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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 14

Grizzly ventures into Athol backyard

Idaho Fish and Game is tracking bear

Idaho judges study sentencing law

Could affect prison population rise

Boise-area home prices soaring

Break records on monthly basis

August 13

Cougar Fire triples to 3,454 acres

Heat, wind fan regional wildfires

Air quality hits 'unhealthy' range

Expected to linger through week

Poll: Jordan edges closer to Little

Democrat is popular for health care

August 10

Victim in Sandpoint shooting ID'd

Dias was shot by an unknown man

Wildfire smoke from B.C., other states

Some closures in Cougar Fire area

Woman's trial in Yaak death begins

Man was abducted from Ponderay

August 9

Fires blaze close to home

Cougar Fire now at 845 acres

Shooting suspect remains at large

Police are seeking public's help

Historic Brown House demolished

BGH will construct new building

Triple-digit temps hit the region

Plus higher-than-normal humidity

August 7

Man dead in Sandpoint motel shooting

Suspect ran from Meandering Moose

Sandpoint reacts to robocalls

Neo-Nazi messages hit region

Nez Perce Tribe delegates visit D.C.

Discuss water pollution oversight plan

New Idaho law targets slow drivers

Five have been stopped since July 1

Father and son finish 17-hour hike

Otis hopes ordeal is yearly tradition

August 6

Cougar Fire now at 700 acres

Blaze east of Hope still growing

Fire burning north of Sandpoint

Causes $700,000 worth of damage

Residents receive neo-Nazi messages

Robocalls coming from Patrick Little

Kramer enters NFL Hall of Fame

Hails Lombardi, former Packers

August 3

Appeal in Riley shooting dismissed

City sought protection for officers

Thousands attend Festival's opener

Fan: 'Doesn't get better than this'

Sagle man develops bulletproof walls

Giddings seeks Rhino Hide investors

August 2

Wastewater plant site is staying put

City OK's long-term improvements

Fires start up across the region

Closest is 100-acre Cougar Fire

Northside Fire praised for assistance

Helped BCSO rescue stranded floaters

August 1

Workshop to identify budget tweaks

Will cover city's 16 specific projects

Decision issued on Boulder Creek

Project involves burning, logging

Profiles of Graduates: Sofia Kriz

Attending Beijing University in fall

July 31

Report: Teachers hit hard by inflation

Idaho pay ranks 43rd despite overhaul

Idahoan hikes 900 miles in 52 days

Finishes epic Centennial Trail trip

More women than men seek post

Historic first for Idaho's high court

July 30

Group appeals BNSF bridge permit

Filed by Wild Idaho Rising Tide

Parole officers' firearm training OK'd

Director cites area's recent shootings

Logger 'loved every minute' of career

Cook honored after 50 years in timber

July 26

Sandpoint temps to hit upper 90s

Fire danger index rated as 'high'

Does Sandpoint have a rental crisis?

City: 'There isn't a simple solution'

Idaho has most to lose in trade war

China buys dairy, semiconductors, more

July 25

SPOT bus provides Festival service

Park at SHS, hop on the free shuttle

Panel: Wolf-livestock kills hit high

And more anticipated this summer

Today's Idaho GOP are yesterday's Dems

Similar views, but different labels

July 24

IPNF seeks Camp Robin comments

42,000 acres in Bonners Ferry area

Analysis: Medicaid expansion a plus

Positive financial impact on Idaho

Amazon fulfillment center's effects

1,500 jobs coming to Spokane area

July 23

Sandpoint man killed in collision

Bruhjell struck by oncoming car

Schweitzer launches e-bike tours

Offers 'leisurely, interpretive ride'

Latest shingles vaccine in short supply

Idahoans may have to wait until 2019

July 19

Cary Kelly elected LPOSD board chair

See video record of monthly meeting

Bottle Bay roadwork to finish early

Estimated opening is now Sept. 15

'Above normal' fire activity expected

Panhandle has seen hot, dry July

Festival unveils annual poster

Artwork by Judy Pederson

July 18

Planned Parenthood sues Idaho

Says reporting rules unconstitutional

Idaho OKs remaining lot auctions

Includes 102 lots on Priest Lake

Record-breaking year for Lottery

Dividend check hits $53.5 million

July 17

New trespassing law - What to know

Broadens rights, increases penalties

Medicaid expansion will be on ballot

Secretary of State certifies initiative

Panel eyes campaign finance reform

Legislative committee plans to meet

July 16

Idaho gas prices are soaring

Among the highest in U.S.

IPNF warns of mountain goats

Encountered on Scotchman trail

Idaho ends fiscal '18 with surplus

Despite weaker results in June

July 12

Sandpoint adopts strategic plan

Identifies priorities next 2 years

Kochava part of new Google program

'Paves way for deeper integration'

Authorities describe rescue of baby

View video on NBC Today Show»

Sandpoint man back on robocalls

Rhodes tied to Bay Area activity

July 11

Nampa named best-run city in U.S.

And Boise comes in third on ranking

Four Idaho businessmen imprisoned

Convicted of multiple counts of fraud

Baby safe after being left in forest

Montana officials call it a 'miracle'

July 10

North Idaho sealcoating work begins

Includes Highway 95 at Samuels

Man drowns on Lake Coeur d'Alene

Passing boaters unable to revive him

Grizzly hunting returns to the West

The science behind controversial hunt

'Summer camp for billionaires' begins

Buffett, Bezos, more moguls in Idaho

July 9

BNSF barges skip boat station

Mussels discovered on one barge

Paulette Jordan faces uphill race

It's tough being Democrat in Idaho

Man drowns at Twin Lakes

Was cliff diving with friends

Lawsuit targets Idaho school districts

Say student fees violate constitution

July 7

A former Sandpoint widow's secret

'Loved the man, hated his beliefs'

Medicaid initiative reaches Boise

Effort names bipartisan leaders

Man arrested in 2004 murder

Changing story raised suspicion

Mother urges action at falls

One year since son fell, died

July 5

Boat inspections stopping mussels

36 watercraft intercepted so far

Waterfront landowner funds 10 buoys

Pend Oreille River no-wake zones

Cedar Street construction advances

Work wraps up between Second, Third

July 3

Cruise aids Project Osprey Banding

Biologist to band Memorial Field birds

Idaho reaches 'criminal justice crisis'

$500 million prison expansion OK'd

Snow in July ... yep, at Schweitzer

Snowman pic hits Weather Channel

Avista to decrease rates in Idaho

Affects residential electricity, gas

Girl, 3, dies after Boise stabbing

Man from L.A. charged with murder

July 2

Local man believed behind robocalls

Number apparently used by Rhodes

Bonner County sued over landslide

Couple's home destroyed in 2017

GOP delegates gather for convention

Touch on immigration, gay marriage

Shocked Boiseans rally after attack

Children stabbed at birthday party

June 28

City holds off on UI feasibility study

Waiting for proposals from developers

Hiawatha Trail celebrates 20 years

Attraction drew 40,000 visitors in '17

Idaho gets $6m PILT boost from feds

$36 million payment in lieu of taxes

Avista's proposed sale draws concern

Some worry about Canadian influence

Link up to local bloggers:

    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.
  • Hike North Idaho. Love to read about, and share, stories of hiking in North Idaho? Then this adventure blog's for you!
  • 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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