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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

March 22

Sandpoint's on 'fastest growing' list

No. 7 for U.S. micropolitan towns

Hecla, CEO hit with violations

Spells trouble for proposed mines

Principal at CdA High School dies

Schueller apparently commits suicide

MADD applauds driving device bill

Idaho's biggest DUI reform since '97

Plan to address Medicaid gap dies

Health care advocates pack House

March 21

Region reacts to hate crime posters

Incidents appear to be on the rise

SHS AcaDeca team on to nationals

Will represent Idaho next month

Otter signs abortion reversal law

Affects drug-induced procedures

March 20

Fire shuts Highway 41 overnight

House catches fire in Oldtown

Idaho dependent on gun industry

Ranks #1 for economic impact

Taking a break from social media

SHS Cedar Post reports on trend

March 19

Risch helped set up N. Korea talks

Contacted by S. Korea at Olympics

County keeps an eye on roads

Spring breakup will be a threat

Idaho community supports teacher

Turtle that was fed puppy euthanized

March 15

Over 100 SHS students join walkout

Show support for shooting victims

Thousands walk out across Idaho

1,500 students protest at Statehouse

10 wolves killed in North Idaho

Aimed at boosting elk numbers

March 14

SHS students talk gun violence

Video reveals varied viewpoints

Idaho unemployment at 3 percent

Steady for fifth consecutive month

Silverwood increases starting wage

Tight labor market cited for $1 boost

March 13

Autism therapist faces felony charges

Police: Kreiger-Hurst defrauded clients

Idaho teacher investigated for incident

Reportedly fed live puppy to turtle

Idaho legislators reject gun control bill

Limited firearms for domestic abusers

March 12

County declares SilverWing victory

Ruling will award nearly $800,000

245-acre technology park proposed

Developers eyeing site in Post Falls

Candidates flock to file for election

Idaho's primary ballot is crowded

March 8

Lawmakers may ease sentences

Dates to Idaho's war on drugs

Idaho high school bans backpacks

Follows threats in the Caldwell area

Vintage snowmobile races thriving

Priest Lake hosts successful event

March 7

Grandfather talks about shooting

Says Kuhlman was high on drugs

CdA Police show support at hospital

Also provide security after shootings

No change to advisory vote ballot

County takes up Scotchman issue

Three library volunteers honored

Receive presidential service award

March 6

Sandpoint officers recovering

Clark remains hospitalized

County revisits ballot wording

At request of resident Dan Rose

Group seeks to protect steelhead

Wants F&G to shut down fishing

Idaho gains at expense of other states

But new challenges are now emerging

March 5

Two Sandpoint Police officers shot

Expected to recover; suspect killed

Put Idaho under one time zone?

State Senate likes idea to unite

BNSF applies for bridge permit

Organizations wary of project

Yarno resigned after arrest

Ex-coach failed sobriety test

February 21

Wilderness vote language finalized

Public to weigh in on Scotchman

Smelter opponents to hold march

Protesting Newport plan Saturday

County OKs Natural Resource Plan

Requires federal, county coordination

February 20

Trio sues Sandpoint guest ranch

Say they were injured on sleigh

BNSF plans $135m in investments

Includes Sandpoint-Whitefish route

Idaho potatoes make way for grapes

Forbes writer extols virtues of crop

February 19

Weekend snowfall breaks record

Meteorologist: Welcome to North Idaho

Lignetics adds four new plants

Kootenai facility employs 50

Bill limiting bond elections advances

Legislation sponsored by Rep. Scott

Sandpoint is a 'storybook paradise'

Reader's Digest lists top winter towns

February 15

Mental health grant to aid counties

Funds suicide prevention training

Virus awareness bill nearing vote

Kootenai family affected by CMV

February 14

SHS duo claim welding honors

Luce, Kohal part of competition

SHS's Roget receives academic nod

Senior named National Merit finalist

Idaho-born boarders come up short

Compete in the Olympics halfpipe

February 13

'Liberty legislators' unveil proposals

Includes removal of grocery tax

Woman pleads not guilty to perjury

Albertson faces two-day jury trial

Newsome pleads not guilty in case

Accused of leaving accident scene

February 12

City pitching UI plan to foundation

Opportunity for 77 acres 'historic'

Winter Carnival offers fun for all

45th annual event kicks off Friday

Jordan bringing in a substitute

Candidate not resigning after all

February 8

Woman accused of embezzlement

McGrath worked at Sandpoint Title

City seeks funding for UI property

Wants public's input on master plan

Climate change education heats up

Idaho may strip science standards

Jordan resigns from Legislature

Focuses on her race for governor

Coeur d'Alene: Top Olympics town?

Fits 'Happy 700' criteria for hosting

February 7

Gervasi sentenced to 20 years prison

Lawyer: 'Sad statement' of meth effects

Priest River Times being replaced

Bee to publish Thursday edition

Work remains at Ponderay eyesore

Owner still cleaning up trailer park

$200m Idaho tax cut bill progresses

Offers $130 tax credit for children

February 6

Engelhardt running for Assessor

Former Sagle Fire commissioner

Lake Pend Oreille level on the rise

Corps resumes flexible winter ops

Lawmakers introduce left lane bill

Would impose fine for slow drivers

Medicaid effort draws national headlines

HuffPo reports Sandpoint pair's initiative

February 5

Kramer voted into Hall of Fame

Sandpoint native in NFL '58-'68

City seeks input on UI property

Recreation, jobs, housing on list

IF&G won't suppress PL trout

Sent surveys to 10,000 anglers

February 1

Litehouse celebrates expansion

Completes $6.2 million remodel

Sandpoint hires first HR specialist

Goes worked for City of Spokane

Legislators advance vaccine bill

Eases requirements for parents

January 31

Assessor employee seeks post

Gow is 27-year office veteran

Fire destroys unoccupied home

Located on lakeshore in Sagle

SHS coaches resign positions

Both Yarno, Roos stepping down

January 30

Green Mountain drill meeting set

Company proposes exploration

Sandpoint man jailed on violations

Sheeley dodged prison in rape case

SHS rallies big-time in Tots drive

Teachers' stunts aid $10k donation

January 29

City treasurer leaving a legacy

Syth refinanced sewer bond, more

Idahoans forfeit paid time off

State ranks first in the U.S.

Bizarre Bazaar a local gem

Store thrives with volunteers

January 25

Two uninjured after buried in snow

Schweitzer urges caution for skiers

Trial ordered in bus stop collision

Man charged with leaving scene

City officials elected to positions

Stapleton, Williamson take on roles

Idaho PTech shutting down in June

Due to lack of long-term funding

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.

Get an eyeful of Sandpoint at this ongoing photo diary of our area. 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 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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