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May 17

Come and get Lost in the 50s
A much anticipated return
Primary elections held today
Many contested races
Learning more about Dover
History shared with the public
The Brubeck Brothers Quartet
Hitting Panida stage May 19
Five leading causes of death in ID
Where did COVID-19 rank?
Promoting mental health in kids
Providing positive moments
5-term Idaho AG in tough battle
Facing two challengers

May 16

Teen center sees bowling loss
Down to two nights per week
LPO Rep launches new program
Local youth to learn about theater
Tuesday's Primary
10 Key races
Thousands rally for abortion rights
'Bans Off Our Bodies' at ID Capitol
Take Me Fishing! trailer
Headed to the Panhandle

May 13

County's land use policy changes
Public backlash follows
Randy Weaver dies at 74
Forever linked to Ruby Ridge
Sandpoint Organic Ag. Center
Managing an orchard
Total lunar eclipse Sunday night
If only the clouds will clear
Performance is rooted in emotion
Flamenco de Raíz at the Panida
Early voting ends today
For May 17 primary election
Stocking the Panhandle Region
Over 38K rainbow trout in May

May 12

Ponderay schedules meeting
Lakeshore Connection Project
Insurer won't renew NIC's policy
Cites 'increasing risk exposures'
Bayview valuations spark appeals
Property values spike by 300%
Increase in gun suicides in Idaho
During first year of COVID-19

May 11

Virtual reality room opening
At Sandpoint Library
Spring Fling Fundraiser
Support Hope Elementary
Donations boost SHS Grad Night
Community delivers
Full Draw Film Tour at Panida
Stories of bowhunters
How PACs are able to influence
Ahead of Idaho's primary
ID governor talks tax cuts
Following April revenue report
NEA: Idaho ranks last, again
In per-pupil spending

May 10

State appoints NIC board positions
New members may shift balance
Senate seat contested in District 7
District formerly included Sagle
The Yarn Table and its success
Yarn shop in Foster's Crossing
North ID water supply outlook
April storms slow snowmelt runoff
1.4 pounds of meth found
Resulting in trafficking charge
Mad about Science: Virtual reality
Visit Sandemonium to learn more
Sandpoint supports Marsy's Law
Ensures crime victims' rights
McGeachin wants harshest ban
Eliminate rape & incest exceptions

May 09

BHT readies for fundraiser
5th Annual Little Black Dress Gala
Past local on big game-show
Had a 'Wheel' fun time
Water claims filed
Process continues
Little focuses on his message
Confident he will be reelected
Behind the walls of Idaho PAC
Group of 5 men, most not from ID
ID lawmakers consider restrictions
Banning morning-after pills

May 06

County upholds zone change
Previous Selle Valley approval
Arbor Day celebration at Lakeview
To be held Saturday, May 7
Woman of Wisdom honor goes to:
Karen Applegate, an inspiration
'RENT: School Edition'
Waldorf school to perform
End of Roe v. Wade looms large
Idaho already a pro-life state
ID needs Community-owned solar
According to clean-energy groups
Looking for walleye in LPO?
F&G shares what you need to know

May 05

Bonners man convicted
First-degree murder
Cinco de Mayo block party
Today, at old Truby's building
Annual walleye netting on LPO
5th year of netting now complete
Paddler's Alehouse recent opening
Brewing up love for the area
County candidates take on forum
Chance to hear where they stand
Ex-Idaho cops oppose McGeachin
Defend & Protect Idaho group
Total lunar eclipse, meteor shower
This months sky events
Idahoans to receive $843K
In TurboTax settlement
Giddings public records lawsuit
Starts back up after stalled session
Cybersecurity needs shored up
ID needs to be better prepared
Three square off, in GOP primary
For Attorney General position

May 04

The Heartwood Center returns
Performing Arts & Community Ctr.
Making health a priority
Dr. Margaret, 'Walk with a Doc'
New Instagram scam
Targets local businesses
Retired ID police start PAC
Targeting 'fringe candidates'
U.S. Senate to try again
On abortion rights
Potential overturning of Roe
Sends abortion fight to states

May 03

Claim your water rights now
Series of workshops starting
NIC trustee field down to 8
Finalists have been named
Water boil advisory placed
Some city customers, May 3
Chamber honors Saccomanno
As top volunteer for March
ID no longer hitting COVID 'mark'
Faring better than neighbor states
Schweitzer housing project
84 units for employees

May 02

LPOHS Mother's Day flower sale
20 years of petunias and more
Local non-profits take part
In Idaho Gives fundraising
LPO Lake cruise hits the mark
In the Pacific Northwest
She's packed for Portugal
Cindy Marx says goodbye
National Day of Prayer event
To be held Thursday, May 5
City Nature Challenge is on
Helping to record biodiversity
Plea deal reached in cases
Bonner County man pleads guilty
Early voting starts today
For Idaho's May 17 primary

April 29

Kids Fair has important reminder
Child Abuse Awareness Month
County ARPA funds in question
Remain a fierce topic of debate
New Principal, Christine Davis
First year at Sagle school ending
Delta dental offers aid to seniors
Apply for GrinWell dental help
Angels seek donations
Yard sale and fabric sale
How the 'big lie' shapes elections
Casting doubt on election integrity
Jury still in deliberations
Rape trial of former ID lawmaker

April 28

Koster appointed BoCo treasurer
Running unopposed in 2022
Unofficial derby standings
LPOIC Spring Derby
Pine Street Sidewalk Project
Work is finally beginning
BoCo commissioners meeting
What's up in Bonner County?
Judge rejects NIC trustee lawsuit
Attempt to block appointment
Fundraiser for Lost in the 50's
Today, at I Saw Something Shiny
Idaho Gives campaign begins soon
May 2-5, support ID nonprofits

April 27 

Schweitzer raises nearly $50K
For local non-profits
Candidates deny Biden won
SOS wannabes promote 'the big lie'
ID lawmaker accused of rape
Trial began Tuesday
Sandpoint resident led the fight
Bringing down U.S. mask mandate

April 26 

37 NIC trustee applicants step up
To fill multiple openings
Marx retires after eight years
Community Cancer Services
IFPC gives away tree seedlings
Arbor Day gift, around Sandpoint
PHD hosts prescription take back
Dispose of your unused meds
ID Supreme Court denies request
To file amicus brief in PP lawsuit
ID potato processors to pay more
20% increase to ID growers
ID gas prices reach record high
32 cents higher than national avg.

