Thursday, May 29, 2014



(May 27th, 2014)

Beginning June 1st, Northland will launch their Hometown Hero contest which will honor those who make a positive impact in the Sandpoint community. The nomination period will run through June 30th.  Northland invites community members to submit nominations online or in the local Northland office for fellow neighbors who have gone above and beyond to enrich the lives of others. 

Three finalists will be chosen and voting for the award winner will open to the public July 7th through July 20th. The winning Hometown Hero will receive $250 and a $500 donation to a local charity of sponsor’s choice. Those who submit a nomination and vote will be entered for a chance to win a $250 gift card.

Northland’s Business Manager, Jeff Johnson said “I am pleased to be a part of this community, as are the local Northland staff, and as the local communications provider in Sandpoint, we are invested in this town and its residents. We wanted to take a moment to recognize and give back to community members who make this such a great place to live and work.”

Nominations and voting will be available at, at the local Northland office, or on Northland’s Facebook page.

For more details about the contest and Official Rules, visit or stop by the local Northland office.

About Northland Communications:

Northland Communications ( is a leading provider of communications services. Northland owns and manages smaller-market cable systems in Alabama, California, Georgia, Idaho, North Carolina, South Carolina, Texas and Washington. Northland is headquartered in Seattle, Washington. Northland offers the sharpest Digital and True High Definition TV, the fastest High-Speed Internet, and the clearest Digital Home Phone services to individuals and businesses in the communities they serve.  


Kelsey Teel

Monday, May 26, 2014

Home Preservation - Wells Fargo Mortgage Assistance - Coldwater Creek's Impact

Options that may help you save your home

If you've been or feel you may be impacted by Coldwater Creek's bankruptcy, Wells Fargo mortgage team wants to help.

Happening May 29th, the Home Preservation Event by Wells Fargo is being hosted at the Sandpoint Business and Events Center, 102 Euclid St. Any Wells Fargo Home Mortgage customer can attend.

Wells Fargo Message:

We understand you may be facing challenges in keeping up with your mortgage payments. If you’re feeling overwhelmed and wondering where to get help now, a Wells Fargo representative is ready to meet with you — right in your own community. 

Come to our free Mortgage Assistance Event in Sandpoint 

Join us to get the answers you need and find out about programs that may help you keep your home. You’ll personally meet with a representative 
who will confidentially discuss your financial concerns and options. Plus, see if you’re eligible for a loan modification under the federal government’s Home Affordable Modification Program. 

Refer to the enclosed Document Checklist for all the items to bring with you, including: 
• Information about any financial hardship 
• Copies of two recent pay stubs, not more than 90 days old, and most recent W-2s 
• Most recent quarterly or year-to-date profit/loss statement (for each self-employed borrower

Sign up today 

We look forward to seeing you in Sandpoint. 
Joseph Ohayon 

Senior Vice President, Community Relations 

Mortgage Assistance Event 
Date: Thursday, May 29, 2014 
Time: 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. 
Place: Business and Events Sandpoint Center 
Meeting Room 
102 South Euclid Ave. 
Sandpoint, ID 83864 
Sign up 
By: Tuesday, May 27, 2014 
Call: 1-866-790-3276 
Pacific Time 
Monday – Friday: 6:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. 
Register online: 
If you’re unable to attend 
Call: 1-800-678-7986 
Pacific Time 
Monday – Friday: 
5:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. 

Saturday: 6:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. 

Chamber seeks Communications Manager

The Greater Sandpoint Chamber of Commerce is seeking a Communications Manager. Please share the job listing below with anyone you may know who may be interested and apply at the earliest convenience.

Click here to view the job listing on Idaho Department of Labor >>

"I have cherished my time with the Greater Sandpoint Chamber of Commerce," said Mack Deibel. "The Chamber and its members are very special and the last three years have been really great working with everyone. Our community is amazing and I am proud to have been an advocate for business development and tourism. I look forward to continuing to work with the Chamber and members in my new role with MickDuff's Brewing Company and as a consultant with Just Ask Mack (JAM) Consulting."

