Current news from local and regional media, including the Sandpoint Reader, Spokesman-Review and the Sandpoint Online Newsroom
Bomb threat evacuates Farmin Stidwell
Rash of robocalls hit region, nation same day
CAL awards $105,000 in grants
Bizarre Bazaar store profits fund gifts
Runner to honor 300 fallen heroes
Ehredt to plant flags as he jogs around park
City approves stadium plan
Accept last-minute changes
Meth-addicted mother behind bars
Admits feeding baby while on drugs
Ballots mistakenly withheld at poll
Some unaffiliated voters denied ballots
Driver crushed by car near Sagle
Morales was trying to fix vehicle
Geaudreau, 27, remains at large
Sought on Bonner County warrant
NIC names new president
MacLennan from Maryland
Severe fire season looks likely
Warm, dry April set a record
Connolly, McDonald win elections
Wheeler retains position as sheriff
Idaho Supreme Court headed for runoff
It's Brody, McKenzie in November
Congressional incumbents win big
Labrador easily fends off challengers
Convicted felon seeks court relief
Larson alleges prosecutorial misconduct
Homeless count rises 5 percent
Northern Idaho count: 450 homeless
Redoubt movement pushes politics right
Extreme right-wing preppers target Idaho
SilverWing judgment favors county
Awards Bonner County $741,730
Forum incites spirited debate
Keough, Rohrer spar over issues
SHS girls softball wins districts
Beat Lakeland 8-6; headed to state
BCSO arrest 'person of interest'
Geaudreau still at large in shootout
Candidates square off at forum
Wheeler, Scott noticeably absent
Streamflows peak after record melt
Warm temps, dry weather cited
Manhunt underway for suspect
Accused of firing on deputies
Man accused of ramming ATV
Boy, 12, not injured in incident
Candidate Forum set for tonight
All welcome to SHS auditorium
Council puts diversity on the agenda
Look to improve advertising process
LPOSD sets date for levy vote
Facilities to be decided Aug. 30
Man arrested after accident
Cook, 19, charged with DUI
Kochava: Star is born with software
Forbes profiles Charles Manning
SHS golf boys, girls win districts
Both teams punch tickets to state
Public offered peek at stadium
Open House at the field May 11
Suspect arrested in Las Vegas
But Mancuso remains at large
Source: Trump to visit Spokane
Details on Saturday event pending
Firefighters take part in training
Busy season ahead is expected
Toddler found in Jewel Lake dies
Was missing after mother awoke
Weisberg named '16 Festival artist
Poster to be unveiled on July 14
Harvel pleads guilty to BGH theft
Ex-CFO to be sentenced July 8
County seeks to shut junkyard
Allegedly operated in Samuels
Top conservative backs Keough
Nonini touts her JFAC position
Nolan, Jay win Derby prizes
Two 18-pounders snag wins
Howlett runs as District 1 write-in
Democrat faces Vickaryous in May
Darling gives up Ponderay post
Mayor to fill council seat soon
Sandpoint Rotary celebrates 50 years
Organization has nearly 80 members
Ecclectic mix tops Festival lineup
Bruce Hornsby, Emmylou Harris, more
Nolan, Day lead LPOIC derby
Johnson, McCorkle lead youth
David Hale still on county's payroll
Resigned as undersheriff last week
Church fire unites Bonners Ferry
Businesses, leaders come together
SHS just misses landing Thielbahr
Alum accepts, then declines position
Ivano's Ristorante announces changes
Two employees named shareholders
Lack of funding sinks bike trail
31-mile stretch from Sagle south
Yappy Hour season kicks off
First party at Laughing Dog
Business group aims to tout Idaho
Cites Kochava's recent acquisition
Vote evolves into free speech debate
City OKs street performer amendment
Legislative politics of voting 'no'
Scott, Dixon in the Top 10 bloc
Fire may merit federal charges
Bonners Ferry church destroyed
Man accused of rape, kidnapping
Hearing pending for Ransom, 53
NTSB mum on Bird's plane crash
Decline to release more details
Hutter retiring as Ponderay chief
Will patrol part-time in Sandpoint
Farmers Market has new manager
Patti Fulton takes on complex job
Hale resigns amid website scandal
Undersheriff admitted creating site
Fire destroys Bonners Ferry church
Authorities have person of interest
Northside Fire levy to boost service
Seek $1.5 million over three years
LPOIC's spring derby kicks off
Fishing event runs until May 1
Grant approved for Solar Roadways
Sandpoint to be first city with panels
Supreme Court candidates face off
Four hopefuls attend forum in Boise
Negotiations underway in theft case
Ex-BGH CFO Harvel free on bail
Increasing demand lifts gas prices
Idaho average now at $2.15 gallon
Sandpoint businessmen clearing hurdles
Aim to market hemp product statewide
Family files suit over shooting
Riley killed by officers in 2014
City wins grant for Solar Roadways
