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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 18

Hearing set on marine noise ordinance

Proposed change to quiet waterways

Community rallies around Clark Fork teen

Medical emergency spurs local support

Idaho's unemployment rate dropping

Unemployment rate lowest since 2008

August 18

Hearing set on marine noise ordinance

Proposed change to quiet waterways

Community rallies around Clark Fork teen

Medical emergency spurs local support

Idaho's unemployment rate dropping

Unemployment rate lowest since 2008

August 17

Refugee presentation draws crowd

Foes voice opposition at program

Priest River woman hurt in crash

Rolled pickup truck on Highway 95

Weiser, Idaho, preps for eclipse

Expects up to 70,000 visitors

August 16

Scott defends white nationalists

Legislator posts on Facebook

Four-way yield causes confusion

City says it's similar to roundabout

Idaho closing steelhead harvest

Catch-and-release still allowed

August 15

County working to trim budget

May reduce levy rate for 2018

Coal train derails in Montana

ICL points to increased risks

Stage II fire restrictions set to start

Affects campfires, smoking, more

August 14

Schweitzer Cutoff work continues

Bridge scheduled to open Nov. 8

Refugee resettlement program set

Held this week in Community Hall

UI asks again for alcohol permit

Allows tailgating at Kibbie Dome

August 11

Plea deal offered in accident case

Woman charged with injury to child

Priest Lake landowners mount tax revolt

Landowners say BC overvalues property

Ahrens seeks ID senate seat

Danielle Ahrens — “Service above self”

August 10

Sunnyside sale nets 900k for state

Controversial timber sale finalized

Hearing postponed in shooting case

Hearing reset; suspect held at BC jail

LPOSD signs on to lawsuit settlement

60 districts agree to settle in fed. lawsuit

August 9

Region's wildfires continue to burn

 Level 1 evacuation at Sullivan Lake

Mobile Market rolling into town

 Second Harvest serves 26 counties

Sewer main replacement to begin

 First Avenue projects to cost $515k

August 8

Local teen taken off life support

 Brother died trying to rescue him

Fatally injured jogger is identified

 Tennessee woman was hit by truck

Break in poor air quality on its way

 But first, more record heat forecast

August 7

Winds shut Long Bridge Swim

 First cancellation in 23 years

Council moves to dissolve BID

 Public hearing set for Sept. 6

Project draws Dover mayor's ire

 Grandson assisting with cleanup

Schools try new recruiting tactics

 Idaho deals with teacher shortage

August 4

Jogger killed in log truck collision

Priest River accident kills jogger

Account founded for drowning victim

GoFundMe account created for family

West Nile Virus in North Idaho
Kootenai County citizen contracts virus


August 3

Memorial Field project nears completion

New seating area, entryway complete

Teen injured in Highway 57 crash

Driver ejected N. of Priest River

PF fires lead to teen arson suspect

Arson starts extinguished, teen arrested

BC shooting suspect fit to face charges

BC judge deems suspect mentally fit


August 2

Child drowns in Pend Oreille River

Older brother in critical condition

Fire threat delays Clagstone opening

Public use planned to open Aug. 1

Priest Lake jogger charged by bear

Took place on Kalispell-Reeder Trail

August 1

Structure fire claims Sagle home

No injuries in Merril Martin blaze

10-digit dialing starts Saturday

Area code required for local calls

Noisy Creek fire tops 1,000 acres

Located near Metaline Falls, Wash.

July 31

City considers accessory dwellings

Short-term rental hearing Sept. 6

Climate change is focus of series

Library hosts 'Pushing the Limits'

First-ever Renaissance Fair on tap

Coming this Labor Day Weekend

July 28

Search for missing man continues

BC authorities seeking information

Plane crashes into river

No injuries in float plane accident

Final decision on city BID nears

Business Improvement Dist. faces changes

July 27

Medicaid Mobile begins journey

 Aims to shed light on health care

Sandpoint walking tours scheduled

 All welcome to join Aug. 5, Aug. 12

Idaho schools mull eclipse closure

 Aug. 21 event creates a dilemma

July 26

Sandpoint reviews new, revised fees

 Affects moorage, businesses, more

DEQ awards loan to Sandpiper

 Funds wastewater improvements

Police: Runaway seen in Sandpoint

 16-year-old missing for 18 days

IF&G mulls bounties on bad wolves

 Would allow hunters to lure with bait

July 25

Vandalism closes lookout tower

 Located on Lookout Mountain

4 hurt in chain-reaction collision

 Shut down Highway 95 for hours

Robinson praises public education

 Pulitzer Prize winner at the Panida

July 21

Waterfront Condo to be Built in Sandpoint

 $5m project: 13 units near Sand Creek

Quest Aircraft Launches New Website

 Site revamped just before EAA AirVenture

City Adopts Preliminary Budget

 Proposed budget: 1.8 percent increase

July 20

City praises City Beach lifeguards

 Awards delayed by near-drowning

Document exposes jail sex scandal

 BCSO explains lack of investigation

Canadian company buying Avista

 Rates not impacted in $5.3b deal

July 19

North Hughes Fire closes trails

 50-acre blaze north of Nordman

Three sworn in for LPOSD board

 Lewis named chair, Kelly vice-chair

Sandpoint OKs financial policies

 Requires adequate funding levels

July 18

Man rescued from well in Sagle

 Treated for hypothermia, injuries

Gov. Otter recovering from infection

 Recently underwent back surgeries

Hearing set in drug trafficking case

 Meth, heroin found during traffic stop

July 17

Sonar team searching for body

 Key, 67, likely drowned in LPO

Sandpoint woman killed in crash

 Wolf, 31, collided with a semi

Festival unveils frog sculptures

 Artwork created by Leata Judd

Idaho tightens noncompete clause

 Goes against the nationwide trend

July 14

Northern Lights launching solar project

Sagle: Idaho's first cooperative community solar project

ID resists fed. request for voter data

ID reacts to Trump's Advisory Commission on Election Integrity

Sentencing set it stabbing case

Hearing set for Wash. man accused of stabbing in Laclede

July 13

County drawn into collision dispute

 Motorcyclists hurt after hitting horse

No-wake scofflaws being warned

 Patrols set for Pend Oreille River

Sunnyside timber sale to proceed

 Funds to support wildlife projects

July 12

Pay raise mulled for council, mayor

 Stapleton: Lower than regional cities

Super One breaks ground in Athol

 New store will also sell hardware

Local caterer hired for Hough wedding

 Hegsted serves celebrity CdA event

July 11

Keough not running for re-election

 Supports Woodward as replacement

Library expansion project kicks off

 $2.7 million 'tranformation' begins

Man charged with first-degree arson

 Allegedly attempted to burn home

Lost dog home after nine months

 Spent winter in Idaho mountains

July 10

City seeks input on Oak Street plan

 Improvements include bike path

Two sued for alleged influence

 Purchased elderly couple's farm

Mellen updates popular 'Cabinets'

 Trail guidebook in its third edition

Service dogs aid IF&G officers

 Hudson on duty in Bonner County

July 6

Details emerge in bear attack

 IF&G: Woman, bear crossed paths

City urges control of invasive weeds

 Wet spring led to extensive growth

Montana earthquake felt in Idaho

 Registered 5.8, aftershocks followed

Link up to local bloggers:

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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

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 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.

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.

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."

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.

Click for more National Press


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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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