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Get Sandpoint and northern Idaho news and information from our town’s leading sources. Featuring news links from the Bonner County Daily Bee, The River Journal, other media and the Sandpoint Online Newsroom. Check the archives of Sandpoint Magazine, read features from local columnists, and more.

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Current news from local sources, including the Bonner County Daily Bee, The River Journal and the Sandpoint Online Newsroom


April 18
Megaloads likely to travel highways
Plan to use interstate triggered review

Idaho jobless rate falls to 5.2%
Bonner County comes in at 7.6%

Climate group targets investments
350.org: Divert money from fossil fuels


April 17
USFS sets prescribed burns in area
Grouse Mountain activity part of plan

Tribe's poker plan at odds with Idaho
CdA Casino advertises May 2 launch

New Yorker runs for Idaho Senate - again
Vows to move West if he wins primary


April 16
ITD: Tree removal done for safety
Highway 200 work sparked concern

Idaho rancher, conservationist dies
Purdy, 96, hunted with Hemingway

Deputies search for suspect in assault
Allegedly struck partygoers near Athol


April 15
Litehouse to buy CWC building
CEO: It's 'a new era' for company

Angler access secured on Little Salmon
Sandpoint's Sletager to be paid $8,500

CdA story made into HBO movie
'Kid Cannabis' airs this Friday


April 12
Charter elementary plan advances
Women hope to create new school

Survey to help clarify parking issue
ADA dilemma with Schweitzer, IHD

MickDuff's to open tasting room
Aims for summer debut on Cedar St.


April 11
Coldwater Creek files for bankruptcy
CEO Dean: Impact is 'devastating'

Loss is a blow to local economy
Ripple effect expected in Sandpoint


April 10
County, state candidates speak out
Forum hits on health care, trains

New charges in ATM heist case
Former Bonners Ferry men charged

ISP trooper's camera yields details
Latest in license plate profiling case


April 9
LPOSD eyes $825,000 in budget cuts
Woodward aims to maximize resources

Idaho wants judge to toss challenge
Activitists target new 'Ag-Gag' law

Idaho's mega-embarrassment
Two rivers listed as 'endangered'


April 8
Uncertainty on the rise for CWC
Quiet leadership worries experts

What's ahead for Coldwater Creek?
W. Virginia media speak with Bloomberg

Wildlife crews follow flight of bee
Project tracks range of pollinators

Not so fast, Idaho drivers!
80 mph not coming soon


April 6
Museum acquires match machine
Seeks help in re-assembling relic

Permit OK'd for Naples mud bog
Event takes place May 30-June 1

Winter power bills now past due
Many folks struggle to pay Avista


April 5
Idaho Club faces tax deeding
Developers owe $1.4 million

Amtrak times change for Sandpoint
Result of harsh weather along route

Accident kills couple with local ties
Simchuks' plane crashes in Guatemala


April 4
Snowpack increases lake flood risk
Corps to release water at capacity

Feds: Grizzlies, mine can co-exist
Project under Cabinets proposed

Tech innovator Daines dies in CdA
Was pioneer of Ethernet technology


April 3
Solar Roadways parking lot unveiled
Sandpoint may incorporate technology

Parent booted from Otter's task force
Cites involvement with foe's campaign

Writer: Schweitzer is 'hidden gem'
Resort praised in Huffington Post


April 2
Internet outage affects region
Fiber optic line cut near Stateline

Ysursa backs McGrane for Idaho post
Four-way GOP race for Secretary of State

Otter announces re-election campaign
Idaho governor seeks third term


April 1
Megaload foes to host meeting
Local group cites climate change

Lookout Pass slide shuts part of I-90
Could be a week before lanes re-open

White House shooter sentenced
Idaho man receives 25 years

ITD rolls out new travel app
Provides real-time traffic info


March 27
Trials ordered in home invasion
Three remain in Bonner County Jail

Judge orders Idaho to restore cuts
$16 million in Medicaid was trimmed

Youth shine at 24 Hours fundraiser
More than $100k raised for cystinosis


March 26
ITD: Bridge, widening will happen
Projects at least 10 years out

Teen accused of killing dad, brother
CdA 14-year-old shows no remorse

Idaho biologist tracks wolf pups
F&G: 'This is cutting-edge work'

