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Tue., Feb. 17, 2009, 5:18 p.m.

‘Desperate’ Sandpoint pleads for its ‘fair share’

The Sandpoint area is in "desperate" economic straits, and tourism businesses there aren't getting their fair share of state tourism grants, the local chamber head, Amy Little, told state lawmakers today. She  and Sen. Shawn Keough, R-Sandpoint, proposed legislation to give counties a share of the tourism grants proportionate to the bed taxes they collect (which fund the grants), rather than just allocating them by region, and requiring that the Travel Council seats rotate among residents of the various counties in each region. The bill, SB 1081, was killed in committee this afternoon on a 6-3 vote. You can read my full story here at

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