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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.

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Current news from local sources, including the Bonner County Daily Bee, The River Journal and the Sandpoint Online Newsroom


July 23
Fire chief to split time with Sagle
Could lay groundwork for merger

Swimmer to attempt Lake Pend Oreille
34-mile solo swim would make history

Rain may douse Washington fires
Flash flood warning issued for area

Sandpoint company goes out on a plank
Outdoor Gourmet leads grilling trend

Solar power takes a road trip
Times: Brusaws part of movement

Tips sought in lake hit-and-run
Water-skiing boat broadsided by PWC

Ben Stein: A Day of Nausea
Columnist says 'we're all family'


July 22
Council approves Sandpoint BID
OKs budget, operating under chamber

CdA man sentenced on child porn
Weingart gets 5 years in federal prison

CdA Casino drops Ted Nugent show
Complaints of racism prompt cancellation

Watermelon Hill fire 40% contained
Cheney farmers see livelihood burned

Cooler weather aids fire crews
Washington fires largest in state history


July 20
One dead as Washington fires grow
Man was trying to save his Carlton home

Quilt guild to honor Sagle woman
Will feature Schubarth's applique in show


July 19
Man rescues intoxicated swimmer
Spotted him face down in Sand Creek

Idaho man convicted of murder
Horvath shot man outside Williston club


July 18
Woman shot by police 'erratic'
Two of three officers discharged guns

Husband brought Riley to hospital
Police fired 5 shots that killed woman

Police: Woman behaved erratically
Refused to stop approach, drop knife
Air quality alert issued for smoke
Four major fires burning in Washington


July 17
Council OKs downtown street changes
Will make 5th two-way street to Pine

CdA had top score for crisis center
Regional lawmakers opposed funding

Smoky haze plaguing Idaho
Comes from fires near and far


July 16
Officers' names released in shooting
Three were involved in deadly incident

Avista reaches deal on Idaho rates
Base rate unchanged through 2015

Dog deaths prompt rule review
F&G looks at trapping practices


July15
Officials: Mental crisis center needed
Judge says area struggling to cope

Report: N. Idaho crime outpaces Boise
CdA area seeing more serious activity

Retailers buy up CWC leases
Raised $1.7 million for creditors


July 14
Shook Twins to American Idol: No thanks
Show fails in attempt to pry duo apart

Sandpoint pushing new traffic plan
Restores two-way traffic on Fifth

Scarce mental health options here
BCSO says transport is costly

STD cases increasing in N. Idaho
Gonorrhea is at outbreak levels


July 10
Police kill knife-wielding woman
35-year-old victim's name withheld

Labrador wants land for gun range
BLM, Idaho County supporting effort

Chautauqua fundraising goal met
Panida show to benefit housing groups


July 9
Woman dies in officer-involved shooting
BCSO investigating Sandpoint incident

Sandpoint filmmakers group launches
Aims to build moviemaking community

Survey: Idahoans want roads fixed
But few support funding options
Sandpoint when it shimmers ...
Stein's take on fame, bills due
Birds blamed in January copter crash
Killed airman from Priest River


July 8
Ben Stein: 'Too darned hot in Sandpoint'
Spectator columnist writes of stay here

Bulk of Idaho Club off auction block
LLC pays $1.7 million in back taxes

Former Idaho Gov. John Evans dies
Served from 1977 to 1987
Fuselages pulled from Clark Fork River
Train derailed upstream of lake
Vet sues Idaho for same-sex burial
Wants to be buried next to spouse


July 7
City, county collaborate on new park
Would be located at the fairgrounds

Proposed trail would follow river
Grant revives Pend Oreille effort
80 mph speed limit scrutinized
ITD studies northern Idaho's I-90
Conservation easement eyed for land
Clagstone was headed for development


July 3
Charter school receives $300K grant
To transform the technology department

U of I digs into clam research
Asian clam population in Lake Pend Oreille
Crash victim is identified
Motorcyclist killed on Eastshore Road


July 2
Neighbors' actions help save eagle
Discover ailing bird, call in nonprofit

Judge upholds Priest Lake appraisals
Lessees had sued the state in April
Kochava inks deal with Twitter
Sandpoint firm integrates ads


July 1
ISDA: Drawdown helped curb milfoil
But flowering rush is growing concern

Motorcyclist dies near Priest Lake
ISP: Pitts left lane, collided with SUV
Forrest M. Bird Charter nabs grant
$317k assists with technology needs
Joel's seeks national burrito glory
Popular eatery in online contest


June 30
BID gains traction in community
Ramp up efforts for 400 businesses

Otter vows vigilance on lake levels
Elevations solidified through fall

Team Laughing Dog finishes race
Bike across U.S. in seven days
Officials repeat clover sprouts warning
FDA advises N. Idaho grower of concerns


