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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

January 18

Death penalty mulled in murder

Man accused of killing cab driver

Public Works' Luttmann resigns

Syth also leaving post as treasurer

Financial disclosure proposal killed

Legislative committee halts progress

January 17

Women's March planned Saturday

Begins at noon in middle school

Man faces felony for alleged attack

Borja, 36, involved in Hope incident

ITD eyes Highway 41 expansion

Widening Post Falls to Rathdrum

The nasty business of flu in Idaho

Influenza expert advises vaccination

January 16

Dog rescued from Chuck Slough

Selkirk Fire puts training to test

Lewd suspect back in custody

Breymann, 60, not at hearing

Shuler receives Achievement Award

Recognized posthumously for work

SASi seniors featured in calendar

'Nine over Ninety' available locally

January 15

Sandpoint racist flyer suspect ID'd

Rhodes says he's targeted by media

LPOSD seeks input on priorities

Public encouraged to participate

The Idaho Club plans expansion

Hearing to consider 'Lake Estates'

Flu outbreak shuts Kellogg schools

23 Idahoans have died this season

January 11

Suspended sentenced in gun case

Crider fined, put on probation

Leniency denied in lewd conduct case

Carlin must serve 5 years of sentence

Southside Water operator retires

Bopp served community 33 years

January 10

Scotchman issue headed to ballot

Voters will weigh in on wilderness

Comment sought on drilling plan

Company eyes silica near LPO

Man suspected in threatening calls

Rhodes implicated in SHS incident

January 9

Otter delivers final State of the State

Seeks 3% raise for state employees

Mandy Evans named IBR honoree

Shelter director 'humbled' by award

Richard Miller running for assessor

Has experience in building industry

January 8

LillyBrooke Center opens on First

Home serves survivors of abuse

Grant sought for 160-acre property

Trails for all at Pine Street Woods

Idaho water season off to slow start

But Panhandle snowpack is normal

January 4

Whiskey Bay residents aid rescue

Bonner County EMS applauds effort

Woman warns of satellite scam

Told to pay upfront fee of $150

Idaho college enrollment rises

Clears the 100,000 plateau

January 3

City takes on parking enforcement

Hires community resource officers

Man pleads not guilty to firing gun

Juettner charged with misdemeanor

McNall celebrates 100th birthday

He moved to Sandpoint in 1922

January 2

Three people face perjury charges

Helped provide an alibi for man

Selkirk Fire celebrates three years

Chief proud of accomplishments

Grappling with region's growth

Kootenai Co., cities outline plans

December 28

Flexible winter ops begin on LPO

Corps to store water, then release it

Mudslides, storms challenge 2017

No lack of news in Bonner County

Analysis: Why people move here

But flee our neighbor Wyoming

December 27

SHS pushes Toys for Tots past goal

Teachers' antics help rally students

Reminder on local snow removal

City: Move cars every 24 hours

A look back at 2017's top headlines

Deputy shooting, Greenprint, more

December 21

Ponderay aims to clean up S&W

Trash, sewer issues plague 'eyesore'

Big snow day keeps plows busy

EMS responds to numerous calls

Fewer Idaho teens are lighting up

First-time smoking down to 27%

December 20

Sandpoint starts city-wide plow

No on-street parking overnight

Idaho is nation's fastest-growing state

Census: Population up 2.2% last year

It's official: Dark Sky Reserve named

Central Idaho's designation is a first

December 19

Community views historic carousel

Wooden horses spin at fairgrounds

Man's felony charges are reinstated

Cramer accused of threatening two

Kootenai Co. jail to cut shower times

Estimates savings at $80,000/yr.

December 18

Kunzeman announces candidacy

Ex-mayor seeks commission seat

Ponderay woman dies from injuries

Jones was in car accident on Dec. 2

Quest celebrates Kodiak milestone

10 years since first customer delivery

Hecla official testifies at U.S. Senate

Discusses federal permitting process

December 14

Medicaid expansion is group's goal

Reclaim Idaho holding local events

Cyclist's antics lead to his arrest

Grimes subject of felony warrant

Community Day aids local groups

$10 lift tickets Friday at Schweitzer

December 13

City OKs UI comp plan changes

Public favors parks, recreation

Man, 19, sentenced for vandalism

Ordered to 40 hours of labor

CdA Resort turns to coyote decoys

Ongoing battle to scare off geese

Idaho higher ed leaders oppose plan

Urge delegation to consider tax changes

December 12

Trial set for exploitation suspect

Clark pleads not guilty to abuse

Idaho still far from higher ed goal

After five years, $100 million spent

Assembled carousel to be unveiled

Weekend event set for fairgrounds

December 11

New details emerge in shooting

Andres found in his front yard

Man dies in crash on Dufort Road

ISP: Blum lost control, flipped car

Eagle viewing on eastern shore

Lake Pend Oreille's remote oasis

December 7

Clark Fork shooting victim identified

Police: Andres, 73, interrupted burglary

Police identify man in SHS incident

Report: Rhodes denies involvement

Man accused of injury to a child

Fernandez faces hearing Dec. 13

December 6

SMS students represent U.S. in Spain

Attend suicide prevention conference

Sandpoint chosen top spot to retire

In magazine's Jan./Feb. 2018 issue

Idaho's Dark Sky Reserve is a first

Ketchum, region keep lights dim

December 5

Tire shop burglars sought by police

Took 80 tires from Ponderay store

Idaho court upholds lake decision

Man ordered to remove obstructions

Idaho launches online registration

Find voting info at

Intuit acquiring Idaho company

TSheets will keep HQ in Idaho

December 4

Racist propaganda found at SHS

Police identify person of interest

Lt. Gov. Little visits local schools

Fields range of students' questions

Three hurt in Bonners Ferry crash

Vehicles collided on Highway 95

November 30

Teen Center surprised by donation

STCU presents check for $10,000

Court sides with Schweitzer Water

Dispute centered on hydrant flow

Festival hosts its annual meeting

Sip & Shop is open to the public

November 29

Auction boosts Tots total to $11k

Goal is $50k for families in need

Economist optimistic about region

Mitchell cites low cost of business

Idaho's first medical school on track

Facility on ISU campus opens in '18

November 28

Man killed in collision with deer

Jungblom was passenger in car

Post Falls man accused of abuse

Wife was alleged victim's caregiver

Behind scenes of 'Outdoor Idaho'

Videographer climbs all over state

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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! 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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