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Living Local

2020

YOUR WINNERS ANNOUNCED

2020

REAL ESTATE EDITION

» How to Land Your Dream Home

in a Hot Market

» Find Your Match in a Realtor

» To Sell in a Seller’s Market?

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Living Local

APRIL 2021

VOLUME 11 NUMBER 4

inside

Land Your Dream Home

Come prepared, do your research,

and find the right agent

Find Your Match in a Realtor

Tips for hiring an agent to help you

navigate the housing market in 2021

To Sell in a Seller’s Market?

Many factors to consider in today’s

white hot market

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"

E aster is meant

to be a symbol of

hope, renewal and

new life.

"

"But they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength;

they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and

not be weary; they shall walk and not faint.”

-Isaiah 40:31

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EMPLOYER

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PRIVATE SCHOOL

Sandpoint Christian School

REALTOR

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A SEASON OF PROMISE

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ast 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.

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.

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One of the best ways we can show the

love of God to others is through our

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APRIL 2021

YOUR WINNERS ANNOUNCED

2020

2020

Living Local

REAL ESTATE EDITION

» How to Land Your Dream Home

in a Hot Market

» Find Your Match in a Realtor

» To Sell in a Seller’s Market?

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 Sandpoint and

the surrounding area. 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

Sandpoint Living Local’s Finest 2020!

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CONTENTS

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BUSINESS SPOTLIGHT

Steve Novotny of Willamette Valley Bank: A mortgage

professional you can count on

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ESSENTIALS

The latest tips and trends in home, garden,

finances and life

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ATHLETES OF THE MONTH

Recognizing our local youth as they excel in

their sport

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LIFE & COMMUNITY

Invest in the Dreams of NIC Students: 28th

Annual Really BIG Raffle is now underway

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BUSINESS SPOTLIGHT

JKern Auction Group, LLC and Gypsy Girl

Estate Sales: North Idaho’s auction and estate

sales professionals

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GOOD NEWS

Sandpoint’s Urban Forest Program Gets Strategic:

A new vision, new programs and a renewed

dedication to our city’s trees

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IN FOCUS

A Life of Aviation and Innovation: Bird’s legacy

lives on at museum

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LIVING LOCAL

The BGH Emergency Department Gets a Facelift:

Updates bring efficiency, improved patient care and

infection prevention

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HEALTH & LIFESTYLE

Tips and informational articles about living a

healthy, active lifestyle

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FEATURE

Celebrating 50 Years of the Special Olympics:

How local branches of the organization are adapting

in 2021

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DREAM HOME

How to Land Your Dream Home in a Hot

Market: Come prepared, do your research, and

find the right agent

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LOOKING FOR A

REALTOR?

Find Your Match in a Realtor: Tips for hiring an agent to

help you navigate the housing market in 2021

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THINKING OF SELLING?

To Sell in a Seller’s Market? Many factors to consider

in today’s white hot market

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TRAVEL & LEISURE

Oregon’s Adventure Coast: Endless possibilities for the

perfect getaway

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FOOD & DRINK

Your local guide to the tastiest hot spots

around town

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FEATURED RECIPE

A Delicious Spring Breakfast: Caramelized

Onion and Shiitake Frittata with Havarti Cheese

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ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT

Don't miss out on these events and fun

community happenings

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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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TEACHER OF THE MONTH

By Colin Anderson

Matthew

Brumbach

Second Grade, Sagle Elementary

Even with 15 years under his belt as

an educator, second-grade teacher

Matthew Brumbach can still recall

the nerves he felt on his very first

day leading a class on his own. Like nearly

all new teachers, Matthew shadowed other

teachers as an aid or teaching assistant.

His early work was in the middle school,

but his first job offer came

in the form of a first-grade

position. “I was quite

nervous about going from

working as an aid with

middle schoolers to young

first graders. However, I am

still working with younger

students today because I

love teaching reading,” he

said.

At Sagle Elementary,

Matthew’s second graders

are improving their reading

skills as well as tackling new

subjects and learning to

handle their emotions. They

are doing so as they inch

closer to wrapping up what

will be one of the more unique school years

they are likely to have. “Being a teacher

during COVID is quite the challenge. I

have learned to teach with a mask on, I

teach with much less group work, and I

have learned to sterilize everything,” said

"What I find

most rewarding is

seeing my students

gain confidence

in reading and in

performing new

math standards.”

Matthew. All told, his kids have been very

adaptable to the changes, and everyone is

happy to be having in-person learning.

Learning to read as well as learning the

enjoyment of reading is a gateway to

opening many paths in a young student’s

mind. To watch a student go from

listening to others read to

formulating the sentences

themselves is something

that continues to bring a

smile to Matthew’s face

each school year. “In

teaching, what I find most

rewarding is seeing my

students gain confidence in

reading and in performing

new math standards.”

While second grade might

seem early for kids to

have dreams and future

aspirations, Matthew

knows that’s just not the

case. Even at a young

age he encourages his

students to think big and

believe that, through hard work, they can

accomplish anything and become whatever

they want to be. “When I was going to

school to become a teacher, I came across

many challenges. My life lesson to them is

to never give up on your dreams.”

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CREATING THE

WAKE

Tools to help us be connective

and effective before, during and

after difficult conversations

By Trish Buzzone | Thinking Partner, Executive

Director, The John Maxwell Team

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 “aha!” 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

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The first tool is to practice

the conversation before

the 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.

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Invest in the Dreams of NIC Students

28TH ANNUAL REALLY BIG RAFFLE IS NOW UNDERWAY

By Jillian Chandler

2021 marks North Idaho College Foundation’s 28th annual

Really BIG Raffle, their largest annual public fundraiser, with

proceeds going to support student success and educational

excellence.

Since 1994, the North Idaho College Foundation has partnered

with the NIC Carpentry and Construction Technology Program

to construct a new home to be raffled off as the grand prize in the

Really BIG Raffle. “The home serves as a hands-on learning lab for the

students under the supervision of the Carpentry and Construction

Technology Program instructor and in collaboration with regional

subcontractors,” says Hannah Slusser, development specialist for the

NIC Foundation.

