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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

December 5 

Festival names interim leader

Baranski takes helm at nonprofit

STCU installs ATM downtown

Located at corner of Fourth, Oak

Idaho least-regulated state in U.S.

Passes South Dakota for top spot

December 4 

McDermott to serve up to 25 years

Shot man to death earlier this year

Idaho House minority leader resigns

Erpelding taking job with chamber

Mother: Icy road led to crash

Spirit Lake man, daughter died

December 3 

Hearing postponed in gun ban suit

Conference rescheduled for Jan. 28

Dish to stay open through winter

Restaurant located in Dover Bay

SHS seniors present their projects

Correlate with Connections classes

December 2 

County works through RV changes

Allows park expansion into areas

Avista bills in Idaho to fall 1%

PUC approves rate settlement

Local-option tax plans resurface

Idaho lawmakers appear hesitant

November 26 

Mitale takes lead in fishing derby

Hooks 19.44-pound rainbow trout

Strong winds blowing into region

Gusts up to 60 mph Wednesday

Trans inmate prepped for surgery

As litigation continues in Idaho case

November 25 

Pedestrian dies in Vay Road collision

Welke, 28, hit by driver while walking

Status conference set for gun suit

As legal expenses continue to grow

The right to bear arms

BuzzFeed reports on local fray

November 21 

Solar Roadways unveils new panels

First model to be commercially sold

Plea talks underway in battery case

Haskins accused of attacking teen

SHS club honors founder Bruhjell

Peace Pole to be moved outside

November 20 

FCC funds to assist rural broadband

Intermax to receive $1.3m for county

Lott seeks reduced prison sentence

Serving 25-year term for killing wife

Supersonic flight corridor proposed

Seeks testing in Inland NW airspace

November 19 

Draft code proposed for city sidewalks

Funding remains the primary issue

Lawmakers seek property tax relief

'Citizens being priced out of homes'

Frazee convicted in Berreth murder

Victim's mother: It was 'horrible death'

November 18 

Victim was on way to Veterans Dinner

Wife seriously injured in Hwy. 2 crash

One charge dismissed in murder trial

McDermott faces sentencing Dec. 3

Notes from a Sandpoint startup

The opportunity in disruption

November 14 

No 2019 federal funds for underpass

But organizers will plan another attempt

Southside earns STEAM certification

School just one of five in state of Idaho

Reclaim Idaho collecting signatures

Education funding initiative launches

November 13 

Settlement reached in lawsuit

Jogger accidentally killed in 2017

Health insurance tax credits available

Idaho enrollment deadline is Dec. 16

Missing Idaho toddler mystery on TV

HLN airs episode about disappearance

November 11 

Schweitzer's new lifts ready to roll

Resort opens for season Nov. 29

Sandpoint wins math competition

Ends CdA Charter's 3-year streak

L.A. Times article: 'Go back to California'

Newcomers fuel Boise backlash

November 7 

Mayor race, levy drew most heat

A recap of city, school elections

Litehouse president named CEO

Prior responsible for strategic mission

80,000 people moved to Idaho in '18

Yep, majority were from California

November 6 

Sandpoint re-elects Rognstad mayor

Voters OK permanent LPOSD levy

Festival enters firearms legal fray

Attorney files motion to intervene

Idaho school levies set record ... again

Property owners to pay $214m this year

November 5 

BNSF's new double-track in service

2.5-mile project near Westmond closing gap

Idaho firefighters praised for efforts

Save several homes in California

Idaho ranks 38th for fattest states

Mississippi claims nation's top spot

November 4 

Expanded Medicaid draws 35,000

Idaho enrollment opened up Nov. 1

8-year-old girl breaks fishing record

Egizi reels in 36.5" rainbow on LPO

20 years of Ski Idaho license plates

Funds nonprofit representing resorts

November 1 

Octoburrrrr: Sandpoint breaks record

Previous average low set in 1919

Innovia Foundation launches campaign

Aims to keep more wealth in Inland NW

Frazee trial begins in Colorado

Girlfriend from Idaho to testify

October 31 

Mayoral candidate terminated from job

Williamson was Waterkeeper director

Idaho test scores top national average

Ybarra: Students outperforming peers

Tight job market affecting ski resorts

Woo workers with perks, higher pay

October 30 

Uninsured children on rise in Idaho

31% increase from 2016 to 2018

Deputy cleared in Spokane shooting

25-year-old Sandpoint man was killed

Washington will still turn back clock

Despite new law eliminating change

October 29 

Idaho school funding effort begins

Raises taxes on wealthy, corporations

Commission seeks input on lake level

Gather opinions with questionnaire

N. Idaho men pose for hilarious calendar

Proceeds assist local cancer patients

October 28 

How tool aided law enforcement

Suspect identified in local killing

Southside educator receives honor

Leonard lauded for STEAM efforts

SHS girls soccer wins championship

Shut down Kuna in state final 2-0

October 24 

Tamarack makes 'significant progress'

Files plans to emerge from Chapter 11

BCSO deputy cited for bridge collision

Carl allegedly sideswiped another car

Growth is big issue for CdA elections

Development dominates local politics

October 23 

$41 million U.S. 95 project on track

To ease traffic flow through Garwood

ICL applauds Avista settlement

Lowers average bill by 1 percent

Widow sues Bonner County, BCSO

Husband shot, killed at Coolin cabin

October 22 

Company completes Quest acquisition

Name is changed to Kodiak Aircraft

More time granted for psych evaluation

Woman charged in 2017 Hope murder

Remembering a Farragut recruit

75 years after his sacrifice in WWII

October 21 

Sandpoint a top leaf-viewing town

On Vacasa's list of scenic places

Business re-opens in Spokane Valley

Fire gutted Sandpoint Chocolate Bear

Judge blocks Trump energy rules effort

Cites risk to struggling sage grouse

October 17 

Artifical turf approved at Memorial

Mayor casts the tie-breaking vote

Former Festival director sentenced

Wahl, 56, pleads guilty to DUI

IF&G goes high-tech for hunters

Video game teaches field dressing

October 16 

County forms music festival panel

Cites Festival at Sandpoint turmoil

Grizzly spotted north of Upper Priest

Captured on motion-activated camera

Report: Dire bird losses by 2050

Due to climate change in region

October 15 

City likely to decide on turf Wednesday

Consider options made by consultants

Get ready: Rain, mountain snow on way

String of storms set to hit Northwest

Kochava CEO joins Forbes Council

Manning part of executive community

October 14 

ISP investigates Long Bridge crash

Deputy side-swiped car; no injuries

Schweitzer touted for its affordability

Ranked third among U.S. ski resorts

Avista settles Idaho rate case

Drops average bill by 1 percent

October 10 

Festival's future in doubt amid woes

Staff resigns; board faces challenges

Consultants reveal park concepts

Favor artificial turf at Memorial

Idaho CEO buys Hawaii cattle ranch

VanderSloot pays off debts, raises pay

Link up to local bloggers:

  • 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.
  • 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. View his webpage for links to his essays at

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.

Click for more National Press


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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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