April 25 

Primary elections 2022
Competitive and influential
Women of Wisdom gives honors
Bestowed upon Sherry Ennis
Changes to site plan
Mouth of Trestle Creek
Idaho Trail Association opportunity
Hosting free Backpacking 101
BoCo man sentenced to probation
Possession charge after plea deal
'The Weekend Sailor'
Feature film event from SSA
Grant application window open
For ID nonprofit arts organizations
GOP primary for governor
Is one for the history books

April 22 

Water rights claims workshops
Public workshops open next month
Election candidate questionnaire
Legislative District 1
Idaho Club moose death
Blamed on Japanese yew plant
Changes are coming to US 95
ITD talks US 95 updates
Standing against extremists
North ID Republicans take stand
Application for controlled hunts
Moose, bighorn sheep, mt. goat
Sandpoint ID contestant cast
'Alone,' season nine

April 21 

Selle rezone reconsideration
Continued to May 4
Sandpoint comp. plan sees updates
Details 20-year vision
Want to track your tax rebate?
Check out this tool
Two men sentenced in cases
Lewd conduct, summer of 2019
Revivalists to perform Festival
Kicking off opening night

April 20 

Spokane Symphony to perform
Festival at Sandpoint Grand Finale
$1.5M allocated at weekly meeting
Agenda full with 23 items
Bedke gets NRA endorsement
For ID lieutenant governor
ID students push for gun safety
Lawmakers wouldn't introduce it
A push for education initiative
Reclaim ID has signatures
NIC receives 59 applicants
For president's job
Tobacco companies pay Idaho
$22M paid as part of settlement
Interested in helping wildlife?
Volunteer with Fish and Game

April 19 

Sandemonium event returns
To the Sandpoint Library
County inflation and labor shortages
Not going away any time soon
NRA endorses Gov. Brad Little
Ahead of Republican Primary
Bowman running for BOCC seat
Selle Valley, District 3
95 and Lakeshore Dr construction
Intersection improvement project

April 18 

Community pays tribute
To visionary mayor
County spends for summer
Watercraft inspections & roads
Televised Idaho Debates
Who is backing out?
Bird flu found in Idaho chickens
Two Idaho flocks infected
Planned Parenthood rents new office
On Oregon-Idaho border town
Unemployment rate at record low
Employed Idahoans up 5,082 people
Clark Fork Driftyard site reopens
Can be used again as of April 16

April 15 

BoCo deputies search for runaway
Teen last seen in Sandpoint
Construction begins at Bridge St.
Will continue in to May
2022 Primary Election Candidate Q&A
BoCo candidates forum coming
Lakeshore Drive project
Residents to get a look
Elections have consequences
Now NIC is facing them
Oregon man acquitted in BoCo case
Wanted on charges in Oregon
Extremists hope to interfere
Using doxxing to intimiedate
A polarizing presence at the core
NIC, and it's dysfunction

April 14 

BoCo to reconsider 700-acre rezone
Selle Valley, hearing April 20
Lowther earns WOW honors
For dedication to community
BoCo COVID disaster terminated
No longer a threat to life & property
Commission approves zone change
30 acres in Selle Valley
LPOSD prepares for updates
Child Nutrition warehouse
Idaho Attorney General refutes claim
'Cut a deal' with Planned Parenthood
Catholic church can't intervene
In Idaho abortion lawsuit
Ukrainian families in Idaho
Under 'Humanitarian Parole' status
Engel has 'overwhelming evidence'
To be released with case dismissal
Job Service sets up new locations
Seven mobile offices for rural areas

April 13 

Cannibalism suspect deemed fit
Now competent to stand trial
Idaho joins Title 42 lawsuit
'Calling on Congress to show up...'
Wanted: NIC trustee applicants
3 Board of Trustee positions
Carousel paint team helps out
Sir Hops-a-Lot gets a makeover
School districts brace for change
New learning standards

April 12 

Free webinar to prepare public
On county land use plan update
Big plans on tap for Arbor Day
City celebration May 7
Round Lake is perfect family day trip
Great for kid-friendly hikes in Idaho
Young probationers learn life skills
Opportunity to run a small business
Funding increases create optimism
For Idaho child welfare system
Companies to reimburse workers
Travel costs to get abortions
Leniency plea denied in lewd case
Blakeney owns up to wrongdoing

April 11 

Work planned on Bridge Street
To shore up site after 2019 fire
District 1 Senate race 'one to watch'
Woodward, Herndon raise big cash

Festival welcomes Lindsey Stirling
Renowned violinist and performer
New abortion law blocked by court
Temporarily blocked due to lawsuit
Grizzly in Naples returns for more
Kills additional livestock
Missing 7 year old twins found safe
After overnight search for young girls
Schweitzer wraps up ski season
Sunday saw about 2200 visitors

April 8 

Child Abuse Prevention Month
Raising awareness in April
City joins in on Dark Sky Week
Observed April 22-30
Ammon Bundy is heading for jail
Contempt of court carries 10 days
ID Senators vote against nomination
Of Supreme Court Justice Jackson
AmeriCorps awards $1.4M in Idaho
To expand public health programs

April 7 

Beach Boys return to Festival
Bringing us 'Good Vibrations'
Sandpoint P&Z gives initial approval
For Culver's Crossing development
Diary of a Sandpoint, Idaho Realtor
At the center of a wild market
Easter egg hunts and more
What the community has planned
Panhandle lakes to be filled
With over 40K Rainbow trout
Local mother sees $1M settlement
After Spokane Co deputy kills her son
ID is prepared for COVID wave
With two years of experience
Grizzly suspected of killing livestock
Near the town of Naples, Idaho
'State of the Lake' meeting online
Recording of 4/5 meeting available

April 6 

Governor highlights investment
$50M towards behavioral health
Idaho leads the country
Fifth year of population growth

Want to help out with wildlife?
Volunteer with Fish and Game

April 5

Increase in syphilis infections
Detected in north Idaho
Pink Martini returns to Sandpoint
Third time performing at FAS

Human Rights task forces respond
More to say about NIC response
McGeachin's salary may be withheld
Needs to fix budget shortfall
NIC receives warning
Reckless behavior of trustees
Priest Lake, Idaho's Crown Jewel
One of the Best towns in America

April 4

Icelandic rock band comes to town
Kaleo to take the Festival stage
Lost in the 50's returns after hiatus
May brings us back to the 50's
Culver's Crossing has a plan
Affordable places to call home
The refill process of LPO
How does it work?
Best Huckleberry Pie around
Located at the Pie Hut
Legislature adjourns 2022 session
Absent overriding any Gov. vetoes
High wind warning issued
Gusts up to 60 mph until April 5

April 1

County commission meeting
Pickups, pipes, and contracts
Local actress recovering
Ski accident on Schweitzer
Ting announces plans to expand
Kootenai and Ponder Point included
Where have the mugwumps gone?
Traveling further from moderate
A guide to catching trophy-size bass
You don't need to be a pro to succeed
Legislative session wraps up
Tax cut, restrictive abortion ban
Former employees picket SCAA
Over response to alleged harassment

March 31

Culver's Crossing to go before P&Z
Easing affordable housing crunch
Henslee sentenced in burglary cases
To recieve substance abuse treatment
Separate BoCo Planning, Zoning
Commission members see approval
Duck Derby making a splash again
Hunting for ducks at Schweitzer
Little stops Coronavirus Pause Act
Against the government overreach
ID being sued by Planned Parenthood
Over Idaho's strict abortion ban
Idaho diesel prices hit record high
Averaging $5.14 a gallon

March 30

County tackles waste problem
On Schweitzer Mountain
ID watchdog agency releases report
Legislature doesn't trust Medicaid
ID governor OKs bill to help elderly
To keep older owners in their homes
Idaho Fish & Game events begin
'Take me Fishing' trailer sets up
Distracted Driving Awareness Month
April patrols focus on hands-free law
Idaho joins partnership with FCC
To investigate robocalls

March 29

IFG hosting LPO 'State of the Lake'
Updates on fishery, and activities
Kingma earns spot on national team
MATHCOUNTS tournament
Local artists shares healing
Through her fluid art works
Local veterinarian headed to Ukraine
To get pets to safety
80-year old former judge fighting
Against Idaho Freedom Foundation

March 28

Legendary local brews
New taphouse in Ponderay
Time to reopen the sled hill
Historic sledding hill on Pine St. Loop
Little signs hazard pay bill
For wildland firefighters
Be 'bear aware'
As bears emerge from hibernation
BoCo man faces new charges
Failure to register as a sex offender
Solar panel deals could be a scam
Multiple complaints filed with ID AG
Covid-19 seems to be going away
All PHD counties below 3% positivity
Idaho house approves study
Of 'harmful' material in libraries
Idaho advocates look to future
As abortion access is curtailed
New Idaho 511 traveler services app
Launches Monday

