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Floating Concrete The modern, functional and quirky home of Nick Murto

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Fall Arts Scene The people, places and events making our arts scene vibrant!

Local Fashion Fall in love with Fall Fashion

Top Lawyers, 2014 133 of Spokane’s best legal minds

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Top Lawyers 2014 If you think lawyers are for other people, and not for you, guess again. Any one of us could need a lawyer, at any time. When it comes to selecting one to help you, do you know who to choose? Check out Spokane’s Top Lawyers for 2014.

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Floating Concrete Clean lines, functional space and a little quirk all reign in Nick Murto’s modern home on the edge of downtown. He had a vision for a unique home that met his needs and his lifestyle. With a little creativity, patience and out of the box thinking, that vision became a reality.

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Fall Fashion

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Fall Arts Scene

Are those shorts and tanktops leaving you shivering in your flip-flops? With cooler temperatures and crisp air on the way, it is time to trade in your summer looks for fabulous fall fashions that will keep you warm and have you looking hot! Bring on the fall fashion!

Is Spokane’s arts scene struggling or thriving? We think it is thriving and vibrant, thanks to the work, talent and vision of local artists, creative visionaries and those willing to branch out and bring new life to the arts. Come meet some of those who are making our arts scene so beautiful.

On the cover: Front entryway of featured home, photographed by Alan Bisson.


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contents what’s inside Editor’s Letter Bending, not Breaking

Readers Respond What you had to say about

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recent issues of the magazine

First Look and Buzz The Davenport Hotel’s 100th Year; Spokane by the Numbers; Lilacs & Lemons

What I Know Mountain climber and author John Roskelley tells us what he knows


Business Closeups Celebrating local businesses with a story

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Automotive Vintage racing: historic cars on-track again



Artist Profile

Artist Tom Norton goes from rags to rhapsody

Metro Talk The Next Big Scoop: DOA for



Book Reviews




Local Cuisine

newspspers as we once read them?

Education Nation


Opening the door to education through Spokane Tribal College

History Metaline Falls : The history of a neighboring town

Homestyles Design trends in kitchens and baths

Real Estate


INHS celebrates 20 years; Mattress

What to put on your calendar

Compassion in Action: Something 2 Eat™



Restaurant Reviews



Dining Guide



Signature Dish

Do’s and don’t of your credit score

Health Beat

Books that are worth the read

Uva Trattoria; Wisconsinburger

Where to chow down in this town

Milford’s Grilled Chilean Sea Bass with Chimichurri

Health; Back to School Fitness


Liquid Libations Tequila 101


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Editor’s Letter

Bending, Not Breaking


high pitched sound pierced the quiet morning as I waited in the stopped line of traffic. I craned my neck, and my eyes darted about, trying to find the source of the cacophony. After a few seconds, the culprit was reflected in my driver’s side mirror. A team of four men in hardhats were feeding massive tree limbs into a wood chipper, while another two men worked together, cutting more of the tree to the ground. They worked in teams, lifting huge sections of branches that were dripping with leaves, and moved them toward the chipper. Muscles flexed and strained under the weight of the heavy limbs as they loaded them into the machine. The limbs shook and lurched forward, as they were loaded, a sea of green leaves moving farther into the machine as the chipper quickly devoured them. On the back end of the machine, a tall, angled shoot rose high into the air, like a periscope. As the machine consumed the tree, out of the spout came a shower of wood chips. The transformed body of the tree, a thing of beauty years in the making, was reduced to small chunks of wood within seconds. The tree had been tall with mighty branches stretching out from the base of its trunk. Vibrant green leaves clung to each branch and created a natural canopy, shading the sidewalk and yard below, which I often drove past, traveling to and from work. How long had the tree been there? I could only guess. Thirty, perhaps 40 years, at least. I’m not sure why they were cutting the tree down. It might have been diseased; perhaps the roots were interfering with the sewer lines below, or the branches with the power lines above; maybe they were building an addition on the house or making spot for a garden? Who knows? I am not a “tree hugger” nor one who would chain myself to a tree to stop its destruction, so I am not judging the homeowners for cutting the tree down. I am willing to accept they had a good reason 16

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for its demise; however, I was sad to see it go, and struck by how quickly something that is beautiful and deep-rooted could be destroyed. Something of such beauty takes time to create. What starts as a small sprout in the ground, grows to such magnificent proportions with the tender attention of the sun and rain, and the gift of time, during which it grows stronger and sturdier and supportive. It is amazing that something that was so beautiful, precious and long in the making could so quickly be destroyed and reduced to pieces, never to be the same. What took a lifetime to build, took mere minutes to destroy. The beautiful things in life always are that way, though. It always takes hard work, commitment, determination and patience to see something build from a fledgling state into something of beauty, endurance and value. Things of beauty that are worth keeping are always a long time coming and are never built in an instant. We can easily forget that hard work, effort and commitment are the keys to achieving what lasts. Remember that small house your grandparents or parents lived in that was the coziest, happiest home in which you had ever been? They most likely spent their lifetime slowly fixing it up and making improvements, one task at a time; not expecting granite countertops, walk-in closets, stainless steel appliances and a jetted tub right off the bat. They put in the work and knew it was the family within the walls of the home that was the most valuable part of the house. Careers require just as much work. Somewhere along the way, in this day, the humbleness and appreciation for starting at the ground level, putting in your time and sweat equity, and earning your way toward the top, has been replaced with expectations of extreme salaries, easy workloads and little being asked of you. It is the hard work, commitment and experiences that make a career so rewarding, though. Quality, beautiful relationships are not created in a day either. It is the years of work, commitment, honesty, respect and love that make them grow into strong oaks that support you in the seasons of life. Like trees, when the winds of adversity come and difficult times blow in, it is the relationships with the deep roots and the commitment to stand their ground that bend, but don’t break, and survive the storms. Whether it is a family, a career or a relationship, the things that loom so large, impressive and important in our lives are also the things that are the most delicate, vulnerable and easy to damage. A few moments in a proverbial chipper can damage things. What has taken years to build, can be compromised with the quickest and most damaging of actions, or with neglect and disregard. The good news is the opposite is also true. When families, careers and relationships have those strong roots and are given the chance not just to grow in the warmth of the sun, but also to stand strong against the winds and storms that rage around us, and to test their strength when the storms try but fail to break them, they can grow from the resistance and come out stronger. Press into your roots and weather the storms.

readers respond what you had to say

charitable events in town are events that I cannot afford the ticket price into. With that in mind, I finally felt a sense of connection on how I can give back, when I read the article A Safety Net, in the July/ August issue. I have plenty of gently used household items, and I can even afford to pick up a few additional items at the store. That is not beyond me. Knowing that there are ways to give back to our community and help those less fortunate, without having to buy an expensive ticket to an event is refreshing. Thank you for the story, for the work being done by Safety Net, and for the reminder that everyone can help someone. SAFETY NET I very much enjoyed the story featuring A Safety Net ( July/August 2014). There are so many wonderful non-profit and charitable organizations that are in need of support of the community, but it can be overwhelming to know which ones to support, and how best to support them. Whenever I get the chance to read about one in-depth, and hear first hand from the people who have benefitted, my heart is instantly swayed. I feel so encouraged about the future for both of the individuals you featured. They have already overcome so much, and I have a hunch they are going to do incredible things with their lives. Thank you for sharing their stories, and for showing people how their contributions can truly help in the lives of the people the organization is designed to benefit. Linda Markin Spokane, WA FREE TO GIVE I am thankful that I have enough to cover all of my bills and expenses, that I have a roof over my head, food in my refrigerator, and a soft pillow under my head at night. I am blessed when considering the lives of extreme challenge that others live. Though I am thankful for all I have, I do sometimes lament that I am not able to do some of the more luxurious things I want to do. One of those things is being able to afford tickets to some of the fundraisers in town. While I would love to dress up in a ball gown and wine and dine in the name of supporting an organization, the truth is, most of the 18

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Name withheld Spokane, WA SLAM DUNK Awesome What I Know feature by Lisa Mispley Fortier. My entire family are huge GU Women’s Basketball fans, and never miss a game. We were so sad when Coach Kelly Graves announced he was leaving the program, but knowing that Coach Fortier is in charge and that she has been a part of the program for many years, eased the fears a bit. After reading Fortier’s What I Know, I feel like we got to know her better, and to learn more about this young woman who obviously brings with her skill, talent, integrity and focus. We are excited about this next season! Jeremiah Davids Spokane, WA Corrections: In the Artist Feature, on page 140 of the July/August issue, we placed the wrong photos with the article. The artwork was that of artist Elena Guttierez, while the text was about artist Ginger Oakes. We apologize for the error, and are pleased to highlight both Elena and Ginger in this issue, in our Fall Arts article on page 153. The photo on page 144 of the July/August issue was attributed to the wrong theatre. It was a production of Legally Blonde by the Lewiston Civic Theatre, rather than the Spokane Civic Theater. We apologize for the error and congratulate both theaters on successful productions.

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“The Davenport Hotel ... was opened to the public yesterday afternoon at 5 o’clock, and within 20 minutes 54 persons had inscribed their names on the register and been assigned apartments. Coincident with the arrival of the first guests, hundreds of townspeople who had not had the opportunity to inspect the magnificent establishment before began to flock in and soon the lobbies, drawing room, mezzanines and corridors were thronged. Clarence A. Chase, associate manager, placed every available attaché of the place at their disposal to guide them through the different departments, and Mr. Chase estimated that 10,000 persons visited the hotel between the opening hour and midnight.” Thus read the opening lines of the front-page article in the September 2, 1914 issue of The

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lilacsandlemons by Vincent Bozzi

[good] LILACS to Mayor Condon for deep-sixing the box on city

Spokesman-Review. The town was abuzz! After much waiting and anticipation, The Davenport Hotel had finally opened its doors, ready to usher a new era of elegance, service and sophistication in the young town of Spokane. The Kirtland K. Cutter designed building was not just beautiful in design, but also incorporated elements, cutting edge for the time, such as “circulated ice water in every room”, and “three electric passenger elevators.” According to an article on historylink. org, “Charles R. Sligh of Grand Rapids, Michigan, was the first guest to register. Sligh’s furniture company had supplied the Davenport with furnishings and draperies. Spokane residents Adolph and Maude E. Galland registered second.” The rooms in which Mr. Sligh, and Adolph and Maude Galland stayed were considered top of the line, as described in Pride of an Empire. “Panel mirrors, adjustable reading lamps, easily regulated steam radiators, telephone stands, and all the little conveniences, so welcome to the experienced traveler, combine to make the guest rooms a surprise and delight.” Over the years, the rooms, décor and amenities have become even grander, and the proud boasting that “nearly every room may be connected with bath and toilet,” now includes all rooms, as the Davenport is a hotel unmatched is amenities, elegance and service. Just as it did when it first opened 100 years ago, the Davenport Hotel continues to serve as the centerpiece and masterpiece of Spokane. Its highs and lows throughout the last century have only made us learn to love it more, as it has become anchored in our hearts and lives. — Blythe Thimsen


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job applications that asked if applicants have a criminal background. If we want to reduce recidivism, we have to give people who’ve messed up a second chance. Otherwise, what real choice do they have other than to beg, steal or rely on government assistance? They did their time, now they need a fighting chance.

LILACS to the Downtown Spokane Partnership for launching

their “Give Real Change” program, which asks us to donate, yes, but not to panhandlers. Spokane residents have hearts of gold, but just as feeding birds attracts more pigeons, giving to panhandlers attracts more vagrants to our gateway intersections. The DSP says that most of the panhandlers have addiction problems and aren’t seeking money for food or shelter. Feeding their addiction merely prolongs their habits, and may prevent them from finally getting fed up and seeking help.

LEMONADE to Vivint for repaying the $150,000 incentive they received from the Washington Department of Commerce for moving to Spokane. When they abruptly shuttered the business, the question of the grant was immediately brought up, including in this column. They did the right thing by repaying it and left, as they say, with class. LILACS to the Coeur d’Alene Tribe for cancelling the Ted Nugent

concert because of his “racist and hate-filled” remarks. You can’t call the president a “sub-human mongrel” and describe a feminist as “a fat pig who doesn’t get it often enough” without someone noticing and objecting. We live in the land of free speech, and publishers cherish that as much, if not more so, than anyone; we believe words matter, that words can change the world and when someone exercises their right of free speech, they should be prepared to accept the consequences. LEMONS to Riverpark Square for over-zealous security policies. A friend was charging his cell phone at the food court, which I do myself at airports and at malls, some of which encourage the practice. He was asked to unplug his phone, nicely, but then he left the mall and chose not to purchase anything there. Another friend was taking photos and he was escorted to the door as if he were a petty criminal. Ninety percent of purchases are still made in brick and mortar stores, but let’s not let that slip any further by taking away a few of the things the internet can’t replace. LILACS to Manito Park for being voted one of

the top 25 parks in the country by the Traveler’s Choice Awards. Our gorgeous park has heady company, including Central Park, the Golden Gate Park, the High Line in NYC and the Boston Public Garden.

LEMONS to restaurants that overdo dressings and condiments. Unless the chef has a light touch, I prefer dressings and toppings on the side. Salads that are wet and soggy with dressing are robbed of their essential “saladness,” becoming calorie-laden main courses. I’ll save my calories for the entrée, thank you. Yesterday I went to a bakery where they have the most friendly people in the world, but I ordered a bagel, toasted, and they asked if I wanted cream cheese. Of course I said yes, expecting it to be served on the side. Instead I got a bagel with literally half an inch of cream cheese on either half. I scraped most of it off and the mess on my plate would have filled a small Tupperware container!

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spokanebyThenumbers What better way to finish off the summer than with a trip to the Spokane Interstate Fair? Cows, pigs, rabbits, the Creature Feature, arts and crafts barn, floral displays, rides, cotton candy and Elephant Ears – we’re going to see it all! We can hardly wait!

Spokane County Fair edition* 1932-1933 Years in which there was no fair held in Spokane County


Year that the Washington and Idaho Fair Association held the very first fair in the Inland Empire, at Corbin Park.


Hello Lucky! A lucky find is well worth a little detour, don’t you think? We do, too, and we are excited about Lucky Detour, which just debuted on the Spokane retail scene. Nestled off the beaten path, in the heart of Spokane’s historic Vinegar Flats neighborhood, in a refurbished 1931 service station, is a shop unlike any other. Brimming with industrial and architectural salvage, antique furniture and oneof-a-kind unique objects, Lucky Detour’s ever-changing select pieces are styled and displayed in an inspirational manner, thanks to the skill, style and vision of partners Holly Baublitz, Dan Webb, Celeste Shaw and Dana Haynes.

Attendees on the first day of the 1900 Spokane Industrial Exposition


amount insurance companies were ordered to pay the Spokane Interstate Fair in 1924, after a fair robbery in which $22,000, practically the entire Derby Day receipts, was stolen from the safe in the office.

397,805 Record breaking attendance for the fair. It was in 1989, and the theme was “It’s a Family Affair!”


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Hours per day the fair is open, from September 5-13, 2014

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2014 admission price for ages 7-13, and 65 and older

The retail store will be open four days a week, Thursday to Sunday, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., while an online store is updated weekly on the website and Facebook. Lucky Detour is located at 1930 S. Inland Empire Way. How lucky are we?!


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“Don’t touch that!” are the words that often come out of the mouths of parents, but on September 27th, it will be a whole different story at the Junior League of Spokane’s 4th annual fundraiser, Touch a Truck. This unique, interactive, one-day event allows children to climb on, explore and discover their favorite big trucks and vehicles, as a way to support The Salvation Army of Spokane. Some of the vehicles kids can explore include construction trucks, emergency vehicles, motorcycles, tractor-trailers and boats. Kids can also meet the workforce that protects, serves and builds the Spokane community. Touch A Truck has quickly become one of the most popular, costeffective events in our area for families to attend. Kids can enjoy face painting, safety demonstrations, bouncy houses, honking horns and more. Special appearances by costumed characters like Spokane Indian’s Otto, Spokane Shock’s Shox the Fox, Stitch the Trauma Bear, and more will be on site! Grab a photo and an autograph! Bring a non-perishable food item and receive $1.00 off admission. All food items support The Salvation Army of Spokane. To date, over 1,300lbs of food have been donated through this program! Touch A Truck will take place on Saturday, September 27, 2014, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Spokane Community College


Marcia and Bud Belles, Diane and Rick Thomas, Diane and Rob Rutherford, Linda and Steve Swartley, Mary Kay and Ted Stiles and Phyllis and Jack Worden river-cruised through Eastern Europe and enjoyed the gorgeous view in Budapest as well as a copy of Spokane Coeur d’Alene Living. “The magazine was a popular read while on board!” they reported.


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When Alexandra Lyssak traveled to the historic city of St. Petersburg, she brought along the 100th issue of Spokane Coeur d’Alene Living. The locals seemed impressed by her and the magazine when she stopped with it at the Palace Square in front of the Hermitage Museum.

May and Tom Burgess, owners of Spokane’s popular Thai Bamboo restaurants, took a break and set out on a well-deserved vacation. What were their must haves for the trip? A visit to Buckingham Palace, and a copy of Spokane Coeur d’Alene Living to read on the flight.

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First Look Retail Therapy

ADOPT A PUP Do you know a college kid who is leaving home, and leaving behind their beloved pup? Give them the gift of a replica stuffed pup, courtesy of The Shelter Pups. This site specializes in handmade, made-in-America, natural pure wool stuffed dogs. You can custom build your own on the site, to match your dog at home, or you can shop from the online shelter, finding the perfect stuffed dog to send off with your college kid. The best part? A portion of the funds raised are donated to local shelter groups.


Available through www.shelterpups.com


CHALKBOARD DOORS In addition to sending them back to the classroom, bring a bit of the classroom into your home by creating a chalkboard door. Using Krylon® Chalkboard Paint, it is an easy task to spray paint the door, creating an in-home learning center, message terminal or doodle wall. Available through acehardware.com

59.95 COMPUTER BAG You’re decked out in new clothes, so shouldn’t your computer be, as well? Sparing no expense for style as you kick off a new school year, the Brenthaven Collins Sleeve Plus is the perfect lightweight case for your 15-inch or smaller MacBook. The custom-fit design offers the slim silhouette of a sleeve, with the added functionality of a comfortable shoulder strap. Store your daily accessories in the front organizer panel, and keep your iPad safe in a specially fit padded compartment. Available through store.apple.com

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Whether you are sending a kiddo off to their first day of elementary school, you have college kids in the crowd now, or you just want to feel a little smarter yourself, September is when back to school shopping reigns at the retailers. Allow us to educate you in the field of shopping must haves.


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First Look city trek

Discover. Second Look Books

CITY TREK Lincoln Heights


by Julia Zurcher

incoln Heights neighborhood is a bustling community that runs along 29th Avenue and Rockwood Boulevard. An intersection of upper and lower South Hill, Lincoln Heights offers far more than groceries; there are plenty of small local businesses worth exploring. After you’ve stocked up on milk and eggs, have a cup of coffee, pick up a book or enjoy a meal – or, do all three.


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embodies the truism, “Never judge a book by its cover.” While an unassuming business front in a busy shopping center may not seem like a bibliophile’s dream come true, Second Look Book’s is just that. Row after row of novels, biographies, histories, anthologies and epics crowd this treasure trove of prose. The staff is attentive and knowledgeable and adept at navigating the literary labyrinth’s ground and basement levels. This store should come with a disclaimer though: an hour or less isn’t nearly enough time to explore its selection. Set aside at least an afternoon to pour over these books, old and recent, lovingly worn or pristine. You’ll be sure to find more than one story to take home.

Explore. 29th Avenue Artworks is colorful inside and out. Easy to find – it’s the cheery, multi-colored home with sculptures dotting the front lawn just west of Freya. Step inside to find a caringly curated selection of local works including paintings, sculptures, prints and ceramics. The in-house frame shop makes this a one-stop shopping experience where you can buy your art piece, and a frame for it, too. Treat. After you’ve picked up a few

new novels at Second Look Books, head over to Forza Coffee Company for an espresso to go with your good reads. Uniquely committed to Italian coffee culture – where an espresso shop is the cornerstone of a neighborhood – Forza’s logo boasts the motto, “Forza di Vita” or “The Strength of Life.” For some people, it isn’t a stretch to consider coffee as the fuel that keeps life going, but Forza’s motto also reflects their commitment to supporting local communities. When you buy a coffee from Forza, know you’ll be enjoying not only a delicious cup of locally roasted coffee, but also supporting a company that gives back.

Eat. Maggie’s South Hill Grill proves

that excellent, carefully prepared food doesn’t have to come with stuffy atmosphere and a hefty price tag. Maggie’s does simple and delicious basics; the hummus platter (with chili oil for a spicy kick) and the white cheddar pasta (with prosciutto ham, peas and tomatoes) are amplified takes on familiar favorites. They have plenty of unique dishes too. The Black and Bleu Salad pairs seared flat iron steak with creamy bleu cheese and tart mixed greens for a refreshing, but satisfying entrée. Come by early for your meal – this cozy eatery fills up fast!

First Look people pages

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Unicorporated Spokane County - 8% decrease

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“As a result of my stance on HIGH STANDARDS, we have the lowest violent crime rate in two decades. The Spokane County Sheriff’s Office has become known as one of the best law enforcement agencies in the State of Washington when it comes to training, and the Spokane County Sheriff’s Office has the public’s trust. It has been an honor to serve you for the past eight years. Thank you for your support!”

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John Roskelley

Former Spokane County Commissioner, avid mountain climber, local author

Your real heroes may be in the next room. Tom Brokaw was right – our parents were the greatest generation. When I was young, my heroes were skiers and mountaineers, like Jean-Claude Killy, Maurice Herzog and Lionel Terray, athletes I respected for their prowess on snow and rock. It wasn’t until I read Brokaw’s, The Greatest Generation when I was about 50 years old that I realized I had two extraordinary heroes living in the house where I grew up – my parents. Fenton Roskelley and Violet Shipman met in Cornwall, England, fell in love six weeks before the invasion of Normandy and were married during their leaves before the war ended. Like so many Americans in the early 1940s, Fenton put his life on hold to serve as a sergeant major in the U.S. Army’s 776th Anti-aircraft Battalion in the European theater, while Vi, a stunning brunette, was drafted and served in the British Army’s 143rd Heavy Anti-aircraft Regiment as a member of the ATS. War demands personal sacrifice and they both proudly did their part for their countries. What makes them my heroes, though, is what they did for the next 67 years. Fenton and Vi settled in Spokane, pinched pennies on a newspaperman’s salary, raised a family and set a model example for me and my two sisters to follow. That’s what real heroes do. Volunteer to change someone’s life and, in doing so, your own. Iconic Spokane portrait photographer, George W. Libby, Jr. was just one of many volunteers who made a difference in my life. As an 11-year old boy, 80 year-old Libby, weighing a hair over 100 pounds, looked to me like the oldest man on earth. Stooped, short and sharp-featured, wearing his Smokey-the-Bear-style hat and rumpled suit, Libby would pace back and forth behind the shooting range, which was buried in the dimly lit, dank cellar of the old Spokane Armory, barking orders and monitoring a dozen or more pre-high school boys shooting .22 rifles at small-bore targets. I was one of those boys. Little did I know then that Libby, who was born in 1880, would later be acknowledged as Spokane’s most prolific early volunteers, running annual boys camps, leading backpack trips and daily outings, and, during the winter, training boys in marksmanship. Through his tutelage, I earned the Junior NRA’s Distinguished Marksman award. Libby’s legacy has lived on for generations, as the boys he took under his wing became some of Spokane’s finest leaders. He wasn’t the only volunteer that taught me life skills. Five years later, I enrolled in the Spokane Mountaineers basic climbing school and benefitted again from a dedicated group of older and wiser men and women volunteers, who generously spent their Wednesday nights and weekends teaching mountaineer hopefuls, such as me. My success in mountaineering became their success over the years. I can remember only a few of my schoolteachers, but I know every name and face of the volunteers who changed my life. I learned long ago that volunteers are what make communities great and citizens successful, and that is why I continue to volunteer on local and state boards and committees. Travel and explore the world you live in to awaken all your senses and continue your education. Educated scholars theorized at least seven centuries before Columbus sailed the ocean blue that the earth was spherical, not flat. But until Columbus made his first voyage 40

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to the New World in 1492, no one really knew the truth. History is full of such quests by adventurers and explorers to prove speculation and scientific theory, whether the earth is round; that man can fly; or whether we can live at the summit of Everest - things you can’t learn by reading books, sitting in a classroom or watching YouTube. An education is the first step to a wealth of knowledge, but it should not be your last. I believe an equally important step is personal travel, adventure and exploration; activities that require using all your senses, not just your eyes and ears. You can’t smell the pungent predatory odor of a grizzly bear in a textbook, taste fried goat’s blood with a fermented mare milk chaser in a video, or feel a 50-foot sloop steeply rise to the wave crest and plunge like a roller coaster into the trough of a rough sea west of Cape Horn, by listening to a professor. By awakening all five physical senses, the often-overlooked sixth sense – intuition - becomes noticeably more developed and thus insightful. It’s this sense I rely on to make critical decisions in the mountains or on other adventures when my other senses fail me. But being human, I don’t always listen to the sixth. While paddling the Columbia River 1,200 miles from source to mouth in a sea kayak recently, I reached a dangerous section of the river known as Little Dalles. It was late in the day, I was tired from paddling and the river was running at over 100,000 cfs. My intuition was telling me to come back another day in low water conditions, but I ignored this inner voice and set off down river. As I left the narrow rock canyon of Little Dalles, the Columbia abruptly widened, creating a chaotic turbulence of eddies, boils and whirlpools. Without warning, a rapidly expanding whirlpool grabbed my bow, whipped me into its funnel-like vortex and within seconds I was sucked stern down into a dark green hole and vanished into the river. I finally resurfaced downriver gulping for fresh air like a guppy, but it took me almost a mile to straddle my overturned boat and paddle to shore. Pay attention to your sixth sense. As an intelligent species, we’re supposed to know better than to foul our own nest. In 1969, Jerry and Renny Russell in their classic book, On the Loose, wrote, “We must look funny to someone, tumbling through the universe locked in a death grip with our tiny ball Earth and ripping her busily to pieces, trailing a stinking film of gas and pieces of satellites and mushroom and dust clouds.” Forty-five years later little has changed except knowledgeable scientists and enlightened people recognize that mankind’s energy dependence has contributed substantially to the acceleration of global warming and climate change. As a mountain climber, I’ve had a front row seat over the past 45 years to the warming of our atmosphere by observing the retreat and thinning of glaciers throughout the world. Glaciers are the environmental canary. We can cover our eyes, close our minds, and pretend climate change is not real, or as individuals we can take action. We all know what to do; we just don’t do it. Personal action takes sacrifice, commitment and conviction and, as far as I can tell, these character traits lie dormant in most of mankind. The important thing is to do your part – recycle more, use less water and energy, drive fewer miles, buy products from certified green companies, and most importantly, use your vote to send this message to our politicians – take care of our nest.

