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July 2021 Sandpoint Living Local

JULY 2021

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Living Local

TIME TO

CELEBRATE

OUR

INDEPENDENCE

NORTHWEST FLAVORS

Plenty of food and drink to sample all

summer long!

Q&A WITH

DALE HOPKINS

Interim Fire Chief, Selkirk Fire

Rescue and EMS

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

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

Our market continues to favor Sellers. Good news for Buyers – Summer is here, and more properties are entering the

market, especially waterfront. Mortgage lenders are still offering extremely low rates.

Three tips for navigating this market:

1. Engage the help of a local agent and full-time professionals who are experts in the market you are entering. Get

their advice on aspects that affect use and value.

2. Sellers, you currently have the advantage of high demand and relatively low supply. Devise a strategy for timing

your sale, price your home or land accordingly and know your next step.

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

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

Is now a good time to buy or sell?

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

Our market is constantly changing.

What is important to me remains the same - God, Family and Relationships.

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

What Jackie’s clients are saying

“I would highly recommend Jackie Suarez as a Realtor. During the lissng of our

property she kept us informed of the process, answering any quessons we had.

She used a variety of ways to adverrse our property and provided us with

material and links to view. I truly cannot thank Jackie enough for all that she has

done. Mark and I truly appreciate it! Kathy and Mark G., Sagle, ID

“Jackie is an enthusiassc and energeec Realtor. Her posiive and forward-leaning

demeanor makes her a pleasure to work with. Not only did she find me a house,

she found one for my kids as well! All this in an excepponally challenging

market. She has earned my highest level of trust and confidence!

Jesse, Naples, Idaho.

“Thank you, Jackie for making our dreams come true! We are very happy

clients! Mark and Diane B., Sandpoint, ID.

“Professional x 100…Excepponal Customer Service…Excellent.”

Ken R., Sagle, ID

2020

Honored to be voted Sandpoint’s nest 2017, 2018, 2019 and 2020

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Camp Bay on Lake Pend Oreille

Lot 1 - PENDING

Lot 2 - PENDING

Lot 3 - MLS# 20210293 - $2,250,000

Lot 4 - MLS# 20210295 - $1,990,000

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

Lot 6 - MLS# 20210298 - $2,100,000

Lot 7 - MLS# 20210300 - $1,990,000

Lot 8 - MLS# 20210312 - $920,000

Lot 9 - MLS# 20210294 - $1,150,000

Lot 10 - PENDING

Lot 11 - MLS# 20210299 - $980,000

Lot 12 - MLS# 20210301 - $920,000

Lot 13 - MLS# 20210303 - $920,000

Lot 14 - MLS# 20210304 - $500,000

Lot 15 - PENDING

Lot 16 - MLS# 20210306 - $790,000

Lot 17 - MLS# 20210307 - $880,000

Lot 18 - MLS# 20210308 - $800,000

Lot 19 - MLS# 20210309 - $900,000

Lot 20 - PENDING

Lot 21 - MLS# 20210311 - $1,090,000

Lot E1 - PENDING

Lot E5 - PENDING

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MP 56 Hwy 200, Clark Fork, Idaho

72 Acres Clark Fork River Views

Looking for that breath-taking waterfront and mountain view property? Stop looking and come visit this great opportunity. Own some of the most beauuful views of North Idaho and

enjoy the use of your private waterfront lot located on the beauuful Clark Fork River, near the mouth of Lake Pend Oreille. This 72 acre parcel has a couple of great building sites where

you can not only build your dream home, but have great area to add an addiional home for family. The roads to the building sites are already very manageable and not too steep or

scary like so many other big view properres. Hike directly to Antelope Lake, literally just minutes away! The waterfront lot is not a build-able lot for a home, but bring your swim suit

and fly rod and enjoy the large grassy lot with easy access on the Clark Fork River, with plenty of space for a dock. Finding the large parcels with private waterfront access are geeng

harder to find, don't miss this one! $899,000.00

1 acre lot in East Hope

NKA Spring Street, East Hope, Idaho

Amazing views of Lake Pend Oreille, the Hope Peninsula and the Green Monarch Mountains from this 1 acre lot in East Hope. This lot already has a roughed in building pad, driveway

and seppc system installed. Water hookup has already been paid for and is stubbed to the property. The property is located in East Hope just a short 20 minute drive from Sandpoint

and is within minutes of 3 marina's, mullple restaurants and convenience stores that call Hope their home. You'll never grow red of the incredible sunsets or south facing exposure

from this great view property! $250,000.00

Commercial Lots on

the Sandpoint Airport

MLS# 201900098 - Lot 2 (1.40 Acres) - $509,200

MLS# 201900099 - Lot 3 (1.72 Acres) - $623,200

MLS# 201900097 - Lot 1 (1.65 Acres) - $599,450

PENDING

PENDING

SKINNER & STEVENS

Properties

Eric Skinner

Owner / Associate Broker

Century 21 RiverStone

(208) 290-6314

Eric.Skinner@Sandpoint.com

Brent Stevens

Owner / REALTOR®

Century 21 RiverStone

(208) 290-0502

BStevens@Sandpoint.com

Julina Skinner

Transaction Manager / Associate Broker

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Living Local

JULY 2021

VOLUME 11 NUMBER 7

inside

Q&A with Dale Hopkins

Interim Fire Chief, Selkirk Fire Rescue and EMS

Supporting Our Veterans

Local organizations that honor and support those who

fought for our freedoms

Saying 'Thank You'

Ways to show service men and women you care

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E aster is meant

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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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of our patrons. We so appreciate your

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store. Built with such passion, all of our one-ofa-kind

artistic and functional handcrafted pieces

are created from extreme character natural edge

burls in a variety of wood. All of our artists, as well

as ourselves, love to make heirloom-quality pieces

to enhance the beauty of your amazing home.

As always, we want to extend our sincere

appreciation to all of our veterans, for without you

we would never get to enjoy the freedoms we have

on a daily basis. So, if you have visited our store, thank

you so very much; if you haven’t had the opportunity,

then we invite you to come in and enjoy the works

of all our fantastic artists, who always create with

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Our inventory is everchanging, so if you want

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Valuing our Freedoms

W

hen we think of the Fourth

of July, one of the first

things that comes to mind

is fireworks—of course!

Then there’s the paid day off from work for

many, and a day spent at the lake, beach,

river or park, or even a celebration spent

relaxing and socializing in the backyard

with a barbecue.

But many people often forget why this is a

day of celebration for us here in the United

States. What is the significance of July 4?

Let’s freshen up on some history.

July 4 marks an incredibly significant day for

us Americans, as it commemorates the day

the United States officially became its own

nation, as the Declaration of Independence

was adopted on July 4, 1776—and America

was born.

Although the Fourth of July has been

celebrated each year since 1776, it didn’t

become a federal holiday until nearly a

century later, in 1870. And it wasn't until

1941 that it became a paid holiday for

federal employees.

As we celebrate our independence this

July 4, we must not forget all of those who

have fought for this nation and those who

continue to fight each and every day to ensure

our freedoms and safety. Those who serve

the greater nation as active-duty military

(and our veterans), and those who serve

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JULY 2021

coeurd’alene

TIME TO

CELEBRATE

OUR

INDEPENDENCE

NORTHWEST FLAVORS

Plenty o food and drink to sample a l

summer long!

Living Local

Q&A WITH

DALE HOPKINS

Interim Fire Chief, Selkirk Fire

Rescue and EMS

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ABOUT THE COVER

TO CELEBRATE THIS INDEPENDENCE DAY

and recognize all of those who protect our country,

and local communities, Sandpoint Living Local is

honored to feature Dale Hopkins, interim fire chief

of Selkirk Fire Rescue and EMS. Read more about

Dale, his passion for his job—and the community

he serves—on page 76.

Cover Photo By Lana Romie Photography

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CONTENTS

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BUSINESS SPOTLIGHT

Freedom Air HVAC: Trust the professionals in keeping

your home cool this summer

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ESSENTIALS

The latest tips and trends in home, garden,

finances and life

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SEASONAL TIP

Navigating Fire Season: Summer forecast: hot

and dry

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LIFE & COMMUNITY

Time to Celebrate our Independence: Freedom

never felt better!

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BUSINESS SPOTLIGHT

Trinity at City Beach: A new culinary chapter set to begin

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GOOD NEWS

In Support of Football: The chance to support

Sandpoint’s youth football teams arrives, along with

the chance to win big

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IN FOCUS

Northwest Flavors: Plenty of food and drink to

sample all summer long!

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LIVING LOCAL

A Heart to Serve: Bonner County Board of Community

Guardian seeks volunteers looking to make a difference

in the life of another

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HEALTH & LIFESTYLE

Tips and informational articles about living a

healthy, active lifestyle

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sneak peek into July ...

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106

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FEATURE

Keeping Our Waterways Clean: Small actions see big

solutions when it comes to our waterways

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GIVING BACK

Saying ‘Thank You’: Ways to show service men and

women you care

76

LOCAL HERO

Q&A with Dale Hopkins: Interim fire chief,

Selkirk Fire Rescue and EMS

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FREEDOM ISN’T FREE

Supporting Our Veterans: Local organizations that honor

and support those who fought for our freedoms

92

TRAVEL & LEISURE

Jamaica! Safely navigating a trip to the Caribbean

98

FOOD & DRINK

Your local guide to the tastiest hot spots

around town

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FEATURED RECIPE

A Drink to Celebrate: 44 North Cherry Sparkler

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ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT

Don't miss out on these events and fun

community happenings

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Beach-Lover’s Paradise in the Northwest

FURNISHING A CHARMING WATERFRONT HOME

By Deann Hammer, Interior Designer

Interior Designer Deann Hammer recently furnished a charming waterfront

home. The homeowner is a single woman in her mid-30s, who is bright

and talented, and owns her own mortgage company. The client requested a

coastal theme with a “Serena and Lily Co.” feel.

The woodwork was gorgeous but a bit too heavy, so we

had the balusters on the stairs painted Sherwin Williams

high reflective white to lighten things up. The walls were

originally yellow, so we cooled things down by painting all

the walls Sherwin Williams Rhinestone. It is a lovely color

that plays well off of the water and contrasts the white trim nicely.

The kitchen was previously updated by the former owner, although the

dining banquette needed a refresh. Our designers selected new bench

seat cushion fabric in Sunbrella Grey Ticking, added custom decorative

pillows, and punched up the seating area with three large woven grass

light pendants that give the space warmth and drama. A solid walnut

modern single-pedestal dining table was also added to set the stage.

The great room is quite large, so we added a 6x4-foot tall wide custom

framed octopus art piece above the mantle and an extra-large woven

round mirror over the TV to play off of the extra high ceiling height. Two

seating areas were created to break up the large expanse. The chairs by the

fireplace are from Palacek, with custom performance fabric (wet bathing

suits are okay!), and they are flanked by solid brass drink tables. A freestanding

bar cabinet rests near the fireplace for a refreshing cocktail after

a day in the sand.

The large sectional is custom made in a performance fabric as well

to handle dogs and beach life. The coffee table is made from ground

seashells and is called the “Clamshell Lava Table” by Palacek. It is cast in

a polymeric plaster with crushed up shells on the top, giving it a lustrous

shimmer to the finish.

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Professional Hardwood

Refinishing Services

Instead of resorting to covering your old wood floor with a rug or carpet, have it restored

to its former beauty. If you are looking for hardwood floor refinishing near you, look no

further than our showroom. We offer the best hardwood refinishing services and prices in

the area, and we proudly serve Northern Idaho, Western Montana, and beyond.

STOP BY OUR SHOWROOM TODAY!

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The themes are timeless, with custom-made

art and oars hanging on the wall with a

gentle nod to the sea

Upstairs, the loft is adjacent to the client’s open office area and is a wonderful place to sit and

watch the sea life swim by. We placed a large sectional with a limestone coffee table so she can

put her feet up and relax without having to worry about scratching a table or leaving water

marks on her table.

The upstairs guest rooms are darling with twin end-to-end built-in beds in one room, and a

queen bed in the other. The themes are timeless, with custom-made art and oars hanging on

the wall with a gentle nod to the sea without overwhelming the space with nick knacks and

shells in glass vases, typically seen in a beach motif.

There is a sitting area in the second bedroom with ottoman and floor lamp for private guest

lounging, and a coffee bar in the hall outside that room for easy access from the office for a

quick pick-me-up while working, or for guests.

Deann and her team were truly blessed to be a part of this special home.

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how to distribute assets to your children,

grandchildren or other family members.

• Your personal beliefs - As someone with

civic, ethical and moral concerns, you want

to positively affect the world around you.

And that’s why you may feel compelled to

make charitable gifts throughout your life

and then make philanthropy part of your

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you’ll want to include gifting techniques in

your financial strategy today and your estate

plans for tomorrow. Of course, for the estate

planning component, you’ll need to work

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• Your purpose in life when you retire -

When you retire, you may be stepping off a

career path, but you’re also entering a world

of possibilities. How will you define, and

live out, your new sense of purpose at this

stage of your life? Do you seek to broaden

your horizons by traveling around the

world? Do you want to give back more to the

community by volunteering? Can you spend

more time pursuing the hobbies you enjoy?

