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features September 2013 V15: issue 7 (#97)

4 Design Excellence 0

Is Spokane’s move toward Design Excellence a flash in the pan, or ready for the test of time? Metro Talk writer Paul Haeder explains why design can’t happen at 35 mph.

4 Top Lawyers 6

We’ve all heard the names of famous lawyers, and seen them make their way around the TV news circuit, but what about the other lawyers? You know, the ones who work hard, fly under the radar and are the top legal minds of our community? Well, we’re shining the spotlight on them. Take a look.

8 Budget Minded Modern 6

When Tyler and Lisa Hartanov set out to build their home, who knew the results would be so impressive? An eye-catching modern design, which includes an open air space under the living room, a metal “kickstand” support beam and a whole lot of modern magic, was created on a truly manageable budget.

Photo by Rick Singer Photography

1 Fall Arts Preview Guide

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What to do and where to go this fall? As the weather cools, and our activities draw us back indoors, it is time to embrace the rich and vibrant arts scene in our region. It is rich and vibrant, isn’t it? Jim Kershner navigates us through the State of the Arts, and draws our attention to some of the hottest topics, events and performances in our art scene.

On the cover: Model: Laura Feasline Borders Photography: Eric Barro Lake City Photography Clothing courtesy of Tiffany Blue, “Starlight” by Jeffrey Loyd


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contents what’s inside Editor’s Letter Life, in the way of life

First Look and Buzz Blow outs and Grow outs; Ask Spoko-Gnome; Lilacs & Lemons

What I Know WCFR Executive Director Marlene Alford tells us what she knows

Naturally John Latta shares a September Surprise

History Steamboats in the Inalnd Northwest


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5 smart steps to homeownership

Health Beat Dealing with Acne;




Artist Profile


Book Reviews






Local Cuisine


Restaurant Reviews


Dining Guide

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Local goods and services to help





transition into fall.


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Books by local authors

What to put on the calendar

Food for the Soul; refugee harvesters

Stella’s Cafe; Silver Spoon Tea House

Signature Dish Seafood Saute “Lisa” at

Liquid Libations Don Townshend of Townshend Cellar

Local boutiques showcase some of the most fashionable ways to

Artist Melissa Cole’s artwork

Milford’s Fish House

you look your best

Fall Fashion

Local Car Events and Museums

Where to chow down in this town

Metabollic Institute; Golf Fitness

Looking Good

Business Closeups Spotlight on local businesses

Kitchens & Baths

Real Estate



Why We Live Here A picture is worth a thousand words

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Editor’s Letter


Life, in the way of life

he sweatshirt seemed out of place. It had been 91 degrees that afternoon, which wasn’t sweatshirt weather, so I really didn’t want to put it on, but the cool evening air against my skin warned me resistance would be futile. I’d grabbed the shirt out of a drawer and darted back toward the deck, stopping in the kitchen for my dinner plate. Heading out the door, I high-stepped over Skip, my sister’s dog, and successfully made it to the table without spilling anything, nor dropping the sweatshirt. “Brrr, it’s chilly,” I said, slipping my right arm, and then my left, through the sleeves of the sweatshirt, and pulling it over my head. Only an hour earlier I had been driving home from work with the sunshine drilling through the windshield, searing my left arm, and overwhelming me with heat. But now, as the sun was blocked by the neighbor’s trees, and was dipping lower in the sky, the heat was gone and a kiss of cool permeated the air. It was there: that realization that hits midto-late August, that summer is rapidly slipping through your fingers and fall is chasing you down at a breakneck speed. That feeling always brings a bit of panic with it. I see Labor Day weekend not just as a few days casually sprinkled across the pages of the calendar; rather, I see it as a roadblock, similar to the concrete barriers they put up to stop traffic from driving down a street. Labor Day is a cutoff that stops summer in its tracks. As Labor Day approaches, I’m usually just getting into the swing of things with summer. Then suddenly, just when I thought I had lots of time to do what I wanted to do, I’m faced with the reality that there isn’t much time left. We’re surrounded by beautiful lakes here, and I fully envisioned myself spending a quiet morning on a dock this summer, rocking on the gentle roll of the waves as I sat silently and listened to birds calling out across the water to one another, and the soft lapping of the water against the shore. I haven’t even dipped a toe in one of the local lakes this summer. Not one single toe.


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Whether it is fitting in a trip to the lake, or making the big decisions that loom over us in life, too often we do with life what we do with the summer: assume there is plenty of time, until we realize it is fleeting and we haven’t done what we’ve dreamed of. We walk such a fine line in life. We have overwhelming and serious responsibilities, but we can’t let these cares, worries, demands, tasks and obligations keep us from living the life we desire to live. Simply put, don’t let life get in the way of your life. I have a well worn business card size inspirational picture that I got as a child in Sunday School, and which I still have today. With its bent corners, soft creases and faded letters, I use it as a bookmark, which I put to use almost every evening. I don’t know who originally wrote it, but the words rings true and remind me of where to put my focus. It says: I was regretting the past and fearing the future. Suddenly my Lord was speaking: “My name is ‘I AM’.” He paused, I waited, He continued: “When you live in the past with its mistakes and regrets, it is hard. I am not there. My name is not I was. When you live in the future with its problems and fears, it is hard. I am not there. My name is not I will be. When you live in this moment, it is not hard, I am here. My name is ‘I AM’.” Too often, we worry about the future, to the point of being unable to enjoy today, while it’s here. And too often, we get so wrapped up in the tasks, demands, expectations of others and of ourselves, and the great to-do list, that we forget to live the lives that are playing out in front of us today. When the tasks are too difficult, the burdens too much and the schedule too full, we feel like we are going insane. If only we can get things under control, and if only we can get through the next few months of work and obligations, then there will be a light at the end of the tunnel, right? Right…? If only we can work hard enough to control and organize everything, so that there are six green lights, giving us the guarantee that everything will turn out okay and we’ll have an obstacle-free drive down the road of life. The problem is, there are never six green lights. There is never a respite from the tasks and challenges, and there is never an empty to-do list. And frankly, if ever the to-do list was empty, the tasks and challenges were met, and the six green lights did line up, it would take so long to get there that, most likely, it would be too late to live the life you wanted. You would have let life get in the way of your life. As we enjoy the last days of summer and anticipate the approach of fall, my challenge to you is to embrace, enjoy and experience the life, opportunities and people who are in your world. In the wise words of Charlie Brown, “In life it’s not where you go – it’s who you travel with.” So grab the ones you love—and who love you— while you can. Traveling with them through life will ensure there’s someone who loves you and respects you by your side, there to help you through all of life’s challenges and joys. And they’ll keep you warmer then a sweatshirt!

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ALL REVVED UP I am writing to you in regard to your Lilac and Lemons column in the July/August issue. You issued a “lemons” to classic car owners who “show up to car shows and berate people for touching their rides.” First, car shows are a very expensive and time-consuming affair. They can attract car owners and attendees from thousands of miles away and greatly benefit our community. Many shows raise funds for veterans, at-risk youth, education, etc.  If we cannot assure owners of the safety of their cars, these important fundraisers will disappear. Second, the owners of these cars have spent a great deal of time and money in preserving or restoring these machines.  Even placing a hand on some surfaces can cause damage to the finish. Third, what happened to common courtesy?  If it is not yours, don’t touch it!  This applies not only to car shows, but also in everyday life. Most of the fellow owners I know are more than happy to talk about their car with you and to show you the features. Some are even happy to let you sit in the car and touch it, but you have to ask. A better use of your column would have been to issue “lilacs” to the owners who volunteer to lend their cherished vehicles and time to the local shows, fund raisers, parades, and special events around our community. The “lemons” should go to the irresponsible persons who feel entitled to place their hands on items that are not theirs. Cory Komberec President, Historical Auto Society of Spokane and the Inland Empire H.A.S.S.I.E. Club 18

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Publisher’s response: I’m always surprised by how seriously people take this little column! This item arose from a show where some car owners were openly encouraging people to get in, take pictures, feel the paint job and touch the leather, while the owners of the cars literally next to them were unpleasantly berating people for innocently engaging with the cars. Perhaps cars that can be touched should be kept separate from those that cannot be touched; otherwise, a rope or a simple “do not touch” sign would make things a lot easier. Event promoters should educate people, not berate them and risk turning them against the hobby entirely. BUTTERFLY FLAP While that indeed is a lovely picture on page 218 (Why We Live Here, July/August 2013) you might want to have your readers understand that this winged gem is not a monarch butterfly. It is a tiger swallowtail. Tiger swallowtails do make wonderful photography subjects, though. Bernalyn D. McGaughey Naches, WA BUZZING In the June 2013 issue, you gave Lemons to the National Transportation Safety Board for considering lowering the legal limit to .05. Your statement that, “It’s the raving drunks who cause the accidents” seems to be misinformed and either naive or just plan stupid. If you do your research you will find that one drink does not equal a .05 BAC. Two drinks in one hour most likely won’t get you a .05 BAC. Three drinks will, but if you are a casual drinker do you really need three drinks in one hour? As the CEO/publisher of a local community magazine I would hope you would inform your readers with the truth. If lowering the legal limit saves one life, a neighbor, a brother or sister, a wife and mother, son or daughter, would it not be worth it? Shame on you Mr. Bozzi! Steven Walker via email Publisher’s response: Thanks for reaching out. We like to stir the pot every now and then with that column. According to a chart I just researched it only takes two drinks to put someone 175 lbs or less into the .05 range or higher. Someone who has a beer and a half or a wine tasting at any winery would be over that amount or close to it. What would happen is that cops would know they’re destroying someone’s life and they would look the other way. This turns responsible social drinkers into criminals. Target the hard core drunks, the ones who cause the accidents.  

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First Look Blow Outs and Grow Outs

photos by Caroline Bickford

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FOR HER: Calling all Bar Flies. There’s a salon trend sweeping the nation - Blow Out Bars. A true Blow Out Bar is a hair salon that offers no cuts, no color, just style! The concept has become wildly popular, allowing salon-goers to attain styles ranging from sleek and straight to curly, beachy or even evening-ready, for under $40. This affordable luxury has drawn a cult following from New York to Hollywood and everywhere in-between. Decadent? Maybe. But give up your latte habit or cancel cable and you too can have your hair done on a regular basis. Now’s your chance to be like every other celebrity with a personal stylist assuring you’re always ready for the paparazzi. You know that fresh from the salon look that, try as you might, you just can’t repeat when you want to? Obviously, it’s a treat that’s a great choice for wedding parties, prom night or city galas. Spokane finally has it, so a pampered prep can be a any day thing and not just reserved for just the pre mentioned big events. Spokane CDA • September • 2013


First Look Blow out bar

Newly opened Blush Beauty Bar, located on 1N Browne in downtown Spokane specializes in blowouts for $20 to $30. To be honest, most salons will do a blowout, but few specialize in perfecting the various in-demand looks. Not quite a pure blowout bar, Blush Beauty Bar is also a full service hair salon offering styling party, hair and lash extensions, gel nails and hair color and cutting. The in-salon blow out bar allows you to have salon-styled hair any day. For a list of services that range from The Texas Tousle (think big, voluminous hair) to The Blushing Lady (soft and straight) log on to Blush Beauty Bar can complete your look, as they are also an upscale make-up and skincare boutique in an intimate, sophisticated boutique setting. FOR HIM: What’s with all the beards these days? It’s a growing trend that is not reserved just for the cast of Duck Dynasty. Now there’s a local company that is getting national attention for fostering style for the urban beardsman: Beardbrand. Beardbrand curates well-chosen, quality grooming tools and products that represent the bearded lifestyle. This newer company also is working on a line of their own products to add to the thoughtful mix. Founder Eric Bandholz, a former Merrill Lynch analyst, may have a business degree from the University of South Carolina, but what really qualifies him for his business is his well-groomed, six-inch red beard paired with a mustache. Bandholz grew the beard by not shaving for a full calendar year after leaving Merrill Lynch in 2011. After attending the West Coast Beard and Mustache Championship in Portland—in which he didn’t do well—Bandholz discovered a culture that intrigued him enough to start Beardbrand with two other partners. Let’s just say we expect great growth for this company! For more information or to shop online, go to — Laurie L. Ross


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Jacquie Ewell and Monica Cholaj traveled all the way to Singapore to take in the sights and sounds of somewhere new. They remembered to take a little bit of home with them when they took along their Spokane Couer d’Alene Living.



Kerry Lynch Geraghty, president of the SpokaneLimerick Sister City Society, took Spokane Coeur d’Alene Living all over Ireland as part of an official visit during The Gathering 2013. Pictured at Kylemore Abbey, built in 1867, in the remote Connemara, County Galway, Ireland.

Ulrike Berzau took her Spokane Coeur d’Alene Living along with her to a conference in Scottsdale, where she shared the magazine with colleagues from the USA, Australia, UK, Israel, Brazil, Finland and Sweden.


She puts the “W” in UW. Wonderful Lauren Guthrie, who has worked in our office for the past year, is heading off to UW this fall. In addition to hitting the books, she’s packing her Spokane Coeur d’Alene Living.


Erin Baldini and her mother, Mary Wyllie, and friends Nancy and Mckenzi Hoover, traveled to Peru to celebrate Mary’s 50th birthday. They hiked to the top of Machu Picchu with a copy of Spokane Coeur d’Alene Living.

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First Look Buzz

Lilacs & Lemon s

by Vincen t Bozzi

Dear Spoko-Gnome, I recently have taken several flights out of the

LILACS on efforts by Spokane city council member Mike Fagan

for his stance on bikini baristas. Originally I thought he was a crackpot, until I saw a sign downtown: “Spokane’s first totally topless espresso bar!” Although I am not against girls in bikinis, I feel that a XXX coffee stand, with its gaudy signs, cheapens Spokane, especially at one of its downtown entrances, making us look seedy and low-rent. The neighbors should revolt, and we should be able to go to a coffee window secure that we won’t be flashed by a dancer from Déjà vu who’s out trying to make a few extra bucks. If we allow this, what’s the next natural progression?

LIMONS (Lilacs and Lemons combined) to the city Parks

Department for landscaping the area where the YMCA used to be in Riverfront Park. In concept it’s a beautiful idea, and it kind of works, but a lot of us envisioned something a little nicer, a little more refined, a little more park-like, than what amounts to a prairie filled with weeds. It just doesn’t look natural juxtaposed to beautiful landscaped grounds.

LEMONS to the Idaho Education Department for ignoring two successful local providers of high school WI-FI, Tek-Hut and Ednetics, in favor of an out of state firm that actually had a higher bid and would not allow the state to keep the wiring after the five year contract is up. Something doesn’t add up. Oh, ENA, a Tennessee-based firm that won the contract, made large political contributions to Idaho lawmakers. Now it all adds up perfectly well. LILACS to Pig Out in the Park for offering

smaller and cheaper portions this year, $3.00, during certain time frames. With the large-sized plates there was no way to really sample your way across the park without getting stuffed. Making it more of a sampler event will make it much more fun for those of us who think variety is the spice of life. LILACS to the City of Spokane for proposing

hiding an ugly sewer pipe underneath a walking trail along the shores of the south side of the Spokane River, between Glover Field and Monroe. That part of the river doesn’t have easy access for hikers, and we can all agree that a large sewer pipe would ruin the aesthetics; hiding it plain site is a brilliant plan. Who says government employees aren’t creative?

Spokane International Airport. As we taxi down the runway, I have noticed several bunkers (for lack of a better word) on the right side of the plane, which are built into the ground, with grass growing over the top. They kind of look like the houses in The Shire, from the movie Lord of the Rings. Anyway, my mom and I were looking at them on our most recent trip down the runway, and were trying to figure out what they are. We’re clueless, but thought you would know the answer? Any idea? ~ Frequent Flyer

Dear Frequent Flyer, Well, I can barely see out the window when I sit on the airplane, due to my small yet striking stature, so I had to call in the cavalry for this one. Or, to be more precise, I placed an inquiry to the kind people at the airport. I heard back from Todd Woodward, director of marketing and public relations for Spokane International Airport, who said, “They are former military bunkers that date back to the 1940s, when then-Geiger (GEG) Field was an Army Air Corps training facility for the B-17. Today, we use them for seasonal storage (i.e., summer items are stored in the winter and winter materials in the summer). Great question, and an even better imagination!” I hope that satisfies your curiosity, Frequent Flyer! ~ Spoko-Gnome

LEMONS to “Integrity First”, an organization that seems to put integrity last, for suggesting that Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich lacks integrity because he wants to fire bad cops. First he’s mandated to clean up the department, attempts to do just that, then he’s assailed by a group of former or fired cops who say he’s too quick with the pink slip. We need good police officers, upstanding individuals whom we can trust, not clowns and goof-offs. Keep doing your Trump impression, Ozzie, and rid the department of those who are holding it down. LILACS to Inland Construction for putting up a fence next

to a construction site on the South Hill, which borders some homeowners’ back yards, including one of our own. Children playing outside shouldn’t be tempted to wander over to construction sites, holes and heavy machinery, and Inland did something positive about it.


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First Look Buzz

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Cost of hot lunch for Spokane Public Schools middle and high school students


Villagio’s wood fire pizza will be available at Vintages at 611 New Townshend Cellar tasting room in Green Bluff Driving 20 mph in school zones, and keeping an eye out for kiddos Spokane coming in 5th in Outside magazine’s Best Towns 2013 list


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Radius miles from school that most school districts require students to live in order to qualify for bus service to school.


Students attending Spokane Falls Community College


Cost of Hot lunch for Spokane Public Schools elementary students *2011 school year, most recent numbers **2012 school year, most recent numbers


Increased number of bees and bee stings this summer. Yowzers! The end of Huckleberry season (Huckleberries, don’t go awaaaaay!!!!) An increased number of bodies being found around the area. These are sad incidents.

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retail therapy



SwissGear® Maxxum Backpack Whether you are a student, or a commuting worker, having a backpack that can keep up with you is half the battle. We love this SwissGear® backpack in red because it successfully combines design and functionality. Fits most 15 2/5” widescreen computers. CaseBase stabilizing platform made with extra durable material keeps bag standing upright. Reinforced, ergonomic carrying handle for comfort. Shockabsorbing shoulder straps distribute weight evenly and keep you comfortable. 

Available through Office Depot,

Back to school season is here, but why should the students be the only ones to enjoy the fun of new equipment and gear? If there is one thing we have learned, it is that great deals needn’t stop once you graduate. Indulge your inner student and pick up some of these great finds from local, as well as online, retailers, and learn to enjoy the thrill of retail therapy!

Apple MacBook Air



We know it is a divided world: there are PC people and MAC people. To each is own; however, if you happen to be a MAC person, here’s the computer for you! Apple MD712LL/A 11-inch MacBook Air with 1.3GHz and 256GB Flash Drive is the perfect companion for the classroom or the boardroom. With up to nine hours of battery life, you’ll have all–day power for word processing, presentations, email, and more.

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Kermit the Frog Retro Metal Lunchbox Those metal lunchboxes of yesteryear are all the rage again! It’s not easy being green, but it’s easy to have fun at lunch with this great Kermit the Frog lunch box! This is a lunchbox that you might see Miss Piggy carrying - it has full color embossed graphics of everyone’s favorite banjo playing Muppet frog and the title “The Muppet Movie.” We love Kermit, but there are well over 100 themes to choose from. Make lunch fun again!

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Now Leasing Space Retail/Office

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The perfect South Hill location for your retail store, bank or professional practice, Grapetree Village is a custom-designed office village nestled among the trees on the South Hill’s primary arterial. Enjoy our onsite tenants: Applebee’s, Caffé Capri, Brick City Pizza, The Bar Method, Atlas Personal Training, Weldon Barber, Brooke Cloninger DDS, Family Karate Center, US Healthworks, the Gold Bug and Snyder CPA.

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River Ridge Hardware, a neighborhood landmark, has been locally owned and operated for more than 50 years. Visit for all your hardware and rental equipment needs, and know that at the same time you finish up that home improvement project, you’re supporting folks close to home.


by Julia Zurcher | photos by David Crary

Northwest Boulevard The neighborhood

If you like great ambience, good prices and thin crust pizza piled with toppings both traditional and inventive, make the Flying Goat your new favorite place. Owned by the same folks behind long-time favorite Downriver Grill (directly across the street) the restaurant takes the same winning combination of artisan products and excellent service, and applies it to a pizza joint. Despite being open for just a few years, the place feels like it’s been a part of the neighborhood for decades. Take your choice from their expansive list of beers and wines, but don’t miss out on The Kiernan, a delicious pizza topped with sausage, arugula cheese and a fried egg.


Northwest Boulevard prides itself on community. It’s obvious – from the eclectic mix of restaurants, coffee shops and pubs, to the locally owned specialty stores – in the Audubon area, supporting your neighbors isn’t just an idea, it’s a way of life. So stop by and soak in the views of Riverside State Park after a coffee or pizza, and experience a vibrant and growing Spokane community.

Connect The Little Garden Café is big on community. The neighborhood hangout, which offers free Wi-Fi and a play area for children, is dedicated to being a place where you can meet your friends, family or significant other for a drink. Not only do they offer a great selection of coffee (Evan’s Brother’s Roasting Company) and drinks (an extensive list of microbrews and wines) they have delicious pastries, breakfast items, cupcakes and, during summer, ice cream. So meet a friend and share a serving of affogato ice cream (topped with espresso).


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Executive Director at Women and Children’s Free Restaurant & Community Kitchen (WCFR) A quote framed in my office reads: “We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.” Childhood memories. I have wonderful memories of family gatherings that were always centered on delicious meals. My grandmothers, mom and aunts were all great cooks and everything was made from scratch, a tradition that continues in my own home. But what inspired me the most was the belief that “when someone is in need, you take care of them with good food.” When my grandparents became frail, my mom would regularly fill the ice chest and make the two-hour drive so that her parents could have the comfort and nutrition of all their favorite homemade foods. This belief has played a role in my strong commitment to providing quality, nutritious meals at our Restaurant. Doing so shows respect for and gives comfort to the ladies who dine with us. What makes me happy? Cooking for family and friends! I’m sure that much of my pleasure from working at the Restaurant is an extension of that happiness. Walking into our dining room and seeing a roomful of ladies, many with children, and knowing that we are making a difference in their lives, I am reminded of the contentment I have in serving a meal in my own home. We emphasize hospitality at the Restaurant. It is a great satisfaction to see a timid young mother walk into our dining room for the first time to a greeting from a volunteer who truly makes her feel welcome. When the young mother is walking out and says, “Thank you—may I come back again?” we know we’ve done our job well. What I love about my job. Being part of a dedicated team working toward the same goal! I could never thank every person that has played a role in shaping the Restaurant from a soup kitchen to a full-scale restaurant that serves thousands of women and children in need. Our volunteers are amazing! They bring their special talents and a great deal of hard work to make every area of our organization run well. Our organization would not have evolved to this degree had it not been for the many who shared their advice and expertise along the way. We are successful because we have a large team of individuals dedicated to our mission. When a staff person takes someone on a tour, the most common reaction is, “I never knew so much was going on here.” They assume we serve a few casseroles, and are amazed to learn the extent of our services in the community. A hand up, not a handout. Many people think of poverty in terms of laziness, a lack of ambition and habitual irresponsibility. Often, that is far from the truth. I had a friend who was divorced with three children. She had returned to college, and was working on her degree to make sure she could adequately provide for her family. I dropped in one evening as she was preparing dinner. The dinner consisted of boiled hot dogs and macaroni and cheese from a box. It was what she said that I’ll remember: “This is our dinner most nights, as I can’t afford a lot of groceries, and I have no time for cooking with homework every night.” That scenario is one of the driving forces to connect with single moms who are back in school trying to better themselves and make ends meet. Often, it’s that extra help along the way that makes a difference in people reaching their goals. Aside from my family, I am most thankful to live in a community where people truly care about the welfare of others. My eyes were opened up to the many faces of poverty when I became involved with WCFR over 14 years ago. Poverty is complex with no easy solution. I learned about situational poverty (divorce, illness, job loss), and I saw, close up, the effects of generational poverty. What I see every day is the “working class poor.” I see the young mother struggling to stretch her paycheck. I understand why she is buying ramen noodles even though she wants to buy healthy fruits and

vegetables. People who have never struggled with poverty aren’t aware of the barriers that exist. It’s not easy to get to job interviews when you have no transportation, or to compete with others when there is no money to have a decent haircut, or clean clothes to make that good, first impression. It can be a battle to load small children onto the bus to get to the supermarket to buy groceries because there is only a gas station deli in your neighborhood. One young mother once told me that just because she doesn’t always say thank you does not mean that she is not grateful for the help she receives. She said we (volunteers) probably could not comprehend what a “bad day” is for her. We received a heartfelt letter months later expressing her gratitude for knowing she could always bring her children into the Restaurant for a warm meal. As a parent, I have never had an empty cupboard or nothing in the refrigerator. I can’t imagine how a parent feels when they can’t provide a good meal or a bedtime snack because there is not enough food in the home. Community involvement. With the generous financial support of the Spokane community, WCFR provides healthy food to those women who cannot afford the nutrition that they need. We opened our doors in 1988 in the West Central Neighborhood, one of Spokane’s most poverty-stricken areas. Today, we serve not only from our Restaurant, but also with the help of numerous partner agencies through our Nutrition to Go Program. To the many community partnerships we have developed through the years and to the residents of Spokane—we are grateful for your support and your belief in our mission. A different side of life. During my first years at WCFR, I used to wonder how some of the ladies ended up in crisis situations. What I began to understand was that a support system is critical to one’s ability to cope with challenges. Connections to people and resources for information are vital for everyone. When there is no support system—no family, no trusted friends and a lack of education—the results of this can be devastating. I have learned how important the sense of community within our Restaurant is to those who lack a solid support system. At the Women and Children´s Free Restaurant & Community Kitchen our volunteers offer our guests not just the usual restaurant hospitality, but also the respect and kindness that can mean a great deal to someone going through a difficult time. Live your life in a positive way and care for others— you may never know how many lives will be touched through a simple gesture, a friendly word, or a good meal! We had a high school student volunteering as a dishwasher every week. He quietly washed dishes for two hours every Wednesday evening, and never missed his shift. As the crew was cleaning up after serving dinner, I asked the question I often ask our volunteers and donors: “What brought you here?” For a high-school student, I expected him to say that he chose us from a list of agencies that offered volunteering for credits. What he said will always stay with me. He shared that he used to come to dinner there with his mom and sister when he was a little boy. When he chose to do some volunteering, he automatically chose WCFR because of how we helped his family many years ago. Those of us in the kitchen that evening knew we made a positive difference in his life many years ago.

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Is Spokane’s move toward design excellence a flash in the pan, or ready for the test of time? by Paul Haeder photos by Makenna Haeder


t was exhilarating, walking around some of the Vancouver, British Columbia, Winter 2010 Olympic Village complex. I was part of a University of British Columbia sustainability leadership course in 2011, and the hosts were gushing over the design elements, site characteristics, and green and low energy features of the complex. Nearby, another development was breaking ground: Solar-powered public trash compactors. Bike racks galore looking like high art sculptures. That killer medium high-rise skyline in the distance, and the summer tourists and locals making the best of the sunshine. In Spokane, the same sort of gushing occurs around places like the Community Building and Saranac, where huge convex solar power panels adorn the old hotel, which was renovated to be a “habitat” and “incubator” for non-profits and shops and a restaurant. In the parlance of architects and developers, we’re talking “beyond LEED Gold standards.” We’ve written about Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED), and innovators like

Jason McLennon and his living building challenge, and the work of Cascadia Green Building Council. For many, Spokane has its pockets of innovation around the city’s urban character – basically, the set of physical influences any city has orchestrated and allowed to organically shape an urban space’s overall public soul. For urbanists, planners, architects, community activists, developers, sociologists, social services and economic development leaders, “Spokane the Urban Community” can mean many different, competing and polarizing things. For the 2013’s Mayor’s Urban Design Awards, a simple shorthand definition of “urban environment” is on the Spokane City’s Planning and Development page: “[Those] many elements including buildings, bridges, streets, sidewalks, parks, plazas, nature corridors, trees and public art.” Design Can’t Happen at 35 mph In many ways, style over substance has ruled the USA and many projects in Spokane. It’s just a fact of life that in 2013 we have garish stuff, and fluff over functionality. Smoke and mirrors and huge absurdist architectural

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projects create meaninglessness in a world that needs meaning, sustainable economies, and livable and walkable cities. Spokane’s bi-annual Mayor’s Urban Design Awards – open to any project, large or small, public or private – are being given out at the end of September, at a special City Council meeting. The awards go back to 2010. Inherently, the design standards are set by the City’s Comprehensive Plan,

to identify opportunities to maximize each project’s potential to positively contribute to, and benefit from, the surrounding district.” You Have to See Spokane’s Design Standouts as a Treasure Hunt The features of good urban design can come in surprising ways, big or small packages. Think of the Howard Street

Urban Design & Architecture, has worked on hundreds of projects in 27 states. He’s out of Kansas City. “I’m not sure the average resident has a clue about these sorts of awards programs, or their merit,” he says, “but, they are important because it’s important that professionals get reality-checks from time to time from laypeople about how their city or town is used.”

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and the highlights of the award speak to “creative thought, technical proficiency, and the relationship of good urban design to our city’s economic health and overall well-being.” One City of Spokane urban designer, Julie Neff, sees these awards from the perspective of helping “make” Spokane a place “where people want to be. . . . The awards are a great opportunity to have a discussion about what is good design using local examples.” So, we have a design review with all sorts of caveats and FAQs and hoops to jump through, and also a Design Review Board (DRB) impaneled for the scrutiny – all deployed for the expressed reason of connecting the urban fabric by somehow bridging the interests of developers and goals of the community, says Neff. “Many developers do not have time to consider what lies beyond their property limits or how their property might fit with larger adopted plans such as the Downtown Plan,” Neff says. “Staff and the DRB work 42

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brick promenade, or just the façade and door of the Montvale Hotel, or the skywalk connecting both edifices of Lewis and Clark High School. You see some native plants and xeriscaping around the bio-swale sidewalk planter features along Bernard Street north of the Japanese garden. Heck, alleys, like Railroad Alley, or where Brooklyn Deli was once located, are eye-catching places, too. How buildings present themselves as public places, and how they reveal what their functions are and how they help pedestrians enjoy a city while providing shade from the sun and shelter from the rain and snow also hitch to any urban or urbane meta-thinking. Those are places that have some eye candy appeal to urbanists. I wanted that Spokane appeal looked over from a national perspective, from someone who has worked professionally on walkable communities and with the Congress of the New Urbanism. Kevin Klinkenberg, a Senior Planner with Olsson Associates and a co-founder of 180

The whims and proclivities of each generation of developer and architect are fickle, to be sure, Klinkenberg adds. “The kinds of projects that won awards in the 1940s through the 1970s destroyed most of what was good, or what we loved, in cities all over North America,” he says. “Fortunately the mindset has largely changed, but professionals still have a tendency to get way too excited about preening for their peers instead of doing what is right for everyday people. If the general public doesn’t speak up, bad ideas will keep getting a lot of play.” A Town is the Sum of All Its Parts Gideon Schreiber is someone who put down stakes in Spokane and pulled them up; he worked here for the County Boundary Review Board and for a private planning firm, Studio Cascade. When I talked to him in Boston and asked him about the positive changes he experienced in Spokane, he gave me four bullet points, the same sorts of issues around urban

design and new urbanism thinking people like McLennon and Klinkenberg would agree with: 1.




