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Interview with Beet and Basil… Story by Leah Roth

Sandpoint has had its cornerstone restaurants around for decades, serving their trademark dishes and family comfort food for as long as locals can remember. However, when coming up with the idea for their restaurant, owners Jeremy and Jessica Holzapfel wanted to do something unique.

“There [were] a lot of different people that wanted to come into this space but…what it came down to was they were all high end fine dining restaurants again…they do higher end food, but we aren’t that …we prefer to bring alternative food into town and to fill a niche that never existed, or fill a niche that existed but that no one ever attempted to fill.”

After working for a variety of different restaurants both here and in Seattle, Jessica began to experiment with different exotic ingredients and spices.

“…we would leave town to find Indian food, to go get Pho, to go get Malaysian fried rice. We’d go to the international district in Seattle and walk around and try random things that we have no idea what it is because it’s not in English and then decipher what it is once we’re eating it…as we went to spice stores, she (Jessica) would open the different spices and smell them. She bought endless spices just to try, to experiment. So…for the last decade our house was like a constant array of different smells. You felt like you were in a different country every other day when you walked in our house just because of how intense the spice aromas were, because she’d be stewing something or something would be brining. She’s not afraid of spice, but she also learned how to balance it, and that’s really great for these dishes that she does here.”

While living in Seattle, they had an idea for a restaurant.

“So Beet and Basil was an idea that we’d had when we were a little bit younger in Seattle. Jessica had been bouncing around kitchens in Seattle, kind of learning on the fly… she started working at a bunch of different restaurants in Seattle, and she worked at this one ‘Poppy’ up on Capitol Hill, and it was an Indian fusion restaurant. The [chef] of the restaurant was (also) the chef at a really famous restaurant called ‘The Herb Farm’ (which) has a farm on premises, (and the restaurant is located) outside of Seattle. They harvest all of their own herbs and all these different things so they can integrate them into the dishes, and the dishes are very high end, fine dining. So as she was working for him in Seattle…they had people that just brought them strawberries, and they had…several people that brought them mushrooms and that foraged for them in the mountains.

Goblet of Fire… the spicy Chicken Vindaloo Bowl features a myriad of Indian spices
Goblet of Fire… the spicy Chicken Vindaloo Bowl features a myriad of Indian spices

So Jessica would receive all of this food and then it would become dishes and specials that the chef would come up with, and Jessica was a line cook at the time and so she would just make whatever she was told to and…it was super inspiring for her, but even there it was like she wanted to learn more. She just kept moving to different restaurants around the city and learned from all of these different chefs that happened to be in Seattle. While we were there we started to develop a concept, and we wanted to do a food truck. Then as we were developing this food truck…about 6 years, maybe even 7 or 8 years ago now, we also were like, ‘Wouldn’t it be amazing to bring all these flavors back to Sandpoint?’”

A few years later, they did just that and launched the Beet and Basil Bus in 2016. Parked in front of Evan’s Brother’s, the food truck was wildly successful and soon gained a local reputation. They sold food from May to October, and had planned to open for another season this year. However, fate had something better in mind.

“…we did the food truck and we weren’t sure how that was going to be received, so we did a lot of social media before we opened, we had a lot of friends in Sandpoint, because we’re from here, and we both moved here. She moved here when she was 15 and I moved here when I was 16, so we kind of grew up here in our 20’s and we’ve made endless roots here. So the truck did amazing like it was shocking how many people – we only survived on locals because we were parked in front of Evan’s Brother’s in the parking lot, kind of away from everything, didn’t have money to advertise so we used social media and word of mouth. I was still running the Starbucks store, between the two stores at the time, and so trying to support her and the truck, and then Jessica was also the chef at Spud’s when she opened the truck, so she would run the truck service and be open from 11 o’clock to 4 o’clock at the truck and go and open Spud’s for dinner at 5. She was working like 13 to 14 hours like 5 to 6 days a week and it was really crazy and really trying, but we were basically taking as much money as we could and putting it into creating this concept.”

Unlike typical restaurants, their diverse menu is ever changing.

