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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

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

June 27

Study highlights Idaho housing crisis

Wages not keeping up with rent costs

Hagedorn new veterans division chief

Idaho senator appointed by Gov. Otter

City ponders joint powers agreement

Local fire services could be reshaped

June 26

Commissioners invited to White House

Bailey, McDonald won't be attending

WSU quarterback's parents speak out

Shocked to learn Hilinski had CTE

McCall struggles to find workers

Mayor: 80% commute into town

Labrador weighs in on immigration

Dems 'don't really care about families'

June 25

IDL approves second bridge permit

BNSF needs additional agency OKs

Tailgating returns to UI football games

State Board of Education OKs permit

Idaho students' SAT scores drop

Standardized test scores improve

Litehouse credits growth to ESOP

Employees have 'skin in the game'

June 21

Amazon Proposes Nampa Warehouse

Zoning Commission Hearing July 10

Water Fight Resolved? Bedke Comments

Idaho Supreme Court Hearing Vacated

D.C. Invites County Commissioners

Invitations Thought to Be Fake Were Real

June 20

Officials - Poaching Adds to Grassland Bird Decline

Officials Revamp Hunter's Ed

North Idaho Lie and Buy Gun Crime

Man Sentenced in U.S. District Court

New Grouse Protections Proposed

BLM Reviews Plans for Struggling Bird

June 19

Officials - Idaho: Ready for wildfire season

Expert Predicts Typical Wildfire Year

Family Sues US: Cyanide Trap Incident

Canine Dead and Child Injured

300 Micron engineers in a ‘trailer park.’

Here’s what Micron is doing about that.

June 18

Bumblebee Blues - Pollinator in Trouble

400 Sites Studied Over 3 Year Project

ISP Prepared Statement on I-84 Collision

Four Dead in Seven-Vehicle Crash

Rhodes robocalls for STA exec

Vlogger defends racist FB post

June 11

Groups file suit over smelter land sale

Directed at Pend Oreille County, PUD

Sandpoint duo gains media attention

L.A. Times reports on Medicaid effort

U of I awarded biofuel research grant

Aims to create sustainable bioproducts

June 7

Sandpoint officers cleared in shooting

March incident left one man dead

City selects roundabout artwork

Stainless steel sculpture costs $90k

Engelson named SHS basketball coach

Served as assistant coach in Post Falls

June 6

Man who shot deputies sentenced

Foster, 32, ordered to serve 50 years

Idaho takes over pollution regulation

EPA's Pruitt visits to sign agreement

Groups appeal judge's ruling on wolves

Lodge said agency didn't need study

June 5

Widow sues BCSO over shooting

Johnson died in '17 at Coolin cabin

Washington seeing more rabid bats

What to do if you come in contact

Authorities warn of local scam calls

Mention jury duty, 'urgent legal matter'

June 4

Domestic violence victim remembered

Marshall: 'We are kind of heartbroken'

U.S. to open road in grizzly zone

Cites national security concerns

Primary turnout highest in 16 years

Over 30% of Idaho voters show up

May 31

Fake coyotes used at City Beach

Sandpoint hopes to deter geese

Idaho football team rescues couple

Lifts car after crashing on highway

Two die in S. Idaho murder-suicide

Man had criminal past in Bonner Co.

May 30

Bear attack victim walks to safety

Suffered skull fractures near Libby

Quest launches Kodiak Series II

Touts refinements and upgrades

Fires produce bumper crop of morels

Montana, Idaho both issuing permits

May 29

USFS approves exploratory drilling

Southeast end of Lake Pend Oreille

Video: Jerry Kramer returns to SHS

Hall of Fame ceremony held for alum

Reader series examines alternative schools

Part 1: LPOHS makes education its own

May 23

County formally opposes wilderness

Approve USFS management request

Idaho drops plans for governor mansion

Gives 15 acres to Boise for city park

Four missing in Selway River crash

Two survive after car lands in river

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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