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First Cars & Dream Cars Sheriff ’s Training Readers share their first car stories

Life through the lens of Spokane County Sheriff’s Training Center

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4 Try Walking in Their Shoes 8

Ever considered what risks local law enforcement take each day, or what training they must endure to stay at the top of their game? One of our writers spent time with officers at the Sheriff’s Department’s training unit and shares the experience with us.

5 Fun in the sun 2

As summer gets closer, we are all thinking and dreaming about how we’ll spend it. While get-out-of-town vacations are fun, we’re pretty impressed with all the ways there are to have fun in the sun right here in our own backyards. Allow us to share our top picks for a summer of local adventure and fun.

7 Their Castle on the Hill 8

Stan and Ling Winters spent years imagining their dream home while living and working on the other side of the world. Along with retirement came the opportunity to build that home. Drawing on Tuscan themes, with Chinese influences, they built their dream home right in the heart of the Northwest, on Newman Lake. It’s their castle on the hill.

On the cover: Photo by Alan Bisson. Susan Freund’s 1933 Ford Rodster photographed in front of Stan and Ling Winters’ house. Freund is a friend of the Winters family, and is a car collector.


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1 driving memory lane

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Do you remember your first car? Who doesn’t have a harrowing tale of that first clunker or junker? As we celebrate cars and what they mean to us, we asked readers to drive down memory lane and share tales of their first cars, and to imagine their dream car!

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contents what’s inside Editor’s Letter With Whom Do You Ride?

Buzz Little Free Libraries; Around the World; Lilacs & Lemons

what i know WSU Spokane Chancellor Dr. Lisa Brown tells us what she knows

Metro Talk Could Spokane pass The Popsicle Test? Walk with us and find out.

History A Slice of Life: The Strahorns

Legacy Profiles

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40 42

Homestyles Real Estate

Men’s Health; Alternative Health;

Local goods and services to help you look your best.


The Scene

Spotlight on local businesses



Book ReviewS





Local Cuisine


restaurant reviews

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Wedding Workouts; Medical Tests

Looking Good

Business closeups

Artist Profile

Seeing potential greatness in homes

Health Beat


The Honor Series: Architects


Storage design for small spaces

Integrated systems; Painting



Businesses with local history

Interior Design



Toni Spencer’s Batik artwork

Books by local authors

What to put on the calendar

Seasoning Spokane: Michlitch Co.

Fedora Pub and Grille; EJ’s Garden Bistro


Dining Guide


signature dish

Where to chow down in this town

Build your own Froyo Cup at Did’s Pizza & Froyo


Liquid Libations Gin: The original flavored spirit


why we live here A picture is worth a thousand words


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Coeur d’Alene Living [ the best of the Inland NW Since 1999 ]

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Marketing & Real Estate Editor

Darin Burt

Datebook Editor

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Business Editor

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Copy Editor

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Art Art Director David Crary

Lead Graphic Designer Kristi Somday

Photographers Eric Barro Alan Bisson Darin Burt Rocky Castaneda Haeder David Heemann Annie Kuster

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Contributors Dr. Susan Ashley David Heemann Cara Strickland

Dr. Lisa Brown Kate Derrick Paul K. Haeder Sarah Hauge JJulie Humphreys Jennifer LaRue Jim Riggers Justin Rundle Julia Zurcher

Business Development Emily Guevarra Bozzi

Sales Marketiing Senior Account Managers Cindy Guthrie

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Account Managers Arika Whiteaker Jeff Richardson Kristi Folk

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Editor’s Letter


With Whom Do You Ride?

ts name was Tootsie. Metallic brown with a beige interior, my first car resembled a Tootsie Roll sprinkled with gold glitter, and soon after pulling onto campus my senior year in college, it received its very appropriate nickname. The car was a gift from my Aunt Nancy and Uncle Pat. My senior year, in need of a car for my internship, Nancy gave me her 1982 metallic brown Mercury Capri. It was delivered to me in Santa Cruz, where I was staying at our student government retreat before school started. I was in awe of Tootsie. It was not just a vehicle; it was a ticket to freedom. With parking permits difficult to come by at my small college, which was tucked back into the hills of Santa Barbara, I spent the first years of college riding “The Loser Cruiser,” a shuttle that looped from the campus, downtown, to the beach and back, providing free transportation. Looking back on it now, it was a great service offered by the school, but that didn’t keep students from coming up with snide names: The Loser Cruiser, Shuttle of Shame, Shame Train. The freedom of my own car was something I had never experienced before. At home, I had driven my parents’ cars, and at school I’d never had wheels. With the addition of a car though, I could go to a store by myself, visit off-campus friends at any hour, and get away on my own – something I hadn’t been able to do in three years. Driving from Santa Cruz back to Santa Barbara, in my “new” car, traveling along winding roadways carved through high hills, and accelerating on stretches along the coastline, I felt invincible! As Tootsie and I got to know each other though, I discovered some quirks. The car had come with the warning to pump the gas before starting it. One day, in frustration, I went back to my dorm and told my roommate that the car wouldn’t start.


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“You have to pump the gas, remember,” she said. This was a girl who, when I first met her, didn’t know Thanksgiving was on a Thursday every year, nor that Canada stretched the entire width of North America, so I doubted her ability to navigate the world of auto mechanics and cars with much success. “I did, it just won’t start!” I whined in frustration. “Let’s go try it again,” she said standing up and grabbing me by the arm. Out to the parking lot we went. I unlocked Tootsie and slipped behind the wheel while she settled into the passenger’s seat. “This is exactly what I do every time,” I said, pumping my foot up and down on the gas pedal as fast and furious as I could. “Stop!” she yelled. “You’re flooding the engine!” Turns out I’d been flooding the engine every time I got into the car. I thought if one pump was helpful, wouldn’t 25 be better? My roommate-turned-auto genius explained why only a few pumps were needed. From then on, Tootsie started every time. Parking was another story. The parking lot at my internship was tight and on a hill, meaning that most of the spots were angled upward. I quickly learned that Tootsie’s parking brake was more for looks than function. When I parked on a hill and set the brake, the car would slowly roll backward. No problem! I cruised the streets until I found curbside parking, even if it meant parking several blocks away. Once Tootsie’s kinks were worked out, it served me well throughout the year. As graduation loomed closer though, and the time to leave Southern California approached, I had to figure out what to do with Tootsie. Though great for Santa Barbara, I doubted Tootsie would make the 1,200-mile trek home, and I knew that with rear wheel drive it would be a death trap the minute it met the winter combination of snow, ice and the Freya hill. With a twinge of sadness, I sold Tootsie to a girl across the hall in the dorm. She was a junior and I knew Tootsie would enjoy another year in beautiful Santa Barbara under her ownership. Diploma tucked under my arm, and suitcases in tow, I last saw Tootsie, glistening in the parking lot of my dorm, metallic brown finish glinting in the sun, as I left campus for the last time. First cars; they set roots deep into our hearts! In this issue, as we celebrate autos, we asked some readers to share tales of their first cars, as well as what their dream car is (p.158) Some said Porsche, some said Lexus, and most said, fully loaded. (As for my dream car, I’ve always thought I couldn’t go wrong with a Loomis armored truck, fully loaded!) Whatever your car story is, whether you have a Pinto in your past, or a Porsche in your future, remember, it’s not what you drive, but with whom you ride that matters the most in life. Happy reading, and safe driving,

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BOOK OF DISAGREMENT Congrats on another great issue. My wife and I look forward to receiving Spokane Coeur d’Alene Living each month. I particularly enjoyed the Power 50 feature and am proud to say that I know many of them after living here for 38 years.  Another feature that I look forward to is Lilacs and Lemons, and good chuckles and frowns accompany each month’s “Buzz.”  But I must confess that one of the Lilacs this month really disturbed me.  While I celebrate the quality of the shows that the Best Of Broadway series brings to town, I’m not sure that The Book Of Mormon stacks up very well along side West Side Story (which we saw), Anything Goes, Wicked, Hello Dolly and Sister Act. It’s not even clever and pithy like Capital Steps.  Have you actually seen The Book Of Mormon? The fact that it is still sold out on Broadway and tickets are $400.00 does not make it worthy of the company it is keeping here in Spokane. I have two long time friends (fellow musicians) who have actually sat through it on Broadway and have said if the title was Book of Budah, or certainly Book of Islam, the theater would have been boycotted, if not burned down. They felt that is was so offensive that only New York audiences would pay to see it. Neither of them, nor I, are close-minded prudes – nor Mormon.  I find myself mostly agreeing with Mr. Bozzi’s judgment relative to his decisions on what is a Lilac and what is Lemon, but not always. Seems to me he had to eat a little crow recently relating to the WSP traffic laws. But The Book Of Mormon being touted as the “piece de resistance” simply illustrates how much he seems to want to be thought of as non-judgmental and open minded.   Name Withheld Spokane, WA CHAMPION OF VETERANS I was pleased to see coverage of local veterans in your May 2013 issue (Honoring All Who Serve, Volunteers serving our local veterans). I was in a Starbucks a few days ago, and at a little after 3:00, a stream of kids poured in, presumably from the junior high school down the street that had just let out. I watched them all – good kids, they weren’t necessarily doing anything wrong, but I wondered if they knew what pampered lives they were living? These 12-year olds rushed to the 20

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register to order Frappuccinos, and then sat down in a big group where they were loud and draped all over the furniture. Of the seven kids in the group, all but one had an iPhone. I watched them slurp their drinks, snap pictures of each other on their phones and post them on Facebook. Three of them went back for a second Frappuccino. What a different generation we are raising today. These kids don’t seem to know what it is like to go without, to work for something, and to put in sweat equity. I can’t begrudge them for being born into a family of means (or, more likely, a family where the parents put purchases on credit cards and give their children whatever they want), but I do wonder what their future holds when the life of convenience and entertainment is one they come to expect. This is a far cry from the lives lived by those who are in our Spokane Veteran’s Home, and it is very different from what many of our veterans experience nowadays, as they are older, on fixed incomes and struggling with the wear and tear on their bodies – much of which was earned during the war. I applaud any opportunity to draw attention to this finest group of men and women, and to encourage those in our community to give back to them. I also implore parents who have been given the gift of children, to make sure they know about our veterans and the price they paid. This group must be shown the honor and respect they deserve. Joseph Tonovan Spokane, WA WHAT HE KNOWS I always like to read the What I Know feature in each issue. I read this month’s column with extra interest, because the featured person was Col. Brian M. Newberry, commander of the 92nd Air Refueling Wing at Fairchild Air Force Base, and the base just lost three Airmen in a KC13 crash. It stuck out to me when Col. Newberry wrote, “It’s my mission to be the right leader for the 92nd ARW.” He has a great responsibility on his shoulders, leading Fairchild. I know Spokane has been a great supporter of the base and its Airmen; I hope we continue to do so in their time of need. My condolences to the base and the families of those who were lost. June Morris Spokane, WA GLUTEN-FREE Thank you so much for the article on restaurants jumping on the gluten-free bandwagon! Having family members who suffer from Celiac Sprue, which requires them to avoid gluten, I know only too well how difficult it can be trying to eat out at restaurants. It is nice to see there are places that are fine-tuning their menu to include dishes that not only are glutenfree, but also taste great. If there are restaurants that haven’t done this yet, I encourage them to get with the program. When it comes to spending my hard earned dollars, I will be doing it at a place that offers my family the food they need. Jen Bradley Spokane, WA Correction: We listed the wrong phone number in our Top Realtors story (April 2013) for the agents for RE/MAX of Spokane. The correct number is (509) 922-3000. We regret the error.

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buzz City Trek people pages what i know

Sharing the love of reading, one book at a time

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f, on a warm afternoon this summer, you stroll past a birdhouse that would fit an ostrich, look inside, it just might be full of books. The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe shelved next to Curious George; Newt Gingrich’s biography filed alongside Bill Clinton’s. With less space and more turnover than the average library has on a single shelf, there’s no room for the Dewey Decimal System in these birdhouses known as Little Free Libraries. Little Free Libraries are just what their name implies – a small, free collection of books maintained by an individual, where the librarians are called stewards, and the patrons become friends. Patrons are encouraged to borrow books and to leave a book of their own to replace the one they take. Mary Maxfield opened her “branch” on 46th Avenue of Spokane’s South Hill from a kit she ordered, in April of 2012, and often gets to meet her visitors. “They all say what a great idea it is,” says Maxfield. “They ask, ‘aren’t you afraid of vandalism?’ and I am. But I find that people respect books.” >> continued on page 24 >> Spokane continued on page 22 23 CDA • June • 2013

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to the Spokane Jr. Chiefs Bantam B team, who play hockey here. When they saw that their opposing team, the SnoKing Bantam B team had taped all their hockey sticks pink, in honor of a player whose mother was diagnosed with cancer, they decided to tape all their sticks pink as well, in honor of their hockey brother. Great team spirit, guys!

LEMONS to state senator Mike Padden, R-Spokane Valley, who is among a group of senators who want to pass a bill making it acceptable to discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation. It’s time to let this go, and move the party out of the Stone Age. This arose from the incident where a florist didn’t want to provide flowers for a gay wedding. Sounds like they need to get out of the business, or get with the times.

LILACS to Avista for proposing a complete overhaul of

Huntington Park, the stairway and natural area comprised of steps leading down alongside the Spokane Falls. It’s a wonderful walk to take, even now, especially for those of us who love stairs and water; however, it’s always seemed somewhat inaccessible, uninviting and vaguely illegal. We know people who have lived in Spokane for years without knowing the park was there. We know that Land Expression will do a great job with the landscaping. Also, LILACS to the city council members and the mayor, who are giving up coveted parking spaces to make this park possible.


to Red Lion Hotels for spearheading a project to assemble 200 care packages for overseas military members. “Sending the iCare iCan packages honors those who serve in the most selfless and admirable way,” says Jon E. Eliassen, President and CEO of Red Lion Hotels Corporation.

LEMONS to the courts for continuing to make huge punitive awards to defendants that are way out of proportion to any damage suffered. Recently, four women who felt discriminated against at the Spokane Country Club were awarded $500,000 plus lawyer fees of $1.2 million because they didn’t get to play golf at the same times as the male members. Yes, they probably were discriminated against, but the award seems out of proportion to the damage caused. A better solution would have been to fine the club, give the female members double what they paid into the club, and then letting the club know that they’ll be watched like a hawk for future transgressions. Huge punitive awards are paid out by all of us, in the form of higher insurance premiums. LEMONS to the National Transportation Safety Board for recommending that states lower the drunk-driving level to only .05 from the current .08. Several years ago it was reduced from .10 to .08, and that was a stretch in itself. I am adamantly against drunk driving, but not merely tipsy driving. It’s the raving drunks who cause the accidents, not those who have a single glass of wine. Laws like this solve nothing and make hypocrites out of everyone who orders a beer with their dinner.


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Less than a mile from Maxfield, just blocks from Mullan Road Elementary on 63rd Avenue, Sharon Oakley posted her Little Free Library in May of last year. At her dedication ceremony, Oakley started with 25-30 books, and when she checked a week later, every title had changed. “Some people bring a whole bag,” of books, she says. They’ll leave the donations, but take something new that may catch their eye. Getting children excited about reading is rewarding. Oakley sees a lot of interest in children’s and grade school books in her Little Free Library. “Keeping up the children’s books is hard, so I add some from time to time,” she says. There are no due dates for the books that are checked out, “especially little kids’ bedtime stories and board books,” says Maxfield. “They get a favorite and want to keep it, and that’s fine.” Because Little Free Libraries encourage leaving a book of your own to replace the one you are borrowing, maintaining an inventory is largely self-sustaining. George Orr’s Little Free Library gets a lot of traffic, being near a busy bus stop at Main and Cedar. Orr started with around 50 books from his own collection last summer. Since then he has added reference books, like atlases and dictionaries, Bibles, and even Ranger Rick magazines. He says he sometimes gets requests for works from local authors like Jess Walter and Sherman Alexie. Orr gets an interesting cross-section of visitors. Some teenagers on skateboards were going past when one of them stopped and said, “Hey look, this is cool. Oh, Tom Clancy!” Orr now calls them friends. Officially, there are six Little Free Libraries in Spokane, though Orr’s and a few others are not yet posted. In the surrounding area there are Little Free Libraries in Kettle Falls, Washington, and one each in Spirit Lake and Hayden Lake, Idaho (maybe being near water inspires reading?). When Maxfield goes on vacation she checks to see if someone has a branch nearby. Many Little Free Libraries are dedicated in tribute to a relative or teacher who has inspired them with curiosity or a desire to read. Wherever your travels take you this summer, or to find out more, you can check out the interactive map at to see if there is a branch waiting for you. — Jim Riggers

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Spokane by the Numbers

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Total acreage of parks in Spokane County

186 43 Percent of 2012 Spokane County budget allocated for public golf courses

City golf courses


County golf courses

Green fee, 18-holes, M-Th at city courses


29th Avenue construction project was completed so quickly! No closed road during the summer! The early summer weather we had in May Lindaman’s open later for summer hours. We love restaurants with a patio, and more hours to spend on it!

Total miles of paved bike lanes/ paths in Spokane County (as of 2010)


Green fee, 18-holes, M-Th at county courses


Local small businesses losing business because parking meters were capped and lawn chairs set up—12 hours ahead of time, for the Lilac Parade—in parking spots in front of their stores, meaning customers couldn’t park and access the businesses. Huppins closing their downtown store; it’s such a loooong drive up north! The sneering smiley face on the Davenport Parking Garage’s automated exit station. It looks sinister, and like it is glad to see you leave!


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Dear Spoko-Gnome,

I was driving down the street last week and was behind a fire truck (it was driving at a regular speed, not racing toward a fire), and I noticed toward the back of the truck was writing painted on it that said, “In memory of...” and it had a name there. I was wondering if all of the fire trucks have someone’s name on them, or just certain ones. I am interested in knowing the story behind whose name it was and what their story was. I didn’t know who to ask, but remembered you take questions. Do you think you could find the answer for me? ~ Brad Hudson

Dear Brad,


What do you pack when going to the Royal Palace in Paro, Bhutan? Why, your Spokane Coeur d’Alene Living, of course. That is what Sherry Knott (pictured, right) and her husband did when they traveled to the far away location on a recent vacation.


Ed Clark and his granddaughter, stopped during a day of sightseeing to share a copy of Spokane Coeur d’Alene Living with the Little Mermaid statue in Copenhagen, Denmark (she should get a subscription!). Ed was there visiting his son and family, who live in Copenhagen.


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Your question got me burning with curiosity, so I turned to Fire Chief Bobby Williams at the Spokane Fire Department. He knew the answer right away! “When we place a new engine in service, we dedicate the unit to a SFD member that died in the line of duty. In 2009, we were fortunate enough to have the dollars available to replace 1978 American LaFrance fire engines with four new Pierce engines—and those were the first four dedicated. We plan to continue the tradition as we replace antiquated fire engines with new ones.” Not knowing which truck you saw, he couldn’t identify the name and story of the individual honored on the truck; however, if you visit the department’s website (http:// default.aspx) there is a link that honors all 16 of the Spokane Fire Department’s fallen heroes who have died in the line of duty, from 1884-2007. There is a bio on each of the 16 firemen featured. Take the time to visit the site and read about these special men who gave their lives while protecting us. ~Spoko-Gnome


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by Dr.

Lisa Brown

Chancellor, Washington State University Spokane Let’s start with music. When I was chair of the Senate Budget Committee in Washington State, I would relieve the pressure of the tough decisions and entertain my staff and visitors with music played on a “record player” in my office. I chose a song or album of the week, like Jackson Browne’s Running on Empty, to describe the situation legislators were facing. Art and music make me happy, connect me to people and express a side of myself that might otherwise be hard to see in a professional setting. One of my favorite song lyrics is from the Indigo Girls. It’s “Every five years or so I look back on my life and I have a good laugh.” If someone would have told me five years ago that I’d be the chancellor of WSU Spokane, I would never have believed it. I have not been the kind of person who had a career plan and pursued it. I have had a passion to serve my community and that has taken me to places that I wouldn’t have dreamed of as a young person in a rural community in Illinois. I believe that the best job is a “vocation” and I am grateful for discovering mine. You can’t be neutral on a moving train. My Catholic upbringing and a couple of teachers who took a personal interest in me educated and inspired me with the stories of the lives of saints, reformers and revolutionaries. I developed the belief that it was exciting and morally right to stand up for things I believe in and to stand with those who are held back by poverty, sexism, racism or other forms of injustice. Howard Zinn’s book You Can’t Be Neutral on a Moving Train represents my thinking. I was a little too young for the protests of the 1960s, but from my mid-20s to 30s, I was part of the women’s movement, the environmental movement and the peace movement. I helped to organize Spokane’s first “Take Back the Night” march against domestic violence; lobbied my congressman, Tom Foley, to change U.S. policy in Central America; and worked on an initiative to raise the minimum wage. Whether or not it is clear to you, no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should. I recited these words from the poem Desiderata at my high school graduation, but they didn’t ring true in 1992, as I realized I was about to become a single mother. But the birth of my son turned out to be the best thing that ever happened to me. I believe that there is no stronger force on the planet than the feeling provoked when you first look into your child’s eyes. If we could structure our society to help young, vulnerable parents succeed, we would be getting at the root of many social problems. I wasn’t trying to make a political statement when I had my infant son on my lap on the floor of the House of Representatives during an evening session my first year in the legislature, but a media firestorm erupted when I was told he was not allowed. One headline proclaimed “Leave Lucas Alone!” The difference between the rhetoric and the reality of being “family friendly” was what most people took from that incident, and my legislative focus on early learning, quality child care and paid leave for parents was launched. I regret that in 20 years we have not made more progress for new parents in our state.

It takes a village. When things are going well, I try to remember that I wouldn’t be where I am without my family, friends and co-workers. In fact, it was only because of my friends that I ran for the legislature in the first place and then took the leap of running for the Senate. They encouraged me, raised funds for me, helped me with childcare and home repair, listened when I was down and became my family of support. I’ve also had talented, dedicated young people (and some older ones!) working with me every step of my political career, both in campaigns and in my legislative office. They helped me be successful, and I am proud to see them taking on policy and politics. Sisterhood is powerful. When I was 21, I took a women’s studies class at the University of Illinois. It changed my life. One question I am often asked is “Can women have it all?” My answer to that is: There are tradeoffs in life. Some choices are thrust upon you; others you have the freedom to make. Realistically, you may not be able to have it all at once. You may have to approach things sequentially, but you deserve to be able to be a parent, have satisfying personal relationships and make important contributions in your professional life. Individual women should be encouraged to “lean in” and stand up for themselves, but we also need to stand up for changes in policies that hold all women back. The year I ran for office was known as the “Year of the Woman” in politics. Washington State was number one in the nation for the number of women elected to office. Sadly, that number has fallen. On the other hand, my colleagues in Olympia are leading the way in laws that combat the international trafficking of women. There are brave girls and women in Spokane and around the world risking their lives for basic freedoms and standing up against violence and traditions and laws that disempower them. Acting locally and globally. I love my new job! WSU Spokane is a health sciences campus, and every week I learn about something amazing that’s happening here. Students go to Guatemala to test the hearing of people in a village and practice their clinical skills. Our medical students visit places like Colville to explore what it’s like to practice medicine in rural communities, where doctors are desperately needed. World-renowned research is happening on sleep, milk intolerance, adverse childhood experiences and more. Tomorrow’s nurses, pharmacists and medical doctors are studying and learning how to practice together. Eastern Washington University and WSU faculty are working together with community organizations to improve treatment for people with autism, diabetes and workplace injuries. We are creating opportunities for people to become health care professionals and building a strong future for Spokane. I feel lucky to be part of it.

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Metro talk Walking


transportation One Foot or Pedal in Front of the Other Gets You There Cities worthy of the Popsicle Index take both the young and old into account by Paul K. Haeder |

Walkable, Bikable, Transit-Ready Spokane “Walking is like medicine for my patients. If walking was a pill or surgical procedure, it would be on 60 Minutes.” – Dr. Bob Sallis, past-president of the AmericanCollege of Sports Medicine


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o, what gives, in America, with the battle of the bulge and the larger war against inflated and ballooning health care costs, that walking isn’t integral to everyone’s life, whether child, teen, youngster or AARP-aged adult? Framing a story on educating and building a walkable city takes some dipping of the intellectual toes into many different disciplinary ponds. I even ended up in Salem, Oregon, for a regional conference, OATS (Oregon Active Transportation Summit), getting an insider’s view on how to make the biking and walking “leap” for America’s 30,000 incorporated towns, cities and megalopolises. We even had the quintessential gurus of city planning heralding in some signs of

resuscitation: Mark Gorton, New York, executive director of OpenPlans, gave the thumping PowerPoint: “Rethinking America’s AutoOriented Transportation and Land Use Planning” Larry Frank, Vancouver, BC, president of Urban Design 4 Health, was a one-man variety show with his long detailed talk: “Understanding How Transportation and Land Use Decisions Affect Our Health” Luckily for Spokanites, we have a cadre of planning, policy and design wonks working on walkability: Bob Scarfo, WSU professor, PhD, and owner of Land and Life; Karl Otterstrom, Director of Planning for Spokane Transit Authority; Kerry Brooks, WSU associate professor of Landscape

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Architecture; Amber Joplin, PhD., WSU GIS & Simulation Lab; Eve Nelson, Senior Transportation Planner; Barb Chamberlain, WSU communications for 14 years, founder of Bike to Work Spokane in 2007, new executive director of Bicycle Alliance of Washington; Jon Snyder, publisher of Out There Monthly and Spokane Councilmember. Land Use – A Good Walk-a-Day Keeps the Doctor at Bay For 10 years I worked with planners, faculty and others in and around Spokane on the very big and sometimes bland issues tied to neighborhood planning, land use and transportation, with bursts of innovation utilizing cutting edge theories hitched to new urbanism, smart growth, sustainability, complete streets and just plain old guerrilla thinking about how Spokane and the County might plan for true resiliency, aging and the end of cheap oil (AKA, fuel). I’ve worked with passionate folk fighting for the Spokane River, for wetlands, for Palouse soil, for urban den-


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sity, for community and school gardens and for neighborhoods (citizens) to have more say in what gets built, how, why and where. The reality is that planning a community for what we call livability and walkability still centers around the very personal and sometimes singular, selfish motivation: health and one’s banks account. Dr. Bob Sallis, a Kaiser PermanenteCalifornia family practitioner, is one of several million health experts and scientists who has witnessed the direct correlation to how much time his patients spend walking and their overall health: the more, the better. Fortunately, the benefits of walking go beyond health, though those are impressive: 150 minutes a week of walking can reduce chances of diabetes, high blood pressure, cardio problems and Alzheimer’s. Here’s an analogy: It’s like a good tree in a front yard that shades, protects and gives species other than humans a canopy. A bunch of neighborhood trees also precipitate positive psychological impacts as well as reduce crime and

increase home values. Walking also does some amazing things, including getting us out to enjoy those trees and urban and suburban canopy species. More people walking actually results in safer hometowns. Think of walking as a tutor—research shows better student performance in school if kids get out and bike and walk. What about Spokane’s sense of neighborliness? Well, walking improves that, as well as increases economic activity at local businesses and improves social equity across all definitions and characteristics of what it is to be American. Cut PE Class, Ride in a Car – A Model for Inactivity What is not being hammered out at the national level around health and physical activity are some very embedded reasons why children and their parents—and to the same extent most Americans—don’t walk or bicycle on streets and sidewalks, says Robert Ping, a technical expert in Portland

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with Safe Routes to School. “These can include social stigmas attached to walking or bicycling. Americans love cars, and cars have become the symbol for success in America. Walking and bicycling, along with riding transit, especially buses, have become symbolic for poverty. Also, many people will not do what the majority will not do: In other words, if our neighbors are driving, we tend to drive along with them; we are pack animals, after all.” In Spokane City Planning circles, the terminology of the past two decades is “active transportation” and “multi-modal transportation.” Our state’s elected officials, county supervisors, members of city council like Snyder and planners like Otterstrom, Brooks, and Nelson understand the challenge of rethinking a city that has followed the trend over 70 years of more and bigger cars. Our priorities have been put into one big basket of fragile eggs—wider roads, and more of them; expensive freeways, highways, byways, bridges; and all kinds of anti-walker (pedestrian) and anti-bicycling designs that make walking to the store a quarter of a mile from home a Herculean physical challenge or mandatory car trip. All of this costs money in direct expenditures for all that infrastructure, but again, car-centric cities exact a price on our daily physical and emotional lives. “Probably the biggest challenge is shifting from an instant gratification way of living to thinking and planning and valuing long-term thinking,” Scarfo says. “What’s so ironic is that what you are asking for, what we need to enable people to live more sustainable (and resilient) lives is what our grandparents had. They had walking communities, with village centers located along trolley lines that connected to rail and subway (I’m from the Boston area) lines. And yet so many people will fight the ideas under the guise of being bad without thinking of what was, and why it was.” So, we’ve reached that stage where our children—who have been trained and habituated to getting carpooled around every-

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where, who see parents idle SUVs for many minutes close to the mall entrance waiting for an open parking space—just don’t walk or bike to the store or school. As Safe Routes to School’s Ping says, these American youth are expending a daily energy output close to what they expend while sleeping. “The national obesity epidemic is the most extreme consequence of this, which includes children, and which is now the most costly and deadly factor in Americans’ lives,” Ping laments. “For the first time in history, if we continue decreasing our energy output, drinking sugar-sweetened beverages and eating junk food at the current rate, this generation of children will live a shorter and sicker lifespan than their parents.” People Own the Streets . . . Brooks and so many others in or around planning circles know that all the great ideas, plans and conferences, all the motivated graduate students and activist neighborhood groups in the world can’t match the Goliath: developers. They are in the game for the bucks, so their willingness to build new mixed-use pedestrian projects is almost null. “I think we need more convincing case studies that can demonstrate that such projects are not only desirable but perhaps even better for their bottom line than more traditionally auto-oriented projects,” Brooks says. Forget about the dissonance around Americans just not “getting” climate change and the implications of dwindling cheap fuel. Let’s look at what even staid, conservative AARP has to say about the benefits of bicycling and walking in cities: We could realize an annual reduction of 70 billion miles of automobile traffic if we throw in a modest increase in active transportation into our daily collective lives. More telling is how broken those suburbs and urban areas are; half of the trips taken in the U.S. can be completed in a 20-minute bike ride and a quarter of trips can be completed in a 20-minute walk. Recall Kaiser Permanente’s stance: walking and biking make you live longer and with fewer ailments. The sad reality, however, is the majority—78 percent—of these short trips are made by automobile.

It’s a symptom of a highly inefficient transportation system in Spokane, in America, so say the planners, elected officials and wonks. Popsicle Tests – Young and Old Alike Need Options Looking at U.S. Census Bureau stats for Spokane, we see Spokane’s population is made up of the old and young – 12.8 percent are 65 years old or older, and 22.4 percent are 18 or younger. The hard reality, though, is that those Baby Boomers, the single largest generation ever, are aging at a rapid rate. We are talking 10,000 a day turning 65. That’s 77 million people born between the years 1946 and 1964. For both groups, the personal automobile is costly, difficult to keep up and pay for. Additionally, for men, they live on average seven years past their “driving able” years, and women live more than 12 years past their driving age. For all of the people cited in this story, the challenges of getting old (by 2030, thirty percent of the US population will be 65 years old or older) and “aging in place” are the issues of their time. We need active transportation programs for youth to fight the battle of the bulge and diabetes, and we need something similar for the aged. “We’ve talked about Safe Routes to School, now we need Safe Routes for Seniors. This is massive issue looming on the horizon,” says Snyder. I learned from a 2003 New Partners for Smart Growth conference an interesting heuristic for evaluating “the livability of a neighborhood.” It comes from a Vancouver, BC planning official, an is called “The Popsicle Test.” The test is, can a kid get to a store on his or her own, buy a popsicle, and get home again before it melts? Brooks and Scarfo themselves are at the middle end of the Baby Boomer cohort, so they relate well to the fact that many aging drivers will experience age-related limitations that may prevent them from driving. Are we as a society up to the challenge of planning a multi-modal transportation system so all citizens can have mobility and are able to access the places they desire to be? So they can even walk to a store to buy and enjoy a Popsicle?

