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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

February 20 

Concerns aired over Panida

Board meeting draws crowd

Hearing set on gun ban suit

Status conference Feb. 25

Ponderay subdivision hearing set

82-lot development near Elks

February 19 

Festival seeks executive director

Interim director not seeking post

Debate stirs over weapons bill

Nampa airs concerns over impact

Idaho eliminating outdated laws

Includes hogs-at-large bill

February 18 

Suit against LPOSD moves forward

Trial date has been set for late April

Oregonians petition to join Idaho

Some frustrated by liberal policies

Statesman publisher files bankruptcy

Boise newspaper owned by McClatchy

February 17 

Plans set to rebuild downtown block

New owner plans mixed-use building

Litehouse expansion loan approved

Company investing in Virginia plant

Solar Roadways takes it slow, steady

As challenges play out in the industry

February 13 

Primary races draw challengers

Horton, Suppiger seeking seats

Man arrested on child porn charges

Kluesner, 49, faces hearing Feb. 19

Tamarack marks milestone

Installs 100th active winglet

February 12 

Appeals Court won't reconsider case

Idaho must pay for inmate's surgery

Cities, counties speak out against bill

Would freeze property taxes one year

Idaho man quarantined on cruise ship

Coronavirus cases on-board on rise

February 11 

Memorial turf approved for bid

Timeline has Festival worried

Idaho hard liquor sales increase

As consumption of beer declines

Bringing sustainability to slopes

Bamboo ski poles locally made

February 10 

Group eyes sales tax cut to 4%

TOADS plan targets exemptions

Idaho Medicaid budget sets record

Tops $3 billion mark for first time

Jordan to challenge Risch for Senate

40-year-old is member of CdA Tribe

February 6 

Rognstad letter to mayors draws ire

Armed protesters gather at City Hall

Suspect arrested in Priest River

Teen accused in Spokane shooting

Fates of Scott, Shea intertwined

Scott reaps glory, consequences

February 5 

Man dies in crash on Highway 95

Merrifield, of Naples, hit semi

Weissman, SASi part ways

Board declines to elaborate

Intrastate air travel issue eyed

Lawmaker seeks to create panel

February 4 

Schweitzer honors devoted skier

West hasn't missed day in 7 years

Idaho average teacher pay hits $51k

Law aids 17 percent rise since 2015

Idaho House OKs road fund bill

Diverts another 1% from sales tax

February 3 

Windstorm hits Bonner County

Trees toppled, some roads closed

Coronavirus has yet to hit area

Proper techniques impede spread

ITD: Idaho roads 'more dangerous'

Due to rapid growth, unmet needs

January 31 

FCC proposes $13m fine for robocaller

Rhodes violated Truth in Caller ID Act

House OKs bill to restrict bond levies

Rep. Scott targets 'aggressive' districts

County OKs marine camera funds

$17,780 from boat registration fees

January 30 

County to repair deteriorating roads

Klatt: Roads 'extraordinarily rough'

January snow sets Schweitzer record

Resort saw more than 115" in month

Idaho daylight saving bills advance

Legislator: Other states will follow

January 29 

Festival status conference postponed

Regarding lawsuit over firearms ban

Sales tax highway bill clears panel

Doubles revenue going to system

Sandpoint Medicare workshop set

For ages 65, approaching eligibility

January 28 

Dover seeking ITD grant for trail

Would connect Dover Bay Blvd.

Native Voices nears completion

Preserves American Indian history

Survey shows Idahoans optimistic

But concerned about rapid growth

January 27 

Idaho H&W seeks $3.7 billion budget

Increase due to Medicaid expansion

Inland Empire 5A, 4A leagues combine

Affects most sports in the 20-21 season

Weight limits put on some county roads

Warm, rainy weather prompts action

January 24 

LPOSD levy challenge hearing reset

Judge postpones decision until March

Schweitzer dogs aided in search

Alerted crews to avalanche victims

Bayview boathouse a 'rad' rental

USA Today ranks 20 top places

January 23 

Train derailment rescuers honored

BNSF employees trapped in river

Daylight Saving bill clears panel

Similar legislation last year failed

Yep, Idaho, cannabis is coming

Viral story could impact stance

January 22 

LPOSD levy dispute headed to court

Resident filed suit contesting election

PacWest: Smelter plans put on hold

Cites regulatory, community challenges

Keough states case to join Ed Board

Committee to vote in the next week

January 21 

Gun rights rally draws big crowd

250 show up at North Idaho event

WSJ reports on Idaho town's growth woes

Housing, traffic issues follow transplants

Legislator to introduce trans bill

Bans males from women's sports

January 20 

Five CdA businesses affected by fire

Located downtown at 4th and Lakeside

Big changes ahead for region's roads

ITD: 'There will be a lot more cars'

