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Get Sandpoint and northern Idaho news and information from our town’s leading sources. Featuring news links from the Bonner County Daily Bee, The River Journal, 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 sources, including the Bonner County Daily Bee, The River Journal and the Sandpoint Online Newsroom


January 23
Fires damage duplex on city's west side 
 Simultaneous fires puzzle investigators

Idaho senators move to repeal law 
 Introduce bill to ban instant racing machines

'Instant racing' machines draw ire 
 Idaho lawmakers say they were deceived

President visits BSU engineering lab 
 Obama: I’m fascinated by this stuff

McCall Winter Carnival turns 50 
 Mountain burg celebrates over 10 days


January 22
Litehouse now 100% employee owned 
 Company announces details of sale

Arrest made in cold-case killing 
 Vay man charged in wife's '97 death

WSJ reports on airport archers 
 Deer dilemma brings bowhunters


January 21
Subsidies' impact will be felt in '16 
 No change for now on county roads

BCSO deputy injured in collision 
 SUV struck by semi on Highway 95

Ship named in honor of Capt. Lyon 
 Official ceremony held at Pentagon

Dixon's first bill: NRA license plate 
 Measure wins unanimous support


January 20
USFS stalls on sewer district hookup 
 Funding dilemma at Priest Lake

Town's children mysteriously dying 
 Idaho religious sect refuses doctor

Idaho's poor, disabled still struggling 
 Demand high for public assistance

Obama visiting Boise on Wednesday 
 First stop following State of the Union


January 19
Teen's suicide casts light on issue 
 Mother, SHS counselor speak out

Residents speak out against retreat 
 P&Z meeting lasts three hours

Grimm led charge for city's future 
 Outgoing planner will leave legacy


January 16
Ex-county clerk seeks dismissal 
 Moves to have perjury charge dropped

Broadband audit shows low school usage 
 Raises questions on Idaho Education Network

Lawmakers align with Otter on forecast 
 Tax revenue projected to rise 5.5 percent

In brief: xCraft raises seed money 
 Company crowdfunds new, fast drones


January 15
Train hearing draws more than 100 
 City officials air concerns to railroad

Documents detail Moscow shooting 
 Manager tried to escape out window

Ski, snowshoe event coming to area 
 Western Nordic Roundup is Jan. 24


January 14
Northside teacher killed in collision 
 Logging truck struck Jensen's car

P&Z to take up asphalt plant issue 
 Sagle landowners voice opposition

20 years ago, four wolves released 
 What if it had never happened?


January 13
Six county officials take oaths 
 Rosedale, Sudick are newcomers

Moscow suspect appears in court 
 Lee charged with eluding officers

74-year-old artist's advice: Just do it 
 Bonnie Shields explores backcountry
Winter Trails Day a big success 
 New enthusiasts to Nordic skiing


January 12
Assistive technology program thrives 
 Sandpoint embraces lending resource

Moscow in disbelief after killings 
 Community mourns three victims

Otter delivers State of the State 
 Education, roads top agenda


January 9
Obama: Free community college for all 
 Lines out proposal on social media


January 8
Daring rescue saves stranded elk 
 Farmers pull animals out of the ice

Highway 97 blocked at Beauty Bay 
 Rockslide north of Harrison area

Idaho: The state of one-party rule 
 Will leaders "Add the Words"?

Which states get most SS benefits? 
 See where Idaho, Bonner County rank


January 7
Claim filed against Sandpoint, BGH 
 Shooting victim's husband seeks $2m

Labrador explains vote for Boehner 
 'Not endorsement of past leadership'

Diver repairs flotation systems 
 Snow weighs on Bayview homes


January 6
Expert: Riley shooting was avoidable 
 Officers should attempt to calm, contain

County seeks AG's opinion on issue 
 Realtors want MLS data to stay private

Man injured in Highway 95 crash 
 Collision north of Bonners Ferry

Idaho hits peak flu season 
 One of the highest in nation


January 5
Literacy finds ally in Book Trust 
 Program includes LPOSD first-graders

SilverWing: No settlement offer made 
 Disputes claim made by commissioner

CWC's demise spurs innovation 
 Sandpoint enjoying second wind


January 2
Teen arrested on battery charge 
 Allegedly stabbed man during altercation

Inlander recaps the year in news 
 Marijuana, marriage equality shaped year


January 1
County seeks vote in railroad proposal 
 Tongue River would lead to more coal trains

Volunteers rescue dogs in Monarchs 
 Hunting dogs spent two nights trapped

Hundreds take icy Polar Bear Plunge 
 Colder-than-average weather marks tradition

Gun toddler used was in purse's holster 
 Father-in-law speaks up about Rutledge


December 31
SPOT eyes Boundary County routes 
 May provide free bus three days a week

Toddler shoots, kills mother in Walmart 
 Blackfoot resident was an INL scientist

