Each November, for the past four years, a group of actors has come out of the shadows and into the spotlight as they take the stage at the Kroc Center community theater in Coeur d’Alene.


Out of the Shadows Theater is not your typical theater company. The brainchild of Wendy Carroll, Out of the Shadows brings members of the community together who have special needs and creates an outlet for them to showcase their talents and abilities to a broad audience—on stage! The only theater of its kind in the Pacific Northwest, this unique nonprofit commu...

When in high school or college, it’s pretty easy to join a competitive team. There are all kinds of clubs and sports at competitive and intramural levels, and without a full-time job or family, you’ve generally got a lot more time for practices and competitions. As we get older it can become more difficult to find a way to scratch that competitive itch in a team environment, as there just aren’t as many opportunities due to our many daily obligations and responsibilities. For almost a decade now, a group of local women are finding not just a wa...

Sean Bonner is quick to call himself a nerd, and during his 15 years living in North Idaho, he has come to realize that he is not alone.


Through the Coeur d’Alene branch of the Innovation Collective, he and other self-avowed nerds have a place to come together and work toward the organization’s mission, which is to create “a global entrepreneurship movement in smaller towns,” nodding to the uniqueness of each town and the skills of each member.


Charles Buck is the associate vice president and executive officer for University of Idaho Coeur d'Al...

Darlene Richardson stood from her seat next to the window, lifted her phone and took another picture of the Spokane River. Then she sat, two chairs from her son Bert, and smiled. 

A cruise down the Spokane River was on her bucket list, she said, and One More Time made it happen, “before I got too sick.”

“I haven’t found too many people willing to go the extra mile,” Darlene said. “I didn’t even know they existed.”

Darlene, 77, and Bert took their three-hour cruise in mid-July, arranged by a nonprofit called One More Time, which Tiffinay Walker sta...

There’s nothing like spending a warm summer day in North Idaho outdoors. And what better way to unwind and spend time with family and friends than at one of the many summer concert series the area has to offer.

Over the years, outdoor concerts continue to grow, and the community is loving it. You will find people of all ages enjoying the sounds of local musicians on nearly any given day. Thanks to the support of generous area sponsors, these concerts are abundant, adding just one more reason why being a part of this community can’t be beat.

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Across the country, our nation will be celebrating its 243rd birthday come July 4 with parades, barbecues, remembrance and, of course, lots of fireworks. It’s a time for the nation to come together in celebration, putting aside our differing opinions and beliefs so we can be thankful for the freedoms we are blessed with because of the sacrifices of so many. These liberties are the core of American identity and something that should be celebrated and cherished. With the fourth coming on a Thursday, many will take the opportunity for a nice four-...

In one sense, Tabitha Kraack’s daily commute to work is less than one minute.

As the executive director of the North Idaho Centennial Trail Foundation, the trail right outside her door is, in a way, her office.

“I’m very lucky to have the trail right next to my house,” Kraack said. “I see it every day.”

Hired in December, Kraack is relatively fresh on the job. But it’s a role she said she’s wanted for a while—she applied for it when it last opened three years ago—and she’s eager to do the job well, specifically the organizing of the Coeur d’Alene...

Living in North Idaho, we are witness to not only many nonprofit organizations that are serving the needs of those in our communities but also to the countless number of people and businesses who step forward to make a difference in the lives of those who need it most. Whether it’s a food bank, homeless shelter, an organization that helps cancer patients or those who provide support for neglected or abandoned children, the need is great.

These organizations rely heavily upon year-round donations, but there is one day set aside each year to make...

You never know when the snow will actually stop falling in this part of the country, but for skiers and riders, sadly, the season must eventually come to an end. While there should still be plenty of great days here in March, it’s never too early to start planning the inevitable meltdown. Diehards are prepping their spring-condition skis and boards—the ones you don’t mind getting dinged by a suddenly exposed rock or fallen tree limb. While conditions might tend to deteriorate, that doesn’t mean there won’t be plenty of fun to be had.

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While some people like to plan out their vacations all in advance, others just kind of go with the flow. You can do a bit of research online into places to stay and eat and fun things to do in a new area, but often the best information comes from speaking with someone local. Many thousands of visitors swing through Coeur d’Alene each year, and whether it’s for a few hours or a few weeks, a lot head to the Visitors Center for information on what to do in and around Coeur d’Alene. Here you will find pamphlets, papers, maps and magazines with all...

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