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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 20
Two killed after ATV goes over cliff 
 At Lake Pend Oreille's Bernard Overlook
Lawmakers honor Keough's milestone 
 State senator has served for 20 years
Residents polled on global warming 
 58 percent believe it is occuring
Idaho jobless rate drops to 3.8% 
 5.7% are jobless in Bonner County

April 17
County EMS releases annual report 
 Responded to 2,171 calls last year
Otter: Legislative session 'incomplete' 
 Aims to address child-support issue
Charges dismissed in lewd case 
 New eyewitness accounts emerge

April 16
This week's Reader, digital flip-page edition:

  • The Coffee Issue: Facts, fun, more
  • Making Sausage: 2015 Legislature
  • Taxi Tales: Outlaws of N. Idaho 
  • Laughing Dog expands distribution

Investors buy CWC campus 
 Purchase buildings for $2.5m
Board slows Idaho tuition hikes 
 State funding increased 3 percent
Mystery hero saves driver 
 Car dangling off Idaho cliff

April 15
County calls for public review of plan 
 BNSF to build 2nd bridge across lake
LPOSD to cut $1 million from budget 
 Woodward cites declining enrollment
'Huntress' faces violation charges 
 Pretrial set for Sandpoint's Lowrey
Businesses tally legislative session 
 Applaud transportation, ed increases

April 14
Pact preserves summer pool level 
 Gov. Otter announces agreement
Idaho could lose child support funds 
 Conservatives kill compliance measure
Otter signs presidential primary bill 
 Creates new election in March

April 12
Otter: No early lake drawdown 
 LPO will be full into September
Local VA wait times beat national 
 Region's veterans mixed on changes
Driver who fled crash is found 
 Spokane man was in Chilco area

April 10
Quest Aircraft eyes expansion in Asia 
 Facility could take 3 years or more
Sandpoint 6th-grader a spelling ace 
 Wilks travels to championships in May
Otter challenges Oregon's statue plan 
 Recites Chief Joseph's ties to Idaho

April 9
This week's Reader, digital flip-page edition:

  • What happens to our recycling?
  • Dan Earle's Blind Art
  • Rock Creek Mine battle
Passerby alerts family to house fire 
 Woman, four others safely escape
Rasmuson could face death penalty 
 Sandpoint man arrested in boy's killing
Spring weather keeps fluctuating 
 Chance of showers over weekend
Kochava volume increases 470 percent 
 First quarter growth leads to new hires

April 8
Area crews already battling wildfires 
 Snuff several out-of-control burn piles
Idaho Senate OKs gas tax increase 
 Keough votes in favor of 10-cent rise
Ospreys return to Sandpoint cam 
 'High-flying soap opera underway'

April 7
Kochava moving to Sandpoint Center 
 Analytics company has 50 employees
Otter vetoes instant racing ban bill 
 Would have repealed legislation
Senators: Otter's veto was illegal 
 Legislators note five day time limit

April 6
Theft suspect photographed in store 
 Police seek help identifying man
Political support builds for post office 
 Crapo, commission support appeal
A tale of two killings in N. Idaho 
 Report examines area shootings

April 3
Caribou comment period reopened 
 Status was changed to endangered
Rasmuson waives right to extradition 
 Sandpoint man accused of killing boy
Company buys North Idaho Insurance 
 Sandpoint-based firm sold to Alliant

April 2
This week's Reader, digital flip-page edition:

  • Religious Extremism in Idaho
  • Taxi Tales
  • The Sandpoint Eater
Selkirk Fire seeks more funding 
 Wants additional $65k from county

High-speed chase ends in arrest 
 Bryant faces multiple felony charges

Idaho parks could seek sponsorships 
 Legislation assures no park renaming

Otter signs teacher pay bill into law 
 State to fund additional $125 million

April 1
Sandpoint street deal OK'd by ITD 
 Highway traffic will shift to Fifth
Idaho Senate rejects tax bill 
 Passed House a day earlier
State aims to thwart relief effort 
 Anderson in prison for '08 murder

March 31
House passes sweeping tax reforms 
 Increases taxes for Idaho middle class
Grooming, snowmaking kept resort going 
 Schweitzer's season came to close Sunday
Careywood post office wrangling persists 
 Opponents of closure file paperwork

March 30
Sex offender arrested in '81 killing 
 Rasmuson was residing in Sandpoint
L.A. Times: Neighbor was concerned 
 Police were watching murder suspect
Arrest brings relief, sadness to family 
 Parents waited three decades for news
Nine years in, MickDuffs keeps growing 
 Brewery finishing its system upgrades

Sports award nominees named 
 Banquet held April 11 in CdA

SHS, CFHS to get gold NFL footballs 
 Honor alums Jerry Kramer, Ron Heller

March 27
Bonners Ferry found on ISIS 'hit list' 
 Border town only terror target in Idaho

Hecla to buy Revett Mining in stock deal 
 Plans to pursue Rock Creek mine permits

Lawmakers vote against instant racing 
 Otter's signature would make it law July 1

Gonzaga women bring Sweet 16 home 
 Will meet No. 2 Tennessee in Spokane

March 26
This week's Reader, digital flip-page edition:

  • Summer camps: Where to send your kids
  • Sandpoint trails: Community hikes to remember
  • Marshall McLean Band to rock the Panida
Schweitzer season to end Sunday 
 Resort struggled with lack of snow

BCSO hit with $6 million tort claim 
 McAuliffe alleges he was unjustly fired

Idaho bill introduces big tax changes 
 Would affect groceries, gas, more

4-day-a-week school schedule on rise 
 But do Idaho districts save money?

