Current news from local sources, including the Bonner County Daily Bee, The River Journal and the Sandpoint Online Newsroom
GOP hash out anti-discrimination
Rasor says he's been 'skewered'
Reuter: Cities have right to decide
Ex-councilman spearheaded ordinance
ITD planning to officially end Curve
$7.5 million likely going elsewhere
Missing Sandpoint woman found safe
Intense search held to find Klontz
Team Laughing Dog traverses U.S.
Raising funds for 24 Hours for Hank
Pilot unhurt following plane crash
Texan was landing at Cavanaugh Bay
Charter school honors 20 graduates
School's namesake in attendance
Biking musician stops in Sandpoint
Shupack spending year on the road
Coast Guard Auxiliary hosts class
Aim to educate youth about safety
Airport shuttle service starts July 1
$5 fee from Sandpoint to Spokane
Idaho GOP may target gay rights
Would render laws unenforceable
Accused slasher claims vendetta
Denies allegations by Schweitzer
Trail steps ahead with $650K in grants
But Sayler isn't resting on his laurels
Dems head back to the drawing board
The application process remains open
Firecracker Mile Open Water Swim coming
New one-mile swim hits Garfield Bay
County clerk nominations reopened
Stevens drops out of the running
Teens arrested on burglary charges
Four allegedly broke into Snack Shack
Priest Lake floodplain maps studied
Amendments could be on the way
Ousted Dover clerk seeks damages
Council fired Holbert last November
Ray, Gunter sworn in as trustees
Victors in library district election
Visitors advise on reaching youth
Homeboy staff in town for film event
Spinney charged with intimidation
Already accused in costly break-in
Fifth person sentenced in burglary
Combs apologizes to his victims
Woman dies in Highway 95 crash
Police: Victim crossed center line
Words of inspiration fill ceremony
Speakers highlight SHS graduation
Teen author pens books, trilogy
Harris may start publishing company
Farmin Stidwell principal retires
Bagby served 10 years at school
Three vying for county clerk job
Democrat to fill Marie Scott's term
Clark Fork celebrates 19 graduates
Slideshows, music personalize event
Oldtown man arrested in incident
Edwards accused of choking wife
Horner pleads not guilty to sex, drug charges
Trials set in October and November
NIC, LCSC announce partnership
Upper division classes available in town
Strikers claim championship at 3 Blind Refs
Ended the spring season on a high note
MillTown housing opens in August
Built with high energy efficiency
Sagle asphalt batch plant OK'd
Neighbors raise host of concerns
Sentencing delayed in slayings
Swanson's brain injury studied
Tamarack-equipped jet goes distance
Makes unofficial record-breaking trip
Sandpoint woman still in the hunt
Lowrey 4th in 'Huntress' quest
Uncertainty, strife mar county audit
Firm makes no-opinion disclaimer
Mental health exam ordered in case
Parton charged with lewd conduct
LPOHS celebrates 28 new graduates
Large ceremony retains personal feel
City puts brakes on Curve project
ITD likely to pull $7.5m in funding
Proposed motocross track denied
Boundary P&Z cites road access
Bomb threat suspect pleads guilty
Phone call emptied county building
Fines may rise for building violators
County proposes increased penalties
Filmmaker brings 'G-Dog' to Panida
Sandpoint's Daarstad part of project
LPOSD seeks lawsuit's dismissal
Student athlete was injured in 2009
Surface mine, asphalt plant in works
Projects attract no public comments
Trio arrested on burglary charges
Break-ins took place in Priest River
Team Autism 24/7 is new nonprofit
Aims to provide community support
LPOHS hosts paranormal investigation
By ghost-hunting McCommas family
ITD chipping away at Icicle Cliffs
Maintenance work on Highway 200
Goslings jumping from 100ft
The Memorial Field webcam video
City, ITD mull Curve alternative
Diverts two-way traffic onto Fifth
Sentence upheld in Bayview attack
Cragun serving life for killing woman
Scott refuses to sign off on audit
May result in no-opinion disclaimer
Westside Fire seeks taxpayer input
District considers raising levy rate
Two injured in rollover crash
22-year-old to be cited for DUI
Kootenai Sheriff's Office drops charter
Cites Boy Scouts' vote towards gays