Each of these choices will carry different

financial implications for how much you’ll

need to accumulate for retirement and how

much you will need to take out each year

from your retirement accounts, such as your

IRA and 401(k).

plans and outlook. On the most basic level,

the healthier you are, and the better you take

care of yourself, the lower your health-care

bills will likely be during retirement, which

will affect the amount you need to put away

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FREEDOM TO

SERVE

Turning ideas into actions

By Trish Buzzone, Thinking Partner, Executive Director,

The John Maxwell Team

This month, as we celebrate Independence

Day, it’s important to think about how

we put that gift of freedom into practice.

How are we making a difference for others, for

our community and for ourselves?

These questions remind me of a business associate

who built the idea of service into everything he

does. After completing his active-duty term in

the U.S. Army, Kevin still wanted to serve. He

weighed the idea of becoming a firefighter, but

he had a young family to support, and a year of

unpaid schooling wasn’t in the cards. Kevin chose

to learn a trade. He took a job in the warehouse

of an air conditioning company, worked hard,

listened to those with more experience, and took

every opportunity to grow in his knowledge and

skill set.

Ten years later, Kevin opened his own air

conditioning company. He still had the same

passion to serve that led him into the military,

and Kevin built his company from the ground up

with service baked into its DNA. As the company

grew, he hired other veterans, because he knew

they would exemplify the spirit of service that

had become his brand.

Kevin also wanted to give guys fresh out of the

military an opportunity to build a good life as

civilians. He’d seen fellow veterans struggle, and

Kevin knew if he helped them find purpose, they

would have the opportunity to thrive.

Today, decades after he started in that warehouse,

Kevin and his team continue to make a difference.

They’re helping retired veterans with household

needs, so they live comfortably; helping recent

veterans find meaningful work; and helping them

get connected with the training and services they

need to build a good life for themselves and their

families. They’re also active with the local Boys &

Girls Club, making sure kids know how to take

right action at a young age, so they have the best

opportunities to grow into the people they want

to become. In these ways, Kevin and his team are

making a difference for three generations in his

community every day.

None of this happened by accident.

It began with a person who took action to make

a difference. Kevin wanted to give back to his

fellow veterans and to the community that

supported his growing business. So, he asked

three questions:

What matters to me?

Who is working on that?

How can I get involved?

For Kevin, the answers were “veterans and kids,”

“local veterans groups and the Boys & Girls Club,”

and “donating time, expertise and resources.”

He started by offering A/C tune-ups and repair

for veterans and the local Boys & Girls Club

facilities. He had the skills and the resources, all

he had to do was act. While doing those things,

he saw other opportunities to meet needs: job

training, education, counseling, encouragement

…. Once again, he chose to act.

Looking for opportunities to serve and choosing

to act is something all of us are able to do. Kevin’s

story shows how a person aware of opportunities

and willing to act makes a big difference. Today,

let’s celebrate our independence by asking

ourselves:

What matters to me?

Who is working on that?

How can I get involved?

Then, when we find the answers, act on them.

All of us have the ability and the opportunity to

make a difference. When we do, it will encourage

others to do the same. And, when you do, please

share it with me. I’d love to hear your story!

Connect with Trish Buzzone at: TrishBuzzone.

com, Facebook.com/groups/streamingleaders and

Linkedin.com/in/trishbuzzone.

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PET

STERILIZATION

What's best for your fur

family member?

By Drs. Talitha Neher and Dawn Mehra

North Idaho Animal Hospital

Since the domestication of most furry pet species, the topic of sex

organ removal remains controversial. The pendulum swings as

time flies and new scientific discoveries lead us to more options

and consequent suggestions regarding pet sterilization timing

and procedure. First, let's get the veterinary jargon straight—one of our

“pet” peeves is the misuse of the word neuter. After a quick dictionary

definition, we will explain why and when veterinarians recommend

sterilization, then we will dive into a few relatively new surgery techniques

currently being offered at North Idaho Animal Hospital (NIAH).

Neuter: To remove the sexual organs or their ability to function.

The female operation was nicknamed the "spay," which in old English

means “cut with a sword” (the ovaries). Ouch! The "castration" is the

true term for removing the testicles of a male animal. Most of us use the

word neuter to describe male sex surgery. Why? We don't know. Maybe

"castration" sounds too harsh!

Sterilization significantly reduces sheltered or homeless pets all over the

world, and it's likely one of the original reasons veterinarians became so

passionate about this procedure. Also, conventional ovary and testicle

removal decreases the risk of breast, testicular, ovarian and prostate

cancer, and decreases the risk of serious uterine infection (pyometra).

For these reasons, veterinarians neutered with zeal for many decades,

often at pre-puberty when the surgery was less complicated. When

evidence of obesity, urinary leakage, orthopedic and hormonal diseases,

and cancer were being correlated with sterilization in some (mostly large

breed) canines, we followed the science and delayed the surgery to postpuberty,

after bone and organ maturity.

In addition to the conventional ovariohysterectomy (OVH)—removal of

ovary and uterus—many females benefit from ovary sparing spay (OSS).

Males can now receive a vasectomy instead of a castration (sounds better,

doesn't it?!). The latter two procedures leave the hormone-producing

organs in the body, which is thought to boost joint, bone, mental and

physical health. Recent research in certain large-breed canines points to a

decrease in non-sex organ cancer and joint injury rate, which complicates

our surgery decisions even more. We now have to decide when and how

to perform sterilization; the complexity lies in the potential benefits and

risks, including behavior change, of any decision.

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The complexity

lies in the potential

benefits and risks,

including behavior

change, of any

decision.

North Idaho Animal Hospital veterinarians

offer a variety of canine sterilization options

based on the individual animal, its age, breed,

genetic history, overall risk of cancer and

obesity, and pet parent preference and budget.

As mentioned above, each procedure comes

with pros and cons. For example, when we

remove the uterus and ovaries or testicles at a

specified age, we eliminate uterus, mammary,

prostatic and testicular diseases. We also

decrease the drive to copulate—male dogs will

travel miles for a ready mate—and ultimately a

traumatic death from an automobile or train.

This is another potential increase in lifespan.

The challenge is to weigh these benefits with

the health benefits of leaving the organs

behind (above). Some veterinarians believe

the compromise is often to sterilize (with or

without leaving the sex organs) a few months

after puberty, especially in large-breed animals.

Cold Noses...

...Warm Hearts

208.265.5700

Stay tuned. We are happy to share new research

findings and make recommendations based on

you and your pet's individual needs.

Drs. Talitha Neher and Dawn Mehra |

North Idaho Animal Hospital | 320 South

Ella Street, Sandpoint, Idaho | 208.265.5700

ask@idahovet.com | IdahoVet.com

www.idahovet.com

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Time to Celebrate our Independence

FREEDOM NEVER FELT BETTER!

By Jillian Chandler

With this year’s Independence Day falling on a Sunday,

what better way to celebrate the Fourth of July than

all weekend long? And that’s exactly what you can

do, with some great celebrations taking place right

here in Sandpoint for 2021.

Though the Sandpoint Lions Club took a break in 2020 due to the

pandemic, they’re back, and better than ever, ready to bring back the

Fourth of July Celebration Sandpoint’s known and been enjoying for

more than 50 years!

The much anticipated community event will put Sandpoint’s many

local businesses on display, while celebrating the community and all

residents—inspiring this year’s theme: “It Takes a Community.”

Those businesses, organizations and individuals who would like to

take part in the Grand Parade have until the morning of the parade to

turn in their applications. It will be all smiles as the Children’s Parade

makes its way through town starting at 9am, followed by the Grand

Parade at 10.

As you celebrate the day, whether barbecuing at home, out on the

water or relaxing at City Beach, be sure to make your way back to City

Beach to take in the spectacular fireworks show as it lights up our

North Idaho sky beginning at dusk.

If you’re looking to get in the holiday spirit a day early, there’s a new

tradition planting its roots this year. The Idaho Club will be hosting its

first ever BBQ Bonanza on July 3. Held at The Idaho Club, treat your

family and friends to a special “zesty” barbecue all day long, with a

beer garden opening at 4pm, and a concert by the Last Chance Band,

who will be performing live on the putting green from 5 to 9pm. No

reservations required for general admission; RSVP to reserve a patio

VIP table.

Having the opportunity to celebrate our independence with the

community of people we love reminds us of the importance of our

freedoms we often take for granted.

God bless America! And God bless North Idaho! Now …

let’s celebrate!

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A New Culinary Chapter set to Begin

Local restaurateur excited for his next endeavor

By Jillian Chandler

It was 2009 when Café Trinity began to outgrow its space

on Sandpoint’s First Avenue, which turned out to be ideal

timing for the restaurant and its owners, as the lease was soon

set to expire. And as fate would have it, an incredible location

in the heart of City Beach became available—and Trinity at

City Beach was born. “City Beach is one of Sandpoint’s greatest,

most underutilized assets in our community,” says Justin Dick,

owner of Trinity at City Beach. “It’s been an amazing ride to

serve the locals, tourists and, in some cases, the wildlife, and

play host to some of the most memorable gatherings and

nonprofit events.”

In September 2022 (originally scheduled for September 2021),

the Best Western, in which Trinity at City Beach currently

resides, is set to be torn down. Though this will end one chapter

of the Dicks’ legacy, it has prompted the start of a new chapter.

Justin and wife Shaunavee recently purchased the 113 Main

Street location in downtown Sandpoint, which will be home to

a new restaurant.

While Trinity will remain open (and is set to return to City

Beach once the hotel rebuilds), they are moving forward with

their new eatery, and it will open as a separate concept to its

sister restaurant; the name still yet to be determined.

Nearly everything on the menu will be fresh and new; that is,

until they absorb Trinity once it closes its kitchen for the final

time. What will remain the same is much of the staff, according

to Justin. “We have an unbelievable opportunity to cross-train

staff among both locations and move staff freely between the

two restaurants as events pop up and business volume changes

for each locale.”

The new—emphasis on new—restaurant will be a great relief to

Justin and his team, as everything will be new! New floor. New

kitchen. New equipment. New bar. “I’ve been putting bandaids

on mortal wounds for the better part of six years at Trinity

in anticipation of the building teardown—and I’m out of bandaids,”

he reflects.

Guests can expect a space that is warm, cozy, open and inviting,

with a touch of rustic and modern. The restaurant will seat

between 75 and 80 guests and will include ample bar seating as

well as outdoor dining.

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Justin and Shaunavee are dedicated to creating a dining

destination that will appeal to everyone. “Our favorite part of

having Trinity at City Beach is the wide reach of customers

we have served from all walks of life and backgrounds, locals

and tourists, and the many newcomers to the area,” smiles

Justin. “We aim to have inclusive food and beverage services

for everyone; the overall experience will be defined by the

customer, not us.

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“We learned many years back that the customers will help refine your services,

but ultimately, we are responsible for providing great service and the highest

quality products at affordable prices.”

Having been a part of the restaurant industry for more than a decade, Justin

is grateful for the opportunity that has been afforded him to be a part of the

community as a person, volunteer and business owner. “My wife and I are

eternally grateful for the support of this community and our staff. We’ve always

tried to live by the motto, ‘Give back to the community that has given so much

to you.’”

“We learned many years back that the customers

will help refine your services, but ultimately, we

are responsible for providing great service and the

highest quality products at affordable prices.”

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In Support of Football

THE CHANCE TO SUPPORT SANDPOINT’S YOUTH FOOTBALL TEAMS ARRIVES,

ALONG WITH THE CHANCE TO WIN BIG

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At the height of summer, many football

players instead have their sights set on

the upcoming fall, their season to shine.

Through the years, it’s been clear that

Sandpoint’s local high school and middle school

football teams create an undeniably infectious

energy that is closely felt by the entire community.

This closeness is created through mutual respect

and support.

“We have the most supportive community a

coach could ask for,” Sandpoint High Football

Coach Ryan Knowles shared, looking forward to

leading his team into the upcoming season. Each

fall, Sandpoint’s youth football teams rely on

community support in its many forms, from game

encouragement and attendance, to the critical

preseason process of fundraising. That’s where the

Sandpoint Football Foundation comes in.

The Sandpoint Football Foundation is a nonprofit

organization that provides fundraising support to

football associations in the greater Sandpoint area.

Through their efforts to gather financial support,

the foundation provides essential opportunities

for the kids and the football programs they

participate in.

“Every year, it’s a chance for our team to get out

and shake hands,” Knowles said of Sandpoint

High School’s participation in the foundation’s

fundraising efforts. “A lot of our community wants

to connect with our youth. We get a chance to meet

a lot of good people and give them a chance to win

a big prize.”

This year’s biggest fundraiser is the Taylor and

Sons Sandpoint Football Foundation Truck

Raffle, promising a big prize indeed. Sponsored

by local dealership Taylor and Sons Chevrolet, the

grand prize is a 2021 Chevy Colorado, boasting

features like a color touchscreen, Bluetooth audio

streaming, a rear-vision camera, and more. With a

cherry red tint coat and jet-black interior, the truck

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The foundation holds a raffle ticket fundraiser every year, designating

half of the proceeds to benefit the players at an individual level.

