Posts tagged: Sandpoint
Ron Paul has tentatively placed Moscow back on his campaign trail ahead of Super Tuesday, seeking a larger venue after his first visit was to a shut-out crowd. According to an email from a campaign staffer, the Texas congressman plans to visit three Idaho cities Monday — Sandpoint at 11 a.m., Moscow at 2 p.m., and Idaho Falls at 7 p.m. Paul's staff is currently fleshing out a contract with the University of Idaho to use the Kibbie Dome, said Karen Calisterio, north Idaho regional director for the campaign/AP.
Question: How important are the results of the Washington (Saturday) and Idaho (Tuesday) caucuses to Ron Paul GOP presidential hopes?
It's a balmy 28 degrees in Sandpoint this morning, where last night more than 50 people packed the public meeting room at the Sandpoint Library to learn about Idaho's open meetings and public records laws. “Open meetings and public records are very important to us as a citizenry,” Idaho Attorney General Lawrence Wasden told the group. It was the first of four North Idaho seminars this week sponsored by Idahoans for Openness in Government, IDOG, in partnership with the Attorney General's office and recommended by the Idaho Press Club, the Idaho Association of Counties and the Association of Idaho Cities. Last night's seminar was co-sponsored by the Bonner County Daily Bee; publisher David Keyes said the turnout shows people here really want to know about these issues/Betsy Russell, Eye On Boise. More here.
Question: Do you think Idaho's open meetings/open records laws are adequate?
City officials want to ensure that everyone feels welcome in Sandpoint. At last Thursday’s Administration Committee meeting, Councilman John Reuter sought the committee’s approval to work with city attorney Scot Campbell in drafting a city ordinance that would prevent discrimination race, color, disability, age, national origin, sex, religion, creed, veteran status and sexual orientation. … Idaho law currently prohibits discrimination in employment, education, real estate transactions and public accommodations based on age, disability, religion, sex, race, color and national origin. However, Reuter’s proposal would bolster and enhance current state law to include additional categories like veteran status and sexual orientation/Cameron Rasmusson, Bonner County Bee. More here.
Question: Will Sandpoint embrace an anti-discrimination law that's stronger than Idaho law, adding sexual orientation to the mix?
For all the complaints about city budgets being stretched to the limit, our local governments here in Idaho are at the forefront of growing the nanny state with as much gusto as the federal government. Examples abound in just the last month. Example one comes from the city of Boise, where statists (those people who believe in and worship the power of government) are contemplating a ban on smoking in local bars. … Not to be outdone, Sandpoint is where city officials have passed an ordinance banning the use of cell phones while driving — whether talking or texting. That's apparently because the police chief thought it was too hard to just ban texting — so now every activity in the phone-car continuum is now illegal. If you're in Sandpoint, beware. Even if you're not hurting anyone, you're now a criminal/Wayne Hoffman, Idaho Freedom Foundation. More here.
Question: Do you consider actions taken by city councils in Idaho against smoking and cellphones to be part of a “nanny state” mentality?
Just a short stroll from downtown Sandpoint, a dirt trail follows Lake Pend Oreille’s shoreline past groves of leafy cottonwoods that block out the sights and sounds of the bustling resort town. Instead of traffic, trail users hear lapping waves and the musical cadence of song sparrows. To the east, they can watch storm clouds gathering over the Cabinet Mountains. The privately owned trail is one of Sandpoint’s best kept secrets. But through a $1.6 million deal negotiated with the heirs of the late Sandpoint photographer Ross Hall, local cities and a nonprofit group hope to secure almost a mile of the undeveloped shoreline for public use/Becky Kramer, SR. More here. (SR photo by Kathy Plonka: Dann Hall, son of the late Ross Hall, talks about his family’s waterfront property)
Congratulations, neighbor, on being declared The Most Beautiful Small Town in America. But for the Coeur d'Alene faithful, is that honor bestowed a little to the north by USA Today and Rand McNally kind of like getting sandpoint kicked in your face? Not really - even though some sense of competition is alive and well. Between the Lake City and Sandpoint, “Coeur d'Alene has to take it,” said resident Robert Hoss. Granted, he said, they both have expansive, gorgeous lakes and a score of art shops downtown. But only one has a floating boardwalk, he said. And, in his opinion, shadier pines/Alecia Warren, CdA Press. More here. (SR file photo of Coeur d'Alene Resort boardwalk & waterfront by Jesse Tinsley)
Question: Izzit just me, or is this a bit of a 'homer' story for the Coeur d'Alene Press to publish? Coeur d'Alene vs. Sandpoint? C'mon.
