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By Gary Lirette, Business & Investing in the Inland Northwest
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This series of blog entries features the various seasons in and around  Sandpoint, Idaho. Sandpoint, North Idaho, Schweitzer Mountain Ski Resort, and Lake Pend Oreille have been featured in the national news repeatedly over the last several years. Autumn of 2011 found Sandpoint, Idaho being voted...

By Gary Lirette, Business & Investing in the Inland Northwest
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  This series of blog entries features the various seasons in and around Sandpoint, Idaho. Sandpoint, North Idaho, Schweitzer Mountain Ski Resort, and Lake Pend Oreille have been featured in the national news repeatedly over the last several years. Autumn of 2011 found Sandpoint, Idaho being vote...

By Gary Lirette, Business & Investing in the Inland Northwest
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The next several blog entries will feature the various seasons in and around Sandpoint, Idaho. Sandpoint, North Idaho, Schweitzer Mountain Ski Resort, and Lake Pend Oreille have been featured in the national news repeatedly over the last several years. Autumn of 2011 found Sandpoint, Idaho being ...

By Kent Anderson, from Schweitzer to the Lake
(Coldwell Banker Resort Realty, Sandpoint, Idaho)
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I have a snow globe on my desk.  When I shake it and the dust settles, it reveals a big question mark.  That's my answer when my customers ask me to predict the future mortgage rates this summer.  Based upon the graph below (supplied by our "good friend" Freddie Mac), it looks like now is the ti...

By Kent Anderson, from Schweitzer to the Lake
(Coldwell Banker Resort Realty, Sandpoint, Idaho)
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If you remember North Lake Tahoe 20 years ago, you will appreciate Sandpoint today.  These photos from yesterday say it all.  The "immaculate Sandpoint/Schweitzer Winter" continues.  In fact, today I rode my bike 20 miles in the bright/warm sunshine...this marks the 12th straight month of outdoor...

By Kent Anderson, from Schweitzer to the Lake
(Coldwell Banker Resort Realty, Sandpoint, Idaho)
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Well, this came as a bit of a surprise.  I love it here in Sandpoint but...#1 ski town in the U.S.?  The folks at Rand McNally really do love us.  I guess I can just sit back now and fend off the onslaught of buyers hoping to be a part of this bonanza.  I'm thinking that may not happen but our no...

By Kent Anderson, from Schweitzer to the Lake
(Coldwell Banker Resort Realty, Sandpoint, Idaho)
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If you look around the ski world, races and events are being canceled on a regular basis.  Snow coverage is shockingly low and, in Europe, almost non-existent.  Schweitzer Mountain is the exception and I, for one, am happy to ride this wave as long as I can.  As of this post, Schweitzer has the 9...

By Kent Anderson, from Schweitzer to the Lake
(Coldwell Banker Resort Realty, Sandpoint, Idaho)
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MERRY CHRISTMAS AND HAPPY NEW YEAR! It has been a special year so far at Schweitzer Mountain.  While so many ski areas are struggling with some pretty strange weather, Schweitzer has been blessed with some massive early storms.  See you on the slopes! Thank you to the entire Activerain community!...

By Gary Lirette, Business & Investing in the Inland Northwest
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There are two new webcams broadcasting life in Sandpoint. The first shows pics from First Avenue and the second from Gold Hill at this link: http://www.camscape.com/view/33718 Sandpoint Webcam from First Avenue Sandpoint Webcam from Gold Hill The second is at Selkirk Powder Company.

By Gary Lirette, Business & Investing in the Inland Northwest
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The count of Eagles on Lake CdA so far is lower this year than the peak of 254 for 2010. This article appeared in the CdA Press on December 12, 2011: Eagles have landed Just a few years ago I posted this article about the Eagles of North Idaho: Eagles of North Idaho - Awe inspiring, and a reminde...

By Gary Lirette, Business & Investing in the Inland Northwest
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Last week Marcy Timblin, Manager for the Downtown Sandpoint Business Association appeared on my radio show: North Idaho Business. Marcy was on the show to talk about two things: What’s happening in Sandpoint for the month of December and the new movement called Genuine Sandpoint. Marcy Timblin, D...

By Gary Lirette, Business & Investing in the Inland Northwest
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According to the Selkirk MLS, our market has a total of 2,677 various properties (condos, land, homes, timeshares) on the market. Average Days on Market: 305 Total Price: $799,187,649 Closed Sales January 1, 2011 – December 8, 2011: $190,495,221 Total List Price: $206,855,029 That is 970 sales w...

By Kent Anderson, from Schweitzer to the Lake
(Coldwell Banker Resort Realty, Sandpoint, Idaho)
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Skiing Schweitzer Mountain today gives a whole new meaning to the phrase, "It's Lonely On Top".  I had to take a few iphone shots of the "crowds"...or lack thereof.  No lift lines and, usually, nobody even within sight on the lifts.  By the way, the skiing is phenominal...no rocks, still soft sno...

By Gary Lirette, Business & Investing in the Inland Northwest
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Apex Syrah Was $24.68 and the New Great Lower Price! $9.98 This great buy is one of our best values this year. This special buy in allows you to try one of the Great Syrahs from Washington State for a price we’ve never seen before. Salute! Apex Cellars was launched in 1988 and has grown to be one...

By Gary Lirette, Business & Investing in the Inland Northwest
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Efeste Big Papa Old Block Cabernet Sauvignon 2008   93 points and a Cellar Selection in the Wine Enthusiast, the 2007 scored 94 points and 95 in the Wine Spectator.   An immense wine, inky purple, packed with black and purple fruits, laced with smoke and espresso, and finished with fine-grained, ...

By Kent Anderson, from Schweitzer to the Lake
(Coldwell Banker Resort Realty, Sandpoint, Idaho)
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Sunday, September 24th, marked the conclusion of the iconic 3rd Annual WACANID Ride...a 340 mile (550 kilometer) 5-day ride winding through and around the Selkirk Mountain range of the Inland Northwest (North Idaho, Eastern Washington & Western Canada).  The tour meanders along the scenic rivers...

By Gary Lirette, Business & Investing in the Inland Northwest
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2008 Royal City Syrah – Charles Smith Wines This ‘K Vintners’ Syrah scored 99 points in the Wine Advocate and the ’06 scored the unheard of, never awarded and coveted 100 points in the Spectator. It is a rare wine, and last year we were allocated just two bottles. Our rep must be growing, because...

By Gary Lirette, Business & Investing in the Inland Northwest
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I recently had Kim Brown Queen on my show North Idaho Arts & Adventure. I’ve known Kim since she first came to town and we interviewed her right after she took over the reins at POAC. By all accounts, Kim has done an outstanding job, and while there are other groups and organizations that support...

By Gary Lirette, Business & Investing in the Inland Northwest
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Over the last two weeks I have been to several wine tastings and met with the winemakers from some of our region’s best wineries. Last week I met Welcome Gordy Venneri, Owner/Winemaker of Walla Walla Vintners. Now, to be fair, we carry virtually every wine they make, so I wasn’t there to be sold....

By Gary Lirette, Business & Investing in the Inland Northwest
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In the last seven years, I have interviewed hundreds of people on my radio shows showcasing Sandpoint, Bonners Ferry, and North Idaho. With the total of folks being on the shows over 1,000 now, I guess you can say I know a bit about my community and have encountered all kinds and talked about mos...

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