The revitalization of Spokane as a destination and place to be. Being part of the change in downtown Spokane with the expansion of the downtown as a place for hanging out after five, going to music shows (both indoors and out), getting a bite to eat, and watching the alleys, nooks and crannies convert into great places to meet up. As the downtown changed, the surrounding neighborhoods started to see new businesses, which allowed more people to walk and ride bikes to dining and events nearby. A growing bicycle culture and appreciation of the open spaces and parks within the community and county. Appreciation of the waterways as an definite resource that provides drinking water and substantial recreational benefits to the region. Neighborhood pride and continued volunteerism.

My biggest challenge as a graduate of the master’s program in planning at EWU (Schreiber was a cohort) is keeping my eye on the real prize around growth management and comp plans: How we plan a city away from car-craziness and how we get affordable housing for the people who count – the young, the wise and old, the ones with creative energy but not much skin in the game. I asked Neff and others, including Klinkenberg, how really relevant these urban design awards are to struggling citizens, in fact, to the struggling majority. That majority includes a hollowed out middle class, more and more people living at or below poverty level, and youth who are not finding jobs and who face mountains of debt and precarious work. As I found in Canada, as the only American in a contingent of 35 professionals taking the sustainability course, many developers and sustainability wonks have almost zero passion for planning for poverty and low income folk. For New Urbanists, that’s still a conundrum because the flashy stuff and wonky and even theoretically-stimulating work is not around helping solve


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society’s social ills or aging challenges or empowering low income citizens. “There are a lot of things we can do to make places more affordable but also ruin them (building ugly crap, allowing skyscrapers in downtown DC, etc),” Kevin Klinkenberg points out. “I think the focus really should be on affordable lifestyles, and not just on housing. New construction is and will always be expensive. But, if you build it in a place where you can nearly zero out your transportation expenses, then you’re on a much better playing field. Affordability needs to be seen much more holistically and much less with a focus just on housing.” Tactical Urbanism Interestingly enough, the City of Spokane for this urban design award has up on the web site an essay by a provocative player on the international scene around critiquing suburbanization, car culture and the death of downtowns. It’s a piece, entitled Making Better Places: Ten Resolutions for Mayors, by Jeff Speck, a city planner and director of design at the National Endowment for the Arts, where he oversees the Mayors’ Institute on City Design. He’s the co-author of Suburban Nation: The Rise of Sprawl and the Decline of the American Dream. Speck states: “The world’s cities are changing every day. Some are becoming better places to live, some worse. Cities improve or worsen as a result of many intersecting forces, but if any one person has the ability to lead this change—or at least exert an influence—it is the American mayor. So, for all the mayors today who want to make better places, and for the citizens who want to help, I offer the following Ten City Design Resolutions for the New Year. Those who wish to call them commandments are welcome to do so.” The commandments are worth looking at in detail, but for brevity, here they are as capstones: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6.


Design Streets for People Overrule the Specialists Mix the Uses Hide the Parking Lots Small is Beautiful Save That Building

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7. Build Normal (Affordable) Housing 8. Build Green / Grow Green 9. Question your Codes 10. Don’t Forget Beauty

*find them here – www.spokaneplanning. org/docs/Design_Review/ SpeckTenResolutions.pdf Taking It from the Classroom to the Street Ahh, the dichotomy of a great punchy essay with Ten Major Do’s and Don’ts and the reality of business as usual. Here is what Julie Neff, City Urban Designer, says about competing interests: “During a recent meeting someone observed that an objective is to get people and their wallets into local businesses. That’s far more likely when people are on a sidewalk next to the business door than when they’re driving 25-30 mph down a street. That said, a current emphasis is to create activity downtown and people in cars contribute activity.” So, those cars bring the people, and the design of the city including streets supposedly gets people out of their cars to walk. Easier said than done. For WSU professor of landscape design and expert on aging in place, Bob Scarfo, “... the awards are a good thing. Their display is usually, for me, eye opening in terms of all that is going on that I wasn’t aware of.... I’d open it up to projects that are even more visionary such as the work typically found as projects in the EWU and WSU design and planning programs. If such projects do qualify for submission, then I’m down to one idea and that is to broaden the public’s exposure to the winners.” Again, as I’ve also observed, can we temper the pomp and circumstance of a City Council awards ceremony and bring the winners and runners up out to various locales in the city? “Projects could be displayed for a month at a time in four, five or six places after their initial public presentation,” says Scarfo. “Might there be a special insert in the Spokesman-Review or Journal of Business? Maybe public television could have a 15- minute piece on the projects and their various values to the community.”

Fix the Centers and Corridors and ‘they will come’ Part of that public includes neighborhood groups, like Kathy Miotke, chair of her Neighborhood Association and Board Chair for Neighborhood-Alliance. “If you have made an investment in a neighborhood that fits your character and lifestyle, then it can be a devastating prospect to find incompatible and undesirable development occurring right next door. We should value our neighborhoods because really there is room for all kinds of development depending on where you are. Economically we need to focus on our downtown core and work outward to our centers and corridors, that is where our services are.” How these design awards are connected to all the smart minds and great planning circles in Spokane is a whole other matter. For me, one friend who is also a professor at EWU, Bill Kelly, puts the concepts of growth and smart growth succinctly. “I tell my students ‘growth follows pipe and pavement.’ If you want to manage growth, manage where those are distributed. One of the more successful ‘centers’ (the key vision of Spokane’s plan was to focus growth in centers) in Spokane is near your old neighborhood: Perry Street. Fifteen years ago, it was pretty run down on the commercial side; one-third of businesses in that two-block section were closed. Now it’s a lively hundred percent business businesses coming in, with lots of people/ pedestrian activity.” He uses an old supply side economics’ term, “priming the pump,” to illustrate how neighborhoods revitalize, including incorporating good urban design. The City committed $1.5 million in streetscape improvements 12 years ago in the Perry District. “With that small public investment in design features, millions of private investment dollars flowed and is still flowing.” Paul K. Haeder is a freelance writer who worked in Spokane as a community college instructor and journalist for over 10 years. The positions taken in Metro Talk columns do not necessarily reflect the views of Spokane Coeur d’Alene Living magazine’s publisher or staff.

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Celebrating Spokane’s Top Lawyers


by Blythe Thimsen ose Baez. Jennifer Wilmott. Kirk Nurmi. Juan Martinez. Mark O’Mara. Don West. Angela Corey. Do any of theses names sound familiar? They aren’t celebrities, world leaders or royalty, yet their names have filled up the airwaves, peppered columns of newsprint, and appeared on online news pages with furious frequency. They are names that when mentioned, cause many to pause and think, “Wait, I know that name.” So who are they? They are attorneys in high profile cases, which grabbed the attention of the nation. Jose Baez was a defense attorney for Casey Anthony. Jennifer Wilmott and Kirk Nurmi were defense attorneys for Jodi Arias; Deputy Maricopa County Attorney Juan Martinez served as prosecutor. O’Mara and West were defense attorneys for George Zimmerman, while Angela Corey is the state attorney for the Fourth Judicial Court of Florida, and lead the prosecution team in the Zimmerman trial. While the names of these lawyers may ring familiar in your mind when you hear them uttered in conversations or in the background on CNN or Fox News, they are not an accurate representation of the life of those who serve to uphold the law. Whether these lawyers are enjoying or enduring, their 15 minutes of fame, they are doing so in a spotlight that shines on so few in this profession. Despite what is shown on television, the glare of the spotlight is not something most lawyers seek, nor want; rather, the goals for most is pursue justice on behalf of their clients. The road to justice is traveled by working diligently and tirelessly, quietly burning the midnight oil, and faithfully serving the needs of their clients. While they may not achieve household name status, and you won’t always see them involved in cases that grip the nation’s attention, we think the following 125 local lawyers deserve at least a little attention. They have been selected by Avvo as Top Lawyers, and we want to celebrate them. Congratulations to all who quietly and faithfully work to uphold the law in our community.

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Q. What do you most appreciate about the Spokane legal community? A. That it is small, friendly and talented. I’d say some of the highest quality patents in the country are written in Spokane, for a fraction of the typical cost. Q. How do you describe your practice philosophy? A. I am selective about accepting projects and clients. I accept a low volume of projects and provide high quality work with very fast turnaround times, and give advice useful for making a business decision, not just legal advice. Some law firms are always slow to report things to clients and to provide work product. They often overpromise and under deliver. I feel that clients deserve better. Q. What inspired you to become a lawyer and how did you decide upon your area of practice? A. I’ve always been interested in how things work and in fixing things so I went to engineering college. When I finished my electrical engineering undergraduate degree, I needed to find my first job. My mother suggested I meet with her music teacher’s husband, who apparently knew a lot of businesses. Her husband was a patent agent at Gowling’s in my hometown of Ottawa, Ontario. He introduced me to their head electrical patent agent. The next thing I knew, I had a job there as a patent agent trainee. I moved to a law firm in Milwaukee and quickly figured out that in the U.S., you had to have a law degree to become a partner and to get respect. So, I went to law school while working as a patent agent and was one of the few students who already knew what kind of law I was going to practice when I got out. Well, the accountants also had a pretty good idea they would end up doing tax law. Q. Tell us the best part of your job…and what is the greatest challenge? A. Being my own boss is the best part. I can make my own rules and work as hard or as little as I would like. I can spend more time on projects and create work of a quality that I’m proud of. The greatest challenge is marketing to a nongeographically specific market. I have clients from the UK, China, Silicon Valley, Singapore and elsewhere. There are a lot of countries in which it is next to impossible to obtain patents on software, yet the U.S. is a big potential market for them. They don’t always realize that there are countries like the U.S. in which it is still possible to obtain software patents. In fact, many business people in the U.S. don’t believe that it is possible to obtain patents on software. Some don’t want there to be software patents so don’t obtain them, until after they get sued for infringing on someone else’s patent. After being sued, they realize that patents are valuable and necessary business tools. They could have used their own patents as bargaining chips.

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Q. What inspired you to become a lawyer and how did you decide upon your area of practice? A. Since elementary school, I aspired to be an attorney. I wanted a career that allowed me to impact peoples’ lives in a positive way. During law school I worked as an intern at Etter, McMahon, Lamberson, Clary & Oreskovich, P.C. where I was exposed to a diverse litigation practice. With that experience I knew I wanted to litigate and try cases. Today, I still work with the great group of attorneys at Etter, McMahon. My practice allows me to have the dynamic career I always wanted and to help a variety of people and businesses.

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Q. How do you describe your practice philosophy? A. I once came across a lecture given by Abraham Lincoln where he said “…resolve to be honest at all events; and if in your own judgment you cannot be an honest lawyer, resolve to be honest without being a lawyer.” That pretty much sums it up. I approach my practice with discipline and integrity and remind myself of those standards every day. Q. Tell us the best part of your job…and what is the greatest challenge? A. My profession allows me to help a person find a solution to their problem when they need help the most. The most rewarding part of my job is helping people get through difficult situations and enabling them to move forward in a positive direction.The greatest challenge I face in my career is coming to terms with the fact that decisions do not always come out the way you think they should. While I have the utmost respect for the justice system, sometimes justice is not served. Q. Is there anything you wish you knew before you went into practice? A. The practice of law is not what it looks like on TV or in the movies. Trials are the product of hours of preparation that require an extremely strong commitment to your work and to your client. Q. With a stressful job, what do you do to unwind and bring balance to your life? A. I get outside every chance I get and try to enjoy everything the Northwest has to offer. I ran my first marathon this past year, which was a great experience. I play in a weekly volleyball league; road bike, hike and golf. I am hoping to find the time to train for a triathlon this next year. I also like to be creative through cooking and refinishing furniture. Q. What do you most appreciate about the Spokane legal community? A. I have been fortunate to serve on the board of the Spokane County Bar Association Young Lawyers Division and have been astounded by the eagerness of Spokane’s young lawyers to make a big impact on our community. Among other community service events, last year we started the Washington Vets Wills Clinic, which provides free estate planning documents to veterans in our community. I am proud to say that we were able to provide free wills to approximately 90 veterans last year. This year, we hope to serve even wmore vets along with their spouses.

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Q. What inspired you to become a lawyer and how did you decide upon your area of practice? A. I think watching Perry Mason on television was my first inspiration. He always fought for truth and justice, and he always won in less than an hour. After initially practicing criminal law, I moved to the civil side because I realized that helping victims obtain compensation for their injuries accomplished the most good for the entire community. In my current practice I represent people injured by crime and other tragedies. I focus on helping those being oppressed by large corporations, insurance companies or government. It takes a lot longer than an hour to win, but I always know that I am helping the person who needs me the most.

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Q. What do you most appreciate about the Spokane legal community? A. Most lawyers in Spokane are down to earth and connected to the community. They have an important job to do but don’t set themselves above their neighbors. The result is that we mostly all get along and don’t waste as much time and money on trivial arguments. Lawyers in Spokane also give a tremendous amount of time and money to improve the community and help people. Q. Is there anything you wish you knew before you went into practice? A. I wish that I had known how long it takes to reach a final legal result and how expensive it is to seek justice in our legal system. Middle and lower income people are extremely vulnerable to even a brief interference in their income, health or housing. Yet, they can’t afford lawyers or the other legal costs that it takes to remedy violations of their rights. Many lawyers volunteer their time or offer flexible payments, but the vast majority of people with serious legal needs don’t have adequate representation. And when they do, it takes far too long to get back even a portion of what they have lost. Q. How do you describe your practice philosophy? A. My top goals are to find a remedy for my client’s loss and to also identify what problems in the system caused the loss and are likely to cause injury to others. In my settlement negotiations, I often include systemic changes that will improve our community and save money for everyone. Part of improving the overall situation is to treat all parties with respect and the expectation that they will be part of the solution. Although litigation is stressful, I do my best to remove personal antagonism and focus on solutions.

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Congratulations to J.J. Thompson, Timothy Fennessy, and John Layman (left to right) for Top Attorney recognitions.


The above photo features the inside of St. Luke's Community Project, which is a state-of-the-art therapy unit within the downtown Spokane facility. Layman Law Firm, PLLP made a substantial donation towards the completion of the Project, recognizing the importance of a therapy module designed to bring the community to the patient with a layout conducive to practicing real life activities through tailored rehabilitative therapies.

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Matthew Crotty Crotty & Son Law Firm, PLLC Corporate/Incorporation, Litigation

Q. Tell us the best part of your job…and what is the greatest challenge? A. The best part: helping someone out. The greatest challenge: keeping a thick skin.  Sometimes litigation gets ugly and it’s hard not to take things personally.     Q. What inspired you to become a lawyer and how did you decide upon your area of practice?  Two things. First, I like listening to peoples’ stories.  In doing so you learn a lot.  Being a litigator allows me to hear those stories and, when the time comes, tell them.  Second, I served in East Africa and Yemen with the U.S. Army in 2003-2004.  That experience showed me that some governments wholeheartedly ignore the concept of the rule of law to the detriment of those they govern. I wanted to be part of a profession that contributed to the legal system. For that system, while not perfect, is an important part of our society and surely beats the “alternatives” I saw overseas. My attorney father tells me he had the same “revelation” when he was in Vietnam. I guess it’s in the blood. Q. How do you describe your practice philosophy?  A. Continue to accept new challenges and learn something new each day. The learning part comes from clients, colleagues and from the opposing counsel. I’ve litigated against Charles Schwab, Marriott, United and other Fortune 500 companies, and have learned a lot from the attorneys who represent them.  Q. Is there anything you wish you knew before you went into practice?  A. The intricacies of marketing.  Q. With a stressful job, what do you do to unwind and bring balance to your life? A. I have an amazing wife. In 10 years of marriage we’ve done one year-long combat deployment, law school, five years as a litigation associate in two of Spokane’s biggest law firms, endured a few health scares, had three kids, and started a new business. So she’s been through a lot and is a great sounding board when things get tough. I also exercise and still serve in the Army National Guard. Q. What do you most appreciate about the Spokane legal community?  Its laid-back nature. I’ve gone up against lawyers from DC, LA, San Francisco, Miami and elsewhere. Many adhere to the “scorched earth” philosophy of litigation. I’ve found Spokane attorneys to be more laid back and reasonable, and just as, if not more, competent. Q. What was the best legal advice ever given to you? A. 80% of the practice of law is holding someone’s hand.

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Bob Dunn

Selected and honored as 2014 Spokane Litigation - Labor & Employment "Lawyer of the Year" by U.S. News and World Report Super Lawyer – Washington Law & Politics 2005-13

Selected and honored as Best Lawyer by U.S. News and World Report for 2013 and 2014 AV rated by Martindale-Hubbell 2013 AV Preeminent Attorney

Top Attorney in Washington – Seattle Met Magazine July 2013 AVVO Superb Rating “10” Spokane Coeur d’Alene Living Magazine “Spokane’s Best Lawyers” 2003-13

John Black

Selected and honored as Best Lawyer by U.S. News and World Report for 2013 and 2014 2013 Super Lawyer – Washington Law & Politics AVVO Superb Rating “10”

Spokane Coeur d’Alene Living Magazine “Spokane’s Best Lawyers"

Kevin Roberts

Selected and honored as Best Lawyer by U.S. News and World Report for 2013 and 2014 Super Lawyer – Washington Law & Politics 2011-13 AV rated by Martindale-Hubbell AVVO Superb Rating “10”

Spokane Coeur d’Alene Living Magazine “Spokane’s Best Lawyers” 2008, 2010-13

Susan Nelson

2013 Rising Star Super Lawyer – Washington Law & Politics AVVO Superb Rating “10”

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Gloria Ochoa Ochoa Law PLLC Criminal Defense, Native People’s Law, Personal Injury

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Q. What inspired you to become a lawyer and how did you decide upon your area of practice? A. We moved to Washington when I was in the first grade, from California. My father had been injured on the job and was undocumented at the time. He was terminated and my parents moved us to Washington to look for work. My parents sold their home in California and decided to invest in a five-unit apartment building instead of buying a single residence home. Both of my parents had less than a third grade education and they spoke limited English. They trusted the owner to explain the sales contract, and they invested all of the proceeds from the sale of the family home. My

parents worked hard as migrant workers and dutifully made the payment each month to the owner for five years. When I was in sixth grade, the owner notified my parents that they owed a balloon payment for the full amount of the balance owed. They had understood it was a 30-year contract. They ended up losing their down payment and all of the payments and resources they had invested in improving the apartment building. It was a traumatic event in our lives as I saw my parents have to start over, rebuilding. My parents, my five brothers and sisters, and I moved to a two-bedroom apartment until they could save up again to buy a house. Through that experience I decided then that someday I would become a lawyer so that I could

prevent such injustices by those who have knowledge of the law who take unfair advantage of those who do not. Q. How do you describe your practice philosophy? A. I am strong believer in servant leadership and I believe that it strongly transcends into my practice philosophy. When I am representing a particular client I believe it is critically important to not only focus on obtaining the result I was retained to achieve pursuant to the law, but to take the time to get to know the people I am serving and learn what I can do to make their experience navigating the justice system less onerous.

Q. Tell us the best part of your job…and what is the greatest challenge? A. One of the things I enjoy most about being an attorney is the ability to learn new practice areas and the opportunity to truly invest in lifelong learning. I love the fact that if a certain area of the law is of interest or if I wish to expand my practice areas, it can be done. Being an avid reader and someone that truly enjoys learning, the legal profession allows for unlimited amount of both. The greatest challenge would be the fact that our criminal justice system is an adverse system and often times I find that there is a tendency to focus on obtaining a conviction or a verdict instead of insuring that justice is served. The American Bar Association Model Code of Professional Conduct states, “The responsibility of a public prosecutor differs from that of the usual advocate; his duty is to seek justice, not merely to convict.” I think sometimes that is lost in our criminal justice system. Q. Is there anything you wish you knew before you went into practice? A. The value of mentorship and the difference it can make both professionally and personally. I am a first generation college graduate and I did not personally know anyone who was an attorney prior to law school. I was afraid to ask for help from other experienced and established attorneys, as I believed I would be perceived as not being knowledgeable or competent. I spent a lot of time figuring things out on my own. I had the opportunity to participate in the Washington Bar Association’s Leadership Institute after I had been in practice for five years. It was finally then that I realized it is perfectly acceptable to reach out and ask for help and that in fact this is exactly what the most successful attorneys do. Q. With a stressful job, what do you do to unwind and bring balance to your life? A. My current practice is primarily focused on serving as Chief Judge for Spokane Tribal Court. In this capacity, I am tasked with presiding over adult and juvenile criminal matters, family law and child custody cases, truancy cases, Youth in Need of Care cases and all civil matters with Tribal Court jurisdiction. There are some days where I have to make very difficult decisions that deeply impact the lives of families and individuals. In my private practice, there are times when I have to deliver bad news to a client and their families. When things get stressful or I have a case I am working on that has complicated or difficult issues or I simply need to unwind, going for a long run is the best thing I can do for myself. I started running in 2008 and have since ran six full marathons and eight half marathons. I also enjoy spending time with my family, working on my home and reading legal thrillers.

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Top Lawyers 2013 Matthew Albrecht, 9.6

Gonzaga University School of Law Ahrend Albrecht PLLC, ( 421 W Riverside Ave., Suite 802 Spokane, WA 99201 Employment/Labor, Construction/Development, Litigation

Keller Allen, 10

Gonzaga University School of Law Law Firm of Keller W. Allen, P.C., ( 5915 S Regal St., Suite 211 Spokane, WA 99223 Employment

Charles Andersen, 10

Gonzaga University School of Law Winston & Cashatt Lawyers, ( 601 W Riverside Ave., Suite 1900 Spokane, WA 99201 Defective/Dangerous Products, Litigation, Employment/Labor

Beverly Anderson, 10

University of Puget Sound School of Law Winston & Cashatt Lawyers, ( 601 W Riverside Ave. Spokane, WA 99201 Appeals, Employment/Labor, Contracts/Agreements, Insurance

Jenae Ball, 9.9

Gonzaga University School of Law Randall Danskin, P.S., ( 601 W Riverside Ave., Suite 1500 Spokane, WA 99201 Business, Litigation, Employment/Labor

Angel Base, 10

Gonzaga University School of Law Angel M. Base, Attorney At Law, (no website provided) 1312 N Monroe St., Suite 117 Spokane, WA 99201 General Practice, Family, Estate Planning

Thomas Bassett, 10

Gonzaga University School of Law K&L Gates LLP, ( 618 W Riverside Ave., Suite 300 Spokane, WA 99201 Bankruptcy/Debt, Employment/Labor, Real Estate, Commercial

Ryan Beaudoin, 10

Gonzaga University School of Law Witherspoon Kelley, ( 422 W Riverside Ave., Suite 1100 Spokane, WA 99201 Medical Malpractice, Litigation, Business

Breean Beggs, 10

University of Washington School of Law Paukert & Troppmann, PLLC, ( 522 W Riverside Ave., Suite 560 Spokane, WA 99201 Personal Injury, Environmental/Natural Resources, Civil Rights, Wrongful Death, Employment/Labor

Jeremy Benson, 9.6

University of Washington School of Law Benson Law Office, LLC, ( 1312 N Monroe St. Spokane, WA 99201 Criminal Defense, DUI/DWI, Speeding/Traffic Ticket, Domestic Violence, Federal Crime


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Steven Bertone, 9.4

Seattle University School of Law Connexion Law Partners, ( 505 W Riverside Ave., Suite 555 Spokane, WA 99201

Trademark Infringement, Trademark Application, Patent Infringement, Patent Application, Internet

James Black, 10

University of Washington School of Law Lukins & Annis, P.S., ( 717 W Sprague Ave., Suite 1600 Spokane, WA 99201 Tax, Estate Planning, Real Estate, Business

John Black, 10

University of Puget Sound School of Law Dunn & Black P.S., ( 111 N Post St., Suite 300 Spokane, WA 99201 Litigation, Construction/Development

Joseph Blumel, 9.4

Gonzaga University School of Law Law Office of Joseph A. Blumel III, P.S., (

4407 N Division St., Suite 900 Spokane, WA 99207

Personal Injury, Wrongful Death, Workers Compensation, Medical Malpractice, Slip and Fall Accident

Teresa Border, 10

Gonzaga University School of Law Border Law Firm, ( 827 W 1st Ave., Suite 306 Spokane, WA 99201 Criminal Defense, Family

Jacob Brennan, 10

Gonzaga University School of Law Etter, McMahon, Lamberson, Clary & Oreskovich, PC, ( 618 W Riverside Ave., Suite 210 Spokane, WA 99201

Real Estate, Bankruptcy/Debt, Estate Planning, Medical Malpractice, Litigation, Business, Employment/Labor

Edward Bruya, 10

Gonzaga University School of Law Keefe, Bowman & Bruya, P.S., (no website


221 N Wall St., Suite 210 Spokane, WA 99201 Personal Injury, Medical Malpractice

William Buckholdt, 10

Gonzaga University School of Law Randall | Danskin, P.S., ( 601 W Riverside Ave., Suite 1500 Spokane, WA 99201

Employee Benefits, Wills/Living Wills, Business, Probate, Tax, Contracts/Agreements, Mergers/Acquisitions, Corporate/Incorporation

Chris Bugbee, 9.6

McGeorge School of Law, University of the Pacific Bugbee Law Office, P.S., ( 1312 N Monroe St. Spokane, WA 99201 Constitutional, Civil Rights, Criminal Defense

Michael Church, 10

Gonzaga University School of Law Stamper Rubens, Attorneys at Law, (

720 W Boone Ave., Suite 200 Spokane, WA 99201

Construction/Development, Health Care, Commercial, Litigation, Employment/Labor

Raymond Clary, 10

Gonzaga University School of Law Etter McMahon Lamberson Clary & Oreskovich PC, ( 618 W Riverside Ave., Suite 210 Spokane, WA 99201

Real Estate, Business, Securities/Investment Fraud, Contracts/Agreements, Litigation

Lewis Cooney, 9.8

Gonzaga University School of Law Cooney Law Offices, P.S., ( 910 W Garland Ave. Spokane, WA 99205 DUI/DWI, Criminal Defense

Christopher Crago, 10

Gonzaga University School of Law Paine Hamblen LLP, ( 717 W Sprague Ave., Suite 1200 Spokane, WA 99201 Probate, Estate Planning, Mergers/Acquisitions, Tax, Business

Robert Crary, 10

Gonzaga University School of Law Crary, Clark & Domanico, P.S., ( 9417 E Trent Ave. Spokane Valley, WA 99206 Brain Injury, Trucking Accident, Personal Injury, Car/Auto Accident, Wrongful Death

Robert Crick, 10

Gonzaga University School of Law Robert Crick Law Firm, PLLC, ( 421 W Riverside Ave., Suite 1555 Spokane, WA 99201 Construction/Development, Lawsuits/Disputes, Government Contracts

Patrick Cronin, 10

Gonzaga University School of Law Winston & Cashatt Lawyers, ( 601 W Riverside Ave. Spokane, WA 99201 Medical Malpractice, Insurance, Car/Auto Accident, Defective/Dangerous Products, Personal Injury

Matthew Crotty, 9.7

Gonzaga University School of Law Crotty & Son Law Firm, PLLC, ( 421 W Riverside Ave., Suite 1005 Spokane, WA 99201 Corporate/Incorporation, Litigation

Deanna Crull, 10

Gonzaga University School of Law Action Legal Group, PLLC, (actionlegalgroupwa. com)

33530 1st Way S, Suite 102 Federal Way, WA 98003 DUI/DWI, Domestic Violence, Criminal Defense

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Stephen Haskell Law Offices

222 North Wall Street, Suite 402, Spokane, Wa 99201 • 509.443.9909

Transforming Cases Into Results Stephen Haskell is a litigation specialist, his practice limited to cases of catastrophic injury and other major damage or related litigation issues – the kind of legal challenges requiring dedication, planning and often a serious financial commitment.

6 years in a row, Best Lawyers

Top Lawyers 2013 Kevin Curtis, 10

Gonzaga University School of Law Winston & Cashatt Lawyers, ( 601 W Riverside Ave., Suite 1900 Spokane, WA 99252 Litigation, Criminal Defense

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Dealing with catastrophic injury or the loss of a loved one can be emotionally, physically and financially draining. Our office offers experience and real-world results for clients grappling with these issues.

Gonzaga University School of Law Ewing Anderson, P.S., ( 522 W Riverside Ave., Suite 800 Spokane, WA 99201 Mediation, Arbitration

Lisa Dickinson, 10

University of Washington School of Law Dickinson Law Firm, PLLC, ( 1320 N Atlantic St., Suite B Spokane, WA 99201

Limited Liability Company (LLC), Probate,Business, Contracts/Agreements, Lawsuits/Disputes, Estate Planning

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Gonzaga University School of Law Crary, Clark & Domanico, P.S., ( 9417 E Trent Ave. Spokane Valley, WA 99206

Robert Dunn, 10

Gonzaga University School of Law Dunn & Black P.S., ( 111 N Post St., Suite 300 Spokane, WA 99201

Litigation, Business, Construction/Development

Frederic Emry, 9.9

Gonzaga University School of Law Paine Hamblen LLP, ( 717 W Sprague Ave., Suite 1200 Spokane, WA 99201 Probate, Estate Planning, Elder Law, Trusts

William Etter, 10

Gonzaga University School of Law Etter McMahon Lamberson Clary & Oreskovich PC, ( 618 W Riverside Ave., Suite 210 Spokane, WA 99201 Mediation, Mediation, Commercial, Litigation, Medical Malpractice

Richard Eymann, 10

Gonzaga University School of Law Eymann, Allison, Hunter, Jones, P.S., 2208 W 2nd Ave. Spokane, WA 99201


Personal Injury, Medical Malpractice, Wrongful Death, Trucking Accident, Nursing Home Abuse-Neglect, Slip and Fall Accident

Timothy Fennessy, 10

Gonzaga University School of Law Layman Law Firm, PLLP, ( 601 S Division St. Spokane, WA 99202 Litigation, Business, Insurance, Employment/Labor

Jeffry Finer, 10

University of New Mexico School of Law Jeffry K. Finer, PS, ( 35 W Riverside Ave., Suite 300 Spokane, WA 99201 Workers Compensation, Appeals, Civil Rights, Criminal Defense


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Michelle Fossum, 10

Gonzaga University School of Law McKinley Fossum, P.S., ( 528 E Spokane Falls Blvd., Suite 502 Spokane, WA 99202

Appeals, Personal Injury, Litigation, Administrative Law, Employment/Labor

Michael Franklin, 10

University of Oregon School of Law Lukins & Annis, P.S., ( 717 W Sprague Ave., Suite 1600 Spokane, WA 99201

Securities/Investment Fraud, Employment/Labor, Business

Michael Gainer, 10

Pepperdine University School of Law Michael J. Gainer, PLLC, ( 1320 N Atlantic St., Suite B Spokane, WA 99201

Mediation, Child Support, Adoption, Personal Injury, Child Custody, Family,Wills/Living Wills, Probate, Alimony, Divorce/Separation

Courtney Garcea, 10

Gonzaga University School of Law Etter McMahon Lamberson Clary & Oreskovich PC, ( 618 W Riverside Ave., Suite 210 Spokane, WA 99201

At Randall | Danskin we believe in providing strategic counsel and guidance, focused on our clients' goals. For nearly 100 years, our attorneys have been known for their professionalism, client-focused approach and history of success.

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Medical Malpractice, Criminal Defense, Personal Injury, Commercial, International Law, Employment/Labor, Litigation, Litigation, Business

1500 Bank of America Financial Center 601 W. Riverside Ave, Spokane, WA 99201-0626 P (509) 747-2052 | F (509) 624-2528 w w w. r a n d a l l d a n s k i n . c o m

Mary Giannini, 10

University of Idaho College of Law Witherspoon Kelley, ( 422 W Riverside Ave., Suite 1100 Spokane, WA 99201 Health Care, Employment/Labor

Scott Gingras, 10

Gonzaga University School of Law Winston & Cashatt Lawyers, (winstoncashatt. com)

601 W Riverside Ave., Suite 1900 Spokane, WA 99201 Employment/Labor, Litigation

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Aaron Goforth, 9.9

William & Mary Law School Reed & Giesa, P.S., ( 222 N Wall St., Suite 410 Spokane, WA 99201 Employment/Labor, Business, Contracts/Agreements, Intellectual Property, Corporate/Incorporation, Litigation

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Patty Grossman, 10

Golden Gate University School of Law The Burke Law Group, PLLC, ( 221 N Wall St., Suite 264 Spokane, WA 99201 Real Estate, Estate Planning, Family, Divorce/Separation

John Guin, 9.4

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University of Oregon School of Law Law Office of John H. Guin, PLLC, (guinlaw.

