Current news from local and regional media, including the Sandpoint Reader, Spokesman-Review and the Sandpoint Online Newsroom
Idaho hands-free law starts July 1
Holding phone illegal while driving
Virus cases spike in Panhandle
Bonner County reporting 29 total
PNGA cancels Idaho Club tournament
Due to increase in coronavirus cases
127 geese relocated from City Beach
Residents opposed to effort show up
Sandpoint's Fourth celebration is a go
Includes parade, festivities, fireworks
Sandpoint man released early from prison
Ratigan bombed clinic, robbed bank in '96
Coronavirus cases surge in N. Idaho
24 total reported in Bonner County
Bonner County Fair remains on
Scheduled for August 14-15
Little: Idaho will remain in Stage 4
Coronavirus cases up across state
One dead after boat capsizes in storm
Nine rescued on Lake Pend Oreille
LPOSD budget bites COVID costs
Adds furlough language to agreement
Ponderay Newsprint shuts down mill
Usk plant employed more than 130
Out-of-staters 'coming in droves'
Realtors see surge in Mountain West
Man wanted in Priest River assault
BCSO: Small red truck seen in area
North Idaho virus increase expected
Could see 200 cases by the Fourth
Virus cases rise over weekend
PHD: 7 active in Bonner County
Ting Internet expanding its network
Includes north Sandpoint, Ponderay
Ada County rolled back to Stage 3
All bars will be forced to close
Fire damages Ponderay restaurant
Cigarette blamed for Friday blaze
ICAP: Paramilitary activity illegal
Armed citizens appeared at protest
Bayview Daze celebration canceled
Officials cite 'health of community'
BGH employee tests positive for virus
Technician works in lab department
Lakes Commission to meet June 25
Public can attend in person or online
Outbreak at Boise bars infects 34
Illness spreading to family members
Three new cases in Bonner County
One works at a senior care facility
Citizens pack City Hall at forums
Topics include racism, police, graffiti
Panels to create public school plans
Focus on fall reopening, digital divide
Organizers cancel Long Bridge Swim
Options offered for registration fees
Anglers reaping high kokanee numbers
Highest density in LPO in two decades
Three anglers claim $1,000 walleye prizes
Gordon, Butler among first lottery winners
County P&Z backs setback changes
Aims to mitigate variance requests
Border closed through July 21
Canada, U.S. extend restrictions
$1,500 aims to lure Idaho workers back
Some employers struggling to recruit
Idaho enters final phase ... just barely
Community transmission on the rise
Bog Creek Road construction halted
Lawsuit cites impact on grizzly habitat
BLM Sandpoint details their demands
Includes anti-racism training, board
Demonstrations reach rural West
Sandpoint one of handful in Idaho
Armed men hit small town streets
Rognstad: Protesters felt 'scared'
Sandpoint advances parks plan
City Beach swap draws attention
Council explores revised parks plans
Design team responds to comments
Officials unite on property tax relief
Pays for public safety salaries
U.S., Canada set to extend closures
Border may be closed through July
Anvil path takes shape in Ponderay
Grant helps extend pathway 1/3 mile
Permit nears for July 4th celebration
Korn salvages annual Sandpoint event
Reclaim Idaho sues for more time
Collecting signatures on ed effort
Sixth virus case in Bonner County
Female over 60 is self-isolating
SHS honors graduates with 'drive-in' event
Ceremony also streamed live on Facebook
Idaho to offer bonus to unemployed
Will get $1,500 if they return to work
Ponderay's JC Penney store closing
Company cites coronavirus pandemic
City, Festival sued over firearms ban
Filed by Second Amendment proponents
Community spread identified in county
As total Panhandle cases rise to 97
Incumbents claim primary wins
Dixon, Bradshaw retain seats
Students, young adults protest racism
Peaceful demonstration on Long Bridge
Jordan to face Risch in November
Native American wins primary race
Virus cases jump to 90 in Panhandle
Five total reported in Bonner County
Injured osprey back on the wing
Struck by vehicle on Highway 200
Idaho gas prices up another 8 cents
Posts third-largest increase in U.S.
Daher lays off Kodiak workers
Company cites pandemic effects
Commissioners reject stay-home order
Say it's unconstitutional; want it lifted
Silverwood opens with precautions
Ahead of most other parks in U.S.
Victory Bell returns to Memorial
'Friends' pay for $30,000 in repairs
Coronavirus delays father's murder trial
Costello accused of shooting son in '18
Two local motorcyclists hurt in crash
Collision was near Fourth of July Pass
City eases sidewalk cafe rules
Separation barriers not required
Man accused of ramming motorist
Cooper faces two felony charges
KNPD Radio celebrates 40 years
Local station strengthening signal
Firefighters halt Center Valley fire
Structure fire damages home
Some campgrounds opening up
IPNF aiming for the end of May
Amazon starts hiring 2,000 in Spokane
Pays $15/hr., plus benefits and tuition
Save Independence Day underway
Campaign aims to restore events
Bonner Co. sees high ballot demand
Official: Absentee requests 'pouring in'
Land Board sticks to land buying
Little sought investment strategy
Driver's licensing offices fully open
Limited to Bonner County residents
Going up: Idaho gas prices soar
17% increase is biggest in U.S.
Virus hits food plant in Idaho town
Efforts highlight holes in state's plan
Timberline zone change request OK'd
9 acres adjacent to Sandpoint Airport
New virus case in Kootenai County
Total in North Idaho stands at 70
Fulcher faces primary challenge
Jones is a Boise entrepreneur
BNSF progresses on temporary span
Will be taller than permanent bridge
Three challenge COVID restrictions
Sagle's Herndon part of lawsuit
Kootenai River Casino reopening
Tribe paid all wages during closure
LPOSD crafts graduation plans
SHS to hold 'drive-in' ceremony
Library ends overdue fines policy
Board hopes to 'help community'
Kootenai Co. sheriff: Fast-track reopening
Says visitors make enforcement impossible
Sandpoint Lions cancel 4th events
Health, safety is 'primary concern'
Silverwood plans to open May 30
Park to operate at reduced capacity
Idaho sees large one-day increase
33 new confirmed cases of virus
Council affirms development permit
P&Z had OK'd multi-family project
U of I mulls employee furloughs
To offset state revenue reductions
Idaho tribal casinos start to re-emerge
Coeur d'Alene Casino opened May 1
Gold Hill popularity sparks issue
Hikers parking in road right of way
City relaunches use permit program
Affects non-residential businesses
Volunteers help clear local trails
Coalition strives for connectivity
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Ben Stein: The American Spectator
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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.
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