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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

July 27

Court halts N. Idaho logging project

After lawsuit says F.S. violated laws

Data: Vaccines highly effective in Idaho

Hospitalizations 20x for non-vaxxed

Three tied after day one of PNGA

Idaho Club hosting championship

July 26

Two wounded in Sagle shooting

Third male taken into custody

'Turning downtown around'

City focuses on Sand Creek

Tributes for legendary Navy pilot

Snodgrass died in Lewiston crash

July 22

City Beach goose removal continues

But over 80 have returned this year

Kochava names new executives

CRO Beraudo, COO Kliewer

23 apply for PHD director post

Whalen retired at end of June

July 21

Idaho ends year with record surplus

Little: 'Conservative governing works'

Thorne Research files for $100M IPO

Founded in Sandpoint, moved in 2018

Covid cases 'heading in wrong direction'

H&W: Vast majority are unvaccinated

July 20

Clark Fork man killed in car crash

Crossed into traffic on Hwy 200

Crews protect Lunch Peak Lookout

Specialized team wraps structures

Biden's pick to lead BLM under fire

GOP cites tree-spiking case in '80s

July 19

Sandpoint under Red Flag Warning

Thunderstorms expected next 2 days

Randy Mann: Summer records may fall

Could be Inland's hottest, driest ever

ISP troopers receive $1k bonuses

Funded by federal stimulus package

July 15

Trestle Creek exceeds 200 acres

USFS fire restrictions now in place

Idaho's biggest lottery check ever

$72.5 million goes to education

Project studies now-absent caribou

UI students explore Selkirk habitat

July 12

32 fires burning in IPNF region

With 10 strikes in Trestle Creek

Bear attack victim had local ties

Lokan used to be Sandpoint nurse

Haiti crisis affects local volunteers

Sandpoint group under lockdown

July 12

32 fires burning in IPNF region

With 10 strikes in Trestle Creek

Bear attack victim had local ties

Lokan used to be Sandpoint nurse

Haiti crisis affects local volunteers

Sandpoint group under lockdown

July 3

USFS Road 1091 temporarily closed

Accesses Lunch Peak, cabin rental

Avista sees fewer planned blackouts

Concerns over utility's capacity linger

Food program income limit raised

Up to $40,626 for family of three

June 30

Bonner County bans fireworks

Affects unincorporated areas

Compost program moves forward

County gives go-ahead to seek grant

Summer biking? Head to the slopes

N. Idaho ski areas open up access

June 29

BCSO seeks shooting suspect

Man driving primer gray truck

Border town businesses struggling

As closure with Canada continues

West spending big for wildfire prep

Record heat, drought elevate concerns

June 28

'Historic' heat wave hits the PNW

Temps 50 degrees above normal

Harrison Lake camper kills moose

Tore apart campsite, charged man

Little touts roads on Idaho tour

Visits site of Lakeshore project

June 24

Little Pine Fire burns 320 acres

No containment near Priest River

Subdivision divides residents, county

Over paving, subdividing Quail Ridge

Why Idahoans didn't get vaccine ...

And what might persuade them

June 23

Firefighters battle Little Pine blaze

150 acres north of Priest River

Biden, governors to discuss fires

Vows to increase firefighters' pay

Crowded roads await 4th travelers

261,000 Idahoans to hit highway

June 22

Fulcher announces cancer diagnosis

Congressman expects 'full recovery'

NIFC getting long-needed funds

Serves as wildland firefighting HQ

Opinion: Slough has had enough

Holt weighs in on enforcement

June 21

Pedestrian bridge work begins

Part of the Long Bridge repairs

Bundy announces run for governor

Idaho rancher led armed occupation

Colleges see big drop in enrollment

5,000 fewer students due to pandemic

June 16

Litehouse sales up 10% past year

As employee shares increase 19%

Blood shortage felt in Inland NW

All types of donations are needed

Want a free, at-home Covid test?

Idaho residents can dial 2-1-1

June 14

Two injured in LPO boating accident

Boat ran aground in Buttonhook Bay

Idaho's urban areas are booming

Dover 2nd fastest growing city

Giddings request would cost $150k

Representative seeks school records

June 10

Carpenter sentenced 15 years to life

Pled guilty to killing Hope resident

Panida mulls sale of Little Theater

Restoration projects need funding

Missing dog found herding sheep

Idaho's Tilly was ejected in crash

June 9

Complaint filed over development

Vegetation removed at Boyer Slough

Unvaccinated Idahoans bear brunt

Make up more than 90% new cases

Visitors flocking to the IPNF forests

Campground reservations filling up

June 8

Silverwood increases security

After arson attempt on coaster

Idaho's gets extension on ed funding

Must file plan for $146m stimulus

Ketchum mulls tent cities, RV parks

Housing squeezing out common folk

June 7

Sandpoint schools go on lockdown

After threatening note found at SHS

Suspect sought in Silverwood arson

Coaster set on fire; minimal damage

Idaho unemployment still falling

As extra payments end June 19

June 4

Concerns heating up over compound

Ex-comic, group roil Boundary County

Ramey Construction adds local office

Spokane-based business employs 40

Analysis finds Covid discrepancy

More kids had virus than reported

June 3

County moves forward with loan

$8.7m to fund waste facilities update

7B Women vote to dissolve group

Pandemic proved to be challenge

Bundy has some bracing for chaos

Vigilante files to run for governor

June 2

City, Festival prevail in 2nd suit

Judge rules allegations unwarranted

Covid cases on the rise in Panhandle

Vaccination rates are lowest in Idaho

Governor weighs in on mask flap

Little, McGeachin haven't spoken

June 1

East Hope holds wall dedication

Honors area's soldiers who served

Stunt Pilot debuts at Silverwood

Dedicated to air show pilot Heale

Cautionary tale of western expansion

'Pushed Out' uses Dover experience

May 27

BCRCC wants Sen. Woodward out

Cite 'un-Republican voting record'

LPO to hit summer pool mid-June

Despite Lakes Commission request

Pedestrian bridge work delayed

To begin after holiday weekend

May 26

PAFE searching for new director

Wilson to retire after 16 years

LPOSD faces reduced '22 budget

CFO: Need to tighten by $200,000

Couple charged with kids' murders

Daybells each indicted by grand jury

May 25

Some Idahoans to get rebates

Part of income tax legislation

Commission to Corps: Fill 'er up

Requests full pool level by May 28

Idaho vaccine rates among lowest

State is sixth-worst in the country

May 24

Dry, dangerous fire season ahead

N. Idaho snowpack 60% of normal

Giddings makes bid for Lt. Gov.

Dist. 7 legislator caused controversy

Isenberg gets life for killing husband

Drugged him on boat on Lake CdA

May 21

Officials warn of counterfeit pills

Kootenai Co. sees 5 deaths in 8 days

East Hope to hold dedication event

May 31 for Veteran Memorial Wall

Who's getting vaccine, who isn't?

Rates align with education, income

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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