Surface to be installed in town square
Injured teen recovering quickly
Police still investigating incident
Local merchants up ante on giving
April 30 downtown event aids causes
AG reviews undersheriff's conduct
Created website on Wheeler rival
Idahoans part of Boston Marathon
Sandpoint's Carol Wright is oldest
LPOSD explores plant levy options
Tentatively on August 30 ballot
More lawsuits hit Bonner County
Question legality of recent decisions
KREM reports on support for teen
Williams is a liftie at Schweitzer
Candidate cries foul over fake website
Traced to Wheeler's 2nd-in-command
Idaho tries to curb disease in bats
Syndrome confirmed in Washington
Lawmakers push innovation at schools
Extra funds aimed at trying new things
Fundraising underway for pedestrian
Williams found lying in N. Boyer
Reward in grizzly killing upped to $13,500
Found in the Grouse Creek drainage
Couple's knives appear in 'Revenant'
Blanchard shopowners proud of film
ISP seeks info in 'pedestrian crash'
Williams, 19, in critical condition
NIC raises $2.7m for CTE facility
Albertson Foundation donates $1m
Host of Bulldogs win sport awards
Schoening, Sundquist recognized
Marley pairs suit with tort claim
Allege gender, age discrimination
Long Bridge work set for summer
Project involves piers, road overlay
Crisis line making critical connections
After-hours service provides mental help
Court ruling: wolverines deserve protection
Only 300 left in northern Rockies, Cascades
Ex-EMS captain files suit for termination
Lisa Grande claims due process was denied
Otter vetoes Bibles-in school bill
Says bill not in line with state constitution
Former commissioner Mueller dies
Colorful, controversial local leader
United Way expands efforts in area
Developing relationship with SCRC
Little named Idaho Nonprofit leader
Ex-director of Sandpoint Chamber
Suspect's alleged getaway car found
Mancuso, Ford still elude authorities
Priest Lake studies on a fast track
Solution sought for breakwater
Labrador discusses public lands
Bill would improve states' input
One killed, one injured in crash
Highway 95 closed for four hours
NAMI course offers hope, resources
Family-to-Family explores disorders
LPOSD eyes ways to tighten budget
As state increases funding by $1.3m
Disabled Idahoans win suit for rights
Court: IDHW violated due process
Idaho insurer changes its rules
Bans some nonprofit assistance
Sandpoint Library plans to expand
$3 million project to start in 2017
Priest River fire funding on ballot
Levy, bond to be decided in May
Wheeler supports concealed gun bill
Idaho governor signed measure
Family offers reward for stolen ashes
Remains missing from local cemetery
Search continues for murder suspect
Pair may be driving white Toyota truck
Idaho lawmakers reflect on session
Failed to resolve health care gap
Public input sought on PNW Trail
Meeting coming up in Priest River
Idaho jobless rates hold steady
Unemployment remains at 3.9%
Murder suspect sought in manhunt
Mancuso last seen in Selle Valley
Medicaid eligibility efforts fail
Legislature worked on expansion
Sanders strongest in Boundary County
Hotbed of support in Democrat Caucus
Bonner Democrats back Sanders
More than 900 pack fairgrounds
Sanders beats Clinton in Idaho
Caucuses draw 24,000 Democrats
Stimson Lumber seeks plan support
Wants state approval for Clagstone
Link up to local bloggers:
- NEW: Doodah Man on the Trail. Sandpoint's Jim Healey is hiking the 2200-mile Appalachian Trail beginning in March 2016, and blogging about it.
- Tuk Tuk Diaries. Sandpoint local Matt Krabacher and pal Sam set out to drive a tuk tuk, aka motorized rickshaw, the length of Africa from Dec '15-April '16.
- Alternative Horsemanship. Philosophies, training theories and humor with Samantha Harvey.
- 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.
- 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. Sandpoint media firm offers marketing tips and trends, plus a window into the company’s work.
- Lake Pend Oreille School District. What's happening in our local schools? Follow LPOSD Superintendent Shawn Woodward's weekly blog.
- Lublyou. Sandpoint native Ben and Russian wife Katie post snapshots of their new life in New York City.
- Mountain Architect. John Hendricks blogs on projects, trends and more.
- Sandpoint Wellness Council. Alternative practitioners blog on natural health care.
- 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 ongoing photo diary of our area. 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 500 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 Spectator.org; 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 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.
• 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