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

Sandpoint News Headlines
Current news from local and regional media, including the Sandpoint Reader, Spokesman-Review and the Sandpoint Online Newsroom

July 2
This week's Reader, digital flip-page edition:

  • Oil trains: Locals brace for impact
  • Lions Club gears up for Fourth
  • Interview with Devil Makes Three

Two teens admit to SHS vandalism 
 Jones, Thompson set to be sentenced
Students exceed expectations on ISATs 
 New tests aligned with Common Core
Court affirms Hope man's conviction 
 Hillbroom violated no-contact order
Dr. Leedy retires after 40-plus years 
 Plans to 'die young as late as possible'

July 1
Kochava announces mobile ad model 
 Audience Attribution analyzes behavior
Stein: 'Everyone is at peace here' 
 Columnist in Sandpoint for summer
Connecting artifacts to stories a task 
 Museum director puts pieces together

June 30
Schweitzer to build Summit Lodge 
 Scheduled to be completed in 2016
Arrest made in Bloom Lake shooting 
 Chisholm charged with felony offense
Hope pilot killed in Alaska crash 
 Krill, eight others were on plane

June 29
Study finds county is resilient 
 Economy overcoming challenges
Panel: More exports, more trains 
 Oil train forum examines issues
Special Olympians shine at state 
 Sandpoint team posts strong showing

June 24
This week's Reader, digital flip-page edition:

  • One-Year Anniversary of Shooting
  • Interview with Lake Street Dive
  • John Craigie plays the Panida
Man accused of shooting at woman 
 Darden charged in Priest River incident
Dead shoplifting suspect identified 
 Last known address was Sandpoint
Witness recants testimony in lewd case 
 Came two days before sentencing

June 23
Police chase ends in car crash 
 Suspect injured on Highway 95 in Sagle
Oil train forum to address risks 
 ICL aims to inform public of dangers
Scorching heat wave on the way 
 Temps to hit on Hoopfest, Ironman weekend
Cd'A man featured on History Channel 
 Turns junk cars into custom vehicles

June 22
Sandpoint football player injured at camp 
 Police advise assault charge for Cd'A boy
Composer Gunther Schuller dies at 89 
 Was festival's music director for years
Forums to focus on oil train traffic 
 Speaker to address directing public policy
Schools could get $3 mllion a year more 
 Idaho's endowment should increase in 2016

June 21
Family turns eyesores into art 
 Goetzingers specialize in water tanks
Team Laughing Dog departs for RAAM 
 Includes 70-year-old grandpa of Hank Sturgis
Shoplifting suspect dies after detained 
 Was held down by grocery store employee

June 18
This week's Reader, digital flip-page edition:

  • Threat of climate change
  • There's a new distillery in town
  • John Craigie plays the Panida
Clark Fork access dispute escalates 
 Road to subdivision on private land
What makes Bonner County different? 
 Area aided by diverse economic activity
Panida will close for restoration work 
 Repair of plaster ceiling starts July 5
Suit challenges F&W's call on mine 
 Agency: Mine won't hurt trout, bears

June 16
Boy's death still under investigation 
 Official: Interviews, report in process
Man accused of lewd conduct, rape 
 Flanigan, 22, makes court appearance
Lowrey enters pretrial agreement 
 Extreme Huntress seeks resolution

June 15
Transformer malfunction cuts power 
 Blaze extinguished at Avista station
Magnitude 3.1 quake shakes area 
 Epicenter 9 miles east of Sandpoint
Larson's celebrates 75th anniversary 
 Remains in same downtown location
Lewis named new Kootenai mayor 
 Keough resigns after move from city
Spirit Lake boy, 3, dies in hot car 
 Mother, boyfriend sleeping in home

June 11
This week's Reader, digital flip-page edition:

  • Fire Season '15: Dry summer ahead?
  • Haunted Sandpoint: SMS Library
  • Interview with Ziggy Marley
Poverty a persistent issue in Sandpoint 
 Despite glossy image, problems exist
B.C. reservoirs to aid Northwest 
 Drought conditions force planning
Cyclist, 72, ready for his biggest ride 
 Robinson part of Race Across America
Inlander spotlights Festival, Aftival 
 Wahl ready for rush of excitement

June 10
Debate continues in EMS expansion 
 County aims to improve Sagle service
SHS football raffle a huge success 
 Program raises $62,475 for youth
Ex-clerk from Athol sentenced 
 Hansen to serve 4 years in prison

