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

July 17  

Sandpoint teen shot in leg

Shooter has not been found

City hosts historic walking tour

Free event open to all, August 3

State officials update mining laws

Rewrite Idaho's 50 year old laws

July 16  


David Miles named new SHS principal

Current Boundary County Principal

Explore eBiking at Schweitzer

Rentals, trails and tours available

Otter calls Mnuchin over mining merger

Seeks probe of company with China ties

July 15  

Ahoy Mateys! Meet Captain Dan

The man behind Sandpoint's pirate ship

28 lawmakers oppose BSU program

Called diversity efforts 'disconcerting'

Albertson outlines 120 day plan

Includes 5 areas of focus

July 12  

Litehouse buys Sky Valley Foods

Opens new facility

8 Idaho police officers placed on leave

Following shooting in Cd'A

Commissioners, IDL named in suit

Bridge closure on East River Spur Rd.

July 11  

Conservation group sues USFW

Failure to protect breed of Caribou

Kaniksu Land Trust names new director

Katie Egland Cox joins KLT

LPOSD permanent levy proposal

To be in place of two year funding

July 10  

Teen jailed in City Beach attack

Victim said she was hit with bat

Schweitzer building boutique hotel

Part of resort's development plan

Idaho bucks trend on firearm deaths

Doesn't correlate with gun ownership

July 9  

Idaho Dept. of Labor closes local offices

14 of 25 job service offices close

New state laws help district 7 residents

Transportation, logging, education laws

CASA receives $10,000 grant

101 Women grant awarded to CASA

July 8  

Idaho state rep. under federal indictment

Appeals to have guns while free on bond

Shooting in Cd'A after fireworks show

Armed man shot by police

Quest acquired by French company

View company's official video

July 3  

Avista requests annual rate adjustment

Increase of 3.6% in Idaho

BSCO warns against phone scams

Fake jury duty and arrest warrants

Firework laws in Idaho

Aerial fireworks are illegal

July 2  

Little announces Shared Stewardess

Federal-State program in Idaho forests

Concealed carry age lowered to 18

Little signs law into effect

"Test All" law goes into effect in Idaho

Sexual assault kits must be tested

July 1  

City Beach geese are relocated

Sent to Kootenai County

Pend Oreille mine closes

County braces for economic loss

Raul Labrador narrowly elected

Chairman of Idaho Republican Party

June 28 

Sandpoint Police crack '87 cold case

Murder suspect arrested

Strong Creek bridge remains closed

Set to open mid-July

Delayed sentencing in hemp case

Interstate transportation of hemp

June 27 

Remembering the late Jim Stoicheff

Legislator cited in spending tussle

Man shoots and kills black bear

After it chased him up a tree

Idaho: 5th highest rate of skin cancer

Cooler, northern states have higher rates

June 26 

Idaho man sues IDFG

Says check stations are unconstitutional

STCU donates to 3 local non-profits

PAFE, POAC and Festival at Sandpoint

Idaho Cannabis Coalition

Med. Marijuana initiative on 2020 ballot

June 25 

Refugees in Idaho

Number dropped by half; historic low

New Montana Rail Link safety system

Railway from Billings to Sandpoint

Inland Northwest rent prices

Minimum wage needed to afford rent

June 24 

Parsons joins Daily Bee

As featured writer

Unemployment rate remains steady

At or under 3% for past 18 months

Poverty is a big problem in education

Hinders ability to attend school

June 21 

Albertson named superintendent

Lake Pend Oreille School District

Grizzly bear spotted in Idaho

First time in 10 years

U of I wildfire research program

Oldest in the country

June 20 

F&G hosts Priest River open house

Discussing cold water bypass system

Solar Roadways is one step closer

Manufacturing new solar panel model

Idaho gas prices may spike

AAA Idaho warns of price increase

June 19 

Reunion 40 years in the making

Sandpoint man meets daughter

Moscow is 'best city in Idaho'

CdA, Post Falls also in Top 10

Forecaster: Late start for wildfires

Wet spring, below-average temps

June 18 

Firm: Idaho home prices overvalued

Says growth isn't sustainable

Group hopes to raise minimum wage

Up to $12 in next four years

Uptown Bagel hosts "Eat in for Ethan"

Benefitting NAMI Far North

June 17 

Idaho basketball coach fired

Due to three NCAA violations

Former Idaho GOP chairman arrested

Parker charged with trespassing

What to do if you see pets in a hot car

Cannot legally break window

June 14 

No timeline for rebuild

Joins Downtown Sandpoint

Apple sleuths compare notes

At Sandpoint gathering

Little fights opioid abuse

Creates advisory group

June 13 

Bonner County adopts mass fatality plan

Joins four other counties

New pediatric trauma program

St. Luke's adds trauma center for kids

Transparent Idaho goes live

Searchable database for residents

June 12 

Sandpoint Tattoo shop reopens

New location after devastating fire

Idaho health shows improvements

Ranked 18th overall

Plentiful water supply in Idaho

Due to a rainy May

June 11 

Avista seeks electric rate increase

Average bill may go up $2.89/mo.