Flying Magazine highlights Quest
Touts attributes of 'potent' Kodiak


March 25
Sandpoint Arts Alliance shuts doors
Fail to find sufficient local funding

Idaho gets 'F' in health care report
State lacking in price transparency

Inmate nabbed in Pend Oreille County
Apling had escaped jail in February


March 23
Funds boost home ownership effort
BCHA targets lower-income families

Education was legislators' priority
Funding increased by $66 million

L.A. dogs find home in Ponderay
Ten are adopted in one day


March 22
Laclede Water rescinds recording ban
Policy had surfaced earlier this month

Lakes Commission sets meeting
Restoration, lake level on agenda

Abortion protesters target teens
Society demonstrated in Sandpoint


March 21
Legislature wraps up 2014 session
Rep. Eskridge pleased with progress

Idaho OKs employee pay raises
Average 2% increase is merit-based

Eagles want monument to stay
Auxiliary vote was unanimous


March 20
Council debates monument's future
Hears opinions on 10 Commandments

Sandpoint company hosts summit
Execs debated mobile advertising trends

KXLY posts 10 Commandments sound-off
Asks 'Should the monument stay or go?'


March 19
Kodiak pilot makes emergency landing
Glides in to airport after engine failure

EMS chief Wakeley suspended
Disciplinary hearing set for April

Bunty murder trial set for April 1
Businessman accused of killing men

AFL-CIO, trade council file amicus brief
On heels of suit challenging 'ag gag'


March 18
Trial in SilverWing suit called off
Court will rule on pending motions

Attorney drowns in Lake Pend Oreille
Eismann's body recovered from water at Bayview

House drops effort to nullify EPA
Riggins dredging spurred proposal


March 16
School program inspires compassion
Lewis starts Underground Kindness

House-Senate spat kills reform bill
Would remove privileges for lawmakers

Researchers follow Ethyl the grizzly
Traverses North Idaho and Montana


March 15
Candidates file for state, local races
Five vying for Dist. 1 commission seat

Head-on collision kills Newport woman
ISP: Spokane man crossed center line

Then and Now: Sandpoint history
Town once called 'wretched hole'


March 14
Shook Twins set April album release
New tunes get a Kickstarter boost

PLSAR searching for volunteers
The nonprofit is hosting a presentation

Plan prompts monumental protest
No immediate removal plans


March 13
Park monument's fate sparks outcry
City leaves decision with Eagles

Details emerge in robbery case
Elmira man doused with gasoline

Officials seek megaload route
Highway 200 eyed as alternate


March 12
Priest River rejects school levy
$3.5 million request voted down

Man shot in home invasion robbery
Three arrested following standoff

Plea deals struck in heroin cases
Two men charged with trafficking


March 11
Man shot in violent home invasion
Suspects arrested following standoff

Bow deemed firearm in man's arrest
Miller faces unlawful possession charge

Leaders say schools trump tax cuts
Cite public's support in restoring funds


March 9
Oil boom spurs rail safety worries
More shipments expected in Idaho

Sagle marina permit approved
Lodge at Sandpoint expanding

Pipe bomb explosion injures two
Suspect arrested in Bonners Ferry


March 8
Sandpoint firm 'succeeds by adapting'
Local media, marketing firm profiled

Council delays roundabout decision
But time's running short to use funds

Sandpoint readies for cooking show
Taste of Home returns to fairgrounds

Lawmakers keep gun privileges
Senators kill House-passed bill


March 7
Clogged drain floods NIC’s BF facility
Classes are canceled

Escapee tracked to car wash attic
A 35-year-old Spokane man arrested

JFAC OKs $300K to expand NIC-Sandpoint
For local bachelor’s degrees


Link up to local bloggers:

Alternative Horsemanship. Philosophies, training theories and humor with Samantha Harvey.
A Real Estate Guide by Lauren Adair. Agent covers the art of staging, renting vs. owning, real estate trends, more.
A Sparkling Vintage Life. Jennifer Lamont Leo on preserving the past, and “grace notes” for 21st century life.
As The Lake Churns. About Priest Lake, the land, people and happenings.
Brian's Bike Buzz. He rides bikes, dreams about bikes, and blogs about biking in Sandpoint and afield.
Chamber Chatter. Sandpoint chamber keeps readers in the know on Chamber and business happenings.
Chestnut Mocha. Katie and Ben post snapshots from Sandpoint and the area, as well as mouthwatering food photos.
Eye on Boise. Betsy Z. Russell covers Idaho news from The Spokesman-Review's bureau in Boise.
From a Simple Mind. Local great-grandma tosses loose thoughts.
Huckleberries. Spokesman-Review's David Oliveria puts his finger on pulse of current regional news and happenings.
Hyperbole and a Half. With 425k Facebook likes and 132k Twitter followers (at last count) Sandpoint homegirl Allie Brosh has gone viral.
Keokee Blog. Marketing group offer a window into the company’s work, trends, tips and more.
Lake Pend Oreille School District. What's happening in our local schools? Follow LPOSD Superintendent Shawn Woodward's weekly blog.
Mountain Architect. John Hendricks blogs on projects, trends and more.
BakkenForth. Local resident-commuters share experiences about the employment migration to North Dakota.
Nelson Boren Art Blog. The artist for Sandpoint's downtown arch project blogs about art, fishing, life.
North Idaho Dog Fun. A resource for "all things dog" in North Idaho.
Point to Bay. Mac Hollan's 2013 bicycle trek 2,750 miles from Sandpoint to Prudhoe Bay, Alaska, to benefit the Sandpoint Backpack Program.
Sandpoint Wellness Council. Alternative practitioners blog on natural health care.
Thudbits. Sandpoint's John Corn moderates political news and commentary from a conservative perspective.
Schweitzer Originals. Blog editor Marianne Love's first-hand accounts from folks who know and love the mountain.
Skookum Photography. Ralph Bartholdt's award-winning writing and snapshots of eclectic personalities.
Slight Detour. Sandpoint native and former SHS English teacher Marianne Love writes daily about life around here.
The Word on Schweitzer. Wanna talk skiing, riding, snow? This blog's for you.
Writing North Idaho. A web retreat for writers in the North Idaho Panhandle.




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Picture-Perfect Mountain Town
Sandpoint was rated as one of "10 Picture-Perfect Mountain Towns" by USA Today on Nov. 28, 2013. "... This little township is a vibrant, happening haven in the wilds of northern Idaho."

Idaho's Hippest Mountain Town
Sandpoint's a ski town that's also "urbane and cultured" says a November 2013 story, "Idaho's Hippest Mountain Town" in Men's Journal. "As tempted as you'll be to linger in town, the majestic Selkirk Mountains ... exert a gravitational pull."

Sandpoint's an American eCity
Seems there are both brains and beauty around here: Sandpoint was named the 2013 Idaho eCity, an award by Google to recognize the strongest online business community in each state.

We've got 'famed tree skiing'
Sandpoint ranks as one of the "Top 10 Emerging Ski Towns" according to National Geographic Adventure ... "for those seeking the famed tree skiing of the Selkirks without the trip to Canada."

Schweitzer one of '10 Best Mountains You've Never Skied'
Ski Magazine touts Schweitzer as one of the '10 Best Mountains You've Never Skied' in its November 2012 issue. Tons of snow, awesome terrain, no crowds and cold beer rate northern Idaho ski resort on enviable list.

Sandpoint a lakeside destination
The Missoulian highlights Sandpoint as a lakeside destination in light of Rand McNally's 'Best of the Road' Most Beautiful Small Town award bestowed on our little mountain-and-lake berg, in a July 24, 2012, feature story.

Schweitzer is 'Sandpoint's secret'
Bellingham Herald says Schweitzer Mountain Resort is a 'Sandpoint secret,' and has something for everybody in a March 11, 2012, article.

Sandpoint a 'prettiest winter town'
Travel & Leisure magazine ranks Sandpoint among the nation's dozen "prettiest winter towns" in a March 2, 2012, feature.

