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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.

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

March 2
Wheeler backs Constitutional Carry law 
 Allows concealed weapons without permit

Outdoor Gourmet rides growth trend 
 Local company now employs 42

Plan to boost teacher pay revealed 
 Comes with $30 million price tag

Flowering rush treatment tested 
 Dry-ground herbicide shows promise

Avista's CEO paid $5.5 million in '14 
 Made 90 percent more than prior year

February 26
LPOSD levy draws questions, support 
 Is levy amount 7th highest in state?

New Inspector General post considered 
 Lawmakers agree to study proposal

Bulldogs lose in championship game 
 SHS boys fall 38-29 to Lakeland

February 25
F&G easing up on lake trout netting 
 Scaling back season by 5 weeks

Sandpoint's Lignetics announces merger 
 Creates largest pellet fuel producer in U.S.

Avista sees 73% increase in earnings 
 Largely due to sale of energy subsidiary

Elk herds rebound in North Idaho 
 Improvement in St. Joe River area

February 24
Sandpoint boys to play for title 
 Heading for championship game

Rural retreat hearing to resume 
 Plan would add 25 cabins, lodge

Water cooldown studied for trout 
 IF&G: Priest River too warm

The big question ... is winter over? 
 Snow may return after mild February

February 23
Claim alleges gender bias at BCSO 
 Ex-records clerk seeks damages

Idaho's federal road funding drops 
 Lawmakers mull gas tax increase

SHS girls basketball nab third 
 First state trophy since 2003

Plan would protect grouse habitat 
 Aim to avoid endangered listing

February 20
Funding of railroad quiet zones explored 
 Zones would require warning devices

Scholarship scheme getting full review 
 NIC administrator fired, charge with felonies

Rep. Scott kicks up ruckus in Boise 
 Would end tax credit for education groups

February 19
LPOSD scrambling to secure services 
 Internet providers threaten shutdown

County rejects Sagle asphalt plant 
 Interstate requested zoning change

Human remains belong to adult man 
 Discovered by hiker near Bayview

Idaho-made films screen at festival 
 Documentary filmed at Priest Lake

February 18
Quest: Acquisition was 'next step' 
 Headquarters to remain in Sandpoint

Author recalls Sandpoint childhood 
 Robinson: 'Privilege' to live here

Idaho pulls broadband network 
 Emergency funds OK'd for schools

February 17
Japanese company buys Quest 
 Will continue to build in Sandpoint

Schweitzer fires up snowmaking 
 Cold temps improve conditions

Panhandle lags in snowpack totals 
 Area has 50-60 percent of median

Sandpoint's Kochava keeps growing 
 Tech company tracks smartphone ads

Slopes & cinema: Local returns to Idaho 
 Sorenson carves out niche in ski movies

February 16
Disaster declared on Gypsy Bay Road 
 County: Culvert failure led to erosion

ITD: Idaho relying more on feds 
 Ness talks budget with legislators

Developer loses eminent domain fight 
 Sought money for land near Athol

February 14
Alternatives sought for school meals 
 Hot food program dropped in Clark Fork

DEQ monitors Cd'A Lake's water quality 
 Dropping oxygen levels raise concerns

Idaho bill would repeal law regarding duels 
 Outdated law goes back to 1864

Idaho Senate panel studies guns bill 
 Would expand concealed weapons rights

February 13
Cold lunch sympton of broader challenges 
 Program deficit leaves Clark Fork in the cold

Idaho Supreme Court rules in favor of state 
 Orders developer to pay attorney's fees

Rare warm streak puts waters near crest 
 Sheriff's office warns backcountry travelers

Bill would ease way for food court 
 Keough introduces wine/beer measure

February 12
Change coming to downtown streets 
 Measure paves way for two-way traffic

Deer are still a problem at airport 
 Variety of methods aren't working

Oil cars found leaking along route 
 Train traversed Idaho, Washington

February 11
Levy voting moved out of schools 
 County opts for neutral locations

Hot lunches cut in Clark Fork 
 LPOSD says cost was too high

Sludgy slopes reported in region 
 Schweitzer on limited operations

February 10
City, ITD to discuss street plan 
 Targets highway reconfiguration

Mid-winter thaw exposes messes 
 Dog poop a concern on POB Trail

Report: AG office underutilized 
 Idaho could save $10m annually

February 9
Idaho on track for record liquor sales 
 Sees increase in cross-border buyers

SHS club sponsors water project 
 Helping construct well in Ecuador

Idaho mumps outbreak spreads 
 State has 21 confirmed cases

February 6
This week's Reader, digital flip-page edition:

  • Solar freakin' roadways
  • Destination: Nelson, B.C.
  • Is Idaho falling behind?
Milky rain falls across region
Creates mystery as temps hit record high
Bill to cap 'instant racing' proposed
Would limit venues to three locations
Council mulls hiring city manager
Grimm's departure prompts discussion

