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

August 29

Sandpoint OKs $39 million budget

 Raises property tax revenue by 3%

Long Bridge work moves to daytime

 Deck should be done in September

Motorcyclist killed in accident

 Struck deer on Center Valley Rd.

Sandpoint in center of movement

 Article spotlights American Redoubt


Kambara Quest Foundation launches

 Japanese students kick off exchange

Projects to keep lake level higher

 Drawdown may start late September

Bike group rides to aid Blue Haven

 Cyclists from 18 states help locally

August 25

Solar Roadways project underway

 Town Square sidewalk demolished

Restitution may ward off trial

 Man accused of bilking benefits

Anti-levy mail raises concerns

 LPOSD: False info 'disheartening'

August 24

LPOSD creates home school academy

 Open house scheduled for September 1

Regional fires remain uncontained

 DEQ alerts of degraded air quality

Family rescued from capsized boat

 Woman, volunteer credited in rescue

August 23

Manslaughter suspect jailed on warrant

 New probation violations against Goullette

Navy seeks help on drone activity

 Issues reported in Bayview area

ParkRX aims to get folks moving

 Kaniksu Land Trust behind program

August 22

Festival at Sandpoint hits right note

 Wahl rates season: 'Thumbs way up'

Suicide awareness focus of event

 Walk for H.O.P.E. set for Sept. 4

Plea deal anticipanted in DUI case

 Kuhn accused of crashing into van

August 19

Union: vote a protective measure

 Teamsters say nurses don't intend to strike

Big Life magazine loves Sandpoint

 Photo essay touts 'A town we love'

City OKs joint agreement with Westside

 Links Sandpoint, Sagle fire district with Dover

From doctor to drug dealer

 Dr. Beier held in Bonner County jail

Unique home of late artist for sale

 Lyman-designed home to be auctioned

Salvage from Tower Fire under way

 USFS launches Priest Lake forest restoration

August 18

Luke Commission's mission deepens

 Group hosts reception in Sandpoint

Idaho schools get $10 million boost

 Endowment posts strong earnings

LPOSD levy vote goes live

 Bee hosts Facebook interview

August 17

BGH nurses approve strike vote

 Officals call vote 'disheartening'

