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April 2021 Bonners Ferry Living Local

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BONNERS FERRY

2020

» How to Land Your Dream

Home in a Hot Market

» Find Your Match in a Realtor

» To Sell in a Seller’s Market?

YOUR WINNERS

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1 Year

Anniversary

Come Celebrate With Us in Bonners Ferry!

Haley McQueen & Blake Bevans

Locally Owned and Operated

Being a part of this community for the past year has been great. After working in the Grocery Outlet company for 10 years, we

earned the opportunity to own and operate the Bonners Ferry location. The support from our customers and their families has

made our first year in business extraordinary. Please join us in celebrating our first year ringing in the savings!

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Last month we said goodbye to winter,

welcoming spring with open arms

and happy hearts. As we bask in

the sunlight and warmth of the season, it

reminds us that this is a time of renewal, of

growth, of hope, of promise.

This coincides beautifully with Easter, April

4 this year, as this celebration of Jesus’

resurrection reminds us of God’s promise of

eternal life. When reflected upon, especially

in these times of continuing uncertainty,

we all can find hope and strength in

that promise.

It can be easy to lose hope when you feel

alone in the world. And with so much

illness and isolation still being felt across

the country, it is important to remember to

share God’s grace with those around you.

One of the best ways we can show the love

of God to others is through our actions,

giving the gift of hope to others. I encourage

you to connect with others who may feel

lost in their lives; who may find themselves

hopeless. This year, in addition to your

yearly Easter traditions, do what you can

to inspire hope in others. Share God’s love

with those around you, and you too will

feel renewed.

As nature around us comes alive, the trees

budding and the flowers beginning to break

through the soil up toward the sun, take a

moment to breathe in the fresh air, take in

God’s beauty, and embrace this season of

hope and change.

A blessed and joyful Easter from all of us at

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REAL ESTATE EDITION

» How to Land Your Dream

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ABOUT THE COVER

THE REAL ESTATE MARKET IS HOT IN NORTH

IDAHO, with many people packing up and moving

from larger cities to smaller towns like Bonners Ferry.

In this issue, catch up on all you need to know about the

current housing market, and how it may affect you! And

… don’t miss out on finding out who our winners are for

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CONTENTS

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ESSENTIALS

Construction and COVID: The perfect storm

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IN FOCUS

A Life of Aviation and Innovation: Bird’s legacy lives

on at museum

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GOOD NEWS

The Challenge Continues: 64 Idaho legislators walk

to support local schools

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LIFE & COMMUNITY

The Simple Pleasure of Pottery: A local couple brings

handmade stoneware to their community

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BUSINESS SPOTLIGHT

UnBoxed LLC: New retail outlet offers one-of-a-kind

bargains

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LIFE & COMMUNITY

Deadline Approaching: Submit your application for this

year’s Bonners Ferry Rotary Club Scholarship

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ATHLETE OF THE MONTH

Bo Bateman, Junior, Bonners Ferry High School

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FEATURE STORY

Celebrating 50 Years of the Special Olympics: How local

branches of the organization are adapting in 2021


sneak peek into April ...

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FIND YOUR MATCH

Tips for hiring an agent to help you navigate the

housing market in 2021

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FEATURED RECIPE

Caramelized Onion and Shiitake Frittata with

Havarti Cheese

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HEALTH & LIFESTYLE

Don’t Wait Until a Crisis: Planning ahead for

medical emergencies

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TO SELL IN A SELLER’S

MARKET?

Factors to consider in today’s white hot market

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FOOD & DRINK

Your local guide to the tastiest hot spots

around town

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REAL ESTATE

How to Land Your Dream Home in a Hot Market

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TRAVEL & LEISURE

Oregon’s Adventure Coast: Endless possibilities for the

perfect getaway

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FUN & ENTERTAINMENT

Don't miss out on the wonderful community

events taking place this month

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CONSTRUCTION AND COVID

The perfect storm

By Nikki Luttmann, Seven Bee Interiors

For Sandpoint Furniture, Carpet One and Selkirk Glass and Cabinets

With the COVID-19 situation finally improving, it has led

many of us in the construction industry to wonder if the

demand for real estate will die down as well. However,

this does not seem to be the case. For those of you who

have been biding your time to out-wait the virus before doing any home

improvements, the fact is that while many people were hunkering down,

the new construction market was booming, with unprecedented amounts

of people looking to move here, build or invest.

This has not shown any signs of slowing down, and what it means for you

is that finding help for smaller remodel projects is getting more and more

difficult. Most contractors in North Idaho are at least one to two years

out for new construction or remodels. Most sub-contractors (painters,

tile installers, etc.) are busy working for the contractors. So, how is the

average homeowner supposed to get anything done?

Cabinetry. Cabinetry is a bit tricky right now. While the cabinets

themselves might only be six to eight weeks out for production, the

installation could be weeks longer than that. Coordinating with your

cabinet salesperson for the installation date might be more important

than coordinating with them for the production dates. Find out what they

require for installation ahead of time, and make sure you have all sinks,

appliances, etc. onsite so as not to cause any undue delays. If something

is not ready when they get there, it could be weeks before they are able to

get back and finish the job.

Flooring and Tile. Work with a store that also offers certified installation,

rather than trying to hire a flooring installer “on the side.” This guarantees

you a spot on the schedule, and it is the only way to ensure top-notch

work with the warranty to go with it. Carpet One, for example, works

with several crews to keep the schedule moving forward, but even then,

don’t expect them to be able to install tomorrow. Even if you choose

something in stock and ready to install, their crews are several weeks out.

Planning ahead is the name of the game, so make sure you anticipate a

little bit of a wait when you are ready to purchase.

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Remember, while patience in the building industry is always a virtue,

it should not come at the expense of your peace of mind or well-being.

Countertops. Like everything else, new solid-surface countertops are in demand right now. The

precise nature of the material and installation requires that the cabinetry be properly installed

or prepped before templating, and this can cause some confusion regarding the process. After

template, the material still must be cut to fit, and this takes time, so your project will go back

into the queue for cutting and installation. New countertops, unfortunately, are not instant

gratification, but the results can certainly be worth the wait!

Small Remodel Projects. This is where things get tricky. If your job requires more than one

subcontractor, or you are moving walls, electrical or plumbing, then you likely will need a

contractor. Currently, it is difficult to even get someone to return a phone call. It’s not because

they are rude; it is simply because anyone worth their salt is just that busy! My advice here is

to settle down, get on someone’s list, and know that—eventually—they will get to your job.

Oftentimes, contractors will schedule smaller projects into “holes” between their larger jobs,

and that timing can be nebulous, as they are not always positive when a job might be completed

or be at a stopping point long enough to get to their other commitments. Be patient, but do

feel free to check in periodically. This is a frustrating time to build, but it can be even more

frustrating to wait until your number is called for your remodel to begin. If you are someone

who likes to feel more “in control” over situations and services, I’d actually advise waiting until

the construction boom is over until you pursue a remodel. However, with the way things are

going, it could be a long wait!

Remember, while patience in the building industry is always a virtue, it should not come at

the expense of your peace of mind or well-being. If something does not feel right, or your

contractor demands a large sum of money for a deposit or retainer, feel free to pass. It’s worth

the time and effort to wait for someone reputable.

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Creating the Wake

TOOLS TO HELP US BE CONNECTIVE AND EFFECTIVE BEFORE, DURING AND AFTER

DIFFICULT CONVERSATIONS

ByTrish Buzzone, Thinking Partner, Executive Director, The John Maxwell Team

Thinking about listing?

Call me for a free

consultation and

let’s get you moving!

I’ve been thinking about the emotional energy

we exchange in our conversations and how this

energy affects our relationships. That cause

and effect reminded me of something I read in a

book by Susan Scott called "Fierce Conversations":

“The conversation is not ABOUT the relationship.

The conversation IS the relationship.”

That was such an “a-ha!” moment for me. When

we get hung up on what we’re talking about, we

miss that the engagement itself is the relationship,

and that these conversations affect the flow of how

we relate, how we understand and how we connect

with each other.

