Current news from local sources, including the Bonner County Daily Bee, The River Journal and the Sandpoint Online Newsroom
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
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
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
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
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
ABC's GMA airs Idaho rescue story
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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
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
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
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
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
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
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'
Board responds to election case
Kelly: County had no influence
Teacher admits violating ethics code
Swerin's conduct reportedly under review
Gay marriage legal tab tops $71,000
Idaho challenges judge's decision
Community pauses to remember 9/11
Ceremony, tribute held at Memorial Field
Fallen soldier from Sandpoint honored
Capt. David Lyon added to state memorial
Freezing temps reported across region
Growing season ends early for many
Film producer puts retreat on market
Adam Shankman lists home for $737,000
Northern Lights could be visible in Idaho
Strong solar flare heading toward Earth
Teacher retires after sending texts
Swerin taught at SMS for 17 years
Idaho officials monitoring virus risks
Enteroviruses transmitted via contact
Depression-era photos now online
Lange photographed Bonner County
Clerk, deputy clerk face prosecution
Could be linked to LPOSD recall effort
Idaho candidate debates scheduled
Gubernatorial event in Coeur d'Alene
Respiratory virus found in Idaho
Four children treated in Idaho Falls
Panel takes up fish passage, habitat
Lakes Commission meeting in Dover
Idaho makes case for gay marriage ban
Held at 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals
Suit threatened over agency's trapping
Wildlife Services kills nuisance animals
Lawsuit aims to block bank merger
Kahl says Intermountain undervalued
N. Idaho attorney Edgar Steele dies
Was convicted for plotting to kill wife
Farmers Market keeps focus on food
Vendors' peak season just beginning
County seeks grant for response plan
Would help in case of railroad catastrophe
Big things happening at watering holes
Bar scene looks different in Sandpoint
Judge orders shutdown of poker room
Says Coeur d'Alene Casino was in violation
Council nixes booze tax proposal
Instead, city calls for bed tax hike
Winners, losers in incubator deal
City keeps Lead-Lok, evicts others
Bonners Ferry man dies in crash
ISP: Abraham's vehicle left road
Pend Oreille Cup hits Sandpoint
ISP: Tournament draws 130 soccer teams
LPOSD enrollment down on first day
Woodward attributes it to CWC loss
Idaho business group runs attack ad
Brands A.J. Balukoff as a 'liberal'
Idaho's living wage: $14.57 per hour
$7.52 minimum wage presents dilemma
Area students head back to school
LPOSD ushers in many changes
County seeks P&Z panel applicants
Letters of interest deadline Sept. 12
Stein: 'There is no weather here'
L.A. resident is missing Sandpoint
Officer-involved shooting probe ending
35-year-old woman died in incident
IHD ordered to pay city's legal bill
Sandpoint spent $56K arguing suit
Lake Pend Oreille operations discussed
Public meeting expected this fall
Priest Lake cabin sites auctioned
Nearly all who were leasing lots won bids
Priest River woman dies in accident
Vehicle rolled on Rathdrum Mountain
Auction yields $26.9M for Idaho schools
Resuts a relief for Priest Lake lessees
Missing student found dead in crash
Spotted by helicopter down 60-foot bank
BNSF mulls second railroad bridge
Would span Lake Pend Oreille
Report studies Idaho's 'living wage'
Families struggle to make ends meet
Sandpoint poised for an IEL 4A win
Bulldogs football has strong turnout
Forest Service opens firewood areas
Local district lists preferred spots
Fed lands panel adds Sandpoint stop
Candidate's involvement draws jeers
BNSF has plan for second train bridge
New bridge would be completed by 2018
Laclede Water's director ousted
But civil action could unwind recall
Agencies acquiring military surplus
ISP: 2,905 pieces donated so far
Idaho mountains searched for student
21-year-old vanished on way to Montana
Commissioners grilled on budget
Defend 2.66% property tax increase
Local man charged with solicitation
Hapenney accused in hotel incident
Businesses asked to leave center
City OKs Lead-Lok as sole tenant
USFS: High-flying flag will remain
Next to I-90 atop tall pine tree
County unveils $58.6 million budget
Landowners will see 2.66% increase
Ex-dispatcher alleges discrimination
Claim cites woman's ethnicity as factor
Columnist: Optimism at Idaho Club
Encouraging developments take shape
Bulldogs seek votes for Tom's Tailgate
Knowles: Media coverage is big positive
'Localizer' funds obtained for airport
County will replace damaged equipment
Idaho named second most conservative
Gallup: Only Mississippi tops state
Forest Service starts stream restoration
IPNF project includes Little North Fork
'Come for vacation, leave on probation'
Idaho marijuana arrests up dramatically
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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 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 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.
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• Aerial Photos – Photographer Jerry Luther captures monthly snapshots of progress on the Sand Creek Bypass; photos are posted on CallJerry.biz/SandCreek