March 25

Meyer chosen for superintendent
Excited to be coming home
Rachels recovering
After pedestrian vs. car crash
All roads see weight restrictions
Duty of hauler to check
WBCSD gets new superintendent
Dr. Michael Robey selected
F&G Commission approves changes
2022 deer and elk hunting season
Education initiative deadline nears
Reclaim Idaho makes final push

March 24

More on Rognstad's run for office
Write-in campaign for governor
Angels Over Sandpoint grant deadline
Extended to April 4
More on Selle Valley rezone
Hearing scheduled for April 20
Meyer cites strengths as educator
For LPOSD superintendent position
Combine program teaches students
Building skills, benefits veterans
Consultants play part in campaign
Firm likely connected to Proud Boys
KBCR, P&Z work together on land use
Hope to retain rural characteristics
Governor signs abortion ban to law
Effectively banning most abortions
Castle building company in Sandpoint
See our local castles
Best of Sandpoint 2022
The Inlander reports on Sandpoint
ICAC to host statewide seminar
Protecting our children online
ID to receive maximum settlement
Aid in fighting against health crisis

March 23

Selle rezone to be revisited in April
Agencies non-response at issue
McLaughlin pledges involvement
Wants 'what's best for all students'
New state website to centralize info
Public access about state public mtgs.
House passes 6.6% increase to Medicaid
Necessary to pay the state's bills
Senate approves gap financing fund
For workforce housing
Nearly 23K behind on rent in Idaho
Many face eviction
Annual shoreline cleanup set
Area around City Beach and Sand Creek

March 22

Rognstad to run as write-in candidate
As a Democrat for Idaho governor
Dude rescinds bid
For LPOSD superintendent
Charges overturned against Sagle man
McDermott to be heard once more
Court upholds conviction of PR man
Attempted unlawful entry, and more
House OKs optional full-day K
In 40-29 vote

March 21

Lake levels already rising
Preparing for warmer months
Forums set for three LPOSD finalists
District superintendent position
HB666 on pause in Senate
Vague wording causing questions
9 best small towns in Idaho
Sandpoint and Bonners make the cut
Native shrubs for landscaping needs
Guarantee long-lived shelter
Commissioners to reconsider
Selle rezone request
BTAA holds clinic for feral cats
Trap Neuter Return program
ID K-12 schools scramble to comply
Sexual harassment, assault

March 18

CA woman faces fraud charges
Date at Schweitzer turns sour
Little issues his first veto this year
Incentive money for teachers
ID House approves $96M budget
Includes funding for social workers
Lost Horse Press leaves North ID
Moves to Liberty Lake
Changes to ID Medicaid enrollment
Puts children's coverage in peril
McGeachin outlines plans if elected
Far-right agenda has been laid out
Inslee gives Idahoans options
If new abortion bill becomes law
15 best things to do in Sandpoint
Sandpoint's beauty is ousted again

March 17

City accepts $7.5M gift
For James E. Russell Sports Facility
Review for accused murderer
To remain in medical program
Students invited to learn trades
Construction Combine program
Accident at Schweitzer Cutoff
Male riding scooter struck
$10K grant available to non-profits
Offered by 101 Women Sandpoint
Council approves code amendment
Regarding Sand Creek setbacks
Housing challenges worsen
Little has changed in the past year
Official primary candidate list
Who is vying for political seats?
Bill hits a snag on House floor
All-day K vote put on hold
House OKs higher education budget
$643M for colleges, universities
Naples Food Cupboard gets $3,200
Donation from SBFD
Not sure where to go fishing?
Easily accessible lakes and ponds

March 16

Workforce housing bill advances
Headed to senate
Man facing felony DUI charge
Struck Sheriff deputy's vehicle
Commissioners deny road vacation
Official decision on Camp Bay Road
Idaho Senate kills bill
Gender reassignment for minors

March 15

Rognstad will not appear on ballot
Proper procedure was not followed
Stomp games raises $10K
Towards skatepark expansion
Record-setting Heart Ball at $235K
For trauma radiology
Texas-styled abortion measure
Sent to Idaho governor
Tuition payback bill clears senate
Must practice in the state 4 years
ID gas prices hit historical high
Bonner County lower than most
Full-day Kindergarten legislation
House panel approved
Free seed at seed bank open house
Boundary County residents

March 14

Rognstad's ballot status in question
Paperwork would be in Sandpoint
LPOSD announces candidates
Six have been selected so far
Changing election process
Two bills in Idaho defeated
Museum Guild heads downtown
Bringing history with it
CASA hosting Ray of Hope lunch
Community is invited to attend
ID man charged with lewd conduct
Jeffrey Ray Williams, 52
Idaho Man awaits sentencing
Burglary cases in two counties
Idahoans to start getting payments
Income tax rebate
Variants, vaccines and local control
Idaho's two pandemic years

March 11

Newspapers in Education auction
Live now, closes Monday
County officials discuss updates
Selle Valley rezone at forefront
Full-day K legislation hits back
New plan, headed to the house
Kootenai Republicans plot a takeover
Target Democrats' central committee

March 10

Ponderay Rotary's Duck Derby returns
Schweitzer Spring Fling weekend
Litehouse YMCA hosting town hall
To learn about community needs
Nonprofit group aims to help voters
Aim to make voting more informed
Gas prices continue to climb
Fueling economic pain
Candidates announce bids for office
ID State and local candidates
Sagle man faces 15 charges
Child exploitative material
ID bill to fine, jail librarians
Appears dead in Senate
11 outstanding girls to compete
Distinguished Young Women

March 09

Schweitzer announces fundraiser
Community Day, March 25
BoCo man pleads guilty
Accessory to murder
Commission allocates over $800K
Bulk goes to county and EMS
Flaherty announces bid
For Bonner County Commissioner
Public Health Emergency to end
April 15, Little will end declaration
All day Kindergarten bill in limbo
After tense hearing ends abruptly
Republicans face political divide
Triggered by IFF's misinformation
Idaho average gas prices jump
Past $4 a gallon
Boundary School Bond Levy fails
Didn't hit 2/3 super majority needed

March 08

Hunter education options abound
Instructor-led classes return
NRCS: March weather is key
Ensuring ID irrigators have water
City's financials receive clean audit
No evidence of non-compliance
ID House OKs new legislation
Educators, librarians under fire
SHS alum is a National Champion
TJ Davis grabs first in heptathlon
Lawmakers set funding
113% boost in state funding
Idaho ranks as least sinful state
In annual study from WalletHub
Keeping our brains active
ID learning program for ages 50+

March 07

Terrific Tots contest continues
Final pictures taken March 9
Sandpoint is part of a new trend
Influx makes it harder on locals
Idaho near the bottom in ranking
For laws on gun safety
Covid-19 is slowing, but not gone
PHD 'cautiously optimistic'
Weight limits added to more roads
Red flags indicate they're in effect
Idaho child welfare may get a boost
More jobs, higher pay
ID bill would end most property taxes
While raising Idaho sales tax
Special needs fitness center opens
Functional fitness and nutrition
Lessons from Mike Gunter
Faith, family, community