Jason Armstrong

220 W Main Ave. Spokane, WA 99201


Mediation, Commercial, Government Contracts, Appeals, Construction/Development, Arbitration

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Top Lawyers 2013 Robert Hahn, 9.6

Gonzaga University School of Law Robert C. Hahn, III, P.S., ( 2906 N Argonne. Rd. Spokane Valley, WA 99212 Bankruptcy/Chapter 13, Personal Injury, Bankruptcy/ Chapter 7, Bankruptcy/Debt

Stephen Haskell, 9.4 522 W. Riverside Ave Suite 410 Spokane, WA 99201 P 509.321.5930 F 509.321.5935

Construction, Real Estate, Employment & Business Litigation Jason T. Piskel Ryan D. Yahne Nicholas D. Kovarik

Gonzaga University School of Law Suite phen Haskell Law Offices, ( 222 N Wall St., Suite 402 Spokane, WA 99201 Wrongful Death, Medical Malpractice, Personal Injury, Car/Auto Accident

Robin Haynes, 10

Gonzaga University School of Law Reed & Giesa, P.S., ( 222 N Wall St., Suite 410 Spokane, WA 99201 Personal Injury, Litigation, Class Action, Business, Estate Planning, Employment/Labor

Frank Hoover, 10

Gonzaga University School of Law Law Offices of Frank Hoover, PS, (frankhoover.


Aggressive Litigators, Creative Solutions.

1402 W Broadway Ave. Spokane, WA 99201 Mediation, Personal Injury

Michael Howard, 9.5

University of Idaho College of Law Winston & Cashatt Lawyers, ( 601 W Riverside Ave. Spokane, WA 99201 Construction/Development, Medical Malpractice, Insurance, Personal Injury

Carl Hueber, 10

Gonzaga University School of Law Winston & Cashatt Lawyers, ( 601 W Riverside Ave. Spokane, WA 99201 Appeals, Litigation, Criminal Defense

William Hyslop, 10

Gonzaga University School of Law Lukins & Annis, P.S., ( 717 W Sprague Ave., Suite 1600 Spokane, WA 99201 Construction/Development, Litigation, Government, Arbitration, Commercial

Mark Iverson, 10

Gonzaga University School of Law Mark R. Iverson, P.S. Adoption & Guardianship Legal Services, ( 921 W Broadway, Ave., Suite 301 Spokane, WA 99201 Guardianship, Adoption

Thomas Jarrard, 10

Gonzaga University School of Law Law Office of Thomas G. Jarrard, PLLC, (

1020 N Washington St. Spokane, WA 99201 Appeals, Litigation, Administrative Law


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Patrick Johnson, 10

Gonzaga University School of Law Patrick T Johnson JR, ( 1100 W Mallon Ave. Spokane, WA 99260

Law Firm of Keller W. Allen, P.C. e m p l oy m e n t L aw

Elder Law, Military Law, Government

Gregory Johnson, 10

University of Puget Sound School of Law Paine Hamblen LLP, ( 717 W Sprague Ave., Suite 1200 Spokane, WA 99201 Energy/Utilities, Business, Intellectual Property, Litigation, Internet

Elizabeth Kennar, 9.5

University of Washington School of Law Summit Law Group, ( 10202 E Ferret Dr., Suite 1000 Spokane Valley, WA 99206 Employment/Labor

Christopher Kerley, 9.7

Gonzaga University School of Law Evans Graven & Lackie, ( 818 W Riverside Ave., Suite 250 Spokane, WA 99201 State, Local and Municipal Law, Appeals, Education, Lawsuits/Disputes

J Keyes, 10

Gonzaga University School of Law K&L Gates LLP, ( 618 W Riverside Ave., Suite 300 Spokane, WA 99201

AV Rated by Martindale Hubbell Fellow - College of Labor & Employment Lawyers Listed in "Best Lawyers in America" Selected as "Super Lawyer" in Super Lawyers Magazine 5915 S. Regal, Ste 211 Spokane, Wa 99223 Tel: 509-777-2211

Top Attorneys


Keller W. Allen

Admitted in Washington and Idaho

Patent Infringement, Copyright Application, Intellectual Property, Copyright Infringement, Trademark Infringement, Lawsuits/Disputes

David Kulisch, 10

Western State College of Law Randall | Danskin, P.S., ( 601 W Riverside Ave., Suite 1500 Spokane, WA 99201 Insurance, Health Care, Personal Injury, Insurance Fraud, Environmental/Natural Resources, Construction/ Development, Commercial

Lawrence Kuznetz, 10

Hofstra University School of Law The Law Office of Powell, Kuznetz & Parker, P.S, ( 316 W Boone Ave., Suite 380 Spokane, WA 99201 Personal Injury, Employment/Labor, Civil Rights, Landlord/ Tenant, Workers Compensation, Education

Stephen Lamberson, 10

Gonzaga University School of Law Etter, McMahon, Lamberson, Clary & Oreskovich, PC, ( 618 W Riverside Ave., Suite 210 Spokane, WA 99201 Medical Malpractice, Civil Rights, Licensing, Personal Injury

John Layman, 10

Gonzaga University School of Law Layman Law Firm, PLLP, ( 601 S Division St. Spokane, WA 99202 Brain Injury, Personal Injury, Defective/Dangerous Products, Litigation

Congratulations to our Top Attorneys! Ewing Anderson's law office in Spokane serves Eastern Washington, North Idaho and Coeur d’Alene. Our attorneys are experienced in almost all practice areas, including personal injury, wrongful death, divorce, bankruptcy, probate and estate litigation, construction claims, insurance, and commercial litigation.

Brad E. Smith

Patrick Delfino

Insurance Coverage and Defense

Of Counsel Mediation and Arbitration Insurance Coverage

Commerical Litigation

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Top Lawyers 2013 Collette Leland, 9.8

Gonzaga University School of Law Winston & Cashatt Lawyers, (winstoncashatt. com)

601 W Riverside Ave., Suite 1900 Spokane, WA 99201 Criminal Defense, Employment/Labor, Litigation

Richard Lewis, 10

Gonzaga University School of Law Richard E. Lewis, P.S., ( 2208 W 2nd Ave. Spokane, WA 99201 Wrongful Death, Car/Auto Accident, Personal Injury, Trucking Accident

Karen Lindholdt, 10

University of Idaho College of Law Karen S. Lindholdt, PLLC, (consumerlawyerwa.


901 N Adams St. Spokane, WA 99201 Divorce/Separation, Criminal Defense, Child Abuse, Divorce/Separation, Family

Casey Lund, 9.4

Gonzaga University School of Law Campbell & Bissell PLLC, ( 820 W 7th Ave. Spokane, WA 99204 Transportation, Contracts/Agreements, Business, Litigation, Insurance, Business, Construction/ Development, Government Contracts

Thomas McLane, 10

Gloria Ochoa, 10


Criminal Defense, Native People’s Law, Personal Injury

Michael J. McMahon, 10

Carl Oreskovich, 10

Employment/Labor, Commercial, Medical Malpractice, Mediation, Arbitration

Litigation, Commercial, Fraud, Personal Injury, Business, Criminal Defense

Gonzaga University School of Law Randall | Danskin, P.S., ( 601 W Riverside Ave., Suite 1500 Spokane, WA 99201

Gonzaga University School of Law Etter McMahon Lamberson Clary & Oreskovich PC, ( 618 W Riverside Ave., Suite 210 Spokane, WA 99201

Wesley Mortensen, 10

Brigham Young University J. Reuben Clark Law School Craig Swapp & Associates, ( 16201 E Indiana Ave., Suite 1900 Spokane Valley, WA 99216 Contracts/Agreements, Personal Injury, Construction/ Development, Litigation

Rial Moulton, 9.7

Seattle University School of Law Moulton Law Offices, ( 1220 N Mullan Rd. Spokane Valley, WA 99206 Trusts, Tax, Power of Attorney, Elder Law, Probate, Wills/ Living Wills, Estate Planning

Jeffrey Nave, 10

Senit Lutgen, 10

University of Idaho College of Law Ochoa Law PLLC, ( 725 E 3rd Ave. Spokane, WA 99202

University of Montana School of Law Etter McMahon Lamberson Clary & Oreskovich PC, ( 618 W Riverside Ave., Suite 210 Spokane, WA 99201

Michael Paukert, 10

Gonzaga University School of Law Paukert & Troppmann PLLC, (paukertlawgroup. com)

522 W Riverside Ave., Suite 560 Spokane, WA 99201 Bankruptcy/Debt, Foreclosure, Commercial, Contracts/ Agreements, Real Estate

Kathleen Paukert, 10

Gonzaga University School of Law Paukert & Troppmann, PLLC, (paukertlawgroup. com)

522 W Riverside Ave., Suite 560 Spokane, WA 99201 Insurance, Employee Benefits, Personal Injury, Medical Malpractice

Gair Petrie, 10


University of California, Hastings College of the Law FoSuite r Pepper PLLC, ( 422 W Riverside Ave., Suite 1310 Spokane, WA 99201

DUI/DWI, Criminal Defense, Federal Crime, Domestic Violence

State, Local and Municipal Law, Public Finance/ Tax Exempt Finance, Tax

Probate, Divorce/Separation, Estate Planning, Tax

Deepak Malhotra, 9.6

Susan Nelson, 10

Gonzaga University School of Law Action Legal Group, PLLC, (actionlegalgroupwa. 505 W Riverside Ave., Suite 598 Spokane, WA 99201

Marquette University Law School Malhotra Law Firm, PLLC, ( 505 W Riverside Ave., Suite 500 Spokane, WA 99201 Intellectual Property, Trademark Application, Patent Infringement, Patent Application

Boyd Mayo, 9.4

Charleston School of Law The Scott Law Group, P.S., com)

Case WeSuite rn Reserve University School of Law Dunn & Black, P.S., ( 111 N Post St., Suite 300 Spokane, WA 99201 Civil Rights, Employment/Labor, Litigation

John Nelson, 10 (thescottlawgroup.

926 W Sprague Ave., Suite 680 Spokane, WA 99201 Class Action, Litigation, Appeals

Brian McClatchey, 10

University of Michigan Law School K&L Gates LLP, ( 618 W Riverside Ave., Suite 300 Spokane, WA 99201 Litigation, Native Peoples Law, Contracts/Agreements, Gaming

Kathryn McKinley, 10

Gonzaga University School of Law McKinley Fossum, P.S., ( 528 E Spokane Falls Blvd., Suite 502 Spokane, WA 99202 Banking, Real Estate, Business, Commercial

University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law FoSuite r Pepper PLLC, ( 422 W Riverside Ave., Suite 1310 Spokane, WA 99201 Environmental/Natural Resources, Lawsuits/Disputes, Employment/Labor, Litigation

Troy Nelson, 10

Gonzaga University School of Law Randall | Danskin, P.S., ( 601 W Riverside Ave., Suite 1500 Spokane, WA 99201 Insurance, Medical Malpractice, Litigation, Lawsuits/Disputes

Michael Nienstedt, 10

Gonzaga University School of Law Witherspoon Kelley, ( 422 W Riverside Ave., Suite 1100 Spokane, WA 99201 Business, Employment/Labor

Gonzaga University School of Law Randall | Danskin, P.S., ( 601 W Riverside Ave., Suite 1500 Spokane, WA 99201

Jason Piskel, 10

Gonzaga University School of Law Piskel Yahne Kovarik, PLLC, ( 522 W Riverside Ave., Suite 410 Spokane, WA 99201 Litigation, Construction/Development

Michael Pontarolo, 10

Gonzaga University School of Law Delay, Curran, Thompson, Pontarolo & Walker, P.S., ( 601 W Main Ave., Suite 1212 Spokane, WA 99201 Social Security, Workers Compensation

Donald Querna, 10

Willamette University College of Law Randall | Danskin, P.S., ( 601 W Riverside Ave., Suite 1500 Spokane, WA 99201 Business, Estate Planning, Tax

Timothy Quirk, 10

Gonzaga University School of Law Paine Hamblen LLP, ( 717 W Sprague Ave., Suite 1200 Spokane, WA 99201 Estate Planning, Tax, Employee Benefits

Brian Rekofke, 10

Gonzaga University School of Law Witherspoon Kelley, ( 422 W Riverside Ave., Suite 1100 Spokane, WA 99201 Litigation, Health Care


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Kevin Roberts, 10

University of Idaho College of Law Dunn & Black P.S., ( 111 N Post St., Suite 300 Spokane, WA 99201 Litigation, Employment/Labor, Construction/Development

Eowen Rosentrater, 10

Gonzaga University School of Law Eowen S. Rosentrater, Attorney at Law, (

108 N Washington St., Suite 402 Spokane, WA 99201 Personal Injury, Business, Employment/Labor, Divorce/ Separation

Eric Roth, 10

University of Washington School of Law Roth Law Offices, (no website provided) PO Box 9511 Spokane, WA 99209

Listed in The Best Lawyers in America since 2001 Selected to Washington Super Lawyers 2005, 2006, 2009-2013 Fellow - Litigation Counsel of America National Trial Lawyers Top 100

Exemplary Verdicts and Settlements Since 2003 $36,000,000 judgment: Commercial Loan Fraud $14,887,525 verdict: Medical Negligence - highest oral surgery verdict in the nation $4,000,000 verdict: Glass Ceiling Gender Discrimination against NYSE company

Litigation, Appeals

$1,500,000 verdict: Securities Fraud - software technology start-up fraud

Eric Sachtjen, 10

$2,000,000 settlement: Medical Negligence/wrongful death/suicide

Gonzaga University School of Law Paine Hamblen LLP, ( 717 W Sprague Ave., Suite 1200 Spokane, WA 99201 Probate, Real Estate, Estate Planning, Business, Health Care, Tax

Karen Sayre, 10

Gonzaga University School of Law Sayre & Sayre, P.S., ( 201 W North River Dr., Suite 460 Spokane, WA 99201

$1,200,000 settlement: Medical Negligence/prescription drug $1,500,000 settlement: Employment Discrimination - racial disparate treatment $579,000 verdict: Public Accommodation Discrimination - private golf and country club

Phone: 509.245.3522 • 1.800.949.2360 • E-mail:

Probate, Estate Planning, Trusts, Employee Benefits, Elder Law

Richard Sayre, 10

Gonzaga University School of Law Sayre & Sayre, P.S., ( 201 W North River Dr., Suite 460 Spokane, WA 99201

Top Attorneys

Trusts, Elder Law, Social Security, Tax, Estate Planning


William Schroeder, 9.4

Gonzaga University School of Law Paine Hamblen LLP, ( 717 W Sprague Ave., Suite 1200 Spokane, WA 99201

AV® Preeminent™ Peer Rated Washington Super Lawyer®

Litigation, Insurance, Native People’s Law

Mary Schultz, 10

Gonzaga University School of Law Mary Schultz Law, P.S., ( 111 S. Post St., Suite 2250 Spokane, WA 99201 Discrimination, Medical Malpractice, Civil Rights, Contracts/Agreements

Cynthia Schwartz, 10

University of Oregon School of Law Cynthia L. Schwartz, PS, ( 421 W Riverside Ave., Suite 720 Spokane, WA 99201 Litigation, Personal Injury, Business

Law Offices of


Hoover, PS

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Legal & Mediation Services 1402 W Broadway | Spokane

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Top Lawyer 2013 Kammi Smith, 10

Daniel Stowe, 10

James Swapp, 9.6

Employment/Labor, Commercial, Mediation, Education

Insurance, General Practice, Lawsuits/Disputes, Litigation

Personal Injury, Car/Auto Accident, Bankruptcy/ Debt

Spencer Stromberg, 10

Geoffrey Swindler, 10



Real Estate, Foreclosure, Business, Landlord/ Tenant, Bankruptcy/Debt

Personal Injury, Business, Employment/Labor

James Studt, 10

Southern Methodist University Witherspoon Kelley, ( 422 W Riverside Ave., Suite 1100 Spokane, WA 99201

Gonzaga University School of Law Winston & Cashatt Lawyers, ( 601 W Riverside Ave., Spokane, WA 99201

Brad Smith, 10

University of Washington School of Law Ewing Anderson, P.S., ( 2010 N Lakewood Dr., Suite 236 Coeur d’Alene, ID 83814 Real Estate, Litigation, Commercial, Residential, Insurance

Lynn St. Louis, 10

University of Washington School of Law Lynn St. Louis Law Office PLLC, (

207 W Nora Ave. Spokane, WA 99205

Gonzaga University School of Law Etter, McMahon, Lamberson, Clary & Oreskovich, PC, ( 618 W Riverside Ave., Suite 210 Spokane, WA 99201

University of Washington School of Law Sullivan Stromberg, PLLC,

University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law Craig Swapp & Associates, ( 16201 E. Indiana Ave., Suite 1900 Spokane, WA 99216

Seattle University School of Law Law Office Of Geoffrey D. Swindler, 103 E Indiana Ave., Suite A Spokane, WA 99207

827 W 1st Ave., Suite 425 Spokane, WA 99201

Gonzaga University School of Law James L. Studt Law Office, ( 901 N Monroe St., Suite 356 Spokane, WA 99201

William Symmes, 10

Employment/Labor, Litigation

Landlord/Tenant, General Practice

Elder Law

Scott Staab, 10

University of Puget Sound School of Law Staab Law, ( 1020 N Washington St. Spokane, WA 99201 Personal Injury, Criminal Defense, DUI/DWI, Speeding/Traffic Ticket

Brett Sullivan, 10

Glenn Tanner, 10



Business, Real Estate, Contracts/Agreements, Bankruptcy/Debt, Litigation

Family, Child Support, Divorce/Separation, Marriage/Prenuptials, Probate, Child Custody, Estate Planning

University of Minnesota Law School Glenn E. Tanner, Attorney At Law,

Gonzaga University School of Law Sullivan Stromberg, PLLC,

901 N Adams St. Spokane, WA 99201

827 W 1st Ave., Suite 425 Spokane, WA 99201


Mark R. Iverson is an attorney specializing in adoption. A 1985 graduate of Gonzaga University School of Law and a fellow of the American Academy of Adoption Attorneys, Mr. Iverson is married and has three adopted children. Mr. Iverson is licensed to practice in the states of Washington and Idaho, providing legal services for adoptive families in the following areas: Foster Care Adoption; Step Parent Adoption; Private Adoption; International Adoption; Agency Adoption; and adult adoption. In addition, Mr. Iverson handles guardianship matters.

To meet with Mr. Iverson for a free half-hour consultation,

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Adoption Services | Mark R. Iverson, P.S. 921 West Broadway, Suite 301 Spokane, WA 99201

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All Partners are AV Preeminent ®- Peer Review Rated by the national rating service Martindale-Hubbell” William F. Etter Partner Top Attorney

All Partners and associates Courtney Garcea and Jacob Brennan are rated Superb or 10.0 by Avvo

Michael J. McMahon Partner Top Attorney

The Firm has been rated as Tier 1 by U.S. News – Best Law Firm® in 2011, 2012, and 2013

Stephen M. Lamberson Managing Partner Top Attorney

Carl J. Oreskovich Partner Top Attorney

EMLCO has attorneys who have been elected to the American College of Trial Lawyers, the International Society of Barristers, the Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel and American Board of Trial Advocates EMLCO has attorneys who belong to the Defense Research Institute, Washington Defense Trial Lawyers, Washington State Association for Justice, and the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers

Raymond F. Clary Partner Top Attorney

Ronald A. Van Wert Partner Top Attorney

EMLCO has attorneys admitted to practice in Washington, Idaho, Montana, Arizona, and the Kalispel Tribal Court Daniel E. Stowe Partner Top Attorney

Jeffrey R. Galloway Associate

We litigate cases in state, federal courts, and administrative tribunals in diverse areas, including civil and criminal, contract disputes, employment and labor, health care, insurance, personal injury, professional liability and licensing, and real estate

Congratulations to our Top Attorneys! (509) 747-9100 618 West Riverside Avenue, Suite #210 Spokane, WA 99201

Courtney A. Garcea Associate Top Attorney

Jacob R. Brennan Associate Top Attorney Spokane CDA • September • 2013


Top Lawyers 2013 J.J. Thompson, 10

Gonzaga University School of Law Layman Law Firm, PLLP, ( 316 Occidental Ave., S Suite 500 Spokane, WA 98104 Car/Auto Accident, Personal Injury, Defective/ Dangerous Products, Wrongful Death, Brain Injury

Michael Thompson, 9.6

Gonzaga University School of Law Michael G. Thompson, Attorney at Law, PLLC, (no website provided) 1212 N Washington St., Suite 212 Spokane, WA 99201

Ronald Van Wert, 10

University of California, Hastings College of the Law Etter, McMahon, Lamberson, Clary & Oreskovich, PC, ( 618 W Riverside Ave., Suite 210 Spokane, WA 99201 Criminal Defense, Employment/Labor, Medical Malpractice

Lawrence Vance, 10

Frederick Willenbrock, 9.9

Gonzaga University School of Law Winston & Cashatt Lawyers, ( 601 W Riverside Ave., Suite 1900 Spokane, WA 99201 Appeals, Contracts/Agreements, Business, Government, Construction/Development, Litigation, Corporate/Incorporation

Ryan Yahne, 10

Worker’s Compensation, Social Security

601 W Riverside Ave. Spokane, WA 99201

Pepperdine University School of Law Piskel Yahne Kovarik, PLLC, ( 522 W Riverside Ave., Suite 410 Spokane, WA 99201 Real Estate, Employment/Labor, Construction/ Development

Susan Troppmann, 10

Government Contracts, Insurance, Construction/ Development

Kenneth Zigler, 10

Gonzaga University School of Law Paukert & Troppmann PLLC, ( 522 W Riverside Ave., Suite 560 Spokane, WA 99201 Litigation, Employment/Labor

Julie Twyford, 10

Gonzaga University School of Law Twyford Law Office, ( 430 W Indiana Ave. Spokane, WA 99205 Divorce/Separation, Criminal Defense, Personal Injury, DUI/DWI, Family

Gonzaga University School of Law Winston & Cashatt Lawyers, (winstoncashatt. com)

Leslie Weatherhead, 9.4

University of Washington School of Law Lee & Hayes PLLC, ( 601 W Riverside Ave., Suite 1400 Spokane, WA 99201 Appeals, Litigation

Phillip Wetzel, 10

901 N Adams St. Spokane, WA 99201


1304 W College Ave. Spokane, WA 99201 Family, Lawsuits/Disputes, Social Security, Divorce/ Separation, Child Custody

Matthew Zuchetto, 10

Gonzaga University School of Law Phillip J Wetzel Attorney at Law, (no website provided)

Western New England College School of Law Law Office of Gary R. Stenzel, (familylawspokane.

University of Washington School of Law The Scott Law Group, P.S., ( 926 W Sprague Ave., Suite 680 Spokane, WA 99201 Wrongful Death, Class Action, Personal Injury, Defective/Dangerous Products, Employment/Labor

Criminal Defense

Congratulations to TEN of the Top Lawyers in Spokane 2013 top ranked law firm by Fortune magazine

From Left to Right: C. Matt Andersen, Beverly Anderson, Patrick Cronin, Kevin Curtis, Scott Gingras, Michael Howard, Carl Hueber, Collette Leland, Kammi Mencke Smith, Lawrence Vance.

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Most TOP LAWYERS in one firm in 2013

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Ochoa Law PLLC

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Gloria Ochoa Ochoa Law PLLC 725 E. 3rd Ave. Spokane, WA 99202 (509) 328-3771

Gloria Ochoa owns and operates Ochoa Law PLLC. Gloria commenced her legal career as a Deputy Prosecuting Attorney for Benton County and then transitioned into private practice in 2002. Gloria is admitted to practice in both State and Federal Court. Gloria specializes in Criminal Law and Indian Law. She has extensive jury trial experience in criminal cases both as a Deputy Prosecuting Attorney and as Defense Counsel. Gloria holds a judicial services contract with the Spokane Tribe of Indians and her practice has been focused primarily on serving as Chief Judge for Spokane Tribal Court since March 2012. In addition to her service to the Spokane Tribal Court, Gloria is an Adjunct Professor at Gonzaga University School of Law and was appointed to serve as Commissioner for the Commission on Hispanic Affairs by Governor Gregoire in August of 2012. Gloria is a graduate of both Leadership Tri-Cities Class XII and Leadership Spokane 2012. Gloria is a member of the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges, the National American Indian Court Judges Association, the American Bar Association’s National Conference of Specialized Court Judges, a member of the Hispanic Business Professionals Association, a member of the Latina/o Bar Association’s Judicial Evaluation Committee, the Spokane County Bar Association’s Diversity Committee, the Indian Law Section, and Washington Women Lawyers. Gloria serves on the board for the Washington State Bar Association Lawyer’s Fund for Client Protection Board. Gloria is on the Board of Directors for the Little Spokane River Estates Homeowner’s Association and serves as Secretary. Gloria was named one of the Top Lawyers in Spokane Coeur d’ Alene Living for 2011 and 2012. Gloria was selected as one of Catalyst magazine’s 20 Under 40 in recognition of her leadership role and service to the community in 2012. Gloria is a Washington State Bar Association Leadership Institute Fellow in the inaugural class of 2005 and a 2012 Judicial Institute Fellow. She was named a Super Lawyers Rising Star by Law and Politics Magazine in 2005 and 2013. In the past year, Gloria has served as keynote speaker for the Hispanic Business Professionals Association Foundation’s 18th Annual Hispanic Graduates and Young Scholars Recognition Ceremony and the 2013 Washington Apple Education Foundation Scholarship and Donor Appreciation Luncheon. Gloria has also served as a guest speaker for Eastern Washington University’s Leadership Series, the Tri-Cities Annual Youth and Law Forum, University of Idaho’s Latino Law Caucus, the ABA Law Student Division’s 12th Circuit Annual Conference and Gonzaga University’s Pursuit of Justice Conference. Gloria lives in Colbert, Washington, Spokane County and is the mother of four children. Gloria enjoys reading and participating in her neighborhood book club, spending quality time with her friends and family, working on home projects and serving her community. Gloria is, self-admittedly, not the best golfer, but greatly enjoys getting out on the course with friends and colleagues. She started running in 2008 and has since completed six full marathons and eight half marathons in addition to a number of shorter distance races. Spokane CDA • September • 2013


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Law Office of Thomas G. Jarrard PLLC A 22-year Veteran of the United States Marine Corps and Reserve with two combat tours to Iraq, attorney Thomas Jarrard has a unique understanding of the commitment that service members make and the obstacles often facing them as they transition back to civilian life. Many recent veterans have experienced difficulties finding work when they return home. Some of this is due to the poor economy, but those who had jobs before they were deployed should be able to return to those positions. Fortunately, for both active duty and reserves, The Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA) ensures that members of the military not face disadvantage in their civilian careers because of their service. “As a commander, when I came back from Iraq, I saw a lot of veterans struggle with their employment rights, the benefits they earned and other transition issues, so I decided to make that the focus of my practice,” Jarrard says. A graduate of the Gonzaga University School of Law and Columbia College School of Business, he is an accredited Attorney for claims against the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and his law office is certified by the Washington State Department of Veteran Affairs as a Veteran Owned Business. If you are a service member getting ready to return to work, thinking about signing up for duty and are unsure of how it will affect your employment, or feel you have been discriminated against because of your service, it’s important that you understand and exercise your rights. Thomas Jarrard is ready to take the point.

Thomas G. Jarrard, JD, MBA, Law Office of Thomas G. Jarrard PLLC 1020 N. Washington Street Spokane 99201 (425) 239-7290

The Law Office of Powell, Kuznetz & Parker, P.S.

Larry Kuznetz The Law Office of Powell, Kuznetz & Parker, P.S. 316 W. Boone Ave., Suite 380 Spokane, WA 99201 (509) 455-4151 70

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Larry Kuznetz, firm partner and one of Spokane’s best lawyers, has been in practice for over three decades. His major areas of concentration include personal injury, employment, civil rights, wrongful termination, sexual harassment, education and worker’s compensation. He is a former chair of the Washington State Bar Association Disciplinary Board, a member of the Spokane County, Washington State and Idaho State bar associations and the Washington Association for Justice, formerly Washington State Trial Lawyers Association. He is also a member and former president of the board of directors for Artisans Ark, past board member and president of Spokane AIDS Network, and current member of the Inland Northwest Business Alliance. The Law Office of Powell, Kuznetz & Parker, P.S. was founded in 2000. William Powell, Larry Kuznetz and Michael Parker have nearly 100 years of combined legal experience in a wide range of practice areas including employment, business, real estate, personal injury and family law. As trial attorneys, they practice in the State and Federal courts in Washington and Idaho, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals and the United State’s Supreme Court. “We provide experienced representation to protect your interests in litigation, to guide you through a difficult legal matter, or to assist you in your business law needs, ” states Mr. Kuznetz.

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Staab Law PLLC

Scott R. Staab Staab Law PLLC 1020 N. Washington St Spokane, WA 99201 (509) 327-6100

Liberty and freedom are often taken for granted, until those things are taken from you. Thomas Jefferson said, “Educate and inform the whole mass of the people . . .they are the only sure reliance for the preservation of our liberty.” At Staab Law PLLC, they believe that educating and informing their clients to be a critical component of the legal process. A law firm must have the experience to educate and answer the questions of their clients. Equally important, however, is the firm’s desire to assist those in need. Scott Staab is a former prosecutor and has been practicing criminal law for 20 years. Staab has prosecuted and defended all manners of felonies and misdemeanors. He is currently licensed in both Washington and Idaho and travels where he is needed to assist those in jeopardy. His practice handles all felonies, misdemeanors, and infractions with an emphasis on DUI defense. Staab has earned a 10.0 “Superb” rating from, an attorney ranking website, based upon his experience, conduct, and recognition in the industry. “I have a sincere desire to help people who need it,” Staab says. “I enjoy helping others whenever and wherever I can.” This help isn’t always legal in nature. Staab is involved in humanitarian efforts in Africa assisting the neediest of our distant neighbors to get clean water and sanitation. Scott Staab’s legal experience, combined with his desire to assist those in need, make a potent combination as an advocate in the justice system.

Lynn St. Louis Law Office PLLC

The cost of long-term care can be tremendous, both financially and emotionally. The burden to elders and their families is lessened with proper planning in advance so families do not feel overwhelmed when long-term care needs arise. The most powerful elder law and estate planning tools are those implemented prior to needing long-term care, but many effective strategies exist even at the time of need. Lynn St. Louis is a skilled and compassionate elder law attorney who can guide you through the legal and social challenges faced with long-term care. Medicaid Asset Preservation Strategies help families preserve assets and obtain long-term care benefits. Estate planning documents should contain asset protections. Many people mistakenly believe a Revocable Living Trust will protect assets if long-term care is needed; however, only a Will provides asset protection for the surviving spouse; not a Revocable Living Trust. Lynn honors and protects the clients’ autonomy and wishes through Durable Powers of Attorney and Health Care Directives. Wills with Supplemental Needs Trusts provide further protections, giving each client peace of mind. Lynn is an experienced elder law attorney with 28 years of legal experience. She is a member of the Washington Elder Law section, the Spokane Estate Planning Council, the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA), and is a Past President, current Board Director, and 2008 Member of the Year for its Washington chapter. She has received the AV Preeminent rating from Martindale Hubbell and has been listed in Top Lawyers for many consecutive years.

