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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

December 1

City delays two-way traffic switch

 Roadwork will wrap up in spring

Big game meeting set in Sandpoint

 Fish and Game seeks public input

Lawmakers unlikely to repeal perk

 Committee had recommended change

November 30

Schweitzer announces opening

 Two lifts will be running Friday

'Desperate need' for bell ringers

 Salvation Army seeks volunteers

Pedestrian files suit in collision

 Litehouse employee was injured

November 29

Hale, Belgarde nab fall derby wins

 19-lb. rainbow, 18-lb. mackinaw

Original carousel to be unveiled

 Wooden horses stored since 1952

Proposal aims to cut Avista rate hike

 Reduces increase from 6.3% to 2.6%

Idaho tree arrives at U.S. Capitol

 Spruce completes 4,000-mile journey

November 28

No charges in undersheriff probe

 Hale accused of creating fake site

Ponderay business license fees rise

 City OKs increase from $25 to $50

Change is coming to Idaho phones

 10-digit dialing practice period starts

Kootenai man accused of attack, rape

 Garcia denied choking the woman

November 23

Man accused of beating girlfriend

 Charged with aggravated battery

Off-road vehicle park considered

 500 acres located south of LPO

Otter mentioned in Trump transition

 Supposedly considered for Interior

November 22

Highway 95 crash kills motorist

 ISP: Woman failed to stop at sign

Food bank almost at turkey goal

 Feeding nearly 900 local families

Driver sentenced in June crash

 Kuhn accused of driving drunk

Forget the Redoubt. Meet Cascadia

 Movement floats a new-yet-old idea

November 21

City amends Kaniksu parking deal

 Company plans to build downtown

Mining, timber execs hopeful

 Trump could produce changes

Governor appoints Pierce to board

 Local veterinarian to serve 5 years

Quality of life helps seal HQ deal

 S.C. leaders celebrate Thorne move

November 17

Women gain ground in Statehouse

 31 lawmakers hold offices in Idaho

LPOIC fall derby takes to the lake

 $10,000 in cash, prizes up for grabs

Library levy passes by 6 votes

 Funds expansion in Priest River

Litehouse expects further growth

 Expansion project starting soon

November 16

BCEDC seeks input on facility

 Commercial kitchen may be built

New director at Avalanche Center

 Thompson hails from Colorado

Idaho ranks 5th in volunteerism

 34% donated their time last year

November 15

Sagle driver arrested following crash

 Callen accused of leaving the scene

Accused embezzler faces hearing

 Johnson charged with grand theft

Idaho electors report harassing calls

 Messages urge them to change votes

Starbucks picks UI student's design

 One of 13 featured on holiday cups

November 14

Corner Bookstore at a crossroad

 Owner must leave by end of 2016

219 Lounge joins smoke-free world

 Establishment bans smoking Dec. 5

Fatbeam aims to drive development

 Ponderay swayed to sell conduit

Two Boise officers hurt in shootout

 One remains critical; suspect dead

November 10

Thorne pulling out of North Idaho

 Move to S.C. affects 270 employees

S.C. governor helped woo Thorne

 Move there hailed as 'major coup'

Records involving sheriff sealed

 Wheeler accused in estate case

Voters stay course in local races

 Incumbents defeat challengers

November 9

Republicans win local contests

 Scott fends off bid by McAlister

Crapo wins historic fourth term

 Labrador retains congressional seat

Brody wins Supreme Court race

 Becomes Idaho's 3rd female justice

North of Boise, just one Democrat

 Legislature went even more Republican

November 8

BGH nurses reject contract offer

 Biggest objection is call schedule

Film perks interest in helping teens

 Event included discussion, prizes

Federal lands debate won't end today

 Area politicians divided on the issue

November 7

Local politicians react to claims

 Says it reflects hardened views

Sandpoint to reconsider parking deal

 Council had approved Kaniksu request

Shooting suspect pleads not guilty

 Gervasi set for jury trial Dec. 19

Summit mulls 'what's happening'

 Discuss aging workforce, technology

Blanchard man killed in rollover

 Lost control of vehicle near Noxon

November 3

Candidates debate issues at forum

 Incumbent Scott boycotts event

Labrador shares campaign money

 Aids Scott, Keough and Dixon

Idaho sends Christmas tree to D.C.

