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


January 16 

City unveils parks of the future

Master plan includes City Beach

Woman pleads not guilty in killing

Carpenter faces trial starting June 9

Quest deliveries soften in 2019

3 fewer Kodiaks than prior year


January 15 

Gun ban lawsuit cost questioned

County lawyer responds to comments

Submerged train may be out by February

Hazardous material no longer an issue

Ybarra not sold on sales tax plan

Superintendent: Sustainability is key


January 14 

Senator pitches 1% sales tax increase

Rice wants to cut property tax burden

Wolves reintroduced 25 years ago

Management still being debated

Spokane seeks solutions for renters

Ordinances eyed amid soaring prices


January 9 

Dist. 1 lawmakers set priorities

2020 Legislature now in session

Tamarack emerges from bankruptcy

Court approves plan to pay debts

Avalanche victims from Spokane

Search continues for another skier


January 8 

Two skiers killed at Silver Mountain

Avalanche happened on inbound runs

Strong storm moving into region

Expect difficult travel conditions

Daher sees expansion potential

Wants to first 'understand' Sandpoint


January 7 

4,000 Idaho troops to be deployed

Comes as global military tensions rise

Ed funding tops governor's budget

Little braces for economic slowdown

Sandpoint details snow policy

Snow showers forecast all week


January 6 

2020 Legislature to tackle big topics

Includes taxes and ballot initiatives

Economists forecast slowdown

Idaho Legislature begins session

Water quality advisory issued

Following derailment into river


January 2 

Train derails in Kootenai River

Crew rescued; engine leaking fuel

Schweitzer opens new chairlift

Cedar Park Express now running

Idaho was top moving destination

Inbound migration hits 67 percent


December 31 

Sandpoint launches new survey

Week's topic is jobs, economy

Historic Hotel Hope for sale

County's oldest brick building

Medicaid signups lower than expected

Idaho coverage begins on January 1


December 30 

Top Idaho stories of 2019

Boise's growth is #1 story

Idaho agencies plan for budget cuts

Little calls them a 'spending reset'

Two Idaho kids still missing

Despite nationwide tips


December 23 

New outdoor rec center opens

Located in Pine Street Woods

Idaho's first flu deaths of season

Two elderly North Idaho women

Spokane's Mountain Gear closing

Retailer cites online competition


December 20 

Property tax relief tops GOP list

Legislators also eye redistricting

Idaho's dark sky faces threats

Advocate cites Boise's growth

City decides on turf material

Made of natural rubber and cork


December 19 

City OKs airport land use policy

Overlay comprised of three zones

Community rallies to aid family

Sagle lineman died while working

CdA eagle numbers drop unexpectedly

Could be related to kokanee spawning


December 18 

Meet Schweitzer's dog-in-training

Murphy learning avalanche rescue

Uninsured drivers law begins Jan. 1

Allows registration to be suspended

Idaho school experiment goes viral

Shows importance of washing hands


December 17 

Winter storm arriving this week

Heavy mountain snow expected

Idaho far from K-12 literacy goals

State invested $26m this year

Tapping into the root ...

An ode to firewood gathering


December 16 

Sandpoint's 9th best ski town

USA Today ranks N. America

New leader for Idaho Democrats

Rubel takes over for Erpelding

White Christmas lookin' good

Mann: 'La Nada' in the forecast


December 12 

Festival pass sales 'on track'

Annual meeting addresses issues

Insurance enrollment ends Dec. 16

Customer support hours extended

Boise is top housing market in 2020

Realtor.com ranks Spokane at 15th


December 11 

Groups cheer decision on P.O. zoning

County declines to rezone land, for now

Tamarack expands partner network

Offer installation of plane winglets

Congressmen react to charges

Simpson: 'Madness should end'


December 10 

Snowmobile access in jeopardy

Damage at popular Highland Flats

Shasta Groene's father dies of cancer

Sons were killed in '05 by Duncan

POC commissioners reject zoning change

Would have paved the way for smelter


December 9 

City sends development back to P&Z

Request that complex be two stories

County receives grant for PulsePoint

App alerts CPR-certified civilians

Snowpack 'half or less' of usual

NWS: We have a long way to go


December 5 

Festival names interim leader

Baranski takes helm at nonprofit

STCU installs ATM downtown

Located at corner of Fourth, Oak

Idaho least-regulated state in U.S.

