“GOOD MORNING SANDPOINT HIGH SCHOOL! TODAY FOR LUNCH WE HAVE A TURKEY SANDWICH WITH A SIDE OF MASHED POTATOES AND GRAVY. WHAT JOKE DO YOU HAVE FOR US, ANDREW?”
Every morning at Sandpoint High School, a similar opener resonates through each classroom as familiar faces deliver the morning video announcements. The well-known student-led newspaper Cedar Post has created a community within their classroom; a heartwarming community, to say the least. The Cedar Post staff collaborates with the Life Skills class (Sandpoint High School’s class for special needs students) in order to brighten each morning with a joke and a friendly smile.
Samuel Diercks, a 2018 Sandpoint High School graduate, and Bruin Jones, a senior this year, were the masters behind initiating this collaboration. It initially began when the Cedar Post staff wanted to bring a specific student on to tell a joke. “He always had a joke for us,” Diercks said, “but we technically weren’t allowed to have non-Cedar Post members on the announcements.” After a while, though, “we decided to break the rules a little.”
Mac Miltz really just needed to borrow a trailer, and he knew Ben Spinney had one. Simple enough.
But once the two got to talking on their drive from Sandpoint to Spokane, ideas began to churn.
“We started talking about this concept and idea, and between other jobs we kept working on it,” Miltz said. “Then Grey (Whittier) came on board, and within a year, a year and a half, we ended up finding the right piece of property, and that’s how it all jumped off.”
And so born was Mountain Mafia Entertainment, a company “deeply rooted in outdoor adrenaline sports,” as they describe it on their website. The company’s main event—Mountain Havoc, coming up on its sixth year in June—is the subject of a six-episode series called “Mountain Mafia,” originally on the MotorTrend Network and now available on Amazon Prime.
Hints: - Vintage cars on parade cruisin’ through Sandpoint, gleaming in the sun ... - Nighttime streets packed with bobby-soxers and cool dudes with slickedback hair, rocking out to Rockin’ Robin...
Yes! You got it on one! It’s time for the 34th Annual Lost in the ‘50s, when the whole town turns out to turn back the clock! Unpack those poodle skirts and penny loafers, and block out the weekend of May 16 through 18. It’s the party of the year—and you’re invited!
In case you wonder how this retro-event started, it was 34 years ago by Carolyn Gleason. With an interesting idea to bring some old-time rock ‘n’ roll to downtown Sandpoint, she organized the very first Lost in the ‘50s. Since this was in the digital dinosaur years of pre-social media, Carolyn actually walked from door to door inviting people with vintage cars to bring them to the event.
Easter is just around the corner, and that means the Great North Idaho Life Easter Egg Hunt has begun!
The brainchild of Keith Boe, the event was started on a “whim” two years ago to bring people of all ages some excitement and fun.
“We live in such a beautiful area, and it’s great to see so many folks out and about enjoying the outdoors and some fun adventure,” says Keith. “I just thought it would be a fun, adventurous thing to do in our local community while enjoying some sunshine, beautiful views and cool areas.”
The Great North Idaho Life Easter Egg Hunt ranges from Bonners Ferry to the Silver Valley, Sandpoint and Coeur d’Alene.
Eggs have been hidden anywhere from the grounds of the Old Mission; the Spaceship in Wallace; the hiking trails of Mineral Ridge, English Point and Farragut; Sandpoint City Beach; the beach and park at Q’emiln in Post Falls; the floating boardwalk in Coeur d’Alene; Honeysuckle Beach in Hayden; in flower pots outside restaurants and more! After the eggs are placed, clues are then given via North Idaho Life on Facebook of where to find them.
Living in North Idaho, we are witness to not only many nonprofit organizations that are serving the needs of those in our communities but also to the countless number of people and businesses who step forward to make a difference in the lives of those who need it most. Whether it’s a food bank, homeless shelter, an organization that helps cancer patients or those who provide support for neglected or abandoned children, the need is great.
These organizations rely heavily upon yearround donations, but there is one day set aside each year to make a conscious effort to do what you can to contribute to those groups that mean the most to you.
This year’s date for Idaho Gives is May 2, and for those organizations who want to take part and provide an online venue for people to donate, they must register by April 15. Idaho Gives is a program administered by the Idaho Nonprofit Center and is designed to bring all Idaho residents together to raise both money and awareness for the countless 501(c)(3) organizations who work to make Idaho a better place. The Idaho Nonprofit Center provides a simple platform where donors can search, support and donate.
Ideas are powerful. Something as simple as a passing thought can become something huge that impacts our daily lives, or something small impacting the people in our neighborhood. When the idea is something that could positively impact a community, others are usually quick to rally behind it. There are examples all over the Northwest of how an idea can bring together people from all backgrounds and walks of life to find common ground and to better their surroundings; two of which you can be a part of and make an immediate impact.
CHAFE 150, Sandpoint, Idaho, June 15. CHAFE150.org
It started as a simple idea from a local accountant, pitched to a small group around a table; something fun that would help raise some funds for the local school district. The Panhandle Alliance for Education (PAFE) is a group that looks to raise additional private funds for public schools in order to support programs that are either underfunded or wouldn’t be available with the current budget. Current board president Geraldine Lewis recalls the day board member Brad Williams pitched the idea of a bike ride as both a way of generating donations and bringing awareness to the cause.