Current news from local sources, including the Bonner County Daily Bee, The River Journal and the Sandpoint Online Newsroom
Connectivity focus of 'Explore Sandpoint'
City devises network for bike route system
IFG seeks new lake benchmark
Will meet on Pend Oreille's winter pool
Ahrens announces run for Senate
Will face Keough in May primary
Trial date set in city's suit
Highway district revenue in dispute
Cold increases costs for PAS
Asks for help to avoid tapping reserves
Knapp trial set to start
Accused of leaving fatal crash scene
Video visitation debuts at the jail
Cutting down on costs and paperwork
Holland Brothers preparing for SBX season
Sandpoint natives aiming for Sochi
Icy roads send drivers sliding
Police see upswing in accidents
Aitken appointed to city council
Mayor's pick unanimously approved
City votes to retool zone proposal
Affects Sandpoint neighborhoods
Third suspect arrested in cold case
Sagle businessman remains jailed
Schweitzer celebrates 50 years
Birthday bash coming Dec. 13-15
Milltown project closer to opening
Date should be announced soon
Brinkmeyer pleads guilty to assault
Accused in two armed confrontations
Bill Aitken selected for council post
Ogilvie's choice up for council vote
Greyghost, Plue win derby contest
23 pound rainbow, 13 pound lake trout
Panida shines bright on anniversary
'Sandpoint's pride' going strong at 86
Ponderay trails could define future
ITD project bolsters path system
Local effort promotes men's health
Firefighters, EMS rally for 'Movember'
County opposes wilderness plans
Nielsen said it would thwart access
Third Avenue works nears end
Part of downtown's redesign
SHS hosts College Application Week
317 applications were submitted
Man charged with aggravated assault
Baker accused of drawing firearm
Teen dies in railroad crash
Kayle Porter hit train at Elmira Road
Court affirms conviction in stabbing
Rawley sought post-conviction relief
Northside toots horn at board meeting
Idaho five-star school ranked 9th in state
Personal property tax relief a surprise
New law exempts first $100,000
Students grateful for life's blessings
Waldorf students share list for holiday
Bank account aids fire victim
Will help Sagle widow rebuild home
Data breach hits local groceries
Supplier: Pay with cash or check
Sandpoint man to discuss journey
Healey walked Camino de Santiago
Swanson appeals lifetime sentence
Priest River man killed wife, fetus
Volunteers aid Food Bank success
Holiday week is running smoothly
Ruling pending in tax dispute
IHD aims to upend city lawsuit
Sackett enters not guilty plea
Allegedly attempted to lure child
Woman hit in crosswalk recovering
Dragged beneath truck at Walmart
Toys for Tots expects 'tough year'
Fundraising drive kicks off early
River trail aims to connect county
Priest River path would double system
Magazine: Sandpoint is a hip town
Attributes praised in Men's Journal
Scott announces legislative bid
Faces Anderson in the primary
Queen to lead the Sandpoint BID
Guides organization under Chamber
Firefighters add to turkey drive total
Food donations have improved this year
Woman loses home, pets
Sagle widow recovering after fire
Wampus Cats hoping to shoot way to state
Clark Fork opens the season in Wallace
Fire levels trailer home in Sagle
Reports indicate occupants escaped
City: Expect slower snow removal
Legal battle for revenue to blame
Damaged tree gets one last hurrah
Shines for the holidays in Town Square
County prepares objections to FS plan
Natural Resources Committee meets
Technology start-up turning heads
Brusaw visits with Google, NASA
Water expansion project nears finish
Two new pipelines being installed
Drilling causes clay leakage
Workers contain creek spillage
Mixed-use zoning tops city agenda
Expands residence-based businesses
Sandpoint man injured in crash
ISP: Armstrong crossed center line
Bomb threat empties Walmart
FBI probing Saturday's incident
Bay Trail is hinge point for network
Biking, walking trails connect areas
Advisory board's makeup questioned
Group helps coordinate land issues
Councilwoman arrested on DUI
Brunner fails field sobriety test
LPOHS principal: Results are coming
Penrose eyes higher graduation rate
Self-defense claimed in battery case
Sprinkle accused in August attack
Memorial Field fundraising set to kick off
1.2 million for the new grandstands
Dist. 7 legislators look ahead to session
Talking issues with the northern constituents
Regalia earns selection on All-NSL team
Coaches vote for the Clark Fork senior
Three elementaries earn top honors
Southside, Northside, Kootenai excel
Hearing postponed in stabbing case
Carlton undergoing neurological exam
Homelessness Awareness Week on tap
Takes place prior to Thanksgiving holiday
Widened U.S. 95 set to debut
Light in operation at Bonner Mall
LPOSD ponders security options
Woodward runs ideas by board
Swanson's life sentences stand
Man killed wife, unborn child
Tributes honor our local veterans
Speakers note sacrifices, struggles
Veteran receives VFW Lifetime Award