March 04

ID court vacates murder conviction
Sandpoint man claimed self-defense
Probation recommended for NIC
Fact-gathering panel provides info
Lt. Gov. McGeachin in hot water
Address to white nationalist group
DYW Sandpoint program canceled
Code of conduct violations
IDL offers free online training
For those in forestry occupations
K9 Keg Pull pulls in over $2K
For Better Together Animal Alliance
Climatologists warning for the year
Drought to worsen in Oregon, Idaho
March 8: A $288M election day
School bonds and levies
Making the most out of 1 acre
Hobby farming turned homestead

March 03

Hoodoo Valley 160-acre rezone denied
Commissioners deny, split decision
Ending the disaster emergency order
ID legislators attempt termination
Solid Waste secures over $8M
Voters approve improvement bond
Legislation to dump investments
In response to Russian invasion
Boundary County need's PDs
'True emergency'
BoCo voids ice rink lease
Ice rink groups join forces
BCSD, pauses maintenance issues
Tabled until March 8 election

March 02

Camp Bay Estates gets OK
Commissioners approve 4 MLDs
Ice arena agreement nullified
SC3 will work with city of Ponderay
Grant Dorman announces bid
For Bonner County assessor
WBCSD forum features finalists
District's next superintendent
Vendors sought
Home & Garden Show at Fairgrounds
Candidates filing early
Six have filed in Boundary County
Idaho kills bill
Public money for private education
Forest Service begins planning effort
Over-snow vehicles in the region
BF Police save local man from OD
Revived with Narcan
'Increasing concern' for ID drought
Despite rain in the forecast
Legal loophole in custody fights
Child marriage laws cause problem
New proposed law, ID med. students
Must practice in state, or else
Local Dr spearheads fundraiser
Search & Rescue drone

March 01

39th annual Gun 'n' Horn show
At Bonner County Fairgrounds
Joyce Dillon Studio ready for classes
Affordable art classes for adults
Balison breaks 3 state records
SHS junior vs. powerlifting records
Hoodoo rezone to be heard
Issue goes to county commissioners
Public money for private education
Idaho bill discussed
Idaho representative's taped speech
At white nationalist gathering in FL.
SAR accepting grant applications
For local groups in need of funding
Idaho coronavirus case numbers drop
Fourth consecutive week
F&G grant program open
Applications accepted until April 15

February 28

Project aims to offset shortages
Skilled labor deficit is the target
Ponderay officials to vote
High-density housing, 3 applications
Sandpoint woman sentenced
Murder of Brandon Hurst
New model of solar roadway panels
Next pilot project in the works
'Walking with Fay' release set
Local author, Carolyn Birrell
Flood watch issued in North Idaho
Monday thru Wednesday morning
Animal hoarding in Idaho
Idaho Humane Society sees uptick
F&G hatcheries are back open
Public tours now available
High school students wanted
To join FBI Teen Academy, virtually

February 25

Frozen sprinkler line behind flood
City Hall in need of updates
Hazard pay wanted for firefighters
On par with other western states
McDonald will not run again
For Bonner County Commissioner
KBCR code amendment
Workshop scheduled for March 8
House passes bill repealing state law
Needs to pass Idaho Senate
Ukraine crisis expected to impact ID
Destination for refugees
U of I offering principal program
For North Idaho educators
Will all day K in ID pass this year?
It's complicated

February 24

Bill to repeal militia ban passes
Sandpoint mayor, others oppose it
Winter Carnival brings out the best
Eichardt's, music and pups
Firm welcomes new partner
Announce name change
ARPA spending has no 'strings'
BoCo legal counsel sees no concern
New subdivision gets prelim. OK
Preliminary plat approval gained
Boundary County Library is fine free
Fine free has been very popular
House OKs bill to protect gun makers
Sellers, weapon carriers, and more
BCSD prepares for worst
If bond does not pass
'All Things Bond' events slated
BCSD officials hosts discussion
Gervasi appeals two active cases
Idaho Supreme court may hear
McCorkle signs letter of intent
Headed to Whitworth University

February 23

Will Idaho Participate in Powerball?
ID House OKs, despite new nations
Commissioner meeting summary
Road equipment, spring parade
City Hall closes, at least for Wed
Frozen pipes to blame
WBCSD superintendent search update
Question-and-answer session coming
AG issues tips for homeowners
Those who have solar installations
Koster announces bid
For Bonner County Treasurer

February 22

NIVS aims to help voters
Sort through candidates, issues
HSA principal to retire
Rossman wants to get back outdoors
ID schools chief will run again
Ybarra seeking third term
Bill narrowly passes Idaho House
Voter affiliation the focus
AG investigators make arrest
Alleged sexual exploitation
Candidate for ID super of schools
Accused of encouraging act of abuse

February 21

College entrance exam waived
As admissions requirement in ID
Merritt sentenced to nearly 28 years
Murder and kidnapping of Fox
Juneteenth is a holiday
Recognized in Sandpoint
Positivity rates continue to decline
Is North Idaho on the mend?
Public hearing scheduled
Code changes on Sand Creek setbacks
Idaho marriage rates down
But not in North Idaho
Unemployment tax cut signed to law
Helping businesses keep earnings
What to know about hunters ed.
Opportunities in the Panhandle
Young Frankenstein musical
Playing at Panida
Bonners Ferry at the top of list
'Friendliest town in Idaho'

February 18

BOCO 'likely' violated open mtg. law
In ice rink matter
WBSD fills in gaps in staffing
Working double shifts, and more
BCSD answers questions
Proposed bond election in March
Panida mtg. and vision for the future
To sell, or not to sell
BFPD gets new TASERs approved
Couldn't train or re-certify due to age
First responders engage in training
Winter search and rescue capabilities
ID Supreme Court upholds new plan
Congressional redistricting plan
P&Z delays KBCR application again
Due to errors in the application
Bundy leaves GOP primary
Runs for governor as independent
New state director for Idaho BLM
To oversee 12M acres of public lands
Invasive species sticker requirement
Remains for non-motorized crafts

February 17

Panhandler Pies to close doors
Last day of operation, Saturday
Rules for Idaho voters in flux
See how this could concern you
Camp Bay decision left to courts
Is there public access, or not?
ID lawmakers advance bill
To repeal banning private militias
NIC moves trustee search forward
Here's who applied
Sandpoint's fairytale lake estate
Take a look inside

February 16

In-fighting among elected leaders
Far right, newcomers to blame
KBCR land use amendment
Keep Bonner County Rural
County voting precincts change
Changes unanimously approved
Sand Creek public workshop
Set for today
Camp Bay Road hearing today
To reexamine 2021 road vacation
Idaho House passes House Bill 531
Regarding monument removal
ID taking applications for grants
Specialty Crop Block Grants
ISP accepting applications
Seeking exceptional candidates
Idaho Fish and Game newsletter
Read the winter newsletter

February 15

Follies cancelled for second year
Angels major fundraiser
Camp Bay road vacation
Being revisited by commissioners
Holbert receives new charge
Witness intimidation added to case
Two bills on Idaho voting rules
Headed to full House
Drugs ripping apart more local lives
Counterfeit fentanyl highlighted
Labor shortages will not fade away
Sam Wolkenhauer talks labor
New bill would provide protections
For those dispensing unproven meds
Covid case numbers slow across ID
This weeks rundown
ID drops out of top 10
For most expensive fuel

February 14

Council approves development
With conditions
Kalispel Tribe reclaims land
The value of connections
Justice center or jail expansion
Wasn't intended use of the land
Clark Fork man dies in crash
Sunday, near Riggins Idaho
POAC presents 'Living Voices'
'Through the Eyes of a Friend'
Benzo pleads not guilty to charges
First degree murder, trafficking

February 11

Prosecutors office: ARPA OK to spend
Jan. 6 ruling functions as final word
Newport child dies
Snowmobile accident Wed. evening
LPOSD board talks 'parental rights'
Proposed policy discussed
Will snowpack be adequate this year
Boundary County as of Feb. 10
10 apply for NIC trustee job
Public interviews at Feb. 23 meeting
Winter Carnival events
This weekends line-up
Senate passes bill to create grants
Combatting ID student learning loss
Get WILD: IDFG project WILD program
Registration for spring courses open
New Grocery Outlet store
To open in Bonners Ferry, March 26

February 10

Ponderay Rotary honors Marcella Nelson
'She is small but mighty...'

