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.
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.