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Current news from local and regional media, including the Sandpoint Reader, Spokesman-Review and the Sandpoint Online Newsroom


April 28

David Hale still on county's payroll

 Resigned as undersheriff last week

Church fire unites Bonners Ferry

 Businesses, leaders come together

SHS just misses landing Thielbahr

 Alum accepts, then declines position


April 27

Ivano's Ristorante announces changes

 Two employees named shareholders

Lack of funding sinks bike trail

 31-mile stretch from Sagle south

Yappy Hour season kicks off

 First party at Laughing Dog

Business group aims to tout Idaho

 Cites Kochava's recent acquisition


April 26

Vote evolves into free speech debate

 City OKs street performer amendment

Legislative politics of voting 'no'

 Scott, Dixon in the Top 10 bloc

Fire may merit federal charges

 Bonners Ferry church destroyed

Man accused of rape, kidnapping

 Hearing pending for Ransom, 53


April 25

NTSB mum on Bird's plane crash

 Decline to release more details

Hutter retiring as Ponderay chief

 Will patrol part-time in Sandpoint

Farmers Market has new manager

 Patti Fulton takes on complex job


April 22

Hale resigns amid website scandal

 Undersheriff admitted creating site

Fire destroys Bonners Ferry church

 Authorities have person of interest

Northside Fire levy to boost service

 Seek $1.5 million over three years


April 21

LPOIC's spring derby kicks off

  Fishing event runs until May 1

Grant approved for Solar Roadways

 Sandpoint to be first city with panels

Supreme Court candidates face off

 Four hopefuls attend forum in Boise


April 20

Negotiations underway in theft case

 Ex-BGH CFO Harvel free on bail

Increasing demand lifts gas prices

 Idaho average now at $2.15 gallon

Sandpoint businessmen clearing hurdles

 Aim to market hemp product statewide


April 19

Family files suit over shooting

 Riley killed by officers in 2014

City wins grant for Solar Roadways

 Surface to be installed in town square

Injured teen recovering quickly

 Police still investigating incident


April 18

Local merchants up ante on giving

 April 30 downtown event aids causes

AG reviews undersheriff's conduct

 Created website on Wheeler rival

Idahoans part of Boston Marathon

 Sandpoint's Carol Wright is oldest


April 15

LPOSD explores plant levy options

 Tentatively on August 30 ballot

More lawsuits hit Bonner County

 Question legality of recent decisions

KREM reports on support for teen

 Williams is a liftie at Schweitzer


April 14

Candidate cries foul over fake website

 Traced to Wheeler's 2nd-in-command

Idaho tries to curb disease in bats

 Syndrome confirmed in Washington

Lawmakers push innovation at schools

 Extra funds aimed at trying new things


April 13

Fundraising underway for pedestrian

 Williams found lying in N. Boyer

Reward in grizzly killing upped to $13,500

 Found in the Grouse Creek drainage

Couple's knives appear in 'Revenant'

 Blanchard shopowners proud of film


April 12

ISP seeks info in 'pedestrian crash'