 Watch the video of McCall event»

November 1

Alpine Cedar challenge under review

 Judge will issue ruling in permit case

Prosecutor: Road rage led to killing

 Hutto charged in CdA man's murder

Avista third-quarter income $12.2m

 Results were in line with expectations

October 31

LPOSD eyes supplemental levy

 Would go to voters on March 17

Suspect named in CdA killing

 Second suspect held in custody

Scott denies claims of harassment

 'I do not condone such behavior'

October 28

Pratt loses bid to reduce sentence

 Serving life in prison for murder

Selkirk firefighters rescue motorist

 Car was down embankment in Sagle

Detectives seek witnesses, video

 Investigate killing of CdA man

October 27

Missing CdA man's body found

 Police release surveillance videos

Blanchard man dies in accident

 Car struck tree off Highway 41

Coats 4 Kids distribution begins

 6-year-old donates $100 to cause

October 25

Idaho PTECH expands coaching

 Offers personal support to students

Brody outscores McKenzie on survey

 Idaho State Bar ranks two candidates

WBSCD settling concussion lawsuit

 Football player injured in 2011 game

Kramer tells Favre: 'Life is good'

 Hall of Fame snub not a concern

October 24

Legislators pay visit to LPOSD

 Discuss finances, facilities, more

Inattentive driver is sentenced

 Lewis involved in two collisions

Idaho unemployment under 4%

 Bonner County higher at 5.2%

October 21

Downtown parking agreement OK'd

 Kaniksu Health Services may relocate

Trial ordered in attempted rape case

 Ponderay man accused in attack

U of I to build $30 million Idaho Arena

 Venue for basketball, volleyball games

October 20

City council dismisses complaint

 Aurit said she was verbally attacked

SHS seniors learn about finances

 Businesses, school host all-day fair

Idaho AG probes harassment claim

 Say Scott supporters stalked organizer

October 19

Weather delays new pedestrian path

 Will boost connectivity in Ponderay

Wheeler defends response to claims

 Says staff reacted promptly in situation

Candidate McMullin pushes into Idaho

 Presidential hopeful drawing crowds

October 18

Hope woman charged with murder

 Provo accused of killing boyfriend

Sandpoint man wins sailing title

 Chambers achieves longtime goal

Labrador, Piotrowski clash in debate

 Spar over public lands, D.C. gridlock

October 17

SASi receives $28k Walmart grant

 Supports food programs, activities

Local teen competes in Bagger Battle

 Kernodle works at Ponderay Yoke's

McAlister outraises incumbent Scott

 Individuals, PACs top contributors

Former clerk to serve jail time

 Clawson convicted of embezzlement

October 14

Infrastructure, talent fuel growth

 About 60 attend economic summit

Storm includes remnant of typhoon

 Winds, flooding, rain hit the region

Silver Mountain being sold for $5m

 Buyer has not been disclosed yet

October 13

18-year-old ordered to stand trial

 Howard scheduled to be arraigned

Panhandle politics making news

 With endorsements, harassments

SMS focuses on students' wellness

 Homeroom time used to connect

October 12

Complaint filed against SURA member

 City council to take up matter Oct. 19

LPOSD board draft public survey

 Aim to get input on failed levy

UI students design snowmobile hut

 Opens in Lightning Creek drainage

October 11

Heavier loads eyed on Highway 95

 Idaho Forest Group made requests

SHS teachers tour local businesses

 Connections program funded by PAFE

Lewd charge against man dismissed

 8-year-old couldn't recall details

October 10

KRFY hosts local election series

 Morning Show lines up interviews

Local firefighters aid cancer battle

 Wear pink during month of October

House speaker discusses ballot item

 Bedke: HJR 5 'important safeguard'

Link up to local bloggers:

  • Adventure Girl Annie. Annie Love (who grew up in Sandpoint) walked the 500-mile Camino de Santiago with a few new friends from throughout the world.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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

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 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. 
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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