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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

October 20

Are extremists being normalized?

Look to N. Idaho for the answers

'Zoom towns' exploding in West

Pandemic leads to migration

Kaniksu Land Trust earns award

For its Pine Street Woods project

October 15

County sees first Covid deaths

Man, woman, both in their 80s

Man struck, injured on Highway 95

Was assisting at scene of collision

Idaho to remain in Stage 4 again

Little emphasizes wearing masks

October 14

Mixed results for LPOSD students

Hit English benchmarks; math dips

Schweitzer sees season's first snow

Ski/board season just 45 days away

Ex-candidate charged in '84 murder

Steve Pankey ran for Idaho governor

October 13

Silverwood donates to food banks

Bonner Community receives $7,352

Idaho potato worker video goes viral

Sends Fleetwood Mac song soaring

Sandpoint's Camille Neuder wins award

Wins Idaho Distinguished Young Woman

October 12

Corps sets target for winter pool

2,051 feet to be reached Nov. 15

Pine Street Woods a local treasure

Community forest offers access to all

Idaho ranked the 9th happiest state

According to study by WalletHub

October 8

P&Z unanimously denies subdivision

Project not consistent with comp plan

Kootenai man charged with lewd conduct

Christianson makes court appearance

Idaho unemployment continues drop

Has decreased for 22 straight weeks

October 7

21-year-old's killing probed in Texas

Hitchcock was raised in Sandpoint

Hearing reset in PR murder case

Mental health evaluation sought

Idaho sees its youngest Covid death

Man in 20s had underlying conditions

October 6

Jordan, Soto stump in Sandpoint

Democrat challenges Sen. Risch

Sandpoint man dies in car crash

Paulson left road on Highway 95

First major snowstorm on its way

Cold temps, snow for western U.S.

October 5

Tamarack Aerospace expands facilities

Sandpoint company also adding staff

Accuweather forecasts big NW winter

La Niña started developing last month

Idaho voters to weigh in on HJR4

Establishes number of voting districts

September 29

BCSO looking for missing teenager

Matthews last seen north of Sandpoint

Experts: Idaho in 3rd virus wave

Predicted to be biggest one yet

Firewood Rescue serves community

Volunteers rally to help one another

September 28

Crews continue progress on wildfires

Recent rain helps dampen Callahan

Reflecting on 'old Sandpoint'

Change not easy for Ben Olson

Rathdrum annexes 238 acres into city

For houses, commercial development

September 24

Bear attack investigation concludes

IF&G says it was defensive in nature

47 active cases in Bonner County

Covid total cases now at 315

Crews continue to battle wildfires

Work to contain Callahan, Bernard

September 23

Students charged with felony warrants

Allegedly threw rock in school bus

Fifty years along the shore ...

Past, future of Edgewater Resort

Survey: NW business leaders optimistic

Most believe they will weather Covid

September 22

Ponderay awarded $1.4m federal grant

Assists city's railroad underpass plan

Covid cases spike in Bonner County

PHD reports 55 active cases in area

RGB impact on NW Native Americans

Late justice played key role in victories

September 21

SHS student tests positive for Covid

Others in close contact self-quarantine

Red Kettle holiday drive to start early

Salvation Army cites demand for funds

Several fishing records broken in Idaho

What's 2020 good for? Answer is fishing!

