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Current news from local and regional media, including the Sandpoint Reader, Spokesman-Review and the Sandpoint Online Newsroom


May 24

Bomb threat evacuates Farmin Stidwell

 Rash of robocalls hit region, nation same day

CAL awards $105,000 in grants

 Bizarre Bazaar store profits fund gifts

Runner to honor 300 fallen heroes

 Ehredt to plant flags as he jogs around park


May 23

City approves stadium plan

 Accept last-minute changes

Meth-addicted mother behind bars

 Admits feeding baby while on drugs

Ballots mistakenly withheld at poll

 Some unaffiliated voters denied ballots


May 19

Driver crushed by car near Sagle

 Morales was trying to fix vehicle

Geaudreau, 27, remains at large

 Sought on Bonner County warrant

NIC names new president

 MacLennan from Maryland

Severe fire season looks likely

 Warm, dry April set a record


May 18

Connolly, McDonald win elections

 Wheeler retains position as sheriff

Idaho Supreme Court headed for runoff

 It's Brody, McKenzie in November

Congressional incumbents win big

 Labrador easily fends off challengers


May 16

Convicted felon seeks court relief

 Larson alleges prosecutorial misconduct

Homeless count rises 5 percent

 Northern Idaho count: 450 homeless

Redoubt movement pushes politics right

 Extreme right-wing preppers target Idaho


May 13

SilverWing judgment favors county

 Awards Bonner County $741,730

Forum incites spirited debate

 Keough, Rohrer spar over issues

SHS girls softball wins districts

 Beat Lakeland 8-6; headed to state


May 12

BCSO arrest 'person of interest'

 Geaudreau still at large in shootout

Candidates square off at forum

 Wheeler, Scott noticeably absent

Streamflows peak after record melt

 Warm temps, dry weather cited


May 11

Manhunt underway for suspect

 Accused of firing on deputies

Man accused of ramming ATV

 Boy, 12, not injured in incident

Candidate Forum set for tonight

 All welcome to SHS auditorium


May 10

Council puts diversity on the agenda

 Look to improve advertising process

LPOSD sets date for levy vote

 Facilities to be decided Aug. 30

Man arrested after accident

 Cook, 19, charged with DUI

Kochava: Star is born with software

 Forbes profiles Charles Manning

SHS golf boys, girls win districts

 Both teams punch tickets to state


May 6

Public offered peek at stadium

 Open House at the field May 11

Suspect arrested in Las Vegas

 But Mancuso remains at large

Source: Trump to visit Spokane

 Details on Saturday event pending


May 5

Firefighters take part in training

 Busy season ahead is expected

Toddler found in Jewel Lake dies

 Was missing after mother awoke

Weisberg named '16 Festival artist

 Poster to be unveiled on July 14


May 4

Harvel pleads guilty to BGH theft

 Ex-CFO to be sentenced July 8

County seeks to shut junkyard

 Allegedly operated in Samuels

Top conservative backs Keough

 Nonini touts her JFAC position


May 3

Nolan, Jay win Derby prizes

 Two 18-pounders snag wins

Howlett runs as District 1 write-in

 Democrat faces Vickaryous in May

Darling gives up Ponderay post

 Mayor to fill council seat soon


May 2

Sandpoint Rotary celebrates 50 years

 Organization has nearly 80 members

Ecclectic mix tops Festival lineup

 Bruce Hornsby, Emmylou Harris, more

Nolan, Day lead LPOIC derby

 Johnson, McCorkle lead youth


April 28

David Hale still on county's payroll

 Resigned as undersheriff last week

Church fire unites Bonners Ferry

 Businesses, leaders come together

SHS just misses landing Thielbahr

 Alum accepts, then declines position


April 27

Ivano's Ristorante announces changes

 Two employees named shareholders

Lack of funding sinks bike trail

 31-mile stretch from Sagle south

Yappy Hour season kicks off

 First party at Laughing Dog

Business group aims to tout Idaho

 Cites Kochava's recent acquisition


April 26

Vote evolves into free speech debate

 City OKs street performer amendment

Legislative politics of voting 'no'