Brooks emphasizes that “when the elderly become non-drivers they are in a situation similar to others who can’t or won’t drive – children, people with disabilities, people who cannot afford a car and so on.” If You Study It, People Will Listen For Amber Joplin, who just completed her doctorate at WSU looking at this aging issue, when people get old and no longer have the option to drive a personal vehicle, things get bad. “Seniors face isolation, a reduced quality of life and possible economic hardship,” she says. So, she prescribes a diet that streets need to go on. “My vision is lots of wide sidewalks with lots of trees for shade and benches at bus stops. Streets need to ‘go on a diet’ and give back the planting strips. Streets can also diet to create more bike paths, of which we need two types: few high speed commuter bike paths and some casual paths.” There are also visions of having “ondemand” bus systems, as well as express and semi-express routes. What Joplin is proposing ties into extensive research on the needs of aging people and the chipping away at the impediments to robust and well-planned active transportation. That includes parking lots incorporating pedestrian paths from adjacent bus stops and street crossings, as opposed to now where pedestrians have to jump into drainage swales and jump over or around shrubbery. While we can make biking and walking and public transportation easier and better, there are always the design and zoning principles around allowing for the less traditional and non-polluting (tailpipe emissions-wise, that is): “Some neighborhood streets could give up parking on one side and make golf cart routes.” “No more trains, planes, automobiles . . . bring on the peds, spokes and electric carts.” The new mantra for the Inland Northwest? Paul K. Haeder is a freelance writer who worked in Spokane as a community college instructor and journalist for over 10 years.

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f someone were to happen upon the unfortunate scene near the corner of Pines and Sprague where Deputy Fred Morford was wrestling on the ground with a female, pressing her face into the gravel and twisting her to compliance, they might be inclined to whip out a cell phone and begin recording the incident up until the moment the deputy put the “victim” in a semi-headlock. The “witness” might then post it online with the heading “cop beats woman for no reason” and the short clip would spread like wildfire, raising the ire of the masses as well as the negative perception of law enforcement. All Deputy Morford was doing was his job and experiencing a little embarrassment. “She bamboozled me. I should have never left the driver’s side door open,” he admits. The back-story goes like this: It was a simple call; a shoplifter was being detained at a box store and Morford was prepared to just write a ticket. The alleged thief was polite enough even after meth was found in her purse and a ticket turned into an arrest. Though she didn’t have identification, she gave her name as he handcuffed her and placed her in the back seat of his car. Driving down Sprague Avenue, the woman started to feel ill and asked if he would pull over so she could throw up. He did and, as he held the door open for her to lean out, she asked that he let her get out of the car. He did. “I thought it was the humane thing to do,” he says. As she began dry heaving, she turned towards him and did a fine job of pretending that she was seconds from projectile vomiting on him and, as he stepped back to avoid the mess, she made a beeline for the open driver’s door and jumped behind the wheel, her hands no longer cuffed. “She had slipped right out of them. I hadn’t noticed that she was very sweaty, slimy even,” he explains. The engine revved and he dove on top of her as she struggled to understand how the gears worked. If she had figured out how to work the gears, she would have peeled out, potentially crushing him between the concrete wall and the car, but, lucky for him, she could not figure it out and he pulled her out onto the ground where they began wrestling. Fueled by drugs (or lack of) and a whole lot of crazy, she reached for his gun more than once and, because his hand microphone had come loose and gotten trapped under the woman, he could not call for help. He was alone. He eventually managed to get her into a semi-vascular neck restraint (VNR), roll her over, and call 99, the code for need assistance right now because someone is in danger of being injured. Turned out, she had given a fake name and had several felony warrants out for her arrest and she had no intention of going to prison, whatever the cost. Morford could have been killed but his training prevented the worst, though they both sustained some scrapes and bruises. “I feel bad that I didn’t protect her well enough,” he says, adding that it was a good learning experience; he will never leave the driver’s side door open and he will take sweat into account the next time he cuffs someone. It is the job of law enforcement to protect and serve, but it’s not easy and it requires

Below: Law enforcement are a strong presence at many memorials and civic events.

thick skin; being berated with curse words (or potentially attacked) on a regular basis would be hard for anyone, but officers tend to see it for what it is. “People need to vent,” says Morford. “There’s a flip side to ‘do unto others’ which is don’t do unto others as they do unto you.” Enforcing the law and bringing calm into chaos is not an easy job, and this assignment had me rethinking my own perception of law enforcement. Speaking with a friend just the other day about “cops,” she expressed fear, suggesting that something bad might happen if one were to pull her over on a deserted highway. My response was, “you watch too many Lifetime movies.” In a 40,000 square-foot facility in Spokane Valley, men and women in law enforcement learn the ropes in many capacities. The concept of the Spokane County Sheriff ’s Training Center began in 2005, in a small office at CenterPlace in Spokane Valley where Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich began planning for a training center as a training unit supervisor before being elected Sheriff in 2006. “We needed a place where law enforcement could train in order to better serve the public,” he says. He then moved the operation to a building on the campus of Spokane Community College until moving into the current location four years ago. I decided that, to understand their roles and experiences, I had to dive in headfirst and attend some of their training. Before I did that, I reflected upon my personal responses to men and women in uniform. Firemen and women are a no-brainer, they’re there to save the day, but law enforcement is another story. I had to admit to myself that I have taken my foot off the gas and even thrown my cell phone on the passenger seat in mid-conversation upon spotting a police car. I have received three traffic tickets in my past and all three times I was inwardly angry at the gall of the deputy to stop me, a law-abiding citizen, while true criminals roam the streets. Thinking about it now, I realize that I was breaking the law, however innocently. A car accident I witnessed was a good example of how being in a hurry doesn’t always end well. The driver was a little entitled, acting as if his or her destination was more important than anybody else’s. We were on the freeway and as I made my way to the off ramp just behind the aggressive driver, I realized he/ she had no intention of remaining in line; the small car squeezed to the right and passed the waiting vehicles. Unaware of a sidewalk that began where the off ramp met Sullivan Street, he/she clipped it and flew across Sullivan. I did not stop, but I did think that maybe traffic tickets aren’t so bad; they probably do more than people even realize, like keeping us in check and reminding us to follow the rules of the road because we do sometimes act as if we own it. If that driver had been stopped by a deputy before the accident, no doubt he/she would have cursed the inconvenience without ever knowing the good it did. Walking into the facility, my palms were a little sweaty. Besides the traffic tickets, the only experience I have had with officers has been remotely via the movies, the news and clips on YouTube or Facebook, and the things I remember the most have left me with an almost unconscious fear of those who have sworn to uphold the law. The media has almost convinced me that the law doesn’t apply to them. The first forum I sat in on was a three-day presentation called “Police, the Media, and Positive Public Perception” or “Media Relations for Public Safety.” The first thing I noticed was a box of donuts on a table. “How appropriate,” I thought as I was led to a seat in the back of the large classroom. The presenter, Judy Pal, currently serves as Chief of Staff for the Baltimore Police Department in Maryland, which, she admits, has a reputation of being understaffed, underpaid, gritty and corrupt, but reputation is simply another word for perception. Abraham Lincoln put it like this: Character is like a tree and reputation like a shadow. The shadow is what we think of it; the tree is the real thing. Pal puts it like this, “What we do matters. What people perceive we do matters more.” I sat in on the first hour of the presentation where I learned about those in attendance. There were about 30 of them and they included a female detective, patrol deputies, a major crimes

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Above: Law enforcement does more than simple traffic stops. They are trained in many different areas, including water rescue, and are often called upon in times of crisis.

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sergeant and a woman from the Department of Emergency Management who breeds seahorses as a hobby. One attendee shared the fact that his now wife did not want to date him after finding out he was a cop. I suddenly understood; I was a sucker for sensationalized stories, news reports and video clips of “cops gone bad” that rarely shared the back story or even facts, and my fear of the law was not merited. Certainly corruption exists, but on a much smaller scale than we actually perceive. “Scaring the heck out of people makes for good television,” Pal explains, “and all it takes is a couple of bad apples.” Later that day, I took a tour of the training facility. There are conference rooms, classrooms, offices and storage on the

given by the Northwest Gang Investigator Association. Behind closed doors, they train to better understand culprits and to protect and serve their community. A few days later, with a better understanding and a desire to change the public’s perceptions of cops, I walked into my second training opportunity, in the “gym.” With a little more confidence, and donning workout wear and combat boots just in case I had to kick, this is where I met Morford who, along with a dozen others, was participating in a quarterly in-service defensive tactics class where they refresh their skills to remain effective. After the class, participants are evaluated and, if they don’t perform to standard, they are not allowed to perform these moves on the street. On the day I visited, they were perfecting the VNR and a variation called XVNR.

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main floor. An adjacent vacant three-story building is theirs to use free of rent, and serves as a place to train on a larger scale including scenario training or concealed compartment training where they actually bring cars into the building. On the second floor of the main facility are the traffic unit and marine patrol offices, and the FATS (Firearms training simulator) room. The remaining part of the second floor looks like a huge gym with mats on the floor, free standing and hanging punching bags, and freestanding short walls with holes in them for dogs to learn some tricks. I was sent home with packets of information with numbers that made it clear that the economic impact of the Regional Training program conducted by the Spokane County Sheriff ’s office is huge. Local participants save on travel, lodging and sometimes tuition, and out-of-town participants from as far away as Hong Kong, Guam and Israel bring hundreds of thousands of dollars to area hotels and restaurants. Over 100 training opportunities took place at the facility last year, not including on-going in-service instruction. The highest attendance was at a four-day presentation

Master Instructor Sergeant Richard Gere introduced himself and told me to remove my boots, necklace and dangling earrings. I panicked for a second and wondered what in the world I had gotten myself into as I followed his instructions. It was all men at this particular class and I felt a little out of place, but the feeling passed as Gere and a few other instructors began leading us in the proper way to grip your hands, which is actually stronger if you don’t wrap your thumbs. It went from that to a dance of grip, step back and go down on one knee and, if the “perpetrator” is too large to pull down by force alone, you use your foot to buckle his knee and take him down gently, gracefully and always aware of head and body placement to avoid injury of both parties. First, we did the moves solo, and then with a partner. The moves lead up to a tight VNR where arms, head and body placement all play an intricate roll in getting someone to comply. Hold the pose long enough and they go out, like a light, giving the officers enough time to get the cuffs on. I performed it on a couple guys and I wasn’t bad. One even tapped my arm as a cue to “please stop.” Feeling tough, I suggested they choke me out so I could experience what the bad guys have experienced. Obliging, Gere wrapped

his arms around my neck, pressing tightly and evenly on my carotid arteries. After some grunts and unattractive facial expressions, I was out in a matter of seconds and came to just as fast; a little discombobulated but unscathed. Four days later, I visited Citizen’s Academy, an eight-week program for the general public that occurs twice a year at the training center. Spokane County Sheriff ’s Office Crime Prevention Officer Travis Pendell designed the program as an opportunity to raise awareness about officer involved shootings and other aspects of the job. Again, there were donuts on a table, as well as fresh fruit. There were 30 attendees, ranging from senior citizens to 30-somethings. Curious and concerned men and women, and some volunteers, were are allowed a glimpse into the workings of law enforcement through personal stories, mock scenarios and tips on how to prevent crime. Pendell, who leads the program with comedy and heartfelt opinions of meth use, has been a crime prevention officer for the last eight years. Before that, he spent time on patrol. “The worst part of that was going back to the same victim time and time again,” he says. “The best part was when I able to keep someone safe or make a difference.” It is the job of law enforcement to keep others safe, and many, if not all, are motivated by the desire to make a difference. Bad apples exist, but we should not be forming our opinions based on their behavior. Time and time again, while speaking with deputies, I heard their disappointment of the perception of those they have been sworn to protect. Their thoughts include: “I am a human being,” “I feel so normal and drama free at the end of my shift,” “after I retire, I may publish a book called All the Things I Wish I Could Have Said,” “please introduce me as Mark, not Mark the cop,” “no, we are not fueled by testosterone,” “don’t judge a book by its cover,” and “try walking in our shoes” which includes dealing with road ragers and meth heads in various stages of agitation and entitlement, and enforcing the laws created by the people we elect. Their suggestions are to look out for your neighbors, protect yourselves, call if you see something that’s out of place and feel free to like the Spokane County Sheriff ’s Office, the City of Spokane Police Department and the Spokane Valley Police Department on Facebook. My suggestion is to thank them even as they write you a traffic ticket and no, they are not writing it to meet a quota, they are doing their job; keeping us safe even if that is sometimes from ourselves.

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hat? You haven’t booked your summer vacation yet? An itinerary hasn’t been set, the passport secured, and the world travels embarked upon?! If you are worried that a summer to remember can only be experienced if you travel far and wide, and take in exotic sites, allow us to offer an alternative option. While we love the idea of racking up the frequent flier miles and setting off for the four corners of the world, sometimes schedules just don’t allow for that to happen. Here’s another little secret: sometimes the best of the best is right here in our own backyard. So, book that international trip if you want to, but make sure to save some vacation days to explore your own community. There’s no shortage of ways to have fun in the sun this summer, right here in Spokane. Spokane CDA • June • 2013


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ArtFest 2013 – Now in its 28th year, art is in full bloom at Coeur d’Alene Park in Browne’s Addition, where over 160 amazing artisans, live music, lots of food vendors, big beer and wine garden, art demonstrations and fun for the whole family, May 31st to June 2nd! MAC (Museum of Arts and Culture) When you have a MAC attack, satisfy it with a trip to Spokane’s premier museum, located in Browne’s Addition. Several exhibits running throughout the summer are worth your time. (509) 456-3931 Casinos – Betting that summer will be more fun if you are willing to take a gamble? You could have a wining time at one of the local casinos. Try the blackjack tables at Northern Quest Casino (www. in Airway Heights, or make it a day on the golf course at Coeur d’Alene Casino ( in Worley, ID.

Coeur d’Alene Summer Theatre - Broadway shows, North Idaho location! Coeur d’Alene Summer Theatre (CST) is Idaho’s oldest performing arts organization, bringing full-scale Broadway musicals to Coeur d’Alene each summer. This year’s lineup includes Big River, Mary Poppins, Romance Romance, 9 to 5.

Soiree on the Edge at Arbor Crest - The music, the wine, the hillside vistas, the fresh air. At Soiree on the Edge, on the lawn of the beautiful Arbor Crest Winery, you will share with those around you an exciting array of musical experiences. Music Director Eckart Preu and the orchestra musicians will serenade you. Sit back and renew your spirit with an exciting assortment of musical delights both traditional and contemporary. Bring your picnic or purchase your meal (or Arbor Crest wine) on site. July 25th, August 1st and August 8th.

Northwest Renaissance Festival - Hear ye, hear ye! Calling all kings, queens and wenches. One of summer’s staple events is the Northwest Renaissance Fair Festival, which takes place over four weekends in July. With jousting, music, theatre, comedy and quadrille and quintaine (think horses), you will want to come back multiple weekends. For more information about activities and performers, visit their website at www.nwrf. net

Wine Tasting Tours – Washington is becoming increasingly well known for its wine production, and some of the best wineries are right here in Spokane. With 18 local wineries within the city, visit several throughout the summer, and become better aquainted with your local wineries.

Art on the Green - Now in its 45th year, this annual arts and crafts festival is a Coeur d’Alene tradition, which will bring together over 135 artists and an expected 50,000 visitors when it hits the green August 2-4th. You can view and purchase art from a variety of mediums including metal, wood beads, clay and fiber. Located on the old Fort Sherman grounds, on the North Idaho College campus.

MARYHILL WINERY – It is well worth the drive to Goldendale, Washington, to experiencea summer concert at the Maryhill Winery and Amphitheater. The 2013 lineup includes Counting Crows, Willie Nelson and Hall & Oates. Oh, and don’t forget all the fabulous wine!


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Jundt Art Museum - Tucked into the hallowed halls of education at Gonzaga University sits the Jundt Art Museum, which houses a variety of artwork including paintings, sculptures, ceramics, tapestries and photographs. Pieces are rotated periodically.


Picnic at your favorite local park – No permit, pass or ticket needed; simply fill up the picnic basket, grab a blanket and head to your favorite local park for a leisurely meal and a chance to relax in the beauty of our numerous local parks. Don’t forget to pack a Frisbee! Progressive Dinner Bike Rides - Grab a group of friends, family and neighbors and pedal for your supper. Start at one person’s house for an appetizer, bike to a nearby park with everyone carrying supplies for a large picnic dinner. Then bike back to someone else’s house for dessert. First Fridays - This family-friendly event, the first Friday of each month, features live dance, music and theatre exhibits, as well as art showings and more. Events run from 5-8 p.m. and vary each month. Spokane River Centennial Trail – There are probably over a hundred reasons to love Spokane’s Centennial Trail. Start discovering them yourself, whether it is by biking, walking, running or roller-blading on this trail, which is one of the true gems of the city. Hop on the trail at any point along the way, between Nine-Mile Falls and the Idaho border – that is a lot of trail from which to choose. Public Libraries – Check it out. Literally, check out some books. Our libraries are alive with excitement over the summer. Whether you are looking for a book to read, want to research an area of interest, or simply want to escape the heat by cooling off with a book, this is the place to do it. Check out summer story hours and activities for children! Crosby Museum - Bing Crosby was not just a well-known celebrity, he was also a Gonzaga University alumnus and a well-loved citizen of Spokane. One of the world’s largest public collections of Crosby memorabilia is on display in the Crosbyana Room in the Foley Center. Learn more about Bing and his life as a Spokane-raised celebrity. Riverside State Park – There is a little bit of heaven just a few miles from downtown. Riverside State Park is a great place to spend the day hiking or biking along the trails, watching rafters and kayakers fly by on the water and enjoying the

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beauty of the area. With camping and restroom facilities, you may just want to move in! For more information visit Manito Park Duncan Garden- The gardens of Versailles are so lovely, but the airfare is outrageous. Enjoy a garden of similar extreme beauty, for free. Manito Park’s Duncan Garden is a stunning sight to see, and will soon be a destination favorite. Liberty Lake – What was once an out of town destination has quickly become a suburb of Spokane; however, Liberty Lake still has nearly 3,000 acres of land to explore. With trails for hiking, play equipment, shelters, BBQ areas and plenty of swimming and beach area, as well as restrooms, this has it all. Walking Tours of Spokane – So used to zipping around in your car that, if it is off of a major arterial, you don’t know the city in which you live? Join – or start – a walking tour. In addition to providing you a chance to see parts of the city up close and personally, walking is a great form of exercise. Lemonade Stands – Remember those days of young entrepreneurship when you’d sell lemonade on the corner? Well maybe you can’t set up a booth now, but consider supporting your neighborhood kiddo and buy a glass. 35th Annual Royal Fireworks & Concert - The Royal Fireworks Concert is free to the public and features Allegro’s 60-piece Royal Band and dazzling fireworks choreographed to Handel’s music. The concert takes place on the Floating Stage in Spokane’s Riverfront Park on July 28th. As when the piece was first played in 1749, fireworks are choreographed to the final movements of Handel’s music.

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Fairmont Hot Springs – Summer is about road trips, and where better to head then to Fairmont Hot Springs in British Columbia. A scenic five-hour drive from Spokane, you can soak away your stiff muscles in their famed hot mineral spring water pools. Visit www.fairmonthotsprings. com Grand Coulee Dam Light Show – A tradition in the making, a trip to Grand Coulee Dam is well-worth the drive. The story of the Columbia River is told through narration and laser lights that dance across the dam. There is a patriotic finale that all will enjoy. Shows run daily throughout the summer. Resort Life – Visit heaven on earth: Priest Lake. Established in 1932, Elkins Resort ( is a Priest Lake favorite for locals, not just for summer vacations, but also for their busy summer wedding season. Family-owned and operated since 1946, Hill’s Resort ( has been a popular destination on the lake ever since its first summer in business. It is not just Priest Lake that has all the good places, though. Check out Klinks Resort on Lake Williams ( a mere 30 miles from Spokane. Hell’s Canyon – With 652,488 acres of beauty, including the Snake River and the deepest river gorge in North America, opportunities abound in Hell’s Canyon National Recreation Area, in the northeastern corner of Oregon and western edge of Idaho. Whether you are horseback riding, mountain biking, hiking, rafting or taking a driving tour, the adventure is palpable. Glacier National Park – A National park located within a day’s drive is one of the best parts of living here. Head to Glacier and enjoy the beauty of over 1 million acres of forests, meadows and lakes, with backpacking, boating, fishing and hiking as some of the most favored activities. Fort Walla Walla Museum - Check out the Lewis and Clark Exhibit at Fort Walla Walla Museum, complete with scores of rare period artifacts matching journal entries. This museum is certified by the National Park Service as part of the National Historic Trail for the Lewis and Clark Expedition. Woodland Park Zoo – Lions and tigers and bears, oh my! From lions to zebras, elephants, penguins, giraffes, flamingos, bears, wolves and more, Seattle’s Woodland Park Zoo is an oasis in the middle of the city. This must see, world-class zoo provides a chance to see animals you may never otherwise see, right in the heart of the city. Well worth the drive!


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City Pools– It’s cool to go to the pool! Pools are open from June 17th to August 24th this summer. Jump, float, dive or simply splash in one of Spokane Park’s Departments six aquatic centers: A.M. Cannon Park, Comstock, Hillyard, Liberty, Shadle and Witter. A variety of aquatic programs and open swim sessions are available at each pool. MOBIUS - Just because it is summer doesn’t mean you stop learning - especially when you include a trip to MOBIUS on your schedule. Located across the street from Nordstrom, in a 26,000 center, this hands on children’s museum and educational experience combines science, technology and entertainment all in one! Cat Tales Zoological Park – Looking for a roaring good time this summer? Head out to Cat Tales on Spokane’s north side. Hand feed the animals. Experience this rare oportunity to get up close and personal with their magnificent animals. Choice of Tiger, Bear, or Royal White Tiger. Spokane Farmer’s Market – Gather goodies fresh from the land without having to do the harvesting yourself. Mosey on down to Spokane Farmer’s Market, located at 10 W. 5th Avenue, between Division and Browne and browse the best in local produce, flowers and more.

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each boasting a variety of fruits and vegetables, you can pick your way through the summer. Our favorite activity is picking strawberries in June! Visit Geocaching – Think treasure hunt meets techno geek. Geocaching combines the excitement of treasure hunting with GPS units. Items are hidden all throughout the area in parks, buildings, above ground, underwater and almost anywhere you can imagine. Once you find a location, you open the cache, take an item, leave an item and sign the logbook. For specifics on how to get started, visit Bowling – When the heat gets to you and it is time to cool off, duck inside to bowl a couple of frames at Hugo’s On The Hill. While you’ll go for the bowling, don’t be surprised if the food, drink, casino and great prices lure into staying. Who wants to be outdoors in the summer heat when Hugo’s is so cool?

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Laser Quest – Ever want to zap your co-worker or friend? Now is your chance to do it with laser guns, and to have great fun in the process. The excitement is palpable at Laser Quest in downtown Spokane’s old Armory building. Gather a group of friends or coworkers and let the adventure begin. Visit The Scoop – Perhaps the coolest – and smallest – ice cream shop in the city, The Scoop is a summertime destination. Featuring delicious ice cream offerings from Spokane’s Brain Freeze Creamery, and ample outdoor seating, it is worth the walk – or drive. They don’t have a website you can visit, so just go straight to The Scoop, at 1001 West 25th Avenue. Fourth of July!!! Celebrate America’s birthday with fireworks and music at Riverfront Park. This annual community event celebrates Independence Day with family-friendly activities, food, music, arts and crafts, culminating in a spectacular fireworks extravaganza. IMAX – Escape the heat of the summer by slipping into the doors of the IMAX theatre in Riverfront Park. With the area’s tallest movie screen and a bevy of interesting and educational films, this is the place to be. Green Bluff – A visit to Green Bluff is sure to kick start your summer. With over 30 area growers,


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Spokane House Interpretive Center – Visit the location of the Spokane House, which served as the fur trading post for the North West Company under the direction of David Thompson. See reenactments as well as artifacts, and learn more about this historical place. Open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturdays and Sundays, Memorial Day Weekend through Labor Day Weekend. Donations encouraged. Visit The National Lentil Festival – Visit Pullman for the lentils! Our area of eastern Washington and northern Idaho, the Palouse Region, grows a third of the lentils in the United States. Since 1989, the National Lentil Festival has celebrated this wonderful little legume that is consumed by people all over the world. Join the fun this year! Chimposium - Venture to Ellensburg’s Central Washington University to take part in a “Chimposium.” Chimposiums are one-hour, educational workshops involving world-renowned signing chimpanzees. Held every Saturday and Sunday, March through November, Chimposiums book quickly, so reservations are recommended. Spokane Falls Skyride– See the beauty of Spokane from a different angle. With the Spokane Falls Skyride, located in Riverfront Park, there is even more to enjoy at the park this summer. Travel over 600 feet per minute as you ride in the fully enclosed passenger cars, high above the falls. Carousel –Built in 1909, Riverfront Park’s Looff Carousel boasts 54 carved horses, 1 giraffe, 1 tiger and 2 Chinese dragon chairs. It’s also listed on the National Historic Registry. The best part about the carousel, is the chance to grab the gold ring and get a free ride.


Fishing – Holy Mackerel! Well, mackerel may not be what you will find in the local waters, but other types of fish are abundant. Fishing is a way of life in the Northwest in the summer. Pack a picnic and head to your favorite spot, or if you want the guidance of a professional, contact one of the many local guide services that offer afternoon trips or weekend getaways! Kayaking – This fun sport is perfect for the many different areas the river offers. Contact REI, Mountain Gear or the Spokane Mountaineers to learn more about popular routes to take, or about group outings. Remember, though, safety first! Turnbull National Wildlife Refuge – Originally established as breeding and nesting grounds for migratory birds and other animals, Turnbull offers 16,000 acres of land, 3,036 of which are wetlands. Get out and explore this unique area, which is only a 40-minute drive from Spokane! For more information, visit Hiking - From full day hikes to mini stretches in the middle of the day, this area is an unlimited playground. Try some of the trails on Mt. Spokane for day hikes. Don’t forget to pack a picnic and plenty of water (sunscreen is a smart move, too.) For all you “urban hikers” out there who are looking for something to fit into your day between meetings and phone calls, head down to the trails near the old Flour Mill. With lots of exploring to be had there, you can hike on your lunch break! Camping –Sleep under the stars! With more nearby lakes than you can count on your fingers, there are unlimited options when it comes to camping. We prefer the old fashioned kind involving a tent, but even posh-style camping in an RV or trailer can be fun. Some of our favorite spots are on Priest Lake and at Farragut State Park near Lake Pend Orielle. For more camping spots, visit Golfing –It is one of the greatest ways to spend an early morning or late afternoon in Spokane, and with numerous private and public courses there is no shortage of places to play golf. Try visiting several courses throughout the summer, including our fabulous county golf courses.

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River Rafting – Only a few miles from downtown, the river can sweep you away on an adventure, making you feel you are million miles from home. River Rafting provides a rush of adrenaline with every rapid you tackle. Flow Adventures’ Spokane River Rafting trips are great fun and can take you through class II and some class III rapids right in your own town!


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Gondolas at Silver Mountain – Head over to Silver Mountain where the gondola heads to the top of the mountain continuously throughout the day. With single lift tickets, as well as all day or season passes, you can get to the top as often as you like. Once you are there, enjoy a network of trails for hiking, biking and exploring. You can also take in lunch and an evening concert, as well as living history presentations

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Car d’Lane – Get your motor running with this fantastic, annual, classic car event held on the streets of downtown Coeur d’Alene, featuring 1975 and pre-1975 autos and trucks. The two day event, which runs June 14-15th, includes a cruise along the streets of Coeur d’Alene on Friday night, from 6:00-9:30, as well as a swap meet on Saturday from 8-4. Lake Pend Orielle Cruises – Bon voyage! The Shawnodese departs from the Sadnpoint City Beach Dock daily in the summer, guaranteeing you a fabulous ride on the lake. Day cruises, dinner cruises, and private charter cruises are all available. Julyamsh Powwow - The nation’s largest outdoor powwow takes place in Post Falls, Idaho, July 26th to the 28th. Booths will be set up with clothing, jewelry, furs and more on sale, and there will be bareback horse competitions, as well as dancing. Stop by to visit this cultural event. Festival at Sandpoint - Back for its 31st season is this popular outdoor summer concert series on the shores of Lake Pend Orielle, August 1-11th. Bring a picnic and enjoy the music under the stars! Mountain Biking on Schweitzer - Just because ski season is over doesn’t mean the


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Horseback Riding – Giddyup! Horseback riding is an exciting way to see the trails of the area from a new vantage point. Numerous parks and recreation sites allow horses on trails. Find local horseback riding opportunities at Rock Climbing - Before you rush off to climb El Capitan, in Yosemite, try brushing up on your skills at Wild Walls Indoor Climbing Gym in downtown Spokane. It is a great place to learn the sport of rock climbing, or to brush up on your skills. With two 40-ft climbing structures, 50 routes, two bouldering caves as well as a learning wall, climbing has never been so easy. Spokane Indians Baseball Games – It’s opening night of Spokane Indians Baseball on June 14th! You’ll be enjoying the fireworks with the rest of the crowd as our Indians take on the Everett AquaSox at 6:30 p.m. Ironman CDA –Visit beautiful Coeur d’Alene on June 23rd, and cheer on those brave souls who are willing to swim, bike and run all on the same day. Watch these athletes who have come from all over the world to participate in the competition. It may just inspire you to start training for next year! Hoopfest - The world’s largest 3-on-3 basketball tournament takes place right here in Spokane each summer. No jumping through hoops to get the information, we’ve got it for you: This summer it is June 29th and 30th. Drawing teams from over 37 states, and over 24,000 participants, this event is a slam-dunk success every year. sky high sports – If your kids, or maybe even you, are bouncing off the walls trying to find something to do, why don’t you, well, bounce off the walls? Literally. Sky High Sports has trampoline floors and trampoline walls, meaning bouncing off the walls has never been so fun. Valley Girl Triathalon – Who said ladies don’t sweat? The girls will be sweatin’ this summer in Liberty Lake when they tackle this increasingly popular triathalon on Sunday July 14th. Come cheer on local women as they run, bike and swim their way to a victory. Hiawatha Bike Trail – Traveling on this old train route in the North Idaho panhandle is a history lesson and bike trip in one. Named for the route the Milwaukee Railroad took from Illinois to Washington, the trail offers 15 miles of varied conditions, including ten tunnels. Shuttle buses are available; however bikers must bring their own helmets, lighting and food and water. The trail usually opens on Memorial Day weekend. There are several informative websites, including or

Cherry Pickers Trot & Pit Spit- The annual four-mile run through Green Bluff’s orchards is back again this year, on July 18th along with the annual Pit Spit contest. Whether you are there to run the race or cheer on the runners, pit the spits or cheer on the spitters, this is a great annual event. As always, there are plenty of fresh-fromthe-garden goodies at Green Bluff. Spike and Dig - The biggest 6-on-6 volleyball event in the Northwest, Spike and Dig has become a summer favorite. With over 200 teams and 1,300 participants, it is volleyball at its best. Come out to Spokane Falls Community College, August 3-4th to cheer on the teams!


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A Slice of Life The life and history of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Edmund Strahorn by Barbara F. Cochran

Robert E. Strayhorn circa 1912


The Strayhorns outside their home on First Avenue. photo courtesy of the MAC L84-25

lthough Robert Edmund “Bob” and Carrie Adell “Dell” (or Della) Green Strahorn did not move to Spokane until 1898, they were conspicuous members of the community during the early part of the 20th century – Bob in building railroads and public utilities and Dell in the social and cultural scene. Their involvement with the western part of the United States had begun many years earlier. It is no exaggeration to say that the Strahorns contributed more than any others to the settlement of the West. Yet somehow, they seem to have become lost in the annals of the Old West. Carrie Adell’s story is unique because of her many unlikely experiences for the time period in which she lived. Bob came from humble beginnings, growing up on a farm in Illinois, with his formal education ending at age 10. Dell was a Victorian lady in the sense that she was modest, refined, cultured, well educated and womanly. She grew up northwest of Chicago, the daughter of a noted surgeon who permitted his daughters to pursue their own abilities and as much education as they desired. Dell was a good friend with Lettie Dean Strahorn, Bob’s first wife. When he brought her home to Illinois from Denver, to nurse her during the last few months of her life before she died from a terminal illness, Dell helped Bob care for Lettie. After he left Illinois, Bob and Dell began corresponding. After several years of letter writing, Dell and Bob were married September 19, 1877.

