Current news from local and regional media, including the Sandpoint Reader, Spokesman-Review and the Sandpoint Online Newsroom
Sandpoint OKs $39 million budget
Raises property tax revenue by 3%
Long Bridge work moves to daytime
Deck should be done in September
Motorcyclist killed in accident
Struck deer on Center Valley Rd.
Sandpoint in center of movement
Article spotlights American Redoubt
Kambara Quest Foundation launches
Japanese students kick off exchange
Projects to keep lake level higher
Drawdown may start late September
Bike group rides to aid Blue Haven
Cyclists from 18 states help locally
Solar Roadways project underway
Town Square sidewalk demolished
Restitution may ward off trial
Man accused of bilking benefits
Anti-levy mail raises concerns
LPOSD: False info 'disheartening'
LPOSD creates home school academy
Open house scheduled for September 1
Regional fires remain uncontained
DEQ alerts of degraded air quality
Family rescued from capsized boat
Woman, volunteer credited in rescue
Manslaughter suspect jailed on warrant
New probation violations against Goullette
Navy seeks help on drone activity
Issues reported in Bayview area
ParkRX aims to get folks moving
Kaniksu Land Trust behind program
Festival at Sandpoint hits right note
Wahl rates season: 'Thumbs way up'
Suicide awareness focus of event
Walk for H.O.P.E. set for Sept. 4
Plea deal anticipanted in DUI case
Kuhn accused of crashing into van
Union: vote a protective measure
Teamsters say nurses don't intend to strike
Big Life magazine loves Sandpoint
Photo essay touts 'A town we love'
City OKs joint agreement with Westside
Links Sandpoint, Sagle fire district with Dover
From doctor to drug dealer
Dr. Beier held in Bonner County jail
Unique home of late artist for sale
Lyman-designed home to be auctioned
Salvage from Tower Fire under way
USFS launches Priest Lake forest restoration
Luke Commission's mission deepens
Group hosts reception in Sandpoint
Idaho schools get $10 million boost
Endowment posts strong earnings
LPOSD levy vote goes live
Bee hosts Facebook interview
BGH nurses approve strike vote
Officals call vote 'disheartening'
Pacific acknowledges EPA violations
Says they are mainly administrative
Teen injured in hit-and-run now home
Gathering set for Jordan Williams
High-speed chase ends in arrest
Hoygaard is charged with felony
Woman, 43, faces multiple charges
Phillips also allegedly kicked deputy
Labrador makes stop in Sandpoint
Touches on health care, other issues
LPOSD OKs meal price increase
Doesn't apply to free, reduced meals
County receives thorofare grant
Aids Priest Lake dredging effort
County delays subdivision action
Side with residents requesting delay
Cell tower moratorium adopted
Will allow city time to update codes
Strong job growth predicted
Workforce to grow 20% through 2024
City progresses on fiber optics
Would bring high-speed Internet downtown
County closing Laclede dumpster site
Cites illegal dumping at unattended site
Highway 2 work set to begin
Will convert Fifth to two-way traffic
Panhandle Health District relocates
Held grand opening at Pine Street office
Idaho's big game hunting stays strong
On heels of record white-tailed deer harvest
High court to hear Bonner County case
Will hear Pend Oreille View's claim
New water leak policy gets city OK
Would allow water bill adjustments
Arrest made in baseball bat attack
Townsend allegedly hit man in face
City OKs purchase of 4 police cars
Officers allowed to take vehicles home
Feasting at the Festival
Food lineup carefully chosen
Waterskier dies at Priest Lake
Spokane man collided with dock
Festival announces logistics changes
One-way street set during concert days
Five displaced by structure fire
$30k damage at Fir Street home
Avista reports boost in 2016 earnings
Cold winter, higher gas rates credited
Forest Service warns of snapping trees
Due to drought, windstorm damage
The search is on for Ambassadog
Fundraiser assists animal shelter
Prison ordered in lewd case
Kearl to serve at least 3 years
Inaugural marathon in the books
Wampus Cats event raises $2,900
Diverse musical lineup for Festival
34th annual event kicks off Thursday
Sandpoint Film Festival going strong
20 candidates to be chosen for fall event
City drops water, sewer hookup fees
But moorage fees slightly increase
POAC seeks volunteers for fair
