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Get Sandpoint and northern Idaho news and information from our town’s leading sources. Featuring news links from the Sandpoint Reader, 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 and regional media, including the Sandpoint Reader, Spokesman-Review and the Sandpoint Online Newsroom

March 23

Ex-LPOHS teacher to stand trial

 Thiel to be arraigned on April 3

Sealed court hearing held in case

 Dover 18-year-old accused of rape

Trio of SHS students honored

 Search is named valedictorian

March 22

CMV law a win for local family

 Bill aims to educate moms-to-be

Otter OKs disaster declaration

 Flooding plagues North Idaho

Access to Clagstone opens Aug. 1

 Easement allows logging, recreation

March 21

Sandpoint family escapes mudslide

 Parents recall terrifying moments

County declares emergency

 Weather eases slide concerns

Racist fliers distributed in area

 More than 30 have been collected

March 16

Record turnout for levy election

 LPOSD thrilled by level of trust

Library taking bids for expansion

 Groundbreaking coming this spring

BCSO honors two for bravery

 Citizens assisted at shooting scene

Idaho internet speed slowest in U.S.

 Averages 10.6 megabytes per second

March 15

Train derails in Boundary County

 4 railcars with grain slide down hill

Percussionaire resolves lawsuit

 Against firm's former director

Driving future roads will be a trip

 Solar Roadways among innovations

March 14

Students lend hand at food bank

 LPOHS class making a difference

Trial starts in Beckford murder case

 Vay man implicated in wife's death

Idaho tops nation in job growth

 Unemployment steady at 3.6%

March 13

Superintendent makes case for yes vote

 'Strong communities create strong schools'

SHS students march in support of levy

 Levy goes before voters on March 14

Suspect in boating crash to enter plea

 Woman injured on Pend Oreille River

March 9

U of I president visits Sandpoint

 Discusses extension with mayor

Wheeler touches base in Ponderay

 BCSO sheriff visits with officials

Boat inspection bill heads to Otter

 Funds Idaho-Montana stations

No toothy grins on driver's license

 Idaho DMV cites new software

March 8

Priest River eyes housing proposal

 Planned development raises questions

Property swap gets second chance

 Ponderay council approves proposal

Hunting, fishing fees may rise

 Bills head to Idaho Senate

March 7

Invasive species fee increase OK'd

 Affects tags for out-of-state boaters

Absentee levy voting is underway

 In advance of March 14 election

Weight limits in effect on roads

 No early morning hauling allowed

March 3

Ponderay search set in murder case

 Gillett's body found in Yaak area

Sagle man arrested on warrant

 Buck accused in child rape case

No clear answer on BID's future

 Only 31% responded to survey

Why citizens fight for public lands

 Men's Journal reports on Idaho issue

March 2

Mancuso sentenced to life in prison

 Eluded authorities in Bonner County

Ex-teacher's hearing is postponed

 Thiel accused of sexual misconduct

Man unhurt in train/vehicle crash

 Semi struck after failing to stop

PAFE hosts public education week

 Chili dinner, demo day events set

March 1

Couple seeks damages after tubing

 Family injured at Hermit's Hollow

Competency hearing set for Foster

 Man accused of shooting deputies

Ahlquist launches run for governor

 Plans 97-city Idaho campaign tour

February 28

Family raising CMW awareness

 Kootenai parents rally lawmakers

Meeting to focus on Sagle planning

 Consider land-use goals in the area

Northern Lights plans solar project

 Members can buy shares, get credits

February 27

Oden Water seeks higher pool

 Association serves 1,200 homes

Sam Owen annexes Warren Island

 Fire district will employ drone

JFAC OKs 6.4% ed increase

 $62m funds 'career ladder' pay

Shelter receives $25,000 grant

 Will spay, neuter 800 feral cats

February 24

BGH designated Level IV trauma center

 Reduces time to reach intervention

Participants named for spelling bee

 Includes five students from LPOSD

Ponderay rejects property swap

 Deal-breaker was engineering cost

Clark Fork opposes wilderness plan

 City said no local meetings were held

February 23

Senators' absence draws questions

 N. Idaho group wants town hall

Labrador praises change of pace

 Trump 'doing things' he promised

CdA voting on school levy, bond

 Election coming up March 14

February 22

LPO lake level to rise 1.5-2.5 feet

 Outflow from Albeni to decrease

Legislature prints facility dog bill

 Allows dogs in Idaho courtrooms

Dixon holding town hall forums

 Local event Saturday in Ponderay

Avista profits up 11% in 2016

 CEO: 'We had a great year'

February 21

Long Bridge project moving up

 Rehab work may start in 2018

Open house set for revitalization

 Public welcome to review phase

Vet again loses chance at guide dog

 Due to walking conditions in area

Invasive species emergency bill OK'd

 $710,000 will fund three new stations

February 20

LPOSD addresses levy 'what ifs'

 Some schools would likely close

Sandpoint closer to fiber access

 Council approves resolutions

Crews overcome obstacles on bridge

 Heron replacement progressing along

February 17

CARE group helps with SHS basics

 Parent organization runs chuck wagon

Fundraiser to help local family

 Moons lost home, belongings

Moore receives Medal of Honor

 Officer killed in the line of duty

February 16

Ex-teacher faces sex battery charge

 Thiel now living in Coeur d'Alene

Labor program ordered for mother

 Daughter killed in crash last year

Program helps SMS students soar

 Grant covers purchase of drones

February 15

Keough leads JFAC through budget

 Oversees state's budgetary process

County sued over divorce filing fees

 Man seeks $1.4 million in damages

Boundary County assesses recovery

 Corrections crew still clearing snow

February 14

Lakewold named new undersheriff

 Replaces Hale, who resigned in '16

Local kettle campaign nets $20,000

 Sandpoint outraises 17 communities

Democrats flock to local gathering

 House minority leader attends event

February 13

LPOSD hit with records requests

 117 came from one local couple

Charge added in attempted murder

 Gervasi accused of firing on deputy

Blanchard library hearing planned

 District eyes new building on site

Scott bill protects sled-dog racing

 Would exempt mushers from ban

February 9

Otter declares state of emergency

 Boundary County to receive aid

Judge Heise announces retirement

 Senior status takes effect May 31

Ponderay mulls street maintenance

 City Council eyes possible projects

February 8

More snow heading for our area

 Plowing fills LPOSD, city budgets

Alford plea entered in fraud case

 Man accused of cheating program

Air crew rescues lost snowmobiler

 Benefactor pays for special mission

February 7

Trump resistance group forms

 Called 'Indivisible North Idaho'

Idaho's water outlook on track

 Panhandle has lowest snowpacks

Idaho 4th in places to move to

 Retirees flocking to Northwest

Teen dies in collision with train

 Post Falls incident injures driver

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!
  • Huckleberries. Spokesman-Review's David Oliveria puts his finger on pulse of current regional news and happenings.
  • I Love. I Live. I Ride. Sandpoint's Danielle lives on a 5th generation family ranch, but still has time to blog!
  • Keokee Blog. Sandpoint media firm offers marketing tips and trends, plus a window into the company’s work.
  • Lake Pend Oreille School District. What's happening in our local schools? Follow LPOSD Superintendent Shawn Woodward's weekly blog.
  • Lublyou. Sandpoint native Ben and Russian wife Katie post snapshots of their life in New York City.
  • 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; 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. 
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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