Current news from local sources, including the Bonner County Daily Bee, The River Journal and the Sandpoint Online Newsroom
Clogged drain floods NIC’s BF facility
Classes are canceled
Escapee tracked to car wash attic
A 35-year-old Spokane man arrested
JFAC OKs $300K to expand NIC-Sandpoint
For local bachelor’s degrees
Flood advisory issued for county
Rain to continue through Friday
City Council OKs BGH road plan
Eyes improvements for Third Avenue
Protests worry Idaho legislators
Add The Words escalating tactics
Idaho panel OKs speed limit hike
Interstates could go up to 80 mph
Jail ordered in woman's theft case
Finnegan to also pay $15k restitution
Idaho consumers could see payments
Micron agrees to $66.7m settlement
Winter storm wallops community
Warmer temps may cause flooding
Legislators boost school spending
Includes teacher pay raise, bonuses
Gas prices rise in Idaho, nation
Up 18 cents during February
Angels top million dollar giving mark
Local group puts 'fun' in fundraising
Panida dismisses executive director
Board says Bonifas 'not a good fit'
Council mulls idea of new roundabout
Initially proposed at Cedar and Boyer
Whistleblower awarded damages
Ex-foreman to receive $56,000
Suspect claims he was strong-armed
Deveney arrested for burglary, theft
Court affirms voyeurism sentence
Senesac imprisoned for 2012 incident
Panida board dismisses director
Bonifas worked at the Panida since Aug. 31
Man pleads guilty to attempted murder
As part of plea agreement with the state
Sandpoint Nordic Club in Junior Qualifier
Nobody brought home a medal
Colleges: Gun bill will hike costs
Would require security upgrades
Whistleblower trial under way
Suit brought against Parsons, ITD
Logging accident victim identified
Kenneth Schwartz was clearing trees
Man killed in logging mishap
Apparently hit by falling branch
Two accused of local fuel thefts
Suspects' bail set at $5,000 each
Avista's income up 42% in 2013
Weather, rate increases cited
Trials set in lewd conduct cases
Three plead not guilty to charges
Court upholds man's CDL suspension
Peck arrested for drunk driving in '09
Ed tech program gets $6.6m bailout
JFAC approval usually becomes law
Party affiliation deadline nears
Voters can make changes until March 14
Council backs plan to fight milfoil
Support could aid LPOW's goals
Congressmen together on forests
Idaho's delegation push for act
Sandpoint man sentenced in crash
Kepler killed Montana woman on I-90
Snowmobiler killed in avalanche
Group of 4 was in Cabinet mountains
Trial slated in whistleblower suit
Nelson argues wrongful termination
Mascot issues concern tribe leaders
Idaho panel to share with legislators
Wolf kill bill passed by Idaho House
State would spend more than $2 million
Nonprofit seeks habitat projects
Trout Unlimited aiding fish passage
Senate panel OKs interest rate bill
Drops prejudgment rate to 7.5%
Woman falls through ice on river
60-year-old rescued by deputy
Bulldogs fall in state opener
Moves on to consolation bracket
Memorial Field design fine-tuned
Underground lockers considered
Fragoso joins Sandpoint council
Chosen by mayor to fill vacancy
Snedden seeks Dist. 1A GOP nod
Attorney faces Scott in primary
SHS band briefly joins protest
Members were visiting Statehouse
Rep. Anderson announces retirement
Will continue invasive mussels fight
Knapp spared further incarceration
Sentenced to community service
Idaho Senate OKs gun campus bill
Keough votes against measure
Trial ordered in felony battery
Score charged in tavern incident
Knapp slated for sentencing
Convicted of leaving accident scene
Memorial Field planning session set
Takes place at Sandpoint City Hall
Summit looks at future of mobile ads
Kochava Mobile Summit is a success
Phillips seeking GOP nomination
Phillips served from 2003-2007
Logan appoints Fragoso to council
The decision to be made on Wednesday
IMCB Reports Full Year 2013 Earnings
Panhandle State Bank's holding company
Snowbound riders rescued
7 people saved in the Selkirk Mountains
Holland aiming high in 3rd Winter Olympics
There are no sure things in SBX
Elmira crossing upgrade sought
Site of fatal collision with train
Two states call for coal train EIS
LPOW: Mandates will slow progress
Campus gun bill clears committee
Schools had objected to legislation
Lewd conduct case dismissal upheld
Blankenship was accused of abuse
Legislative authority bill advances
Solidifies oversight of agency rules
Educator joins superintendent race
Ybarra is third GOP candidate
Foster families needed in Panhandle
H&W to hold informational meeting
Clark Fork High stages career day
Part of grant-funded GEAR-UP program
Balukoff visits with local Democrats
Making run for Idaho governor
Man implicated in string of thefts
Huggins faces hearing Feb. 12
Women indicted for lewd conduct
Allegedly abused six children
Sandpoint tweaks three ordinances
Affects sidewalk demonstrations, more
Three injured in head-on crash
Bonners Ferry teen airlifted to hospital
Panel gives nod to broadband bill
Designed to service rural areas
Rognstad named council president
