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Bonner County History - June 30, 2024

| June 30, 2024 1:00 AM

Brought to you by the

Bonner County Historical

Society and Museum

611 S. Ella Ave., Sandpoint, Idaho, 83864


50 Years Ago

Sandpoint News-Bulletin

June 30, 1974 – N-B CONTEST WINNERS

Young Noel Colhoff of Sagle won the grand prize in the “biggest ever” News-Bulletin subscription contest: an all-expense paid trip to California with stops at Disneyland, Marineland and Knott’s Berry Farm for himself and his family. He also won a five-piece set of luggage, courtesy of Hazel LaMoreaux of Sears, Roebuck & Co. In second place was Curtis Wyborny, Sandpoint, who won $100 plus a $10 savings account, compliments of Vice President Lee Mahler, Bank of Idaho. Ten-speed Hiawatha bicycles from Al Larson of Gambles were won by the next four highest winners: Ronnie Shadel, Samuels; Sherri VanDenBerg, Northside; Lisa Disney, Noxon; and Michelle Tillberg, Sandpoint. Lisa Disney also won $25 for special effort. Three-speed Hiawatha bicycles from Gambles were won by Tim Wing of Hope, and Chuck Wakely, Kootenai. Tape recorders with AM/FM radio were won by Jim Wilson, Noxon, and Shelley George, Sandpoint. Polo bikes, also from Gambles, were won by Patricia Smith and Kellie Thurlow, Sandpoint. Kellie also won a $10 savings account offered by V-P Howard Faux, Idaho First National Bank. A special 13th grand prize, a $10 savings account was won by Mark Alton, courtesy of Mrs. Billie Turner of Farm Bureau Realty, Careywood. Forty-four other youths received cash and free Panida Theatre tickets compliments of Mrs. Bill Currie. Publishers Gary and Laurin Pietsch declared the contest a tremendous success at its close Friday before an enthusiastic crowd of contestants, families and well-wishers on the library lawn next to the N-B offices on Second. 

75 Years Ago

Sandpoint News-Bulletin

June 30, 1949 – SNOW AND RAIN HIT AREA

Sandpoint recorded .68 inch of much-needed rain in the 24 hours up to 5 p.m. Wednesday, but at higher levels it was all snow, covering the mountains to an alarmingly low level with a pure white blanket. It was the heaviest snowfall this time of year in recent memory and the way that temperatures slid, damaging frosts in some localities were likely. 



As there will be no program activities over the Fourth a special playday is scheduled for Friday, July 1, said Director Jack Jones. Lemonade and ice cream will be served at noon to round out the paper sack lunches youngsters are asked to bring. Starting at 10 o’clock, there will be organized games, supervised contests for boys and girls and a free play time. There was an excellent turnout at last week’s play day and it is hoped Friday will see as many young folks again enjoying the supervised play and recreation facilities of the city park. 



A few stray firecrackers have found their way into the city and complaints have been made to the city police. Chief H.H. McCrum calls attention to the fact that the possession and or shooting of fireworks is illegal anywhere in the state of Idaho. 

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