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

April 15

Library holds to mask policy

Despite protests by opponents

Ed board supports tuition freeze

Despite possible budget concerns

Authorities search for 3 Idaho kids

All last seen in same neighborhood

April 14

County takes up rural rezone

160-acre Hoodoo Valley parcel

Idaho sets 80% vaccinated goal

Officials seek grant to aid push

Avista Foundation awards $297k

Includes two Sandpoint nonprofits

April 13

Lawmakers hear Oregon pitch

Plan moves 3/4 of state to Idaho

Student named Goldwater scholar

UI's Lund-Andersen from Sandpoint

About 25% of Idaho in drought

With south-central part extreme

April 12

Schweitzer logo stirs controversy

But resort says 'it's here to stay'

Farmers' Market returns May 1

More vendors expected this year

States mull transgender athlete bill

Law originating in Idaho on hold

April 8

Legislature outbreak infected 14

Covid cluster formed last month

Governor against vaccine passports

As SHS students seek to keep masks

Housing crisis hitting businesses

Employees struggle to find homes

April 7

Schweitzer debuts new logo

And drops 'Mountain Resort'

CdA approves outdoor ice rink

In downtown's McEuen Park

Idaho employs urban traffic solutions

To ease congestion in the Panhandle

April 6

IPNF prescribed burning to begin

Multiple spring projects planned

PHD: Vaccinination rate slowing

Reflects hesitancy in North Idaho

Northside Fire impact fees OK'd

As area sees population increase

April 5

Plane crashes at Sandpoint Airport

Washington pilot escapes uninjured

SHS hires boys basketball coach

Childs comes from CdA Charter

Ski lockers sell for million-plus

Sun Valley 'condos' offer privacy

April 1

County eyes Kootenai Bay solution

Proposal includes new county road

BF trial moved to Kootenai County

Chiropractor charged with murder

Vaccine supply to exceed demand

Idaho expects shift in several weeks

March 29

More housing planned in Ponderay

32 townhomes done this summer

PHD rescinds mask mandate

Just as variant found in region

Serial killer Joseph Duncan dies

Murdered CdA family in 2005

March 23

Court rules against Sagle asphalt plant

Says conditional use permit is invalid

Unemployed reminded to stay in Idaho

Leaving state can jeopardize payments

Arts master plan OK'd by city

Seeks grant for implementation

March 22

Idaho Legislature shuts for 2 weeks

Attempt to 'break cycle' of Covid cases

Coerced confession complicates case

BF chiropractor accused in killing

Lake Pend Oreille rainbow revival

Fish getting back into trophy form

March 19

Hearing set on 96-unit complex

Apartments proposed for Ponderay

County drops appeal of gun suit

City to recover $71k in court costs

Vaccine access for all by April 26

And ages 55+ eligible next week

March 16

Skier dies after Schweitzer accident

McHenry was 'expert all-terrain skier'

PHD vaccines open to new age group

Includes residents age 55 and older

North Idaho tourism leads state

Sees 7.4% increase in revenue

Idaho House passes teacher gun bill

Wide margin moves bill to Senate

March 11

West county school levy voted down

Boundary, Lakeland levies approved

City OKs more Memorial Field work

To improve parking, boat launch

Groups question Trestle Creek marina

Ask county to reconsider development

Panida Theater announces new leaders

Board members to handle office duties

March 9

Lakeshore Drive project approved

Includes acceleration lanes, U-turns

Empire Builder included in relief aid

Restores daily train through Sandpoint

$15m Hagadone Marine expansion

Cite big demand for CdA boat slips

March 4

Equipment malfunction eyed in fire

Shop in Sunnyside area destroyed

Sandpoint man faces felonies

Allegedly part of insurrection

Initiative bill passes Idaho Senate

Dixon: Improves rural representation

March 3

Idaho continues to draw out-of-staters

Some fear it will be the next California

About half of Idaho seniors vaccinated

As new scheduling tool to be released

Single-shot vaccine arrives in Idaho

13,300 doses coming this week

March 2

Panida announces staffing changes

Longtime executive director leaves

Proposed arts venue dropped

Shooks retract their application

Idaho gas prices keep climbing

And expected to continue rising

March 1

$175m rental assistance bill advances

Awaits approval from Idaho governor

Pandemic hits NIC enrollment

Down 331 students from 2019

Website imagines dam-free Snake

Advocacy group's interactive tool

February 25

City receives Memorial Field bids

Work includes launch, parking lot

Avista earnings above expectations

$58m net income in fourth quarter

Polar plunge to pineapple express

Quick reversal in region's weather

February 24

Man dies in Highway 95 crash

Hit by suspected drunk driver

Greater Idaho vote is confirmed

Move Oregon Border set for May

Idaho aims to keep vaccine in-state

Adds proof of residency requirement

February 23

Ex-Sandpoint man faces sentencing

Rasmuson linked to boys' murders

Idaho administers 91% of vaccines

State ranks 5th for administration

BNSF advances pile installations

Fabrication for bridges underway

February 22

Ponderay to consider rezone

Would allow more residential

Idaho sees first case of variant

South Africa strain confirmed

Housing frenzy sweeps N. Idaho

See influx of out-of-state buyers

February 18

31% of Idahoans age 65+ vaccinated

Governor touts 'incredible progress'

Fire destroys Larch Street trailer

Marks third blaze in past week

Politicos react to impeachment trial

Risch, Crapo voted to acquit Trump

February 17

Sweeping tax cuts proposed

Targets income tax, sales tax

Schweitzer hotel honors the past

Humbird to open '21/'22 season

If N. Idaho was a board game ...

What's the best strategy to win?

February 16

How rescuers saved BF dad, daughter

Following accident in backcountry

Sandpoint man dies in rollover crash

Traveling west on Pine St. in Dover

Sandpoint man arrested by FBI

Allegedly participated at Capitol

February 11

Shook Twins propose arts venue

Seek permit for Whiskey Jack land

BGH reopens vaccine registration

2,712 locals have at least one dose

Amazon connected to regional plan

Project Fireball in Spokane Valley

February 10

Litehouse to buy Danville property

Sale likely to be about $20.5 million

Idaho tops 'most overvalued market'

Home prices elevated 30-34 percent

Mills thriving with sky-high prices

But bracing for when bubble pops

February 9

IF&G: Take down your bird feeders

Salmonella detected in North Idaho

Idaho gas prices on the rise

As crude hits a one-year high

Lowest ICU patient total in months

Idaho virus cases continue to drop

February 8

Idaho cases continue to decline

Also in long-term care facilities

Simpson unveils dam breach plan

Bold proposal targets Lower Snake

North Idaho State Fair returning

With country music's Chris Janson

February 4

Governor visits clinic at fairgrounds

Discusses vaccine rollout, 'hesitancy'

Expert: Zoom economy lifts region

Credits out-of-state immigration

State park visits in 2020 sets record

Idaho brought in 1.2 million guests

February 3

Region's cases continue to fall

PHD: Keep up social distancing

City transportation workshop set

Focus on Division, pedestrians

3 Idaho Guard members killed

Helicopter crashed near Boise

February 2

Idaho moves to Stage 3 reopening

As state sees improvements in data

Heath Lake intersection to close

County to hold public meeting

Hoopfest to be held Sept. 11-12

Team registration opens in June

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.


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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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