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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

February 18

F4WM group rewards wolf hunters

Fundraiser packs the fairgrounds

Idaho panel OKs school budget

Fiscal 2020 would see 6% boost

Ice cream shop sources locally

Panhandle Cone expands to Moscow

February 14

Conservation groups sue over caribou

Say F&W failed to come up with plan

Idaho budget includes pay raise

Panel OKs $550 minimum hike

ISP seeks motorcycle patrol funding

Includes troopers in Coeur d'Alene

February 12

Five businesses destroyed in fire

Investigation into blaze begins

Prior named Litehouse president

Has worked at company since '02

Medicaid expansion to be tracked

Lawmakers study benefits, spending

February 7

Robocaller still harassing publisher

Sends letters to Reader advertisers

BGH in discussions to change funding

Follows Rose's whistleblower complaint

Measles 'will take off like a wildfire'

Unique dangers of Wash. outbreak

February 6

Court: Idaho Medicaid expansion legal

Rejects Freedom Foundation argument

IF&G adapts to hunting culture shift

Appeals to foodies, environmentalists

Business growing for Liquor Division

Wants to relocate or remodel stores

February 5

Daylight savings time bill revised

N. Idaho to stay with Washington

Two injured in Highway 53 crash

Lumber hits Sandpoint man's car

ACLU backs lethal drug disclosure

Idaho attempting to withhold source

February 4

Data: 3,800 kids not fully immunized

Idaho on watch for measles outbreak

Football participation in Idaho declining

Attributed to concerns, more options

Nurse in Berreth case to plead guilty

Idaho woman to appear in court

January 31

Teen battling cancer returns to sport

Ovation greets Bonners Ferry student

Provost cuts UI budget $5 million

Says it's vital to grow enrollment

Corrections ordered to release info

Redacted from lethal injection pages

January 30

Court takes up Medicaid initiative

Hears arguments against expansion

Biggest pot bust in ISP history

Semi hauling 7,000 lbs. of plants

No jail time for daughters in scheme

Mother Lori Isenberg had pled guilty

January 29

Yes, Gem State continues to grow

Data confirms California exodus

Gas prices across Idaho drop

Average price is now $2.39

Sandpoint perfumery a passion

Founder shares her inspiration

January 25

Trustee alleges misuse of tax dollars

Dan Rose challenges POHD, BGH

Lawmakers take up wolf control board

Legislation would continue funding

MickDuff's brews first Benefit Beer

Proceeds aid Idaho brewers guild

January 24

Ybarra: Idaho faces teacher shortage

Requests budget increases in salaries

The continued effort to 'Add the Words'

State senator optimistic about Idaho bill

What makes Sandpoint a liberal haven?

Cedar Post examines town's politics

January 23

Scott proposes end to legal abortion

Idaho lawmakers unveil draft of bill

How to help young victim's family

Aunt provides ways to donate

Idaho graduation rate hits high

Tops 80% with class of 2018

January 22

Highway 200 crash kills child

Car hit turning onto Sunnyside

February food stamps issued early

Idaho recipients urged to budget

Idaho dairy industry faces cheese glut

Cite drop in demand, exports

January 21

Schweitzer a 'top 5 ski getaway'

Article cites slope variety, views

County seeks Solid Waste plan

Making 10-year improvements

Idaho teen vaping on the decline

Still rising among teens nationally

January 17

'Add the Words' protestors at Capitol

Seek anti-discrimination protections

Entrepreneur lists home for $14.3m

See photos of Smith's lakefront estate

F&G director retires after 40 years

Virgil Moore leaves wildlife legacy

January 16

Quest expects Kodiak output surge

Company launched Series II in 2018

Idaho Airbnb hosts earned $37m in '18

Bonner County in top 10 with $1.8m

Idaho faces court reporter shortage

JFAC hears request for salary boost

January 15

House fire appears to be accidental

Investigation into cause continues

Prosecutor: Death 'justifiable homicide'

Woman killed man near Spirit Lake

Fulcher divorced prior to election

Congressman kept quiet on matter

January 14

Memorial site set up in Farmin Park

Honors toddler killed in house fire

Coast Guard seeks bridge comments

Regarding navigation of BNSF plans

County to hold meetings on EMS

Board considers shift to nonprofit

January 10

Berreth family's pastor speaks out

Says church is helping parents cope

CBD industry propelled by hemp

Sandpoint's Global CBD growing

Big Carbon Fix examines climate

Event features highly cited scientist

Corrections appeals inmate's surgery

Court ordered gender reassignment

January 9

Idaho employees may see pay raises

Little seeks 3% merit-based increase

Swine flu cases in Idaho, U.S. on rise

Health officials: Most caused by H1N1

First bill introduced in Legislature

Addresses SW Idaho water battle

January 8

Gov. Little: Education 'top priority'

Budget raises starting teacher pay

Ex-blood bank leader files complaint

Says she was fired for opposing deal

Idaho Forest Group exemption OK'd

Spending $20m at Lewiston plant

January 7

Woman killed in Sagle accident

Pulled in front of semi on Highway 95

Sandpoint man dies in Dover crash

Darling hit tree on Syringa Heights

STCU building new Ponderay branch

At Highway 95 and Kootenai Cutoff

January 3

City developing master plan for parks

Consultant to be selected this year

Idaho inauguration celebrations set

Ceremony, ball held at Statehouse

Nurse from Idaho investigated in case

Sources cite link to Berreth's phone

January 2

North Idahoans report racist letters

Address linked to Northwest Front

Biology teacher's trial set to begin

Accused of feeding puppy to turtle

Lawsuit could affect abortion access

Legal challenge to Idaho law filed

December 31

2018 snapshot: Year's big stories

Robocalls, smelter, bridge, more

'Leopards of Kootenai' rebound

Numbers rise from 50 to 50,000

Idaho state pay still lags market

But total compensation stabilizes

December 28

Crews busy with water main breaks

City has two incidents in December

Sagle man is renowned violin maker

Soltis' craftsmanship lauded worldwide

F&G violations mostly misdemeanors

Multiple hunters received fines this fall

December 20

County to change ballot procedures

Follows snafu on uncounted votes

A once-in-a-generation leader

Columnist grateful for Keough

Death spotlights mental health woes

Officials: Idaho needs more facilities

December 19

Former autism therapist, 50, jailed

Naples resident charged with fraud

U.S., Idaho sign restoration pact

Aims to protect national forests

An ode to the Snow Ghost ...

The grand chariot in the sky

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  • As The Lake Churns. About Priest Lake, the land, people and happenings.

  • Brian's Bike Buzz. He rides bikes, dreams about bikes, and blogs about biking in Sandpoint and afield.

  • Hike North Idaho. Love to read about, and share, stories of hiking in North Idaho? Then this adventure blog's for you!

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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! Check out his webpage for links to his essays.

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; here's a sample of Sandpoint mentions in his essays:
- Sandpoint When It Shimmers, 7.8.14
- Goodbye to Sandpoint, 9.18.12
- Far Away From the Panic, 8.10.11

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 in a story picked up by the Idaho Statesman Nov. 24, 2014: "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. Go read the Rand McNally story.

'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 Best of the Road page.

Under the radar ski town
Sandpoint's small-town charm and great skiing win it accolades as "most under the radar ski town" in Sunset Magazine's "Top 10 Best Ski Destinations in the West."

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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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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