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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

May 27
Plea resolves case against ex-clerk 
 Dutson-Sater pleads guilty to charge
Idaho Democratic Party chair resigns 
 Post Falls' Kenck cites medical issues
Dog, mistaken for wolf, killed by teen 
 Couple was hiking in Boundary County

May 26
Area tributes honor nation's heroes 
 Memorial Day ceremonies held
Child sex abuse case expanding 
 Suspect worked as county EMT
Sagle students practice safety drill 
 Helps school put lessons to the test
County marine patrol hits the water 
 Weekend patrols begin for the season

May 21
This week's Reader, digital flip-page edition:

  • The Fiction Issue
  • Caribou wins city support, mural
  • Officer mourned in Sandpoint region
Sandpoint part of Bike Route 10 
 Includes Highway 2, Highway 200
Bonner EMS expansion questioned 
 Sagle services concern commissioners
DeMers ends 27-year coaching career 
 'He's a Bulldog through and through'

May 20
Molander, Lewis win LPOSD seats 
 View Bonner County results (pdf)»
Adventure tourism worth millions 
 Gem State attracts thrill-seekers
Report sizes up county's economy 
 Looks at strengths and weaknesses

May 19
FEMA grant enables home's removal 
 Situated in the Pack River floodway
Lawmakers pass child support bill 
 Dixon, Scott vote against HB 1
Ex-Muslim pastor stokes emotions 
 Hadian speaking around region

May 18
Idaho Club shoots for June opening 
 Owners excited to welcome public
Judge issues stay for wolf center 
 Fish and Game suspend license
Arrests swift in pawn shop burglary 
 Two males, ages 18 and 17, in custody

May 15
Kootenai students hold mock trial 
 6th-grade jury sides with defense
Fishing derby to aid birds of prey 
 Prizes awarded for winning teams
Spokane schools shaken by suicides 
 Community searching for answers

May 14
This week's Reader, digital flip-page edition:

  • Fifties: Discourse, Lure of Lost, more!
  • Festival lineup announced
  • Candidates envision different futures
Bonner EMS setting up Sagle station 
 Temporary quarters to house 2 medics
Festival at Sandpoint announces lineup 
 Wilco, Ziggy Marley, Vince Gill to perform
Idaho CEO pay outpaces workers' 126-1 
 Average pay among CEOs is $4.6 million

May 13
Dover matriarch passes away 
 Becker helped incorporate town
Crapo to seek fourth Senate term 
 Otter, Risch, Labrador named co-chairs
Report: 1 in 4 get child support 
 Legislature holding special session

May 12
ITD dedicates $2.2m for city streets 
 Fifth Avenue to be reconfigured
Sandpoint, resident in water dispute 
 Man not eligible for reimbursement
Distemper outbreak stirs concern 
 Outbreak likely from flown-in puppies

May 11
Sandpoint senior center nabs grant 
 Parking lot getting $113k facelift
Era's over for large dairy farms 
 Poelstras shutting down operation
Threat puts local school in lockdown 
 Caller allegedly said 'dozens will die'
Community, region pay final respects 
 More than 4,000 gather to honor Moore

May 7
This week's Reader, digital flip-page edition:

  • Is medicinal weed in Idaho's future?
  • The two personalities of GOPs
  • The power of community

Memorial Field on November ballot 
 Asks voters to approve 1% sales tax
Court records tell story of shooting 
 Camera running when officer shot
Donations, tributes seen across region 
 Almost $60,000 raised for Moore family

May 6
CdA police officer dies from injuries 
 Moore was shot in the line of duty
Suspect feared gun would be found 
 Renfro also admits drug use to police
Sandpoint man to help in Nepal 
 Moskovitz part of support team

May 5
Options running out for grandstands 
 5 year, 1% local sales tax considered
Fraud suspect to challenge arrest 
 Bonner County man fights extradition
CdA officer shot, in critical condition 
 Suspect apprehended in Post Falls

May 4
Trio in line for preservation awards 
 Depot, Nesbitt House, Heartwood
Otter to lead business trade mission 
 Leaders traveling to Peru, Mexico

May 1
This week's Reader, digital flip-page edition:

  • The Bike Issue: Rides, people, more
  • Train Depot: A true community effort
  • Sandpoint A-OK after quakes
Keough: Transportation a challenge 
 Says $94m budget was compromise
Dennett moves ahead in K&K Derby 
 Hauls in 21-pound lake trout
Senators: Interviewing men, women 
 Clarify judicial appointment information
CdA Tribe demands legal action 
 Wants Idaho to certify new law

April 30
County seeks dismissal of review 
 Asphalt plant denied in February
Towns force RRs to address noise 
 WSJ reports on Sandpoint's actions
Analysis: Idaho's perfect storm 
 Finds itself in child support mess

April 29
Victim's family, friends seek memorial 
 But Forest Service says it's not allowed
Otter calls lawmakers back to Boise 
 Special session is set for May 18

April 28
Priest Lake S&R rescues couple 
 Vehicle had become stuck in snow
Women shut out of judge selection 
 Idaho to fill U.S. District Court seat
Mental health center coming to CdA 
 Legislature appropriated $1.7 million

April 27
ATV victim's dog found by son 
 Daisy rescued 6 days after crash
Quakes surprise emergency personnel 
 Howard says area will focus on preparing
Kochava first to support Apple Watch 
 Analytics company based in Sandpoint

April 24
Earthquakes shake Bonner County 
 4.1, 4.2, 3.3 temblors rattle area
NIC proposes $44 million budget 
 Tuition will increase, taxes will not
Job outlook is sunny for Idaho 
 Aerospace, health care lead way