This year’s home, located at 6894 Degas Drive in Coeur d'Alene, offers

a two-story layout with more than 2,000 square feet of living space,

oversized two-car garage, open-concept main floor, gourmet kitchen,

master suite with large walk-in closet and much more! This beautiful

home is being constructed in the highly desirable Greenstone Homes'

Coeur d'Alene Place neighborhood.

A total of 5,500 tickets will be sold at $100 each, with sales ending once

tickets are sold out. Items to be raffled include: Home Grand Prize

(estimated value of $400,000), 2021 New Car ($32,000 value), Home

Furnishings Gift Card ($2,000 value) and Smoker/BBQ Meat Package

($1,500 value). This year’s drawing, which will be held virtually, will

take place July 14—and the winners will be called immediately after

the drawing.

According to Hannah, tickets are usually sold out by June and have

sold out every year since 1994! Don’t wait. Purchase your raffle ticket

today!

Idaho residents can order online at NIC.edu/RBR or by calling

208.769.3271. Tickets can also be purchased with cash or check at

the customer services areas of community ticket outlets: North

Idaho Super 1 Foods (Coeur d'Alene, Hayden, Post Falls, Rathdrum,

Athol, Sandpoint, Bonners Ferry and Oldtown), Stein's Family

Foods (Osburn), Buck Knives (Post Falls), Yoke's (Post Falls), NIC

Foundation Office (Coeur d'Alene) and NIC Workforce Training

Center (Post Falls).

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By Jillian Chandler

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Julia and her team come

with encouragement, smiles

and determination, helping

their clients bring closure to a

difficult stage of life.

Have you wondered what to do with all the items left to you by a

family member that you have no room for? Did you just become

the executor of an estate and have no clue how you are going to

liquidate everything and work too? Feel overwhelmed? There is help for all

this. JKern Auction Group and Gypsy Girl Estate Sales are just the people

to call.

When Julia and her husband Wayne came to Sandpoint in 2014, Julia had

no idea what to do with her vast experience in interior design and sales.

However, she soon realized there were no resources for those needing

liquidation of estates. After one person asked her to liquidate their estate, she

had found her “Sandpoint” calling—and Gypsy Girl Estate Sales was born.

Julia’s first sale was held in the summer of 2016. Two summers later she

realized a need for the option to have auctions for her clients. She attended

Western College of Auctioneering in Billings, Montana, and came back to

Sandpoint to open the auction side of the business under JKern Auction

Group.

Julia has found that every family’s needs are one of a kind and that no two

clients are the same. In order to provide the best option and services to meet

individual client needs, she offers a free consultation to anyone who calls.

She then visits with the family, assesses their situation and has an in-depth

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conversation with them before determining whether an auction or estate

sale is in their best interest. “For the most part, the decision usually boils

down to time and number of items to be liquidated,” affirms Julia.

Julia says she and her team come with encouragement, smiles and

determination, helping their clients bring closure to a difficult stage

of life. Whether that stage has been brought on by death, downsizing

or divorce, they are there to help guide clients through. “We love our

clients as if they were members of our own families. We recognize

the difficulties which are bogging them down. Because we are not

emotionally in the middle of it, we can step back and see, what seems an

enormous burden to them, a very doable task to us.”

JKern Auction Group and Gypsy Girl Estate Sales is comprised of

a dedicated and compassionate team, including Julia's son, Tanner,

inventory manager and lead ring man; and Leilani, marketing and

sales director, who, as Julia says, "is indispensable to me; I would be

lost without her.” Julia is grateful for Judith and Barb, two women who

volunteer their time sorting, washing, tagging and cleaning, or simply

doing whatever is needed of them. “They say I keep them young. I just

hope one day I may be as generous and loving as these two are. They

are so valuable to my team. Many others join us on our auction days,

making everything run smoothly.”

Julia is committed not only to her clients but to her community. She

has been involved in the Community Assistance League, serving on the

Grant Committee and as chair of the Social Committee. She has also

headed the CAL Kinderhaven tree for the past four years. “That’s where

I get to get my ‘design bug’ out of me. I am committed to their cause!”

At the end of the day, Julia wants to be able to have achieved the goal

of liquidating everything for the highest price that the market will bear.

She wants her client to have had a wonderful experience, getting the

maximum for their items. In addition, she wants customers who shop

their sales to feel like they have purchased those items at fair prices.

Breaking the norm, Julia says, “It is a common misconception that estate

sales or auctions are only held in the warmer months. Life happens

365 days a year. We strive to meet the challenges of life that create

complications for our clients. With all the online tools we have available,

we can provide a service to anyone, no matter the locations or the time

of year.”

If you or someone you know is considering an auction or estate sale, or

would like a complimentary consultation, Julia encourages you to give

her a call today and book early, as dates fill up quickly.

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Sandpoint’s Urban Forest Program

Gets Strategic

A NEW VISION, NEW PROGRAMS AND A RENEWED DEDICATION TO OUR CITY’S TREES

By Abigail Thorpe

“ONE OF OUR

PRIORITIES FOR THE

CITY OF SANDPOINT

HAS BEEN THE

PROTECTION OF OUR

TREE CANOPY AND

OUR URBAN FOREST

IN THE CITY."

Drive through Sandpoint, and one of

the first things you’ll notice—even

subconsciously appreciate—are the

beautiful variety of trees that line

our streets and dot our public and private lands.

Sandpoint’s tree canopy is one of the things that

make our downtown and residential streets so

special—and that’s for good reason.

Trees have long been prized and valued by the

local community, and the City of Sandpoint has

been a member of Tree City USA since 1996—

soon celebrating its 25th anniversary of caring for

our urban canopy through membership with the

national program. Sandpoint has a long history of

participating with the Tree City USA program and

protecting its urban canopy—a passion that comes

from the community and members stressing the

importance of our local trees.

