Business of the Month

April 2017

Sandpoint Readers awarded April Business of the Month Honor

SANDPOINT – The Greater Sandpoint Chamber of Commerce would like to extend congratulations to the Sandpoint Reader as our Business of the Month. The Chamber recognizes them for their commitment to providing Sandpoint with a free weekly source for arts, entertainment, news, and opinion.

The Sandpoint Reader was originally launched in 2004 by Zach Hagadone, John Reuter, Chris DeCleur, and Ben Olson as a contributing writer. On their website, they described themselves as “an alternative weekly started on a shoe-string budget, fueled by a passion for journalism and community.”  The Reader published with integrity, edge and heart for eight years, until 2012 when the trio departed for other adventures.

In January 2015, after a near three-year hiatus, The Reader, in partnership with Keokee Publishing, was resurrected with Ben Olson as publisher and Cameron Rasmusson as editor. The first issue of the new Reader was published January 22, 2015.

“People were stopping me in the street and telling me that they missed the calendar, and the long-form articles written by locals.  I wanted to not only improve this town, but the quality of conversation.  The people who choose to live here are from various backgrounds and places, and I felt that many of their voices were not being heard.  I believe if people are more informed, and we spark more conversations, then we are being successful,” said Ben.

Ben and Cameron not only work to publish The Reader, but also support several community programs, such as The Reader Reels in partnership with the Panida.  The Reader also started “Live at the Office” where they host singer/songwriters for “tiny desk concerts” as a way to promote local artists to a younger audience.  Cameron is one of the originators and organizers of the Sandemonium event held every August at the East Bonner County Library. The Reader also makes in-kind sponsorships of the CHaFE150, Team Autism 24-7, 24 Hours for Hank, The Festival at Sandpoint, Pend Oreille Arts Council, and The Panida.  “If it helps the artistic output in Sandpoint, then it’s worth it for me!” said Ben, who also plays guitar and sings in a local band.

“I have never been involved in anything in a community where I have received so much positive feedback.  For the most part, our readers are very appreciative of having an outlet that they can submit articles and I love that it’s not just mine or Cameron’s voice in every article,” said Ben.

Please join the Chamber in congratulating the Sandpoint Reader as the Business of the Month, and we look forward to supporting them in the community for many years to come.  To learn more, visit their website at, call (208) 265-9724, like them on Facebook, and look for their paper around town every Thursday.


Chamber Ambassador Steve Sanchez presented Editor Cameron Rasmussen with the Business of the Month award.


Past BOM 2016-2017

May: Washington Trust Bank April: Sandpoint Reader September: Miller’s Country Store August: MickDuff’s Brewing Company July: Evergreen Realty June: Bonner County Historical Society & Museum | May: Eichardt’s Pub Grill & Coffee House | April: Trinity at City Beach | February: Idaho Pour Authority | January: The Shed, INC

Past BOM 2015

December:  Sandpoint Elks Lodge #1376 | November:  Pend Oreille Surgery Center | October:  Skeyes the Limit | September:  Goodwill Ponderay | August:  Petal Talk | July:  Sandpoint West Athletic Club | June:  Northland Communicaions | May:  Friends of Scotchman Peaks | April:  Eve’s Leaves | March:  Selkirk Association of Realtors | February:  Festival at Sandpoint | January:  North County Electric

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