Monday, May 19, 2014

Chamber Chicks honor Lisa Ailport

The Chamber Chick Connection Committee of the Greater Sandpoint Chamber of Commerce honored Lisa Ailport as May’s Chamber Chick of the Month. Lisa’s hard work and willingness to get involved in the community is one to be honored.

“My position at Ruen-Yeager & Associates (RYA) has always been to navigate public process, however the first 5 years of my 7 years at RYA was assisting private sector clients in navigating the public land use process,” explained Lisa. “Many of my private sector clients sought approval of subdivisions, conditional or special uses, variances for structures, state and federal permitting, and land use code consulting. Since moving to the municipal/public side, my duties have shifted to assisting cities in avoiding some of the pitfalls that as a private sector consultant she was able to take advantage of. ”

Through her employment with RYA, Lisa has recently been contracted to administer city planning and zoning ordinances for the cities of Kootenai, East Hope and Bonners Ferry. She also contracted to assist Bonner County with any planning services they need. More specifically, she reviews all final plats at the county.   

“The planning world, like much of the business world, is dominated mostly by men. However, what is exciting is that more women are getting into the world of professional planning and within leadership roles within the planning fields. I want to advocate and encourage younger women to take on professional and leadership roles in planning so we can continue to grow in this professional field!  I have done this through our professional organizations, the American Planning Association, taking on the Vice Chair position for 4 years and now the regional representative position on the Board of the Idaho Chapter of the American Planning Association.  I consistently look for opportunities to support local planners and will look to the future for opportunities to promote more women to the professional field.” 

Before she moved to Sandpoint in 2002, Lisa graduated Washington State University with a BS in Natural Resource Science. She’s been practicing land use planning since February of 2003 and attained her certification through the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) in 2010. She is also a proud mom to two young girls.

The Chamber Chick of the Month is a new award which honors members of the Greater Sandpoint Chamber of Commerce by the Chamber Chick Connection Committee. The Chamber Chick of the Month is selected by their achievement in the professional realm or overcoming a personal challenge. They must give back to our community either professionally or personally, as well as regularly attend Chamber Chick Connection functions.

Please join the Chamber Chick Connection Committee and Greater Sandpoint Chamber of Commerce in congratulating Lisa Ailport for being honored as the Chamber Chick of the Month and thanking her for all of her contributions and dedication to our community. From the Greater Sandpoint Chamber of Commerce, as well as the whole community, Thank You!  

Photo: left to right, Gina Hall and Lisa Ailport.

Friday, May 9, 2014

Chamber Honors Bonner County Gardeners Association

The Greater Sandpoint Chamber of Commerce is proud to recognize the Bonner County Gardner’s Association (BCGA) as the April Business of the Month. They provide research based Home Horticultural Educational Programs, Community Service and assist in Beautification Projects for our surrounding communities.
The BCGA does a lot to support local groups and causes. They assist with school gardens and donated the new bench to Farmin’ Park. They’ve also assisted in the beautifying efforts at the Bonner County Fairgrounds, flower baskets for downtown Sandpoint, landscaping the Mickinick Trail and the Water Life Discovery Center.

The BCGA also holds and attends many different educational classes and outreach events including the Fall Home Hort Series, Spring Plant Sale, Garden Tours, Home and Garden Show, Farmers’ Market and many others.

Please join the Greater Sandpoint Chamber of Commerce in congratulating Bonner County Gardeners Association for their success and thanking them for their commitment to our community. For more information, call them at 265-2070, email them at or go to

In photo: left to right, Carol Warren and Janae Dale.

Chamber Honored Jan Griffitts as April Volunteer of the Month

The Greater Sandpoint Chamber of Commerce honored Jan Griffitts as April’s Volunteer of the Month. Jan has been in our community for almost 25 years and her involvement and impact on our community is matched by few.

Currently, Jan is the Vice President for the Friends of the Pend d’Oreille Bay Trail, Director of the Mickinnick Trail, Member of the Advisory Council for Day Break Center and Facilitator for the Sandpoint Alzheimer’s Support Group. She is a Certified Master Gardener and Idaho Master Naturalist which are only achieved through annual volunteer and community outreach teaching, saving, repairing and creating a better environment.

In the past, Jan was involved with the Greater Sandpoint Chamber of Commerce’s Visit Sandpoint, Friends of Scotchman Peaks Wilderness and International Selkirk Loop.