“She never went to culinary school. She started as a dishwasher, actually at where Trinity is now, it was called The Beach House and that was in like 2000 or 1999. At the same time she started working at Spud’s and was a sandwich girl…At that time, Jessica hated tomatoes and sprouts and mushrooms and any seafood, like endless things, it was crazy. We started dating back then. Then she started working her way through kitchens here and quickly became a line cook at Spud’s…She would get bored over time doing the same food. Restaurants in Sandpoint tend to be very static, as far as like the food that they make…but I’m a super foodie and I have been since I was young. My mom was a pastry chef and I’ve been exposed to a lot of food from everywhere my whole life. So when Jessica and I started dating, I cooked mostly and so it was like whatever I felt like cooking and then she’d try it and we’d be kind of falling in love with all kinds of foods, and as she was kind of moving around, basically we ended up moving to Seattle because certain circumstances brought us there.”

Little Bowl of Asia… Vietnamese Pho Chay noodle soup
Little Bowl of Asia… Vietnamese Pho Chay noodle soup

Today you can explore the flavors of the world right from their dining room. North African Harrisa Shakshuka, Indian Chicken Vindaloo, Vietnamese Pho Chay, Malaysian Rendang Beef Curry, Cuban Press Pulled Pork Sandwiches, Korean Chicken Fried Steak Sandwiches–one of my personal favorites–and more are available for under $25.

“Our customers are accepting of our menu. They’ve learned it, they have their favorites. And we’ve kept what we call the five favorites from the bus and they’re on the menu always, so you can get them at lunch or dinner, they’re always there. But the rest of the menu changes, and now that everybody’s kind of gotten used to our menu, we’re actually going to expand it coming up here. Every month there’ll be a menu that has four or six different items on it, and they’ll stay on the menu for a month at a time so that the kitchen gets used to making those items and it isn’t a constant game of retraining and retraining everybody that’s working every shift. For our customers it’ll be a lot more exciting because for that whole month they can be sure that we’ll have those items, and they’ll actually be able to count on that fact. But we’re also going to use the larger menu template so we can showcase local farms [and] businesses that we work with.”

Not only is it delicious, many of the ingredients are organic and locally sourced.

“At home we eat mostly organic produce, we try not to eat very much processed food whatsoever… What we believe in is that our dollar is our vote. Yes, we had to pay more for the organic food. Yes, we had to pay more for this beef because it came from a local ranch. Yes, we had to do these different things and it cut into our budget, and it was more expensive, but it was also our vote… So here we are on a larger stage, and we buy thousands of dollars in food. We get to make that vote with a larger dollar, and we make our food purveyors find us these things or we search them out and we find the locals that will grow us different crops…It reminds me of what ‘The Herb Farm’ was and what ‘Poppy’ that Jessica worked for, the same chef, where he would go out and harvest the herbs from out back.”

Everything is done with the customer in mind.

“What we’ve learned is that people really like our food, and we get rave reviews on our food. We have opportunity with our service sometimes and with our hosting, and getting people set. But what that teaches me is those are high expectations, and I… don’t want to fail those expectations when people are telling their friends to come here.

So the only thing we can do is to not rest on our laurels and to continuously work to get better. To look for every single problem and make it be an opportunity to fix it, and have an open mind and not try to get caught up and frustrated in the day to day stresses of the restaurant, like customer flow and all these things. We have to come back to center and be like “How do we make this fun?” every day. [Sic]

But I like taking care of problems and problem solving. That’s probably my favorite thing…we have these compostable little plastic containers that we do to-go Pho soup in, and the Pho is really hot, like extremely hot to the point that it starts to melt the [plastic]. So we actually had to re-source and we found a new container that has a honey wax in it so it’ll actually break down that will actually preserve that paper. So it’s pretty awesome, I’m like “Okay. Yup. There we go. There it is right there, this is exactly what we’ve been looking for.” It’ll eliminate the spill for the customer, which elevates that customer experience, and makes it so that they don’t question ever ordering that item because they’re afraid that it’s going to spill in their car like it has in mine.

Come Visit!... Beet and Basil is located at 105 S 1st Ave in Sandpoint, ID
Come Visit!… Beet and Basil is located at 105 S 1st Ave in Sandpoint, ID

So just problem solving little things like that makes the customer experience better, makes them able to trust everything about the product. It seems so little, but when you are doing that all day every day, evaluating and fixing all these little things, it becomes a huge thing.”

 

He’ll even refer them to other restaurants in the area.

