What’s Rising from 2015’s Ashes? Story By Miranda Paddack

What’s Rising from 2015’s Ashes? Story By Miranda Paddack

Naked dresses, fast-food fashion, and flower crowns all came and died with 2015. Thankfully, the New Year is kicking out lumbersexuals and bringing in the flowery still life back from the dead. What is in store for FBCS students this year?

Many students at FBCS are rocking formal suit-wear and cardigans Monday-Thursday, and Fridays they are showing their personality through fashion. “I believe that, and this is only on dress-down days, that hoodies are trending,” Stated Brandon Michelson when asked about what is trending at FBCS. Some other things trending are low top shoes such as Vans, Daniels fluffy hat, and high-wasted skinny jeans.

Some clothing print trends we can expect for the 2016-17 year are sea legends, early medicine, and nightlife. Everyone seems to be very excited about the new trends coming out this year. When Tiara Duquette was asked about what trends she was looking forward to she excitedly stated; “I don’t know, all of it! I think that any trend can look good as long as someone can pull it off, and that’s how most trends from 2015 were. Not everyone looks right in all of them.”

French-fries shoes, nearly naked dresses, and the scruffy lumbersexuals are being left far behind. 2016 is bringing on the kraken, neon lights, spine-tingling medical fashion and much, much more.

New Sandpoint Crisis Line… Story By: Harry Henderson

New Sandpoint Crisis Line… Story By: Harry Henderson

People who are having a hard time with something in their lives and just need to talk it out are encouraged to call the crisis line no matter what time of day and express their feelings and to have a safe place to talk about what is going on with someone who is there to listen. -Photo by: jessscott
People who are having a hard time with something in their lives and just need to talk it out are encouraged to call the crisis line no matter what time of day and express their feelings and to have a safe place to talk about what is going on with someone who is there to listen.
-Photo by: jessscott

Sandpoint has a new crisis line that will be open after hours and is available when the current crisis line is closed. It will be open from 5pm to 8am and will be staffed by licensed Idaho mental health clinicians. The health clinicians will earn minimum wage and will work in 15 hour shifts answering phone calls. The North Idaho Crisis Services after hour line opens Friday, January 15th, 2016. The crisis line has enough funding to go on for about another nine months thanks to the partnership that NAMI Far North made with Bonner’s Partners in Care Clinic, the group is seeking donations to reach their 20,000 goal. The group asked if the local government would give them funding to keep them going, but there has been no response.

Catherine Perusse, crisis director for National Alliance for Mental Illness Far North wants the crisis line to be a place that people can call anytime and someone can be there to prevent a crisis before it gets out of control. She says that the crisis line can help with calls to the hospital or 911. Perusse said that there is a major lack of resources in the area and the crisis line’s goal is to show data that proves the town desperately needs resources.

With the implementation of the new after-hours crisis line people are welcome to call any time of the day with anything that is bothering them and a certified mental health clinician will be there to listen and respond with helpful encouragement to resolve any issue, if a crisis arises the clinician will be there to talk anyone down from potentially injuring themselves or others. -Photo by: lifelineh2h
With the implementation of the new after-hours crisis line people are welcome to call any time of the day with anything that is bothering them and a certified mental health clinician will be there to listen and respond with helpful encouragement to resolve any issue, if a crisis arises the clinician will be there to talk anyone down from potentially injuring themselves or others.
-Photo by: lifelineh2h

A few Forrest Bird Charter School students agree they should make their money strictly through donation and corporate funding, and that the tax payers shouldn’t have to foot the bill for a crisis line that they might never use. Many of the students that I interviewed liked the idea of an after-hours crisis line if it is going to be beneficial to the community and possibly stop people from doing bad things. The students think that it would be beneficial because it will provide jobs and improve the community, but many of my peers believe that Sandpoint really doesn’t need an after-hours line because there isn’t a lot of crisis in Sandpoint. In all, the students that were interviewed believe that a crisis line is a good idea in that it may help people get through hard points in their lives and it may stop people from doing things that they might regret, also it is good for the town because it will provide jobs for residents, but there might not be a lot of demand for a crisis line in a town that doesn’t have a lot of crisis.

