Miracles. While many equate them with acts of Jesus that we have read about in the Bible, there are those who are fortunate to witness them first hand. Just ask Bob and April Jacobson. Their lives were turned upside down in an instant when their son, Hunter, was critically injured in a motorbike accident on December 2 of last year.
Riding with a friend in Naples at a designated riding area at the time and outfitted in full, top-ofthe-line riding gear, Hunter was preparing for an upcoming race in Kalispell. While no one witnessed the accident, they do know that Hunter went off of a jump and did not land well.
He was transported to Kootenai Medical Center where he was diagnosed with critical head trauma, a ruptured spleen, 11 broken ribs, a broken collar bone, broken scapula and a collapsed lung. After the medical team at Kootenai Medical Center removed his spleen, Hunter was transported to Sacred Heart Hospital in Spokane.
Rick Anderson is an avid re-user and recycler. When my brother and I were very young, I remember my dad taking us on walks to nearby construction sites where we would pick up soda and beer cans leftover from the workers. After a couple months we had several large trash bags full, which we loaded up and took to the recycling center. To my young amazement, we were given money for these old cans and our first lesson about the rewards of work were born as my dad split the earnings between the two of us to open our first savings accounts. As we grew, we would look forward to Saturday garage sales with Dad where we would find all kinds of fun stuff for pennies on the dollar. I learned to ski in several $2 to $3 pairs of boots, caught baseballs behind the plate with a $.25 catcher’s mitt and still carry around a cooler we’ve had in the family for more than 25 years. My dad, Rick, continues his conquest of finding great deals while keeping items of value out of the landfill and is most interested today in one main item—bikes.
Rick’s Bike Sale most likely got started when it was clear my brother and I wouldn’t be sticking around Minnesota for college.
EUREKA! It’s the audible exclamation for discovery. It represents the sudden, unexpected realization of the solution to a problem. The Eureka Institute in Sandpoint, Idaho, is aptly named. Committed to sponsoring life-long learning and community service opportunities, this organization is focused on helping residents of the Sandpoint area. The Eureka Institute is a nonprofit organization that began in 2011. Its purpose is to sponsor experiential and educational programming for all ages. In an effort to reach young people, including at-risk youth, the Eureka Institute has developed its Construction Basics Initiative. Through this program, the Eureka Institute helps young people explore new skills, expand their knowledge by learning valuable trades and enjoy the benefits of accomplishing something good in and for their community.
Steve Holt has been the director for the Construction Basics Initiative. He is a semiretired builder, and he has acknowledged for years that more vocational training opportunities are needed to help young people prepare for future careers.
Once again, the Festival at Sandpoint continues to give back to the community in unique and generous ways. This year, it is holding its first ever Summer Youth Camp July 9 through 12 at Sandpoint High School.
With four fun-filled days of musical instruction, participants can take a variety of classes that include symphony orchestra, choir, chamber music, jazz band, classical guitar, ukulele, piano, fiddle ensemble, flute ensemble, master classes and more.
The camp, which is open to ages 8 through 18, welcomes participants of all levels of ability and costs only $25 thanks to the generosity of the Festival of Sandpoint, who has underwritten the tuition as part of its educational mission. The week will kick off with a Festival at Sandpoint Faculty All-Star Concert on Monday, July 9, at the Panida Theater and culminate with a Grand Finale Student Concerton Thursday, July 12.
Leading this unique camp is Dr. Jason Moody, a Sandpoint native who is currently first violin with the Spokane Symphony. Other instructors who are ...
“You simply cannot be anonymous here. You want to be conscious of other people.”
That quote seems to be the secret sauce to Jackie’s accomplishments in the community.
Jackie Suarez relocated from North Carolina with her husband of 30 years, Carlos (aka Uncle Cha Cha), to North Idaho back in 1999 and shortly after entered the real estate arena as a full-time agent.
It should be noted that prior to launching into real estate, Jackie had a solid background that provides a great foundation for her profession. In the late 1980s, Jackie worked as a paralegal for an attorney whose practice involved title searches and real estate closings. Then, in the early 1990s, she was recruited to manage a title company. Solid credentials, right? Well, there’s more.
It is summer, and it is time to get out and enjoy the beautiful place in which we live. Whether it is a walk along the water, a hike in the mountains or a bike ride to take in the scenery, there is always something to entice us to be outside during these warm summer months.
Here in Sandpoint, there are also ways to couple your adventure with helping a good cause at the same time.
The CHAFE 150 Gran Fondo – June 16, 2018
What started as a 150-mile benefit bike ride, this increasingly popular event, which draws riders from all over the country, has rapidly grown as organizers do what they can to accommodate various levels of endurance. Shortly after its inception, the CHAFE 150 added an 80-mile half CHAFE, and about four years ago the 30-mile Fun Ride was added in hopes of bringing more participants to the event.
Initially, the CHAFE 150 Gran Fondo benefitted the Panhandle Alliance for Education's "Ready for Kindergarten" program...