Individual costs include football program dues, camp costs, and gear,

gloves and cleats. The remainder of the proceeds benefit the program

as a whole, paying for team-issued gear like practice jerseys, girdles,

shoulder pads and helmets, as well as travel gear, food items, and

overhead costs.

The raffle ticket sales help ensure local players meet their financial

obligations while staying outfitted in the safest gear. According to

Sandpoint High School, players are provided equipment of the highest

quality from a safety standpoint, and the player count is growing. This

year, the high school alone expects over 130 players who will require

protective gear and equipment.

Community members and football fans can purchase tickets online

through the foundations’ website at SPBulldogs.com, or from the

players directly. Every $5 donation will purchase a ticket to enter the

grand prize drawing.

The winner of the brand-new Chevy Colorado will be drawn at

halftime at Sandpoint High’s Homecoming Game on October 1. This

year’s Homecoming Game will be played against Lake City at Barlow

Stadium, with halftime estimated to take place near 8pm.

Opportunities to support the foundation’s efforts are endless, with no

limit to the number of tickets sold or purchased by an individual. Ticket

sales will run through October 1, ending just prior to the drawing

at halftime.

Coach Knowles reflects nothing but pride for his players, their sport

and their community. “We have the best stadium in the state, with War

Memorial Field at Barlow Stadium on Jerry Kramer Way,” he stated.

“This place is alive with history, tradition and excitement.”

After COVID-19 stalled the foundation’s fundraising efforts in 2020,

the efforts of 2021 became especially critical. Even still, the teams

remain hopeful in their efforts to regain financial momentum in the

upcoming months.

“COVID slowed us down for a year, but we came roaring back this

spring,” Knowles said. His team lost the opportunity to sell tickets at

the annual classic car show Lost in the ‘50s, which was canceled in both

2020 and 2021, but plan to boost fundraising through the summer.

They look forward to celebrating with a killer season.

“We have been working very hard this offseason, and I look forward

to that paying off,” Knowles shared. “We have a balanced schedule of

playing bigger and smaller schools, but all the teams we play have a

reputation of being physically tough. I am excited to show how tough

we are.”

Taylor and Sons Chevrolet is located on Highway 95 in North Ponderay.

They are a renowned family owned dealership serving Sandpoint and

Coeur d’Alene.

All proceeds from the Taylor and Sons Sandpoint Football Foundation

Truck Raffle will benefit the current and future players within the

foundation. Community members can make a donation to the

Sandpoint Bulldogs online at SPBulldogs.com, with the ability to

donate an amount of their choosing and the option to choose a specific

player to donate to.

Raffle tickets can also be purchased directly through the players at

$5 each. All checks can be made payable to the Sandpoint Football

Foundation, and every ticket gets the donor closer to a shiny new

Chevy Colorado.

“It is a humbling and great honor to lead the Sandpoint Football Team

this fall,” Knowles stated. That honor will be shared by the supportive

community that stays dedicated to cheering them on.

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N FOC

NORTHWEST FLAVORS

PLENTY OF FOOD AND DRINK TO SAMPLE

ALL SUMMER LONG!

BY COLIN ANDERSON

Most of us probably have a favorite local restaurant. It’s the one

you can always count on for a solid meal, especially if the

family can’t agree on what to eat. Many of us also prefer a

certain style of wine, be it Cab or Rosé, or the particular hop combination

used in the IPA produced at the brewery down the street. While there

will always be brand loyalty, the near staggering amount of quality

eateries and drinkeries around the region has provided eager customers

with a wide range of food and beverages in which to challenge their

ever-evolving taste buds. The competition challenges chefs, brewers, and

bartenders to utilize their creativity to attract an audience that’s always

looking for what’s new, different, or downright tasty.

One of the best ways to find these unique offerings is by attending one

of the region’s outstanding tasting events. While 2020 wiped out these

wonderful festivals last summer, many are back again in 2021, and ready

for the sound of clinking glasses and audible yums over a backdrop of

live music. Here you can sample small bites and full plates from some of

the area’s best chefs. You can try a few sips from dozens of breweries and

wineries without the headache of traveling to location after location. Yes,

the tasting and celebration of Inland Northwest food and drink is back

on, and we can’t wait to get back to all of our favorites!

Taste of Coeur d’Alene • July 30 - August 1 • Coeur d’Alene City Park

• PanhandleKiwanis.org/Taste-of-CdA

Now in its 33rd year, organizers say this annual event attracts some 50,000

guests over the course of three days. They come for delicious food, a beer

garden with emphasis on regional craft beers, and to spend a relaxing

summer day in a beautiful setting. More than 20 food vendors will offer

up a wide range of cuisine to sample. Regional musicians will provide the

entertainment, and there are also arts and crafts vendors displaying their

creative works. Proceeds from the event help the local Kiwanis and the

community projects it supports.

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Silver Mountain Brewsfest • August 14 • Silver Mountain, Kellogg

SilverMt.com

Hop aboard the scenic Silver Mountain gondola, and when you reach

the top of the mountain, an array of tasty regional brews will be waiting

for you. Brewsfest offers great beer, food, and stunning views; a perfect

way to spend a summer Saturday. Sample a few unique offerings while

enjoying live music all afternoon. After the event closes up, the music

continues on back in the Village throughout the evening hours.

Inland Northwest Craft Beer Festival • September 24 & 25 • Avista

Stadium, Spokane • WashingtonBeer.com

Quickly becoming one of the biggest beer festivals in the region, the

home of the Spokane Indians will play host once again to some 40

brewers offering around 150 brews. Many bring specialty releases and

new seasonal varieties you won’t find anywhere else. Your ticket in

includes a 4-ounce commemorative glass as well as eight sample tokens.

Additional tokens are available for purchase as well. There will be several

food options available, live music, and Saturday is family friendly and

will include plenty to keep the kiddos entertained. Non-drinkers get in

for just $5 and get free water and soda as well.

Crave! • August 27 • Spokane Valley CenterPlace • CraveNW.com

Crave! is back at Spokane Valley CenterPlace and will move from a multiday

event to a one-day celebration of the food and drink of the Northwest.

Popular regional chefs will be on hand, each serving up delicious small plates

and bites not found on their typical menus. These will be paired with tasters

from local brewers, vintners and distillers. Crave! is focused on giving the top

chefs in our area a platform to show off their creativity while using regional

ingredients. Crave! also gives back to 2nd Harvest and its mission to fight

hunger and feed hope throughout the Northwest. Tickets include all your

food and drink samples, and are available to purchase in advance.

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Northwest Wine Festival • July 17 & 18 • Schweitzer

Mountain, Sandpoint • Schweitzer.com

Not much beats a warm sunny day at the top of the most

iconic mountain in North Idaho. Show up for Northwest

Wine Festival, and you’ll be able to take in the tranquility

while sipping on some of the best wines of the Northwest.

You’ll find crisp whites, dark earthy reds, and just about

everything in between. The focus is on Washington, Oregon

and Idaho winemakers, and you might just discover your

next favorite vintner. For those wanting to attend both days,

overnight on-mountain lodging is available.

Fall Fest • September 3 - 6 • Schweitzer Mountain,

Sandpoint • Schweitzer.com

At the time of this writing, Schweitzer was still working

through event details, but is again planning on holding

one of its favorite yearly festivals over Labor Day weekend.

Typically around 100 regional breweries, wineries and

cideries are represented at the tasting booths. There is live

music all weekend long, and the event is free to attend. There

is plenty of entertainment for the kids as well as to-go and

sit-down dining. Check the website for the latest information

and live entertainment schedule.

Brewfest • July 10 • Downtown Coeur d’Alene

CdADowntown.com/Brewfest

While details of the event were still emerging at the time

of this article going to print, the Coeur d’Alene Downtown

Association did confirm that its Brewfest celebration will be

happening on July 10 at McEuen Park. Typically there are

more than two dozen local and regional brews in which

to sample, as well as food options and several live music

performances throughout the event. For further details and

ticket information, visit the website listed above.

Ales for the Trails • September 11• Coeur d’Alene

NICTF.org

The annual beer tasting festival benefiting the North Idaho

Centennial Trail Foundation has been confirmed for the

11th of September. Organizers are still working out details

but say they are planning on an event similar to years

past. See the organization’s website or social feeds for the

latest details.

Other wonderful events are sure to pop up throughout the

remainder of summer and fall. Check our monthly calendar

of events and follow our social media channels for all the

latest. Enjoy the wonderful flavors of the Northwest during

the best time of the year!

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It’s Getting Hot Out There

Trust the professionals in keeping your home cool this summer

By Jillian Chandler

July 2021 marks two years since Jesse Thompson opened

Freedom Air HVAC in Sagle, Idaho. A small locally owned

heating, ventilation and air conditioning contractor, Freedom

AIR provides both residential and commercial services on all

makes and models of heating and cooling equipment, specializing

in ductless mini-split systems.

Freedom Air not only installs but maintains and troubleshoots

issues that arise with their customers’ HVAC systems, they also

offer clean air solutions for your home or office, and water heater

repair and replacement (including tankless).

Service plans are available to maintain your equipment and prevent

unnecessary breakdowns. Servicing your equipment also helps

to ensure you are getting the best performance possible from

your equipment—as well as longevity. “HVAC systems are a large

investment and worth taking care of,” affirms Jesse. “Think of

it like your car, except it operates a lot more than your car does.

You change your oil in your car, right? Dirty filters and coils are a

leading cause of premature equipment failure. In some cases, lack of

maintenance can even void a manufacturer’s warranty.”

Jesse is always happy to answer questions and is willing to talk

people through simple repairs when necessary. “Let us know what

we can do to help you out, and we would be happy to do our best to

meet or exceed your expectations,” he smiles.

It was 17 years ago that a friend helped Jesse in securing his first

HVAC job. Though the friend would later go on to a new career as a

painter, Jesse continued in the field. “I stuck with it because the pay

was decent,” he laughs, “but for the most part it was because I liked

the work. I love learning new things and challenging myself. You

can really surprise yourself when you apply yourself!”

Jesse came to the area several years ago to visit a good friend,

falling in love with the area. Born and raised in Boise, he watched

the exponential growth of the Treasure Valley “ruin” his home.

“Growth is good, but it needs to be managed. I don't like seeing

locals priced out of housing markets in the area. It makes you sick

a little,” he sighs. It was a major life change in 2018 that led Jesse to

North Idaho, as he was in search of something new and different. “I

had lived in Boise almost all my life until that point and never came

further north than Coeur d’Alene,” he recalls. “Who knew what a

wonderful little gem was hiding up here the whole time.”

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Since opening Freedom Air HVAC in July 2019, Jesse attributes the

success of his business first and foremost to God. “I also have a very

supportive and wonderful woman who puts up with my stress and

nonsense,” he smiles. “She tries her best to help me stay focused and

on task.” He credits the support of his friends, as well as the word of

mouth from customers—which has been a huge factor, according

to Jesse.

When it comes to assisting his clients in their HVAC needs,

receiving feedback from happy customers who are thankful for the

work he’s performed is where he finds most fulfillment. Jesse feels

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privileged to be able to serve the people of Bonner County and to be a part of

this special place. “The local people are very open and friendly, and it is great

to live somewhere where it is a slower pace and people are willing to help each

other out,” Jesse shares. “Even strangers will step forward to help in times of

need. It is encouraging for me to see people who still care.” And Jesse is just one

of those people.

If you are in need of a new HVAC system, Clean-air solution or water heater,

or have equipment that is in need of repair, Jesse invites you to give him a call

today. He’s ready to meet—and exceed—your expectations with his experience

and professionalism.

Though the month of July, Freedom Air is offering a 15 percent discount on

equipment and services on any day that breaks 100 degrees.

When it comes to assisting his clients in their HVAC

needs, receiving feedback from happy customers

who are thankful for the work he’s performed is

where he finds most fulfillment.

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and camping spots that the Northwest

is famous for. While more and more

people are finding the beauty and serenity

of these special places, carelessness with

fire could lead to devastating consequences.

The National Interagency Fire Center is

predicting an above average fire season for

much of the West with increased awareness

for Southeastern Washington, the Cascades,

Central Oregon and Northern California.

A dry spring combined with a predicted hot

and dry summer could see our air quality

reduced in the second half of summer, as fires

even hundreds of miles away can have a great

impact on the region.

While many fires are caused by lightning strikes

igniting timber or grassland, the majority are

in fact caused by humans. According to the

United States Forest Service, most years nine

out of 10 wildland fires are human caused.

Sometimes it’s a blown electrical pole or other

cause out of our hands, but as evidenced

throughout recent history, carelessness with a

campfire,

running engine, fireworks or cigarette can also

lead to catastrophe.

There are simple precautions to take as to not

be the cause of a fire.