“…it’s amazing what word of mouth does. The businesses on this strip alone, sending people here this summer, is where everyone came from. They’d be like, “Where should we go eat?” and they’d be like, “Go to Beet and Basil.” The pizza place was telling people to come here! If you didn’t want pizza, they were like, “Oh, go over [there].” Even Ivano’s was doing it, they were sending people here. And we would send people [there]. I’d have people come in here so shocked by the menu, like it scares them, and if I can tell I’m not going to win them, I’ll instantly refer them to our sister restaurants. If it’s lunchtime, I’ll send them down to [City Beach] Organics, and I’ll send them to Spud’s, and I’ll send them down to McDuff’s Brewery. At dinnertime I’ll send them over to Ivano’s and be like, “They have Italian food here…” and I’ll explain the menus of each of the restaurants because that’s another huge thing.

I am not jealous of any restaurant, and I’m not trying to compete with any restaurant. I’m trying to fill a niche that isn’t filled, and be the other option.

Our number one mission is to stick to our values and also deliver on our concept, and to fill that niche that’s missing—or that’s there. So, to actually bring exciting new flavors and ethically source those ingredients, and figure out ways that we can do this using sustainable products.

And also, if I could give one piece of advice that I’ve learned through all my time…is never burn a bridge. Never burn a bridge…and always make sure you have good work ethic. Those are so important, and they have opened up so many opportunities for us because we hold true to those different values and it’s amazing what it does.”

Beet and Basil is a great restaurant run by even greater people. The next time you’re looking to eat something new, stop by in downtown Sandpoint for a unique dining experience.

All Photos by Lauren Roth

Picture 1: Goblet of Fire… the spicy Chicken Vindaloo Bowl features a myriad of Indian spices. Photo by Lauren Roth

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Picture 3: Come Visit!… Beet and Basil is located at 105 S 1st Ave Sandpoint, ID. Photo by Lauren Roth

Cover Photo by Lauren Roth

Rules of Making Money… Story by Eliza Lister

In the middle of last trimester, the FBCS craft fair showed off student businesses and creations and gave the economics class an opportunity to make money. This lead to Bird Eye News to ask a local CEO and internet businessman, Tony Lister, the rules to make money.

According to Tony Litster, one of two things to make more money. You have to “reach more people or you have to solve a bigger problem.” In solving a bigger problem “they are more valuable to the company” therefore getting paid more. When you reach more people you are able to “duplicate the effort.” And now there’s a handful of skills involved in making more money.

Communication is “understanding what really makes people tick. What you see is not what you get.  Most people are children in adult bodies. Instead of trying to talk to the adult to learn what actually driving the show in the child, what’s really going on behind the scenes.

Hang in there… Some of a students designs for the craft fair hanging from a tree
Hang in there… Some of a students designs for the craft fair hanging from a tree

This brings in fears. It brings in insecurities. It brings in inner dialogue. It brings in screwed up stories they have about themselves. When you communicate to the person’s pain, you actually get somewhere.”

When it comes to sales the truth is people “always selling.” When you do a job interview you’re selling. When you show up at work to perform you’re selling. When you’re in a meeting with your colleagues you’re selling. When you’re on a project, you’re selling. So learning the basic skills of selling is invaluable because they’re always selling themselves. “Life is selling, so it’s critical you understand how to present it.”

Negotiation is where you will make the very most money in the shortest amount of time out of any job that you can do. And people miss that. The simplest negotiating skill is to point out a reason why some things are flawed and ask for a discount.

“I just did a sale on land for my client and the guy went from 2 million to 1.5 million in a conversation that lasted 45 minutes. So in 45 minutes we saved a half a million dollars. In what job could you generate that kind of revenue, in 45 minutes? Then you follow up with a question: is that the best you can do? That question alone, how many seconds does it take to say, “is that the best you can do?” After asking these seven words and most people will think of a way they can do better.”

Student Businesses... The economics class used these skills at the craft fair last November
Student Businesses… The economics class used these skills at the craft fair last November

The last one is marketing. What is marketing? There’s a difference between sales and marketing. Sales is the “actual transaction of selling something.” Marketing is building the “story” around it. Learning how to tell the story in a way that it “reaches the emotions of the person who has that need.” That’s what marketing is. Marketing is the story telling.

On, “it is the story telling” Litster says “if that person learns communication and they learn sales and they learning negotiating and they learn marketing and they suddenly become the most effective at their job cuz they’re able to listen to what’s not being said and pay attention to it. Suddenly they add more value than just their role.” That’s the key to becoming invaluable to the company.

Although most schools aren’t doing much to teach these skills there is effort on the teacher’s part in schools such as Forrest Bird Charter School. Mr. Webber’s economics class and craft fair are a wonderful showcase of teaching these skills in a high school.

