It has been a decade since Ruth Klinginsmith and Karin Wedemeyer embarked on their journey of establishing a music conservatory here in Sandpoint. Guided by their backgrounds as musicians (Ruth a violinist and Karin a German born and raised opera singer), the Music Conservatory of Sandpoint opened its doors to musical hopefuls, with just a handful of students in the cold back room of a dance studio, in September of 2009.


“I do remember our humble start-up when we set out to add to the music world in Sandpoint,” recalls Karin, Music Conservatory...

When people work together to find ways of improving the quality of life in their community, that’s a good thing. When they bring about something that improves the quality of life and promotes better health opportunities year-round, that’s even better!


For residents of Sandpoint, the list of healthy outdoor activities is vast with a seemingly endless variety of options for nearly every age or skill level. During inclement weather, the list of things to do narrows substantially, and for lower income families, even more so.


So when the YMCA opened...

It’s been 21 year since Dyno Wahl took over as executive director of the Festival at Sandpoint. And while she has seen many changes over time, one thing has remained the same. “What I love most about my job is looking at the audience and seeing all the happy faces,” said Dyno.

Bringing the Festival to the community each year requires a great deal of research, year-round work and literally hundreds of volunteers.

When the Festival wraps up each season, the staff, although exhausted, takes the following week to finalize the accounting, take down th...

As she pointed out inventions, airplanes and photos spanning more than a century of United States history, Rachel Riddle Schwam found herself apologizing for mixing up the dates on a few displays at the new location of the Bird Aviation Museum and Invention Center.

The double-checking was understandable. There are a lot of dates for her to keep track of. Some items go back at least 150 years.

“You’ve got old airplanes, new airplanes, antique inventions to modern day inventions,” Schwam said the morning before the museum’s June 1 opening at the Co...

On a rainy spring Saturday morning, Kristi Lowry was ungreasing a portion of the fuselage on an old World War II airplane at the Sandpoint Airport. Eventually, she or another student would strip off the mint green paint and replace it with a more original Army green.

Lowry, a Clark Fork High School student, is often at the airport on Saturday mornings, part of a high school aviation program held there.

“I like being able to learn a lot of new things with building,” Lowry said. “Usually girls aren’t involved with these things.”

On this morning, abo...

Once a meat and potatoes town with only a handful of high-quality restaurants, Spokane is now a culinary delight filled with choices to satisfy and challenge any pallet. You can still find a great steak, but choices in seafood, wood-fired pizza, small plates, gourmet burgers, world cuisine and an emerging vegetarian option scene are bringing the Lilac City to the forefront of dining in the West. Even the most dedicated diners would have a tough time hitting all of Spokane’s best spots over the course of a year. Lucky for you, there’s an upcomin...

If you live in Sandpoint, it’s hard to pick just one thing you love about it. Is it the scenery? The friendliness of the people? The abundance of year-round outdoor activities? If you are like most, the reasons are plenty. And one thing I am certain we can all agree upon is that our hardworking friends and neighbors who have chosen to call this place home have given their hearts and souls into making sure that Sandpoint has the “finest” of all that life has to offer; that is definitely something to be celebrated!

At Sandpoint Living Local, each...

Sandpoint has been recognized throughout the country, and even the world, as one of the most beautiful places on earth. But it is not just the physical beauty that makes this town so special, it is the people who give of their time and talent that truly make it a wonderful place to live or visit. And while many do so without the expectation of being recognized for their efforts, the Women Honoring Women organization has been doing just that for the last 20 years.

Former Sandpoint mayor and longtime community volunteer Marsha Ogilvie formed Women...

For over 90 years, The Panida Theater in Downtown Sandpoint has hosted many amazing performances. Who would have anticipated way back in 1927 when the Panida first opened that nearly a century later the iconic theater would continue its mission of showcasing great performers and performances for audiences in the Panhandle of Idaho—hence, its name the Panida.

But the past century has not been all glory for this historic structure. In the mid-1980s, the theater had fallen into disrepair. But thanks to the generosity of people and businesses in the...

It’s been an interesting past two summers with construction, reversion to two-way streets and more for the Downtown Sandpoint area. While commuters may have found it to be an inconvenience, downtown business owners have felt a much larger and direct impact on their day-to-day operations, especially given the fact that construction typically takes place during their busiest season from May through October. So, when the City of Sandpoint began to plan for another phase of construction next year, they carefully considered the impact it would have...

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