One of the leading causes of wildland fires

is campers not properly extinguishing their

campfire. If your fire is lit in a primitive site, be

sure you have at least a 10-foot circumference

away from any fuels that could be ignited by

sparks leaving your fire ring. Keep fires small

and only burn clean, dry tinder and never

burn garbage that could be lifted away by

the wind. If your campsite is in a designated

campground, be sure to only light a fire within

the fire pit or ring. A common mistake when

extinguishing a fire is to just dump a bottle

of water on it until the flames are out. While

water is a good start, be sure to mix in dirt

with a shovel and mix thoroughly. Your fire is

extinguished only when you are able to place

the palm of your hand on it without needing

to pull back.

If you are simply going for a day hike, be

conscious of where you park your car. A hot

engine parked over dry grass can spark a fire,

and you could lose your vehicle in the process.

The same is true for off-road vehicles. Stay on

designated trails, and be conscious of your

surroundings.

Finally, pay attention to the current fire

danger and fire restrictions of the forest you

are visiting. If fires are not allowed, do not

start one. When conditions are elevated to

“High” or “Extreme,” not only are the chances

of sparking a fire greater, but the chance for

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Be sure to keep an eye on the weather as

well. If it’s been hot in your area and a

thunderstorm rolls in, it might be time to call

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A Heart to Serve

Bonner County Board of Community Guardian seeks volunteers looking to

make a difference in the life of another

BY TAYLOR SHILLAM

The dictionary definition of a guardian is a defender, protector, or

keeper. In the case of the Bonner County Board of Community

Guardian, a guardian looks after another individual who is left

alone and unable to care for themselves.

A guardian plays a critical role to the wellbeing of an individual who has

become incapable of caring for themselves. Members of the Board are

volunteers who become court appointed as a guardian or conservator, an

umbrella of protection when no other person, family member or friend is

qualified or willing to manage the selected individual’s affairs.

“It is very meaningful work,” explained Tami Feyen, chairperson of the

Board. “It makes such a big impact on those who we are able to serve.”

Individuals qualify for guardianship when they lack the capacity to

make or communicate responsible decisions. These individuals have an

immense need, as they could be subject to harm due to their inability

to provide themselves with the essentials to survive—including food,

health care, shelter, safety, clothing, and the effective management of

financial affairs.

Established in 1993, the Bonner County Board of Community

Guardian and its services have proven to be of great significance within

the community.

“For the people in our community who have no family and no friends,

the people who are willing to step in and support them as strangers take

on their care and responsibility as if it’s their own,” Feyen shared.

Each guardian visits their ward at their designated living facility at a

frequency dependent on the guardian’s schedule and the individual’s

needs, typically once or twice per month.

Visits are the time designated for the guardian to provide support,

guidance, and coordination with their ward’s care facility to ensure their

personal, medical and emotional needs are met.

Today, there remain a great number of Bonner County individuals in

need of that support.

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members at one time. The Board is currently at that threshold of a

minimum and is in a critical need of volunteers with a heart to serve.

“The need from our community is so much bigger now,” Feyen shared.

“It’s been a challenge to find board members, as our current members are

pretty saturated with responsibility.”

The board consists of seven to 11 members who undergo an application

process and certification before being appointed by the Board of County

Commissioners. Each board member is a volunteer with a heart for

service and a commitment to the community, and serves without pay.

The Board meets monthly to review referrals from hospitals and care

facilities throughout the county, assessing the provided information and

medical records of the nominated individuals to determine the real need

for guardianship.

Feyen emphasized that the board acts as an individual’s last resort. They

step in as guardians when there is no one else willing to do so.

“I do my best to contact family members and known acquaintances to

ensure the family knows about the need for guardianship and has the

opportunity to step forward,” she shared.

Now at the minimum threshold of a Board member count, they are

seeing requests exceed their resources. The need for volunteers is great,

and the role of guardian is unlike any other.

“It’s so rewarding, taking on the role when you’re appointed to be

responsible for a person’s well-being. You take on that responsibility for

them,” Feyen explained. “While we’re not providing any direct care, we’re

responsible for making the very best decision for their well-being in

every aspect. It’s not a responsibility to be taken lightly.”

Most individuals who require guardianship have suffered from dementia,

a traumatic brain injury or stroke. Their guardian steps in to ensure the

best decisions are made for them throughout the remainder of their life.

“They recognize you as someone they trust, and they become more or

less like family,” Feyen said. “It is significant work.”

The Board invites anyone within the community who is looking for

an incredibly meaningful way to serve others to explore the idea of

becoming a guardian.

The Board is fully supported by the Bonner County Commissioner, with

a very small annual budget that covers a bit of advertising and community

education. They have a county-appointed attorney and administrative

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support. As a very small, unique board, they

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Feyen has been with the Bonner County Board

of Community Guardian since 2011 and

became acting chair of the board shortly after.

She wholeheartedly believes in the purpose

behind the work they perform.

“The person who is most satisfied by this work

and finds the most joy in it is someone looking

for a very meaningful way to serve, in a way

they may have never had the opportunity to

serve before,” Feyen stated.

The Board has been of great significance in the

lives of many. “We exist as a last resort for those

who don’t have anyone else to support them.”

The Bonner County Board of Community

Guardian is currently seeking community

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SHIN SPLINTS

And how to beat them!

By Andrew Mason, PTA, Kauai Therapy & Wellness

If you’ve ever had a burning pain in your shins forcing you to cut a

run short or take a break from your workout, chances are you have

encountered shin splints. Shin splints are painful and can show up

at the most inopportune times—affecting runners and other highly

active individuals alike. In this article, we will cover what shin splints are,

what causes them and what you can do to prevent and treat them.

What are shin splints?

The term shin splints refers to what is medically known as medial tibial

stress syndrome. As this name suggests, the tibia (the long bone on the

front of your shin) and its surrounding structures can become stressed or

overworked, causing irritation that is typically felt as a burning pain along

your shin.

What causes shin splints?

Though the pain you feel in your shin may seem sudden, shin splints rarely

show up overnight. Shin splints are generally a result of repeated stresses

that develop into the pain we are familiar with. These repeated stresses

occur when we push our bodies harder or faster than they are accustomed

to. Over time our bones and muscles can become overworked and unable

to deal with landing impacts or quick directional changes.

Here is a list of some of the most common causes of shin splints:

• Inadequate warm-up period prior to exercise

• Excessive training

• Muscular weakness, imbalances or tightness

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Shin splints are generally a result of repeated stresses

that develop into the pain we are familiar with.

• Poor running technique or form

• Training on sloped or uneven surfaces

• Unsuitable footwear

• Flat feet (also known as fallen arches)

What are the best treatment options for shin

splints?

While the best and easiest way to deal with

shin splints is to prevent them in the first place,

traditional shin splint treatment involves a

period of rest (a few days to a couple weeks)

from the aggravating activity and periodic

icing for the inflammation. While taking a

few weeks off training is extremely frustrating

and the last thing you may want to do, it is

necessary to allow the overworked tissues time

to repair. Unfortunately, however, without

proper diagnosis and appropriate exercise

modifications, shin splints may reappear as

soon as you restart your training, putting you

right back where you started.

Here are some helpful tips to prevent or get

rid of shin splints:

• Stretch your calves and shin muscles

• Warm up before you begin your exercise

• Strengthen your core and leg muscles

• Check your training form

• Use a foam roller on your calves and shin

muscles

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Though shin splints can be a setback in your

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NON-INVASIVE BODY

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If hours at the gym and a restrictive diet

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non-invasive device that delivers results

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just four short weeks. EmSculpt Neo launched in

fall 2020 and is a next-generation, FDA-cleared

device that combines enhanced HIFEM (highintensity

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radiofrequency (RF) energy in the form of heat

to burn fat more effectively and build muscle.

This results in more fat reduction and muscle

growth, with clinical studies showing a 30 percent

reduction in fat and 25 percent increase in muscle

in the treated area. Below we break down frequently

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treatment.

What areas can EmSculpt Neo treat?

This nonsurgical treatment can tighten, tone

and strengthen the large muscle groups of

the abdomen and buttocks, as well as smaller

muscle groups such as the calved, biceps

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How many EmSculpt Neo sessions are required

to see results?

Four 30-minute treatments one week apart are

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if your weight stays within 20 pounds of your

treatment weight. A maintenance treatment is

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your muscle growth. You will begin to see results

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Is there any downtime with EmSculpt Neo?

EmSculpt Neo is a non-invasive procedure that

requires no recovery time or any pre-treatment

preparation. During your treatment, a light

tapping motion is done to release the lactic acid

from the muscle, which results in less soreness

than you would experience after a hard day at

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What does EmSculpt Neo feel like?

The treatment feels like an intense workout

with a warming sensation in the treated

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treatment.

How much does Emsculpt Neo cost?

The cost of EmSculpt Neo varies from region

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Who is a good candidate for Emsculpt Neo?

Clients with a BMI up to 35—higher than

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SUMMER IN SANDPOINT

SAFETY TIPS AND WHERE TO GO WHEN YOU NEED MEDICAL ASSISTANCE

By Kristin Carlson, Marketing Specialist, Bonner General Health

Our long-awaited summer is upon us. It’s why so many of us live here;

the endless adventures that summer in Sandpoint brings. Hiking,

biking, swimming, boating, camping, rock-climbing, dining outside

and enjoying the spectacular views; the opportunities are endless. But with

more activities and more people out and about come more opportunities

for accidents. Being mindful of our surroundings and taking extra steps of

caution can reduce the risks of an unexpected injury.

“Some of the most common preventable injuries we see in the Emergency

Department are head injuries—ranging from minor injury to major

trauma—from bicycle, motorcycle or ATV/UTV accidents. Wearing a

helmet could have made a big difference,” said BGH Emergency Department

Nurse Rob McGregor.

“My best advice for preventing injury, in addition to wearing a helmet, is

to be aware of your surroundings when participating in activities; quickly

scan the area for any major hazards that could be avoided. Also, wear proper

footwear. We see a lot of injuries from trip and fall due to very poor footwear.

Even in the heat of summer, wear sandals with straps rather than flip-flops.

Lastly, drink less alcohol and more water with activities. Simple dehydration

can lead to simple weakness and falls.”

Additional Summer Safety Tips:

Water Safety. The American Red Cross recommends the following safety

measures around water: Never swim alone; utilize U.S. Coast Guard-approved

life vests for young and inexperienced swimmers; always supervise children

around water and limit your distractions (yes, that means your phone); in

a group setting, always designate one person to be the water supervisor to

oversee activity in the water; and in a water emergency, reach or throw an

object to the person in trouble—do not jump in.

SPF. Protect your skin with sunscreen daily, often reapplying when outdoors.

Protective clothing, hats and sunglasses will help prevent sunburn as well.

First Aid. Bringing a first aid kit on your outdoor adventures will help reduce

the risk of infection and the severity of an injury if an incident occurs. If you

are inexperienced, an introductory first aid course may serve you well.

Pedestrian/Bike Safety. Sandpoint is a walking/biking town. We have

the signs to prove it! Be sure you, your kids and your friends take extra

precautions around town. Use sidewalks and crosswalks where available;

plan based on your destination and take the safest route; wait for pedestrian

signals at traffic lights; use hand signals and bike lights when necessary.

Where to go?

In the event of injury or illness, knowing where to go will make the process

of seeking treatment a little smoother. It is essential to choose the right level

of care. The Emergency Department is the right choice if you or a family

member is experiencing a life-threatening illness or injury. You will want to

go to the Emergency Department to treat: difficulty breathing; any symptoms

of stroke: face drooping, slurred speech, arm weakness, sudden vision

trouble, or sudden trouble understanding simple statements; a major burn;

persistent chest pain that radiates to your arm or jaw that may also include

sweating, vomiting or shortness of breath; severe head injury; coughing

or vomiting blood; severe pain in your chest or upper abdominal pain or

pressure. If you are more than 20 weeks along, pregnancy complications

include contractions/labor with bleeding, leaking fluid or decreased

fetal movement.

Children should be brought to the Emergency Department if they are

experiencing any of the following symptoms: head injury; significant bone

or soft-tissue injuries; high, persistent fever (38.5°C or 100.4°F); persistent

vomiting or diarrhea; significant lack of fluid intake (especially in a younger

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or any of the above mentioned, a visit to an Immediate Care

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and minor lacerations; earache, sore throat and fever; minor burns and

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CREATE

AMAZING,

HEALTHY

HABITS

It’s as easy as these

three simple steps!

By Missi Balison

THESE MINI STEPS,

TRIGGERS AND

DOPAMINE HITS WILL

CULMINATE INTO

AMAZING, LASTING

HEALTHY HABITS!

The beauty of summertime is that our

schedules can relax a bit! With longer

days we can be rejuvenated with

more daylight time to do the things

we love (hiking, boating, gardening). But, there

can be one drawback to this relaxed lifestyle (I

see it every fall in the studio): People tend to let

their good habits slip a bit.

Today I am going to teach you the simple steps

that go into creating good habits so you can

implement them this summer and not lose

ground on bettering your health! Here are the

three simple (and scientific) steps to creating a

solid new habit!

Step 1: Break that habit down into a

smaller step.