All Photos by Kai Eagley00

 

Racism in Sandpoint… Story by Luke Krautkremer

Ever since April of 2017, as well as some activities before this, fliers have been reported across town depicting racist drawings of African American, Hispanic, and Jewish men with over exaggerated proportions to make them look related to various stereo types. At the very top of these fliers is a picture of your average white family. The fliers do not only have the racist images; they also have some racist remarks, such as “Don’t believe Jewish and Liberal LIES/ RACE IS REAL/ Keep Idaho Safe… Keep Idaho clean… Keep Idaho WHITE” and underneath each of the caricatures is the word “NO!”

Racist flyers in Sandpoint...One of many flyers that have been, and continues to be, placed all around Sandpoint. Photo by: KrisS on Twitter
Racist flyers in Sandpoint…One of many flyers that have been, and continues to be, placed all around Sandpoint. Photo by: KrisS on Twitter

These events have been, naturally, very alarming to the community in, and around, Sandpoint. Mayor Shelby Rognstad has also been a target of the racist propagandists. Mayor Rognstad has received a photo shopped image of himself in a gas chamber with a Nazi cartoon frog referred to on the internet as “Pepe” ready to flip the switch. Initially, the activities were simply planned on being ignored as no actual laws were being broken. But, then came the events on August 12, in Charlottesville, Virginia. The activities began to become more and more frequent, according to Mayor Rognstad “It’s almost been on a daily basis the last couple of weeks,” and “My hunch is that it’s just one or two people trying to get as much attention as possible,”. “Initially, the attitude was to ignore them. But now, since Charlottesville and these fliers now being distributed every day, it’s time to speak up.” Said Mayor Rognstad. (Interview taken from The Spokesman Review)

Love lives here... Posters have popped up around town to counter racist rhetoric
Love lives here… Posters have popped up around town and in newspapers to counter racist rhetoric

Scott D. Rhodes was identified after being caught on surveillance footage placing propaganda CDs on students’ windshields at Sandpoint High school. It’s unlikely that he will be charged with any crime as his actions do not infringe upon “Free Speech”. However, he is also a suspect in a case in Alexandria, Virginia where, in last Fall, the Mayor of Alexandria and other city council members received racist and anti-Semitic phone calls including a recording of Adolf Hitler from a number linked to Scott’s phone.

While these fliers have been put around Sandpoint for over a year now, this has not divided the community. The town of Sandpoint has continued to fight against these racist activities putting up posters with the phrase “Love Lives Here” showing support, for equality. While there may be some people who choose to be hateful, the majority of the community will not tolerate it, and will continue to support all people regardless of race, religion, sexuality, and circumstances.

Drug Commercial Apocalypse… Story by Catherine Ross

In 2015, $357 million dollars were spent in TV advertisement for the prescription drug Humira. This was the drug that had the most advertising based on money alone. It’s no secret that drug commercials are primarily shown on every channel. They can vary from allergies to things dealing with Schizophrenia, however they are all based around the general idea of appealing to their audience.

TV viewers are slowly dropping as they are going to other sources for entertainment, but the amount of viewers is still high enough to the point that drug advertisements are continuously being shown. These commercials are slowly stirring up more controversies each day. USA TODAY states that these controversies are becoming more popular due to the fact that the drugs that are being advertised are rather expensive or have a “limited practicality for the average patient-viewer”.

Pic 2: Lyrica Probably Isn’t For You... Lyrica is a drug which helps with diabetic nerve pain, but can be very unaffordable. https://www.pbs.org/newshour/health/drug-commercials-like-prescription-costs-rise
Pic 2: Lyrica not for you?… Lyrica is a drug which helps with diabetic nerve pain, but isn’t cheap.

Promoting drugs that have a high price, or are impractical, doesn’t seem to concern the drug advertisement department as they are only continuing to publish these ads. For example, the drug Lyrica costs $400 per 60 capsules, meaning that those who really need the drug may be unable to afford to keep the prescription going. Another factor that is changing within the advertisement is actually the side-effects that one may experience when taking the drugs. The commercials are focused primarily on things that will speak to the patient-viewers that are struggling with the disorder or issue the drug can correct.

For example, allergy commercials promote that once you start taking the allergy medication, you will be able to do things you used to be unable to do, such as playing with animals, walking around in the springtime, etc. This is something that someone with strong allergies would naturally be attracted to. However, when listing the side-effects, the commercial will divert the viewer’s attention with aesthetically pleasing pictures or videos, alongside pleasant music so that they don’t have their full attention on what the side effects actually are, therefore missing the major issues the drug may cause.