Community honors soldiers' service
Pay tribute to servicemen, women
Man arrested after police find pot
40 plants found in Funk's home
Vacation rental plan approved
System governs short-term rentals
Festival's green team gets to work
Garbage now high-quality compost
School supports student with HHT
Walk-a-thon aims to raise awareness
Timber sale set for watershed
Likely to bring $100,000 for city
Police solve costly local theft case
Spinney charged with burglary
Marshall: Killing was justifiable
Couple met son-in-law for first time
Westside dodges tax hike issue
District holding public workshops
Claim alleges sexual harassment
Sagle firefighter seeks $1 million
21-year-old's death undetermined
Carpenter's remains found in Ponderay
Probation denied for molester
Atteberry pled guilty in 2010
Lutkins faces up to 10 years prison
26-year-old to undergo mental exam
Ponderay receives $75,000 grant
Money going towards trail purchase
Gunter, Ray grateful for support
Elected to library board of trustees
Gunter, Ray win library board seats
Election garners 9 percent turnout
Youngdahl wins LPOSD re-election
Also, WBCSD voters approve levy
Man arrested following two crashes
Both happened at Dufort intersection
Sandpoint woman held in contempt
Hutchens disregards judge's warnings
Crashes snarl Long Bridge traffic
No injuries reported; lanes reopen
KRFY renews fundraising drive
Public radio aims to gain support
Local company creates Inteliscope
Brings 'smart' approach to firearms
Kootenai crosswalk connects area
Mom's persistence finally pays off
Four vying for library board seats
Tuesday election in Bonner County
Defense probing deadly accident
Hearing for Henager's case pending
Charter student earns NIC degree
Lovett on path to becoming doctor
Driver in boat crash sentenced
Beckley crashed into moored sailboat
Ceremony honors an Idaho hero
Memorial pays tribute to Jacobson
Jury deadlocks in rape case
Forces mistrial for James Anderson
Ricin found in Spokane mail
Toxin puts postal officials on alert
Festival announces concert lineup
Rosanne Cash, Steve Miller Band, more
Time running out on Curve options
City, ITD struggle to reach consensus
Convicted tax cheat imprisoned
Hope's Fitzpatrick to serve 3˝ years
Marie Scott retiring as county clerk
Democrat spent 27 years in office
Teen pleads guilty to reduced charge
Leach receives 40 hours labor, fine
Cat survives neighborhood shooting
Sandpoint Police seek assailant
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• A Sparkling Vintage Life. Sandpoint's Jennifer Lamont Leo writes about preserving the best of the past and incorporating vintage “grace notes” into a twenty-first century life.
• Slight Detour. Sandpoint native and former SHS English teacher Marianne Love writes daily about life around here.
• Thudbits. Sandpoint's John Corn moderates political news and commentary from a conservative perspective.
• Alternative Horsemanship. Philosophies, training theories and humor with Samantha Harvey.
• 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.
• North Idaho Realty. Ralph's interactive blog offers photography, commentary, maps and more.
• Writing North Idaho. A web retreat for writers in the North Idaho Panhandle.
• Skookum Photography. Ralph Bartholdt's award-winning writing and snapshots of eclectic personalities.
• Nelson Boren Art Blog. The artist for Sandpoint's downtown arch project blogs about art, fishing, life.
• Mountain Architect. John Hendricks blogs about projects, trends and more.
• North Idaho Dog Fun. Your resource for "all things dog" in North Idaho.
• Sandpoint Wellness Council. Alternative practitioners blog on natural health care.
• The Word on Schweitzer. Wanna talk skiing, riding, snow? This blog's for you.
• 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.
• Chamber Chatter. Sandpoint chamber keeps readers in the know on Chamber and business happenings.
• As The Lake Churns. All about Priest Lake, the land and the people and happenings.
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Famed tree skiing without the trip to Canada
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.
• 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