“Our trees—and particularly with the mature

urban canopy that we are fortunate enough to have

in Sandpoint—they are a connection with history;

many of these trees are decades old,” explains

Jennifer Stapleton, Sandpoint’s city administrator.

“Having a good tree canopy is important overall

for air quality and environment, as well as the

character and charm of our community.”

Sandpoint’s Tree Committee was established

back in 2008 with the purpose of serving as an

advisory committee to the mayor and city council,

working with a designated city forester on the

preservation, protection and management of the

city’s community forest, predominantly trees in the

public right of way.

“One of our priorities for the City of Sandpoint

has been the protection of our tree canopy and our

urban forest in the city,” says Stapleton. “Where

we’re looking at the expansion of this is having a

more proactive role and plan surrounding the trees

and public parks that are owned by the city.”

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The driving force behind the expansion and restructuring of the

Urban Forest program is the slate of new revitalization projects in the

downtown core. As the city has discussed the strategic plan for the

downtown, a central part of this is treating the downtown as a park.

“Our trees are one of the draws for visitors and community members

to come into the downtown,” explains Stapleton. “The trees, the flowers

basket programs, the lighting of the trees in the winter—those are all

activities that are generally managed by our Parks and Rec and Open

Space division.”

Last fall, the decision was made to move the Urban Forest program

oversight to the Parks and Recreation division in order to take a more

strategic approach to the urban tree canopy and increase community

engagement and education.

As part of the new programming, the city will be entering into a review

and master planning of the Urban Forest program for the city, engaging

the services of the Urban Forest Consulting Service to maximize the

Urban Forest program. They’re kicking off by doing a full review of the

urban forestry plans, including staffing, resources and the management

of the urban forest in the public right of way, in an opportunity to gain

feedback on what the city is doing well, and where there is room for

improvement.

These efforts will also involve community engagement through town

meetings, an anticipated public survey, and increased educational

opportunities. “We’re excited to kick off this program in conjunction

with Arbor Day,” says Stapleton.

One potential addition of the program will be offering best techniques

and advice from an arborist to the community, in addition to improving

the training of city staff. A current weakness of the Urban Forest

program is that the information the city has gathered on city trees and

their health has been made available on a public website, but hasn’t been

communicated to the property owner who is taking care of that tree.

Communicating warning signs and what can be done to properly

extend the health and life of a tree are central to preserving the urban

forest we so value. “It’s about improving community engagement and

involvement and more proactive outreach on our urban health than we

have had in the past,” adds Stapleton.

Taking a more strategic approach to the urban tree canopy will extend

to the annual NeighborWoods tree distribution program the city holds

every year. They hope to be more strategic about areas where trees are

needed, doing more target research for those areas, and paying attention

to the different ages of trees that are spread out throughout the city.

In addition to getting involved with upcoming community engagement

opportunities, Sandpoint locals and visitors can also learn about the

various outstanding trees in the community through the Sandpoint

Outstanding Trees booklet available online, or at the City Hall. The

40-page, full-color booklet is a tribute to some of Sandpoint’s most

incredible trees, with the aim of increasing the public’s awareness and

appreciation of our beautiful trees, in addition to functioning as a selfguided

tour of some of the most outstanding trees in Sandpoint.

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IN

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

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FOCUS

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

necessity and opportunity. For example, Pearcy

likes to tell people about how, during World

War II, Bird tore apart a captured German

airplane to figure out how to allow pilots to

climb to higher altitudes.

“As soon as he got back, he tore the whole

system out of that airplane and in his garage

redesigned it and came up with the on-demand

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 that helped

pilots fly up to 40,000 feet. Back on the ground,

he developed the Bird Universal Medical

Respirator that was much more effective than

an iron lung.

Bird adapted that technology into what came

to be known as the “Babybird” respirator that

he introduced in 1970. It considerably reduced

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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.

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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Trust, Honor

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BY JILLIAN CHANDLER

STEVE NOVOTNY, SALES LEADER-LOAN OFFICER

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“Whether you are buying your first home,

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where you are in life, trust us to take care

of your home financing.”

most rewarding thing for me is helping my clients close

on their dream home. Seeing how happy they are once we

“The

have closed on their dream home is an amazing feeling.”

Willamette Valley Bank has been serving communities for nearly

two decades, opening its residential Coeur d’Alene mortgage branch

in 2014. Steve Novotny, sales leader and loan officer, has been in the

mortgage business for 11 years, the past seven of those as a member

of Willamette Valley Bank. “I have always loved working with people,

and I have always had a passion for real estate, so getting into the

mortgage business just seemed like the right fit for me from a young

age,” smiles Steve.

At Willamette Valley Bank, the team strives to earn their clients’

trust and exceed their expectations working with them for years to

come. “Whether you are buying your first home, vacation property,

refinancing for a remodel or updating your mortgage to fit where you

are in life, trust us to take care of your home financing, so you can

spend your time taking full advantage of all Northern Idaho has to

offer,” says Steve.

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Steve is a firm believer that trust, honor and effective communication

are the three key components in finding success as a mortgage

professional. “These are three things that myself and my team will

not waiver from. The amazing people that we have at Willamette

Valley Bank, who truly care about our clients, sets us apart from our

competition. We love our clients and our local community.”

He believes the success he’s experienced in the business is not only

the result of hard work, experience and dedication to his clients, but

because of those people who are most important in his life; first and

foremost, his parents, Bruce and Christine Novotny. “They taught

me to be honest, to be good to people and to work hard at anything

I do,” he shares. “My wife Robyn, who is much smarter and talented

than me and has supported me in so many ways during my career.

I couldn’t do this without her. And my boss Jeremy Wallis, who I

have worked for since the beginning, has also been a huge part of my

success and an amazing mentor my entire mortgage career.”

