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

Sandpoint News Headlines
Current news from local and regional media, including the Sandpoint Reader, Spokesman-Review and the Sandpoint Online Newsroom

August 31

Rain helps, but doesn't end, fire threat

 Clark Fork Complex now 14,800 acres

Tower Fire evacuations downgraded

 Area was under Level 3 on Saturday

Candidate slate starts shaping up

 Dunkel, Rognstad seek mayor post

Ponderay motel sewage severely blocked

 Residents voice concern over situation

August 27

Police seek man who shot himself

 'Accidental discharge' of weapon

A retrospective look at wildfire

 Blazes burned into Idaho history

Unhealthy air persists in region

 System could bring wind gusts

Ancient cedar groves ride out fires

 Fire within half-mile of Ross Creek

August 26

Man dies at Elmira railroad crossing

 Lee struck by northbound train

90 residences under Level 1 notice

 Threatened by Clark Fork Complex

Scott poses with Confederate flag

 Facebook post disappoints some

August 25

U.S. soldiers arrive at fire lines

 Tower Fire now 10,000+ acres

Smoke to linger until weekend

 Sports teams adjust to conditions

Bonner County OKs sawmill expansion

 Alpine Cedar located on Shingle Mill

'Mr. Blue' wins $200,000 in lottery

 Litehouse retiree buys lucky ticket

Laughing Dog's sights aimed high

 Brewing company celebrates 10 years

August 24

Air quality plummets amid fires

 Update on regional wildfires

Bonner County declares disaster

 Helps reimburse firefighting costs

Progress is made on Tower Fire

 Priest Lake area under Level 1 alert

Candidate Rand Paul coming to CdA

 Appearance is Wednesday at NIC

August 20

Clark Fork community meeting tonight

Weather Service issues red flag warning

Evacuation orders north of Noxon

Chunk of CdA River land closed

Shooting suspect pleads not guilty

 Chisholm charged with firing on guest

Two faces of the Oath Keepers

 Local members: We're apolitical


August 19

Idaho fire season worst since 1926

 State forester briefs on grim situation

420 mile marker replaced with 419.9

 Idaho aims to thwart would-be thieves

Brothers win Idaho golf championship

 Both Reeves win their age divisions

Educators say they are being heard

 Praise Superintendent Ybarra's strategy

August 18

Community unites to help fight fires

 Area wildfires keeping crews busy

Air quality alert now in effect

 Sandpoint listed as 'moderate'

Plans made to reseed burned land

  BLM said there's an 'urgent need'

August 17

Crews keep Parker Ridge fire at bay

 6,500-acre blaze jumped Kootenai River

IPNF fire rating elevated to 'extreme'

 Scotchman Peak fire closes trails

Bear pokes head in cat door

 Sandpoint incident grabs attention

Bonners Ferry renews internet efforts

 Council excited about possibilities

Bend bicyclist extols about area

 Enjoys stop at the POAC Gallery

August 13

Police: Man fired 2 shots at officers

 Deputy returned fire, killing Alarcon

Common Knowledge closing doors

 Co-owner: Competition was challenge

Comments open for mine permit

 Make voice heard on Rock Creek

August 12

Man dies in officer-involved shooting

 Sandpoint incident under investigation

Idaho outgrowing 208 area code

 Plans to add new one by 2018

BGH holds grand opening Aug. 22

 Tour the new Health Services Building

August 11

Drought brings Priest Lake conflicts

 Cut in water flow drying up river

Lots to see, do at county fair

 Carnival operating Aug. 12-15

Anti-suicide advocate kills himself

 Wollheim co-chaired Idaho panel

Diving accident victim identified

 Juhasz jumped at least 150 feet

Keough to lead budget committee

 Appointed to co-chair JFAC

August 10

Man dies in Kilroy Bay accident

 Jumped off cliff, never resurfaced

County OKs pact to remove home

 Illegally constructed in a floodway

Woman accused of kidnapping

 Allegedly took 6-year-old girl

August 5

New fire starts, grows near Bayview

 Three Sisters fire at 100-plus acres

Senates OKs new Idaho wilderness area

 40 years on, Boulder White-Clouds OK'd

Let's see … only 72 hours or so to go

 First line-sitters start at Festival

Warning: #BisonSelfies can be hazardous

 5 cases of buffalo charging photo-takers

August 4
U.S. court strikes down ag-gag law
 Sandpoint groups joined the fight
Cigarette sparked restaurant blaze
 $10k in damage at Fiesta Bonita
Hearing waived in lewd case
 Zech accused in teen's attack

August 3
Sagle's Dr. Forrest Bird dies at 94
 Inventor, aviator leaves huge legacy
Scott investigates concealed carry fees
 Report: Goal is to remove all permitting
Avista makes price adjustment filings
 Changes would slightly lower rates
Chelan fire brings smoke to area
 Blaze has grown to 15,000 acres

July 31

Panida Theater is 'at a crossroads'

