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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

November 23

'Staffing is really at a crisis level'

Idaho nursing homes face struggle

SHS turns to livestreaming games

Viewers can tune in, watch sports

N. Idaho schools do as they please

Despite our area's mask mandate

November 19

City OKs City Beach land swap

Clears path for rebuilding hotel

Annual Tree Lighting is canceled

Due to area's rise in Covid cases

Schweitzer opens to passholders

Season "sneak peek" Nov. 21-22

November 18

BGH collects record Covid tests

Remains near capacity with patients

County reduces staffing for 2 weeks

As Covid cases surge in Panhandle

Local steamboat story to air on TV

Sunnyside Queen on Outdoor Idaho

November 17

Bonner County adds 66 cases

Virus total now stands at 773

Arrests in Sandpoint native's death

Two teens charged in Texas murder

113 students given new snow boots

'Ray of sunshine' for Oldtown school

November 16

Idaho's 'red-hot' economy leading U.S.

Due to economic diversity, migration

Washington under new Covid restrictions

Inslee hopes Idaho gets 'more responsible'

Sawtooth cell tower plan advances

Would be in middle of iconic view

November 13

Idaho returns to modified Stage Two

Gatherings limited to 10 or less people

Competency questioned in case

Woman accused of shooting Ramey

Amtrak trims Empire Builder service

Ridership dropped due to pandemic

November 12

Idaho surge overwhelming clinics

This week sees record-high cases

County outlines plowing protocol

Roads prioritized for maintenance

Weathercatch: From 60 to snow

Why here and not Pennsylvania?

November 11

School board responds as cases rise

Adopts protocol if county goes 'red'

Little pledges to explain vaccine safety

Says 'there will be an all-out Idaho effort'

Major storm heading across Northwest

A foot of snow expected in Cascades

November 10

Four arrested in Newport-area death

Teen's remains discovered Oct. 4

MRL locomotives honor vets, workers

Operate between Billings and Sandpoint

Veterans Day celebrations altered

LPOSD staff, students get creative

Lake CdA angler lands 38-lb. pike

Wins tournament, sets club record

November 9

Kochava acquires database firm

Connects ad buyers and vendors

SKI Magazine lauds Idaho resorts

Schweitzer's 'Party in Panhandle'

Idaho keeps breaking virus records

Five consecutive days 1,000+ cases

November 6

Developer speaks to affordability

McDonnell cites past local projects

Chase suspect accused of theft

Allegedly went on crime spree

Idaho sees record Covid cases

Panel asks governor for mandate

November 5

Subdivision gains preliminary OK

City agrees to defer traffic revisions

GOP incumbents win local races

Wheeler prevails over challenger

CdA holiday celebrations take hit

No fireworks, lights show this year

November 4

Pair take over Ponderay theater

Sandpoint Cinemas opens Friday

Sandpoint man enters Alford plea

Kluesner accused in child porn case

La Nina is looming large in NW

Will it bring a winter wallop?

November 3

Curtain draws on Bonner Cinemas

New owners plan to reopen theater

Harbor Freight to open Nov. 14

Sells tools, equipment in Ponderay

Weather blog: Active winter ahead

Impacts of upcoming La Nina eyed

November 2

Idaho on track for $530m surplus

Would be largest in state history

Details emerge in shooting case

Involves Bonners Ferry police chief

Idaho a top 'middle class' state

49.9% of Idahoans fit category

October 30

Cocolalla home destroyed by fire

No injuries; cause undetermined

Idaho AG filmed in protest video

McGeachin drives with gun, Bible

Cities mull following CdA's lead

Council approved mask mandate

October 29

New EMS station set to open

Serves north, east of Sandpoint

Court sides with ex-Thorne worker

Unemployment benefits challenged

Restaurants sign up with DeliverEats

App was created by Sandpoint native

October 27

New RR over Bridge Street outlined

City Beach access to be maintained

Border Patrol makes $2m drug bust

Pair leaves bags, captured in Canada

Tamarack hits European milestone

First installation at London facility

October 26

Idaho rolled back to Stage 3

Little limits indoor gatherings

Kinderhaven fundraiser altered

Tour of Trees replaces festival

County hears SpaceX concerns

Residents unfazed by FAA report

October 23

Crews prep for early winter storm

Snow to be followed by bitter cold

Sandpoint housing costs skyrocket

Due to demand, high lumber prices

Kootenai, Boundary in 'red' zone

PHD cites growth in Covid cases

October 21

Idaho sets one-day Covid record

821 new cases reported statewide

Art project installed on granary

Features photos of area residents

Can Kootenai Co. harness growth?

4,500-unit development is coming

October 20

Are extremists being normalized?

Look to N. Idaho for the answers

'Zoom towns' exploding in West

Pandemic leads to migration

Kaniksu Land Trust earns award

For its Pine Street Woods project

October 15

County sees first Covid deaths

Man, woman, both in their 80s

Man struck, injured on Highway 95

Was assisting at scene of collision

Idaho to remain in Stage 4 again

Little emphasizes wearing masks

October 14

Mixed results for LPOSD students

Hit English benchmarks; math dips

Schweitzer sees season's first snow

Ski/board season just 45 days away

Ex-candidate charged in '84 murder

Steve Pankey ran for Idaho governor

October 13

Silverwood donates to food banks

Bonner Community receives $7,352

Idaho potato worker video goes viral

Sends Fleetwood Mac song soaring

Sandpoint's Camille Neuder wins award

Wins Idaho Distinguished Young Woman

October 12

Corps sets target for winter pool

2,051 feet to be reached Nov. 15

Pine Street Woods a local treasure

Community forest offers access to all

Idaho ranked the 9th happiest state

According to study by WalletHub

October 8

P&Z unanimously denies subdivision

Project not consistent with comp plan

Kootenai man charged with lewd conduct

Christianson makes court appearance

Idaho unemployment continues drop

Has decreased for 22 straight weeks

October 7

21-year-old's killing probed in Texas

Hitchcock was raised in Sandpoint

Hearing reset in PR murder case

Mental health evaluation sought

Idaho sees its youngest Covid death

Man in 20s had underlying conditions

October 6

Jordan, Soto stump in Sandpoint

Democrat challenges Sen. Risch

Sandpoint man dies in car crash

Paulson left road on Highway 95

First major snowstorm on its way

Cold temps, snow for western U.S.

October 5

Tamarack Aerospace expands facilities

Sandpoint company also adding staff

Accuweather forecasts big NW winter

La Niña started developing last month

Idaho voters to weigh in on HJR4

Establishes number of voting districts

September 29

BCSO looking for missing teenager

Matthews last seen north of Sandpoint

Experts: Idaho in 3rd virus wave

Predicted to be biggest one yet

Firewood Rescue serves community

Volunteers rally to help one another

September 28

Crews continue progress on wildfires

Recent rain helps dampen Callahan

Reflecting on 'old Sandpoint'

Change not easy for Ben Olson

Rathdrum annexes 238 acres into city

For houses, commercial development

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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