Current news from local and regional media, including the Sandpoint Reader, Spokesman-Review and the Sandpoint Online Newsroom
Ex-LPOHS teacher to stand trial
Thiel to be arraigned on April 3
Sealed court hearing held in case
Dover 18-year-old accused of rape
Trio of SHS students honored
Search is named valedictorian
CMV law a win for local family
Bill aims to educate moms-to-be
Otter OKs disaster declaration
Flooding plagues North Idaho
Access to Clagstone opens Aug. 1
Easement allows logging, recreation
Sandpoint family escapes mudslide
Parents recall terrifying moments
County declares emergency
Weather eases slide concerns
Racist fliers distributed in area
More than 30 have been collected
Record turnout for levy election
LPOSD thrilled by level of trust
Library taking bids for expansion
Groundbreaking coming this spring
BCSO honors two for bravery
Citizens assisted at shooting scene
Idaho internet speed slowest in U.S.
Averages 10.6 megabytes per second
Train derails in Boundary County
4 railcars with grain slide down hill
Percussionaire resolves lawsuit
Against firm's former director
Driving future roads will be a trip
Solar Roadways among innovations
Students lend hand at food bank
LPOHS class making a difference
Trial starts in Beckford murder case
Vay man implicated in wife's death
Idaho tops nation in job growth
Unemployment steady at 3.6%
Superintendent makes case for yes vote
'Strong communities create strong schools'
SHS students march in support of levy
Levy goes before voters on March 14
Suspect in boating crash to enter plea
Woman injured on Pend Oreille River
Wheeler touches base in Ponderay
U of I president visits Sandpoint
Discusses extension with mayor
BCSO sheriff visits with officials
Boat inspection bill heads to Otter
Funds Idaho-Montana stations
No toothy grins on driver's license
Idaho DMV cites new software
Priest River eyes housing proposal
Planned development raises questions
Property swap gets second chance
Ponderay council approves proposal
Hunting, fishing fees may rise
Bills head to Idaho Senate
Invasive species fee increase OK'd
Affects tags for out-of-state boaters
Absentee levy voting is underway
In advance of March 14 election
Weight limits in effect on roads
No early morning hauling allowed
Ponderay search set in murder case
Gillett's body found in Yaak area
Sagle man arrested on warrant
Buck accused in child rape case
No clear answer on BID's future
Only 31% responded to survey
Why citizens fight for public lands
Men's Journal reports on Idaho issue
Mancuso sentenced to life in prison
Eluded authorities in Bonner County
Ex-teacher's hearing is postponed
Thiel accused of sexual misconduct
Man unhurt in train/vehicle crash
Semi struck after failing to stop
PAFE hosts public education week
Chili dinner, demo day events set
Couple seeks damages after tubing
Family injured at Hermit's Hollow
Competency hearing set for Foster
Man accused of shooting deputies
Ahlquist launches run for governor
Plans 97-city Idaho campaign tour
Family raising CMW awareness
Kootenai parents rally lawmakers
Meeting to focus on Sagle planning
Consider land-use goals in the area
Northern Lights plans solar project
Members can buy shares, get credits
Oden Water seeks higher pool
Association serves 1,200 homes
Sam Owen annexes Warren Island
Fire district will employ drone
JFAC OKs 6.4% ed increase
$62m funds 'career ladder' pay
Shelter receives $25,000 grant
Will spay, neuter 800 feral cats
BGH designated Level IV trauma center
Reduces time to reach intervention
Participants named for spelling bee
Includes five students from LPOSD
Ponderay rejects property swap
Deal-breaker was engineering cost
Clark Fork opposes wilderness plan
City said no local meetings were held
Senators' absence draws questions
N. Idaho group wants town hall
Labrador praises change of pace
Trump 'doing things' he promised
CdA voting on school levy, bond
Election coming up March 14
LPO lake level to rise 1.5-2.5 feet
Outflow from Albeni to decrease
Legislature prints facility dog bill
Allows dogs in Idaho courtrooms
Dixon holding town hall forums
Local event Saturday in Ponderay
Avista profits up 11% in 2016
CEO: 'We had a great year'
Long Bridge project moving up
Rehab work may start in 2018
Open house set for revitalization
Public welcome to review phase
Vet again loses chance at guide dog
Due to walking conditions in area
Invasive species emergency bill OK'd
$710,000 will fund three new stations
LPOSD addresses levy 'what ifs'
Some schools would likely close
Sandpoint closer to fiber access
Council approves resolutions
Crews overcome obstacles on bridge
Heron replacement progressing along
CARE group helps with SHS basics
Parent organization runs chuck wagon
Fundraiser to help local family
Moons lost home, belongings
Moore receives Medal of Honor
Officer killed in the line of duty
Ex-teacher faces sex battery charge
Thiel now living in Coeur d'Alene
Labor program ordered for mother
Daughter killed in crash last year
Program helps SMS students soar
Grant covers purchase of drones
Keough leads JFAC through budget
Oversees state's budgetary process
County sued over divorce filing fees
Man seeks $1.4 million in damages
Boundary County assesses recovery
Corrections crew still clearing snow
Lakewold named new undersheriff
Replaces Hale, who resigned in '16
Local kettle campaign nets $20,000
Sandpoint outraises 17 communities
Democrats flock to local gathering
House minority leader attends event
LPOSD hit with records requests
117 came from one local couple
Charge added in attempted murder
Gervasi accused of firing on deputy
Blanchard library hearing planned
District eyes new building on site
Scott bill protects sled-dog racing
Would exempt mushers from ban
Otter declares state of emergency
Boundary County to receive aid
Judge Heise announces retirement
Senior status takes effect May 31
Ponderay mulls street maintenance
City Council eyes possible projects
More snow heading for our area
Plowing fills LPOSD, city budgets
Alford plea entered in fraud case
Man accused of cheating program
Air crew rescues lost snowmobiler
Benefactor pays for special mission
Trump resistance group forms
Called 'Indivisible North Idaho'
Idaho's water outlook on track
Panhandle has lowest snowpacks
Idaho 4th in places to move to
Retirees flocking to Northwest
Teen dies in collision with train
Post Falls incident injures driver
Link up to local bloggers:
- 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.
- 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 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.
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
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 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.
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.
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."
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.
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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