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Spokane’s Next Big Scoop DOA for newspaper as we once read them? “The freedom of the press is one of the great bulwarks of liberty, and can never be restrained but by a despotic government.” – Thomas Jefferson

there was tooth and nail grappling with a morning and evening newspaper: reporters and editors competed to out-scoop the other team. This made for checks and balances (many times) in the minds and actions of elected officials and the business elite.

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Out Go the Salish Songs, In Comes the Hot Type


pokane once had several dailies competing with each other. Spokane once had a full newsroom in the edifice that is known as “The Tower.” That SpokesmanReview building has seen several massive cuts to news staff, and many studying the media business liken this retraction to several death knells to our city’s news. One of the hallmarks of a free and organized peoples is the robust level of the Press’ function in a community, or at least that’s one way of thinking about a town like Spokane and hundreds more across this country. Simply put, newspapers help us stay informed in order to be participants in the community, in democracy. For me, with nascent newspaper roots


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in Tucson beginning in the 1970s, that included daily newspapers, both morning and evening ones, neighborhood bi-weeklies, radical weeklies, slick monthlies and plenty of school newspapers, including the college rag where I cut my teeth on the University of Arizona’s Daily Wildcat. What that meant was Tucson, for its overall good, had a large tableau from which to debate politics, the razing of the Sonora desert, water issues, education, growth, crime, culture, sprawl, as well as those state and national issues where good local reporters and writers made broad and narrow connections to us, the citizens of the Old Pueblo. To cite the hackneyed economics’ focus around competition in today’s America,

Spokane has the same sort of competing dailies legacy as other cities I’ve worked in, including El Paso. Think of our Salish first nation’s gathering around the Falls; “Sun People – Children of the Sun” more or less translated from Spokan. While the paper of record in the country is considered by many to be the New York Times, for our neck of the Pacific Northwest, it’s been the SpokesmanReview. Before the Spokesman-Review, there were other newspapers – The Spokane Falls Review, established in 1883 and The Spokesman, established in 1890. Of course, a weekly, Spokane Chronicle, had already been up and running in 1881. The politics of the Chronicle was deep into the Democratic party, while Spokane

Falls Review publisher Frank Dallam wanted his weekly to lean Republican. People from California and Chicago helped nurture this town’s news business. Think of Spokane and the region’s mining boom, starting in 1883, and you will find a scoop by Dallam’s Review. The power of the pen magnified mining fever in these Review headlines – “Coeur d’Alene Mines!” “Gold Excitement at Fever Heat!” “New Developments with Rich Results!” “A Perfect Stampede into the Diggings!” “The Richest Placer Mines on the Coast.” All over the west, and as far east as St. Louis, those stories launched the city of Spokane Falls’ huge influx of people. By June 1884, Dallam’s weekly turned into an evening daily, Spokane Falls Evening Review. Soon the “Falls” was dropped from the paper’s masthead and the city writ large. All that early newspaper history is deftly cataloged by historian Ralph E. Dyar, in his 1952 book, The Spokesman-Review. The new morning newspaper (1890) The Spokesman, entered the news field, and the competition was on. The Evening Review called the morning paper, “The Squaksman,” deriding it as a bogus paper. The Spokesman called the Evening Review (with a majority buy-in from the Portland paper, The Oregonian) “The Spokane Oregonian” and “The Morning Alien.”

Hold the Presses – Evening Papers Dying a Slow Death

That all changed for me long ago; the death of the evening papers in both El Paso and Tucson occurred more than a decade ago. The same with Spokane, decades ago. Our American landscape is littered with historically-significant newspapers that went belly up. Contraction of newsrooms has not abated by any measure. “I’ve been lucky,” says Shawn Vestal, 47, who hired on with the Spokesman-Review in 1999 as assistant city editor. “I’ve reached a point of denial. I think about the state of journalism much less than I used to. For around ten years I went through shock for the people being laid off. I don’t spend time pondering the unknowable.” Vestal’s teeth-cutting in journalism (25 years) goes back to Bozeman, Montana, and Roseburg, Oregon, work that ranged from city editor to reporter. In the 1990s, the Spokesman-Review had a circulation of over 152,000 (Sunday) with 164 newsroom staff. In 2001, 24 staff were cut. The newspaper was voted by Columbia Review of Journalism

in 1999 as 23rd in the ranking of Top 25 Newspapers in the U.S. Hell, when I ended up in Spokane from El Paso, in the summer of 2001, I sent in my application for a job as a reporter. For my decade in Spokane, cut after cut hit the Spokesman-Review – in 2008 another quarter of the newsroom staff was pink-slipped, bringing it down below 100. If No More Competing Dailies, Bring in the Alternatives There are alternatives to dailies, and one mainstay since its founding in 1993 has been The Pacific Northwest Inlander founded by brothers Ted S. McGregor, Jr. and J. Jeremy McGregor. I’ve worked for both the Inlander

and another local, but now-defunct, weekly, The Local Planet. The Inlander has always seemed, though, to be a mainstream weekly, not biting off radical views, not taking under its cloak a truly left-of-center approach to the news. That’s been a trend in alternative weeklies for 20 years – pacification – as well as many weeklies haven been bought up into media groups. Not a good thing for hard-edged and cutting edge news. Add to the list of options in Spokane the soon-to-be 10-year-old Out There Monthly, (OTM) purchased a year ago by husbandwife duo Derrick and Shallan Knowles. Derrick had been with Conservation Northwest for years, and he’s got a graduate Spokanecda.com • September • 2014


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degree from EWU in technical writing. The publication he and his wife (she went back to school to get a graphics arts degree) produce is all about the outdoors, the necessary equipment, camping, riverrunning, the gear and the personal insight into clambering outside for those four seasons of recreation this neck of the woods is well known for. While not a newspaper, and while the monthly is not about reporting on natural resources issues, Knowles says OTM’s dueling editorial forum covers two sides of a particular issue – for example, pro/con columns about expanding or leaving alone the Mt. Spokane ski area; to wear or not to wear bike helmets; to cut down trees and pave the Ben Burr trail or keep it natural. As is the case for all the news organizations in town, size matters, so for sheer length of stories, there are limitations, as Knowles points out the 550-to-750-word mainstay of the monthly, including smaller sidebar pieces. He counts 1,000 words as features and 2,000 words as cover pieces. The native Spokanite considers a recent piece he published, The Art of Risk: Roskelley Awarded the Piolets d’Or Lifetime Achievement Award by Chris Kopczynski, as indicative of more developed and multifaceted articles OTM will be offering up.

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since 1985, Roberta Kelly, teaching faculty at WSU-Pullman, has seen a sea change of thinking and abilities in each new class since teaching the Intro to News writing and Beginning Reporting to thousands of students. Her glass when scanning the newspaper horizon is way less than half-filled. She looks at all sorts of cultural dynamics at play with the downfall of journalism. “There will always be thoughtful consumers of news, but young people are not reading as much,” she says. “Social issues play into this; parents aren’t able to spend as much time with their children. Then the single parent issue. There are many pressures on the family, and the downside is that students aren’t reading the news. Being not very well informed is not good for democracy.” The issues of why news is going down the drain are fundamental to Kelly, who was on the staff of the WSU veterinary college and was doing some freelancing when the college was shorthanded and asked her to teach basic journalism courses. She ended up going back to school to get a masters in journalism. “We have some big gaps in basic education,” she says. “For example, geographically, my students don’t know much—for instance, where Afghanistan is on a map.” The country as a whole is pretty misinformed. “It’s pretty hard for Americans to see past their own needs,” she adds. “If it’s not

burning our house down, then we just don’t care, and just do not know. I do the best I can running around this track. If I can light one candle out of a hundred, then that’s all I can do.” This is not just sour grapes or the dwindling light of a waning career, since Kelly sees herself working the 9-to-5, sevendays-a-week grind for more years at WSU. Her philosophy is “to push everything else out of your mind” while in the classroom, and to put “all attention on the kids in front of you.” Closer to home, within the EWU-Spokane journalism realm, one journalist and teacher ramifies much of what WSU’s Kelly told me. “In my estimation, the state of journalism in Spokane and in the rest of the nation is very worrisome,” says Bill Stimson, dyed-inthe wool local journalist who’s worked for the Spokane Chronicle, the Inlander, Spokane Magazine and written a book, A View of the Falls. “The Internet has obviously given us access to much more information. I might say something in class like, ‘I don’t know what percentage of high school drop-outs subscribe to The New Yorker. . . .’ and fifteen seconds later some student in class will have consulted a smart phone and told me. That is a healthy sign for the future. They can get whatever information they want. “The problem is in getting them to want the range and depth of information sufficient for citizenship,” he adds. “I get the feeling their interests are fragmented like the Internet: many facts, no big picture. They can follow sports without turning a page and happening upon a story about, say, how Afghanistan is going. News is a serial story; if you miss it at first, it’s hard to get interested later.”

Goliath (Cowles family) v. David (the rest of us)?

The big gun in town, the SpokesmanReview (SR), also lays claim to the Spokane Journal of Business and TV stations including KHQ-NBC, financial services, Inland Empire Paper Company and out of state media “products.” The Spokesman is on many locals’ radar for various reasons, from the Riverfront Square debacle, to the Jim West story and earlier, in 1992 for Jess Walter’s coverage of the Ruby Ridge “incident,” capturing a Pulitzer finalist moniker for the paper. The state of newspapers in our city is for some a half-full glass prospect, as current city editor Addy Hatch sees it. She’s been at

Addy Hatch

the Spokesman for a decade, and spent two decades at the Journal of Business. She professes that there always has been more journalism grads than jobs (when I was in the J-program in Tucson, at the University of Arizona, the writing on the wall was 600 grads per one daily newspaper job). She also points out that change through technology is disrupting her profession and hundreds others, “probably for the better.” At age 52, the Spokesman-Review’s city editor counts her lucky stars, as any future downsizing will not affect her. For Addy Hatch, young people wanting to come into the business need to be ready to freelance, cobble together a living working many jobs,

and get technology under their belts and specifically “to learn to write code.” It’s a new era of big data, analytics and a rapidly changing business model for the media, she enthusiastically states. She rattled off many of the lacerations in what many of us old timers see as the death by a thousand cuts to journalism – a smaller footprint and fewer reporters (less coverage in rural communities, small towns) and navigating the digital platform which is undercutting the traditional business model. Read: lack of advertising revenues. Like Metro columnist Vestal, Hatch sees pluses and minuses in the disruption of news and advertising revenues tied to the on-line world. She touts the digital tsunami – “Eighty-three percent of 18-29 year olds report they use smart phones for news. It’s very challenging to report the news on that platform, but that’s a hell of a potentially large market with no barriers.” Even as the largest news gathering group in town, Cowles Publishing Company does not have enough feet on the ground to do justice to the news potential in this large geographic area. Can we even imagine a Native American newsbeat reporting regularly on Indian country, or

regular ombudsman writers for the youth demographic or for the environment? More than what Vestal charges are “armchair media-newspaper critics” who chaff at his idea of fair play, there are real long-term members of the press who see some dark clouds gathering and the buzzards circling. “For all its faults, the old newspaper unified a community or nation around important topics,” says 67- year-old Stimson, EWU’s journalism program director. “Even if you disagreed with or distrusted the newspaper, you were thinking about the topic at hand. You have to think about something even to disagree. Like other newspapers, the SpokesmanReview is melting before our eyes. I think we are going to sorely miss it. For about 125 years now, Spokanites have known exactly where their information comes from, which was the Cowles family. People have loved them or hated them, but the Cowles were a known quantity. They could be called to account. They were going to be here in a decade when results came in. They themselves had a strong stake in the community. If they made a mistake they had nowhere to hide. I have been a critic of the Cowles and their newspapers on many Spokanecda.com • September • 2014


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occasions, but that criticism was based upon very high expectations.” IS Introspection and Critical Analysis Missing from the Mainstream News? Community journalism is intended to be a responsible journalism, a way to highlight a free-flow of information that not only entertains and creatively expresses words in relationship to how the culture engages, but also how well the community can figure out how to access all those seats of power who have large and small stakes in the public’s health, safety and welfare. For me and others long in the tooth, journalism is about being an ombudsman for all sectors of government – the watchdog, or what is commonly called the Fourth Estate – as well as keeping in check the business sector and the public and private agencies that both live off of and depend on the citizens in a representative democracy. What is the state of journalism in the Inland Northwest? Well, for some, the glass is half empty, while for others, it’s half-full. For Chris Hedges, well known war correspondent for the New York Times and author of several books, being a reporter is about hammering away to work for truth. “And that is the difference between news and truth. And I think the really great reporters care about truth more than they do about news. They’re not the same thing. Remember, as journalists, our job is to 46

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manipulate facts. I did it for many years. I can take any set of facts and spin you a story anyway you want. And if I’m very cynical, I can spin it in a way that I know is good for my career but is not particularly truthful to my reader. And I always attempted to convey to my reader the truth.” Even that lifestyle monthly Derrick and his wife run (purchased from city councilmember Jon Snyder) is operating as a part of the “news biz,” without too much stretch of the imagination. Although he has no grounding from a journalism school, Knowles knows that the flood of content on-line has dumb-downed the media. That has resulted in a loss of accuracy, less news and more entertainment, capturing the public’s short attention span. “What’s worked for us is we are authentically part of our audience, and provide inspiring stories about things that are real, that get the reader excited about things they do and like,” Knowles says. Vestal – featured in our magazine last year as author of a short story collection, Godforsaken Idaho – feels strongly that he is a vital member of the community. “That changes my attitude, softens it,” he says. “I think differently about the people I write about. I have more empathy and am less zealous.” He has embraced Spokane, defends it, hates constant criticism of it and sees things taking off culture and economic wise in River City. The Bronx native Roberta Kelly sees the

daily erosion in our culture’s – youth’s – ability to tell stories as one prong of the trident skewering journalism. She sees a need for students to get “more face to face handling,” not much less as the new on-line University of Phoenix and ASU models are pushing. She also sees a journalism diploma as a broad degree where graduates if they applied themselves can use technology and access information and digest it critically in almost any profession. The plight of the ordinary citizen is being shunted aside for celebrity/entertainment “journalism,” and that frightens me, Hedges, and thousands of others, including the local news folk cited in this piece. Protests - unlike those in the 1960s – rarely get national and local attention. Those defying the common narrative and paradigm need to be heard, and newspapers and TV once provided that. The failings of newspapers are huge, but as Stimson and Kelly ramify for me, the battle for democracy flooding the world, including dissent, civil disobedience and protest, has been part and parcel what the press has done to help our world learn to fight against repression and despotism. “This sorting out into narrow interest groups will likely be true of most journalism based in the Internet, which tends to be an infinitely targeted medium,” says Stimson. “I now get Internet ads based upon what I have purchased. How long can it be before I am getting news reports based upon my beliefs? If that happens we’ll all continue to believe what we already believe, except more and more intensely, and in three or four decades our politics will resemble Iraq’s.” Dramatically, two countervailing but insightful commentaries on the power of the press posted as this article’s epigrams can be counterpointed with words by one of my J-heroes, Izzy (IF) Stone: “The fault I find with most American newspapers is not the absence of dissent. It is the absence of news. With a dozen or so honorable exceptions, most American newspapers carry very little news. Their main concern is advertising. Paul K. Haeder is a freelance writer who worked in Spokane as a community college instructor and journalist for over 11 years. The positions taken in Metro Talk columns do not necessarily reflect the views of Spokane Coeur d’Alene Living’s publisher or staff.

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you’ve ever thought that the chances of you needing a lawyer are slim, listen to the following stories. These are individuals who never anticipated a lawyer being on their payroll, yet they came to a point where the services of a lawyer were not only necessary, but also essential. LISA’S STORY “I had been married for 10 years and had moderate post-partum depression after the birth of our second child. I had been working with my doctor and felt that I was steadily getting better. The situation was hard on everyone though. My husband stayed away from the home more and more and tensions increased. He was working and I was a stay-at-home mother. He started talking about divorce. He even went as far as to draft an agreement that he wanted me to sign. He got even angrier when I wouldn’t sign his agreement and he made threats that I would be sorry. My husband filed for divorce and obtained an emergency restraining order by claiming to the court that I was mentally unstable due to my post-partum depression and by making other claims that were totally false. This was obtained without any notice to me. Suddenly, the police were at my home and told me that I had to leave by court order. My husband was granted emergency custody of both children. I was given time just to pack a suitcase and I had to leave and go to my parent’s house. It was easily the worst moment of my life. My parents loaned me the money for a retainer to hire an attorney. I had no idea what else


to do. I learned that when you are facing an I was always nervous that my husband important legal matter, you need to see an would exaggerate the situation with my attorney as soon as you can. My emergency depression and try to take advantage of it. restraining order nightmare could have He told me, before he filed for divorce, that been avoided if I saw my attorney as soon as the court would think I am crazy and would my husband threatened divorce.” not give me custody. He tried to intimidate me into agreeing to an unfair parenting plan JEFF’S STORY with no child support. He wanted to sell the “I was checking our bank statements home. When I didn’t agree to his demands, and noticed some unusual withdrawals he followed through on that I could not account his threats. for. I didn’t check the I was incredibly statements very often as my I don’t even know what nervous waiting to hear wife handled our finances. would have happened if I what the judge would didn’t have an attorney right When I asked her about do. I tried to fight back the charges, she became after I got served with the tears but I couldn’t. In unusually defensive and her emergency restraining order. explanations didn’t add up. his ruling, he stated I probably would have lost that my husband I also noticed that my wife inappropriately sought did seem to be spending custody of my children. the restraining order, a lot of time on texts, and and he terminated it. she sat on the computer I was allowed to immediately move back late into some nights. I had a weird feeling into the home, my husband was removed about it all. from the home, and I was granted interim One night my wife fell asleep and left her custody of our children. phone available to me. I checked her texts I was then granted both child support and saw things I never wanted to see. I was and spousal maintenance. I received stunned to find that she was in a full affair. continued custody of the children. My I confronted her and found that the affair husband was ordered to pay attorney fees so had been going on for about four months. that I could pay back my parents. I was able I told her that she had to make a choice. to meet my expenses. She chose to end our marriage, which was When everything was happening, I not what I expected. I wasn’t functioning didn’t even know where to start as I was too well at home or work, and my even my in shock. I don’t even know what would co-workers were worried about me. have happened if I didn’t have an attorney I was worried that the court would not right after I got served with the emergency give a dad joint custody even though I restraining order. I probably would have was a very involved father. I knew that I lost custody of my children. could not meet the financial requests that Spokanecda.com • September • 2014


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my wife had made. I even had concerns over keeping things together enough to continue to run my high demand practice. I wondered where I would be living in two weeks. Suffice it to say, I had many concerns. It turned out I was granted 50/50 joint custody of our sons, I stayed in my home, and I could afford my share of the obligations. There are two things that I learned. First, the fear of the unknown causes a ton of anxiety. Second, I learned that when bad things suddenly happen, nobody ever thinks very clearly. I have a college degree and consider myself a professional, but I was not prepared for what happened. I wasn’t making good decisions. There is no way that I could have handled this matter without a skilled attorney. You have to trust your attorney to process the information, put together your documents, and give you direction. You should never delay, like I initially did, in getting help from an attorney when things go seriously wrong in your life.”


oth Lisa and Jeff faced devastating circumstances that they overcame with the help of an attorney. They were both clients of David J. Crouse, one of our profiled top lawyers, who is also one of the regions most sought after divorce attorneys. His recently published book, Divorce in Washington: The Legal Process, Your Rights and What to Expect, covers more than 350 legal questions about divorce. There are numerous reasons you may need a lawyer to help you navigate the waters of life. The key is finding one you are comfortable with, who is skilled in their area of practice, and which other lawyers recommend. Based upon a rating system by the Seattle-based company, Avvo, the following list includes the 133 top lawyers in our community. The Avvo rating “is calculated using a mathematical model that considers the information shown in a lawyer’s profile, including a lawyer’s years in practice, disciplinary history, professional achievements and industry recognition.”


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Mark Iverson, 10 Gonzaga University School of Law Mark R Iverson PS 921 W Broadway Avenue, Suite 301 Spokane, Washington 99201 800-338-8273

Jacob Brennan, 10 Gonzaga University School of Law Etter, McMahon, Lamberson, Clary & Oreskovich, PC 618 W Riverside Avenue, Suite 210 Spokane, Washington 99201 509-747-9100

Richard Lewis, 10 Gonzaga University School of Law Richard E. Lewis, P.S. 2208 W 2nd Avenue Spokane, Washington 99201 509-4131278

Appeals Beverly Anderson, 10 University of Puget Sound School of Law Winston & Cashatt, Lawyers, A Professional Service Corporation 601 W Riverside Avenue, Suite 1900 Spokane, Washington 99201 509-838-6131 Thomas Jarrard, 10 Gonzaga University School of Law Law Office of Thomas G. Jarrard, PLLC 1020 N Washington Street Spokane, Washington 99201 425-239-7290

Bankruptcy / Debt Thomas Bassett, 10 Gonzaga University School of Law K&L Gates LLP 618 W Riverside Avenue, Suite 300 Spokane, Washington 99201 509-241-1538 David Eash, 9.7 Gonzaga School of Law Ewing Anderson, P.S. Attorneys At Law 522 W Riverside Avenue, Suite 800 Spokane, Washington 99201 509-838-4261 Michael Paukert, 10 Gonzaga University School of Law Paukert & Troppmann PLLC 522 W Riverside Avenue, Suite 560 Spokane, Washington 99201 509-232-7760

William Buckholdt, 10 Gonzaga University School of Law Randall Danskin PS 601 W Riverside Avenue, Suite 1500 Spokane, Washington 99201 509-747-2052 Michael Hague, 9.7 University of Idaho College of Law Paine Hamblen 701 E Front Avenue, Suite 101 Coeur d’Alene, ID 83814 208-664-8115 Gregory Johnson, 10 University of Puget Sound School of Law Paine Hamblen LLP 717 W Sprague Avenue, Suite 1200 Spokane, Washington 99201 509-455-6000 Casey Lund, 10 Gonzaga University School of Law Campbell & Bissell, PLLC 820 W 7th Avenue Corbet – Aspray House Spokane, Washington 99204 509-455-7100 Michael Nienstedt, 10 Gonzaga University School of Law Witherspoon Kelley 422 W Riverside Avenue, Suite 1100 Spokane, Washington 99201 509-624-5265 Brett Sullivan, 10 Gonzaga University School of Law Sullivan Stromberg, PLLC 827 W 1st Avenue, Suite 425 Spokane, Washington 99201 509-413-1004

James Swapp, 9.7 University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law Craig Swapp & Associates 16201 E Indiana Avenue, Suite 1900 Spokane Valley, Washington 99216 800-404-9000

Class Action Boyd Mayo, 10 Charleston School of Law The Scott Law Group PS 926 W Sprague Avenue, Suite 680 Spokane, Washington 99201 509-455-3966 Matthew Zuchetto, 10 University of Washington School of Law The Scott Law Group, P.S. 926 W Sprague Avenue, Suite 680 Spokane, Washington 99201 509-455-3966

Construction / Development John Black, 10 University of Puget Sound School of Law Dunn Black & Roberts, P.S. N 111 Post Street, Suite 300 Spokane, Washington 99201 509-455-8711 Robert Crick, 10 Gonzaga University School of Law Robert Crick Law Firm, PLLC 421 W Riverside Avenue, Suite 1555 Spokane, Washington 99201 509-747-0977 John Guin, 9.7 University of Oregon School of Law Law Office of John H. Guin, PLLC 421 W Riverside Avenue, Suite 461 Spokane, Washington 99201 509-747-5250

Jason Piskel, 10 Gonzaga University School of Law Piskel Yahne Kovarik, PLLC 522 W Riverside Avenue, Suite 410 Spokane, Washington 99201 509-321-5930 Lawrence Vance, 10 Gonzaga University School of Law Winston & Cashatt 600 W Riverside Avenue, Suite 1900 Spokane, Washington 99201 509-838-6131 Ryan Yahne, 10 Pepperdine University School of Law Piskel Yahne Kovarik, PLLC 522 W Riverside Avenue, Suite 410 Spokane, Washington 99201 509-321-5930


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knew before you went into practice?

No. My prior work as a police officer gave me a very good understanding of how hard and time consuming the practice of law can be. Q. What inspired you to become a lawyer and how did you decide upon your area of practice?

I was actually a pre-med student, but I had taken some time off from college to serve as a police officer. It was a great experience, but as planned, I returned to college after about four years of service, intending to go to medical school. A prosecutor that I previously worked with kept encouraging me to go to law school, wanting to hire me upon graduation. I applied to both law school and medical school and was accepted to both; however, Gonzaga University offered me a full scholarship. “Free” was good. I chose to go to law school. Judge Tari Eitzen taught the domestic relations class and I was hooked. Q. With a stressful job, what do you do to unwind and bring balance to your life?

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David J. Crouse

Divorce / Separation David J. Crouse & Associates, PLLC Q. What do you most appreciate about the Spokane legal community?

We are very fortunate to have very dedicated and qualified judges. They work very hard to balance an almost impossible caseload and still provide each person with the attention that they deserve.

Q. How do you describe your practice philosophy?

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win cases by working hard and investing the time necessary to be able to provide the judge with the essential details they need to make a fair decision. This necessarily involves long hours. Q. Tell us the best part of your job… and what is the greatest challenge?

The best part of the job is to do an excellent job of preparation and then see your hard work result in a great outcome for your client. The most challenging part is the hours at the office required to achieve a high level of preparation. There are times when you really wish you were at home with your family. Q. Is there anything you wish you

Truthfully, I don’t find the job itself to be overly stressful. The stressful element is time spent away from family and friends. Thus, on my time away from the office, I try to really focus my attention on those most important to me. Q. What was the best legal advice ever given to you?

You will never build a quality practice working 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. Q. What has been a highlight of your career? Any victories that were especially meaningful, help you’ve been able to provide to someone in need, or cases that have become your go-to case to talk about?

If I had to pick just one, it would be the Nagel case. They were Montana foster parents who were about to adopt their child. The termination of the mother’s rights was overturned by the Montana

Supreme Court on a true technicality. The mother took the child and quickly left for Washington. She provided poor care for the child and the child suffered greatly. I took on the case, and after some extensive temporary hearings, got the Nagels temporary custody of their child. Judge Maryann Moreno granted the Nagels permanent custody at trial. I prevailed on an appeal by the mother to the Court of Appeals. The mother then appealed to the Washington Supreme Court. The Supreme Court ordered that the “final” custody determination be done by a Montana court. Thus, we were back to Montana. Ultimately, the Montana court agreed with Judge Moreno and kept permanent custody with the Nagels. This child thrived under the Nagels’ care and we made a huge difference in the life of a child. As this case was covered extensively by newspapers there are no client confidences being discussed here. Q. You were listed as specializing in Divorce / Separation. Without breaking any client confidentiality, what are specific examples of the work you have done or cases in this field that you have worked on that have been a challenge or success for you?

Early in my practice, I worked primarily on child custody cases. Success on those cases brought me more complex cases such as business valuation, professional practice valuation and high asset cases. I found that learning about and understanding my client’s business/practice was incredibly interesting. I have also had the opportunity to learn from my clients, many of whom are extremely talented entrepreneurs. I have now handled marriage dissolutions involving some of Spokane’s largest business interests. These cases teach you to really focus on the details and are an exciting challenge to work on. Ultimately, though, every case is important.