Lee Seok Ho : An Odyssey… Story By: Alistair King

Lee Seok Ho : An Odyssey… Story By: Alistair King

 

Pic 1: Multinational Gangs... Chilling with some of his new friends Photo By: Alistair King
Pic 1: Multinational Gangs… Chilling with some of his new friends
Photo By: Alistair King

Being a foreign exchange student can be a daunting task, you have to leave your family, culture, and most importantly food for a new experience that can shape the way that you think about things. Going on this adventure shows confidence, initiative, and the willingness to try new things. One new student has embarked on this journey.

Lee Seok Ho is one of the Charter School’s newest members. Arriving on Monday the 11th, he quickly became friends with several students and has since then became friends with many more. Upon asking for an interview he graciously agreed and is where we can learn about him and his home in South Korea.

 

Pic 2: From Art to Print... His name is Lee Seok Ho but he goes by Seok Ho
Pic 2: From Art to Print… His name is Lee Seok Ho but he goes by Seok Ho. Photo By: Alistair King

Lee Seok Ho originates from South Korea where he is 16 in his home but due to cultural differences he is only 15 here. He can speak Korean and English and his favorite hobbies are playing Table Tennis and Basketball. A while ago his cousin came to the area of Sandpoint and after hearing all about it he decided to visit the same area as an exchange student.

In his home in South Korea people often live in massive apartment buildings that can be up to 60 floors. He personally lives on the 27th floor with his parents. Some of the things that he’s going to miss is his Family and the South Korean food. Many things are different  between here and South Korea most of this is in the culture that he wants to experience while he is here, that and his first impression of all the snow!

 

Pic 3: Affirmative Action... People in this school seem to just love exchange students. Photo By: Alistair King
Pic 3: Affirmative Action… People in this school seem to just love exchange students. Photo By: Alistair King

Everyone should welcome Seok Ho and all the new students this year. If you haven’t already you should introduce yourself to the new students. Let’s make sure that they enjoy their time here at our school and even Sandpoint.

 

BCS National Championship… Story By: Dave Dowel

BCS National Championship
Story By: Dave Dowel

Ohio State Coach holds the New National Championship Trophy … Who is going hold this year? Photo by Allen Kee/ESPN
Ohio State Coach holds the New National Championship Trophy … Who is going hold this year? Photo by Allen Kee/ESPN

Alabama wins the BCS National Champion! The BCS National Championship started at 8:30 PM ET or 5:30 PM PT. It was between the Clemson Triger’s and the Alabama Crimson Tides.

The BCS National Championship game was a great game, it started with Alabama getting the ball first. They went 26 yards and had to punt (punting it is like drop kicking a soccer ball but a football and only on 4 down), after that  Clemson went 26 yards and had to punt as well. Alabama went 3 plays (a play or down is where the team snap (there the center hands the ball to the quarterback) and runs a pass or run) and a 50 yard run by Derrick Henry for the first score of the game going to go up 7-0. Then Alabama kicked off to Clemson, and they went 6 plays with a 31 yard throw by Deshaun Watson to Hunter Renfrow for the second score of the game to tie it 7-7. Alabama went 7 plays only to miss a field goal and Clemson got ball back. They went 7 plays and had an 11 yard throw by Deshaun Watson to Hunter Renfrow for the third score of the game to lead 14-7, after that it was the end of the 1st quarter.

Alabama got the ball and went 4 plays and punt the ball, after that Clemson went 2 plays and Eddie Jackson (safety) intercepted Deshaun Watson. Alabama went 7 plays and a 1 yard run by Derrick Henry for the fourth score of the game to tie it 14-14. For the next 4 drives Alabama punted twice and Clemson punted twice too. Clemson went 4 plays and missed a Field Goal. Alabama took a kneel (it is where the Quarterback take the ball and then place kneel on the ground to run out the clock) to go to half.

Clemson got the ball to start the second half went 3 plays and punt. Then Alabama went 3 plays and a 53 yard throw by Jake Coker to O.J Howard for the 5th score of the game to take the lead 21-14. Then Clemson went 9 plays and got a 37 yard field goal by Greg Huegel to close the lead 21-17. After that Alabama went 3 plays and punted, then Clemson went 9 plays and a 1 yard run by Wayne Gallman for the 7th score of the game to take the lead 21-24. For the 4 drives Alabama punted twice. The end of the Third quarter was in the last drive of Alabama. Clemson punted twice.

