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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

May 25

Fifth Avenue switched to two-way

 Pine next up for two-way striping

Lions Club gears up for 4th fun

 Raffle funds fireworks, festivities

Idaho wants to ID veteran sites

 Public can participate at website

May 23

Board OKs easement on Schweitzer

 Aimed at preserving resort's slopes

Idaho superintendent visits Clark Fork

 Ybarra checks out experiential program

Special treatment for LPO trout

 Handle big spawners with care

May 22

Wildwood Grilling plans expansion

 $2 million venture to add 21 jobs

BID sessions coming to an end

 Sandpoint to decide district's fate

New K-12 science standards unveiled

 Aim to appease Idaho lawmakers

May 19

Cedar Street work put on hold

 Council only received one bid

Litehouse success feeds growth

 Expanding its facility in Utah

Students hold space-race conference

 Culmination of year-long program

May 18

Western Pleasure seeks national nod

 USA Today seeks 'Best Dude Ranch'

Ceremony for new judge is June 2

 Harden fills vacancy by Judge Heise

Heath Lake crossing days numbered

 Official closure date not yet decided

Idaho's first medical school in sight

 For-profit college to open in 2018

May 17

Suppiger, Williams, Kelly win

 Elected new LPOSD trustees

Rollover crash kills juvenile

 Two hurt on Spirit Lake Cutoff

City weighs options for field turf

 Meanwhile, graduation is a go

May 16

Memorial honors BCSO deputy

 Gagnon: 'No regrets' about career

Woman charged in Mortensen heist

 Allegedly ransacked actor's home

Governor visits Clark Fork High

 Attends assembly, poses for selfies

May 15

Percussionaire moving to Kootenai

 Ventilator manufacturer employs 50

Sagle man released on bond

 Forker, 39, faces lewd charges

Careywood man seeks damages

 Says culvert floods his property

May 11

City sets BID listening sessions

 Aims to determine fate of district

Rafter ID'd as Washington resident

 Harston drowned on Moyie River

Head Start receives national honor

 Goldsmith, Cloke also recognized

May 10

Two teens sentenced in rape case

 Judge retains jurisdiction over men

Groups protest second train bridge

 Led by local Wild Idaho Rising Tide

ACLU sues over lack of kosher meals

 Filed on behalf of four Jewish inmates

Johansen named youth football coach

 Sandpoint Affordable Football League

May 9

Rep. Labrador to run for governor

 Says he's a 'proven conservative'

Rafter drowns in Moyie River

 Witnesses saw 60-year-old fall

LPOSD candidates forum on tap

 Six are seeking three trustee seats

May 8

Boeck running for House 1A seat

 Expected to face Scott in primary

Copter rescue service to give demo

 Part of Idaho Trails event in Sagle

Labrador: Comment 'wasn't elegant'

 Drew national ridicule over exchange

May 5

Court order issued in utility dispute

 Protects Idaho Club homeowners

Candidates resist 'alt-right' label

 Seek positions on school board

Plue hooks spot on leaderboard

 K&K Derby is seeing big fish

May 4

Sandpoint seeks input on field turf

 Public workshop coming up May 11

Sandpoint teen denies arson charge

 Three others implicated in park fire

Man charged in woman's murder

 Homicide shakes up Bonners Ferry

May 3

Ponderay unveils vision of future

 Includes lake access, micro-housing

Lanes still closed after derailment

 Affects Highway 95 southbound

Prison ordered in Hope slaying

 Provo-Buxton must serve 4 years

May 2

Train derails south of Cocolalla

 Multiple cars mangled, spill corn

New law regulates short-term rentals

 Legislation draws praise from Airbnb

National Day of Prayer event set

 Held Thursday in Farmin Park

May 1

Festival announces summer lineup

 B-52s, The Wailers, and more

Skiers dig deep for the food bank

 Raise $7,442 on closing weekend

Food bank to benefit from program

 Made through purchases at Walmart

April 28

Rotating art display OK'd by city

 Project located at Sand Creek path

Second arrest in alleged beating

 Bonner County man hospitalized

Teens participate in mock party

 Aims to educate parents on issue

April 27

Covered bus shelters coming soon

 Will be built by area youth program

18-year-old ordered to stand trial

 Stevens to be arraigned May 15

Per diem dustup raises questions

 Legislators find no easy answers

April 26

SHS named 2nd best in the state

 By U.S. News and World Report

Cedar Street final design unveiled

 Wider sidewalks, gardens on tap

Teen receives Credit 2 Kids award

 $500 to be spent on SHS program

April 25

Four juveniles charged in park fire

 Police: Teens bragged about incident

Homeowners file suit in dispute

 Association seeks judicial order

RMEF honors wounded deputies

 Special guests at annual banquet

April 24

ITD continues work on streets

 Revision dependent on weather

Fairgrounds eyes new sound system

 Board launches $40k donation drive

Meth exposure case is dismissed

 Woman accused of felony child injury

April 21

Conviction upheld in robbery case

 Eiland broke into Northshore home

Suspect 'dangerously mentally ill'

 Blanchard man accused in shootout

City takes over BID for interim

 Flower baskets, watering still on

April 20

Fire destroys park outbuilding

 Chief rules blaze as 'suspicious'

Questions arise over city sales tax

 Ponderay has received complaints

Judge: Idaho Club utilities to stay on

 Order is sustained amid legal dispute

April 19

Six vying for three LPOSD seats

 School trustee election is May 16

LPOSD candidates take to airways

 Series of interviews on KRFY

Motive unclear in Laclede stabbing

 Harp charged with attempted murder

April 17

Investigation into death continues

 Utt's family offers differing views

Harden to succeed Judge Heise

 Caldwell attorney to fill vacancy

Idaho highway funding gearing up

 Includes Bonner County's Granite Hill

April 14

Artificial turf, grass or both?

 City mulls Memorial Field options

Residents in lurch amid water fight

 Affects homeowners at Idaho Club

Weather claws away at forest roads

 IPNF compiling list of road damage

April 13

Utt released after alibi emerges

 Man was held in woman's death

Mayor denounces bogus flyers

 Mailings investigated by police

LPOSD studies budget issues

 Staff turnover to save $180,000

April 12

Two implicated in attack on man

 Incident took place in Priest River

SHS bands bring home the gold

 Compete in San Francisco festival

Mudslide uncovers old dynamite

 Believed to be vintage 1974

April 11

Murder suspect caught in Spokane

 Nathan Utt, 41, taken into custody

Citizens question notification delay

 Sheriff: No greater risk to residents

North Idaho projects on highway list

 Granite Hill stretch would be widened

April 6

County seeks flood damage data

 Assessment forms due April 11

Kootenai man faces lewd charges

 Alleged victim was teen at the time

Students thrive with school gardens

 Elks Lodge provides annual grants

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.

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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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