Current news from local and regional media, including the Sandpoint Reader, Spokesman-Review and the Sandpoint Online Newsroom
Vacation rentals back before council
Address enforcement, 300-ft. buffer
Idaho unemployment edges up
Bonner County's rate is 3.8%
Clark Fork grad a movie stunt pilot
Reynolds appears in 'Only the Brave'
Burglary suspect pleads not guilty
Accused in Wrenco Arms break-in
Fishing derby is challenge format
Change aims to protect rainbows
SHS grad beautifies college campus
Capelli's art chosen for UI building
Board backs Priest Lake projects
Includes dredging of Thorofare
SHS launches scholarship club
Stratton leads group on Mondays
Keeping faith, fighting exemptions
Idaho medical battle continues in '18
Man pleads not guilty in stabbing
Coleman accused in driver's death
Trails group seeks new members
Nonprofit promotes Idaho hiking
Man pleads not guilty to abuse
Walden scheduled for 2018 trial
Mediation eyed in Gervasi cases
Man accused of firing on deputy
Students, veterans assist in aid
Delivering supplies to Houston
Elks Lodge hosts holiday meal
Open to all seniors and veterans
Lions accepting 'Tots' applications
Program provides free, new toys
Driver accused of hitting boy
Arraignment pending for Newsome
City launches transparency website
Six years of financial info online
Idaho sharpens gaze on walleye
IF&G finding more fish in LPO
Bonner food bank seeks turkeys
Expects to serve about 900 families
Both new, incumbents earn seats
Williamson, Aispuro, Darling win
Otter: High-tech firm eyeing N. Idaho
5 counties would be a "Silicon Valley"
Aispuro, Darling, Williamson win
View Sandpoint city voting results
Death penalty rare in Idaho
CdA's Renfro joins 8 others
Holland still seeks Olympic medal
Sandpoint native eyes '18 Games
Hearings pending in angler shooting
Two men allegedly shot at teenagers
Area ID'd for grant application
On Cedar, much of First Avenue
Encoder aids local charity drive
Raise $1,200 for Coats for Kids
Lawyer, son appear in court
Finneys charged in alleged attack
Bonners Ferry woman dies in crash
Lost control of car on Highway 95
Retired teacher's horse wins show
Tibbs holding celebration in barn
P&Z approves Upland upgrades
Enables expansion of waste site
USFS revises Rock Creek decision
2nd phase will be subject to review
Summit focuses on workforce
Keough discusses Idaho education
Smelter opponents air concerns
Take case to county commissioners
SHS seeks field snow shovelers
Host football playoff game Friday
$90,000 settlement for player OK'd
Clark permanently disabled in game
Winter storm is rolling our way
Sandpoint may see 8-12" Friday
City updates snow removal policy
Addresses parking in emergencies
Health insurance enrollment opens
Runs through Dec. 15 in Idaho
Coats 4 Kids gets $400 boost
7-year-old rallies her school
Hospice holds 20th annual rose sale
Nonprofit event runs through Nov. 3
Film honors Nell Shipman legacy
'Girl From God's Country' on PBS
Candidate investigated over photos
BCSO report surfaces on Dunkel
HOPE walk funds teen assemblies
Program aimed at parents, too
Rock climber perseveres at Laclede
See video of Luthy's first ascent»
F&G securing land with Access Yes!
Half-million acres open to enthusiasts
Attorney charged with two felonies
Finney, son arrested following brawl
LPOSD receives 'clean' audit
Lack of bonds lauded by CPA
Deal lowers proposed Avista hikes
Electric, gas rates would still go up
City revisits vacation rental policy
Westwood discussion was tabled
Man arrested for threatening pair
Cramer charged with two felonies
Ahlquist endorsed by Mitt Romney
Businessman running for governor
County designated natural disaster
Drought affected farmers, ranchers
Halt sought to Hecla Mining permits
Groups cite CEO's other projects
Thieves steal playground hardware
Kootenai estimates value at $1,000
Avista files for rate increase settlement
If OK'd, typical bill would be $150/mo.
Leniency denied in Laclede stabbing
Harp charged with attempted murder
Highway 2 crash injures driver
Car rolled down embankment
Idaho notes Forest Products Week
17,000 jobs tied to industry in 2016
Jury finds ex-teacher not guilty
Thiel accused of sexual battery
U.S. to get first Dark Sky Reserve
Central Idaho designation pending
Kalispel obtain funding for pens
'Last ditch effort' to save caribou
Bonners Ferry man killed in crash
Crump rolled truck on Highway 95
Jury to deliberate ex-teacher's case
Thiel charged with sexual battery
BCSO cleared in public complaint
Info was removed from EMS run log
Roundabout art budget set at $113k
Project is 'Gateway to Sandpoint'
CTE roadshow is coming to SHS
Bigger event drawing area schools
Health enrollment begins Nov. 1
'Business as usual' for Idahoans
County mulls Upland upgrades
Collection site 'dirty, unsightly'
Clark Fork school blog a success
Wampus Talks hits 100,000 views
Anita Hill to deliver U of I lecture
Sprang into national spotlight in '91
Food For Our Children drive is on
Pays for students' food on weekends
SHS staff take part in 'Connections'
Tour businesses throughout the area
Leroy making run for Congress
Says Trump is a 'change-agent'
Man seeks leniency in stabbing case
Harp ordered to serve up to 15 years
Students continue kindness mission
SMS group is traveling to Spain
Yates seeks Idaho's No. 2 position
Ex-GOP chair was aide to Cheney
Timber industry hopeful of new bill
Would move lawsuits to arbitration
SHS interns take on variety of jobs
Career-tech class aids experiences
PHD reports first flu death of season
N. Idaho man died of complications
Dam releases set to increase
LPO to fluctuate in elevation
Idahoans share Vegas experiences
Stories from the horrific shooting
City: Flyers about mayor are false
Another round being distributed
Kootenai murder case is resuming
Coleman charged in driver's death
Culture shock: Exploring SHS cliques
Create boundaries or foster growth?
KLT mounts final push for project
Raising $2.1 million to buy forest
Two Idaho couples recall shooting
Won trip, tickets to Vegas concert
Hearing set for man in abuse case
Walden charged with lewd conduct
Man killed was real estate agent
Johnson shot by BCSO deputies
Three homes catch fire in Laclede
One destroyed; no injuries reported
Court officials warn of jury scam
Caller sought personal information
Link up to local bloggers:
- 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!
- 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 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
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.
• 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