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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 23

Goullette enters Alford pleas

Charged in fatal '16 collision

Lightning Creek work to begin

Flood damage occurred in '15

Gray ghosts 'functionally extinct'

Three caribou left in Selkirk herd

April 19

Schweitzer closes out big year

255,000 skier visits sets record

Sun Valley ski lodge catches fire

Building significantly damaged

Who will be the next governor?

Columnist Reuter weighs in

April 18

Lieutenant governor candidates clash

Sharp exchanges in televised debate

U of I requesting tuition hikes

Full-time cost would go up $452

Idaho's battle against CBD oil

Supporters seek epilepsy relief

April 17

County preps for road maintenance

Intersection rebuild tops projects

Police seek person of interest

Man involved in business theft

Schweitzer avalanche dog retires

Chaco served at resort for 9 years

NIC eases credit transfer process

Joins Interstate Passport Network

April 16

Humorist, author McManus dies

Sandpoint childhood influenced work

Leroy talks policy in Sandpoint visit

District 1 candidate touts experience

E. coli outbreak spreads to Idaho

H&W reports link to romaine lettuce

Schweitzer gets new avalanche dog

Puppy to begin training next winter

April 12

UP investing in rail infrastructure

$22.3m includes North Idaho work

Risch: Wilderness decision not mine

Says community determines outcome

SHS walkout spurs student activism

'I felt really empowered honestly'

April 11

Seahawks player to visit local school

Kootenai earns Fuel Up to Play award

Grants available for arts nonprofits

Foundation seeks requests up to $10k

Idaho math, reading scores flat

Scores higher than U.S. average

April 10

Hope murder remains a mystery

One year later, BCSO not giving up

Man's murder trial moved to 2019

Coleman charged in cab driver's death

Low-income 'opportunity zones' certified

Includes tract in Bonner County

County signs executive order

Regarding multiple-use areas

April 9

Insurance companies join forces

Sandpoint firms take Alliant name

Schools chief seeks feedback on plan

KISS funds officers, teacher training

Newport sees airport in its future

City administrator focused on plan

April 5

City hires Public Works director

Wilson ready to make an impact

UI students: Fire athletic director

Vote on Spear is largely symbolic

Website post rips Solar Roadways

Says project generated $36 in energy

April 4

Schweitzer breaks snow record

416" tops all previous seasons

Candidate softens stance on abortion

Nonini had said it merits death penalty

Plenty of candidate forums lined up

Primary election coming up in May

April 3

Soft roadbeds cause closures

Spring breakup season is here

Idaho to require autism coverage

Was one of six states without rule

UI puts AD on administrative leave

Investigates Spears' handling of issue

'I ought to kick your a--'

Candidate threatens radio host

April 2

Festival announces lineup early

ZZ Top, Phillip Phillips top list

Keough closes out final session

'Consummate citizen-legislator'

Bridge work could begin this fall

BNSF provides aerial rendering

Marathon runner, 75, inspires others

Sandpoint's Wright continues to train

March 29

Festival nixes number line system

Moves to new tiered pricing plan

Wages are rising fastest in Idaho

Low unemployment behind 5.3% rise

Waterkeeper voices bridge concerns

Seeks longer public comment period

March 28

Hearings set for second train bridge

Public can speak up on issue May 23

Bonners Ferry hosts high-tech tour

Inspire Idaho teaches coding to all

Bullying: How far is too far?

SHS Post finds blurred line

Nate Holland 'drops the hammer'

Wins season's final World Cup

March 27

Ponderay OKs indoor shooting range

First of its kind in Bonner County

Idaho urban areas see rapid growth

Kootenai County up 3% in one year

Idaho unemployment stays low

At 3% for six months in a row

March 26

Two marches, one issue

Hundreds rally in Sandpoint

Student's gesture inspires others

Cedar Post video: Yona Soltis»

How 13 keys laws may affect you

Legislature's 2018 session roundup

March 22

Sandpoint's on 'fastest growing' list

No. 7 for U.S. micropolitan towns

Hecla, CEO hit with violations

Spells trouble for proposed mines

Principal at CdA High School dies

Schueller apparently commits suicide

MADD applauds driving device bill

Idaho's biggest DUI reform since '97

Plan to address Medicaid gap dies

Health care advocates pack House

March 21

Region reacts to hate crime posters

Incidents appear to be on the rise

SHS AcaDeca team on to nationals

Will represent Idaho next month

Otter signs abortion reversal law

Affects drug-induced procedures

March 20

Fire shuts Highway 41 overnight

House catches fire in Oldtown

Idaho dependent on gun industry

Ranks #1 for economic impact

Taking a break from social media

SHS Cedar Post reports on trend

March 19

Risch helped set up N. Korea talks

Contacted by S. Korea at Olympics

County keeps an eye on roads

Spring breakup will be a threat

Idaho community supports teacher

Turtle that was fed puppy euthanized

March 15

Over 100 SHS students join walkout

Show support for shooting victims

Thousands walk out across Idaho

1,500 students protest at Statehouse

10 wolves killed in North Idaho

Aimed at boosting elk numbers

March 14

SHS students talk gun violence

Video reveals varied viewpoints

Idaho unemployment at 3 percent

Steady for fifth consecutive month

Silverwood increases starting wage

Tight labor market cited for $1 boost

March 13

Autism therapist faces felony charges

Police: Kreiger-Hurst defrauded clients

Idaho teacher investigated for incident

Reportedly fed live puppy to turtle

Idaho legislators reject gun control bill

Limited firearms for domestic abusers

March 12

County declares SilverWing victory

Ruling will award nearly $800,000

245-acre technology park proposed

Developers eyeing site in Post Falls

Candidates flock to file for election

Idaho's primary ballot is crowded

March 8

Lawmakers may ease sentences

Dates to Idaho's war on drugs

Idaho high school bans backpacks

Follows threats in the Caldwell area

Vintage snowmobile races thriving

Priest Lake hosts successful event

March 7

Grandfather talks about shooting

Says Kuhlman was high on drugs

CdA Police show support at hospital

Also provide security after shootings

No change to advisory vote ballot

County takes up Scotchman issue

Three library volunteers honored

Receive presidential service award

March 6

Sandpoint officers recovering

Clark remains hospitalized

County revisits ballot wording

At request of resident Dan Rose

Group seeks to protect steelhead

Wants F&G to shut down fishing

Idaho gains at expense of other states

But new challenges are now emerging

Link up to local bloggers:

    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.
  • Hike North Idaho. Love to read about, and share, stories of hiking in North Idaho? Then this adventure blog's for you!
  • 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.
  • 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; 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.

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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