Current news from local and regional media, including the Sandpoint Reader, Spokesman-Review and the Sandpoint Online Newsroom
'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
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
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
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
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
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
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?
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
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
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
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
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
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?
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Idaho sets one-day Covid record
821 new cases reported statewide
Art project installed on granary
Features photos of area residents
Can Kootenai Co. harness growth?
4,500-unit development is coming
Are extremists being normalized?
Look to N. Idaho for the answers
'Zoom towns' exploding in West
Pandemic leads to migration
Kaniksu Land Trust earns award
For its Pine Street Woods project
County sees first Covid deaths
Man, woman, both in their 80s
Man struck, injured on Highway 95
Was assisting at scene of collision
Idaho to remain in Stage 4 again
Little emphasizes wearing masks
Mixed results for LPOSD students
Hit English benchmarks; math dips
Schweitzer sees season's first snow
Ski/board season just 45 days away
Ex-candidate charged in '84 murder
Steve Pankey ran for Idaho governor
Silverwood donates to food banks
Bonner Community receives $7,352
Idaho potato worker video goes viral
Sends Fleetwood Mac song soaring
Sandpoint's Camille Neuder wins award
Wins Idaho Distinguished Young Woman
Corps sets target for winter pool
2,051 feet to be reached Nov. 15
Pine Street Woods a local treasure
Community forest offers access to all
Idaho ranked the 9th happiest state
According to study by WalletHub
P&Z unanimously denies subdivision
Project not consistent with comp plan
Kootenai man charged with lewd conduct
Christianson makes court appearance
Idaho unemployment continues drop
Has decreased for 22 straight weeks
21-year-old's killing probed in Texas
Hitchcock was raised in Sandpoint
Hearing reset in PR murder case
Mental health evaluation sought
Idaho sees its youngest Covid death
Man in 20s had underlying conditions
Jordan, Soto stump in Sandpoint
Democrat challenges Sen. Risch
Sandpoint man dies in car crash
Paulson left road on Highway 95
First major snowstorm on its way
Cold temps, snow for western U.S.
Tamarack Aerospace expands facilities
Sandpoint company also adding staff
Accuweather forecasts big NW winter
La Niña started developing last month
Idaho voters to weigh in on HJR4
Establishes number of voting districts
BCSO looking for missing teenager
Matthews last seen north of Sandpoint
Experts: Idaho in 3rd virus wave
Predicted to be biggest one yet
Firewood Rescue serves community
Volunteers rally to help one another
Crews continue progress on wildfires
Recent rain helps dampen Callahan
Reflecting on 'old Sandpoint'
Change not easy for Ben Olson
Rathdrum annexes 238 acres into city
For houses, commercial development
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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.
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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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