The Owl Has Spoken... XYZAL came out with a new .allergy medication in 2015, which allows you to take it at night. https://www.framestore.com/work/wise-owl
Owl Adverts… XYZAL came out with a new allergy medication for night www.framestore.com/work/wise-owl

While drug commercials aren’t the only ones guilty of this technique, the products they are promoting can be dangerous if the viewer isn’t completely aware of the side effects they may be facing. Now before getting a prescription, patients must speak to their doctors about it, to see if it is best for them. However it seems to be growing more common that the patient’s want overpowers the doctor’s advice. The Placebo Effect is then put into motion. Due to the fact that patients are determined to get the medicine prescribed to them, they begin to develop ‘symptoms’ that would make their doctor more likely to let them have the prescription.

This can be unwise, especially if the patient’s financial situation isn’t the best as prescription prices are getting higher and higher every year. Despite the things that are happening, the drug advertisement business isn’t slowing down. Whether or not they will change their tactics is still unknown, but in the meantime, viewers are advised to make sure to properly research and discuss the drug they are interested in becoming prescribed to. www.pbs.org/newshour/ health/drug-commercials-like-prescription-costs-rise

New Stadium in Town… Story by Vaughn Kinman

With as popular as the stadium was during the festival at Sandpoint, the new bleachers were competing with the musicians themselves for the attention of the people. When asked in a survey, around 58% people said it was a good idea, mainly because of the safety hazards that the old ones provided. “I thought it was time for something new, glad that ended up that way” one person added.

A New Vision... Barlow stadium as envisioned in 2015. Photo By: LPOSD
A New Vision… Barlow stadium as envisioned in 2015, before the renovation. Photo By: LPOSD

However, the new stands weren’t favored by some, around 25% of surveyed people answered no. Most of the surveyees said that it was because of the nostalgia that went hand and hand with the old bleachers.  They are planning on replacing the grass with something, whether it be real grass or AstroTurf is undecided. If they do plan on replacing the grass, then it is estimated that it will be done around 2018. It will also include a new gate system that covers the new entrance. The new way the entrance is designed will change the way the gates work.

However, voters may need to ask themselves if the city is moving beyond the original measure proposed to them to remodel the Memorial Field bleachers. The bleachers are being paid for by an extra 1% sales tax which is being charged at grocery stores and farmers’ market. This tax was approved in late 2015, and plans to run its course by 2020. It had been planned to generate another $2.7 million for the town in order to fund the project over the 5 years it should be in effect.

Under Construction... The new stadium was being built all through the past winter. Photo By: SHS Athletics
Under Construction… The new stadium was being built all through the past winter. Photo By: SHS Athletics

It’s also worth remembering that residents did vote for this tax overwhelmingly, at 73% approving.

Recently, the locker rooms underneath the stadium have been unveiled. This will likely be warmed received by Sandpoint High School teams who use the stadium, including the baseball, soccer, and football groups. It has also hosted graduations, ceremonies, and festivals that drive in tourism and as a result improve the economy. It’s also worth remembering that the program was initiated by failure to meet safety codes for the bleachers, and so was a necessity to keep the stadium running.

Let it Snow in Sandpoint… Story by Catherine Ross

Sandpoint, Idaho is a popular destination during the summer, but it’s also very popular in the winter, due to the heavy amounts of snowfall and the exciting activities that one can do. Snow is normally in abundance anywhere from mid-December to February, and sometimes it stretches out beyond that. There are many winter activities that Sandpoint has to offer, meaning a winter break has all sorts of possibilities to be exciting.

Western Pleasure Guest Ranch is becoming increasingly popular due to the fact they offer not only cabins to stay in alongside log lodge rooming, but also horse drawn sleigh rides. Snowshoeing or cross-country skiing are available, taking you on a course through the foothills of the Cabinet Mountain Range, giving one irreplaceable memories.

Schweitzer Mountain is the most popular destination in Sandpoint during the winter months due to the 92 trails it has to offer. Photo By: https://www.skiidaho.us/resorts/schweitzer
At the Winter Carnival, the keg pull race is a popular event, as various dogs will compete to be the first to cross the finish line. Photo By: sandpointwintercarnival.com

The Selkirk Powder Company, offers snowmobile tours throughout the back country of Schweitzer Mountain which is actually in the Selkirk Mountain Range.

There are two options for the tours, one being the half day tour, the other being a full day tour which will take you to the other side of the mountain range, all the way into Priest River.