Variety of positions to be filled
Trial pending in pedestrian collision
Lewis charged in February incident
Volunteers target stinking chamomile
Non-native weed affecting delta effort
SPD receives the McTevia Award
Recognizes disability advocates
Sandpoint searches for 'Ambassadog'
KREM touts community contest
Change of plea in attack case
Geaudreau held in county jail
10-year term in motel attack
Man threatened couple, others
Vets, families enjoy LPO outing
Courtesy of Boats for Heroes
Report: Gum spit in officer's face
DUI suspect picks up extra charge
Standoff suspect pleads guilty
Muskrat faces sentencing Sept. 23
Lottery gives $49.5m to Idaho schools
Record payout from high ticket sales
Otter helps Kochava celebrate HQ
CEO: Growing to 120 by next year
City mulls details for solar project
Work begins in August or September
Blanchard man's trial starts Aug. 9
Ransom accused of kidnapping, rape
NYC model shows different is beautiful
Midstokke grew up in Sandpoint
Priest Lake study to be wide, deep
Aims to maintain summer pool level
Sandpoint business icon retiring
De LaVergne ready to kayak, play
Site named to 'Legacy' program
700 acres surround Bonner Lake
Kuhn pleads not guilty in crash
Charged with DUI in church van accident
City debates cell phone tower ban
Planner calls for emergency moratorium
Disability group awards city police
Praises efforts to help man get guide dog
Actor's latest role depicts backwoods father
Mortensen brought props from Sandpoint home
Kochava celebrating its big move
Governor to attend July 25 event
Crash suspect faces prison term
Goulette hit Litehouse employees
LPOSD seeks new board trustee
Applications due by August 5
Long Bridge repairs progressing
$2.2m project wraps up this fall
Police able to take vehicles home
Council approves use of funding
SMS adds suicide prevention program
Sources of Strength training this fall
Angels readying backpack program
Assists in back-to-school supplies
Exploitation case is dismissed
Woman accused of neglect
Kochava to unveil headquarters
Governor attending event July 25
Mural requests spark guidelines
Arts Commission OKs proposal
Prison ordered in infant death
Baby tested positive for meth
Woman drowns in Lake Pend Oreille
Apparently fell while walking to condo
A year later, Bayview back to normal
Still no cause in Cape Horn fire
Garcia's guitar played at The Hive
Kimock performed special show
Hearing set in watercraft accident
22-year-old charged with felony
Finally Home class educates buyers
BCHA hosts seminar every year
Laclede man waives hearing right
Kuhn charged in high-speed crash
Highway 95 speed limit to increase
Hayden to Athol stretch hits 70 mph
LPOSD bus employees honored
Rogers, Kraemer nab Idaho awards
LPOSD board faces 2nd vacancy
Decker sworn in; Oler resigning
County resets code change hearing
Applies to minor land divisions
Idaho Water board meeting on tap
To be held July 22 in Sandpoint
Patron leaves library $20,000
Zindler enjoyed visits, books
Lease OK'd in city-owned facility
Locks in Biomedical Innovations
Parking proposals approved by city
Mayor's plan includes more options
BID budget prompts questions
Some businessowners air concerns
Link up to local bloggers:
NEW: Adventure Girl Annie. Annie Love (who grew up in Sandpoint) is walking the 500-mile Camino de Santiago with a few new friends from throughout the world. Follow her trek.
- Tuk Tuk Diaries. Sandpoint local Matt Krabacher and pal Sam set out to drive a tuk tuk, aka motorized rickshaw, the length of Africa from Dec '15-April '16.
- Alternative Horsemanship. Philosophies, training theories and humor with Samantha Harvey.
- 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.
- 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. Sandpoint media firm offers marketing tips and trends, plus a window into the company’s work.
- Lake Pend Oreille School District. What's happening in our local schools? Follow LPOSD Superintendent Shawn Woodward's weekly blog.
- Lublyou. Sandpoint native Ben and Russian wife Katie post snapshots of their new life in New York City.
- 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 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 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.
• 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