Steve is proud to live, work and play in the place he was born and

raised, the community he loves, and where he and his wife have

the privilege of raising their two sons, Noah and Liam. When not

working to help others in realizing their dreams of home ownership,

you can find Steve and his family taking full advantage of their time

together, camping, boating, skiing, and everything else North Idaho

has to offer.

In addition to their commitment to serving their clients, the team

at Willamette Valley Bank is proud of their involvement in the local

community and volunteers for local charities. “Two of my favorites

are the ElderHelp of North Idaho and the Tree of Hope program,

which we do company-wide each holiday season to collect food and

gifts for local families,” Steve says.

Being a part of the local business community is something Steve

enjoys, as it affords him the opportunity to meet other business

owners and community members, and work with people every day.

If you are in the market to purchase your first home or vacation

property, or looking to refinance, reaching your goal is only a phone

call away. Give Steve Novotny a call today.

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Sandpoint high school senior Riley

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at a young age. Around 5 she also started

playing soccer, basketball and baseball, where

she was often the only girl on the team. “One

of my favorite memories was playing with the

Triple A team the Pirates. With a girl on the

team we were definitely the underdogs, but

we worked hard and made it to the playoffs,

where we won second place and I was awarded

Golden Glove of the league,” she recalled.

Riley made the switch to softball in the sixth

grade with a goal to one day start for the

high school varsity team. By the time her

freshman year rolled around, she was excited

as ever to be playing high school sports. She

had just begun her first few practices with

the basketball team when it all came to a

grinding halt after tearing her ACL in her

very first game. Riley remembers the recovery

being difficult, as her body didn’t react well to

painkillers, and she started drifting away from

friends. She wouldn’t heal in time for softball

season and remembers being angry, until

her mom stepped in with some tough love to

help her snap out of it. “One day she took my

crutches and hid them from me, forcing me to

walk, and again, after talking to my physical

therapist, she started making me ride horses

again,” said Riley.

Getting back in the saddle helped Riley

remember all the physical activities and

sports she cherished, and it motivated her to

push hard in her rehabilitation. She worked

hard and made the varsity softball team as a

sophomore. “That season I played second and

short, and had the most bases stolen as well

as a lot of fun. That’s when I realized that the

comeback is greater than the setback. I also

learned what it was truly like to appreciate the

ability to be able to play.”

Riley is now focused on her final season as

a Bulldog. After COVID-19 wiped out her

junior season, she’s cherishing each practice

and game, as well as remaining grateful to be

part of so many great teams along the way. “All

of these coaches taught that one person doesn’t

win a game but a team can, and I think that is

why I love all of my teams, because we all work

so hard and we can rely on each other.”

Riley hopes to continue to either play softball

or potentially competitive rodeo events during

college. She has yet to determine where she will

attend this fall.

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THE MONTH

ETHAN BUTLER

junior

For Sandpoint High School junior

Ethan Butler, the upcoming

baseball season couldn’t get here

fast enough. As a freshman,

Ethan not only made the varsity team but

performed well enough to be named to the

All-League team. With a great first season

under his belt, he was preparing to build

on that momentum his sophomore year.

Unfortunately, Ethan would suffer a pair of

setbacks.

Like others all across the nation, the

pandemic wiped out his baseball season, and,

if that wasn’t enough, it was discovered that

he would need surgery to repair the labrum in

his shoulder. “I have been rehabbing the last

year, and I am super excited to get to play on

the field and have all the hard work pay off,”

he said.

Getting back out on the mound is something

he’s worked hard for. Rehab isn’t the same

as going through normal practices and offseason

workouts with his team, but Ethan

knows he’s put in the work to put himself in a

place to succeed this season.

“One life lesson I have learned while playing

sports is that if you work hard in what you

are doing, eventually it will pay off,” he said.

He’s also excited to see what his team can do

this year as they come together as one. “What

I like about baseball the most is being able to

play it with a good group of guys who all want

to accomplish the same goal,” he said of his

Bulldog teammates.

As someone who loves to be outdoors and

appreciates the surroundings he’s grown up

in, Ethan would like to stay in the west for

college while pursuing a career that keeps him

out of the office. “Some of my career interests

are being a wildlife or fisheries biologist. I

have always found the outdoors as one of

my favorite places, and I want to be able to

interact with animals and nature,” he said.

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he looks forward to a more normal school

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hopes of attracting the attention of a college

that would offer him a scholarship.

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THE BGH EMERGENCY DEPARTMENT GETS A FACELIFT

Updates bring efficiency, improved patient care and infection prevention

BY ABIGAIL THORPE

For some people in Sandpoint, the Emergency Department might

be the only part of Bonner General Hospital you have ever, or

will ever, visit. If so, you probably noticed that incredible staff

and exceptional care are a hallmark of the BGH Emergency

Department, but the facilities have long since started to show their age.

Thanks to a grant from the Sunderland Foundation and community

support through the Heart Ball, the facilities now have a new lease on life.

Flooring and surfaces over time had seams or cracks where dirt and

contamination could collect; cabinets, lighting and paint were dated; and

space was limited for the doctors and nurses on shift.

Today, when you drive up to the Emergency Department, you are greeted

by a brand new sign that clearly marks the entrance. Walking in the

front door, a new guest might not immediately notice the updates, but

a returning one will appreciate a space that feels exactly how it should:

clean, updated and well thought out.

Fresh cabinets and quartz countertops, new patch and paint work,

installation of new sliding doors (where curtains previously closed off

rooms), roof restoration, medical gas outlet additions, relocation of the

doctor's office and overall improvements to the flow of the department

have created a fresh space that boosts efficiency and workflow and

increases infection protection.

"The more we can improve the efficiency and workflow, the more patients

we can help and the better we can serve the community," explains Curtis

Johnson, the director of facilities at BGH.

Denis Simko, an RN in the Emergency Department, remembers when he

first came to BGH with his wife from North Carolina. He was offered a

position at both BGH and Kootenai Medical Center, but BGH kept him

so busy and he was so welcomed by the staff, this is where he stayed. But

one thing stood out when he arrived—the hospital, and particularly the

Emergency Department—was very dated. "That was 23 years ago, and

nothing much has changed in the Emergency Department until now,"

he says.

