YOU DON’T HAVE TO BE A SKIER to enjoy all that Schweitzer Mountain Resort has to offer. One such occasion for skiers and non skiers alike will take place on January 13 as the Schweitzer Mountain Community Association hosts a torchlight parade down Jam Session followed by an amazing fireworks show in the village. But don’t let the fun stop there. There will also be music to enjoy up in Taps Lounge following the festivities.
If you want to be part of the torchlight parade, Schweitzer is opening up the 70 spaces first to its employees. The spots that are not filled will then be offered to guests. The requirements are that one is at least an intermediate skier or snowboarder, must be at least 18 years of age and sign a release form, and must have a valid lift ticket or season pass. If you are a Schweitzer employee, the requirement is that you must not be working at the time, with the exception of approved ski patrol.
2008 WAS A HORRIBLE YEAR for the American economy. Large companies were laying off employees by the thousands leading to unemployment rates higher than they had been since the great depression. Places like Las Vegas, Phoenix and Southern Florida watched their housing markets go belly up and building come to a complete standstill. It was truly one of the most difficult economic crises in our nation’s history. Tax credits and historically low interest rates were offered to right the ship, and though many places never fully recovered, the overall state of the housing market is vastly more stable 10 years later.
There are dozens of factors that have lead to recovery and stabilization, and far fewer people are under water on their mortgage or facing pre-foreclosure. The hope is that consumerand lender both learned from the experienceso as it not to happen again; something onlytime will tell.
WHEN DEALING WITH LOSS of a loved one, difficulty in raising a family, questions of faith and other stresses in life, many turn to their religious leaders for comforting, guidance and spiritual resurgence. These pastors, missionaries, youth pastors and other church leaders have chosen a life devoted to helping others and bringing people back up from low moments in their lives. They aren’t in it for the money but for the betterment of society through belief in their faith. What might be overlooked is who these people turn to when they are experiencing personal issues as well.
“Seeing the struggle with my family and friends who are youth pastors and missionaries was very influential to me,” said Nathan Cohick of Hope. Nathan has lived in North Idaho the past six years since moving his wife and children from Indianapolis. Like many, he came here for the tranquility in nature, clean air and more peaceful way of life.