June 27
F&WS holds meeting on delisting
Draws comments on caribou protection

Chautauqua revival to hit region
Three-day tour to stop in Sandpoint

Roosevelt Grove reopens for day use
Camping remains closed after death


June 26
Caribou protection being revised
Feds say herd deserves protection

Biologist: Selkirk caribou distinct
Open house held in Sandpoint

Former CEO files counterclaim
Percussionaire seeks to seal exhibit
Bulldog Bench names scholarships
Honors several high-academic athletes


June 25
Kalispel agreement stirs concern
Corps modeling shows trout impact

Search ends in woman's arrest
Helicopter crew joined effort

Reforms coming to incentive fund
State training program criticized
Solar roads paving way to the future
Brusaw plans to open office, hire staff

UI experiment studies hardwoods
Find potential for NW timber industry


June 24
Pend Oreille Alliance claims disputed
Corps: No plans for summer drawdown

2013 was fruitful for Idaho CEOs
PSB's Hecker ranks 7th in state

CWC leaves Groupon buyers in cold
Chicago-based company makes filing


June 21
Solar Roadway drive nets $2.2 million
Brusaws also attend White House event

Travel writer extols Sandpoint virtues
Town's forte lies in its 'natural beauty'

Coming July 1: 80 mph in S. Idaho
No changes at this time for I-90

Two grizzlies relocated to Cabinets
Females transplanted from Whitefish


June 20
Prospect of mine stirs concern
USFS approves exploratory drilling

Lock & Roll accepting applications
Pedalers offer bikes to kids in need

Litehouse Foods expands line
Adds to its OPA Greek Yogurt dressings


June 19
BCSO: Skull appears to be human
Found last week in Hoodoo Valley

Idaho to oversee mining cleanup
$50 million endowment in place

Sandpoint man finally receives order
Laughs over wayward package's journey


June 18
Child killed in Bonner County crash
25-year-old Sagle man hospitalized

New maps published for Cabinets
Help nature lovers navigate area

Blog: Idaho GOP convention a 'fiasco'
Disbands after a day of doing little


June 17
Idaho Club parcels still up for auction
Developer seeks to redeem property

Suspect faces felony charges
Manhunt led to Solorio's arrest

Memorial Field tops council agenda
Also eye grant for fiber optic network


June 16
Eluding, assault suspect caught
Solorio held in Bonner County Jail

Bussey named new EMS chief
Served as county undersheriff
Four hospitalized in car crash
Sagle man in critical condition

Navy's most secretive sub base?
An in-depth look at Bayview


June 14
SPOT bus ridership remains strong
Bus service gives 200,125 rides in 3 years

Manhunt under way for erratic driver
Driver rams patrol car and flees


June 13
Labrador to run for House majority leader
ID congressman seeks Cantor's post

Former captive Bergdahl back in U.S.
ID solder in reintegration process

Public hearings on caribou issues
In Sandpoint and in Bonners Ferry


June 12
Human skull found in Hoodoo Valley
County has 12 missing person cases

Local company tracks app usage
Kochava has tripled employees

Waterkeeper announces day camp
Theme watershed ecology, science


June 11
Company, ex-CEO trade legal blows
Sagle's Percussionaire founded by Bird

Labrador: Leave Bergdahls alone
Threats investigated by the FBI

Candidate responds to criticism
Denney: Opponent's article an 'insult'


June 10
Trail planning moves to next phase
Ponderay, Friends seek consultants

Piazza, Eigler honored in Boise
Firefighters go 'beyond call of duty'

Solar roads hits whopping $2 million
Most-ever donations raised on Indiegogo

First chick hatches on web cam
Osprey is first of three to hatch


June 9
Coldwater Creek to live on ...
Brand bought by N.Y. investors

Healing Garden back in top form
Revived by volunteers, donations

Sandpoint adopts new sign code
Byway necessitated changes

Essay details loss of a parent
'Do we let the house fall?'


June 6
Trooper charged with stalking, assault
The new charges against Howard

LPOHS graduation gets a personal touch
The event was a bittersweet affair

Crowdfunding to help fuel invention
Solar Roadways to raise $2 million

County to auction golf course
Set minimum bid at $1.7 million


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 425k Facebook likes and 132k 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.
Point to Bay. Mac Hollan's 2013 bicycle trek 2,750 miles from Sandpoint to Prudhoe Bay, Alaska, to benefit the Sandpoint Backpack Program.
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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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 HippestMountain 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 "quietSandpoint," while newcomers rave about the town's strong sense of community. Click to read theAugust 2008story 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 readthe 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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