Today, there is more space for the increasing nursing staff, with work

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stations for everyone, and a new office for the Emergency Department

doctors. "The improvements allow the team to work in coordination

to achieve common goals and independently when focus is needed,"

explains Johnson.

Temporary rooms that were converted for COVID have been transformed

into permanent equipped rooms, and oxygen and suction were added to

additional rooms. Because of the renovation, the department was able to

grow from eight to 11 fully equipped rooms.

The entire staff was instrumental through the entire process, offering

suggestions and guidance on where to place equipment they use on a

daily basis and how to improve efficiency, and helping to relocate the

entire department to a new location in mere hours to prepare for the

remodel.

"The ED staff is simply amazing," says Johnson. "The thoughtfulness

given to each decision through the project, while maintaining excellent

care in a temporary location, is something that nurses do well.

"There was no question that this project has been high priority for BGH,

and with creative brainstorming we determined solutions that seemed to

meet the needs of the remodel, as well as the details of how to move and

operate the ER in a temporary location."

In addition to more efficiency due to space management and updates, one

of the biggest benefits of the remodel was improved infection prevention.

All wood trim, cork and other porous materials were removed in efforts

to prioritize infection prevention, and this thought process is evident

throughout the updates.

Updates had been needed for some time, but it was the receipt of a grant

from the Sunderland Foundation that spurred the project on. "Their

generous donation made this project possible, and we could not be

thankful enough," says Johnson.

In addition, the community stepped in to help donate funds through the

annual Heart Ball auction, which was held online this year due to COVID,

and the funds helped fund a portion of the remodel and purchase new

equipment that allows for better patient care.

"This year the community has said a big 'Thank you' to us at Bonner

General and the Emergency Department," reflects Simko. "We have a

beautiful, remodeled space and a new feel."

"The community wins when the community gives," adds Johnson. "That is

what I love so much about Sandpoint. We live in a place where generosity

touches the lives of other people and improves their experience when

visiting the Emergency Department at Bonner General Health."

Being in such a small town, the staff at BGH often has connections to

their patients. "It is like they are our family too," explains Simko. This

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close connection is even more evident amongst

the Emergency Department team, which is an

incredibly close group. "We spend so much

time together under very stressful situations.

We see each other at our best and at our worst,"

he adds. "It is like a family."

You'll often find emergency room employees

staffing local events like the Festival at

Sandpoint, the Chafe 150 and the Long Bridge

Swim, and Simko himself works with the ski

patrol at Schweitzer.

This close connection to each other and the

community carries over to the care you can

expect at the BGH Emergency Department.

"Bonner General emulates its vision: To be the

best place to receive care and the best place to

give care," explains Johnson. "Part of that is

the amazing community that we live in, and

part of that is the tremendous efforts made

throughout the organization. On a daily basis,

I see staff going above and beyond to care for

people in my community, in our community."

Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, BGH

has provided excellent community resources,

testing approximately 14,000 people, caring

for numerous COVID patients, and giving out

6,000 vaccines without wasting a single dose.

"These numbers are outstanding, and Bonner

General is working to give the community the

best care available and has earned the trust of

many through the process," reflects Johnson.

Nurses and doctors have continued to handle

patients with compassion and patience, to

the point of testing, screening and caring for

patients at the side of their cars during the heat

of the summer and the middle of snowstorms.

The new renovations to the Emergency

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In addition, the front parking lot is scheduled

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to take 60 days to complete, divided into two

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Updates allow for better care at the Emergency

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this new remodel will increase our patients'

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Cold Laser Therapy

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According to the World Health Organization, 1.71 billion people

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to remedy musculoskeletal conditions. Therapists often add modalities or

sensory experiences to enhance their therapeutic treatment.

One such modality is Cold Laser Therapy, which is also known as Low-

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generates a light in the red to infrared region (660nm to 905nm), as light

in this range can penetrate the skin, soft tissues and hard tissues. The light

will penetrate the “optical window,” which is a range of wavelengths where

penetration is maximized. Once the laser’s light extends into your skin, it

will discharge protons into the skin. These protons are then absorbed by

receptors called photoreceptors that trigger important chemical changes.

The laser can be used to target the site of an injury to improve healing,

remodeling, and reduce inflammation. A therapist could target the lymph

nodes to reduce edema and inflammation, the nerves to induce analgesia,

and on trigger points to reduce tenderness and reflex contracted muscle

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According to a literature review of 4,000

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MICRONEEDLING WITH

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Many of us want to age gracefully while

taking a natural approach to aesthetic

treatments. If this is you, microneedling

with radiofrequency may be the solution.

Designed to resurface the skin, stimulate collage,

tighten, and reduce fine lines and wrinkles,

microneedling with radiofrequency helps to slow

down the aging process and give you back that

youthful look.

What is microneedling with radiofrequency?

Microneedling RF is a non-surgical advanced

needling treatment. When we age, our skin begins

to lose elasticity, causing wrinkles, lines and skin

sagging. Using radiofrequency—energy waves

that heat the deep layer of the skin, known as

the dermis—and microneedling simultaneously

helps to stimulate collagen production to tighten

and smooth wrinkles on the face and body.

What areas can be treated?

The most commonly treated areas include the

face, around the eyes, above the knees, neck and

chest. However, any area on the body that needs

tightening and smoothing can be treated.

How many treatments are recommended?

It is recommended that you complete a series

of three treatments, one month apart, to

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improvements in as early as three weeks, with

results continuing to improve for three months.

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What is the treatment like?

Most practices have clients arrive one hour

prior to their appointment to have numbing

cream applied. The treatment itself takes

approximately 45 minutes, and most clients

describe it as mild discomfort.

Is there any downtime or post care after this

treatment?

