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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

September 20

Naysayers dominate smelter hearing

One person speaks in favor of plan

Forbes reports on UI's InspireID

Expands access to programming

Idaho's favorite Halloween candy?

It's a disappointment ... candy corn

September 19

Idaho firefighting bill totals $17m

In line with recent years' averages

Regulators OK Avista sale timeline

New schedule set after shakeup

UI rolls out rebranding effort

Pride gold "I" is official logo

'Be grateful Californians moving here'

Boise columnist hits on touchy topic

September 18

Students to gather county feedback

Invited by Project7B Sept. 20-23

Idahoans rank among happiest

WalletHub puts Gem State at 6th

Two top staffers with Jordan resign

Less than two months before election

September 14

Sagle family coping after incident

Teen survived accidental gunshot

Paving begins on Cedar Street

Project nears its final stages

Cougar Fire nears containment

Area closure remains in effect

September 13

Two killed in Clark Fork collision

Three children injured, one critical

Commercial kitchens fuel industry

New facility opening in Bonner Mall

ISP won't release shooting information

Next hearing in lawsuit set for October

September 12

Smelter public meetings scheduled

Includes Priest River on Sept. 20

One wheel, one heck of a long way

Man unicycles across state for PTA

Ink fading on hunting, fishing licenses

Idaho agency offers free replacements

September 11

Sandpoint launching new mobile app

Allows users to report non-emergencies

Idaho warns of smaller tax refunds

Otter's budget office cites new laws

100 deaths this summer on Idaho roads

ISP says it's worst season for fatalities

CdA neighbors fight 'mistake on lake'

File appeal with Idaho Supreme Court

September 10

Wasylko pleads not guilty of theft

Sagle woman worked at midwifery

Forty-foot statue bound for Jamaica

Frost carving redwood in Ponderay

Claims of abuse at state-run center

Ex-employee files tort against H&W

September 7

School, city talk crosswalk safety

Washington may use gating system

NIC to create two healthcare programs

Awarded workforce development grant

Comedian aids world bicycle nonprofit

Langley kicks off tour in Sandpoint

September 6

More robocalls linked to Rhodes

Apparently targets Florida candidate

Idaho coalition fights Proposition 1

Say initiative is about slot machines

Idaho reviews inmate fire crew program

Follows rape accusation at Utah blaze

September 5

Spirit Lake dog dies from gunshot

Family offers $2,000 reward in case

Idaho's Justice Warren Jones dies

Served 10 years on Supreme Court

Vestal: California connection to hate

Racists put Idaho in spotlight again

September 4

Area school supply distributions held

Washington Trust, Angels fund events

Judge puts grizzly hunts on hold

Considers restoring protections

Drug, hate crimes on the rise

Double-digit growth in Idaho

Canada invests in The Great Trail

$30 million to help support system

August 31

BPA, Idaho ink 'milestone' pact

$24 million for wildlife habitat

Settlement to aid Clark Fork Delta

BPA to pay Idaho $24 million

Spokesman-Review offers buyouts

Aims to shrink newsroom staff size

August 30

Bonners Ferry boarding school closes

Northwest Academy cites enrollment

Rain helps control Cougar Fire

Burn restrictions lifted for holiday

Iowa robocalls tied to Sandpoint man

Mollie Tibbetts' name used in message

August 29

First phase of Rock Creek Mine OK'd

U.S. approval clears way for exploration

Idaho student homelessness surges

Lack of affordable housing cited

Idaho gas among nation's priciest

Sees big demand, small supply

August 28

Otter's office explains flag delay

Had to wait for Trump directive

Priest Lake auctions net $25.6m

51 lakefront lots sold by the state

IDL targets illegal fee collectors

At Priest Lake natural water slide

August 27

Survey: Idaho tops tailgate drinking

Idahoans average nine-plus beers

Shasta Groene's dad fights eviction

Gifted house may be sold by trust

Lawmaker claimed two exemptions

County denies Rep. Giddings' appeal

August 24

Organic agricultural center created

U of I acquires acreage from Pence

Downtown construction progressing

Street project on schedule, on budget

Idaho agencies finalize land deal

F&G to pay about $360,000/year

August 23

Cougar Fire grows to 6,626 acres

Fire lines holding in active areas

Bottle Bay Road project wrapping up

Expected to be open by September 15

Agencies near deal on land access

F&G considers paying sister agency

August 22

Sandpoint Police seek help in shooting

Recover gun used to kill "Duke" Dias

Air quality moderate-to-unhealthy

Wind change could bring more smoke

Idaho gets $3.2m in election security

Will secure and modernize system

August 21

Sandpoint OKs $44.5 million budget

Theme is 'framework for the future'

Schweitzer, Fall Fest hit travel picks

'Today' highlights Labor Day list

Drought conditions creep into Idaho

Hot, dry weather includes Panhandle

August 20

Cougar Fire now at 5,542 acres

Firefighters deal with wind, smoke

Small business 'Road Tour' coming

Arrives in Sandpoint September 17

Miller named new Idaho Lands director

UI grad started as wildland firefighter

August 16

Region's fires continue to grow

Smoky air in 'unhealthy' range

GOP, Democrats revise platforms

Issues include marijuana, immigration

Idaho's first medical school opens

162 students attend orientation

August 15

1.4% annual job growth in Idaho predicted

Over 105,000 jobs to be added by 2026

Smoke continues to linger in region

Doctors: All susceptible to symptoms

Idaho couple survives cave ordeal

Rescued after being trapped 30 hours

August 14

Grizzly ventures into Athol backyard

Idaho Fish and Game is tracking bear

Idaho judges study sentencing law

Could affect prison population rise

Boise-area home prices soaring

Break records on monthly basis

August 13

Cougar Fire triples to 3,454 acres

Heat, wind fan regional wildfires

Air quality hits 'unhealthy' range

Expected to linger through week

Poll: Jordan edges closer to Little

Democrat is popular for health care

August 10

Victim in Sandpoint shooting ID'd

Dias was shot by an unknown man

Wildfire smoke from B.C., other states

Some closures in Cougar Fire area

Woman's trial in Yaak death begins

Man was abducted from Ponderay

August 9

Fires blaze close to home

Cougar Fire now at 845 acres

Shooting suspect remains at large

Police are seeking public's help

Historic Brown House demolished

BGH will construct new building

Triple-digit temps hit the region

Plus higher-than-normal humidity

August 7

Man dead in Sandpoint motel shooting

Suspect ran from Meandering Moose

Sandpoint reacts to robocalls

Neo-Nazi messages hit region

Nez Perce Tribe delegates visit D.C.

Discuss water pollution oversight plan

New Idaho law targets slow drivers

Five have been stopped since July 1

Father and son finish 17-hour hike

Otis hopes ordeal is yearly tradition

Link up to local bloggers:

    Brian's Bike Buzz. He rides bikes, dreams about bikes, and blogs about biking in Sandpoint and afield.
  • Eye on Boise. Betsy Z. Russell covers Idaho news from The Spokesman-Review's bureau in Boise.
  • Hike North Idaho. Love to read about, and share, stories of hiking in North Idaho? Then this adventure blog's for you!
  • 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.
  • Sandpoint Wellness Council. Alternative practitioners blog on natural health care.
  • 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.
  • 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! 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.

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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