Give me 110% or keep your filthy hands off my rock… And now the Clemson Triger player touch it for luck at every home game and then run down the hill. Photo by Tony Crumpton
Give me 110% or keep your filthy hands off my rock… And now the Clemson Triger player touch it for luck at every home game and then run down the hill. Photo by Tony Crumpton

Then Alabama went 8 plays and a 33 yard field by Adam Griffith to tie the game 24-24. Alabama, after getting the field goal, they kick an onside (an onside kick there the ball as to travel 10 yard before the kicking team can touch it and if go goes past hat the and the kicking team get the get ball back) kick to get the ball back. They then went 2 plays and a 51 yard throw by Jake Coker to O.J Howard for the 9th score of the game to take the lead 31-24. Then Clemson went 6 plays and a 31 yard Field Goal by Greg Huegel to close the lead 31-27. Alabama returned a kick for a Touchdown for 95 yards by Kenyan Drake for the 11th play of game to extend the lead to 38-27, then Clemson went 8 plays and a 15 yard throw by Deshaun Watson to Artavis Scott for the 12th score of the game, to close the lead to 38-33. Then Alabama went 8 play and a 1 yard run by Derrick Henry for the 13th score of the game to extend the lead to 45-33. Next Clemson went 6 plays and a 24 yard throw by Deshaun Watson to Jordan Leggett for the 14th score of the game to close the lead to 45-40. Finally Clemson tried an onside kick to got a hold of it to get the ball back, but Alabama got it and took an kneel to win the game.

Sucking the Sun Dry… Story By: Mack Jastle

Sucking the Sun Dry…
Story By: Mack Jastle

Amid celebration and widespread appreciation of the climate deals reached at the Paris summit, we are all reminded of precisely why it took us this long to reach an agreement in the first place.

Not so sunny…A solar farm much like this one was recently declined by the Woodland City Council. Photo-by: valhallamovement.com
Not so sunny…A solar farm much like this one was recently declined by the Woodland City Council. Photo-by: valhallamovement.com

America’s stubborn denial of proven scientific concepts and generally distorted knowledge of said concepts has been a problem for long while.  This ignorance was let out in the open this past December by the North Carolina town of Woodland, who denied a proposed solar farm over concerns that it would drain the energy from the sun.

Just to be clear, solar panels do not have a draining effect upon the rays of the sun.  They merely take advantage of the rays of photons streaming over our planet; akin to wind or tidal power.  When a tidal generator collects energy from the waves, it doesn’t drain the water.

It’s the same with solar power.  I mean, it’s called renewable energy for a reason.  Now that we have that out of the way, ladies and gentlemen, get ready to bury your faces in your palms.

The city council of the town denied the request for a rezoning of a land strip from agricultural to manufacturing, a move that prevents the proposed solar farm from being built.  In the same meeting, a blanket ban on solar energy was discussed, despite the fact that three farms had previously been granted approval, with one under construction at the time of the debate.

Passed by a 3-1 majority, the vote to reject the rezoning came on request of several concerned citizens within the community.  Jane Mann, a former science teacher in the community, voiced concerns that the local vegetation would suffer due to a lack of photosynthesis, implying that the panels would be diverting the sun’s rays away from the local plant life.

Her evidence for this claim?  Plant life around the panels appears to be brown and decaying.  Horrifyingly enough, several other citizens of Woodland share this belief and oppose the proposed solar farm as a result.

That same science teacher protested the farm over concerns of

Plant Problems…Woodbury resident Jane Mann believes that the proposed solar farm will interfere with the photosynthesis of local wildlife. Photo-by: wiltshirebusinessonline.co.uk
Plant Problems…Woodbury resident Jane Mann believes that the proposed solar farm will interfere with the photosynthesis of local wildlife. Photo-by: wiltshirebusinessonline.co.uk

elevated cancer levels in the area, and more importantly, the fact that no one had tested to make sure that it wasn’t the solar panels causing them.  These fears are completely unfounded, as there is no evidence to support the claim that solar panels can cause cancer.

