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Get Sandpoint and northern Idaho news and information from our town’s leading sources. Featuring news links from the Sandpoint Reader, other media and the Sandpoint Online Newsroom. Check the archives of Sandpoint Magazine, read features from local columnists, and more.

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

January 14

Vaccine dates for 65+ moved up

As Idaho ramps up distribution

Flooding again hits trailer park

Resident urges action on issue

County P&Z OKs mining overhaul

Expands asphalt plant operations

January 13

Two die in Inland NW windstorm

Widespread damage, power outages

Bill aims to curb governor powers

Would end emergency declaration

NW lawmakers split on resolution

Follow party lines for impeachment

January 12

Gov. Little seeks biggest ever tax cut

Addresses surplus in State of State

Previewing legislative session

Listen: Boise State Public Radio»

Internet provider blocks site access

Protests anti-Trump 'censorship'

Idaho tops inbound migration list

United: Most moving for retirement

January 11

21-lot subdivision moves forward

City council OKs preliminary plans

Schweitzer cancels MLK night skiing

Cites noncompliance with Covid rules

Charges stack up against builder

Story charged with theft, fraud

January 6

Skier causes Blue Mtn. avalanche

IPAC warning for slide-prone areas

Little outlines vaccination progress

1st group should be done this month

Idaho is top moving destination

For the second year in a row ...

January 5

PHD to host vaccination clinics

Assists frontline health workers

LPO level could rise this week

Flexible winter operations begin

Kaniksu Health to build facility

Located east of Super 1 Foods

December 28

Two charged in Hurst slaying

Witness provides new details

Memorial Field tax ends in '21

About $6.7m has been collected

Tour of Trees raises over $200,000

Kinderhaven exceeds funding goal

December 22

PHD to get 4,000 Moderna doses

Arriving this week in North Idaho

Woman dies in Highway 95 crash

SUV overturns south of Eastport

BCSO seeking waterways grant

To install new engine on vessel

December 21

SHS surpasses state's SAT average

Mire: Board has prioritized test prep

Council hears proposal for carousel

For incorporation into city parks plan

Idaho resort towns see sales surges

Buyers seek second-home refuges

December 17

Festival's 2021 season taking shape

Selling passes, planning to hire staff

YMCA receives $10 million gift

From philanthropist Mackenzie Scott

LPOSD carries on amid pandemic

75 total virus cases for school year

December 16

BCSO investigates local homicide

Body found in Upper Pack area

PHD: Virus positivity rate 24%

Second-highest in state of Idaho

IFG expands to Mississippi

Plans to build new sawmill

December 15

Doctor receives Idaho's first vaccine

First doses going to health workers

Pietsch authors second history book

Features Hope, E. Hope, Clark Fork

'Santa Sacks' delivered in Ponderay

Program brings gifts to kids, elderly

December 14

Idaho preps for vaccine distribution

Will receive 13,650 doses initially

Idaho surpasses 100,000 cases

State also sees deadliest week

Virus delays manslaughter trial

McCormick charged in fatal crash

December 9

Little: Vaccines could start in a week

Health care workers are in first tier

Spokane ranked 7th 'Most Gloomy' city Averages 191 cloudy days

Anti-maskers swarm official's home

As Idaho health board held meeting

December 8

Panhandle readies for vaccine doses

Receiving 1,950 in next few weeks

Bird causes Sunday power outage

Affected 7,500 Avista customers

Washington restrictions extended

Inslee pushes them out to Jan. 4

December 7

BGH aims to dispel Covid myths

Share info on beds, funding, more

Idaho health facilities overwhelmed

On the brink of rationing health care

Dixon, Scott assigned to committees

Announced by Republican Caucus

December 1

County won't be defunding PHD

Not possible until budget discussions

LPOSD driver who contracted virus dies

Albertson: Had underlying conditions

Idaho ICU admissions hit record high

As state adds 1,200 new cases Monday

650,000 Californians left in 2019

And Idaho tops U.S. in net migration

November 30

Bradshaw wants to defund PHD

Resolution put on county agenda

Injured Ponderay officer dies

Victorino crashed motorcycle

Qualls is finalist for Oregon job

Led Sandpoint planning since '15

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

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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