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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.

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

June 18 

Firm: Idaho home prices overvalued

Says growth isn't sustainable

Group hopes to raise minimum wage

Up to $12 in next four years

Uptown Bagel hosts "Eat in for Ethan"

Benefitting NAMI Far North

June 17 

Idaho basketball coach fired

Due to three NCAA violations

Former Idaho GOP chairman arrested

Parker charged with trespassing

What to do if you see pets in a hot car

Cannot legally break window

June 14 

No timeline for rebuild

Joins Downtown Sandpoint

Apple sleuths compare notes

At Sandpoint gathering

Little fights opioid abuse

Creates advisory group

June 13 

Bonner County adopts mass fatality plan

Joins four other counties

New pediatric trauma program

St. Luke's adds trauma center for kids

Transparent Idaho goes live

Searchable database for residents

June 12 

Sandpoint Tattoo shop reopens

New location after devastating fire

Idaho health shows improvements

Ranked 18th overall

Plentiful water supply in Idaho

Due to a rainy May

June 11 

Avista seeks electric rate increase

Average bill may go up $2.89/mo.

Temperatures could hit 90 degrees

Warmest days of 2019 this week

Photographer's Moon in Motion

Eclipse edit from Idaho, Tetons

June 10 

Mid-sized farms on decline

In Idaho and nationwide

New tax chief from business world

Harris was president of Western States

Second case of measles in Idaho

Family member of first patient

June 7 

Idaho sues Purdue Pharma

Says family profited from opioid crisis

Judge weighs Idaho's abortion laws

Doctors-only abortions rule

New University of Idaho arena

Beneficial for university on many levels

June 6 

Measles case in Latah County

First case in Idaho since 2001

SHS grad set to appear on survival show

Starts Thursday on the History Channel

Idahoan awarded France's highest honor

French Legion of Honor medal

June 5 

Missing Sandpoint boy home safe

Located by search volunteers

Sandpoint had U.S. worst air quality

Smoke caused by Washington fire

National Parks net $37M for Idaho

Remains 11th-lowest earner in U.S.

June 4

Authorities euthanize grizzly bear

Killed sheep in Boundary County

County delays call for EMS proposals

Put the brakes on restructuring

Idaho 3rd fastest growing economy

Report shows growth may be slowing

June 3

Sandpoint hosts orchard conference

Apple buffs discuss 'heritage' varieties

Fishers return to W. Washington

Are the Selkirk Mountains next?

Railroad exhibit opens at museum

Shines light on Sandpoint history

May 30

Trestle Creek Road getting makeover

County secures $5 million grant

Hazy skies from Canadian wildfires

370,000-acre blaze burns in Alberta

Hayden on Idaho's 'worst cities' list

Columnist: Pick doesn't make sense

May 29

Lake Pend Oreille level on the rise

Tracking toward 2,060 ft. this week

Medicaid expansion to be studied

Lawmakers will examine funding

String of vandalism hits Spirit Lake

Police investigating felony incidents

May 28

FAA grounds winglet-equipped jets

Tamarack 'disappointed' with action

Litehouse acquires Sky Valley Foods

Expands presence on the East Coast

Chairs for Charity raises $146,000

Schweitzer lift chairs aid nonprofits

May 23

Voters stay course in trustee races

Burgstahler fends off challenge

Contentious hearing in Newport

Amendment would rezone parcels

Idaho governor calls Garth Brooks

Prompts 2nd Boise concert date

May 21

TitleOne acquires Sandpoint Title

Williams will manage operations

Idaho unemployment drops to 2.8%

Fastest job growth in Idaho Falls

Pioneer Cemetery cleanup on tap

Effort aims to restore historic site

May 20

Man nabbed in missing person case

Accused of using woman's bank card

Agencies scrambling on reviews

Rules are set to expire by July 1

Crisis forcing reverse migration

California housing spurs moves

May 16

Business tax exemptions OK'd

County aims to stimulate growth

14 boats intercepted in past month

Carrying invasive mussels into Idaho

Ed Board approves arena increase

UI project expected to cost $51m

May 15

North Idaho native on 'Alone' show

Jonas competes on History Channel

Keough on education task force

Will formulate five-year blueprint

Idaho awaits word on Medicaid

Federal government to decide

May 14

PAS helps rescue Louisiana pit bull

Dog near brink of death finds family

Big growth in Kootenai County

91% moved from other states

Sandpoint kids who enjoy fishing

High schoolers share their reasons

May 13

Sports legend returning for fundraiser

May 22 event features Jerry Kramer

County appoints Solid Waste panel

6 members to assist in overall issues

Agencies race to authorize rules

Legislature failed to approve bill

May 9

PacWest smelter study put on hold

Company: Not due to market woes

4 businesses seek tax exemptions

County will hold public hearing

Happy campers at national parks

Hit the road for scenic, cheap vacations

May 8

Mother speaks out after son shot

Says he suffered from mental illness

Sandpoint mobilizes to clean up

Polishing up by May 15 deadline

Idaho court mulls one-punch case

Considers reducing man's sentence

May 7

IPNF begins prescribed burns

Affects area ranger districts

April tax revenue beats forecast

But fiscal year still falling short

Bloomsday numbers continue to fall

Sees lowest participation since '84

May 6

Hive ramps up weekend events

General manager leases venue

Ybarra's failed plan cost $35k

Spent money on consultants

Risch: Growth is 'like dog catching car'

Hopes for more modest rate in future

May 2

Idaho controller site upgraded

Covers open-data transparency

U of I's gift of genetic diversity

Orchard, facility aid research

Legislature fails to sign rules bill

Leaves them in hands of governor

May 1

Isenberg sentenced to five years

Embezzled $580k from nonprofit

Panhandle Cone now has two shops

Opens in Moscow with new flavors

UI project gains $2 million pledge

Building new meat science center

April 30

Rep. Fulcher visits North Idaho

Shares experiences in Congress

Pop-up weddings are new trend

Elope in Hope open for business

CdA's Jacob Maxwell on 'The Voice'

Makes it to show's top 24 singers

April 29

Gas prices top national average

Current price in Idaho is $3.02

Little: 'I'm part of the process'

Governor backs signature route

Superintendent search continues

Consultants seek students' input

April 26

'I want salmon back in Idaho'

Rep. Simpson makes bold move

BSU names first female president

Tromp succeeds outgoing Kustra

Pilot rescued from top of tree

Crashed airplane near McCall

April 25

Army Corps starts refilling the lake

Regional snowpack 97% of average

Ski resorts announce combo pass

Valid at Silver Mountain, 49° North

Hey, wanna sleep in a giant spud?

Idaho AirBnb offers unique lodging

April 24

Court overturns wolf-killing ruling

Groups have standing to bring suit

Never too young to rock ...

Stone Cloud 4 wins competition

CPodcast: Woodward's goodbye

Discusses decision to move on

SHS block scheduling discussed

Opinion: Why 90 minutes is right

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

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.

Click for more National Press


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.


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. 
Resource links:
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 



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