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Aimee Maurer General Practice Maurer Law, PLLC

Q. How do you describe your practice philosophy?

To begin from a place of respect; to start by respecting my clients and understanding that while the law and the legal world may be a place where I am accustomed, it may not be for my clients. To remember that the legal matters my clients are seeking counsel for have ramifications in real people’s lives and not to forget that for many that is a scary and frightening place to find themselves. I also strive to provide the highest standard of legal assistance in the most effective and efficient manner.

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The best part of my job is that I am always getting to learn new things. As part of my practice I often get the opportunity to work with technical experts. I have worked with orthopedists, neurologists, chiropractors, physiatrists, origin and cause experts, engineers, toxicologists, forensic computer experts, etc…each time I have learned something new. And, what can be better than learning something from someone who is an expert in their field? It is truly fascinating, listening to people talk about something that they love and have studied their entire lives. The greatest challenge about my job is a reality that touches each of us in various degrees, and that is resources. In today’s economic climate where people are struggling to pay their mortgages, bills and medical expenses, imagine adding to those bills the cost of litigation. My concern is, and always has been, that the legal system will become a “pay to play.” That only those

with resources, or access to resources, will be able to afford representation and representation often equals justice. It is very hard to navigate the legal system as a pro se party, not impossible, but extremely difficult. As attorneys, it is incumbent upon us to be sensitive to these issues and to volunteer our time or donate to volunteer lawyer programs, because often those who cannot afford legal representation are also those most vulnerable and in need of assistance. Q. Is there anything you wish you knew before you went into practice?

To relax and enjoy the process, especially at the beginning, when I was a new attorney. I was always worried about making a mistake, appearing foolish, talking in court and sounding ineloquent. Looking back, I wish I had relaxed more and enjoyed some of those earlier moments.

Q. With a stressful job, what do you do to unwind and bring balance to your life?

My husband, Joshua Maurer, and I practice together and own our own law firm. We have three children, Madeline, Liam and Oliver. I turn to my family to unwind. Being surrounded by my family, doing something we all enjoy, laughing, that’s how I relax from the stress of my work. We have family movie night and we will make a big bowl of popcorn and watch a silly movie, but we are all together and that brings me peace. Q. What do you most appreciate about the Spokane legal community?

I really appreciate that in the civil law community we have a mutual respect for one another. We all passionately advocate on behalf of our clients but we know that we will see each other again, in another case, or on behalf of another matter. I enjoy getting to know other attorneys on a personal level, so that on Friday morning status conferences, you ask them how their family is doing, or what their weekend plans might be. It creates a very strong sense of belonging. Q. What was the best legal advice ever given to you?

Brian O’Brien, my first mentor and supervisor when I was a Spokane County Prosecutor, told me, “Put on your case, don’t chase their case, don’t get distracted, make them chase you.” That has been the single best advice ever given to me. Q. What has been a highlight of your career?

I have been involved in litigating cases which have gone to the Washington State Supreme Court, the Court of Appeals and I have litigated cases both on the west and east side of the this great state; however, what has been, and continues to be the highlight of practicing for me is when I can empower someone through my job. Whether that is protecting someone from a frivolous claim or providing counsel that will help someone, that is what this job is about for me, finding justice. One of my favorite quotes is “if you want peace, work for justice.”

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2014 Q. What inspired you to become a lawyer and how did you decide upon your area of practice?

I have wanted to be a lawyer as long as I can remember. As a child, my family says that I was always either reading about the law, watching movies about the law or talking about how I would be a lawyer when I grew up. I am obsessed with fairness, have a tendency to argue and love rooting for the underdog. After deciding that I wanted to be a lawyer, I soon realized I had to pick a specialty. I knew after learning about personal injury law that is what I wanted to do. I could represent the “underdog” against insurance companies with infinite resources. I also chose personal injury as I represent clients who have experienced a traumatic injury, and need someone in their corner, to listen, to advocate for them and to help them through what is likely one of the worst times in their life. Q. Is there anything you wish you knew before you went into practice?

The one thing I did not fully understand is that I think about my job constantly. I cannot “leave my job at work” like other professions. While on vacation with my family, or during the middle of the night, I am thinking, stressing and strategizing on my cases. I keep a pad of paper next to my bed for ideas I think of at 3:00 a.m.

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I have been blessed with the most amazing mentors throughout my career. All of them are directly to thank for any success I have. My first mentor taught me how to talk to clients, and how to empathize with them, while giving them realistic advice. My mentor at this job, Scott Lundberg, has taught me so much about negotiating and truly advocating for clients. He has taught


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me about doing everything I can for a client, and to never take the easy way out. His advice is to always “work that case up,” which means to leave no stone unturned and to be prepared for anything. He has stressed to never be okay with second best, and the harder I work, the better it is for the client. My mentors have been invaluable in my career. Q. How do you describe your practice philosophy?

I pride myself on fighting as hard as I can for any client, whether their case is “big or small.” My goal is that any client that I have ever represented believes that I truly did everything that I could to advocate for them and listen to them.

Q. With a stressful job, what do you do to unwind and bring balance to your life?

I make time every day for myself. I try to work manageable hours, and take as many vacations as I can to unwind. I also always make time for my friends and family, no matter how busy I am. Q. What do you most appreciate about the Spokane legal community?

I have worked in big city markets, including Phoenix and Seattle; however, there is nothing like working in Spokane. The legal community here is small and everyone knows each other. There is much more personal touch here and more comradery among the community. Just the other day, I was able to resolve a case because the defense counsel was a personal friend of mine. This personal relationship allowed

me to open negotiations and compromise a fair settlement. This saved the client the heartache and stress of going to trial. This is not something you often see in the big city markets. Q. What has been a highlight of your career? Any victories that were especially meaningful, help you’ve been able to provide to someone in need, or cases that have become your go-to case to talk about?

It is hard to say that any particular case is a “highlight,” as all of my clients have been injured; however, one that comes to mind is the wrongful death of a six month old. This was a case I took very personally. I got to know the family well and still think about them often. The settlement I obtained for them was one of the largest wrongful death settlements for a minor child in Washington. I know that while money can never replace a lost child, the settlement recognized the family’s terrible loss, and took responsibility for causing it. Q. You were listed as specializing in Insurance. Without breaking any client confidentiality, what are specific examples of the work you have done or cases in this field that you have worked on that have been a challenge or success for you? A client’s insurance agent misrepresented the amount of coverage and tried to settle the case for $8,000. I took over representation of the client, and found that the client’s insurance agent claimed that there was only $30,000 in uninsured motorist coverage, when actually there was a total of $110,000. The case was later settled for the full $110,000. A 73 year-old mechanic from Wenatchee, who, because of the injuries sustained in a car accident, was forced to close his business. The client had sustained a shoulder injury and had to undergo surgery. He came to me frustrated as his insurance company refused to pay for his wage loss or his medical bills. The insurance company fought every step of the way but ultimately paid the full policy limits available, including the PIP coverage as well as the full UIM coverage.

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Construction / Development Law Piskel Yahne Kovarik, PLLC Q. What has been a highlight of your career? Any victories that were especially meaningful, help you’ve been able to provide to someone in need, or cases that have become your go-to case to talk about?

I’ve been very fortunate to have many great experiences in my career. I tried my first case about one year in to practicing. I represented a small, family owned business in a bench trial over a boundary line dispute. The case turned out to be a great boost of confidence to be able to test my acumen at that early stage of my career. We did get a favorable result for the client, which showed me how rewarding it can be to put so much work and resources into a mission and then see it through to a good result for your client. As far as biggest 58

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cases, I participated in a multi-million dollar, three weeklong construction/ development arbitration a few years ago where we came out on the right side. That was a great experience, since there were so many different issues with the stakes being extremely high, and I find myself talking about that case quite a bit. Q. What inspired you to become a lawyer and how did you decide upon your area of practice?

While finishing up undergraduate work on my business degree at UW in 19992000, I was planning on going into the technology and .com sector, which was booming at the time….and then the bubble burst, so I changed plans. Law school always appealed to me, though, as I enjoyed writing, critical thinking and, as my parents would attest, arguing. Q. How do you describe your practice philosophy?

Understand your client’s goals and then solve the problem. It seems simple, but

that’s why people hire us; to solve a problem they are having or want to avoid. Sometimes it means aggressively litigating in court, but other times it means being creative to solve the problem. Q. Tell us the best part of your job… and what is the greatest challenge?

Besides working with great people, the best part of my job is everyday brings a new challenge. Whether it is a new legal issue, or a different dynamic between my client and the other party, or just the different personalities I encounter, there is always a new challenge or problem to solve. This aspect, though, is also perhaps the greatest challenge, as most of the problems we tackle don’t necessarily follow a script. Q. Is there anything you wish you knew before you went into practice?

I used to believe that there was only one correct way to do this job, but have since learned that this is not the case. In order to be an effective lawyer, you need to trust your own instincts about the best way to represent

your client, and not someone else’s. Q. With a stressful job, what do you do to unwind and bring balance to your life?

Not sure about the whole “unwinding” concept, as my 6-year-old and 3-year-old daughters keep me pretty busy the minute I get home, but we always have fun. In my limited spare time, I do what most people in Spokane do and try to get outside; running, biking, tennis, etc. My wife Kim runs marathons, so we are a pretty active family.

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“Think insurance.” Thanks, LR.

Q. You were listed as specializing in Construction / Development Law. Without breaking any client confidentiality, what are specific examples of the work you have done or cases in this field that you have worked on that have been a challenge or success for you?

Trying cases is one of the most, if not the most, challenging tasks a lawyer can do, so my trial and arbitration experiences have been the most interesting and rewarding. Overall, I enjoy matters that have a lot of moving parts, and that require strategic and critical thinking at every step of the way. For instance, I am currently working on the revitalization of the Bennett Block, which has been an incredible experience. This project has called on my construction background, commercial leasing experience and general property development knowledge. Even more so, it is such a historic, iconic building right down the street, so it is great to be able to see the progress on a daily basis as well as being a part of the team doing the work.

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Jeffry Finer, 10 University of New Mexico School of Law Jeffry K. Finer, PS 35 W Riverside Avenue, Suite 300 Spokane, Washington 99201 509-474-7611 Courtney Garcea, 10 Gonzaga University School of Law Etter McMahon Lamberson Clary & Oreskovich PC 618 W Riverside Avenue, Suite 210 Spokane, Washington 99201 509-747-9100 Carl Hueber, 10 Gonzaga University School of Law Winston & Cashatt, Lawyers, A Professional Service Corporation 601 W Riverside Avenue, Suite 1900 Spokane, Washington 99201 509-838-6131 Senit Lutgen, 10 Gonzaga University School of Law Action Legal Group PLLC 505 W Riverside Avenue, Suite 598 Spokane, Washington 99201 509-362-9540 Carl Oreskovich, 10 University of Montana School of Law Etter, McMahon, Lamberson, Clary & Oreskovich, PC 618 W Riverside Avenue, Suite 210 Spokane, Washington 99201 509-747-9100 Phillip Wetzel, 10 Gonzaga University School of Law Phillip J Wetzel Attorney at Law 901 N Adams Street Spokane, Washington 99201 509-326-3502

Criminal Defense, Employment / Labor Ronald Van Wert, 10 University of California, Hastings College of the Law Etter, McMahon, Lamberson, Clary & Oreskovich, PC 618 W Riverside Avenue, Suite 210 Spokane, Washington 99201 509-747-9100

Julie Twyford, 10 Gonzaga University School of Law Twyford Law Office 430 W Indiana Avenue Spokane, Washington 99205 509-327-0777

Michelle Fossum, 10 Gonzaga University School of Law Michelle K. Fossum PS 201 W North River Drive, Suite 460 Spokane, Washington 99201 509-324-9500


Michael Franklin, 10 University of Oregon School of Law Lukins & Annis, P.S. 717 W Sprague Avenue, Suite 1600 Spokane, Washington 99201 509-623-2049

Lewis Cooney, 10 Gonzaga University School of Law Cooney Law Offices, P.S. 910 W Garland Avenue Spokane, Washington 99205 509-326-2613 Deanna Crull, 10 Gonzaga University School of Law Action Legal Group, PLLC 14205 SE 36th Street, Suite 100 Bellevue, Washington 98006 425-440-0045

Scott Gingras, 10 Gonzaga University School of Law Winston & Cashatt 601 W Riverside Avenue, Suite 1900 Spokane, Washington 99201 509-838-6131

Scott Staab,10 University of Puget Sound School of Law Staab Law PLLC 1020 N Washington Street Spokane, Washington 99201 509-325-6100

Thomas McLane, 10 Gonzaga University School of Law Randall Danskin PS 601 W Riverside Avenue, Suite 1500 Spokane, Washington 99201 509-747-2052

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Michael McMahon, 10 Gonzaga University School of Law Etter McMahon Lamberson Clary & Oreskovich PC 618 W Riverside Avenue, Suite 210 Spokane, Washington 99201 509-747-9100

Lynn St. Louis, 10 University of Washington School of Law Lynn St. Louis Law Office PLLC 207 W Nora Avenue Spokane, Washington 99205 509-456-9116

Employment / Labor Keller Allen, 10 Gonzaga University School of Law Law Firm of Keller W. Allen, P.C. 5915 S Regal Street, Suite 211 Spokane, Washington 99223 509-777-2211

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Jenae Ball, 10 Gonzaga University School of Law Randall Danskin, P.S. 601 W Riverside Avenue, Suite 1500 Spokane, Washington 99201 509-747-2052

David J. Crouse, 10 Gonzaga University School of Law David J. Crouse & Associates, PLLC 422 W Riverside Avenue, Suite 920 Spokane, Washington 99201 509-624-1380

Michael Church, 10 Gonzaga University School of Law Stamper Rubens PS 720 W Boone Avenue, Suite 200 Spokane, Washington 99201 509-326-4800


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Lawrence Kuznetz, 10 Hofstra University School of Law The Law Office of Powell, Kuznetz & Parker, P.S. 316 W Boone Avenue, Suite 380 Spokane, Washington 99201 509-455-4151

Estate Planning Steven Anderson, 9.9 University of Idaho College of Law Stamper Rubens, PS 720 W Boone Avenue, Suite 200 Spokane, Washington 99201 509-326-4800 Kimmer Callahan, 10 Gonzaga University School of Law Callahan & Associates, Chtd. 2140 W Riverstone Drive, Suite 201 Coeur d’Alene, Idaho 83816 208-664-9228 Frederic Emry, 9.8 Gonzaga University School of Law Paine Hamblen LLP 717 W Sprague Avenue, Suite 1200 Spokane, Washington 99201 509-455-6000 Paul Fitzpatrick, 9.8 Gonzaga University School of Law K&L Gates, LLP 618 W Riverside Avenue, Suite 300 Spokane, Washington 99201 509-624-2100

Eowen Rosentrater, 10 Gonzaga University School of Law Law Office of Eowen S. Rosentrater 108 N Washington Street, Suite 402 Spokane, Washington 99201 509-868-5389

Rial Moulton, 9.7 Seattle University School of Law Moulton Law Offices 1220 N Mullan Road Spokane Valley, Washington 99206 509-328-2150

Kammi Smith, 10 Gonzaga University School of Law Winston & Cashatt, Lawyers, A Professional Service Corporation 601 W Riverside Avenue, Suite 1900 Spokane, Washington 99201 509-838-6131

Donald Querna, 10 Willamette University College of Law Randall & Danskin PS 601 W Riverside Avenue, Suite 1500 Spokane, Washington 99201 509-747-2052

William Symmes, 10 Southern Methodist University Witherspoon, Kelley 422 W Riverside Avenue, Suite 1100 Spokane, Washington 99201 509-755-2026

Karen Sayre, 10 Gonzaga University School of Law Sayre & Sayre, P.S. 201 W North River Drive, Suite 460 Spokane, Washington 99201 509-325-7330

Susan Troppmann, 10 Gonzaga University School of Law Paukert & Troppmann PLLC 522 W Riverside Avenue, Suite 560 Spokane, Washington 99201 509-232-7760

Richard Sayre, 10 Gonzaga University School of Law Sayre & Sayre, P.S. 201 W North River Drive, Suite 460 Spokane, Washington 99201 509-325-7330

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Angel Base, 10 Gonzaga University School of Law Angel M. Base, Attorney At Law 1312 N Monroe Street, Suite 117 Spokane, Washington 99201 509-328-1773

Janelle Carney, 10 Arizona State University Graham Lundberg Peschel 601 W Maine Avenue, Suite 305 Spokane, Washington 99201 509-455-3600

Matthew Fischer, 9.5 Gonzaga University School of Law Burke Law Group, PLLC 221 N Wall Street, Suite 624 Spokane, Washington 99201 509-466-7770

Brad Smith, 10 University of Washington School of Law Ewing Anderson, P.S. Attorneys At Law 522 W Riverside Avenue, Suite 800 Spokane, Washington 99201 208-667-7990

Andrea Poplawski, 10 Gonzaga University School of Law Olive Bearb|Grelish & Gilbert, PLLC 421 W Riverside Avenue, Suite 610 Spokane, Washington 99201 509-321-0750 Glenn Tanner, 10 University of Minnesota Law School Glenn E. Tanner 901 N Adams Street Spokane, Washington 99201 509-244-6353

Landlord / Tenant James Studt, 10 Gonzaga University School of Law James L. Studt Law Office 901 N Monroe Street, Suite 356 Spokane, Washington 99201 509-327-2549

Lawsuits / Disputes

Kenneth Zigler, 10 Western New England College School of Law Stenzel Law Office 1304 W College Avenue Spokane, Washington 99201 509-327-2000

Lisa Dickinson, 10 University of Washington School of Law Dickinson Law Firm, PLLC 1320 N Atlantic Street, Suite B Spokane, Washington 99201 509-326-0636

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Aimee Maurer, 10 Gonzaga University School of Law Maurer Law, PLLC 505 W Sprague Avenue, Suite 400 Spokane, Washington 99201 509-838-9111

Charles Andersen, 10 Gonzaga University School of Law Winston & Cashatt 601 West Riverside Avenue, Suite 1900 Spokane, Washington 99201 509-838-6131

Health Care Mary Giannini, 10 University of Idaho College of Law Witherspoon Kelley 422 W Riverside Avenue, Suite 1100 Spokane, Washington 99201 509-624-5265 Eric Sachtjen, 10 Gonzaga University School of Law Paine Hamblen, LLP 717 W Sprague Avenue, Suite 1200 Spokane, Washington 99201 509-455-6000 Teresa Sherman, 10 Gonzaga University School of Law Sherman Law Office PLLC 1212 N Washington Street, Suite 210 Spokane, Washington 99201 509-324-3331


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Bradley Crockett, 10 Univesity of Washington School of Law Layman Law Firm, PLLP 601 S Division Street Spokane, Washington 99202 509-455-8883 Matthew Crotty, 10 Gonzaga University School of Law Crotty & Son, PLLC 421 W Riverside Avenue, Suite 1005 Spokane, Washington 99201 509-850-7011 Robert Dunn, 10 Gonzaga University School of Law Dunn Black & Roberts, P.S. 111 N Post Street, Suite 300 Spokane, Washington 99201 509-455-8711

William Etter, 10 Gonzaga University School of Law Etter, McMahon, Lamberson, Clary & Oreskovich, PC 618 W Riverside Avenue, Suite 210 Spokane, Washington 99201 509-747-9100

Susan Nelson, 10 Case Western Reserve University School of Law Dunn & Black, P.S. 111 N Post Street, Suite 300 Spokane, Washington 99201 509-455-8711

Timothy Fennessy, 10 Gonzaga University School of Law Layman Law Firm, PLLP 601 S Division Street Spokane, Washington 99202 509-455-8883

John Nelson, 10 University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law Foster Pepper PLLC 422 W Riverside Avenue, Suite 1310 Spokane, Washington 99201 509-777-1604

Aaron Goforth, 10 William & Mary Law School Davidson Backman Medeiros, PLLC 601 W Riverside Avenue, Suite 1550 Spokane, Washington 99201 509-624-4600 Robin Haynes, 10 Gonzaga University School of Law Witherspoon Kelley 422 W Riverside Avenue, Suite 1100 Spokane, Washington 99201 509-755-2014 Steven Hughes, 10 Gonzaga University School of Law Ewing Anderson PS 522 W Riverside Avenue, Suite 800 Spokane, Washington 99201 888-909-7746 William Hyslop, 10 Gonzaga University School of Law Lukins & Annis, P.S. 717 W Sprague Avenue, Suite 1600 Spokane, Washington 99201 509-623-2020 Nicholas Kovarik, 10 Gonzaga University School of Law Piskel Yahne Kovarik, PLLC 522 W Riverside Avenue, Suite 410 Spokane, Washington 99201 509-321-5930

Troy Nelson, 10 Gonzaga University School of Law Randall Danskin PS 601 W Riverside Avenue, Suite 1500 Spokane, Washington 99201 509-747-2052 Brian Rekofke, 10 Gonzaga University School of Law Witherspoon Kelley 422 W Riverside Avenue Spokane, Washington 92201 509-624-5265 Kevin Roberts, 10 University of Idaho College of Law Dunn & Black P.S. 111 N Post Street, Suite 300 Spokane, Washington 99201 509-455-8711 Eric Roth, 10 University of Washington School of Law Roth Law Offices PO Box 9511 Spokane, Washington 99209 509-413-1000 Daniel Stowe, 10 Gonzaga University School of Law Etter, McMahon, Lamberson, Clary & Oreskovich, PC 618 W Riverside Avenue, Suite 210 Spokane, Washington 99201 509-747-9100

Collette Leland, 10 Gonzaga University School of Law Winston & Cashatt, Lawyers, A Professional Service Corporation 601 W Riverside Avenue, Suite 1900 Spokane, Washington 99201 509-838-6131


Brian McClatchey, 10 University of Michigan Law School K&L Gates LLP 618 W Riverside Avenue, Suite 300 Spokane, Washington 99201 509-241-1523

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Frank Hoover, 10 Gonzaga University School of Law Law Offices of Frank Hoover, PS 1402 W Broadway Avenue Spokane, Washington 99201 509-323-9595

Ryan Beaudoin, 10 Gonzaga University School of Law Witherspoon Kelley 422 W Riverside Avenue, Suite 1100 Spokane, Washington 99201 509-624-5265

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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.

Stephen Haskell, 9.5 Gonzaga University School of Law Stephen Haskell Law Offices 222 N Wall Street, Suite 402 Spokane, Washington 99201 509-710-3341 Stephen Lamberson, 10 Gonzaga University School of Law Etter McMahon Lamberson Clary & Oreskovich PC 618 W Riverside Avenue, Suite 210 Spokane, Washington 99201 509-747-9100

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.

Mary Schultz, 10 Gonzaga University School of Law Mary Schultz Law, P.S. 111 S Post Street, Suite 2250 Spokane, Washington 99201 509-245-3522

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Nikalous Armitage, 10 Gonzaga University School of Law Layman, Layman & Robinson, PLLP 601 S Division Street Spokane, Washington 99202 509-455-8883 Breean Beggs, 10 University of Washington School of Law Paukert & Troppmann, PLLC 522 W Riverside Avenue, Suite 560 Spokane, Washington 99201 509-232-7760

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Matthew Albrecht, 10 Gonzaga University School of Law Ahrend Albrecht PLLC 421 W Riverside Avenue, Suite 802 Spokane, Washington 99201 509-495-1246

Joseph Blumel, 9.6 Gonzaga University School of Law Law Office of Joseph A. Blumel III, P.S. 4407 N Division Street, Suite 900 Spokane, Washington 99207 509-487-1651 Edward Bruya, 10 Gonzaga University School of Law Keefe Bowman Bruya PS 221 N Wall Street, Suite 210 Spokane, Washington 99201 509-624-8988

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A n d r e a Poplawski, Attorney At Law A combination of things led Andrea Poplawski to be an attorney. “Growing up, my mother always told me I argued a lot and always had to get my way,” she says. “As I got older it seemed every boyfriend I ever had said the same thing. Being a lawyer seemed to be the way to utilize these talents best, and at the same time help families through some of the most difficult times in their lives in a civil way that I was able to in my own personal life.” As Andrea and her son’s father navigated two households, they knew it was paramount to their son’s success to retain mutual respect for one another. “I knew from this experience that I wanted to help others to know that in the worst of times the best in each one of us is possible and that going to court didn’t always mean there was a winner and a loser,” she says. Andrea meets with every potential client, spending as much time as necessary to ensure the attorney client representation is a good match. “Handling a family law case is a unique dynamic where a client’s trauma is happening at the time they seek legal counsel,” says Andrea. “And it is happening regarding issues most important in their lives to them: a marriage ending, fighting over children, money, their businesses. I have enough experience throughout my practice to understand this.” When clients work with Andrea, they are able to focus on their daily lives knowing their legal matters will be handled with care and professionalism.

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

“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, 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 Avvo.com, 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.” Spokanecda.com • September • 2014


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Robert Crary, 10 Gonzaga University School of Law The Firm of Crary Clark & Domanico P.S. 9417 E Trent Avenue Spokane Valley, Washington 99206 509-926-4900 Patrick Cronin, 10 Gonzaga University School of Law Winston & Cashatt, Lawyers, A Professional Service Corporation 601 W Riverside Avenue, Suite 1900 Spokane, Washington 99201 509-838-6131

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James Domanico, 9.6 Gonzaga University School of Law The Firm of Crary Clark & Domanico P S 9417 E Trent Avenue Spokane Valley, Washington 99206 509-926-5478

Cynthia Schwartz, 10 University of Oregon School of Law Cynthia L. Schwartz, PS 421 W Riverside Avenue, Suite 720 Spokane, Washington 99201 509-838-4400 Geoffrey Swindler, 10 Seattle University School of Law Law Office Of Geoffrey D. Swindler 103 E Indiana Avenue, Suite A Spokane, Washington 99207 509-326-7700 J.J. Thompson, 10 Gonzaga University School of Law Layman Law Firm, PLLP 601 S Division Street Spokane, Washington 99202 509-455-8883


Richard Eymann, 10 Gonzaga University School of Law Eymann, Allison, Hunter, Jones, P.S. 2208 W 2nd Avenue Spokane, Washington 99201 509-747-0101

Christopher Crago, 10 Gonzaga University School of Law Paine Hamblen LLP 717 W Sprague Avenue, Suite 1200 Spokane, Washington 99201 509-455-6000

Robert Hahn, 10 Gonzaga University School of Law Robert C. Hahn, III, P.S. 2906 N Argonne Road Spokane Valley, Washington 99212 509-921-9500

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Michael Howard, 10 University of Idaho College of Law Winston & Cashatt 250 Northwest Boulevard, Suite 206 Coeur d’Alene, Idaho 83814 509-838-6131 David Kulisch, 10 Western State College of Law Randall Danskin PS 601 W Riverside Avenue, Suite 1500 Spokane, Washington 99201 509-747-2052 John, Layman, 10 Gonzaga University School of Law, Layman Law Firm, PLLP 316 Occidnetal Avenue, Suite 500 Seattle, Washington 98104 206-340-1314 Wesley Mortensen, 10 Brigham Young University J. Reuben Clark Law School Craig Swapp & Associates 16201 E Indiana Avenue, Suite 1900 Spokane Valley, Washington 99216 509-252-5037 Kathleen Paukert, 10 Gonzaga University School of Law Paukert & Troppmann, PLLC 522 W Riverside Avenue, Suite 560 Spokane, Washington 99201 509-232-7760

Jeffrey Nave, 10 University of California, Hastings College of the Law Foster Pepper PLLC 422 W Riverside Avenue, Suite 1310 Spokane, Washington 99201 509-777-1601

Real Estate James Black, 10 University of Washington School of Law Lukins & Annis, P.S. 717 W Sprague Avenue, Suite 1600 Spokane, Washington 99201 509-623-2031 Raymond Clary, 10 Gonzaga University School of Law Etter McMahon Lamberson Clary & Oreskovich PC 618 W Riverside Avenue, Suite 210 Spokane, Washington 99201 509-747-9100 Kathryn McKinley, 10 Gonzaga University School of Law Paine Hamblen, LLP 717 W Sprague Avenue, Suite 1200 Spokane, Washington 99201 509-455-6000 Spencer Stromberg, 10 University of Washington School of Law Sullivan Stromberg, PLLC 827 W 1st Avenue, Suite 425 Spokane, Washington 99201 509-413-1004

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Cooney Law Offices, P.S.