This morning's paper tells us that we won a contest, sponsored by big names in the media business–USA Today and Rand McNally. Yesterday the word spread quickly on Facebook that–after the judging, which involved visits to several communities throughout the country–Sandpoint is America's most beautiful small town. What that will bring is now the question. Will we, who love this place as it is and has been, want all the more to put up the gates? And, I'm not talking about gates to exclusive developments but gates to city entrances/Marianne Love, Slight Detour. More here.
Question: If you could, would you put up a fence around your North Idaho community and not let anyone else in?
Rand McNally's 2011 Best of Road Rally has named Sandpoint as the most beautiful town in the United States. Jeff DeKorte, Rand McNally’s SVP, Travel & Digital Media and John Peters, VP/GM Digital Strategy along with Victoria Borton, General Manager of USA TODAY Travel, announced the five winning teams to a packed house at the Destination Marketing Association International (DMAI) Annual Convention in New Orleans. Narrowed down from more than 600 submissions, 30 top towns in five categories — Most Beautiful, Most Patriotic, Friendliest, Most Fun, and Best for Food — were selected for review during the inaugural Best of the Road Rally. More here. (SR file photo/Pia Hallenberg, of small-scale Statue of Liberty on Lake Pend Oreille)
Question: Which place in America's most beautiful small town would you point out to visitors as quintessential Sandpoint?
In a guest opinion in the Bonner County Bee on Sunday, Sandpoint Mayor Gretchen Hellar , pictured, said Dover Mayor Randy Curless earned $45,000 per year. Which was news to Mayor Curless and his daughter, former SReporter Erica Curless. Mayor Curless earns $2400 per year. In a mea culpa on Tuesday, Mayor Hellar writes in the Bee: “In my rush to get my guest editorial published I committed a stupid error. I did not check the information I got from the Internet. I tried to call Dover City Hall and Randy Curless, mayor of Dover, before I submitted it. I could not reach them. I should have waited until I could confirm the data. The Dover mayor does make $45,000, but that is the salary of the mayor of Dover, Md. I sincerely apologize to Randy and the citizens of Dover for the problem I caused.”
Question: Have you ever been embarrassed by information from the Internet that you used in a public way?
“Got the May issue of Outdoor Life in the mail today,” comments KeithinCDA. “Top 200 towns listed for Sportsmen and of the top 200, Idaho has 10. … All great places for jumping off into the outdoors”:
#7 Lewiston (was #1 last year)
#23 Idaho Falls
#79 Coeur d Alene
Question: Would you rather live in Lewiston than the current Idaho place that you're living? Why? Why not?
North Idaho educators and supporters are marching down Sherman Avenue in protest to Tom Luna's education “reform” plans as i post this. Here, Sandpoint High student Tyson Bird is talking to KHQ reporters about his objections to Luna's radical plan. (Photo courtesy of William Love)
Larry Spencer: How about a recap of the dumbest laws created in Idaho in 2010. My number one pick is the Sandpoint ordinance that outlawed butcher knives. So … perhaps the city council is a bunch of tofu lovers, but how the heck is anyone going to carve up a turkey? Or is that they're what they are trying to make impossible? You can have my carving knife when you pry it from my cold dead fingers, you.. you….”progressives!”
Question: Can you think of other dumb laws enacted in 2010?
Winner Nate Holland, center, from the United States, third placed Mario Fuchs, left, from Austria and second placed Tom Velisek from Canada celebrate on the podium after the men’s snowboard cross final at the World Cup ski event in Lech, Austria, Tuesday. Holland is a native of Sandpoint. See story below. (AP Photo/Kerstin Joensson)
Quest Aircraft Co. will furlough all except a handful of the airplane manufacturer’s 120 employees for three weeks beginning next Tuesday. Quest CEO Paul Shaller said this wasn’t the way he wanted to end an already turbulent 2010. “We are going to end up manufacturing 14 planes this year when I really wanted to do three times that,” he said. Quest had four rounds of layoffs this year and continues to be in the middle of an economic storm/Bonner County Bee. More here.