While the likes of UV rays the solar panels are harvesting for energy are classified as carcinogens, (i.e substances that can cause cancer), solar panels don’t increase or decrease the number of UV rays affecting an area.  This is because, again, solar panels do not suck up the rays of the sun.

However, several others citizens of the town have actually legitimate concerns about the solar farms in the area, citing lowered property values, and the slow departure of residents from the town.  Citizen Mary Hobbs stated that she had “watched it slowly become a ghost town.”  She went on, saying that her property is now surrounded by solar farms and is being devalued because of the facilities.

Digging deeper into the situation, it’s clear that it isn’t as cut and dry as it seems to be.   However, this story does illustrate the rampant misconceptions about renewable energy sources in America today.  A retired science teacher not understanding the process of photosynthesis just goes to show entrenched some are in these positions.

So hooray for another year of ignorance of basic science, and here’s to hoping 2016 will do 2015 one better.

Local Community in Uproar… Story By: Lauren Stidham

Local Community in Uproar
Story By: Lauren Stidham

Men, women, and children are desperately fleeing wars in Syria. “For many, the choice to embark on such dangerous journeys seems the only way to give their children a chance of survival and safety.” – UNHCR. Out of the Syrian population, 4.3 million of them are refugees and 6.6 million are being displaced within their own country. Half of those are children.

Man carries girl from the ashes... This young man carries Syrian girl from the rebel of a heavy shelling attack on the Douma neighborhood of Damascus on June 16, 2015.
Man carries girl from the ashes… This young man carries Syrian girl from the rebel of a heavy shelling attack on the Douma neighborhood of Damascus on June 16, 2015. Photo By: Latin Times

So how is America helping these refugees? As you probably know, the US is helping refugees by taking them into our country and supporting them with our resources. As a nation, the U.S plans on taking in 10,000 refugees this year. Even though that is a nice little number, it is quite petty compared to the situation at hand. There are close to eleven million people that are being moved from their homes, and America is taking 0.07% of them. Eventually we hope to bring in a total of 30,000 but even that is still 2% of the total.

But even though the U.S. is only taking a small part of the total burden, how will this look for the cities and culture of America? Most people instantly jump to the security risk factor. The argument for this is that we are bringing in many people who are of the same religion and race as many terrorists that have viciously launched attacks on America and her allies.

In order to try to keep an event like that from happening again, the government has put into place a background/vetting system. The refugees have to pass a series of tests so that we can ensure that they shouldn’t be a threat to society. “It is not a perfect process. There is a degree of risk attached to any screening and vetting process. We look to manage that risk as best we can,” Nicholas Rasmussen, director of the National Counterterrorism Center, said. (FOX news)

So even though the U.S. has a basic screening process that refugees must go through, it is still possible that there will be mistakes. An argument against this is that since 9/11 the United States has taken in 784,000 refugees from around the world and only three of them have been arrested for crimes related to terrorism none of them were anywhere close to actually committing an attack against America. However, not very many of these people were from religions that members had declared war on our nation in the name of their god.

The truth... This picture depicts the true conditions of which Syrian refugees live in. Photo By: MyCause
The truth… This picture depicts the true conditions of which Syrian refugees live in.
Photo By: MyCause

So it is debatable whether the refugees could prove as a risk to our country, we really can’t say. There is evidence that supports both sides. “People fear what they don’t understand…” – Andrew Smith. America can’t truly know or predict if the refugees will be a threat. But the things that can be predicted and even known include how much it will affect the economy, how much resources the U.S. will need to support them, and possibly what cultural differences it will make if refugees are to be placed in a place like Sandpoint.

Have you ever tried to find a job in Sandpoint? It may not be impossible but it isn’t overly easy either. For a few years after the refugees come, it would be much harder to find an open job for teens and other people without complete and specialized education. Suddenly there would be approximately 350* more people competing of the same jobs that high schoolers and college students want too.