There are a few unique ways to explore the winter landscape of Sandpoint, one of these ways being Flatbiking. What exactly is a Flatbike? This is a bike that was specifically designed with oversized tires so that it can be used off-road and in the snow. The best place for this is Schweitzer Mountain, as there various trails that you can access even during the winter. Not only that, but there are also 92 skiing trails and 9 lifts that make it possible to explore the majority of the mountain.

Schweitzer Mountain is the most popular destination in Sandpoint during the winter months due to the 92 trails it has to offer. Photo By: https://www.skiidaho.us

There are also other options if you are not up for exploring the mountain, such as snow tubing, and looking through the various establishments that the village has to offer. There’s also housing options up on the mountain, such as a hotel, but also cabins. Schweitzer Mountain has a lot of fun activities to offer, making it the most popular place to visit in Sandpoint during the winter season.

However, the must see event that happens every year, is the Sandpoint Winter Carnival. This has been going on for 43 years, taking place in the Panhandle of Idaho, with plenty of different things for one to view or participate in. During the day, there are outdoor activities that you can watch, such as the Keg Pull. During the night, fireworks are displayed, and live music is played at various restaurants. This year the 2018 festival will be held on February 16th through the 25th, and people are already counting down the days for winter activities as Sandpoint had its first snowfall on November 11th. So what do you plan on doing this winter?

 

Larsons Department Store… Story by Lydia Martin

Larson’s, a 3 chain department store here in North Idaho, has been around since the 1940s. There are 3 store locations, one in downtown Sandpoint, one in downtown Bonners Ferry and one in downtown Grangeville. The store located in Sandpoint is generally acknowledged as the oldest business in Sandpoint.

Halloween at Larsons… Larsons now manager infront of the Larsons Sandpoint store during Halloween. Photo By: Kai Eagley
Halloween at Larsons… Larsons now manager in front of the Larsons Sandpoint store during Halloween. Photo By: Kai Eagley

Larsons, whose current owner is Dick Larson, started as a partnership store with Jennestad’s store in 1908, located just down the street from the current Larson’s store. Then Dick’s father Lloyd and his uncle Thor bought the J.A Foster & Co. store in 1940, and started their first store.

In 1964, Lloyd then bought out Thor’s share of the store and replaced him with his son Dick. Dick has been working there ever since. In 1970 the Larsons bought the building on First Ave from Jim and Page Parsons. Then in 1978 Lloyd Larson retired and Dick took over as general manager of the store.

In 2000 Dick Larson and his wife Linda bought the old J.C Penny’s store in Bonners Ferry next to the Post Office. After remodeling, they opened the Bonner’s store. In 2010 Dick and Linda purchased the old Miller hardware store in downtown Grangeville, from John and Annelle Urbahn. After another remodeling they opened the third store in October of 2010.

Entrenched Legacy... Larsons Clothing Store is one of the oldest buisnesses in Sandpoint. Photo By: Kai Eagley
Entrenched Legacy… Larsons Clothing Store is one of the oldest buisnesses in Sandpoint. Photo By: Kai Eagley

Currently Larson’s store is doing well, but as with many small clothing stores, its biggest competition is Online shopping, as said by the current manager Lindsey Larson.  Online shopping is a major industry and sometimes it’s a hindrance to small businesses. They have about 10-12 employees in Sandpoint and in all three stores combined about 22-24 employees.

If you’re looking for a job, Larsons loves High school students who come and work for them. Anyone who’s out going, loves clothes and knows how to run a computer.  If you are interested in going to Larsons, make sure to check out one of their three stores.

Holiday Bazaar at FBCS… Story by Aurora Reishus

Date: November 11, 2017

Time: 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

Location: Forrest Bird Charter School, High School Building

The Holiday Bazaar, or Economics Craft Fair, was created by Mark Webber, the Economics teacher at Forrest Bird Charter School. Mr. Webber came up with the idea of a craft fair for his Economics class back when he taught at the Mitchell School in Oregon (2008-2010). He reintroduced the idea when he started teaching the Economics class at FBCS seven years ago. For the first three years of the Craft Fair, Mr. Webber was in charge of the event; four years ago the local Sandpoint Farmers’ Market joined the Holiday Bazaar as well.

