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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

September 18

Account set up after severe injury

Man fell 30 feet while trimming tree

Bayview fire crosses 1,000 acres

Boaters cautioned due to rockslides

Music Conservatory plans remodel

Fundraising goal set at $112,000

September 17

City OKs Bridge Street land swap

Helps fuel waterfront redevelopment

New fire reported in Talache area

5 acres with structures threatened

SHS football gets unexpected bye

Team not playing due to air quality

September 16

University Park plan draws concerns

152-lot subdivision decision delayed

PHD gets $1m to fight opioid crisis

Aids initiative in four rural counties

Mural pays tribute to CFHS pride

Project paid by graduating classes

September 15

P&Z to hold hearing on subdivision

75 acres previously owned by U of I

Juveniles confess to throwing rocks

Hit bus following Clark Fork game

Bonner County adds 10 Covid cases

Takes total case count up to 265

Bernard Fire grows to 660 acres

20 percent contained despite efforts

September 14

Fulcher faces election challenges

Centers campaign on police support

Projectiles hit bus in Clark Fork

As football team was leaving town

Fire near Blanchard contained

Bernard Fire continues to grow

September 10

Two hunters attacked by bear

One injured in Upper Pack area

Little visits Sandpoint High School

LPOSD shares funding concerns

Inlander examines goose problem

Some fight 'racial bigotry of birds'

September 9

Crews making headway on fires

Bernard Fire burns 150 acres

County adds 6 Covid cases

24 cases considered active

Residents reconnect to Farragut

Exit reopened following outcry

September 8

ICL flags local wastewater systems

Sandpoint had 16 pollutant violations

Algal bloom on Lake Cocolalla

Public warned when recreating

Blanchard blaze forces evacuations

Hunter 2 Fire burns over 500 acres

September 3

City wins Festival gun lawsuit

Judge: County had no standing

KSPT silences Litsinger radio show

After interview with plant opponent

IDFG seeks info on poached elk

Discovered off of Clagstone Road

September 2

Missing children, mother located

Hiza was wanted on arrest warrant

Extra $300 unemployment payments begin

Benefit for Idahoans retroactive to Aug. 1

PHD reports 14 new cases in N. Idaho

Active cases in Bonner County at 21

September 1

Bonners Ferry chiropractor arraigned

Charged in another chiropractor's death

Rosedale clarifies absentee rules

Requests accepted until Oct. 23

24 active cases in Bonner County

N. Idaho reports 35 new cases

August 31

Man arrested for attempted murder

Skandunas allegedly stabbed wife

UI, WSU research Covid impacts

Study effects on mothers, babies

Sandpoint boys self-rescue in Oregon

Brothers possibly caught in rip current

August 27

Sandpoint Police seek missing teen

Ashley Fishburne last seen Aug. 9

Records detail Priest River kidnapping

Man says he was forced to move body

First virus death in Boundary Co.

Man in 70s had been hospitalized

August 26

Sandpoint woman hurt in crash

Highway 200 shut for three hours

Bundy arrested at Idaho Capitol

Protests Covid-related liability bill

Earlier drawdown for Priest Lake

Begins Oct. 1 due to construction

August 24

Spectators break Idaho House door

Rush into Legislature's special session

Idaho leaders tied to militia groups

Progressive advocates share concerns

Super sub has roots in Bayview

Technology developed at facility

Idaho unemployment third-lowest in U.S.

14k back to work from June to July

August 20

City votes down mask mandate

Issue drew 883 online comments

West's fires send smoke to Idaho

Trapped within high pressure flow

Idaho sees downward trend in cases

But deaths at highest rate this month

August 19

No new cases in Bonner County

PHD: 30 active cases in county

Idaho auctions 18 Priest Lake lots

Land sales bring in more than $11 million

Governor calls legislators back

Special session starts Monday

August 18

N. Idaho adds 30 new Covid cases

Bonner County active cases at 59

Protesters object to man's sentence

Converge on the county courthouse

Opponents of trans ban win injunction

Idaho's 'Fairness' act now on hold

August 17

SHS preps for return of students

Masks required; schedule altered

U of I hosts second orchard conference

Highlights lost NW apple varieties

Idaho Covid cases hit 7-week low

But three districts didn't report

August 12

LPOSD secures fall reentry plan

Begins year with blended model

First virus death in Benewah County

19th death reported in North Idaho

Idaho could see $405 million surplus

Boosted by cuts to agencies, schools

August 11

New train noise rankles residents

BNSF: Squeal common at curves

Five new cases in Bonner County

Active Covid now reported at 63

Wireless company raises concerns

Kaniksu says funds aid competitor

August 10

3 die after car crashes into Pack River

Two children hospitalized at BGH

Bonner County reports 65 active cases

Virus blamed for 18 deaths in N. Idaho

Conservation achievement lauded

Forest Legacy for McArthur Lake

August 7

PHD begins assessments for schools

Weekly reports categorize virus spread

Sandpoint holds field ribbon cutting

First practices set for August 12

Idahoan: 'I was there for the Marines'

