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By Gary Lirette, Business & Investing in the Inland Northwest
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So, my company, Tomlinson Sandpoint Sotheby's is outselling the competition by a considerable margin, and within my company, I am #12, and am in the top 20%. Here is the graphic:   If you want a REALTOR that works for you 24/7, and is community minded, give me a call at 208-610-1384. To learn all...

By Gary Lirette, Business & Investing in the Inland Northwest
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This morning, my website that I provide for my business as well as a community resource, received an award on www.Garden-Planters.com Here is the link for their awards page. While it may not seem that this is something a gardening site would consider, we have the only Farm & Foods Guide for our p...

By Gary Lirette, Business & Investing in the Inland Northwest
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For a football fan, I am rockin' happy. How cool can it get? Couple of years ago, my LSU Tigers and my alma mater Florida, ranked #1 and 3, then Boise State ranked #5 and beating Oklahoma in perhaps the best college comeback game of all time. Boise State goes undefeated this year, and Sandpoint p...

By Kent Anderson, from Schweitzer to the Lake
(Coldwell Banker Resort Realty, Sandpoint, Idaho)
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Sandpoint High School is an athletic powerhouse…So far this year: State Finals in football, State Champs in both boys and girls soccer, Conference and District Champs in volleyball.  Sandpoint is perennially strong in wrestling, track and baseball.  In short, Sandpoint athletes are a focused grou...

By Kent Anderson, from Schweitzer to the Lake
(Coldwell Banker Resort Realty, Sandpoint, Idaho)
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The perfect winter continues here in North Idaho and these photos, in my humble opinion, attest to that fact.  I woke up this morning to yet another "balmy" day in Sandpoint (around 45 degrees), bright sun and brilliant snow covered mountains in every direction.  Today was one of the few days thi...

By Gary Lirette, Business & Investing in the Inland Northwest
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In 1997, Hastings House published my book: Passion for Wine. For years I had worked with top-rated restaurants, with people like Emeril Legasse, and at places like Commander's Palace in New Orleans. Guess I have some skills. So, when my best friend opened a restaurant here - Dish Home Cooking - I...

By Gary Lirette, Business & Investing in the Inland Northwest
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Not Quite Punk. Not Quite Punk. What do you think of when you hear the words "Not Quite Punk?" You think of punk. Well, they aren't. At least, not quite. The local group, Not Quite Punk was one of the bands I saw at the Bash for Cash concert last month raising funds for charity at the Panida Thea...

By Gary Lirette, Business & Investing in the Inland Northwest
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I had the great pleasure of interviewing Trish Gannon, the editor of perhaps our best publication: the River Journal. Trish is one of those totally unassuming people that does the best of work in a job that gives the least of accolades. What I mean is, we have a newspaper in Sandpoint. We have se...

By Gary Lirette, Business & Investing in the Inland Northwest
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This week on my radio show - North Idaho Arts & Adventure - I hosted three great examples of why Sandpoint is a very cool place to live. First on were three beautiful girls representing Yoga Day USA: Kerri Kuntz from Sandpoint Hot Yoga, Julia Quinn from Twisted Root Yoga, and Abbey Corriveau, fro...

By Kent Anderson, from Schweitzer to the Lake
(Coldwell Banker Resort Realty, Sandpoint, Idaho)
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Looking out over Schweitzer Mountain's "Sunnyside chair #4" I saw this rare sight the other morning.  The colors were amazing.  (The chair hadn't opened yet).  Not bad for an iPhone Today it is snowing lightly.  It looks like another powder day. Here's a Schweitzer update:  I just took my obligat...

By Gary Lirette, Business & Investing in the Inland Northwest
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Recently, I blogged about our efforts to transform the great community event of the Sandpoint Winter Carnival into one that also added sales dollars to local businesses in Sandpoint. The first change was Dine Around Sandpoint. Mel Dick and I had a conversation about Dine Around San Diego one even...

By Gary Lirette, Business & Investing in the Inland Northwest
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With the Sandpoint Winter Carnival beginning Thursday with the annual Taste of Sandpoint, we kick off our late winter season of happenings. One thing that was glaring this year was how many North Idaho communities dropped event after event. Every month I update the www.SandpointID.net/calendar.ht...

By Gary Lirette, Business & Investing in the Inland Northwest
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Just wondering how much a tunnel would have cost in lieu of the Sand Creek Byway. By no means is this scientific. Using the New Zealand Manapouri Second Tailrace Tunnel bid published by the Colorado School of Mines figure of $132,000,000 in 1998 dollars for the 10 km tunnel, I came up with the ma...

By Gary Lirette, Business & Investing in the Inland Northwest
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So, what's up in my life? Lack of time. Who knew when I moved to North Idaho that I would wear so many hats. Let's see, here's my life: Host of two radio shows - North Idaho Business and North Idaho Arts & Adventure. REALTOR® for Tomlinson Sandpoint Sotheby's International Realty. Had two closing...

By Gary Lirette, Business & Investing in the Inland Northwest
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Okay, so I don't have any hard data, but I am working with dozens of local businesses right now, so I believe i have the skinny. For the last several weeks I have been organizing the Sandpoint Winter Carnival. Part of that is putting together the Winter ArtTrek: 80 North Idaho artists displaying ...

By Kent Anderson, from Schweitzer to the Lake
(Coldwell Banker Resort Realty, Sandpoint, Idaho)
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Gear up for the 36th annual Winter Carnival provided by the Downtown Sandpoint Business Association.  This year's event is Thursday-Monday, January 14-18, 2010. The long-standing tradition promotes area businesses by drawing visitors from across the region to enjoy the snowy playground in the Gr...

By Kent Anderson, from Schweitzer to the Lake
(Coldwell Banker Resort Realty, Sandpoint, Idaho)
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My blog ("KENT'S SANDPOINT, IDAHO / SCHWEITZER MOUNTAIN BLOG") centers around the uncompromised attributes of Sandpoint and the rest of North Idaho.  There is a part of me that feels a little guilt about exposing what we have here to anyone who is willing or able to read about it.  I have to say,...

By Kent Anderson, from Schweitzer to the Lake
(Coldwell Banker Resort Realty, Sandpoint, Idaho)
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I drive by Schweitzer Switchback #7 twice a day every day.  This is the highest and last switchback on the trek up to Schweitzer Mountain Resort and, fittingly, has a viewing turnout.  It is a rare occurrence when I don't stop just to look out over our beloved Sandpoint Valley.  This is truly an ...

By Gary Lirette, Business & Investing in the Inland Northwest
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Today is Decmeber 28, 2009, and we had four guests on the North Idaho Business radio show on KSPT and KBFI. Today's guests were Ryan Bliss from the new store at Bonner Mall: The Vapor Depot, Kyle Mercer from the Garden Company, Chief Robert Tyler of the Sandpoint Fire Department, and my old frien...

By Gary Lirette, Business & Investing in the Inland Northwest
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Unbelievable!!  That is how to describe 2009.  You can add the positive or negative inference as you feel it deserves, but the word seems to be spot on for the year.  As we move in to 2010, we are seeing the economy begin to move in a positive direction, ever so slowly, and we are seeing the Gove...

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