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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

February 21

Wilderness vote language finalized

Public to weigh in on Scotchman

Smelter opponents to hold march

Protesting Newport plan Saturday

County OKs Natural Resource Plan

Requires federal, county coordination

February 20

Trio sues Sandpoint guest ranch

Say they were injured on sleigh

BNSF plans $135m in investments

Includes Sandpoint-Whitefish route

Idaho potatoes make way for grapes

Forbes writer extols virtues of crop

February 19

Weekend snowfall breaks record

Meteorologist: Welcome to North Idaho

Lignetics adds four new plants

Kootenai facility employs 50

Bill limiting bond elections advances

Legislation sponsored by Rep. Scott

Sandpoint is a 'storybook paradise'

Reader's Digest lists top winter towns

February 15

Mental health grant to aid counties

Funds suicide prevention training

Virus awareness bill nearing vote

Kootenai family affected by CMV

February 14

SHS duo claim welding honors

Luce, Kohal part of competition

SHS's Roget receives academic nod

Senior named National Merit finalist

Idaho-born boarders come up short

Compete in the Olympics halfpipe

February 13

'Liberty legislators' unveil proposals

Includes removal of grocery tax

Woman pleads not guilty to perjury

Albertson faces two-day jury trial

Newsome pleads not guilty in case

Accused of leaving accident scene

February 12

City pitching UI plan to foundation

Opportunity for 77 acres 'historic'

Winter Carnival offers fun for all

45th annual event kicks off Friday

Jordan bringing in a substitute

Candidate not resigning after all

February 8

Woman accused of embezzlement

McGrath worked at Sandpoint Title

City seeks funding for UI property

Wants public's input on master plan

Climate change education heats up

Idaho may strip science standards

Jordan resigns from Legislature

Focuses on her race for governor

Coeur d'Alene: Top Olympics town?

Fits 'Happy 700' criteria for hosting

February 7

Gervasi sentenced to 20 years prison

Lawyer: 'Sad statement' of meth effects

Priest River Times being replaced

Bee to publish Thursday edition

Work remains at Ponderay eyesore

Owner still cleaning up trailer park

$200m Idaho tax cut bill progresses

Offers $130 tax credit for children

February 6

Engelhardt running for Assessor

Former Sagle Fire commissioner

Lake Pend Oreille level on the rise

Corps resumes flexible winter ops

Lawmakers introduce left lane bill

Would impose fine for slow drivers

Medicaid effort draws national headlines

HuffPo reports Sandpoint pair's initiative

February 5

Kramer voted into Hall of Fame

Sandpoint native in NFL '58-'68

City seeks input on UI property

Recreation, jobs, housing on list

IF&G won't suppress PL trout

Sent surveys to 10,000 anglers

February 1

Litehouse celebrates expansion

Completes $6.2 million remodel

Sandpoint hires first HR specialist

Goes worked for City of Spokane

Legislators advance vaccine bill

Eases requirements for parents

January 31

Assessor employee seeks post

Gow is 27-year office veteran

Fire destroys unoccupied home

Located on lakeshore in Sagle

SHS coaches resign positions

Both Yarno, Roos stepping down

January 30

Green Mountain drill meeting set

Company proposes exploration

Sandpoint man jailed on violations

Sheeley dodged prison in rape case

SHS rallies big-time in Tots drive

Teachers' stunts aid $10k donation

January 29

City treasurer leaving a legacy

Syth refinanced sewer bond, more

Idahoans forfeit paid time off

State ranks first in the U.S.

Bizarre Bazaar a local gem

Store thrives with volunteers

January 25

Two uninjured after buried in snow

Schweitzer urges caution for skiers

Trial ordered in bus stop collision

Man charged with leaving scene

City officials elected to positions

Stapleton, Williamson take on roles

Idaho PTech shutting down in June

Due to lack of long-term funding

January 24

City approves Oak Street bike path

Improvement estimated at $365k

Small cut proposed in NIC funding

President had sought $1m increase

The Idaho K-12 teacher brain drain

Schools struggle to keep workforce

January 23

Flu season may be past its peak

Eight deaths in northern Idaho

Clark Fork man arrested in incident

Neighbor says he was threatened

Idaho panel OKs inmate labor bill

Opens up hiring to all agriculture

January 22

Hundreds attend women's march

Features candidate for governor

Mattox Farm lights up music scene

Up-and-coming bands dropping in

Sandpoint mom urges legislation

'Time is now' for Health Care Plan

January 18

Death penalty mulled in murder

Man accused of killing cab driver

Public Works' Luttmann resigns

Syth also leaving post as treasurer

Financial disclosure proposal killed

Legislative committee halts progress

January 17

Women's March planned Saturday

Begins at noon in middle school

Man faces felony for alleged attack

Borja, 36, involved in Hope incident

ITD eyes Highway 41 expansion

Widening Post Falls to Rathdrum

The nasty business of flu in Idaho

Influenza expert advises vaccination

January 16

Dog rescued from Chuck Slough

Selkirk Fire puts training to test

Lewd suspect back in custody

Breymann, 60, not at hearing

Shuler receives Achievement Award

Recognized posthumously for work

SASi seniors featured in calendar

'Nine over Ninety' available locally

January 15

Sandpoint racist flyer suspect ID'd

Rhodes says he's targeted by media

LPOSD seeks input on priorities

Public encouraged to participate

The Idaho Club plans expansion

Hearing to consider 'Lake Estates'

Flu outbreak shuts Kellogg schools

23 Idahoans have died this season

January 11

Suspended sentenced in gun case

Crider fined, put on probation

Leniency denied in lewd conduct case

Carlin must serve 5 years of sentence

Southside Water operator retires

Bopp served community 33 years

January 10

Scotchman issue headed to ballot

Voters will weigh in on wilderness

Comment sought on drilling plan

Company eyes silica near LPO

Man suspected in threatening calls

Rhodes implicated in SHS incident

January 9

Otter delivers final State of the State

Seeks 3% raise for state employees

Mandy Evans named IBR honoree

Shelter director 'humbled' by award

Richard Miller running for assessor

Has experience in building industry

January 8

LillyBrooke Center opens on First

Home serves survivors of abuse

Grant sought for 160-acre property

Trails for all at Pine Street Woods

Idaho water season off to slow start

But Panhandle snowpack is normal

January 4

Whiskey Bay residents aid rescue

Bonner County EMS applauds effort

Woman warns of satellite scam

Told to pay upfront fee of $150

Idaho college enrollment rises

Clears the 100,000 plateau

January 3

City takes on parking enforcement

Hires community resource officers

Man pleads not guilty to firing gun

Juettner charged with misdemeanor

McNall celebrates 100th birthday

He moved to Sandpoint in 1922

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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! 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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