Scott describes how our conversations transfer

positive or negative emotional energy using the

illustration of a speedboat creating a wake. Every

conversation creates an emotional wake, a flow of

positive or negative emotional energy. Afterward,

we feel something, which Scott calls “afterglow,

aftermath or aftertaste.” While we may not always

connect those feelings with that conversation, we

carry these feelings into other interactions.

So, how do we enrich our relationships through

our conversations, sharing positive energy,

even when the conversation is about a difficult

or touchy subject? This begins with reminding

ourselves, regularly, that the conversation is the

relationship. As we apply that idea, it naturally

causes us to take responsibility for the emotional

energy we’re transferring. Here are three tools that

have helped me with that habit, and I know they

will help you too.

The first tool is to practice the conversation

before the conversation. Because it’s so easy to

be misunderstood and unintentionally hurtful,

especially when there’s upset or confusion, it helps

to have a conversation with ourselves before we

have a conversation with someone else. For me,

that begins with asking, “How am I enriching

this relationship?” and following that up with

“How can I do so with this conversation?” Every

conversation will have a crossroads, a point at

which everyone is better, someone is better, or no

one is better, because of that conversation. When

I take responsibility for helping everyone in the

conversation be better, I am more aware how that

conversation is helping or hurting the relationship.

That awareness is the next tool to create that

positive wake. It asks the questions, “What am I

really saying to the other person?” and “What are

they really wanting to say to me?” These questions

cause us to listen with more intention, shifting

our focus to include both what we’re wanting in

the conversation and what the other person wants

or needs. In unpacking this idea, Scott refers back

to the speedboat. The pilot should mind their

speed, not because they don’t have the right to

pilot the boat where they please, but because their

speed will affect other boats. If we speed through

a No Wake Zone, we may cause damage, and

when we speed through a conversation without

intentional awareness, we may transfer negative

emotional energy.

Third, when we take responsibility for the

emotional wake in our conversations, we learn

to stop making loaded statements. These include

blaming, name calling, assigning labels, sarcasm,

exaggerations like “This ruins everything,” or

accusations such as “You always do that” or “You’re

saying this, but what you really mean is ….”

When we avoid these loaded statements and,

instead, use connective, inviting language that

shows a desire to understand and appreciate the

other person, we create a positive flow of energy,

even in the midst of a difficult conversation. This

positive wake will continue to ripple out, flowing

between that conversation and the next, building

the foundation for better, healthier relationships.

Join me and other local leaders at a Streaming

Leaders Virtual Round Table. Let’s make a

difference together. Learn more at TrishBuzzone.

com/streaming-leaders.

Connect with Trish Buzzone at TrishBuzzone.com

or Facebook.com/groups/streamingleaders.

Contact me today!

Jennifer Van Etten

Coldwell Banker North Woods

Office: 208-267-8575

Cell: 208-304-9050

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STEPS FOR SCHOOLS: THE CHALLENGE CONTINUES

64 Idaho legislators walk to support local schools

By Abigail Thorpe

“WE WANT

TO PROMOTE

AND BUILD

CHAMPIONS

FOR HEALTH

WHILE

BENEFITING

IDAHO’S

YOUTH.”

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. Sixtyfour

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. “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.

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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.

Raised in Bonners Ferry,

Serving North Idaho

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.

“Our legislators are leaders in their communities,

and the walking challenge gives them the

opportunity to be a role model for health and

community health,” says Witt-Doyle. The challenge

aims to create a trickle effect that will set an

example for all ages, and inspire a spirit of change

in personal health by reminding us all that daily

exercise is essential to our health and happiness.

“Walking has so many positive benefits to mental

and physical health,” adds Witt-Doyle. “It is

accessible and free.” We may not all have the

accessibility or option to join a gym, hire a personal

trainer or participate in group classes, but walking

is an activity we all do daily that has many health

benefits. Simply walking for 30 to 45 minutes daily

boosts your mood, keeps your heart healthy, helps

manage your weight and is beneficial for mental

health. It can even lead to a longer life.

By starting at the top with our leaders during the

legislative session, the challenge is a reminder that

our health starts with something as simple as a

walk, and that we can all make time regardless of

how busy we are. It is also an important reminder

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youth is vital to the health of our communities.

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SUBMIT YOUR APPLICATION FOR THIS YEAR’S BONNERS FERRY

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By Jillian Chandler

Those in the community who are looking to pursue higher

education are encouraged to apply for the Rotary Club of Bonners

Ferry’s Rotary Scholarship.

“The local Rotary Club works hard to raise the funds for these

scholarships so that we may support dedicated and promising students

in our community to pursue higher education,” says Andrakay Pluid,

Scholarship Committee chair. “Our hope is that those students will take

that education and contribute to their communities in return.”

According to Andrakay, the number of scholarships and the amount

awarded vary by year. Last year, the Rotary awarded $10,000 through 10

scholarships of $1,000 each. The 2020 award recipients included: Bailey

Owens, Grace Villelli, Haley Wenk, Jamie Cromwell, Kelsey English,

Michael Youngwirth, Quinn Gray, Serenity Fahey, Sydney Nelson and

Victoria Rae.

Funds for the scholarship are raised through fundraising projects

conducted throughout the year by the Bonners Ferry Rotary Club, with

its primary fundraiser being their calendar drawing. They also have

community donors who contribute to the scholarship fund.

The deadline to apply for the 2021 scholarship is set for Friday, April

9. (To download the scholarship form, visit Portal.ClubRunner.ca/1799,

scroll down and click 2021 - BF Rotary Scholarship from the Download

Files.) The scholarship committee will meet to evaluate the applications,

with the 2021 recipients to be announced toward the end of the month.

“The recipient list is given to local media outlets and the high school,”

says Andrakay. “All applicants receive a letter stating if they were

awarded a scholarship as well.”

A Dessert Reception will be held in May to honor the scholarship

recipients. Recipients, their families and guests are invited to attend, and

will be joined by members of the Rotary Club. “Many members of the

club look forward to this event, as it is an opportunity to see their hard

work in action,” affirms Andrakay.

The Rotary Scholarship is offered to any deserving citizen of Boundary

County pursuing a higher education at any accredited college, university

or vocational school. Scholarship selection is based on the applicant’s

academic achievement, community service, personal goals and

motivation. To be considered for this scholarship, return a completed

application postmarked no later than April 9, 2021, to:

Rotary Club of Bonners Ferry Attn: Scholarship Committee

P. O. Box 1921

Bonners Ferry, ID 83805-1921

Due to COVID, there was no reception for the 2020 recipients. Pictured

are the 2019 scholarship recipients and club members. From left: Norm

Bratz, Jerzie Pluid, Seth Bateman, Gabby Barajas, Drew Foster, Kristie

Campbell (president), Erica Wood, Jordan Young, Caleb Peterson, Dave

Walter, Connor Claphan, Ada Bonnell, Linda Lederhos.

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By Abigail Thorpe

THE SIMPLE PLEASURE OF POTTERY

A LOCAL COUPLE BRINGS HANDMADE STONEWARE TO THEIR COMMUNITY

goal is to get a piece of our pottery in every home of

Boundary County,” explain Dr. David Clark and his wife

“Our

Cheryl, pottery makers in Bonners Ferry whose handcrafted

one-of-a-kind wares have made it into homes throughout the area—and

even the world.

Dr. Clark made his first wheel-thrown pottery piece in 1969 when he

was in ninth grade. The love of pottery making stuck, and throughout

his life he’s returned to it as a hobby—apprenticing at a pottery studio

in Pennsylvania during his free time before he was married, and then

returning to it along with Cheryl when they became high school youth

leaders in their church and shared their love of “playing in the mud” with

the teenagers who surrounded them.

The couple has been using handmade stoneware in their home since the

‘70s, but it was when they moved to Bonners Ferry from Pennsylvania in

2015 that they prioritized making pottery as a regular and ongoing part

of their lives.

“We first visited Bonners Ferry in 2013 and fell in love with the mountains,

the wilderness and the self-sufficiency of the faith-loving, hard-working

people of the Inland Northwest,” share the Clarks.