Lynn St. Louis Lynn St. Louis Law Office PLLC 207 W Nora Ave Spokane, WA 99205 (509) 468-0551 Spokane CDA • September • 2013


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Eowen Rosentrater Whether it’s a family that has a member dealing with a divorce or custody dispute; an employee or employer with an employment-related issue; or a small to medium sized business seeking entity formation, sale and transfer of ownership, contract review, litigation assistance, collections and other legal needs, the Law Office of Eowen S. Rosentrater is proud to serve its clients’ various legal requirements. Prior to opening her own firm, Rosentrater worked as a civil litigation attorney for a mid-size Spokane law firm and handled complex civil litigation cases. Working now with Associate Attorneys Linsey Sowinski and Kelsey Kittleson, several Gonzaga Law interns, and Office Manager, April Dinwoodie, Rosentrater offers clients “full-service” personal attention with a focus on family, employment and business law in both Washington and Idaho. The Law Office of Eowen S. Rosentrater is now also able to conduct mediation, which is an added service for their clients. “In regards to small and medium size local businesses, you’re dealing with people who have taken a leap and are putting their heart and soul into what they are doing,” Rosentrater says, “that’s the same thing that I did, leaving a law firm to start my own practice.” Rosentrater earned her undergraduate degree from Eastern Washington University and her law degree from Gonzaga University School of Law. She is a board member of Washington Women Lawyers, Junior Achievement of Washington and the Washington Association for Justice. She and her staff are actively involved with social service organizations and community programs, such as the Volunteer Lawyer’s Program, the Apple Program at Franklin Elementary School, and Spokane’s Bike to Work Week. “We sincerely like helping people,” Rosentrater says. “When you have resolved somebody’s issues and helped them through a process, you invariably end up with a friend . . . we strive to make each of our clients a lifelong customer of our firm.”

(L-R) Kelsey Kittleson, April Dinwoodie, Eowen Rosentrater, Linsey Sowinski

Eowen Rosentrater 108 North Washington Suite 402 Spokane, WA 99201 509-868-5389

Richard E. Lewis, P.S.

Richard E. Lewis, P.S. 2208 W. 2nd Avenue Spokane WA 99201 (509) 413-1278


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“The most enjoyable aspect of practicing law is helping people,” says Spokane attorney, Richard E. Lewis. For more than three decades, Lewis has effectively represented personal injury and sexual abuse cases, as well as lawsuits involving defective medical devices. His areas of expertise include injuries to children and claims involving automobile, motorcycle and bicycle accidents. “My motto is, ‘I represent honest people with serious injury claims,’” Lewis says. A nationally recognized auto accident attorney, Lewis earned the highest “superb” rating from, which rates and profiles 90 percent of licensed attorneys in the United States based on research, client reviews, lawyer disciplinary histories and peer endorsements. Lewis is also publishing a book dealing with motorcycle and bicycle safety and injury claims. Clients choose Richard E. Lewis not just because of his record of achieving successful verdicts and settlements, but because he is genuinely interested in their well-being. After many years of focusing on injury cases, Lewis has developed relationships with professionals, including physicians and specialists, whom he can call on to ensure clients get the care they need and the outcome they deserve. “I’m aggressive when it’s in the interest of my client,” Lewis says, “but it’s important to understand when to be an advocate and when to be a negotiator to obtain the best resolution in a specific situation.” “The guiding principle is always to put the client’s interest first. The most important and satisfying thing I do is to help people get their life turned around and back to normal.”

attorney profiles The Church family: Michael, Lisa, Lauren, Lindsey and Leah

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the Spokane and Coeur d’Alene area are well situated to enjoy the transformation that occurs each year when summer ends and fall begins. We enjoy the pleasant warm days and cool nights of Indian summer, as well as the cool days of early fall that arrive during September and continue into early October.

Caribou Creek headwaters, Purcell Mountains, British Columbia, August 2012

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Essential Systems 1. Navigation (map & compass) 2. Sun protection (sunglasses & sunscreen) 3. Insulation (extra clothing) 4. Illumination (headlamp/ flashlight) 5. First-aid supplies 6. Fire (waterproof matches/ lighter/candle) 7. Repair kit and tools 8. Nutrition (extra food) 9. Hydration (extra water) 10. Emergency shelter (tent/ plastic tube tent/garbage bag) (From the Mountaineers Books)

The shifting weather pattern that occurs this time of year along with the cooler temperatures means an increasing probability of snow in the mountains, and an early September snowfall in the high country is not uncommon. Of course, in the mountains one should always be prepared for rapidly changing weather. Since it is usually still possible to drive on forest roads in the mountains during September and October, outdoor enthusiasts should take special precautions to be equipped for possible winter-like weather. Fortunately, when I backpacked into the Caribou Creek area of the Purcell Mountains of British Columbia over the Labor Day weekend last year, I was prepared for an unexpected early winter surprise. 76

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A long drive on primitive forest roads is required to reach Caribou Creek, which is a tributary of the Spillimacheen River southwest of Golden. From the trailhead at the end of the Caribou Creek Forest Road, a rough trail leads steeply upward for about a mile and a half through subalpine forest. The trail ends as one enters subalpine meadows. From there hikers must find their own way up into the alpine meadows by finding the easiest way through cliffs and rock bands. The hiker will encounter steep meadow walking and discover a number of small tarns as well as a pass on the Purcell divide. From the pass, one is rewarded with expansive views of the Columbia Mountains, including the northern Purcells, and west of the Purcell Trench, the highly glaciated Selkirk

Grasshopper Pass, Okanogan National Forest, Washington, October 2012

Mountains in the vicinity of Canada’s Glacier National Park. On August 31st, I hiked from the trailhead to the pass on a lovely warm summer day. I planned to camp near the tree line for two or three days, to take advantage of the photographic opportunities of the area. My requirements for a camp site included a nearby group of trees for hanging food as I was in grizzly bear country, terrain protection from potential exposure to weather, choosing a site for my backpacking tent that was not a low spot where an unexpected heavy rain might saturate the ground to create a small pond, and location near water. In accordance with Leave No Trace principles, my tent should be at least 200 feet away from water and located in an established campsite if possible. At one point I considered

camping right at the pass where I would have been able to hang my food over a cliff band. By late afternoon I had scouted the entire area and was able to get a few good photos before finally deciding upon a suitable location about 800 feet below the pass. From my camp, I was looking forward to photographing in the area for the next few days; however, as often happens in the outdoors, things didn’t work out exactly as expected. The next day, early in the morning of September 1st, when I looked out of my backpacking tent I was surprised to see that the sky was completely overcast and gloomy. A cold front was beginning to move into the northern Purcells. At 6:30 a.m. the wind began to gust followed quickly by rain, sleet, hail, lightning Spokane CDA • September • 2013



Larch forest, Burned in 2001, Glacier National Park, Montana, October 2012

and thunder. There would be no sunrise photography session this morning. In the mountains, precipitation associated with a cold front’s passage may begin as rain and end as snow. That’s exactly what happened. By 8:30 a.m. three inches of snow had blanketed everything in sight, including my tent. Of course I didn’t think it would continue to snow, as the forecast was for improving weather. It snowed on and off for the next 36 hours, sometimes heavily. There was plenty of time to laze around in my tent during the day, napping and reading. Backpacking meals were opportunistically eaten during brief breaks in the stormy weather. During my stay, the weather allowed me only one additional chance to explore the area when it broke for a longer spell on the afternoon of September 2nd. But that evening, soon after finishing dinner, it began to snow hard again, forcing me back into my shelter. Anyone who has slept in a tent during a rainstorm knows that the sound of rain pelting against a tent’s fly can be pretty loud. When snow accumulates on a tent it muffles outside sounds. One may be fooled at night during a snowstorm thinking that the weather has improved considerably, while outside it is actually dumping snow. Three inches of snow may be enough to block a backpacking tent’s ventilation. When snow slips down the rain fly and accumulates around the tent, it can block the air space around the bottom edge of the fly. Without fresh air, occupants of a tent may 78

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be asphyxiated. The only prevention is to move the accumulated snow away from the tent. So, for two nights during the series of storms, I had to go outside periodically to move the snow and ensure that my tent’s air space remained clear. I was thankful that it stopped snowing during my third and final night at Caribou Creek and that a warm wind began to blow and melt the snow because the steep meadows would have been dangerously slippery had they been snow covered during my hike out. I generally look forward to photographing after the first high mountain snow that may come in September because it adds interest to the landscape. But I got a bit more snow than expected on my trip to Caribou Creek. People who spend time in the mountains should always pay attention to the weather. Although snow may fall in the mountains during any month of the year, early winter snow during September and October can be dangerous for the unprepared. Always be sure to pack the Ten Essentials, tell someone where you will be going, and stick to your plan. Enjoy the fall season! It’s my favorite time of year to photograph. John Latta photographs and writes about the beautiful outdoors in each issue of Spokane Coeur d’Alene Living. To see more of John’s photography or purchase a print of a photo in this article, visit his website

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The Amelia Wheaton, the first steamboat on Coeur d’Alene Lake, at the dock in front of the Cataldo Mission in 1891. The Amelia Wheaton was 85-feet long with a 14-foot beam. It cost $5,000 to build in 1880. It was named the Amelia Wheaton after one of General Wheaton’s daughters. ( photo courtesy Museum of Northern Idaho.)

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he first steamer on the Columbia The Columbia River was the first waterway in the Pacific Northwest to be traveled by steamboats. Prior to the steamboat era, the Columbia and all the rivers of the Northwest were navigated by man-powered boats of almost every description, including hollowed cedar-log boats, bark canoes, log rafts, bateaux of trappers and the flat boats of the settlers. Since there were no roads and the railroads were still a long time coming, the lakes and rivers were the highways of the


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West. Almost every village, settlement, town or dwelling was dependent on some type of waterway. Consequently, in due process of time, the “fir-canoes,” as the Indians called the first steamboats, came to the Northwest. The first of these steamships was named the Beaver. It belonged to the Hudson’s Bay Company and was sent from England. It entered the Columbia River in 1836. Many steamboats followed. In 1859, R.R. Thompson and Lawrence Coe built the Colonel Wright, which was the first steamer to service the upper section of the Columbia River. Incidentally, in 1865, both Colonel Wright and his wife, who were passengers

on the steamer Brother Johnathan, drowned when it sank off the mouth of the Columbia River. By 1863, the steamboat business on the Columbia River was extensive. There were numerous steamers with few ever making trips with less than two hundred passengers and cargo holds filled with freight. In 1866, a steamer was constructed at the mouth of the Boise River for the purpose of navigating the far upper Snake River. Also, that same year, the steamer Mary Moody, was constructed by Z.F. Moody on Pend Oreille Lake. This was the first steamer on any of the lakes, except the Arrow Lakes of the Columbia.

The most active steamboat period on the Columbia in northeastern Washington was the Forty-Nine, built by Captain Lew White at the town of Marcus. It was launched on November 18, 1865, and made its first run the following April. The second was the 108-foot Mary Moody, built from hand-sawn native lumber. It was launched on the Pend Oreille River at Seneacquoteen in May of 1866 and delivered freight and passengers between the east end of the Spokane prairie and the northern tip of Pend Oreille Lake. By the 1890s, most navigable waterways east of the Cascade Mountains offered steamboat transportation. In 1890, United States government engineers in Senate Document 344 cited the amount of navigable water on the Columbia and its tributaries as 1,664 miles; since that time it has been estimated to be over 2,500. In addition to the Columbia River, the major commercial waterways in the Inland Northwest included the Pend Oreille, Priest, Chatcolet, Hayden and Coeur d’Alene lakes and the Pend Oreille, St. Joe and Coeur d’Alene rivers. Steamboats in the Coeur d’Alenes In 1877, General Sherman led an inspection tour through the Northwest in search of suitable military fort sites. Favorably impressed with the Coeur d’Alene region, Sherman recommended Congress establish a military fort on the north shore of the lake. This proved to be one of the most

significant events in Kootenai County’s history. Ft. Coeur d’Alene (later named Ft. Sherman) was built in 1878 and garrisoned the following year. The fort quickly became the hub around which the city of Coeur d’Alene developed. The first steamboat on Coeur d’Alene Lake was named the Amelia Wheaton after a daughter of General Frank Wheaton, the post commander. It was built at the fort and launched in 1880 to transport cordwood and feed for the fort’s mules. The launching of the Amelia Wheaton heralded the start of a lucrative steam boating industry on Lake Coeur d’Alene and its network of waterways that thrived for the next four decades. It was key to the development of the county’s timber, mining, agricultural and tourism industries. Almost simultaneously in 1883, the gold discovery in the Coeur d’Alenes was announced and the Northern Pacific Railroad completed its transcontinental line, crossing diagonally through the northwest corner of Kootenai County. The train stopped at the little community of Rathdrum and, with hoards of prospectors requiring supplies, the population exploded to around 1,000. In the spring of 1886, Daniel C. Corbin stopped in Rathdrum on his way to investigate the viability of a railroad into the mining district. The distance from Rathdrum to the steamboats on Lake Coeur

d’Alene was a rough 15-mile journey by stagecoach. From the steamboat landing at Old Mission to the mines was even worse, to say nothing of the difficulty of transporting ore from the mines. Corbin immediately began arrangements for the construction of two railroad lines, steamboats to connect the two lines and a new dock at the town of Coeur d’Alene. Within a few months, a connecting line was built from the Northern Pacific at Hauser Junction to the Coeur d’Alene dock. This was just the beginning of a brisk steam boating business to service the mining district and, soon, the burgeoning timber industry as well. It has been estimated that, at the peak of steam boating on Coeur d’Alene Lake and its tributaries, there were over a hundred steamboats of various sizes in pursuit of their trade. According to Ruby El Hult in her book, Steamboats in the Timber, “At the heyday of its water commerce, Lake Coeur d’Alene was the scene of more steam boating than any other lake, salt or fresh, west of the Great Lakes. It was the little Lake Erie of the West; its rivers, miniature Mississippi of the West.” Steamboats on the Pend Oreille River For many years the Pend Oreille River, which runs north through Washington’s Pend Oreille County, was the main highway connecting the settlements throughout the county. The first steamboat was launched on the river in the spring of 1888. It was

The Coeur d’ Alene docks during the peak of the steamboat days. ( photo courtesy Gene Hyde) Spokane CDA • September • 2013



The steamer Idaho, circa 1908, was the most palatial boat on Coeur d’ Alene Lake. The 147-foot side-wheeler was capable of carring 1,000 passengers. ( photo courtesty of Spokane Public Library Northwest Room.)

built somewhere in the east and shipped in pieces to Sandpoint, where it was assembled. It was taken to Albeni Falls, just east of the Washington-Idaho state line, for launching. From the late 1880s until about 1910, because of substantial commerce with settlers along the valley, numerous steamboats, launches and tugboats traveled the river. The narrows at Box Canyon were a major obstacle for north-south river travel. The government began working on the river in 1899, widening narrow channels and removing sandbars to facilitate passage downstream; however, only a few highpowered steamboats were able to make it through Box Canyon and back. Even then, the ride was usually filled with tension. Finally in 1907, as a result of political pressure from the capitalists wanting to gain access to the vast resources of minerals and timber downstream, the Federal Government spent large sums of money blasting and clearing much of the rock to widen and deepen the channel at the canyon. Safe and reliable boat service from Newport, north to the Metaline Landing and Carr’s Landing at Metaline Falls, opened up further development of the county. Regular stops were made at the dozen or so tiny communities along the river. The steamboats would also make special stops for ranchers or small boat traffic when they were signaled for the purpose of transacting business. Though not without its perils, water travel was convenient, scenic and clean (unlike the early roads where travel was marred by ruts, mud or dust); however, river travel 82

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was hampered in the winter because the river often froze. Consequently, there was pressure to build roads and a railroad line, which when completed, dealt a deathblow to the romantic days of the steamboat on the Pend Oreille River. Transportation by steamboat simply could not compete with the railroads. The big steamer Ione continued to be used for summer excursions in connection with the railroad, but many riverboats were converted to tugs and employed in the service of the lumber companies along the river.

Terrible Disaster “Terrible Disaster. The Steamer Spokane Capsizes on Coeur d’Alene River. Five Passengers are Swept to Their Deaths. Particulars of the Accident from an EyeWitness” That was the headline from the Spokane Falls Review, appearing, April 7, 1887, following the capsizing of the first steamer named the Spokane on Coeur d’Alene Lake and the drowning of five men. The following article appeared below this headline: “One of the most terrible accidents ever known in this part of the country occurred Monday afternoon on the Coeur d’Alene River, between Mission and Kingston, by which five or six men met a watery grave. The first news of the disaster was received about 11 o’clock yesterday morning, and soon the meager report was scattered by extra broadcasts that were immediately issued. The news was doubly shocking as one of the victims was J.C. Hanna, an old and highly respected resident of this city, while others of the lost are well known here. The accident was the upsetting of the steamer Spokane, belonging to Nelson Martin of this place, and the drowning of five or six passengers, including J.C. Hanna of Spokane Falls.; N.J. Higgins of Bangor, Maine; Mr. Pike of Portland, Ed Jerome of Lewiston, Idaho and two more unknown men. It was the first trip of the new steamer that had just been put on the route by Mr. Martin. She left Kingston Monday afternoon for Coeur d’Alene, and was running at a high rate of speed when she struck a drift on an island in the river a short distance below

The steamers Spokane and Flyer on Lake Coeur d’ Alene en route to the St. Joe River. The waters of Coeur d’ Alene and Chatcolet lakes coming near this location. The railroad swing bridge, which crosses the St. Joe River channel as it flows through Chutcolet Lake, is visible in the background.( Photo courtesy George Wood)

Kingtston, and swinging off capsized. The passengers were thrown into the river and most of them managed to escapee to save those in the water by the men first reaching shore, five or six sunk from sight. Mr. George Leghorn, manager of L.K.G. Smith’s tobacco house of this city, was on board homeward bound. As soon as the boat struck, he leaped upon the drift and was the only one of the passengers who escaped without getting wet. He gives the following particulars: Statement of an eyewitness The Steamer Spokane left Kingston for Coeur d’Alene at about ten minutes to 1:00 o’clock Monday afternoon, having on board some nineteen or twenty-one passengers and no freight. We hadn’t left Kingston but about ten minutes when the boat reached a point where the stream is divided in two by an island formed mostly of driftwood. As the boat neared this point, I remarked to those sitting near that it looked as though the boat would strike the logs. She was running very fast and in a moment she touched the log and I jumped with three companions and landed safely. The boat swung off and in another moment struck a log below and capsized, pitching all on board into the middle of the river. Pike caught onto a log a short distance away and hung for some time, but let go and sunk from sight. Some of the passengers caught hold of the floating boat and were carried to the west bank, when several got ashore, while others floated down to a lower drift and managed to escape. I saw Mr. Hanna come up once and thought he had caught on the boat. Mr. Higgins never came to the surface. Not a word was spoken and I did not hear a man cry out. We had nothing to work with and it was impossible to render any assistance. I had a revolver and loaded and fired it a number of times, which attracted the people of Kingston, and a number of boats arrived and rendered all the aid in their power. It was a horrible spectacle, especially as myself and companions were unable to render the struggling people any assistance. The survivors are now all right, excepting Mr. Wilson, who is sick from the effects, at Kingston and Mr. Green, who is laid up at Coeur d’Alene City. The Boat The boat that caused the terrible loss of life is a small concern of only a few hundred tons of burden and in size, but twenty-five or thirty feet in length. It has been in use two or three years and was used there as Spokane CDA • September • 2013



The steamer Metaline, loading freight and passengers at Elks Landing belowthe Box Canyon on the Pend Oreille River in north Pend Oreille County, circa 1900. This photo is looking south toward the narrows of the river at the present site of Box Canyon Dam and the original Idaho and Washington Northern Railroad Bridge.

an excursion steamer. During the winter Mr. Nelson Martin, formerly proprietor of the Spokane Falls and Coeur d’Alene stage line, and a resident of this city decided upon putting an opposition boat on the lake and river route, and so purchased the boat in question and named it the Spokane. He but recently launched the craft on the lake and this was the first trip. Usually the steamers only run to the Mission from the lake up the Coeur d’Alene River. This portion of the river is so deep and so near level that it has no perceptible current. During high water, as is the case at present, small boats can run clear to Kingston, some twelve miles or more further up the stream. It seems that Mr. Martin made Kingston his objective point on the trip. As. Mr. Leghorn stated the current was swift and the steamer, which was in charge of Mr. Martin and the engineer, was running at a high rate of speed. The river is very sinuous and narrow, and great care is required in managing a craft. It is stated that after the accident Mr. Martin and the engineer, both of whom were saved, were arrested and taken to Kingston.” Captain Nelson Martin’s statement “On Sunday, the 3rd day of April, I started on a road trip with my steamer from Coeur d’Alene city for the old Mission. I had been at work, with two men, for a week at Coeur d’Alene getting it ready for operation. On Saturday evening we steamed up and tried her on the lake and everything seemed to work all right. I told my engineer we would go out the next morning and make a trial trip, and on our return to Coeur d’Alene, 84

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I would come to Spokane and have my printing done and advertise the time we were to run. He was to remain and paint the boat while I was in Spokane, as I would not be ready for business for several days. We left Coeur d’Alene city Sunday morning at 9 a.m. Mr. Wm H. Harrington of Kingston, three men and one lady got aboard with us, and we got to Mission Sunday evening all right. We had supper on our arrival and soon after supper we were informed that the raise in the river on Friday had taken out the railroad bridge, and that the water was so high on both sides of the river that the approach to the ferryboat was under water, and that a horse could not even get to it. The four men who had rode up with us commenced urging me to take them to Kingston. I told them that I was not prepared to go there, and would not go, but they kept after me until I consented to take them up, providing I could obtain some wood from Mrs. Courtright. I obtained the wood from her and I then told the passengers that I would go up with them. ‘On Monday morning at 7 a.m., we started up and took our time and went up very slow, examining the river as we went – the best we could – we arrived at Kingston and found it full of people, many of whom had come from Wardner, and residents of Kingston. We tied up the boat and as soon as I got out I found myself shaking hands with friends and acquaintances, congratulating me on the arrival of the new boat. I expressed my surprise at seeing so many people there and what had brought them there, as I had not advertised and was only up on a trial trip, and I was informed that telephone messages had

been sent to Kingston and Wardner that my steamer would be there, and the large crowd was there to welcome me on my new venture. It was all news to me. I was asked how soon we would return and I wandered that I did not know, but would possibly go as soon as we got some dinner. I went up town and attended to a number of small errands that I had in Kingston and then went back to the boat and gave my engineer some money, fifty vents I believe, and told him to go into Slocum’s and get his dinner. I then went and had quite a talk with my man Jesse Hodges, who had just come down from Wardner with a number of saddle horses and then turned from him and went down to the boat. I asked the engineer if he was ready to go; he said no, he wanted to get up more steam. I went and got an armful of kindling wood and put it in the boat. It was not long afterwards that he told me he was ready. The rope was let loose and I coiled it in the front of the boat and my man told me to take down the trunk which was on the bow of the boat. I immediately done so and then he called to me and said: “Mr. Martin, you will have to attend to the fire while we go down this current and I will attend to the wheel.” I came at once to the front of the boiler and took off my overcoat and gloves and handed my coat to Mr. Hanna, and told him to sit on it. I looked at the steam gauge and saw that it was between 70 and 80 and I opened the door of the boiler and saw there was a good fire and only put in a couple of sticks of wood. When I straightened up I looked ahead of the boat and saw we were nearing a small island, where a large amount of drift had caught on the lower end. The channel here was divided. I heard my engineer ask me, which was the best channel. I made him no reply as I did not know and did not wish to confuse him; however, I heard the call come from some of the passengers. Some said “right” and others “left.” He took the right, missed the island and jam but struck a log on the lower end of the jam, which extended out and under the water, with the bow of the boat. The boat received the concussion and dipped to the right and took in some water, but righted itself, when at this moment, four or five men sitting on the left hand back seat, jumped on the logs, thereby throwing all the weight on the right hand side of the boat, and as it then stood quartering with the strong current the moment the weight threw her back and the current caught the edge, it turned over…” This story was excerpted from The Spokan Times Coeur d’Alene Nugget, by Tornado Creek Publications. To read more local history, visit

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They embarked on this project, their first from-scratch build, after remodeling a couple of older homes in Spokane. The remodels had them curious: what would it be like to start with clean lines, rather than craftsman lines? They were interested in living more simply, and wanted a house that would help them do that. Intrigued by the work of Ross Chapin, a Whidbey Island architect known for creating dwellings with small (often 1,000 square feet or less) but highly functional footprints, the Hartanovs toyed with the idea of building a Chapin-style cottage. They sold their most recent remodel and scouted Spokane for affordable lots.


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one of the property’s many plots of basalt (“If basalt was gold we’d be set for life,” Tyler quips) and had to shift the entire home eight feet farther from the road. There was land to backfill, concrete had to be pumped in and the Hartanovs needed to rent aerial lifts and other heavy machinery. Plus, since a large portion of the home is held off the ground rather than supported by a foundation, they were building on top of scaffolding 20 feet up in the air. For people who describe themselves as “novices,” any of these obstacles could have seemed insurmountable. But Lisa and Tyler love a challenge. They got guidance from Tyler’s father, a commercial contractor, who helped them find an excellent team of subcontractors. They also felt a sense of relief in knowing that in Tyler’s dad they had someone who could offer advice and support if things got bad.


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Though this home was obviously very different from the remodels they had done, Tyler says he and Lisa took the approach that “it’s just another project.” Would they have been overwhelmed had they known more details going in? Absolutely. But when you go in a bit blind, he explains, “You’re almost foolishly moving forward, believing you’re going to accomplish it…with some level of false confidence. You need that.” “We could have really failed,” Tyler says. “But fortunately we had a lot of support.” After spending the past couple of years on the finish work— almost all of which Lisa and Tyler took on themselves—the now completed home is gorgeous, inviting and highly efficient. The 2,100 square foot house has a well-edited palette of white and


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grey with pops of vibrant colors, and feels surprisingly spacious— partly because it looks deceptively compact from the road, and partly because of the design, which is full of open, multi-purpose spaces. An entryway with built-in storage cabinetry opens onto the area that serves as the dining room, living room and kitchen. Glass sliders lead to the adjoining deck, an easy extension of the living space that feels totally continuous thanks to the marine-grade mahogany plywood that is used for flooring both outside and in. Dark grey cabinetry, a combination of open and concealed storage, runs seamlessly from the living room to the kitchen. Throughout the home, it’s easy to see from one space to the next, thanks in part to the Hartanovs’ choice to avoid things


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Simplicity and clean lines are compl emented by the surrounding greenery. “Every window has a purposeful view,” says Lisa.

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hanging overhead (like cabinetry or pendant lighting above kitchen work spaces; they opted for a custom drop ceiling with recessed lights instead) and through thoughtful choices like sliding rather than traditional doors, which both save space and avoid visual clutter. For furnishings, the Hartanovs chose to use a lot of built-ins in addition to some stunning custom pieces (like the credenza near the entry and the coffee table on casters, both designed by Lisa and built by Tyler). There are also some beautiful purchased items, such as the classic 1970s wood Eames chairs, grey tufted Gus Modern couch, and Blu Dot area rug in the living room, and the bright yellow Tolix stools at the kitchen island. The clean lines of the home are warmed by the ample use of wood and the pops of bright color.


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The kitchen is sleek and simple. The stools provide seating at the stainless steel-topped island. Beneath the island is additional cabinetry; the adjacent dishwasher is paneled to match. The microwave is tucked behind another cabinet door. The five-burner Wolf range and the Liebherr refrigerator were worthy splurges for the Hartanovs, who love to cook and entertain. The adjacent family-style dining room is furnished with a table and benches that slide conveniently underneath to save space when not in use. (Tyler made the benches and tabletop in a shop class he joined in order to take advantage of its tools). Above the table hangs a light orb that Lisa made herself, the most organic and unexpected object in the room. “You’ve got to have something a little crazy,” she says. Just beyond the kitchen is a perfect example of space-saving savvy. The Hartanovs, with the help of Olson, turned what could have been merely a passthrough into the home’s office and laundry room. The space, at most 64 square feet,


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From the kitchen, it’s a quick walk to the multifunctional space that serves as the home’s combination office/laundry room. has a stacked washer-dryer tucked next to gorgeous mahogany cabinetry, with grey cabinets above. The opposite wall serves as the home’s office, with a built-in steel desk (steel was chosen because it could span the nine-foot length without a seam) and shelving. This hallway leads to the master bedroom. There, a mahogany partial wall doubles as the headboard and separates the sleeping space from the master bath behind it. The platform bed appears to float, one of many examples of “negative space” throughout the home, which are an artful way of making it “feel like there’s more space in the room, without there actually being more space,” Tyler says. Furnishings and built-ins, like the bed frame, bathroom vanities and entry credenza, appear to float rather than resting on legs, and there’s something refreshing and restful about the open space beneath it. The entire home, in fact, hovers above negative space. Though they’ve been asked many times if and when they’re putting something below the

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house, Lisa and Tyler never intended to fill that spot. They love that there’s grass growing beneath their home and seeing deer wander underneath. Negative space means possibilities. Lacking the room for a walk-in master closet, Lisa and Tyler opted for a wall of built-in cabinetry (again painted dark grey, with a highly durable finish that can take a serious scrubbing). In the master bathroom they chose mahogany cabinetry, above-mount double sinks, and large-scale ceramic tile on the floor and shower walls; the shower floor is river rock. The custom white sliding doors that separate the bedroom and office from the rest of the home came about after a couple of years of thought. Not wanting to sacrifice natural light, the Hartanovs chose to use sliding doors on metal tracks, letting light through with circles drilled in an organic grid pattern to keep spaces easily connected to one another. “It was a true collaboration,” says Tyler. “Lisa sketched the grid on the door; I’d

Bright yellow Tolix stools make for fun and functional seating at the stainless steel island. come home every day and would drill whatever she’d drawn.” This is a typical division of labor for the couple, with Lisa taking on more of the design and Tyler more of the execution, though both have their hands in both. Tyler also built the hardware for these doors out of scrap metal to save money. A powder room, which brings in natural light through a Solatube (purchased at Eco Depot, this brings light into a space without losing energy efficiency, which is often the case with a skylight), rounds out the main floor. Downstairs, there is a guest bedroom, guest bath and a multipurpose space Tyler and Lisa fondly refer to as “the mad scientist room.” The cement-floored room, designed to work well as a craft room or a library, is separated from an additional bedroom by sliding wood doors. These doors allow the ability to wall off a second guest bedroom when closed, or open to combine the two spaces into a larger area when privacy is not needed.