Carrie Adell Strayhorn circa 1912



The Stayhorns’ home at 2216 West First Avenue in Brown’s Addition in early 1900s photo courtesy of the MAC L87-189

The elaborate reception room at “Strahorn Pines” In Brown’s Addition, 1902 photo courtesy of the MAC L86-1266

Dell Strahorn, at her desk where she wrote Fifteen Thousand Miles by Stage. photo courtesy of the MAC L88-507

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Bob was hired by railroad tycoon Jay Gould to report graphically and statistically on the resources of the West and their potential, whether mineral, agricultural, timber or whatever. He was then to compile this information into a book of several hundred pages, followed by a veritable flood of leaflets, maps and folders and an eight page monthly newspaper. He was also expected to write half-a-dozen other books on as many different territories and states in great detail, all in a quest to promote immigration west of the Missouri River so that businesses would be established and shipping tonnage waiting for Gould’s Union Pacific Railroad to service. Gould’s recruitment of Bob came within a week after his marriage. Bob had no intention of leaving his bride alone in that frontier town so far from her home and friends; however, he had to get permission and passes from the Union Pacific officials for Dell to accompany him. When he approached them, the railroad officers blanched at the thought of a woman, especially a refined lady like Dell, enduring the rough roads and trails, the unknown dangers from Indians, all kinds of weather, the terrain from mountains to alkali deserts, and the crude and primitive housing conditions. But Bob and Dell were insistent, and Bob issued an ultimatum: he would only accept the offer if they allowed Dell to accompany him. With her beloved husband, Dell traveled by train, by ship, by stagecoach, by horseback through mud and desert heat, from Alaska to Mexico, and Omaha to Hawaii. No route was too perilous, no transportation too rough, no house too primitive. She saw it all, mile after mile, until six years and thousands of miles had rolled by. She would later chronicle theses adventures in newspaper articles and a bestselling memoir. In recalling only the beauty and inspiration of what would have been a miserable experience for others, Bob and Dell exhibited why they were so successful in their portrayals of the West. It was due in no small part to the fact that Dell seldom missed a mile, never complained and enthusiastically greeted the next journey. No matter what the difficulties, the Strahorns never lost their enthusiasm, wonder or awe. Their first visit of several to Spokane came late in the year of 1880. Although Dell thought she was going to have a week’s rest in Walla Walla, she soon found herself in a stage bound for Lewiston and points north. A ferry took them down the Snake River from Lewiston to Almota. One of the interesting sights along the way was wheat being loaded on steamboats from the top of the Snake River bluffs through flumes some two to three thousand feet long. A guide was sent ahead with saddle horses and a couple of packhorses to set up camp near the Spokane River. At Colfax, the Strahorns caught the Kinnear stage. Dell described their first views of the town by the falls: “The virgin grandeur and beauty of the Spokane country appealed to us as no other place had done in all our travels. The little village of four or five hundred people straggling over the park like openings among the pines impressed us as one of the most picturesque

The Hall of Doges above the Davenport’s Restaurant,Spetember 19, 1911 The Strayhorns’ 34th wedding anniversary. Photo from the Davenport Hotel collection, courtesy of Walt and Karen Worthy.

in America…Bob declared that “Here will be the greatest inland city of the whole Northwest.” The Strahorn’s first visit to Spokane was three years prior to Andrew Prichard’s announcement of gold in the Coeur d’Alenes, and five years before electricity powered by water would appear in Spokane Falls. It was almost 10 more years until the Strahorns returned to Spokane for a significant amount of time. During these years, they traveled all over the country, living in a variety of towns, both back east and out west, and Bob waded into several business ventures, including the Idaho and Oregon Land Improvement Company; attended the Republican National Convention in Chicago; bought the Hailey Hot Springs, in Chicago, with the intention of building a luxury hotel; and took on another job from Union Pacific. They requested Bob write six new pamphlets of over 100 closely printed pages on Colorado, Utah, Montana, Idaho, Oregon and Washington. The deadline for distribution: 90 days! It was a Herculean task, but Bob accomplished it. He then joined the Fairhaven Land Company, in construction work along Puget Sound. A change in the railroad route, the bank failures in London in 1890, and the Panic of 1893 meant total ruin for Bob. Never one to stay down for long, Bob branched out into promoting corporate bonds, thereby raising billions in cash and credit to finance western towns, counties and states to pay for the construction of thousands of miles of railroads and ocean

lines. The greatest result of his next seven years in the East was the contacts he made with bankers and powerful lending institutions and the understanding Strahorn gained of the inner workings of large-scale financing. This knowledge would in due time provide Strahorn with the millions needed to reach the pinnacle of his personal achievements and eventually to build a mansion in Spokane. By 1898, doctors advised Bob to leave the eastern climate and return to the West. That year, they decided to make Spokane their permanent home. They lived in The Spokane Hotel, then in downtown apartments in the Van Valkenburg and Hyde buildings before purchasing the J.J. Browne residence in October 1902. The purchase price for the house at 2216 West First Avenue and seven lots was $35,000. The house sat under pine trees, and the well-landscaped grounds included some rare trees and flowers gathered from distant lands. There was every modern luxury throughout the four floors. Bob presented the house to Dell as a 25th wedding anniversary gift. Having made some money with J.P. Graves in a British Columbia mine, Bob hired leading architect Kirtland K. Cutter to remodel the house at a cost of $100,000. The mansion in Browne’s Addition was more than the Strahorns felt they needed for their personal comfort, but they considered it necessary for entertaining. “Strahorn Pines” became a many-gabled Elizabethan halftimbered style home, the first in Spokane to have a hot-water steam-heating system. The

22-room house included nine bathrooms, 10 fireplaces and a single lane bowling alley in the full basement. Well ahead of other large homes of the period, the entire Strahorn mansion was electrified. Yet, the lamps on the desk or nightstand had to be connected to a ceiling chandelier or wall sconce with hanging cords, as there were no wall outlets. The Strahorns also invested in at least two other properties in Spokane. One was a 10-room modern colonial house directly south, on the corner of Hemlock and First Avenue. This $15,000 investment also included a lot directly across the river on which stood a large barn and garden tract, which was used by Bob’s manservant. In spite of frequent absences of business or pleasure trips, the Strahorns did enjoy their home. Their occupancy of the mansion was during the heyday of Spokane’s “Age of Elegance.” Dell moved into the very core of fashionable society. Their home, “Strahorn Pines” or “The Pines,” was known for its hospitality. When Bob had a meeting with a large number of men, Dell entertained their wives in her gracious home. Receptions for 400 were accomplished easily. Dell loved to give unusual parties with great attention to detail. On Halloween 1919, members of the Fortnightly Bridge Club were greeted by an old witch, silhouetted against the light shades. Inside, they were ushered into a mysterious place where dim lights revealed grotesque Halloween creatures. Draped in sheets to add to the spooky effect, the guests mingled among marble statues dressed in costume, chandeliers draped in different colors or hidden in deep fringe, and heads of witches, elves and jack o’lanterns illuminated by Christmas tree lights. Light globes were hidden in false faces with weird caps. The motto in the entrance hall set the tone: “Oh, to be a child again, just for tonight.” The refreshment table at the Pines held Halloweenpatterned china, the ice cream molds were topped with pumpkin sticks, each with a fortune for the guests. The French pastries were shaped in Halloween designs. Thirtyeight people enjoyed the unique evening. Rev. Boone of the College of Idaho described Dell as a woman “of vision, cheerfulness, ability to establish confidence, to make the best of any situation, and loyalty.” All who knew her acknowledged Dell to be a brilliant person. She was widely known in Spokane for her civic, charitable, educational and religious work. One of Dell’s contributions was her role



in the construction of the Women’s Club building. In 1905, the Athenaeum Club, of which Dell was an honorary member, began a movement to build a clubhouse for women’s organizations. Dell served as chairman of their committee to interest other women’s groups; however, she resigned as the movement got underway, because she did not want to accept credit for this project, which rightfully belonged to the club. The Women’s Club clubhouse became a reality in 1909, when it was erected and Ninth and Walnut. In 1911, Dell wrote a book describing their early years in the unfolding west, entitled Fifteen Thousand Miles by Stage.

Bob was so proud of Dell that he hosted a surprise dinner party at the Hall of the Doges above Davenport’s Restaurant on September 19, 1911. No expense was spared for this white-tie affair. The finest china, silver and crystal graced the immaculate white-clothed round tables. The theme of the dinner was illustrated at the end of the room where a large painted replica of a stagecoach and horses hung, while at the sides of the room, Indian tepees had been erected. Since this was the occasion of their 34th wedding anniversary, Bob presented his wife with a six-page tablet of sterling silver pages, bound with gold cord and tassels. The signature of each guest, all 174 of them, had to be secured in advance for the engraving plates to make up the booklet. They represented a veritable “Who’s Who” of Spokane society: John and Charlotte Finch, Amasa B. and Grace M Campbell, Patrick Welch, W. H. and Harriet Cowles, J.J. and Anna Browne, Mr. and Mrs. N.W. Durham, Patrick “Patsy” and Mary Clark, Austin and Katherine Corbin. Other guests included the Dodsons, Rutters, Happys, Comstocks, Pattersons, Wakefields,



Hamblens, Graveses and the Burbridges. Over the years, Bob’s business ventures, and problems, took him to places like Portland and San Francisco, where the Strahorns more or less moved in 1920. Maintaining their home in Spokane, they returned each September to celebrate their wedding anniversary. Dell’s health deteriorated the last year of her life, and after a month’s illness, she passed away March 15, 1925, at the age of 71. Funeral services for Carrie Adell Strahorn were held at the First Presbyterian Church on March 21, 1925. On the way to the Strahorn mausoleum in Riverside Memorial Park cemetery, the funeral cortege swept through the grounds of the Strahorn residence and paused briefly under the windows of her study where she had written Fifteen Thousand Miles by Stage This story is condensed and excerpted from Seven Frontier Women and the Founding of Spokane Falls, by Barbara F. Cochran, and

edited by local historians, Suzanne and Tony Bamonte. To learn more about the Strahorns and other local history, visit www.tornadocreekpublications. com

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Sunset Florist & Greenhouse

A growing family tradition 32+rs Yea

Four generations of the Gandini family, (left to right) Charles, Karson, Bob Jr., Becky Gandini-Cantwell and Bob Sr., offering the freshest flowers and plants for your gardening and floral needs.


hrough three generations of the Gandini family, Sunset Florist & Greenhouse has been serving Spokane with fresh flower arrangements, annuals, perennials, spectacular hanging baskets, trees and shrubs for landscaping, and an array of plants for the vegetable garden. Sunset Florist and Greenhouse was established by Louie Gandini in the late 1920s. He had arrived from Italy a few years earlier and married his bride 70

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Josephine, here in Spokane. Together they built the first greenhouse and flower shop, with a gas pump outside, in the Garden Springs area. They also worked what was called a “Truck Garden,” growing lettuce and other vegetables alongside a Japanese family doing the same. Louie’s son Bob and his siblings worked from an early age in the greenhouse, flower shop and truck garden, continuing the family’s work ethic and concern that their products were always top quality. This tradition carried on as Bob assumed ownership and became actively involved in promoting the floral industry, once serving as president of the Northwest Florist Convention. Bob Jr. is now the grower for the greenhouse. “Watching the small tomatoes and annuals turn the greenhouse into a virtual outside garden is a thrilling sight,” he remarks. Bob Jr’s son Chuck works part time in the greenhouse, and Bob’s daughter Becky lends a helping hand as well. Their goal is exceeding customer expectations with quality, value and service. “Our reward,” says Bob, “is the enjoyment from customers who plant our garden flowers or receive a beautiful arrangement from our flower shop.”

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Liberty Park Florist & Greenhouse

Still growing strong to meet your floral and planting needs

85 rs Yea Jim and Kellee Alice carrying on the family tradition.


iberty Park Florist & Greenhouse has been in business since 1928. Dominic Alice, an Italian immigrant, opened the business at the same location where it still stands today. Two of his sons, Joe and Leo, took over the business when Dominic passed away in 1966. Joe’s son, Jim, joined the business in 1981. Although many changes have been made over the years, Liberty Park Florist is still growing strong to meet your floral and planting needs.

Liberty Park is unlike any garden center in town. Dominic began by just growing tomatoes for the local South Perry neighborhood. Jim and wife Kellee, who now own and operate the business, invite everyone to come and share the sights and scents, and to walk through their newly constructed greenhouse and garden center. While there, browse the large spacious floral shop where you’ll find a wonderful selection of unique gifts for all occasions as well as home and garden decor. Jim, who holds a degree in horticulture and greenhouse management from Washington State University, is always around to answer questions about plant selection and care. Liberty Park hand picks all flowers and plants on a daily basis to insure the freshest and highest quality available. They also offer custom planters for your home, fresh flower arrangements, unique European basket gardens, blooming and green plants, fruit and gourmet baskets, and balloons and silk arrangements. Don’t forget tomatoes especially developed to prosper in our local climate. Jim and Kellee love seeing generations of shoppers, from the ones who knew “Grandpa Alice” to ones who came as teenagers to get prom flowers, have gotten wedding flowers and now are bringing their children in for their prom flowers.

Liberty Park Florist & Greenhouse 1401 E Newark Ave | Spokane, WA 99202 (509) 534-9381 |

Black’s Painting, Inc.

Putting decades of experience into every new project 44 rs Yea

Owners Rob Mitchell and Steve Black (left-right) bring for more than 60 years of combined professional painting experience.


ou don’t want just anyone to paint your home or commercial property. You need an expert. Black’s Painting certainly qualifies for that title, having been in business for more than 40 years. Owners Steve Black and Rob Mitchell are craftsmen of their trade making sure you get quality work at a fair price. To do this, Black’s Painting has gone out of their way to hire great people who are fully

trained in all aspects of painting. Licensed, Insured and Bonded, Black’s Painting offers a wide range of services including interior and exterior painting, wood refinishing and Electrostatic metal refinishing to renew your appliances, office furniture or industrial equipment. Black’s also specializes in a multitude of specialty coating applications, and is certified by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for lead- paint abatement. Whether you have simply decided that the shutters need a fresh coating of paint or that your whole house could use some work, Black’s Painting has the experience to provide you with an honest and accurate estimate and the commitment to follow through to your ultimate satisfaction. Not only has Black’s Painting earned a stellar A+ rating from the Better Business Bureau, but also just as important to their reputation are the glowing customer testimonials. “No two projects or customers are the same,” says Mitchell. “We like meeting new people and taking on challenging jobs. We work very closely with our customers.” Adds Black, “Our success is based on our attention to detail and doing the job right the first time.”

Black’s Painting, Inc. 2104 West 13th Ave. | Spokane, WA 99224 (509) 838-3342 | |




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Jewelry Design Center

Expanding on their mission to be your Jeweler for Life

36+rs Yea For two generations, Denver, Doug and Brian Toone (l-r) have made customer service and value the cornerstones of Jewelry Design Center.

Jewelry Design Center (JDC) in Spokane—recognized

by its giant rotating diamond sculpture on Division Street—has been in business since 1977. Since opening its doors, the business has become the epitome of full-service jewelry stores and one of the most innovative retail outlets nationwide. Continuing its momentum of success, now a 4,500-square-foot expansion is planned for completion by October 2013. “It’s going to be an environment unlike anything else,” says President and CEO Brian Toone. “Wait till you see us come October.” JDC has been in its current building for eight years—a 12,800-squarefoot facility crafted with the same attention to detail that goes into creating fine jewelry. But the company wants to make room for a new dedicated service and repair facility and is expanding its state-of-theart design center, which will include the latest multimedia technology for customer interaction. A certified Rolex dealer, the store is adding to its luxury watch selection as well. For JDC customers the expansion brings the ultimate in full service, from simple repairs to complete design and fabrication. Early on, JDC distinguished itself by doing everything in house. Customers could also see the certified craftsmen at work on big video screens and know their jewelry was secure and receiving careful attention. According to JDC founder Doug Toone, “The difference between us and other jewelry stores is we actually do the work. It’s like buying a car. Who would you rather talk to, the salesman or the mechanic? We’re all professionals who’ve made jewelry our careers.” JDC has changed a lot from when Doug opened his store with one small display case. Before that, Doug repaired jewelry and created exceptional pieces for other retailers and chiseled out a sterling reputation. Soon patrons of other jewelers were requesting custom work directly from him. The rest is history. 72

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Today, Doug’s son Brian is proud to carry on his dad’s legacy. Brian fell in love with the jewelry business 18 years ago when he designed a special ring for a customer and she was so happy that she cried tears of joy. “It was an emotional moment,” says Brain. “Jewelry is much more than the metal and stone. It’s touches the heart.” As the Northwest’s premiere importer of loose diamonds and precious gemstones, Brain hand-selects the best and brightest diamonds from sources around the world. So confident is he in his selection, JDC offers a 100-day money-back return policy and lifetime in-store credit. “You cannot buy diamonds using a list,” Brian says. “Beauty and clarity come through light, something you can’t see in a picture. I reject 99 percent of the diamonds I see.” There’s no need to wait for a sales event when shopping for a diamond ring, necklace or earrings, either. Doug doesn’t believe in hype. “Some big chains sell jewelry like clothing outlets,” says Doug, “screaming 70 percent off. Why’d they mark it so high in the first place? We’d rather have fair prices year-round and help people make informed buying decisions so they leave feeling good.” Without question, Jewelry Design Center is the most outstanding jewelry store in the Inland Northwest, if not the entire Pacific Northwest. With a continued commitment to product excellence, exceptional value and superior service, it’s easy to understand why generations of customers have made them their jeweler for life.

Jewelry Design Center 821 North Division | Spokane, WA 99202 (509) 487-5905 |



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The Swinging Doors

Three decades of food, fun and family 32+rs Yea


The Swinging Doors family (left to right) Barb Materne, Nicole Materne, Yvette (Materne) Bendickson, Lisa (Materne) Ruggles, and Bob Materne, Jr.

t took a family effort to turn a small pizza parlor into a full-service restaurant that offers the best sports viewing in town. The Swinging Doors is owned by Bob and Barb Materne. Each of their three daughters have worked at The Swinging Doors over the years, but Lisa is the one who stayed in the business, becoming the general manager. Bob’s parents, Maxine and Bob Materne, Sr., even helped out.

The Swinging Doors has been a Spokane favorite for more than three decades, consistently ranked in reader polls as the “Best Sports Bar” in town. With family at the helm, Bob says, “Who knows? This might be something that goes on for 60 or 70 years.” With each new customer, The Swinging Doors “family” continues to grow. “We treat our employees and customers like extended family and people are really at home here,” Lisa says. “We go out of our way to do whatever our customers ask of us.” “When people are here, they’re having fun,” remarks Bob Materne, “and I love to be around people who are having a good time.” Whether it’s Gonzaga basketball, Montana Grizzly football or Mariners baseball, with 14 satellite receivers feeding more than 60 televisions, sports fans will never miss a minute of action. And if you want to get in on the action, you can show your skills at Golden Tee video golf, billiards and bumper shuffleboard. The Swinging Doors is definitely a fun place to “Meet, Eat, and Have Fun” with friends and family!

The Swinging Doors 1018 West Francis Avenue | Spokane, WA 99205-6637 (509) 326-6794 |


Combining architecture with old world craftsmanship Front row: David Hanson, Ryan Ruffcorn. Back row: Tom Hanson, Dana Carlen.

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anson Carlen has perfected the residential design/build process with a list of satisfied clientèle that includes many professional and business families of the Pacific Northwest. Over the last several years, Hanson Carlen has been nationally recognized for projects in both kitchen and bathrooms categories. The most recent honor received was the 2012 Chrysalis National winner of best bathroom over $60,000. Hanson Carlen is a distinguished member of Remodeling

Magazine’s annual Big 50 List – an honor no other company in Spokane can claim. Hanson Carlen was specifically recognized for ‘Fine Design’ – a category honoring builders with high aesthetic standards for projects. Nearly eight years ago, David Hanson of Hanson Carlen charted a new course for the 30+ year-old family business specializing in upscale residential homes and remodeling. Hanson, who grew up working for his father, observed firsthand that success of any upscale project must include an architect. “Architects have incredible training and ability to listen to a client, conceptualize an idea and communicate that idea in a way that is easily visualized,” says Hanson. “Similarly, contractors have the ability to accurately estimate a project by turning the drawings into something beautiful that you can feel with your hands.” By combining creative design solutions with “Old World Craftsmen” workmanship, Hanson Carlen has built a strong business model with a solid reputation that has continually satisfied customers for years. “Our reward,” says Hanson, “is to know that the work we do today will be appealing and useful for now and endure for generations to come.”

Hanson-Carlen 112 S. Monroe Street | Spokane WA 99201 (509) 838-0424 |




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Wendle Motors

Going the distance

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1363 years. When you add up the number of years that the current Wendle Employees have worked for Wendle Motors, it comes to 1363 years. Wendle Motors has 56 employees that have been with the company for over 10 years, and 25 over 20 years. Mary Kay Anderson, who started at Wendle Ford in 1966, says her “fondest memories are of the employees that have come and gone and the dear friendships gained.” She has always been proud to be employed by a family owned business that cares about their employees, customers and the community.” Donny Marksbury who started at Wendle in 1976 remembers when they could only fit four vehicles on the Wendle Ford Showroom. It was crowded when they held employee meetings and everyone squeezed into the showroom. Wendle’s Ford showroom now can hold over 20 vehicles and not only is it big enough to fit all employees for a get together but they had an event in January that fit hundreds of customers, employees friends and family. Over the years they’ve seen a lot of change not just in the products they sell and service, but in the equipment they use to get their work done. Mary Kay remembers when repair orders were sent through a tube from the Shop to the Cashier “Cage” and customers paid cash (no credit cards) or set up monthly payments. Car deals were calculated

by use of an “adding machine” and forms were done by hand or on a typewriter. Automobile salesmen dressed in suits and ties and there was no such thing as a car woman on the sales staff. Bill Dahlin started at Wendle Ford in 1980 and recalls Chud Wendle Sr. not just as the owner but as a friend and someone you could actually talk to. Chud’s brother Rex worked there too, telling everyone jokes and he loved watching the birds from the used car showroom. Chud’s son Dick was running the store while Dick’s son (Chud Jr.) was sweeping the floors and taking out the garbage. Kristin Goff (Dick Wendle’s daughter) is now running the company with her husband Shayne. “We are grateful to have the opportunity to run a business that has employed so many incredible people who are focused on providing great service and support to our community,” she says. “It makes it all that more special to see the strong friendships among all of us that have been created along the way.” Bill adds, “I have been here for 32 years and still love it.” Friends, family and loyal customers have made a lasting impression on the Spokane scene since 1943.

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Their Castle on the Hill by Sarah Hauge photography by Alan Bisson


s a kid, you want your castle on the hill,” says Stan Winters. For years, he and his wife, Ling, owned and lived in homes others had built, both locally and abroad (Stan worked for many years in China as an importer/exporter and in manufacturing), all the while imagining their dream house.

An intricately detailed rickshaw, at least 100 years old, greets visitors as they arrive at the porte-cochère (or carriage porch) out front.


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“Before the house was built, Ling and I would walk to the top of this hill for exercise and to look at the beautiful view. We have never gotten tired of the view,” Stan says. “This is the most beautiful spot on the whole property.”

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The Winters have the best of both worlds in their home. They get a full backyard, with lots of space in which grandkids can run and play, and they also get lake views, with Newman Lake the focal point from the home’s back windows and large upper floor deck.

Detailed landscaping creates the illusion that the brick pathway leads directly to the edge of the water. In reality, the home is perched nearly 400 feet above Newman Lake.


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Today, Stan and Ling, who will celebrate their 35th anniversary this year, finally have it. Their expansive and serene home, about 30 minutes northeast of Spokane, sits atop a hill and overlooks panoramic views of farmlands, rolling hills and the gorgeous Newman Lake. The Winters purchased the property back in 1998, and have added onto the parcel in clumps over the years; the land they own now totals an impressive 400 acres, much of it U.S. Conservation or Wetlands Reserve Program land. Beginning years ago,

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they would regularly walk the property, “dreaming about someday,” Ling says. “Someday” came in 2010, when Stan retired from the business he’d been in for 38 years, selling his company and factory. At last, plans for the castle on the hill could commence. The build process took about 18 months. Foreshadowing one of the ironic twists that tend to accompany building projects, Stan vowed never to move in the snow. Of course, plans changed and delays occurred, and the home was not completed until December of 2011—and, as the couple

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The first glimpse of the home, when approaching from the long drive, showcases the Tuscan style. Once inside, unexpected Chinese pieces are beautifully and seamlessly incorporated into the design and decor.

The travertine floor in the entryway features an inlaid mosaic design. A closer look at the pattern is available, to the left (inset).


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laughingly remembers, the move took place on a snowy winter day. Stan was particularly involved in the building process, hands on with all purchases and enthusiastic about the home’s design; he was on site daily. Having grown up in Southern California, he explains, “I love a Spanish-Mediterranean-Tuscany type of look in a house,” a style that can be spotted in everything from the stucco exterior to the red clay look of the roof (it’s actually stonecovered steel, better for this area’s snow loads) to lots of archways and an open floor plan. The home’s Mediterranean-Tuscan vibe is complemented by an unexpected but perfectly fitting source of artwork: Chinese antiques. Ling is from Taiwan, and having additionally spent so many years in China, the couple enjoys collecting those pieces and have filled their home with everything from paneled wall hangings to carved wooden armoires to the intricately detailed rickshaw, at least 100 years old, that greets visitors as they arrive at the porte-cochère (or carriage porch) out front. Not many people would think to pair a Chinese rickshaw (coated with an acrylic lacquer to withstand snowy winters) with a red roof and stucco exterior, but it works, and sets the tone perfectly for the home that will greet visitors within. Out front, a spacious driveway with ample parking provides easy access for the many visitors the couple likes to entertain. A water feature sits in the middle of a roundabout, and the hillside drops off to all sides, leaving stunning views. A wood door with glasscut detailing opens onto the home’s entry. There, a tile mosaic in a floral pattern accents the light-colored travertine, and a broad archway opens onto the main living space. An adjacent stairwell leads to the lower story, with stamped and stained concrete steps that are easily mistaken for wood. “I like continuity. I like a very clean look,” says Stan, who chose to repeat materials throughout the home. The upstairs flooring is primarily a mid-tone wood laminate; light-colored travertine carries through the entry, hallway, laundry and master bath; yellow-hued walls, textured for an aged feel, are found throughout the home. The rich, chocolaty wood cabinetry from Mid Continent, detailed with an inset decorative rope molding, is used throughout the upstairs. The home (built by Lee Nelson of Twin homes, whom the Winters praise for his Spokane CDA • June • 2013


“We built this for other people,” Stan explains. The home is a sanctuary for their immediate family (three children, their spouses and their six grandchildren, plus one on the way), who refer to it as “the resort,” and it is frequently used by those from their church as well as other organizations, like the Boy Scouts.

The night lighting in the pool room creates an inviting look.

The pool is 16 x 40 feet, and is eight feet deep. The sliding glass doors open out onto the backyard patios, and there are views of Newman Lake from every window.


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beautifully nuanced and detailed work) is relaxing and luxurious. It’s an expansive 8,000 square feet, with a huge pool room, lots of sleeping space, and loads of special features. Stan says that he wanted “as many amenities in the house as possible.” There is an automated system for lighting, sound, video, security and surveillance. The home’s nine televisions can sync from room to room (you could watch the same movie on each of them, or move from set to set without missing a thing). The indirect lighting that runs throughout the home operates via a remote. Surround sound is installed throughout the upstairs and on the deck that extends from the master bedroom to the family room. And all of the shades on the main living space’s many windows operate with a remote,


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saving the homeowners the hassle of raising and lowering each one by hand. Despite its size, the house conserves energy well, the Winters say. The entire home has radiant floor heat, and operates on two energy-efficient geothermal systems (central heating and cooling systems that pump heat to or from the ground, using the earth as a source of heat in winter and a place to off-put heat in summer). The utility bill “is really not that bad,” says Ling, noting that it’s comparable to the amount they paid in their previous 3,000 square foot home. “It’s wonderful for entertaining, and we do that a lot,” says Stan of the main living space. The home’s kitchen is more than accommodating thanks to its large island topped in stamped and stained concrete (used for all of the upstairs countertops). There is plenty of sitting room on the five barstools, with ample space left for cooking prep. A grape theme runs throughout the kitchen, most notably in the tile accents of the backsplash and the custom wooden hood with grape detail work. “Food is important in our house,” Stan says. A fiveburner DeLonghi range with griddle and double ovens

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works well for Ling, who loves to cook. Two sinks—a full-size sink in the island and a smaller prep sink in the perimeter countertop—make for easy access, as does an in-counter blender from Blendtec, the company their youngest son works for. A walk-in pantry offers a second refrigerator and freezer. Adjacent to the kitchen is a dining nook surrounded by windows. Double doors lead onto the wrap-around deck. The kitchen and dining space is open to the family room, which is anchored by a roomy leather and microsuede sectional. An impressive media cabinet along one wall provides room for display items as well as electronics. The walls are covered in large windows that let in tons of light and overlook the lake and surrounding greenery. The family room’s coffered ceiling, a feature repeated in Stan’s office, is done in a wood tone that echoes the floors, cabinetry and window frames. A hallway, decorated with a paneled Chinese mural, leads to Ling’s office and the master suite, which share a two-sided seethrough fireplace. Ling’s office has plenty of workspace thanks to both a desk and built-in countertops, and opens onto the deck. On the walls and ceiling, gorgeous floral reliefs, which look similar to raised stencils (created by artist Alek Moyer), lend an unexpected element of elegance. This relief technique was used on many of the upper level’s ceilings, which each were done by hand in a different pattern. The master bedroom, which also opens to the wrap-around deck, is a spacious room that showcases more gorgeous Chinese antiques (one of the homeowners’ favorite pieces, a vanity with inlaid stained glass window panes, is kept here). The bedroom opens onto a spacious master bath with double sinks, a walk-in shower floored and walled in travertine and smaller decorative tile, and large soaker tub. (The homeowners admit they’ve rarely used the tub, but say it is very popular with their grandchildren.) The bathroom is accessible to both the pool area and to the master closet. The main amenity in the walk-in master closet is one that all vertically challenged people can appreciate: each of the upper racks pulls down with an easily reached rod, utilizing the full height of the space while keeping everything in the room accessible. A laundry and mud room attaches to both the master bedroom and the home’s entryway. A

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It is easy to imagine how happy and comfortable Stan and Ling must feel in the home they have dreamt about for so long, which is now a reality. The game room in the lower level is the site of many pool and ping pong tournaments when family and friends gather in the home.

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Star Pruners powder bath, Stan’s office and an additional bathroom finish off the upper floor. The home’s showstopper is the pool area. A concrete staircase leads down to this spot, which houses a 16x40 foot pool that’s eight feet deep, as well as a Jacuzzi, a dressing room, a bathroom and a pool kitchen. Sliding doors provide easy access to the landscaped grass outside. Newman Lake is visible through the many large windows, and the lofty peaked ceiling is planked in cedar and studded with skylights. Though Stan and Ling swim almost every day, this space wasn’t designed for them. “We built this for other people,” Stan explains. The home is a sanctuary for their immediate family (three children, their spouses and their six grandchildren, plus one on the way), who refer to it as “the resort,” and it is frequently used by those from their church as well as other organizations, like the Boy Scouts.

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The pool space is also accessible via a cargo elevator. “The whole house is designed for handicapped access,” Stan says, referring to the elevator and the doorways that were designed to be wide enough to accommodate wheelchairs. (A family friend who is confined to a wheelchair is one person Stan had in mind with this aspect of the design.) The pool is bordered with large-scale concrete tile accented with dolphins and florals, creating a fun and almost tropical feel. At the top of the steps of the pool room sits a beautiful, intricately carved Chinese armoire, another of Ling and Stan’s favorite pieces—it’s so large it wouldn’t fit anywhere else, but this way they get to see it each morning as they go down to swim. Downstairs, the Winters designed a space that is both useful to them and ideal for guests. The lower level flooring is carpeted in a durable, light-colored berber. Two guest bedrooms provide sleeping space, and a spacious guest bath offers double sinks and connects to one of the bedrooms through a pocket door. A second laundry room is also conveniently located on this floor. Both guest rooms look onto the yard and lake beyond. A downstairs family room is set up with a ping-pong table, pool table, foosball table and exercise bike (though Stan jokes he has never once sat on the bike). A doorway off this space leads to a charming playroom that’s equipped with tons of toys and a climbing structure with a ladder and a fireman’s pole. One end of the room is a nook, accessible through a child-size entrance that’s perfect for the couple’s grandchildren to tuck away into. The room also has a slide, which the homeowners joke was almost too efficient— at first, kids picked up so much speed they practically slid out of the room, so Stan craftily added friction with pieces of tape. The lower level is also home to Ling’s craft room. Though the space is clearly for Ling, Stan’s influence won out when it came to his vision for a large island workspace. “I didn’t want to have a big table,” says Ling with a laugh. “But I use this so much!” Ling is an avid scrapbooker and also does photography and calligraphy, and she makes use of the roomy countertop for these projects as well as tasks like wrapping Christmas gifts. The craft room also has built-in counter space along the lakeside wall. It is decorated with more Chinese antiques, notably a Chinese

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étagère that displays scale replicas of the Terra Cotta Warriors. (The Terra Cotta Warriors are life-size sculptures of an entire army of soldiers that were discovered in northwest China in 1974, which had been interred for more than 2,000 years and are considered one of the greatest archeological discoveries of modern times). Another of the home’s luxurious features is the theater room. Funny enough, Stan and Ling watch few movies themselves, but once again, Stan had his grandchildren and friends in mind with this space. Done in rich reds upholstery and carpeting with black recliners (including a row of adorable kidsized recliners in front), the room calls to mind the classic movie theater experience, with wall sconces, lovely deep red and floral soundproofing panels (which Ling put together), and stadium seating. It’s hard to imagine a better spot for an extended family movie night. Outside is just as lovely as inside. The landscaping (an impressive job done by Josh Eirls of Water Magic Landscaping) was intentionally left low and fairly minimal to keep from hindering any view of the lake and pines, with red rockery, low-growing plants, a water feature designed to look like wood logs, and a carefully manicured grass lawn. Visitors to the home aren’t just people— wildlife frequently make appearances, too.