They started by getting involved with the Bonners Ferry Farmers Market,

doing live demonstrations of wheel-thrown pottery, and eventually

selling their pieces. “We were encouraged at the possibility that our

hobby might be able to pay for itself and especially because we were

meeting many people in our new hometown,” they add.

Dr. Clark runs a successful chiropractic practice in Bonners Ferry in

addition to making pottery in his free time, keeping up their homestead

and being involved grandparents. But they make time to enjoy the art

of pottery making and plan to continue doing so, as long as it remains

fun. Demand for their products has grown quickly—in what will be their

seventh season at the farmers market, they already have orders they’re

working on, but they have no plans to expand beyond the local market.

Their goal is to keep pottery as a fun hobby and gift to the community—

not make it work.

“We are flattered that our ware is so well received locally and has made its

way to half of the United States and at least a half-dozen foreign countries

from right here in Bonners Ferry,” they say.

The Clarks make functional pottery ware like mugs, bowls, honey pots,

yarn bowls and more, and are planning to add new items this year. Each

piece takes around three or more hours to make and is individually

handmade, one at a time, so no two pieces will ever be alike.

The Clarks also like to head out on the road for a change of pace and

adventure, taking their pottery making and pieces to the Celtic Games in

Libby and Kalispell, Montana, and plan to be at the Huckleberry Festival

in Trout Creek this year.

But their hearts are in Bonners Ferry, surrounded by a community of

people who enjoy the natural beauty and simple pleasures of North

Idaho. “One of us almost daily says to the other, ‘I love living in North

Idaho … this is home!’”

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Bonners Ferry junior Bo Bateman is

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again. Bo plays football, basketball and

baseball for the Badgers, with baseball being

his favorite of the three. When the pandemic

wiped out last year’s baseball season, like his

teammates, Bo was extremely disappointed. It’s

Bo’s belief that the effects of the cancelation are

still around, but he’s thankful to be back with

his teammates again. “It's affected everyone's

seasons lately, but I feel that our community

has dealt with it really well,” he explained.

Bo lettered in his freshman year of baseball

and was also named Intermountain League

first team in football this past season.

Baseball season is Bo’s favorite time of year.

He enjoys the nerves he gets when you step

in the batter's box and the excitement of

throwing out a stealing

base runner at second.

Sports have given him

plenty of cherished

memories during his

high school experience.

“My most memorable

moment in sports so far

is winning the play-in

game against Weiser this

year and being a part of

the first basketball team

to make it to the state

tournament in 14 years.”

“Sometimes you

have to forget

about yourself

and do what needs

to be done for

your team to be

successful.”

Playing multiple sports as well as growing

up in a family of eight with his mom, dad,

four brothers and one sister, Bo has learned

to be a team player, even if it’s not always the

most fun task or role. “Sometimes you have

to forget about yourself and do what needs

to be done for your team to be successful,”

he said. “It could be taking a ball in the chest

in baseball, taking a charge in basketball, or

doing the dishes every once in a while, so

your mom doesn't have to. No one likes doing

these things, but I've learned that someone

has to do them. Why not have it be you?”

While Bo has one more year of high school, he

has already begun to map out his future. After

serving his two-year mission with the Church

of Latter-Day Saints, he plans on attending

BYU-Idaho to earn a degree in zoology. He

then plans on enrolling

in the veterinary

school at Texas A&M

and following in the

footsteps of his uncle,

who runs his own clinic.

"I've looked up to Uncle

Chris for as long as I can

remember. I job shadow

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but it's pretty difficult

since he lives in Texas. I

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A LIFE OF AVIATION AND INNOVATION

BIRD’S LEGACY LIVES ON AT MUSEUM

BY DAN THOMPSON

Since the Bird Museum opened 14 years

ago, Todd Moore has been a loyal

volunteer. Even after the museum

moved from Sagle, Idaho—near where

Moore lives—to its present site about 35 miles

south in Hayden, he still makes the drive so he

can guide visitors and answer their questions.

“There’s just so many different people (who

visit),” Moore said. “Fighter pilots (visit),

medical people come to see the respirators.

Just really interesting people that come in for a

variety of reasons.”

Forrest Bird’s interests were equally diverse, so

perhaps it is fitting that people come to visit

the museum—its full name is the Bird Aviation

Museum and Invention Center—for all sorts of

reasons. They bring with them as many stories

as Moore shares with them: stories of times they

met Bird, stories about their own experiences

in airplanes similar to those they see at the

museum, or stories about how some of Bird’s

medical inventions saved a loved one’s life.

“He lived a life you see in movies,” Moore said of

Bird. “You think it’s a made-up movie story and

he lived that kind of life.”

Bird died at 94 years old on August 2, 2015.

Two months later, Dr. Pamela Riddle Bird, his

wife, died in a plane crash. But their legacies live

on through the museum, which is directed by

Pamela Bird’s daughter, Rachel Riddle Schwam.

“It was their legacy, but it’s my honor and

privilege to be able to continue it,” Schwam

said. “I have a love and a passion for aviation

and innovation, and with the technology in the

world changing, I get to see little kids coming

through who are thinkers, and volunteers full of

great knowledge.”

Through much of the COVID-19 pandemic,

the museum has been able to remain open while

following social distancing guidelines, and the

number of visitors has been steadily increasing.

Education groups like to visit, Schwam said,

and they have been doing so more and more.

Admission is free; donations are encouraged.

The museum is open Tuesday through Saturday,

year-round, from 9am to 3pm.

The museum’s new space, which opened in

2019, is in a hangar at 2678 West Cessna Avenue

at Pappy Boyington Field, a fitting location

considering the various aircraft it has on display.

“I just love this kind of stuff. Love the museum,”

said Larry Pearcy, a volunteer with an aviation

background of his own. Though not a pilot

himself, Pearcy said he loves airplanes in

particular and has been able to ride along in

some of the planes at the museum.

Pearcy, who helped build a Saturn rocket,

orbitals and space shuttles for NASA, has

since retired from that work. But he started

volunteering at the museum about two years

ago and said now “I work all the hours that

(Schwam) wants to throw at me.”

He is drawn to the museum not just for the

planes, either, but for the stories about Dr.

Bird, who had a penchant for inventing out of

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system out of that airplane and in his garage

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oxygen system,” Pearcy said. “That’s what we’re

still using in our airplanes today.”

“I could go on and on about the guy,” Pearcy

said. “He was quite the guy.”

The museum includes more of Bird’s

inventions, many of which naturally followed

from that Positive Pressure Inhalation Device

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he introduced in 1970. It considerably reduced infant mortality due to

respiratory problems—from 70 percent to less than 10 percent.

“From a life standpoint, (his legacy) is probably replacing the iron lung

and the other thing is the Babybird,” Moore said. “And we get people in

the museum all the time who said, ‘This saved me.’”

Bird was inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame in 1995, and

the Bird Museum celebrates the contributions of many other modern

inventors. The museum is also a sponsor of the program Invent Idaho!

that encourages young people to think outside the box and to be creative

in solving problems that they are facing, Schwam said. Some young

inventors’ products are displayed in the museum’s Invention Center,

she said.

“What Mom and Doc (Bird) would say is to think outside the box, trial

and error,” Schwam said. “Nothing’s gonna be perfect. Keep testing it.”

One of Moore’s favorite parts about volunteering at the museum is seeing

the kids come through. Some, he said, couldn’t care less, but some others

get really excited, especially about the airplanes.

If children show an interest, Moore asks them if they want to sit in the

cockpit of one of the planes. Many pilots are aging out, he said, but the

experience of sitting inside one of the older airplanes at the museum

might just encourage them to pursue it.

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Pearcy said he has had similar experiences with kids who were “awestruck”

by the airplanes. He told a story of a time when the mother of a

recent museum visitor called him and said all her son talked about on the

way home from the museum was sitting in the airplane.

“It makes me feel really good that I get to do that for the kids,” Pearcy said.

“I love watching the kids come in here. I will hand walk them around.”

