640,000

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