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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

October 31
Kochava picked for state tax credit
 Program to benefit startup for 5 years

Analytics company to expand operations
 Kochava to hire up to 35 new employees

Sparks fly at gubernatorial debate
 Final debate most heated one yet

October 30
MLS data crimp blamed on glitch
 SAR explains situation to county

Gubernatorial race getting costly
 Balukoff spent $3.2m of own money

BNSF asked to reopen Montana line
 Costs keep Great Falls-Helena closed

October 29
Local election mirrors state trends
 Parties debate impact of crossover vote

High demand for Coats 4 Kids
 This season's local drive continues

Idaho in mental health care crisis
 Chronic shortage of funds, doctors

October 28
Reality Party a sobering event
  Offers glimpse into teen parties

Mammoth skeleton found in E. Idaho
 ISU staff, students uncover skull, tusks

Ruby Ridge: American Standoff
 N.Y. Times Retro Report»

October 27
Gay marriage tab tops $80k
  Idaho racks up big legal bill

Spiritsong bridges cultures with music
 Choral group ramps up for Greek tour

SHS girls soccer wins championship
 Goalie DuMars makes 'play of the day'

October 24
MOA changes alleviate drawdown fears
  Drawdown won't begin before Labor Day

Next-generation 911 to allow texting
 Photos, video to follow in system upgrade

CdA chapel falls under religious exemption
 ACLU won't challenge gay marriage refusal

October 23
State kudos for Idaho Forest Group
  Wins inaugural Pacesetter Award

Ybarra never earned her doctorate
 Candidate claimed she'd have it

Lesbian to be buried with wife
 Now that Idaho marriage ban lifted

October 22
Man arrested in home invasion
 Allegedly entered Northshore home

Candidates for Idaho ed job spar
 Ybarra, Jones both criticize Luna

Goggle maker Smith leaving Ketchum
 85 jobs being relocated elsewhere

October 21
Officials bolster ebola preparedness
 Local training held in event of threat

Gloves come off in gubernatorial race
 Ad targets Otter's handling of scandal

Ybarra straightens out marital history
 GOP candidate makes clarification

October 20
Keough, Scott lead in contributions
 Nov. 4 general election draws near

SHS Finance Fair finds new support
 Event continues despite loss of CWC

Lyon's jersey number retired at game
 Air Force captain left huge legacy

October 16
State land control dominates forum
 Dixon: Not a matter of if, but when

Denney challenged to end pension
 In light of candidate's comments

City's non-discrimination law hailed
 Sandpoint first to uphold LGBT rights

October 15
Gay marriage licenses now available
 Clerk received 'quite a few' inquiries

Otter won't desert gay marriage fight
 Takes on challengers during debate

Idahoans Doerr, Robinson finalists
 In running for National Book Award

October 14
Nonprofit aims to restore cemetery
 Near faded townsite of Cabinet

Nelson chef wins 'Sibling' cookoff
 Skidmore victorious in Sandpoint

Kochava assembles executive team
 Sandpoint company growing quickly

October 13
Scotchmans' student ranger a success
 Zimmerman spent summer in outdoors

Pilots share love of flying with kids
 Local Young Eagles program soars

Order imposed in Percussionaire saga
 Dispute pits Dr. Bird against Bougatef

Supreme Court OKs gay marriages
 Turn down Idaho's request for reprieve

October 10
Tribe, officials celebrate hatchery
 New facility to raise sturgeon, burbot

Balukoff, Otter clash in debate
 Spar over same-sex marriage

N. Idaho wolf makes 850-mile trek
 Finds new home in Utah mountains

October 9
Trial set in clerk's misconduct case
 Dutson-Sater charged with felony

Risch, Mitchell clash in sole debate 
 View Senate debate online here»

Man wants '07 confession suppressed
 Brown testifies in 1st District Court

October 8
State allowed to block gay marriages
 U.S. justice grants Idaho's request

