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  • Scotchman Peaks group rises to occasion for lookout

    The Friends of Scotchman Peaks Wilderness, based in Sandpoint, is teaming with the Forest Service to restore the Star Peak Lookout in the Kootenai National Forest near Heron, Mont. The …


  • Festival turns 30 with first-rate lineup — beginning to end

    One of the best-ever lineups at the Festival at Sandpoint, by sheer crowd appeal, starts tonight with the world-renowned Ladysmith Black Mambazo and Johnny Clegg. And then it just keeps …


  • Sandpoint byway set to open Friday morning

    The Sand Creek Byway in Sandpoint will open to traffic Friday morning, according to the Idaho Transportation Department.


  • Savoring Sandpoint

    SANDPOINT – Maybe Sandpoint is on the way to your next lakeside destination for summer fun. Perhaps music during the Festival at Sandpoint, Aug. 2-12, will be the draw. Either …


  • Sand Creek Byway getting finishing touches

    Three weeks after it was dedicated, and halfway through Sandpoint’s busy summer season, the much-anticipated Sand Creek Byway still isn’t open to traffic. The most expensive state highway project ever …


  • Highway 2 realignment expedited

    Work could begin as early as next spring on a major street realignment to relieve traffic congestion in downtown Sandpoint. The Idaho Transportation Board on Thursday voted to expedite the …


  • Field reports: King salmon crisis closes Alaska season

    FISHING – It’s a bad year for that salmon fishing dream trip to some portions of Alaska. Record low king runs have forced the Alaska Department of Fish and Game …


  • Sandpoint OKs milfoil plan, fund

    SANDPOINT – The Sandpoint City Council has approved spending $25,000 to use non-herbicide techniques such as hand-pulling and physical barriers in the city’s ongoing battle with Eurasian milfoil in Lake …


  • Sandpoint Arbor Day is Saturday

    The 14th annual Sandpoint Arbor Day ceremony and arboretum open house takes place from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday in Lakeview Park, next to the Bonner County Historical Museum …


  • Sandpoint to fight milfoil by hand

    SANDPOINT – City officials in Sandpoint are declining an offer from the Idaho Department of Agriculture to apply herbicide in Lake Pend Oreille near city beaches to eradicate Eurasian milfoil. …


  • Long-distance relationship: Sandpoint couple scores backpacking Triple Crown

    After enduring six months backpacking the Appalachian Trail, Phil Hough and Deb Hunsicker were pretty sure their relationship was good for the long haul. They confirmed they could go the …


  • North Idaho hikers find peak place close to home

    The Scotchman Peaks area northeast of Lake Pend Oreille is a roadless area the Sandpoint couple prizes. For seven years, Hough and Hunsicker have been leaders in Friends of the …


  • Backpackers gear down for long distance hikes

    Phil Hough and Deb Hunsicker have winnowed their long-distance hiking gear to a base weight (sans food and water) of 15-19 pounds, depending on how many luxuries they bring, such …


  • Entrepreneurs to vie in Schweitzer pitch contest

    Organizers of the Chairlift Pitch Contest want to spin the idea of the elevator pitch into something more quintessentially Sandpoint. Next Thursday they’ll send seven area business owners to the …


  • Coldwater Creek to sell 26.5 million shares at discount

    Sandpoint women’s clothing retailer Coldwater Creek Inc. said it will sell 26.5 million shares of common stock and raise roughly $21.1 million and use the money to push through a …


  • Franti, fireworks set to wrap up Festival at Sandpoint

    Little-known fact about the Festival at Sandpoint: Some people bob around in boats on Lake Pend Oreille and enjoy the concerts for free. Actually, the boat will be the only …


  • Cross-country racers hit finish line

    Four mostly middle-age Sandpoint men have bicycled across the country in 6 days, 9 hours and 28 minutes to raise $80,000 for autism. Wayne Pignolet, 51, describes his experience with …


  • Out & About: Rare namesake born at Wild Horse Island

    For the first time in more than a century, a wild horse has given birth on Flathead Lake’s Wild Horse Island.


  • Vietnam War copter headed to Sandpoint

    SANDPOINT – A group of veterans in North Idaho has purchased a military surplus H-34 helicopter they hope to display in Sandpoint as a Vietnam War memorial. “It will be …


  • Sandpoint aircraft maker and Spokane flight center share training resources

    Sandpoint-based Quest Aircraft has formed a partnership with Spokane Turbine Center, a nonprofit, church-supported training center for mission aviators. Quest will now use Spokane Turbine Center’s million-dollar flight simulator and …


  • Children’s clinic blends therapies

    Imagine having a child who requires not only speech therapy, but also occupational therapy and possibly physical therapy. Then you are told your younger child also needs at least one …


  • Riders from Sandpoint focus on autism

    For the past 12 years, David and Lisa Barth, of Sandpoint, have cocooned around their small family, maxed out with the day-to-day challenge and joy of raising an autistic son. …


  • Fulfilling a need inside the Cedar Street Bridge

    When Shery Meekings first walked into the Cedar Street Bridge Public Market in downtown Sandpoint, her mind began to race. As an artist, she viewed it as a place where …


  • Prep roundup: Wiese hits 3; Newport wins

    Courtney Wiese banked in a 3-pointer with 2.5 seconds left to lift Newport to a 38-37 nonleague girls basketball victory over visiting Timberlake on Monday night. The Tigers (3-3) had …


  • Technology improves Schweitzer experience

    Schweitzer Mountain Resort has long been a favorite Inland Northwest ski destination, and this season the resort is betting that technology will take them another step toward the top.


  • Youths can get involved through CAL Teens

    More than three decades ago as a group of families were gathered on the beach in Sandpoint for some fun and relaxation, the women began talking about the needs of …


  • Sculpture uses salvage materials

    As you enter Sandpoint, there are signs proclaiming this resort area as a walking town. But this community is quickly evolving into much more than a place where you can …


  • Things are looking up at Cedar Street Bridge

    It has been nearly two years since Sandpoint’s Cedar Street Bridge was forced to close temporarily, and since then it seemed the popular shopping venue would never recover. Home to …


  • Pend d’Oreille Bay Trail plan to be unveiled

    It has been more than a year since proponents of the Pend d’Oreille Bay Trail began organizing workshops, holding meetings and seeking public input, and now they are ready to …


  • 24-hour bike ride rallies community to help fight cystinosis

    When they first established a foundation in honor of their son who is fighting a rare genetic disease, Brian and Tricia Sturgis never imagined their efforts would not only raise …

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