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Get Sandpoint and northern Idaho news and information from our town’s leading sources. Featuring news links from the Bonner County Daily Bee, The River Journal, 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 sources, including the Bonner County Daily Bee, The River Journal and the Sandpoint Online Newsroom


December 17
County agrees to maintain road
 East Shore located in Priest Lake

Otter: Gay marriage input compelling
 Wants court to hear Idaho's arguments

Idaho volunteering ranks 2nd in U.S.
 More than one-third donated time


December 16
Agency helps families own homes
 BCHA sees work come to fruition

F&G seeks info on moose poaching
 Carcass found in Bonner County

Cities, counties wary of proposal
 Public-records review process eyed


December 15
Ponderay unveils plans for big future
 Design firm, officials discuss potential

Bald eagles flock to Bayview
 View KREM 2 news report»

Shop joins downtown's 'Music Row'
 Wilburn Custom Shop opens on First


December 12
Public barred from rail issues meeting
 City denies violating open meeting law

People pack open government workshop
 Record turnout for Idaho attorney general

American Legion meets with local veterans
 Offers to help recruit VA doctors

BNSF hiring in Spokane, North Idaho
 Hired 100 and to add 50 more in 2015


December 11
Response credited with saving life
 219 patron puts knife in own chest

Idaho's Ybarra keeping low profile
 Incoming ed chief on a 'silent tour'

Moose Madness set for North Idaho
 Basketball match-off coming Dec. 16


December 10
Keyes leaves Bonner County Daily Bee
 Jim McKiernan named new publisher

Alarm activated in SMS lockdown 
 Accidental call triggers procedure

Report: Federal lands transfer costly
 Idaho could lose $111m annually

Frontier cuts Spokane-Denver route
 Airline service will end in early 2015


December 8
Depot project reveals railroad history 
 Amtrak plans for mid-January opening

Idaho Lakes Commission set to meet
 Will discuss abandonment of proposal

Manslaughter case heads to trial
 Man charged in Highway 2 collision

Sandpoint's ProBuild closes doors
 Company cites insufficient business


December 5
Forest plan would aid Scotchman proposal 
 Recommends 26,000 acres for wilderness

Coon: Video doesn't support stabbing story
 Woman claims restroom scuffle inflicted wound

Grant to help restore Panida's ceiling
 Archive: Theater to close during work next summer


December 4
Sandpoint tests fire merger plan 
 Would unify with Sagle Fire District

Kempf named Idaho prisons director
 Board bumps salary to $140,000

Idaho removes Labrador donation link
 Archive: Mistake was there for 2 years


December 3
Sandpoint shooting makes headlines 
 Cited in national body camera debate

Dennett, Belgarde nab Derby wins
 24.2-pound rainbow nets $1,500

F.S. pressured to stop wolf derby
 Coalition, congressman send letters

Sandpoint native lands big job
 Lockwood is Boston's digital officer


December 2
Updated permit could be costly 
 Talks underway between city, EPA

Schweitzer plans to re-open Friday 
 Snowmaking operations are blazing

Parachutist spotting deer is fined
 Idaho man radioed info to others

Sockeye success could be blueprint
 Strategy may prevent other extinctions


December 1
County joins call for 2015 funding 
 PILT provides payments in West

A&Ps reopens 10 months after fire
 Shows off historic vibe, modern flair

More details emerge in shooting
 Autopsy: Riley pregnant, intoxicated


November 25
Incomes rising in Bonner County 
 Average wage in 2013 was $33,602

Mullen, Meers lead K&K Derby
 Land 22-lb. rainbow; 13-lb. mackinaw

New push for legalized marijuana
 Idaho activists to gather signatures

Craig appeals judge's order
 Was ordered to pay $242,000


November 24
Ex-mayor Gretchen Hellar, 71, dies 
 Strong proponent of human rights

Sandpoint Vegetarians join lawsuit
 Nonprofits challenge "ag gag" statute

Kochava to host 2nd annual summit
 February tech event held in Sandpoint

Residents mourn woman's death
 More than 75 gather downtown

Spokesman-Review: Special Report
Proposed mines threaten Cabinet wilderness
Would harm struggling grizzly population


November 21
NAMI decries shooting, ruling 
 Blames inadequate mental health care

Bike Magazine: 'Diamond in the Dirt'
 Covers Sandpoint in mountain bike series

Another 'hit list' surfaces at school
 Southside incident follows Kellogg discovery