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Outside, beautiful and creative landscaping comes from a gabion wall (which contains some of the property’s plentiful basalt—“we’re literally showing that we’re dominating the rock,” Lisa jokes). A climbing vegetable garden was a recent addition, as were a cedar deck and stairs that lead down to the 1/3-acre lot, which the Hartanovs seeded with natural grasses to blend with the surrounding park. Long-lasting and low-maintenance options were key factors in each decision the Hartanovs made, in addition to their other primary consideration: cost. “Most of our decisions are based on budget,” Lisa says. But this only leads to innovation. With “no budget to do fancy things, it freed us to be more creative,” she says. They also made choices based on longevity. “Our interpretation of ‘green’ is long-lasting, durable,” says Tyler. “We built an energy-efficient, durable house that will hopefully be more functional down the road.” This is evident through material choices like the marine-grade mahogany and the conversion varnish that

A grey Gus Modern sofa and cheerful Pendleton blanket complement neutrals with brights throughout their home. coats the cabinetry—there’s not much they can’t withstand. They also made a serious investment in the envelope of the home, like using $12,000 worth of spray foam insulation (it’s not uncommon to spend a third of that amount insulating a home twice as big) for the tradeoff of lower energy bills. The home’s white roof reflects heat—and is, contrary to what some have assumed, sloped. “We get a lot of questions about the roof,” Lisa says, noting that they’ve endured teasing from folks who think they’ve got a flat roof better suited to California than Spokane winters. “It does have a sloped roof—a gentle slope—approved by an engineer.” This is just one of the comments they’ve heard. Unlike the remodels they’d done before, the Hartanovs have discovered that this home is very polarizing. You love it or you hate it—and either way, “people are really comfortable telling us what they think,” Lisa says. It is a house that makes a statement, particularly in a city like Spokane. The home even warranted an inclusion in the Spokane

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o, you’ve made the decision to remodel your kitchen or bath. Congratulations! Now the real fun begins. You’re on your way to having your ideal dream space, but remember it is important for you to do your homework. It all begins in the pre-planning stage. This is where your ideas start to take flight. Start by creating a ‘dream’ folder. Be sure to include pictures and images of what you want your kitchen or bath to look like. This is all about finding your style, and you should use every resource available, including home and decorating magazines, visiting model homes, going to area home and garden shows, explore photos on Pinterest and watching decorating shows on television. This is the time for you to get inspired. Then, most importantly, share those ideas with the designer at the remodeling company that you’ve chosen for the job. “Sometimes a customer has difficulty explaining what they want,” says Rich Knight, owner of Knights Kitchens & Baths, “but a picture tells the story really quickly.” “Some customers are reluctant to share everything because they’re afraid of the cost. In reality, we need to know the whole scope because the professionals can always find ways to work within the budget and make things affordable for the average home owner,” Knight says.


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“Don’t jump to conclusions about costs. Tell the designer everything upfront because you can always back off from that. It’s much easier to include everything from the start than to add things after the remodeling process has begun.” “Spend the time to learn about the function of a bathroom before you jump into a remodeling project,” says Matt Berry, owner of Berry Built, a Spokane kitchen and bath design and construction company. “You might think it’s simply a showerhead, toilet and sink, but it can really come down to the walk space, drawer storage and proper lighting. There’s a lot of functionality in a bathroom that can get overlooked in comparison to the prettiness.” Thinking about that showerhead, Berry suggests paying attention to the stream settings and how the water actually comes out rather than the fixture’s fancy form. You should also consider the best location for the showerhead based on your own height rather than just x-marks the spot. is a great resource for tips and ideas about all things home remodeling. Barry also shares a secret about that showerhead and other fixtures that you might run down and pick up at the big hardware center. “The exact model plumbing fixture that you get from the box store and one from a wholesaler are not built the same. That same part may cost 10 percent more from the wholesaler, but it’s

built to professional standards,” Berry points out. Showrooms like Berry Built offer consumers the opportunity to buy the best quality products at affordable prices. And when you think about how much longer that product is going to last and how well it’s going to perform, it is well worth the little extra investment. You’ll also get expert advice rather than having to hunt the aisles for somebody who simply stocks the shelves. The concept of universal design continues to grow in popularity among homeowners, remodelers and designers. Once an unfamiliar concept, the demand for products that are accessible and functional for everyone increases as these products become more attractive and available. And that’s good for everyone of all ages says Julie Moss, regional sales manager for Canyon Creek Cabinetry. Another way to think about it is humancentered design. Such design helps us remember that our surroundings and products should support the activities, lifestyle and circumstances of the people we are designing for instead of the other way around - expecting people to adapt to the design. One aspect of accessibility in a kitchen pertains to storage. Where previously you might have had a blind corner, now you can have a shelving unit that swings out; for upper cabinets, you can have shelves that swing out and down, so you can reach items more easily. Lighting can be installed that comes on when you open a cabinet door for better visibility. There are also appliances, such as refrigerators and microwaves, built into drawers to prevent having to bend down or reach up as much to use the appliance. “All of these things increase functionality,” Moss says, “but it also makes the kitchen a multi-generational space. You might be 45 years old, but you might have your parents visit (or even living with you) . . . people are looking to make spaces more familyoriented.” When choosing lighting for your kitchen, the key is to find a balance between functional and decorative. “Light can make a dramatic change and update a kitchen even if you’re not remodeling counter surfaces and cabinets,”

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says Dave Covillo, owner of Renovations by Dave Covillo. “A lot of people forget about lighting, but it’s a good bang for your buck.” For main kitchen lighting, Covillo recommends recessed lighting, or embedded lights, which give a streamlined look due to the absence of cords or fixtures. Depending on how the lights are arranged around, recessed lighting can increase the amount of light in a room, accent artwork or decor and brighten spaces so they look and feel bigger. Utilizing dimmer switches allows you to control the intensity and create different ambiance in the space. “You might create a little nightlight glow, or if you’re entertaining, you might want some softer mood lighting rather than having it really bright.” Hanging pendants are often used as main light sources and are perfect for kitchen and counter tops or for applications in which you want to provide task lighting to a specific area. Another way to give your kitchen a distinctively modern touch is with toe-kick lighting between the cabinet bottom and the floor. It creates an appealing warm glow to the room and provides a path light for those midnight trips to raid the refrigerator. When it comes to selecting countertop options for your kitchen and bath take your time and make sure you are selecting the surface that is right for your needs and your wallet. When looking at countertop options it’s important to take into account not only what you like but also what most people would enjoy when you sell your home. This doesn’t mean you shouldn’t think big or shouldn’t be unique in your selections. “The idea is to find a happy medium that will pay off in the long run by appealing to you or to a number of potential homebuyers should you decide to sell your home in the future,” states Karin Corey, designer with Selkirk Glass & Cabinets. Granite is thought to be the “king of countertops” because of its fantastic appearance and durability, as well as the fact that each piece of natural stone is one of a kind. As a natural stone, granite requires periodic resealing in order to keep it looking it’s best. Quartz countertops are


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engineered stone that are incredibly durable, non-porous, heat resistant, scratch resistant, and do not require sealing. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, so only you can determine which material wins in the looks department. There are a number of other countertop options to fit every budget including solid surface, concrete, glass, wood, laminate, and many more. “If you’ve done the research and find you’re wrestling over which one to buy,” advises Corey, “opt for the countertop that meets your needs, captures your heart, and complements your kitchen’s overall feel.” When it comes to remodeling your bathroom, a good design and quality tile installation are the most important things. That’s the expert opinion of Toby Hern, owner of Hern Interiors. “Tile is really the majority of the bathroom, and if it’s not installed correctly it can make the whole remodel look bad, or worse, it can lead to severe water damage,” Hern says. “A good design can take an average bathroom remodel into a bathroom you’re proud to come home to.” Natural stone (for example travertine marble and granite) can create a beautiful style that will not look outdated overtime and blends very well with stained cabinetry. Glass tile is also very popular now and can come in many different styles and colors of mosaic mixed with stone tile which also looks very good in a deco backplash strip. With cabinetry, Hern recommends investing in a high quality product that will not only look good, but will last. “There are a lot of lower priced cabinets available that look very nice, but do not hold up well in a wet environment like a bathroom or kitchen. They use MDF or fiber board which when wet will rot very quickly,” Hern states. “Our recommendation is to use cabinets made from laminated high density particle board or veneered plywood with a solid hardwood face frame.” If you have a teeny tiny bathroom, storage is a major issue. Unfortunately

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there are not a whole lot of good solutions. You might try adding drawers under the sink in the vanity, but then the plumbing is usually in the way. “The best way to do it is to install a wall or surface mount medicine cabinet,” suggests Janet Rasmussen, showroom manager at Affordable Custom Cabinets, “at least that way you have room for your smaller items.” If you have a wide enough vanity, another option is to install tower shelves that come from the ceiling down to the counter top. Still where do you put larger items like your hair dryer and curling iron? You might think about a stainless-steel lined pullout drawer that incorporates a power outlet. The metal lining protects the drawer from heat and keeps your appliance out of the way until your ready to use it or to let it to cool down. Does your existing bath have double sinks? If so, how often is that space actually utilized? “It’s not natural to have two people in the bathroom at the same time,”


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Rasmussen says. “By freeing up the space that’s not a sink, you have more storage area where you can more easily put a bank of drawers.” “There are lots of good storage options and amenities that can be made when you’re initially designing and installing the cabinets.” Statistically, if a older person is going to slip and fall, it will happen in the home. The majority of those accidents take place in the bathroom, particularly in the bathtub or shower where water (mixed with soap and shampoo) causes slippery surfaces. Even if you are fit as a fiddle, it’s a good idea to provide as many safety features as you can in your bathroom. But does a bathroom that incorporates safety into the design have to look like it belongs in a hospital? Absolutely not, says Charlie Hartshorn, owner of Bath Planet of Spokane by Northwest Bath Specialists. Fixture manufacturers are now offering

attractive designs that blend into your décor. Whether you love sleek, minimal design or are hooked on traditional, you can provide safety without sacrificing style. One of the most common bathroom safety ideas is the addition of grab bars. These handy rails can make the difference between a momentary slip and a hipbreaking fall. Modern grab bars come in all shapes, sizes and finishes. They can be installed over tile, fiberglass and other wall surfaces. When not in use as grab bars, they can serve double duty as stylish towel racks. Secure seating inside the shower is another great safety feature. If a built-in bench would take up too much room, consider a teak fold-up bench. A plastic bench says “hospital,” while teak says “spa.” A handheld showerhead offers ultimate accessibility and convenience. As the name suggests, you can hold this device in your hand, and reach all areas of the body with ease. It’s especially great for directing massage jets to relieve your sore muscles.

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buying a home been in the clients’ bank account long enough, etc. So the way to make the strongest offer today is to get “pre-approved”. This happens after all information has been checked and verified. You are actually approved for the loan and the only loose end is the appraisal on the property. This process takes anywhere from a few days to a few weeks depending on your situation. It’s very powerful weapon to have in your negotiating arsenal.

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Buying a home is one of the biggest investments you will ever make. Done right, it can be an exciting and satisfying experience. Done wrong, the process can be challenging at best. They best way to get the best home for your money is though planning, research and patience. Here are some tips to help you get started down the right path. 1. Get “Pre-Approved” Not “Pre-Qualified!” Do you want to get the best property you can for the least amount of money? Then make sure you are in the strongest negotiating position possible. Price is only one element in the negotiations, and not necessarily the most important one. Often other terms, such as the strength of the buyer or the length of escrow, are critical to a seller. In years past, it was recommended that buyers get “pre-qualified” by a lender. This means that you spend a few minutes on the phone with a lender who asks you a few pertinent questions. Based on the answers, the lender pronounces you “pre-qualified” and issues a certificate that you can show to a seller. Sellers are aware that such certificates are basically worth the paper they’re printed on because none of the information has been verified! Many times unknown problems can come to the surface including recorded judgments, past due alimony payments, credit report glitches, down payments that have not 118

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If you have a house to sell, sell it before selecting a house to buy. Contingency sales aren’t nearly as strong as one that comes in with a ready, willing and able buyer. Consider this scenario: You’ve found your dream house - now you have to go make an offer to the seller. You want the seller to reduce the price and wait until you sell your house. The seller figures that this is a risky deal since he might pass up a buyer who doesn’t have to sell a house while he’s waiting for you. So he says okay he’ll do the contingency, but it has to be a full price offer. You have now paid more for the house than you could have because of the contingency, and you have to sell your existing house in a hurry. Otherwise you lose the house! So, to sell quickly, you might be forced to take an offer that’s lower than if you had more time. The bottom line is that buying before selling might cost you thousands of dollars. If you’re concerned that there is not a house on the market for you, then go on a window-shopping trip. You can identify possible houses and locations without falling in love with a specific house. If you feel confident after that then put your house on the market. Another tactic is to make the sale ‘’subject to seller finding suitable housing’’. Adding this phrase to the listing means that when you do find a buyer, you will have some time to find the new place. If you don’t find anything to your liking, you don’t have to sell your present home.

3. Weigh Your Options Before house hunting, make a list of things you want in the new place. Then make a list of the things you don’t want. You can use this list as a guide to rate each property that you see. The one with the biggest score wins. This helps avoid confusion and keeps things in perspective when you’re comparing dozens of homes. When house hunting, keep in mind the difference between style and substance. The SUBSTANCE are things that cannot be changed such as the location, view, size of lot, noise in the area, school district, and floor plan. The STYLE represents easily changed elements like carpet, wallpaper, color, and window coverings. Buy the house with good SUBSTANCE, because the STYLE can always be changed to match your tastes.

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13008 W. 21st Avenue

Airway Heights office set-up located on nearly an acre. Office break room with mini-kitchen, map room and large storage area. Chain link fenced. Public water. Convenient location. Contract terms available. $195,000

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un facts: Did you know your skin is the largest organ of your body? The skin of an average adult weighs 8-10 pounds and averages an area of about 22 square feet! In my practice of esthetics, again and again I listen to the frustrations of acne sufferers and their cry for help to eliminate the unsightly and painful skin disorder. My passion for skincare began years ago in my quest to cure my own cystic acne. I suffered for several years, so I find a natural and deep compassion for the women I see struggling, and I want to share everything I know to help them end the battle.

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I remember all too well the ranting and raving I did in protest to the blemishes on my face, which I felt should have been left behind, many painful adolescent years ago! After all I was a grown woman with soonto-be adolescents of my own. Of course in adolescence you expect to see acne blemishes as a result of hormone fluctuations, but you don’t expect to see them in your twenties, thirties or even your forties. According to the American Academy of Dermatology, “A study examining the prevalence of acne in adults over age 20 found that acne affects more than 50 percent of women between the ages of 20-29 and more than 25 percent of women between the ages of 40-49.” That means you are not alone! So, lets address some factors that may be wreaking havoc on your skin and look at some solutions. To do so we will need to go more than skin deep to look at the underlining cause for the problem.

you could be off. Look for a gynecologist that has experience with natural hormone replacement therapy and recommends natural supplements to help restore balance. Many gynecologist and dermatologists prescribe oral contraceptives to improve acne. These synthetic combinations of estrogen and progestins are not without side effects and are exposing you to non bioidentical hormones that could eventually lead to more hormonal imbalance. There is another hormone treatment with antiandrogenetic properties that treats acne with low-doses of a drug called spironolactone. As a last resort, Accutane is an option that does provide amazing results. I have used both hormone treatments with some success but in hind sight would look to the natural approach of supplements like Ashwaganda, Shatavari and Meta I-3-C to name just a few that combat stress and restore hormonal balance.

Factor #1 Hormones I just hate that word! Like most women, I have had my share of hormonal roller coaster rides: psychological drama-trauma, brain fog, and someone… please… take the chips and chocolate away from me! Seriously, how do things get so out of whack? Hormone imbalance is a factor in causing acne, but what is causing the imbalance and what can you do about it? A good place to start is talking to your doctor about running a complete hormone panel to look at your levels and where

Factor #2 Stress Stress creates hormonal imbalance and hormonal imbalance causes acne. When God created woman, I’m pretty sure he didn’t expect her to bring home the bacon, fry it up in a pan, clean up everyone’s mess from the day, take the kids to their sporting events, give the little ones their baths, read stories until they fall asleep, and never, never let him forget he’s a man! All in one day! Seriously, a day in the life of today’s modern woman was not the plan and has taken its toll on our ability to function

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with the whole woman wellness we were created for. It is now clear from scientific research that “increased acne severity” is significantly associated with increased stress levels. The National Institutes of Health (USA) lists stress as a factor that can cause an acne flare. When we experience stress, the stress hormone cortisol is excreated into the body and causes sebacious glands, glands that secrete oil or sebum, to secret more sebum. Sebum, a combination of oil and dead skin cells builds up in the folical wall, becomes traped and breaks through the folical wall, thus creating inflammation that leads to infected pustules causing redness and inflammation and may cause scarring with hyper pigmentation. When chronic stress takes up residence in our lives, cortisol production becomes constant, leading to chronically elevated levels. These elevated levels create a host of symptoms including fatigue, weight gain, depression and yes, acne. When the demands you place on your body are greater than the support you give yourself, it becomes more likely that you’ll develop one or more of these conditions related to hormonal imbalance. Factor #3 Diet It’s a commonly debunked myth that eating certain foods causes breakouts, but this is not to say that your diet doesn’t matter when it comes to acne. Diets with too many iodides found in salt, MSG, kelp, cheese, processed and packaged foods (especially fast foods) can irritate acne. The excessive iodides are excreted through pores and irritate them. Diets high in sugar, and high glycemic foods, such as refined carbohydrates and trans fats, create internal inflammation, which manifests itself in your skin in the form of acne, rosacea or premature aging. Additionally, these factors can weaken collagen, dilate surface blood capillaries, and clog pores, which leads to acne. Good nutrition is paramount in maintaining every aspect of our health. Unfortunately, poor nutrition is inevitable if left to our food source alone, especially when you consider the quality of the soil


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isn’t what it was 50 years ago. Today’s conventional farming methods have robbed our soils of vital minerals. Because of this, it is almost impossible to get what we need from eating alone. We must supplement. Since soil manufactures nutrients, if the soil is deficient, then the food will lack the complete spectrum of minerals our bodies require. Factor #4 Cosmetics and skincare products Certain ingredients in skincare and makeup products can aggravate acne. Poorly manufactured, low-grade products use fatty ingredients like waxes and oils that irritate follicles and clog your pores. Keeping pores clear can be attained with topical retinoids and other methods of exfoliation. In acne patients of any age, dermatologists consider topical retinoids (medications that contain vitamin A derivatives) a first-line therapy for mild-to-moderate acne. Fortunately, you don’t have to see a dermatologist to obtain a retinal product of pharmaceutical strength. A licensed esthetician can provide powerful retinal products along with other highly effective ingredients like salicylic, glycolic, malic and lactic acids that can dramatically improve the symptoms of acne. In conclusion, look to the underlining cause of your acne, treat from within and treat topically. It is important to have a licensed skin professional analyze your skin and direct you in choosing healthy treatment options and pharmaceutical grade skincare products formulated to address acne. So don’t loose heart! The good news is there’s a lot you can do to treat, reduce and possibly prevent adult breakouts by solving the underlying causes of your acne.

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extremely stressful period in her life. As stress will do, it manifested in her health. The 54 year-old mother of three and grandmother of seven wasn’t sleeping, her eyes were dry, she had a constant tightness in her throat like a Charlie Horse, and she was tired all the time. She went to see her regular doctor who she says talked to her for about 15 minutes then gave her an anti-anxiety pill. When she returned five weeks later and had gained 20 pounds she says the doctor said, “Yes, but I think you’re probably happier than you’ve been in your entire life.” Hale thought, “That’s the only answer you have for me is a pill?” She found a new doctor that day. She went to The Metabolic Institute on Spokane’s South Hill. The clinic specializes in what’s known as functional medicine and is defined as individualized medical care that recognizes the interactions between genetic and environmental factors and between the body’s interconnected systems. Debbie Judd, the clinic’s nurse practitioner, says “What we do is look for imbalances in the metabolic system before they become a disease process.” A typical patient at the institute is a middle aged female with weight gain and hormonal imbalance, although men are also 130

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treated. Debbie, who specializes in bio-identical hormone replacement, is passionate about seeking help for patients rather than putting them on antidepressants. “People are tired of the 15 minute traditional doctor visit and a prescription. They want to be heard and they want to feel well as naturally as they can.” That’s exactly what Hale verbalized when she first went to the clinic. She told Dr. Mike Judd, who runs the clinic along with his wife Debbie, “I just want to be able to say, I’ve never felt better in my life” Dr. Judd told Hale to give them six months. “What was wrong with me was nothing that a pill could fix. I just needed to get balance back in my life” says Hale. Debbie says clinic practitioners start by looking at a patient’s hormonal balance, their adrenal health (adrenal glands are responsible for releasing hormones in response to stress), how they metabolize glucose and the condition of their thyroid. “People come to us saying I’ve been to multiple specialists and everyone says I’m fine, but I don’t feel fine,” says Debbie. “We know that you can’t compartmentalize the body, one change affects a change in another system.” Patient visits are an hour long, to give each person a chance to tell their story. “It’s how medicine used to be,” says Debbie. “It’s patient

centered. It’s a holistic approach to treating the patient.” Hale is sold. She worked with Debbie for a year starting with hormone, thyroid and other tests to get a good picture of her overall health. Then, she was put on natural supplements to support and balance her system. Bio-identical hormones and thyroid supplements were started, based on laboratory testing. Hale was also put on a nutrition program to facilitate and support fat-burning. She immediately felt much better and eventually, she says “normal” again. “I’ve lost 15 pounds and my system is back in balance. When your system is balanced you can handle stress better, you sleep better.” Hale now has the energy to exercise and get back to her optimal weight and fitness level. The Metabolic Institute doesn’t take insurance. Judd says they are cash based because it allows them to order the appropriate tests and not be dictated by what insurance companies say a patient needs. Hale says paying up front for treatment is less expensive in the long run because not addressing the true issues or masking them with a pill may leave you facing a bigger medical problem down the road. “I’m all about preventative medicine. I want to supply my body with the things it needs to be healthy.” MORE ON FUNCTIONAL MEDICINE Functional medicine is a form of alternative medicine. It treats people with symptoms, imbalances and dysfunctions by identifying and addressing the root causes of disease. It looks at the body as one integrated system, not a collection of independent organs divided up by medical specialties. Practitioners believe that diet, nutrition and exposure to environmental toxins play a key role in a person’s overall health. Here is how The Institute for Functional Medicine (with additional comments from Debbie Judd) explains functional medicine. Functional medicine is a dynamic and scientific approach to assessing, preventing and treating metabolic imbalances as well as complex chronic diseases. Assessment and treatment first address the patient’s core clinical imbalance that underlie the expression of disease; along with environmental inputs, genetic predispositions and fundamental physiological processes, rather than heading straight for the diagnosis and treatment with pharmaceuticals. The emphasis is on underSpokane CDA • September • 2013


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It’s not too late to swing into the golf season by Justin Rundle The hot Spokane summer is the heart of the golf season. We are privileged to not only live in a naturally beautiful region, but also have an abundance of golf courses at our disposal. If you are an avid golfer, looking for an edge in your game, then this article is for you. Improving one’s golf fitness is a sure fire way to see noticeable improvements in all areas of one’s game, as well as life. Basically, golf fitness is the application of fitness into the general golfer’s lifestyle to promote improvements in overall performance. Although one of these options focuses less on fitness and more on technique and form, golf fitness should address the athlete’s weakness in stability, mobility, balance, strength and power and how to improve. Spokane’s U-District has been a premier destination for physical therapy and sport specific performance training. Their latest edition, Golf Performance Training, is providing users with exceptional results and improved accuracy. U-District is even credited with being the exclusive strength and conditioning program for Gonzaga University and Whitworth University men’s and women’s golf teams. Through a full medical and golf professional team, U-District is able to provide enhancements in stability, mobility, strength and power. Not only does U-District have an exceptional staff, they also operate state-of-the art technology known as the “K-Vest.” This is a 3D system used for analyzing swing efficiency and coordination while providing audio/visual biofeedback based on every individual user. In short, the K-Vest can help one target crucial flaws in one’s golf mechanics and promote immediate resolution for the user. Whether one needs help as an individual, small group (four people), or large group (8-12), U-District is available for golf enthusiasts in a fall, winter, spring or summer session. Golf TEC is emerging as one of the national leaders in general golf improvement and is now available to Spokane golfers. They are becoming

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British Columbia and of course, our area, from May – October, I counted over 200 car shows, drag racing and sports car races, cruises, concours d’elegance and parades. It has been a busy summer season, with some of the most well-known local car events already haven taken place over the past few months. These include Cruzin the Falls Show Spokane and Moses Lake Spring Festival Car Show in May; Spokane Festival of Speed-SOVREN, Car d’Alene, Cool Desert Nights Car Show Richland, Washtucna Classic Auto Show in June; Northwest Grand Prix @ Spokane Raceway, Annual Spokane Early Ford V8 Show, INCCC Downtown Scholarship Car Show Spokane, Hot Wheels in Millwood, Glass on Grass Corvette Show Riverfront Park in July; Pacific Northwest Truck Show Post Falls, Hot Rods in Hillyard, Goodguy’s Rod & Custom Great Northwest Nationals, Annual Ford Show Airway Heights, Coaster Classic Silverwood in August,. The fun doesn’t end when fall starts to appear. There is still the Arbor Crest Annual Collectors Car Show, Valleyfest Car Show Spokane Valley in September, and the Concours de Maryhill and Hill Climb Maryhill, Washington in October.

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rusting away outside. For car lovers, they are a cross between a museum and a time machine to a forgotten era. You can browse history via his collection of Model T’s, Packards, Studebakers and makes and models you may not even recognize. Bring your camera! Nearby, visit Dave Jones’ commercial lot and see a cadre of vintage commercial trucks and cars, most of them circa pre1960’s. Yes, you can climb in these vehicles

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1926 Rolls Royce 20/25 Silver Ghost, Tilbury body, Photos courtesy LeMay American’s Car Museum

1926 Rolls Royce 20/25 Silver Ghost, Tilbury body. Photos courtesy LeMay American’s Car Museum

1937 Fiat Topolino. Photos courtesy LeMay American’s Car Museum

if you dare, and you will find some of the most unique old vehicle insignias, emblems and brand plates anywhere. Don’t leave downtown Sprague without visiting Dorothy and Gary Giddings’ antique store, where you can purchase automobile memorabilia including old car parts that just might make a cool centerpiece in your den or wall art in your garage. Without a doubt, Washington has one of the most renowned automobile museums in the LeMay – America’s Car Museum, in Tacoma. Opened in June 2012, this four story museum was designed to preserve history and celebrate automotive culture. The museum can house up to 350 cars at any one time. The LeMay collection itself has amassed more than 3,500 vehicles. “Everybody remembers their first car, family driving vacations, a sports car or muscle car they fell in love with as a teenager,” says ACM CEO David Madeira. “Personal experiences with cars are at the heart of the American experience, and we’re going to showcase more than a century of automotive lifestyle and history as well as the future of transportation.” The LeMay ACM is so new and the story has not yet become recognized by the world for the significance it is worthy of. From the LeMay website is this historical reference: “Harold and Nancy LeMay amassed the largest privately owned collection of automobiles, trucks, motorcycles, other vehicles and related memorabilia in the world.” At its peak, the LeMay Collection numbered in excess of 3,000 vehicles and thousands of artifacts and was listed in the Guinness Book of World Records as the largest privately owned collection in the world; impressive if accomplished by a king, but jaw-dropping awesome when accomplished by a local businessman from Tacoma, Washington. In 1998, Harold and Nancy LeMay formed the 501(c)3 charitable organization, The Harold E. LeMay Museum, now called LeMay – America’s Car Museum, and committed themselves to donating the vast LeMay Collection to the museum for the benefit of the public. LeMay - America’s Car Museum was chartered to secure, preserve and interpret the valuable LeMay Collection, along with additional vehicles and artifacts that it may acquire, in order to explore the broad themes of American mobility and lifestyle in an instructive and entertaining manner. The magnitude of the LeMay Collection, and its power to relate the story of the American experience with the automobile, demands a new paradigm in transportation museums. The museum will be an inviting place, eliciting memories and stories from those who visit. It will provide a venue to explore history, design, technology and restoration. In short, the museum will create “America’s Auto Experience” and become a world-class tourist destination in its own right. Do not miss the opportunity to visit the LeMay ACM the next time you are in Western Washington.

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1932 Ford Sedan Delivery. Photos courtesy LeMay American’s Car Museum.


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The State of the Arts in Spokane

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by Jim Kershner


t is with a sense of foreboding that I embark on the following fraught subject: The State of the Arts in Spokane. Anybody who has been paying any attention knows that many of Spokane’s major arts institutions have hit some rough patches in the last couple of years.

Here’s the rundown: • The Spokane Civic Theatre’s board fired its longtime executive artistic director, Yvonne A.K. Johnson, this summer, revealing a deep rift right through the heart of Spokane’s theater community.

During the last biennium, the Northwest Museum of Arts & Culture was facing the inconceivable—closing its doors – because of a state funding crisis. In the midst of that, the board fired its new executive director, Forrest Rodgers. Three months and a lawsuit later, it hired him back.

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Anything Goes

October 10-13, 2013 Time TBA All aboard for this saucy and splendid production of Roundabout Theatre Company’s Anything Goes, winner of three 2011 Tony Awards® including Best Musical Revival and Choreography! One of the greatest musicals in theater history, Cole Porter’s first-class musical comedy is sailing to Spokane, starring critically-acclaimed actress Rachel York as Reno Sweeney and directed and choreographed by Tony Award® winner Kathleen Marshall. The New York Times calls it “Musical comedy joy” and USA Today hails it as “Glorious and exuberant!” When the S.S. American heads out to sea, etiquette and convention get tossed out the portholes as two unlikely pairs set off on the course to true love…proving that sometimes destiny needs a little help from a crew of singing sailors, an exotic disguise and some good old-fashioned blackmail. Peppering this timeless classic are some of musical theatre’s most memorable standards, including I Get A Kick Out Of You, You’re the Top, and of course, Anything Goes. Don’t miss what the AP exclaims as, “so delightful, so delicious, so de-lovely!”

Capitol Steps •

The Coeur d’Alene Summer Theatre shocked patrons in mid-August when it announced it was canceling its next season in 2014. This 46-year-old professional institution experienced a 40 percent drop in ticket sales in 2013. It needs a $150,000 infusion of donations to stay alive.

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Sunday, October 6, 2013 6:30 p.m. The Capitol Steps began as a group of Senate staffers who set out to satirize the very people and places that employed them. In the years that followed, many of the Steps ignored the conventional wisdom “Don’t quit your day job!” The Capitol Steps troupe is a favorite in the Washington, D.C. social circuit and their reputation for skewering the political right and left with equal glee brings chuckles, rave reviews, guffaws and bipartisan grins all around. Full of parody’s performed in complete character (imagine Obama sitting only feet away, but with an off hair-day) you’ll love hearing recognizable tunes, with unfamiliar words!

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fall arts guide Mannheim Steamroller Christmas by Chip Davis Experience the Magic!

Wednesday, November 20, 2013 7:30 p.m. Mannheim Steamroller Christmas by Chip Davis has been America’s favorite holiday celebration for over 25 years. Grammy Award winner Chip Davis has created a show that features the beloved Christmas music of Mannheim Steamroller along with dazzling multimedia effects performed in an intimate setting. The spirit of the season comes alive with the signature sound of Mannheim Steamroller. Don’t miss this ultimate holiday tradition from the number one Christmas music artist in history!

American Idiot

November 22-23, 2013 Time TBA Direct from Broadway, the smash-hit musical American Idiot tells the story of three lifelong friends, forced to choose between their dreams and the safety of suburbia. Their quest for true meaning in a post 9/11 world leads them on the most exhilarating theatrical journey of the season. Based on Green Day’s Grammy® Awardwinning multi-platinum album, American Idiot boldly takes the American musical where it’s never gone before. The result is an experience Charles Isherwood of The New York Times declares “thrilling, emotionally charged, and as moving as any Broadway musical I’ve seen this year!” Featuring the hits Boulevard of Broken Dreams, 21 Guns, Wake Me Up When September Ends, Holiday and the blockbuster title track, American Idiot features the music of Green Day and the lyrics of its lead singer Billie Joe Armstrong, direction by Tony Award® winner Michael Mayer (Spring Awakening), choreography by Olivier Award winner Steven Hoggett (Black Watch), music supervision, orchestrations and arrangements by Pulitzer Prize winner Tom Kitt (Next to Normal), Tony Award® winning set design by Christine Jones and Tony Award® winning lighting design by Kevin Adams. (American Idiot contains adult content and strong language.)

