Current news from local and regional media, including the Sandpoint Reader, Spokesman-Review and the Sandpoint Online Newsroom
Sandpoint OKs summer concerts
Set for Tuesdays in Farmin Park
Snedden fills vacated council seat
Dunkel joins board, Luttman hired
Fewer payday lenders in Idaho
ICAN anxious for new rules
Ponderay extends Bay Trail
Buys easement for $40,000
Sandpoint teen airlifted to hospital
Walking on Selle Road, hit by truck
Idaho seeing mild flu season
One fatality has been reported
Effort underway for Lyon memorial
Would name bridge for fallen captain
Idaho parties aim to increase impact
Primary, caucus moved up to March
IDFG may put tags up for auction
Funds support wildlife programs
Drone maker leaves Sandpoint
xCraft moves to Coeur d'Alene
Schweitzer bridge gets ITD funding
$3.4 million project in design phase
Otter backs big boost to tech-ed
Graduates see 100% job placement
Trees removed for grandstand project
New project includes planting 25 trees
Auction to benefit wildlife rescue
Laughing Dog hosts Mystic Farms event
Wolves far exceed recovery levels
Idaho population high for 16 years
Ybarra makes budget pitch for schools
Superintendent asks for 7.5 percent increase
County shakeups stir controversy
Commission seeks fewer regulations
Dependence on welfare still growing
21.1% of Idahoans rely on programs
Waterkeeper seeks program donations
$20,000 to cover stormwater lab tests
County seeks expert on Thorofare
Breakwater replacement studied
Planned Parenthood set for next battle
Keeping close eye on Idaho legislature
Pastor held in Iran returns to Idaho
Was imprisoned for nearly four years
Outlet Bay dispute to endure
County insists launch is public
Virtual charter schools raise concern
Idaho graduation rate just 20 percent
Idaho one of best retirement states
Gem State sixth on WalletHub list
Brewers growl over seal proposal
State rule intended to close concerns
Homeless aid group marks 25 years
Bonner Transitions has huge impact
Former Vandal headed to Superbowl
Broncos' Keo recovered onside kick
Ponderay seeks grant assistance
Aims to add pedestrian crossings
P&Z remands disputed appeals plan
County proposed code amendment
Zodiac fined $1.3m for explosion
17 workers injured at Newport plant
Ex-CFO Harvel pleads 'not guilty'
Defense seeking civil mediation
New bill tinkers with primary dates
Moves deadline for party affiliation
Otter seeks more mental health staff
'Dangerousness' cited at hospitals
ICAN seeks payday loan standards
Advocacy group rallies for action
Drug derived from pot being used
Four children part of state program
Iran to release Idaho pastor
Abedini part of prisoner swap
County OKs expanded mill hours
Follows visit to Shingle Mill site
Motorist killed in Highway 2 crash
Three injured in head-on collision
A season to ski in North Idaho
Winter going well for resorts
Morning show to discuss refugees
Resolutions the topic for mayor, commissioner
Blue walk honors fallen hero
Organizer's son-in-law killed in action
Rare Super Bowl I footage to air
Includes Jerry Kramer on NFL network
State saves $29 million for health care
Credits exchange for less catastrophic costs
RV life at Schweitzer explored
Writer reveals ins and outs of RV skiing
County fires longtime planner
Marley appointed director in '02
Quest to get $10 million investment
Mitsui acquiring 12.5% equity stake
Mississippi firm buys 26,786 acres
Includes land in Sandpoint vicinity
Scott, Dixon visit Oregon protestors
Say grievances were being ignored
Community shocked by dog deaths
Nearly 90 shot near Bonners Ferry
$1.5 billion jackpot fuels dreams
Retailers report brisk ticket sales
Idaho delegation reacts to SOTU
Risch: 'No different from before'
Standoff ends without bloodshed
Man charged in Sandpoint incident
Sandpoint woman shares JFK stories
Vogelsinger visits Antiques Roadshow
Otter: Boost education, higher ed
Governor delivers State of the State
Bonners Ferry tolerance rally held
Draws 200 supporters, opponents
Shadow Valley litigation endures
Landowners oppose public road
Author makes return trip to area
Morris graduated from SHS in '81
Nordic club grooming 4k trail
Located on UI Extension land
Competing goals for Idaho Legislature
Lawmakers convene '16 session today
Vote tabled before packed City Hall
Majority oppose refugee resolution
Rognstad sworn in as mayor
Council lauds Logan's service
Oregon standoff has ripple effect
CdA protestor calls for peaceful end
Ex-BGH CFO waives right to hearing
Harvel set to be arraigned January 19
BSCO warns of counterfeit money
Bogus $50, $100 bills reported