That curiosity about flight and about invention are two facets of Bird’s

life that comprise his legacy, too, and the museum is a shrine to that idea,

with its many airplanes and inventions, in addition to the various other

exhibits about the history of flight and space exploration.

And the museum’s setting—right next to an airstrip—is an apt one,

especially when the large hangar door can be opened up.

Even through the pandemic, Schwam said the museum has done great.

The constant cleaning has given the place a steady scent of lavender,

bleach and Pine Sol, she said, which “you learn to take as a compliment

at this point.”

As she is on her hands and knees cleaning, seeing all the inventions up

close, Schwam said that often her mother and Bird come to her mind.

“I’m just reminded of the care and compassion that both Mom and Doc

had,” Schwam said. “This is their legacy they have left behind. Just being

able to continue it is what they would want.”


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“The most rewarding thing

for us is the relationships we

form with our customers. We

appreciate the opportunity to

meet new friends."

Late last year, Bonners Ferry locals Ken and Rebecca Byler introduced

a new business to the community—UnBoxed LLC. Unlike any other

business that can be found in the area, at UnBoxed, the Bylers purchase

shipments of store returns, shelf pulls and overstock inventory directly

from major big-box and warehouse stores.

“Online shopping has become increasingly popular in the past few years,

especially since COVID-19 has changed the normal routine of life for many

people,” says Rebecca. “Items bought online have a much greater percentage of

returns, and since the stores cannot restock items that have been opened or used,

they sell them to wholesale buyers at liquidation cost. This enables us to sell

them to the public at discount prices.”

Though their inventory varies greatly from month to month, there are items

that they try to keep in stock, such as kitchenware, bedding, home décor, small

appliances, tools, toys and baby items. They update their Facebook page with

new items, so shoppers can have an idea of what’s available before heading to

the store.

The Bylers also strive to keep items in stock that may be harder to find

throughout the area, encouraging the community to shop locally to find what

they need, rather than driving out of town, enabling them to save both time

and money. “The fact that we can offer discounted prices is an added bonus,”

smiles Rebecca.

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One unique thing about UnBoxed is the fact that most of their store return

items are single inventory. “We sometimes get duplicates of overstock

items, or when we order multiple shipments from the same store, but

the best deals are often one-of-a-kind bargains,” shares Rebecca. “This

enables us to carry a larger variety of items in our small store, and we are

constantly adding more things to our shelves as we have space.”

While the condition of items can vary, most items are in brand new or

excellent condition, Rebecca says, although they also get some items

that are in used or non-working condition. “We try our best to check the

items over carefully and mark anything that is defective,” affirms Rebecca.

Everything is then priced accordingly.

Since opening just five months ago, they attribute the early success of the

business to their wonderful employees and customers. “We would not

be in business if it were not for them,” says Rebecca. She adds that their

hardworking employees kept the store running smoothly for a few months

this winter as she and husband Ken worked on a construction project out

of state.

Starting a new business in a small town can be challenging, but the

husband-and-wife team are grateful to their supportive and encouraging

customers, who have been enthusiastic about spreading the word about

UnBoxed to their friends and family. The couple enjoys being part of a

community that works together to care for each other.

Ken has lived in Bonners Ferry since his family moved to the area in 1995,

and Rebecca followed suit when the couple married in 2004. While Ken

has worked construction in the community for over 20 years, they were

looking for ways to expand in business that might fill a need in Bonners

Ferry. Along with the UnBoxed store, the couple also owns a seasonal

greenhouse business, North Bench Flower Patch, that they opened in

2010. Though they closed the business for a number of years when their

children were young, the greenhouse re-opened for business in 2020.

“UnBoxed is located next door to the Flower Patch, and we are excited to

see both businesses expand and grow,” smiles Rebecca.

“The most rewarding thing for us is the relationships we form with our

customers. We appreciate the opportunity to meet new friends, and our

goal is to meet the needs of our customers in whatever way we can,” she

says. “We feel very blessed to be a part of this community and to be able to

raise our children here.”

UnBoxed is now open for spring hours, which are 9am to 5pm Monday

through Saturday. You can find the store at 85 Three Mile Road, located on

the southeast corner of Hwy 95 and Hwy 2 junction, behind the antique

store. They invite you to stop in and discover all they have to offer.

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CELEBRATING 50 YEARS OF THE

SPECIAL

OLYMPICS

HOW LOCAL BRANCHES OF THE ORGANIZATION

ARE ADAPTING IN 2021

BY TAYLOR SHILLAM

Since its beginning as a backyard summer camp in 1962,

the Special Olympics has come a long way.

Dedicated to changing the lives of people with intellectual

disabilities all across the world, the Special Olympics is

now internationally recognized and has immeasurable impact on

the lives of its athletes of all ages, backgrounds and abilities. An

organization created to bring about inclusion now embodies the

word in every sense.

Harnessing the power of sports, the Special Olympics empowers

people with intellectual disabilities to continuously develop their

strengths, skills and abilities. The organization’s mission is to

provide opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate

courage, experience joy, and build strong bonds with family,

friends and community members.

The Special Olympics operates through the calendar year and

provides sports training and large-scale athletic competitions in a

variety of sports for children and adults.

The organization’s beginning dates back to the early 1960s, when

Eunice Kennedy Shriver wanted to change the public’s perception

of people with intellectual disabilities.

Shriver was the director of the Joseph P. Kennedy Jr. Foundation,

an organization whose efforts focused on reducing the societal

neglect of people with intellectual disabilities. Being part of the

Kennedy family and having a sibling with special needs gave

Shriver the power and the passion to support her cause.

In 1962, after concerned parents approached Shriver about how

difficult it was to find summer activities their children with special

needs could participate in, her response was simple: “Enough.”

Declaring “enough” was a starting point, Shriver’s first big step

in paving the way for change. She started Camp Shriver on

her Maryland Farm for special needs children from her area,

recruiting local students to act as counselors.

Camp Shriver focused on interaction and engagement. The

children played, flourished and simply had fun. The camp quickly

became a success and gained attention from community members

and public officials.

By the summer of 1968, day camps similar to Camp Shriver

were providing summer activities for more than 7,000 children

with intellectual disabilities, and the next summer saw the first

International Special Olympics Summer Games, held in Soldier

Field, Chicago.

That year, Special Olympics became officially incorporated, and

it was pledged that another Special Olympics would be held in

1970 and every two years thereafter. Their growth hasn’t slowed

since; in the last several decades, the Special Olympics has gained

momentum through worldwide growth and recognition.

Millions of athletes are now part of the Special Olympics

movement, and it’s grown to be much more than summer camps

and sports training. The organization provides health screenings,

fundraising events, and chances for everyone to get involved,

including local leaders, celebrities, law enforcement, businesses

and more.

The organization holds thousands of events across the world each

year and has created a program to advocate for inclusive health—

meaning the ability of people with intellectual disabilities to take

full advantage of the same health services as people without

disabilities.

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The Special Olympics’ health programming focuses on

improving the well-being of people with special needs

physically, socially and emotionally by increasing their

access to health and wellness services. In fact, they are

the world’s largest health-care provider for people with

intellectual disabilities.

Even with its undeniable impact, the Special Olympics

was not immune from the effects of the COVID-19

pandemic. Taking a look closer to home, the Special

Olympics branches of Idaho and Washington states have

each had to adapt significantly over the course of the last

year. Components of the organization that have been

most affected include athlete engagement, fundraising

and sponsorships. When it became impossible to hold

in-person events, it required tough decisions, quick

adaptations and an increased difficulty in matching the

level of fundraising success seen in years past.

On April 20, 2020, Special Olympics Idaho made the

difficult decision to cancel their Summer Games and

all community-based programs for that year. “This

was the first time in Special Olympics Idaho history,”

said Director of Special Events Kristi Kraft, calling the

cancellations “devastating” to their athletes, many of

them who depend on Special Olympics for critical pillars

of health like physical fitness and social interaction.

The effects of canceled events were felt across the

organization.