Then there is housing. Where could Sandpoint possibly fit an extra 700* people? Each family would need a home that would suit their own specialized needs. The refugees don’t just need housing for 700* people, they would need housing for a large group of families. Maybe the refugees would need three five-bedroom houses, two four-bedroom houses, six studios, and ten tree-bedroom houses. The city couldn’t simply provide them one or two large buildings to all live in, because it would create a very segregated culture.

Then, if we were successful in creating a non-segregated housing situation, in order to maintain that culture Sandpoint would need to equip the schools. The schools would need teachers that could speak Arabic and English fluently so that we could effectively teach the students. The question is, where can the schools find these teachers? Arabic isn’t a commonly spoken language and not only that, but the few who do speak Arabic are likely to not be qualified teachers.

Next, Sandpoint must observe the additional resources needed to effectively provide for the refugees. They would need food, clothing, proper tools for their religion, and transportation.

Obviously food would be a huge factor, for a long period of time, the refugees would not be economically stable enough to afford food. The same applies to proper clothing, perhaps they would have some clothing with them, but it is most likely that they would not have winter boots, jackets, gloves, and hats. What about transportation? Either the government would need to upgrade the Spot buses or somehow provide them with vehicles. Now this would all add up to a major bill, but who would be funding it? Would it be footed with tax dollars? If so, just about think how much taxes would have to go up.

What about their religious needs? They would need a place to pray and worship, but how could it ever possibly be funded through tax dollars? Really, there is no constitutional way to do that.

Should Sandpoint Embrace Syrian Refugees?

  • No (53%, 21 Votes)
  • Yes (48%, 19 Votes)

Total Voters: 40

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Sugar Fast, Not So Fast… Story By: John Holmes

Sugar Fast, Not So Fast…
Story By: John Holmes

A bitter ritual is on its third term – one in which our own school chooses to participate. It is that of the sugar detox. Every year, members of our school community partake in this sugar fast. In the past, this event has been held February, but for the first time is being conducted in January. However, should this abstention of sugar completely cut out all forms of sugar, or only certain elements of a diet?

Decisions about sugar…what foods will you eat? Photo by National Institute of Health.
Decisions about sugar…what foods will you eat? Photo by National Institute of Health.

To answer this question, let’s take a look at the science of sugar. The human body only requires one form of sugar – glucose. According to Dr. Kristina Rother, a NIH pediatrician, glucose is an important source of fuel for the body. The brain requires it for energy. As the European Food Information Council states, an average-weight human needs to consume around 200 grams of glucose a day, a third of which is used for brain energy.

However, the body can manufacture glucose simply by digesting carbohydrates, proteins, and fats. You don’t need the candy bars to gain your energy.

But what about natural sugars? Can you eat these in the detox?

Many different foods – such as fruits, vegetables, and milk – have natural sugars in them. These sugars are much healthier than the processed kind, and they also have many nutrients. For example, an apple has approximately 10.39 grams of sugar (according to the USDA), but they also have many minerals and can be beneficial to your health.

Now what are some of the side effects of this sugar diet?

The main repercussion of a sugar detox is sugar withdrawal. Eating is a pleasurable experience to our bodies, triggering the release of dopamine, which is the chemical that causes us to feel rewarded. This process is especially susceptible to sweet flavors. This is because sweetness tells our brain that a food, at least in the natural world, contains carbohydrates.

Sugar…how does it affect you? Photo by WeKnowOurDreams.com.
Sugar…how does it affect you? Photo by WeKnowOurDreams.com.

Most of the food we consume today, however, have large amounts of sugar. The greater amount of sweetness causes a greater amount of dopamine release, giving our brains a chemical “high.”

When we eat less sugar, less dopamine is produced. Our brains want that higher amount of dopamine produced, so they respond with a sugar withdrawal.

What are some of the symptoms of a sugar withdrawal? In a 2002 study, scientists at Princeton University fed Male rats large amounts of sugar, and then deprived them of it for 24 hours. After the rats were deprived of the sugar, they began to show signs of withdrawal, including paw tremors, reduced time in a maze, and anxiety. According to the results, the anxiety levels suggested a dependence on sugar, similar to the effect one gets form nicotine.

Now that you know the science of the detox, it is up to you to decide. Do you want to completely rid your diet of sugar, or will you only subtract certain sources of sugar? It is your choice.