Please join the Greater Sandpoint Chamber of Commerce in congratulating Jan Griffitts, April’s Volunteer of the Month, and thanking her for all of her contributions and dedication to our community. From the Greater Sandpoint Chamber of Commerce, as well as the whole community, Thank You! 

In photo: Jan Griffitts and Stephen Snedden.

Monday, May 5, 2014

Chamber Celebrates Idaho Department of Labor’s New Location

The Greater Sandpoint Chamber of Commerce is excited to welcome the Idaho Department of Labor to their new location at 613 Ridley Village Rd, Suite C in Sandpoint.

“We love the fact we are all on the ground floor, it makes it so much easier and accessible for everyone,” said Bridgette Bradshaw-Fleer, Sandpoint Manager. “Our new offices have an open and inviting atmosphere with plenty of space.”

They would like to welcome the public for an Open House on May 9th from 2-4pm. Ken Edmunds, Director of the Department of Labor, and Kelly Sharp, Area Manager for Dept of Labor, will be in attendance to show support for the new location. Light refreshments will be served.

“Visit us for help finding jobs, interview skills, resume writing and retraining help. There are available funds.”

Please join the Greater Sandpoint Chamber of Commerce in welcoming the Idaho Department of Labor to their new location and thanking them for their continued support of our labor force. For more information, visit their offices at 613 Ridley Village Rd in Sandpoint or call 263-7544. 

In photo: left to right Clem Hackworthy, Corrie Greene, Kate McAlister, Jim Lovell, Alice Wallace, Landon Fuller, Richard Hunter, George Eskridge, Leslie Apple, Bridgette Bradshaw-Fleer, Lisa McLeod, Diana Cartwright, Don Sturm, Steve Case and Carol Warren.  

Chamber Welcomes Dr. Mark William Cochran, Holistic Chiropractor

The Greater Sandpoint Chamber of Commerce is excited to welcome Dr. Mark William Cochran, Holistic Chiropractor. He is located in the Selkirk Professional Building in downtown Sandpoint on the corner of 4th & Pine St, 101 N. 4th Avenue, Suite 105. He’s been practicing Chiropractic work in north Idaho since 2001, starting in downtown Coeur d’Alene, and moved to Sandpoint in 2009. While his office here is growing, he still maintains one day a week in his office in Hayden.

“As a holistic chiropractor, I work with health conscious, holistic minded people – who happen to be struggling with pain or injury – to heal their pain and reclaim their health and well-being from the inside out,” said Dr Cochran. “The adjustments I provide are gentle, precise, comfortable, safe and effective. My office has a warm, pleasant and healing atmosphere, not a clinical one.”

 Dr. Cochran takes a deeply holistic approach to healing, health and well-being by working with every person's own unique "Doctor Within."

 "To me, you are much more than just a collection of symptoms and problems; you are a whole, vibrant, living being with an amazing capacity to heal from the inside out. I form a partnership with you and your Doctor Within to address your health challenges, but more importantly, to help you heal, grow and thrive. Together, we will empower your potential, not your problems."

If you are health conscious and committed to living a healthy life, even if you presently happen to be struggling with pain, injury or some other health challenge, give Dr. Cochran a call because he is excited to assist you with your healthy life.

Dr. Cochran graduated from the University of Idaho in 1980 and is a retired US Marine Corps officer. After he got out of the service, he went on to Palmer College of Chiropractic in Davenport, Iowa, where he graduated Magna Cum Laude in 2001. He is also an award winning author of Oby's Wisdom! A Caveman's Simple Guide to Holistic Health and Wellness, named "Finalist" in the 2013 Best Indie Book Awards.

Please join the Greater Sandpoint Chamber of Commerce in welcoming Dr. Mark William Cochran, Holistic Chiropractor and wishing him continued success in our community. For more information, give Dr. Mark William Cochran at 208-304-2330, email him at or visit his website

Photo left to right: Kim Queen, Dr. Gabrielle Duebendorfer, Dr. Mark William Cochran, Fred Ebner, Krystle Shapiro, Larry Davidson, Susan Arina Miller, Gerald Porter and Carol Warren. Not pictured: Clif Warren.