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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

October 20

City council dismisses complaint

 Aurit said she was verbally attacked

SHS seniors learn about finances

 Businesses, school host all-day fair

Idaho AG probes harassment claim

 Say Scott supporters stalked organizer

October 19

Weather delays new pedestrian path

 Will boost connectivity in Ponderay

Wheeler defends response to claims

 Says staff reacted promptly in situation

Candidate McMullin pushes into Idaho

 Presidential hopeful drawing crowds

October 18

Hope woman charged with murder

 Provo accused of killing boyfriend

Sandpoint man wins sailing title

 Chambers achieves longtime goal

Labrador, Piotrowski clash in debate

 Spar over public lands, D.C. gridlock

October 17

SASi receives $28k Walmart grant

 Supports food programs, activities

Local teen competes in Bagger Battle

 Kernodle works at Ponderay Yoke's

McAlister outraises incumbent Scott

 Individuals, PACs top contributors

Former clerk to serve jail time

 Clawson convicted of embezzlement

October 14

Infrastructure, talent fuel growth

 About 60 attend economic summit

Storm includes remnant of typhoon

 Winds, flooding, rain hit the region

Silver Mountain being sold for $5m

 Buyer has not been disclosed yet

October 13

18-year-old ordered to stand trial

 Howard scheduled to be arraigned

Panhandle politics making news

 With endorsements, harassments

SMS focuses on students' wellness

 Homeroom time used to connect

October 12

Complaint filed against SURA member

 City council to take up matter Oct. 19

LPOSD board draft public survey

 Aim to get input on failed levy

UI students design snowmobile hut

 Opens in Lightning Creek drainage

October 11

Heavier loads eyed on Highway 95

 Idaho Forest Group made requests

SHS teachers tour local businesses

 Connections program funded by PAFE

Lewd charge against man dismissed

 8-year-old couldn't recall details

October 10

KRFY hosts local election series

 Morning Show lines up interviews

Local firefighters aid cancer battle

 Wear pink during month of October

House speaker discusses ballot item

 Bedke: HJR 5 'important safeguard'

October 7

Snafu won't deter Solar Roadways

 Already working on replacement panels

First-graders thrilled with puppies

 Reading buddies supported by PAFE

Democrats allege harassment

 Pull organizer from the field

October 6

Church damaged in kitchen fire

 No injuries at Christ Our Redeemer

SHS programs focus on wellness

 Implemented in wake of suicides

Sagle Thrift Store closed after crash

 Profits help run store, senior center

Feds weigh mining ban on 10M acres

 Would protect imperiled sage grouse

October 5

Two killed in head-on collision

 Shuts Highway 95 for hours

Woman faces sex abuse charge

 Nordland awaits arraignment

Shotgun, drugs lead to arrests

 Incident at Bonners Ferry H.S.

October 4

Caribou: America's gray ghosts

 N.Y. Times reports on species

Athol-area residents eye future

 Program helps identify needs

Bond disclaimer left off ballot

 Affects absentee voters in district

October 3

Sleepy Sandpoint marvels at project

 Solar Roadways lights up a bit late

Driver in fatal crash faces charges

 Girl died in Bayview Road collision

P&Z revisiting code changes

 Subdivision hearing Thursday

September 30

LPOSD not sold on survey option

 Board balks at $17k-$24k pricetag

Motorist arrested following pursuit

 Lewiston man faces slew of charges

Two Rathdrum students arrested

 Come to school with 'hit list'

September 29

Solar Roadways unveiling on Friday

 Town square ceremony set for 3 p.m.

Woman charged with grand theft

 Blankenship worked at Walmart

Rules-review measure back on ballot

 Amendment denied two years ago

September 28

Snyder sentenced for counterfeiting

 Repurposed $1 notes into $50 bills

Sagle woman charged with felony

 Accused of drug use while pregnant

Recycling service coming to Dover

 New residents, growth spurs request

September 27

Ponderay bike path behind schedule

 End date extended for project

Driver leads high-speed chase

 Ely hit with multiple charges

Differing takes on presidential debate

 Idaho, Washington leaders weigh in

Solar Roadways to go live ...

