FROM DISCOVERING SHE IS ALLERGIC TO HORSES to her coronation at the Miss Teen Rodeo Idaho Pageant, one could say this girl has endured quite the journey. Sage Saccomanno, a sophomore at Sandpoint High School, took her reign in the Bonner County Rodeo arena to the next level this past July. Competing for the title of Miss Teen Rodeo Idaho at 15 years old being the only contestant from North Idaho (and the first in quite a few years), Sage dove into what might be one of the highlights and biggest learning experiences of her life so far.
Only being involved in rodeo for four years, to some people her resume could view much differently. Starting in the arena as Little Miss Bonner County Rodeo in 2015, Sage has grown tremendously in the last few years. Sarrah Eberley, 2017’s Miss Bonner County Rodeo and a great and true friend to Sage, said, “I watched and taught Sage when she first started riding, and being able to see where she is now is so special to me.”
As a kid, Chet watched his father replace and refinish vehicles and was eventually allowed to have a small part in the projects. “He let me polish the chrome on the underside of the vehicles because he didn’t want to get under there,” laughed Chet. His father specialized in creating hot rods, highly modified original vehicles built for speed, appearance and noise, and to be able to drive around town. His prized project was a 1921 Ford Model T that was featured in national magazines and won second place at the Los Angeles Roadster Show, one of the top shows in the country for hot rods. Those early days fostered the passion that Chet carries on today, and his most recent project is a testament to what one can accomplish with a deep love for what they do.
Although Chet has fully restored several vehicles in the past, he is most proud of his current restoration, a 1934 Dodge half-ton pickup...
THE NEW YEAR OFFERS A CHANCE TO celebrate and look ahead to the future while reflecting on the past. But before we become too involved in self-examination, there are the parties!
In Sandpoint, there is something for everyone when it comes to New Year’s Eve celebrations. At Schweitzer Mountain Resort, there is an opportunity to close out 2017 with a late-night tubing party complete with snacks, hot chocolate, a Twinkie roasting bar and an LED wand to light your way.
The tubing party is from 9:30 to 11:30pm and is followed by a midnight celebration complete with sparklers and cider near the clock tower. Please note that while this is for all ages, there is a minimum height requirement of 42 inches, and those 12 and under must be accompanied by an adult.