September 18

Account set up after severe injury

Man fell 30 feet while trimming tree

Bayview fire crosses 1,000 acres

Boaters cautioned due to rockslides

Music Conservatory plans remodel

Fundraising goal set at $112,000

September 17

City OKs Bridge Street land swap

Helps fuel waterfront redevelopment

New fire reported in Talache area

5 acres with structures threatened

SHS football gets unexpected bye

Team not playing due to air quality

September 16

University Park plan draws concerns

152-lot subdivision decision delayed

PHD gets $1m to fight opioid crisis

Aids initiative in four rural counties

Mural pays tribute to CFHS pride

Project paid by graduating classes

September 15

P&Z to hold hearing on subdivision

75 acres previously owned by U of I

Juveniles confess to throwing rocks

Hit bus following Clark Fork game

Bonner County adds 10 Covid cases

Takes total case count up to 265

Bernard Fire grows to 660 acres

20 percent contained despite efforts

September 14

Fulcher faces election challenges

Centers campaign on police support

Projectiles hit bus in Clark Fork

As football team was leaving town

Fire near Blanchard contained

Bernard Fire continues to grow

September 10

Two hunters attacked by bear

One injured in Upper Pack area

Little visits Sandpoint High School

LPOSD shares funding concerns

Inlander examines goose problem

Some fight 'racial bigotry of birds'

September 9

Crews making headway on fires

Bernard Fire burns 150 acres

County adds 6 Covid cases

24 cases considered active

Residents reconnect to Farragut

Exit reopened following outcry

September 8

ICL flags local wastewater systems

Sandpoint had 16 pollutant violations

Algal bloom on Lake Cocolalla

Public warned when recreating

Blanchard blaze forces evacuations

Hunter 2 Fire burns over 500 acres

September 3

City wins Festival gun lawsuit

Judge: County had no standing

KSPT silences Litsinger radio show

After interview with plant opponent

IDFG seeks info on poached elk

Discovered off of Clagstone Road

September 2

Missing children, mother located

Hiza was wanted on arrest warrant

Extra $300 unemployment payments begin

Benefit for Idahoans retroactive to Aug. 1

PHD reports 14 new cases in N. Idaho

Active cases in Bonner County at 21

September 1

Bonners Ferry chiropractor arraigned

Charged in another chiropractor's death

Rosedale clarifies absentee rules

Requests accepted until Oct. 23

24 active cases in Bonner County

N. Idaho reports 35 new cases

August 31

Man arrested for attempted murder

Skandunas allegedly stabbed wife

UI, WSU research Covid impacts

Study effects on mothers, babies

Sandpoint boys self-rescue in Oregon

Brothers possibly caught in rip current

August 27

Sandpoint Police seek missing teen

Ashley Fishburne last seen Aug. 9

Records detail Priest River kidnapping

Man says he was forced to move body

First virus death in Boundary Co.

Man in 70s had been hospitalized

August 26

Sandpoint woman hurt in crash

Highway 200 shut for three hours

Bundy arrested at Idaho Capitol

Protests Covid-related liability bill

Earlier drawdown for Priest Lake

Begins Oct. 1 due to construction

August 24

Spectators break Idaho House door

Rush into Legislature's special session

Idaho leaders tied to militia groups

Progressive advocates share concerns

Super sub has roots in Bayview

Technology developed at facility

Idaho unemployment third-lowest in U.S.

14k back to work from June to July

August 20

City votes down mask mandate

Issue drew 883 online comments

West's fires send smoke to Idaho

Trapped within high pressure flow

Idaho sees downward trend in cases

But deaths at highest rate this month

August 19

No new cases in Bonner County

PHD: 30 active cases in county

Idaho auctions 18 Priest Lake lots

Land sales bring in more than $11 million

Governor calls legislators back

Special session starts Monday

August 18

N. Idaho adds 30 new Covid cases

Bonner County active cases at 59

Protesters object to man's sentence

Converge on the county courthouse

Opponents of trans ban win injunction

Idaho's 'Fairness' act now on hold

August 17

SHS preps for return of students

Masks required; schedule altered

U of I hosts second orchard conference

Highlights lost NW apple varieties

Idaho Covid cases hit 7-week low

But three districts didn't report

August 12

LPOSD secures fall reentry plan

Begins year with blended model

First virus death in Benewah County

19th death reported in North Idaho

Idaho could see $405 million surplus

Boosted by cuts to agencies, schools

COVID-19 coronavirus resources. Current information, announcements and links to local resources for Sandpoint-area efforts to contain the spread of the infectious coronavirus. Click to the COVID-19 coronavirus page.


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.


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.

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