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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

October 13

Jury finds ex-teacher not guilty

Thiel accused of sexual battery

U.S. to get first Dark Sky Reserve

Central Idaho designation pending

Kalispel obtain funding for pens

'Last ditch effort' to save caribou

October 12

Bonners Ferry man killed in crash

Crump rolled truck on Highway 95

Jury to deliberate ex-teacher's case

Thiel charged with sexual battery

BCSO cleared in public complaint

Info was removed from EMS run log

October 11

Roundabout art budget set at $113k

Project is 'Gateway to Sandpoint'

CTE roadshow is coming to SHS

Bigger event drawing area schools

Health enrollment begins Nov. 1

'Business as usual' for Idahoans

October 10

County mulls Upland upgrades

Collection site 'dirty, unsightly'

Clark Fork school blog a success

Wampus Talks hits 100,000 views

Anita Hill to deliver U of I lecture

Sprang into national spotlight in '91

October 9

Food For Our Children drive is on

Pays for students' food on weekends

SHS staff take part in 'Connections'

Tour businesses throughout the area

Leroy making run for Congress

Says Trump is a 'change-agent'

October 6

Man seeks leniency in stabbing case

Harp ordered to serve up to 15 years

Students continue kindness mission

SMS group is traveling to Spain

Yates seeks Idaho's No. 2 position

Ex-GOP chair way aide to Cheney

October 5

Timber industry hopeful of new bill

Would move lawsuits to arbitration

SHS interns take on variety of jobs

Career-tech class aids experiences

October 4

PHD reports first flu death of season

N. Idaho man died of complications

Dam releases set to increase

LPO to fluctuate in elevation

Idahoans share Vegas experiences

Stories from the horrific shooting

October 3

City: Flyers about mayor are false

Another round being distributed

Kootenai murder case is resuming

Coleman charged in driver's death

Culture shock: Exploring SHS cliques

Create boundaries or foster growth?

October 2

KLT mounts final push for project

Raising $2.1 million to buy forest

Two Idaho couples recall shooting

Won trip, tickets to Vegas concert

Hearing set for man in abuse case

Walden charged with lewd conduct

September 28

Man killed was real estate agent

Johnson shot by BCSO deputies

Three homes catch fire in Laclede

One destroyed; no injuries reported

Court officials warn of jury scam

Caller sought personal information

September 27

Man killed by BCSO identified

Craig Johnson shot near Coolin

Appeals Court upholds conviction

Ransom in prison for 2016 crimes

Coats 4 Kids now accepting donations

39 donation boxes in Sandpoint area

September 26

ISP: BCSO deputies shoot, kill suspect

Attempting to serve warrant in Coolin

BNSF, UP expanding in North Idaho

Millions being spent on busy segment

Probation revoked in arson case

11-year-old admitted setting fire

4 SHS students win merit honors

Roget named NMS semi-finalist

PL landowners sue over variance

Bonner County approved setback

Cleanup underway on Clark Fork

31 railcars derailed, dumped coal

September 25

Couple arraigned in Yaak homicide

Ezra, Sarah Skinner plead not guilty

LPOSD, legislators touch base

Decide to forego emergency levy

Ex-teacher's trial set for Oct. 10

Thiel taught at LPO high school

September 21

City holds UI property workshop

Parks and recreation is top choice

CdA jury selected for Renfro trial

Man charged in police officer's death

Settlement reached in football injury

Priest River teen hurt during game

September 20

City 'not done' with intersection

Consultants to offer suggestions

Litehouse tournament aids PAFE

31 teams participate at CdA Resort

Judge denies trial venue change

Forker, 39, accused of battery

September 19

Local groups host diversity event

Equinox for Equality held Friday

LPOSD transportation trio honored

Nominees win Best of Idaho 2017

Ponderay hosts high-flying event

Neighbor Day an event for all

September 18

IDL: Seek permits in fall, winter

Dock applications a required step

Angels over Sandpoint hits 20 years

Fundraising dance marks anniversary

Hearing pending in local rape case

California teen accused in incident

September 14

Two arrested after 13-year-old shot

Teens were fishing on Priest River

Sewer work shuts part of First Ave.

Project likely finished by Oct. 20

Sandpoint native aids UI research

Bowen engineering tendon tissue

September 13

Smoke cancels Draft Horse Show

Organizers set sights on 2018 event

Wet weather looms on horizon

Cooldown approaching with rain

NIMSEF now taking applications

Helps children enjoy Schweitzer

September 12

Vacation rental hearings to continue

Westwood residents share concerns

Plane crashes at Priest Lake airstrip

No injuries reported for 4 occupants

Jury selection begins in Renfro trial

Accused of killing CdA policeman

September 11

LPO drawdown to begin Sept. 18

Expected to hit low by November

City bids farewell to BID group

To decide on $50k fund balance

Film production to shut Hope bridge

Traffic will be rerouted Sept. 21-22

September 7

Racist fliers target Sandpoint mayor

Task force holds news conference

Car show puts shine on education

Injectors event coming downtown

Animals can't breathe, either

Air quality affects wildlife, pets

September 6

Board OKs record-high payouts

2019's $78m is a 6.4% increase

Smoky start to new school year

LPOSD keeps students indoors

Foster pleads not guilty in shootings

Accused of ambushing two deputies

September 5

Evaluation ordered in stabbing case

Coleman, 19, charged with murder

Caribou Fire doubles to 17k acres

Structures destroyed in Montana

Felony battery cases resolved

Two allegedly jumped man

August 31

Ponderay OKs $1.9 million budget

Mayor says he's 'thankful for city'

Priest River teen sentenced in case

Must serve up to his 21st birthday

Smoke degrades region's air quality

Due to fires in neighboring states

August 30

Teen arrested in cab driver's death

Accused of premeditated murder

800 students receive Angels backpacks

Program continues to grow in county

Reward upped in woman's death

Trestle Creek killing still unsolved

August 29

Cab driver killed in Bonner County

Picked up person at Spokane Airport

Take a trek through city's history

Sandpoint hosts two walking tours

Library expansion makes progress

Just $60,000 shy of amount needed

August 28

Fire danger extreme in Panhandle

Two actives fires burning in IPNF

Couple arrested in man's death

Gillett was found in Upper Yaak

'Son of a gun, I've got another shot'

Kramer a finalist for Hall of Fame

August 24

36 cyclists aid Blue Haven home

'Bike and Build' helps across U.S.

Trek shines light on Parkinson's

Woolnough part of 'Pass to Pass'

NIC debuts new recreation center

Student fees help fund $7.9m facility

Link up to local bloggers:

  • 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.
  • 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.

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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 



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