Ponderay welcomes new mayor
Geiger replaces outgoing Kunzeman
City administrator settling into job
New office built for Stapleton
Airplane slides off Spokane runway
Shuts down airport for several hours
Simplot mansion being demolished
House atop hill overlooked Boise
Man charged with grand theft
Crash leads to Lipska's arrest
Plungers get a jump on 2016
50 brave icy waters for new year
Guitar builder hones his craft
Shoemaker has made 50 instruments
Mental health crisis line opening
Pilot project aims to avoid emergencies
Low clouds, fog dominate New Year's
Inversion socks in valleys, sunny up high
Forests face more fire, insects, disease
Warming helps some species, harms others
County to visit contested sawmill site
Will resume hearing appeal on expansion
Climate change: Idaho a fish haven
High, cold elevations still offer refuge
Proposed oil terminal would impact Idaho
Could produce five more oil trains a day
Scotchman group leads winter treks
First trek Jan. 9 near Lightning Creek
New fishing license, rules Jan. 1
Rainbow trout bag limits reduced on LPO
Storm disaster declared in Idaho
FEMA funds to benefit county, utilities
Idaho utilities seek to use less coal
Climate change makes hydropower uncertain
Sandpoint native covers pope, Vatican
Cindy Wooden CNS Rome bureau chief
Quakes shake from Purcell fault
Researcher discovers fault reactivated
Warming may help Idaho farmers
Crop yields may increase in short term
Residents share New Year's resolutions
Express hopes, dreams for the region
Logan looks back on service to city
Outgoing mayor served on city council, P&Z
Corps initiates flexible lake operations
Will raise, lower winter pool levels
Three road projects to be funded
Lawmakers peg $54 million for North Idaho
Sidewalk debate hits stalemate
City, attorney exchange letters
Avista rates going up January 1
Gas up 3.5%, electric up .6%
Gary Payton's Notes from Paris
Discusses future of climate change
New bridge for Schweitzer Cutoff
Sen. Keough helped secure funding
SHS raises $9,642 for Toys for Tots
Present check during Moose Madness
Idaho misses key health goals
Report: Increase vaccinations
Film scene shot at Kootenai Falls
'Revenant' stars Leonardo DiCaprio
Quakes reveal fault is active again
Struck area April 23 and April 24
Writer lauds local collaboration
A key to Sandpoint's quality of life
Oil train report said to lowball risks
New terminal would double traffic here
African travelers scotch tuk-tuk idea
Local Matt Krabacher blogs of journey
Sandpoint hires city administrator
Stapleton starts the job in January
City to introduce refugee measure
Would support resettlement in Idaho
Rock Creek SEIS expected in '16
Hecla updates Idaho Lakes Commission
Holiday display lights controversy
Hayden scene includes live camel
Idaho graduation rate 41st in U.S.
Number well below national average
Five foundations that shape Idaho
A look at how they put money to work
Link up to local bloggers:
- NEW: Tuk Tuk Diaries. Sandpoint local Matt Krabacher and pal Sam are driving a tuk tuk, aka motorized rickshaw, the length of Africa from Dec '15-April '16.
- Alternative Horsemanship. Philosophies, training theories and humor with Samantha Harvey.
- 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.
- 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.
- Hike North Idaho. Love to read about, and share, stories of hiking in North Idaho? Then this adventure blog's for you!
- Huckleberries. Spokesman-Review's David Oliveria puts his finger on pulse of current regional news and happenings.
- Hyperbole and a Half. With 550k Facebook likes and 140k Twitter followers (at last count), Sandpoint homegirl Allie Brosh has gone viral.
- I Love. I Live. I Ride. Sandpoint's Danielle lives on a 5th generation family ranch, but still has time to blog!
- Keokee Blog. Sandpoint media firm offers marketing tips and trends, plus a window into the company’s work.
- Lake Pend Oreille School District. What's happening in our local schools? Follow LPOSD Superintendent Shawn Woodward's weekly blog.
- Lublyou. Sandpoint native Ben and Russian wife Katie post snapshots of their new life in New York City.
- Mountain Architect. John Hendricks blogs on projects, trends and more.
- Sandpoint Wellness Council. Alternative practitioners blog on natural health care.
- 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.
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! Check out his webpage for links to his essays.
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 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