Commr's approve Selle Valley rezone
Despite P&Z recommendation to deny

ID Health and Welfare makes requests
Needs funds to shore up public health

Nearly $3M spent on county services
BCSO invoices $26,645 confidential items

Plans for new Valley View Elementary
Community members get their first look

Bill would let Legislature intervene
In challenges of Idaho state law

LPOSD trustees discuss policy, changes
US Constitution, guiding source to policy

Bill to ban mask mandates passes ID Leg.
To stop govt. entities from issuing

The dangers of fentanyl exposure
Not just a danger to those who use it

February 9

Make-A-Wish Idaho grants wish
Sandpoint girl secures college tuition

Covid peak seems to have passed
ID doctor believes that's the case

NIC draft report submitted
Review underway

Schweitzer's new hotel opens
"A real evolution in the lodging scene'

Annual Priest Lake Dog Race
Proves to be doggone fun

F&G hunter education now available
Resuming classroom courses through ID

Hope man sentenced to 8 years
Smuggling meth to Pacific islands

Little signs House Bill 443 into law
Access to better health benefits

February 8

Newport man calls police
Admitted to shooting and killing mother

Legislative newsletter causes spat
Rep. Heather Scott is not pleased

Agricultural issues take center stage
Last week in the Idaho State Legislature

Firefighters take on Seattle stairclimb
Locals from Selkirk/Northside Fire

Dover water line break causes boil order
Created potential for contamination

ID House passes bill to ban cities rights
Regulating rental fees and deposits

Idaho lawmakers introduce new bills
Tightening voting rules

February 7

Here comes Winter Carnival Fun
48 years of winter fun

Seeking community members
LPOSD Superintendent search

Ice rink still being disputed
Wheeler contends land was 'given away'

Man arrested for threats to newspapers
Newport man being held without bail

Sandpoint musher takes third place
Idaho Sled Dog Challenge

Local disc golf course honored
One of the word's best

ID Gov. signs $600M income tax cut
House Bill 436 has been signed into law

Ignorant good Samaritans kill moose

Mother and calf now dead

February 4

Fentanyl in Boundary County
Numerous efforts to slow the influx

New leg. map moves Rep. out of District
Heather Scott moves from District 1, to 2

Word's 8th best disc golf course is local
Caliber Disc Golf Course in Sandpoint

Daily Bee Super Bowl challenge
Enter to win $100

Sagle couple awarded attorney's fees
Lawsuit over Camp Bay vacation

Camp Bay Road vacation dispute
Public lake access in question

Adding Covid injuries to Workers Comp
House Bill 464 sent to House floor

ID plan seeks $300 million
To upgrade water treatment systems

'Zone of death' loophole in Yellowstone
ID legislator wants loophole closed

Suit dismissal defends right to decide
Pregnant residents can decide living wills

Proposal to spend $125M ARPA funds
To expand rural broadband internet

February 3

21-day RESET Challenge begins Mon.
YMCA invites community to join

Former CA home of Hagadone sells
Mega-mansion sells for $42 million

One million documents and counting
Processed by Recorder's Office

Bill to keep owners in their homes
2nd bill aimed at aiding older owners

PE shoes for Sandpoint HS students
Grant from Ambrosiani-Pastore Found.

Bill to boost protections in Idaho
For Idaho gun makers, carriers

Idaho tax bill uses federal verbiage
Definition of marriage causes issue

Impact of traumatic childhood exp.
Resolution aims to educate officials

New report on school maint. backlog
Repairs of at least $874M needed

Survey supports full day Kindergarten
3/4 of Idahoans support state funding

ID has $207M in unclaimed property
How to check if any of it is yours



February 2

Monoclonal antibodies and omicron
Authorized for use, but in short supply

12 person panel sought
Assist in Superintendent search

Income tax cuts and rebates coming
Idaho Senate voted to approve

Surge in Idaho traffic deaths
206 died in the first 9 months of 2021

ID H&W asks for 24 social workers
To lower current strain on the system

Covid-19 numbers continue upwards
ID in bottom 5 states for vaccination

February 1

BF Man facing life in prison
Felony drug charges

Seeking teacher of the year nominees
Accepting nominations until March 14

Gov. Little activates ID National Guard
Alleviate the impacts of Covid-19 in ID

Bonners man to compete in Olympics
28 year old turned pro five years ago

City works to balance housing, airport
Proposed development rejected

Senate panel rejects proposed law
Modeled after TX abortion law

Bill to put teachers on state insurance
Headed to full Senate

January 31

Sandpoint student nominated
U.S. service academies for 2022-'23

Parade of Lights seeks entrants
Participation free, registration req'd

Kim Woodruff retires from Parks & Rec
'I haven't worked since college...'

Sandpoint man sentenced on charges
Rape, lewd conduct, & injury to a child

Dover welcomes new public officials
George Eskridge sworn in as mayor

House panel introduces bill
Would ban conversion therapy

ID Senators review possible nominees
To submit for federal judge

He's the last MD in ID Legislature
Will not seek re-election

January 28

ID Supreme court upholds redistricting
Justices unanimous in their decision

ID Senate bill aims to amend provisions
Seniors may see tax break

Connolly to run for third term
Bonner County commissioner in Dist. 2

Local emergency disaster declared
Water district near Cocolalla

The Senior Citizen Project is back
Aims to brighten Valentines for seniors

Education is important to ID residents
Two recent studies put debate to rest

Fentanyl showing up more in Bonners
Two weeks brings five separate arrests

PHD positivity rate for Covid-19 rising
Low rate of vaccination in ID, at 53%

NIC: Search obstruction alleged
Presidential search process stalled

$600M ID tax cut moves to full Senate
Despite no democratic support

January 27

City of Sandpoint seeks sidewalk bids
Pine Street sidewalk improvements

DEQ seeks rep for Kootenai Bay WAG
Improving & protecting water quality

Bill to require shorter ID Leg. sessions
Previously died in the House

ARPA funds used in Bonners
Purchase of a used snowplow

Idaho consumer complaints 2021
Cars, contractors & landlords top list

PRLHS teacher facing charges
Lewd conduct, and sexual abuse

Beach to serve two to five years
Possession of a controlled substance

Commissioners allocate over $1M
$319K in WIF grants were applied for

Upgrades to Sandpoint water filtration
Updates provided to council

Late library books or other items?
No more fines at Boundary Libraries

Idaho high school graduation rate falls
2021 graduation rate falls to 80.1%

Giddings says she doesn't have docs.
Related to public records lawsuit

ID Covid-19 test positivity climbs
Now tops 34 percent

ICF accepting grant applications in NI
General operating grants of up to $25K


January 26

Enjoy kid-friendly hiking trail in ID
Viewski Loop Trail highlighted

House passes teacher health ins. bill
Sent to Senate
United Way provides local funding
Support to four local organizations