Temperatures could hit 90 degrees

Warmest days of 2019 this week

Photographer's Moon in Motion

Eclipse edit from Idaho, Tetons

June 10 

Mid-sized farms on decline

In Idaho and nationwide

New tax chief from business world

Harris was president of Western States

Second case of measles in Idaho

Family member of first patient

June 7 

Idaho sues Purdue Pharma

Says family profited from opioid crisis

Judge weighs Idaho's abortion laws

Doctors-only abortions rule

New University of Idaho arena

Beneficial for university on many levels

June 6 

Measles case in Latah County

First case in Idaho since 2001

SHS grad set to appear on survival show

Starts Thursday on the History Channel

Idahoan awarded France's highest honor

French Legion of Honor medal

June 5 

Missing Sandpoint boy home safe

Located by search volunteers

Sandpoint had U.S. worst air quality

Smoke caused by Washington fire

National Parks net $37M for Idaho

Remains 11th-lowest earner in U.S.

June 4

Authorities euthanize grizzly bear

Killed sheep in Boundary County

County delays call for EMS proposals

Put the brakes on restructuring

Idaho 3rd fastest growing economy

Report shows growth may be slowing

June 3

Sandpoint hosts orchard conference

Apple buffs discuss 'heritage' varieties

Fishers return to W. Washington

Are the Selkirk Mountains next?

Railroad exhibit opens at museum

Shines light on Sandpoint history

May 30

Trestle Creek Road getting makeover

County secures $5 million grant

Hazy skies from Canadian wildfires

370,000-acre blaze burns in Alberta

Hayden on Idaho's 'worst cities' list

Columnist: Pick doesn't make sense

May 29

Lake Pend Oreille level on the rise

Tracking toward 2,060 ft. this week

Medicaid expansion to be studied

Lawmakers will examine funding

String of vandalism hits Spirit Lake

Police investigating felony incidents

May 28

FAA grounds winglet-equipped jets

Tamarack 'disappointed' with action

Litehouse acquires Sky Valley Foods

Expands presence on the East Coast

Chairs for Charity raises $146,000

Schweitzer lift chairs aid nonprofits

May 23

Voters stay course in trustee races

Burgstahler fends off challenge

Contentious hearing in Newport

Amendment would rezone parcels

Idaho governor calls Garth Brooks

Prompts 2nd Boise concert date

Link up to local bloggers:

  • Dirt & Denim. Holly and Mr. Denim write on gardening, DIY, and life in general.
  • Hike North Idaho. Love to read about, and share, stories of hiking in North Idaho? Then this adventure blog's for you!
  • 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.
  • Brian's Bike Buzz. He rides bikes, dreams about bikes, and blogs about biking in Sandpoint and afield.
  • I Love. I Live. I Ride. Sandpoint's Danielle lives on a 5th generation family ranch, but still has time to blog!
  • Keokee Blog. Company highlights, SEO, social media and marketing tips, Wordpress tutorials and resources.
  • Mountain Architect. John Hendricks blogs on projects, trends and more.
  • As The Lake Churns. About Priest Lake, the land, people and happenings.
  • 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. View his webpage for links to his essays at

Assignment America:Sandpoint, ID
New York Times writes about Sandpoint in their Assignment America series. "Sandpoint, Idaho, hugging the edge of Lake Pend Oreille, is bucking a major demographic trend: In an era when many rural places are bleeding out, this one is holding its own."

Year-round destination ski resort
USA Today lists seven awesome ski resorts that offer year-round fun, and Schweitzer is one of them! Explore mountain bike trails, running trails, huckleberry picking, disc golf and horseback riding in the summer and of course skiing and snowboarding in the winter!

The 10 best lake towns in North America
USA Today names Sandpoint as one of the 10 best lake towns in North America, saying "You’ll need an afternoon nap in a lakeside hammock after joining in a beach volleyball game or heading out on the water for paddling, sailing, Jet Skiing or wakeboarding." We all know that to be true!

One of 24 'coolest towns'
Matador Network names Sandpoint as one of the nation's coolest towns, saying we have "almost too many" scenic byways and mountain ranges for one town. That’s how we like it!

Schweitzer big on powder, light on parties
Seattle Times writer reviews Schweitzer Mountain Resort: "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.

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.

'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 CdA Press article.

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."

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.

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.

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


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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 



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