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Archaeologists Dig into Sandpoint's Past

SANDPOINT, IDAHO – Sandpoint has a colorful history, not all of which is highlighted in the town’s historical writings. There are gaps in the story of how Sandpoint got where it is today – across Sand Creek from where it started. The approval of the Sandpoint bypass has brought archaeologists from all over the Northwest to do some digging around in “old” Sandpoint. According to Bob Betts, archaeologist and owner of Vanguard Research in Sandpoint, projects using federal money or permits where there is reason to believe cultural resources may be impacted require mitigation, thanks to the NationalHistoric Preservation Act of 1966. “In this case, the highway bypass, a bridge, on-ramps, storm wat

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