Idaho's Newspapers

Posted by Kevin Hughes on Thursday, July 7th, 2011 at 4:30pm.

Downtown BoiseRising early in the morning to the bright sunshine of a new day and you walk outside to pick up the paper, looking forward to getting the latest on the market. Step back for just a minute and think...How much different would life be if there wasn't a newspaper? We all use it, we all trust it, we all rely on the important information it provides.

Here is a peek at two of Idaho's top papers, their history and popularity. Get more familiarized with your future home and city by checking out our several newspapers. Dive into the heart and soul of a city.

The Idaho Statesman

Idaho real estate investors may be interested to know that The Idaho Statesman began with James S. Reynolds on July 26, 1864 and serves as one of the oldest newspapers in the state.  Its operations began in a log cabin with no windows and a dirt floor on the site of what was to become the Boise City Hall.  Its first reports were on the Confederate upheaval that threatened to tear the country apart.
In 1872 management of the paper was handed to Judge Milton Kelly and in 1888 when it became a daily periodical ownership of the newspaper went to an Oregon lawyer named Calvin Cobb who left it to his daughter Margaret.  In 1952 the paper moved to a new location and James Brown took ownership in 1959.  A few years later the newspaper was sold again to Michigan based Federation publications.
The Bonner County Daily Bee
What was to become the Bonner County Daily Bee began in Rathdrum, Idaho in 1899 as the Kootenai County Republican, edited by John F. Yost.  Politically speaking, the Republican was often at odds with the Democratic Coeur d’Alene Press.
On July 12, 1901 - because of too much competition in Rathdrum - the Republican moved and became Sandpoint’s first newspaper, and in 1903 ownership went to Al Filson and George Barker.  In 1904 Filson took full ownership.  Barker left to purchase the Priest River Enterprise in 1905 when he renamed it the Pend d’Oreille Review.
In 1924 J.L. Stack and Laurin E. Pietsch started the Daily Bulletin so that by 1928 Sandpoint had its choice of four different newspapers competing with one another.  Pietsch later took control of The Daily Panidan and the Pend d’Oreille Review from J.C. Parsons before consolidating the newspapers into only the Daily Review and the Pend d’Oreille Review.
Rising Above the RestIn 1936 in the midst of the Great Depression the Pend d’Oreille Review was forced to close its doors and cease publication. Not long afterward the Daily Bulletin was changed to the Sandpoint Daily Bulletin which merged with the Idaho Daily News to become the Sandpoint News Bulletin.
In 1966 Pete Thompson started the Bee Hive before buying the Sandpoint News Bulletin and combining them into the Sandpoint Daily Bee.
In 1984 the newspaper was purchased by Duane Hagadone who changed its name to the Bonner County Daily Bee in 1988. Idaho is rich in history and Idaho home owners will discover its newspapers are no exception.


Kevin Hughes

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