Collier saved lives as pilot in Vietnam

August 6

LPOSD addresses plans for fall

Reopening details coming Aug. 11

Fall sports practices begin Aug. 10

After being cleared by the IHSAA

SpaceX engineer has local roots

Katz works with Falcon-9 rocket

August 5

Child dies in drowning accident

By Sand Creek's Popsicle Bridge

Woman charged in fatal incident

Preliminary hearing set for Piene

'Save Our Festival' campaign starts

Seeks support from the community

August 4

Avista seeks electric rate increase

Changes would kick in October 1

Library back to curbside service

While refining their mask policy

Report: Players want to skip season

73% on UI football team cite safety

August 3

ISP investigating deadly crash

Man killed on Lakeshore Drive

City holds second budget workshop

Covers debt, capital improvements

Coldwater Creek closes ... again

COVID-19 dealt blow to retailer

July 31

Two new cases in Bonner County

With 89 new Covid in North Idaho

Public responds to school reentry

LPOSD plan is work in progress

Idaho jobless claims drop 17%

Washington also sees decrease

July 30

Mask protesters barred from library

Argue with staff over requirement

Bonner County cases rise to 139

Nine deaths, all in Kootenai County

How is summer tourism business faring?

Impacts felt from Spokane to Sandpoint

July 29

LPOSD presents draft reentry plan

Community invited to give feedback

Residents oppose wireless site

Located on Colburn Culver Road

Idaho now in virus 'red zone'

21 states seeing surge in cases

July 28

Skydiver crash-lands onto home

Hospitalized after colliding with tree

11 new infections in Bonner County

As Kootenai County reports 6 deaths

City calls for gun suit dismissal

Cites cancellation of Festival series

July 27

Highway 95 project takes shape

Granite Hill safety improvements

Idaho sees 3,000 cases in past week

State surpasses 17,000 total Covid

Litehouse now an industry leader

Company had humble beginnings

July 24

Bonner County adds 12 new cases

Masks required in Kootenai County

Plaque honors new Lakeview arbor

Donated by Collin Beggs builders

House OKs American Outdoors Act

Trump has said he'll sign parks bill

July 23

Virus surge keeps Idaho in Stage 4

But Little won't mandate mask order

War Memorial Field turf installed

And Victory Bell has been replaced

Sandpoint Rotary hosts golf tourney

Held August 28 at The Idaho Club

July 22

Man dies in bridge-jumping accident

Watson jumped off Oldtown bridge

PHD reports 60 new virus cases

Bonner County now has 102 total

Idaho in top 8 for infection rates

Numbers toppling 500 cases daily

COVID-19 coronavirus resources. Current information, announcements and links to local resources for Sandpoint-area efforts to contain the spread of the infectious coronavirus. Click to the COVID-19 coronavirus page.


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.


Link up to local bloggers:

  • Dirt & Denim. Holly and Mr. Denim write on gardening, DIY, and life in general.
  • Hike North Idaho. Love to read about, and share, stories of hiking in North Idaho? Then this adventure blog's for you!
  • 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.
  • Brian's Bike Buzz. He rides bikes, dreams about bikes, and blogs about biking in Sandpoint and afield.
  • I Love. I Live. I Ride. Sandpoint's Danielle lives on a 5th generation family ranch, but still has time to blog!
  • Keokee Blog. Company highlights, SEO, social media and marketing tips, Wordpress tutorials and resources.
  • Mountain Architect. John Hendricks blogs on projects, trends and more.
  • As The Lake Churns. About Priest Lake, the land, people and happenings.
  • 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. View his webpage for links to his essays at

Assignment America:Sandpoint, ID
New York Times writes about Sandpoint in their Assignment America series. "Sandpoint, Idaho, hugging the edge of Lake Pend Oreille, is bucking a major demographic trend: In an era when many rural places are bleeding out, this one is holding its own."

Year-round destination ski resort
USA Today lists seven awesome ski resorts that offer year-round fun, and Schweitzer is one of them! Explore mountain bike trails, running trails, huckleberry picking, disc golf and horseback riding in the summer and of course skiing and snowboarding in the winter!

The 10 best lake towns in North America
USA Today names Sandpoint as one of the 10 best lake towns in North America, saying "You’ll need an afternoon nap in a lakeside hammock after joining in a beach volleyball game or heading out on the water for paddling, sailing, Jet Skiing or wakeboarding." We all know that to be true!

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: "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.

'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 CdA Press article.

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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