Dirk and Kim Van Der Kolk have called North Idaho home for more than two decades, during which time they were the proud owners of two restaurants in the Coeur d’Alene/Hayden area, as well as a certified home for the elderly. When Kim’s mother became ill two years ago, the couple decided to sell everything and move to Florida to care for her. Unfortunately, Kim’s mother passed away soon after. After a bit of persuading, her father, known to many as Grandpa Joe, agreed to move back with Kim and her husband to the beautiful Northwest—Bonners Ferry...

“One day a mom walked over with her toddler in only a diaper. The mom slipped a dress over her head and the little girl just looked at herself in the mirror and started twirling and squealing with delight,” recalls Aimee Christopherson, the volunteer director for Hope House. It’s moments like these that remind us that a helping hand can transform a person’s life.


Hope House started in Boundary County doing private deliveries to schools and anonymous doorstep drops with items families and individual students needed to live. After a large clothin...

Evan Barajas, Junior. 

As Evan Barajas begins to wrap up his junior year at Bonners Ferry High School, he will have one more opportunity to see his dreams on the wrestling mat realized. While the competitive wrestling season is relatively short, the training for Evan never stops. He has competed on the varsity team each of his first three years in high school, and the accolades continue to pile up. He’s been district champion and placed in the state tournament all three years, even being a two-time state finalist and one-time state champion at h...

With the number of small and boutique breweries rising faster than the head on a stout porter, craft beermakers in Washington have opened the tap to new customers in an increasingly thirsty market.


According to the Washington State Liquor Control Board (WSLCB), production almost doubled in terms of barrels per year at many breweries on the western side of the mountains over the past decade. For example, demand at Pike Brewing Company in Seattle jumped from 17,401 to almost 43,000 barrels in the five-year span, an increase more than 245 percent.


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Downtown Kirkland is a vibrant waterfront community filled with charming restaurants, wine bars, art galleries and shops. Located just east of Seattle, it is located on the shores of Lake Washington. The lovely Marina Park beckons with benches to enjoy the view and a cute little beach. The walkable town allows you to enjoy a car-free weekend.

The city is filled with public works of art, and it can be fun to stumble upon them. The works are by leading regional and national artists, with some donated by Kirkland residents. The pieces of art are ma...

It all started with a mattress set that Alison Henslee set out to donate on behalf of her mom. In addition to the person who ended up with the bed, there were five or six more people who were interested in the item. One of those was a single mother of four in need of a bed for her 6-year-old son. Alison put the word out, generosity came out of the woodwork, and soon this boy had a brand new bed. Alison became aware of other needs of this family, and with the help of a few friends, she soon had a car full of everything to take care of this famil...

For athlete of the month Braeden Blackmore, the love for the game of basketball didn’t materialize right away. He’s been playing the game since the fourth grade, but it took a few motivating coaches to help him develop the enjoyment he now has for the game. “As time went on and I began being coached by Nathan Williams and also Ryan Mai, I developed a love for basketball, which I play all year long on different teams and am coached by multiple coaches,” he said.


The Bonners Ferry freshman not only plays for the high school team but on traveling...

Living in the Northwest, a region surrounded by beautiful mountain forests, many choose to bring the look of the outdoors inside when it comes to the design of their homes. Wood accents look striking as exposed beams or fireplace mantels. Though they specialize in beautiful custom log homes, Caribou Creek Log Homes in Bonners Ferry is ready to help make your vision come true, no matter the project big or small.


Those who are already in their dream homes but are looking at an update or addition to their home can also utilize the beauty of wood i...

I’m sure most Boundary County residents would agree that we live in a beautiful place. Whether enjoying snow-covered Purcells from afar or hiking the peaks and ridgelines of the Selkirks, stunning scenery is all around us. But anyone who spends much time out in the forests has surely found evidence that many people do not respect the beauty of the roads and trails.


Terry Huggins has lived in Boundary County all his life, and he loves where he lives. He and his wife have been cleaning the forest service roads for the past 17 years. They spend th...

Shae has been a regular at the Spokane Shriners Hospital since she was a baby. It started with a one-week stint when she was 1 year old to address the scoliosis that was apparent in her spine.

From then on, it was check-up appointments every six to 12 months—up until this visit, which could be as long as three months and a week.


“I planned it to the day,” said Shae, now 14 years old. “It depends how fast my body stretches.”


The top and bottom of her spine are straight, but there is a significant curve in the middle. Shae started her most recent...

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