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  • Cop Out

    Karl Thompson resigns, and a Sandpoint thief pleads guilty
      Thompson submitted his resignation in a two-sentence letter to City Administrator Ted Danek last Friday. He was escorted out of the Public Safety Building later that same day. Thompson, who makes about $73,000 a year, was paid through Thursday and will keep his health benefits through the month, according to city spokeswoman Marlene Feist.
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  • Art Fuss
  • Art Fuss

    Nelson Boren's 'Sand Creek Arch' has Sandpointers talking. Will it influence the city's upcoming arts projects?
      The piece riling this Northern Idaho community isn’t some Buddhist elephant god or a feces-covered Madonna but, instead, a collection of fish crafted from recycled road signs. The fish form a rainbow of blues, oranges, yellows and whites that flop their way across the arch.
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  • Communication Arts
  • Communication Arts

    The Saranac Public House re-invents the old Isabella's space. Plus, Little Olive brings Mediterranean to Sandpoint.
      They want you to drink here. Inside, they refine the pitch. The décor is spare and utilitarian — all dyed concrete floors, exposed brick walls, stainless steel tabletops and industrial-ish lighting. It is not flashy. Saranac Public House wants to be a pub and seems to understand what that means.
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  • Mis(ter) Conception
  • Mis(ter) Conception

    Despise musicals? Love off-color humor? Sperm! might be the production you’ve been waiting for.
      “It was politically charged,” Olson says. “It was influenced by my lifelong frustration with Sandpoint trying to turn itself into a haven for the rich. Pretty soon the whole town is walking tiny dogs in sweaters and wearing those designer workout suits made of crushed velour.
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  • Pictures for Life
  • Pictures for Life

    One of the largest collections of fine art in North Idaho is hanging on the walls of a hospital.
      She remembers thinking that if she could only paint the door of her hospital closet orange, then she “could handle laying here for so long just staring.” Instead she asked her son to bring in an orange sarong from Hawaii to hang on the door: a colorful reminder of other times, other places.
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  • Web-Wide Wine
  • Web-Wide Wine

    A local wine blog goes brick-and-mortar. Plus, twice the samples at Spuds in Sandpoint.
      Going back for seconds is encouraged in Sandpoint, which continues to offer communitywide events designed to illuminate its culinary breadth. Taste of Sandpoint, for example, occurs in both the summer (when it’s called Summer Sampler) and during Winter Carnival as a kickoff to a month-long event: DINE AROUND SANDPOINT.
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  • Red Light, Green Light
  • Red Light, Green Light

    Sandpoint bypass construction prep reveals an older, raunchier city
      A huge archaeological dig in advance of highway construction has just wrapped up after collecting some 600,000 artifacts that paint a clearer picture of what city founders labeled a Restricted District that remained near Sand Creek and the railroad tracks after today’s city moved farther inland in the early 1900s.
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