Views of the lake are easily visible from the dining room, where friends and family often gather for meals.

Standing on the wrap-around deck, Stan says, “It’s fascinating. We stand here and watch the animals. This is our tree stand.” “We do see a lot of deer, turkeys and eagles,” Ling says, noting that bald eagles nest nearby, elk run through annually and hummingbirds are regular guests. The many years the Winters had to wait to built their dream home make them appreciate their house and its surroundings that much more. They learned every inch of their acreage, and this spot is the crown jewel. Builder: Twin Homes Contractor: Lee Nelson Concrete Countertops and Glazing and Grapes on Stove Hood: Spokane Artworks Landscaping: Water Magic (Josh Eirls) Architect: Gallery 12 Spokane CDA • June • 2013


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Give Me Some Space! Storage solutions for small spaces

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t doesn’t seem to matter how small or big our kitchens and baths are, we are constantly looking for more storage solutions. So, how is storage maximized in these spaces? Several possibilities are available at varying price points. Fortunately, with planning and resourcefulness, even the most storage-challenged space can accommodate your needs. Before you consider adding any form of storage, think about how your family actually uses the kitchen and baths. Once you’ve answered those questions and understand your priorities, it is easier to maximize the potential of these spaces. The ideal solution is custom cabinetry, which can be configured to a particular space and style, to accommodate a homeowner’s needs. Surprisingly, it is more affordable than most people realize. Cabinetry can be used in the


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smallest spaces, such as between studs in the wall, or in large spaces, such as kitchen islands, built-ins, as room dividers or floor to ceiling bookcases, desk systems, closets, even window seats with storage space below. Custom cabinetry can be added to both vertical and horizontal spaces. Also, don’t overlook possible storage solutions under staircases if one is located near the kitchen or bath. Personally, I design as much custom storage as a budget allows simply because it provides the most bang for the buck. Recently, a gourmet-chef client needed more storage (and new appliances) in their 1930’s Tudor home. Cooking paraphernalia had overtaken their tiny kitchen, and surface area for food preparation was nearly non-existent. Yet, because of bearing walls and three doorways opening into the kitchen, no walls could be moved. The only way to accommodate their

needs was designing custom cabinetry, which was built to within 1/16” tolerances; a true test of the cabinet shop’s skill. Upper cabinets ran to the ceiling to house odd-sized cooking items. The space above upper cabinets is often overlooked. Large cabinet manufacturers usually produce standard height upper cabinets that leave lots of space between the top of the cabinet and the ceiling. A floor-to-ceiling bookcase was added to a small wall area to hold dozens of cookbooks. Built-in seating was created with cabinet doors below to hold large cook pots. Cabinet doors were added to the backside of a new peninsula to provide additional storage. Even if new cabinets aren’t an option, interior space within the existing ones can be maximized for more storage. Add Lazy-Susans, drawer inserts and pull-out trays. Use overhead hanging pot racks to store pots and pans; look for those with

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built-in lighting for additional illumination. Store cookbooks on a shelf somewhere else in your home, thus freeing up shelving space. In bathrooms, storage is easily added in the form of shelving or wallmounted cabinets, and if space permits, a stand-alone piece of furniture. Pedestal sinks now come with under-sink shelves and attached towels racks. Less costly, and immediately available, are storage systems already designed and ready for purchase, though assembling these may strain your personal relationships! Europeans have long needed to add their own kitchen and bath storage systems to their living spaces and, consequently, stores such as Ikea provide hundreds of storage possibilities. So many solutions are available that it is possible to create a customized look, though it may help to work with a designer to maximize storage. Endless storage ideas can be found online at numerous sites. Some of my favorites are,,, and www. Happy storage! Elizabeth Szombathy is the owner of Dszign, a commercial and residential interior design firm in Spokane. 98

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t may sound like something straight out of Buck Rogers, but the ability to remotely control your house’s essential systems, like lights, heat and even security, is not a futuristic 25th century technology. It’s as close as your fingertips. As smartphones and mobile computing devices become a more common part of our daily lives, another phenomenon is growing in popularity–automated control of the smart home. With the right apps and a house that’s properly equipped, a homeowner can monitor and manage HVAC, security features, doors and entrance gates, entertainment systems and more from almost anywhere in the world. While some may ask if these capabilities are needed at all, those who deliver services enabling the smart house technology entertain no such doubts.


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“Home automation makes your life simpler,” states Jason Hanley, owner of Acme Integration. “It can be thought of as a toy, but the value is in adding to the efficiency and convenience of the systems in your house.” Home automation isn’t new. Things like programmable thermostats have been available for years. They enable timed control of heating and air conditioning, automatically changing settings to save energy and money when residents are away or asleep. With new technology, if a device in your home is powered by electricity there’s a good chance you can tell it what to do. Acme will install a smart switch, and using a state-ofthe-art platform from Crestron, you can easy control anything from your media room, house lighting, climate and motorized shades and drapery to your outdoor spa with your new home automation system. This

“smart home” technology is also referred to as systems integration. It allows access and control of all your home’s subsystems with simplicity that can be compared to using the ATM at your bank. It is so easy anyone can use it - intuitive touchscreen icons allow total control of your home. John Prouty, project manager with Noise Frog, sees more homeowners enjoying the entertaining elements of home automation. Gone are the hassles of carrying your iPod (or transistor radio, for you old timers) from room to room. Now you can listen to your music, the morning NPR broadcast or the sporting event play-by-play with total freedom. “Modern audio systems can be completely designed around your needs and desires,” Prouty says. “A wireless system allows you to enjoy your music in a way that isn’t intrusive into the decor of your house. “

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Noise Frog utilized the Sonos digital music system to give you the freedom to play your digital music, all over your house - and control it all from the palm of your hand. Best of all, you don’t need a computor in every room, a music server or a wireless network. Just a Sonos ZonePlayer, speakers in the rooms of your choice and a Sonos Controller in hand to access all your digital music, no matter where it’s stored - on your PC, Mac or network attached storage box. “You can have a different source going in every room of the house if you want to set the mood in that room,” Prouty says. One of the best features, he adds, is the ability to tie into your existing media library, such as iTunes, so you can have access from anywhere inside – or outside - the home. A more serious area of automated

household management is security. Similar automation controls can be utilized to protect practically any area of the house. The GE Simon XT is what is commonly called an “all-in-one” Home Security System. Available through Protect America, it allows homeowners to protect up to 40 different zones, meaning you can use up to 40 different wireless transmitters, including a wide selection of door and windows transmitters from “micro contacts to standard contacts and even recessed contacts.” There’s no getting by this security system, which can include motion detectors, glass break detectors, panic buttons and wireless key chain remotes. It is also able to detect hazards in the home with carbon monoxide detectors, freeze detectors and smoke detectors.

With video cameras now in affordable price range for most consumers, some homeowners are training them on critical areas around the house. The right apps and hardware enable them to watch what’s happening at their front door live on a mobile device. It’s even possible to put in speakers that enable them to talk to a visitor. Protect America offers video surveillance packages that allow homeowners on the go to easily check on maintenance workers, pets, or babysitters by accessing your home’s secure live video feed while at work or even on vacation. Smart homes no longer exist solely in the realm of science fiction. The technology is easily accessible to make your home and life more convenient. Now, all we need is a flying car in the garage.

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Freshen up Give your home’s exterior a makeover with a new coat of paint

T by Darin Burt

o paraphrase singersongwriter Tom Waits, let’s put a new coat of paint on your lonesome old house. We all know that painting your home is one of the easiest ways to revamp your living space and give your home a fresh new look. What you probably didn’t know is that painting your home’s exterior is beneficial to you in a lot more ways than one.


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Of the many things that can increase you home’s curb appeal, few can have as dramatic an effect as a coat of paint. This is something that your friends will be complimenting you on, neighbors will be thanking you for and potential buyers will definitely be noticing. Not to mention how happy you’ll be to pull up to a garage door that isn’t rusting and peeling away. Over time, exposure to the elements can cause the exterior of your home to look

worn and outdated. If your house paint is near the end of its life expectancy, you’re taking a chance by postponing repainting. It doesn’t take long for exposed wood to begin to rot, and other types of exteriors also suffer when the paint wears off. Wait too long and you may have to make repairs before starting to paint. When it comes to painting the exterior of your home, there are a number of factors that can influence who you pick to do the job. Though some homeowners might opt to do the job themselves, there are a few very convincing arguments for hiring a professional. First off, exterior painting is a big job, and it gets even bigger if you don’t have the equipment and experience you’ll find with a professional crew. Do-it-yourself jobs are, of course, likely going to be cheaper (in the short run) than hiring professional painters, but when you consider the cost of renting equipment, the hassle of transporting it, and the large amount of time you’ll have to spend getting professional (or less than professional) results on your own, it’s easy to see why so many homeowners choose to hire a pro. As Steve Black, owner of Black’s Painting, the job (at least a professional job that will last) isn’t as simple as sticking a brush in a can of paint and slapping it on. A successful painting project has a lot to do with careful planning and preparation. Painting your home is just one of those projects where you can’t take any shortcuts. “The first thing we do is power wash to clean the house. Then it has to be scrubbed down with trisodium phosphate to remove any oxidation otherwise the paint won’t stick. You also need to scrape and sand to get the product that’s on the house and peeling back to where it’s solid,” Black says, adding that most homeowners who think about doing the job themselves just don’t have the patience for this critical step. Those living in homes built before 1978 may also have to worry about lead paint, according to HouseLogic. While homeowners are not legally obligated to follow the Environmental Protection

Agency’s lead paint removal guidelines - professionals are - it still may be wise to consider a removal strategy. This specialized job requires paint pro like Black’s that is certified in lead paint abatement. No matter who does the work, you can still have fun picking the color— just leave the bright colors to Miami. Kathie Stuchell, sales rep and color consultant at Wahl Paint Center, suggests neutral, earthy tones with accents of color. Going garish won’t do much for curb appeal, especially in our area of the world. Stuchell explains that the sky and reflective colors differ depending where you are in relation to the equator, and our atmosphere here in the Inland Northwest doesn’t allow our eyes to see as well the vibrant blues, yellows and purples. Some major paint manufacturers provide online color palettes that can make choosing a color easier. If you’re still unsure, the best way to decide which color will look best is to try before you buy. If you’re already committed to painting your home, buy a pint of your favorites and paint them on an outside wall in large swashes to see how they actually look in the sunlight and with your home’s style and landscape. Both Black and Stuchell agree, it may be best to select a new paint type based off what was used before. If a home’s exterior is covered in latex-based paint, it would be best to use a latex paint again. Aura from Benjamin Moore is easily the most innovative breakthrough in paint since the introduction of latex in the 50s. With Benjamin Moore’s proprietary ColorLock technology, Aura will bring you richer, truer color paired with incomparable performance. For the do-it-yourselfer, one the best aspects of Aura is that it does not require primer and will cover any color in no more than two coats. Benjamin Moore’s Elastomeric coatings are for use on brick, smooth stucco and concrete surfaces. Painting your home is no small job. If done correctly though, a quality exterior paint job will restore the beauty of your home and protect it for many years to come. A fresh coat of paint is a low cost improvement that can make your home look brand new. Spokane CDA • June • 2013


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have likely seen a lot of SOLD signs in the front yards of homes that were for sale. With prices still low, homes are being snatched up as quickly as they go on the market. It’s a sellers market, and you’ll come to realize you can’t be choosy if you want to make a competitive offer.

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One of the first things to do is to get pre-approved for a loan and determine the maximum you can afford to offer for a house. Don’t look at homes that are asking for more than five percent above your maximum, otherwise you’ll be setting yourself up for disappointment if you find the perfect—but outside your budget—home.

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So what to do? The floor plan of the home is extremely important. If a floor plan isn’t quite to your liking, consider rearranging it or adding on. If you’re looking at an existing home and will need to remodel or expand to suit your needs, the estimated cost of renovation needs to be considered when making an offer. Here are a few more elements you should put into perspective: Walls. While these are among the easiest to remedy, they also make a huge first impression. If the walls need to be painted, are covered in wallpaper or are painted a color you find distasteful, picture them crisp and clean in the color of your choice—that’s how they could look after you paint them. Floors. Like walls, carpet or floor surfaces that are old or outdated can be easily replaced. You could even ask for a carpet allowance in your bid, especially if you’re in a buyer’s market.

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View. Things like old, ugly—even dirty— windows and window treatments can make a view appear less desirable. Those things can be improved, so unless the only view you have is of your neighbor’s clunker on the side of the house, don’t get hung up on what is surely a fixable view. Landscaping. Your best bet is a moderately landscaped yard because you can always improve landscaping without spending too much. Worst case, even if you’re looking at dirt, landscaping is one of the easier projects to tackle. Plus you get to design it however you’d like if you’re starting from scratch. Closets and garages. You can never have too much storage space, which is why so many newer homes have three-car garages. But if you encounter a converted garage that is now a bedroom or storage room, don’t give up. Converted garages can almost always go back to their original purpose without much cost or labor. Kitchen. The most popular room in the house, many homeowners want their kitchen to be large and have modern appliances. Don’t let outdated color schemes deter you because there’s nothing like a fresh coat (or two) of paint to make a kitchen your own. Plus, if you like the rest of the house enough to make an offer, you can give the kitchen a minor spruce-up with some new appliances or a major overhaul complete with new countertops, cabinets and flooring. The exterior. If the home doesn’t have good curb appeal, try to picture it with a fresh coat of paint and revitalized landscaping. Pools. If you want a pool, buy a home with a pool already built in. Pools are expensive and you will not get a full return on the cost when you go to sell. Let someone else lose the return. The cost of repairing a pool is less than putting one in, so if you’re looking at a home with an old pool that looks like it’s in bad shape, it’s still a better bet than putting one in later. When making an offer, consider what you can’t live without, as well as your budget. Also, be sure you hire a professional home inspector. If the home’s systems are in good working order and the house has everything you want except a minor item or two, make an offer accordingly. Most important, keep in mind that unless you’re building from the ground up, you’ll probably never find the perfect home. But seeing past a previous owner’s poor choices to a home’s potential for greatness will give you the home you’ve always wanted.

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In reality, according to the Centers for Disease Control, the top men’s health concerns are heart disease, cancer, accidents, chronic lower respiratory disease, stroke, type two diabetes and suicide. Other medical sources have similar lists as many health principals are universal and the body generally functions in a certain way. And while life-expectancy numbers between men and women have decreased, men still have to pay extra attention to their bodies because they have a number of factors working against them. Men tend to smoke and drink more than women. They tend to put off going to the doctor, and their work often causes them a lot of stress. Harvard Medical School reports that in eight out of 10 leading causes of death, the death rate is higher for men than for women. These include the top three killers for both sexes: heart disease, cancer and stroke. Not only do men get sick and die younger than women, they develop more chronic diseases throughout their lifetimes. On that cheery note, we urge both men and women to continue reading. The good news is there is much that men can do to increase their longevity of life and their quality of life. In this article we look at two men’s health issues, sleep apnea and prostate cancer. We start with sleep apnea in men, which a woman often first identifies by her partners “obnoxious” snoring! While snoring is the cardinal sign for sleep apnea, it’s not the only one. The majority of people who snore do not have sleep apnea. But snoring coupled with daytime sleepiness is generally a reliable indicator of the disorder. The most common type of sleep apnea, obstructive, is when someone actually stops breathing during sleep because their upper airway collapses. Upwards of 90-percent of sleep apnea cases are obstructive (OSA). When a person with OSA is sleeping they can have as many as 100 apneas (breathing

cessations) a night, which trigger the brain to wake the person up so they can resume normal breathing. The person labors for breath and their diaphragm and chest muscles have to go into overdrive to open the obstructed airway and get air into the lungs. This is often followed by a loud gasp, snort or body jerk. As you can imagine, all that makes for a tough night’s sleep. And getting a good night’s sleep is critical for good health. Poor sleep is linked to everything from obesity to fatigue to compromised immune function to psychological trouble. Obesity is a risk factor for diabetes, stroke, heart disease and some cancers, the leading causes of death in men. “Sleep apnea is an underappreciated problem,” says local sleep specialist Dr. Michael Coats. “The disorder may in fact be the root of other serious medical problems like high blood pressure, heart issues and accidents.” The first line of defense for someone diagnosed with sleep apnea (determined during a sleep study) is getting air to the lungs via Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) therapy (pictured below). Essentially, patients hook up to a breathing machine at night where mild air pressure keeps the airways open. It works for a vast majority of people but some just can’t deal with the tubes, mask and basic inconvenience of CPAP. For those people, a more recent solution is found at the dentist office. Dr. Robb Heinrich is one of a handful of dentists in our area who, along with his partner at Sleep Better Northwest, Dr. Erin Elliot, is trained to fit and apply what’s called an oral appliance. It looks like a mouth guard or a teeth-whitening tray, which is placed in the mouth during sleep. It moves the jaw forward and opens the jaw to keep the airway from collapsing during sleep. The oral appliance also allows the tongue to be pulled forward and out of the way of the airway. Dr. Heinrich says he has

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never had anyone who just couldn’t wear it. And the reaction from patients, who must be referred by a sleep specialist, speaks volumes to Dr. Heinrich. One of them is 55-year-old Bruce Longmeier, who started using an oral application in January after being on a CPAP machine for a year and a half. “I hated the machine; it was hard to travel with and not attractive. You have this big apparatus on your face at night—not cool, and certainly not good for your sex life.” Longmeier enjoys the ease of the oral appliance and says it works as well as CPAP therapy for him. He wasn’t sure it was working at first but the proof came when he forgot to wear the appliance at night. The next day he was tired and could tell he did not sleep well. Dr. Heinrich says the oral appliance adds another option for people with mild to moderate sleep apnea, particularly those who can’t tolerate CPAP. The American Academy of Sleep Medicine now holds that for mild to moderate OSA patients, an oral appliance can indeed be used as a first line of treatment. The cost is around $2,700 for the oral appliance and the follow-up care and monitoring by the dentist. Dr. Heinrich says insurance will pay toward the appliance as long as the patient has undergone a sleep study and is diagnosed with sleep apnea. The CPAP machine costs around $1,200 plus the cost of replacing masks and tubes over time and is also covered by most insurance companies. Follow up care with a sleep specialist if needed is separate. The other first line of defense for sleep apnea is practicing healthy habits. Keeping your weight down with proper nutrition and exercise can help keep you out of the risk category for sleep apnea. Men with neck sizes of 17 or larger, those who are overweight and those who are middle age are most likely to be at greater risk for sleep apnea. Bruce Longmeier has lost 30 pounds recently and is convinced that has helped his sleep trouble. Dr. Heinrich reminds us how critical it is to get consistent, good sleep. “It’s the deep sleep that refreshes our bodies and heals our systems.” Prostate Cancer: The American Urological Association released new guidelines in April concerning the frequency of PSA (prostate-specific antigen) testing. The guidelines could dramatically reduce the number of men who are candidates for the test, which can

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detect the presence of prostate cancer. Prostate cancer is the second leading cause of cancer-related death in men, behind only lung cancer. According to the American Cancer Society about one in six men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer during his lifetime, and this year nearly 30,000 men will die of prostate cancer. But most men diagnosed with the cancer do not die from it. Prostate cancer is typically a slow growing cancer which is one reason for the new guidelines which advise healthy men under age 55 should not get a PSA test. Since the 1990s the test has been routinely used for men between the ages of 40 and 50. Studies have found that the test picks up tumors that are growing too slowly to pose a serious health threat and harmful side effects from subsequent biopsies, surgeries and radiation, which can cause urinary incontinence and impotence. Dr. Dave Mikkelsen, a urologist with Spokane Urology, concurs “The PSA is both good and bad. It picks up prostate cancers that need to be treated but it’s far from a perfect test and can lead to unneeded biopsies, treatments and certainly anxiety.” He adds, “The problem with throwing out all PSA testing is it doesn’t leave us an option for detecting a fast growing, aggressive cancer that needs immediate treatment.” So the call to urologists from the Association now is to detect patients who can be handled with “active surveillance.” Dr. Mikkelsen explains that means regular monitoring of patients who show signs of early, slow growing cancer, while holding off on treatments. He says in Europe almost 30 percent of patients are placed on active surveillance compared to 15 percent in the U.S. “We have been perhaps too aggressive in immediate treatment.” One Spokane pilot agrees now, years after having his prostate removed. He was 45 when, during a routine flight physical, his doctor suggested a PSA test. It came back abnormal. The patient was monitored for a while but soon doctors encouraged a biopsy, which came back negative. A subsequent more extensive biopsy was positive for prostate cancer. Even though the patient didn’t have the painful and psychological damaging urinary and erectile problems from the

biopsies and surgery, he says it was a long ordeal with a lot of worrying. “In hindsight I would have waited longer for treatment. My cancer was slow growing and it may have continued to grow slowly. It’s kind of an odds game, which we play every day of our lives. Every time we get in a car to drive we face the odds of getting in an accident. The question for me was, what are the odds that my cancer would progress quickly and end up killing me? I was anxious and once I knew I had cancer I wanted it out. Today, I would have saved myself and my family the anxiety and had doctors continue to monitor me.” For now, that’s exactly what doctors are being advised to do under the new recommendations, a more judicious use of the PSA test for younger, healthy men with no prostate cancer risk factors. Julie Humphreys is a health reporter and board member of Step UP and Go, a community effort encouraging physical activity and health eating. Visit for free information and activity trackers.

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Not just as in “not sick,” but as in really well, full of energy and content with oneself. People have searched for that “magic pill” or “fountain of youth” for centuries, hoping to find the panacea for all that ails them. At last check no one has found “it,” but a whole lot of people are finding ways to feel physically and mentally well by combining some old and some new practices, and therapies from yoga to acupuncture to massage. Dubbed “alternative medicine,” the formal definition from the National Institute of Health is, “A group of diverse medical and health care systems, practices and products that are not generally considered part of conventional medicine.” Homeopathy or homeopathic medicine is one alternative medical system developed in Germany more than 200 years ago. It has survived a barrage of criticism and lack of support by conventional medicine practitioners in this country and is said to be enjoying resurgence in the past decade. Some conventional medicine (also called allopathic, Western or mainstream medicine) practitioners are now combining forms of alternative medicines in their care. Enough with definitions, here’s how it looks to local patients. 120

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Laurie Hopkins has been taking her four children to a homeopathic doctor for 16 years, beginning when they were all under age seven. They suffered with chronic ear infections which conventional medicine generally treats with antibiotics. After doing her homework on homeopathy, Laurie and her husband Brian decided to try a different approach with their children. The next time her son had an ear infection she took him to Dr. Michael Baker, a physician trained in homeopathy. Laurie says the doctor gave her child a one-time remedy and the next day the infection was gone. Baker, who practices in Spokane and Bellevue, Washington, uses the ear infection example to explain the philosophy behind homeopathy. “What homeopathy does is attempt to evoke a more effective healing response from the body’s immune system rather than suppressing and killing a virus or bacteria with antibiotic or anti-inflammatory medicine,” says Baker. “In the case of an ear infection, the body tries to defend itself from the virus or bacteria and initiates an immune response that typically involves ear pain, fever and increased mucous production. The ear pain is part of the body’s attempt to heal itself. Getting rid of the virus or bacteria is

the goal, but often the immune response itself in trying to accomplish this gives rise to the pain and fever symptoms. The correct homeopathic medicine will prompt the body to respond quicker, allowing the body to resolve the ear pain without suppressing the response to the attacker (virus or bacteria).” To take it a step further, Baker explains what happens when we continually suppress or block the body from responding to infection on its own. “I believe many of the health problems and symptoms we experience involve an overreaction of the immune response, which results in chronic illness, such as asthma, allergies and autoimmune disorders,” says Baker. “Chronic illness involves the immune system continuously trying to correct itself but not being allowed to do so, thus the symptoms become chronic.” He adds that homeopathic medicines avoid the suppression cycle and are designed to encourage the body to work through the attacker and resolve the problem in a more adaptive, organized way. Back to the Hopkins family, whose children are now teenagers and young adults. Laurie says, with the exception of some sports injuries, her kids have all been very healthy. As they grew up she also took them to traditional doctors and had them vaccinated as recommended, but she used antibiotics and traditional medicines and practices sparingly when prescribed by Baker, who says traditional medicine certainly has its place, and he does prescribe antibiotics in some cases. Laurie believes following the homeopathic philosophy of helping the body deal with its environment instead of suppressing the immune system has made the difference in her own and her children’s health. None of them have immune system diseases, which as noted earlier, Baker says can be a result of that constant suppression of the body’s natural tendency to resolve infection over time. “What I like about homeopathy for my family is that it works,” says Laurie. “There are no crazy side effects from traditional medicines and it gets to the root cause of the problem.” She has also found that homeopathic doctors tend to spend more time with their patients and look at their emotional state, not just their physiological state.

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When she had cancer, Baker worked with her emotional side in conjunction with the traditional therapy she was getting. “Our immune systems respond to threats, whether perceived or real, in different ways, and we each have a distinct pattern of response that is unique to us. This is why the homeopathic physician needs to understand both emotional and physiological patterns in an individual,” says Baker. The homeopathic medicine he prescribed for Laurie wasn’t to treat the cancer; rather, it was to treat Laurie’s particular pattern of response and her overall state, which Baker says allowed the cancer to develop in the first place. Laurie was seeing an oncologist for traditional cancer treatment at the same time, which Baker says is a common and effective practice. Laurie says the medicine, called Carcinosium, made from cancerous tissues, worked well, calmed her down and made for a better outcome in her treatment. While homeopathy may be seeing a resurgence of popularity in the U.S., the traditional medical world still does not endorse it, citing, among other things, a lack of scientific evidence that homeopathy is an effective treatment for any specific condition. Homeopathic drugs are regulated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, but the FDA doesn’t evaluate them for safety or effectiveness. Energy therapy is another example of using what the body and mind already have or know; it’s all the rage in the alternative medicine world. Beth Galis of Spokane practices energy therapy. She is founder of Yarrow Hot Yoga and Wellness Studio and Yarrow Yoga Teacher Training, she teaches hot yoga, trains teachers and is a shamanic (ancient energy medicine) practitioner. Energy therapy is a type of alternative medicine where the practitioner is said to channel healing energy into someone. Beth explains all of us get stuck at one time or another in life, either physically or mentally. The physical ailment may be a neck pain or a stomachache. The mental stuck may be problems in your marriage, your work, your finances. Beth listens to your story and uses her trained intuition to figure out an appropriate healing for you. While “trained intuition” sounds like an oxymoron, Beth says it’s not. She says anyone can train or practice using the intuition

spokane that by definition we naturally have. She says she doesn’t possess any magical skills, rather, she listens to others with her mind, heart and body. “All of the problems in our lives present somewhere in our body, so using the story of our lives, our emotional ups and downs and our body’s symptoms, I’m able to find the source of the problem,” she says. “The healing takes place through changing the energy of the body. Essentially every part of us, our thoughts, bodies, movements and emotions, are guided by energy. My job is to find where energy is blocked and help clear it by offering practical tools people can use in their lives.” Those tools may include deep visualizations, breath work and movement. Consider 46 year old Mary Ivorson’s case to get a better idea of the healing. She started seeing Beth for upper back pain. Mary’s goal was to get help structurally realigning and relaxing the muscles in her back and rib cage. In an hour and a half session Beth talks to Mary and assesses her issues. “She’s just a dynamic, open hearted person,” says Mary. “She is really good at serving people.” Armed with the knowledge of what’s going on in Mary’s life, Beth lays her hands on her client. It’s not massage, although Beth is a licensed massage therapist, but Mary says it works. “When she puts her hands on me I can feel movement, not literal muscles moving, but different sensations in the body. It’s not just physical; it’s your spirit and emotions. When she is touching you she is seeing your energy, and as she talks to you she moves that energy. It’s very interactive because she works with your mind.” Mary went from seeing Beth a couple times a week to a couple times a month, to once a month now. She says her back pain is fixed, although she doesn’t think of the sessions as “fixing things,” but as teaching her how to create and maintain quality living. “It’s learning how to recreate and shift things in our lives so we don’t have pain. You walk away with tools to start using your energy at home to sustain itself in a positive way.” Individual energy therapy sessions run about $120. Beth also does energy therapy with corporations “stuck” on something. Those sessions run about $250. It appears to be a small price to pay for a growing number of people and businesses looking to alternative methods to feel good inside and out.

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wedding or post-wedding, these are activities that can strengthen a couple’s bond and create a long-lasting, healthy lifestyle. So, in the spirit of wedding season and happy unions, there is no better time to start on these healthy lifestyle tools, than right now. Spring and summer are perfect opportunities for spring-cleaning both inside and out; however, this is too large of a task for one person. Instead, team up with your significant other (bride or groom-to-be) and make a plan of attack. My wife and I generally shoot for a thorough house cleaning day and a separate landscaping/yard maintenance day. By the time we are done, we feel exhausted, but accomplished. This accomplishment generally ends with a night out of dinner at Twigs or The Onion (where we stick to the healthier options, honestly). To capitalize on this unorthodox fitness regimen, drink plenty of water, take timely, clean meal breaks and wear some kind of sun shield (clothing, sunblock, etc. A t-shirt generally has

an SPF of 7). It’s great to have regular doses of vitamin D, fresh air and manual labor, but be wise about it. It’s also okay to feel the stress of muscle fatigue, but try to listen to your body if this feeling transitions into something worse. Also, it’s easy to lose track of time and everyone knows the danger of overexposure to the sun. In all, a long day of house or yard work can burn roughly 225 calories within 30 minutes. To make sure these calories are primarily body fat calories, eat well-balanced snacks/meals every two and a half to three hours apart. Again, stay hydrated. With the costs of the wedding venue, wedding attire and all of the other costly details, adding an expensive fitness program may be out of the picture. Sometimes high-priced gym memberships and personal trainers may not be worth the investment. Here’s a list of some of the area’s low-cost to free, stressrelieving, wedding fitness solutions.

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1) Run or walk around Riverfront Park. Include the gorgeous double falls coursing through the heart of Spokane. 2) Bike, run or walk the Centennial Trail. 3) Go mountain biking at one of the numerous state parks. 4) Rent kayaks or canoes (REI or Mountain Gear) and take them for a paddle on one of our lakes or rivers. 5) Join a boot camp or do your own bootcamp-style workout at a school or park. 6) Join Workout Anywhere for a quick, fatblasting, home or anywhere workout to do with your significant other. Now that we have a number of fitness options, the game-changer for living a healthy lifestyle is nutrition. If you have heard the phrase “abs are made in the kitchen,” then you know the importance of nutrition. This phrase, however, is only partly true. It all starts at the grocery store and knowing what to look for. This learning curve is the perfect opportunity for future brides and grooms to collaborate and figure out smart, healthy solutions for grocery shopping and cooking. Now that you are in your prewedding phase, do your best to plan weekly or regular trips to grocery stores and share in the cooking, preparation and cleaning duties. When roaming the supermarket, stick to the aisles on the perimeter of the store. You are more likely to find the fresh, organic, raw produce and foods in theses areas. The middle of the supermarket is full of processed/calorie dense foods with a longer shelf life. This means these foods are high in sodium, preservatives, highfructose corn syrup (and other corn derivatives) and other synthetic ingredients. These foods are lower in nutrients and will conflict with overall health goals. Instead, look for fresh, organic and all-natural foods. For meats, grass-fed, organic, wild and free-range are a huge bonus and generally mean hormone and antibiotic free. Do your best to have a compilation of lean protein, good fats, complex carbohydrates and fresh fruits and vegetables throughout the day. As well avoid the temptation of sugary sodas. Water is always best. There are a number of other healthy lifestyle-building activities to do with your future spouse, but the ones listed above could relieve stress right now and for the future. They are all great outlets and bonding activities preparing for future health and wellness. Justin Rundle is a Certified Personal Trainer with six years of training experience. He holds a Bachelor’s degree from Whitworth University, and is the Mount Spokane High School Strength and Conditioning Coach, and the owner of www. (online personal training and dieting assistance).