Bergdorf honored at local ceremony
Schweitzer in 'Ski Town' contest
Magazine hosts online matchup
Spud Cup caps sailing season
Association focuses on teaching
Man sentenced for gun incident
Gamboa accused of firing pistol
NIC celebrates aerospace center
Program funded with federal grant
Contract proposed for BGH nurses
Vote planned in the coming weeks
Study backs early education benefits
Financial aspect creates hurdles
Community events honor veterans
Ceremonies, assemblies are planned
Candidates grateful for local support
Despite a low voter turnout
Trestle Creek bridge completed
New approach saved time and money
Bulldog JV team finishes with 7-2 record
Ending the season on a high note
Ogilvie takes leave of absence
Logan to assume mayoral duties
Airport navigation outage continues
County lacks funds for upgrade
New round of 'huntress' voting opens
Sandpoint's Lowrey in third place
Camp, Rognstad, Williamson win
Small turnout in city elections
Raid at Lakeshore home nets drugs
Woodall, Johnson held in county jail
Dismissed case appeal to be heard
Blankenship was charged with rape
Animal shelter embezzler avoids jail
Braaten owes $120,000 in restitution
Zone plan draws mixed reviews
Hearing to finalize specifications
Carlson's killer sentenced to life
Victim's mother praises officials
Sandpoint BID's new era begins
Kim Queen hired as manager
Minimum wage initiative circulating
Aim to raise Idaho pay to $9.80/hour
SOLE fest funds outdoor classroom
Film fest arrives at Panida Nov. 22
County mulls new airport equipment
Accident destroyed navigation system
NIC dedicates Sandpoint science lab
Students can acquire two-year degree
Federal grand jury indicts Sackett
Businessman charged with trafficking
Downtown street talks en route
ITD gathering data on options, timeline
IDL sessions set in wake of CWC layoffs
Orientation sessions Nov. 6 and Nov. 11
Woodward: Armed staff not an option
Explores ideas with law enforcement
Tricked-out home a Halloween treat
Family's ready with 200 bags of candy
Voters: Declare party by March 2014
Idaho shifting to closed GOP primary
Coldwater Creek announces layoffs
Cuts 20 percent of corporate jobs
Wheeler discusses security concept
Idea has not been formally adopted
Recall organizers report progress
Bokowy seeks to unseat Youngdahl
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• A Sparkling Vintage Life. Sandpoint's Jennifer Lamont Leo writes about preserving the best of the past and incorporating vintage “grace notes” into a twenty-first century life.
• As The Lake Churns. All about Priest Lake, the land and the people and happenings.
• BakkenForth. Sandpoint-area residents share their experiences about the employment migration to North Dakota.
• Brian's Bike Buzz. He rides bikes, dreams about bikes, and blogs about biking in Sandpoint and afield.
• Chamber Chatter. Sandpoint chamber keeps readers in the know on Chamber and business happenings.
• Chestnut Mocha. Katie and Ben post snapshots from Sandpoint and the area, as well as mouthwatering food photos.
• 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.
• Huckleberries. Spokesman-Review's David Oliveria puts his finger on pulse of current regional news and happenings.
• Hyperbole and a Half. With 361,000 Facebook likes and 107,725 Twitter followers (at last count) Sandpoint homegirl Allie Brosh has gone viral - even when she posts only once a year.
• Keokee Blog. Sandpoint's marketing group offers a window into the company’s work and happenings, plus view marketing tips and more.
• Lake Pend Oreille School District. What's happening in our local schools? Follow LPOSD Superintendent Shawn Woodward's weekly blog.
• Mountain Architect. John Hendricks blogs about projects, trends and more.
• Nelson Boren Art Blog. The artist for Sandpoint's downtown arch project blogs about art, fishing, life.
• North Idaho Dog Fun. Your resource for "all things dog" in North Idaho.
• Point to Bay. Mac Hollan's Summer 2013 bicycle trek 2,750 miles from Sandpoint to Prudhoe Bay, Alaska, to benefit the Sandpoint Backpack Program.
• Sandpoint Wellness Council. Alternative practitioners blog on natural health care.
• Thudbits. Sandpoint's John Corn moderates political news and commentary from a conservative perspective.
• Schweitzer Originals. Blog editor Marianne Love's first-hand accounts from folks who know and love the mountain.
• 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.
• The Word on Schweitzer. Wanna talk skiing, riding, snow? This blog's for you.
• Writing North Idaho. A web retreat for writers in the North Idaho Panhandle.
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Idaho's Hippest Mountain Town
Sandpoint's a ski town that's also "urbane and cultured" according to the article "Idaho's Hippest Mountain Town" which appeared in Men's Journal. "As tempted as you'll be to linger in town, the majestic Selkirk Mountains ... exert a gravitational pull."
Famed tree skiing without the trip to Canada
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