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Thu., June 7, 2007, 4:57 p.m.

Did the Little Guys win?

Jesse Tinsley/Spokesman-Review
In recent newspaper stories and in editorials, we have chronicled the battle for the future going on in beautiful Bayview, Idaho on Lake Pend Oreille.

The old-timers -- some of them live in trailers -- liked the laid-back feel of the place which is so stunning that you can picture Greek gods claiming it for their own playground.

Developer Bob Holland, meanwhile, saw its potential as the next Lake Tahoe. But he got into some big trouble, not only by locals but by people regionally and statewide, when it was discovered that he destroyed a spawning kokanee salmon bed while expanding a marina to go with his tony condos.

Today he announced he's pulling out of Bayview. The story at says: "A developer has scrapped his plans to replace the 32-slot View of the Bay Mobile Home and RV Park with condominiums. Instead, Hayden developer Bob Holland has put the Bayview property up for sale for $1.6 million."

So what's your guess? Just a matter of time before another Lake Tahoe dreamer comes to Bayview? Or will the area be able to retain its down-home charm several more years?

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