Million Dollar Quartet

December 12 - 15, 2013 Time TBA “The most exciting musical Broadway has seen in years.” ~ Chicago Tribune Million Dollar Quartet is the Tony® awardwinning Broadway musical, inspired by the electrifying true story of the famed recording session that brought together rock ‘n’ roll icons Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis and Carl Perkins for the first and only time. On December 4, 1956, these four young musicians were gathered together by Sam Phillips, the “Father of Rock ’n’ Roll” at Sun Records in Memphis for what would be one

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The City of Spokane’s three-decade-old Arts Department was axed last fall due to budget cuts. It was revived, outside of City Hall, as the Spokane Arts Fund, but longtime arts director Karen Mobley resigned this summer.

Last April, Interplayers Theatre announced that it didn’t have the money to stage its 33rd season. An eleventh-hour fund drive saved the season, but funding remained precarious. Meanwhile, its artistic director, Reed McColm, was banished to Canada for work-visa problems.

Underlying all of this bad news was what seemed like an irreversible fiscal trend. Spokane’s “benefactor culture,” which had funded Spokane’s arts institutions for a half-century or more, had been in steady decline. Pile all of these problems together, and it seemed as if Spokane’s arts community was lurching from crisis to crisis to crisis. Reasons for optimism However … Hope is surprisingly easy to find. For one thing the arts in Spokane transcend Spokane’s big, venerable institutions. Underneath the headlines, a creative ferment has been bubbling up in many new places. The best example: Terrain, the annual art/ music/multimedia event. This is a one-night only juried show that takes place every October, showcasing emerging artists in a wild variety of genres, from painting to spoken word to music to performance art. In it’s first year, 2008, it attracted an astonishing 2,000 people. In recent years, Terrain has attracted crowds of more than 5,000. That’s right, 5,000 people, hungering for what Terrain provides. It defies categorization – that’s part of its appeal – but you can think of it as a combination gallery-opening/rock concert/ poetry-slam and scene, all gathered together in one happy party. This year, Terrain 6 will take place on the evening of October 4, during the Fall Visual Arts Tour, as always. (Side note: If you want a visual indication of the healthy state of Spokane’s arts scene, look no further than the Fall Visual Arts Tour. You’ll see thousands upon thousands of people jamming downtown’s streets, sidewalks and galleries.) Meanwhile, fresh, young energy has been

injected into Spokane’s arts scene in many different areas. The Spokane International Film Festival (SpIFF) has grown into a 10-day wintertime festival of the cinematic arts, showcasing movies from around the world. Spokane’s literary scene is awash with readings, poetry slams and the Get Lit! Festival. In fact, Spokane will host the 2013 Individual World Poetry Slam, from October 3-5, at several downtown venues, with the finals at the Bing Crosby Theater. Yes, this is the world championship of poetry slams. In the world of live stage, a number of creatively ambitious theaters have emerged. The Stage Left Theater has done two politically provocative plays, Marx in Soho and David Hare’s Stuff Happens. Ignite Community Theatre is happily settled into a performance space in Spokane Valley and will produce Little Shop of Horrors and Prelude to a Kiss in its upcoming season. Meanwhile, Lake City Playhouse in Coeur d’Alene, under the creative leadership of George Green, has established itself as the place to see cutting-edge theater in the region. Its upcoming season ranges from the Pulitzer Prizewinning Wit to the campy Great American Trailer Park Musical. And when it comes to music, a rush of creative energy has been funneled into two terrific outdoor music festivals: Elkfest, which takes place early every summer in Browne’s Addition, and the brand new KYRS Music Festival, which debuted this summer in Peaceful Valley. Many of the above have not yet achieved the level of “arts institution,” in the sense of having a paid staff and their own real estate; however, you never know – some of these may evolve into the next wave of Spokane’s permanent cultural institutions. Terrain, for example, was just given a $10,000 grant by Global Credit Union, which will enable it to take steps toward “becoming an actual non-profit that raises actual money,” in the words of Luke Baumgarten, one of Terrain’s founders. It may also pave the way toward Terrain’s dream of opening a permanent gallery. A surprising resiliency So the creative arts are thriving in ways that don’t always make headlines. Meanwhile, let’s delve more deeply into the opening question: Are things really that grim at the big institutions? Even while things have been dicey in the front offices, stunning work continues.

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fall arts guide of the greatest jam sessions of all time. Million Dollar Quartet brings that legendary night to life with an irresistible tale of broken promises, secrets, betrayal and celebrations featuring timeless hits including Blue Suede Shoes, Fever, That’s All Right, Sixteen Tons, Great Balls of Fire, I Walk the Line, Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On, Who Do You Love?, Matchbox, Folsom Prison Blues, Hound Dog and more. This thrilling musical brings you inside the recording studio with four major talents who came together as a red-hot rock ‘n’ roll band for one unforgettable night. Don’t miss your chance to be a fly on the wall of fame... at Million Dollar Quartet!

Hello Dolly!

January 30–February 2, 2014 Time TBA Winner of ten Tony Awards including Best Musical, Hello, Dolly! is one of the most enduring Broadway classics. Emmy- award winning Sally Struthers (All In the Family, Gilmore Girls) stars as the strong-willed matchmaker Dolly, as she travels to Yonkers, New York to find a match for the ornery “well-known unmarried half-a-millionaire” Horace Vandergelder. Featuring an irresistible story and an unforgettable score including the title song, Put on Your Sunday Clothes, It Only Takes A Moment, and the show-stopping Before the Parade Passes By, Hello, Dolly! has been charming audiences around the world for nearly 50 years. Details and information at

Les Miserables

Sept 20 – Oct 20, 2013 Thurs - Sat: 7:30 p.m.; Sun: 2:00 p.m. Les Misérables has been an international sensation for over 28 years, garnering eight Tony Awards and countless other accolades. Civic is thrilled to present this masterpiece as the season opener! Share in the magic of this breathtaking spectacle featuring song highlights: Bring Him Home, Do You Hear The People Sing?, On My Own, I Dreamed A Dream and One Day More. Spokane Civic Theatre presents a new production of Boubil & Schönbers’ Les Miserables. Les Misérables is licensed by Music theatre International (MTI) by arrangement with Cameron Mackintosh LTD.

Second Samuel Warmly Humorous Play

Oct 25 - Nov 24, 2013 Thurs - Sat: 7:30 p.m.; Sun: 2:00 p.m. An audience pleasing favorite, the people of Second Samuel will immerse your heart and soul in small town Southern life. This Pulitzer nominated script deals with themes of love, acceptance and hope. If you enjoyed the plays Steel Magnolias and To Kill A Mockingbird, don’t miss this new production. Presented in the Firth J. Chew Studio Theatre. By Pamela Parker, directed by Jhon Goodwin.


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Let’s take a look: • The Spokane Civic Theatre is about to open its most ambitious production ever: Les Miserables. It didn’t seem possible that any community theater could pull off such a massive project; however, the Civic’s professional set design staff, its professional costumers, its pit orchestra of 20-plus, and its cast of 44 have been manning the ramparts for nearly two months in rehearsal. •

The Northwest Museum of Arts & Culture (MAC) received the good news this summer: The state legislature will continue to fund the museum over the next biennium. The MAC is still operating on a much tighter budget than before, yet it was able to mount a first-class David Douglas exhibit this year, and it has big new exhibits on the drawing board, showing off its unparalleled regional collection.

As of press time, it is too early to tell whether the Coeur d’Alene Summer Theatre would be able to revive its 2014 season. Yet the initial outpouring of community support is heartening.

At the Spokane Symphony, musician contracts are in place for two more years. The music has once again taken precedence. Music director Eckart Preu’s exalted programming choices, which include Faure’s Requiem and Richard Strauss’ Also Sprach Zarathustra, should lift spirits above the realm of balance sheets.

Shannon Roach, a widely experienced arts leader from Seattle, has been hired as the new executive director of the Spokane Arts Fund. She’ll take over from Mobley on October 1st. “I don’t think we could have found a better director,” said Spokane City Council President Ben Stuckart, who spearheaded the creation of the Spokane Arts Fund.

Michael Weaver, a key part of Interplayers during its glory days, has returned as associate artistic director while Reed McColm sorts out his visa status. From a creative standpoint, that’s about the best news imaginable. Weaver says he’ll bring in regional actors and directors “from the old Interplayers and ART (Actors Repertory Theatre) days.” The infusion of cash from the May fund drive has also allowed the theater to add a new rehearsal hall, which means less downtime between productions and more ticket revenue. • WestCoast Entertainment’s wildly successful Best of Broadway series didn’t make it into the “bad news” list at the beginning of this story — entirely because there is no bad news to report. It just keeps packing in tens of thousands of musical-theater fans every year. Its role in Spokane’s cultural life tends to be vastly underrated, probably because the shows are imported. Yet when people talk about the arts contributing to the region’s tourism economy, the Best of Broadway series is Exhibit A. This season, Best of Broadway is bringing back Wicked for three weeks. That show alone will lure 45,000 theatergoers to downtown Spokane.

So signs of creative life are everywhere. Meanwhile, there are signs of fiscal life in the “benefactor culture,” so crucial to long-term stability. New individual benefactors have stepped in, including Jerry and Patty Dicker, whose commitment and generosity to Spokane’s arts have been stunning. New corporate benefactors have also stepped forward. Some civic leaders, namely Stuckart, have stepped up to become tireless supporters of Spokane’s arts and culture. Meanwhile, in some ways, “old money” is being replaced with what Stuckart calls “young activism” of the Terrain variety. And finally, it’s important to keep some perspective. Has there ever been a calm and serene State of the Arts in Spokane? Or a calm and serene State of the Arts anywhere? Drama, with a capital D, is part of every arts scene, especially during times of fiscal challenges. As Mobley says, “There’s way less discord on boards when everybody has plenty of money.” Maybe that day will soon be dawning.

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fall arts guide A Christmas Schooner

Nov 22 - Dec 22, 2013 Thurs - Sat: 7:30 p.m.; Sun: 2:00 p.m. This new holiday musical follows the Christmas tree’s perilous journey into America’s homes and traditions. Notable musical numbers include We All Have Songs, Pass It On and Hardwater Sailors. Book by John Reeger; music and lyrics by Julie Shannon, directed by Scott Doughty. Holiday family musical, presented on the main stage.

Crazy for You

Jan 17 - Feb 9, 2014 Thurs - Sat: 7:30 p.m.; Sun: 2:00 p.m. A romantic musical comedy that will delight you with some of the best Broadway songs ever written and best choreographed dances ever performed! Winner of three Tony Awards including Best Musical. Featuring Gershwin hits: “Someone to Watch Over Me,” “I Got Rhythm” and “Embraceable You.” Book by Ken Ludwig; music and lyrics by George Gershwin and Ira Gershwin; directed and choreographed by Kathie Doyle-Lipe. Tap Dancing musical comedy, presented on the main stage. Details and information at

Brighton Beach Memoirs

September 19 - October 12, 2013 Wed – Sat, 7:30 p.m.; Sat, Sun, 2:00 p.m. Broadway’s heart-warming classic from the king of American comedy. The one-liners fly in one of the Neil Simon’s greatest Tony winning plays. In turns hilarious and moving, this coming-of-age comedy focuses on teenager Eugene Jerome, as he encounters puberty, the search for identity and the vital importance of family in Depression era Brooklyn. By Neil Simon, directed by Michael Weaver.

Never the Sinner

October 24 to November 9, 2013 Wed – Sat, 7:30 p.m.; Sat, Sun, 2:00 p.m. The edge-of-your-seat off-Broadway courtroom drama. Two boys commit murder just to do it, just to experience the thrill. This emotional roller-coaster is based on the infamous 1924 “Trial of the Century” of Leopold and Loeb, and focuses on one of America’s most famous lawyers, Clarence Darrow as he must defend the monstrous and bring justice for the depraved. By John Logan, directed by Ken Urso, starring Michael Weaver as Clarence Darrow.

Our Town

November 21 to December 14, 2013 Wed – Sat, 7:30 p.m.; Sat, Sun, 2:00 p.m. A ground-breaking new production of America’s greatest classic. Welcome to Grover’s Corners, a small town where the tiniest details of living transform into the Meaning of Life. Join us as Interplayers premieres this exciting new production, designed in conjunction with Thornton Wilder’s estate, bringing this joyous and moving story to


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life for 21st Century audiences. By Thornton Wilder, adapted and directed by Reed McColm.

Good People

January 23 to February 8, 2014 Wed – Sat, 7:30 p.m.; Sat, Sun, 2:00 p.m. The witty and unsettling new Broadway smash hit. Margie Walsh is facing eviction and scrambling to catch a break, She thinks an old fling might be her ticket to a fresh new start and is willing risk what little she has left to find out. But is this self-made man secure enough to face his humble beginnings? This Tony nominated hit is a smart, funny and suspenseful story about people who succeed and those who help them do it. By David Lindsay-Abarie, directed by Jack Bentz. Details and information at

Lend Me a Tenor

October 25-November 10 In this farce, a world famous tenor, a bellhop, a jealous wife, tranquilizers, lingerie, and mistaken identities all contribute to the chaos of this fast paced belly buster. Who will take the stage and sing when the lights come up? This madcap comedy will have you gasping for breath! By Ken Ludwig.

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Christmas Belles

December 6- 22 Jessie Jones, Nicholas Hope, Jamie Wooten star in this holiday farce. From the writer of Dearly Departed, a church Christmas program spins hilariously out of control when squabbling sisters, family secrets, a surly Santa, a vengeful sheep and a reluctant Elvis impersonator all contribute to a haphazard holiday knee-slapper.

Little Women

January 10-February 1 Based on Louisa May Alcott’s novel, we follow the adventures of the March family as they grow up in Civil War America. This beloved story is timeless and deals with topics as relevant today as when they were written. A powerful score soars with sounds of personal discovery, heartache and hope. Music by Jason Howlan, lyrics by Mindi Dickstein, book by Allan Knee. Details and info at www.lakecityplayhouse. org

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Cast of Les Miserables

by Jim Kershner

More than 100,000 people have seen Les Miserables on

stage in Spokane in the past 22 years. But never before like this. Instead of the giant national touring version, which has always Jim Swoboda erected its barricades at the INB Performing Arts Center, capacity 2,600, this is a homegrown version, at the Spokane Civic Theatre’s Main Stage, capacity 336. In this more intimate setting, the revolving barricade set will still loom large. More crucially, the characters will loom larger than ever. The audience will not see mere figures on a distant set – they’ll see faces, expressions and nuances. “The set is going to help us, but it will be on our shoulders,” says Andrea (Dawson) Olsen, who plays the show’s tragic heroine, Fantine. She and Jim Swoboda, who plays Jean Valjean, are more than happy to tackle that challenge. They are working with director Douglas Webster, a veteran of the Broadway and national touring productions of Les Miserables, to find the correct balance between grand and emotionally subtle. They’re especially excited about the power of the music in such an intimate space. “Musically, for the audience, it’s going to be huge,” says Swoboda. “When those sounds come off that stage, with that orchestra … you’ll hear it.” Les Miserables may well be the biggest and most complex production in the Civic’s history, with a cast of 44 and an orchestra of more than 20 (easily twice as big as the usual Civic pit orchestra). It’s also the show that has been most eagerly awaited by many of Spokane’s singers and actors.


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“The first time I saw the show, I wept at the end of the first act,” says Swoboda. “I couldn’t believe it.” Olsen said she thinks nearly everybody in the cast saw Les Miserables when they were young, fell in love with it, and dreamed a dream of being in it one day. She certainly puts herself into that category. She first saw Les Miserables nine years ago when the national tour made one of its many visits. And what did she think of it? “The music is amazing,” she says. “The story is amazing. It speaks to everyone. The humanity and also the inhumanity – the balance of life – that’s behind it all.” When she learned that the Civic had obtained the rights, she auditioned for her favorite role, Fantine, and landed it. “It’s kind of the dream role in the dream show,” she says. Olsen was not a surprising choice, since she is a classically trained singer, a college-level voice teacher, and a veteran of lead roles in the Civic’s The Pirates of Penzance and White Christmas (billed as Andrea Dawson). The same cannot be said for Swoboda, who is, astonishingly enough, making his true musicaltheater debut in one of the most demanding roles in all of theater. “For me, this is a total — for lack of a better term — mid-life crisis,” jokes Swoboda. “At least I’m not driving a motorcycle and killing myself.” Don’t get the wrong idea. He is no musical newcomer. He has sung in the Spokane Symphony Chorale for 27 years. He has performed solos with the Chorale and has sung in operas with both the Chorale and with Spokane Opera. He also sang last fall in the Civic’s concert version of Jason Robert Brown’s Songs for a New World; however, his experience as an actor in musical theater consists entirely of a small role in A Christmas Carol at the Civic, 32 years ago. “I was the undertaker,” he says. “I didn’t have any lines. I just walked around and scared kids in the audience.”

Swoboda actually has a lifetime of experience in another branch of show business. Swoboda runs his own film and video company, ILF Media Productions, where he is a director and director of photography. Before that, he worked for several local TV stations and for North by Northwest Productions. He shot parts of the movie, The Basket, and even sang on its soundtrack. He landed the Jean Valjean role through auditions – after he had already nailed an earlier audition that he didn’t even realize was an audition. It happened during Songs for a New World, when he took a master class with Tony-winning composer Brown. He had to prepare a song for the class, so he turned in a panic to Olsen, a fellow Chorale singer, for help. He Facebook-messaged her, saying, “Please help me! What’s a good song to sing?” He finally settled on Jean Valjean’s touching Bring Him Home, a song that he had admired ever since he first heard Colm Wilkinson sing it over the closing credits of Entertainment Tonight. “I have always been inspired by that,” said Swoboda. “I love it, and I know it and I knew I could sing that high.” So he performed that song and then he followed it up with another Les Miserables song, Valjean’s Soliloquy. When he was finished, the people rehearsing a different Civic musical ran out into the lobby, where the class was being held, and said, “Who was that?” “It was kind of like, ‘that felt good. I can do this,’” says Swoboda, who was encouraged enough to go to the true auditions. Now, he’ll be singing Bring Him Home every night, a song that, in his words, requires a singer to “go strong, and then bring it down to this little sweetness.” Les Miserables is so rich in history and themes, actors can immerse themselves as deeply as they want in their roles. Olsen is taking this as far as possible. Between rehearsals, she is reading Victor Hugo’s original novel. Research, she says, is all part of the job– even when the research is 1,463 pages long.

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Making Art Count! The MAC Art Auction, which is our region’s largest juried art auction, is a showcase for the work of Inland Northwest regional artists. Held this year on November 9th. The evening directly benefits the MAC’s Art Mission, which aims “to inspire and foster understanding of the history, cultures, communities, commerce and art of the Inland Northwest.” The auction’s all-volunteer committee of arts advocates has made several key changes from previous years. Chris Bruce, Director of the Washington State University Museum of Art, will be the juror for all art to be sold in the auction. The committee is confident an objective expert will result in the finest quality of art in many different media – oils, pastels, sculpture, jewelry and watercolor. The number of pieces in both the silent and loud auction has been reduced so that the event will conclude at a reasonable hour. Artists have been asked to donate a larger percentage of the proceeds from sale of their work to the MAC to further benefit the MAC’s arts mission. Options for giving have been added for guests who may not be in the market for a piece of art. There will be art adventures, travel packages and wine offerings. And, this year, a special “Golden Ticket” raffle has been added. Raffle tickets will be on sale before the live auction begins and the one winning ticket gives the holder immediate claim to any piece of art scheduled for the live auction. The auction will include all styles, media and types, including jewelry, ceramic pieces, sculptures, glass and metal work. The paintings on auction will represent many styles and sizes and will have been juried into the show to assure quality and interest. The deadline for submitting art has passed, and notifications were sent to artists by August 16, 2013. The event is black-tie optional and a few tuxedos and gowns will adorn the room. There is no formal dress code but dressy and stylish, rather than casual or sporty is suggested. This is a great event to ‘glam it up’! The accepted art pieces will be on display for previewing in October at the MAC.


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A beauty that is hard to find by Jennifer LaRue The colors blend and flow,

hinting at much more than our three-dimensional world. When looking at Melissa Cole’s work, one cannot help but long to step into the colorful scenes and swap stories with her vibrant subjects. The pieces are done on board or canvas and represent the mixture of cultures and wildlife found in oceans, jungles or prairies. Beginning with large blocks and washes of color, she completes the pieces with a fine brush to create detailed designs. Cole paints passion. She is an artist, writer and wildlife photographer who took her experiences and began capturing them in acrylic paint in 1999. Before that, with a Bachelor of Science in zoology from Oregon State University, she traveled to far-flung locations. In the Peace Corps, it was the Dominican Republic, and as a whale guide, it was Mexico’s Cabo San Lucas, and St. Croix in the Virgin Islands. She also has traveled


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to places including Africa, the Seychelles islands and Indonesia. Cole grew up in India, Hong Kong and London. When she was 14, her family settled in Oregon. Her father was a pilot, and her mother was artistic, painting realistic watercolors. While becoming an artist was not at the top of Cole’s list, capturing the beauty of the world was. Killer whales, dolphins, manatees, scales, wings, fur, saris and patterns from cultures around the world left imprints on Cole’s imagination. “I think you find creativity by allowing yourself to be emotionally touched by your surroundings and then transferring this to your chosen form of art,” she says. Cole has been married for 17 years to Brandon, an underwater photographer and avid traveler. They met in Cabo San Lucas when she was his guide. They settled here, where Brandon grew up, after they married and, eight years ago, moved into their Spokane Valley home where they both

have studios. In the late 1990s, Cole began carrying art supplies to document her travels. Her first subjects were manatees. “I took some cards that I made, featuring the manatees, to a shop in Key West,” she says, “and they bought them all.” She began to paint bigger and bigger, and her new career was born. “I had no background in marketing whatsoever. I just bought myself a few marketing books such as Art Marketing 101 and Making a Living as an Artist and studied.” She put together a portfolio and began to knock on doors. Persistent, confident and businesslike, which gallery owners appreciated, she was rarely turned down. Cole has exhibited her work in Alaska, Florida, California, Oregon, Idaho and Washington, and she has been commissioned to paint murals in places ranging from the Dominican Republic to River Park Square. Her detailed and colorful style led her to mosaic work and she studied the medium

“I think you find creativity by allowing yourself to be emotionally touched by your surroundings and then transferring this to your chosen form of art,” Cole says.


extensively at classes and workshops, including at a three-week program at the Institute of Mosaic Art in Oakland California. Cole has lectured, led groups in large community art projects, donated works and has a line of cards, journals and prints that can be found in 250 stores in the Pacific Northwest. Her largest pieces can be found at the Spokane Convention Center, businesses and parks, and on a pedestrian bridge in Lewiston, Idaho. It is difficult to look away from her artwork. Perhaps it is because her work captures the beauty in the world that is, at times, hard to find. She hopes that her creations can make people stop their mad hurtle through life to pause, breathe and enjoy an experience. Her work is filled with dreams, a touch of hope for what she wishes upon the Earth, like free flowing rivers, clean oceans and territories marked only by beauty and color. Mid-September through mid-October, a series of Cole’s paintings of India will be featured at Manic Moon and More; on September 28th, she will be participating in the Little Spokane River Artist Studio Tour; in December she will have an exhibit at the Bozzi Collection. Jennifer LaRue profiles a different local artist in each issue of Spokane Coeur d’Alene Living. Spokane CDA • September • 2013


Book Reviews Local

bookreviews The Billionaire and the Mechanic by Julian Guthrie

One of the most prestigious and lavish competitions in the world, the inter-workings of the elite America’s Cup is often complicated and political. The total costs of the race can come close to $100 million for the world’s best sailors and “the most astounding boats engineers could dream up and money could buy.” Julian Guthrie’s The Billionaire and the Mechanic is a riveting story following two unlikely partners competing in the America’s Cup. Larry Ellison, one of the wealthiest men in the world, is the co-founder and CEO of Oracle Corporation. In the year 2000, Ellison was determined to win the Cup, though the politics that accompanied this goal were preventing him from competing. To race, you must have a team and sponsorships, and Ellison’s sponsorship with the St. Francis Yacht Club in San Francisco had fallen through. Ellison had a lifestyle entirely different than his partner, Norbert Bajurin, a small business car mechanic. Bajurin was a member of the admittedly less-prestigious Golden Gate Yacht Club, a failing club almost half a million dollars in debt. On a whim, Bajurin took a chance and offered Ellison a place on his team in a desperate attempt to save the club from going bankrupt. To his surprise, Ellison accepted his offer, and the men spent the next decade working to create a perfect team. Guthrie describes the duo’s journey through one of the most complex and high-status competitions in the world. The book follows the preparations for the Cup, the logistics and backstories, the friendships and rivalries, and the wins and losses that came with their quest to create an unforgettable team. When they eventually won the race in 2010, the celebration involved filling the legendary Cup with champagne and passing it around, “so the victors could drink from the oldest trophy in sports.” Fans of this great sport will find the lesser-known backstories interesting, though readers with little or no racing knowledge will enjoy this story as well. Published by Grove Press, hardcover, $27.00 Julian Guthrie grew up in Spokane, and is an awardwinning journalist and staff writer at the San Francisco Chronicle. She is the author of The Grace of Everyday Saints. 174

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by Kate Derrick

Crimson Liberty by George W Morrision

George Morrison’s Crimson Liberty follows Dewy Spearman, a nontraditional student having a little bit too much fun in graduate school. Middle aged and recently divorced, Spearman’s controversial reputation with the female grad students is continually causing him trouble. When a new position as a theater teacher in Louisiana opens up, Spearman’s department head offers him an ultimatum. “Accept this opportunity and go with my blessing; refuse it and go with my curse.” With no real strings attached to his old town, Spearman travels “footloose, fancy-free, and off ” to New Orleans to take a new assignment directing a semi-professional theater production of Macbeth. There is only one problem: “All productions of Macbeth are cursed.” Spearman quickly finds the drama involved in this new arrangement. After Spearman replaces another actor for the part of Macbeth, the leading lady, Stella, becomes a love interest outside of the theater. Spearman soon finds that Stella is a woman unlike any other he’s met. Morrison paints a lively picture of New Orleans, describing it as “warmly inviting, open to be experienced, and yet puzzling, ambiguously accessible, and slightly out of focus.” The reader is pulled with Spearman through a world of theater, deceit and drama. Crimson Liberty will keep you guessing at the turn of every page. Published by Georjes Press, e-book, $2.99 George Winborn Morrison was born in Savannah, Georgia, and he presently lives in Spokane, Washington. His latest work, Crimson Liberty, relies on knowledge and experience George acquired by performing in or working on more than 50 theatrical productions.

Heart Like Mine by Amy Hatvany

Amy Hatvany’s newest novel, Heart like Mine, follows 36 year-old Grace McAllister, a woman recently engaged to the man of her dreams, a handsome restaurant owner named Victor Hansen. Victor is recently divorced with two young kids, while Grace is focused on her career and looking for a committed relationship without the pressure of having children of her own. A seemingly perfect match, Victor and Grace are soon enjoying a mostly childfree lifestyle, as Victor’s children spend most weeks with their mother, Kelli. Grace is very content with her new life and new fiancé, though as many of us know, sometimes life throws curveballs at us when we are least expecting it. One day while Grace is at work, she receives a telephone call that will change her life forever. Victor’s ex-wife Kelli has been found mysteriously dead in her house, leaving her children Max and Ava to live with Victor and Grace full time. Heart Like Mine alternates chapter to chapter, unfolding the story from the eyes of Grace, 12 year-old Ava, and Kelli, giving the reader a deeper understanding of the events leading up to Kelli’s death. The circumstances of Kelli’s death are unclear at first, though seeing the story from her daughter’s point of view allows the reader to further understand the depression and daily struggles Kelli seemed to face. Even more surprising though, is the complexity of Kelli’s past, which remained hidden from her family for years. Hatvany succeeds in exploring the devastating depth of the loss of a mother, and the complexity of the relationship between children and a stepparent. There are many complicated and emotional moments, like when Ava is caught stealing money from Grace’s purse in an act of rebellion. But then there are heart-warming moments, such as when Grace and Ava attempt to bake Kelli’s famous pumpkin bundt cake for Thanksgiving, failing miserably but bonding in the process. Though some elements of the story seem too good to be true, for example Grace so willingly molding into a parenting role that she spent most of her adult life avoiding; the characters are mostly realistic and relatable. For those who enjoy authors such as Jodi Picoult and Kristin Hannah, Heart Like Mine is an engaging and heartwarming read. Published by Washington Square Press, paperback, $15.00 Amy Hatvany is the author of Outside the Lines, Best Kept Secret, and The Language of Sisters. She lives in Seattle with her family.

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September 6, October 4: 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 citywide 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 first-friday.php.

September 13, October 11: 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


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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 “form-givers”—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) 4563931 or e-mail themac@northwestmuseum. org for more information.


August 17-September 2: Peach Festival Celebrate one of Green Bluff’s great treasures


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- big, juicy, tree-ripened peaches! Try some peach ice-cream, cobbler, cakes, or pies. No matter how you slice them, our peaches are delicious. Add lots of other great food, live music, and family entertainment for a great weekend! Green Bluff, WA. For more information, please log on to:

August 28-September 2: Pig Out In the Park This annual food and music festival has over 40 food booths. Local, regional and national entertainment acts perform on 2 stages.  Arts, crafts and commercial booths are located in a “Vendors Village” and add to the festive atmosphere. Riverfront Park. Downtown Spokane, WA 99201. For further information, please log on to:

September 2: Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey® is proud to present FULLY CHARGED, Gold Edition, an all-new powerful surge of circus entertainment! Experience the excitement as Ringling Bros.® transforms energy and power into megawatts of thrills and turns spectacles of superhuman athleticism

and displays of animal magnificence into sparks of wonder for Children Of All Ages. Imaginations ignite when Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey® Presents FULLY CHARGED, Gold Edition! Spok ane Arena. 720 West Mallon Ave., Spokane, WA 99201. For tickets, call 1-80 0-325-SEAT or visit http://www.