Logan seeks council seat replacement
Bonner County Fair receives honors
Commissioners credit Livingstone
Accidental fire dims A&P Bar & Grill
No damage to neighboring businesses
Bill seeks to halt some EPA rules
Back to the nullification discussion
Info sought on proposed speed hike
Allows ITD to raise limit to 80 mph
Fire guts A&P's Bar and Grill
No injuries in downtown blaze
Frigid temperatures sticking around
LPOSD closes schools for second day
Woman charged with tampering
Rhine allegedly took boy out of area
Keough's boat bill targets loophole
Lawmakers urged to update Idaho code
Sagle Fire: Layoff was fiscal decision
Department dissolving $88k position
LPOSD program in running for prize
Video clip could be worth $10,000
Dozens of gay rights activists arrested
Blocked entrances to Idaho Senate
IDEQ evaluates effects of truck spill
Ammonium nitrate in roadside ditch
Sagle Fire chief Webber laid off
Says it's aimed at cutting costs
NIC reiterates opposition to gun bill
Dunlap says campus wants control
Crash, spill shut down Highway 95
Driver of overturned semi killed
Coldwater Creek seeks financing
Unsuccessful in finding a buyer
Meesh & Mia scores Superbowl TD
Apparel company cashes in on game
Unease lingers for Sandpoint father
Stewart's son found dead last fall
Friends rally to rebuild sheep shelter
Curlesses' barn burned to the ground
Schools update LPOSD board on goals
Technology in use at Washington, Hope
Schweitzer among world's most scenic
The USA Today praises the resort
Lost elk herds of the Lochsa
Mike Muscha's hunting experience
The weekly Inside Edge
U.S. Olympic Team named
Curless resigns as Dover's mayor
Comes amid strife on city council
Invasive species battle on track
Funding levels appear adequate
LPOSD boosts school security
Builds relationship with BCSO
Laclede recall halted by technicality
Water district board member targeted
Documentary explores mens' lives
Screens at the Panida this Friday
County OKs weapons resolution
Makes it a crime to publish info
Community mourns Priest River airman
Sgt. Ponce died in helicopter crash
Proposed gun bill concerns NIC
Says law would infringe on policy
Boundary County inmate dies
Incident is under investigation
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• A Sparkling Vintage Life. Sandpoint's Jennifer Lamont Leo writes about preserving the best of the past and incorporating vintage “grace notes” into a twenty-first century life.
• As The Lake Churns. All about Priest Lake, the land and the people and happenings.
• BakkenForth. Sandpoint-area residents share their experiences about the employment migration to North Dakota.
• Brian's Bike Buzz. He rides bikes, dreams about bikes, and blogs about biking in Sandpoint and afield.
• Chamber Chatter. Sandpoint chamber keeps readers in the know on Chamber and business happenings.
• Chestnut Mocha. Katie and Ben post snapshots from Sandpoint and the area, as well as mouthwatering food photos.
• 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.
• Huckleberries. Spokesman-Review's David Oliveria puts his finger on pulse of current regional news and happenings.
• Hyperbole and a Half. With 361,000 Facebook likes and 107,725 Twitter followers (at last count) Sandpoint homegirl Allie Brosh has gone viral - even when she posts only once a year.
• Keokee Blog. Sandpoint's marketing group offers a window into the company’s work and happenings, plus view marketing tips and more.
• Lake Pend Oreille School District. What's happening in our local schools? Follow LPOSD Superintendent Shawn Woodward's weekly blog.
• Mountain Architect. John Hendricks blogs about projects, trends and more.
• Nelson Boren Art Blog. The artist for Sandpoint's downtown arch project blogs about art, fishing, life.
• North Idaho Dog Fun. Your resource for "all things dog" in North Idaho.
• Point to Bay. Mac Hollan's Summer 2013 bicycle trek 2,750 miles from Sandpoint to Prudhoe Bay, Alaska, to benefit the Sandpoint Backpack Program.
• Sandpoint Wellness Council. Alternative practitioners blog on natural health care.
• Thudbits. Sandpoint's John Corn moderates political news and commentary from a conservative perspective.
• Schweitzer Originals. Blog editor Marianne Love's first-hand accounts from folks who know and love the mountain.
• 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.
• The Word on Schweitzer. Wanna talk skiing, riding, snow? This blog's for you.
• Writing North Idaho. A web retreat for writers in the North Idaho Panhandle.
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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.
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 July 21, 2011, USA Today story or check the Best of the Road page.
A memorable travel destination
Canadian lifestyle website SweetMama.com 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 "quiet Sandpoint," while newcomers rave about the town's strong sense of community. Click to read the August 2008 story 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 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