November 20
'Kill list' found on Southside iPad 
 Suspect is an 11-year-old boy

Idaho voter turnout 'abysmal'
 Falls below 40% for first time

Lawyer-lobbyists influence Idaho law
 Bonus: They know how to write bills


November 19
Schweitzer opening on Saturday 
 Skiers will be limited to Midway

Cautious optimism drives road plan 
 ITD proposal would bring big changes

Unauthorized immigrants up in Idaho
 One of seven states to see increase

Conference eyes Lake CdA pollution
 Tribal leaders express concerns


November 18
Sandpoint woman hurt in crash 
 McLaughlin flown to Sacred Heart

Gathering held in wake of shooting 
 Organizers to address mental health

RR quiet zone proposed in town
 Sandpoint council takes up issue

Hiker won't let ordeal keep her down
 Midstokke's recovery airs on KHQ»


November 17
Plan for early LPO release dropped 
 Raised ire of residents, officials

Open season at Sandpoint airport
 KXLY news video on the issue»

Ponderay woman's appeal rejected
 Warren filed worker's comp complaint

Exchange reports flawless launch
 Idaho relies on home-built technology


November 14
Community celebrates trail's creation 
 Follows purchase of final parcel

Broadband legal bill nearing $1 million
 Idaho schools defending contract

BLM approves Idaho wolf hunt
 Derby opponents vow to file suit


November 13
RR crossing plan frustrates Ponderay 
 Mayor doesn't want to sign proposal

Frigid temps to last through weekend
 Sandpoint could see dusting of snow

Broadband contract may be rebid
 Scramble to keep schools running


November 12
Locals publish Selkirk Loop book 
 Photographic journey of our region

Community pays tribute to local vets 
 Numerous ceremonies at area schools

Idaho launching Obamacare exchange
 Will run its own online marketplace

Arctic air holds its grip over region
 Lowland snow may arrive Thursday


November 11
Video footage of shooting released 
 Documents fatal encounter in July»

View KREM's video coverage of news» 
 Shows moments leading up to shooting

Archers will take aim at airport deer
 Four deer-related accidents since '00

Idaho loses Syringa Networks case
 Contract award for IEN ruled illegal


November 10
Questions persist in fatal shooting 
 Father seeks answers in son's death

Man sentenced for lewd conduct
 James Parton must serve 10 years

SHS football ends season with tough loss
 Big plays helped Broncos top Bulldogs


November 7
Alcohol involved in deadly Long Bridge crash 
 Claimed life of young Sagle man in August

Heartwood Center receives state award 
 Smart Growth recognizes church renovation

Prosecutor: Lethal force was justified 
 Clears officers who shot knife-wielding woman

Two killed in Idaho National Guard crash
 Helicopter went down near Boise Airport

Manufacturing company to leave Post Falls
 Kimball will lay off 260 workers


November 6
Review: Deadly shooting justified 
 Woman shot by police in July

Republicans sweep Bonner County
 Keough, Scott, Dixon victorious

Archery plan targets airport deer
 Aim to reduce threat of collisions

Idaho GOP emerges from turmoil
 Chairman builds well-oiled machine


November 5
Republicans sweep Bonner County
 Keough, Scott, Dixon, Rosedale win

Dominant night for Idaho GOP
 Ybarra wins superintendent post

Sandpoint-based RushOn launches
 Site, app ease trip planning, shopping


November 4
IMCB officially becomes Columbia Bank
 Officials say they'll keep spirit alive

GOPs favored, but upsets possible
 Idahoans head to the polls today

Challenge to feed family for $15
 Idahoans have cheapest groceries


November 3
Columbia completes acquisition
 Includes Panhandle State Bank

Football team wins playoff opener
 Bulldogs take on Blackfoot Friday

Discovery adds wrinkle to delta work
 Mining contaminants found in soils

Low voter turnout expected Tuesday
 Superintendent race draws attention


October 31
Kochava picked for state tax credit
 Program to benefit startup for 5 years

Analytics company to expand operations
 Kochava to hire up to 35 new employees

Sparks fly at gubernatorial debate
 Final debate most heated one yet


October 30
MLS data crimp blamed on glitch
 SAR explains situation to county

Gubernatorial race getting costly
 Balukoff spent $3.2m of own money

BNSF asked to reopen Montana line
 Costs keep Great Falls-Helena closed


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.
Huckleberries. Spokesman-Review's David Oliveria puts his finger on pulse of current regional news and happenings.
Hyperbole and a Half. With 425k Facebook likes and 132k Twitter followers (at last count) Sandpoint homegirl Allie Brosh has gone viral.
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. 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 July 21, 2011, USA Today story or check 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. 
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 CallJerry.biz/SandCreek 

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