If drinking more water is a habit you want to

maintain this summer, try breaking it down

into a manageable size. For example, drinking

a gallon of water can be a daunting task, but

when you break the day into four sections (6 to

9am, 9am to noon, noon to 3pm, 3 to 6pm) and

commit to drinking just 32 ounces every three

hours, that task becomes more “doable.” Better

yet, if you break that down into an hourly goal

of 10 to 11 ounces every hour ... this you can

do!

Step 2: Create a “trigger” for these

mini steps.

It is key to create a trigger to remind you to do

the task. Make sure the trigger is something

that happens consistently without fail so there

is no opportunity to forget. When your brain

connects the good habit to a trigger, it will

become an automatic response—and creating

a new habit has just become that much easier.

Basically, this takes the brain work out of the

equation and serves as an automatic reminder.

If you have a mini goal to drink 10 ounces of

water every hour, simply set an alarm on your

phone to remind you it’s time to take a swig

(or 10). Other trigger examples can include:

10 pushups before bed (you go to bed every

day); squats every time you brush your teeth;

posture check every time your phone rings

or a text comes in (whatever happens often

throughout your day).

Step 3: Reward yourself!

This part is actually the most important step of

creating a new habit—so do not skip it! Every

time you perform the mini step, I want you to

“celebrate” your accomplishment with a little

reward (not ice cream sundaes). Give yourself

a fist bump, a happy dance, and air high five …

whatever makes you feel happy!

Something magical happens when you reward

yourself for completing the habit. The magic

is called dopamine! Dopamine is a powerful

brain chemical that is produced when you do

something that is exciting. Your brain loves

dopamine and will want to do that “thing”

again and again. Celebrating the completion of

the mini step will make your brain excited for

that next fist bump when your alarm goes off

and you chug down that water.

Soon these mini steps, triggers and dopamine

hits will culminate into amazing, lasting

healthy habits!

Apply these steps to anything that you are

either trying to create or a habit that you want

to make sure you don’t slip up on throughout

the dog days of summer.

If you want to dive in a little deeper, some of

my favorite books about habits are: Atomic

Habits by James Clear, Tiny Habits by BJ Fogg,

The 5-Second Rule by Mel Robbins.

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ACID REFLUX

AND GERD

HOW TOO LITTLE STOMACH ACID, INSTEAD OF

TOO MUCH, CAN LEAD TO DISCOMFORT

BY SCOTT PORTER, SANDPOINT SUPER DRUG

When having heartburn, we often think the pain is caused

by too much stomach acid. That unpleasant burning

feeling in our throat is the telltale sign.

The more acid in your stomach, the more likely it is to

travel up into your throat. Acid in your throat is not a good thing. You do

not have the mucosal barrier that protects underlying tissue there; that is

only in your stomach.

Zollinger-Ellison syndrome is where tumors in the pancreas or small

intestine release an overabundance of a hormone called gastrin.

This directs the body to release more stomach acid. But this is

exceedingly rare.

Acid will eat through your esophagus and erode the enamel on your

teeth. That is why there is a valve right before the stomach that closes

after swallowing to keep things from backwashing and causing problems

like this. If that valve isn’t tightly closed, or the back pressure from gas

in your stomach is too great, fluids containing acid will force their way

past this value up into your throat. If you get a sour taste after burping,

then you may be tasting acid. Pregnancy and restricted clothing can cause

increased back pressure.

You could also have too much stomach acid in your stomach if you are

coming off using H2 blockers designed to decrease stomach acid. Some

think this may also happen with PPIs, like omeprazole.

Some acid reflux is considered normal, as it typically happens to nearly

everyone. But having this more than a couple times a week over a period

of a few weeks should be of concern. GERD, or gastroesophageal reflux

disease, can result from chronic reflux.

You may feel pain in your chest, a dry cough, a tickle in your throat like

something is stuck, or have trouble swallowing. A blockage between your

stomach and small intestine could cause too much stomach acid.

Surprisingly though, one cause of acid reflux is actually too little stomach

acid. Just the opposite of what we’d think. When acid is low, microbes

can grow in abundance. And as bacteria digest the food that we eat, they

produce gas. More bacteria, more gas.

One bacteria, Heliobacter pylori, actually produces an enzyme that makes

stomach acid less acidic. This creates a more hospitable environment for

them to proliferate and irritate the lining of our stomach.

Your diet can play a major role in having, or not having, acid reflux. Too

many carbohydrates and sugars will overfeed bacteria and lead to more

gas. This in turn leads to more pressure in your stomach and belching.

The fermentation process is enhanced by products made from flour and

sugar. Even sweet fruits, like bananas and oranges, and gluten-free flours

can make things worse. Sugary drinks, like wine and milk, definitely

overfeed microbes.

If you want to reduce your reflux, then don’t overfeed your gut bacteria.

Also consider increasing your stomach acid instead of lowering it.

Adequate stomach acid and enzymes will help keep bacteria at a

balanced level.

Making sure your food does not sit in your stomach too long is important,

so smaller and less fatty meals help. I like to take a clinical strength daily

probiotic and use digestive enzymes to keep things moving along.

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

for Functional Medicine & Nutrition at Sandpoint Super Drug.

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KEEPING OUR WATERWAYS

CLEAN

SMALL ACTIONS SEE BIG SOLUTIONS WHEN IT

COMES TO OUR WATERWAYS

BY RACHEL KELLY

We live on the beach. Sand, water, sunbathing,

picnics and boating ... we’ve got it all. Every

summer, or sometimes all year round, there’s

a rush to the waterways. The boats, jet skis and

kayaks all come out to play. Which is something wonderful!

Living where we live, it’s a privilege. As locals, we get to enjoy

the beauty of living in the pristine Inland Northwest all year.

It’s a well-kept secret (or is it?) that we live in some of the most

beautiful landscapes in the world. But with the pristine waters,

the open space and the snow-capped mountain ranges comes

a certain weight of responsibility. Sometimes even frustration.

“Where there’s people, there’s trash,” says Weston Cedarblom

of Coeur D’Love, a conservation organization founded to help

keep trash out of our waters. That’s the reality of living by major

waterways: It’s the place to be. Locals and visitors alike come

to appreciate the beauty. However, during the rush, often it’s

the locals who are stuck with the backend of the pollution. It’s

no wonder that we rate preservation to be of high importance

around here. Pollution always ends up in the water, and here

with our rivers, lakes and oceans, we can see it. It’s a shame to

see something so lovely go to waste.

Comments in response to seeing trash in our waterways on

social media include lots of negativity (go figure). In between

the threats and general disappointment, there’s actually a lot

of ideas. Should we up the ante on punishments for litter?

But then, who would enforce it? Maybe there should be a

special litter police. Or, maybe we can be more proactive in

speaking out when we see someone littering. But then ... there

are just so many people. Can we really be in every park, by

every waterway, to point our fingers at the litter bugs? Some

people are just all for giving up. It’s destroyed, might as well

stop trying! Ultimately, all this negativity doesn’t bring about

solutions. Finger-pointing feels good, but it doesn't pick up

trash. “If you love something, you take care of it,” says Weston.

When it comes to the trash that often comes along with the

summer season, the solution is simple. What you take in you

pack out! While you’re at it, pick up a little extra. When it

comes to the health of our towns, cities and waterways, there’s

no time to play the blame game. We’re all in this together for

the sake of what’s ours.

And that’s just it, isn’t it? This place is ours. At the end of

the day, we love where we live. It’s up to us to take care of

it, a euphemism that’s easier said than done. It might seem

complicated, but Weston boils it down to two common

commodities: time and money. If you don’t have money,

then give your time. And if you don’t have time, give your

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money. There are plenty of products out there whose

profits go toward conservation. Coeur D’Love is just

one such organization that sells products, as well as

actively encouraging community participation. Giving

one of two basic commodities is simple enough—and

something that most people can get behind.

The decisions that we make today don’t just encompass

us. Today’s pollution is greater than our generation.

Keeping our waterways clear ensures clean drinking

water, fishing and recreation for future generations.

Water is life. Without it, where would we be? To clean

it up we need a game plan. This is why research-backed

information to support keeping our watershed pure is

so important. Research confirms a solid direction for

preservation efforts, fuels advocacy, and highlights

specific opportunities for community involvement.

Nonprofits like the Lake Pend Oreille Waterkeeper

provide that research, and are, not surprisingly, greatly

reliant on their volunteers. Other city organizations, like

the Tacoma Center for Urban Waters, also rely heavily

on community support to keep our waterways clean.

Just as water is connected, and knows no boundaries, so

must our connections reach across barriers to ensure its

preservation.

The connection between waterways is also illustrative

of its greater connection to all life. Water makes up 70

percent of the Earth’s surface for good reason; through it

we are all connected. In fact, we can often determine the

general health of our waterways by keeping tabs on the

local wildlife. The suffering of wildlife is often a precursor

to what we have to look forward to. If the wildlife is

healthy, we have a future of health to look forward to,

and vice versa. In the Puget Sound, salmon has steadily

been declining at an ever-increasing rate. Salmon is a

keystone species, which is another way of saying that

it is an essential part of our ecosystem. All manner of

life depends on the health of the Coho Salmon. Orca,

birds of prey, bears and seals eat salmon. In turn, a vast

number of other species suffer if those predators decline.

And on and on and so forth. Without salmon, the whole

of the land, and all the species living in it, die or suffer.

This is why the decline of salmon is so alarming.

Researchers from the Center for Urban Waters, the

University of Washington, and the Washington State

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University published in 2020’s Science magazine an

unlikely culprit for the death of our salmon: car tires.

Vehicle tires shed tiny particles of rubber, which get

washed down the storm drains in the rain. Specifically,

chemicals within the “dust” from the tires are

causing harm to our waterways. These chemicals are,

understandably, more present in major urban areas

with more roadways. It’s the rubber and the chemicals

from the tires that ultimately kill the coho salmon. Since

many of Washington’s largest cities are on waterways,

understanding the ins and outs of stormwater pollution

is especially important.

This ground-breaking research was only just published

in 2020, but the idea of preventing pollution through the

protection of our drains is not. “Prevention of stormwater

pollution applies equally to all cities, regardless of

whether they have a separated sewer and storm water

system,” says Sarah Norber, an environmental specialist

for the Center for Urban Waters. It’s not widely known

that car tires specifically are a key part in stormwater

pollution, but it is widely known that cars are major

pollutants. In light of new and old research, using public

forms of transport can go a long way in preserving

our waterways. Other ways to preserve our waterways

include riding bikes, fixing car leaks, using commercial

car washes, limiting the use of pesticides and practicing

the proper disposal of chemicals. All roads lead to water,

and all drains eventually end up in our oceans.

When we analyze the challenges facing our waterways,

the problem can seem too overwhelming to solve.

It’s a difficult prospect to take on the responsibility

for our actions, as well as those of others. Anger takes

precedence over that of service. The temptation to throw

in the towel and move on is understandable. But we can

find encouragement in our successes. What we do does

matter, and what we’re doing together will work. Thea

Foss Waterway is just one such example.

Located in Tacoma, Washington, the once thriving Thea

Foss Waterway was characterized in the 1980s by oil sheen,

tar deposits and dilapidated buildings. The people and

wildlife in the area were laboring under the consequences

of over a century of environmentally insensitive practices.

There was even a resurgence of the Black Plague in the

area in the late 1970s. Though that particular example is

interesting, it may be partially unrelated. Regardless, it

does highlight just how bad things had gotten. So bad that

in 1983, the Environmental Protection Agency identified

the waterway to be a part of the larger Commencement

Bay Superfund site. This means that Thea Foss Waterway

was one of the most polluted places in the nation. The

kind of contamination that Tacoma, and Washington as

a whole, was tasked with cleaning up was staggering. As

a major waterway connected to the ocean, this pollution

was especially distressing. What’s more, the pollution

was generational. Having spanned over a century, it

seemed like things would continue to go along as they

always had. If it were not for a deep respect and longing

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for something better, things would have gone

along as they always had.

However, in 1994, the city came together

to aggressively clean up the waterway. This

involved hundreds of soil samples to identify

exactly where the contamination was coming

from and resulted in the addition of several

new shoreline habitats. The city, businesses,

grantees and community members from all

over gave their time and money, a total of $105

million in funds. Keeping the storm water

drains clear of contaminants was an especially

important community effort that required

very little money or time, and yet has resulted

in big positive outcomes. Over a decade ago,

in 2006, the cleanup was completed. It is the

reason that locals can play, live and work safely

by the waterway today. Wildlife to the once

desolate area has returned. Since 2006, efforts

have been focused on capping off other sources

of pollution and keeping the waterway clean.

It has absolutely paid off. Later this year, the

Environmental Protection Agency plans to

remove the waterway from its list of Superfund

sites. It’s an understatement to say that the city

is heaving a collective sigh of relief. The people,

and the land, are at rest.

A little bit goes a long way when we’re talking

about the whole of our community. It’s true

that one person can’t fix the larger problem of

pollution, but a lot of us can. The truth is that

we’re everyday people, with everyday goals.

