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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

Trump wins local, state Republican caucuses
March 3, 2024 1 a.m.

Trump wins local, state Republican caucuses

As in the rest of Idaho, former President Donald J. Trump won local caucuses in North Idaho as Republicans headed to the polls to nominate the state presidential candidate.

Gun & Horn Show celebrating 41st year
March 2, 2024 1 a.m.

Gun & Horn Show celebrating 41st year

Annual event taking place this weekend

If you love the outdoors, the fairgrounds is where you want to be this weekend with the 41st annual Gun 'n' Horn Show taking center stage. The event kicked off Friday, packing the main exhibit hall at the Bonner County Fairgrounds. A volunteer-run event by the Bonner County Sportsmen Association, the annual event with roughly 160 tables featuring everything from knife and firearm vendors, informational booths, food, and a horn and skull competition.

Bill targets school board recall issues
February 28, 2024 1 a.m.

Bill targets school board recall issues

A bill inspired by the confusion that followed the recall of two West Bonner school board trustees is being rewritten to address concerns of some of the State Affairs committee following a Feb. 21 hearing on the bill. Rep. Mark Sauter, R-Sandpoint, began revising the bill after his original legislation, House Bill 420, was sent to General Orders to ensure the bill does not conflict with other statutes. A bill sent to that committee can be amended on the floor if later brought up for action, or can languish there if it isn't passed into law if the Legislature adjourns before then.

MARCH NIBJ: Workshops help set businesses on path to success
February 27, 2024 1 a.m.

MARCH NIBJ: Workshops help set businesses on path to success

When Brent Baker first thought about holding economic development workshops, his vision was to help businesses in Bonner County be better versions of themselves. Baker, who has lived in the community since 1977, was semi-retired and offering business consultations on a part-time basis. With a career that also includes owning and operating his own construction company, stints in real estate, resort management, ranching, forestry, and investment.

MARCH NIBJ: Economic development taking a community-centered approach
February 27, 2024 1 a.m.

MARCH NIBJ: Economic development taking a community-centered approach

Economic development groups aren't what they used to be. And that, Pend Oreille Economic Partnership's Brent Baker said is a good thing. Instead of offering discounts, tax breaks, and other incentives to entice businesses, Baker said the new trend is to build from within.

MARCH NIBJ: Training helps Idaho Forest Group chart strong future
February 27, 2024 1 a.m.

MARCH NIBJ: Training helps Idaho Forest Group chart strong future

Idaho Forest Group's training programs are helping attract new employees and show potential career paths. Among them is IFG's registered apprenticeship program. Apprentices gain training and skills and companies can tap into a source of potential employees.

Parents call on WBCSD to run levy
February 25, 2024 1 a.m.

Parents call on WBCSD to run levy

More than a half-dozen parents and community members appealed to the West Bonner school board Wednesday to consider putting a supplemental levy on the ballot in May. However, not all who addressed the board favored the move, with most critics saying that the district must first get its financial house in order.

Work on Long Bridge delayed until mid-March
February 25, 2024 1 a.m.

Work on Long Bridge delayed until mid-March

Project will improve driving surface on 2-mile long bridge

Work to improve the Long Bridge's driving surface has been delayed until next month. The work, which was set to start Sunday, Feb. 25, but will now begin in mid-March, Heather McDaniel, ITD public information officer, said.

NAMI Far North sets sights on new 'Clubhouse'
February 20, 2024 1 a.m.

NAMI Far North sets sights on new 'Clubhouse'

Facility will provide recovery-based programs in region

To kickstart efforts, a fundraiser for the Sand Creek Clubhouse is planned for Feb. 29 at the Heartwood Center in Sandpoint. The event, which will be held from 6-7:30 p.m., will include refreshments, presentations from a Clubhouse international representative, and a special guest appearance from Evergreen Clubhouse members in Spokane, the next closest facility.

Parade shines as Winter Carnival fun kicks off
February 18, 2024 1 a.m.

Parade shines as Winter Carnival fun kicks off

Short, sweet, and a whole lot of fun. That sums up Friday's annual Winter Carnival parade. The fan-favorite event attracted hundreds of residents who lined the streets along Church and Oak Streets and Second and Fourth avenues as families and fans of winter turned out on a chilly night to kick off the annual celebration.

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