SANDPOINT - The city and the beauty of its natural surroundings get plenty of kudos for being one of the best places to live, retire, and for generally being one the most beautiful places in America.
Glossy magazines tout high-end architecture, sailing on Lake Pend Oreille, or winter skiing. USA Today in 2013 touted the town's cultural and arts community, its wineries and breweries. National Geographic labeled the city one of the top 100 U.S. adventure towns, with great places to play, stay, escape and eat.
But beneath Sandpoint's well-planned economic and community development, highly-rated schools, and trendy and increasingly gentrified outer shell, exists a completely different culture, one that has nothing to do with adventure and fine dining and everything to do with economic survival. Full story. Lee Hughes, Hagadone news network