September 6-15: Spokane Interstate Fair The theme for this year’s Spokane Interstate Fair is “Ridin’, Rockin’, and Livestockin’”. From demolition derbies and PRCA rodeo to pig races and a great music line-up, you have an extensive range of entertainment options that are sure to have you coming back for more. The fair also offers hundreds of exhibits, showcasing the best that the Inland Northwest has to offer. Come treat yourself to a funnel-cake as you take in enjoy this Spokane area tradition. Entertainment this year includes such acts as Herman’s Hermits, The Eli Young Band and The Band Perry. Spokane County Fair and Expo Center. 404 N Havana St. Spokane Valley, WA 99202. For more information, please call (509) 477-1766 or log on to

September 14: Annual Little Smoke Cigar Festival The Annual Little Smoke Cigar Festival, is the Inland Northwest’s only cigar festival featuring over 25 vendors - cigars, spirits, wine, breweries, motorcycles, exotic cars, and authentic cigar roller. Northern Quest Casino, 10 0 N Hayford Rd, Airway Heights, WA 99001. For tickets, please log on to

September 20: Ron White Ron “Tater Salad” White may be best known as a charter member of the hugely popular Blue Collar Comedy tour. But there is more to this cigar smoking, scotch drinking comedian than just Blue Collar Comedy. With two Grammy nominations, a Gold Record, three of the top rated onehour TV specials in Comedy Central history, a New York Times Best Selling book and DVD/CD sales surpassing 10 million units, Ron has established himself as a comedy powerhouse in his own right. Ron White’s brash style of observational comedy draws from his life experiences and has cemented his, “Tater Salad” and “You Can’t Fix Stupid” catchphrases into our popular culture. Over the past five years, Ron has been one of the top three grossing comedians on tour in the United States, and he will be performing his newest show, “A Little Unprofessional” in the Pend Oreille Pavilion on September 20, 2013 starting at 7:30pm. Northern Quest Casino, 10 0 N Hayford Rd, Airway Heights, WA 99001. For tickets, please log on to

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Datebook September September 27: Brides’ Night Out Don’t miss Brides’ Night Out, a unique wedding event for the stylish Spokane area bride! Grab your best gal pals and head to a night of lavish wedding inspiration, wine tasting and the chance to mix and mingle with the area’s top wedding vendors. We call it real life Pinterest, with wine! Tickets are $10 online or $15 at the door, each ticket includes a wine tasting from Barrister Winery. Barrister Winery. 1213 Union Pacific Railroad  Spokane, WA 99201. More information and tickets at

September 28: Night of Champions: Bodybuilding and Fitness Event Be a part of one of the most exciting bodybuilding and fitness events in the Northwest! The Night of Champions is an NPC National Qualifying event that includes Bodybuilding, Fitness, Figure, Bikini and Men’s Physique contests. Northern Quest Casino, 10 0 N Hayford Rd, Airway Heights, WA 99001. For tickets, please log on to or mainNOC.html

October 6: Terrain 6 Terrain is an annual, one-night-only, juried mutimedia art and music event celebrating young and emerging artists in the Spokane area. In its four years, Terrain has exposed over 14,000 art patrons to more than 120 local artists and 450 original works of art. Terrain displays work that spans all media: visual art, sculpture, fiber art, photography, graffiti, film and installation pieces ranging from trash mosaics to mini suspended aquaria with live goldfish. We’ve featured pop bands, dance troupes and poets. We make no distinction between high art and low art — we simply want to showcase emerging artists with talent and fresh perspectives. Music City Building. 1011 W 1st Ave. Spokane, WA 99201. For more information or to submit artwork, please visit http://terrainspokane. com.


September 2: Labor Day Weekend at the Parks: Comstock Park For 27 years, the Spokane Symphony has marked the unofficial end of summer with very popular concerts in the park. Thanks to Sterling Bank, the free Labor Day Concert at Comstock Park lives on! Bring a picnic dinner, blankets, chairs, and enjoy a mix of classics, show tunes, and patriotic marches. Prepare to relax under the setting sun as you enjoy a music filled night, courtesy of our favorite orchestra! This concert is a perfect end to the summer hiatus, and is fun for the whole family! Comstock Park. 601 W. 29th Ave. Spokane,


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September 8: Trace Adkins and Brett Eldredge A recurring star on “Celebrity Apprentice,” traditionalist Adkins is one of country music’s most versatile and accomplished entertainers. This Grammy-nominated member of the Grand Ole Opry has over 30 chart topping singles including, “Honky Tonk Badonkadonk”, “Ladies Love Country Boys”, “You’re Going to Miss This,” “(This Ain’t) No Thinkin’ Thing,” and “I Left Something Turned On at Home.” Northern Quest Casino, 10 0 N Hayford Rd, Airway Heights, WA 99001. For tickets, please log on to

September 19: An Evening with Ray Wylie Hubbard Ray Wylie Hubbard is much more than just an “outlaw country” songwriter these days. Hubbard is also a hilarious storyteller, pretty fair guitarist, and a typical Texas musical mixmaster able to shift effortlessly from rock to country to folk to blues to gospel flavors.  His new album, The Grifter’s Hymnal, is like a church service held at the funkiest roadhouse bar this side of the Mississippi. He is at once, a ragged prophet, a profane poet and a lusty preacher. Chateau Rive at the Flour Mill. 621 W Mallon Ave, Spokane, WA 99201. For tickets, call 1-80 0-325-SEAT or visit http://www.

September 21: Kid Rock Detroit rap rocker and American success story Kid Rock astonished critics and audiences alike with his outlandish, overthe-top persona and infectious party music. Hits such as “All Summer Long,” “Cowboy,” “Bawitdaba,” “Only God Knows Why,” “Forever,” and “American Bad Ass,” crossed the line between rock and hip-hop and dominated the charts.

showcase for the orchestra. A great final orchestral statement for the composer, it combines depth with wittiness. Perfect for the festive opening of a season is the next great violinist you get to meet. Triple prize winner Ilya Kaler is already compared to Jascha Heifetz and Itzhak Perlman. Fox Theatre. 1001 W Sprague Ave. Spokane, WA 99201. For tickets, call 1-800-325-SEAT or visit

September 25: Jason Aldean with Special Guests: Jake Owen and Thomas Rhett It’s official, Jason Aldean is hoppin’ the train to Spokane! With more than seven million records sold and 10 number one hits under his belt, Jason Aldean recently released one of 2012’s most buzzed about new albums, Night Train. Entertainment Weekly calls Aldean’s delivery on the album “epic,” and Billboard points to the singer pushing the limits to move his “sound forward sonically, vocally and lyrically.” Night Train’s first single, “Take A Little Ride,” has already had a three-week reign at number one and set multiple sales and radio airplay records, and the 15-song collection goes on to cover plenty of turf. Spokane Arena. 720 West Mallon Ave., Spokane, WA 99201. For tickets, call 1-80 0-325-SEAT or visit http://www.

October 6: Bon Jovi Are you ready for a shot through the heart? Bon Jovi is coming to Spokane! As part of their Because We Can Tour throughout North America, the legendary rock n’ rollers will make their way to the Inland Northwest for the first time since 1987 to headline an unforgettable concert in Spokane. Don’t miss it when Bon Jovi performs at the Spokane Veterans Memorial Arena presented by Northern Quest Resort & Casino on Sunday, October 6!

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September 21-22: Spokane Symphony Classics: Virtuosity Required Create a whole experience with a season of contrasting ideas. The new season begins on the cusp between summer and fall with Tchaikovsky’s joyous trip to sunny Italy; piazzas, cappuccinos, town bands and all. We then move on to the experience of two great works of the mid-twentieth century. Barber’s Violin Concerto moves from a luminous opening through a touching song to a finale so difficult it nearly caused a lawsuit! From that perfect American statement we move to one of the great universal voices for the orchestra, Bartok’s Concerto for Orchestra, a fabulous

October 11: Life In Color: Rebirth Tour In 2012 Life in Color brought us Dayglow: The E.N.D. (Electronic Never Dies) Tour. In 2013, there’s going to be a rebirth. Taking the paint party to new levels of production, technology and talent, Life In Color events are meticulously designed and produced, the refined culmination of years within the now booming electronic music industry. Events now play host to the globes most electrifying DJ Talent. And make no mistake about it, this party IS an experience. Paint cannons blast party-goers (who are always encouraged to wear white) with spectacular colors, while LED screens create a symbiotic visual effect that

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permeates through to every last person within eye-shot. Performers interact from the stage and inside the massive crowd to further enhance the interactive experience between party goer and event. At Life in Color, the lines between talent and patron are permanently blurred. Why settle for a black and white experience when you have a chance for a new life in color? Don’t miss the biggest party of the year when Life In Color brings the Rebirth Tour to the Spokane Arena Spokane Arena. 720 West Mallon Ave., Spokane, WA 99201. For tickets, call 1-80 0-325-SEAT or visit http://www.

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October 12-13: Spokane Symphony Classics: Welcome to Zuill Your Spokane Symphony is the meeting ground between your musical neighbors and a whole world of great musicians. In that spirit of musical community, the Symphony invites the new Artistic Director of the Northwest Bach Festival to play not one but two great cello concertos. Known for a fierce musical intensity balanced by unusually deep personal expression, Zuill Bailey goes deep with Schumann and delights with Tchaikovsky. A spiffy, modern opening inspired by a famous public sculpture, La Grande Vitesse, Alexander Calder’s monumental sculpture in downtown Grand Rapids, Michigan balances with the dance-like Beethoven Symphony No. 7  Fox Theatre. 1001 W Sprague Ave. Spokane, WA 99201. For tickets, call 1-800-325-SEAT or visit

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October 14: Gonzaga Symphony Orchestra with Arianna Zukerman The Gonzaga Symphony Orchestra, under the baton of Kevin Hekmatpanah will perform a program that includes Strauss’ Four Last Songs and Verdi’s È strano … Sempre Libera from La Traviata. Soprano Arianna Zukerman, daughter of renown violist Pinchas Zukerman, will be the guest soloist. Ticket are for general admission seating. This performance is free to GU faculty, students and staff. Fox Theatre. 1001 W Sprague Ave. Spokane, WA 99201. For tickets, call 1-800-325-SEAT or visit

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September 13-October 5: Damn Yankees This eight-time Tony Award winner is a home run! The Washington Senators are a bad team… that is until Shoeless Joe shows up. Old Joe Boyd makes a deal with Mr. Applegate (aka the Devil) and gets to live his dream as a young ball player. However, soon thoughts of his wife and home torment the talented star and Applegate hopes his sexy assistant Lola can distract him.

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September 20-October 20: Les Miserables Les Misérables has been an international sensation for over 28 years, garnering eight Tony Awards and countless other accolades. Civic is thrilled to present this masterpiece as the season opener! Share in the magic of this breathtaking spectacle featuring song highlights: “Bring Him Home,” “Do You Hear The People Sing?,” “On My Own,” “ I Dreamed A Dream” and “One Day More.” Spokane Civic Theatre. 1020 N Howard St., Spokane, WA 99201. For showtimes and more information, call (509) 325-2507. For tickets, call 1-80 0-325-SEAT or visit http://www.

October 6: Capitol Steps The Capitol Steps began as a group of Senate staffers who set out to satirize the very people and places that employed them. In the years that followed, many of the Steps ignored the conventional wisdom “Don’t quit your day job”! The Capitol Steps troupe is a favorite in the Washington, D.C. social circuit and their reputation for skewering the political right and left with equal glee brings chuckles, rave reviews, guffaws, and bipartisan grins all around. Full of parody’s performed in complete character (imagine Obama sitting only feet away, but with an off hair-day) you’ll love hearing recognizable tunes, with unfamiliar words! INB Performing Arts Center. 334 W. Spokane Falls Blvd. Spokane, WA 99201. For tickets, call 1-80 0-325-SEAT or visit http://www.

October 6-13: Anything Goes “All aboard for this saucy and splendid production of Roundabout Theatre Company’s ANYTHING GOES, winner of three 2011 Tony Awards® including Best Musical Revival and Choreography! When the S.S. American heads out to sea, etiquette and convention get tossed out the portholes as two unlikely pairs set off on the course to true love…proving that sometimes destiny needs a little help from a crew of singing sailors, an exotic disguise and some good old-fashioned blackmail. Peppering this timeless classic are some of musical theatre’s most memorable standards, including “I Get A Kick Out Of You,” “You’re the Top,” and of course, “Anything Goes.” INB Performing Arts Center. 334 W. Spokane Falls Blvd. Spokane, WA 99201. For tickets, call 1-80 0-325-SEAT or visit http://www.

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or most of us, the primary challenge of feeding our families is that we have too many choices. Shall we have pasta or soup, beef or chicken, quick-and-easy or made-from-scratch? We’re aware that others in our community aren’t so fortunate—that some rely on the food bank to put together a meal, and sometimes adults go without a meal so the kids can eat. For the 33,000 refugees living in our midst, the basic need of a healthy dinner is compounded by all the complexities of living in a foreign land. These are families who have escaped atrocities of all kinds and moved to another corner of the earth in search of a better life. They are making their home in Spokane, where they are trying to learn our language, understand our culture and adapt to the American way of life. Make no mistake about it—they are not here looking for handouts.

On the contrary, they are teaching us ways to reduce our wasteful habits and showing us they are ready to work. Refugee Connections Spokane is their conduit. While this small, new organization serves our city’s international residents in many ways, perhaps its most creative outreach is the Refugees’ Harvest Project, which seems to feed the soul as much as the stomach. The Harvest Project In 2011, when former refugee Nou Vang found her way to the East Central Community Center, she simply said she wanted to help others. What Vang became, however, was a vital connection to other refugees and a true visionary for a muchneeded grassroots cause, says Susan Hales, director of Refugee Connections Spokane, which operates from the Community Center. Vang envisioned a program that would

help provide healthy food to families in Spokane, and, more important, connect refugees to one another and to their new community. Motivated by gratitude for the Spokane community for welcoming displaced peoples, Vang’s idea was simple: What if refugees offered to harvest fruit from small farms that had more than they could handle, and then distributed it to people in need? Hales was more than happy to help make the connections with local supporters and to let Vang take care of gathering the volunteer workers and finding sites. The first year, Vang and a group of volunteers found about a dozen landowners who agreed to participate. At the time of harvest, refugees—many of whom had worked on farms in their homeland— brought the produce they collected back to Second Harvest Food Bank. The

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second year, they gave away the produce personally at the East Central Community Center to members of this poverty-stricken neighborhood. As Vang once said, “From our hands to theirs.” It was a win-win for everyone: the land owners didn’t have leftover fruit that would fall to the ground and spoil (and they didn’t have to pay anyone to remove it), the refugees engaged with one another and made friends, and families that otherwise couldn’t afford fresh produce now enjoyed this luxury. That was an incredible—and very successful—start to Vang’s vision. But it wasn’t the end. The refugees, now beginning to connect with their new community, wanted to celebrate. And so began the tradition of the Harvest Celebration, where new friends from different cultures gathered to share their favorite traditional meals with community supporters, donors and recipients and their joy of beginning to feel at home in Spokane. In 2012, Refugee Connections nearly doubled the number of landowners and farmers who would participate in the Harvest Project. Now, there are more than 20 locations where refugees go to collect not only fruits, like apples and grapes, but also squash, zucchini and any other produce that gardeners have in abundance—precious foods that provide other families with muchneeded nutrition. Going from twelve farm locations to more than 20 has presented its challenges. Like transportation. Storage. Refrigeration. And more coordinated efforts for making sure all the produce is distributed quickly. Consider

that Refugee Connections only has one fulltime and one part-time staff member and you think, “This is impossible!” But it’s not. The passionate people who brought the Harvest Project to life have engaged dozens of volunteers, secured donated storage and refrigeration for the goods they collect, and continue to build upon an idea dreamed up by a single woman with a vision. “We want people in Spokane to know that we have the skills to work,” Vang says, “to show that we are hardworking, not just coming and waiting for help.” Sustained only by grants and donations, Refugee Connections has truly made a difference for people who are looking for their place in a new land. Through the Harvest Project, refugees are using their skills to provide for their families and building long-lasting friendships in their new hometown. “They are joyous to work in fields and gardens, remembering their much earlier lives when there was peace in their countries,” says Hales. “Many of the elders are isolated at home in Spokane much of the time and this project offers an opportunity to get out and socialize while they work.” “(This project) is like medicine,” says Vang. “They get fresh air and feel better.” Making the connection It was a bright blue top with a distinctive pattern that drew a young African man to Hales. She had purchased the clothing while on a medical mission trip to Tanzania, and was among dozens of community organizers at World Refugee Day in Spokane last year, where hundreds of immigrants gathered

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to celebrate their freedom and their new hometown. The young man, named Erick Nsengiyumva, headed straight for Hales and enthusiastically said, “Your shirt is from my country!” It was just the beginning of what would become a very rewarding friendship. And while Nsengiyumva was “from” Tanzania, his birth country was Burundi, where he lived until age seven, when his family fled and sought refuge in a neighboring country. They remained in Tanzania for 11 years before following members of their church to the United States. “It was hard, living in refugee camp,” shares Nsengiyumva, “because the country would not provide us land to farm since we were not citizens.” One time a week, his family would walk to a village where they could get food and oil from a relief organization. No doubt that’s why Nsengiyumva is so enthusiastic about his role with Refugee Connections Spokane. After volunteering last summer with Refugee Connections Spokane, delivering fresh produce to families, his eyes still light up with pride and joy about the opportunity to provide nutritious food to the people of Spokane. “For free!” he exclaims. “For anybody! That’s why I like Refugee Connections. They do not have rules that the food only goes to the homeless. I take zucchini, apple and other things to anyone who wants it!” For Nsengiyumva, hard work as a volunteer has paid off with a part-time paying job with Refugee Connections Spokane, thanks to a grant from the Women Helping Women Fund. As the food stores increased, so did the need for more refrigerated storage, and then transportation of the food from there to the distribution locations. Nsengiyumva job is to provide that service, delivering the food from storage donated by Rosauers, to neighborhoods where the produce is given away. “We want to tell the people in Spokane that we thank you so much for a safe home,” shares Vang. “Now we are very happy to be a part of the family.” To learn more about Refugee Connections Spokane, visit or email or call (509) 808-2130. Kate Vanskike is a freelance writer living in Spokane. She has enjoyed several trips to third-world countries and loves the flavor that refugees like Vang and Nsengiyumva bring to the Spokane region.

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Nestled on a side street, a short five-minute walk from downtown Spokane, a large garage door opens to a bustling cafe. A line of customers spill out the door, with an assorted cast of characters ranging from courthouse suits, to health department khakis, to skinny-jeaned hipsters, all there for the same thing: Stella’s gourmet sandwiches. Chef Tony Brown, after 20 years of working his way around the local upscale restaurant scene, made a risky move and went out on his own. He, together with his mom, Marti Brown, opened Stella’s Café, named after his daughter, in February of 2012.  Why open a sandwich shop?  Brown says it’s because he has always liked the simplicity of a well-crafted sandwich and how it’s a vessel for anything you can think of. To Brown, a good sandwich consists of house-roasted meats, good quality breads, fresh farmers market produce and flavorful, scratch-made condiments. And his artfully constructed sandwiches have clearly filled a void.  Stella’s Café, after being open only a year and a half, has already expanded its space, tripling its seating area, with yet another expansion in the works. They must be doing something right.  Brown, with years of experience under his belt, exudes a steely calmness during the  intense and busy lunch rush. He’s found his niche amidst Spokane’s often fickle and picky diners, establishing a loyal following. With all this newfound success, he remains grounded and focused, possessing just the right amount of humility—a rare trait in chefs these days.   Owning his own place, Brown says, gives him the luxury to be flexible and creative with the menu. And this is evident by his thoughtful use of ingredients. All the condiments and sauces are scratch-made. Tasty sounding things like his Harissa Sauce:


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a North African condiment made with spicy peppers, caraway seeds and cumin; Giardiniera: a pickling of small diced cauliflower, onion, celery, carrots and bell peppers; Salsa Verde: a blend of parsley, capers, shallots and lemon zest in olive oil, and Piperade: a sauté of bell pepper, fennel, basil and smoked paprika, all working to elevate his sandwiches. While in line, the challenge for me and my lunch date became deciding which sandwich to choose, from those listed on the large chalkboard behind the counter, before it was our turn to order. All of the $8 sandwiches sounded delicious and intriguing, which made the decision especially tough.  We finally decided on the very popular Pork Bahn Mi and the Chicken Salad Sandwich with Tarragon and Bacon. Stella’s diverse menu offers a good selection of vegetarian and vegan options as well. I was curious to see what would happen when my lunch date asked if they could prepare something gluten-free. Tony’s brother John, who mans the counter, didn’t even flinch. Undoubtedly this is a common request.  Housed inside a turn of the century building, the space has an urban, apartment like feel, with brick walls, open industrial ceilings and well-worn wood floors. Progressive art lines the walls. The nondecor is a retro mix of various styles from various decades, which come together unconventionally, resulting in a space that feels hip, comfortable and lived in. Light streams in southern facing windows, making lunch time a cheery and peaceful reprieve. We found ourselves a quiet table in the back. Our Tarragon Chicken Salad “Sandwich” came out sans bread, atop a hearty arugula salad, flavorful, filling and well seasoned. My Pork Bahn Mi, a Vietnamese sandwich with house-made pulled pork arrived on soft French bread that was crispy on the outside, with a spicy sriracha aioli, pickled veggies and cilantro that had all my taste buds firing. No wonder this sandwich, both the tofu version and the pork version, is Stella’s best selling.  Returning a few weeks later with a “foodie” friend, Stella’s was again all hustle-bustle, with a line out the door. Surprisingly fast, we made our way up the counter, placed our orders and paid at the register. Counter service was friendly yet efficient, making a half hour lunch break completely do-able. Our sandwiches and salads arrived promptly and we dove in. The Jerk Tofu Sandwich, seasoned with allspice, ginger and jalapeno was topped with cooling pineapple and a cabbage slaw. A little pickled onion made it perfection. My friend’s Portobello sandwich came on hearty ciabatta

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bread with an olive tapenade, oven dried tomatoes, fresh arugula and a chili aioli. It was flavorful and juicy, bordering on a touch salty. Regardless, it was still good and we ate it up. The Melon-Cucumber Salad ($3) with bits of mint was refreshing and bright, and the Chic Pea Salad with olives, smoked paprika and herbs was both flavorful and filling. During my last visit, I tried the house-roasted beef sandwich with provolone, giardiniera, roasted garlic mayo and iceberg lettuce on hearty ciabatta bread. I am not generally a “roast beef sandwich” kind of girl, but this converted me. The pickled vegetables in the giardiniera, transformed this old standby into something original and deliciously unexpected. The accompanying house-made gazpacho ($3.), a chilled Spanish tomato soup, was refreshing, balanced and well seasoned. The Bulgogi Sandwich, a Korean style sandwich with flavorful sausage, sweet soy sauce and Korean style slaw was packed with flavor, a carnivore’s paradise.  In addition to sandwiches ($8), rotating salads ($3-$4), daily soups ($3- $4.50) and Marti’s tasty baked goods ($1.25-$3.50), Stella’s also offers breakfast of daily breakfast wraps and Marti’s Biscuit Sandwiches with a choice of meatloaf, house-made jams, tempeh, lemon curd, pulled pork, salt cod or house-made sausage.  And last but certainly not least, Brown has also concocted a truly inspiring Gourmet Ice Cream Sandwich Menu ($4) with home made cookies and  ice cream, including flavors like Banana Chocolate Chip Ice Cream with Peanut Butter Cookies,  Earl Grey Ice Cream with Orange Marmalade and Sugar Cookies, and a Vanilla Rhubarb Ice Cream with Ginger Snap Cookies. Talk about the perfect sandwich! Stella’s Cafe is located at 917 W Broadway in Spokane and is open 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. (or close). Sandwich delivery is also available (10 a.m.-2 p.m. M-F) in the Spokane metro area. (509) 326-6475,

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Living in the Northwest, just a few hours away from the corporate headquarters for Starbucks, we are indeed in the heart of coffee country. Years before they were spotted sprouting up in other cities, we had long been enjoying the novelty of drive-through coffee stands perched on every corner, and right here in the

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city we have numerous coffee roasting companies – from boutique to sophisticated business models. Just when it seems like everyone has a capped cup in hand, and is carrying a tray filled with triple soy mochas, tall drip coffees and grande Americanos with two Splendas, something new has come along to challenge the coffee culture in Spokane: tea. Sylvia Erickson and her daughter Lara McHenry opened Silver Spoon Tea House in June, and they are bringing tea back into fashion in Spokane, one pot and one cup at a time. “I used to drive by here all the time, clueless to the fact that one day I’d spend more time here than at my own house,” says McHenry of the Victorian home on Spokane’s lower South Hill, which houses Silver Spoon Tea. Erickson and her husband purchased the home in October 2012. McHenry is a realtor, and when she saw the property emerge on the market with the commercial zoning in place and the remodel already finalized, she says, “We saw it as  a fortuitous opportunity to expedite the business opening sooner rather than later. We merely added frosting, so to speak—paint, decorations, window treatments and etc. We were blessed to have purchased a property that was essentially business ready.” Stepping off of the wrap-around porch into the entryway of the Tea House truly feels like you are entering a home. A built in bench nestles against a staircase rising to the second floor of the house. Chances are you won’t be upstairs unless you are part of a larger private party, but when the rooms aren’t occupied you are always encouraged to roam about and check out all of the rooms in the home. Immediately to the right of the doorway is the living room of the original home, which now serves as the French Patisserie. A professional pastry case showcases delectable items available for purchase for those dropping by and not participating in an Afternoon Tea. Pots of tea for one ($3) or two ($5) are available here.

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Afternoon tea is surprisingly filling.

Our group of ladies gathered for tea on what may have been one of the hottest days of the summer. As I sweltered in the heat while maneuvering my car into one of the back parking lot spots, I seriously questioned whether hot tea on a hot day made sense. I soon realized that, yes, it does make sense! We were seated at a table for four, tucked into what was formerly the dining room when the house served as a home. If presentation is half the battle, then the Silver Spoon Tea House can claim victory. The attention to detail in the décor creates the most delightful atmosphere imaginable. “The atmosphere is elegant,” said one member of our tea party. “It is decorated in such a specific way, it transports you away to a different time and era. Being able to step away from your daily life for a few hours is a respite, and it is fun to try different things you normally wouldn’t bake for yourself.” For anyone who has watched Downton Abbey, and yearned for the life the ladies lead—taking their tea in the parlor from fine bone china—this may be a close second. “We strive to provide a unique experience that begins the moment you walk through our doors,” says McHenry. “We have meticulously worked to ensure that  the Tea House exudes an elegance that transports people to the past if only for a brief few hours. It allows our guests the opportunity to revisit at present time, the  social grace of the past and truly immerse themselves in the surroundings, services and details of an aristocratically influenced  time period. A simple tea event in Edwardian, or Victorian times seemed like a lavish occasion by today’s standards. In present day, few people have time to set their table with a tea service.  We think our patrons appreciate the opportunity to experience a setting where they can actually be a part of such an elegant tradition, made famous in movies, novels and art, 194

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and the imagery they themselves have created in their thoughts about tea services and the Victorian Era.” As we were seated, we were shown a list of 30 teas from which to choose. Each Afternoon Tea comes with three pots of tea, so there are opportunities to try tried and true favorites, as well as dabbling in new flavors. We started with a Key Lime Ceylon Tea, which was described at “The Key Lime of teas, pleasing black tea with lime leaves lime juice, lime pieces and sweet candied pineapple.” This is the tea I was least enthusiastic about, worried because as it is a flavor I don’t usually associate with tea; however, it turned out to be our top pick of our three pots. Deliciously refreshing without packing too sweet or powerful of a punch, the flavors developed slowly, ending with a smooth and refreshing taste. Our teacups were quickly drained and refilled with this delightful tea. Our party of four opted for the Lady Marguerite Tea ($22 per person), which comes with three tea sandwiches. There is also the Madame Dubois Tea ($25 per person), which comes with four tea sandwiches, and the Marie Antoinette Tea ($28 per person), which includes four tea sandwiches and a petite salad. All three of the Afternoon Teas include fresh warmed scones, tea sandwiches, teacakes, sweets and bite-sized desserts and fruits. A plump scone greeted us as our first course. Not a typical dry, crunch scone, these were soft and tender with a balanced level of sweet creamy flavor. Fresh clotted cream and homemade jam provide an opportunity to gild the Lilly. Starting out with a classic, the first sandwich we tried was cucumber; white bread cut into a manageable square, wrapped around cream cheese and cucumbers. Refreshing and light, it did not disappoint. The next to be plucked from the bottom tier of the three-tier tray was a ham and Swiss cheese sandwich on wheat

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bread. The sandwich was good, but nothing extraordinary. Then again, these are small bites, a smattering of samples to try, not an entrée upon which to feast. If they were to be made into full size sandwiches, however, the final one we tried would have been our pick. A tasty chicken salad complemented with sweet crisp red grapes; rather than using traditional bread, the chicken salad was

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piled onto baked breadsticks, which were split lengthwise. The tartness of the grapes and the different choice of bread made this the hands down winner. A mini cheesecake with graham cracker crumbles, cream cheese frosting and topped with a blackberry was clearly the favorite when it came to items from the middle tier. Pink chocolate covered strawberries, drizzled with chocolate quickly disappeared from plates, as did the Russian Tea Cake cookies, one of my personal favorites. For our second pot of tea, we tried the Berkshire Apple Fig. A black tea blend that includes New England Apples, sweet jammy figs, clove and star anise, it was well liked, but took second place to the aforementioned Key Lime Ceylon Tea. Not to be deterred, though, we finished off our tea selections with a Fruity Sangria Tea. Caffeine free, this tea is inspired by Spanish sangria and is blended with hibiscus, elderberry, citrus and lime grass. A great fruity tea for a summer afternoon, this choice does not pair well with the cream that many people like to add into their tea, because the acid levels are high enough to curdle the cream As for McHenry, her favorite tea is Russian Caravan. “I tend to like bold teas, though,” she says. Fitting for a woman who, along with her mother, took the bold move to open a tea house in coffee country. But then again, isn’t it high time for tea in Spokane?

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Silver Spoon Tea House is located at 1427 W. 6th Avenue, in Spokane, and is open for Afternoon Tea, by reservation, Tues-Sat, 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.; walk in tea service, Tues-Sat, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. www., (509) 981-4491.