 Williams, 19, in critical condition

NIC raises $2.7m for CTE facility

 Albertson Foundation donates $1m

Host of Bulldogs win sport awards

 Schoening, Sundquist recognized


April 11

Marley pairs suit with tort claim

 Allege gender, age discrimination

Long Bridge work set for summer

 Project involves piers, road overlay

Crisis line making critical connections

 After-hours service provides mental help


April 6

Court ruling: wolverines deserve protection

 Only 300 left in northern Rockies, Cascades

Ex-EMS captain files suit for termination

 Lisa Grande claims due process was denied

Otter vetoes Bibles-in school bill

 Says bill not in line with state constitution


April 5

Former commissioner Mueller dies

 Colorful, controversial local leader

United Way expands efforts in area

 Developing relationship with SCRC

Little named Idaho Nonprofit leader

 Ex-director of Sandpoint Chamber


April 4

Suspect's alleged getaway car found

 Mancuso, Ford still elude authorities

Priest Lake studies on a fast track

 Solution sought for breakwater

Labrador discusses public lands

 Bill would improve states' input

One killed, one injured in crash

 Highway 95 closed for four hours

NAMI course offers hope, resources

 Family-to-Family explores disorders


March 31

LPOSD eyes ways to tighten budget

 As state increases funding by $1.3m

Disabled Idahoans win suit for rights

 Court: IDHW violated due process

Idaho insurer changes its rules

 Bans some nonprofit assistance


March 30

Sandpoint Library plans to expand

 $3 million project to start in 2017

Priest River fire funding on ballot

 Levy, bond to be decided in May

Wheeler supports concealed gun bill

 Idaho governor signed measure


March 28

Family offers reward for stolen ashes

 Remains missing from local cemetery

Search continues for murder suspect

 Pair may be driving white Toyota truck

Idaho lawmakers reflect on session

 Failed to resolve health care gap

Public input sought on PNW Trail

 Meeting coming up in Priest River

Idaho jobless rates hold steady

 Unemployment remains at 3.9%


March 24

Murder suspect sought in manhunt

 Mancuso last seen in Selle Valley

Medicaid eligibility efforts fail

 Legislature worked on expansion

Sanders strongest in Boundary County

 Hotbed of support in Democrat Caucus


March 23

Bonner Democrats back Sanders

 More than 900 pack fairgrounds

Sanders beats Clinton in Idaho

 Caucuses draw 24,000 Democrats

Stimson Lumber seeks plan support

 Wants state approval for Clagstone


March 22

House passes Bible-in-schools bill

 Dixon: 'Court in my head' says it's OK

Idaho Dems expect high caucus turnout

 27 delegates up for grabs in Gem State

Mideast students came to Idaho State

 N.Y. Times reports it wasn't the best fit


March 21

Commissioners violate meeting law

 Regarding North Idaho timber plan

Northside Fire seeks levy override

 $1.5 million to cover staff, upgrades

Sparks fly as city debates project

 Grant money eyed for solar panels

Oregon radio: Politicians in refuge standoff

 Rep. Scott helped play 'complicated role'

Pets caught up in wolf-control effort

 Clark Fork woman encounters trap


March 17

Video captures home break-in

 26-year-old now in county jail

Senate OKs concealed carry bill

 Permits not needed in city limits

Idaho Legislature shenanigans

 Things getting 'a little crazy'

Grizzly poached in Bonner County

 $10k reward offered in 2015 death


March 16

Puailoa steps down as SHS coach

 Praised for dedication to program

Don't you be my neighbor ...

 Legislature takes up home rentals

Spokane Airport tops rankings

 Rated #1 for on-time operations


March 15

Murderer seeks $20m from county

 Anderson cites ineffective counsel

LPOSD administrator takes new job

 Meyer named Lakeland superintendent

Public lands bills comes to head

 Legislature holds series of hearings


March 14

Fight brewing over gun legislation

 Focuses on constitutional carry bill

Hopes fade for missing Wrenco man

 Officials on recovery effort for Schutz

Heller returns to Clark Fork with gift

 NFL player presents gold ball to school


March 10

Grimm files tort claim against county

 Says dispute affected job at Kochava

Shooter's paranoia has long tradition

 'Reptilian' conspiracy fairly widespread

Manifesto shows unraveling mind

 Odom arrested in Washington, D.C.


March 9

Ted Cruz wins Idaho primary

 Earns 45% of vote, Trump 28%

Sagle fugitive caught in Hawaii

 Reiling accused in molestation

Manifesto shows unraveling mind

 Odom arrested in Washington, D.C.


March 8

Man arrested in motel incident

 Couple attacked in Priest River

Suspect believed to be heading south

 Odom allegedly shot pastor in CdA

Idaho primary by the numbers

 32 GOP delegates at stake


March 7

Food For Our Children expands

 More than 415 fed on weekends

CdA pastor shot; manhunt underway

 Remington prayed with Ted Cruz

If it can happen in Sandpoint ...

 Internet venture has industry talking

Area man indicted for standoff role

 Engel charged in 2014 incident


March 3

Pre-orders now open for fiber Internet

 Demand will prioritize installations

U.S. Supreme Court won't hear appeal

 Death sentences stay in place for Duncan

Land use code change stirs unease

 Requires 10-day deadline on P&Z


Link up to local bloggers:

  • NEW: Doodah Man on the Trail. Sandpoint's Jim Healey is hiking the 2200-mile Appalachian Trail beginning in March 2016, and blogging about it.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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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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 HippestMountain 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 "quietSandpoint," while newcomers rave about the town's strong sense of community. Click to read theAugust 2008story 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 readthe 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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