Dallas & Tamarae Cooney 910 W. Garland Ave. Spokane WA 992205 (509) 326-2613 cooneylawoffices.com

Cooney Law Offices, P.S. is a local firm in Spokane that has been serving the legal needs of the community from their Garland Avenue offices since 1949. The firm has long advocated for the rights of individual citizens. As the legal needs of their clients have changed over the years, the Cooney team has worked to fill those needs by expanding into Personal Injury, Estate Planning and Probate, Criminal Defense and Family Law. Still driven by the Cooney legacy, Dallas Cooney and Tamarae Cooney are third generation lawyers. Tamarae has recently joined the firm with a focus on Wills, Probate and Estate Planning, which is expected to have tremendous growth in the coming years. Dallas is in the process of changing his emphasis back to Personal Injury having spent more than a decade focusing on DUI defense. “Our business model is designed so when someone receives their first speeding ticket and comes to us to help, we become their first choice for a Will or if they are injured in an accident,” says Dallas. “Regardless of why a client initially hired us we want them to count on us for all of life’s obstacles.” The team at Cooney Law Offices is passionate about helping people. “We don’t have large corporations as clients,” says Dallas. “For the most part, our clients live and work in Eastern Washington. We’re accessible and approachable. And we truly care about our clients and their legal needs.”

Paine Hamblen LLP Frederic G. Emry, II, Michael B. Hague (not pictured), Kathryn R. Mckinley, Christopher S. Crago, Gregory S. Johnson, and Eric J. Sachtjen epitomize the standard of quality legal services we uphold at Paine Hamblen. With nearly 50 attorneys and five regional offices, we offer a broad range of practice areas that meet the diverse needs of our clients. Paine Hamblen’s legacy began over 120 years ago as one of the leading firms serving Eastern Washington and North Idaho. Although we are committed to maintaining long-held traditions of excellence, high ethical standards and a strong sense of community, nothing about our firm is old-fashioned. We take a fresh approach with creative, innovative ideas with a tenacious attention to service. Whether you’re an individual or Fortune 1000 company, a local business or an international start-up, our goal is to develop long-term client relationships based on hard work, trust and solid results.

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Elizabeth Tellessen, 10 Gonzaga University School of Law Winston & Cashatt 601 West Riverside Avenue, Suite 1900 Spokane, Washington 99201 509-838-6131

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Thomas Doran, 9.7 Gonzaga University School of Law Law Offices of Thomas L. Doran PO Box74 Spokane, Washington 99210 509-777-0600 Michael Pontarolo, 10 Gonzaga University School of Law Delay, Curran, Thompson, Pontarolo & Walker, P.S. 601 W Main Avenue, Suite 1212 Spokane, Washington 99201 509-455-9500 Michael Thompson, 10 Gonzaga University School of Law Michael G. Thompson, Attorney at Law, PLLC 1212 N Washington Street, Suite 212 Spokane, Washington 99201 509-328-2040

Connecting with an attorney you can trust is an essential first step in navigating your legal situation. May this list help you rest assured that Spokane’s legal community is filled with quality professionals ready to help in your time of need.

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Eow en R o s e n t r a t e r, A t to rn e y A t L a w Whether it’s a family that has a member dealing with a probate, 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 or 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, Eowen worked as a civil litigation attorney for a mid-sized Spokane law firm and handled complex civil litigation cases, including medical malpractice, product liability, and injury. Eowen’s firm has grown to include three attorneys and two additional are expected to join the team this fall. The firm offers clients “full-service” personal attention with a focus on family, estate, employment and business law in both Washington and Idaho, as well as mediation services. “In regards to small and medium sized businesses, you’re dealing with people who have taken a leap and are putting their heart and soul into what they are doing,” she says. “That’s the same thing I did, leaving a law firm to start my own practice.” Eowen 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, Junior League, and Spokane’s Bike to Work Week. “We sincerely like helping people,” says Eowen. “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.”

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Opening the door to education through Spokane Tribal College by Julie Humphreys photos courtesy of Spokane Tribal College


hat 35 year-old Randy Ramos needed was a place where he could get past what are typically considered “barriers to education.” In his case being a single parent, working while going to school to support his family, and being the first generation in his family to go to college were the barriers. Randy, who is a descendent of the Colville tribe, grew up in Spokane and attended Rogers High School. When he moved to Keller, Washington on the Colville Indian Reservation to live with his dad, Randy finished school at Lake Roosevelt High School in Grand Coulee. After graduating, he took a job in the casino industry, eventually working for a casino in California. He worked his way up to the position of pit boss and stayed in the industry for more than a dozen years. They were empty years in many ways, where Randy lived a lifestyle he knew at his core would never get him anywhere and may even take him under. So the then-30 year-old walked away from his casino job and went back to 72

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Spokane Tribal College’s 2012 graduating class

the Spokane Reservation. He was jobless, a single father of four, living in a single-wide trailer with his father, his grandfather and his children. The reservation had not changed, says Randy. He saw again a troubling cycle that children on the reservation face. They grow up, graduate from high school, but don’t have opportunities because many are lacking the required education. Randy says many young people don’t know what to do with themselves, so they end up doing drugs or fueling alcohol addictions, committing suicide or accidentally killing themselves in drug or alcohol related situations. “It was eating at me, it always had, but now it was very clear what I had to do,” he says. Randy walked into the Spokane Tribal College in Wellpinit and asked how he could get enroll. He took a placement test, was accepted, and began a year of classes on the Wellpinit campus that “really saved my life.” It may just be one of the best colleges in our area that you don’t know about. Spokane Tribal College (STC) is an accredited two-year higher education institution that is not just for Native Americans. There are branches in Spokane and Wellpinit, and if you can’t get to school on a given day because your car breaks down or you need a babysitter, school personnel will likely go pick you up or babysit for you.

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Left: Former student, Nate Stout at STC’s Wellpinit campus. Below: Student and Student Member of STC’s Board of Directors, Tashina Brown, at the Spokane Tribal College’s Wellpinit campus.

Not your typical college? No, it isn’t. Shelly Wynecoop has been the director for the past three years. She explains it like this, “We don’t look at the college as a business proposition, rather as a service to the community. We want to help people get to where they want to go. There is no onerous power structure for students to work through. The value of what we offer is a direct response to individual student needs.” The Spokane Tribal College has two branches, one in Wellpinit, and one in Spokane. Next year the college will celebrate 20 years of operation. Its mission statement reads: “To provide quality post-secondary educational opportunities in alignment with tribal values: to allow tribal members to develop the knowledge, skills and abilities to achieve personal and professional goals; and to enable leadership and service in the community.” Students are finding their voice in this local tribal college that is part of a national system developed over the past 40 years. Its purpose is to provide American Indian students, especially those living on reservations, education that embraces their own cultural values and experience.

Spokane Tribal College offers degrees in five areas and one-year certificates in three areas. Native American Studies, Associate of Arts degree

This program provides the opportunity to study the historic experience, culture, and contemporary life of the Native Peoples of North America. This certificate or degree provides a solid foundation when entering a higher level degree program in Native American Studies. This foundation is very valuable in providing a solid historical and general cultural background to anyone living and working in Indian Country.

Media Design, Associate of Applied Science degree “There is a big disconnect for our Native American students, as there is for all disenfranchised people, in traditional college settings,” says Wynecoop. “When any student walks into a college, he or she wants to feel like part of a bigger community. When a Native American student steps into a traditional college setting he faces a completely unfamiliar set of rules, assumptions, vocabulary and more, and he immediately becomes completely disenfranchised which is exactly what we are trying to overcome.” Tribal colleges address those cultural issues alongside curriculum issues. “We integrate what students have learned in the Western tradition into our college classes,” says Wynecoop, “but we also present history, science and the arts with attention to Native American contributions. Most of our students are first generation college students and it is simply incorrect and unsettling to ignore

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A one-year introductory program for students interested in learning more about Native cultures and working with Tribes.

Office Professions, Certificate of Completion Left: Rep. Marcus Riccelli with Spokane Tribal College students Ricci Gonzales-Jones, Jamie Koop, Marcus Riccelli, Vanessa Desmarais, Wilma Bob. Above: Viewing the Edward S. Curtis collection of Native Americans prints.


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their heritage in an educational setting at any level.” Research shows American Indians complete a four-year degree at less than half the rate of the general population. Tribal colleges are one way to change that number. Students can take their A.A. and A.A.S degrees (the Spokane campus offers five programs) as standalones when looking for employment, or go on to obtain a bachelor’s degree. The Spokane Tribal College also offers three certificate programs that require one year of study. The cost of the Spokane Tribal College is in line with the cost of other community colleges with lowered rates for students of native heritage or descent. Ninety-seven percent of students qualify for federal grant money, so most finish school owing only $700, on average. Many Spokane Tribal College graduates then go on to four-year colleges and universities as juniors who will finish with half the debt of their cohorts. Last school year, there were 61 students between the Spokane and Wellpinit campuses. Wynecoop says there are approximately twenty thousand Native Americans and people of native decent in the Spokane area. “The college could serve many, many more students. We have a huge American Indian population that is unserved or underserved in higher education. We want to serve those people for whom this college is the right fit.” Mark Mayers helps market the college and secure funding. “It’s about getting people into college who might not otherwise go to college. It gives people in transition, Native American or otherwise, a chance at college” he says. When Mayers started working with the college he says it presented a lot of opportunity from a marketing and funding standpoint. The college gets some funding from the Spokane Tribe but none from the state. “We are working hard on getting state funding,” he says. “We should be in the same position as other community colleges in our area that get a certain amount of money for each student. We are working to change that.” Mayers believes the Spokane Tribal College has a chance to explode and become a big college. “If we had the same state funding as Spokane Community College, we could easily go from 61

students to a thousand,” he says. The college must have 51 percent Native American students, but the remainder can be from any population. Currently, Spokane Tribal College is about 90 percent Native American. “We have a horrible disparity in education in our community. The Tribal College seeks to eliminate that,” says Mayers. While seeking to grow, college officials say they never want to lose the personal touch nor the mentor mentality at the school. They want to continue to change lives like Randy Ramos’. “I tried community college a bit. It felt like their job was to recruit and get you in to pay your tuition. Here, you are in a true community of people in similar situations as you,” says Ramos. “When I came here I was working two full time jobs, I had four kids, and I was riding a bike from Medical Lake to Spokane to get to work and school. I thought how was I going to fit in college? How could I possibly do one more thing? But then I looked over at a classmate who had just had a baby the day before and she was in school taking a final. I knew I could do it.” Randy did do it and graduated with an A.A. in Liberal Arts in the spring of 2013. His goal is to become a teacher and an administrator because he wants to make a difference in how curriculum is developed and implemented. He is enrolling in Whitworth University in north Spokane to obtain his bachelor’s degree. “My experience is that many Native American students struggle with learning disabilities and dyslexia,” says Randy. “Many don’t have a connection to the written word. For thousands of years, this was an oral culture. Many educators can’t diagnose or understand that when a Native student looks at a piece of paper, it’s a different experience. For 200 years, everything that was written down was a lie. The treaties that were written were broken so many times that it built this distrust in the written word.” Spokane Tribal College is bringing that history into the future with clarity and intention. Fall classes begin October 3, 2014. For more information, visit www.spokanetribalcollege.org

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HISTORY Metaline Falls

Metaline Falls

History of a Neighboring Town

Main Street of Metaline Falls in 1910 (photos courtesy of Al Schaeffer.)

by Tony Bamonte and Suzanne Schaeffer Bamonte


here is no record of where or how Fredrick A. Blackwell and Lewis P. Larsen met, but they did, sometime in the 1900s. From this meeting, Blackwell and Larsen together would ignite the largest industrial boom in the history of what would become Washington State’s newest and last county. Blackwell would provide a $6.4 million railway beginning at the former town of McGuires, Idaho, near Post Falls, running almost the full length of Pend Oreille County to its terminus at the new town site of Metaline Falls founded by Larsen. The town of Metaline Falls lies on a flat bench 100 feet above the junction of Sullivan Creek and the Pend Oreille River. The river and creek encircle half the town site, making it appear as an island from some points. Mountains rise from the river channel and surround the town site. From crest to crest, the mountains flanking the river are a distance of 10 to 12 miles “as the crow flies.” In 1910, when the town was officially founded, the location was also the final point of navigation downstream from Newport. The treacherous Metaline Falls were just below where Sullivan Creek


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joins the river. The first white man set foot in the area of Metaline Falls in 1810. David Thompson, a fur trader for the North West Company who was in search of a route to the Columbia River, traveled as far as the Metaline Falls. According to Thompson’s reports, both the North West and Hudson’s Bay Companies had trappers working this area after his initial visit. The gold seekers followed the fur traders. The discovery of gold in the late 1850s along the river from the Metaline Falls to Z Canyon drew an influx of prospectors, mostly Chinese. An area below Metaline Falls was known as “Chinaman’s Bar.” Some early white prospectors – John Bettencourt, Johnny Everett, George Titus, and Carl Harvey – sought their fortunes in the Metalines. During the late 1870s, significant exposed outcroppings of lead and zinc were discovered around “the Metalines.” Many prospectors were aware of this vast mineralization, but transportation to Metaline Falls in 1901 revealed tremendous deposits of pure limestone and quartz suitable for the production of cement. This led to the

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development of Metaline Falls by the end of that decade. Lewis Larsen, Founder of Metaline Falls Lewis Larsen, who was born in Denmark 1876, made his way to the United States in 1895. After working as a cowboy and rancher in Salt Lake City, Utah, he became involved in mining and acquired an education as a mining engineer. In 1897, he located at Wallace, Idaho, where he pursued mining interests. He became associated with the Last Chance Mine at Northport, Washington, in 1900, and soon became aware of the potential in the Metalines area. His first trip to the future site of Metaline Falls was sometime prior to 1904, when he packed into the area from Canada. At that time, Enoch Carr’s cabin was the only settlement on the Metaline Falls flat. Within six years of Larsen’s first visit to the Metalines, his course of action would influence many a destiny. Larsen began acquiring property in 1908. He bought all of Enoch Carr’s mining claims and had them patented. The town of Metaline Falls was built on sections of three of these claims – Defiance, Spokane and Homestake – all of which were gold placer claims. An abstract of title dated August 20, 1910, indicates Lewis Larsen and his wife Bertha transferred tittle for the town site portion of these patented claims to the Larsen Realty Company, of which they were sole owners and agents. During this same period of time, Larsen began a business alignment with four major financial backers, three of whom were associated with Lehigh Portland Cement Company in Allentown, Pennsylvania (with an eye on expanding the cement manufacturing industry into the western states.) The fourth, Fredrick Blackwell, from Spirit Lake, Idaho, was responsible for arranging the Allentown connections. Most of Larsen’s land holdings in the area were geologically conducive to the manufacture of cement. Although Larsen was instrumental in starting the cement plant and founding the town of Metaline Falls, his main interest was in mining. Since his first visit to the area,

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Tacoma Creek operations; however, he still continued as Larsen’s associate and bookkeeper until Larsen passed away in 1955. Following Larsen’s death, Jenson continued to attend to many of Larsen’s affairs. He became the president of the Pend Oreille Mines and Metals Company until his retirement in 1967. He later married Larsen’s widow Bertha.

Larsen envisioned the development of the vast potential of the Metaline mining district. Holding to his vision, Larsen conducted mining operations on a small scale until 1928. From 1906 to 1928, Larsen and his financial backers made repeated attempts to mine and mill the low grade zinc and lead ore from the old Josephine mine on the west side of the river north of Metaline. This operation was successful, but not highly profitable. As late as 1916, this was the only productive zinc mine in the state. Eventually, Larsen secured the necessary capital to turn Pend Oreille Lead & Zinc mines into the most productive mine in the country. Larsen lived in Metaline until his home,


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designed by the notable Spokane architect Kirtland Cutter, was built in Metaline Falls in 1912. (This home was restored in recent years and placed on the National Register of Historic Places.)He also had a comfortable summer cabin, complete with rock fireplace, near his Flume Creek mining operation. During most of Larsen’s tenure in Pend Oreille County, his close and trusted friend, Jens Jensen, was his business associate who handled many of the financial and “behind the scene” business details. In 1913, Jensen was elected to represent Pend Oreille County in the State Legislature. During the 1920s, Jensen was also the purchasing agent for the Diamond Match Company’s

Fredrick Blackwell Fredrick Blackwell was in the lumber business in Spirit Lake, Idaho, and recognized the market potential from the huge virgin forest in what was soon to become Pend Oreille County. His plan was to build a railroad following the Pend Oreille River from Newport to Metaline Falls, with 15 stops at sawmills along the way. One of these stops would be in Ione, where he was building his own sawmill (Panhandle Lumber Company). The final stop for his Idaho & Washington Northern Railroad (I&WNRR) was at a cement plant, which was projected to produce 12 to 15 railroad cars of cement per day. Upon the completion of the I&WNRR to Metaline Falls in October 1910, mechanical equipment was immediately delivered to the plant site. The construction work on the plant facilities, which covered several acres, was rushed through the winter. In the latter part of September 1911, the new Inland Portland Cement Company began operating with 400 employees. The production output of 2,000 barrels of cement per day met the expectations. Inland’s market extended over the entire Inland Northwest, from the Columbia River east to Missoula, Montana, and from Republic, Washington, south to Pendleton, Oregon, and Boise, Idaho. The largest market was the Spokane district. Cement from this plant was used in such notable structures as Spokane’s Monroe Street Bridge in 1911 and Grand Coulee Dam, completed in 1941. In 1914, Lehigh Portland Cement

Company of Allentown, Pennsylvania, made an offer to buy all the plant facilities and related to the production of cement for $1,006,000. At a meeting of Inland Portland Cement Company’s trustees and directors, this offer was accepted. Before the year was over, the cement production operations were under Lehigh’s management. The primary function of Inland Portland Cement Company now became the production and sale of electrical energy to the Lehigh Portland Cement Company’s operation in Metaline Falls, which it continued until 1956. Inland Cement was liquidated. Lehigh remained the major stockholder (owning all the shares except for one share each owned by the company’s trustees) throughout the life of the Inland Cement Company. In 1923, the plant began using its first automotive vehicle when a tractor modified to run on the rails replaced the horses hauling stone to the crusher. The tracks were moved many times to accommodate the changing face of the quarry. Steam shovels were used until 1929. Initially, the steam was generated by burning wood, and later coal. Hauling by truck began in 1947. Tramways, used to transport crushed stone and shale from the quarries to the storage area along a 5,180-foot cable, extended up the mountainside. The tramways were put in place when the plant first opened and, although modified and relocated, were used until it closed. Throughout the course of its existence, the plant continued to update and streamline its operations, consistently increasing its production capacity and output. Unfortunately for the economy of Metaline Falls, in 1990 the Lafarge Corporation, which had purchased the plant in 1989, closed its operations. After 80 years of service, the plant was demolished. This is excerpted from History of Pend Oreille County, by Tony and Suzanne Bamonte. Visit www. tornadoecreekpublications.com to learn and read more.

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Beneath the house, down a concrete staircase, a gravel path with rock steps leads through a series rocky garden areas that culminate at the concrete fire pit, a perfect gathering spot on cool evenings.


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Murto’s house in west Spokane is all about clean lines, functional and beautiful spaces, and a little bit of quirk. For example, there’s a pool between the driveway and the home, sunken down a short flight of steps and surrounded by concrete borders and grasses and lavender—a pool right where the solid ground should be. Taking the shortest path to the house means walking across the four square steps that lead from one end of the pool to the other. You could, of course, go around the long way and avoid the pool altogether, but the most efficient route is also the most fun. That one design choice sets the tone for the home: fresh, thoughtful and a bit playful. Murto previously lived in a far more traditional house, a 1904 home near Manito Park. Though he liked it, there were some flaws: the poor insulation, the broken up rooms and it was not at all energy efficiency. He was also beginning to take an interest in modern architecture. One day as he was reading the Spokesman-Review, Murto happened upon an ad in the classifieds for a four-lot property in west Spokane. The lots were positioned in such a way that you could really only build one home on them. The grade was steep, and there wasn’t much to the space. “It was just pine trees—and garbage,” Murto says. But it had a view into Browne’s Addition and beyond to downtown. It was close to the train tracks and their regular traffic, which gave the place a cool energy. He could see that it had potential. Potential is something Murto sees easily. He’s an entrepreneur at heart, one of the principals and founders of digital ad agencies Seven2 and 14Four, alongside his business partner Tyler Lafferty, with whom he has collaborated on all of his projects. Their recent ventures include Method Juice Café and yoga and spin spot The Union. Murto teaches several classes at The Union each week, and is a regular at Method, where he jokes he’s been “pretty much eating the same lunch every day for two years.” He purchased the property and a thoughtful planning process began. Murto hired architect Thomas Isarankura of Seattle-based Baan

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The outdoor fireplace is useable year round and has been intentionally left to oxidize and rust, bringing color and texture to the otherwise clean and cool tones of the space.

Design, and they spent two years on home design. “I put together a binder of things I liked,” Murto says of this pre-Pinterest project. “I spent a lot of time with Dwell magazine.” He thought through all of the functions he’d like the home to serve, like space for parties and barbecues, and “big, open family space” (he has two kids: a daughter, Lindsey, who is 11 and a son, Taylor, who is in college). “It was more philosophies and thoughts than design ideas,” he says. For materials, he knew he wanted to use concrete and a lot of glass. He gave all of this to his architect, who put together a model of the lot, then laid boxes and shapes on top of the model to find the right structure and orientation. The characteristics of the lot led to plenty of challenges. “Everything here was tough,” Murto says. One problem was access; the steep grade and orientation made it difficult to choose


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where to place the driveway. The property was not only steep but also sandy, and portions of the home are massively heavy, like the living room area, which appears to hover unsupported. This space “is all cantilevered out to get that float,” Murto explains, meaning that the support for that part of the house is anchored at only one end. The “floating” portion of the home is actually 30,000 pounds of concrete. A major struc-

Nick Murto with Bella, his Bernese Mountain Dog puppy, one of two dogs he owns.

tural underscoring is in place, with the fourfoot footings of the foundation beneath it all. “It’s just rock solid,” Murto says. Despite the planning and effort it took to envision and build, the home looks far from overworked. The design is clever and functional without feeling at all complicated. Two blue-gray rectangles sit one on top of the other at right angles, positioned so that the upper story serves as the roof of the outdoor patio. On the opposite end, the second story rests on the two-car garage. There are lots of straight lines and simple shapes, and repeated use of materials like glass, metal and concrete, while all of it is surrounded by a soft layer of lush and low-maintenance landscaping. “For some people it feels really sterile. For me it feels really comfortable,” Murto says. From the street, the sloped driveway leads down to the home. Crossing the pool, guests will very possibly be greeted by Murto’s two friendly dogs (Bella, a Bernese Mountain Dog puppy, and Brody, a chocolate lab) before arriving at the covered patio. The primary material here is concrete, which is used for flooring both indoors and out. “It’s really just this whole inside-outside thought,” Murto says. “Everything goes right through.” The covered patio is furnished with a rustic coffee table and a sleek and comfortable couch and chair that face an outdoor fireplace that’s useable year round. The expansive fireplace surround is metal that’s been intentionally left to oxidize and rust;

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Above: Adjacent to the kitchen is the dining area, furnished with a 10-foot steel and reclaimed fir dining table and matching benches. Below: On the periphery of the kitchen there is plenty of additional counter space and lots of cabinetry, a large sink and a prep sink.

its color and texture bring warmth to the otherwise clean and cool tones of the space. A deep, long concrete hearth provides additional seating. “That fire puts out so much heat,” Murto says, adding that the patio is great for New Year’s Eve parties and Spokane winters. The interior of the home is completely transparent thanks to its glass walls. The front door leads to the easy-flowing kitchen, dining and living space. The kitchen is Murto’s favorite part of the home. “I spend the most time here,” says the avid cook, who designed it himself. The heart of the room is an enormous island, which has an induction range built into its concrete countertop and provides room for everything from the oven to the wine cooler to cabinet storage below; a sleek stainless steel hood is mounted above it. Three barstools provide informal seating. On the periphery of the room there is plenty of additional counter space and lots of cabinetry, a large sink and a prep sink. On the back wall of the kitchen is a Kenmore Pro refrigerator sur90

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rounded by dark cabinetry that extends wall to wall and all the way to the ceiling, without an inch of wasted storage space. By contrast, negative space is used in many other parts of the home. For instance, on one side of the kitchen, the cabinets are installed directly into the wall with no base beneath. Pre-designated spaces for kitchen essentials help reduce visual clutter and keep countertops clear. An “appliance garage” with a rolling door hides frequently used items while keeping them close at hand, and magnetic strips attached to the wall are used to store knives. Adjacent to the kitchen is the dining area, furnished with a 10-foot steel and reclaimed fir dining table and matching benches, cus-

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The living space overlooks the view of Browne’s Addition and the city skyline beyond, while bike storage becomes an art display, with Murto’s bikes stored on a pole in the corner of the living room.

tom made by Jon Tettleton of Old Hat Workshop (Tettleton has also made furnishings for local businesses like Casper Fry, Wollnick’s, The Lantern Tap House and Indaba Coffee House). This was another space where Murto sought contrast for the home’s cool tones and clean lines. “I wanted to try and warm some stuff up,” he says. “Like this table—I like that it brings something a little more rustic into it.” Above the table is a suspended black pendant light fixture. On the wall, a recessed darker grey section extends to the kitchen. In the dining room space it’s covered in well-stocked wine racks. The living space has a wall of glass that overlooks the view of Browne’s Addition and the city skyline beyond. A tufted grey sectional sofa, recently purchased in Seattle at B&B Italia, provides an ideal spot for gazing outside, chatting with friends or watching movies. “It’s really The property is close to the train tracks and regular train traffic, giving the setting “a cool energy.”


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The floating staircase leading to the second story is visible both inside and outside the home thanks to the surrounding glass walls.