 Scott, Dixon in the Top 10 bloc

Fire may merit federal charges

 Bonners Ferry church destroyed

Man accused of rape, kidnapping

 Hearing pending for Ransom, 53


April 25

NTSB mum on Bird's plane crash

 Decline to release more details

Hutter retiring as Ponderay chief

 Will patrol part-time in Sandpoint

Farmers Market has new manager

 Patti Fulton takes on complex job


April 22

Hale resigns amid website scandal

 Undersheriff admitted creating site

Fire destroys Bonners Ferry church

 Authorities have person of interest

Northside Fire levy to boost service

 Seek $1.5 million over three years


April 21

LPOIC's spring derby kicks off

  Fishing event runs until May 1

Grant approved for Solar Roadways

 Sandpoint to be first city with panels

Supreme Court candidates face off

 Four hopefuls attend forum in Boise


April 20

Negotiations underway in theft case

 Ex-BGH CFO Harvel free on bail

Increasing demand lifts gas prices

 Idaho average now at $2.15 gallon

Sandpoint businessmen clearing hurdles

 Aim to market hemp product statewide


April 19

Family files suit over shooting

 Riley killed by officers in 2014

City wins grant for Solar Roadways

 Surface to be installed in town square

Injured teen recovering quickly

 Police still investigating incident


April 18

Local merchants up ante on giving

 April 30 downtown event aids causes

AG reviews undersheriff's conduct

 Created website on Wheeler rival

Idahoans part of Boston Marathon

 Sandpoint's Carol Wright is oldest


April 15

LPOSD explores plant levy options

 Tentatively on August 30 ballot

More lawsuits hit Bonner County

 Question legality of recent decisions

KREM reports on support for teen

 Williams is a liftie at Schweitzer


April 14

Candidate cries foul over fake website

 Traced to Wheeler's 2nd-in-command

Idaho tries to curb disease in bats

 Syndrome confirmed in Washington

Lawmakers push innovation at schools

 Extra funds aimed at trying new things


April 13

Fundraising underway for pedestrian

 Williams found lying in N. Boyer

Reward in grizzly killing upped to $13,500

 Found in the Grouse Creek drainage

Couple's knives appear in 'Revenant'

 Blanchard shopowners proud of film


April 12

ISP seeks info in 'pedestrian crash'

 Williams, 19, in critical condition

NIC raises $2.7m for CTE facility

 Albertson Foundation donates $1m

Host of Bulldogs win sport awards

 Schoening, Sundquist recognized


April 11

Marley pairs suit with tort claim

 Allege gender, age discrimination

Long Bridge work set for summer

 Project involves piers, road overlay

Crisis line making critical connections

 After-hours service provides mental help


April 6

Court ruling: wolverines deserve protection

 Only 300 left in northern Rockies, Cascades

Ex-EMS captain files suit for termination

 Lisa Grande claims due process was denied

Otter vetoes Bibles-in school bill

 Says bill not in line with state constitution


April 5

Former commissioner Mueller dies

 Colorful, controversial local leader

United Way expands efforts in area

 Developing relationship with SCRC

Little named Idaho Nonprofit leader

 Ex-director of Sandpoint Chamber


April 4

Suspect's alleged getaway car found

 Mancuso, Ford still elude authorities

Priest Lake studies on a fast track

 Solution sought for breakwater

Labrador discusses public lands

 Bill would improve states' input

One killed, one injured in crash

 Highway 95 closed for four hours

NAMI course offers hope, resources

 Family-to-Family explores disorders


March 31

LPOSD eyes ways to tighten budget

 As state increases funding by $1.3m

Disabled Idahoans win suit for rights

 Court: IDHW violated due process

Idaho insurer changes its rules

 Bans some nonprofit assistance


March 30

Sandpoint Library plans to expand

 $3 million project to start in 2017

Priest River fire funding on ballot

 Levy, bond to be decided in May

Wheeler supports concealed gun bill

 Idaho governor signed measure


March 28

Family offers reward for stolen ashes

 Remains missing from local cemetery

Search continues for murder suspect

 Pair may be driving white Toyota truck

Idaho lawmakers reflect on session

 Failed to resolve health care gap

Public input sought on PNW Trail

 Meeting coming up in Priest River

Idaho jobless rates hold steady

 Unemployment remains at 3.9%


March 24

Murder suspect sought in manhunt

 Mancuso last seen in Selle Valley

Medicaid eligibility efforts fail

 Legislature worked on expansion

Sanders strongest in Boundary County

 Hotbed of support in Democrat Caucus


March 23

Bonner Democrats back Sanders

 More than 900 pack fairgrounds

Sanders beats Clinton in Idaho

 Caucuses draw 24,000 Democrats

Stimson Lumber seeks plan support

 Wants state approval for Clagstone


Link up to local bloggers:

  • NEW: Doodah Man on the Trail. Sandpoint's Jim Healey is hiking the 2200-mile Appalachian Trail beginning in March 2016, and blogging about it.
  • Tuk Tuk Diaries. Sandpoint local Matt Krabacher and pal Sam set out to drive 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 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

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 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 "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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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 CallJerry.biz/SandCreek 

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