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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

June 30

Idaho hands-free law starts July 1

Holding phone illegal while driving

Virus cases spike in Panhandle

Bonner County reporting 29 total

PNGA cancels Idaho Club tournament

Due to increase in coronavirus cases

June 29

127 geese relocated from City Beach

Residents opposed to effort show up

Sandpoint's Fourth celebration is a go

Includes parade, festivities, fireworks

Sandpoint man released early from prison

Ratigan bombed clinic, robbed bank in '96

June 26

Coronavirus cases surge in N. Idaho

24 total reported in Bonner County

Bonner County Fair remains on

Scheduled for August 14-15

Little: Idaho will remain in Stage 4

Coronavirus cases up across state

June 25

One dead after boat capsizes in storm

Nine rescued on Lake Pend Oreille

LPOSD budget bites COVID costs

Adds furlough language to agreement

Ponderay Newsprint shuts down mill

Usk plant employed more than 130

June 24

Out-of-staters 'coming in droves'

Realtors see surge in Mountain West

Man wanted in Priest River assault

BCSO: Small red truck seen in area

North Idaho virus increase expected

Could see 200 cases by the Fourth

June 23

Virus cases rise over weekend

PHD: 7 active in Bonner County

Ting Internet expanding its network

Includes north Sandpoint, Ponderay

Ada County rolled back to Stage 3

All bars will be forced to close

June 22

Fire damages Ponderay restaurant

Cigarette blamed for Friday blaze

ICAP: Paramilitary activity illegal

Armed citizens appeared at protest

Bayview Daze celebration canceled

Officials cite 'health of community'

June 19

BGH employee tests positive for virus

Technician works in lab department

Lakes Commission to meet June 25

Public can attend in person or online

Outbreak at Boise bars infects 34

Illness spreading to family members

June 18

Three new cases in Bonner County

One works at a senior care facility

Citizens pack City Hall at forums

Topics include racism, police, graffiti

Panels to create public school plans

Focus on fall reopening, digital divide

June 17

Organizers cancel Long Bridge Swim

Options offered for registration fees

Anglers reaping high kokanee numbers

Highest density in LPO in two decades

Three anglers claim $1,000 walleye prizes

Gordon, Butler among first lottery winners

June 16

County P&Z backs setback changes

Aims to mitigate variance requests

Border closed through July 21

Canada, U.S. extend restrictions

$1,500 aims to lure Idaho workers back

Some employers struggling to recruit

June 12

Idaho enters final phase ... just barely

Community transmission on the rise

Bog Creek Road construction halted

Lawsuit cites impact on grizzly habitat

BLM Sandpoint details their demands

Includes anti-racism training, board

June 11

Demonstrations reach rural West

Sandpoint one of handful in Idaho

Armed men hit small town streets

Rognstad: Protesters felt 'scared'

Sandpoint advances parks plan

City Beach swap draws attention

June 10

Council explores revised parks plans

Design team responds to comments

Officials unite on property tax relief

Pays for public safety salaries

U.S., Canada set to extend closures

Border may be closed through July

June 9

Anvil path takes shape in Ponderay

Grant helps extend pathway 1/3 mile

Permit nears for July 4th celebration

Korn salvages annual Sandpoint event

Reclaim Idaho sues for more time

Collecting signatures on ed effort

June 8

Sixth virus case in Bonner County

Female over 60 is self-isolating

SHS honors graduates with 'drive-in' event

Ceremony also streamed live on Facebook

Idaho to offer bonus to unemployed

Will get $1,500 if they return to work

June 4

Ponderay's JC Penney store closing

Company cites coronavirus pandemic

City, Festival sued over firearms ban

Filed by Second Amendment proponents

Community spread identified in county

As total Panhandle cases rise to 97

June 3

Incumbents claim primary wins

Dixon, Bradshaw retain seats

Students, young adults protest racism

Peaceful demonstration on Long Bridge

Jordan to face Risch in November

Native American wins primary race

June 2

Virus cases jump to 90 in Panhandle

Five total reported in Bonner County

Injured osprey back on the wing

Struck by vehicle on Highway 200

Idaho gas prices up another 8 cents

Posts third-largest increase in U.S.

June 1

Daher lays off Kodiak workers

Company cites pandemic effects

Commissioners reject stay-home order

Say it's unconstitutional; want it lifted

Silverwood opens with precautions

Ahead of most other parks in U.S.

May 27

Victory Bell returns to Memorial

'Friends' pay for $30,000 in repairs

Coronavirus delays father's murder trial

Costello accused of shooting son in '18

Two local motorcyclists hurt in crash

Collision was near Fourth of July Pass

May 26

City eases sidewalk cafe rules

Separation barriers not required

Man accused of ramming motorist

Cooper faces two felony charges

KNPD Radio celebrates 40 years

Local station strengthening signal

May 21

Firefighters halt Center Valley fire

Structure fire damages home

Some campgrounds opening up

IPNF aiming for the end of May

Amazon starts hiring 2,000 in Spokane

Pays $15/hr., plus benefits and tuition

May 20

Save Independence Day underway

Campaign aims to restore events

Bonner Co. sees high ballot demand

Official: Absentee requests 'pouring in'

Land Board sticks to land buying

Little sought investment strategy

May 19

Driver's licensing offices fully open

Limited to Bonner County residents

Going up: Idaho gas prices soar

17% increase is biggest in U.S.

Virus hits food plant in Idaho town

Efforts highlight holes in state's plan

May 18

Timberline zone change request OK'd

9 acres adjacent to Sandpoint Airport

New virus case in Kootenai County

Total in North Idaho stands at 70

Fulcher faces primary challenge

Jones is a Boise entrepreneur

May 15

BNSF progresses on temporary span

Will be taller than permanent bridge

Three challenge COVID restrictions

Sagle's Herndon part of lawsuit

Kootenai River Casino reopening

Tribe paid all wages during closure

May 14

LPOSD crafts graduation plans

SHS to hold 'drive-in' ceremony

Library ends overdue fines policy

Board hopes to 'help community'

Kootenai Co. sheriff: Fast-track reopening

Says visitors make enforcement impossible

May 13

Sandpoint Lions cancel 4th events

Health, safety is 'primary concern'

Silverwood plans to open May 30

Park to operate at reduced capacity

Idaho sees large one-day increase

33 new confirmed cases of virus

May 12

Council affirms development permit

P&Z had OK'd multi-family project

U of I mulls employee furloughs

To offset state revenue reductions

Idaho tribal casinos start to re-emerge

Coeur d'Alene Casino opened May 1

May 11

Gold Hill popularity sparks issue

Hikers parking in road right of way

City relaunches use permit program

Affects non-residential businesses

Volunteers help clear local trails

Coalition strives for connectivity

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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