Above: The deck off the master bedroom provides incredible views and a place to relax. Below: Artwork displayed throughout the home is an important component of the space.


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comfortable,” Murto says. “Laying on it is pretty rad.” A square coffee table mimics the right angles of the couch’s tufting, the concrete tiles and the kitchen island. A modern wood and leather rocker and ottoman provide additional seating, and a floating shelving unit sits beneath the wall-mounted television to house electronics. In the corner of the room, two frequently used bicycles are attached to a pole that extends from the floor to the ceiling. This approach to bike storage is much like the wine storage—why hide what you have when it looks so interesting? “Having my bikes in the middle of the room, it’s kind of like functional art,” Murto explains. Leading to the second story is a beautiful, floating staircase, which is visible both inside and outside the home thanks to the surrounding glass walls, which were chosen instead of a traditional railing or opaque wall, that would have obstructed the staircase’s clean lines. The artwork displayed throughout the home is an important component of the space. Murto’s coworkers or friends created most of the pieces. “We work with so many talented artists, and they all do such great stuff,” he says. One of the home’s most beautiful pieces hangs at the top of the floating

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staircase, an abstract topophilia created by Spokane artist Ben Joyce, which Murto purchased at the Spokane Guilds’ School auction. Upstairs, the floors are a dark bamboo, a material Murto selected because it’s sustainably harvested. The master bedroom is spacious, with white walls and lots of intentionally unfilled floor and wall space. Light streams in through sliding glass doors that open onto a private balcony. A platform bed with simple grey bedding rests in the center of the room. One corner of the space serves as a gallery for eclectic local artwork. Sliding doors on metal tracks lead Fixtures are installed directly into the mirror. to the walk-in master closet and


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the master bath. The home’s closet storage systems were purchased from Ikea, where Murto also bought the kids’ beds. Ikea, he notes, “definitely fits the style and is super affordable.” The master bathroom is spacious and gleaming, pairing dark and light with white subway tiles, dark square tiles, dark cabinetry and a white soaking tub. The mirror behind the double sinks has fixtures installed directly in the large sheet of glass. The cabinets are wall-mounted, with no base beneath. A stunning space for baths and showers sits behind a sheet of glass, with the freestanding tub next to a swath of open tile

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Murto’s original landscaping plan did not produce the desired look, and was replaced with this gravel path and garden network that is perfect for the home.

Murto’s feelings about the entire property. “It’s really made me like the house a lot more,” he says. The landscaping has an organic, inviting feel, with curves and a lush quality that softens the home’s edges. Murto can’t say enough good things about his landscape architect, Alderwood Landscaping, saying they’re “hands-down the best contractor I’ve ever worked with.” His initial landscaping vision was to let things be rugged, a plan that worked a little too well. “I originally wanted it to go wild and crazy—which it did,” Murto says. “But it just looked


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really bad.” The landscaping changes were done in phases. The pool in front was put in, sod was laid, rocks were placed, grasses selected and planted. After setting some parameters— Murto was adamant that he wanted things to be “low to no maintenance”—Alderwood

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Contemporary will be the fastest growing kitchen style in 2014, with 62 percent of respondents saying it’s on the upswing after ending 2013 in second place. Willie Wilson, co-owner of Concrete Habitat, confirms contemporary styles will continue to be the fastest growing kitchen style locally, as well. “Clean lines, less clutter

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Some 70 percent of respondents see quartz countertops increasing in 2014. Almost a quarter of respondents specified countertops with recycled materials and 40 percent expect to do more in 2014. Within the contemporary style, Molly Scott, interior designer at Northwest Trends, is seeing neutral color palettes such as gray, beige and white with minimal pops of color as accents. And what change makes the most impact in a kitchen or bath space? “Installing new slab countertops, whether it be granite or quartz, can drastically improve the look and function of a kitchen or bath,” she says. “Granite is still the preferred choice but quartz is quickly gaining popularity.” Robin Hoffman, owner of Interiors By Robin, has noticed her clients pulling away

from rustic texture and earth tones and gravitating toward the cooler neutrals (gray, taupe, white), as well. “I also see more glossy finishes as well as matte finishes on the floor and wall tiles,” she says. “The oblong plank floor and wall tiles are very popular for both kitchen and bath and they are increasing in size, up to two feet by four feet.” Robin sees solid surface counter tops being most common, with quartz gaining popularity over granite because it works well in both contemporary and traditional designs. “Carrara marble counter tops and quartz tops that resemble Carrara are popular,” she says. “Mosaic tiles of all kind are being used for entire kitchen backsplashes and walls in bathrooms.”


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Willer and the Spokane Hardware team are seeing sleek and modern designs as the hottest trend in decorative hardware, combined with more traditional finishes. “The emergence of hardware in warmer tones, such as satin brass, white bronze and polished nickel, lend modern and contemporary designs a softer, more universal appeal,” she says. Universal Design , salon ickets re ! t t n e o ing, ev and m on din es, travel ic v r e s


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Outdoor kitchens continue to be popular, with 43 percent of respondents designing them in 2013 and 41 percent expecting an increase in 2014. “For years the trend has been to open up the kitchen space into the living area,” says Wilson. “Now we see the trend to open up the kitchen to the outdoor spaces, as well.” Where sinks of the past sat under a window, the sinks of the future will sit under a window that opens up and folds away, opening up the wall to the outside. Windowsills are extended into a bar where family and guests can sit and interact with whoever is in the kitchen. “Cooking and entertaining outside is a lot more than just barbecuing these days,

says Wilson. “We are working on a lot of full outdoor kitchens,” he says. “Along with this we are also creating a lot more fire bowls and fire features.” Fire features have become an integral tool in helping homeowners extend their “outdoor entertaining season,” says Wilson.


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Wired Rooms. Two-thirds of NKBA kitchen designers incorporated docking and/or charging stations in their kitchens, as well as a desk or home office area. Some 56 percent included a flat-screen TV in their kitchen projects. These trends show no signs of powering down. Places for Pets. Dozens of NKBA members reported that they created kitchens with features to accommodate cats and dogs, from day beds to feeding stations, litter box cabinets to doggy faucets. There are many gorgeous options for kitchen and bath renovations, remodels and new constructions. As with any home project, be sure to do your homework and consult with a trusted professional before making any major decisions. Your home, and your pocket book, will thank you for it.

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If you are hoping to get into the real estate market, follow these tips to help you improve your credit score the right way: * Reduce your credit card balances. If you’re looking to improve your credit scores quickly and legitimately, reducing your existing credit card debt is a great first step. According to VantageScore Solutions, its best to keep credit card balances at less than 30 percent of the maximum amount of credit allowed. * Check that the info that appears in your credit files is accurate and up-to-date. You don’t want to miss out on a great loan because of an error in your credit reports. Be sure you check your reports at all three national credit reporting companies, which are Equifax, Experian and TransUnion, because most mortgage lenders will pull all three of your credit reports and credit scores. Consumers are entitled by Federal law to receive a copy of each of their credit reports once every 12 months at www. annualcreditreport.com. * Understand the reasons why your scores aren’t higher. When you receive your credit score disclosure notice, reason codes appear along with your credit scores, and they detail why your credit score isn’t higher. You can learn more about these reason codes and how to improve your credit score at the new consumer education website ReasonCode.org.

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Health Care, Leadership and Tough Decisions Inland Northwest Health Services celebrates 20 years in our community This year, Inland Northwest Health Services (INHS) celebrates its 20th anniversary. To mark the milestone in our local health care community, we asked Tom Fritz, CEO of INHS to reflect back, in his own words, on the past 20 years and share about the history and the future of this organization that is a key component in the success of community’s health.

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n the business world, we talk a lot about innovation. How important it is and what we can do to foster a culture that inspires it. But true innovation is so much more than its definition—the act of introducing new methods, ideas or products. Innovation doesn’t always agree with conventional thinking. Innovation questions limits and pushes boundaries. Innovation sees opportunities where others see dead ends. Most importantly, innovation creates positive change. Innovators seek to influence by leading the way, inspiring collaboration and connecting people and communities. For nearly 20 years, I’ve been fortunate to lead the team at Inland Northwest Health Services (INHS), where I’ve experienced innovation and forward thinking since the inception of the organization in 1994.

Bringing together two families

Twenty years ago, the region’s two health systems came together with fearless determination to join together services they were providing independently. They knew it was in the best interest of the community and broader region’s health care needs. In a progressive move, Providence Health Care and Empire Health Service combined their air medical transport programs and inpatient rehabilitation services to form a new collaborative Spokanecda.com • September • 2014


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organization named INHS. It was similar to bringing together separate families to form a blended unit. Looking back on that decision, it was a remarkable showing of leadership by the hospital administrators and their boards of directors. To have the vision and the courage to enter into a partnership with your competitor because it’s the right thing to do for the community is rare and that courage should be celebrated. They certainly took a risk in substantially changing a model of health care for our community, but it’s that innovative leadership that led us forward.

Initial struggles and challenges

With any undertaking this large, there’s bound to be challenges. On one hand, the national health care community really saw us as innovators, leading the way in collaborative care that puts the patients’ needs first. At a time when the rest of the country was seeing hospitals move into a hypercompetitive mode, Spokane was being held up as the way health care could and should work. At home, we were working through the reality of integrating two different services into a newly formed organization with its own unique culture. It took a little time before everyone was on the same page with this partnership and our position as a convener of collaboration. 122

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of L&I that has expanded from three to 19 counties getting injured workers to return to work while using occupational health best practices. · Health Training – now one of the nation’s largest American Heart Association training centers and providers of professional health education. · Community Wellness - offers programs on diabetes education, weight and nutrition management and other topics to empower community members and area businesses and employees to live healthier. · Northwest TeleHealth - provides access to clinical, administrative and educational programs and services in rural communities through the use of videoconference technology.

These minor challenges aside, the hospital leadership knew this collaboration was the best decision for the community. And it was this vision that lead us to question and explore where else in health care the community could benefit from this type of collaboration?

Growth and opportunities to come

Over the last twenty years, we have built on our legacy of innovation and collaboration, and have grown our offerings through our distinct lines of business, including: · Northwest MedStar – a critical care transport provider which has grown from one to six bases across the Northwest and has transported more than 64,000 people. · St. Luke’s Rehabilitation Institute – the region’s largest inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation center which has served more than 140,000 patients since 1994. · Information Resource Management (IRM) – a nationally renowned health information technology division, which provides connectivity, interoperability and meaningful use services to hospitals and physician clinics across the region and beyond. · COHE Community of Eastern Washington – a collaborative program with Washington State Department

I believe that INHS is a remarkable story of what can happen when organizations come together for a greater good. We’ve taken the vision our founding members had around the benefits of collaboration and carried that philosophy throughout everything we’ve built. And today, with Providence Health Care as the sole member of our board, that commitment to serving the community remains. Our teams never stop thinking of how to improve the patient experience, reduce costs and create healthier communities. As a result of the expansion of services over the last 20 years, INHS has grown from almost $10 million in gross revenues to more than $200 million in 2013. We’ve increased the number of people we employ from 422 in 1994 to nearly 1,068 today, making INHS one of the top 20 employers in Spokane County, something of which I couldn’t be more proud.

It’s more than numbers – it’s connecting with our patients and our community Sometimes numbers can’t be the only indicator of how innovation has proved successful. The results of our successes are never more apparent to me than when I hear stories from the front lines. I recently heard from a MedStar critical care transport team member, Terri Tickner, and St. Luke’s physical therapist Dean Bunkowske.

Years ago, Terri had picked up a family with a child in need of critical care transport. In being with the family for only a short 45 minutes, Terri described the bond she felt with them and their child. The best detail though, was the end of the story. Terri shared that not only had she felt a bond, but the parents and family did as well. So much so, that to this day the mother continues to send Terri updates on their child’s development and milestones. Terri has said, “It’s the one flight that you truly change the outcome of a family that keeps you doing this job.” Dean Bunkowske is a physical therapist in the traumatic brain injury unit, and has been at St. Luke’s since day one. Talking with Dean, you quickly understand that his work is not just a job, but it is also his passion. He cherishes the opportunity to help people get back to what their lifestyle was before their injury. Dean has expressed that, “I get as much from patients as they get from me.” Just like Terri and Dean, I see the dedication of our employees throughout our organization, and know that’s something that hasn’t changed in 20 years and never will. Future-focused Looking to the future, I’m most excited about our ability to smartly grow our services to meet the needs of the communities we serve. It won’t be without its challenges. The health care industry is going through dramatic change, both locally and nationally. Spokane must continue to take a leadership role in transforming the health care system for the future by evolving and developing new models of care. A healthy community is one that comes together for the greater good. Over the last 20 years, INHS has embraced that spirit by building on our legacy of innovation and collaboration, with the goal of helping to create healthier communities. Providence is a strong partner and shares our value of collaboration. Together with many health care partners and customers, we are proud of the contributions we’ve made in communities across the Northwest and beyond and look forward to the differences our work will make in the years ahead. Spokanecda.com • September • 2014


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side from the whole breaking and entering, stealing of food and destruction of property (remember the broken chair?), you have to feel badly for Goldilocks as she struggles to find a mattress that is a good fit. Who hasn’t been there? Exhausted, cranky, aching and dragging because of a poor night of sleep, if you don’t have a great mattress, the thought of crawling into bed can feel more like you are going into battle than drifting off to dream land. According to a 2009 sleep study by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 38.4% of men and 37.3% of women surveyed admitted to unintentionally falling asleep at least once in the previous month, while 5.8% of men and 3.5% of women admitted to nodding off or falling asleep while driving in the previous month. It is no wonder we’re so exhausted. Deep sleep, or REM sleep, is the most restful and restorative type of sleep. What many people don’t realize is that tossing and turning actually keeps you from achieving the optimal amount of REM sleep. If you find yourself tossing and turning throughout the night, it could be a sign that your mattress is not providing the comfort and support you need to achieve that deep sleep. We are a sleep-deprived nation, and part 124

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of the reason is because we are getting poor sleep due to our mattresses. “A good night sleep is crucial in our society today,” says Mark Walker, founder of Walker’s Furniture and Mattress. He adds that “tossing and turning, lack of back support, partner disturbance and temperature regulation” are some of the top health or body mechanic issues that cause people to seek a new mattress. “Our bodies change over time,” says Tammy Friedeck, communications coordinator for Mattress Firm. “With those changes, what may have been comfortable and supportive for you back then may not be the right mattress for you today. A new sleep set can help address health issues such as sleep apnea or specific areas of pain.” Many people don’t consider that a mattress could be the source of their problem if it is still under warranty, as they assume a valid warranty means it must still be in good condition. Considering that some mattresses have up to a 25-year warranty, while recent television commercials suggest a mattress needs to be replaced every eight years, it is difficult to gauge how long a mattress should last. What’s the truth? Opinions differ among those in the industry. “For a few years the industry was trying to ‘out warranty’ one another,” says Mark Barnes, owner of National Furniture. “It

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health beat Mattress Health got to the point of 25 years, which is a totally unreasonable expectation. Mattresses absorb skin cells and sweat, and the padding compresses. Really, you should change it when it is not comfortable. Warranties cover defects, not comfort.” “I believe the average use life of a master bedroom mattress set is about 11 years,” says Walker. “Warranties cover the manufacturer’s construction of a sleep set but they don’t guaranty that the consumer will be comfortable in the bed for the listed period of the warranty. People change over time, some may just want a different sized bed, but most often, the reason a customer seeks a new bed is because they are no longer comfortable in their old one and want a better night sleep. Replacement after eight years is a marketing ploy used by some retailers to urge their customers to buy a new bed. It does not mean that their current bed is necessarily worn out.” “The mattress warranty covers any structural issues that you might have with the mattress, but it doesn’t account for changes in your comfort level or changes in your body over time,” says Friedeck. “There are also sanitary reasons for replacing your mattress every eight years. For example, we spend approximately one-third of our lives in bed and during that time we sweat and shed dead skin cells. This creates an ideal feeding and breeding ground for dust mites.” What are key points to consider when purchasing a mattress? You’ll want to find a mattress that is comfortable for both you and your partner, suggests Friedeck. This will require you to lie down on the mattress in your regular sleep position to help you understand how the bed will feel when you are sleeping, which is something that can’t be accomplished by sitting on the edge. You’ll also want to talk to your sales associate about any aches and pains you are experiencing or other specific needs that you have. This will help them fit you with a mattress that can help address those needs. You’ll also want to verify that your mattress retailer offers a comfort guarantee, like Mattress

Firm’s Happiness Guarantee, so that you have peace of mind with your purchase once you get it home. Price and comfort “Spend the most that you can afford,” says Barnes. This is an investment that will be with you for quite a while, and will have a daily impact on your life. A mattress is not the place to scrimp. “Take time to really lay on the mattress. Try it in the position you woke up in. We spend onethird of our lives (if we are lucky) in bed and it determines the quality of the other two-thirds.” Look for products that overcome the primary issues you are having, like partner disturbance or waking up with back pain and stiffness. Additionally, be aware of the basic materials inside the mattress and understand the benefits they offer (i.e. pressure relief, increased circulation, durability, support provided). “Comfort is the biggest thing people are after when seeking a new mattress,” adds Walker. “Rewards from better sleep positively influence health, moods and functioning on a day-to-day basis.” A good mattress can also can reduce stress and lessen the dependence on caffeine, naps, etc. Consider the options Don’t limit yourself when considering what type of mattress (firm, soft, spring, foam, etc.) you are considering purchasing. “Some people might not realize how much innovation has gone into the mattress industry over the last few years,” says Friedeck. While there are traditional innerspring mattresses in a variety of feels, there are also a wide variety of other types of beds to choose from – memory foam, gel, hybrid and more. Many of these beds have special features that help provide optimal support and comfort. It is easy to get overwhelmed with so many choices, so a trained sales associate can help you narrow down your selection based on comfort level and any specific sleep issues you might need to address. Firm or Soft? Only you’ll know “How a mattress caters to one’s body comes more from materials in mattresses, like gel memory foam, regular memory foam, innersprings or some combination

of them creating hybrid mattresses,” says Walker. “Firmness or softness preference is a personal choice by the consumer. Each person knows their own body best and only they know what is most comfortable to them. That is why it is important to offer the consumer a large selection of mattresses along with knowledgeable and helpful sales associates who do not pressure them into a specific mattress.” What are the pros and cons of different types of mattresses? “They don’t all feel the same, but they all are made for sleep,” explains Walker. “Memory foam and gel memory foam are known for conformability, pressure relief and reduction of motion transfer, but some people still prefer the feel of a traditional innerspring bed. Latex responds quickly and provides great back support but some people find it to be bouncy. Bottom line is that we all don’t always like the same thing, which again, is why we place a high value on having such a large selection of mattresses from which to choose.” What are new options in the mattress realm, or sleep tips? Adjustable beds are no longer just for the elderly, says Walker. “Motion bases help take the stress off one’s neck and lower back. They can help lower blood pressure by raising the feet, and minimize acid reflux and snoring by raising the head. Motion bases really allow us to be put in positions that are far more comfortable and better for our bodies’ than a standard flat set.” In addition, many people enjoy reading, watching TV, working on laptops and just plain lounging in their beds. As a result, motion bases appeal to people of all ages, as they better understand the benefits provided. A tip for dealing with acid reflux and snoring is to sleep with your head elevated, which can open your airway and make it easier to breath throughout the night. Elevating your feet can increase blood flow and reduce pressure on your lower back. Both of these can be achieved by pairing your mattress with an adjustable base. Finding the right mattress takes time and effort, but the results are a dream come true.

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reat Floors began with the founder, Keith Chadderdon, traveling Idaho and Montana selling floor coverings out of the trunk of his car. As the business grew, the company opened its first store, named Carpet Center, in downtown Coeur d’Alene. From those humble beginnings, Great Floors has grown to 17 locations today. After opening Carpet Center stores in Spokane, Yakima and Meridian, in the early 2000s, the company purchased ten Carpet Exchange stores in the I-5 corridor serving the greater Seattle region. After the purchase was complete, the company changed the name of its showrooms to Great Floors to better reflect the company’s product offering. Further expansion added two high-volume commercial divisions in Seattle and Spokane, and a dedicated Kitchen Design Center in Post Falls, Idaho, allowing the company to enter the countertop and cabinet segment, a natural extension of the base flooring business. Earlier this year, Great Floors began construction of a new showroom to serve the Tri-Cities market. Great Floors sells and installs floor coverings to residential and business customers across Washington and Idaho. The company services five major markets: residential homeowners, commercial customers, builders and new construction, multifamily facilities and the insurance and restoration market. Great Floors also owns and operates a kitchen design center in Post Falls, Idaho, where it produces granite and quartz countertops and sells cabinetry and designer fixtures to the residential and builder communities. Their founder once commented, “Every home and business has a floor, and we’ve got a floor covering for every one of those floors.” With that in mind, as long as there are floors, the team at Great Floors sees a bright future for the company, particularly here in the great Pacific Northwest. Manufacturers of the products they sell have become very sensitive to the environment, producing carpet from natural materials, from corn byproducts and recycled nylon. Hardwoods are harvested using ecologically approved techniques. And more and more tear-up carpet and hardwood are directed to recycling versus landfills. These are just a few examples of how the industry is planning for the future now. Great Floors looks forward to continuing to serve their markets, growing with the Northwest in the decades ahead.

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erry Built and Design Inc. set out to create a team that would simplify the remodeling process, which is often described as a painful experience. “It seemed simple,” says Matt Berry, “combine the designer, the contractor, and the craftsmen as one group. After all, having multiple professionals from all different groups seems like a recipe for poor communication and potential for disaster. I witnessed this process as I grew up in the building industry and decided we had an opportunity to do it differently.” Berry Built is a creative group of professionals focused on raising the standards of today’s remodeling expectations. Their approach is unique and they have a genuine level of customer service. “We believe that the service and quality our grandparents experienced can be provided at the same level today,” says Matt. “When offering professional design services from our retail showroom and skilled craftsmen from the same team, our standards, timelines, communication, and budgets are under control.” This type of process provides their clients with an enjoyable experience throughout what is rumored to be an overwhelming process. Matt and Sara attribute the success of Berry Built to their team. “We have spent several years choosing what we believe are some of the finest employees, vendors, and subcontactors in our area,” says Sara. “The loyalty to the same group over several years has created a team that is very considerate of our clients’ best interest, especially in crucial situations.” This same group of people working for several years together seems to be a key factor in the success at Berry Built. “I believe our performance is best compared to the NFL,” says Matt. “The highest level of play is not often the all-star game where the best players play one game together, but instead it’s the team that has been playing several seasons, capitalizing on the impact of working together as a team.” Berry Built offers services from cradle to grave. They have a team that believes that the details make the difference. They offer help in all areas of a remodel project, they supply sustainable products at competitive pricing, and they stand behind what they do for many years after their projects are completed. They have a showroom located off the beaten path just west of the intersection of Fancher and Sprague. If you are looking to do any remodeling to your home consider visiting with Berry Built. Spokanecda.com • September • 2014


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icki and Gary Erickson, owners of West Wind Kennels, are committed to providing you the peace of mind that your pet is loved, happy and safe while in their care. Unlike many facilities, the Ericksons work and live on the premises to ensure that your pet is given the best care and attention possible. Since 1979, they’ve focused on creating “home away from home, right at their home” for your pet. West Wind Kennels is open seven days a week, and offers boarding by the day, week and month. They are a short drive from downtown Spokane and are conveniently located near the Spokane Airport. The facility is inspected and licensed by Spokane County and the U.S. Department of Agriculture to ensure the best quality care. West Wind Kennels boasts 101 custom-designed dog runs with radiated floor heating and private sleeping houses, and 32 comfortable cat condos. Full-service grooming is offered seven days a week for boarding and non-boarding clientele. The Erickson’s encourage you to make West Wind Kennels your all-inclusive facility capable of meeting your boarding and grooming needs. “We treat our customers and their pets like family,” they say. “Our goal is to create a home a home away from home for your best friend.”

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Vintage Racing Historic Race Cars On-Track Again

by David Vahala


ow many of you are familiar with these famous racing drivers: Mario Andretti, Al Unser, Stirling Moss, Juan Manuel Fangio, Parnelli Jones, Dan Gurney and…..George Follmer? Don’t recognize that last driver? He’s famous in the racing world as a winning Porsche CanAm and Ford Mustang Trans-Am driver, lives in the Pacific Northwest and was the Grand Marshall at Spokane’s SOVREN Festival of Speed Vintage Car Races SFoS, (spokanefestivalofspeed.com) last June. What is vintage car racing? Glad you asked. Across the U.S. and Western Europe, thousands of private owners of vintage race cars, mostly from the 1950s through the 1970s, including historic Porsche models 356, 911, 917, Alfa Romeo Spiders and Veloce’s, BMW 2002s, Triumph TR4 and Spitfires, Jaguar E-Type, Ford Mustang and GT40s, Chevrolet Camaros and Corvettes, plus really rare cars like Lola, Lotus, Maserati, McLaren and Brabham’s race just as they did during a bygone era.


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As Seattle-based Society of Vintage Racing Enthusiasts (SOVREN) teases, “Get a car, put in a roll bar, get a helmet and driving suit, leather shoes and racing gloves; be prepared for fame and fortune.” While not quite that simple, with reasonable funding, you too can go racing. According to SOVREN members, it’s a combination of sport, car collecting and mostly managing a business on a minimalist budget. Low cost vintage cars such as the MG Midget, Triumph Bugeye Sprite or the Mazda Miata can be race-ready for about $10,000. Don’t be fooled though; heard often among racers are the truths “Racing is addictive” and “What happens is you just want to go faster and end up building a more expensive racecar.” Quoting Jim Sloane, Spokane Festival of Speed’s Race Coordinator, from the frontpage story about historic racing in the June 9, 2014 issue of the Spokesman-Review, “There’s no prize money, no trophies, no kiss from the trophy queen. But there are bragging rights.”

Really? The reward of vintage racing is “bragging rights?” It’s a powerful motivator for those who participate in this growing hobby. An October 2013 article about the sport by Greg Zyla, syndicated auto columnist, said, “The vintage aspect of the collector car hobby is booming.” Further, he was amazed after attending the Watkins Glen Vintage Race featuring over 400 competition cars and 250-300 non-track show cars. “These races were real, not just drive around and look-at-me type events!” For race fans, seeing some of the most revered vintage sports cars, many valued from tens of thousands to millions of dollars, compete for “bragging rights” is spectacular. Drivers race rare cars such as Ford GT40s, Ferraris, Shelby Cobras, exotic Porsches and mid-60s Mustangs as aggressively as the historic drivers of the past did. Restored to the specifications of the original racing rules, racing wheel to wheel is the ultimate goal of vintage racing. For true sports car racing fans, it is just like it was in the ‘50s, ‘60s and ‘70s.