Passes South Dakota for top spot


December 4 

McDermott to serve up to 25 years

Shot man to death earlier this year

Idaho House minority leader resigns

Erpelding taking job with chamber

Mother: Icy road led to crash

Spirit Lake man, daughter died


December 3 

Hearing postponed in gun ban suit

Conference rescheduled for Jan. 28

Dish to stay open through winter

Restaurant located in Dover Bay

SHS seniors present their projects

Correlate with Connections classes


December 2 

County works through RV changes

Allows park expansion into areas

Avista bills in Idaho to fall 1%

PUC approves rate settlement

Local-option tax plans resurface

Idaho lawmakers appear hesitant


November 26 

Mitale takes lead in fishing derby

Hooks 19.44-pound rainbow trout

Strong winds blowing into region

Gusts up to 60 mph Wednesday

Trans inmate prepped for surgery

As litigation continues in Idaho case


November 25 

Pedestrian dies in Vay Road collision

Welke, 28, hit by driver while walking

Status conference set for gun suit

As legal expenses continue to grow

The right to bear arms

BuzzFeed reports on local fray


November 21 

Solar Roadways unveils new panels

First model to be commercially sold

Plea talks underway in battery case

Haskins accused of attacking teen

SHS club honors founder Bruhjell

Peace Pole to be moved outside


November 20 

FCC funds to assist rural broadband

Intermax to receive $1.3m for county

Lott seeks reduced prison sentence

Serving 25-year term for killing wife

Supersonic flight corridor proposed

Seeks testing in Inland NW airspace


November 19 

Draft code proposed for city sidewalks

Funding remains the primary issue

Lawmakers seek property tax relief

'Citizens being priced out of homes'

Frazee convicted in Berreth murder

Victim's mother: It was 'horrible death'


November 18 

Victim was on way to Veterans Dinner

Wife seriously injured in Hwy. 2 crash

One charge dismissed in murder trial

McDermott faces sentencing Dec. 3

Notes from a Sandpoint startup

The opportunity in disruption


November 14 

No 2019 federal funds for underpass

But organizers will plan another attempt

Southside earns STEAM certification

School just one of five in state of Idaho

Reclaim Idaho collecting signatures

Education funding initiative launches


Link up to local bloggers:

  • Dirt & Denim. Holly and Mr. Denim write on gardening, DIY, and life in general.
  • Hike North Idaho. Love to read about, and share, stories of hiking in North Idaho? Then this adventure blog's for you!
  • 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.
  • Brian's Bike Buzz. He rides bikes, dreams about bikes, and blogs about biking in Sandpoint and afield.
  • I Love. I Live. I Ride. Sandpoint's Danielle lives on a 5th generation family ranch, but still has time to blog!
  • Keokee Blog. Company highlights, SEO, social media and marketing tips, Wordpress tutorials and resources.
  • Mountain Architect. John Hendricks blogs on projects, trends and more.
  • As The Lake Churns. About Priest Lake, the land, people and happenings.
  • 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 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. View his webpage for links to his essays at Spectator.org.

Assignment America:Sandpoint, ID
New York Times writes about Sandpoint in their Assignment America series. "Sandpoint, Idaho, hugging the edge of Lake Pend Oreille, is bucking a major demographic trend: In an era when many rural places are bleeding out, this one is holding its own."

Year-round destination ski resort
USA Today lists seven awesome ski resorts that offer year-round fun, and Schweitzer is one of them! Explore mountain bike trails, running trails, huckleberry picking, disc golf and horseback riding in the summer and of course skiing and snowboarding in the winter!

The 10 best lake towns in North America
USA Today names Sandpoint as one of the 10 best lake towns in North America, saying "You’ll need an afternoon nap in a lakeside hammock after joining in a beach volleyball game or heading out on the water for paddling, sailing, Jet Skiing or wakeboarding." We all know that to be true!

One of 24 'coolest towns'
Matador Network names Sandpoint as one of the nation's coolest towns, saying we have "almost too many" scenic byways and mountain ranges for one town. That’s how we like it!

Schweitzer big on powder, light on parties
Seattle Times writer reviews Schweitzer Mountain Resort: "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.

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.

'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 CdA Press article.

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."

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.

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.

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. 
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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