Products at the fair…A photo showing some of the products that will be at the Bazaar this year. Photo by: Kai Eagley
Products at the fair…A photo showing some of the products that will be at the Bazaar this year. Photo by: Kai Eagley

At the Holiday Bazaar, one will be sure to see a large variety of goods for sale.  Some of the products available this year at the Holiday Bazaar will be: baked goods, musical CD’s, wooden crafts, art, musical instruments, cards, as well as many other goods including home decor products. To find out about all the other products that will be available at this year’s Holiday Bazaar on the 11th of November come to the craft fair at Forrest Bird Charter School.

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Directions:

The location of the Forrest Bird Charter School is 614 S Madison Ave, Sandpoint, ID. To get to the school from the North by Walmart in Ponderay, ID, first head onto Kootenai Cutoff Road and turn left (south) down US-95 S until about a mile and turn onto the Sandpoint exit on the right. At the stop sign turn right to head into the town of Sandpoint. Once in Sandpoint you’ll go through three traffic lights. After the third light you’ll turn west (right) onto Highway 2. Then you’ll see the traffic light on Boyer; go through it and then turn left at the next traffic light onto Division, Once on Division you’ll turn at the green sign that says, “Sandpoint Charter School”.

What street?...A MapQuest image of the school to help you find your way. Photo by: MapQuest

If coming from 210 E Superior Street, turn right (west) onto First Avenue, then take a left onto Lake Street (near Panhandler Pies). After going through a few stop signs turn left onto Euclid and then continue until the T-intersection where you’ll turn right onto Ontario. Stay on Ontario until you turn left onto Division where you’ll head down the road with the green “Sandpoint Charter School” sign. Once at the Charter School location, the high school will be the bigger building on the right.

 

 

Winter is Coming… Story by Catherine Ross

Winters in Northern Idaho aren’t something to make light of, especially not in Sandpoint. The average amount of snowfall in Sandpoint, Idaho is 57.7 inches. That’s almost five feet of snow. However recently our winters have been filled with less snow, but rather lower temperatures and even more rain than snow. The winter of 2017-2018 is predicted to have lower temperature and wetter weather, as stated by EarthSky. The reason for this is because of La Niña, which is a phase of El Niño and brings in cooler than average sea surface temperatures in the central and eastern tropical pacific ocean.

Due to the fact La Niña is supposed to hit Northern Idaho this year, it’s causing some concern. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is worried about La Niña, due to it being the “biggest wildcard” for this year’s winter. NOAA also pointed out that fact that La Niña has a 55% to 56% of developing before our winter even officially begins. Which means everyone should prepare for what this weather will bring.

1940 Winter... Sandpoint has been getting heavy snow for decades. Photo By: sandpoint.com
1940 Winter… Sandpoint has been getting heavy snow for decades. Photo By: sandpoint.com

In Northern Idaho, power outages aren’t an uncommon appearance, so being prepared for a possible storm is a must. However, these power outages can last much longer than a couple of days, which is why North Idaho residences should be prepared for a maximum of three weeks without power. Below will be a list of supplies you and your family will need for staying home during a winter storm, and tips on to be the most comfortable when doing so.

Food and water are essential, meaning they should be the first things for you to think about. You need to rationally ask yourself ‘could I survive three weeks off of this?’ and if you say no, then you should go shopping. Water is very important, not only for drinking but also for cleaning dishes and flushing your toilet. The average amount of water used is 80 to 100 gallons of water per day. So if you rule out showering, the amount of gallons used drop considerably, but you still need enough water to last you and your family for a maximum of three weeks and prevent dehydration.

This means you should fill up a minimum of two six gallon jugs of water, four clean, five gallon buckets, which will be used for flushing your toilet. The current environmentally friendly toilets will take about one gallon in order to flush. If you find yourself running out of water, see how much water your hot water tank has and drain it out using a garden hose. Taking care of your food is very important as it has to last you just like water. Transferring any refrigerated or frozen foods into a large cooler and placing them in an easily accessible place out in the snow is ideal to keep your food fresh.

Warm Interior... A Kerosene Heater such as this can warm up your house during the winter. Photo By: Space Heater Reviews
Warm Interior… A Kerosene Heater such as this can warm up your house during the winter. Photo By: Space Heater Reviews

Camping gear is extremely useful in these situations. Purchasing things such as lanterns and propane cooking stove will make life much more comfortable for you. If you do invest in a propane cooking stove or a table top gas grill, make sure they aren’t electric, you will need around half a dozen (6) propane bottles in order to last you throughout the period of the power outage. However you must make sure that there is ventilation in the room that you are using these stoves in or else the risk of carbon monoxide poisoning increases tenfold. Opening a window slightly will create enough ventilation for you though.