 While the world is watching

September 23

Health insurance rates rising in '17

 24% higher on average for Idahoans

Wheeler denies lawsuit allegations

 Ex-lieutenant filed civil complaint

Collaborative effort spurs van pool

 Shuttles Quest workers from CdA

September 22

Solar project to be unveiled Sept. 30

 Installed at Jeff Jones Town Square

Notable conservationist Craighead dies

 Authored Wild and Scenic Rivers Act

Area unemployment at 5.1 percent

 Statewide rate holds at 3.8 percent

September 21

Litehouse plans $6.2m expansion

 Receives tax incentive from county

Sandpoint chosen as grant finalist

 Health of community's youth is focus

Idaho to sell its commercial properties

 State-owned investments go to auction

September 20

Man injured in fall from bypass

 Hitchhiker fell onto gravel path

SHS students create Connections

 Mentor program offers support

Laclede mill celebrates 40 years

 Brinkmeyer recalls mill's past

September 19

City Beach could get a facelift

 $80,000 set aside for master plan

Project en route to October finish

 Fifth Avenue returning to two-way

Regional prescribed burns begin

 Includes Sandpoint Ranger District

September 16

Man arrested on lewd conduct charge

 Logan works at charter, public schools

Curiosity slows Long Bridge commute

 Taking up to 30 minutes to cross

Fire forces closure of trail section

 Gleason Fire approaching Trail 162

September 15

LPOSD mulls post-levy possibilities

 Feedback indicates levy was 'too big'

Holland named U.S. Paralympics coach

 Team visits Sandpoint for training

Stuntman to attempt Snake River jump

 Braun, 54, always idolized Evil Knievel

September 14

Local investors buy Unicep site

 Group also owns CWC building

CASA seeks volunteer advocates

 Work with kids removed from homes

Priest River approves RV ordinance

 Addresses stays longer than 3 days

September 13

Logging error ends in big legal bills

 Court orders Sagle man to pay $95k

FSPW assesses 2015 fire damage

 Seek volunteers for monitor program

Lottery asks about keno, other games

 Senate leader concerned about request

September 12

Delta project spurs paddling interest

 IF&G leads tour in Clark Fork

Museum soars on after Birds' deaths

 Daughter continues founders' legacy

Man charged with enticing a child

 Daugherty scheduled to be arraigned

Two local teens charged with rape

 Howard, Wallace appear in court

Plane crashes on Upper Priest

 Three onboard have minor injuries

Sandpoint man was Trump classmate

 Kass recalls childhood memories

September 9

Ex-assistant clerk could face prison

 Brockus pled guilty to stealing funds

DUI crash suspect pleads guilty

 Kuhn accused of crashing into van

Suicide prevention program launched

 State office includes hotline, groups

40th annual Draft Horse Show on tap

 Arrives at the fairgrounds Sept. 22-25

September 8

Warrant issued for missing jury duty

 Family explains man broke his back

Sandpoint OKs new noise ordinance

 Propelled by Farmers Market protest

Idaho Club may be at a turning point

 Course, parcels going up for auction

September 7

Sharing memories of Barlow Stadium

 Stadium coming down starting Sept. 19

Freedom event aims to unite Christians

 Coming to the fairgrounds on Sept. 17

Child dies in crash on Bayview Road

 None in car were wearing seatbelts

September 6

Gervasi charged in shooting

 Accused of opening fire on deputy

Senior center seeks donations

 Cash needed to avoid layoffs

Boater warns of bridge barge

 Moored beneath Long Bridge

Fire destroys lookout tower

 Reported at Little Snowy Top

September 1

Levy's failure postpones projects

 LPOSD to seek community feedback

P&Z considers code changes

 Applies to subdivision ordinance

Hearing waived in river crash case

 Devine accused of striking tuber

August 31

Voters reject LPOSD levy proposal

 $55 million vote draws big turnout

Local teen starts robotics company

 Has a waiting list for home rover

Eluding suspect waives hearing

 Hoygaard charged in pursuit

Link up to local bloggers:

  • Adventure Girl Annie. Annie Love (who grew up in Sandpoint) walked the 500-mile Camino de Santiago with a few new friends from throughout the world.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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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