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Get Sandpoint and northern Idaho news and information from our town’s leading sources. Featuring news links from the Bonner County Daily Bee, The River Journal, other media and the Sandpoint Online Newsroom. Check the archives of Sandpoint Magazine, read features from local columnists, and more.

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Current news from local sources, including the Bonner County Daily Bee, The River Journal and the Sandpoint Online Newsroom


September 15
Board responds to election case
 Kelly: County had no influence

Teacher admits violating ethics code
 Swerin's conduct reportedly under review

Gay marriage legal tab tops $71,000
 Idaho challenges judge's decision


September 12
Community pauses to remember 9/11
 Ceremony, tribute held at Memorial Field

Fallen soldier from Sandpoint honored
 Capt. David Lyon added to state memorial

Freezing temps reported across region
 Growing season ends early for many

Film producer puts retreat on market
 Adam Shankman lists home for $737,000

Northern Lights could be visible in Idaho
 Strong solar flare heading toward Earth


September 11
Teacher retires after sending texts
 Swerin taught at SMS for 17 years

Idaho officials monitoring virus risks
 Enteroviruses transmitted via contact

Depression-era photos now online
 Lange photographed Bonner County


September 10
Clerk, deputy clerk face prosecution
 Could be linked to LPOSD recall effort

Idaho candidate debates scheduled
 Gubernatorial event in Coeur d'Alene

Respiratory virus found in Idaho
 Four children treated in Idaho Falls


September 9
Panel takes up fish passage, habitat
 Lakes Commission meeting in Dover

Idaho makes case for gay marriage ban
 Held at 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals

Suit threatened over agency's trapping
 Wildlife Services kills nuisance animals


September 8
Lawsuit aims to block bank merger
 Kahl says Intermountain undervalued

N. Idaho attorney Edgar Steele dies
 Was convicted for plotting to kill wife

Farmers Market keeps focus on food
 Vendors' peak season just beginning


September 5
County seeks grant for response plan
 Would help in case of railroad catastrophe

Big things happening at watering holes
 Bar scene looks different in Sandpoint

Judge orders shutdown of poker room
 Says Coeur d'Alene Casino was in violation


September 4
Council nixes booze tax proposal
 Instead, city calls for bed tax hike

Winners, losers in incubator deal
 City keeps Lead-Lok, evicts others

Bonners Ferry man dies in crash
 ISP: Abraham's vehicle left road

Pend Oreille Cup hits Sandpoint
 ISP: Tournament draws 130 soccer teams


September 3
LPOSD enrollment down on first day
 Woodward attributes it to CWC loss

Idaho business group runs attack ad
 Brands A.J. Balukoff as a 'liberal'

Idaho's living wage: $14.57 per hour
 $7.52 minimum wage presents dilemma


September 2
Area students head back to school
 LPOSD ushers in many changes

County seeks P&Z panel applicants
 Letters of interest deadline Sept. 12

Stein: 'There is no weather here'
 L.A. resident is missing Sandpoint


August 31
Officer-involved shooting probe ending
 35-year-old woman died in incident

IHD ordered to pay city's legal bill
 Sandpoint spent $56K arguing suit

Lake Pend Oreille operations discussed
 Public meeting expected this fall


August 29
Priest Lake cabin sites auctioned
 Nearly all who were leasing lots won bids

Priest River woman dies in accident
 Vehicle rolled on Rathdrum Mountain

Auction yields $26.9M for Idaho schools
 Resuts a relief for Priest Lake lessees

Missing student found dead in crash
 Spotted by helicopter down 60-foot bank


August 28
BNSF mulls second railroad bridge
 Would span Lake Pend Oreille

Report studies Idaho's 'living wage'
 Families struggle to make ends meet

Sandpoint poised for an IEL 4A win
 Bulldogs football has strong turnout

Forest Service opens firewood areas
 Local district lists preferred spots

Fed lands panel adds Sandpoint stop
 Candidate's involvement draws jeers


August 27
BNSF has plan for second train bridge
  New bridge would be completed by 2018

Laclede Water's director ousted
  But civil action could unwind recall

Agencies acquiring military surplus
  ISP: 2,905 pieces donated so far

Idaho mountains searched for student
  21-year-old vanished on way to Montana


August 26
Commissioners grilled on budget
  Defend 2.66% property tax increase

Local man charged with solicitation
  Hapenney accused in hotel incident

Businesses asked to leave center
  City OKs Lead-Lok as sole tenant

USFS: High-flying flag will remain
  Next to I-90 atop tall pine tree


August 25
County unveils $58.6 million budget
  Landowners will see 2.66% increase

