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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

February 4

Sandpoint OKs summer concerts

 Set for Tuesdays in Farmin Park

Snedden fills vacated council seat

 Dunkel joins board, Luttman hired

Fewer payday lenders in Idaho

 ICAN anxious for new rules

February 3

Ponderay extends Bay Trail

 Buys easement for $40,000

Sandpoint teen airlifted to hospital

 Walking on Selle Road, hit by truck

Idaho seeing mild flu season

 One fatality has been reported

February 2

Effort underway for Lyon memorial

 Would name bridge for fallen captain

Idaho parties aim to increase impact

 Primary, caucus moved up to March

IDFG may put tags up for auction

 Funds support wildlife programs

February 1

Drone maker leaves Sandpoint

 xCraft moves to Coeur d'Alene

Schweitzer bridge gets ITD funding

 $3.4 million project in design phase

Otter backs big boost to tech-ed

 Graduates see 100% job placement

January 29

Trees removed for grandstand project

 New project includes planting 25 trees

Auction to benefit wildlife rescue

 Laughing Dog hosts Mystic Farms event

Wolves far exceed recovery levels

 Idaho population high for 16 years

Ybarra makes budget pitch for schools

 Superintendent asks for 7.5 percent increase

January 28

County shakeups stir controversy

 Commission seeks fewer regulations

Dependence on welfare still growing

 21.1% of Idahoans rely on programs

Waterkeeper seeks program donations

 $20,000 to cover stormwater lab tests

January 27

County seeks expert on Thorofare

 Breakwater replacement studied

Planned Parenthood set for next battle

 Keeping close eye on Idaho legislature

Pastor held in Iran returns to Idaho

 Was imprisoned for nearly four years

January 26

Outlet Bay dispute to endure

 County insists launch is public

Virtual charter schools raise concern

 Idaho graduation rate just 20 percent

Idaho one of best retirement states

 Gem State sixth on WalletHub list

Brewers growl over seal proposal

 State rule intended to close concerns

January 25

Homeless aid group marks 25 years

 Bonner Transitions has huge impact

Former Vandal headed to Superbowl

 Broncos' Keo recovered onside kick

Ponderay seeks grant assistance

 Aims to add pedestrian crossings

P&Z remands disputed appeals plan

 County proposed code amendment

January 20

Zodiac fined $1.3m for explosion

 17 workers injured at Newport plant

Ex-CFO Harvel pleads 'not guilty'

 Defense seeking civil mediation

New bill tinkers with primary dates

 Moves deadline for party affiliation

Otter seeks more mental health staff

 'Dangerousness' cited at hospitals

January 19

ICAN seeks payday loan standards

 Advocacy group rallies for action

Drug derived from pot being used

 Four children part of state program

Iran to release Idaho pastor

 Abedini part of prisoner swap

January 18

County OKs expanded mill hours

 Follows visit to Shingle Mill site

Motorist killed in Highway 2 crash

 Three injured in head-on collision

A season to ski in North Idaho

 Winter going well for resorts

January 15

Morning show to discuss refugees

 Resolutions the topic for mayor, commissioner

Blue walk honors fallen hero

 Organizer's son-in-law killed in action

Rare Super Bowl I footage to air

 Includes Jerry Kramer on NFL network

State saves $29 million for health care

 Credits exchange for less catastrophic costs

RV life at Schweitzer explored

 Writer reveals ins and outs of RV skiing

January 14

County fires longtime planner

 Marley appointed director in '02

Quest to get $10 million investment

 Mitsui acquiring 12.5% equity stake

Mississippi firm buys 26,786 acres

 Includes land in Sandpoint vicinity

January 13

Scott, Dixon visit Oregon protestors

 Say grievances were being ignored

Community shocked by dog deaths

 Nearly 90 shot near Bonners Ferry

$1.5 billion jackpot fuels dreams

 Retailers report brisk ticket sales

Idaho delegation reacts to SOTU

 Risch: 'No different from before'