“It’s hard,” stated Jaymelina Esmele, vice president of

marketing and communications for Special Olympics

Washington. “Going to events in person is a big social

outlet for people who are already in social isolation

because they are different.”

She recalled other barriers that arose when events

turned virtual. “Not everyone has access to the internet

or technological devices at home.”

Despite their best efforts in creating online challenges,

virtual events and increased social media support, there

would still be athletes the organization just couldn’t

reach through the internet. Even still, the organization

has met the pandemic’s challenges head-on, by boosting

their social media campaigns, encouraging continued

participation at home, enlisting virtual coaches and

partners, and sending training kits to provide athletes

with the necessary equipment to keep up with their

physical fitness from home.

Thanks to donors’ support, Special Olympics Washington

distributed 5,000 at-home training kits to athletes across

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the state earlier this year. The kits contained items to

keep athletes active, including a pedometer and fitness

DVDs—items that didn’t require an internet connection

for use. The organization will be mailing another wave

of kits later this year.

The impact of the Special Olympics has been called

transformative, speaking to its ability to develop

confidence and improve health on physical, mental and

emotional levels. The achievements reached in a Special

Olympics event translate into real achievements and real

change in the rest of the world.

“Our athletes inspire people in their communities and

elsewhere to open their hearts to a wider world of human

talents and potential,” the organization’s website reads.

There are as many as 200 million people with intellectual

disabilities across the world, and the Special Olympics

wants to touch the lives of them all. “The power and

joy of sport shifts focus to what our athletes can do,

not what they can’t,” the organization states. “Attention

to disability fades away.” Replacing that attention is

acknowledgement of what they can do—their talents,

how able they are to accomplish major feats, and the

heart of who they truly are.

It’s with this same grit and determination that the

organization strives to stay engaging and successful

throughout the pandemic.

Organizations like the Special Olympics are strong

in their values and in their accomplishments, but in

difficult times, even the strongest need support. There

are many ways community members can contribute to

the causes that drive the Special Olympics.

“Like many nonprofits, last year was very taxing on us

financially,” Kraft said.

“We always look forward to community support

through virtual volunteering and donations,” Esmele

said, grateful for the support the organization continues

to receive from community members.

Online donations are accepted through the

organization’s websites or through Facebook’s donation

pages. Amazon Smiles is an option that allows Amazon

visitors to set up a charity as they shop. If they choose

Special Olympics Idaho or Washington as their charity

of choice, a percentage of their purchase will be donated

to the organization.

Even before in-person events fully make their return,

community members can still volunteer with the Special

Olympics as a virtual coach or partner. These virtual

mentors are paired with athletes to check in and offer

critical support through their time training at home.

Community members can even show up as virtual

Fans in the Stands, sharing their support by sending in

an uplifting message, photo or video. This allows fans

and supporters to cheer on Special Olympics athletes

electronically, from wherever they are in the world.

The hope for more in-person events sustains into 2021.

A few annual events remain on the horizon—along with

the usual air of uncertainty during this time.

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Special Olympics Idaho is currently in the

training process for regional Summer Games.

“We have taken many precautions to keep our

athletes safe by offering non-contact sports

and regionalized competitions to limit the

number of people at the event,” Kraft said.

Later this year, Special Olympics Idaho will

host three regional “Night of Champion” Galas

(in person), including one in Coeur d’Alene

on September 23. The galas will celebrate 50

years of accomplishments and hopefully raise

much-needed funding.

Across the border, Special Olympics

Washington’s annual events remain virtual

until further notice. They are currently in

preparation for the launch of a six-week

run/walk event. The event will encourage

participants to run, walk, roll and stay active

throughout the spring, and will also serve as

a fundraiser. Participants can register online,

obtain a miles goal for movement throughout

May, and meet their mileage goal by June.

Anyone and everyone will be welcome to join.

Full details will be released this April on their

website at SpecialOlympicsWashington.org.

Special Olympics Washington’s fall fundraiser,

typically a five-course dinner with a featured

chef, wine pairing and both live and silent

auctions, went virtual in 2020. This year, they

hope to offer a hybrid option, with a virtual

component to stay within guidelines and

provide options to those staying home.

While events and fundraisers remain virtual,

Special Olympics Washington will continue

their online training options, including virtual

workshops, interactive game nights and

challenges for charity to keep both athletes

and community members engaged. They even

hosted a virtual Polar Plunge and series of

Winter Games to welcome 2021.

“Although we’re all home and staying safe,

not getting together in person, there’s a lot

The impact of the

Special Olympics

has been called

transformative,

speaking to its ability

to develop confidence

and improve health on

physical, mental and

emotional levels.

of work we’re doing to keep athletes engaged

at this time,” Esmele said, emphasizing the

importance of maintaining social connection

for their athletes.

This year, stay connected with the stories

and athletes of the Special Olympics as

they celebrate their 50th anniversary. The

organization will feature an athlete’s profile on

social media each Friday for 50 weeks. Look

for their celebrated athletes on their social

media accounts and on Vimeo.

For more information on participating in

virtual events, fundraisers, galas or athlete

engagement, contact Kristi at kristi@idso.org

or visit SpecialOlympicsWashington.org.

The Special Olympics began as a way for

people with intellectual disabilities to be

included—to play, grow, to connect, and to

use their abilities to the fullest.

An organization that focuses on what can

be accomplished is certain to do just that in

2021: accomplish big, life-changing things

despite the necessary adaptations that have

come with the past year. With support from

the community, Special Olympics athletes can

continue the physical training, social support

and emotional growth they depend on into

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Don’t Wait Until a Crisis

Planning ahead for medical emergencies

By Linda Manley, RN and Terry Ferris, RN Boundary Community Hospital

You receive a frantic phone call from your aunt requesting your

immediate presence in the Emergency Room to help the family

make decisions about your grandmother. Emotions are high, and

the medical explanations are full of terminology that everyone

may not understand. Time is of the essence to make decisions that may

affect her quality of life. What do you do? Where do you turn? What’s the

plan? What would she want you to do?

Our parents and grandparents are some of the most important people

in our lives. As nurses at Boundary Community Hospital, we have seen

how emotionally trying it can be to watch them lose their independence.

Eventually, you will have to deal with a complicated and heart-wrenching

decision about their future.

A slip or fall can change the living situation, with the family member needing

continued care. If they are still too independent for full-time nursing home

care, an assisted living facility may be an option. Don’t bring your loved

one to the Emergency Room and expect staff to resolve issues that should

be decided by those who know and love them. If you have an elderly or a

handicapped family member, talk with family about a plan for when they

cannot be in the home anymore with or without assistance.

Learn about your area resources (or lack thereof). Boundary County is a

very rural area. Some families live 30 miles from medical care. Community

resources (home health, transportation, health-care specialists, etc.) may be

limited or non-existent in rural areas. Assisted living and skilled nursing

facilities have limited capacity, and you may need to seek availability in

neighboring counties and states.

In elder-care planning, it’s important to start the conversation about end-oflife

decisions sooner than later. Make notes or a list of the “what ifs,” wants

and needs you desire for the following scenarios:

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Each member should discuss what they

would like in different circumstances. This is a

conversation that can be started with the Primary

Care Physician based on current health status

and possible outcomes. What are the chances of

survival and the quality of life to be expected?

A person with COPD, diabetes or cardiac

deficiencies might not fare well during a code

blue and may choose to be comfort care only.

The quality of life makes a difference as well. A

person who lives at home independently with no

need for assistance might think differently than

one who no longer has independence and is in

need of continuous care.

The recent pandemic has reminded us that

death comes to all of us, no matter our health

or age, and death can be unexpected at times.

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BY ABIGAIL THORPE

For anyone looking to purchase a home in the current market,

most people have discovered just how fast things move and how

difficult it can be to land your dream home—but that doesn’t

mean it’s impossible. The market may be moving fast with relatively low

inventory, but there are still opportunities to find a property or home that

fits your needs, as long as you do your homework and come prepared.

Start a relationship with a local agent.

In this market, having a real estate professional working for you is key.