Yes, most clients leave their treatment with

mild redness and swelling, and occasionally

bruising. Redness, swelling, bruising and skin

peeling may last up to a week. You will need

to avoid direct sun exposure on the treated

area until it is healed, and continue to use

sunscreen. You need to avoid makeup for two

days after your treatment. Many practices will

send you home with skin-care products to be

used for several days after your treatment.

How long will the results last?

Generally, after a series of three treatments, you

will only need a yearly “touch up” treatment

to continue to see lasting results, such as skin

tightening, skin resurfacing, and decreased fine

lines and wrinkles.

How much does it cost?

Cost varies from practice to practice, but

on average a treatment is $900 to $1,000 per

treatment area. Often there are additional

savings available when treatments are

purchased in a package.

Reach out to your local aesthetic provider to

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OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY MONTH

HELPING YOU LIVE YOUR BEST LIFE

By Kristin Carlson, Marketing Specialist, Bonner General Health

In April, we recognize the care and skill of occupational therapists. With

approximately 213,000 occupational therapists and occupational therapy

assistants, educators and students in the U.S., occupational therapy

practitioners assist people of all ages in completing day-to-day activities and

tasks inhibited by injury, illness or disability.

Some conditions that may benefit from occupational therapy in adults include

arthritis and brain injury, including concussion management, dementia,

Alzheimer's, carpal tunnel, Parkinson's disease and stroke. Occupational

therapy can assist with Asperger's syndrome, ADHD, autism, cerebral palsy,

and Down's syndrome for children.

I sat down with Bonner General Health occupational therapist, Beth Wise,

MOT, OTR/L, CHT to talk about O.T. services:

Why did you pursue a career in occupational therapy?

I was interested in rehabilitation after various types of injuries. O.T. is a vast

field, which I found exciting. I can work with someone with a spinal cord

injury on how to eat and get dressed. In my next session, work on tendon

repairs in someone's hand and bring them back to work. My days are

exciting. I enjoy complex problems, considering the person's big picture and

goals, and progressing someone's independence and ability to participate in

preferred activities.

What are some of the less apparent services our O.T. Department

provides?

Many community members struggle with thumb arthritis and trigger fingers.

We provide treatment options to improve pain and function. It just takes a

referral from any doctor.

Do you have a specialty or an area of O.T. you are most passionate about?

I am very dedicated to the comprehensive treatment of neurological issues

(brain injury, concussion, stroke, spinal cord injury). I recently became a

certified hand therapist and enjoyed working with people after hand and

wrist injuries/surgeries.

Is there anything else you think is important to share about our O.T.

services at Bonner General Health?

We also work with people with fatigue and endurance issues from any

diagnosis (such as cancer, M.S., lung issues) on being more efficient and

independent. I think this is another untapped service we offer.

What you can expect from an occupational therapy visit:

• An individualized evaluation, during which the client/family and

occupational therapist determine the person's goals

• A customized plan to improve your ability to perform daily activities and

reach your goals

• An outcomes evaluation to ensure your goals are being met, and if not,

adjust the plan to meet those goals

April is also Parkinson's Awareness Month. Bonner General Health provides

services specific to those living with Parkinson's disease. BGH is an affiliate of

Rock Steady Boxing. This exercise program enables people with Parkinson's

to fight their disease with a non-contact boxing-style fitness program that

improves their quality of life. The LSVT programs involve exercise or

speech therapies to improve the effects of Parkinson's, improving balance,

movement, voice amplification and speech clarity.

For more information on Occupational Therapy Services and programs such

as Rock Steady Boxing or LSVT Therapy, visit BonnerGeneral.org or call

208.265.3325.

References: 1) American Occupational Therapy Association, aota.org. 2) Rock

Steady Boxing, RockSteadyBoxing.org.

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IMPROVE

YOUR GUT

HEALTH

Simple checklist

to boost your

immune system

By Missi Balison

DID YOU ALSO

KNOW THAT

ABOUT 80

PERCENT OF

YOUR IMMUNE

SYSTEM LIVES IN

YOUR GUT?

Did you know that the health of your

gut has an impact not only on your

digestion (although that’s super

important) but also for your heart,

your brain, your immune system—and even your

mood?

Did you also know that about 80 percent of your

immune system lives in your gut? You have about

100 trillion microbes living in your gut right now.

And there are about 1,000 different species of

known gut bacteria.

Some of these bacteria are your personal army

of helpers, digesting your food, making energy

and keeping your immune system strong. Others

are not so good, linked with digestive upset,

inflammation, obesity, and even conditions like

cardiovascular disease, diabetes and asthma.

The good bacteria nibble on insoluble fibers from

your food (such as veggies) that are tough enough

to survive the trip through your stomach. We call

these insoluble fibers “prebiotics.” Meanwhile,

the “bad” bacteria inside your gut thrive in a

low-fiber environment with sugars, processed

foods and grains, additives, artificial sweeteners,

preservatives and fillers.

When there’s not enough food for your good

bacteria, they physically starve. This gives the

bad bacteria a chance to get a foothold, which

can cause some major problems!

As you can imagine, you want to make sure your

gut stays in balance, with more of the good guys

than the bad guys! You have the power to do just

that with your food and lifestyle choices! Here

is a simple checklist to help you get started on

improving your gut health:

• Up your fiber intake. Make sure you are getting

enough fiber, including insoluble fiber. These

fibers are what the good bacteria in your small

intestine like to feed on.

• Eat fermented foods. Foods like yogurt and

sauerkraut contain healthy bacteria that can

replenish your gut microbiome. This is especially

true if you have taken antibiotics, which can

affect the balance of your gut bacteria.

• Avoid processed foods and sugar. The bad-guy

bacteria like to feed on these!

• Cut stress. Meditate, journal, go outside for

some fresh air. There’s a direct connection (your

vagus nerve) between your brain and your gut,

each affecting the other!

• Get enough sleep. When your sleep is

disrupted, so are the good bacteria in your

microbiome. And vice versa!