Pacific acknowledges EPA violations

 Says they are mainly administrative

Teen injured in hit-and-run now home

 Gathering set for Jordan Williams

August 16

High-speed chase ends in arrest

 Hoygaard is charged with felony

Woman, 43, faces multiple charges

 Phillips also allegedly kicked deputy

Labrador makes stop in Sandpoint

 Touches on health care, other issues

August 15

LPOSD OKs meal price increase

 Doesn't apply to free, reduced meals

County receives thorofare grant

 Aids Priest Lake dredging effort

County delays subdivision action

 Side with residents requesting delay

August 12

Cell tower moratorium adopted

 Will allow city time to update codes

Strong job growth predicted

 Workforce to grow 20% through 2024

City progresses on fiber optics

 Would bring high-speed Internet downtown

August 9

County closing Laclede dumpster site

 Cites illegal dumping at unattended site

Highway 2 work set to begin

 Will convert Fifth to two-way traffic

Panhandle Health District relocates

 Held grand opening at Pine Street office

August 8

Idaho's big game hunting stays strong

 On heels of record white-tailed deer harvest

High court to hear Bonner County case

 Will hear Pend Oreille View's claim

New water leak policy gets city OK

 Would allow water bill adjustments

August 4

Arrest made in baseball bat attack

 Townsend allegedly hit man in face

City OKs purchase of 4 police cars

 Officers allowed to take vehicles home

Feasting at the Festival

 Food lineup carefully chosen

August 3

Waterskier dies at Priest Lake

 Spokane man collided with dock

Festival announces logistics changes

 One-way street set during concert days

Five displaced by structure fire

 $30k damage at Fir Street home

Avista reports boost in 2016 earnings

 Cold winter, higher gas rates credited

August 2

Forest Service warns of snapping trees

 Due to drought, windstorm damage

The search is on for Ambassadog

 Fundraiser assists animal shelter

Prison ordered in lewd case

 Kearl to serve at least 3 years

Inaugural marathon in the books

 Wampus Cats event raises $2,900

August 1

Diverse musical lineup for Festival

 34th annual event kicks off Thursday

Sandpoint Film Festival going strong

 20 candidates to be chosen for fall event

City drops water, sewer hookup fees

 But moorage fees slightly increase

POAC seeks volunteers for fair

 Variety of positions to be filled

July 29

Trial pending in pedestrian collision

 Lewis charged in February incident

Volunteers target stinking chamomile

 Non-native weed affecting delta effort

SPD receives the McTevia Award

 Recognizes disability advocates

Sandpoint searches for 'Ambassadog'

 KREM touts community contest

July 28

Change of plea in attack case

 Geaudreau held in county jail

10-year term in motel attack

 Man threatened couple, others

Vets, families enjoy LPO outing

 Courtesy of Boats for Heroes

July 27

Report: Gum spit in officer's face

 DUI suspect picks up extra charge

Standoff suspect pleads guilty

 Muskrat faces sentencing Sept. 23

Lottery gives $49.5m to Idaho schools

 Record payout from high ticket sales

July 26

Otter helps Kochava celebrate HQ

 CEO: Growing to 120 by next year

City mulls details for solar project

 Work begins in August or September

Blanchard man's trial starts Aug. 9

 Ransom accused of kidnapping, rape

NYC model shows different is beautiful

 Midstokke grew up in Sandpoint

July 25

Priest Lake study to be wide, deep

 Aims to maintain summer pool level

Sandpoint business icon retiring

 De LaVergne ready to kayak, play

Site named to 'Legacy' program

 700 acres surround Bonner Lake

July 22

Kuhn pleads not guilty in crash

Charged with DUI in church van accident

City debates cell phone tower ban

Planner calls for emergency moratorium

Disability group awards city police

Praises efforts to help man get guide dog

Actor's latest role depicts backwoods father

Mortensen brought props from Sandpoint home

July 21

Kochava celebrating its big move

 Governor to attend July 25 event

Crash suspect faces prison term

 Goulette hit Litehouse employees

LPOSD seeks new board trustee

 Applications due by August 5

Long Bridge repairs progressing

 $2.2m project wraps up this fall

July 20

Police able to take vehicles home

 Council approves use of funding

SMS adds suicide prevention program

 Sources of Strength training this fall

Angels readying backpack program

 Assists in back-to-school supplies

Exploitation case is dismissed

 Woman accused of neglect

July 19

Kochava to unveil headquarters

 Governor attending event July 25

Mural requests spark guidelines

 Arts Commission OKs proposal

Prison ordered in infant death

 Baby tested positive for meth

July 18

Woman drowns in Lake Pend Oreille

 Apparently fell while walking to condo

A year later, Bayview back to normal

 Still no cause in Cape Horn fire

Garcia's guitar played at The Hive

 Kimock performed special show

July 14

Hearing set in watercraft accident

 22-year-old charged with felony

Finally Home class educates buyers

 BCHA hosts seminar every year

Laclede man waives hearing right

 Kuhn charged in high-speed crash

July 13

Highway 95 speed limit to increase

 Hayden to Athol stretch hits 70 mph

LPOSD bus employees honored

 Rogers, Kraemer nab Idaho awards

LPOSD board faces 2nd vacancy

 Decker sworn in; Oler resigning

July 12

County resets code change hearing

 Applies to minor land divisions

Idaho Water board meeting on tap

 To be held July 22 in Sandpoint

Patron leaves library $20,000

 Zindler enjoyed visits, books

July 11

Lease OK'd in city-owned facility

 Locks in Biomedical Innovations

Parking proposals approved by city

 Mayor's plan includes more options

BID budget prompts questions

 Some businessowners air concerns

Link up to local bloggers:

  • NEW: Adventure Girl Annie. Annie Love (who grew up in Sandpoint) is walking the 500-mile Camino de Santiago with a few new friends from throughout the world. Follow her trek.
  • Tuk Tuk Diaries. Sandpoint local Matt Krabacher and pal Sam set out to drive 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.
  • 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; 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 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 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 "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 



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