Find someone who you feel comfortable with and start a relationship

before you even start looking for property. “No matter what price point

you're looking in, the market is magnificently competitive, and you'll

want to have an ally and advocate working on your behalf,” explains

Raniel Diaz of Our Town CDA, Professional Realty Services Idaho. Get

referrals from friends and family, and do your research to find the right

Realtor for you. They will be key in not only helping guide you through

the process but in networking in their local area to find you a good fit

that might not even be on the market.

Come prepared.

It’s no secret the market is competitive. Sellers won’t wait for you. “Be

prepared to move quickly toward negotiations and, if possible, be

physically onsite to view property,” advises Jackie Suarez, associate

broker at Century 21, Riverstone in Sandpoint, Idaho. Determine your

financial capabilities, and if you’re not able to purchase with cash, get

pre-qualified. “While it is great and fun to go out looking at homes, it is

no fun to fall in love with one only to find out it is just out of your range,”

adds C.J. Tuma, owner/broker at Coldwell Banker North Woods Realty

in Bonners Ferry, Idaho. “Get pre-qualified first, then the fun of starting

to look can happen.”

Also, be prepared to increase your offer if need be. “Cash offers tend to

take priority in this market, and ‘escalation clauses’ are common. Sellers

need to know that they are negotiating with well-qualified buyers,”

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Do your research.

Research the area to determine your target locations. Local geography,

employment opportunities, services, schools, etc. will all play a role

in your decision of where to buy. “Your best decisions can be made

when good judgement balances your emotions, and knowledge is key,”

says Suarez.

Once you’re pre-qualified, talk with your agent about your parameters,

discover what your payments will look like with taxes and insurance, and

make sure it’s a comfortable fit. It’s better to know from the beginning

what your limitations are.

Accommodate the needs of the seller.

Sellers want to know a buyer isn’t going to waste their time. “The less

perceived risk a seller sees associated with your offer the better,” explains

Diaz. Your best chance of landing the property you want is to know what

the seller is looking for. “Learn what will be the best-case scenario for

the seller. If you can accommodate their timelines and needs, consider

structuring your offer to be the best fit possible,” advises Suarez.

Determine your needs.

Know your needs versus your wants before you go into the buying

process—and set limitations. What is absolutely necessary? And what

can you be flexible on? This will help you move quickly when the time

comes and lets you know when you should keep looking. But make

sure your list of “non-negotiables” isn’t too long, or it could hurt your

search. “In this market, plan to learn, be humble and flex when possible,”

says Diaz.

Get your credit in order.

Set yourself up for success when it comes to getting pre-qualified. Make

sure your debt-to-income ratio is healthy, and talk to your lender about

your options. They can even help guide you on what to pay off to help

improve your credit and buying power. If you’re in the market for a home,

don’t take on any new large debts like a car payment or maxing out a

credit card, advises Tuma, as this could end up hurting your approval

odds in the end and jeopardize your home search.

Have a plan.

Lastly, be prepared. Have a plan in place before you start making big

moves. “If you're preparing to sell to buy your next home, try to make sure

you have a solid plan before that sign goes in your yard,” recommends

Diaz. Network with friends and family to let them know you’re looking to

buy, and don’t rush headlong into the process without getting your things

in order and setting a timeline, so you’re ready when the moment comes

to make that offer.

The ins and outs of the real estate market can be difficult, especially in

a market like the current one. But with a trusted agent at your side and

the right planning, it is more than possible to find a new home you love.

Remember, at the end of the day, sellers are human beings after all, and

your unique story matters. “Some of my clients' beautiful success stories

(also known by us as ‘Real Estate Miracles’) have been hinged on their

ability to present their story in a compelling way that opened the door to

their perfect home,” encourages Diaz.

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FIND YOUR MATCH

IN A REALTOR

Tips for hiring an agent to help you navigate the housing market in 2021

by TAYLOR SHILLAM

the

most important relationships in life are built on

trust, open communication and mutual respect.

The relationship with your real estate agent is

no different.

According to a report by the National Association of Realtors, 89 percent of

recent buyers used a real estate agent or broker to purchase their home.

This year, with the demand for homes looking astoundingly high, it’s more

critical than ever to find the right Realtor to partner with. Houses are moving

quickly, and prices have increased significantly. Whether you’re buying or selling,

you want to get the most out of your experience—and that’s where your real

estate agent comes in.

Buying or selling a home is an endeavor most of us can’t take on alone. Choosing

the right real estate professional to help you navigate a market saturated with

buyers will be well worth your time in 2021.

While choosing a Realtor is as personal as any important relationship

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Start with these tips:

1. ​Consider what’s most important to you.

Each person’s wants and needs are different. Deciding on the qualities that

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communication style you prefer, the amount of flexibility you need, and the

degree of trust you want to put in your agent. Do you expect them to take the

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A few qualities are generally non-negotiable: professionalism, current licensure

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certainly something to consider.

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will be hitting the market soon. Regardless of experience, many great agents are

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2. Ask the right questions.

According to research by Zillow, 61 percent of seekers only contact

one agent. By talking with multiple Realtors and asking the right

questions, you’ll be able to find the fit that works best for you.

Approach each meeting or phone call in the same way you would

interview someone for a job. Assemble a set of questions to ask

each Realtor to effectively compare answers and narrow down the

options based on your needs.

The most helpful questions will be unique to your individual

situation, but helpful information can be collected from questions

like: Do you primarily work with buyers or sellers? Are you part

of a team? How do you help buyers compete in this market? How

many active clients do you work with at a time? How many are you

working with right now? What type of communication should I

expect from you?

3. Do your research.

Find out which real estate agents or teams are active in the area

you’re looking to buy or sell in. Pay attention to local marketing

efforts, signage, and agencies actively represented in the area, and

check sites like Realtor.com and Zillow, which allow buyers to see

which agents have been active most recently.

A professional who has sold in the area recently will be the

most familiar with the local housing market inventory, and

neighborhood details such as nearby schools, traffic patterns and

any concerns related to the neighborhood.

4. Don’t underestimate referrals.

Previous buyers can be one of the most important assets in your

search for an agent. Referrals from people you trust are powerful,

so start there by asking the people you trust: family, friends and

coworkers.

Personal experiences provide valuable insight that can be much

more telling than what you’ll find online. It’s also likely that they’ve

stayed in touch with their agent and can help you make the initial

connection.

5. Seek out good chemistry.

When it comes down to your final decisions, even a candidate with

glowing reviews and top-notch referrals still may be the wrong fit

if you just don’t click. Just as important as a Realtor’s referrals and

qualifications are the way they make you feel and your ability to

communicate with them openly. This partnership is a critical piece

of your home buying or selling experience, so it’s critical to choose

someone who can support you in reaching your goals—and who

you’ll be excited to work with!

You’ll be spending a lot of time together throughout the process

and likely communicating often, so trust your instincts when

choosing the agent you want to spend that time with.

Buying or selling a home is a meaningful milestone—and the

expert guidance of the right real estate professional can make all

the difference in the success of your experience. The time invested

early on in finding the right fit in a Realtor can save you invaluable

time and stress throughout the rest of the process.

Just like in any important relationship, it’s in your best interest to

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TO SELL IN A SELLER’S

Market?

FACTORS TO CONSIDER IN TODAY’S WHITE HOT MARKET

BY COLIN ANDERSON

Your Current Home

1

You chose the home you are currently in for a reason. Perhaps it’s location, the

school district, character, yard, square footage, any number of factors. Depending

on where you are in life, some of those priorities might have shifted. While your

home’s value might be the highest it’s been, in a seller’s market it’s likely you

won’t find all the features you are looking for in your next home as desirable

properties are going off-market in weeks—if not days. Analyze what it might cost

to do all the improvements you desire in your current home to what a similar

home in your market is currently going for.

Home Equity

2

One way many people are creating their dream homes is freeing up cash by

refinancing and utilizing the equity in their home for remodels, upgrades and

expansion. A home equity line of credit (HELOC) is credit you take out based on

the current value of your home compared to what you owe. Depending on when

you purchased, you might qualify for tens if not hundreds of thousands of dollars.