For heating, make sure that the first thing you do is close off any unneeded rooms, in order to conserve heat. Stuff any towels or rags into cracks underneath doors to keep as much heat inside of the home as you can. Hanging black curtains on windows can also help as black absorbs the heat from the sun. Using a wood stove or fireplace are some of the most effective ways to heat your home. However a kerosene heater is another option, just make sure that it isn’t electric. Having warm and soft blankets are important as well for a comfortable night, but down sleeping bags can also be used.

However the most expensive thing you should definitely consider purchasing is a generator. Now, you will have to ask yourself if you do in fact need one and if you do, then you will need to plan on not using the generator too often. This is so that you will only be using non-ethanol gas and a fuel stabilizer, which makes it much easier for the generator to start. Make sure that you choose a generator that fits you the best, both in terms of needs and price. There are more expensive types, such as Honda generators which are quiet, making it more comfortable to be around. However, there are so many types, so it’s best that you go and see which one will suit you and your situation the best. Being comfortable and safe in your own home is one of the most important things after all.

So, will you be prepared for this winter?

 

Opioid Epidemic… Story by Catherine Ross

An epidemic. That’s what it’s being called. Why is this? It is being called an epidemic because 100 Americans are dying everyday due to opioid overdose, which means within a span of one month, 3,000 Americans will die. What exactly is an opioid? It’s a drug, however it’s not an illegal one. It’s a prescription drug. This drug is prescribed by local doctors and hospitals across the United States due to the fact it’s a cheaper option for their patients. This drug is used as a painkiller, for things ranging from broken bones, to chronic illnesses or diseases which cause the patient pain.

Opioids give a similar effect to that of morphine, which means it’s really good for those who are constantly hurting. Or at least that’s what the public thought. In actuality, opioids are highly addictive drugs, which can cause patient after patient to overdose. The dosage of the addictive drug increased this year, which is why the death count is much higher than before.

Mapping Opioids... From 2015, this map shows how the opioids overdoses increased considerably (Photo by: CDC)
Mapping Opioids… From 2015, this map shows how the opioids overdoses increased considerably (Photo by: CDC)

In 2015, 33,091 people died due to opioid overdose. Now, the death count is said to be higher than ever, as reported by CNN and the Washington Post, although no details on the death count have been released.

The addiction is spreading like wildfire, causing popular pharmacies to limiting the prescription refills to one week. One of the biggest pharmacies in the U.S, CVS, put a restriction on opioid prescription refills. But is it really stopping the issue? According to an article by the New York Times, the opioids are causing fear and panic to blossom in everyone. Patients are beginning to refuse to purchase these drugs. The prices on the opioids are lowering, but more and more people are becoming scared and are either spending a large sum of money on hospital prescribed drugs, or are choosing nothing at all. So on top of the painful overdoses, people are beginning to prefer constant pain rather than risk becoming addicted.

But is the addiction really that addictive or is it just tailored towards the same type of people? The effects that all opioid drugs can have, causes people much pain and suffering. However, pharmaceutical opioid drugs aren’t the only ones becoming a problem now. Non-prescription opioids have been becoming popular since 2010.

Overflowing Opioids… Various pill forms of opioids that are prescribed to those with chronic pains. (Photo by: Healthline)
Overflowing Opioids…
Various pill forms of opioids that are prescribed to those with chronic pains. (Photo by: Healthline)

The Commission on Combating Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis made an announcement which compared the opioid epidemic to that of September 11th.“With approximately 142 Americans dying every day, America is enduring a death toll equal to September 11th every three weeks,” So what exactly is the United States doing to help this epidemic?

The president of the United States made a statement in August that it is considered a national emergency. The death toll is only climbing each day, which means more lives are lost and more families are destroyed. The problem is still at hand, and it’s only continuing to get worse. When will it stop? When will it no longer be an epidemic? Nobody can guarantee when the epidemic will cease to exist, but if it doesn’t get much more attention, it could very well wipe out far more people than it currently is.

If you or someone you know is currently taking opioids such as fentanyl, codeine, morphine, and opium and are experiencing symptoms of addiction, please don’t be afraid to contact this hotline. It’s important to get help as soon as possible as this addiction is extremely dangerous and more often than not, fatal. If you do find yourself or a loved one in a fatal situation due to opioid overdose, please call 911 immediately.

Opioid Hotline: 1-888-538-9831