June 9
SHS students to lead July 4th parade 
 Lions Club: Our kids are 'outstanding'
Poll: Idahoans back wage boost 
 70% favor increase to $10/hour
Area golfers fall short in U.S. Open quest 
 Former SHS standout Lovell places 44th

June 8
Railroad response plan awaits OK 
 Spill strategy includes three counties
Man rescued after Long Bridge jump 
 Found clinging to a bridge piling
Jack Parker: Bridge to community 
 Served 51 years on hospital board
Narrow rescue for Amtrak's depot 
 Railway Age reports on re-opening
Pend Oreille River trail planned 
 25 miles from Oldtown to Dover

June 4
This week's Reader, digital flip-page edition:

  • '15 Grads: Where are they headed next?
  • Senior Center weighs fate of tree
  • Severe fire season predicted

BGH Skywalk named Jack Parker Bridge 
 Honors board member's service
Grimm: SURA must be more open 
 Agency funds infrastructure projects
Companies seek higher insurance rates 
 Would apply to Idaho health exchange
Tribe sues over instant racing ban veto 
 CdA file with Idaho Supreme Court

June 3
Sandpoint woman killed in accident 
 Car hit from behind on Highway 95
Woman struck by train in Athol 
 65-year-old stepped on tracks
Local therapist discusses suicide 
 Perusse: Stigma biggest obstacle

June 2
Sandpoint celebrates restored depot 
 1916 Gothic-style structure shines
Sandpoint receives 'livable' honors 
 Ranked #97th best on
Avista proposes Idaho rate hikes 
 CEO cites equipment upgrade costs
Keough in line for powerful post 
 Chairmanship would be historic

June 1
County aims to ensure water access 
 Files lawsuit to secure easement
ITD selects 27 projects for 2016 
 Panhandle to see bridge deck work
EMS dispute raises questions 
 Sagle Fire, Bonner County feud
Two motorcyclists hurt in crash 
 Struck by sheriff deputy's SUV

May 28
This week's Reader, digital flip-page edition:

  • Grand Re-Opening of Train Depot
  • Rapid Lightning Reflections
  • Readying Sandpoint parks for summer
U.S. Postal board dismisses appeal 
 Sought to undo Careywood closure
Scientists: All of Idaho in drought 
 Coeur d'Alene basin at historic lows
Progress in D.C. on the Scotchmans 
 Leader visits congressional delegates

May 27
Plea resolves case against ex-clerk 
 Dutson-Sater pleads guilty to charge
Idaho Democratic Party chair resigns 
 Post Falls' Kenck cites medical issues
Dog, mistaken for wolf, killed by teen 
 Couple was hiking in Boundary County

May 26
Area tributes honor nation's heroes 
 Memorial Day ceremonies held
Child sex abuse case expanding 
 Suspect worked as county EMT
Sagle students practice safety drill 
 Helps school put lessons to the test
County marine patrol hits the water 
 Weekend patrols begin for the season

May 21
This week's Reader, digital flip-page edition:

  • The Fiction Issue
  • Caribou wins city support, mural
  • Officer mourned in Sandpoint region
Sandpoint part of Bike Route 10 
 Includes Highway 2, Highway 200
Bonner EMS expansion questioned 
 Sagle services concern commissioners
DeMers ends 27-year coaching career 
 'He's a Bulldog through and through'

May 20
Molander, Lewis win LPOSD seats 
 View Bonner County results (pdf)»
Adventure tourism worth millions 
 Gem State attracts thrill-seekers
Report sizes up county's economy 
 Looks at strengths and weaknesses

May 19
FEMA grant enables home's removal 
 Situated in the Pack River floodway
Lawmakers pass child support bill 
 Dixon, Scott vote against HB 1
Ex-Muslim pastor stokes emotions 
 Hadian speaking around region

May 18
Idaho Club shoots for June opening 
 Owners excited to welcome public
Judge issues stay for wolf center 
 Fish and Game suspend license
Arrests swift in pawn shop burglary 
 Two males, ages 18 and 17, in custody

May 15
Kootenai students hold mock trial 
 6th-grade jury sides with defense
Fishing derby to aid birds of prey 
 Prizes awarded for winning teams
Spokane schools shaken by suicides 
 Community searching for answers

May 14
This week's Reader, digital flip-page edition:

  • Fifties: Discourse, Lure of Lost, more!
  • Festival lineup announced
  • Candidates envision different futures
Bonner EMS setting up Sagle station 
 Temporary quarters to house 2 medics
Festival at Sandpoint announces lineup 
 Wilco, Ziggy Marley, Vince Gill to perform
Idaho CEO pay outpaces workers' 126-1 
 Average pay among CEOs is $4.6 million

May 13
Dover matriarch passes away 
 Becker helped incorporate town
Crapo to seek fourth Senate term 
 Otter, Risch, Labrador named co-chairs
Report: 1 in 4 get child support 
 Legislature holding special session

May 12
ITD dedicates $2.2m for city streets 
 Fifth Avenue to be reconfigured
Sandpoint, resident in water dispute 
 Man not eligible for reimbursement
Distemper outbreak stirs concern 
 Outbreak likely from flown-in puppies

May 11
Sandpoint senior center nabs grant 
 Parking lot getting $113k facelift
Era's over for large dairy farms 
 Poelstras shutting down operation
Threat puts local school in lockdown 
 Caller allegedly said 'dozens will die'
Community, region pay final respects 
 More than 4,000 gather to honor Moore

May 7
This week's Reader, digital flip-page edition:

  • Is medicinal weed in Idaho's future?
  • The two personalities of GOPs
  • The power of community

Memorial Field on November ballot 
 Asks voters to approve 1% sales tax
Court records tell story of shooting 
 Camera running when officer shot
Donations, tributes seen across region 
 Almost $60,000 raised for Moore family

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.
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.
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.
Hike North Idaho. Love to read about, and share, stories of hiking in North Idaho? Then this adventure blog's for you!
Huckleberries. Spokesman-Review's David Oliveria puts his finger on pulse of current regional news and happenings.
Hyperbole and a Half. With 550k Facebook likes and 140k Twitter followers (at last count), Sandpoint homegirl Allie Brosh has gone viral.
I Love. I Live. I Ride. Sandpoint's Danielle lives on a 5th generation family ranch, but still has time to blog!
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.
Lublyou. Katie and Ben post snapshots from Sandpoint and the area, as well as mouthwatering food photos.
Mountain Architect. John Hendricks blogs on projects, trends and more.
North Idaho Dog Fun. A resource for "all things dog" in North Idaho.
Sandpoint Wellness Council. Alternative practitioners blog on natural health care.
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.
Sparkling Vintage Life. Jennifer Lamont Leo on preserving the past, and “grace notes” for 21st century life.
Writing North Idaho. A web retreat for writers in the North Idaho Panhandle.

Get an eyeful of Sandpoint at this photo diary, updated a few times weekly. If you're a shutterbug, enter your own shots for fame and prizes. Click to see the digital album.

If you like Sandpoint, you’ll love Sandpoint Magazine. This color glossy magazine has been published twice a year since 1990. Read the current issue and check the Sandpoint Magazine archive – more than 100 stories online.

Ben Stein: The American Spectator
Ben Stein is a writer, actor, economist and lawyer who lives in Beverly Hills, Calif., and Sandpoint. He writes "Ben Stein's Diary" for every issue of The American Spectator - and often writes about Sandpoint! Check out his webpage for links to his essays.

Ben Stein: The American Spectator

Ben Stein is a writer, actor, economist and lawyer who lives in Beverly Hills, Calif., and Sandpoint. He writes "Ben Stein's Diary" for every issue of The American Spectator - and often writes about Sandpoint. View his webpage for links to his essays at; here's a sample of Sandpoint mentions in his essays:
- Sandpoint When It Shimmers, 7.8.14
- Goodbye to Sandpoint, 9.18.12
- Far Away From the Panic, 8.10.11

Schweitzer big on powder, light on parties
Seattle Times writer reviews Schweitzer Mountain Resort in a story picked up by the Idaho Statesman Nov. 24, 2014: "On a midweek, balmy spring day with no lift lines and still decent snow, I swooped down the empty slopes and paused to revel in the views. It was a taste of skier heaven." See the full story, "Schweitzer ski resort: Big on powder, light on parties."

Setting is 'second to none'
Writer extols the many virtues of our region in Travel Destination: Scenic Sandpoint in The Columbus Dispatch on June 22, 2014. "The forte of the town, whose oldest buildings date only to the early 20th century, lies not in its architecture but in its natural beauty."

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 Best of the Road page.

A memorable travel destination
Canadian lifestyle website 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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Be an informed voter. The Election Central page provides a voter’s handbook for upcoming elections, with links to information about the candidates and issues voters will see on the ballot come election day.

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 

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