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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

April 3

Wheeler wants stay-home order lifted

Sheriff seeks meeting for lawmakers

Food Bank sees 30% increase in need

Shortages mirror those found in stores

Little: Life won't be normal 'for a long time'

Anticipates additional action on top of order

April 2

Case 'not community transmission'

Male had direct contact outside area

City Council OKs preliminary plat

Mayor also addresses city finances

One killed in Highway 95 crash

Vehicle slid off at Granite Hill

April 1

Earthquake felt in Sandpoint

6.5 temblor rocks Central Idaho

COVID-19 shaping businesses

Officials are making adjustments

Paving the way with Solar Roadways

Brusaws seeing fruits of their labor

March 31

Two ex-EMS workers file suit

Say they were fired for response

Idaho primary now absentee-only

Move made due to coronavirus

Idaho transgender bills now law

Affects sports, birth certificates

March 30

Bonner County has first virus case

Man in 60s is self-isolating at home

Gov. Little orders 1% budget cuts

Move will save state about $40m

Gun shops see increased business

Declared 'essential' by governor

March 27

Virus impacts LPOIC fishing derby

F&G rescinds tournament permits

KHQ reports on Reader struggles

Publisher had to lay off entire staff

Why is Blaine Co. a virus hot spot?

Visitors may have been the conduit

March 26

First virus deaths in Idaho reported

Two in Blaine Co.; one in Canyon Co.

City rejects ordinance for mayor

Would grant emergency power

Fund established for North Idaho

Targets community-based groups

March 25

Stay-home order issued for Idaho

Kootenai Co. confirms ninth case

Idaho urges unemployed to file

Labor Dept.: 'We're here for them'

Ziply Fiber acquires Frontier

Employees transition with deal

March 24

Idaho sees biggest one-day increase

77 cases of virus; none in Bonner Co.

Schools ordered closed until April 20

Idaho Education Board issues directive

Governor extends Idaho tax deadline

No interest, penalties through June 15

March 23

Six cases confirmed in Kootenai Co.

Three younger patients test positive

Community responds to flatten curve

BGH limits entry; venues close doors

Idaho towns see influx of visitors

Residents want tourists to stay home

March 20

BGH: Cities 'two weeks ahead' of us

Doctor says Sandpoint will be affected

Isolation ordered for Blaine County

23 confirmed Idaho cases (as of 3/19)

Restaurant owners petition governor

Aim to protect employees, customers

March 19

Sandpoint declares emergency

As city functions move online

County declares virus disaster

'Imminent threat' expected locally

Tamarack bankruptcy plan OK'd

Sandpoint company looks to future

March 18

Sandpoint mulls disaster declaration

May include mandatory shutdown

Governor addresses virus concerns

Confirmed cases in Idaho now at 9

Schweitzer closing for the season

March 18 is final day of operations

March 17

LPOSD votes to close schools

Teachers working on lesson plans

Social distancing in Sandpoint

BGH doctor's advice for residents

Idaho now has 7 confirmed cases

All are in state's southern counties

March 16

Weekend windstorm wreaks havoc

16,000 across county lose power

Tree hits trailer, injuring Sagle boy

Hospitalized in serious condition

Idaho high school sports canceled

Effective for 20 days until April 5

March 13

Idaho governor declares emergency

Wants state prepared for coronavirus

Idaho COVID-19 tests: What to know

State is currently not testing everyone

One killed in Bonners Ferry shooting

Law enforcement search for suspect

March 12

Exploratory drilling eyed in Cabinets

USFS gathering input on request

BNSF grading nears completion

Contractor will mobilize equipment

Company warned over coronavirus kit

Idaho's Herbal Amy added to fraud list

March 11

Biden wins Idaho Democratic primary

Defeats Sanders, who won state in '16

Lawsuit challenges road construction

Groups say it threatens bear habitat

Blue Cross OKs policy due to virus

Allows stocking up on prescriptions

March 10

County seeks discovery in gun suit

Says it's necessary to argue case

Inslee: Cases could hit 64,000

162 confirmed in Washington

Idaho bill seeks to raise marriage age

Change to age 16 with parental consent

March 9

Election Preview: Close in Idaho

Forecast shows Biden in small lead

ISP seeks info on injury hit-and-run

Man struck north of Priest River

Idaho Parks backs off marketing

Increased traffic draws concern

March 5

Suppiger seeks nod for House seat

Faces incumbent Dixon in primary

Cedar Post addresses rumors

Coronavirus fears hit SHS

Is Idaho turning a little blue?

Primary could provide answer

March 3 

Mayor promotes CDC precautions

'Simple steps' to avoid coronavirus

Home prices up 10.5% in Idaho

Strong economy, lack of houses

Host of new Idaho bills introduced

Guns, abortion, daylight saving, more

March 2 

Idaho hits record-high hunter numbers

While the rest of the nation plummets

'Everyone wants to live in Idaho'

Region's leaders explain growth

'Beans, bullets, and Band-Aids'

Preppers and the coronavirus

February 28 

Jury Office warns of local scam

Residents report threatening calls

House OKs birth certificate ban

Affects state's transgender people

No coronavirus cases in Idaho

But dozens are being monitored

February 27 

Idaho AG questions athlete trans bill

Warns it is likely unconstitutional

Legislature addresses teacher pay

Bill would boost top-tier salaries

Avista quarterly earnings up $5 million

CEO: 'We had a good year in 2019'

February 26 

Judge denies stay in firearms suit

County wanted legislative solution

House OKs bill to freeze taxes

Backers want one-year reprieve

Your presidential primary vote matters

Why Idaho has more say in outcome

February 25 

Graduation moves to City Beach

Due to work at Memorial Field

Bill reroutes strong beer tax revenue

Was historically subject to 'Wine Tax'

Lawmaker's comment seen as threat

Involves Barbieri, Planned Parenthood

February 24 

City hosts comp plan workshops

Will guide housing, growth, more

Little seeks to speed up extradition

Woman's two children still missing

Micron implements health screenings

Amid growing fears of coronavirus

House panel OKs transgender bill

Would ban birth certificate switch

February 20 

Concerns aired over Panida

Board meeting draws crowd

Hearing set on gun ban suit

Status conference Feb. 25

Ponderay subdivision hearing set

82-lot development near Elks

February 19 

Festival seeks executive director

Interim director not seeking post

Debate stirs over weapons bill

Nampa airs concerns over impact

Idaho eliminating outdated laws

Includes hogs-at-large bill

COVID-19 coronavirus resources. Current information, announcements and links to local resources for Sandpoint-area efforts to contain the spread of the infectious coronavirus. Click to the COVID-19 coronavirus page.


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.


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.

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