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I sat in today and hosted Speak Up North Idaho for Barbara Carpenter on the North Idaho Talk Radio Network.

First up was Kate McCallister, head of the Greater Sandpoint Chamber of Commerce. Kate began by telling us about the Sandpoint Scenic Half Marathon coming up September 17th from 2-6:30pm. The deadline for early bird entry is Friday and the course runs from City Beach, across the Long Bridge and into Sagle.

Kate McAllister and Paula Marcinko
Kate McAllister and Paula Marcinko

We talked about Sandpoint being named in the Rand McNally poll as the Most Beautiful Small Town in America the entire show.

We both marveled at the influx of wonderful Canadians, mostly from the province of Alberta, spending their hard-earned Loonies and being generally a welcome addition to our summer tourist scene.

I will post the notes from this meeting at a later date.

Then Mandy Evans joined us, in charge at Panhandle Animal Shelter. Today she was representing the Downtown Sandpoint Business Association and was reminding us about First Thursday. First Thursday is a new happening that began in June showcasing the cool stuff happening in downtown Sandpoint. Live music fills many establishments, plus more things going on than I can relate here. This was supposed to be the last one, but another will be taking place instead of Oktoberfest this year.

We continued to talk about Sandpoint being named America’s Most Beautiful Small Town. Sandpoint will be featured on the cover of the 2013 Rand McNally Road Atlas. There is a Travel Channel documentary which will feature our town.

We also continued to rave about our neighbors to the north. Did you know that we have a website that promotes our cross-border interaction with our Canadian cousins:

We talked about Yappy Hour: an event that Mandy started. This is where you can bring your pooch, have a drink or some appetizers, and mingle with other dog lovers/owners. The last one of the season is at Eichardt’s Pub. There is a bit of a competition amongst the restaurants that have been a part of this scene, and the proceeds benefit our stray friends. So far, Justin Dick and Trinity at City Beach is in the lead, so if you are an Eichardt’s fan, you need to go.

Alton Howell of the Bonner County chapter of the Idaho Farm Bureau Federation came on next. They are looking to increase membership. Did you know:

In 2007, logging companies and wood products manufacturers in Bonner County employed 1,033 people. They currently employ about 500.

In 2007, the total payroll for logging and wood products manufacturers was 37.2 million.

Bonner County contains 1,034,200 acres of forestland. Forestland is 85% of our county.

Bonner County Agriculture

No. of Farms

No. of acres in farmland

Market value of crops, including nursery crops

Market value of livestock, poultry, and their products

Being a member has great benefits in our community, including substantial discounts for a myriad of offerings. To learn more about this great organization, and to see a pretty cool website, visit

Idaho Farm Bureau Federation

Finally, we are in an area rife with wildlife. In fact, there is more wildlife per square mile in Northern Idaho than any other place in the U.S. with the exception of Alaska. We know this. All of us have seen moose and deer, almost daily, and often in our downtowns.

Did you know there is an organization that cares for and reintroduces orphaned ungulates (that is the offspring of deer/elk/moose) to the wild. Mystic Farm Wildlife Rescue, Inc. does this service for Bonner and Boundary Counties. They are a 501 (c) 3 non-profit that is always in need of donations. They are having a banquet fundraiser on September 17 at Stillwater Ranch in Sagle. You don’t need to go to the banquet to contribute. Just buy a raffle ticket.

The director is Dory McIsaac & friend, and here is their info:

Mystic Farm Wildlife Rescue, Inc.
471 Wagon Bridge Lane
Sagle, ID 83860


For the last six years, Gary Lirette has hosted two radio shows: North Idaho Business as well as North Idaho Arts & Adventure, broadcast on the North Idaho Talk Radio network, including KSPT 1400 AM and 1450 AM KBFI in Sandpoint and Bonners Ferry, Idaho. You can catch his shows the second, third, and fifth Tuesday every month, right after Rush at 12:10pm.



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