Question: Has your company had layoffs, furloughs, wage cuts, or related actions this year?
If I hadn’t checked Randy Stapilus’s Facebook page, I would have missed this story from the Bonner County Bee in which U.S. Sen. Mike Crapo ran head long into a group of birthers during a Sandpoint pit stop. From the article by Cameron Rasmusson: “Substantial conversation arose at speculation about the legitimacy of Obama’s citizenship and consequently, his presidency. Several attendees were eager to weigh in on the issue, one noting that if Obama’s presidency was invalid, all of his appointees would be deposed as well, resulting in a political coup. He then asked whether Crapo would support Obama’s impeachment if sufficient investigation occurred. Crapo replied that it was the House’s responsibility to impeach the president, while the Senate held the trial, and he would need more information before making a public statement. “I would need to see more background on the issue,” he said. More here.
In her blog, Mark & Kate, Kate tells of her recent visit for a month to her childhood home of Sandpoint. Writes she: “This was the first time I had spent more than a couple weeks in the idyllic lake town since graduating from high school and moving to Boise for college. Spending a month there in the middle of a beautiful summer reminded me of all the things I love about the place.” She then goes on to list (w/photos) 10 things she misses most about Sandpoint, including Festival at Sandpoint, Lake Pend Oreille, and Kokanee beer. More here.
Question: What things do you like most about Sandpoint?
In the Bonner County Bee, reporter Keith Kinnaird reports that David Duke, the former grand wizard of the Ku Klux Klan, will be in Sandpoint today seeking support for a possible presidential campaign (see Aug. 28, Aug. 31 items on Duke Web site). Apparently, Duke posted the announcement on his official website that he will speak on “white civil rights” at America’s Promise Ministries as part of a nation wide tour to discuss “the critical issues facing America and the world and the possibility of entering the Republican primaries for president of the United States,” the Bee story said. Laura Bry, president of the Bonner County Human Rights Task Force learned about Duke’s visit while checking a social networking site. “It’s all over Twitter,” she told the Bee. More here.
Question: Why would Duke go to Sandpoint to gauge support for his presidential candidacy?
Many of you will remember actor/commenter Ben Stein (pictured in AP file photo) as the monotone science teacher in “Ferris Bueller’s Day off.” But did you know that he regularly visits Sandpoint? In a recent post for CBS News, Stein writes that he doesn’t know how why gold prices are soaring while prices for everything else is stagnant. Or how the U.S. will keep Iran from having a nuclear bomb. Or why the U.S. Treasury is riding high when investors are nervous. Then he adds this: “I do know that on the south end of the railroad bridge across the mighty Pend Oreille River here in North Idaho, a family of osprey have built a magnificent, sturdy nest and sit unmoved as freight trains a mile long go by, shaking the whole town. I know they are fearless, majestic, a glory to see. They fly next to my little boat and dive on trout and bring them back to their nest, and I could watch them all day. I cannot figure out this wicked, cunning world of men”/Ben Stein, CBSnews.com. More here.
Question: Do you lose site of the beauty around us as a result of the various crises in this country and the world and the nastiness of partisan politics?
At the Bonner County Bee, Ralph Bartholdt is reporting that Jeff and Tasha Walker plan to open a Pita Pit restaurant by Labor Day on the corner of First Avenue and Bridge Street. The couple, who purchased the franchise in February, face major reconstruction first. More here.
Question: Do you eat at the Coeur d’Alene Pita Pit often?
Sandpoint artist Connie Scherr, pictured at her home last month, plans to take part in the Eighth Annual Artists’ Studio Tour coming up the next two weekends.
In recent years, several national publications have written about a quaint resort town located in North Idaho, which until these stories started appearing was a well-kept secret. Now Sandpoint is recognized by many as a year round resort destination located in a beautiful setting. But it is more than a place where skiing and water sports can be enjoyed. One of those qualities that seem to draw people here is a characteristic mentioned in nearly every publication written about this area – Sandpoint is an artists’ community. Patty Hutchens, SR, Read more
What do you enjoy most about Sandpoint?