Schweitzer an 'underrated' resort
CNN/Travel in a Feb. 24, 2012, feature lists Schweitzer Mountain Resort as one of 7 Underrated Ski Resorts, noting that it's unlikely you'll wait more than five minutes in the lift line.

A 'Best Old House Town'
Our town's many vintage residential homes caught the eye of This Old House, which in February 2012 named Sandpoint a "Best Old House Neighborhood 2012." Read about it at This Old House.

'No. 1 Ski Town in USA'
That's what Rand McNally called Sandpoint when it named the country's "Top Seven Ski Towns" in a January 17, 2012, roundup of the best mountain towns. Sandpoint won the top rating over the likes of Lake Tahoe, Park City, Mammoth and Jackson. Go read the Rand McNally story.

'Most Beautiful Town in USA'
So say USA Today and Rand McNally, which sent traveling teams to towns around the nation to determine the five best small towns in America. Sandpoint grabbed "Most Beautiful Town" honors from among an initial 600+ nominees. Read the July 21, 2011, USA Today story or check the Best of the Road page.

A memorable travel destination
Canadian lifestyle website SweetMama.com ranks Sandpoint as one of its 15 Destinations for Memorable Family Travel in a June 13, 2011, posting.

Under the radar ski town
Sandpoint's small-town charm and great skiing win it accolades as "most under the radar ski town" in Sunset Magazine's "Top 10 Best Ski Destinations in the West."

We're a railroading attraction
Sandpoint's famous as "The Funnel" for railroads in the northern tier states, as USA Today writes in its Aug. 4, 2010, story "Idaho town draws railfans from around world."

Who says you can't have it all?
Sandpoint's a good destination for second home buyers, says USA Today in its April 16, 2010, story, "Having it all in Sandpoint."

Add to your winter bucket list
"Sandpoint, Idaho, may not be on your winter bucket list -- but it should be," says Big Sky Journal in its December 2009 article "Sandpoint Winter Carnival provides perfect haven."

Leading the transition movement
New York Times writes in-depth article on the Sandpoint Transition Initiative in its story "The End is Near! (Yay!)" (registration required) published in April 2009.

An abundance of trout
Fly Rod + Reel named Sandpoint a Top 10 Trout Town in March 2009.

A 'Top 10 Dream Town'
Sunset Magazine calls Sandpoint a "four-season outdoorsy resort that's also a real town with a strong community spirit." Click to see the September 2008 Top 10 Dream Towns list.

We're a 'market to watch'
Mountain Living Magazine says Sandpoint is one of 5 "mountain markets to watch." Click to see its September 2008 market appraisal, What Market Slump? (pdf format)

An 'idyllic adventure haven'
National Geographic Adventure Magazine touts the local character of "quiet Sandpoint," while newcomers rave about the town's strong sense of community. Click to read the August 2008 story Idaho's Last Stand.

Now we're top 10 for retirement
U.S. News & World Report names Sandpoint one of the nation's top 10 retirement spots "that offer delightful surroundings and amenities but still are easy on the wallet." Click to read the June 3, 2007, cover story, or check the Sandpoint profile titled "Lakeside living that's far from the crowds."

A top-15 travel destination
"I was smitten with this lakefront town from the moment I saw it," says USA Today travel writer Laura Bly in naming Sandpoint a top U.S. destination. Read the entire May 25, 2007, story: Summer Vacations: 15 unforgettable trips.

We've got the goods in fall
The New York Times features Sandpoint and Lake Pend Oreille in a guide for "leaf lovers" published Oct. 6, 2006. Click to read the full story: Fall Foliage; Bright Leaves, Big Country.

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Sand Creek Byway

Despite years of controversy and legal action against the proposed Highway 95 bypass around Sandpoint, the Sand Creek Byway construction commenced in 2008 and was finished and opened to the public July 27, 2012. 
Resource links:
ITD Sand Creek Bypass – Weekly updates
Aerial Photos – Photographer Jerry Luther captures monthly snapshots of progress on the Sand Creek Bypass; photos are posted on CallJerry.biz/SandCreek 

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