The Newport Miner/Gem State Miner

The newspaper began publication in 1897 and continues today. It serves Pend Oreille County in Washington and also west Bonner County and the communities of Oldtown (originally Newport, Idaho), Coolin, Priest Lake, Blanchard, Laclede, and Priest River.

The Pend Oreille County Historical Society and Museum holds an archive of the original newspapers dating from 1897 to 1978.  For information about how to access this collection, visit

The Newport Public Library holds a complete collection of the Newport Miner/Gem State Miner on microfilm. The microfilm reader is read-only and no copies can be made of the film. For library information, visit or contact the library at (509) 447-2111.

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