The Native American culture is one to be celebrated, and right here in Sandpoint, the community and visitors alike are invited to step into The Blue Lizard Native American Gallery, where their cultural heritage shines through the exceptional art and jewelry on display.


When you step into The Blue Lizard Native American Gallery on Cedar Street, you will find a wide variety of both traditional and non-traditional hand-crafted pieces of Native American jewelry, art and artifacts. Owned by husband-and-wife Roger Disbrow and Shaun Mathis, they perso...

Founded in 1981, Northland Communications has been providing area residents a variety of communications services for more than 38 years! With a mission to provide advanced integrated communication networks that offer a broad selection of first-class services, Northland Communications enables the communities they serve to be competitive with the larger urban areas. And thanks to an acquisition by GTCR in October 2018, Northland Communications secured more than $50 million to upgrade their infrastructure, including the ability to bring 1G residen...

“God has done so many amazing things for us.”


It is inspiring to witness the incredible people in the community who give of themselves selflessly to impact others in a positive way; devoting countless hours to help improve the lives of those in our community. And one such organization that works toward its mission every hour of every day is Priest River Ministries - Advocates for Women—which strives to do all it can for the betterment of women who have endured, and are continuing to be affected, by physical and sexual abuse and violence.


Servin...

When a person goes to college and gets a degree, they typically learn a great deal about their chosen field, hoping to find a good job, make a lot of money and live the perfect dream life. For one Spokane woman though, going from point A to point B has already happened in her 30-some years, but with a fascinating, and life-changing, twist.


Kumiko Love, an accredited financial counselor and the creator of The Budget Mom, was raised on a farm in Chewelah, Washington, and lived a normal farm-girl life. She grew up, went off to college where she ob...

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...

Bill Ouimet trudged through waist-high snow and reached a 16-by-20-foot cement building that would be, for the next quarter decade, his home.


It was 1977, and Camp Stidwell, on the south end of Mirror Lake, was in need of a caretaker. Vandalism had creeped in, so his presence was going to stave it off.


“I came here in January, and the old guy that hired me … we went around back, opened the door and I walked in. Cement floors, tin roof, no insulation,” Ouimet said. “He goes, ‘See you in the spring, son.’ I turned around and he was gone.”


The nex...

The Sandpoint community is unlike any other, joining together to help out when others are in need and are facing hardships. The community has an opportunity to come out and show their support to a local family as Heath Okon, husband to Diana and father to their two sons Brycen and Christian, has been battling advanced stage synovial sarcoma.


“Advanced stage synovial sarcoma is cancer that starts in the extremities of the body, typically arms or legs near the joints,” says Diana. “Heath’s is in his thigh and, unfortunately, was very large before...

 Gabriel Chistman

Gabriel Christman, a senior Sandpoint High School cross-country runner, is a busy young man with both school and sports. Running on the cross-country team in the fall and the track team in the spring, Gabe keeps his grades up and is a member of the National Honors Society.


As a sophomore, an injury occurred that put a halt to the rest of Gabe’s cross-country season, as his ability to train at his full capacity was put on hold until this past summer. “I was out for two cross-country seasons, and track, unable to race to my best...

When Lissa DeFreitas was 19 years old, her grandmother died. She was convinced, she said, that there was something beyond death.


It fascinated her then and has ever since: in her various volunteer roles in hospice care, as a social worker, as a spiritual care volunteer at Bonner General Health Community Hospice in Sandpoint, and now in her latest role there—as the volunteer and bereavement coordinator. She has held the post for six years.


“This is like a dream job,” DeFreitas said.


In her new role, she engaged in more conversations with the com...

Considering the current construction environment in which good trades are in hot demand and wait lists for reputable builders continue to stack up, it is a massive understatement to say that entering into the construction process can be somewhat overwhelming and even downright scary. Choosing the right builder for the project is one of the most crucial steps in the entire process.


Jennifer Knappe, owner of Cedar Creek Custom Homes, LLC, says that “while most home builders aren’t malicious or intentionally causing their clients undue stress, the...

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