• Get regular exercise. The more active you are,

the happier your gut microbiome is! Exercise also

helps you build up more good bacteria in your

gut. Not only do you have more good bacteria,

but more different types of bacteria! This is

important in keeping a balanced and healthy

digestive system.

Researchers tested the microbiomes of adults

who didn’t exercise regularly, and then put them

through an exercise routine of 30 to 60 minutes

of cardio three times a week. After six weeks, the

study participants had more good bacteria in

their gut! That’s pretty impressive in such a short

period of time.

Action Step: Choose just three of the items listed

above to start implementing into your lifestyle to

improve your gut health today so your immune

system can stay fortified!

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is a personal trainer, exercise physiologist and

Certified Precision Nutrition coach.

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SO NOW YOU

HAVE IMMUNITY?

HOW STAYING HEALTHY ALSO DEPENDS

UPON DIET AND NUTRITION

BY SCOTT PORTER, SANDPOINT SUPER DRUG

Many of us have gone through a COVID-19 infection

or recently received one of the new vaccines. This

means our immune systems can likely recognize this

coronavirus and quickly respond if infected again in

the near future.

A virus is on the edge of what we consider alive. They contain the

elements of what makes up living organisms but cannot function

on their own. A virus relies on its host to transport it into a cell and

unwrap its DNA or RNA for replication. They are then transported

back to the cell surface and released, binding to other cells.

These particles can get expelled in various ways and spread from one

person to another. As these particles accumulate in a new host, the

process starts all over again. Being previously exposed, or vaccinated,

will influence how your body responds. But this is not the only factor.

Our health status at the time of an infection plays an important role

on how we fare during a repeat infection. Ongoing inflammation,

metabolic dysregulations, gut microbial imbalances, nutrient

deficiencies, detoxification inefficiency and hormone depletion will

each influence severity of symptoms.

These health factors even affect our ability to completely recover

from a prior infection. Some individuals are now referred to as “long

haulers” if they are taking extra time to repair the damage caused by

their body’s response to a COVID-19 infection.

There are things that we can do to prepare ourselves for success from

a repeat exposure to a coronavirus, or even an influenza virus. We

can influence what role we, as a host, play in viral entry, shedding,

replication and release.

We determine how well we respond to such infections by what we

have been eating, drinking, how well we sleep, our level of outside

activity, and even our attitude. These same things affect how quickly

we get over an infection.

Measures like masks, social distancing and seclusion continue to

be considered helpful by most health authorities, though it will

take some time for the effectiveness of these campaigns to be fully

understood or validated. There continues to be ongoing controversy

as to whether the practical application of such restrictions yielded the

hoped-for results.

I’d like to see more discussion on how a poor diet and nutrient

deficiencies affect our health, because what is clear is the more we are

in an optimal state of heath prior to an infection, the better advantage

we have to respond.

If you lack metabolic reserve and resiliency and have poor immune

system modulation, you are at greater risk for more severe damage.

This pertains not just to COVID-19 but to any viral infection for that

matter.

It’s always best to avoid sweet foods and drinks. During a pandemic,

this is more important than ever. This should also include limiting

foods made from flour and poor-quality oils. My suggestion: Eat a

nutrient-dense clean diet and take your foundational supplements.

We all want to be as healthy as possible. Once you get a vaccine,

balancing your inflammatory pathways, reducing oxidative stress

while increasing antioxidants, and nurturing your gut microbiome

should go along with your consideration to continue to social distance

and wear a mask.

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

Center for Functional Medicine & Nutrition at Sandpoint Super Drug.

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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

2021 and beyond.

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Find someone who you feel comfortable with and start a relationship

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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 Northwoods 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

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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.

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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.

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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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This year, with the demand for homes

looking astoundingly high, it’s more

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Realtor to partner with.

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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 can be,

there are steps you can take to make the most informed decision. 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

are most important to you even before you start looking is key. Consider the

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

reins for you, or do you want to be more hands-on?

While the most important qualities of an effective real estate agent can differ

according to who you ask, it's important to define these standards for yourself.

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

in the state, market knowledge. Experience as a Realtor isn't everything, but it's

certainly something to consider.

Agents who have been in the market for a while have had time to build their

professional networks and are more likely to have inside knowledge on what

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

willing to negotiate, strategize, effectively use their resources and take initiative.

Decide what you need most from your agent, and look for someone whose

communication style, knowledge base and level of professionalism can best

match your expectations.

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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

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time and stress throughout the rest of the process.

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Plenty of people enjoy the Northwest lifestyle. And plenty more from all around the country are finding

out they also enjoy the lifestyle and are making the move to our communities, both big and small.

With professionals able to work remotely, record-low interest rates, and city dwellers seeking smaller

communities, home prices have soared. At the same time, fewer people are listing their homes for sale,

which is creating a hot seller’s market. Is now the right time to move or upgrade if you own a home? There

are several factors to consider before putting up the “For Sale” sign.

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

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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.

Finances/Financial Freedom

4

A home is often the biggest financial asset for a family. Generally speaking, the

longer you stay in a home, the more it gains value and the quicker you’ll be able

to completely eliminate mortgage payments. If you have enough equity in your

current home to pay cash for your next property, wonderful! If you are instead

looking to use the proceeds for a down payment on the next home with another

30-year mortgage, know that you are greatly extending the amount of time you’ll

be making those payments. Ask yourself at what point in life would you like not

to be making those payments?

Afford to Upgrade

With prices soaring and competition fierce, are you able to afford your dream

home? While your home value might be at an all-time high, so are most others.

Even with low interest rates, finding a step up from the starter or family home

to custom or executive home might come with some pretty big sticker shock.

Before committing to move in this market, you’ll need to be ready to jump on a

property quickly—and often go above asking price. Find the maximum you are

comfortable at and see what kind of homes are currently available in that range.