January 12

Standoff ends without bloodshed

 Man charged in Sandpoint incident

Sandpoint woman shares JFK stories

 Vogelsinger visits Antiques Roadshow

Otter: Boost education, higher ed

 Governor delivers State of the State

January 11

Bonners Ferry tolerance rally held

 Draws 200 supporters, opponents

Shadow Valley litigation endures

 Landowners oppose public road

Author makes return trip to area

 Morris graduated from SHS in '81

Nordic club grooming 4k trail

 Located on UI Extension land

Competing goals for Idaho Legislature

 Lawmakers convene '16 session today

January 7

Vote tabled before packed City Hall

 Majority oppose refugee resolution

Rognstad sworn in as mayor

 Council lauds Logan's service

Oregon standoff has ripple effect

 CdA protestor calls for peaceful end

January 6

Ex-BGH CFO waives right to hearing

 Harvel set to be arraigned January 19

BSCO warns of counterfeit money

 Bogus $50, $100 bills reported

Ponderay welcomes new mayor

 Geiger replaces outgoing Kunzeman

January 5

City administrator settling into job

 New office built for Stapleton

Airplane slides off Spokane runway

 Shuts down airport for several hours

Simplot mansion being demolished

 House atop hill overlooked Boise

January 4

Man charged with grand theft

 Crash leads to Lipska's arrest

Plungers get a jump on 2016

 50 brave icy waters for new year

Guitar builder hones his craft

 Shoemaker has made 50 instruments

December 31

Mental health crisis line opening

 Pilot project aims to avoid emergencies

Low clouds, fog dominate New Year's

 Inversion socks in valleys, sunny up high

Forests face more fire, insects, disease

 Warming helps some species, harms others

December 30

County to visit contested sawmill site

 Will resume hearing appeal on expansion

Climate change: Idaho a fish haven

 High, cold elevations still offer refuge

Proposed oil terminal would impact Idaho

 Could produce five more oil trains a day

Scotchman group leads winter treks

 First trek Jan. 9 near Lightning Creek

New fishing license, rules Jan. 1

 Rainbow trout bag limits reduced on LPO

December 29

Storm disaster declared in Idaho

 FEMA funds to benefit county, utilities

Idaho utilities seek to use less coal

 Climate change makes hydropower uncertain

Sandpoint native covers pope, Vatican

 Cindy Wooden CNS Rome bureau chief


December 28

Quakes shake from Purcell fault

 Researcher discovers fault reactivated

Warming may help Idaho farmers

 Crop yields may increase in short term

Residents share New Year's resolutions

 Express hopes, dreams for the region


December 25

Logan looks back on service to city

 Outgoing mayor served on city council, P&Z

Corps initiates flexible lake operations

 Will raise, lower winter pool levels

Three road projects to be funded

 Lawmakers peg $54 million for North Idaho


December 23

Sidewalk debate hits stalemate

 City, attorney exchange letters

Avista rates going up January 1

 Gas up 3.5%, electric up .6%

Gary Payton's Notes from Paris

 Discusses future of climate change


December 22

New bridge for Schweitzer Cutoff

 Sen. Keough helped secure funding

SHS raises $9,642 for Toys for Tots

 Present check during Moose Madness

Idaho misses key health goals

 Report: Increase vaccinations

Film scene shot at Kootenai Falls

 'Revenant' stars Leonardo DiCaprio

December 21

Quakes reveal fault is active again

 Struck area April 23 and April 24

Writer lauds local collaboration

 A key to Sandpoint's quality of life

Oil train report said to lowball risks

 New terminal would double traffic here

African travelers scotch tuk-tuk idea

 Local Matt Krabacher blogs of journey

December 17

Sandpoint hires city administrator

 Stapleton starts the job in January

City to introduce refugee measure

 Would support resettlement in Idaho

Rock Creek SEIS expected in '16

 Hecla updates Idaho Lakes Commission

Holiday display lights controversy

 Hayden scene includes live camel

December 16

Idaho graduation rate 41st in U.S.

 Number well below national average

Five foundations that shape Idaho

 A look at how they put money to work

Link up to local bloggers:

  • NEW: Tuk Tuk Diaries. Sandpoint local Matt Krabacher and pal Sam are driving 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.

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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; 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 HippestMountain 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 "quietSandpoint," while newcomers rave about the town's strong sense of community. Click to read theAugust 2008story 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 readthe full story: Fall Foliage; Bright Leaves, Big Country.

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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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