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

January 19

Deputy remains in serious condition

 Gagnon shot while serving warrant

LPOHS says threat unfounded

 Remarks apparently misconstrued

Scott apologizes to House members

 Seeks 'reconciliation' after actions

Suspicious death investigated

 Idaho man found in Yaak area

January 17

Injured deputies are Gagnon, Penn

 Suspect identified as Adam Foster

Two BCSO deputies, suspect shot

 Were serving warrant in Blanchard

Woman rushes to aid deputies

 ER nurse: 'God had a plan'

Neighbor of suspect shocked

 Known suspect for 20 years

Lightning Creek levee work begins

 U.S. Corps restoring two sections

January 16

Legislators want assignments stripped

 Five GOP members back Rep. Scott

Newport/Priest River mulls train rides

 Rotary would take over rail attraction

No charges over voter intimidation

 Democrat worker allegedly harassed

Olson receives life-saving award

 Helped motorist who had crashed

January 12

Rep. Scott stripped of assignments

 Made comment about colleagues

Mechanical failure ruled out in crash

 Bird, two others on plane were killed

LPOSD finalizes levy ballot measure

 Ballot specifically outlines line items

Viggo Mortensen keeps low profile

 Actor to appear at Sandpoint benefit

January 11

Bayview float homes in peril

 Some are sinking under snow

Local Women's March set for Jan. 21

 Coincides with national D.C. event

Scott details Growing Freedom site

 Helps citizens follow legislative bills

Idaho snowpack off to good start

 However, Panhandle region is driest

January 10

Parking plan amendment ends in tie

 Kaniksu Health to remodel building

Connolly, McDonald sworn in

 Sudick, Kelly, Rose bid farewell

Senior Companions seek volunteers

 Panhandle Health program aids elderly

Gov. Otter focuses on education

 Rules out tax cuts favored by GOP

January 9

Memorial Field project on schedule

 Committee considering turf options

Sandpoint startup rolls out Qkey

 Device makes its debut at CES

Commissioners to be sworn in

 Connolly, McDonald start terms

Bridge Street bridge work mulled

 City OKs applying for federal funds

January 5

City extends BID contract to March

 Officials await BSU survey results

Plea pacts proposed in lewd cases

 Judge wants to see evaluation results

IF&G evaluates big game feeding

 Winter guidelines now in place

January 4

Ponderay mulls local option tax

 Funds would aid trail construction

Provo-Buxton pleads not guilty

 Woman charged in Hope killing

Power boating a big economic boost

 Bonner County ranks 3rd in spending

January 3

Six rescued after overnight ordeal

 PLSAR utilize snowmobiles, UTV

Program expands students' horizons

 Clark Fork students reap benefits

Driver files claim against county

 But ISP said woman caused crash

Idaho oil, gas industry growing

 State eyes potential new areas

December 29

Armed robbery under investigation

 Cash taken from Clark Fork station

River trail construction to begin

 Connects Oldtown to Albeni Falls

INBC: Blood donations down 40%

 Vacations, illnesses are likely factors

December 28

Plea deal near for Cocolalla mother

 6-year-old died in September crash

Students' plane just about finished

 Program gears up for spring flight

Interior pick draws local support

 Lawmakers back Zinke nomination

December 27

Bonner County Rodeo nabs honor

 Named 2016 Small Rodeo of Year

18,000 lbs. of lake weeds removed

 Company recaps 'successful' efforts

First fatal flu case reported for year

 Flu season declared in North Idaho

December 22

Judge upholds sawmill expansion

 OKs Bonner County's decision

Wi-Fi now available at town square

 City connection now 100 times faster

Idaho least prepared for health crisis

 Report analyzes indicators for states

December 21

Land use survey reveals division

 Project 7B sponsored assessment

Christmas dinner tradition endures

 Bonner Gospel Mission offers meal

From football player to bank robber

 Former Idaho Vandal Curcio reflects

December 20

Fire crews save Oak Street home

 Chief credits a swift response

Claim filed over crash with deputy

 Bistodeau hurt in Hwy. 95 collision

State delivers $37 million to schools

 From Idaho Land Board investments

December 19

Schweitzer opens Sky House lodge

 Perched at resort's 6,375-ft. summit

Idaho electors prepare to cast votes

 Anti-Trump protestors attend session

Idahoans still applying for permits

 Despite new concealed carry rules

December 15

LPOSD seeks $17 million levy

 Covers one-third of operations

Land Trust launches fundraiser

 Wants to preserve 160-acre tract

Staff: Otter considered for post

 Vetted for agriculture secretary

December 14

City Hall switching to LED lighting

 Net cost after rebates is $6,540

Hearing postponed in Hope killing

 Provo-Buxton charged with murder

City starts up disability committee

 Will review priorities, complaints

December 13

Rep. Labrador meets with Trump

 Hints at possible administration role

Two apartment projects underway

 Affordable housing going up on Sixth

New crisis center logs 1,000 visits

 Opened its doors last December

Three injured in Highway 95 crash

 ISP: Canada driver drifted into lane

Nelson, B.C. tries to keep its mellow

 Flood of urbanites strains housing

December 12

Risch introduces Scotchman bill

 Would protect about 14,000 acres

Businesses to receive BID survey

 City assesses partnership's future

Litehouse kicks off $6.2m project

 Adding 26,000 square feet to facility

December 8

Californians charged with burglary

 Accused in Priest River bank theft

Scammers hit rental housing market

 Sandpoint postings on Craigslist

Teacher evaluations flunk audit

 99% fail to meet Idaho guidelines

Sagle students learn broadcasting

 PAFE funds Channel 550 program

December 7

LPOSD narrows down levy options

 Maximum requests at $9m per year

Community gets first look at ride

 36 vintage carousel horses unloaded

Idaho employees' pay still lags

 Despite 3% merit-based raises

Spaghetti Feed aids Toys for Tots

 Held this Sunday at the Hoot Owl

December 6

Woman arrested for firing rifle at man

 Anderson charged with felony assault

BGH hosts annual Parade of Trees

 Community event aids education fund

Schweitzer holds Community Day

 Lift tickets just $10 for the day

U.S. to build $1.6B Idaho facility

 Handle nuclear waste from ships

December 5

Bonner EMS receives $37k grant

 BNSF award to pay for ambulance

Area crew aids Southeast firefight

 Six spent holiday away from home

Fugitive arrested following crash

 Judge charged with felony eluding

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

Link up to local bloggers:

  • 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.
  • 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 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.
  • 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 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.

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.

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."

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.

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.

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.

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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