Current news from local and regional media, including the Sandpoint Reader, Spokesman-Review and the Sandpoint Online Newsroom
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
City puts 1% local option tax on ballot
Voters will decide issue in November
Waterfront code amendment delayed
P&Z mulls change to allow structures
President Biden coming to Idaho
Will visit Interagency Fire Center
'We hoped this day would not come'
Rationed health care impacts BGH
Idaho K-12 case numbers surge
Coincides with new school year
Mark Few apologizes for Idaho DUI
Vows not to allow judgment lapse again
N. Idaho forced to ration medical care
Governor announces 'crisis standards'
'Constitutional county' issue tabled
Resolution brought by Bradshaw
Gonzaga coach is facing DUI charge
Mark Few pulled over north of CdA
Little urges Idahoans: Get the vaccine
98.9% of new cases are unvaccinated
Idaho Forest Group shuts Montana mill
Facility didn't meet production goals
Spokane prepares for Afghan refugees
Expects at least 200 in coming weeks
Trestle Creek fire reduced in size
Due to recent weather conditions
Real estate disclosure law eyed
Assessors: May combat disparity
Gov. Little calls in Covid assistance
Surge mostly among unvaccinated
All of Chuck Slough contaminated
PHD issues warning of toxic algae
Tamarack Aerospace set to grow
Following exit from bankruptcy
PHD reports backlog of Covid cases
Due to surge in five-county area
Memaloose Island put up for sale
$7 million for 13 acres on LPO
Nine local polling places will change
Goes into effect for November election
Hoopfest canceled due to Covid-19
Teams can donate fees or 20% refund
Campfires allowed starting Friday
Fire danger rating lowered 2 levels
Bonner County halts jury trials
Due to high Covid cases in area
Two sue over unemployment aid
After Idaho ended benefits early
Panida marquee repairs underway
After hitting $53k fundraising goal
Neighboring states pay teachers more
Idaho teachers' salaries fail to keep up
Court blocks new ballot initiative law
Restores prior signature gathering rule
Rains give fire crews a helping hand
Trestle Creek Complex at 6k acres
Wondering about Idaho tax rebate?
Track its status with online tool
Census reveals urban, rural divide
71 Idaho towns lost population
PHD hits record-high hospitalizations
Elective surgeries paused due to surge
Sandpoint council OKs '22 budget
Fee increases also set for October 1
Has summer's sweltering heat peaked?
Record-breaking temps likely behind us
Bonner County Fair kicks off
With exhibits, food, entertainment
Land Board seeks more fire funding
Asks IDL to increase its requests
Manhunt underway near Hauser Lake
Officials seek fugitives, man and woman
Census: County population up 15.2%
Ranked 9th highest for Idaho growth
Idaho food benefits to increase Oct. 1
Averages extra $36/mo. per person
Idaho Covid cases expected to surge
On track for 4k daily cases by October
Idaho hospitals on brink of 'crisis care'
97% of patients unvaccinated in surge
The suffocating loss of summer
Smoke-free days are rare in NW
Idaho budget surplus swells to $1.4b
Revenue $40m higher than expected
Little urges Idahoans to get vaccinated
Also steps up Covid testing at schools
Trestle Creek fire activity increases
Homes in area moved to 'set' status
Dixon presides over Giddings hearing
Committee has 30 days to give report
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Sparkling Vintage Life. Jennifer Lamont Leo on preserving the past, and “grace notes” for 21st century life.
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As The Lake Churns. About Priest Lake, the land, people and happenings.
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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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