April 23
This week's Reader, digital flip-page edition:

  • Idaho roots of CIA 'torturer'
  • Anti-Islam pastor draws crowd
  • Big scare about Shariah law
NIC aerospace partnership a success 
 Trustees hold meeting in Sandpoint
Polaris acquires local Timbersled 
 Operations to remain in Sandpoint
Sandpoint High students reach for sky 
 Participate in aerospace competition
Solar Roadways continues progress 
 Company working on third prototype

April 22
Hadian: Radical Islam a threat to all 
 Muslim-turned-Christian pastor speaks
Negotiated at Hague, faltering in Boise 
 N.Y. Times reports on child support treaty

April 21
Two killed after ATV goes over cliff 
 At Lake Pend Oreille's Bernard Overlook
Victim was advocate for accessibility 
 Cda's McTevia enjoyed the outdoors
Jury convicts woman of lewd conduct 
 Johnson faces sentencing on June 15
Hacked site no fun for Silverwood 
 Park regains control of Facebook page

April 20
Panida drops film due to content 
 Indiewire: Star miffed by decision
Lawmakers honor Keough's milestone 
 State senator has served for 20 years
Residents polled on global warming 
 58 percent believe it is occuring
Idaho jobless rate drops to 3.8% 
 5.7% are jobless in Bonner County

April 17
County EMS releases annual report 
 Responded to 2,171 calls last year
Otter: Legislative session 'incomplete' 
 Aims to address child-support issue
Charges dismissed in lewd case 
 New eyewitness accounts emerge

April 16
This week's Reader, digital flip-page edition:

  • The Coffee Issue: Facts, fun, more
  • Making Sausage: 2015 Legislature
  • Taxi Tales: Outlaws of N. Idaho 
  • Laughing Dog expands distribution

Investors buy CWC campus 
 Purchase buildings for $2.5m
Board slows Idaho tuition hikes 
 State funding increased 3 percent
Mystery hero saves driver 
 Car dangling off Idaho cliff

April 15
County calls for public review of plan 
 BNSF to build 2nd bridge across lake
LPOSD to cut $1 million from budget 
 Woodward cites declining enrollment
'Huntress' faces violation charges 
 Pretrial set for Sandpoint's Lowrey
Businesses tally legislative session 
 Applaud transportation, ed increases

April 14
Pact preserves summer pool level 
 Gov. Otter announces agreement
Idaho could lose child support funds 
 Conservatives kill compliance measure
Otter signs presidential primary bill 
 Creates new election in March

April 12
Otter: No early lake drawdown 
 LPO will be full into September
Local VA wait times beat national 
 Region's veterans mixed on changes
Driver who fled crash is found 
 Spokane man was in Chilco area

April 10
Quest Aircraft eyes expansion in Asia 
 Facility could take 3 years or more
Sandpoint 6th-grader a spelling ace 
 Wilks travels to championships in May
Otter challenges Oregon's statue plan 
 Recites Chief Joseph's ties to Idaho

April 9
This week's Reader, digital flip-page edition:

  • What happens to our recycling?
  • Dan Earle's Blind Art
  • Rock Creek Mine battle
Passerby alerts family to house fire 
 Woman, four others safely escape
Rasmuson could face death penalty 
 Sandpoint man arrested in boy's killing
Spring weather keeps fluctuating 
 Chance of showers over weekend
Kochava volume increases 470 percent 
 First quarter growth leads to new hires

April 8
Area crews already battling wildfires 
 Snuff several out-of-control burn piles
Idaho Senate OKs gas tax increase 
 Keough votes in favor of 10-cent rise
Ospreys return to Sandpoint cam 
 'High-flying soap opera underway'

April 7
Kochava moving to Sandpoint Center 
 Analytics company has 50 employees
Otter vetoes instant racing ban bill 
 Would have repealed legislation
Senators: Otter's veto was illegal 
 Legislators note five day time limit

April 6
Theft suspect photographed in store 
 Police seek help identifying man
Political support builds for post office 
 Crapo, commission support appeal
A tale of two killings in N. Idaho 
 Report examines area shootings

Link up to local bloggers:

Alternative Horsemanship. Philosophies, training theories and humor with Samantha Harvey.
A Real Estate Guide by Lauren Adair. Agent covers the art of staging, renting vs. owning, real estate trends, more.
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.
Chamber Chatter. Sandpoint chamber keeps readers in the know on Chamber and business happenings.
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. Marketing group offer a window into the company’s work, trends, tips and more.
Lake Pend Oreille School District. What's happening in our local schools? Follow LPOSD Superintendent Shawn Woodward's weekly blog.
Lublyou. Katie and Ben post snapshots from Sandpoint and the area, as well as mouthwatering food photos.
Mountain Architect. John Hendricks blogs on projects, trends and more.
North Idaho Dog Fun. A resource for "all things dog" in North Idaho.
Sandpoint Wellness Council. Alternative practitioners blog on natural health care.
Schweitzer Originals. Blog editor Marianne Love's first-hand accounts from folks who know and love the mountain.
Skookum Photography. Ralph Bartholdt's award-winning writing and snapshots of eclectic personalities.
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 photo diary, updated a few times weekly. 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 100 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 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.

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 "quiet Sandpoint," while newcomers rave about the town's strong sense of community. Click to read the August 2008 story 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 read the full story: Fall Foliage; Bright Leaves, Big Country.

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Be an informed voter. The Election Central page provides a voter’s handbook for upcoming elections, with links to information about the candidates and issues voters will see on the ballot come election day.

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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