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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

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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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