“God has done so many amazing things for us.”


It is inspiring to witness the incredible people in the community who give of themselves selflessly to impact others in a positive way; devoting countless hours to help improve the lives of those in our community. And one such organization that works toward its mission every hour of every day is Priest River Ministries - Advocates for Women—which strives to do all it can for the betterment of women who have endured, and are continuing to be affected, by physical and sexual abuse and violence.


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When Lissa DeFreitas was 19 years old, her grandmother died. She was convinced, she said, that there was something beyond death.


It fascinated her then and has ever since: in her various volunteer roles in hospice care, as a social worker, as a spiritual care volunteer at Bonner General Health Community Hospice in Sandpoint, and now in her latest role there—as the volunteer and bereavement coordinator. She has held the post for six years.


“This is like a dream job,” DeFreitas said.


In her new role, she engaged in more conversations with the com...

Sandpoint has a colossal amount of educated craft beer drinkers, and what better way to expand on their knowledge than to have extraordinary breweries in the area to learn from. One, in particular, Laughing Dog Brewing, has proven their abilities to create beers that are both tasteful to their customers and also obtain the “wow” factor to win national awards.


This year, Laughing Dog took their talents once again to the North American Brewers Association International Beer Awards competition in Idaho Falls, the second largest in the nation. Alth...

After years of infertility, infant loss and a very complicated pregnancy, Amanda Liddle gave birth to her daughter Faith—a blessing to Amanda and her husband Ian. Now 4 years old, Faith is a very active and happy child who loves to climb on anything you can imagine and loves to watch “Signing Time”—a show that teaches American Sign Language to young children. “Faith is minimally verbal,” said Amanda, adding that they have high hopes that one day Faith will be able to communicate through speech.

Amanda shares that although the prenatal tests did...

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Joe Johnson got his heart and his back broken in the same car accident when he was just 17 years old. The boy, whose family were all proud veterans, was unable to pass the military enlistment requirements when his time came because of his injury. Giving back was the core of his DNA, and he could not. But good men rise up and move on, and born soldiers don’t quit. Joe Johnson is bo...

One Father’s Day weekend, all the kids in Sunday school were asked to share their favorite memory of being with their dad. All five sons of the pastor—in separate classes so none knew what his brothers had said—shared the same thing: going to the doughnut shop with their dad before church. There had been many fun family vacations that were carefully planned, often elaborate, and sometimes expensive, but it was the doughnut shop with Dad they all loved and remembered best. Spending time with Dad is precious to kids.

Sometimes we joke about how da...

“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 specia...

Rise and shine! Race Day is on the horizon. Routine begins. Two hours prior: Eat breakfast. Arrive at race site. Thirty minutes until the start: Time to put on the race skis. Ten minutes and the countdown continues. Stretching and running are the last to-dos on the checklist.  Five … 4 … 3… 2 … 1 … The gun blasts. Adrenaline rushes. The race begins and all the nervous jitters liberate.

Annaby Kanning, a current sophomore at Sandpoint High School, knows all too well what race day entails. Currently on the Junior Nationals Team for Nordic skiing,...

For years Americans were great at helping treat the physical wounds of those returning from battles overseas in service to their country, but up until recently, the mental healing process didn’t receive the same amount of attention. Doctors, therapists and fellow servicemen and women took notice of skyrocketing suicide statistics amongst veterans and are taking action. Groups across the country are forming to bring vets together to help them adjust to life as a civilian; speak with others who might be struggling as well; and provide continued m...

The Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at Kootenai Medical Center can see anywhere from a couple to up to 16 babies a day, depending on what is happening in the maternity ward. Babies are brought to NICU for many reasons, most often when they are born premature, underweight or are in need of a medical procedure right after birth. Others are dealing with symptoms related to a mother’s drug or alcohol addiction. They are the most fragile infants in the hospital and are watched over by skilled nurses and also a group of highly motivated volunteer...

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