Ex-dispatcher alleges discrimination
  Claim cites woman's ethnicity as factor

Columnist: Optimism at Idaho Club
  Encouraging developments take shape

Bulldogs seek votes for Tom's Tailgate
  Knowles: Media coverage is big positive


August 22
'Localizer' funds obtained for airport
  County will replace damaged equipment

Idaho named second most conservative
  Gallup: Only Mississippi tops state

Forest Service starts stream restoration
  IPNF project includes Little North Fork

'Come for vacation, leave on probation'
  Idaho marijuana arrests up dramatically


August 21
Laclede Water recall election set
  Attempt to stop via injunction fails

Sandpoint 'the best place in Idaho'
  Columnist: It's worth fighting for

City council weighs tax on alcohol
  Proposal awaiting additional comment

A 'Diary of a Chautauqua player'
  Blogger writes of July event here


August 20
Depot to be hub of local rail travel
Dignitaries excited about future

Driver's ed vehicle involved in crash
Multiple injuries in Bonners Ferry

Chasing a mega-load in N. Idaho
Activists follow behind transport


August 19
LPOW celebrates denial of permit
Setback for coal export terminal

Idaho, where $100 is worth $106.84
Foundation ranks "real value" in U.S.

Owl kills canary in CdA apartment
Swooped into window, opened cage


August 18
LPOSD crafts strategic plan
Woodward outlines details

Protest greets mega shipment
Small crowd gathers at Byway

Bonners Ferry man dies in crash
Dowell was northbound on Hwy. 95


August 15
Sagle man killed in Long Bridge crash
Road was blocked for about five hours

Megaload passing through Sandpoint
Will stop for the day near Hope

Renovating Idaho's lone Amtrak station
Will preserve last building in original townsite


August 14
Sandpoint Depot renovation begins
Asbestos, lead paint removal first step

Bearing the load to Montana refinery
Will cross Long Bridge, follow scenic byway

River Journal: Bonner County railroaded
Oil train traffic may increase to 11 daily


August 13
Megaload shipment continues trek north
Will reach Sandpoint Thursday overnight

Blowing dust ushers in thunderstorms
Red flag for severe fire danger in effect

Study cites reasons for economic doldrums
Blames tax, education policies for performance


August 12
Megaload begins its journey north
Shipment to go through Sandpoint

Idaho's economic performance declines
Tax changes, education funding cited

State could miss out on $3.3 billion
Lawmakers refuse to expand Medicaid


August 11
Clagstone fire under investigation
Burned 7 acres, threatened homes

Progress on Idaho's biggest fire
Big Cougar burning near Snake River

Aspens disappearing across West
Idaho agencies aim to protect tree


August 8
City scores in highway district battle
Judgment granted in tax revenue dispute

Fly-in festivities include Quest tour
Annual event draws more than 100 planes

Big Cougar fire up to 45,000 acres
Has burned six buildings south of Lewiston

County ranks high for no plumbing
2.9% of homes lack indoor plumbing


August 7
Man sentenced in home invasion case
Kluck gets 2.5 years in Elmira robbery

Sale boosts Avista gains
Leads to call for lower base rates

Megaload could pass through this weekend
Will require a 'jumper' bridge in Hope


August 6
Storm impacts local businesses
Grocery stores scramble to save food

Long Bridge Swim caps great week
Annual event follows historic swim

Stein: Power outage is like Obama
'Flashlights won't save us'


August 5
Community cleans up post-storm
BCSO logs 289 calls on Saturday

Vacationing teens help clean up
Group refuses to be compensated

Public comment on caribou ending
Federal officials re-writing protections


Link up to local bloggers:

Alternative Horsemanship. Philosophies, training theories and humor with Samantha Harvey.
A Real Estate Guide by Lauren Adair. Agent covers the art of staging, renting vs. owning, real estate trends, more.
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.
Chamber Chatter. Sandpoint chamber keeps readers in the know on Chamber and business happenings.
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 425k Facebook likes and 132k Twitter followers (at last count) Sandpoint homegirl Allie Brosh has gone viral.
Keokee Blog. Marketing group offer a window into the company’s work, trends, tips and more.
Lake Pend Oreille School District. What's happening in our local schools? Follow LPOSD Superintendent Shawn Woodward's weekly blog.
Lublyou. Katie and Ben post snapshots from Sandpoint and the area, as well as mouthwatering food photos.
Mountain Architect. John Hendricks blogs on projects, trends and more.
North Idaho Dog Fun. A resource for "all things dog" in North Idaho.
Point to Bay. Mac Hollan's 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.
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.
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.




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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.



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.

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 "quietSandpoint," while newcomers rave about the town's strong sense of community. Click to read theAugust 2008story 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 readthe 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. 
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 CallJerry.biz/SandCreek 

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