Born and raised in North Idaho, Nick and Sheyna Rust knew that this was the area that would always be home. They live an adventurous lifestyle with their two daughters, Darby and Jacey. When they’re not at work, you will find the Rust family out on the lake, in the woods or at the ski hill. “We feel truly blessed upon the success we have been able to create in the place we love,” says Nick.
After years of hard work, Nick and Sheyna are excited about the future of the two co
Costa Rica is a country of near endless green, dense jungles, incredible biodiversity, volcanoes, white sand beaches; a perfect place to relax, unwind and soak up some vitamin D. While thousands come here for these reasons, each year a group of Sandpoint students make the flight down for a far more intense visit. “I’m actually surprised we get anyone to sign-up!” laughed Perky Smith-Hagadone. Perky is the principal at Northside Elementary. Along with friend and recently retir
The concept of driving across the country today is no small undertaking. It can take weeks of planning, stacks of road maps and an unquenchable thirst for the road. The first passage by automobile more than a century ago—in 1903 to be exact—was a challenge to both the vehicle and the brave individuals who tested the limits to travel from sea to shining sea. A bicycle racer who made his home in Tacoma, Washington, was half of the duo to successfully make the first journey by m
As children grow they become more independent. For parents this is both rewarding and challenging. When they hit late elementary school or early middle school, getting kids to open up, even about something as simple as how their day went, can be difficult. It is a time of great change in bodies and social structure, which can lead to feelings of jealousy and anger, loss of self-worth or being bullied. Children who bury these feelings can fall into drug and alcohol abuse as co
Imagine the impact of a holiday tradition that begins on your birthdate and carries on through family generations to follow. A priceless Christmas tradition began more than 50 years ago at Bonner General Health and continues to touch the lives of Sandpoint community members. During the month of December, all newborn babies at BGH receive a hand-knitted hat and a red flannel stocking—a stocking large enough that it can easily provide a warm ride home for a newborn baby. BGH Au
With new restaurants and bars opening up all the time, competition for customers is always a challenge. That is, of course, unless you are an icon of North Idaho. The 219 Lounge in Sandpoint just celebrated its 85th birthday, and it’s been found at the same First Avenue location each of those memorable years. Locals and visitors continue to visit nightly because of the atmosphere and unique experience you get once you walk through the doors. “The character of the bar has chan