Proposed Anti-Discrimination Resolution Draws Packed Crowd at Sandpoint Council Meeting 

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Moments after Shelby Rognstad was sworn in as the new mayor of Sandpoint, he introduced a resolution of solidarity with refugees, saying the northern Idaho city would welcome properly screened refugees. Rognstad said the measure was intended to push back at the "historic reputation that this area has had over the years of racism."

KREM-TV reports public comment on the proposed resolution got heated and the city's firefighters were turning away some people from the city hall meeting because there was no more room in the overflow crowd.

Rognstad said his resolution was in response to Bonner County Sheriff Daryl Wheeler's previous comments that possible resettlement of Syrian refugees was a "plausible threat," as well as to Bonner County commissioners, who approved their own resolution calling for any refugee resettlement be halted until vetting rules could be scrutinized.

KREM-TV reports the proposed non-discrimination resolution was tabled so council members might change some of its wording, moving their vote on the measure to their next meeting, scheduled for Wednesday, Jan. 20.

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