NIC trustee residency concerns
Attorney General says file lawsuit

Bonners, Blanchard to get high speed
Ziply Fiber making its entrance

National blood shortage hits hard
Idaho hospitals in dire need

Change eyed for ID survivors
Would include soldiers in training

Application for spring black bear open
Controlled hunts for 2022

Public records lawsuit against ID rep.
Must wait until session is over

January 25

ID Senate GOP condemns Durst
Threats of retaliation against senator

Virtual Heart Ball set for February
Benefit for Bonner General Health

Donations sought for ice arena
Expected to cost $8 million

NIC investigation still underway
Accreditation at risk

Ex-Newport cop charged
Sexual abuse of a child

Average ID teacher salary goes up
Hitting all-time high

Are crisis standards of care back?
Could be in the near future for PHD


January 24

Human remains identified
Sandpoint man missing 26 years

What do we want in a superintendent?
Focus group helps define list

Proposal to keep police in our schools
Brings positive impact to students

Teen Center receives grant support
Blue Skies Foundation responsible

House Bill 443 hits Idaho House floor
Would benefit ID teacher insurance
33 year old Idaho woman dies in ER
No room in the ICU
Town hall set to gather input
YMCA wants your opinion
Beware of tax scam
ID State Tax Commission warns
Unemployment rate at low of 2.4%
A historic low beats previous record
County approves grant submission
Spirit Lake Cutoff could be improved




January 21

Rotary donates $75,000 to LPOSD
Expanding after-school programs

Panhandle Health open board position
Commissioners to select nominee

ID sees its highest Covid positivity rate
Over five times the target rate of 5%

Newport hit-and-run update
Suspect vehicle found and impounded

BF Hospital selects new director
Larsson to head community relations

Leadership of FSA in Idaho selected
Biden appoints fourth-gen. farmer

ID officials send cease-and-desist
Repeated accusations of ID voter fraud

BF City Council tables ARPA funds use
Concerns raised by 16 residents

Fees for paddleboards, canoes
Bill would drop invasive species fee

January 20

Man sentenced in lewd conduct case
Plea deal leads to at least 5 years
City Council grants appeals
Denies use permit for development
LPOSD: New policies, parental rights
Controversial issues in front of board
Bill extends businesses' immunity
Covid-19 exposure lawsuits
NIC to go partially remote
Two-week period starting Monday
$1 million to kill wolves in Idaho
Idaho wolf control board made request
North ID man clears ice and snow
Shared video using leaf blower hack

January 19

Newport, deadly hit-and-run
Police seeking witnesses and/or info
Toastmasters open house
Weekly meetings open
$600 million income tax proposal
Headed to Idaho House floor
Rapid tests show delayed detection
Lower sensitivity than other tests
Priest River man convicted
Sexual battery against a minor
Sagle man sentenced to prison
Two sexual assault cases

Pandemic learning loss discussed
State Supt. says data is mixed
Idaho's Covid-19 test positivity rises
Over 25%, say officials

January 18

Climate and its effect on ID economy
New report on Idaho
CHAFE registration opens Wed
Save money with early registration
Heart Ball 2022 announced
See how funds will be used

January 17

Sandpoint man pleads not guilty
8 charges from Jan. 6 riot
Jury finds man guilty
Jason Fox murder trial has ended
ID Legislature talks property tax
Relief remains a hot topic
Court looks at Redistricting
Plan challenged 4 times
ID GOP defeats proposed ballot rule
Would have disenfranchised voters
Co. Treas. withdraws resignation
Does not intend to run for reelection
ID snowpack higher than normal
Water experts optimistic
PSNI takes over Ace Cardboard Svc.
To provide job oppor. to the disabled
Enrollments are held up
Insurance exchange is far behind
Regional blood supply low
National blood shortage hits home
MLK's 'I have a dream' speech
Speech in its entirety

January 14

P&Z Commission to be split
Attempt to ease workload
New wellness collective opens
Fresh outlet for all things natural
Alex Barron faces felony charges
'Bard of the American Redoubt'
Covid-19 positivity highest yet
Health officials blame omicron
Pressure on Idaho's health care
Backlog of 17,900 positive tests
Rejecting ID education standards
Lawmakers aim to reject, replace
New Boundary Co. Library Director
Welcome to Kimber Glidden

January 13

BNSF Railway resumes operations
Ends lease with MT Rail Link
Sndpt. man charged in Capital riot
Pleads not guilty
PHD reports surge of Covid-19
Likely due to omicron variant
BoCo puts hold on ARPA funds
Pushback from BoCo EMS
Omodt seeks District 3 seat
Currently held by Dan McDonald
Wheeler wants drug policy change
Closing down southern border
ARPA grant to fund the arts
Will help fund city's new position

January 12

No omicron hospitalizations in ID
More contagious, but milder
ARPA funds resolution tabled
Debates continue over accepting
Commissioners meeting packed
Routine business discussed
Covid-19 in Idaho hospitals
350 patients over the weekend
More calls to end ID's exemption
Child medical neglect at issue
Facilities committee favors bond
BCSD bond to be on March ballot
Title IX complaint investigated
Equal opportunities for athletics

January 11 

Little outlines proposals
Calls for investment in education
Dilemma in child welfare system
Little proposes additional workers
Oral antivirals shipping to Idaho
Stock is extremely limited
Laclede opens new collection site
Much needed upgrade

January 10 

Sandpoint man killed in accident
Road grader rolls onto the cab
Snowstorms impact area
Up to 18 inches of snow
Alex Barron faces rape charges, more
Redoubt figure and candidate
Bulldogs win at Kellogg
54-36 Victory on Sat
School Board trustees sworn in
New and familiar faces
How will ID use budget surplus
Will Medicaid get support
ISP starts pilot program
Offers treatment instead of arrest
Social media used for drug sales
Beware the fentanyl-laced pills
Sandpoint man headed to court
Two charges of lewd conduct
State of State address Monday
Little to deliver in-person
Bob Saget dies at age 65
No signs of foul play or drug use

January 7 

Officials discuss ice rink

Potential location at issue

Idaho vaccine survey results

Insight in to decision making

Wrongful termination lawsuit

Former NIC pres. takes settlement

Possible CO2 poisoning
Kills 1, sends other to hospital

LPOSD seeks superintendent
Ample time to prepare the search

Six Idahoans were charged
Where do their cases stand now?
Idaho incomes rise

housing costs rise further

Passes may not open until Sun

WSDOT explains why

ARPA fund legal opinion coming

Concerns about requirements

2022 Idaho legislative session

What to watch for

January 6 

LPOSD closed due to weather

Second closure this week

Tort claim filed by deputy prosecutor

Alleges 'defamation campaign'

Snow removal plan underway

Citizen responsibilities listed

Supplemental levy bill sets record
Idaho property owners bankroll

Federal grant money for airport
Plus other items on county agenda

New council members sworn in
Dick, Welker, and Aispuro
Omicron spread of concern in Idaho

Schools may contribute to spread

Crapo seeking fifth term

Making re-election bid in 2022

Navaeh Therrien captures title

Salt Lake Slam competition

ITA welcomes participation

Help save our area trails

January 5 

ID. open meeting and records laws

Free online session

Idaho Dr. co-signs letter to FAA

Wants pilots with vacc. grounded

Push to rescue climate change plan

In Stalled domestic spending bill

Bulldogs push back on Lake City
One of the top teams in the PNW

New Priest River mayor
Wylie sworn in

Wellness fair at BC Fairgrounds
Connecting providers and patients
Albertson to retire from LPOSD