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Architects by Stephanie Regalado

Is there a more universal form of art than architecture? Imagine a skyline with nothing but uniform prefabricated buildings. Imagine a neighborhood with cookie-cutter homes. Now picture in your mind images of St. John’s Cathedral, the Spokane County Courthouse, the Parkade, Riverpark Square, Gonzaga University, the Rockwood neighborhood, and the new homes in the Wandermere neighborhood. Architectural beauty abounds in Spokane, and here, as part of our Honors Series, we salute many of the local architects who are making Spokane and Coeur d’Alene quite literally what it is. Name any

of the great cities in the world; take away the architecture, and all that’s left are the streets and topography. A city simply is its design. We think architects should be celebrated, nurtured and honored because they hold the keys to the aesthetics of our city, and we don’t want to lose a single one. Wouldn’t it be great if Spokane could be considered an architectural mecca, a city that is not afraid to boldly forge ahead with forwardthinking design, while preserving the best of our celebrated vintage buildings? In our bid to help support great design we present The Honors Series: Architects.

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am Rodell says his architectural design begins with research and starts at the property lines. “For me, architecture is not about buildings... it is about holistically designing experiences, which include the context for the architecture (the land) as well as all the interior elements. The design team often includes a variety of talents, usually involved early in the work. At the moment, we are refining nuanced elements of furniture we are building for a high tech marketing agency. Design excellence always depends on both the overarching concept for the work and the web of supporting details.”


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“My practice is not so much about construction as it is about clients. It’s about realizing their dreams within their means, honoring their land and the opportunity they present. It’s about truly listening and learning. You won’t look at four of my projects and predict the fifth—mostly because you won’t guess much about my next client from the last four. I like to think my portfolio of completed projects is highly varied, but qualitatively consistent. Each project is a reflection of the specific situation the project was crafted to respond to—the truest expression I am capable of for that specific client.”

Sam says he cannot point to one project as a personal favorite. “Like my early mentor R. G. Nelson, my favorite project is usually what I am working on right now.” He works across a wide spectrum of building types, recalling with a smile that his first major design award in independent practice 30 years ago was a project at a landfill. “Design is not an elitist concern. Everything we construct shapes our environment, for better or worse; everything we do matters. We owe it to one another to try to invest wisely for the future with each build.”

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Jeff Warner ALSC Architects


eff Warner has successfully met unique budget and schedule challenges while providing innovative solutions for projects including the Hospice House of Spokane, Inland Power and Light’s Corporate Headquarters and the new Mobius Science Center. An effective communicator and team leader, Jeff is involved in a variety of civic and professional groups that influence the vitality of our city. He is a member of Greater Spokane Incorporated, the Downtown Spokane Partnership, Friends of the Falls and the Spokane Chapter of the American Institute of Architects. Jeff earned his Bachelor of Architecture Degree from Washington State University in 1979 with study at the University of Copenhagen. He is a LEED accredited professional and a member of the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), an organization working to produce buildings that are environmentally responsible and performance proficient inside and out.


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The new Mobius Science Center is located on the main floor of a former department store in downtown Spokane. The highly interactive facility was designed to promote hands-on exploration of science, technology and math. It also provides outreach programs such as school workshops, demonstrations, lectures, summer camps and festivals. The 28,000 square foot facility includes a large exhibition space, demonstration areas, lab space, science store, snack area, group rooms, offices, exhibit work shop and support areas. The interior design fosters a multi-sensory experience by striking a sophisticated balance between an environment that leaves the visitor with a lasting magical impression of its identifiable character and a design that fully supports functional requirements such as a flexible plan solution and a sustainable (“green”) approach.

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Joshua K. Tripp Landscape Architects Land Expressions


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s the business development director of Land Expressions, Joshua Tripp maintains relationships with allied professionals, clients, and colleagues throughout the Northwest. He represents the organization in several social media platforms, marketing and networking groups. His primary duty is to identify prospective clients, discover project opportunities and align with professionals who share similar business values. On a project specific level, Josh presents more than 16 years of diverse professional landscape architecture experience with an emphasis on site planning and detailed design development. In addition to commercial/

retail projects, Josh has provided collaborative design services for medical facilities, technology campuses, educational institutions, tourism destinations, parks and recreation, and singlefamily residential projects. His thorough understanding of municipal ordinances, landscape construction, and approval processes with governing agencies insures that project tasks will be completed in a cost and time conscious manner. Josh engages the design team early on; ensuring that client goals and objectives are accommodated. He continues to serve as a key member of the design team throughout project development.

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David Huotari


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he excitement and dynamics of working through the planning, design and construction process with building committees and community groups are opportunities that Dave Huotari genuinely enjoys. His skill at bringing groups to consensus has benefited many clients throughout the region including Spokane Public Schools, Freeman School District, Plummer-Worley School District and the University of Idaho. Dave is the principal who oversees ALSC’s Coeur d’Alene office. He is president of the AIA Washington Council and serves on the State Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction’s School Facilities Technical Advisory Committee. He is a member of the Council of Educational Facility Planners International (CEFPI) as well as the Spokane Chapter of the American Institute of Architects and has served as a juror on numerous design award competitions. Dave earned his Bachelor of Architecture Degree from the University of Idaho, College of Art and Architecture in 1983.


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This new 58,500 square foot Westview Elementary School in Spokane was designed to replace an existing school in a residential neighborhood. The use of brick, window forms and accents of metal and glass provide a timeless character and emphasize the school’s importance as a civic and public building for the community. The exterior and interior character relate to its park-like setting with the use of natural colors and materials. The buildings’ form and organization provide opportunities for formal and informal learning within a safe, flexible, durable and inspiring educational environment. The school was designed with environmentally sustainable measures to meet the Washington Sustainable Schools Protocol (WSSP) or LEED for Schools. This benefits the School District by lowering energy and maintenance costs, providing a teaching tool for the students and creating a healthy educational environment.

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anson-Carlen is a family owned business and has built homes in the Spokane area for 37 years. The firm specializes in residential architecture and construction with a client list that includes many of the area’s top physicians, professional and business families. The company focus is on new homes and large scale residential remodels. Hanson Carlen combines into one company the thoughtful design of a registered architect bundled with ‘old world craftsmen’ woodworking skills to

bring excellence to all their residential projects. David Hanson, Dana Carlen and Tom Hanson are highly skilled master builders who have been working in construction since their early teens. Ryan Ruffcorn, AIA has been part of the Hanson Carlen team for the past eight years providing creative design solutions to many of the company’s most challenging and notable projects. Hanson-Carlen has been recognized nationally on several of its projects over the years; last year they received the Master Design Award “Gold” for bathrooms over $50,000.

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Integrus Architecture


Mark Dailey

ntegrus Architecture has a distinguished, 60-year history of excellence in providing architecture, structural engineering and interior design to civic, government, justice, educational and commercial clients around the world. Known today as Integrus Architecture, the firm originally made its mark under the name of Walker McGough Foltz Lyerla, P.S. (WMFL). Greatly influencing the firm’s design philosophy, Bruce Walker, a founding principal, was a student of Walter Gropius at Harvard, the father of the Bauhas School of Design, a simple, functionally-based approach to

The new Music & Arts Center at Wenatchee Valley College features a simple functional plan diagram that respects existing campus geometries, preserves specimen trees, and takes advantage of unique campus view corridors. The building’s form is illustrative of the programs it houses creating an intentional artistic, sculptural quality.

architecture. Integrus has grown to a 93-person firm providing innovative professional services globally from their office in Spokane and regionally from their office in Seattle. As principal-in-charge of design for Integrus, Mark Dailey has been responsible for the design of many of the firm’s most successful projects. His talent, design sensitivity and desire to continue the firm’s history of moderne-rooted architecture has translated into building designs that have won dozens of awards. Focusing mostly on Public Works architecture, including higher

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rmando Hurtado and Josh Hissong feel as though the following quote from Jim Jarmusch says it all: “Nothing is original. Steal from anywhere that resonates with inspiration or fuels your imagination. Devour old films, new films, music, books, paintings, photographs, poems, dreams, random conversations, architecture, bridges, street signs, trees, clouds, bodies of water, light and shadows. Select only things to steal from that speak directly to your soul. If you do this, your work (and theft) will be authentic. Authenticity is invaluable; originality is non-existent. And don’t bother concealing your thievery - celebrate it if you feel like it. In any case, always remember what Jean-Luc Godard said: ‘It’s not where you take things from it’s where you take them to.’”


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education and civic/government buildings such as libraries and U.S. Embassies, Mark’s belief in and affinity for the principles of moderne architecture remain as core values today at Integrus. This admiration for moderne design is a natural seque into Mark’s belief in simple and functional buildings void of unnecessary ornament that are unique to a certain place and time. Mark holds a Bachelor and Master of Architecture from Montana State University and is licensed in Idaho, Indiana, Montana, North Carolina, and Washington.

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Jeff Fountain

ince 1998, Jeff has been contributing architectural and construction management services in the Inland Northwest. Through this tenure, he has coordinated both large and small commercial projects, yet since 2000

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has been primarily focused on design-build residential projects. Jeff‘s pursuit of custom residential architecture has been to provide efficient design solutions to the client’s specific building site and respect individual requirements and budgets. Jeff stays active in his church, enjoys the outdoors camping and canoeing and plays golf whenever the tennis courts are full.

Miller Stauffer Architects


Monte Miller and Dick Stauffer

or the past 15 years Miller Stauffer Architects has been focusing much of their energy to change the way the people of Coeur d’Alene live, work and play in the downtown core. They developed the mixed use projects; McEuen Terrace and Parkside, providing high density living along side office, retail and hospitality, all supported by in house below grade parking.


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Their current endeavor has them leading the design team that is transforming McEuen Park, the 20-acre public space in the heart of downtown. McEuen’s traditional and tired features are being transformed to reflect the vitality and active spirit of its citizens and visitors. Once again a structured parking solution for 450 cars is a major piece of the design solution, freeing up valuable space for the public. This wide reaching design has something for everyone. Child play, splash pad, sports courts, picnic structures, veteran’s memorial and public art are all supported by an infrastructure of public facilities, lighting and trail systems.

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ormed in 2005 by local architects Sam Nystrom and Chris Olson, Nystrom + Olson is a firm that believes in creating socially and environmentally sustainable architecture. The two partners share a vision to design buildings appropriate to the region within a distinctly Pacific Northwest modern vernacular. They and their team pride themselves on their versatility and providing innovative, full-service architectural design services. Their work base is composed of a diverse assortment of project types ranging from custom single-family residences to commercial, office, retail, hospitality and healthcare facilities. They are a service-oriented studio, founded on listening to and understanding their client’s needs and goals and expressing them through unique, quality design solutions. N+O projects can be found throughout the Washington, Idaho, Montana, Oregon and Iowa. Newly completed local N+O projects include The Inlander and Spa Paradiso buildings in Kendall Yards, Northtown Square Shopping Center, Spokane Public Market, The Banner Bank Office Building and The Flying Goat Restaurant. Nystrom and Olson recently partnered with Bobby Brett and a group of local investors to purchase the office building at 502 W. Riverside in Spokane and will be opening their new studio in June.

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Steam Plant Square

More than office space. A landmark business community.


(Left to right) Property Manager Bill Bancroft and Steam Plant General Manager Tim Denniston; French Toast owners Kathleen and Julia Lara; Historic Steam Plant Square; Courtyard Office Center.

hen mom and daughter entrepreneurs Kathleen and Julia Lara were looking for a retail space in which to launch their upscale children’s boutique, French Toast, their desire was for an environment as unique as their business. After checking out most of the usual availabilities in Spokane, and dealing with the typical sales pitch from leasing agents, the Lara’s found a storefront in downtown’s Steam Plant Square. It was a location where they felt they belonged all along. “We kept coming back to this spot because we loved the building,” says Julia. “We really waited until we found the ‘perfect’ space.” The Steam Plant Square is comprised of two main buildings: The Central Steam Plant and the Seehorn-Lang Building, with the Loft inbetween. Built in 1916, the Central Steam Plant served as the primary downtown steam heating source for over 70 years. With its hand-laid, patterned brick smokestacks, massive boilers and coal bunker, the Steam Plant has been imaginatively converted into 36,000 square feet of retail and commercial space. Great care has been taken to maintain the ambiance of the original plant, earning multiple historical preservation awards. Stacks at Steam Plant restaurant and Steam Plant Brewing Co. & Pub are situated in the south end of the building amongst original 1930’s boilers and extensive catwalks. It is illuminated by the dramatic arched windows, designed by the renowned Spokane architect Kirtland Cutter, making this unique setting an unparalleled dining experience. Other spaces on the main floor and upper stories can be designed to house specialty retailing and one-of-akind office spaces. PacifiCAD, Inc. chose the Central Steam Plant building as their corporate headquarters to coincide with their reputation as a premiere provider of computer aided design and engineering software and support. “The owners won’t locate their business just anywhere,” states Michael Schumacher, Vice President, Operations. “Being located in the Steam Plant is definitely a conversation starter. It also helps us to attract and retain talent; our employees take pride in working in such a cool space.” Built in 1890, the Seehorn-Lang building was originally used as a


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warehouse freight building. Today it provides a marvelous street entrance and visibility to Steam Plant Square. The building offers 20,800 sq. ft. of upscale office and retail space with a daylight basement. Steam Plant Square may be nearly a century old, but behind the pipes, boilers and catwalks, the amenities are as modern as it gets. A distinctive home for your business, Steam Plant Square combines the romance and character of turn-of-the-century with all the amenities of a modern office building. “It’s the perfect balance between old and new. It’s industrial chic,” remarks Facilities Operations & Property Manager Bill Bancroft. Bancroft, whose office is right onsite to care for tenant needs, has been involved with building and property management for over 30 years and has never before been associated with such a special business community. Bancroft also manages the adjacent Courtyard Office Center on Lincoln and First Ave., which is a more modern office space and storefront retail. It’s located just north of the Steam Plant Square in Spokane’s central business district, across from the Davenport Hotel, and features striking glass front walls, a landscaped courtyard, fiber optic network connectivity and conferencing facilities. Being located within the Davenport Arts District, Steam Plant Square is an active participant with the monthly First Friday art walk event and other tour activities. Those bring a flow of visitors to the retailers, restaurant and brewery. Tenants can even take advantage of an advertising co-op and special downtown parking rates. Not to mention some of the most affordable and flexible leasing arrangements in town. “One of the things that sold us was that they wanted to build a community of small local businesses, especially retail businesses,” says Kathleen Lara. “Everyone is very laid back, but also very professional. Opening a business is a new experience for us, and there is a lot of support from the management and other tenants.” Steam Plant Square, Bill Bancroft, Property/Facilities Manager, 159 S. Lincoln, Suite #LL1, Spokane WA 99201, (509) 495-4797

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Sam Rodell | Architect AIA

Heirloom architecture – at 400 miles per gallon


Architect Sam Rodell says Passive House architecture can be created in almost any character. He envisions the Rickey residence as a ‘21st Century bungalow’.

pokane architect, Sam Rodell, AIA is designing the region’s first residential ‘Passivhaus’. The two bedroom, 1,400 square foot home will retain and recycle its own internal energy, drastically reducing utility costs and providing superior indoor air quality. The passivhaus concept has gained broad popularity in Germany and Austria, entirely eliminating the need for traditional heating and cooling equipment and expenses. Pat and Robin Rickey selected ‘passivhaus’ for its energy efficiency and health benefits. “We are excited to be building a passivhaus for one simple reason: It absolutely makes sense,” says Robin. “When we selected Sam Rodell as our architect, we told him we wanted an energy efficient design. That is when we learned about the fascinating passivhaus technology, which will not only save us money, but will create a more comfortable and healthy indoor environment.” During design and construction, the home will be independently reviewed by the U. S. Passive House Institute. “We value the rigorous quality control the Passive House Institute brings to our project,” says Pat. “Not just anyone can create a passivhaus; our team is highly trained and qualified, certified and supported by the Institute. They are backed up by third party quality control that includes both technical design review and construction inspections.” One way to think about passivhaus architecture, explains Rodell, an award winning architect and Certified Passive House Consultant, is to imagine you are considering the purchase of a new car that delivers 40 miles to the gallon… when you are surprised to learn about an alternative that costs perhaps 10 percent more, but is better built, looks

and performs as well or better, and runs 200 to 400 miles to the gallon, depending on your driving habits. It uses a few German parts and a lot of German technology, but it is mostly a domestic product. Oh, and another thing; the maintenance is a whole new game. Just keep the air filter clean, maybe change out a fan belt every decade or so. Even without thinking about what will happen with fuel costs moving into the future, increasing your payment by a tenth to see those kinds of savings would make obvious sense. This is a useful metaphor to help think about the difference between building with mainstream construction technologies (even if they are boasting to be ‘green’) and building with passivhaus technology. “The energy required to heat and cool a building designed and built to passivhaus standards – any building, not just houses – will be 10 to 20 percent of a conventional building. Doing the math, this would be the equivalent of extending the mileage of a 40 miles-per-gallon vehicle to as much as 400 miles-per-gallon,” states Rodell. “It sounds too good to be true, but just the opposite is the case - once one realizes how sensible the passivhaus approach is, the thought of continuing to design and build the same old way we all have been looks too bad to be true.” Rodell is currently also designing a four level, 20,000 square foot institutional project in Spokane. “The larger a project is,” he says, “the greater the savings.” Sam Rodell | Architect, 159 S. Lincoln Suite 222, Spokane, WA 99201, (509) 939-7007,,

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ogic would tell you that, like with many other items, vacation planning is best done, self­service, on­line. Won’t you save time and money? Probably not. Jason Armstrong recently opened CruiseOne to help travelers save time, stress and

money on their vacation planning. Armstrong, an independent vacation specialist, said, “I work as my client’s advocate – finding them the perfect trip that meets their desires, style and budget.” With access to exclusive discounts and specials, CruiseOne will always save you money, whether on a fantastic cruise vacation or any land travel needs. CruiseOne works with all cruise lines, hotels and tour providers to find you the perfect trip. Going it alone on the internet you are left, after days of research, with your fingers crossed, hoping you found the cruise line or resort that matches your personality style, and not knowing if you really got the best value. “From a short weekend getaway to a vacation with complicated details, we will listen to you, develop the ideal trip plan and then put everything in place for you, saving you money as well,” says Armstrong. CruiseOne can also assist with group travel, family reunions, honeymoons and destination weddings, corporate travel and conferences at sea. Let the vacation begin with the planning process. Call CruiseOne to find out how they can make your vacation a dream come true. CruiseOne, (509) 720-6984,, email:

Noise Frog

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to share their expertise in the exciting world of custom Audio/ Video. Noise Frog automation solutions operate everything from lighting and whole home audio to controlling your home theater. They create a fresh, innovative and easy to use interface by using any smart phone or tablet. “Having a control system for your home or business that is operated from a device you already own and love has been a great step in automation,” says project manager, Michael Ninemire, “These systems are not cookie cutter interfaces, but rather individually customized solutions.” The core team of Noise Frog is a partnership of talented individuals who have decades of experience with audio and video production, installation and computer networking. Noise Frog’s projects range from vacation homes in Montana to corporate boardrooms in Seattle. Whether starting from the ground up or retro fitting a current room, Noise Frog will design an interface that matches and enhances your room’s theme. oise Frog started in 2008, recording and producing projects in the Pacific Northwest. The team’s passion for music and technology continued to grow, allowing them

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Noise Frog, 1929 W Northwest Blvd., Spokane, WA 99205, (877) 394-2978,

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Olympic Game Farm

Where UP CLOSE & PERSONAL take on a whole new meaning


bjects are closer than they appear. You’ve probably seen that warning on your car’s side mirror. Nowhere is it truer than at the Olympic Game Farm in Sequim, Washington. Zebras, llamas and elk are among the 240 animals that inhabit this 80-acre drive-thru safari. Many animals roam freely, and while they are

all wild at heart, most are so tame that they will come right up to your vehicle. Up close and personal takes on a new meaning when a buffalo sticks its giant head in your window to say hello. Among the 18 species represented are tigers, lions, cougars, prairie dogs, wolves, coyotes, fallow deer, bobcats, sheep, horses and Tibetan yak. The brown, black and Kodiak bears are always ready with a friendly wave. The animals get the star treatment here - and for good reason. The Olympic Game Farm was originally a movie studio, working with Walt Disney. Charlie the Lonesome Cougar, King of the Grizzlies and The Vanishing Prairie are just a few of the classics that were filmed at the Farm or on location in the area. Along with the driving tour, guests can explore the petting farm, freshwater aquarium a guided tour through education exhibits and a look into the historical studio barn. The Olympic Game Farm is not only a popular attraction for tourists to the Olympic Peninsula, it is a safe haven for “in need” captive bred animals that are allowed to live out their natural lives with special love and care. If you’re lucky, you might even get a big wet thank you for visiting. Olympic Game Farm, 1423 Ward Rd, Sequim, WA 98382, (360) 683-4295

Eagle Home Mortgage

Exceeding customer expectations since 1984


agle Home Mortgage is not a typical lender. It’s not a bank; it didn’t acquire a bank. So, what is it? Eagle Home Mortgage, a full­service mortgage banker, is a proud member of the Lennar Family of Companies (NYSE: LEN, S&P 500), offering great rates and a wide range of loan products. Most notable is its completely in-­house model which includes processing,

underwriting and closing services. This localized model allows the company to maintain focus on the end goal­closing loans on time and assisting clients to successfully purchase or refinance their homes. Local branch managers, Damon Ballantyne, with Spokane Valley, and Jessica Callins, with Coeur d’Alene, along with their experienced sales and operations teams, are committed to ensuring every transaction for their customers and business partners is a smooth one. Their unique level of expertise, communications and follow ­ through gives home buyers the freedom and power to shop with confidence, make educated decisions and relax in the home buying process knowing that Eagle Home Mortgage offers a rare level of ethical and financial stability. Contact the team of loan officers at 1101 N. Argonne RD, Suite 102 in Spokane Valley by calling (509) 926­-7270: Damon Ballantyne NMLS#18719, Judy Russell NMLS#888045 and Kevin Dunning NMLS#997817. Contact the team of loan officers at 1900 North West BLVD, Suite 210 in Coeur d’Alene by calling (208) 664­-5310: Jessica Callins NMLS#67993, Jody Alexander NMLS#112113, Teresa Berglin NMLS#320381 and Tammie Puga NMLS#319326. Eagle Home Mortgage,

Spokane Valley Branch NMLS #804918 Coeur d’Alene Branch NMLS #804859 ID #MBL­7692 Universal American Mortgage Company, LLC dba Eagle Home Mortgage WA Consumer Loan License #CL­1058 ID Mortgage Broker/Lender License #MBL­7679 Certain restrictions apply. This is not a commitment to lend. Applicants must qualify.

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Empire Eye Physicians

The clear choice for state-of-the-art eye care

(left to right) Dr. Christopher Sturbaum, Dr. Mark Kontos and Dr. Casey Claypool


mpire Eye Physicians, with locations in Spokane Valley and Hayden, Idaho, has been providing state-of-the-art medical and surgical eye care to the Inland Northwest for over 40 years. Surgeons, Dr. Mark Kontos and Dr. Christopher Sturbaum take pride in their role as surgical innovators bringing advanced surgical techniques to the Inland Northwest in the fields of cataract surgery,

LASIK and corneal transplantation. Dr. Kontos is a nationally recognized leader in LASIK surgery, and was first to bring “all laser” LASIK to the region. Dr. Sturbaum is an innovator in the field of minimally invasive corneal transplantation. Both surgeons are experts in the use of specialty lenses designed to bring patients greater independence from glasses after cataract surgery. Empire Eye Physicians Outpatient Surgery Center, located in the Spokane Valley office, has been designed as a leading edge surgical facility. Its mission is to provide the highest level of surgical eye care in a patient centered, low stress, compassionate environment. By employing minimally invasive surgical techniques, such as suture-free, needle-free cataract surgery and small incision, rapid recovery corneal transplantation, they are able to provide patients alternatives to conventional procedures. The newest addition to Empire Eye Physicians, Dr. Casey Claypool, has established himself as an expert in complex contact lens fitting, as well as developing a treatment center utilizing innovative therapies for treating chronic dry eye patients. Empire Eye Physicians continues to lead the way in providing excellence in eye care for the Inland Northwest. Empire Eye Physicians, 1414 N Houk Rd, Spokane Valley, WA 99216, (509) 928-8040,

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by Blythe Thimsen


ver since Henry Ford introduced his Model T in 1908, and created the fast moving assembly line to produce them more quickly, in 1913—a Model T could be assembled in 93 minutes—Americans have had a love affair with cars. One hundred-plus years later, and the love affair is going strong. In 2012, 14.5 million new vehicles were sold, and according to The New York Times, “Auto executives forecast that the United States market would grow to at least 15.5 million [vehicles sold] this year and possibly higher, if housing starts and other economic factors continue to improve.” And those cars are being driven! In 2011, in Spokane County, the total daily vehicle miles traveled was 6,631,000. Often, our first cars are our best cars. Not because they come with all the extra features, or an extended warranty—in fact, many first cars are clunkers, heaps and junkers—but because they provide our first taste of freedom and independence. Wheels mean the gift of roaming the roads, seeing the world and making memories. First car memories are some of the sweetest memories. Here are some from local car lovers.

GREG JOHNSON Attorney, Paine Hamblen LLP What was your first car? Any unique features, memorable stories, best memories, worst experiences with it etc.? Technically, my first car was a hand-me-down that my brother and I inherited after my Mom’s demise. Dad took Mom’s Pontiac Catalina, and Jeff and I were given Dad’s ‘67 Chevy Chevelle.  It was faded blue, with bench seats, a straight six, with a one-barrel carb, and three on the tree (a three-speed transmission where the shifter is actually located on the column). Much to our surprise, the Chevelle would “chirp” the tires in the shift from first to second, which was important to testosterone-laden young men. My Crew mates named our Chevelle the “Blew Lunch” which was what an out of shape oarsman would do over the side of Chevy Chevelle 67 19 r the boat, after a particularly hard crew race. My brother, who was very handsome and popular, Ca t rs Fi greatly appreciated the Chevelle’s bench seats....   The first car I purchased, though, was a silver ‘72 Camaro SS 396.  It was very powerful (LS-3 engine with 240 H.P and 375 ft.lbs of torque) and arguably too fast for a college kid. On November 24, 1976, I left my girlfriend’s home in Indianapolis at 6:00 a.m. and was at my Dad’s house in Mobile, Alabama, at about 4:00 p.m. The national speed limit was 55 mph in those days. The What is your dream car: greatest thing about that car was it was swift and handled well. The worst I’m a “Porsche guy,” so my dream cars revolve around thing was its prodigious appetite for fuel. Porsches, but it’s very difficult to pick just one. For raw, While you did not ask, I must tell you about the car, which in retrospect, visceral, handling and performance, a Porsche GT3 RS was my best car friend.  In June 1979, I picked up a beige Volvo 245-DL 4.0; for a comfortable, nonplussed, touring car, the brand Wagon at the Volvo factory in Torslanda, Sweden, and spent three months new 911 Turbo; for a utilitarian daily-driver, a Porsche car camping throughout Europe. It was a fabulous trip and summer!  In Cayenne Diesel; and, for curves and giggles, the new 1980, we (the Volvo and I) took about two months to head west from Porsche Cayman S. Vermont to Washington for grad school. En route, we visited many friends and Mt. Rushmore, the Badlands, the Tetons, Yellowstone and Glacier Park. Which do you prefer: driving or being chauffeured? I emptied the car into a Washington apartment and then drove to San I prefer driving, and if it’s a driver’s car, I prefer a manual Francisco, via I-5, and then back to Washington, via the coast highway. The transmission. Swede wagon made several more cross-country trips during my grad school days. On one trip, a classmate and I left Boston on a Saturday afternoon and arrived in Tacoma on Tuesday around 5 p.m. I must say that since day one, that car never missed a beat. I should have kept it and made it a million mile car and I regret not having done so.

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CHERRY ANN COBALLES Head Volleyball Coach, St. George’s School What was your first car? I was thinking of all the vehicles that I’ve had in my life so far, and I’m kind of in awe as to how many  I’ve had! Holy cow! Each car  had its  own reason at the time, as well as an underlying goal behind it. Complicated, huh?! There’s so much thought process and “research” involved in  me buying a car!  My first car  was a 1980 Mazda RX-7. Yes, a sports car! Fun, sporty and a stick shift! Love the stick shift!  I had fuzzy seat covers and a leather steering wheel wrap. Comfy and cool, I thought! I drove it mostly in college.


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Any unique features, memorable stories, best memories, worst experiences with it etc.? My fondest memory was being the designated driver for some of my college friends (since I wasn’t 21 yet), and picking up five of them from the bar. Yes, my two-seater could fit a total of six people! On our way home, somebody’s leg was in the way of the stick shift, I swerved just a little, and got pulled over. After proving to the officer I was completely sober, and was not out with my passengers who were being loud, obnoxious and moaning due to squeezing into my little car (I think he may have been convinced I wasn’t out with them thanks to

What is your dream car? My “dream car” has changed throughout the years. First it was a Corvette ZR-1 (white, in particular). That was a little too expensive for a poor college student, so that’s why I settled with the Mazda RX-7. Then it was a Hummer, but realized it was just the new fad at the time.  Like a fad, that thought was short-lived. Then, I decided on another sporty, yet big, SUV: a Toyota Sequoia. And I got it! But it’s really too big for just me to tool around town in. So... my dream car that I’ve been wanting for quite a long time now, and may even be it, is a Porsche Cayenne!  The reason? It’s a small SUV that’s  classy, sporty and practical for little ol’ me! Which do you prefer: driving or being chauffeured? I actually would prefer driving myself, in town. I think being chauffeured would be a bit boring. Driving long distances, however, someone else can drive!

the fact that I was in my pajamas and had my hair up in a sloppy bun), he must’ve felt bad for the sardine-looking situation I had. He let me go to take them home ASAP. My worst experience... Well, it’s not a good idea to drive a low-riding sports car in the snow. I got stuck in the snow so many times! It was then no longer “cool” to drive a sports car.   Spokane CDA • June • 2013



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DOUG CLARK Spokesman-Review columnist What was your first car? I came of driving age in the muscle car, the era when slick and soupedup beasts owned the streets. The GTO. The Barracuda. The Camaro. The Corvette…But The Beach Boys never sang about my first ride. That’s because I drove a Dodge Dart, a 1969 model with a sensible slant-six engine and shiny fabric seats with a pattern that reminded me of my grandmother’s drapes. Any unique features, memorable stories, best memories, worst experiences with it etc.? It was my mom’s car, this frumpy sedan. The four doors put an exclamation point on just how uncool it was. No car back then could be taken seriously unless it had two doors. But I was in high school. I was a carless beggar First Ca who couldn’t be choosy. So when my mom gave r me the keys I drove and kept my mouth shut. Then, when I married my lovely wife, Sherry, in 1973, my parents gave the Dart to us as a wedding present. I smiled and accepted their gift as graciously as I could. Cursed with practicality, the Dart was the quintessential gutless everyman’s car that fulfilled Henry Ford’s automotive vision of taking you from here to there. It was dark blue with a lighter blue interior. The radio was AM and if you wanted air-conditioning, you turned the handle to roll down a window. In 1974 the Dart carried us to Red Bluff, Calif., where I hired as sports editor for the Red Bluff Daily News, my first job in journalism. The Dart proved to be a trusty steed, taking me to all the Friday night Tehama County high school football games. And on one fall night, the Dart was our motel room when we - me, my wife Sherry, and our Chesapeake Bay retriever that was about the size of a wildebeest, Sunnybrook - got marooned on the muddy top of a mountain. Mud was soon everywhere, on the fancy fabric seats, on the floor rugs, on the dashboard and – worst of all – on us.

