You needn’t be a local Sandpointer to get the whimsy of our Dances with Winter cover, with boot-clad celebrants doing a happy dance on frozen Lake Pend Oreille. But as our Winter Dance cover story describes, the season brings a multitude of SSTD* once the snow falls and waters begin to freeze. Also in this issue: Visual treats from artist Catherine Earle … Schweitzer Lifties live the dream … Kirk Miller’s fantastic sunrise photography … the sawmill revolution that technology hath wrought … Sages of the Skies, profiling two aviators … an interview with Iditarod Chief Veterinarian Stuart Nelson … a terrific winter wildlife photo essay … riding the rails, Amtrak style … in Coldwater Creek’s wake … and so much more. Winter’s here. Time to put on your dancing’ Sorels!
*That’s Stupid Stuff To Do in winter
Trains seem ever-present around Sandpoint – and in fact, they have been since our town’s very beginning. Ever since the first tracks were laid here in 1882 with the sweat of Chinese laborers, trains have provided industry, transport and a soundtrack to our lives. With traffic increasing due to coal and oil transport, trains are poised to be an even larger presence. Get aboard, for our exclusive package of stories on the trains in our lives. Plus: An interview with beloved singer-songwriter Charley Packard … following in the photographic footsteps of Dorothea Lange … Ethan and His Fantastic Treehouse … Quest Aircaft soars … Coldwater Creek goes dry … and a veritable trainload more!
December 4, 1963 was a huge day for Sandpoint … the day Schweitzer vaulted from a gleam in the eyes of a few die-hard skiers into a bona fide ski mountain. As Schweitzer celebrates its first half century, here’s a look back at its storied history.
Also: An exclusive interview with former Soviet spy and bank robber Christopher Boyce. Boyce was the subject of the true-crime book and movie “The Falcon and the Snowman,” and he fled here to hide in 1980-81 while U.S. Marshals scoured the globe to capture him. Now paroled, his is a fascinating story that echoes current themes of treason and government abuse.
PLUS: The Sages of Sandpoint … remembering adventure photographer Patrick Orton … “Hyperbole and a Half'” blogger Allie Brosh … Sea Shepherd Katie Adams … Sandpoint’s Baaken Oil Field commuters … and more.
ARoooooooo. Did you hear that? Once nearly eradicated from the western United States, wolves are making a strong comeback. Our cover story Return of the Wolf covers the contentious revival of wolves here – a thrilling fact for some, infuriating for others.
Also featured in a magazine stuffed full of great stories: Sandpoint on the Salmon, in which an intrepid band of locals take the town with them down Idaho’s famous Salmon River.
PLUS: Interview with filmmaker Ted Parvin … a History of Sandpoint in 10 Objects … Ultimate Frisbee on the rise … the Cedar Street Bridge at 30 … Entrepreneurs of Sandpoint … a ‘Carpe Diem’ Photo Essay … and a whole pack more.
For our Boundless Backcountry cover story, it’s into the hinterland – times three, as our intrepid writers strap on the backcountry skis and boards for trips to Roman Nose, Caribou Mountain and the “wild west side” of Schweitzer Mountain.
Also featured: Small Town, Big Ideas. We delve deep into the very psyche of three of Sandpoint’s leading entrepreneurs.
PLUS: Interview with Outside senior editor Grayson Schaffer … Sandpoint as College Town … the Nordic Ski Explosion … the Artist Nan Cooper … Schweitzer Goes High-Tech … Old-Time Architecture … and more, of course
They’re ubiquitous here, around Lake Pend Oreille and other lakes and streams. In our Mighty Osprey cover story, learn about the magnificent and fascinating ‘fish hawks’ that dive completely under water to catch fish with a natural history that amazes.
Among a pile of other features, the Potters of Sandpoint will introduce you to crafters of sublime ceramics, while A Million Feet from Five Dollars takes us back to Sandpoint’s mining history.
PLUS: Interview with Astronaut John Phillips … Our Farming Heritage … the Public Art Explosion … the Rise of Downtown … a Selkirks Lake-Hopping Adventure … and a whole lot more.
By one definition, it’s not an adventure until something goes wrong. In Thrills and Spills: 6 Winter Adventures (Some Gone Awry) a half dozen slightly out-there folks recount their own adventures in the North Idaho wild.
Also featured: Skijoring, Anyone? Surely you know what skijoring is all about. Well, it has something to do with horses. And skiers. And more somewhat out-there folks.
PLUS: Interview with German industrialist Klaus Groenke … Avalanche Hunters … the Art of Peter Goetziner … the Search for Mustelids … a Winter Love Photo Essay … and so very much more.
It’s a truly amazing story: The biggest floods in the history of the planet, set off repeatedly during last Ice Age, right here at Lake Pend Oreille. In Imagine: Colossal Ice Age Floods we tell how geologists have pieced together this incredible tale – and how Sandpoint was at its very nexus.
Also featured: Dead Men Tell No Tales, a look back at the history revealed in nine North Idaho cemeteries.
PLUS: Interview with Nike Air Jordan Designer Tinker Hatfield … Adventure Motorbiking … Whitewater Padding Local Rivers … Extreme Plein Air in the Scotchmans … Pend Oreille’s Storied Fishery … and a whole creel more.
Whew. That was a lot of work … for, like two decades! In this special commemorative issue, 20 Years, we take the occasion of Sandpoint Magazine’s 20th anniversary to look back at all the things that have passed through our pages – and what some of our local leaders think the next 20 might hold for our town.
And maybe most fascinating: Where Are They Now? catches up with the 40 accomplished individuals featured over the years in the Sandpoint Magazine interview, just to see what they’re up to now.
PLUS: Interview with Olympic Snowboarder Nate Holland … the Resurgent Theater Scene … Teens and Art … Pushing Boundaries at Schweitzer … Ubiquitous Yoga … Snowcattin’ Our Backcountry … and, yes, much more.
It just makes sense – some would say, horse sense – that one of the biggest pastimes and lifestyles around here would make into our pages one day. In Horse Heaven: Sandpoint’s Equine Culture, we take a gallop into our town’s big equestrian scene.
And, in our feature Hiking Tales Mom Shouldn’t Read, a collection of wilderness wayfarers tell their stories of dumbness and derring-do in our mountains.
PLUS: Interview with hot musical talent, Bomshel’s Kristy Osmunson … Triathlon a la Carte … the Art of Dan Earle and Jackie Henrion … Three Centennials … the 1910 Fire Remembered … Sandpoint Philanthropists … and more.