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November 22, 2009

Special showing of Anasazi Creations, each piece is created by hand by jewelry artist Susan Shatreau-Janisky. Show featuring a varied selection of earrings, pendants, bracelets and cameos. Hand crafted wire wrapped jewelry using semi-precious gemstones and beads, turquoise, crystal, dichroic glass and cameos set in 14 kt gold fill and sterling silver wire. To see more of Susan Janiskys jewelry please visit

Conficker worm installs fake antivirus software.

You are working on your computer and suddenly you see a pop up warning you that there are serious threats detected on your computer, or that files are infected and you need remove the threats or run a scan.  Most people will click the button to get rid of the pesky problems. 

DONT click on that button!!!  Use the red x at the top of the message to get rid of the pop up. 

You have what is called the conficker worm and it has installed a fake antivirus program on your computer. I fixed 11 computers this week, all for Realtors, and all having conficker.  Over 86,000 computer users have been hit by this nasty virus, several by visiting a webpage that incorporates wikys.  You do not have to click or open anything to get this malware in  your computer.

The worm spreads via a hole in Windows that Microsoft patched in October, as well as through removable storage devices and network shares with weak passwords. Update your windows software to insure you have this patch.  The worm disables security software and blocks access to over 100 security Web sites. You may experience browser hijacks, searching google may produce links all leading to a third party website, your real antivirus program is wiped out, you can not backup your computer to an earlier time, you can not open exe files. A few months ago this virus led to reformatting for alot of computers. Luckily there are programs now to help. 

If your computer does start acting like this, there is an eyechart that might help you determine if it is the conficker worm.

If you have conficker
Download Malwarebytes’ Anti-Malware here:

Start your computer in safe mode with networking by pressing the f8 key while starting  up your computer.

1. Download Malwarebytes’ Anti-Malware (mbam-setup.exe) and save it on your Desktop.
2. After downloading, double-click on mbam-setup.exe to install the application.
3. Follow the prompts and install as “default” only
4. Before the installation completes, check on the following prompts:
– Update Malwarebytes’ Anti-Malware
– Launch Malwarebytes’ Anti-Malware
5. Click “Finish.” Program will run automatically and you will be prompt to update the program before doing a scan. Please update.
6. Scan your computer thoroughly.
7. When scanning is finished click on the “Show Results”
8. Make sure that all detected threats are marked, click on Remove Selected.
9. Restart your computer.

Go check your computers and safeguard against this problematic maleware.

SOLD 160 Sourdough Lane Custom home, View of Lake and your own boat slip!


Reduced to sell quick!  Fantastic price on this gorgeous custom home in an exclusive waterfront community. Beautiful work throughout this home with hardood, slate, upgraded fixtures, etc. Roomymaster suite has a fireplace, huge walk-in closet, travertine, jacuzzi tub. Water views, boat slip, launch, dock, it’s all just a few steps away.

 160 Sourdough Lane 
Sagle, ID 83860



View of Lake Pend Orielle and your own boat slip


 Call Rain Silverhawk at (208) 610-0011 to see this home

Windward Studios Photography in Sagle Idaho

Windward Studio and Award winning photographer Ruth Eich, have been serving the community for over 26 years. In addition to Ruth, the studio has 3 other photographer’s on staff. Specializing in Weddings, portraits, fine art photos and special event coverage. You may have see some of Ruth Eichs Old Building series, or western Silhouettes which grace the walls of many Sandpoint Businesses.

Old church

Windward Studio is situated on a beautiful ranch located in Westmond, Idaho, just a few miles south of Sandpoint. The team has had the pleasure to cover many special events at locations such as Schweitzer Mountain Resort, The Idaho Club, The Coeur d’Alene Resort, The Davenport Hotel and many other locations in the beautiful northwest.  You can buy prints or set an appointment at


Hope, Idaho artist David Scherb fine art oil paintings

Award winning painter David Scherb shares his fine art landscapes online 

David has been an Idaho resident since 1980.  For David drawing in pencil, ink, and crayon was a source of personal enjoyment from early childhood. The focus on oil painting developed during his military experience on Post at Fort Hood, Texas. At every opportunity he practiced and began learning about the history of oil painting and its evolvement. David concentrated study of the techniques and painterly style of art historically reminiscent of the Dutch and Flemish painters as well as the Hudson River School of artists has driven his  creative energies.

 Sunset in Venice

Inspiration in this self-taught process has been aided by the study of technical literature and trips abroad and visits to our National Parks. Also, since moving to North Idaho in 1980 and living on Lake Pend Oreille, the expansive beauty has perpetuated his desire to try and rival nature in a two-dimensional medium.