With rates typically coming in under 4 percent, it’s a relatively inexpensive way to

do large-scale investments in your home, which will likely lead to a higher resale

value if/when you do decide to sell.

Costs vs. Improvements

3

If you’re considering a sale, and will likely make a profit, don’t disregard the

amount of money you’ve put into your home over the years. How much did the

upgraded HVAC system cost? The new deck/patio? Did you just drop $5,000 on

new appliances? If you’ve invested tens of thousands of dollars of work into

the home but have lived in it five years or less, you likely won’t be recouping

maximum value for your investments. A good idea is to have an experienced

Realtor assess your home in its current state. They can identify areas of the home

that if updated might bring up the price and others which are not likely to bring

additional value. Remember to factor in closing, improvements, staging and

Realtor costs of roughly 10 percent of the total sale price when doing your final

profit calculation.

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OREGON’S ADVENTURE COAST

Endless possibilities for the perfect getaway

By Marguerite Cleveland

Oregon’s Adventure Coast truly is an adventure. From the excitement of exploring Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area by ATV

or storm watching the epic waves along the coast, there is something for everyone. The charming maritime towns of Coos Bay and

North Bend border each other and overlook the bay, while quaint Charlestown is a sleepy fishing town. Explore the bounty of the

area on the Wild Rivers Coast Food Trail and learn about the rich culinary heritage of the region.

Where to Stay

The Mill Casino Hotel has a lovely boardwalk overlooking Coos Bays with 200 water-view rooms. It is a perfect base for your visit to the

area. There are a variety of rooms from your basic hotel rooms up to luxury suites. Splurge on a Tower Balcony Suite, which has a huge

bathroom with a jetted tub and a bay view. The private balcony opens up to panoramic waterfront views and lovely sunrises. The hotel offers

some pet-friendly rooms.

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THE PRIVATE BALCONY OPENS UP TO

PANORAMIC WATERFRONT VIEWS AND

LOVELY SUNRISES.

Where to Eat

There is such a diverse variety of food on Oregon’s Adventure Coast.

Check out the Wild Rivers Coast Food Trail for some ideas of where to

eat. It highlights the local food on Oregon’s South Coast and helps to

support the producers and crafters that grow and use local ingredients.

The following can all be found on the Food Trail.

The 7 Devils Brewing Co. specializes in Northwest-style ales, with most

ingredients grown in the Pacific Northwest. Their public house offers

some great food featuring locally sourced ingredients. Make sure to

try the line-caught fried 7 Devils beer-battered Albacore Tuna with an

amazing lemon caper aioli.

Tokyo Bistro combines traditional Japanese cuisine with local fresh

seafood and produce to create food that is fresh, healthy and delicious.

This is a convenient stop on the way to the Cape Arago Loop. Dine in or

grab some takeout to enjoy at one of the parks on the loop.

Bayside Coffee is in the small fishing town of Charleston. This is a nice

stop either before or after visiting the beaches, as it can get chilly with

the wind, and a cup of coffee certainly hits the spot. Bayside offers

organic fair-trade coffee and a variety of fair-trade gifts.

Serving brunch daily, the Shark Bites Café is a cute little place decorated

with coffee sacks, coastal driftwood and surfboards. It is famous for its

fish tacos and other fresh local seafood, and is one of the best seafood

cafes along the Oregon coast.

Lastly, although not on the Food Trail, The Pancake Mill Restaurant

and Pie Shoppe is an excellent choice for breakfast and a favorite with

locals. Each day they offer a breakfast, lunch, pie and drink special.

Order off their Mill specialties, which offer international favorites. The

Dutch Baby or the Apple Pancake take an extra 30 minutes—but they

are definitely worth the wait. With that extra time, you can try the fresh

baked muffins or cinnamon rolls while you wait.

Things to Do

Head to Spinreel Dune Buggy & ATV Rental to spend some time at

the Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area. After a safety briefing,

detailed instructions and an overview of the map, you will head out for

some high-energy exploration of the dunes and the beach. Spinreel’s

Razr ATVs are state of the art and worth the rental cost. The Oregon

Dunes are incredibly special. It is the largest expanse of temperate

coastal sand dunes in the world. Islands of trees, the dunes and the

Pacific Ocean form a beautiful topography often shrouded in mist. Offroading

gives you the ability to cover a lot more ground than on foot.

The drive to the beach is about 20 minutes. Make sure to pay attention

to your location and look for landmarks as you head out. It is amazingly

easy to get disoriented.

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The Speci f ics

WHERE TO STAY

The Mill Casino Hotel - TheMillCasino.com

WHERE TO EAT

The Wild Rivers Coast Food Trail - WRCFoodTrail.com

7 Devils Brewery Co. - 7DevilsBrewery.com

Tokyo Bay - TokyoCoosBay.com

Shark Bites Café - SharkBites.cafe

Bayside Coffee and Tea - BaysideCoffeeShop.com

WHAT TO DO

Spinreel Dune Buggy and ATV Rental - RidetheOregonDunes.com

Coos History Museum - CoosHistory.org

If you prefer to explore on foot, the Oregon Dunes

Day Use Area is closed off to off-road vehicles. There

are accessible viewing platforms to take in the great

views of the dunes or Pacific Ocean. The Oregon

Dunes Loop Trail is paved for the first half-mile, then

you have a few options. The 2-mile round trip out to

the beach and back is mostly level and the trail is hard

packed sand. For a longer hike you can add a 1.5-mile

beach walk before exiting through the dunes to loop

back. The trail is marked by large post markers.

The Cape Arago Loop will take you from Charleston

to local beaches, overlooks and three state parks. The

rocky coastline of Southern Oregon is where you go

for epic storm watching with waves that crash against

the cliffs and soar into the air. It is so impressive. If you

have time for just one park, make it Shore Acres State

Park. Begin by viewing the craggy sandstone cliffs,

where the ocean waves slam into the rocks creating

beautiful rock formations. There is a fully enclosed

observation shelter you can watch the waves from if

the weather is bad. The park was once the estate of

timber baron Louis J. Simpson, and you can visit a

formal garden with plants and flowers from all over

the world. There are two rose gardens and a Japanesestyle

garden with a lily pond. There is something in bloom almost every

day of the year. Past the garden you’ll find a trail leading to a secluded

ocean cove. You can also follow a trail along the cliff ’s edge.

Insider Tip: Make sure to stop at the Simpson Reef Overlook—and bring

binoculars. From this vantage point you can see out to Shell Island, which

is part of the Oregon Islands National Wildlife Refuge. These reefs are

breeding grounds and rest areas for a variety of sea birds and marine

mammals. From this vantage point, depending on the time of year, you

can see Northern Elephant Seals, Harbor Seals, Sea Lions, Gray Whales

and an array of sea birds.

Make sure to visit the Coos History Museum. It is located not far from

your hotel, so you can stop in for a visit at the beginning or end of your

day. The museum focuses on life in Coos County as well as Oregon’s South

Coast. The first floor is the Main Gallery and has permanent exhibits on

the Uplands and the logging industry; the Tidewater, which focuses on

shipbuilding and the bounty of the local waters; and the Seashore focuses

on the rough seas and shores. The exhibits highlight the natural history

and the human history of the area. The second floor Mezzanine gallery

has changing exhibits. The current museum collection includes more

than 50,000 objects and more than 250,000 images. Make sure to visit

the outside interpretive signs that share the cultural and natural history

of the area.

For more information on the area, visit OregonsAdventureCoast.com.

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2021 Season Opening at Old West Texas BBQ - Wednesday,

April 28 at 11am. We’ll be serving every Wednesday-Sunday

from 11am until sold out, daily.

Don’t miss Scott Helmer performing live in concert at

The Hemlocks July16, 7-10pm.

The Hemlocks is a long-standing RV park with cabins, a newly

remodeled boutique hotel, a restaurant and lodging.

new mesquite slow-smoked meats section

Vacuum sealed for taking home. To-go menus

and outdoor seating under the log pavilion!

