The economy has been the main thing on all of our minds lately, and Sandpoint is not immune to what is happening across the world. Our unemployment is up, but part of that can be the jobs that haven’t kicked in yet for ski season. Yet new jobs are coming with the Sand Creek Bypass finally beginning, and other industries, like Quest Aircraft, hiring scores. Our company, Tomlinson Sandpoint Sotheby’s International Realty, had perhaps its best September ever, and sales for the entire market, while down, are not bad. Certainly our town is seeing growth in the commercial market, and there are more businesses and less empty storefronts compared to even 2003. Sandpoint, ID and Schweitzer Mountain Ski Resort had great seasons last winter and summer, made better with Schweitzer being named #3 for Tree Skiing, and in Ski Magazine’s Top 25 Ski Resorts. AskMen.com named Sandpoint to its Top 10 US Resort Towns. With vast Lake Pend Oreille, grand mountain ranges, and continuing good economy, the press takes notice, with Sandpoint being called the West’s best small town by Sunset Magazine, and one of America’s Best Dream Towns by Outside Magazine, naming Sandpoint the “cool Northwest’s hot property.” National Geographic voted Sandpoint a Top 10 Adventure Town, plus features in USA Today, Forbes, MSNBC, and Smart Money Magazine. Perhaps Cabin Life, Cabin Living said it best calling our community “the quintessential Western outdoor lover’s town.