Current news from local and regional media, including the Sandpoint Reader, Spokesman-Review and the Sandpoint Online Newsroom
Earthquake rattles Sandpoint area
3.4-magnitude temblor recorded
Schweitzer opening on Friday
Will operate the Basin Express
Gusty northeast winds blowing in
20,000 still without power in region
Rep. Scott calls for special session
Says refugees constitute 'invasion'
Hope boats, docks ripped apart
Boat house collapses during storm
Region's bald eagles have returned
Makes for great bird watching
County assesses post-storm damage
Power outages, boats and docks hit
Storm affected 911 dispatch center
Wheeler lauds intercounty cooperation
Avista: 3-5 days to restore power
139,000 customers still affected
Crushing winds rock North Idaho
Damage structures, knock out power
Storm kills two in Spokane area
Flights cancelled, schools closed
Idaho deer tags nearly sold out
Nonresident sales best in 7 years
Bleachers to remain another winter
Work will start in September 2016
State leaders: No more refugees
Otter joins call to halt resettlements
Wolf trapping classes set
IF&G requires certification
Bulldogs 'bound and determined'
Football headed to championship
Local student in Paris shares story
Pignolet says she's more cautious
Northside Fire acquires new rig
Assists in emergency situations
Clark Fork OKs development plan
Includes bar and grill, event center
Schweitzer hopeful for Nov. opening
Five inches on ground; more expected
What's next with Sandpoint stadium?
KREM2 News reports on local vote
Life sentence in robbery attempt
Eiland broke into home in 2014
Idaho gets D- from watchdog group
Reviews state transparency, ethics
Film chronicles trek for soldiers
Documentary screens at Panida
Kokanee are on a comeback
IF&G sees fishery success
Bulldogs power past Kavemen
Face Rigby at Memorial Field
Quest Aircraft expansion adds 80 jobs
Company aims to build 60 planes yearly
Local campaigning by post and tweet
Social media changes election dynamic
Columnist tells 'Why Sandpoint Thrives'
Former councilman: It's our shared values
NW scientists gloomy about weather
Say 2015's snow drought to continue
Light snow reaches Inland NW
More expected over the weekend
BCSO dispatcher guides birth via phone
Family pulls off Hwy. 95 for delivery
Grandstands OK'd; Rognstad wins
Large turnout for local election
Kochava named 'most innovative'
Wins 2015 Idaho business award
Idaho's next area code: 986
New numbers will be statewide
Two injured in Highway 95 crash
Collisions took place in Colburn
Progress in mental health response
Launch after-hours crisis hotline
Signs of hope in flowering rush fight
New method is showing promise
Commissioners OK EMS fee hikes
Sagle Fire backers voice objections
Idaho insurance exchange going strong
But "gap" population still unaddressed
Robocaller ID'd ... sort of
Dan Grost named on documents
Candidate Forum draws crowd
Mayoral hopefuls take up issues
CHAFE donates $50k to LPOSD
Helps fund autism programs
What's new at Idaho ski areas?
