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CAROLINE LOBSINGER

Staff Writer

I grew up in the Tri-Cities, Wash., and have always loved to write. I attended the University of Washington, where I earned a double major in journalism and political science, with an area of emphasis in history.

I am the fifth out of six kids — don't believe any of the stories that my siblings tell. To be able to tell others stories and take photos for a living is a dream come true — and I considered myself blessed to be a community journalist.

When I am not working, I enjoy spending time with family and friends, hiking and spending time outdoors, genealogy, reading, and watching the UW Huskies and the Seattle Seahawks.

I am a servant to my cat, Frankie, who yes, will eat anything and everything in sight … even wedding cookies.

Recent Stories

Under new management
March 19, 2024 1 a.m.

Under new management

While Inland Forest Management sold, little will change

It was 40 or so years ago that Dick Bradetich and Mike Wolcott walked into Bill Love's office at the Idaho Department of Lands in Sandpoint. The pair, Love recounts, wanted to let him know about their new forestry consultation business. Now, Inland Forest Management officials are letting the community know about a new change in the company with the sale of IFM to Georgia-based F&W Forestry Services.

Historic mystery
March 10, 2024 1:06 a.m.

Historic mystery

Divers, museum team up to identify, protect old wreck

It's likely she was deliberately sunk; the rocks piled in the front of the bow attest to that. But her name? Her story? When she operated in the community? Those are among the mysteries the Bonner County Museum hopes to solve, starting that journey with a dive into a recently discovered historic wreck.

Body found near where monk reported missing
January 5, 2024 1 a.m.

Body found near where monk reported missing

A body was found floating in a pond near where a Newport area monk was reported missing. Pend Oreille County Sheriff's Office dispatch said the agency received a call from Sravasti Abbey, saying a resident had seen a body floating in a nearby pond.

Fire academy heads north to train firefighters
December 21, 2023 1 a.m.

Fire academy heads north to train firefighters

While the fire academy has been a staple at North Idaho College's Workforce Training Center for 13 years, the Dec. 12 fire academy graduation marked the first time the course had been held in Bonner County. Firefighters from both Boundary and Bonner County took part, including those volunteering at South Boundary Fire Department.

Festival announces record-breaking year
December 13, 2023 1 a.m.

Festival announces record-breaking year

For the third straight year, the Festival at Sandpoint broke records. Partly due to a capacity increase and partly due to three sold-out performances, Festival officials announced Monday that the annual summer music series broke multiple organizational records. The news was announced as part of the Festival's annual report, which highlighted Festival programs programs from October 2022 to September 2023.

Spacepoint set to launch new observatory
October 30, 2023 1:08 a.m.

Spacepoint set to launch new observatory

Looking up at the night sky, stars are everywhere — seemingly unlimited in their scope. And, just like those stars, the opportunities in the space industry are as unlimited and full of potential, Spacepoint's Kyle Averill said. That, he said, is part of the reason he launched Spacepoint, a new observatory that is located at the University of Idaho's Sandpoint Organic Agriculture Center. Launched in March, Spacepoint — a deliberate play on the new nonprofit's home base — aims to create both interest in, and a pipeline to, all aspects of the space industry.

Compassion: 'The Cure for Hate'
October 24, 2023 1 a.m.

Compassion: 'The Cure for Hate'

It was the face of his newborn daughter, scrunched together, staring up at him in the delivery room, the first thing she saw. That was the catalyst. However, his journey away from extremist ideology and hate groups such as the Aryan Nations evolved over time, Tony McAleer told a crowd of roughly 100 area residents who attended Sunday's screening of "The Cure for Hate".

'The Cure for Hate'
October 23, 2023 1:09 a.m.

'The Cure for Hate'

Former Hayden Lake Aryan Nations member goes on journey of atonement

Among the stops of the documentary, "The Cure For Hate", is a showing today in Sandpoint. The film will be shown today, Oct. 22, at First Presbyterian Church, 417 N. Fourth Ave., Sandpoint. Doors open at 5:30 p.m., and the film begins at 6 p.m. A question-and-answer session will follow, led by moderator Jim Healey. All are welcome to attend this free event.

West Bonner OKs vacancies in truncated meeting
September 28, 2023 1 a.m.

West Bonner OKs vacancies in truncated meeting

Shortly before it was scheduled to start, the West Bonner school board meeting was paused for a phone call. Superintendent Branden Durst and trustees Margy Hall and Carlyn Barton then broke from a huddle near the front of the almost-full room and left the cafeteria.

Durst stepping down as West Bonner superintendent
September 26, 2023 1 a.m.

Durst stepping down as West Bonner superintendent

In announcing his resignation Monday, West Bonner Superintendent Branden Durst said he is seeking an "amicable and fair exit." In a letter posted to his account on X, formerly known as Twitter, Durst said he made the decision to resign from the post he's held for just under three months after much thought.

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