Both originals and Giclees of David Scherb are available for purchase at 

Some Exhibitions showing David Scherbs fine art paintings:

Old World Art Gallery, Newport Beach, Ca.
Poulsen Art Gallery, Pasadena, Ca.
Arts Council of Snohomish Co., Everett, Wa.
The Winn Corp., Seattle, Wa.
Art Lecture Series Invitational, Hope, Id.
Vintage Wheel Museum, Sandpoint, Id.
Selkirk Fine Art Gallery, Sandpoint, Id.
Frame of Mind Gallery, Coeur d’Alene, Id.
Walsdorf Gallery, Spokane Wa.
Simic New Renaissance Gallery, Carmel, Ca.
POAC Art Show, Sandpoint, Id.
Snohomish Invitational, Snohomish, Wa.
Gallery Oscar, Sun Valley, Id.
Douglas Gallery, Spokane, Wa.
Galleria De Felice, Spokane, Wa

New lapidary machines in Sagle Idaho

A local engineer in Sagle Idaho has developed a new lapidary machine called the BMT (Better Mouse Trap) gemstone cabbing machine.  Built to last but replacement parts can be obtained at any hardware store.  A water filtration system, individual water spouts for each wheel and the best part is it is versatile.

 You can run 4 inch wheels like the Diamond Pacific Pixie, 6 inch like the Genie, or 8 inch wheels like the Titan. You can also use expandable drums or convex carving wheels. No need to buy 4 different machines.  Priced less than a Titan.  For more information see


3/4 Hp Motor with sealed ball bearings

Uses standard 4, 6 and 8 inch wheels

No shaft adapters or nuts required

1 inch solid stainless steel arbor shaft

Filtered water supply for each wheel

Water pump replaced for under $50

Sealed shaft and motor bearings

Shaft end tapped for standard accessories

Locally available replacement parts

Corrosion resistant aluminum body

Proudly made in the U.S.A.




Patent Pending


Bring out your artistic visions, it is time to collect driftwood!

A tree, its pieces cast aside by nature, polished smooth by water and sand, and bleached by the sun used to create awe inspiring works of art. Driftwood has been a favorite amoung local artists for years. Here on the shores of Lake Pend Oreille we have the perfect driftwood hunting grounds.

Using the natural water currents of the lake and with the use of Log booms built in the river by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, logs that enter the Lake Pend Orielle are collected in the drift yard by Clark Fork Idaho. As the lake levels lower each year, the collection site is left high and dry. Locals and travelers alike stop by the yard to find artistic inspiration in wood. Every couple of years the acres of remaining driftwood is lit on fire to make room for more.

So what can be made with driftwood? Whatever you want it to be. One of the grandest examples comes from the Horse Sculptures of Heather Jansch

Horse Made From Driftwood Heather Jansch Horses made from driftwood


You can see more of her work at


Some of our local artisans and shops

Goose made from driftwood

Sharon Gunter Driftwood baskets 

Misty Mountain Furniture driftwood and antler lamps 

 Pend Oreille Driftwood Clock Plant stand


Where or where has the water gone, Lake levels lowered on Lake Pend Orielle

November through January is some of our busiest times for real estate.  I often get comments about the docks being left high in the air because of the level of the lake during these months.  Not to worry when it is time to launch a boat, the water will be there.

There is a dam on the Clark Fork river on the Montana border that lets water into the lake, and one at Albeni Falls in Priest river by the Washington border. In ancient times in the ice age there was an ice Dam about where the dam is now which held back a huge lake Missoula that basically covered all of western Montana. Repeatedly this dam failed and that is what carved out the canyon and Lake Pend Oreille and even formed the bad lands in Washington which are runnels from the torrential flooding. All of the mountains in Upper Montana and in Idaho flow into Lake Pend Orielle. The dams keep this area from flooding. I live on the Clark Fork river and I can tell ahead of time when there will be a storm coming in because they let water out of the Dam at Clark Fork it flows through the lake, down the Pend Oreille River and then they let it out at Albeni.

Every year to insure that we do not have major floods they lower the lake level by 6 feet and then operate the dams to accomodate rainfall and ice melt. This area used to be well known for the land locked Salmon Kokanee. With over fishing and the introduction of lake trout the numbers of Kokanee dwindled almost to the point of extintion. Starting last year they started paying people to fish out the lake trout that predidate on the Kokanee and they lowered the lake levels another 20 feet so that the spawning areas of the predidator fish would be limited. Fish and game reports that this method actually helped and they have doubled the population of the bearing kokanee. so they are doing it again this year.   

 They start mildly filling the lake in April. It is mandatory the lake is up in the spring in summer for boating. This is a high tourist area and with all this water, boating is on the agenda. Memorial day is the official day that the lake has to be a full capacity. This is when the marinas all open for business and people start coming in. Then after labor day in September they start lowering it down in prep for flooding control.

Farmers Market on the Bridge.

 For the first time we will have a farmers market during the winter months.  Come join us from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. every Saturday, beginning Nov. 14, through the end of April. Over 30 vendors will be selling their wares, Just like the outdoor Farmers Market in the summer – except indoors!

Hope Harvest Dinner

Hope’s Memorial Community Center hosts the Hope Harvest Dinner with appetizers, a no-host bar and bucket raffle beginning at 5:30 p.m., and a catered dinner by Pend Oreille Pasta at 7 p.m. Tickets are $20 ($2 of each ticket goes to the Christmas Giving Program); also, please bring canned goods to this event to support the annual program. Come help your neighbors and enjoy some wonderful food and company! 208-264-5481

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