View rundown for '15/'16 season
Some administrator finalists named
One is a former Sandpoint mayor
Suit would restrict Idaho trapping
Targets the Canada lynx habitat
Inlander's six hikes for four seasons
Sandpoint's Mickinnick among picks
Ex-county worker files grievance
Says Sudick sought to violate code
Avista lowering natural gas rates
But aims to raise base rates in '16
Electric rate settlement proposed
Technical, public hearings set
Winter snowfall predictions issued
Puts Sandpoint at 52-57 inches
Remains in Bonners Ferry ID'd
Libby man was last seen in 2014
Idaho budget building toward surplus
State may end up with an extra $108m
xCraft nabs deal on 'Shark Tank'
Five investors in at $1.5 million
Administrator search down to five
Candidates interviewed by the city
Experts featured at economic summit
Event coming to Sandpoint on Nov. 5
Local firm makes 'Shark Tank' pitch
xCraft appearing in Oct. 23 episode
LPOSD board to vote on resolutions
Put executive team bonuses on record
Local firm makes 'Shark Tank' pitch
xCraft appearing in Oct. 23 episode
Man sent to prison for images
Stevens also must pay $3,000
Trustees: LPOSD enrollment rebounds
Legislators updated on state of schools
Ex-NIC director to serve 107 days
Bekken reads tearful apology
Sandpoint man accused of fraud
Houston faces 28 felony counts
Hundreds pay respects to aviator
Pam Bird died in airplane crash
Air ambulance companies growing
Serve rural areas such as Sandpoint
Woman moves forward in cancer battle
Davis credits family, community support
Sentence shortened in Holt slaying
Anderson convicted in 2008 death
Investigators examine crash site
Evidence turned over to coroner
Candidate Forum coming up Oct. 28
Hosted by Sandpoint Online, Reader
GOP candidate Fiorina visits Idaho
Speaks at Melaleuca headquarters
Playground unveiled at fairgrounds
Partnerships helped keep cost down
Registration, gas hikes surprise drivers
Idaho increases went into effect July 1
"Free samples" at Brundage Resort
Beginners won't have to buy lift tickets
Selkirk Fire event targets safety
Host open house for community
Idaho gas prices are dropping
But still eighth highest in U.S.
The Scenic trail you've never heard of
Local events discuss future of PNT
U.S. Bike Route 10 officially opens
Improves ride conditions, visibility
NFL great Jerry Kramer visits Sandpoint
Presents SHS with Golden Football
Treehouse innovator gets national press
Schlussler, home featured on Slate.com
Lignetics buys East Coast pellet plant
CEO Tucker pleased with expansion
Identities, details emerge on plane crash
Pam Bird, two friends die in wreck
32 seek city administrator post
Position pays upwards of $101k
Community tax might save bleachers
KREM 2 News reports on the issue»
Listen to racist, sexist robocall
Candidates deny involvement
Quest expansion in local spotlight
KREM 2 reports on company growth»
Bear bites head of sleeping hunter
In the Frank Church Wilderness
'Robocalls' target city election
Candidates deny any involvement
Virus kills 1,000 deer in Idaho
'Bluetongue' transmitted by gnats
BGH ex-CFO surrenders to authorities
Harvel immediately out on bond
Packers legend will attend SHS game
Kramer to make special presentation
Idaho Forest Group endorses wildland
Sends letter backing Scotchman plan
Gas N Go ordered to pay $100k
Ex-employee reported violations
Man killed in Priest Lake crash
Vehicle left Luby Bay Road
Death in Roman Nose area probed
Victim had served prison sentences
Edgemere shooting ruled self-defense
Bonner County woman killed husband
Community aids youth hunger program
Expands to Sandpoint Middle School
BGH ex-CFO sought by authorities
Harvel accused of embezzlement
Lethal altercation under investigation
Man killed in Spirit Lake incident
State conference coming to town
APA event set for October 7-9
Agencies, BNSF train for disaster
Prep for hazardous material spill
Meth toxicity ruled cause of death
Sandpoint man allegedly shoplifting
The bugs are back in our region
Ash aphids make annual return
Idaho college bans 'man buns'
BYU-Idaho: Hairstyle against code
Sagle Fire postpones levy election
County declined to enact ordinance
Mental health center coming together
Former FBI agent will manage facility
Hold your fires, officials caution
Some burning bans still in effect
Sandpoint man killed on Highway 2
Clark was photographing brush fire
Fiber piping installed in Sandpoint
But city still needs service supplier
Airport to be named after Bird
Inventor, aviator died in August
Idaho auctions 8 Priest Lake sites
Two of eight drew competitive bids
Idaho vaccine exemption rate tops U.S.
Bonner County much higher at 20.6%
Museum to exhibit dresses, suits
Part of 'Tales from the Wardrobe'
SMS teacher vies for national award
Prummer one of three Idaho finalists
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.
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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 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 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 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 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