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For those who have some flexibility and patience, a custom build might be the

way to go. While builders are slammed with work, you can often still get more

customization craftsmanship and quality from a custom home for less money

than settling for something on the market. If you need to use the equity from

your home sale to buy a piece of land to get going, be prepared to have your life in

boxes for a while, as well as a rent higher than your previous mortgage payment.

Still, many would take a year of rent and likely a little chaos to build the home of

their dreams in which they’ll not need to ever worry about moving again—well,

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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

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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

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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.

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208.920.6144 | BeetAndBasil.net

CITY BEACH ORGANICS

City Beach Organics offers top-notch, made-fromscratch

organic food and drinks in a recently renovated

downtown location. They serve homemade soups daily!

Conveniently located, they can also make your order to go!

Open Sunday 9am to 6pm, and Monday through Friday 7am to

6pm; closed Saturday.

117 N. First Ave. | Sandpoint

208.265.9919 | CityBeachOrganics.com

LE CATERING

Locally owned and operated by Chef Adam Hegsted as part

of Eat Good Group, Le Catering Co. features the best Inland

Northwest producers and products cooked by award-winning

chefs. They specialize in using local, seasonal ingredients and

highlighting them by cooking them simply and honestly. They

invite you to call them to set up your special event.

24001 E. Mission Ave. | Liberty Lake

509.720.5412 | LeCatering.co

AvailableFor

ANY EVENT.

ANY LOCATION.

Uptown Bagel Co.

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

509.210.0880

www.lecatering.co

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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 | SweetLousIdaho.com

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

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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!

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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 | SandpointJalapenos.com

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SAY HELLO TO SPRING

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CARAMELIZED ONION AND SHIITAKE

FRITTATA WITH HAVARTI CHEESE

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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Enjoy our enclosed &

heated patio seating!

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, DINE-IN & TAKEOUT

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THE ANNUAL SHORELINE CLEAN UP

RETURNS

HELP KEEP LAKE PEND OREILLE CLEAN

AND BEAUTIFUL

By Abigail Thorpe

April 24 marks the annual return of the Shoreline Clean

Up hosted by the Lake Pend Oreille Waterkeeper and the

City of Sandpoint. Head on out to join together and keep

our beautiful lake and surrounding watershed beautiful

and healthy.

Falling on the Saturday after Earth Day this year, the annual cleanup

is a great reminder that it takes the efforts of us all to preserve

the beauty and health of our incredible waterways that we enjoy

every summer.

From 10am until 1pm, anyone is welcome to join in the effort to pick

up trash and litter along Sand Creek and City Beach shorelines to

prevent it from washing into our watershed. Litter and micro-trash

aren’t just an eyesore, they also have the potential to negatively

impact the health and beauty of our local waterways, and plenty

of it makes its way onto the shores of Sand Creek and City Beach

each year.

To help prevent the spread of litter into Lake Pend Oreille and

surrounding waterways, the entire community is encouraged to

come out and join in the cause. It’s a great opportunity to give back

while enjoying time with friends and family, and there is no time

requirement. Stop in at any time between 10am and 1pm at the City

Beach pavilion, and you’ll receive free gloves and bags to join in the

cleanup efforts.

To help keep you energized and full, the hosts will offer local coffee

and treats to enjoy while you work. Just an hour or two of your time

can make a difference, and help ensure that Lake Pend Oreille, Sand

Creek and our watershed remain healthy and thriving for years to

come.

Head on out and join the community in supporting the health of our

waterways. To learn more, visit LakePendOreilleWaterkeeper.org.

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CLOSING DAY AT SCHWEITZER

Get ready for the last weekend of the ski season up on the mountain! Closing

Day for Schweitzer is April 11, so if you haven’t gotten your last runs in for

the season, purchase your tickets in advance to get one last chance to shine

on the slopes. The weekend of April 10 and 11 is also the last chance to join

the Schweitzer Social Media Costume Party. Each weekend until closing,

the mountain will be hosting a costume party with chances to win prizes

from Smith, Rossignol, Oakley and more. Keep an eye out on Tuesday

for the announcement of the coming weekend’s theme, then put together

your best costume and head up the mountain to join the party. To join the

competition, take a picture of yourself in costume at Schweitzer, and post

between Saturday morning and Sunday at midnight to any of the following

social media accounts with the hashtag #schweitzerstyle. Instagram: @

Schweitzer_Mountain; Facebook: @Schweitzer Mountain Resort; Twitter:

@SchweitzerID. To learn more, visit Schweitzer.com.

POP WILDERNESS FIRST AID &

CPR COURSE

to brush up on wilderness first aid and CPR, or simply looking to

learn more to help prepare for any situation while you're out backpacking,

biking or exploring the wilderness? Sign up for the Wilderness First Aid

& CPR course sponsored by the Pend Oreille Pedalers. The two-day event

will cover topics ranging from patient assessment system, CPR and how to

stabilize injuries, to fractures, hyperthermia and more, led by experienced

Bonner County EMS David Ramsey. The class costs $175 for non members,

or $100 for current members of the Pend Oreille Pedalers. Space is limited,

so visit PendOreillePedalers.org/wfa to learn more and reserve your spot.

9B LADIES’ LIVE YOUR BEST LIFE EVENT

Women of Boundary and Bonner counties and beyond are invited to

attend the 9B Ladies’ Live Your Best Life event. Scheduled for Friday, May

7, 9am to 4pm at the Kootenai River Inn’s Ktunaxa Room in Bonners Ferry,

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.

Women of all ages are encouraged to attend, as 2021’s diverse lineup of

speakers offers something for everyone. 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 nonmembers.

There is an additional $10 fee for a booth. All tickets include

swag and a taco bar lunch.

* 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

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Wrap yourself in luxury in this absolutely stunning waterfront home, just two miles to Sandpoint. Masterfully built by Pacific Construccon in 2016, this single-owner

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a chef’s dream–large island, granite counters, and top-of-the-line appliances. The main floor features a large en-suite bedroom overlooking the water with its

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and the road associaaon takes care of winter

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