StoryTelling Company show successful in several ways.

The first StoryTelling Company of the 2010-11 season garnered new Friends for FSPW as well as several hundred dollars for the cause. About 70 people attended the show at the Panida’s Little Theater in downtown Sandpoint to enjoy music from the new Western Family Band, and stories from — and about — Sandy Compton.

Compton, who is also the program coordinator for Friends of Scotchman Peaks Wilderness, was taken totally by surprise when Mystery StoryTeller Bob Lange pulled a “This Is Your Life” routine on him. “I had no idea — and my mom was in on it!” was all Compton could say in response.

The outcome of the evening was a net of over $600 raised from ticket, donations and merchandise sales. The success of the evening was greatly enhanced by donations from Ivano’s Restorante Italiano and Eichardt’s Pub and Coffee House, as well as the efforts of FSPW volunteers Holly Clements and Deb Hunsicker.

The StoryTelling Company, which is entering its 5th season, is sponsored in part by Friends of Scotchman Peaks Wilderness.

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Sandy Compton has been program coordinator for Friends of Scotchman Peaks Wilderness since 2009. He is also a storyteller and author of both fiction and non-fiction books, and the publisher at

In addition to his other duties, he runs the FSPW All Star Trail Team (, which works on Forest Service trails in the Scotchman Peaks. He is a trail surveyor as well, and a C-Certified Crosscut Bucker/Feller and USFS National Saw Policy OHLEC instructor.

Sandy grew up on a small farm/woodlot at the south end of the proposed wilderness and lives there still. He is also board member of the National Wilderness Stewardship Alliance and a planning team member for the Northern Rockies Wilderness Skills Institute.

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