 Board wanes as financial need grows

Wolf People loses license appeal

 Judge upholds suspension decision

More wrangling in Clark Fork road tiff

 Two couples file to maintain access

Avista seeks utility rate increases

 Electric rates would rise 10.3 percent

NIC adds aircraft maintenance classes

 Aerospace courses aid Sandpoint firms

Post Falls vet leaves $235k to police

 Gift is earmarked for animal safety

July 30

Search teams find body of missing man

 Jeremy Heckert went overboard July 10

Fire damages Fiesta Bonita restaurant

 No injuries reported in evening blaze

Electric hypersensitivity afflicts family

 Mom believes 'smart meters' make her ill

July 29
Bonner General named to Top 100 list
 Among 1300 critical access hospitals
State will try to keep Priest Lake full
 Advisory warns of drought conditions
Grazing goats fatally stabbed in CdA
 Police open animal abuse investigations

July 28
Family has questions in incident
 Man missing in Lake Pend Oreille
Accident killed one, injured three
 Decker used oncoming lane to pass
Wilderness bill passes U.S. House
 Protects Boulder-White Clouds

July 27
Sagle woman killed in collision
 Highway 95 blocked for hours
Huckleberry competition heats up
 Pickers reportedly getting in fights
Two die in Highway 95 collision
 Car was attempting to pass semi
Dyno Wahl: Festival's spark plug
 Interview with executive director

July 23
'Mermaids' tackle Lake Pend Oreille
 Distance swimmers span 34-mile length
Priest Lake season may end early
 Officials cite low water flow
Ponderay robbery suspect indicted
 Erickson to be tried in September
Reuter: Paradox of the West
 Weighs in on N.Y. Times article

July 21
Search continues for missing man
 Dogs detect scent in lake, on shore
Lakes endure rise in temperature
 Stress fish, threaten oxygen level
ACLU sues State of Idaho
 Cites public defense system
Jury convicts Johnson of abuse
 But deadlock on 3 lewd counts

July 20
Injured boy, teen rescued
 Group scaling Talache hillside
'Out of this world' poster unveiled
 Festival wows crowd with artwork
Highway 95 crash injures three
 Teenager airlifted to the hospital

July 17
Possible cause identified in blast
 11 recovering, business a 'total loss'
Fiber optics key to local prosperity
 Sandpoint lagging in connectivity
Uptick in Idaho unemployment
 More people are entering market
Be more careful in airplanes, Idaho
 Residents have higher fatality rate

July 16
Two-year-old killed in motorhome fire
 Child alone inside vehicle in Oldtown
Fire boat credited with saving homes
 Timberlake Fire District vessel utilized
Zodiac employee in critical condition
 New details on Newport explosion
County aims to idle mud bog events
 Moves to shut off-road vehicle park

July 15
Bayview emerging from the smoke
 Rallies to help residents, responders
'Mermaids' to swim Lake Pend Oreille
 Attempt record 34-mile swim relay
Attacks uncover illicit relationship
 Zech arrested on three felony counts
Idaho Lottery revenue down
 State receives $45 million check

July 14
Sandpoint man feared drowned
 Heckert allegedly jumped from boat
Idaho 'judicial emergency' declared
 No replacement named for Lodge
Search continues for missing boy
 Parents think toddler was abducted

July 13
Truck theft foiled by wireless device
 OnStar disables vehicle stolen in Hope
Stage 1 burn ban imposed
 Prohibits campfires, smoking
ISP arrest bank robbery suspect
 Erickson on I-90 near Post Falls
Man's past resurfaces in incident
 Suspect's use of alias divulged

July 10
Governor tours Cape Horn fire scene
 Photo essay: Images of the aftermath
Reader: 'Fire season at our doorstep'
 Firefighter tells of life on the line
Crews make progress on Priest fires
 Winning against Granite, Blacktail fires
The Sandpoint the NY Times missed
 Ben Stein pens retort to Times article

July 9
Robbery suspects ID'd; from Alaska 
 Driving truck with license #FTT836
$20k grant aids golf course effort 
 Site near Clark Fork High School
Victim remembered at memorial 
 One year anniversary of shooting
Bayview residents returning home 
 Conditions improve; fire 40% contained

July 8
Pair says Bayview fire preventable 
 Some believe campfire was cause
Bayview-area residents visit homes 
 1,300-acre blaze now 35% contained
Smoke advisory issued in North Idaho 
 Area wildfires are impacting air quality
Robber strikes Ponderay credit union 
 Male suspect left on foot with cash
Plea hearings postponed in lewd cases 
 Former couple faces multiple charges

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.
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. 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.
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.

Get an eyeful of Sandpoint at this photo diary, updated a few times weekly. 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 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! 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; 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 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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Be an informed voter. The Election Central page provides a voter’s handbook for upcoming elections, with links to information about the candidates and issues voters will see on the ballot come election day.

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 

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