Albertsons to merge with Safeway 
 $9 billion deal to close in January

Mom fatally shot in Hayden Walmart 
 2-year-old son used her concealed gun


December 30
Toddler accidentally shoots shopper 
 Kills 29-year-old in Hayden Walmart

Stolen grader recovered in Montana 
 Suspect arrested in equipment heist

Montana man charged in local theft 
 County grader found in Lincoln RV park

Blood supply critically low in 2 types 
 Center needs 500 donors this week


December 29
Woman seeks new home in Spokane Valley 
 Leaving Sandpoint for work, cheaper rent

Biologists improve kokanee spawning beds 
 New gravel at Bayview a success


December 28
Mr. Sub celebrates 32 years 
 Popular restaurant a local landmark

Officials considered firing squad 
 Dropped draft legislation due to cost

First heavy snow brings slick roads 
 13-year-old killed in Highway 95 crash

Series of earthquakes puzzling scientists 
 Most recent swarms felt in Challis area

USFS restoration plan open for comment 
 Agency aims to help whitebark pine


December 27
Riley doubts wife had death wish 
 Says lethal force was unexpected

Snow to be followed by cold blast 
 Stiff winds could cause drifting snow

Woman dies after Highway 95 crash 
 Drove off Dufort Road in front of car


December 26
County planning new waste site 
 Will add full-service site in Blanchard

Horvath sentenced to life without parole 
 Sandpoint native killed man in Williston


December 25
USFS project to restore whitebark pine 
 Seeking comments on Lightning Creek plan


December 24
Cell tower proposed in Colburn 
 Would add capacity to Verizon Wireless


December 23
Shelter welcomes dog delivery 
 18 dogs, 4 puppies flown in

Storms may hinder pass travel 
 Mainly Wednesday and Sunday

Odds for a White Christmas? 
 Weather blog makes prediction


December 22
Marine surprises children with visit 
 Hall family ready to enjoy holidays

Region's grizzly population stable 
 Despite two bear mortalities in '14

Trial sought in SilverWing lawsuit
 County rejected to settle for $5 million


December 18
Panel seeks lake level certainties 
 Lakes Commission refines document

Kokanee loving Lake Pend Oreille gravel 
 Project follows 20-plus years of research

Grant to assess area's oil train risks
 Counties updating response plans

Snow is slow to show this ski season
 Schweitzer grateful for artificial snow

Micron celebrates its successes
 Boise chipmaker employs 6,000


December 17
County agrees to maintain road
 East Shore located in Priest Lake

Otter: Gay marriage input compelling
 Wants court to hear Idaho's arguments

Idaho volunteering ranks 2nd in U.S.
 More than one-third donated time


December 16
Agency helps families own homes
 BCHA sees work come to fruition

F&G seeks info on moose poaching
 Carcass found in Bonner County

Cities, counties wary of proposal
 Public-records review process eyed


December 15
Ponderay unveils plans for big future
 Design firm, officials discuss potential

Bald eagles flock to Bayview
 View KREM 2 news report»

Shop joins downtown's 'Music Row'
 Wilburn Custom Shop opens on First


December 12
Public barred from rail issues meeting
 City denies violating open meeting law

People pack open government workshop
 Record turnout for Idaho attorney general

American Legion meets with local veterans
 Offers to help recruit VA doctors

BNSF hiring in Spokane, North Idaho
 Hired 100 and to add 50 more in 2015


December 11
Response credited with saving life
 219 patron puts knife in own chest

Idaho's Ybarra keeping low profile
 Incoming ed chief on a 'silent tour'

Moose Madness set for North Idaho
 Basketball match-off coming Dec. 16


December 10
Keyes leaves Bonner County Daily Bee
 Jim McKiernan named new publisher

Alarm activated in SMS lockdown 
 Accidental call triggers procedure

Report: Federal lands transfer costly
 Idaho could lose $111m annually

Frontier cuts Spokane-Denver route
 Airline service will end in early 2015


December 8
Depot project reveals railroad history 
 Amtrak plans for mid-January opening

Idaho Lakes Commission set to meet
 Will discuss abandonment of proposal

Manslaughter case heads to trial
 Man charged in Highway 2 collision

Sandpoint's ProBuild closes doors
 Company cites insufficient business


December 5
Forest plan would aid Scotchman proposal 
 Recommends 26,000 acres for wilderness

Coon: Video doesn't support stabbing story
 Woman claims restroom scuffle inflicted wound

Grant to help restore Panida's ceiling
 Archive: Theater to close during work next summer


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.
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.
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.




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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 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 Spectator.org; 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 July 21, 2011, USA Today story or check the Best of the Road page.

A memorable travel destination
Canadian lifestyle website SweetMama.com 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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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 CallJerry.biz/SandCreek 

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