Ending a 35-year career

Expensive Legislative Session

Costs for 2021 released

January 4 

Bonners Police cease 24/7 service

Random patrols by Sheriff's office

Idaho housing trust fund sits empty

That may change this year

Lawsuit scam calls are back

Don't give them your information

Ice fishing opens opportunities
Catching alternative fish species

2022 could change abortion laws
Could mean big changes in Idaho

BCSD policy rewrite
To align with all state laws
KIDS Writers contest

Young writers, it's time to enter

Waters shines in IMD Opener

Captured third in U14 age group

January 3 

Storm warning closes local schools

Boundary, Bonner and LPO Counties

Telehealth opens doors to treatment

More addiction treatment options

Probable cause found for charges
First degree stalking

Reclaim Idaho film at the Panida
Screening dates released

Family-friendly poker run
Panhandle Nordic Club hosting
Program piques interest in reading

Virtual reality stories at the Library

'Willy Wonka' the musical in town

Five days worth of shows at SHS

The year in re- and preview
What has been, and what will be

December 31

Polar Plunge limited to scouts

Lacking special use permit

Bonner Co. refuses FAA grant

Citing mask policy as issue

City seeking grant for improvements
Sidewalks, bike lanes near schools

Idaho sheriff must surrender guns
Charged with felonies

Spartans at Ross Memorial Tournament
Finish in third place

December 30

County treas. rescinds resignation

Says 'The timing just wasn't right'

Idaho is in good financial shape

Sitting on $1.6 billion surplus

Winter brings outdoor fun
State parks offer free access day

Ski mountains at full operation
100% of their runs are open

Priest River snow removal procedure
Goal is to plow full city on first day

December 29

Russell not competent for trial

Will spend more time in med. program

Idaho man dies in U.S. 95 crash

Dufort Rd. known for accidents

Federal money comes to Idaho schools
$440 million to be spent

North 40 graffiti taggers caught
Two juvenile males responsible

Men appear in court on murder charge
Newport teen murdered in 2020

No identified cases of omicron in PHD
Doesn't mean it isn't here

Prison inmates helping in Idaho
Restoring landscape after wildfires

December 28

Missing snowboarder update

Declared deceased from injuries

Idaho joins in on opioid settlement

Set to receive $119 million 

Idaho sees first flu death

It's not too late to get your shot

ISP say don't drink and drive

Make a plan ahead of time

How to prevent pipes freezing

Helpful when frigid weather hits

Extreme weather events in Idaho

Is it climate change? 

Flight issues in the PNW

Delays and cancellations abound

December 27

Missing skier found

Airlifted for further evaluation

Council approves P&Z appointments

Request to delay vote denied 

Trafficking charge thrown out

Probable cause was not found

Idaho traffic fatalities rising

15-year high includes 258 deaths

Invent Idaho selects winner

Aims to aid in reforestation

Ron Paul endorses Bundy

Ammon Bundy for Governor  

Crisis standards of care lifted

Good news for Idaho

December 24

Snow likely to affect travel

Single-digit temps on their way 

Group opposes 'extremist' legislators

Will push back against 'fringe views'

Nordic Ski and snowshoe trails open

Idaho over 30km groomed and ready

Gov. Little selects Bellevue Mayor

Filling vacant Idaho House seat

December 23

Ponderay lakefront purchase

100 ft. of lake frontage 

Idaho is the fastest growing state

Annual pop. growth rate at 2.9%

Fentanyl-laced pills creep closer

Idaho citizens are dying

December 22

Anti-mandate resolution in Idaho

Passed by Idaho Sheriff's Assoc. 

ITD asks drivers to use caution

6 snowplow accidents in 2 weeks

Little reports campaign contr.

Nearly $1 million towards re-elec.

December 21

Two new redistricting challenges

Filed with Idaho Supreme Court 

Teens confronted with protestors

Attending LGBTQ library group

Free guided winter hikes

From Friends of Scotchman Peaks

December 20

Murder suspect faces new charge

Cannibalism and First-degree murder 

SMS students help animals

Donation to animals

Crisis standards of care removed

After three months of waiting

December 17

Attack at Sandpoint Yokes

Woman charged with ag. battery 

ID. doctors go to WA. medical board

Accuse Dr. of endangering public health

NIC has instituted vaccination req.

To keep its Head Start program

December 16

Local athletes make the cut

All-state team roster released 

Idaho activists lead the fight

Pushback against "extremists"

Beware the snacking moose

CDA man attacked in his barn

December 15

Presented by: climate change

Opportunities & challenges for Idaho 

Enjoy winter stream fishing

Slower, hungrier fish

Commission matches grant funds

Fire dist. commissioners appointed

December 14

Funding for addiction clinics

Two planned for Panhandle 

Next Chief Judge selected

For Idaho Court of Appeals

U of I research sent to space

Part of NASA competition

Little leads governor fundraising race

Locals Bradshaw, Rognstad raise funds

Schweitzer opens emp. housing

Part of multi-year plan

December 13

Housing crisis and worker shortages

Mayor Rognstad chimes in 

FSPW reaches 10,000 friends

Support for Scotchman grows

Foster families lack support

Safety and more being ignored

December 10

SMS hosts regional wrestling tourn.

Tournament Saturday 

Panhandle Patron of the Arts

Carol Deaner

Man arrested on trio of warrants

Connected to sex offense case

December 9 

Closing hearings to public

Idaho Ethics Committee says no 

Attempted changes to the draft

To add women to requirement

Winter driving tips

Shared by AAA

December 8 

Mistokke Sentenced

Practicing Without a License

Idaho F&G Issue Deer Tags

CWD Surveillance Hunts

Lake Pend Oreille

Strange Swirl Seen

December 7 

Lawsuit to Stop Trapping

Snaring of Wolves in Idaho

NIC Students Concerned

Potential Loss of Accreditation

Hemp Production

Idaho Final State to Allow

December 6 

Kodiak Reaches 300 Deliveries

14 Years of Work

New STEAM Trailer

Sandpoint Library

Kootenai Health

Vaccine Deadline Dec. 13

December 3 

Seismic Activity Prompts Question

Will Yellowstone Volcano Erupt?

Idaho Senators Cosponsor Bill

Separated Immigrant Families

Daybell Trial Set for Jan. 2023

10 Weeks Set for Trial

December 2 

LPOIC Derby Results

And the Winners Are...

Post Falls Shooting Suspect

Newport Man Arrested

BSU Supports Women

Despite Professor's Speech

December 1 

Build Back Better

What's in it for Idaho?

The Omicron Variant

Is Idaho Prepared?