We just want the opportunity to jump in the

water when it’s hot, raise our kids someplace

where they can enjoy the outdoors, and grow

old in peace. Big projects take big people, who

We just want the

opportunity to

jump in the water

when it’s hot, raise

our kids someplace

where they can

enjoy the outdoors,

and grow old

in peace.

have big connections, with big organizations,

and big pockets. But those organizations, our

home, is made up of us. Nothing will move, and

nothing can change, if we’re not emboldened to

do so. Taking responsibility for what we put

down the drain is just one example of a small

everyday act that makes significant changes

to wildlife, neighborhoods, and the health of

thousands of people.

As a whole, we are individuals with limited

means. Our acts of heroism are confined to the

every day. The little acts, like picking up trash

that we didn’t throw, or taking the bus, are acts

of significance. The pride that we take in our

waterways impacts the lives of those who live

and breathe in our environment. The way that

you personally approach the world affects the

larger picture. When it comes to water, our

decisions flow out to bigger and bigger places.

The overall problem may seem overwhelming,

but the solution is straightforward. If you see

it, pick it up. If you drink it, keep it clean. It’s

a mindset that, if it catches on, makes a big

difference. But, it starts with you. It starts with

us. When it comes to our waterways, we’re

all connected.

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Q&A

with Dale Hopkins

INTERIM FIRE CHIEF, SELKIRK FIRE RESCUE AND EMS

by JILLIAN CHANDLER

Dale Hopkins grew up in the Sandpoint area, graduating

from Sandpoint High School in 1980. His family here goes

back generations, to his great grandparents. Work would

take Hopkins to Rathdrum, where he raised his children.

He eventually returned to the Sandpoint area around 15 years ago, and

today, serves as interim fire chief of Selkirk Fire Rescue and EMS, which

collectively provides service to the City of Sandpoint, the Sagle and

Westside Fire Districts; separate agencies working together under a joint

powers agreement.

Q. What inspired you to pursue this line of work?

A. I have always felt a need to offer a hand or assist anyone who needed it.

Coming to the aid of a person experiencing the worst day of their life and

doing what you can to make it better is a calling that you cannot ignore.

When the Rathdrum Volunteer Fire District asked me to help, I couldn’t

say no, and it eventually evolved into a career change.

Q. How long have you been a firefighter? Interim fire chief?

A. I began volunteering as a fireman in 1985 and doing it professionally

for 20 years now. I took over the fire chief ’s position for Westside Fire in

Dover in 2012. When Westside Fire District joined with Sandpoint and

the Sagle Fire District as part of the Selkirk Fire Joint Powers Agreement

in 2016, I became the assistant chief. When the fire chief retired in the

fall of 2019, I was appointed the interim fire chief and have been filling

dual roles while a study was conducted of our system. We are currently

undergoing some recommended restructuring of our organization,

which is very timey as I am preparing to retire this summer.

Q. Many people fail to realize all that firefighters are required to do

in their line of work? Besides “putting out fires,” what emergencies/

responsibilities does Selkirk Fire Rescue and EMS deal with on a

daily basis?

A. No two days are alike, and while we do put out fires, firefighters

spend most of their time doing many other things beside fighting fire.

A modern firefighter responds to all hazards and is really more of an

“all hazards mitigation technician.” Whether it be a flood, fire, hazardous

materials release, building collapse, crash, wreck, or collapse, EMS, or a

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technical rescue incident, if you call, we will go. The fire

department also conducts code enforcement and safety

inspections to businesses along with preplanning as

part of a safety and fire prevention program. Continual

training is a must to stay proficient with our skills,

and then there is always the equipment checks and

maintenance that needs to be accomplished as well.

Q. What do you find most rewarding about your role

as fire chief?

A. I have really enjoyed working with the members

of our team and helping Selkirk evolve from a newly

organized group of three fire service organizations

working together into a much more unified and efficient

group that I believe will provide quality and efficient

emergency services for years to come.

Q. When you’re not working, how might those in the

community find you spending your time?

A. I am not sure what not working really means. If I

am not working on fire department business, my wife

and spend our time working around the property we

have picking off the endless list of chores that exist. I

purchased the property I grew up on from my parents,

and I we all seem to stay busy enough reinvigorating the

homestead. If we ever have any spare time, I would like to

knock the dust off the boat and do some kokanee fishing

or trip over some rocks on the upper Pack.

Q. What do you love most about being able to serve the

people of Sandpoint and the community as a whole?

A. I think what I really like about working here is the

sense of community. Some people might think that’s

cliché, but I really feel that. For me this is home. It’s

where my family roots run deep, and it's where I have

a sense of belonging. It’s hard to put into words, but

for me there is a deeper level of personal satisfaction

serving in your own community than there is working

somewhere else.

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As we rejoice Independence Day, many will take extra

care to recognize our veterans, those who fought for our

independence and the freedoms we celebrate. This month,

we can show our support alongside the local organizations dedicated

to preserving our veterans’ connections to the community and

overall quality of life.

Below are a selection of Inland Northwest organizations that actively

support the veterans who gave so much for our freedom.

Inland Northwest Disabled Veterans Sports Association

SUPPORT

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LOCAL ORGANIZATIONS THAT HONOR

AND SUPPORT THOSE WHO FOUGHT FOR

OUR FREEDOMS

The Inland Northwest Disabled Veterans Sports Association

(INDVSA) is a team of active disabled veterans “dedicated to taking

down the barriers to an active and engaged lifestyle.”

Operating with a mission to help local community members find

their inner athlete, the INDVSA is dedicated to helping both adults

and children with disabilities engage in a healthier lifestyle. INDVSA

members train in a variety of sports including baseball, basketball,

swimming, weightlifting, billiards, and wheelchair racing, with a few

members training to participate in the National Veterans Wheelchair

Games.

They have become a Paralympic Sports Club and look forward to

bringing more sports programs to the Coeur d’Alene and Spokane

area. Community members who are interested in joining or donating

to the INDVSA’s events can learn more at INDVSA.org.

Newby-Ginnings

Post Falls nonprofit Newby-Ginnings provides a wide selection of

services to veterans, active military and gold star families.

by Taylor Shillam

The facility is set up like a store, stocked with basic necessities and

essential household items, with “everything needed to make a house

a home,” including furniture, linens, appliances, cookware, clothing,

blankets and food. These essentials are provided to veterans, active

military and their families at no cost.

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WHAT TREATMENT IS

RIGHT FOR ME?

The art of a consultation

BY BRI WILLIAMS, RN, BSN

REFINED AESTHETICS MED SPA, PLLC

hen it comes to aging gracefully,

there are so many product and

treatment options available that

Wit can become overwhelming.

Between skin care, in-office treatments, and

even surgery, it can be difficult to know where

to start. Consulting with an aesthetic provider

or plastic surgeon is an excellent way to learn

from the professionals which treatments and

products are best for helping you reach your

goals. Consultations are generally complimentary

or involve a small fee that is applied to your

treatment, should you choose to go through

with one. Below are some tips to ensure your

consultation is successful and allows you to make

an informed decision on selecting a provider.

Make a list of your priorities.

SERVICES INCLUDE:

Botox/Dysport | Dermal Fillers

Microneedling | Sculptra Aesthetic

Skin Care | Platelet-Rich Plasma Therapy

EmSculpt Neo Body Contouring

Kybella | Microblading | Chemical Peels

Exosomes Stem Cell Therapy

Morpheus-8 Microneedling with

Radiofrequency | Laser Hair Removal

Often aesthetic goals must be accomplished over

several visits to ensure natural-looking results

and a safe treatment. Prior to your consultation,

make a list of the areas you would like to address

and prioritize their importance. For instance,

perhaps you would like to remove age spots/

hyperpigmentation and address the lines in

your forehead but tightening the skin on your

neck is your biggest concern. Together, you and

your provider can develop a treatment plan that

takes into consideration your areas of greatest

concern, healing time and budget to optimize

your outcome.

What are your credentials?

The first question you should ask is, “What are

your credentials?” If considering plastic surgery,

it is important that your provider is certified

through the American Board of Plastic

Surgery. In most states, a general surgeon can

legally perform plastic surgery, but they lack

the rigorous training and credentialing that

comes with being a certified plastic surgeon.

If considering less-invasive aesthetic

treatments, such as Botox or dermal fillers,

ask what degree the provider holds, where

they have trained and how much experience

they have. While complications are rare, it

is imperative that you are in the hands of a

trained medical professional that can manage

complications and keep you safe.

Can I see your work?

Ask to see before and after photos of the

provider’s work. This is important, as it allows

you to visualize realistic expectations as well as

see if the provider’s work is in line with your

desired outcome. Considering a tummy tuck or

breast augmentation? While looking at before

and after photos, find similar body shapes and

sizes to your own to gauge what is a realistic

outcome and whether you are happy with the

result. The same can be said for less-invasive

treatments, like Botox and lip filler.

A consultation is an opportunity for you to

interview potential providers to find one

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to ask questions and ensure that you are on

the same page. When making alterations to

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The nonprofit organization was created in

the honor and memory of its owner’s son,

Nicholas Newby, who served in the Idaho

National Guard. He lost his life while serving

in Iraq in July 2011.

Newby-Ginnings is a valuable resource

for referrals, peer support, and building

relationships. They work closely with many

other community organizations too and have

become a central hub of resources for area

veterans.

The organization describes its shop as

“the collateral beauty that has occurred

after immeasurable tragedy.” Since 2013,

their shop has grown to accommodate an

additional shop space to make room for

larger donations. They have served thousands

in Idaho and Washington, averaging about

100 visitors to the shop each day.

“With the support of our community, we

have impacted the lives of thousands of

people to an extent that we will never truly

understand,” the organization states.

Newby-Ginnings is located on Post Falls’

Clearwater Loop and is run entirely by

volunteers. To learn more or get involved,

visit NewbyGinnings.org.

The Veteran’s Thrift Stores Spokane

Spokane’s Veteran’s Thrift Stores allow

veterans in need to shop for free. Providing

both a safe space and a community

resource, their stores boast treasures of all

sizes and varieties, including furniture and

camping gear.

The stores post updates and items to

Facebook regularly, and invite all community

members to shop their two locations.

Veteran Community Response

Spokane’s Veterans Community Response, or

VCR, believes in creating a safe, structured

environment promoting healthy healing

for veterans following their service. With

values rooted in compassion, understanding

and action, they work to help veterans best

navigate the challenges faced upon their

return.

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With values rooted in compassion,

understanding and action,

they work to help veterans best

navigate the challenges faced

upon their return.

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MP 56 Hwy 200, Clark Fork, Idaho

72 Acres Clark Fork River Views

Looking for that breath-taking waterfront and mountain view property? Stop looking and come visit this great opportunity. Own some of the most beauuful views of North Idaho and

enjoy the use of your private waterfront lot located on the beauuful Clark Fork River, near the mouth of Lake Pend Oreille. This 72 acre parcel has a couple of great building sites where

you can not only build your dream home, but have great area to add an addiional home for family. The roads to the building sites are already very manageable and not too steep or

scary like so many other big view properres. Hike directly to Antelope Lake, literally just minutes away! The waterfront lot is not a build-able lot for a home, but bring your swim suit

and fly rod and enjoy the large grassy lot with easy access on the Clark Fork River, with plenty of space for a dock. Finding the large parcels with private waterfront access are geeng

harder to find, don't miss this one! $899,000.00

1 acre lot in East Hope

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Amazing views of Lake Pend Oreille, the Hope Peninsula and the Green Monarch Mountains from this 1 acre lot in East Hope. This lot already has a roughed in building pad, driveway

and seppc system installed. Water hookup has already been paid for and is stubbed to the property. The property is located in East Hope just a short 20 minute drive from Sandpoint

and is within minutes of 3 marina's, mullple restaurants and convenience stores that call Hope their home. You'll never grow red of the incredible sunsets or south facing exposure

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Commercial Lots on

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Founded in January 2005 and inspired by the tsunami that had devastated

Sri Lanka, the organization started as Community Focused Disaster

Response (CFDR). After completing a long list of service projects to

support Sri Lanka, CDFR shifted their focus in 2007 to meeting the needs

of combat veterans.

Their first retreat, Beyond the Yellow Ribbon, soon came to life, designed

to help ease combat-related stress. Since then, the title of Beyond the

Yellow Ribbon has remained to encompass the variety of retreats the

organization now offers.

VCR’s four-day combat veteran retreats are founded on proven methods

that inspire healing. They offer shared challenges through activities like

ropes courses, whitewater rafting, archery and boating, along with the

opportunity to connect with peer mentors and trauma clinicians to regain

confidence, companionship and trust.

VCR also offers single-day retreats, whitewater rafting trips, and annual

ski days, supported by local partnerships with local ski mountains. Every

retreat experience provided through Veterans Community Response is

designed to encourage natural healing using the outdoors and genuine

human connection. To connect with the Veteran Community Response,

located in the Veradale area, visit VetComRes.org.

Northwest Golfers for Warriors

Home to Dan Kleckner’s Golf Classic, Spokane’s Northwest Golfers for

Warriors is a nonprofit organization using an annual golf tournament to

raise funds in support of the local veteran community. Over the past 10

years, they have donated over half a million dollars in support of local

veterans, their families, and the veteran-supportive organizations they

partner with.

