Reader Quick Hits: May 7, 2020

  • This week’s Reader is up online and waiting in grocery store racks across town to be picked up and taken home. Here’s the direct link to the issue, which required an additional news page this week to cover all the local happenings. We’ve also included an absentee ballot request form, which can be cut out and sent to the Bonner County Elections office before May 19.
  • The Farmers’ Market at Sandpoint may have postponed its opening, but vendors are still finding ways to get veggies, plant starts and other seasonal products to customers. Visit to see which vendors are currently selling online and where they’re doing pick-ups. Also browse the vendor page to find ways to contact your favorite vendor directly to inquire about how to support them through the pandemic. Also, keep up-to-date on when the market may open by liking the market on Facebook:
  • As Idaho inches closer to Stage 2 of the governor’s Rebound Idaho economic reopening plan, Idaho Health and Welfare — in conjunction with local health districts — is gradually releasing guidelines for businesses set to open in upcoming stages. Check them out here.
  • Governor Brad Little is appealing to the U.S. Supreme Court regarding a case in which the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Idaho must pay for an inmate’s sex-reassignment surgery. Read the entire press release here.

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