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automotive Vintage Racing From my own volunteer experiences with SFoS, I can attest to the seriousness of vintage racing – tractor-trailer rigs hauling five or six race cars to owners driving large motor homes with race cars in trailers, a car show this isn’t. Consider the business side of the hobby – vintage racers purchasing aftermarket parts, race marshals, track workers and race teams staying in area hotels plus vendors and sponsors putting on the races; the overall economic impact to local communities can be tremendous. SOVREN promotes vintage racing cars restored to their original specifications but with modern safety equipment and driver protection. Employing a professional staff, officials travel to each track to ensure competitors and spectators’ safety while closely monitoring drivers’ performance with strict compliance to vintage racing rules. Pre-and-post-race inspections ensure the only advantage on the track lies with the driver. Vintage racing events are spectator friendly; champion drivers are within reach, racing legends are approachable, and owners are always willing to talk about their car’s history and triumphs. Plus, vintage racing is important for charitable organizations. Many vintage racing events support local charities. SOVREN began their Pacific Northwest Historics’ July 4th Race partnership with Children’s Hospital in 1990. SOVREN Guild helps Seattle Children’s Hospital treat children with the most complex illnesses, playing a critical role in Children’s mission of providing the finest medical care available regardless of families’ ability to pay.


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In Spokane, Parkinson’s Resource Center, PRC, is the beneficiary of the Porsche of Spokane Festival of Speed. First held in 2011, this year’s races were the most successful yet. Generous 2014 sponsors, such as Porsche of Spokane, Kalispel Tribe of Indians – Northern Quest Resort & Casino, Jaremko Nissan, Washington Trust Bank and The Davenport Hotel Collection, help ensure the majority of funds raised go directly to PRC. In addition to the races, a full array of activities include autograph sessions, paddock tours and the Car Corral – local car club drivers donate $25 to PRC to display their cars inside the paddock area. Plus, – this is the fun part! – Car Corral participants “become race drivers” with the unique Parade Laps event. While not quite at top speed (a pace car keeps drivers in check), participants get four laps around the track as a group. No passing allowed but one certainly experiences driving fast enough to inspire visions of racing – perhaps inspiration enough to take up the sport! This year, the first ever Vintage Race Car in the Park show was held, where over 30 racers drove their cars from Spokane County Raceway to Riverfront Park in conjunction with First Friday. It was a huge success judging by the hundreds of visitors. Perhaps the highlight was the blast of 30 racecars’ revving engines on Wall Street, reverberating off the buildings!

Probably the two most famous events in the vintage racing world are the Goodwood Festival of Speed, and the Monterey Motorsports Reunion. Goodwood, held at the Goodwood estate in West Sussex, England, home of Charles Henry Gordon-Lennox, Earl of March, grandson to the 9th Duke of Richmond, features the estate’s long, uphill driveway as its one-way race course. The Festival was a one-day gathering 21 years ago and now is a substantial four-day celebration. Celebrity spectators and 150,000 fans envelop the estate to watch 35 classes of vintage and newer race cars, supercars and motorcycles piloted by famous past and present drivers make a timed run up the hill. What Goodwood offers is motorsports history. There is a class for racecars from a century ago and Formula 1 cars from last year. The diversity of auto racing is celebrated by the most famous cars from the 1900s, worth millions of dollars, to the very newest Porsche 919 that raced at Le Mans. The best of the best – cars rarely seen in the U.S.: Aston Martin, Auto Union-Audi, Bugatti, Jaguar, Lamborghini, Lotus and Peugeot, are all there. Plus, spectators get to rub elbows with the who’s who of drivers: Emerson Fittipaldi, Kimi Raikkonen, Lewis Hamilton, Scott Pruett, Damon Hill, Jackie Stewart, Jensen Button and so many more. Drivers don’t baby the cars – they go full throttle up the 1.16, nine turn hill. The exhaust notes from the oldest

cars to today’s F1 racers makes the hair on the back of your neck stand tall! Described as an “automobile museum that springs to life,” the Monterey Motorsports Reunion is an international gathering of rare cars spanning decades of motor racing history. Laguna Seca, also known as Mazda Raceway, located near Salinas, California, is one of the most historic racetracks in the U.S. For 38 years, vintage racing and the prestigious Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance have highlighted the famous Monterey Classic Car Week. Limited to just 550 cars, promoters choose the cars they will accept. Each car must undergo a rigorous examination ensuring authenticity and historical significance before being accepted and grouped according to age and engine size. Monterey is especially well known for Trans-Am group racing. Trans-Am racers put on a great show, as the cars and drivers are equally matched, says Gill Campbell, CEO and general manager of Laguna Seca. “They are also an extremely fanfriendly group, encouraging all to touch and learn about the cars and their history.” From 1966 to 1972, Mustangs, Camaros, Javelins, Challengers and Pontiac Trans-Ams ruled racing around the U.S. As Parnelli Jones noted, “TransAm was a no-holds-barred, highly competitive series. We had the best American drivers and we drove cars that were spectacular to watch.” “The potential of the Trans-Am series was fabulous,” says Dan Gurney. “All of the factories were behind us. We also raced on all the best natural road circuits in North America and unlike today, we had great fans who really identified with the cars on the track.” So, we’ve come full circle. George Follmer, seen in the #16 Mustang Boss 302 leading at Laguna Seca, was one of the all-time winning Trans-Am race drivers. Attending the Goodwood Festival of Speed and Monterrey Motorsports Reunion are musts on any vintage racing fan’s bucket list! Otherwise, put June 5-7, 2015 on your calendar for next year’s Spokane Festival of Speed. Consider volunteering – free admission! See you at the races! Happy Motoring!

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Strive, Thrive, Alive!

Spokane’s art scene brings vibrancy and hope for the future by Blythe Thimsen


s the Spokane arts community struggling or thriving? That depends on who you ask. Ask an adolescent who laments the fact that there is “no culture in Spokane,” and who is itching to break out of the confines of this city and see something new, and the answer is probably “striving,” but with limited success. Ask the young adult who, after once being one of those adolescents itching to leave, has recently moved back to Spokane, realizing how much it has to offer, and the answer is more likely “thriving.” Ask an expert who is immersed in our arts community, who lives and breathes, works and plays in the industry, and the answer is

“vibrantly alive!” Brenda Nienhouse is just such an expert. The executive director of the Spokane Symphony, Nienhouse has spent the past nine years at the helm of one of Spokane’s largest arts organizations, and her background shows she’s no newbie to the stage. She has been orchestra manager for St. Louis Symphony Orchestra, as well as Rochester Philharmonic in Rochester, N.Y. and Finger Lakes Music Festival in Canandaigua, N.Y., and she was the Special Projects Coordinator for the Los Angeles Philharmonic. Having seen a few communities in her day, Nienhouse knows when she sees a vibrant one, and that is just what she sees here in Spokane. >> 154

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The Cultural Arts Celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month

This September the city of Spokane will observe Hispanic Heritage Month, celebrating the contributions, history, culture and experiences of Hispanic and Latino-Americans in the United States. The month-long celebration will also commemorate a multiplicity of independence holidays across Latin America. Events will kick off with a reception in Chase Gallery (City Hall, lower level) on September 2nd and continue throughout the month in a variety of fun, educational events and festivities, including a black-tie Gala fundraiser for scholarships, a community Festival in Riverfront Park, and a film series highlighting a variety of themes and topics germane to the Hispano-Latino experience in America.

Signature Fiesta Spokane Events: • • • •

Kick-Off event in Chase Gallery September 2 Film Series - (twice weekly) September 4 - September 30 (Times and location tba) Encanto Gala Dinner & Auction, Saturday, September 13, Spokane Convention Center Fiesta Spokane Festival September 20, 11 a.m. - 5 p.m., Riverfront Park (Gondola Meadow)

Community Event/Meetings & Features: • •

Anjelah Johnson (comedy at the Fox) - September 13 Latinas Unidas: Copa Cabana Dance - September 27 (ticket prices, location coming soon)

—Courtesy of The City of Spokane

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Lilac City Fairy Tales

Music and Literature from Local Muses The Bing Crosby Theater is pleased to announce an exciting literary event for autumn: Lilac City Fairy Tales: Music and Literature from Local Muses, featuring original songs and tales from some of the brightest artistic talent in our region. The event is scheduled for September 25th at 7:00 p.m. and will feature seven published, award-winning writers, two locally celebrated bands, and a panel of five local arts organizers. Local author Sharma Shields is spearheading the event. Shields is the author of Favorite Monster, a collection of short stories. Her debut novel, The Sasquatch Hunter’s Almanac, will be published by Henry Holt in 2015. Bing owners Jerry and Patty Dicker approached Shields about creating a literary event, and she was enthusiastic about spotlighting the talent of local women. “This is a chance for Spokane to celebrate and enjoy the genius of a handful of its artists, many of whom find inspiration within our city and the Northwest landscape,” says Shields. Other participating women include: Kris Dinnison, whose first novel You and Me and Him will be released in 2015; award-winning poet and prose writer Nance Van Winckel; 2011 Donald Hall Prize in Poetry winner Laura Read; RiverLit Poet in Residence Brooke Matson; Gonzaga professor Maya Jewell Zeller; and Ellen Welcker, organizer of the SpoPo Reading Series and coordinator of the nationally-renowned Bagley Wright Lecture Series on Poetry. Authors will read original works inspired by one theme: “Magic is normal,” based on an essay by Kate Bernheimer. “Fairy Tale is Form, Form is Fairy Tale” introduces the term “normalized magic.” Bernheimer writes,


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“The Spokane and Coeur d’Alene area has a very vibrant arts community - a strong Spokane Symphony Orchestra, beautiful theaters with first-rate plays, opera and musicals, visual arts galleries and museums, a local music scene, dance studios and the movie industry,” says Nienhouse. “Most people may not realize the positive impact that arts have on a community, but the creative economy is Spokane’s tenth largest employment sector. The Spokane Symphony and Martin Woldson Theater at The Fox together account for more than one-third of the non-profit arts creative vitality of our community. Keeping the arts thriving and innovative is an essential way to continue to attract creative and innovative people to live and work here. “I think that the challenge is that compared to other cities, we do not have as much participation in our arts community as we would like,” says Nienhouse. “I believe our communities need to commit to creating a culture that keeps our best and brightest here.”

Nienhouse has worked diligently to increase not just participation across the board, but she has specifically targeted the younger demographic in Spokane. “I think what a lot of people don’t know about Brenda Nienhouse is how funny she is,” says Audrey Overstreet, director of marketing for the Spokane Symphony and Martin Woldson Theatre at The Fox.” Most people know her as the elegantly-dressed Symphony representative who takes the stage before every concert to remind the audience to turn off their cellphones, but she’s really a lot funnier and more laidback than that. For example, to promote our collaboration last season between the Symphony and Civic Theatre to present Les Mis, she’s the one who came up with the idea of having actor Jim Swoboda sing the “turn off your cell phones” message to the tune of One More Day. It was a packed house that night for Casablanca, and it brought the house down, just like she said it would.”



BRENDA NIENHOUSE Q. What captured your heart and made you want to work in the symphony/arts environment?

A. My summer as a student at Interlochen Center for the Arts in Michigan was a defining artistic period for me. The combination of the creative beauty of the music and the natural beauty of the surroundings was a life-changing experience.

Q. Share a little known fact about you.

A. I served in the Peace Corps in Nicaragua where I performed with the National Orchestra, and taught and conducted in the Conservatory. Q. How are you involved in the local arts community and how are you involved in the greater global arts community?

A. Locally, I serve on the board of the Spokane Arts Fund and on the Washington State Arts Commission as the Chair, appointed by the Governor to serve the public as a catalyst for the arts, advancing the role of the arts in the lives of individuals and communities. On a more global level, I’ve had the distinct pleasure of watching many of my former students from Nicaragua go on to teach and to play in arts organizations throughout the world and on Broadway. To be able to rebuild the nation’s orchestra and conservatory program after everything was disrupted by an earthquake was deeply satisfying. Q. If you could have the ability to excel in one form of arts, what would it be?

A. I have a Masters in Music in Woodwinds Performance and I played professionally and conducted, but I also studied ballet for years. For a brief moment I even danced professionally. That might have been a fun pursuit. Q. What is your dream for the Spokane arts community?

A. That it is accepted and supported for the cultural asset it is.

Q. Do you think the younger generations embrace the arts as much as the older generations? What can be done to change that?

A. I’ve been so encouraged by young visionaries such as Luke Baumgarten and Ginger Ewing who co-founded Terrain, the one-night only art and music celebration for young and emerging artists in our area. Terrain also put on BAZAAR this summer, which was a delightful event with 50 booths where local artists could show and sell their wares. After purchasing various items from our local artisans of BAZAAR on a Saturday afternoon, listening to various performers and strolling our city’s shops and streets, I was overjoyed by the feeling that people of all ages are increasingly embracing our artsy downtown scene.

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Q. What are you doing to attract the younger crowd?

Martin Woldson Theater at The Fox is a Spokane icon for the entire community to enjoy, especially young people. Several artists with indie creds have jammed under our trademark sunburst this past year, including rocker Joe Satriani, Old Crow Medicine Show, Tedeschi Trucks and Don Williams. Edgy comedians such as Robin Williams, Tracy Morgan, Anjelah Johson and Lily Tomlin chose the Fox as the premier venue in which to entertain in 2013. Young people are among the world’s most discerning music critics. These days, listening to live symphonic music has a counter-culture vibe that we can all embrace. We also launched a new CollegeCard program this fall allowing any university student the chance to attend nearly all 19 of our Classics, Superpops and Splash concerts for just $25 for the entire season. The college crowd sits together in the balcony during the concerts and gathers in the lobby to chat with musicians and professors after shows. It’s a lively, jeans-wearing audience. It’s all part of breaking down barriers and encouraging new audiences to plug in to live symphonic music. Our musicians were excited to perform Video Games Live, the number one video games concert in the world, this spring in Spokane. Costume and Guitar Hero contests, along with the most popular video games music of all time played live by our orchestra, brought new audiences into our hall that had never heard the Symphony perform before.

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“The natural world in a fairy tale is a magical world. The day to day is collapsed with the wondrous. In a traditional fairy tale there is no need for a portal. Enchantment is not astounding. Magic is normal.” >> 156 Shields says, “There’s something magical about our region, and there’s also something dark about it. Fairy tales often combine these elements to beautiful effect. It will be exciting to experience these stories and poems read aloud, and the musical interludes will enhance the magic of the evening.” Local musicians scheduled to perform include Liz Rognes and Inlander “Band to Watch,” Mama Doll, whose members include Sarah Berentson, Austen Case, Jen Landis, and Claire Fieberg. The panel discussion will feature Melissa Huggins, Get Lit! program director; Ellen Welcker, SpoPo founder and organizer; Ginger Ewing, co-founder of Terrain and Window Dressing and East Ambassador for Artist Trust; Karli Ingersoll, founder of the Collect blog and owner of The Bartlett; and Keely Honeywell, founder of Clymer Gallery and publisher of RiverLit. The women will discuss Spokane’s evolving arts scene and its magic in transforming a community. Tickets are $15, with 75 percent of proceeds going to INK Art Space, which provides workshops and classes in writing, visual art and music for Spokane youth. The remainder will benefit The Friends of the Bing. Lilac City Fairy Tales: Music and Literature from Local Muses promises to be a magical evening. Visit bingcrosbytheater.com for more information. —Sharma Shields


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Local Artist:

Elena Gutierrez

The Rhythm of Brush and Spirit

by Jeffrey Mix


lena Gutierrez was born in Guadalajara, Mexico in 1962. Ever since Elena was young she had a special sensitivity in how she perceived the world. She was one who would stop and marvel at the stucco falling off the walls, and the way red tiles cured in the sun, imagining the way a husband curves into his wife’s cupped body. She would get sidetracked on her way to school by the yellow bougainvillea along the side of the road that burst with too much color, daring her to pick them and study the subtle intricacies within. Little Elena ached to express her emotions about the colorful life that surrounded her. She was also a very serious girl; often reflective and philosophizing about the nature and meaning of life. “I had all these feelings I wanted to express, but I felt tied, squeezed. For as long as I can remember, I knew I had these artistic visions in me, but back then I didn’t know what to do with it.” Elena carried these heavy feelings with her throughout most of her young life. “I

was so frustrated, like I was tied up by rope, and it was squeezing the life away from me.” But then one day, it happened. Her parents enrolled her in lessons with a private painting instructor. The instant those first bright drops splattered against the clean, white canvas, she knew she had found her liberation. In that moment the imagined rope that had her bound, released and fell to the floor, and like a great awakening, she realized what she was meant to do with her life. In painting, she discovered the beauty of visual communication and a healthy outlet for her young philosophizing mind. For the first time, there was a sense of balance, a calming of her deepest self, and she has been painting ever since. The young artist continued her private studies, initially focused on the figurative form, but has since moved in another direction, now putting all of her energy into abstract expressionism, where she can truly transmit her complex feelings about life, and do so in a manner that is freeing and spontaneously inspired. Or, as

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she likes to put it, “Musically inspired!” That’s because rarely will you find Elena at work without music to accompany her. “I love to paint with music. In general, I do my work with Latin rhythms or jazz, or, if I’m painting carefully, with more details, then it’s classical, new age, or maybe nature sounds.” Her painting routine is refreshingly simple. Elena lives with her husband in the quiet, far reaches of North Spokane, where her home studio is surrounded by nature. She begins most days sitting quietly by her window, listening to the chorus of birds chirping, watching the deer graze at the edge of their property, enjoying the playful squirrels that forever chase across pine trees. Then, she will turn from her window, meditate and do a little yoga, before beginning to paint. Her goal with all of this is to feel grounded, more aware and in tune with the energy that she’ll soon be transmitting into the canvas. She then turns on the music, and moves in rhythm as she mixes colors, works textures, allowing it to flow—a spontaneous and synchronous dance with her brush, body and spirit. With each new abstract piece that she creates, the artist is attempting to put the whole of her into it—the essence of Elena. “I am compelled, through my work, to infuse myself, my history in every stage of my life, into the painting. I think about it like the joining of my past, present and future, and all that I’ve felt and will feel along the way. It seems complex,” she acknowledges with a bright smile, “but when I just let it flow, just let the music and my breath guide me, it’s actually pretty simple.” To see Elena Gutierrez work, visit: www.elenagfineart.com


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Latino Art & Film Series (twice weekly, locations vary)


Sept. 13th, 5:30PM - 9PM Encanto Gala

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Sept. 20th, 11PM - 5PM Heritage Festival Riverfront Park

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Human Struggle, Celebration and Consciousness Sculptor Artist / Ceramicist

Ginger Oakes Drawing strength and inspiration from nature, Ginger Oakes creates magical sculptures that invoke both a sense of discovery and one of universal familiarity. Each piece has a story connected with it, which she is eager to share. The stories reveal themselves to her as the clay takes form. It is the natural beauty of the art and the tales it speaks that resonate with the viewer. “As I begin to feel the clay beneath my hands,” says Oakes. “The muse has its way with the clay.” The sculptures that emerge are filled with expressions of “human struggle, celebration and consciousness.” Memories from her diverse experiences find their way into the clay. In most of her art, Oakes makes no attempt to smooth out the edges, allowing the organic form to express itself. “I thrive on recognizing the balance of the internal and the external, strong and fragile, reality and fiction,” says Oakes. For her, life is not about the smooth clean edges, but beauty found in the imperfect. Filled with gratitude, Oakes beams when she speaks of the many people who have supported her on this journey of art and life. For her, the two are indistinguishable. Oakes has attended many extended learning classes but ultimately she is selftaught, something that adds to the uniqueness of her work. She has been featured in multiple juried events, exhibitions and in many art publications. Oakes met and married classical guitarist and luthier, Carlton Oakes, in 1981 while living in Hawaii. After residing in a variety of locations, the Oakes moved from Portland, Oregon, to Spokane, in 2006. They live in a peaceful home with their three dogs, and a shared studio. For Ginger, some of her favorite moments are sculpting while Carlton is either building or playing a guitar. They are clearly an inspiration to each other. -Melinda Melvin 160

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artist profile Tom Norton

From Rags to Rhapsody

Tom Norton – Artist, Musician, Teacher by Robin Bishop


or being a native Spokane boy, Tom Norton has been around the big city block a few times, and it makes itself evident in the art he has produced. As in many of our lives, Norton’s journey has taken some dark turns, but he does not like to dwell on where he has been; rather, he looks toward where he’s headed. Norton acknowledges without the dark times, he would not appreciate the joy and passion his art gives him today. After his Gonzaga Prep art teacher and mentor, Richard Ibach, spurred his creative confidence, Norton immersed himself in learning all he could about painting, but his love of music (writing and keyboarding) drew him away from this burgeoning talent. For 30 years, Norton lived the roller-coaster-life of a professional musician while climbing the corporate ladder in music retail and instrument distribution, all the while traversing the rocky terrain of addiction and occasional depression. There came a day where Norton found himself


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in an unexpected transition with devastating consequences that took him to the bottom of the barrel, reaching up for a little help and grabbing hold of the one passion he felt could ignite in him a renewed spirit. The short story is that he got sober, and painted his way back to health and awareness. When looking at Norton’s early work, you can see the sadness; the harsh reality of the darker side of urban life and hard times that he could not extinguish from his work. He says this time gave him an awareness of the “struggle” we all face. While rarely the same, we all struggle with our own demons. Norton has been especially impressed by the life he witnessed on the streets of Seattle, New York and even here in Spokane. He has a series devoted to this subject that captures the almost invisible reality of the homeless as they struggle to be seen and heard in the bustle of the rest of our everyday lives. Norton has developed the habit of painting every day, sometimes for longer than 10 hours a day. When he spends this much time at the easel, his work becomes a visual journal of his life. Bits and pieces of history have made their presence known in the each piece. For this reason, Norton enjoys working on several pieces at a time, allowing him the luxury of flowing with the ups and downs of life while not depriving himself of his greatest passion. As I took a trip through his many years of work, I was impacted by the diversity of styles Norton has at his fingertips. Everything from abstracts and Goth-like Tim Burton-esque pieces, to post-modern whimsical expressionism and more sweet, sometimes joyful, realism in his latest works. Norton’s journey is well defined on the canvas (or wood, as of late) for all to bear witness. This may be why the entirety of his work carries an intriguing vulnerability. Even his most recent work, which is joyful, whimsical and uplifting, still captures

susceptibility in the subject’s visage that draws you in. Norton’s passion for painting continues to deepen, and his renewed confidence allows him to continue to explore new styles, subject matter and media. His latest work, depicting wild animals, is a unique combination of diluted acrylics and charcoal on wood that delivers beautifully textured and richly finished pieces. This continued maturity in self-awareness and confidence is naturally flowing into a desire to ignite the same passion in others. Norton’s greatest hope is that individuals who view his work will be encouraged to “create” in their own way: music, painting, writing, gardening; whatever the passion, just do it, and do it with abandon and joy. Norton’s sole purpose is to accomplish what his favorite artists have accomplished in his own life: providing inspiration and joy. He is grateful to those like his mentor Richard Ibach, the Os Gemeo Brothers of Sau Paulo, Brazil, known for their larger-than-life, colorful, building murals, and the greats like Picasso and Salvador Dali for the intrinsic impact they have had on his own creative journey. Most important, Norton is aware that imbuing his work with this same powerful intent leaves an indelible mark on his own family and loved ones. This is his legacy and he embraces it fully. “Everyone has a treasure inside, and I want to help them realize it,” he says. “There is no greater joy than watching someone’s face as they brighten or walk away feeling better after viewing my work.” While Norton has had works on display all over the country, he work is currently shown at Bozzi Gallery on the skywalk level of Wall Street above the Olive Garden. He will also be teaching art classes for children this fall at East Central Community Center. You can see more of Tom Norton’s work at www.tomnortonart.com. Robin Bishop is a local freelance writer and marketing professional. Spokanecda.com • September • 2014


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bookreviews Gemini: A Novel by Carol Cassella

Carol Cassella is a Washington anesthesiologist who began her novelist career as a “closet writer.” Her third novel, Gemini, reflects her medical profession less than her previous books, partially taking place in a Seattle’s Beacon Hospital among other Washington settings. Gemini’s story centers on a mysterious “Jane Doe” patient that comes to the Seattle hospital, unconscious after an accident in the Olympic Peninsula. Dr. Charlotte Reese is the physician who is looking after this mysterious woman. The patient is in a coma, leaving the hospital staff to decide how to proceed with her care when she has no family present to make tough medical decisions. Dr. Reese enlists the help of her boyfriend, a journalist, to help put the pieces together regarding this woman’s story. Meanwhile, Gemini jumps between Charlotte’s story and the story of Raney, a young woman who was raised by her grandfather, a farmer who spends his time preparing as a survivalist for the end of the world. Gemini fol-

Spokane Shorties by Kevin Taylor

Spokane Shorties is a collection of stories from various local writers put together by local writer Kevin Taylor. Commonly recognized local authors such as Jess Walter and Kim Barnes make an appearance, but there are over 30 authors in total all sharing stories and poems that take place in the city of Spokane. Some of the pieces are on serious topics, but many of them are humorous as well. Local writer Chris Cook provides the reader with a few witty poems that speak to some of Spokane’s infamous landmarks, such as Dicks Hamburgers and People’s Park. In his poem titled Nature Buffs, Cook states: “People’s Park, still the land of the free— Free to act uninhibitedly” On a more serious note, local author Sharma 164

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Shields shares a short story titled Afterlife with Garbage Goat about three sisters who feed an abusive uncle’s ashes to the Riverfront Park garbage goat, stating “all’s well that ends well.” Spokane Shorties is a fun book to for those who are all too familiar with some of the stories that come out of the strange happenings of the city of Spokane. Plus, this book is a great way to support the many talented local writers that the area has to offer. Proceeds go to help support Spokane’s Get Lit! festival. Published by Gray Dog Press, paperback, $8 Kevin Taylor is a former Spokesman-Review and Inlander reporter who now works as a freelance writer.

lows Raney’s life from girlhood with her grandfather, to her life as a student and artist, eventually leading to her own motherhood. Cassella’s novel is primarily a mystery, though there are also elements of love and romance as well. In the end, the stories of Dr. Reese and Raney may seem separate, but the two characters intertwine in a way only the reader can find out. Published by Simon & Schuster, hardcover, $25.99 Carol Cassella, M.D. is a practicing physician and national bestselling author of two novels, Oxygen (2008) and Healer (2010), published by Simon & Schuster and translated into multiple foreign languages. Both novels were Indie Next Picks and finalists for the Washington State Book Award in fiction. She lives on Bainbridge Island, WA with her husband Steve and their four children.

Under One Roof by Barry Martin & Philip Lerman

Under One Roof tells the touching story of author Barry Martin’s unlikely friendship with an elderly woman who, at first, started as a threat to him and his work. When Barry Martin, head of a large construction project, began the building of a new shopping center in Ballard, Washington, he took the time to visit the house of the woman who refused to give up her property for the new building. The elderly woman in question, Edith Macefield, was offered a million dollars for her property, which stood in the middle of construction, though she refused to sell. The construction crew began to build around her house anyway. While the rest of Barry’s crew thought he was working to convince her to leave her house, Barry began to spend time with the woman he initially dismissed as a “whack job,” taking her to appointments and listening to stories about her supposed celebrity friends and other seemingly impossible scenarios. Strangely, within these routine visits, a friendship began to blossom as Barry helped Edith through illness and eventually became her primary caregiver. Under One Roof is a heartwarming story that explores the dynamics of family, friendship and “letting go.” Martin and Lerman write the story of Edith Macefield in a way that ensures she and her home will never be forgotten.