High schoolers rank sledding spots

Pine Street Hill earns top honors

January 16 

City unveils parks of the future

Master plan includes City Beach

Woman pleads not guilty in killing

Carpenter faces trial starting June 9

Quest deliveries soften in 2019

3 fewer Kodiaks than prior year

January 15 

Gun ban lawsuit cost questioned

County lawyer responds to comments

Submerged train may be out by February

Hazardous material no longer an issue

Ybarra not sold on sales tax plan

Superintendent: Sustainability is key

January 14 

Senator pitches 1% sales tax increase

Rice wants to cut property tax burden

Wolves reintroduced 25 years ago

Management still being debated

Spokane seeks solutions for renters

Ordinances eyed amid soaring prices

January 9 

Dist. 1 lawmakers set priorities

2020 Legislature now in session

Tamarack emerges from bankruptcy

Court approves plan to pay debts

Avalanche victims from Spokane

Search continues for another skier

January 8 

Two skiers killed at Silver Mountain

Avalanche happened on inbound runs

Strong storm moving into region

Expect difficult travel conditions

Daher sees expansion potential

Wants to first 'understand' Sandpoint

January 7 

4,000 Idaho troops to be deployed

Comes as global military tensions rise

Ed funding tops governor's budget

Little braces for economic slowdown

Sandpoint details snow policy

Snow showers forecast all week

January 6 

2020 Legislature to tackle big topics

Includes taxes and ballot initiatives

Economists forecast slowdown

Idaho Legislature begins session

Water quality advisory issued

Following derailment into river

January 2 

Train derails in Kootenai River

Crew rescued; engine leaking fuel

Schweitzer opens new chairlift

Cedar Park Express now running

Idaho was top moving destination

Inbound migration hits 67 percent

December 31 

Sandpoint launches new survey

Week's topic is jobs, economy

Historic Hotel Hope for sale

County's oldest brick building

Medicaid signups lower than expected

Idaho coverage begins on January 1

December 30 

Top Idaho stories of 2019

Boise's growth is #1 story

Idaho agencies plan for budget cuts

Little calls them a 'spending reset'

Two Idaho kids still missing

Despite nationwide tips

December 23 

New outdoor rec center opens

Located in Pine Street Woods

Idaho's first flu deaths of season

Two elderly North Idaho women

Spokane's Mountain Gear closing

Retailer cites online competition

Link up to local bloggers:

  • Dirt & Denim. Holly and Mr. Denim write on gardening, DIY, and life in general.
  • Hike North Idaho. Love to read about, and share, stories of hiking in North Idaho? Then this adventure blog's for you!
  • 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.
  • Brian's Bike Buzz. He rides bikes, dreams about bikes, and blogs about biking in Sandpoint and afield.
  • I Love. I Live. I Ride. Sandpoint's Danielle lives on a 5th generation family ranch, but still has time to blog!
  • Keokee Blog. Company highlights, SEO, social media and marketing tips, Wordpress tutorials and resources.
  • Mountain Architect. John Hendricks blogs on projects, trends and more.
  • As The Lake Churns. About Priest Lake, the land, people and happenings.
  • 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. View his webpage for links to his essays at

Assignment America:Sandpoint, ID
New York Times writes about Sandpoint in their Assignment America series. "Sandpoint, Idaho, hugging the edge of Lake Pend Oreille, is bucking a major demographic trend: In an era when many rural places are bleeding out, this one is holding its own."

Year-round destination ski resort
USA Today lists seven awesome ski resorts that offer year-round fun, and Schweitzer is one of them! Explore mountain bike trails, running trails, huckleberry picking, disc golf and horseback riding in the summer and of course skiing and snowboarding in the winter!

The 10 best lake towns in North America
USA Today names Sandpoint as one of the 10 best lake towns in North America, saying "You’ll need an afternoon nap in a lakeside hammock after joining in a beach volleyball game or heading out on the water for paddling, sailing, Jet Skiing or wakeboarding." We all know that to be true!

One of 24 'coolest towns'
Matador Network names Sandpoint as one of the nation's coolest towns, saying we have "almost too many" scenic byways and mountain ranges for one town. That’s how we like it!

Schweitzer big on powder, light on parties
Seattle Times writer reviews Schweitzer Mountain Resort: "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.

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.

'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 CdA Press article.

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 "quiet Sandpoint," while newcomers rave about the town's strong sense of community. Click to read the August 2008 story 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 read the full story: Fall Foliage; Bright Leaves, Big Country.

Click for more National Press


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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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