Idaho Murderer's Plea

Wants to Avoid Death Penalty

November 30

Redoubt real estate in Idaho

Local realtor sells safe-havens

How to save a ski town

What it may take

Jury trials suspended due to Covid

Another rise in infection rates

November 29

Fat biking and Nordic skiing

Trails open in Sandpoint

Idaho at crisis point for foster homes

Children staying in hotel rooms

Local mountains fighting warmer temps

Schweitzer closed through Dec. 3

November 26

Idaho unemployment at 2.8%

Among best in nation

Forest Service seeks input

CDA river ranger dist. fire salvage

LPOIC derby standings unchanged

Derby ends Sunday

November 24

A nuclear reactor in Idaho

Experimental reactor in S. Idaho

Expanded education options

"Innovation Classrooms"

Wasden announces re-election bid

AG seeking sixth term

November 23

US to release 50M barrels of oil

To help with gas prices

Canada border requirements change

Americans will still need test

Protesting court mask policy

Protest at Bonner Co. Courthouse

November 22

S. Idaho deactivates Crisis Care

Northern Idaho keeps C.S.C. in place

Toys for Tots kicks off

Registration ends Dec. 17

New mental health scholarships

Aim to encourage growth in the field

November 16

Widespread outages follow storm

BPA loses transmission circuit

House OKs censure of Rep. Giddings

Rep. Dixon votes yes, Rep. Scott no

Senate backs statement on mandate

Formalizes Legislature's opposition

November 15

Clagstone land division challenged

Project 7B appeals county decision

Legislature back in longest session

As panel introduces all 29 new bills

Study focuses on Indigenous women

Go missing more than Indigenous men

November 11

Sheriff, county clash over ice rink

Wheeler disputes plan for 4 acres

Infrastructure bill to affect Idaho rail

Amtrak improvements net $66 billion

Idaho deaths 20% higher than average

Data: Higher toll mainly due to Covid

November 9

Rognstad running for governor

Mayor seeks 'traditional Idaho'

NTSD: Winglets likely caused crash

Tamarack 'strongly disputes' findings

Boise rent prices decline sharply

Added inventory may be factor

November 8

City denies Litehouse zoning change

Company looking at contingency plans

Woman dies after getting stranded

Daughter alive inside car in IPNF

Region preps for kids' vaccinations

Expected to be available soon

November 3

Aispuro, Welker, Dick win city seats

Local Option Tax gets thumbs-down

8th Oregon county aims to join Idaho

Voters approve ballot measure on issue

Idaho Covid hospitalizations decline

Lowest number since late August

November 2

Election Day info: What to know

Polls open until 8 p.m. Tuesday

Liquor stores alter rollout strategy

Due to aggressive customer behavior

Plan would end supplemental levies

Lawmaker proposes sales tax instead

November 1

Idaho insurance exchange now open

Two new insurers to choose from

Fog machines shut Highway 95

Zero visibility next to Silverwood

Exbabylon named top INW workspot

Headquartered in Pend Oreille County

October 28

NIC coach named interim president

Sebaaly said he's 'excited, humbled'

Idaho campaigns raise $1.6m-plus

Including $600,000 for Gov. Little

ISP had flagged alleged mall shooter

Suspected of illegal gun possession

October 27

Bonner County approves ice rink

Will be located near fairgrounds

North Idaho remains Covid hotspot

Positivity rates nearly double state's

Suspect in Boise mall shooting dies

Victims include security officer

October 26

Two die in Boise mall shooting

Suspect in critical condition

Idaho Legislature to reconvene Nov. 15

Addressing Covid rules, ethics complaint

School zone speeds lowered to 15

In effect weekdays from 7:30 to 3:30

October 25

Couple treks Idaho Centennial Trail

Raises funds for local mental health

City sets dates for annual leaf pickup

Scheduled Oct. 25-29, Nov. 15-19

Legislature talks wildfire budget

IDL seeks 28% rise in spending

October 21

Parks plan tweaked after comments

Includes more green space, access

Idaho hospitals still remain crowded

Despite recent decline in Covid cases

Universities report enrollment gains

Nearly erases 2020 pandemic losses

October 20

Idaho likely past Covid delta peak

Hospitalization rates are declining

Explicit video airs on KREM newscast

Spokane station could face FCC fines

Rainy weather is heading our way

Panhandle could see nearly 2 inches

October 19

Man sentenced in assault, theft cases

Gervasi to serve minimum 5 years

Voters asked to consider 1% tax

City is holding series of workshops

Lakeshore construction underway

ITD predicts 'minimal' driving impact

October 15

LPOSD raises pay for substitutes

Federal dollars help fund program

Priest River man's remains found

Lopez-Burbano missing since Oct. 3

Rare grizzly confirmed in CdA forest

More common in Selkirks, Cabinets

October 12

School districts join class action suit

Against e-cigarette company JUUL

Covid numbers down in Panhandle

KH: Too soon to say if virus peaked

Columbia Bank announces merger

Enters agreement with Umpqua Bank

October 11

More N. Idaho waterways hit by algae

11 this year, compared to 3 last year

Hearings set for Huetter Corridor

Projects connects I-90, Highway 95

CF Driftyard access to be closed

Due to habitat restoration work

October 7

25-acre rezone approved by P&Z

Would allow multi-family housing

Sandpoint skies could get smoky

Prescribed burning north of Athol

Little has raised nearly $500,000

For still-unannounced campaign

October 6

Public comments belie 'indoctrination' claim

Records for McGeachin task force released

Little to rescind McGeachin's ban

Lt. gov. issued vaccine mandate

Snow (yep, snow!) in 7-day forecast

Climatologist expects early winter

October 5

Ponderay mulls skating rink purchase

Council agrees to 'tip-toe' into project

NW officials criticize Canada closure

Follows Biden OK on passenger flights

Lookout Pass preps for expansion

Plans to double ski area acreage

October 4

County finishes manual ballot recount

8 more Trump votes, 1 more for Biden

City to debate subdivision proposal

Madison Meadows OK'd by P&Z

Priest Lake development moves forward

Neighbors share concerns about wetlands

September 30

Panida seeks board members, volunteers

Applications are now being accepted

Scattered Lands project moves forward

Affects 7,000 acres in Bonner County

City holds park projects workshops

Would be funded by 7-year LOT tax

September 29

Bonner County explains 2022 budget

Commissioners approve $62.4 million

Idaho hospitalizations setting records

119 in Panhandle hospitalized with virus

Washington plastic bag ban to begin

Starting Friday, bring your own or pay

September 28

Another La Niña winter likely in NW

Forecasts predict 10-25% more snow

EMS shifts focus to keep patients home

Gets OK to utilize Rescue Plan funds

Idaho lawmakers block debt debate

Join Senate GOP on broad bill issue

September 27

Idaho H&W: Pfizer boosters available

Eligibility requirements are in place

Frenzied market imperils conservation

Land prices cause problems for efforts

North Idaho's color could peak early

Mann: Drought may affect fall foliage

September 23

Where are all the workers, part II

Housing fuels local worker shortage

North Idaho College president fired

MacLennan terminated without cause

Hunter's remains found 53 years later

Found by hunter in Idaho mountains

September 22

Inslee to Idaho: Stop clogging hospitals

Governor criticizes Little and the GOP

Health care gets another $10m in aid

Little aims to blunt latest Covid surge

Forbes article touts new Humbird

Hotel part of Schweitzer's master plan

September 21

Border stays closed to Canadians

Restrictions in place until Oct. 21

Redistricting panel holds hearings

Sept. 22 in the Sandpoint library

GOP warns of vaccine mandate suit

Idaho officials write letter to Biden

September 20

Panida hires new managing director

Knowlton comes from N. Idaho Fair

Where are all the local workers?

How factors affected labor pool

Mill to become cryptocurrency mine

Ponderay Newsprint shut in 2020

September 14

Man charged with murder in Clark Fork

70-year-old found unresponsive in car

CdA real estate feeding frenzy eases

Agent sees house prices leveling out

Anger, protests mark Biden's Idaho visit

Over 1,000 gather near Boise fire center

September 13

Sagle man dies in Highway 200 crash

Shields killed after truck hit rock wall

Washington grapples with Idaho cases

'Their crisis' is 'our problem'

Elkins Resort celebrates 90 years

Still in family after patriarch's passing

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.

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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.


Assignment America:Sandpoint
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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