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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

November 24

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

November 23

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

November 19

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

November 18

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

November 17

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

November 16

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

November 12

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

November 10

Life sentence in robbery attempt

 Eiland broke into home in 2014

Idaho gets D- from watchdog group

 Reviews state transparency, ethics

November 9

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

November 6

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

November 5

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

November 4

Grandstands OK'd; Rognstad wins

 Large turnout for local election

November 3

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

November 2

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

October 29

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

October 28

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

October 27

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

October 26

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

October 22

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

October 21

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

October 20

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

October 19

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

October 15

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

October 14

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


October 13

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


October 12

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

Lignetics buys East Coast pellet plant

  CEO Tucker pleased with expansion

Identities, details emerge on plane crash

 Pam Bird, two friends die in wreck


October 8

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


October 7

'Robocalls' target city election

 Candidates deny any involvement

Virus kills 1,000 deer in Idaho

 'Bluetongue' transmitted by gnats


October 6

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


October 5

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


October 1

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


September 30

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

September 29

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

September 28

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

September 24

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.

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! 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.

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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