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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

November 20

Tom Sherry's 2018 winter forecast

56" for Sandpoint (70" is normal)

Worker killed in SW Idaho explosion

Three injured at hazardous waste site

Gov. Otter grants his fifth pardon

Man convicted of rape at age 18

November 19

Schweitzer opens this Friday

Snowmaking gets season started

Northland to expand service

Secures $50 million investment

Idaho unemployment steady at 2.7%

Below 3% for 14th month in a row

A primer for Turkey Day travelers

Things to know before heading out

November 15

Chamber seeks T-shirt donations

Sending to California residents

Understory Coffee and Tea expands

Cafe on Highway 200 opens Nov. 20

Christmas tree installed downtown

Naples company donates grand fir

November 14

Idaho utilities are cheapest in U.S.

Average cost estimated at $343/mo.

Grant sought for Lakeshore paving

Request $100,000 from ITD program

Endowment benefits communities

Woman turned inheritance into fortune

November 13

Region's economy attracts newcomers

Could bring 15,000 more people in '19

It's Christmas tree season in IPNF

$5 permits available at ranger stations

Middleton parents rally for principal

School board mum on reinstatement

November 12

Man pleads guilty to killing cab driver

Pursuit of death penalty is dropped

Otter reflects on 12 years as governor

Advice for Little: 'Focus on necessary'

Bloomberg: EPA ready to reopen mine

Lead, zinc still flowing into Lake CdA

November 8

GOP, Medicaid expansion win big

'Hardworking Idahoans not forgotten'

Democrats do poorly in North Idaho

But pick up seats in southern region

High hopes on Inland NW slopes

Resorts optimistic despite forecasts

Middleton school staff reinstated

Put on leave after donning costumes

November 7

Republicans sweep Bonner County

Scott, McDonald, Bradshaw win

Brad Little elected Idaho governor

Defeats Democrat Paulette Jordan

Superintendent Ybarra re-elected

Oversees Idaho public schools

- Idaho OKs Medicaid expansion

- Horse racing initiative fails


November 6

Oprah hits back at racist robocalls

'Jesus don't like ugly,' she posts

DMV offers mail-in renewals

Option could save time, effort

Idaho's midterm: What's at stake

Governor, Medicaid, gambling ...

November 5

14 Idaho teachers are put on leave

Dressed up as Mexicans, border wall

Thousands sign petition for teachers

Seek to reinstate 14 who were suspended

Litehouse CEO Jim Frank retires

Prior steps in as interim president

November 1

Idaho's dangerous for snow driving

Study puts us in top 5 worst

Avista weighs in on ballot measure

Warns of significant cost increases

Federal suspect jailed in Bonner County

Isenberg faces four charges of theft

October 31

Young voters: energized or disengaged?

Groups mobilizing Idahoans ages 18-29

BNSF awaits federal OK on bridge

Will be ready to start construction

Jury awards $600,000 in boat crash

Collision killed three on Lake CdA

October 29

28 using new adult completer scholarship

Idaho aims for residents to finish college

Governors race a study in contrasts

Both embody state they seek to lead

An interview with Avista CEO Morris

Expects to wrap up Hydro One deal

October 26

County will not settle lawsuit

Filed by former airport director

Man, 20, dies in crash near Coolin

Lost control of truck on Highway 57

BOCC writes to DOE on smelter

Emphasize need for stringent EIS

October 25

Mauling victim faces online threats

Legasa's brush with bear draws hate

Candidates cover the issues at forum

Smelter sparks animated discussion

Schweitzer signs chairlift contracts

Replacing Snow Ghost next summer

October 24

UI celebrates organic agriculture center

Dennis Pence donates land, buildings

Rhodes moves out of Sandpoint home

Alleged to be behind racist robocalls

Rhodes tied to Florida robocalls

Targets candidate for governor

October 23

Sandpoint tops 'places to retire' list

SmartAsset ranks 10 best in Idaho

Council OKs final wastewater plan

Upgrades set for South Sandpoint site

Less snow predicted this winter

Meteorologist: 61-66" in Sandpoint

October 18

McDonald facing backlash over audio

Says comments 'dramatically edited'

Searches in Idaho are called off

Two missing in separate cases

Lieutenant governor hopefuls spar

McGeachin, Collum debate issues

October 17

Otter: Hunter tainted Idaho's reputation

Calls commissioner's photos distasteful

Spirit Lake man dies in shooting

Apparently attacked two women

Idaho owes $20 million to fight fires

202 in 2018 were caused by humans

October 16

IFG commissioner resigns amid flap

Shared photos of Africa hunting trip

Bear attack survivor recalls ordeal

Hunters had filmed bear spray video

Kodiak planes assist Michael efforts

Quest sends team from Sandpoint

October 15

'A king in a crown' at Sandpoint High

Downs syndrome student wins title

Hayden man survives bear attack

Legasa was hunting in Montana

Otter endorses horse racing vote

Initiative seeks to revive industry

October 11

Prop 1 'horse racing' leads spending

Eclipses Idaho's governor race

Is Idaho ready to expand Medicaid?

Polls are showing significant support

Local 'Misery' play gets the axe

Legal complications halt shows

October 10

County adopts social media policy

Affects all employees and officials

Search continues for two missing

Separate incidents in Idaho County ranks U of I #1 in Idaho

Organization looks at 'overall picture'

October 9

Idaho OKs hike in health plan rates

2019 plans will rise average of 5%

Leonard Paul Store to be auctioned

Owners had tried selling the business

Man organizing clown performance

To play accordions at Rhodes' home

Bobcat photographed on Long Bridge

Sandpoint Police capture unusual scene

October 8

Groups seek commissioners' recusal

Involves proposed smelter property

Lawyer: Man too young for penalty

Coleman charged in Kootenai murder

Costs, efficiencies hinder solar roads

Sandpoint project illustrates problem

Sun Valley tops in Ski Magazine poll

Schweitzer also receives a mention

October 4

Remains identified as missing woman

BCSO labels death as a homicide

Sandpoint seeks solution to goose issue

City Beach droppings draw complaints

Avista lowers electricity rates

Drop 5.5% for Idaho customers

Jordan, Little talk tax, fiscal policy

Candidates attend first public forum

October 3

Scotchman advisory vote scrutinized

Boise writer shares opinion on issue

For Schweitzer, is faster lift better?

Getting nostalgic about Snowghost

Another sign of Idaho growth ...

California company moving to Boise

October 2

Schweitzer makes management changes

Deepens its family-based experiences

State government center in the works

Idaho bought 200-acre HP campus

Idaho warns of voter registration scam

Callers request personal information

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.

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

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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

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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