February 5
County seeks $1.2 million in costs, fees 
 Follows dismissal of SilverWing claims

Possible human remains found 
 Hiker makes discovery in Bayview

Quest posts record sales year 
 Delivers 30 Kodiaks in 2014

February 4
Priest Lake siphoning idea mulled 
 IF&G aims to aid trout, other species

Sandpoint train depot nears opening 
 It's Idaho's only passenger station

Roof damage a challenge for Panida 
 Repair work will put dent in budget

Wolf board seeks renewed funding 
 Has spent $140k to kill 31 wolves

February 3
Local food bank demand still rising 
 Hunger remains issue for area needy

Idaho seeks sponsor for park funding 
 Proposing bill to allow arrangement

Pediatricians warn about measles 
 Cases confirmed in bordering states

February 1
Man charged in moose killings 
 Charged with taking, wasting wildlife

Sandpoint a top ski town investment 
 Idaho's Ketchum, Donnelly also on list

Bumper year for Idaho agriculture 
 2014 was the most profitable ever

Will teachers come to Idaho for $40k? 
 School districts struggling to compete

January 30
This week's Reader, the digital flip-page: 
 Should trapping animals be restricted?

 The sociology of the Big Game
 Mayor Logan's state of the city
School board recall drive falls short 
 Organizers fail to get enough signatures

Idaho horse racing regulator resigns 
 Possible conflict of interest reported

Party-line vote kills gay rights bill 
 Testimony fails to sway legislators

January 29
County building gets new generator 
 Will supply power during outages

BCSO deputy's condition improving 
 Hughes critically injured in collision

Panel rejects Add The Words bill 
 Vote falls along party lines, 13-4

Wolflandia: The Fight in the West 
 Presence can be magical, maddening

January 28
USFS issues snowmobile use rule 
 Aims for more effective management

LPOSD sets $15.7 million levy 
 Election coming up March 10

Ponderay man accused of trafficking 
 Marijuana discovered at residence

Above-average temps sticking around 
 Skimpy snowfall is issue in mountains

NIC asks for bigger funding increase 
 Dunlap states case before lawmakers

January 27
Bottle Bay district awarded loan 
 $2.5m from DEQ pays for upgrades

Add the Words hearing draws 500 
 Proposed law would ban discrimination

SilverWing suit bound for state court 
 Developer sued Bonner County in 2012

Round Two in mental health facility 
 Will lawmakers OK N. Idaho center?

January 26
Dense fog slows traffic in area 
 Record daily highs reached in six towns

Spike in Idaho flu deaths reported 
 16 dead as cases hit epidemic levels

Kochava reveals mobile summit details 
 Plans invitation-only event in Sandpoint

January 25
CHAFE 150 record turnout expected 
 Bicycle ride benefits students with autism

'Add the Words' bill gets hearing 
 Would modify Idaho Human Rights Act

State contributes $50,000 to hotline 
 Has saved 100 lives from suicide

Medicaid to cost additional $7.1 million 
 Utilization steady as feds' share drops

January 24
Team Austism 24/7 announces grants 
 Distributed awards to children, caregivers

Oil patch murderer appeals conviction 
 Former Sandpoint man serving life in prison

Council approves City Beach camping 
 Would allow groups with prior approval

January 23
Fires damage duplex on city's west side 
 Simultaneous fires puzzle investigators

Idaho senators move to repeal law 
 Introduce bill to ban instant racing machines

'Instant racing' machines draw ire 
 Idaho lawmakers say they were deceived

President visits BSU engineering lab 
 Obama: I’m fascinated by this stuff

McCall Winter Carnival turns 50 
 Mountain burg celebrates over 10 days

January 22
Litehouse now 100% employee owned 
 Company announces details of sale

Arrest made in cold-case killing 
 Vay man charged in wife's '97 death

WSJ reports on airport archers 
 Deer dilemma brings bowhunters

January 21
Subsidies' impact will be felt in '16 
 No change for now on county roads

BCSO deputy injured in collision 
 SUV struck by semi on Highway 95

Ship named in honor of Capt. Lyon 
 Official ceremony held at Pentagon

Dixon's first bill: NRA license plate 
 Measure wins unanimous support

January 20
USFS stalls on sewer district hookup 
 Funding dilemma at Priest Lake

Town's children mysteriously dying 
 Idaho religious sect refuses doctor

Idaho's poor, disabled still struggling 
 Demand high for public assistance

Obama visiting Boise on Wednesday 
 First stop following State of the Union

January 19
Teen's suicide casts light on issue 
 Mother, SHS counselor speak out

Residents speak out against retreat 
 P&Z meeting lasts three hours

Grimm led charge for city's future 
 Outgoing planner will leave legacy

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.

Click for more National Press

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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