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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 (509-327-4270) and 1220 West Francis (509-413-2029). $-$$ Bangkok Thai. Thai. A relative newcomer to Spokane, Bangkok Thai took over there former Linnie’s Thai location on Grand Avenue and the former Riverview Thai location near Gonzaga. The South Hill location offers combination lunch plates that allow you smaller portions of several popular Thai dishes for one price and the Gonzaga location has the best Thai lunch buffet in town for $12 a person. 1325 S Grand Blvd (509-838-8424) and 1003 E Trent Avenue (509-325-8370). Mon – Thur 11 – 9, Fri 11 – 10, Sat 12 – 10, Sun 12 – 9. $$ 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 less-slick, 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. SunThurs 11-10, Fri & Sat until Midnight. (509) 326-2226. $$ Mustard Seed. The Mustard Seed is an amalgam of several Asian and Pacific cuisines, which derives from the background of the owners, Betty and Nancy Tokumoto, who grew up in Okinawa, Bangkok, and Hawaii, successively. The somewhat eclectic yet harmonious blending of fresh, clean, mild flavors in the dishes that spring from this mix of culinary origins is what has made the Mustard Seed a perennial favorite with Spokane diners. Over the years, our favorites have consistently been Bong-Bong Chicken, chunks of breast and vegetables stir-fried in wine, and Chicken (or Shrimp) Osaka, sautéed in butter, ginger, and lemon, served with a mustard sauce. We also enjoy their zippy take-out and delivery service. The Mustard Seed owners also serve quality quick-serve Asian out of a number of Noodle Express outlets around the NW. Northtown Mall: Mon-Thurs 11-9, Fri & Sat 11-10, Sun Noon-8, (509) 483-1500. $$ P.F. Chang’s. A chain restaurant that raises the bar for local chefs. Most of the dishes are prepared

with Mandarin wok-style cooking and reflect the restaurant’s stated goal of representing the “emerging influence of Southeast Asia on modern Chinese cuisine.” Chang’s Chicken in Soothing Lettuce Wraps present a savory, crispy, lightly spiced mixture of chicken that you wrap at the table into accompanying lettuce leaves. Entrees include Shrimp with Lobster Sauce, Cantonese Roasted Duck, and Crispy Honey Chicken. Try the Great Wall of Chocolate if you dare for desert. 801 W Main. Sun-Wed 11am-10pm, Thurs 11-11, Fri & Sat 11am-Midnight. (509) 456-2166. $$ Pho Van. Vietnamese. Henry Cao and his wife Thuy now have two Pho Van locations in Spokane. The original spot on Hamilton where price and quality conscious Gonzaga students are often found and a new spot at the base of the Division hill that raises the bar on ambiance with great décor. Try the Spring Rolls and Pho Ga. Several classic Chinese dishes are also on the menu for those hopeful for something exceedingly familiar. 1212 N. Hamilton. (509) 4838136. 2909 N Division. (509) 326-6470. Mon - Thur 10 – 9, Fri – Sat 10 – 10, Sun 10 – 8. $ Phonthip Style Thai Restaurant. Tucked into a small space next to Hair Etc. on the north Spokane corner of Nevada and Francis, Phonthip Style offers a straightforward family take on food from central Thailand thanks to owner and cook Phonthip and her two daughters Song and June. One of the two daughters most likely will be the one to serve up what their mother prepares in the tiny kitchen. Try Phonthip’s version of Pad Thai, Drunken Noodles, or Thai Basil Chicken. The Tom Kha soup is excellent and Mangos and Sweet Sticky Rice offer a great finish. There are several $6.95 lunch specials and the $2 glass of Thai Ice Tea is generous. 11 am – 8 pm Monday – Saturday, Closed Sunday. 1006 E Francis Ave in Spokane. (509) 487-3559. $-$$

Sala Thai. Thai. Reviewed August 2011. Sala Thai fits the stereotype that you can often find the best ethnic food just outside military bases. Owners and chefs Pat and Rapeepun Smitamorn serve up memorable Thai specialties pungent with the smells and flavors or fish sauce, lemongrass, coconut milk, and ginger. Try the Yum Gai Tod or possibly the best Pad Thai in the region but don’t skip the transcendent Tom Kah and Tom Yum soups. Spice Warning—Sala Thai’s 0-5 star heat rating runs high so consider starting low. Mon-Fri 11-2:30 for lunch and 4:30-9:00 for dinner; Sat 2-9 ; Closed Sunday. 12924 West Sunset Highway in Airway Heights. (509) 244-4800. $$ Taste of India. A family-owned restaurant on the Division hill offering authentic cuisine emphasizing northern Indian flavors. Taste of India boasts a casual atmosphere with a soundtrack of traditional music and a popular lunch buffet during the week. Try Tandoori Chicken, Chicken Curry, or Vegetarian Samasa. MonThur 11-9:30, Fri and Sat 11-10, Sun 11-9. 3110 N Division in Spokane. (509) 327-7313. $-$$

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Teriyaki House. Japanese. Teriyaki House is locally owned and operated. They take tremendous pride in the quality of their food. Their dishes are low-fat, lowcholesterol, and are prepared without MSG. Try their homemade teriyaki sauce. 11516 E Sprague. Tues-Sat 11-8. (509) 928-8893. $ 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. $-$$

The Wave Island Sports Grill and Sushi Bar. Japanese and Hawaiian. The Wave Sushi and Island Grill picks up right where Raw left off with sushi, nigiri, and teriyaki with island twists and a energetic after hours scene. The friendly everyone-knows-yourname atmosphere is free. Mon-Wed 11am-1am, Thur & Fri 11am-2am, Sat 4:30-2am, Sun 4:30-1am. 523 W 1st Ave. (509) 747-0556. $-$$.

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. $-$$ The Longhorn. The Longhorn has defined BBQ in Spokane for decades. Their sauce straight from Texas is now a staple in every area supermarket condiment or butcher’s aisle, and what self-respecting native Spokanite’s mouth doesn’t water at the thought of Longhorn ribs, German sausage, or beef sandwiches? 7611 W US Highway 2, (509) 838-8372; 2315 N Argonne Rd, (509) 924-9600. Call for hours. $-$$ O’Doherty’s Irish Pub and BBQ Catering Company. See the entry under Pub Fare.


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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. $-$$.

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Red Lion BBQ and Pub. For about 20 years, whether it was in the old rhythm and blues, peanutshells-on-the-floor days, or more recently as a sports bar, there’s always been butt-kickin’ BBQ at this downtown corner spot. The undisputed star here is wine broiled chicken, spicy and robust, yet falling-off-the-bones moist and tender. Together with their signature fried bread and honey, and you have a BBQ experience that can’t help but please. 126 N Division. Kitchen open daily 11am-10pm, Fri & Sat 11am-1am. (Sunday breakfast buffet 9am-noon during football season.) (509) 835-LION (5466). $-$$


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Ambrosia Bistro and Wine Bar. The neighborhood restaurant in the Spokane Valley is a big hit with even those that don’t live in the neighborhood. Ambrosia offers fine dining and cuisine in an environment where everyone feels comfortable. Bar manager Jeff Gay has added flare with his signature drinks and specialty mojitos, and owners Scott and Kara Cook have added special touches such as live music on select Saturdays. No matter where you are, you feel like a neighbor here. Mon-Thurs 11-10, Fri-Sat 11-11, Sun 4-9. 9211 E Montgomery in Spokane Valley. (509) 928-3222 $$-$$$

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Bistro on Spruce. This neighborhood bistro offers high-quality fare in a casual, friendly atmosphere. It’s a great spot for a quiet dinner out, or weekend brunch with friends. The menu changes frequently, with tempting selections like Paella, Duck Confit and Butternut Squash Ravioli. Don’t miss the Peppered Chevré with Port-Poached Figs – a sweet, creamy, peppery slice of heaven. The Bistro’s Wine Bar is open in the afternoons for wine and $3.95 tapas. Enjoy outdoor seating in the summertime. If you don’t want to cook, and feel like very reasonably priced upscale food, try Bistro on Spruce. 1710 N Fourth St, Coeur d’Alene. Lunch 11am-2:30 and Wine Bar and Tapas 2:30-5, Mon – Sat. Dinner MonSat 5-9. Weekend breakfast. 208-664-1774. www. $-$$ Casper Fry. Reviewed February 2013. A modern take on Southern comfort food with a local twist, located in the South Perry neighborhood. The restaurant serves lunch, dinner and a Sunday brunch in a hip space with a great bar at the back. For dinner, try some of Jama’s Fried Chicken with a classic cocktail, or the Low Country Shrimp and Grits for lunch. The maple-glazed Pork Belly is brilliant and a number of the hearty sides are vegetarian. Wednesday-Monday, 11:30 am - close. 928 S. Perry Street in Spokane. $-$$$. The Copa. Reviewed September 2012. Opened in 2011 without much fanfare, The Copa offers Hayden some seasonal bistro fare alongside a number of comfort food classics. Try the Beef Tenderloin Tips and the Tempura as well as a Pork Tenderloin worth singing about. If you need space for a large group, the Copa can help with the, ahem, Cabana room next door. Mon – Thur, 11 am – 9 pm; Fri – Sat, 11 am – 10 pm. 9265 N Government Way in Hayden. (208) 635-5534. $-$$$ Herbal Essence Café. Northwest cuisine. This relaxed downtown restaurant tucked into the middle


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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 Mon-Sat 5-close. (509) 838-4600. Lunch $-$$, dinner $$-$$$ Madeleine’s Café and Patisserie. Madeleine’s Café and Patisserie specializes in traditional French and bistro-style fare. Pop in for a morning coffee and hand crafted croissant, or take a break from shopping and try the Organic Tomato Mozzarella Tart or one of the many lunch salads, quiches and casseroles. Madeleine’s is a popular spot for weekend brunch, with made-to-order whole wheat pancakes, Croque Monsieur sandwiches and beautiful French pastries. Dinner (Thur-Sat) features rustic French dishes such as cassoulets and crepes, as well as seafood and salads. Take advantage of outside dining in warm weather or grab a streetside table for people watching. Mon-Wed 7:45 am -5 pm, Thu-Fri 7:45 am – 10 pm, Sat 8 am – 10 pm, Sun 8 am – 2 pm. 707 West Main. (509) 624-2253. $-$$$ Maggie’s South Hill Grill. LA transplant and five year associate of Wolfgang Puck, Maggie Watkins has created a welcome addition to the South Hill neighborhood dining scene. Designed with efficiency, affordability, and family-friendliness in mind, the food is far more outstanding than the casual surroundings and low prices suggest. For comfort food, try the Chicken Pot Pie or Baked Penne and Cheese. For dinner, flat-iron steak makes a perfect choice. And Maggie’s Signature Salad will make kids of all ages actually want to eat their greens. 2808 E 29th. Mon-Fri 11-9pm, Sat-Sun brunch (breakfast and lunch menu) 8-1pm, Dinner 1 – 9. (509) 536-4745. $ Picabu Bistro. Picabu Neighborhood Bistro offers fun, stylish, casual dining in Spokane’s lower South Hill neighborhood. The menu is creative and diverse, alternating modern favorites such as Shrimp Phad Thai or Cilantro Hummus with neverout-of-style burgers and seafood. Handmade Chicken Potstickers with ginger, cilantro, and corn are a signature dish and the singular Fire Pasta has become a weekly addiction for many. The children’s menu is a big hit with families. 901 W 14th Ave. (509) 624-2464. Sun-Thurs 11-9, Fri-Sat 11-10. $$ Santé. The Liberty Building is a perfect setting for the sophisticated French bistro food and charcuterie (in-house prepared and preserved meats) of localboy-turned-chef, Jeremy Hansen. Throw in Hansen’s passion for sourcing as much of his food locally as possible and you have a recipe for great dining. Santé serves breakfast and lunch daily off a shared brunch menu with several of the most creative egg dishes in the city (try the Shirred Eggs or the Weisswurst Blanquette). Dinner is served Thursday through Saturday off a separate menu and offers delicious food with bright flavors as well as great options for vegetarians. Gracious service and a seasonally changing menu at the draw. 404 W Main. (509) 315-4613. Daily 8 am - afternoon. Dinner, Thur – Sat, 5 pm close. $$-$$$ Scratch. This energetic, hip restaurant in downtown Spokane adds yet another locally-owned hot spot to our list. With a commitment to local and organic food when available, ice cream made in-house, steaks cut on premises and an ambitious menu including fried Quail, Hummus, Calamari, Jumbo Scallops, and a 10-ounce Hanger Steak this is one spot that enhances our area. 1007 W 1st Ave. MonThur 11am-midnight, Fri 11am-2am, Sat 4pm-2am. (509) 456-5656. $$-$$$ Seasons of Coeur d’Alene. Reviewed Oct 2011. The name telegraphs both the concept behind Seasons and it location. Chef Scott Miller features

the best seasonal ingredients on a menu that reimagines classic dishes and comfort food in creative ways at unexpected reasonable prices. Pay attention to what is on the fresh sheet and don’t miss the blackened Mahi Tacos (anytime) or the amazing Buttermilk Chicken (at dinner). Among the sandwiches, the Pepper Cristo is a fine choice. There is live music several nights a week in the massive bar and a banquet room that seats up to 65. Open daily from 11 am to 10 pm with seating in the bar until midnight. 209 Lakeside Avenue in Coeur d’Alene. (208) 664-8008. $-$$$ Vintages @ 611. Vintages wine bar and restaurant offers eclectic American fare in a cozy, upscale atmosphere at the heart of Spokane’s South Hill. Choose an appetizer from the extensive selection (try the Toasted Hearts) and pair it with a glass of wine, or go straight for the Prime Rib or Succulent Scallops. Other choices include pasta dishes, seafood and salads. Outside patio dining coming soon. Late night menu on Friday and Saturdays until 12A.M. Open Tues-Thurs 11-10, Fri-Sat 11-12. 611 East 30th Avenue in Spokane. (509) 624-3203. Wild Sage. Tucked into a classic 1911 brick building on 2nd and Lincoln, Wild Sage offers an intimate dining setting and memorable food with real flair. The atmosphere combines class and warmth. Executive Chef Charlie Connor presents regionally influenced Northwest cuisine using only the finest locally sourced products. Try the Yukon Taquitos, the Crisp Bacon & Blue salad or the Cioppino. Be sure to finish with a slice of the “Soon to be Famous” Coconut Cream layer cake with lilikoi sauce. This award-winning bistro is known for it’s in-house bakery and an amazing array of gluten free options. Also make a point to order something from their “scratch bar”, either with or without alcohol. They use only fresh juices and house infused flavored liquors. Dinner seven nights a week, opening at 4 pm. 916 W Second Ave in Spokane. (509) 4567575. $$-$$$ The Wine Cellar. Reviewed April 2011. The door up on Coeur d’Alene’ main street to this intimate basement grotto is easy to miss, but don’t. This bistro, wine bar, and live music venue embodies generosity with hearty Italian and Mediterranean fare at incredibly reasonable prices, warm and welcoming staff, and a killer space that feels like a retreat from the time pressures of life outside. Don’t miss the amazing Mac and Cheese on the appetizer menu and factor in that every entrée comes with a salad and bread. 313 E Sherman Ave in Coeur d’ Alene. Mon to Thur 4:30 – 10 pm, Fri and Sat 4:30 to midnight. Closed Sun. (208) 6649463. $-$$.

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BREAKFAST AND LUNCH SPECIALTIES Apple Spice Junction. This deli is tucked in behind the Lewis and Clark gymnasium on Spokane’s near south side. Apple Spice offers both dining on site and a box lunch delivery service that specializes in sandwiches with homemade breads. Salads, soups, and baked treats are also on the menu. Try the turkey avocado sandwich or the mandarin chicken salad. You can also stop by Apple Spice for breakfast on your way downtown and find everything from pastries and fruit to gourmet eggs and seasoned potatoes. 10am-3pm M-F. 514 S Washington St. (509) 456-2162. www.applespice. com $ Big Red’s Chicago Style Cuisine. Reviewed June 2012. This food trailer serves up possibly the best cheesesteak in town along with a formidable Chicago Dog (with all the fixings), and an Italian Beef with a fiery relish made by owner and operator Curtis Bytnar. Feel like fries? Big Red’s offers you the choice of sweet potato or regular, and the regular can come topped with garlic, cheese, or both chili and cheese. Located in the parking lot of the St. Matthew’s Institutional Baptist Church at the corner of Sunset Boulevard and Government Way west of downtown Spokane. Open Mon, 11 am – 3 pm; Tues – Sat, 11 am – 5 pm. Closed Sunday. (509) 991-2359. $

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dining guide 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. $$-$$$

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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 (Wed-Sat) 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 dinner. Open: Tuesday 11-3pm, Wednesday-Thursday 11-3pm, 4:30-close, FridaySaturday 7:30-3:00pm, 4:30-close, Sunday 7:30-2pm. 4237 S. Cheney-Spokane Rd in Spokane. $-$$. The Garnet Café. Reviewed December 2010. Take time to find this gem tucked into a converted cottage on Walnut Street between 3rd and 4th Streets in Coeur d’Alene. Why? Because the Garnet is handsdown one of the best breakfast spots in the Inland Northwest with well-executed breakfast standards and some of the most creative morning fare around. The Duck Confit and Sockeye Salmon platters are revelations. Channel Dr. Seuss and order Green Eggs and Ham with a great pesto sauce over the eggs. You can’t go wrong with the house-made corned beef hash, several creative vegetarian options, or any of the three-egg omelets with eclectic ingredients. Try the Lincoln City omelet if you like Dungeness crab, and consider starting with one of the Garnet’s funky morning cocktails. 315 East Walnut Avenue in Coeur d’Alene. Tues – Sun 7 am to 1 pm. (208) 667-2729. $-$$ 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. $


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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 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. 315 Wallace Ave in Coeur d’Alene. (208) 667-9660. $$-$$$. 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 home-style 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) 3288911. $-$$ Stir. The best kept secret in North Spokane. Exceptional food and fine drinks in a progressive environment without the upscale prices. Fresh, local and hand prepared dishes that complement the casual atmosphere, where quality and service are the standard. Appetizers, salads, sandwiches, hot entrees, steaks, pizzas, fish and more. Try the Lobster and Artichoke dip to start off your meal. Monday 11:30 am – 11:00 pm; Tuesday – Thursday, 11:30 am – 12:00 am; Friday 11:30 am – 2:00 am; Saturday 11:30 am – 2:30 am;Sunday 11:30 am – 11:00 pm. 7115 N. Division, one block north of Costco on Division. $-$$

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. $$-$$$

Stacks at Steam Plant. Named for the twin smokestacks that have been a part of the downtown Spokane skyline for nearly a century, Stacks offers a full-service dining experience in a one-of-a-kind space. Unique private dining spaces include boiler rooms where the original pipes still line the walls and ceiling. Signature dishes are created from scratch and incorporate ingredients produced only at the Steam Plant – including smoked meats, fish and vegetables, and many of the ales brewed on-site. 3pm – 10pm Sun-Thurs, 3pm – 11pm Fri-Sat. 159 S. Lincoln, under the smokestacks downtown. (509) 777-3900. $$-$$$

ITALIAN 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 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. www. $-$$$ Italian Kitchen. Owners Bryce and Lyndsay Kerr have created a beautiful and charming décor along with exquisite cuisine, not to mention the remarkable hospitality. Known for its Calamari, Tiramisu, and Lasagna from scratch, the Italian Kitchen is as authentic as you’ll find. They were recently placed on the “Best of the Best” list, which honors the top 17 Italian restaurants in the nation. 113 N Bernard. Lunch Mon-Fri 11-3:30, Dinner MonThur 3:30-9, Fri 3:30-10, Sat 4:30-10, Sun 4:30-9. (509) 363-1210. $$

MEDITERRANEAN AND MIDDLE EASTERN 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. $-$$. The White House Mediterranean Grill. Mediterranean. If you love garlic, you’ll love this cozy, romantic restaurant. Here, you feel as if you are in the Mediterranean without the high cost of travel. Try the popular Chilean Sea Bass that has turned first timers into regular customers. The Whitehouse offers 110 wine selections and now offers a full bar. Reservations are recommended. 712 N Spokane Street, Post Falls, ID. MonThurs 11-10, Fri-Sat 11-11. (208) 777-9672. www. $-$$$

MEXICAN Hacienda Los Flores. A bright reincarnation of the space at the bottom of the Freya hill formerly occupied by La Katrina Taco. Owners Jorge and Adriana Hernandez pull out all the stops with a possibly the best mole sauce in town. Try the Pollo en Mole ($12.25) and plan on multiple dips with your standard basket of chips rather than just a single salsa. Several of the soups on the menu also get rave reviews: the Sopa de Camaron and the Sopa de Tortilla. Kids eat for $0.99 on Sundays. Open daily from 11-9. 510 South Freya in Spokane. (509) 3158853. $-$$

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STEAK HOUSES 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.churchillssteakhouse. com $$-$$$$

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PIZZA Fire Artisan Pizza. Reviewed January 2012. Walk in the front door and you smell smoke from local orchard wood burning at 800 degrees in the Fourno Bravo oven that is a focal piece of the open kitchen at the back of the restaurant. Whether you order up one of the creative pizzas on the menu or design your own pie, you are in for a treat. Fire’s chewy charred crust and bright red sauce are both excellent. The wine list is also well chosen and the space has an industrial retro rustic feel that also manages to be warm and welcoming. Open Sun – Thu, 11:30 am – 9 pm; Fri – Sat, 11:30 am – 11 pm. 517 Sherman Ave in Coeur d’Alene, (208) 676-1743. Open Sun – Thu, 11:00 am – 10 pm; Fri – Sat, 11:00 am – 11 pm., 816 W Sprague Ave, Spokane, Washington 99201, (509) 413-1856. www. $$ Five Mile Heights Pizza Parlor. If fun for the kids is as critical as plenty of ‘za, head to Five Mile Heights on North Maple. Locally owned and operated for 25 years, Five Mile Heights has two banquet rooms perfect for parties, a large ball crawl pit, and a children’s play area. During the week at lunch you can get an all-you-can eat buffet with pizza, salad, breadsticks, and a drink for well under $10. They make their own crust (including gluten free options) and have their own 18-spice sauce. Open daily from 11:30 am – 9:30 pm (10 on Fri-Sat). 6409 N Maple in Spokane. (509) 328-4764. www. $-$$ Mackenzie River Pizza, Grill and Pub. The first Mackenzie River opened in Bozeman Montana in 1993—serving up pizzas that caused the cowpokes to scratch their heads. Toasted pine nuts and Mandarin oranges on a pizza? But they kept coming back. Now there are 15 locations with two in Spokane. The menu offers nearly two dozen pizzas and you have four crust options: sourdough, natural grain, thick, or thin. Both Spokane locations also boast a full bar. Open daily 11 am – 10 pm. Northside: 9225 N Nevada, (509) 413-1043. South Hill: 2910 E 57th Ave, (509) 315-9466. www.mackenzieriverpizza. com. $-$$$

PUB AND LOUNGE FARE Manito Tap House. Reviewed March 2012. Manito is living into its name as a gastropub that offers high-quality dining fare to go with their 50 beers on tap. A fun pub atmosphere and friendly service make this a great hangout. Try


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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. $-$$ Peacock Room. It is all about martinis, cold beer and great music. Known as the place to see and be seen, the Peacock Room contributes to Spokane’s vibrant downtown nightlife. Showcasing a giant stained-glass peacock ceiling, the menu features such items as giant prawntinis, open-faced crab sandwiches and gourmet onion rings. Casual attire. Private Dining room available seating up to 25 people. Mon-Thurs 11-midnight, Fri-Sat 11-1am, Sun 2-midnight. 10 S Post. (509) 455-8888. $$-$$$ Steam Plant Brewing Co. & Pub. An amazing location for a brewery – under layers of catwalks and an 80’ ceiling inside the renovated steam plant. The brewery produces eleven handcrafted microbrews on-site, from their famous Double Stack Stout to several seasonal varieties. Its microbrews are also available to go in kegs and growlers. The Pub features multiple flat-screen TVs and a game room to make a night of it. The brews are complemented by signature menu items like the Coal Bunker cheese bread, smoked steelhead and beer cheese soup. 3pm – 10pm Sun-Thurs, 3pm – 11pm Fri-Sat. 159 S. Lincoln, under the smokestacks downtown. (509) 777-3900. $$ 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) 326-6794. www. $-$$

SEAFOOD AND FISH 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

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. MonFri 11:30-close, Sat-Sun 4-Close. www. (509) 535-8972. $$-$$$ 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. $$-$$$

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 fresh-baked 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. www.loco-dogz. com. (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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Milford’s, has been serving Spokane since 1979. Located in an early 20th century historic building, the environment is somewhat retro and eclectic. Milford’s presents a simple traditional bar and short wine list that pairs well with the menu items. While the environment may be simple, and you would feel comfortable in shorts, the atmosphere created by the table settings, the wait staff and the menu result in an elegance that is perfect for dining out before a show. Besides, you have to love a place where the chef/owner (Jerry Young) walks out of the kitchen holding an uncooked golden trout, on its way to be introduced to the awaiting diners, but makes a few stops along the way to chat with other guests to ensure they are satisfied with their dining experience. The menu is an array of great seafood dishes; all prepared fresh and layered with flavors. You’ll find fired catfish and shrimp balls on the menu alongside halibut and trout. At first glance you may think this is a menu influenced by the Gulf Coast, but you’ll find Pacific Northwest and Asian flavors too; however, it is that Louisiana Gulf Coast flavor that reminds you why you’re at Milford’s - to order their Cajun style Seafood Sauté – “Lisa” ($28). Named after a former longtime employee, “Lisa,” the Seafood Sauté is a long-standing signature dish on an ever-changing menu. The seafood is quickly sautéed and then finished/poached in a butter-based sauce. This bountiful bowl of seafood is the perfect combination of Alaskan salmon, Columbia River steelhead, clams, prawns, calamari strips and, when in season, maybe even a little halibut. All of this is served to you in an oversized bowl; swimming in a decadent butter sauce and seasoned to order with a Cajun style blend from renowned Louisiana chef Paul Prudhomme. You can pick the level of Cajun influenced heat you want, ranging from one to five. I would recommend at least a three due to the richness of the sauce and depth of flavor with the seafood. I went with a three-and-a-half and found just enough background heat to be enjoyed, but the main ingredients still presented well. I would have no problem kicking it up to a full or four or even four-and-a-half. Unlike other seafood combination plates I’ve ordered elsewhere, Milford’s Seafood Sauté is prepared with the application of multiple cooking techniques – first sautéed with just the right heat and then the cooking is finished by poaching the seafood in the butter sauce as it makes its way to your table. This process results in each individual item perfectly cooked. The clams melt in your mouth, the calamari strips are tender, and the fish flakes exactly as it should into the buttery succulence. Be sure you have plenty of fresh bread on hand ready to soak up every last drop of the sauce; while served with rice, there will still be plenty of sauce to savor. The entrée comes with you choice of soup or salad. My server, Alex, recommended Milford’s version of Manhattan chowder. That should read a better version of Manhattan chowder; thicker than traditional Manhattan chowder and with a Louisiana personality, it was a perfect starter – if you’re sharing the Seafood Sauté, you will want order extra chowder. So the next time you’re in need of a hearty seafood feast, stop by Milford’s and experience all the richness and layers of flavor their Seafood Sauté – “Lisa” has to offer. You won’t be disappointed. Reservations are recommended. Milford’s Fish House is located at 719 N Monroe St., Spokane. (509) 326-7251,

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Toast of the Town Don Townshend’s history and future in local wine by Laurie L. Ross Photo by Rocky Casenada


ost winemakers can clearly recall the precise moment they were first intrigued by the wine industry. Sometimes after that initial encounter they play hard to get, while for others its love at first sip. Either way with Washington State being home to over 750 wineries, we’d say the grape is quite the temptress. The story of how Townshend Cellar came to be began back in 1979, and involved a TriCities winery, commercial air chiller and the lure of the fruit. Don Townshend was a sales engineer working with Preston Winery in the Tri-Cities, installing an air chiller unit for the winery. Being at Preston Winery for that routine installation was the pivotal moment that wine captured his attention. Townshend had a BS in Civil Engineering from the University of Alaska Fairbanks and a Masters of Engineering Management from WSU, but no experience with winemaking. He was enticed, but went about his business of designing and selling commercial heating and airconditioning systems as usual. Nearly ten years later in 1987, Townshend moved his family to North Spokane and settled in the Green Bluff area where he found himself surrounded by local fruit including apples, apricots, strawberries, raspberries, peaches and pears. By 1990, with wine still on his mind, Townshend started toying with the idea of opening a small business on his property where he would make wine exclusively from locally grown fruit. After analyzing the complexity and cost involved in Spokane CDA • September • 2013


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making fruit wine, he determined it wouldn’t work. For at least the time being, Townshend would shelve the idea, but wine would prove to be more than a passing fancy. Fast forward, 16 years after that first introduction in 1979, Townshend was going about his day job, but still daydreaming about wine. The previous idea he had of making fruit wine shifted to making traditional wine from Washington grapes. Townshend finally did something about it and made a barrel of Cabernet and Merlot. Three years later, in 1998, he bottled the wine. Making wine can be a lesson in patience but at first taste, he knew he was onto something. He thought his debut wine was as good as any California or Washington wine he’d had. That was all it took. Townshend filled out the paperwork and started Townshend Cellar without looking back. Wine had finally won him over. In October 2001, Townshend Cellar released its first vintage of the 1998 Cabernet, 1998 Merlot, a 2001 Chardonnay, and a Huckleberry Port made from locally grown Huckleberries. The wines were an immediate success with consumers, receiving rave reviews from wine experts, and collecting accolades from various competitions. In 2003, Townshend’s 1998 Cabernet won the Wine Press Northwest’s Fab Cab Award. Not only was this the first wine he ever produced, it competed against higher priced Cabs by far more experienced winemakers. With his impressive natural winemaking ability, the lure was over and he was fully engaged with the wine industry. Proving it wasn’t beginner’s luck, Townshend has continued to make remarkable wines for over 15 years. Townshend wines derive their distinctive flavors from extensive aging in small French and American oak barrels, and a wellchosen selection of grapes from some of the finest vineyards in the Columbia Valley. The popular winery is best known for their red blends. Wine blends tend to be complex and, when assembled properly, are nothing short of wonderful. As you may know, blended wines have been available for quite some time, usually in the form of table wines, which were often at the bottom of the price scale. This is no longer the case, as today’s blend trend is evidenced in the premium wine lists of wineries, restaurants and tasting rooms throughout the region. Spokane area wineries do red blends very well. There is an intriguing and almost mysterious quality to blends that proves a winemaker either a liquid artist or mad scientist. Townshend’s ever-popular T3 is made from wines produced in different years, with 206

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non-vintage blends of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, with a smaller amount of Cabernet Franc. T3 is a balanced wine, slightly jam-like, with tastes of black cherry and a hint of vanilla. This is a full-bodied, fruit forward wine and has become Townshend Cellar’s flagship wine. T3 may be the most popular Spokane Bordeaux style blends, but recently Townshend’s Vortex, also a red blend, has been stealing some of that award-winning spotlight. In 2010, Vortex was named Best Red Wine under $15 by Sunset magazine. Also in 2010, Seattle Magazine named Vortex as the Best Red Blend under $20. Vortex is a non-vintage Bordeaux blend of 47% Cabernet Sauvignon 43%, Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc. Vortex is lighter-style red with essences of blueberries and some raspberries. Single variety wines are named after the grape, but when it’s a blend the winemaker gets to name their creation. As you may know, a vortex is a spinning, often turbulent, flow of fluid. Any spiral motion with closed streamlines is vortex flow. A perfect title for an aromatic wine just swirled in the glass. Townshend also produces a noteworthy Huckleberry Port, which possess a delightful aroma with flavors of huckleberry, chocolate, coffee and black currant that linger. The wild huckleberries from North Idaho help make this port a regional favorite. Townshend Cellars currently produces 18,000 cases of over 20 different varieties making it one of the Spokane’s largest producers. As if that wasn’t consuming enough, Townshend purchased a few vulnerable local wineries—Lone Canary, Caterina and Mountain Dome— which are now owned and operated by Townshend Cellar. Lone Canary has developed its own wine style with winemaker Jerry Widing at the helm with 4,000 cases currently being produced. After purchasing Mountain Dome, a sparkling wine producer, Eric Manz was retained as the winemaker. Mountain Dome is best known for their Non Vintage Brut (Gnome Label) and the label’s current production is at 2,000 cases. Caterina will continue to sell existing inventory but is not producing new wine at this time. Townshend does it all, from purchasing grapes to making and bottling. Considering the added labels and his active involvement in

sponsoring events and supporting local causes, one may wonder how he does it all while still keeping his day job. That’s right, maybe it’s an insurance policy, but Townshend retains his job as a sales engineer, specializing in commercial heating and cooling solutions. Having that extra income has allowed him to hire wine savvy Jill Rider as the general manager of Townshend Cellar. Rider manages the tasting room, private tasting parties, and events and does the marketing for the winery. Also involved in the business are Don’s two sons, Michael and Brendon, who Townshend hopes will continue the family wine legacy, when and if he decides to retire. Brendon is currently a winemaker with his dad at Townshend, but Michael will take over assisting at Townshend Cellar while his brother is in pilot training for the Air National Guard. Brendon is a graduate from Cal Poly with an aerospace engineering degree, and younger brother Michael will graduate in 2014 with a mechanical engineering degree from Montana State University. The winery has grown so much that Townshend now shares a large production facility with Preston Wines, and purchased additional land in the Green Bluff area for a new tasting room and expanded production facilities. The facility is located at 8022 E. Green Bluff Road, just minutes from Townshend’s original tasting room and will be open to the public mid September 2013. The new tasting room has a distinctive Northwest style with reclaimed wine barrel accents. Rider tells us the view is even better than the original tasting room, with expansive windows that take full advantage of the outstanding view and highlight Mt. Spokane. Expect to find a lovely patio with outdoor seating. The new gift shop will continue to carry winery logo merchandise, wine accessories, as well as well selected items for impromptu picnics. Don Townshend may have stumbled upon the wine industry by chance, but after finally being seduced, the impact he’s made has been nothing less than brilliant and significant. Townshend Cellar’s new tasting room is located at 8022 E Green Bluff Road in Green Bluff, and is open Friday – Sunday, noon – 6 p.m. Laurie L. Ross is a frequent contributor, and is also the author of local wine blog Sip of Spokane (

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