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Sandpoint News Headlines
Current news from local and regional media, including the Sandpoint Reader, Spokesman-Review and the Sandpoint Online Newsroom

October 16 

County forms music festival panel

Cites Festival at Sandpoint turmoil

Grizzly spotted north of Upper Priest

Captured on motion-activated camera

Report: Dire bird losses by 2050

Due to climate change in region

October 15 

City likely to decide on turf Wednesday

Consider options made by consultants

Get ready: Rain, mountain snow on way

String of storms set to hit Northwest

Kochava CEO joins Forbes Council

Manning part of executive community

October 14 

ISP investigates Long Bridge crash

Deputy side-swiped car; no injuries

Schweitzer touted for its affordability

Ranked third among U.S. ski resorts

Avista settles Idaho rate case

Drops average bill by 1 percent

October 10 

Festival's future in doubt amid woes

Staff resigns; board faces challenges

Consultants reveal park concepts

Favor artificial turf at Memorial

Idaho CEO buys Hawaii cattle ranch

VanderSloot pays off debts, raises pay

October 9 

Large cougar on prowl near Northside

Killed alpacas, miniature horse in area

Priest River man to serve 15 years

DUI crash killed Cocolalla man

Lawmakers get first look at budgets

Declining revenues could be factor

October 8 

River group pleads for dam breaching

Pen letter to Gov. Little, congressmen

Football star's dad helps injured hunter

Idaho's Vander Esch big part of rescue

Lone Harrison candidate drops out

Follows resignation of former mayor

October 7 

Sandpoint man dies in car accident

On Highway 95 south of White Bird

Sandpoint's great pumpkin patch

Take festive trip to Hickey Farms

NBC's Harry Smith travels to Wallace

Checks out 'Center of the Universe'

October 3 

Hope murder case will go to trial

Carpenter charged in 2017 murder

Couple starts farm-based brewery

Lone Mountain Farms opens Oct. 5

Idaho projects 2020 insurance rates

Up 4% small group, 6% individual

October 2 

Two 20-year-olds charged in incident

Following crash on Cocolalla Flats

Idaho student seeks vaping changes

Advocates for legislation to raise age

Idaho first-grader's photo goes viral

Hilarious school picture stuns mom

October 1 

Grizzlies were spotted at Schweitzer

Summer sightings signal an expansion

Idaho seeks OK on work requirement

Would affect enrollees in Medicaid

Newport smelter clears hurdle

Appeal of zoning change denied

September 30 

County serves city in Festival gun suit

City: Taxpayers will bear costs of case

'Welcome to Idaho' sign nets $11k

ITD sold sticker-covered sign online

New SHS rule targets loitering students

Affects parking lot during school hours

September 27 

It's beginning to feel a lot like winter

Wind, snow, low temps hit region

Church launches 'PB&J Saturdays'

Sandpoint Methodists feed need

Lakes Commission to present updates

Will address CF driftyard, water rights

September 26 

BNSF to begin 'upland work' on bridge

Meanwhile, ICL still mulling legal action

Governor appoints Keough to Ed Board

Sandpoint resident was longtime legislator

ITD ready for snow on mountain passes

Weekend storm could bring up to 4 inches

September 25 

Idaho feeling effect of global market

Analyst: Indicators point to recession

Where to see fall colors in Inland NW

Pend Oreille Scenic Byway tops list

Idaho leaders react to Trump inquiry

Fulcher: This has been Dems' strategy

September 24 

Sandpoint Airport secures $720k grant

Will pay for easement, land purchases

Gov. Little 'dubious' of legislative plan

Would tap counties for Medicaid funds

Ex-fire commissioner is sentenced

Corsi to spend three months in jail

September 23 

September snow? It's in the forecast

Panhandle sees chance this weekend

Boss surprises workers with $70k pay

Idaho native bought Boise business

Vaping-related lung illnesses grows

Idaho officials confirm six cases

September 20 

Train collides with truck in Athol

Driver killed; passengers uninjured

Hunter kills grizzly bear in North Idaho

Apparently mistook it for a black bear

Idaho's death row is shrinking

Just eight prisoners remain

September 19 

Boise gun group plans Sandpoint visit

ISAA taking aim at Festival's gun ban

City Council roundup: Bridges, trash

Plus changes to Bonner County EMS

Downtown solar project gets upgrade

Panels will rest on new rubber base

September 18 

Lott, 49, sentenced to 25 years prison

Killed wife in 2004, deceived family

Airbnb brings big business this summer

9,900 guests arrived in Bonner County

Washington AG: Avista owes refund

Says its customers were overcharged

September 17 

Bonner County man faces sentencing

Lott's wife murdered over 15 years ago

Goodbye, summer: Rain, wind on tap

Chance for thunderstorms Wednesday

Vaping illnesses confirmed in Spokane

One patient is teen, other in their 20s

September 16 

Counties may be paying for expansion

GOP committee mulls Medicaid funding

When will autumn colors peak?

Fall officially begins next week

Ex-candidate investigated in '84 killing

Pankey twice ran for Idaho governor

September 12 

Corps announces lake level timeline

Staying at summer pool until Sept. 18

Priest River USFS project faces suit

Targets clearcutting at Hanna Flats

Idaho nixes Purdue opioid settlement

AG says state will continue litigation

September 11 

Medicaid expansion waiver rejected

Little: Feds pulled rug out under us

Multiple projects in works at Schweitzer

New chairlifts and seven runs, hotel, more

U of I 6th for renewable energy use

Aims for carbon neutrality by 2030

September 10 

Survey: Idaho is 6th-happiest state

Tops for community, environment

Idaho confirms 2 vaping-related illnesses

Lung disease outbreak across the U.S.

IF&G seeks home for friendly elk

'Elliott' captured in Central Idaho

'Idol' hopefuls audition in Spokane

Thousands flock to Davenport Hotel

September 9 

ISP seeks witnesses to injury accident

Two hospitalized in Highway 95 crash

Idaho flags to fly half-staff Sept. 14

Servicemember dies in Afghanistan

IF&G seeks nonresident hunter cap

Also plans to propose fee increase

September 4 

Reclaim Idaho files new initiative

Seeks tax raises to fund education

Schweitzer announces opening day

If weather cooperates ... Nov. 29

Idaho Press Club sues Ada County

Claim violation of public record act

September 3 

Sandpoint man injured in crash

Sater hospitalized after rolling ATV

Spokane woman dies in UTV crash

Rolled on a road near Priest Lake

Priest Lake man dies in crash

Crashed motorcycle into creek

August 30 

UI property sale to developer OK'd

McDonnell made offer of $4 million

Medicaid expansion waiver request rejected

Gov. Little says state is seeking approval

Archaeology site among U.S. oldest

Excavations are in western Idaho

August 29 

County votes to proceed with lawsuit

City being sued over Festival gun ban

UI parcel decision heads to Ed Board

Developer seeks 75-acre Boyer site

Tourists, businesses breathe easy

Lack of smoke compared to 2018

August 28 

Panida announces removal of bricks

"We will capture as many as possible"

Sandpoint latest to enter Idaho gun flap

Canyon County Fair reversed policy

Firefighters: Close doors in event of fire

Prevents fire from having 'path to travel'

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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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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