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Published by St. Martin’s Press, hardcover, $24.99 Barry Martin has supervised construction projects all his life, following in the footsteps of his father. He’s a great lover of hunting, fishing and the great outdoors, a love he also inherited from his father. Martin is a native of Seattle, where he lives with his wife, two children and new grandchild. Philip Lerman is a writer and producer in Washington D.C. He is the former national editor of USA Today and former co-executive producer of America’s Most Wanted.

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DateBook Ringling Bros. - Sept. 11-14 ART September 5, October 3: First Friday

Enjoy visual arts, musical presentations, sample local foods, get acquainted with local performing artists and more at this monthly event sponsored by the Downtown Spokane Partnership. On the first Friday of each month, participating galleries, museums, boutiques and more host a city-wide open house with refreshments and entertainment. Join us! First Friday is free and open to the public! Downtown Spokane. For more information or a complete map of participating venues, please log on to http://www.downtownspokane.org/firstfriday.php.

September 12, October 10: Coeur d’Alene ArtWalk

5-8pm every second Friday from April December, 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. A family-friendly, free event! Downtown Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. Coeur d’Alene, ID 83814. For more information, please visit http://www.artsincda.org/.

currently open: 100 Stories - A Centennial Exhibition

With the end of its first century in sight, the Eastern Washington State Historical Society (dba Northwest Museum of Arts & Culture) is preparing a new exhibit experience that looks forward as much as it looks back. Capitalizing on the MAC’s extraordinary collections, 100 Stories will vibrate with enduring and inescapable themes of the American West. Spirited voices will weave stories of history and cultures and art. This exhibit will demonstrate the MAC’s role in maintaining, preserving and interpreting the region. 100 Stories will be told on the MAC campus in Browne’s Addition, as well as in relevant locations throughout Spokane and eastern Washington. Museum of Arts and Culture. 2316 W. First Avenue, Spokane, WA 99201. Call (509) 456-3931 or e-mail themac@northwestmuseum.org for more information.

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Jennifer Nettles - Sept. 7 woodcarving, metal assemblage, painting and mosaic. An artist reception will be held on First Friday, April 4, 5-8pm. Artists in the exhibition include Hank Chiappetta, Spokane, Sarah Fagan, Portland, OR Patricia Franklin, Woodinville, WA, and Rik Nelson, Liberty Lake. Chase Gallery at City Hall. 808 W Spokane Falls Blvd. Spokane, WA 99201. For more information, log on to http://www.visitspokane. com/art/chase-gallery/

EVENTS August 27-September 1: 35th Annual Pig Out In the Park

Pig Out in the Park is Spokane’s favorite annual six-day food and entertainment festival. Open free to the public in Spokane’s beautiful Riverfront Park; Pig Out in the Park features 45 great food booths, three adult beverage gardens and 100 free concerts on three stages. You’ll never eat it all! Riverfront Park. 507 N Howard St, Spokane, WA 99201. For more information and a complete list of food and entertainment, please log on to: http://www.spokanepigout.com.

September 5-14: Spokane Interstate Fair

From demolition derbies and PRCA rodeo to pig races and a great music line-up, the Spokane Interstate Fair gives you 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 Big & Rich, REO Speedwagon, Seether, Jars of Clay, and Creedence Clearwater Revisited. 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 http://www.spokanecounty.org/.

September 11-14: Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus Presents Super Circus Heroes

Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey® Presents Super Circus Heroes, showcasing wonders from the marvelous to the magnificent, every day is extraordinary in this action-packed super circus, filled with superhuman athleticism, power and pageantry that will have children of all ages discovering their own superhuman strength. Amazing elephants, horses, camels and more

Jeff Foxworthy - Sept. 12 alongside astonishing acrobats, awe-inspiring aerialists and some over-the-top clowns that will have audiences in stitches... of laughter of course! Come join us in celebrating the bravery, courage and honor that lives inside all of us at Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Presents Super Circus Heroes! It’s a show that’s far from ordinary and beyond extraordinary! Spokane Arena. 720 West Mallon Ave., Spokane, WA 99201. For tickets, call 1-800325-SEAT or visit http://www.ticketswest.com.

September 12: Jeff Foxworthy

The epitome of red neck humor and member of the Blue Collar Comedy Tour, Jeff Foxworthy is one of the most respected and successful comedians in the country. Don’t miss the opportunity to see him live on the outdoor stage at Northern Quest on Friday, September 12th! Northern Quest Casino, 100 N Hayford Rd, Airway Heights, WA 99001. For tickets, please log on to http://northernquest.com/.

September 13: Anjelah Johnson

Comedienne Anjelah Johnson will bring her family-friendly laughter-inducing show to the stage of the Martin Woldson Theatre at the Fox. She became an internet sensation with her viral video “Nail Salon” which led to many stand up and performance opportunities. That same year she joined the cast of “MADtv” as a series regular, which spawned another internet sensation “Bon Qui Qui.” This original character, a disgruntled fast food employee with no filter, has been enjoyed, viewed and replicated by over 55 million people worldwide. Fox Theatre. 1001 W Sprague Ave. Spokane, WA 99201. For tickets, call 1-800-325-SEAT or visit http://www.ticketswest.com.

September 13: Little Smoke 2014

Join us on September 12 & 13, 2014 for our Annual Little Smoke Cigar Festival. Special guests include: John Salley (4x NBA Champion), Matt Booth, Michael Giannini, Nish Patel, Bill Paley, Hank Bischoff, Daniel Marshall, Don Juan, and Lupe Perez (cigar roller). Tickets include cigars, food & beverages, an authentic cigar roller and much more! This event begins at 5:00 PM. Northern Quest Casino, 100 N Hayford Rd, Airway Heights, WA 99001. For tickets, please log on to http://northernquest.com/ or visit Legends of Fire at Northern Quest Casino.

September 20-October 26: Greenbluff Apple Festival

Our popular Apple Festival is held over several weekends offering a large variety of the best cooking apples, plus fresh pressed cider and other produce. There’s live music, craft booths, corn and straw mazes, and great food for the whole family to enjoy. Green Bluff, WA. For more information, please log on to: http://www.greenbluffgrowers. com/

MUSIC September 1: Labor Day Weekend at the Parks: Comstock Park

For 28 years, the Spokane Symphony has marked the end of summer with its very popular concerts in the parks. The Labor Day concert at Comstock Park on Spokane’s South Hill continues to delight families and introduce new generations to the joys and majesty of classical symphonic music. Did we mention it’s free? Comstock Park. W 29th Ave. Spokane, WA 99203 For more information, please log on to: http://www.spokanesymphony.org.

September 4: Boston: Heaven On Earth Tour, with Night Ranger

Tom Scholz’ band Boston will embark on a highly anticipated summer and fall tour following the successful release of their latest album, Life, Love & Hope, and will perform live at the Star Theatre at Spokane Arena on Thursday, September 4! They will be joined on their tour date in Spokane by Night Ranger. Always a huge crowd pleaser with their highenergy stage show, out-of-this-world sound, and remarkable musicianship and singing, BOSTON will feature the personnel and music from their highly acclaimed 2012 tour with some exciting additions. The band prides itself on performing a totally live show without the use of prerecorded music or technical enhancements, delivering the exceptional sound that is faithful to their studio recordings. Spokane Arena. 720 West Mallon Ave., Spokane, WA 99201. For tickets, call 1-800325-SEAT or visit http://www.ticketswest.com.

September 7: Jennifer Nettles

If you’re feeling some excitement “In The Air” it’s probably because Jennifer Nettles, lead vocalist for the international super duo Sugarland, is hitting the road on her 2014 That Girl Tour. As the lead singer of Sugarland, which had eight no.1 singles and received many awards, Nettles traveled around the world entrancing audiences with her emotional performances and surprise duet partners like Katy Perry, Beyoncé and Lady Gaga. Joining Jennifer Nettles on tour is Brandy Clark, who recently received a Grammynomination for “Mama’s Broken Heart,” recorded by Miranda Lambert and written by Brandy Clark, Shane McAnally and Kacey Musgraves. Brandy Clark’s debut record “12 Stories”, released in October 2013, was declared to have “airtight craftsmanship, sly wit and precise detailing” by Rolling Stone. INB Performing Arts Center. 334 W. Spokane Falls Blvd. Spokane, WA 99201. For tickets, call 1-800-325-SEAT or visit http://www.ticketswest. com.

September 17: Elton John and his Band

Rocket Man, Sir Elton John, and his band are landing in Spokane Arena on Wednesday, September 17! Spend an evening Crocodile Rocking to the iconic hits of Sir Elton John’s five-decade career, as well as a selection of songs from his highly-acclaimed album, the recently re-released 40th Anniversary CD, Goodbye Yellow Brick Road. Elton is one of the top-selling solo artists of all time, with 35 gold and 25 platinum albums, 29 consecutive Top 40 hits, and he has sold more than 250 million records worldwide. John has recently been named the first recipient of the BRITs Icon Award, which recognizes the very highest level of British music achievement,

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Just off the heels of his sold-out Ten Times Crazier 2013 Tour, Blake Shelton wants everyone to know that the crazy will continue in 2014. The Country singer and star of NBC’s The Voice is hitting the road this summer and fall his 2014 Ten Times Crazier Tour. Recently making history with his 11th consecutive Number 1 single, “Doin’ What She Likes,” his infectious multi-week No.1 “Honey Bee” still holds the record for fastestselling digital Platinum single for a male country solo artist. Blake Shelton’s passion for country music and his commitment to mentoring his teammates from NBC’s The Voice make him an incredible ambassador for country music. Spokane Arena. 720 West Mallon Ave., Spokane, WA 99201. For tickets, call 1-800325-SEAT or visit http://www.ticketswest.com.

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The Spokane Symphony launches its 2014-15 Season with a program of Romantic masterpieces. The concert begins with the haunting beauty of Chris Rogerson’s Noble Pond, and culminates with Brahms’s last symphony, his intensely passionate Fourth. We also welcome back the internationally acclaimed Silver-Garburg Piano Duo. Listen in awe as the married couple’s unique chemistry unites with the orchestra in two concertos for two pianos – from Bach’s eternal beauty to Mendelssohn’s dazzling brilliance. Fox Theatre. 1001 W Sprague Ave. Spokane, WA 99201. For tickets, call 1-800-325-SEAT or visit http://www.ticketswest.com.

September 22: Toby Keith with Joe Nichols

Having sold over 40 million albums worldwide, music superstar Toby Keith has established a stronghold in the country music industry. With more than 40 singles on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart, he is known for singles “How Do You Like Me Now?,” “Beer for My Horses,” “Should’ve Been a Cowboy” and “As Good as I Once Was.” Joe Nichols, country music artist and four time Grammy nominee, with newly released single “Sunny and 75” joins Toby Keith for a night of country not to be missed. Northern Quest Casino, 100 N Hayford Rd, Airway Heights, WA 99001. For tickets, please log on to http://northernquest.com/.

September 27: Spokane Symphony Superpops: The King - The Music of Elvis

Elvis Presley was the King...and he changed American music forever. Kick off a fun and fabulous SuperPops season with a thrilling performance of Elvis’s greatest hits, such as “Heartbreak Hotel,” “Love Me Tender,” “Don’t Be Cruel,” “Hound Dog” and more – like never before – with a full symphony orchestra. Four Broadway veteran singers create an all-new twist on these classic hits. Long live the King! Fox Theatre. 1001 W Sprague Ave. Spokane, WA 99201. For tickets, call 1-800-325-SEAT or visit http://www.ticketswest.com.

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September 30- October 1: Chamber Soiree at the Spokane Club: Autumn

The always diverse ensembles from outstanding musicians of the orchestra provide exciting chamber music in an intimate setting. The Spokane Club opens its doors to the elegant Georgian Room, where table seating includes local wines paired with hors d’oeuvres and dessert crafted by award-winning Chef Urs Moser. Ticket holders may call ahead to reserve a pre-concert dinner at the Club’s Burgundy’s restaurant, a delicious privilege extended to all Soiree attendees. The Spokane Club. 1002 W Riverside Ave, Spokane, WA 99201. This concert is part of the Spokane Symphony Chamber Soiree Series and is currently only available by subscription. Subscribers have the choice of attending the on Tuesdays or Wednesdays, both starting at 7:30 p.m. Subscriptions may be purchased with personalized service at the Box Office of Martin Woldson Theater at The Fox, 1001 West Sprague or by calling 509-624-1200.

THEATRE September 5-20: Broadway Bound

Neil Simon, America’s King of Comedy, penned this funny and heart-warming follow up to Brighton Beach Memoirs. This time Eugene and older brother Stanley are trying to break into the world of show business while coping with their eternally volatile family. A long-running Broadway comedy, and finalist for the Pulitzer Prize, Broadway Bound cracks open all the laughter and heartbreak of family, brotherhood and ambition. Interplayers Theatre. 174 S. Howard St., Spokane, WA 99201. For showtimes and more information, call 455-PLAY (7529). For tickets, call 1-800-325-SEAT or visit http://www.ticketswest. com.

September 12- October 12: Les Miserables

Join in our crusade! The most powerful story ever written is told on one of the most intimate stages in our area. This eight time Tony Award winner explores the beauty of love and compassion while dealing with social injustice. The story of love, passion, sacrifice, and redemption along with an incredible musical score will leave you breathless. Lake City Playhouse. 1320 E. Garden Ave, Coeur d’Alene, ID 83814. (208) 667-1323. http:// www.lakecityplayhouse.org/.

September 19- October 19: Fiddler on the Roof

This timeless musical magically weaves the story of a people steeped in tradition who must come to terms with a changing world. Fiddler has captured the hearts of people all around the world for fifty years with its moving score including “Matchmaker, Matchmaker”, “If I Were a Rich Man”, and “Sunrise, Sunset”. Winner of nine Tony Awards. This production will be directed by Troy Nickerson and Heather McHenry-Kroetch. Spokane Civic Theatre. 1020 N Howard St., Spokane, WA 99201. For showtimes and more information, call (509) 325-2507. For tickets, call 1-800-325-SEAT or visit http://www.ticketswest. com.

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SPOKEFEST - Sept. 7 OUTDOOR September 7: SpokeFest

Join us in celebrating the joy of cycling, the beauty of Spokane,healthy lifestyles and the environment. Last year over 2,000 cyclists of every age and ability took part in the sixth annual SpokeFest! Help us make this SpokeFest an even bigger celebration, so get out your wheels and join us. This ride has something for every rider, from the racers to the folks dusting off bikes for the first time this year. SpokeFest is the largest bicycling event in the Inland Northwest catering to all levels of riders. This event celebrates health, fitness and the great outdoors. Riverfront Park. 507 N Howard St, Spokane, WA 99201. For more information and registration, please log on to: www.spokefest.org.

September 11: Kidical Mass Bike Ride: South Perry

Kids and their families are invited to Kidical Mass, a fun, safe bike ride especially for kids. Join this family friendly late afternoon bike ride of about 3 miles cycling on anything that rolls! All types of bikes, trailers, Xtracycles, bakfiets, tandems, folding bikes, trikes are welcome! Ride through the South Perry neighborhood, and start the fun in the parking lot in front of Two Wheel Transit Bike Shop. Two Wheel Transit Bike Shop. 817 S Perry St, Spokane, WA 99202. For more information, please log on to: http://summerparkways.com

September 13-14: Bike MS: Cycle the Silver Valley

Come be a part of Bike MS and get ready for the ride of your life. Whether you’re new to Bike MS or ride every year, together we will raise money, have fun, and make a difference in the lives of people living with MS. Enjoy an unparalleled cycling adventure with 200 of your closest friends. Choose your challenge with multiple route lengths and options on both days. Enjoy the ancestral lands of the Coeur d’Alene nation as you pedal the Idaho panhandle on this “Rails to Trails” path completely off of roadways! The ride is fully supported with rest stops, bike mechanics, full meals, and support vehicles. Invite your family and friends to cheer as you cross the finish line and enjoy a wonderful Saturday evening celebration. Silver Mountain Resort. 610 Bunker Ave, Kellogg, ID 83837. For more information and to register, please log on to: http://bikewas.nationalmssociety. org/

September 27: Wild Moose Chase Fun Run

Join the Eastern Washington University Doctor of Physical Therapy Class of 2016 for the 4th annual Wild Moose Chase Trail Run! Three different courses starting and finishing at the Selkirk lodge offer runners of all skill levels the opportunity to enjoy beautiful Washington fall scenery from the trails of Mount Spokane. Don’t miss out on this opportunity to be a part of one of the fastest growing trail running events in the Inland Northwest! All proceeds help send Physical Therapy students to the annual Combined Sections Meeting (CSM), a national educational and networking event. Selkirk Lodge. 9295 N Coursier Ln, Spokane, WA 99208. For more information and to register, please log on to: www.wildmoosechasetrailrun.com/

SPORTS July 21: Spokane Shock vs Tampa Bay Storm

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Compassion in Action

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Local nonprofit organization Generation Alive inspires Spokane youth to do more than just “feel” for those in need— it provides them with a platform to take action by alleviating hunger, at home and abroad.

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estselling author Timothy Keller states, “Our culture says that feelings of love are the basis for actions of love. And of course that can be true. But it is truer to say that actions of love can lead consistently to feelings of love.” For Generation Alive, showing compassion is not just some meaningless platitude— it is a hands-on, call to action. Founded in 2005, by Jeremy Affeldt, pro baseball player for the San Francisco Giants, and his wife, Larisa, the local nonprofit works in collaboration with other compassion-based organizations to raise awareness and mobilize groups of young people to engage in “acts of compassion” that promote justice and alleviate poverty amongst their peers. A Disquieting Prospect “The ultimate aim is to change attitudes and not only get youth to think about issues locally and globally, but to step outside of themselves and do something about them,” says Marty Gonzales, newly appointed CEO of the organization.

“There is increasing evidence that the emerging generation is losing touch with what it means to show compassion,” says Gonzales. “The need for food, clean water and human trafficking relief continues to increase, yet we have a burgeoning group of young people who are growing up disassociated from these realities,” he says. “It’s a disquieting prospect.” Indeed, these are not just the alarmist capitulations of an older and wiser generation. A few years ago, the University of Michigan released a study analyzing perceptual change in empathy of college students over the past 30 years. The study found that empathy has been declining— especially since 2000. Of the 14,000 students surveyed, college students today are less likely to agree with statements such as “I often have tender, concerned feelings for people less fortunate than me” and “I sometimes try to understand my friends better by imagining how things look from their perspective.” Specifically, college students today show 40 percent less empathy versus students in the 1980s and 1990s. Social media may be to blame, as younger people are experiencing fewer face-to-face interactions. For example, a college student might spend their weekday evening posting on Facebook walls, as opposed Spokanecda.com • September • 2014


LOCAL CUISINE Compassion in Action to socializing, which involves gauging body language and facial expressions, valuable contributors to building empathy. Researchers also imply that the trend in decreasing empathy may be crossgenerational, citing the strong emphasis on individual success and increased flow of information and bad news since the 1980s. The responsibility to serve others, much like one’s civic duty (i.e., “be a good citizen”) appears to be waning principle in many households and classrooms across the country. “Couple this with the distraction of me-centered social media and the incessant ping of our smart-phones, of which I, too, am guilty, and it’s no wonder that this disconnect continues to grow,” adds Gonzales. Shifting the Paradigm All hope is not lost, however. It appears that compassion can be learned by training the brain. According to a study published just last year in the academic journal, Psychological Science, researchers found that participants who engaged in “compassion training” exhibited increased altruism when playing a game that involved donating money to those in need, compared to the control group. “Compassion training” consisted of a series of meditative mantras demonstrating kindness towards others and practicing acts of compassion for friends, “difficult people” and themselves. Furthermore, brain scans revealed that the altruistic group displayed alterations in brain function in the inferior parietal cortex (involved in empathy) when exposed to others’ suffering. In other words, by practicing an empathetic mindset and engaging in acts of kindness, one can respond to others’ suffering with an increased desire to help. The team at Generation Alive, a lean staff of four, including Marty Gonzales; Darin Duty, director of programs; Molly Hough, program coordinator; and Kelly Warren, finance manager, are capitalizing on these prospects. “Compassion is like a muscle,” says Gonzales, “we are determined to help youth exercise this muscle and grow their personal capacity to make a difference in this world.” Engaging a Budding Generation

“Hunger” is one of Generation Alive’s touchstone impact areas (along with “Shelter,” “Water,” and “Freedom/HumanTrafficking”) and has been the focus of the organization since its inception. Their 174

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hallmark program, “Something to Eat™,” originally created by their partner Youthfront, provides local youth tangible opportunities to tackle the problem of hunger present within the Spokane community and abroad. The “Something to Eat™” program is comprised of three driving initiatives: engagement, education and hands-on service. The staff at Generation Alive starts the engagement process by reaching out to local schools (elementary through college), churches, sports teams and various youth organizations that are receptive to their mission. To energize students and gain their attention, Generation Alive provides creative assemblies and rallies (many of them assisted by students) that offer education on the problem of hunger and broader issues of poverty. Through media, real life stories and presentation of facts, students are able to see how other young people in Spokane and around the world are affected by these issues on a daily basis. Following every assembly or classroom presentation, Generation Alive works in collaboration with the participating youth organization or school to coordinate a mealpacking event. This includes challenging the youth organization or school to raise the funds to purchase meal materials and supporting their efforts to do so. The meals consist of soy protein, rice, dried vegetables and vitamin powder. Through a production line, students measure and pour the ingredients into pouches, which are then sealed, sorted and packed into boxes to deliver or ship. When boiled in water, the contents of each pouch serve up to six people. “Compassion is an action!” says Gonzales; therefore, the actual packaging of the meal is

facilitated by the students and often directed by peer leaders. “It’s through this hands-on process that we begin to see a transformation in the way that youth perceive the differences that they can make on these huge issues.” he explains. The Heart of the Matter Generation Alive has packed nearly one million meals this year alone. Through a partnership with local food bank, Second Harvest, they have delivered meals to 27 counties in and around the Spokane region. They have also worked with international organizations Food for the Hungry and Partners International, sending over 285,000 meals to Nicaragua and additional shipments to Garza, Kenya. To date, 24 local schools have hosted “Something to Eat™”— many of them requesting the event year after year. This past May, Whitworth University embarked on a large-scale Something to Eat™ program with over 1,200 people participating in the event. Spearheaded by Whitworth President Beck Taylor and led by the Whitworth student population, the university raised enough money to purchase and hand-pack over 600,000 meals in a single day! “It’s an incredible thing, watching masses of youth excitedly assemble meals,” says Gonzales. “That moment of realization when they say, ‘Wow. I had no idea I could help others like this. It feels good,’ is priceless.” Glover Middle School is their largest public school to date— through the hard work and dedication of a particularly inspired 8th grade student, he and his classmates raised nearly $5,000 and packed over 20,000 meals. “It’s not all about the meals, of course,” says Gonzales. “It’s about giving youth an opportunity to make a difference and

grow as future leaders and civic minded citizens. When given the opportunity, these kids get it. They want to make an impact.” Generation Alive makes a great effort to empower youth leaders and to encourage them to keep the ball rolling at their schools, long after “Something to Eat™” has concluded. Through their internship program, Generation Alive trains qualified high school students as “GA Ambassadors,” allowing them to encourage their peers to step out of their comfort zone. The interns also serve as valuable resources for the organization, working alongside their student peers. When developing programs, the students and interns are asked questions such as, “What would resonate with your peers?” and “How do you think we should tackle this problem?” Involving the students in this way sharpens critical thinking and helps establish problem-solving skills— a huge contributor to future individual success and of course, regional innovation and growth. “With time, the kids we work with begin to realize that compassion in action

is not simply ‘a nice thing to do’— it’s not even just a moral thing to do. I really believe that we are wired to help others and that great satisfaction comes from doing so,” says Gonzales. It is this broader narrative that makes Generation Alive stand out within the philanthropic community. Their programs ensure long-lasting change by digging a little deeper—empowerment and attitude change are just the beginning. “One meal at a time, these kids are changing people’s lives,” says Gonzales, “but they are also transforming their own hearts and minds.” Visit www.generationalive.org to learn more about the organization and determine how you can get involved. For example, bring the Something to Eat™ program to your child or grandchild’s school, volunteer at an event or make a contribution to support their efforts and impact youth in the community. Generation Alive’s annual fundraiser takes place on November 6, 2014 and will be hosted by major league baseball player, and the organization’s founder, Jeremy Affeldt. Attend the event to learn more about the dynamic nonprofit and what you can do to help them expand their goals. Visit www. generationalive.org for more information.


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B UVA trattoria Plays the Classics


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rother and sister chefs Lisa and Steve Vanzeveren opened Uva Trattoria in June with a vision of creating a Napa Valley bistro for the Coeur d’Alene community. They’ve done just that with a simple menu of Italian classics, an extensive wine list, wellpriced food, a light, friendly atmosphere and generous portions. Both Vanzeverens were trained in California; the brother at the California Culinary Academy, the sister at various culinary hot spots in Napa. Lisa and Steve take turns with the cooking duties. On the night I was there, Steve was cooking. He’s also a seasoned front-of-the-house man, having managed restaurants for the McKenzie River restaurant chain. The result for the guests at Uva Trattoria is a wait staff that’s well trained, attentive and without service overkill. As of the writing of this review, the restaurant has

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been open about a month, but thanks to the Vanzeveren’s collective experience, the place has plenty of polish. For example, I arrived behind a large party. The hostess recognized that I wasn’t part of the group and not yet seated. Rather than make me wait any longer, she made sure I got a seat in the restaurant’s atrium. Seating in the atrium, as well as on the restaurant’s patio, is inviting and airy; a nice space to enjoy a glass of wine. The atrium contains tables and window-length bench seating with comfortable pillows. Music plays softly in the background. Uva Trattoria’s décor is

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relaxed and modern, but the real stars of the show are the staff and the classic, hearty Italian cuisine. At the table, I was greeted and presented with the daily specials, which included an Italian-inspired hamburger, and then served some of Uva Trattoria’s bread, which is made in-house. The wait staff was courteous and knowledgeable about the menu as well as the wide-ranging wine list with many selections available by the glass. My server took time to suggest Uva Trattoria’s handmade meatballs

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wines by price to pair with food selection. Much of the staff has been with one or both of the Vanzeverens for years and can recommend favorite items on the menu with sincerity. The calamari was tender and flavorful. Due to Steve’s decision to make it gluten-free (he uses rice flour), his dish is lighter in texture and taste than calamari made with traditional flour. The health conscious among us will appreciate a variety of options— Uva also has gluten-free pizza and gluten-free pasta available. Along with the calamari, I had the house cabernet ($6), and a fresh spinach salad ($5) with candied pecans, cranberries and a house made balsamic dressing, and sampled Uva Trattoria’s handmade meatballs ($4.) which were served in sauce and delicately finished with fresh basil and shaved Parmesan. 178

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The Vanzeveren kitchen takes time to prepare each dish to order. Food comes out quick and hot. Really hot. The side of zucchini squash accompanying my salmon ($18) tasted like it had just come from a sizzling, white wine sauté pan and given a final douse before arriving onto the plate. The summer squash mélange was highly flavorful, but not overly seasoned—cooked al dente and flawlessly sauced. The chicken picatta ($15) was tender and came garnished with capers and sautéed chunks of garlic. It was lightly fried in olive oil and seasoned naturally by the breadcrumbs. The fresh, shaved Parmesan on top was a nice touch. The most expensive item on the menu was the salmon at $18, and I took home enough for lunch the next day— the servings for all dishes are more than substantial. Finally, the tiramisu lived up to my server’s recommendation. This coffee-infused Italian classic was delicate, moist, served with fresh, seasonal berries and dusted with cocoa powder. It all came together for a deeply satisfying meal as simple, hearty Italian fare is known to provide. This is the equivalent of Italian comfort food at its best.