And so we spent the night on top of the mountain, a muddy trio in the grime-coated interior of my first car. But it was wonderful. The skies cleared, revealing a stupendous shimmering starscape that displayed major constellations like the Big Dipper and Orion’s Codpiece, although I’m no expert on astronomy. Sherry made ham sandwiches from our camping supplies, Sunnybrook dined on Kennel Ration and then the three of us nodded off without worry. Blazing sunshine woke us. The road quickly dried enough so that we could get back to Red Bluff and the life ahead of us. And the Dart? It carried us to Coeur d’Alene a couple years later when I landed a job writing sports for The Coeur d’Alene Press. Then beat down and leaking oil, the Dart 1969 Dod was on its last legs. We sold it to some guy ge Dart for maybe 100 bucks, but that wasn’t the last time I saw it. That came about a year later. I was standing in my front yard in Coeur d’Alene and heard a rumbling racket. I looked up and saw the Dart heading east on Garden, belching blue smoke and missing the driver’s door. I like to think it’s still out there somewhere. What is your dream car? I’ve had a lot of collector cars over the years: a 1952 Buick, a 1968 Buick GS, a 1962 Chevy station wagon, a 1987 Jaguar XJ-6 and my 1967 Oldsmobile Vista Cruiser, a.k.a. The Vista Guzzler. I’ve always wanted a 1968 Dodge Charger, but I think it’s time that Sherry got her dream car: a ’64 Mustang convertible. Which do you prefer: driving or being chauffeured? Sherry likes to drive. I like to sit. A match made in automotive heaven.

KEVIN FINCH What is your dream car? Tesla Model S – what is not to love about a smokingly stylish, all electric sedan? Which do you prefer: driving or being chauffeured? Driving. I’m a horrible passenger unless I’m asleep.

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What was your first car? Two door 1983 VW Rabbit. Manual transmission. Purchased by my father for $1,200 during Christmas break my freshman year of college. Any unique features, memorable stories, best memories, worst experiences with it etc.? I had to pick it up from the former owner on my way back from Seattle and drive it the last 70 miles home alone. The only problem was that I’d never driven a car with a manual transmission before. Literally I had to teach myself on the drive home. It wasn’t pretty. After college I drove it back to the east coast for graduate school, and my first “date” with the woman who I later married was teaching her to drive the stick shift. She turned out to be the Rabbit’s demise six months later in Philadelphia. I was paying too much attention to her in the passenger seat, failed to notice traffic stopping ahead, and plowed into the back of the Volvo in front of me! Damage to the Volvo? One strip of chrome popped off the back fender. Damage to the Rabbit? Totalled.

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What is your dream car? Hmmmm… Ever since I was little, my heart has always had a love for a 52-54 Chevy Pickup. It would need to be red, of course. I almost bought one about 20 years ago, but instead used the money I’d saved and bought a house. My other interest was a 1980 Fiat Spider—which I did buy and still have! His name is Antonio. If money were no option, though, I’d drive a Porsche and most likely, a 911 Carrera 4S Convertible. Which do you prefer: driving or being chauffeured? Oh I love to drive, but it is nice to be able to just sit back and see what there is to see. I have to be in the front seat if I am being driven around.

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LESLIE WOODFILL Regional co-director of Make-A-Wish, Eastern Washington office What was your first car? Awww, my first car; that is a tricky one! We had two at the same time. The first one was two cars that were welded together. The front half was silver 1975 Buick Skyhawk, and the back half was a 1976 and was green. The other was a turbo charged 1980 Volkswagen Pickup. Any unique features, memorable stories, best memories, worst experiences with it etc.? The pickup did not have a first gear so it was a little tricky when you were just learning to drive. It was even trickier when you are 9-plus months pregnant, could barely reach the pedals because your stomach was so enormous, and you’re taking your driving test. I remember starting out in second gear and the examiner looked at me over his glasses and said, “Do you think this


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is a good idea?” To which I replied, “I understand it’s a good idea to have your driver’s license if you’re going to drive legally in Washington State and this is the only day I have to do it for quite a while to come.” He put the clipboard in his lap and said in a condescending tone, “Oh? And why do you say that?” I turned off the truck, turned to him and said, “Because I am having contractions as we sit here, I would like to get my license and I still need to vote!” (It was voting day, and was my first year to be able to vote.). He picked up his clipboard and said, “Please, proceed.” I passed the test, went to vote and then gave birth the next day! Ah… November 2, 1982! My kids’ dad got home shortly after and drove me to the hospital. I mentioned it was turbo charged, right? That was a quick drive!

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dream Car Lexus 460GX DAVE SPOSITO Dave, of the Dave, Ken & Molly Show on 92.9 FM ZZU What was your first car? My first car was a1976 Datsun B210. I got it in 1978 and I loved it! I saved $750 that summer and my parents kicked in $1,500. It was great car and I drove it a TON! Any unique features, memorable stories, best memories, worst experiences with it etc.? It was a stick shift and the cool thing was that the stick shifter was a round yellow smiley face; the ice cream lady gave it to me at the end of summer one year (it was what all the ice cream trucks had inside!). In its final days, the 4-cylinder car was running on photo courtesy of Lexus one and half cylinders and could barely make it up to work on the South Hill (where the radio studios were). I actually had to pull over to the side of the road going up the hill so everyone could – and would - pass me!! I had the car until 1985. I got a radio news job in Texas and was going to get a company “news car” so I ended up selling my car (with a $200, 8-track stereo system still inside) for $150 dollars!! Ha! What is your dream car? As for my dream car... I’d love a Lexus 460GX. I have the smaller Lexus SUV now and really like that one, but the bigger one is waaaay more expensive!

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Which do you prefer: driving or being chauffeured? I feel like a chauffeur everyday!!  I pick kids (and their friends) up from school everyday... throw in multiple sports and activities plus real estate work and I’m in my car all the time!!  I’ve joked around on the air many times... “I live in my car!!” When I go out with friends on the weekends, I would love to have a driver, but that doesn’t happen very often. I usually end up driving.


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trip through the car wash and having your vehicle professionally and meticulously cleaned and detailed. Newell learned his craft in aviation detailing. Your car may not be a multi-million dollar private jet, but Newell knows it’s just as valuable to you. E46 treats every vehicle with the absolute finest products and techniques to ensure maximum results. One example is a two-step process to gently clean your leather with a special purpose cleaner and then a conditioner to keep the leather supple and prevent deterioration. Every car is different, so is every customer. That’s why E46 offers a wide range of menu options, from a basic exterior wash to an extensive bumper-to-bumper interior/exterior package. If you’re super picky, they’ll even detail behind the wheels! Regardless of which option you choose, you can rest assured that you’ll receive prompt and courteous service from a dedicated staff that’s committed to treating your car as if it was their own vehicle. “I have a passion for cars – actually, anything with an engine,” Newell says. “I got into this business because I wanted to clean my own car; not just clean, but meticulously showroom ready.” E46 Detailing 9514 E Montgomery Ave #23, Spokane Valley, WA 99206, (509) 703-5177,,

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premier automobile deserves a premier dealership. Lyle Pearson Spokane lives unsurpassed customer experience. The Inland Northwest’s only locally owned, multi-brand luxury automobile dealer since 1969, Lyle Pearson is a factory authorized dealer for Acura, Jaguar, Land Rover, Mercedes Benz, Porsche and Volvo. The company earns its name and solid reputation from the man himself. Lyle Pearson was raised in Twin Falls and was an outstanding athlete who then played halfback for Notre Dame. Pearson started his car dealership in Boise, Idaho, in 1969, and was as dedicated to providing customers with outstanding service as he was to serving the community. Lyle Pearson bought the Spokane dealership in 2010 and has totally overhauled their personnel and recruited the finest technicians, sales, parts and service professionals in the area. The dealership won the Volvo Presidents Club award in 2011, which is only given to 30 Volvo dealers nationwide in their first full year of operation. Today, Brian Cueny and Jim Cross, (Lyle Pearson’s son-in-law) are the principal owners. Lyle Pearson died in 2012 at the age of 87, but

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continues to be an inspiration to all employees. Being locally owned means decision making is fast and easy. “There’s always an owner onsite,” Cueny says, “and we don’t have to go through any corporate hierarchy to assist our customers.” Buyers also have the advantage of choosing from an extensive selection of new and used vehicles at both the Spokane and Boise dealerships. Lyle Pearson Spokane always has over 100 quality pre-owned vehicles in stock. “Whether it’s a modern Jaguar F-Type Roadster, a Volvo S60 sports sedan or Range Rover Sport SUV, our vehicles are for everyday people who want something different from just your regular, everyday car,” Cueny says. “People always remark how enjoyable it was buying a car,” Cueny adds. “We’re professional, knowledgeable and just let the cars sell themselves.” Lyle Pearson Spokane 1310 W 3rd Ave, Spokane, WA 99201 (509) 892-9200,   Spokane CDA • June • 2013



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Community car dealers with a commitment to quality and service Bob McLean has been the General Manager at Larry H. Miller Lexus Spokane since 1999, and has lead his team to an Elite of Lexus award for every year that the dealership has been in business. Elite of Lexus honors Lexus dealerships that excel in sales, service and overall ownership support.


rom the very beginning, Larry H. Miller has had the philosophy: “Have a little fun, make a little money, and take care of the customer.” This mentality is what has inspired, motivated, and propelled a simple beginning in the automotive parts industry to one of the largest, privately owned entities in the Western United States. When Larry H. Miller says Driven by You, they mean it. The company’s Downtown Spokane Toyota and Lexus dealerships are committed to doing right by every customer and all of the surrounding communities they serve. Family-owned, your ultimate satisfaction is Larry H. Miller’s bottom line whether you’re there to buy a new or used Lexus or Toyota, secure a low-interest auto loan or take care of necessary car repair and maintenance. Specializing in the sale of new and used automobiles, each dealership also offers financing and insurance products to customers through Prestige Financial Services and Total Care Auto, both also owned by the Larry H. Miller group of companies. An important part of the Larry H. Miller Group of Companies mission is its charitable endeavors. The late Larry H. Miller coined the phrase “Go about doing good until there is too much good in the world.” 


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Scott Brewer serves as General Manager at Larry H. Miller Downtown Toyota Spokane. Brewer and his staff are excited to announce the upcoming construction of a state-of-the-art facility that will offer the ultimate ease and comfort in a car buying experience.

In 1995, Miller and his wife Gail established Larry H. Miller Charities, a non-profit foundation that operates as the charitable division of the companies. Funds available for donation come from business, employees and fundraisers in the community. All funds raised in each community where the company does business stays in that community to benefit children in the areas of health and education. When they’re not helping drivers find the car of their dreams, the Spokane dealers are out in the community performing service to benefit all of our friends and neighbors. They wholeheartedly contribute to a variety of homegrown charities and non-profits including Vanessa Behan Crisis Nursery, Free Rein Therapeutic Horseback Riding, Cancer Patient Care, Ronald McDonald House, the Boys & Girls Club of Spokane and Beyond Pink just to name a few. Larry H. Miller Lexus Spokane, 1105 W 3rd Ave., Spokane, WA 99201, (509) 747-7000, Larry H. Miller Downtown Toyota Spokane, 1208 W 3rd Ave., Spokane, WA 99201, (509) 455-8770,

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General Manager, Bob White, and the professional staff at Larry H. Miller Downtown Honda Spokane welcome you to a friendly, informative and helpful car buying experience.


hen you visit Larry H. Miller Downtown Honda Spokane, your car buying experience is like dealing with friends and family. From the moment you walk onto the lot or into the beautiful showroom at Larry H. Miller Downtown Honda Spokane you will find yourself part of a very special experience. The sales team will provide you, as their guest and future family, the world-class service you deserve. You will be met by a helpful and knowledgeable associate who will answer your questions, respect your time and help you find the vehicle that fits your family’s needs and budget. “Home of the Real Deal,” Larry H. Miller Downtown Honda Spokane is proud to serve the Spokane, Coeur d’Alene and Lewiston, Idaho areas with quality new and pre-owned Honda vehicles. With models like the Civic, Accord, Pilot, Odyssey and CR-V, there is something for every taste and need. “Everybody knows somebody who owns a Honda. When it comes to reliability there’s not a better car company in the world,” says Bob White, who started with Larry H. Miller 20 years ago and has been

the General Manager of the Spokane dealership for two years. Larry H. Miller Downtown Honda Spokane also provides a full line of maintenance and repair services. From Honda auto repair performed by expert mechanics, to OEM Honda auto parts, to car loans, the dealership is the smart choice for your automotive needs. As a family-owned local business, Larry H. Miller Downtown Honda Spokane is committed to earning your trust and respect. They provide area residents with more than simple oil changes and great car prices. The community-oriented dealership made Spokane a home, and they want you to feel the same way about them when it comes to your automobile needs. “Our job is to provide a line of outstanding goods and services to our customers,” says Bob. “I love what I do because it’s such an accomplishment when people leave here happy.” Larry H. Miller Downtown Honda Spokane, 1125 W 2nd Ave. Spokane, WA 99201, (509) 353-4700,

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BOBFest, or Battle of the Bands, is an annual community event featuring high school bands from all over the region competing for prizes and name recognition among their peers. Eight bands will perform on the Clock Tower stage on Saturday, June 15th from noon to 6 p.m. Competition is high, as only eight bands made it through the selection process to perform for a panel of judges and the event crowd.

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With music programs seeing reductions in schools, the YMCA is honored to support the talents of our local youth in collaboration with foundation sponsor Hoffman Music and area companies to provide a professional platform of sound equipment, amps and staff to ensure a safe and successful experience. Spencer Koonz, North YMCA Teen Director states, “This is such a great event to highlight the talents of our local teen musicians. We are so grateful for our wonderful partners who support the music scene here in Spokane and who make this event possible.” Winners will receive cash prizes along with a day of free recording time with Amplified Wax Recording Studios for the 1st place winner. Hoffman Music, foundation sponsor, supplies the outdoor professional sound system and backline equipment for all of the participating bands, including the cash prizes. BOBfst 2013 will be held Saturday, June 15, 2013, at the Clock Tower at Riverfront Park, from noon to 6 p.m. For more information, or to sponsor, please visit www.bobfestspokane.rog or contact Spencer Koonz at or 777 YMCA (9622) x 315. 172

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artist profile Toni Spencer’s Batik

Patient Artistry How waiting and thought create Toni Spencer’s Batik artwork

by Jennifer LaRue

Batik is an ancient art form that decorated the sails of ships, clothing for the living and shrouds for the dead. In times of battle, life and death, participants displayed their purpose, beliefs and rank in colors and symbols via the unique and meditative medium; a lot of waiting and thought must go into the final product which takes many steps to get to using the elements of fire for heating the wax, water for rinsing between applications, air for drying the cloth and earth mixtures that create the dyes. Batik artist Toni Spencer is patient, and while she considers her medium of choice to be meditative as well as messy, time consuming and rewarding, she also sees it as a doorway to the world. “I am not one to ‘knock on doors,’” she explains. “I am not good at putting myself ‘out there’ in the art world or the world in general. I guess in many ways I am very shy, but then I surprise myself by getting involved in the world through my art.”


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Spencer was born in Texas. At one year old, her family moved to Wisconsin for seven years, then back to Texas. She graduated from high school in Las Vegas. “That was quite the culture shock,” she says. In 1967, she married her husband in Long Beach, California, and they traveled for his service in the Navy. He later joined the Coast Guard and they traveled up and down the west coast, settling in Kodiak, Alaska, for a number of years. There, Spencer began taking art classes at the community college. She studied drawing, watercolor, printing and then, batik. “I found the art form that was waiting for me,” she says, and the medium became her voice and her doorway to the world. She then joined the Kodiak Visual Arts League and became involved with promoting the arts, including her own artwork, at various venues. In 1988, she and her husband moved to Marysville, Washington, where she joined an artists’ guild and a co-op in Kirkland.

She began exhibiting her work and doing batik demonstrations and teaching classes. In 1994, she wrote “artist” on a tax form for the first time and she began participating in more shows, doing up to 18 fine arts and crafts fairs a year all over the northwest with her husband who became her full-time employee after he retired. In 2001, the couple settled in Post Falls, Idaho, where a laundry room houses large vats of dye, wax warming on a hotplate, industrial sized sinks and makeshift cloth lines on which her cloth pieces can dry between wax and color applications. In 2004, they built an addition to their home; more space for Spencer to create, store, matt and frame, and exhibit her work, which is hung from floor to ceiling in a large room. More space also allows the couple to host artists who come from out of town to exhibit at area art festivals. Other artists also serve as doorways of sorts to Spencer, for they all have their stories and reasons why they use

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art to communicate their purposes and their beliefs in an array of styles and mediums. Spencer’s belief is simple: the world is beautiful. Inspired by trees, birds and landscapes, she “sees a design for a new batik at every bend in the road.” She embraces mistakes, enjoys experimenting and discovering new things about her art and the world and people around her that she then represents in batik. “There is wonder and magic in the process of making an idea in my head into something visible or solid,” she says. You can see Spencer’s work at Gallery Northwest, 217 Sherman Avenue in Coeur d’Alene. She can also be found at Artfest in Spokane May 31-June 2, and Art on the Green in Coeur d’Alene the first weekend in August. Jennifer LaRue profiles a different local artist in each issue of Spokane Coeur d’Alene Living.

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book reviews local


by Kate Derrick

We Live In Water by Jess Walter

We Live in Water is a collection of short stories from Spokane’s Jess Walter. A former writer for The Spokesman Review, Walter has achieved success with readers around the world; his work has been published in thirteen languages. As the author of six other wildly captivating novels, including best-selling Beautiful Ruins, Walter’s ability to engage his readers is still apparent in this newest collection of short stories. Walter has a knack for creating brutally honest characters that, more often than not, are mending the broken parts of their lives. This theme is just as prevalent in We Live in Water, as the reader encounters the pitfalls of a variety of different characters. In the first story, Anything Helps, the reader meets the first character of the book, an honest, yet darkly funny homeless man named Bit, who panhandles for money to buy his semiestranged son the newest Harry Potter novel. At one point, while sitting on a street corner, a man in a Mercedes stops and says, “You look healthy enough to work,” to which Bit replies, “Thanks. So do you.” The humor his characters possess allows the reader to see the silver lining within their stories. In another piece, Virgo, a man who writes the horoscopes for his local paper begins to change his girlfriend’s horoscope after a bad breakup. What begins as a subtle influx of negative horoscopes for his ex-girlfriend ends with particularly harsh horoscopes for everyone in his life. For his co-worker: “Three stars: Those pants make you look fat,” or “Two stars: I hope your wife is cheating on you.” Walter has an incredibly witty sense of humor, allowing his readers to become fully immersed in a variety of heart-breaking stories. We Live in Water pulls out themes of bad luck and tragedy, but creates a humbling, if not relatable, recount of what it means to live in this day and age. For anyone who enjoys black humor and strong characters, We Live in Water is one of Walter’s finest. Published by Harper Perennial, paperback, $14.99 Jess Walter is the author of six novels, most recently the New York Times bestseller Beautiful Ruins. He was a finalist for the 2006 National Book Award for The Zero and winner of the 2005 Edgar Allan Poe Award for best novel for Citizen Vince. He lives in his hometown of Spokane.


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by Jo Ann Bender

Jo Ann Bender’s Lebensborn follows Antoinette Gauthier, a young girl living in France during WWII. While SS officers occupy her small French village, Antoinette and her father, the town’s mayor, unwillingly find themselves hosting a group of the officers, led by the mysterious and cruel Major Reinhardt Hurst. As time goes on, Antoinette finds herself the object of the Major’s affection. His motives include populating the country with “racially pure unmarried women,” a part of the disturbing history of the Nazi officers in WWII. While Antoinette hopes to use this opportunity to gain information about the major’s motives, she also finds herself under the spell of the Major’s deceptively charming demeanor. When Antoinette finds herself with child, she is sent to Germany’s Lebensborn center, a housing place for the women who “have been found fit to bear child for the Fuhrer.” A lonely and secretive place, Antoinette is given a new German name, Hannah, and is treated poorly. Though Antoinette’s life has seemingly taken a turn for the worse, things become interesting as she discovers an American soldier in the woods who could end up changing the course of her life forever. Bender’s Lebensborn is a well-researched piece that aims to satisfy those with a penchant for historical fiction. Though the characters tend to fit cliché roles often seen in similar stories, Bender is successful in looking into a dark chapter of history and focusing on some of the details that are not often discussed about the strange and horrific happenings of WWII. Published by Eloquent Books, paperback, $16.95 Jo Ann Bender is the author of Rusty Springs: A Contemporary Western and Story Cookbook: Featuring Americana Basics from the Northwest Mountains. She lives in a mountain cabin in Washington State with her author/engineer husband and Alfie, an affectionate cat.

Truth Like the Sun by Jim Lynch

Jim Lynch’s third novel, Truth Like the Sun, follows Roger Morgan, a Seattle resident often referred to as “Mr. Seattle,” who is known for his contributions to the 1962 World’s Fair. Over 40 years later, Roger is running for mayor in the post-Microsoft technology boom, hoping to bring Seattle back to some of the fame it felt during the glamorous times of the World Fair. Following Roger is a reporter named Helen Gulanos, the reporter assigned a tedious article for the Seattle Post-Intelligencer in honor of the 40th anniversary of the fair. As her research on the fair leads her to Roger’s past, Helen becomes interested in revealing more about Morgan than the public may know. For example, rumors that Roger was perhaps profiting financially from the Space Needle restaurant, or how he “enjoyed gambling” with poker being his game of choice. Following Roger’s fast-paced life as a young man, and his life as the “old guy” running for mayor 40 year later, makes it hard to believe that his character is one of fiction. The story effortlessly swings between the champagne-toasting times of the 1962 Seattle, when the fair produces awe, and sometimes criticism, from the city’s residents, and the more modern-day Seattle of 2001, when the city has almost forgotten how it came to be. As the story unfolds, the reader follows Helen in her quest to learn the less-desirable truth about some of the politics and deceit that came with the World’s Fair excitement. Lynch captures the spirit of Seattle with his descriptions of the city and its quirks, the rain that practically seeps “into your bones” and the habitual espresso drinking that appears constantly throughout the chapters, accurately depicting modern-day Seattle. Truth Like the Sun is a well paced, entertaining novel for anyone who is interested in the history of Seattle, as well as those who are simply looking for a captivating story. Published by Vintage Books, paperback, $15.00


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Jim Lynch grew up in Seattle and studied at The University of Washington. He is the author of two other novels including Border Songs and The Highest Tide. Truth Like the Sun is his third novel. He lives in Olympia, Washington with his wife and daughter.

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June 20: Jeff Dunham

July 7: John Hiatt and the Combo

through November 3: SPOMA: Spokane Modern Architecture 1948-1973 The 25-year period between 1948 and 1973 saw an unrivaled burst of architectural creativity in Spokane— greater than that of anywhere else in the Pacific Northwest. When a small group of Modern architects began practicing in Spokane in the late 1940s, they changed more than the city’s skyline. They ushered in a period of creativity the likes of which this region had never before seen. Spokane’s mid-century “formgivers”—Ken Brooks, Moritz Kundig, Royal McClure, Bill Trogdon, and Bruce Walker—challenged deeply held notions of design, receiving national recognition for their efforts. Yet few today know that, from 1948 to 1973, their creative output rivaled that of anyone’s in the Pacific Northwest—including Portland and Seattle. Museum of Arts and Culture. 2316 W. First Avenue, Spokane, WA 99201. Call (509) 456-3931 or e-mail themac@ for more information.

introduce them to the film and hunting industry. These independent filmmakers all share a common passion: bowhunting! Partnering up with them, we can capture the true essence of bowhunting in the backcountry and provide a show that relates to the american sportsman. There is no other hunting event like this! The Bing Crosby Theatre. 901 W. Sprague Spokane, WA 99201. For tickets, call 1-800-325SEAT or visit


June 7, July 5: First Friday Enjoy visual arts, musical presentations, sample local foods, get acquainted with local performing artists and more at this monthly event sponsored by the Downtown Spokane Partnership. On the first Friday of each month, participating galleries, museums, boutiques and more host a city-wide open house with refreshments and entertainment. Join us! First Friday is FREE and open to the public! Downtown Spokane. For more information or a complete map of participating venues, please log on to June 14, July 12: Coeur d’Alene Art Walk Stroll through beautiful downtown Coeur d’Alene and enjoy local and nationally acclaimed artists. Visit supporting galleries, shops, restaurants and businesses with your friends and family. Art Walk will continue on the second Friday of each month. Downtown Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. Coeur d’Alene, ID 83814. For more information, please visit http://www. through August 24, 2013: David Douglas: A Naturalist at Work Naturalist David Douglas traveled the Columbia River and interior Northwest (1825-1833), identifying and collecting over two hundred species of plants, animals, and birds previously unknown to science. Learn of his interactions with native tribes and fur traders of the Columbia country. Explore a unique scientific legacy, including his namesake, the Douglas fir. Enjoy a multidisciplinary experience that links geography, science, art, and cultural history. Museum of Arts and Culture. 2316 W. First Avenue, Spokane, WA 99201. Call (509) 456-3931 or e-mail for more information.


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June 7-9: ElkFest Elkfest is a little different than many music festivals in the area, with a very grassroots approach, very little outside sponsorship, and a reputation for being Spokane’s best and only real neighborhood party each summer on the streets of our historic Browne’s Addition neighborhood in Spokane. This years fest runs Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, June 7, 8, 9. The Elk. 1931 West Pacific. Spokane, WA 99201. This event is free and open to the public. June 7: Full Draw Film Tour It’s our fourth year of bringing this tour to the Northwest. For the young and old—it’s bowhunting and adventure on “the Big Screen.” Come with us as we take this bowhunting cinema experience to the next level. Our primary goal is to unite bowhunters, fuel outdoorsman and create excitement for all those passionate about Archery. Our objective: to create a film festival for hunting filmmakers where we can showcase their talents and

June 8: Rainbow Festival and Pride Parade Each and every year, the festivities commence for the Rainbow Festival at 12:30 on the second Saturday in June to a large crowd gathered in the beautiful Gondola Meadows in Riverfront Park. It wasn’t always this way; the first Pride Parade in 1992 was a couple of people marching on a sidewalk and there was no Festival portion of the event. But today the Festival has become a crowd pleaser, with up to 5,200+ people coming to see the entertainment, booths, beer garden and family area that have become a staple of the Rainbow Festival. Organizations large and small, national and local join us for our Rainbow Festival every year by getting booth space to advertise their shops, services, advocacy and educational material. Groups ranging from Statewide LGBT organizations like Equal Rights Washington and local youth groups like INMx and Odyssey Youth to local businesses and shops like The Garland Theater, Over the Rainbow Shop and Native Bead Art participate in our festival. We also have a large family area with plenty of activities from face painting to children’s bouncy castles and the WSU Raptor Club showing off their beautiful birds. There is something for everyone at Pride; be a part of it. Riverfront Park. Downtown Spokane, WA. For more information, log on to: http://www. This event is free and open to the public.


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June 14: Theresa Caputo: The Long Island Medium Theresa Caputo, psychic medium and star of the hit TLC show, Long Island Medium, will be appearing live at the INB Performing Arts Center on Friday, June 14th at 8pm. Theresa will give interactive readings to audience members throughout the show and will also share personal stories about her life and her unique gifts. Theresa has been a practicing medium for 10 years and is a certified medium with the Forever-Family Foundation, an organization dedicated to connecting science with the afterlife. She helps individuals find closure by connecting them with their departed loved ones. For Theresa, this is not just her job... this is her life. INB Performing Arts Center. 334 W. Spokane Falls Blvd. Spokane, WA 99201. For tickets, call 1-800325-SEAT or visit Purchasing a ticket does not guarantee a reading. June 20: Jeff Dunham Ventriloquist Jeff Dunham, called “America’s favorite comedian” by has spent decades developing a motley cast of characters for his stand-up routine. Dunham’s specials and TV series have been among some of the highest rated programs for Comedy Central. His DVD sales have reached over seven million and his YouTube videos have received more than half-a-billion views. His massive popularity can also be tracked by his seven-and-a-half-million Facebook fans and more than 300,000 Twitter followers. Time magazine has praised Dunham and his characters, calling them “politically incorrect, gratuitously insulting and ill tempered”, including Walter, Peanut, Jose, Bubba J and Achmed. Dunham and his raucous crew are entertaining sold-out crowds with their comical bickering across both the U.S. and Europe as part of the Disorderly Conduct Tour. Northern Quest Casino, 100 N Hayford Rd, Airway Heights, WA 99001. For tickets, please log on to Spokane CDA • June • 2013


datebook June June 29-30: Hoopfest Hoopfest is the biggest 3-on-3 street basketball tournament on the planet and an outdoor festival chock full of concerts, shopping, food, interactive entertainment. Every year brings something new! Hoopfest is a place for players of all ages and abilities from all over the country to come together in pursuit of the ultimate goal: to become a Hoopfest Champion. It’s where friends and families gather and cheer at the top of their lungs for their favorite team. It’s the chance to see a college superstar, or your dad, hustle like he’s in the final game of the NBA finals. It’s a place for your seven-year-old to score her first basket. Hoopfest is a 3-on-3 basketball tournament with something for everyone. It’s an event like no other. Downtown Spokane. For more information, please log on to http://www.spokanehoopfest. net/. June 29-30 and July 6-7: Strawberry Celebration at Greenbluff Come up to the bluff to pick our delicious strawberries. There are two weekends where our strawberries are in their prime and we are celebrating the event. Bring the kids and pick to your heart’s content. Green Bluff, WA. For more information, please log on to: July 8: Garrison Keillor’s A Prairie Home Companion A Prairie Home Companion’s Radio Romance tour hits the road coast-to-coast this summer, starring host and writer Garrison Keillor, singer Aoife O’Donovan, comedian Fred Newman, and Rich Dworsky and The Guy’s All-Star Shoe Band with guitarist Pat Donohue and violinist/mandolinist Richard Kriehn, two hours of duet singing, absurd improv with sound effects, Guy Noir Private Eye, poetry, outright foolishness, and the News from Lake Wobegon. INB Performing Arts Center. 334 W. Spokane Falls Blvd. Spokane, WA 99201. For tickets, call 1-800325-SEAT or visit July 9: Spokaen Coeur d’Alene Living Release Party. Held at The Q Sports Bar inside Northern Quest Resort and Casino, celebrating the release of the July issue. Free for all subscribers, contributors and advertisers. 5-8 p.m. For more information visit spokanecoeurdaleneliving or call (509) 533-5350. July 20: Bill O’Reilly and Dennis Miller: Bolder and Fresher Tour Bill O’Reilly, godfather of “no spin” and in-yourface television, and Dennis Miller, the king of references and rants, are teaming up to take the country by storm! Your town may never be the same. INB Performing Arts Center. 334 W. Spokane Falls Blvd. Spokane, WA 99201. For tickets, call 1-800325-SEAT or visit


June 5: Celtic Woman For one night only, singing sensation Celtic Woman, brings their latest show to Spokane. This spectacular musical experience features Celtic Woman performing classic Irish tunes, such as “The Water Is Wide,” “Green Grow the Rushes,” and “The Parting Glass;” timeless pop anthems such as “Bridge Over Troubled Water” and “Sailing” and inspirational songs including “You’ll Never Walk Alone” and “Ave Maria,” all with the signature Celtic Woman sound. Don’t miss this opportunity to see Celtic Woman as


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you’ve never seen them before. INB Performing Arts Center. 334 W. Spokane Falls Blvd. Spokane, WA 99201. For tickets, call 1-800325-SEAT or visit June 13: Tony Bennett Since he began performing as a singing waiter in New York at age 13, Tony Bennett’s classic style, tuxedo and Great American Songbook have been staples in our music scene for more than half a century. Bennett has sold more than 50 million records worldwide, received sixteen Grammy Awards, including a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award, and won two Emmy Awards. He also has a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, has been inducted into the Big Band and Jazz Hall of Fame, was awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers, and is a Kennedy Center Honoree. The now 87-year-old Bennett is still going strong with a new tour that will cover Europe and the U.S., stopping right here at Northern Quest. Bennett has enjoyed recent success by bridging the generation gap and taking his classic style and pairing it with artists such as the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Flavor Flav and Amy Winehouse. Northern Quest Casino, 100 N Hayford Rd, Airway Heights, WA 99001. For tickets, please log on to June 22: Pigs on the Wing: A Tribute to Pink Floyd Imagine the energy and electric intensity of Dark Side of the Moon era Pink Floyd in an intimate theater or rock club environment. Hailing from Portland, Oregon, Pigs on the Wing has been delivering that spellbinding experience to audiences throughout the NW since 2006. Far from an attempt at Floyd-impersonation, POTW specializes in 70’s era Floyd but is unapologetic in the interpretation and improvisation of the music in ways that the band believes any Pink Floyd fan will appreciate. Rather than always obsessing over exact, note for note replication of Floyd albums or any sort of look-alike mimicry of band members, POTW rather seeks to capture the intense atmosphere and rock energy of Pink Floyd in as unpretentious a style as possible. The result is a show which is true to the original and yet also a refreshing take on the music and experience of Pink Floyd. The Knitting Factory. 9191 W Sprague Ave. Spokane, WA 99201. For tickets, please log on to: or http://www. June 23: Doobie Brothers The infectious trademark sound of the Doobie Brothers – a blend of rock, R&B, country, bluegrass, hard rock, funk, jazz and rock and roll – has produced a string of hits stretching over four decades. The band has sold over 40 million albums worldwide and has been inducted into the Vocal Group Hall of Fame. Their Grammy Award winning, “What a Fool Believes”, and crowd favorite number one hit, “Listen to the Music” remain classic rock staples. Their long list of hits includes, “Long Train Runnin’”, “China Grove”, “Black Water”, “It Keeps you Runnin’”, “Takin’ It to the Streets” and “The Doctor”.Today the Doobie Brothers, with founding members, Tom Johnston and Patrick Simmons, still maintain a busy national tour schedule. Northern Quest Casino, 100 N Hayford Rd, Airway Heights, WA 99001. For tickets, please log on to

June 29: Fleetwood Mac Based on an overwhelming response to the recently announced Fleetwood Mac Live 2013 North American tour, which has already sold over 325,000 tickets, the band announced today that they will be adding 13 shows. The newly announced leg of the tour includes second shows in Chicago, Boston and Los Angeles, and new stops in Cleveland, Wantagh, Charlotte, Des Moines, Spokane, Portland, Sacramento, and Albany, as well as Montreal, Canada. The multi-Grammy winning Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductees last toured in 2009 with the sold out Unleashed Tour. The current lineup includes Mick Fleetwood and John McVie – both original members since 1967, and Lindsey Buckingham and Stevie Nicks, who joined the band in 1975. Spokane Arena. 720 West Mallon Ave., Spokane, WA 99201. For tickets, call 1-800-325-SEAT or visit July 2: Old Crow Medicine Show Old Crow Medicine Show got its’ start busking on street corners in New York state and up through Canada, winning audiences along the way with their boundless energy and spirit. They eventually found themselves in Boone, North Carolina where they caught the attention of folk icon Doc Watson while playing in front of a pharmacy. It’s been nearly 15 years since these humble beginnings, and the band has gone on to tour the world, sell over 800,000 albums, become frequent guests on A Prairie Home Companion and play renowned festivals like Bonnaroo, Coachella, and the Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival. In November of 2011, Old Crow’s classic single, “Wagon Wheel,” received the RIAA’s Gold certification for selling over 500,000 copies. Fox Theatre. 1001 W Sprague Ave. Spokane, WA 99201. For tickets, call 1-800-325-SEAT or visit July 7: John Hiatt and the Combo One of the most prolific songwriters of the past few decades, John Hiatt is back with a new album and a new show. While his classic songs need no introduction -- “Have a Little Faith in Me” has been covered by many artists and has appeared on a myriad soundtracks -- Spokane will now get to experience them live. Holly Williams, daughter of Hank Williams Jr. and an up-and-coming artist in her own right, will open. The Knitting Factory. 9191 W Sprague Ave. Spokane, WA 99201. For tickets, please log on to: or http://www.


