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New Gen Takes Over Local Mortuary 

Over the course of 45 years in business, Dale Coffelt has grown close to the community he serves. He has seen children grow into grandparents and watched as one generation gave way to the next. Perhaps more than anyone, he has been there when community...

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WEDNESDAY, FEB. 29, 2012

Ron Paul To Visit Moscow, 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...

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TUESDAY, DEC. 6, 2011

Records Seminar Attracts Sandpoint 

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...

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THURSDAY, OCT. 13, 2011

Sandpoint Ponders Anti-Bias Law 12 

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...

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FRIDAY, SEPT. 30, 2011

Hoffman: Cities Join 'Nanny State' 17 

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...

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Sandpoint Dealing For Own 'Tubbs Hill'

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...

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MONDAY, JULY 25, 2011

Press: Sandpoint Tops Lake City? 

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 -...

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Marianne: Keep Sandpoint Viewtiful 

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...

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Sandpoint Selected As 'Most Beautiful' 

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...

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Sandpoint Mayor Admits Mistake 

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....

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MONDAY, APRIL 18, 2011

Outdoor Life: Lewiston Best Idaho City 12 

"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...

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MONDAY, FEB. 21, 2011

NI Educators March In Downtown CdA 12 

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)

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MONDAY, JAN. 3, 2011

Spencer: Clueless In Sandpoint 42 

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...

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PM: Sandpoint Native Wins Ski Event 

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...

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Quest Aircraft Furloughs Workers

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...

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THURSDAY, OCT. 28, 2010

Sandpointers Question Obama Birth 35 

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...

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Kate: Sandpoint Dreamin' In Boise 

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...

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Ex-KKK Wizard Duke In Sandpoint Today 35 

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...

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MONDAY, AUG. 16, 2010

Ben Stein: Osprey On Rail Bridge 

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...

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THURSDAY, AUG. 12, 2010

Pita Pit To Open In Sandpoint 

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....

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MONDAY, AUG. 9, 2010

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.  (Kathy Plonka)

Sandpoint's appeal 

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...

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MONDAY, JULY 26, 2010

No more Fluoride for you 11 

The Sandpoint City Council has voted to quit adding fluoride to the municipal water system that also serves communities from Kootenai to Dover.The 4-2 vote last week followed comments by more than a dozen people arguing against fluoridation at the meeting. Some who spoke out...

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TUESDAY, JULY 20, 2010

Allred: I Can Out-Cowboy 'Dandy' Otter 14 

Arpie: He moved effortlessly to a beautiful and smooth closing, saying that he knows it’s not important to the state but he’s sure he can out cowboy Otter. He said that Otter was what his grandparents would call a “Dandy” who bought a ranch after...

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New York Beats Sandpoint For Biking? 

New York has planned for cyclists and pedestrians. Although many of the paths and lanes for cyclists were added within the past couple of decades, New York has never assumed that driving a car will be the primary mode of transportation for most people. Streets,...

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TUESDAY, JUNE 22, 2010

Trish (Hearts) Sandpoint's Roundabout 

My friend Ward, whose house fronts on Sandpoint’s new traffic circle, would disagree with my support (for the new roundabout at Boyer and Larch). He’s been quite fond of saying he’s willing to sell tickets for seats on his lawn to watch what a disaster...

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Huckleberries Online

D.F. Oliveria started Huckleberries Online on Feb. 16, 2004. Oliveria's Sunday print Huckleberries is a past winner of the national Herb Caen Memorial Column contest.