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Forward Thinking, Forward Eating Wisconsinburger moves Spokane’s burger scene “Forward!” 180

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ucked on the lower South Hill, a short jaunt west of the Perry District, is Wisconsinburger, one of the newest additions to the burger scene in Spokane, and perhaps the only restaurant we know of that draws its inspiration from a state. But then again, Wisconsin’s state motto is “Forward!,” so it makes sense that forward thinking Wisconsinburger co-owner Jeff Nordvall drew inspiration from his home state when it came to building a better burger bar out here in Washington. Nordvall is from Milwaukee, Wisconsin, while co-owner Laura Paisley is from Dubuque, Iowa, just across the Mississippi River from Wisconsin. Drawing on their Midwest roots, Nordvall and Paisely have created a restaurant where the best of the “mom and pop burger shops,” found throughout Wisconsin, are brought to life here in Spokane.

Wanting to know if it was all just a cute marketing gimmick, or if there really is something unique about the burger joints found in Wisconsin, I decided to deploy a secret weapon on a recent outing to Wisconsinburger. Enter the brother-in-law, aka, the Wisconsinite. Born and raised in Wisconsin, and raised on a farm where mending fences, baling hay and working up a hearty appetite were all in a day’s work, I wanted to gauge his reaction to Wisconsinburger. The Wisconsinite and my sister were already seated when my mom and I arrived, at the height of the dinner rush on a Monday evening. They had been lucky to grab a table that was emptying just as they walked in, as the rest of the bowling alley themed house was packed. From the outdoor patio seating, accessed through the retractable garage door wall, to the high seat tables lining the perimeters, the smattering of low center tables (including one made from the floor of a bowling lane), and the spots at the bar in the back of the house, every seat was full and continued to stay full with a steady turnover of patrons throughout the evening. We started with the essential beerbattered, fried cheese curds ($5.50). Not as well known in the Northwest, cheese curds are a staple in the appetizer section of any Midwest restaurant menu. They are small chunks of cheese solids that have been separated from the natural whey in milk, but not yet pressed into molds to make cheese, and not yet aged. Coated in beer batter and deep-fried, they are served hot out of the fryer. Biting into them, hot pools of melted cheese released from their beer batter cocoons and filled our mouths with instant flavor. You’ll want to order these and dig in, just

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don’t let your cardiologist catch you (of course, they may be two tables over, digging into their own basket. Yes, they are that good!) “Now this tastes like home,” said the Wisconsinite, taste buds awakened by a long lost friend. “This is definitely a Wisconsin kind of food.” He washed the curds down with a cold beer, the way they were meant to be eaten. Other appetizers, ($4.-$5.50) include French fries and potato chips, both made in-house, daily, from local potatoes. Onion rings and state fried bacon join the cheese curds in the ranks of deep fried options, while a green salad is available for those too timid, or perhaps too wise, for the heavier options. For the main show, Wisconsinburger offers five different burgers, as well as a GOTW or “grind of the week,” (price varies) with each burger available as a single or double. Recognizing not everyone loves beef, a turkey burger, vegan patty and Bratwurst round out the options. All meat is freshly ground, on site, each morning, and burgers are served on locally made, fresh Alpine Bakery buns. For the GOTW, ingredients are often purchased at the South Perry Farmers Market. Most ingredients are locally sourced – save for the cheese and cheese curds, which are products of Wisconsin. A fan of blue cheese, I opted for the single Beloit Blue ($10), with in-house ground Certified Angus Beef, Wisconsin blue cheese, bacon, lettuce, tomato and caramelized onions. I considered removing the bacon, as I like to keep my meats separated, but decided to try at least one bite, which quickly led to another and another, until the burger was gone. The meat was juicy and contrasted nicely against the crisp bacon and the tang of the caramelized onion. In a surprising move, the Wisconsinite opted for the grind of the week, the Trimbelle Turkey ($10), and he was not disappointed. A turkey patty topped with fried


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jalapenos, fried cheese curds, bacon, grilled onions, lettuce, and tomato, it was a mouthful of flavor. “The spice of the jalapenos and the flavor of the cheese curds add an extra punch of taste,” he said. “This is hearty food that really tastes like I’m back home.” My sister’s Awe Geeze ($9.00), an in-house ground Certified Angus Beef topped with beer-battered fried Wisconsin cheese curds, lettuce, tomato and caramelized onions won rave

reviews. Warning, it can be a challenge to eat without getting a bit messy, with the cheese curds fighting to escape the bun, but wrangling it was well worth the extra effort for the payoff of the taste. The only possible glitch in the meal came with my mom’s burger—the Wisconsin ($8.00), in-house ground Certified Angus Beef, Wisconsin sharp cheddar cheese, lettuce, tomato, caramelized onions— which was cooked a bit too well done for her. Full “The Beloit Blue” Burger

disclosure though: she specifically asked for it to be cooked a bit longer than the others, so they were following orders, but she realized a little less well done would have been even more to her liking. Sometimes it takes a few attempts to find exactly how you like your burger cooked. It hasn’t deterred her from going back, as she has eaten there two additional times, and has been so taken with the Wisconsin, it is her official burger of choice. Keeping the feel casual, diners can help themselves to their drink of choice, choosing from a variety of bottled pops and over 90 canned and bottled beers encased behind the glass doors of a large refrigerated drink corner. There are also eight rotating taps that are sure to whet your whistle. During the spring and summer, there has been a steady crowd gathering on the front porch, waiting for available seats to open. Looking forward to the cooler months, they might be happy to know that Wisconsinburger has already begun expanding into the space next door, adding an additional 1,100 square feet to the existing 1,800 square foot restaurant. Nearly doubling your size, a mere five months after opening? Now, that’s “Forward” thinking. Just what we’d expect from a Wisconsinite, and exactly how we want it done around here. Wisconsinburger is located at 916 S. Hatch, and is open Monday through Thursday, from 11:30 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. (509) 241-3083 www.wisconsinburger.com

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dining guide september

DINING GUIDE Suggestions for Dining Guide additions or corrections can be sent to katie@spokanecda.com.

ASIAN AND INDIAN Aloha Island Grill. Hawaiian. 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 (509-443-1632) and 1220 West Francis (509) 413-2029. www.eataloha.com $-$$ Bangkok Thai. Thai. Bangkok Thai took over

the 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 smaller portions of several popular Thai dishes for one price and the Gonzaga location has the best Thai lunch buffet in town for $12/person. Mon – Thur 11 – 9, Fri 11 – 10, Sat 12 – 10, Sun 12 – 9. 1325 S Grand Blvd. (509-838-8424) and 1003 E Trent Avenue (509-325-8370). www. spokanebangkokthai.com $$

Nudo. Asian-fusion. This new-age “ramen

house” speaks urban cool in the heart of downtown Spokane. Try the Grilled Miso Chilean Sea Bass, Edamame, or Crisp Salt and Pepper Basil Chicken for appetizers, followed by a Tonkotsu Bowl featuring fresh ramen, barbecue pork, hard-boiled egg, corn, braised bamboo shoots and seaweed in a slow-boiled pork bone broth. Their signature Ramen Burger— a freshground beef patty topped with arugula and tonkatsu sauce between two homemade rounds

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of “ramen bun” is a funentrée. A well-selected drink menu, late hours, and modern loungefeel makes it well set for lingering dates and apres-event noshing. Vegetarian options also offered. Open Monday-Saturday from 11:00am to close. 818 West Sprague. (509) 290-5763. www. nudoramen.com. $$

Sushi.com. Japanese. We still think the name is about as cheesy as you can get for a sushi bar and Japanese restaurant, but the food transcends the curious dot.com label over the door. Sit at the sushi bar and enjoy what is fresh or take a table and explore the menu that also includes plenty of excellent options if raw fish still makes you nervous. Some of our favorites are the super white tuna and the house tempura. 11 am – 9:30pm. weekdays. Noon – 9pm Sat. Noon – 8pm Sun. 430 West Main, Spokane. (509) 8380630. $-$$$ Thai Bamboo. Thai. Each of the four regional Thai Bamboo locations offers a massive Southeast Asian menu in settings designed to transport you across the Pacific. Inside each restaurant you’ll find Thai stone and wood carvings, water fountains, Thai music and the namesake bamboo décor. Thai Bamboo keeps racking up #1 Best Thai votes in reader polls and both the newest location on North Division and the CDA restaurant feature a Tiki-Beach styled lounge and a striking sky ceilings in the main dining rooms. Think Vegas with phad thai. Open 7 days per week with delivery available. www. thaibamboorestaurant.com. $-$$ BARBECUE Red Lion BBQ and Pub. For about 20 years, whether it was in the old rhythm and blues,

peanut-shells-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-offthe-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-10p.m., Fri & Sat 11am-1am. (Sunday breakfast buffet 9am-noon during football season.) (509) 835-LION (5466). www. redlionbarbeque.com. $-$$

BISTROS Casper Fry. 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. www.casperfry.com. $-$$$. Downriver Grill. Innovative, local and seasonal cuisine in a sleek, modern space with dishes at various price-points to suit every diner. Try the Chipotle BBQ burger for a flavorpacked lunch or the Lemon Thyme Grilled Salmon for a leisurely dinner. Either way, you’ll want to sample the Chocolate Pot de Creme for dessert. Open Tues-Sun 11am-9pm. 3315 W Northwest Blvd in Spokane. www. downrivergrillspokane.com $$-$$$ Spokanecda.com • September • 2014


dining guide september Herbal Essence Café. Northwest cuisine. This relaxed downtown restaurant tucked into the middle of a block on Washington serves Northwest bistro food and works hard to offer great service. The menu offers up baseball-cut sirloins, a whole stuffed Dungeness crab and a swordfish steak stuffed with pesto and baked off with a parmesan crust. Try the award-winning house salad, brilliant with sliced pears, crumbled Gorgonzola and a white truffle vinaigrette. 115 N Washington. Lunch Mon-Fri 11-2, Dinner Mon-Sat 5-close. (509) 838-4600. www.herbalessencecafe. com. Lunch $-$$, dinner $$-$$$

BREAKFAST AND LUNCH SPECIALTIES Frank’s Diner. Frank’s has become a Spokane landmark in just over a decade. Both early 1900’s-vintage rail cars were originally obtained by the Knight brothers Frank and Jack during the depression, and each converted them to diners in Seattle and Spokane, respectively. Larry Brown, of Onion Bar and Grill fame, acquired the Seattle diner in 1991 and moved it to its present location, meticulously restored by well-know local restaurant restoration

North: 7640 N. Division, (509) 467-5987. Mon-Sat 6am-2p.m., Sun 7am-3p.m.. 1710 E Schneidmiller Ave, Post Falls. (208)777-2017. Mon-Sat 6:30-2, Sun 7-2:30p.m. www.oldeuropean-restaurant. com. $

CASUAL DINING 315 Martinis and Tapas. 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

Laguna Café. This South Hill restaurant calls

itself a café, but in actuality it is much more. Owners Dan and Debbie Barranti have created a sophisticated combination of gourmet food, great wines, and gifts, while still serving the same great coffee they inherited from the previous tenant, the Deluxe Coffee Company. The dinner menu features entrees such as Wild Pacific Salmon with fresh rosemary mango salsa and roasted rosemary potatoes or the Flat Iron Steak and Black Tiger Shrimp.” Live music on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday in addition to monthly wine tastings. 4304 S Regal. Mon-Fri 7 am -9 p.m., Sat 8 am -9 p.m., and Sun 8 am- 9 p.m.. (509) 448-0887. $-$$

Seasons of Coeur d’Alene. 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 p.m. with seating in the bar until midnight. 209 Lakeside Avenue in Coeur d’Alene. (208) 664-8008. www. seasonsofcda.com $-$$$

The Wandering Table. A much-anticipated

American tapas-style restaurant located in Kendall Yards. Chef Adam Hegsted delights with a variety of small plates (try the Garden for a creative salad take, the Deviled Eggs, or the Popcorn), craft cocktails, a whiskey bar, and other substantial dishes, such as the Bacon-Wrapped Bacon Sliders or the Braised Shortribs. The chef is known for his previous culinary venture of the same name consisting of a twelve-course dinner party. Take his advice and go with the “You Choose the Price!” meal option for the table offered at $15-$65 per head for a surprising culinary journey. Hopefully it will include the Olive Oil Gelato for dessert. Open Tues-Thurs, 11:30 a.m. – 11:30 p.m., Fri & Sat 11:30 a.m. - 1 a.m. Sun & Mon, 4 p.m. – 11:30 p.m. 1242 W Summit Pkwy in Kendall Yards. (509) 443-4410. www.thewanderingtable.com. $$

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 its 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 p.m. 916 W Second Ave in Spokane. (509) 456-7575. www.wildsagebistro.com. $$-$$$


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artisan, Pat Jeppeson. Frank’s breakfast, lunch and dinner menu, available all day, has all the classics. Among our favorites are the open-face turkey, roast beef and mushroom sandwiches, chicken pot pie, Joe’s Special (the venerable scramble of eggs, ground beef, spinach, onions and parmesan), and, of course, the don’t-missat-breakfast hash browns and silver pancakes. 1516 W. 2nd. Seven days 6-8p.m.. (509) 7478798. 10929 N. Newport Highway, Sun-Thurs 6am-8p.m., Fri-Sat 6am-9p.m. (509) 465-2464. www.franksdiners.com. $

Little Euro. Valley fans of the Old European

can rejoice. One look at the menu and you’ll see that Little Euro offers many of the same breakfast delights as it’s North Division sibling: Danish Aebelskivers, Swedish Crepes, and that mountain of breakfast on a plate they call Hungarian Goulash. Lunch also served. Open daily 6 am – 2 p.m.. 517 N Pines Rd in the Spokane Valley. (509) 891-7662. www. littleeurorestaurant.com. $-$$

Old European. Many of the recipes behind

the amazing breakfast creations at the Old European arrived with Marie Mekkelsen when she emigrated from Denmark to America in 1906 at age 18, and this restaurant has remained a family affair with everything made from scratch, including Marie’s amazing Danish Aebelskievers (ball pancakes cooked in a cast iron skillet over an open flame). In addition to the original aebelskievers, Old European offers them stuffed with blueberries, sausage and havarti, or huckleberries (in season) as well. Topped with whipped cream they are a true delight. Also worthy of note is the true, freshly squeezed orange juice and the massive Hungarian Goulash with shredded potatoes, peppers, onions, ham, sausage, bacon and four eggs topped with cheddar cheese and fresh tomatoes.

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 p.m.. 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. www.315martinisandtapas.com. $$-$$$.

Bardenay Restaurant & Distillery. Casual and classy dining, specializing in craft cocktails. Holds the distinction of first distillery in the nation with a restaurant onsite. Perfect place for happy hour, or lunch on the patio. Try the Grilled Yellowfin Tuna Salad for well-blended, refreshing tastes in a generous portion. Pair with a housecreated cocktail and some small-batch alcoholic ice cream. Open Monday-Sunday 11am-close. 1710 W. Riverstone Drive in Coeur D’Alene. www. bardenay.com $-$$. 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 4:309, Fri 4:30-9:30, Sat 4-9:30, Sun lounge 2-9 and dinner 3-8. (509) 328-5965. www.clinkerdagger. com. Lunch $$, Dinner $$$

Masselow’s at Northern Quest. Named after a strong chief that was instrumental in the survival of the Kalispels, Masselow’s

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The Onion. Established in 1978, the Onion is the grand dean of gourmet burgers and casual family dining in Spokane. From the Hula burger with ham and grilled pineapple, the “Big O” with bacon and avocado, to their namesake beer-battered onion rings, The Onion pays attention to details and does more from scratch than many other restaurants aspiring to loftier appellations. 302 W. Riverside, Sun-Thurs 11-11, Fri-Sat 11am-1am. (509) 747-3852; 7522 N Division, Mon-Sun 11-11. (509) 482-6100 (Bar until midnight Sun-Thurs, Fri-Sat until 1). $-$$ combines the culinary heritage of the tribe with Northwest fine dining. The restaurant features an intimate and lavishly appointed dining room just off the hotel lobby in the new wing of the Northern Quest Resort and Casino in Airway Heights and serves up an Elk Sirloin and Seared Scallops worth the drive. Their chocolate mousse on the dessert menu is also a show stopper. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. 100 North Hayford Road in Airway Heights. (509) 242-7000. www. northernquest.com/dining/masselows. $$-$$$

Max at Mirabeau. More than the typical hotel restaurant, Max opened in 2005 as a valley destination for fine dining with an infamous menu offering 100 options. Chances are you can find something you are craving on the huge menu, but if an abundance of possibilities scares you, ask your server. We scored at dinner with the gluten-free Cashew Lime Sea Bass and the White Chocolate Mousse with Cherries Jubliee. Casual diners are welcome too breakfast, lunch or dinner. ½ priced bottles of wine on Wednesday nights. Open Mon – Thur, 6 am – 1 am, 6 am to 2 am on Fri – Sat, and Sun, 6 am – midnight. 1100 N Sullivan Road in Spokane Valley. (509) 9249000. www.maxatmirabeau.com. $-$$$ 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. 3p.m. – 10p.m. Sun-Thurs, 3p.m. – 11p.m. Fri-Sat. 159 S. Lincoln, under the smokestacks downtown. (509) 777-3900. www.steamplantspokane.com $$-$$$

ITALIAN Europa. Europa offers much more than pizza

(Marsala Steak Penne and Sweet Pepper Tortellini, for example), but if pizza is what you want to eat, then Europa’s are among the best. Among their more notable choices are the “Our Favorite” (chicken, spinach, Feta, mozzarella, provolone, mushrooms, and onions) and the European (five cheeses, roasted garlic, white sauce, basil pesto, chicken, and shrimp). Shrimp, mushrooms, and fresh tomatoes add a twist to their version of the Hawaiian. And their desserts, all prepared entirely on-premise by pastry chef Christie Sutton, are indeed worthy of their 1st place honor. Christie’s Triple Layer Chocolate Mousse is hit with us, as is the little shiny dome of chocolate cake and rum genache known as the “Chocolate Birthday Bomb”, Europa’s traditional compliment for patrons celebrating their birthday. 125 S Wall. Open seven days 11am-Midnight. (509) 455-4051. $$


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Ferrante’s Marketplace Café. This South

Hill restaurant combines two great pastimes: gourmet Italian food and shopping. Ferrante’s offers a wide variety of gourmet pastas, pizzas, and paninis along with a kid’s menu and delicious gelato. Stop in for a full dinner or order it to go and shop in the marketplace while you wait. The marketplace offers unique gifts, such as jewelry, wines, cookies and candies, many from local vendors. Enjoy the neighborhood feel of this Italian café. 4516 S Regal. Tues-Sat 11-8p.m. (509) 443-6304. www. doitalian.com. $-$$

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. www.italiankitchenspokane. com. $$

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.theswingingdoors.com. $-$$ SEAFOOD AND FISH Anthony’s at the Falls. A welcome

Rancho Viejo. Jose Rodriguez and his staff offer up traditional and familiar Mexican fare with some of the amplest portions and most caring family-friendly service in Spokane. 14201 E Sprague. Sun-Thurs 11-10, Fri & Sat 11-11. (509) 927-8428. www.rancho-viejo.net. $$

addition to the local seafood scene, Anthony’s combines a spectacular view of the Spokane Falls with an unwavering commitment to fresh seafood. So much so that they operate their own fishing company for the sole purpose of supplying their restaurants. The success of this shows up in the always available, rich and flavorful seafood fettuccine and clam chowder, as well as on the fresh sheet. The four course “Sunset Dinners” served Mon-Fri from 4-6 for only $18.95 are particularly good values. 510 N Lincoln. Lunch Mon-Sat 11:30-3, Bar Menu in Lounge Mon-Sat 3-4, Dinner Mon-Thurs 4-9:30, Fri-Sat 4-10:30, Sun 3-9:30, Sunday Brunch (breakfast/lunch menu) 11-2p.m., Happy Hour Mon-Fri 4-6 with half-price appetizers and drink specials. (509) 328-9009. $$-$$$


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The Flying Goat. A lot of careful thought

went into the design of this pub and pizza sibling of the Downriver Grill— and it is paying off. The Goat offers both classic and artisan toppings on Neapolitan-style pies that get part of their flavor from the “char” on the crust. Try the surprising Kiernan and wash it down with a craft beer (14 taps, 1 gravity-fed cask beer, and over 50 more in bottles). The Goat has a mug club for regulars and all the menu items names are linked to the neighborhood – see if you can guess the system. Open daily at 11 am. Closes at 10 p.m. (11 on Fri and Sat). 3318 West Northwest Boulevard in Spokane. (509) 327-8277. www.theflyinggoat.com. $-$$

PUB AND LOUNGE FARE Manito Tap House. Manito is living into

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

eclectic combination of Pacific Northwest, Asian, New England, Italian and Baja flavors are all offered on the menu in a casual setting. Classic Fish & Chips to Sushi can be found at this Coeur d’Alene fish market, which yes, also sells excellent fresh seafood too! You’ll want to try the Baja style fish tacos. 215 W. Kathleen Ave., Coeur d’Alene. Mon to Sat 11am - 8pm (Closed Sun). (208) 664-4800. www.fishermansmarketcda.com. $-$$$

STEAK HOUSES Spencer’s for Steaks and Chops.

Greeted with dark mahogany paneling and crisp linens, Spencer’s has been a destination for USDA Prime beef for almost 15 years. Try the signature bone-in Spencer Ribeye or pull out all the stops and order the dry-aged New York Strip. Beautiful fish and seafood are also featured and the kitchen offers a number of classic side dishes also – including a memorable au gratin hash browns laced with smoked bacon, sweet onions, and cheddar cheese. Open Mon-Thurs 11:30-10, Fri-Sat 11:30-11, Sun 11:30 - 9. 322 North Spokane Falls Court inside the Doubletree. (509) 7442372. www.spencersforsteaksandchops.com/ spokane. $$-$$$$

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by David H. Heemann


hether it goes by the name tequila or mezcal, for many it represents a love–hate relationship. Today, the craft spirits trend is creating a new world of tequila, one that moves past margaritas and shots to find connoisseurs mixing and sipping this ancient liquid like a fine brandy. Originating in Mexico, mezcal (also spelled “mescal”) wines of the Aztec were called pulque. When the brandy ran out, Spanish explorers distilled pulque into the spirit

we know today. While all tequila is mezcal, not all mezcal is tequila – I know that sounds a little confusing, but stay with me. Originally named for Tequila, Mexico, today there are strict regulations on the use of the city’s name. So let’s start with the basics of mezcal and work our way to tequila. Made from the mature heart/piña of the native agave plant, which is exposed when the spiny leaves are sheared off by the “jimador,” the harvested piña are cut and roasted in hornos (ovens) for 20-30 hours. Many say mezcal is made in the oven,

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and I have to agree. The personality of mezcal is born in the roasting process; earthen wood fired ovens bring out hints of spice and add a smoky characteristic, while the modern autoclave brings forth more fruit and clean characteristics. The fully roasted piña are shredded and sprayed with water resulting in the “aquamiel” or honey water. Yeast, naturally occurring or added, converts the sugars to make mezcal wine. If this is a premium mezcal, perhaps tequila, the aquamiel must be 100% agave juice. If the juice is mixed with cane or other sugars, the resulting product is labeled a “mixto.” Once the fermentation is complete, the mezcal wine is distilled at least twice to create a blanco/plata style mezcal. So at this point don’t we have tequila? The answer is maybe. Tequila has two requirements: the mezcal must be made from 100% Agave Tequilana aka: Agave Azul (Blue Agave); and that agave must have been grown in Jalisco or specified regions of Guanajuato, Michoacán, Nayarit, or Tamaulipas. If both of these requirements are met, you can call your mezcal “tequila.” You may be surprised to know that much of the “tequila” sold in the U.S. is actually bottled in the

U.S. Authentic tequila produced in the approved regions of Mexico is transported to the U.S. by tanker truck or railcar where it is bottled and labeled. You can find authentic tequila by looking for the NOM (Norma Oficial Mexicana) designation. Individual styles of tequila denote aging rather than specific flavor characteristics as follows: Blanco(white) or Plata(silver): bottled immediately after distillation; Reposado(rested): aged at least two months, but less than a year in oak barrels; Joven(young) or Oro(gold): traditionally a blend of Blanco and Reposado; Añejo(aged): aged at least one year, but less than three years in oak barrels; Extra-Añejo(extra aged): aged at least three years in oak barrels. Which is the best? The answer is the one you like. Commonly, Blanco and Reposado are used for shots or blended drinks, such as margaritas. While Añejo or Extra-Añejo tequilas are finding their way into the ingredients list of some exciting craft cocktails, purists still enjoy them with an orange slice or a glass of Sangrita (not sangria), sipping their tequila like a fine brandy.

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For a quality craft cocktail that will make you re-think everything you felt about tequila and mezcal, visit the Volstead Act at 12 N. Post in downtown Spokane. With more than 70 selections of tequila, Borracho Tacos & Tequileria at 211 N. Division Street is a great place to do a little tequila sampling and try some of their “street tacos.” If you’re looking for something more adventurous, check out the collection at El Que in Browne’s Addition where the tequila is infused in-house with botanicals and peppers to be blended into a drink or sipped neat. Whether you’re making margaritas, a craft cocktail, or pouring it straight, now you know what it takes to bring this amazing spirit to the table. While some claim extreme heat can turn mezcal into tiny diamonds, I prefer to drink mine con gusano, that’s with the worm – neat with a slice of orange. David is a sommelier, a Culinary Institute of America alumnus and lawyer. You can follow David on his adventures and see what he’s cooking and drinking at thegentleman-farmer.blogspot.com. Spokanecda.com • September • 2014


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Europa Evergreen Hematology Ewing, Anderson P.S. ferrante’s market place cafe Fiesta Spokane fitz auto body FIREFLY Flamin’ Joes Floor Covering International French, Al Fruci & Associates

141 57 101 81 101 48 160 177 111,145 165 76 132 95 146 47 117 6,143 93 93 119 118 105 55 77 132 170 116 3 129 99 67 73 51 63 158 151 82,83 9 134 152 124 25 163 59,69 61 175 27 68 192 159 149 12 181 95 35 69

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35 158 128 119 130 98,145 130 179 98 87,89 110 15 181 133 129 129 120 111 172 2 161 169 168 33 70 97 11 149 66 53 29 65 193 23 123 184 113 33 151 BC 109 106 161 125 64 7 109 75,157 91 65 167 169 155 107 67 57

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