May 17-June 16: Grease This high-spirited, nostalgic Rock ‘N’ Roll musical will take you back to the 1950s at Rydell High School. Popular songs include: “Summer Nights,” “We Go Together” and “Greased Lightnin’.” This production will be directed by Yvonne A.K. Johnson. Spokane Civic Theatre. 1020 N Howard St., Spokane, WA 99201. For showtimes and more information, call (509) 325-2507. For tickets, call 1-800-325-SEAT or visit http://www.ticketswest. com. May 24-June 2: Aladdin Jr. Welcome to Agrabah, City of Enchantment, where every beggar has a story and every camel has a tail! All of your favorite characters are here in Disney’s Aladdin Jr., a stage adaptation of the Disney hit film. Filled with magic, mayhem, and flying carpet rides, audiences’ spirits will soar with

excitement. Most of all, the tuneful, Academy award-winning score with songs including “A Whole New World” and “Friend Like Me” will certainly make this musical a favorite for many years to come! The Bing Crosby Theatre. 901 W. Sprague Spokane, WA 99201. Tickets are available at the door or by logging on to: http://www. May 31-June 29: Into the Woods The Brothers Grimm hit Broadway with an epic fairytale where worlds collide. James Lapine and Stephen Sondheim take everyone’s favorite storybook characters and brings them together for a timeless yet relevant piece and rare modern classic. Lake City Playhouse. 1320 E. Garden Ave, Coeur d’Alene, ID 83814. (208) 667-1323. http://www. June 13-22: Big River Though trying to stay “respectable,” Huckleberry Finn runs into trouble when his father, Pap, returns to town. Huck is forced to fake his own death to escape and joins up with another on the run - Jim, a slave in the search for freedom. As they head down the river, they get sucked into scams involving two “aristocrats,” one of which lands Jim in chains once again and Huck and Tom Sawyer join together to free him.  Boswell Hall. 880 W. Garden Avenue, Coeur d’Alene, ID 83814. For tickets, please log on to: July 5-14: Mary Poppins Mary Poppins will bring its own brand of Broadway magic to you, which has the New York Daily News calling it a, “roof-raising, toetapping, high-flying extravaganza!” Featuring an irresistible story and unforgettable songs from one of the most popular Disney films of all time, plus brand-new breathtaking dance numbers and spectacular stage-craft, Mary Poppins is everything you could ever want in a hit Broadway show! So get swept up in the fun of this high-flying musical the New York Post gives 4 out of 4 stars and calls “a certifiable super hit!” Boswell Hall. 880 W. Garden Avenue, Coeur d’Alene, ID 83814. For tickets, please log on to:


June 1: Spokane Shock vs San Jose Sabercats 7 pm. At the Spokane Arena. 720 West Mallon Ave., Spokane, WA 99201. For tickets, call 1-800325-SEAT or visit June 8: Spokane Shock vs Jacksonville Sharks 7 pm. At the Spokane Arena.  720 West Mallon Ave., Spokane, WA 99201. For tickets, call 1-800325-SEAT or visit June 21: Spokane Shock vs Utah Blaze 7 pm. At the Spokane Arena.  720 West Mallon Ave., Spokane, WA 99201. For tickets, call 1-800325-SEAT or visit June 19: Spokane Shock vs San Antonio Talons 7 pm. At the Spokane Arena.  720 West Mallon Ave., Spokane, WA 99201. For tickets, call 1-800325-SEAT or visit June 26: Spokane Shock vs Pittsburgh Power 7 pm. At the Spokane Arena.  720 West Mallon Ave., Spokane, WA 99201. For tickets, call 1-800325-SEAT or visit

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tepping off some of the better-traveled paths of the city, you will find one of Spokane’s hidden treasures. If you process your own meat, are making your own sausage or have gone gluten-free, you may already have Michlitch Company on your map. For everyone else, you will want to add it. While somewhat hidden, at the end of Stone Street, off Sprague Avenue near Altamont, Michlitch Company has been serving the Spokane and Coeur d’Alene communities since the late 1940s. Gil Michlitch originally started the company in 1948—or at least that is the closest estimated start date, which is rough at best, as Gil moved from Western Washington around that time to help his sister with her business that was already serving many of the local food stores. Having experience working in the meat processing industry prior to his move to Spokane, Gil immediately saw an opportunity to provide a much-needed service and product-line to the meat purveyors of Eastern Washington and Northern Idaho. The result was the creation of a company, which provided specialty blended seasonings and spices. In the early 1950s one of Michlitch’s Northern Idaho customers was Cy Bailey, the father of current owner Joyce Vannoy, who today runs the company with her husband Don. Mr. Bailey owned a butcher shop, smoke house and processing location in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, and was more than just another customer of Michlitch Company. Cy Bailey and Gil Michlitch became friends, and when Gil was looking to retire, he offered Cy the company, which he purchased in 1978. Shortly thereafter, Cy’s two sons took over, maintaining the family’s proprietary blends and continuing to provide high quality spices to the region’s meat processing industry. With that tradition continuing today, you probably have already experienced the Michlitch Company products when you buy local meats and dine out locally, as many of their products are used by local chefs and butchers.


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When Cy purchased the company in 1978, it was still at the original 1940s North Spokane location. The Bailey brothers moved the company in 1987 to a location in downtown Spokane. In 2002, their sister, Joyce Vannoy, bought them out, and in 2003, moved both the wholesale and retail business to its current Spokane location on Stone Street off Sprague (see map on next page). While Joyce and Don continue the tradition of providing wholesale spices and seasoning to the meat industry, today those same spices and seasoning continue to also be available for retail to the public through their Stone Street location and their online website www.



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Spokane CDA • June • 2013 Since the beginning, the philosophy of the Michlitch Company has been to offer their customers “good service, and quality products at a reasonable price.” That philosophy continues today with carefully handcrafted products that are always made with quality ingredients. All of the products are not only glutenfree, but also MSG (monosodium glutamate)-free; the teriyaki seasoning is the only MSG containing exception, but Don is working to change that. The choice to remove both MSG and gluten was a conscious decision; one that they knew could cost them customers, which initially it did. Unable to find a match to the Michlitch Company quality, special blends and seasonings, those customers soon came back. On the retail side of the business, the store is a vast array of individual spices, proprietary blends and seasonings. The moment you walk in the door your senses are awakened to the amazing aromas that fill the store. You will find well-crafted kits, blends, brines, cures and seasonings of all

kinds; each one packaged with easy to follow instructions. From dry rubs to jerky kits, they have you covered. For the home and professional sausage makers, you will find everything you need, including seasonings, prague powder and a good assortment of natural casings – whether you need a full hank or just a half. Michlitch Company has a great selection of cures and brines for preparing bacon, ham, turkey and even fish. If you’re not sure what you need, just ask and they will be happy to guide you. Once you make that decision, all you need now is some smoke and fire. The store has one of the better selections of culinary smoking supplies I’ve found locally. They have a variety of smokehouses (both electric and gas), smoker accessories and a great assortment of natural wood chips, chunks and flavored pellets. You will find apple, maple, mesquite, oak, cherry and many more options to meet your culinary needs.

Other retail items include sausage stuffers, grinders, slicers and a nice line of Traeger grilling accessories just in time for the coming season. In their cutlery section they carry a great selection of Forschner Knives, which are made by the manufacturer of the original Swiss Army knife. The store has hundreds of other items customary to the meat industry and home processing. The items are

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available in-store and most can be ordered online through their website. The gluten-free bakery and flour kits were added more recently. Both Joyce and Don suffer from celiac disease, as does their daughter and Don’s father. Like others who suffer from celiac, they have an allergy and intolerance to gluten. Don grew up farming in Washington State and, like his father, was a wheat farmer. It was many years before he came to realize that he was intolerant of wheat and was diagnosed celiac. Looking for quality glutenfree products, Don found himself in a learning curve and starting baking his own products for family and friends; eventually adding the bakery as part of the company. Michlitch Company offers a great variety of fresh items, baked daily onsite in a kitchen that has never had any wheat-based products in it – ever. You may have already tasted some of their items, as they wholesale them to local restaurants. Today, in addition to the baked goods, Michlitch Company offers gluten free flour kits for both retail and wholesale purchase. Don’t hesitate to ask if you need help or have any questions, as they are happy to help. Don’s enthusiasm for the business is shared through their educational program. Classes on sausage making, brines, cures and bacon are offered throughout the year and taught onsite at the store. Contact the store to check with Don and Joyce for the upcoming schedule. If you can’t make the class or can’t wait until the next one, they also offer video copies of some classes for sale. You can also browse through

the good selection of books, DVDs and reference material they have available for sale. The company has come a long way from its 1948 origins, while maintains it family owned and run roots. Today, Michlitch Company offers a full complement of spices, seasonings, sausage making equipment, grilling and smoking supplies, and cutler and butchering supplies, all while maintaining their original philosophy of providing “good service, and quality products at a reasonable price.” So, whether you are a veteran chef, industry professional or first-timer, Michlitch Company is there to serve you. I encourage you to stop by their store or visit them online.

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went to the Fedora Pub and Grille with high hopes. My guests and I settled into the comfortable booths, taking in the vintage photographs on the wall and enjoying the clips of footage from days gone by playing near our table. The lights were low, and subtle, acoustic live music played near the bar. It was a great setting for conversation.


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We started with drinks and steamer clams made with garlic herb butter and chardonnay ($12.99/one pound, $8.99/ half pound). Red chili flakes provided a bit of spice and tied the dish together nicely. The clams also came with crispy garlic baguette, which soaked up the extra sauce nicely. For dinner, we tried several entrees. The table favorite was the Chicken Gouda Penne ($15.95) made with onions, wild mushrooms and grilled chicken breast, tossed with alfredo sauce and gouda. The sauce was rich and the flavors comforting. We found the Bistro Steak Medallions ($15.49), made with Angus Beef and coupled with artichoke hearts, crimini mushrooms and a brandy demi-glace to be a bit under seasoned; however, the steak bites were tender. We were disappointed, however, by the twicebaked potato that came with the medallions. In fact, we found both the mashed potatoes and the twicebaked potato, which were served as accompaniments to our entrees, to be unappetizing. We did, however, enjoy the Fedora fries ($3.50), which are slightly smaller than steak fries, seasoned and topped with Parmesan cheese, which was an unexpected and tasty touch. The soup of the day was a cold strawberry mango mint. It was refreshing and satisfying, with large chunks of fruit. We ordered the Yankee Pot Roast ($13.99) and found it uninspired. Flanked by mashed potatoes and green beans, the roast had more of a clumpy consistency, similar to some iterations of pulled pork. The flavor was fairly bland and not aided by the addition of thick gravy, which was poured over the roast and the potatoes. The Wild Coho Salmon ($18.99) was topped with a mango pineapple salsa, which never seemed to blend with the salmon flavors. The dish was served with green beans and ‘seasonal rice’, sort of a pilaf. All together, we felt that the price was steep for what was received. Although we did enjoy the Chicken Gouda Penne, we found the other dishes to be lackluster and chose to order off the pub menu (another evening option) rather than finishing our entrees. We chose two types of sliders (both $7.99), the Chicken Waffle slider and the Bacon Cheeseburger slider.

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The popularity of chicken and waffles together seems to be the inspiration for the sandwich made with vanilla waffles and grilled chicken, held together by chipotle maple syrup. Although the idea was a good one, we found the execution a little off. The waffle “buns” were large in comparison to the chicken, making the slider hard to eat, the grilled chicken was seasoned very lightly and the syrup was sparing, making the slider dry and generally lacking in flavor. The Bacon Cheeseburger slider was fairly classic, but also overwhelmed by a slider bun, which seemed large for it, as well as dry and difficult to eat. We ended up taking our sliders apart and eating them like open-faced sandwiches. Both sliders came with a large pub ring, a large onion ring deep-fried in a flavorful batter. These proved to be a hit with our table. Our waitress was apologetic about our experience and provided dessert for us at no charge. Our service throughout the evening was attentive and gracious. Desserts are house made and rotate regularly. We had the Key Lime Pie, which was substantial, almost heavy and could have used more lime flavor, and the Chocolate Mousse, which was rich and satisfying, but not as smooth as I might have wished. 190

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Above: The Bistro Steak Medallions, accompanied by a twice baked potato and aparagus.

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Though there were culinary bright spots in our evening, we were fairly disappointed with our experience. The concept for the restaurant is interesting and fairly unique for the area, the portions are generous and the atmosphere is comfortable, but the recipes may need to be retooled, and some consideration given to the sides paired with each dish.

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509-279-2671 open 7 days a week In spite of it all, my party had a very enjoyable evening talking and laughing with each other. When trying new places, I recommend going with interesting and enjoyable people, even if all else fails, the company can salvage an otherwise uninteresting meal. In this economic climate; however, where eating out is more of a luxury than not, I recommend choosing another area restaurant, at least for the moment. Fedora Pub and Grille is located at 1726 W Kathleen Ave., in Coeur D’Alene, ID, and is open daily, 7 a.m. to close. (208) 765-8888, www.fedorapubandgrille. com

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amed for EJ Roberts, this garden bistro is the latest project in the Browne’s Addition Historic District. Located at the heart of the area in the former home of Fred and Mary Guse, the 1901 building, while nicely renovated, retains much of its historic architectural beauty and interior detailing. With its large exterior patio and comfortable porch seating, you will be transported during your unique and truly bistro dining experience. The menu is a select combination of appetizers, salads, sandwiches, light fare and satisfying entrées for a classic 192

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American bistro feel and plenty of choices for everyone. Upon arrival, your first choice is whether to sit outside on the patio or porch, or sit inside, downstairs or upstairs in the bar area. Seating is a little confusing as the general rule is “seat yourself,” but you might want to make sure the wait staff knows where you are. The upstairs bar area has a casual feel. It is beautifully finished to match the historical architecture, but a couple of televisions have been included to let you keep up with your sports. The bar has a combination of pub style (high) and traditional table seating for two, four or more. The outside patio is great for large groups, complete with a fire pit, and you almost feel like you could be dining in your own backyard. Taking advantage of the gorgeous evening, my date and I preferred the porch, which provides a more intimate setting. The house crafted cocktail menu is a nice complement to the historic home setting, with many drinks reminiscent of the 1920s. The Great Northwest cocktail ($8) was quite refreshing and went down way too easy, which is a good thing; a combination of vodka, huckleberries and lemon results in an easy drinking flavorful beverage. The “by the glass” wine list selections are adequate and the bottled and tap beer list will serve the beer drinkers in the group well. They have a great happy hour from 4-6:30 p.m. that includes $4 drafts, $4 well drinks, $4 Townshend wines, and 15% off all appetizers— which brings us to the food.

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The appetizer selection is a good mix of simple to a little elevated, classic bistro fare. We started the evening with the Pan-Fried Oysters ($10), the most expensive appetizer on the menu. The serving portion was generous and easily shared. The flavor and the breading were perfect, as was the oyster inside: crunchy on the outside and creamy in the middle. I haven’t experienced as good of a fried oyster since my days along the Gulf Coast; even the simple plating took me back. The oysters were followed by the Pear Gorgonzola Crostini ($8), which again, was easily shared and no one in a party of four would feel left out. My inner chef had some issues with the knife cuts, but the plating presentation wasn’t off-putting. The dish was a nice balance of the cheese and pears over toasted bread and garnished with fresh herbs, walnuts and balsamic-honey drizzle; for the balsamic lovers, ask for a side of the drizzle. Another recommended appetizer are the Coconut Prawns ($6) with sweet chili dipping sauce; nicely coated and cooked just right. Moving to our entrées, I had to go


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for the 50/50 Burger ($11); a hearty and juicy combination of ground beef and lamb. While garnished traditionally with tomatoes, red onions and a spring mix, the smoked cheddar and sweet paprika sauce are anything but traditional, an elevated surprise pairing nicely with the earthy lamb-influenced flavors. I asked for the sweet paprika sauce on the side, but found myself using almost all of it. The burger is served with house made potato chips that are dusted with chipotle cinnamon spice (also available as an appetizer for $3). The star of the evening was the Snake River Farms Wagyu Steak ($16) that my date ordered and was hesitant to share. The Wagyu (wāgyo͞o) ribeye is grilled and then garnished with butter and fried shallots; served over garlic mashed potatoes, and, although not listed on the menu, it was accompanied by grilled asparagus. The flavor of the steak was fabulous and it was cooked perfectly to our medium-rare specifications; a real value for this flavorful breed and cut. We ended the evening with a flourless chocolate dessert ($6),

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ASIAN AND INDIAN Aloha Island Grill. Hawaiian. Signature Dish in March 2011. Operating out of two former Taco John shacks on Monroe and West Francis, Patrick and Lori Keegan are serving up fresh, tender Teriyaki Chicken “plates” that will keep you coming back even without much inside seating. Based on family recipes from the islands and plenty more than just teriyaki, both spots offer a student discount and the Francis location serves an amazing breakfast concoction called Loco Moco. Order it the way “Huff” (Patrick’s nickname) gets his. Open daily. 1724 North Monroe (509-3274270) and 1220 West Francis (509-413-2029). www. $-$$ Bangkok Thai. Thai. A relative newcomer to Spokane, Bangkok Thai took over there former Linnie’s Thai location on Grand Avenue and the former Riverview Thai location near Gonzaga. The South Hill location offers combination lunch plates that allow you smaller portions of several popular Thai dishes for one price and the Gonzaga location has the best Thai lunch buffet in town for $12 a person. 1325 S Grand Blvd (509-838-8424) and 1003 E Trent Avenue (509-3258370). Mon – Thur 11 – 9, Fri 11 – 10, Sat 12 – 10, Sun 12 – 9. $$ Beyond Belt Sushi & Roll. Japanese. Reopened in September of 2010 to offer conveyor belt sushi plates as well as a full off-the-belt menu, Beyond Belt Sushi & Roll offers great lunch specials and a lessslick, homier feel than Maru downtown but offers the same advatages of kaiten-zushi: healthy food fast (sit down and start to eat), reasonable prices, and a visual introduction to one of the great cuisines of the world. 11 am – 3 pm for lunch; 5 pm – 9 pm for dinner. Saturday 11 – 10. Sunday noon – 8. 7458 North Division in Spokane. (509) 483-4000. $-$$


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Cathay Inn. Chinese. The Cathay Inn, basked in neon glory, stands out among the string of other Chinese establishments on Division for more than its roofline. Established in 1950 at its present location by Tom Eng, the Cathay Inn has rebuilt and expanded over the years, still run by the Engs. Our sources tell us that among the combos, #6 is king, offering the Cathay’s special chow mein, almond fried chicken, prawns, barbeque pork, and fried rice. Strong mentions are also given to the almond chicken and Cathay’s version of beef and broccoli. Plan to arrive for dinner near 8 p.m. and you might get the additional treat of seeing the koi fish leap out of the water in the aquarium for their dinner while you eat yours. 3714 N Division Street. Sun-Thurs 11-10, Fri & Sat until Midnight. (509) 326-2226. $$ China Garden. Chinese. With no shortage of bad Chinese food in Spokane, China Garden is a brilliant and refreshing departure hidden in a strip mall on the South Hill. Chef/owner Raymond Kong takes great care with sauces, all based on a special pork stock. The vegetables in each dish, which are fresh and flash-cooked with a wonderful crunch, almost steal the show, and the kitchen uses no MSG. Show up regularly and you end up treated like family. While the Cashew Chicken, Honey Walnut Prawns, and the Moo Shu Pork are not to be missed, we’ve never had a disappointing dish at the Garden. 4410 S Regal. Seven days, 11-10. (509) 448-6282. $$-$$$ Ding How. Specializing in Chinese, Japanese, Thai, and Korean dishes, Ding How has plenty of variety. After being open only 15 months, this restaurant has already become the place for sushi and other Asian cuisine with regular customers coming from Spokane, Coeur d’Alene, and other areas. Ding How offers or 100 sushi items including their special Lobster Roll and Yellowstone Roll. 1332 N Liberty Lake Rd, Liberty Lake. Lunch Mon-Fri 11-2:30, Dinner Mon-Thurs 4-9, Fri 4-10, Sat 12-9, Sun 12-9. (509) 921-1901. $-$$

Mustard Seed. The Mustard Seed is an amalgam of several Asian and Pacific cuisines, which derives from the background of the owners, Betty and Nancy Tokumoto, who grew up in Okinawa, Bangkok, and Hawaii, successively. The somewhat eclectic yet harmonious blending of fresh, clean, mild flavors in the dishes that spring from this mix of culinary origins is what has made the Mustard Seed a perennial favorite with Spokane diners. Over the years, our favorites have consistently been Bong-Bong Chicken, chunks of breast and vegetables stir-fried in wine, and Chicken (or Shrimp) Osaka, sautéed in butter, ginger, and lemon, served with a mustard sauce. We also enjoy their zippy take-out and delivery service. The Mustard Seed owners also serve quality quick-serve Asian out of a number of Noodle Express outlets around the NW. Northtown Mall: Mon-Thurs 11-9, Fri & Sat 11-10, Sun Noon-8, (509) 483-1500. $$ Japanese. We still think the name is about as cheesy as you can get for a sushi bar and Japanese restaurant, but the food transcends the curious label over the door. Sit at the sushi bar and enjoy what is fresh or take a table and explore the menu that also includes plenty of excellent options if raw fish still makes you nervous. Some of our favorites are the super white tuna and the house tempura. 11 am – 9:30 pm weekdays. Noon – 9 Sat. Noon – 8 Sun. 430 West Main, Spokane. (509) 8380630. $-$$$ Taste of India. A family-owned restaurant on the Division hill offering authentic cuisine emphasizing northern Indian flavors. Taste of India boasts a casual atmosphere with a soundtrack of traditional music and a popular lunch buffet during the week. Try Tandoori Chicken, Chicken Curry, or Vegetarian Samasa. MonThur 11-9:30, Fri and Sat 11-10, Sun 11-9. 3110 N Division in Spokane. (509) 327-7313. $-$$

Thai Bamboo. Each of the four regional Thai Bamboo locations offers a massive Southeast Asian menu in settings designed to transport you across the Pacific. Inside each restaurant you’ll find Thai stone and wood carvings, water fountains, Thai music and the namesake bamboo décor. Thai Bamboo keeps racking up #1 Best Thai votes in reader polls and both the newest location on North Division and the CDA restaurant feature a Tiki-Beach styled lounge and a striking sky ceilings in the main dining rooms. Think Vegas with phad thai. Open 7 days per week with delivery available. www.thaibamboorestaurant. com. $-$$

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Top of India. Reviewed February 2013. A great hidden gem serving up wonderful northern Indian dishes in a surprisingly chic space tucked into a tiny East Sprague house. Owner and chef Manjit Kaur brings the specialties she learned to cook on the family farm in the the Jalandhar district of Punjab to the Northwest. Don’t miss the garlic naan or the Chicken Tikka Masala, but order just about anything and expect it to be quite good. There is also a lunch buffet for $9.99. Open daily from 11 am – 9:30 pm. 928 S. Perry Street in Spokane. 11114 E Sprague Ave in Spokane Valley. (509) 927-0500. www. $-$$.

BARBECUE Chicken-n-More. “Amazing-Crispy-Tender-Chickenn-More” could have been the name. It is that good, and Bob Hemphill—full-time cook and part-time preacher— is telling the truth about the “more” as well: moist ribs slathered in Hemphill’s own sweet and kicking barbeque sauce, cornmeal-breaded catfish fried fresh when you order, pulled pork sandwiches, fiery red beans and sweet crisp coleslaw. Call ahead if you want catfish and save room for the cobbler or sweet potato pie. 414 W Sprague. Mon-Fri 11–8, Sat 1-8. (509) 838-5071. $-$$ The Longhorn. The Longhorn has defined BBQ in Spokane for decades. Their sauce straight from Texas is now a staple in every area supermarket condiment or butcher’s aisle, and what self-respecting native Spokanite’s mouth doesn’t water at the thought of Longhorn ribs, German sausage, or beef sandwiches? 7611 W US Highway 2, (509) 838-8372; 2315 N Argonne Rd, (509) 924-9600. Call for hours. $-$$

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Casper Fry. Reviewed February 2013. A modern take on Southern comfort food with a local twist, located in the South Perry neighborhood. The restaurant serves lunch, dinner and a Sunday brunch in a hip space with a great bar at the back. For dinner, try some of Jama’s Fried Chicken with a classic cocktail, or the Low Country Shrimp and Grits for lunch. The maple-glazed Pork Belly is brilliant and a number of the hearty sides are vegetarian. Wednesday-Monday, 11:30 am - close. 928 S. Perry Street in Spokane. $-$$$. Herbal Essence Café. Northwest cuisine. This relaxed downtown restaurant tucked into the middle of a block on Washington serves Northwest bistro food and works hard to offer great service. The menu offers up baseball-cut sirloins, a whole stuffed Dungeness crab and a swordfish steak stuffed with pesto and baked off with a parmesan crust. Try the award-winning house salad, brilliant with sliced pears, crumbled Gorgonzola and a white truffle vinaigrette. 115 N Washington. Lunch Mon-Fri 11-2, Dinner MonSat 5-close. (509) 838-4600. Lunch $-$$, dinner $$-$$$ Spokane CDA • June • 2013


dining guide 315 Wallace Ave in Coeur d’Alene. (208) 667-9660. $$-$$$. Bardenay Restaurant & Distillery. (Reviewed May 2013). Casual and classy dining, specializing in craft cocktails. Holds the distinction of first distillery in the nation with a restaurant onsite. Perfect place for happy hour, or lunch on the patio. Try the Grilled Yellowfin Tuna Salad for well-blended, refreshing tastes in a generous portion. Pair with a housecreated cocktail and some small-batch alcoholic ice cream. Open Monday-Sunday 11am-close. 1710 W. Riverstone Drive in Coeur D’Alene. www.bardenay. com $-$$. Charley’s Grill and Spirits. Just north of the Spokane River and two blocks east of the County Courthouse in Spokane, Charley’s serves up homestyle American classics and comfort food to jurors, lawyers and judges alike at lunch. The dinner crowd is more expansive than just the legal crowd. Charley’s offers homemade soups, a Steak and Spud special anytime for just over $10 and Happy Hour runs from 4 – 7 pm with $2.50 wells and draft domestic. The dirty martini on the drink menu is made to the specifications of W.C Fields. Saturday night Karaoke. Mon: 11 am – 9 pm. Tues- Fri: 11 am – 11 pm. Sat: 4 pm – 2 am. Closed Sun. 801 N Monroe in Spokane. (509) 328-8911. $-$$

Vintages @ 611. Vintages wine bar and restaurant offers eclectic American fare in a cozy, upscale atmosphere at the heart of Spokane’s South Hill. Choose an appetizer from the extensive selection (try the Toasted Hearts) and pair it with a glass of wine, or go straight for the Prime Rib or Succulent Scallops. Other choices include pasta dishes, seafood and salads. Outside patio dining coming soon. Late night menu on Friday and Saturdays until 12A.M. Open Tues-Thurs 11-10, Fri-Sat 11-12. 611 East 30th Avenue in Spokane. (509) 624-3203. Wild Sage. Tucked into a classic 1911 brick building on 2nd and Lincoln, Wild Sage offers an intimate dining setting and memorable food with real flair. The atmosphere combines class and warmth. Executive Chef Charlie Connor presents regionally influenced Northwest cuisine using only the finest locally sourced products. Try the Yukon Taquitos, the Crisp Bacon & Blue salad or the Cioppino. Be sure to finish with a slice of the “Soon to be Famous” Coconut Cream layer cake with lilikoi sauce. This award-winning bistro is known for it’s in-house bakery and an amazing array of gluten free options. Also make a point to order something from their “scratch bar”, either with or without alcohol. They use only fresh juices and house infused flavored liquors. Dinner seven nights a week, opening at 4 pm. 916 W Second Ave in Spokane. (509) 456-7575. www. $$-$$$ The Wine Cellar. Reviewed April 2011. The door up on Coeur d’Alene’ main street to this intimate basement grotto is easy to miss, but don’t. This bistro, wine bar, and live music venue embodies generosity with hearty Italian and Mediterranean fare at incredibly reasonable prices, warm and welcoming staff, and a killer space that feels like a retreat from the time pressures of life outside. Don’t miss the amazing Mac and Cheese on the appetizer menu and factor in that every entrée comes with a salad and bread. 313 E Sherman Ave in Coeur d’ Alene. Mon to Thur 4:30 – 10 pm, Fri and Sat 4:30 to midnight. Closed Sun. (208) 664-9463. www. $-$$.

dinner. Open: Tuesday 11-3pm, Wednesday-Thursday 11-3pm, 4:30-close, Friday-Saturday 7:30-3:00pm, 4:30close, Sunday 7:30-2pm. 4237 S. Cheney-Spokane Rd in Spokane. $-$$. Frankie Doodles. Open since 1981 just off of the I-90 Division Street exit, Frankie Doodles fits the time-honored genre of a greasy spoon. Say ‘hi’ to the stuffed deer in the entryway and take a seat at the counter or slip into a booth and order a big plate of traditional American fare like roast beef sandwiches and steak and eggs. Open Mon – Fri, 5 am – 10 pm; Sat – Sun, 5 am – 9 pm. 30 E 3rd Avenue in Spokane. (509) 747-9267. $-$$ Le Petit Chat Village Bakery. The rapid expansion of this Whitworth University neighborhood bakery and café is testament to the wonderful bread, sweet and savory croissants, and other pastries coming out of their kitchen. Le Petit Chat is a favorite hang-out both for the university crowd and plenty of other Northsiders, and is developing a reputation that extends much further. They recently added some salads to the lunch menu including a Salade Nicoise with Albacore tuna. Open Mon – Fri 6:30 am – 6 pm; Sat 7:30 am – 3 pm; Sun 7:30 am – 1 pm. 9910 N Waikiki Rd in Spokane. (509) 468-2720. $ The Satellite Diner and Lounge. See listing under Pub and Lounge Fare.

