Current news from local sources, including the Bonner County Daily Bee, The River Journal and the Sandpoint Online Newsroom
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
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
Ponderay unveils plans for big future
Design firm, officials discuss potential
Bald eagles flock to Bayview
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Shop joins downtown's 'Music Row'
Wilburn Custom Shop opens on First
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
'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
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
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»
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
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
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
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
Video footage of shooting released
Documents fatal encounter in July»
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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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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• Sparkling Vintage Life. Jennifer Lamont Leo on preserving the past, and “grace notes” for 21st century life.
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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.
• 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