UP seeks Eastgate Crossing closure
 Ponderay mayor voices concerns

Insurance premiums holding steady
 Statewide average unchanged at $233

October 7
Cougar sightings reported in area
 Spotted on Lower Syringa Road

Idaho same-sex unions still illegal
 Case is pending in Court of Appeals

Candidates eschew partisanship
 Woodings, Denney speak at forum

October 6
Work Academy facing opposition
 Hearing set for Clark Fork proposal

CdA hosts gubernatorial debate
 Two attack Gov. Otter's record

Idaho's rocker Paul Revere, 76, dies
 Called 'last madman of rock 'n' roll'

Restoring the Clark Fork Delta
 Effort aims to control erosion

October 2
Election case hearings reset to Oct. 8
 Defense needs more time to prepare

Ski program continues to grow
 NIMSEF putting 70 kids on slopes

Supreme Court takes Medicaid appeal
 Agrees to hear Idaho's challenge

'Revelations of Marilynne Robinson'
 NY Times profiles Sandpoint native

October 1
Family seeks felony charge in crash
 Head-on collision killed driver last March

Granite Aviation opens $1.6m facility
 Company is Phillips-branded dealer

Ex-Sen. Craig ordered to pay $242,000
 Used campaign funds to cover legal tab

September 30
Suspicious device shuts Highway 200
 Triggers response from bomb unit

$61k legal bill in Idaho land case
 Long-shot attempt for federal lands

Report: Highway performance drops
 Idaho declines from 17th to 30th

September 29
Slow wildfire season comes to end
 Idaho's numbers lowest since '09

Friends of Library turns 25
 Group has raised $200,000

Burglars stayed busy this summer
 Nearly 130 calls since start of June

Teen pleads guilty in crash case
 Almeda was driving overloaded car

September 26
Nonprofit targets substance abuse
 Grant helps pay for new coalition

Ed candidates question salary hikes
 Luna criticized by Jones, Ybarra

Couple killed in Highway 200 crash
 Hartmans had ties to community

September 25
ITD: Plan is short-term compromise
 Street revision eyed for 10 years

Judge Lodge to take senior status
 Idaho to get new federal judge

Enterovirus D68 confirmed in Idaho
 5 children hospitalized, 1 infected

September 24
ABC's GMA airs Idaho rescue story
 Click to view the video clip»

Railroad plan concerns City Council
 New line would add 10 trains per day

Experts aim to save whitebark pines
 Say tree species needs help to survive

September 23
Firefighters tackle Wylie Peak blaze
 Lightning sparked 25-acre fire

Homeowner's exemption to rise
 Maximum will increase to $89,580

Otter, BPA reach $40m agreement
 Protects 8,588 acres of wildlife habitat

September 22
Hiker rescued on Chimney Rock
 Midstokke battered from head to toe

Woman accused of chewing seat
 Spence charged with felony

Laclede director drops challenge
 Hallenbeck's recall is latest in saga

September 19
Laclede Water director drops recall
 Judge approves Hallenback's dismissal

CdA man arrested for firing gun
 Shot multiple rounds at reckless driver

Two injured in collision with dump truck
 Post Falls woman in serious condition

North Idaho land of no wilderness
 Biking, new technology bring opposition

September 18
Gas 'n' Go faces federal lawsuit
 Mechanic filed OSHA complaint

Kokanee run makes prime fishing
 Some start spawning this month

H&W awaits enterovirus results
 24 Idaho children may have strain

Speak out about oil train safety
 ICL seeks public comments

September 17
BNSF: Second train bridge is 'critical'
 Project is in conceptual design phase

Details emerge in election case
 Dutson-Sater faces felony charges

Labrador targets surplus program
 Says police shouldn't be militarized

September 16
Idaho tribute honors Lyon's sacrifice
 Parents attend ceremony in Boise

Bull trout proposal worries boaters
 Would drop level in late summer

Good news from Idaho's PERSI
 4 percent increase for many retirees

Survey: Idahoans are rudest drivers
 Rural areas source of 'driver conflict'

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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.
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.

Get an eyeful of Sandpoint at this photo diary, updated a few times weekly. 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 100 stories online.

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 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.

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

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Be an informed voter. The Election Central page provides a voter’s handbook for upcoming elections, with links to information about the candidates and issues voters will see on the ballot come election day.

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 

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