Current news from local and regional media, including the Sandpoint Reader, Spokesman-Review and the Sandpoint Online Newsroom
Grizzly ventures into Athol backyard
Idaho Fish and Game is tracking bear
Idaho judges study sentencing law
Could affect prison population rise
Boise-area home prices soaring
Break records on monthly basis
Cougar Fire triples to 3,454 acres
Heat, wind fan regional wildfires
Air quality hits 'unhealthy' range
Expected to linger through week
Poll: Jordan edges closer to Little
Democrat is popular for health care
Victim in Sandpoint shooting ID'd
Dias was shot by an unknown man
Wildfire smoke from B.C., other states
Some closures in Cougar Fire area
Woman's trial in Yaak death begins
Man was abducted from Ponderay
Fires blaze close to home
Cougar Fire now at 845 acres
Shooting suspect remains at large
Police are seeking public's help
Historic Brown House demolished
BGH will construct new building
Triple-digit temps hit the region
Plus higher-than-normal humidity
Man dead in Sandpoint motel shooting
Suspect ran from Meandering Moose
Sandpoint reacts to robocalls
Neo-Nazi messages hit region
Nez Perce Tribe delegates visit D.C.
Discuss water pollution oversight plan
New Idaho law targets slow drivers
Five have been stopped since July 1
Father and son finish 17-hour hike
Otis hopes ordeal is yearly tradition
Cougar Fire now at 700 acres
Blaze east of Hope still growing
Fire burning north of Sandpoint
Causes $700,000 worth of damage
Residents receive neo-Nazi messages
Robocalls coming from Patrick Little
Kramer enters NFL Hall of Fame
Hails Lombardi, former Packers
Appeal in Riley shooting dismissed
City sought protection for officers
Thousands attend Festival's opener
Fan: 'Doesn't get better than this'
Sagle man develops bulletproof walls
Giddings seeks Rhino Hide investors
Wastewater plant site is staying put
City OK's long-term improvements
Fires start up across the region
Closest is 100-acre Cougar Fire
Northside Fire praised for assistance
Helped BCSO rescue stranded floaters
Workshop to identify budget tweaks
Will cover city's 16 specific projects
Decision issued on Boulder Creek
Project involves burning, logging
Profiles of Graduates: Sofia Kriz
Attending Beijing University in fall
Report: Teachers hit hard by inflation
Idaho pay ranks 43rd despite overhaul
Idahoan hikes 900 miles in 52 days
Finishes epic Centennial Trail trip
More women than men seek post
Historic first for Idaho's high court
Group appeals BNSF bridge permit
Filed by Wild Idaho Rising Tide
Parole officers' firearm training OK'd
Director cites area's recent shootings
Logger 'loved every minute' of career
Cook honored after 50 years in timber
Sandpoint temps to hit upper 90s
Fire danger index rated as 'high'
Does Sandpoint have a rental crisis?
City: 'There isn't a simple solution'
Idaho has most to lose in trade war
China buys dairy, semiconductors, more
SPOT bus provides Festival service
Park at SHS, hop on the free shuttle
Panel: Wolf-livestock kills hit high
And more anticipated this summer
Today's Idaho GOP are yesterday's Dems
Similar views, but different labels
IPNF seeks Camp Robin comments
42,000 acres in Bonners Ferry area
Analysis: Medicaid expansion a plus
Positive financial impact on Idaho
Amazon fulfillment center's effects
1,500 jobs coming to Spokane area
Sandpoint man killed in collision
Bruhjell struck by oncoming car
Schweitzer launches e-bike tours
Offers 'leisurely, interpretive ride'
Latest shingles vaccine in short supply
Idahoans may have to wait until 2019
Cary Kelly elected LPOSD board chair
See video record of monthly meeting
Bottle Bay roadwork to finish early
Estimated opening is now Sept. 15
'Above normal' fire activity expected
Panhandle has seen hot, dry July
Festival unveils annual poster
Artwork by Judy Pederson
Planned Parenthood sues Idaho
Says reporting rules unconstitutional
Idaho OKs remaining lot auctions
Includes 102 lots on Priest Lake
Record-breaking year for Lottery
Dividend check hits $53.5 million
New trespassing law - What to know
Broadens rights, increases penalties
Medicaid expansion will be on ballot
Secretary of State certifies initiative
Panel eyes campaign finance reform
Legislative committee plans to meet
Idaho gas prices are soaring
Among the highest in U.S.
IPNF warns of mountain goats
Encountered on Scotchman trail
Idaho ends fiscal '18 with surplus
Despite weaker results in June
Sandpoint adopts strategic plan
Identifies priorities next 2 years
Kochava part of new Google program
'Paves way for deeper integration'
Authorities describe rescue of baby
View video on NBC Today Show»
Sandpoint man back on robocalls
Rhodes tied to Bay Area activity
Nampa named best-run city in U.S.
And Boise comes in third on ranking
Four Idaho businessmen imprisoned
Convicted of multiple counts of fraud
Baby safe after being left in forest
Montana officials call it a 'miracle'
North Idaho sealcoating work begins
Includes Highway 95 at Samuels
Man drowns on Lake Coeur d'Alene
Passing boaters unable to revive him
Grizzly hunting returns to the West
The science behind controversial hunt
'Summer camp for billionaires' begins
Buffett, Bezos, more moguls in Idaho
BNSF barges skip boat station
Mussels discovered on one barge
Paulette Jordan faces uphill race
It's tough being Democrat in Idaho
Man drowns at Twin Lakes
Was cliff diving with friends
Lawsuit targets Idaho school districts
Say student fees violate constitution
A former Sandpoint widow's secret
'Loved the man, hated his beliefs'
Medicaid initiative reaches Boise
Effort names bipartisan leaders
Man arrested in 2004 murder
Changing story raised suspicion
Mother urges action at falls
One year since son fell, died
Boat inspections stopping mussels
36 watercraft intercepted so far
Waterfront landowner funds 10 buoys
Pend Oreille River no-wake zones
Cedar Street construction advances
Work wraps up between Second, Third
Cruise aids Project Osprey Banding
Biologist to band Memorial Field birds
Idaho reaches 'criminal justice crisis'
$500 million prison expansion OK'd
Snow in July ... yep, at Schweitzer
Snowman pic hits Weather Channel
Avista to decrease rates in Idaho
Affects residential electricity, gas
Girl, 3, dies after Boise stabbing
Man from L.A. charged with murder
Local man believed behind robocalls
Number apparently used by Rhodes
Bonner County sued over landslide
Couple's home destroyed in 2017
GOP delegates gather for convention
Touch on immigration, gay marriage
Shocked Boiseans rally after attack
Children stabbed at birthday party
City holds off on UI feasibility study
Waiting for proposals from developers
Hiawatha Trail celebrates 20 years
Attraction drew 40,000 visitors in '17
Idaho gets $6m PILT boost from feds
$36 million payment in lieu of taxes
Avista's proposed sale draws concern
Some worry about Canadian influence
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.
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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 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