Dan Kleckner’s Golf Classic takes place at Spokane’s Downriver Golf

Course and involves either single or multi-player games, plus a golf cart

service and banquet meal at Northern Quest Resort and Casino. The

annual event serves as an enjoyable means for golfers of the Northwest

to give back to veterans, with 100 percent of the proceeds staying local.

This year’s golf tournament takes place Saturday, August 14, with online

registration now available at NorthwestGolfersforWarriors.org.

Many of the veterans who have fought for our freedoms don’t stop

fighting after they return home. The organizations that honor and serve

our veterans recognize the weight of their service, and aim to give back

through values rooted in community and inclusion.

On this month’s holiday and beyond, veterans can be celebrated through

these local organizations offering opportunities and support for those

who have given so much in the name of freedom.

MANY OF THE VETERANS WHO HAVE

FOUGHT FOR OUR FREEDOMS DON’T

STOP FIGHTING AFTER THEY

The most foundational water adventure doesn’t require anything extra. Sometimes the best

part of summer is simply enjoying water the old-fashioned way, with a good old swim! Take

the opportunity to develop your swimming skills this summer by jumping in—it’s a great

workout and the perfect way to cool

RETURN

down. Just remember,

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even lakes and rivers can have

dangerous undercurrents or swells, particularly during storms, high winds or rainy weather,

so make sure it’s safe before you take the plunge. And for the kiddos, don’t forget those life

jackets or floaties!

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Fun on the

SAYING

'thank you'

Ways to show service men and women you care

by Rachel Kelly

PUBLIC RECOGNITION.

Our service men and women give a lot of themselves, and often see the

ugliest sides of our communities. They do this so that we can flourish

in our everyday lives. So as you see them go about their everyday life,

which often involves many late nights, consider taking a moment to

acknowledge all that they do. Reminding them that what they do and

what they’ve done is worthwhile, by simply pausing in whatever you’re

doing to say, “Thank you.” Reminding them that they are seen.

ACTS OF KINDNESS.

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They may not have literal groceries that they need help with, but the

point is that those who serve in our communities have regular chores

and lives that they have to attend to. Often it’s those regular everyday

needs that suffer when they take time to help with the more pressing

or urgent needs within our community. Because of their often pressing

schedules, they may struggle with taking the time to sit down with their

families. Or, they may not have had a chance to enjoy a solid meal.

Whatever it is, it’s the little things that count. If you personally know

someone who does or has served, consider stepping in to help with

something that they haven’t had the time to do themselves. Buy them a

healthy lunch, step in to make them a solid meal, or help their families

with house maintenance.


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LENDING AN EAR.

Good friends are like a healing salve, especially when dealing with a lot

of stress. Service men and women often spend a lot of time listening

to others, and so it is nice if someone is interested in hearing how they

are. Whether that means taking a moment to have a chat with the police

officer on their late-night shift, or asking your regular doctor about their

day. If you work in a clerical or in a therapeutic capacity, your advice and

support may be especially helpful. We all need to be heard and seen, even

the strongest of us.

4Being out in nature is known to have a rejuvenating and curative effect,

especially here in the Northwest. This year consider supporting them as

they get some time out of doors, whether that means lending them your

kayak or buying their ticket to a mud run. If you teach yoga, consider

offering your services for free to your local firehouse. Buying gift cards

for relaxing physical activity, or simply including them in non-work

based community activities, goes a long way.

TICKETS TO THE OUTDOORS.

FINDING SOMETHING

THEY’VE MISSED.

Often, those who serve put aside things they love to do for what needs

to be done. They are often on call, which means that they often miss

out. As you think of ways to show your appreciation, think of something

that they might have missed out on this year. As sports venues and

events open up all over the state, consider buying them a ticket to see

a comedian or hear a musician. Perhaps all that they’ve missed this year

is time to engage in their favorite hobby. For those who serve, there’s

always something.

SURPRISE THEM WITH A NOTE.

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As summer is here, and school is out, get the kids involved! Have your

3-year-old draw or paint a picture, while the older kids draft notes filled

with words of encouragement and thankfulness to those first responders

Throw a line in from the boat or shore, and enjoy the rush when you get that first bite or

in our community. Have them help bake up a batch of goodies (or buy

land the big one. If you’re looking for a true adventure, sign on for a fishing charter or fly

some from your favorite local bakery) , package them up nicely with the

fishing class—there are a wide variety of options ranging from multi-day trips to scenic boat

notes and pictures attached, and drop them off at your local firehouse or

tours into remote rivers or lakes. It’s a great opportunity to learn something new and have

police station. This simple, thoughtful gesture is sure to brighten their day

an experience you’ll never forget. If you are headed out this summer to throw in a line, don’t

and remind them of the important role they play in our community—

forget fishing rules and license requirements change depending on where you are, so make

and that they are appreciated.

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JAMAICA!

Safely navigating a trip to the Caribbean

By Marguerite Cleveland

Venturing out on an international trip can be a bit intimidating amid the continuing pandemic, with testing requirements and

each destination with its own rules. Once I received both doses of a COVID-19 vaccine and waited the requisite two weeks, I was

ready to travel. I chose Jamaica for this trip due to their Controlled Entry Program Protocols. For tourists, the Government of

Jamaica has established resilient corridors. You choose an approved accommodation within the corridor and then you can visit COVID-19

approved protocol-compliant attractions within the “Corridor.” There is an extensive set of measures to ensure health safety that approved

accommodations and attractions have all received training on. These are a strictly ensured set of protocols and standards. The most important

thing to know as a visitor is you must remain in the Resilient Corridor during your stay at your designated accommodation. You may leave

your resort to visit any tourist attraction that is certified by the Jamaica Tourist Board to be a COVID-19 Resilient licensed tourist attraction.

Pre-travel

Prior to your travels, get familiar with the travel requirements at the official Visit Jamaica website. When I traveled in May, seven days prior

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A MORE ISOLATED RESORT. WHEN SELECTING

A PLACE TO STAY, MAKE SURE YOUR RESORT

OFFERS PLENTY OF AMENITIES—SINCE YOU

WILL BE SPENDING MOST OF YOUR TIME ON

THE RESORT.

to Jamaica. You must have travel insurance which covers medical expenses. Some

resorts include this coverage. You must also have a COVID-19 test done no earlier

than 72 hours prior to your flight. There is a calculator on their website to determine

when you can take it. It is important to check back frequently as requirements do

change. Currently a negative COVID-19 test is required to return to the United

States. When making your travel arrangements, plan how you will get this test. Many resorts offer COVID-19 tests onsite.

Insider Tips: Book Club Mobay. This service has a representative who will greet you at the gate when you arrive in Jamaica and whisk you through

expedited lines through security. Well worth the expense, especially if multiple planes arrive. You can also book it for departure, in which you’ll have

access to a lounge with food and beverages while waiting for your plane to depart.

Travel

I found the best way to maximize your time in Jamaica is to take a red-eye flight from Seattle arriving at an East Coast hub city such as Atlanta or

Miami, and then get on the first flight to Jamaica. With all-inclusive resorts, you pay the same rate whether you arrive in the morning or late in the

evening. It is better to arrive early so you can enjoy all the meals and activities you paid for. For my trip we splurged on First Class and felt it was well

worth it—especially as on both legs of our trip the plane was fully booked. Masks are still required in airports and on the airplane.

Upon arrival in Jamaica, we were met by the Club Mobay representative. Your temperature will be taken at the first screening point. The Club Mobay

representative escorts you through the whole process, even helping with your luggage. Once through security, she escorted us to the Sandals Lounge.

You also have the option to go to the Club Mobay arrival lounge to wait for transportation to the resort you are staying at.

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The Speci f ics

Sandals South Coast - Sandals.com/south-coast

Travel Requirements for Jamaica - VisitJamaica.com/travelauthorization

Club Mobay - VIPAttractions.com/mobay-info

Sandals South Coast

I chose Sandals South Coast for our visit because it is

located near a nature preserve and is the only hotel

on the beach in this area. It is about a 90-minute drive

from Montego Bay but well worth the long drive.

With the COVID-19 pandemic, it felt safer to be at a

more isolated resort. When selecting a place to stay,

make sure your resort offers plenty of amenities—

since you will be spending most of your time on the

resort. I was familiar with the Sandals Brand, having

stayed at other properties before. When they say

all-inclusive, it really is! There are nine restaurants,

multiple bars, and lots of great activities and a worldclass

spa. There’s even scuba diving! The only thing

you spend money on is shopping, spa treatments and

any of the resort excursions.

To make the most of a Sandals’ vacation, spend time

on the website and review everything that is included.

There are 21 different types of rooms at Sandals South

Coast within three categories: Luxury, Club and Butler. All categories

have access to all the resort has to offer, but some do have more perks.

We opted for the new “South Seas Swim-up Rondoval Butler Suite with

Private Pool Sanctuary” and then fulfilled a bucket list item for me by

staying in an “Over the Water Butler Honeymoon Bungalow” for one

night. These stay fully booked, and we lucked out with one night being

available. Our Rondoval suite was so luxurious. These round cottages sit

amidst secluded lush gardens surrounded by a river pool. The deck also

had a private plunge pool with a waterfall that was so relaxing. It was so

nice when staying on a large resort to have this quiet space to retreat to.

This trip truly was a wonderful escape from all that 2020 threw at us.

The tranquil ocean breezes, blue green Caribbean waters and white sandy

beaches had my husband and I relaxed in no time. One of the things I

love about the Sandals brand is the staff. They are warm and welcoming,

providing incredible service. The butler experience was worth the extra

expense. From the reserved lounge chairs by the pool or beach with

coolers of beverages to being picked up each night and escorted to

dinner, I loved being spoiled.

I felt very safe with the health and safety protocols at Sandals. The

company provides COVID-19 tests a few days prior to your departure as

well as the mandatory travel insurance. Everything was spotlessly clean,

the staff all wore masks, and the use of hand sanitizer was required when

entering public spaces.

The Over the Water Bungalow

Wow! What an incredible experience. This luxury retreat sits at the far

end of the resort with a private deck overlooking the sea. The sunset

views were stunning. Once we checked into this room we didn’t leave

until the next morning! The enhanced room service for these exclusive

suites even had filet mignon on it. The deck was fully equipped with

loungers, an outdoor shower and bathtub, as well as a box full of snorkel

gear and lifejackets. Each bungalow also has a beach cabana.

We booked a candlelight dinner, which we had served on the deck while

watching the sunset. So romantic and a great way to end our Jamaica

getaway to Sandals South Coast.

Insider Tips: There are official Facebook groups for each Sandals resort,

and it is a wealth of information from guests who have stayed at the

resorts, with Sandals providing moderators to ensure the information is

correct. It had been almost 10 years since my last visit to the Caribbean,

and I had forgotten how truly relaxing a beach vacation is. It was the

perfect antidote to 2020. We booked a visit to Sandals in Barbados for next

year. If you reserve at the resort, you receive a 10 to 12 percent discount

on your next visit. Sandals also offers military and first responders a 10

percent discount, which can be combined with other discounts.

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FIESTA BONITA

Authentic Mexican cuisine prepared fresh daily. Fiesta Bonita’s

menu is full of many unique and authentic recipes. They have

a full bar at their Ponderay location and outdoor seating. Open

daily at 11am. Bring the family or make it a date night. There is

something for everyone at Fiesta Bonita!

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BEET & BASIL AT THE CREEK

From food truck to full service restaurant, Beet and Basil’s

primary focus is global flavors with local ingredients. Street

foods from all over the world come to life using ingredients

supplied by local farmers, ranchers and foragers. Enjoy staples

available throughout the year and rotating menu based on

what’s fresh and in season. Open for take-out for lunch and

dinner 11am to 7pm.

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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.

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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.

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

and everything in between, then look no further than your

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

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

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

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

Tractor beverages, New Yorker Bagels and Doma Coffee.

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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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TASTY

RECIPE

FLIP THE PAGE!

THE BURGER DOCK

Voted Best Burger in Bonner County! Treat yourself

to the tastiest burger in town, made with housepressed

patties using locally sourced, grass-fed meat

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

organic bun finished with quality ingredients and

homemade sauces. Diners can also choose from

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

milkshakes, soft drinks and beer, wine and canned

cocktails. Visit Facebook and Instagram for their

latest promos, and find them in the Gateway parking

lot at Schweitzer on weekends and holidays! Open

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

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

116 N. First Ave. | Sandpoint.

208.597.7027 | TheBurgerDock.com

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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QUALITY HOMEMADE PRODUCTS

AND LOCAL GOODS

Honey Wheat | Multigrain | Sourdough | Rye | Cinnamon

www.MillersCountryStoreSandpoint.com |

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

1326 Baldy Mtn. Rd., Sandpoint, Idaho | 208.263.9446

Come hungry, Stay late, Eat well!