Idaho incomes increase in 2014 
 Average wage rises to $19.12/hour

March 25
County backs wilderness designation 
 Kelly: Scotchman is 'exception to rule'

Government ethics report: D- for Idaho 
 One of 8 states without oversight agency

Report confirms disastrous Schoolnet 
 $61 million spent on system is gone

Creationist museum at home in Idaho 
 Board envisions building full-sized ark

March 24
Court: Revisit Caribou habitat 
 Action in response to coalition's lawsuit

Idaho schools report on new contracts 
 Broadband costs likely to be lower

Prison ordered in felony assault case 
 Gillock nearly shot by sheriff's deputies

Police: Idaho family behind brawl 
 One dead in Arizona Walmart attack

March 23
Food For Our Children tackles hunger 
 Pence helps found new non-profit

Sales tax eyed for Memorial Field fix 
 Funds would replace aging grandstands

Avista explains need for rate hike 
 Higher costs, static customer base

March 19
This week's Reader, digital flip-page edition:

  • Public art in Sandpoint
  • Cab Column: The Culinary Underbelly of Sandpoint
  • Sandpoint Waldorf School
Hikers find jawbone on lake bed 
 Bones appear to be decades old

Report: Idaho middle class withering 
 Median income has dropped by $5k

House to hear salamander bill 
 Proposed by Idaho eighth-grader

Is region facing a bug-filled summer? 
 Bees, mosquitos, ticks - get ready!

March 18
Proposed mine targeted in petition 
 Seeks new look at Rock Creek impacts

Sandpoint contacts group about statue 
 10 Commandments display still in park

Thorne receives manufacturing award 
 Certification verifies facility practices

Idaho official to resign amid scandal 
 Broadband contract raised questions

March 17
Search for bank robber continues 
 Ponderay Police sifting through leads

Bayview human remains identified 
 Belonged to Coeur d'Alene man

2,000 geese found dead in Idaho 
 Symptoms indicate avian cholera

Rains put end to regional burn ban 
 Grass, wildland fires during dry spell

March 16
Sandpoint officer earns CIT honors 
 Aerni responded to local bridge call

Participants set for regional Bee 
 Spelling event to take place at NIC

Grant preserves wildlife habitat 
 750 acres along Kootenai River

March 13
Troy mine bond concerns alliance 
 Further negotiations are pending

IEN vendors threaten lawsuits 
 File tort claims against Idaho

Idaho employment hits 20-year high 
 Unemployment at 4.1% in January

March 12
This week's Reader, digital flip-page edition:

  • Living hungry in Bonner County
  • A nuclear India?
  • Single in Sandpoint is back!
P&Z approves Blanchard waste site 
 Will be ready for use this summer

Group aims for local YMCA facility 
 SPARC becomes official extension

New teacher pay bill in the works 
 Likely to lengthen legislative session

Snowpack suffering from warm temps 
 About 47 percent of normal in N. Idaho

Suspects sought in 'heinous' crime 
 Triple homicide inside Boise-area home

March 11
LPOSD voters approve levy 
 70 percent in favor of funding

Garfield Bay breakwater removed 
 Replacement could cost $500k

Lawmakers renew wolf-kill funds 
 Idaho will spend another $400k

March 10
Careywood post office faces closure 
 Petition drive launched to keep it open

Broadband prices fall for schools 
 Paying less without IEN contract

Lawmakers propose civics test 
 Targets high school students

March 9
LPOSD talks dollars, taxes, schools 
 Woodward: Cuts coming despite levy

Legislators eye 'career ladder' bill 
 Would phase in teacher pay increases

Northwest residents among top pollutors 
 Wood burning is popular in our region

March 6
Businesses hit in 'Avista scam' 
 Receiving threats to disconnect power

Religious leaders call for apology 
 Senator's comments on Hinduism raise ire

Andrus, Batt fight nuclear waste plan 
 Threaten lawsuit over deal to store rods

NIC student says director paid her 
 Claims Bekken gave financial aid for photos

Link up to local bloggers:

Alternative Horsemanship. Philosophies, training theories and humor with Samantha Harvey.
A Real Estate Guide by Lauren Adair. Agent covers the art of staging, renting vs. owning, real estate trends, more.
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.
Chamber Chatter. Sandpoint chamber keeps readers in the know on Chamber and business happenings.
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. Marketing group offer a window into the company’s work, trends, tips and more.
Lake Pend Oreille School District. What's happening in our local schools? Follow LPOSD Superintendent Shawn Woodward's weekly blog.
Lublyou. Katie and Ben post snapshots from Sandpoint and the area, as well as mouthwatering food photos.
Mountain Architect. John Hendricks blogs on projects, trends and more.
North Idaho Dog Fun. A resource for "all things dog" in North Idaho.
Sandpoint Wellness Council. Alternative practitioners blog on natural health care.
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.
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 photo diary, updated a few times weekly. 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 100 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

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 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.

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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