Current news from local and regional media, including the Sandpoint Reader, Spokesman-Review and the Sandpoint Online Newsroom
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
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
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
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
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
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
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'
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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 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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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'
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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.
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 Spectator.org.
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.
• 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 CallJerry.biz/SandCreek