Sweet Lou’s Restaurant & Bar

Hwy 95 N Ponderay | 208.263.1381

www.sweetlousidaho.com

Sweet Lou’s RestauranT & TAP HOUSE

601 Front Ave. 208.667.1170 | DOWNTOWN Cda

212 Bonner Mall Way

Sandpoint, Idaho

208.263.4613

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44 NORTH CHERRY SPARKLER

Recipe Courtesy of Tina VanDenHeuvel

You can follow Tina @madebetterforyou on Instagram

INGREDIENTS:

1/4 cup tart cherry juice

1 oz. 44 North Rainier Cherry vodka

1/2 lime juiced

1/2 cup tonic water

5 oz. champagne

fresh cherries for garnish

METHOD:

• In a cocktail shaker, pour in the cherry juice, vodka, lime

juice and a handful of ice. Pop on the shaker top and shake

vigorously for a few seconds.

• Pour into a fluted champagne glass. Top with tonic water

and champagne, and gently stir.

• Garnish with fresh cherries.

Yields 1 cocktail

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OUTDOOR DINING WITH A VIEW

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 FOR DINNER SERVICE.

CALL FOR RESERVATIONS!

208.265.2000 | 41SouthSandpoint.com

41 Lakeshore Drive, Sagle, ID

NEXT TO THE LODGE AT SANDPOINT

OUR

LINEUP

St. Paul & The Broken Bones with The Dip | Jake Owen with Colby Acuff | Young the Giant

Shakey Graves with Tré Burt | Keb’ Mo’ & Band | Gladys Knight | REO Speedwagon

Family Matinee “Music from the Movies” with Spokane Symphony & Whitney Claire Kaufman

Grand Finale with Spokane Symphony & Whitney Claire Kaufman

Visit our website for more information!

THE FESTIVAL AT SANDPOINT ~ JULY 29 - AUGUST 8, 2021

TICKETS AVAILABLE NOW!

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HELP US

SAVE THE MARKET

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there is no place like

HOPE, IDAHO

DAVIS MARKET AND CAFÉ , IN HOPE, IDAHO, HAS BEEN A PART OF THE COMMUNITY

SINCE 2018, OPERATING OUT OF A HISTORIC BUILDING THAT HAS BEEN SERVING

THE COMMUNITY FOR MORE THAN 100 YEARS. THEIR STORE OFFERS GROCERIES,

A RESTAURANT AND, MORE IMPORTANTLY, A COMMUNITY GATHERING PLACE.

Before beginning the leasehold improvements to fix up the old building, the

Davis family entered into a lease-to-own purchase agreement with the current

owner. In 2020, as they were set to purchase, the pandemic hit—and their

commercial funding fell through before closing. They thought they received

an extension, but when they proceeded this year to finalize the purchase, it

turns out that this is not the case, and the original purchase price is no longer

on the table. Now, with only two months of warning, unless someone else

purchases the property and extends the lease, the market and café will be

evicted in August.

As a landmark historic building and a community hub, the Davis family has

come up with an idea. They do not need to own the property to be able to run

the store, so why not create a community cooperative?

Then the building and historic cabins are preserved, and community members

become the caretakers, preserving the history and legacy of this place well

beyond one family at one point in time.

The Davis Family is pursuing two options:

Option 1. The community cooperative purchases just the building, cabins and

property, and they lease out the building to the market. In this scenario, they

are investing in real estate only and getting passive income on rents.

Option 2. The community cooperative buys the building, cabins, property AND

the store, and the entire business becomes a community-owned cooperative.

This place is special, and there is very little time to waste to save it. The Davis

family is prepared to move on, grateful for a wonderful experience; but the

store and its impact on the community is something so much bigger than one

family, and it deserves every effort to preserve it. The community can rally and

own a piece of history—together.

In addition to community investors joining the co-op, the Davis family will also

need help from real estate and legal experts. For more information, You are

asked to please reach out via email to general@davisgroceryinhope.com or

follow updates on their website, DavisGroceryinHope.com.

620 Wellington Place, Hope, ID 83836

208-264-0539

general@davisgroceryinhope.com

DavisGroceryinHope.com

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ENTERTAINMENT

What's happening

in July

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INDEPENDENCE

We Set

the Standard!

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Sandpoint, Idaho

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ARE YOU

READY?

THE FESTIVAL AT SANDPOINT KICKS OFF JULY 29!

By Jillian Chandler

The excitement can be felt all throughout Sandpoint, as the

biggest music festival in North Idaho returns to Memorial

Field after a year sorely missed. Drum roll please … The 38th

annual Festival at Sandpoint kicks off its 2021 season at the

end of this month on July 29 with the rock-n-roll soul sound of St.

Paul & The Broken Bones, with opening act The DIP, an electrifying

seven-piece ensemble that melds vintage rhythm and blues with

classic pop storytelling. Gates open at 6pm (5:45pm for early entry

ticket holders), with the show beginning at 7:30.

The 2021 Festival at Sandpoint Lineup features:

Thursday, July 29: St. Paul & The Broken Bones

Friday, July 30: Jake Owen

Saturday, July 31: Shakey Graves

Sunday, August 1: Keb' Mo' & Band

Thursday, August 5: Gladys Knight

Friday, August 6: Young The Giant

Saturday, August 7: REO Speedwagon

Sunday, August 8: Family Matinee "Music from the Movies"

& Grand Finale

There’s nothing that compares to a concert under the stars on the

shore of Lake Pend Oreille. For additional details and to purchase

tickets, visit FestivalatSandpoint.com. As The Festival at Sandpoint

is committed to creating a safe, comfortable and fun experience for

every one of this year's guests, be sure to take a moment to read

more about The Festival culture, and how you can do your part in

helping to create, and maintain, the wonderful and festive music

event it is known for.

As they say … See you at The Festival!

The Festival at Sandpoint strives to provide a rich music experience

presenting a wide range of concerts in an intimate outdoor setting

accessible to local and regional audiences, cultivate culture and ethnic

diversity, foster a love of music through ongoing youth education

programs, and stimulate economic growth for our community.

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FUN & ENTERTAINMENT

July

FOR EVENTS, VISIT SANDPOINTLIVINGLOCAL.COM.

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BCGA 2021 GARDEN TOUR

Bonner County Gardeners Association will once again be hosting its

BCGA Garden Tour. Scheduled for Saturday, July 3, enjoy a day taking

in the beautiful gardens, each featuring its own unique and stunning

representation of the variety of landscapes that can be found within the city

of Sandpoint. The owners take pride in being able to share their stunning

properties, which they have invested their time and passion into. Christ

Our Redeemer's Community Garden is this year's featured garden. With

a strong purpose in helping to nurture a healthy community, they provide

fruit and vegetables to local residents and the Sandpoint Food Bank. Find

the event on Facebook (BCGA 2021 Garden Tour), and click "Tickets" to

purchase yours today. Tour hours are 10am to 4pm.

FOURTH OF JULY CELEBRATION

Sandpoint Lions Club will once again host the Fourth of July Parade in

downtown Sandpoint the morning of July 4, followed by fun family friendly

festivities at City Beach in the afternoon, and concluding with a spectacular

fireworks display over Lake Pend Oreille at dusk. This year's theme is "It

Takes a Community." The Sandpoint Lions Club invites everyone to join

them in celebration of our incredible Sandpoint community and all they

do to keep Sandpoint the wonderful city it is.

NORTHWEST WINE FEST

The Northwest Wine Fest, Sandpoint's biggest summer wine tasting event,

returns Friday, July 17, and Saturday, July 18, at Schweitzer Mountain!

Enjoy a weekend up on the mountain with friends as you sample great

wines from around the Pacific Northwest while enjoying the beautiful

North Idaho views. If you're looking to make a weekend of it, be sure to

book a room. Visit Schweitzer.com to find out more about Northwest Wine

Fest and other upcoming events they'll be hosting throughout the summer.

* Please note, as of press time, these events were still scheduled to take

place as planned. Due to the current health crisis, there is the possibility

that event schedules may change or events canceled completely. Be sure

to visit event websites to stay up to date with current information.

SUBMIT YOUR EVENTS ONLINE!

Want your event to appear on the largest eventsite in the

northwest? Submit your events to us online at

events.directorynorthwest.com 24/7, 365 days a year!

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Succeeding Together.

Chamber Events • Community Calendars • Visitor Guide • Relocation Info • Volunteer Opportunities

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The Greater Sandpoint Chamber of Commerce is a nonprofit, membership-driven organization

composed of approximately 450 business enterprises, civic organizations, and individuals. The

Greater Sandpoint Chamber of Commerce provides the first impression to many visitors, new

residents, and businesses seeking to relocate here.

| SANDPOINT LIVING LOCAL

208.263.2161

info@sandpointchamber.com

www.sandpointchamber.org


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L O C A L E X P E R T

WORLD - CLASS REAL ESTATE PROFESSIONAL

208-290-5888

Jackie@JackieSuarez.com

www.JackieSuarez.com

Imagine a day on the water and then coming home to your new home on acreage. This 6.48

acre lot with community water boasts gorgeous mountain views and 1/9 ownership in

private owner’s dock and beach. $199,900

Beauuful views of the Purcell Mountains to the

north and the Selkirk range to the West,

offering sunshine and serenity, are yours on this

level building site with city hookups. Private

locaaon on almost half an acre on a maintained

building lot are ready for you to bring your

plans. Myrtle Creek/Snow Creek City boat

launch are in the heart of Bonners Ferry.

$90,000

Peninsula Villas - Luxury new construccon on the Big Lake with absolutely stunning views across the

water to Schweitzer Mountain and the Selkirk Range. Be the first to enjoy this jewel-box home

boassng top-grade finishes, two bedrooms with en-suite baths, two car garages, full RV hookups, and

private dock. Near Beyond Hope Resort. restaurant & marina with maintained access year-round.

$1,195,000

Not so remote 41.72 acres with mature trees,

year-round creek and views that span the

mountains to the Pend O’Reille River. Power to

the property will need to be developed, CC&Rs

apply. Very private locaaon close to Sandpoint.

$360,000

Subject Property

The Idaho Club - A truly special place to enjoy

all things North Idaho! Come discover this

nicely treed building lot with views that capture

Lake Pend Oreille as well as the Selkirk

Mountains, all behind the south gate. There's

no need to compromise privacy for

convenience here, just seven miles from the

charming town of Sandpoint. $299,000

Enjoy gorgeous mountain views and the resort lifestyle in this bright and spacious home on the Idaho

Club golf course. This well-maintained beauty boasts all you need on the main floor - high ceilings,

large kitchen with newer appliances including Bosch induccon cooktop and oven, great room with

updated rock fireplace, private master suite with walk-in closet, jeeed tub and walk-in shower, office

and guest room. The bonus room over the 3-car garage has a 3/4 bath, serves as bedroom, family

room or more. Ziply internet, community water and community sewer serve the home, with no HOA

or associaaon dues. $805,000

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L O C A L E X P E R T

WORLD - CLASS REAL ESTATE PROFESSIONAL

208-290-5888

Jackie@JackieSuarez.com

www.JackieSuarez.com

Live like every day is a vacaaon in this spacious 4-bedroom, 4-bath home with private dock less than 5 miles to Sandpoint. Designed with

longevity in mind, the main floor boasts a grand kitchen open to the living room with rock fireplace, vaulted T&G ceilings, separate dining

room, spacious & private master suite with spa-like bath and two addiional bedrooms, one with it's own full bath. Upstairs guest suite

removed from main living space could serve as an ADU with large bedroom, full bath and bonus room plumbed for a kitcheneee. Two lots

away is your private access to the water with a dock on protected Fry Creek, safe harbor for boats, paddle boards and small craa. $1,375,000

Discover incredible mountain views

overlooking the Pack River Flats and the Jack

Nicklaus Signature Golf Course from this 2.4

acre lot with mature trees, wildlife and private,

end of cul de sac locaaon. Minutes from future

boat slips at The Lake Club on Lake Pend Oreille

and only thirty minutes to the top of Schweitzer

Mountain for some of the best skiing. $325,000

Prime two-unit Selkirk Lodge condo at

Schweitzer Mountain Resort, Idaho’s largest

resort boassng some of the best terrain on the

planet. Income-producing suites in the heart of

the Village, closest to the liis. $525,000

Custom new home in Sandpoint’s premier

Spring Haven subdivision. This beauty boasts

three bedrooms, 2 baths, lux master suite with

doors to paao and covered porch, all

convenient to Schweitzer, restaurants and

services. $699,900

Waterfront lot on the Clark Fork River with almost 100’ of rip-rapped frontage ready for you to enjoy.

Pilots, take note! This property has access to a private airstrip, Riverlake Airport ID75. Property is in

the flood area, buyers to verify all informaaon relaave to their building plans. Bring your RV and watch

the river flow by on this sunny, level, impeccably maintained lot with private seppc system and 200

amp electric service to the lot. Adjacent property well log states 39' deep, 50+ gpm. All close to the

end of the chip-sealed, county-maintained road close to the town of Clark Fork and a short boat ride

to Lake Pend O’Reille. $305,000

Brand new modern home at the base of

Schweitzer Mountain. Common entry separates

two suites, each with its own lux kitchen,

bedroom, bath, loo & laundry hookups. Close to

the slopes, trails and town. $499,900

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