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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.

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


October 18

McDonald facing backlash over audio

Says comments 'dramatically edited'

Searches in Idaho are called off

Two missing in separate cases

Lieutenant governor hopefuls spar

McGeachin, Collum debate issues


October 17

Otter: Hunter tainted Idaho's reputation

Calls commissioner's photos distasteful

Spirit Lake man dies in shooting

Apparently attacked two women

Idaho owes $20 million to fight fires

202 in 2018 were caused by humans


October 16

IFG commissioner resigns amid flap

Shared photos of Africa hunting trip

Bear attack survivor recalls ordeal

Hunters had filmed bear spray video

Kodiak planes assist Michael efforts

Quest sends team from Sandpoint


October 15

'A king in a crown' at Sandpoint High

Downs syndrome student wins title

Hayden man survives bear attack

Legasa was hunting in Montana

Otter endorses horse racing vote

Initiative seeks to revive industry


October 11

Prop 1 'horse racing' leads spending

Eclipses Idaho's governor race

Is Idaho ready to expand Medicaid?

Polls are showing significant support

Local 'Misery' play gets the axe

Legal complications halt shows


October 10

County adopts social media policy

Affects all employees and officials

Search continues for two missing

Separate incidents in Idaho County

Schools.com ranks U of I #1 in Idaho

Organization looks at 'overall picture'


October 9

Idaho OKs hike in health plan rates

2019 plans will rise average of 5%

Leonard Paul Store to be auctioned

Owners had tried selling the business

Man organizing clown performance

To play accordions at Rhodes' home

Bobcat photographed on Long Bridge

Sandpoint Police capture unusual scene


October 8

Groups seek commissioners' recusal

Involves proposed smelter property

Lawyer: Man too young for penalty

Coleman charged in Kootenai murder

Costs, efficiencies hinder solar roads

Sandpoint project illustrates problem

Sun Valley tops in Ski Magazine poll

Schweitzer also receives a mention


October 4

Remains identified as missing woman

BCSO labels death as a homicide

Sandpoint seeks solution to goose issue

City Beach droppings draw complaints

Avista lowers electricity rates

Drop 5.5% for Idaho customers

Jordan, Little talk tax, fiscal policy

Candidates attend first public forum


October 3

Scotchman advisory vote scrutinized

Boise writer shares opinion on issue

For Schweitzer, is faster lift better?

Getting nostalgic about Snowghost

Another sign of Idaho growth ...

California company moving to Boise


October 2

Schweitzer makes management changes

Deepens its family-based experiences

State government center in the works

Idaho bought 200-acre HP campus

Idaho warns of voter registration scam

Callers request personal information


October 1

Man dies in Highway 200 crash

Casteel collided with dump truck

Human remains found near Lakeview

Area searched in '17 for missing woman

Long Bridge path clean-up day set

Tattoo company leads effort Oct. 7


September 27

Downtown sewer work progressing

Pavers, signs, benches adorn Cedar

Winery balances tradition, changes

New owners at Sandpoint business

SHS students rank lunch spots

Joel's at the top with five stars


September 26

LPOSD board discusses budget

View video of September meeting

Idaho's wine industry gains notoriety

Featured in upcoming 'Wine Trails'

Federal judge cancels grizzly hunts

Scheduled in Idaho, Wyoming


September 25

Video is latest attack on publisher

Stack of Reader papers lit on fire

Idaho tribes awarded $1.8 million

Grants to improve public safety

More Idaho women start businesses

But male workers are still paid more

First results are in for solar road panels

Bold idea proves to be underwhelming


September 24

Robocalls attack Reader publisher

Olson decries 'attempt to impugn'

How to respond to racists robocalls ...

Accordion-playing clowns, says man

Counterfeit $20 bills reported in area

Suspect reportedly hit farmers market


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


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 Spectator.org; 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 CallJerry.biz/SandCreek 

 

 

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