BURGERS Stop-N-Go Family Drive In. Signature Dish for April 2011. Here is a locally-owned East Sprague spot for a great basic cheese burger, double cheese burger, or triple. Cash only but you’ll love the prices: $1, $2, or $3. Milkshakes with real fruit, fish-n-chips made with Atlantic cod that is cut and battered in house, and a great tartar sauce will keep you coming back. Open daily: 10 – 9 Mon to Fri, 11 – 8 Sat, 11 – 6 Sun. 6505 East Sprague in the Spokane Valley. (509) 535-4797. $

CASUAL DINING BREAKFAST AND LUNCH SPECIALTIES Chaps. Reviewed July 2012. This farmhouse turned restaurant is easy to fall in love with. Celeste Shaw is the genius and passion behind the eclectic restaurant and Gina Garcia runs the from-scratch bakery. Chaps is packed to the rafters for their weekend brunch and does brisk lunch (Tues-Sat) and dinner (WedSat) business with live music on Friday evenings. Try the Blueberry Muffin French Toast or a Scramble for breakfast, or Apricot and Prune Stuffed Chicken for


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315 Martinis and Tapas. Reviewed February 2012. Located within the historic Greenbriar Inn in Coeur d’Alene, this restaurant specializes in small plates with a global focus and well-crafted cocktails. Come sit in the intimate martini bar for happy hour beginning at 3:15 and enjoy drink and tapas specials, or share small plates or entrees along with live music on Tuesday, Friday and Saturday nights in the main dining room beginning at 6:00 pm. Expect good service, great atmosphere and an experience you won’t soon forget. Tues - Sun from 3:15 to close.

GW Hunters Steakhouse. Signature Dish September 2011. “Got elk?” Here is the restaurant where the answer is a resounding YES. Hunters specializes in elk loin steaks from local sources along with other exotic offerings such as quite tasty alligator tail. Depending on when you show up, even yak might be an option. Of course there is also plenty of beef, pork, and chicken options if you want. Portions are generous and breakfast is served until 3 pm each day. While you are dining, see how many of the 80 trophy animals in the restaurant you can name without help. . Mon – Tues, 6 am – 2:30 pm; Wed – Thur, 6 am – 9 pm, Fri – Sat, 6 am – 10 pm; Sun 6 am – 9 pm. 615 North Spokane Street in Post Falls. (208) 777-9388. www. $-$$$ Hill’s Restaurant. Hill’s restaurant is back and rejuvenated. Hill’s offers an extensive menu with nine appetizers including the unique Scotch Egg, soups, vegetable dishes, ten salads including the Smoked Salmon Salad and the Seared Steak Salad, sandwiches, steaks, chicken, pork, and seafood entrees. Hill’s also makes their own pasta. Hill’s has always been a local favorite and they’re back with the same great food and a newly renovated location. The restaurant also features daily lunch and dinner specials worthy of a picky pallet. 401 W Main, MonSat 11-10, Lounge until midnight Mon-Thurs and 2am Fri-Sat. (509) 747-3946. $$-$$$ Klink’s on the Lake (at Williams Lake Resort). Klink’s on the Lake, located at scenic Williams Lake Resort is destination dining at its best. From the comfortable restaurant to the secluded patio overlooking the lake, Klink’s has a lot to offer it’s dining guests. The menu hosts a variety of dishes including Chicken Marala and Jumbo Prawns, but don’t miss out on their steaks, primarily the decadent chargrilled Ribeye topped with Dungeness Crab and browned butter. Follow it up with some of their famous Marion Berry Cobbler and you’ve created an evening to remember. Summer Hours: Tues-Fri 11-9, Sat-Sun 7am-9. Closed October-March. (509)235-2391. $$-$$$ Palm Court Grill (at the Davenport Hotel). Recently renovated, the Palm Court Grill now offers upscale casual dining fare that highlight favorites discovered all around the world by Walt and Karen Worthy, the owners of the Davenport. Home to the original Crab Louis, named for original hotel owner Louis Davenport, the grill also serves USDA Prime beef and a fine wild salmon filet with a huckleberry champagne sauce. Serving breakfast, lunch and dinner. Open daily from 6 am to 9 pm. Reservations recommended. Private Dining room available seating up to 30 people. 10 S Post. (509) 455-8888. $$-$$$

Safari Room Fresh Grill and Bar. The new Davenport Hotel Tower’s Safari Room Fresh Grill and Bar will add a spice of adventure to your dining experience featuring a full menu with a variety of tasty flatbreads, small plates, salads and gourmet sandwiches. Private Dining room available seating up to 30 people. (Flatbread is oven roasted thin bread that is topped with a variety of vegetables, fresh herbs, highly flavorful cheeses and meats) 111 S Post St. (Davenport Hotel Tower lobby). Serving breakfast 6-11, Lunch 11-4, Dinner 4-10, and Late Night 10-close. 509-455-8888 $$-$$$

FINE DINING Clinkerdagger. English pub décor overlooking the Spokane River. Known for their fresh seafood, steaks, and rock salt-roasted prime rib, Clinkerdagger is a favorite eating place among locals. Their salmon filet is one of the best in the area. The Broadway Pea Salad and Blums Coffee Toffee Pie are two classics since 1974. Two cozy fireplaces make for a warm, friendly atmosphere; 621 W Mallon (in the Flour Mill). Lunch Mon-Fri 11:15-2:30, Sat 11:30-2:30, Dinner Mon-Thurs 4:30-9, Fri 4:30-9:30, Sat 4-9:30, Sun lounge 2-9 and dinner 3-8. (509) 328-5965. Lunch $$, Dinner $$$ Masselow’s at Northern Quest. Reviewed June 2010. Named after a strong chief that was instrumental in the survival of the Kalispels, Masselow’s combines the culinary heritage of the tribe with Northwest fine dining. The restaurant features an intimate and lavishly appointed dining room just off the hotel lobby in the new wing of the Northern Quest Resort and Casino in Airway Heights and serves up an Elk Sirloin and Seared Scallops worth the drive. Their chocolate mousse on the dessert menu is also a show stopper. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. 100 North Hayford Road in Airway Heights. (509) 242-7000. www. $$-$$$ Max at Mirabeau. Signature Dish October 2012. More than the typical hotel restaurant, Max opened in 2005 as a valley destination for fine dining with an infamous menu offering 100 options. Chances are you can find something you are craving on the huge menu, but if an abundance of possibilities scares you, ask your server. We scored at dinner with the gluten-free Cashew Lime Sea Bass and the White Chocolate Mousse with Cherries Jubliee. Casual diners are welcome too breakfast, lunch or dinner. ½ priced bottles of wine on Wednesday nights. Open Mon – Thur, 6 am – 1 am, 6 am to 2 am on Fri – Sat, and Sun, 6 am – midnight. 1100 N Sullivan Road in Spokane Valley. (509) 924-9000. www. $-$$$

ITALIAN Ciao Mambo. Located in the Lincoln Plaza building in downtown Spokane, Ciao Mambo is the Spokane incarnation of an Italian chain born... the Rocky Mountains. With its corporate headquarters in Whitefish, Montana, Ciao Mambo has a vision to expand with its brand of “immigrant style” Italian and brick oven pizzas including one named humorously the Pizza Montanara. 11:30 am to close daily. 818 Riverside Ave in Spokane. (509) 315-4447. www. $-$$ Ferrante’s Marketplace Café. This new South Hill restaurant combines two great pastimes: gourmet Italian food and shopping. Ferrante’s offers a wide variety of gourmet pastas, pizzas, and paninis along with a kid’s menu and delicious gelato. Stop in for a full dinner or order it to go and shop in the marketplace while you wait. The marketplace offers unique gifts, such as jewelry, wines, cookies and candies, many from local vendors. Enjoy the neighborhood feel of this Italian café. 4516 S Regal. Tues-Sat 11-8pm. (509) 443-6304. www.doitalianl. com. $-$$ Italia Trattoria. Reviewed Dec 2010. Great Italian food from world-traveled chef Anna Vogel in an intimate neighborhood bistro in Browne’s Addition. Vogel’s ingredients and dishes clearly express Italian sensibilities, but then go on to immediately transcend the “box” Americans have for Italian food. Expect to find a vibrant seasonal menu with both the simple and the adventurous: everything from classic spaghetti


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PIZZA Bennidito’s. Though we didn’t realize it for several years, it is possible to order a gourmet pie without garlic at Bennidito’s. But who would want to with choices like the popular “LC Primo” with both fresh and roasted garlic along with chicken, mushrooms, feta, and mozzarella over a pesto sauce. The crust is hand tossed and bready in the best sense of that designation. Bennidito’s is the spot to eat outside in good weather with its own deck at the South Hill location. It also has a larger menu that includes salad, wings, calzones, and several popular hot sandwiches like the Italian Beef Sammie ($7.50 whole, $5.50 half). 1426 S Lincoln, Mon-Thurs 11-10, Fri 11-11, Sat 11-10, Closed Sun. (509) 455-7411. 9025 N. Indian Trail Rd, Mon-Thurs 3-10, Fri 11-11, Sat 11-10, Sun 12-8. (509) 466-2790 $$

and meatballs to charred octopus in a spicy tomato oil. Vogel’s preparation of black cod with creamed white truffle potatoes and chanterelles is heaven on a plate. The weekend brunch is also drawing enthusiastic crowds. 144 South Cannon Street in Spokane. Brunch: 9 am – 2 pm Sat and Sun. Lunch: 11 am – 2 pm Tues - Fri. Dinner: Tues – Thur 5 – 9 pm and 5 – 10 pm Fri – Sat. Closed Mondays. (509) 459-6000. $-$$$ Italian Kitchen. Owners Bryce and Lyndsay Kerr have created a beautiful and charming décor along with exquisite cuisine, not to mention the remarkable hospitality. Known for its Calamari, Tiramisu, and Lasagna from scratch, the Italian Kitchen is as authentic as you’ll find. They were recently placed on the “Best of the Best” list, which honors the top 17 Italian restaurants in the nation. 113 N Bernard. Lunch Mon-Fri 11-3:30, Dinner MonThur 3:30-9, Fri 3:30-10, Sat 4:30-10, Sun 4:30-9. (509) 363-1210. $$ Luigi’s. Traditional Italian menu specializing in pastas, seafood, steaks and salads served in amazingly large portions. The smoked salmon lasagna has been featured in national magazines. Martinis are a must. Located close to the opera house and downtown shopping. Express service for theatergoers. 245 W Main. Sun & Mon 4-9, Tues-Thurs 11-10, Fri 11-11, Sat 4-11. (509) 624-5226. Lunch $, dinner $$ Tito’s Italian Grill and Wine Shop. Review October 2012. Located on Sherman Avenue in Coeur d’Alene, Tito’s offers a family-friendly atmosphere with a wide selection of Italian favorites ranging from pizza to pasta. Reasonable pricing and large portions assure you won’t leave hungry; outdoor seating available in season. Don’t miss the piping hot Garlic Romano Fries or a local favorite, the Loaded Idaho Potato Pizza. Recent renovations include the addition of a retail wine shop with over 100 labels, Italian and domestic. Tito’s to-go also available. Sun-Thurs, 11 am – 9 pm; Fri-Sat, 11 am – 10 pm. 210 E. Sherman Avenue in Coeur d’Alene. (208) 667-2782. www. $$-$$$ Tony’s On The Lake. Reviewed June 2011. Originally built in the 1940s long the shore of the lake five miles east of Coeur d’Alene, Tony’s is a great destination Italian spot for years but the current incarnation under the D’Alessandro family just might be the best. Drive or boat. Chef Cheyenne D’Alessandro offers wonderful from-scratch sauces and Italian classics executed perfectly. Try the hand-pulled mozzarella if it is


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on the special sheet and don’t miss the Spaghetti Pescatore if you love a good tomato vodka sauce. Equally excellent are the Sirloin Filetto served with house-made gnocchi and the Saltimbocca alla Romana. All the desserts are made in house. Tony’s has a fun and informative wine list, and you need to hold up their house wine Y NOT to the mirror that stretches along the back of the dining room for a surprise. Open daily from 5 pm from Memorial Day to the end of September. Five days a week in the fall and spring. Closed January – March. 6823 East Coeur d’Alene Lake Drive outside of Coeur d’Alene. (208) 667-9885. $$-$$$

MEDITERRANEAN AND MIDDLE EASTERN Marrakesh. Moroccan. Recently moved from Northwest Blvd to Division, Marrakesh transcends the normal dish-by-dish approach and becomes a journey accompanied by Mamdouh, a steaming glass of mint tea, and a bath-sized towel in your lap. The feast is set in five courses including the tea, a simple saffron lentil soup, salad, Bastela Royale (a cross between a pot pie and a puff pastry stuffed with chicken, almonds, and egg) and an entrée. Expect an North African experience with the price of an appetizer at a high-end restaurant. 1227 North Division in Spokane. Open seven days 5-10. (509)328-9733. $$ The Olympia Restaurant. Greek. Eva and Angelo Itskos preside over the kitchen at The Olympia and turn out classic Greek comfort food at great prices. Five compelling reasons to come in: (1) warm wait staff, (2) the brillian Saganaki (fried cheese with pita bread), (3) the chicken gyro spiced with the house’s secret marinade, (4) the “Greek” fries, and (5) the house-made rice pudding with a citrus note. 301 Lakeside Avenue in CDA. (208) 666-9495. Mon – Wed, 11 – 3, Thur – Sat, 11 – 8. $-$$.

MEXICAN Azteca. Azteca’s recipes are those of the owners’ mother from the village of Cuautla in the state of Jalisco in central Mexico. Now a chain with over 35 locations, Azteca started as a small 24-seat restaurant in Burien in 1974. On the menu you can find classics such as Arroz con Pollo (chicken and rice) and Pollo “Fundido” (a distinctly non-authentic combination of chicken, jalapeno cream cheese, and—steady on— American cheese in a flour tortilla). Sun-Thurs 11-10, Fri & Sat 11-11. 200 W. Spokane Falls Blvd, (509) 456-0350. 9738 N Newport Highway, (509) 465-9101. Spokane Valley Mall, (509) 228-9661. $$

Five Mile Heights Pizza Parlor. If fun for the kids is as critical as plenty of ‘za, head to Five Mile Heights on North Maple. Locally owned and operated for 25 years, Five Mile Heights has two banquet rooms perfect for parties, a large ball crawl pit, and a children’s play area. During the week at lunch you can get an all-you-can eat buffet with pizza, salad, breadsticks, and a drink for well under $10. They make their own crust (including gluten free options) and have their own 18-spice sauce. Open daily from 11:30 am – 9:30 pm (10 on Fri-Sat). 6409 N Maple in Spokane. (509) 328-4764. www. $-$

PUB AND LOUNGE FARE Famous Ed’s. Reviewed December 2012. Familyfriendly restaurant and bar Famous Ed’s on the South Hill covers your comfort food basics: pizza, sandwiches, burgers, and pastas, and entrees featuring chicken, salmon, and steak. Here is the place to get your fix of David’s pizza on the Spokane’s South Hill; other standouts are the sandwiches and burgers. 11 – close daily. Breakfast Sat and Sun from 8 – 2. 2911 E 57th Ave Spokane. (509) 290-5080. www.famousedsgarlicgrill. com $-$$ Fredneck’s Saloon and Beanery. Signature Dish March 2012. Take our advice. You need to go out of your way for a burger at Fredneck’s down in Rockford. Owner Pete Abbey uses only local grass-fed Emtman’s Pietmontese beef in his burgers – beef raised just miles from the 1970’s Quonset hut that is Fredneck’s. Don’t miss the fresh housemade potato chips either – they’ll make you think about chips in a whole new way. Abbey’s baby back ribs are also in high demand each weekend. Open daily at 11 am. Closes at 11 most days; open past midnight on Fri – Sat. 130 W Emma Street in Rockford, WA. (509) 291-3880. $-$$ The Flying Goat. See listing under Pizza. Jones Radiator. Signature Dish January 2012. Here is a quirky local bar with friendly vibe and great beer on tap and one of the best and most original appetizers in town: PB&J Wings that come slathered in a house-made Thai peanut sauce and are served with a raspberry chipotle dipping jam on the side. The name comes from the original 1920 tenant of the building: a radiator shop. Expect a great selection of IPAs on tap since two of the owners, Tom Purdum and Mark Camp are self-confessed “hop-heads.” Mon – Thur, 4 pm to 12ish. Fri, 4 pm to later. Sat, 5 pm to later as well. Closed Sun. 120 E Sprague Avenue in Spokane. (509) 747-6005. $

Manito Tap House. Reviewed March 2012. Manito is living into its name as a gastropub that offers highquality dining fare to go with their 50 beers on tap. A fun pub atmosphere and friendly service make this a great hangout. Try the yam chips, the Carne Adovada, the Murphy’s Beef Boxty, or the inventive veggie burger that comes inside out,. 11 am – 11 pm Sun – Thu. Open until 2 am Fri – Sat. 3011 South Grand Blvd in Spokane. (509) 279-2671. www.manitotaphouse. com. $-$$

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The Onion. Established in 1978, the Onion is the grand dean of gourmet burgers and casual family dining in Spokane. From the Hula burger with ham and grilled pineapple, the “Big O” with bacon and avocado, to their namesake beer-battered onion rings, The Onion pays attention to details and does more from scratch than many other restaurants aspiring to loftier appellations. 302 W. Riverside, Sun-Thurs 11-11, Fri-Sat 11am-1am. (509) 747-3852; 7522 N Division, Mon-Sun 11-11. (509) 482-6100 (Bar until midnight Sun-Thurs, Fri-Sat until 1). $-$$ Peacock Room. It is all about martinis, cold beer and great music. Known as the place to see and be seen, the Peacock Room contributes to Spokane’s vibrant downtown nightlife. Showcasing a giant stainedglass peacock ceiling, the menu features such items as giant prawntinis, open-faced crab sandwiches and gourmet onion rings. Casual attire. Private Dining room available seating up to 25 people. Mon-Thurs 11-midnight, Fri-Sat 11-1am, Sun 2-midnight. 10 S Post. (509) 455-8888. $$-$$$ Post Street Ale House. This floor to rafter renovation of the former Fugazzi space in the Hotel Lusso by Walt and Karen Worthy of the Davenport gives downtown Spokane a great English-style pub with a striking bar, twenty beers on tap, and a reasonably priced menu built around comfort food. We feel they do some of their fried food particularly well: the Halibut and Chips, the Fried Mozzarella “cubes,” and the Ale House Fried Pickles. If you are hungry, try the Guinness Braised Short Ribs served over mashed potatoes and topped with a pan gravy chunky with vegetables. 11 am – 2 am daily. N 1 Post Street. (509) 789-6900. $-$$

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Saranac Public House. Reviewed April 2012. The Saranac Public House is part of the downtown revival on the block of Main just west of Division. It has a 12 rotating taps (though one is always Guinness) and well-executed comfort food that features a number of organic and local ingredients. Our favorites on the menu include a luscious Macaroni and Cheese (exactly how you wish you could make it at home), the Kalua Pork Sandwich and the Chinese Barbecued Spareribs. The pretzel and the polenta are standouts for appetizers. Open daily at 11 am. Closes 11 pm (midnight on Fri – Sat). 21 West Main Avenue in Spokane. (509) 473-9455. $-$$ Sidebar And Grill. Signature Dish June 2012. This recently remodeled neighborhood pub and sportsbar across the street from the Spokane County courthouse has a great goopy Reuben, possibly the best sweet potato fries in town, and a upscale ham-ncheddar (the Sidebar Special) that comes topped with sautéed pears. One bite and the verdict is obvious: it works.  Nothing over $12, twelve beers on tap, and a variety of Washington wines.  The Sidebar also boasts two billiard tables, eight televisions, and patio seating in warm weather. Live music or Karaoke most weekends. Check Facebook for upcoming events. Open Mon-Fri, 11 am – close; Sat 3 pm - close.  Closed Sun. 1011 West Broadway Ave in Spokane. (509) 2905100. $-$$ The Swinging Doors. Opened in May of 1981, the tavern turned restaurant has been in the same family for its whole life. With 27 beers on tap and 60 television screens, The Swinging Doors is a sports fan’s paradise. On the food front, the restaurant is famous for its large portions (which can be split). Breakfast is served all day and the huge pieces of Broasted Chicken remain the most popular item on the golf-themed menu. Show up for on your birthday for a free steak dinner. Open seven days a week from 6:45 am to 2 am. 1018 West Francis in Spokane. (509) 3266794. $-$$ Spokane CDA • June • 2013


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Cedars Floating Restaurant. This is Idaho’s premier floating restaurant, featuring the freshest fish available daily and Midwest Stockyards HighChoice Beef. The Cedars, founded in 1965, floats at the confluence of Lake Coeur d’Alene and the Spokane River. The Cedars is the perfect setting to enjoy breathtaking views and Northwest delicacies such as Cedar Plank Salmon and a Biergarten Filet. Drive in or boat up to this one-of-a-kind Northwest restaurant. Open seven days for cocktails and appetizers at 4pm and dinner beginning at 5pm. 1514 S Marina Drive, Coeur d’Alene. 208-664-2922. www. $$$

Wolf Creek Lodge. The Wolf Creek Lodge is the younger city sibling of the original Wolf Lodge Inn located ten miles east of Coeur d’Alene. While the menu is far from identical, you can’t miss the similar steakhouse theme with plenty of beef options as well as the likes of as Bourbon Chicken and King Salmon. Don’t forget to order the birthday “potato” for that special occasion: Oreo ice cream rolled in cocoa powder, topped with whipped cream, and set on a plate of hot fudge. 104 S Freya, Spokane. Mon-Fri 11:30-close, Sat-Sun 4-Close. (509) 535-8972. $$-$$$

Milford’s Fish House. Milford’s has been doing seafood since before seafood was cool, specializing in the importation and preparation of a wide variety of fresh fish. It is where many of us ever first encountered things like ahi, mahi-mahi, yellowfin tuna, escolar, or swordfish. Although there are now more choices in the area for fresh and intriguing seafood, Milford’s remains one of the best. A great meal can also be had from the bar menu in their comfortable, inviting and well-stocked bar. The dark, rich ambience of the beautiful old building around the corner from the courthouse in which Milford’s is situated can’t be beat, either. Sun-Mon 4-9, Tues-Sat 5-10. 719 N Monroe. (509) 326-7251. $$-$$$

Wolf Lodge Inn. Reviewed December 2012. It is worth the drive to experience the original Wolf Lodge just off Interstate 90 east of Coeur d’Alene. From the simply massive 24 ounce Porterhouse on down, this wonderfully ramshackle red ‘barn’ serves up classic western roadhouse food off their famous open pit grill. For the adventurous there are Rocky Mountain Oysters on the appetizer menu. Beef aside, the Idaho Rainbow trout on the menu is delicious, and don’t miss the sweet white Krebal fry bread with honey. Reservations requested. 11741 E Frontage Rd ten miles east of Coeur d’Alene. Tues-Fri 5-Close, Sat - Sun 4-Close. (208) 664-6665. www. $$-$$$

Regal Street Seafood. Heather and Phil Lazone from Northstar Seafoods opened Regal Street as a retail fish market, but the staff includes a trained chef sho can give you cooking guidance and prepares several ready-to-eat options like Cioppino – an Italian fish stew – and fish tacos. You can also pick up some harder-to-find bottles of wine in the store. Open Tue – Sat, 10 am – 6 pm. 2812 E 30th in Spokane. (509) 535-1966. $-$$

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STEAK HOUSES Cedars Floating Restaurant. See the entry under Seafood. Churchill’s Steakhouse. Reviewed April 2011. Carved into the first floor and basement of the Joel Building is this temple dedicated to dry-aged USDA Prime steaks and possibly the only ground Prime burger in the region (it is brilliant and shows up weekly in the basement bar as a $7 special). The dining room has all the pomp and circumstance for a great celebration meal (and prices to match) while the bar below has the intimate feel of a high class club and a separate menu with a few lighter items not offered upstairs. Open daily: 4 – 9 pm on Sun, 4 – 10 pm Mon to Thur, and 4 – 11 pm Fri and Sat. 165 South Post in Spokane. (509) 474-9888. www. $$-$$$$

OTHER Loco Dogz. Each hot dog and sausages is designed to transport to a different spot on the globe. Two locactions currently – First Street in Cheney and Hamilton near Gonzaga – but don’t be surprised to see more soon. Great prices and great design along with house made caramel corn gives you something sweet to close out the meal. Try the authentic Chicago Dog in a freshbaked poppy seed bun with chopped onions, Rolf’s sweet pickle relish, mustard, fresh tomato wedges, sport peppers, and celery salt. Become a fan on Facebook. (509) 321-7069. $ Queen of Sheba. At Queen of Sheba Ethiopian Cuisine, dishes are served with injera, a sour Ethiopian bread used to pick up the meat and vegetable stews – no utensils required. Portions are generous, so bring your friends and order family style. Spicier dishes on the menu are cooked with berberé, a spice blend with ground red chili peppers. Try the Yebeg Kay We’t, a lamb stew cooked in a thick berberé sauce which is spicy enough to leave your lips zinging. Milder dishes include the Doro Alich’a, (chicken) and several vegetarian specialties. 11:30 am to 8 pm, Tues-Sat and Sun 1-4 pm. 621 W. Mallon (Suite 426 of the Flour Mill Mall). (509) 328-3958. $-$$

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Build Your Own Froyo Cup At Did’s Pizza & Froyo


ith locations on the North side, South Hill, Spokane Valley and Coeur d’Alene, and serving up perhaps the best Phad Thai Noodles in town, Thai Bamboo seems to have cornered the market on Thai food in Spokane. Regulars flock in knowing exactly which level of heat they want on their food, and they know that when it comes to Thai food, none can compete with Thai Bamboo. So, when Thai Bamboo expanded their business at their North side location, diners most likely expected more seats and even more Thai specialties. What they most likely didn’t expect was pizza and Froyo (aka, frozen yogurt). That’s exactly what went into the northern half of the Thai Bamboo building on North Division though, along with the sign out front promoting Did’s Pizza and Froyo. Thai food and pizza; Thai food and frozen yogurt. At first glance, the two don’t go together, and we were skeptical of trying a yogurt joint owned by a Thai restaurant. Fear not, what awaits you on the inside is an unexpectedly delightful spot. A casual tropical, surf theme dominates the interior, with surfboards decorating the ceilings and the walls. A giant surf mural runs the length of the wall, making you feel as though the waves may wash over you at any moment. Fresh salads, island dishes and pizzas are prepped in an open kitchen, and the massive pizza oven even boasts a tropical theme, designed to look like a giant tiki facemask. It’s the build your own Froyo cup that caught our attention, though. Froyo seems like a basic, and while there are many places in town that have jumped on the Froyo bandwagon, we have to single out Did’s as the best frozen yogurt spot we have tried in town. When it comes to yogurt flavors, their selections far outnumber those of any other yogurt shop. Seventeen flavors of yogurt run the gamut from

traditional to unique: Tropical Sorbet, Tahitian Vanilla, Sea Salt Caramel Pretzel, Birthday Cake, Devils’ Food Cake, Espresso, Tirumasu, Candy Bar Mash, Cinnamon Bun, New York Cheesecake, Pomegranate energy/ vitamin blast and more. “We have the most flavors in town,” boasted a cashier named Alex. Never at any yogurt shop have we seen such a clean “topping table.” This is the spot where you load up all of the delicious toppings that take your yogurt from mild to wild. Chopped up candy bars, cereals, chocolate chips, marshmallows, candies, sprinkles and more make you feel like a kid in a candyshop. It should be noted, the refrigerated toppings are upfront, on the way to the cash register, in a properly chilled storage area. What started as disappointment at the perceived lack of cookie dough pieces, turned to relief when I found them in the refrigerated section.

At $0.40 an ounce, a build your own Froyo cup can be a very affordable dessert – or a very expensive one, depending on if your eyes are bigger than your stomach. From a restaurant family known for serving up stunning international food, a pizza and Froyo restaurant may not seem like the likely choice for an expansion. It turned out to be a great move, offering fresh, delicious, quality food, with the customer service we have come to love. And as for the build your own Froyo cup? You may be able to do that at many places, but we heartily recommend Did’s Pizza & Froyo for the variety, the cleanliness, the atmosphere and the other options on the menu with which to complement your meal.

Did’s Pizza & Froyo is located at 5406 N Division Street in Spokane.


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Liquid libations


d e r o v a fl spirit

photography by Andrew Duhan

The original

by David H. Heemann


he growing trend toward flavored vodkas and spirits has given rise to a recent resurgence in the popularity of gin; the original flavored spirit. For me, gin is the ultimate base spirit to some of the best summer cocktails. Today, restaurants and bars are taking note of this trend by offering a variety of products and using them to make some refreshing and exciting cocktails. While the origins of gin can be traced back to the 11th Century, it was not the gin of today. At that time, a rough form of a distilled spirit was being flavored with Juniper berries at a monastery in Northern Italy, but it wasn’t until the 16th Century that gin as we know it today was created in the distilleries across the Netherlands. It is believed that during this time British soldiers who were involved in a campaign in the region, acquired a taste for the beverage, which eventually led to its production in England. Like many of the sprits produced at this time, gin was believed to have medicinal purposes. The classic Gin and Tonic has its creative roots with British soldiers who were trying to cover-up the bitter taste of quinine. The quinine was dissolved into carbonated water (the two combined to make tonic water) as a method to deal with malaria. Today, this classic cocktail is one part gin, two parts tonic, served over ice and traditionally garnished with a lime wedge or slice. Gin is predominately defined as a grain-based alcohol or spirit that has been flavored with Juniper berries and aromatic botanicals. The combination and ratios of juniper to the quantities and types of botanicals is what makes each gin unique. The botanicals traditionally include items like anise, coriander, orange peel, angelica root, cinnamon, cassia bark or even dried apples as is the case with local distiller Dry Fly. Each mix is the proprietary secret of the distillery and may have as few as three or as many of 16 or more botanicals.

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Liquid libations


Gin has traditionally been classified into four categories or styles:

London Dry Gin is known for its aromatic and flowery notes. A special distillation process allows for botanicals to be added at various points in the process, resulting in a dry product that is commonly used in making Martinis.

Plymouth Gin is aromatic, but also slightly fruity. Its name and origins come from the port of Plymouth on the English Channel and, due to legal restrictions on the use of the name, it is limited in production.

Old Tom Gin

Here’s my favorite summer cocktail that is perfect for an afternoon on the veranda. When I’m not making it at home, I let my favorite bartender, Mari Bork, at Rain Lounge make it for me.

is distilled like a London Dry, but the finished product is toward the sweeter style due to the addition of a 2-3% sugar solution with the proprietary aromatic botanicals. The Tom Collins cocktail, known as the gin lemonade, is best prepared with Old Tom style gin and garnished with a cherry.

Genever Dutch Gin is made in the same style as was the gin created in the 16th Century. Gevener has a much lower alcohol proof compared to the other styles and is most often aged in wooden barrels. The resulting gin is a beautiful straw-colored spirit that is on the sweet side with all the classic aromatics. Traditionally it is served “neat” at room temperature, sometimes with a cube of sugar. Today a fifth classification has emerged known as “International Style.” Based on the traditional distillation of a London Dry, these gins are being made with aromatic botanicals that are not traditionally found in gins of the past and many draw upon local influences. For example, Dry Fly Distilling’s Washington Dry Gin would be considered an international style; while there is clearly an influence of the London Dry style, the addition of apples, lavender and mint defines Dry Fly as an international style. So, the next time you’re thinking of reaching for that flavored vodka, ask for gin instead. You may want to try a Gin Fizz, Gimlet or go for something on the exotic side with a Singapore Sling. If you need some suggestions, just ask your local bartender. Spokane has some great gin collections and mixologists ready to serve them up straight in a Martini or combined in one of the many exciting and refreshing mixed cocktails.


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The Jimmy Hendricks One part Hendricks brand gin One part tonic water Two Slices of orange (one to mix and one to garnish) Two lime wedges One mint leaf A dash of St-Germain (one-quarter to one-half capful) Over ice, muddle one orange slice, the limes and mint leaf. Add the gin, St-Germain and tonic, glass unstrained into a highball or Collins glassware and garnish with the orange slice (the guest should place the garnish into the glass). Enjoy! David is an accredited sommelier, trained CIA chef, and lawyer. You can follow David on his adventures and see what he’s cooking and drinking in his new blog

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