Old West Texas BBQ at the Hemlocks has a vast menu of

culinary delights, utilizing the freshest ingredients to bring

homemade dishes straight to your table. Come dine with us

today on Mesquite Slow-Smoked BBQ.

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Recipe Courtesy of Tina VanDenHeuvel, NTP

You can follow Tina @madebetterforyou on Instagram

INGREDIENTS:

3 tbsp. butter, divided

1 medium sweet onion, sliced in thin rounds

1 1/2 cups shiitake mushrooms, roughly chopped

12 large eggs

5 oz. creme fraiche

3/4 cup shredded Havarti cheese

salt, to taste

pepper, to taste

fresh parsley

METHOD:

• Preheat oven to 350˚F.

• In a 10-inch cast-iron skillet, heat 1 tablespoon butter over medium

heat. Add onion. Cook, stirring often, until softened, about 5 minutes.

• Add mushrooms and cook, stirring often, until all liquid has evaporated

and onions have turned golden brown, about 10 minutes.

• In a large bowl, whisk eggs and creme fraiche together. Mix in Havarti

cheese, salt and pepper.

• Increase heat to medium and add 2 remaining tablespoons of butter

to the skillet, making sure the edges are nicely coated with the butter.

Pour the egg mixture over the onions and mushrooms. Cook without

stirring for 5 minutes.

• Transfer skillet to oven. Bake frittata until golden brown and center is

set, 25 to 30 minutes.

• After removing from the oven, allow to cool and serve at room

temperature. Garnish with fresh parsley.

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Two Tones Cafe is a restaurant where guests will enjoy flavors

from around the world in dishes made using the freshest

ingredients. With menu options ranging from Asian salads

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

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

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

8pm, Friday-Saturday 11am-9pm and Sunday 3-8pm.

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PIZZA FACTORY

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

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

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

pizzas, using only the freshest ingredients around.

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

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

10pm. And ... they deliver!

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COMPASS GRILLE

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

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

variety of perfectly cooked burgers plus tasty wraps,

sandwiches and sides. Breakfast is back on the menu

Thursday-Saturday only with legendary biscuits & gravy,

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

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

Saturday 6am-6pm.

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BADGER'S DEN CAFE AND

LATTE

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

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

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

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

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

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

6551 S. Main St. | Bonners Ferry

208.267.1486

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FEIST CREEK RESTAURANT

At Feist Creek Restaurant, the delicious smells and warm

atmosphere make you feel right at home. Serving lunch and

dinner, customer favorites range from their smoked prime

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

homemade fish and chips, burgers, sandwiches and more.

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

private waterfall make this a destination spot to remember.

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

2673 Moyie River Road | Bonners Ferry

208.267.8649


TAVERN AT THE LODGE

Looking to excite your taste buds? Guests will be treated

to starters like Escargot and Spanish Shrimp; new lunch

offerings to include Lamb and Beef Gyros Kabob and

Shoarito Mediterranean Burrito; more than a dozen entrees

such as Chicken Piccata, Cioppino and the 12-ounce

Ribeye; and a variety of delicious house-made soups

and salads. Open for dinner 5-8pm Wednesday-Sunday.

Reservations recommended.

5952 Main Street | Bonners Ferry

208.267.7268

CHIC-N-CHOP

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

service and an inviting, homey atmosphere where the staff

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

customer favorites like the broasted chicken, omelets, pies

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

Sunday 6am-2pm.

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plain or in classic breakfast styles, and delicious crepes

both sweet and savory, as well as fresh authentic chicory

coffee and hand-drawn espressos. Linger over your

meal while reading on a comfy couch or playing board

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

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LIVE YOUR

BEST LIFE

9B LADIES WILL INSPIRE MAY 7

By Jillian Chandler

Women of Bonners Ferry, mark your calendars and register

to attend this full day of inspiration and positivity,

surrounded by like-minded women of Boundary and

Bonner counties and beyond! Scheduled for Friday, May 7,

9am to 4pm at the Kootenai River Inn’s Ktunaxa Room, you won’t want

to miss 9B Ladies' Live Your Best Life event.

All women are invited to attend! According to Jennifer Van Etten, cohost

of the event, through this event they have “created a space to

inspire, a place to feed your soul, where you have that a-ha moment

albeit your artistic side, nutritional side or your spiritual side.”

The day includes vendors, speakers, food, a creative art session and

more! Swag will be provided by local businesses, and they will also

have raffle baskets, with tickets available for purchase at the door the

day of the event. (For anyone who would like to donate local swag or

raffle items, please reach out to Jennifer.)

She encourages women of all ages to attend, adding, “This will be a day

of enlightenment, encouragement, and to learn self-love, acceptance

and the great joy of embracing friendships with other like-minded

women within our community.”

2021’s diverse lineup of speakers offers something for everyone. Guest

speakers and topics for this year’s event include: Debbie Heiser (Three

Vines Consulting, Faith-Based Leadership podcast) with Spark Your

Passion & Ignite Your Life; Sandpoint Super Drug Team - Women's

Health; Leslie Nafus (best-selling author, professional copywriter and

founder of 68:11 Women's Collective) - BURNOUT - The Struggle is Real,

Girlfriend; and Angelina Roberts (Breakwater Expeditions, co-owner/

guide and doTerra Essential Oils representative) - I Am Fabulous.

Presented by the Bonners Ferry Chamber of Commerce,

guests can register to attend and pay online by visiting

BonnersFerryChamber.org and clicking on the 9B Ladies under

Upcoming Events. Registration is $40 for Chamber members; $45 for

non-members. There is an additional $10 fee for a booth. All tickets

include swag and a taco bar lunch.

For additional details, you can reach out to event co-hosts Jennifer Van

Etten (208.304.9050 or jen_van1971@yahoo.com) and Alison Henslee

(208.610.8806 or alison@thegrowingsoul.net).

It’s time to be inspired and live your best life starting May 7!

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The Annual Easter Egg Hunt will once again make its way to the

Bonners Ferry Fairgrounds Saturday, April 3. The hunt begins promptly

at 11am, so don’t be late! Look out for the Easter Bunny’s helpers, who

will help make sure every child in attendance gets some eggs, and get

excited for both hard-boiled and surprise eggs. The event is put on by

the Bonners Ferry Rotary, with support from Jeff Hamley and the staff

at Super 1. Children will be divided into five separate age groups: ages

0 to 2, 3 to 4, 5 to 6, 7 to 8 and 9 to 10, and parents are encouraged to

help their youngest ones (up to ages 3 or 4 as needed), as it can be a little

overwhelming. The fast-paced event starts after the announcement is

made, and typically only lasts 15 minutes. Rain or shine, the event will

take place. Visit BonnersFerryRotary.com for more information.

WAKE THE SQUATCH 2021

The season opener is here for Mountain Mafia events! Friday, April 23,

through Sunday, April 25, head out to Purcell Trench Ranch for some

adrenaline-inducing outdoor, off-road events, including the Mega Truck

Bounty Hole with a $2,500 payout, NMRA Mud Drag Racing and Open

Wheeling. Food vendors and free camping will be available, and all

trucks and side-by-sides are welcome. Wake the Squatch is a Mountain

Havoc qualifier. Admission costs $30; $10 for ages 6 through 12; free

for kids 5 and younger. Gates are open 9am to 10pm on Friday, 7am

to 10pm on Saturday, and 7am to 3pm on Sunday. To learn more, visit

Mountain-Mafia.com.

FREE COMMUNITY BREAKFAST & SILENT AUCTION

Would you like to be a part of something great? You could help local

families offset some of the cost of college tuition with this one selfless act

of community involvement, and help build a legacy for generations to

come! Join the Rotary Club of Bonners Ferry for their free CommUNITY

Breakfast and Silent Auction. Held 7 to 10am on Saturday, April 24, at

the Valley Event Center at the Boundary County Fairgrounds, gather

with your family and friends for an unforgettable morning of food, fun

and fundraising. Menu includes sausage breakfast burritos, pancakes,

biscuits and gravy, juice, coffee and tea.

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